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Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson!! Special Tribute

Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy birthday to the KING of POP Michael Jackson!!!


The King of Pop," died on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of propofol, which he used for a sleep aid, and cardiac arrest. His death sparked a worldwide period of mourning with an estimated one billion people tuning into his public memorial service.
Best known for his contributions in pop music and dance, along with a highly publicized, scrutinized life, Jackson has been named most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records.
Jackson debuted with his family in The Jackson 5 before embarking on a solo career. His 1982 album, "Thriller," is the best-selling album of all time.



Ome of our favorite videos of Michael Jackson :)





Michael Jackson's kids visit his hometown Indiana and memorial

Business Dont Fail, People Fail by Under30Ceo.com

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Many businesses come and go. Some exist for 6 months and are gone by the end of the year.  As young entreprenuers , the scariest thing that we face is failure. Here is a great read from Under30Ceo.com



Article by Mansoor Soomro Under30Ceo.com

Admittedly, people do fail and they do make mistakes. But it is a greater failing if those mistakes are not identified or even worse, if those mistakes are repeated. It is much easier to say: ‘My secretary forgot’, or ‘The production foreman overlooked it’, or ‘The supplier is always late’, than to admit that you made a mistake yourself.


Contrary to that, it is seldom appreciated just how many people might contribute to the end product that arrives in the hands of a happy customer. After all, quality products and services all begin and end with quality people.
Talking about an agro-textile company, you will be surprised how it starts with a farmer, which in turn goes to weaving mill, to a designer, to a production line at a factory, to a finished garment, to a wholesaler, to a distributor- all this until you finally buy a shirt from a retail outlet!


It is the entire chain that contributes. As is said that ‘a chain is as strong as its weakest link’. This applies to organizations as well whether their workforce is five or five thousand. There can be record-breaking performances in one section, but if someone in another department drops the link along the way, the pursuit for business efficiency can be lost.


Customers don’t really care who dropped the link along the way. They are only interested in the final delivery across the finishing line. This is where another thing comes in- a thing called ‘customer service’.


Many organizations flaunt customer service without truly appreciating what it really means. True customer care goes beyond lip service. It goes beyond product knowledge and politeness. It goes beyond procedures and quality standards. That’s not to say that these aren’t important components in an overall customer strategy, but the icing on the cake, so to speak, is the genuine care factor.


I will explain what I recently experienced while checking in at a hotel during my international business trip. I arrived at the hotel reception, jet-lagged, with a terrible cold and no voice. As I was supposed to present my proposal to the cluster strategic team the next morning, this was indeed a predicament.

The receptionist pleasantly started her standard greeting, telling me about the pool, mini golf course, restaurants, and so on. Rather impatient to get to bed, I ignored the information and curtly informed her that I simply wanted my key.

Reaching my room, I quickly unpacked, had a hot shower and was about to curl up in my bed when there was an unexpected knock on the door.
‘Room Service’ the cheery voice echoed. I somewhat bluntly informed him that

I haven’t ordered room service. ‘Yes, we know you haven’t, Mr. Soomro. But we also know you are not feeling well so we have prepared hot lemon tea complimentary for you.’ Sure enough, on a silver tray, was exactly what I would have liked if I’d been at my home. That day this hotel bought my customer loyalty. This is in fact the genuine care that I often refer to in my business discussions. No doubt, customer loyalty can’t be bought, it must be earned!

Summing it up: People fail when they fail to recognize their mistakes. People fail when they fail to improvise the inherent weak links along the value chain. People fail when they fail to provide the desired level of customer care. Thereof, simply said…

First Look : Del Frisco's Grille in Rockefeller Center Opening this Weekend

Wednesday, August 17, 2011















As reported back in February, Rockefeller Center is set to welcome a new chophouse in the form of Del Frisco's Grille, a more casual offshoot of the brand's national steakhouse. When it opens on Saturday, guests can expect some familiar signature items (steaks natch, crab cakes) alongside more affordably priced options including wood-oven baked flatbreads, "two-fisted" sandwiches, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink salads and hearty pastas such as beef stroganoff.
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Meant to appeal to a slightly younger, less business-based demographic, the spacious interior (which is about five times smaller than its NYC original) is designed in a modern style with oversized lamps, large leather banquettes and an exposed industrial ceiling featuring rough-sawn wood planks. A polished brass bar with overhead TVs will greet guests upon entrance (it's a good spot to order small plates). As for the soundtrack, expect recognizable rock bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers to help set the mood. When weather appropriate, outdoor seating in the plaza will also be available.
Menu [PDF]
Del Frisco's Grille, 51st and Rockefeller Center Plaza, 212-267-0371


Who's meeting us here for lunch ?   :



Credit by: Zagat.com

Healthy Living : Start A Walking Program

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise and has many benefits. Starting a walking program is an easy way to include exercise as part of your routine.  Walking is effective for the beginner and for the more advanced. All you need to get started is a comfortable pair of gym shoes and a pedometer.
According to the Mayo Clinic, walking provides the following benefits:
• Lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
• Raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
• Lowers your blood pressure
• Reduces your risk of or manages type 2 diabetes
• Manages your weight
• Improves your mood
• Helps with staying strong and fit
If you are walking to lose weight, a brisk 60-minute walk (ideally, about four-five miles) should burn approximately 500 calories. A popular walking strategy is to wear a pedometer throughout the day to ensure you’ll log 10,000 steps. You can achieve this by taking a  30-minute walk during your lunch hour and replacing the elevator with the stairs when you can. Because 10,000 steps is close to five miles per day, you will be able to see how a walking program can get you fit.
Not sure about your fitness level? There are many good Web sites that have free tools and information to help you get started. One of our favorites is the My Start Walking Plan from the American Heart Association’s Web site. You can sign up and take a quiz to get your personalized walking plan. As always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.



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Healthy Living : How to Make Time for your health

Sunday, August 14, 2011





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If you are like every other yo-yo dieter out there, chances are you have started and stopped several diet plans with no success. The first week is easy. You’re full of excitement. You tell yourself “this time will be different.” The second week is ok, a little harder than the first but you’re still sticking to it. And then what happens? You bend the rules a bit and start falling back into your old habits. Why does this happen? 

Why do we go through this vicious cycle? I’ll tell you why. We are focusing on the wrong goal. For whatever reason, we must not perceive our weight loss as being “important enough” to achieve. So what would be “important enough” to stick to our new healthy eating habits? Your HEALTH! Nothing in this world is more important than the state of your health. Think about it, your health affects everything else in your life. Once our health is compromised we automatically change our lifestyle habits. Let’s not wait until our bodies completely have a break down before we decide to take care of ourselves. If you feel lousy, everything you do that day is lousy. Likewise, if you feel great, everything you do that day is great.


Ask yourself, “How important is my health to me? How do I want to live the rest of my life? Sick and feeling horrible or healthy and feeling vibrant? Do I want to play golf and tennis in my retirement or do I want to spend it in the hospital?” The answer to these questions will ultimately dictate your weight and your health for the future. Any lifestyle habit that affects your health in a positive way will automatically cause you to lose weight or maintain a good healthy weight.
Follow this checklist towards health and you will see weight come off automatically.
1. Make the time to focus on health.
The number one reason people do not eat healthy or exercise is because they “don’t have the time”. But why is it that once we get sick, have a heart attack, are diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or cancer, we all of a sudden have the time? This doesn’t make any sense. Prioritize your day. What could possibly be more important than your health? Your children, yes, I agree. But guess what? If something happens to you, who will be there for your children? Prioritize your day so that making healthy meal choices and exercising are right at the top.
2. Take a long hard look at what you are putting into your body.
For one week, read every ingredient of every food you eat. Some ingredient labels on packaged foods sound more like a college chemistry class than anything we should be eating. As a golden rule, if you can’t pronounce it, chances are you shouldn’t be eating it. The majority of the foods you should be eating shouldn’t even have an ingredients label. They should be vegetables, fruits, raw nuts, chicken, fish, eggs, meat. If you make 90% of your diet, fresh food, I guarantee you will significantly change your weight and your health.
3. How much are you eating?
Restaurant portions are about 3 times more than what we should be eating in one sitting. If we become accustomed to seeing this much food on our plate at a restaurant we tend to do the same when we are at home and serve ourselves. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women are eating 300 more calories a day and men 168 more calories than 20 years ago. All it takes is 100 extra calories a day to gain 10 pounds a year.
For one week, reduce your portions at lunch and dinner by half. There is no need to “clean your plate”. Most times what’s on your plate is double what you should be eating anyway. If you feel some hunger in the afternoon, add one small apple with a handful of raw nuts as a snack. Your body will quickly become accustomed to the smaller portions and you will eventually not be able to eat as much in one sitting as you did before.

4. Drink WATER!
Dehydration has directly been linked to several forms of diseases including colon cancer, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Take a look at what you are drinking each day.
Coffee or Soda (Diet Coke included)? The caffeine in both will dehydrate you even more and will cause you to feel hungrier during the day.
Diet drinks and sodas? The artificial sweetener actually enhances your appetite and increases food intake.
Orange Juice and other Fruit Juices? The sugar and calories can add up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink, which can be anywhere from 150-200 calories. Not to mention the fact that sugar eventually makes you crave more sugar.

Every person should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water each day. If you drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage during the day, the ounces of water needed increases.

5. How much do you move each day?
Your body was designed to move! Your heart is a muscle and must be worked just like every other muscle in your body. You don’t have to join a gym to move, you just have to challenge your body and your muscles each and every day.
  1. Go for a walk. You can go for a walk anywhere and anytime.

2. Set up your home with some free weights and an exercise ball. You will be amazed at the number of exercises you can do with just your body, some free weights and a stability ball. If you don’t know how, hire a trainer to show you or get a good book. Get into the routine of scheduling your exercise time each and every day. No ifs, ands or buts. Make your exercise time more important than phone calls, laundry, errands or lunch dates.
Make a promise to yourself that this time will be about health, not about short term weight loss. Really evaluate how you are treating your body on an everyday basis. Is that the same way you would treat a highly valuable, expensive piece of equipment? Because that’s what your body is. There is no amount of money in the world that will buy you another one, so you might as well take really good care of the one you got!





credit by- Latwanas Stephens


Video of the day - Just Like You - Lecrae


Here is the brand new video for gospel star LeCrae "Just Like You,” a lead single from his album Rehab, explores the impact of the lack male role models that pale in comparison to the perfect example found in Christ. The song gives a clear picture of what biblical manhood 
should really be.


We must say Lecrae is nice !! 




Always remember there is always someone looking up to you . 


Be that Great  Example ! 

Happy Birthday to President Obama! Jennifer Hudson sings Happy Birthday

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Today is President Obama 50th birthday.








President Obama stated " I'm 50 today and Michelle still thinks I'm Cute.


After a month when he was battered by both sides of the political aisle in partisan Washington, President Obama returned to his home town a day before his 50th birthday, the first step in reenergizing his embattled base.




During a fundraising event in Chicago Wednesday night, Jennifer Hudson led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama on the eve of his 50th birthday. (Aug. 3)






“It’s good to be among friends,” Obama told the crowd, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the humid ballroom. “I could not have asked for a better early birthday present than being here with all of you. I love you back.”





House votes to raise debt limit, cut spending

Monday, August 1, 2011


Story from Cbsnews.com
The House on Monday voted to approve a deal to raise the debt limit, voting 269-161 for a bill that would cut government spending by trillions and effectively raise the debt ceiling through the end of 2012.
The bill, which was brokered Sunday night in last-minute negotiations between the White House and congressional leaders, passed with the support of 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats.
Among those who supported the bill was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who returned to Washington for the vote. This was Giffords' first vote in Congress since the January 8th shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in which she was seriously wounded. 

"Thank you, Gabby," Pelosi added. Giffords, her hair short, waved and thanked members as they applauded the sentiment. 

Lawmakers offered Giffords a standing ovation on the House floor when she showed up for the vote. After it was completed, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Giffords' name inspires the love and admiration of Americans and called the lawmaker the "personification of courage."
Giffords said in a statement that she "closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what's going on in Washington." 
Before the vote, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said "it's hard to believe we are putting our best foot forward with the legislation that comes before us today."
But, she noted, "I'm proud of some of the accomplishments contained with it and that's why I'm voting for it." 
A number of House Democrats delayed their votes until it was clear how many Republicans would vote for the plan.
The plan will cut nearly $1 trillion in government spending over the next 10 years and raise the amount of money the U.S. is legally allowed to borrow by enough to avoid another showdown on the matter before next year's presidential election.
It will also create a special congressional committee of a dozen members -- three from each party from the House and the Senate - that would be tasked with coming up with recommendations for $1.5 trillion in further deficit reductions by Thanksgiving. Those reductions could include cuts from defense and social safety net programs, as well as changes to the tax code. If the recommendations are not created or approved by Congress by the end of the year, there will be more than $1 trillion automatic spending cuts unless a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is sent to the states.
In remarks on the House floor prior to the Monday evening vote, Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who voted for the bill, accused the Tea Party of taking the American economy "hostage" and expressed his hope that the bipartisan congressional committee determining the second round of cuts would consider the "priorities of this nation."
"For the first time in American history the radical right has held the economy hostage," he said. "Hopefully the [super congressional] committee will accurately reflect the priorities of this nation."
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., called the bill a "Trojan horse" and said he could not vote for legislation that included a "series of cuts we don't know."

"The first series of cuts we know, the second series of cuts we don't know," he said in a speech on the House floor. "I fear it's a Trojan horse...That's an Odysseyan journey that this country should not have to traverse."
CBS News' John Nolen reports that the Senate will vote on the debt plan at noon on Tuesday. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the president soon afterward.
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