Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Something Better Than Coal in Your Stocking?

Legend says that naughty kids get a lump of coal in their Christmas xo so kien thiet, so do nice kids get clean energy in theirs, at least metaphorically speaking? It all depends on who plays Santa Claus with your investments or in your nation's capital.

In Pakistan, the government recently announced plans to build a 2,200 megawatt nuclear power plant that will cost nearly $10 billion and take six years to construct. No word on whether Pakistanis will demand funds be set aside to deal with a Fukushima or Chernobyl-style disaster, each of which will end up costing taxpayers in Japan and Ukraine many billions more for generations to come.

By contrast, at the United Nations in New York last week, I attended a meeting of Sustainable Energy for All ("SE4ALL" as it's called) where the discussion centered around delivering clean energy directly to consumers at far less cost and risk. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and SE4ALL Director Kandeh Yumkella all spoke about the 1.5 billion people who have no access to electricity and are looking for ways to recharge cellphones, run computers, watch TV, and refrigerate food. These people tend to live in communities that are too remote to be connected to a grid or are not served by a utility to buy electricity in the conventional manner. But SE4ALL partners are lining up to invest in ways to power them anyway.

For example, the African Development Bank just launched the $200 million Africa Renewable Energy Fund, the first private equity fund designed to invest in 5-50 MW renewable energy projects across Sub-Saharan Africa such as wind, solar, small hydro, biomass, geothermal and stranded gas technologies. The bank and its allies (including US taxpayer backed funds) are betting that smaller scale projects using localized, renewable resources that are closer to the consumer will be profitable and can be built much faster than large power plants and massive new grids. The bank is also leading a $100 billion project finance initiative called the Africa 50 Fund to help nations on the continent scale up these initial equity investments.

The World Bank announced a $115 million Utility Scale Renewable Energy Program to support private sector geothermal development. And to learn more about where renewable resources exist, the bank created "ESMAP", a project to help countries find the exploitable wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources.

Nor are these investments left to development banks and national governments alone. Petroleum giant Shell is investing in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and its goal to convert 100 million homes to clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. Bank of America is getting into the act too with a $500 million "Green Bond" product targeted at clean energy development as part of a ten year $50 billion environmental business commitment overall. In Brazil, Itaipu Binacional and Eletrobras kicked off a project to use biogas from agricultural and animal waste to generate electricity in small rural communities of Paraná state and replicate the model in San Jose state in neighboring Uruguay.

So what about that coal in the stocking? Well, a number of strange bedfellows will tell you to leave it there. The "Green Tea Coalition" is a Georgia-based group combining Tea Party conservatives with the Sierra Club to promote clean energy. The group helped pass a bill recently that requires Georgia Power to buy 525 megawatts of solar power by 2016, about 20 percent from residential and commercial rooftops.

Santa's sleigh may visit every home on the planet in one night powered by good wishes alone, but for electricity to light up all of those homes in the near future it will take a lot of distributed energy using local resources with innovative clean technology. As the examples at SE4ALL demonstrate, this approach will light up a lot of lives and put sustainable profits in the stockings of smart investors for many holiday seasons to come.

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Source: Huffingtonpost

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New And Exclusive Micro-Site Content

ePHOTOzine's Micro-Site Roundup - Find out what's been happening on our five Micro-Sites.


Here's a roundup of the exclusive content we've got for you to have a read of on our five micro-sites this week:

On PENTAXPORTAL this week, you can take a look at some top tips for photographing seals with your Pentax camera, and check out some top Pentax sunset photos. Plus, the brand new K-3 DSLR has been reviewed on site this week, and there's news of new images from Ricoh Imaging brand ambassadors.

Over On EIZO ColorZone, you can learn how to perform a monitor viewing angle check and find out why ColorNavigator software is a great tool for aiding calibration. Plus, there's news of a new 3D CG colour management handbook that's now available.

Meanwhile, on Olympus Image Space this week, there are techniques on how to use blur creatively, and there's news on Olympus workshops taking place over the coming months with Damian McGillicuddy and Steve Gosling. Plus, news on the Olympus Impressions 'Fall' competition, and £100 accessory cashback when you buy an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera have also gone live.

On Totally Tamron this week, you can learn some top tips for taking better photos of ice with your Tamron lens, plus there are some top Tamron portrait photos for you to take a look at. Don't forget to take a look at David Pritchard's blog the days zoom past, too, as he's been out-and-about with his newly acquired Tamron 24-70mm lens.

Last but not least, on Nikon Nation this week, you can check out some ideas and tips for on location portrait shoots, get creative with colour balance and lots more. Plus, don't miss the Nikon D5300 Buy Cheap DSLR review and news of ono-to one training with Nikon School in December.

Make sure you check back to the Micro-Sites regularly, as new and exclusive content is posted weekly!

Source: Ephotozine

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Wi-Fi Camera

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Nikon just introduced the D5300 DSLR camera, which offers an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing, Vari-angle LCD, GPS and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi. The mid-range SLR is compact and lightweight (16.9 oz.), and can easily be packed for a day trip or a planned getaway. The small body of the D5300 affords the photographer the freedom to travel while still being easy to handle and comfortable to use.

The D5300 is Nikon's first D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share high quality photos instantly. The Nikon D5300 sends images to the user's smart device, allowing them to share their D-SLR quality photos through e-mail and social media. The Nikon D5300 also includes built-in GPS, another first for Nikon D-SLRs. Now the user can geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken them.

The enhanced 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning images and HD videos with heightened clarity and detail due to the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF). Its 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon's unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it across the frame.


  • Amazing Low Light Performance - For clean, sharp details even in the most challenging lighting conditions including night games and dimly lit restaurants, the Nikon D5300 covers a wide ISO range of 100-12,800 and is expandable to ISO 25,600.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processing - Nikon's most recent image processing engine drives the rapid response and swift performance of the D5300, while maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors.
  • Scene Recognition System - To further help users capture the image they intend, the Nikon D5300 features Nikon's Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze and recognize the scene. Utilizing these systems results in adjustments to exposure, AF and white balance to deliver the best photo possible, whether it's a landscape or portrait.
  • 39-Point AF System - Nikon's quick and precise 39-point AF system works with the Scene Recognition System to accurately acquire and track subjects throughout the frame, resulting in tack-sharp images. Kids too active to pose for a photo or pets chasing after a toy are easily captured in brilliant sharpness for memorable photos.
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second - While using the optical viewfinder or in Live View, capture great moments that would have otherwise been missed with the D5300′s 5 frames-per-second (fps) rate.
  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor - Whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower, users can explore new shots from a dramatic point of view with the large 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor. This super sharp (1,037K-dot) screen allows photographers to easily make camera adjustments and read menus, while also allowing them to compose the photo they want clearly when shooting from high or low angles. The rotating LCD makes it easy to capture "selfies" at an arm's length away or frame creative perspectives when capturing still photos and HD video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture - Create movies fit for the big screen with Full HD 1080p video capture at 60p with built-in stereo, wide ISO range for high quality videos in any light and improved full-time AF to keep the subject in focus.
  • NIKKOR Compatibility - The Nikon D5300 is compatible with Nikon's legendary NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories, further adding versatility and creativity.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D5300 kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available in October 2013 for$1,399.95. Available colors include Black, Red and Gray.

Source: Ecoustics

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nikon Announces the D5300, Its First DSLR with Built-In WiFi

Adding to the deluge of camera announcements this month, Nikon chose today to release an update to its D5200 consumer DSLR. The new camera, the Nikon D5300 Black Friday Deal, isn't a huge breakthrough, but Nikon managed to pack in a few new features that'll help the shooter keep up with competitors like the Canon 70D.

There are a few updates to the camera, but the headliner is the fact that Nikon has finally added built-in WiFi - no need to go out and purchase a WU-1a adapter. It's also the first Nikon SLR to feature built-in GPS.

The new WiFi and GPS features are joined by an "enhanced" 24.2-megapixel DX sensor without an anti-aliasing filter (say hello to sharper images and potential moire) and a powerful EXPEED 4 processor. That translates into the ability to shoot 1080/60p video, 5fps continuous in both live view and via the viewfinder, a max ISO of 25,600 and better battery life to boot (700 shots vs 500).

Other notable features include a 3.2-inch 1.04M-dot articulating display and a 39-point AF system that works with Nikon's Scene Recognition System for metering. Here are a few more pictures:

For more info on the new camera, feel free to head over to Nikon's press room and read up on the details. The D5300 will be available sometime this month in Black, Red and Gray for $800, or in a kit with the AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,400.

Source: Petapixel

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nikon D5300 price and specs

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Nikon D5300 price and specs

Nikon D5300 price and specs

Camera maker Nikon's D5300 has made quite a few heads turn with its latest specifications. It's a mid-range model, the D5300, designed for consumers looking for an everyday interchangeable-lens camera with good performance and solid image quality. The camera is also Nikon's first capable of shooting 1080p video at 60p, an important improvement for anyone looking to record quick movements.
This camera replaces the D5200, adding a new 24.2-megapixel sensor without an optical low-pass filter, an EXPEED 4 processor for 1080/60p video and 5 fps stills and boosted battery life, letting you capture about 700 shots per charge, compared to 500 with the previous model.

The D5300 is expected to hit stores later this month in black, red and grey for $1,400 with an 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens or $800 body-only. Nikon is introducing its first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the D5300. The new camera is an update to the D5200, and will take its place as Nikon's top-of-the-line camera for the beginner DSLR market.

Though Nikon says that the D5300′s overall improvements are iterative, they should add up to something quite meaningful: it also includes a larger, 3.2-inch articulating display; a new image-processing engine; and no low-pass filter on the camera's DX-format sensor, which should result in sharper images. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS are a first for Nikon DSLRs

The D5300 will be able to pair with Nikon's existing Android and iOS app, allowing them to view and share photos. It's not the most robust tool for remotely controlling a camera, but it's something that's easy to see as a handy option. Aside from connectivity, the D5300′s other big improvement over its predecessor should be in image sharpness.


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Thursday, October 10, 2013

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet: To protect and to serve

OtterBox has been making protective 5s iphone cases otterbox kindle case since 1998, making the company the great-granddaddy of the entire huge smartphone/tablet case market. The company announced a new member of the family yesterday, introducing the Commuter Series Wallet (US$44.95) for the iPhone 5/5s.

We've been seeing a lot of different wallet cases lately, many of which are more wallet (think leather) than protective case. OtterBox has taken the protection of the Commuter Series cases and merged it with a slide-out drawer-like back that can hold up to three credit or ID cards and one folded bill.

Like the other members of the Commuter Series, the Wallet wraps your iPhone 5 or 5s in rubbery silicone that is then surrounded by a tough polycarbonate shell. The screen is covered with a stick-on screen protector (it leaves space for the Touch ID-enabled home button of the iPhone 5s), so your preciousss is going to be in good hands while living in the Commuter Series Wallet.

There's a silicone door that covers the Lightning port, another one that covers the headphone jack, and soft buttons that cover the volume toggle and power switch. Installing the case is a piece of cake, although it takes some muscle to take it back off.

Once the case is on your iPhone 5, you can rest assured that whatever you put into the wallet "drawer" is going to stay put. It makes an audible "click" when shut, and requires a bit of pressure to open. I can verify that two credit cards and a driver's license fit into the case snugly, but I had no cash with which to check out the "one folded bill" claim...

If there's one negative I can find with the Commuter Series Wallet, it's that it's somewhat difficult to get cards out -- a small ramp on the bottom edge of the drawer would have made it a bit easier to slide cards out. As it is, you have to kind of pick them out with your fingers.

The Commuter Series Wallet is available now from OtterBox in black and glacier (white hard shell with gray silicone), and will soon be available in primrose (pinkish hard shell with light gray silicone). The case weighs just 2.0 ounces (56.7 grams), not bad considering the level of protection it provides. Unsurprisingly, it's a little thick at .71 inches (1.8 cm), but when you consider that the case can eliminate the need to carry a separate wallet, that's not a real issue.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of the Commuter Series Wallet Case, and then read on for a chance to win one of these cases.


With the Commuter Series Wallet for iPhone 5/5s, OtterBox has entered the case wallet market with a bang. The case provides the excellent drop protection that the company's line is known for, and provides a convenient and secure way to carry an ID card and some credit cards.


  • Reasonably priced for a high-quality protective product
  • Very lightweight
  • Positive feedback on the drawer mechanism insures that your cards remain safely stowed
  • Excellent build quality

    It would be nice if the cards could just slide out with pressure from a thumb; as it is, they must be picked out of the drawer one by one.
Who is it for?

    The iPhone 5/5s owner who is looking both for the protection of one of OtterBox's Commuter Series cases and the convenience of not having to carry a separate wallet


Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  • Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button.
  • The entry must be made before October 8, 2013 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • One winner will be selected and will receive an OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet valued at $44.95
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

Source: Tuaw

Friday, October 4, 2013

Life term for all convicts in Laxmanananda murder case

Additional District and Session Judge RK Tosh on Thursday sentenced all the eight persons convicted in killing of VHP leader and Hindu seer Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his followers to life imprisonment.

On Monday and Tuesday, the court convicted the eight accused persons, Duryodhan Sonamajhi, Munda Badamajhi, Bijay Kumar Sanseth, Budhadev Naik, Bhaskar Sunamajhi of Katiguda, Sanatana Badamajhi, Garanath Chalanseth and Maoist Uday and P Ramarao on charges of committing criminal trespass, murder, criminal conspiracy and possession of illegal arms.

Besides announcing the life imprisonment, the Judge asked Duryadhan Sunamajhi, Munda Babamajhi, Uday and P Ramarao to pay a fine of ` ten thousand each and the other five ` eight thousand each. In default of paying the fine amount, the accused will serve another one year and six months of rigorous imprisonment.

During hearing of sentence the public prosecutor argued for death sentence for Uday and P Ramarao saying that it was the rarest of rare 5s iphone cases life proof box. But the court did not accept his argument and passed the sentence for life imprisonment. The case was tried for last four and a half years in the fast track court No 2 and after abolition of the on April 1, 2013, it was transferred to the Additional District Judge Court. In this case, the prosecution examined 35 witnesses to establish the case. In 35-page judgment, the court found the accused guilty.

As a precautionary measure, six platoons of police in the town and another seven platoons in sensitive areas of the district were deployed. While checking of vehicles and night patrolling were intensified, dog squad and bomb diffusing squad were kept on alert during the day, said a senior police officer.

Source: Newindianexpress

Thursday, October 3, 2013

From Phone Cases to Lap Top Covers, Tap into Trends with Speck Products

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Otterbox releases the Defender Series case for iPhone 5s

Protection, protection is one of the greatest needs of human. Not just from the malicious intent of other people that might cause harm to them. Well, dying is the worst result without it and it's really frightening. Other than that, we need protection from natural disaster, you know, something that happen naturally like it can't be helped to be harm if you're not being careful in an accident. To put into a scenario, it's like driving a motorcycle on a rainy day and on the wet road without a helmet or a police diving into a bank robbery scene alone without a bulletproof vest, yes it's suicidal. Well, danger is only right there (please don't ask where. >.<) and all we can do is to be more careful, sharp and use materials for protection and safety assuring devices. Right, protection is something you, me, and everyone needs.

But in this world, we are not the only ones that need protection. Of course, even plants and animals need it. And on the other side, even "Things" need it. Like your beloved PC or laptops, you install an anti-virus into it in able to avoid the incoming information with harmful data in your computer. That is to avoid harming the system or the parts of your CPU, or corruption of files and many other annoying results that a virus can bring to your life.

Now, let me tell you the main story of this article. You probably know it already by now. Yes, I want to tell you guys that even your precious iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c is still in danger. Talking about inevitability, we can't help sometimes to experience that, "whoops!" and then found your iPhone 5s lying on the floor, with a crack on its screen then you give the final roar, "OMG !!!" Yes, that's how it is.


So let me introduce you the Otterbox, a company with the innovation of protective solution for the leading global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors, they've got technology covered! Yes, they also produce a tough case to provide protection from any accident that might face by your precious smartphones. OtterBox is also known for its 5s iphone cases otterbox commuter galaxy s2 with the capability of handling rugged conditions, protecting iPhone owners from drops with three layers of material. It's a huge case, but many swear to it.

Defender Series

They already release the Defender Series for iPhone 5s days after the Apple released their latest mobile to the public. This three layers in Defender Series can be found on its screen protectors, carbonate inner layer, and a silicone outer layer that handles the protection you need. Other than this Defender series are Commuter series, Reflexive series and Prefix Series for iPhone 5s.

Commuter Series

As the Defender series has three layers. The Commuter Series possess with only two layers, they made it for user who needs protection but they don't like the size of the natural case so OtterBox deduct one layer to make its physical appearance smaller than a three layer.

Reflexive Series

It is the lightest case among the four cases released by OtterBox.

Prefix Series

Prefix series is like what they had done to commuter series. This series offer only one layer for protection.

And this is the OtterBox. It provides protection for your smartphones. I hope you discover a new way to protect your devices. As for others who know it already. Thumbs up for OtterBox.

Source: Thebitbag

Clovis lands new hardware store


Details Published on 10/02/2013 - 5:06 pm Written by Business Journal staff

Clovis True Value will be the town's newest hardware store with its Oct. 18 grand opening at 8 a.m.

Located at 1890 Shaw Ave., the 12,600 square-foot store will offer products including hardware, tools, paint, plumbing and lawn and garden supplies.

The store held its soft opening on Sept. 16 to positive response from the community and traffic has reportedly been steady.

"We had the opportunity to start this store with True Value and felt it was a good time with the economy getting better," said Steve Bassett, store owner. "There has been a need for a good hardware store in the Clovis area for a while."

Bassett also said community involvement will be a priority for the store.

"We focus on meeting the expectations of local residents and providing the community with all the products and services they need to complete their small home-improvement projects," Bassett said.

The hardware retailer employs a staff of 15 workers at this location.

The store ownership is a family affair. Bassett's wife Vicki Bassett is also an owner, as is her dad James Rosetta and her sisters Lynda Rosetta-Hall and Donna Rosetta-Hansen and her husband Brad Hansen.

The owners have approximately 150 years of combined experience in the hardware business.

There will be special in-store savings and prizes during the grand opening weekend, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Source: Thebusinessjournal

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Easiest Way To Find Where To Buy An iPhone 5S Near You

Don't run to the apple 5s iphone cases iphone 5s otterbox red Store just yet. Sure, the iPhone 5S has been out for a little while now, but it's still pretty difficult to buy one.

Fortunately, there's a new site called iPhone Check that scours the inventories of your local Apple Stores and figures out where you can buy the exact iPhone 5S you're looking for. All you have to do is punch in your zip code, cell phone company and preferred iPhone 5S color, and you'll see which (if any) stores have what you're looking for in stock. You'll have to be prepared to be patient, since Apple sold out of its first supply of top-line phones in just two days.

After playing around with the tool for just a few minutes, you'll see that your chances of finding a gold iPhone 5S are slim at this point. This shouldn't come as a surprise, since some people waited in line for weeks outside of Apple stores and still couldn't get their hands on a gold-colored model. The "space gray" 5S seems to be the easiest one to find right now.

Remember that the Apple Store isn't the only place you can get a new iPhone. Yes, you can trade your old iPhone in for a discount on a 5S at an Apple Store, but you can also do that at Walmart. Plus, you can also trade in other types of phones and save money on the iPhone 5S there, too. We've created a handy guide to trading in your old phone before you buy a new one.

Earlier on HuffPost:

Source: Huffingtonpost

Simple tool checks multiple Apple stores for iPhone 5S stock

A simple, unofficial tool for checking iPhone 5s iphone cases waterproof decking stock at Apple's U.S. stores has arrived, a day after Apple brought back its in-store pickup option.

(Credit: Apple)

For those still on the hunt for an iPhone 5S and planning to buy it from an Apple retail store, there's a new, unofficial tool that makes it very simple to search multiple stores at once.

iPhone-Check made by developer Mordy Tikotzky just has you plug in your zipcode, then pick what color and carrier you want. It then shows what phones are available at varying capacities at all of Apple's stores in that area.

(Credit: CNET)

The tool is U.S.-only for now. It's also unclear how up to date it is with Apple's own store data. Tikotzky notes that the tool is actually scraping Apple's retail store site to show availability.

Apple brought back its stock checking tool and in-store pick up option this week after offering it briefly last week. The option lets buyers reserve a phone for pickup without having to wait in line, something that's become more important for would-be iPhone buyers given Apple's currently nebulous shipping estimation of "October" on all 5S models.

Source: Cnet

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

'iPad mini 2 photos' suggest similarity with iPhone 5S

Could this be the new iPad min 2? (Picture: Twitter/Sonny Dickson)

Reported new pictures of the iPad mini 2 have shown the Apple device may be similar in design to the apple 5s iphone ipad cases kate spade charm 5S.

The stills, which have yet to be officially confirmed, feature what looks like a champagne gold coloured version of the latest gadget from the US company.

This is a similar colour scheme to that of the most recent iPhone.

The iPhone 5S is also available in champagne and space grey (Picture: Getty Images)

The images also seem to indicate there will be a fingerprint scanner on the mini device as there is a Touch ID sensor present.

It will also be available in space grey, silver and champagne, just like the iPhone 5S.

The photos were posted by Twitter user Sonny Dickson, who has previously been correct with early information on new Apple products.

Another supposedly leaked photo showing the iPad mini 2(Picture: Twitter/Sonny Dickson)

According to his sources the gadget will also have an A7 chip, 1GB of RAM and M7 motion coprocessor.

It has previously been rumoured the iPad mini 2 will retain a 7.9in screen and have a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel display.

Source: Metro

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Flaunt these Bolly moves during Navratri

When actresses sway to the beats of peppy item numbers, and when heroes groove to songs, their steps soon make their way to being garba steps-of-the-season during Navratri. Year after year, youngsters have done the Macarena and the Dholi Taro. This year, it is time to incorporate the Fevicol and the Tattad Tattad. With the garba fever setting in, here's a dekko at some famous steps that can be incorporated into the unrestrained frenzy of garba.

Lungi Dance (Chennai Express)
This tribute to Rajinikanth has caught the fancy of youngsters in Gujarat too. Honey Singh's peppy number has a dynamic feel to it, and has the right kind of energy that makes it perfect for Navratri. Deepika's halloween costumes sexy indian sarees can be substituted with traditional ghagras by girls, and boys can trade SRK's casually draped lungi over trousers look for kediyus and dhotis.

Fevicol (Dabangg 2)
Probably one of the most famous item numbers of recent times, Kareena Kapoor Khan's latkas and jhatkas are also to be incorporated with the swirls and twirls of girls with voluminous ghaghras. Not to miss Kareena and Salman's famous Fevicol step!

Tattad Tattad (Ramleela)
The latest release of Ramleela has taken all playlists by the storm. With Ranveer Singh flaunting his chiselled body in an open kediyu, Tattad Tattad's energetic steps and upbeat mood has caught the attention of garba enthusiasts. This one seems to be on its way to becoming the new anthem for Navratri and Ranveer's trademark Tattad Tattad movements (vigorous, harmonic motions of brushing his hair with his hands), is sure to be a big hit!

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram (Krrish 3)
Hrithik's fluid moves and Priyanka's groovy steps to this already famous number made out of Gandhiji's favourite bhajan is yet another step that garba enthusiasts are looking forward to showing off during Navratri this year. With a fusion of western and Indian moves, this song is going to be one crowd-puller!

Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero)
Shahid's animated number where he wriggles and wiggles his body to Mika's voice, the lyrics and choreography all blend harmoniously in this floorburner. With garba workshops in full swing, youngsters are looking forward to turning heads with this funky step.

Tumhi Ho Bandhu (Cocktail)
Think of a bhajan made into a totally groovy number for Bollywood, and you think of Tumhi Ho Bandhu. Set against the backdrop of a beachside party with the ultra-glam Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty and Saif Ali Khan sizzling in their sexy beach basics, this song's an eternal favoruite at DJ parties. Now it's time to do some garba with these steps!

Bollywood steps that are Navratri perfect
Chor Bazaari (Love Aaj Kal)
Kajra Re (Bunty Aur Babli)
Dabangg Title track (Dabangg)
Chammak Challo (Ra.One)
Beedi Jalai Le (Omkara)
Dhinka Chika (Ready)
It's Magic (Koi Mil Gaya)

Source: Indiatimes

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fitzgerald Toussaint Cracks 100 Yards

With 120 yards Saturday night, Fitz Toussaint almost looked like his sophomore self, which ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2011. Add in a pair of touchdowns -a 35- and 12-yarder - and the senior had himself quite the time in East Hartford.

The bursts for six points were great signs for Toussaint, who hasn't been overly effective this season. He's struggled to gain a vertical approach to running the ball, still slowing himself down with needless lateral cuts.

If you're not going forward, you're going backward. That statement couldn't ring more true for running backs.

Sure, 24 carries for 120 looks pretty solid. It breaks down to five yards per touch, so what's there to complain about?

There's plenty, actually.

Prior to breaking his runs, Toussaint lugged his way to 37 yards on 10 carries. He certainly let loose during his next 14 totes, proving that he has durability and the will to win. Michigan needed Toussaint more than anyone Saturday night. He came through with difference-making scores, so he definitely deserves praise for carrying the Wolverines in the second half, offensively speaking of course.

Toussaint cracking 100 yards is a bit of a surprise. Given the running game's sloth-like presence during the previous three games, there was no reason to forecast Toussaint doing major damage to UConn. Maybe 70 yards and a touchdown, but 120 and two - well, that's going above and beyond.

Sadly, that "above and beyond" was once the norm for Toussaint. Without those two touchdowns, he would have had 22 carries for about 75 yards, give or take a few. He found two lanes at the right time and capitalized. That's what good runners do.

He's been criticized for two years and rightfully so. But this week, Toussaint deserves credit for vaulting a personal hurdle. That elusive 100-yard benchmark is important for confidence.

Source: Bleacherreport

Consistent with past years' findings, a report today from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the actuary found that U.S. health care spending growth over the next ten years will be modest in comparison to historical trends, with increased spending the result of an improving economy and more accessible and affordable health coverage. Low rates of health spending growth are anticipated to continue through 2013 in key areas such as hospital and drug spending. The study is currently available online and will be published in the October issue of the journal Health Affairs.

The National Health Expenditure projections report, issued annually, contains estimates of spending for health care in the U.S. over the next decade by type of service and source of funding.

As past years' reports have found, this year's report projected that health spending growth would rise in coming years from historically low levels due to more available and affordable care and an influx of baby boomers into the Medicare program with a greater need for health care as they age. The Actuary's office also projected that rates of health care spending over the next decade in several major categories would be below their peak rates in the previous decade, including hospital and prescription drug spending, out-of-pocket spending, and Medicare spending.

"We are on the right track to controlling health care costs, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act," said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. "More Americans will have the ability to get the health care they need, and that is a good thing. We have identified several areas where our reforms to control costs are making progress and we must build on those efforts in the years ahead."

The report's findings include:
* Medicare spending growth has slowed. Medicare spending growth is estimated to have slowed to 4.6 percent in 2012, down from 6.2 percent in 2011 for a total of $579.9 billion. While increases in the number of Medicare enrollees, utilization and input prices will lead to an annual increase of 7.4 percent between 2015 and 2022 according to the report, it will be well below the previous decade's 9.3 percent rate of growth as the Affordable Care Act constrains fee-for-service and private plan payment growth.
* Out-of-pocket spending will be lower as people have more affordable coverage. By 2022, the share of total health spending attributable to out-of-pocket spending is projected to fall from 11.4 percent in 2012 to 9.1 percent, largely as a result of expanded insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Marketplaces.
* Low growth in hospital spending. For the third consecutive year, spending increases on hospital services are projected to be below five percent. For 2015 to 2022, growth in total hospital spending is projected to average 6.3 percent per year. Over this period, hospital spending is impacted by a number of factors, including increases in spending among the newly covered, improvements in the economy that are expected to lead to more use of services, aging of the US population, and Medicare hospital payment update reductions that have been cumulatively impacting spending since 2012.
* Prescription drug spending is lower. In 2012, prescription drug spending is estimated to have declined 0.8 percent, which is down from 2.9 percent growth in 2011, as several popular brand-name drugs lost patent protection. From 2015 to 2022, projected annual average growth in prescription drug spending will be 6.5 percent as increases in insurance coverage and disposable income enable more consumers to fill prescriptions. This rate is below the average annual growth of 8.6 percent between 2000 and 2009.
* Physician and clinical services spending has remained low compared to previous years. Spending on physician and clinical services is estimated to have grown 4.6 percent in 2012, compared to 4.3 percent in 2011. The Actuary's office projects that physician and clinical services spending will rise to 7.1 percent in 2014, when more Americans will have health insurance and utilize physician services. These projections do not take into account Medicare physician payment cuts under the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which-if not overridden by Congress-would restrain growth in spending for physicians' services to 4.7 percent.
* Medicaid spending per person will fall in 2014. According to the report, per enrollee Medicaid spending is expected to decline by 2.8 percent in 2014, due to the entry of non-disabled children and younger and nondisabled adults into the Medicaid program. The program will cover nearly 9 million newly insured Americans, leading to a rise in Medicaid spending of 12.2 percent in 2014.

To read "National Health Expenditure Projections, 2012-22" in Health Affairs, go to: http://content.healthaffairs.org/lookup/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0721

For more information, including historical data on national health expenditures, visit: http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/index.html

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It was quite a week for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who ended their 15-month engagement on Monday, Sept. 15. But that was just the beginning. Just one day after the couple announced their split, the Hunger Games hunk was spotted kissing Mexican actress-singer Eiza González.

But, that wasn't the only story that had people talking.

Take a look at our five biggest stories of the week!

Liam Hemsworth caught kissing Eiza González: The 23-year-old actor was seen locking lips with the 23-year-old beauty, and E! News has all the exclusive pics of the twosome's steamy makeout session. Liam stopped by Eiza's pad in Beverly Hills to give her a piece of luggage, where she flaunted her bangin' bod in a pair of booty shorts and a bright orange bra top, seemingly having just worked out when her sexy visitor arrived. He was only there for about five minutes, and the pair chatted briefly before they started smooching.

PHOTOS: Liam Hemsworth & Eiza González's Steamy Makeout Session

Kendall and Kris show off their bikini bodies: Look at these bikini babes!

Kendall Jenner might be the one we are used to seeing in a two piece, Kris Jenner, looks fabulous, too!

On Sunday, Sept. 15, the 17-year-old E! star instagrammed one of her modeling shots from Agua Bendita Colombian Swimwear's 2014 campaign. Not to be outdone, the 57-year-old hot mama (and grandma!) posted her own bikini snapshot, wearing a bright blue bikini, statement necklace and her hair slicked back.


Zac Efron focused on career after rehab stint: recently completed a stint in rehab about five months ago and is focused on his career, sources exclusively told E! News.

"He's healthy, happy and not drinking," one source said. "He's taking time to focus on working."

The 25-year-old actor recently walked the red carpet at the Toronto International Film for the premiere of Parkland, his upcoming new ensemble drama about the JFK assassination.

"I'm good, real good," he said.

NEWS: Rob Lowe Defends Pal Zac Efron's Decision to Go to Rehab

Jared Leto covers Rihanna's "Stay" and it's amazing: Wow, ! During an appearance on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman covered 's hit "Stay" and applied his own unique style to the hit ballad. It's unreal. And we can't stop listening.

Michigan University Removes Pendulum Statue After Naked Students Used It to Recreate Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" Video: Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., to boast a pendulum statue comprised of a 42-inch steel ball hanging on a 50-foot cable. That was before students used it to recreate Miley's infamous "Wrecking Ball" music video. Total Frat Move reports, "After several naked Vines imitating Miley Cyrus, Grand Valley State University has taken down the pendulum structure better known as the GV Wrecking Ball, a campus landmark that had been up for years."

Oh and the pictures and videos are hysterical.

PHOTOS: Check out our favorite Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball memes and GIFs!

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COLUMBUS - Elyria High grad Chase Farris got the first start of his Ohio State career Saturday against Florida A&M, replacing the injured Michael Bennett on the defensive line.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound redshirt sophomore didn't have much time to prepare for his big moment.

"I didn't find out until the first play of the game," said Farris, a defensive lineman-turned offensive lineman-turned back into a defensive lineman. "They said, 'Get ready, you're going today.' ... You just know your number is being called and it's time to go.

"It's amazing, it's really amazing. It definitely was a surprise. I wasn't expecting it. I figured I'd get in sooner or later. But to start today was definitely amazing. My coaches trusted me to get into the game today."

Farris made some plays, too, recording a sack for an 8-yard loss and tipping a pass at the line of scrimmage in OSU's 76-0 win.

Bennett got a stinger in the Cal game last week and couldn't play.

Farris said he's much better suited to play the defensive line now than when he first got to Columbus out of Elyria High.

"Definitely, definitely," he said. "When I was first moved to the D-line I was 275 (pounds). ... They moved me to the O-line and now I'm back to the D-line at 310. It's definitely a big difference. It's more proportional for me to be 310 against somebody who is 310 instead of being 275."

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Proponents of the common Core national standards push, including the U.S. Department of Education, have long argued that Common Core is a state-led initiative.

Why, then, would Secretary of Education Arne Duncan-and special guest President Obama-meet with more than 40 CEOs to promote Common Core?

President Obama and the nation's top federal education official met with CEOs this past Wednesday at a gathering of the Business Roundtable in order to, as Education Week'sSean Cavanagh put it, give Common Core " a boost inside the Beltway." (Dane Linn, current vice president of education and workforce policy at the Business Roundtable, helped develop Common Core.)

President Obama promoted Common Core during his remarks to the CEOs, stating:

I want to thank the [Business Roundtable] because you've worked with us on issues like creating a common cause-a common core that ensures that every young person in America has the opportunity to get prepared for the kinds of jobs that are going to exist in the 21st century. (Emphasis added.)

The "you've worked with us before" line once again underscores the fact that the Administration has been very much involved in the Common Core effort. Federal entanglement aside, should business leaders heed President Obama's calls to support Common Core national standards and tests?

CEOs should not be seduced into believing that Common Core will improve K-12 education and equip the American workforce with the skills future employees need in order to be successful. On the most foundational level, business thrives on a free market economy- on competition, not monopoly. But the Common Core initiative monopolizes the educational marketplace. It is a top-down approach to education that separates those closest to the students-parents, teachers, and local leadership-from the educational decision-making process.

Successful entrepreneurs would balk at such an approach for their own companies. Top-performing industries push decision making downward and provide employees with incentives to improve. Successful entrepreneurs also understand that businesses need to be able to engage in continuous quality improvement in order to remain competitive. Such an external mechanism for continuous improvement is absent in the Common Core national standards push.

Common Core is the antithesis of the type of innovation that defines entrepreneurship: It is bureaucratic, top-heavy, and inflexible.

Despite claims that Common Core was led by "teachers, parents, school administrators," the Administration's presence at Wednesday's Business Roundtable meeting suggests otherwise. Indeed, according to a poll taken by PDK and Gallup earlier this month, 62 percent of Americans do not even know what the Common Core is.

Supporters of the Common Core would do better to learn from the CEOs about how to create excellence in a given field. Most recognize that choice and innovation-not centralization-is the key to improvement.

It's this very lack of choice and innovation that has weighed down American K-12 education for decades. The last thing it needs is more centralization through national standards and tests.


Source: Heritage