Israel Approves Prisoner Release

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prisonIsrael’s government has approved to free the 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners as part of an agreement that will see peace talks resume.

First group of released Palestinian prisoners

A list of prisoners selected by a ministerial committee was released overnight. The government will free the prisoners in a couple of days. The delay allows times for last-minute legal challenges by victims’ families.

The announcement came after Palestinian officials accused Israel of trying to interrupt the peace talks by approving almost 1,200 new settlement homes.

An Israeli government spokesperson dismissed the allegations, saying every peace initiative so far had planned that the settlements in question become Israeli territory.

The Palestinians are willing to accept land swaps.

Around 500,000 Jews live in over 100 settlement homes built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel argues this.

Peace talk: A settlement for prisoners

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement announcing that 26 prisoners would be freed. It said they would be released at least 48 hours after the Israeli Prison Servie published a list of their names.

According to the statement, “during the discussion it was emphasized that if one of those released will return to engage in hostile activity against Israel, he will be returned to complete his sentence.”

Its Curtains For Behar From ‘The View’

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One of the last original hosts of ABC’s daytime talk show, ‘The View’ will soon bid adieu to the program. After her exit, only Barbara Walters, the program’s inventor would remain as the one who was with the show since its start.

joy beharJoy Behar’s Last Day

Joy Behar is all set to quit the hit talk show on Friday. Her last day on the sets, which has already been taped, is punctuated with profane jokes to lighten the heavy mood. The program has been specially edited as a tribute to one of its best hosts. It highlights several memorable moments including her interviews with President Obama and her walk out on Bill O-Reilly.

The standup comic and writer, who is 70 now, says that the reason behind her quitting was her desire to do something different without being chained by the daily talk show schedules. Her ambition now, she said was to do different things instead of doing just one.

Loeb’s Entertainment Sale Proposal Rejected By Sony

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sony-entertainmentDaniel Loeb, a US hedge fund manager’s proposal that Sony sell a part of its entertainment business has been rejected by the Japanese company’s board in a unanimous decision. This has affected Sony’s shares, which have slid by over 5 percent.

In a letter addressed to the Third Point CEO, Sony affirmed that continuing to fully own Sony Pictures and Sony Music was ‘fundamental’ to its success.

What’s more in the Letter

In its letter to the CEO, Sony also added that the content in its shows is increasing in value. It also mentioned that the entertainment business would benefit over time given the rampant spread of new distribution platforms, the internet and mobile devices.

While Sony’s response to Loeb’s proposal was on the whole guarded, several analysts view the contents of the letter as a means for the Japanese giant to unlock its unrealized value. Sony also wrote in the letter that it is capable of raising money if needed and restated its plans to revitalize its electronics sector.

A Leap of Faith towards Video Production

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You say you like the atmosphere in production, along with the diversity and travel that comes with it. What most people perceive in production is its exciting and prestigious nature. What many have no idea about, however, is the long hours and sacrifices that it involves.

Video and film production is not your regular 9 to 5 job. It often involves much longer hours in different stages: pre-production, production, and post-production.

During the post-production, you’ll likely be busy in an editing room for hours, digitally cutting a series of one-minute infomercials for say, a toothpaste brand, or a wedding. For many others, working nights, weekends, and holidays in a television newsroom is routine.

What is great about this industry is the challenge that comes with it day in and day out, and the avenue for creative expression that is only limited by imagination. To prepare you for a career involving video production, here is some information you might find useful.

An Apprenticeship Industry

Most people, save for the very lucky, learn the ropes in entry-level jobs and work their way up. Are you married? Do you have children? Can you afford the salary for a number of years as you attempt to climb a new corporate ladder? Furthermore, to get an entry-level training for video production, you may need to move to a smaller market. Your sacrifices will pay off, but for now, as in many other careers, what you’ll be doing involves some risks.

How can the skills you acquired in your former career benefit your potential employer? Do you have any serious interests, like photography, or multimedia production that might translate into production skills?

Do Your Homework

Don’t just start sending out resumes. Some in-depth research will go a long way as it will help to present you as a person of value at a local station. Read some of the trade publications, and talk to people working in the business. Try to figure out what you would like to do, and what you are good at doing. That will allow you to focus in on a specific industry job such as video production marketing. Remember, there’s a lot more to television production than just the giant networks.

A Never-Ending Room for Improvement

Take a couple of courses in production at your community college, and navigate through circles that might be willing to use volunteers. As soon as a door opens, work on original project ideas, and pitch them to the right people at these facilities. If you’re lucky enough to be on the staff, involve yourself in the production area. Be enthusiastic about everything! Even if you discover that you don’t want a production job, whatever you accomplish can be a stepping-stone to a significant position at these stations.

Everything you do in this industry – every email you send, phone call you make, or hand you shake –reflects back on you. Make sure you stand out from the crowd.

Who Needs Friends Like Simon Cowell?

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simon cowellSimon Cowell’s affair and new baby threatens to sour his reputation.

Frenemy

His show, the US X Factor show is screened on Fox, have millions of viewers in conservative American states.Many of them will strongly disagree with his affair with the wife of one of his closest friends and might choose to turn off his shows.

Make or Break

This year could make or break his career. His behavior is unlikely to help ratings, as people of today are more conscious of supporting only people who make for a good role model. Right now he is likely to be terrified about the effect this affair, the divorce case, and the baby on his career. Though a workaholic, there may not be much work left for the “homewrecker” to do if the series flops.

Cowell’s Future

Cowell has just finished the Boot Camp stages in America.He will have to appear live on stages as the show progresses throughout the year. He is also due to open conversation on a new deal with ITV later this year. This, however, may be changed by how he wishes to spend more time in America, as the mother will most probably raise the baby in New York.

With friends like Simon, who needs enemies?

Call It Old-Fashioned, but…

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They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and yet there are those who dismiss jewellery as worthless items. Still, the popular opinion considers jewellery as something that connotes love. There are women who want jewellery simply because it’s pretty. There are also men who buy gold online only because their partners asked for it. To the romantic at heart, there remains an important, meaningful, and under appreciated relationship between love and jewellery.

The Desire to Possess

Every part of a man’s desire to give jewellery comes from the focus on the woman actually wearing it. Providing for a woman is the main expression of a man’s love, and jewellery carries a special role in this. It is important for men to feel a sense of possession towards women. Though she is not a property in any literal sense, he feels that she is his most prized possession. The sight of a bejewelled woman is extremely pleasing, but the effects of her choice to wear jewellery are much more important. When a woman chooses to wear jewellery a man gave her, it implies her acceptance of that role.

The Desire to Proclaim

Unlike an item with utilitarian value that she would use anyway, wearing jewellery is optional, so practical considerations do not taint this symbolism of ownership. It is an item of purely aesthetic value, proclaiming that he can give her more than she needs. In contrast to other things with aesthetic value, jewellery’s purpose is to accentuate a woman’s loveliness. Most importantly, jewellery is highly visible and therefore, often noticed and strongly associated with the man who gave it.

The Desire to Caress

The fact that jewellery is close to a woman’s body represents the physical contact that a man constantly craves. The jewellery represents the man’s hands, touching her even when he cannot. A bracelet holds her hand, while an earring caresses her face. The continuity of contact is also important, for a man cannot keep a woman in his arms all day. With jewellery, however, he can express his desire to do so.

Most people don’t think about these things when they buy jewellery or wear it. There remains to be practical value and respect that are placed on those who choose to invest in bullion coins instead, and yet such does not diminish the meaning of precious jewellery for those who understand it.

5 Things to Do After a Failed Job Interview

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You’ve been waiting for almost a week and still, the HR manager didn’t call as he promised. The moment you stepped out of that interview, you knew something was off, but couldn’t quite figure out what it was. You’re beating yourself up for letting that opportunity get away.

Walking away from your failed job interview with a negative attitude will bring nothing but frustrations. And as you look for other jobs openings in WA, follow these tips to ensure a successful interview next time.

Learn from the experience

It’s a fact. Bad interviews are discouraging and can cause feelings of inadequacy or even depression. But don’t let that get in the way. Identify what exactly went wrong and learn from it. You should also identify your strong points so you can use that to your advantage during the next interview.

Wages and salaries aren’t part of it

Of course, you’re looking for a job to earn money. But your initial job interview isn’t the appropriate setting to ask about it. Interviewers often discuss wages and salaries when you’ve passed initial screenings and found qualified for the position. You will be asked about your expectations after a series of evaluation and interviews. Let them bring up the topic and never talk about it unless they ask you first.

Don’t turn your former employer to mortal enemy

Criticising your former boss will make the interviewer think you might do the same when you leave their company. Instead, you can always explain what went wrong during your last job and what you did about it, in a nice way. Make your answers short and positive for an effective job interview.

“I really need this job” is not helpful

There are many people out there who badly need a job other than you. Focus on your skills and let them notice it so you can win the job.

Don’t apologise for being a flop

You don’t know what your interviewer was thinking. And sometimes, it wasn’t as bad as you think. If you did something that requires an apology, it’s a clear judgment call. You don’t want to keep reminding them what went wrong in the middle of your interview. You can also follow up through an email a few days after the interview.

Whether you’re looking for full-time or part time jobs, always prepare and be confident during interviews. Research about the company to understand its business and culture to make a good first impression.

Responsive Web Layouts: The Right Trend for Mobile-Friendly Sites

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Will the world in the near future be run from smartphones and tablets? This scenario is not entirely impossible, as the number of people owning these devices is increasing by the day. In fact, research firm Gartner has reported that more than 296 million smartphones have been shipped to many parts of the world last year. In-Stat, another research company, supports this figure with their forecast. They estimate that 65% of the U.S. population will then have either one or both gadgets by 2015.

Business owners have been quick to take note of this development. Many industries are now striving to make their websites viewable for different digital devices. It’s no longer enough to have a site you can access and browse through a personal computer or laptop. You must be able to see it on the screen of a mobile phone and tablet. This is because consumers devote more time browsing the web on their free time and while on the go. They search for the products they need online, and their phones and tablets allow them to do that conveniently.

Responsive Web Design: The Solution for Today’s Mobile Website Issues

The wide range of devices available today has made even a basic website hard to access. This happens because your site might have been created for desktop viewing only. Specialists in San Diego web design advise making your site viewable across different platforms using a one-web design.

Making your site easy to view on mobile phones and tablets can be costly, though. This, however, can be worth the investment if you create a mobile marketing strategy that works to engage current customers and future visitors.

They will find your website useful if it has the following characteristics:

Short and Informative Content

Detailed explanations are good for the times when users need to clarify information. This isn’t applicable for mobile users, however. They need short content that gives them the material they need immediately. This is why you have to make your content structure easy to understand the first time. Make your sentences short and concise. This way, users will read and stay on your site.

No Horizontal Scrolling

It can be annoying when you have to scroll the screen to see other parts of content you’ve missed. Coordinate with web design specialists about sites that compress the contents according to the screen sizes of different devices. This way, they will see and be able to browse the whole page completely, instead of guessing on the contents on the unseen parts.

Fast Loading Time

There is more demand for a fast website these days. Look for visually appealing features that aren’t too heavy on the processor. This way, you can have a visually attractive site that will allow for easier loading time. This is gratifying for many users, which can encourage them to check out other pages on your site.

A mobile-friendly website has more chances to get leads than sites that are viewed only through desktop computers. Find out how you can modify your site accordingly with the help of companies specializing in web design in San Diego. This can help you determine if you should create a new site or reformat your existing one.

Elements of Content Marketing (that every Business should have)

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Content is at the top of the online marketing food chain. Of course, your strategies in writing and disseminating your web content have to be in line with the algorithm changes of Google. No matter what update the Internet giant rolls out, however, content will always play a significant part in Internet marketing.

Web content helps you reach and attract your target audience in more ways than one. Some traditional methods continue to produce great numbers when it comes to generating fast return of investment. Modern methods, on the other hand, are shaping the future of content marketing in the ever-changing online environment.

To help you achieve your online goals and succeed in business, here are some of the elements of a successful content marketing strategy:

Business Blog

Many experts consider blogs the second most important online real estate after your business site. Blogs boost your marketing and SEO in a variety of ways. Blogging gives your target audience valuable information complementing your products and services. Business blogs also create interlinks for a better linking structure for your site and enhances your visitors’ overall browsing experience.

eMail Marketing

Many digital marketing companies still use this strategy because of its flexibility. eMail marketing is an efficient way to stay in touch with millions of clients over time. It’s also used for testing marketing messages and spreading information quickly. This method allows you to send specific messages to segments of audiences easily while saving time and money on your marketing.

Video Marketing

Content marketing is no longer just textual, as the popularity of tablet computers and smartphones has made video marketing more effective. Videos add more dimension to the way you deliver your message. As watching video is more entertaining and engaging for most online audiences, video marketing has gained better acceptance. This has, for instance, led well-known photo sharing app Instagram to introduce video sharing support.

Marketing companies specializing in SEO solutions can help you maximize your content marketing efforts. They have the expertise and experience to manage your campaign and use the right strategies that suit your business. Content marketing is truly a powerful method, but working with the right company matters to ensure your success.

DRP: Backing Up Your Computer Data

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While computers are seen as one of the best inventions of humankind, they can also breakdown. Viruses and hardware failure cause these machines to cease operating. Moreover, natural disasters can destroy the company’s IT structure and therefore disrupt network functions. Without proper planning and preparation for such disasters, computer systems could become unavailable for a long time. Worst, all important data and information stored in the computers could be lost forever.

Recovery Plan

While businesses can’t avoid disasters, careful planning can help minimize its negative effects. A disaster recovery plan presents a set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure. This specifies procedures that an organization must follow in an event of a disaster. The plan helps reduce the disruption in the daily operations and makes sure that some level of organizational stability and a recovery after a disaster remain in place.

Backup System

File corruption is greatly increasing due to the spread of viruses. When viruses invade your computer, all your data can be easily lost. This is why you need a backup system or a data center management to make sure that all of your data will be safe. Through this, even though the data is lost, you can always rely on your backup and retrieve your files. The backup system can restore the corrupted files and allow the business to continue with its daily operation.

Data Colocation

If you lack the time and money to build a full data center, data colocation may be a great option. This refers to the process of placing multiple or related entities in a single location. This can help you optimize your department’s processes and give your employees more time to concentrate on more strategic business tasks. Such facilities provide the space, power, security, and networking equipment. Colocation allows multiple consumers to access a network and a server, connecting them to a variety of service providers.

While it always better to be prepared for disasters, it is also important to think of your methods. As not all disaster recovery plans can work on some business structures, you need to determine what is right for your company. You must develop a disaster recovery plan with detailed procedures. It is also important to test the plan to determine possible shortcomings or failures.