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image There’s no easy way to admit this, but I am horrible with names.

I shake hands with someone I’ve just met, the person says his or her name, and within 10 seconds I’ve forgotten the name. And since I’ve just started a new job, I am beyond frustrated with my memory problem. Grrrrr.

As PR professionals, we all know the importance of building rapport and maintaining relationship with clients. That can be difficult when you can’t remember the name of the guy sitting next to you at lunch.

Never fear. There are plenty of techniques and tricks from business pros and memory experts to help you remember names. Below is a brief
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image On the heels of its first-quarter earnings report, Twitter seems to be struggling to keep its users active. The social-media service added 14 million active users, up about 6 percent from the previous quarter, but not as much as some analysts would have liked.

Twitter now counts 255 million active users; Facebook has over 1 billion active users. Keep in mind that an active user as someone who logs into their account once a month, not someone who’s necessarily tweeting regularly.

So what to do if you are one of many that set up a Twitter account and abandoned it? Dust off that handle, and give it another try.

1. Be patient. Unless you’r
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image New Delhi, Jan 16 : The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Thursday said it has issued 56 crore Aadhaar numbers and is in the process of completing its mandate of covering 60 crore people by the end of the current fiscal.

"With generation of about 13-14 lakh Aadhaar numbers every day, the flagship programme appears all set to complete its mandate of covering 60 crore population in the next few weeks," UIDAI said in a statement.

According to UIDAI, currently more than three crore Aadhaar numbers are being generated per month and that with an increased capacity 15-16 lakh enrolment packets are being processed every day.

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image   London, Jan 6 : Prince Harry now prefers spending time at home watching TV with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas.

According to sources, this is the "new Harry" who is behaving the way the Royal Family wants him to, by acting more maturely and not be seen staggering out of clubs, the Daily Star reported.

The 29-year-old royal was so eager to see the 24-year-old former dance student that he flew home early after his 'Walking With The Wounded Antarctic' trek last month.

When the couple reunited, they spent the evening with mates watching TV series 'Homeland' finale over a takeaway curry. (ANI) &n
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image With a deep freeze taking over much of the U.S., bad weather is the talk of the nation. Turn on the TV, and you'll find a lineup of weathermen and women gravely forecasting more snowstorms and colder temperatures.

Between the cancelled flights, cold feet, wet coats and gray skies, it's easy to why many people feel that bad weather detracts from their overall happiness. But while waking up to a chilly, soggy morning may very well dampen your mood, the relationship between behavior and weather is complex. And gloomy weather, it turns out, has some unexpected benefits.

We're more productive when it's nasty outside.
Unpleasant weather is thoug
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image Washington, Jan 2 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly topped the giving list for US philanthropists after donating a Silicon Valley foundation with nearly one billion dollars.

Zuckerberg, along with wife, Priscilla Chan, contributed the sum to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation including 18 million in Facebook shares that totaled to about 992 million dollars.

According to Newsmax, Zuckerberg is joined by 14 other big ticket donors in the US, including outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and businessman and political activist David Koch, who were among those giving away at least 100 million dollars of their fortunes at one time.
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image There are certain tech stories and tips that show up over and over again. People tweet them, post them on Facebook, offer them as advice. Sometimes they are totally baloney but we still fall for them. Sometimes they are true and they sound like baloney. So here's a test: Can you spot the a tech myth from the tech fact? Take this short quiz to find out.   Source:  
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image Los Angeles, Dec 24 : Hollywood actor Steve Martin has issued a public apology after posting a racially offensive joke on microblogging site Twitter.

The "Father of the Bride" star was recently making a series of gags about grammar on Twitter when one fan asked him, "Is this how you spell lasonia?"

Martin reportedly replied: "It depends. Are you in an African-American neighbourhood or at an Italian restaurant?" reports femalefirst. co. uk.

This made a number of fans criticise him for the bad joke, and he later deleted the tweet and issued an apology, writing: "I did apologise. But again, a second later I realised
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image On the morning of my mother’s funeral, I wrote the following paragraph for the original, first edition of this book:

My mother passed away a couple of days, actually nights ago, and the viewing was last night; the memorial service will be in about four hours from now, this morning. It is 6:00 A.M. And here I am, at the keyboard, in my home office, writing. That’s what I do almost every day, for at least the first early hour of the morning, no matter what. And that’s the answer to how I can have five books in bookstores, a sixth and seventh hitting early in 1996, be under contract for an eighth for 1997, write my monthly newsletters, and so on.

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image     Bangalore, Dec 19 : Indian IT bellwether Wipro Ltd Thursday announced a fellowship programme to nurture talent of American school teachers in mathematics and science in collaboration with Michigan State University.   "We are funding the multi-year programme with a $2.8-million grant to initially train about 100 teachers in Chicago public schools in both the subjects," Wipro chief executive T. K. Kurien said in a statement from New Jersey.   Aligned with the US national goal to improve the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the programme will build leadership in urban schools by leveraging expertise de
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image     We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.

And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a specific and actionable goal. At least, this is how I approached my life until recently. I would set goals for classes I took, for weights that I wanted to lift in the gym, and for clients I wanted in my business.

What I’m starting to realize, however, is that when it comes to actually getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you,
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image   In his book Tweet Naked, online marketing expert Scott Levy provides the critical information entrepreneurs need to craft a social media strategy that will boost their brand and their business. In this edited excerpt, the author explains the importance of the content you're posting on social media and how you can get your hands on more of it.

On your social media pages, there are at least 1,000 ways to get people to engage, such as asking questions, offering daily tips, or posting quotes and fun facts. You should definitely post video and photos: Pictures and videos are shared 40 percent more than text. Contests can also be a tremendous way to engage for two reaso
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image   David Portnoy's Barstool Sports is the bible of bro culture. Rude, crude, sexist and often mean-spirited--even Howard Stern has complaints--the site has become a go-to for young men who say they are disenfranchised by the mainstream media. With legions of fans, Barstool is expanding its original content offerings and even eyeing a move into broadcasting. Is this take-no-prisoners style of entertainment the future? And can Portnoy continue to cash in on controversy?   The natives are growing restless. "We want Pres!" they chant. "We want Pres!"   Barstool Sports' Blackout electronic dance music party is approaching critical mass, but the
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image Washington:  President Barack Obama's disapproval rating has hit a record high, due mainly to the disastrous debut of his health care law, an NBC  News-Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday said.

A total of 54 percent of those surveyed disapprove of how he is doing his job, which is the highest mark in his presidency. That is up from 51 percent in late October, said the survey.

The numbers are also dismal on specific aspects of his leadership.

Only 28 percent give Obama high grades for being able to achieve goals, which is down 16 points from January.

And 37 percent give him high marks for being honest and str
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image Baghdad: At least 17 people died and 49 others were wounded Monday in separate attacks in Iraq, while the Iraqi army said it thwarted an attack launched by an armed group from neighbouring Syria.
    The deadliest strike was a car-bomb blast 10 km south of Baquba, the capital of the northeastern province of Diyala.

That attack left 13 dead and 20 wounded, medical personnel said.

In another incident, at least two police officers died and nine others were wounded when a car bomb exploded hear a police station in Al Tarmiya, 40 km north of Baghdad, the interior ministry reported.

One soldie
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image WASHINGTON: Proposing that "enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war," US President Barack Obama opened his second term in the White House with a promise of greater American engagement and less confrontation with the world that can "more durably lift suspicion and fear."

In a rousing inaugural address following his re-election and swearing-in for four more years at the helm of the world's most influential country, the US President offered plenty of hints that America would now focus on the challenging internal social, political, and economic dynamics rather than be sucked into solving the world's problems.

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image SINGAPORE: Singapore prosecutors will charge 24 Indian workers for taking part in the city-state's first riot in more than 40 years, police said on Tuesday.

The men face jail terms of up to 10 years plus caning for charges of rioting with dangerous weapons in the hour-long fracas on Sunday night, triggered when an Indian construction worker was struck and killed by a private bus in the Little India district.

They were among 400 people involved in the rampage that saw 39 police and civil defence staff injured, and 25 vehicles — including 16 police cars — damaged or torched.

Two Bangladeshis, an Indian national and a Singapore perman
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image   SOWETO, South Africa: Tens of thousands of grieving South Africans will sit side-by-side with presidents, priests, queens and sheikhs on Tuesday at a memorial service for unifying global icon Nelson Mandela.Close to 100 world leaders and 80,000 South Africans will gather at a stadium in Soweto -- the crucible of Mandela's anti-apartheid struggle -- to bid farewell to a man whose life story earned uncommon universal respect.

News of the prisoner-turned-president's death at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday resonated around the world, triggering a wave of loving admiration from political and religious leaders, some of whom agree on little else.

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image image credit: The Color Run Who said running had to be serious? From a zombie-themed race to a run that ends with lots of chocolate, here are six quirky ways to break a sweat and have some fun at the same time.
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image As an entrepreneur, you're probably so busy taking care of your business that you skip taking care of yourself. Not such a good idea, especially if you're being treated for a medical condition.   Your business can't afford to lose you, so here are three free apps from Apple that can help you take control of your healthcare so it doesn't take control of you.   mage credit: 1. Mango Health
If you're on medication, Mango Health for the iPhone or iPad can not only help you remember to take your daily dose, but it can even reward you for taking it safely and on time. Simply list all of your medications and when you need to take them. W
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