A New My Sites Section

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My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful.

From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own.

The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make WordPress.com faster, easier to use from any device, and overall more wonderful. My Sites will be a hub for an increasingly seamless experience, so stay tuned for more updates, and please pardon the dust as we make a few changes!

My Sites: Before & After

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Beating The Burn Out


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We’ve all been there one time or another. Where you just don’t feel particularly inspired by photography, and unsure how to get out of your funk. For me personally, it’s especially threatening, as I am a full time photographer, so my livelihood is dependent on my own creativity in the arts.Throughout the years, I’ve found ways to help be break out of these ‘burn outs’ and succeed even further as a photographer.

I think burning yourself out can happen through a number of ways. Whether it’s stress induced, working too hard on projects you’re not passionate about, or even the changing of seasons, one thing is for certain – it’s terrifying.

I’ve gone through a few of these burnouts in my days, and I’ve found some simple tips to help push myself out of it. While these are not failsafes, they do help me from time to time to find…

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4 Signs that He is Your Real Soulmate
You have been dating him for quite some time now, and recently have started to get a strong feeling that he might be “the one” that you have been waiting for all this while. But how can you be completely sure? There is always an inherent fear that you might be taking it too seriously or imagining things, or it just might be an infatuation. Don’t worry! We give you 4 sure signs that will clearly hint at the answer you are looking for. Read on to know the signs that tell you he is your soulmate.
1. He knows your thoughts intuitively
Okay, not literally! By this we mean that he comprehends your thoughts and feelings, and often even completes your sentences! When the attraction grows to a point that being together becomes a habit, he would know your innermost feelings no matter how much you try to hide them. This isn’t just “mush talk” but a fact supported by researchers who believe that this connection is at par with what a child has with his mother. He will intuitively know if you are feeling low or excited or happy. If that is the case, then it suggests that you both have achieved a level of understanding that is possible only after a strong emotional commitment
2. His presence calms you
In this day and age when stress and anxiety are deemed normal, all you need is a comforting hand on your back. If he has a soothing effect on you in demanding situations, it is highly indicative that your compatibility is just fabulous. For instance, you have had a really bad day at work, but just hearing his voice for a few minutes on the phone seems to make all your worries melt away. It feels as if you have taken a painkiller and all your nagging discomfort has vanished. Be glad that you have found your perfect match!
3. You can share your darkest secrets with him (and he is okay with them!)
You have held secrets so dark or so personal that even your parents and best friends do not know about them. But for some reason you feel like sharing them with him, and are sure he will be perfectly fine with them. In fact, he even makes you feel okay about it, ridding you of any guilt. Your mistakes, some embarrassing moments, wrong decision, and things like these don’t even matter between the two of you anymore. If you have experienced this, then rest assured that he is “the one” for you.
4. He plays many roles in your life
If he plays the role of an understanding friend, a supportive pillar, a protector and a pampering partner, all as and when you need the most, then he is certainly yours for keeps. If you he is the name you can think of when in trouble, when happy, when sad or excited, then be certain that you have found your Mr. Right.
But dear girls, do remember that these signs should be thought about only after dating for a reasonable time period to eliminate the chances of infatuation overriding your senses.
source: bollyw oodshaadis.com


62-year-old Pastor Sentenced To 2 Months Imprisonment For Defiling 10-year-old Girl
An Egor Magistrates’ Court, Benin, on Friday sentenced a 62-year old pastor, Alfred Idonogie, to two years imprisonment for defiling a 10-year old girl.
Chief Magistrate Taye Omoruyi found Idonogie guilty of the offence after the prosecutor presented five witnesses who testified in proof of the charge.
The prosecution witnesses included the victim’s grandmother, the girl, the investigating police officer and a medical doctor, who established that there was penetration into the little girl’s private part.
The court said that the accused committed the offence on June 25, 2 013 at Onaghino Street, medical stores road, Benin City.
The judge said the convict would spend six months in jail if he agreed to pay a fine of N200,000
Counsel to the accused, Mr U. Osa-Uwagie, indicated his interest to contest the judgment on appeal.
The Coordinator, Edo State Child Protection Network, Jennifer Ero, who took up the matter, said the judgment was a victory for the child.
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CBN Launches Biometric Registration For Bank Customers
Banks in Nigeria have commenced biometric registration of their customers.
Rising from its 315th meeting held in Lagos on Tuesday, the Bankers’ Committee had announced that the biometric registration of bank customers would commence on Friday.
All banks are expected to comply fully with the directive which entails that all Deposit Money Banks register their customers’ details including their fingerprints.
Apart from fraud prevention and revolutionising the payment system, biometric authentication of bank customers is also to address complaints of personal identification numbers theft in the industry.
Speaking in Lagos at the launch of the new system, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said banks are expected to capture biometric details of all customers nationwide in the next 18 months.

Culling Photos: Five Tips to Choose Your Best Images

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Editor’s Note: We are please to welcome Lisa Robinson to the Photofocus team.  She is a professional photographer from Washington, D.C.

Whatever your discipline of photography, there’s one skill that is crucial to catapulting your success: culling. That boring, obnoxious task of sifting through all the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in order to finally surface with a body of work worth looking at (or showing to the client).

Why Cull Images?

Include too few photos and your clients feel gypped and they scoot out the door with the bare minimum purchase. Include too many photos and your clients are so overwhelmed they’re incapable of discerning the images they love from the images they like in order to complete a purchase. Either way, you’re ending up not earning as much as you should.

It sounds like it should be a simple enough task, but looks can be deceiving. All…

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6 Quick Tips For Kissable Lips Especially On This Valentine
One of the best qualities somebody can have is soft, beautiful lips. With the cold, windy weather approaching, you might find yourself suffering from chapped or dry lips. So this Valentine’s Day, after you’ve found a babysitter and are getting ready for a romantic date with your significant other, use these tips for kissable lips that they wont be able to resist!
Brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash: Because foul breath is never sexy!
Exfoliate and moisturize: Begin by rubbing your lips down with a lip scrub like Sugar Lip Treatment Lip Ornament, made from sugar,antioxidant-rich oils, and vitamins C & E. You can even make your own brown sugar scrub if there’s no time to pick one up! Quick application will really nourish your lips and remove dead skin cells, making them silky smooth and kissable for up to six hours.
Line your lips: Lining your lips is a great way to make sure your lipstick doesn’t run outside the lip lines and will help define them, so choose a color close to the shade of lipstick you’re going to be wearing for your big night.
Tint: Before you apply lipstick, stain your lips with a lipstain close to the color of your lipstick. That way if you’re going to be eating or drinking (or kissing) your lipstick might rub off, but this will insure the lips stay stained underneath.
Lipstick: Last but not least, apply your favorite lipstick. Be aware that the creamier the lipstick the quicker it fades, so opting for a matte formula is better if you’re looking for long lasting lips.
Clean up: Using your foundation brush, clean up the edges around your lips for perfectly lined, flawless looking lips.