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How Do You See
Your Significant Other - Really Loves You

How Do You Know .......
Significant Other Really Loves

Grand gestures are great, but sometimes elaborate expressions of affection can seem a little over the top. With my boyfriend, it's the little things that really mean the most - the stuff that shows me that I'm on his mind or the things he does that I know he wouldn't do for anyone else (like wipe up my cat's vomit). That's love!
There's nothing like coming home from a long day of work to a glass of wine and a pair of comfy pants laid out for you, and you know you've snagged a keeper when they do sweet things without even thinking twice about it. If your significant other does any of these gestures below, then hang on to them!
You know your significant other really loves you when . . . these signs are present:
1. Honesty - Billy Joel test
2. Show Intimacy and spiced up relationship is evidenced.
3. Going out on dates.
4. Doing Things for you and wanting things done for each other.
5. Compliments and appreciation are not hard to find.
6. Time with each other.
7. Showing and receiving affection.

Prostate Cancer Screening For Men
How Does it Work

The question of Screening is a personal and complex one. It’s important for each man to talk with his doctor about whether prostate cancer screening is right for him.

There is no unanimous opinion in the medical community regarding the benefits of prostate cancer screening. Those who advocate regular screening believe that finding prostate cancer early offers men a better chance to cure the disease if your cancer warrants treatment. It also may inform you that you don’t need your prostate cancer treated.

Those who recommend against regular screening note that because most prostate cancers grow very slowly, the side effects of diagnosis (a prostate biopsy) and treatment would likely outweigh any benefit that might be derived from detecting the cancer at a stage when it is unlikely to cause problems.

Recent studies of screening in large U.S. and European populations have suggested that the benefits of screening may not occur for 10 or more years after screening, given the long natural history of prostate cancer. These studies also suggest that a large number of men will need to be screened (over 1,000) and treated (nearly 50) to save one life from prostate cancer. PSA screening increased the number of prostate cancer cases diagnoses each year in the USA, and most of these new cases are non-aggressive or low risk prostate cancer. Very few men will die of these less aggressive forms of prostate cancer in the first decade after diagnosis.

In 2012, the U.S. Preventative Task Force recommended against the use of PSA screening for healthy men of all ages, stating that the harms of screening outweigh the benefits. In contrast, physician-led groups, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association, maintain that PSA screening should be considered in the context of a man’s life expectancy and other medical conditions. Most experts agree that there is no role for PSA screening for men expected to live less than 10 years. Ultimately, decisions about screening should be individualized based on a man’s level of risk, overall health, and life expectancy, as well as his desire for eventual treatment if he is diagnosed with prostate cancer.

It should be noted that these recommendations apply to screening only, i.e. testing of healthy men without symptoms. Once the diagnosis of prostate cancer is confirmed by biopsy, PSA is still routinely recommended and used for risk-assessment and post-treatment monitoring

Do You Have a Low Sex Drive
This May Be Your Problem

Do You Have Low Sex Drive
This May Be Your Problem

Lackluster libido? Try clearing your home of these sex-drive annihilators!
Have you heard the gross fact about many sodas? Some, like Mountain Dew, list brominated vegetable oil—or BVO—as an ingredient. Bromine products are linked to male infertility, impotence, and decreased libido. (Check out this soda infographic to see how the drink impacts your entire body.)
For that same reason, it's also a good idea to avoid other sources of brominated flame retardants, including one found in some carpet padding. That means wet-mopping and vacuuming with a HEPA-filter-enabled vacuum cleaner often so flame retardants don't accumulate in your household dust.

7 Ways To Make A More Successful Business Connection
By Maribeth Kuzmeski

If we simply pay closer attention to the emails, phone calls, and online interactions that make up our days, we can in turn create solid relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

Read on for her tips on how you can make more meaningful connections in the coming months:

Improve your social networking skills.

In today's business world, social networking can't be ignored. We promote products on Facebook, network through LinkedIn, and get our news updates via tweets on Twitter. And while social networking is a great way to connect, it can be easy to forget that what you are aiming for are meaningful connections. And making meaningful connections via social media can sometimes take a little extra work and a different approach. Kuzmeski says that using a few simple rules of thumb can help make your social networking more efficient.

"Just like your real-life relationships, you should be picky about who you make connections with online," she asserts. "Choose to connect with people who have similar interests or who are working in your particular field. And when someone you know, want to know, or need to know connects with you online, you should always reciprocate.

Remember: It's quality, not quantity.

While the connections you make through social media are important—especially when you can transform those connections into relationships—you have to be careful not to get caught up in a more, more, more mentality, where you are constantly striving to get more friends on Facebook or to tweet more often during your day.

Given today's technology, it's certainly possible for us to connect with hundreds and even thousands of people at a time.

"And while it certainly is fun to see how many friends you can get on Facebook or followers on Twitter, it shouldn't be your main focus. Instead, concentrate your efforts on turning your connections into more personal relationships:Your goal should be to make connections that you actually see outside of your computer screen.And since sales conversionsare more likely face-to-face, consider hosting an event for your followers.

Be a voicemail non-conformist.

If you've worked in business for any amount of time, then you've probably played a game of phone tag or two (or twenty!). When we attempt to connect with people over the phone, we're usually faced with having to leave a voicemail. But just because you're connecting with a voice mailbox doesn't mean your connection can't also be meaningful. Kuzmeski says that learning how to make the most of those voicemail messages can also help boost your connections.

Build your own "Harvard Network."

People who have gone to Ivy League schools like Harvard typically look out for one another. They connect with each other, hire each other, and refer potential clients to one another. The same can be said for many of the most high-status schools in the nation. It may even be true that these alumni networks are more valuable and important to the success of graduates than the education they received. So what do you do if you didn't go to a prestigious school? The principles are the same for any network of people.

Leverage your connections.

Effectively leverage your business network by creating a large enough network, regularly staying in touch with them, and helping them get to know you, what you do in your business, and the kinds of people you work with. But most of all, concentrate on getting to know them and developing a relationship focused on them. True connections happen eye to eye. Just because there are a lot of new and improved ways to connect with people, it doesn't mean we should rule out good old-fashioned face-to-face contact.
Sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with someone you would like to strengthen your relationship with.

Make amends when you mis-connect.

It's bound to happen at some point: You send an email about a client (intended for one of your employees!) to the client. Or you tweet something that at the time seemed funny and edgy, but instead offended a few of your followers. Or you forget to follow up on a referral you've received because they got lost in your email inbox for three months. What do you do? Mark these connections down as technology casualties and move on?

Maribeth Kuzmeski is the founder of Red Zone Marketing, LLC, which consults to Fortune 500 firms on strategic marketing planning and business growth. Maribeth has personally consulted with some of the world's most successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, and professionals. An internationally recognized speaker, she shares the tactics that businesspeople use today to create more sustainable business relationships, sales, and marketing successes

FG Introduces New Electricity Tariff July

The Federal Government has announced the new date for the implementation of new electricity tariff in Nigeria.

Speaking, on Tuesday, at an investors’ forum in Lagos on Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor companies, organised by the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), the Director-General of National Electricity Regulatory Company (NERC), Mallam Haliru Dikko, said the new date for the effective implementation of MYTO would be on July 1, 2011.

According to him, stakeholders’ interests were well protected to ensure recovery of efficient cost, including a reasonable rate of return and it would give incentives to capacity building.

It was observed that there were recent reports that the Federal Government planned to introduce new electricity tariff during the first quarter of 2011, a claim which the government disclaimed.

Consequently, the Federal Government announced that the new tariff plan would favour all concerned stakeholders by protecting consumers’ interests and guaranteeing investors’ ability to recoup their investments.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of BPE, Mrs Bolanle Onagoruwa, has applauded the power sector reform, arguing that the reform would save the country about N150 billion ($1 billion) annually and would promote additional two digit growth to the economy.

“The government expects a lot from the private investors and the consumers in ensuring that the reform becomes successful,” she said.

The Chairman of the communication committee of the presidential task force on power, Abimbola Agboluaje, had initially announced mid-year for the announcement to be made after due consultations the level tariffs that would enable investors to recover costs.

“By mid-2011, an appreciable proportion of generating and distributing capacity would have been transfered to private sector hands, new private generating capacity would have been fully contracted and under procurement,” he said.

More Jobs as 18 PHCN Successor Firms Take Off
In March This Year, The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Successor Companies Will Begin Operation, Raising Hope of More Jobs.

ARE you an engineer and in search of a job? Your worries may soon be over as the 18 firms that emerged from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) take off in March. Start dusting up your resume for the job opportunities that will arise from these new entities.

Sources told The Nation that some engineers and skilled technicians have been lobbying officials of the Ministry of Power since they learnt that the firms are set to take off.

An engineer, Sola Adeniji, said the take off will be beneficial to job seekers, if the government disallows foreign investors from importing labour.

Chairman, Communications Committee, Presidential Task Force on Power, Dr Abimbola Agboluaje, said PHCN workers are already moving out of the company’s headquarters to the Ministry of Power and the successor companies. He said functions are already being transferred to individual successor companies.

"The eventual winding-up will be a legal or court-ordered formality, occurring when ongoing staff movements and transfer of assets and liabilities are concluded, probably during the first quarter of this year."

He said the goal of the power sector reform is to transform the sector from one that absorbs government funds every year without any improvement in service delivery to one that supplies electric power to Nigerians whenever they want to use it and also be a source of revenue that the government can spend on social services. The leadership of the National Assembly has reminded the Federal Government frequently of the imperative of continuing with the reform which has been mandated by law. The reform is therefore fully on course and has become irreversible."

The Presidential Task Force on Power, he said, is committed to replicating the success Nigeria recorded with the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in the power sector, with all the potentials this has for a far more fundamental impact on job creation and economic growth in the country.

"Political support from the highest quarters of Government has notwaned. Indeed, regardless of the increased tempo of electioneering, there is continued pressure, not only from the government but also from manufacturers, the media, civil society groups and others on the Presidential Task Force on Power to deliver tangible results to Nigerians.

Delta State Governorship
It's Ogboru Vs. Uduaghan

The governorship election in Delta State, seen as a litmus test ahead of nationwide polls, may end on a controversial note, following widespread acts of sabotage and violence. Thousands of armed police and soldiers were drafted to the state for the re-run election, held after a court last year overturned the 2007 victory of governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, a member of the PDP.

Uduaghan main challenger is Great Ogboru of the Democratic People's Party. Reports from activist groups indicate that Ogboru took a clear lead in the polls. But his supporters have alleged attempts by the PDP to manipulate the figures to his disadvantage.

Delta is one of three main states in the Niger Delta, the heartland of Africa's biggest oil and gas industry and a restive region seen as a potential flashpoint during presidential and parliamentary elections in April. Voting started late in some areas and at many polling stations voters complained they could not find their names on the electoral lists. Opposition officials and supporters complained of intimidation in some areas.

Alaibe Resigns, as Jonathan Makes Two Appointments

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Timi Alaibe has resigned his appointment to join the governorship race in Bayelsa State.

President Jonathan has since accepted the resignation.

Meanwhile, Mr Alaibe has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and joined Labour Party to contest the Bayelsa governorship election in the forth coming elections.

He said his decision to join the Labour Party was motivated by its resilience to represent the interest of the ordinary Nigerians in Bayelsa State.

In a related development, President Jonathan has appointed two new special Assistants, Emmanuel Egbagbe and Saidu Yusuf Dutsi.

Egbagbe is now the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure Development Matters while Saidu Yusuf Dutsi is the new Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters.

Until his appointment, Egbagbe was the Director of Infrastructure Development at the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

He holds a Masters of Sciences degree in Water Resources Systems from the University of California and was the best graduating student of Civil Engineering at the University of Lagos in 1977.

On his own part, Alhaji Dutsi who holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Bayero University Kano, has held various elective and appointive posts in his native Katsina State.

Both appointments which take effect from January 1, 2011 are to fill vacancies created by the appointment of Mr. Femi Ajayi (former SSA to the President on Social Development)as Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the death of Senator Polycarp Nwite (former SSA to the President on Political Matters).

U.S. Presses China Again Over Jailed Geologist.
Reuters News.

The United States pressed China again Tuesday to release a U.S. geologist jailed on charges of stealing state secrets, saying his case had not been handled transparently.
Xue Feng, who was born in China and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, was detained late in 2007 after negotiating the sale of an oil industry database to his employer at the time, Colorado-based consultancy IHS Energy, now known as IHS Inc.
"Our sense has been that the case has not been handled with the kind of transparency that would befit a nation which tells us that the rule of law is paramount in all judicial processes," said Robert Goldberg, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission.
Goldberg said the embassy had filed a formal protest with the Chinese Foreign Ministry after being denied permission to attend Xue's appeal at a Beijing court Tuesday.
"We urge the Chinese to grant Dr. Xue humanitarian release and immediate deportation so that he can return home to the U.S. and reunite with his family," the diplomat told reporters outside the courthouse.
"I'm hoping that this is not an issue that we will have to address during President Hu's visit," Goldberg added, referring to Chinese President Hu Jintao's planned trip to the United States in January.
Sino-U.S. relations have been strained this year over a range of issues, from Tibet to Taiwan and the value of the Chinese currency.
China has previously denounced U.S. involvement in Xue's case, saying it was handled in accordance with the law and was an internal matter.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China would "continue to fulfill relevant obligations based on the China-U.S. consular convention" and handle the case "according to Chinese laws." He did not elaborate.
Goldberg said Xue, who has been allowed consular visits in jail where he is serving an eight-year sentence, was in surprisingly good spirits.
"We believe at this point he is not being mistreated," Goldberg added.
Xue was convicted of attempting to obtain and traffic in state secrets, a year after his trial ended, according to the Duihua Foundation, which promotes prisoners' rights in China and the United States.
The database was classified as a state secret only after it was sold, it added.
China's notoriously vague state secrets laws received international attention last year when Australian citizen Stern Hu and three colleagues working for mining giant Rio Tinto were detained for stealing state secrets during the course of tense iron ore negotiations.
The four were later convicted of the lesser charges of receiving kickbacks and stealing commercial secrets.

Giant star burning itself out
Astronomers said last week they had figured out just how heavy a star was that they spotted five years ago in a neighboring galaxy.

Their verdict: probably the heaviest ever -- like, 320 times heavier than the sun at one time.

Astrophysicist Paul Crowther said the obese star -- twice as heavy as any previously discovered -- has slimmed down considerably over its lifetime.

In fact, it's burning itself off with such intensity that it shines at nearly 10 million times the luminosity of the sun.

"Unlike humans, these stars are born heavy and lose weight as they age," said Crowther, an astrophysicist at the University of Sheffield in northern England.

Crowther said the giant, named R136a1, was identified at the center of a star cluster in the Tarantula Nebula, a sprawling cloud of gas and dust in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy about 165,000 light-years from the Milky Way.

The star was the most massive of several giants identified by Crowther and his team in an article in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
But size matters

Scores of other stars are larger -- notably the swollen crimson-colored ones known as red giants. But they weigh far less.

Some red giants are so big they fill the orbit of the Earth.

Still, the mass of R136a1 and its ilk means they're tens of times bigger than the sun and they're brighter and hotter, too.

Surface temperatures can surpass 72,000 degrees Fahrenheit, seven times hotter than the sun. They're also several million times brighter, because the greedy giants tear through their energy reserves far faster than their smaller counterparts.

That also means that massive stars live fast and die young, quickly shedding huge amounts of material and burning themselves out in what are thought to be spectacular explosions.

"The biggest live only 3 million years," Crowther said. "In astronomy, that's a very short time."

Short life spans are one of several reasons these obese stars are so hard to find. Another is that they're extremely rare, forming only in the densest star clusters.

Astronomers also have a limited range in which to look for them. In clusters that are too far away, it isn't always possible to tell whether a telescope has picked up on one heavyweight star or two smaller ones in close proximity.

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