QUOTE: ‘The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.’ Napoleon Bonaparte


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📺 Netflix’s 2019 Problem


Although Netflix had a record-breaking November, it’s problems can be record-breaking as well. Following #Netflix’s lead, nearly every major video company is moving into the streaming media business. And that means also moving their content off Netflix and onto their own services.

Disney — along with its soon-to-be purchased Fox — is launching its streaming service, Disney+, next year and pulling its content, including Pixar and Marvel films, from Netflix. The combined AT&T/Time Warner, which has licensed its popular TV series “Friends” to Netflix, may also pull its movies and TV shows from Netflix when its own streaming service gets off the ground at the end of 2019.

That potential loss is part of the reason Netflix has ratcheted up its original content spending lately, and is expected to spend $12 billion to $13 billion on content in 2018 — most of which will go toward original content.

As of October, original content made up 8 percent of content, measured in hours, on Netflix, according to Ampere.

Joyous Encounter


In a place of deep thoughts, one day, i got recognized

I didn’t know i was recognized until I was welcomed,

Welcomed with friendliness,
openness
and overflowed with
warmness

Those kind gestures taught me rather enormous things
which i shall hold within me forever

As they are too meaningful to ignore and
Too couraging to be kept to one’s self only.

In that place,

Being thankful to those who already love you instead of seeking love from others,

Being thankful for what you are blessed with,

Appreciating your surroundings,

Understanding there’s no limit to achievements in life,

Believing and trusting, as the future actually holds something for you,

Enduring it and fighting for it, for it’s all worth it,

Realizing it’s all about “how well” not “how far”,

Putting a little bit effort and being outstanding,

Is taught until it reaches the bottom of your heart
and makes you reflect back on yourself.

And that’s when i thought, “If that place is great enough to teach me those things”, then i better visit it frequently….

📱 Fastest Mobile Internet


Norway🇳🇴 had the fastest mobile #internet download speed, coming in at 67.17 megabits per second (Mbps). Iceland🇮🇸 came in a close second with 67.05 Mbps. The United States 🇺🇸 came in a distant 43rd with an average download speed of 30.49 Mbps. To stream #Netflix in Ultra HQ quality, a person needs access to 25 Mbps.

🎞 Video Get More Interactions than Images


The more followers an #Instagram business page has, the more likely it is to include video in its mix of post types, according to a study from Quintly. As part of its report, Quintly analyzed more than 8.9 million posts during the Q1-Q3 2018 period from more than 44,400 profiles ranging in size from 0-1k followers to more than 10 million followers.

The analysis yielded an interesting benchmark: the vast majority (72.6%) of posts from these various pages were Image posts. In fact, posts were more than 4 times as likely to be Images as Videos (16.7% share), and almost 7 times more likely to be Images as Carousel posts (10.7% share).

However, the finding that 1 in 6 posts are Videos masks some intriguing differences by profile size. When sorting the results on post type distribution by page size, the analysis found a near-linear correlation between size and likelihood of using Videos. In other words, the larger the follower number, the more likely the page to use videos as part of the post mix, and the less likely to use Images.

Egypt is shaping up to become a real energy hub


Egypt’s oil and gas future looks very bright. The large scale concessions awarded during the EGYPS2019 conference in Cairo, 11-13 February, shows the appetite of IOCs, such as Shell, BP and ENI in this emerging energy hotspot.
After years of a major slump, partly due to continuing payment and security issues, the Pharaohs are again back in the top league. Continuing concerns about security in Egypt’s Western Desert or the Sinai no longer seem to be a breaking point for investors. At the second day of EGYPS2019 the announcement of five onshore and offshore licenses by EGPC, as presented by Egypt’s minister of energy Tarek El Molla, has created a very bright future for the North African oil and gas producer.

Stockton starts giving some residents $500 a month to fight poverty


Residents of Stockton, California have been through a lot: from widespread foreclosures to the city going bankrupt. But for a handful of residents, some help is here.
One hundred Stockton residents started getting monthly payment of $500 on Friday. They’ll receive the extra money for 18 months as part of an experiment testing the impact of universal basic income, also known as UBI.

How to choose the right investor for your startups


“You don’t start a company for your investor, you build a company for customers.”

Choosing a wrong investor is a cancer for your startup and onboarding right investor can accelerate to company’s long-term growth. Choosing a right investor is as important as choosing a co-founder. During the investor hunt process, you will come across various type of investors and finding a right match is a cumbersome process. Remember no one is favoring you by investing in your startup, they are doing because they also want to make money with you.

“Not all money is good money, no money is free money and money from wrong investor is a most expensive money.”

I would like to classify investors into two categories, one which I would call as ‘growth enablers’ and second one as ‘toxic investors’. Toxic investors are those who don’t understand the idea, can add no value to the growth, and invest ONLY for money. Yes, growth enablers also invest for money, but in return they also contribute to the idea and help to widen the entrepreneur’s perspective.

Here are a few key points to consider during your investor hunt for your startup:

  1. Understanding of the idea – Investors who understand the idea and know the potential of it can only be able to match your wavelength. Look for the investors who share the same vision as yours, check out their existing portfolio, and also see how their existing portfolio companies have grown. If an investor understands your idea and the technology that you are trying to build, then there is a higher possibility of a long-term relationship.
  2. Avoid toxic investors – There is a common notion that you cannot be choosy while seeking for an investment. But if you believe in your product and your caliber to execute it, then refuse to settle for anything less than you actually need. This is the thumb rule: if you end up spending more time in managing your investors than your customers, than you got a wrong one. During the process if you feel it’s a task to manage a particular toxic investor then let it go, there are many more magical islands.
  3. What does your investor bring on board– Investors who can bring more than money are growth enablers. Look for investors who can also assist you with scaling & shaping your idea, and who can assist you with building vendor and customer relationships. Investors who ask tough questions and push you to think out of current scheme of idea is a great value addition to your management.
  4. Smart Investors – The famous quote “surround yourself with people who are smarter than you” fits well for investors as well.

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you”

11 Best Entrepreneurial Books


There is no friend as loyal as a book!”

Every entrepreneur needs an active reading list. After all, books are one of the most valuable knowledge resources.

From self-development to business best practices, here are eleven must-reads for all entrepreneurs:

  1. The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton M. Christensen

Why is it so difficult for big brands and major corporations to keep up with the rapid-fire evolution of their respective industries? In Clayton M. Christensen’s well-known business book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, he tackles why outstanding companies can continue to perform at optimum efficiency and still lose ownership over their market. This book serves as a history lesson as much as it is an actionable guide for business leaders who want to ensure the long-term success of their company.

  1. Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi

Every entrepreneur knows the challenge: how do I continue to build my network while I’m swamped with work? While various books attempt to answer, Keith Ferrazzi’s extremely popular book Never Eat Alone is a tactical guide to networking the right way, and the power of giving first. Here, readers will find advice on how to handle rejection, find their way into certain “inner circles,” and make the most of a conference. Ferrazzi’s approach to networking is both insightful and highly practical, and built on the proven principles he has employed in his own career.

  1. Meetings Suck – Cameron Herold

Various books talk of conducting successful meetings. However, this one is very different. How many times have you sat through a meeting and thought to yourself, “Why is this such a waste of time?” According to renowned business growth expert Cameron Herold, meetings aren’t the problem. We are. This is one of those books that helps shed some perspective on the importance of focusing on soft skills, like how to hold an effective meeting that leaves people feeling empowered. Meetings Suck is essentially a guide on how to be a better leader, by walking readers, step by step, through systems that encourage true productivity and efficiency.

  1. Unshakeable – Tony Robbins

For books on truly insightful financial advice, look no further than the guru himself, Tony Robbins. Unshakeable is, by all accounts, a compilation of “the best of the best.” It pulls knowledge from the top financial minds in the world to create a playbook for financial freedom. For any aspiring entrepreneurs looking to learn more about managing the financial aspect of their life (both personally and professionally) or even seasoned veterans hoping to continue honing their skills, this is a must-read.

  1. All In – Bill Green

Serial entrepreneur Bill Green pulls from over forty years of business experiences to share 101 key insights that have helped him build one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country. For aspiring entrepreneurs, this is a glimpse into what it takes to go from a startup founder to CEO of a publicly traded company. This is the sort of read that makes you realize that even the world’s most successful entrepreneurs once started as paperboys and door-to-door salesmen — and Green is no exception. All In shows the true value of committing 100% to a venture, and the level of persistence and dedication it takes to become successful.

  1. Good to Great – Jim Collins

How does an organization go from good to great? That is the question that Jim Collins set out to answer. He deployed a 21-person research team to comb through every Fortune 500 company that met their scrupulous criteria: companies that suffered a decade-long period of stagnant profits, followed by 15 years of great success and increasing profits. These companies ended up being the foundational case studies for his book, and act as teaching tools for any entrepreneur wondering how a company can ultimately surpass its competitors.

  1. How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie

Tried and true, How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the most popular business books of all time for a reason. With plenty of undertones of self-development, Dale Carnegie shows readers why handling business the right way is so imperative. He exhorts us to treat each and every opportunity with the same level of respect and dignity you would any other–and acknowledge that people want to do business with their friends. People sign deals with the people they like, and with whom they believe they’d work well. If there is one book out there that will teach you how to do just that, it’s this one.

  1. Zero to One – Peter Theil

Entrepreneurs everywhere say they want to do something different, that they want to change the world. Well, serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel has decided to tackle that topic head-on, and point out exactly what it takes to make something entirely unique and new. As he says, “The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their business will be unique.”

  1. Top of Mind – John Hall

This book is full of tactics, with insights into how consumer needs and expectations have changed over the past few years; how you can build a brand that serves both your ideal customers and your own employees; and ways to use digital content to build lasting trust with your readers, followers and subscribers.

  1. Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone

From Cardone’s perspective, success ultimately comes down to three basic rules: first, be willing to set crazy goals, and aim to reach them, every single day; second, value your money and make it work for you; and, third, use your haters as fuel. This book is a humbling reminder of just how much you have to want success in order to eventually have it.

  1. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

What does it take to build a habit? Furthermore, what impact do our everyday habits have on us, as human beings? According to Charles Duhigg, they have a far greater impact on our happiness, productivity, relationships, and everything in between than we might think. It was Duhigg’s interest in the science of habits that sparked this well-known book, and in it, he tackles questions like how and why companies use the science of habit building to influence what we buy–and when we buy it. Out of various books on habit, this one will truly change the way you do what you do!

Entrepreneurship is a commitment—not only to your venture or business, but also to a unique learning process. And these books will definitely go a long long way in contributing to your success!

Best Twitter Accounts To Follow


These guys don’t use Twitter accounts to impress people, they use it to impact people!”

Twitter is only as good as the people you follow on it. And so, we’ve created a special list of Twitter accounts you must, must, must follow:

  1. Narendra Modi

Here is a man who has used social media to his absolute advantage. According to a report, the Prime Minister strategically tweets under nine broad themes: Cricket, Rahul Gandhi, entertainment, sarcasm, corruption, development, foreign affairs, Hinduism, and science and technology. But what struck the researchers is his “use of political irony and sarcasm to become broadly appealing and refashion his political style.” You can definitely learn some social media tips from this account, of course, along with all the other content posted!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/narendramodi

  1. BBC Breaking News

If you want to feel more knowledgeable, it’s important that you stay up to date on current events. While there are countless sources for breaking news online, BBC Breaking News’ Twitter account has proven to be a reliable and timely source. Even with the 140 character limit, this Twitter account can tell you the key point of any breaking news story so that even if you’re pressed for time and don’t click the link to read the entire report, you will have a general notion of what is happening in the world of news simply from a quick scan of their feed.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking

  1. TED Talks

Among various Twitter accounts, this one is especially devoted to spreading ideas that can change your world, and change the world. Typically, A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. If you want to make it big, this Twitter account will contribute tremendously!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/TEDTalks

  1. Barkha Dutt

One of India’s top journalists, Barkha Dutt is the group editor of NDTV, a leading and credible TV news channel. Sharp and diligent, she has made a name for herself as an anchor-reporter not merely in India but globally. Her tweets are a mix of on-ground reportage and accompanying views.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/BDUTT

  1. Forbes

Forbes has it all: career advice, business news, cultural news and the latest tips and advice from the world’s most powerful and innovative entrepreneurs. Of all Twitter accounts, this account can definitely not be missed!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/Forbes

  1. Economic Times

India’s largest business newspaper, The Economic Times focuses on large companies, particularly listed entities, apart from the economy and finance. But it also publishes stories of small businesses with advisories thrown in. You could look at it as a starting point into India Inc. Instead of following several Twitter accounts, this one summarizes the Indian economy and the financial setup in the country.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/EconomicTimes

  1. Harvard Business Review

This premiere business school publication tweets articles by the world’s leading scholars and academics regarding business and leadership. Definitely a must read!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/HarvardBiz

  1. Ronnie Screwvala

One of top names in the entertainment industry, Ronnie Screwvala tweets on entrepreneurship. He takes questions from potential entrepreneurs and that makes his timeline interactive and interesting. Apart from enterprise and start-ups, Screwvala also tweets on rural India and the young.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/RonnieScrewvala

  1. She Negotiates

She Negotiates is a negotiating training and consulting and executive coaching firm, and their account tweets their negotiating tactics and expertise for free for their followers. These tips could help you crack a deal one day!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/SheNegotiates

  1. Richard Branson

His thoughts and beliefs will take you a long way. If you’re finding ways of turning your ideas into reality, then, among various inspirational Twitter accounts, this is the one you just cannot miss!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/richardbranson

  1. LifeHacker

The all-encompassing life advice site tweets on their account articles ranging from relevant Ted Talks to financial advice to what National Parks to visit. It brings you success mantras of business icons, shares tips on making money and helps you get things done faster and better!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/lifehacker

  1. The financial diet

This Twitter account throws light on money matters, champions financial honesty, helps in budget planning and writes about the smartest ways to save and spend money, especially for millennials.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/TFDiet

  1. Bill Nye

While his Twitter bio states “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t”, Bill Nye knows more than most. Best known for his children’s TV series, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” has a way of crafting every piece of knowledge he shares through Twitter in an exceptionally fascinating way. Alongside his Tweets sharing scientific facts and oddities that are always solid conversation starters, he also participates in Q&A’s with his followers and retweets content from other educational sources!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/BillNye

  1. LiveScienceHealth

This Twitter account provides news and information about the “top stories of the day in health, environment, animals, technology, and space.” Their mission is to “leave their fans five minutes smarter than when they arrived,” and their tweets definitely achieve this. All of the content they share is extremely interesting and answers questions that you didn’t even know you had.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/LiveSciHealth/

  1. Amitabh Bachchan

His tweets are filled with his comments on current events, sensitive stories, witty statuses, and sometimes, an insight into the world of glamour!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/SrBachchan

  1. Tanmay Bhatt

This Twitter account of an Indian stand-up comedian, script writer, producer and the co-founder of the popular comedy sketch group All India Bakchod is sure to leave you in splits!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/thetanmay

These guys don’t use Twitter accounts to impress people, they use it to impact people!”

Twitter is only as good as the people you follow on it. And so, we’ve created a special list of Twitter accounts you must, must, must follow:

  1. Narendra Modi

Here is a man who has used social media to his absolute advantage. According to a report, the Prime Minister strategically tweets under nine broad themes: Cricket, Rahul Gandhi, entertainment, sarcasm, corruption, development, foreign affairs, Hinduism, and science and technology. But what struck the researchers is his “use of political irony and sarcasm to become broadly appealing and refashion his political style.” You can definitely learn some social media tips from this account, of course, along with all the other content posted!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/narendramodi

  1. BBC Breaking News

If you want to feel more knowledgeable, it’s important that you stay up to date on current events. While there are countless sources for breaking news online, BBC Breaking News’ Twitter account has proven to be a reliable and timely source. Even with the 140 character limit, this Twitter account can tell you the key point of any breaking news story so that even if you’re pressed for time and don’t click the link to read the entire report, you will have a general notion of what is happening in the world of news simply from a quick scan of their feed.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking

  1. TED Talks

Among various Twitter accounts, this one is especially devoted to spreading ideas that can change your world, and change the world. Typically, A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. If you want to make it big, this Twitter account will contribute tremendously!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/TEDTalks

  1. Barkha Dutt

One of India’s top journalists, Barkha Dutt is the group editor of NDTV, a leading and credible TV news channel. Sharp and diligent, she has made a name for herself as an anchor-reporter not merely in India but globally. Her tweets are a mix of on-ground reportage and accompanying views.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/BDUTT

  1. Forbes

Forbes has it all: career advice, business news, cultural news and the latest tips and advice from the world’s most powerful and innovative entrepreneurs. Of all Twitter accounts, this account can definitely not be missed!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/Forbes

  1. Economic Times

India’s largest business newspaper, The Economic Times focuses on large companies, particularly listed entities, apart from the economy and finance. But it also publishes stories of small businesses with advisories thrown in. You could look at it as a starting point into India Inc. Instead of following several Twitter accounts, this one summarizes the Indian economy and the financial setup in the country.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/EconomicTimes

  1. Harvard Business Review

This premiere business school publication tweets articles by the world’s leading scholars and academics regarding business and leadership. Definitely a must read!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/HarvardBiz

  1. Ronnie Screwvala

One of top names in the entertainment industry, Ronnie Screwvala tweets on entrepreneurship. He takes questions from potential entrepreneurs and that makes his timeline interactive and interesting. Apart from enterprise and start-ups, Screwvala also tweets on rural India and the young.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/RonnieScrewvala

  1. She Negotiates

She Negotiates is a negotiating training and consulting and executive coaching firm, and their account tweets their negotiating tactics and expertise for free for their followers. These tips could help you crack a deal one day!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/SheNegotiates

  1. Richard Branson

His thoughts and beliefs will take you a long way. If you’re finding ways of turning your ideas into reality, then, among various inspirational Twitter accounts, this is the one you just cannot miss!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/richardbranson

  1. LifeHacker

The all-encompassing life advice site tweets on their account articles ranging from relevant Ted Talks to financial advice to what National Parks to visit. It brings you success mantras of business icons, shares tips on making money and helps you get things done faster and better!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/lifehacker

  1. The financial diet

This Twitter account throws light on money matters, champions financial honesty, helps in budget planning and writes about the smartest ways to save and spend money, especially for millennials.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/TFDiet

  1. Bill Nye

While his Twitter bio states “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t”, Bill Nye knows more than most. Best known for his children’s TV series, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” has a way of crafting every piece of knowledge he shares through Twitter in an exceptionally fascinating way. Alongside his Tweets sharing scientific facts and oddities that are always solid conversation starters, he also participates in Q&A’s with his followers and retweets content from other educational sources!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/BillNye

  1. LiveScienceHealth

This Twitter account provides news and information about the “top stories of the day in health, environment, animals, technology, and space.” Their mission is to “leave their fans five minutes smarter than when they arrived,” and their tweets definitely achieve this. All of the content they share is extremely interesting and answers questions that you didn’t even know you had.

Follow now: https://twitter.com/LiveSciHealth/

  1. Amitabh Bachchan

His tweets are filled with his comments on current events, sensitive stories, witty statuses, and sometimes, an insight into the world of glamour!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/SrBachchan

  1. Tanmay Bhatt

This Twitter account of an Indian stand-up comedian, script writer, producer and the co-founder of the popular comedy sketch group All India Bakchod is sure to leave you in splits!

Follow now: https://twitter.com/thetanmay

Take Time to Reflect (1)


“In it he saw…honey.” Jdg 14:8 NIV

One day Samson encountered a lion and slew it. The Bible says, “Some time later, when he went back…he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass. In it he saw…some honey. He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along” (vv. 8-9 NIV). There’s a lesson here for you. When you take time to stop and reflect, you discover “honey” in your experiences that you can eat and grow stronger and wiser. When you reflect, you are able to put things into perspective; you gain new appreciation for things you didn’t notice before. Few of us have clear perspective in the heat of the moment. Most of us who have survived a traumatic experience usually avoid similar situations at all costs. This can leave us with unresolved issues that leave us tied up in knots. Reflective thinking enables you to distance yourself from the intense emotions of an experience and see it with fresh eyes. Indeed, this process is one of the first steps to getting rid of our emotional baggage. President George Washington observed, “We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” Each of us has been shaped by the experiences, good and bad, that we’ve had in life. What we refuse to deal with deals with us, and often in harmful ways. We “act out” of our unresolved issues. But when we bring them into the light and ask God for the grace to face them squarely, they lose their power over us.

WHY YOU NEED TO THlNK DIFFERENTLY TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE


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WHY YOU NEED TO THlNK DIFFERENTLY TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE

MONEY
Average people look for ways to spend money. Billionaires look for ways to invest money.

JOBS
Average people think a better job will make them wealthy. Billionaires know that a job will never make them wealthy, investment will.

RISK
Average people stay away from risks because they might fail. Billionaires know if they don’t take risks, they have already failed.

PROBLEMS
Average people try to avoid problems. Billionaires see problem as an opportunity to make millions.

PREPARATION
Average people prepare for today. Billionaires prepare today for the opportunities of tomorrow.

TIME
Average people waste time. Billionaires see time as their most valuable assets.

FEAR
Average people are always afraid of losing money. Billionaires know if they don’t lose money they cannot be wiser, smarter and stronger.”

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@positive_talks 📚

Raheem Sterling meets Ethan 🙌 The Man City star met the young fan who he sent a letter to after learning that he was being racially abused. He told him to ‘be proud of who you are, and never stay silent’. Pure class. 👏


Is White Light the absence of color?


In the visible spectrum, white reflects light and is a presence of all colors, but black absorbs light and is an absence of color. Black can be defined as the visual impression experienced when no visible light reaches the eye.

How long do dogs live on average?


Nearly 40% of small breed dogs live longer than 10 years, but only 13% of giant breed dogs live that long. The average 50-pound dog will live 10 to 12 years. But giant breeds such as great Danes or deerhounds are elderly at 6 to 8 years.

📊 Top App Publishers Worldwide for Q4 2018 by Downloads The top mobile app publisher worldwide by downloads for Q4 2018 was #Facebook with more than 800 million new installs during the quarter. Read more on SensorTower.


This photo was taken at an air show in 2002 at the airport in Sknilov. Many people who are on earth will not survive. This disaster broke records for the number of victims in the air show: 77 people were Killed (28 of them children) , 543 people were recognized as victims.


Kenya imports approximately 1.8 million kilogramme of fish every month. It produces about 135,000 tonnes annual against an annual demand of 500,000 tonnes. Fish imports from China hit Ksh1.7 billion ($17 million) last year as Kenya’s appetite for Chinese fish continued to grow with the country seeking to bridge a deficit.


41,490 foreign jihadists, their supporters and family, including 4,600 children, joined the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq between 2013 and 2018. By last summer some 7,300 had returned to their home countries, according to @ICRC


India to continue buying Venezuelan oil despite US warning


India to continue buying Venezuelan oil despite US warning

India will look into commercial considerations and related factors to determine the value of oil imports from any country, an Indian official said, after a top US official warned countries against buying oil from Venezuela.
Earlier this week, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned countries and companies against buying crude oil from Venezuela, after the Latin American country’s Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said during a surprise visit to India that Venezuela wants to sell more oil to the fast-growing Indian market.

Source: https://www.rt.com Source

🔍 Google’s Top Trending Searches of 2018


It’s that time of the year again, for the most special of retrospections… year-in-review lists. Google’s top trending searches of 2018 show that natural disasters and celebrity deaths were atop our minds again this year, though nothing trended quite as much on our keyboards as the exciting World Cup.

🎶 TikTok Continues Its Climb With 75 Million New Users in December, Up 275% From 2017


Short-form video social networking app #TikTok from Beijing’s Bytedance continues to expand its global footprint, chalking up its biggest month yet in terms of first-time installs during December. According to Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence estimates, the app added 75 million new users worldwide across the App Store and Google Play last month, representing year-over-year growth of 275 percent from 20 million in December 2017.

𝗥𝗢𝗖𝗞𝗘𝗧 𝗧𝗢 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗦


“𝗥𝗢𝗖𝗞𝗘𝗧 𝗧𝗢 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗦” | Elon Musk is trying to make it a no-brainer for you to move to Mars. SpaceX is designing a new rocket ship, called Starship, to send about 100 people to Mars at a time. Musk says he is “confident” people could afford to “sell their home on Earth” and move to Mars. He began sharing this vision in 2015, saying he wants to back up the human race like a hard drive in case something terrible befalls Earth.

📰 The most engaged publishers on Facebook in January 2019


It’s time once again for our monthly rankings of the top publishers on Facebook, and it’s certainly been a busy news month.

This has been reflected in the engagements driven by the top publishers on Facebook, with abnormally high numbers in the first month of 2019 compared with previous months we have looked at.

Some top-line insights first:
– Overall engagements were well up on the previous month, as much as 50% higher for some publishers
– CNN leaped back up the rankings, jumping to almost 40 million engagements for the month
– The Daily Mail also jumped in engagements, from 27 million to nearly 40 million.

Power and Influence


Power
The term “influence”, like many other term in political science, is itself a source of considerable controversy.
Some scholars have used “power” and “influence” interchangeably, while others have stressed their differences.
As the eminent political scientist, Robert Dahl, rightly acknowledged , “one writer’s influence is another’s power .
We can generally say, however, that political influence is just a form of power, less in degree than domination and admit that the distinction between influence and dominance cannot be made very clear-cut.

Trust Me With Your Heart❤️


Why does your heart grow doubtful dear?
Tense and beating, full of fear.
I keep with me your everlasting love,
and bless the day God sent you from above.

You remain my angel and I feel that I must,
tell you that within you, you have my trust.
My love is the tide, your soul is the shores,
you have my heart, do I have yours?

I’ll belong to you till the very end,
and you will forever stay as my lover and friend.
It has been so good like this from the start,
so darling please, trust me with your heart.

My note to you💛


When everything start falling apart, I wish you peace.
I wish you happiness even when everyone around you is drowning in grief.
I wish you never have to search for love in places that always remind you of pain
I wish your heart never breaks cuz nothin is heavier than the peace of a broken heart.
Dear you, i wish you well even when you cannot look forward to another day in your life. I know how hard it is to remain calm. When everything starts fading away and the sound of destruction becomes so loud that it deafens your ears and because of this,
I hope you are always protected from every pain of this life. I hope you never have to rethink about being alive and when sd days happen visit you, i pray they leave you soon🙏

Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11,200,000,000 in profit for 2018


While some people have received some surprise tax bills when filing their returns, corporations continue to avoid paying tax — thanks to a cocktail of tax credits, loopholes, and exemptions.
According to a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Amazon (AMZN) will pay nothing in federal income taxes for the second year in a row.
Thanks to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Amazon’s federal tax responsibility is 21% (down from 35% in previous years). But with the help of tax breaks, according to corporate filings, Amazon won’t be paying a dime to Uncle Sam despite posting more than $11.2 billion in profits in 2018.

Briefly about the main events of the day


“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

💬 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Briefly about the main events of the day

🔴 Airbus warns of no-deal Brexit, says has spent tens of millions preparing.

🔴 Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA.

🔴 Qatar aims to build $20 billion sports sector ahead of World Cup.

🔴 ECB’s Rehn sees euro zone economy weakening.

🔴 European car imports no threat to U.S. national security.

🔴 Nissan panel to recommend outside director to chair board.

🔴 Canada’s Freeland pushes end of steel, aluminium tariffs in meeting with Pelosi.

#morningDevotion-Check Your Attitude


Check Your Attitude

“You must have the same attitude that…Jesus had.” Php 2:5 NLT

A flying instructor will tell you that periodically your plane needs to be “trimmed” or “balanced in flight.” After flying through storms, it gets knocked out of alignment and needs to be adjusted. And the same thing happens on your spiritual journey. The storms of life can “knock you out of alignment.” Unexpected “weather conditions” like sickness, depression, unemployment, divorce, disappointment, and death can force you to change direction and strategy. That’s why your attitude needs to be regularly checked and adjusted. So what are you dealing with that calls for an attitude check? Paul writes, “You must have the same attitude…Jesus had.” Is such a lifestyle possible? Yes, but you must make it a priority and pursue it each day. Joshua wanted to turn an army of complainers into an army that could conquer the Promised Land. So God gave him this formula for success: “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night…be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do” (Jos 1:8 NLT). Try the “three-by-five technique.” Each week identify a Scripture that relates to an area in which you want to grow, write it down on a three-by-five card, and memorize it. In one year you’ll have fifty-two Scriptures you can recall and stand on. Think how that will impact your life! Not only will wrong attitudes become right attitudes, but your life will begin to move in the right direction.

Shoppers are propping up the economy. What if they stop spending?


Core retail sales plummeted 1.7% in December, the most in nearly two decades.
Blame the December stock market chaos. Or the beginning of the government shutdown. Or even “glitches” in the data, as White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow did last week.
No matter the cause, the apparent abrupt shift in spending sent economists scrambling to mark down their forecasts for growth. Goldman Sachs trimmed its fourth-quarter GDP estimate to 1.9%. Bank of America slashed its forecast to 1.5%.

What country has the highest number of spoken languages in the world?


Papua New Guinea has the highest number of spoken languages in the world. There are 820 indigenous languages spoken in this country. The official language is Tok Pisin, or New Guinea Pidgin, and is the most widely spoken language after English, a legacy of the colonial period.

How does a giraffe sleep?


In the wild, giraffes almost never lie down because of vulnerability to predators. They usually sleep standing, sometimes sitting, and they give birth standing up. When giraffes sleep, they curl their necks and sleep for about five minutes at a time, sleeping no more than 30 minutes a day.

Who invented the first alphabet?


The original alphabet was developed by a Semitic people living in or near Egypt.* They based it on the idea developed by the Egyptians, but used their own specific symbols. It was quickly adopted by their neighbors and relatives to the east and north, the Canaanites, the Hebrews, and the Phoenicians.

Essaouira is crazy. As soon as you step inside the Medina, it’s like a time machine. The bustling narrow streets, the smell of a thousand spices, fish markets, music, and prayer calls. Just make sure you don’t get lost roaming the narrow maze of streets 👌🏼 Photo & Caption by | @emmett_sparling


Germany plans an insect protection law to slash use of pesticides and pump tens of millions of euros into research, the country’s environment minister says, as global concern grows over mankind’s impact on the crucial invertebrates.


🎯👆🏻Be the person you say you are. Be original!


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Make a decision to be true to yourself in pursuit of your dreams! Don’t engage in self-deception. Don’t pretend as if you are doing something worthwhile when in actual fact you are not.

You know the targets you’ve set for yourself. Only you know the dreams you want to see become a reality.

Are you following them truthfully?
Are you still on the path to greatness?
Aren’t you deceiving yourself thinking you’re deceiving others? Polonius once said that “to thine ownself be true.”

Be true to yourself. Pursue your dreams with hunger for success. Don’t engage in self destructive behaviours like procrastination, self-doubt and blaming others for your mistakes.

After all is said and done, will you say you are following your dreams according to plans?

Keep thinking about it! But, to thine ownself be true! Remember you are the paper and the pen of your destiny, rewrite your story to suit your purpose on earth.

Ask God for mercy as you move forward. You deserve success….!

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