Wednesday, October 16, 2013

OER-Related Policy Interventions on ICT in Pakistan (Education)

 OER-related policy interventions that exist now –take “OER-related” in a broad sense to include policies on ICT in education, copyright, open access etc.

Pakistan Journal of Life and Social Sciences

The study is based on a Implementation and Evaluation of a ComputerBased Nutrition Education Intervention
in the Primary Schools of Lahore, Pakistan

The purpose of this study to highlight the OER related interventions in ICT and this study was to implement and evaluate a computer-based nutrition education intervention in the primary schools of Pakistan. It explore and enhance the acceptability of such a program in the Pakistani context.

The study design was acknowleded of nutrition knowledge, taken at three points in time from intervention and comparison groups. Qualitative methods (focus group and observations of lessons) were also employed.

According to reserach report, Three hundred and forty four children (8-10 years old) of eleven primary schools of Lahore participated in the study. In a two week school-based nutrition education intervention conducted im a comparison group that managed the nutrition education through worksheets, card and board games.

Intervention group used computer-based tool along with work-sheets card and board games. Control group was not provided nutrition education. Nutrition knowledge was measured in each child at baseline, at the end of two-week intervention, and at three - months’ follow-up with a validated nutrition knowledge questionnaire. The nutrition knowledge increased significantly in both intervention and comparison groups.

The everlasting results found through conduct such study it helpful to gain knowledge and retention of knowledge is more prominent among girls as compared to boys. Younger children (8-9 years) significantly (p=0.037) retained more nutrition knowledge at three months follow-up.

Computer-based tools were found helpful in disseminating nutrition education. An amalgam of computer-based tools and other creative methods brings more fruitful results that the children could learn nutrition concepts and healthy eating habits in a lively and interesting environment.

 This study shown  that the rate of nutrition knowledge in Pakistani children is low. Moreover, it eloborates the teachers skills in nutrition information and computer skills.


Pakistan - World Health Organization

eHealth Foundation:

This foundation build an enabling environment for the use of ICT for health including supportive eHealth policy, legal and ethical frameworks; adequate funding from various sources; infrastructure development; and developing the capacity of the health work force through training.

The eHealth applications surveyed include telemedicine (the delivery of health care services using ICT where distance is a barrier to care); mHealth (the use of mobile devices in delivering health care services); and eLearning (use of ICT for learning).


One of the leading university that is working on OER related polices. It gives the best distance based learning by making a efficient use of existing resources, the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). It considering as force multipliers that hold important lessons for the OIC countries and the Virtual University of Pakistan model could easily be replicated in countries facing similar challenges.

Distance Learning (DL) started in late 1800s when the delivery of educational materials by ordinary mail made it possible for learners at a distance to benefit from university education. For example, Penn State in the U.S.A. produced four graduates in 1894 through its “home reading” program.

If I'm talking about the well developed countries there are thousands of motivational institutes for the use of distance education in the developed countries. These students like to study at distance based learning so they love to acquire further education in the privacy and convenience of their own homes, to balance a job and family with school, and the freedom to schedule classes around their lives.

According to Taylor:  “Distance education operations have evolved through the following four generations: first, the Correspondence Model based on print technology; second, the Multi-media Model based on print, audio and video technologies; third, the Telelearning Model, based on applications of telecommunications technologies to provide opportunities for synchronous communication; and fourth, the Flexible Learning Model based on online delivery via the internet.  Although the latter approach is still gaining momentum, there is already emerging the fifth generation of distance education based on the further exploitation of new technologies."




Attribution-NonCommercial & NoDerivs both are appropriate to construct a OER because it gives a free hand to my students to create a OER original content & the NoDerivs attribution lisence is up to the mark to build a publicity rights ask about the author permission before using the content commercially.

I  opt for this because it is free to Share, to copy, distribute and transmit the work to make commercial use of the work. The following conditions of attribution it attribute the work in the manner specified by the author. It can not be transform or modified means No Derivative Works, it can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.

Public Domain , it has a fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations; there is no effect on liscence. The author's moral rights are observed, his/her own work and its used regarding to publicity or privacy rights.

The best thing I observed that If I create OER for my students it Link back to the original source of the work. It can help creators keep on the same path where their work appears by seeing what links are spinning all to their websites in the original source.

Further guideline about the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

The three mentioned attributes can be combined creating six main licenses as Creative Commons website explains:

Attribution (CC BY): It allows users to distribute and create their own work even commercially for the original creation.

Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA): The new attribute respect of CC BY, ‘Share alike’ means that new creations must credit the original creations and be licensed under the identical terms. This is a license usually used in open source software or Wikipedia.

Attribution-NoDerivs ( CC BY-ND): This license allows redistribution of the creation, under commercial and non-commercial purposes but always mentioning the original creator. Derivative creations from works under this license are not allowed.

Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC):
Under this license,derivative works are only allowed if they are non-commercial and acknowledge the original creator. However, the deritave works don’t have to be licensed under the same terms as the original.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA):
This license lets others create non-commercial derivative works that must be licensed under the same terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs ( CC BY-NC-ND):
The most restrictive of six main licenses. Allows others to download and share its works but not commercially purposes or to create derivative works.

Recommendation for the OER MOOC

Recommendation for the #OERMOOC

. Learning tool I like most and I'm using after enrolling in this course.

Blogs and microblogs: Blogging is the best wy to express the students work and I'm still working on it. Its a super educational tool, in both classroom and online settings. Blogs provide opportunities for people to express their own ideas and we can get a feedback on our posts.

Learner blogs can be hosted on Blogger, or WordPress,

Microblogging sites, like Twitter,  Linkedin,
It can be helpful for discussion or get a feedback on your tweet or post. Blogging is a powerful learning tool for students.

Virtual meetings. MOOCs are designed for asynchronous learning, virtual meetings allow for synchronous collaboration. For example, virtual meetings on Skype or Google+Hangouts < > to discuss the contentor product.

2. Educational games

Ambient Insight’s new research exposed that mobile technology is the key driver energizing the global edugame market. The foremost countries for mobile edugames in 2012 were the US, Japan, South Korea, China, and India, respectively. By 2017, the top foremost purchasing countries will be China, the US, India, Indonesia, and Brazil.

“One major catalyst accelerating the market is the growing number of direct billing agreements between the telecoms and the app stores,” adds Adkins.

“Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and Google have direct billing agreements with carriers allowing customers to buy apps and get charged on their phone bill. This has caused a spike in Mobile Learning revenues in countries where credit card usage is uncommon.”

1. Educational puzzles numbers: Puzzles & memory games are considering best for brainstorming. You can boost your child by these activities so I opt for such educational games that is helpful for a good puzzle game for kids education. Educational puzzles-Numbers is a new free app including fun logic puzzles for preschool kids that will entertain your children and introduce them to the world of numbers.

2. JumpStart Preschool 2 Free: This app gives you 3 learning games for students. The games are designed to teach more than 6 math, pre reading & critical thinking skills for school.

3. Open education resources web links

1. Online Education Leader Since 2006 OEDb is a comprehensive online education directory for both free and for-credit learning options. It is the most comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses. They launched the online courses since 2007, OEDb continues its journey release its online college rankings and collection of over 10,000 free open courses and interactive resources from top universities around the world.

2. National Science Digital Library:

 It enhance the diversity of kniwledge for learners. Serving Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Education. NSDL Science Literacy Maps help teachers connect concepts, standards, and NSDL educational resources. It is providing a way to discover the new science concepts and their interrelation.

4. Podcasts

1. Creative COW Podcasts
, students can use the after effects in their work to make more captivating. The Creative COW After Effects Tutorials. Podcast is filled with tips, tricks, tutorials and workflow enhancements that will enhance your knowledge & your work presentation is  morecaptivating in Adobe After Effects.

2. Apple iTunes Podcasts, The iTunes Store launches so many free podcasts at first glance. To get a specific podcasts select iTunes Store of the iTunes navigation bar, then select Podcasts from the same navigation bar. Here you can also find a podcasts charts, Playing Podcasts, Managing Podcast, Subscriptions Sharing Podcasts.

5. Animations

. video
The animated video is based on a story. The video based lesson is much effective rather than simple lesson plan. The students will learn alot from the visual aid so if Ilan a lesson based on animated video then I would like to prefer some story that have some moral aswell.


 This Videos and Animations link provide students a wide context of learning to design their content. It has Beautiful 3D Animation Video Samples and Creations of Animation Software + 3DMagix Video Tutorial Training.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Marilyn Monroe Sexy Hair Ads


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The stunning lady Monroe appears in a new series of ads for Sexy Hair, which has billed the ad campaign with the tagline, “Styles Change. Sexy is Forever.” She is still ever green actress as ever and remarks her presence in the beauty industry.

For Monroe, “forever” is not exaggeration. Sexy Hair licensed the rights to Monroe’s name, quotes and image from Authentic Brands Group, which owns all the rights to her estate, and will be launching an extensive campaign come October.

The haircare company isn’t the first to harness Monroe’s timeless appeal — Christian Dior did the same thing for a 2011 J’Adore Dior commercial, which starred Charlize Theron swanning around with digitized versions of Monroe, Grace Kelly and Marlene Dietrich. Monroe was also set to be given the hologram treatment for a live concert in 2012.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Shut up call for “AAMIR LIAQUAT HUSSAIN” – “Amaan Ramazan”

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Pakistani media is its hype and this issue creates so many explosions. During Ramadan Pakistani television shows are busy in their own vulgar activities to raise their show ratings. A Pakistani prime-time television show called “Amaan Ramazan” on the Geo channel is giving away abandoned babies to childless couple contestants. “

The babies were first found by Muhammad Ramzan Chhipa, who runs the Chhipa Welfare Association, a children’s charity, and then given to the TV station.

“We have lots of babies that are just abandoned, left in the garbage or other dirty places,” he said.

The game show host Aamir Liaquat Hussain has already handed out two infants to couples so far during this Ramadan.

During the show he told the studio audience in a recent episode, “This is the beautiful girl who was thrown on pile of garbage by somebody and see how beautiful and innocent she is.”

The baby was given to a man named Riaz-ud-din and his wife, who were childless.

“These 14 years were full of hardships, people asked [me] to go for [a] second marriage but I remained patient and also asked my wife to be patient,” he said.

His wife described the baby as “gift of Ramadan.

This crime has been happen due to diversity of reason and lots of babies are abandoned every month in Pakistan. The fact is child was born out of marriage vows, the mother already has too many other children to feed, or the baby is a girl who is unwanted because she is viewed as a financial burden.

However, under Pakistani laws, someone convicted of abandoning a baby can be sent to prison for seven years.

Due to such sort of controversies they grasp the audience attention that is the cheapest way of publicity. Before that one TV presenter was fired after she and her cameras wandered through the parks of Karachi looking for young couples engaged in dating.

Hussain of “Amaan Ramazan” is particularly controversial, although extremely popular. He has been accused of using the show to promote Islamic extremism while still maintaining an entertaining diet of music, dance, games and even cooking demonstrations.

Bina Shah, Karachi based writer, predestined the program.

She said, “It just speaks to the commercialization of everything in Pakistani society, including religion and giving away the baby stunt on television was the worst violation of media ethics I can think of.”

Moreover, recently Amir Liaqat Hussain invites a singer Taher Shah on his show as a guest. During the show Aamir Liaquat behaved inappropriately with Taher Shah.

When Shah sing a few lines from his song “Eye to Eye”, Liaquat interrupts him, brings in a live snake and forces the singer to wrap it around his neck because of this Shah feels uncomfortable and the harassed look on Shah’s face. His trembling voice can easily judge by the audience. Not even this Liaqat force him to sing continually.

Liaquat says, “gayen” (sing) repeating it at least 10 times in 13 seconds. mien saath hoon,gayen” and by wrapping his arms around his waist he constantly make fun on him.

The drama giant Amir Liaqat should be sorry for his own act that he done during the show. This whole controversial issue is become a media hunt for Pakistan. The whole scenario spoil the image of Pakistan and the Islamic teachings aswell. This is not a fun, game is over!

Worldwide distinctive McDonald’s meals

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 The world renowned food chain, McDonald’s is a global force in the fast-food industry and shown a green signal forever. Its popularity has remained impassive by proceedings and charisma of its brand is still valid.
The fact is McDonald’s abroad have menus that are manufactured to their home country. From all over the world different menus are collect and some of the exclusive McDonald’s offerings are display here.
For example, in India in a Big Mac were beef replaced with two chicken patties to create the Maharaja Mac.

In France, McBaguette which comes with a assortment of different options like fried chicken or beef on the classic French bread.

The menus change in different countries.

Maharaja Mac Meal, India

McDonald’s replaced the Big Mac’s two all-beef patties with chicken to create the Maharaja Mac in order to cater to Indians who consider cows sacred. Although you can get the Maharaja Mac with fries and a Coke, they also offer sides like the Vegetable Pizza McPuff that are unique to India.

McArabia Pita, Middle East

The McArabia Pita comes with chicken or beef patties, onions, and traditional tahini sauce on a pita bread sandwich. Don’t expect any special sides — outlets in the Middle East keep to the American classic standard with french fries and a Coke.

 Samurai Pork Burger, Thailand

The Samurai Pork Burger from Thailand is a pork patty that comes with teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomato, onions, and mayo. Forget apple pie for dessert — visitors to McDonald’s in Thailand can try corn and pineapple pies, which you won’t find here in the U.S.

McBaguette, France

French McDonald’s, McBaguette combo option, a sandwich that comes with a choice of breaded chicken, ham and cheese, or hamburger and is topped with two hashbrowns. The country’s McDonald’s. McDonald’s in France, expect to find macarons and crêpes as well as the McBaguette and Coke combo. In France, McDonald’s in are designed in chic like French sidewalk cafés.

The McFiesta Burger, Argentina

Actually the McFiesta Burger is just a regular McDonald’s quarter pounder, but with mayonnaise instead of ketchup. Sides and desserts are standard here, too, with french fries and Coca-Cola with the option of ice cream.

Prawn Biryani

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1 pound 2 ounces uncooked prawns
1 teaspoon saffron threads
4 tablespoons water
2 green onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
2 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 cloves
2 green cardamom pods
1 inch piece cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 fresh green chili, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons ghee
1 teaspoon whole black mustard seeds
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
1 1/2 cups yogurt
1 cup basmati rice, soaked for 2 hours and drained
1 tablespoon raisins
slivered almonds


* Soak the saffron in water for 10 minutes. Put the green onions, garlic, spices and salt into a spice grinder and grind to paste.
* Heat the ghee in a saucepan and add the mustard seeds when they are starting to pop add the shrimp and stir over a high heat for 1 minutes. Stir in the spice mix, then coconut milk and yogurt, simmer for 20 minutes.
* Boil rice for 12 minutes. Drain. Pile the rice on the prawns. Spoon over the golden raisins and trickle the saffron water over the rice in lines. Cover the pan with a clean cloth and put the lid tightly.
* Remove the pan from heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Serve and garnished.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Royal Baby Name: George Alexander Louis

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The royal baby name is George Alexander Louis including his title, HRH Prince George of Cambridge. The royal couple’s choice of name has been discussed during the time since the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy was announced.

“George was the expected choice; George was the obvious choice,”

Nameberry’s Pamela Redmond Satran tells, “There have been many more king Georges in recent centuries than any other name, so I think they went for tradition on that one — but broke with tradition in terms of giving him three names instead of four. And I think Alexander and Louis in the middle place, versus honoring [George's] father, grandfather, or great-grandfather, is a departure.”

According to Nameberry, favorites earlier this summer included George, Philip and Arthur for boys, and Alexandra, Charlotte and Elizabeth for girls.

George was in the lead at betting agency Ladbrokes, followed by James, Alexander, Arthur, Louis, Henry and Philip. Jokesters placing bets on “Psy” and “North” faced equal odds of 5,000 to 1.

Irish betting agency Paddy Power had a similar lineup, with George, James, Alexander, Louis, Arthur, Philip and Henry in the lead. Unlikely choices including Rumpelstiltskin, Joffrey, Charming and Kong brought up the rear with odds of 500 to 1.

A spokeswoman for Ladbrokes told before the baby was born that its birth marked “the biggest and most exciting novelty betting event in history.”

According to the AP, tens of thousands of bets were placed with Ladbrokes following the news that the Duchess had gone into labor.

The survey has found that some U.K. moms were waiting to choose their baby names until after the royal baby arrived.

The most popular boys’ names in Britain in 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available, were Harry, Oliver and Jack. In the U.S., 2012′s most popular boys’ names were Jacob, Mason and Ethan.

Michelle Williams’ Louis Vuitton Campaign

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The spectacular appearance of Michelle William has comes to fashion. However she has dazzling demand, corsets, metallics and playful hems are all part of her style revolution. She has paid off with a new-flanged appearance as the face of Louis Vuitton.

Michelle William appears in the fashion house’s autumn/winter 2013-14 campaign and it focuses on two new handbags, the W and the Capucines.

Her first glimpse is in wine-colored lips, dark brows and her signature cropped haircut and she looks particularly edgy in the Peter Lindbergh-lensed shots wearing clothing from the fall collection. It’s certainly a far cry from the young girl we met on “Dawson’s Creek.”

The first fashion campaign of super actress and star is also predominantly significant, since it marks the star’s very first major fashion campaign.

Her new-flanged Louis Vuitton ads in Marie Claire France on Aug. 2 or may they mark the floor September and October fashion magazines

Royal Baby Title: Kate & Will’s Blessed


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The whole world is crazy about the news of Royal baby birth. It looks amazing when a glimpse of child appeared in a little royal wave.

Now the royal baby is here and his parents have said some sweet words about the birth.

Will and Kate choose a first name, the royal baby will officially be titled as “HRH Prince of Cambridge.”

The royal baby’s title will be the first time “Prince of Cambridge” has been used in 194 years!

Previously his father is titled “Prince William, Duke of Cambridge” and Kate is titled “Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.”

Since titles are so important in England, the little prince could even use “Cambridge” as a last name.

The Royal baby would be following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps: When Charles and William both married, they adopted their titles, “Wales” and “Cambridge,” as one of their last names and changed their names to “Prince Charles, Prince of Wales” and “Prince William, Duke of Cambridge,” respectively.

As for his first name of the new royal baby, the top contenders seem to be George and James.

Queen visits her new great-grandson

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Kensington Palace to see her new great-grandson, who has spent a first night at home with his parents, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

She made the short trip from Buckingham Palace to meet the two-day-old Prince of Cambridge and stayed for half an hour. Prince Philip is still recovering from abdominal surgery so he is not at the moment.
At a Buckingham Palace reception, the queen said she was “thrilled” by the new arrival.”

A guest at the event for the queen’s Award for Enterprise said the monarch called the baby a “big boy” and noted that “the first born is very special.”

William’s brother, Prince Harry, met the baby, Kensington Palace said.

Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, has also been to visit her nephew. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited at St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday, as did Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

Baby’s first royal wave is his little hand peeking above a white crocheted wrap, blanketed. He slept through his unveiling public appearance.

However William assured the media he had “a good pair of lungs on him.”

The new family is expected to spend time quietly at Kensington Palace, their London home. The name of the royal baby is not confirmed yet as determined a name; William and Kate will soon wish a photographer for the baby’s first official portrait.

William has two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue.

William told, “We are still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can.”

Lady Gaga, Forbes’ Highest-Earning Celebrity Under 30, Beats Justin Bieber For Title

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Forbes released their annual list of the highest-earning celebrities under 30 and it’s Lady Gaga, Just-in Bie-ber. They are at the top of the chart.

Gaga raked in $80 million, thanks in large part to her tour. The global jaunt dialed up $168 million and Forbes estimates it could have topped $200 million if it went on as planned.

Gaga is gear up for her new album “#ARTPOP” for release, so between that and the expected world tour that will follow.

Bieber, the young pop star kept it frosty at $58 million, some of which he’s smartly put into investments at big-name start-ups like Spotify. Forbes also admits that he may have cleared even more this year, but that they added a “double-digit million dollar advance” for a merchandising deal to last year’s tally.

Taylor Swift cleared $55 million, Calvin Harris notched $46 million, Rihanna clocked in at $43 million, Katy Perry rang up $39 million, Adele earned $25 million off your tears, Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar and brought in $26 million, and Kristen Stewart and her “Twilight” co-star Taylor Lautner each cleared $22 million.

The 26-year-old rapper seemed confident when he said, “I made Forbes’ list, n—a / F–k your list, everything’s looking gorgeous.” Started from the bottom, still at the bottom”.

The dude made $20 million last year.

Low Vitamin D Tied to Aging Problems

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Due to deficiency of Vitamin D people over 55 are concomitant with an powerlessness to perform ordinary tasks of daily life.

Dutch researchers studied two groups of older people — one of 725 men and women aged 55 to 65, and another of 1,237 older than 65 — to see if they could walk up or down a 15-step staircase, dress and undress, stand from a sitting position, cut their toenails, walk outside unaided for five minutes, and use their own or public transportation. Then they did blood tests for vitamin D levels.

After monitoring for factors including age, physical activity and chronic diseases, they found that in both groups, a vitamin D level below 20 nanograms per milliliter was associated with an increased number of disabilities compared with those with a normal level (above 30).

Dr. Evelien Sohl of the VU University Amsterdam, said that the study does not establish that low vitamin D is the cause of disability. May be vitamin D supplements would be of benefit. But before we can assume this, we have to test it in randomized controlled trials.”

Source: The study was published online in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Encourage Father-Kids bonding to bring a confidence

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The father is the hero of their kids. He’s the one who hold them firmly and guides well how to survive in a society. By initial stage this change will occurs that father and child relationship should be friendly. To make the difference of right and wrong the father provides opportunities for their child – feeds him loves him and, most importantly, plays with him.

Dads were all in all and they found ways to have fun themselves and, at the same time and open the new horizon for his child. There should be vast liberty between them to understand each other by communication or playing with them.

Classic Board Games: Board games are boosting up their minds level and they also help to know about opponent. It’s a best way for you child to make a difference of friend and opponent by taking part in such sort of games like chess and checkers. Such games are helpful to sort out the situations related to stress, victory and loss. Moreover it’s a great fun and gives fathers a chance to collaborate and teach their kids.

RPG Video Games: A journey towards the brainstorming level Playing Games, are video games that take you in another world. Such games are designed for one player, but being a cause of cheers for many. Fantasy and science fiction are the genres many of these games fall under and have the unique ability to bring a television or computer screen to life. This is helpful for father and kids relation to learn how to work as a team. Always opt for such games that are appropriate for your child level and age.

Exploring with a Metal Detector: Adventure, thrill and suspense makes your child more concerned regarding issues. They are eager to know what is happening in their surroundings. Exploring unknown earth with a metal detector is a great way to make a mission out of a standard hike.

Construction Games: Construction games are helpful to highlight the hidden talent of your child and bring out the engineer in child and adult and pieces can be manipulated in ways puzzling to adults.

Exercising: Exercise is an integral part of life and it works in all ages. In today’s scenario it’s much easy to grasp kid’s intention in front of the screen of the television, Smartphone and computer. So it is necessary to involve your child in exercise activities that provides eyes a break from bright screens and creates an opportunity for bonding. When a father shows his kids different exercise moves, he’s also exercising himself. There’s a variety of different exercise and fitness equipment available that makes exercising fun, too.

The father and kids relationship should be in strong bonding and there should be seems relaxation. Every child wants father’s love but due to some busy schedule there is hindrance to come closer and give time to kids. By adopting this schedule you may concern about your child concerns and his/her interest and that not a big deal.

Daring & feisty scourge of presidents,Helen Thomas dies at 92

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Helen Thomas a symbol of daring woman whose jagged arguments at the front row of the White House press room annoyed nine presidents but snooped information about the workings of the federal government.

She started her career as a White House watchdog began with the Kennedy administration. she was eminent as a pioneering woman in journalism and the prestigious lady wire service correspondent and columnist. She died July 20 at her home in Washington at age 92.

The cause of death was not disclosed but her friend retired journalist Muriel Dobbin, confirmed her death. Ms. Thomas had been on dialysis with a kidney disorder.

Ms. Thomas became the club’s first female president, as well as the first woman to be named White House bureau chief of a major wire service, the first woman to be admitted to the Gridiron Club.

She was the first woman to serve as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, the first female officer of the National Press Club and the recipient of multiple lifetime achievement awards.

She was president of the Women’s National Press Club in 1959, named one of the “25 Most Influential Women in America” by the World Almanac in 1976 and in 1998 was the first recipient of a prize established in her name by the White House Correspondents’ Association — the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award.

Batman & Superman unite together


This exotic summer’s Superman mega film is getting a sequel and its great news for batman and superman fans. It’s going to unite the Man of Steel with the Caped Crusader for the first time on the big screen.

Bros. Pictures announced at Comic-Con that Superman will pair with his fellow Justice League hero Batman in the forthcoming film. This film has been expected to begin in 2014.

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder will direct the film, and current Superman Henry Cavill will star, Warner Bros. said. The new Batman has yet to be cast.

Snyder’s reimagining of Superman in “Man of Steel” broke the record for the biggest June opening, taking in $125.1 million in its first weekend. It has since raked in a total of $630 million worldwide, Warner Bros. said.

“Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC (Comics) fans everywhere,” said Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment.

Snyder told Comic-Con fans he’s excited to work with Cavill again and take the story to the next chapter.
“It’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world,” he said.

Snyder strongly hinted that the heroes will be rivals in the movie.

“Man of Steel” actor Harry Lennix took the stage with Snyder and read a line from Frank Miller’s 1986 book, “The Dark Knight Returns,” in which Batman wages battle with the man from Krypton.

“I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you,” Lennix read from the book.

Christian Bale, who starred as Batman in three film installments of “The Dark Knight,” told Entertainment Weekly this month that he wouldn’t be starring in a fourth. “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan also said he wasn’t opting for a fourth movie in the franchise, the magazine said.

Nolan will, however, have a hand in the upcoming Superman-Batman film — he’s serving as one of the executive producers, Warner Bros. said.

Warner Bros. and DC Comics, the publisher of “Superman” titles, are both units of Time Warner, CNN’s parent company.

‘Man Of Steel 2′ Screenwriter Reveals Title Options For Sequel

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The exotic film may have a title of “Man of Steel 2.” They announced at Comic-Con panel celebrating 75 years of Superman, Batman and Superman film that Warner Bros., may have a title.

According to screenwriter David S. Goyer, the “Man of Steel” sequel will be called either “Batman vs. Superman” or “Superman vs. Batman.” (Speculation before the Comic-Con panel also had the film titled “The World’s Finest,” a reference to the DC Comics series of issues that ran from 1941 through 1986.)

“[That's] the next film we’re making, we’re already in pre-production, [it] comes out in summer of 2015.”

Goyer said, “We’re actually not sure whether the title is ‘Superman vs. Batman’ or ‘Batman vs. Superman’ but yes, it’s that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”

Director Zack Snyder and “Man of Steel” co-star Harry Lennix also announced the project during the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

World giggles about Royal Baby

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It’s a boy! And an Internet punch line!

Prince William and wife Catherine celebrated the birth of their first child. The baby is third in line to the British throne and his name is not been announced yet.

Twitter was contented to offer suggestions for a Royal baby.

The Internet, which has once in a blue moon encountered a news event it can’t poke fun at, greeted the news with the expected mix of celebration, marketing ploys and jokes. Mostly jokes.

The royal baby has met his grandparents!

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Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton has arriving at the hospital via taxi shortly after 3pm local time. They were greeted by Lindo Wing’s lead clinician Jonathan Ramsay upon entry.

The schedule departure for Will and Kate, and the new parents are expected to leave the hospital either after 6 pm tonight or early tomorrow morning.

The Middletons spoke to the press upon departure the hospital. Carole addressed the press, describing the royal baby as “absolutely beautiful” and confirming that Will and Kate are “both doing really well.”

When plked for a name, Carole declined: “Absolutely not!”

Royal baby: Kate expected to stay in hospital for most of Tuesday

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spending their first full day with their newborn son along with hope the world would get its first glimpse of the baby certain to be a king.

It is expected that the duchess and her baby will remain in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s hospital, Paddington and may even stay an extra night.

Prince William, stayed overnight with them at the luxury suite where, at 4.24pm, she gave birth to a boy weighing 8lbs 6oz (3.8kg).

The couple said: “We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone – staff, patients and visitors – for their understanding during this time.”

The duke had previously said of their new baby, who is third in line to the throne: “We could not be happier.”
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning.”

The couple has not released any information about the name of their child.

It is not known whether the couple will receive visitors. While her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and siblings Pippa and James may pop in, the other new grandfather the Prince of Wales was continuing his two-day visit to Yorkshire.

Prince Charles, on a visit to Bugthorpe, a village in east Yorkshire, said he had wet his grandson’s head with champagne. “But just a little bit,” he told wellwisher Alec Dale.

Charles’s wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, meanwhile, said the birth was “wonderful news” and “a wonderfully uplifting moment for the country”.

“It’s very exciting and it’s wonderful for the grandfather – he’s brilliant with children.”

The celebratory mood was continuing at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning at the changing of the guard, where the band of the Scots Guard struck up Congratulations, Royal Salute, The Duke of Cambridge March and Procession of the Nobles.

Campanology fans, meanwhile, were to be treated to three hours of pealing at Westminster Abbey from 2pm, as 10 bell ringers perform the Cambridge Surprise Royal, consisting of some 5,000 changes, and composed for the royal couple’s wedding.

In London, gun salutes will sound across the capital to mark the birth of the baby, a tradition carried out upon the arrival of every new prince or princess. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride past Buckingham Palace to stage a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park at 2pm.

At the Tower of London, there will be a 62-gun salute from the Gun Wharf by the Honourable Artillery Company. A royal gun salute normally comprises 21 rounds, increased to 41 if fired from a royal park or residence. The Tower gets an extra 21 for the citizens of the City of London to show their loyalty to the monarch.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have 42 days from Monday to register the birth. Normally registration of births at the Paddington hospital happens at Marylebone town hall, but traditionally royals are registered at home by a registrar.

The crowd outside the Lindo wing grew steadily through the early morning on Tuesday, every eye and camera trained on the tall grey stone doorway. The delivery of an extra lorry load of security barriers just before 10am was taken as an omen that something might happen.

The photographers assured one another of what might happen next, based on unimpeachable sources: other photographers. “They’re coming out in an hour.” “They’re coming out this afternoon.” “They’re not coming out till tomorrow.” “We’ll get an hour’s warning.” “They’ll go out the back – we’ll get nothing.”

Prince William’s wife Kate in hospital for royal birth

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Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where she will give birth to her first child who will be third in line to the British throne.

The birth will be announced in the traditional way with an envelope containing the baby’s details taken from the hospital to Queen Elizabeth’s London residence at Buckingham Palace.

Recently Queen Elizabeth has homecoming to Buckingham Palace after spending the weekend in Windsor.
In accordance with her pre-announced birth plan, Kate is being attended to by Dr. Marcus Setchell, the Queen’s former gynecologist, with Dr. Alan Farthing assisting.

St Mary’s Hospital is where Princess Diana gave birth to Princes William and Harry and where Princess Anne gave birth to her children. At this time, we don’t know the sex of the baby, as the duke and duchess chose not to find out before the birth. Despite previous reports that Kate is “too posh to push,” she’ll be having a natural birth.

It is stated that the royal birth might also help raise the national mood, battered by economic problems, unemployment, cuts in public spending and a rising gap between rich and poor.

Baby’s gender is not confirmed yet. Our best wishes go out to the royal couple!