May 2010
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as per wikipedia, there are only three 7-star hotels in the world. (2 of them are in UAE)



The Centaurus (building)

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Centaurus
General information
Location Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan
Coordinates 33°42′30″N 73°3′3″E / 33.70833°N 73.05083°E / 33.70833; 73.05083Coordinates: 33°42′30″N 73°3′3″E / 33.70833°N 73.05083°E / 33.70833; 73.05083
Status Under construction
Groundbreaking 2005
Estimated completion 2010
Use Residential
Commercial
Retail
Technical details
Cost $350 million
Companies involved
Architect(s) Atkins
References: The Centaurus - Official website

The Centaurus is a mixed-use development project currently under construction in Islamabad, Pakistan. The project involves over 6.59 acres of land in Islamabad's arterial corridor, called Blue Area.

The complex is designed by Atkins, whose portfolio includes the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, and the Bahrain World Trade Center in Bahrain. It is a project of the Pak Gulf Construction (Pvt) Ltd (PGCL) in Islamabad. Pak Gulf construction company is a joint venture between Al Tamimi (Saudi Arabia) and Sardar Builders (Pakistan).

Besides serving residential, commercial, and business purposes, the complex is intended to symbolize the growth of Pakistan, and to enable it to host international conferences and seminars in Pakistan's capital city.

The $350 million complex is planned to have a 37-story, 7 star deluxe hotel, with two 21-story residential towers, a 25-story corporate office tower, and a 5-story shopping mall, which will cover an area of 300,000 Sq ft, the mall will have a twin screen cinema and a food court.[1] The complex will have a parking lot to accommodate over 2,000 vehicles. It is designed to withstand up to 9.5 magnitude earthquakes and is scheduled to be completed in 2010.

As of 16 December 2009, 16 floors had been completed; the whole complex is expected to be completed in December 2010.


 

                               

                                 
 


The $350 million, 7-Star Centaurus Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan will help to put this country on the map for international travelers once the project is completed around 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

       

                                                                 

                                  




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Top 10 work habits that employees must try to avoid
 
 
 
Bangalore: The world over, various research are being carried out by trainers and experts to enhance work efficiency and productivity of the workforce. Many methods have been implemented across organizations, with a lot of cost incurred, to improve productivity at work. While some employee habits are not as detrimental, the others may cause the people caught in the act face adverse consequences, reports Sanjeev Sinha of The Economic Times. 


To better the prospects of the employees in the workplace, here is a list of undesirable work habits that hinder productivity and so one must always attempt to avoid them:

1] Poor planning
People come to work every day with no proper agenda in place, in terms of what work they want to do in the day. They have no goals set to achieve. "Lack of planning of the day at work or at the job is one of the most 'non-productive' habits at the workplace. This can, however, be rectified by a simple basic discipline of starting the day with some basic agenda in place," says Alok Bansal, CEO, Alethia Education Services.

2] Superiority complex
If you feel you're better at your work than others, then you are in for some serious problem. If you don't pay any heed to what others have to say and don't give any regard to the view points of your colleagues; it causes more crisis to you in the long run than anyone else.

3] Not maintaining notes
A lot of time is wasted in looking for information that has not been noted or properly recorded. It is a common trend nowadays that people don't make notes of conversations with clients or peers. "Despite the tools available today, most of us seem to be losing on this count. Simple yet important things like relevant phone numbers or contact details of clients are lost or need to be searched. This causes immense loss of time and effort. As they say, information is the key and will always remain a powerful tool in the corporate world," adds Bansal.

4] Dependency on mails
A majority of people are dependent on their mails to find out what work is to be done. The philosophy of 'if the inbox is empty, the work is done' is followed which is not setting a proper trend.

5] Not being a team worker
It is not enough that one is good at his work. One should cooperate with his team mates so that work gets done effectively. If you have adjustment problems with the team you are working with, then work does not get done efficiently.

6] Not able to fit in your workplace
Not getting acclimatized to your work environment and adapting to the ethics of workplace creates a troubled surrounding to work at and dissatisfied workers.

7] Unpunctuality
Considered an HR problem, tardiness is a topic on which a lot of research has been put in. Reaching late to one's work and meetings can jeopardize one's career and also impact productivity.

8] Poor time management
It is a common occurrence in workplaces that while some people constantly crib about more work pressure, few others claim of less work. In this regard, Bansal says that if one is looking to rise up the ladder, one has to manage time well.

9] Gossips and loose talk
Gossip mongers in any organization are at best avoided. Yearly appraisals have shown this group to get the lowest scores. So loose talks do not help anyone grow rather performance does.

10] No sense of responsibility/ownership
If you are not responsible for your activities or don't own up your mistakes, this will endanger your career in the time to come. 

 

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Stressed? Talk to your mom!

Are your stressed out? Wherever you are, just pick up the phone and talk to your mother, for a new study says that her voice is the best stress relief.

Stressed? Talk to your mom!

Researchers have carried out the study and found that hearing mother's voice can quickly calm frayed nerves -- and a telephone call often has the same effect as a hug, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

The findings could help explain why mother is often the first person people, even adults, turn to in tough times.

For the study, the researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looked at the role of oxytocin, a hormone involved in sex, sexual attraction, trust and confidence.

Known as the "cuddle chemical", it's released into the blood during labour -- triggering the production of breast milk -- and floods the brain during breast feeding, helping mother and baby bond.

It also, it seems, is key to a mother's ability to calm her kid relieving stress when it is released in children.

Stressed? Talk to your mom!

The researchers made a group of seven to 12-year-old girls perform a speech and solve a series of maths problems in front of a panel of strangers. That sent the children's hearts racing and levels of cortisol -- a hormone associated with stress -- soaring.

Once stressed, a third of the girls were comforted in person by their mother, a third told to speak to her on the phone and a third given a film to watch. Levels of oxytocin rose quickly in those who saw or spoke to their mothers, the findings revealed.

And, to the researchers' surprise, within an hour, the girls who phoned their mothers were just as calm as those who were comforted in person.

"It was understood that oxytocin release in the context of social bonding usually required physical contact.

But it's clear from these results that a mother's voice can have the same effect as a hug," lead researcher Leslie Seltzer was quoted as saying.

The findings have been published in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B' journal.

Source: PTI



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7 Steps to Positive Self Talk

 

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Most of us are in constant mental chatter. We talk to ourselves all day long and, unfortunately, this self talk is frequently negative. Often it is tainted with guilt about our past or anxiety about our future. This negativity can destroy any seed of hope that we may otherwise have in striving for our dreams.

Our actions are inspired by our thoughts. If we can change the way we think, we can begin to change the actions we take. It is human nature to seek personal growth; whether financially, emotionally, physically or spiritually. Practicing positive self talk can help us set in motion actions that will bring us greater rewards.

The following are seven steps to positive self talk. By following these steps you will begin to rid your inner conversations of negativity and instead have empowering thoughts.

1. Eliminate Internal Negative Chatter

The first step is one of awareness. It will be hard to make a change to positive thinking without being acutely intimate with the thoughts that run through your mind. Recently, I was amazed to discover deep buried emotions from negative thoughts that I had for fewer than 10 minutes. Without awareness, I would have carried the hurt and anger inside. Awareness helped me to bring them out to the open for me to deal with.

Undoubtedly it will not be easy to make a switch if you have a long history or negative self talk. Your talk became negative over the years due to various factors. For instance, if your first grade teacher repeatedly told you that you were "stupid", you might believe it to be truly the case. You would find that your inner chatter would often be filled with talk of "I am so slow" and "it is so hard to learn". If you constantly tell yourself such negative stories, your actions are going to reflect your low self esteem. It will be difficult to get very far if you are always putting yourself down.

A common negative talk involves telling yourself "I can't". When you say to yourself "I can't" or "it is too difficult", you are creating a resistance. Having such a mental block will prevent you from achieving a task you could otherwise succeed at.

Anytime you catch yourself saying "I can't…", turn around and challenge your own claim with, "Why can't I?" Research shows that most geniuses became the people they are also because of the hard work they put in. So if you would like to be successful, you need to start saying "I can" a lot more.

A great method that I have also found useful is to say "Cancel Cancel" each time I find myself saying something negative, whether in the mind or verbally. The method works if you sincerely have the intent of becoming a positive thinker.

2. Positive Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements of a desired outcome or goal. They are usually short, believable and focused. By repeating them over and over again, you build inroads into your subconscious mind, opening up the possibility of a new state of thoughts.

An important step when repeating affirmations is that you need to read your affirmations aloud with feeling. The mere reading of the words bears no consequence unless you put some emotions behind them. Of significant fact is that your subconscious mind takes any orders given in complete faith and after repeated self talk. So the daily practice of repeating affirmations is important.

Initially you may be skepticism toward the statement of your positive affirmation. However, if you follow this simple set of instructions your skepticism will soon give way to a new set of beliefs and then crystallized into absolute faith.

3. Positive Scripts

One thing that you may observe is on how easy it is for your mind to build negative thought upon negative thought. The chatter not only does not stop but it spins a drama that traps and limits you.

From now on, regularly do this exercise instead. Spin an uplifting story that runs like a movie script. Some visualization will be helpful. You build on a story with a positive outline. The longer you can tell this story to yourself the better. It is also best if you can make this story one about having all your goals achieved. When you do this, you start to internalize your goals and dreams, as if they are something that you have already achieved.

4. Replace Negative Influences with Positive Ones

It is important that you identify external negative factors in your life which may be holding your thoughts hostage. For instance, your mental state can become toxic by being around friends who are negative. If you are not vigilant enough, you will start to adopt their thoughts as your own. Hence, be alert to what your negative influences are. If they come from certain friends, limit your exposure to them as much as you can. Refrain from discussing your plans with people who will be unsupportive of your dreams and goals.

Instead surround yourself with thoughts and actions from people who will empower you.
From being uninspired and de-motivated, you will begin to feel uplifted and driven to greater self growth. The positive energy that they vibrate will start affecting the self talk that you engage in as well.

5. Present Tense Messages

You may find yourself daunted by the many things you need to do in order to reach your goals. It just seems overwhelming to become the success that you secretly desire for. Your mind gets caught up in an endless stream of worry.

What may be helpful is to concentrate on steps you can take in the present. If you find yourself becoming stuck, stop and say, "What can I do right now?" Change your internal talk from a future anxiety ridden one to one that is about the more manageable present. You cannot control what will happen in the future but you can take the necessary steps now that will build a better tomorrow. Taking the necessary steps require you to focus your thoughts and inner talk on Now.

6. Confront Fears

Fear is often what holds you back from your success. You are scared of taking chances because you fear losing the security that you enjoy now. You try to convince yourself that you are happy in your current state when in fact, you are not. Your self talk may sound positive in your attempt to lie to yourself. But somehow, there is an inner knowing that you are short changing yourself.

Ask yourself what you are afraid of. What can be the worst that can happen? Take a step-by-step approach in breaking down your fears and see if there is any way round to looking at things more positively. When you confront your fears, you will often realize that the worst case scenario is not as bad as you think. In fact, the benefits of change are worth the risk. Your inner talk begins to change at this point.

7. Focus on Enjoyable Moments

It is much easier to have a positive attitude if you focus on the enjoyable moments in life rather than the difficult ones. While there will inevitably be challenges, you need to remember that life consists of ups and downs and the good times are forged through the bad.

So choose to fill your mind with positive images and thoughts. Make it a conscious habit. Simply bring your mind back every time it goes astray in its thoughts. For a start, if you can be grateful for what you have presently, your self talk will also change to be in alignment with one of joy. A state of gratitude does wonders to your psyche.

Conclusion

Replacing self talk from a negative to a more positive one is not going to happen overnight. If your mind has ingrained habits of thinking negatively, it will take some work and time. However, if you find yourself often struggling, unable to achieve your goals and talking yourself down, then you should grit your teeth and commit to the process of change.

By following the above tips to positive self talk, you will experience an improvement in the quality of your life. The rewards are plentiful with greater happiness, peace and joy. Best of all, you feel empowered. With the change in energy, you are more likely to reach your highest potential and achieve success.


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Receive An Update Of Any Suspicious Act on Gmail- How To

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:06 PM PDT

Hackers are all spread on the internet so nothing is safe here. They use clever ideas and ways to hack your information which you may never know. So prevention is advised by the programmers in this case. The act of hacking is performed every where, so Gmail is installed with a feature that informs you about the suspicious acts done on your account. If any one logs into your account from any other location so on the basis of location Gmail will inform you about that act.

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Enabling this feature will be helpful for you which is very easy. Just login to your Gmail account and there you will see a option of 'Details' at the bottom. Just click on that button and it will pop up the window which will show about your login information and location where the account was logged from.

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Below the page you will see ' Alert Preference ' option, in that option select ' Show an alert fro unusual activity' which will update you about all the suspicious activities on your account. If suppose you receive any update of unusual activity on your account so the best way to prevent these attacks is the change of password. This feature is very much helpful and should be enabled as soon as possible to get protected from these clever attacks.

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Samsung Acclaim R880 coming up with Android 2.1 via U.S Cellular

Posted: 11 May 2010 11:33 AM PDT

U.S Cellular has recently confirmed the HTC Desire and this time another Android phone has announced by U.S Cellular i.e. Samsung Acclaim R880. Reportedly US carrier claims that Samsung Acclaim will run Android 2.1 OS and it boasts a touchscreen display of 3.2 inch with 320 x 480 pixels support. In detailed specifications it features a Bluetooth 2.1 interface, Wi-Fi and it offers an autofocus camera of 3MP with flash support. Oh yeah obviously it offers microSD card slot and offers a range of Google Mobile Services like (Search, Maps, Gmail, Calendar, Android Market and YouTube). If we just looking at the features so it looks like Samsung Galaxy Spica as you are looking in the picture below.

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It seems to be a CDMA version of Spica but wait guys it cannot be a CDMA handset because Acclaim offers a QWERTY keyboard. The only bad thing is that we still not get any picture or image of Samsung Acclaim as well as its price details is unknown too. Anyways according to recent facts U.S Cellular might going to launch Samsung Acclaim R880 in July 2010 just like the HTC Desire because it is also expecting to be launch at the same time too.

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Video preview of Blackberry 9670 and Blackberry bold 9800

Posted: 11 May 2010 10:18 AM PDT

Two different much waited handsets from RIM i.e. Blackberry Bold 9800 and Blackberry 9670 recently caught in a video. We already know that the Blackberry 9670 is a clamshell and on other hand Blackberry bold 9800 is a sliding phone and not only this but it is the first sliding handset from RIM. Both the mobile phones boast a QWERTY keyboard, and Blackberry Bold seems to be the touchscreen phone while the other one is not. By comparing both the handsets Blackberry 9670 offers an autofocus 5MP camera with flash and with Wi-Fi support but Blackberry bold expected to have the Wi-Fi support and in camera option it is not supporting flash feature.

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Both Blackberry handsets running Blackberry OS 6 but these handsets are not yet released in marketplace and both handsets are expecting to be release in this summer. As previously discussed Verizon and Vodafone might launch the Blackberry 9670 whereas Blackberry Bold 9800 might goes to GSM carrier in the US market i.e. under (T-mobiles and AT&T).

Anyways both the handsets are expecting to be release in this summer till then just have fun with the Video on the Jump:-

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USB Wrist Band Battery

Posted: 07 May 2010 07:35 AM PDT

If you are looking to add some extra juice to your gadgets, then check out the USB Wrist Band Battery. The USB Wrist Band Battery is compatible with a range of devices like your mobile phone or handheld games console.

It features a built in rechargeable 1500mAh battery and will work with a number of connections including microUSB, Mini USB, Sony PSP, Nintendo DS, and a range of mobile phones from manufacturers like Sony, Samsung and Nokia.

 

 

It comes with twelve different connectors, and the internal battery can be recharged by USB, if you want on they are available for $35.00 from Brando.

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Google Add Text Translation To Google Goggles

Posted: 06 May 2010 11:50 PM PDT

Google [GOOG] has updated their Google Goggles application for Android, and the update adds a new feature, text translation.

The text translation works by you taking a photo of the text you want translated with your Android smartphone's camera, the application will then translate the text you have photographed into English.

 

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This could come in handy when you are on holiday, and want to translate menus, and various other documents, and you will be able to translate the text quickly on your Android smartphone.

At the moment the Google Goggles application with the text translation is exclusive to Android, there are no details on whether Google plans to roll this application out to other platforms.

The service currently supports a number of languages including English, French Italian, German and Spanish and Google intends to expand this further.

Gizmodo via Gadget Venue

 

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This is a very important and informative email .

What to do when you are trapped in a lift ???



We never know when and where accidents will happen to us OR people around us. Read on and hope this piece of information may help any of us when things do happen to yourself, our friends and our loved ones.
One day, while in a lift, it suddenly broke down and it was falling from level 13 at a fast speed. Fortunately, I remembered watching a TV program that taught you must quickly press all the buttons for all the levels.
Finally, the lift stopped at the 5th level.
When you are facing life and death situations, whatever decisions or actions you make decides your survival.

If you are caught in a lift breakdown, first thought in mind may be 'waiting to die'...
But after reading below, things will definitely be different the next time you are caught in a lift.

First - Quickly press all the different levels of buttons in the lift.
When the emergency electricity supply is being activated, it will stop the lift from falling further.

Second - Hold on tight to the handle (if there is any).. It is to support your position and prevent you from falling or getting hurt when you loose your balance.

Third - Lean your back and head against the wall forming a straight line.
Leaning against the wall is to use it as a support for your back/spine as protection.

Fourth - Bend your knees
Ligament is a flexible, connective tissue. Thus, the impact of fractured bones will be minimised during fall.

For everyone, kindly do share this piece of information with your near and dear ones !!


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Login in to Your PC Through face Recognition Software

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 02:46 PM PDT

Many of us feels very much irritating to enter the password every time when we login to our PC. So to make our work more easier and convenient a Face recognition software has been made named Luxand Blink, which allows you to login to your windows by just looking at the monitor without any typing. Simply you have to install the app and register your face to login.
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To register your face with Blink is very much easy. After registering it will ask your windows password and rest of the process is automated. Now whenever your PC is started, when the login screen is launched so camera will automatically open and matches the face of the person sitting in front of the camera, if the match is correct so  windows will  open without any password, other wise not.
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This software is very much interactive and secure that if suppose someone tries to open your PC in your absence so it also save the photo of that person who tried to get into your system without your permission and you can view the photo of that person by checking the History from the system tray of Luxand Blink. This software can even recognize your face if you have changed your hairstyle or something else. So try this software as it is very easy to install and setup and will be a great experience to deal with.
Download Luxand Blink
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USB Charger for People in Emergency

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 04:53 AM PDT

It is a cool new USB charger that will help you in all kinds of emergency. It will always keep your devices alive by charging them and making them fit. It should have 2AA batteries to power up so that it can charge your USB devices. AA batteries can work till 4 hours and this charger is for only $8.99. It works with all the latest phones PDA's, and even with Apple devices. It has a slim design with great and large power in it. They come with LED/UV search light, and have 3 volts. It can be used without any cable so that it can be carried around. If you are really tired of charging your devices via your PC or any cable then you should get this as soon as possible.
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