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Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | January 12, 2011

Radetzky March – New Year Concert 2011

Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | January 8, 2011

Horoscope for 2011- News Shore

Horoscope: A look at
the year ahead 2011 


the new moon solar eclipse on Jan. 4 as the true start of the New
Year.This event-generating solar eclipse (in Capricorn)
will accelerate present circumstances. It is strongly influencing
Canada’s chart in terms of politics (as are the eclipses later in
the year, most notably June 1, 15, July 1 and Nov. 24.) In addition
to the shuffling within B.C. politics, a federal election is

Eclipses are flint for the unexpected,
both out there in the world and within our private lives too. Watch
for a significant restructuring of reality to occur in the
immediacy of the here and now, and/or to extend at an intensified
pitch over the next three to six months. The hinging moment may be
critical and confronting, but know also that it could not be more
opportune. Do not be afraid of tomorrow and your reinvented future.
Welcome it with all that you can to contribute to it. It is your
best bet — and as a collective, it is the only place to pin our
hope, faith, money and ambitions.

World economics
will continue as an uncertain landscape, but the outlook for the
year ahead is brighter than in recent years past. Courage is the
best bridge to the future. To deny or resist what is coming down
the track will prove to be wasted energy — and an impossible (and
irrational) stance.

This advice is for
politicians and individuals alike. You can choose one of two
options: take action and create the necessary change, or wait for
destiny to swoop in and set your new dial. Ideally, synchronizing
with the building momentum is your best bet. Jupiter and Uranus
provide exceptional potential for the taking. They favour brave new
initiatives, especially late January through mid-March, and again
late April through mid-May.

Keep watch for the
trio of summer eclipses, June 1, 15, and July 1, for another
saturated and eventful few weeks. Note Canada’s birthday falls on a
solar eclipse, suggesting a critically shaping moment for our

Jupiter’s advance into Taurus, June 4 to
June of 2012, bodes well for financial growth or added
profitability; a rise of interest rates is possible

For those that like to plan ahead, there are
three Mercury retrograde (Murphy’s law) cycles to note: March 30 to
April 23 (Aries); Aug. 2 to 26 (Virgo/Leo) and Nov. 23 to Dec. 13

– ARIES (March 21 – April

The adventure called life is about to set you
on a new course and it could be a radical departure. The
revolutionizing impact of Uranus in Aries (a once-in-a-lifetime
occurrence) will be especially evident for those born March 21 to
25. Jupiter, the abundance and expansion planet will zip through
Aries Jan. 22 to June 4. Both these “be-here-now” planets call for
you to be open to anything and everything goes. Light a bonfire, or
watch for synchronicity to do it for you. It is a time for
risk-taking and for living-it-large. Use Jupiter in Aries (January
to May) to initiate, re-invent or expand, and watch for fruitful
Jupiter in Taurus (June 4 through mid-June 2012) to deliver the
desired goods. Material, career and relationship prospects are on
an improvement curve. The year ahead can increase opportunity to
travel, relocate, perform, educate or get educated, publish or
broadcast, broaden markets and gain public

TAURUS (April 20 – May

The choices you make in the first few months
of 2011 are critically shaping to your long-range future. Your
confidence can be well placed, but know that as you step forward
you will have to sharpen your awareness. Stay creative and think
outside of the box so that you can take full advantage of the
moment. Rely on your intuition more. If you can take directive when
your inner voice speaks, you will find that you will automatically
choose the best, most generating of options. Mid-February and
mid-March deliver threshold crossing peaks. Break new ground for
yourself January through May, and substantial benefit will follow.
Jupiter in Taurus (June 4 through June 2012) can find you well
situated career-wise and materially, and thriving emotionally and
physically. Note, it can also find you on a weight gain, so make
sure to stay physically active.

– GEMINI (May 21
– June 21)

2011 is an animating year; in fact,
March through August of 2012 features your sign. Huge growth is on
the agenda, and you are likely to find life takes a significant
departure from what has come before. The next 18 months will help
you to open up to new dimensions of yourself and to your world and
the people in it in some significantly new way. It is a peak time
to explore a new way of living with yourself, which includes
establishing new relationship formulas (social, professional,
personal), new ambitions and goal-setting. Overall, you should find
that progress feels natural, welcomed well timed (and well deserved
too!). Jupiter’s quick race through Aries (Jan. 22 to June 4) is
the time for fresh starts and introductory phases. Reach out,
network, explore, socialize, engage, experiment. By June forward,
you should see that you have laid a worthy foundation from which to

– CANCER (June 22 – July

The “corner turned” Solar Eclipse on Jan. 4
is particularly dynamic for those born between July 3 and July 5.
With encouraging support from Venus, Jupiter and Uranus, this
eclipse can be suggestive of opportunity and luck, perhaps beyond
projections and expectations. You could find yourself unexpectedly
liberated or set free. A financial or romantic windfall is possible
for some. It can also suggest that things can’t be down-played or
covered up. The advances of both Jupiter (Jan. 22 to June 4) and
Uranus into Aries (starting March 11) signal major new initiatives
regarding your professional, personal, parental and material
status, especially for those born between June 22 and June 25. New
responsibilities, pressures and challenges are to be expected in
this major reformatting period, but even if you felt stripped bare
or stripped down earlier in the year, Jupiter in Taurus (beginning
in June) should provide you with ample to work with, to live for
and to aspire toward.

– LEO (July 23 – Aug.

You can look forward to the revitalizing
advances of Jupiter and Uranus into Aries to light good fires where
you will both appreciate and gain the most (i.e. job, material or
educational ambitions, relationship and health-wise). Late January
through most of February, mid-March, and end of April to mid-May
are optimum for new or renewed initiatives: migrate, risk, expand,
create, seek, publish, perform, broadcast or romance it to the
hilt. June forward, it’s time to settle into the groove and expand
it from there.

The three summer eclipses (June 1,
July 15, July 1) should prove to be positive catalysts regarding
contracts, publishing, solidifying relationships, marriage, new
goal-setting or reaching, travel and educational ambitions. Mercury
retrograde in Leo Aug. 8 to 26 can put you on a temporary
backtrack, but Mars in Leo (mid-September to mid-November) should
find you making great strides again.

(Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Don’t angst, act instead.
Ambition serves you best. Holding sway now and over the first three
to six months of the year, the time-is-ripe Jan. 4 solar eclipse
can be empowering. Take control and get yourself back on track. Yes
you can — and better and faster than you anticipate. This eclipse
is one that can help you to gain the respect and acknowledgement
you feel you deserve. January through June is a highly opportune
time to move it forward re career, creative projects, or
entrepreneurial activities. It is also a time to redefine your
relationship parameters, or to let your fan club or kids know who
is boss. Jupiter’s advance into Taurus (June 4 through June 2012)
is a solidifying, confirming, and securing influence. You can
expect to feel more sure-footed and more rewarded as this year
advances to a close. November onward, you’ll also pick up a lot
more steam.

– LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct.

Coming to the end of the road, facing tough
steps forward and reconciling with what was, what is and what must
be, those born Oct. 3 to 10 will feel the pressure of Saturn’s tour
through Libra most strongly, but of course we all feel the pinch.
When Saturn animates, it matures the moment. Simultaneous to this
significant closure and completion cycle, a new foundation is
built. Saturn’s influence can feel physical and emotionally
depleting, draining and exhausting, so try to pace yourself with
rest and sleep as best you can. The advances of Jupiter and Uranus
into Aries suggest it is a time to show a new side of yourself to
the world and to try new relationships on for size. January to June
delivers an introductory or exploratory phase. This is the time to
roll the dice. June forward is the time to invest, increase and
reap, especially regarding family, real estate and

– SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov.

The start of the year is wonderfully
opportune, so don’t waste a moment — dive in full tilt. Through
March 10, Uranus in Pisces will continues to keep it fresh and
exciting, especially so for those born Nov. 20 to Nov. 22. Watch
for evidence of destiny’s hand at play regarding romance, child
rearing, career and creative endeavours. Chiron’s advance into
Pisces, beginning Feb. 8 (through 2018) can provide exceptional
potentials of a highly karmic nature, especially for those born
Oct. 23 to Oct. 29. Increased popularity, acclaim and public
attention can come your way; fame is on the docket for some. You
certainly won’t run out of ideas or options. This year’s growth
curve is a prosperous one. Jupiter in Aries (Jan. 24 to June 4) can
find you well occupied with a new job, project, pet, health regime,
study or agenda. Your ability to relate, communicate and negotiate
is enhanced from June forward. Admiration and reputation can grow
beautifully too.

– SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 – Dec.

Another exceptional break-out or break-free
year is about to get underway. Liberating Uranus into Aries will be
felt strongest by those born Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, but all of you
will feel boosted by Jupiter flying through passionate Aries (Jan.
22 to June 4). Watch for your love life, career and creativity to
be set on fire. If it isn’t happening for you, and it likely is, it
can be a happening time for your children instead. Health can take
a major step forward too, or require more focused attention. Both
Uranus and Jupiter are vibrant, unleashing, inspiring, exciting,
opportune and reinventing. Nothing is small, you’ll live it large.
Perhaps on the cutting edge or razor’s edge too, especially January
to June. Welcome your new lifestyle, it’s here to stay. You are
just at the beginning of so much more to come. March through August
of 2012 ushers you through a karmic peak and defines your future

– CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan.

The year ahead is front-loaded. In fact, the
start of your new year can be catapulting, perhaps in some
unexpected way. This will be especially so for those born between
Jan. 3 and Jan. 5. Blocks or walls can suddenly disintegrate; in
their place, a new opportunity could suddenly appear.

eclipse could affect you indirectly too, the
happenings of others can have a significant fallout effect on what
shapes up for you next, now or in the coming months. The later
portion of March takes you over a peak professional or personal
life threshold. That includes business, real estate, home and
family matters too. You should find enhancing Jupiter in Taurus,
June 4 through June 2012, placing you onto a solid plateau. This
influence is securing, and affirming regarding journeys of the
heart and the wallet, and should make you feel glad for the steps
and choices you have already undertaken.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Keep alert for
opportunity and for evidence of destiny’s handiwork. There is more
brewing than you may fully realize. Off with the old, on with the
new in a snap, Ceres (Jan. 3 to March 22) and Mars (Jan. 15 to Feb.
22) in Aquarius are likely to get your life moving at an
accelerated pace. New things to try, new places to be, new people
to meet, Uranus in Aries is especially energizing for those born
Jan. 20 to Jan. 24. Jupiter in Aries (Jan. 22 to June 4) is
opportune for travel, explorations and sales, for broadening your
social sphere, educating yourself, and for putting yourself out
there in some new way. Jupiter’s advance into Taurus (June 4
through June 2012) delivers a time to drop anchor, settle in and to
put maximum attention toward building a more secure and consistent
foundation. Business and real estate investments can increase
substantially. Make sure family get your best — and gift yourself
with quality time too.

– PISCES (Feb. 19 – March

Both Jupiter (Jan. 22) and Uranus (March 11)
will move out of your sign, but you will continue to grow and gain
through their endowments. You’ll see that life’s opportunities open
much wider now. Ample resources, resourcefulness and resilience are
your wellspring. You are in a vibrant reinvention and rediscovery
cycle. It is a sharp departure from recent tough years and it is
likely that you’ll relish the new program wholeheartedly. Jupiter
in Taurus (June 4 through June 2012) can boost creative output and
friendship, sibling or client bonds. The rare transits of Chiron
(Feb. 8 to 2019, occurring every 50 years) and Neptune, your ruler,
(June 3 to 2026, occurring every 164 years) advancing into Pisces,
position you at a coming-into-your-own threshold. Make no mistake
about it: the evolving moment is a profound one, both for your
personal growth in the here and now, and also for your soul’s
larger picture agenda.

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on classes and private astrology consultations.

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Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | January 3, 2011

What I Want to be Remembered For

Enjoy Life

I want to be remembered as a good soul that made a worthy contribution in this world.

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Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | December 31, 2010

Privacy in the era of social media – National post

Years from now, when we look back on 2010, there’s a good chance that we will remember this as the year the general public’s understanding of privacy began to change. When ordinary people started to awake from their blissful digital ignorance to confront the realities of the online world and the incredible power of information in the Internet age.Year in Ideas: Social networking and the end of privacy http://bit.ly/gx400l

This is a new area we live in and we have to adopt to it same way we did to work with computers. Key is to educate our selves on what we expose and whether we feel comfortable with it.
Technology moves and adopt to our needs anyway. Olgen Ifti

Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | December 26, 2010

Gadgets Bring New Opportunities for Hackers – New York Times

Gadgets Bring New Opportunities for Hackers Peter DaSilva for The New York Times Adrian Turner, chief of Ocana, a security company, says device makers are rushing products. By ASHLEE VANCE Published: 26 December, 2010 Researchers at Mocana, a security technology company in San Francisco, recently discovered they could hack into a best-selling Internet-ready HDTV model with unsettling ease. They found a hole in the software that helps display Web sites on the TV and leveraged that flaw to control information being sent to the television. They could put up a fake screen for a site like Amazon.com and then request credit card billing details for a purchase. They could also monitor data being sent from the TV to sites. “Consumer electronics makers as a class seem to be rushing to connect all their products to the Internet,” said Adrian Turner, Mocana’s chief executive. “I can tell you for a fact that the design teams at these companies have not put enough thought into security.” Mocana and firms like it sell technology for protecting devices and often try to publicize potential threats. But the Mocana test also illustrates what security experts have long warned: that the arrival of Internet TVs, smartphones and other popular Web-ready gadgets will usher in a new era of threats by presenting easy targets for hackers. As these devices become more popular, experts say, consumers can expect to run into familiar scams like credit card number thefts as well as new ones that play off features in the products. And because the devices are relatively new, they do not yet have as much protection as more traditional products, like desktop computers, do. “When it comes to where the majority of computing horsepower resides, you’re seeing a shift from the desktop to mobile devices and Web-connected products, and inevitably, that will trigger a change in focus within the hacking community,” said K. Scott Morrison, the chief technology officer at Layer 7 Technologies, which helps companies manage their business software and infrastructure. “I really do believe this is the new frontier for the hacking community.” To combat the threat, security companies have been pushing to develop new protection models. They are promoting items like fingerprint scanners and face recognition on devices, and tools that can disable a device or freeze its data if an attack is reported. But so far, such security measures have largely failed to reach the mainstream. Enrique Salem, the chief executive at Symantec, which makes antivirus software frequently installed on PCs, said it was unlikely that his company would produce the same kind of software for all of the new products. Such software can require a fair amount of computing muscle, which would put too much burden on devices that lack the oomph and battery life of traditional computers. And second, the attacks that Symantec and others have seen on the devices are so new that they will require a fresh approach, he said. “With something like Android, it’s a different type of threat and it functions differently,” Mr. Salem said. Symantec will focus on fingerprint scanners and other personal identifiers to devices, Mr. Salem said. The company also hopes to use features in the devices to help with protection. For example, if someone logs in to a computer from Florida, but location-tracking data says that the person’s phone is in Texas, then an application might ask a security question. Another goal is to let consumers report a possible security problem and get their data locked down or erased remotely until the problem is cleared up. “You want that ability to wipe the data away if a device is lost,” Mr. Salem said. The chip maker Intel recently bought Symantec’s main security technology rival, McAfee, for $7.7 billion. Intel executives say they plan to build some of McAfee’s technology into future chips that will go into mobile phones and other newer devices. Cellphones have been connected to the Web for years, but for much of that time, they tended to have tightly controlled, limited software and other constraints that made it difficult for hackers to do much damage. Attackers continued to find easier targets, and a larger pool of potential victims, by going after PCs running Microsoft Windows and other popular Web software. But these days, smartphones have many more capabilities. And smartphone shipments have hit a critical mass that makes them worth a hacker’s while. Also, Apple, Google, Nokia and others are in a race to fill their online mobile software stores applications. These companies have review mechanisms that try to catch malicious software, but the volume of new apps coupled with hackers’ wile make it difficult to catch every bad actor. With Android, in particular, Google has fostered a vibrant and chaotic smartphone platform in which companies of various shapes, sizes and standards have rushed out devices and complementary applications. Unlike Apple, Google does not approve applications one by one. Instead, it asks software makers to state what phone functions their applications tap into and to present that information to consumers. People can then decide if they are willing to download the application, and they can post online reviews for the software. A Google spokesman said that the company expected consumers to perform this type of self-policing and added that Google quickly investigated applications that received complaints. Still, there is a Wild West vibe to the smartphone market these days as smaller, unproven manufacturers have followed the likes of Apple, Nokia and Motorola in making smartphones. “The good smartphones have been pretty well designed,” said Mr. Morrison of Layer 7 Technologies. “The problem now is the flood of secondary phones that bring interesting diversity and also open up holes for hackers.” Security companies have issued repeated warnings that hackers have already started to capitalize on the application stores. The companies also caution that and hackers have discovered fake programs that try steal passwords or make expensive phone calls. Jimmy Shah, a mobile security researcher at McAfee Labs, said the company had run into so-called smishing attacks, a variation on phishing, in which someone is sent a deceptive text message that appears to have come from a bank or a retailer. Often, the message will ask the person to call a customer support line, at which point the attackers try to coax valuable information from the victim. Mr. Morrison said another concern was that hackers would concentrate on trying to run up people’s phone bills or find ways to tap into the location-tracking services tied to phones. “It is like a stalker’s dream,” he said. The flood of Web-enabled devices hitting the market, like the one the Mocana researchers hacked into, may be a more immediate threat. Mr. Turner of Mocana said the maker of that television had left crucial bits of information about its security credentials and those of third parties in an easy-to-reach spot, meaning that a hacker could infiltrate some of the data exchanged between companies providing commerce services for the TV. Mocana has notified the TV maker of the issues and has declined to reveal the company’s identity in a bid to thwart hackers. Mr. Turner would say it was one of the five best-selling Web-ready HDTVs. “The things we found were mistakes that an inexperienced device designer would make when connecting something to the Internet for the first time,” Mr. Turner said.
Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | December 21, 2010

CBC News – Canada – Canadian flights to U.K. down to a few

Passengers sleep on makeshift beds in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport in London on Tuesday.Passengers sleep on makeshift beds in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport in London on Tuesday. (Toby Melville/Reuters)It’s another wait and see kind of day for Canadian travellers hoping to fly to snowy European destinations, with flight cancellations continuing at major airports across Canada.

Those with travel plans overseas are urged to check in on a regular basis with their carrier. Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said London’s busiest airport is still turning away a majority of flights.

“With Heathrow, we’re still operating under restrictions that they’ve imposed, so we’re only able to operate one-third of our normal schedule, so that means today we’ll have six flights going in and out. It’s a very difficult situation,” Fitzpatrick said.

“Heathrow is problematic for us for a couple of reasons. It’s our biggest destination, where we fly the most international flights. As well, it’s a big connecting point, so there’s a lot of traffic in and out,” he said.

Air Canada later issued a news release, showing Heathrow will be able to accommodate a few more flights for Canadians heading home for the holidays.

Air Canada Tuesday daytime flight plans

  • AC868 Toronto-London.
  • AC857 London-Toronto.
  • AC851 London-Calgary.
  • AC855 London-Vancouver.
  • AC859 London-Toronto.

Air Canada Tuesday evening flight plans

  • AC864 Montreal-London.
  • AC858 Toronto-London.
  • AC854 Vancouver-London.
  • AC2059 London-Toronto.

A Lufthansa flight to and from Frankfurt, booked in Vancouver, was cancelled. However, the Delta flight to and from Amsterdam was to go ahead as planned Tuesday evening.

A Heathrow-bound Air Canada flight was supposed to leave Tuesday morning from Halifax, but it was cancelled because of the backlog.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday said his government had “offered military assistance” to the company that operates Heathrow and other airports in the U.K.

Heathrow said it was grateful for the offer but didn’t need the help.

Still, with the backlog of cancelled flights, Heathrow said it would be operating at around one-third of its normal flight schedule until 6 a.m. local time on Thursday.


Has winter weather delayed your travel plans? Share your stories and photos.

Flight cancellations and delays have been going on since last Friday night, when snow began clogging runways in several European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and the U.K.

Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt was close to running a normal schedule of flights again on Monday, but then had to cancel 300 flights early Tuesday after a new blizzard generated 40 centimetres of snow.

There were further disruptions at Paris’s two main airports, Orly and Charles de Gaulle.

Air Canada has cancelled its flights between Halifax and London — with no word on when the flights might resume.

With files from The Associated Press

via cbc.ca

Really bad timing. It’s awful being stuck in Heathrow during holidays season. Hopefully Heathrow will be able to accomodate the travellers and be back to normal operations.

15 December 2010 Last updated at 17:38 ET

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Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook named Time’s person of 2010

Mark Zuckerberg Mr Zuckerberg was the subject of the 2010 film The Social Network

Time magazine has picked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as its annual Person of the Year, the figure it believes had the most influence on events in 2010.

The 26-year-old billionaire was the subject of a 2010 film, The Social Network, charting Facebook’s rise.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange earlier won a Time readers’ poll on 2010’s most influential person.

The annual feature has been a fixture since the 1920s, with the winner appearing on the front cover of Time.

The conservative Tea Party political movement was second choice of the magazine’s editors and correspondents, followed by Mr Assange, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the 33 trapped Chilean miners.

In the readers’ poll, more than 382,000 favoured naming Mr Assange as Person of the Year, ahead of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and pop star Lady Gaga.

Mr Zuckerberg only made tenth place in the poll, garnering less than 20,000 votes.

Runaway success

Time managing editor Richard Stengel said Mr Zuckerberg’s social networking service was “transforming the way we live our lives every day”.

Mr Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook while a student at Harvard University in 2004. It now has more than 500 million users worldwide and employs more than 1,700 people.

In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said the Time award was “a real honour and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.”

Mr Zuckerberg, estimated to be worth $6.9bn (£4.4bn), is one of the richest people in the US, and earlier this month he became one of the latest billionaires to pledge to give away the majority of his wealth.

He is one of 17 new people to support a group, founded by Bill Gates and his wife along with Warren Buffett, which encourages America’s wealthiest to publicly promise to donate to charity.

The Person of the Year (formerly Man of the Year) title is awarded by the magazine’s editors to the figure deemed to have had the most influence on world events that year – not necessarily in a positive way.

Hitler, Stalin and the Ayatollah Khomeini have all won in the past.

In recent years, the title has gone to less controversial figures. In 2009 US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke won it, while US President Barack Obama won it the year before.

Really? What did Mr. Zuckerberg do to change the world? Other than making people connect via facebook.
I think Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks is the one to deserve this prize.

Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | December 15, 2010

Defining the Word Friend

Baby in bunny suit and friend, pattern english/italiano

Definiton of word "friend":

– Friend offers help and is with you on your toughest times and glory times (note the order!)

– Friend is the one that I can go and talk to about difficult times and yet still feel confident and not ridiculated.

– Friend celebrate with you on your cheering times and at the same time doesn't envy you.

– Friends are counted by fingers.

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