The right side of the bed is the wrong side of the bed. Yeah, I’m into talking in riddles now. So what?According to a new survey, people who get off the bed on the right side are more likely to feel miserable, tired, and grumpy in the morning than people who get out of bed on the left side.People who get out on the left side feel like they’re awake an average of six minutes earlier . . . and their mood picks up an average of 15 minutes earlier. They’re also 7% less likely to have someone at work comment on how tired they look.The survey didn’t offer up any reason WHY people who wake up on the left side of the bed are happier, so it’s entirely possible this is a coincidence.But we’ll offer up a theory. People who sleep on the right side of their bodies are more likely to have heartburn and acid reflux, because it opens up the path between your stomach and esophagus which can throw off your stomach acid levels.So if you sleep on the right side of the bed, you might be more likely to sleep on your right SIDE . . . so that you’re not facing into the middle. And that could cause minor stomach issues that make you sleep worse.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s technically New Years Eve where I am, as I write this. I haven’t done muchblogging over the past week, because I’ve been re-charging my batteries and making plansfor 2006. In this post I reflect on the year that’s past and tell you a bit about myplans for R/WW in 2006.A year ago I set myself a goal to convert my hard work on Read/WriteWeb intoreal-world success, particularly career wise. The fact I was able to quit my day job inAugust and then earn a living as a self-employed Web Consultant — I think that means Iachieved that goal. Plus I visited America, a place I’ve long dreamed about, for thefirst time in October and met many of the people I’d gotten to know via blogging. At thestart of 2005, Read/WriteWeb had around 500 RSS subscribers. Just before the xmasholidays I’d reached a shade under 8,000. Not quite the level of growth Techcrunch has enjoyed, but not too shabby 😉Since this is a personal post and all but the first 500 of my subscribers has by nowtuned out ;-)… let me take this opportunity to thank some people. Marc Canter was the first person to giveme ongoing work. Marc’s the first at a lot of things, so keep an eye out for DLAs andBroadband Mechanics in ’06. SusanMernit has given me a lot of interesting work this year, which has kept me on my toesand sharpened my skillset. I’ve also done work for Rojo, Nooked, Aqute Research, ZDNet (blogging), New Zealand National Library, Idealog, O’ReillyMedia. Also a huge thanks to R/WW’s sponsors this year.In 2005 I met a number of amazing bloggers in person. Too many to mention, so Iwon’t even try to list them all! But a special shout-out to my Web 2.0 Workgroupco-founders Mike Arrington and Frederico Oliveira. Also I owe a big thanks toHavi Hoffman andElizabeth Osder from Yahoo, who introduced me to the good people of Yahoo and showed mearound the campus in October. Finally I must mention the spicy noodles dinnerwith Mike, Fred, Gabe and the one and only Dave Winer.An evening to remember.2006 PlansMore travel beckons in 2006. I’m coming to Seattle at the end of January for Microsoft Search Champs. Also Ben Barren is trying to entice me across to Melbourne, to help him kick-start online media in Australia. So it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out career and life wise next year.I’m planning to ramp up Read/WriteWeb in 2006, focusing on the intersection of Webtechnology and media. I really want to make R/WW a thoroughly professional site, whereyou can come to get the latest news and views relating to Web-based media. Just as oneyear ago I was excited by the possibilities of Web 2.0 (the Web as platform), now I’mexcited by what I expect will be a huge year in 2006 for digital media. It’s building onthe Web as platform, taking it to the next level.I like to be one step ahead of trends, so expect big things from Read/WriteWeb nextyear. Happy new year everybody! Related Posts
SponsorsIt is also important to note that the radio player now features visual branding from Last.fm sponsors (Budweiser seems to be the current sponsor). In its press release, Last.fm stresses that this new layout will give advertisers and sponsors the ability to create a more immersive experience than standard audio advertising.Privacy ModeThe new player also features a private listening mode, where scrobbling is turned off so that you can listen to your favorite Jonas Brothers songs in total privacy. iPhone App Still Lagging BehindHopefully, Last.fm will also soon update its already excellent iPhone application to include these new features as well. Although, today’s announcement did not mention the company’s mobile applications at all. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#news#Product Reviews#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… frederic lardinois Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Last.fm, the popular online music discovery service, just launched its new Personalized Visual Music player today, which, at least from a visual perspective, takes online radio to a new level. The new player automatically plays a slideshow with related images uploaded by the Last.fm community, which looks surprisingly good. More importantly, though, Last.fm now allows users to create combo stations, where a user can create a station with up to three artists or tags.Combo StationsWith this new emphasis on stations, Last.fm also redesigned the ‘recent stations’ section in order to allow users to see far more of their recently created stations. Users can now also easily delete stations from this same dialog. While the new visual features are a welcome change to Last.fm’s online radio, the real game-changer here are the multi-artist and tag stations. These allow users to create more interesting and diverse stations, while still exercising a large amount of control over the content of these stations. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends#web The Intuit solution offers a flat rate of $12.95 a month, plus 1.7-3.7% of each transaction and an additional $.30-$.40 per transaction fee. Square, on the other hand, will charge 2.75% plus a $.15-per-transaction fee. Intuit’s biggest selling point, however, is its lack of long-term contracts. NFC: Now Available, via a Sticker Although what Intuit is offering is a brand-name and accessible solution for many small business owners, it may or may not be the next big revolution in mobile payment technology. At least, that’s what another startup called Bling Nation hopes. This company has partnered with another big name: PayPal, to push its “Bling Tag,” an NFC-enabled sticker that can be stuck to the back of any mobile phone. (NFC, or “near field communication,” is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology which enables the exchange of data between devices over about a 4-inch distance.) In this case, the Bling Tag replaces a credit card, and to use it, you only have to tap your phone onto the merchant’s “Blinger.” The name sounds a little hokey to us, but the idea is solid.The Blinger is provided to companies for free upon sign up, and set up is simple: You just plug it into an electrical outlet. Also, no integration with a POS system is required. Processing costs vary depending on the volume of business a company does, but Bling Nation claims merchants could save up to 50% in processing fees, as compared with the large payment processors. Payments are tied to your account at a financial institution, and now, optionally at PayPal. The money is instantly debited from the associated account at the time of purchase. Unfortunately, the Bling Tags are only available from financial institutions, which have to first sign up to support this technology. That alone will limit adoption, as will the fact that few merchants actually support the thing. Other NFC News: Apple’s Plans and Visa’s Case That may change in time, however, especially if Apple builds NFC tech into its next iPhone, as a new hire by the company – Benjamin Vigier, an expert in the field – seems to suggest. Plus, the startup Bling Nation is only one example of companies looking towards an NFC-enabled future. This summer, Visa is beginning trials of its contactless payment technology, payWave, integrated into a special protective iPhone case, developed in partnership with DeviceFidelity. Using NFC on the back-end, consumers could simply wave their iPhone in front of a terminal. For what it’s worth, the system is already catching on in Canada. (For more on NFC, see: “NFC: Never Mind Credit Cards, Pay With Your Phone“)Mobile Payment Services, AppsThen again, it’s possible that neither NFC nor hardware attachments represent the future of mobile payments: it could be, simply, an app. Last fall, we looked at several m-Commerce solutions, including Boku, Zong, Obopay, MasterCard’s MoneySend and Nokia Money, to name a few. They aren’t household names, at least here in the U.S., for several reasons, including limited availability, issues with usability and small user bases.Even though big names like Amazon and Google are jumping into the mobile payments game, as well, (the former with a service for in-app and mobile website purchases and the latter with an even geekier solution – a combination of a browser extension and QR code) the technology hasn’t yet truly caught on for brick-and-mortar merchant-to-consumer transactions. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Who Will Win?NFC has seen some success in parts of Europe and Asia, and mobile payments are par for the course in many parts of Africa, where access to banks is limited. But at the end of the day, it’s too soon to know how well (or if) these technologies will take off in this part of the world, namely North America, and specifically, the U.S.One disadvantage many startups have entering this space is brand-name recognition, or rather, the lack thereof. In Intuit’s trials, for example, many customers trusted the product because they had heard of the company before. Faced with “Bling” stickers and apps that sound like games (“Boku,” “Zong”), there may be adoption issues until there’s a brand-name partnership underway. Image credits: Intuit images – Engadget, Wired Related Posts As news breaks this morning about the Intuit/Mophie partnership that aims to bring a complete credit card solution to the iPhone, the focus has been how this new product – an attachment that snaps onto the bottom of the phone – competes directly with the startup Square, co-founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.Like Square, the new solution allows you to physically swipe credit cards while processing the transaction over an Internet-connected iPhone. But isn’t toting around a physical plastic card soon going to be a thing of the past? Maybe, as makers of other new mobile payment solutions, including “contactless” technology and money-transfer apps, would have you believe. Then again, maybe not. The latest news, detailed here on Wired, about the Intuit/Mophie accessory dubbed the “Complete Credit Card Solution” (creative name, yes?), involves a three-component approach. There’s the physical iPhone attachment, built by Mophie, which specializes in things like battery extenders and chargers, the mobile payment application and a merchant account. It’s also contract-free, a rarity among merchant service providers. Consumer Reports Warns of Mobile Payment IssuesMeanwhile, the respected organization Consumer Reports – the same group whose decision to “not recommend” the iPhone 4 due to antenna issues forced Apple to finally fess up and offer free bumpers – has recently warned consumers of mobile payment dangers. With what seems to be a dire warning, Consumer Reports issued a press release: “Mobile Payment Systems Could Leave Consumers at Risk.” At the crux of the problem with these new technologies, the report claims, are the varying protections for bank errors and unauthorized use. Debit cards only provide protections for bank errors and unauthorized use, not disputes with the merchant. The same goes for transactions where money is automatically deducted from a bank account. And payment services provided by mobile carriers might escape consumer protections entirely, unless a contract specifically provides them. “Consumers should not be expected to figure out what protections apply to each competing new payments venture,” said Michelle Jun, staff attorney for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. “Now that mobile payment ventures are emerging in the U.S., it’s time to harmonize and extend consumer protections for all payment services.” Ironically, this news release’s intention is actually to push mobile payment companies to get up to speed with their credit card-swiping counterparts. (Consumers Union called on them to include “full consumer rights provided under existing federal law for both debit and credit cards,” it reads. And to provide “true voluntary ‘zero liability’ assurance for consumers without loopholes.”) But sadly, in an age of headline-only journalism, the news will likely be taken in a more negative light. (As it will by those who have only skimmed this article, reading the section titles, sigh).
previewwith calendar: 1024×768, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 1366×768, 2560×1600, 2880×1800 without calendar: 1024×768, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 1366×768, 2560×1600, 2880×1800 Oldies But GoodiesThe past New Year’s editions have brought forth some timeless wallpaper goodies that work equally well in 2019. Please note that they don’t come with a calendar. May we present…Open The Doors Of The New Year“January is the first month of the year and usually the coldest winter month in the Northern hemisphere. The name of the month of January comes from ‘ianua’, the Latin word for door, so this month denotes the door to the new year and a new beginning. Let’s open the doors of the new year together and hope it will be the best so far!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia. HomeWeb DesignNew Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 640×960Japanese New YearDesigned by Evacomics from Singapore. previewwithout calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 640×1136, 750×1334, 1366×768Hello Summer In AustraliaDesigned by Tazi Designs from Australia. Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 previewwith calendar: 320×480, 1280×1024, 1680×1050, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 1280×1024, 1680×1050, 2560×1440Intense Winter“Winter brings both Christmas & New Year together. A season which provides time for comfort, food, warmth, and touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire.” — Designed by Call Taxi Software from India. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 New Year, New Chances“The climate is changing very fast. 2019 is a new chance to save the earth, the people and the animals who suffer from global warming.” — Designed by Melissa Bogemans from Belgium. New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2018-12-31T13:30:00+01:00 2018-12-31T12:30:27+00:00Maybe you’ve already started into the new year when you read this, maybe you’re still waiting for the big countdown to begin. No matter what: Let’s welcome 2019 with a fresh wallpaper!To give you a little inspiration boost, artists and designers from across the globe once again tickled their creativity and designed unique wallpapers for you to indulge in. All of them come in versions with and without a calendar for January 2019 and can be downloaded for free — just like every month since more than nine years already. At the end of this post, we also compiled some January favorites from past years that are too good not to share. Have an exciting new year!Further Reading on SmashingMag:12 Months Of The Year IconsDon’t Forget The Small Stuff This YearWinter- And Holiday-Inspired Icon SetsProductivity Tips And Tricks: The Community Shares Its Piece Of AdvicePlease note that:All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?Meet Smashing Book 6 — our brand new book focused on real challenges and real front-end solutions in the real world: from design systems and accessible single-page apps to CSS Custom Properties, CSS Grid, Service Workers, performance, AR/VR and responsive art direction. With Marcy Sutton, Yoav Weiss, Lyza D. Gardner, Laura Elizabeth and many others. Table of Contents →Let The Magic Begin“When the noisy holidays stay behind us, and everything calms down to a peaceful setting, it is a perfect moment for the magic to step in and start making our wishes, hopes, and decisions come true. Happy January, everyone!” — Designed by PopArt Web Design from Serbia.previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1980×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1980×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440New Year“The dawn of January the 1st of 2019 is the beginning of a new year which gives dreams, hopes and a lot more to billions of people around the world.” — Designed by Sweans Technologies Ltd. from London. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440The Way To Get Started“January is all about renewing efforts and making plans, but sometimes we need little reminders that plans don’t matter if you don’t do anything about them. Initially, I was inspired by the idea of a fresh sheet of paper, which became the background for some great words from Walt Disney.” — Designed by Resa Barillas from the United States. previewwithout calendar: 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1260, 1920×1200, 1920×1440Happy Hot Tea Month“You wake me up to a beautiful day; lift my spirit when I’m feeling blue. When I’m home you relieve me of the long day’s stress. You help me have a good time with my loved ones; give me company when I’m all alone. You’re none other than my favourite cup of hot tea.” — Designed by Acodez IT Solutions from India. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1200, 1920×1200, 2560×1440Boom!Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×600, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1440×900, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440Rest Up For The New Year“I was browsing for themes when I found this “Festival of Sleep” that takes place on the 3rd, and I’m a big fan of sleep… Especially in these cold months after the holiday craziness, it’s nice to get cozy and take a nice nap.” — Designed by Dorothy Timmer from Central Florida, USA. previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 1366×768January Fish“My fish tank at home inspired me to make a wallpaper with a fish :)” — Designed by Arno De Decker from Belgium. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Angel In SnowDesigned by Brainer from Ukraine. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Freezy Hope For 2019“I took this photo while walking around the city where I live. It’s located in the Vosges, France. It was cold but without snow. White color is coming from freezy touchs of the fog remaining on everything. I found it amazing. White is a color for hope. Let’s have a pleasant year 2019” — Designed by Philippe Brouard from France previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×960, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Winter Getaway“What could be better, than a change of scene for a week? Even if you are too busy, just think about it.” — Designed by Igor Izhik from Canada. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 A Cold But Happy 2019“January is a cold but cozy month so i tried to make my illustrations in cold and cozy colors. Blue and white as the cold colors and red darkblue as the cozy colors. I made some small details like reindeers, clouds snowflakes and trees to make it look better.” — Designed by Vince Teckmans from Belgium. previewwithout calendar: 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Winter LeavesDesigned by Nathalie Ouederni from France. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1080, 2560×1440, 768×1024A New Start“The new year brings hope, festivity, lots and lots of resolutions, and many more goals that need to be achieved. This wallpaper is based on the idea of ‘A New Start’.” — Designed by Damn Perfect from India. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 1366×768Start Somewhere“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. Start today – somewhere, anywhere.” — Designed by Shawna Armstrong from the United States. Posted on 31st December 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 2560×1600Be Awesome Today“A little daily motivation to keep your cool during the month of January.” — Designed by Amalia Van Bloom from the United States. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 1024×1024, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 360×480, 376×668, 768×1024, 1366×768, 1366×1050, 1536×864, 1600×900, 3840×2160, 5120×2880, 2560×1600 without calendar: 320×480, 1024×1024, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 360×480, 376×668, 768×1024, 1366×768, 1366×1050, 1536×864, 1600×900, 3840×2160, 5120×2880, 2560×1600 SnowmanDesigned by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 A New Beginning“I wanted to do a lettering-based wallpaper because I love lettering. I chose January because for a lot of people the new year is perceived as a new beginning and I wish to make them feel as positive about it as possible! The ideia is to make them feel like the new year is (just) the start of something really great.” — Designed by Carolina Sequeira from Portugal. New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition)You are here: previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 640×1136, 750×1334, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1242×2208, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 2880×1800White Mountains“In Central Europe, we’ve had a very warm beginning of winter. I hope there will be lots of powder for snowboarding soon. I’d love to see the French Alps again as white as in 2015 when I took this photo.” — Designed by Annika Oeser from Germany. previewwith calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Hidden Gem“Kingfishers are called ‘ijsvogels’ (ice-birds) in Dutch. Not because they like winter cold, but because of the intense blue and teal colors…” — Designed by Franke Margrete from the Netherlands. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Dare To Be You“The new year brings new opportunities for each of us to become our true selves. I think that no matter what you are — like this little monster — you should dare to be the true you without caring what others may think. Happy New Year!” — Designed by Maria Keller from Mexico. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×960, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Join In Next Month!Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.Thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month! (il)From our sponsors: New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) previewwith calendar: 320×460, 800×480, 1024×768, 1920×1080, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×460, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×960, 1920×1080Cold… Penguins!“The new year is here! We waited for it like penguins. We look at the snow and enjoy with it!” — Designed by Veronica Valenzuela from Spain. previewwithout calendar: 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Three Wise Men Of The East“In Belgium remember the Three Wise Men of the East is a tradition. It involves children going from door to door, dressed up as the three Wise Men. They sing a little song, in exchange for sweets and/or money. The design is very minimalistic and ‘flat’. I hope you like it :)” — Designed by Jeroen Bartels from Belgium.
Indian model-turned-actress Sheena Chohan, who started her career with a South Indian Malayalam blockbuster movie The Train, has been chosen as the face of the inaugural edition of Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL).Sheena will report live from the stadium during the matches and will also be a part of the studio interviews.”I love sports and cricket is one of my favourite sport.I have always followed IPL matches and World Cup and cheered for my favourite team. But I never realised the effort and detailing that went into each and every match till today when I got an opportunity to be a part of BPL,” Sheena said.”I am really honoured to be a part of this international sports extravaganza and I am looking forward to this new experience which will help me connect and reach out to a much larger audience,” she added.The actress is set to sizzle the silver screen once again with yet another ambitious project based on the works of noted Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, to be directed by a poet and a contemporary filmmaker, Buddhadeb Dasgupta.
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WASHINGTON, United States of America – A senior senator is demanding changes that would open Canada’s dairy market as part of any new NAFTA and is urging American trade negotiators to hold the line in the final stages of bargaining.Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has sent a letter on the issue to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer amid some fears that his negotiating team may be softening.His request illustrates the ongoing differences between the countries, despite predictions about a deal being close, including from U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who over the weekend said an agreement could be achieved within weeks.Schumer is urging the U.S. team to seize a rare opportunity to lower what he calls Canada’s “dairy wall” — and says opening up the market must be a top priority.“Securing meaningful and enforceable commitments that will allow U.S. dairy producers to compete with Canada’s on a level playing field should be a top priority in NAFTA renegotiations,” Schumer wrote in the letter, which he released publicly Monday.“As I have expressed to you many times, I strongly believe that we should not miss this opportunity to protect our dairy producers from Canada’s recent predatory trade practices.”Schumer isn’t the only leading legislator for whom it is a priority; the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, is from the dairy-producing state of Wisconsin and also considers it a key issue.The view of American lawmakers matters in a trade negotiation.U.S. law requires that they must eventually ratify any agreement and that they be consulted throughout the bargaining process by American trade negotiators.Lighthizer told lawmakers at a recent hearing that dairy will likely be one of the final issues to be resolved. He expressed some understanding that the topic is politically sensitive in Canada, where the dairy industry is concentrated in the two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec.Some of Lighthizer’s own colleagues are signalling the U.S. might not get the changes it wants.“I’m not as optimistic as I’d like to be,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told another congressional hearing last week when asked about dairy.“We have impressed upon Ambassador Lighthizer, almost on a weekly basis, how important it is to get the dairy situation (settled) with Canada. (But) he has some larger issues (in these negotiations).“I think we would love to have any other help in impressing upon (Lighthizer) how important it is to make sure the dairy situation in regard to Canada is also resolved.”A few days after that request, Schumer released his letter.The countries do not have free trade in dairy — and the U.S. is calling for two changes.Over the longer term, it wants the elimination of Canada’s supply-management system. The system limits competition, but guarantees stability on Canadian farms by capping imports, imposing tariffs and setting prices at the grocery store.The shorter-term U.S. objective is to get Canada to eliminate its special rule allowing byproducts for cheese-making, skimmed off milk, to be sold at market prices.The Canadian government’s view is that the U.S. also protects its dairy market in other ways, such as price-stabilization programs and counselling services when prices crash and farms face collapse.Some Canadian industry defenders point to analyses that say U.S. farmers consistently sell dairy at below-market prices, because they benefit from a patchwork of policies to keep them profitable.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed his confident and said that people will give him opportunity to serve the country again. Modi is interacting with people throughout the country via video conferencing from Talkotra Stadium here. “Once again, the people of the country are going to give us the opportunity to serve the country,” Modi said while addressing Main Bhi Chowkidar programme. He added that the people of the country do not need the “king” but they are liking the “Chowkidar” nowadays. He said the watchman is not an identity recognised by a uniform but watchman is a spirit. “I had said my effort would be not to allow the public money to be clawed in. As a watchman I will discharge my responsibility,” Modi said.