Tuesday, November 30, 2010
According to Dr. Holick who was the first person to identify the major circulating form of vitamin D in human blood and to determine vitamin D is synthesized in yhe skin says that "You cannot obtain enough vitamin D to your diet. The 3 steps strategy reccomended are injest food that naturally contain or are fortified with vitamin D along with sensible sun exposure and taking vitamin d supplement. Control of vitamin D ensuring enough vitamin D to Body is reccommended."
Saturday, November 27, 2010
-Paul Starr, Freedom's Power
Friday, November 26, 2010
Conflict avoidance is a common trait of most corporate workplaces. But, steering clear of disagreements and leaving things unsaid creates unnecessary complexity and needless anxiety. To get better at confronting conflict constructively, follow these three steps:
1. Reflect. Ask yourself whether there are times you should've spoken up but held your tongue. Do you avoid certain types of conflicts?
2. Get feedback. Ask trusted friends and colleagues how they perceive your readiness to engage in constructive conflict. They might see patterns that are less obvious to you.
3. Experiment. You don't have to change overnight. Try pushing back on a request or speaking up in a meeting and see how it goes. Preface your comment with an admission that you are working on getting better at conflict. This will help demonstrate your sincerity.
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
Possibly the most brutal contact sport on the planet. Given that fact, it’s hardly surprising that rugby has more injuries per player than any other participation sport.
9. CAVE DIVING:
Being a diver is bad enough, what with the risk of decompression, which can cause failure of the spinal cord, brain and lungs.
Cheerleading is the world’s most injury-prone sport in the world for women.
The most dangerous motor race in the world is, without doubt, the Isle of Man TT event. In its 100-year history, this one race has seen more than 220 deaths.
The sedate pastime of angling has one of the highest mortality rates of any sport due to the number of people who drown every year.
5. ROCK CLIMBING:
According to Accidents In North American Mountaineering, the year 2000 saw 24 deaths in the US due to rock climbing mishaps.
Some figures suggest more than 4,000 of us take our last breath on the fairway every year. It’s also a killing field when it comes to bad weather, with five per cent of all lightning-related deaths taking place on the golf course.
3. HORSE RIDING:
Falling off a horse can sometimes cause pretty severe injuries, such as happened to Christopher Reeves. Even being around horses can lead to injuries, they are large animals that weigh much more than us mere humans and they can pack a very powerful blow.
2. BASE JUMPING:
Dangerous for the simple fact that it’s all or nothing – if your parachute opens you’ll be fine, if it doesn’t you’re looking at certain death.
1. LAWN BOWLS:
If you’re one of the lucky ones that escapes death, there are thousands more who end up with dislocated ankles, broken hips, torn knees or who simply keel over with a heart attack or a stroke due to the incredibly stressful nature of the game.
Ships with a Recognized Organization which is not listed in the table “Recognized Organization Performance” cannot be a Low Risk Ship (LRS). The following criteria are not fulfilled:
- Recognized Organization to be high performance, and
- recognized by one or more Paris MoU members.
Furthermore, for the calculation of the High Risk Ship (HRS) profile, the ship will not gain any points for the criterion Recognized Organization performance as the RO does not appear on the Paris MoU list.
I invite you all to join us in celebrating NEW SIMULATOR CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC. (NEWSIM) 1oth Anniversary on December 8, Wednesday, at the Blue Leaf, The Fort. You may bring with you one other person closest to your heart. Attire: Formal.
Please see the map here:
And because it is Christmas, I feel like Santa Claus.
NO FINALS FOR ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE GROUPS WHO WILL SUBMIT THE CONSOLIDATED REPORTS ON TIME.
I wish to see you all in this once in a lifetime event! Please send me an SMS to confirm you are coming. For those who cannot make it, see you on December 11 :-)
Mindset #1 - Clarity of Mind
Mindset #2 - Use Visualization
Mindset #3 - Use Vivid Imagery
Mindset #4 - Get Emotionally Involved
Mindset #5 - Focus on your Desire
Mindset #6 - Identify your 'Why'
Mindset #7 - Take Action
Getting involved with like-minded individuals can help you nurture and develop this mindset even more, help you to keep on track and encourage you if the road to your success becomes tough.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Mistake 2: You don't track holiday spending. Not tracking all those little splurges and expenses can leave you with a huge bill to pay in January. Not fun.
Mistake 3: You don't look for a discount. Many last minute shoppers are too desperate to find a deal when the big deadline looms.
Mistake 4: You don't give homemade gifts. Making something from scratch is thoughtful and can also save you money.
Mistake 5: You don't shop at home first. Filling your shopping cart with holiday decorations, gifts, and food supplies is a massive money mistake if you already have the goods at home.
WASHINGTON – Sitting at a computer somewhere overseas in January 2009, computer hackers went phishing.
Within minutes of casting their electronic bait they caught what they were looking for: A small Michigan company where an employee unwittingly clicked on an official-looking e-mail that secretly gave cyberthieves the keys to the firm's bank account.
Before company executives knew what was happening, Experi-Metal Inc., a suburban Detroit manufacturing company, was broke. Its $560,000 bank balance had been electronically scattered into bank accounts in Russia, Estonia, Scotland, Finland and around the U.S.
Operating from Eastern Europe and other overseas locations, the thieves used malicious software, known as malware, to infect the computers of unsuspecting users in the United States by e-mail, the malware-infected e-mails were written to look like they came from a company manager or colleague who might send an e-mail message to everyone in a company, such as the head of human resources.
When the e-mail recipient clicked on an embedded link to a website or opened an attachment, a Trojan horse virus called Zeus installed itself and gathered usernames, passwords and financial account numbers typed by the victims on their own computers, the hackers then used this information to move the victims' money electronically into bank accounts set up in the United States by the money mules.
The money mules set up shell bank accounts to receive the money, then they withdrew the funds from the shell accounts in amounts they thought were small enough to elude detection by banks and law enforcement. In some cases, the cyberthieves bombarded telephone numbers attached to the targeted accounts with calls to block the company from calling to verify the transactions.
The mules sent most of the stolen funds overseas electronically to accounts controlled by the ring leaders; the mules usually kept 8 to 10 percent as their cut.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
- Death by delay - Adversaries may try to put off the discussion, ask for additional information, or otherwise delay a decision on your idea, thereby slowing momentum. Keep your audience focused on making a decision.
- Confusion - Detractors often present distracting information or try to link your idea to several others in an attempt to confound people. Be clear about what your idea is and what it isn't.
- Fear mongering - Nothing kills an idea faster than irrational anxieties. Know what fears your challengers might stir up and be prepared to allay them.
Source: adapted from "Learn to Make Judgment Calls On the Other Hand" by Tom Davenport
Monday, November 22, 2010
1. Hold a post-crisis clinic. Ask everyone who was involved in the response what happened differently and why. Help people identify the new ways of working they adapted.
2. Focus the energy on a critical initiative. Ask people to apply the energy and dedication they mustered in the crisis to a stretch goal that you want to achieve in 100 days or less. This will help you determine which new ways of working are sustainable and can be integrated into a more routine way of doing business.
Source:"Don't Let Your Next Crisis Go to Waste" by Ron Ashkenas.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Toyota Motor Corp. has successively introduced to the world new models of cars highly important to the market since 2006, such as the American best seller Camry, world's best seller Carolla, and the top-in-the-Lexus-series LS. So far, everything has gone smoothly without any trouble to the quality of each of the models. Some industry sources say, however, that the people who are actually involved in the production of those cars have been stretched out for too long. "This kind of situation can't last long," they say. The company appeared to have been trying to avoid any defect in its production by setting up an inspection system like that under an emergency alert. It is thriving on achieving a sales increase of as much as 10 million units as early as in 2010. The company has also to meet the challenge of high technology advance symbolized hybrid cars, while it has to exert efforts for the production of cheaper-priced cars meet the competition from Chinese makers. Toyota is entering into new fields which it has never experienced before one after another. Risk always lurks in effort to maintain high quality.
By Kyle Almond, CNN
October 18, 2010 -- Updated 1935 GMT (0335 HKT) | Filed under: Innovation
- Shweeb, a pedal-powered monorail, wins $1 million from Google
- Inventor pushes "a system that would change the world"
- Google says Shweeb could be a low-cost, eco-friendly solution to traffic woes
- But expert sees more potential in light-rail trains and plug-in hybrid cars
One of the most thrilling and craziest thing I’ve ever did was bungee jumping high above a flat solid ground somewhere in the cold wilderness of Akureyri, Iceland.
After having the initial briefing on the ground and harnessed up, I joined the jump instructor in a small cage to head up to the jump site at the top of the boom of a high crane. Feeling confident and exhilarated about this new experience, I glanced at the equipment and the elastic cord attached to my harness by which I was to be suspended. I’ve bungee jumped before in other places in the world but this time my heart started beating faster for completely different reason. The elastic cord which was to hold my dear life for a few minutes on my descent looked to me somewhat old and heavily frayed. I wondered if it was just the hallucinating effect of the great height I was at that time.
Standing on the platform moments before my jump, I asked the jump instructor how often they changed the elastic cord. The man pondered for a few moments and answered brusquely, “Isn’t it obvious? Whenever the cord breaks.”
To keep up with the advances in technology and new cultural trends, dictionaries add new words every year.
CARBON FOOTPRINT: the negative impact that a person or business has on the environment more specifically the term refers to the amount of carbon during a particular period of time.
FRENEMY: someone who pretends to be a friend but who is actually an enemy.
GOJI (goh-jee): the dark red berry of the thorny Asian shrub Lycium barbarum.
LOCAVORE (loh-ku-vor):someone who eats fods that have been locally grown, whenever it is possible
STAYCATION:a vacation spent at home or close to home
VLOG: a blog that features videos
WEBISODE:an episode of a show that can be viewed on a website
- The Australian
- November 12, 2010 12:00AM
- PULLED by two tugboats, the disabled passenger ship Carnival Splendor was expected to reach the shore overnight. The cruise line was trying to make amends with 3299 passengers - including 24 Australians - whose holiday to the Mexican Riviera went sour.
"We know we ruined their vacations," Gerry Cahill, president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines, said yesterday.
Since an engine compartment fire on Monday, passengers and 1167 crew on the 290m ship have been without air-conditioning or hot food. The dream of sumptuous banquets was replaced by meals of bread, Spam, canned fruit, canned milk and munchies such as Pop Tarts - delivered by US navy airlift from the carrier Ronald Reagan.
The biggest inconvenience - the lack of flush toilets - was cured within hours of the fire.
No one was injured in the fire, which broke out on the first day of a scheduled seven-day trip from Long Beach to Puerto Vallarta. To make amends for the ruined vacations, Carnival has agreed to a full refund, reimbursement for travel expenses and a free cruise of comparable value. Hotel reservations and travel arrangements are being made by company workers.
Los Angeles Times
1) How do the risk factors affect Priority I and II?
The risk factors affect on how often a ship will be periodically inspected. Periodic inspections are determined by a time window. Each ship will be classified as High Risk Ships (HRS), Standard Risk Ships (SRS) or Low Risk Ships (LRS) using details of inspections in the PMoU area in the last 3 years.
2) What are the main differences between Priority I and Priority II?
Each ship will be attributed with a ship risk profile. Depending on the time since the last inspection in combination with the ship risk profile applicable, the ship will be prioritized for inspection. A Priority II ship may be inspected; a Priority I must be inspected.
These are no obligations for the ship but for the PMoU member where the ship calls. Priority I status may also be invoked if there is an event triggering an overriding inspection such as when the ship has been reported to be manoeuvring erratically.