Selasa, 30 November 2010

Shopping For A Flashlight: A Guide

A flashlight is such a standard household item that we sometimes take it for granted. We don’t realize there are poorly made flashlights and well-made flashlights. But there are.

Here are some tips to buying the best flashlight:

1. Avoid flashlights with low battery life. They might be the cheapest ones on the shelves, but you’ll simply have to make return trips to the store to replace the batteries. Especially if you plan on using your flashlight a lot, as opposed to reserving it for emergencies, you’ll definitely want a flashlight with a long battery life. And better yet, plenty of retailers and online stores offer rechargeable flashlights. These are ideal, as they will never require new batteries and usually last a lifetime! They are the most expensive of course, but in the long run you’ll be saving time and money.

2. The brighter, the better. There’s no reason to buy a flashlight that doesn’t shine brightly. Some bright-white flashlight bulbs can be a little hard on the eyes, but as long as you research the products, you can find one that shines perfectly! A powerful flashlight will be the most reliable and useful to you, so why not get one?

3. When possible, buy flashlights built with aluminum alloy or other durable material. If you plan on using your flashlight outdoors where the weather is unpredictable, make sure your flashlight is indestructible.

4. Shop online! There are so many brands and prices available to you that it would be a mistake to visit just one store. The Internet affords you the opportunity to compare all the different kinds of flashlights out there, and you can almost always find bargain prices.

Flashlights are a necessity item and you will need one for your home, car, and likely elsewhere – so take some time to purchase a quality flashlight.

Senin, 29 November 2010

Music Teachers Team Up To Feed Hungry Children

Tune in to a rewarding charity. The World's Largest Concert (WLC) is a musical performance in March celebrating Music In Our Schools Month. This year, the organizer of the event, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, is collaborating with Feed The Children (FTC), an international nonprofit relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.

Before children can learn music, they must have the most basic of life's necessities, such as food, clean water and health care. That's why MENC is working to raise $1.2 million to support FTC's important work.

The WLC is a sing-along concert that links students around the world through music. It involves an estimated six million students, teachers, and music supporters each year as performers or audience members. Through the support of the PAX Network, PBS stations, educational networks, and the American Forces Television and Radio Network, the program is broadcast across the United States and abroad on the second Thursday in March. This year, the concert will take place on March 9 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.

As part of the concert program, MENC and FTC are working together to help children across the country by providing food for those in need-and by supporting children's involvement in music. One hundred percent of all donations through MENC go directly to FTC. With just $8, FTC can feed a hungry child for an entire month. $140 delivers 1,000 pounds of food.

FTC is the third-largest relief organization in the U.S., based on private support, and receives a four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the country. In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, FTC has delivered more than 600 truckloads of emergency food, water and other relief supplies to people in the affected areas.

Minggu, 28 November 2010

Of Humanity And Cruelity

This is story of a girl. A girl supposed to have a very soft heart. A very sensitive girl. Someone one could call as a compassionate person. I will tell you about how she acquired her pet, rather two pets. And how one was beaten by her father and the other was beaten dead by herself. Let me begin.

She had gone to visit one of her relatives many years back. They had a litter of puppies. This girl fell in love with one of them and brought him back with her, only to face the wrath of her father. She was ordered to take the puppy back. This was a big shock and she was in tears. She talked about this with her other pet. A man. Someone she treated as her own child. They both cried together and this man prayed that the father allows her to keep her puppy. Ultimately the father relented after two days and all was well.

One day some guests came to their home. The dog was tied and locked separately. But the dog wrongly thought that he was part of the family and wanted to mingle with the guests. The dog made a blunder by thinking like this. The family was not even of humans, nor of animals. Because even animals have compassion. These people belonged to some unknown cruel specie. True to character, the father took hold of the poor helpless dog and beat him blue. May Satan bless the father. Our girl of the story was heart-broken after this. She could not believe that her father could behave so cruelly.

Next what? I told you in the beginning about a man, who was a pet of this girl. Do you recollect? Now was the turn of the girl. She made the man fall in total love with her and become totally dependent, emotionally. And one fine day, she started beating this man. Like the dog, this man was shocked and could not believe it. So he went to the girl again thinking of their love. He was beat up again. This continued till the man turned a lunatic and was killed in all the ways.

After reading this story, will you have any faith left in words such as love, loyalty, truth, honesty, etc? Beware of humans. They turn into beasts. Befriend beasts. Because they always remain only beasts. They don't turn into something else. They will never turn a person into a lunatic.

Sabtu, 27 November 2010

How To add Romance to Your Life With Feng Shui

Though it is not commonly known, a Feng Shui life can actually help to improve your love life. Romance and love is as much a part of most peoples’ lives as food and air; so it makes sense that not having the proper flow of energy in your life may affect the romance in your life as well.

There are areas of your home that may influence your love life, such as the right rear corner of your house. This is your relationship corner. In addition to this, the bedroom is also a relationship area. If you apply some basic Feng Shui life techniques to these areas of your home, you will be more successful at attracting the right type of love energy into your life.

The very first thing you must do is cut all ties that you are keeping around to past relationships. This may include old letters, gifts or pictures. These things are nothing more than a reminder of a happy time that no longer exists. This alone, can bring sadness and bad energy into your life.

Even if you are single, set up your home as if a couple lives in it. With the Feng Shui life this is a way of attracting the energy that will bring love into your environment. Don’t overcrowd your home with your own stuff, leaving no room for another. This brings on an attitude that you have no room in your life for another person.
In addition, you should remove all things from the relationship areas of your home that may distract you from focusing on romance. This may include work related items, televisions etc. Simply move these objects to other areas of your home.
Remove some of the solitary items in these areas and replace them with matching pairs. This may include objects such as candles, pillows etc. You want to attract the energy for couples, not singles.

Add some pink to the relationship areas of your home. In the Feng Shui life, the color pink holds love energy. Pink roses or anything pink in these areas can help add some romance to your life.

These are just some very basic steps you can follow to add some romance to your life with the concept of the Feng Shui life. Try it; you just may be surprised at how much improvement you see.

Jumat, 26 November 2010

Households Dumping Their Home Phones

According to the National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, about 3 in 10 households either only use mobile phones or rarely take calls on their landlines.

The federal figures, released Wednesday, showed that reliance on cells is continuing to rise at the expense of wired telephones. In the second half of last year, 16 percent of households only had cell phones, while 13 percent also had landlines but got all or nearly all their calls on their cells.

The number of wireless-only households grew by 2 percent since the first half of last year. Underscoring the rapid growth, in early 2004 just 5 percent had only cell phones.

During the second half of last year, 16% of households only had mobiles, while 13% had mobiles and landlines but took nearly all calls on their mobiles. Wireless-only houses grew 2% between the first and second half of 2007. In early 2004, only 5% of households only had mobile phones.

We've written about the decline in landline use before, and these numbers are not surprising at all. I have been pushing hard with my wife to give up our landline but haven't broken through yet. My guess is that it'll happen in the next 12-18 months in our household.

The survey had other interesting data including:

-Low-income people are likelier than the more affluent to have only cell phones.

-Those with only cells tend to be living with unrelated roommates, renters rather than homeowners, and Hispanics and blacks rather than whites.

-About a third of those under age 30 only have cell phones.

-Households with both cell and landline phones who rarely or never get calls on their landlines tend to be better educated and have higher incomes.

-About 2% of households reported having no telephones.

The National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the CDC, involved in-person interviews with people in 13,083 households done from July through December of last year.

Kamis, 25 November 2010

Lions Clubs Answer Call For Disaster Relief

Lions Clubs International has a long record of aiding those affected by natural and other disasters.

When a tsunami struck Southeast Asia in December 2004, Lions were among the first on the scene, providing immediate relief to the tens of thousands who lost everything. Again, in August 2005, Lions demonstrated how they answer the immediate needs of communities by rushing to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Through Lions Clubs International Foundation, Lions provide long-term assistance, continuing after many other organizations have left the area. Every dollar donated to LCIF goes directly to a grant. Since it began in 1968, LCIF has awarded $356.9 million to help Lions serve others.

Lions mobilized nearly $12 million for tsunami victims. In the Aceh province of Indonesia, Lions built 205 homes. They also plan to build a school and fund "economic revival" projects such as fishing boats. A $900,000 grant from LCIF is aiding Lions in Thailand in building an entire village on the devastated Lanta islands.

In Sri Lanka, Lions are building 3,000 homes. Lions also will provide psychological treatment and physical rehabilitation for children and adults.

Since many Southeast Asians lost their eyeglasses when the tsunami destroyed their homes, Lions from California distributed recycled eyeglasses and taught 125 Sri Lankan Lions how to use two donated lensometers and run an eyeglass recycling operation.

Lions also staffed shelters and collected funds, food and supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims. The Louisiana Lions Children's Camp in Leesville housed and fed hundreds of people who fled north from New Orleans before Katrina hit. Lions also helped at larger venues such as the Louisiana State University gym and the Houston Astrodome, which housed thousands of displaced people.

Rabu, 24 November 2010

Soldiers, Slaves And Freedom Seekers

Every school child has probably heard of George Washington and Paul Revere, but African-American hero Ned Hector hasn't made it into most history books.

Now visitors to the Valley Forge area will hear about Hector and other black heroes of the American Revolution and Civil War, through special events and tours.

African-Americans' proud history of service in our Armed Forces began with the American Revo-lution, when more than 5,000 soldiers of African descent fought in the Continental Army. Many shared the hardships of the winter encampment at Valley Forge, when the Continental army was forged into a fighting force that went on to win the American Revolution.

Some won their own freedom as well; others found themselves and their descendants relegated to slavery.

At special events throughout the year, visitors will meet Ned Hector, who was a hero of the Battle of Brandywine and also fought at the Battle of Germantown.

At Valley Forge, every Saturday through the summer months, they'll meet Hannah Till, George Washington's cook, who was born into slavery and worked hard to buy her freedom.

The compelling stories of soldiers, slaves, and abolitionists from the Revolution through the Civil War are told at special events throughout the Valley Forge area, and on guided tours of the region. Visitors to Valley Forge National Historical Park, Brandywine Bat-tlefield, Johnson House Under-ground Railroad site and other sites will hear stories of ordinary people with extraordinary determination who changed the nation's history.

The Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau has developed tours to cater to visitors' preferences. Self-guided African-Amer-ican Heritage Discovery Tours let visitors travel at their own pace, stopping to shop or visit the region's many gardens, museums and attractions.

African-American Freedom Trail Group Tours are ideal for family reunions, conferences, conventions, and religious and military reunions.

Selasa, 23 November 2010

Your Corporation Can Help Fight World Hunger

Today, corporate philanthropy and employee giving are among the most rewarding and valued employee benefit programs companies can offer. It is a way to share success, to invest in the future and to give back to society.

Heifer International, a world hunger organization, is catching the attention of many businesses looking for an alternative gift for clients during the holiday season.

For 60 years, Heifer, recently noted as a leader in world hunger solutions by Forbes and Worth business magazines, has provided gifts of livestock and agricultural training to malnourished families, enabling them to become self-reliant. In return, these families in 50 countries promise to pass on the gift of offspring of their animals and training to other families in their communities.

The Wood Agency in San Antonio, Texas, is an advertising business that chose Heifer International as a source for alternative client gifts.

Skip Wood, president of the Wood Agency, decided to skip the gourmet baskets and instead honored his clients and business friends by making a donation in their name to Heifer. The honor card they received explained how the goats, heifers, flocks of geese and hives of honey bees would help impoverished families have better, healthier lives.

"I did this at the urging of my wife, Sandy, who loves getting Heifer's mailing of 'The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World' because the gift of a farm animal is a sustainable solution that really changes lives," Wood said. "I agreed to do it because it was easy. Then we started getting phone calls, cards and e-mails from those who received an honor card explaining our donation, and they were very appreciative, excited and really impressed with the idea behind Heifer's gifts."

Heifer now offers the "Most Important Business Gift Catalog in the World" for those planning for corporate gift giving.

Senin, 22 November 2010

Who Is Evil

The world is made of good and evil people. There are some, who are nothing but emperors of evilness. Hitler was one such person. There are many like him. But we also have evil persons in our society who are generally not considered evil, but are evil. Let me give my thoughts on such people.

For me, a person who hits a stray dog with a stone just for fun is a bad person. One who gives pains to friends for no reason is a bad person. One who looks at wrong things, and decides to do nothing is evil. One who hurts feelings of loved ones is a bad person. One who lets other people sleep in hunger without doing anything about them is a bad person. One who wants bigger share of the pie is a bad person. One who shouts and makes others fear him/her is a bad person. One who never tries to understand feelings of others is a bad person. One who treats poor people as dirt, is a bad person. One who decides about characters by looks and passes judgments is a bad person. One who reads a sad story in the newspaper, without getting affected in any way is a bad person. One who shows no respect for those who work for others is a bad person. One who does not sympathize at others losses is a bad person. One who always tries to prove his/her superiority over others is a bad person. On and on I can write. What is not good is bad. That is how I call such people bad. Rather than calling them as not good persons, I call them as bad persons. All this may look quite shocking and many will protest about what all I have written above. All right, let me say, that I will not call the person a bad person, but the act as a bad act. I hope that now I am more acceptable.

Then, what is evil? Evilness is a quality in a person, whereby that person hurts others in ways that the very life is taken away. One need not kill with a sword to be called evil. At times, making false allegations on someone who never did what he/she is being blamed with is enough to kill the spirit and the body. That act is evil, and the person who acts like that is evil.

Minggu, 21 November 2010

Young Tsunami Survivors Find New Start At Shriners Hospitals

When the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore on December 26, 2004, many things were lost. Homes were swept away, belongings gone forever. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives in the disaster. And many of those who survived, including children, literally lost a part of themselves.

Seven-year-old Tara Aulia and 11-year-old Hamdani survived the tsunami that ripped through their villages in Indonesia's Aceh province, but along with their homes and family members, both children lost a limb.

Despite the horrors Tara and Hamdani experienced and the steep odds they faced at obtaining proper medical care, they had reason to celebrate less than a year later. Both children were given a new start and new prosthetics at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia.

Tara, whose right leg had to be amputated when it became infected from an injury sustained during the tsunami, immediately adjusted to her prosthesis.

"It's wonderful to see a child adapt as well as she has so quickly," said Jeff Eichhorn, director of orthotics and prosthetics at the Philadelphia hospital. "She will be able to do anything."

Hamdani was playing soccer when the tsunami swept him away. He grabbed onto a boat, and as he clung for his life with his left arm, an uprooted tree surged past, severing his right arm above the elbow.

Tara and Hamdani came to the Philadelphia hospital through the Global Medical Relief Fund, a charitable organization that provides transportation to the United States and housing to children injured by war, natural disaster or illness.

With the help of Shriners Hospitals, which, as always, provided all services at no charge to the children or their families, Tara and Hamdani have been given a new start.

"Without this help, I don't know what she would do, how she would live," said Tara's father, Sulaiman Aulia.

Sabtu, 20 November 2010

Pain Of Living

Pain. Immense pain. Sometimes unbearable, and sometimes incomprehensible. So many of us live life in pain. The pain of decision-making. The pain of thinking about life. The pain of keeping dead relationships alive. The pain of memories that haunt us. The pain of fear. The pain of getting up in the morning and the pain of sleepless nights. The pain of loss of someone most dear and the pain of waiting for them to return. Pain, and more pain in everything.

It is life. The life of pain. Look at your own eyes in the mirror and many times you will see the pain of tiredness. The pain of trying to run away from pain. Why? Because, we all live. Yes, pain comes because we live. Only dead have peace. Or very small children or saints. Rest of us are in some pain at all the times. Pain becomes such an essential part of life that many times, we tend to forget that we are living in pain. We become unaware of a life of cheer, and a painless life.

Is there anyway to counter the pains? Sometimes, when we begin losing our balance, we do approach psychiatrists. But if the choice is wrong, that may lead to bigger pain. Is a president of a nation without any pains? Ask him/her and you will get a basketful of surprises. Is a young teenager without pain? Ask and you will get another basket. Keep on listing and keep on asking. CEOs of companies, students, junior executives, shop owners, movie makers, celebrities, poor people...The list will be endless and so will be the story of pains.

Any way out of pains? One can reflect about what is happening in one's life that is killing the essence of living. But that exercise will not take away any pain, unless we change ourselves totally. How to do that? Let us begin with reflecting and finding out what gives us pains. Count even the smallest pain. Let the journey of making enquiries begin. Coming out of pains will only follow that exercise. Take the first step. After reflecting about and counting all the pains, you may realize that some pains are totally inescapable.

Jumat, 19 November 2010

Test Your Shopping Style And Improve

Human beings come in many types. So do our styles vary. All of us have our own unique style. Let us discuss few and find out how to improve our shopping style and how to test our shopping style.

Immediate shopper - this kind of shopper looks at something, likes it, finds the price and buys it. This shopper does not think why and how that product is better to others, nor cares to compare any prices. I like it, so I buy it. Shopkeepers love this shopper.

Thoughtful Shopper - This shopper looks at a product, and thinks about it. Why should i buy it? Should I buy it? How will I use it? Will it be useful? Am I making a mistake buying it? Or should I buy it? What about the cost? This shopper will think about everything and then take a considered decision.

Confused Shopper - This shopper is confused. Does not know why he/she entered the shop at all? Why and what to buy? What will be the use? What about this? How about that? The shopper is confused about the whole shopping and is a big headache for the stores.

I Will Buy It Later - This buyer is a unique specimen. He/she will look at all the products. Discuss about few thoroughly and compare the prices. Will decide about what is to be bought and then suddenly walk out saying - I will buy it later.

What is your shopping style? What kind of shopper are you? What is the best style? The best way to buy something is of course to first know what we need, know our prices limits, search for the best, satisfy ourselves about the quality and then buy the product. The trouble is that very few people buy like that. As I said before human beings come in many types, now I add that humans are not rational animals.

Try some fun-shopping quizzes to find out you shopping style and enjoy life. Shopping is after all considered fun by most of us. Why not to have fun with that? Quizzing yourself about your shopping style is a fun way to find out more about yourself. The results can never be accurate, but fun is guaranteed.

Kamis, 18 November 2010

Office Theft: More Common Than Many Think

The good news: Many workers feel quite at home in the office. The bad news: Some of them feel so much at home, they take the office home with them in ways they shouldn't. In fact, 58 percent of office workers have taken office supplies for their personal use, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive and These people should know they're putting themselves at risk of being fired and of possible legal consequences for taking home company property, even something as small as a stapler or a pen.

Among those who admit to taking office supplies for personal use, the most commonly stolen office supplies include pens/pencils (77 percent), followed by self-adhesive "sticky" notes (44 percent) and paper clips (40 percent). Two percent of workers even take decorations such as plants, paintings and office furniture.

It can happen more easily than you may realize. "People often forget that workplace resources are not their own and are actually considered company property," said attorney Alan Kopit, legal editor of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell's, which is considered the most comprehensive and trustworthy online resource for finding lawyers. "We are not just talking about pens and paper here; employees are also stealing expensive things, too, like computers, software and books." Kopit suggests employees review their office policy and be sure their behavior follows the regulations.

Employee theft costs small businesses billions of dollars a year-costs passed on to consumers in terms of higher prices and to other workers in terms of lower wages and fewer benefits. After all, in addition to pens and paper, some people also steal resources directly related to the productivity of the business, such as classified information, patents, corporate contacts, case studies and periodicals.

Rabu, 17 November 2010

Wrong Blames Can Kill A Life

To blame means to accuse someone of doing something wrong. It is very easy to put blame on a person when things begin going wrong and hammer that person left and right for being responsible for all the mess. Let us look at this further.

Sometimes, in our personal relationships, when we say that things are in mess, the truth may be different. The situation may not be messy, but our viewpoint may have become messy. What we call as going wrong may indeed be going wrong, but not in the way we look at it. Let me try to explain. Some of us lie. We get caught, or feel guilty. We blame someone for exposing our lie and making a mess of something good. Can a lie be good? We wished our lies to flourish and keep us safe from the bitterness of truth, but our comfort zone got broken because of the exposure. Is this bad? Or our viewpoint was wrong to begin with? When we think more, we find that truth may be very bitter and highly discomforting, but it is always better than a lie. Is it correct to blame a person who exposed our lies? But we do that. Blame the other person for making us face the music. What the other person did was correct but since it hurts us, we accuse.

Let me tell you something. What if someone accuses you of crimes never committed by you? What if the accuser himself/herself was the guilty party, but targeted you because you are a soft target? Between a couple this happens. If one of the partners is a compassionate person, the other partner can develop the habit of blaming him/her all the time of all the crimes realizing well, that no retaliation will occur.

Many of us act like brutes at times and then we suffer in the guilt for a lifetime. Some of us, who are evil people never, suffer any guilt. But some of us carry the guilt of having done something wrong forever in our life. This guilt will never go, because the deed was indeed done. Why not to desist doing wrong? Why to travel on a wrong path? Why to torture others with blames that they never deserve?

Selasa, 16 November 2010

Hundreds of Thousands Come Together to Pray

On Sept. 8, hundreds of thousands of people will come together in prayer during the 12th annual Unity World Day of Prayer. This interfaith event is open to people of all religions and all walks of life.

Unity is a worldwide movement founded in 1889 that helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles to their daily lives. It is best known for Daily Word, a monthly magazine of inspirational messages that is distributed to about 1 million people in 175 countries.

Since 1994, millions of people have been embraced in prayer during special World Day of Prayer vigils held at many of the nearly 900 Unity churches and centers around the world. Last year, participants offered prayers for an estimated 1.3 million people during the prayer vigil at the Unity world headquarters at Unity Village, Mo.

"This is a day filled with the energy of prayer," said Tom Zender, president of Unity. "As people around the world join in prayer on this day, the energy intensifies. It will be a day of transformation."

Silent Unity, the trans-denominational prayer ministry of Unity, maintains a 24-hour prayer vigil every day of the year and receives more than 2 million letters, telephone calls and Internet requests for prayer annually.

To learn more about the Unity World Day of Prayer, to submit names of friends and family members for the prayer vigil and to enjoy an affirmation set to sound and motion, visit also can find local Unity churches that serve as host centers for local World Day of Prayer activities.

"World Day of Prayer is an opportunity to transform the world through prayer," Zender said. "Praying together, we open our minds and hearts to the unconditional love of God that heals, inspires, guides and strengthens."

Senin, 15 November 2010

The Word "Love" is Overused in Todays Society

The word "love" is used in many different situations. The word is defined as an extreme affection towards someone or something; however this is not the case in which it is used by most.

People tend to use the word just the same as any other. No actual meaning to it -- it seems that whenever someone says "I love you" they don't actually mean it. The meaning I LOVE YOU has now shrunk to a simple I love you. It has lost its significance, its shnaz!

I hear young people saying it all the time, fourteen, fifteen year olds telling it to each other like candy. It should be something special, not something you throw out at somebody who you've only known a week or two.

Love is developed over a long period of time. Yes, there are those few cases of "love at first site," but this is a very rare occurrence and shouldn't be someone's first priority to claim their love the first moment they see them.

Love is when you would do anything to be able to see this person. It is when you jump in front of a car and push your love out of the way to save their life. It is when you can't stand one moment without him/her. It is when you think about him/her the first moment you wake up and the last second before you sleep at night. Love can not be duplicated. Love is love and everything else.

You can not claim you love someone unless you have that special feeling deep down whenever you see that person. You feel lifted off your feet and have all your fears taken away.

The word should not be thrown around like a piece of meet, but preserved for that special someone who will not leave you for another woman or man and would do anything for you to be with them and you the same.

Save the word for the right person. Preserve the meaning of love and use it towards those who deserve it.

Minggu, 14 November 2010

What It Takes to Fix Our Immigration System

There is a consensus in the United States today that our immigration system is broken. The question is "What is required to fix it?"

It is clear that more of the same will not work.

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented persons living and working in the United States today. Smugglers, traffickers and criminals preying on undocumented migrants have a growing negative impact on border communities.

Nearly 2,000 migrants have died trying to cross our border from the south from 1998 through 2003, and nearly 400 migrants continue to die at our borders every year.

America needs comprehensive immigration reform that will make immigration safe, orderly and legal. Such reform must provide three things:

* an opportunity for people already living and working here to earn permanent legal status;

* a new temporary worker program with adequate labor protections, so that essential workers can enter the U.S. safely, legally and expeditiously;

* backlog reductions in family-based immigration so that families can unite in a timely way.

Proposals that fail to embrace these components and seek only to increase enforcement of the current system will only exacerbate current problems.

Congress may enact harsh enforcement measures, such as the Sensenbrenner bill passed in the House of Representatives, which do nothing to increase our nation's security. Such measures only increase the pressures on hardworking but undocumented immigrants and force them to seek dangerous paths of entry to the U.S., where increasing numbers will die attempting to cross.

Or Congress can engage the debate and enact realistic and comprehensive reform, which will ensure the U.S. remains a nation of immigrants in the decades to come.

Deborah Notkin is president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. - NU

Sabtu, 13 November 2010

We All Want POWER

Admit it or not, we all have a need for power.

Power provides each of us with several very essencial things; the feeling of being in control, the feeling that we're right, a sense of security and the hope that we can accomplish what we want most for ourselves.

With Mind Control there is no doubt that it appeals to that very base need for power.

Even the most introspective and peace loving have to admit that the real power of mind control comes in two forms 1) external - controlling others and the environment and 2) internal - the ability to control our own thoughts, feelings and responses.

Here is a little mind control tip that anyone can use that will appeal to both aspects of mind control.

When interacting with someone what can you do to allow them to perceive as if they have power?

A simple example is ask them to do something that is slightly outside of what they believe is their current ability. In asking that give them the support and encouragement that they need to get the job done.

Here are the benefits as they relate to mind control.

First it will demonstrate to you that you have at least some power over people and your environment secondly, and most importantly, it will demonstrate that you have some personal and internal control over yourself to do it.

The main problem with people who suffer from shyness and want to control it that they are too much in their own heads wondering "What should I do next?" or telling themselves "This is stupid." In so doing they are not truly aware of their external surroundings and therefore not able to control it.

By taking charge in this small way anyone can begin to see the real benefits of mind control.

Jumat, 12 November 2010

Teen Safety In The Workplace

When teenagers go off to work-sometimes for the first time in their lives-parents want to know they will be safe in the workplace. Who will look out for their safety? Industrial hygienists are professionals who specialize in ensuring safe and healthy work environments for employees of all ages.

Are teenagers safe in the workplace? Do they know what to watch out for in terms of safety? Consider these statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

• On average, 45 percent of American teens are employed each year-more than any other developed country.

• More than three million U.S. teens enter the workforce every summer and thousands of these teens are admitted to emergency rooms due to work-related injuries.

• Nearly 200,000 adolescents suffer injuries on the job and approximately 70 die from these injuries each year.

• Teens have the highest rate of nonfatal work-related injuries, even though they encounter the same potential on-the-job hazards as adults.

• The reasons for teen work-related accidents include lack of experience, gaps in current laws and enforcement, inexperienced supervisors, working in industries that don't generally hire professionals trained in industrial hygiene and/or safety, physical limitations due to lack of size and strength, and simple lack of maturity ("goofing off" on the job).

• The majority of deaths and injuries of teen workers on the job occur in retail stores and restaurants.

• Common potential hazards include automobile and machinery operation (for teens old enough for such tasks), working in high-homicide industries such as retail, working with or near electrical or hot equipment, working jobs with fall hazards, and working jobs requiring manual lifting.

Kamis, 11 November 2010

Lions Clubs Help Communities Thrive

Do you ever tell yourself, "Someday I'm going to get involved in my community"? Now is your chance. By joining an organization such as Lions Clubs International, you can help people within your community or on the other side of the world.

As a Lions volunteer, you can become involved in projects such as building community playgrounds, assisting in vision screenings at schools, aiding seniors, improving the environment, building homes for the disabled, supporting diabetes education and conducting hearing screenings.

Lions club members include men and women who share a commitment to service and take great pride in making an impact on local and global communities. Investing time in Lions club projects gives members a sense of connectedness to the community and an opportunity to make friends, gain leadership skills and network with others while having fun. Lions also provide opportunities for youth through youth exchange programs, youth camps and Leo clubs.

From 2002 through 2003, Lions Clubs International's nearly 1.4 million members worldwide volunteered an estimated 65 million hours and donated $667 million. The organization was founded in 1917 and with 46,000 clubs in 193 countries, it is the world's largest service organization.

Lions Clubs International Foundation, the grant-making arm of Lions Clubs International, has awarded $342 million to provide food and clothing to victims of earthquakes and hurricanes, give youth the tools to succeed in the classroom, empower the disabled through vocational training, and equip clinics and hospitals with new technology. SightFirst, an aggressive $143.5 million program, is working to eradicate blindness.

Rabu, 10 November 2010

Making The Move Easier On Children

Whether it's across the country or down the block, moving can be stressful. Experts agree this is particularly true for young children, who often fear leaving their friends and familiar surroundings for a new home. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 10 million children relocate each year, leaving many parents to struggle with how to create a smooth move for their kids.

Allied Van Lines has teamed up with Thomas Olkowski, Ph.D., a top child psychologist and author of "Moving with Children," to offer expert advice designed to help parents ease their youngsters through the relocation process.

"While moving to a new home is exciting, it often means a new school, new friends and a whole new life for children," says Dr. Olkowski. "It's natural for them to feel nervous. Luckily, there are a few simple steps parents can take to calm their child's fears and make the transition easier for the whole family."

• Tell children about the move as soon as possible-a child should never overhear the news by accident.

• Schedule regular family meeting times to discuss the move with kids, sharing the details, encouraging their questions and listening to their suggestions.

• Position the relocation as an exciting adventure with fun opportunities for the family.

• For younger children, consider reading children's books about moving, and talk about the pictures and how the people in the pictures may be feeling.

• Before moving to a new home, it is critical that children have a chance to say goodbye. Consider hosting a moving party and give children an opportunity to create scrapbooks and photo albums with their friends.

• Provide children with address books and autograph books to use when saying goodbye.

Selasa, 09 November 2010

Lucky Escapes From Terrorist Attacks

I have met many people over the last number of years in my business line of work, stammering tuition, and have heard a couple of remarkable stories of how they narrowly avoided a terrorist attack.

The first was a man who was in New York at the time of the attack on the twin towers. He and his friends from England had been in New York for around a week and were due to fly back home on September 11th. On the tenth of September they decided to go to the twin towers, firstly to have a look and secondly to take some photos from the top.

They had to wait a long time until it was their turn to purchase their tickets. The man who was serving behind the counter asked the a question: "Are you here to take photographs lads, or just a general look around? If you are here to take photographs it might be worth waiting until tommorrow, as it is quite cloudy up there today. I can sell you the tickets today, so when you arrive tommorrow you do not have to wait etc."

They agreed this was a good idea and planned to return early in the morning.

"What shall we do now then" said one of the group of lads.

They discussed the options and decided to go to a bar and to have a few drinks. A few drinks turned into a lot of drinks. In the morning they all slept in to recover from the alcohol and when they awoke they quickly heard the news.

Alcohol had possibly saved their lives.

I met another man who had been in Bali on the night of the terrorist attack there. He and his girlfriend had planned to meet another couple in one of the bars which was eventually bombed.

Earlier in the day the couple had phoned to cancel as one of them was ill. Another lucky escape!

Senin, 08 November 2010

Love - Begin With Vigor After Failure

Defeat in love is very disheartening. You love some body dearly and he/she does not reciprocate your feelings at all. Or you have already gone a long distance with someone and he/she goes alone after that. Any failure in love and dating takes the strength away. It kills something inside and the defeat makes another attempt look very difficult. Is this acceptable. Can life not be carried on after such defeats? Why get disheartened and blame ones fate? Why lower self-esteem? Why do all that self-beating?

Success is not our right, nor failure our destiny. Life is a hurdle race. Every life has its ups and downs. The winner is one who gets up after falling again and again. You will say - Easier said than done. I agree. Failure in love is very destructive. We invest quite a lot in love. After that when we face defeat, we feel cheated and helpless. We feel that fate has dealt poor cards to us. It is no doubt difficult to bear the pain.

What should be done? Analyze why this failure happened/ if you find any fault of your own, please correct it. If you find fault of your beloved, please forgive. Begin making contacts again. Search for your soul mate again. Have faith that this time you will get someone real good and worthy of your love. Forget the past. Erase it. Look at it dispassionately and res energize yourself. It is difficult, but it can be done.

Thinking of past failure will only bring more pain. Visualize yourself becoming successful. Think of all the good days that are waiting for you. Think of a future that will be very bright. Fight every negative feeling with something more positive. Don’t give up. After every fall rise again. Success will be yours.

Minggu, 07 November 2010

Piggotts Provide Support for the Tsunami

Piggotts Provide Support for the Tsunami

Piggotts, the Crown Group’s marquee and furniture hire supplier provided two large hospitality marquees for a recent Tsunami Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

This prestigious event was hosted by The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, headed by the Secretary of State M.P. Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, in remembrance of the U.K. victims of the Indian Ocean tragedy last Boxing Day. In attendance was H.M. Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and 1250 survivors and their families together with the families of many victims. The occasion was broadcast live on TV and Radio and aired all around the world.

Once the service had concluded at St Paul’s, the congregation and guests retired to the hospitality marquees for refreshments. Says Bryan Ribbans, Sales Manager of Piggotts,” This was just the job that Piggott’s specialises in. It had all the elements that make marquee build’s ‘interesting. The largest marquee was 20m wide x 40m long and sited (actually ‘shoe-horned’ – it was a tight fit!) into Paternoster Square 100 yards from the Cathedral. The other, 12m wide x 50m long, was positioned right outside the Cathedral entrance.” He continues, “Once again, Piggotts is proud to be selected to carry out such a demanding build demonstrating that the small close-knit team based at Ongar are capable of building first-class structures when the eyes of the world are upon them, and against the clock.”

For more information about the marquee services Piggotts could provide for your event please visit their website at:

Flags and Marquees

Sabtu, 06 November 2010

How To Make A Home-Made Mother's Day Card

Easy Photo Card
We all have them, photos of our kids. Well grab some construction paper or card stock, a photo and some glue and make this adorable little card.

You will need
construction paper or card stock
sheer ribbon

What you do

Fold paper or card stock in half to create a card. Have your child write their greeting inside the card FIRST.

Cut photo out in a heart shape. Glue photo to the front of the card, center it and put it high enough to allow space for the bow at the bottom.

Lay down some newspaper, wax paper, or other paper and set your card on that to catch excess glitter. Use glue to pipe a thick border around the photo. Sprinkle the glitter generously over the glue border. Be sure to completely cover all of the glue. Let it dry about 20 minutes. While the glue is drying, tie your ribbon into a bow and trim off the long ends. Once the glue is dry, carefully lift the card up and tap off all excess glitter. Place a dab of glue onto the back of the ribbon and adhere to the card under your photo. Let it dry completely before doing anything else with it. You can add or take away any of the items listed to make it more personal. Have fun with it! Mom will enjoy it forever!

Making homemade cards are fun and easy. You can use nearly anything you have at home. You can take the formula from above but make a few changes like take fabric and paste it to the card stock to add a decorative look to it then add all the other things on top, with a photo or a drawing. Use your imagination, let it run wild.

Jumat, 05 November 2010

Service Organization Provides Eye Banks in 13 Countries

On Dec. 7, 1905, Dr. Eduard Zirm performed the world's first corneal transplant in the what is now the Czech Republic. On the 100th anniversary of that historic procedure, the World Health Organization estimates that corneal transplants could restore the vision of 11 million people worldwide.

Since Helen Keller's call for Lions clubs members to become "Knights of the Blind" in 1925, Lions have dedicated themselves to aiding the blind and visually impaired. The service organization's support of eye bank services is one way it is answering this call.

The first Lions eye bank was established in 1944 in New York City, and today there are approximately 60 Lions eye banks in 13 countries. The Lions eye banks are not-for-profit organizations that must be sponsored by a Lions club or district and establish a working relationship with a medical facility.

Lions eye banks often provide healthy corneas to countries in Central and South America, Africa and Asia that do not have eye banks.

There are no professional fees or processing costs to the donor or the donor's family. Instead, the eye bank assumes all costs involved in procuring corneas.

Lions assist local eye banks as corneal tissue transporters and eye bank volunteers. Lions also encourage the public to become corneal tissue donors. Club members help to financially support the eye banks, holding fundraisers and purchasing necessary medical equipment.

Kamis, 04 November 2010

To Fund a Good Cause, Start Your Own Foundation

What can you do to make the world a better place? One of the best things you can do is create a charitable foundation to contribute to a cause that's near and dear to you.

Establishing a foundation is no longer an activity confined to the wealthy. By definition, a foundation is simply a philanthropic organization that contributes financially to designated causes. Anyone - regardless of income - can set up a foundation, according to the National Heritage Foundation. In fact, the organization's mission is to help individuals and corporations do just that.

Established in 1968, the National Heritage Foundation provides the tools and support needed to set up foundations for charitable, educational, scientific or religious activities. It takes care of all of the administrative tasks involved in running a foundation, including receiving all donations, making disbursements, sending charitable receipts for donations, and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. It also can help with marketing and fundraising strategies.

To date, nearly 9,000 foundations have been created under the National Heritage Foundation umbrella. Here are some examples of foundations you can start.

* A foundation for your community that contributes to beautification projects, public works and safety initiatives, and recreation programs.

* A foundation for athletes.

* A foundation for the disabled.

* A foundation that helps fund projects in foreign countries.

* A foundation to benefit a school, college, hospital or place of worship.

Rabu, 03 November 2010

Love Test - Will You Dump Her Because She Is Taller?

Let us take an example of a couple. The girl is taller than the man. They are both in deep love. They like each other and they want to be together. But conventions say that man should be taller than the girl. What should they do?

It is because of this belief that girl should be shorter than the boy, that both will be repeatedly taunted by their friends and family. They will be told that it all looks awkward. They will be obliquely advised to separate. The world never lets two lovers live in peace. The world always enters where it has no business. But the trouble is that we cannot go away and stay on a remote island. We have to live in the society and suffer.

If his pair marries, this fact will be pointed out by others and noticed for their lifetime. Even unknown people who have no business will look at them with surprise. That is the reality. In this scenario, what should they do? Should they separate?

Some may opine that they should separate. In my opinion, they should never. As far as they are comfortable with each other, love each other and like each other, they should ignore all the innuendos and stay together. Society has its collective reasoning that has developed over centuries. One of this is that since man is dominant, he should be taller. But society changes with time and conventions change with place. What is not acceptable in one country is welcome in other. Apart from all this reasoning, the central fact is love for each other. Till that remains, the couple should continue life together.

Selasa, 02 November 2010

If You Get Paid, Your Work Is Not Done

If you are one of the 156 million workers in America who gets a paycheck, it may pay to take part in a new online payroll survey. The "Getting Paid In America" survey, sponsored by the American Payroll Association, gives America's workers more than just a chance to win a free paycheck and a trip to Las Vegas. It also gives them a chance to weigh in on important payroll issues that affect everyone who receives a paycheck.

Challenges presented by an increasingly competitive global economy are forcing corporate America to look at new technologies and processes designed to improve the efficiency of payroll processing.

However, these new technologies raise many questions-such as how will personal information stored in company databases be secured? Or how will companies fail-safe disaster recovery plans to ensure that employees get paid even in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster?

The free online survey is open to all U.S. workers. It takes only minutes to complete and poses simple but important questions on payroll-related issues that ultimately help the payroll industry address the issues that affect how America's employees are paid.

Based on final results, payroll professionals will aim to improve service while dealing with such issues as disaster recovery, payroll cards, biometric technology, offshoring of payroll functions and identity theft.

Last year, more than 29,900 workers responded to the survey. The online survey is conducted as part of the annual National Payroll Week.

Senin, 01 November 2010

Quiz- Women, Find Out About Your Attraction

Since ages women have considered looking beautiful a priority. This need not distract us away from their abilities as a human being which are no lesser than those of men and in many cases more than those of men. When we talk of attraction, beauty has always been associated with women. If you are a woman, how about quizzing yourself about your attraction?

Let us begin from what others think. That point of view may not be most important but is very important. How do others find you? Has someone complimented you about your particular qualities? Have men complimented about your beauty, or attraction. This may have been direct or indirect. Talk to some of your friend, both men and women. Find out what they think and seek their frank opinion.

The major reasons why some women fail to attract others is the under projection of femininity. God has made men and women differently. If a woman talks as loudly as men, where is the femininity? Bring out all your qualities that make you more feminine. That is how you were born. More application of makeup sometimes distracts from natural beauty. If your skin is good, why apply more makeup? Consult a good makeup artist and find out how to accentuate your plus pints and hide your defects. It goes for dress style. Put on dresses that are feminine. Let men wear manly dresses.

Looking attractive is easy, but you may have to change some habits and adopt new styles for that. Once you do that, you will find offers of dates coming to you in plenty.