Student Travel: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

Traveling is something you can do at any point in your life – but the benefits of student travel means that it's really something you can consider doing sooner rather than later.

This article offers a few important reasons why traveling is something worth considering for all people who currently find themselves in education.

Cost

As a student it's wholly expected you do not have much money at your disposal. Do not worry, this is understandable across the world of student travel. If you book onto a student tour, you're likely to be offered better rates because you're traveling as a group.

It's not just on the student travel tours themselves you are likely to save money – from flights, to accommodation, to tourist sites; Student discounts are always likely to be available. This means you're guaranteed to get as much bang for your buck as possible.

Experience

The experiences of your youth will shape the way you see the world for the rest of your life. Student travel provides the opportunity to see different cultures practicing their everyday lives. Education is not always about what you learn from books – there's no substitute for firsthand experience.

Student travel really is an opportunity to stand on your own two feet. Waking up on a different part of planet earth every morning truly is an enlightening experience.

Commitment

In general, it's fair to say that your time will never be as flexible as when you are a student. The opportunity to drop everything and go see the world is not one that will always be available; There's a chance kids and mortgage repayments may get in the way!

Summer holidays offer the perfect opportunity to save up and go on your trip. University students get up to three months off in the summer, on top of Christmas and Easter.

So while it's a short local jaunt around your native land, or a two-year global adventure – student travel is something you can consider now.

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Pros and Cons of Watching Television

Many of us love watching TV especially during our free time and if we don’t have anything to do. We like watching TV while eating our favorite snacks or hanging around in a friend’s place. Either way we are entertained when we watch TV. There are many different programs we can watch on TV depending on our mood and our personality. Some love watching comedy and talk shows while others particularly kids and those who are young at heart love watching cartoons on Cartoon Network or Disney channel.

But then, watching TV has its advantages and disadvantages. Experts say that too much watching of TV especially among children is not good for the health and the mind. TV can be entertaining and informative yet at times it can be damaging and harmful.

Below are the Pros and Cons of watching TV.

Pros:

1.) Entertainment and Laughter

We are entertained by shows we love to watch. We laugh at things we find funny and comical in the TV program we are watching. We also love to dance or sing along with celebrities we see on TV and some of us even copy their dance moves and singing styles.

2.) Information and How-To

We learn a lot of information about places and people that we usually don’t learn on magazines, books and newspapers. There are travel shows that show us beautiful places in the world and inform us the culture of different countries which can be a great help especially if we are planning to travel. We also easily learn how to cook new recipes by watching cooking shows and we can learn doing some other stuff through programs that show step-by-step procedures of performing a particular work, exercise or other interesting stuff.

3.) Improve Memory and Easy Learning

We usually take note of the time schedule for our favorite programs especially if it is only shown once or twice a week. We tend to store and recall the things that recently happened in our favorite show before the next episode will be shown on TV. This will help enhance our memory which we can apply on our daily life. For children, it is easier to learn math, science, alphabet and other subject matters if someone can show them how to do it like counting, identifying objects and a lot more. Educational TV shows are available for children to watch and learn.

4.) Bonding With Family and Friends

Watching TV is a great way to bond with family and friends especially on weekends. You can laugh and discuss things that you see on TV. That can be really fun.

5.) Awareness and Alertness

Weather reports and current news on different parts of the worlds can make you aware of what is happening outside your country. You can also be alert when there is an incoming typhoon in your area and that can help you get prepared.

Cons:

1.) Decline in creativity and imagination.

TV shows including commercials have tendency to share their creative works on us and impart their ideas and opinions on us which is not favorable and can lead to a decline in our creativity and imagination since we can not think on our own since creative stuff are readily available and shared to us.

2.) Health problems

We usually eat junk foods or any of our favorite snacks while watching TV. This is not good for our health because we tend to eat a lot while we are sitting down facing the television. This can lead to obesity since we don’t move a lot when we watch TV. This can also lead to other serious ailments caused by eating a lot and moving less.

3.) Makes people lazy

Most of us get hooked when watching programs of our favorite TV channel. We sometimes even forget to do our work or other important things because we got engaged in the show we are watching. Some people forget to do their household chores because they would rather watch TV than work.

4.) Some shows don’t teach good values.

There are TV programs that do not teach good values particularly to children. Instead of teaching them good deeds they even imitate, re-enact or spoof important things happening around us which is not good for children to watch.

To sum up, in watching TV you should choose and monitor the TV programs that you and your children should watch. Choose programs that can help you learn and grow as a person. You should also limit the time your children spend in watching TV. The maximum number of hours small kids should watch TV is 3 hours while for teenagers you should make sure they watch good shows only when they are done with homework and projects.

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Restarting Your Business With a Mini Business Plan

One of the biggest mistakes people make in direct sales is what I call the hobby approach. Too many of you are working your business when you have some extra time instead of making it a priority. Approaching your company like a business is directly related to your level of success. As you restart your direct sales business, consider starting out with a business plan. You can make it a “mini” plan to begin with and we can work on expanding it later.

You do not have to devote hours upon hours to your business if you are not in the position to do that. Many successful direct sellers work their business part time for many months or years before they are able to switch to full time. I have seen several articles about this topic but for some reason it is much easier said than done. The key to all of this is not the amount of time, but rather what you do and how consistent you are in your activities.

Your solution is a plan and enough discipline to stick to it. Ideally, you are operating your direct sales business with a full-fledged business plan. Not one etched in stone, but a living document that focuses your business and documents your mission, your niche market, your benefits and your work plan.

Often, when you are starting or restarting your business, you just don’t know enough to develop a full business plan. That is not a problem. Start instead with a mini plan and don’t worry about having it perfect the first time. You can revise and expand as you learn and your business grows. As long as you include the essentials, you will have a map that you can follow. This will make all the difference in bringing consistency into the way your work. Start your plan by answering these important questions:

Who is your target market?

Don’t say everyone. You’ll be much more focused and effective if you target a niche. It can be anyone you want – choose a market that fits with your product and your style. Don’t worry if it does not match your current network. Women over 50, military moms, people starting out in direct sales, millenials in college, and middle class families living in the Midwest are a few examples of niche markets. This part of your business plan tells you where to focus your marketing efforts.

What are your products?

State all the things you are selling. Are you just focusing on product sales? Do you also want to recruit team members? What about advertising revenue? Is that part of your business model as well? Give this a thought. You can start small and add more revenue streams down the road. This part of your business plan tells you what do each week and how to prioritize them.

What makes your products special?

What problems are you solving through your products? List each product category (e.g. skincare regimen, business opportunity, skincare tips). List the problems and the solutions you are providing to your customers. This will help you highlight the benefits of your business to potential customers and where you differ from your competition. This part of your business plan tells you what to emphasize in your prospecting and marketing efforts.

What are your business goals?

What do you want to accomplish as you start or restart your business? Include short term (first month, first 3 months) and longer term (1 year). Try not to go too far out in time at the onset. Write all your goals down and then make one your primary goal and all others your secondary goals. For example, a primary goal might be “$500 in sales the first month” while your secondary goal is “recruit 2 team members in the first 3 months”. Keep your number of goals to a minimum. This part of your business plan will help you prioritize tasks each week.

Your business plan can be a “mini” plan and still be very effective at guiding your work. You will revise and expand your mini biz plan as you learn and your business grows. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to share your goals and plan with us.

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Swingers

Ever wondered what wife swapping, swinger’s clubs and swingers lifestyle really mean? In a committed partnership but looking for some extra sexual excitement together?

Swinging has become increasingly popular across middle aged mainstream married, or committed, couples. Over 4 million people world wide are swingers, with over 3000 swingers clubs around the globe to join. Swingers can also meet through online swinger’s sites, swinger’s personal ads, house parties and swinger’s lifestyle magazines.

“Swinging” is considered to mean a married or committed couple engaging in sexual activities with either another couple, multiple couples or with a single person. These events can occur at swingers clubs, private parties, private homes, hotels, and even at specific holiday resorts.

Traditionally, the average age of swingers is the mid 40′s, and all ages and body types are considered acceptable.

“The Lifestyle”, or the swinger’s lifestyle, was created in the late 1990′s in London for the well heeled under 40′s. Forget the jatz and crackers. Trendy, up market venues were selected, smart evening wear was the attire and photos were needed to prove physical attractiveness. This idea took off quickly and is now popular in all parts of the world. Selective swinging refers to usually childless unmarried young graduates with average ages of late 20′s. Lifestyle swinging and selective swinging both encompass all swinging activities. These terms came into use mainly because younger couples didn’t care for the term swingers with its traditional connotations.

It is thought that swinging started in the 1950′s in US military bases in California. The husbands all threw their car keys in a bowl and whoever belonged to the keys that the wife pulled out had her as their sexual partner for the night. Originally, these little get togethers were called key clubs. In the late 1950′s the media redubbed them wife swapping parties. Wife swapping is now considered to be an archaic term and is not entirely accurate in covering all the sexual options of swinging couples.

For those of you who are a little shy or new to the game, there are many swingers’ sites available for you to check out. Most of them cater to those looking to heat up their relationship, as well as those singles who want to mingle with like minded individuals. Some of these sites offer adult personal ads, which can include video voice and pictures. They also offer video chat rooms, speed dating, swinger club location listings, video messenger, and hot games. Some sites also offer offline swinger parties where you can take it at your own comfort level and speed.

Swinging sexual activities include: exhibitionism, having sex with your partner while being watched, voyeurism, and watching others having sex. Soft swinging, or soft swap, is kissing, stroking or oral sex with a 3rd or 4th person. This can also include threesomes or group sex but usually partners are not swapped. A full swap means having penetrative sexual intercourse with someone other than your committed partner. The original wife swap. A full swap can also mean a committed couple having sex with a bisexual female for a saucy threesome. Group sex is an all inclusive term for multiple partners having sexual intercourse in the same room or an orgy. While the sexual activities are happening in the same room this is referred to as same room swapping. When there are separate rooms involved it is then called play.

Planning a raunchy vacation with your partner? There are now online swinger sites catering for the couple who are into swinging holidays or nude vacations. Swingers’ resorts can be found in the Caribbean, Cancun, Mexico and various parts of Europe. These resorts are designed for couples only, who enjoy erotic exciting lifestyles, and all seem to involve destinations with beautiful white sandy beaches and featuring large exotic looking swimming pools. Many of these swingers’ resorts have a variety of saucy theme nights. Some of the resorts promise “non stop flat out parties” for the more active bodied person.

Providing that the emotional bonds between the committed couple are whole, many swingers feel that their chosen lifestyle increases the strength of their partnership. In one survey, while only 6% confessed to having a problem with the green eyed monster, up to 70% of swingers claimed they had no problems with jealousy at all.

Seeking to spice up your sex life with your significant other? This could be it! Swingers clubs, swinger sites, swinger sex, swinger’s lifestyle, and swingers resort. Pack up your condoms and raunch up your relationship now!

Have Fun, Coco Swan.

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Choosing A Mobile Phone And How Not To Have Sunday Morning Sex

Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparents’ house to visit her ninety-five-year-old grandmother to comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, “He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning.” Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that two people nearly a hundred years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble?

“Oh no, my dear,” replied granny. “Many years ago, realising our advanced age, we worked out the best time to do it was when the church bells started to ring. It was just the right rhythm. Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and out on the Dong.” She paused to wipe away a tear and continued, “He’d still be alive if the ice cream truck hadn’t come along.”

So, what has the above got to do with choosing the right mobile phone?

It’s about getting it right. Mobile phones are such an integral part of our business lives, with which you have the ability communicate with every part of the world. It can turn every member of your organisation into its ambassador, creating new pathways into the marketplace. So, choosing the right mobile platform for the company is something to consider wisely.

Over the years, I’ve worked with companies where the teams were using five or six different types of mobile phones, which is fine-individual choice when choosing a mobile phone is one way of doing it. But then there are all the ancillary bits that come with phones: various power leads, charging systems, cases, different apps on the interface, lens quality, and methods of storing data and information.

Who’s not shouted across a work place floor, “Who’s got a Nokia charger?” And that happens to be the day that everyone who made it into the office despite the train strike has an iPhone. So, there is a case for a company to have all its team use the same mobile phone/platform.

Mobile phones can either make your business life a misery or they can be a complete joy. The wrong phone and the wrong contract type can add grey to your temples faster than any old lady. So, which mobile phone is best for your business use? A platform that works for one company may not support another, but you know that, right?

Can you take it too far? A firm once told me they wanted not only the same phone, the same colour and the same memory capacity. And that all the apps were also to be in the same place. Wow, that has to be the Hilton Hotel of mobile phone interfaces. I can see their point, the rationale being that each and every member of the company knew exactly how to use the phone-the company essentially had eighty-nine experts all on the same phone.

So, if someone said, “Where’s the App for futures markets?” for example, I can tell you now that the App was top left, two down. Mobile phone interface shorthand is a good thing, but we do like to give them our own character. For instance: my Skype App is just in the right place, right hand side two up-this is the length of my right thumb and I can reach the weather App from here. I’ll have it here. Or how the green of my travel app looks quite nice next to the red and white of the You Tube App, all technical stuff.

BOOM, it’s out the door and I’ll take all the mobiles we have and trade them in for a bulk order of iPhone 7′s. No; hold on to your mobile phone until it dies. Keep using the phone until it can’t be repaired or there are no more updates for the platform you’re on. Then when it’s done, give it to your kids or to charity (WWF is a good one).

Pointers for when your contract date comes up:

  • Consider this: when it comes to end of contract time, make a list of the things you want from your mobile-make sure the mobile phone platform (iOS, Android etc) fits your needs and not the other way around.
  • Don’t get into a mobile contract just because the iPhone 7 looked good on the tube poster. Which is better for the company-smartphone or dumbphone? It’s hard to download a malicious app onto your company network through a dumbphone.
  • Some industries and government institutions require dumbphones only, for security issues-no camera and they are substantially cheaper.
  • Pricing: which is better value for the company-a two year or three-year contract? Which length fits in with your plans for staffing and or expansion?
  • Just before you upgrade your phones-will everything sync? Check whether moving mobile platforms will create any electronic cul-de-sacs in your office.
  • If you do decide the grass is greener and you’re going to swap over to another platform, it’s not tooooooo difficult, it just requires careful planning. There are plenty of Apps and the Cloud to help you swap information over carefully.
  • And finally, if your mobile phone does have bells and whistles on it, make sure they don’t all go off at the same time. You want to make it to ninety-six, don’t you?
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France: Long Stay Visa Planning

We have a gift of time.

My husband and I are both jobless for the first time since the 1980's (you can do the math). The obvious and logical choice for most people would have to hit the pavement and search for new gainful employment. We are in the fort position that we do not need to worry about young dependents, read "children." We are also lucky to have very healthy parents.

So why not? What are we waiting for? Why are we working? What better way to celebrate by taking some well deserved time off than to travel? These were all used in my heavy negotiating phase. I am lucky enough to have a husband who is willing to try new things and frankly "go along for the ride." So the planning began back in June and the list was very long. The most important thing was the visa application to allow for an extended stay in the country (anything over 90 days requires a visa).

Several years ago, I worked in France and nothing has changed, if there is one thing the French love it is paperwork. There is no better way to emphasize the national love for bureaucracy than a lengthy visa application. The process for an extended stay ( visa de long séjour ) is 15 steps long, and is clearly not for the fault of heart. You need to commit to gathering all of the following (and more) in original and photocopy versions; Police clearance, finger printing, photos, insurance, copies of your bank balance, promises not to work, seek unemployment insurance or get sick. Unless you are incredibly organized, it is no small feat to gather the documentation. Once you have all the documentation together, you need to physically go to Vancouver (or your closest consulate location) for a face-to-face interview, and to hand over the documents in person.

The documents for the long stay visa application requires all of the following (Note: verify exact requirements as the process is constantly flux):

  1. Passport valid at least three months after the expiration date of the visa + 1 set of photocopies of the main pages (photo, validity date, visas …)
  2. Long Stay visa application form duly filled out and signed + 2 recent and identical photos
  3. Per child: 1 Long Stay visa application form duly filled out and signed + 2 recent and identical photos
  4. Office Francaise de L'immigration et L'integration form completed
  5. Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry: Canadian Long Form birth certificate, Canadian citizenship card, permanent resident card (valid photocopy of both sides), valid Canadian visa … + 1 photocopy
  6. Proof of means of income for the entire length of your stay in France: last 3 months bank statement showing your name and balance, last Notice of Assessment (NOA) … + 1 photocopy
  7. Letter under oat depicting not to engage in any work + 1 photocopy
  8. Documents supporting your socio-professional status in Canada: recent letter of the employer (with position, record of employment, salary, vacation), last 3 pay stubs, Business Registration if you are self employed … + 1 photocopy
  9. RCMP Police clearance + 1 photocopy
  10. Questionnaire ( visa long sejour visiteur) completed in French + 1 photocopy
  11. Proof of residency in France such as a lease, a title of property, etc + 1 photocopy.
  12. Proof of enrolment at a French school for children aged 6 to 16.

If the visa is granted:

The travel medical insurance is valid for the entire length of your stay in all the Schengen zone and covers all medical expenses such as medicine, hospitalization, repatriation with a minimum coverage of 50,000 CAD + 1 photocopy

We had to travel to Vancouver to complete our visa process. That included two return flights and a hotel room, to make sure we did not miss the appointed time. We arrived in advance of our scheduled appointment. The entry door is imposing and does cause a moment of reflection before you hit the buzzer and stumble through your greeting in French. After entry you are requested to hand over your precious stack of documents to a security guard. In our case, he rifled through our documents in a very officious manner. He removed paperclips, staples and rearranged the order. Frankly, after months of painstakingly gathering the documents it felt like a violation.

Then we were asked to wait. The next few minutes were painful as you are clearly on CCTV they have all of your most precious documents and at this stage you are not in control. We amused ourselves and passed the time by reading a French / English dictionary. We were called up to the next window and asked for proof related to our documents, this included:

  1. More photos
  2. More fingerprints
  3. The application fee

With that, we had 30 minutes to get to the bank (for updated statements) and the post office (prepaid envelope) before the office 12:30 pm closing time. We made it!

I had decided long ago, it took my hubby a bit of time to catch on, that Jade our black lab would also benefit from some French food, and she might be able to pick up the odd word too. So this is proof of the fact that the French love their pets more than people, and certainly more than tourists. Jade's application process had two steps and does not require a visit to the consular office.

Despite a bit of an onerous process a long stay in France is worth every ounce of effort. We are enjoying the food, the wine, new friends and lots of new adventures. We are making the best of our "gift of time."

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5 Must Visit National Parks for a Wildlife Tour of India

A casual glance at numbers can give you an idea of the abundance of options for wildlife tour of India. The country has 515 wildlife sanctuaries. Among which 48 Tiger reserves fall under Project Tiger, an initiative aimed at the preservation of Tigers in the country. Though Indian wildlife is often advertised as the den of these big wild cats, it would be grossly unfair to limit it to the immediate clan of tigers. Here we have tried to represent 5 wildlife sanctuaries that would constitute the perfect wildlife tour of India in terms of both diversity and depth.

Ranthambore Wildlife National Park in Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park, located 160 Km southeast of the pink city of Jaipur is spread across an area of 392 square km. It is one of those national parks where project tiger was successfully implemented. Between 2005 and 2014 the population of tigers more than doubled here and reached 62 from 25. Safari rides in this park are carried out at two slots at a cost of INR 800 per head on an average. Both these safaris, one starting early morning and one during noon takes three hours each. The park also accommodates several lakes and a tremendously spread banyan tree.

Sundarban National Park of West Bengal

No wildlife safari tour of India can be perfect without having visited the Sundarbans, spaced at a distance of 109 Km from the city of Kolkata. Apart from being a host of the grand Royal Bengal Tiger, Sundarbans is also known for its eco-diversity manifested through mangrove forests and its extensive collection of flora and fauna. Some of the endangered species that can be seen here are Saltwater Crocodile, river terrapin, Dolphins of River Ganges, olive ridley turtle, and Horseshoe crab.

Kaziranga National Park in Assam

Kaziranga National Park, Assam, expanded on an area of 378 SQ Km has been declared a world heritage site for its population of one-horned rhinoceroses. The Kaziranga wildlife sanctury which accommodates more than 2400 rhinos has a history of more than hundred years as a cordoned off conservatory. Apart from rhinos, Kaziranga hosts range of other wildlife including a variety of wild boars, deer, buffaloes and most notably Asian elephants. State Government of Assam runs wildlife safaris and maintains guest houses in the region to facilitate visitors.

Gir National Park in Gujarat

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary located at a distance of 65 Km towards South-East of the city of Junagadh is spread across a huge stretch of more than 1400 Sq Km. Out of this huge expanse of jungle, more than 250 Km is known as the fully protected National Park hosting more than 520 Asiatic Lions. It also has several water reservoirs and diverse variety of wildlife such as Nilgai, Chital Mugger crocodile et al. The sanctuary also promotes education on nature and wildlife through an interpretation zone that is there within the sanctuary itself.

Mudumalai Wildlife National Park in Tamilnadu

Located 150 Km North West from the City of Coimbatore Mudumalai Conservation Park is not only known for its variety of Bengal Tiger and Indian Leopard and Elephants. The sanctuary spread across the western ghats of Nilgiri also proudly accommodates nearly 270 species of rare birds including white-rumped Indian vultures, long-billed vulture. For being situated at the borders of Tamilnadu and Karnataka the sanctuary attracts tourists throughout the year from these two large states as well as other parts of the country and abroad.

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Annual Multi Trip Travel Insurance Explained

An upshot of the escalation in the availability of discount flights and budget accommodation has been that more and more Australians are heading off overseas. Combine this with increasingly hectic schedules and you see more people taking a number of shorter breaks than one or two extended holidays. As a result, Australia's frequent travelers are discovering the remarkable value of annual multi trip travel insurance. If you're buying individual single trip travel insurance policies every time you go overseas you could be spending more than you need to on your travel insurance.

To ensure that you are choosing the most appropriate cover, think about the holidays, business trips and school trips you, your partner and your family are likely to take this year. If you're planning to travel overseas more than once, then buying an annual multi trip travel insurance policy could save you both valuable time and money compared to the inconvenience and expense of taking out several single trip travel insurance policies.

Annual multi trip travel insurance is a great way to guarantee that you are covered for all your trips, even those last minute breaks. An annual travel insurance policy will also give you peace of mind as you will not find yourself in the situation where you've forgotten to ensure that your travel insurance cover is in place. Once you have bought your policy, you can sit back and relax for the next 12 months knowing that both your leisure and business trips are suitably covered.

Here are a few things to look out for when buying annual multi trip cover:

¥ What is the maximum duration you can be insured for any one trip? Most policies have a maximum number of days for leisure travel and a maximum number of days for business leisure. If you are planning to be away for longer then you should look at buying a single trip travel insurance policy.

¥ Are you too old? Most policies have a maximum age.

¥ Is there a limit to the total number of trips through the year?

¥ Does it cover business travel?

¥ Does it allow your partner or children to travel on their own?

¥ Does it cover frequent flyer points?

¥ Does it cover trips within Australia?

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Creating a Work Environment That Works

Whether you are working at home, in the office, or in your car – your ability to produce results with the least amount of stress, is directly affected by your physical environment. A functional desk that is ugly can be as much of a deterrent to productivity as a beautiful desk that is not functional. I have spent over twenty years with people working in their homes, offices and cars. One thing has become vehemently clear. Your desk can be your greatest enemy or your best friend.

Take a good look at your desk. How does it make you feel? Are you comfortable there? Can you do what you need to do there easily? How does it look to other people? Does it reflect the message you want to give to the world about your work and your values?

Analyze the kinds of activities you need or want to do at your desk. If you use a computer, an L-shape desk is usually the best option. Use the short end of the "L" for your computer, and the long end for desk accessories, your telephone, and spreading out papers while you are working.

One of the major detractors to an effective and attractive desk are those pesky scraps of paper, which appears to proliferate in your absence and sometimes in your presence! In my experience, an important component of any desk is space for files. I prefer two file drawers in my desk – one for current projects and another for reference materials I use repeatedly. If you are an "out of sight, out of mind" person, you may prefer a file holder that sits on top of your desk. You can use Post- it? Flags with colored bars for easy-to-use color-coded labels.

Do you get lots of phone calls? If so, it is important to develop a systematic way to record all those messages. In our office, we leave an open 6 "x 9" spiral-bound notebook by the telephone to jot them down. The top of each page is dated, and we put the initials of the person responsible for responding to the call in the left-hand column. When the action is completed, the initials are crossed out. Any pending issues are flagged with a Post-it? Flag – a different color for each person. The flag dispensers are attached to the side of the telephone.

Do you spend lots of time talking on the telephone? If so, what do you need? Is your source of phone numbers – electronic or paper – easily accessible? Do have a consistent way to take notes while you are talking? To make filing your telephone notes easier, keep Post-it? 4 "x 6" pads nearby. Avoid putting notes from multiple conversations on the same piece of paper.

The greatest desk in the world will be sabotaged without a comfortable adjustable chair and good lighting. An inspirational piece of art in your natural line of vision can be a real stress reducer too!

Most people want to be able to move around in their work area, so a swivel chair on rollers is a big advantage. If there is a carpeting, you will need a chair mat so the chair will roll easily.

Most desks I see are too cluttered – paper that could be filed away if you were confident you could find it when you needed it (we'll talk more about that in future columns!), Office supplies you never use, and memorabilia that has Was there so long you do not even see it!

Essential desktop supplies for most people include an "In Box" for mail you have not looked at yet (not a place to put postponed decisions!); An "Out Box" for the things that need to go outside your office, and a "To File Box" for the papers that need to be filed outside the reach of your desk. Caution: Eliminate any container not designated for a specific purpose or it will soon become a catchall for unidentified objects!

My definition of "organized" is very simple:

1) Does it work and

2) Do you like it? If you answer "No" to either of those questions when it comes to your desk, decide now what you can do about it!

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Cuba Is One Of Five Healthiest Countries in the World

"Healthy countries" is not the most popular information subject for mass media. Newspapers typically write about viruses, diseases or epidemics affecting the whole region at once. The American magazine "Foreign Policy" has published the rating of the five healthiest countries and explained its choice.

Japan

On the whole, the Japanese live longer than representatives of other nations – their average lifetime makes up 86 years. The secret of the Japanese health consists in bodily exercise and food products with a low content of cholesterol. The Japanese diet includes fish, rice and sea-weed which lower the risk of heart diseases and cancer.

Fitness clubs have come in fashion in Japan. Sound health of several generations of this nation is maintained and improved due to a special state program which provides exercising before and during the workday. This program is advanced by the Government.

The largest Japanese mobile operator already offers "Fitness Phone", a service of measuring daily physical exercise, to lovers of the advanced technologies.

Nowadays, population health is programmed by the "western" food with its traditionally high content of fat: 7 million of the Japanese are suffering from diabetes, which spreads in Asia that is faster in other parts of the world.

France

France has the lowest rate of heart diseases which are considered the main reason of mortality. Specialists explain this fact by slow eating and daily consumption of a glass of wine. The French cuisine is traditionally rich in fats and carbohydrates, but it is ateen slowly, a little at a time and washed down with a moderate amount of wine.

It is worth mentioning that in 2002 the World Health Organization declared France the healthiest country of the European Union. Despite the fact that many of the French die of cancer and other severe diseases, the average lifetime in France makes up 75 years for men and 83 years for women, and goes on increasing.

Nowadays, obesity is declared a major problem, and a high rate of mortality caused by cancer and cardiovascular diseases is registered in France. The leadership of this country relating to the low rate of cardiovascular diseases is running the risk of becoming a negative leadership.

Iceland

Iceland has the lowest child mortality rate and the best antenatal care in the world. Figures speak for themselves: 2 deaths of children under five per one thousand of newborns. In the USA this rate makes up 7 children.

The Icelandic Government pays for a wide range of services of mother and child medical care. Beside, it assures maintenance of 80 per cent of the mother's salary during three months.

However, nowdays the Icelandic population also suffers from obesity. The country annually consumes an awful amount of sugar per capita, mainly due to an exaggerated passion for carbonated beverages.

Sweden

Sweden may boast of the highest probability of survival in case of a cancer disease, as well as of an almost 100% rate of child immunization.

Almost 14% of the state expenses go to healthcare and make up 85% of expenses on medical care. Beside, the 9-million population is served in modern hospitals and clinics equipped with the latest medical equipment.

The Swedes believe that a comprehensive social assistance which provides everything from professional development support to street illumination lowers the population sickness rate.

There still is a problem of queuing: the Swedes have to wait for reception and operations. The attempts to transfer small medical institutions to private ownership do not result in any evident progress.

Cuba

The island of freedom may rightly be proud of a low child mortality rate and a medium lifetime. The rate of six doctors per one thousand of Cubans is the highest rate in the world.

According to the experts, a big number of doctors can not guarantee the population health, however, in Cuba it contributes to efficiency of measures on disease prevention. Thousand of Cuban doctors annually go abroad on study tours. Due to professionalism and the state support of healthcare Cuba achieves results even Europe may be envious of.

On the other hand, the focus on prevention and early diagnosis leads to the lack of drugs in the country. Beside, it is expected that openness of the Cuban society and increase in purchasing capacity of big layers of population will stimulate the "import" of European and American diseases connected with dieting and food.

It is also worth mentioning that according to the Public Organization "March of Dimes" the healthiest countries from the genetic point of view are France, Austria, Australia, Switzerland and Russia.

8 million children with severe genetic defects are born every year. It makes up 6% of the total number of newborns. The number of newborns with severe genetic effects in the most developed countries makes up from 397 to 425 per 10.000 children.

The Russian rate makes up 429 per 10.000 newborns. The USA with its rate of 478 per 10.000 children occupations the 20th place, right after Cuba. The list is enclosed by Benin, Saudi Arabia and Sudan (from 779 to 820 per 10,000 newborns respectively). Among the post-Soviet countries the worst indicators are registered in Tajikistan (752), Kyrgyzstan (735) and Azerbaijan (631).

We should remember that our health is affected not only by environment, the level of medical and genetic consulting and the healthcare level on the whole. A great deal depends on every one of us: his / her culture, education and lifestyle.

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