Volunteers needed to help build playground

first_imgTORRANCE BARTLETT SENIOR CENTER WHAT: Activities include games, exercise, dances and more. WHERE: 1318 Cravens Ave., Torrance. WHEN: Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 12:30 to 4p.m. Sundays. INFORMATION: Call 310-320-5918. Nutrition WHAT: The Bartlett Cafe, featuring home-cooked meals prepared by a chef. WHERE: 1318 Cravens Ave. Torrance. WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. INFORMATION: $2. Call 310-320-5918 for reservations and menu information. WHAT: Lite aerobic exercise class. WHERE: 1318 Cravens Ave., Torrance. WHEN: 8:10 to 9:10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. INFORMATION: Call 310-320-5918. Services WHAT: Free legal advice. WHERE: 1318 Cravens Ave., Torrance. WHEN: Call for appointment. INFORMATION: Call 310-320-5918 to make an appointment. WHAT: Focal Point on Aging is an information and referral program where older adults, caregivers and families can obtain access to a full range of available services, including transportation, housing and Meals-on-Wheels. WHERE: Russ Nolte Annex, 1339 Post Ave., next to the Bartlett Center. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. INFORMATION: No appointment necessary. Call 310-320-1300. HERMA TILLIM CENTER WHAT: Pinochle, canasta and table games. WHERE: 3614 Artesia Blvd., Torrance. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Classes WHAT: Crafts (with instructions). WHERE: 3614 Artesia Blvd., Torrance. WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. WHAT: Dancercise with Richard Simmons video. WHERE: 3614 Artesia Blvd., Torrance. WHEN: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. INFORMATION: Call 310-329-1889 for information on the above classes. Fun and Games WHAT: Bridge games. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. WHAT: Pinochle, Canasta and other table games. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. WHAT: Bingo games. WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays. INFORMATION: Bring a canned good or nonperishable item worth about 50 cents. WHERE: Games are at 3614 Artesia Blvd., Torrance. INFORMATION: Call 310-329-1889. WHAT: Tillim movie matinee. WHERE: 3614 Artesia Blvd., Torrance. WHEN: 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. INFORMATION: Call 310-329-1889. LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL Resources/Services WHAT: HICAP MediCare insurance consultation, providing free counseling on insurance matters related to MediCare by trained and certified volunteers. WHERE: 4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. INFORMATION: Call 310-540-7676. CITY OF TORRANCE HELP Classes WHAT: “Life Planning for Grown-Ups” series offered by HELP, the nonprofit eldercare organization. Subjects include “Who’s In Charge?”; “You Can’t Take It With You” (second of 2 parts); “Long-Term Care Choices, Costs and Challenges” (2 parts). WHERE: Katy Geissert Civic Center Library community meeting room, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 16. INFORMATION: Call 310-618-5889 for reservations. Suggested donation is $10 per person per class. Upcoming Trips WHAT: Celebrity Homes Tour. See more than 40 stars’ homes in this narrated tour. After the tour, the group will go to Farmers Market and The Grove. WHERE: Exclusive neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. WHEN: Bus departs Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14 and returns about 4 p.m. INFORMATION: Cost is $68 per person. Call 310-329-1889 or 310-327-5452 to register. WHAT: Christmas in Cambria, featuring a tour of Hearst Castle followed by holiday shopping and the shops and galleries. WHERE: Bus departs from Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. WHEN: Bus departs at 8 a.m. Dec. 3 and returns at approximately 4 p.m. Dec. 4. INFORMATION: Cost is $240 per person double occupancy or $300/single. Call 310-329-1889 or 310-327-5452 to register. TORRANCE ADULT EDUCATION Older Adult Program WHAT: Classes include physical and mental fitness, fine and applied arts, memoir writing, caregiver’s education. WHERE: J.H. Hull Adult Center, 2080 W. 231st St., Torrance. WHEN: Various times. INFORMATION: Call 310-972-6500, Ext. 8200. Adults with Disabilities WHAT: Program includes a class on independent living skills: stroke; and physical exercise, re-education and communication skills. WHERE: J.H. Hull Adult Center, 2080 W. 231st St., Torrance. WHEN: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. INFORMATION: Call 310-972-6500, Ext. 8200. WESTCHESTER WESTCHESTER-EMERSON COMMUNITY ADULT SCHOOL Classes WHAT: Physical Fitness for Older Adults. WHERE: Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd. WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Mondays. INFORMATION: Free. Call 310-258-2000. WHAT: Commercial Acting for Older Adults. WHERE: Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd. WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays. INFORMATION: $6 materials fee/semester. Call 310-258-2000. WHAT: Physical Fitness for Older Adults. WHERE: Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. WHEN: 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. INFORMATION: Free. Call 310-258-2000. WILMINGTON HARBOR CLUB WHAT: Activities include trips, dances, and raffles. WHERE: 1371 Eubank Ave., Wilmington. WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Mondays. INFORMATION: $20 annual membership fee. Call Jack Rubio at 310-830-7629. WILHALL SENIORS WHAT: Membership enrollment now open. The club offers travel, monthly Latino dances, dinner dances and many special events. WHERE: Wilhall Recreation Center, 325 Neptune Ave., Wilmington. WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursdays. INFORMATION: Call Mary Ann Reyes at 310-835-1281 for more details. BANNING MANOR SENIOR CLUB WHAT: Club has monthly trips, potlucks, birthday celebrations and social activities. WHERE: Banning Recreation Center, 1331 Eubank St., Wilmington. WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon Mondays. INFORMATION: Membership open to all seniors. Call 310-835-9628 or 310-834-0857. SUNSHINE SENIORS WHAT: Club offers bingo after meetings, fun trips, and Sunday dancing. WHERE: 1130 Anaheim St., (VFW Room), Wilmington. WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. INFORMATION: Club membership open all year. Call 310-543-2870. Upcoming trips WHAT: East Los Angeles Tamale Festival. WHEN: Nov. 10. WHERE: Buses depart from the Metro lot at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Figueroa Street in Wilmington. INFORMATION: Call Bette King at 310-543-2870. WILMINGTON ADULT DAY CARE WHAT: Community Caregiver support group. WHERE: 1148 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington. WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. INFORMATION: Call 310-856-3520. -Sandy Gerety Due to space constraints, cities appear on a rotating basis. Send items for Senior Calendar at least two weeks in advance, to South Bay Senior Services, 2510 W. 237th St., Suite 204, Torrance, CA 90505, call 310-325-2141 or fax to 310-325-5408. Items must be of general interest and open to the public. Items sent directly to the Daily Breeze will not be included. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PAT THE COPE ACCUSES SINN FEIN OF MISLEADING PUBLIC ON HIS VOTING RECORD

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has accused Sinn Féin candidate Matt Carthy of deliberately misleading the public on his voting record ahead of the Euro elections.Pat the Cope Gallagher.The Donegal MEP has strongly dismissed two misleading accusations from the Sinn Féin candidate, in the Midlands-North West concerning a vote on the Troika Enquiry Report, which occurred in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 13 March.Firstly, Sinn Féin has stated that Mr. Gallagher voted against retrospective recapitalisation of the Irish banks. In response, Mr. Gallagher has stated “This statement is totally misleading and inaccurate. I personally drafted the original text on recapitalisation, tabled the text and then worked to secure cross party consensus in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for the amendment.“The amendment was successfully included in the report adopted by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and subsequently was endorsed by the Plenary with 489 in favour and 42 against. My amendment specifically calls for the full implementation of the June 2012 commitment by EU leaders to break the vicious circle between bank and sovereign debt.“Furthermore, my amendment calls on EU leaders to substantially alleviate Ireland’s burden of bank debt. Having tabled this amendment, and secured widespread support, I of course voted for it at plenary.”Secondly, Sinn Féin has stated that Mr. Gallagher abstained on a vote calling for the release of the Trichet letter to the late Minister of Finance, Brian Lenihan. In response, Mr. Gallagher said “I want to clearly state that I voted in favour of this amendment. That said, my vote was not recorded correctly due to a technical fault. The official record of the European Parliament was updated immediately when I became aware that my vote was not recorded properly, to show that I voted in favour.“Why would I not vote in support of this request? It is ludicrous to claim that I don’t support the publication of this letter. Of course, I fully support the release of this letter, as doing so is the interest of transparency. It is vitally important that we all know the extent of pressure that was exerted on the late Minister by the ECB.” PAT THE COPE ACCUSES SINN FEIN OF MISLEADING PUBLIC ON HIS VOTING RECORD was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EuropePat The Cope GallagherSinn Feinvoting recordlast_img read more

The Bible on a Pin

first_imgIsraeli scientists have reproduced the Old Testament on a chip smaller than a pin head reported PhysOrg.  They’re calling it the world’s tiniest Bible.  A picture of the chip, the size of a grain of sugar, was included in the report on the BBC News.    The scientists managed their feat, the article explains, by sending focused beams of tiny particles, called gallium ions, onto the surface of the silicon chip.  If you took a picture of the chip you would have to enlarge it more than 7 meters square to be able to read it.  They plan, in fact, to print such a poster next to the nano-Bible within the Faculty of Physics building.That’s nothing.  God can put 1018 bits in one cubic millimeter of DNA.  If you wrote that amount of information on DVDs, you’d have to stack them more than six times the height of Mt. Everest (08/16/2002).    Don’t be a pinhead; be sure not to miss the message inscribed in that tiny Bible: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Top honour for Bafana captain

first_imgAaron Mokoena goes through his pacesin training.(Images: The Aaron Mokoena Foundation) Aaron and the Bafana squad in training.MEDIA CONTACTS • Margeret BlanksonThe Aaron Mokoena Foundation+44 208 150 6679• Morio SanyaneSafa communications director+27 82 990 0835RELATED ARTICLES• Bafana final squad announced• Centre for SA’s future football stars• A brief history of Bafana Bafana• Glitzy Captain’s dinner planned• Grassroots football alive and kickingRay MaotaAaron Mokoena, the captain of South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana and UK Premier League club Portsmouth, will receive the Freedom of the City of London on 10 November 2010.The award, which will be presented to Mokoena at a ceremony in the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall in London, acknowledges his contribution to the sport and charity, through the Aaron Mokoena Foundation.It is one of the highest honours given to an individual in the City of London.“This is a great honour for me and it’s one of my biggest achievements, one I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Mokoena said.Andrew Parmley, chairperson of the Board of Governors for both the London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music, nominated Mokoena after he met the South Africa skipper during President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK earlier this year.“I was impressed by what Aaron has achieved in his football career as captain of South Africa and Portsmouth FC, and by his determination to ensure young people in South Africa have access to sport and education opportunities through his charitable foundation,” said Parmley in a statement.Praise for ‘Mbazo’Mokoena, whose crunching tackles have earned him the nickname Mbazo, which is isiZulu for axe, has also impressed his Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane. “I am proud of his achievements. He has been a great servant of the national team and a wonderful ambassador for South African football abroad. In my view no one is more deserving of the honour,” Mosimane said.“This honour does not come as a surprise to me. He is a special player and a special person and we just hope this will serve as an inspiration to many players out there that whatever you set your mind to, you can make it,” added Mosimane.CEO of the South African Football Association Leslie Sedibe said the association was happy to see one of its players making a meaningful contribution to ordinary lives.“It’s good for Mbazo and we congratulate him in advance for getting the freedom of London,” said Sedibe.David Lampitt, Portsmouth’s CEO, described Mokoena as a great role model for all young people and all Portsmouth fans.“The club has been fully supportive of the work Aaron is undertaking in South Africa through his foundation, and congratulates him on this wonderful accolade,” Lampitt said.Kaizer Motaung, owner of South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, told the Sowetan newspaper that it was good for Mokoena to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Doctor Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone.Mokone is well-known for representing South African football talent abroad during the apartheid years.“Aaron Mokoena’s achievement has therefore crowned a successful career in the tough English football fraternity, and is worthy of receiving our full respect. I just hope other youngsters will emulate such heroic feats that demonstrate the quality of our exports, which have raised the standard of our football abroad,” said Motaung.Career Mokoena is the youngest capped player in South African football history, having been first selected for the national team at age 17. Since then, he’s played for Bafana Bafana 104 times. Mokoena led the squad during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first tournament of its kind to be held on African soil.In addition to Bafana and Portsmouth, Mbazo, now aged 29, has played for a number of other prominent clubs, including Ajax Amsterdam, KRC Genk, and Blackburn Rovers.Making a differenceThe Aaron Mokoena Foundation was launched “… with the aspiration of making a real sustainable difference to young people in South Africa using the power of football,” according to the charity.It was launched as a non-profit organisation in South Africa in 2009.The foundation focuses on improving education, health and life opportunities for underprivileged young South Africans. It does this through a coaching programme and campaigns in targeted communities and schools.Through the foundation, Makoena is also hoping to establish a football academy in Gauteng province.History of awardAccording to the City of London, the first Freedom of the City was presented in 1237 and is one of the oldest traditional ceremonies still practised today. Other notable recipients of the award include Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Luciano Pavarotti, Florence Nightingale and Winston Churchill.last_img read more

“Triglav 2864” GC14N3H GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 27, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedExtreme Geocaching in Pictures (and Video)April 29, 2013In “Community”Started from the bottom, now we’re here. — Roof of the World (GC9A9E) — Geocache of the WeekMay 22, 2013In “Community””Para Emmy-n-Sapphie” GC19941 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 5, 2011December 5, 2011In “Community” Logging Triglav 2864Learning some quick Slovenian may smooth your long hike to reach this Geocache of the Week. The cache page for “Triglav 2864” (GC14N3H) shares a couple Slovenian phrases to offer other your fellow hikers as a courtesy. It reads, “When you meet or pass somebody say ‘dober dan’ (good day) or ‘zdravo or zivjo’ (hello).”Geocachers may also need the phrase, “How far to the top?” The  difficulty 1.5, terrain 4.5 geocache sits high atop a Mt. Triglav. The hike to the geocache and back can take two days.The peak of Mt. Triglav reaches 2864m (9390 ft) into the cool central European air. The mountain is highest in all of Slovenia and graces the country’s flag.Geocachers are advised to bring safety gear for the aggressive terrain and extra clothing to adapt to the shifting weather on the mountain. The cache page offers this warning, “Never underestimate the extremes of mountain weather. Check the weather forecast before you go and plan and equip accordingly.”View from near the cache locationHikers plan their trips  months in advance. The best time to climb begins in July. More than two hundred geocachers have taken the challenge to find “Triglav 2864” since TeMpL Team hide the traditional cache in 2007.Some geocachers say they overcame fears to find this cache, “So far the hardest cache. I am very glad that I finally decided to [go] up. I do not like heights too, so for me it was a really powerful experience. We had nice weather and it was a very nice view. Thanks for a nice, big cache.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Cache containerIf you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

The Pretty Good House, Part 2

first_imgMore suggestions for a PGHDan Kolbert, builder and moderator, kicked it off by briefly recapping the results of the first discussion and the comments to Part 1 of this blog series. He clarified that, in his mind at least, the PGH is not meant to be a prescriptive measure for all climate zones (and that in fact he’s not really sure what it’s supposed to be at all), but that we should try to focus our discussion on our zone (Climate Zone 6) and to consider how other climates might relate. RELATED ARTICLES The Pretty Good HouseMartin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoThe Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard?Regional Variations on the ‘Pretty Good House’Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing?Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing? Part 2Green Building for BeginnersWith many sharp minds in the room and no strong agenda, the discussion wandered around, and as usual there was no consensus on what the PGH metrics should be or even what the PGH concept really means. Good things came out of the discussion though, including the following ideas of what should be included in a Pretty Good House:Near net zero. Jason Peacock suggested this, and he practices what he preaches. He propsed that a PGH should have utility bills of no more than $500 to $700 a year, and that no house should be built without renewable energy systems as part of the mechanical mix.Zoned heating system to reduce the load. Jim Godbout, one of Maine’s premier plumbing and heating experts, says that one relatively inexpensive way to reduce demand on the heating system is to provide separate zones for different parts of the house. He said that if you are using a boiler, a popular choice in Maine, you can also use the boiler to heat domestic hot water — an approach that usually requires a boiler rated at 80,000 Btu/h or more. He says that in a tight, well-insulated house, the heat load could be reduced to 20,000 Btu per square foot per year or less, at which point electrically supplied heat can make sense — but you will need another heat source to supply domestic hot water.Mechanical ventilation should be a given. An HRV or ERV, or possibly an exhaust-only ventilation system, is required with the airtightness level expected of a PGH.At the previous discussion, Mike Pindell of I&S Insulation had suggested 2 ach50 as a reasonably easy target to hit; informal feedback seems to indicate that tighter levels may be preferred. Mike says, “We’re standing here in rarified air,” arguing about the difference between 1 and 2 ach50, when the vast majority of people out there are nowhere near these numbers. Is this a case of building nerds being nerdy, or are supertight blower door numbers really necessary?No fossil fuels. Phil Kaplan offers this concept, and has achieved it in his firm’s Bright Built Barn, which produces more power than it uses. Using no fossil fuels at all may be more than Pretty Good, so the suggestion was amended to “no fossil fuels burned on site.” Affordably sized grid-tied renewable energy system, here we come.Renovating vs. new construction. Dan states that until we get our heads around the concept of the PHG, let’s stick to new construction. Architect Liz Newman argues that in 50 years, 90% of the housing stock will be stock that exists now, so thinking about retrofits is vitally important. Margo Billings of Horizon Energy Services asks whether retrofits should meet the same standards as PGH specifications for new homes. Clearly this group is focused on retrofits, and further discussion about retrofits, when we get to it, will be interesting.Client concerns. Sam Zuckerman of Solaris says that we should bring the discussion back to the customers. Their concerns about achieving a reasonable return on their investment are something he hears about all the time when talking to people about energy upgrades and installations. Should the PGH specifications be a list of “Do this, don’t do that,” or should it be about giving the client the best house you can for the money they are willing to spend?On one hand, Dan relates a story about a leading green builder in New England, who tells customers: If you already have 500 square feet per person, I will not build you an addition.On the other hand, Bob Earnest of Spring Island Builders says, “If you can help people build a greener house than they would have otherwise, then yes — we should continue to encourage smaller footprints. But don’t run away from a house that’s bigger than you might prefer.  Each case has to stand on its own.  Every time we can make a house greener, or smaller, or better — that’s a win.”A house that uses little fuel will cost less to operate, allowing for a bigger mortgage, and energy incentives also make a difference in what homeowners can afford, so the cost vs. square foot debate is a moving target. Client education is a big part of this too; Dan suggests a Pretty Good House coloring book to help all parties visualize what is important.Energy-efficient assemblies. Wes Riley, an energy rater and consultant, suggests we follow the latest energy code requirements — specifically the 2012 IECC, which has some interesting changes over past iterations. As most of us are not yet aware of the upcoming changes, he says that there is going to be a move from insulation R-value to overall wall assembly U-factor, taking into account thermal bridging and window and door performance. Wes suggests that any house with a HERS performance rating of 40 or less is Pretty Good.Margo agrees that the tipping point is right around HERS 40; that’s where you start to see serious reductions in energy use. Wes says that the easiest thing you can do is to minimize thermal bridging; Sam agrees that it doesn’t cost a lot and makes a big difference in wall U-factors. Wes says that in the 2012 IECC, air leakage is also going to be a major factor.Tom Fullam points out that in any wall assembly you need to be aware of moisture management issues — there’s no sense in building a superinsulated house if it’s not going to be durable.Prescriptive vs. performance. Jim Godbout says that he recently went to a meeting of ten reputable builders — these are guys who are proud of the way they are building — and all ten were insulating in different ways: proof that prescriptive paths don’t work.Mike Pindell and Chris Corson agree that if the PGH is going to require high performance levels, the standard has to be performance-based. Chris, who recently built a house that “killed the Passivhaus standard,” says that PGH could be the beginning of a potential paradigm shift. Sam agrees, and says that there doesn’t need to be one solution with a ribbon around it; simply planting five ideas in someone’s head will make a big difference.Steve Konstantino, owner of Maine Green Building Supply (our gracious host and provider of delicious sausages and other snacks), thinks that including an energy model up front is very important, in addition to testing performance at the end of the project. The best response so far to the second question came from Shepard Bosworth, a builder: you get a Pretty Good Plaque. But I think there may be other good answers to both questions. Let’s hear them. What is truly important when designing and building a green home? Some of the many existing programs don’t go far enough, some are accused of going too far, and some just miss the mark. What should be included in a Pretty Good House?We had a pretty good turnout, 50 people or so, at the most recent building science discussion group, held each month at Maine Green Building Supply in Portland. Plugs were made for the upcoming Maine Indoor Air Quality conference and the NESEA conference in Boston. We did a quick round of self-introductions, and then we got down to business — Part 2 of the Pretty Good House discussion. What’s the point?At the end of the night, there seemed to be a few recurring questions:center_img Should you quantify the PGH, and if so, how? And what is the purpose of the PGH?last_img read more

Giving Productivity a Running Start

first_imgIf you want to be productive tomorrow, then set yourself up the night before.Prepare for your morning routine: Before I go to bed, I set the coffee pot to go off 10 minutes before I wake up. I also prepare water bottles if I am running in the morning (I rotate between running in the morning and running in the evening, based on my work and travel schedules). I start my day in my office with mindfulness meditation, a journal entry, and writing. I find my writing is better and comes easier first thing in the morning. The only thing I need to get straight to work is a cup of coffee and a blank page with a blinking cursor.Your morning routine is likely very different than mine. But the more you do to prepare yourself, the faster you can get to work. You are setting the tone for your whole day during your first hours each day.Review your calendar: I always review my calendar for the following day the night before. It’s likely that I have already prepared for my meetings, but I like to get a look at the following day so I know what the next day looks like. This only takes a few minutes, but I can’t complete the final action on this list until I review my appointments. I need to know what I am doing and where I have space.Take a look at your calendar. Make sure that you are fully prepared for the meetings and commitments you have for the following day.Write down your priorities or to-do list: I can normally achieve three or four major outcomes in a day. I review and plan my week on Sundays, but I have so many action items that pour in from meetings, phone calls, email, and texts, that I have to make time to reevaluate my priorities and sometimes renegotiate commitments on a daily basis.After you have looked at your calendar, you can review your task list and schedule the time to do your real work (the proactive, important, intentional, purpose stuff, not the reactive stuff that tends to crowd out your real work if you let it).This is winding down work, not winding up work. Doing this work the night before gives your productivity a running start by giving you back time. It also lets you do purposeful work right out of the starting gate and build momentum.last_img read more

RBI hikes key rates by 25 basis points, home, auto loans to get costlier

first_imgRBI to continue with tight monetary policy to check inflationThe RBI, which hiked interest rates for the tenth time in 15 months on Thursday, said it will continue with its tight monetary policy as inflation is spreading to the non-food segment also, which is a concern.”Based on the current and evolving growth and inflation scenario, the Reserve Bank will need to persist with its anti-inflationary stance of monetary policy,” the central bank said in its mid-quarter review of credit policy.”Domestically, inflation persists at uncomfortable levels. Moreover, the headline numbers understate the pressures because fuel prices have yet to reflect global crude prices,” it said.Read how you can deal with rising interest rates and still get that loan Non-food manufactured products inflation stood at 8.5 per cent in March. It increased from 6.3 per cent in April to 7.3 per cent in May, 2011, much above its medium-term trend of 4 per cent.”This pattern in non-food manufactured products inflation is a matter of particular concern. Besides reflecting high commodity prices, it also suggests more generalised inflationary pressures (and that) rising wages and costs of service inputs are apparently being passed on by producers along the entire supply chain,” the RBI said.Food inflation, however, declined marginally to 8.96 per cent for the week ended June 4 from 9.01 per cent in the previous week.Headline inflation, as measured by the wholesale price index (WPI), was 9.7 per cent in March, 8.7 per cent in April and 9.1 per cent in the following month.The RBI said given the recent pattern, the inflation numbers for April and May are likely to be revised upward.advertisement”Thus, the headline WPI inflation rate remains elevated, consistent with the projections made in the Annual Policy Statement of May 3,” it said.The main drivers of inflation in April-May, 2011, were non-food primary articles, fuel and non-food manufactured products. Best banks to take loan fromWith PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more