Friday, August 22, 2008

I want a car

I always wished I had my own car but I don't have enough money to buy.I use to live 25 miles away from my work and I realized that the amount I spend in riding public vehicle in a month for work and errands will be more than car payments, maintenance, gas, and insurance.So if I had my own car, it will be easy for me to travel from one place to another anytime I wanted.I also wanted a car very much because it's for my comfort and safety.There were times that I'm not aware that the driver was drunk and who knows,accident might happen.Sometimes,it is not convenient to ride in an almost broken down public vehicle.

But nowadays there were so many ways to own your dream car.There were so many company, available online, that offers financial assistance for your car.But others would say that it's difficult to find the best auto loan because of its requirements, might be a scam and very high interest rates.I think I just got lucky because I was able to find the best auto loan that is dedicated in finding me the best auto loan rates no matter where I will be purchasing my dream car.What I like most is that it offers lowest interest rates.So,I need not to worry about my monthly payments because its very affordable.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

How to prepare a trade show exhibit.

Trade show is an event at which goods and services in a various industry are exhibited and demonstrated .Most of the trade shows aims to facilitate direct contact between manufacturers but some are aimed to the end user. Some trade fairs are open to the public, while others can only be attended by company representative and press people. These events range in size, varying from a small group of exhibitors in a hotel to large-scale affairs usually at a convention center .

I would like to share you some ideas I collected in preparing a trade show exhibit.First, contact the event sponsor or an organizer who can assist you with selecting exhibit space,payment information and event services.Select for your exhibit space,size of the trade show booths and its location.Always determine your trade show booths requirements. Remember, trade show display is one of the most important aspects of your trade show presentation.You need to have a trade show booths that's going to draw and engage potential customers and contacts.Use banner stands to hang some of your products at customer eye-level to draw them into your display.If your exhibit needs a table, use table skirts.Some exhibitors use pipe and drape to make their display more organize and tidy.Aside from your display ,check also the electricity, audiovisual,computer and internet connections, carpeting and padding and other important things needed at your trade show booths .Then, advertise your trade show through advertising,direct or email campaign or publicize through press release.To promote your company during the trade show, prepare some sample products or service brochure.Purchase some giveaways items to attract passersby to your trade show booths

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Weird News from Canoe

Found this interesting news from under the weird category...

Baby found in Michigan with pacifier taped in mouth

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — An infant has been taken away from a Michigan couple after police found the 4-week-old unsecured in a car’s back seat with a pacifier taped in the baby’s mouth with adhesive tape.

According to WHMI-FM, the infant was taken into protective custody Wednesday after state police at a traffic stop noticed the infant without a safety seat.

The baby’s 19-year-old father and 18-year-old-mother were taken into custody and released pending possible charges.

State Police said Thursday afternoon they weren’t releasing the parents’ names or the gender of the child

California mom gives birth on lawn

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Alone and in labor, Jessica Higgins found the first place she could to give birth — her front lawn.

The 36-year-old was driving home from the mall Tuesday when little Mary Claire gave her the shock of a lifetime by deciding to arrive six weeks early.

Higgins — with her 2-year-old son sleeping in the back seat — called 911 as she arrived at her Fullerton home, but she had already pushed her daughter out when police arrived.

“She was just standing in the driveway rocking the newborn, who was still attached to the placenta,” Officer Manny Ramos said Wednesday.

Higgins’ husband, Jeff, arrived in time to cut the baby’s umbilical cord under the front-yard ficus tree.

The proud mother, who was recovering at a hospital Wednesday, said “everything happened so fast.” She said she had her son’s portrait taken at the mall earlier in the day and was on hold with the doctor’s office when the baby started pushing.

Mary Claire was born at 5 pounds, 11 ounces and was doing fine at St. Jude Medical Center, Higgins said.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Kasadyaan Festival in Sarangani,Philippines

Every September,the quiet town of Alabel in Sarangani is stirred up by a flurry of activities as people prepare for the Kasadyaan Festival.Kasadyaan means happiness.Booths in various shapes and forms are put up in the middle of the town plaza displaying a variety of Alabel's farm and aqua products such as corn,copra,mango and prawn.

With their ingenuity, the people of Alabel see the potential of turning corn husks in to more useful products such as hats,bags and flower vases which they sell to augment their income.

The highlight of the week-long festival is a parade of students in their bright and colorful costumes accented by corn husks.This culminates in a dance competition where they showcase their talents and creativity.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Health Advice from a Friend

One of my friend noticed that I love to eat instant noodles.So he sent me an email about the certain food and products that can be cancerous (like the one which I always eat).Here it goes...

Make sure you break for at least 3 days after one session of instant noodles before you eat your next packet! Please read the info shared to me by a doctor. My family stopped eating instant noodles more than 5 years ago after hearing about the wax coating the noodles - the wax is not just in the Styrofoam containers but it coats the noodles. This is why the instant noodles do not stick to each other when cooking.

If one were to examine the ordinary Chinese yellow noodles in the market, one will notice that, in their uncooked state the noodles are oily. This layer of oil prevents the noodles from sticking together.

Wanton noodles in their uncooked state have been dusted with flour to prevent them sticking together. When the hawker cooks the noodles, notice he cooks them in hot water and then rinses them in cold water before cooking them in hot water again. This process is repeated several times before the noodles are ready to be served. The cooking and rinsing process prevents noodles from sticking together.

The hawker then "lowers the noodles in oil and sauce to prevent the noodles from sticking if they are to be served dry. Cooking instructions for spaghetti require oil or butter to be added in the water when boiling the spaghetti to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Otherwise, one gets a big clump of spaghetti!

There was an SBC (now TCS) actor some years ago, who at a busy time of his career had no time to cook, resorted to eating instant noodles everyday. He got cancer later on. His doctor told him about the wax in instant noodles. The doctor told him that our body will need up to 2 days to clear the wax. There was also an SIA steward who after moving out from his mother's house into his own house, did not cook but ate instant noodles almost every meal. He had cancer, and has since died from it.

Now think about it..

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Computer Graveyard in Ghana

I was alarmed when I read this article from BBC news.It states that ..

"Have you ever wondered where old computers end up? China and India have been popular destinations, but in Ghana the piles of old computers are increasing every week even though the trade is illegal.

As we upgrade at an ever faster rate, campaigners are calling for action to prevent toxic, electronic or "e" waste being dumped on poor countries.

The United Nations believes we generate between 20m and 50m tonnes of e-waste around the world each year.

Agbobloshie dump site in Ghana's capital, Accra, is a computer graveyard. But PCs are not given a decent, safe burial - they are dumped on this expanding, toxic treasure trove.

Many of the well-known brands are there: Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Philips, Canon, Hewlett Packard.

Labels give away the fact that many lived their useful lives in the UK: "Richmond upon Thames College", "Southampton City Council", "Kent County Council", are just a few.

They are dissected for any reusable parts like lenses from the disc drives and circuit boards, and with global scrap prices soaring, metals are in high demand.

In large areas of this dump the ground is no longer brown earth, it is a carpet of broken glass. But what is not so visible poses a greater danger.

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace took soil and water samples from the scrap market and found high concentrations of leads, phthalates or plastic softeners and dioxins that are known to promote cancer.

"Chemicals like lead are very dangerous especially for children. They affect the brain when it is developing and therefore cause a lower IQ when they grow up," Greenpeace's Kim Schoppink says.

"Other chemicals we found cause cancer or disrupt your hormone system."

PCs even provide rickety stepping stones over a toxic bog in one area of the rubbish dump.

As people tip-toe across the "crazy paving" of obsolete monitor casings, they balance bags of recyclable computer innards on their heads.

They are heading for the fires where bundles of computer cables are thrown.

Thick black smoke blows across the site seven days a week. In order to retrieve the valuable copper from the cables, the plastic coating is burnt off and old car tyres are thrown on to the flames to keep the fires burning.

You are fortunate that the internet does not provide you with a sense of smell because Agbobloshie is a real test for the nostrils.

In addition to the toxic e-waste, the discarded rubbish and the acrid smoke which blows over the suburb, it is also a huge open air toilet.

People work there seven days a week, taking showers after a brief visit, and the water runs black down the plug hole.

There are international laws banning the export of computer waste but people are getting round this by labelling the shipments "usable second-hand goods".

"My research shows that about 90% of the computers are just junk. They just don't work. This is dumping."

"About 10% are put to good use the rest go straight to Agbobloshie dump site and other dumps around the country where they contaminate ground water, surface water, the rivers and the streams. And they all end up in the sea and that's where we get all the fish," he tells me.

Greenpeace is calling for an end to what it calls "poisoning the poor". It wants electronics manufacturers to stop using hazardous materials and to take responsibility for the whole lifecycle of their products.But unless waste management policies are enforced, in our disposable age of frequent computer upgrades, this poisonous supply will not be drying up soon.

Daily Routine on the go

Commuters who drive the same route each day often do so without using the part of their brain where conscious thinking takes place, says traffic scientist Michael Schreckenberg of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.On familiar routes, instead of concentrating on traffic, drivers become occupied with other things.As s result, it takes longer to recognize dangers.Schreckenberg encourages commuter driversto keep reminding themselves to stay alert and not let themselves be distracted from the road.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Why Walking is Good For the Heart

I'm working in a building where my office is located at the 5th floor.I always went up thru elevator.But before entering the elevator door,you can read a sign posted there that "Walking is Good for the Heart..Please use the Stairs".This made me think for a moment,is walking is really good for the heart?

According to the British Heart foundation 37% of heart disease deaths happen because of a lack of physical activity.Walking is a form of aerobic exercise and is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health.Physical activity increases your heart rate, strengthens your heart, and increases blood circulation through your body, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your organs. Exercise also increases your lungs' ability to take in oxygen, lowers blood pressure, helps to reduce body fat, and improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

So again, why walking is good for your heart?I find these very informative answer from yahoo.It was mention here that your heart is a muscle with fibers that allow it to contract and pump blood. When used during aerobic exercise, the heart becomes more efficient and pumps more blood with each heartbeat. Exercise, such as walking, also increases your muscles' ability to take oxygen from the blood. A more efficient heart can pump more blood with each heartbeat and deliver more oxygen and nutrients to other organs.

IEEE 11th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology

Join the 11th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT 2008) to be held at the KUET Campus, Khulna, Bangladesh on 25-27 December, 2008.

ICCIT 2008, co-sponsored by IEEE, will be the largest technical event on Computer Science and Engineering, Information and Communication Technology in Bangladesh. ICCIT 2008 will provide a stimulating forum for thousands of scientists, engineers, educators and students from all over the world to disseminate their findings and exchange information on emerging areas of research in the fields. The focus of the conference is to establish an effective platform for institutions and industries to share ideas and to present their works. The Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Bangladesh is delighted to invite authors to submit their papers to ICCIT 2008, addressing issues that serve present and future development of the fields.

ICCIT 2008 will also provide an opportunity for the participants to travel to the world’s largest mangrove forest “Sundarbon”. We have made adequate preparation to make ICCIT 2008 to be both professionally rewarding and memorable. You are welcome to contact us if you have any comments or suggestions to make ICCIT 2008 more exciting. Meanwhile, we and other committees will work hard to ensure the success of ICCIT 2008.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I love to read the Reader Digest magazine and my favorite part is the Jokes Category.Here were some of it

Money Line
(Jim Novak)

Pulling into my service station 45 minutes late one morning, I shouted to the customers, "I'll turn the pumps on right away!" What I didn't know was that the night crew had left them on all night. By the time I got to the office, most of the cars had filled up and driven off. Only one customer stayed to pay. My heart sank. Then the customer pulled a wad of cash from his pocket and handed it to me.

"We kept passing the money to the last guy," he said. "We figured you'd get here sooner or later."

Weather Jokes (Darrell Burton, Richmond, Indiana)

Stormy weather diverted our Dallas-bound flight to another airport. As we approached the runway, the pilot came on the intercom: "For those of you who are not familiar with the area, this is Lubbock, Texas." Then he paused. "And for those of you who are familiar with this area, I think this is Lubbock, Texas."

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