Friday, 4 January 2013

Home Improvement: Funky Dada

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

More charges filed against former Erie home-improvement contractor

Deniziak, UN agency is listed in court records as president of Erie-based Deniziak Siding Iraqi National Congress., is suspect of taking deposits from customers for work he was employed to try and do, however did not complete.

Erie police filed the primary set of charges against him in early Gregorian calendar month. the opposite charges are filed since Nov. 30, when Erie police aforesaid Deniziak reportedly closed his business.

Nine of the cases involve unfinished home-improvement comes in Erie.

In the most up-to-date cases, that were filed on Dec. 13, Deniziak is suspect of taking a $2,751 deposit on July twelve for a project he did not do at a residence within the three hundred block of Eagle purpose Boulevard; and a $2,451 deposit on June thirty for a project he did not do at a residence within the 4000 block of Essex Avenue, consistent with the criminal complaints filed by Erie tec David Walker.

Deniziak has not nonetheless been arraigned on the crime charges in those cases.

Deniziak conjointly faces criminal charges filed by Millcreek administrative district police in one case, and filed by state police in 3 alternative cases.

In the state police cases that Deniziak was arraigned on Wednesday, police charge that he took a $5,102 deposit on March one for a project he did not do on national capital Road in urban center Township; and a $2,175 deposit on July thirty one for a project he did not do on North Creek Road in Girard administrative district, consistent with data filed by Trooper Susan Edelmann.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2008

3 Health Reasons to Stay Hydrated

Summertime is the time of year we spend outside exercising, sunbathing, picnicking, and just enjoying the outdoors. Spending more time in the sun means your body will perspire in order to regulate temperature. That takes water, lots of it.

Here are 3 reasons why you want to stay properly hydrated during the summer months:

1. Lowers You Risk of Heart Attack:

When your arteries get clogged-up with plague, it can lead to the onset coronary disease and eventually, a heart attack. Since the heart is one of the most important organs in your body, it is important to keep it healthy.

One of the best ways to prevent coronary disease, in addition to changes in your diet, is to drink more water. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, drinking more water is associated with a decrease in the risk of coronary disease.

The reason for this is that proper hydration keeps your blood thin and flowing. When you do not have enough water in your body and dehydration sets in, your blood becomes thick and does not flow well. This gives plague the ability to build-up much easier.

2. Helps Control Appetite:

The mechanism in our body that controls thirst is not that good, especially as we age. In fact, one of the biggest health issues of aging adults is chronic dehydration due the fact that their body is not telling them to drink. The signal is rather to eat something. So, they have food rather than water to satisfy the urge.

So, if you feel like you need to eat something, try drinking water first and see how you feel. In most cases, that urge to eat goes away because your thirst has been satisfied and your belly is full.

Avoid substituting a high calorie drink like soda or sports drinks over water. Drinking water will reduce your calorie intake. It will also allow you to burn calories more efficiently as well as keep everything in your intestinal track moving normally. You know what that means.

3. Maintains Vital Functions In The Body:

Over 50% of your body is comprised of water. Without it, you will die. Water helps with critical functions like maintaining body temperature, transferring nerve impulses, delivering critical nutrients, providing a cushion for your vital organs, and aiding in the digestion and processing of foods, just to name a few.

On hot days, your body can lose a significant amount of water through sweating. This is the body's way of cooling itself. Not drinking enough water can disrupt and shut down bodily functions. If left untreated, this can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can lead to death.

How much water should you be drinking every day. Here is a formula to follow:

Take your weight in pound and divide by 2. This number is how many ounces of water you should drink per day before you factor in activities like exercise.

So, a 150 pound woman should drink 75 ounces of water per day. If she is exercising for an hour in the heat and loses another 40 ounces of water, then that needs to be added to the 75 ounces. This is referred to as the "sweat rate".

The best way to calculate your sweat rate is weigh yourself before you exercise. Then exercise for an hour and re-weigh yourself. Add back in the weight of water consumed while you were exercising. The weight you lost represents the amount of water you lost during exercise.

When I was training for an ironman race in Kona Hawaii, I did this and determined that my sweat rate was about 60 ounces per hour. So that meant that I needed to drink 60 ounces of fluids per hour to stay hydrated. It took me 11 hours to complete the race, so you can only imagine how many bottles of water I went through.

Also, a clear sign that you are dehydrated is the color of your urine. If your urine is clear, then you are properly hydrated. If it has a yellow color to it, then you are at some level dehydrated. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are. The other way to measure it is how often you need to relieve yourself. If you are only going once or twice per day, chances are you are not drinking enough water.

Monday, 18 April 2005

Time The Fourth Dimension

The science of Time! Long before H.G. Wells penned "The Time Machine" man has always been intrigued by it's concept. From DiVinci, Nostradamus, to Newton, to Einstein all have implied that the existence of a fourth dimension does exist. In many ways Wells in much of his narratives of his novels actually have come into existence. Like Jules Verne, science fiction of the 1800's has become today's reality.

It wasn't until Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity that mankind really put into motion how time equates to a fourth dimension. Mankind has always been aware of 3 dimensions. When we move forward or backward; that is one dimension. When we move side to side; that is another dimension. When we move up or down; that is the third dimension. The fourth dimension of time indicates all are moving forward at a constant rate. Even though man has not been able to successfully move in a reversal or at an accelerated rate of forward momentum of time, at least not yet, none the less we are moving in time as a fourth dimension. We all age.That is forward traveling in time.

To fully understand how time equates to the fourth dimension, we have to grasp the concept of Relativity in it's relationship to time. Einstein observed that the passage of time (which we all presume to be at a constant rate) is actually the speed of light. This theory shows that the speed at which time happens is mutable. Time, space and motion all fall into the fourth dimension in which they all act on each other. In other words, if we were to circle the earth and return to our original starting point our watch would be slightly behind. If we traveled into space at the a very high acceleration we would age more slowly than people on earth. This means that traveling at the speed of light through space we would actually travel thousands of years into earths future.

Man has always lived in a three dimensional world. Still there are many obstacles that hinder our movement. One of the most direct result of constraint in moving about three dimensions is that man cannot move through solid objects or perform major operations without some sort of incision. In Einstein's theory space and time are really aspects of the same. At 186,000 miles per second time travels. A good analogy is: Someone that is age 20 were to board a space ship, leave earth traveling at 99.5% of the speed of light. After spending 5 birthdays in space return to earth at age 25 the people you knew when you left would have aged 50 years compare to your 5 years. This is because time passed more slowly for you. The greater the speed, time passes more slowly. At the speed of light, time stops. To exceed the speed of light, time goes backward.

From the novels of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne yesterdays science fiction will be tomorrows reality. Scientists are already probing the mysteries and possible feasibility of movement in the 4th dimension. From NASA to the scientists working at the super collider project in France mankind is on the way to solving the most elusive scientific concept of all. E=MC 2 the most famous equation in history. Understanding it is vital in the evolution of movement in time, the 4th dimension.

Friday, 1 April 2005

Are Managers Using the Wrong Incentives With Their Salespeople?

The way to improve performance, increase productivity and encourage excellence is to reward the good and punish the bad. This is the assumption that too many organisations have based their decisions on throughout the last century and in the first decade and a half of this century.

Sometimes this carrot and stick approach works but many times it doesn't. So what do you need to do, raise the rewards and get tougher on the punishments?

As I write this, I have in mind two sections of industry that use this almost to an extreme. One is the new homes market, the other is the motor vehicle trade. A lot gets written about the motor vehicle trade and the pressure put on salespeople to meet their quotas but far less is said about people management in the new homes sector so I'll use them as my example.

It amazes me that people with the skills and knowledge to build beautiful new homes are such pathetically poor managers of people who have clearly never heard of the '3 Dimensions of Job Satisfaction'. I'm sure there are exceptions, but they are definitely in the minority and the industry has a culture that breeds fear of failure and survival of the fittest amongst its salesforce. This leaves little room for a customer focussed approach where the joy of helping the customer select the right house for them that is in the right location at the right price is in itself fulfilment.

They reward the high performers with excellent commissions, huge bonuses, overseas trips and sales awards. For those who fail to meet their targets, who are viewed as 'burning leads', as being 'poor closers' there is the threat of dismissal. So, what happens? Fear sets in. It affects their confidence, clouds their thinking, tempts them to take shortcuts and they end up being fired... even though they may have been the ones picking up the awards and bonuses six months before.

The strange thing is that these companies design and construct great houses, using excellent systems and wouldn't dream of taking shortcuts in the building process. Yet their assumptions about how to motivate and incentivise people make life difficult for them as managers, create a fearful work culture and cause ongoing problems.

It's time that managers questioned their assumptions about how to motivate people and looked at alternative approaches. Until managers learn to be a coach reinforcing the positive behaviours with praise and helping their team to work through problems, they will constantly be under pressure and will infect their sales team with a fear of failure.

Wednesday, 14 May 2003

Cardiologists in Mumbai Give a Strong Warning About Hypertension

"Does anyone really know what is pre-hypertension and its effects?" asks a senior cardiologist from Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Mumbai. According to him, in pre-hypertension the blood pressure of the person stays higher than normal, however below the threshold of pressure 140/90. Adding to the definition, he says that when the readings from systolic pressure are in range 120 to 139 mmHg or diastolic pressure are in range of 80-89 mmHg, then it is called pre-hypertension.

A study was conducted on this topic of by the journal Act Cardiologica in 2011. From the sample of approximately 7,000 Indians living in urban areas, it was found that hypertension and pre-hypertension have almost same level of prevalence - approximately 32%. It was found that hypertension is more prevalent from in 60 to 69 years, while it was 30 to 39 years for the condition before it. Another senior cardiology specialist Dr. Naveen says that, both these medical conditions are tough on the body. They are responsible for making the heart muscle thicker with time, and eventually leading to hypertension.

Generally, both these are left unnoticed or is not given importance. The Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) conducted a thorough research on 154,000 people in the age group 35-70 from 17 countries across the world on this topic. A filter they applied on find the samples was they should not have a history of heart problem. The results of the study were shocking - less than 45% of the people who had hypertension, were aware of it. This means precursor to it, being unnoticed, will be higher.

Dr. Naveen says that although there is no such research for Indians, the numbers are more or less similar if not higher. The main reason is there are no visible symptoms. Symptoms begin to show up only after the pressure move 140/90 levels. Also, these symptoms are generally ignored by Indians. In most cases, it is detected only when a person comes for regular check-up or for some other ailment. Dr. Naveen adds that if it was diagnosed at the right time, then there are chances of prevention of other diseases that it can result into later part of life, like heart attack, heart failure, and hemorrhage and kidney failure.

Most of the cardiologists in Mumbai advise to keep a track of blood pressure readings. They recommend that an individual should get blood pressure checked annually till the age of 40 years of age and after that every 6 months, especially if the family has a history of high blood pressure. Another advice that top cardiologists in Mumbai give is to maintain optimum weight and body mass index, because blood pressure and weight have a strong correlation.

Most doctors recommend maintaining a balanced diet is the start of keeping distance from pre-hypertension. Diet should be a mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy and maintaining low sodium content (less than 2300 mg per day). Also, controlling stress is an important factor. Moderate cardio exercises and walking for 30-45 minutes a day, will help deal with the condition.

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