‘Pray For Nepal’

“Pray For Nepal” has gone viral on social media after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed over 2,400 people and injured almost 6,000 on April 25.

Among those who are asking the world to pray for Nepal is Sujan Shakya, 27, a Nepalese TV personality in Korea who appears on a talk show about non-Korean men living in Korea titled “Non-Summit,” according to Korea Times.

pray-for-nepalAfter the devastating earthquake, streets in parts of Kathmandu, a city of around 1.2 million people, were impassable because of tens of thousands of people having taken up residence there and not so much from earthquake damage, the New York Times reported.

A landlocked country in South Asia, Nepal has a population of about 27 million, making it the 41st most populous country in the world. With an area of 147,181 square kilometres, it is the 93rd largest country by land mass

On March 14, 2014, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, which recorded an 82.9km deep epicenter striking off the intersection between the islands of Kyushu, Honshu, and Shikoku. The epicenter was 13km north of Kunisaki-shi City in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu Island.

No significant damages, casualties, or tsunami warnings were reported after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit three of the four main islands of Japan although 6.0 to 6.9 magnitude earthquakes can be felt by the areas that are hundreds of kilometres away from the epicenter.

Moreover, no abnormalities were seen in the Shimane Nuclear Power Plant, which is hundreds of kilometres away from the epicenter after the earthquake.
Read more: http://en.yibada.com/articles/29368/20150426/pray-nepal-goes-viral-deadly-earthquake-over-2400-killed-6000.htm#ixzz3YaYDq8Wq

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Be a Food Safe Office Mate: Help Keep the Office Refrigerator Clean

When it comes to safe food handling everything that comes in contact with food must be kept clean— including the refrigerator and freezer. You probably keep your refrigerator at home clean, but the office refrigerator may be a problem because it’s typically a shared responsibility. Here are some tips that may help.

Keep it at a Safe Temperature — 40 °F or Lower

Refrigeration slows bacterial growth. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 and 140 °F, the “Danger Zone,” some doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. A refrigerator set at 40 °F or below will effectively slow the growth of most bacteria. The freezer temperature should be 0° F. Be sure to check  your refrigerator and freezer temperatures periodically with appliance ther­mometers.

Keep it Clean

If your office doesn’t already have a schedule for cleaning, why not start one? Make it a habit to throw out perishable foods left in the refrigerator at least once a week. A general rule of thumb for refrigerator storage for cooked leftovers is 4 days.

Wipe up spills immediately before they turn into a major cleaning job. Clean surfaces thoroughly with hot, soapy water and  then rinse.

Refer to the Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer chart for storage guidelines of perishable products in the refrigerator. Print a copy and post on the refrigerator door as a reminder for all who use it. To search for a specific food visit the Food Marketing Institutes’ “Food Keeper” website for more storage guidelines.

To keep the refrigerator smelling fresh and help eliminate odors, place an opened box of baking soda on a shelf. Avoid using solvent cleaning agents, abrasives, and all cleansers that may impart a chemical taste to food or ice cubes, or cause damage to the interior finish of the refrigerator. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Storage Basics

  1. Check storage directions on labels
    Many items other than meats, vegetables, and dairy products need to be kept cold. For instance, mayonnaise and ketchup should go in the refrigerator after opening. If you’ve neglected to properly refrig­erate something, it’s usually best to throw it out.
  1. Check expiration dates
    If food is past its “use by” date, discard it. If you’re not sure or if the food looks questionable, throw it out.
  1. Be on alert for spoiled food
    Anything that looks or smells suspicious should be thrown out. Mold is a sign of spoil­age. It can grow even under refrig­eration. Mold is not a major health threat, but it can make food unappe­tizing. The safest practice is to throw out moldy food.
  1. Share the responsibility
    Do you feel like you are the only one concerned about the cleanliness of the refrigerator? Make it a food safety issue! Not everyone may realize the importance of keeping all food contact surfaces, like the refrigerator, clean. Because bacteria are everywhere, cleanliness is a major factor in preventing food poisoning.

By Howard Seltzer, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

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16 ways to stay productive at work

Staying focused at work isn’t easy; all of us get distracted or feel uninspired at some point during the working day. But with so much work to plough through, we often have little choice but to be productive and get on with the tasks at hand.

So how can you boost your productivity? How do you make sure you get the most out of each day? Especially as you’ll want to keep your evenings and weekends free to relax.

Well, there are lots of ways to stay productive at work and here are my top 16 tips to help you stay focused while at your desk, ensuring you get all your work done on time.

Eat breakfast

Start each day with a healthy breakfast, and by healthy I mean porridge, oats, wholemeal toast, eggs, fruit and yogurt – whatever takes your fancy. Try to opt for some low-GI choices to ensure you provide your body with slow-release energy to keep you going until lunchtime. If you have an unhealthy breakfast, or skip on eating anything at all, it will just leave you feeling tired, agitated and distracted.

Sleep well

Get some decent shut-eye every night. Experts recommend around seven to nine hours’ sleep. If you’re always having late nights, you’ll regret it the next day because you won’t feel rested or rejuvenated and ready to handle what’s thrown your way. A good night’s sleep will reflect in how productive you feel the next day, so ensure you make sleep a priority.

Can’t sleep? If you’ve got things whirring around in your head every night, keep a notebook by your bed and write down any niggles, worries or tasks you need to remember. If that doesn’t work, then figure out why you can’t sleep. If you’re working late into the evenings, it might be because you’re not giving your brain enough time to wind down and relax.

Exercise daily

To keep stress levels at bay, get out and exercise every day. Even if it’s just half an hour of walking on your lunch break. Exercise will help clear your mind and keep you focused. You may think that being chained to your desk will mean that you get more things done, but it actually works against you.

Get outside

A good dose of fresh air and daylight, away from the unnatural environment of an office, is good for the soul. Particularly if your office environment is stuffy and dark and relies on air conditioning. Experts suggest that being outside brings all sorts of health benefits and that a bit of daily daylight is a stress buster, helping you to stay on track when you’re back at your desk.

Make to-do lists

Whether you use the Task Manager in Outlook or you have something like Things for the Mac, make sure you keep a simple to-do list every day and give yourself a realistic set of tasks to get through. What I find helps is to tackle a difficult task first and then do lots of easy jobs to reward myself. You feel great once you’ve got a big job out of the way and that only boosts your productivity.

Give yourself deadlines

When facing each task on your to-do list, try and give yourself a deadline. That way, you’ll be less inclined to procrastinate or waste time on other things.

Schedule email checking

Emails are a productivity killer. That’s a fact. And it’s all too easy to keep checking for new messages every five minutes. But doing so can mean you spend all day writing emails, instead of focusing on your work. Force yourself to check emails at certain times throughout the day. I try to check my emails every morning at 8am and then I don’t check again until 12pm. So make sure you limit time spent on checking and replying.

Keep phone calls short and sweet

Chatting on the phone to clients, friends or suppliers can consume a lot of time. Try and limit each phone call by explaining to the other person that you’re “on deadline” and can’t talk for long – obviously, you won’t be able to do this with some clients. In that case, turn off your phone when you’re especially busy and ensure your voicemail explains that you’re currently unavailable but will be checking messages later that day.

Limit social media use

Twitter. Facebook. LinkedIn. They’re all so tempting to look at and can be very distracting. Like emails, you should only check your profiles at certain times during the day and limit how long you spend using them. Make sure you don’t leave Twitter or any social media tools open on your desktop, they’ll just keep interrupting your work flow.

Use anti-distraction tools

There are so many tools to stop the temptation of browsing the web or checking social media profiles. If you really can’t stop looking at the internet, download ananti-distraction tool like Freedom. It’s a really simple productivity application that locks you out of the internet for up to eight hours. Beautiful. And compatible with both Windows or Mac.

There’s also things like SelfControl, which blocks access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites for a predetermined period of time. Or you could try Think, which blanks out everything on your screen and allows you to focus on what you’re actually working on.

One thing at a time

Concentrate on one task at a time. Multitasking might seem more productive, but it can really slow you down. Tackle one job before you start anything else, otherwise you’ll never get anything done. This is one of my worst habits and I often find I’m trying to write emails, update Twitter and complete an article all at the same time. It’s hopeless trying to do everything at once, because you’ll never be able to focus properly.

Split big tasks into bite-size chunks

If you’ve got a particularly large project that seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller and more manageable chunks. Then tackle each one at a time. Keep a list and feel the sense of achievement when you tick off one of those smaller tasks; feeling unproductive can often come about if we’re daunted by our work. Don’t be hard on yourself, just take it one step at a time and you’ll soon plough through the project.

If you get stuck, move on

With a list of tasks to get through, you’ll undoubtedly come across something you can’t finish. If you’re stuck, simply ditch what you’re working on, take a break and then start something new. You might find that inspiration strikes later that day and you’re able to return to that difficult task.

Cut out background noise

Get your environment right and ensure you have no noise to distract you from your work. If you work in an office or from home and you find it’s too noisy, try some ambient background noise in some headphones to cancel it out. You could listen to Sleep Sound, which offers free relaxing sounds like the ocean or a crackling fire. Alternatively, if you like to listen to music during your working day make sure you keep it light-hearted and not too heavy or distracting.

Tidy desk, tidy mind

Make it a daily ritual to tidy your desk or workspace before you finish or leave. De-clutter and get organised and you’ll start each day with a clean slate. If your desk is messy, you’ll almost certainly struggle to stay productive. Get magazine files, drawers and helpful storage solutions to keep your desk in order.

Recognise the signs

Finally, if you’re still feeling unproductive and not tackling your work load as quickly or easily as you’d like, keep a notebook throughout the day and jot down all the things that distract you or kill your work flow. You’ll soon see patterns emerging and start to understand where you need to make some positive changes.

And those are just a few of my top tips on how to stay productive at work. If you’ve got any tips you’d like to share, please comment below.

This content was originally published by Creative Boom


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10 simple steps to green your office – Office Cleaning Perth

10 simple steps to green your office.

by Nathaniel Richman and Melanie Pazdzierski

The following tips for greening your office is by no means an exhaustive list, but a way to get started in making your workplace more environmentally friendly.

1. Use electricity wisely.

Turn off all computers, printers, photocopiers, and other equipment that doesn’t need to be left on at the end of the day and leave them off until you need to use them again. Check that all computers/monitors are set to their most energy efficient settings (e.g., monitor set to shut off after 15 minutes of no use). When leaving a room for more than a few minutes, switch off the lights. Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Take advantage of natural sunlight as much as possible.

2. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” means more than just throwing old notepaper in the blue bin (though you needn’t stop doing that). Really think about everything you use. Do you need disposable cups at the water cooler? Can you use the other side of the used sheets of paper you’ve thrown in the recycle bin? Australia has added a fourth R – Refuse. Simply put: Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. And, when you do make a purchase, bring your own bags.

3. Use environmentally friendly office products.

On average, they only cost 5% more, which is a small price to pay to cut down on waste and pollution. Start small – 100% recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, non-toxic highlighters, etc.

4. Use non-toxic cleaning products.

Encourage your cleaning company to use green cleaning products and if they won’t, switch to one of the many companies that now do use environmentally friendly products. Case study: Novex Delivery Solutions switched to a green cleaning company when their previous supplier refused and they ended up saving money!

5. Make eco-friendly food choices.

Encourage use of the 100-mile diet: local first; organic for high consumption foods. When ordering lunch for an office meeting, how about going vegetarian (or even vegan, if you dare)? Cutting down on meat can have a huge impact on the health of the planet. (See EarthSave for statistics and information.)

6. Telecommuting

Encourage working from home, particularly for workers who would normally drive to work. This cuts down on pollution and increases time availability.

7. Transportation

For those who do come to the office on a regular basis, encourage (and help arrange) carpooling, use of public transit, biking, or walking.

8. Aim for a paperless office.

Though the paperless office may still seem unrealistic, at least try to cut down on printed material when possible. Read on-screen and only print documents when absolutely necessary. Use only 100% recycled content paper products in the office and when getting promotional material professionally produced, ask your printer for FSC Certified paper.

9. Institute a casual dress code.

Not having to wear suits in hot summer months can help keep cooling costs down (and make for a happier workplace).

10. Fair trade & organic.

Buy fair trade, organic coffee and teas for the office. If employees prefer to go out for their hot beverages, encourage them to take their own mugs. Most coffee shops offer a small discount to patrons who do so. More importantly is the reduction in waste from not having to throw out paper or Styrofoam cups.

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