My Two Favorite New Productivity Tools

first_imgIt’s very rare that I write about software, apps, or tools. Tools and technologies are Miles Austin‘s domains. But there are two software programs that I am using now that are worth your time and attention because they may help you increase your personal productivity. One productivity tool is for writing, and one is for quantifying.UlyssesUlysses is a writing application for Apple products that allows you to write and organize your text files. The serious tech nerds do all of their writing in text files.The primary reason techies love text files is that they are universal, meaning you can open them in any application. The fact that text files are universal means that they are future proof; you are always going to be able to open your files in the future, no matter what happens to Evernote, Word, Google Docs, or whatever app it is that you like now.But there are other reasons to love text files. Writing in plain text eliminates distractions so you can focus on the writing. Because there is no formatting, text files are tiny and easy to sync, which is excellent since Ulysses stores all of your files in iCloud. The lack of formatting makes it very easy to drop the text into other software programs when you need to make them your beautiful words look beautiful, and Ulysses allows styles that export already formatted based on presets.My Ulysses application and librariesUlysses enables you to organize your files however you like. You can put them in groups, or you can filter on keywords and tags, among other things. You can search for your files from anywhere within Ulysses.I have moved most of my archives from this blog into Ulysses. In the Archive folder, I have 2,326 sheets (what you might call documents) amounting to just over 1,250,000 words. This archive lets me search quickly and pull text from my past writings.I like having all of my writing in one place, as well as the simplicity of the plain text.AirtableAirtable (affiliate link) would be like a spreadsheet if a spreadsheet were also a database.I am using Airtable to quantify myself. I am tracking everything I do, every day. I have main categories set up so that I can generate reports on where and how I spend my time, allowing me to make adjustments. If you have never tracked your time, you are going to learn a lot about yourself. I spend way more time with my family than you might imagine (and I can prove it).I am tracking eight or nine data points around my health, like weight, hours slept, and time in meditation. I set up one spreadsheet-like-database to keep track the books I am reading and listening to using Audible. Because Airtable is a database, I can export my notes from my Amazon.com Kindle page and upload the PDF to the record for each book.I also have a little contact database for my most significant relationships, one for all my travel membership and rewards numbers, and one for a record of all my writing.My Airtable screenBecause Airtable has a nice iPhone app, tracking is quick and painless, which means it’s easy to keep up with in real-time. There is no iPad app yet, but it is in the works.These two tools are always open on my computer. Ulysses has even become my notebook and capture tool. If they interest you, check them out. If you do try them, send me a note and let me know what you think. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

U.S. Park Service Nixes Immediate Genetic Rescue of Isle Royale Wolves

first_imgThe next chapter in the long-running scientific story of Michigan’s Isle Royale wolves will not include a dramatic genetic rescue. After 2 years of consideration, the National Park Service (NPS) announced this week that it will not introduce mainland wolves to revive the genetically inbred and declining wolf population on the isolated island. “The decision is not to intervene as long as there is a breeding population,” Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green tells ScienceInsider.   Isle Royale, in Lake Superior, is a wilderness area where hands-off management has been the rule. But a recent record decline in wolf numbers—and ripple effects on the island’s moose and forest—convinced researchers studying the predator-prey system that genetic rescue of the wolves was an ecological necessity. The decision not to introduce wolves is disappointing to many scientists who have consulted with NPS about its plan. Wildlife ecologist Rolf Peterson of Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton, who has been studying the Isle Royale wolves since 1970, notes that the park service announcement makes no mention of ecosystem functioning or health. He and MTU collaborator John Vucetich are planning a response to the NPS decision, which they will release next week. 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A fresh infusion of wolves also would have provided researchers with an unusual opportunity for experimental work, he says, adding that such studies could be useful in understanding other isolated and threatened wildlife populations worldwide. “Maybe it’s too much to ask the [park service] to do an experiment,” he says.But U.S. Geological Survey wildlife biologist L. David Mech, who began his career studying Isle Royale wolves, thinks NPS made the right call by continuing what he calls “watchful waiting.”NPS says it will reconsider a genetic rescue if, for example, all the male or female wolves die, or if moose overbrowse the island’s vegetation. It issued no analysis or report in support of its decision, which is part of a larger management planning and environmental impact statement exercise, but Green says details of the plan will be forthcoming this fall. The management plan for the island will include efforts to model how climate change will interact with the wolves, moose, and vegetation.The birth last summer of three pups to Isle Royale wolves was a factor in the decision, Green says. The pups survived into the brutal winter, although two adults did not. That puts the official count of the island’s wolves at nine. The moose, meanwhile, have doubled in number over the past 3 years. “We’ve already lost the ecological value of wolves,” Peterson says, because the predators can no longer cull the moose herd to keep its numbers in check. A new analysis by Vucetich, Peterson, and others correlates a decline in the wolves’ predation of moose with an increase in wolf inbreeding. The wolf population is clearly inbred and showing signs of skeletal deformities that may be a factor contributing to the reduced moose predation. But a separate DNA analysis to be published soon in Conservation Genetics, based on wolf blood and scat collected over the past decade, argues that the wolves have not been as isolated as typically thought. In 1997, an immigrant from the mainland joined the population and its genes became predominant in the island population, a well-documented and now widely known event. In addition, researchers now argue that other mainland wolves may have done the same in earlier winters, when ice formed more commonly between the island and Canada, but went undetected.An ice bridge formed again this past winter, the first time since 2008, and lasted 16 days. Researchers did not observe any newcomers to the island, but for the first time did document wolf traffic in the reverse direction. One of the radio-collared adults lost from Isle Royale, a lone female nicknamed Isabelle, was found dead on 8 February on the northeastern Minnesota shore. Autopsy later revealed the cause of death: a pellet gunshot in the chest.last_img read more

Welcome To My World

first_imgOver the years, telemarketers have called me Karate, Mrs. Siiinje, and Arathiya more times than I care to remember. Depending on my mood, I either stifle a giggle or roll my eyes. But I rarely bother to correct them; I just carry on with the business of the call, exchange thank-you’s and hang up.But then Bangalore came calling. And with it, hundreds of U.S. companies moved their call center operations to the land of my forefathers. Now, when I am retrieving my credit card balance or ordering a cheese grater over the phone, I am greeted with “Good evening Mrs. ‘Sing,’” or “Your first name is A-R-A-T-I-‘Arthy’?”“Yes!, Yes!” I want to exclaim!” If phones could hug, mine would outhug Barney the Dinosaur. After 30 plus years of hearing 30 plus permutations of my name, it is a breath of fresh air to hear someone get it right the first time, with no explanation whatsoever. I can’t believe I missed out on this simple joy that my friends Jane, Donna and Ann have relished all these years.I am so charmed by this recent development, that I actually perk up when my caller ID shows that my satellite TV company is calling to sell me more channels. Their operators are always Indian. “Who will it be this time?” I wonder. Sometimes I imagine the operator resembles my cousin Raj, drinking hot chai, sitting under a banyan tree while he runs through the merits of a high definition DVR.Other times the operator evokes images of my cousin Gayatri, with waist-length coconut-smelling hair and (horror of horrors) yet unmarried, but always full of laughter. “Are you interested in upgrading to the sports package?” she asks. Instead, I want to ask her which Bollywood hero she thinks is cuter – Shah Rukh Khan or Hrithik Roshan?Sometimes the calls come while I’m cooking dinner. The operator might be droning on about extending my contract, but all I want to do is to stop the conversation to ask, “By the way, how much garam masala do you add to your dal makhni?”So, while outsourcing might stoke the ire of some, I am thrilled by the unexpected, sporadic connections to the motherland -“Desh” as we Indians call it. (Sure, I was born in New Jersey, but really, what is Jersey than a far suburb of Delhi?)Of course, I had to laugh when my old college roommate – a lifetime North Carolinian – recently complained to me that when she recently called her credit card company and the Indian accented operator kept calling her Way-lee-ray.“Valerie,” I said. “Welcome to my world.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

J&K: Central team to review progress of projects under PMDP

first_imgSrinagar, July 30 (PTI) An inter-departmental team of senior central government officers headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi arrived here today to review the progress of the projects under Prime Ministers developmental package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir.The Centre has so far released around Rs 36,000 crore out of the total developmental package of Rs 80,000 crore which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2015.The central team includes officers from the Union ministries of Home Affairs, Health, Human Resource Development, Youth Affairs and Sports, Agriculture, Tourism, Urban Development, Defence, Finance, Power etc as well as the NITI Aayog, an official statement said.The team will be holding extensive deliberations with the senior state officials led by Chief Secretary B B Vyas here tomorrow to review the progress of projects under PMDP and other flagship developmental projects, the statement said.It will also discuss the bottlenecks impeding the execution of these projects and how to expedite the work, the statement added. PTI MIJ ADSlast_img read more

Hyderabad Open badminton: India’s Sameer Verma wins singles title

first_imgIndia’s Sameer Verma on Sunday clinched the men’s singles titles at the Hyderabad Open badminton tournament. The pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the men’s doubles title.Top seed Verma defeated Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven 21-15 21-18 in the men’s singles summit clash of the USD 75,000 BWF Tour Super 100 tournament.Rankireddy and Shetty also came out victorious, beating third seeded Indonesian pair of Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani 21-16 21-14 to lift the men’s doubles crown.However, a hat-trick of titles eluded India as another top seeded local pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy came out second best in the mixed doubles final.@satwiksairaj / @Shettychirag04 wins in Men’s DoublesDoubles duo beat pair of Akbar Bintang Cahyono/Moh Reza Pahlev Isfahani in the final 21-16;21-14 to win the #HyderabadOpenSuper100 Men’s Doubles Title.Way to go guys!Many more to come. #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/8asJTR8k1uBAI Media (@BAI_Media) September 9, 2018Chopra and Reddy toiled for 55 minutes before losing 15-21 21-19 25-23 against sixth seeds Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Winny Oktavina Kandow of Malaysia.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Nabbout – From unwanted player to A-League star

first_imgA-League Andrew Nabbout – From unwanted Victory player to Jets A-League star Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 12:55 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andrew Nabbout Newcastle Jets A-League Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Newcastle Jets Melbourne Victory Forced to leave the country to find top-flight football, Andrew Nabbout has earned the right to be among the top players in the A-League As Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan raised the 2014-15 A-League championship trophy, Andrew Nabbout could be seen smiling and celebrating on stage.But he wasn’t a player on the day. He was dressed in a suit and wasn’t picked in the squad that beat Sydney FC 3-0 at AAMI Park.In fact, Nabbout only made five league appearances during that season for 35 minutes of pitch time in total — it was clear the writing was on the wall. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s always difficult for a young player trying to break through because it’s a club with such big expectations,” Nabbout told Goal.”Any coach is going to put out their strongest 11 to win every week because that’s what is expected and I accepted that.”It kind of made me work harder and keep pushing for a spot, but it wasn’t to be unfortunately.”Andrew NabboutNabbout was released by Victory shortly after their championship win but felt other top-flight opportunities would come.They didn’t.”I took a couple of weeks off to rest the body but I was waiting for something to come up. I thought a club would have been interested at that point,” he said.”But unfortunately come the end of October when the new season started there was nothing on. I had a week-long trial with the Mariners which I thought went really well but unfortunately nothing came of it.”Running out of options, Nabbout was presented with an offer to join Malaysia’s Negeri Sembilan, or he could drop back to an NPL club with many keen to take on his services.It was a fall from grace for a player who once single-handedly put Sydney FC to the sword with a brace off the bench, but a step he needed to make if he wanted to continue his career.Nabbout figured he could always return to the NPL if a stint in Malaysia failed, so why not give it a go?The unique move to Malaysia saw Nabbout hit top form in a weaker league, with nine goals and eight assists in 12 games, but more importantly gave him belief in his own ability.”It was a good experience for me because I gained a lot of confidence. The league wasn’t as good as the A-League but it helped me strengthen my attacking game,” Nabbout said.”It helped me realise what my strengths were and work harder on them every week and it was a good league to do that because the standard wasn’t as high as Australia.”Incredibly, Nabbout was released mid-season by Negeri Sembilan despite his stunning record and Newcastle Jets, then coached by Scott Miller, decided to pounce for the 2016-17 seasonHe won the Jets golden boot with eight goals, picked up the members player of the year and started to be mentioned by press for possible Socceroos selection.Andrew Nabbout Newcastle JetsIt was a level of consistency that many thought he didn’t have, and the player himself admits it was the lessons he learned through failure and complacency that helped raise his game.”This time around (at the Jets) I know not to be complacent because at some points I kind of got a little bit comfortable at Victory,” Nabbout said.”They brought in players I didn’t know what to do cause I wasn’t playing as much as what I was.”I took everything I learned about myself in Malaysia, everything I learned in my last year at Victory about not being complacent and working that extra little bit to get ahead — and so far at Newcastle it’s worked.”The Jets have only made the finals in the nine seasons since their only championship in 2007-08, but are sitting pretty currently in second position – five points behind Sydney FC but seven ahead of third-placed Melbourne City.This form has continued on despite a horror injury run that has seen foreign stars Roy O’Donovan and Ronald Vargas be long-term absentees, forcing usual winger Nabbout to be deployed as a central striker.In the unfamiliar role, Nabbout has contributed six goals and five assists in 12 matches, in a Jets attack that has scored 29 times — more than their goal totals for any of the past three campaigns.Having added striker to the positions he can play, Nabbout has pundits calling for a Socceroos selection, but the player himself is remaining grounded.”It’s on the back of every player’s mind. It’s a chance to put yourself in a shop window for the World Cup and of course that’s going to be playing on my mind especially as my name has been mentioned before,” he said.”If I keep playing the way I have been playing recently and hopefully keep going the rest of the season like this then if the call comes, it comes, and I’ll be more than ready and happy to take it.”Until then it’s club football and it’s number one on my mind.”It’s not a bad situation for a player whose only thought two years ago was finding a club full stop.Now he is among the top players in the Australia because of his bravery to make a unique move overseas and willingness to learn.last_img read more

Ten cases dropped due to delays in military justice system auditor

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal auditor general fired a rocket at Canada’s military justice system Tuesday, citing a failure to deal with persistent and unnecessary delays as the reason several serious cases have had to be abandoned in recent years.Michael Ferguson assigned blame to all involved for the glacial pace with which military justice is dispensed, including military police, prosecutors, commanding officers and the Judge Advocate General.Among the problems: lengthy investigations; delays in deciding whether to lay charges; overly long periods of time setting up courts martial; and even issues with regards to letting accused service personnel access defence lawyers.As a result, 10 court-martial cases have been dropped since January 2016 because they didn’t move along fast enough, Ferguson revealed, including one that was already underway and involved a charge of assault causing bodily harm.“Delays run counter to the principle that an accused has the right to a speedy trial,” Ferguson told a news conference after his spring report was tabled in Parliament. “They also leave victims and their families waiting for answers.”The Canadian Forces has known about the problems “for at least a decade,” the auditor added, “but has failed to correct them.”The military has been working to stamp out sexual misconduct in the ranks after some victims complained that their cases were not being properly handled.Tuesday’s report comes only a few weeks after the Trudeau government unveiled proposed legislation designed to streamline parts of the military justice system while better supporting the rights of victims, a bill Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan highlighted on Tuesday.“The auditor general’s recommendations will greatly assist us in ensuring that the military justice system continues to serve the best interests of Canadians and the armed forces,” Sajjan said.“There have been unacceptable delays in the military justice system and we have already started to make improvements.”The Defence Department also said it was introducing a new computer system to better track cases and ensure they don’t suffer from lengthy delays. It is expected to be up and running in September 2019.But Ferguson repeatedly lamented what has become a pattern in which ministers and departments say all the right things in response to his reports by agreeing with his findings and promising to address them, only to have them come up again later.“There were a number of studies done over the last 10 years indicating that the Canadian Armed Forces need to improve the military justice system,” he said.“I don’t think there ever is a good explanation for why recommendations like that are not followed up.”In most of the cases reviewed by Ferguson and his staff, officials involved did not provide any justification for the time taken, even though it often exceeded established standards.The average case that did go to court martial ended up taking 17.7 months from the time charges were laid, the auditor general’s report said — just inside the 18-month limit set by the Supreme Court for most cases in 2016.That limit applies to military tribunals as well.Better communication between the different parts of the military justice system and case management from the top is what’s called for, Ferguson said, adding that a comprehensive review of the system is long overdue.The Judge Advocate General, which acts as superintendent of the military justice system, did conduct a partial review last year in which some senior commanders voiced their own frustration with system, including how slowly it operates.But both the JAG and Ferguson said there were problems with the way that review was conducted.last_img read more

Dismissed BSF jawan’s nomination papers rejected

first_imgVaranasi: Dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination as the Samajwadi Party candidate against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency was rejected on Wednesday, poll officials said. Yadav was served notices Tuesday by the Varanasi returning officer over discrepancies in the two sets of nomination papers submitted by him. In the first set of papers on April 24, he had mentioned that he was dismissed from the Border Security Force. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework On April 29 he submitted a second set of papers this time as the Samajwadi Party nominee for the Lok Sabha seat but did not give out this information. He was also required to submit a no-objection certificate from the BSF, giving reasons for his dismissal. Yadav accused the BJP of resorting to “dictatorial steps” to stop him from fighting elections. “My nomination was rejected today even though I had furnished the NOC from BSF that was required by the RO, he claimed. I am a farmer’s son and I was here to raise the voices of farmers and jawans,” he told reporters. His counsel Rajesh Gupta said, “We will approach the Supreme Court”.last_img read more

What if American Pop Stars Released Cassettes in Morocco?

Rabat – Memories from the era of Super Mario video games, boy bands, frosted tips, home computer, walkmans and rollerblades are making a comeback – this time in the form of cassette tapes, but with a little twist.A young Moroccan artist designed a set of cassette covers portraying American pop stars, not only if they were in the 90s, but also if they were Moroccan.The results are amusing. From a Snoop Dogg tape produced in Ketama (a region in north-eastern Morocco known for the production of hashish), to “Chaba Adele” who no longer sings “Hello”, but rather “Salam”, to Maroon 5’s ”Sugar”, which becomes “Al Hlawa.” Other famous songs like “Work” by Rihanna and Drake or “Sorry” by Justin Bieber were literally translated into Arabic. Several other humorous impressions were designed.The artist behind this work is Marouane El Ouakil , a 19 year-old designer from Casablanca, who is a student at the Higher Institute of Graphic Arts (ISAG) and an artist in the collective Palette 30, which first shared the photos on its Facebook page. read more

Couple commit suicide

A couple committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Galle last night, the police media unit said today.The police said that the couple had jumped in front of the train travelling to Matara from Galle. Both the boy and the girl suffered serious injuries and were admitted to the Karapitiya hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.The boy has not yet been identified while the girl is said to be 21 year old Nirosha Jayasuriya, the police media unit said. The girl is a resident of Kandy. The Galle police are conducting further investigations. read more

Closing arguments set in Oklahomas case against drugmakers

NORMAN, Okla. — Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in Oklahoma’s case against Johnson & Johnson alleging the consumer products giant and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis.Each side will have about two hours Monday to make their cases to Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman, who is expected to issue his ruling at a later date.Oklahoma’s is the first state case to proceed to trial and could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments that have been consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.Oklahoma claims the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company aggressively marketed opioids in the state in a way that overstated their effectiveness to treat chronic pain and understated the addiction risks.Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson say the company acted responsibly.The Associated Press read more

Troy Smith earns starting nod for 49ers

Former Ohio State Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith will get the third start of his career — and his first since the 2007 season — when his San Francisco 49ers take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday in London. Cut by the Baltimore Ravens after the last day of training camp on Aug. 20, Smith was claimed off the waivers by San Francisco. He spent the team’s first seven games as the third-string quarterback. “The way that you prepare as a professional athlete, you have to be prepared when your number is called,” Smith told local media in San Francisco after practice Wednesday. “And that’s exactly where I’m at.” Smith faces the difficult task of turning around San Francisco’s 1-6 start. Starting quarterback Alex Smith separated his non-throwing shoulder when he was sacked in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 23-20 loss at Carolina. Backup David Carr took his place and threw a costly interception. “I think Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win this game,” coach Mike Singletary told media in a press conference Wednesday. “He’s been studying since we got here and he’s been getting with the coaches as much as he possibly could. He has enough of the offense to play.” Joining the 49ers this offseason, Smith reunited with former OSU and high school teammate Ted Ginn, who was acquired by the 49ers in an offseason trade with the Miami Dolphins. Ginn was one of Smith’s favorite targets in his 2006 Heisman campaign and was on the receiving end of nine of Smith’s 30 touchdown passes. “We just did so much together for so many years and had great success,” Ginn said. “He’s always been big brother and I’ve been little brother. It’s not really going to ever change, no matter how old we get.” Smith said he is prepared to play and knows that things can’t get worse for the struggling 49ers. “I think the easiest way to get through to your teammates is to show that you know exactly what your job is, what everyone expects of you and to go out there and execute,” Smith said. “We have a tremendous group of guys around us and we can do nothing but get better.” Smith has made two starts in his four-year NFL career. He took over for an injured Kyle Boller and went 1-1 in the last two games of the 2007 season. In those contests, he completed 32 of 60 passes, throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Singletary hopes Smith can bring some stability to a 49ers team that has been viewed as a disappointment in the shaky NFC West. “The No. 1 thing I like about him … is leadership,” Singletary said. “That is his ability to get everybody on the same page.” Although Ginn is excited to join his Buckeye counterpart in the huddle, he said that it will take time for Smith to shake off the rust. “It’ll take some time,” Ginn told Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. “We can’t expect him to go in and be a Tom Brady. We just want him to go in and be Troy Smith, enjoy his time and make a difference.” read more

Police Forces Crime Prevention Tips

As part of its Crime Prevention Strategy the Guyana Police Force is hereby releasing to the general public, Crime Prevention tips.Crime can happen anywhere. Protect yourself, others and property by staying alert, safety conscious and informed. Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.SIGNS OF SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR– Attempting to enter a residence or vehicle without proper access.– Body language that suggests being watched or chased.– Forcibly attempting to enter a locked vehicle or building.– Transactions conducted from vehicles, especially near schools or parks.– One or more persons sitting in a parked car closely scanning an area.– A person seemingly forced into a vehicle.– An individual displaying unusual mental or physical symptom.– Unusual noises, including gunshots, screaming, sounds of fighting, barking dogs or anything suggesting foul play, danger or illegal activity.ATM SAFETY– Try to plan ATM visits during the day, rather than after dark.– Choose an ATM location that is in a busy, public place.– Be ready with your card handy but not in plain view.– Go with a friend, especially if you must use an ATM at night.– Stand directly in front of the machine to conceal your personal PIN number.– Cancel you transaction and walk away if anything seems suspicious.– Pocket your money immediately. You can count it later.– Immediately report lost or stolen ATM cards.JOGGING SAFETY– Jog with a companion in familiar and public areas facing traffic.– Do not jog during dark hours.– Vary your route and pattern.– Remain alert. Don’t wear stereo earplugs or headphones.– If you think you are being followed, go to a well-lit public area, store or residence and draw attention to yourself.– Wear bright clothing.– Do not jog near bushes and structures where someone could hide.SAFETY AT NIGHT FOR STUDENTS– Try to avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.– If you must work or study late, let someone you trust know where you are and when you will be alone.– Keep your room or office door closed and locked.– Close and lock the door when leaving your office or room, even if only for a few minutes.– Never prop any door open or allow others to enter with you.– Keep emergency phone numbers handy in case of intrusion, fire or other emergency.– Use campus/colleges transportation services.PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SAFETY– Stay alert to your surroundings.– Do not fall asleep while riding public transportation.– Try to maintain a schedule that ensures plenty of people are at your bus or car park.– Beware of pickpockets. Place wallets in front pocket and carry a purse that has a secure, strong strap. Be aware of loud commotions that may be staged distractions for pick-pocketing.– If possible, sit near the driver or operator.– If someone bothers you, say in a loud voice, “leave me alone,” and move to another area of the bus or car park. Be rude if necessary.– If you are followed when you exit, cross the street and go to the nearest well-lit populated area, yell for help or contact the police.RESIDENCE SAFETY AND SECURITY– Always lock your door – even during short naps or when you are just down the hall.– Use the peephole (if got) and identify who is at the door before you open it. If you don’t have a peephole try to identify who is it by questioning or picking up voices.– Immediately report suspicious activity to the nearest Police Station.– Do not prop secured doors open to let non-residents follow you in.– Take time to familiarize yourself with building evacuation and fire safety plans.– Keep items such as checkbooks, wallets, cash, jewelry, etc. out of plain sight.– Do not keep large amount of cash in your house or person.VACATION SAFETY AND SECURITY– Do not publicize travel plans. Do not announce vacation absences in voicemail, automated email response or on social networking sites.– Make sure you secure or remove valuables in your home or room (i.e. jewelry, computers, electronic gadgets, etc.)–Before leaving, close and lock all windows, close all shades/drapes and lock and bolt the entrance door.– Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your place and pick up mail, newspapers and packages while you are away.– Leave your itinerary with a trusted neighbour or friend.– Use timers to turn on lights or a radio. Turn phone ringers down or off.– While on vacation, don’t carry large amounts of cash and keep a charged cell phone with you.VEHICLE SAFETY AND SECURITY– Keep doors locked.– Park in a well-lit and well-travelled area.– Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle and look in your backseat before entering.–Make sure your car runs well and have sufficient gas.– Keep a charged cell phone with you when driving.– Never pick up strangers and never go with a stranger.– If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to enter, blow the horn continuously to attract attention and drive away.SAFETY TIPS FOR TAXI DRIVERS– The most important equipment in your taxi is your Radio which connects you to the dispatcher.–Be alert and aware.– Do not flash or display your money.– Greet and maintain eye contact with the customers when picking up.– Know the city/community.– Trust your instincts.– Always keep you doors locked.– Be extra careful late at night.– Be aware of passengers who give you “vague” instructions.– Be careful of passenger seated behind you.– Keep an eye on suspicious passengers.– Never tell customers you had a good shift.– Never, ever, drive into alleys or back lanes.– Know your location at all times.– Check all emergency equipment at the start of shift.– Do not be aggressive or argumentative.– Keep calm – do not panic.– Communicate with your dispatcher. 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