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Almost one-third of the nation's college students have turned to tobacco in the past year, says a report out today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

That finding and others are part of a JAMA issue devoted to tobacco issues and will be conveyed at this week's 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Chicago. Other studies have focused on college students' cigarette use, but researchers say this is the first to look into cigar use as well.

Researchers studied the results of the 2009 Harvard College Alcohol Survey, which focused not only on alcohol but on cigarette, cigar, smokeless tobacco and pipe use at 119 colleges.

Of the more than 14,000 students who responded:

  • 60% said they had tried a tobacco product at least once in their lives.
  • 42.7% said they had used tobacco within the past year.
  • 30.9% said they had used a tobacco product within the past month.

...continue reading "College’s party atmosphere inflates number of smokers"

Have you ever wondered what’s the return on attending an Ivy League school? I certainly have. I considered it when a few of my high school friends ended up at Harvard, and I ended up at a “top-tier” public university. Nowadays, I consider it often, because I have my own kids and think about where they might end up attending college and whether it’d really be worth the cost of a top-tier, private university.

A good friend of mine is a school administrator, and he wrote me the following: I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes in order to fill various teacher and staff positions. Currently, I’m working as a contract recruiter for a large public school district so once again I am reviewing a large volume of resumes on a weekly basis to fill teacher and administrator positions. I see all sorts of resumes in a wide variety of formats and interview many candidates in the hopes of finding the best of the best for our schools.

As a result, here are some thoughts I’ve pondered regarding Ivy League or top-tier schools (ie. Stanford, considered the Harvard of the West coast) versus all the others.

1. An Ivy League school makes a resume stand out. I hate to admit it, but when I look at a bunch of resumes, they all start to look ordinary. However, the worst is when I see a resume that is horribly formatted. I reviewed one the other day that was 3 pages long written in paragraph format! Sorry, I digress. So, what makes a resume stand out?

...continue reading "Ivy League School Benefits"

Website builder programs can be worthwhile if you’re looking for a simple way to create a website for your online business without going through the hassle or learning HTML, PHP, CSS, or similar kind of coding languages.

This article discusses the most important considerations to find the right web site builder for any internet website.

WYSIWYG is a popular acronym many webmasters might know. It stands for What You See Is What You Get. I guess you can make out the benefits from the name itself. WYSIWYG website builders have a definite advantage. Even if you are a total newbie and do not know what, even the basic HTML codes mean, this is the right software for you.

Simply put, you can customize the look and feel of the design without writing a single line of code. Any changes you make to the design, is automatically updated at the back end with the help of dynamic code generators.

...continue reading "Choosing a Website Builder for Your Website"

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As I go through my day, a million things occur to me to do later on — maybe I want to remember to watch a certain TV show, maybe I need to get some schoolwork done, or maybe I have an appointment I need to remember. The biggest problem is that I always forget what I was going to do.

Most of the time, these reminders aren’t that important, but it does really suck when it’s something significant. Finally, I realized the best way for me to get my life together: sending text messages to myself. I’m on the computer often, and because I check my e-mail often, my reminders don’t go forgotten.

When something occurs to me to remind myself of, I quickly open my phone and send a text message of the reminder, such as, “test on Friday”. Then, when I’m home and at the computer, it pops up as an unread e-mail.

...continue reading "Sending text message reminders to your e-mail account"

This is a very common problem among students, online marketers and in general, all entrepreneurs.

In fact, it is a common problem for me as well. It really easy to get excited about every little idea you come up with and the next thing you know, you  are overwhelmed.

I run into this problem myself, like I said, and it can be a huge time suck and downright counterproductive!

Do You:

  1. Find yourself reading more blogs than spending time developing your own?
  2. Tweet all day?
  3. Facebook all day?
  4. Open a new website every time an idea pops up? (I am bad at this one!)
  5. Comment more than you write?
  6. Try to find ways to “shortcut” the system?
  7. Spend too much time checking emails
  8. Spend too much time in analytics
  9. Respond to EVERY comment on your blog
  10. Have 10+ tabs open in your browser at any given moment
  11. Have 5+ apps running on your computer
    ...continue reading "Why We Feel Being overwhelmed and What To Do About It"

I'm a big fan of The Girl Effect. In 2002 Nike started the “if you let me play” advertising campaign that showed the advantages for young girls and women worldwide if they would engage in sports.

Warren Buffett’s NoVo Foundation and the Nike Foundation then started the campaign known as The Girl Effect. Actually, Buffett donated 1 billion dollars to the cause of ending violence against women.

The campaign is aimed to end poverty for young women through education and social and emotional learning. The campaign for “girl power” was highly respected and became even more valued at the Davos World Economic Forum, when Bill and Melinda Gates got involved.

...continue reading "Results of Girl Effect campaign"

I am sure most of you have heard of the 80/20 rule in business, right? It really works in many ways online, so I thought I would outline some of the ways I have found the 80/20 rule to work for me:

80% Of Your Income Will Come From 20% Of Your Customers:

Tim Ferriss made this famous by putting it in his Four Hour Sleep Week book (great read BTW). I have found that this holds true for most businesses unless your business does not include repeat customers or residual income.

So the question remains, do you eliminate the 80% of your customers and that 20% of your income along with it? It is a big step, but one that I think will catapult your “biz” into the next level of success.

Think about that for a minute…. if you are wasting 80% of your time on customers that only bring in 20% of your income and you essentially fire those customers, you just freed up a heaping amount of time to bring in more of the customers that provide you 80% of your income!!

...continue reading "The rule to remember"

When I started decorating cakes, I didn’t know that’s how I would eventually make my living.  I didn’t know I’d take it even further and go to college.

When I started a high school job helping someone to manage a children’s store, I didn’t know how much I would fall in love with the children’s market, and I didn’t know that would lead me to start painting gifts for children.

When I started this blog, I didn’t have a clear vision of what my purpose was for it.  I didn’t know that every post would lead me closer to that purpose.  And right now, that vision is still evolving, and I’m perfectly OK with allowing that to unfold publicly.

...continue reading "How ideas are formed"

When you work day and night on something and then make a good output out of that research then you want to keep it safe. Whether it is a song’s playlist on which you have spent a lot of time to dig out your favorite songs from the net or the contacts details that you gathered in a lifetime of meeting hundreds of people.

From your contacts, there might be some links whom you may never be able to meet again but they hold a very important place in your life, so you want to keep them safe to contact them off and on. Digital world came up with the perfect solution for this data holding issue. They proposed iCloud as the best option to cope with such situations.

With the growing street thefts, the main item victims loose are either their cell phones or cash. Therefore, with the cell phones, they lose their precious data. Sometimes there is no way to send your data in your devices unless you do it manually.

In addition, that is very irritating sometimes for the user if he/she got many data to transfers. Now the new devices are coming up with new technologies and much easier ways to handle and keep the backups of your data.
...continue reading "How To Reduce iCloud Backup Size"

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N'kisi is a male African Grey parrot, 14 years old, that lives in New York City, and the bird has an active vocabulary of more than a thousand words. N'kisi is not mimicking human speech, he is actually conversing with persons.

As far as I know is N'kisi one of maybe half a dozen parrots that were systematically trained to speak, listen, and communicate by their professional trainers or owners, and these parrots are all African Greys.

From the moment N'kisi was young, he was hand-raised by Aimee Morgana who is a parrot expert and an artist. She started working with N’kisi and gave him language training already when the parrot was not even one year old.

There is a movie (“When Animals Talk”) where you can admire N’kisi’s extensive vocabulary and be surprised by the bird’s relatively good communications skills. ...continue reading "The moment N’kisi met with Jane Goodall"