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How To Choose Proper Hair Shears

Hair shears should be considered as the supreme tool to be purchased by the hair dresser. They vary in their structure if compared with the pair of scissors. These consist of teeth blades which are basically used for trimming some selected parts of hair. These are available in various designs, colors and styles. You must read on further to acquire some basic and relevant information about how to select these tools effectively and wisely.

Hair shears are specially used in order to trim the extra strands from thick and overgrown hair. They are capable of trimming only a selected part of hair. As a result, not every strand will have to be shed; this in turn lends a stylish appearance. A quality pair of shears enables the user to attain a great deal of assistance in getting a hairdo makeover in a very smooth way.

There are various types of hair shears which may be classified for special texturing of hair. These types of tools have blades which are effectual in lending soft texture to the hair. You can even consider wide toothed tools which are designed for a smoother effect. There is also a type of this styling tool available in the market which can be used in two ways where a person gets layering and thinning properties through it.

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One of the most frequently asked questions that new internet marketers have is “Why am I not getting enough traffic to my website?”

And the answer is always the same- “Because you are not posting enough content out there”. That’s it.

Content= Traffic= Sales

So… What’s this rush about social networking?

Well to quickly tell you exactly how you can get tons of free targeted traffic for your website using social networking, I need to emphasize here that social networking is a daughter of Web 2.0 . OK son too… Whatever!

So to begin with, let’s talk about what is web 2.0 . Well Anything beyond text and images is web 2.0. You might recall the earlier days when internet was just new and ordinary people had just started using the internet, the websites were mere collection of static pages. By static I mean, the pages were created and edited by owners of the site and the visitors or the end users had no access or control over the content of the website. All they could do was read and see the images.

But people started realizing that more is the amount of content on websites, more is the amount of traffic they would get. And then the geniuses figured out that the best way to have fresh, quality content in large volumes on to a website was to “allow” the users to post content.

That’s where it all began.. The web 2.0 thing.

Talking about traffic. Well there are tons and tons of methods of getting traffic to your website. But all these methods can be classified in terms of buying traffic, borrowing traffic or creating traffic. You can either buy traffic, borrow traffic, or create traffic.

Let’s talk about buying first. PPC, Solo ads, email campaigns, banner advertising etc are all the methods of buying traffic. It simply means paying to get traffic to your websites. Now, if you are just starting out, I would NOT recommend that you start by buying traffic. Because buying traffic is not easy. Its a total art. Why? Simply because of the enormous amount of competition out there. But unfortunately, this is the way most people start. They try to buy traffic to get rich and end up losing the overall game.

Now let’s move on to borrowing traffic. Borrowing simple means leveraging the other peoples’ traffic. It refers to JV promotions where a person who has some existing traffic to their website redirect or channel their traffic to your website in return of a cost. You can pay them on a pay Per Sale basis which is the most common. But JVing is impossible unless you have your own products by which I mean the products that you have created. Now if you are just starting out on the internet then naturally you do not have your own products. And that is fine. Before you have your own product, you need to be an expert and that is impossible if you are a new internet marketer. So borrowing is also out.

And the last thing that remains is creating your own flow of traffic…ie your own basic stream of free targeted traffic that is coming over to your website all the time. Even while you sleep. Having a small yet constant stream of free targeted visitors visiting your website is the best thing that can happen to you. And this is the thing that you need to focus on. Because that way you will be constantly making sales here and there and that will keep you going with your spirits high and momentum of content creation large.

Now creating your own traffic is not that easy. It requires some groundwork. You need to work. You will need to create content. And you might have to wait for a few days before you start seeing any traffic even if you are constantly putting out content out there. While I recommend you do create a lot of quality (fresh, original and valuable) content to post out there, it’s definitely not the fastest route to getting traffic.

So then, what is the fast way? Has it got anything to do with creating content?

Well, creating “relevant” content and posting it at “smart” places with “wise” usage.

Let’s Talk about it now.

Relevant content = content that is related to the kind of products that you are selling. Content that is valuable and entertaining and educating for any person interested in your niche. Content that is personal… That involves you speaking to the reader or listener directly as I am talking to you right now. Content that shows and personifies you and demonstrates your beliefs.

So remember the four keywords whenever you are creating content… Humorous, Heartfelt, Helpful, Honest. If your content satisfies all these four adjectives, then its great content as far as getting traffic and marketing is concerned.

Now lets talk about smart places … Post your content at those places where there are people who are looking for the kind of information that you are telling. (Or selling or whatever! Internet Marketing- Selling=telling the right things to right people that’s it.)
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Social Networking websites are great places to find millions of people (OK.. I will take that down to thousands, Fine?) who are potentially looking for the kind of products that you are promoting and selling. These are also the places where you can start getting traffic as quickly as in fifty minutes. And these are sources of fast, free, targeted traffic that converts like crazy… All for your websites. So if social marketing is not a part of your overall traffic mix, then I recommend you make it.

Now let’s talk about “wise” usage of your content. Well, all I mean to say here is that you do not need to create new content every time you feel the need to post it. All you need to do is to repurpose all your content. Repurposing your content simple means this-

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The History of It All

Perhaps it’s a reflection of my age. Well… I know it is. But it’s obvious to me that history doesn’t seem to be having an effect on Generation “why/who cares” as it did on previous eras of earthly occupants. It’s very disconcerting when I speak to fellow Canadians who’ve never heard of the FLQ and how they caused the federal government to enforce the War Measures Act in 1970. Or to Americans of the similar generation who have no idea who G. Gordon Liddy is and what he and his cronies were caught doing just a few years later.

I’m not going to turn this into a political rant but am using the aforementioned examples as a segue into the regular subject matter of this forum: music & pop culture. I find it stunning that mentioning certain names from just a generation ago, names that were dominant in rock’n’roll music, draws looks of an authentic reaction of “Who?” while maintaining eye contact from those I question. It’s jaw dropping to realize that no one under 40 has a copy of “Frampton Comes Alive.” A lot of time has gone by very quickly. And music has developed in new, innovative ways. But don’t sell yourselves short by denying the opportunity to a) discover what preceded your initial interest in music and b) expose these musicians and enjoy the talent they possess. Appreciate the time and place of where they were and what was going on around them that provided these songwriters with ideas and the musicians who helped interpret them.

The Beatles are as good a start as anywhere. True that Presley and Chuck Berry gave them the want to do what they did but The Beatles broke down barriers that most people didn’t know existed. The Stones were more despicable than what we remember Guns’n’Roses were at their prime and what they wrote and played caused parents to want to hire assassins and have taken out. OK. I’m exaggerating but I’m just making a point. Artistic license, let’s go with that! The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 exposed Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, amongst others, to the masses who didn’t belong to a cult following. Have you listened to Otis Redding sing? If Redding hadn’t died 5 months later many people “in the know” believe he would have surpassed James Brown. Google him if you have to. And Woodstock 2 years later drove the nail through the board. Alvin Lee blazing through “I’m Goin’ Home,” with Ten Years After, was the first Randy Rhodes or Kirk Hammitt. (Please use only as a point of reference). I remember in high school my friends and I didn’t acknowledge the existence of anyone who didn’t listen to Hendrix.

Hearing bands like Humble Pie. Steve Marriott and company epitomized “hit the road and tear it up.” Joe Perry has spoken about getting charged after cranking up Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” just before he went to school in the morning. We knew every note of the full length version of “In A Gadda Da Vida.” OK. That was a bit much. But it drove my father insane, to which now I have an appreciation for how he felt whenever I get “boom boxed.” You know what I mean. Zeppelin dominated everywhere. I loved Grand Funk Railroad, the most dated sounding band from back then. And if you were born after 1960 you have no idea the shock and parental havoc David Bowie had on the world when he fronted “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” I’ve had several occasions to spend time with Spider’s bassist Trevor Bolder in the past and he’s told stories of having the Ku Klux Klan show up at their second U.S. gig. I’d love to talk to the booking agent who decided Memphis, Tennessee would be a good place to play.

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If you have it and begin to use it, little by little it will increase.

If you are looking for a change, and you want a way to improve your own life and take control of your own destiny, then the Science of Quantum Abundance is for you. Read on to find out about how you can use this new science to change your destiny.

The Science of Quantum Abundance is the practice of using the power of your subconscious to drastically change your level of success in life. By using your mind to guide you and with laser-focus towards a particular goal, you will learn when to act on certain opportunity impulses that you notice each day.

Quantum Abundance teaches us how to know when you should focus on certain opportunities and when you should avoid them, all based upon your goals. The universe likes speed, so it is critical that you act on your ideas as soon as you get them. If you wait too long, your brilliant idea will be used up by someone else.

In order to get exactly what you want in life, you first must have specific, measurable goals. You have to live, eat, sleep, breathe these goals and want them so bad that you would almost do anything to achieve them. The Science of Quantum Abundance will not work if you are not 100% committed to your goal. Once you have these goals, and keep them in your mind at all times, what you think about becomes your reality. You will start to notice new opportunities in your life that you need to act upon immediately in order to continue working towards your goal. As you complete your goals, you can add even bigger goals and continue to use the Science of Quantum Abundance to achieve each one.

Have you ever wondered about that scripture in Matthew 13:12 that reads: “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them” (NIV)?’

I think some people may feel this has to do with the needy and the poor, and it really doesn’t. I also think some people see this as a sentence of condemnation, and it’s totally not. It’s a very empowering word of encouragement for us to become more excellent.

This scripture first has to do with us receiving the word God gives and the gifts he gives with an attitude of “YES, I receive that and I will produce from it“! (So when you read it, say “Yes” to it- even if you don’t fully understand it- and ask God to show you how to grow from it.)

It also applies to the kinds of stewards we are and should be with the things we’ve been given. If we are wise with our blessings, we will get more, both from the way things naturally work, as well as from God.

Just think of it as good managers being rewarded, and doors of greater opportunity opening up to those who have made the effort to go through previous doors.

If we want more (more wisdom, more opportunities, more money, more key connections, more branches of our ministry), we have to be wise and responsible with what we have now. If we are not wise, our own frivolous actions will cause us to lose what we have.

In addition, if we are inclined to throw precious resources away, why would God throw more at us? Those who use resources wisely, he blesses with more.

Let’s say for example someone has a lot of money to give to a nonprofit, a ministry, or a community service group. They will likely give to an organization that is doing important, responsible, and noteworthy things with their resources, and making those resources go far.

In the same way, God will fully bless us personally when we are responsible and trustworthy with what he has already given.

By the way, as an aside, the scripture above is not a tool to use to judge whether or not we should help those in need. We should always do that; and the poor are always with us. The quote above has to do with us personally and our everyday walk in this world.

When we are wise and responsible with our resources – including friendships, jobs, money, opportunities, clients, customers, family, material things- more will come to us. It’s a natural law of sowing and reaping. It’s also a spiritual law of excellence.

On the other hand, when we are irresponsible with our own money, friendships, material items, resources, etc, we seem to lose them easily and squander them senselessly.

Do you want to prosper so you can bless many? Be an excellent steward of what you have now.

You were created for excellence, and you certainly have the grace available to be excellent in all that you say and do. Start small, believe it’s for you, and you will grow in excellence, meaning more will be added to what you already have.

Simple Action: Take a loving, unjudgmental look at your life to see where you are not being fully trustworthy, fruitful, and responsible with your personal resources.

In the areas where we see we can improve, let’s up-level quickly, so that we will be blessed with more, for the purpose of blessing, influencing, and helping more and more people.

So much of what we produce in this life depends on our choices each day and on how we partner with God. The “taken away” part of this principle is not necessarily God taking something away; our own foolishness, laziness, and squandering will cause us to lose ground and forfeit the resources we’ve had right in our hands at one time (and there are plenty of foolish “birds” around to help us do it).

The bright hope in all of this is that we can START NEW, RIGHT NOW.

TODAY you can live your life more purposefully and gratefully, and you can ask for a new seed (a new resource) with which to showcase your diligence and appreciation. I’m sure you already have a few of these seeds lying around. Plant them so more will grow. It’s not too late.

– If you think you need a new car, it’s not too late to clean up the one you have now and check the oil.

– If you think you need a new job, it’s not too late to do your best at work today.

– If you think you need more money, it’s not too late to give a little of what you have now to your church or a person in need.

– If you think you need better relationships, it’s not too late to show sincere love to those in your life now, and quit keeping score or judging all that they do.

– If you think you need more influence and impact, it’s not too late to NOT talk behind peoples’ backs or cut down the good works of others.

– If you think you want more success, it’s not too late to DECIDE to be sincerely happy for the small and great successes of others.

– If you think you want health and well being, it’s not too late to take a five- minute walk today or eat some veggies instead of doubling down on potatoes or bread.

– If you think you want to be full of joy, it’s not too late to love others, even those who tend to be annoying or somewhat controversial.

That’s the principle: if you have it in any area of life and don’t use it (or use it rather foolishly), you will begin to lose it until one day it’s gone. If you have it and begin to use it, little by little it will increase.

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Time to Review and Audit the Project Management

We started our Project Management life cycle with Phase One – Concept and Feasibility where we did our homework and we secured agreement with our Project Customer.

Next came Phase Two – Organization/Schedule where we created our Work Breakdown Structure and Critical Path Analysis to get all of our stakeholders to buy-in to the upcoming executable tasks.

Finally we did the actual project work in Phase Three – Execution/Implementation and controlled the project’s time, cost and objectives, while also managing stakeholder and management expectations (which was a LOT easier after doing the first two phases!).

Now it is time to review how we did with our project mgt. process with a Phase Four – Review and Audit.

Every business life cycle has a spot (let’s call it a stage or stage gate) where the business needs to know that the project met the expectations of the business. Sometimes that will take years for the data to become available and/or for the project to prove its worth.

Our Project Management life cycle has a placeholder for the business evaluation to happen, but it is after the Project Manager has moved on to new and exciting other projects.

So, now is the time to do a Review/Audit on our project to close down our PM life cycle.

Here are the outstanding tasks:

– Project Mgt Plan Review
– Lessons Learned
– Financial Close-out
– Project History
– Celebration

Project Management Plan Review

Now is the time to update and review all of the planning, scheduling and tasking from Phase Three – Execution to detail what actually happened during Execution Phase. This will be advantageous when questions arise later after the project closes. This will also give you the chance to double check that all of the tasks were completed.

Lessons Learned

This is a Lessons Learned regarding the project mgt. process. Get the team together and ask the questions: 1) “What did we do well as a team?”, and 2) “What could we have done better as a team?”

The final question we ask ourselves, “What lessons have I learned by managing this project?”

A report to management of the team and personal Lessons Learned will bring to light the cultural problems that are inherit in any organization, and in a politically correct way.

Financial Close-out

You have spent money and an audit of the spend can be attached to the completed PMP.

Project History

The PMP is now a comprehensive history of the project. This can and will be a great tool in the future for you and other Project Managers. It can even be used as a template for a similar projects.

A copy to your Project Customer, Boss and yourself will close your involvement with the project.

Party!

You have earned it and so has your team. It’s time to celebrate!

Get all of your team (Project Customer and Boss included) together for one last time and take the time to thank them for their commitment and hard work.

You know you worked hard in training your team how you view and manage a project, so remember that the people on this team might be on your next team, and the real authority you developed with these people, can and will carry forward to the next project.

Congratulations successful Project Manager. You have done what very few can. By sticking to your guns, your project has been managed through a Project Management life cycle that has meshed with the Organizational Business life cycle, and it all started with the simple question, “Who is my Project Customer?”

Next month: We start exploring the Three Tools (Planning, Scheduling and Controlling), in detail. Beginning with Planning and how the PMP fits in.

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HTC Hero on T-Mobile is Touch G2

The mobiles of today have undergone a major transformation and have become a multi purpose tool. Gone are the days when you need to carry separate camera, music player, internet options and navigators along with you as mobile phones nowadays serves all these functions in one single gadget.

The large number of companies all over the globe are introducing new and innovative models every now and then in order to match up with the increasing expectations of the users and T mobile is no where behind in this. After a great response from its G1 model, T-mobile has introduced its G2 phone with Android OS and other interesting features.

The G2 Touch is actually a re-branded HTC Hero, the network has branded the phone and given it a new name, should you want the phone on a different network then look for the Hero model.

The multimedia facilities on T-Mobile G2 are great with interesting features. The phone has 3.2 MP camera which is capable of capturing images with resolution of 2592X1944 pixels. The auto focus feature of the camera clicks images with sharpness and precision. The live video recording is also possible through the camera of the phone.

The video playback is supported by MPEG4 and 3GPP format. The music player of the phone supporting multiple audio formats like MP3, AAC, AAC+, WAV, OGG, WMA and MIDI is definitely a treat for music lovers as they can enjoy their favorite track in its original format. With this handset, you will not have to worry about getting lost in unknown locations as it has A GPS facility as well. For enhancing your level of entertainment there are preloaded games in the phone which you can enjoy whenever you want.

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How to Register a Domain Name For Your Tech Blog

The first step in starting your tech blog is deciding on the domain name -the name of the site. Behind every website is an IP address and thanks to the Domain Name System (DNS) we can easily type in a web address such as yahoo.com instead of referring to 209.131.36.159. To see this in action open the command prompt on your Windows Machine by clicking the Start Button -> Run ->cmd.exe and then type ping yahoo.com. Think of DNS as the phonebook for the Internet – rather than making calls using 10-digit numbers you use your Contact List which references those phone numbers for convenience..

Now that we have a basic understanding of what a domain means it’s time to decide on the name for your tech blog. Web developers will argue at great lengths over the importance of picking the proper domain name, but I believe a good starting ground is using Google Trends. By looking at Google Trends you will be able to get a basic idea on the volume of searches for your niche. Let’s face it most of us will not be able to develop a tech blog like Engadget or Gizmodo by ourselves nor will we have the time to pump out dozens of articles a day to rival their post volume. In the event that you are focused on creating the next Engadget or Gizmodo I’ll tell you that you will need a team of writers because one area that all successful blogs agree on is the importance of valuable content. Producing content for the sake of post volume is one of the biggest mistakes first-time bloggers will make, I myself was a victim of this when I first launched my own blog.

So what should I name my tech blog? Well for starters put yourself in the shoes of someone trying to gain information on your niche. What type of content is under served? For example if I was looking to create a tech blog focused on laptops I would start with considering my personal expertise on the subject. Say for instance I had a heavy background in tech support and hardware upgrades for Laptops. My niche should be focused on the types of Laptops I have experience with which in this case is Windows-based laptops. Since my knowledge is focused on repair and support the domain I would choose would involve the following terms: windows, laptop, repair, support, upgrades, Microsoft, Vista, XP, Windows 7. By searching these terms in Google Trends I would decide based on which terms generate the largest search volume.

Now that I have decided on a domain name there are a couple options for registration. Since I’m an advocate of shared hosting when starting a tech blog I would take advantage of the free domain name included in a shared hosting package from Bluehost. This is not your only option – you can register your domain name with any service you’d like regardless of where your tech blog is hosted. If you choose to take this route I still recommend using a centralized location rather than spreading your domains across GoDaddy, 1&1, Register or any of the other domain registration websites on the Internet. Within each of the control panels of the respective sites I’ve listed are domain settings which you can alter to point the domain at your website using the DNS info from your web host. Let me explain how this works:

Let’s say you found a good deal on registering a domain on GoDaddy, but you wanted to use Bluehost for your web space. You register your domain with GoDaddy and then sign up for a shared hosting package with Bluehost. In order for the GoDaddy domain to point to your Bluehost web space you’d need to make some changes. First, within the GoDaddy control panel you would need to edit the domain to point to the Bluehost DNS settings: NS1.BLUEHOST.COM and NS2.BLUEHOST.COM. Next you would need to add the domain within your Bluehost cpanel and finally you will need to wait up to 48 hours for the DNS to update. The good news with domain names is that you can transfer a domain you register after 60 days of creation. If you later decide that you want to keep your domain registered with the same company hosting your web space, you are free to do so without any sort of fee. For a first-time tech blogger it makes sense to take advantage of the free domain included with most hosting packages.

Nick Marshall is the Editor in Chief of TechBlogStartup [http://www.techblogstartup.com] -the premier source for learning how to setup, market and monetize your tech blog.

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Immortalizing Values Through Education for Sustainable Development

Education is the primary agent of transformation towards sustainable development, increasing people’s capacities to transform their visions for society into reality. Education not only provides scientific and technical skills, it also provides the motivation, and social support for pursuing and applying them. For this reason, society must be deeply concerned that much of current education falls far short of what is required. When we say this, it reflects the very necessities across the cultures that allow everyone become responsible towards quality enhancement.

Improving the quality and revelation of education and reorienting its goals to recognize the importance of sustainable development must be among society’s highest priorities. It is not that we talk only about environment but also about every component of life.

We therefore need to clarify the concept of education for sustainable development. It was a major challenge for educators during the last decade. The meanings of sustainable development in educational set ups, the appropriate balance of peace, human rights, citizenship, social equity, ecological and development themes in already overloaded curricula, and ways of integrating the humanities, the social sciences and the arts into what had up-to-now been seen and practiced as a branch of science education.

Some argued that educating for sustainable development ran the risk of programming while others wondered whether asking schools to take a lead in the transition to sustainable development was asking too much of teachers.

These debates were compounded by the desire of many, predominantly environmental, NGOs to contribute to educational planning without the requisite understanding of how education systems work, how educational change and innovation takes place, and of relevant curriculum development, professional development and instructive values. Not realizing that effective educational change takes time, others were critical of governments for not acting more quickly.

Consequently, many international, regional and national initiatives have contributed to an expanded and refined understanding of the meaning of education for sustainable development. For example, Education International, the major umbrella group of teachers’ unions and associations in the world, has issued a declaration and action plan to promote sustainable development through education.

A common agenda in all of these is the need for an integrated approach through which all communities, government entities, collaborate in developing a shared understanding of and commitment to policies, strategies and programs of education for sustainable development.

Actively promoting the integration of education into sustainable development at local community

In addition, many individual governments have established committees, panels, advisory councils and curriculum development projects to discuss education for sustainable development, develop policy and appropriate support structures, programs and resources, and fund local initiatives.

Indeed, the roots of education for sustainable development are firmly planted in the environmental education efforts of such groups. Along with global education, development education, peace education, citizenship education, human rights education, and multicultural and anti-racist education that have all been significant, environmental education has been particularly significant. In its brief thirty-year history, contemporary environmental education has steadily striven towards goals and outcomes similar and comparable to those inherent in the concept of sustainability.

A New Vision for Education

These many initiatives illustrate that the international community now strongly believes that we need to foster – through education – the values, behavior and lifestyles required for a sustainable future. Education for sustainable development has come to be seen as a process of learning how to make decisions that consider the long-term future of the economy, ecology and social well-being of all communities. Building the capacity for such futures-oriented thinking is a key task of education.

This represents a new vision of education, a vision that helps learners better understand the world in which they live, addressing the complexity and inter-contentedness of problems such as poverty, wasteful consumption, environmental degradation, urban decay, population growth, gender inequality, health, conflict and the violation of human rights that threaten our future. This vision of education emphasizes a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to developing the knowledge and skills needed for a sustainable future as well as changes in values, behavior, and lifestyles. This requires us to reorient education systems, policies and practices in order to empower everyone, young and old, to make decisions and act in culturally appropriate and locally relevant ways to redress the problems that threaten our common future. We therefore need to think globally and act locally. In this way, people of all ages can become empowered to develop and evaluate alternative visions of a sustainable future and to fulfill these visions through working creatively with others.

Seeking sustainable development through education requires educators to:

• Place an ethic for living sustainable, based upon principles of social justice, democracy, peace and ecological integrity, at the center of society’s concerns.
• Encourage a meeting of disciplines, a linking of knowledge and of expertise, to create understandings that are more integrated and contextualized.
• Encourage lifelong learning, starting at the beginning of life and stuck in life – one based on a passion for a radical transformation of the moral character of society.
• Develop to the maximum the potential of all human beings throughout their lives so that they can achieve self-fulfillment and full self-expression with the collective achievement of a viable future.
• Value aesthetics, the creative use of the imagination, an openness to risk and flexibility, and a willingness to explore new options.
• Encourage new alliances between the State and civil society in promoting citizens’ liberation and the practice of democratic principles.
• Mobilize society in an intensive effort so as to eliminate poverty and all forms of violence and injustice.
• Encourage a commitment to the values for peace in such a way as to promote the creation of new lifestyles and living patterns
• Identify and pursue new human projects in the context of local sustainability within an earthly realization and a personal and communal awareness of global responsibility.
• Create realistic hope in which the possibility of change and the real desire for change are accompanied by a rigorous, active participation in change, at the appropriate time, in favor of a sustainable future for all.

These responsibilities emphasize the key role of educators as ambassador of change. There are over 60 million teachers in the world – and each one is a key ambassador for bringing about the changes in lifestyles and systems that we need. But, education is not confined to the classrooms of formal education. As an approach to social learning, education for sustainable development also encompasses the wide range of learning activities in basic and post-basic education, technical and vocational training and tertiary education, and both non-formal and informal learning by both young people and adults within their families and workplaces and in the wider community. This means that all of us have important roles to play as both ‘learners’ and ‘teachers’ in advancing sustainable development.

Key Lessons

Deciding how education should contribute to sustainable development is a major task. In coming to decisions about what approaches to education will be locally relevant and culturally appropriate, countries, educational institutions and their communities may take heed of the following key lessons learnt from discussion and debate about education and sustainable development over the past decade.

• Education for sustainable development must explore the economic, political and social implications of sustainability by encouraging learners to reflect critically on their own areas of the world, to identify non-viable elements in their own lives and to explore the tensions among conflicting aims. Development strategies suited to the particular circumstances of various cultures in the pursuit of shared development goals will be crucial. Educational approaches must take into account the experiences of indigenous cultures and minorities, acknowledging and facilitating their original and significant contributions to the process of sustainable development.

• The movement towards sustainable development depends more on the development of our moral sensitivities than on the growth of our scientific understanding – important as that is. Education for sustainable development cannot be concerned only with disciplines that improve our understanding of nature, despite their undoubted value. Success in the struggle for sustainable development requires an approach to education that strengthens our engagement in support of other values – especially justice and fairness – and the awareness that we share a common destiny with others.

• Ethical values are the principal factor in social consistency and at the same time, the most effective agent of change and transformation. Ultimately, sustainability will depend on changes in behavior and lifestyles, changes which will need to be motivated by a shift in values and rooted in the cultural and moral precepts upon which behavior is based. Without change of this kind, even the most enlightened legislation, the cleanest technology, the most sophisticated research will not succeed in steering society towards the long-term goal of sustainability.

• Changes in lifestyle will need to be accompanied by the development of an ethical awareness, whereby the inhabitants of rich countries discover within their cultures the source of a new and active solidarity, which will make possible to eradicate the widespread poverty that now besets 80% of the world’s population as well as the environmental degradation and other problems linked to it.

• Ethical values are shaped through education, in the broadest sense of the term. Education is also essential in enabling people to use their ethical values to make informed and ethical choices. Fundamental social changes, such as those required to move towards sustainability, come about either because people sense an ethical imperative to change or because leaders have the political will to lead in that direction and sense that the people will follow them.

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Latest Gadgets 2010 – Technology You Would Love To Possess

It is said that time and technology always goes hand-in-hand. The reason for this is because with every gradual change in time, we witness new and improved electronic devices in the market. Several gadgets manufacturers are now developing equipment that can suit your personality as well as make your life easier. Latest gadgets 2010 are like eye candy for consumers. Equipped with user friendly features and stylish designs, these devices have definitely gained high popularity not only among gadget freaks but also among the common man.

Gadgets that make you stand out from the crowd

Latest gadgets 2010 such as smart pens, computers, cellular phones, notebooks, apple iPod, 3D television and many other electronic and computer accessories have now become head turners and are being used by many people in their daily life. Not only have the gadgets become a necessity of life, but they also tend to set a style statement of an individual. In today’s time, it is not at all surprising if you notice a teenager with the latest blackberry smart phone or even a handheld device. Gadget manufacturers are now targeting people of all ages and leaving no stone unturned for them to enjoy the latest and unique equipment developed by them, be it for entertainment or business purpose.

When we talk about the latest gadgets 2010, we should keep in mind that it is not only limited to computers, smart phones or handheld devices but they also include gadgets for children such as light-up auto-bot t-shirts, water-resistant duck shaped radio, cyber man phone spinner and more. This is just a small list of gadgets but you will be amazed with how these gadgets are cool and innovative.

Gadgets for every occasion

Furthermore, latest gadgets can fall under several categories and are meant for different occasion. People can purchase gadgets for Christmas, birthday gadgets, cool gadgets for kids as well as adults. In addition to this, you can even find latest security gadgets to safeguard your home or office.

Shopping Online Made Easy

Now, since we have the internet, consumers can easily find the latest gadgets 2010 that they are looking for right from the comforts of their home. Not only does shopping online help in saving time and money, but it also proves buyers with thorough review of the gadget they plan on buying. Previous customer feedbacks and other useful information make your gadget shopping easy and worthwhile, and you can be rest assured that you get your monies worth.

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Traveling Smarter Tips, How to Take Advantage of Travel & Tourism Trends Promoting Value and Service

Travel Blog In light of the economic downturn, more and more travel-related businesses are realizing that the days of nickel and diming guests are over. Those who want to rebound from the recession are now offering great perks and prices for travelers. Businesses that offer great value and amenities let travelers on a budget enjoy affordability without sacrificing service or luxury. Santa Barbara vacation rental guests can take advantage of these top industry trends that promote service and value when planning their next trip!

Travel Smart Tip #1: Book a Santa Barbara vacation rental for the fraction of the cost of a hotel.

Booking a Santa Barbara vacation rental offers so many more benefits than a hotel. More space, more privacy, more money saved, and no one will levy your 401k if you so much as look at the mini-bar. Paying all of those mandatory hotel fees, taxes and service charges is like being nibbled to death by ducks.

Staying in a Santa Barbara vacation rental home allows for flexibility and a more relaxed approach to planning your day. Would you rather eat your eggs Benedict outside on your beachside patio or hurry through a hotel buffet line surrounded by hot and smelly chafing dishes? Dining in your Santa Barbara vacation rental is simply a more soothing and cheaper option than the frenetic process of eating out three times a day.

Santa Barbara vacation rentals offer a wide variety of choices, from large lodges and cozy cottages, to beachside bungalows and hot city homes. Some Santa Barbara vacation rentals offer a free concierge service so you have the insider knowledge of a seasoned expert at your fingertips. And no one will charge you ten bucks for a cup of coffee or an extra blanket at your private Santa Barbara vacation rental home.

Travel Smart Tip #2: Take the train and avoid the hassle and added expense of air travel.

If you’ve flown lately, you know what a nightmare it can be. Depending on the airline, you may have to pay extra to redeem frequent flyer miles, change tickets, check your bags at curbside (heck, check your bags at all!), use the airport wi-fi, use a pillow or blanket, get a snack or even down that drink you desperately need to keep from losing your cool. One airline is even requiring passengers to empty their bladders before they board while another is considering charging for using the restroom!

Or you can arrive calmly and coolly by train. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight is widely regarded as one of the most stunning train trips in the world, and a great way to arrive at your Santa Barbara vacation rental relaxed and refreshed. Running daily from Seattle to Los Angeles, this 35-hour trip meanders down the gorgeous California coast between Oakland and L.A., and includes a stop in Santa Barbara.

It’s a good value, too. If you book Sleeper Service accommodations, all of your meals on board are included in the price along with fresh linen and towel service, complimentary bottled water and daily newspapers. And no one will extort $25 before they load your luggage on board.

For more information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit the Amtrak web site.

Rolling through the Santa Barbara station at 6:17 p.m. on the southbound leg, and at 12:48 p.m. northbound, you arrive at your Santa Barbara vacation rental just in time for a delicious meal. This brings us to our next money-saving suggestion.

Travel Smart Tip #3: Look for value-driven prix-fixe menus to enjoy a gourmet meal and unique dining experience.

Many restaurants are reacting to the recession by offering affordable prix-fixe menus. The concept is simple. For a given price, diners are offered a multi-course meal that usually consists of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Within those categories are three or four options to choose from, enough choices to satisfy the most discriminating palate.

There are a lot of delicious dining choices in Santa Barbara. You’ll find everything from haute cuisine prepared by chefs who trained in multi-starred Michelin restaurants to holes-in-the-wall with scrumptious offerings that only the locals know about. Ask your Santa Barbara vacation rental concierge to help you find the perfect place to dine and save.

Travel Smart Tip #4: Look beyond glossy brochures to online resources and blogs with local news and insider travel tips.

A lot of businesses have banded together with other non-competing venues to offer great deals and discounts. Some examples might be: buy a movie ticket and get half off an ice cream cone at the creamery next door, or buy a family membership to a small local museum and get into other more expensive museums nearby for free.

You can find a lot of these opportunities with a little digging online. Tourism sites, travel blogs, local news sites and other web sources are great ways to get up-to-date information, plan ahead and stick to your budget without compromising your dream vacation.

Travel Smart Tip #5: Bring your friends and family for a shared participatory experience.

More and more people are discovering the joys of vacationing together. Family travel surged after 9/11, and accelerated again with the current recession. People band together when they’re under stress, and discovering a new, or rediscovering a favorite, destination or activity with family and/or friends makes a vacation a lot more relaxing and rewarding.

Staying in a Santa Barbara vacation rental with a group, especially a multi-generational one, opens up a world of possibilities. Grandpa might discover that making sand castles really is a fun way to spend a day. The grandson who groaned at the thought of visiting a stuffy old mission might be enthralled by the history and stories of real people who walked the same passages he is treading.

Traveling with loved ones can enrich relationships, and there’s no more fun and beautiful place to do it than Santa Barbara.