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Seconded European Standardization Expert in China – Background in Details



Seconded European Standardization Expert in China

When it comes to the global economic scene, China is highly powerful. If we talk about Chinese standardization and Quality Infrastructure activities, the three ESOs along with the European Commission and EFTA took an initiative that focused on maximizing the cooperation between Europe and China in matters related to standardization through appointing a SESEC – Seconded European Standardization Expert in China. The primary aims of this project are:

  • To promote European as well as international standards in China
  • To increase contacts with several Chinese administration, industry and standardization bodies
  • To enhance the visibility as well as an understanding of the European Standardization System in China
  • Collect regulatory and standardization intelligence

The project was launched in the year 2006 for first phase of three years. And, it was followed by a second phase until 2012. Mrs. Betty XU – the new Seconded European Standardization Expert in China is the interface of the European Standardization System in China. It acts under the guidance of a Steering Committee that includes a representative of each project partner. Since its inception, the Seconded European Standardization Expert in China project has increased visibility to the European Standard System, maximized cooperation between European and Chinese standardization bodies, and delivered support to European industry facing issues related to standardization in view of market access to China.

As discussed earlier, the project was launched in the year 2006, it aims to raise awareness on the European Standardization System, values as well as assets in China. From the very beginning, it is supported as well as operated by the European Committee for Standardization, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. In addition to this, it is also supported and operated by the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and Industry as well as the European Free Trade Association.

The European standardization bodies have around 25 years of experience to make actual referencing of technological standards in the best interest of co-regulation as well as progressive innovation. The working document of the European Commission Action Plan for European Standardization state that the first location was Beijing where such a position was to be established. The idea of this standard is now known as essential, both to foster the global outreach of European standardization as well as to support the European industry facing problems related to standardization hampering market access to China.

The first phase of the Seconded European Standardization Expert in China was from May 2006 to June 2009. As the project met the expectations of Chinese as well as European stakeholders successfully, the second phase followed from the year 2009 to 2012 and a third phase was started in the year 2014 for a period of 3 years. This project has one full-time expert in Beijing – Mrs. Betty XU. She is one full-time assistant as well as one part-time assistant. As said earlier, it is under the authority and guidance of Steering Committee composed of one representative from CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, the EU Commission, and EFTA. Each has the role to monitor as well as decide on corrective measures to be undertaken and revise the priorities of projects to meet the needs of stakeholders.

The daily activities of Seconded European Standardization Expert in China III were monitored by CEN in its capacity of a project leader who ensures the implementation of the project as agreed by the five partners.

Mansoor is a digital marketing professional with over 4 years of experience. Presently, he is incredibly passionate about software, technology, website design, paid marketing, and content marketing.

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How to Protect Playing Cards




Card games are very popular. In my case I enjoy playing bridge with friends. Many playing cards can be purchased relatively cheaply, but if you play cards a lot you might find yourself repeatedly purchasing new packs of cards.

Cheap cards might not break the bank to replace, but suppose someone has give you a nice, decorative, boxed set of cards. There are lots around, and these can cost anything from around $15 (£12). Still not a huge amount, but you wouldn’t want to keep paying to replace them and the gift might hold sentimental value as well.

You want to look after your cards properly so you can enjoy using them but give them the maximum life possible before having to replace them.

There are very simple ways of doing this.

First, make sure your hands are clean before handling the cards. Sticky children’s fingers (and sticky adult fingers) will quickly stop the cards from fanning out and make dealing and shuffling difficult. If you are a bridge player and are playing with friends, maybe hand round a packet of wet wipes after that all important break for tea and cakes.

Secondly, make sure you are careful when you place the cards back in their box at the end of a game. It only takes a few seconds to tap the cards gently back into place so they form a uniform stack with no stray cards poking out edges or corners. If you don’t do this and stuff an uneven deck of cards back in their box you will quickly damage the edges and corners, which again will make dealing and fanning the cards difficult.

Thirdly, try to keep your cards away from a damp atmosphere. Storing them in a damp cupboard, on a windowsill prone to condensation or in a damp cellar will cause them to warp and discolour, making them unplayable.

Fourthly, if cards do become sticky because sticky fingers handled them, try cleaning them gently with a damp cloth that has been wrung out. This will remove any stick residue from sweets or cakes.

Fifthly, something I’d not come across until I started researching this article, but I think I will be buying some. Fanning powder. Available for just a few pounds or dollars on a well known site named after a South American river. You apply a small amount of the power to the surface of the cards and this helps them to fan out and deal much more easily.

This will reduce rough handling if players are having difficulty with fanning out sticky cards. It will also help players with reduced dexterity by making it easier to sort and handle their cards.

I did see it suggested that a small amount of talcum powder might have a similar effect. I think I’m going to try that one, too.

Sixthly. Handle your cards with care when they are in their boxes. Throwing them in a cupboard, dropping them on the floor, or wedging them at an angle between other heavy objects will damage the box and put pressure on the cards, causing them to distort.

Looking after your cards only takes a little care, but will pay dividends in lower replacement costs.

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Wolf Pack Territorial Fight




We have been taking glimpses into wild wolf society to help us understand dog instinctive behavior (both good and bad) that we observe in our pets. We find fascinating organization and rigid structure in wild wolf society, with swift, consistent, fair discipline and clearly drawn lines of leadership, support, and boundaries. The importance of coordinated participation from every wolf pack rank in the hunt, territorial fights, and really all other times, help us to understand the roles of dogs with different personalities, how they seek to interact with us and with other animals, and the kind of leadership and boundaries that your domestic dog expects from you — without which he is miserable!

A wolf’s sense of smell is at least 20 times stronger than ours (and so is that of your domestic dog). A wild wolf’s hearing is more than 40 times better. So the scent of a wolf pack that is trespassing is picked up by the pack that owns the land even if they are hours away from the trespassers. The wind carries scents and sounds.

Territorial fights are rare among rival wolf packs. Nine times out of ten, the trespassing wolf pack flees when the wild wolf pack who owns that land shows up. Even if the owning pack consists of only three wild wolves and the rival wolf pack consists of nine, the trespassers will still run. The landowner is the winner.

If the trespassers refuse to leave, then the male alpha leaders will begin a fight. The wolf pack members on both sides will stare as they look on to see who will win. (Mares do the same thing when stallions fight.)

The two alpha leaders rarely decide to draw blood on one another. It is more so a question of who raises his head the highest, or the first one to be pinned down on his back has lost.

Sometimes during the fight, in a clever ploy, a wild wolf on the side of the defending wolf pack will cross over to the other pack and steal a couple of adolescents. The leader of the trespassers will look at the theft, and thus lose the fight because of the distractions. The victor alpha leader will not allow the adolescents to return. They will become part of his wolf pack.

After a fight, the victors remark their borders. They completely drench the borders with such potent scent that it would make human eyes water. They groom and lick every bit of the new members to remove the scent of the old wolf pack, and then they rub their own scent on them.

Contrary to popular belief, much communication between rival wolf packs is simply that — communication — and not a challenge or threat. The alpha leaders constantly howl back and forth to each other about such things as how that year has been for them, if the pack is well or if they have had hard times, their victories, how much stronger the pack has grown, and such.

Wild wolves also howl friendly greetings to their relatives. For example, an adolescent female may cross over to a rival wolf pack and become a part of it, never to return to her birth pack. Still, those in her birth wolf pack will howl news and salutations to her. Relatives can cross territorial borders for a visit if first given an invitation; without invitation, though, the visitor would be fought for breaching the border. Her own pack would attack her, too, because that is against wolf law.

Rival wolf packs always respect each other, and their respective alpha leaders honor the position of the other as the leader of the pack. They acknowledge the achievements and activities of the other wolf pack.

Sometimes a wolf pack is more led by its female alpha than a male alpha leader. There is no sexist attitude in the world of animals. She will scratch the ground and lift her leg to remind the trespassers of the proper border. Only the alpha pair lifts legs to mark. All of the other members (male or female) squat. If a territorial dispute should erupt when one of the wolf packs is female led, the dispute might be settled by a voice contest (howling) instead of an actual battle in which the pregnant leader could not participate.

So as you see, territorial fights are not all that common among wild wolf packs, and when they do occur, bloodshed is rare because things are normally worked out another way. Wild wolf society is replete with rules that apply to all wolf packs and which lend stability to their members.

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Guzarish Movie Review




The new hindi movie “Guzarish” has been released on 19 Nov 2010, Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, staring cast Hrithik Roshan and Aishwariya Rai Bachan. This is the third time Aishariya and Hrithik are costarring together, Guzarish is a unique story which moves around the magician Ethan Mascarenhas( Hrithik Roshan) who paralyses after a severe accident while showing a magic trick, Although that magician is a very strong person but he gives up after 14 years of suffering, than he decides to file a petition in the court for euthanasia (mercy killing).

Here the actual story begins because after being paralyzed Ethen becomes the Radio Jockey of an FM Station called Radio Zindagi. His listeners get shocked after coming to know about his mercy killing appeal because Ethen is the person who always gives hope and courage to others. Sofia D’Souza (Aishwarya Rai) is Ethen’s elegant and loyal nurse who takes care of him from past 12 years. The movie depicts the feeling of those people who face a lot of ups and down in their lives specially when they are unable to fulfill their basic needs such as Ethen. Although he was a very jolly person, he makes others smile, always tell them not to give up. But being a human being he fails to fight with his unfortunate situation, he loses hope of being able to walk ever again and live a normal life.

He decides to die and in this regard he takes help of his lawyer Devyani Dutta (Shernaz Patel) to file a petition for him, she herself is not convinced but somehow she agrees and files a petition in the court. Sophia comes to know about it through a newspaper which was obviously disappointing for her as she has given 12 years of her life to Ethen, she also gets angry with Devyani that she is supporting Ethen in such a miserable thing.

Aishwarya Rai looks stunning in the song “URI”, Hrithik also does justice to his role. Ethen loses his case as the court does not agree with the idea of mercy killing. Ethen feels very depressed and he could not even react the way he wants. Devyani Dutta (Shernaz Patel) gives him advice to ask his listeners to support him in his appeal. He faces a lot of criticism as most of the people are against him and his listeners want him to live and spread magic through his message, the very first vote that he gets in his favour comes from his x-girlfriend Estella Francis (Monikangana Dutta) who used to work with him in his magic shows. Nobody can understand his pain and helpless situation except her.

Once again court rejects his petition and he loses his case. During his case he also loses his mother Isabel who is also enquired while his petition and supports his son as she understands his condition.Sophia and Ethen both are affectionate towards each other but never express their feelings. But when Sophia is dragged away by her husband and that is the time when both realize what they mean to each other. Another beauty of Ethen’s character is that he wants to teach his magical tricks to Omer who is keen to learn magic, Although he knows that he is the son of Yasser Siddique (Ash Chandler) who was his ex best friend and was responsible for his unfortunate condition.

Gradually Sophia realizes the pain he is going through and how difficult it is to live like this. When she returns to Ethen they both express their feelings and Ethen proposes her for marriage which Sophia accepts.

Sophia also tells Ethen that she will help him in euthanasia. Last day of Ethen’s life, he is very happy as was going to get rid of his suffering and pain he invites all his friends to have a last dinner with him and discloses that Sophia now is his wife.

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How to Improve Your Skateboarding Style




In skateboarding, style is very important. You can learn all types of tricks but if you don’t have your own style, they won’t be as impressive. If you’re having trouble improving your style or just don’t know where to start, you’re in luck. The following tips can help you improve your skateboarding style so you can get the most from the sport.

The first step is to determine what style you want to use. If you’re not sure, watch some skating videos to learn a few different ones. Then, try them out until you find one you’re comfortable using. After choosing a style, you can begin implementing it to your own skating.

Be Comfortable Skating

Before you can improve your style, you need to feel comfortable skating. This means that you must be comfortable with your board. There are many different types of skateboards designed for different types of skaters. For example, the concave (how much the board curves in from the sides to the middle) will vary considerably in the boards.

You need to find the one that suits you the best. You also need to adjust the trucks to suit you. Some skaters like them tight and others prefer them loose. Adjust yours until you feel the most comfortable. You want to have proper control of your board.

Learn Control

Learn how to control your board. If you expect to maintain a style, you need to be able to control how your board moves even when you’re popping a high trick. If the board gets away from you, it’s going to leave you wobbling around trying to get it back under control and style will be last thing on your mind.

In order to have control, you need good balance. Good balance requires you to lean your body in different directions to prevent yourself from falling. For example, if you’re falling forward, lean backwards until you maintain balance. Bending your needs will help to absorb the shock of the board when you do tricks, which will also help you improve your balance.

Master Your Technique before Showing Off

Before performing a trick for others, learn how to do it correctly. You may still mess up occasionally but you should be able to do it right the majority of the time in order to do it with style. Now, the only thing that’s left to do is practice, practice and practice some more.

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Professional SEO and Linkbuilding After Google Penguin Update




Google frequently changes its search algorithm and penalizes duplicated content, reduces spam and eliminates poor link building techniques with irrelevant links, all to provide your website with a better ranking in Google searches.

If you do not follow the latest Google SEO news and updates like “Penguin”, you can lose your website position in search engines like Google. The idea behind the creation of the Google Penguin algorithm is reflected in rewarding sites with unique content. For optimal performance which is NOT based on a spam website positioning and techniques, professional SEO services for SEO link building that does do not contain spam SEO tricks and methods are constantly utilized to conform to and follow Google rules.

SEO techniques for building links after a Penguin algorithms update, and still maintaining a positive effect on positioning websites in searches are part of the old Google SEO rules:

Article Submission– Article submission is a good way of marketing and setting up back links to your website. Now the article submission is an increasingly rare way to back linking as Google has found many article directories and defined them as spam. We have still some good article directories where you can post your written articles, and one of these good article directories is exactly this one where you are reading my article. Still, the same rule applies as before, write good articles, construct a good and unique article.

Back links from forum profiles– Forums are great places where you can set links. On most forums,we have a text field, a field that is below your profile and the present profile online signature. This is a good place where you can write a short text and set the back link pointing to your website.

Comments on blogs– You can leave comments on blogs and can set forth your personal opinion. Due to that, some blog visitors can learn more about your “SEO services“. In addition to attitudes and opinions that can be placed on blogs, you can set the links to your website which further directs blog visitors to your website. You must find blogs that have topic appropriate to your niche and you need to check that blogs have follow, or no follow back links.

You need to find blogs that have followed links to achieve the right effect with Google.

How do you know if it follows or not?

If you know HTML code it will not be hard to find, just select the comment with link and you can see the source, all will be shown. If you do not know HTML code then you need to use some SEO tools to show that the back link does not follow. You need to pay attention to your comments parameters. Before you post a comment you must be sure that your comment have same topic as the article, so it takes a little time to read the article and understand the content. Avoid short comments like this “this is a nice article” for the moderator will not allow comments such as that to be published.

If you not follow the Google updates and your website has been hit with a new Penguin update you must monitor your back links and find some of the link building techniques that Google now punishes.

What should be avoided?

Dangerous websites– Dangerous websites that have a lot of advertising in the content, these websites are already punished or penalized by Google. Dangerous websites that promote spam or violence and pornography are NOT good for setting up links. Google checks the location where it directs users.

Paid back links– All back links that you pay for advertising on other websites, to promote your website and target specific keywords, should be abolished. Google believes that each stream of paid advertising is bad for organic search.

Spam Blog comments– Blog comments with a low Page Rank without filters to delete spam comments will not help your website to be positioned better in Google searches. The new Google Penguin update punishes blogs that don’t have good content and have lots of anchor text. Every blog, every website that does not filter comments is a kind of spam, so if you set a link your website may seem like spam.

You need to find and get organic back links. If you do not know how to get organic back links and are not sure how to not be penalized by Google it is best to find a professional SEO services to take care of your SEO. Your website must have a good and unique content, good content will help for better positioning in Google searches for all pages on your website.

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Hover Board Control and Stability Systems




As with the skateboards, hover board operators will be responsible for their skill level and thus need to consider this before trying any outrageously radical tricks or maneuvers. The rider provides the propulsion on a skateboard, but on a hoverboard, they will provide less propulsion, but rather assistance only for the hoverboard like a powered skateboard.

The rider will of course be in charge of Steering and Control on a hover board, but the board will fly and this means softer landings, more air off the ramps and new tricks that have never even been thought of. But realize too with better performance will come serious injuries whne mistakes are made and thus more skill, practice and perhaps high-tech training tools need to also be discussed prior to “off the chart” radical maneuvers by advanced and non-advanced riders.

Hoverboard instructors and trainers and digital training tools, eLearning tools and virtual reality simulators will add billions of dollars to the industry and thousands of potential jobs. Hoverboards may be outfitted with haptic sensors on the surface to sense the riders weight distribution as he or she leans on one or more parts of the board, thus anticipating the riders needs and adjusting accordingly and storing the information in memory by learning to work with a specific rider through the employment of Artificial Intelligence strategies.

The introduction of Artificial Intelligence into the stability control system and hoverboard’s operating System will provide a smoother ride and become one with the operator for better execution of tricks and maneuvers and a more pleasurable ride. These systems are available and are quite simple in fact, considering their abilities.

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7 Ideas to Use "Found Time" During COVID-19




It’s no longer “business as usual” to say the least. During this COVID-19 pandemic, nothing is as usual.

You may have found yourself working from home – with or without children to care for – or discovering that many of your customers have shut down operations, so you’re wondering what to do with this “found time” in your schedule.

This could be an ideal opportunity to tackle those items on your business “to-do” list that you’ve neglected far too long. Here are 7 ideas to help you take back a bit of control in your business and prepare for when things get back to a new “normal.”

1. Check out the competition.

Go online and “creep” your competitors. What are they doing? What new products and services are they offering? What are they saying?

Obviously, you don’t want to copy what they’re doing or saying – but this can be an ideal time to find out how you can stand apart.

Look at the competition in your area and then see what others are offering in other countries. Then consider what you can do differently or what can you add to your roster that shows you’re a leader in your industry.

2. Review your Website and other marketing materials.

Is it time for an update? Often, creating new or updated content for your business is pushed to the backburner as you bring on new customers or work to deepen relationships with existing clients.

Now’s the time to read through your Website with fresh eyes – the eyes of your customer – and make sure the message you’re sending is the one you want others to read.

For tips for creating conversational content and maximize your impact, check out for more insights.

3. Update all social profiles.

Be sure your profiles share the outcomes that you deliver and don’t read like a job-seeking résumé. And be sure your profile is accurate for where you are today. Share your accomplishments. Share your story.

4. Update your presentations.

If you’re a speaker or trainer, go through all your presentations and give them an in-depth refresh. Stats change. The way we do everything changes. Make sure your presentations reflect your changing industry.

Look at your talks, your slide decks, and your signage. Would a few small tweaks make a significant impact or are they tired-looking and benefit from a complete overhaul? Note, if you’re bored with your presentation, chances are your audience will be as well.

5. Research new prospects.

This can be a great time to research to find new customers. LinkedIn is the ideal platform to find B2B contacts. Please note, this is NOT the time to be selling. If you want to share useful information/insights, then reach out. But creating a list of potential contacts now will make work so much easier when things begin to get back to normal, and you have a ready-to-go list of new connections.

6. Create videos.

You can easily create quality videos using your computer or smartphone. These can be a great way to train customers or staff, offer industry insights and helpful tips, showcase products, or introduce employees to “humanize” your company.

They don’t have to be perfect! I always recommend that you check your background to ensure it’s not distracting. The focus should be on you and not on all the stuff behind you. That being said, Gary Porter, President of Flash Displays, offered this brilliant suggestion to use your tradeshow display (or part of it, if it’s huge) to use as your video backdrop. What a great way to brand your videos! You can then use these videos to send to customers, use on social platforms, Webcasts, etc.

When I create my videos, I like to do several at one sitting and post them over time on a schedule. This makes perfect sense if you’re setting up your display once, shoot several videos, and you’re done.

Also, Gary mentioned that as many tradeshows have been cancelled, you could still set up your booth and video your display and share your presentation, training, or insights about your company.

7. Reach out to current and past customers.

This is an excellent time to pick up the phone and re-connect to find out how others are dealing with this crisis (again, not to sell). These are extraordinary circumstances, and many people are not dealing well with the forced isolation they find themselves in. Your check-in call could be a lifesaver on many levels.

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Why Do We Love to Listen to Songs in Foreign Languages?




French and Italian music are really something special to listen to. The way the words are pronounced and get mixed together is a true pleasure for me to listen to. The main reason why some people like to listen to music in a foreign language is mainly because you get to focus more on the sounds of the instruments and the voice of the artist. When you listen to music in a language you understand you focus a lot on the lyrics of the song and most of the times forget about the instruments. You seldom ignore the voice of the artist but it can happen when you focus too much on the lyrics and forget about who are singing.

The fact that you don’t understand the lyrics doesn’t make the experience necessarily frustrating. Your brain goes into passive mode because you don’t need to decipher the lyrics of the song, you only listen to the music passively. This is why it is easier to study while listening to music in a foreign language than it is when you understand the lyrics. This is when you show more appreciation for the voice of the artist in the first place and the combination of the musical instruments in the second place. During this process you detect sounds you would not normally detect when you were listening to music in your own mother tongue. You may also develop a bigger interest in the artist’s music because you are now listening at the core of the music.

Listening to music in foreign languages also gives you a break from your own cultural music. It is sometimes very interesting when you get exposed to music from other cultures and in the end you find that there are many similarities between that music and music from your own culture. Music is a universal language that can’t be restricted by language or culture. True music is sincerely and speaks from the artist’s soul. Lara Fabian once said “I don’t believe that a language will limit an emotion, so there is not a specific language to say something that comes from the heart. You can say something from the heart in Japanese, Indian, Italian, English, it doesn’t matter, as long as it is sincere. I truly believe specific feelings, true feelings have no limitations or no barriers when it comes to honesty.”

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The Right Farenheit in Jamaica




He was named ‘Fahrenheit’ by DJ Don Flash, and sure enough he seems to always be at the right temperature, tempo and all that. Terrence Harold, of Jamaican soil is also known as “Farenizzi”, employs his many talents in exposing Jamaica, its people, culture and skills to the world.

An artist-at-large, he is an international ambassador of the arts and Jamaica ‘s culture, as through whichever form he chooses – painting, graphic design, silky smooth vocals, music, acting, producing as starters he never ceases to express all that’s Jamaican. The prolific artist is equally skilled as musician, singer, actor and graphic designer, unknown to many.

Born in Kingston, Harold has always loved the arts, and his humilty and tempered personality reflects the outcome of one who is intimatelyconnected to many forms. “As a child, I loved Caribbean music” Harold recalls. He always appreciated the work of master painter Barrington Watson.

Terrence ‘Fahrenheit’ Harold Born in the 70s, to a mother from Portland, and a Saint Vincentian father, Harold was raised in Kingston. This resulting combination of culture provided much influence on his career already being formed during his youth.

Growing up he listened to music such as Jesus Christ, the superstar, Toots, Dennis Brown. At the same time his visual palette was being influenced by influences of Barrington Watson. In addition he had an interest in music/dance while a part of a breakdancer group with the Savage crew at Wolmers High. Back then the Savage crew belonged to the music school which was beside the art school.

Later he studied graphic design at the Edna Manley College, then Jamaica School of Art. In addition to exploring sculpture and painting, he received vocal training from the Cuban teacher, Gorgia Guerra. Guerra has been living in Jamaica for over 20 years and has trained artistes including Baby Cham, Alaine, Swade, Christopher Martin, Brian and Tony Gold.

The major contributors to his development, though has been his parents, who exposed him to a wide array of music to listen including Latin, rock, reggae. Although owning good social skills and ‘connections,’ life as the multifaceted artiste that he is began with a struggle, after Edna Manley College, simply, because of his fusing hard core dancehall with other music forms.

Now successful in the combined visual and performing arts, exemplary to many others, he says passion is what accounts for his success mostly. Balancing participation in visual, literary and performing is not difficult for the artist who uses both left and right sides of his brain. Not to mention those vocals that plays seductive tunes on your inner being like a piano. He encourages artists to remain committed, considering his own challenges faced on his way to the top. He remembers for example the many applications he submitted to theatre. Harold’s first theatrical stints were ‘Redemption’ and ‘Against his Will’ by David Herron. He’s also done Dirty Diana at Centrestage.

Later, he moved into television, securing a role in Royal Palm Estate (Produced by Mediamixx 2003-2004). His international roles extended to Almost Heaven (german film-ed howzing). Interestingly, Terrence was a Kymani stunt. He doubled in One Love, and co-starred in Goat Head (produced by Paul Bucknor). He has a role in the upcoming Better Mus Come, a Storm Saulter’s movie production will be out soon.

Cd cover by Fahrenheit His training in graphics is balanced with his music as he designs all his CD covers, and for a few other artistes. His jobs include logos for example Brand New Machine (his latest project), Lottery Company 2003, Markham Betting 2000.

A few CDs designed by him are Fringe to Fore 1999, Port Antonio Virgin 2007, and upcoming Red Cup College scheduled for release in 2010. Music is perhaps where he is best successful, or popularly known as a rock/reggae musician and singer.

His first song was recorded by Dr Paul of Ruff Cut crew, from the Shabba Ranks band. Of the songs he has produced for himself are Looga Man, Kid Kurup, Jovi Rockwell. He has also been featured in some of internationally acclaimed singer Sean Paul’s music such as Bubble, a created ringtone for mobile phones.

Harold sees the combined arts as being crucial to society’s development. He opines that “as a nation we need to support the art form in schools”. The passionate artiste blames the lack of music classes or sessions in high schools, as a major problem.

Harold’s latest project is Brand New Machine, which started last year December. Brand New Machine co-hosted with Steve Wilson every Wednesday presents a different theme to the patrons at Fiction Lounge. Fashionista exposes local designers; Papparatzi birthday celebrationz for celebrities; Red cups+lollypops is for spirrrpy party frenzy. Then there are exhibitions for exposing local visual artists including painters, and photographers and literary writers.

To the youth Harold’s advice is “Stay focused; be true to your art form and remain passionate: Dont get disgruntled when broke… some things will give if you are real with the thing.”

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Tips for Improving Your Memory




Focus on the task at hand. While we often say we are multitasking, the reality is that doing one thing well is better than doing several things poorly. You do need to be in the moment and pay attention. Recently flying home from a cross country trip, we couldn’t find the car upon returning which was frustrating. How many times have we parked the car in a crowded parking lot, only to come back out and have to think where we parked? Look at your surroundings instead of your cell phone to mentally take note of the location of the car notable landmarks. Be in the moment.

Take notes. If we had written down the parking lot section at the airport, we wouldn’t have wasted a half hour after an exhausting day of travel. Someone once said, “A short pencil is better than a long memory.” With the fast pace of the world, give yourself an edge and write it down. That also includes using a calendar for appointments.

Repeat it. Someone tells you their birthday is next week and you want to acknowledge it with a phone call on the actual birthday. Repeat it aloud and think about what you would say. Do that a few times and you will remember.

Have a place for everything. Many people complain about misplacing car keys. Get a basket or key rack and use it. Putting your car keys in the same place will save you time in the morning. If your son can’t find his shoes all the time, then get a shoe rack for the closet.

Good habits save time. We are creatures of habit and this can work to our advantage. Have a mental checklist before leaving to make sure you have that dry cleaning you want to dropping off after work or your lunch you packed. Don’t remember if you turned off the iron or not? Make it a point to disconnect any electrical appliance as soon as you are done with it and better yet, only buy appliances with automatic shut off.

Plan ahead. Check your pantry items for the upcoming week, make a menu and use a grocery list help save needless extra trips to the store because you forgot things. A little time getting organized will help you remember better as you can see how prepared you are already and will feel more confident.

Chunk the information. This is a strategy with to remember something like a phone number or address. Take the smaller parts, repeat them a few times and memorize them separately. The idea of memorizing smaller sections and then putting it together is easier than remembering large amounts of information. This is a great study technique for students who need to memorize things.

Don’t let electronics rule you. Many people get so wrapped up in their TV, computer or phone that they feel like they do not need to remember anything as modern technology will do it for them. As an exercise for your memory, take time to remember your important numbers in case you misplace your phone.

Memory joggers. Return to the location where you had the thought you can’t remember. Sometimes there is a visual clue that hit you when you had that thought. Life is so fast paced that taking a moment to think about what you were going to do or say helps bring the thought back.

Visualize. Think through the idea of what you are trying to remember by picturing it. When you paid your bill, did you do it online or write a check? How much was the bill for? And what type of stamp did you use? Which collection box did you use? Making a mental movie of what you did can help sharpen your memory.

Play games. Use mnemonics to help you remember your errands. Make a rhyme of your list you want to remember or sing out the list. Exercise the brain with brain teasers, puzzles and cross word puzzles.

Your memory is a use it or lose it process. With television, the Internet and our cell phones, we have let our minds become lazy and complacent and don’t always employ strenuous thinking. For example, driving down the street, we may know the route to take, but can we easily name the roads and route numbers, enough to give good directions to others? Make the connections and make a conscious effort to exercise your brain. If you try these tips and they are not helping, you may want to discuss this with your doctor.

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