PM Modi.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) staff, thanked them for their support during his tenure and wished to make the PMO efficient rather than effective.”In an effective way of working, step by step it is checked that the orders are followed or not. There is always tension (in an effective way of working). I don’t want that in such big governance, the PMO is effective. I want it should be efficient. Results accelerate and changes are seen faster with efficiency. I have witnessed this in the last five years with you,” he said in his address here to the staffers.”I thank you for your support. The country and the whole world thinks a Prime Minister is successful but without a team, no good results can be obtained,” he said.Modi in his speech to the team members acknowledged their contribution and said: “In our journey, your families have also played an important role as without their support this was not possible. I want to thank your families for the support.”He said that he came to power to bring a change in the common man’s life.”I get credit for this change. But the credit should go to my dedicated team,” he said adding that a PM can only brief about the policies but the PMO works to make them a reality.
ReutersSeismologists believe that predicting an earthquake with precision is practically impossible using current technologies. However, Frank Hoogerbeets, a self-proclaimed Dutch earthquake researcher claims that it is possible to predict earthquakes, and he believes that his system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) is capable of predicting tremors with precision.A few days back, Hoogerbeets predicted that seismic activities will rise dramatically from June 16 to 21. The researcher also revealed that this rise in earthquakes is due to a critical planetary alignment. As per Hoogerbeets, the earthquakes in this given time period may measure even above 7 in the Richter scale which indicates extreme catastrophe in the affected area.Interestingly, four major earthquakes jolted the planet within the timeframe predicted by the Dutch researcher. On June 17, an earthquake measuring more than 6 in the Richter scale hit outside the city of Yubin, southwest China. The earthquake was so powerful that it resulted in the death of 12 people. Xinhua, the Chinese news agency reported that the earthquake had also resulted in considerable infrastructure damage.The next quake happened in the Hunchun city in North Korea. Even though the quake was very minor, many people believed that North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un has once again conducted a nuclear test.On June 18, another earthquake measuring 4.9 in the Richter scale hit the Andaman islands, India, and now, on June 20, a tremor measuring 4.8 M has jolted the Satara district in Maharashtra. Even though no casualties or infrastructure damage has been reported so far in Satara, local residents in the area are in a state of panic, as they are afraid of a possible aftershock which may happen in the coming hours or days.As Frank Hoogerbeets has predicted the earthquake timeline from June 16 to 21, many people believe that a megaquake will jolt the planet tomorrow. However, Hoogerbeets has not revealed the exact place where the earthquake will hit.Hoogerbeets, on his website Ditrianum, reveals that certain planetary alignments are capable of destabilizing the tectonic plates on the earth, and it is causing a rise in seismic activities.
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Shedding new light on how status affects workplace relationships, a new study has found that workers are most likely to help colleagues who are moderately distant from themselves in status — both above and below them.“The sweet spot for helping seems to be those who are moderately distant from you in status,” said study co-author Robert Lount, associate professor of management and human resources at The Ohio State University in the US.The study did not examine why colleagues who were moderately distant in status were most likely to help each other. But it may be related to how workers perceive their own status within the company, lead researcher Sarah Doyle from The Ohio State University noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Someone near you in status poses more of a threat” Doyle said. Those who are far above or below you in status could require a lot more time and effort to help, which could hurt your own job performance.Those colleagues who are moderately distant do not pose much of a threat and offer the best opportunity for workers to demonstrate their willingness to cooperate with their teammates. The findings appeared online in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries. The researchers conducted two separate studies — one in a real workplace and both reached similar conclusions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the first study, 267 undergraduate students read a work scenario in which they imagined they were part of a 15-person work group in a large sales organisation.Participants were told that one of their group members was close to securing a large account, but was running short on time. The participants were asked if they would be willing to provide help, knowing that helping was optional. Results showed that participants were most likely to say they would help a team member who was moderately different from them in status.The real-world study was conducted in a large customer call centre. For the study, 170 employees completed an online survey asking a variety of questions. Included was a question asking each employee to list co-workers who regularly came to them for help and co-workers whom they regularly went to seek help.In this real-world office, the finding of the first study was confirmed. Workers were most helpful to teammates who were just the right distance away as far as status goes —not too close and not too far. The findings might be useful when assigning people to train new employees.
Sleep disturbance among people grieving the recent loss of a spouse may put them at increased risk for cardiovascular illness and death, a study has warned. Recently widowed people are more likely to suffer from sleep disturbances, such as insomnia, that may lead to increased levels of inflammation in the body. Higher levels of inflammation may in turn increase risk for heart diseases, showed the findings published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses. “The death of a spouse is an acutely stressful event and they have to adapt to living without the support of the spouse,” said Diana Chirinos from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, US. “Add sleep disturbance to their already stressful situation and you double the stressor. As a result, their immune system is more overactivated,” Chirinos said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study included 101 people with an average age of 67. Half were bereaved (identified through obituaries), and the rest were included in a control group. The researchers compared the self-reported sleep habits of recently widowed people to the control group. Both the groups had sleep disturbances. The researchers found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses. Inflammation was measured by the level of proinflammatory cytokines, which are designed to be short-term fighters of disease but are linked to long-term risk for health problems including cardiovascular disease. Bereaved individuals are more susceptible to the negative health effects of poor sleep, the study said.
Register Now » August 28, 2014 4 min read When Heidi Ganahl founded the first Camp Bow Wow in Denver, Colorado in December of 2000, most people had never heard of doggie day care or upscale boarding. The concept took off more quickly than even she imagined, and she now has 122 franchises with 23 more locations in the pipeline across 40 states.Twenty-five employees (and their dogs) work in the Camp Bow Wow headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado along with 3,000 other employees in the franchises. Ganahl spends her days visiting franchises, managing five members of the leadership team, handling escalated issues and meeting with potential franchisees. All this with a husband, four kids and two dogs of her own. She juggles all this with the help of her smartphone and tablet. Here are three apps she can’t live without:1Password. Ganahl used to be an IT person’s nightmare. She stored all her 400 different passwords for both work and personal into a spreadsheet stored on her computer. And just in case a thief had trouble locating the information, she had helpfully titled the document “Heidi’s Passwords.” She realized the error of her ways last year when her laptop was lost for almost two weeks and panicked trying to change all of her passwords. Without the spreadsheet, she couldn’t remember them and constantly spent valuable time resetting passwords each time she forgot. After the laptop incident, an employee suggested she download 1Password, a solution which logs you into all of the sites and apps you have preprogrammed with just a tap of a single button once logged into the app. She says between not needing to reset passwords or hunt through her spreadsheet the tool saves her at least 30 minutes every day.Related: Travel Tech: 4 Gadgets for Running Your Business on the FlyMy Fitness Pal. Since Ganahl spends at least one week a month on the road for business, eating healthy and exercising regularly is a challenge. Last year nine of her friends who also travel for work formed a support group on the online platform, sharing workouts and diet successes as well as pointers for her sister travelers. Before she joined her friends on My Fitness Pal she didn’t always fit in her daily workout and found herself eating at the same restaurants that she knew offered healthy food or grabbing less healthy options. But now, she knows that if she skips a workout she has to answer to her friends and they often share ideas for quick meals on the run. “Last week one of the group members posted about a healthy and yummy meal she had in the Chicago airport so next time I pass through on a layover, I am definitely going to eat there,” says GanahlRelated: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic)Orbitz. Earlier this year Ganahl found herself stuck in Los Angeles airport due to flight delays at the same time her husband was leaving on his own out-of-town trip. If she didn’t make it home very soon, no one would be available to care for their 5 year-old and two-year old twins. Ganahl didn’t trek back to the ticket desk, but pulled up the Orbitz app and bought a cheap one-way ticket on another airline that would get her home in time. While she’s used other travel apps, she returns to Orbitz because it saves all of her frequent flier numbers and remembers that she likes to sit by the window so she can look at the landscape. Ganahl estimates that the app saves 20 percent of her time when booking tickets for herself and friends and family. “Orbitz even remembers that I like to connect through the Minneapolis airport since it’s such a fun spot to hang out.”Related: Wake Up and Kick-Start Your Mornings With These 5 Bright Apps Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals