Tar Sand "Geocide" – What Actions Should be Taken to Reduce their Environmental Damage?

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Oil production in the Alberta tar sands is drastically damaging the Earth through scarring its crust, polluting its waters, and heavily polluting its atmosphere. Many scientists and organizations along with the First Nations chiefs are urging the Government to halt the production of tar sands due to its large environmental damage that contributes to the harming of wildlife and the jeopardy of human health and safety.


The tar sands are an area containing a vast supply of oil found in the form of tar. Canada’s tar sands are primarily  located in there major reserves: the Athabasca tar sands, the Cold Lake reserves in north-eastern Alberta, and the Peace River deposits located in western Alberta. Together, Canada’s oil sands cover 140000 square kilometres, an area greater than the total land area of England, and have proven to be able to supply 175 billion barrels of oil. Though the tar sands are greatly profitable for British Petroleum and the Canadian Government, the environmental damage is undoubtedly very large and can permanently scar the Earth’s crust as 3350 square kilometres of the tar sands must be obtained by mining the surface of the Earth. Furthermore, the process that refines the oil requires a lot of power and has to be filtered with fresh water which is then contaminated and leached into destructive tailing ponds, a process which has been proven to increase respiratory diseases and cancers in downstream First Nations’ populations.

*In addition, scientists have proven that producing a single barrel of oil from the tar sands produces three times greater gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil.*

Organizations such as Greenpeace, along with NASA scientists and the First Nations peoples of Canada, strongly urge the Canadian Government to stop the extraction of oil from Alberta’s tar sands as it can stop Canada from reaching its obligations under the international Kyoto protocol and can eventually jeopardize the survival of the human species. Scientists along with Al Gore warn that extraction of oil from Alberta’s tar sands could risk the survival of the human species and unless human kind radically changes from carbon-based fuels, the world may be headed towards Armageddon. Despite the fact that Canada’s tar sand reserves provide 16% of the world’s oil supply, 4 tonnes of landscape must be torn up in order to obtain one barrel of oil, and over 13 million litres of toxic water are being released into the environment by factories. Leading scientists from NASA believe that the federal government should draw policy over water pollution in order to significantly reduce the environmental damage of tar sand extraction, and that it should rely on conventional oil extraction and renewable non-carbon sources instead  Throughout the past several years, the Canadian Government has only invested $1 billion towards creating technologies that are environmentally-friendly and carbon-free such as solar and wind technologies. The Canadian Government would greatly benefit from the development and expansion of renewable energy industries as it could provide even more jobs which could replace …

Naac Exercises

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Dr.Jawahar Lal Sen

National assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an autonomous institution  constituted by the University Grants Commission (India)‘To make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation,promotion and sustenance initiatives’.

The revised guidelines for the creation of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) contains following expressed mission of  NAAC with a view to achieving the above mentioned ‘Vision’.


k To arrange for periodic assessment and accreditation ofinstitutions of higher education or units thereof, or specificacademic programmes or projects;

k To stimulate the academic environment for promotion of qualityof teaching-learning and research in higher educationinstitutions;

k To encourage self-evaluation, accountability, autonomy andinnovations in higher education;

k To undertake quality-related research studies, consultancy andtraining programmes, and

k To collaborate with other stakeholders of higher education forquality evaluation, promotion and sustenance.’



The basic purpose and the tasks of the IQAC had also been defined in the revised guidelines as  quoted below

‘The basic purposes of the IQAC are:

a) To ensure continuous improvement in the entire operations of theinstitution, and

b) To assure stakeholders connected with higher education – namely, students,

parents, teachers, staff, would-be employers, funding agencies and society

in general – of the accountability of the institution for its own quality and probity.


The IQAC will evolve mechanisms and procedures for ensuring the


a) Timely, efficient and progressive performance of academic, administrative

and financial tasks.

b) The relevance and quality of academic and research programmes.

c) Equitable access to and affordability of academic programmes for various

sections of society.

d) Optimization and integration of modern methods of teaching and learning.

e) The credibility of evaluation procedures.

f) The adequacy, maintenance and proper allocation of support structure and


g) Research sharing and networking with other institutions in India and




The NAAC has also  discussed at length  the composition of IQAC, operational features of the IQAC and the functions of the IQAC. These had been done in very clear language, without any ambiguity and with professional acumen. We also believe that if  those operational features and functions are translated into practice, no force  on the earth will be able to retard the growth of higher education in India.

So far so good.  But the only important question is for whom all these exercises are being undertaken?  Which is the target group?  The answer is plain and simple  – Students.

Students belong to various categories, namely, college students, university students, students of medical colleges, technical institutes, students belonging to management studies and similar other various branches. The problems of each category requires specialized attention as each category has got its own issues, own problems and hence there cannot be any common policy prescription for all.

Even the problems of colleges and universities working with the same type of students are widely different, a fact which have been overlooked by UGC and NAAC in a most unfortunate manner. The eminent persons at top level of …

Ahalia Health, Heritage and Knowledge Village

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Ahalia Health, Heritage and Knowledge Village, an integrated campus consisting of Ahalia Foundation Eye Hospital, Ahalia Ayurvedic Hospital, Ahalia Heritage Center, Ahalia Children’s Village and Ahalia Public School, is located at the foot of Western Ghats, breathtaking valleys, herbal gardens and natural rain water harvesting bodies. The vast and beautiful campus is hardly three hours drive from Cochin and Calicut airports and 40 minutes drive from Coimbatore airport.

We are a part of the Ahalia group, which is renowned for healthcare in the Middle East for over two decades. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide quality healthcare to all sections of the society, we are in the process of setting up more tertiary hospitals in areas of Women and Child care, Diabetic Care, Orthopedic Care, ENT, and Cardiac Care in our campus at Palakkad.

Ahalia Foundation Eye Hospital
Back in 2005, we opened Keralas’ biggest, 300 bed super specialty Eye Care hospital with an aim to provide advanced and sophisticated eye care at affordable cost. AFEH with its team of competent and well trained doctors has stood for excellence in eye care ever since. Equipped with six operation theaters and state of the art equipments, AFEH has the expertise in all the areas of ophthalmology including advanced Phaco surgery for cataract, latest Lasik treatment for refractive errors and specialty services for Retina, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Low Vision Aids etc.

We are also involved in conducting extensive research and academic activities, seminars, workshops etc for the benefit of the medical community and the society as a whole. Our community activities include conducting free eye screening camps and cataract surgery for the identified cases, for the poor and the needy. Till date, AFEH has conducted over 1000 such camps providing treatment including surgery for over 200,000 patients.

For accommodation, patients can choose from wide range including luxury cottages, Deluxe A/C & Non A/c rooms which will suit every budget. Guests are served with vegetarian as well as non vegetarian food with using vegetables from our own organic farms. The hospital also has an auditorium, library, research centre, Business centre & internet café, ATM and multi cuisine A/C Food Point.

We have regional centers at Trichur, Irinjalakuda, Chavakkad, Ernakulam and Pollachy in Tamilnadu,  More regional and sub centers are coming up in all the districts of Kerala.

Ahalia Ayurvedic Hospital
This 5000 year old ancient form of treatment is inextricably related to Kerala’s culture. It is this link that has ensured a continuing faith in this ancient system of healing despite progress in modern medicine. Ahalia Ayurvedic Hospital is a place where Ayurveda is practiced in its true form in a calm, peaceful and eco friendly atmosphere away from the inevitable din and dust of the modern world. Our location and unmatched facilities give us a distinct advantage when it comes to quality Ayurvedic treatment . We manufacture our own medicines (“Oushadhams”) with herbs grown in our unique Herbal Garden.

Ayurvedic treatment is useful in curing as well as instilling a …

3 Reasons Savvy Entrepreneurs Choose To Outsource Payroll Services

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One of the non-core services that most start-ups and small companies spend time unnecessarily is payroll. Accounting and payroll services have enabled small companies to outsource their overheads to professionals. This gave them more time to concentrate on thing more important for managing and expanding the business, and also made many small businesses more efficient with paying salaries on time. Here are 5 more reasons why savvy entrepreneurs should have their payroll services professionally managed via outsourcing.

 1.       Keep Employees and Contractors Happy

Despite what your employees told you during their interview, they all need money to meet expenses. Money is a primary incentive for every worker, either full time or on contract-basis. When you are unable to pay them on time, it creates displeasure and that will most certainly have a negative impact on the morale of your workforce. Professional accounting and payroll services let you pay out on time and keep everyone happy. Remember, a happy workforce is more productive than a demoralized, late paid staff.

 2.       Keep the Government Agencies Happy

Small businesses are usually not aware of the rules and regulations in place regarding tax reporting and other government mandates necessary for smooth operations of the organization. Failing to meet those requirements will eventually end up in penalties and even worse, shutdown. If you are not entirely sure what the government expects from you, get professional help of professional accounting and payroll services. An established payroll accounting service in Cyprus has staff dedicated to keep track of latest rules and regulations so that your organization is always in compliance of everything that is necessary to keep operations uninterrupted and smooth.

 3.       Enhanced Protection against Payroll Fraud

In most cases, small companies are completely unaware of the risks of data theft and payroll fraud that can take place for the lack of robust security systems in place. Professional payroll and accounting service providers have a lot of security systems in place and that alone will deter frauds from happening. A common concern for small business owners is abuse of the payroll system as well as other unethical practices. Professionals deploy state-of-the-art data safety and backup systems, so your information is always safe. 

 These three are the most compelling reasons for most business to consider professional Accounting and payroll services for their needs. But there are also tons of other great benefits to this and you will know more about them by getting in touch with an Accounting and Payroll Services in Cyprus…


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A National Oil and Gas Asset and Exploration & Production Database for Ukraine is a Critical Infrastructure element to attract Investors



In order to Ukraine to attract Investors and companies to assist them in the efforts of exploring and producing oil and gas, several steps need to be taken.

One of the most important steps is to make the Energy Sector more transparent to the global players within the oil and gas industry.

There are certainly other steps in this process, such as regulations, laws and fiscal regime that needs to be focused at. However, given that there are large enough opportunities, there will be an international interest, and will give Ukraine more and better cards to play with to close deals in the future.

Ukraine needs to look into how they form partnerships in the future. Not only look at the immediate income of a project, but to look at the long-term opportunity to harvest profits, in several areas.

Ukraine has a large and prominent academic base to take from, and its intellectual base provide Ukraine with a large potential to create a domestic governmental agency to form its future Strategy for oil and gas.

Ukraine also host several industry segments that will benefit from more coordinated oil and gas efforts guided by a national strategy that is sound and transparent to the investors. Rig and pipeline construction and the iron industry cries for more activities apart from its export potential.

In this article the author will touch mostly into the creation of a National Data Center (NDC)/ National E&P Data Bank (NDB), to host and promote Ukraine potential. However, several other activities are touched as well, and should not be seen as less important, although not discussed in details here. These topics should be addressed as equally important.



Ukraine suffers from lack of transparency within the Energy sector today. If Ukraine is to attract serious international and national investors to participate in developing Ukraine’s diversified resources within oil and gas, there is a need to modernize and make the energy sector more transparent on its way.

Encouraging trust and open up the landscape so the investors and government together can resolve the challenges ahead for Ukraine, is the only viable way forward.

Ukraine does not have the economic powers to take upon itself all the challenges ahead within oil and gas industry. Not only is the conventional oil and gas prospecting an effort to take into account. Lately, the focus on Coal Bed Methane and Shale Gas has made new opportunities and challenges to Ukraine.


One major effort that needs to be focused on, by the Ukraine authorities are the establishment of a National Data Center for oil and gas resources.

This effort has proven to give a nation more attention, and more credibility as it promotes in a more transparent way the potential in a nation’s resources.

Therefore we propose that the government of Ukraine put more focus and attention to make a Joint Venture …

Purpose of Education and Science

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                                  Purpose of Education and Science

    Education is through motivation and satisfying the needs of humans. The scientific world is part of an elongated human development. This this can be substantiated with the use and evolution of computers. Education of the entities that comprise the need to achieve the ultimate goal of science is an important issue of today. Education is a conglomerate believes of individual mind.

    The scientific world plays a role in this development of individual. It can be said that science is based on strategic planning. In the early evolutionary stage it has been noted through history that ideas and inventions can be obtained through exploration and scientific abomination. Education is the foundation of the continuity sustainability and transformation. The group of individual learners can be the sole of success of education.

    We can achieve our needs through critical innovation of the mind regardless of our role in society. Everyone is a learner since we do not have control over what is to be learned. The circumstances surrounding education and its mode of delivery may be due to affordability and security. These in turns affect the volatility and the flexibility of learning.

   To eliminate doubts and worry, education needs justify the prosperity of societal factors. The incumbents involve must have the resources of attaining their goals. Since we have various goals and needs, society or organization must always embed or include scenario and standard of accomplishments with their expectations.

    The modalities of learning comprised all entities of understanding processes of humans. The dexterity of the mind can be explained through all means of communications. Both internal and external modes of communication can be justify in the development of intelligence.

    The learning processes not only consist of spiritual processes, but all physical environmental and technological scientific means. The learning modes changes as one progresses through the channel of dwelling of living. The society must realized that learning yield success only if it is applied substantially through the minds of the individuals. Individuals learned most under the assumptions that they posses already all the preliminary process of life within the society. As mentioned in one of the seminar sessions inTucson,Arizonawe as humans tend to follow with a can-do attitude. Acquiring self knowledge always demand self reflection. According to  how Dr Wilburn of Newark, Delaware explained at a seminar in Arizona, in the United States of America,”there is absolutely no way we can get to know ourselves if we don’t take some quiet time to meditate; Contemplation is another one of the ways adult tends to learn.” Most adults are willing to open to ideas and will try untested approaches and accept risk of learning. When people are at their personal best, their projects involve creative thinking and beyond-the-boundaries thinking because of the atmospheric conditions accord to them during the process of learning.

    Even though we have gone through a process at an early stage, we must realized that nothing is done perfectly the very first time, not in schools, not …

Investment-Grade Intermediate-Term Municipal Bond Etfs

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Municipal bonds are issued by local city and county governments to raise money. They may fund libraries, schools, highway improvements, or sports stadiums.

Some municipal bonds are general obligation (GO) bonds. This means that the issuing government is free to use the money as it sees fit, whether to buy a new police cars or pay janitors at the county hospital.

Other municipal bonds can be used only for a specific purpose. For instance a county could use the funds to build a toll road. The tolls collected from motorists is used to repay bond owners.

Some consider GO bonds safer because the government can pay the required interest out of any money collected, whether taxes or speeding ticket fines. Some consider the other bonds safer. That’s because a municipality’s toll booth may continue to make money even as its property tax base goes downhill.

Historically, municipal bonds have low rates of default. The few cases of prominent muni bond defaults made big news. But the 1983 Washington Public Power Supply System default on bonds used to finance nuclear power plants and the 1994 Orange County California bankruptcy remain exceptions.

The big appeal of municipal bonds is that their interest is tax-free at the federal level. However, because of this feature municipal bonds pay interest rates that on average are lower than corporate bonds.

Therefore many wealthy investors with a high marginal tax rate put all their money into muni bonds to reduce their federal tax burden. Municipal bonds are not as advantageous for investors in lower tax brackets.

They also are not the best investment for tax-sheltered accounts such as conventional or Roth IRAs. That’s because accumulating tax-free income inside a retirement account is a waste of its tax-shelter status.

Interest income from municipal bonds is taxable by cities and states.

There are many thousands of muni bonds to choose from, and they are not easy or convenient to buy even for the wealthy. Bond brokers generally service institutions with millions of dollars to spend.

However, investors can buy shares of the iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund: MUB and SPDR Barclay’s Capital Municipal Bond ETF: TFI.

MUB tracks the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index.

TFI tracks the Barclay’s Capital Municipal Managed Money Index (ticker: LMMITR).

(AMT stands for Alternative Minimum Tax. So the income from both these ETFs is not taxable by the IRS.)

MUB’s expense ratio is 0.25%. TFI’s is 0.30%.

MUB’s total holdings is 592. TFI’s is 282.

MUB’s average credit rating is AA-. TFI’s is AA2.

Both funds pay dividends monthly.

MUB’s average maturity is 7.93 years. TFI’s is 7.70.

TFI has a slightly higher expense ratio. It also has just half as many holdings, so it’s not as diversified as MUB. Otherwise they have similar characteristics, so it’s not necessary to buy both.

Investors in the highest tax brackets who want to diversify their municipal bond portfolios while receiving monthly checks should consider investing in either MUB or TFI.…

Drug Abuse in South African Crime Statistics

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South African crime statistics have shown that alcoholism and numerous drug abuse have been affiliated the alarming charge of crime and violence in South Africa.

There are numerous predictors of sexual assault. Socio-demographic features, anti-social and suicidal behaviors, substance abuse and psychosocial aspects are a single of the several. There has nonetheless been no distinct homework that regarding many victimization in a neighborhood sample of adolescents in South Africa.

Numerous vital variables truly need to be targeted when assessing the brings about of violence. A single of the most widespread predictors of adolescent violence is their engagement in delinquent and anti-social behaviors. Another characteristic is the impact of close friends who are delinquent and antisocial and starting to be uncovered to these a group boosts the danger of an adolescent finding victimized. A motivated offender is existing and there is an absence of impressive safety of the prospective victim.

Adolescents who spend a wonderful deal of time with delinquent buddies have a higher chance of at the moment currently being victimized than their pals with out possessing this type of close close friends taking into consideration that they will extra frequently be in nearer proximity to motivated perpetrators, with out the powerful guardianship by mom and dad and pals. Moms and fathers who are far more emotionally involved and involved with their young children are inclined to maintain their kids as substantially away from “terrible influences” and possible aggressor and supervise their children’s actions at the identical time lowering their magnetism as targets of violent attacks.

A questionnaire-based mostly investigation by Morojele and Brook (2005) examined the association amongst drug use, peer, parental and environmental parts in predicting numerous violence attacks amongst adolescents in South Africa. Variables assessed had been self, peer and parental drug use self and peer delinquent behaviors parent-boy or lady connection and neighborhood drug availability and violence publicity as a outcome of television. A greater price of victimization was learned in people who generally smoked tobacco and marijuana and consumed alcohol considerably much more generally as in contrast to their non-alcoholic, non-smoking counterparts. Parental cigarette cigarette smoking, alcohol use and parental policies and mom or father-child rapport have been sizeable predictors of many victimizations, with the association in among parental marijuana use and assault approaching South African crime statistics value.

The last south african crime statistics were released in september 2010.

The study’s findings advance the recent state of awareness relating to substance abuse amongst adolescents in South Africa. The use of medicines by men and women in an adolescents’ environment as nicely as the heightened availability of medications also look to be related with an enhanced likelihood of adolescents’ experiences of victimization. Final results of the analyze have implications for prevention strategies addressing violence and victimization in between adolescents in South Africa. Possibly profitable interventions for adolescent victimization should be meant to address certain, loved ones, peer and environmental danger components. Wellness remedy policies and approaches ought to concentrate on minimizing substance use in regular. …

Life in the New World Order – Soul Mates or Cell Mates?

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“The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government …. all under their control…. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.” – Congressman Larry P. McDonald, 1976

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

Our lives are being directed according to a business plan. The agenda has been laid out over decades and centuries, we are just led to believe it’s happening in real time. There are some very significant dates coming up within the next few short years. Hard to imagine that we are smack dab in the middle of an end-game scenario, with plans coming to fruition that have been laid out and documented since at least the 1920’s and 30’s. Even more incredible, you can literally go back hundreds of years to find out it’s the same basic cast of characters through elite bloodlines responsible for secret societies and shadow governments. Members of this group are said to include such prominent families as the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Morgans, Duponts, as well as presidents, prime ministers and European monarchs.

Using their influence through international organizations such as the World Bank, the IMF, the CFR, the United Nations and NATO, the objective of the internationalists is nothing less than the subjugation of everyone on the planet to a one world government. How long has all this been going on? Without stretching the limits of your indulgence regarding quotations (I’ll do that later), consider these, which, if you disregard the names and dates, could easily have been uttered this morning:

“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” – Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli of England 1844

“From the days of Sparticus, Wieskhopf, Karl Marx, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemberg, and Emma Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.”- Winston Churchill London Press l922

” If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.” – President Andrew Jackson 1829-1837

“The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen….At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United …

What is your attitude towards your work?

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What is your attitude towards your work? The position you take just might mean the difference between fulfillment and misery! This is the sixth article in a ten-part series, based on Craig Nathanson’s trademark “Ten P” model for vocational happiness. By Craig Nathanson The Vocational Coach™ What is your attitude towards your work? This is not a trivial question. On a recent trip to teach and speak in Russia I discovered that one’s culture can influence one’s position or attitude about their work. For example, in Russia, the pairing of work and joy doesn’t compute. The general feeling there is that one’s work is something that must be done whether one likes it or not. In North America, while there is a growing trend to choose more carefully one’s work, there still are remarkable similar attitudes about work. Mid-life is the chance to re-adjust your position about your work Mid-life is the perfect time to change or even recreate a new attitude about your work. It’s time to discard old non-useful ideas of the past and replace them with more useful ideas. This is not easy I should know. Now almost 4 years removed from corporate America, I have had many days and nights wondering what am I doing. Trading a six figure income managing other people in their jobs to now spending my days typing articles like this? Trying to give people new ideas how to discover and do what they love? Spending hour after hour in my private practice discussing with clients the same fears, concerns and yet eager anticipation that I had in recreating one’s work life. This isn’t a real job I would think. What am I doing while all those OTHER people commute to their real jobs. Work and Joy do fit together

Having an attitude about your work that you must not only enjoy but love what you do is not just reserved for the privileged in our society. Sure it may be harder to get started for some but just because we all have different starting lines doesn’t mean we can’t join the race to an authentic work life Are you too comfortable in your job? Up to age 40 or so, many of us have settled into a comfortable pattern about our work. We don’t necessarily love it or even like it, but it pays the bills and helps build our egos. Mid-life is a time of attitude adjustment You can live a more authentic life by starting to change your position about your work. Is what you do JUST a job to retire from? Or do you want to do activities each and every day which you love and never have to stop until you die? The only people who retire are people who don’t love what they do. Are you one of them? You can live a more authentic life but the changes reside in you. If you don’t change your position and direction of your work, then who will? …