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Serving the Inland Empire and High Desert Communites

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Riverside County Supervising Deputy District Attorney John Henry Announces Bid for Superior Court Judge

In October of 2011, Supervising Deputy District Attorney John Henry announced his bid to become Riverside County’s next Superior Court Judge. Henry, who currently supervises the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse unit for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, has been a prosecutor for twelve years. John Henry, along with his wife, Kamaria, began his career as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, the couple was hired by Riverside County District Attorney Grover Trask. In his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Henry has prosecuted a wide variety of crimes, including fraud, child molestation, and murder. In 2010, he successfully tried Roman Aldana and Jose

Solorza for the torture­murder of Kayla Wood, a 16 year­old runaway in Moreno Valley. Aldana was sentenced to death for his role in the brutal murder. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Henry has alsotrained law enforcement officers, medical personnel, and other prosecutors in various areas of criminal law. Henry also acts as a mentor for sexual assault prosecutors statewide, through his involvement with the California Deputy District Attorney’s Association. In addition to working as a prosecutor, John Henry spent over a decade preparing law students for their chosen career as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. In his time there, Mr. Henry helped teach law students how to be effective courtroom advocates. Henry has also volunteered as a mock trial coach at Citrus Hill High School in Perris, and as a youth baseball coach. When asked why voters should choose him, Henry responded “As a prosecutor, I have seen firsthand how crime can affect the lives of the victims and witnesses involved. You can’t learn that by studying cases in a library or by watching others try cases. My experience helps me understand that the decisions judges make will have a profound effect on the lives of everyone involved.” Henry says that he also hopes to show young people that they can achieve success

(San Bernardino, Calif.) Transforming lives through the power of work. For many throughout the Inland Empire, the Goodwill of Southern California plays a vital role as an employment resource. In addition, local businesses see them as a partner ensuring highly sensitive documents are disposed of properly and within regulated guidelines. Joining that growing list of businesses partners is LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. Operating a total of four clinics in Fontana, Hesperia and San Bernardino, LaSalle has partnered with Goodwill Industries to meet with HIPPA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations, requiring the proper disposal of unneeded documents. “This is the kind of alignment opportunity we look for,” said Carl Maier, Executive Vice President of Operations for LaSalle Medical Associates. “By partnering with Goodwill we are ensuring we maintain compliance, while partnering with a local

organization. We are doing something good for the environment and providing local job opportunities for those with disabilities. It really doesn’t get any better than that.” The income Goodwill generates from its shredding service assists in funding education, job training and placement services, providing people who have disabilities and other vocational disadvantages the opportunity to become productive and self­sufficient in the community. LaSalle is dedicated to their belief of doing more together than you can apart, this partnership with Goodwill Industries assists in maintaining local employment opportunities for 25 individuals with disabilities. Goodwill’s journey to provide shredding services began in 2005, with the desire to become self­ sufficient and create opportunities for its participants, which would generate a positive cash flow. “We realized that government funding support

through hard work and dedication. “Growing up, I didn’t have anyone to show me how to become a lawyer. I didn’t know any lawyers or judges. But my parents taught me that I could do anything if I worked hard. I want to show our kids that no

goal is out of reach.” To learn more about Supervising Deputy District Attorney John Henry and his campaign to become a Superior Court Judge, go to www.JohnHenry4Judge.com.

changed and is no longer what it once was,” said Lowell King, Regional Operations Officer for Goodwill Southern California. “As a nonprofit, we wanted to become more self­sufficient. When we began to look at our options, shredding aligned well with our organization.” Certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), the shredding program, which is available nationally, was launched in Southern California in 2005 and expanded to the Inland Empire in 2007. Each Goodwill Secure Bin is bar coded and tracked. The facility is under 24­hour video surveillance, guarded by security personnel 24 hours per day. In addition, all Goodwill Secure Shredding trucks have GPS tracking. “NAID certified is the premier certification in the shredding industry,” said King. “We are proud of our chain of custody and process in the handling of documents and that we actually exceed every regulation required for shredding.”

In fact the chain of custody concept implemented by Goodwill ensures that document containers are not only locked, but that they are never left unattended. Even clients can’t retrieve items once they are placed in the container. “In life, there are three things that are very transformational; your faith, your health and a job,” said King. “Our contracts help organizations to be environmentally conscience as well as help provide jobs to those with disabilities. By partnering with organizations like LaSalle, we are changing lives by getting folks working that never had that opportunity before. At the end of the day, that is a good feeling.” On the heels of this successful partnership, LaSalle is currently working to extend this same service to members of its Independent Practice Association (IPA). Located throughout California, their network of 1,900 contracted doctors, hospitals and clinics deliver high quality patient care with more than 190,000 patient visits per year.

LaSalle Helps Goodwill Create Jobs

Primecare Receives Corporate Business of the Year Award

gave a formal presentation at the PrimeCare Corporate Office in Ontario. I posed a few questions to President & COO of PrimeCare and President & CEO of the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce. I asked about their thoughts on health care and Small Businesses in the Inland Empire. I also asked several questions concerning the African American community and if PrimeCare Medical Network feels it is addressing the African American community. Hutchins is very concerned about the nearly 1200 physicians they work with. She stated, “Our physicians are, in fact, Small Businesses.” She went into detail about just how lucky they are to have Robert Martinez in the By Ethel Martin­Miller received the Business of the Year community advocating for their Award from the Riverside County physicians and working hard to deliver I had the honor of sitting in while Black Chamber of Commerce. the best quality services to the President & COO Leigh Hutchins President & CEO Christy Lancaster

community at large. Hutchins also shared with me that they have a faith based initiative. Christy laughed and said, “Robert Martinez is the Gumby in the community when it comes to healthcare awareness.” He serves on various boards as a healthcare advisor throughout the Inland Empire such as the Inland Empire Asian Business Association (IEABA) , The Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GRHCC), and The Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce. Christy Lancaster added, “Healthcare is important to ALL businesses as you cannot be a successful business if you are unhealthy”. PrimeCare is working hard looking for more ways to make bigger impacts in the communities and businesses in health care. One can see

that PrimeCare Medical Network is leading the way and is proud to be able to respond to the health care needs of the community. The Business of the Year Award was presented to the right company and the future in health care for all looks good.

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TECHNOLOGY

How to Rid Yourself of Phone Charges with Internet Phone Service By Jim Sherman

Session Initiation Protocol and Short Message Service (SIP and SMS respectively) refer to frameworks that allow devices to communicate directly with one another without the need for a central routing computer. It seems rather surprising that a mere framework can so radically change the face of communication, but in the few years since their explosion onto the communications world, SIP and SMS have done just that. The brilliance of SIP and SMS is that they are able to bypass the traditional telephony model whereby a line had to be routed through a telephone hub and maintained for the duration of a call to complete the conversation. The process of routing and establishing

connection as well as maintaining connectedness throughout the call in increasingly congested phone lines is quite an expensive venture. And like all good for profit businesses, telephone companies were happy to pass the costs of operation on to consumers in the form of high long­ distance bills. That has all changed, however, since the advent of SIP and SMS. Because the SIP and SMS code is based on computer communication and not telephone communication, it is able to work much like the internet itself. That means that when you place a call through SIP or send a message through SMS you do not have to pay the cost of a router connecting your calls, but rather the technology automatically finds the person you are trying to communicate with and rings

their line. What is established is a stable but temporary connection in between you and the person you are speaking with. When you are done speaking the connection is severed. That means that unlike traditional telephone companies, SIP and SMS providers do not have to maintain millions of lines that are not being used, but rather they simply rely on the very precise code built in to the phone to create and sever connections as needed. This creates a perfectly efficient system, which consequently explains why SIP and SMS providers are able to offer long­distance communication so cheaply. SIP and SMS were designed not only with efficiency in mind, however, but also integrated ease of use in the model. Because the designers were fully aware that telephone users have become used to

having a handset and phone number, this has been integrated into the SIP technology. Under the system SIP users can make calls from their number through a regular handset just like they would ordinarily. However, because the system is based on internet and not telephone line communication, the benefits do not stop there. Rather, SIP allows users to take their phone and plug it in wherever there is internet access. And when they do, they can make and receive calls on their very same phone number. So for instance, a business traveler can take his office phone with him on a trip and receive calls to the same number, on the very same phone, although physically he may have moved across the country or even across the world. The fact that the system is based on internet

communication also means that users get the benefit of paying their bill and adjusting their services all from a single website. That is not to mention extra services like conference calling, which is significantly cheaper with SIP than with traditional telephony. SIP and SMS allow users to send messages and phone calls from around the world with the ease of making a local call. Because the system is internet based it is able to offer a wide array of services and features that typical providers are simply not able to touch. But by far the most important benefit of both SIP and SMS is the cost. Due to the fact that the system is peer­to­peer, users are able to save tremendously on long­ distance charges over their much more costly land­line competitors.

Android VPN Security for your Mobile Phones Tablet PC’s

By Henry Hernandez

Android VPNs aren't just for mobile phones. The Android OS powers more than just mobile phones. You will also have your choice of tablets and notebooks. An Android VPN will give you an extra layer of security to get things done without worrying about revealing personal information. Many VPNs won t just support your phone; you'll also be able to protect your laptop, PC connection and any other devices that connect to the internet. This article outlines everything you need to know about Android VPNs. How Do VPNs Work? A VPN, or virtual private network, creates a secure tunnel between your device and the Internet. Data passing through this tunnel is encrypted and prevents hackers from stealing information. When you are connected to the internet, you are exposed to all kinds of security threats. A VPN is an extra layer of security that keeps you protected on the web. When you connect to the VPN, you will have your choice of servers all over the world. Premium VPN providers offer servers in the US, EU, and Asia. How is an Android VPN Different from a Normal VPN? An Android VPN is a VPN that is compatible with Android

powered devices. Not all VPNs work with every device. Make sure that research the company carefully and that it s features sure the service you pick is compatible with your device before meet your needs. Always look for companies that offer 24/7 purchasing. In addition to researching compatibility, look at support and money back guarantees. reviews of the service to ensure you are getting the best VPN for your needs. Do You Need an Android VPN? An Android compatible VPN keeps you secure, but do you really need one? If you do any online banking, check email, or share information on the internet, an Android VPN is the answer. You don t have to be a business person to need the reassurance and security of a VPN. You don't want just a mobile VPN provider; you want someone who can keep all your other connections safe as well. Stay Safe on Public Networks We all use public networks every day, but you have to be careful. You can t just transmit your data and hope no one is out there watching. Are you browsing on your mobile phone? Are you browsing at school or work? These are public networks and you need to keep your information secure. An Android VPN will keep your mobile broadband secure with just a few clicks. Secure your network, mobile phone, and even your desktop computer with a premium VPN Provider. Before you buy, make

Business Intelligence Gearing Up To Go Mobile By Anand Kumar

Business intelligence is the critical solution for analyzing business data. This analysis is the most important step to take businesses further against the tide of competition. Traditionally, business intelligence was always confined to office limits and this was a major drawback in terms of remote data sources and far flung operations. Mobile Business Intelligence is that new trend in the business intelligence that provides the data access to the executives and this keeps them in the loop of any transactions. In the present scenario, there are two potential user fraternities for Mobile Business Intelligence (MBI). A.) Firms that already use BI and would want to update

the access from mobile devices. B.)Firms that don’t use BI and that they would adopt MBI more quickly. It is believed rightly that in two years, 25% or more of the users will consume BI services via their mobile devices. It is also predicted that more than half of all the existing BI users will go mobile. Thus, the shift over of the BI to mobile platforms is felt strongly for the coming two years. Mobile Business Intelligence not only provides real­time decision­making but also effective operational methods. Though there are many complexities in the BI, the mobile devices primarily the androids and apple devices are capable to handle the complications very effectively. Substantial

benefits have been enjoyed by investing in BI in recent years. And with BI being a top initiative within the organization, Mobile BI is an important component of the BI infrastructure. As further enhancements, the organization will get more efficient, agile and competitive. Of all the mobile devices available to access the BI services, the ipad is the preferred platform for implementing Mobile Business Intelligence. The ipad required no skilled personnel or required minimal training to use the device. As for the procedure of embracing the MBI goes, mobile devices simply needs to be fed from the already existing enterprise Business Intelligence applications and systems and data may be stored on mobile

devices. The data storage can either be on the servers, devices or as most customers prefer data has to be fed on both server as well as devices. In a recent poll taken a great majority of respondents expect data to reside on both ­ devices and servers. Reproduction of the desktop reports for distribution via mobile device is done seamlessly with desktop security protocols. New technologies like HTML5 make Mobile BI easy on any device. Thus, with MBI vital company data can be accessed safely even when on a drive setting high standards of agility within the organization.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE NOT APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Even if you do not have a college­aged child at home, please share this with someone who does, and anyone who comes to mind. There are a number of companies and organizations who have donated money for scholarships to African Americans, but a great deal of the money is being returned because of a lack of interest or awareness. No one is going to knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship. Take the initiative to get your children involved. Money shouldn't be returned to donating companies because we fail to apply for it. Please pass this information on to family members, nieces, nephews, friends with children, etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful additional money can be. 1) Bell Labs Fellowships for under represented minorities http://www.bell­labs.com/fellowships/CRFP/info.html 2) Student Inventors Scholarships http://www.invent.org/collegiate http://www.invent.org/collegiate/ 3) Student Video Scholarships http://www.christophers.org /vidcon2k.html 4) Coca­Cola Two Year College Scholarships http://www.coca­colascholars.org/programs.html 5) Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships http://holocaust.hklaw.com/ 6) Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships http://www.aynrand.org/contests/ 7) Brand Essay Competition http://www.instituteforbrandleadership.org/IBLEssayContest­2002Rules.htm 8) Gates Millennlum Scholarships (major) http://www.gmsp.org/nominationmaterials/read.dbm?ID=12 9) Xerox Scholarships for Students http://www2.xerox.com/go/xrx/about_xerox/about_xerox_detail.jsp 10) Sports Scholarships and Internships http://www.ncaa.org/about/scholarships.html 11) National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)http://www.nabj.org/html/studentsvcs.html 12) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/content/printable_version/saultwilson.pdf 13) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org/sk_v6.cfm 14) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid scholarships) http://www.finaid.org/ 15) Presidential Freedom Scholarships http://www.nationalservice.org/scholarships/ 16) Microsoft Scholarship Program http://www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships/minority.asp 17) WiredScholar Free Scholarship Search http://www.wiredscholar.com/paying/scholarship search/pay scholarship search.jsp 18) Hope Scholarships & Lifetime Credits http://www.ed.gov/inits/hope/ 19) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Studentshttp://www.apsanet.org/PS/grants/aspen3.cfm 20) Multiple List of Minority Scholarships http://gehon.ir.miami.edu/financial­assistance/Scholarship/black.html 21) Guaranteed Scholarships http://www.guaranteed­scholarships.com/ 22) BOEING scholarships (som e HBCU connects)http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/educationrelations/scholarships 23) Easley National Scholarship Program http://www.naas.org/senior.htm 24) Maryland Artists Scholarships http://www.maef.org/ 26) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida )http://www.jackituckfield.org/ 27) Historically Black College & University Scholarships http://www.iesabroad.org/info/hbcu.htm 28) Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Studentshttp://www.beanactuary.org/minority/scholarships.htm 29) International Students Scholarships &Aid Help http://www.iefa.org/ 30) College Board Scholarship Searchhttp://cbweb10p.collegeboard.org/fundfinder/html/fundfind01.html 31) Burger King Scholarship Program http://www.bkscholars.csfa.org/ 32) Siemens Westinghouse Competition http://www.siemens­foundationorg/ 33) GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds http://www.lulac.org/Programs/Scholar.html 34) CollegeNet's Scholarship Database http://mach25.collegenet.com/cgi­bin/M25/index 35) Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid http://www.aflcioorg/scholarships/scholar.htm 36) Federal Scholarships 25 Scholarship Gateways from BlackExcel http://www.blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm 37) Scholarship & Financial Aid Help http://www.blackexcel.org/fin­sch.htm 38) Scholarship Links (Ed Finance Group) http://www.efg.net/link_scholarship.htm 39) FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ 40) Aid & Resources For Re­Entry Students http://www.back2college.com/ 41) Scholarships and Fellowships http://www.osc.cuny.edu/sep/links.h tml 42) Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies http://www.paralegals.org/Choice/2000west.htm

The Kennedy Austin Foundation Announce White Ribbon Day By. Ethel Gardner Founder/Chairman of the Board Kennedy Austin Foundation

By Ethel Martin­Miller

For the month of April, I felt compelled to write something about Easter. The meaning of Easter in the Christian world, which includes me, is all about Jesus ­ His life, death, and resurrection from death. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I pondered and wanted to come up with one word that described His actions, the actions that caused a day to be set aside and celebrated. The word that I have come up with is love. For someone to be born and anticipate living a normal life, but later being informed by His Father, God, His purpose would involve the entire world is awesome. This word love made me think about the word “purpose,” and so I have decided to write about love and purpose. We all have a purpose in this life. After looking up that word, it appeared to be very broad in the explanation of its meaning; therefore, I have decided to come up with my own interpretation. First, if one wants to discover one's true purpose in life, empty

your mind of all the false notions you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all). That junk needs to be tossed out immediately. I know without a shadow of a doubt that everyone created has a purpose ­ that they will have a passion to complete, and it is of good and not of bad.

Yes, it might appear that everything is crazy, and everybody is out for what they can get. What’s important is to know that you’re not crazy, and if there are some crazy thoughts going on in the mind, you have a choice to get rid of them. It is never too late to start over. I know that love is got to be bigger than any emotion felt by mankind. Love represents all of human kindness, compassion, and affection, but sometimes you must take time to first love yourself and then determine your purpose. Many people go around helping others with their purposes leaving little time for their own. Helping others is good, but remember you have a purpose also.

WHITE RIBBON DAY The Kennedy Austin Foundation is proud to announce White Ribbon Day. This event is scheduled for April 28, 2012 has been designed to bring awareness to and encourage participation in the upcoming 6th Annual Million Mothers March (May 19, 2012). The Million Mothers March is sponsored by the Kennedy Austin Foundation and is: 1. In Tribute To The Loved Ones We Have Lost 2. In Honor Of Those Who Serve Our Communities and Country 2. In Building And Celebrating Our Community White Ribbon Day is dedicated to bringing the community together in support of one another and recognition to our great City of Pomona. The event constitutes the tying of white ribbons around city allocated trees and poles from City Hall to Ganesha Park. Additionally, signage announcing both White Ribbon Day and the Million Mothers March is to hung from the Garey Avenue bridge located in downtown Pomona. On this day white ribbons will be placed along the route which will be walked on May 19th for the Million Mothers March. During the march, volunteers will remove the ribbons signifying the commencement of a day of remembrance, honor and celebration to be held at Ganesha Park where the march has been designated to end. The Kennedy Austin Foundation is dedicated to the restoration, healing and enhancement of our community. These events are supported by multiple organizations (non­ profit and for profit), community leaders and government officials. Our commitment to the community reaches well beyond these events. Our activities, events and programs are geared towards promoting our motto “Each One Reach One. Each One Teach One. Together We Become One.” As such we have become advocates and sponsors of promoting the “Education, Equipment and Empowerment” of families not only within our communities, but nationwide. Kennedy Austin Foundation, Inc., 2501 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona Phone: (909) 480­3357 www.kennedyaustinfoundation.org

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SMALL BUSINESS Tech Tools Every Growing Business Needs By Cynthia Renee Frazier until the photo is taken. A word of Mobile Commerce Digital Technology caution: resist the temptation to rely Alliance, President/CEO solely on a cell phone camera. While this will do in a pinch, most cell phone If you are a small business owner who cameras are 3 or 4 megapixels and do thinks technology is a hassle, tap into not produce a quality your inner geek and change look. your mindset. With the right tech 2. Video Camera Like the digital still tools, you can grow your business and camera, today’s video camera is small have fun doing it. and sleek, making it easy to carry and Digital Still Camera easy to use. Short video clips can 1. Web 2.0 has changed the way enhance a company’s web presence. In large and small companies market its this relationship marketing era, goods and services. Chancesare, if you potential clients and customers are are a small business owner, you have more likely to be attracted to you and an online profile where quality photos your business offering when they can are a must. New model digital still see you in action. Look for a model cameras are small enough to fit in the that is internet ready as some video average purse or shirt pocket. Look for files must be converted before the features like 10 or more megapixels footage can be used online. Also, make and 3X zoom. Another great feature to sure the video camera has a have is some type of auto tracking connection for a tripod on the bottom. because this keeps the subject in focus Using a tripod is necessary when you

are using the self timer feature. Don’t want to carry two devices? No problem, there are plenty of digital cameras that offer excellent quality still and video all in one! 3. Laptop, Netbook, or Tablet I am amazed at how many business owners are still tied down to a desktop. Shake loose and add flexibility to your work schedule by adding a laptop, netbook, or tablet to your tool chest. There are many cost effective models on the market. Several features such as a web cam, microphone, and WiFi are standard now, even on the least expensive machines. The primary difference between a laptop and a netbook is that the netbook doesn’t have a DVD drive. This may not be an issue since software companies are making programs available on a SD card or downloadable from a website. None

the less, be sure to consider your software needs prior to making a purchase. 4. MP3 Player Whether you are washing dishes, waiting for an appointment, or taking a fitness walk, this is a great multitasking tool. Simply download that audio or video seminar onto a MP3, and you can feed your brain at your own convenience. In addition, most MP3 devices are equipped with a built in digital voice recorder that allows you to record hours of material. This is a terrific way to document your thoughts before a big meeting or refresh your memory right after it. 5. Bluetooth Ear Piece Let’s face it, many small business owners spend just as much or more time in their automobile than they do behind a desk. Using a Bluetooth device is essential now because most states

have enacted a hands free law that makes it a driving offense to hold a cell phone while operating a car. Styles, features, and performance do count when considering a Bluetooth device. The one feature that you can’t live without is noise cancelation—standard on most devices but not all. Keep in mind that more expensive is not necessarily better. Cynthia Renee Frazier is President/CEO of the Mobile Commerce Digital Technology Alliance. Locally, she is known as the Tech Diva. Cynthia teaches business owners how to use new and emerging technology to grow their company. Connect to Cynthia by texting gomobilenow to 41242. Download her Tech Divas Uncorked Android app today, or call 206.312.1626.

Harnessing The Power Of Strategic Planning

By Mark Wardell

Strategic planning is one of the most powerful tools available to today’s managers. Simply put, it is the process of deciding where your business intends to go, and how it is going to get there. In other words, it is the concept of working in the present, with a constant eye on the future. It’s a simple concept, but its impact can be dramatic. Peter Legge is the president and publisher of Canada Wide Magazines & Communications. In a recent conversation, I asked Peter how he is able to give over 100 lectures a year, author numerous books, volunteer for his church and community, play golf, spend time with his family, and still find time to run Western Canada’s largest publishing company. His answer was straightforward, yet insightful. He said, “I have a fabulous staff who understand my vision and who are empowered to make independent decisions based upon that vision.” Great companies are made up of great people, but even great people need to know where they are headed if they are expected to make practical decisions. A clear vision and a little planning can go a long way towards helping people link their personal activities with their company’s goals, transforming a group of individuals into a unified team.

This concept is not new by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s amazing how many businesses fail to take full advantage of its potential. They send their executives off on a weekend retreat to come up with a corporate Vision Statement, proudly post it on the wall in their lobby, and then go back to business as usual. Why? Because a brand new shiny Vision Statement is, by itself, worth little more than the paper it’s written on. Its true value stems from the work that goes into its creation and from the way it is used after it’s written, not from the statement itself. So when a company develops a Vision Statement simply because it seems like the right thing to do, it rarely adds value. In fact, a half­ hearted Vision Statement can even have a negative impact on an organization. At best, it’s seen as just another time waster. On the other hand, a well thought out vision can point your organization in the right direction. Just like a sports team can rally its players around the vision of becoming national champions, your corporate vision can become the focal point around which your entire company can rally. Of course you and your managers must walk your talk. If you try to “sell” your vision to your staff without truly buying into it yourself, it will inevitably be viewed with cynicism. But if you stay the course, your results will be more than worth it. So how do you go about developing a Vision Statement that

actually works? The answer begins with your strategic plan. An effective Vision Statement is really just a concise representation of your strategic plan. So start with your plan, it’s what breaths life into your Vision Statement. Think about the kind of growth you’re looking for, the organizational structure that will be most productive, the marketing position you’d like to occupy, and so forth. Decide where you’d like to be 5 years from now and write it down. It’s important to document this information because the process of documentation breeds clarity. I’m not talking about writing a novel here. A few pages of organized thoughts will do, but make sure you get a clear and compelling picture of your future first. Make sure your vision is large enough to be inspirational. Inspiration leads to motivation and motivation leads to action. People can’t get excited if there’s nothing to get excited about. If you want your staff to change their working habits, you’ve got to give them a reason. Offering work that has meaning and purpose is a great place to start. A well crafted Vision Statement can become a rallying point for your entire organization. So get people involved, get people committed, and start working strategically.


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EMPLOYMENT

April 2012

10 Steps To Avoid The Goldilocks Resume Writing Syndrome, Part I Most job seekers do not take the appropriate amount of time to research what they need in order to prepare a resume that will sell their qualifications to a hiring company. It has been said that preparing a resume is comparable to preparing a tax return. In short, a real drag! So where do you begin? The following steps will simplify the process: TEN STEPS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED 1. Decide on the position and research various sources to find job ads outlining the requirements of the position. 2. Do a skills inventory exercise by making a checklist from the list of job requirements. 3. Take the requirements matching your qualifications and write a rough draft of experience next to each requirement along with a note of which employer. 4. Organize all of the roughly drafted sentences under each employer listing the most recent employer first and work your way down the page (reverse chronological order). 5. Polish the sentences being sure to start each one with an action verb such as managed, coordinated, and supervised, and leave out pronouns such as I, she, and he. 6. In addition to your routine work activities, do your best to list a few select accomplishments. This could include learning a new software at work and training another person to increase productivity or to save the employer money by avoiding the need to pay a software training school to teach their employees. 7. Do not list sentences about your attributes in place of experience. For example, under Professional Experience or Work History, do not write, “Ensure workflow efficiencies exercising exceptional organizational and time management skills.” This is not specific enough about your responsibilities. 8. Decide which categories you will need. For example, if you have a recent degree and limited experience, put the Education first. If you have mostly experience, list Education last. If you have impressive academic credentials that were obtained a few years back and want them to be sure they see it, still list it last, but mention the credential in your profile or summary section. 9. Include an objective statement. Do not make the mistake of omitting an objective thinking that you do not want to limit your opportunities. If you take this approach, the reader will not know what position you are targeting and will most likely toss your resume in the trash can. You cannot be all things to all companies. This goes back to the first step in the exercise. Choose what you want to do. Then build the resume around that objective. 10. Format the resume so it is attractive. Be consistent with the style of the headings, dates, states and bolding. For example, if you abbreviate the name of the state where you worked, make sure it is abbreviated in your address at the top and throughout the resume with the exception of the sentences. Do not include the day of the month you were hired. Limit it to the month and year. Do not include the full address of the employer. This is for the job application form, not the resume. First section: OBJECTIVE An objective for a job seeker’s first resume is very important because the reader cannot skim the experience section to make a quick assumption what a job seeker

wants to do. The objective statement should be specific, not making the mistake of being too cliche but stating something so general as ‘seeking a position with a large organization offering career growth opportunity” because that says absolutely nothing and is all about what you want and fails to communicate what you have to offer the company. This is how the section should look: OBJECTIVE Ambitious sports enthusiast exploring a position in sports marketing. Offer a recent degree in Marketing, valuable field internship experience and three years of experience in special events coordination and public relations. Second Section: SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS A Summary of Qualifications section “summarizes” a job seeker’s selling points relevant to the job they are applying for. The easiest format is a few bulleted sentences, each dedicated to experience, skills, credentials and attributes. This is how the section should look: SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS * Offer five years of experience in customer service and training workshop coordination * Work full time to finance education in marketing; consistently maintain excellent grades. * Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, and problem resolution skills * Creative thinker with a proven ability to size up a situation and bring new ideas to the table. Third Section: EDUCATION A job seeker may have five years of experience, but it is not in their chosen field or in direct alignment with their pending bachelors degree. So, their most impressive selling point is their education. Resume Tip: when a degree is pending, it is advantageous to include a short list of the most important courses. Do not list high school if you have college experience. It is understood. The exception would be if you are in your first year of college and have very accomplished experience in high school. Otherwise, just to list it for the sake of including it is not necessary. This is how the section should look: EDUCATION Name of College, Town, XX Pursuing Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing; expected December 2007 Current GPA: 3.7 Select Coursework: * Principles of Marketing * Marketing Research * Managerial Accounting * Organizational Communications * Business Policy and Strategy Fourth Section: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Until you have strong and extensive experience in your “profession” you should hold off on using the category “professional experience” and opt for “work history”.

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The first line of this section should include the company name, town, and state, but not the door address. That information should only be included on a job application form. On the same line as the company name and location over to the right margin, place the employment dates. The job title should be listed on the second line in bold. There are formatting variations from resume to resume, but this is the basic approach. WORK HISTORY Rocco’s Pizzeria, Town, State X/XX to Present Second Shift Waitress * Provide excellence in customer service to an average of 80 patrons per shift. * Train new staff members on shift procedures and restaurant policies. * Assist with the planning and set up of in­house and off­site catering services. Fifth Section: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT This section will convey a strong work ethic, willingness to contribute to the community, experience working with people, an ability to plan, organize, coordinate and carry out a program, and good communication, analysis, and problem solving skills. This is how this section should look: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Strikes and Spares Bowling Alley, Town, State X/XX to X/XX Volunteer Bowling Instructor * Conduct bowling workshops to individuals and groups of six to eight children, ages 5 to 10. * Work with pro shop to promote workshops and effectively sell sporting equipment and supplies. * Coordinate fundraisers to raise monies for awards, marketing campaigns, and competitions. Sixth Section: COMPUTER SKILLS Most people have basic computer skills such as Microsoft Word. It is acceptable to list the names of software programs without indicating the proficiency level. This is how this section should look: COMPUTER SKILLS MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Internet research

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By: John H. Clark

Can You Handle The Truth?

It's absolutely necessary for you to understand what happened in the garden"IN THE BEGINNING" inorder to understand what in happening today, and what has happened from the time Adams death until now. You also need to understand what happened in the garden to understand why Jesus had to come, as well as how he had to enter the world. In Genesis 2:17 God said, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." I want you to understand the difference between what God said

and what most people say. God said," you shall surely die." Man has change the word DIE and added FALL, and that is a serious error, because man did not FALL. He DIED spiritually. In Isaiah 14:12 we read, "How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations." We read in Luke 10:18," and he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lighting fall from heaven." Satan was an angel who could not die, but because of his ambitions, he FELL from heaven. Adam was a spiritual being who because of his disobedience sinned. The result of that SIN caused Adam to die spiritually. The result of

Adam's spiritual death meant that man was separated from God. Man is a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a body. We know that when Adam sinned this was spiritual death, or separation from God, this was immediate. We also know that when Adam sinned, he began the process of his physical death. Although Adam lived to be 930 years old(Genesis 5:5), we know that it was a short physical life in Gods eyes because in Gods eyes, a thousand years is as 1 day.(2 Peter 3:8) And no man has ever lived passed a day (1000 years) in Gods eyes.(1 day with God) Methuselah is the only man that come close to living a day(1000 years).

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But he died at the age of 969, missing a day by 31 years. confirming Gods word in Genesis 2:17. Few people realize that there is a third death which is eternal separation from god. 2 Thessalonians 1:8­9 "in flaming fire taking veneance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power," Matthew 25:41 & 46, "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, "Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." And these will go away into

everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." In order for man to be reconnected to God the penalty for Adams sin had to be paid. That's why Jesus had to come. So that man could be spiritually reconnected to God. John 3:3 "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Because man's flesh was made sinful by Adam, Jesus had to come through the seed of the woman. WHY THE SEED OF THE WOMAN? To be continued! Come join us at 580 E. 6th Street Pomona, CA 92336

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Nahum Anzora Lopez's Story By Nahum Anzora Lopez

Hi, my name is Brother Nahum Anzora Lopez. I was born in El Salvador in 1979. I was raised without a father. A single mother had to raise four children ­ two girls and two boys. I believe that it was very hard for her because of the economy in my country and being single. She, by the grace of God, did her best and tried to give us

the best. She was the best mother in the world. My father left the family because he wanted a better life for himself and the family as well. He came to the United States and found a better way of life, opportunities, and success. Then, he started helping the family and decided to bring my brother and me to the United States. At that time there was a war going on in my

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country, and my father didn’t want his two sons to go through pain and suffering. He got our legal documents in order to come to the United States to have a better life. My father went to El Salvador in 1992. I was 12 years old, and that’s when I met my father for the first time. I was happy to be able to meet my father because I never had a father figure growing up. Two years after, my mother passed away.

It was really hard for me, and that’s when my life became out of control. I started drinking alcohol when I was 14 years old and started using drugs when I was 15 years old. I started hanging around with the wrong people, started having more resentment toward my father, and I left his house. I became very irresponsible about laws and my future. I started going to

prison when I was 18 years old. I am 33 years old and I finished serving six years in prison. When I was in my cell, I started reflecting on my whole life and all the years that I’d spent away from my family and the people that loved me. I became a Christian two years ago after my release, and God started changing my mentality. I’m very grateful to God for changing my life completely. When I got released from prison, I didn’t have a place to live and my parole agent took me to a treatment facility called American Recovery Center in the city of Pomona. I didn’t like it at first but that was God’s plan for me. I completed a 90 day program and while I was at the recovery center, I was introduced to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in the city of Pomona. I felt the spirit of God and love there. I became a member and was baptised. At the church, a Scripture is read in English and in Spanish each Sunday, and I enjoy reading the English/Spanish Word in front of the congregation. Now, I’m living in a sober living facility and God has been providing all my needs. My relationship with my father has been restored, and the relationship with my daughters is getting better. God is doing everything, and this time I’m staying faithful to Him; I am not going to fail. It’s been five months since being out of prison, and I’ll be staying in sober living until May. I have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish. The most important is to provide for my daughters. I am blessed to have my freedom, health, and most importantly Jesus Christ who has set me free. The Word of God says in Luke 12:31, “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” It also says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God Bless You.


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Financial & Legal

Should I Consolidate My Debts Into One Loan? By Stuart Laing

As a general rule, larger sums of money can be borrowed at lower rates of interest. So if you are in the position where you have a number of small loans, you may want to consider consolidating all your loans into one larger loan at a lower rate of interest. But, as always, I feel that it is my duty to warn you of the unseen pitfalls that are associated with consolidation loans. Now it goes without saying that you should avoid accepting consolidation loans from mysterious companies that advertise in the back of national newspapers. Many of them are only one step up the food chain from loan sharks, and their interest rates are usually astronomical. Only consider consolidating with a reputable lender. But even then you must be very, very careful! These are two rules that you should stick to like a limpet.1) Never borrow more money than you need to cover the loans that you want to consolidate. 2) Never borrow the money over a longer period than your current debts. All will become clear as we continue. Just remember, if you break these rules then you are asking for bankruptcy! Right, the first thing to do is to find out the terms of the proposed deal to the last letter! They are not always as good as they seem. Know how the deal works and what will be required of you both financially and practically. The more you know about the agreement, the fewer nasty surprises you will receive! Financial Requirements: Don't let their sales force talk you into borrowing more than you need. All their sales patter is utter fabrication that is designed to get you to borrow even more! Their slick presentations will show you how you could borrow more but pay less. They claim that the larger sum will give you more money to spend yet cost you less each month. This is a classic trick that is used to make you borrow even more. But they are just taking advantage of the fact that you will be repaying the debt over a longer period of time at a lower rate of interest. Don not fall for it! It's a con!

Let's take a typical example. Imagine you had five different loans of $2,000 each, spread over 5 years at 17% APR. They would cost you a total of $242.05 every month. So you intend to consolidate, borrowing $10000 over 5 years at 6.7% APR at a cost of $195.85 per month. That would give you almost $50.00 a month to reduce the size of your debts even faster. At least that was your intention! But, you leave the consultation having been convinced (or conned) to borrow $15000 over 7 years at 9.5% APR at a cost of $230.63 per month. You briefly wonder what happened, but then console yourself with the fact that you have received another $5,000 on the hip and have saved $11.42 a month, quite oblivious to the fact that you will now be repaying the loan for 2 years longer. You have now been conned! They must have seen you coming! And the result? Instead of paying 60 x $242.05 = $14523 under your old selection of loans, or even 60 x $195.85 = $11,751 under your intended consolidation plans, you will now pay 90 x $230.63 = $20,756.70. It means that your attempts to save, have cost you $6,233.70 more than you were originally paying and $9,005.70 more than you could have been paying. In effect you have just broken two of the cardinal consolidation sins that I mentioned earlier. You have borrowed MORE money than you strictly need over a LONGER period than you needed! Do not fall for all their lies. They may be very plausible, but then they should be, that is how they make their living! Slick, feel­good presentations that make you wonder how you could ever have lived your life without them and their wonderful products. Don't allow them to lend you any extra. Don't borrow over a longer period. It will only cost you more in interest, despite what they tell you. Before you approach a consolidation lender, know exactly how much you want to borrow and how long you want to borrow it for. Then stick to it, regardless of what they say! And if they can't provide what you want, then go elsewhere.

AB99 Stands

On Monday, 03/19, the Attorney General's office confirmed they would not be pursing an appeal of Assembly Bill 99. Last November the Superior Court issued a decisive ruling to upholdProposition 10 voter protections, but some anticipated that the Administration would appeal the trial court decision. That issue has now been put to rest. "We are pleased that the uncertainty is settled, and this is good news for children in San Bernardino County. Our priority has been to protect local funding and support critical programs for at­risk children and their families," said Linda Haugan, Chair, of the First 5 San Bernardino Commission of Children and Families. The threat of giving up nearly $50 million in funds and waiting out the possibility of an appeal did have some short­term impacts on the funding of services for San Bernardino County children. The Commission ended contracts one­year early of their usual 3­year cycle, established a smaller annual budget with new funding priorities aligned with the Strategic Plan and released the Investing in Children Request for Proposals, committing $57,450,000 for direct services over the next 3 fiscal years. At its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Commission agreed to continue to drill down and evaluate the funding priorities identified by the Commission’s Advisory Committee, which were data driven and based on need and determine where there are gaps. The goal is that additional funding will further address needs in these areas with intentional strategies ensuring that children are safe, healthy and ready to enter and succeed in school and in life. For more information please visit the First 5 website at www.first5sanbernardino.org

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Healthy Community

Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented With Regular Screening

American Cancer Society Encourages African Americans 50 and Older to Get Tested for Colon Cancer. Learn Your Family’s Medical History. The American Cancer Society encourages African American men and women 50 and older to make testing for colorectal cancer a priority. Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer) is the third most common cancer among African American men and women. Colon cancer can be prevented through screening, which allows doctors to find and remove polyps in the colon before they turn cancerous. African Americans should begin testing for colon cancer at age 50, but those with a family history are at higher risk and should start testing sooner. Colon cancer incidence and mortality rates are highest in African American men and women, but colon cancer screening has been proven to reduce deaths from the disease. By decreasing the number of people diagnosed with colon cancer and by finding a higher proportion of cancers at early, more treatable stages, screening has decreased rates in California by 18 percent among African Americans. “We have the opportunity to significantly reduce California death rates from colon cancer through

regular screening,” said David F. Veneziano, CEO, American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. “This cancer can be prevented through early detection and removal of polyps. We hope that Californians will use March – National Colon Cancer Awareness Month – as an opportunity to make screening a priority and talk to their doctors, family members and friends about getting tested. It’s a conversation that could save lives.” An estimated 14,530 cases of colorectal cancer and 5,120 deaths are expected to occur in California. Risk factors for colon cancer include a personal family history of the disease, which makes it necessary to learn the family’s colon cancer history, and communicate findings with a doctor. The American Cancer Society recommends the following tests to find colon cancer early:Tests That Detect Precancerous Polyps and Cancer Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or Colonoscopy every 10 years, or Double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every five years, or CT colonography (CTC) every five years Tests That Primarily Detect Cancer Annual guaiac­based

fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or Stool DNA test (sDNA), with high sensitivity for cancer, interval uncertain. Tests that have a higher likelihood of finding polyps and cancer are preferred if patients are willing to use them and have access. Healthy lifestyle behaviors can also reduce risk of colon cancer. Studies show that being overweight or obese increases colon cancer risk, as do diets high in red and processed meats. The American Cancer Society recommends that African American adults engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five or more days a week; and consume a healthy diet that includes five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day, whole grains (instead of processed grains and sugars), limited alcohol and processed and red meats, and controlled portion sizes. In addition, long­term smoking (for more than four decades) increases colon cancer risk by 30 to 50 percent. To help reduce cancer risk from

smoking, the Society supports Proposition 29 which will appear on California’s June 5, 2012 ballot. The proposition will increase the tobacco tax by $1 and invest nearly $600 million per year for cancer research. It will keep 200,000 youth from becoming smokers and prevent more than 100,000 premature deaths, including those from colon cancer. Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, more than a million people in the U.S. count themselves as survivors of colon cancer. Regularly scheduled cancer screening can save lives and help achieve the American Cancer Society’s goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Whether a person is worried about developing colon cancer, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help. Visit cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345 for free information and details about free cancer patient/caregiver support programs. About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with

nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non­ governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1­800­ 227­2345 or visit cancer.org.

1995 as an undergraduate student. My weight was one hundred and fifty (150) pounds. During the past seventeen or so years, I gained over 100 pounds. With every weight gain, I developed three major life diseases. I have struggled with weight loss for a long time since coming to America. I have tried four different weight loss programs, which were quite expensive to maintain. The cheap foods in Kenya were fruits and vegetables. Hamburgers and fries were expensive in my native country. Although fruits and vegetables are cheap here, too, I could not resist treating myself to what would have been a Kenyan luxury item. Everyone back home would have been amazed at the cost I paid for a hamburger meal and even more astonished at the number of fast food choices that were available to me I came to the U.S. from Nairobi, everyday. I ate too much when I was Kenya on Labor Day, September 3, angry, disappointed, or lonely. I was

an emotional eater as well. Most Kenyans walk to places. Things are changing now with people owning their own cars and/or using public transportation. However, in the rural areas walking is still a means of transportation. On April 14, 2011, a nurse from my doctor’s office called and said “Betty, it is official; you are diabetic. You need to come to the office and pick up diabetic medication and a kit for checking your blood sugar.” We made the necessary arrangements and then the nurse hung up the phone. My life had changed. I was sitting down when she called. I do not recall how long I sat on that chair. I knew what the disease could do to a person. I pictured

myself without a leg or an eye, consequences of this life threatening disease. I could feel my anxiety, depression, and adrenalin climbing higher as my fright grew even deeper. I knew that I could not wait to have that happen to me, especially if there was something I could do to reverse the situation. Lose the weight! I have changed the way and what I eat, I exercise 3­6 times a week for 30­ 90 minutes, I sleep 6­10 hours a night, I have a positive social network of people, I attend church regularly and

do meditation to reduce stress. In the last fourteen months (14), I have lost over 80 pounds, which made a significant transformation to my health. I am off all the 10 plus medications I have been taking for years. I do not have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. You can read more about my weight loss progress on my website ­ http://www.weightlossand culture.com or contact via email betty@weightlossandculture.com or call 562­522­8008.

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April 2012

H el p f u l T i p s F o r E v er y d a y L i v i n g : - )

The Hummingbirds Are Coming!

By Cassidy Frost www.TheTinklingWindChime.com

These tiny hummingbirds are making their trek back north after wintering in Southern Mexico to Panama. By February, most birds will have reached the Yucatan peninsula. Where they begin to feast on insects in order to gain weight to prepare them for their non­stop flight the United States, many crossing the Gulf Of Mexico. Then they will continue on to different parts of the U.S. and Canada. On their non­stop flight to the U.S. they will cover up to 500 miles. This

will take them approximately 18­22 hours. While fattening up for their journey, Ruby­throats will double their body weight from 3 grams to over 6 grams. And by the time the hummers have reached the United States they will have lost a lot of weight, and only weigh around 2.5 grams. Once in the U.S., they will begin to refuel for their long migration northward. The hummingbirds will continue on with their migration process, averaging about 20 miles per day. Hummingbirds do not migrate in flocks, they migrate alone. Hummingbirds don't all migrate at

once. The male Ruby­throats set out first, afterwards the females follow about 10 days later. The whole hummingbird migration process spans over a period of around 3 months. Typically the northbound migration is concluded by mid­may. Migration typically follows the early blooms of flowers that hummers feed upon. If the earliest males arrive in Canada before flowers have started blooming, they feast on sapsucker wells of sugar. And eat the insects caught in the sap. What makes the migration process so fascinating is that newly hatched hummingbirds will have no past

experience in migrating. But by some inner instinct, that will urge them gain weight and to fly in a particular direction for a certain amount of miles, before they stop and find a good place to winter. Banding studies show that each year the hummers tend to return to the same place from where they were hatched, and often revisit the same hummingbird feeders. They are thought to retrace their route yearly for as long as they live. Many people are concerned that if they don't take their hummingbird feeders down in late summer or early fall, the hummingbirds will not migrate and will get stranded by winter. In actuality hummers start to prepare to migrate long before their food source becomes scarce. More often than not, food is in abundance when they start preparing for their trek. The birds visiting your hummingbird feeders in the fall, are actually birds that are migrating. Their instinct to migrate is triggered by the shortening length of sunlight as fall starts to approach, not the scarcity of food. By taking your hummingbird feeder down they will feed somewhere

else, and may not return to your garden next year. It is recommended to keep your hummingbird feeders out until freezing. Some birds start preparing for the migration process in mid­July. But most of them leave in late August and early September. When the bird has put on enough weight, it will then migrate. On their journey south, hummingbirds will follow the same migration process as they did on the way north. But there is evidence that there are less Ruby­throats that cross the the Gulf of Mexico in autumn than in the spring. Many follow the Texas coast back to Mexico instead. It is thought that it may be because of hurricane season, and the genes of many birds that would have flown over the water, were lost during the storms at sea. Migration in animals are fascinating, and is mind boggling as to the instinct triggers these great journeys. While we enjoy these tiny hummingbirds in our gardens each year, it is amazing to think of the laborious journey they undertake each year before they even reach our yard.

Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson By Mona Johnson | Personnel Best

Watch your toes. There are few reasons, if any, to be late for an employment interview or for a scheduled meeting. We live in California. We know the traffic is unpredictable and most of the times slower than we would like. Unless there is a Sig Alert, a Sig Alert is defined by the California Highway Patrol as "any unplanned event that causes the closing of one lane of traffic for 30 minutes or more.” Traffic congestion is a poor excuse for being late. Being late for an employment interview is unacceptable. It is a horrible first impression that will probably not lead to second interview

or a job. For an employment interview that is local you should have planned and know how to get to the interview location, where to park and what to wear. This information, including what to wear, should be obtained even if it means driving to the location and finding the exact address days before the interview. You may want to go at a time when you will see employees entering and leaving the office so you can see what they are wearing. Make sure you arrive early giving yourself time to relax and take a deep breath. If the building has a public cafeteria you may want to relax there. Be careful; don’t get anything on your clothing. You should not arrive at the interview location no more than 20

minutes ahead of time. Arriving more than 20 minutes early can be seen as a negative trait in business. However, you should be in the general area so that nothing, other than a natural disaster, would cause you to be late, which you don’t want to be. Getting lost shows a lack of planning on your part. This is not to imply that you will never be late for a meeting or an event but it should not become who you are, ‘Mr. or Mrs. Fashionable Late.’ Fashionable late for an interview can be costly. A future employer wants to know how you made it against all odds not how you were delayed due to traffic. The same should be true of the individuals conducting the interview. They should not be late for the

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