The Need To Immediately Arrest The Technological Skills Deficiency of New University Entrants

Universities are gradually evolving and moving from the purely traditional system to the modern technological induced system. The rate of this technology driven state of universities globally is unprecedented. This makes it imperative for new entrants who are not abreast with information and communication technology (I.C.T.) skills to catch up at relatively short times. Thus, an immediate orientation course in I.C.T. targeted at developing the competencies of students in coping with the technologically charged university environment must be a prerogative of universities. This would aid in boosting teaching and learning activities at the universities while maximizing the expected behavioral change in learners after their education at the university.

The course activities at the universities today are streamlined in technology. For instance, the teaching and learning materials are now in electronic formats. These e-resources must be downloaded by students from specific websites given by the lecturer.

Sometimes, some lecturers hold virtual classes online with their students due to geographical constraints due to emergency workshops, conferences, and meetings. In addition, numerous assignments require that students carry out extensive research using online databases. These assignments are mostly to be submitted electronically to the electronic mailing address of the lecturer or uploaded on a virtual platform created by the lecturer or institution. Thus, if a student is deficient in I.C.T. skills, how can s/he cope with this technologically induced university environment?

Some may bicker that students at the Senior High school level were required to take lessons in I.C.T. to cushion them for the tertiary education steeped in technology. True this may be, the majority of the students at the High school level were not privileged to have had this opportunity due to many challenges. This may be as a result of the lack of technological accouterments as well as qualified instructor in the field to better handle the instruction delivery. These pool of students at most local communities and some urban centers are thus, highly deficient in technology. When they find their way to the universities, they meet an entirely unfriendly environment full of technology which they must speedily get abreast with all by themselves. Fast learners are able to learn these I.C.T. skills quickly from friends who were privileged to technological training while slow and shy students’ ends up throwing in the towel to university education.

Others experience the first attack of unfair grading as the primary by-product of their deficiency in technological skills. Sadly, these ‘snail-to-technology’ students are objects of ridicule by their colleagues and some lecturers who are technology-privileged. This is much experienced when group assignment and presentations are to be carried out on virtual platforms. Demoralized students usually fall prey to absenteeism to lectures that are solely technology grounded. This gap that exists between students who are able in technology and those who are deficient must be bridged.

An immediate remedy would be the organization of I.C.T. lessons tailored to meet the requirements and expectations of students at the university. This short course or orientation must be carried out in the very first week of student’s admittance to the university. It can even be scheduled as part of the orientation sessions usually promulgated at virtually all universities globally. This training aimed at endowing new entrants with basic skills in I.C.T. would help them to be able to cope and succeed in their newly found technologically induced environment.

Tertiary institutions must make it a priority to organize this I.C.T. lessons since the traditional face of universities is being fast transformed into technology-induced condition. This great feat would aid in beefing up academic work at the universities while arresting the ill of truancy on the part of students due to lack of technological skills.

Beauty Skin Care Tips – What You Need to Know to Have Beautiful Skin

We as human beings normally like to have nice and beautiful things in life, no one likes to be called ugly or stupid and that is why we try as much to make sure we look presentable no matter where we find ourselves.

Today, most people are very particular about the faces of people they meet on their first day for instance, when two people decide to meet one on one after several days or months of phone or online conversations. All partners will be very happy when they find out that the person they came to meet has very beautiful skin and is very presentable.

It is therefore important for us as individuals to keep our selves clean and make sure we put up measures so that we have beautiful skin and beauty skin care products are the answer to this. Read on…..

Some people spend all their lives buying expensive pills upon pills and also performing strange exercise steps just because they think by doing that they will look very beautiful but it is a very big mistake.

Although having exercises can help in making you feel and look strong, having a beautiful skin is not about how much expensive a pill or the supplements you buy cost because there are some beauty skin care supplements that are very affordable but effective and much more better than most of the expensive skin care products on the market. Looking out for the best product doesn’t have to base on the price of the product but the research you have made and your results that you have been able to fine.

Eating too much of oily foods is also very harmful to the body and the skin at large. Foods like chocolates, French fries, fast foods, pizza, soft drinks and so on are some examples of food that we need to minimize in our bodies because they can harm us a great deal both health wise and beauty wise.

Remember, do not completely stop eating these food stuffs but just lessen its in take into your system. Drinking water frequently especially taking eight glasses of water each day backed with exercises like running, bicycling, walking and involving your self in other sporting activities is very advisable because it helps to give you beautiful skin. Make sure to stay out of the sun as frequent as you can. Beauty skin care products should not always be the solution.

Beauty Hair Care – Professional Tips

Why is your hair such a nightmare to look after? Well it doesn’t have to be that way if you carefully apply and consider the following beauty hair care tips and advice.

Firstly, everyone is different, each with their own skin type, hair type and their own levels of sebum (oil) produced by their scalp. So make sure you understand your hair type before proceeding with any beauty hair care tips from anyone.

Note: The environment in which you work and the weather in your country can also play its part in your hair condition.

Tips and advice are broken down into three categories, for: Dry, Oily & Fine hair types.

Dry Hair:
How to know if you have dry hair: Likely to have a dry scalp (itchy scalp) unlikely to have shiny / oily hair.

– Try your very best to avoid blow drying or straightening your hair (remember your scalp is suffering from dryness)
– If you can’t avoid blow drying your hair make sure you apply a good level of heat protection spray
– Try not to over use colour in your hair, if you have to then apply a colouring product made specifically for dry hair
– You are likely to need a rich conditioner that will feed your scalp and leave on for a short while before rinsing (4-7 minutes) – condition frequently
– Use moisturising shampoos and gently work into the scalp (made specifically for dry hair)

Oily Hair:
How to know if you have oily hair: no guessing that your hair will look oily or greasy.

– Similar to the dry hair advice, find a shampoo that is developed for oily hair this will extract excess oil from the hair and make it look bouncy and healthy
– Avoid running fingers through your hair or itching the scalp as this will make your hair even more oily
– Do not over condition your scalp is producing more than enough moisture.
– If you do use conditioner avoid roots of the hair

Fine Hair:
How to know if you have fine hair: Your hair maybe looking lifeless / thinning / weak or excessive hair fall. These are usually indicators that the hair is not being looked after properly.

– Try to use volume related products: Good volume / body shampoo will make a remarkable difference immediately
– Try to avoid conditioner this will accelerate thinning and take out the body of the hair that the shampoo has added
– Again like for oily hair advice if you do decide to use conditioner keep well away from the roots

Take time before you purchase any products, understand your hair and try to use the above tips to look after the hair. Also another big factor is your diet as the hair is 90% protein you may not be feeding it the necessary vitamins (check out my blog and this is also discussed).

Don’t get caught up in the marketing material for products (sometimes they look amazing) just may not be right for your hair type or you. Also get your hair cut on a regular basis.

Popular Auto Insurance Companies

The American auto insurance sector is characterized by the presence of a large number of players. Some are large general insurance companies that have diversified into auto insurance and some are pure play auto insurance companies. Here are some of the notable players in auto insurance business.

State Farm Insurance is one such company. It is a national insurance company and one of the biggest general insurance companies in the US. For the year 2003, the company had a revenue of about $56 billion. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, State Farm Insurance is a very popular auto insurance provider in the US. With a nationwide network of branches and attractive discounts for various categories of people SFI has an edge over its competitors. SFI is also the largest insurer of cars, trucks and SUVs in the US.

American International Group or AIG is another big company. It is the second largest general insurer and also the second largest auto insurer in the US. The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is one of the largest general insurer and the third largest auto insurer in the US. Like SFI, this company has also got a large network of branches in all the states in the US.

Apart from these, there are other players in the American market. Some of them are 21st century Auto Insurance Group, which has its strength in auto insurance space and operates in eight states. Some niche players include Auto Owners Insurance, which has been operating in the nation since 1916 and covers 22 states across the nation.

One feature of the American auto insurance space is that there is room for all players ? general insurers who have diversified into auto insurance business and auto insurance specialists.

Malaysian Food – An Experience

On buying a guide book my first port of call is always the “F” section of the index. On a recent trip to Malaysia I followed this same rule. Whereas before I would then make a list of all the dishes I was to try, all the time salivating with anticipation, I became extremely confused and frustrated at the ambiguity and random nature of the food described. I needed more information, more research in order to fully understand and appreciate what was to become such a massive part of my trip.

So, the venue – the world famous hawker stalls of Malaysia are a perfect way to sample local culinary delights. Their friendly family atmosphere and freshly cooked snacks usually entertain both locals and tourists alike. Learning a few local customs beforehand however goes a long way.

I decided to start with the basics – eating etiquette. As a six foot, red haired trekker with a huge rucksack and zinc cream smothered over my face, being inconspicuous is never going to be an easy task, especially in Malaysian hawker stalls. However, in order to avoid offending the locals in the hawker stalls I sought to learn a few simple Malaysian rules of thumb.

As with many Asian countries, one of the most important rules is the use of the right hand to eat. It is a massive faux-pas to use the left as this is used for other, very different things. It’s quite simple to get the hang of really, even for a left-hander, especially when you consider how many forks are used to eat the wrong courses in England every day!

So, simple eating etiquette is sorted. We are almost ready to dig in, guns blazing, raring to consume something you just cannot find in Tescos. This brings me back to my original dilemma – what exactly is ‘Malaysian Cuisine’. Many dishes in Malaysia have been derived from multiple ethnic influences from Indian curries to Chinese noodles. The combination of these influences have created some bizarre yet delightful, weird yet wonderful dishes where the only restriction is the chefs imagination. The question is, what to try and arguably what not to.

I’ve decided to concentrate on ‘Nasi Lemak’. It has been dubbed, ‘The Unofficial National Dish Of Malaysia’, and the name is translated in English as – “rice in fat”. I don’t know about you, but that certainly does not scream “DEVOUR ME”! The basic dish consists of rice cooked in coconut milk served with cucumber slices, dried anchovies, roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, pickled vegetables or ‘achar’, and a hot spicy sauce – arguably a pretty random mix. It makes our once long-standing national dish in the UK of fish and chips sound slightly bland I think you’ll agree. As bizarre a combination it sounds, I found it delicious. It demonstrates the essence of Malaysian cuisine and the unusual combinations involved.

Malaysian cuisine is proof for me that the food of a nation really can represent the diversity of its people. We hear so much in the media about ‘fusion cooking’ and the art of combining different elements to create a ‘crazy’ and ‘never-been-done’ dish, especially using Asian cuisine. My guess is that the dishes we see as “odd combinations” and “innovative styles” in the West have probably been sold as standard fare for decades in a Malaysian hawker stall somewhere!

Eating different foods and trying local specialties in different countries is an all-embracing experience. The interaction we encounter with the vendor and fellow customers whilst sampling one of the few things we can all relate to can be one of the most rewarding and daring episodes of travel! Food can be a means of bridging any perceived cultural divide. For me, food is exactly this and more – a perfect excuse to explore the culinary and social delights of a country. It’s an experience in itself. Perhaps that’s the real culture shock we could perhaps feel. Not that the food isn’t what we’re used to at home, but the fact that we’re not used to eating as a social event, too used to TV dinners inside our warm houses, insulated from our communities outside.

This for me is the epitome of the travel eating experience, and a testament to the discovery, intrigue and pure multi-sensory pleasure involved in trying new types of food whilst travelling. Sometimes, it just takes a far more gutsy approach!