Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mobile technology and digital TV can make public services more convenient for all

Customers will be able to access essential public services via mobile technology and interactive digital television, under plans to make government services more accessible and convenient .Launching a major cross–government strategy to use technology more effectively, John Hutton promised a "step change" in approach to ensure the Government starts to make full use of the technological advances that are becoming increasingly common in people's lives – whether at home or on the move.
Government departments today published visions of how services could be made easier within the next decade – including enabling parents to support their child's learning and check attendance online and allowing businesses dealing with regulators to submit information once only.

The Government will produce plans by the end of the financial year on how it intends to take forward the strategy.
Cabinet Office Minister John Hutton said:
"In 1997, fewer than 16% of households had a mobile phone and fewer than one in ten used the internet. Private companies have been swift to shape their services around people's needs and lifestyles – now public services need to raise their game and offer people the levels of convenience, choice and efficiency they rightly demand.
"That is why I am publishing a cross–government strategy today to ensure government uses technology more effectively to deliver better services that are focussed on the needs of the customer." "We will also increase value for money for taxpayers by transforming the way public services join up back office services such as HR, IT and Finance. Through innovative use of technology we can save money and deliver faster and better services for people."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tips to remember at eating Out

Eating out can be lots of fun .so makes it an enjoyable experience by following some simple guidelines to avoid foodborne illness. Remember to observe your food when it is served, and don’t ever hesitate to ask questions before you order. Waiters and waitresses can be quite helpful if you ask how a food is prepared. Also, let them know you don’t want any food item containing raw meat, poultry, fish, or eggs.

Basic Rules for Ordering
• Ask whether the food contains uncooked ingredients such as eggs, meat,
poultry, or fish. If so, choose something else.
• Ask how these foods have been cooked. If the server does not know
the answer, ask to speak to the chef to be sure your food has been
cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature.
• Avoid buffets, which may contain undercooked foods or foods that
have been at room temperature too long. Order from a menu to
minimize your risk.
• If you plan to get a “doggy bag” or save leftovers to eat at a later time,
refrigerate perishable foods as soon as possible — and always within
2 hours after purchase or delivery. If the leftover food is in air
temperatures above 90 °F, refrigerate it within 1 hour.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Taking care of eyes: Common eye problems

Have you ever wondered whether there's any truth in some of the stuff you may have been told about how to treat your eyes?For example, you may have been concern that sitting too close to the TV or computer can ruin your eyes. But actually that's wrong. You may also have heard that using a night-light (instead of bright light) to read will cause shortsightedness, but there's no clear scientific evidence to support this idea. You can't strain your eyes in low light when you read.
So what's the reason of many common vision harms?Often, eye shape is the culprit. Someone with perfect 20/20 vision has eyes that are principally round like a baseball. Someone who needs corrective lenses to see usually has eyes that are shaped in a different way.

Myopia or nearsightedness is one of the most common troubles teens have with their eyes. When a teen has myopia, he or she is powerless to focus correctly on things that are far away. People with myopia have eyes that are a little longer than normal, measuring from the front of the eyeball to the back. This extra length earnings that light focuses in front of the retina instead of on it, and that affects vision. Glasses or contacts can easily correct this problem.

Hyperopia or farsightedness, is another problem. People with hyperopia have difficulty focusing on things close up because their eyes are too "short"from front to back. In people with hyperopia, light focuses behind the retina instead of on it, causing shadowy vision. Someone with momentous foresight will need glasses to correct his or her vision. But here's an interesting fact: Many babies are born farsighted! Their eyeballs get longer as they grow, and most of them outgrow the condition.

Another condition where the eye is differently shaped is astigmatism. Here, the cornea isn't perfectly round. To be able to see well — either close up or far away — the person needs contact lenses or glasses.