Hypocritical Dutch extradite Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai

In case you don’t know who Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai is, he is an Afghan translator who worked for the Dutch and US army in Afghanistan. He risked his life working for them and had to flee Afghanistan when his brother was killed by the Taleban thinking it was him. He had to leave his 4 day (!) old son behind.

He then fled through Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey and Greece Continue reading

Indians can study and work in Italy

Italy is still trying to attract Indian students to study, live and work in Italy.

If you are looking for a way into Europe, here is an opportunity.

They’re offering English master courses in ICT, management and design and have waived the normal academic fees.

Participating universities include: the Turin Polytechnical Institute, Continue reading

Lying Scotsman

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction and you couldn’t have made this up.

I don’t think Mr Salmond had envisaged dropping the “F” in his advertising campaign for Scottish independence. Someone up in Scotland must have a wicked sense of humour.  🙂

Lying Scotsman

Independent Scotland not viable

The debate about Scottish independence is heating up and politicians are doing what they generally do. They peddle hope, illusions, visions or sometimes, plain lies. No one is giving a straight answer as to whether independence is viable.

So, in comes Jim Swift, a Scottish economist. Listen to what he has to say. His views are delivered in a rather factual manner.

This might also be of interest to people in Andalucia…..

MyEurojobs.com spam

It looks like there is a spammer again abusing one of our email addresses as a return address in spam messages. They’re offering fake jobs using grammatically challenged English.

The messages look like this: Continue reading

Jobs with UK work permit attached

Want to work in the UK?

No problem if you’re a EU citizen, but what to do if you’re not?

The UK government has published a list of jobs they deem ‘critical’ to the UK economy and are willing to give those specialists a work permit (or at least will consider it when the employer applies for it)

One drawback though, you have to stick with that job until the cows come home. You’re not allowed to move jobs, as the whole circus of applying for a permit will start all over again. (And the chance of not getting one….)

So, the best thing to do is to Continue reading

Orkut’s demise

Google has announced that it is calling it a day on it’s social media site Orkut.

The site is going to be shut down on September 30, 2014. Not many people in Northern America, Europe or Asia will blink an eyelid though. Orkut never gained a lot of popularity in those parts of the world.

People in Brazil will be less happy as it was/is a big site there. Google probably thought that given the excitement of the world cup, not too many people would notice.

But, every black cloud has a silver lining. You can transfer everything you ever did on Orkut to Google Plus. Or in Google’s own words: Continue reading

Site maintenance

Apologies for the fact that the site went offline. We have moved to a new Content Management System, but as with all things new they tend to have a few bugs.

One of those forced us to shut down and fix it off-line.

How to avoid a spam deluge

People complain a lot about the huge number of spam messages they receive. Sites are being accused of facilitating spammers, having poor security, etc. This might often be the case, but what the ‘receiver’ often forgets is that their online activity more often is the real cause of the deluge.

Spammers grab the email address to spam from somewhere and then try to ‘trick’ the system and the receiver into Continue reading

Does your company lack emotional intelligence? Yes – not surprising you’re looking for a new job

A survey by salary.com has suggested that in America, 23 percent of people look for a new job every single day! What’s equally fascinating is, it’s not the financial rewards or challenging work content that prompts employees to make a move, it’s the soft skills, the ability to get on with other people, the communication, the culture – in other words, the emotional intelligence of the organisation.

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a training progamme on Energy Leadership Development developed by iPEC, a programme that I believe can make a profound difference in people’s lives. I will discuss it in greater detail in the future and how I will be integrating it into my coaching programmes. One of the basic premise is that so much of our lives is fed by the notion of ‘what’s wrong?’. From birth, we are trained to ask that question, focusing on what’s wrong with our relationships, what’s wrong with our work, what’s wrong in every aspect of our lives.

If instead we asked, ‘What’s right?’, ‘What’s the opportunity?’ or ‘How can we make this work?’, how different would we feel? How much more creativity would flood into our lives and how much more contented would we be? If we can learn to control our emotions and think positively, in other words have more emotionally intelligence, what difference do you think that would make?

Please let me know what you think.