Armed Bandit Tied Pair Under Desk

AN ARMED bandit bound two hotel staff with computer cables and detained them under a desk with a filing cabinet during a two-week crime spree, a court has heard.

Prosecutor Jeremy McWilliams said Mark Kevin McMaster, 26, had used knives to demand cash at restaurants, shops and hotels in the CBD and Broadmeadows between April 16 and 30 this year, netting almost $9000.

Two of McMaster's victims, working at the Oaks Hotel in Market Street at 2.30am, had their hands and feet tied together with lengths of computer cable and were shoved under a desk, Mr McWilliams said. McMaster then pushed office furniture, including a filing cabinet, against the desk to prevent the victims escaping.

McMaster was jailed two years ago for falsely claiming $28,000 in Black Saturday benefits, pretending his house had burnt down.

McMaster will be sentenced next week.

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We often get questions about personal work areas: “What is the best way to organize a desk space, bookshelves, and my whole office? What special gadgets or tools can help me organize the work most efficiently? How often should I clean and organize it – assuming that it doesn’t stay neat as soon as it’s cleaned?”I will share my thoughts about gear and workspace logistics, but keep in mind that in order to understand how it all fits together and to make this work, you should be familiar with my documents on the Workflow Diagram, General Reference Filing, the Tickler File, and the Weekly Review. All of these are available on the website.The workspace should function like a cockpit – all the controls easily accessible as required, allowing for maximum focus on the work at hand, quick over-viewing of work to be done, and easy ad hoc processing of all forms of input (from email, paper mail, phone, and live conversation).BASIC HARDWAREHere’s a basic toolkit:1. In-basket (top basket)2. Work-in-progress basket3. Standing wire racks for file folders (work-in-progress support)4. Out-basket5. Computer6. Printer (have one right at hand – it’ll save you hours!)7. Clock8. Phone/answering machine9. Capture/communication tools – writing pad, stapler, tape; desk tray and holders for pens, post-its, paper clips, scissors, stamps.10. Labeller (for files)11. New file folders (lots, at hand!)12. Filing cabinets (within reach)13. Telephone/address database14. Calendar15. Personal supplies (best in at-hand drawers): refills for writing instruments, batteries, business cards, stationery, envelopes, headphones, blank CDs, small tools, and the like.WORKSPACE FUNCTIONALITYTwo types of materials belong in your workspace, and it’s very productive to sort them accordingly:1. What belongs there permanently2. What is in transit and incompleteMost people have vague (if any) physical and visible distinctions between these two very different categories in their environment – what has action required and what doesn’t, because it belongs there. In our workflow coaching with executives, the first activity we have them do is sort out what stays where it is and what still needs attention. Often, too, there are many things that should be purged OUT of the environment. Sometimes a plethora of outdated “stuff” can accumulate, clogging up drawers and nooks and crannies of desk real estate.Permanent StuffThe only items that belong permanently in your workspace are: supplies, reference material, decoration, and equipment. Anything else goes first in the in-basket to be processed and then is either tossed, tickled, filed or coded into your action-reminder system.“Supplies” – everything you need, and use up, on a regular basis – writing and printer paper, stamps, paper clips, tissues, ink, etc.“Reference material” – your files, ring binders, directories, manuals, lists of codes, etc.“Decoration” – wall décor, art, plants, family pictures, nostalgia, cartoons, etc.“Equipment” – furniture, phones, computers, PDAs, printers, stapler, letter opener, pens, chargers, projectors, briefcases, etc.Keep It CurrentIt’s often a worthy exercise to exorcise the supplies, reference material, decoration and equipment that really aren’t any longer. Many things that start out as functional in those categories become outdated, useless, or misplaced simply by the passage of time. It’s good to regularly purge and reorganize the desk, drawers, shelves, countertops, and files. It’s very easy to go unconscious to stuff just because it’s there, undermining the sense of active utility in your environment. If you have things still around that you’re not sure if you might need again (such as miscellaneous electronic accessories), consider putting themfurther away from you in plastic storage bins labelled “Misc Gear,” which you can then reevaluate later as to its relevance.Filing StylingIt is important to pay attention to the logistics of filing in your office area because, besides furniture, it requires the most space and physical movement to execute. General reference filing (also including support files for projects in progress) should be within easy reach. You should eliminate any resistance to filing a single piece of paper out of the in-basket, if it’s potentially useful information. (See my article on General Reference Filing.) If you have inherited your office and its furniture and itslayout, you may be the victim of aesthetic elegance and functional unconsciousness. Standard corporate issue are sideopening filing cabinets that require hanging files, which aren’t nearly as easy to use as the front-opening types with slider blocks that hold files upright. Most people need four full file drawers for their own personal general reference filing, if they have an easy enough system to use for all the miscellaneous paper-based reference material that could be keepworthy. Any reference material that can stand up by itself goes on your shelves, like books, thick manuals and binders(appropriately labelled). Anything else should live in its own file alphabetically in your filing cabinets.In Transit and Incomplete StuffThe movable stuff in the work area consists of:1. Input to be processed2. Action remindersInput ProcessingWorkspace should be organized to make it easy to process input at random times (email, voice mail, paper mail, etc.) The in-basket and your email should all be easily process-able while you’re on hold on a conference call, or waiting for someone to walk into your office. So not only the phone and the computer, but also the in-basket should be at hand’s reach. The in-basket can and should hold everything that is not yet organized, so there is no need to have a “messy desk”. Sure, I spread my stuff out to work on a project or with a client or for a meeting, but when I want to focus on something else, I need to re-gather it all and either re-file it as appropriate or toss it into “in” until I can get to it again. Of course a legal pad or some form of easynote-taking device should always be right at hand in case the phone rings or I want to check voice mail, or someone pops into the office and lets me know something that I might want to do something with later on.Action RemindingThe action-reminder tools in a workspace consist of (1) calendar, (2) reminders of as-soon-as-I-can-get-to-it actions, and (3) overviews of projects and longer-horizon outcomes. These can be in whatever hardware you have personally chosen as the most logistically efficient for your life- and work-style. They could be in a loose-leaf planner, a software application, and/or paper-based folders and baskets.The first thing usually accessed at hand is the calendar (and a clock), to let you know where you have to be when today. It signifies the “hard landscape” for your day, and so must be the most easily and consistently reviewed device and information. The next most accessible for review need to be the action-reminder lists, folder, or baskets. (“Gee, I don’t have to be in the meeting for another 15 minutes... what could I handle and get off my plate between now and then?”) The lists of projects, objectives, goals, visions, might-want-to’s, etc. just need to be accessible enough so, in the Weekly Review, they are perused appropriately for effective calibration of your intuitive operational focus.KEEPING THE SYSTEMIf the workspace is organized appropriately, according to the real principles of workflow (as I’ve outlined above) it’s no big deal to keep it up. As a matter of fact, the more airtight the system is, the more out of control you can let it get! If you’re on a real roll (making money hand over fist today), who cares how clean your desk is?! With a clear system in place, it is not only easy to get things back into control, it’s actually fun. Without the system, it’s frustrating, and there always remains a vague sense of being out of control because the game hasn’t been fully structured.The Weekly Review should be the time to get the edges back, make sure it all is in place, ready for another successful roll. But it’s also a great habit and principle – when in doubt, clean a drawer! (There’s another roll coming!)DAVID’S PERSONAL OFFICE SPACE (come on in...!)On my Desk1. Two of my Fedon stacking trays – top one for IN and the underneath one for “action support” materials2. Two Fedon wire stand-up file holder racks, for my plastic system files and work-in-progress support files current active projects and standing meetings)3. Laptop in port replicator stand, attached to: network, printer, external storage drive, and synchronizing connectors for PDA, iPod, digital camera, labeller, scanner, and digital recorder4. Extra single Fedon stacking tray to corral a power strip with miscellaneous chargers5. Fedon holder for highlighter/letter opener/scissors6. Two Fedon organizer trays with paper clips, staple remover, stamps, post-its, pens, USB mass storage sticks, lip balm7. Stapler8. Scotch tape dispenser9. Legal pad10. World globe (small, for decoration)11. World Atlas (Smythson)12. Labeller (Brother PT-18)13. Scanner (small – Canon)In the Desk1. Small drawers: pen refills, staple remover, batteries,business cards, flashlight, NoteTaker Wallet refills, deposit slips,USB headset.2. Deeper drawers: supply of new manila file folders, small tools, miscellaneous travel accessories, etc.On the counter behind me1. Heavyweight stapler2. Printer/fax/copier (HP 2840)3. Fedon stacking tray for OUT4. Fedon stacking tray for Read/Review – magazines, articlesMy filesIn my desk:1. Tickler file2. Personal financial files (A-Z)Within reach:1. Personal DAC company files (A-Z)2. General reference files (A-Z)Also...1. Two small metal cabinets with drawers for stationery, printer checks, envelopesAnd on miscellaneous shelves and in the closet1. Books2. Printer paper3. Larger gear
Room for Improvement: the Reveal
It's official. Our office overhaul is finished! The work stations have been set up, the shelves are on the walls, the carpet has been laid and we are actually getting some work done in our new office.I have to say, I love the new look of the room. Before, it was crowded and uncomfortable, piled high with clutter and crammed with old furniture. Tucked into the corners were boxes that we'd failed to unpack since we moved in four years ago.Now the room is bright and cheerful. It feels incredibly spacious, especially considering it's only about three by three metres in size.For now, I have little on the shelves except for a couple of pictures and a few knick-knacks and books. Frankly, I'm in no hurry to load them up with more stuff, so they'll probably stay that way for some time.Packed away in the basement are several boxes of papers, books and office supplies that we deemed necessary to keep when we emptied the office. I may wait six months and, if we haven't gone looking for the stuff in the boxes by then, simply recycle the contents rather than bring them back to our tidy new office.In the end, the supplies for the room totalled about $1,400. That's definitely more than we budgeted originally, but still not extravagant, I think.For those of you who keep track, here's a list of the products we used, along with the prices, skus and name brands, where possible:1. Tensor VisionMax full-spectrum table lamp. Item #256019. Model #16594-002. Price: $101.72.2. Matching Tensor VisionMax floor lamp. Price: $72.88.3. Tiella five-light low-voltage flexible track kit. Item #191024. Model #800RAL5FCN. Price: $238.00.4. One-light halogen accent light. Item #158601. Model #ALV11RCL. Price: $59.28.4. Levelor cellular shade. Price: approximately $100.00.5. Wallpaper (Three bolts). Item#: LW1340974. Price: $44.98 per bolt.6. Two gallons Olympic no-VOC paint in "Lotus Flower." Price: $54.00.7. One gallon Olympic no-VOC paint in "Birch Forest." Price: $27.00.8. Cleaning and paint prep supplies. Price: $30.00 All of these items are available at Lowe's Canada.We also bought the following products at Ikea:Gustav filing cabinet in black-brown. Price: $125 (from 'as-is' department).Ljusdal glass shelves. Price: $24.99 each.This is the last installment of Room for Improvement. To those who have been reading regularly, thank you for your time and attention. They are most appreciated. And to Dean, a special thanks, of course. Room for Improvement has truly been possible only because of your support, skill and hard work.Catch up on Room for Improvement's office overhaul:Wired and ready Wrapping up Learning the hard way Of deficit spending and DIY Of wallpaper and the dog whisperer We have wallpaper Progress, but still no wallpaper Hitting the procrastination wall Of measurements and handyman humour Desk disassembly Colour for the office walls Of shades and mouldings Of deadlines and decisions Crunching the numbers Room for Improvement goes shopping Solving the desk dilemma Time to test 'green' paint Dean does IDS Looking for inspiration Time for an office overhaul Of reader polls, antiques and home offices What's next for Room for Improvement?And, if you missed it, or just want to enjoy it again, you can find Room for Improvement's bathroom reno project here
'it's Me and Burt Against the World'
NEW YORK -- The limo is on the way and 80-year-old Burton Pugach is crawling on the living room floor, searching for his cellphone."Burt! You have to dress! Now do it!" his wife, Linda, 70, shouts from the hall."Whaddya mean?!" Pugach roars back.She groans.He finds the phone beneath a chair, then disappears into the bedroom. She complains about what a slob he is. He has turned the kitchen into his filing cabinet, stuffing his legal files into the cupboards above and below the sink."El Creepo," she calls him with the slightest trace of affection.Linda and Burt Pugach, just another bickering couple from Queens. Except for these unavoidable facts: Nearly 50 years ago, after Linda spurned him and became engaged to another man, a jury convicted Burt, a lawyer, of hiring a thug to throw lye in her face.The attack blinded her and sent him to jail. When he got out 14 years later, Burt proposed again. Linda accepted.Now they're going to the premiere of "Crazy Love," a documentary about their journey, as remarkable as it is incomprehensible. The film opened in Boston yesterday."You look like movie stars," a neighbor says as they ride the elevator to the lobby. Linda is wearing oversize black sunglasses and a white pantsuit. Her diamond ring looks like a glittering disco ball."We're just like anyone else," Burt replies, leading his wife to the limo."Is it a stretch?" Linda asks. She smiles when her husband assures her that it is.In the annals of notorious New York, that same infernal breeding ground of Donald and Ivana, Woody and Mia, and that lug of a Lothario named Joey Buttafuoco, Linda and Burt Pugach occupy haunted terrain all their own.Every twist of their five-decade saga has inspired a new burst of headlines, from the original 1959 "ACID BLINDS BRIDE-TO-BE" to the 1974 "LINDA, BURT WED; HE BLINDED HER." In 1997, "BLIND LOVE" was the headline when Linda took the stand in Burt's defense after he was arrested for threatening a mistress 27 years his junior."We're used to depravity in this city, but this is going one [expletive] step forward," says Jimmy Breslin, perhaps New York's most prodigious chronicler of its darker edges. "No one is making anything up, I'm telling you. How could you make this up?" "Crazy Love" has generated favorable notices and was nominated for a grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, where Linda and Burt meandered about in matching white minks. But the publicity demands can be a strain."Everybody's up my backside," she grouses in the one-bedroom apartment the Pugaches have shared since their honeymoon. "I'm going to die before it dies."
Top-secret Medical Records Belonging to Prince Charles and Diana Found Stuffed in 10 Cabinet on an I
PRIVATE medical records of Charles and Diana have been found in a £10 filing cabinet - in a huge breach of royal security.The documents, tucked inside two folders, were carelessly stuffed in a drawer of the unit which was due to be sold second-hand to a tool firm.The records were kept by dermatologist Dr Peter Copeman, who saw the royal couple in the 1980s and 90s.They include a heartfelt note from the late Princess thanking the doctor.The files lay abandoned for years until Maggie Lidiolo cleared the cabinet for her partner, office furniture boss Steve Williams.Maggie said: "I'm flabbergasted. They could have been used for dark purposes in the wrong hands."I assumed it was a wind-up or forgery at first but it quickly became clear that these were the real thing." "It's unbelievable to think this kind of security blunder could involve some of the most famous people on the planet." Mum-of-three Maggie, 30, contacted The Sun on Sunday after the find on a industrial estate in Bridgend, South Wales, last Monday.And yesterday we delivered them back to Clarence House, Charles's London home.His spokesman thanked The Sun on Sunday for handing them over.But questions were being asked last night how they were allowed into the public domain.At the time Sir George Pinker was the royal doctor and Sir John Batten was physician to the Queen, both of whom would have been in liaison with Dr Copeman. There is no suggestion they were at fault.Mystery surrounds how the files were left unsecured with those of 20 other clients at Dr Copeman's private practice.The most likely scenario is his staff accidentally left them in the cabinet during an office clear-out.Another theory is they were lost when Dr Copeman's practice moved from Sloane Street, West London, to another street in central London about 15 years ago.Charles and Diana's notes were at the back of the second drawer behind the rest of the clients' to keep them from prying eyes.Maggie, a dental nurse from Port Talbot, South Wales, added: "I was helping Steve and gave the cabinet the once over when I found the files and my eyes nearly popped out of my head."I wanted to do the right thing and so rang the paper to ensure they got back to the royal family. I didn't read the medical details." Steve, who co-owns Office Furniture Wales (GB), has no idea how he ended up with the royals' health history.He said: "That filing cabinet was probably in my warehouse for months."It was a battered old thing and I'm surprised anyone wanted it. We bought them in a batch of four and they were worth about a tenner each.We buy and sell office furniture every day from all over the place, including central London, so I have no idea where that particular cabinet came from."We don't keep a strict record and have hundreds of them any one time."Often we are asked to take furniture away when clearing an office, or we will pick up cabinets, chairs and tables from eBay."We have no record where this came from, it's a mystery."It is surreal to think that a treasure trove of medical secrets of Charles and Diana was sat in my depot."I'm glad we can ensure the royal family's files remain confidential." The royal couple's wedding in July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral was watched by a global TV audience of 750 million. Charles and Di separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.He married Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.Internationally acclaimed consultant Dr Copeman, 84, retired in 2014.He told The Sun on Sunday last night: "Thank you for returning these." He has an identical filing cabinet to the one that held the royal documents in the study of his £5million home in Wandsworth, South West London.He added: "Some time ago we had a call about making sure we destroy these records and I thought we had done so."We had a big bonfire about ten years ago, but we must have missed these."We had to put bars on our office windows at one point due to the sensitive nature of the records we kept."I have no idea how this has happened or when the filing cabinets were moved on." The abandoned records of the non-royal patients, whose surnames all began with 'W', like the Windsors, were stuffed at the back of the second drawer.It raises the prospect that the last few documents filed in alphabetical order had mistakenly been left behind.The other files found with Charles and Diana's belonged to patients based across the UK and as far afield as Portugal, Spain and the Caribbean.The Sun on Sunday has also ensured their confidential records remain protected.Sir George Pinker, who died in 2007, became surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen in 1973.He delivered nine royal babies, including Peter and Zara Phillips, at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.He also treated Princess Diana after she fell downstairs at Sandringham when she was pregnant with William.Dr Copeman penned over a hundred peer-reviewed articles reporting original research from his own laboratory work and that of clinical teams he managed.These included general medical as well as dermatological subjects.Dr Copeman pioneered research on allergic vasculitis - extreme reaction to a drug or infection - which is now considered common medical knowledge.He was a leader in the introduction of techniques involving light and electrons in microscopy to vastly improve dermatological research.And he spent considerable time researching the genesis of malignant melanoma.Sir John Batten, who pioneered treatment for adults with cystic fibrosis, died in 2013 aged 89.He served as physician to the Queen from 1974 to 1989, and cared for her and her immediate family.The security blunder is the latest to embarrass the royal family.Last month the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton had a haul of 3,000 private pictures stolen from her iCloud account, including intimate snaps of the royals and her naked fiancé.The Sun alerted palace officials when they were offered for sale.In 2003 prankster Aaron Barschak sneaked past security to gatecrash Prince William's Africa-themed 21st birthday bash at Windsor Castle.Barschak leapt on stage as the Prince was making a speech and was bundled away by bodyguards.In 2012 William, then a flight lieutenant, was snapped by royal photographers at RAF Valley making his bed and drinking a cuppa.Computer usernames and passwords were visible in the snaps and MoD staff were forced to change login details for scores of staff.This August security experts blasted Princess Eugenie for tipping off terrorists about her daily movements.She told a magazine which gym she went to, where she would be at times of day and what streets she walked down.In 1982 Michael Fagan broke into the Queen's bedroom at Buckingham Palace before police were called to take him away.
Students Return to Schools with No Chairs, Oudated Books
Over 25 million students trooped back to school on Monday — ready for the 10-month school year grind — but it seems many public schools are far from ready due to a lack of school equipment & supplies. In the midst of students, teachers and other parents, Adelaida Dupitas sat on one of the benches inside the Ramon Magsaysay High School (RMCHS) in Cubao, Quezon City, as she waited patiently for her son, a high school freshman. “Balita namin maganda pagtuturo dito," she said in an interview with GMA News Online. Adelaida’s son is one of the 1,500 or so RMCHS freshmen who would get good teachers but find no chairs and desks inside their classrooms, then later would have to look for textbooks and workbooks to use. The classrooms on second floor of the RMCHS main building were practically empty — save for two blackboards, a teacher’s table and the occasional filing cabinet. While some sections were lucky to have armchairs, these were only enough for the girls. The boys had to sit on the floor. “Sa labas [maganda tignan] pero sa loob [ng classroom], ganyan ang upo nila," Filipino teacher and homeroom adviser Flody Fernandez said in another interview with GMA News Online. He was referring to the freshmen sitting on the floor of the school assembly area. Over at the Batasan Hills National High School in Fairview — the high school with the most students enrolled last school year — it’s the same story. Another school overpopulated and lacking classrooms and equipment. “Totoo yan, taon taon nalang nagiging problema natin ang mga classrooms, teachers, text books," said Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary for Planning Jess Mateo in an interview with GMA News’ “On Call." Outdated books Fernandez said his students in RMCHS are given textbooks for three subjects — Araling Panlipunan, Sciences and Math — but these are not always on par with DepEd standards. “’Yung textbook na iyon, pang-BEC (Basic Education Curriculum) pero ‘yung last year, ginamit namin ‘yung SEC (Secondary Education Curriculum)," he said. The BEC was implemented in 2002 while the SEC was enacted last year. Students are required to secure workbooks for the other subjects, but these have yet to be standardized — it’s up to the parents and students to find cheap and high-quality workbooks that comply with the new curriculum. Fernandez said that for the Filipino subject he teaches, workbooks costs around P150. Workbooks for other subjects can cost more, he said. On Monday’s school opening, Quezon City Councilor Edcel Lagman Jr. was there to give out some 2,400 workbooks to more than 6,000 RMCHS students. RMCHS Principal Josefina Perlado is no stranger to the woes of her students. After nearly 22 years as a teacher and 17 more years as a principal, she has seen all there is to see in the Philippine public education system “The problem is that parents think of ‘free education’ too literally. Dapat may part din sila sa education ng mga anak nila," she explained. In RMCHS, they’ve resorted to inviting book publishers to sell their wares in the campus. Exception to the rule RMCHS is reportedly among the top schools in the National Capital Region (NCR). Named after the seventh President of the Philippines after Emilio Aguinaldo, RMCHS fares better compared to other public elementary and high schools in the Philippines. Most public schools in the NCR have 76-79 students per classroom, a far cry from the ideal ratio of 46 students per classroom. RMCHS has an average of 50 students per class.1 Classroom shortage is no issue at RMCHS, having employed the "shifting scheme" mandated by the Department of Education (DepEd). Freshmen and seniors attend class from 5:30 a.m. to noon, while sophomores and juniors take over from 1:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. According to GMA News Research data, 74 percent of public elementary and high schools in Metro Manila had a severe shortage of classrooms last school year which affected nearly 1.57 million students or 82 percent of the public school enrollees in the NCR. Students enrolled in RMCHS consider themselves lucky enough to have a better school environment. High school senior Shermain Argarin transferred to RMCHS because she did not find conducive to learning the class schedule in her former school, San Juan National High School (SJNHS). In her two years at SJNHS, she went to school only three times a week, but for nearly 12 hours a day. “Mas gusto ko talaga ang schedule dito," she explained. Einar Antonio, who’s been a student of RMCHS from freshman to senior, found the quality of teachers there very high. “Kahit po yung mahihirap na subjects, naiintindihan ko ng madali," he said. Still in need RMCHS produced 144 University of the Philippines College Entrance Exam passers last school year. When asked about the number of students who had actually enrolled in the University of the Philippines, even the principal had no answer. “Kulang talaga kami ng database pati ng computers at clerks," Perlado said. The school last year underwent an P11-million repainting project, funded by the previous city mayor after Perlado’s relentless reminding. “You have to move yourself. Otherwise, kawawa ang mga bata," she explained. The DepEd already knows of the school’s lack of armchairs, Perlado said. The armchairs are expected to be delivered next week. As of this posting, DepEd Quezon City division officer-in-charge Superintendent Corazon Rubio could not be reached for comment. According to an employee from the Quezon City division’s property services office, the division spends nearly P7 million a year for the armchairs of Quezon City public schools. The employee could not explain why RMCHS continues to make do with students sitting on the floor instead of chairs, but said that it was impossible for the division to meet the needs of every public school in the city. “Nagbibigay kami [ng armchairs, other equipment] pero hindi lahat nabibigyan. Hindi talaga enough [to meet the needs of all schools]," she explained. — MRT/VS, GMA News
Why Thoughts Fly From Your Mind When You Enter a Room
If you've ever entered a room with a specific task in mind, such as snagging the last donut from the staff kitchen, and immediately forgotten it, don't worry. Your mind is not slowly unraveling and is actually performing just as it should. The sensation, known as the doorway effect, happens because your brain is simultaneously occupied with dozens of thoughts. Memory was once likened to a filing cabinet. Each memory lived unchanged in a separate file in your brain, waiting to be retrived. Scientists, realising this analogy was wrong, now think of the brain as a powerful computer juggling many tasks at the same time, according to People are more likely to forget their mission when they enter a doorway than when they are within a room or between rooms, researchers in the Department of Psychology at University of Notre Dame found. The asked 55 university students to play a computer game, which asked them to move through rooms collecting objects. As the students travelled, an object would flash onto the screen. The objects alternated their appearance from when they had just entered the room, when they were inside a room and when they were between rooms. The student clicked 'yes' if they could remember that they carried the shown object or had just put it down. Researchers held the same experiment in a real-life scenario. Both situations found that students suffered a strange amnesia when they passed through a threshold. Their memory performed better when they were some distance inside a room and when they were between the rooms. The scientists believed that the brain, like a computer, becomes overloaded when it must think about memory, movement and spatial awareness all at once. The doorway acts as a new start, or a blank canvas, for memory because you move from one situation to a completely new one. Unfortunately, scientists have not yet uncovered a solution to this disorientating effect.
'i Just Saw Blood and the Little Girl': 2-year-old Killed by Falling Mirror
It was a routine shopping excursion - a Friday night outing to get a pair of shoes at Payless ShoeSource for a little girl. Then, there was a crash, and shellshocked family members saw her lifeless in a pool of blood. Ifrah Siddique's family was shopping at the discount shoe store on state Route 85 in Riverdale, south of Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ifrah was apparently exploring near one of the store's full-length mirrors, where shoppers can see how they look in shoes or accessories they want to buy, according to the newspaper. But the mirror was apparently unsecured, and it toppled onto the small girl, the newspaper reported. "You wouldn't really expect it. We are all in the state of shock," the girl's cousin, Aqib Iftkhar, told Atlanta ABC-affiliate WSB-TV. He told the news station that his young cousin had massive internal bleeding and had lost a lot of blood by the time paramedics arrived. She died a short time later at a nearby hospital. La Tish Tultaick, who works next door to the Payless, heard the screams and rushed into the shoe store. "I just saw blood and the little girl, but she was just laying there lifeless," Tultaick told the Journal-Constitution. She said she tried to help but was held back by first responders. Photos snapped by local news broadcasters showed what they said was the mirror in question, intact and apparently placed inside a storage room between a filing cabinet and a water fountain. The combination of unknown hazards and distracted parents can make stores very dangerous places for children. For example, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital, each year about 24,000 children are injured in incidents involving shopping carts. In February 2017, a 10-year-old British boy died after he hit his head on a display barrier at clothing store Topshop, according to the Independent. In a statement, Payless extended its condolences to Ifrah's family. "Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Ifrah Siddique during this time of incredible loss," the statement said. "We are devastated by this tragic event and are fully cooperating with authorities to research and understand the nature of this accident." The store's statement said it wasn't releasing additional information "out of respect for the family". But relatives said they have many, many questions. A mirror and window repair truck was parked outside the store Saturday, WSB-TV reported. "At least they are fixing it, but still the question is why wasn't it secured in the first place," Iftkhar said. "We want to make sure this doesn't happen again for anybody. We don't want to see another kid get into this."
Top Tips: Protecting Your Home While Vacationing - Aug. 30 ...
NEW YORK ( -- Labor Day is right around the corner, but before you take off for the holiday weekend, make sure your home is safe when you're not there. Here are some guidelines to keep your home protected. Make sure you cut the shrubs below window level and trim trees away from the house. An obscured window is an invitation for would-be thieves. You'll also want to protect your sliding glass doors by putting a metal rod in the track or add a bolt lock. Make sure you unplug your automatic garage door opener on your way out. Burglars may be able to uncover the code and use it to open your garage door. And don't leave any tools outside. Bring them inside so a thief can't use them to break into your home. A thief knows when a house looks unoccupied. To make your home "lived" in, set timers that will turn your lights on and off at different times. Make sure the front of your property looks well-maintained. And you may want to have a neighbor park in your driveway some of the time that you're away. If you have a home security system, be sure to notify the company that you plan to be away. Most companies may pay a little bit better attention if they know there's no one at home. If you're going to be away for awhile, you'll want to shut off the water supply to individual fixtures like your washing machine, icemaker, toilets and sinks, according to the Institute for Home and Business Safety. Flooding happens when hoses are worn or ruptured, or there is a leak at the connection. Of course, you don't want to leave appliances like the washing machine or dishwasher running. Make sure to unplug all those smaller items, like your toaster, microwave oven or computer and TV. You should also make sure the sump pump is working, since you never know when the next rain deluge is due. An overflowing mailbox is a ripe target for identity thieves who will rifle through your credit card solicitations and bills to get your private information. Get a neighbor to collect your mail or you can have your deliveries held at the post office. You may also want to stop your newspaper delivery.Sort through your filing cabinet and lock up any documents that has your bank account numbers or social security number. You'll also want to disconnect the computer from the Internet. You don't want thieves hacking into your accounts.
Moving Tips From the Family Handyman Help Make the ...
Are you moving Dreading it Want some tipsTo help make your moving experience less stressful, the DIY home improvement experts at The Family Handyman () have some quick tips to help you spend less time moving and more time at the beach, which is where we want to be in June, right - if it ever decides to actually warm up and stop raining.Here's what they recommend:Skip the mover fees, back damage and general frustration with some of these simple, budget friendly techniques:: Centering the weight is key. A tall dresser, filing cabinet or shelving unit is awkward to handle so make it a two-person job. Tip the item backward at an angle and have one person carry the top while the other carries the bottom. This centers the weight and keeps the item from swinging out of control. Transporting the item up or down stairs is easier too, since the carrying angle will roughly match the slope of the stairs: A large easy chair can be the opposite of easy to move. The best approach is to do a sideways carry and "hook" large chairs around corners. Turn the chair on its side so it looks like an "L" and move it back-first through the doorway. Then curl it (hook it) around the door frame and slip it through.: You can buy furniture slides in many shapes and sizes at home centers and online. It's also easy - and more cost effective - to make your own sliders from plastic container covers, Frisbees, bedspreads, moving blankets, towels and carpet remnants. Use hard plastic sliders for carpeting, and soft, padded sliders for hard flooring.: Trying to wrestle a heavy, floppy mattress anywhere is tough. Many mattresses have handles, but they're not intended for carrying. They're actually made to help you position the mattress, so they're not very strong. Here's an easier way to carry a mattress: Make a simple rope sling that will give you and your helper a lot more control. Thread the rope through the mattress handles and attach your grips as shown. Flip the mattress over so the sling is on the bottom and you're on your way.: Remove the fabric covering (the most tedious part of this whole process is removing the staples) and place the box spring face down. Pull back the mattress cover along each side and cut through the frame just to the left or right of the middle crosspiece (don't cut through the crosspiece itself). Do this on both sides and in the center.For the full list of 10 moving tips, click ..Follow me on Twitter at ISeiberling.
A Filing Cabinet, Some Contracts, and Kate Duffy | Huffpost
I was surprised and saddened to see in the Times this A.M. that Kate Duffy had died.I had put my toe in publishing waters by agreeing to become Ron Busch's West Coast scout for his new publishing venture, Tudor Publishing, a new mass-market paperback house. One day, out of the blue, Ron told us he was going into the hospital for bypass surgery. He died the next day. Stan Corwin and I were partnered on various ventures then, and I suggested we buy Tudor and become the publishers ourselves. We put together a deal, and bought the company.Within a few weeks we were in New York inspecting our new property, which consisted, in its entirety, as follows: First we had an office, a dingy fluorescent-illuminated lower Park Avenue cell, with a steel desk and a two-drawer beige filing cabinet that Ron must have found in a vacant lot somewhere. In the cabinet was a distribution contract with our mass-market distributors, Kable News, ten contracts for paperback books in various stages of development, and some manuscripts. And there was also a chair, and a person in that chair. Our sole employee. Kate Duffy, our Editor in Chief.Kate held all the knowledge of Ron Busch's vision for Tudor. Our job was to get out of her way, to let her fill the pipeline of our first list. I busied myself with finding our new office/apartment. I found a beautiful spot down the street from our distributors, at the corner of 49th and 2nd, on the 25th floor with 90 feet of glass. Views of the U.N. and up and down the entire length of 2nd Ave. I discovered a fantastic cache of antiques for rent on Roosevelt Island, and had the place furnished in a day. Kate's desk was the pièce de résistance: an ornate French inlaid number with brass trimmings. When Kate first perched at it in her new corner with its spectacular view, She thought I was nuts, that it was too good for her. But she confided to us, "Now I really am Queen of Romances."Within a few days an author came by with a crazy Elvis book, and before long, we had purchased it. With Kate's coaching I reserved enough press time to get more than a million copies, and a million cassette tapes shrunk to it, into print. Soon we had our first paperback bestseller together: Is Elvis Alive? made the N.Y. Times list.Kate was my mentor in those early days at Tudor. Beloved by her authors, unflappable, funny and without pretence.If I still had that original filing cabinet, I'd have it bronzed in her honor. Kate Duffy had mass-market ink running in her veins. She was a book editor, through and through.
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