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Tonight, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm Earth Hour invites one billion people in more than 2800 cities representing 83 countries to turn off their lights for one hour in their local time zone.

On this day, cities around the world, including Paris, Sydney, London, Cairo, New York, Los Angeles and Cape Town, will join together to demonstrate their commitment to energy conservation and sustainability.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • All you have to do to Vote Earth is turn your lights out for one hour tonight, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time, in your city. Your light switch is your vote!
  • Set your computer’s power management and save up to $60 on your electricity bill and nearly half a ton of C02 over the next twelve months. Climate Savers Computing Initiative provides instructions on how you can save electricity all year long through efficient computing.
  • Join Earth Connect and share your opinions about climate change through blogs, e-mails, and Twitter. The goal is to gather one billion words to present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.
  • Pledge to Power Down for the Planet and create a video to teach others about the importance of energy efficient computing in the fight against climate change.

Earth Hour is about more than dimming lights for sixty minutes; it’s all about making a commitment to reduce energy consumption throughout the year. As world’s population grows, we want to make sure we minimize our impact on the Earth’s climate through responsible environmental practices every hour, every day.


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Since I discovered David Allen’s Getting Things Done(GTD) system, I’ve made a few refinements to it to suit my personal style life. The most important has been linking the low-level project-action focus of with my high-level focus on purpose and goals.

I decided to develop my personal GTD system, which focused mainly on purpose. At level 1, a statement detailing my life’s purpose plus a longer mission statement. My mission statement takes my high level purpose and breaks it down into the different area of my life, which over the past year I’ve focused my life around: career, spiritual, physical, etc. Because my purpose and mission change so much in the last year, they act as an anchor for me. At this level of my life, I’m not at all focused on goals, work, or actions. It’s more of a focus on who I want to be, so it’s mostly about principles and character. So my purpose and mission are about who I am, what I’m here to do at a very high level, and what I want my life to mean.

Goals are on the next level down. Goals are either need-based or purpose-based. Need-based goals are largely motivated goals. For example, if I don’t do some extra work on the weekends, I’ll end up with a mountain of work on Monday. It’s something I need to do, but it doesn’t contribute directly to my purpose in life. About 85% of my goals are purpose-based; these are my “on the road to” motivated goals that derive from my purpose and mission statements. For example my goals for Dominica weekly are purpose-based. Dominica-weekly dot Com has very little to do with fulfilling my needs; it’s all about fulfilling my purpose of development a good website.

One thing I’ve come to learn from the GTD system is, before you can get anything done, you must consciously choose those “things” you want to be doing. Before you put yourself into a state of readiness, you must consciously identify what you want to be ready for. Knowing your life’s purpose is the answer. It provides the background for readiness and for action.

David Allen Speaks about GTD System at Google

As we all know, Google has achieved so much in the last 5 years, it’s hard to imagine they would need advice from anyone. But yet Google asked David to speak about what he knows best: GTD. Watch this special video presentation to hear what David has to say about GTD and the two keys to sustaining a healthy life and work style. Enjoy!

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Recently I signed-up for online Banking, I watch my transaction carefully and I’m confident that if my account is compromised, I will know soon enough to stop any damage, maybe this is false pretense on my part.

Some of the Banks in the Caribbean like ( and ) are now providing online banking to their customers, we put a great deal of trust into these sites, giving them a lot of person information.

All too often, these websites ask for a lot of trust from visitors but don’t give it in return. Recently I visited a new site that promised to “budget, plan, forecast, organize and analyze your personal finances to achieve your goals”. It sounded like the perfect site to profile for a post here at DW. After sign up, when you’re expected to enter all your personal financial information (account numbers or pins). The site had no ‘About Us’? or ‘FAQ’ page. The payment for the ‘enhanced’ service was handled through a third Party (PayPal) and even the domain was registered through Domains by Proxy (which hides the owner contact information)…I don’t think so.

Many sites use the ‘About’ or ‘FAQ’ page to talk about their hopes and dreams. That’s nice. But now tell us why we should trust you. I have done some research on Google and Yahoo, the people behind internet technology …found some ways we can safeguard our personal data. Nowadays, a https:// link isn’t enough to put anyone’s mind at ease. Going on instinct, I look for things like Truste or BBBOnline verification on the sites. Search for independent information about the company or site. Nothing is 100%, of course. But I believe that the more a site asks from me, the more steps I expect the site to take to not only protect my data, but to be transparent about the methods they are using to do so.

Before you hit that Sign Up button… the site security policy.

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