Monday, April 23, 2012

Learning new swimming style

As I posted before I am actively swimming during my lunch breaks. Usually I swim freestyle. But after having refreshed my old shoulder pain, I have started thinking on changing my swimming style. By the way it is good chance to learn a new swimming style. So, I today I attempted to swim breaststroke style. Did only 8 laps at the end. But feelings are amazing... I have started enjoying from swimming more than before. I love swimming, But this style is something that made me to fall in love with swimming again!

For people who would like to try I will advice to watch swimming lessons from Youtube. Helps a lot. With Youtube I have corrected my mistakes I was doing in freestyle swimming. Here is the video how to swim breaststroke:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Amazing Alberta...

Just found a new promo about Alberta Canada. Have a look and enjoy:
P.S. I will enjoy this summer...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Working on Mondays...

There is a general rule accepted by most of working people that working on Mondays is horrible. I am not an exception and I think so, too. It is very hard to wake up, have breakfast, drive to work and finally work on Mondays. Last months I was only really waking up after swimming during the lunch break. Otherwise, the day is totally lost. published an article how to reduce stress on Mondays. May be helpful:

Stress sucks.  According to the American Psychological Association, stress can result in headache, muscle tension, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, lack of focus, irritability, depression, eating problems, addiction ... and social withdrawal. Yow!
Fortunately, stress isn't inevitable, even in today's hyper-connected, highly competitive world.  Here are six techniques that I've picked up over the years and now use on a daily basis.

1. Create an Oasis

In the past, people worked 9 to 5; in today's business environments, there's pressure to work (or at least be available) 24/7. Needless to say, that pressure generates oodles of stress.
An absurdly easy way to get reduce that stress is to shut down your computer and your cell–not just while you sleep, but also an hour before and after you sleep.
This takes discipline, because you're probably in habit of checking email, texts and so forth. This also takes self-confidence, because you must believe that you need to be at the constant beck and call of your boss, colleagues and customers. Do it anyway.

2. Find the 'Sweet Spots'

Having a overlong to-do list can a huge source of stress, because it feels like you can never get them those tasks completed. Here's a thought: Why bother?
Instead, categorize each task by difficulty (e.g. easy, medium, hard) and then by potential impact (e.g. large, medium, small).  You'll probably find there are about 10 tasks that are both easy and will have a large impact. Hit those "sweet spots" first.
In most cases, you'll achieve 80 percent of your goals by only doing 20 percent of the work.  And that takes the pressure off, thereby reducing stress. As a bonus stress-reliever, ignore those tasks that are hard and won't have much of an impact anyway.

3. Renegotiate Your Workload

Unreasonable expectations of what you're capable of accomplishing are a huge source of stress–regardless of whether those expectations come from yourself, from your boss, or from your customers.
The cure for this kind of stress is a dose of reality. Look at how much time you've got to spend, assess the amount of work that needs to be done, and, based on that, be realistic about what's actually going to get done. If you're expected to accomplish A,B,C and D, and there's only time to achieve three of the four, decide–or force your boss to decide–which three will actually get done and which one will not.

4. Turn Off the News

The news media, like every other form of entertainment, makes money by producing strong emotions in its audience.  Outside business news, those emotions are almost exclusively negative: anger, fear, anxiety, dread, and frustration.
While those manufactured emotions do provide momentary distraction from work stress, they do it by adding more stress. Watching or listening to the news in order "to relax" is like having a beer to dull the pain of a hangover; it only makes things worse in the long run.
So whenever there's a news story that starts to make you angry or upset, change the channel–unless it's 100% relevant to your life–or click to another page.

5. Disconnect from the Uncontrollable

There are always events that you simply can't control: the economy, traffic, politics, other people's emotions, customer decisions, and so forth.
While it can be useful to observe and predict such events (in order to know how to react to them), once you've decided how you'll deal with them, it's stressful (and, frankly, a little nutso) to continue to focus on them.
Worrying about stuff you can't control isn't going to make an iota of difference either in the short or the long run. It's wasted energy and extra stress you don't need. Change what can change and shrug off what you can't.

6. Avoid Stressed People

You may not realize it, but your physiology is programmed to mirror the physiology of the people around you. (This is a neurological phenomenon resulting from the"mirror neurons" in your brain.) In other words, you can "catch" stress from other people.
So although it may not be possible to avoid stressed people all the time, you should try, as far as possible, to limit your contact with such people–at least until you've conquered your own stress. At that point, the opposite effect kicks in, because the calmness you will have achieved is also contagious–provided you've made it into a strong enough habit.
How do you relieve, reduce or eliminate stress? Leave a comment below. And sign up for the free Sales Source newsletter for weekly column updates and extra success-oriented content.

The original of the article is here. Have good luck on Mondays!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Having homesick...

It is strange for me, but I am having homesick last days... I used to believe that I will never have homesick for Azerbaijan. But, it happens with me. I remember Rovshan said that "having homesick is natural, not having is strange, so, be careful!!!". Now I miss my family, my workplace at Ernst&Young, my lovely Tiida... I do not know what is happening with me, may be I am becoming old... But I am having fucking homesick... Sorry for my French! Here is the song of Blake Shelton called "Home". Listening is last days and I want go home!!!

It affects my mood and daily life. So, I may stop writing for some days. Do not want to have sad posts here. God bless you and God bless Canada! ;))

Monday, April 9, 2012

Requirements for permanent residences in Canada

Before moving to Canada I always interested in how to obtain permanent resident status and what is the requirements. However, after moving the more actual topic became how to maintain your status here or outside. Below I have pasted extract from legal documents which explains in details how to keep your permanent resident status.

I read in one of the forums that it is possible to visit Canada when you are landing and visit again after 3 years to receive you citizenship. It was really interesting for me, how??? So if you look at "OPTION 2. Employment outside Canada"  which allows a permanent resident to keep his/her status if he/she is employed in Canadian company outside of Canada. However, please note that this company should not been created primarily for the purpose of to satisfy the residency status.

Most probably it will be useful information for current and prospective immigrants. Have a good luck and enjoy... Here is the extract:

Appendix A: Residency obligation

Minimum residency obligations

You must meet the residency obligation to obtain a Permanent Resident Card. The following table represents the minimum requirements.
  • If you have been a permanent resident for Five (5) years or more
    • you must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of 730 days within the past five (5) years.
  • If you have been a permanent resident for less than five (5) years
    • you must show that you will be able to meet the minimum of 730 days physical presence in Canada at the five (5)-year mark.

Time spent outside of Canada

You may also count the days spent outside of Canada in the following circumstances as days for which you satisfy the residency obligation:
OPTION 1. Accompanying a Canadian citizen outside Canada
You may count each day that you accompanied a Canadian citizen outside Canada provided that the person you accompanied is your
  • spouse or common-law partner or
  • parent, if you are less than 22 years of age
Evidence that you are accompanying a Canadian citizen
You must provide supporting documents to prove that:
  • The person you are accompanying is a Canadian citizen; and
  • You are the spouse, common-law partner or child of that person.
Supporting documents may include:
  • marriage licence
  • child’s birth certificate, baptismal document, and/or adoption or guardianship document
  • school and/or employment records
  • association or club memberships
  • passports or other travel documents
  • documents indicating the status of the person you are accompanying
OPTION 2. Employment outside Canada
You may count each day you worked outside Canada provided that your employment meets the following criteria:
  • you are an employee of, or under contract to, a Canadian business or the public service of Canada or of a province and
  • you are assigned on a full-time basis to:
    • a position outside Canada
    • an affiliated enterprise outside Canada or
    • a client of the Canadian business or the public service outside Canada
For the purposes of this application, a Canadian business is defined as:
  • a corporation that is incorporated under the laws of Canada or of a province and that has an ongoing operation in Canada
  • an enterprise that has:
    1. an ongoing operation in Canada
    2. is capable of generating revenue
    3. is carried out in anticipation of profit
    4. in which a majority of voting or ownership interests is held by Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or Canadian businesses as defined aboveor
  • an organization or enterprise created by the laws of Canada or a province
Supporting documents:
You must enclose a letter of declaration signed by an official of the business that indicates:
  • the position and title of the signing official
  • the nature of the business and how it fits the description of a Canadian business (see definition above)
  • details of your assignment or contract outside Canada such as — duration of the assignment; confirmation that you are a full-time employee of the “Canadian business” working abroad on a full-time basis as a term of their employment, or you are on contract working on a full-time basis abroad as a term of their contract; and a description or copy of the position profile regarding the assignment or contract abroad
  • confirmation that the business has not been created primarily for the purpose of allowing you to satisfy your residency obligation
You may also include:
  • articles of incorporation and business licences
  • partnership agreements and / or corporate annual reports
  • corporate Canadian Income Tax Notices of Assessment and / or financial statements
  • copies of the Employee Assignment Agreement or Contract
  • copies of any agreements between the Canadian business and the business or client outside Canada concerning your assignment to that client or business
  • Pay Statement(s)
  • Canadian Income Tax Notice of Assessment
  • T4 slips
OPTION 3. Accompanying a permanent resident outside Canada
You may count each day you accompanied a permanent resident outside Canada provided that:
  • the person you accompanied is your spouse, common-law partner or parent (if you are a child under 22 years of age); and
  • he or she was employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the public service of Canada or of a province during the period you accompanied him or her.
Evidence that you are accompanying a permanent resident
You must provide supporting documents to prove that:
  • The person you are accompanying is a permanent resident
  • You are the spouse, common-law partner or child of that person and
  • The permanent resident you are accompanying meets his or her own residency obligation
Supporting documents may include:
  • marriage license
  • child’s birth certificate, baptismal document, and/or adoption or guardianship document
  • school and/or employment records
  • association or club memberships
  • passports or other travel documents
  • documents indicating that the person you are accompanying meets his or her own residency obligation

Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

If you are unable to meet the residency obligation, CIC will consider any compelling humanitarian and compassionate factors in your individual circumstances that may justify the retention of permanent resident status.
CIC will notify you if this additional assessment is required.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Programe

Today I have read very interesting news from my favourite blog mmw. So, I have sad news for some of the prospective immigrants who applied prior to February 27, 2008. On March 29, 2012 the Government of Canada announced a plan to reduce the backlog of Federal Skilled Worker applications by returning all applications and government fees submitted prior to February 27, 2008. This will amount to a total of almost 300,000 returned applications, as well as approximately $130 million in refunded government processing fees.
Approximately 160,000 FSW applications, submitted after 28 February 2008, will remain in queue for processing.
The original of the news can be found here.