Oct 242016
 
9things

From the moment two people meet, they’re sizing each other up, looking for signs of qualities like honesty, intelligence, and altruism.

Whether it’s a date or a job interview, the small stuff matters — from the firmness of your handshake to how often you check your phone.

We checked out the Quora thread “What are the really small things that tell a lot about a person’s psychology and personality?” and the latest scientific research, and highlighted some of the most common behaviors people use to judge you.

1.Your handshake.

Several Quora users admitted that they judge people based on their handshake.
“Strong handshakes usually reflect a strong and confident character, whereas weak handshakes usually indicate a lack of confidence and are almost always a characteristic of people who would look for an easy way to do things,” writes Julian Parge.
Research backs up the idea that your handshake can reveal certain aspects of your personality. One study found that people with firm handshakes were more likely to be extroverted and emotionally expressive and less likely to be shy and neurotic.

2. Your punctuality.

Late for a very important date? The person who’s waiting may be forming a negative impression of your personality.
“A proactive person will be there on time, because he is self-motivated, mentally organized, and values time whereas a procrastinator will be running here and there at the last hour,” says Humaira Siddiqui.
According to science, those who are chronically late aren’t necessarily inconsiderate people — but they’re probably more laid-back, “Type B” individuals.

3. Your handwriting.

Whether you’re writing a to-do list or a love note, your handwriting can say a lot about you.
Ramesh Nagaraj believes that “people who put a lot of pressure on pen and paper to write something are usually stubborn in attitude. They have a lot of confidence.”
Meanwhile, professional graphologist Kathi McKnight says that large letters indicate that you’re people-oriented, while small letters suggest you’re introverted. Letters that slant to the right can mean you’re friendly and sentimental, those that don’t slant at all might mean you’re pragmatic, and letters that slant to the left suggest you’re introspective.

4.Your favorite color.

Shivani Jha has a theory on what your color of choice reveals about your personality. For example, if your favorite color is red, she assumes you desire physical fulfillment. If your favorite color is yellow, she thinks you need logical order and value individuality.
Industrial psychologist Bernardo Tirado breaks it down slightly differently. Writing in Psychology Today, Tirado says that red lovers are tenacious and determined, while yellow lovers enjoy learning and find happiness easily.

5.Your taste in music.

Citing a 2003 study on the topic, Quora user Humaira Siddiqui says that she judges people based on the type of music they listen to.
The study found that people who listen to “reflective and complex” music tend to be open to new experiences and politically liberal. Those who listen to “upbeat and conventional” jams are more likely to be extroverted and athletic.

6.Your eye contact.

Munje says that a limp handshake and a lack of steady eye contact “shows lack of self-control, required drive to follow through, and a weak will.”
Alternatively, psychologist Adrian Furnham, PhD, writes in Psychology Today that extroverts tend to look more often and for longer at their conversation partners than introverts do. And in general, people who look at their partners more often are more confident and socially dominant.


7. Your choice of pet.

People may make inferences about you based on your pet. For instance, Joe Waldron believes that people who do not like cats have control issues, and he warns against dating women who have big dogs, believing that they are not interested in long-term relationships.
Meanwhile, one study found that people who prefer dogs are generally more energetic and outgoing, while those who prefer cats tend to be more introverted and sensitive. The same study also found that cat people tend to be more intelligent.


8. How you ask a question.

Even if someone doesn’t say anything about themselves in conversation, you can still learn about their personality.
As Khaliana Schmitz says: “When meeting someone for the first time … see how long it takes for them to ask you a question in return. You’d be surprised how much this reveals in terms of a person being a ‘giver’ or a ‘taker.’ It will help you distinguish between ‘people who like you’ and ‘people who like what you can provide them.'”


9.Whether you bite your nails.

Sushrut Munje has strong views on people with bitten nails, saying that it’s a sign that “the person eats away at himself.”
Meanwhile, research suggests that those who bite their nails — or pull their hair or pick their skin — tend to be perfectionists, unable to fully relax.

By Mr. Frank Tweneboah Koduah

Credit: Mike Nudelman/Business Insider

Oct 222016
 
phones

It is almost impossible these days to go to public places and not see a person looking on and tapping away at a smartphone. About a decade ago few of us can think of the number of things that we were able to do with our phones. For about 100 years back, a phone was just a tool used to talk to another person; it couldn’t take pictures, send messages or play games.

There can be little doubt that in the last few years there has been a tech boom, now people can watch movies and surf the internet on a portable tablet, and do things on the move thanks to super-fast mobile internet speeds. The result has seen the mobile phone turned into a mini computer and these new smartphones have become the current tech trend. That’s why I’ve compiled the advantages and disadvantages of the smartphone.

Whether you’re a current owner nodding your head in agreement or a late adopter looking for the inside facts, I hope this article helps you make some sense out of the mobile phone craze. If you already have one, make sure to make a video of your amazed expression as you read this post.

 

ADVANTAGES

Capabilities

When it comes to capabilities, smartphones like the BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and Windows Phone far transcend their less technologically-advanced counterparts like basic  clamshell flip-stylephones.
Basic cellphones allow users to talk, text and use limited features such as a calculator and alarm clock and sometimes browse the Internet on a less-than-optimal browser. Smartphones offer users the ability to check into social media sites, send and receive email, perform transactions on bank accounts, pay bills, read books, instant message friends, watch television and movies, browse the Internet, check the weather or the latest sports scores and more. Developers are constantly adding applications that can be downloaded to smartphones to enable them to do more.

Convenience

Because smartphones offer more capabilities than basic cellphones, they offer a sense of convenience that other phones simply do not offer.
Among the capabilities of smartphones are GPS applications, which provide users with turn-by-turn directions to anywhere from nearly any location. Banking applications allow users to check their account balances and perform transfers, pay bills and, in some cases, deposit checks. Social networking, email and instant-messaging applications allow users to keep in close contact with friends, family and colleagues. Checking the weather, the latest news headlines, movie showtimes, stock standings and even the business hours at a store or restaurant make smartphones ideal for someone who wants those conveniences.
On a basic cellphone, users can complete many of those tasks by calling their bank, stock broker, weather line or movie theater, but these options are limited and can take more time than they would on a smartphone.

Regardless of these advantages and conveniences that the smartphone offers there are no doubts that the smartphone comes with a number of disadvantages.

DISADVANTAGES

Cost

Arguably the biggest disadvantage of a smartphone is its cost compared to standard mobile phones. A smartphone costs considerably more up front — on the order of a few hundred Ghana Cedis to Thousands of Ghana Cedis, versus less than about a third of that cost for a standard phone. Smartphones also require expensive data plans, which most standard phones do not, making your monthly bill significantly more expensive.

Surprisingly most people shirk basic responsibilities to acquire smartphones at exorbitant prices and use not more than two functions in it. Most users acquire smart phones on the simple reason that they are flashy and it’s the way to go now.

Security

Smartphones are able to access the Internet, either through Wi-Fi or a data package. But data security is an issue. The apps you download and the passwords that you input into these apps and websites while on-the-go are often not secure, at least in terms of account privacy. This means that Internet access on an insecure network puts you at risk of identity theft and hacked accounts. That’s why you should completely log out of apps and websites after you’re done with a session. For the sake of convenience, many smartphone owners don’t do so, however, leaving their data vulnerable to hacking.

Distraction

Smartphones are distractors, which potentially decrease worker productivity and keep consumers off-task. With a device that fits into your pocket and is able to accomplish so much, it’s only natural that you’re constantly checking email, sports scores, text messages, Facebook and browsing the Web. This cuts into time spent focused on business projects. Additionally, smartphone users often play on the devices during business meetings and seminars, rather than focus on the presentations.

Occurrence of pretty serious accidents.

That’s not the only way the inattention to their surrounding caused by cell phones creates problems. It can actually cost lives when drivers focused on texting or social media lose control of their vehicle and have major accidents. Is letting your friend know you’re on the way really worth dying over?

And it’s not safe to do it while you’re walking either. For one, people have stepped into oncoming traffic while staring at the screen of their phone. Less seriously, you can fall down stairs, trip over something on the ground, or bump into a wall or another pedestrian while you’re absorbed with what’s happening on Facebook or making a video for Snapchat

Breaches of Privacy and Security

While having all your information in one handy device can be extremely convenient, it also has the potential to be very dangerous. All it takes is forgetting your phone in some bathroom or bus stop and suddenly, your whole life is exposed to the person who finds it. Your contacts, documents, social media accounts, and even banking information is theirs to do with as they please.

The privacy aspect is less damaging than your compromised bank account but probably a little more embarrassing. Are there any photos on your phone that you’d rather not show to some random stranger? How about those sappy text messages with your boy or girlfriend? We thought so. Just leaving your phone on the couch while you use the bathroom can be enough to give a snooper a peak into your private life.

And even if you never let your phone leave your sight, hackers can still break into your information remotely if the motivation is there. Keep that in mind the next time you’re thinking about putting important or otherwise sensitive stuff on your mobile.

Hinder Real Human Interaction

Our phones can do so much these days that some people have trouble tearing themselves away long enough to reconnect with the real world. You’ve likely seen them around town, on public transportation, and in stores with their eyes and fingers glued to their mobile device. Instead of interacting with the people around them, they ignore face-to-face conversation for virtual ones.

Many believe that our younger generation is actually less capable of normal socializing because of this. They’ve gotten so little practice that they’re simply not comfortable with chatting with someone they meet out in public. Since humans are social creatures by nature who need real life connections, this runs the risk of becoming a huge problem for society.

The cons of mobile phones are mostly a case of too much of a good thing. Pull yourself away from your device when you’re out on the town and don’t isolate yourself from the people around you. Don’t even think about touching that thing while you’re driving, walking, riding a bike, or anything else that requires your full attention. Learn also how to secure the contents of your smartphone and you will be able to enjoy all the helpful things smartphones bring to the table without the negatives.

References

Big Think: Get Off Your Smart Phone — The Disadvantages to Shutting Out the Present

TechRepublic: Five Security Risks Introduced with Smartphones in the Enterprise

Help Net Security: Most Users Unaware of Smartphone Security Risks

 

Oct 042016
 

waste-management

Classification of Waste:

Farming;- Garbage
Residential;-Garbage and refuse
Sewage;-Human Excreta and other sewerages.
These can be grouped under solid and liquid wastes
The solid waste is in the form of garbage and refuse while the liquid waste is human excreta. The garbage is generated mostly in the Kitchen in the form of spoiled foodstuff and excess food eaten by the Students.
The refuse is generated through the cleaning of the School compound.

Waste Disposal:

The garbage and refuse generated are dumped in a refuse Dump six(6) metres away from the school kitchen. It is a Pit dug about a meter and half deep.
The human excreta is generated in septic tanks in the school.

How we deal with waste:

The platain peel garbage is collected by a local soap manufacturing company and process for the manufacture of a local soap called ‘Alata samina’.Some people also collect the garbage to feed domestic Animals.

The human excreta and other garbages are collected by an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) every two months for the generation of Methane gas/biogas.They mixed the collected waste with water to form a slurry. They keep the mixer in a container called a ‘digester’ where bacterias break down the waste products gas and sludge.

Another method adopted by some people is the use of landfill garbage dumps where the garbage is covered with earth. This keeps oxygen away from the garbage. The combination of water and anaerobic bacterial produces methane gas which can be collected from the dump and used.

By
Dickson Agyemang Gyasi -Teacher
Ntul John -Student
Sarfo Daniel -Student
Asiedu Danso Isaac -Student
Afriyie Nyamekye Kofi -Student
Appiah Isaac -Student

The main research tools used are interveiw and observation.Our next presentation will be how waste is generated in our community.