Does Raising Your Phone Improve Reception?

We’ve all done it. We’re hiking in the woods, visiting a friend, or shopping in a big box store somewhere, and we can’t get a signal. So, we instinctively raise our phones in the air, as if there were a hidden wave of receptivity floating overhead, if only we could reach it. Does it help?

According to experts, no. There is no connection between cell reception and raising your phone into the air just above your head. Reception is “mostly homogenous” around us, and lifting your arm won’t change this. However, you may get more bars by walking around. Cell reception could be being affected by structures, such as glass doors and metal in walls, so moving away from these blockages can improve reception.

Raising your arm to get better reception can go into the same book as pushing the elevator button repeatedly, an act that doesn’t change the elevator’s programming one bit.

Kid-Friendly Exercises

As worries about obesity fill the media, parents are taking more active steps to ensure that their children learn good exercise habits. Here are a few simple child exercise routines from

  • Faux Pushups. Have your child get into a raised pushup position. Then say the alphabet, high-fiving your child with each letter (alternating hands).
  • Sit-ups. Take a ball and lie down facing each other, feet touching. Sit up together and pass the ball to your child at the top of the sit-up, then go back down. Repeat back and forth for as long as you can.
  • Water balloon walk. Fill a water balloon and have your child hold it between her knees. Then try walking without bursting it or dropping it.
  • Kid Lunging. Have your child take the longest step he can with one foot, then pause all stretched out. Then stand up and take a step with the other foot. Have him lunge all the way to your car or the park.
  • Bicycle. Your child lies on the floor, lifts her legs, and moves then in a circular motion like riding a bicycle. Ask her to say 揾a-ha-ha?in time with the movements. This can be particularly effective in helping younger kids head off tantrums.

Find the Strength in Your Weakness

A 10-year-old boy had lost his left arm in an accident. He wanted to grow stronger, so he began lessons with a wise judo master. In time the boy improved. But after months of training, he couldn’t understand why the master had taught him only one move. “Master,” the boy said, “Shouldn’t I learn more moves?”

“This is the only move you’ll ever need,” the master replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in the wisdom of his teacher, the boy kept training.

More months later, the master took the boy to his first tournament. The boy surprised himself by easily winning all his initial matches. Then came the final match.

This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy with one arm appeared to be overmatched. Concerned for the boy’s safety, the referee was about to stop the match. But the master intervened. “No,” he said. “Let him continue.”

Soon, the boy’s opponent made a critical mistake and dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy won the match and the tournament.

On the way home, the boy summoned the courage to ask, “Master, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

“You won for two reasons,” the teacher answered. “First, you’ve mastered one of the most difficult throws in judo. Second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grip your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Canadian Real GDP Growth (Q4) – March, 2018

The Canadian economy closed 2017 on somewhat of a disappointing note, growing just 1.7 per cent in the fourth quarter. The consensus forecast of economists was for growth north of 2 per cent.  The slowdown in growth was primarily due to slower household spending, which posted its lowest rate of growth in almost two years. Due to a very strong first half of the year win which the economy expanded at a more than 4 per cent rate, for the year as a whole Canadian real GDP grew at a rate of 3 per cent, the strongest growth since 2011.

Most estimates now put the Canadian economy at or very close to full-employment, meaning that there is little room for Canadian firms to expand output without putting undue pressure on inflation. Given that, we are forecasting that the Bank of Canada will follow up its January rate increase with at least one more rate increase in 2018. However, a larger than expected slowdown in growth over the second half of 2017 means the Bank will likely hold off until it can properly assess the impact not only of its own tightening over the past year, but also the impact of newly implemented B20 guidelines on mortgage qualification rules.

For more information, please contact:  Gino Pezzani.

Commercial Leading Indicator Signals Growth in 2018

Vancouver, BC – February, 2018. The BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) increased for the fourth consecutive year, rising 0.4 points in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 135.7. That increase represents a 0.3 per cent rise over the second quarter and a 6.7 per cent increase from one year ago.

“The BC economy continued to thrive in the fourth quarter of 2017,” says BCREA Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “Increased activity in key commercial real estate sectors contributed to a fourth consecutive year of a rising CLI, mirroring the last four years of robust economic growth.”

The underlying CLI trend, which smooths often noisy economic data, continues to push higher due to strong provincial economic and employment growth. That uptrend signals further growth in investment, leasing and other commercial real estate activity over the next two to four quarters.

For more information, please contact: Gino Pezzani.

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