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"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."

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Everyone wants to be a success in their lives. Whether it be taking on the world of business, finding ourselves a family to love or becoming that person we’ve always wanted to be.

Success doesn’t come easy, it takes a huge amount of hard work and dedication. There are people all over the world who spend every minute of every day striving for what they believe in and getting what they want out of life, so why can’t you?

If you have no idea where to start, here are some ways to become successful this year…

  1. Focus on commitment

If you look at some of the most successful people in the world such as Saʿud ibn Saqr al-Qasimi, Bill Gates and Richard Branson… they all have one thing in common: they are totally committed to what they believe in. Are you willing to sacrifice your time and resources to get what you want out of life? It’s not enough to be motivated to do things, you need to show that you are totally committed to the cause.

  1. Seek knowledge

The way that many successful people stay focused and willing to work is by always learning more about their subject. There is always more that you can learn about in life, and it is the willingness to explore and experiment in the field which will keep you afloat and help you truly immerse yourself into this world.  You need to stay in the mentality that the discovery is just as fun as getting the results. If you keep this frame of mind you will be much more likely to succeed.

  1. Make it fun

Just because you might be working incredibly hard to get what you want doesn’t mean it can’t be fun along the way. It is your life and your decisions, make sure that you make the most of it and have a little fun with everything as you go. You will find that your motivation will stay much higher if you have some fun with your work.

  1. Get rid of negative thoughts

It can be incredibly difficult to shake those nagging doubts which creep up when you are trying to work towards your dream. Thoughts which compromise the way we think can be dangerous and will be able to affect the way we feel and our motivation to carry on with work. Make sure to put these thoughts on the back burner and focus on everything which is positive about what you are doing right now.

  1. Use your imagination

Once you have rid all of those negative thoughts from your mind, you will want to get your imagination involved in everything. Set yourself a challenge to think of everything in a positive way for a few days. It can be difficult to put a positive spin on a difficult boss or a late bus, but if you use your imagination to think of what that person taught you and the fresh air to chain by being outside, you will start to feel much better even if the situation hasn’t changed! This can be what sets you apart from everyone else because you learn the ability to put a positive spin on situations and make the most out of what you have. This will in turn help you keep that motivation to get what you want in life.

  1. Be hard on yourself

You will probably notice that most of the articles out their about life tell yo tos top being so hard on yourself, however that might be exactly the kick up the butt you need to take action. In order to motivate yourself to do better in life you need to start acting hard on yourself. Think about all of the times you have throughout about working out or cooking a healthy meal and instead have stayed at home and eaten a takeaway. This is the time you need to look at yourself and take some action. Force yourself to buy a piece of clothing which is a tiny bit too small. Try it on every single day as a reminder of your goals and you will find that you reach it much more easily. The trick is to blackmail yourself in a way so that you will do what you need to do in order so stay successful.

  1. Get rid of distractions

When you sit down to work on your project or learn something new, put the phone away and on silent. The last thing you want is to be distracted by the thought of answering text messages or checking your Facebook. Think about how much time scrolling through your phone can take up, when you could have been working on what you want and honing your skills. Make sure though that you do leave yourself enough time to relax and reset in the evening before you go to bed.

  1. Don’t rely on others

Although it’s amazing to have your partner, your family and your friends there to support you during achieving your goals, you cannot rely on them to make you do it. Don’t let your partner be the one who has to remind you to workout or write another page of your book, you need to be your own motivation.

  1. Plan

It is always important to plan out everything in our lives and take the time to give ourselves reminders. Try to always be three steps forward from where you are, and plan for when you will be spending time on your project. It is incredibly important to plan out and write ourselves a weekly calendar to schedule in the time to complete these tasks within it. It could even be a great idea for you to start a bullet journal to keep yourself on track. It I’ll allow you to set yourself weekly goals and also daily tasks to complete to keep you motivated and so that you always know what you need to be doing on any given day.

  1. Protect yourself from burnout

It is very easy to be motivated for a couple of weeks and feel as if you have nailed this habit, and then end up burning out and quitting altogether. It is a sad fact that this often happens to us, and is often the downfall of many New Year’s resolutions. If you don’t protect yourself from burning out you will never be able to succeed and all of your goals will end up being forgotten.

You need to recognise when it is time to step back and take a rest from your work. Resting is almost as important and completing the task itself because your body needs that time to compute all of the information you have fed it as well as reset and refresh for the next day. If we don’t give our mind and body the time to rest, it doesn’t matter how motivated we are. Our body and mind will eventually both shut down due to fatigued and you will not be able to do anything at all.

Make sure that you always work to the best of your ability and make the time you have to work on it productive. There’s no point booking out an hour in your day and then just sitting there staring at your yoga mat or your computer. Plan out what needs to be done and then once you have completed what you wanted to do, shut the computer down and have a rest.

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The ever growing problem of homelessness in America is at an all time high, with record breaking figures staring at us right in the face. There is little action being done to help the state of our streets as we walk by thousands of lonely, cold and poor people who are forced to reside on our roads. Each evening, it has been quoted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness that over five hundred thousand people are forced to sleep outside or seek out an alternative overnight arrangement, whether that is an emergency support shelter or a transitional housing unit. This is no way for anybody to live and it is safe to say that homeless people are being treated poorly in this day and age.

The world is developing at an astounding rate and even with billions of dollars being shelled out on new technologies and buildings there still doesn’t seem to be enough money in the budget to help out those who are struggling each and every day. The problem is quite simple appalling and America is doing little or nothing to address the escalating disaster. With the cost of living increasing each and every second it is becoming more and more difficult for people to keep up with rental payments. No matter how hard people are attempting to make ends meet, they are simply being forced to spend their time on the streets as nobody is around to listen to them.

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Over the years there have been inhumane laws passed, which have made it illegal to sleep in public places, live in vehicles and share food. The hard work from teams at Habitathm.ca are trying to create homes for those who need it, but no matter how hard these companies try and do good for the country, the laws are stopping every day people from helping those in need on the streets. Ending the the bout of homelessness is a long-term and complex problem which can only become better over time. More money and effort needs to go into financing these groups who are helping to build safe shelters and homes for people.

In the colder states it is becoming increasingly disturbing at the number of health issues that homeless people are facing, due to adverse weather conditions. Some states are even issuing fines and carrying out arrests for those who are feeding the homeless without permission. These places include Daytona Beach, Atlanta and Houston. But what sort of world are we living in where we can’t offer kind gestures and help those who are suffering? Activists are infuriated that they are no longer allowed by law to help the local people they come across on the streets every day. Just a few days ago a group of twelve people called ‘Break The Ban’ were arrested in broad daylight for feeding their city’s homeless population.

Ultimately, these groups will keep fighting for the cause they believe in and it will be up to the states whether they become more lenient with their laws and allow them to carry out dutiful gestures to those who are most in need.

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Very few people know what to do after surviving a car accident. Doing the right thing after an accident can mean the difference between having a straightforward claim or having one that will drag on for months. You need to know what the insurance provider expects from you if you want to do the right thing.

Here are some of the things that you should do after being involved in a car accident:

Assess the Damage

You need to perform a quick assessment of the accident scene to see the damage your car has sustained. Even if the impact happened at low speed, you should not assume that the damage is minimal. Make sure that you look for dents, leaks, and cracks that were not there before the accident.

If there is little damage and you see no need to involve lawyers, you should come to an agreement with the other party and settle the issue. However, if you have sustained some injuries that need medical attention, you might have to involve attorneys such as Buffalo personal injury lawyers. Make sure that you seek treatment immediately even if you think that the injury is minor.

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Call the Police

If you cannot resolve the issue, you should call the police. The officer will help you to assess the damage and tell you who is at fault. However, for the police officer to give an accurate account of what happened, you should not move the vehicles. Moreover, you need to contact your insurance agent for advice on what to do.

If you have a camera or a good camera phone, you should take pictures of the scene and make sure that you capture the damage. Before deciding to leave the cars alone, you should scan the area to ensure that it is safe to wait there. If you are hindering traffic, you might have to move the cars to the side of the road – make sure that you take plenty of pictures before moving them.

Report the Accident to Your Insurer

Once you have all the necessary information from the scene, you should formally alert your car insurance provider. Depending on their assessment, you will be told whether you can drive to the nearest authorized garage or call a tow truck to remove your car from the scene of the accident. Your insurance provider will send an insurance claim adjuster to evaluate the value of damage to your vehicle.

Keep Track of Your Treatment

You should write down the names of any doctor who treats your injuries after the accident. You also have to keep track of the medication that you take and the treatments you receive. Moreover, you also need to request copies of medical bills and reports because they will come in handy when proving your expenses later.

Although documenting treatments is easy, it will be much harder to prove your pain and suffering. You need to record how the injuries have affected your daily life: family life and missed workdays.

Filing a Claim

You need to file a motor insurance claim if you want to get compensation for damages. Once you fill in the form, you should attach the necessary documents before sending it back: copy of your driver’s license and the police report. Hiring an attorney is necessary because you might not know what to do at this point, but an attorney does.

An accident attorney can help you get the maximum settlement. If you do not have money to hire a lawyer, do not worry because most accident lawyers work on contingency – you pay them if you win the case.

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Human resource departments play a critical role in helping organizations achieve their core business goals, as well as creating efficiency in all aspects of business operations. Just as it’s crucial to have a clear strategic vision and business plan, organizations also need an effective human resource development plan to get everyone ready to execute their key business strategies and achieve their goals.

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Every organization’s HR department plays a key role in preparing current staff and anticipating human resource needs and requirements as they arise. What are the proven steps inf creating an effective human resource development plan?

Assess the Entire Workforce

When it comes to strategic human resource planning, organizations must first identify their current employees’ skills, abilities and level of knowledge. A good understanding of their individual strengths, education levels, professional certifications, additional training and capabilities will form the basis of your HR development plan. Ask yourself: Do they have talents that could benefit your business?

It’s advisable to have an interactive system that helps you track employee roles, performance, training and career progress. According to Accuchex, a workforce management solutions provider, effective human resource management within an organization depends on the ability to focus on systems and policies like California labor laws breaks, which go a long way in helping organizations improve and develop their workforce.

Provide Skill-Based Training

There is a huge difference between having qualified employees and having a winning team that delivers. How can you develop employees to be problem solvers, industry experts, innovative thinkers and excellent communicators? Skill-based training is the key to achieving a productive workforce. You’ll need to evaluate their abilities and level of experience and then create a simple action plan based on progressive training to help them achieve their career objectives.

For instance, you could enroll your accounting department on training programs like financial policy and advisory services. The importance of training and development cannot be overstated; whether you opt for on-the-job training conducted by qualified supervisors or highly specialized training, it’s important to understand that your organization’s success in the marketplace is dependent on your employees’ abilities to function efficiently and effectively.

Draft a Succession Plan for Your Organization

Change is inevitable in any HR development plan. To avoid any disruptions in business operations, it’s important to create a clear succession plan in your different organizational departments. Whether there’s a shift in top executive management or you’re reorganizing departments, it’s important to be prepared.

To do so, identify all critical roles in your organization and current employees with qualified skills needed to immediately fill up those positions in case an employee leaves. Depending on your business culture, a succession plan can be developed in consultation with employees directly or behind the scenes. Such plans should also be backed by a strong recruitment process.

Perform a Gap Analysis

Performing a gap analysis helps your organization identify all the resources available to your business and those that will be needed in the future, so you can make improvements. The analysis should focus on your human resource practices and infrastructure to determine areas where your business is falling short.

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The results of a gap analysis will help your organization introduce new business practices like job evaluations, performance reviews, departmental evaluations, development programs and other tasks to help you achieve better performance. A gap analysis should regularly be conducted, so you can reassess your strategy to make changes when necessary.

Be Ready for the Future

As your organization grows, so will your HR and staffing needs. Ask yourself: is your workforce productive enough? Do you need more employees? Do they have the skills needed to remain competitive and help you achieve your goals? The answers to these questions lie in learning how to promote and recruit from within. As you think of what new roles your business needs and who can fill them, keep in mind that human resource development is an ongoing process.

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If you are used to driving a lot in order to get to and from work, chances are you are familiar with the automated traffic traps that you can find in cities like Calgary.  They aren’t everywhere, but they are in enough places so that it is possible for you not to notice that you have even committed a driving infraction until you receive a ticket in the mail that says you did.

 

You then may find out that what the ticket alleges doesn’t sound like any circumstances that occurred at all.  Fortunately, there are options available for people that would like to challenge the tickets that they receive in Alberta.  Here are some good reasons to not only challenge the ticket but use a partner that goes to court on your behalf:

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There is a discount built into the ticket payment process:

Cities like Calgary are quite cosmopolitan.  The last thing they want to become known as is the place where there are no chances for someone who may have been not guilty of something that they were accused of.  They therefore have a system that allows surrogate companies to show up in court on your behalf and argue your case for you when you get something like a Calgary speeding ticket.  They may be successful, They may be unsuccessful- but the important thing to remember is that a local court rule states that they will be compensated for their efforts through a discount in the ticket.  In other words, regardless of whether or not they are able to make your ticket penalty smaller, you won’t pay any more than the actual levied fine in most cases.

They have a professional relationship with the court:

One driver was on their way to work and had a police officer walk across the street in the crosswalk.  They got onto the sidewalk on the other side and then as the driver started forward, the undercover officer swiveled around to face them and pointed at their car.  They were pulled over and given a large ticket for ignoring pedestrians despite the fact that no one was in the crosswalk.  The officer ended up saying that their idea was to walk to one side of the street, gain the sidewalk, and then swivel around and walk back the other way.  Because their intent was to return to the street, they were a potential pedestrian again.  The person that was ticketed decided to punt and give the right of appeal over to a ticket company that worked with the court.  They managed to shrink the ticket considerably because they knew the court well and were not likely to be antagonistic like the driver that was ticketed might have been.

So if you get a ticket in Alberta and would like to fight the outcome but do not have the time to go all the way into court to do so, consider using a traffic ticket agency that can lower your fine and the number of demerits that you have accrued.

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To become one of the most valuable sports franchises these days you really need to be pulling in some big numbers. To put it o you in numbers, this year’s figures were up 18% on last years. 18% in one year. And that’s just the cutoff to make it onto the list of the Top 50. To put it you another way, over 35 teams that are worth over $1 billion did not make it onto the Forbes hallowed halls.

How is a growth like this even possible? TV contracts have grown exponentially, labor deals made with the players, sponsorship deals and ticket prices; they’ve all gone up and that means the value of the franchises have gone up. So, with all that in mind, who made up the top 5:

  1. Dallas Cowboys

For the second year running, the Dallas Cowboys took home the top spot with a market value of $4.8 billion. What makes their value so staggering, though, is the fact they haven’t won an NFL Championship in over two decades. How have they managed it then? Well, a lot of it is to do with their stadium which a) is worth $1.2 billion and b) the stadium naming rights were sold for almost $600 million.

  1. New York Yankees

There is another second-time on the list, this time with the New York Yankees being the only MLB franchise to make it onto the top 10. What are they worth? $3.7 billion. Sure, it has been a while since they themselves won a championship (2009 to be precise), but they have accumulated 27 World Series’, they do make $120 million from sponsorship and they have a $130 million revenue from seating.

  1. Manchester United

This was once the most valuable sports team in the world, but third place isn’t bad, not by any means, not when you look at their worth of $3.69 billion, which has gone up by over 10% in one year. The reason they are so successful is partly to do with their heritage on the field but mainly to do with their mastery in commercial income. Yup, we’re alluding to the 10-year $1 billion sponsorship deal with Adidas.

  1. FC Barcelona

There is a load of reasons why FC Barcelona is worth $3.64 billion. Some of it has to do with the man, the myth, the legend that is Lionel Messi, some of it is to do with their vast global reach, all of which lead back to their great clinics in Barcelona, and some of it is to do with their kit deal with Nike, that is said to be worth $175 million per year (and it doesn’t run out for another ten years). Of course, their stadium capacity may well have a lot to do with it as well. Basically, they’re a big club.

  1. Real Madrid

Unlike everyone else on this list, Real Madrid’s net worth actually declined in the past year, meaning it’s most valuable soccer team crown has been taken from it. That said, a market value of $3.58 billion is hardly worth complaining about. And they put that money to use as well, securing what one of the world’s biggest earners – and global icon – Cristiano Ronaldo.

There’s no doubt that there have been rapid developments in technology with regard to robotics. And with AI continually advancing, automation will make a stronger presence in the workforce. In fact, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) predicts that there will be 1.4 million new industrial robots by the time 2019 rolls in. That’s only in the in field of manufacturing. Imagine how robots will affect other industries too.

Many tech companies have already delved into robotics to improve their processes. Nix Solutions have been giving updates about the world of modern robotics via social media sharing. Their experts believe that this technology, among many others, will shape the future. The field of robotics has a vast potential. But how have they impacted human productivity so far? Let’s take a look:

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Increase Competitiveness

First, robots will increase the level of competitiveness of a company. This is especially true for small to medium sized businesses that cannot afford to have a lot of manpower yet. By making use of automated systems like RPAs, they can make their processes more efficient and effective.

Make Tasks Easier

There are many times when employees get stuck in certain tasks. Because of this, they waste a lot of time which can otherwise be spent doing more productive things. As productivity becomes low, revenue decreases as well. Robots can help eliminate the wasted time  by taking over repetitive tasks. When they are programmed to perform those tasks, they can do them more quickly and efficiently.

Increase The Number of Jobs

While most employees might disagree with this, it is actually quite true. Increased productivity can lead to an increase in demand. An increase in demand will also lead to an increase in job opportunities. There are a lot of tasks that can’t be done by robots anyway. Thus, there will still be a high demand for people who can work well.

Work Without Assistance

If a robot has been programmed to do a certain task, it will do it automatically. Let’s take RPAs for example. RPAs are rule-based. In other words, you set the rules for it, and they follow those rules. As long as you tell a robot what to do, it will carry out the task intelligently by making use of the information in its database. Sometime in the future, robots will eventually be able to work without much programming from humans. That way, robots can think and finish projects like humans do.

Conclusion

Considering all points stated above, robots have definitely created a big impact in the workforce. When it comes to finishing tasks, robots have the capacity to handle them easily. Despite popular belief, robots have already impacted the workplace positively. If you combine robotics and AI, you will be able to create a greatly productive company.

To know what the experts of Nix Solutions are saying about robotics, you can check out the company contacts here:

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With the hustle and bustle of daily life in the modern age, it’s really no wonder that stress levels are higher than ever before. As you go about your routine, you may find it hard to remain anchored in the moment, as worries about the past or future weigh you down. If you find yourself struggling in these times, then you may need to incorporate a little spiritual mindfulness into your daily routine. You may be surprised by how much peace it brings you.

Daily Meditation

There are actually many health benefits behind daily prayer and meditation. It doesn’t matter how much time you take out to do it or how you do it, so long as you have that moment to anchor yourself in the “now”. Some benefits of daily mindfulness practices like prayer or meditation can include a reduction in the symptoms brought on by pain, anxiety, stress, or depression. It can even help with physical ailments like low blood pressure, or help with symptoms that are associated with insomnia, heart disease, or even cancer. Additionally, you’ll be able to achieve a sense of internal peace and calm, which is quite a rarity in the busy haze of daily life.

Mealtime Prayers

One great way to anchor yourself in the here and now and attain a sense of peace is by remembering just how much good there is in your life. Mealtime prayers are the perfect opportunity for you to not only reflect on those good things, but to show thanks and gratitude for them, as well. People often feel more centered after expressing gratitude, and everyone could use the occasional reminder that not everything is as bad as it sometimes seems. The stressors of modern living can sometimes blind you to the joys in your life, so little reminders are more important than you may think.

Find Likeminded People

It’s also possible to attain a greater sense of peace by surrounding yourself with others seeking the same things. Organizational websites like the way international and others exist to help tie people together through a shared faith. You likely already know that your general mood and outlook on life can be greatly impacted by those you spend the most time with. Accordingly, if you’re seeking for something particular in your life, you may want to spend time with those with similar goals, outlooks, desires, and so on. Inner peace is more easily attainable if the people around you have already attained that, or are on their own journeys to discover it.

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Practice Positive Thinking

It’s no secret that positive thinking has a huge impact on your mood. But did you know that it can also hugely impact your emotional, mental, and even physical health? That’s right. Being negative will not only affect your ability to achieve internal peace, but it can even result in health complications like migraines, and lower immune system tolerance which can result in you catching more illnesses. Positive thinking can easily be tied into your faith or beliefs. It’s similar to mindfulness, but it can be more self-directed. For example, practice resisting the urge to put yourself down if you don’t get something done perfectly right away! Remind yourself that you were made this way for a reason and that the struggles you face have meaning in the end. In doing this, you’ll be able to start looking at things in a positive light again.

Do Volunteer Work

Helping to better the world around you is a very powerful way to balance your inner self. If you’re looking for an anchor or seem to be unable to find a sense of peace, you may want to keep looking inward. The answer that you’re looking for might lie outside of yourself, however. Try volunteering at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, blood banks, or any other location that has personal significance and meaning to you. If you can visibly make a difference in other people’s lives, it’s likely that you will achieve your own sense of personal fulfillment in the process. The connection that you make with others while doing volunteer work is truly irreplaceable, and the experience can be life-changing for those who decide to embark on these journeys.

Be Kind To Others

You don’t have to pick up big volunteer projects or dedicate lots of your time to meditation to be spiritually mindful. Small acts of kindness can also make a big impact not only in the lives of others, but in your own as well. Hold the door open for people. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line. Give out compliments freely. In no time, you’ll be able to feel the stresses of the modern day ebb, and peace will be easier for you to achieve.

These are just a few of the ways to attain peace through spiritual mindfulness, though. Many others exist out there, just waiting for you to find what works best in your own life.

 

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2017 was a year of experimentation for interior designers and home owners alike. Trendsetters are predicting this trend to go even further in 2018 with many designers pushing boundaries. However there are some trends from 2017 that will disappear this year, like decorating in turquoise. On trend couches will no longer be sporting the colour, instead we’ll see emeralds, plum and autumn colours, like reds and deep yellows.

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Typography

Typhography will still be in, in 2018. Make way for more words like EAT over the kitchen counter, DREAM in the living spaces and RELAX in bathrooms. This trend isn’t set to die out anytime soon, in fact we’re predicting to see even more of it in 2018. Instead of wooden blocks with printed words, expect to see more framed art pieces from artists and typographers rather than homemade replicas.

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Parrots

Parrots are the new flamingos. Flamingos are still on trend in January but expect to see less and less of them as the year progresses and more brightly styled parrots on everything from your couch cushions, bedding to art prints and even dresses and aprons to match. Interestingly, the Parrot, while on trend when it comes to home décor, didn’t fare as well in the Guardian’s poll of Australia’s favourite bird for 2017. The Australian Magpie came in top place with the King Parrot further down the list in 12th place with just 3,446 votes to the winning, Magpie’s 19,926.

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Floral Prints

Continueing on with our trend of bright and bold colours for 2018, the floral print is back this year and bigger than ever. You’re likely to start spotting it on large billowing fabrics like drapery and Manchester, but you can expect it on chairs and throw pillows as well.

Earthy Lux Vibes

As we’re bombarded with technology in our everyday lives, we’re moving away from this when it comes to decorating our homes. Instead of cold and austere industrial furniture and finishes we’re now moving towards a more earthy and natural vibe. Think hippy but paired with luxury for relaxation. As our work lives are so hectic we want to unwind in more natural feeling spaces.

One of a Kind

Continuing with the theme of earthy lux vibes and more natural tones in the home, one of a kind pieces are forever on trend. This includes buying second hand homewares to find one of a kind pieces instead of mass produced ‘on trend’ items that are only fashionable in the now. Shoppers are also becoming more savvy and don’t want to compromise quality for price, instead opting for higher quality used pieces at a discounted rate.

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Lavender Hues

Everyone is still loving on Millennial pink but we’re moving on from that and adjusting to lavender hues instead. Lavender creates equally soft and pastel pops to your home, like Millennial pink, without actually having to be Millennial pink. Nancy Fire, Creative Director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International and Studio NYC Design stated “People were sarcastic about Millennial pink at the beginning, but it’s being used to bring out beautiful, soft tones with accents that are deeper.”

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History would attest that America is a land of immigrants, but why is it that the nation is more divided now than ever? A country that has once prided itself of its own cultural and ethnic diversity is now fighting a war against something far worse than its enemies outside its borders. For what could be worse than fighting a battle against your own?

Hate crimes in the country are mainly triggered by prejudice and hatred against a certain gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or belief. When people turn their prejudice, hatred, and tainted ideals into violent actions, these become hate crimes. It may be surprising to some that the US, a country of immigrants, would still have crimes of this nature. In fact, reports show that hate crimes in several major US cities have been spiking up at an unsettling rate in the last few years. In particular, the state of California has had one of the highest increase in hate crimes in the country.

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According to the California Department of Justice, hate crime related activities went up by 11.2% from 2015 to 2016. Moreover, state statistics show that majority of the hate crimes from 2007-2016 are motivated by racial biases, taking 57 percent of all hate crimes during that period. This is followed by sexual orientation bias with 22.5 percent and religious bias with 17.9 percent. These alarming statistics translate to real life, and recent events in the country prove just how real these numbers are.

In August of this year, Alberto Campos, a Latino man, was sentenced to three years in prison after he had beat up Kevin Raspberry, a black man, who he thought was hitting on his girlfriend. The defendant was also accused of yelling at Raspberry and calling him the “N-word”. San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer Victoria Ramirez addressed the court, saying that the defendant was remorseful for his actions and only thought that he was defending his girlfriend. “That is the day I will regret for the rest of my life,” said Campos. Raspberry was not present the day Campos was sentenced to jail.

In October 2017, an attack took place at a restaurant on University Avenue against a Somali Man who was knocked down by Sean Arevalo and his friends Terrance Crow Jr. and Scott Peretti. The men were reported to have yelled inside the restaurant proclaiming their patriotism and condemning Muslims. They went on to barrate two Muslim women, and attacked the Somali Man. The men convicted of the hate crime were were brought in at San Diego Superior Court this October 2017 wherein Crow Jr. was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

More recently, two men, Samuel Wickwire and Wade Rutledge, were charged for allegedly terrorizing and spitting on a gay couple in a beach parking lot in Orange County. The pair threatened them with violence if the gay couple did not leave the premises. As the couple were getting in their car, Rutledge pushed one of the victims in the car and slammed the door on the victim’s hand. Both men were arrested in December, and currently face a maximum of six to seven years in prison.

These hate crimes are just a few of the many offenses done in California. Learning about the different accounts of hate crime victims in the country is both surprising and disheartening. People guilty of hate crimes are bullies that spread anger and terror, and this should not be tolerated. These people are pushing to further divide the country, and this is the last thing the country needs.

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Saving for something cardinal like an engagement ring takes a bit of heady planning, prehensile prep work, and some frugality. The hassles associated with the ‘how to’ of savings can easily be overcome if you’re penny-wise and thrifty. Add to that the tips below and you’ve got yourself a dazzling engagement ring that is trendy within a stringent budget, courtesy money-saving. Take a look:

Planning is Key

Any project’s success depends on a well-thought-out plan that provides a lucid roadmap to follow. It makes the overall vision clear and the entire task easier. Consider savings as a project that will require prudent and witty groundwork. Research well on the subject! This essentially means you should search for the basic 4C’s of an engagement ring precisely; color, carat, clarity, and cut. Execute a comprehensive market-analysis to finalize the type you want. Remember you have to compromise on the 4Cs depending on your budget and savings duration. Buying a .85 or .95 carat diamond instead of a one-carat weight will make the diligence worthwhile.

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Define A Budget

It’s essential to have a defined budget, so you are clear on how much you need to stash away for the purchase. For example, if you decide on a 0.85 rose-cut diamond with S12 clarity and $5,000 price tag, then you know what your target is. Once you’ve set the budget along with the plan, proceed to savings and ‘how to’.

Calculate Savings And Plan The ‘How To

Without proper planning, it can be hard to calculate how much to spend on an engagement ring. Once you have the budget defined, use a calculator to work out how much you can put away every month keeping in mind the duration of the savings that is usually the time till the purchase date. So, if you have a budget of $5,000 and are planning on buying the ring a year from now, you will have to save approximately $420 every month. With the monthly savings defined, plan the ‘how to’ by reworking your spending and monthly income to ensure you can save the required ballpark hassle-free. Remember, frugality and penny-pinching are the keys.

Set Up Automatic Transfer And Savings Account

Set up a separate savings account and online banking functionality, so you can transfer the savings every month to your account. If you could chip in large amounts, in the beginning, it’d be great, as this will allow you the flexibility to manage your savings better. Combine this with a financial product like a loan to step up the savings and ease troubles.

Avoid Impulse Spending And Big Purchases

The essence of saving is thriftiness and this means avoiding impulse buying, large purchases and opting for affordable corporate catering options. You know you need to buy an engagement ring, have worked out the monthly cash flows and the how-to, so stick to the plan. Ditch the costly high-tech stereo system, Xbox, and the Ralph Lauren suit because you can always purchase these accessories later. There’s always a choice of opting for less expensive items or products on sale. It will take a bit of effort in having to let go of expensive things and cool stuff you pine for but all that will vanish when you hold that diamond ring in your hand.

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Like it or not, we aren’t immortal, and our bodies go through a process of wear and tear as we get older.  It’s therefore a good idea to have a quick check-up from time to time; and what better time than the New Year to book in for some routine check-ups.

Unlike a medical check-up at work, which you just want to sail through – particularly if it’s something like a drugs test… when looking at your personal health it’s best to have things flag up as early prevention makes most conditions much more treatable.  However, you may want to get a second opinion, as for example, there are 12 Things That Can Make You Fail A Drug Test such as tonic water due to the quinine in it – which goes to show that modern tests, just like doctors, are not infallible and it’s always best to get a second opinion.

EYE TEST

The majority of people today, particularly given the intensive use of computers, televisions, and mobile devices we all use require a little help to correct their sight; as we age the health of our eyes can start to deteriorate so it’s good to have a check-up, not just for glasses, but to confirm your holistic optical health and rule out conditions such as glaucoma.

HEARING TEST

The good news is hearing evaluations are one of the less invasive tests required, yet so many of us begin to lose the edge of our ability to hear others, which leads to severe and totally unavoidable communication issues.  The ability to communicate is so important, and if you are struggling with your hearing, then it’s a good idea to get a quick test – as it’ll be over in a jiffy and could save a lot of embarrassment down the line.  The other thing to note is that some hearing aids are now totally hidden within the ear itself.

ORAL HEALTH

Many of us fear visiting the dentist, and perhaps this is for good reason on the basis that nobody likes the invasive feeling of having fingers crammed into one’s mouth and sharp implements prodded around the gums resulting in the inevitably metalic taste of blood – but it’s much better to keep your oral health in check, rather than only access dentistry due to a problem such as toothache.

CHOLESTEROL

Given the processed diets we often find ourselves living on, out of convenience, a lot of us suffer with high levels of cholesterol  – which results in the arteries beginning to clog up, become furry, and eventually harden.  This is a major cause of heart disease, and if you do have high cholesterol, it’s something that should be addressed by a change in diet, sooner rather than later.  You can even order self-testing kits to measure your own cholesterol levels online.

CANCER CHECK-UP

We all feel a little timid to get sensitive parts of ourselves tested; particularly for something as significant as prostate cancer or breast cancer; but there’s no benefit in burying your head in the sand – as, unfortunately, ignorance is not bliss.  

According to statistics, today, as many as 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives.  Of course, healthy living is the best tool to keep cancer at bay, but if you have reason to suspect something it’s best to get checked out.  The likelihood is you’ll have the all clear and benefit from a greater sense of peace of mind; but if something does come back positive, at least you are in the empowered position to treat it promptly; which is going to provide a much better outcome than leaving it for months or even years.

In summary prevention is better than cure, but in the alternative to this, early detection is going to seriously improve the chances of treating the issue with optimal results.

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Over the last couple of years, politics around the world have been going through some major change. For the first time in history, digital technology can have a real impact on an election, and it isn’t just in the voter’s booth. Nowadays, social media and other online tools are major influencers when it comes to this field, with people using them as their main sources of news during elections and other races. From the outside, this might not seem so bad, as it gives everyone access to information they need. But, of course, there has to be a dark side, and this post is going to be exploring it for you.

The single biggest issue with digital technology being mixed with politics is ignorance. A lot of people working in this field aren’t of a generation which has been exposed to computers for their entire lives, making it far too easy for them to miss key factors when using them. A great example of this comes in the form of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Without proper knowledge of the technology being used, her team illegally accessed government emails from a private server. While this blow didn’t see Mrs. Clinton in jail, it still had a huge impact on her success in 2016’s elections.

When you find ignorance in computing, you often find that things will be insecure and easy to access, as users simply don’t have the knowledge to keep their data safe. While most countries have mandatory training for users of government machines, this sort of learning is rarely taken seriously, and mistakes are still made. This sort of issue can lead to data theft or loss, and has even seen information accidently given away, in the past. Of course, though, there’s not much point in learning about security if computers go without updates, anyway, and a lot of businesses don’t go through this process.

Of course, the impact that technology has on the world of politics isn’t all bad. In fact, in a lot of countries, keeping up with this field is only possible thanks to the power of modern tech, as it provides information to everyone with a phone. Along with this benefit, though, a lot of people don’t realize that voting has gone digital in quite a few places. Using tools made by companies like Smartmatic, loads of places are now relying on the internet to handle their elections. Security issues aside, this sort of system offers the chance for people unable to vote to have their voices heard, while also making instant counting possible without having to involve a single human. A lot of people are seeing systems like these more and more often.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it should be nice and easy to understand the problems with technology in politics. While there are benefits to the way the world currently works, there are also plenty of negatives which have to be considered. Of course, though, you only have to worry if things start to get really bad.

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Just as it has with many other aspects of modern life, the internet has changed the face of how we are studying and learning. First of all, you have access to an almost unlimited stream of information at your fingertips. Secondly, you can communicate with tutors, teachers and professors at the touch of a few buttons. On top of this, you can complete assessment activities digitally. Many learning institutions have gotten involved in these trends by offering courses of their own online. Here are just a few of the other main reasons why more and more people are choosing to study online.

Variety of Programs and Courses

Rather than being restricted by the number of courses that are available at institutions local to you, distance is no longer an issue. This means that you have access to a wide variety of courses from the more traditional like a language course to ones that are more specialist like an online safety degree. You also have a wide variety of options from the basic accreditations to doctorates.

Lower Costs

Since online courses don’t require the traditional learning apparatus like classrooms, materials etc, these savings can be passed onto students. You also don’t have to worry about commuting costs, buying textbooks and other similar expenditures. Free online courses are also available for people who want to learn but they don’t have the money to spare, making education a lot more accessible.

Convenience and Flexibility

One of the biggest points in favour of online courses is the convenience and flexibility that they provide. People are able to plan their study time around what they are doing during the rest of the day. Rather than being dictated to the times they should be learning, they can decide those times for themselves. This is especially useful for students who need to balance their learning around their family commitments or other important aspects of their lives.

Continuity in Profession

One of the main things that worry people about studying is the need to take time off from their job and the loss of income this entails. Studying online allows people to continue in their current position, while also taking steps towards job advancement or possibly even a change of career entirely.

Development of Technical Skills

A benefit of studying online that isn’t quite as obvious is the development of new computer and other technical skills if people don’t have them already. The skills developed in these kind of courses can be transferred onto a variety of different job roles. This may be especially useful for older students who have never had the opportunity to develop these skills in other arenas.

Of course, there is still a lot to be said for traditional courses and classes as well, but these are just some of the advantages that learning online provides which explain why more and more people are making the choice to learn in this way.       

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Staying healthy is probably one of the most frequently quoted New Year’s resolutions. AIing to get fit and stay fit or just put an end to our vices is something many of us strive for. But there is a far more severe reason we should all be looking to improve our health.

Prevention estimates announced recently by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) stated that,eating a varied and healthy diet, taking part in regular physical activity, staying a healthy weight while limiting alcohol intake, could prevent as many as 340,000 cases of cancer in United States each year.

Get Screened Regularly

These tests can catch some cancers early and when they are small and contained, making them easier to treat. As for cervical and colon cancers, early screening can even prevent these diseases from developing to start with. You should speak to your medical practitioner for details about the procedure to test for breast, cervical, colon, lung, and prostate cancers. September was designated National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month following the 2008 Senate Resolution cosponsored by Republican  Senator Mike Crapo, a two-time survivor of cancer himself.

Watch Your Weight

You should aim to control your weight through regular exercise and healthy eating as being overweight is a risk factor for many cancers.

Keep Moving

Physical activity of any sort has been seen to lower the risk of several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon. Keeping active also reduces the risk of other life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity; this is the equivalent of a brisk walk. Alternatively, you could seek for 75 minutes each week of vigorous exercise, something that makes your heartbeat as well as breathing faster, and makes you break a  sweat. This activity is most beneficial when spread out through the week and not all at once. Children should be active for at least 1 hour of moderate or vigorous exercise every day, aiming for the vigorous activity at least three times a week.

You Are What You Eat

Eating a variety of different fruit and vegetables, as well as whole grains, fish or poultry,  has shown to lower risk of developing certain cancers whereas consuming a diet high in processed foods and red meat is associated with a higher risk of certain cancers.

The recommendations from the American Cancer Society are that you should aim to eat 2½ cups of fruit and vegetables every day. Try to eat less red meat such as beef, pork, and lamb. It is beneficial to reduce intake of processed meat too like bacon, sausage, luncheon meats, and hot dogs. Choose bread, pasta, and cereals derived from whole grains as well as brown rice. Consume less sugary treats.

Stop Smoking

Tobacco in the USA is responsible for almost 1 in every five deaths – about 480,000 premature deaths every year. Approximately 80% of lung cancer deaths and an incredible 30% of all cancer mortality is caused by tobacco intake.

Banish The Booze

Research shows alcohol can increase the risk of certain cancers. The more alcohol you partake of, the higher your risk. Men should limit themselves to no more than two drinks per day, women no more than one. That one drink is the equivalent of 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine.

No one can predict who will get cancer, though employing a healthy regime can only help to reduce the risk and stay healthy if diagnosed with any form of cancer.

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Whatever your career path, it is important that you understand how to deliver an effective presentation. Whether you’re expected to give routinely presentations or if you’re preparing for suddenly being thrown into the deep end one day, knowing how to present yourself and the right, relevant information can be crucial. No one wishes to be caught off-guard, and for some, presenting can be completely nerve-wracking. No matter your skillset, it is still possible for you to ace your upcoming presentation. Below are four tips that will guide you through this process.

Be prepared

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. That is the mantra that you should have in mind when it comes to getting ready for your presentation. The more you prepare, the easier it will be for you to impress your audience. That is why you should use an online flash card maker to organize your points. You should also think about making handouts, as this will save your audience from having to take notes and will give them the chance to focus on what you are saying.

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Use plenty of interesting visuals

Although it is important not to distract your audience with too much text, you should be using plenty of images to capture their attention. If you are delivering a PowerPoint presentation, ideally you should have one large image on each slide. This is also true if you are using presentation boards or a projection screen. Simplicity is key if you are going to get your message across.

Encourage audience participation

If you are going to prevent the room from switching off during your presentation, you will need to encourage audience participation. Perhaps you could ask your listeners thought provoking questions throughout your speech. Another idea is to ask your audience members to work with the person next to them on a short exercise. This will save them from sitting in silence and will give you a quiet moment to collect your thoughts. Finally, you should leave plenty of time for questions at the end of your talk. You need to make this clear at the start of your presentation so that everyone has time to think of one to ask. You could even stage a few questions beforehand so that you don’t have to suffer through any awkward silences.

Use technology to your advantage

If you determined to establish yourself as an innovative and interesting speaker, it is important that you use technology to your advantage. Instead of using a simple PowerPoint, you should experiment with a Prezi Presentation. You could even give members of your audience tablets or ask them to text in their questions. Exploring the many uses of technology will help you to ensure your presentation stands out from the crowd. Just make sure that you have plenty of run-throughs before the big day. You should also have a back-up plan that doesn’t rely as heavily on technology, as this will be essential if anything goes wrong at the last minute.

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With technology making our world smaller every day, going global has never been more vital in business. But where do you start? Here are ten highly recommended steps for that crucial expansion.

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  1. Research Your Target

Every country you want to conquer has a unique sets of rules and traditions. Research what’s important to those customers, what they’re looking for and how your product or service fits in with that.

  1. Make a New Business Plan

This is very new territory for your company, so the original documents likely won’t cut it. Get to know the market; your sources as well as import and export prices and all additional costs, so you can be as prepared as possible.

  1. Develop Short, Mid & Long-Term Goals

Expanding internationally is a massive project. Keep yourself and your team on track with a variety of time-goals. This will also help you to prioritize important tasks.

  1. Embrace New Tech

The progress of new technology is remarkably fast. Keeping up with key developments will provide more avenues for sales, communication and innovation. It will also help you keep in touch with distant branches with ease.

  1. Take Advantage of Seasonal Differences

If you’re expanding across hemispheres – great! Use the opposing seasons to your advantage to get rid of stock or present a new line.

  1. Connect With Local Businesses

Foster relationships with businesses in the local area to improve your reputation and to get a helping hand when you need it.

  1. Taxes and Laws

Get clued-up on local laws and financial obligations. Legal processes could be more strict or more lapse, but knowing them will save you both time and money.

  1. Hire Carefully

Overseas branches can’t be monitored as closely as those at home, so make sure you know who’s in charge. It can be difficult to judge personalities in another culture, get professional advice if necessary.

  1. Be Physically Present

As much as new technology allows us to have meetings from anywhere in the world together, being physically present has its advantages. Turn up and get stuck in, you’ll gain a better understanding of your company for it.

  1. Protect Your IPR

Your Intellectual Property Rights may not be covered in certain countries, so it’s wise to check out how this works in your target area.

Overall, being prepared is key to any major development in your company. Conducting thorough research, alongside seeking advice and guidance when you require it will put you on a solid path to start your expansion. You may be managing the project, but you can’t do it alone – which is why it’s so important to have a great time both at home and overseas. Regardless of the market you wish to enter, Whether you’re SEO consultants in Germany or a law firm based in Arizona, the pattern remains – those who do their homework beforehand always have better luck at getting their foot in the door.

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If you want to continue your education after you have left school, then there are a lot of options available to you. Continuing to learn and expand your knowledge will help you to progress your career, better your self or perhaps pursue a hobby that you have always want to do. Here are some places where you can learn.

Online Resources

The internet is one massive resource and one that you should never discount. You can find information on the internet about so many different topics. This might how to code or use specific software, or it might be reading about the current political or economic landscape through news sites or academic articles. All of these can help you to learn about a specific topic. Wherever your interests lie, you can be sure to find a community of people who are also interested in that same thing where you can share information, hold a discussion and learn more about your chosen area. Most of these resources will be free as well, and the most you will likely need to do is sign up or make an account to access them. Certain academic resources might need to be paid for, but these are an anomaly, and there are often by trained experts so you can understand having to pay for their knowledge.

Online Courses

There are so many different kinds of online courses that you can access. Sites like Udemy have a lot of different courses in lots of different categories. There you can learn language skills, software skills or how to write a book. Each course is tailored and specific to a certain topic. Some are broader than others, but generally, they are very specific. The problem with Udemy is that the quality of the courses can be radically different because they are all made by different people with different standards. This is where the user reviews can be especially helpful. However, once you complete a Udemy course, you are presented with a certificate that confirms your completion. There are other online courses that you can access such as ones from companies that offer specific e-learning. The RPA Academy, for example, offers a range of courses to teach you about RPA and how to automate tasks within your business. They aren’t alone is providing online courses on this subject, so you might want to shop around for the best deals and most highly rated courses.

It isn’t just companies and individuals that are offering courses online these days, universities and colleges are as well. Many universities such as Spring Arbor University offer a lot of their courses online. If you want to get a position in a specific area such as MSN education jobs, then online courses provided by a university often have the level of detail and quality that you are looking for. The added benefit of learning online with a university is that you gain their renowned and have a qualification from their establishment once you graduate. This can go a long way even if you have completed an online course.

Smartphone

These days most people have a smartphone. The myriad of apps that you can access through your phone isn’t limited to Angry Birds and Evernote since you can now start learning on your smartphone. Apps like Duolingo provide an easy way to learn a language directly from your smartphone. They have a massive catalogue of languages to choose from including Japanese, German, Spanish and English. This means that if you have always wanted to learn a language, but never found time for an evening class, then you can download Duolingo to your smartphone and start learning. Duolingo provides a number of ways to learn and gradually teaches you a full vocabulary for your chosen language. You will type words, speak words and match pairs as you gradually start to understand how this language works.

Duolingo isn’t alone when it comes to learning from your smartphone; there are a lot of other apps that use similar techniques to help you learn a specific topic. You can learn to code with Tynker or learn how to play the piano with Synthesia. If you want to learn something, then you should have a search on your smartphone’s app store to see if there is an app that can help you. The chances are that there is. Most apps are either free or cost very little when compared to taking an online course or university course, so they can be a great introduction to the subject matter.

College and University

You might think that once you have left college or university, that your time with them is over. This doesn’t need to be the case. Even if you don’t end up going back to study for a Masters or PhD, you can still go to the university so learn in different ways. A lot of universities offer short courses and evening classes on a range of subjects. The exact subjects offered will vary between universities, but there will still be some options available to you. If it is a university or college that previously studied at, then you can perhaps get a discount on the cost of the course as well. This is probably the most expensive option on the list, but it can often be worth it due to the high standards of the teaching and the experience of learning together with other people. As well as learning about a topic, you will also have the opportunity to network with like-minded people, and the connections you make with them could help you in the future. Depending on the course it could also be accredited by governing bodies or national organizations which will give it extra merritt and give the qualification more weight.

For some people, they learn best in this kind of environment. Learning from a computer or smartphone in almost complete isolation won’t be for everything. You might learn better in a classroom setting where you can ask questions and gain face to face feedback. You might also learn better through doing, and that might not be as readily available through an online course (depending on the course), so attending a college or university might be the best option. You might also decide to go back and get your Masters or PhD, as you don’t need to decide straight away after graduating. You might have tried the job market and found that the role that you want in for your career is only available to people with these specific qualifications. Then again, you might never have gone to college or university, and you might want to start learning as a mature student to better yourself, further your career or change to a different one.

At Work

You will always be learning at work. You will learn your job and then learn how you can do it even better. There will always be a situation that you could have handled better, and you can learn how to do better in the future. A lot of this requires reflection how you can do this. However, your work might also send you on courses that are specific to your role. They might do this to help improve your skills and make you better at your job. You might have taken some additional responsibilities such as being first aid trained and need to go on a course to be retrained or learn about something specific to your workplace. If your work offers to pay for you to learn, then they are taking an interest in your future, and if you have any other learning plans, you could approach your boss to see if the company will pay for you to gain a specific qualification.

Daily Life

Your daily life will often mean that you learn something. That might in a passing conversation with a friend or by watching a documentary. While it might seem strange, but even watching TV and playing video games have something that they can teach you. When you are watching TV, you can dissect the meanings behind scenes, characters and stories. Each of these will show you the hidden depth (or lack of) in a particular film or TV show. A lot of these kind of media is designed to make you think while others are more there for raw entertainment. Think about the difference between watching something like Donnie Darko and Mission Impossible. They both have very different stories and messages they are trying to communicate. The same is true for video games. They have matured over the years to something far more than Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead can tell a touching, heartfelt tale which makes the player analyse their own morality. Similarly, games like Nier Automata tell a nihilistic epic tale of war and the meaning of humanity. Each of these has a tale to tell and something to teach the player beyond how to improve their gameplay skills. Your daily life can teach you more than you think, you just need to let it.

 

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2017 has been the best year for the aviation industry for two reasons: it has been a year in which no passenger-carrying jets have crashed, and when most people have flown to destinations all around the world. If you are anything like 25 percent of the US population, however, it is likely that you will take this news with a pinch of salt. This is the proportion of citizens that has admitted to being afraid of flying, and with the media regularly showing horrific images of plane crashes, it is a surprise only a quarter of the American population feels this way.

While it is normal to feel slightly nervous about taking off and landing, anyone who has been on a rollercoaster will recall the butterflies they have felt in the stomach when the ride goes down, having a life-limiting phobia that stops you from traveling the world by plane is something you should address sooner or later. Otherwise, you will be stranded in your hometown or traveling only to places that are accessible by a land vehicle, and that is no fun!

Here, we share a few tips so that you can put your mind at rest ahead of you or your family boarding a plane.

Meditate

While meditation will not solve all your fear-related problems, it will help you see the bigger picture for you to cope better with your nervousness surrounding this accessible means of travel. Meditation is no magic tool to remove your fear of flying, but it is a resource you can use and will help you quiet your mind from all that fear talk. Do you find yourself playing the same thought over and over again in your mind before boarding a plane? Are you fidgety when flying? Do you anticipate horrible scenarios in the days before flying? If this is the case, it is time to give meditation some thought. All you will need to do is find a quiet area where you can relax and sit with your eyes closed while you feel your body inhale and exhale. This meditation app will help you with your practice.

Get legal representation

This might sound too formal, but you might be surprised at how much calmer getting legal representation might make you feel. In 2016, 217 people lost their lives in seven fatal crashes, compared to 471 in 2015. While air travel is getting safer with technology having contributed massively to the aviation industry, fatalities are still a reality, and some people are taking measures to ensure they are covered in the unlikely event of an air travel-related death or major accident. “The risks to civil aviation remain high as shown by the seriousness of some of the non-fatal accidents,” said Senior Aviation Consultant Adrian Young. Slack & Davis have represented hundreds of passengers who have been involved in complex aviation crashes.

Do some good research

If boarding a plane fills you with horror, there is something else you can do to calm your mind. That is doing as much research as possible about your fear of flying and trying to figure out where it stems from. Fear is an irrational thing, and we are all afraid of one thing or another, but we can usually find the reason behind this. If it makes you feel more at ease, you could even research the type of airplane that you will be flying on and gather facts around air travel and what allows for planes to be able to fly, etc. Knowledge is the best tool against fear, and this will be a beneficial exercise for you. While you won’t be able to control the plane in question and fly this to your destination, you can still learn as much as possible about the act of flying and hopefully realise that air travel is still the safest mode of transportation there is.

Take a course

Spending your hard-earned cash on combating your fear of flying might not be an ideal scenario for you right now, but experts in the field say this is one of the best methods to get over the uncomfortable feeling you get every time you are about to board a plane. These courses are available all over the country, and they consist of workshops that will help you feel at ease with the idea of air travel. Facts surrounding the aviation industry will be given to you in an effort to appease your worries, and these will be delivered by experts with years of experience in the field. “Fear of flying affects all ages, all levels of wealth, all levels of flying experience” claims the Fear of Flying Clinic, and with this irrational behaviour manifesting itself at any time in our lives, a course to combat it will be one of the best investments you ever make.

Whether you need to fly for business, leisure or to visit family and friends in a faraway destination, if fear of flying is stopping you from taking any of these trips, it is time to put a stop to it and become confident in your abilities to remain calm while up in the air. Embracing your fear and enjoying the ride will not only allow you to visit new destinations and revisit old ones, but it will also make you feel more confident and able to conquer any other challenges that may come your way.

Living in fear is not a way to live, and you know it. Start 2018 by confronting your deepest worries surrounding air travel so that you can broaden your horizons and live a life beyond your wildest dreams. You are entitled to a life based on freedom and so are your friends and family. If you would like to see how this is done, try the tips above to overcome your fear of flying this year. You will never look back.

Renewable energy is a hot topic at the moment and more countries are starting to drive toward the end goal of generating all of their energy from renewable sources. A huge amount of the research is going into wind and solar energy and that’s what most people tend to use on their houses if they want to generate their own power, but what about the other sources? The research into solar and wind energy is mostly directed at efficiency because there are a lot of downfalls. If you live in a country that isn’t particularly sunny or windy it’s going to be patchy. Relying on something completely out of your control to generate your power isn’t ideal which is why some of these alternative energy sources are a lot better.

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Hydroelectricity is a fairly well established source of renewable energy. It works by putting turbines in a dam which are then turned by the flow of the river. The initial costs are obviously going to be fairly high when compared with wind turbines or solar energy but after that large outlay, it’s a lot cheaper. The cost of generating hydroelectric power is around 3 times cheaper than the cost of solar panels and you can get a far larger yield out of it as well.

Bioenergy

Bioenergy isn’t something that is used all that much but it has the benefit of recycling materials as well as producing clean energy. Bioenergy – Renewable energy uses waste in a lot of different ways to produce energy. A large amount of it comes from farms but there are all sorts of sources. Biodiesel was one of the options for clean cars but it hasn’t taken off as of yet. Bioenergy is one of the only clean forms of energy that can directly replace fossil fuels so we can still make use of those power plants without too many expensive modifications.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is a clever way of producing power using the temperature difference above ground and below ground. Like hydroelectricity, there are quite significant costs initially because you need to bury a lot of the equipment below ground. However, it doesn’t require much maintenance afterwards and it’s a lot cheaper than solar energy. It works out about the same price as wind energy but you don’t have to deal with the added issue of people that don’t want wind turbines near their house because it’s an eyesore.

Coal

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Coal is obviously a terrible source of energy, but only in the way that we use it right now. It sounds like an impossibility but there is such a thing as clean coal. By using new equipment that filters out a lot of the pollutants so they can be buried deep underground, it is actually possible to burn coal without damaging the environment. It would take a lot of modification to update the power plants but once it’s done, the energy produced would still be about half the cost of solar energy.

Solar and wind energy are still valuable sources of clean energy but these options are often cheaper and more reliable.

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It’s never too early or too late in life to start taking your health seriously; whether 2018 means the former or the latter for you, and no matter your age this year, just know that this can be the year that your life becomes the healthiest it has ever been. For advice on how to make 2018 your healthiest year yet, make sure to read on.

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Accept help when it comes to lifestyle planning

If you feel that you were held back from being or becoming the healthiest version of yourself in 2017 because of a lack of assistance on the matter, then why not buck the trend this year and ask for help? It really is as simple and as easy as that, and there are plenty of people and services out there that you can turn to for help. Le-Vel Thrive, for instance, offer an 8-week premium lifestyle plan that will see your health improve no end even before the year really gets going (before the cold months of winter are gone for another year). So, the point is don’t be afraid to seek help if help is what you need to attain your healthiest possible life.

Work around your schedule

Yes, you have commitments and responsibilities that dictate how, when and where you spend your time. Yes, you have to go to work in order to standard of life you and your family need to get by. Yes, your life might leave you fatigued and devoid of enough time to dedicate to getting healthy. But, if you truly want to be healthy then you have to work around your schedule. You have to be doing things like blending yourself together healthy and fulfilling green smoothies to drink of a morning if you are somebody that one, missed breakfast regularly, or two, always has unhealthy breakfasts. You have to do things like take healthy and legal substances in order to aid yourself when it comes to muscle growth. And you have to do things like forgo sitting down where you can and instead opting for a standing up position. When you do these sorts of things you work around your schedule and your way of life, and when you do that you’ll soon find yourself becoming gradually more and more healthy.

Do not rush healthiness

No, despite what you might think it is NOT a good idea to rush healthiness. When you do so and you attempt to do things like quitting drinking or smoking cold turkey you make it likely that your venture will fail even before it reaches the first hurdle. So, take your time with your new health kick and work at a pace that suits you — only then will you truly put yourself in good stead to rid your life of all the unhealthiness that plagues you for good and all the headaches you encounter when it comes to attaining good health.

So, there you have it, three things to do to help you live your healthiest life in 2018 that you may never have been told before.

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Running a business presents many different challenges. But maintaining good financial health is easily the most important. Without money, the entire venture will crash and burn. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of entrepreneurs ever truly master this factor. This is the chief reason why so many fail.

Entrepreneurs can learn a lot from analyzing other successful business owners. This is especially true when it comes to the financial management. Adopt the five simple points below, and you’ll be running the venture like a pro in no time.

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Don’t leave it to chance. The best business owners share many traits, and an attention to detail and control is up there. Tackling situations without that tight grasp only increases the chances of problems surfacing. Nowadays, monitoring all elements is easy thanks to accounting and tax software and other key tools. Likewise, tracking overheads to see where money is being wasted should give you a far better shot at ongoing success. After all, kicking the bad habits ASAP is a habit shared by all modern success stories.

Don’t be afraid to borrow. Cash flow problems often stop businesses from reaching their goals. This is because the slower progress sees the company fall behind its competitors. Customers won’t stay loyal if you don’t give them a reason too, which will spell disaster. Services like Businesslineof.credit allow you to acquire extra funds in a responsible manner. With the door to expansion and growth fully open, the immediate and long-term revenue will look far greater. This should result in increased financial stability too.   

Don’t waste time. We’ve all heard the phrase that time is money, and it’s true. Therefore, one of the most valuable skills you could ever master revolves around efficiency. Upgrading the communication links will make the team and money work harder. Investments into automated services ranging from stock management to client care will work well. Ultimately, you do not have the same level of resources as those big companies. Therefore, using yours in the best manner is crucial. Do not forget it.

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Don’t spend for the sake of it. Many entrepreneurs make investments based on preconceived ideas of what seems right. In truth, the only moves worth making are the ones focused on maximized profits. For starters, you can find out about things you don’t need on a PC at Computershopper.com. Meanwhile, price comparisons on energy rates and ongoing services can see you reduce needless spending. When combined with cutting the gimmicks and other superfluous items, the business will run smoother than ever.

Don’t buy when you can rent. We live in a world where ownership is seen as essential. In business, though, successful asset management revolves largely around making money work harder. In many cases, it’s far simpler and more affordable to rent things. Not only does this ease the initial strain on your pocket, but it allows you to stay up to date with crucial features. The depreciation of vehicles, machines, and other tech features is very high. As such, your immediate and long-term situations will thank you for opening your eyes to rentals and running contracts. Purchasing assets is still useful at times. As with everything, finding the balance is key.

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It takes a lot of guts to start your own business. Everyone has the tools and opportunity to do so but proportionally speaking, very few people go through with it. It takes someone with special character and resolve even to consider putting their financial future in question. But that is exactly what you’re doing when you open up a small business and go for it; chasing your dreams. This is why so many entrepreneurs are cautious in accepting help or at least sceptical. It’s understandable for many reasons because it’s your money on the line and it’s also a pride thing. But those who are willing to learn from those more successful open their mind to new possibilities and start looking at situations from a different angle. At the same time, expert advice is never cheap and one way or another you will end up paying something for it. Tipping the scales in favor of one way over the other doesn’t need to happen.

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Joining a community

You’re not alone both directly and indirectly. All the types of business classes or sizes in the world, small and medium-sized businesses have the largest communities. There are so many people just like you in your position, going through the same trials and tribulations. One benefit to you might be to join a forum or group that specializes in small businesses in the same industry as you’re in. You can talk on message boards online, communicate via social media groups on Facebook and Twitter as well as go to meetups in person. Almost like an unofficial union, these groups can come to your aid in the form of legal advice as small businesses don’t usually have the funds for highly qualified lawyers. You’re also dealing with the government’s rules and regulations and knowing the ins and outs would be to your advantage.

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Handling your own money

Apart from the exciting journey of dreaming up, starting, and running a business the only thing more exciting are the financial benefits. Having your own business means you’re in charge of how much you earn, and it’s all down to how hard you work and the success that goes along with it. It’s great not having a set annual salary, but this makes a precedent for the rest of your financial activities as a business owner. As nothing is set in stone, it can get complicated to understand and organize your revenue and expenditures. You should consider taking an online course of msc accounting and finance to better understand the roles and function of accounting and finance in a number of business settings, including the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. You don’t need to a have a similar background to take the course in the first place, so it’s great for those looking to avoid hiring a financial advisor and do it their way.

Building a business from the ground up is incredibly exciting and liberating for the soul. But don’t get carried away with a whimsical outlook on life as there are ever-increasing challenges between you and your goals. Striking a good balance between self-reliance and an acceptance of help from others is a fantastic way to keep all the plates spinning.

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The American healthcare system is one that seems to be under constant scrutiny. If we’re being honest, pretty much every healthcare system in the world seems to be under scrutiny. Unless you’re paying to go private, there always seems to be something wrong. But with millions of people to treat each day, and the population growing each day, it is easy to see why sometimes the healthcare system does mess up. But is it fair of us to use this as an excuse for their wrong doings? Well this is something that has long been debated for years. A lot of people believe the healthcare system should always be doing its best and never making mistakes, this is what they’re there for after all. Others realise the strain that it is put under on a daily basis, and believe that issues are going to keep arising whether we like it or not. But what are your views? If you’re undecided about whether our healthcare system is doing more bad than good, then we’re here to help you make a decision.

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The Bad

We might as well start with the bad first. There is a fair amount of bad going on in the healthcare system, and don’t the media let us know about it. One of the biggest issues we’re facing at the minute is the shortage of staff compared to the rising number of the population. But how can this be helped when doctors have to go to college for seven years before they qualify, and nurses have to attend college before they can too. It is this long winded process that can sometimes put people off the prospect of becoming either a nurse or doctor. The UK’s healthcare service, the NHS, is in an ever worst state of affairs in terms of staffing. They’re having to bring over nurses and doctors from foreign countries, but now even that is not working due to the fears they will be thrown back out again due to brexit. But, the US isn’t far off this. The only difference is the fact that our healthcare service is privatised. This generally means there is more people pumping money into the service to try and find the best service possible. But due to the staffing issues, the best service is not always given.

The staffing issues leads us on to another common issue found in the healthcare service. Blunders made by the doctors and nurses. This could be anything from the wrong diagnosis, the wrong medication given, or releasing a patient too early. You’d be surprised at how many people actually have this done to them. But this is where the argument comes into play that it is not the doctors or nurses fault. They’re doing the best they can, and they spend 12 hour shifts rushing around constantly trying to make sure everyone is cared for. Surely this is going to lead to a mistake or two along the way? But then this is where the bad press comes from.

The press rarely ever seems to focus on the good and hard work the healthcare service is doing. They just wait for something to go wrong so they can scrutinise them. A lot of people go down the route of suing as well, and so they should. Even though it is nearly always the case that it was a complete accident, medical negligence is still a huge issue, and one that needs to be solved sooner rather than later. A medical malpractice lawyer will see hundreds and hundreds of cases each year about different things that have gone wrong with people due to medical negligence. The healthcare system then ends up having to pay out large amounts in order to cover the compensation. It is often the case that they pay more than they should just to try and keep the victim from going to the press about their issue. The last thing they need is bad press.

The Good

The good often outweighs the bad when it comes to our healthcare service. They save millions of lives each year, without them we wouldn’t be where we are today. One of the best things about our healthcare service is also one of the worst. Having it privatised and having to pay for medical treatments means you see a lot less people walking in with really minor injuries that could be treated at home. One of the biggest issues the NHS has is their waiting rooms being clogged up with people who don’t even need to be there. This is purely because it is free. But, the fact that you do have to pay so much for healthcare treatments is one of the reasons why so many people in the US die each year.

One of the best things our healthcare service brings us is the cure and prevention of injuries and diseases. There’s so much extensive research going on each year that saves the lives of people all around the world. America is renowned for its medical capabilities, so many people fly out here year round to get the specialist treatments their countries can’t offer. The fact we’re at the forefront of medicine is pretty great. The money being pumped into the research is constant, and each day big strides are being made to cure some of the worst diseases known to man.

One of the final things that is just so great about healthcare is the hard work and dedication the staff put in to make sure they give the best care possible. At this time of year most of us will be off for the holidays and enjoying time with their family. But this is something nurses and doctors and other healthcare professionals just don’t get to do. They work hard and long shifts, and are often on their feet for most of the day or night. They’re always striving to make sure they do the best for the people they’re caring for, and that’s something that really needs to be admired.

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Another dark cloud of shortage has gathered over the U.S. health and care sector. This is perhaps due to the increasing number of senior citizens and a consequent spike in retirement figures, coupled with stricter qualification requirements for some healthcare professions.

As the US population ages, an increasing number of healthcare professionals are needed to take up jobs in hospitals, home care, healthcare facilities, and other places. Yet, there’s a short supply of qualified workers to fill those jobs. Statistics from the American Hospital Association show that more than 80% of hospitals are seriously in need of more healthcare staff, especially in nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, laboratory technology, radiology technology, and maintenance staff.

For example, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), the dentist-to-population ratio in the country is 60.8 to 100,000; although the number of practising dentists per capita is expected to grow steadily.

Also, there are presently 120,000 vacant positions for registered nurses throughout the country, which have seen emergency wards being shut down, an increasing delay in surgeries, and an a rise in the number of patients lacking adequate care.

Nursing is currently the largest profession in the US health sector. The recruitment of registered nurses has been estimated to grow by 16% from 2014 to 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives are expected to grow by 31%.

The American Nurses Association, ANA has predicted that more than 1 million nurses may be needed by the U.S. by 2022 to cover for retiring nurses and provide care to the aged generation. The number of patients getting access to healthcare is outpacing the number of nurse influx in the sector.

Currently, there are roughly 1 million nurses above the age of 50 and in the next 10-15 years, one-third of the present workforce will have hit retirement. By 2024, the number of nurses evaluated to retire will be 700,000.

Though health care cost has been estimated to grow in the coming years, it does not reduce the number of people in need of it. For instance, over the 10 years, the senior population in Maines is expected to grow by 37%.

What all of these imply is that more healthcare professionals are leaving the sector than the number required to replace them, and with the increase in demand for health services, the result of the combination of both circumstances will certainly not be good.

The rise in nomadic healthcare staff

The shortage crisis is becoming a propellant for a looming exodus. Most healthcare staff are getting frustrated with the pile up of work and the lack of extra hands, which could see them leave their jobs for hospitals with stronger staff structure.

Some hospitals are suffering from this in the sense that bigger hospitals are poaching nurses with hefty sign-on bonuses and more tempting incentives.

On the surface, it’s good news that the number of vital healthcare staff that graduated and joined the labour force has more than doubled in recent years. However,  with the current developments, that number isn’t exactly sizing up.

Most hospitals have desperately turned to a makeshift workforce over the years due to a dip in registered key healthcare staff. During the recent shortage crisis, recruiting healthcare professionals and retaining them proved to be a nightmare and as such, nomadic staff were in high demand – touted as a 20-year high in 2015

For instance, travel nurses tend to be used by hospitals to fill the gap created by the absence of resident nurses, expansion of hospital wards, a large influx of patients or in cases of strikes and union boycotts.

They are qualified nurses that prefer the free and flexible work life. While some merely enjoy the prospect of broadening their experiences by working in several facilities, others give in to the pinches of wanderlust. Some travel nurses are those that have retired from traditional nursing and wish to still be in the profession, while others just get sick of hospital politics.

A regular travel nurse is employed by a staffing agency or a similar health care provider and normally commits to a 13 week contract, a duration which can be lessened, stretched or renewed at the demand of the institution engaging their services.

Generally, recruiting nomadic healthcare professionals removes the obligation to pay for staff entitlements such as pension, allowances, paid time off and the likes.

More so, specialized healthcare roles could be filled from the ambulatory workforce. Some positions over time have been branded hard-to-fill or difficult-to-fill, and nomadic healthcare staff are the answer to the issue. These specialists help to stop the coverage gap when turnover of patients are high in special-need departments.

Whenever a job duration has been completed, the nomadic healthcare professional naturally looks for job in another institution, and the cycle continues.

In the near future, with the current situation hovering around, the trend is expecting an impending boom.

And it could mean other things: The rise for their demand could also see an increment in payment and extra demands for bonuses and work flexibility.

But not just for the itinerant healthcare staff. The regular professionals could also enjoy a decent pay rise. If their hospitals are unwilling to do so, they have the option to jump ship and embrace other opportunities.

According to Cecil Luong of Tigersmile Dentistry, “The trend is emerging as an industry and is also looking to become more powerful and change the face of recruitment. Nomadic healthcare professionals will get the best of both worlds since they are looking at a future where they can dictate the terms of their employment and workload.”

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While the debate goes on among policy makers regarding long-term solutions, the gap in the availability of nomadic key healthcare staff is widening. Hospitals have no better alternatives than to recruit readily available qualified workers, even if they are the travelling ones.

The need to reduce healthcare staff-to-patient ratio has been there for a long time and this need might send more key specialists on the road.