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Being involved in a car crash can have a devastating impact on both your physical and mental well-being; when financial woes are added on top of all of that, everything can seem a whole lot worse. Because of this, you should always attempt to seek as much professional legal help — in this day and age, there are a whole host of options out there. If you were the victim of a car crash, whether you were driving, a passenger or even a pedestrian, then you should most certainly make a compensation claim — below are a few of the steps that you should take in order to make one.

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Immediately after the crash you should do all that you can to ensure that your claim remains as strong as it deserves to be and you get the maximum compensation owed to you in regards to a personal injury claim. First of all, you should always remember to remain as calm as possible and not let your emotions, that will understandably be all over the place at this point, get the best of you. Whatever you do you should not abuse the cause of the crash in any way: you should not swear or use abusive or offensive language towards them, and you must certainly not physically abuse them. If you do so, then you could be liable for a whole host of other legal ramifications. Secondly, even if it doesn’t seem as if the damage is too extensive or significant, you should still seek to call the police; doing so will mean there is an official report and document on the case to look back on if the case goes to court. At some point in the near future after the crash, you should seek to get a copy of the police report as it will contain all the vital information needed for you to be able to properly and successfully take the claim forward. Make sure to check out these five things you should not do after the crash, which includes leaving the scene prematurely or without some sort of documentation or record.

As soon as you are able to once you have in fact left the scene is to make notes on all the documentation you have received pertaining to the crash and the claim. This is because of the fact that you have to retain it all and could be asked to show evidence of it and any point; it should be readily available at all times. These notes could include: a written up report of what took place and the way in which you were treated by the cause of the crash in the aftermath; photographs of any injuries either yourself or your vehicle have received as a result of the crash; receipts that are in relation to any healthcare you or the car have to have to received subsequently, i.e. details about any X-Rays you’ve had or any work done to your car at a garage and any other receipts that relate to anything else you’ve had to spend money on or lost money on because of the crash, like a letter from your employer that verifies the fact that you’ve not been able to work.

You should then begin to take action in regards to getting the ball rolling with the claim itself. You should seek legal aid and guidance but should be aware that that a ‘one size fits all approach’ cannot be taken. There are different legal teams and companies that deal with different types of crashed; for instance, if you are a motorbike driver and have been involved in a crash, you should seek assistance from a specifically trained motorcycle accident lawyer so that you can rest assured that the people on your side know full-well what they are dealing with. Similarly, attorneys such as David & Philpot, P.L. offer an extensive knowledge, skill and experience when it comes to helping victims pursue compensation when they have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, i.e. a truck. If you have been involved with an accident that involves a commercial vehicle, then the likelihood is is that the damage you or your vehicle received is extensive — you can take the pressure of dealing with your financial worries away by seeking the right assistance, leaving you more time to fix yourself or your vehicle by way of hospital treatment or garage treatment respectively. And all the while, you should be thoughtful of the way in which you carry yourself and the way in which you refer to certain aspects of the crash so that you never hamper your case in the eyes of the law. First and foremost, you should never refer to the incident as an ‘accident’ or that it was ‘accidental’, despite what other people may call it. You shouldn’t call it an accident because of the fact that this may hinder your claim in regards to the authorises believing it wasn’t as severe as you are making it out to be in your reports and photographs.


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The amount of compensation you will be liable to claim depends on the severity of the crash and the vehicles involved, but most importantly it depends on how you deal with the aftermath. There are online resources that assist with the calculation of the price of a car accident claim, such as this one found here — when using this type of service, you should always be aware that the estimate it provides should be taken as a guideline only, and not the actual figure. So, if you ever find yourself unfortunate enough to be on the end-result of a car crash, then make sure to follow the advice and steps above so that you can optimise your chance of getting all the compensation that is rightly owed to you. No matter how safe you are as a driver, it only takes one bad driver to turn your day, and possibly your life, around. If they do, make sure you do all you can to make sure that they don’t get away with it lightly.

Over 60 years ago, Chevrolet began production for the first ever small-block V8 engine, kick-starting what would become an American love affair that would last for generations. Since its debut, the small-block V8 has remained in production, making it the longest mass-produced car engine in history. Despite its decades of popularity and innovation, a lot of auto manufacturers are drawing away from the classic American powerhouse in the face of fuel efficiency regulations.

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During the Obama administration, the federal government came to an agreement with large automakers to raise the industry’s fuel efficiency standard to 54.4 miles by the year 2025. Now, a mere eight years to the deadline, car companies are being forced to start adopting alternative energy and smaller, more efficient engines. The results have been pretty bleak for any car-nuts.

The Ford F-150, which ranks among the best-selling vehicles of all time, has recently dropped the V8 engine, substituting it for a more efficient and powerful engine in the form of the EcoBoost V6. General motors have ditched their V8-powered Chevrolet SS from their fleet, which had also enjoyed a lot of popularity in previous years. Even the hallowed Ford GT has come back to the road with a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, although this hasn’t made much of a dent in its horsepower. Although more efficient exhaust systems from companies like Borla are still fairly popular among people who modify their own cars, we’re expected to see more and more fuel-efficient models coming straight out of the factory.

Even the most efficient auto manufacturers, some of which don’t have a single V8 in their entire fleet, are beginning to feel the sting of federal fuel economy standards. Mazda, for example, leads the way when it comes to efficiency, averaging out at 30.7 miles to the gallon. Honda comes in second, rated with an average of 28.7 miles to the gallon.

The bottom of the barrel in terms of fuel efficiency includes those that have decided to make do with larger engines, namely well-known American badges. Despite new engines throughout the fleet, Fiat Chrysler, which now owns Jeep and Dodge, has a mere average of 22.2 miles to the gallon across their entire line-up. Ford comes in second worst, with just 23.4 miles to the gallon. General Motors have followed through with a comeback of the Canyon and Colorado mid-sized pickups, which average at just 24 miles per gallon.

Trying desperately to comply with the looming federal regulations, a lot of automakers are making major cuts. Having said that, progress seems to be pretty slow. Mazda has introduced GDI technology in various cars in its fleet. German giants such as Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes have all turned to turbocharging instead. Some companies, including Ford, Chrysler, and Honda, have begun to add cylinder deactivation to emerging models. Despite these steps, the auto industry as a whole doesn’t seem to be on-schedule to meet with the standards the EPA set out during the Obama administration. As Trump tries to roll these back and the green lobby keeps growing, the future is very uncertain.

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It’s a sad truth that being healthy can cost a lot of money when it comes to our health. But even though that is the case there are some things with regards to your health that you should never scrimp and save on. Read on to find out more.

Food

You have a choice when you go to the supermarket. You can choose to go down the candy, cookie and ready meal files, and be tempted by lots of sweet treats that contain buckets of sugar and fat.

Or you can step away from the chocolate bars and head on over to the fresh produce aisle and pick up high fiber, fresh and nutritional options instead. Ok, so they may seem a little more expensive at first glance. But if you plan your meals carefully for the week you can definitely accommodate a healthier food shop, and just think of the benefits that your mind and body that you will gain.  

Bed

They always say if you have any money you should invest it in your bed, and when you realize that you spend at least a third of your life actually in bed, you can see why.

Getting enough rest is vital to our functioning on a day to day basis. As well as being important for physical repairs and psychological stability. So the question should really be can you afford not to spend money on a decent bed?

Medical care

Something that you should never scrimp on in regard to your health is medical care. No matter what stage of the process you are at.

For example scrimping at the beginning of the process may mean that any medical condition that you have, can go undiagnosed for long time, further damaging your health. Or scrimping on treatment can mean, at best that you are ill for longer, and at worst, put your life at serious risk.

Lastly, even if there’s nothing to be done about the illness you have, you still don’t want to be scrimping on palliative and end of life care. This is because it’s this care that makes you as comfortable as possible in your last days.

Skincare

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Now you may see skin care as a luxury. But you need to be aware that your skin takes a real bashing in modern life. With things like pollution, UVA and UVB rays, and air conditioning making it more susceptible to all sorts of problems.

That is why smart people choose to invest a little money in their skin care routine. Of course, you don’t have to break the bank and get a $250 pot of face cream. But a decent brand, used regularly every morning and night; should help your skin retain its bounce and clarity.  

Time to relax

Lastly, having down time is something you should not scrimp on. I know that in this hectic modern world, time is money, and it can be hard to take time off work. Let alone get away for a bit. But it really is important to take a break now and again.

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Without this, you aren’t going to be on top of your game, and it could even endanger your position in the long run. So it definitely worth investing a little time and money in a holiday or two.  

Today’s young people are more nomadic than the generations that have come before them. Gone are the days when people would choose a single neighbourhood to spend out the rest of their days. No longer do people work for a single company throughout their entire life. Obviously, this move towards a more nomadic way of life is having a big impact on communities and the way in which people are living.

Here are just a few of the reasons that the Millennials are more nomadic than any generation in history.

Travel is Cheap
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In days gone by, travel was only an option for the very richest in society. People would rarely leave their own country to see far-flung corners of the globe. With the rise of budget airlines, more and more people are finding that travelling is an option for them. As well as this, we live in a globalised world meaning that people are searching for job opportunities wherever they can find them. The allure of living in a totally different culture is drawing many people in and encouraging them to broaden their horizons.

Renting is Common

With house prices continually rising, many Millennials are finding it next to impossible to get on the housing ladder. People tend to rent places, signing short term contracts and moving on from place to place. While this may be a positive thing for moving companies, it does mean that people are less fixed to a certain area. It is much more complicated to sell a house and move on than it is to sign a new rental agreement elsewhere.

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There is a growing army of freelancers who are choosing to work from all over the world. The internet has meant that no longer are people tied to a single location. Many people just need a laptop and a decent WiFi connection to do their work. This increased flexibility means that more people are choosing to become ‘digital nomads’, moving around from place to place while still earning a living.

Life is Delayed

Many people are choosing to put off the traditional big events in life like getting married and having children for longer and longer. This means that young people have fewer responsibilities and are able to move around without having to go through numerous complicated processes. How this will affect society in the future still remains to be seen.

Communication is Easy

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Again, we have the internet to thank for changing the way we communicate with each other. Now it’s possible to stay in contact with people much more easily. Sometimes we take for granted that we can quickly pop off a message to someone living on the other side of the world, or even have a face to face conversation using a service like Skype – all for free. This means that you can live elsewhere without feeling like you have completely severed your connections with your normal life.    

In the modern era where everything is internet-inspired, it is hard to believe that more than half of the population prefers taking a time out from the internet. Much shocking were the results of a recent survey based on a Digital Detox theme, commissioned by an online cartridge company, Cartridge Save. The study reveals, where 88% people use internet streaming and 99% of grown-ups (ages between 16-24 years) have just started using internet, 65% have confessed that they want to stay logged out.

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The company inquired 1,026 British people that what offline activities they had relished most. 49% of the participants said they enjoyed baking the most, while 40% revealed gardening was their all-time favourite hobby (for people 55 and above, the percentage rose to 60%). Other past-time activities included sewing, handcrafting and reusing old furniture creatively.

An interesting hobby brought up by 10% of the respondents was journaling. They preferred using the conventional pen and paper idea to jot down their writing instead of typing it down via a digital device. This activity replicates the latest trend of bullet journaling a.k.a #BuJo that keeps a track of your events and chores using a diary or a notebook instead of apps on your phone or your computer. Although these things can be noted down in a digital device, bullet journaling is a marriage of mindfulness and productivity that can carefully organise your routine tasks, diary, planner, calendar, sketches, progress pages, movies you’ve watched, books you’ve read, finances, fitness progress and much more.

Enthused by the concept of journaling, Cartridge Save questioned some bloggers who prefer digital detox and give more time to hand-written journals, that what pleases them about this activity. Here are some of the responses:

Becky Goddard-Hill from A Beautiful Space tells that she finds the use of paper and pen purposeful and tangible. It does not let the social media create any distraction and focus on what she wants to do. Writing provides a feeling of commitment that typing does not.

Thea Price from Thea’s Thinking says that writing has been a great release for her, as she has been able to express herself better and become more clear of who she wants to be. She says that she feels online more than ever.

Victoria Davies from Snappable Musings believes that journals are more convenient for expressing thoughts, ideas, inspirations, blog posts and nearly everything. She finds it a better way to save her ideas, as the saved locations are hard to remember in the phone.

Ian Cowley (Managing Director of Cartridge Save) gave the final remarks about the statistics saying that due to the strong retaliation against technology and the loss of privacy due to the internet, people feel the need to go offline and spend time doing peaceful activities in solitude. Furthermore, technology advancements have suppressed great conventional ways of getting things done, so it’s good that people are keeping the balance between both to stay contended.

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Now, we all know that there’s many a person in society who has a complicated relationship with their job. It pays well and gives you a livelihood, but…it also stops you from lying on the grass on sunny days, and that sucks pretty hard. Still, at least your job isn’t actively harming you. Or is it? You might want to stand up (sitting too long is bad for you…) for this, because we’re afraid that your office is harming your health, probably in more ways than you think. But at least if you know about them, you can fight back.

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Gaining Weight

If you want to succeed in this hypercompetitive working world, you better be ready to put in some long hours. Unfortunately, this means that there’s little time for anything else in our life, including exercise. Large sections of society are spending their days driving to work, sitting for long periods, driving home, and then crashing in front of the TV because they’re tired. The result? A rise of conditions such as obesity, which is becoming so bad that it’s being called an epidemic. If you’re working in an office, then you need to make sure you’re as active as your working day will allow. This could mean parking further away from your desk and walking a section of the way to walk, going for the stairs instead of the elevator, and making sure you fit in an evening walk each night.

Moving too Fast

Unfortunately, work isn’t one of those things where you can do a good act and sit back to bask in the glory. It’s not like that at all. You have to keep on improving, always stay ahead. The result is high levels of stress among workers, which can be good for business (people work harder), but is positively awful for the worker, who is at a much higher risk of acquiring a whole host of troublesome illnesses and conditions, such as headaches, mental health issues, muscle tension, and more. If this sounds like you, it might be time to head for a long, much needed break away from the office. If you can’t get away, then exercise and meditation can help.

Back Issues

Office workers are spending so much of the time sitting down that they’re acquiring problems that only a spine surgeon can help fix. While everyone can get back pain in their lifetime, the problem disproportionately affects people who spend their working days sitting down, and once it’s developed it’s a problem that keeps on getting worse if it’s not resolved. The very act of sitting – especially with an incorrect posture – puts more pressure on your back that standing, and if you’re sitting for 8 hours a day then it’s no surprise that back problems are becoming increasingly common. Perhaps that’s why more and more people are switching to standing desks….

And Weaker Muscles

Back in the olden days, humans would use their bodies out in the wild as they constructed their own homes, find their own food, and generally provided for themselves. Today, everything is more or less provided for. We spend our time working, like a busy bee. But we’re really only working our minds if we work in an office; our bodies don’t really come into it. Your muscles will be weaker as a result, and you’ll also suffer from reduced mobility.

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More Productive, More Heart Risk

If you work at a desk, then there’s bad news: while you’re being paid more than the cleaner, you’re also at a much greater risk of getting heart disease. In fact, you’re more than doubling your chances of getting heart disease, and that’s not all either. You’re also more likely to develop diabetes and have a heart attack. It’s important to remember that these conditions aren’t an inevitable side effect of your job; they can be avoided, but you need to make a more conscious effort to stay active. It might mean changing how you work, or speak to human resources to see if you can switch to a standing desk.

In the Eyes

It’s all good well having a long day of productive work, but if you work on a computer then you’ve probably been staring at a computer screen all day, and causing your eyes severe trouble in the process. Eye strain affects millions of office workers, who spend their day concentrating on one screen that’s right in front of their face. And the worrying thing? Because the widespread use of computers is relatively new, no one’s quite sure how it’ll affect people in the future. You can reduce the effects of eye strain by implementing a simple rule into your day. For every twenty minutes you spend staring at a computer screen, you should spend twenty seconds staring at a fixed point that’s twenty feet away from you. Also, in the evening, put the screen away – you’ve had enough during the day!

Day to Day Wheezing

You might think that your office is a clean space, but we’re afraid it isn’t. It’s absolutely full of germs. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to get any illness that will cause you any long term damage, but it does mean you’re at a greater chance of having a lowered immune system and picking up the odd illnesses that go around. It’s best to have a hand sanitizer bottle on your desk, is basically what we’re saying.

Limp Wrist, Painful Hands

Earlier, when we said that office workers don’t use their body, that wasn’t really true. They do. The problem is that they only use one part of the job – their hands. If you spend all day at the computer, you might have noticed that your hands are in more pain than they should be, and that your wrist isn’t quite as strong as it once was. If this sounds like you, it’s worth checking to see if you’re typing properly, and also investing in a wrist rest to ensure you’re always typing at the right angle.

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If you’ve got career goals that you want to achieve, but your working life feels overwhelmingly busy, it’s a good idea to take a step back and evaluate the situation. Rather than having way too many things to fit in, the issue may be the way you’re approaching them. Here are some great time management strategies that will help you to regain control.

Break Goals Down into Smaller Ones

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If you feel immediately defeated every time you think about your to-do list for the week ahead, try to break those big goals down into smaller, more manageable sections that you can tackle one at a time. If you focus more of your energy on working through these miniature goals, you’ll stand a much better chance of accomplishing your larger, overarching ones. Take some time to write down your smaller targets for the week ahead, and what you need to do to achieve each little milestone. Try to foresee any issues that will take things off track or push you behind schedule. Set out plans for getting around these issues, and organise people who can support you if needed.

Use A Timetable

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Setting yourself a timetable of the day can be very helpful, as it allows you to concentrate more on individual tasks, rather than having them all pile on at once. With time, you’ll also make it much easier to know what kind of tasks you can tackle, and how much time you have to leave yourself to meet certain deadlines. Trying to juggle the responsibilities of your day job, while keeping up with a demanding qualification like a healthcare administration bachelors, often requires strict time management. Just make sure you’re honest about how you spend your time. If you know you can’t resist a session on social media or reading the headlines, be sure to factor this in.

Step Back and Re-evaluate

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You may know from experience that setting yourself goals isn’t the only factor that goes into accomplishing things. Even after structuring your goals like this, if you feel that you’re still procrastinating over a certain task, it’s a good idea to step back and ask yourself why. Do you need some kind of extra support to remain on-task? Perhaps the task itself simply doesn’t feel all that important to you, or it feels too far away from the end-game rewards you’re actually gunning for. Perhaps one of your miniature tasks isn’t actually necessary, and there’s some other, better solution which you should be engaging in.

Appreciate your Own Achievements

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I saved the best tip until last: give yourself a break once in a while! Rather than dwelling on the things you haven’t achieved in the week for one reason or another, make a point of recognising what you have done. No matter how much you feel you’ve fallen short, there’s a fair chance that you’ve checked a lot of other things off in the process, and brought yourself at least a little bit closer to achieving your goal.

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When parents send their children to school, they expect their kids to receive a good education. They want their offspring to learn more about topics such as math, geography, and history. However, for one Canadian parent, her 13-year-old son’s drama lesson at school was more akin to a narcotics project.

Delight Greenidge, of Ontario, was shocked when she learned her son had come home with instructions on how to cook crystal meth. Speaking to CBC News, Greenidge first discovered her son’s unusual assignment when the Grade 8 youngster asked her how to make a tourniquet.

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According to the stunned parent, when she asked her son why he needed to know that, he told her that his drama lesson assignment was on how to make and inject crystal meth. Aghast with shock, Greenidge says that she “popped a blood vessel” at the time.

School board astonished at shocking revelation

Greenidge’s son, who asked not to be identified, is a student at Erin Mills Middle School in Mississauga, Ontario. The boy claimed that his drama class teacher handed out the printed instructions for his group as part of an assignment.

The group was initially meant to make a skit about an old television program using emotions. At the time, the team’s idea didn’t come to fruition. Greenidge says that her son’s drama class teacher then suggested a crystal meth sketch instead.

The Peel District School Board shared Greenidge’s concerns when she brought the revelation up with Erin Mills Middle School. They have confirmed that the teacher in question handed out the crystal meth cooking instructions. But, they would not comment further except to say that the teacher has been suspended on full pay pending a full investigation.

Carla Pereira, the communications manager at the school board, says that they share Greenidge’s concerns. She also added that the teacher had downloaded the instructions from the Internet for the group in his drama class.

Seth Fletcher, a counselor with Canadian Centre for Addictions, adds that giving Grade 8 students such material (crystal meth cooking instructions) is dangerous. He also says that the perception of someone in the classroom thinking that it’s okay to take drugs is just as bad as being told how to take them.

The Peel District School Board is unlikely to make the results of the investigation public, stating that it’s a “personnel issue.”

What is crystal meth, and why is it a growing problem?

Depicted by TV programs such as Breaking Bad, crystal meth, also known as “ice” or “glass” is a colorless, odorless, powerful, and highly addictive synthetic psychostimulant. It gives users a long-lasting euphoric effect and produces similar effects to cocaine, boosting dopamine levels by 1,500%.

Often smoked in pipes, crystal meth has become a growing problem for Canada in recent years. According to official statistics, almost 5% of the population have admitted trying crystal meth, with 70% of crystal meth abuse happens during “rave” parties. Further, the country is also a big producer of the substance, with much of the drug exported to Europe and Japan.

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Being diagnosed with a psychotic condition can make someone feel worthless. That is especially the case if the victim is aware of the illness. Some people with psychotic disorders will never admit to themselves that they have a problem. In many instances, that’s easier for loved ones because you can avoid the issue as much as possible. However, there are still lots of things you could get wrong. The last thing you want to do is make the situation worse, and so we’ve published some tips here today. Use them to ensure you always take the right approach when your partner or a family member becomes unwell.

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Don’t encourage their fantasies

While you don’t want to spend all day reminding your spouse they’re ill; it’s also sensible to refrain from taking part in their delusions. Playing along might seem like a harmless move, but it could make their condition worse. At the end of the day, you will effectively validate their fantasies and make it even harder for them to admit their problem. At the same time, you don’t want to push the issue too much either. Just change the subject if they start talking about something that doesn’t make sense.

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Don’t stop telling them to get help

It’s important that you remind your loved one they need to get help every day. That is of particular importance if they don’t have an official diagnosis. It can take a long time for someone to notice they’re acting in a strange manner. In many situations, they will feel like it’s the rest of the world that’s gone mad. Gentle reminders from people who care about them could go a long way towards making them understand their issue. That could be enough to encourage them to get the medication they require to improve. So, make sure you make a conscious effort to highlight their illness in a calm and collected way.

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Don’t add to their stresses

The last thing you want to do is add to the stresses of your spouse’s mental health problem. You could make the condition worse if you’re not careful. For example, people who have schizophrenia often deteriorate when they feel under too much pressure. Indeed, it can push them into a state where their body functions stop working. You might have heard the term before, but what is catatonic schizophrenia? Well, it’s a stage of the illness that can have drastic effects on someone’s ability to live a normal life. There’s lots of information online you should read if that applies to your situation.

You should now have a good idea about the things you shouldn’t do when dealing with a psychotic loved one. So, what about the things you SHOULD do? Well, in most instances it’s sensible for you to ensure they attend medical appointments. You could go along with them to provide support if they’re nervous. You also need to make sure they always take any prescribed medication. At the end of the day, it will help to balance their mood and remove all those delusions. You could also encourage them to get out of the house as much as possible. Many people with mental health issues shut themselves off from the world, and that just makes things worse.

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The best way to make money is to meet the demands of the future. Getting behind the latest tech trends could see you on a six figure salary in years to come. But with so many new technologies constantly being developed, which ones are not fads and are likely to really make a difference.

Cloud technology

More and more people are seeing the benefits of freeing up their hard-drives and storing files on the cloud. More cloud servers are having to be built as a result, which is resulting in a demand for more cloud computing specialists both for manufacture, maintenance and marketing. As more and more of are files go cloud-based, it’s thought that hackers are soon going to turn their sights this way. Already these servers are extremely secure, but digital security will constantly need to be improved to stop cybercriminals catching up. Such industries are thought to earn megabucks in the future.

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Analytics

Data analysts (or data scientists) are already earning huge salaries. Their job is to take huge amounts of data – that previously not computer could deal with – and use them to better the productivity of a business. By analysing huge amounts of web traffic, data scientists can find the places and best places to target when marketing a specific product. Huge masses of financial data can be dissected to find the best way of cutting costs and making profit for a company. As more and more data becomes available, analysts are thought to become even more sought after in all trades.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality is the stuff of sci-fi movies, now brought to life and readily available in our homes through headsets such as the Oculus Rift. The military, surgeons and pilots are all already using VR as a safe training tool. Estate agents are already using VR to give virtual tours of homes that are for sale. The future of AR and VR is thought to be extremely lucrative and may be something worth considering for those with a creative mind.

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Robotics

We already have automated hoovers, self-service scanners and, most recently, self-driving cars. Robotics is thought to continue to take off – quite literally in some cases as NASA continues to build new robots to journey into space. AI is thought to permeate huge sections of everyday life by 2025, with many people losing their jobs to robotic processes. Being the creator behind the robots will secure your job for years to come.

The Internet of Things

‘The internet of things’ is the linking of various items and objects through the power of the web. Once upon a time, we could only access the internet through our PCs. Soon phones and TVs started to broaden our connectivity and now kettles, fridges and central heating is all being linked to the internet. More household items are thought to become connected so that we can control them from our phone. On top of this, ‘smart cities’ are thought to emerge. Internet linked traffic lights and train timetables will monitor public transport delays, weather warnings and traffic jams and react accordingly.

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Cars do not always die at the most opportune moment. If your car was totaled in an accident or needs an expensive repair that is not worth making, you may find yourself car shopping before you were ready to. If your finances are tight, the last thing you may want is an expensive car payment. As such, you may be looking for the top 10 Disneyland secrets or to buy a car at a discounted or bargain price. Knowing where to begin your search is half the battle. You aren’t likely to find a discounted price at a dealership, as they mark up their cars to make money. Fortunately, there are plenty of other places you can look for a bargain when you are car hunting. Here are three of the best places to buy discounted cars.

From Private Sellers

One of the best places to look when you are looking for a discounted car is with private sellers. Some private sellers just want to sell their car. They do not want to deal with the hassle of meeting person after person to test drive the car or they may want the money because they already bought a new car and don’t want to insure two cars. Whatever the case, some private sellers price a car low in order to move it fast. Drive around your neighborhood and look for people who have for sale signs in the window of the car or look on street corners for make shift car lots. Also, be sure to check out online classified sites. However, when you are buying a car from a private seller, be aware that the car has no warranty and lemon laws do not apply. Be sure you inspect the car well to ensure there are no problems.

From Auto Auctions

Another place to look for discounted cars is from auto auctions. There are many different entities that offer auto auctions. You can find auto auctions being held for repossessed cars, police impound cars or government car auctions. A repossessed car is a car that someone took out a loan and did not pay for. The lender wants to get what they still owe on the car, not necessarily what the car is worth. A police impound auction is done on cars that were impounded by the police and never picked up. This may be because someone had outstanding traffic tickets, did not register their car or were involved in criminal activity in the car. Regardless, these cars can go for less than blue book value. Government car auctions typically include cars that were used by government officials. When the government is ready to sell the cars and buy new ones, they auction off the old cars. Most agencies take good care of the cars, so this can be a great way to get a clean, well-maintained car.

Through Insurance Salvage Programs

The last place you can look for a discounted car is through insurance salvage programs. When a car is involved in an accident, and the cost to repair the car is more than blue book value, the insurance company salvages the car out. However, they take these cars and auction them off. Some of them are only good for the parts that are not damaged. Others can be repaired and become great cars. If you are handy with cars or don’t mind investing some money to make a car operable, buying a car through an insurance program may be a great way to get a car inexpensively. No matter where you purchase your car, auto insurance companies will usually give you a better rate if you have passed a defensive driving course.

If your current car is no longer operable and you need a new one quickly and cheaply, be sure to look for a car being sold by private sellers, through an auto auction or being offered from an insurance salvage program.

Children born into the current times are growing up with technology thrust at them from every angle. Gone are the days you needed to have wires plugged into the computer to connect to the internet. Gone are the days you could only make a phone call with a house phone. Companies are going digital more than ever before and we are becoming comfortable with the advancements in our home technology. The thing is, it’s important to remember that these advancements do not appear out of thin air. They take a lot of work, a lot of creativity and they need continuous monitoring and upgrading. Technology can change lives, and coding is part of that change.

Coding is changing the world around us, and so many people are unaware of what coding is. Coders are making a huge contribution every day and it is, centrally, a very creative process. It’s the language of the technology that you use on a daily basis and you can read so much more about what it is used for here. The world of technology is advancing because of coding and here are four ways coding is making the world evolve at a faster pace:

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  1. The Web: Quite an obvious one, but the internet has changed lives in a way we cannot measure. Communication has advanced to be instantaneous from across the world. Companies are switching online on every platform possible and the amount of HTML that sits behind websites – both on computers and on smart phones and tablets is immense. Coding requires a lot of support and companies are studying up on the ultimate log4net tutorial for their business website with great interest.
  2. Databases: More than just something you use to sort your finances, programmers everywhere use databases to help computers to store information that a computer can read and write. They can also delete that information. Facebook holds huge databases of information about its users and businesses need to be able to hold information about their products, consumers and services.
  3. Online Shopping: The amount of coding that supports a website is already huge, but to support the services offered with online shopping, coders have their hands full. Programming that is required for the websites we often take for granted as easy to use is not always easy to implement. Online shopping is still somewhat of a revelation across the globe and programmers work tirelessly to make constant upgrades and changers to improve the user experience.
  4. Blogging: The blogging world is so popular and is evolving at a rapid pace. Coders are part of this evolution. Everyone has a voice and blogging is a platform that allows that voice to be heard. Without coding, the rapid growth of the blogging world would stall. Themes and templates are created by coders at great length and are always available online to look at such as here.

If you can create technology, you have the power to help the world evolve. Companies that understand this are those that will be successful in their technological ventures.

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Our health is incredibly important- after all, we only get one body and one life. And to live the best one possible we need to stay strong and healthy. But with such busy lives and schedules, how many of us can really get in an hour at the gym before work- and with so little time are you really going to get chance to cook healthy food from scratch each evening? Actually, living well doesn’t have to be difficult, and there’s plenty of hassle free things you can do for better health. Here are just a few of them.

Find An Activity You Love

Exercise is hard work, but it shouldn’t feel like punishment. If it takes everything you have to drag yourself to the gym or to go outside and run, then it’s probably not going to be a long-term thing. The trick is to find something you enjoy. It could be swimming, a spin class, martial arts- anything you life. If you can rope some friends into coming along, you get the social element as well as exercise, so you effectively kill two birds with one stone.

You could find out more information about why this is beneficial on livescience.com. Either way, it’s perfect when you lead a busy life.

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Make Simple Swaps

Swapping one thing out for another takes very little effort, but could do your body a huge favour. Instead of smoking, you could try vaping, this doesn’t burn tobacco, so you get a hit of nicotine without any of the toxic chemicals in cigarettes. You can find more info and buy the equipment on sites like lizardjuice.com. Instead of eating white bread, pasta and rice which sends your blood sugar soaring and lacks in fibre, you could switch to wholemeal instead. These are good for your heart and digestive system, keep you fuller longer and your blood sugar stable. Eating organic instead of regular produce is another easy switch. A good rule of thumb is if you eat the skin (apples, grapes, tomatoes) go organic. If you don’t (melons, bananas, oranges) you don’t need to. By doing this, you avoid harmful pesticides which are linked to all kinds of cancers and diseases such as dementia.

Batch Cook

Healthy food generally requires prepping and cooking. Unlike convenience food which is all ready to heat up and go (but at the cost of added salt, sugar, oils and chemicals) when you’re making things yourself it does involve effort. One way you can get around this is to batch cook meals. Make a huge portion and then divide it into individual Tupperware containers and pop in the freezer. This way you have your own, healthy home cooked meals and know exactly what’s gone into them. Stews, bolognese, curry and chilli all freeze well- sites such as jamieoliver.com have more ideas. You could spend one day a week making a couple of different meals, then you have dinners for ages with no additional cooking or hassle.

Would you try any of these hassle-free tips for better health?

With more than 210 million people shopping online, having an ecommerce platform for your business is essential to keep your profits up. If you are starting from square one, professional services are the best way to get an ecommerce website up and running quickly. You can find sophisticated and easy-to-use ecommerce services on line. These services are not expensive and are suitable for a small business that is selling fewer than 25 products or a large business with 100K inventory.

How to Sell Online

To save time and money, it is recommended to use an ecommerce service package, so you do it right the first time. Most packages include a secure shopping cart, smartphone optimization, a domain name, payment and order processing, marketing and more. Here are some tips to make sure you have a good ecommerce solution.

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Business Name

You need a good, original name for your business and, ideally, your business name will be your domain name. If your business name is not available, you should choose a URL that relates to your business that is easy to spell and say. For example, if your business is PaperFlowersDelight.com, but that has already been taken, you may use DelightfulPaperFlowers. Your website should be visually appealing and easy to navigate. Your service will offer customizable designs, templates and builder tools.

Business Structure

There are several options for business structure, including sole proprietor, LLC, partnership and corporation. The IRS will automatically consider you a sole proprietor or partnership if you do not register as an LLC or corporation. As a sole proprietor, your personal assets are at risk if your business does not have enough to cover its debts. Not only does an LLC separate your personal assets from your business, it provides other tax benefits.

Once the structure is set, you need to apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) in order to open a bank account and file business taxes. You will need an EIN even if you do not have employees yet. You will also need to apply for the business licenses and permit that any business needs whether brick and mortar or online.

Market Early

Even if your business is not officially functioning yet, you can still start marketing on social media and other places. You may put a Coming Soon page on your website with a place people can sign up for updates. You can do this while you stock inventory. It is always better to have too much inventory, but you need to watch your sales, so you can adjust the inventory to the sales.

Get the Right Software

A professional service will recommend the best software for your business. It will also provide other services such as Internet marketing services, call center services, Facebook stores and much more.

You can have an up-and-running ecommerce site in no time if you take advantage of professional services that understand the industry and can get you on the right track with the fewest possible obstacles.

Cars are wonderful creations that have paved the way for convenient travel. A large majority of the world owns a vehicle or has been inside of one, and with the advent of Tesla’s self-driving cars, it seems like the future holds promise for people that previously haven’t driven vehicles or are immobile and unable to travel due to their personal health issues.

However, cars are ultimately not the safest vehicles around due to how easy it is for a careless driver to slam into another vehicle, or how a badly maintained vehicle can cause unexpected issues for the driver themselves. Sadly, this has led to many automobile accidents and it seems like even Tesla’s self-driving car isn’t able to achieve one hundred percent safety. But thanks to many manufacturers that put safety as a priority, there are countless small improvements to technology that are being added to our vehicles or are being sold as extra accessories that greatly improve our safety. To give you an idea of what those devices are, here are just a few examples.

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Airbags

When you brake suddenly or slam into another vehicle, the force of the sudden stop is enough to send you flying forward. Thanks to your seatbelt (you do remember to wear one, right?) you aren’t sent flying through your windshield and out of your vehicle. In addition to the seat belt, we also have airbags that were introduced in the early 1980s. These bags can inflate in less than a second in order to protect you from colliding into your steering wheel or dashboard, and they provide a soft surface for you to rest your head against when you collide.

Emergency Lighting

Although it doesn’t save lives immediately like an airbag or a seatbelt, a strobe light can prevent horrifying collisions especially at night. When a vehicle breaks down in the night, the lights are shut off and there is virtually no way for someone to spot your vehicle in a dimly lit or dark road. This means that a careless driver could collide into you at full speed because they lacked the time to react to your vehicle or they were simply distracted. To remedy this, you can purchase simple strobe lights that clip onto your windscreen and strobe bright lights so that everyone knows you have broken down. These are cheap accessories that are compatible with any vehicle, and they can prevent horrible disasters like multiple-vehicle collisions and fatal accidents.

Automatic Braking

Automatic brake systems are expensive and are usually on high-end luxury cars, but there are some manufacturers that want to bring this auto-braking technology to the masses in order to prevent collisions that are the result of distractions or neglect. Many people use their phones or turn around to look at the people in the back while they drive and this can result in collisions that are needless and could have been avoided. Sadly, human error is something that we must account for which is why automatic braking systems could become a life-saver in the future.

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The UK has got a serious immigrant problem.

Not in terms of the damage that immigrants are doing. Oh no – the problem is with the native British population. In the wake of Brexit, the UK has been host to a wave of anti-immigrant attacks and a rising sentiment of isolationism.

This is a crucial issue, even beyond the natural concern for the well-being of the immigrant populace. It’s a problem because, quite simply, the UK cannot function without its immigrants. They are needed through every section of society. However, fuelled by various sections of the media, this anti-immigrant undercurrent has burst into the mainstream – with potentially ruinous repercussions if it is not addressed.

One of the major problems is the misconceptions the native populace have regarding immigration. They tend to see the issue as a simple, step-by-step process:

Step 1: Potential immigrant decides to come to the UK because it’s such a great life on welfare benefits.

MYTH! The perception that the UK offers wildly attractive benefit payments is a myth. For example, France, Italy and Germany spend far more per-person on benefits than the UK. A huge amount of UK welfare claimants actually live below the poverty line.

Furthermore, immigrants are far more likely to work than not work. 6.8% of the British workforce are now immigrants, from a population of around 13%. This is a better ratio than for the UK nationals.

It has been theorized that the main reason immigrants choose the UK as a destination is because English is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. It’s a simple matter of a desire to assimilate.

Step 2: They get an immigration lawyer and move to the UK incredibly quickly, at which point they are able to access all benefits and social systems like the NHS.

MYTH! You have to be living in the UK (or its territories) for three months before you can access benefits.

Step 3: They are immediately given a property through social housing.

MYTH! Social housing allocation is allocated on a needs basis. There are strict rules for who can even apply, and once an immigrant gets on the list, they join the queue within the same points system as anyone else. There are no extra points awarded for being an immigrant, but this fact doesn’t stop the repetition of the opposite. In fact, it’s one of the most-repeated misconceptions in the UK.

Step 4: If they do work, they take jobs from British workers.

Of course, if an immigrant takes a job then that means a British person cannot occupy it. However, immigrants are more likely to do work that the native populace doesn’t want to do, such as cleaning services.

Secondly, there is a serious skills gap in the UK. The National Health Service, for example, relies on immigrants to keep running – there’s simply not enough native-born healthcare professionals with adequate training to fill the gap. There have been serious fears about potential removal of EU nationals and how it may affect the service.

In Conclusion

Immigration is a subject that is controversial, but the facts and figures speak for themselves. If the UK continues on its current sentiment, it will undoubtedly shoot itself in the foot. Thankfully, plenty within the UK recognize the benefits of immigration and will stand up to defend it. Only time will tell if they are successful.

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The United Arab Emirates – or UAE – is like nowhere else on the planet. It has fantastic, golden beaches and is surrounded by warm, crystalline waters. The sun is out almost all year round, and there are a vast array of incredible structures – both ancient and modern. Of course, anyone thinking of investing in businesses in a foreign country shouldn’t be blinded by great weather and impressive scenery. But, the good news for investors who are eyeing up the UAE is that it delivers in spades. Here are some compelling reasons why investment in the United Arab Emirates is becoming more popular than ever before.

Low property prices

First of all, despite the fact that the UAE seems packed to the brim with incredible skyscrapers, there is still a lot of space in the region. And that means that somewhere like Dubai will give you a lot more square yardage than the equivalent money will get you in Paris, London, or New York. Even supposed cheap places such as Mumbai in India offer far less value for money. So, if you are a property investor, the question isn’t why should you go to the UAE and buy some real estate – it’s when.

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Local growth plans

The governing bodies of the UAE are putting a lot of pressure on developers – so much so that they are canceling licenses and even implementing fines to businesses that don’t deliver on completion. This fact shows the government is so fixated on growth in the area that they are willing to take strong action when things go wrong. While this might be worrying for developers, it’s a great sign for investors – you can almost guarantee that the UAE’s focus on growth in many sectors – not just for oil –  will be razor sharp for many years to come.

A growing economy

There are plenty of reasons why business people and investors are rushing to the UAE in their droves. But one of the most compelling factors is that the economy of Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi are pretty robust at the moment – and not just because of oil. Businesses of all descriptions are moving out there to get a presence in the Middle East, and tourism is also becoming an essential part of the national GDP. In fact, the UAE is expected to receive upwards of 40 million visitors every year by 2024.

Tax purposes

It doesn’t cost you a cent in taxes to invest in real estate in the UAE – and that includes investors from foreign countries. Other charges exist, of course, but in comparison the high tax levies paid in many other countries, the UAE offers significant savings.

Conclusion

The UAE paints quite the pretty picture for investors. As the government keeps trying to attract investors, businesses, and workers to the region, there is plenty of opportunities to get excellent returns on your investment. Even small assets could go on to make you a decent return, given the enormous influx of people, tourists, and companies coming into the United Arab Emirates. Good luck!  

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An ever growing global population is one of the biggest challenges that will face the world in the coming decades, several reports have shown. 2012 was a milestone year when the population was estimated to have passed seven billion for the first time. However, this is a figure that shows no signs of slowing down in coming years. According to a United Nations report, it will pass eight billion by the year 2027, before passing nine billion just over two decades later in 2050.

Stabilization of the world’s population is something that many people think should be prioritised in order for the human race to battle against many of the great challenges of our time including poverty, food and water shortage and climate change. Here are just a few of the challenges that have been identified by experts that will affect people all over the world.

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Ageing Population

People living longer – particularly in advanced western societies – is one of the main contributing factors to population growth around the world. As an illustration of this fact, in the UK, it has been estimated that 1 in 3 babies born in the year 2013 or beyond will live past their 100th birthday.

Firstly, this means that care bills and medical costs are likely to skyrocket in coming years as people need support for a complex range of health issues. As well as this, the retirement age is likely to be pushed up as it will become unsustainable for the working age population to support so many pensioners.

With age, comes experience so one of the challenges of future societies will be to harness the expertise of an older population for the good of mankind.

A Housing Crisis

Many western countries have found that they are struggling to build enough affordable homes for people. In the last two or three decades in particular, housing costs have spiralled out of control, and many young people have found it next to impossible to get their foot on the housing ladder without significant financial support.

Communities continue becoming more developed and urbanised, meaning the sites that are available for development have more complications and require a geotechnical consultant and other experienced planners to solve the issues. As the population increases, the issue of space becomes a major one.

Uneven Growth

Even though global population as a whole is on its way up quickly, that’s not to say that every country is growing at an equal rate. While many countries in Africa and Asia continue growing apace, countries in western Europe and other advanced areas of the world may see a decline.

With this imbalance, comes challenges. More people may see less populated countries as attractive places to live, causing a continuation of the mass migration we have seen in recent years. Within poorer countries themselves, cities may no longer be able to cope with population rises so people could be forced out into shanty towns or other temporary accommodation.

Growing Inequality

In the last few years in particular, we have seen a growing gap between very rich and very poor people. Rather than being constrained to a handful of countries, this seems to be something that is happening in nations across the globe. A rapidly growing population means that the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few will inevitably bring problems.

People from poorer communities, particularly those in underdeveloped countries, are likely to have the highest number of children. More people born in these conditions mean more people that are in need of the most support.

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Perhaps the most pressing concern is how to feed the extra billions of people who will be coming into the world in the next few decades. The 20th century saw a so-called ‘green revolution’ which significantly increased food production through irrigation, pesticides and fertiliser.

With the increase of industrialised agriculture, it was initially thought that global food production would continue at a rapid rate. However, some research has shown that it is currently stagnating. The current high yields of food require fossil fuels amongst other things. As they become more difficult to obtain, it is likely that prices will continue to be pushed higher and higher.

On top of this, soil erosion has continued to increase over time due to intensive farming practices, meaning there will be less space for growing crops in the future. Also, it is still unknown how any climate change of the next few years will impact on farming.

Environmental Pressure

There’s no doubt that human beings have has an enormous impact on the environment, and with a growing population, comes increased challenges. Global warming and climate change are two hotly debated issues that will continue to come up time and time again in the future.

One of the big challenges is that much of the population growth that is happening is is poorer areas of the world. Countries like China and India, which have the two biggest populations in the world, are in the process of rapidly industrialising. They also don’t have the same environmental and pollution controls of other western countries.

Whatever side of climate change people fall on, there is no doubt that the world will have to come together as a whole to take on the challenges of human’s impact on the environment. 

Only by tackling these issues head on will the world be able to deal with the challenges brought on by a rapidly increasing population. We now live in a more interconnected world than ever before, brought together by the power of technology. Responses will be required quickly, and the sharing of ideas is something that needs to continue in order for a consensus to be drawn.

Ultimately, there will be no right or wrong answers as population growth is something that will happen unevenly throughout the world. But despite this unevenness, the challenges that arise will affect each and every individual on Earth.  

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It is still early doors in Trump’s mind-boggling presidency, but I’d say we have reason to fear. He has already tried to implement a ‘Muslin ban’, which failed, so he is now trying again. He has tried to protect working class Americans by appointing billionaires to his administration. He has tried to limit the rights and access of the free press. He has made DeVos responsible for the education of our children. He has hit out at ‘fake-news’ while perpetually spreading fake news, such as his latest unsubstantiated and unsupported claim of a wire-tapping organised by Obama. He has denied speaking to the Russians despite having spoken to the Russians. And he has consistently used Twitter to vent his rage without consulting with his advisors about the very topic in which he is venting his rage.

Unfortunately, he seems to be every inch the president we feared he would be, a danger to society, to equality, to the environment and to the balance of the world (oh we wish we were being dramatic, but we’re not).

As such, we have come up with a few pieces of advice that we hope will help protect you, the people you love and the society around you from whatever harm his presidency may bring. Think of this as a sort of survival guide.

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Know Your Rights

Way before Trump ever announced he was going to run for president he has come out with controversial comments; controversial comments that only got worse as he announced his decision to run, and comments that have become a real threat since he took office. There is the wall, there is the bigotry, the Muslim ban and the abolition of Obamacare. All of these things suggest you need to know your rights and protect yourself with a complete understanding of the law. Depending on your race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion, you focus may change, but use every and any source you can to protect yourself. It could be you need to learn about asylum law, or what rights a refugee has. It could be you need to know about your rights as a homosexual and whether they are under threat. As such, a great place to start is to head to the American Civil Liberties Union and educate yourself on the different rights that affect you and your loved ones. These tights may be subject to change, so stay up to date with the news, read what you can and speak to lawyers. You may not need to worry, but it could be better to be safe than sorry.

Be Medically Responsible

Trump promised to repeal Obamacare in his campaign, and he wasted no time in doing so once he took to the office. In fact, the Republicans dismantled Obamacare without even having a replacement lined up. What’s more, our President has now brazenly said that the issue of medical care is more complex that he thought. Duh. However, before Trump dismantles the current health care law anymore, now is a great time for you to speak to your doctor and discuss any long-term medical needs you may have. This should be focussed on your specific needs. So if you are a veteran of the armed services, find out what your rights are. If you are a young woman, get clarity on things like birth control and hormones. If you have a long-standing diagnosis, then talk to your doctor about medications for your chronic illness. No one knows what rules and laws will change, but think about the future, say about 4-years into the future.

Time To Rally At A Local Level

The major cities have already shown constant protests taking place, especially in Washington with more people turning out for the Women’s March than for Trump’s inauguration (which is amazing for society and totally embarrassing for Trump). However, the chances are that the rules will change to prevent protests gaining traction on a national scale. But that is okay because it could be more effective to protest and join hands at a local level. So identify a cause you care deeply about and see if there is a local organisation working on that issue and if there is any way you can be of assistance and lend your voice. It could be you do this in your school or through the local government or just looking online, but the more you make noise the more your representatives will have to listen. Four years may feel like a long time to have Trump in The White House, but there will be votes on the houses before then, and that is where you can really hurt Trump’s progress.

Protect Those With More To Fear

There are a lot of people who are fearing for the civil liberties and their human rights, and you may be one of those. But you must not forget that there are others who are in more immediate danger of certain laws being given the go ahead, laws that could completely change their lives. It could be that you are white, able-bodied and straight and therefore have nothing to fear. But have a little compassion for those who aren’t. Have some empathy for those that face a rather uncertain future because of Trump’s right-wing policies. As such, it could be that you uphold a civil duty to protect those less fortunate than yourself. That is what society is all about. It is strength in numbers and protecting one another from harm.

Your Data May Be Unsafe

Chances are, given what Trump has insinuated in the past, there will be an increased focus placed on surveillance activity and a new focus placed on monitoring the online activities of civilians. As such, you may want to invest in certain data protection software, such as Tor and Signal, which will offer you that extra safeguarding. What’s more, it could be worth sharing this piece of advice with friends and family to ensure they are protected from big brother as well.

 

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To be successful in today’s competitive business environment, your organization needs to be outfitted with tools that get them in-line with company goals. Thankfully there are software tools available that can get everyone on the same page and increase your company’s efficiency and output. Here are some of the most critical tools available for getting your organization operating at maximum efficiency:

Workforce Management Software

In way too many companies, time registration and employee management are still disconnected processes. Branch and even inter-office set-ups often use separate staff planning and management paperwork for each location, causing overlap and inefficiencies that decrease the bottom line. Without integrated employee management processes, it is impossible for those in charge to see the whole organization and to manipulate it for the best benefit of the company. This includes things like checking that staffing costs comply with the budget, verifying that enough staff are in the right place during busy periods and identifying errors and duplicitous activity in a timely manner. Workforce management software alleviates all of these issues and many more within your organization. You can automate functions such as pay rules, work rules, leave management, scheduling and attendance, union contracts, overtime reporting, and many more relating to managing your workforce. Workforce management software becomes a central tool for all workforce management activities. It provides real-time data, visibility, and even forecasting abilities that allow you to make better administrative decisions about your staff. Workforce management software helps businesses:

  • Improve Overall Business Performance
  • Increase Compliance
  • Efficient Scheduling
  • Save Money / Reduce Costs

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Business Strategy Software

Simply put, business strategy planning determines where an organization is doing over any time period, how it will drive itself to any desired destination, and the measures it will use to determine when and whether it has arrived. Business strategy software helps teams set short and long-term goals, identify potential obstacles, and prioritize plans, timelines, and tasks for implementation. There is a particular focus on monitoring and measuring results; making course corrections as necessary. Business strategy software focuses on tracking and reporting budgets and operational measures, and enables companies to:

  • Analyze and visualize your strategic market position
  • Identify the most attractive markets
  • Objectively evaluate your competitive advantage
  • Develop roadmap strategies for product introductions
  • Manage the in-market product portfolio
  • Align new initiatives to strategic goals
  • Plan for alternative scenarios to manage uncertainty

 

Time Management Software

There are major benefits for implementing time management software within your organization. The most important and the most immediate advantage is that it keeps the employees accountable for how they spend their time at work. There are studies that confirm that billions of dollars are lost every year because staff is performing non-job related task during billable hours. In addition to tracking people, project time and resources, time management software provides employees access to companywide processes, as well as project specific forms and information, and automated notifications and reminders, in an integrated and consistent software design, thereby reducing time spent communicating important information and enforcing rules. And administrators gain access to real time reporting and oversight. Time management software provides the following benefits:

  • More accurate project scheduling
  • Helps with on-time delivery
  • Reduces your project costs
  • Allows you to focus your process improvement efforts on the more important tasks
  • Better work flow
  • Increases efficiency
  • Create realistic budgets
  • Eliminate unnecessary tasks and activities
  • Keep priorities properly aligned
  • Effectively assign needed administrative or other support

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Creating an appealing brand and business image is no easy task, because most potential customers latch on to far more than aesthetically-pleasing logos and the design of marketing material or the website which operates as a “front of house” for most businesses in the modern age. Creating an image which really makes a mark on people is about the substance and the real story behind that image; people are smart, and they can suss out something which is only true on the surface. If you want your business to follow through and prove that it has something real to offer, here are some ways to refresh your company’s image to really entice potential customers from your target audience.

Online marketing can transform your image.

There’s no denying that the internet is the key to developing and sharing an enticing brand image in the modern day. Consumers use the online world to shop for goods and services, but also to discover new brands, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Your business needs to be making use of social media, then, but simply having a profile and making occasional posts is not enough. Customers rate frequent, interesting content, and that’s what you must deliver if you want to come across as professional and tech-savvy as a business. As I’ve said, customers can figure out whether a business is all it claims itself to be or not.

In addition, online marketing involves SEO, which entails optimising your business’ website to rank highly in search engine results. This could be the key to giving your company’s image a reboot, because a fresh face for your webpage in terms of responsiveness to all manner of devices and using the correct keywords will not only impress visitors, turning them into customers, but it’ll push your website up Google and Bing rankings, given the algorithms these sites use.

Make the brand internal.

You should be impressing your employees just as much as you impress your customers, and this starts with turning your attention towards the internal operations of your business. If employees feel uninspired, they project an uninspired and unmotivated image to potential customers who will then start to doubt the validity of your company’s core message and branding.

If you want your brand to be real, it has to be real on all levels within the business. This could start with something as simple as a well-designed office. Companies such as Arnold’s Office Furniture offer new furnishings to really help lift drab, uninspiring workplace areas. The key to making your brand look appealing is to ensure it actually is appealing beneath the surface. As I mentioned earlier, people can tell when a business is all-talk, so follow through on the claims you make about your company and the values for which it stands.

Referrals show the company is reputable.

Your business needs to improve its reputation in order for the brand image to mean something, and this depends on the existing customers your business has accumulated. These people will refer friends and family to your service if they like it, but they’re more likely to do so if you offer rewards to them for it. A good brand is all about mutual loyalty and respect. Your image is more than an aesthetic feature.

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Starting a business takes a lot of money, right? Not necessarily. Having the capital to start a business is one of the more prominent alternative facts you will find. Yes, it is better to have more money, but it isn’t always the deciding factor with regards to your success. In fact, plenty of businesses succeeds without having the money they need. How? They did it by utilizing these tips. Enjoy!

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Resell Products

There is no need to waste money on manufacturing new and unique products. Instead, you can just resell old products and make a killing. It sounds like a bad idea, or like it won’t work, but it is very effective. The important thing to remember with this tactic is the fashion of business. Products go through cycles, and when they come back into fashion, they are very much in demand. A quick look around the local flea market could be the difference between success and failure. Buy anything you think you can sell because there is always someone who is interested.

Sell Services

Selling your services is one of the cheapest ways to start a business. A service has a very little cost attached, unlike making and selling products. For example, there is no need for staff or machinery to manufacture the goods. The service will have some cost involved, but it is minimal and won’t affect your lack of capital. With the help of the internet, it is easy to sell them, too. Do you have skills in literacy or math, for example? If you do, you can tutor people online. Tutors make a lot of money per hour which is why it is a good business idea. Tutoring is one method, but there are plenty more at your disposal.

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Secure A Loan

As you can see, it is hard to start a business without any costs. That means you will need some capital, at least to get on your feet, which is why you need a loan. Regardless of the type of loan, you get the amount of money you need, and you get it quickly. And, as any informational guide will point out, you don’t even need to have squeaky clean finances. The positives are pretty huge and could help you start a business which turns into a leader in the industry. Of course, you have to look out for the cons because they can harm your future. As long as you understand the terms of the loan, though, you should be fine.

Haggle

Everything you need to start a business comes at a cost. However, you don’t have to accept the cost as iron clad because you can barter down the price. Westerners don’t like to barter, but it is time to let go of your inhibitions. After all, ‘no’ is the worst someone can say. In that case, you go to the next person and ask them for a discount until someone says ‘yes.’ Haggling is simple as well as effective, and it will save you a fortune.

Money might make the world spin, but the same doesn’t have to apply to business.

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When you’re running a business, there’s no shortage of people who want to come out of the woodwork in order to give you advice on exactly how you should go about doing it. Whether it’s other business owners, investors, or even blog posts and websites. Everyone has an opinion of the right and wrong ways to go about running a business, and the big issue is that these opinions often end up conflicting with one another. Of course, that’s not always a bad thing. There are plenty of occasions where the best possible thing is to hear as many sides of the story as possible in order to create a more nuanced and deep understanding of how to deal with something. However, there is a significant amount of advice that get’s given out to new business owners a lot of the time that is not only wrong but can sometimes actually be dangerous to your business as a whole! With that in mind, here is are some pieces of business advice that you should never take.

Bigger is always better

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Of course, this is not to say that growth it not important to a business, of course, it is. Not business could possibly expect to compete without being able to grow over time. But far too often business owners assume that growth is the only thing that’s truly important. This often ends up with them doing so in a way that is almost entirely unsustainable. The bigger a business becomes, the more responsibility you have to deal with. Not to mention the increased pressure from both customers and investors. If you haven’t grown your business in a sustainable way, then there’s simply no chance that you’re going to be able to support that kind of pressure. The key is to only every grow your business at a rate that still allows you to support it properly, even if that means doing so more slowly than you might have expected.

Don’t bother with physical marketing

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You can almost never get through a conversation about the modern business world without someone claiming that the internet has “killed” traditional marketing techniques. Anyone with any sense can see that this is utter nonsense, but it’s something that far too many impressionable new business owners tend to take to heart. If you ignore physical marketing, then you’re shutting yourself off from entire demographics who might be incredibly interested in your product. Not only that but there are plenty of different types of traditional marketing that you can use. Whether it’s custom signs and banners from www.selbys.net, direct mail, or even simply networking with people in person, there are always ways in which traditional marketing can help your business. You’ve just got to be willing to put in the time and effort.

More employees make things easier

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The issue here is that it assumes that many hands always make light work, which is simply not true. In fact, if each employee doesn’t have enough work to keep them busy, they’re going to get bored. This means that you end up with a large staff who you are paying to do virtually nothing. It’s far better to streamline your staff and provide them with enough work to keep them engaged and motivated throughout the day.

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If you’ve been to university, especially a top-tier university like Oxford or Harvard, you will have been deluged with advice about how you should take a job at a corporate gig. This advice seems logical at the time: after all, corporate work is usually stable and relatively well paid. But it’s not exactly enjoyable, especially for people who are looking to take a more entrepreneurial path. In fact, for some people, advice to go down the corporate road can lead to decades of misery that are never really resolved.

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The problem is that a lot of financial advice is based on intuition, rather than after a careful examination of an individual’s priorities. It’s about striking a balance between what seems possible, and what seems safe. The problem for many entrepreneurs is striking a balance between the two. Some entrepreneurs rely on other people exclusively for advice about their finances, while others only rely on themselves. Jodi Goldstein, the woman behind Drync, the mobile wine company, says that what entrepreneurs need is a bit of both. They have to know good advice when they hear it and ignore all the bad.

“Stick To Advisors In Your Industry”

The first thing that Goldstein recommends that businesses do is seek advice outside of their immediate industry. Relying solely on one narrow cadre of people won’t give you the diverse range of experience that you need to understand how to go about organizing your finances successfully. Approach people with diverse backgrounds outside of your industry who have also been successful, and try to find out what it was that they did that helped them to make money.

“Focus On The Short Term”

Another bad piece of advice that you often hear is to focus on the short term. Usually, this is dressed up in a different way, like the importance of cash flow or the necessity of living in the moment. But the problem with this advice is that making money is almost always about taking the long road. Goldstein says that she has been to startups where the exclusive focus is on making money in the immediate term without thinking about how those quick financial gains will translate into long-term business plans. Often, she says, the promise of making money fast leads to a deterioration in the ethics of the company, which can ultimately hurt it in the long term.

“Don’t Litigate, Just Move On”

Another piece of financial advice that is bandied about with worrying regularity is this idea that entrepreneurs shouldn’t sue, they should just move on. However, this isn’t something that most entrepreneurs do as evidenced by the number of personal injury law firms. Goldstein says that founders need to take advantage of opportunities to litigate, otherwise they will find themselves working in an asymmetric environment. If they aren’t litigating, their competitors will be.

“Don’t Vet The People Who Give You Advice”

If you’re still in the startup phase, you’ll be amazed by just how many people there are out there who want to give you advice. Often, they’ll claim to have experience and know what’s best for your business, but you shouldn’t take their word for it. Do a quick background check on these people to make sure they’re who they say they are.

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It’s often been said that people don’t quit their jobs, they quit their managers. Every year, thousands of people escape a toxic office environment where their emotional, personal, professional and safety needs remain unmet. The problem for employers is that all of this stuff is rather costly. There’s a lot of money involved in finding and training new staff, so any way to get your existing staff to hang around is a bonus.

Some enterprising companies are already looking at ways to do this. For instance, Jeff Gunther a CEO of a Charlottesville software company decided to switch things up at his company, after being influenced by the book Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It. He realized that the best way to improve his productivity and make his staff happier was to operate what is known in the industry as a “results-based working environment.” What this meant, essentially, was that workers could do whatever they wanted and use their time as they saw fit, so long as they got the job done. Employees at his company can take time off when they want, work late, work early and work from home if so they choose, so long as the business as a whole achieves its objectives.

What else do employees want from the companies for which they work? Let’s take a look.

Employees Want Goals

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It turns out that just asking somebody to do the same task over and over again isn’t a particularly good way to make them thrilled about coming to work. It’s boring doing the same thing every day, without an overarching objective in mind. Gunther says that he tries to institute measurable and obtainable goals for his team members to give them something to strive for. For instance, he tasked his sales team with making a given dollar value amount of sales in a particular time period. Gunther says, however, that it is important to give teams a degree of autonomy in this process. It should be up to them, he says, to decide how they’re going to complete the mission.

Employees Want Safety

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Every year, something like 300,000 people get seriously ill and die in the workplace. More often than not, it’s because of things like heart attacks and stroke. This is why there is a growing demand from employees for companies that are prepared to react when things go wrong. Older employees especially, want to know that they are protected, should the worst happen. An onsite automatic external defibrillator, for instance, as well as a trained member of staff, are important for getting the message across that team working on your site are protected. Remember, employees want transparency and safety, as well as high pay.

Employees Want To Be Able To Innovate

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When Google instituted it’s 20 percent creativity time where employees got to do whatever they wanted, nobody thought it would work. But surprisingly, it did work and led to greater success within the company. The same goes for your business. People in the organization need to have the opportunity to bring something new to the table. Foster innovation through things like brainstorming sessions.