Ultimate Safety: How to Maintain and Take Care of Guns and Firearms

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Whether for shooting sport, hunting, collecting or protection, there are measures that need to be taken when you decide to purchase and keep guns or firearms.

Safety as Priority

At the very top of the list of priorities when it comes to handling firearms is safety. Gun accessories such as Tyvek or canvas gun sleeves are fine to be second or third on the list; however, safety measures must always be on top.. The owner of the firearm must ensure to meet the rules in gun safety especially when cleaning or storing these firearms.

Before even purchasing a gun, one should know about the duties and responsibilities of a firearm owner. Thus, there are several questions that have to be asked and factors that have to be considered before making the decision.

Furthermore, gun owners should be willing to shell out money as long as it is to ensure the maintenance and safety of the firearms they own.

Rules in Handling Guns Safely

  • Research and study the characteristics of your firearm.

The gun owner should study both the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm that he/she purchased. Not all firearms have the same characteristics and that is why it is important for the gun owner to familiarize first the rules of carrying,  loading, unloading and handling the type of firearm that was purchased.

  • Unload firearm when not in use.

As much as possible, unload the gun when it’s not being used. This is mostly applicable for firearms that are for sports or collection. For those purposes, there are no reasons for the gun to be loaded when you are at home with your family or when you are in your car on the way to work.

  • Invest in gun safes.

We want guns and firearms to be safely and securely kept  especially when owners are not around. It’s best to invest in a good quality gun safe that would keep the firearms away from the reach of children, teens, or anyone who is not fit to handle a gun.

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Gun safes may also ensure that the firearms would not be stolen in case of theft and robbery at home. In some states, the gun owner will be held liable if their firearms are stolen and they may face penalties and punishment. Check out some gun safe reviews for you to have an idea which gun safe works best for you.

  • Ensure correct ammunition.

Incorrect ammunition or improper use of ammunition may destroy the firearm or worse, it may also cause personal injuries. Make sure that the ammunition matches the specifications within the instruction of the gun manual. Read and be wary of all the warnings in the ammunition box and gun manual.

  • Always be extra safe.

Even when your firearm has its own gun “safety” mechanical device, there may still be cases when the “safety” mode will become inoperable or in other situations, the safety mode might have been accidentally turned off. That being said, always treat your gun as if it may fire anytime. Take extra safety measures such as pointing the muzzle on a safe direction at all times.

On Work Productivity: Tips on How to Encourage Employee Productivity in the Workplace

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In all types of businesses, big and small, employee productivity is extremely essential for a positive overall company performance. As employers, it is, therefore, important for us to get to know what affects our workers’ productivity. Aside from getting to know our employees’  sources of motivations, it is also important to know some tricks on  enhancing their productivity.

About Work Productivity

Some of the factors affecting employee productivity may include issues on motivation. Not having the right information or equipment needed to get things done may also cause a downgrade in productivity. Today, worker productivity has even been affected by websites that sell fake doctors notes.

Since there are so many factors that  affect how productive employees can be in the workplace, there is also a variety of tips as to how employers can help in  increasing productivity. And so, if you are a boss who finds himself/herself caught in an unproductive employee situation, the following tips might a big help to you.

Effective Ways to Enhance Workplace Productivity

  • Motivate through incentives

One great factor that affects the productivity of a worker is motivation. If the employees are not motivated, chances are, their work performance is also down the drain. According to studies, monetary motivation, although very common, aren’t always the best motivations as they may only make the job less interesting.

Instead, the best type of motivation is making your employees feel a sense of worth. Simply appraising your employee or celebrating their little victories will definitely give them an overall push.

  • Get to know your employees

Getting to know who your employees are is also important as this will help you determine what the potential motivating factors are for them. In addition, getting to know their background will also help you understand their work performance more.

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  • Give your employees a break

Employees are not robots; they are human beings who also need time for themselves as they need to rest and personally grow as people. Giving them rest days and breaks in between work may boost their work performance as they are not bombarded and suffocated by a huge pile of non-stop work.

  • Set clear vision, mission and goals

It is also important for employers to communicate effectively. Relay the short-term and long-term goals properly; give out the details to make it easier for the employees. Employers may even help their employees create personal work goals; this will have a big impact on the company as a whole, eventually.

  • Provide the right equipment and technology

No matter how motivated your employees are, if they do not have the right equipment and enough information to get things working, their work performance will still be disappointing. And so, proving the right technology and equipment will definitely enhance worker productivity.

In a sense, being able to provide the right things your employees need will also make them feel more important to the company. As previously mentioned, sense of importance and self-worth are big motivating factors for workers.

Our Top Posts for 2016

Below are a list of some of our favorite posts for 2016 in no associated order.

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China and Its LED Industry

China's LED industry

LED or Light-Emitting Diode is a two-lead semiconductor light source. Recent developments in LED allow it to be used for many purposes. Using LED has shown great advantages over using most incandescent light sources. Lower energy consumption and longer lifetime of the product are some these advantages. Over the years, China has showed a significant advancement in the technology and production of LED which proved similar to those in high tech industries.

As of 2015, China has the largest LED industry in the world with about four thousand (4000) companies manufacturing LED in the country. Thirty percent of the global LED market is comprised of the Chinese LED market, which makes China ahead of South Korea, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States of America. According to reports from professionals, there will be a compound annual growth rate of over forty percent for the Chinese LED market.

One of the driving forces behind the booming industry in the country is the government itself. To promote its LED industry, the Chinese government offers subsidies, tax benefits, and lower land cost for LED facilities – aiming to convert thirty percent (30%) of the domestic lighting market to LED. To emphasize and enhance the volume of the usage of energy efficient LED lighting, the government of China started phasing out the usage of incandescent light bulbs, following the footsteps of USA and Japan. LEDs are usually utilized in their street lightings, big hotels, shopping malls, and office buildings. The state-run National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) predicted that LED lighting will be worth almost thirty billion in dollars to the country’s economy. By this time, the commission believes, at least twenty percent of the lighting market will be taken by LED lights.

Despite the initial success of the LED industry in the country, recent events beg the question: What happens now?

There have been problems that LED manufacturers had to face in the most recent times. Price wars have been rampant among companies that sell LED. Small-scale manufacturers have been hit the hardest by these price wars, almost always having to resort to foreclosure and filing for bankruptcy. Several analysts have confirmed that the Chinese LED industry is in deep waters and that several manufacturers will not survive in the coming years. One factor for the downfall of the industry is the quality VS quantity aspect of the production of LED. Some expert say that quality was sacrificed for rapid mass production. A testament to this is the recall of not just products under the local brand but those from major brands as well. Many large LED manufacturers faced product recall this year, including IKEA and Phillips, which had to recall their products due to fire hazards. Analysts predict that future trends in the industry will swing towards laser based lighting especially in holiday laser lights.

Although Chinese LED lights’ domestic demand increases by the minute, many developed countries like the United States of America –  still doubt China-manufactured LED lights – and even believe that Chinese products are not good quality products. Analysts claim that Chinese manufacturers still utilize outdated machinery and equipment – ultimately resulting to low quality LED products. Despite its questionable quality, the Chinese LED industry remains competitive in the global market.

Corporate Virtual Reality Training – The Future of HR

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Virtual reality has and continues to be a much discussed concept by event professionals. However, for the best part of a decade, it has been deemed more aspirational rather than an actionable item. Despite previous discussions, there are emerging signs that point to virtual reality deployments actually coming to fruition in 2016 and beyond.

What is Virtual Reality and How Does Corporate VR Work?

Virtual reality (VR) is a term that is used to describe a computer-generated environment that allows participants to interact and move with images in a manner that simulates the real world. It entails the use of hardware- gloves, helmets, goggles etc. – that trick the user’s brain to believe that they are actually flying through space or walking on the surface of the moon.

Virtual reality experiences are meant to be highly immersive i.e. extremely effective VR technologies can place users in alternative states where they are able to absorb information or experience situations in a manner that is either physically impossible or too difficult to experience in non-VR environments. This kind of disbelief or suspension can prove invaluable in certain circumstances.

A Quick Breakdown of Corporate VR

According to Phil Carey of one of Sydney’s leading media and film production companies, to create virtual landscapes requires 3 components: a computer (laptop, PC, smartphone, or game console) to operate applications, a display or headset placed in front of one’s eyes, and devices (trackpads, microphones, and controllers) to deliver instructions or input from the user to the app. Videos are sent from the PC to either one of the displays in the headset (one for each eye). Thereafter, lenses placed inside the goggles reshape and refocus images so as to make them appear three-dimensional while further reality is added by the app plotting movements of a user’s voice, hands, or head into virtual landscapes.

Why Virtual Reality is likely to take root this year

There are various reasons why VR could actually penetrate events planning and corporate training in 2016 and beyond. To begin with, Google, Samsung, Sony, and Facebook are all involved. And while these entities are not major players in the events industry, their participation should, nonetheless, validate the technology thus bringing down the cost of applicable devices.

Secondly, experience- the hallmark of VR- is becoming a fundamental building block, not to mention buzzword, at events. This means that in future, organizers will be constantly challenged to deliver exciting and new experiences such as VR in order to keep events lively and fresh. Lastly, with attendees to events getting younger, it is likely to be more difficult in future to capture the attention of young, smartphone-clutching, video-game playing audiences with staid cocktail parties, boring lectures, and square stands. Event organizers will be left with no option but to embrace virtual reality in order to maintain their client bases.

As Ben Kin described in a recent Forbes article,

“We are at this stage with virtual reality. Seemingly every major electronic company is pumping out its own headset, and while it’s a very  cool glimpse into the future, the reality is the tech isn’t quite there. Resolution just isn’t high enough to offer true immersion (at least not like the way we envisioned VR in sci-fi movies and novels), and they’re either too expensive and require too many resources (a high-end computer, lots of space, etc) or cheap quick fixes.”

How VR can be used by Events Planners, Meeting Professionals, and Corporate Trainers

While it may not presently seem safe or feasible to imagine event attendees walking through events wearing VR headsets, there are several viable event use cases for this technology. Some of these include:

Product demonstrations

 

With product demonstrations being a mainstay of trade shows, it is conceivable that an exhibitor would prefer the impact of a vivid and immersive virtual reality-type demonstration rather than a video presentation or people on stage. One can easily conjure up images of visitors with VR headsets on trying products or pieces of equipment that may be too large for a booth. In addition, VR is an ideal fit for event organizers showcasing video games as they could use the reality experience to make games appear even more vivid.

Company events

 

With sponsorships and sponsors evolving, many companies are no longer willing to just enjoy the simplicity that is synonymous with signage and graphics but are instead keen on taking advantage of available opportunities to interact with attendees in different and new ways. Since many events deliver training and education, virtual reality simulations can be highly effective in helping individuals remember and learn new skills.

Keynote addresses

 

New technologies- from Telepresence to holograms- have been slowly finding their way in events as alternatives for actual keynote speakers. One fascinating twist regarding this would be to substitute a live speaker for a VR experience.

This much discussed but often discounted technology is finally making its way to mass consumers with VR developers exploring new ways of moving it beyond the entertainment industry and on to other fields. For event organizers and corporate trainers, the good news is that costs for creating and viewing content are constantly coming down as use cases come into view. If the corporate sector is truly focused on creating new experiences, then virtual reality is, undoubtedly, a splendid option.

 

Emerging Tyvek Material Industry Spearheaded by Local UK Businesses

medical tyvekWhen most people think strong durable material the first thing that comes to mind is kevlar.  Kevlar and many other protective fabrics involve thousands of closely knit strings or “pieces” of cloth of fabric that when condensed form a protective shield that wouldn’t otherwise not be attainable by just using one material source.  So in other words the aggregate total of all the pieces of fabric together provide it with the strength needed to facilitate industrial applications.

Dupont, one of the leading Tyvek manufacturers described Tyvek material as, “Tyvek brand protective material is a family of tough, durable spunbonded olefin sheet products that are stronger than paper and more cost-effective and versatile than fabrics. It has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than paper, and absorbs little or no moisture” — which is true, it’s never all sweaty when I pull it out of my pocket. The site adds that Tyvek is strong and rip-resistant, as you can see when I try to rip this wallet. And believe me, I’ve really tried). It’s also made of environmentally responsible material.”

While Tyvek has been traditionally used for military and medical applications it has also become increasingly popular in commercial applications. Even clothing manufacturers have started using Tyvek technology to create clothing and protective materials that have everyday applications.  A local manufacturer in the UK started printing wallets on Tyvek material.

“Wallets printed using a laser printer are much more durable than ink-jet prints because laser printouts are essentially waterproof. Laser toner isn’t ink! It’s plastic that has been melted onto the page using heat. You can make your laser-printed wallets even more durable by sealing them in bags, laminating them, or by printing on a synthetic waterproof paper paper such as Revlar.

Ink-jet prints can be extremely delicate. The ink will fade over time, especially when subjected to bright light. Even minuscule amounts of water can cause ink to bleed so much that the printout is destroyed altogether.”

 

medical tyvekWhile wallets may be the first step in casual Tyvek printing the industry still has a long way to go as Doranix’s Chris Lange explains, “Tyvek applications have been traditionally limited due to the size and complexity of the printers.  The industry hasn’t adapted Tyvek printers for civilian use because up to now we have only needed to use them for medical technology and other devices. In the future we hope that we can adapt Tyvek technology for a wide assortment of civilian products providing superior products and better protection.”

From the video below you can see that Tyvek printers still need to adapt a more compact design in order to make it onto the mainstream European market.

 

Spotlight – Miami Based Tours and Boat Cruises

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Miami is, undoubtedly, one of America’s most unique cities, more Latin and Caribbean in its nature and culture than the rest of the country. From partying to sun-worshipping, there is so much to do in Miami.

Recently our staff at Europes500.com enjoyed a week in Miami with the highlight being an extended stay on a yacht. For more information please visit – Ankar Charters

How about enjoying the outdoors while on a relaxing cruise along Biscayne Bay and the Miami River? We have undertaken the research for you and here is our roundup of 4 affordable yacht and boat cruise tours in Miami as follows:

 

  • Island Queen Cruises

If you wish to see Miami’s breathtaking downtown skyline, Fisher Island, PortMiami, and the homes of the rich and famous on ‘Millionaire’s Row’, then Island Queen Cruises is the sort of daytime fun you do not want to miss. Enjoy a memorable and relaxing day on the water as you sail by Star and Hibiscus Island and take in stories from boat captains as they share tabloid-worthy secrets about local celebrity residents, including Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan.

Docked in Downtown Miami at Bayside Marketplace, the 150-passenger air-conditioned, double-decker boat fills its two-hour narrated tour with anecdotes, fun facts, and tidbits of history. The first tour begins at 11 am, with the last cruise departing at 7 pm.

Prices

Regular prices for sightseeing cruises are $19 for children and $27 for adults but when you have more than 20 passengers, the price drops down to $14 for children and $22 for adults.

 

  • Miami Aqua Tours

Renowned for its Miami Party Boat and sightseeing cruises, Miami Aqua Tours entertains people of all ages. Here, you can dance the night away to the tunes of today and yesterday while cruising down Biscayne Bay atop their signature Miami Party Boat. Departing Friday and Saturday at 10 pm and 11.30 pm, this 75-minute tour is narrated by professional guides in Spanish and English. In addition, adults each receive a complimentary beer with reservation that can also be redeemed at the cash bar.

Prices

The rates for the Miami Party Boat are $12 for kids between 4 and 11 years and $22 for adults aged 21 and over. The departure location for this boat cruise is the Bayside Marketplace on the right side of the main stage.

 

  • Miami Pirate Duck Tours

With daily departures from SoundsScape Park in Miami Beach, this highly-rated amphibian duck tour takes visitors along Star Island, Monument Island, Ocean Drive’s Art Deco District, and the Mac Arthur Causeway. The Miami Pirate Duck Tour is an eye-opening adventure that transitions seamlessly from the land to the water as the mermaid and pirate guides share little-known facts of the area. You are guaranteed to experience the rich history of the area in a creative and fun way as you float down the Biscayne Bay.

Prices

The Miami Pirate Duck Tour should set you back $20 for kids and $30 for adults.

 

  • Play Time Water Sports

Experience Miami’s incredible beauty at dusk on a 2-hour White catamaran cruise courtesy of Play Time Water Sports. Here, you will cruise aboard a 50-foot catamaran to Key Biscayne with picturesque views of the Miami skyline, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Stiltsville.

Along the way, spot the bay’s amazing wildlife including pelicans, egrets, manatees, and dolphins and if you want to watch spectacular sunsets, check out the Sunset Twilight Sail Cruise. The tour departs from Marbella Marina (Brickell Avenue) in Downtown Miami and also includes an open bar with soft drinks, wine, beer, and light snacks such as crackers and cheese, fresh fruit and veggies.

Prices

The pricing for yacht rentals where a crew and captain are provided is usually an approximation pegged on availability and seasonality. Potential clients are advised to call in beforehand in order to get the best possible offers.

Silicon Based Microprocessors

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Transistors, light emitting diodes, and microchips are examples of devices that are fashioned from semiconductor materials. The main raw material used in their manufacture is silicon, which is generally converted into single-crystal ingots that are more commonly referred to as boules. These boules are further converted into silicon wafers, which essentially marks the start of the integrated circuit (chip) manufacturing process. Other semiconductor raw materials include silicon carbide, gallium arsenide, germanium etc. Here, we take a closer look at these raw materials as follows:

Silicon

Making up over 25% of the earth’s crust in terms of weight, silicon is the second most abundant element on earth. And while it may not be found as a free element in nature, it occurs as silicates and oxide including quartz, opal, flint, jasper, citrine, amethyst, agate, and sand. Alternatively, silicon metal is derived from the reactions between carbon materials like wood chips, coal, and coke and silicon dioxide.

As far as the major producers of silicon for wafers go, there are many suppliers not only in the U.S., but around the world as well, primarily in Oregon, California, Florida, China, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. China is acknowledged as being the largest producer of silicon followed closely by the United States.

Gallium Arsenide

This is a compound of two elements i.e. gallium and arsenic, and which is used mainly in high-speed devices. In addition, it costs slightly more than silicon and is also more difficult to form into large-diameter ingots, which in turn limits wafer diameter sizes, consequently affecting mass production. Major producers of gallium arsenide worldwide include the Ukraine, Japan, Germany, and China.

Germanium

Similar in appearance to silicon, Germanium does, however, not exist as a free element in nature owing to its reactivity factor. It is mined from sphalerite zinc ores that are found in the earth’s crust and can also be extracted from copper ores and fly ash coal. Less useful than silicon due to its cost and thermal sensitivity, it is, nonetheless, still alloyed in conjunction with silicon for use in high speed devices. China leads the way in germanium production with other major producers being Belgium, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. (where IBM is a major producer of these devices).

Others

Silicon carbide continues to be tested for use in semiconductor devices that might withstand high levels of ionizing radiation and high operating temperatures; and is also used as a raw material for blue LEDs. Further, several indium compounds such as indium arsenide, indium antimonite and indium phosphide etc. are being used in LEDs and solid-state laser diodes. Lastly, selenium sulfide is currently being studied for use in the manufacture of photo-voltaic photo cells. All of these compounds are produced mainly in Europe, China, Asia-Pacific, and the U.S.

Semiconductors are considered the foundation of most electronic devices since they allow the building of switches and gates in a circuit. It is the reason why most microchips are currently made from silicon due to its highly effective semi-conducting properties and the ease with which it is extracted from sand. However, according to Chris Lange of www.daqifi.com, materials such as carbon grapheme could represent the future of consumer electronics as research continues to show that they are able to outperform silicon.

Benefits of Doing Business in the European Union (EU)

Being the world’s largest single market, EU has a host of opportunities for rampant business growth. Doing business in EU ensures the ultimate success with the right business approach. External investments and foreign trades in EU are the keys elements for economic growth. There is no doubt about the fact, that the market offered by EU is highly competitive but, with a smart strategy and a rational approach, you can crack this hardest nut with your left hand. Having earned a good reputation in EU gives you an additional benefit because of it being the largest trading partner of U.S. Being the largest trading bloc in the world EU has everything to offer to boost businesses and trades.

Some major advantages of doing business in the EU are given as under:

  • The extent of competition among service providers is high because of the presence of myriads of competitors in the market.
  • Trade barriers are minimal.
  • Business cost reduces significantly.
  • Business efficiency is greatest in the market as largest as EU.
  • Eradication of anti-competitive practices e.g. cartels and monopolies.
  • Easier trade across borders.
  • Paperwork is greatly reduced because of the reforms EU has taken.
  • Homogenous safety and technical standards.
  • Doing business in EU gives you an extra edge for it is the largest trading partner of U.S.
  • Ease of common currency – Euro.
  • Easy mobility for citizens of member states to promote their businesses.
  • EU company law ensures the easiest funding access.
  • Effective and unambiguous legislation.
  • Tax-free trade for the Member States.
  • EU provides protection to employees, shareholders, and creditors.
  • Administrative burden, on enterprises, is reduced up to a great extent.
  • A wide array of goods and commodities are available for consumers to choose from.
  • Commodities and products are cheaper because of the pressure mounted by competitors.
  • Cross-Border Trade opens up free opportunities, which in return, alleviates poverty.
  • Peace maintenance and promotion among the Member States.
  • Sense of unity is prevailed all across the continent because of common economic culture and multi-national business enterprises.

The benefits of cross-border trade are immense and cannot be compared with local trade. Had it not been the single currency unit being valid all across the Member States, a lot of money would have gone into Money Exchange Operations, which is saved just because of the common currency i.e. Euro.

For more info check out the Euro Trade Union here.