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As photography has grown throughout the digital age, tools like photoshop and various editing apps have seemed to overlook the key aspect to the art of taking photos, the camera itself. Without the full understanding of your camera, it can be difficult to expand your skill set beyond the reliance of post editing processes. With the camera and the knowledge of more basic and classic photography, here are five tips to help improve your photography skills:

1. Take Advantage of your Camera’s skills

Whether you have a higher end DSLR or, a digital camera, or just your iPhone, it’s important to become familiar with your camera’s manual. Finding new ways to take photos can be found in your user manual, so studying up and retaining the various buttons and settings will open up alternate ways to snap your photos. If you’re used to only shooting on auto, try using manual and setting your ISO and frames to the more adequate settings. Honing these skills will also help to create a familiar rhythm in your photography method for taking photos more efficiently, leaving room for trying out more creative and out-of-the-box methods for more unique results.

2. Upgrade your Lens

It’s easy to become comfortable with one or a few types of lenses throughout your time as a photographer. However, taking pictures is all about capturing various different perspectives, and while having a certain style is significant, upgrading your equipment can brighten up your end product and your overall technique. Research different lens options to find the perfect improvement for your camera base such as reading reviews and finding a good balance between quality and a fair price. This way you can have different options for various photo options.   For example, if you have a DLSR like the Nikon D3200 and typically shoot on zoom lenses, branch out and look into purchasing a prime lens.

3. Guide your Framing Through your Surroundings

Capturing a well framed photo can take some practice, and one helpful tip is to use your natural surroundings to help frame your picture. For example, if your subject is someone standing amongst a forest, try using two symmetrical trees to frame your subject. This will help balance the moment and focus on your subject more clearly. If you’re shooting inside, use inside surroundings such as bookcases, doors, windows, mirrors, or the borders and edges of any other available structures for framing.

4. Study a Variety of Photography

For inspiration, learning about different photographers and their most significant pieces will encourage you to analyze their importance and what you like or dislike about it specifically.  Matt Elliott Photography is a great photographer to check out for tips on shooting wedding photography. Keep a folder of photos that inspire your photography style and further encourage you to try out their way of shooting. Try keeping physical copies of the photos instead of digitally so you can physically see and interact with them. Black and white photography, for example, is a significant aesthetic and the oldest style of photography that can help you focus more on the subject of the photos. Photography and prints available for your collection can be found online for a reasonable price with good quality. Once you have the photos you admire most, studying up on their distinctive value and history will add to your own photography skills in the long run.

5. Don’t Fear Criticism

Judgement and critique is a part of the process, so welcome that and realize it’s important for improving and realizing your own worth. Putting your work out there comes with honest feedback, and it’s in your best interest to listen and take that for your own growth. However, not everyone will like your work, so listen to your gut and take suggestions that make sense for the growth of your photography.

The art of photography takes constant learning and growing in order to create pieces you’re proud of. These tips will help you take your skills to the next level, from understanding your camera, to properly framing, to surrounding yourself with significant pieces that inspire you, improving your photography can be much simpler than you realize.

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reacrreation

Have you tried looking around your home and realised that it is starting to lose its appeal? This problem happens typically if you live in an old house or if you have neglected your living space for some time. The solution to this problem is to renovate or redesign. However, some homeowners find this overwhelming and expensive. 

The good news is that you can do so many things to change the way your home looks. Make it more presentable without spending a fortune. Having a beautiful home is something that you can be proud of. You can easily invite your friends and host a party because your place looks cosy and comfortable. Here is a list of the most fantastic home renovation ideas that you can do on your own. 

Change some of your furniture 

If you have been using the same tables, chairs and couches for the past decade or two, now is the perfect opportunity for you to replace them. You can shop around town for modern chairs, a brand new sofa bed and a more reliable coffee table. Remember that having nice looking furniture matters because it says a lot about your taste and personality. That is why you should take your time when shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond, so you have the opportunity to choose the best furniture designs for your home.

Change your bathroom floor

Most bathrooms nowadays use tiles for the walls and floors. If you want to give your bathroom an overhaul, you could try a different design aside from tiles. Why not use flat pebbles for your walls and floors instead to give your bathroom a nature-inspired design? All you need to do is purchase a few sacks of flat white coloured pebbles and cement mixture. Apply the wet cement on top of the tiled bathroom floor and work on assembling the flat stones to fill the surface. Allow it to dry out completely for 24 to 36 hours before using the bathroom. This particular design is easy on the pocket and low maintenance. 

Choose the best paint colours

The colour of paint on your walls and ceilings can make or break your current home design. No matter how expensive your furniture is, your house will still look unattractive if your existing paint looks old and it is starting to peel off. Never underestimate the effect of a good paint job because it can give your home a complete transformation in just a matter of weeks without spending too much cash. Neutral colours make the house look more refreshing, just like those you usually see in lifestyle magazines. 

Lastly, you can always add some accessories to your home to give it a more homey vibe. For example, indoor plants are perfect for your living room, bedroom and the study because they help promote relaxation and better air quality. You may also add wooden accessories to make your home more nature-friendly. Remember that there are many things that you can do to take your home to the next level. 

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“I remember I didn’t want to go that day,” said Emily Brown (95) – one of hundreds of children who attended Paisley’s Glen Cinema 90 years ago today for a packed matinee performance that ended in tragedy – forever remembered by survivors as Paisley’s ‘Black Hogmanay’.

Entrance to Glen Cinema

The Glen Cinema tragedy took place on 31 December 1929 when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee where more than 600 children were present. The main exit doors had a metal gate that had been pulled shut stopping it from opening leading to a crush where 71 children died, and more than 30 children were injured.

Survivors Robert Pope and Emily Brown at 90th anniversary service 7 Dec

Robert Pope (97), had got up that morning and asked his mother for some jars to exchange for money so he could go to the pictures with seven of his friends.

Like so many children at the time, Robert and Emily were sent out the house to the cinema on Hogmanay to allow their parents to get the house cleaned and ready for the new year. They took their seats in the crowded theatre, sang their song and settled down to watch the new cowboy movie Dude Desperado.

During the picture a film cannister was placed on a heated surface and started to smoke up – leading to the panic and stampede which followed.

Boys Brigade march past picture house at funeral

“I was there with my older sister Jean (10) and younger sister May (3) – we heard someone shout ‘fire’ and started to head for the exit. There was screaming and shouting, and people were pushing and trampling you and you were trampling on others trying to get out.”

“I remember some people jumped over the balcony or onto the stage to try to get out. I was separated from my sisters in the panic – I remember someone smashed a window and a fireman helped get me out.”

Emily’s aunt later found her wandering down Glasgow Road and took her home to her mother in Hunter Street. Her sisters Jean and May were already there and had managed to stay together during the chaos.

“I think my mother gave us all an extra cuddle that night,” said Emily.

“I don’t remember much about it,” said Robert. “I think my guardian angel watched out for me that day.

“When the panic started, I just remember something came over me and I stayed in my seat and didn’t move. I don’t remember much else until later when a fireman was clearing the hall, he asked me what I was doing. I told him I was waiting for the picture to come back on and he told me to head home to my mother and that the film wouldn’t be coming back on.

“My friends saw that I never came out and had told my mother I was still there, and she was getting ready to go up to the hospital to try and find me. As she opened the door, I was walking up the stairs and I remember the look of relief on her face. I think that saved her from the traumatic experience of seeing the children who had been killed and injured in the cinema at the hospital.”

Robert’s friend, William Spiers, who had sat beside him and fled during the panic did not survive the crush that day.

When news of the disaster spread through the town the entire community went to the Glen Cinema to try and help get the children out. Emily’s mother was one of those who pulled children from the cinema and loaded the injured onto trams for the hospital – not knowing if her children were safe or injured or worse. Emily’s mother was the only resident from Hunter Street who didn’t lose someone that day.

The funerals of all 71 children took place in early January of 1930. The town came to a standstill to pay their respects to those who died – everyone turned out including the hospital staff who treated victims and survivors and the Boys Brigade – who walked in the funeral procession. The children were laid to rest in Hawkhead Cemetery where a memorial still stands to remember all the victims of the Glen Cinema disaster.

News of the disaster was far-reaching with letters of condolence being sent to the town from people across the globe. The impacts were global as well – as the Cinematograph Act 1909 was then amended to ensure all cinemas had more exits, that doors opened outwards and were fitted with push bars. A limitation was also placed on the capacity of cinemas and a requirement for an appropriate number of adult attendants to be present to ensure the safety of children.

The Glen Cinema survivors and their families continue to commemorate the disaster every Hogmanay alongside members of the local community. They gather at 11am at the Cenotaph in Paisley town centre where they lay a wreath for those who lost their lives that day.

The Glen Cinema disaster of 1929 is considered one of Scotland’s worst human tragedies.

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Work seems a distant memory as we stuff ourselves full of Cadbury’s Roses, the sherry comes out for Gran, and we all endure our share of Brussels sprouts to get to the turkey. Festive season is in full swing, and as nice as it is to be with relatives and loved ones, sometimes we all need a distraction to get us through the days. 

Since we’re now well and truly in the digital age, with a new decade just around the corner that promises to bring even further technological advancements, why not take advantage of the connectivity that the information superhighway affords us? Here’s a rundown of some of the best online entertainment available to get you through the festive season 2019. 

eSports

eSports has taken the world by storm this year. Whether it’s been global game tournaments offering multi million dollars in prize money, a la Fortnite World Cup or DotA2, or major sports teams getting in on the action, professional video gaming is up there as a thoroughly 21st century career path. 

What makes playing eSports games online so entertaining is that you’ll be able to connect with other players across the globe. These games fall under the Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) and Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) categories, and for the most part can only be played or completed by forming teams. 

Of course, we’re not suggesting that over the holidays you’ll turn into a pro, but you can still get involved in grassroots eSports online by playing some of the classic games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike etc. Battle royale favourite, Fornite, is also available to play as a mobile app, and there are plenty of free to play PC eSports games too, such as Hearthstone and Guild Wars 2.     

iGaming

Otherwise known as the more grown up version of eSports, iGaming is the umbrella term for online real money gaming and wagering activities and includes things like online poker tournaments, online and mobile casino gaming, and sports/event betting. 

The industry is vast and, as you might expect, there are all manner of different games and activities to play for real money. Obviously, iGaming activities are strictly adults only and any platform worth its salt will undergo KYC (Know Your Customer) procedures to ensure that this is maintained. 

One of the most popular sectors of the industry is online poker like idn ceme.  Although there are certainly professional level poker tournaments played online, the vast majority of games are designed with the causal and amateur player in mind. Consequently, it’s possible to play everything from Virtual Reality poker games set in space, to classic Texas Hold ‘Em variations online.

If poker’s not your thing there are plenty of other activities and games to try, such as online versions of high & low stakes classic roulette games, for example, or slots themed after your favourite TV show. 

Content Streaming

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Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, HBO Go… Online streaming platforms have really dominated the home entertainment space during the latter half of the decade but they’re far from being a flash in the pan. You may have already signed-up with a platform to enjoy your favourite big name shows, like Game Of Thrones, Stranger Things or Killing Eve, but we’re certain that you’ve missed out on a few lesser known series and films that will make totally absorbing viewing over the holiday period. 

Some of our favourites include Flowers, starring HRH herself Olivia Coleman as the matriarch of a genuinely unusual clan of British intellectuals, Penn & Teller’s Bull***!, a seven-season documentary series that sees the duo of magicians examine a whole host of topics, and the fascinating Abstract:The Art of Design contemporary art documentary series.

You would also be forgiven for thinking that YouTube has been overtaken by beauty influencers and gamers of late, but it’s still a great place to check out some hidden gems. The New York Times Almost Famous series is a favourite of late, including this heartwarming episode centered on The Liver Birds, Britain’s first all-female rock band.

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The number of people using Renfrewshire Foodbank continues to grow – but kind donations from the people of Renfrewshire ensured people had supplies over Christmas.

Renfrewshire Foodbank2

From the start of April 2018 until the end of March 2019, the foodbank received 95 tonnes of donations and gave out 100 tonnes to a total of 10,200 people.

This Christmas, people received food parcels and butchermeat vouchers for Graeme’s in Paisley, John Marshall & Son in Johnstone, and Bannatyne in Renfrew.

Local charity the Night Before Christmas also donated boxes full of toys and gifts to the foodbank so that they could be given out to youngsters in need.

Renfrewshire Foodbank project manager Elizabeth Alexander hopes that there is no need for a foodbank in 2020 but is grateful that the people of Renfrewshire do so much to help people in need.

Elizabeth said: “The number of people we’re helping has definitely increased and our donations have increased in response to that.

“We’re extremely grateful that the Renfrewshire community is so willing to support us. It’s the people of Renfrewshire that keep us going. Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

“We have a tremendous team of volunteers and work closely with charities, churches and schools to make sure no one goes without.”

On Wednesday 18 December 2019 alone, the foodbank provided parcels for 75 people in five hours.

Renfrewshire Foodbank links up with community organisations to provide the best possible service to people, and is also working with St Mirren FC on the Festive Friends initiative to provide support to people who will be spending Christmas on their own.

Renfrewshire Council employees donate to the foodbank through the Council’s Food Bank Food Rush Initiative.

Since the initiative started in 2014, more than 130,000 items have been donated. A three-week collection at Renfrewshire House in June gathered 433.95g of supplies which equates to 1,033 meals.

Renfrewshire Foodbank operates from Paisley Central Baptist Church. You can find out more via the website – renfrewshire.foodbank.org.uk

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Despite the great many attractions the UK holds and the wealth of events and happenings going on over the Christmas period, some people prefer to seek a little winter sun and to escape the UK for a short while. 

Escaping the cold can be one main reason for many sun-seekers, but in order to make your next holiday as enjoyable as possible, let the following tips help you. 

Find Your Own Property Abroad 

The UK weather is very unpredictable. Which means a last-minute holiday need might arrive when you least expect it. Having a property abroad in your chosen location means you will always have a place to escape to, whenever you need it, without having to worry about hotels being fully booked. 

Investing in property such as Marbella Villas not only provides your own home-away-from-home, but is also a savvy investment to see a return in the future if you decide to let them out, or even sell for a profit.

Book and Plan a Significant Amount of Time in Advance 

Often, the anticipation and simply the knowledge that you’re going to be enjoying an amazing holiday down the line is a huge part of the overall enjoyment. While last minute deals are budget-friendly and helpful for those impulsive decisions, they do take away the build up of excitement. 

If this year you have spent an enjoyable winter and festive season in the UK but have decided you want something different for this time next year, why not book now so you can spend all year looking forward to it?

Opt for Short and Sweet in Higher Quantities 

It can seem like a dream to book a once in a lifetime trip which lasts for a substantial amount of time, whether a few weeks, a month or even a few months. However, if you’re looking to make the most out of every trip you have, it might be better to invest in more holidays spread throughout the year with shorter durations for each. 

This keeps the experience fresh and exciting, and leaves you with more money to spend on experiencing different places, rather than one, huge, bucket-list location once a year. 

Find Time for the Simple Pleasures 

It’s easy to want to cram your holiday with new experiences and sightseeing every minute of the day. The point of a holiday is to get away from your normal routine and experience something new. However, that doesn’t mean that you should discount certain tasks you do at home which bring you pleasure. 

If you’re someone who needs to curl up with a book at least for an hour a day to feel satisfied when you’re at home, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do the same whilst on holiday. 

Still make time for the simple pleasures. Just because you’re in a new place doesn’t mean you have to change what makes you happy. 

In Conclusion 

Holidays are what you make them, and should be spent in whichever way you define as enjoyable. Whether it’s a trip to the north of the UK to experience the delights of Paisley or a sun-filled adventure abroad to escape the winter cold, any holiday should be as enjoyable as possible by spending your time in the right way.

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Promotion is a crucial part of managing any business, but it is especially important to ensure the success of a startup. A new company does not have the momentum to rely on and to make it big – or, in fact, to survive – has to quickly establish an explosive rate of growth and maintain it for long enough to win a section of the market and become profitable.

But what exactly do you have to do? Experts state time and again that one of the most time- and cost-efficient strategies for promoting a business, especially a new business, is guest posting. A well-thought-through guest blogging campaign kills an entire flock of birds with one stone: it establishes your authority in the industry, increases brand exposure, boosts targeted traffic and so on. In this article, we will cover how you best do it in 2020 – let’s go!

1: Know your goals before you start

At a glance, one may think that guest posting is straightforward – simply post as many posts across a variety of high-authority resources, and you are golden. However, just like any other marketing strategy, to achieve results with guest posting, you have to first know what these results are supposed to be. Do you want to attract traffic to a specific landing page? Then optimize your posts to suit its contents better. Do you want to grow your emailing list? Then add motivation to subscribe to both your guest posts and your landing page. The same goes for any other motive.

2: Develop a personalized approach to each host blog

A while ago, it was considered normal to simply find a few dozen blogs with audiences resembling those of your own and send them a one-size-fits-all email offering to write a guest post. These days, however, guest posting has become way too popular a strategy for this to work. Owners and webmasters of popular, high authority websites (there is little sense in dealing with any other kind) receive dozens of such offers every day and usually send them to the dustbin in bulk. According to the guide by guest posting service http://luckyposting.com, the only way to avoid it is to create a unique pitch for each host blog. You have to study the owner’s preferred topics, style and requirements before offering anything. Better yet, establish relationships with him/her before you write your email – this way, it is more likely to be noticed.

3: Perfect your bio

The bio is what your entire effort all about, so do not approach it lightly and put some effort into it. Some blogs are very strict about what they allow you to put in it, but sometimes you will get more choice. If you are allowed to do so, put a lead magnet (i.e., an incentive for the readers to give you their email address or other contact information) in your bio. Add a clear call to action so that the reader knows what to do next – usually, it means asking to follow you on social media or offering to download a free resource.

4: Start early

Whether you offer a standard product/service or develop an app or software, do not wait for the launch to start your campaign. Guest posting is a slow burner, especially if you do not have a prior reputation in the industry. First posts are unlikely to cause much traction, but the effect will accumulate as you continue to post regularly across a variety of high-authority blogs. Considering that the average cost of creating an app ranges from $15,000 to $50,000, depending on how complex it is and what niche you are in, you want to be sure that the ground is ready for it when it launches.

Establish a blog and post in it consistently so that you have some presence by the time you start offering your guest posts. Then start pitching your guest posts and publish at least one per week across different resources for a few months. By the time you launch your product, both your name and the name of your brand should be firmly associated with your niche.

5: Be active in the comments

If somebody comments on your guest post, try not just to respond, but also to make your response meaningful and valuable. You should do it not merely because it is polite to answer when you are addressed, but because it shows that you do not publish your guest posts mechanically, and there is a real person behind your writing. You establish connections with a new audience and make its members more likely to visit your website and, eventually, buy your product. What is even more important, the blog owner/webmaster will be happy to see the additional buzz in the comments. If you ever offer another post to this blog, he/she will be more responsive to your pitch.

Do not worry if your guest posting does not bring immediate results – it requires time to start working, but when it does, it blows most other strategies right out of water.

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Cisco certifications are rated as the best career-oriented credentials from the baseline Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) to the expert-level CCNP Enterprise. In between them, there is huge row of credentials that provide you with the best testimony of your knowledge and skills and give you a tremendous career building pathway.  

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Build a Career as Cisco Network Technician

The CCNP Enterprise attests your skills and exposure for installing extensive multi-protocol networks and operate them smoothly. This credential also authenticates that the CCNP certified professional is capable of configuring and maintaining LANs and WANs with 100 to 500 nodes as well as the manipulation of routers and switches that are the fundamental part of the networks. The CCNP holders have the command to integrate voice, wireless and operate security applications into the network.

 

CCNP Enterprise is a gateway to a highly-paid professional future 

The CCNP Enterprise certification provides outstanding worth to the professional profile of network engineers. Being certified with this excellent certification, they are regarded as the experts in planning, implementing, verifying and troubleshooting all types of networks in small, medium and large-scaled organizations. With their expertise they can perfectly meet the market demands and get the best jobs with handsome packages. 

 

In the competitive IT world, getting certifications is the only way to make your way and get your positions consolidated. For this sort of achievement, CCNP Enterprise certification is the great choice as this credential a worldwide recognition and is the demanded by the recruiters in all medium and large enterprises. By obtaining this certification you can earn $130K a year serving in any organization. 

 

Apart from monetary benefits, the certification lifts your career to new heights and gives you a strong and worthwhile recognition. They can easily grab positions such as network engineer, system administrator and network technicians and initiate progressing and prosperous careers. Such a massive opportunity of career enhancement is scarcely possible in any other profession for a person. Find out here how you can proceed to grab this unique financial career boost up.

 

Pre-requisite for taking CCNP Certification Exam

Being an advance-level IT Certification, you can go for the exam without holding a valid CCNA certification. This fundamental level certification authenticates your candidature for dealing with Network fundamentals, Network access, IP connectivity and services, Security fundamentals, automation and programmability. For the purpose, you need to pass the following exams before trying for CCNP Enterprise:

350-401 ENCOR 

  • Dual stack (IPv4 and IPv6) architecture
  • Virtualization
  • Infrastructure
  • Network assurance
  • Security
  • Automation

 

300-410 ENARSI

  • Layer 3
  • VPN services
  • Infrastructure security
  • Infrastructure services
  • Infrastructure automation

300-435 ENAUTO

  • Programming concepts
  • Python programming
  • APIs
  • Controllers
  • Automation tools

 

How to Get Ready for the CCNP Enterprise Exam and Ensure an Outstanding Success

The extensive and complicated syllabus of CCNP Enterprise requires the exam candidates to develop go through the entire syllabus. They are also required to understand each and every concept clearly so that you can easily answer all questions. A comprehensive and rewarding exam preparation is possible only when you are following a proper source for your guidance. The material should be authentic and updated. At the same time you need to practice what you have learnt for perfecting your learning. 

 

For this type of help for you exam preparation, the very first source is Cisco itself that offers a variety of exam preparation products for the exam takers. However, for all exam candidates Cisco source is not affordable. But they can find other sources online that are far less in price yet their effectiveness and precision are beyond question.

You can find here not only up to date material but also concise and exam-intensive content that allows you to expand your knowledge and easily get through the exam. If you make sure your learning by concentrating on the given material, you can earn the prestigious CCNP Enterprise IT Certification without any difficulty.

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It’s not easy to please the people you work with if you’re the boss of a team. It’s even worse if you’re new to the post, and you’re still young. You need to prove yourself and show that you’re a capable leader. Otherwise, they won’t respect you and follow your orders. These are the things you need to do to win their hearts. 

Be friendly 

You can’t act like any other boss by being too strict. It’s not a good look for someone like you who has been recently elevated to a top post. If you want to earn people’s respect, you need to show that you’re worthy of it. Being strict and mean isn’t a good way to earn respect. It could even go the other way. 

Show your capability to lead 

If there are upcoming projects, you need to show that you’re capable of leading the group to success. Be firm when giving orders. Be clear in the direction you want to take your team. You need to have a vision if you want everyone else to collaborate. Once you have proven that you’re a good leader, your employees will respect you. They will also treat you better in the future. 

Respect everyone 

When giving orders, you need to be polite but firm. You can’t scream at people or treat them like they don’t know what they’re doing. Again, even if you were elevated to a leadership post because of your skills, some of the people in your team might have worked there longer than you. They understand the company better, and they could offer more help. Respect them, so they will also work harder. 

 

Be a motivator

Your employees rely on you. They look up to you because you’re leading the group. Make sure that you have a positive attitude. Motivate everyone in your group. Even if they want to give up, you have to make people desire to work harder. They also need to see you as an inspiration when it comes to how you handle pressure at work. If you’re the first one to crack and they see you as a weak leader, you will not inspire inside them to work hard. 

Age is just a number

Prove to your fellow employees that you can do a lot of things even if you’re a newbie. You have the power to issue commands and steer the company in a good direction. If there are upcoming projects like a funfair for the employees, you need to be on top of your game. Show everyone that you can do the task expected of you. If you can’t handle the responsibility or you don’t wish to overwork your employees, you can consider the services of specialists in funfair stalls for hire. They will do the job for you. 

Be smart in determining how to lead your team. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when necessary. Avoid being boastful about your title and always listen to those who can give great advice.

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Renfrewshire Council has become one of the first local authorities in Scotland to formally introduce a domestic abuse policy for staff.

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The policy demonstrates the Council’s commitment to a zero tolerance approach to all forms of abuse – psychological and physical – and shows its support for all employees impacted by domestic abuse, past or present.

Employees who are victims of domestic abuse are now able to request special paid leave to receive necessary support and attend any relevant appointments.

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in the UK in any one year, more than 20 per cent of employed women take time off work because of domestic abuse and two per cent lose their jobs as a direct result.

Commission figures also reveal that 75 per cent of women who experience domestic abuse are targeted at work – from harassing phone calls and abusive partners arriving at the office unannounced, to physical assaults.

The Renfrewshire Council policy provides guidance for any employees who are living with domestic abuse and employees who suspect that work colleagues may be suffering. It also outlines the steps supervisors and managers should take to support colleagues who choose to speak out about their abuse and who are seeking help.

Domestic abuse policy champions are being introduced at a senior level across the organisation.

Councillor John Shaw said: “As a local authority, it’s vital that we recognise the devastating impact domestic abuse has on individuals and families.

“As one of the first local authorities in Scotland to adopt this approach, we want to send a clear message that we will support anyone affected by domestic abuse.

“We are working towards creating a safe and supportive environment which encourages employees to report all forms of harm.

“By putting a policy in place, we are ensuring the correct support is available to staff who may be directly affected and creating a clear reporting route for anyone who may have concerns about the wellbeing of one of their colleagues.

“We hope that the introduction of this policy raises awareness that there are formal procedures in place and helps colleagues to feel that they can approach domestic abuse policy champions for support and advice.”

Renfrewshire Council has also been working closely with UK domestic abuse charity SafeLives to support the implementation of the new policy.

Liz Thompson, director of external relations at SafeLives, said: “Domestic abuse is everybody’s business and this includes employers. We know that more than two million adults experience domestic abuse each year. It is something that will impact upon almost every workplace.

“Employers are well placed to spot the signs in colleagues but without the right training, leadership and guidance, it can be hard to know what to do.

“We’re so pleased to see Renfrewshire Council committing to this policy, breaking the silence on domestic abuse and supporting all staff and colleagues to get the help and support they need.”

The policy has been agreed and developed in partnership with trade unions and complies with relevant legislation,  including the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 and Equally Safe – Scotland’s Strategy for Preventing and Eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls provided by the Scottish Government and its partners.

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 covers not only spouses, civil partners and cohabitants but also people in intimate personal relationships who do not live together, and as well as physical abuse, it covers other forms of psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour.

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Paisley’s newest club, has not 1, but 2 amazing night’s coming up; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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With shots at £1, Venom and Turbo Shandy for only £5 a piny and Vodka/Mix only £1.50 you can get in to the Christmas spirit 🎄🥂 all the way through until 4am each night.
There are also Booths available, from £60, which includes entry for 6, and a bottle of Absolut Vodka or Gordon’s Pink Gin.
Glasgow Airport exterior

 

  • More than 260,000 passengers expected to travel through the airport during the festive period 

 

 

Glasgow Airport is preparing for a busy festive period as hundreds of thousands of travellers take to the skies over the Christmas holidays.

Glasgow Airport exterior

More than 260,000 people are expected to pass through the airport over the next two weeks (Friday, December 20 – Friday, January 3) with many heading for some winter sun to destinations including the Canary Islands, Dubai, Malaga and Alicante, or city and ski breaks to Dublin, London, Frankfurt, Geneva and Grenoble.

 

Many passengers who live and work elsewhere in the UK or overseas will also make their way home to celebrate Christmas and New Year with friends and relatives.

 

Today is expected to be the busiest with more than 20,000 passengers travelling through the airport. On Christmas Day almost 2500 passengers will travel on 14 flights between Glasgow and Amsterdam, London and Dubai. 

 

In the run up to the busy festive getaway, Glasgow Airport would like to reminding travellers to pack their Christmas gifts carefully, and to place them in their hold luggage rather than carry them as hand luggage where possible. Passengers should also check with their airlines if they are permitted to take Christmas crackers, which if being carried as hand luggage must remain in their original packing.

 

Mark Johnston, Managing Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “Christmas and New Year is always special and there’s certainly a feel-good atmosphere in the terminal as thousands of passengers travel through the airport to be with their loved ones. 


“It’s also a particularly busy time in the terminal for our staff, airlines partners, caterers, retailers and baggage handlers, who are all gearing up to welcome thousands of passengers keen to get home for the holidays.   

 

“Our advice to everyone – whether they are travelling home or jetting off for a winter break – is to double check that all liquids carried in hand luggage are within the 100ml limit. This includes presents such as toiletries and alcohol.

“To be on the safe side, and to help reduce waiting times at security, we recommend that all of our passengers pack their gifts in their hold luggage where possible. If carrying gifts in hand luggage, we would ask passengers not to wrap them until they have reached their destination as our security procedures may require that they be searched. 

 

“On behalf of everyone at Glasgow Airport, I would like to wish our passengers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year when it comes.”