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The phrase “practice makes perfect” can be applied to many instances in life, but perfect is perhaps not the most appropriate word when considering the development of trading skills. The potential volatility of markets and unpredictable real-world circumstances can catch out even the most rehearsed and experienced of traders, but that does not make practice a futile endeavour. If anything, it is the contrary; practice in a safe and simulated environment can educate new traders on how to respond to markets in the most effective manner. 

In 2018 and beyond, trading is no longer the preserve of those who can dedicate all of their time to the endeavour. Part-time, “hobbyist” trading is becoming increasingly popular, a result of the ease with which trading platforms can be accessed. Traders are able to follow market prices on the move via smartphones, enabling a quicker response to any important changes. Despite that increased flexibility, it is important to set aside a regular time for practice.

Technology makes practising trades on the move easier than ever.

It is widely advised that new traders have set routines, whether following the opening and closing of a market or making trades in a 24-hour market at a similar time each day. Therefore, it is useful to practice at the same time in which you are likely to be making meaningful trades. It is ideal that online trading platforms offer simulations that give traders a taste of the real world. It is essential to fully explore one of these demo platforms before jumping into the world of trading. These demo modes give users a virtual sum of money to facilitate a risk-free practice of strategies.

Yet even a demo may not be the most suitable starting point for a beginner, so some brands go one step further by offering educational material in the form of videos and online courses to give traders the best possible grounding in what can be a complex business. For example, Saxo offer a range of investment options but also make sure to take time to explain them in depth to new traders. These include specialist products like exchange traded funds, which are marketable securities that follow a collection of assets that have been divided into shares. Maintaining a firm grip on the terminology is a necessity to trade effectively, and it will take practice time to become completely familiar with types of indexes and investments. 

Knowing your strategy and its steps inside out are essential to being able to operate quickly and sensibly. It is inevitable that traders will experience times of success and times of difficulty. The key is to maximise the length of the former by developing effective responses to the latter. Asking experienced traders for assistance is one of the most useful ways of gaining a better understanding of how to react to certain fluctuations in markets.  

Ultimately, it is up to the individual to determine their own development and level of engagement. Trading should be whatever the trader wants it to be; the best way to find yourself as a trader is to take enough time undertaking research and building resolve before dipping into the markets. The best traders are those who can anticipate patterns and spot trends immediately, and the only way to develop those skills is through practice and experience. 

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Casino bonuses no deposit, modern gaming platforms, a wide range of payment options – nowadays most virtual casinos offer these things. But in the 90s, they were entirely different from the ones we can find today. Internet gambling has become available to almost everyone and many changes have been made.




Without a doubt, the internet is one of the greatest inventions in our history. It’s an infinite source of information and entertainment and there are also many ways to earn money online. Nowadays, life without the internet seems impossible for most of us. It has become an important part of our daily life and a lot of industries depend on it. One of them is the gambling industry and the internet has drastically improved it. Gambling has been around for many centuries, but a big change occurred almost 25 years ago, in 1994. That year, the first virtual casino started operating. It looked nothing like the ones we can see today, but back then it was something new and groundbreaking. Ever since then, the online gambling industry has been evolving and today we have countless gambling sites. Thanks to virtual casinos, gambling has become accessible to nearly everyone. Now people can gamble without leaving the comfort of their own home. It’s easy and convenient, especially for those who don’t live close to a casino complex. From our point of view, the things will continue to get better. Soon, we will see virtual reality casinos, more gambling sites, and even better graphics. The number of players will also grow and online gambling will probably become an everyday thing for even more people. We just need to wait for it to happen.  


1994, 1996 and 1997


The first virtual casinos started operating in 1994 when Antigua and Barbuda passed their famous Free Trade and Processing act. The same year Microgaming was founded. This small Caribbean country granted licenses to many online casinos and they’re greatly responsible for the situation we have today. Another important year in the history of virtual gambling is 1996. That year, the well-known Kahnawake Gaming Commission was established. In the 90s, they issued licenses to a significant number of online casinos. This commision is still present today and they play a huge role in the gambling world. In 1996 there were only about fifteen gambling sites and by the end of 1997, over two hundred of them had started operating. This included virtual casinos, websites for poker as well as for sports betting. Many of the casinos that were established back then are still active today and have thousands of loyal players.


Sports Betting


Sports betting had been popular for decades before the first online platform was opened. But when it finally happened, everything became different. Exactly 22 years ago, InterTops became the world’s very first sports betting site. Shortly after, numerous bookmakers made their own platforms and this type of gambling took off. The competition was stiff and it was difficult to survive on the market. Many changes and improvement have occurred in the last 22 years, such as peer-to-peer betting and some others. Nowadays, it remains one of the most popular forms of gambling. The future seems bright and it’ll only become better.


Mobile Phones and Cryptocurrencies


These two inventions have really revolutionized the online gambling industry. The majority of virtual casinos have its own mobile platform and many of them support different cryptocurrencies. Mobile gaming is very convenient and now players can gamble even when they’re far away from home. Most players don’t even want to consider playing at casinos that don’t offer a mobile version. Bitcoin was the first one to be accepted. It happened in 2014 and since then a few other cryptocurrencies have become accepted at virtual casinos. In the future, all virtual casinos will accept them as a payment method, it’s just a matter of time.  


The History of Online Poker


On the first day of 1998, Planet Poker started operating. It was the very first website where you could play poker online. The internet connection was poor back then and the site often had technical issues. In spite of that, thousands of players played there. This site didn’t last long and very soon other similar websites started working. They were significantly better and we can find some of them today. The best sites that started operating around that time are Paradise Poker, Partypoker, and PokerStars. These sites had more modern platforms and better servers. This means they were able to welcome thousands of players at the same time, without frequent issues. During the last decade, online poker has become even more popular. You can play it at numerous virtual casinos and on the sites that specialize in online poker. The choices and the gaming experience are now better than ever.

paisley winter

With Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport just a short drive from Paisley, the opportunities to grab some last minute winter sun are plentiful! Whatever your reason for travelling abroad, it is important to assess the risk and potential dangers. You may assume that accidents are more likely with more risky types of activities such as sky diving, snowboarding or bungee jumping.  The reality is that often it is just everyday situations which present the most risks, which could not only dampen your holiday experience, but leave you suffering both physically and financially.

And while some accidents cannot be avoided, some simply can. So here’s a quick guide to staying safe and minimising the chances of sickness and medical misdiagnosis on holiday.

Pool Practicalities

The pool is often a central gathering place for holiday makers and a great place to kick back relax and even make new friends.  With UK citizens up to 5.5 times more likely to drown in a pool abroad than in the UK it is important to remain alert at all times.

It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of being on holiday, but it is important to remember to only swim in depths that you are confident in . This is also the case when visiting water parks too. Water parks are a firm family favourite, but there are many pitfalls here too.  Make sure the kids choose slides and rides that are age appropriate. Many countries have different rules to the UK and lifeguards are not always compulsory so you should always make sure you can see your children at all times.

Stay Sober


Many incidents are put down to being under the influence of drink or drugs. You can also reduce the risk of accidents if you are heading to the beach.  Many popular tourist destinations have lifeguards and you should check the flag system and only swim in the flagged areas. However not all beaches have lifeguards so always swim to your strengths and again, never under the influence of drink or drugs.  If you find yourself caught in a rip tide always swim parallel to the shore until you feel you are not being pulled any more. This way you won’t tire yourself out and you should not get swept away. You should then come in with the waves however if you are still having difficulty try and get the attention of the lifeguard or other swimmers.


Report Illnesses


Getting ill on holiday is a common occurrence and many will be struck down by sickness bugs, infections and viruses, which can seriously impact your holiday experience. In most cases, the symptoms and causes are relatively minor and will disappear on their own, but if you notice any strange or worsening symptoms, it is always advisable to visit a local GP or hospital to get checked out. Some more serious conditions can start out with very minor, generalised symptoms and so there is always a risk of medical misdiagnosis, particularly in the early stages. Information on the www.medicalnegligenceassist.co.uk website advises those who are unwell on holiday to closely monitor the situation, keep records of any correspondence, any medical diagnoses and details of any medication prescribed, and to always call for medical assistance if you are at all worried about your symptoms.

Road Safety

Did you know that road traffic accidents are amongst the most popular causes of serious injury or death for holidaymakers? This can be due to vehicles not having seat belts or the same strict guidelines as the UK. Driving on the other side of the road doesn’t help with gaining your bearings on the road’s either!

Always make sure you learn the ways of the road in the country you are visiting to ensure you cross at the right time.  Try and use vehicles that have sufficient safety measures and always make sure you use licensed or public transport.

Accommodation Alert

Although accidents in your booked accommodation would not be the first thing you think of, these are surprisingly common.  Again, many countries have different – or softer – rules than the UK and so smoke detectors, balcony railings or room structures may not be as safe as the UK.

Always know where your fire escapes are and what to do in a fire.  All accommodation should have these details displayed prominently so there really is no excuse not to know what to do.

If you have opted for a campsite holiday, make sure check out the location in advance of your arrival and once there, make a note of where to go in the event of a fire or emergency, as well as where the first aid kit is situated.  It is worth finding out if the site permits open fires too. Also consider what the terrain like where you have pitched. If you have pitched near sharp bushes or a cliff edge you could easily have an accident, especially if under the influence of drink or drugs.  It is always best to pitch at a regulated site to reduce the risk of scrapes and falls.

Excursions and Extreme Sports

Most holidaymakers book excursions or extreme sports through their holiday representative or a reputable company.  However there are many countries where the regulations are not so strict and this is where accidents can occur.

Although most trips will pass without any incidents there are many more that do not.  Always book your trips through a reputable company. There are many online and you can check their feedback by searching for independent reviews.

You should always check that you have sufficient insurance if you are planning to partake in any extreme sports, as if you suffer an injury and did not state this kind of activity would be happening, you may not be able to make a claim.  It is very important to only choose reputable providers of these kind of activities to make sure they have all the right equipment, insurances and training of staff to ensure you have the safest experience possible.

Finally, when holidaying in a hot country, it is important to always stay hydrated, take regular breaks from the hot sun and ensure you regularly apply a high factor sun lotion. Suffering from heatstroke can lead to fainting as well as potential accidents or injuries, which could be prevented by staying aware of your limits when it comes to sun and heat exposure.

Unfortunately nobody can predict when or where sickness or an accident may occur, how bad the accident will be or even the outcome.  Yet we can take measures to prevent them. By taking some of the steps above – and by being extra cautious – some of the most simple accidents can be avoided.


Walking or hiking is one of the best ways to experience Scotland with thousands of superb walks taking in the scenic views of mountains, lochs and beaches. With Paisley’s very own Hillwalking Club cited as one of Scotland’s biggest and friendliest outdoor clubs, you’ll also be in great company too!


Walking is a great way to experience the country at a slower pace, to immerse yourself in the landscape in a way you can’t from behind a steering wheel. Another advantage of walking is that it’s pretty safe. You’re much less likely to get into an accident on foot than in your car or on a bike. That said, if you’re trekking out into the wild, you are running a small but significant risk of taking a fall. It’s nothing to panic about. Just follow these simple tips.

Watch the ground

Most slips, trips and falls occur on rough ground. If you’re walking off-road, by definition the path is rough, and in some cases you might find yourself on hazardous terrain. Loose stones are particularly dangerous. Combined with a slope (known as a “scree slope”) this kind of terrain is best avoided. Large stones are also a hazard. Even stones that seem well embedded in the soil can come loose underfoot and cause a fall. This is a particular risk on slopes or mountainsides.

Wet or muddy ground is also one to watch out for. Wet grass can be almost as slippery as ice, and slips on wet grass is one of the most common reasons for Mountain Rescue to be called out in the UK. When potholes are filled with water it’s hard to know how deep they are—or even that they’re there at all. Very muddy ground can potentially be boggy, especially in isolated areas.

Wet rock is more dangerous still. Avoid flat rock that slopes away from you, or rock that is covered in moss, lichen or any other vegetation.

Don’t take on steep challenges

One of the best things about walking in Scotland is that so much of the countryside is hilly or mountainous. Mountain walking is rewarding, and great exercise. However, when you’re walking in mountainous terrain it’s important to know when a slope is too steep. An incline can steepen gradually, and it’s not uncommon for a walker to set out thinking that a slope is manageable only to find halfway up that it’s not. Don’t be tempted to tackle it anyway. Go back and find another way through. The gradient of the terrain is marked on OS maps, so you can plan in advance to avoid steep slopes. When climbing a steep slope, walk in a zig-zag rather than straight up to lessen the angle of approach.

Wear the right footwear

It seems obvious, but it’s easier said than done, and even experienced walkers sometimes misjudge what equipment they need. Ill-fitting or poorly-made footwear can cause accidents anywhere, but even good and trusted boots can get you in trouble if you wear them on the wrong terrain. If you’re walking on the roads, choose lighter boots, because unnecessarily heavy footwear can cause you to drag your feet and cause a trip. If you’re carrying a backpack, then boots with ankle support are essential.

Don’t set out on a long hike wearing untested boots. Make sure they fit and that they’ve shaped a little to your foot first. A good pair of walking shoes fits closely all over the foot, but doesn’t feel tight anywhere. Try boots on towards the end of a shopping day, when your feet are a bit swollen, and wear hiking socks. If you can’t find exactly the pair for you, consider buying insoles or even just changing the way you lace your boots. A different lacing can drastically change the fit of a boot in certain ways.

It can be hard to throw away a much-loved pair of walking boots, but beware hanging onto them too long. Particularly on wet or slippery ground, a worn tread can be a serious hazard.

Beware false paths

In places that are popular with walkers, it’s not uncommon to find well-worn paths that lead straight into danger. Why? Because when walkers take that route, they (usually) come straight back again, which means the paths get worn more deeply. The best way to avoid the danger of false paths is to use your common sense. If a route seems dangerous, don’t take it, even if the path which leads up to it seems well-trodden. Don’t assume that a deeply-worn route is the “right” route.

Be flexible

Just as a footballer works on his or her flexibility to avoid injury, anyone who regularly walks long distances should have a stretching regime. Not only will greater flexibility improve your walking and prevent soreness, flexibility can prevent a bad slip or trip becoming an injury. Work with a personal trainer or watch instructional videos to learn some basic stretches. Start within your comfort zone and gradually increase your range of motion. Your leg muscles are your priority, but hip flexors and other core muscles are also essential to good walking technique and posture.

What to do if an accident occurs

If you follow these tips, your chances of suffering an injury through a trip, slip or fall are pretty low. Sometimes, however, these kinds of accidents are unavoidable, and in many cases it’s because someone else has created a hazardous situation that wasn’t your fault. If you’re injured through someone else’s careless or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Your first step is to contact a legal adviser, who will be able to talk you through your options and handle your claim if you decide to make one. Head over to LegalHelpline.co.uk for further guidance on what criteria you need to meet and what information you’ll need to provide as part of your claim.


Walking adventures continue to be an extremely enjoyable, healthy and sociable way to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and by taking extra care whilst remaining vigilant to potential risks, you can help minimise the chances of any slips, trips or falls taking place. Happy trekking!

Scottish Cycle Championships 2012

Scotland has some of the best cycling in the United Kingdom. Iron-thighed bike fiends come from all over Europe to tackle the road route which scales the Assynt Achiltibuie Circular, 112km of hard climbing and spectacular views of Sula Bheinn, Cùl Mòr and Stac Pollaidh as well as many beautiful beaches and lochs.

Scotland offers family-friendly cycling too, and cycling holidays are an increasingly popular way for locals and visitors to get out and experience the country’s stunning scenery and warm hospitality. Edinburgh has a wonderful cycle path that takes you from the city centre to the sea, while the Loch Leven Heritage Trail in Perthshire provides the rider with great views of Lochleven Castle as well as a rich variety of wildlife to spot.

Cycling’s not dangerous, but it does carry risks. Most of the risks derive from being on the road, but there are also risks involved in cycling to remote regions where access is limited. And of course you don’t want to lose control of your bike while you’re hurtling around the Montrose Basin in Angus.. However, if you follow a few simple tips, you can stay safe while you enjoy Scotland from the saddle.

Be Prepared

It’s obvious, but it bears repeating: faulty bikes cause accidents. If you’re on your bike for the first time in a while, or you’re planning a longer ride than usual, you need to check your bike thoroughly before you set out. Even brand new bikes should be checked. If your tyres or brake pads are worn, replace them, and pack spares as well. If you’re testing your bike on new terrain, remember that your tyres might wear more quickly than usual. Pack a few repair kits, and if there are any basic repairs you haven’t had to make in a while, brush up on the technique. Youtube has lots of great how-to vids.

Don’t forget a hi-vis jacket or other hi-vis clothing. If you’re caught in low-visibility conditions, like rain, fog or just low light, a hi-vis jacket can be the difference between staying safe and not. A first aid kit is a great idea too. Check that everything is there before you pack it.

Prepare your body as well as your bike. Injuries often come about when a cyclist tries to push themselves too hard, too fast. If you’re planning a longer cycle, gradually increase the distance of your practice rides for at least a few weeks in advance. Don’t think that you can tackle a mountain ride without preparation just because you’re getting pretty quick at your daily commute on the flat.

Know the rules of the road

While cycling in Scotland, it’s possible to keep out of the way of traffic most of the time. Quiet country roads can still present dangers, though, and it’s important to remember that most country roads are working roads. You’ll need to share the space with farm vehicles, as well as local drivers who might be sick of cyclists hogging the tarmac! It’s well worth studying the Highway Code before you leave. It’s essential to know what you’re not allowed to do, but it’s also important to know what is allowed. For instance, many cyclists think that they should ride in single file. In fact, it’s not only legal to ride two abreast, it’s actually recommended. That’s because cyclists riding two abreast provide a shorter, more visible obstacle to drivers, and the cyclists have better visibility too. More than two abreast, however, is illegal.

Keep a weather eye out

The weather—good or bad—can cause accidents and injuries. Overheating can lead to heat fatigue or sunstroke, while cold muscles pull more easily. Rain and snow are especially hazardous on the roads, but glare on a bright day can also cause accidents.

Whether you’re cycling to enjoy the scenery or to beat a personal best, you’ll be hoping for clear skies and a bit of sun. But this is Scotland, and not every day is going to be sunny. Your cycle might take you into the mountains or just a long way from the nearest available shelter, so you need to be prepared for all weathers. At any time of year, you should bring lightweight waterproofs. If you get wet, you’ll get cold fast, and wet clothes can also chafe uncomfortably and cause blisters. In winter, you should pack extra layers to adjust to temperature changes. Leggings, gloves, extra socks and a cycling balaclava are all must-haves, especially if you’re taking on some of the higher routes around Ben Nevis or on the Torridon Loop.

Prepare for blue skies too! Pack extra suncream. If you’re not used to cycling in the heat, you’ll be surprised how quickly you sweat through it. A lot of people don’t put enough on. To cover your face, hands, and the back of your neck you need two tablespoons of suncream. On even a moderately sunny day, sunglasses are a good idea. Light reflected from the road can burn the surface of your eyes, which is painful and will cost you at least a day’s cycling while you recover. Glare can also cause a really nasty headache, which is the last thing you want when you’re trying to relax after a hard day’s ride. If there’s glare on the road, or if you’re cycling into a low sun, sunglasses will improve visibility from the saddle and reduce your chances of getting into an accident.

Claiming compensation

If you follow the above tips, you can minimise your chances of having an accident whilst on your bike. There’s always a small risk attached to cycling, however. Legally speaking, when you get in the saddle you accept a certain amount of risk. If you’re injured through someone else’s negligence, recklessness or carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. In the event that you find yourself in this situation, your first step is to speak to legal expert. They’ll be able to talk you through your options and help you claim compensation if you’re entitled to it.

When you’re outdoors in Scotland and you’re injured through no fault of your own, it’s not always easy to know who is responsible. The boundaries between public land, like the Cairngorms National Park, and private land such as neighbouring farms isn’t always clear. But if you’ve injured yourself while out walking or hiking, it might make a significant difference to your legal situation which side of the boundary you were on—and if you weren’t aware of the boundary, it might make a difference whose fault that was, too!

Roads and Pavements

One of the most common forms of injury people suffer outdoors is falling, tripping or slipping on poorly-maintained roads, pavements or other surfaces. This kind of injury is especially common for walkers, cyclists and equestrians.

In most cases like this, the Local Authority or City Council is responsible. There are various pieces of legislation which require these bodies to maintain road and pavement surfaces in good condition. This means that if you are injured due to a poorly maintained road, you might be entitled to compensation from the Local Authority or City Council. It’s not automatic. You have to prove that the Authority or Council was negligent. That means you have to prove there were no circumstances which made it reasonable for the responsible body to allow the road or pavement to deteriorate.

These kinds of claims are very common, so common that in recent years Local Authorities have developed internal procedures for dealing with them, to reduce the burden on courts. Ideally, these procedures also reduce the expense and the inconvenience to claimants.

This means that you must apply directly to the Local Authority for compensation. The legal situation remains the same: you still have to prove that the Authority was negligent. The Authority will conduct its own investigation into your accident, and offer you compensation if they decide you’re entitled to it.

If you’re injured while walking, riding or cycling on the road or the pavement, the first thing to do, of course, is to seek any medical attention you require. As soon as practically possible, however, it’s a good idea to take photographs of your injury, the area of the road surface which caused your injury and any other relevant circumstances. Take the contact details of any bystanders in case you need witnesses to your accident. All these things will help you to build a convincing case when you apply to the Local Authority.

If the Local Authority declines to offer you compensation, or you’re not happy with the level of compensation offered, you should speak to a legal adviser. They’ll be able to tell you whether it’s worth proceeding to court. If you’re going to court, it might help your case if you’re aware of other complaints that have been made under similar circumstances to yours.

Accidents on Private Property and in National Parks

The situation is different if you’re injured on private property. A growing number of outdoor attractions are on private property. If you were hurt while using a private climbing wall, or while cutting across a farmer’s field, and you claimed compensation, your claim would be what lawyers call an “occupiers’ liability claim.”

Occupiers’ liability claims fall into two categories, covered by different pieces of legislation, depending on whether or not you were trespassing when you were injured. In the examples above, the climber who is injured because a private climbing wall has been poorly maintained is a “lawful visitor.” The hiker cutting across a farmer’s field is a “trespasser.”

The person who owns or controls a piece of land or other property has a legal duty to take reasonable care of any “lawful visitor” who comes onto it. It’s up to a judge to decide what “reasonable” means, but basically, if a risk should have been foreseen and wasn’t, then the owner is probably liable. The exception is when the risk is so obvious that the injured person should have foreseen it too: for instance a person who jumped off a cliff and was injured probably wouldn’t be entitled to compensation. It’s worth noting that signs which say things like “the owner does not accept liability for any injury” actually do nothing. If you’re injured on someone’s property, it makes no difference whether they had a sign like that on display, or whether you read it. They’re still liable if your injury was their fault.

If you’re a “trespasser” you may well still be entitled to compensation, but the judge decides in a slightly different way whether the owner of the land is liable. There are three tests the courts use. First, the owner has to have known about the danger. Second, they have to have had grounds to believe that a person might come near the danger. Third, they have a responsibility to do something to protect people from the danger. For instance, if a farmer knows about a deep pothole in his field near a private right-of-way, he must fence it off.

If you’re injured in a National Park, the courts will apply the same tests they use for a trespasser on private property.

As with an injury on the road or pavement, as soon as practically possible you should collect evidence about your injury: take photographs and the details of witnesses. In order to claim compensation you will need to speak to a legal adviser and go to court.


A lot of outdoors activities leave you open to injury. It’s part of the appeal of many activities, like climbing or mountaineering. Just because you accept that risk, however, doesn’t mean you should suffer the consequences of someone else’s carelessness or bad behaviour. If you’re injured while enjoying yourself outdoors and it’s someone else’s fault, there’s a chance you might be able to claim compensation from the person responsible. The legal situation is complex, however. The guidance above forms an introductory overview of the legal terrain, but it doesn’t constitute legal advice. If you’ve suffered an injury and you think you might be entitled to compensation, your first step should be to contact a legal professional. Head over to AccidentClaims.co.uk for further guidance.


No matter what industry that you work in, there are always threats that you face and it is down to your employer to provide a safe working environment. Even an office-based role has a variety of threats, such as slips, trips and falls and carpal tunnel syndrome. Unfortunately, any kind of injury sustained can have a huge impact on your wellbeing and livelihood. If the injury is a result of somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Although this will not turn back the clock, it can help to recover financial losses, help you to build towards a brighter future and it could stop future accidents from occurring. Here is what you should do after an injury at work.


Immediately Notify Employer & Get Medical Attention


As soon as you have sustained the injury you need to notify your employer and seek medical care. Even if you do not have a serious injury, you should still get a medical report and keep an eye on your injuries because often they will get worse over time. Your employer should log the injury in an accident book which details what caused the injury, what the injury is, the time and date and if there are any witnesses.


Make A Record OF Events


Once you have seen a healthcare professional, you can make your own record of events. Write down your version of events and obtain any evidence such as photographs of the accident site, photographs of your injury, witness statements and the medical report. This is also a good time to notify the Health & Safety Executive.


Protecting Yourself


You have a right to protect yourself, and this could involve leaving work if your injury is severe enough and until the area is secured. During this time, you may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and potentially benefits if the injury is severe enough. If you find that the injury was due to the negligence of your employer, then it is a smart idea to make a personal injury claim which can be a straightforward process.


Making A Claim


First, you should speak to a personal injury law firm who will listen to your case and determine whether or not you have a claim. They will then pair you with someone that specialises in the injury that you have sustained. If you are making a claim for amputation, you can use solicitors that have a strong understanding of the challenges that this can bring so that they can offer help in both the long and short term. They will work to get you the maximum compensation and handle all of the negotiations on your behalf, plus many firms offer a no win no fee guarantee.


Accidents at work occur far too frequently, and they can have a lasting impact on people’s lives. If this injury was not your fault, then you should look for compensation. Although it will not change history, it can help with the costs involved in the accident and help you towards a brighter financial future.


Most foreigners visiting Ireland would have to go through it’s capital, Dublin. It is considered as one of the top thirty cities in the world for being enriched in terms of culture, economy, education and industry.


If you’re a tourist, hoping to drive around, car insurance is one of your necessities. You can easily get cheap car insurance Ireland online at theaa.ie; from there you can get the best car insurance quote from different agencies to ensure that you have maximum coverage.


If you want to drive around further and get a glimpse of the countryside without getting too far, below are some of the places within an hour’s drive from Dublin:


  1. Lough Tay. Also known as the Guinness Lake, it is a scenic lake located on a private property in Wicklow Mountains. It has a grandeur view of a lake surrounded by rolling mountains and most easily viewed from R759 or Wicklow Way.


Getting a view of this lake is quite easy and does not necessary require payment or permission. The white sand surrounding the lake was imported by the Guinness family to add glitter to the already beautiful scene.


Photo from visitwicklow.ie


  1. Glendalough. Known as Gleann dá Loch or the “Valley of Two Lakes”, a glacial valley located in Wicklow, it is famous for having a monastic settlement in the 6th century. As you see the mist rise up as the morning comes, you’ll feel peace and solemnity with the birds chipping and the leaves falling down the trees.

You can stroll around and see stones which are remnants of Ireland’s golden age – the round tower, the cathedral, St. Kevin’s House and Church and many others. If you’re looking for a monastic adventure, then this place is for you.


Photo from thejournal.ie


  1. Powerscourt. Located in Enniskerry, County Wickow, Ireland, it is a large country estate noted for the grand facade of its house and it’s landscaped gardens. The estate is owned by the Slazenger family, the owner of sports goods of the same brand.


Enjoy a stunning variety of flowers, trees and shrubs. The gardens range from different themes, from Japanese gardens to Italian ornates, and it took 150 years to develop it and is continuously maintained until now.


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  1. Howth Head. Easily accessible by car or by train, this is easily one of the most popular destinations for day trippers. You can walk around the cliff to enjoy a scenic view of the coast as well as large colony of birds – seabirds, razorbills and skylarks.


If you’re a hiking fan, there are many trails and summits you can choose from. Otherwise if you’re just up for viewing, the Snowdon, Slieve Donard and Wicklow Mountains are visible during the clearest days.


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  1. Mount Usher Gardens. Not just another tourist destination filled with beautiful flowers, this spot located in County Wicklow is run by Avoca, an Irish family-run lifestyle and catering company. It is themed with a Robinsonian style, its design is centered in water, making it as an essential of its garden featuring a variety of plant species, trees, shrubs and flowers including magnolias and camellias.


Equipped with an ample parking space, you can also spend the day to eat lunch as it also has a cafe filled with locally sourced ingredients which is open all year.


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Finding and applying for the job is easy with many UK job search websites available these days. Although, when it comes the time to face your first job interview, you might be a bit (or not a bit) scared. Your mind would probably imagine all the best and worst scenarios of what to expect. But, you just have to face it, everyone has to.


So, if a job interview still seems like a mystery to you, then this article is exactly what you need. Follow our practical tips for British students on how to prepare for a job interview and make a good first impression.


  1. Read up about the company

One of the most important things to do before the interview is to do a research and study the company to find out their goals and their main focus. Take some notes or write a short essay to memorize the information. Read the company’s profile, and it will help you better understand how to give an answer to the question ‘why should we hire you?’ Think about how your skills match the company’s requirements and how your skills can help them achieve their goals. The other question to think about is a very frequently asked one ‘what do you do there?’ By answering those questions in advance, you can feel more confident on the interview, and it can increase your chances of being hired.


  1. Pick your outfit wisely

‘A book is judged by its cover,’ and that is absolutely true when it comes to job interviews. What you wear on your interview does matter. Thus, make sure to choose the outfit that will fit the culture of the company. Consider if the company allows casual wear, or would it be inappropriate? After you choose the outfit, make sure it is clean and fits you well. Remember that even before you say anything, everyone will form an opinion based on your look. Thus, picking a right outfit is a crucial part of preparing for the interview.


  1. Common questions

So, practicing your answers to the most common interview questions is another crucial part of the preparation process. Prepare a list of commonly asked questions and answer them. You should always be able to answer such questions as ‘tell us about your education’, ‘what are your strengths and weaknesses’, ‘what was the topic of your dissertation paper’, ‘why do you want to work with us’, ‘what are your future plans for the next 5 years’ and so on. But don’t just parrot-learn what you have to say – be relaxed when answering the questions, your answers should come out naturally. Keep your answers short and focused.

  1. Punctuality

The world is not going to stop if you are ten minutes late, right? The world, no. Your career? Yes! It is a really big deal. Thus, two places you never want to be late are a job interview and the actual job. Being late to your interview means that you don’t pay attention to the important details and it proves that you don’t value other people’s time. So, you don’t really make a good impression, and your chances of getting the position will not be too high. Just remember that it is better to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier before the interview.


  1. Prepare smart question

It is a two-way street, so employers expect you to ask questions as well. You may consider asking the next questions ‘can you give more information about my responsibilities,’ ‘what are the challenges your company is currently facing,’ etc. Your interviewers want to know that you are thinking seriously about working in the company.


  1. Body language and good manners

Nonverbal communication is also essential. Treat every single person with respect, look the person in the eye and smile. Make sure you are polite and friendly. Practice a good handshake, sit and stay tall with your shoulders back.


Taking the time to prepare for the job interview in advance can help you secure the job offer. So, if you are about to have your first interview, then follow our tips, and you will definitely get the position! Remember that the first few moments of the interview are crucial.

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