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Horse Racing Tips

For most people I know, going to the racetrack is something they do on the weekends. They usually go with some friends and simply want to have a good time. No question about it, spending an afternoon at the tracks, watching the horses and betting just for fun can be quite thrilling and exciting.

horseracing tipsHowever there are also those folks who take the horses a lot more serious.

Some of those folks actually made horse racing into something like their second income.

I personally know two buddies who won good chunks of money on the tracks, one of them you could say is actually living from his horse race winnings.

We had an interesting conversation not that long ago about his horse racing strategies and how he manages it to win while most other people, let’s be honest either lose their bets or only make a little money at the tracks.

He told me that the best horse racing tip is not to bet on those horses that anyone else does. “Seed like that”, he said, “Everyone is betting on favourites because they have the better odds of winning, right? And then even if they win the only get some chump change because they need to share their winnings with all the others who had been betting on the favourites”.

“If you want to hit it big at the races, I can tell you that you should always consider the outsiders. This is the only way to make big money at the races you even  if your odds of winning will obviously be smaller”.

This is what he told me that long ago. He also let me in on the fact that most of those horse betting professionals don’t exactly what you would call bet “randomly”. Most of those guys studied the horses for many years so they can somewhat reliably predict the odds for each horse and jockey for a certain race track. Needless to say, this is something that requires a lot of time and dedication but it could ultimately pay off if you really want to approach horse racing professionally.

Another thing you can do is that you can get free horse racing tips from a reliable source. This has the advantage that you won’t have to do all this research yourself because you can simply take advantage of someone else’s insider horse racing knowledge.

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Age Progression Software Lets You See How Your Child Will Age

A new software developed by the University of Washington is now making it possible that parents can see how their child may look in later years. The new software can automatically generate pictures of a child’s face as it ages. This is the first technique of its kind that can be used that also makes use of advanced techniques to show expressions and poses.

University of Washington assistant professor of computer sciences and engineering, Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman told the press that age progression  photos of little babies in the past always posed major challenges. With the new software technique, this type of artificial age progression is now a reality. “We took photos of children in unrestrained conditions and found that our method works exceptionally well”, she was quoted saying.

On the website you can find more examples of age progressed photos.

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Benefits of E-Invoicing

Electronic invoicing is one of those things you should really consider if not done so already. In a nutshell, it is an easy and very affordable way to improve your entire invoicing process considerably.

e-invoicingIf you are still using traditional invoicing you will likely create your invoices using some type of software, then print them out and mail them to your supplier.

Obviously this takes time. Not only does it take time until the invoice is received. On the other end, once the invoice had been received, your supplier will need to manually transfer your invoice data into their system. In addition to the time it takes to transfer the data, this is also a process prone to errors.

With E-Invoicing you won’t have any of those problems. Let me explain.

First, your invoices are converted into an electronic format (hence the name). This may sound more complicated than it is since this conversion is usually done by a third-party provider. All you need to do is send your invoices to them. Once the invoice is converted into an E invoice it can immediately be dispatched as well. Your supplier receives the invoice immediately into their system without the need to transfer anything from paper invoice.

In addition to the time savings from cutting out the postal mailing process and with the reduced rate for mistakes from manually transferring the data, E invoicing makes the management of your invoice data easier since all information can be kept centrally.

Basically, all the time consuming and error prone steps in the invoicing process can be eliminated if you use electronic invoicing.

Electronic invoicing is attractive for businesses since it comes at minimal costs and doesn’t require any major changes in your existing process. It is in fact the recommended alternative even for those businesses who only use a small or moderate amounts of invoices on a regular basis. For larger businesses, the benefits are of course even more pronounced.

Cutting out all the time-consuming aspects of your invoicing process means that payments can be processed quicker. Consider all those advantages of electronic invoicing. It can make a significant change for business, that is why I highly recommend it.

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On First Aid Training

There are multiple reasons why companies want to provide first aid training to their staff. The most obvious reason would be that people at certain work places can be at a high risk for injuries.

First Aid Courses

First Aid Courses

It might be warehouse, a factory, a bakery or just your typical office environment: Almost no work-place today is entire free of risks for health.

To make things worse, chances are that accidents happen when no-one really suspects them.

Aside from the heightened risks at the work place, there is always a remote chance for natural disasters to happen.

It must not necessarily be a tornado or thunderstorm that can create havoc and injuries in the city you’re located.

Think about an unforeseen power outage that can easily lead to injuries and people needing the right assistance.

With first aid training you will be prepared for such eventualities! Your staff can learn how to administer first aid such as CPR or they can lean about the proper procedures in case of a natural disaster.

Why is knowing about first aid so important?

When an accident happens it will always take some time until professional help will be accessible. It is then where your properly trained staff can provide the injured all the help and assistance to prevent further injuries. In many cases, proper administered first aid can actually save lives!

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A Better Job With Better Education

private-independent-schools-UKThe best thing that you can do to maximise your children’s chances to land a good job later in their lives is to make sure that they will get the best education they can get.

This is exactly the reason why more families in the United Kingdom and elsewhere are looking into private schools.

As opposed to public schools, private schools by and large may be the better option. Let me explain some of the many reasons for this.

Disadvantages of public schools

* Overcrowded classrooms

* Less dedicated teachers

* Children with learning difficulties will not get the attention they would need

* Less supervision of your children

* Fewer options when it comes to extracurricular activities such as sports, music or arts

The above are just some of the disadvantages that we can often find in our public school system. In general it can be said that it’s not only the teachers who are normally less motivated but also the pupils. The problems in our public schools will affect both negatively.

Private schools in the United Kingdom simply offer the better education. This can mean a dramatic advantage when your children have grown older and are about to look for employment. Statistics prove without a doubt that those who attended private schools will normally get the better and better paying jobs, something which is also known as the “Wage Premium” for former students in private independent schools.

To all families who are still unsure about looking into a private school for the children, in particular because it may seem as a big financial burden: there are a good number of private schools in the UK today that do not cost an arm and a leg any more. In recent times, private schools have become a lot more affordable. Above all, always weigh the costs for a private school against the benefits for your children later on in the lives. Ultimately,  sending your children to a good private school could be a decision that can well pay off many times over. There is more information for you at prep school in Hertfordshire and I recommend that you take a look at it

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UK: More Self-Employed People Than Ever

According to the Office for National Statistics(ONS), the UK’s self-employment is at a 40 year high.

As per the new ONS numbers, today there are 4.6m people in the UK who work for themselves, which is 15% of the total number of employed.

Back in 2008, this number was slightly lower with 13% self-employed in the UK. On the other hand, the average income of self-employed workers had gone down a whopping 22%.

The ONS study also revealed that 1.1m extra people have found employment in the past six years. About two thirds of those people consider themselves as self-employed.

For some experts, the high number of self employed in the UK is a positive sign while others consider it the result of a still weak economy with people forced into “self-employment” due to a lack of jobs.

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Dry Riser Testing in the UK

In the United Kingdom, anyone who is managing a building that meets certain criteria is required by law to follow strict safety laws and regulations. The Building Regulations 2000 are among those laws dealing with fire safety of buildings and structures in the UK. This law lays out the requirements for dry riser testing in the UK. It was passed by the British Standard Code of Practice in 2006.

Silightly damaged fire alarm panel. White isolatedAccording to the Building Regulations 2000, buildings that are higher than 18m require regular maintenance checks and tests for their dry riser systems. Six monthly inspections and an annual complete pressure test of the dry riser system will be required.

Every six months, the system’s valves, inlets and valve boxes must be inspected.

A qualified and authorized person must perform those inspections. At the end of the dry riser system inspection, a maintenance report and certificate must be completed.

This is the British law that lays out the requirements to ensure that dry riser systems that are installed in buildings in the United Kingdom are always working flawlessly and that they can be relied on in the event of a fire.

In addition to the proper maintenance and regular testing of dry risers, the initial installation of those systems in building plays another crucial role for their effectiveness. Before a dry riser is installed, it is advised to consult with the local fire brigade office in regards to potential requirements that must be adhered to. It is likewise important that the installation of a dry riser system is only performed by qualified and certified professionals.

Dry riser systems today play an important role for the fast and effective control of fires in buildings and structures all over the UK. Only a properly maintained and tested dry riser system can guarantee that it will function in the case of an emergency. Regular dry riser testing according to the strict British building regulations is therefore essential to ensure their flawless operation.

Argos Fire is the UK’s premier provider for fire prevention and suppression systems including the Ansul kitchen fire suppression system.

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Oculus Rift at the CES Las Vegas

According to an article in the Belfast Telegraph, Virtual Reality company Oculus Rift will be providing the technology for an interactive exhibit as part of the new, improved Game of Thrones showcase coming to Belfast.

Developer Kit 2 of the Oculus Rift

Developer Kit 2 of the Oculus Rift

The article states that visitors will be able to ‘Ascend the Wall’ from the HBO TV series in a cage at the new Oculus Rift interactive area at the show. The virtual reality experience will be complete with sound effects, rumbling floors and a chill wind.

People lucky enough to get a first glance at the technology reported eerie feelings of vertigo as they apparently stood at the top of the 700ft high ice wall that protects the Seven Kingdoms.

Oculus Rift was recently acquired by facebook for $2bn. The Developer Kit 2 of the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset is shipping in June. An improved consumer headset with even higher resolution and other improvements is likely to be expected early 2015.

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