June 25th, 2015
According to a recent study conducted by the University of Exeter, racehorses are getting faster.
In the past, it was generally assumed that racehorse speeds were not increasing.
A new study called “Racehorses are getting faster” which had been published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters now draws a different conclusion contradicting the general consensus that racehorse speeds hadn’t been improving and reached a limit.
This new report points out how previous studies did not take into account factors such as ground conditions and that they often merely analysed winning times of a small number of races.
The authors of the study, Patrick Sharman and Alastair J Wilson provided detailed data and insight covering about 200 years of racehorse performance.
By analysing more than 600,000 race times run by 70,388 horses, the report shows how racing speeds have significantly improved since the mid-1800s. The study for more concludes that improvements in performance are ongoing.
Mr Sharman stated that there “Has been a general consensus over the last 30 years that horse speeds appeared to be stagnating. Our study shows this is not the case and, by using a much larger data set than previously analysed, we have revealed horses have been getting faster. Interestingly, both the historical and current rate of improvement is greatest over sprint distances. The challenge now is to find out whether this pattern of improvement has a genetic basis.”
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June 25th, 2015
According to a recent report at The Daily Mail, it’s women who have the final say when it comes to buying a new home!
For the study, more than 2000 homeowners in the United Kingdom have been asked about their process when they purchase property.
The astonishing result of the study is that it’s normally women who made the final decisions in 68% of the examined cases.
What’s more, 70% of men asked said they were happy for their partner to have the final say in choosing their home.
Even more astonishing is the study’s finding that almost 20% of men agree to buy property based on their wife’s recommendation without even having seen it!
A spokesperson for estate agent Quick Move Now for whom the study was conducted to the press: “When a couple move house it clearly needs to be a joint effort. But naturally people tend to gravitate towards what interests them most, whatever that may be. Leaving most of the choices to one person may work for both parties, but it’s still important that everyone has some input. Moving house can be a life-changing decision after all.’
The research also showed that the majority of women, 73% admitted they took the lead managing and organising a property purchase which includes visiting estate agents and property viewings.
May 19th, 2015
The benefits of an ergonomic workplace, whether it be for your own home office or for any other place of work are scientifically sound and proven.
In the last decades, employers have realised that providing their employees with ergonomic workplaces will cut down on sick times and the often immense costs for the treatment and therapy of work-related ailments.
Today it is widely understood that no company would gain anything from workers suffering from health issues such as back pains or headaches.
Aside from the fact that ergonomic office furniture can help to prevent many of those today just all-too-common ailments, better ergonomics doesn’t only benefit our physical health but is also thought to provide beneficial for our mental well-being, though both, physical wellness and mental health are course often closely linked together.
If a workplace can be considered healthy, where working even over prolonged hours won’t lead to pains or bodily strains it will almost always also mean more motivation, happiness at work and less stress. And with less stress and higher motivation will also come higher productivity and efficiency.
Better ergonomics in your own home
While ergonomics are (fortunately) an important topic at many places of work today, this is not necessarily the case when we talk about private homes. However, in a time where increasingly more people work from home it should the question have the same priority.
But ergonomic furniture can not only benefit your physical and mental health when we’re talking about work such as in your home office. Most of us today spend even their free time seated in front of a computer or spend long hours watching movies. This is the reason why simply replacing your old computer chair for a new ergonomic chair could mean a whole lot of a difference. While a good ergonomic chair may possibly cost a little more than a bargain chair from the discount store around the corner it sure will provide tremendous benefits which will make this a worthwhile investment.
November 1st, 2014
There is an interesting article about how instagram can help small businesses over at USA Today. I found this intriguing since I myself don’t use instagram (yet) but will definitely give this a shot now. One woman mentioned in the article, Miranda Jade Plater, is making $10,000 in sales each time she posts a picture.
The article mentions how Instagram today can be an increasingly important part of small businesses’ social media strategies. It’s helping them drive sales, gain customers and develop their brand. As with most social media, it’s all about the right target audience. Instragram is especially helpful to businesses such as restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, hair salons and similar businesses that sell items that photograph well.
June 23rd, 2014
Nothing can be more important than our children’s education. It is the education in a good school that is giving our children the knowledge and skills that they can benefit from later in life. But it’s not only about acquiring knowledge to be successful later on in life when children grow up. In addition to giving knowledge and nurturing the interests and talents of our children, education should also go hand-in-hand with developing personal traits and qualities so that children can grow into responsible and successful adults.
It is those combined qualities of giving our children the best education and to help them develop on a personal level that today makes many parents choose private and independent schools over public schools.
Putting your children in a private school will mean that teachers can better focus on your child: Most of the time, classes in private school are much smaller as compared to public ones so that teachers can dedicate more time to each child.
Those children who may otherwise have troubles learning can be supported much better and individual interests can also be nurtured unlike as is the case with public education.
In public schools, the development of your child’s personality aside from what is taught in daily classes will not have a major priority. Private schools on the other hand can dedicate to your children wholly, even outside the classroom. It is there where private schools in the UK can help to teach your children values such as morale and responsibility, traits that are equally important when a child grows up .
The United Kingdom is one of those countries that has an extensive history of excellent private schools which helped and today still help to grow the most successful and responsible adults. If you want to give your children the best education and so much more when they grow up you should see private schools Hertfordshire any of the other, outstanding independent schools in the UK.
June 23rd, 2014
Those seeking science classrooms free from religion have finally scored a giant victory. The British Government finally banned the teaching of Creationism from free schools and academies in the nation.
A note with a funding agreement was released last week that defines creationism as “any doctrine or theory which holds that natural biological processes cannot account for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth and therefore rejects the scientific theory of evolution.”
The note also says that Creationism “does not accord with the scientific consensus or the very large body of established scientific evidence; nor does it accurately and consistently employ the scientific method, and as such it should not be presented to pupils at the Academy as a scientific theory”.
This new decision is an extension of the ban to teach creationism that was already put in place back in 2012. However, back then, the ban did only apply to future free schools. The new agreement now includes all schools and academies in the UK.
June 20th, 2014
If you’re like me and own a small or medium-sized company, you want to do everything to keep costs low and to get the most out of your business. Among those things that can actually tremendously help to cut down on costs can be to use industry specific software. Software that helps with logistics would be among those software packages for shipping businesses and similar trades. I am giving this example since my previous business was in this industry so I have some experience there.
As opposed to standard small business software, with the shipping software and export software we saw significant improvements and costs savings.
While I had two people working in management and organization for shipping documents before, now I only require one person to train in the export software. Even with one person less things go a lot faster than previously. The other staff member can now do other important things such as contacting clients by phone or sourcing new contacts.
What I like most about the export software is the fact that we now have constant insight into running costs of our operations. This is especially important in the shipping business because all depends on selecting the most cost-effective means of transport. This alone saved us 15% of running costs and this is only one major advantage of this software package.
The export software also plays a big part in minimizing risk. When I talk about “risk” I mean it in a sense that every little problem in the shipping trade can normally mean financial losses and must be avoided at all costs. Say, if for example you ship goods to China and it turns out a custom document is missing you will end up with your shipment held for weeks on end. This can be disastrous if it happens. With the export software we see immediately if something is missing before it can even pose a problem.
So, if you’re like me and happen to be an entrepreneur or business owner, don’t save on the wrong end. In my case, using export software was a very good choice as you can see.