Parental Alienation Kids Can Protect Themselves

Ways Kids Can Protect Themselves from Being “Caught in the Middle” And from Parental Alienation (

Stand up to parental pressure to do the wrong thing…such as pressure to not see your other parent or to act hateful towards your other parent…the same way you should stand up to your peers when they try to influence you in the wrong direction. This can feel scary to do at first if one of your parents is very angry and intimidating but it gets easier every time you do it and eventually the parent pressuring you to “do the wrong thing” starts to realize that you are serious and committed about having relationships with both of your parents.

Here are some ways to do this…

  1. Tell your parents very straightforwardly that it is not fair to expect you to choose between them. Tell your parents you have a right to love both of them and you WILL love and have relationships with both of them. Remind them that their adult problems are between them and that it is not appropriate to involve you in those adult problems.
  2. Come right now and say, “I get the feel that you don’t want me to love my other parent. Is that correct?”
  3. Directly ask your parent, “Will you still love me if I also love my other parent?” You may need to follow up with “Because it seems like you won’t love me or be nice to me if I love my other parent.”
  4. If one parent is always directing your attention to bad things about the other parent, and never mentions anything positive about the parent, ask “Why are you telling me this? Are you trying to get me to stop loving my parent?”
  5. If one of your parents tries to encourage to not go to the other parent’s house when you’re supposed to for frivolous reasons such as “It will be easier with your school schedule” or other excuses; be firm and tell your parent “I’m committed to the schedule and am going to stick to it. I’m going to be with my other parent whenever I’m supposed to be…just like I’ll be with you whenever I’m supposed to be with you.”
  6. Making bold and assertive statements letting one parent know that you ARE going to love and respect and be committed to both of your parents. It can feel a little scary at first but it WILL get easier and will set boundaries with your parents that will make YOUR life easier and happier!
  7. When a parent starts bad-mouthing the other parent, it may be best to simply walk away, showing that you no longer want to hear this stuff and won’t engage in it.
  8. Remember to stay calm and use mature, rational thinking. For example….

If one parent tries to persuade you that the other parent is unworthy of anyone liking or respecting them, ask yourself does your parent have friends and other relatives who like them? Is your parent truly unworthy of anyone liking or respecting them or does it seem that the other parent is trying to make you just believe that? Follow Us:

Sometimes one parent suggests that you should reject the other parent because of one single incident or mistake. Often the incident is exaggerated. Ask yourself, how would YOU like to be judged only by your worst mistake? All parents make mistakes. There is no such thing as a perfect parent or perfect person. A parent doesn’t deserve to be completely rejected due to just one mistake…just as you know they wouldn’t reject you due to one mistake you might make.

You may think that you have decided for yourself that your mom or dad is not worthy of your love, but no one is immune from outside influence. That is why advertisers spend so much money to try to persuade you to buy their products, and why politicians try to make you think their opponents are unworthy of votes. When kids have parents who live apart from each other, sometimes a parent will act like a politician trying to get you to shun the other parent. Think calmly and rationally and ask yourself “Did I really decide to reject and be hateful towards my other parent ALL ON MY OWN or was I influenced by messages and actions by my other parent?”

Make a commitment to “do the right thing” by staying committed to seeing both parents when you’re supposed to and by staying firm with both parents that you won’t allow them to put you “in the middle” of their anger towards each other. Consider making a mantra to repeat to your parents as necessary such as “I love you both. I’m going to see you both when I’m supposed to. I’m not going to listen to either of you talk badly about each other. This is the way it’s going to be.” Repeat as needed. You’re smart. You’re strong. You’ve got this!

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Travel Risk Management

Is It Safe To Go To Russia for Attend The World Cup?

Frank Figliuzzi is the Chief Operating Officer of ETS Risk Management, Inc., a global provider of travel security, Travel Risk Management, executive protection, threat intelligence and major event security. Frank is the former FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence, and recent head of Investigations, Special Event Security and Workplace Violence Prevention for General Electric.

How safe is it to visit Russia?

Virtually no travel to Russia is without risk.  Russia travel risk assessment is driven by three factors:

  1. Location specific inherent risks;
  2. The nature of the travel;
  3. And, the individual traveller.

For example, hate crimes against foreigners, minorities, and the LGBT community occur in Russia because of an apparent tolerance for such conduct as reflected in weak legislative prohibitions and an unwillingness to prosecute. Deadly terror attacks happen in Moscow, the north Caucasus and, most recently, St. Petersburg because of long-standing organic ethnic, religious and regional strife such as the Chechen/Russian conflict including possible sympathies for ISIS within the Chechen region.

Travel in connection with special events or sporting matches raises the already well documented daily risk of tourists targeted by pickpockets and muggers, often by organized gangs in major cities. Individual travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent or who simply “don’t look like they belong” in the eyes of certain locals should exercise particularly enhanced vigilance.

Business travellers should understand that electronic devices are frequently targeted for intrusion via malware and other means in an attempt by the Russian intelligence services to access proprietary corporate information for a competitive edge.

Despite the inherent risks, travellers who make the effort to seek the “ground truth” of their destination through their own government alerts, reading current country risk profiles offered by established security firms, and who maintain vigilance and a low-profile, can easily mitigate the risks and enjoy a memorable trip to a vast and proud nation.

How safe will it be to go to the World Cup?

Travelers to the World Cup are advised of the significant risk posed by organized hooligans who seek to engage in brutal fights with opposing fans from countries like Britain, France and other nations.

Russian hooliganism is marked by elements distinct from traditional hooliganism in the UK and Europe. Law enforcement agencies with decades of experience in securing soccer competitions have documented observations of Russian thugs who are highly trained and prepared to fight. These hooligans physically train in body-building and fight techniques and they make a point of not drinking alcohol during matches to maintain an advantage over their UK or European counterparts.

Disturbingly, Russian government leaders seemingly encourage such behaviour with Russian Ministers quoted saying “Keep up the good work”, and Putin himself observing how Russian fans had quite literally beaten the English fans.

However, a major world event such as the World Cup is likely to be secured by the highest level of Russian national security agencies who understand the negative impact globally of any major incident during the World Cup.  The largely incident-free Winter Olympics in Sochi, even under threat of terrorism, is evidence that Russian can secure a major event when it chooses.

What are the biggest risks?

Opportunistic crimes such as pick-pocketing and other thefts are common in major Russian cities. This risk includes theft from hotel rooms and theft from vehicles. Cases are well-documented of visitors whose drinks were spiked at bars for the purpose of robbery, rape or other violence. Unconscious victims are often left outside sometimes with life-threatening implications especially in the cold winter months. Further reports exist of criminals impersonating police officers for the purpose of harassing and robbing tourists.

What are the overlooked risks?

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Travellers to Russia often overlook or dismiss the reality that the Russian government is in near total control of infrastructure which facilitates intelligence service targeting of western business and government travellers to include remote intrusion into their devices, or, even outright theft of their laptops, smart phones and other devices.

Similarly, hotel frequented by western travellers are particularly notorious for intelligence collection, entrapment and attempts to compromise western business and government visitors. This fact poses a dilemma for travellers seeking to avoid such targeting by possibly choosing a local, non-westernized hotel.

However, such a choice often increases the odds of opportunistic crimes such as theft or assault and can antagonize the intelligence services who may become perturbed by your diversion from the usual hotel chains.

How should people mitigate this?

Risk mitigation remains similar to advice given for most international travel.

Specifically, avoid open display of wealth, including expensive jewellery, and anything that may identify you as a tourist. Avoid walking alone at night. Be vigilant for pickpockets in main tourist areas and around the main railway stations, and keep your passport tightly secured. Always buy your own drinks at the bar and keep them in sight at all times.

To mitigate the risk of being victimized by “fake” police officers, always insist on seeing identification if you are stopped.

What duty of care provisions should employers sending staff to Russia have in place? What should employees ask for?

Business leaders sending employees to Russia are advised to include professional risk management measures into the travel plan.

These measures should include physical security guidance, protection of intellectual property, and potential medical consultation and even evacuation. The addition of enhanced security enables your team to focus on business objectives within minimal constraints or distractions.  Employees should ask for loaner devices to take that contain only the data needed for that trip and bring a reliable communication device.

Employees traveling for lengthy periods, particularly to more remote areas of Russia, should understand that the local hospital blood supply may not be screened for HIV and other diseases as is the standard in the US, UK and other nations. Therefore, employees should ask about medical evacuation plans in the event of an unexpected need for surgery.

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insider threat programs

How to Build an Insider Threat Program

What your company spent years to develop can be lost in an instant at the hands of one bad intentioned employee. The statistics on employee theft of intellectual property (IP) paint a dark portrait of what employees do when disgruntled, moving on, or stockpiling for a rainy day. William Evanina, the U.S. government’s National Counterintelligence Executive in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence says, “As a corporate leader, the single most important investment in protecting your proprietary information and sensitive trade secrets is developing a viable and enterprise-wide insider threat programs”.

To paraphrase the well-worn mantra on hacking and apply it to the pandemic of Insider Threat: There are two types of companies, those whose employees have already stolen IP, and those who simply don’t know it yet. No matter where your company is along its journey toward an effective insider threat program, success or failure is measured by the last harmful egress of research, formulas, algorithms, strategies, service manuals, or other critical business information (CBI). Whether your effort to detect, deter, and prevent CBI loss has become an industry model or is still a nascent vision, three common components can help build a new plan or help review and adapt a mature program.

Security professionals exploring insider threat fundamentals can take a lesson from first year journalism students. Budding reporters are trained to instinctively repeat basic questions designed to get to the truth, and three of those questions drive formation of all Insider Threat programs: “What?”; “Where?”; and, “Who?” Security leaders should make it their practice to ask these three questions of their staff, key partners, and operational components of their companies. What is it that most merits protection? Where is this most critical information located, physically and in cyber space? Who amongst us requires regular access to CBI?

As the past head of counterintelligence for the FBI, a former corporate security executive for one of the world’s largest companies, and now a risk management consultant, it no longer surprises me to hear new security professionals struggle to answer these basic questions. Security practitioners sometimes perpetuate the long-standing C-suite myth that “security’s got this” when it comes to everything from a missing gym bag to a missing gyroscope. The perception that someone, somewhere, must have already addressed, planned for, or is in the process of resolving the concern of the moment, provides comfort to our senior executives and job assurance for those of us in the profession. But the comfort is dangerous and the assurance is hollow. Rather, we should work to dispel the notion that security can or should protect everything. To do that, the savvy security executive endeavors to first identify and then deeply understand exactly what represents the future of the company, where it resides, and which employees have stewardship of this lifeblood. Done correctly, in partnership with key stakeholders including Human Resources (HR), Legal, IT Risk, and Engineering, Science or Business leaders, this approach provides laser-like focus on what really matters, shares ownership across components, and generates confidence in a process designed to protect against existential threats to jobs and share price.

Build Your Team

Successful implementation of insider threat programs hinge on assembling the right team. IP protection is a team sport and should not be carried out by one component alone. The team requires willful senior level participants who are convinced the time is right to defend the company against the threat from within. Leadership is often motivated to take this step by a crisis sparked by the loss or near loss of a trade secret at the hands of a departing or on-board employee or contractor. But waiting for such a crisis is not advisable. Gather data on losses suffered within your industry, supply chain, or customers. Talk to FBI corporate outreach contacts and ask for examples of economic espionage targeting your technologies. Talk to HR about where employees go when they depart and ask those employee’s former managers whether cumulative losses pose a concern.

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Meet one-on-one with a senior thought leader in Legal, IT Risk, HR, Business Development, or Research and ask them to partner with you to assemble a team and form an Insider Threat program. Next, meet unilaterally with each proposed team member to brief them on the threat and risk to proprietary data and seek their support to more strongly defend the company. In some non-defense corporate cultures, using the phrase “Insider Threat” can still generate privacy, trust, and culture concerns. In one large company, a security leader’s proposal to discuss such a program was met with this question from the head of HR, “Do you not think we should trust our employees?” The security leader responded, “I do, and I think we should have mechanisms in place to defend our trust.” Meeting first with each partner will allow you to listen to their concerns. Limit the team to five or six decision makers from key functions. When the team is assembled start asking the first of the Journalism 101 questions.


Whether a newly appointed security leader or seasoned veteran, the question at the heart of IP protection is, “What exactly are we protecting?” Responses provided by security and business leaders to this single question help measure the need for an Insider Threat initiative or the maturity of an existing program. Common responses from the security ranks include; “I’m protecting these buildings”, “I’m protecting this campus”, “I’m protecting people”. Even security professionals in large, sophisticated corporations frequently do not cite, “ideas”, “research”, “technologies”, or “critical employees”, when asked what they protect. Follow up questions on which campuses, buildings, or people are more critical than others are sometimes met with silence or criticism that the question implies some employees are more important than others. One long-tenured security leader responded by displaying his daily automated reports advising him which doors, hallways and offices were entered, but, he could neither articulate which company functions occurred there nor how his data was relevant.

Importantly, your team should pose the “What” question to key business leaders including the CEO, General Counsel, CFO, Supply Chain leader, Research or Engineering executives, Business Development or Sales heads, and corporate audit manager. Provide context by framing the question as an attempt to identify the small subset of proprietary information that would most damage the company if it fell into the wrong hands. Various formulas and thresholds can be customized to help guide this discussion and quantify the degree of damage to finances, share price and reputational risk.


Security professionals can only truly protect that which they know is there. Once CBI is identified, the team must learn where it resides, in both physical and cyber space. In large companies with thousands of employees and facilities, this question is more easily asked than answered. Yet, the answer is vital to learning how your CBI is exposed. One large company locating its CBI discovered a proprietary formula sitting in an open folder accessible by its entire employee population. Audit of the folder revealed that employees in high risk nations had visited the folder without any valid reason.

When countering the insider threat, the physical and the cyber security of CBI must be viewed as one holistic endeavor. The behavior of data and the behavior of humans are inextricably linked and the partnership between IT Risk and Physical Security should be seamless. Once aware that specific buildings, offices, or laboratories contain CBI, protocols and checklists for enhanced safeguarding can be drafted. This initiative counters more than just the internal threat. Upon learning the location of a sensitive manufacturing process one company found the process was part of a public tour route.


The seemingly simple “Who” question can generate more consternation than the previous two questions combined, particularly from your partners in HR and Labor & Employment Law. While answering the first two questions is often labor intensive, this last query raises issues of policy, organizational culture, and law. Companies may learn that some CBI is assigned to contractors, and the team must wrestle with the issue of whether people with less allegiance, and more transient tenure, should be entrusted with the firm’s future. Yet, identifying employees who require access to CBI is easy compared to planning how to relate to them. This discussion should include: standards for employees to receive and maintain CBI access; policies on travel and device security; enhanced computer monitoring; and, governance protocols for investigative response to suspicious conduct. Importantly, the approach to such vital and often singularly knowledgeable employees should be an inclusive one that views them as special stewards with more responsibility than the average employee.

If approached carelessly, insider threat plans can breed mistrust, alienate key employees, erode company culture, and even violate labor or privacy laws. But, a quality program can be a leader’s most important legacy, reaping tangible dividends in loss prevented, jobs saved, and relationships forged.

Originally posted in the Security Magazine

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Should You Repair Or Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?

There might be a time when you need to consider if you should either repair or replace your air conditioning unit. Usually, the cost of a repair will be substantially less than the cost of purchasing and installing a new unit. That seems like a pretty good basis for making the decision.

If you require a commercial refrigeration repairs Melbourne service, there is a provider with an excellent reputation that has been providing affordable services to residents, Everlasting Air. Not many of us have the luxury of being able to spend money whenever we want and so spending less is going to be the best option. But perhaps a decision for choosing to do repairs might not be that straightforward.

If you can be confident that investing in the repair will ensure that your system will return it to peak efficiency without the need for any future repairs, then it is money well spent. But if a few months later the compressor stops and then after that the pump motor stops, then you will be finding the maintenance costs increase.

So, it is worth having a look at a range of factors to help you clarify what is the correct decision. We have gathered together some tips to make it easier for you.

How Old is Your Air Conditioner?

The design of air conditioning systems has been through some major advances as we become more aware of environmental concerns and the need for energy efficiency. There are new air conditioners that are around double the efficiency of their older counterparts. In addition, the efficiency of your unit may be decreasing as it ages and the refrigeration system may no longer operate as effectively. With an older unit, you might notice that on hot days it has trouble coping and could be running constantly. This will also add to the power costs as it will be using more electricity to try to achieve the cooler temperature you are accustomed too.

If your unit is more than 10 years old, then it is probably a good time to consider making a change. If it is needing repair work, then it may be an excellent time to seriously assess buying a new unit. The new equipment will run more cheaply, be reliable, and come with a warranty. However, if your system is less than 10 years old and the repairs to be undertaken are not overly expensive then it is usually better to repair the system.

Your Current System Under Warranty?

If your air conditioner is still covered by a warranty then it should not be a problem to have repairs done under the warranty. This may mean that you will not have to pay for the repairs or you might only be paying for labour costs. For warranty air conditioning repairs, Cranbourne residents and those who live in the south-eastern region are able to use the services of Everlasting Air. But once your warranty expires it might be time to reconsider your arrangements. If you are close to the end of the warranty period have a look at the types of systems available and what would be suitable. This will help you in making future decisions about repairs.

Do You Need To Replace Parts Each Service?

If you have a regular servicing arrangement and you are finding that more regularly your air conditioner unit is starting to need parts replaced every time a service is done, this is usually a sign that your equipment is deteriorating. Some of these units were not advanced technology when they were built and their build quality was not particularly high so their life will be limited. If you can see a pattern starting to emerge and you are paying more for repairs, then speak to your technician about the potential for future problems to emerge. For advice on air conditioning repairs, Sunshine residents and those who live in the western suburbs have been able to rely on the technicians from Everlasting Air to provide quality, balanced and relevant information. There is the possibility that something major will fail and then you will not have an air conditioner and you will have to make the decision more quickly on whether to replace it.

What is the Overall Condition of Your System?

It is important to consider the condition of your unit as this may impact on how likely it is that you will need future repairs. If you know that regular maintenance and servicing has been done since it was purchased and that it is located in an environment where it will not be badly affected by weather, then it is less likely to have problems.

If a problem arises where repair work will be required, and the system is still functioning at optimum levels then it may be worthwhile having the repair work done and keeping the unit for longer. But if you notice that there are signs of damage and that there are some minor problems that are occurring regularly as a result of the age of the equipment then it could be time to consider changing your system.

If you have assessed the above elements and found that your system is no longer functioning at a level that will suit your needs, then it might be a good time to replace your system. If you do decide to purchase a new system, then there are some points that you should consider.


You need to choose an air conditioner that is the correct size for the space that you are cooling. You need to consider the design of the house it is to operate in and how energy efficient the property is. It will be a problem if it is not the correct size or powerful enough to cool your property properly. If it is too large, there will also be operating issues and you would have paid too much for a system that you are not going to be used efficiently.

Energy Efficiency

The star rating system shows how energy efficient the air conditioning system is. The more stars the more efficient. This means that if it is more efficient then it should be using less power than a system that is not as efficient. You may need to pay more money for a system that is more efficient than other systems and so you will have to balance out the benefits you will gain from improved energy efficiency savings that will reduce your expenses for electricity over time against the additional upfront costs you will be paying.


You may want a system that has a quieter compressor and fan. The noise of the compressor can be annoying particularly at night time when you want to sleep. This will usually mean that you are looking to have more advanced technology which will usually cost you extra.

Special Features

Different systems will offer you different features. You need to try to clarify before you start looking what you feel is vitally important for your enjoyment of, and satisfaction with, your air conditioning system. These might be simple things like a special sleep feature for the system when it operates at night. You might like to have a more effective filtration system for making sure the air stays very clean. You might prefer to have a system that will link electronically with your house management system so that you are able to program when it switches on or off, or make adjustments to the settings remotely so that your house will be cold when you get home from work.


Depending on when you buy your air conditioner, and the model that you decide to purchase, there may be better times during the year to make your purchase. Some companies will have sales of their products and there may be models that are being superseded that will be sold at discounted prices. It is important to remember that buying a model that does not match your output requirements because it is cheap may bring other long-term costs.

Installation and Servicing

Some companies offer deals where the installation and servicing are offered at discounted rates. It is important to read the details of these offers to make sure you fully understand what they mean, that they will meet your requirements and that there are no hidden costs.

As a result of introducing the new technology into your home, there will be some additional benefits that you should enjoy.

Reduced Operating Costs

Technology in the air conditioning industry has been developing rapidly as our understanding of science and engineering grows and computerized design systems develop. A new air conditioning unit will often far exceed the operating efficiency of a unit that was produced even just a few years ago. Energy efficiency has been a major factor as well, with the value of lowering electricity usage being an important factor for reducing environmental impact and lowering the operating cost for the consumer.

Improved Health

The new air conditioners have also been designed to improve air quality. They have advanced filtration that can remove a wide range of allergens from internal air. People with asthma will notice a big improvemen

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Why You Need AC Wholesalers For Parts & Installations

Do you need help finding the correct air conditioning parts and components in order to Ducted Heating Repairs Melbourne an air conditioning unit? While of course an air conditioning technician has to be qualified, they still need to have first rate air conditioning parts in order to do their work. Advance Heating and Cooling do not just provide AC Ducted Heating Installation and repair services, but we are also the best AC wholesalers in Sunshine and the surrounding area.

Our expertise will help your business

Not only do the team at Advance Heating and Cooling have expert knowledge on air conditioning parts and components, but we also have the professional contacts, the warehouse capacity to store all of our supplies, and technical knowledge in this field to assist our customers.

Many of our clients are tradespeople work in the building and construction industry, and when they are working on constructing new homes, offices, and other buildings, they often also install some sort of climate control system. Advance Heating and Cooling offer various high quality products from leading brands for fittings, heating and air conditioning parts and units, plumbing equipment, and much more, hat can be used for domestic, commercial, and industrial applications for both big and small jobs.

We keep in mind the individual needs of each customer and the specific requirements of their job, offering our customers solutions as well as products. The high quantity of products we receive from manufacturers allows our customers to save money when purchasing our top tier equipment. We are AC wholesalers supporting Sunshine-based tradespeople and keeping local businesses active.

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Barre-based exercise classes have become increasingly popular over the last few years. There are numerous reasons why people are drawn to this fun and effective workout. When you participate in a barre workout in Melbourne, you’ll enjoy improved physical and mental health – here are just a few of the ways barre classes can increase your overall fitness level.

Strength and Definition

In a barre class, you’ll work your thighs, targeting the muscles from all angles. Your front, outer, and inner thighs will become stronger and more defined. You’ll also work your abs, arms, and back, thoroughly strengthening every muscle group including muscles that are often underused. It’s truly a full-body workout that can make you stronger, more toned, and more defined from head to toe.


You don’t have to be flexible before you begin your barre classes in Melbourne, but you’ll no doubt find your flexibility improving as you continue to attend classes. The workout typically includes lots of stretching, so you’ll increase your overall range of motion and, as you become more flexible, your risk of injury will decrease. This stretching can also relieve tension and tightness in your muscles, making even everyday tasks such as bending over to tie your shoes easier. It also reduces stress and promotes relaxation and calm.


Many barre classes include specific movements such as isometric contractions and small isotonic movements. During an isometric contraction, you contract or tighten the muscle without changing its length. The plank position is an example of this type of exercise. Although you hold completely still, your muscles are getting a fantastic workout. These types of exercises are very effective to increase stamina and endurance.


When you work out with a body barre in Melbourne, your core muscles will be engaged throughout the class, even when you’re targeting other parts of your body such as your arms or legs. Weak core muscles are a common cause of back pain; strengthening these muscles can relieve or prevent back pain and allow you to stand and sit taller, putting less stress on your lower back throughout the day.

Mind-Body Connection

Taking part in Circuit Training Melbourne is a good way to enhance your mind-body connection. These classes challenge you to not only work out your body but also focus mentally on every movement and every muscle you’re working, improving your focus and your body awareness. If your mind wanders, your teacher can give you step-by-step instructions on positioning and alignment for a workout that will be both safe and efficient.


Melbourne-based studio Dance Dynamics offers barre classes and many other fun dance workouts. In our four convenient locations, we provide a unique dance and fitness experience. Our classes are suitable for all ages from 15 to 80 and all fitness levels. We also offer three membership options, so choose the right one for you and start learning to dance while you get into shape with Dance Dynamics.

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Worrying about Terrorism Security Services in Ukraine

The looming shadow of terrorism is pervasive. The recent suicide attack that targeted a music concert in Manchester, UK; the vehicle attack in London, UK, two months prior;  and compounded further by regular images across the media of marauding attacks in cities such as Paris and Berlin. These acts of extreme violence are perpetrated by individuals who embrace death as part of the objective of their actions. The very thought of this is no doubt extremely worrisome, but what are the chances of falling victim to terrorism? The simple answer: very small indeed.  Worrying about terrorism to the neglect of more prevalent threats, however, may actually increase your risk.

Business travelers quite often have irrational or misplaced fears that can lead them to not feel secure, when in fact they are, while conversely some often feel secure when abroad but are actually far from it. A significant number of travelers fear the risk of terrorism and, in doing so, neglect those risks that are statistically far more likely to kill or injure them.

“Security is two different things – it is a feeling and a reality. You can feel secure even if you are not and you can be secure even if you don’t feel it,” says security technologist Bruce Schneier.

Schneier further explains certain biases in risk perception:

Human beings tend to exaggerate spectacular and rare risks and downplay common risks.

  1. The unknown is perceived to be riskier than the familiar.

Why and how do these relate to business travel safety?

  • Bias #1: Human beings tend to exaggerate spectacular, rare risks and downplay common risks.

This has led to many people being overly focused on the risk of terrorism. In turn, business travelers and those responsible for the security of business travelers often neglect those threats that are statistically far more likely to kill or injure, such as road traffic incidents, crime and drowning.

What is most likely to kill you when traveling?

The U.S State Department maintains records of all registered deaths of U.S. citizens abroad. The details identify for the majority what they died of and where. The results may surprise you. See the two charts in the images above for details.

In Figure 2, it is interesting to note the correlation between deaths due to Terorism (Yellow) and that of deaths due to Pedestrian accidents (Orange).

  • Bias #2: The unknown is perceived to be riskier than the familiar.

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Regular travelers to certain city or location may likely become complacent, especially if they have not been directly affected by any of the dangers or hazards that may be present. This is also referred to as “Boiling Frog Syndrome” – named from the phenomenon that a frog if put into boiling water will immediately jump out, but if you place the frog in cold water and slowly heat it up will stay in there and eventually boil to death.  Not an overly joyous image, but one that paints the picture accurately.

This complacency prevalent with certain travelers often leads to their safety and security decreasing whilst the chances of them being a victim to crime, or neglecting risks increasing. If our feelings match security reality – we make better trade offs.  To improve our personal Security Services Ukraine it is important to understand these two key biases.

“If it is in the news don’t worry about it, as by definition news is something that almost never happens,” says Bruce Schneier. The solution, therefore, is to know what the risks are – and obtain “Ground Truth.” This should involve research into your destination. What are the main dangers of the country or cities that you will be visiting?

Crime, natural disasters, health issues and political instability are all important factors to consider. Consider also specific and current issues such as date rape drugs being utilized in a tourist hotspot, or a spate of recent muggings in certain locations. Study the U.S. State Department website, or the equivalent travel advisory guidance of your country of origin.

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What is the metal scraping process itself?

Generally, the scrap is a term which is used for various recyclable materials which left from many products that have been consumped. Some of these products are widely used, such as cars or building blocks. It is also important to mention that the term “scrap” is mistakenly identified as a waste, which is far from true. One example that can prove that scrap isn’t waste is statistical fact that United States’ exported scrap worth more than 10 billion dollars (data from year 2007).

Now, when we briefly explained what the scrap is, and when we mentioned the most common mistake regarding the term “scarp”, it is time to talk about the scrap copper prices.

Copper itself is a ductile metal, which has some very important chemical characteristics. Although it is hard to talk about “more” or “less” important chemical characteristics of any element, we will make the exception of this rule and say that electrical conductivity is definitely one of the most important chemical characteristics of copper. Because of this characteristic, copper is widely used in electronic industry (e.g. trunk, generators, boilers, etc.).

When talking about the scrap value, it important to mention that copper and its alloys (bronze, brass) have been recycled for centuries. The reader familiar with the ancient Greek history is probably familiar with the Colossus of Rhodes (which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), that was often mentioned to have been made of copper. In the middle ages, the copper was used for weapons. Today, we are “surrounded” with copper within many of the electronic devices we use daily. So, the importance of the copper is enormous. The copper, as well as many other elements, is not present in nature in unlimited quantities.

This is where the scraping copper comes to its real importance. During the copper scraping, the maximum attention must be dedicated to keep the purity of copper. Since the copper is very often used for super fine enameled wires, it purity is extremely important to ensure that these wires have high conductivity. Since the enamel is very thin, they mustn’t have any surface flaws. For the power cables, the copper has thicker size, so the purity requirements are slightly less strict.

Scrap copper that is linked with some other materials, will take advantage of the contamination.

Let’s say some final words about the product value of the scrap copper. While considering what we said recently about the importance of copper purity, we can come up with some conclusions. If there are no other alloy compositions within the scrap, it is much easier to remelt the product which has high quality. Furthermore, if the scrap consists of some other alloys (meaning its purity isn’t good), there could be problems regarding adjusting the composition within the chosen specification limits.

We would like to conclude this article with a few words about environmental considerations regarding copper. Copper is the essential trace element and as such is necessary for normal life of most living organisms. It is very important then to take care about the recycling of copper whenever possible.

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So you just finished your final walk-through with your calgary landscaping contractors and (hopefully) are happy with everything they accomplished. You handed them their final cheque, shook hands, they hopped in their truck and are on their way to the next job.

On the other end, you turn around and see your yard, remembered what it was and saw what it became. You couldn’t be happier!

Now, the hard part: maintaining your new yard. From hardscape care to everyday lawn maintenance, every dollar you spent should be worthwhile.

Here are some tips on how to ensure your landscape maintenance is up to par for years to come:

Hardscaping Landscape Maintenance

The hardscaping portion of your landscape was probably your most costly, so it’s imperative you don’t let it get damaged.

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Paving Stones:

  • Sweep your patio regularly, especially after a party or gathering.
  • Power-wash once a month – you can rent one from Home Depot
  • Ensure regular polymeric sand between joints to keep weeds from growing.
  • Remove any stains that stick with a store-bought solution from any garden center.
  • Remove and relay any paving stones that shift – this is normal especially with Calgary chinook weather.


  • Reseal concrete every second year or so depending on the degree of wear and tear.
  • Power wash regularly to remove debris.
  • Remove any oil, grease or other stains right away before they settle in.
  • Pay attention to expansion joints as water seeps through, and call for a professional to fix it immediately.

Stone Retaining Walls:

  • Pay attention to any settling within the first year.
  • Make sure caps stay glued or re-apply PL to secure caps on the wall.
  • Ensure that the wall isn’t being “pushed out” from water pressure over time and continues to drain properly.
  • Avoid salt or deicers around the retaining walls.


Softscaping is what is going to give your yard a vibrant glow. Green grass, blooming trees and shrubs are where all your colors and textures are going to come from. It’s important that you take care of these crucial elements on a regular basis to ensure optimal landscaping.


  • Water, water, water. The first two-three weeks you should water your lawn twice a day- early morning and late evening.
  • Don’t cut new grass for at least three weeks – let it grow into the soil.
  • Some yellow/brownish patches are normal – it’s just the heat, keep watering!
  • If the patch remains, either replace the sod or power rake it and throw a high-quality seed mix in, then wait.

Plant Materials:

  • Give it time to grow.
  • Again, water, water, water – but don’t drown the plant.
  • Prune regularly, remove dead branches.


  • Spray round-up anytime you see weeds growing.
  • Top up mulch as it starts to decompose.
  • Cut out straggly, loose fabric underneath, and replace it with newer fabric stapled to the existing one.
  • Blow or pick the fruits and cones falling from your trees.

Calgary landscapers should always let their clients know about maintenance protocols for the work that they do. This is the only way to ensure that the yard stays beautiful for more than a season, and all the hard-earned money that was invested can be shown off for years to come!

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