Thursday, 16 Aug 2018

Fly-tipping is, by definition, illegal waste disposal. The term encompasses any depositing of waste onto land that lacks a proper licence for waste disposal.

Whether the unwanted material is a bin bag, a dead appliance, or a mattress, disposing of waste illegally is a serious problem. It creates a local nuisance and negatively impacts the quality of life for every member of the community. Commercial-scale fly-tipping can become a much more serious issue; unwanted waste in multiple-truckload quantities ends up tipped on all sorts of inappropriate land.

Illegal waste disposal often becomes a public health hazard, as the unwanted waste can include toxic materials, asbestos, and other threats. Fly-tipping can cause permanent, hard-to-fix damage to soil quality and watercourses.

English councils had to address over a million cases of fly-tipping in 2016 and 2017. Cleanup costs for all of these incidents were estimated at more than £58 million.

You should always keep in mind that fly-tipping is a real criminal offence and authorities will not hesitate to prosecute you for it. Courts can choose to impose a range of penalties for fly-tipping, including prison time and serious fines (up to £50,000 for individuals involved in fly-tipping). In large-scale cases, individuals prosecuted for fly-tipping may lose the right to operate any vehicles involved in the offence.

What should I do if someone fly-tips waste on my land?

If you become a victim of fly-tipping, you are unfortunately responsible for all the costs of safely disposing of the waste in question.  You can hire skip bags and dispose of the rubbish yourself or you can hire professional contractors to dispose of the rubbish for you.

If you employ a contractor to dispose of the unwanted waste for you, make sure that they are properly registered as a waste carrier. This is an easy thing to do by calling the general enquiries line (08708 506506) operated by the Environmental Agency.

You should report fly-tipping to your local authority and/or the Environment Agency. While they have no obligation to handle the waste removal themselves, they will be able to provide useful guidance on how you should proceed.

For the future, consider why your land has been targeted for fly-tipping. Is it easily accessible but concealed from view? Take whatever steps you can to make your land less attractive for fly-tipping. Installing security measures designed to discourage fly-tipping is far less costly than cleaning up … Read the rest ...

Social Care: What Is It?

‘Social care’ is a wide-reaching term that’s used to describe any sort of practical assistance, including personal care, rendered to children, teens, and adult who may need help. Social care is often (but not necessarily always) provided through your local health service. Local authorities and health groups need to collaborate to see that the health needs of disabled children are met. This guide is particularly focussed on the support which families are entitled to receiving from their local authority.

Local authorities, and particularly their social services departments, have a legal obligation to support disabled children, their families, and those who care for them.

In some circumstances, families can benefit from taking a break from the responsibilities of caring for disabled or otherwise challenged children. Now local authorities can provide also provide ‘short break’ services and live in care in Wokingham for families. They also have an obligation to make sure families understand how to access this sort of support.

Temporarily handing over your child’s care responsibilities to others is not a sign of weakness or an admission of defeat. It’s entirely reasonable to want a little time for yourself, your interests, and your other friends and loved ones. Short breaks also give children the opportunity to have new experiences, make new friends, and enjoy a change of scene.

Explaining Short Breaks Services

Short breaks are a number of different services offered to parents by local authorities so that they can enjoy a respite from the responsibilities of caring for a child with special needs.

These services also broaden the horizons of the children who take advantage of them, building new skills, presenting new experiences, and offering them new paths to achievement.

The organisations which provide short breaks services include local councils, health services, and a variety of private and community bodies.

Typical services include daytime or overnight care provided in the home or outside it. Short break services may include educational and recreational opportunities outside the home, evening-time assistance for parent carers, and additional support on weekends and during school holidays.

Short breaks services include:

  • Care at home: This includes care attendant schemes, which provide qualified personnel to ‘mind’ your child.
  • Daycare away from home: Nurseries, extra-curricular clubs, playgroups, weekend clubs, and playschemes covering school holidays.
  • Residential breaks: Organised through residential facilities, hospitals, and hospices
  • Overnight short breaks: Provides sitting or nursing services overnight as
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There is nothing quite like the feeling of not being able to sleep on a plane. Whether you have an important meeting to get to when you land, or just want to normalise your sleeping pattern, the art of napping on a plane can take years to master. If you’re like us and you don’t years to master this, then not to worry!

We have created the ultimate guide to sleeping on a long flight. With these simple tips and tricks, you will be able to catch some Zs in no time, leaving you feeling fresh, free and ready to live life!

Limit your caffeine intake:

As you may all be aware, caffeine is the worst possible substance to put into your body before a long flight, unless you’re planning on staying awake for the foreseeable future. Sugary drinks and coffee are a no-go if you want to take a nap during a flight, so ensure that you get your fix before this.

Comfort is key:

If you want to have a peaceful sleep during a flight, then it’s important to make sure that you are comfortable before-hand. Think back onto all of the flights that you have spent bunching up your sweatshirt to form a pillow substitute. Now think back on all of the times that this method has failed you. More than once? More than five times? More than ten times?

The point is that so many people put up with this technique, when there are far superior options out there to try. For example, the Trtl travel pillow combines the comfort of a neck pillow, with a mechanically designed neck rest that can easily support your head and neck for optimum comfort when you sleep.

As well as investing in a good quality travelling pillow, it’s important to also dress appropriately for a long flight. Think about what you are most comfortable in, whether that’s a pair of joggers, or a pair of shorts and a baggy tee and go with it. If you don’t know by now, falling asleep is all about comfort in your surroundings.If you feel comfortable in yourself, you will be able to fall asleep with ease.

Relaxation techniques:

Try to take some time out for yourself, grab a sleeping mask, some ear plugs and really focus on your breathing during this time, as this will help to calm you down and … Read the rest ...

We trust that traveling around the world shouldn’t be hard: it’s really something everybody ought to do at least once in their lives. Regardless of whether you put in a couple of years or only a few months traveling this lovely planet, it’s imperative to see what’s out there. It’s up to you to make the dream come true and take the first step.

You might feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your daily life. Or you’re yearning for something exciting and unique. You’re craving new encounters and new challenges. Travel is simply the perfect place to test yourself. It pushes people as far as possible and gets them outside their comfort zone. You’ll discover how resourceful you are when you’re presented to new places, individuals and experiences.

From the charming canals of Amsterdam to the antiquated pyramids of Cairo, your choices are apparently boundless. That’s why, in this article we’re going to introduce you to a short must-see places where you can make better memories.

Marrakech, Morocco

What is there not to adore about Marrakech!? This city is a wealth of colors and fabrics, an endless maze of souks, and with numerous mosques, castles and gardens to keep you exploring for days on end. Make sure to avoid the warmer months, as Marrakech experiences extremely high temperatures year-round. Watch out for the snake charmers in the Djemaa el-Fna!

St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh

St. Martin (Island) is the main coral island in Bangladesh a small island St. Martin is in the northeast part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf peninsula.

Writers call Saint Martin’s Island a piece of paradise on earth. The phrase aptly portrays the almost indescribable magnificence of Bangladesh’s only coral island. It’s sand dunes, long beach studded with natural sand stones, shoreline full of colorful corals, thickets of keya (Pandanus odorifer) trees and coconut groves seem to have indeed turned it into a piece of heaven.

Sisimiut, Greenland

Sisimiut is the second-largest town in Greenland which is situated above the Arctic Circle, and almost like dropping off the map. 5,500 people live on a tiny, rocky promontory just north of the Arctic Circle. If you are lucky enough to travel to Greenland, try connecting with locals and getting invited to a kaffemik. These are celebrations such as birthdays or weddings, and guests may can come … Read the rest ...

It’s just the end of May and the scorching heat has already become unbearable. Hasn’t it? So what do you choose to stay cool during such bad hot days? Do you still rely on fans or are happy with keeping the temperatures low with air conditioning?

If you are among the ones who utilize fans to keep themselves cool and also save on your electricity bills during summers, we have a question to be answered – Do fans actually cool the air?

Fan just cools you down and not the air

You may feel that fans keep your room air cool. But that’s not true. All that fans merely do is to make you feel cooler. Fans do not do anything to cool the air. They just move the hot air surrounding your skin, blowing away the heat around you. This helps your body’s natural cooling process to work more efficiently, thereby, cooling you down. Here are some of the attributes of ceiling fans, which allows you to understand the mechanism of it, as to how it cools your body.

Leaving the fan on in an empty room is total waste

So basically, a fan can help lower down your body temperature but, it will do nothing to cool the hot air inside any room.  If you are not in the room and are still leaving the fan on, thinking that it will ease the heat in the room by cooling the air, you’re wrong. If you are not in the room and have still left the fan on, you are just wasting energy resources and adding on to your monthly bills with some more electricity costs.

A fan near a window can help bring cooler air inside

It is true that a fan does not cool air. But there is an exception to this rule. If the temperature of air outside your house is cooler than the air inside, then you can utilize a fan to draw in some cool air from outside. This can be done by placing a fan near the window. This way the cooler air from outside will enter the room and the hot trapped air inside will escape through the window, leaving your room a bit cooler if not much.

You should not that in this case too, the fan is not making the air cool but it is just drawing in some already … Read the rest ...