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There is no denying that the UK population is growing at an alarming rate. The upper dependents, or those of state pension age (65+) constituted for 18.2 per cent of the population in mid-2017, a rise by more than two per cent from only a decade before. The baby boomer generation — those born between 1945 and 1964 — are nearing, or have already reached, retirement age. Furthermore, thanks to technologic developments within the health care system, baby boys born between 2015 and to 2017 are predicted to live to 79, while females are...

Traidcraft is tackling the shopping frenzy of Black Friday by joining the ongoing climate change event instead of the shopping craze. The Gateshead-based company will be spreading the call for shoppers to become more carbon conscious instead of discount detecting, with a series of events on Friday 29th November. The fair trade, organic and vegan food and drinks retailer will be running a refreshment station at Newcastle Cathedral, as well as handing out jute bags of toiletries to the local homeless. Traidcraft will also be addressing...

The UK is well known for its moderate temperatures and mild, if slightly cold weather. However, after two extreme heatwaves during 2018 and 2018, as well as the Beast from the East storm in 2018, the weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Scientists predict that 2019 will be the coldest winter in decades, with temperatures falling to dangerously low levels. It is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the realities of climate change – and it’s not just cold weather that we can expect. Snow, heatwaves, and flash flooding...

Although this can be one of the most neglected areas of the house, having a well-maintained HVAC system can prove to be invaluable to the well being of your home as well as everyone who resides there. However, given that many people are misinformed about how HVAC systems work and how often they need to be serviced, many make the mistake of waiting until it’s too late to call a service repairman. The following is a list of five reasons why you should always have regular maintenance done on your HVAC system.   Less Costly...

Chefs have a duty of care to ensure no cross-contact or cross-contamination occurs when serving food to customers. Failure to do so can lead to illness and, in extreme cases, death. In this article, we will be exploring the issues of cross-contact and cross-contamination, as well as looking at methods of risk-reduction concerning both. Cross-contamination – what are the risks involved? To point out the obvious, customers’ health can be in danger if cross-contamination takes place. It occurs when bacteria or other potentially...

Following a roaring success on Dragon’s Den and an investment from Jenny Campbell, ParkingPerx has gone from strength to strength. Founder Chris Reed has pushed for more investment, further high-quality partnerships, the creation of new jobs, and substantial international interest. On top of Jenny Campbell’s investment, the start-up has received £250k from Mercia Technologies. This has given ProxiSmart, the umbrella company for ParkingPerx, impressive momentum and will facilitate the creation of six new jobs over the next...

For many of the population living in warmer countries, life without air conditioning would be a struggle. Even after looking at the discomforts brought by warmer summers and heatwaves in Europe, we also appreciate the comforts and convenience of smart climate control in the UK. What are the differences? Both ‘air conditioning’ and ‘climate control’ deal with the temperatures of an area, but they both do so differently. Put simply, where air conditioning deals with cooling the air, climate control does so with smart technology....

Posted on Oct 19 2019 - 9:36pm by Editorial Staff
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Choosing a faucet has always been a problem for many people. You will be stuck with the different options in the market. At times, it is difficult to find the perfect item to blend with your industrial rustic, vintage, or contemporary décor. In this article, we will break down some of the common finishes for faucets. We will share some of the pros and cons, and the best uses for each.  Brushed nickel Image via Flickr by Stephen Poff Brushed nickel has a shiny look, which has made many people confuse it with stainless...

If there’s a teenager in your house, chances are that you have become accustomed to the slamming doors, the tears, the cursing, and the zero-to-60 mood swings. (To say nothing of your teenager’s behavior — ba-dum-CHA!) However, it turns out that teens can’t really help themselves, for purely physiological reasons. Their emotional outbursts and poor decision-making are due to the fact that their brains, and the neural pathways within them, aren’t yet fully developed. You see, an adult brain uses the prefrontal cortex...

Posted on Oct 16 2019 - 10:10am by Editorial Staff
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Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. Last year, they gained 3.8% of the market share in the UK, which is a considerable rise from 2016, where the market share was just 1.7%. This increase could be due to a combination of factors, including climate change awareness, fuel prices, and the run up to 2030, where the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the UK. But when it comes to purchasing your first EV, is it better to choose a new model or buy used? Motorparks, who stock the used Puegeot 3008,...