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How Centrepoint is aiming to combat youth homelessness

Youth homelessness has increased alarmingly over recent years. This has been exacerbated by rising rents as a result of a shortage of housing stock, making it difficult for people to secure realistic long-term accommodation.

In a competitive rental marketplace for tenants, young people are at a disadvantage. They are unlikely to be earning enough to compete with older, and better financially equipped tenants, and if they are care leavers or unemployed, these problems are heightened further.

Youth homelessness can be devastating for the individuals concerned, leading to a breakdown in stability and structure. They may lose touch with family and friends, find it difficult accessing services, entering education or holding down a job. It can ultimately lead to further issues such as substance addiction and criminality.

The longer a young person spends sleeping rough, the less likely it is that they will ever be able to integrate back into society.

Studies have shown that the average life expectancy for long-term homeless people in the UK is at least 20 years less than the rest of the population.

An innovative solution to a complex problem

An innovative solution from the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity is promising to make a lasting difference.

Centrepoint’s Independent Living Programme looks to create a lasting, scalable solution that combines affordable housing with supported employment for vulnerable young people aged between 16 and 25.

The programme will begin with 300 rent-capped, secure homes in Manchester and London. These will be made available to young people who are at risk of homelessness and who have signed up for the Centrepoint Work Scheme.

This scheme aims to equip young people with the skills, further training and education they need to enter the workplace. They are then able to apply for jobs with an employer who has signed up for the scheme. Any young person who has secured work through the scheme will be able to apply for accommodation through the Independent Living Programme.

Crucially, the rent for accommodation through the programme is capped at a third of the young person’s salary. In practical terms, this would mean that a young person earning an average starting salary of around £18,000 would only be paying around £500 a month. The average rent for new tenants in both cities is considerably higher, making this an attractive as well as a realistic option for young people.

While the number of homes and geographical spread of the programme may initially sound small, there are plans for it spread nationwide as soon as its viability has been proven.

A bold vision for the future

The project is being backed by British entrepreneur and philanthropist Javad Marandi.

As the project’s co-chair, Marandi is acutely aware that it’s not just in the cities where youth homelessness is on the increase.

The number of rough sleepers in rural parts of England is also on the rise. However, he is optimistic about the project’s potential, hoping that in time it can become truly national.

“At the moment, the biggest hurdle to the growth of Centrepoint Independent Living is the novelty of the programme,” says Marandi. “It’s never been done before and, as with anything revolutionary, you have to prove the concept to all interested parties: potential investors, national and local government, and employers looking to sign up for the scheme. There is a chance for all to benefit and to be part of something truly extraordinary.”

Marandi is also quick to point out that Centrepoint has vast experience when it comes to delivering and managing accommodation, and helping young people build successful lives. Each home that is built by the scheme will cost up to £70,000. While this is competitive, Marandi believes that the unit cost will fall as more companies and investors get involved. As the price per unit decrease, the overall economic viability of the scheme will increase.

In fact, Marandi hopes that in time the project could be effective at tackling homelessness among all age groups.

Ambition and practicality combined

The key to the Centrepoint approach is its practicality. It provides a range of benefits for every stakeholder, from the young person themselves to the employers and investors. It’s hoped that once the model has been implemented and shown to be effective, it could prove to be highly successful.

Major WWTW Project Sees Gen-C Upgrade Six Biogas Engines In An Industry First

Gas engine upgrading specialist Gen-C is working with service provider WB Power Services (WBPS) to upgrade six biogas combined heat and power (CHP) engines at wastewater treatment sites across the north of England. As well as improving performance and reliability, the upgrades allow remote monitoring and operation of the engines, reducing maintenance costs and increasing uptime. Pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in the world of CHP performance, Gen-C believes this project to comprise the first upgrade of an MWM TCG2020-V20 engine, comprising an open-access control panel with new throttle, fuel mixer and ignition.

Access denied
WBPS’s existing management agreement with a major water company saw them tasked with overseeing and servicing a number of biogas CHP engines. When the engines were first installed, the original service provider retained full control over them, meaning they were the only ones who could reset the engine in the event of a shutdown, or to complete high level system integration. This also meant that routine operations, such as emissions testing, could only be carried out in the presence of someone with the appropriate passwords and access.
This caused regular delays and process interruptions, with staff on-site forced to wait excessive periods before the engines could be restarted or maintained despite having the technical ability to do so themselves.

When WBPS were asked to take on a further six MWM engines, they realised that the existing control panels would need to be upgraded to modern open-access versions to allow their engineers to efficiently manage the CHPs without delay, so they turned to Gen-C for support.

24/7 remote control
Phil Hamblett, Renewables Operations Director at WBPS explains: “As the exclusive supplier and installer of Motortech open-access control panels, Gen-C were the natural choice for this project. The previous closed protocol control system was very restrictive in terms of maintenance abilities and operation. The new open-access system installed by Gen-C allows us to collect data and build information, as well giving us remote access. We are using software that is linked to the hardware, which means that out-of-hours engineers don’t need to leave their house and can login remotely and even restart an engine themselves within seconds. That’s something that wasn’t available under the old, closed protocol system. What’s more, being able to access the engines remotely has reduced travelling time and manhours, providing cost savings and helping to reduce our carbon footprint.” Industry first The contract that WBPS signed with Gen-C covers six MWM CHP engines across four WWTW sites, with a total capacity of 9.5 MWe. The heat from the engines is used on site as part of the sludge treatment process and the electricity produced is exported to the grid. The heat forms a critical part of the sludge treatment process, so if the engines are off for even a short period, the effects can be significant. Three of the engines have already been upgraded, with the other three scheduled to be completed early in 2023. And in an industry first, Gen-C believes this project to be the first time an MWM TCG2020-V20 engine has been upgraded in this way.

Monitor and manage
The Motortech control panel upgrade from Gen-C allows WBPS engineers to fully access and manage the engines themselves, including remote access so they can dial in to check or change
operating parameters, adjust the engine or even stop or start it if required. The system also comes with the IGS-LOG monitoring system as standard.

“There are a lot of things you can tell about an engine from its behaviour, such as deviations in the power curve,” says James Thompson, Managing Director of Gen-C. “Being able to monitor it regularly means that you can manage it more efficiently, improving operation and getting early warning of minor issues, such as valve clearances or spark plug failures. Being proactive in this way really increases engine uptime.”

Bespoke innovations
As well as new control panels, a number of other upgrades are being carried out on the suite of engines, including improvements to the fuel mixers, ignitions and throttles. The throttle upgrade has been particularly successful and includes Gen-C’s latest innovation; a heat-dissipating collar which protects the motor on the waste gate from overheating.

“One of the engines was only operating at 30% output because the motor on the waste gate had seized,” says James Thompson. “Replacing it with a standard Heinzmann throttle would have cost around £6-7,000. Relocating the waste gate away from the engine and adding a heat-dissipating collar is safer, more reliable, faster acting – and cost just a tenth of the price.”

Another innovation was the way in which the open-access CHP control panel was connected to the existing MWM engines. “We didn’t want to cut any cables on the engines, so we created
bespoke cables to join the existing wiring from the engine to the new control panel,” explains James. “Combined, these solutions have greatly enhanced the original specification.”

“The installations have been seamless,” comments Phil. “The support we’ve received from Gen-C, including training and technical support, has been great, and the difference in the
engines’ performance is impressive.”

For more information on the range of CHP upgrades from Gen-C, including open-access control panels, contact info@gen-c.co.uk

How to Plan the Perfect Disney-Themed Birthday Party

Every child looks forward to their birthday, from the sugar-filled food tables adorning cakes and candy, to the party games and presents.

Disney is a household classic and with its ever-growing popularity, with Disney+ amassing 152.1 million subscribers and its platform expecting to overtake Netflix by 2026, it is no wonder children around the world are enamoured with these classic characters.

According to Little London Magazine, the most popular Disney movie is Frozen with an average search volume of 1.9 million, with classics such as Aladdin coming in fourth with a volume of 528,000.

So why not surprise your little ones with a party filled with their favourite characters, music, and more? Here, we will explore some tips and tricks to hosting the perfect Disney-themed party that will leave your little princes and princesses feeling like royalty for the day.

The bare necessities

As with all birthday parties, children care about the main event – the gifts. Making sure the additional elements of any birthday fits into your theme is important for carrying the wonder throughout the day. Specialised greeting card suppliers have an array of character-driven cards for you to choose from, meaning that cards can be used to decorate! Try cutting out some of the characters and hiding them around the venue for children to find.

Another bare necessity is the music. Making sure you have a playlist ready of all your children’s favourite songs can help set the scene. Try entering the venue to Disney’s iconic opening music When You Wish Upon a Star. Some music can even help provide entertainment such as Alice’s signature The Caucus Race which can involve any number of children, and everyone wins.

And making sure your child is dressed for the occasion just adds to the moment. Whether they want to dress as their favourite princess, a lightning-fast race car, or even a flying elephant, having an array of costumes can bring your child’s dreams to life.

Make a magical wonderland

You have to set the scene at every themed party, especially when it is Disney-themed.

Whether it is their classic animation style or the skyscrapers of superheroes, the setting is all-important. Making sure you put magic into the decorations will help your children feel a big part of their character’s world for the day.

From mushroom stools to magic mirror photo frames, constructing a world of wonder should be a top priority when planning the perfect party. And you don’t need to go over budget in order to make this happen.

Consider the Mad Hatter’s table – full of mismatched madness. How about instead of having a buffet to the side of the room, try making this the main event? Let’s allow the chaos of Alice in Wonderland to take over your food layout! Large cut-outs could also work in your favour: over-sized mushrooms, flowers, and even a giant caterpillar can add an element of surrealism to your event and increase that wonder element for your kids.

By tailoring your decorations to your children’s favourite characters, you can truly bring the event to life. They don’t just want to dine with their favourite princess, but they want to live in the moment. Setting the scene is crucial in bringing this alive.

A Disney dine-in

And what is a party without the food? Depending on your child’s favourite movie, there are many edible examples which can transport them straight to another world or an enchanted castle.

The centre piece is always the birthday cake. If you child is a fan of Sleeping Beauty, you can replicate the topsy-turvy, falling cake, or you might shape your cake to resemble a character. Some parents might go as far as to making a large cake which fits into the scenery, mesmerising the children as their playhouse turns edible!

Other examples of food might include the famous spaghetti and meatballs from Lady and the Tramp or even the wonderful “grey-stuff” from Beauty and the Beast. This can be made out of whipped cream, or icing, and crushed Oreos – delighting your children while putting them straight into the movie.

Enchanted entertainment

As with any party, making sure the children are entertained the whole time can be tricky. But with a Disney theme, there is a wide selection of party games you can try. Why not consider setting up your own treasure hunt within the venue. As with the Disneyland parks, hidden Mickeys are a treat for all ages. Set up mickey shapes around your venue and see how many they can find. These shapes can range from obvious ones drawn on walls to secret Mickey’s made from carefully arranged plates. This won’t just be fun for the children but for any adults invited as well.

Some traditional birthday party games can be Disneyfied too. Join in with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff to play charades, with each character being from their favourite movies or you could learn to play Croquet like the Red Queen using pink-painted mallet to resemble flamingos – but beware to avoid hitting the strawberry tarts!

And after a long party, why not make a game out of cleaning up? Just like Cinderella, set your kids to the task of collecting as many items as possible during set music or dress them as Lumiere and Cogsworth, in charge of collecting the plates and finding Chip.

The imagination of children is unparalleled and making visual additions to your birthday party, from chaotic pots to chipped cups and grey food, you can make them feel like they have transported into their favourite movies.

Whichever character is your kids’ favourite, you can bring the magic of Disney to life and celebrate with a bippity-boppity-booping brilliant birthday party.

Your Comprehensive Guide To Pink, Brown And White Noise

Anxious sleepers and people with memory difficulties are being advised to seek snoozing assistance through listening to different soundwaves.

With so many wellness trends being showcased on a daily basis across social media platforms, Online-Bedrooms.co.uk are sharing their breakdown on whether listening to calming noises can really aid sleep and improve memory and concentration throughout the day.

This comes after research reveals 41% of Britons who sleep on average less than five hours per night report having problems falling asleep every night.

Although many have previously heard of white noise, the full spectrum of sounds is more complicated and has many colours, including white, pink and brown noise.

The colour noises depend on the intensity and distribution of energy and integrating these sleep-specific noises into night-time routines can be beneficial for people of all ages to help clear the mind, relax and drift into a deep sleep.

Nic Shacklock from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk said: “Many struggling with things like sleep and concentration find themselves feeling unproductive, sluggish and irritable throughout the day.

“There are lots of remedies for anxious sleepers including pillow mists, lavender sleep balm and weighted blankets – however those who haven’t yet found their relief might just find sleep sounds to be the key to a better night’s sleep and concentration throughout their day.

“This is why we are breaking down the differences between white, brown and pink noise.”

White noise – the highest tones

The steady hum of a fan, the hiss of untuned radio static or a humming air conditioner are all examples of white noise. Energy is equally distributed across the frequencies in white noise, which is what makes it different to pink and brown noise. White noise contains all the sound frequencies in the audible range, making the sound even and consistent. White noise can help to block out any loud external noises that stimulate the brain and disrupt sleep, which is why it is often recommended to those with insomnia or people who struggle with sleep due to living on a noisy street.

Pink noise – mid-deep tones

Pink noise is deeper than white noise, as the energy is not distributed equally across the sound frequencies. The energy is more intense at lower frequencies and is a softer alternative to those who struggle to listen to white noise. Rustling leaves, rainfall and wind are all examples of pink noise, which to the human ear sounds flat or ‘even’.

As well as blocking loud disruptive noises, pink noise has been linked to improving memory. Deep sleep is crucial for creating and consolidating memories, meaning those with fractured sleep cycles tend to experience a memory decline.

Brown noise – deep tones 

Brown noise is the deepest in tones out of the three types of sound and presents as constant noises with minimal sound vibrations. Examples of brown noise include low roaring, thunder or strong waterfalls. While the audible differences between brown and white noise are relatively small, those who struggle with the tone of white or pink noise find brown noise to be less intense and easier to listen to.

Compared to white and pink, there has been little research around the impact of brown noise on sleep and concentration, but the sense of relaxation provided by the sound can be beneficial to those who struggle to listen to the intense tones of other noises to help mask other noises or help to stay concentrated on a task.

TAS Hospital Opened in Istanbul commemorated with a two-Day Training

Attended by hundreds of surgeons from a host of countries, attending surgeons were given the opportunity to practice on fresh cadavers, while surgeons who could not attend physically watched the course online.

Attended by hundreds of surgeons from a host of countries, the course centered on rhinoplasty, face lift and neck lift surgeries performed and broadcast live by Prof. Dr. Suleyman TAS. The 4th Closed Atraumatic Rhinoplasty, Face Lift and Neck Lift Course was held to mark the occasion of the opening of the TAS Hospital in Istanbul.

Prof. Dr. TAS said: “This year, the course that we organize annually was held in honor of the opening of the TAS Hospital”.

Participating surgeons were given the opportunity to learn more about best practices in different surgical procedures, especially in rhinoplasty, face lift and neck lift from Prof. Dr. TAS, who has been organizing similar courses for domestic and international consumption for the past 6 years, while patients also attended to view the best results from operations. Every year, patients from all over the world visit Turkiye to undergo procedures to alter their appearance, leaving the country more confident and happier. Prof. Dr. Suleyman TAS, who has made a significant contribution to the Turkish health sector, also showcased his book.


During the 2-day event, Prof. Dr. Suleyman TAS performed live rhinoplasty, breathing surgery, face lift surgery, a neck lift, facial and fat injection procedures, and gave information to over 100 attendee surgeons about the latest developments and technologies used in these operations. Although there are other courses on rhinoplasty, this event was unique as it included the first-ever comprehensive course in which surgeons were presented with the opportunity to learn about performing procedures encompassing the entire body using cadavers.


Prof. Dr. TAS commented, “We use state-of-the-art technology to achieve the best results before, during, and after the surgery. Micromotor, Fractional Rejuvenation Technology, and Surgical Laser Technologies are just some of the examples of the cutting-edge technologies we use in our procedures. Also, we use our own patented devices to execute any required improvements, transcending the limits set by the current technology. TAS-patented instruments used in operations and the TAS Cast, which offers rapid recovery and pain relief after surgery, are our prominent innovations.”

About TAS Hospital

The TAS Health Group was founded by Prof. Dr. Suleyman TAS. The group’s first clinic, the TAS Aesthetic Surgery Clinic, was opened in Istanbul, followed shortly after by the TAS Global Headquarters, again in Istanbul, aiming to achieve maximum patient satisfaction. TAS Health Group also established TAS Health in London, UK, taking its top-notch services abroad. To offer the best possible services to its patients, TAS Hospital was opened in Istanbul in November with a ceremony attended by over 100 surgeons. The 8-story building has a total indoor area of 5,000 square meters and TAS Hospital employs over 100 experts at the largest private hospital in the most strategic area of Istanbul.

TAS Hospital has a thirty-bed capacity, three operating rooms fully equipped with the latest technology, five hair transplant rooms, three dental treatment rooms, five medical aesthetic rooms, doctor’s polyclinic rooms in 16 different branches, audiometer, radiography, MR, and tomography rooms, 24/7 emergency services, and a medical laboratory, all combined to provide excellent service to patients.

The hospital offers comprehensive services for Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery services (Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Neck Lift, Fox Eyes, Breast Aesthetics, Hair Transplantation, and Aesthetic Dentistry), Dermatology, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Physiotherapy, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Radiology, General Surgery and Metabolic Surgery, Hair Transplantation, Dental Diseases, Laser Epilation and Beauty Unit, Mammography, Ozone Therapy, Nutrition and Dietician, Psychology, Medical Check Up, and Medical Home Services.

With more than 200 employees worldwide, TAS Health Group continues to take confident and rapid steps to becoming Turkiye’s most prominent health institution.

Why TAS?

Although the word “TAS” taken from the surname of the founder Prof. Dr. Suleyman TAS, it is also an abbreviation that stands for Timeless Aesthetic Surgery. TAS Health Group has chosen to use this brand to reflect the company’s goal of offering health services that transcend time, and to highlight its dedication to perfectionism and pursuing the impossible task of achieving the eternal.

“Using the latest scientific and technological innovation, we at TAS Hospital always offer reliable health services in line with our mission to achieve the best quality.”


Ahmet Tas


Modern Alchemists: The Enchanted Spirit Of Ukrainian Furniture Makers And Home Décor


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine comes straight out of the playbook from the last century. Ukraine is a rich prize indeed, with substantial resources, a strong industry sector, and of course human capital. There are many grim possibilities for future outcomes, but Ukraine and the closest allies are interested in ensuring that the country has a robust, free future. It seems nothing will stop Ukrainians from continuing their businesses as an elite group of Ukrainian furniture manufactures and home décor companies will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the semi-annual furnishing tradeshow on January 29th to the February 2nd hosted by the Las Vegas Market located at 475 South Grand Central Parkway. The furniture manufacturer Tivoli is organizing the mission of Ukrainian furniture manufacturers and is helping to aid these companies to ensure they can all continue their businesses even as the war rages on.

With vital support from USAID  and USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine to assist these small and medium sized Ukrainian furniture manufacturers they are set up for success. 

USAID CEP aims to support competitive Ukrainian industries with growth potential in its efforts and initiatives to promote export and trade development, among which is furniture manufacturing and wood processing in Ukraine.

Since its inception USAID CEP has been supporting Ukrainian manufacturers of furniture in boosting competitiveness due to innovative equipment, providing access to training aimed at optimizing manufacturing processes,”- says Olesya Zaluska, USAID CEP Chief of Party.

As we come up to the one-year mark since the war began, these companies are facing challenges created by the war, including a serious decline in the workforce, recurring black outs, and a fall in domestic demand.

However, companies still find a way to produce high quality furniture for a fair price and even find a way to ship it out of the war-torn country. Ukrainian businesses are adjusting to the new reality and are contributing to the nascent economic recovery of the country. It is difficult to talk about businesses moving forward in the country while civilians are still under daily attack, while hospitals are being bombed, and where cities with millions of residents have lost power and water but thinking about what trade means is to envision a post-conflict future, which links to the messages of hope and the necessity to keep fighting for freedom in Ukraine.

Currently, the furniture industry is facing challenges caused by war, such as decreased demand on the domestic market. Thus, USAID CEP encourages furniture manufacturers to enter international markets and scale up globally. In October 2022, fifty Ukrainian companies that manufacture furniture and home goods presented their products at the world’s largest consumer market “High Point Market” in the USA. Currently, the preparation for the Winter Las Vegas market trade show is underway. These initiatives will not only help Ukrainian businesses leverage their competitive advantages and enter new markets but will also contribute to the recovery of Ukraine and development of export sales,” Olesya Zaluska states.

For manufacturers, the consequences are clear and severe. Having first acted swiftly to protect their people and factories working in the region, they now face the enormous task of finding new ways to power their production facilities, manage their supply network and deliver their products. And they must do so at a time of unprecedented customer expectations around price, personalization, and service.

The Ukrainian manufacturers that will show their creations include furniture companies:

U-MA: Upholstery / Sofas

Tivoli: Chairs

Garant: Home and Commercial Furnishing

Mebus: Home and Commercial Furnishing

Sofro: Home Furnishing

Shtayer: Bedding and Homeware

Wood Mood: Wooden Candles

Lumina Art: Artwork

Enjoy The Wood: Wood Puzzles

Co Honey: Beeswax Candles

Nakol Art: Wall Textiles, Independent Artist, Natalia Kolpokova

Woodsoft: Home Furnishing

Cassone: Home and Commercial Furnishing

Favoris: Home Furnishing

InStyle: Home Furnishing 

The group of Ukrainian Furniture Makers and Home Décor companies is led by Jeff Michels an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in hospitality. He was introduced to Ukraine when he was living in Kyiv from 2019 to 2022. He owns two hotels in Northern California outside of Yosemite National Park in Sonora, Tuolumne County. He decided prior to the war to utilize the talent in Ukraine to remodel his motel with all Ukrainian partners from Balbek Architecture Studio to even the in-room furniture and landscaping. The renovation was a huge success, and he has doubled his average daily rate utilizing Ukrainian partners. 

I took a chance as I saw the opportunity to work with this extremely talented industry in Ukraine.  The furniture was shipped on time and the team of Cassone came to Sonora, California from Ukraine to ensure a smooth assembly. It was a seamless process and their hands on approach made my hotel stand out from others throughout the California coastline,” says Jeff Michels, Furniture and Export Expert and Hotel Owner.

Given Michels background in working with furnishing and manufactures and the hospitality sector, USAID CEP in Ukraine has hired him to assess the potential of Ukrainian furniture manufacturers for export to the USA. He is also charged with providing recommendations on product adaptation to the market and assisting in determining effective sales channels and potential buyers and partners to facilitate contracts. 

Jeff Michels recently traveled to Ukraine to visit the manufacturing industry during the war. “I felt I needed to see what the businesses were up against and if they were still able to produce product with the electricity constraints. I was impressed to see all the businesses keeping up with production and are still employing so many talented individuals,” Jeff Michels states. “It was incredible to see this level of professionalism and the drive to continue moving forward. There is a strong energy by the Ukrainians in the factories and in the production facilities. You would never know a war is happening when visiting their businesses,” Jeff Michels says. 

Many addressed the recovery effort since day one of Russian full-scale invasion even if perfect solutions and full recovery will take time to achieve. The work for Ukraine should include building capacity to manage and implement recovery. 

Many can hope that it is darkest before dawn, that soon the violence will cease, and that Ukraine will continue to exist as an independent and democratic nation embarking on an inspiring and effective national recovery and international exportation presence.


The Top 10 Reasons Why Learners Are Failing Their Driving Test

Learner drivers have been told the top 10 most common reasons for failing the driving test as more than half slip up on simple mistakes.

Road safety experts at Road Angel have analysed government research to uncover the main reasons British motorists fail their driving test.

With pass rates at less than 50%, learners would benefit from focussing on the most common reasons for failing to better their chances of success.

While many of these errors might be considered obvious to both novice and experienced drivers alike it is surprising how many learner drivers fall foul of them.

Fortunately, many of these skills are easy to master – like checking mirrors more often and driving in the middle of the lane.

But some of the other common mistakes made by learner drivers might take a little longer to grasp – such as reverse bay parking and hill starts.

If learners are making these common mistakes during lessons, they will be unlikely to pass and need more practice to be safe on the roads.

Other common mistakes for failure include incorrectly responding to traffic lights and signs, bad observations, and wrong positioning when turning right.

Gary Digva, founder of Road Angel said: “It can be easy to make a mistake on the day of your driving test which can cause you to fail.

“Some of these common errors may be considered obvious but under the pressure of a driving test, it’s easy for even the best learners to make one of these 10 mistakes.

“Getting in as much practice as possible beforehand will improve your driving skills and confidence behind the wheel, which will help control test day nerves and avoid making these common errors.

“And if you’re regularly making these mistakes during your driving lessons your instructor will most likely recommend you not to take your test yet as you’re not quite ready.

“Although it can be upsetting to hear that you’ve failed your driving test, it just means you need a bit more practice to be fully safe on the roads.”

Road Angel’s top 10 reasons why learners fail their driving test:

  1. Not checking mirrors enough

Learners won’t pass their test if they don’t check their mirrors often enough – particularly before signalling changing speed or direction. Mirrors must be checked along roundabouts and when changing lanes – especially on the dual carriageway to avoid other cars from having to slow down.

  1. Bad observations at junctions

Not making effective observations left and right when learners are approaching junctions is one of the most common reasons why pupils fail their driving test. Every time the car enters a new road the driver must ensure it is safe to proceed. This also applies when entering a roundabout, slip road and looking ahead at crossroads.

  1. Poor road positioning

Throughout the test learners often fail for having poor road positioning during normal driving. This includes using the right-hand lane unnecessarily with no attempt to move over to the left and not driving in the middle of the road.

  1. Failing to move off safely

Any time a learner driver moves off, they must do a six-point check to ensure it is completely safe to continue. Along with checking their mirrors, pupils must ensure to effectively check their blind spots, indicate if necessary, and not enter into the path of any approaching vehicles.

  1. Incorrectly responding to traffic lights

Learner drivers will fail if they don’t respond correctly to traffic lights – one of the most common reasons is from ignoring or not anticipating a red light and thus attempting to proceed through it. Pupils could also fail from entering the box reserved for cyclists and blocking traffic when waiting to turn right at the repeater lights.

  1. Incorrectly responding to road signs

Learners must understand and quickly react to all traffic signs when driving, or else risk failing their test. Some of the most common signs that learners do not respond to are ignoring ‘stop’ or ‘no entry’ signs, speed limit changes and incorrectly driving in bus lanes when the time is displayed.

  1. Wrong positioning when turning right

Some learner drivers fail to position the car as close to the centre of the road as is safely possible. If the car is positioned too far to the left when turning right, traffic may be obstructed causing delays. This also includes incorrectly positioning in the left-hand lane on a roundabout when wanting to turn right, causing confusion to other drivers.

  1. Not having control of the car when moving off

Hill starts are one of the most common reasons for learners to fail their driving test. Rolling back on a hill shows that the learner doesn’t have full control of the car. Repeatedly stalling or not selecting a gear when moving off are also common reasons for failing.

  1. Lack of control when steering

Not having full and proper control of the car when steering is one of the common reasons for failing the driving test. Some steering issues include not steering enough around a bend, steering too late when turning into a minor road and mounting the pavement when pulling up on the left or parking.

  1. Failing to have control when reverse parking

Many learners will be asked to parallel park or reverse into a bay during their driving test, however, this is a common failure point for pupils. Popular reasons for failing include losing control of the car when attempting a reverse bay park, or ending up outside of the bay lines. Another reason for failure is often also taking too many attempts to park or ending up with the wheels on the pavement.


The Growing Role of Blockchain in Healthcare for Improving Patients’ Data Security

The healthcare industry has recently been under increasing pressure to improve data security. This has led to the exploration of innovative technologies, such as Blockchain, that have the potential to revolutionise the way patient data is stored and shared.

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain is a decentralised digital ledger that allows for secure, transparent, and tamper-proof record-keeping. Each “block” in a blockchain contains a timestamp and link to the previous block, creating an immutable record of transactions. This makes it an ideal solution for the healthcare industry, where data security is paramount. The application of Blockchain in healthcare is still in its initial stages, but it has the potential to revolutionise how patient data is managed and secured.

By creating a decentralised database of patient records, Blockchain could give patients more control over their data while also making it more difficult for hackers to access sensitive information. In addition, Blockchain could help streamline administrative tasks such as claims processing and provider credentialing. Any healthcare administrator who wishes to improve his/her knowledge on the use of Blockchain in the healthcare sector will find a healthcare leadership course very helpful.

How can Blockchain be used in healthcare?

The potential of Blockchain in healthcare is far-reaching and has the potential to revolutionise the way patient data is managed and protected. Here are five ways that healthcare leadership can start using Blockchain to improve patients’ data security:

  1. Use Blockchain to create a secure, decentralised database of health information. This would give patients more control over their data and make it more difficult for hackers to access sensitive information.
  2. Use Blockchain to verify the authenticity of medical records. This would help prevent fraud and ensure that patients receive the correct treatment.
  3. Use Blockchain to create a smart contract system for managing healthcare payments. This would make tracking expenses easier and ensure they are made on time.
  4. Blockchain can also be used to streamline clinical trials and research. By creating a secure and decentralised database of clinical trial data, Blockchain can help to speed up the research and development process.
  5. Blockchain can also be used to create a secure platform for sharing patient data. This would enable doctors and healthcare providers to securely share information about their patients without the risk of it being compromised or sold to third parties.

What are the benefits of using Blockchain in Healthcare?

There are many benefits of using Blockchain in healthcare, including:

Improved data security

Data security is a top priority for healthcare organisations, and Patient Protected Health Information (PHI) must be safeguarded at all costs. One way healthcare organisations ensure data security is by utilising blockchain technology. Blockchain is a digital ledger that allows for secure, tamper-proof transactions.

This type of technology is well-suited for the healthcare industry because of the sensitive nature of PHI. By using Blockchain, healthcare organisations can create a decentralised system for storing and sharing data. This means that there is no single point of failure, and that data is more secure overall.

Improved data sharing

Blockchain can help to streamline the sharing of clinical trial data and other health information. Blockchain is a decentralised system. This means that information is stored across the network, not in one place. Since there is no single point of failure, the risk of data loss and corruption is significantly reduced.

The Blockchain is also a distributed network, offering greater protection against cyberattacks. Healthcare leaders can use these features to help improve data sharing and security. If a healthcare professional wants to know how to implement blockchain technology in their healthcare facility, a relevant healthcare leadership course will prove extremely helpful.

Improved efficacy

Blockchain can help to speed up the research and development process. Theoretically, it can also help to reduce the cost of clinical trials. Blockchain technology can improve interoperability between healthcare providers and patients. Patients have greater control over their medical records and can be confident that they are securely stored in a distributed ledger.

Blockchain can help to break down barriers in the pharmaceutical industry by providing more efficient supply chain management. It will allow patients and doctors to track the distribution of drugs and will also make it easier for drug manufacturers to detect fake or counterfeit products.

Blockchain can reduce the cost of transactions by making transactions more efficient. By lowering fees charged by banks and other third parties, Blockchain will reduce healthcare costs.

Blockchain has the potential to benefit patients, providers, and payers.

What are the challenges of using Blockchain in Healthcare?

There are some challenges associated with using Blockchain in healthcare.


Blockchain technology is still in its early stages of development and can be complex to implement. Some of the complexity associated with Blockchain includes scalability, latency, and data privacy. The good news is that many companies are working on developing solutions to address these issues.

Blockchain technology is still in its early stages and is not yet widely accepted by healthcare providers. This means that few industry experts and solutions can be used to help organisations implement the technology.

Lack of standards

There are currently no industry-wide standards for using Blockchain in healthcare. This makes it difficult for organisations to implement the technology in a way that will meet their needs. For example, Blockchain has been used to develop a universal health record system that can store data from all healthcare organisations. However, there are no standards for storing these records, which makes it difficult for organisations to comply with the law.

What is the future of Blockchain in Healthcare?

The future of Blockchain in healthcare is promising. As more organisations invest in this technology, there will be a drive to develop standards and industry-wide applications. The goal is to create a robust ecosystem that allows all parties to benefit from the technology. As technology grows, Blockchain is expected to play an increasingly significant role in improving data security and efficacy in the healthcare industry.


Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionise healthcare by improving patients’ data security. By using Blockchain, healthcare organisations can create a secure, decentralised database of health information that is more difficult for hackers to access. Moreover, Blockchain can aid in validating the integrity of medical records and ensuring that patient data has not been altered. As healthcare organisations increasingly adopt blockchain technology, patients will benefit from improved data security and a more efficient healthcare system.

Manchester SEO & PPC agency adopts 50 gorillas

Gorilla Marketing, a Manchester-based digital marketing agency, has adopted its 50th gorilla in a progressive, environmentally conscious move.
The pledge, which sees the firm adopt a new gorilla on behalf of every new client, aims to give more back to the world in which they operate.

Partnering with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Born Free, the renowned UK PPC agency has plans to adopt many more this year. Today, Fossey Fund trackers and researchers protect roughly half of all the mountain gorilla group families in Rwanda. Gorilla Marketing’s client success manager Charlotte Woodend, who started the project, has helped to ensure the gorillas’ safety for generations to come.

But gorilla adoption isn’t the only remarkable initiative at the firm. Alongside their wildlife protection commitments, Gorilla Marketing is a carbon negative company, with zero carbon footprint. They offset employee carbon, helping to create a carbon-neutral future one employee at a time, with 766 trees planted to date. Overall, Gorilla Marketing has offset 113.81 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to 87 long haul flights or 282,363 miles driven in a car!

Aside from championing environmental causes, Gorilla Marketing supports local causes and runs an annual scholarship to develop the next generation of talent for their Manchester SEO agency.  Further, the agency is proud of its own population, with 50%+ female staff ratio, which is practically unheard of in the SEO industry.

With over eight years in business, Gorilla Marketing’s PPC and SEO experts help to drive the growth and success of clients. PPC Manager, David Lawes has been in PPC – specifically Google Ads – since 2007. His granular and sustainable approach to Pay-per-Click has earned him every accolade in the PPC world and he has even been flown out to Mountain View by Google themselves. Other experts on the team include John Carey, Jamie Fallon, Jordan Bush and David Galvin.

Gorilla Marketing’s PPC and SEO experts
Kyle Clifford, Operations Director, says of the success of the gorilla adoption scheme: “The program is a fantastic way to participate in this uniquely successful conservation effort. Mountain gorilla populations have increased thanks to the daily protection provided by our partnership with the Fossey Fund. They are now the only ape whose numbers are not declining!”

Closer to home, Gorilla Marketing is a key player in the Northern Powerhouse project, having a presence in Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield.  Clients span across the UK, Singapore, Australia, and the US.

Scandalous Celebrity Robberies: Footballers Who Were Robbed in 2022

Celebrity robberies aren’t a new phenomenon and footballers have been a target for this sector of crime for a long time. And not even those associated with football are safe, as one unlucky Argentinian reporter had items stolen from her handbag while she was live on air, reporting during the build up to the World Cup.

The safety of valuables, and families, come into question as footballers battle their rivals on and off the pitch. As the 2022 FIFA World Cup gets into full swing, Associated Security, specialists in safes and secure storage, look at some of the footballers who have been targeted with robberies in this past year.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba, who isn’t part of the World Cup 2022 due to a meniscus injury, was instrumental for France in winning the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. The 29-year-old midfielder made the decision to leave Manchester United during the summer and return to Juventus at the end of his contract. The choice may have been spurred on by a desire to keep his family safe after being targeted in a home raid.

He suffered a shocking robbery in March 2022, while his children and nanny were still home. It is believed he may have been targeted by the same criminals who had previously attacked his Man United teammates and actually occurred as he was playing at Old Trafford against Atletico Madrid in a Champions League game.

Three people entered his home and took a safe, which contained his mother’s jewellery and his World Cup medal. Thankfully his children and nanny were unharmed as the nanny locked herself and the children in a room during the raid.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid striker, is also missing from the France squad due to injury, after a sustaining a muscle tear in this left thigh. As with Pogba, Benzema also was subjected to robbery while playing for his club team, this time in January during a draw against Elche in La Liga.

The 34-year-old’s luxury mansion in Madrid was broken into as the invaders found a way in through the garden. This is not the first time that Benzema has been targeted, as he was raided in 2019 while playing against Barcelona. Luckily, his house was empty at the time of the incident.

An Albanian government official was arrested in May after being linked with the crime and an unnamed man was arrested in October, as he was trying to cross into France. Details of the items taken weren’t released, but they were of high value.

Victor Lindelof

Victor Lindelöf, a defender for Manchester United, is another who has suffered from this type of crime. The 28-year-old isn’t at the World Cup as country, Sweden, didn’t manage to make it through the qualifying stage.

But days before Benzema’s home raid, Lindelöf suffered the same fate. This led to his wife, Maja Lindelof, having to lock herself and their children in a safe room during the burglary. The attack took place as Lindelof played against Brentford at the start of the season and has led Manchester United to improve their security measures as a number of their footballers have been targeted.

Daniele Rugani

Daniele Rugani, a centre-back with Juventus, is another to be targeted in the last year. The 28-year-old Italian has missed out on the World Cup after Italy, the current European Champions, failed to qualify.

The Italian suffered two different break-ins within the space of a month during 2022. Luckily, in both instances no-one was harmed, and nothing was taken. In the first attempt, Rugani’s partner, Perisco, was able to scare off the intruder by turning on the light. And three weeks later, when they returned, they failed to pick the lock. However, this has meant Rugani and his family have moved due to the repeated attempts.

As football becomes more high profile, with players becoming celebrities in their own right and more money and wealth in the game these days, more footballer’s houses are being broken into. Footballer targeted crimes have risen in the last 15 years and the phenomenon has continued throughout 2022.

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