Sometimes politicians, for instance, keep flying to meet up for a Congress in Copenhagen, New York or Berlin. Could that not be done by video conference? The technology is here and surely the cost would be far smaller!? But it seems that meeting in person is the occasion to show something extra...but it doesn't!!!
Not sure whether these powerful people think of the environment, even when meeting to talk about Climate Change and the consequences on the planet!
Of course, there are events which need to be done on the premises, and where the power of telecommunication is not applicable.
Let's take the example ofAbu Dhabi Grand Prix which is a big Formula1 race in the sun and on a new circuit sponsored by Etihad Airways. A lot of fans from around the world travel for it, in order to be in the atmosphere which is unique and can't be shared through a screen.
People would book flights to Abu Dhabi from Paris CDG airport which is located North East of the french Capital and the same situation would occur from New York, Sydney or Munich! It is usually planned ahead to make sure to get the best offer/ price.
Flying can affect the nature but also your health.
Cabin pressure causes gases inside the body to expand. Increased gases remove oxygen from the blood and can cause health problems in chronically ill people.
Long periods of immobility can cause blood clotting in the legs. Blood clots pose serious risks since they may travel to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism (arterial blockage).
Finally, flying across different time zones disrupts the body's timing. Jet lag can affect bowel functioning, disrupt sleep patterns, or even reduce mental and physical performance.
I guess, it is like everything - excess can be harmful for all (health & nature), but it shouldn't stop you flying when necessary.
More and more cyclists are on the roads and cyles paths. However, are they aware of the potential danger surrounding them?!
Some certainly don't care - which is a real shame.
Firstly, it is important to wear visible and bright clothes in order to be spotted by all road users.
How many cyclist do ride their bikes at night with no front or back lights? It seems that it is not important for them as they can see the road BUT this is a selfish attitude. What about the oncoming traffic and cars (or lorries) overtaking the cyclist?!!!
Secondly, there should be a sort of rules and attitude to adopt when taking the road - similar to the car drivers: seatbelt, no mobile phone on the wheel...in one word concentration/ awareness.
The minimum should be to wear a protective helmet. There are various types of helmets. A cheap one won't be enough in case of a heavy impact. It needs to be adjusted in order to be correctly attached under the chin. Not respecting these basic recommendations could lead to a fatal accident!
A brain injury can be very serious. There 4 main types of head injuries:
traumatic brain injury
acquired brain injury
closed head injury
open head injury.
It is worth to spend money for a something relevant like your life and your health.
...people who suffer a head injury and go to hospital have an increased risk of death from a variety of causes for at least 13 years after the initial injury. (Source access legal)
So, no one can dictate you what to do, but think twice when you are going out for a bike ride.
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School in Oakville is one of the most environmentally friendly in Ontario thanks to students, staff as well as parents and the community.
This is part of the Earth Hour 2011. At 8.30 PM on Saturday 26 March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour.
The team effort has earned the school a long list of honours for the green initiatives including prestigious Ontario Gold Eco School certification – twice. They’re really proud of their accomplishments.
A good example to follow - So to know about the Earth Hour countdown and event check HERE.
In February 2011 the Manchester Evening News has reported an interesting and tragic case, concerning the shocking behaviour of a cyclist.
The young cyclist had to pay £250 at Salford Youth Court after being charged of dangerous cycling!
First of all the cycle wasn't maintained correctly.
As the teenager travelled accross a pedestrian crossing when the light was red, the driver of a passing bus had to brake to avoid the collision.
Consequently, this unplanned stop involved:
a broken arm for a woman sitting in the bus,
a badly broken neck for a 79 year old passenger who died of her injuries.
The cyclists actions in this case throws up a number of issues. Here it appears that the teenager was initially cycling illegally on the pavement and then crossed a pedestrian crossing, still on his bicycle, while the light was red.
The attitude of this cyclist is actually not giving a good image to the other users of bicycles. His poor cycling has potentially made the plight of cyclists in that area a little more difficult.
Secondly, it is highly unlikely that he has any form of insurance, and he may shortly have wished that he did.
A few cyclists are completely unaware of their actions or how they cycle affects pedestrians and other road users.
When buying or using a bike on or off road an insurance should be compulsary...just in case something happens. It is illegal for other road users, so why can cyclists go away without it?
Cycle insurance can make an everyday incident less stressful.
This is an example of how what appears to be a very minor bit of law breaking can turn out so tragic.
She is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and 18 million Singles, bringing her total sales to nearly 40 million records. Furtado grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
So, in 2007 she was in invited in Italy to perform a 45 minute show for some guests. However, this party was organised by Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi.
Concerning the payment: she received $1 million (£615,000).
But , because of the actual situation in Libya she has decided to give away this money. She has explained on Twitter her decision in an effort to distance herself from the dictator.
A good move. She is giving the good example that money can be dirty!
There is an electric bike company located in Devon and more precisely in Honiton.
The latest generation of electric bikes with 36 volt Lithium battery technology, aluminium frames and generally upgraded equipment and electronics are about half the weight of earlier steel framed models with lead acid batteries and travel twice the range.
Peter Blackman is the Managing Director who put the business together in early 2010. He realised that these bikes were the future of cycling - combining a very economical, healthy and pleasurable form of travel for commuting to work, shopping or even for fun!
Electric bikes have been around for some time. Things have changed. the new generation of electric bicycles appear to be little different to good quality modern push-bikes - that's until you ride on it.
Light an d easy to use, conventional controls, pedal and battery power which gives the rider healthy exercise but with the reliance of a powerful motor for steep hill.
With only eleven pence of electricity for a full battery , you will be able to cover up to 40 miles at 15 mph!
If you are interested in more details just visit the Axcess bikes site.