Travel Risk Management

EXPERT ADVICE: IS IT SAFE TO GO TO RUSSIA AND TO 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.

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What are the overlooked risks?

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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How to Buy the Best Postal Tubes at Affordable Prices?

Postal tubes are used for various purposes related to packaging. Packing and transporting of fragile items becomes easier with postal tubes. Delicate items can be packed properly before they are shipped to a different location. eCommerce website owners use postal tubes for packing and sending posters, maps, artwork, and blueprints. It is important to invest in high quality cardboard tubes to ensure safe delivery of the items. Important documents can be packed into mailing tubes before they are shipped. It ensures safe delivery of the rolled items.

Most of the reputed manufacturers offer postal tubes in different shapes and sizes. Look for trustworthy suppliers who sell tubes that are designed to perfection. Business owners should transport A3 or even A4 sized documents in mailing tubes. Search for professional finish postal tubes that are durable.

Environment-friendly postal tubes are the need of the hour. They come with secure end caps, and the mailed items can be protected at each and every step of the journey while transportation. Whether you need packaging solutions for electronics or medical applications, it is essential to buy the best quality cardboard tubes for packaging the supplies.

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Some manufacturers and supplies offer customized postal tubes as per the customers’ exact requirements. Large sheets of cardboard and thick sheets of paper are cut into thin ribbons. They are spiral-bound and measured and cut into the tubes. Water-proof and water-resistant cardboard tubes are used for heavy-duty applications. One can look for the tubes that are resilient to humidity and can withstand high pressure and temperature. As cardboard is porous, the tubes can be used for various purposes.

Think of all the factors while buying postal tubes for your business. Discuss your requirements with a few experts and get suggestions. They would be able to provide you with the best suitable solutions matching your exact business needs. Paper tubes are available in different colors, designs, and patterns. You can get your business logo printed on the tubes. Look for light-weight and decorative cardboard tubes for packaging.

A Guide to Letterpress Wedding Invitations in Australia

Letterpress wedding invitations are truly a thing of beauty. If you compare it with a normal, digitally printed invitation, you could see that there is absolutely no comparison at all. The letterpress invitation is superior in every which way – quality, style, aesthetics, and a sense of uniqueness.

Resurgence of Letterpress Printing

Letterpress printing, in case you did not know, is the oldest method of printing. The technique was used by men of letters back in the days to print volumes and volumes of books, which we read till date. The printing process is quite labor intensive, as you have to arrange each and every letter in the text one by one. The raised surface is then coated with ink and pressed against a sheet of paper, which leaves an impression of the text on the paper.

Digital printing, on the other hand, is fast, instant, and requires very little work. So, it became the choice of printers all over the world in a short time. However, there has been a resurgence of letterpress printing in many countries around the world, including Australia. Many printers have combined letterpress with modern printing and created a unique amalgamation of printing method. Instead of metal or wooden plates, photopolymer plates are used for printing. These plates are a lot easier to use, maintain, repair, and replace than traditional metal or wooden plates. Thanks to the new method, printing letterpress invitations has become a whole lot easier and less cumbersome these days.

Advantages of Letterpress Printing

  • The impressions are so deep that you can actually feel by running your fingers across the surface of the invitation. There is a certain novelty factor involved in this type of printing, which cannot be explained unless you experience it yourself.
  • Letterpress printers in Australia usually use the highest quality paper to print invitations for special occasions. The printing technique works well with any type of paper – no matter how thick and heavy it is – including the extra stocky treeless cotton paper. It is not possible with digital printing.
  • Letterpress printing creates bold, crisp patterns that look spectacular on a wedding invitation. The quality of craftsmanship involved is such that it is virtually impossible to replicate it through digital printing.
  • When it comes to wedding invitations Australia is one of few countries that have still maintained the old school tradition of letterpress printing. Many printers here take pride in the fact that they play a role in preserving and propagating a traditional printing method that has continued to evolve through the centuries. So, by opting for letterpress cards and invitations, you are playing a part in keeping the tradition alive and supporting the printers who do the same.

Choosing the Right Wedding Invitation

If you have decided to opt for letterpress wedding invitations for your wedding, you are not alone. The printing technique is back in vogue and many couples are opting for the same due to the novelty factor and also the fact that the invitations are so aesthetically pleasing. Before you place your order, there are a few things you need to know.

  • Letterpress printing is more expensive than digital printing. So, your budget should be your primary concern. Make a list of letterpress printers in your city, talk to them, and ask them for a quote. Compare the quotes and choose one that suits your budget.
  • It also takes longer than flat printing. So, place your order well in advance. You cannot rush the printer at the last minute because there is nothing much he can do. The process is time-consuming and labor-intensive and the printer has to put in a lot of time and effort to get it perfectly made according to your specifications.
  • Try to get everything right the first time. Sit down with the graphic designer and tell him exactly what you want. Once the draft is ready, take a good look at it and let them know if there are any changes to be made. Making changes repeatedly is not an option with letterpress printing due to the laborious nature of the process.
  • Most printing presses in Australia have a catalogue of letterpress wedding invitations for you to choose from. If you want something truly unique, you can opt for a customized invitation, which will be designed and printed especially for you. It does, however, cost more than readymade invitations. If budget is not a constraint, you can definitely opt for bespoke invitations, which are a perfect choice for a truly special occasion like wedding.
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3 Popular Inexpensive Cosmetic Dental Procedures

It is now possible to have affordable cosmetic dentistry which will give you that perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile.

Teeth Whitening

As far as affordable cosmetic surgery is concerned this is your most cost effective option.  It is the simplest and most affordable proceedure to restore whiteness to discolored or stained teeth.

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At home treatment – this involves wearing a mouthpiece from anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.  The bleaching solution in the mouthpiece lightens the colour of the teeth.  Depending on the severity of discoloration the treatment can take three nights to three weeks.  This at home treatment is the most affordable cosmetic dentistry available.

You could choose to go to the dentist.  Here a chemical solution is applied and combine it with a laser to shorten the process.  This treatment can cost up to 7 times that of a home treatment it is still a very affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment.  You can choose to have the entire tooth done or if you are very budget minded a touch up is an extremely affordable cosmetic dentistry for just one tooth.

Crowns/ Caps

These, although a bit more expensive are a very affordable cosmetic dentistry.

Crowns are used to reshape and restore teeth which are misshapen, broken or contain large cavities.  They can be used in conjunction with cosmetic gum surgeries to remove that ‘gummy ‘ smile.  The crown is placed over the top of your existing tooth and the color matched to that of your existing teeth.  These prolong the life of the existing tooth and can last up to 15 years or longer, making this very affordable cosmetic dentistry melbourne.

Porcelain Veneers

These are an effective affordable cosmetic surgery.  Although the initial outlay is somewhat larger the extended life and lack of repairs make this a very real option for those looking for no nonsense affordable cosmetic surgery.

When finding affordable cosmetic surgery be aware that you get what you pay for.  You may find it a better long term solution to save your pennies and get a more permanent but affordable cosmetic surgery.

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Marketing, Advertising and Sales – Separate but Equal Contributors to Your Success

To anyone just starting out in business, fitness marketing or otherwise, the words marketing, advertising and sales all sound synonymous with large expenditures of money for very little return. We just want to get people through the doors, right? Can’t we just have a sales guy up front ready to take the money? And, be honest, raise your hand if you use the three words interchangeably. It’s ok. I used to be one of them.

Many business owners believe they have a killer marketing plan, advertising campaign and sales strategy in place when the opposite is true. When you start allowing marketing people to do sales and sales people to create and upload ads, you can run into serious issues that can impede your growth by a large margin.

Understanding the purpose of each of the disciplines is paramount to your success. So, let’s start with some definitions.

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fitness marketing

Marketing

“Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.” – American Marketing Association.

This overarching term refers to what you need to do to create a plan to get your product in front of customers. This includes research into what your consumers want, how they want to receive it, how you will strategically “get the word out” (i.e. which mediums will you use to promote your product) and determining a budget that you will adhere to in spreading the word about your product. And, in fact, the next two pieces – advertising and sales – are planned out in detail under the marketing plan.

Advertising

“Advertising is the paid, public, non-personal announcement of a persuasive message by an identified sponsor; the non-personal presentation or promotion by a firm of its products to its existing and potential customers.” – About Money

Determined as part of your marketing plan, advertising comprises the actual mediums you chose to utilize to get the word out about your products. Placement mediums include everything from the traditional TV and Radio spots to Pay Per Click options such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Advertising. This is the portion of your plan that costs you money – make sure you have a tried and true plan to spend it or else it’s as good as throwing money down the drain.

Sales

“A sale is the act of selling a product or service in return for money or other compensation. Signaling completion of the prospective stage, it is the beginning of an engagement between customer and vendor or the extension of that engagement.” – Dictionary.com

Sales should be the easiest piece of the puzzle, right? In my experience, it can be the toughest job of all and many gym owners do not have actual processes in place to close the deal. Your Marketing Plan detailed the offer, your Advertising Campaign spread the word, now your Sales Team needs to take over to convince consumers the price is right and they need to jump on it before it’s too late. You must empower your sales team or dedicated trainers who do double duty as sales people to make decisions that allow for slightly different offerings to ensure you gain new customers.

Separately, marketing, advertising and sales don’t do you any good. Together, they work in unison to target and solidify the ideal customer for your business.

If you’d like to lear exactly how to run powerful marketing campaigns for your business, check out my free webinar “Fitness Marketing Domination” and get registered!

At Profit Marketing Solutions, we have spent countless hours determining the best way to capture your ideal fitness audience for your marketing and advertising efforts. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you take your gym to the next level.

 

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How Do You CSS?

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets is a coding language that was invented after HTML to add styling to an otherwise plain and boring webpage. With CSS you can control the color, font and placements of your HTML elements. It can save developers a lot of time since it allows them to control the layout of multiple pages at once.

CSS was created by Håkon Wium Lie back in 1996 and, like all programming languages,  has gone through many changes since. It is a notoriously tricky mark-up language that makes web pages more engaging and accessible to users. At Launch Code After School we learn to code for kids between the ages of 7-14 how to code in CSS along with design principles and provide context for students to create and style beautiful web pages.

Who Uses CSS?

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Virtually every site you visit today on the World Wide Web uses CSS. When a developer starts to learn HTML to code websites, CSS tends to be the language they learn next in order to improve on their HTML website and make their finished product look more presentable. CSS has many caveats and tricks that aren’t intuitive to the novice user, which we address and highlight in the curriculum here at Launch.

CSS Tools

Since CSS is such a tricky language, there are a variety of resources and languages out that one can use to help understand the structure and commonly used tricks to build a beautiful site. In fact, many web developers may start with a template made by someone else, or incorporate elements from several different sites. Some of the tools your students will learn to use to help develop their use of CSS include:

  • W3Schools
  • Mozilla Developers Network
  • Colour Picking Tools
  • Stack Overflow

Languages That Compliment

Quite a few languages are used together when creating a beautiful, functional website. Among these languages are:

  • HTML
  • PHP
  • Java Script

When you are able to learn and master multiple coding languages such as the ones listed above, you can start creating beautiful websites with maximum functionality. CSS is the first step in incorporating these languages together.  The next step students will tackle is learning to write JavaScript to modify the other two languages, but a solid foundation in the other two languages is necessary to be able to create amazing and modern sites. CSS is just one of the many cool coding languages we teach here at city of Austin summer camps in Launch Code After School.

CSS Coding Future Outlook

CSS is a coding language that will be used alongside HTML for many years. As technology continues to boom and more businesses are coming online during this digital age, more developers are needed every day. Learning CSS is a great step in the right direction to learning web development.

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the median pay for web developers is currently $67,990 which is currently well above the national average for household income. This means that if you help you kid start learning to code at an early age, they are sure to be well off by the time they graduate and enter the workforce!

Learn CSS in Austin Texas

Now that you know how CSS and other coding languages can benefit your child email us or call us today. Launch After School aims to educate children on CSS and other coding and prepare them for the future. We have weekly after school programs available as well as Austin summer camps.

How Evaporative Cooling Works

In Melbourne, we will often experience plenty of hot summer days. Some places near the water are able to enjoy natural cooling breezes, but for many of us, there needs to be an alternative to help us stay cool. It seems that with the current global climate change process that we are going to be experiencing even more extreme variations in temperature. And with the increasing cost of electricity, it will be important to be able to have efficient methods of cooling installed in your home.

Many people are looking for alternative solutions to their cooling requirements. Some are using innovative new home designs that take advantage of natural light and ventilation to reduce heating and cooling costs. Others are trying to find a cooling solution that will be more environmentally friendly. There are people who are looking for the best way to install a new cooling system as part of the design work for their new home. Others are looking to retrofit older style houses and units that were not designed to take advantage of cooling systems. It is important to be able to identify a technology that will meet the specific needs and requirements of the space where it is to be used.

How evaporative cooling works

There are many different types of cooling systems. As summer comes, we will often look to these to provide the solution when our living space gets a bit warmer. It is important that they are able to operate as efficiently as possible, as there can be a substantial cost associated with running a cooling system. The price of electricity keeps going up and it looks like it is going to be a while before we will see the prices going down. Choosing a system that will provide the solution you need and at the same time reduce the amount of money you need to spend to run it, will be an important consideration when making a selection.

One of the popular systems that have been used for a very long time is evaporative cooling Melbourne. If you have ever done any exercise that has made you sweat, made your t-shirt wet, and then felt a breeze that made you feel cold because of the dampness in your shirt, then you have experienced evaporative cooling.

The history of evaporative cooling

In its simplest form, this was the original method of cooling used by humans. The idea is very simple. It is through the process of evaporation of water that temperature is lowered. Originally the basic concept was to wet some form of cloth material that would then allow the water to evaporate. This would keep the temperature of the area around the material lower. The scientific principle is that heat is drawn out of the air to provide energy for the liquid water to be turned into water vapour.

Keeping cool in the outback

In the Australian outback, the original cooling method for those without electricity was to use a timber-framed cabinet that had the side panels made of cotton or hessian material. This material was kept wet during the day and the breeze was then able to blow through the material. Evaporation would occur, reducing the temperature, which would keep the items inside the cabinet cooler. The material also played an important role in keeping flying insects away from the food items inside. This cabinet was often known as a Coolgardie safe or cooler, as it was on the Coolgardie goldfields that the design was first developed.

Modern evaporative coolers

The evaporative coolers that we use today are much more sophisticated than this though. It is most effective in low-humidity areas, providing a natural and energy-efficient cooling method. So, when you are considering evaporative cooling Melbourne is a suitable environment.

In an evaporative cooler, a pump will usually circulate water from an inbuilt reservoir onto a specially made porous cooling pad that will be able to hold the water. An electric fan will then draw air into the unit that will flow through the moistened pad. As the warmer air passes through the pad, it transfers the heat to the water which will evaporate as water vapour, which as a result reduces the temperature of the air.

An important element of maintaining an efficient evaporative cooling process is to ensure that the cooling pads are kept completely saturated. It is also important to ensure that the fan and electric motor are the most suitable size so that there is an appropriate airflow through the pad and the output of cool air will meet the requirements of the environment where the cooler is being used.

Cooling walls for different environments

An increase in interest in this technology is spurring innovation in evaporative cooling design. One of the most interesting new design concepts is water-based evaporative cooling walls. These are potentially a very effective cooling technology for buildings and at the same time are able to provide additional insulation benefits that make them beneficial in the winter as well. It is well suited to use in cooling animal shelters, greenhouses, warehouses, and factories, as well as some large public spaces. People have even introduced this concept into residential accommodation, creating a design feature for their home.

Two-stage evaporative cooling systems

The efficiency of two-stage evaporative cooling systems has increased sufficiently for them to be used in environments such as Doha and Dubai, where they are often used alongside other traditional air conditioning systems to provide substantial savings.

There has even been a focus on the development of small air conditioning units that will only draw relatively low amounts of energy so that they are able to be used in association with solar arrays. This just seems to make sense when you consider that in the hottest times there is likely to be plenty of sunshine to power them. There are even small evaporative cooling units that are able to sit on your work desk.

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Australia Medical Supplies

Finding the Australia Medical Supplies you need, whether you’re looking for medical equipment, wheelchairs, canes, crutches, stethoscopes, lab coats or medical scrubs you’ll find everything you’re looking for right here.

It’s now possible to locate and purchase a wide variety of Australia Medical Supplies on the internet. Whether you’re looking for Medical Supplies for your medical practice or your looking for home health care needs, just about anything can be found through searching online. You can find wheelchairs, canes, stethoscopes and lab coats, to name just a few. Increasingly, the person living at home needs an ever widening choice of medical supplies because of their choice to live and manage their own health needs.

Australia Medical Supplies
Australia Medical Supplies

If you work in the health care field you’ll need Australia Medical Supplies to help you with your work.  Quality products that you know you can depend on will give you greater confidence during stressful situations.

Quality Australia Medical Supplies are now available to anyone with a computer who is willing to spend a little time searching. Some suggestions to consider when purchasing medical supplies are to buy from a company that offers a wide variety of products. This will insure that the products you buy are of the highest quality and come with a guarantee.

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Don’t Give Up! Teaching Kids Perseverance and Grit

Give your child the power of grit, and they can never quit! – How coding and technology courses build persistence.

Putting your child in coding summer camps Austin classes early on gives them new skills while sharpening existing ones to build their overall educational perseverance and grit. Having grit means having that extra motivation to meet a goal! Establishing grit and persistence early in development can lead to many successes in the future. Here are some key points that show how coding and technology courses strengthens a child’s will to learn!

Building STEM Confidence for Girls and Minorities

According to statistics from Code.org, women who try AP Computer Science in high school are ten times more likely to major in it in college. By starting early and building that persistence, kids are able to dip their toes in the water with topics like coding, robotics, and more.

From the same statistics, students who take AP Computer Science in high school are 6 times more likely to major in computer science than those who do not, and Black and Hispanic students are 7 or 8 times more likely.

Texas has no required coding fundamentals in public schools — so by enrolling them in a computer science course outside of school, you are exposing them to the opportunities not usually offered through traditional education.

Importance of Computational Thinking

By learning computational thinking, kids will learn key attributes that help them face a complex problem. With computer science, kids are faced with challenging subjects like programming, hacking, and learning algorithms. By teaching them the way to face the challenges and problems they might run into, you are giving them valuable skills to make them future leaders.

BBC’s Bitesize stated, “Computational thinking allows us to take a complex problem, understand what the problem is and develop possible solutions. We can then present these solutions in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand.”

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Teaching kids not to give up

Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth defines “grit” as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” In her compelling Ted Talk on the subject of perseverance, she argues that a child’s grit and capacity for perseverance is a much stronger indicator that they will succeed in their education and professional careers. At Launch, we understand this grit as a supplemental educational skill to be developed along with any other. Here are some of the steps we take to ensure that our students develop skills perseverance as well as computer programing skills:

Teach by example: “Showing” rather than “Telling” makes a much greater impact.

Provide challenging activities: Growth can’t be done in your comfort zone.

Offer praise and encouragement: Validation when deserved reinforced positive behavior

Set age appropriate goals: Challenging does not mean impossible, realistic goals ensures a definable path to success.

Realize frustration is OK: Challenges are just that, challenging. When a child learns that it is okay to struggle, and in fact embrace it, they will advance to higher and higher achievements.

Being Receptive to Constructive Criticism

Taking constructive criticism to better oneself rather than handling it negatively is a key to building grit and persistence. By teaching kids that it is okay to learn from their mistakes, you teach them to continue on with their goals and make improvements rather than giving up. Constructive criticism includes offering examples of things to work on or by offering clarification to something that may seem confusing to them through their work. You are building a positive atmosphere through feedback. Coding can often be frustrating, but by working through problems with an instructor who provides constructive criticism, your child can work through coding errors and excel in creating an online presence.

At Launch, we pride ourselves in making sure kids are comfortable and work through complex problems that may arise in projects. We strive to build grit and persistence in our students so that they can be successful in their future goals.

Article Source:- http://blog.launchafterschool.com/dont-give-up-teaching-kids-perseverance-and-grit

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A Recipe for Safe Crossfit

They say that successful businesses fill a gap that was missing at the time of opening.  When I opened Industrial Athletics in 2013, I was trying to fill the gap of a safe CrossFit in the city of Pittsburgh.  I wanted to show the Pittsburgh community, and the CrossFit Pittsburgh community, that there was a smart and safe way to do CrossFit that would actually make you stronger and able to handle harder challenges for a longer period of time.  Through Industrial Athletics, I was able to carry out the purpose of trying to make better Pittsburghers. At the time I opened, there was a gap in the rest of the CrossFit Pittsburgh community following the proper progression to teach CrossFit to the general public.  It was frustrating for me because when one attends the basic CrossFit Trainer course, CrossFit actually teaches you the proper progression. It’s like coaches came back from the Level 1 Seminar, forgot what they were taught, and throw new members into CrossFit classes without bothering to teach anything from a basic air squat to a complex clean and jerk.

So, when I opened, I set a rule that no one was allowed to enter one of our CrossFit classes until he or she completed a proper CrossFit introduction course.   We call ours the Fundamentals Program. In that Program, we follow the proper progression of Mechanics, Consistency, Intensity. To do CrossFit safely for a long time, you have to be taught the proper way to do the movement (mechanics); you have to be able to reproduce proper movement multiple times (consistency); and only then can you add weight, speed, time, etc. (Intensity).

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CrossFit Pittsburgh

Proper mechanics are exactly what they sound like, the proper way to do something like an air squat.  Getting your feet in the correct position, shifting your weight to the correct area of your feet, driving back first with your hips, squatting to below parallel (or your end range), and standing to full extension.  Even a basic air squat can become detrimental to your joints if it is done improperly. We start you with basic movements that almost anyone can do (without physical limitations). We require proficiency with those basic movements before moving onto more complex movements.

Proficiency may come in the form of Consistency.  Consistency is the name of the game in just about anything you do.  It isn’t helpful to get something right once. You have to be able to get it right over and over and over again.  In CrossFit, we do a lot of different kinds of workouts. Once workout might require you to do a lot of repetitions of one movement.  You need to be able to move the same on rep one as you do on rep twenty-one. After we teach you do the movement properly, we have to see you do it a few times to make sure it looks great every time.  We even come back to review all of the movements multiple times in the Fundamentals Program.

Once you are able to perform a movement with consistent good mechanics, only then should you start to add intensity.  Intensity is the secret sauce to CrossFit and comes in many different forms. You might start to speed up your pushups to do more in a shorter period of time.  You may add reps to go for a longer period of time. You may even add weight to some of your lifts, like a deadlift. Good CrossFit Pittsburgh gyms will monitor athletes at all times to make sure that intensity doesn’t kill those consistent mechanics.  We often stop our athletes and remind them how to move properly. We start this in the controlled Fundamentals Program environment and continue it into our regular CrossFit class. Those who get hurt in CrossFit, and give us a bad name, try to add this element of intensity before worrying about consistent proper movement.

When you are looking for a CrossFit Pittsburgh gym, be sure to ask them about teaching you the proper mechanics first, how that gym will make sure you are consistent, and when it is appropriate for you to add intensity.  That is the recipe that makes CrossFit safe.

 

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