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The Basics to Avoiding Copyright Strikes On Your Social Media Accounts

Creating content that fuel your social media needs has never been easier and the production of any output can be completed with a minimum of fuss. So whenever you are putting together a great video post or sending out a new podcast, you may not take adequate notice of what perils may lay in store.

Given that we are pretty much glued to our devices 24/7, we can sometimes get caught up in the moment. You may be looking to become a key influencer and feel that you need to jazz up your content with a great musical soundtrack or you may just post something with extreme haste because you want to be ahead of the curve, but beware.

Posting content that includes copyright protected material, be that music of video, could well lead to a great deal of pain and suffering. The financial penalties for doing so are pretty huge and in some cases you could be risking imprisonment. 

However there is the additional, more likely, scenario which would involve you receiving a copyright strike on your account.

What is a Copyright Strike?

A copyright strike is one that is issued by an organization, in this case a social media channel such as YouTube, Facebook or TikTok, and you’ll receive this if they either believe you have committed a copyright offence or they’ve been informed that you have done so.

A strike in this instance is most likely to come in the form of a DMCA notice, the DMCA in this instance stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When receiving this strike you will be asked to prove you have the license needed to use the copyright protected media, such as music or video you may have used in your social media post.

On receiving these strikes, and some networks allow more than one before they act, you will be given a warning. However it’s likely that repeated violations will lead to your account being suspended and then deleted.

You Will Not Get Away With It

You may think that you can go ‘under the radar’ with your illegal use of copyright material but technology used by the likes of Facebook can single out these uses within a matter of seconds and the violations are dealt with on the spot.

Even if you feel you have been unfairly treated, perhaps believing that the music you are using was clear for use, the chances of you entering into a dialogue with any social media company are slim.

Most social networks make the prospect of reversing such copyright strikes next to impossible, they do so for two reasons. Firstly they know that entering into a conversation about potential violations would be hugely resource heavy for their site and secondly they don’t benefit from the resolution either way.

In other words the social media networks are more keen on avoiding any repercussions from mainstream music publishers of film production companies than assisting you in a case that is likely to fail.

How to Avoid a Copyright Strike?

The most common reason a social media user will use copyright protected music is that they feel that the use of a strong piece of music, or a sound effect, will increase the chance of their product being spread and virality achieved. 

However there are many great royalty-free music options where you can secure great songs and effects for a fraction of the cost of securing a license from recognized artists. 

Another additional benefit of subscribing to such a service is the vast libraries of great musical content that you have available, all to suit whatever need you wish to serve.

Royalty-free music providers essentially give you access, for a very small fee, to content that is free to be used as you wish and without any fear of a penalty or removal from the sites you use them on.

A big key to avoiding a copyright strike on the whole is the use of caution. Always be aware that whatever you post on your social media channels will be monitored and therefore behave with as much care as you possibly can.

A copyright strike isn’t something you can ignore and it’s something you should do your utmost to avoid. If you receive a strike it’s almost certainly justified and with any luck you may be fortunate to get away with a stern warning but more and more often this will result in a ban and possible additional censure and punishment.

If you are an individual who is seeking to become an influencer, or have a large audience who already follows your output, you simply can’t afford to be taken off the channels that you operate on, it’s simply not worth the risk or hassle.

Also, if you simply use social media for personal use, you still will greatly miss these channels if you are banned from using them. Always err on the side of vigilance when using any accompanying material for your posts, otherwise you may get a nasty surprise the next time you try to sign in to your accounts…

Viking Spirits Never Die: Long Live the Vikings in Modern Culture

How does a particular culture capture the imagination of the masses and live on well after its demise? Well, if it were possible, we’d ask a Viking. Native to Southern Scandinavia from the 8th to the 11th century, the Vikings are a warrior race that not only conquered almost everything they clapped eyes on, but did it in such a way that people have never forgotten. Of course, it wasn’t all pirating and plundering, the Vikings were also keen on trade and exploration in general. However, it was their prowess on the sea and way with weapons that won them respect around the world.

History Hasn’t Forgotten the Vikings

Such was their reputation that we still celebrate Viking culture today. In fact, we don’t just celebrate it, we engage with it in a myriad of ways. History books are full of Viking facts, legends, and stories. One of the best-known historical works is The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings by Lars Brownworth. This book assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and injects a sense of drama into its telling of the facts.

For those who see reading as a chore, the best way to get a handle on this ancient culture whilst being entertaining is the History Channel’s Vikings. Premiering in 2013, the fantasy drama series not only depicts the harsh reality of life as a Viking, but every aspect of daily life. From love and relationships to family and recreation, it offers a great overview of the culture. Indeed, that’s something that’s often lost in certain representations of this group. As much as Vikings were experts in sailing and fighting, they also had a love of games and recreation.

Viking Culture is Here to Stay

Evidence of ancient versions of chess and dice have been found at Viking archaeological sites across Europe. This love of recreation and entertainment is something modern gaming companies have embraced. According to Harrison Score of WDW, “Viking mythology has no doubt caught the imagination of online bingo and casino players. There are dozens of Norse inspired video slot machines as well as entire sites, like Viking Bingo, dedicated to the theme.” In fact, such is the richness of Viking culture within the gaming community that modern offerings go beyond the obvious. Slots such as Viking Runecraft pick up on intricate details of the culture such as the alphabet used.

There are also plenty of video games based on Vikings, including Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. From that, you also get to the very cutting-edge of modern technology and virtual reality. Researchers at the University of York have recreated what it would be like to take part in a Viking war. Working with Yorkshire Museum, the team created a virtual camp that puts you in the midst of a battle. Fortunately, the impending danger isn’t physical. However, the experience is truly immersive and another example of our fascination with this ancient race.

Everyone will have their own reasons for loving the Vikings. However, there are plenty of traits that many of us identify with. From their thirst for travel to strength, bravery, and love of games. Put simply, there’s a bit of Viking in all of us and that’s why their spirit will live on forever.

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How to Control Your Alcohol Intake and Drive More Responsibly

The next time someone says, ‘Fancy a couple of coldies?’ Take a moment before answering yes. Will you be driving after?

The legal BAC limit for driving in Australia is 0.5%, lower than many countries but still not enough for curbing road fatalities.

How does drink driving affect us?

According to Australia’s peak road transport and traffic agency, Austroads, the country sees 200 deaths annually due to drunk driving. This figure constitutes 18% of all deaths on the roads. Of course, this is accompanied by thousands of injury cases.

The national consensus is still debating on lowering the BAC limit to zero, along with other measures such as more roadside random tests, immediate licence suspension, increasing alcohol prices, and improving support for alcohol-dependent drivers.

What should you do?

Understand that the risks of drinking and driving are quite high. It can lead to accidents and serious harm, embarrassments, and health problems later in life. 

Better still, learn how to control your alcohol intake and drive more responsibly. Here are some simple steps on how to do that.

1. Know your limit

The Australian Guidelines on drinking alcohol state that a healthy person should not drink more than 10 standard drinks a week and/or 4 standard drinks a day. Of course, the amount of alcohol you can handle depends on your age, weight, gender, and mood too. If you aren’t aware of your limit, follow the ‘less is more’ policy.

2. Controlled assessment helps

Assessing your alcohol intake will show how much you drink daily, and when exactly things tend to get out of hand. You can further control this by avoiding situations that trigger drinking, purchasing less alcohol amounts, etc. This will also help you to calculate your safe limit. 

3. Remember to eat and pause

It’s always a good idea to eat before and also while you drink. Empty stomach allows the alcohol to hit the bloodstream faster. A full stomach will also control your alcohol intake. Pace yourself and pause to count your drinks and also, take regular sips of water in between.

4. Plan your journey back home

Even when you drink below the BAC limit, alcohol still impairs senses. Driving responsible after drinks is most fruitful when a sober friend can drive you back, or give a ride. Opt for public transportation. Or better still, leave the car at home to avoid temptation.

5. Don’t fall for peer pressure

There is no obligation to keep up with friends or other company in terms of drinking. Stay clear of drinking games, situations, and people who encourage binge drinking. 

6. Be proactive about alcohol control

Learn to say, ‘No’. Don’t drink and drive yourself, and neither let anyone else do it. If you find it hard to control your drinking, be ready to accept that there might be a problem. In that case, consider seeking help. It’s better than living with the possibility of harm.

The law should be strict but sometimes there is also a need for support. Specialized law firms such as Astor Legal understands this and can help you reduce your fines, disqualification periods, and even help you avoid imprisonment. 

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The Italian Fashion Brands You Should Add to Your Wardrobe

Nothing has done more for the fashion industry than globalization. No longer are we limited to our local high streets. Our favorite designers can and do come from all around the world, and it’s not just the rich and moneyed who get to model international names – the ordinary man or woman about town can do the same.

Still, Italy remains one of the most stylish nations, and the country has some incredible clothing brands. From high-street treasures like Solotre to globally acclaimed fashion houses like Dolce & Gabanna, every sartorially-savvy individual should have a few Italian labels in their extensive wardrobe.

Here are a few of our favorites for the chic and stylish to check out.

Dolce & Gabanna

Founded in 1985, this Milan-based label has an estimated worth of $1.3 billion and is known for being one of the most prestigious in the world. According to Italist, Dolce & Gabanna is one of the best-selling brands on their platform, and it’s not difficult to understand why. With an intuitive understanding of style demonstrated in every one of their Nappa-leather handbags or floral-print cady dresses, this is a label with its finger firmly on the fashion pulse.

So what have they brought us in 2021? Their designs are, as ever, high-end and luxurious, with prints dominating the brand’s latest decadent collection. According to the designers, these were inspired by the rich cultural history of Sicily, folding a focus on pattern and fabric into their signature sharp silhouettes.

Solotre

For more affordable pieces, one would do well to look to Solotre. With a gorgeous collection of spring and summer essentials, most of them priced below $100, there’s something for every style. The best part is that each item looks like it cost three times its price tag.

We love Solotre for when we want to stock up on a few staple pieces for our wardrobe. While they don’t make quite the same statement as off-the-peg Valentino, the clothes in this collection are all aesthetically-pleasing and on-trend, yet they have a timeless quality to them.

The stand-out pieces for 2021 are difficult to pin down. There are so many items that we love, but we’re feeling a particular affinity for the brand’s gorgeous diaphanous shift dresses. From soft blush pinks to earthy tones, these are the perfect easy-to-wear option for spring.

Bottega Veneta

Founded in 1966, Bottega Veneta is another of our all-time favorites. Producing effortlessly elegant pieces for over five decades, the brand is based in Veneto and has that unmistakably Italian sophistication.

Offering exclusive products to customers from around the world, Bottega Veneta is particularly famed for its incredible leather goods, as well as its beautifully made shoes. The latter are our standout pieces for spring 2021, with the label’s gorgeous stretch sandals instantly catching the eye.

What we particularly love about their most recent line is the choice of fresh and vibrant colors, which allow you to choose a shade and hue that perfectly complement your wardrobe and unique sartorial palette. We’d have them in every color if we could!

Tell us, which of these three incredible Italian designers do you need to add to your wardrobe?

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Advice Every Fashion Student Should Read

Are you about to enter the challenging but very exciting world of fashion school? Are you prepared for what’s ahead as you embark on your design studies? Do you know what to expect during the first year? Don’t worry if not, as we’re about to share some important advice that every fashion student should know. 

Fashion School Is Expensive

The cost of going to college is not cheap. You need to pay fees and you need to have enough money to live comfortably. You don’t want to be scraping by – you want to enjoy your college years and make lifelong memories with the new people in your life. Looking into ways that will give you a bit more breathing room financially is always a good move. 

Is it possible to take on a part time job at the weekends so you have extra cash? Can you refinance your existing student loan with a private lender so you’re left with one monthly repayment? By doing so, you can choose your payment and term and enjoy more flexibility with your monthly cash flow. Have you talked to your parents about how they could help you out? There are lots of options available to make the burden of paying for fashion school a lot more bearable. 

Always Think About Your Portfolio

It’s a good idea to treat every project you complete like it will be part of your final portfolio. Not only will you do your absolute best to produce the best work you can but you’ll also be extra focused and motivated when it comes to meeting deadlines. Follow this simple advice and you’ll leave college with top grades and a huge selection of work samples. 

Stay Up to Date with Trends

Fashion school and keeping on top of new trends go hand in hand. If you really want to excel, don’t be the fashion designer who waits for new trends to arrive before jumping on the bandwagon. Why not be the person who stays ahead of trends – the person who knows what’s coming before everyone else does? The secret to staying ahead is keeping informed. Watch – or attend – fashion week if possible. Follow big stylists on social media. Check your local high-end boutiques for new collections. Spend your spare time studying celebrity stylists. These are all ways to keep your finger on the pulse of new and upcoming trends. 

Learn How to Sew

Do you know how to sew? If not, it’s time to learn. Great fashion designers learn how to sew early on in their careers so they can understand the different fabrics and get used to working with a wide range of threads and materials. To be successful, it’s important to understand the construction of clothing and what’s involved in making a beautiful garment. 

Be Tech-Savvy

Fashion school has not escaped the advancements of technology. It’s now essential for students to understand the different fashion design software platforms that are changing the way designers work. What do you need to focus on in terms of technology? You need to get familiar with 3D printing so you can create 3D models of your designs before production starts. You also need to gain expertise in body scanning, smart tailoring and the world of augmented reality. 

7 Noteworthy Figures in North American Horse Racing

Horse racing dates back to the year 1665, with the first racing event in North America being supervised by New York’s colonial governor, Richard Nicolls. The subsequent years saw many rising in the game, including jockeys, horse breeders, and ranchers. 

Businessmen like Eugene Melnyk came into the horse racing industry as a breeder and raised reputable horses. His prowess and progress in the field are only well explained on his website. North American horse racing jockeys were the most noteworthy figures.

Over the years, the jockeys rose and shone in the game that brought both the affluent and impoverished together. So, who are these noteworthy figures in the North American horse racing industry? Let’s find out below.

The Remarkable Figures of the North American Horse Racing Industry

Many notable persons behind the scenes made sure the North American horse racing industry ran smoothly. However, the most visible figures are the horse racing jockeys. Let’s have a look at some of them below.

  1. Angel Cordero Jr. 

With an 18% winning percentage and over $167,570,000 total earnings, Angel Cordero Jr. became the most famous jockey originating to originate from Puerto Rico. He was the only person from Puerto Rico to win each of the Triple Crown.

He won the Kentucky derby thrice. This earned him a space in history books as one of the eight jockeys who have ever won the Race of the Roses three or more times. 

Cordero had an accident that saw him retire in 1992 but still pulled together in 1995 when he held his farewell race. He earned an induction into the National Museum of Racing and the Hall of Fame in 1988.

  1. Laffit A. Pincay Jr. 

Laffit Pincay Jr. was one jockey to watch, and his fellow competitors knew it. His resume was impressive, with 9,350 first-place finishes, a 20% winning percentage, and over $237,120,000 total earnings. 

He began his professional racing career in North America in 1966 after successful immigration from his native country, Panama. He has had a remarkable winning record in his racing career, which saw him gather the following winnings:

  • The Kentucky Derby in 1984
  • The Belmont Stakes in 1982, ’83, and ’84
  • The Santa Anita Derby seven times

Later on, he got inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1975 after he had retired.

  1. Russell A. Baze

Russell prides himself in a vibrant horse racing resume having finished first-place 12,842 times with a 24% winning percentage and bagging more than $199,334,000. He began his racing career back in 1974 and only recently hung his saddle in 2016.

When finishing his career, he decided to do it in a winning style. He made the most winnings there ever have been in the North American Thoroughbred Horse Racing history. He achieved these historical wins in December 2006. 

While making the historic wins in 2006, he was already on an impressive winning mission where he led all North American jockeys with 13 wins from 1992 to 2014. The Vancouver native was officially honored by an induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1999.

  1. Chris J. McCarron 

Chris J. McCarron is remembered for his stellar performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. As many jockeys struggle to win one Breeders’ Cup Classic, the case was different for McCarron. He did win the race a quintet of times between 1988 and 2001. 

With 7,141 first-place finishes, 21% winning probabilities, and a total earning of $263,986,000, Chris became a household name in the North American horse racing duel. Some wonder why he has one of the highest total purses amounts the horse race has ever seen, but not until they see more of his achievements which include: 

  • Two victories at the Kentucky Derby
  • Two victories at the Belmont Stakes
  • Two victories at the Preakness Stakes

Chris McCarron was later, in 1989, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and the Hall of Fame. 

  1. Pat Day

Triple Crown Races were some of the coveted prizes in the North American horse racing championships. However, not all jockeys could pride themselves in winning as much as Day won in the Triple Crown. Day won nine Triple Crown races in his entire career, putting him in the spotlight as one of the most successful racers.

His 8,803 first-place finishes, 22% winning percentage, and a lump sum of more than $297,914,800 as total earnings bring him to the coveted list of successful jockeys. He also found great success at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, winning four times over 15 years. 

Pat Day had his induction into the National Museum of Racing and the Hall of Fame in 1991.

  1. Bill Shoemaker 

Bill Shoemaker, popularly known as ‘The Shoe,’ started his riding career while a teenager back in 1949. Shoemaker is famously remembered for his 11 Triple Crown overall race wins and four Kentucky Derby wins. 

He achieved his Triple Crown race wins with the help of ten different horses. Damascus was the most successful one of the ten horses, helping him win two top 11 Triple Crown races. The two races he won while riding Damascus were the Belmonte Stakes and the Preakness Stakes in 1967. 

Shoemaker held the title of top winner in North American horse racing for 29 years in his entire career. He managed 8,833 first-place finishes, a total of $123,375,524 earnings, and maintained a 22% win rate. 

Before retiring as a jockey in 1990, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and the Hall of Fame in 1958.

  1. Russell Baze 

While he may not be as high-profile as the other jockeys on the list, he boasts of the most winnings in the North American horse races. He managed about 13,000 first-place finishes in his career, at a 25% winning rate and more than $199,334,200.

He holds the record of most winners in a season and is a ten-time American champion jockey. He mastered the art of winning so much so that he could partner to victory, one of every four racehorses he rode on in his career. 

He might not have had a success story in the Triple Crown or Breeders’ Cup races, but he is worth the honors he received. However, he did participate in the Kentucky Derby and other Grade 1 races. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and the Hall of Fame in 1999. 

Final Words

Current Jockeys, investors, and horse breeders have much work to do to match the quality of work those who went ahead of them did. Investor and horse breeder, Eugene Melnyk, has done great already in his quest to see the North American horse racing sports continue. Upcoming jockeys are also doing a commendable job to make the sport exciting and competitive.

Five Celebrities That Own a Pickup Truck

Americans have always had a great liking for their pickup trucks, and this trend is growing by the season. In 2020 alone, a year known for being one of the worst for automotive sales due to the Corona Virus pandemic, we still saw around 11 million trucks sold throughout the USA. Conventional trucks, such as the Ford F-150, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevrolet Sierra are admired for their strapping performance, proven long-term reliability, and well-roundedness in just about every area. And these days, trucks bear those qualities alongside what people expect from modern-day vehicles, qualities such as eye-catching aesthetics, contemporary driver-aids, safety specs, and many comfort features, as well as suitable everyday practicality. Added to this is the so-called street-cred associated with such vehicles. So there’s no wonder as to why so many celebrities choose to opt for a pickup truck over any other overly extravagant car, here are just a few of the celebs rocking pickups: 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Ford F-150

Famous Hollywood actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is said to have a mighty fine collection of vehicles in his garage. One of those vehicles is the Ford F-150, one of the best selling pickup trucks of all time in the USA. Ford offers a selection of strapping V6, V8, and even hybridized engines for the F-150 along with strong transmission and drivetrain constituents. There are numerous powertrain, body, and bed length configurations offered, too, meaning the truck can be purposed for the road, the unbeaten trail, or for full-on utility. Some modifications to ‘The Rock’s’ F-150, nicknamed “The Bull”, include a custom black grille, a five-inch dual exhaust setup, and an advanced sound system.

Kid Rock – GMC Sierra

American singer-songwriter, Kid Rock, has been producing chart-topping hits for a long time. And if you’ve heard his music, which you probably have, you’d know this cowboy couldn’t not have a pickup truck in his garage. His pick: the ever-popular GMC Sierra, a half-ton cruiser proffered with many potent engine options, cab options, and cargo bed lengths. A lot different from the base model, his beast features the K2Package which includes a blacked-out front grille and custom fender flares, and a suspension lift kit that elevates the chassis six-inches off the ground for an aggressive, towering stance.

Kourtney Kardashian – Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado is a massive truck, but that didn’t stop 5’ 1’” Kourtney Kardashian from buying one. Yes, she does sometimes have trouble parking the behemoth and yes, she does need a step ladder to get inside, but, regardless of those mild inconveniences, it sure does have her standout from the crowd, which is the point, right? Well, the expansive array of aesthetic, feature and mechanical modifications certainly have it catching the eye of other motorists. Her sisters, Kim and Khloe, drive a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Land Rover Range Rover respectively, both premium and expensive rides. Still, a top-of-the-line Silverado can come in at anywhere over $60,000.

Amber Marshall – Dodge RAM 3500

It’s no surprise that this country music star and actor spends her daily commutes in a mammoth-in-size heavy-duty RAM 3500 Mega Cab. With its rugged exterior, high-horsepower powertrain, and lofty ground clearance, it’s also the perfect beast for her to get around her Alberta ranch with. The Mega Cab is commodious, housing comfy and supportive seats and providing more than enough room for all her human and furry friends that she tours around her ranch with. It carries a sizeable cargo bed, too, and can tow a maximum of up to 35,100 pounds, all she would need to haul about her horse trailer and bikes, and if so inclined, complete any ranch-related chores.

Rutledge Wood – Toyota Tundra

Rutledge Wood has an extensive automotive background and having been one of the presenters on the USA’s version of Top Gear, has had plenty of experience in a large variety of automobiles. His truck of choice is the Toyota Tundra built by Toyota Motorsports for the 2007 SEMA. At the helm, a monstrous 5.7-liter supercharged V8 unit does duty, the Tundra has been specced-out with 2016 TRD Pro performance parts, a Honey D wide body kit, and a 3M wrap. It’s a ferocious metallic yellow demon and highly capable family runabout.

Pickup trucks are awesome, and despite there being so many on the roads, it’s easy to get yours to stand out with how customizable and configurable they are. Not only can they be used to stick out or tower above the crowd, but they can be purposed for an array of practical daily tasks. 

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Top 5 Trending Online Courses in 2021

With the current state of the world, online learning has really taken off. Some people have lost their jobs and are looking for ways to make money. Others are taking the time in lockdown to learn another skill that may be useful. Whatever your reason, whether it’s getting another degree or trying to get a certification, these days online learning is your best bet. Education is important and online classes are a great way to broaden your horizons safely. There are places all over the internet that offer online courses including Learning Cloud Australia.

1. Digital Marketing

Digital marketing has been around for a long time. And with businesses transitioning to operating primarily online, digital marketing is becoming more and more important.

Digital marketing focuses on social media, search engine optimization, content marketing, and marketing analytics. These are all things that businesses will need in order to attract customers.

Taking courses in digital marketing is ideal for anyone who is or looking to become a brand manager, marketer, or entrepreneur.

2. Data Science

Data science is a popular program to study online. Data visualization, statistics, and data analytics are some programs that students take when studying data science.

With this program, you don’t need to know anything about computer coding. In fact, all you need is a Bachelor’s degree and a proclivity for numbers, and you are good to go.

If you are someone who is currently in or looking to pursue a job as a data scientist, business, or data analyst, data science may be an excellent program to try.

3. Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence professionals help businesses solve problems and develop strategies. Their principal job is to take the data supplied to them by a business and use the data to set them on the path that will help them become successful.

BI professionals take this data and basically tell the business what they need to change. These things could be planning, operations, strategic management, or product development. BI professionals tell you what’s working and what’s not and how it can be fixed.

If you are an IT professional, courses in business intelligence can help you with management reporting, data visualization, data mining, and data analytics.

4. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is something that has become very popular these days. While it has become popular, it is still complicated. Businesses need someone on their teams that is qualified to work with clouds. Cloud computing requires someone knowledgeable in domains, cloud migration, multi-cloud environments, serverless architecture, cloud security, and virtual machines.

5. Project Management

Project management has become a popular course these days. A project manager makes sure projects are both turned in on time and within the budget. It is the project manager who assigns tasks to qualified team members and sets the deadlines. Project managers also try to keep the team on task and motivate them. This motivation helps to ensure that the project gets completed on time.

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Travelling Tips from the Experts

When this epidemic is done and travel resumes, where do you want to head? Make your dreams a reality with our travel tips to start you on the road to greatness.

So, Done any Good Travelling Lately? 

No, it may not be the best time for any overseas, or even local, travel. And the rest of the year will probably not see much of an improvement with this pandemic around. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep dreaming, right? 

The great thing about travel is that all these fantastic places that you’ve been longing to see are not going anywhere. And just like those beautiful sights, sounds and smells, the fact that travelling costs money isn’t changing either. We can’t all be lucky enough to have a job like my friend Stan, who travels the world on income made from the fastest payout online casino he bets on, and which you can read more about here https://new-casino.ca/articles/fast-payout. Though that does sound tempting.

For the rest of us, we need to save, to scrimp and maybe even to borrow to fund our dreams. But that’s OK, because we have a whole host of travelling experience here in the office, and we’re more than happy to share all our tips to get you in the traveling zone.

Money, Money, Money!

Those sexy Swedes were right about one thing; it’s a rich man’s world. Travelling is going to cost you a pretty penny and saving up is the first thing that you need to be doing. Look at it this way; every sacrifice you make before you go is another cool thing you can spend your coin on when you’re away. And trust us, you won’t regret it.

The silver lining to a pandemic is that you’re more limited than usual to find all those exciting things that you normally spend your money on. No more concerts, no more dinners out, no more buying rounds of shots for the entire bar of strangers every weekend. Yes, it sucks, don’t get me wrong, but you need to look for the positive in a bad situation sometimes.

So, instead of seeing all that money building up in your bank account and spending it on Amazon, save, save, save. Then spend your time researching all the amazing places you’re going to visit in New Zealand or Peru or Cambodia or wherever your first trip will take you.

Do Your Research

Many are used to flying by the seat of their pants when they are touring the world. And we’re not for a second implying that that’s not a good idea, not essential for the soul sometimes. But all too often, we’ve come back from a trip only to find that when we decided to drive 8 hours inland to see that wicked cave system, we missed one of the very things we went all that way to see.

It’s a great idea to ensure that the time you’re planning on going (not that it’s a great time to book anything into any calendar right now!) is good weather wise too. Koh Samui is not that great when there’s flooding from the monsoon season in October, trust us. 

Travel guides are easily accessible online these days, like Lonely Planet and even Trip Adviser. And online searches of the country’s official tourism page is definitely advisable too.

Start Making a List

Now you’ve started looking into all the cool things to do, start making a list of the things you definitely don’t want to miss. Also, make a note of them on a map so you can start to get a good feel for where they are in relationship to each other. Not only is it good to slowly start to navigate your way around the country, but it’s perfect to start seeing things that are in between. 

Hopping from one place to the next is always relatively easy via public transport or tourist buses, so you’ll be able to visit that awesome lake on your way to the glaciers, or that pristine beach, or the forest your friends keep going on about.

Referring back to your list whilst you’re on your journey will make sure that those last minute detours won’t cost you an even better surprise. 

Learn a Little of the Lingo

Just a simple “good morning” in the local language will break down social barriers faster than money can buy. And it’s just as important as “thank you”, which you may never use in your everyday life anymore, but will open so many more doors on your travels. Oh, and it works wonders when you smile at the same time.

Language goes hand in hand with local cultures too, so when you’re learning when Ramadan is for your Egypt trip, delve a little into the customs and rules that coincide with it. Again, so important when it comes to mixing with the locals. You may just find yourself at the dinner table in the middle of the street, breaking bread with the entire community who have had all the food supplied by the wealthier tenants. Now that’s a story to tell your friends.

Balance Your Guard with Common Sense

Now we’d be the last to say that nothing ever happens when you’re travelling, no one gets in any trouble in Sudan. But if you don’t let your guard down just a little, you may as well just read the guide books and stay on your sofa. The paranoia that you’re a constant target will leave you with regrets when you get back home. So, play it safe but don’t forget why you’re there.

Paying too much for the fruit at a street stall or being ripped off on that $8 sarong is not worth battering an eye at. Instead, go with the flow and focus more on local scams that will matter. Checking with the front office crew about which bars to avoid, the areas that are notorious for pick pockets and how safe the subway is at night are things worth worrying about. 

Being smart about how you hold your bag, where your valuable are and what’s going on around you whilst you’re in the marketplace, is better than avoiding that culture at all. You’ll only travel there once, trust me, so make it count. 

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How to Make Your Pop Culture Blog Successful

Pop culture involves a range of topics, such as celebrity updates, the latest TV shows, and movies. As long as it involves popular, new information, it falls into that niche. If you are passionate about the topic, you might consider starting a pop culture blog to share your knowledge with the rest of gossip-driven interesting reads.

Growing Your Traffic

Your readers will make your break the blog. That means you’ll want to use every tactic you can to bring in traffic and retain it. That way, the site will run well. Some tactics might work better than others, but a combination of methods is often the best. Search engine optimization involves making your site easier to find online. You might optimize the site or use specific keywords so people can find your pages. If you want to grow your revenue, it is essential to use intent SEO to outrank the competition. Since you might not be familiar with the tactics used, you can review guides to great SEO writing in a few easy steps, plus tools & pro tips.

You’ll also need to create an environment that promotes growth so your readers can engage with you. That way, they will continue to comment on meaningful posts. You need to respond to their comments and engage with them, so your audience feels it is worthwhile to come back. Consider it building a community instead of merely allowing them to read passively. Social media is an excellent channel for helping you engage with the readers. That way, they can choose the platform they are most comfortable with. If the topic allows, you might have them choose what you cover now and then.

Content Created by Pop Culture Bloggers

That means you’ll need to pick a focus for the blog. There are many options, so ensure you choose something that fits your passions. Choose something that you can make your own to give your blog more influence. You don’t have to choose the focus right away. You might decide to add more focus at a later time once you have gotten more into your topic. For instance, you might enjoy current fashions, so you might begin with hair and then move on to clothing, makeup, and other style topics. 

No matter the niche, create relevant, engaging content to help your blog stand out. Make sure that your readers can get something out of their visit to your site. It might include a unique perspective that stands out from typical blogs in your niche. Give them a reason for coming back. That is often hard since there are already many pop culture blogs out there. Do your research on how you can build your audience to bring those readers to you. Give them something they want to come back to over and over again. The more your readers want to go back, the better your readership. Let them have a say in what you post to encourage engagement. Create polls or ask them to respond in the comments section.