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Beginners Guide To Airsoft [Infographic]

Introduction to Airsoft Combat Game

Devised in Japan Airsoft is the new outdoor gun combat game that is already becoming more popular the Paintball. Airsoft is similar to Paintball as it’s played by teams attempting to win….

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Professional Car Tinting Versus Do-It-Yourself [Infographic]

Tinting Your Car Windows

With lots of do-it-yourself blogs and videos available on the internet today, almost everyone now can create do or create their own project all with the little help from basic house tools. However, doing everything by….

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Internal Communications: Measurement & Strategy [Infographic]

Using Strategy And Measurement To Break The Barriers To Internal Communication

Effective employee communication matters. It matters to your employees, it matters to your managers and it matters to your shareholders. Research conducted by the HayGroup showed companies with engaged….

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How to Beat Online Job Application Systems and Get Hired Faster

Get Hired Fast!

In recent years, many companies, both large and small, have turned to automated programs to handle the recruitment process. This may seem a bit scary to some job seekers, since their applications are not reviewed by humans…..

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10 Dog Friendly National Parks [Infographic]

Must-Visit Dog-Friendly National Dark Parks

Work got you stressed out? Itching to get out of the cube and into the sunlight? A trip to a national park will reduce stress and leave you feeling invigorated after spending some quality time….

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10 Event Planning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

What’s the Big Deal?

Event planning is no easy task, but it’s a vital part of marketers’ jobs. Companies spend about 20% of their budgets on marketing for events. Plus, 67% of business-to-business marketers find marketing at events as one….

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Taxes Around the World [Infographic]

Taxes Throughout the World

If you have not already done so, the deadline for filing federal tax returns is today. Some of you owe money, while others will receive their return. Give a lot, get a little. On another note, the….

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Vital Role Of Nurses In The Delivery Of Affordable Care [Infographic]

The Vitality Of Nurses

The U.S. healthcare sector will employ 3.2 million nurses by 2022. Presently, 6% of nurses care for one patient, whereas 11% care for three patients. Moreover, 13%, 16%, 17%, and 18% of nurses care for six,….

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Do Colleges Run Background Checks on Students Before Accepting Them?

5 Examples of Colleges and Background Checks

Violence, sexual assault or rape, burglary, and other types of criminal activity are disturbingly common on many college campuses across the United States. For the most part, though, colleges and universities don’t require….

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Beginners Guide To Airsoft [Infographic]

Introduction to Airsoft Combat Game

Airsoft by Samloeschen

Devised in Japan Airsoft is the new outdoor gun combat game that is already becoming more popular the Paintball. Airsoft is similar to Paintball as it's played by teams attempting to win battles while trying to outwit each other strategically, however, rather than using paint balls to eliminate opponents Airsoft uses BB's, small plastic ball bearings.

This guide gives beginners the low down on how to become more proficient at playing Airsoft. It gives an insight into the guns that are used, the obligatory equipment you need to wear to help protect yourself from the BB's and a host of other fascinating hints and tips to help you and your team win the battles.

Perfect for those who like to take a hands-on approach to strategic and tactical missions Airsoft is more about team work than racing around the playing field like a maniac. It takes brave actions and the ability to watch, look and listen if you don't want to be eliminated from the game before anyone else.

Take a look at the guide below, learn a few of the hands signals that allow your team to move stealthily without risk of being heard by the enemy or use some of the ambush techniques to move in on your opposing team and ultimately win the battle.


Beginners Guide To Airsoft [Infographic]

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BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO AIRSOFT

WHAT IS AIRSOFT

Originating in Japan, Airsoft is the next level in gun combat after Paintball. It's played in a very similar way, which is to eliminate the other team, but you can also play capture the flag, search and destroy, etc.

 

BULLETS

In paintball, guns fire balls of paint. In Airsoft guns fire small plastic ball bearings also known as BB's.

GUNS

  • The guns used in paintball are fired with the aid of CO2 tanks, in Airsoft they're fired using one of three ways.
    1. An electrically wound spring
    2. A standard spring that must be cocked after every shot
    3. By gas

 

BASIC RULES

SURRENDER

An order to surrender can only be given within five feet of another player. There is also no shooting within five feet. All players ordered to surrender must comply.

ELIMINATIONS

You are eliminated if...

  • You are hit by a BB anywhere on your body
  • You are hit by a ricocheting BB anywhere on your body
  • You are hit by friendly fire

If you are hit and are therefore eliminated, you must shout "hit" and then exit the playing field with your hands or gun in the air. If there is a lot of gun fire, eliminated players must lie down and wait for the area to clear.

VELOCITY LIMITS

400 fps limit with .2 gram Marui BB for all full-auto airsofts.
500 fps limit with .2 gram Marui BB for all semi-auto sniper airsofts.
350 fps limit with .2 gram Marui BB for all indoor CQB style games.

 

PROTECTION REQUIRED

FULL FACE PROTECTION

There are two ways you can protect your face...

GOOGLES & BALACLAVA

Fully sealed googles must be worn at all times. Must meed or exceed ANSI standards.

FULL AIRSOFT MASK

Must cover both ears and mouth.

 

MOST POPULAR TYPES OF MATCHES

FREE FOR ALL

Does what it says on the tin. Every man for himself. Usually played with either unlimited eliminations or one hit and your out.

TEAM DEATHMATCH

One team vs another or multiple teams. Usually played with three hit kill rule. Hit three times and you're out.

MANHUNT

Another team where one larger team tries to hunt down a smaller team who have been given a five-minute head start.

TEAM ON TEAM MILSIM

Stands for Military simulation. This is the most popular game type amongst enthusiasts. The rules make it so it is as realistic as possible. Aka, if you're hit, you're eliminated.

CAPTURE THE FLAG

The flag is placed in neutral territory and both teams battle it out to capture it and take it back to their base.

 

BASIC AIRSOFT TACTICS

COVER FIRE

Cover fire is when you lay down fire to prevent your enemy from popping out of cover. Whilst doing this, a member of your team can advance his position without the worry of getting hit.

BE BRAVE

When you first start in Airsoft, it's normal for people to pop out of cover, take a few shots, and then go back into cover. If both you and your opponent are doing the same, it can go on forever. Next time assert dominance by leaving yourself partially out of cover aiming at your opponent's position. This way when they pop out and you have to re-aim, you already have your sights on their position, giving you a massive advantage in the firefight.

SNIPER SUPPORT

If the sniper is in a tricky position and can't access support for his weapon, you can simply offer your shoulder as support. This also works well as you can relay information in close proximity to the sniper such as possible movement and watching behind in case of ambush.

 

TYPES OF AMBUSH

LINEAR AMBUSH

Line your squad up along a road or river and pop out as the opposition are in line with you.

L-SHAPE AMBUSH

This is the step up from the linear ambush as you can ambush from two directions.

V-SHAPE AMBUSH

The V-Shape ambush or the surround is the ultimate ambush as it surrounds the enemy giving them nowhere to go.

 

CORE HAND SIGNALS

I understand

Stop/Freeze

Hurry Up

Cover this position

Go Here/Move Up

Hostage

Pistol

Rifle

Shot Gun

Sniper

 

SUNDERLAND AIR GUNS


Source: http://www.sunderlandairguns.com/blog/beginners-guide-to-airsoft/

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Professional Car Tinting Versus Do-It-Yourself [Infographic]

Tinting Your Car Windows

Window Tint Shading Percentage

With lots of do-it-yourself blogs and videos available on the internet today, almost everyone now can create do or create their own project all with the little help from basic house tools. However, doing everything by your own is not always the practical thing to do, especially when it comes to a project that requires precision and extreme expertise.

One fine example of a task that you shouldn’t do on your own is tinting your car. Though some people might argue that they have successfully coated their car’s with window tint, there is an explicable explanation why it’s still better to go to your nearest tinting shop to get the job done.

First, they have the knowledge on regulations regarding on the right shade of tint and that can only be used within your locality. Due to security reasons, many of the states nowadays apprehends car owners who have installed tints that limit visibility in the broad daylight. That is why if you’re a car owner who barely knows any of these state regulations, you might just be surprised if a police mobile will order you to pull over while you’re driving your way to work.

Educate yourself by checking this infographic from Global Tint as they’ve gathered some of the differences between professional car tinting and DIY tinting. Aside from complying with the law, other advantages such as tint material, success rate, and service quality will prove that going to a professional tint installer will definitely save your valuable time and money.


Professional Car Tinting Versus Do-It-Yourself [Infographic]

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Professional Car Tinting vs. Do-It-Yourself

GLOBALTINT.CO.UK

Now that you have decided that car tinting is for you and your benefit, the next thing to consider is its application.

Consumers usually have two options for tinting their car windows: Do it themselves with a DIY window-tinting kit or hire a professional.

With all the available DIY Car Tinting kits offered in the market today, it is tempting to just tint your car on your own instead of leaving the job to the professionals.

Although a DIY window tint is generally less costly, it definitely pays dividends to invest in professional installation. But, what they fail to realize is that the benefits of hiring an auto tinting pro outweigh any savings.

Here are 4 reasons why you should let professional car tint companies do their job:

1. They do it within the law

The government of the United Kingdom is specific when it comes to laws concerning car tinting. Just to be safe, it would be best to have your car professionally tinted because companies who do this for a living know the do's and don'ts, with considerations of the regulations.

Most professional window tinting companies make it their business to stay up to date on window tint regulations.

2. They do it flawlessly

Businesses that do car tints for a living do it perfectly crediting the number of times they have done it, the knowledge of different techniques on how to apply it, and the hours of training they have undergone to perfect the job.

Most probably, when you decide to DIY your car tinting, it is your first time doing it. The room for error is bigger because more likely than not, you're just winging it.

An experienced professional will use a higher grade film and ensure that it's applied without creases, crinkles, air bubbles, or debris.

3. Restarting is not an option

Since the chances of ruining it are high, the first trial would most probably be a disaster. So, you decided to try again. You thought that it would be easier, but removing window film is much more difficult than applying it, due in part to the sticky adhesive used to apply it to the auto glass.

Once window tinting film has been applied to a window, it cannot be taken off and simply returned to the store. Starting from scratch would probably require you to buy a new kit.

4. Tint quality and service guaranteed

One of the reasons why professional car tinting is relatively more expensive than DIY kits is the quality service you can get. More so, the reputation and credibility of the company is also a factor, especially if they always get great reviews and feedback from previous customers.

If a professional window tinting company does a bad job, car owners can always demand re-tinting.

Also, some companies offer after care services that is included in the installation fee.


Source: http://globaltint.co.uk/blog/professional-car-tinting-versus-do-it-yourself-infographic/

Internal Communications: Measurement & Strategy [Infographic]

Using Strategy And Measurement To Break The Barriers To Internal Communication

Internal Communication Plan

Effective employee communication matters. It matters to your employees, it matters to your managers and it matters to your shareholders. Research conducted by the HayGroup showed companies with engaged employees generate 50% more returns for stakeholders than their competitors. Effective communication and financial performance are strongly related. According to Towers Watson research, companies that are highly effective at communication are 1.7 times as likely to outperform their peers.

However, if you ask an internal communicator for a list their biggest challenges and I’m sure you will hear that getting a seat at the strategic decision making table and being able to measure are high up on that list. In 2014 we conducted as survey with Ragan Communications and found that only 4 out of 10 IC departments find it easy to get senior leadership support and in 2016 when we asked this question again, we found that it hadn’t improved.

So why does the internal communication function still struggle to be seen as a strategic player?

You can see from this newly published infographic from Newsweaver entitled ‘Internal Communications Measurement and Strategy’ that 36% of internal communicators admit to having no strategy in place.

Shockingly, 12% are still not measuring any of their communications! As a communicator how can you tell which elements of your communications strategy you can improve?

View the infographic below for tips on creating and reviewing your strategy for your internal communications and how to measure employee engagement with your internal communications.


Internal Communications: Measurement & Strategy [Infographic]

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INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS ON MEASUREMENT & STRATEGY

STRATEGY...

36% of Internal Communicators admitted to having NO strategy in place!

Do YOU have a formal internal communications (IC) strategy, if yes, how frequently is it reviewed?

  • Internal communications should be reviewed Quarterly (18%) or Monthly (4%)
  • Only 64% of Internal Communicators have a strategy in place
  • Of this 64% only 22% review it frequently enough

Strategy Graph:

  • 18% Quarterly
  • 4% Monthly
  • 24% Upon Request
  • 25% Annually
  • 28% Every 6 Months
  • 1% Never

Do the employees in your company understand the organization's strategy?

Within your organization, does IC have a voice at the top table?

Communicators who align their communications strategy to their organization's strategy are more likely to have a seat at the top table!

  • 33% say they do
  • 67% say they don't
  • 65% say yes
  • 35% say no

"77% of Internal Communicators say that enabling employees to understand strategy is their most important job. However, without measurement, it is impossible to know if this is being achieved." Andrew Harvey, Director of Internal Communication, VMA Group

How to design a strategy

Strategy on Page (SOAP)

Strategy is the foundation of any well structured Internal Communication plan. SOAP is designed to clarify the organization's purpose through seven questions designed to get your strategy on a page. Linking the organization's purpose and strategy with your internal communications strategy is key for engaging employees. It is a demanding, time-consuming exercise but it is powerful and fruitful!

  1. What is your big aspiration?
  2. What are your values or top 3 golden rules?
  3. Where are you now?
  4. What will success look like in the long term?
  5. What opportunities do you have to process?
  6. What risks do you face that may hold you back?
  7. What are your three mid-term priorities?

"By failing to develop and regularly review a strategy, these teams are essentially setting themselves up to fail." Andrew Harvey, Director of Internal Communication, VMA Group

Employee engagement is known to have a variety of positive impacts on the organization

According to studies, strong employee engagement, of which internal communication is a key component can lead to 300% faster profit growth, 87% more employee retention and 200% higher customer loyalty!

71% of US employees are not fully engaged.

Only 16% of Internal Communicators are satisfied with their ability to measure!

Without being able to bring critical data, insights and KPIs to the leadership table, the struggle continues. Having access to tools that can give you these insights is critical.

Current Trends in Measurement
A surprising number of Internal Communicators still have no form of measurement. Measurement helps keep you afloat, without it you could be sinking without knowing!

12% of IC are not measuring anything!

Communicators are settling for what they can measure not what they should measure.
Engagement metrics, open & click rates, are available to less than half!

Measurement is vital to getting IC a seat at the strategic table.
Without measurement, the effect of IC can often can often be misunderstood or underestimated.

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How to Beat Online Job Application Systems and Get Hired Faster

Get Hired Fast!

Man Desk Writing Notebook

In recent years, many companies, both large and small, have turned to automated programs to handle the recruitment process. This may seem a bit scary to some job seekers, since their applications are not reviewed by humans. But working with software designed to look for specific things in a job application means there are plenty of ways you can use the system in your favor.

First, you have to understand how these systems work. Once you fill an online job application form, your information will be sent to a database known as an automated applicant tracking system. This system sorts applications and provides the recruiter with lists of suitable candidates.

The system looks for specific keywords in the application. The more keywords the system finds, the more likely you are to end up on the top of the list. Identifying the possible keywords is essential. There are plenty of ways to identify these words. A good idea is to read the job description carefully and try to figure out what these keywords might be.

When you fill out the form for your job application, make sure not to leave anything blank. Not filling out certain fields might make you lose a good opportunity to impress. Some very important information you might think is nonessential gets left out. With automated systems, since you don’t really know what their looking for specifically, it’s best if you have everything covered, just in case.

To make these keywords stand out, it’s a good idea to keep your resume simple. Making your application as clear and legible as possible is a sound approach even when you’re dealing with people. Programs have an even harder time reading through layouts that are bit too creative. Tip: avoid putting important information, such as name, phone number or address, in the header of the document, since many of these systems cannot read information contained in the header. And always remember to proofread your application before you send it out. Typos and other minor errors may end up costing you your job. It would be best if you avoided abbreviations and other conventions a software might not be able to interpret correctly.

Another smart thing to do is to stick to jobs you know you’re qualified for. If you lack experience, you may want to start out with a less challenging job which can provide you with plenty of opportunities to gain work experience and develop your skills. Jobs such as these allow you to try out different positions which, in your resume, will translate into a varied and rich experience.

If you’re still somewhat uncertain about your chances when applying for a job, try talking to someone who is already there. The importance of networking when looking for an opening can’t be overstated. Asking friends or acquaintances for help can provide you with numerous benefits. Everyone does it, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t ask around. And, before you start out networking, it might be a good idea to spruce up your social media pages, or even create special profiles just for this purpose. In these modern days, your prospective employer is bound to look up your profiles, so make sure they’re all in check.

Networking goes well with research. Look up the companies you are interested in. Find out what they focus on, what sort of people they might be looking for. Try to figure out what kind of person they truly want, beyond the simple job description. This could you give some insight as to what those all-important keywords might actually be. And when you do get to the interview phase of the recruitment process, you’ll already have a head start. Remember, you want to convince your employer that he needs you for the job.

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Don’t lose hope. If you start applying for jobs thinking in the back of your mind that you won’t get it, chances are this will shine through on your application. Take each attempt as a new brand new opportunity to prove yourself. Try to figure out where you might have gone wrong with your previous application, and see where there’s room for improvement.


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10 Dog Friendly National Parks [Infographic]

Must-Visit Dog-Friendly National Dark Parks

Dogtrails Photo

Work got you stressed out? Itching to get out of the cube and into the sunlight? A trip to a national park will reduce stress and leave you feeling invigorated after spending some quality time in the great outdoors, and with summer coming round the bend, there is simply no better time to visit one our national treasures. Unless you happen to be in the middle of a heat wave, in which case you'll want to wait a while :D

However, if you have a four-legged friend a trip to a national park is NOT necessarily a straightforward endeavor, as you can't go to just any national park. Instead, you'll need to be sure to visit a dog-friendly national park that allows you to bring Fido along with you.

An important thing to remember is that, even in dog-friendly national parks, your dog will need to be leashed at all times. If not, you'll run the risk of a lifetime ban on visiting that park. Seriously, it happens.

Many of our natural treasures impose strict limitations on where dogs are allowed, but there are a few that roll out the red carpet for Fido. Here are the USA’s 10 dog friendly national parks:

Please view the original source here: http://blog.gopetfriendly.com/best-dog-friendly-national-parks/


PLEASE KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG!


Source: http://www.mybonesandbiscuits.com/10-dog-friendly-national-parks/

10 Event Planning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

What’s the Big Deal?

Event Planning Tables

Event planning is no easy task, but it's a vital part of marketers' jobs. Companies spend about 20% of their budgets on marketing for events. Plus, 67% of business-to-business marketers find marketing at events as one of the most effective ways to meet future clients and customers. This is your opportunity to shine as a brand at the exact moment customers are most open to new relationships and budget allocation for upcoming initiatives. Don’t let that opportunity slip away by making these easily avoidable mistakes:

Mistake 1: Being Invisible

Mistake 2: Sending the Wrong People

Mistake 3: Poor Location

Mistake 4: Difficult Booth Setup

Mistake 5: Ignoring Social Media

Mistake 6: Underestimating Cost

Mistake7: Not Making Your Website Mobile-Friendly

Mistake 8: Leaving the Booth Unattended

Mistake 9: Paying Full Registration Price

Mistake 10: Forgetting to Follow-Through


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Taxes Around the World [Infographic]

Taxes Throughout the World

Filing Taxes

If you have not already done so, the deadline for filing federal tax returns is today. Some of you owe money, while others will receive their return. Give a lot, get a little. On another note, the United States is not the only one responsible for paying taxes. Taxes exist worldwide and are collected by nearly every government around the world from its citizens. Taxes are an inevitable part of life and are collected in nearly every country on every continent around the world.

The origin of taxes began as far back as written records existed in 2500 BC to 3500 BC in Ancient Sumeria, and probably before anything was ever recorded, often requiring citizens who lived in communities to contribute their goods or services, more specifically, their time, to the common good. Sumerians likely raised crops for food and provided warrior skills to protect the community. The ruler or governing body of the community may have written it in the law that all citizens who wished to be a part of the community would have to contribute in some way, and in return, the government would protect its citizens and use the services or payment from its citizens for its citizens to advance and protect the society as a whole.

Babylon, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Persia, Rome, and many other civilizations would follow those same procedures, expanding their empires, and developing currency systems which required its citizens and even those who were defeated later on and adapted into the society to pay into the tax system. Not only did governments collect taxes, but many religious organizations, specifically the Catholic Church also imposed a tax on its followers and members.

The IRS

Taxes were always meant for the common good and allowed for these institutions and government systems to obtain the money, or goods, that were required in order to function. These taxes pay the people who run the government system and those who trickle down into the system to live and provide the services back to the society that it needs in order to operate.

In modern day, nearly all governments on all continents collect some form of tax from its people. Taxes are still implemented and play an important role to support the entire societal system. A society without government may fall very quickly, while a a government without society has no reason for existing. A government without money to protect and provide for its people cannot exist, while people without money cannot have a functioning government. It is the tax placed upon the society, which helps the government function properly, in order to provide the proper services for the society, in order to keep the society functioning properly and accordingly.

This is a fairly accurate representation of what the IRS does to your bank account when you owe:

Infographic from Lauren Sharsta, summary article by Matthew Gates


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Taxes Around the World

For many Americans, their least favorite time of the year is tax season. But Americans actually pay lower income tax rates than people in many other countries. Let’s take a look at income tax rates around the world, including some countries that don’t collect any income tax at all.

Taxes Here at Home

In the U.S., the wealthiest 10 percent pay 25 percent of all payroll taxes. (1)

82%

Percentage of Americans who pay payroll or income taxes. The remaining 18 percent includes the elderly and those with annual incomes under $20,000.

1.6 million

New tax filers in the U.S., from 2010 to 2011 (2)

Average individual income tax rate by year (2)

1979: 11%

1980: 11.6%

1981: 11.9%

1982: 11%

1983: 10.2%

1984: 10%

1985: 10.1%

1986: 10.3%

1987: 10.2%

1988: 10.3%

1989: 10.1%

1990: 10%

1991: 9.8%

1992: 9.8%

1993: 9.9%

1994: 9.9%

1995: 10.1%

1996: 10.5%

1997: 10.9%

1998: 10.9%

1999: 11.3%

2000: 11.7%

2001: 10.2%

2002: 9.5%

2003: 8.3%

2004: 8.5%

2005: 8.8%

2006: 8.9%

2007: 9.2%

2008: 7.8%

2009: 7.2%

2010: 7.7%

2011: 8.4%

How They Compare

Tax rates vary dramatically by country. Let’s take a look at how some of them compare.

Highest top personal marginal income tax rate (most recent years available) (2, 3)

Denmark: 60.4%

Sweden: 56.7%

Portugal: 56.5%

France: 54.5%

Belgium: 53.7%

Netherlands: 52%

Spain: 52%

Finland: 51.1%

Japan: 50.8%

Austria: 50%

Israel: 50%

Slovenia: 50%

Canada: 49.5%

Italy: 48.6%

Ireland: 48%

Germany: 47.5%

Australia: 46.5%

United States: 46.3%

Iceland: 46.2%

Greece: 46%

United Kingdom: 45%

Luxembourg: 43.6%

Lowest top personal marginal income tax rate (most recent years available) (4, 5)

Latvia: 23%

Estonia: 21%

Armenia: 20%

Pakistan: 20%

Singapore: 20%

Slovakia: 19%

Hungary: 16%

Romania: 16%

Costa Rica: 15%

Czech Republic: 15%

Lithuania: 15%

Mauritius: 15%

Serbia and Montenegro: 15%

Ukraine: 15%

Russia: 13%

Bulgaria: 10%

Cote d’Ivoire: 10%

Kazakhstan: 10%

Paraguay: 10%

Countries Without Income Tax

A handful of nations don’t levy any personal income tax. Which countries are income-tax-free, and how do they fund their governments? (4)

United Arab Emirates

Boasting one of the world’s highest per-capita incomes ($49,000), the UAE has no personal income or capital gains taxes. But that doesn’t mean the country is tax-free.

55%

Maximum corporate tax rate

30%

Country’s GDP based directly on oil and gas production

5%

Monthly earnings go toward UAE social security system

30%

Sales tax on alcohol

Qatar

The world’s richest country (per-capita GDP of $100,000+), Qatar relies heavily on its natural resources, particularly natural gas.

35%

Tax rate levied on business involved in oil and gas operations

0%

Taxes on personal incomes, dividends, royalties, profits, capital gains and property

5%

Tax on imported goods

Cayman Islands

Known primarily as a tax haven for the wealthy, the Cayman Islands are popular among the 1 percent thanks to the lack of taxes on personal income and capital gains. The country also does not mandate social security contributions.

25%

Maximum fee on imports

50%

Ratio of foreign workers in islands’ workforce

Bahrain

Another oil-rich nation, Bahrain relies on the Abu Safa oilfield, which it shares with Saudi Arabia.

70% of Bahrain’s budget revenue comes from the Abu Safa oilfield.

7%

Contributions to social security by employees

10%

Municipal tax levied on expats who rent homes in Bahrain

The Bahamas

The Caribbean nation’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking.

70%

Government revenue that comes from duties on imports

3.9%

Employees’ mandatory social security contributions


Source: http://www.accounting-degree.org/taxes-around-the-world/

Vital Role Of Nurses In The Delivery Of Affordable Care [Infographic]

The Vitality Of Nurses

Hero Nurse

The U.S. healthcare sector will employ 3.2 million nurses by 2022. Presently, 6% of nurses care for one patient, whereas 11% care for three patients. Moreover, 13%, 16%, 17%, and 18% of nurses care for six, five, four, and two patients respectively. In spite of this, 66% of registered nurses (RNs) say that they have limited coverage and clinical support.

Duties and Job Satisfaction

Nursing has ranked as the leading profession in terms of honesty and ethical standards over the past 13 years. With this in mind, professional communication accounts for 17.3% of the time nurses spend at work. Additionally, nurses spend 16.2%, 11.3%, 10.3% and 9.6% of their time on medication-related tasks, indirect care, direct care and in transit respectively.

Patient Health Outcomes

In general, patient mortality at hospitals with high nurse-to-patient ratios are 60% lower compared to hospitals with low nurse-to-patient ratios. In terms of nurse-to-patient interactions, 86% of nurses have no time to comfort and care for patients, 81% are unable to educate patients, 61% report medication errors related to unsafe patient assignments, 56% report patient readmission due to unsafe patient assignments, 50% report injury to patients due to understaffing and 25% report fatalities related to understaffing.

The Benefits of Better Health Outcome

The benefits of better health outcomes include:

  • Lower health care costs to the tune of $68 million annually due to fewer patient infections
  • Fewer medical errors
  • Lower hospital readmission rates
  • Fewer days spent in hospital by patients

The Benefits of Investing in Nursing Education

Investing in nursing education improves patient health outcomes and care costs substantially. This is because better-educated nurses can implement evidence-based practices, coordinate patient care, compare supply and service costs, as well as oversee lab tests.

Conclusion

Nurses play an important role in the US healthcare sector because they handle medication-related tasks, communicate with patients and doctors and perform ward related activities.


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WHY NURSES ARE ESSENTIAL TO DELIVERING COST-EFFECTIVE CARE

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE

3.2 MILLION EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS FOR REGISTERED NURSES BY 2022

UP 19% SINCE 2012

66% OF RNs SAY THEY HAVE LIMITED COVERAGE AND CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

PATIENT-TO-REGISTERED NURSE RATIO

  • 13% CARE FOR SIX PATIENTS
  • 16% CARE FOR FIVE PATIENTS
  • 17% CARE FOR FOUR PATIENTS
  • 11% CARE FOR THREE PATIENTS
  • 18% CARE FOR TWO PATIENTS
  • 6% CARE FOR ONE PATIENT

 

NURSES AND PATIENT SATISFACTION

NURSES SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME CARING FOR PATIENTS

  • PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 17.3%
  • MEDICATION-RELATED TASKS 16.2%
  • INDIRECT CARE 11.3%
  • DIRECT CARE 10.3%
  • IN TRANSIT 9.6%
  • PATIENT AND HOSPITAL DOCUMENTATION 4%
  • WARD-RELATED ACTIVITIES 1.1%
  • SUPERVISION 1.1%
  • SOCIAL .9%
  • OTHER .6%

NURSES HAVE BEEN RATED THE #1 PROFESSION FOR HONESTY AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS STRAIGHT

HOSPITALS WITH HIGHER NURSE STAFFING LEVELS HAD 25% LOWER INCIDENCE OF BEING PENALIZED FOR READMISSION RATES

 

NURSES AND PATIENT HEALTH OUTCOMES

LOWER NURSING STAFFING LEVELS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON PATIENTS' HEALTH AND WELL-BEING DURING THEIR HOSPITAL STAY AND DIRECTLY AFTERWARDS

PATIENT MORALITY IN HOSPITALS THAT HAD HIGHER NURSE-TO-PATIENT RATIOS, MORTALITY RATES DECREASED BY APPROXIMATELY 60%

 

  • 86% DON'T HAVE TIME TO PROPERLY COMFORT AND CARE FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES DUE TO UNSAFE PATIENT ASSIGNMENTS
  • 81% REPORT THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO EDUCATE PATIENTS AND PROVIDE ADEQUATE DISCHARGE PLANNING
  • 61% REPORT MEDICATION ERRORS DUE TO UNSAFE PATIENT ASSIGNMENTS
  • 56% REPORT READMISSION OF PATIENTS DUE TO UNSAFE PATIENT ASSIGNMENTS
  • 50% REPORT INJURY AND HARM TO PATIENTS DUE TO UNDERSTAFFING
  • 25% REPORT PATIENT DEATHS DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO HAVING TOO MANY PATIENTS TO CARE FOR AT ONE TIME

 

BENEFITS OF BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES

LOWER COSTS

HOSPITALS WITH LOWER PATIENT-TO-NURSE RATIOS HAD A TOTAL OF 6,239 FEWER INFECTIONS, FOR AN ANNUAL COST SAVING OF UP TO $68 MILLION

DECREASED HOSPITAL READMISSIONS

LOWER NURSE-TO-PATIENT RATIOS REDUCED THE FOLLOWING READMISSIONS:

  • HEART FAILURE - 7%
  • ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION - 6%
  • PNEUMONIA - 10%

FEWER MEDICAL ERRORS

FOR EVERY 20% DECREASE IN STAFFING BELOW THE STAFFING MINIMUM, MEDICATION ERRORS AND SUBSEQUENT COSTLY LAWSUITS AND SETTLEMENTS INCREASED BY 18%

REDUCED PATIENT DAYS SPENT IN HOSPITALS

INCREASES IN RN STAFFING LEVELS RESULTED IN A 5.7% REDUCTION IN PATIENT DAYS SPENT IN FACILITIES

 

NURSING EDUCATION CAN REDUCE COSTS AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES

MORE EDUCATION FOR NURSES TRANSLATES TO HOSPITAL SAVINGS

PATIENTS WHO RECEIVED 80% OR MORE OF THEIR CARE FROM NURSES WITH BACHELOR'S DEGREES HAD 18.7% LOWER ODDS OF READMISSION AND 1.9% SHORTER LENGTHS OF STAY

 

NURSES CAN ALSO HELP REDUCE WASTE AND IMPROVE EFFICIENCY BY:

  • ACTING AS A RESOURCE FOR STAFF, PATIENTS, AND FAMILIES
  • IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES AND PERFORMANCE AND IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVES
  • COORDINATING PATIENT CARE
  • COMPARING SUPPLY AND SERVICE COSTS TO SELECT THE BEST CHOICE
  • OVERSEEING LAB TESTS TO ENSURE CORRECT HANDLING AND LABELING
  • RESTRICTING MEDICAL SUPPLY DELIVER TO SPECIFIC PATIENT NEEDS

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

School of Nursing and Health Professions


Source: http://onlinemsn.usfca.edu/news-resources/infographics/nurses-essential-to-delivering-cost-effective-care/

Do Colleges Run Background Checks on Students Before Accepting Them?

5 Examples of Colleges and Background Checks

Background Check Law Enforcement

Violence, sexual assault or rape, burglary, and other types of criminal activity are disturbingly common on many college campuses across the United States. For the most part, though, colleges and universities don't require their applications to submit to background checks prior to admission. There are numerous reasons for this decision. For instance, many juvenile court records are sealed, and therefore wouldn't even be revealed by a typical criminal history background check anywhere.

There is also the subject of second chances, which many post-secondary educational institutions—particularly community colleges—want to provide. The reasoning here is that kids make mistakes and shouldn't have their futures taken away as punishment—especially for issues like MIPs (minor-in-possession charges) that are common for many teenagers.

With all of that said, though, there are instances of colleges or universities running background checks or otherwise considering students' criminal histories before making admissions decisions. Read on for five examples of the various types of criminal background consideration that different colleges and universities across the country already implement.

  1. The Common Application

"The Common Application" was designed with the goal of making applying for college easier for students. Instead of forcing people to fill out different applications for every individual college or university in which they are interested, the Common Application is one standard app that is accepted by more than 400 institutions nationwide—from Syracuse University to Washington University in St. Louis. The Common Application also includes questions about criminal history, asking students to self-disclose any and all felony or misdemeanor convictions on their records.

According to a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, two-thirds of colleges do want to know about the criminal histories of their applicants, and are "particularly concerned by violent crimes and those related to alcohol, drugs, or sex." The Common Application is meant to help provide that information. However, since many schools using the Common Application don't run background checks, students can risk not disclosing their criminal history and earn admission despite numerous red flags. Schools can expel students who do lie about criminal history on the Common Application, which spurs more honest disclosure, but it's usually an honor system rather than a true background check.

 

  1. North Carolina State University System 

Perhaps the biggest user of student background checks in the American college scene is North Carolina, where all 16 colleges in the state's public university system do conduct background checks on incoming students. In a regulation document adopted in fall 2006, it was decreed that "UNC constituent institutions will perform background checks on either (i) all applicants offered admission, or (ii) all applicants offered admission who indicate their intent to attend, before the applicant may matriculate."

The new regulations for North Carolina's state schools were drafted following a 2004 case, where University of North Carolina at Wilmington student murdered a classmate. The perpetrator in the case was a male student who held a history of violence against women, but the school didn't know about his past because they didn't run a background check. The family of the victim blamed the university, in part, for the girl's death. In the aftermath of a lawsuit against the family, UNC Wilmington and the rest of North Carolina's state institutions began running background checks of students. They continue to do so to this day.

 

  1. Idaho State University 

Most schools don't go as far as UNC and the rest of the North Carolina public university system do with their background checks. Quite simply, most colleges and universities across the nation don't run background checks on all accepted or matriculating students.

A more common model for student background checks is probably represented by the policy in place Idaho State University, which states that students "may be required to submit to a criminal background check" based on what they are doing at the university. In other words, students involved in certain academic programs, students working certain internships, or students with certain types of hands-on academic responsibilities (such as those assigned to student teaching posts or clinical rotations) will face background checks.

Idaho State also reserves the right to reject students from these more specialized or responsibility-driven programs based on background check findings. The school's background check policy reads that, "failure of any portion of a program's required checks may be the basis for barring the student from completion of that specialized program, or from admission to the same."

 

  1. Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University's background check policy, like Idaho State's, revolves around checks for specific programs or educational responsibilities. According to the CMU website, several Michigan Public Acts, as well as federal laws, now require that a criminal background check is required of any individual who regularly provides services to populations that are generally deemed 'vulnerable' or 'special,' including but not limited to children, elderly and the sick in clinical and/or educational settings." As a result, students whose programs require student teaching, clinical work, or other similar outside-the-classroom experiences must pass background checks before being permitted to participate in those programs. Students looking to go into teaching, healthcare, or other fields serving vulnerable populations should expect similar policies at most colleges or universities.

 

  1. Boston University

At Boston University, the story on student background checks is very similar to what it is at Idaho State and Central Michigan. The institution's background check policy specifically mentions "prospective and current employees, subcontractors, volunteers, and students placed in clinical settings." Whether or not the university's definition of "clinical settings" includes in-school student teaching opportunities is unclear from the language of the policy.

Obviously, this list by no means encompasses all of the colleges and universities in the United States that run background checks on students. However, even in this short list, we see clear trends: that many universities don't go beyond the application when it comes to inquiring about an applicant's criminal history, that background checks are most common for students working in school or medical environments, and that across-the-board background checks for all incoming students are still very rare. Only time will tell if more schools decide to follow the UNC model, or to adhere to the more selective background check policies observed by the likes of Idaho State, Central Michigan, and Boston University.


About the Author

Michael Klazema

Michael Klazema has been developing products for pre-employment screening and improving online customer experiences in the background screening industry since 2009. He is the lead author and editor for Backgroundchecks.com. He lives in Dallas, TX with his family and enjoys the rich culinary histories of various old and new world countries.