Month: May 2017

Why body cameras can help everyone

Constantly evolving technology is changing the way we live, and this extends to how society is policed. One example of how technology is changing things for the better is the increasing use of body cameras by police forces around the world.

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The benefits of body cameras in the 21st Century

In New York, recent analysis of alleged police misconduct incidents by the Civilian Complaint Review Board suggests that footage from body worn cameras greatly helps in the resolution of this type of case. Without video, 45% of allegation cases were closed in 2016, compared to a closure rate of 57% when video was available. When dealing with police misconduct over the last 5 years, there was a 18.6% rate of substantiating the claims with footage, twice the rate when no such independent verification was available.

The case of Jordan Edwards, a 15 year old boy who was shot by a police officer in Texas, is a good example. Body camera footage from that day contradicted the officer’s claims and resulted in a murder charge.

Awareness of footage being captured may also be enough to act as a deterrent when it comes to criminal behaviour and complaints against officers. A study by Cambridge University, indicated a drop of 93% over the course of a year in complaints made by the public, compared to the previous 12 months.

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Concerns and the need for further development

Various body worn cameras are available for police and security services, such as from These are being increasingly rolled out in the US and UK, and it’s clear that there are many positives to video capture.

There are, however, some concerns over the way in which camera data is handled, and the risks involved over data use, potential leaks and sharing. There’s also the issue of privacy and human rights, and fears that certain groups may be targeted more frequently than others, due to prejudice and discrimination on the part of police officers. At present, many forces, such as the NYPD, do not have strict protocols regarding the appropriate activation of body cameras. Whilst putting in place measures to address these concerns may take some time, it’s clear that body cameras have many benefits to offer both the police officers wearing them, and those being filmed.… Read More

Rugs: a buyer’s guide

Adding a rug to your room is a great way to instantly lift the entire space. Depending on the type of rug you opt for, you can modernise a dated room, cheer up a dull space, or add warmth to a cold part of your home. There are so many types or rugs on the market that it can be difficult to know where to start, but this article aims to outline some of the most important things to bear in mind.

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As Elle Decor magazine points out, placing the right rug in your room can completely transform the look and feel of your space.

What floor type do you have?

Rugs are incredibly versatile and sit well on all flooring types – solid wood, laminate flooring, tiles, vinyl, and even many types of carpet. Hard floors are probably the easiest to choose a rug for as you have so much flexibility when it comes to style, pattern and texture. Remember to either choose a non-slip rug or purchase appropriate rug backing or underlay that will stop your rug sliding about when you stand on it. There is a solution for all rugs and all floor types these days, so ask your retailer what they recommend to keep your rug in place. The only type of flooring that really causes a problem for rugs is very thick carpet.

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Size matters

The size of the rug you choose is important as you’ll get a very different result from different rugs. If you want your rug to be a focal point or design accent, you might go for something smaller that fills a gap between pieces of furniture, or that sits neatly in front of a fireplace or under a coffee table. Reputable retailers such as have so many rugs to choose from that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

If, however, you want to completely transform the look of your room, you might opt for something larger. Laying a rug that fills most of your floor is a great way to instantly lift an entire room, and is far quicker and easier than installing a new floor. If you choose this option, you will probably want to select a thinner rug that won’t prevent doors from opening properly and that won’t be dented by heavy items of furniture.… Read More

5 things to know about children’s football academies

Most children enjoy playing football; in addition, if your child is very good at football, they may be able to join a football academy. Here we look at five key things you should know about children’s football academies.

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According to the Football Association, there has been a significant increase in the number of people playing football. With more and more people playing the game, even on a casual basis, there should be a greater number of children and young people making it into football academies.

What are football academies?

Football academies are run by football clubs so that they can coach the best talent. All clubs from the Championship and the Premiership run academies, with a lot of clubs in the Football League following suit with centres of excellence for children and young people to learn how to become better at football.

What if my child joins an academy?

If your child is aged between 9 and 16, they will be on a schoolboy contract. This renews every couple of years, depending on their footballing ability and their progress. Players who stay until they are 16 may be offered a place on a Youth Training Scheme. They are then monitored for at least three years, after which they may be offered a professional contract.

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Where you live

The Football Association rules used to say that players aged 12-16 could live up to 90 minutes away from a club, while those aged under 12 had to live within 60 minutes. This has now changed and clubs with academies have been ranked, with those ranking highest able to take players from further afield.

What age do you have to be to attend an academy?

The minimum age to join an academy is nine; however, some clubs provide training groups for younger children that are more focused on having fun. If your child wants to do this, they will need a kit from football kit suppliers such as

How much training?

There is a lot of training involved with being an academy player. Youngsters will train at least twice a week and have matches at weekends. Parents are given a lot of help and advice about fitness and nutrition, while academy players will also receive homework.

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