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Risk and power.

To quantify risk, we shift from person to problem and there is evidence that this managerial-ism can constrain empowering practice. However, humans are much more complex than systems of risk measurement often allow, not ‘perfect technical instruments’ (Parton, 2006).

While systems of risk management have a role in providing consistency, they rely on the assumption that professionals can be ‘objective’ about risk management. However, in a social services landscape focused on the individual, should consistency be a priority?

Professionals who work at all levels of social care have legal duties and responsibilities towards the people they work with. These duties and responsibilities are supported and regulated in Scotland through the Scottish Social Services Council and the Care Inspectorate. Evidence suggests that this fear of legal action and misunderstanding of litigation leads to risk-averse behavior.

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Great British Cuisine.

Whether you need to refuel or just fancy a tasty morsel cooked by someone else for a change. Grab a coffee and cake, unwind with a pint, enjoy a three-course family meal, or stay all day and do all three!

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Make it happen.

Our aim is to connect people with ideas to the spaces they need to make business easier. From independent clubs to experimental retail pop-ups. We want to help our community at every step of their journey to design, develop and launch more successful stores.

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Turning the lights out in Tanzania.

Tanzania’s new social media law is crippling writers by introducing £930 annual fees just to blog. That’s more than the average income. Aspects of the new law are devastating for the freedom to write, reports Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein.

In late April 2018, blogger Chambi Chachage transferred ownership of his blogsite Udadisi (meaning “curiosity” in Swahili) to writer and editor Takura Zhangazha in Zimbabwe. Then there’s blogger Elsie Eyakuze, of The Mikocheni Report, who described herself as a “digital refugee” and is open to the possibility of finding a temporary digital home outside Tanzania. Via Twitter, writer and tech consultant Ben Taylor, who resides in the UK but writes frequently about Tanzania, has issued an invitation to her to continue writing as a guest blogger on his site, Mtega…

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Satan’s Mattress, where pure indulgence reigns.

Venture past the infusions of vanilla pods and toasted oak chips and eventually, you’ll come face to face with the madness required to make this beer: a kind of depraved logic that would make the devil himself proud.

Sometimes, the devil is a gentleman. Please visit.

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Up your lunchtime game.

One-of-a-kind dining experiences to daily buffets lunches for fast-growing tech firms.

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Everyday drugs: Are we taking too many preventive pills?

As lifespans stretch, many of us are popping at least one pill a day. But all this medicine could be harming rather than helping your health.
When did you last pop a pill? The chances are it was recently, no matter how healthy you are. A growing number of us are taking medicines as part of our daily routine, not because of illness, but to prevent it. A recent survey found that 43 per cent of men in England and 50 per cent of women had taken a prescribed drug within the past week, and half of those had taken three.

“What we’ve seen is a massive rise in reliance on medicines as a panacea for all our woes,” says Clare Gerada, former chair of the UK’s Royal College of General Practitioners. “There’s been a big rise in screening to look for diseases before they happen, and we have begun treating people ‘just in case’.”

As life expectancy stretches, many of us have come to see prevention as a sensible route to living a greater number of disease-free years. And the evidence shows this strategy can work, for us and for health services. “There’s a very strong argument for saying that screening allows us to intervene to reduce the risks and consequences of developing the illness,” says Nick Finer, who studies obesity medicine at University College Hospital in London.

But there is a reason to be cautious, too, and take stock of how prescriptive our society is becoming. “Preventive drugs can be of huge benefit to people at high risk of disease, but we’ve gone too far,” says Gerada. As a doctor, she says it’s not unusual to see patients on 15 different medications.

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Intelligent surveillance solutions.

Most video monitoring systems require you to sift through hours of video to find the events that matter. The knight of the Eyre lets you zero-in on events in seconds (like people in blue or red) browse the highlights of the day-at-a-glance across all your cameras.

Find exactly what you need from your surveillance video in seconds.