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How Volunteering Can Help You Improve Your Professional Skills

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Volunteer WorkWhen you think of volunteering, the first impression that comes to mind is the nuns feeding the hungry or civilians helping relieve the repercussions of wars. But volunteering is not just about improving another person’s life. It also put a direction in your life. It helps improve some of your life’s inherent skills.

A lot of these skills that you can develop are transferable. That means you can still use them regardless of the industry you’re in. So it’s time to scout for volunteering opportunities at SAF Volunteer Corps and improve your skills. 

Planning Skills

A lot of times, you’ll be given a task and a budget. These are what make up the skeleton of the project. Once the brief and the budget are given, you are expected to come up with a plan to materialise the project. This is where you’ll develop brainstorming skills. When it comes to executing the plans, you will get to hone your project and time management skills.  

Communication

Organisations, whether private or not-for-profit, have established communication lines. As a volunteer, you’ll be expected to follow these protocols. In turn, you’ll learn the value of organisational communication. Your business correspondence and presentation skills will be improved. This is where you’ll learn the ins and outs of grant writing and pitches.

Team Dynamics

If you’re used to working alone, you’ll see that things are different when you start to take on volunteer jobs. As a part of the team, you’ll learn that there are different types of personalities. Each has a different work ethic, and it pays that you find a way to complement theirs. Most importantly, you’ll learn the value of delegation of tasks.

And when you’ve mastered these skills, you may start training to become a leader. These skills will come in handy once you start working in the professional world. Got a gap year at school or work? Consider volunteering then. 

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Diving Contractor

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Commercial Diving Contractor

Commercial Diving ContractorUnderwater structures will always be in need of repairs and commercial diving contractors are presently stepping up to meet demand. With the increasing number of possible diving companies that you can hire, it can be harder to choose the best one to fit your requirements.

Aside from their bidding price, Underwater Construction Corporation shares the following factors that should be considered when in search for your diving contractor.

Certification – One of the first questions that should be asked during your search is, “Are they legitimate?” Check each of the commercial diving companies’ background and history as well as the records of their divers. Are they fit for the task? Are they formally trained to properly deal with the underwater jobs that you’ll be assigning them? Avoid recreational scuba divers that do contractual jobs just to make some extra money. There are a number of expert diving companies out there that have prior experience that’s vital for your requirements.

Compliance with Safety Standards – The tasks given in commercial diving jobs are usually high risk so safety is given a very high priority. Any contractor that you plan to hire should comply with and even exceed the minimum safety standards set for the industry, from the equipment that they use to how they perform their dives. They should also have sufficient insurance for their employees so that if they get injured on the job, you won’t have to shoulder the cost.

Customer Relations – If you’re planning on hiring the same contractor for more than just one job, then you might also want to heavily consider how their work amongst themselves. Most importantly, how are their work ethics when they’re under you. Are they willing to work out the details of the job with you? Ask around among colleagues about prior projects they have completed in the past with other companies.

Checking the above criteria is important in ensuring that you will get the best choice. Avoid basing your decisions on just the pricing. In the end, you will profit more if you’re assured of quality results each time they complete a job.

A Tourist’s Guide to Visiting Singapore

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Visiting Singapore

Visiting SingaporeSingapore may be smaller than its neighbouring countries, but do not let its size fool you. The city-state in Southeast Asia boasts many attractions and activities, enough to keep visitors busy for a week. If you are up for an adventure, here are a few destinations you can visit during your Singapore trip.

Batam

The island may be secluded from the rest of Singapore, but due to its easy access by boat, Batam has become an ideal destination even for the locals. You can find great spas, restaurants, bars and beaches there. In fact, you can find just about anything on the island. Before you visit, be sure to research on the famous attractions in the island. Read reviews about the best hotels in Batam to know where you will stay.

Sentosa

Another famous island, which is officially part of Singapore, is Sentosa. The island is comparable to Batam, except that it is smaller. Despite its size, you can find plenty of beaches, restaurants and world-famous attractions in Sentosa.

Theme Parks

Speaking of Sentosa, you can find Universal Studios right at the centre of the island. It is likewise home to a variety of rides and shows that can mesmerise both adults and children. It may take you a whole day to enjoy the entirety of the theme park, so it would be ideal to devote a separate day for it apart from your Sentosa island exploration.

Iconic Symbol

What better proof can you get that you visited Singapore than a picture of the iconic Merlion statue? You can take pictures of it and with it, as well as enjoy the magnificent views of the Marina Bay.

There are many other places to visit and activities to do in Singapore. You can explore museums, parks, temples, and even an observation wheel while you are there. Browse online to learn more about the other attractions and establishments not mentioned here. Book your trip soon and enjoy your stay in Singapore!

Because Glitters and Gold Last Long: Investing in Jewelry

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JewelryInvesting is not just the game of the financially savvy. It’s for everyone who wants to protect their future. When it comes to this, it’s important to stick to what you know. That said, invest in things that matter.

For starters, it just makes sense to invest in safe policies and securities, such as health insurance and bonds. For the adventurous, trading with stocks is a nice option. But what if you want to diversify your portfolio? You might get jewelry.

Why invest in jewelry?

Of all the forms of investment, jewelry is something that you can wear. Its aesthetics and make are what make it highly valuable. It becomes more valuable if some amount of history comes with it. Like art, its value can be subjective at times; that may also mean that the older the jewelry gets, the more expensive it becomes.

As its prices are always fluctuating, you can take advantage of its prices the moment they go up. More importantly, it brings diversity to your portfolio.

How to invest?

Don’t go right away to the first seller you’ll meet along the way. Buying requires mastery, especially if you’re doing it for the long term. You may take the recommendations of your friends who invest in it. Do a lot of research, as this will help you determine the quality of a particular piece. You may also visit online forums where jewelry investors swap news. Other than visiting known retailers, you may buy from secondary sellers, such as family, friends, and pawn shops of diamond and gold.

Many advise against investing in jewelry because it’s not liquid, and its value fluctuates. But who says you’re going to invest in it right away? The first rule you need to keep in mind is you can only invest in jewelry if you have already secured more important investments.

Singapore’s Military Service: Here’s How You Can Volunteer

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SAF Volunteer Corps

SAF Volunteer CorpsSingapore is well-known as a country that requires military service among its residents. Over the past two years, the country has developed a new volunteer scheme, dubbed as the SAF Volunteer Corps to allow thousands of people from all walks of life to participate in the country’s military activities and contribute to the country’s defence.

For some people, it’s an opportunity to give back to the country. The good news is, this scheme is now available not only to residents, but also to expats and immigrants. Women are also allowed to join the military service.

What are the Requirements?

There are just a few requirements you’ll need before you can apply to be a uniformed volunteer in Singapore. First, you should be within the age limit of between 18 and 45 years old. Moreover, you should have no previous National Service commitment and this volunteer scheme is offered to Singaporean women, first generation permanent resident or new citizen.

One of the most important requirements is that you should be physically fit and active because this activity would entail many physical activities. Lastly, you should have the drive, motivation and desire to contribute to the country’s defence.

How Do the Volunteers Work?

There are many ways to contribute while enrolled in the country’s volunteer scheme. You can choose a role that would best fit your hobbies, favourite activities or even profession. You can choose from the system’s various divisions like information, security, naval operations, engineering, maritime, medical, legal, volunteer air force, and technology.

How Long Will You Volunteer?

Usually, volunteers would be called up for about seven days each year. This can be divided into different sessions depending on the need of their service. For instance, you can volunteer for your first call-up for three days and another four days on a separate occasion.

Strengthening the country’s defence is one of the essential purposes of the volunteer scheme. It provides an opportunity for citizens to get involved in various activities geared toward the welfare of the country as a whole. Lastly, it helps inculcate nationalism and love for one’s country among the citizens.

Why Get Mortgage Insurance for Your Mortgage Loan?

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Mortgage Loan in OgdenBuying a house has a giant obstacle; that is coming up with a sufficient down payment. You can put less than the traditional 20% down payment, but the lender will likely require you to buy mortgage insurance.

Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage insurance works like any other insurance plan, but it all depends on the type of loan you acquire. Mortgage insurance gives people — who otherwise thought that they have poor financial standing — the opportunity to become homeowners. With minimal monthly payments, almost anyone can acquire a roof over their heads.

Private Mortgage Insurance

There are two types of mortgage insurance: private and government. Private mortgage insurance (PMI) benefits the mortgage lender. As the lender accepts a little down payment, they still consider it a big risk and require you to purchase mortgage insurance. Wasatch Peaks Credit Union noted that the size and type of mortgage loan you acquire could determine the cost you’re likely to pay.

When Can You Cancel Your PMI?

Upon reaching the principal balance (less than 80%), you can cancel the PMI. However, there are restrictions that govern the cancellation. If you successfully pay your mortgage halfway, there is a possibility of cancellation for your PMI. Before taking your mortgage loan in Ogden, your lender should tell how long it would take to reach the loan-to-value mark and inform you of mortgage cancellation options.

You might as well want to pay a little down payment, but consider the costs down the road. The large the down payment, the better the financing deal you land in terms of lesser fees and lower interest rate. Nevertheless, the process of getting yourself a mortgage is a result of your current and future financial capabilities.

National Defence Wants You to be in Their Team

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Singapore's Elite ForcesBe part of something big and contribute to the country’s defence line by joining the new Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC). Through these efforts, anyone who is Singaporean by birth or by residency can serve the nation. Both men and women, aged 18 to 45 are welcome to apply for the troupe.

The Vision behind SAFVC

The main reason behind this recruitment is to further improve safety and security in all of Singapore. You’ll be working hand-in-hand with Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) to ensure the peace and harmony of the nation. Whether it is for a specific role or you simply want to make a change, the National Defence is always willing to accept you.

Why Join This Volunteer Drive?

As you begin your journey with this volunteering opportunity, you’ll get to learn new things. It’ll make you stronger emotionally, physically, and mentally. Along with that, this volunteer scheme will prepare for any situation that may arise, good or bad. By undergoing intensive training, you may be able to serve the people competently and confidently alongside NSFs and NSmen.

In addition, through this program, you’ll gain a lot of experience and skill sets which will help you as you go on with your life. It provides you not only military advantage over the others but can also get you ready in times of need.

Find the Perfect Role for You

After finishing the four-week basic military course, you may choose the role you’d want to take. It could be in the legal department, medical forces or security. Depending on whatever you think will work best for you, so long as you pass all the qualifying assessment and training.

Know what you can do to help the country by playing your part in the National Defence. For further details about applications and requirements, most of this information is readily available online, so be sure to research them first. Be part of the National Defence when you sign up today.

4 Features You Should Look for in an Access Control System

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Access Control System in the OfficeInstalling an access control system in your office is a smart move. It enhances the security measures in the workplace, and it monitors who enters and exits the area. Now that you’ve decided you’re going to install this system in your office, the question is which one should you buy? What features should you look for when shopping for an access control system?

Detailed Access Logs

Apart from keeping track of your employees as they move around the office, detailed access logs are important when dealing with security breaches. In the event of break-ins or theft, you can easily identify whose access card was used to enter the room in question.

Integrated with other Security System

The access control system of your office should not only serve as the first line of defence; a great access control should be integrated with other security systems like CCTV and alarms for optimum protection. The integration can also help you manage the whole system easier, instead of monitoring each security tool.

Extra Access Methods

Most access control systems use access cards. However, it would be better if you purchase a system that uses other access methods such as passwords and fingerprints. You can require a combination of these methods to increase security in the office, especially in rooms that are too valuable.

Failsafe Design

You need a system that has a failsafe design. Even with minimal or no power, the access control system you will choose should still be able to operate without glitches. This way, you’re sure that when the power is down, all the rooms in the office will be locked and safe from any intruders.

With these features in mind, you’ll be better prepared in choosing the right access control system for your office. After all, it is costly to replace security systems so it’s significant that you nail this purchase on your first try.

Sonar and Cameras for Underwater Inspections of Bridges

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Bridge InspectionFor bridges that pass over and through bodies of water, conducting routine underwater inspections are mandatory to ensure the safety of the public. Besides the hands-on inspections that certified diving bridge experts do, they also use specialized equipment to find every possible damage.

Some states require underwater bridge inspections every 60 months, but regulations may differ from one state to another. To make sure that inspectors see and foresee any damages until the next examination, they use reliable visual and sonar equipment for the job.

Below are the advantages and disadvantages of these equipment:

Sonar Scanning Equipment

Sonar scanning is one of the most effective ways to detect cracks, honeycombs, spalls, and others. They are able to detect targets that are two inches in size.

An example of such equipment is an underwater gage, which measures thickness. It can provide accurate measurements up to 300 meters in depth.

However, some inspectors say that the downside of sonar equipment is that wave motions of the water may affect the findings.

Underwater Cameras

Since sonars provide sound wave images, they do not provide the same visuals as cameras do. Inspectors can have a different view of the underwater structure as well as the conditions it is immersed in. The equipment may be carried by hand, or attached to the helmet of the certified diver.

The disadvantage of cameras is that the state of the water can affect what is visible and not. If the water is too murky or too turbulent, the camera might be ineffective.

Depending on the hired company, the equipment used and methodologies may differ on the type of bridge being inspected. To know which companies offer the best service, it is suggested to ask about their equipment and their effectiveness in finding damages. Though the divers are certified and knowledgeable, their findings are mainly based on what their equipment could detect.

Asphalt Roofs vs. Metal Roofs: The Pros and Cons

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Roofing in TaurangaWithout a doubt, the roof is one of the most important parts of a house. It protects us from harsh weather conditions. And if well-maintained, it can make our homes look more appealing. Unfortunately, many homeowners in Tauranga do not even think about it until it is damaged during a hailstorm or a blizzard.

If you are considering having a new roof for your home, KiwispoutNZ LTD says it is essential that you weigh the pros and cons of some of the common roofing materials in Tauranga, such as metal and asphalt. Let this article enlighten you.

Pros for asphalt roofs

  • Asphalt roofs are simple and quick to install. And, if any damages occur on them, the repairs are easy and fast.
  • Asphalt is affordable for many homeowners. Moreover, its roofing requires very little maintenance which is cost effective in the long run.
  • This type of roofing also has numerous colour and style options to suit the taste and preference of every homeowner.

Cons for asphalt roofs

  • They are highly susceptible to harsh weather conditions, especially hailstorms. What’s more, asphalt roofs can trap moisture during humid weather conditions and this can easily facilitate the growth of algae, moss, and mildew.
  • The warranties on asphalt roofs are usually high; however, their performance is closely related to their maintenance and ventilation.

Pros for metal roofing

  • Properly installed metal roofs provide good protection from harsh weather conditions and can last a long time. Unlike asphalt, metal is also resistant to moss, algae, rot, as well as insects.
  • Metal roofs are recyclable; hence, environmentally friendly. On the other hand, most wastes from asphalt roofs end up as part of the ever-increasing building-related waste stream.
  • It is safer to have metal on your roof than asphalt. This is because metal is noncombustible and will never spark into a flame during lightning strikes or in the case of a faulty electrical wiring.

Cons for metal roofing

  • Metal roofs are very expensive. For instance, copper metal roofing may cost as much as two times the cost of asphalt roofs. Therefore, not everybody can comfortably afford them.
  • Metal roofs are also very noisy, especially during hailstorms and heavy rains. Insulation can be added during installation, but at an extra cost.

With that in mind, you can now choose the right material that will work best for your home. Don’t hesitate to get some professional help when it comes to installation and maintenance.