Pianist performs in the middle of a giant rubbish dump to highlight the need to recycle

A musician has shown his love for the environment by creating a rubbish music video.

Pavel Andreev was helped by seven men to carry a grand piano into the middle of a huge, festering, landfill site.

Onlookers may have thought he was chucking the instrument out but Pavel had moved it to the dump so he could play a haunting composition surrounded by rubbish as a message about recycling.

Pavel recorded a video of his performance – the piece, called Breath of Nature, was his own composition.

Pavel said ‘We spent six hours at the rubbish landfill, surrounded by tonnes of rubbish, thousands of seagulls and the stench,’ said the campaigning musician.

‘At the same time, I saw a ginormous resource under my feet. When will we finally get the state-of-the-art technologies that will be able to recycle that rubbish and produce energy, electricity and recycled goods?’ added Pavel.

He has also played his grand piano on a floating platform in the middle of Ruskeala Marble Lake in the mountains of north-western Russia’s Republic of Karelia.

Crowdfunding generated half of the cost to produce the music video, ensuring 75,000 RUB (£875) of his 100,000 RUB (£1,166) total costs.

He hopes it will make people think more about their lifestyles and how much they could recycle from items usually thrown away.

It is estimated that more than 60% of what ends up in our rubbish bins could be recycled.

The use of plastic in the Europe is increasing by 4% each year, despite the recent wave of concern in UK culture triggered in large part by David Attenborough’s outspoken remarks for plastic use and trying to reduce volume.

Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose, and has been linked to many marine wildlife deaths as oceans carry large quantities of discarded waste.

bidweg.com raising £100,000 investment on Crowdcube

Bidweg Ltd wants to help solve the often over-looked unused/wasted holiday money market. It is aiming to create a Peer 2 Peer community platform bringing sellers/buyers together to exchange their unused currency disrupting traditional traders and delivering strong rates to both sellers/buyers

Source: bidweg.com raising £100,000 investment on Crowdcube

  • UK households on average return with £110 of holiday currency.
  • An alternative method to traditional sell and buyback methods
  • Efficient model as sellers likely to become buyers
  • £2.9bn of currency hoarded, £1bn wasted, market value est. £4bn

Idea

Up to £2.9bn of foreign currency is stored in jam jars at home. A further £1bn is wasted at foreign airports by returning British holidaymakers, which creates a market estimate of £4bn in the re-exchanging of currency. The apathy may be attributed to terrible buy-back rates and hidden fees. Globally over 1 billion travellers return with a proportion of $571bn exchanged every year, UN Travel Org 2015.

The Bidweg solution is to develop a community-based Peer 2 Peer trading platform for unused currency, challenging and disrupting traditional methods of currency conversion by bringing together sellers & buyers to exchange at their own rates with bidweg.com taking a commission to facilitate the process.

Yr1 focus is pre-revenue Seed investment to develop, market and launch the UK platform in 2018.

A study developed through Survey Monkey driven by a Facebook campaign indicated that a focused digital marketing campaign concentrating on a transparent community approach could lead to growth assisted by the organic sales patterns of sellers returning as buyers and vice versa.

In addition to crowdfunding, the company has applied for grant funding of £18k alongside loans of £20k.

The company will be applying to the FCA to enter the Regulatory Sandbox program, to identify what authorisations are required, applications open in Summer 2018.

Team

Shon Alam – Founder/Director

Shon Alam is taking the lead in driving the company toward market launch. It is the concept of bringing buyers and sellers together to exchange unused currency and giving the consumer a better all-around deal that remains his passion.

Mr. Michael Winslow – Non-Executive Director

As Non-Executive Chair, Michael brings leadership qualities at a senior level whilst working for such companies as Lend Lease PLC, Energis PLC and Cable + Wireless as well as an Interim NED for The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Greg Mizon – Non-Executive Director

Greg brings a wealth of experience from the banking sector, as Chief Risk Officer, and International Manager with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Regulated by the Financial Services Authority). Then had a stint with Moody’s KMV as Regional Director of the Credit Strategies Group. Greg is also currently acting as an NED to AJG Futures Ltd.

Jane Herbert – Non-Executive Director

Jane has been a director of Pilotmax Communications, a PR and Reputation Management company, for 27 years. Jane set up Pilotmax Communications in 1991 offering a full Public Relations service. Jane is now using her experience to provide advice and develop the marketing strategy for Bidweg.com.

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The best iPhone security apps to keep your data safe and secure

These mobile security apps will help keep iOS and your apps safe from hackers

Apple builds some security and privacy protection into its iPhones and iPads by default. Its iMessage protocol, for instance, uses end-to-end encryption when sending messages to other Apple devices. This is no different in iOS 11, the most recent version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

There are a number of ways to protect your privacy in iOS 11 with Apple’s own settings but there are also plenty of third-party applications that can further help you to control your data. We’ve run down some of the best iPhone security apps that can aid you in keeping your information secure.

Onion browser

From the creators of Tor, the iOS browsing app allows for secure browsing via your iPhone or iPad. The app, from developer Mike Tigas, is open-source and allows access to .onion websites. It also automatically blocks scripts, doesn’t store cookies and tabs and has a load of user preferences.

1Password

One way to ensure you use secure passwords is to use a password manager. LastPass remembers all your passwords and sensitive information, and you can use the app to generate strong and unique passwords. The app keeps everything secure using AES 256-bit encryption.

NordVPN

From the team behind the virtual private network, NordVPN, is an iOS app which re-routes and encrypts all web traffic making the connection private and secure while using a top of the line security protocol.

Signal

Signal is an encrypted messaging and voice-calling app that provides end-to-end encryption to secure all communications. It can also verify the identity of a person you’re messaging and the integrity of the channel they are using.

Wire

If you want to get really secure, messaging app Wire was recently named the most secure instant messenger by Linz University, Austria. It offers encrypted live audio and visual group calling and allows you to use different keys for each device, with Wire sending a unique keycode for every different login to maintain security.

Keeply

Keeply stores a user’s private moments and data, such as pins, credit cards and notes on the phone. It provides a Fake Pin feature, an alternate password that the user can give to their family or friends so when they enter the app, so to their prying eyes it looks like it is empty.

Lock It Up!

Lock It Up! allows users to lock a PC or Mac from anywhere using an iPhone. It’s cloud-based, so you don’t need to be on the same Wi-Fi network for it to work. The app does run in the background, but it promises not to consume much CPU.

Knock 2.0

Similar to Lock It Up!, owners simply need to knock twice on their iPhone to lock a Mac, even if it’s in their pocket. You can also use Knock 2.0 on an Apple Watch: after a fingerprint is provided, users can lock or unlock their Mac with just one tap.

Mynigma

Mynigma is an email security app that provides automatic end-to-end encryption directly on your device, not in the cloud. It allows users to easily manage keys and can be used across different devices too.

 

6 Words You Need To Eliminate From Your Professional Vocabulary

Everyone wants to be seen as eloquent, intelligent and credible. To ensure you’re being perceived in the way you want, begin eliminating these words from your professional vocabulary.

Honestly. 

Many job seekers use this word when they’re hung up on how to kick off an interview answer. However, beginning a sentence this way can give hiring managers the impression that maybe your previous responses weren’t so honest.

Just. 

This seemingly simple word is often used but rarely needed. It also packs a big punch to detract from your credibility and confidence and negates from the importance of your message. Instead of sending an email that begins with “Just wanted to check in…” say “I’m checking in on X, Y and Z.” The adjustment is small, but there is a big difference in the resulting impression you leave.

Things. 

This is a valueless word that can be replaced with more descriptive and meaningful expressions. Instead of “How are things going with our project?” a question positioned as “Can you share an update on how our project timeline is progressing” is clearer and will likely give you the real answer you need. Another example: In an interview or cover letter, instead of saying “there are many things that make me a great candidate,” say the things!

Sorry. 

How familiar does this sound – “Sorry, Wednesday doesn’t work for me.” Women are the most frequent culprits in the overuse of this word, but everyone should stop apologizing for anything they’re not really sorry for. Offer a solution or counterpoint: “Wednesday is booked for me. Are you available Y or Z?” – and save the apologies for when you mean them.

Hopefully. 

In the workplace, don’t hope – deliver. Instead of “Hopefully, we’ll hear back about this by Monday,” say “I asked for an answer by Monday morning, and if I don’t hear back, I will follow up.”

Your speech disfluencies. 

Everyone has these – it could be an um, ah, like, right or ‘you know what I mean.’ These are the phrases or words used to fill up dead air and end sentences, but they are also credibility killers. Further, these words are usually said involuntarily, meaning most people are unaware they’re using them. For my coaching clients, I always recommend they videotape themselves at least once during an interview prep or when practicing a presentation. You’ll catch your “likes” and “ums” immediately and can begin practicing speaking without them.

Source: 6 Words You Need To Eliminate From Your Professional Vocabulary

This short story dispenser helps you pass the time with literature

Imagine being at the DMV, but instead of waiting in line with other grumpy people while idly scrolling through your phone, you can read a short story — a nice poem, perhaps. French publisher Short Edition created the Short Story Dispenser as a way for customers waiting in lines at places like airports and train stations to fill their time with something a little more meaningful. All users have to do is push a button labeled 1, 3, or 5 (corresponding to the number of minutes of reading) to get a short story printed for free. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

A 5-minute read and 3-minute read.
 Photo by Dami Lee / The Verge

The machine dispenses readings from Short Edition’s website, which offers more than 13 million works by 6,800 authors selected by readers from the Short Edition community, to classic literary short works from authors such as Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf. Authors also get royalties every time one of their stories is printed, which is a nice bonus. Stories are printed on a “lively papyrus” which, the longer the read, the more it resembles a CVS receipt. It works like a receipt too, using eco-friendly paper and no ink.

Image: Short Edition

The Short Story Dispenser made its debut at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, and is now available in more than 150 locations. Most of them are in France, but there’s about 20 machines expanding throughout the US. Francis Ford Coppola is a fan — in addition to being an investor, he has a machine installed at his Café Zoetrope in San Francisco, the first in the US.

Personally, I love it; it’s a simple, nice amenity that offers bite-sized literature in unexpected places where people generally wouldn’t reach for a book, and anything that keeps me from reading Twitter is a good thing.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/tech