What Is Corporate Social Responsibility?

Q: What is it and why should I care about it? A: Corporate Social Responsibility includes those initiatives that assess and manage the company’s effects on the environment and impact on social welfare. The term generally applies to company efforts that go beyond what may be required by regulators or environmental protection groups. Corporate social responsibility may also be referred to as “corporate citizenship” and can involve incurring short-term costs that do not provide an immediate financial benefit to the company, but instead promote positive social and environmental change. This is a relatively newer concept. Here are some ways companies Read More

Meet Steve Donovan

Steve and I met on a subway. He was sitting across from me and looked just like my childhood playmate grown up. So, when he got off, I followed him and started a conversation. It turned out Steve and I were kindred spirits: both loving to travel, both open to adventures, both consciously trying to learn and grow, both wandering souls, if you will. Despite our twenty-year age difference, we got along well, so I did some wheeling and dealing to get him a part-time job at my college. That way we could meet several times a week and talk Read More

Interview with Ned Overend

  Waterworldyork – Ned, thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to chat with you.  Your long, storied career encompasses so much that we feel like we’re talking to a living, endurance-sports history book.  We’ll start off by asking an easy one.  How are the lungs? Ned – “Old and getting older. I still had a few good performances in 02 and am excited about a variety of events in 03. Two bright spots this year were having the fastest bike splits at the XTERRA Keystone and XTERRA finals at Tahoe. I was third at Tahoe and fifth at Read More

Keep your Children safe and move to Wales

Parents may be unintentionally exposing their children to cyber-bullying and other online risks by setting up social media accounts for their offspring and allowing them to surf the web unsupervised. With increasing numbers of children using the internet, a new study has found that only one in ten parents think their child is safe online yet many (43%) willingly set up social media profiles for their children, even if they are under-age. A third of parents also admitted they had not spoken to their children about how to stay safe online and less than 1 in 5 had set parental controls Read More

Meet Cameron McEvoy, Australia’s next great white hope

Cameron McEvoy stands at an impressive 6’2” and has a look of reassured confidence across his face as he poses for selfies with fans. He has just completed what no-other Australian in the history of Australian swimming has ever achieved. Winning National titles in all three main freestyle sprint races, the 50M, 100M and 200M, all in the same year. This is no small feat, and what makes it even more impressive is that we are yet to see the best of him. Speed and science a deadly combo At only 21, McEvoy has a long career ahead of him, Read More

Training in the gym for swimmers

If you are a sprint swimmer weight-training is an important part of your overall training. Sprinters, train the same way in the weight room as you would in a pool. What this means is that you’re not lifting heavy weights all the time. Instead, just like your swimming, you will vary your training. Lifting nothing but heavy weights would be like doing all resistance work in the pool! A sprint swimmer’s season, will go through different phases and stages of training. During a summer season a sprint swimmer will undergo endurance, speed and power work in the pool. The same Read More

Stereotypical Strokes

Swimming is a great recreational exercise – one that rejuvenates the body and mind and motivates one to push boundaries further. Just like any other sport or activity, swimming has its own share of patrons who have peculiar ways of accomplishing the sport. Some are laid back while some sweat it out at every opportunity to make it big. While you might not encounter a Micheal Phelps or an Ian Thorpe everyday, there are some definite swimmer stereotypes who make for some great company by the pool. Flying Fish Okay, there exist ‘flying’ fish in the sea, but you can Read More

Swimming – Exercise and Fun

Swimming is one of the more popular forms of exercise as it helps you become both fitter and feel better. While the cold weather may limit the months when you can swim in the ocean or the lake, there are many public indoor pools to use to continue your swimming and aquatic exercise even in colder climates. The national governing body for swimming, USA Swimming, declares that swimming is a sport which builds up self-awareness and confidence levels in youth. Moreover, this is a sport which is healthy for mature athletes, and that water helps make you feel younger. Benefits Read More

5 Cheap Things I Can’t Live Without

Sometimes we “keep” things (I refuse to say hoard) because even though they have grown less popular, or aren’t considered High Fashion, they WORK, and that’s why we’re OK with being ridiculed for keeping them. I had filed this post away as a draft for a future date, when I read a post by Simple Payday, on their cash loans blog, called Can I take out more then one? An excellent point was made in that post: we shouldn’t have to be concerned with what other people think about the things that make us comfortable. Some things we keep around, Read More

Some Newquay Reef Worries

A word of caution is in order, to temper the general enthusiasm of those who stand to benefit: The proposed scheme for the artificial reef shows the situation at various states of the tide. If you do the sums, you will realise that the proposal is for 50 thousand tonnes of estuarine sand and gravel to be deposited in Newquay Bay, just below the low water mark of Great Western and Tolcarne beaches. This material to be contained in bags with a lifetime of only 25 years. It sounds like a long time, but, believe me, its not. Will the Read More