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  • August, 2017
  • EPPA's Emerging Role in Asia

    The European Perimeter Protection Association much to the surprise of many of the government bodies and academic officials who regularly follow the publication is not restricted in a geographical sense to only Europe. The EPPA not only encompasses all of western and eastern Europe but also parts of the Mediterranean, North Africa, Central Asia and the U.K.

    Recently with the growing regional and global influence of major Asia-Pacific players, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea and China, the EPPA member council has reviewed the original organizational charter to allow for amendments that would grant more participatory influence in East Asia.

    There are many reasons why the EPPA should not be only confined to E.U and E.U participatory states, including economic, political and strategic. For example, with the ever increasing demand for open and safe shipping lanes between the worlds leading manufacturer (China) and the buyers of their goods, the EPPA can play a pivotal role in maintaining and expanding the worlds major shipping lanes.

    In an ever increasingly globalized world it is critical both militarily and politically to maintain open channels between the East and West so that both regions maintain unhindered free flow of people and goods to maintain peaceful relations and healthy local economies. Shipping between China and the United States is just one of the key relationships the the EPPA and partner members can help maintain in decades to come through comprehensive and multi-lateral negotiation, mediation and policy development.

    With the increasingly globalized and connected world and the massive influx of new global players on the worlds economic stage the time for a open and transparent European regulatory and mediatory body is higher than ever before.

    Recently the European Commission published a press release briefing on trade policy specific to growing regional players, particularly that of China, and how they fit into the grand framework of not just the European Union but also the World Trade Organization:

    The European Union and China are two of the biggest traders in the world. China is now the EU's second-biggest trading partner behind the United States and the EU is China's biggest trading partner.

    The EU is committed to open trading relations with China. However, the EU wants to ensure that China trades fairly, respects intellectual property rights and meets its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

    With the participation of the European Commission in binding the great economic powers of China, the E.U, the U.K and the United States, the EPPA will inevitably have a larger role in working with individual state actors to hammer out and ratify economic, political and strategic relationships well into the foreseeable future.

  • May, 2018
  • A Simple Guide to Buying Darts

    If you recently discovered the fact that you enjoy playing darts and you plan on moving to the next level, then you are probably interested in buying a dart board and some darts to practice at home. If you plan on practicing darts whenever you have some time available, you might as well purchase products of a top quality. If you don’t really know how to choose darts that can help you efficiently practice, then check out the information below and things will surely become clearer.

    • Weight- darts come in different options when it comes to weight. The weight can vary from 12 grams to 50 grams. Even though there aren’t too many darts players who use heavy darts, with a weight over 30 grams, they are available on the market. However, don’t think that if other people don’t use 50 grams darts, for example, you shouldn’t use them either. The weight of the dart should be determined by the speed with which you throw it, so it is important to first determine your throwing speed and only then determine the weight that is right for you.
    • Barrel grips- after you determine what the perfect weight is for the speed of your throw, it is time to turn your attention to the barrel grip. Some darts come with heavy knurling barrels, others come with smooth barrels. Most players prefer the heavy knurling because they say that this makes the dart easier to grip. Again, this is a matter of preference, so you should test a few types of barrel grips before you make your choice.
    • Flights- they come in numerous styles and all sorts of sizes; they also come with all sorts of types of surfaces, from smooth too dimpled. Since the game can be severely impacted by the size and the style of the flight, it is important for you to offer a lot of attention to this feature. Try out several styles, as well as several sizes and see which the options you feel most comfortable with are.
    • Shafts- the shafts also come in numerous styles and can be made of all sorts of materials. Some are made of plastic, others are made of aluminum; you can also find shafts made of composite or carbon-fiber.

    I know that there are a lot of details to keep in mind but if you offer them your attention, and then it will be easier to choose darts that will help you improve your game. If you feel that you are too confused and overwhelmed, find the best darts to buy in 2018 and choose a model that is praised by professionals. By doing this, you can be sure that your choice is wise and that you will invest your money in a product that is worth every single penny. The better the darts are, the easier it will be for you to improve your game. Buying the best darts on the market can be an easy task if you are wise and well informed.
  • March, 2018
  • The Kukri Machete Blade: an Overview

    Having your own kukri knife is one the best achievements if you love hunting and roaming around the wilderness as well as cleaning bushes, tall grasses, and trees around your background. That is because this traditional war weapon can do a lot of things not just with regards to cutting but also with slashing and stabbing. Such is not just because of its design but also of the materials that have been used in manufacturing it.

    As an overview, kukris that are authentic are produced using steel that has been heated at a very hot temperature. While such is done, the maker will beat and pound it with a hammer in order to achieve a good shape. These knives or machetes have a characteristic blade that has a heavier weight or thicker size in the front area since such has been handcrafted with caution. This will ensure that the user will not use a lot of effort when cutting or stabbing.

    Although Peak Wilderness reviews them, it is still important to know what to look for when buying a kukri machete. Since the blade is the most recognizable and differentiating feature of a kukri, let us discuss the different characteristics that you need to know about.

    The Length

    The length of the blade is usually measured from the tip or pointed area to the area wherein the handle is attached. This characteristic of the blade is important for determining the convenience of owning one. For example, those that have shorter blades are easier to store and transport but have limited reach when used. Thus, you must identify your needs and evaluate which one is the most important before choosing the length of the blade.

    Generally speaking, kukri machetes have a blade length ranging from 10 to 28 inches. Nonetheless, as a guide, short blades have a maximum length of 11 inches, medium ones have up to 19 inches, and the long blades can reach up to 28 inches.

    The Make

    As mentioned earlier, hot steel is the material that is used in producing kukri knives. However, you must remember that there are still other kinds of steel. This is an important thing to consider since this is the one that will identify whether the product will last long or not.

    Carbon steel is harder than stainless steel and can retain its sharpness longer. On the other hand, stainless steel, as the name implies, is resistant to stain and does not need a lot of maintenance which the other requires. As such, some manufacturers use high-carbon steel in order to combine the advantages of the two materials.

    Final Words

    Finding the right kukri machete based on the blade's characteristics may sound too complicated but evaluating each one of those that you are interested in will be very helpful. Likewise, knowing the differences in these blades can help narrow down your choices. So, it is important that you understand your lifestyle and your specific need in order for you not to keep on buying the wrong one.
  • October, 2017
  • Application of Technology in International Ocean Shipping

    Technology has infiltrated into our various sectors: from agriculture, industrialization to the transport sector. We have become so dependent on the various aspects of technology in fulfilling our day to day activities. Introduction of technological features in international ocean shipping has brought about great significance regarding efficiency in service delivery. Ocean shipping has always been practiced since the ancient days, and it has grown even more important due to globalization, like the massive uptrend in first world economies sourcing products and shipping them from China and other low cost of labor centers.

    and it has also evolved to what we have at present thanks to technology. Various companies come up in this industry to showcase how efficient their systems are, compared to others and this has been realized due to the presence of technology. Container tracking using GPS, container booking, and more activities can now be done quickly.

    The introduction of GPS in the ocean shipping industry has been a game changer regarding tracking of goods and products across the ocean. With the available tracking services, you can track the movement of your container all the way to the destination. The FleetMon tracking Enterprise is an example of GPS application. You can gain access to real-time AIS position data, technical information and images regarding shipping vessels in the vast ocean. Already over 1170000 vessels use this system to keep track of their goods.

    To save on costs incurred during shipping and to make sure you are getting healthy returns for your investment, among the options to consider is maximizing the shipping capacity or the available space in each container.Use of pallets is one of the significant steps to maximizing your container space and your shipping capacity. The pallet type and container size help determine the number of pallets you can fit into a container. Before carrying out the actual loading, you can do it manually using virtual systems that enable you to maximize the available ship capacity on paper. Unless you are shipping a vast capacity load that you’ll have to ship as loose cargo.

    Although technology is applied in almost all the aspects of the shipping industry, in the shipping warehouse is where its significant impact can be seen. Warehouse robots are proof of the shipping revolution we are experiencing. Even though there is that constant argument that robotics are replacing humans in the warehouse when we look at the advantages they certainly outweigh the negative impact. At present, product movement including, sorting, picking, and packaging is carried out by robots. The tedious activities in the warehouse are now handled by robots and humans are involved in the maintenance of the system hence when you look at it, it is a win-win situation.

    With the advancement in technology the shipping industry also keeps revolutionizing. Shortly robotics will not only be applied in the shipping warehouse but also in other sectors. The downside of technology is that it can lead to humans being taken out of the equation by being replaced by machines, but this is also an opportunity for the replaced individuals to work in the other sectors of the shipping industry. As change is inevitable so is technology.
  • September, 2017
  • Environmental Impact of High Efficiency Outdoor LED Lighting

    LED Outdoor flood lights provide a way for you to have lighting that is energy efficient, long-lasting and cost-effective. If you are looking to change your lighting and illuminate the great outdoors in a much better way, then you should look into LED outdoor flood lights.
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    Many people are put off by LED lighting because they feel like it is expensive, but in reality, LED outdoor flood lights get about 100,000 hours of use and uses about 3 watts of power. This will save you money from having to replace your lights as frequently and also from save you money on your energy bill.

    How do LED Outdoor Flood Lights Work

    An LED outdoor flood light works by radiating light when a current passes through it in a forward direction. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. That confusing electrical jargon can be simply explained by stating that LED is a soft light that is gaining in intensity and popularity because it is so long-lasting and is a quality form of light.

    Weather-safe LED Lighting

    Make sure you are using lights that work in all types of weather. You will need to make sure that your lights are approved for use in all types of climates. Check with the light you are looking to buy to make sure it is approved for wet location use by the National Electric Code in the United States.

    You can make it so that you never have to change another light bulb if you invest in this lighting today. Do not make the mistake of buying a bunch of cheaper lights and putting yourself at risk every time you have to climb a ladder to change the light bulb.

    You can also find LED outdoor lights for $100 or less, and they can be used as regular lighting or as motion sensor lights.

    LED Outdoor Flood Lights are Good for the Environment

    Most of these lights are now environmentally friendly and contain no mercury or lead. This is good news because many energy-efficient lights have to have careful disposal because of the mercury inside. Save yourself from this hassle and get LED lighting.

    LED Outdoor Flood Lights are a Good Investment

    How often do you find yourself with burned-out outdoor lighting? Or more importantly, do you find yourself in the dark when you go to take out the trash because your outdoor lights have burned out?

    If you make the investment of installing LED Outdoor Flood Lights, you will have a great return. Spend $100 to get a light that will last you for literally your lifetime. If each light lasts for 100,000 hours, it is very unlikely that you will burn this light out since you do not use outdoor lights as often.

    You can also purchase power converters with the lights that will help you get the lights up and running for your home.

    For the full explanation and complete regulatory policies for lighting in the E.U please visit the Energy Efficiency Guide from the European Commission.

    LED Outdoor flood lights are weather-safe, practical, and good for the environment as well as a good investment. Get some today!
  • August, 2017
  • Quality & Standards

    In order for you to be sure that metal perimeter protection products will perform to your requirements, and are good quality then it is necessary to ensure that the manufacturer’s products and services are compliant with EPPA’s minimum required standards.

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