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Arena Round the World, Radios in Stadiums and Arenas

audioWhat is your favourite feature of the radio accessory? Personally, I much like the design job – It is cooler than an Inuit’s underpants!

Stadiums are used for a great many things. It could be a weekend football game, a pop concert or another kind of sporting event. The recent London Olympics reminded many British people of our country’s great sporting traditions and, as a result, more and more people are flocking to large-scale stadium events, be they cultural, athletic or simply a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

A well-run stadium is almost like a miniature town; there are people working at food stalls, cleaners, V.I.Ps, fully trained paramedics, merchandise salesmen (and Women), car park attendants, managers, photographers, artist’s entourages, stage personnel, security guards, groundsmen (and Women!) and more others than I can think of right now. Whatever the event is, you can bet that there will be a committed group of professionals making sure that everyone is safe and well looked after. These people communicate with one another via the use of two-way radios.

Given the sheer size and scale of a modern stadium, it would be quite impossible for some of the employees to reach areas of the venue that require their immediate attention without the use of radios. Two-way radios keep the staff connected and on the same page regarding the smooth running of the stadium itself.

In an accident, or in case of fire, for example, emergency services need always to have a way into the grounds. Personnel already employed by the venue need to be able to work with these emergency services in the event of an accident. Employees need to liaise quickly with one another, especially during situations where lives are very much at stake. How do they do this? They use their radios, of course.

To this end, the Stadium Safety Officer has one of the most important jobs in the entire venue. Their responsibility is to implement a stadium’s safety or security strategy in the event of an accident or emergency, as well as to ensure that the strategy is workable in all situations and eventualities.

All layers of a stadium’s workforce, from the security in the front row of a rock gig, to the person who examines your ticket at Saturday’s game, have to be contactable easily, reliably and instantly. Two-way radios have been in use at venues like these for many years now and it is unlikely that this trend will stop any time soon.

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Police hearing loss: £135m paid in compensation

With very little information on the internet about radio accessory’s, it is very rare when we get a chance to re post, with permission, an article from this industry.

earpiecePolice have paid out more than £135m to settle claims by former officers who said their hearing was damaged during the course of their duties.

Almost half that bill, more than £65m, was for legal fees.
Details of payments have been revealed by the PSNI in response to a Freedom of Information request by Belfast-based victims group Relatives for Justice.
Up to the end of November, compensation was paid to 8,641 former officers, with hundreds of other claims pending.

As the only routinely armed police force in the UK, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers had to undergo regular firearms training.
It has been established that since the late 1960s, police sources were aware of medical evidence that they had to provide sufficient ear protection for anyone involved in this kind of activity.
Firing ranges This is a legal principle referred to as the “date of knowledge”.
But the RUC did not provide “industry standard” ear protection for another three decades.

One former officer who received compensation spoke of his experience on firing ranges.
“Even when ear protection was introduced, it was sometimes of a very poor standard and there weren’t always enough sets of headphones to go around,” he said.
“If you were waiting for your turn on the range, it wasn’t uncommon to have to simply put your fingers in your ears when standing close to someone firing a gun.
“When we trained with the army, soldiers would shake their heads in amazement at our lack of proper equipment.”

More than 10,000 former RUC officers have lodged claims for damages, saying their hearing was damaged.
Enormous compensation The claims include officers who claim to have suffered hearing loss as a result of frequent radio use, while being transported in helicopters and while driving motorcycles.
However, the vast majority of claims are for damage caused during firearms training.
The figures involved in compensation are enormous.

In response to the Freedom of Information request from Relatives for Justice, the PSNI revealed that, up the end of November, the total amount paid out to settle cases was £135,357,689.
Of that total, £70,161,788 was damages paid to former officers, while £65,195,901 was for legal and court costs.
SDLP MLA Alban Maginness, a barrister and member of Stormont’s justice committee, said the legal costs were unacceptable and could have been greatly reduced.

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SDLP MLA Alban Maginness described the compensation figures as shocking
“I have raised this issue on a number of occasions,” he said.
“It is a shocking figure and the Policing Board and the Department of Justice have questions to answer about how this was allowed to happen.
‘Devastating’ “The police could have taken a much broader approach instead of contesting every case, when medical evidence had been provided stating that there had been hearing loss.

“That would have saved a substantial sum of money.”
Sinn F訮 MLA Pat Sheehan said the amount of money paid out to the former officers was unjustifiable.
“The amount of money, £135m, involved is extortionate. This is clearly unjustifiable and can not be stood over,” he said.
“These officers were well paid and this public money could have been used elsewhere.”
However, former detective superintendent Alan Mains, who received compensation for hearing loss while on duty, defended the pay-outs.

“Collectively speaking, it looks like a phenomenal sum. But it could have been dealt with a lot differently… if they had taken a broad common sense approach, instead of challenging medical evidence,” he said.
“The reason why we had to carry guns in the first place is pretty obvious – we were the only police service in all of the UK (to have to do so).”
Edwards and Company solicitors have settled claims for more than 3,000 officers, and another 500 are in the pipeline.

One of its senior partners said the affects of hearing loss could be devastating.
Dorcas Crawford cited the example of one client who suffered from a constant ringing sound in his ears, a condition known as tinnitus.
“His case was terribly severe, the worst I have heard of, so much so that when he went to see the hearing consultant, he asked him if he could possibly make him deaf because he would prefer to be deaf than to have to cope with the tinnitus,” she said.

“The sad fact, of course, is that the consultant couldn’t do that, and even if he was completely deaf he would still have the tinnitus, but it simply drove him insane.”
She also rejected any suggestion that former officers could make false claims.
“Hearing loss can be objectively measured,” she said.
Medical evidence “In every case settled by the Crown Solicitors Office, clients are tested and examined by two doctors, one acting for their solicitor and the other acting for the police, and medical reports are produced.

“Those medical reports then determine the extent of the compensation claim.”
While her company has benefited financially by representing officers with hearing loss claims, she agrees with Mr Maginness that the police could have significantly reduced the legal bill by accepting medical evidence instead of contesting every case.
“Virtually every single case, except for a tiny, tiny minority, are settled at door of court, so generally I really don’t see any reason why those could not have been settled once the medical evidence was on for both sides,” she said.

Mark Thompson’s organisation, Relatives for Justice, made the Freedom of Information request “I don’t for one minute suggest that the Crown simply pay out money where the case hasn’t been proven, but the case is proven at the earliest stage when they’ve got both medical reports.
“My estimate would be that they could have saved around half of that sum for legal costs by settling cases at an early stage.”
‘Unfair’ The group that sent the Freedom of Information request to the police described the sums of money involved as “appalling”.

Mark Thompson, director of Relatives for Justice, said it was unfair that so much has been spent paying the legal costs for former officers, at the same time as those taking action against the police and State were having their legal aid cut.
“We represent people who have been victims of the conflict and are trying to take action against the police and they are having their legal aid cut, and the lawyers that represent them have been condemned by some unionist politicians,” he said.

“But here we have the police spending tens of millions of pounds in damages to former police officers, and paying out tens of millions in legal costs and we don’t hear those politicians asking questions about it. That is simply unacceptable.”
In a statement, the PSNI said: “All hearing loss claims have to be thoroughly investigated.
“The chief constable is fully aware of his responsibility to the public purse and the strategy for handling hearing loss litigation has been kept under review by the Chief Constable’s lawyers and the Crown Solicitor’s Office with the aim of ensuring that claims are dealt with as economically as is possible given the technical aspects of the cases and the individual circumstances of each.”

The PSNI also said all legal costs were closely scrutinised and “have been challenged by the Chief Constable’s lawyers when appropriate”.

Wireless Spy Earpiece – A Device To Help In Covert Operations To Communicate Hands Free

Can not get over how cheap the radio earpiece is, an incredible deal for any top-end product!

This Wireless Spy Earpiece can easily set up with your mobile phone, radio, recorder, Mp3 player or any other device.
As this earpiece is placed in your ear cannel and assist for sending message can barely detectable by any one. This spy Bluetooth earpiece kit also has a microphone that can be use for two way communication.

How Does Spy Earpiece Bluetooth Work?
There is a key in the transmitter that assists for transfer any audio from a cell phone or mp3 player to the Spy Mini Earpiece. This transmitter is available in the market in several forms. For instance the transmitter may be within a neck loop which can be easily worn around the users neck and as this is very well connected with your cell phone or mp3 player by way of its earphone hollow.

Not just with neck loop you may get this with everyday object like a pair of specs, with a Pen or even with a Bluetooth watch. Simultaneously, you can attach your small microphone to the neck loop, pen or spaces through which user can directly do two way communication.

How to Use the Wireless Spy Earpiece?

The usage of this earpiece depends upon the information, you want to receive. For instance, if you wish to receive your pre-recorded speech during the presentation on an mp3 player, then play this device back to yourself at that time. And if you just want to hear the audio from your mp3 player then just connect up your mp3 player to neck loop available in most Bluetooth earpiece kits, and wear a spy mini earpiece.

As long as the battery will be inserted to the earpiece you can enjoy the audio from you mp3 player in the earpiece.
On the other hand if you wish to have assistance from other party at the time of your speech or presentation then you just need to start your conversation with your team just few minutes before the presentation starts. For this you may either connect your neck loop to the cell phone or other objects like pen, watch etc.

Before inserting your earpiece into your ear cannel just make sure that you have correctly inserted your battery. Now your team can easily hear your speech and assist you throughout the presentation. The same procedure can be applied at the time of interview or exam.
With the help of this exam cheating earpiece you can be easily succeed in your exams without taking any pressure.

As all these Bluetooth devices are well connected with your cell phone so you can easily talk back to the other party during the speech, presentation or interview. Before these spy Bluetooth earpiece are used just for security purpose but now everyone can easily use this device and be successful in any field.

Why are beats headset some of the best on the market?

My basic review of this new radio accessory it begins well, looks pretty cool, is simple to run and actually energy resourceful, the earpiece really is a top quality item. I’m happy I purchased it, read more below.

In today’s market, celebrity counts for a lot.

In this world of Twitter feeds, Google trends and reality TV, name value can make or break a new product. The name of a brand is important and, accordingly, terms like ‘brand awareness’ and ‘brand identity’ have migrated from the meeting rooms of corporate America and into our daily lives.

The next level, then, is celebrity endorsement. An old-as-the-hills concept that has been picked up, dusted off and given a brand new sheen, the 21st century’s take on celebrity endorsement functions mainly as an amalgamation of two pre-existing brands; in this case, the celebrity’s name (and any values associated with it) and the product manufacturer’s name and brand.

Using this method, Beats were able to transition from what would have been ‘just another consumer electronics outfit’ to a company now closely linked with Hip Hop culture, fashion and music. Before Beats hooked up with superstar rapper ‘Dr. Dre’, consumers had to customize their own music systems to the tune of their preferred type of music. In fact, this writer vividly remembers sticking a ‘DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE’ sign on the back of an iPod, in order to indicate a love of heavy-duty rock n roll.

Yeah, that worked.

Kids these days go to great lengths to advertise their favourite brands. They buy the tour T-shirts, the hoodies and the limited edition sneakers but, no matter how solidly their fledgling sense of identity may be rooted in the process of consumption, the music itself is still being played through bland, nondescript speaker units. These are speakers that might be used by any other customer for anything from Mozart to Motorhead. Latterly, brands like SkullCandy and Beats have emerged with specific genres of music in mind, and these devices are branded, brazen and instantly recognizable on the streets.

Now, ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ may be expensive headphones, but they are the only product of their type out there at the moment. Dr. Dre himself has personally approved the design and the specifications are, according to him, the best way to listen to Hip Hop music (his own in particular). The headphones have already proven to be massive sales successes, (despite the price tag) and this is due, almost entirely, to the expert marketing employed by Beats (and the good doctor himself, of course).

So, these are the high-fashion headphones to have, the ultimate accessory for an upcoming rapper with paper to burn. These are as essential a product as the albums they’re designed for listening to.

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