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Happy Family

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How to Improve your Concentration and Productivity

>> May 31, 2012

Everyone knows the importance of concentration for succeeding in life. If you cannot concentrate on the work that you're doing, you won't be able to give it your complete input which will result in partial success or failure. Often we lose our concentration in the middle of the job. This post, I will explain five simple tips to improve concentration and stay productive. Remember, concentration takes a lot of time and effort. You will have to make a conscious effort to be able to improve your concentration.

Make a good plan
Making a good plan is very essential to stay focused and concentrated. You should create a good plan for even the very simple of tasks. Many people fail to do this and are not able to succeed in what they're doing. Your plan should be realistic and achievable. Do not plan for the impossible because it will lead to failure which will lead to frustration. Overall, it will affect your concentration and make you less productive.

Take rest
Taking rest is very important to stay focused. In fact, many studies have indicated that taking rest is necessary for concentration. You cannot keep working on the same thing hours at a stretch and at the same time expect to give your maximum output. Preferably, you should take a small break every hour. This way your mind will be refreshed and you can stay focused. If you have any hiccups, taking a look at them from a fresh perspective after a rest break can give you new ways to tackle them.

It is also important that you get adequate sleep at night. Studies indicate that adequate sleep is very essential for the brain to function normally. Ensure that you get at least eight hours of sound sleep every day.

Keep your work environment very neat and clean
This is very important because if your work environment is not neat and clean, you won't be able to concentrate on your job fully. You might have observed that larger companies spend a lot of money on having the best office environments. They don't do this for show but because it improves the efficiency of their employees. Keep your office clutter free and professional and you will see increased concentration and productivity.

Meditation, yoga and exercise
Your mind will function properly only when your body gets the right kind of exercise. Exercise on a daily basis. You can also practice yoga. Meditation is also a good technique for improving your concentration and staying focused.

Think positively
Last but not the least, always be positive about life. Everyone has to see failure in life at one time or another. Failure is a part and parcel of our existence. Do not let a temporary setback to affect your long-term goals in life. Be positive and you will be able to concentrate and focus on the job at hand and increase your productivity.

About the author:

Aditya Venkatesh is a computer-enthusiast who is fascinated by computer technology, gadgets and the Internet. He writes frequently on computers and other topics on www.AdiWebs.com. He also maintains a website on feng shui. In the past, he worked as a technical writer at a leading web development company in Hyderabad, India. His other interests include photography and DIY projects.

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How Can You Ensure Senior Citizens in Your Family Have Safer Visions on Roads

Driving above 60 can prove to be hazardous. And this is not only true for the speed, but for the age as well. Research shows that drivers above the age of 60 tend to make more mistakes than young people who drive. People in this age bracket are termed as “senior citizens”. Another fact that further demonstrates the inability of senior citizens to drive properly is the fact that auto-insurance companies raise the premium for the elderly!

Of course, this is not difficult to comprehend. When you are old, you lose your energy and your reflexes. Moreover, the eyesight also becomes weak and it is difficult to view objects moving at a high speed. Senior citizens also tend to drive really slowly. All these factors can affect, sometimes greatly, other drivers on the road as well. Whether there should be an upper age limit for driving or not is a topic of constant debate.

Driving, of course, is every person’s right which cannot be taken away by force. However, certain are associated with old age driving which cannot be brushed aside. The driver will not only suffer him/herself, but may also put the lives of others on the road in danger. Old age, unfortunately, comes with a package of problems that also include weak eyesight.  These issues have to be kept under consideration when senior citizens are trained for driving.

Meanwhile, senior citizens and their loved ones can take a few protective measures, such as:

Using Eye Glasses or Contact Lens

This the most common way of adjusting issues of weak eyesight. Using optics or contacts can improve vision problems in older people, helping them to make fewer mistakes while driving. To save money, one can use discount offers like the GetLenses discount code. A GetLenses discount code will help you to purchase quality contact lenses at lower prices. Plus, the eye color can also be transformed. You can avail this offer and purchase products for your elders relatives.

Have Eye Checkups Regularly

Even if there is a slight clue of a vision disorder, seek immediate help. This will keep you aware of any problems that can put you and other drivers at risk. Disorders like macular degeneration can cause eye problems that are notable, and they can serve as indicators for a checkup. On a general level, all age groups, and not just senior citizens, do not bother to have their eyes tested from time to time. This is a habit that leads to growth of vision problems in the US. Senior citizens must therefore put in an extra effort.

Realize your Inability

Ageing only looks good if you are referred to as a “senior” or “experienced” person. Otherwise, most people have a hard time accepting they have become old. The word itself has negative connotations. However, when personal eye care and the lives of other people are in question, such an attitude is simply not acceptable. Senior citizens must realize that their bodies, especially the eyes cannot perform in the same way as they used to do. Do not get frustrated if many people tell you that your driving is not up to the mark. Rather, accept your condition, as acceptance is the only thing that leads to solutions.

Drive on Familiar Routes

This is a great way to counter the annoyance of a growing number of tickets, as well complaints of friends and family. When you drive on familiar routes, you tend to make lesser or even no mistakes at all. In this way, you can fulfill your desire to drive while keeping yourself and others safe. Driving on new places, on the other hand, can put your under pressure, something that also becomes to handle in old age. So avoid any inconvenience by only driving on roads that you know well.

Keep Your Vision Field Clear

Faulty eye sight can be doubled with stained glasses/lens and dirty windshields. Moreover, driving in snow and rain can also hinder vision. Avoid driving under these circumstances. If you are driving at night, do not look at sharp lights as they can damage your vision for some time.

Drive Slow and Maintain Distance

This is recommended for all age groups in order to avoid accidents on the road. However, senior citizens with weak eyesight should follow this principle like a law to compensate for fading vision and slow reflexes. 

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Unique Ways to Help a Charity


You probably have a favourite charity or cause. It might be a local church or a hospital, a cancer research program or a program overseas that’s tailored towards helping impoverished communities or endangered animals in remote continents. If you donate regular earnings to your charity, then that’s fantastic! But what are some other unique ways you can help them out?

Volunteering in Person

Volunteering in person is a great way to help your charity out and creates more of a personal connection between you and your charity. You could volunteer as a one-off or ‘yearly’ effort or more regularly, like once a month.

If your charity is located overseas, see if you can get involved with your local base. It’s a wonderful way to meet like-minded people and develop new contacts who are interested in your cause. 

Behind the Scenes

If getting out in the open isn’t your style, how about volunteering for your charity behind the scenes? Could you help them out with printing flyers or maintaining their website? Many charities often look for ‘behind the scenes’ helpers to help run and manage the business, from admin staff to delivery guys, so open your options and look for unique ways to help out behind the scenes. 

Sourcing Supplies

Got a bit of spare time on your hands? Another unique idea is to spend some time sourcing supplies and goods for your chosen charity. You might find ways to source food hampers for those in need or even things like desk supplies for the local office. 

Selling Goods

Similarly, selling goods can also help raise a bit of extra cash for your charity. Other than selling your own goods, one idea could be to collect donations from others and sell them at garage sales or over the internet, via platforms like Gumtree or eBay. You might want to consider starting your own charity shop! 

Charity Credit Cards

Do you use a credit card often? Many charities these days are starting to brand their own credit cards. Every time you pay for something on the card, the charity gets a small fee. It’s a concept that’s slowly gaining popularity in Australia, but it’s a good one. Just think of the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Visa Card, GE Money’s Eco credit card or Bendigo Bank’s RSPCA credit card. Spend money and support your charity, all at the same time!

Special Occasions

Special occasions often call for special efforts when it comes to charities. Use holidays like Christmas and Easter to help spread the word about your chosen charity. You might want to buy charity Christmas cards, for example, for your friends or colleagues or run an Easter Egg Drive at Easter to collect chocolate for those who can’t afford it.

Using the Internet

In this digital age, the Internet is indispensible when it comes to helping your charity. But beyond their main website, what else could you do? How about organising a ‘donate by clicking’ email campaign or posting advertisements on social media sites like Facebook and Flickr. Alternatively, making a YouTube video for your charity is fun and unique way to create awareness and promote your charity.

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Why Mobile Technology is Seen to Exhibit Cult-Like Characteristics

>> May 29, 2012


There is no doubt about the popularity of the mobile technology in the current era. It has changed the way we communicate with one another completely. That is not all, it has now even started to alter the way we live our lives. We simply love mobile phones because we can carry them everywhere with us and they do a thousand things for us too.

There are many people who have to travel from one place to another due to their work and others have to commute such long distances to reach their workplaces. This has made it even more important for us to stay connected at all times. If you go out of station due to a work-related assignment, then you would want to stay in touch with your office and family while you are away. If you have to commute a long way to get to work, you want to stay in touch with your family. Let’s face it, humans are social animals and they crave staying connected.

Some may view it as becoming a trend just like alternative medicine. There are so many similarities between the two. Alternative medicine is often claimed to spring from cultural tradition. Mobile technology can also be seen to exhibit similar cult-like characteristics. Have you noticed how people tend to crowd around bars and cafes offering free Wi-Fi rather than visiting restaurants that don’t? You will even notice them constantly checking their mobile for updates even when they are talking to someone. Seems like, all that a cafĂ© needs is the best broadband connection to attract these mobile phone addicts.

Among all these brands, Apple is perhaps the one with the largest fan following inspiring a sort of ritualistic behavior among its users. There are currently more than 250 million iPhones active around the globe. iPhone has done a mind blowing job of capturing the smartphone user market single-handedly since its launch in 2007. As far as Android is concerned there are 200 million devices active across the globe.

Just as is the case with alternative medicine, there is no absolute consensus among mobile phone users as to which smartphone platform should be called the best. Apple has its pros and cons and so does Android. Apple offers its users a very user friendly phone with thousands of apps available for download on iTunes. However, it is not at all customizable. Android also offers a user friendly experience and is even developed on a customizable platform. On the hand it does not have as many apps to offer on Google Play Store.

Now there is another platform available for smartphone users, the Microsoft Windows Phone which has only recently been introduced. The Windows Phone was launched as an attempt by Microsoft to compete with iPhone and Android phone. It still proved to be a very good choice instead of the expected disappointed that homeopathy often is.

Every a few months there is a new device launched in the market and mobile phone user hog is down just like self-medication. All they seem to want is upgrading to the latest smartphone on the market, which often become a drain on their bank balance. That’s not all; where gadgets are concerned tablets are also very popular devices that tech-savvy people are buying like crazy. These tablets, which are a hybrid of a laptop and a smartphone, cannot offer the complete feature of either of them. That is why people have to buy smartphones and laptops along with their tablets.

iPad has been ruling the tablet market since its launch in 2010. However, now a compatible Android-based tablet has been launched by Samsung in 2011 called the Samsung Galaxy Note. This tablet not only has touch-screen, but also comes with a stylus pen for a better interactive use. Following Samsung, LG has released a tablet as well, which is also Android-based. It is called LG Optimus Vu.

You may or may not be a part of this cult-like tradition of staying updated with the latest mobile phones and tablets all the time. An upside of the picture is that if you do one day decide to follow this tradition, it won’t be a huge dent on your wallet. There are many affordable mobile phones and tablets also easily available in the market. Just install one of the best broadband plans at home for constant connectivity.

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Why Kindle is a Better Choice at Home than Iphone 4 and 5


Introduction

The increase in awareness about electronic products has increased substantially as the internet has become commonly used. People check out the information and reviews on new gadgets, devices and mobile broadband plans regularly. A majority of them base their buying decisions on what they read and see online. This has become a prominent trend with regards to smartphones. Since the moment the launch of a new smartphone is announced, the internet is abuzz with all sorts of information, though most of it is rumors and gossip.

As most of the people use Google to conduct these searches for information, statistics can be compiled and then analyzed to pick up any trends. There are some particularly interesting comparisons that become evident when one goes over the statistics for searches related to electronic devices.

 

iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S: The Search Wars

The iPhone is perhaps the most popular gadget in the world. Each subsequent model is greeted with a fever pitch. The anticipation is high every single time. The number of searches for the latest model of the iPhone with the proposed next one shows that the unreleased model is more popular. The iPhone 5 generated 450,000 searches for the month of the February in the UK. In comparison, the iPhone 4S was searched for 368,000 times.

So what is the reason for this difference? For one, the iPhone 4S has been released and most of the people who wanted it have bought it. There is no need for them to search for it anymore. Hence, the number of searches has gone down.

The second major reason is the hype surrounding iPhone 5. As yet, there is no formal launch date but information regarding new features and technology has been circulating around the internet. Even if most of the information is inaccurate, it is adding to the anticipation. Consequently, people are conducting more Google searches for iPhone 5 through their mobile broadband plans using their respective broadband internet providers.

This is as far as Apple goes. Now comes the surprise part. None of the two terms is the highest searched on Google in the consumer electronics section! The clear winner is Kindle!

 

Kindle: The Most Searched Gadget on Google

This is more surprising than the fact that the iPhone 5 got more searches than the iPhone 4S. The reason for the surprise is that Kindle is not a smartphone and does not have the features of the other gadgets in the market. It is a specialized device that can only be used for a specific purpose: reading. You can download, read and store books on a Kindle.

According to the data available, Kindle generated a whopping 823,000 searches in February. In the consumer electronics section, no gadget even comes close. Consider the iPhone 5’s 450,000. That is about as good as it gets for Apple.

Another interesting piece of information is that second place goes to BlackBerry. Once again, this is quite shocking. Kindle and BlackBerry are by no means the best selling devices in the market. BlackBerry attracted no less than 673,000 searches.

So, why this discrepancy between demand and Google searches?

The most obvious conclusion is that the sales volume of Kindle and BlackBerry is quite low as compared to Apple’s popular devices. This is why there are many people out there without a Kindle and a BlackBerry. Before they spend their money on buying either of those, they want to be absolutely sure. Add to the fact that the BlackBerry is quite expensive plus the Kindle does not have multiple uses.

Plus, the general public is quite well-informed about the iPhone. They don’t need to read up on reviews or product description online to know about the new models. The intense coverage by the media ensures that people are well aware of the Apple products a long time before they are released into the market.

 

Conclusion

These are some of the reasons why Kindle manages to trump both the iPhone 5 and 4S in terms of Google searches. This does not at all mean that Apple’s popularity is dwindling. The other popular gadgets, Android and Samsung don’t even feature in the top 10 terms searched under the consumer electronics section. Nokia and HTC just about manage to squeeze in. So even if the Kindle and BlackBerry win in this arena, Apple is the market leader with regards to smartphones.

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How to Award Your Soccer Team


Whether your team is a group of under 10 children or adults in an open league, it is important for the morale of any team that a fun awards night is held at the end of the season. Regardless of where your team finished in the standings, it is important that you make this a time to feel good and have fun, because just the fact that you formed a team is well and truly something to be celebrated. The following are a few ways you can award your soccer team at the end of the season.

Have a party
There is no better excuse to hold a party than to mark the end of year awards for your soccer team, so book the local school or community hall and get ready for fun. You should be able to raise enough money for the party just by getting all of the parents to chip in, and apart from the food and prizes, it likely won’t cost much at all to put on. If yours is an adult team, your party will cost quite a bit more, as it takes more food to fill adult bellies. You’ll probably need to get some alcoholic beverages as well.
 
Something for everyone
If yours is a team of youngsters, you should be celebrating just the fact that you have all been out and playing sport together for the season, so make sure you have an award for absolutely everyone. You obviously need to recognise that some players may have shown outstanding talent and scored a lot of goals, but it is also important to recognise that soccer is a team sport, and every single person on the team plays an important role and makes a unique contribution. It is important to come up with a unique award title to recognise everyone’s individual contribution, and it will be more fun having more specific titles for each of the awards and trophies.

The coach
Your coach is without doubt pivotal to the existence of the team, and likely will have spent countless hours trying to get everyone organised and improving, so make sure that, if nothing else, a heartfelt thank you isn’t left unsaid. It is important that your coach gets properly thanked, because it can often be an otherwise unrewarded volunteer job, and if you want him or her to do it again next year, you had better say thanks and have some sort of trophy ready.


Get awards donated
Well before the season ends, have people from your team approach local businesses for donations to give out as awards at your end-of-season event. Often, donated items can be claimed as a tax write-off, and regardless, it is in the interest of local businesses to support the local team. If you can have most of the awards donated, you will be able to put on the awards event for next to nothing.

Say “thank you”
Rather than focus on individual awards, have your team concern themselves with ensuring that everyone who has helped the team throughout the season will be properly thanked. It matters little what you give to your show of thanks, as the gesture alone is sure to have your volunteers lined up again next year.

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Sunday Family Lunch

>> May 28, 2012

Last Sunday, my BILs and SILs –along with their kids- came to have lunch together. We decided to eat at Rumah Air (Water House) restaurant. Kids had good time as they can play various games there. The food was just average, nothing special; but the place is really nice. While waiting the food, we can feed lots of fish in the pond. Do you like an eating place with watery environment? 

Mini Becak
Water Baloon
Colorful Boats
Having fun

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6 Simple Ways to Stay in Touch

>> May 27, 2012

Maintaining intimate connections with your loved ones while you are working, travelling overseas or have moved can be difficult. There are a number of easy ways to keep important personal connections thriving that don’t take much effort at all. Although social networking sites are extremely convenient they can often lack intimacy. Connecting with your loved ones regularly and acknowledging special occasions with messages, letters or a bouquet of flowers will prove satisfying and will also strengthen relationships. Here are 6 simple ways to stay in touch with your loved ones.

Use a Calendar
It sounds basic and that’s because it is. Take some time to put your loved ones’ special milestones, anniversaries and birthdays into your calendar each year. It will certainly make a lasting impression. Whatever way you chose to recognise the occasion you can be sure they will be impressed and in awe of your thoughtfulness.  Acknowledging your friends and families special dates doesn’t take much time out of your day and what you get out of it, apart from respect and gratitude is more intimate connections and lasting friendships.

Online Flowers
There is nothing easier than selecting a beautiful bouquet of flowers online to have delivered directly to your loved ones on their special occasion. Flowers are the perfect gift for birthdays and other anniversaries and they are scientifically proven to make your loved one feel good. Studies show that giving and receiving flowers improves social behaviour and reduces the receivers stress levels. The mood lift provided by receiving flowers can last for a few days after their arrival so this makes them the number one way to make a connection. 

Letters
Letters may be old fashioned however this is what makes them so special. Knowing that your friend or loved one has taken the time to write to you and then send it through the post can be quite thrilling. Also, a letter it is something that they can hold onto and provides them with a vivid sensory experience of you. The handwriting, ink colour, paper choice even the picture on the stamp give your loved one a whole range of experiences that connect them to you. It may take a little more time however the effort will not go unnoticed.

Telephone Cards
If you happen to be somewhere isolated where internet connection is slow or even costly then a telephone card is a smart option. Telephone cards allow you to call overseas at an affordable rate and talk for hours to your friends and family.

Email
Email is instant, available almost everywhere and free so it is a perfect way to make regular contact with your friends and family. On special occasions you can write or send an electronic card. There are e cards for almost every occasion and every type of relationship which makes reaching out, honouring a milestone or birthday fun and easy.

Video Chat
Video chatting can be a lot more intimate than a phone call. An instant visual impression of your loved one allows you to communicate on a much deeper level. There is less room for misunderstandings and you have the ability to read each others facial expressions. Eye contact is great for creating intimacy and if you are missing your family, friends or partner there is nothing quite like just seeing their face and knowing that they are seeing you too. Video chatting can be the next best thing to having the person right there in front of you. 

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Glowing in the Dark

>> May 26, 2012


Different with our eyes that work well in day light, the cat’s eyes can function well in very low light situation. In the dark, cat’s eyes only need about one-sixth of the light required for human sight as the cat’s elliptical pupil are able to open as wide as possible to allow the light entering the eyes.

Tapetum lucidum that located at the back of the cat’s eyes –behind the retina- performs like a mirror that will reflect back the light onto the light sensor cells in the retina. That’s why when those eyes are caught in a ray of light at night, we see two amazing glowing eyes!
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A Brief History of Silver-Service Dining


Despite the fact that it has been around for hundreds of years, unless you eat at high-end restaurants or live in an affluent household, you may have never experienced silver-service dining. For generations, upper class British people have been elaborately served in a style known as silver service, which has become the benchmark of fine dining across much of the world. The following is a brief history of silver-service dining.

What Is It?
Silver service is a form of dining where the food is brought to your plate, rather than being plated in the kitchen and then brought to you. Food is served by the waiter from the diner’s left side. It is generally served with a fork and a spoon, or two forks. The waiter or server uses the utensils to create a pincer-type action for transferring food to the guests’ plates, usually from a large silver dish or tray.

Origin
Silver service is also known as English service or butler service, and originates in the country manors and high-class estates of England during the 17th and 18th centuries. Silver service is thought to have evolved out of the practise of giving waiting staff Sunday evening off, meaning the butler was required to serve the food instead. Usually, Sunday dinners would have consisted of leftovers from a big Sunday lunch. The butler would go from guest to guest, serving them from a larger platter directly onto their plates. This type of table service became popular in high-end restaurants and at fancy functions and is still used in many top-class restaurants to this day.

Training
Silver service has always been taught in hotel school, and while it is not exactly a common style of dining, silver service is still a feature of modern-day hospitality training. For those who want to go into high-end restaurant or catering work, being proficient in silver service is mandatory.

Benefits
The biggest benefit is for those being served, as they feel special having the food served right to their plates. However, it also makes bringing food to the table a little easier for the waiter. If you are hosting a dinner, silver service can also be a sneaky way to control portions of food, so that you can ensure there is enough to go around.

Future
While you shouldn’t expect to see silver service offered at your local cafe anytime soon, there has been a gradual move back towards silver-service dining in restaurants catering to the middle and upper classes. As a way to offer an extra-special dining experience, silver service remains a timeless classic, and will likely continue to be a fixture of high-end dining for years to come.

Silver service has a long and impressive history at the dinner tables of the upper classes, and is a great way to make a dinner an extra special occasion. If you are planning a lavish wedding or special celebration, think about the waiting service you will be providing for your guests. When you are booking your marqueehire, it is worth also exploring the catering services that event hire companies offer. Providing silver-service dining is sure to give your guests an experience they will never forget!

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Suitable Insurance Policies for the Elderly

>> May 25, 2012

It used to be impossible to get life insurance as an elderly person. The obvious reason for this is that there is a huge risk involved. As the population has aged, however, this market has become a very large one and now an increasing number of insurers are reaching out to benefit from it. It now seems like it is never too late to get insurance, but you do have to expect larger figures for your life insurance quotes as you age. This article considers some of the options for elderly insurance to ensure that you are covered for any eventuality.

Deferred Life Insurance

The main reason that elderly people seek life insurance is to prevent themselves from leaving debts behind for the ones they love.

Debts, sadly, do not get wiped clean when you die and they can pass on to your children or even grandchildren if you are not careful. Deferred life insurance is one of the best ways to avoid this and it is a good system for the elderly.

To avoid high premiums, deferred life insurance works on the basis of repayment only to begin with. In the first three years of such life insurance a death will simply result in the repayment of premiums that have been paid to the company. This will not clear debts but a life that exceeds this three-year period will become fully insured and covered comprehensively.

Guaranteed Life Insurance

As we get older our health deteriorates and this can cause serious problems for the elderly and their premium costs. Guaranteed life insurance is for the elderly who expect that their health may deteriorate. Once you reach 50 you can get life insurance that is guaranteed. This means that you make a steady premium payment for 20 or 30 years in the knowledge that your benefits and premiums will remain the same regardless of your health deteriorating over this time.

Guaranteed life insurance is a great thing for those aged over 50 to opt into. It means that during the period wherein you are most likely to deteriorate in health, you will be secure in knowing that your premium will not change. This offers security and one less worry in your final years.

Take Care

There are policies that are offered to seniors that simply aren’t worth applying for. It is important that all policies are scrutinised closely and it is worth discussing them with younger family members and beneficiaries for advice too. Be sure to get the policy terms in writing before agreeing to anything so that you can ensure that the deal is actually worthwhile.

Disclosure

It is vitally important to seek full disclosure of costs when opting for cover. This is particularly important when opting to change policies because there are usually costs involved in doing so. Often, the new company hides these charges and they will adversely affect your fund without you even realising it. Demanding full disclosure of all costs in writing will prevent companies from neglecting to inform you about this and can potentially save significant amounts in benefits.

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SmartStocks

In days of old (15 or so years ago) stock market education often came the hard way, learning from losses and filling days and nights with analyzing market data to better predict potential investments. Theories involving the stock market are a dime a dozen, with the more known being The Dow, Elliot Wave, and Fibonacci Numbers Theory. However, in order to better test these theories paper trading came into play. Paper trading is the practice of using simulated money (whether paper or not) to mimick buys and sells. While cutting the risk of monetary loss, this paper trading helped upcoming market innovators properly test and execute their trading theories.

In the modern day of infinite information accessible through a device held in the palm of your hand, a more efficient way of learning the market has emerged. Virtual stock market games allow management of multiple portfolios while receiving the latest information on trades almost instantaneously. One of the greatest features these games offer is the community aspect of what once was a fairly widespread demographic. It's even been said that investment firms will look at those who consistently do well at these stock market games and factor that into their hiring process.

Utilizing the community aspect of the stock market simulator is essential, as it allows you the opportunity to challenge friends and compete in the virtual market, many times companies will offer prizes to those who lead the ranks of investors. While many games exist, there are only a few that allow management of multiple portfolios, with the ability to play against your friends and create groups specified for friendly competition.

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What to Look for in Learning Management Systems

>> May 23, 2012


Integrated business software solutions have grown to include so many elements of business, such as business accounting, online induction, content management, and learning management systems. Corporate compliance is an extremely important area of any business. It is even more so when we are handling a lot of confidential information. Here are some essentials of what you need when you are considering the purchase of a learning management application, and what you are going to need after that purchase. In the world of technology, everything has a very limited lifespan.
      Your vendor should know business. The company that is providing the software should be more than one that knows how to develop software, they should know how well it works in business. Developing your own software can be very expensive, and so off-the-shelf applications that can be modified are a very good option. You don’t want someone who is just selling you an application for the sake of a sale to be dealing with you. You want a provider who knows business, knows the software, and who has experience. It is even better if they have experience in your particular industry. Some providers will have a number of consultants who specialise in certain fields.
      Willing to spend time with you. While a software package can be bought, installed and used immediately, this is obviously not what you are looking for. You are looking for a company that is willing to spend time with you to make sure you are purchasing what you need.
      Ability to modify. Software that can be tailored to suit your needs is a must. Every company will have a certain amount of individuality, and this must be catered for. You also want software that you can modify yourself. Content management systems that are used for websites can also be applied to staff training and compliance training content. This way you can create your own testing, training and compliance pathway for operations. Flexible software that grows with your needs is essential.
      Training. An extensive and sophisticated training system has to be taught by those who know how to train. The company that provides the software should also have qualified trainers who can demonstrate to your people. Just because they know the application does not mean they are good at showing you and your people how to use it.
      Up-to-date. There is nothing static about your business, and there is nothing static about the law. Software that is regularly upgraded to stay in tune with technology and workplace requirements is of an absolute must. When you purchase software, you should essentially be purchasing a long-term service. You are not making a one-off buy.

A sophisticated learning system requires much more support than many expect. You should make sure you are not just dealing with a salesman, but with an experienced consultant who has your interests at heart.

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Planning for Holiday Trip Abroad

>> May 22, 2012

Whether you are planning a trip to Europe or to Australia the planning process is largely the same. For those simply planning a holiday sitting on the beach or for anyone wishing to work their way around the world by volunteering, prior planning can make the difference between success and failure.


Where to Go on Holiday

The most important consideration when planning a holiday is where you want to go. If you are thinking about doing international volunteer work, there are many locations throughout the world. When deciding on where you wish to do your volunteer work, you will need to decide what sort of volunteering you wish to do, any specific places you wish to visit and whether you want to volunteer for an ongoing project or one that will be completed whilst you are there.

If you wish to work with endangered animals, where to go on your trip may be determined by the animals you wish to work with. Those wishing to volunteer with children will be able to choose their location based on their own personal preferences rather than location of those children.

Planning What You Want to Take

When you are looking at your holiday itinerary you can make plans of what to take with you on your holiday. If you are going to be volunteering on your holiday, the type of work you are doing and where you are going may dictate what you pack on your travels. If you were travelling to a Muslim country, it would be advisable for women travellers to pack a headscarf. For those working on building projects on their holidays, you need to pack practical working clothes, suitable for the climate that you will be working in. Make sure that you travel with enough money, or access to money, so that you do not have to put yourself in a situation that could jeopardise your safety.

Staying Safe on Holiday

Whilst you are travelling and volunteering you will want to make sure that you are safe and protected. Before you travel you will need to make sure that all your immunisations and any other vaccinations needed for the country you are travelling to are all up to date. Whilst there, make sure that you always tell someone trustworthy where you are going, who you are with and when you expect to be in your next location. Whilst volunteering, take care not to upset any local customs or traditions.

In conclusion, whilst you are travelling around the world, you should be able to relax and have fun. This can easily be achieved if you have fully planned your trip before taking it. Whether you are planning on being away for a few weeks or a whole year, planning every eventuality that could occur will mean that if anything does happen you will know exactly what to do and how to react. Planning your journey will mean that you have a great holiday.

AUTHOR BIO:

Dean Aberworth writes regularly on international volunteer jobs for a range of volunteering organisation websites and blogs. Dean has spent many years travelling the world as a volunteer working in many different locations. He now gives advice to would be volunteers on how best to plan their time spent abroad.

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A Tourist Guide to Self Catering Cottages

When we talk about a holiday lodging which is within budget, the first name that comes to mind is a self catering cottage. Staying in self catering cottages is one of the most practical options if you want some quiet and peace. You can travel to the Scottish countryside without having to bother about a lodging facility. The best feature of a self catering cottage is that you can cook in your kitchen, wash your own clothes, stay in the house like you want. You can keep pets too! Another plus point is that if you are traveling with children, you will not have trouble managing things for them.

There are a few things that to be clear on if you want to get the most out of this holiday experience:

Fix your dates
Firstly, you have to work on your dates and decide when do you actually plan to leave. If you are traveling in the peak season, it is clear that you will find it difficult to book the best place. Many travelers are already in queue. So, at least a month before leaving, get your bookings done. Start looking for holiday cottages at least a couple of months beforehand. I have always felt that it is great to prepare your cottage in time, so that you don't get discomforted at any stage.

Know everything about the cottage owners
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Most people who are offering their cottages provide their complete info to their customers. But, you must remember that if they do not provide information about themselves online or otherwise, it is something you should not mull over! Be very cautious of whom you trust for your stay. I am saying this repeatedly, because, you will be paying your hard earned money to the cottage owners, therefore, they better be good people. It is advisable to book your cottage through a reliable travel agency or travel websites.

Find out what you are getting in return of your cash
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You can find high end holiday cottages anywhere through a website or an agent. But before you leave for the place, inquire about what you are going to get in the cottage. Occasionally, people have to carry bedsheets, blankets and kitchen items along. So, you must ensure that whatever money you spend can fetch you all comforts you were promised in the first place.

Look for the best price!
As you will search on the Internet about more luxury cottages Scotland, you will find that each one comes with a different price. Some will be very basic and the rest will be incredibly lavish. Your ultimate decision will depend on the fact whether you want to live king size or simply go backpacking with standard comforts.

As a traveler you just need to be careful about where you book and how? You can look into every detail of the price, location, owner's info etc and then make a final plan. While booking your holiday accommodation, you can also look for offers that go well with your requirements. Self catering cottages consist of two and three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, a front yard and so forth. If your traveling with children, make sure you choose a cottage with spacious interiors. Pack your bags and get going to your favorite holiday spot and get the maximum out of this escapade. Do not miss the tour guide to the most beautiful castles in the world!

Author Bio:

Sudha Thakur is a content curator who has been writing articles, blogs, news releases, case studies on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Technology, Video sharing apps,and a lot more. Presently she is providing content for Mackays Agency - a website that helps you choose the right Holiday Cottages in Scotland anywhere in Scotland.

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Stopping Your Dog from Barking

Dogs make fantastic pets, but if they are over excited, scared, agitated or simply bored, they can become a nuisance by barking endlessly. Their barking is a way for them to try and communicate with you, so be patient and teach them when it is or isn’t okay to bark. If you have been unable to get your dog to stop barking, the following ideas are sure to help.

Wear Them Out

If your dog barks at absolutely everything, there is a good chance that it’s because it just has too much energy and can’t find a way to use it up. Try taking your dog out for an extra walk every day and playing a little more energetically when you do, because if you want your dog to just sit there quietly you may have to run it ragged.

Let Them Inside

Most dogs bark when they are left outside simply because they feel isolated from their pack and just want to be inside where you are, so find a blanket or a dog bed for them and allow them inside if they’ll stay on their bed. They will comply quite quickly once they realise that they have to stay in their designated area or they go back outside. Make sure you give them a reasonable chance to be good inside, as it may take some time and patience to train them to be a good indoor dog.

Praise the Silence and Scorn the Noise

Any time that your dog isn’t barking, praise it for being good and quiet. The moment your dog does bark, however, immediately reprimand it so that it understands exactly what trouble it is in for. If you can get your dog to be silent for at least 3 seconds, reward it with a treat to reinforce that good behaviour, as this way your dog will quickly learn that it is worth being good.

Close the Curtain

Often dogs wouldn’t be anywhere near as excitable if they weren’t able to see everything that is going on inside the house from the backyard, so when you put your dog outside, close the curtain so it can start forgetting all about what’s going on inside and just find a nice spot to relax outside.

Get a Fence Your Dog Can’t See Through

A lot of dogs will bark at anything they can see, so cut them off from some of their stimulation by getting a fence that isn’t see through. Your dog could be tormented by simply observing every kid or other dog running down your back alley but if it can’t see through the fence, it likely won’t bark as much.

There are times when you want your dog to bark, for example when warning off other dogs or even potential intruders from your home.  However, it is important that you are able to get your dog to stop barking. Do your best to understand what your dog is trying to communicate with you, and try to be as clear and direct as you can with your communications with your pet. If you both try hard enough you will eventually be able to understand each other, and if you need extra help, having pet insurance or pet cover can often allow you to get some additional behaviour training classes covered.
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