Hoverboards are Here to Stay

With Christmas approaching it seems that the latest piece of tech that everyone wants to own is the self balance electric hoverboard. During the past year they have suddenly increased in popularity. Many popular celebrities proudly post videos of themselves riding them. Brooklyn Beckham’s tweet that showed him hoverboarding down the high street, received over 300,000 likes alone. Sadly within the UK it is illegal to ride your hoverboard on the road or pavement. You are only legal to ride them in your own backyard.

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Brooklyn Beckham shows off his moves on his AirBoard | #airboard #swegboard #swegway

 

This then brings us onto the subject of the law. The Highways Act of 1835 means that it is illegal to ride hoverboards on public footpaths and pavements, while the law in the UK also stipulates that it is illegal to ride them on the roads as they are categorised as motor vehicles.

So what do people do? Recently there have been a lot of stories in the media about hoverboard users testing the boundaries of the law, as they ride them in public. It was only the other week that a few youths in London rode past police officers on their hoverboards to see what their reaction would be. Staggeringly there was none. They were not fined or told that what they were doing was illegal.

So why has the law not been changed? It seems ridiculous that these fantastic machines, which are being made for public use, cannot be ridden in public. If they see made to be part of everyday life then people would accept them. Not everyone who owns one wants to cause trouble or to be a public nuisance. You can do that wearing roller skates or riding a bike.

So this begs the question of why those youths we previously mentioned were not arrested? It appears that many in our police force are unclear on the law and that there needs to be further clarification.

We need a dramatic change in the law. We need to make hoverboards legal, so that people can take ownership of them and be legally responsible. There is a legitimate reason for this, as was shown by the reaction when a volunteer police office tweeted that they cannot be used on roads or pavements, This sparked many online petitions urging for them to be made legal.

The latest trend: Self balancing Segways / Hover Board
The latest trend: Self balancing Segways / Hover Board

There is a need to make hoverboards legal, they are here to stay.

 

Inforgraphic: Representation of Prevalent Diseases among Women

The most dreadful situation in illness is when you don’t know what’s your illness. That’s the situation in India for women. Most women realize their illness when it’s too late to act. Taking necessary steps to know your body and illness and then acting to cure it on time can save your life. Not just that, knowing which diseases are prevalent and taking proper precautions can even prevent such situations from occurring.

Here’s a representation that tells you the prevalent diseases among women and their precautions and causes. Read on and take a step towards leading a healthy life.

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Current Mobile Ecommerce Tips

With more online consumers browsing and making purchases via their mobile phones, businesses should ensure that their sites reflect this trend and increase mobile usability. In fact, forecasts have actually predicted that mobile commerce will have quadrupled by 2017.

Keep Things Simple

A user friendly, easy-to-navigate layout will appeal more to shoppers than sites that are too busy and complex. Make it straightforward to search for products and information.

Simplify Checkout

Ensure a variety of payment methods are available and the checkout process is a simple procedure that takes no more than a few minutes.

Quick and Easy

A slow loading interface can deter customers and reduce sale conversions drastically. Make sure your webpage responds as quickly as it can.

Target the Right Customers

By using geo-location, you can target location relative consumers. Moreover, you can target shoppers based on their behavioural patterns, such as how they commute and how often they actually use their mobiles.

Convert Abandoned Sales

If a customer leaves your site, it doesn’t necessarily mean a loss. You can entice them back with shopping cart abandonment emails reminding them of their left behind products.

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Infographic: How to Optimise Your Growing Mobile E-commerce Channel

Credit: Cloud-iQ the conversion optimisation experts.

Helpful tips for opening a business in the Middle East

The Middle East is full of business opportunities; you’ll find booming economies, a strong finance sector, a skilled workforce, and eager customers. This is an area where average standards of living are rising fast, but product saturation is still low. Despite the impression given by news reports about a few troubled areas, the majority of people in the Middle East welcome foreign investors – this is a friendly and highly rewarding place to work.

 

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Businessmen talking in meeting

Business opportunities in the region

 

There’s much more to the Middle East than oil. A growing tourism industry is opening up opportunities in hospitality, catering, and entertainment. High-end tourism, together with increasing wealth among some of the local people, mean that luxury boutiques are opening up all over the place, with clothing and jewelry strong growth areas. Cars – especially imported ones – are in high demand, as are imported electronics. The success of oil doesn’t mean that people there are naive about environmental issues, and there’s also a growing green sector, plus a lot of other opportunities in science and engineering.

 

Setting up and finding clients

 

The welcoming atmosphere in the Middle East extends to support in establishing businesses there, and most foreign embassies have staff dedicated to helping with this process. They’re particularly good at identifying important gatherings for networking, which can be vital when you’re just starting out and getting established. It’s also well worth attending cultural events, such as the annual Dubai Film Festival, which are frequently attended by high-powered business people.

 

Working between nations

 

One great thing about doing business in the Middle East is that once you’re established in one country, it’s easy to branch out into others. One man who has made a success of this is Fahad Al-Rajaan, who started out in Kuwait and now has a presence across the region. His specialty is real estate, but he also has an interest in other booming sectors, such as fashion, and he has made a great success of investing in small businesses and helping them to grow.

 

Things to be aware of

 

Although women in business tend to be treated with respect in the Middle East, there are countries where female entrepreneurs will be more successful if they have trusted male colleagues available to front for them on some occasions, as business networking sometimes goes on in single sex environments. It is, of course, important to respect local customs, so time should be taken to familiarize yourself with these so that you can avoid making an expensive faux pas. Local people generally cut Westerners some slack, but if you want to make a good impression, you will have to learn to play by the rules. Playing a good round of golf can also come in handy!

 

Working in the Middle East will undoubtedly present you with challenges, but that’s part of what makes it exciting, and as you find your feet, you’ll come to understand why so many people love it.

15 Easy Tips to Sleep Better Every Night

Looking to get the best possible sleep of your life? You simply need to just start incorporating into your sleep routine a few of these fifteen easy tips to sleep better every night, and you will wake up like me, rested and rejuvenated to take on your day. These tips are not only simple, they will have a huge positive impact on the rest of your day.

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Here are 15 steps to follow

 

  1. Go to bed the same time each day. Don’t make the mistake I made and stay up late watching television.

 

  1. Get up the same time each day. Yes, even on the weekends. When you get up the same time each day, your body becomes programmed to sleep more soundly until it is time to arise each day.

 

  1. Eliminate those distractions. Invest in some heavier and darker curtains to block light and distant noises from disturbing your sleep each night.

 

  1. Invest in a little white noise device. Devices that simulate rain storms or ocean waves can put your mind at ease and distract from the noises that keep you up. This was the perfect solution to eliminating my neighbor’s barking dog from getting me up early each day.

 

  1. Buy the right mattress. Purchase the right mattress that is most suitable for you. This investment will have many years of benefits to your body.

 

  1. Stop eating before bed. The later you eat food, the longer your stomach is going to be working to digest everything through the night. Those rumblings in my stomach used to keep me up until dawn some days until I stopped eating after 8pm each day.

 

  1. Avoid soda, coffee, and caffeine. These items not only will keep you up longer, they will interrupt your sleep process, making it more challenging to quickly drift off to sleep.

 

  1. Turn off that late night news. Stop watching the news before bed, all that bad news can make it challenging for the brain to relax.

 

  1. Turn on a fan. If the room is too warm, a small fan, or ceiling fan, will circulate the air and make it more comfortable.

 

  1. Consider the right blanket. I used to sleep with a heavy comforter that made me sweat all night. Use lighter blankets, and add a layer if cold.

 

  1. Close those blinds. Block the sun from waking you by closing the blinds before you go to bed.

 

  1. Choose the right pillow. Replace that old pillow for one that cradles the head and lets you drift off to sleep more rapidly.

 

  1. Choose the right sleepwear. I love fashion trends, and onesies, loose fitting pajamas, and silky tank tops are in right now. They allow you to sleep unrestricted all night.

 

  1. Close the door. If you have kids like me, closing the door will keep the kids away from your room for a little longer each day.

 

  1. Focus on the good. Focus on the best part of the day as you lie down, you will find it easier to fall asleep when you aren’t worrying about your bills or job.

Tips for Making your Mark in the World of Philanthropy

Success in life is not all about money; the most precious things generally include strong family relationships, opportunities to develop skills, self-fulfillment and supporting your community. Having said that, successful businesses are a key part of providing the wealth that can promote these other important matters. Your business can give things to the community in ways that benefit both sides, while your role in the community can influence how people regard your company and generate loyalty that is built on a positive reputation.

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The opportunities we have enjoyed are a privilege, and by channeling part of our money and efforts into supporting vulnerable members of the community, we can be a part of the solution in tackling the problems and helping people to enjoy a better future.

Your money and your influence in the community are both important. Use your contacts, communicate well with your staff and your customers and get everyone on board with your vision to make a difference.

Think your strategy through carefully from the beginning and reassess from time to time, so that you achieve maximum benefit for your charity efforts and enjoy the positive impacts on your business.

Be strategic and very specific in which causes you would like to help. Will you be focused on your local community or a national cause? If your company has a very local customer base, you may be most effective at helping local causes, whereas a national or global company could have an impact on a major issue that is close to its business aims.

Think broadly about the variety of ways in which your business can make a difference. Direct financial donations are a very important part of philanthropic work, but you can also give your time, target particular events or times in the year for fundraising, or donate something you sell. Get advice from your tax adviser on how best to benefit good causes and your business.

Many very successful business leaders around the world are also deeply committed to helping others. Philanthropist Cecilia Ibru lives out what she believes by using her wealth and influence to combat issues related to poverty and health in Nigeria and throughout Africa. The Michael and Cecilia Foundation funds a wide range of educational initiatives for children that will inspire them to learn and develop into well-rounded, successful adults. Her simple but well-considered strategies include promoting literacy to encourage communication skills, school learning that is connected to the real world and sparks curiosity, and developing responsible, healthy living at a young age to encourage future leadership skills.

All types of business can make a real difference to their communities by giving back in a wide variety of ways. Whether you want to fundraise for an organization, offer scholarships, provide opportunities for training or use your business contacts to leverage your giving, make a start now and build philanthropy into the future of your business, for the benefit of all.

Carpet Maintenance Tips to keep your floors Pristine

While they’re designed to be walked all over, and may lay in the place we seldom look (that’s down), carpets and rugs do an incredible job; they warm our feet wherever we walk, provide a comfortable barrier between bare toes and cold, hard, concrete or wooden floorboards, and brighten our homes, allowing splashes of color to emerge wherever you are in your house. For this reason it’s essential to show your carpets a little love every now and again; after all, after being walked over all day, wouldn’t you want to be showered with a little TLC? Cleaning carpets can be a daunting task, and homeowners are often a lot more wary about the job than they need to be. With a little hard work, the right tools for the job, and a little professional knowhow, there is no reason why cleaning your carpets shouldn’t be, well, enjoyable and satisfying.

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dog welcome home

Taking care of the carpets in your home

 

As the old saying goes, “often, prevention is better than a cure”, and this is certainly true in the case of your carpets. Rather than worrying about how you’re going to clean them, why not start by worrying about how to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place? For instance, banish shoes to the hall, and insist that only slippers, or house shoes, are worn in carpeted areas; now all you need to do is insist that everyone changes their socks regularly! Walk-off mats are also a fantastic idea, particularly in halls and areas that lead outdoors. These mats ensure that the majority of dirt and grime is left behind BEFORE you set foot on your nice, clean carpets. Do you want to know one of the best ways to prevent a build-up of dirt and grime on your carpets and rugs? Vacuum regularly! It sounds so simple, but by making sure you give your carpets a quick hoover every day you will save yourself a world of trouble when it comes to deep cleaning your shag pile. Similarly, treat stains immediately, rather than waiting for them to settle, and be sure to conduct a deep clean at least once a month; it really is worth it to keep your floors pristine.

 

Keeping it clean

When it comes to keeping your carpets and rugs clean, it is essential to keep a stash of household cleaners nearby. Items such as club soda, shaving cream, coffee, vinegar, and even salt can be found lurking in your home, while acting as fantastic carpet cleaners on the sly. Remember, dab – don’t ever rub; stains are far more effectively removed by a dabbing motioning than by rubbing, which risks spreading it and making it far more difficult to remove in the long term. It is also important to remember what works for you and your carpet; have you tried a method before that has worked really well? Don’t give it up in favor of something that someone else has shared – the chances are your carpet’s needs are far removed from theirs. Are you dealing with a smelly rug? Remember to deodorize your carpets regularly, as this can keep them fresh and give the impression of cleanliness until you’re able to do the job properly.

However you choose to clean your carpets, ensure you do it properly. For example, remove furniture regularly, leave carpets to dry thoroughly before replacing everything, and, whenever you’re in doubt, call in the experts! Sometimes, not even the best will in the world can rid your carpets of certain stains, and cleaning every carpet in your home can feel like a mammoth task; there is no shame in calling in the experts, and their professional services can actually be more cost-effective than buying numerous cleaners and getting the job wrong, and save you a heap of time. Domestic and industrial cleaning services, such as action chemdry in Toronto, will have the experience, knowhow, and right chemicals for the job, and can make the task of cleaning carpets seem an absolute dream.

Keeping your floors pristine can often seem like a massive job; after all, you’ll find flooring in every room of your home; however, with a little technical knowhow, the right tools for the job, and some expert assistance, there is no reason why your floors shouldn’t be pristine every day.

3 Essential Looks To Stay Stylish This Summer

Finding out what’s really going to be in style this summer can be hard work – you hope the weather is going to be hot, but when it comes down to what clothes you choose it’s you that wants to be the “hottest”.

 

As always, designers have been busy working on their collections and style ideas so that you have a great range of attractive clothes to add to your wardrobe. This summer offers some trends that will not only make you look good; you’ll also feel great. You’ll have a huge range of choices, and here are three of the essential looks you will need to stay stylish.

 

Back to the 70s

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Never mind if you weren’t there first time around – the 1970s have enthused designers for this summer and the hippy style first found at the tail end of the 1960s is back. Many of the clothes have a light-touch take on the style of the 70s, with refined shapes in tactile suede, making for clean silhouettes, and free-spirited prints helping to add a modern twist to a look that reflects that laid-back era.

 

It’s all about subtle looks, not the over-the-top bell-bottoms so beloved by hippiedom, so look for a range of color combinations to match, with trousers that could be full and wide, or flared.

 

Denim is back

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Denim has never really gone away as everyday casual wear, but there has been a reinvention for this summer, so you can explore a range of new and stylish looks. Watch out for textured effects and faded blues to make you look cool – perhaps a little dress with long sleeves and a leather belt for that neat cowgirl look, or try out the patchwork fashion with jeans stitched together with square pieces that span the denim color palette.

 

It’s hard to go wrong with denim – you’ve probably got some favorite pieces already – but it’s worth testing out what’s new now.

 

Apron skirting

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If you thought aprons were just for the kitchen, think again. Many designers have taken hold of a technique seen on and off for years on street-style professionals. Here the skirt functions as a type of apron, from minis to pencils. Layer them on top of accordion dresses, pants and oversize poplin shirts, and show off a whole new look.

 

Keep in touch with trends

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Keeping up with what’s trending in the fashion world, and purchasing the clothes you want so you can stay stylish in summer is so easy now thanks to the internet. You can surf wherever you like, and when you’re looking for designer clothes on a budget, you can check out Lejolie.com for fantastic ideas and beautiful styles as you plan your wardrobe.

 

Imagination and inspiration

 

Designers want to inspire your imagination with their creations, so be confident in making some bold style choices that you know are going to work for you, as well letting everyone know you’re well up to date with what’s hot and what’s not.

Creative ideas for fun kids’ bedrooms

When your kids are all set for their own bedroom space, they’ll be especially keen on having their particular likes catered for. Decorating his or her special sleeping space will also be a pleasure for you, and you should bear in mind that there are a few simple steps that can help make the task easier and get you the best results.

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Simply asking what they want, to begin with, is always a great idea, and then it’s simply a matter of creating a concept based on what they tell you. Think in terms of what’s already in the home and what extra items you’ll need to get. Create a budget, and remember that as your child grows, the design will need to be altered. However, here are a few useful tips to get the project moving.

 

Use toys for décor

 

Kids’ toys come in all sorts of different sizes, colors and shapes, and they can be used most effectively for decoration. Use hooks to hang up the bigger toys, for example. Smaller ones can be stored on open shelves to create fun displays.

 

Paints and prints

 

Small prints combined with brightly painted walls can be very effective in creating a cozy and fun theme. Murals can be used rather than prints on accent furniture such as cabinets, and you can incorporate favorite themes such as animals, cars, or airplanes.

 

Educational items

 

Although the overall design of the room is important, it is not the only element to consider. Be sure to incorporate a few items such as charts, books, and educational toys for your child to play with and explore, so he or she can have fun at the same time as learning a few things.

 

Window treatments and light

 

Colorful curtains are always a good idea, but window shutters painted in bright primary colors are often preferred. Make sure that whatever color you choose matches the overall motif of the room. Brightly colored treatments for the windows usually give the room a cleaner and sharper look. A carefully positioned valance, too, will reduce overhead light levels during the day.

 

Fun fabrics

 

When selecting the bedding, choose a color that matches the room’s theme as well as thinking only about comfort. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the various pillows, comforters, and sheets, and extra pillows can be thrown in to add accent. If you match the colors of the bed to the shutters or curtains, this helps to create a more unified look to the room.

 

Innovative storage

 

Storage is an especially important feature of any child’s bedroom, and a good idea is to allocate different storage solutions for items such as books, toys and clothes. Teach them to replace each item in its correct place and how to become more organized!

 

Whatever type of decoration system you settle on, the work and time you invest will reflect your love and care and have a direct relationship to the ongoing results you achieve.

Following the Fashionistas: My Fashion Hotspots Around London

If you are a dedicated follower of fashion, the chances are you will be scouring many different places other than the main High Street shops, if you are looking to stand out from the crowd.

The trick to finding unusual and distinctive clothing that suits your personality and style perfectly, is to learn about where the trendsetting fashionistas are likely to be, which means you will probably be visiting places like Camden Market on a regular basis.

Here is a look at some of the hotspots around London where you will get the chance to see the very latest trends and find some unique styles that are right on trend.

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Camden Lock fashion

 

The great thing about Camden Lock market is the fact that you will not only be able to find some inspirational fashions and accessories amongst the 250 plus stalls and 80 plus independent shops, but you will also have a great day out too.

Camden Lock Market has been setting fashion trends since the 1970’s and is home to some of the finest designers and makers in London. The opportunity to check out bespoke clothing designs and accessories is not one to be passed up by many fashionistas and the fact that there is a thriving street food scene there as well, adds to the atmosphere and the enjoyment of the day.

The Wick

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The Wick fashion

 

This is a weekly market that manages to effortlessly combine vintage fashion with offerings from new designers who are to be watched with interest.

The market is situated in Eastway which is in the E9 area of London, and has a bit of a party atmosphere to it with resident DJ’s and an artificial beach along with a Tiki bar, to give a more unusual backdrop to your trendsetting search amongst the various stalls on offer.

Brick Lane

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It is fair to say that Brick Lane market is a bit of an attraction in its own right and a great venue to visit if you like people watching and seeing how the East End used to operate when Spitalfields was in its heyday.

This is a market full of varying stalls which offer anything from bric-a-brac to wacky T-shirts and jewellery. Hidden amongst all this on Brick Lane are some genuine trendsetters such as Thelma Spiers, who is a genuine East End fashion celebrity and part-owns a hat emporium there.

Petticoat Lane

Staying in the East of London and if you head to Middlesex Street in E1, you will find Petticoat Lane.

Petticoat Lane market has been around for hundreds of years but trends are still being set amongst the thousand stalls that offer a mixture of clothes and household goods amongst them. The market is more focused on clothing, bags and shoes than anything else, so you should be able to find something that takes your eye if you are looking for something that is on trend.

Carnaby Street

If you want an iconic destination that is closely associated with fashion, Carnaby Street fits the bill.

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Global fashion brands and independent boutiques can be found in Carnaby Street, which is easy to find and a hugely popular distraction from the shops of Oxford Street, which is just a short walk away.

Covent Garden

Another popular area of London where fashionistas tend to migrate to, is Covent Garden.

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OPENING CEREMONY OPENS ITS NEW STORE IN COVENT GARDEN, London

The Covent Garden area offers a good mix of shops to choose from and amongst the big designer names and high-street brands, you will also find a good number of excellent independent boutiques that offer the chance to try and pick out something a little bit daring or different.

Chelsea

If you are fabulously wealthy and live in London, it is quite a high probability that the address of your residence has a Chelsea post code in it.

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Street Style Fashion

The Kings Road resembles something like an extra-long catwalk at times and has always been a place where you can get noticed. All this means that there are plenty of designer stores and upmarket boutiques to visit, although some of the price tags will probably be carrying a few more noughts on them than you might find in other parts of London.

Fashion never stands still and if you visit any of these venues in London, you will be getting one of the best opportunities to follow the fashionistas and see what designs and designers are setting the trend right now.

Enjoy the adventure and the chance to see what is hot right now, when you visit these fashion hotspots.

Disclosure: Gift vouchers were provided to us by a fashion store in London for this review.