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February 15, 2018

Online Trading Academy Reviews Trading Tips for Beginners

If you are completely new to the world of online trading, you may be struggling to know where to start. Once upon a time, trading was only accessible to those with contacts on Wall Street and the likes. Today, however, the internet has made everything accessible. However, the problem with accessibility is that everybody sees themselves as some sort of expert. Trading involves real money, and a lot of money as well, so you shouldn’t just jump into it and hope for the best. This is why, when the Online Trading Academy reviews some key tips to help beginners trade, you should pay attention.

Online Trading Academy Reviews the Benefits of Trading Online

There are lots of benefits to trading online:

It makes the system more accessible.

You can gain a greater understanding of how markets work.

There is lots of online education available.

It is accessible to younger people.

You have control over what you do.

Of course, you do need to have the tools to make online trades. This includes a computer, an internet connection, and a software package, provided by brokers.

How to Trade Online

It is surprisingly simple to trade online. All you need to do is choose a software package and meet their requirements, and you will be good to go. Of course, understanding the market fluctuations, market conditions, and the various things you can trade in, is a whole lot more difficult! The internet is going to be your best friend in this, as it is filled with resources to help you train as an investor. The Online Trading Academy can help with this, for instance.

Some key beginner tips that may benefit you before you start include:

To make sure that the software package you choose is trusted and established. The last thing you want to do is fund your account and find that they suddenly go out of business. Or to focus on day trades, only to find the system goes down regularly, meaning you miss out on the opportunity to sell.

To look at how quickly the platform can execute your sale. Thanks to modern technology, online trading platforms operate almost in real time and that is what you should be looking for. Otherwise, you may as well focus on long term investments and work with a traditional broker.

To find out how good their customer service and care is. This is particularly important if you are a beginner, because you will need some support in terms of how to execute trades, where to find strategies and advice, how to use the system itself, and so on.

To look at the quality of the information the system provides. Simply cross reference it with other sources to determine whether it is correct.

To investigate the security and safety of the site. You will need to provide quite a lot of personal details to the system, including financial details, and you have to make sure that they aren’t compromised in any way.

February 14, 2018

Pastor Ron Hindt talks about how to make families enjoy serving God

Anyone who is involved with religion will tell you how important it is to get young people interested as early as possible. Going to church as a family is something that is often not appreciated, yet those families who are able to participate in such a practice really do reap the benefits.

Of course, getting the whole family to church is easier said than done. According to Pastor Ron Hindt, it’s something which is really important though. Through the remainder of this guide we will now take a look at some of the ways to make families enjoy serving God more.

Encourage family members to volunteer

A common misconception amongst those who are not familiar with God is that it is all about sermons. Whilst this is of course very important, let’s not forget there are other roles that can be played as part of the process of serving God.

One of these is volunteering. It doesn’t matter where in the world your church is based, we would quickly assume that it offers some scope for volunteering. It’s here where your family members should be encouraged to volunteer, for the simple reason that it can bring out a different layer of enjoyment which is not always associated with the church. As well as this, it will give all concerned the ability to share their talent with others.

At this point it’s worth saying how important it is to choose the right form of volunteering. There are so many available and if you do choose something that you or one of your relatives is not suited to, there’s an increased chance of burnout occurring.

Build friendships with other families attending

Again, this adds a different degree to the church experience. While nobody should attend church purely for social reasons, children in particular are going to be more inclined to go if they have made friends there. If they can at least start like this, before then attending for “real” reasons, it makes the experience easier for everyone.

The best way to do this is for families to actively engage with other families. This should increase the chance of long-lasting friendships.

Another suggestion is for children to be given the role as a greeter. As the name suggests, this is a role designed to welcome anyone who is visiting the church. It gives young children a small sense of responsibility, whilst also integrating them further into the church.

Bible study groups

In a bid to encourage older children of the household to serve God, bible study groups can work very well as well. In short, this tends to involve groups of children congregating around one person’s house in a bid to form the study group.

Not only does this add to the social benefits that we have talked about, but it also provides crucial leadership skills which might be more appreciated at this age. Again, it just gives children more of a reason to join their family and serve God.



February 14, 2018

Nenadi Usman on the 6 Ps of Politics – And no, Politics Isn’t One of Them

The expression “may the best man win” is heard very commonly before virtually every contest. Yet, more often than not, it is not the best man – or woman – who wins. Rather, someone who is seemingly unqualified to do what they have set out to do takes the lead. Nowhere is this clearer than in the United States of America, for instance, where President Donald Trump has taken office, despite having no experience in politics at all. Nenadi Usman is a senior political figure in Nigeria, and she understands why it isn’t always the best man, or woman, who wins in politics. To explain this, she has developed the 6P’s of politics.

Nenadi Usman on the 9 Ps of Politics

Popularity. The vast majority of people who vote do not delve into the characters of the people they can vote for. They simply go with whichever one they have heard the most, who gets the most media attention, or who seems to be more popular. The US President Elections are a good example of that. Hillary Clinton is simply a less popular personal than Donald Trump, even if she is more qualified for the job.

Personality. When people decide who they want to vote for, they often consider whether they could personally like a candidate. They look at their personality, or at least at how they perceive their personality. If this personality is dominant, such as that of Donald Trump is, people are more likely to vote for them.

Positions. Unfortunately, people focus strongly on positions. For instance, in Nigeria, a politician may say that they will unify the country. This sounds great, but unless they also say exactly how they will do it, they may as well not say anything at all. Yet people hear “unify the country” and they decide to give that candidate their vote.

Priorities. Candidates should have excellent priorities for the nation as a whole, like growth and innovation. Unfortunately, very often, those priorities reflect more on the life of the individual voter. They want to know how they will benefit themselves, and not on how the country as a whole will benefit. People have their priorities wrong, in other words.

Perceptions. Using Donald Trump as an example once again, people perceive him to be a competent leader because he was a successful business man (or he portrayed himself as one, since he also had several bankruptcies), and because he was on reality television. They forget that those skills have nothing to do with politics. Nenadi Usman, by contrast, has worked her way up in government throughout her career. She understands politics and she understands her country.

Prejudices. This is a problem all over the world and also strongly in Nigeria. People are, unfortunately, biased against those of a different racial or religious group, or even of a different tribe. This is why Nenadi Usman wants to focus so strongly on bringing all Nigerians together.

February 14, 2018

Stephen Varanko III on the Physical and Mental Impact of Being an EMT

 In every state, and city, there is a need for emergency personnel like Stephen Varanko III, who is an emergency medical technician (EMT). It is expected that these professionals have quite significant physical fitness, as well as being able to cope with serious mental demands. As a first responder in emergencies, you have to be able to deal with the unexpected. You will be called out to help people who have been injured, who are ill, or who may be dying. Exactly what you can and cannot do as part of that role depends on your level of qualification, however.

Stephen Varanko III on the Physical EMT Demands

An EMT has to be physically fit, because they have to walk, jump, kneel, squat, lift, push, squeeze, twist, turn, and reach. They lift and push a lot, particularly when they have to move patients on their stretchers. However, their work usually starts with squatting and kneeling, because they have to be able to see what is happening with the patient. To get there, they will have to walk, and sometimes climb or jump over things, and they must operate various tools and machines, much of which they have to carry with them. Once in the ambulance, they have to sit in a certain position while reaching for further equipment, which often requires a lot of twisting and turning.

Stephen Varanko III on the Mental EMT Demands

You may feel that you are physically fit enough to be an EMT, but that still doesn’t mean you are right for the job. This role is incredibly mentally demanding, and there is no way to really prepare yourself for that. You will have to be able to deal with bone, bodily fluids, and other forms of gore. This is unpleasant and nothing like what you would expect. If you have a weak stomach, then this role really isn’t for you, because you will end up seeing unimaginable gore and it will be real.

Not just that, but you also have to be able to deal with very stressful situations. It isn’t easy being an EMT and you have to make rapid decisions on the spot as they relate to your patient, but also to people around you, your colleagues, traffic, other first responders, and more. All the time, you will know that if you make just one mistake, it could cost someone their life. You also have to be patient, because the people you work with may not be grateful for your assistance there and then. They may be intoxicated or they may be in shock, both of which make people react in very unpredictable ways.

Mostly, however, you have to be ready to witness death and that is more difficult than you may have imagined. You may have heard statements like “the first one is the hardest”, but you will quickly come to find that each one is as hard as the last one, and sometimes even harder. It never gets any easier.

February 14, 2018

Why Beauty is Worth The Cost

For the last 12 months, I have been on a mission to cut down on my spending and save up for a vacation or a new car. The last year has been pretty difficult and I have had to cut back on many items that I would previously have spent money on without a worry. When itv game to reviewing my monthly spends and working out what I would cut out, I had to be ruthless and really tighten my pursestrings, but there were some things which I simply didn’t want to cut out, my monthly trip to the Sono Bello beauty salon being one. This salon is every bit as good as the Sono Bello reviews suggest and I simply couldn’t justify leaving out my day of beauty each month, and here is why.

Looking Good

I really pride myself on my looks and with the monthly treatments that I get, I make sure that I keep my looks as long as possible. Looking good is not like buying a new top or a new item of clothing, those things you will only use every now and again where as looking great is something which you rely on daily. When you do have treatments that enhance how you look, it really helps you in many other aspects of your life and this is why I couldn’t leave out my treatments. It is bad enough not being able to spend money, without sacrificing your looks too!!


When I walk out of that salon each month, I not only look good, but I feel absolutely great and full of confidence. I don’t believe that you can put a price on feeling confident and it is something which greatly helps you in many aspects of your life, both at home and at work. Many people will say that you should feel confident inside your body rather than based on how you look but to that I would say that I prefer to do both.

Day For You

Taking a day out to spend on yourself, to be pampered and to be given attention is absolutely amazing and it is one of my biggest reasons for heading to the salon each month. Every one needs time to themselves at some point in order to think about things, feel good about yourself and ultimately just to get a break away from the daily minutiae. Some drink, some party, some lock themselves away but for me, a day at the salon does the trick.


When I go to the salon it is about more than just relaxing and getting some treatments to help me look good, it is also for the gossip. I love to talk with the staff at the salon about both my life and the lives of others and in truth, this is worth the cost of the treatments alone!

A day for me, which helps me look and feel great and keeps me up to date with what is going on, absolutely priceless.

February 14, 2018

How to Succeed in Your Career

Succeeding in your career is a huge objective within many people’s lives.  No matter what industry or sector you are involved it is important to reach your goals and to strive to be the best that you can be.  There can be many different motives for this, whether it being more money, self-achievement, becoming a CEO or being able to give yourself a better life.  Even though objectives are going to be different depending on your career choice, I have included tips that will help you across the board no matter the job role.


It is very common within the work place for monthly or annual review with your employer, these reviews are designed to help evaluate and improve your performance.  There is no doubt that receiving this information from a senior colleague or employer will benefit you and will allow you to focus on areas you need to improve.  However it does not have to stop there, if you can be evaluated by others what is stopping you evaluating yourself?  Self-evaluation is a great way to help you strive towards goals and accomplishments.  Set yourself goals and targets to achieve each month, note them down and access your progress each week.  By doing this you will be able to keep track of where you are succeeding whilst also being able to pin point areas that you need to improve on.

Work Hard

Success goes hand in hand with hard work, like everything the more that you put in the more you will get out of it.  Try to work through and beyond your scheduled work ours when you need to, making sure that you are excelling and overachieving within your job role.  Additional work will not go unnoticed, you will become reliable to your employer and when roles become available to further your career you will find yourself on top of the list.  The more hours you put in, the more targets you are going to achieve in a shorter period of time and this will allow you to set further objectives.


There is always someone in the work place or business world that you look up to; you respect them and their accomplishments.  Take inspiration from that person, how have they succeeded?  What can you do to emulate that success?  Take Marc Leder for example, who is such an inspiring and respected figure in the business world.  Leder has achieved so much since achieving his bachelors degree in economics, he is currently Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sun Capital Partners and has been engaged in leveraged buy outs and business operations for over 25 years.  Leder co-founded Sun Capital Partners in 1995 after leaving his Senior Vice President role at Lehman Brothers.

Stay Focused

Staying focused can be hard at times, there are always going to be times where work is getting the better of you.  The key is to not let times like that knock you back, keep going, keep working hard and overcome it.  Prepare yourself mentally and always give your role everything you have got.  If you want to get to the very top there are going to be sacrifices you will have to make, make your career your main priority and trust me when you get there it will be worth it.

February 13, 2018

7 Top Blogging Tips

If you’re serious about becoming a professional blogger and are interested in giving yourself every possibility to achieve phenomenal success, simply continue reading to discover 7 tips to succeed as a blogger.

7 Top Blogging Tips:

  1. Be inspired by your readers’ recommendations

If your readers leave you suggestions for future topics, which they’d love to see covered on your blog, it pays to write each suggestion which is left. As when you start to struggle to come up with new ideas for posts, you’ll be able to look back at your audience’s suggestions.

  1. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking your loyal fan base

Many bloggers make the mistake of neglecting their loyal fan base of dedicated readers, in favor of continuously trying to attract new readers. However, if you begin to neglect your long-term readers, they may choose to find a new blogger, who blogs about the same niche topic, to follow.

Instead, make sure to continue engaging with your audience via your comments section and your social media accounts, whilst you work on building your readership.

  1. Use regular competitions as a way of making subscribing to your blog a more attractive option

If you feel uncomfortable continuously asking your readers to subscribe to receive email notifications from your blog, you may want to consider hosting regular competitions as in order to be informed of each new competition, your readers will be far more likely to voluntarily sign up to your email list.

You may also be interested in making signing up to your email list a requirement to enter your competitions.

  1. Post on a consistent basis

While it’s not necessary to post new content on a daily basis, it’s wise to create a regular posting schedule. As once your readers get used to your posting schedule, they’ll start to visit your blog at certain times of the week, in order to read your latest posts.

  1. Consider creating a series of spare posts

As you never know when you might come down with a debilitating cold or depart on a last minute trip, it pays to create a series of posts in advance, which you can post in situations where you’re unable to write a brand new post.

  1. Develop your voice as a writer

One of the keys to succeeding as a professional blogger is to develop your voice as a writer. As often it’s not the information contained in your posts, which will win you long-term readers but your unique style of writing. If your readers feel that they can relate to you and you have a knack for describing events in a way which makes it simple for your readers to imagine themselves in your shoes, you’ll be able to find the success which aspire to achieve.

  1. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few months to build a following

Most wildly successful blogs were not overnight success stories, so if your blog doesn’t attract thousands of readers within a few weeks, don’t be tempted to quit.

So if you dream of becoming a professional blogger, it’s well worth taking the 7 tips listed above to heart and also be sure to check out, for more inspiration and useful tips such as the ones listed above.

February 12, 2018

Facts You Should Know About Long Term Travel

Long term travel is not for everyone. It is not easy as it seems. How do I know that? Well, I travelled for a year and visited some wonderful places and learnt a lot. I gained experience and a world view. It was good for the most part but there were some not so good experiences too. If you are planning long term travel, then you should know a few facts.

  • Most of us tend to believe that a long term traveller just enjoys his or her time always. We feel that it is a wonderful life where you party every day with new friends and travellers. While this sounds great, it is not always the truth. A long term traveller usually has a limited amount of funds and they cannot keep partying everywhere. Partying at a new city or country when they arrive or on other occasions is fine, but if you are under the impression that you will be partying everyday and hence planned a long term trip then you are in for an awakening.
  • Most of us feel that we will be traveling with new friends and new acquaintances wherever we go. This is a huge misconception mainly due to the photographs that we see of other travellers with beautiful companions in exotic places. When you travel be prepared to live a solitary lifestyle. Most of the time you will be without companions, so condition your brain to accept this fact in advance. If you do not like to be lonely you can get company if you are a social person but again it all depends on how you interact with others. Even if you are one of the most gregarious persons around when you travel for a long time you need to be prepared to be without company for a lengthy period.
  • Most of us feel that the local cuisine that we are going to encounter would be the best. If you suppose so then you are farther from the truth. Not all food would be good for your taste buds. In fact, most of the food we see in travel magazines and food magazines are good only to look at, when you consume them you will enjoy them at all. Having toured a few countries, getting a McDonald’s burger to eat was my most satisfying.
  • Be prepared to get sick. The travel, the food, the sleep pattern will surely make you sick and during this phase you will want to return to the confines of your home country. There will be hospitals and doctors to take care of you but nothing like home is what you will feel.
  • Most long term travellers sell their belongings before embarking on travel, but it is advisable to keep them in self storage as they can get it back when they return. I used a Baton Rouge storage company to store my items, you can do the same in your city.

These are some of the facts that you should know. Also it is advisable to spend less on your travels.

February 12, 2018

Signs That It Is Time To Replace Your Old Boiler

Boilers are meant to last for a long time. You need them to provide hot water and heating at home or in commercial properties. The problem is that even if they were designed to last a long time, there will come a time when you have no other choice but to replace them. Here’s how you will know that it is time to bid goodbye to the old boiler and invest in a new one.

  1. It is already over 15 years old

On average, boilers last for up to 15 years. Routine maintenance can extend their life, but it is generally the length of most boilers’ life and you may end up using more than your planned budget for renovations and home improvements. Upgrades are available for old boilers if you want to have the modern features available, but this is not compatible with all models. Therefore, at this point, you might want to just have your boiler replaced.

  1. The energy efficiency rating is not A

The only acceptable rating is A. It means that the boiler is energy efficient. If it is anything below the said rating, you might have to change your mind. The boiler might be cheap, but you will have to spend more for maintenance or parts replacement. You will save more money in the long run with A-rated boilers

  1. Your boiler takes time to heat up

You don’t want a boiler that takes forever to heat up. It is a waste of time. You might want to have it checked, or repaired, but in many cases, it might not work correctly anymore. Even if parts are changed, the process is still slow. It is better to replace the whole thing and save more money than spending on constant repairs.

  1. The flame is yellow and not blue

The boiler should not have a yellow flame. It is an indicator of carbon monoxide. This is referred to as the silent killer. You cannot easily detect it. This can also cause a lot of harmful effects to one’s health. Therefore, if you notice that it turns to yellow, change it right away. Be aware of the dangers and don’t take the risk.

  1. Repairs are done more often

You have just finished repairing the boiler and it malfunctions again. You call someone in to repair and it works for a while before it goes back to being broken again. It is irritating to have this cycle. If maintaining it will cost a lot of money, you should consider boiler replacement.

Ultimately, you should decide if it is in your best interest to replace it. However, if all the above signs are there, whether or not you are financially ready, change it. You don’t want to wait for things to get worse before doing anything.

February 12, 2018

Dealing With The Trauma That Comes With Hair Injury

Suffering from a hair injury at the salon can be physically painful. If it results in hair loss and scalp irritation, you might have to deal with the physical pain for several days or even months. However, the worse pain that comes with it is on the emotional side. As you start looking at yourself in the mirror, you realise that you no longer look the same because of the incident. There is also some damage that has a more or less permanent effect. Don’t be too depressed and find a way to deal with the problem.

Don’t force yourself to accept it

Changes in your physical appearance are not easy to overlook. The pain will always be there. Imagine having long, silky hair for a long time and suddenly, it is gone. No one should tell you to just move on and accept your fate. This is a tragic incident and you need to take your time to deal with the emotions that come with it.

Look on the brighter side

While you might be forced to deal with the pain, it also does not hurt to start looking on the bright side. For sure, you still have a lot of other physical attributes that are worth admiring. Hit the gym and stay in shape. There are plenty of ways to keep active and it will also help keep your mind off things. You can find great workout routines to help improve your fitness, or you can even sign up for a local gym membership. You can also wear makeup that best suits you. Sometimes, radiating confidence is better than simply looking beautiful.

Stay away from negativities

It helps a lot if you just ignore any teasing that comes with the hair loss. For sure, you will have friends who will mock you more than support you. Just stay away from them. Don’t let their words sink in. Otherwise, your fate will be more difficult to accept.

Wear a wig

If you are really bothered by the hair loss, just wear a wig. It can prevent you from seeing yourself without hair. Besides, in most salon related hair injuries, the damage is temporary. There will come a time when your hair will grow back. Until then, it does not hurt to wear a wig.

Get the justice you deserve

You are the victim in this case and you have the right to fight for your rights. Going through this process is not just emotionally troubling, but can also be financially damaging. Therefore, you have to seek advice from a lawyer specialising in hair damage claims and, at the very least, get paid for the medical treatment. Rest assured, there are lawyers out there who are willing to help you out and negotiate with the other party for better terms. You will then get the right amount you deserve for suffering from this problem. Don’t worry about the cost since you will only pay once you’ve won the case.