Thursday 17 April 2008

After 5-6 Years of Disappointment, Agony, Anxiety and Longing, This May Very Well Be the Year!

This May Very Well Be the Year for Boxing Fans

I'm feeling pretty optimistic about this fight really happening. For the past 5-6 years there has been nothing objections and obstacles from stopping this fight from happening. However things are beginning to change. According to accumulated info from sources the barriers and obstacles are all starting to break down. Last night while looking at my Instagram I was scrolling down and I noticed that Floyd Mayweather posted a video of him in a conference room and guess who was right beside him? The one and only Manny Pac man Paquiao! In The video Floyd was congratulating Manny on his career and he mentioned that he had a great career, but the thing that Floyd said that captured my attention was "Before we leave this sport we have to make this fight happen".

Oh my! There's a shift in the atmosphere my friends. History is in the making! I personally think that this fight will be just as good or as exciting as "The Rumble in the Jungle" Ali vs. Foreman. Why because this fight will uplift spirits and give people something to excited about. People from all over the world will gather to see this historic event. Why do I think this fight will be more exciting than the "Rumble in the Jungle"? I believe so because of the speed and grace of the two. The brilliance of Mayweather and the Machine hands of Manny Pacquiao collide in an epic event. Both of them had a long career of outclassing their opponents but in this one all the outclassing will be neutralized. Only the real champion will arise. It's either someone is getting knocked out or there will be 12 rounds of pure epicness! Who will it be after all the hype? Will Mayweather once again outclass? Will Manny bully Floyd and successfully instigate the action. Ladies and Gentleman there's only one way to find out.

For almost 20 years we have witnessed Mayweather go up against all the great boxers that made everyone else look bad but he always outclassed. For years We have seen Manny sensationally defeat his opponents. Manny is a machine and his hand speed is like no other. However the boxing mastery of Floyd is second to none. Wow! What a mystery! Who shall be victorious!

Ladies and gentleman in this world of strife and sorrow, great things happen and this fight ladies and gentlemen will indeed be a great thing for generations to come.

Friday 5 October 2007

Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Nigeria

Real estate investment is one thing that is a must for anyone that wishes to get rich or to stay rich. This rule is not applicable in Nigeria alone but most countries in the world. The beauty of real estate is the great percentage of the returns within a very short time, in addition to the high level of security for your investment if done properly. Buying and selling houses or land is different from dealing in vegetables which may perish if not quickly sold off. The price of a car starts immediately to depreciate after purchase, no matter how well it is maintained, but the value of your land or house continues to appreciate even if you leave it abandoned for years. Good investment in real estate continues to appreciate and you could within a short time gain up to 100% or more returns on your investment. Real estate is currently doing great in Nigeria and investors are making millions of Naira from this sector. Interestingly, it is an area anyone can invest in, irrespective of how much he or she is making or earning as salary at the moment.

The following are different ways you can invest in real estate in Nigeria and get good returns.

Land Sponsorship: There are lots of families who own large hectares of land but lack the money to do the survey plan and the necessary documents from the government. These land owners go into agreement with a sponsor who is be willing to fund the process of surveying and authentication of the property in an exchange for certain number of acres or plots as already agreed. Usually, a sponsor is awarded a plot of land per hectare, and depending on the size of the property, he could get as much as hundred plots of land or more in one deal. These lands could be sold off immediately by the sponsor at a good profit or he could wait and sell it a couple of years after, when the value of the property would have doubled.

Purchasing Properties From Real Estate Developers: You can buy property from estate developments, resell the property after a few months and make a good profit. This is because properties located within estate developments are fairly priced as developers want to recoup their investment within the shortest possible time. These developers also offer flexible payment options to attract investors and you can cash in on this to make a size-able profit.

Renovating an Old Building: You can buy an old house, remodel it and sell or lease it out for some good profit.

Land Lease: You can buy a piece of land and lease it out to business ventures that need open spaces to operate. These ventures include car wash stands, automobile repair shops or any other business venture that can operate in a temporary structure. You will be earning money from the rent while the value of the land keeps appreciating. The beauty of land lease is that land does not suffer wear and tear like buildings and you get to sell your land anytime and walk away with very good profits.

Property Development: This is one of the most lucrative of all investment opportunities in real estate as you can reap hundreds of millions of Naira in profit in a wise investment decision. You can buy land in profitable locations, develop and build luxury apartments and sell at a high profit margin. However, this business requires a lot of money to actualize but you can present your business ideas to financial institutions and form a partnership where you will handle the development and they will finance the project.

Owning Commercial and Residential Rental Properties: Commercial office spaces don't come cheap these days.

Residential properties are also good sources of income these days with some properties going for as high as fifteen million Naira per year or even more in some locations. You can rarely go wrong in owning a rental property as you earn money from rent while your property appreciates. However, this is a long-term investment and you must be prepared to see it through to the end.

How to own a home within five years at your present income.

Here is how a low-income earner could build a house and become a landlord in Nigeria within the shortest possible time. Your best bet is to save a percentage of your income no matter how little it is, and at the end of each year use your savings to purchase a plot of land in an undeveloped area that shows prospect of appreciating fast within the next couple of years. In Lagos for example, there are undeveloped areas In Ibeju-lekki where lands sell as cheap as two hundred and fifty thousand Naira only. The real challenge here is being able to identify those areas that would develop fast. This is not really a problem because there are lots of ways to tell if an area would develop quickly or not.

Now, having been able to purchase a piece of land with your little savings at the end of the year, repeat this the next year and you would have acquired for yourself five different plots of lands with ease in different areas within five years.

You could now go ahead and sell off four out of the five plots of land at a great profit and with the proceeds build for yourself a suitable house on the remaining plot.

This is one of the ways an average earner can build and own a house with relative ease, and it is a method that has worked for so many people in the past.

But like I said earlier, there are also rules that a Real Estate investor have to follow in order not to make a poor investment or fall prey to fraudsters. I shall enumerate these rules and the steps to take in order to secure your real estate investments in my next article "Guides To Investing In Real Estate in Nigeria."

Friday 15 September 2006

Super Rugby Round-Up - Round Three

Highlanders vs Reds

In a battle of teams which are unlikely to figure in the knockout rounds of the competition, the Highlanders deserved their 20-13 victory against the injury depleted Reds, who boasted several new names in their line-up. For the losers, Genia appears to have found a new lease of life and O'Connor hinted at his talents. Anthony Fainga'a is always committed but gives away far too many penalties. The Highlanders will struggle up front against the more powerful sides but their backs, with the Smiths, Ben and Aaron, Banks, Fekitoa and Naholo all prominent, will continue to pose problems for any team.

Force vs Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have given new coach Chris Boyd the best possible start to the season with three away wins from three. Allied to their consistent spreading of the ball wide in the backs, the Hurricanes now have a competitive pack of forwards. They were quick to the breakdown, strong in the scrum and have added a rolling maul to their armoury. In the absence of Jeremy Thrush, Broadhurst and Abbott were splendid at lock. At the back, Barrett is full of ideas but Julian Savea's hands let him down on occasions. Lee-Lo turned in a useful performance in Conrad Smith's absence and Smiley was fair but he is no Perenara.( Force 13 Hurricanes 42)

Cheetahs vs Blues

It is becoming a somewhat worrying trend in rugby that the team winning most aspects of a game is ending up the loser. The Blues completely dominated this match in terms of territory, possession and just about everything else. However, as is customary with them, they wasted several opportunities, gave away soft tries and took wrong options. The substitution of Faumuina late in the game led to a scrum penalty, which enabled the Cheetahs to kick the winning points. West continued his excellent form with the boot and Kaino, in his hundredth super rugby game, was a powerful presence. Those dynamic game breakers, Willie le Roux and Sarel Pretorius, eventually won the day for the Cheetahs, who are punching above their weight at the moment. (Cheetahs 25 Blues 24)

Chiefs vs Crusaders

This was a physical encounter in which the Chiefs were hard hit by the loss of Retallick early on, while the Crusaders lost Robbie Fruean. Judging by some of the penalties awarded in this game and in other recent matches, any contact between players competing for the ball in the air results in at least a penalty and often a yellow card against one of them, which is a ridiculous situation. Both defences were aggressive, with Tameifuna for the Chiefs and Taufua for the Crusaders putting in some huge hits. The Chiefs were far more effective in attack with excellent chasing of kicks and speedy support play, while the Crusaders continue to run their attacks from side to side, making them far easier to defend. The selection by the Chiefs of Pulu instead of Weber was crucial and Elliot's lineout throws are much improved. Heem and to a lesser extent, Weber are the only weak links in this Chiefs team at the moment. The Crusaders are struggling but will shortly welcome back several resting All Blacks. (Chiefs 40 Crusaders 16)

Rebels vs Brumbies

This was another match which the dominant team lost. The Rebels dominated both halves but made some poor decisions, failed to finish opportunities and made too many silly mistakes. Higginbotham's poor discipline is a bad example for a captain and scrum half Nic Stirzaker takes on too much on his own. The Rebels were not helped by the fact that cynical play by the Brumbies went unpunished, while Steve Walsh had one of his worst games as referee. The Brumbies played more intelligent rugby and their use of the rolling maul, together with their defence of it, were greatly superior to the Rebels. (Rebels 15 Brumbies 20)

Bulls vs Sharks

This was probably not an appropriate match to award to a debutant referee but it was rather the fault of the TMO Johan Greeff that certainly one and perhaps two tries, which should not have been given, were awarded to the Bulls. The match showcased the skills of what are obviously the best flyhalves in the country, in Lambie and Pollard. The work rate of Labuschagne and Strauss for the Bulls was exemplary and they are proving terrific buys for the Bulls from the Cheetahs. Matfield turned in an improved performance and for the Sharks, Kankowski made a successful return while Marcel Coetzee was excellent at the breakdown in particular. The Bulls will be happy but the Sharks were a little unlucky (Bulls 43 Sharks 35)

Lions vs Stormers

In a turnaround from last year, things are tending to run for the Stormers rather than against them. In wet conditions, which do not suit the Lions, the scrums were fairly even but the Stormers lineout suffered from poor throwing by Mbonambi, who otherwise was quite good around the park. Muller was effective in contesting the Stormers lineout and the Lions did well at the breakdown. However, in the first half in particular, they appeared disorganized and tighthead prop Koch continued to impress for the Stormers in the scrum. Behind the Lions pack, de Klerk struggled and this affected Jantjies, who did not always take the right options, gave away a crucial penalty and dropped a high kick, which led to the only try for the Stormers. More of the skills and fluency of last year's Currie Cup campaign appeared for the Lions in the second half but some will say their insistence in going for the win, rather than an easy kick for a draw, was foolish. That is, however, part of their positive rugby approach and had Mnisi not dropped the ball over the line after his colleagues had managed 28 fault free phases and then minutes later again dropped it a few metres from the line, the Lions would have been victorious. De Jongh and de Allende were good in the centre for the Stormers. The Lions should think of giving hooker Armand van der Merwe more game time and consider Jaco van der Walt at flyhalf. (Lions 19 Stormers 22)

Thursday 22 June 2006

Significant Things You Must Explore While Buying a Property

Home buying is a not a piece of cake as it involves a long process. Usually, new home buyers come across a long list of questions before booking a property. Thus, it is very important for an individual to get the right answers to all these queries as these answers can help in choosing the right property. In the long run, these solutions or advices also help in avoiding all the hassles. For those who are planning to make an investment in property, we have listed a few tips that can help in choosing the right property.

Sterling Things to Consider While Buying a Property:

Verifying The Land Acquisition Process:

Always make sure that the land has been converted into a residential or commercial area genuinely. Sometimes, people acquire the land in an unauthorized manner which can create legal issues on the later stage.

Clarify The Actual Size of The Property:

The actual size of the property is comprised of super built-up area, built-up area and the carpet area. Carpet area is the area of space excluding the thickness of the wall. Built-up area includes the balcony and the thickness of the wall. However, the super built-up area includes the common area along with other spaces.

Confirm The Completion Time of The Project:

It is very lucrative to plan the finances and other associated things. Thus, always make sure about the completion date of the project. This will help you to arrange the existing accommodation and the payment options. Also, an individual can claim the penalties from the builder, if the project does not get completed in the committed time period.

Figure Out The Bank For Financial Support:

Some companies are offering home loans in the current scenario. Thus, talk to your consultant about the bank for which the board is giving the approval. Also, clear out the scheme that the bank is offering along with all the legal paperwork. All these elements play a vital role in justifying the quality of the service offered by realty firm.

Ask The Breakup Structure of The Pricing:

Usually, the total cost of the property is told by the consultant, but the prices is the total cost various elementary facilities. These include the prices of electricity, water, regeneration cost, electricity and parking spaces. Besides all these, taxes and legal charges are also included. If you ask all these prices, you will not get surprised with the prices later at the time of payment.

Confirm The Alternatives in Case of Change in The Project Plan:

Generally, the builders change the plans during the construction due to several reasons. These may also create a difference in the size of the apartment. Not only this, the amenities might also get changed in terms of positioning or quantity. Always confirm the measures that the builder will going to take, in case such things take place.

The overall list includes many more questions that must be asked to the real estate specialist while booking a property. If you get update with all these terminologies or the possible situations, you will never overcome various hassles or confusions that usually generates while buying a property.

Friday 19 May 2006

Dynamic Warmup For Gymnasts

In the past ten years, much advancement has been made in the world of strength and conditioning, including the development of dynamic warmup routines. Gone are the days of stretching statically before a sporting event. Before soccer and lacrosse games, you will witness players doing a series of active exercises in straight lines, repeating the same exercise 10-20 times while in constant motion. They will progress to faster drills in the same patterns on the field. There is no reason why you shouldn't see gymnasts completing the same routine, and do to the flexibility demands of the sport, dynamic warmup is even more important for these athletes to do.

There are several phases of warming up a muscle. First is the muscle activation phase, in which a gymnast performs a few repetitions of an exercise that will initiate contraction of a muscle. This phase is not meant for strengthening, hence the low repetitions. These exercises are examples of a muscle activation exercise:

SingleLegBridge: This exercise will activate your gluts and hamstrings. Lie on your back with one knee bent and the other leg hugged into your chest. Lift your buttocks about 5-6 inches off of the ground as you maintain a flat back with tight abdominals. Repeat 5-6 times on each side.

Deep Squat: Stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder width apart, with your arms overhead. Squat down by sitting your buttocks back. The back should remain flat as the shoulders come forward. Place hands on the ground, then reach one to the sky and rotate toward that hand. Reach with the opposite hand. Repeat sequence 3-4 times

The next phase is the muscle mobility phase, which starts to introduce a dynamic stretch to a muscle, and will begin to increase the muscle tissue temperature. This is example of a muscle mobility exercise:

Dynamic Supine Hamstring Stretch: Lie on your back with your arms at your sides and your legs straight. Keeping a flat back and tight abdominals, raise one leg straight in the air, then lower it at a moderate speed. If it is more comfortable, bend the opposite knee. Only raise your leg to a comfortable level and do not let your back arch off of the ground. Repeat 5-6 times on each side. You may also raise the leg, then bring it slightly out to the side about 10-12 inches and back inwards 5-6 times. Do not allow the torso to rotate or the hip to lift off of the ground. Skip this last step if you have any hip problems.

The next phase of a dynamic warmup is the traveling mobility phase. In this phase, a gymnast utilizes an area of about 15 yards, adding consistent movement to the exercises. The temperature of the muscles rise, and each muscle is warmed up through its entire range of motion. Here are some examples of traveling mobility exercises:

Quadricep Stretches: Stand tall and bend your knee to bring your heel towards you buttocks, keeping the legs parallel to each other. Grab your foot with the hand on the same side, hold for about 3 seconds, then lower the leg. Step forward about 2 feet and repeat with the other side. Feel a stretch in front of your thigh. Continue the 15 yard distance. When you return in the opposite direction, you may stretch the front of your hip by leaning forward and reaching the opposite hand forward. Hold for about 3 seconds. Continue the 15 yard distance.

Inchworm: This is a hamstring stretch for the back of your thigh. Bend over to reach your hands to the floor, then walk your hands forward as far as you can. Maintain a flat back. Next, walk your feet forward with straight knees as close to your hands as you can. Don't worry if you cannot bring your feet all the way to your hands. It will improve with practice. Repeat for the 15 yard distance twice.

The final phase of a dynamic warmup is dynamic mobility, in which a gymnast uses the same 15 yard space to complete fast movement exercises such as high knee runs, lateral runs, and side skips, which will fully elevate the body temperature to the level it needs to be to perform on the ice.

There are many exercises that you may include in your dynamic warmup, and these are just a few examples from each phase from GymnasticStrong's "Dynamic Warmup and Flexibility Training" DVD. After practicing an entire warmup, you can pick and choose which exercises target your 'tight areas' the best, and create a 10-20 minute warmup that is specific to your needs. You will be more prepared for your practice session or competition, and less prone to injury.

Tuesday 3 June 2003

Ten Things You Never Knew About the Sport of Rugby

Whilst rugby has never had the same level of exposure on TV that soccer has, it does seem to become a lot more popular in recent years. Many people's memories of rugby are of shivering in the rain at school and praying the big guy doesn't come anywhere you, but it's a great game to watch from the comfort of own front room! As Rugby does seem to be getting a better deal on TV these days, for those that might be new to watching rugby, here are ten things you probably didn't know about the sport.

1. What is it called a try?

A try is called a try, because when the game was first played, there were no points awarded for touching down the ball at your opponent's end of the field. What it did gain you, though, was an attempt, or a try, at the goal.

2. The game was named after the British school that it was invented in

When soccer was being played in English schools in the 19th century, there were no formalised rules for the game and each school made up their own rule book. It is believed that a boy named William Webb Ellis, who attended Rugby School, invented the game of rugby when he decided to pick up the ball and run for the goal during a game of soccer. The Rugby Union World Cup is still called the Web Ellis Cup to this day.

3. Rugby balls were first made from pig's bladders

Rugby balls and soccer balls used to be made using a pig's bladder for the inner. Unfortunately, the pig's bladders weren't cured very well and they frequently became rotten. The wife of the man, who made the rugby balls at Rugby School in the 19th century, died from the effects of the fumes she inhaled from the balls.

4. The reigning Olympic Champions is the US

By a quirk of fate, the current reigning Olympic Champions in the sport of rugby are the USA and they have held that title since 1924. The reason why, is because Rugby was dropped as an Olympic sport in that year.

5. There are two different types of Rugby played

Just to make it even more confusing to the non-expert, there are two types of rugby played, rugby league and rugby union. The games are very similar but the rules are quite different including a different scoring system.

6. The big scores

One of the differences between soccer and rugby that anyone new to the sport will notice are the big scores. The largest ever score difference that was recorded at an international match was in a game between Australia and Namibia, when Australia won the game by 142 points to nil.

7. The one hundred year old world cup whistle

At the beginning of every rugby world cup, the tournament is kicked off when the referee blows a one hundred year old whistle. It is the same whistle that was used for a game played in 1924 between England and New Zealand in the Paris Olympics.

8. The rugby world cup has never been retained by a team

The New Zealand team is the favourite to win the 2015 rugby world cup and, if they do win, they will be making a rugby world cup first, because the title has never been retained by a team, since the tournament first started in 1987.

9. A rugby coach invented basketball

James Naismith, a New England Rugby coach, is credited with inventing the game of basketball. It is said that he invented basketball so that his rugby team could train indoors when the weather was too bad to train outside.

10. National anthem singing at sporting occasions began with rugby

The traditional singing of national anthems before an international sporting event began in rugby. It was started when Welsh rugby supporters responded to the New Zealand team's Maori war dance with their own national anthem in 1905. The singing of national anthems before a match was then adopted officially.

Tuesday 22 April 2003

Trampoline Pads for Cost Conscious Buyers

Trampoline safety pads prevent jumpers from having accidents associated with springs. While some trampoline owners allow people to jump on trampolines with no safety pad, this is a safety hazard and is not recommended by professionals. Pads are essential to having a safe trampoline for your friends and family. It is understandable that it is difficult for many people to spend the money on expensive pads for trampolines during these hard economic times, which is why we are going to explain to you what you should look for to get a dependable safety pad without spending too much money.

One of the most important factors you should examine when purchasing a pad is what type of material the pad is composed of. It is always recommended to purchase pads made with PVC Vinyl rather than polyethylene material. This is because polyethylene fabric is very sensitive to UV rays and will deteriorate quickly. PVC Vinyl is a sturdy vinyl that resists UV rays for extended amounts of time.

Another factor to consider when searching for a safety pad is the thickness of the pads. Most pads are 0.25" to 0.5" thick. This thickness will work for any trampoline and tend to be the most economical options. For customers wanting to guarantee maximum protection from pinching and bruising by springs there are safety pads which are 1" thick available. Those pads do cost slightly more, but they also provide the ultimate level of protection.

For owners of Hedstrom brand trampolines there is the option of purchasing Hedstrom safety pads. These pads are designed specifically for Hedstrom brand trampolines. They are the perfect option for someone searching for a budget-friendly safety pad. Typically the sleeve for Hedstrom brand pads can be purchased separately. So if the foam from the previous pad is still in good condition the only thing that will need to be replaced is the sleeve, which can save the trampoline owner even more money. An easy way to determine if you own a Hedstrom brand trampoline is to examine the perimeter hardware of the original trampoline mat. All Hedstrom brand trampoline mats have grommets instead of metal triangles.

There are many different types of trampoline pads available, each of which range in cost. The best thing for a trampoline owner to do is research to determine what safety pad quality best suits their needs and their budget. It is important to remember when purchasing trampoline equipment that the phrase "you get what you pay for" is very true. Sometimes it is better to pay a little more money up front for a better quality product because it will save you money over time due to lack of need for replacement.

David Jones is a professional author belongs to GA, USA and working with Trampoline Pro Shop as a marketing manager. Trampoline Pro Shop is a trampoline parts and accessories manufacturer company offers trampoline safety pads, mats, springs, covers etc.