The Basics of Magnetic Centrifugal Pumps

Mechanical pumps have become indispensable in today’s technology-driven society. These pieces of equipment are used in a wide array of applications including, but not limited to, civil construction, mining and quarries, and industrial settings. They also come in different variants, such as long-coupled centrifugal pumps, close-coupled centrifugal Read more

How Food Companies’ Product Labels Address Obesity in NZ

Some of the most prominent food companies in New Zealand have made progress on their contribution to resolving obesity, including their commitment on informative food labels. A University of Auckland study based its finding on 25 large companies, including packaged food and beverage manufacturers, fast-food and supermarket chains. Read more

Give Your Business an Edge When Handling Volatile Chemicals

To meet the nation’s huge appetite for cereal, American farmers need to produce about 475 metric tons each year. A growing population is behind this spiking food demand. Such developments spell good news for the players in the profitable fertilizer industry, remarks a fertilizer tanks fabrication expert. As Read more

Frugal Travelling in London: Sites to Visit for Free or Discounted Prices

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Visiting London doesn’t have to mean losing all your savings. There are ways to avoid spending a fortune while still enjoying a great vacation. Here are some cheap destinations and tips to help you spend less.

Stay at an Affordable Hostel

Big ben clockFinding a cheap hostel in London like LHALondon.com is not that difficult. There are many accommodations available for travellers on a limited budget. As long as you book in advance, you’ll be sure to save money.

Visit Museums in the Morning

There’s no better way to spend your mornings than visiting the National Gallery and Wallace Collection. London is a place full of world-class galleries and museums that are absolutely free to visit.

Have Lunch in Carnaby

From the National Gallery or Wallace Collection, Carnaby is just an easy walk away (or a bus ride if you don’t like walking). Go to Carnaby Street, near Oxford Circus. There, you can enjoy a scrumptious meal at restaurants serving different cuisines. Some highlights are Masala Zone, Leon, and Cha Cha Moon.

See Hyde Park

Hyde Park is the perfect place to be for a chilled afternoon. Here, you can enter for free to stroll at a leisurely pace, sit to read your favourite book or simply watch other people.

Spend Time to Bargain Shop

You can still do some bargain hunting even in London! Portobello Road, Spitalfields and Camden are all great choices because of their busy markets.

Search for Discounted West End Theatre Tickets

For dinner, you can go to Chinatown near Gerrard Street. Afterwards, you can line up for standby theatre tickets. These are unsold or returned tickets for the same evening’s play that sells considerably lower. Go to the West End Theatre and enjoy the show!

London is an exquisite place that’s perfect for a vacation. Follow these simple tips to spend less while still making the most of your visit.

Fine Time: Should You Buy a Rolex?

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If you ask people to name a watch, they’ll probably answer Rolex without a second thought. As one of the most powerful global brands in the world, many think of it as a luxury item they must have. Rolex is available in seven models – President, Daytona, Date Just, Explorer, Submariner, GMT-Master II, and Yacht-Master II – but the question is should you buy one?

rolex watchWill it Be Worth it?

Many timepieces don’t retain their value once used, but the case is different for fine watches. Like properties, vintage vehicles, or many other tangible assets, a Rolex watch can be a good investment. As the demand for Rolex is high, many people are even willing to buy pre-owned models to complete their collection.

The price of Rolex wristwatches may seem impossible to reach, but not anymore. Forbes noted in their article that there’s a booming market for selling timepieces online. Many jewelers are buying old and used Rolex models, which they eventually offer to interested buyers for a lower price.

Popular watch blogging site, aBlogtoWatch.com, and jewelers like aaajewelryutah.com say that the buying and selling process is easy. All you need is to find a trustworthy jeweler that follows the standard appraisal process, so you can get the real value of the Rolex watch during transaction.

When Should You Buy?

Most people buy a Rolex to celebrate an achievement, to display their social status, or to own a timepiece that holds value and a rich history. As many tend to buy or give a Rolex on special occasions, it became a trend followed until today. Some people buy a Rolex the moment they can afford it, while others prefer to compare other brands before buying.

The decision to buy a Rolex or not may depend on your money, your status, and even how you would like to be perceived, but don’t ignore other factors like buying it as a gift after an achievement or the chance of selling it in the future.

Scrimp on Drugs, Not on Health: 3 Ways to Lower Your Medicine Costs

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tabletsAnyone taking a lot of medicines each day knows that the costs can really eat into the monthly budget. To pay for all the medication, some cut back on household expenses; they spend less money on groceries, clothing, and dining out.

Others, though, try skipping doses or do not refill their prescriptions right away when they run out. This, however, will only cause serious health problems in the long run. Those cutting back on medicines often end up being prescribed even more of it. For some, it’s as if the vicious cycle never ends.

Fortunately, there are actually many ways to reduce spending on medication without compromising your health:

Shop Around

Shop around for the best deals on medicines. For instance, call the pharmacies in your area or browse sites online like LifeRelayHealthcare.com to check the prices of the medicines prescribed to you. You may find that some online stores actually have lower prices for commonly prescribed medicines and antibiotics.

Make sure to tell the pharmacists about your medical history, too, so they can advice you about any potential for reactions, side effects, or other issues.

Purchase in Bulk

Buying in bulk can also save you money. As your doctor to write a prescription for several months’ supply of the medication you need. Keep in mind, though, that your insurance company may limit the amount of medicine you can get at one time.

Online pharmacies save you money on large orders; just make sure to find only trusted and reliable ones. Also, don’t get more than a month’s supply for a medicine you are only trying for the first time. This way, if you have concerns about side effects, you can talk to the doctor about alternatives.

Ask for Generic Medicines

Generic medicines are the less costly version of brand name medication. While it’s not easy to find generic options for hormonal, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy medicines, there are a number of generic choices for pain and antiviral medicines.

For instance, choose entecavir instead of the brand name antiviral drug Baraclude if you want to save on medicine costs.

Shopping around, buying in bulk, opting for generic medicines, and even pill splitting, actually, can help you save on costs. It’s okay to go cheaper with your meds, but never scrimp on your health—no matter how broke you are.

#AmazonCart: Amazon Introduces Shopping Cart To Twitter

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E-commerce giant Amazon has teamed up with Twitter to extend their shopping experience.

Extending the retail reach

Amazon introduced the new feature that allows Twitter users to add items to their shopping carts by including a special hashtag within a tweet.

Consumers can do so by replying to tweets, which contains a link to an Amazon product, with phrases such as #amazoncart in the US and #amazonbasket in the UK.

“Ultimately it is all about conversations that people are having on various platforms such as Twitter and Facebook about what interests them,” said analyst Sanjana Chappalli of LEWIS Pulse, a company specializing in digital marketing. “Brands are keen to tap into these platforms, not least because they have hundreds of millions of active users.”

Social media platforms for growth

After users connect their Twitter account to Amazon, they will still need to go to Amazon to pay and complete the purchase.

Amazon’s latest move comes as more and more companies are aiming to use social media platforms as a fresh strategy to attract new and potential consumers.

Thanks a Latte: Top Five Coffee Beverages Everybody Loves

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Walk into any coffee shop these days and it’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the brew choices. You have a lot more option than the regular filter-brewed black coffee. Brews like cappuccino, a macchiato, an Americano, or espresso can confuse anyone who was raised with the regular and simple black cup of coffee.

To help you out, here’s a list of some of the most popular coffee blends and beverages, and what makes them unique from each other. This can be a great help the next time you’re looking to rent office coffee machines for a company party or event, and you want to showcase your coffee expertise.

Americano

Also known as “long black,” this brew is made by diluting a single shot of espresso with hot water. This was to mimic the texture, flavour and body of the American-style drip coffee. The name was originally coined as an insult to Americans who had to dilute their Italian espresso before they can drink it.

Many people like to drink it as they would a regular brewed coffee, but connoisseurs suggest keeping the milk to a minimum to get a real taste of the espresso.

Caffe Latte

This is made with one shot of espresso and three parts of steamed milk. Add in sugar to taste and try it as a dip. For your company event or even just for the break room, have this with cookies, sponge cakes, biscuits, or even fresh Italian bread for a more satisfying coffee time.

Cappuccino

This is made of a single or double-shot espresso, part steamed milk, and part frothed milk. Cinnamon or cocoa is added to top it off. This brew is stronger than a latte and is a beloved morning beverage, but can also be enjoyed any time of the day.

Café au Lait

Literally “coffee with milk,” this is similar to a caffe latte except that it’s made with brewed coffee rather than espresso, in a 1:1 ratio with steamed milk.

Caffe Macchiato

Sometimes called espresso macchiato or just plain macchiato, this is made with a shot of espresso stained with a dollop of milk, usually steamed milk foam. Every coffee house can make their own version or mixes, but all often have the milk foam. Macchiato means ‘stained’ or ‘spotted’ in Italian, and caffè macchiato is literally ‘stained coffee’, or coffee with a spot of milk. These are often the coffee that has different designs made by carefully pouring the milk over the coffee.

The next time you look for coffee machine rentals for an event, it’s a good idea to know these and other coffee blends so you can impress your guests and express yourself.

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