Avoiding the Perils of Dangerous Car Modifications

TorqueCars http://www.torquecars.com, one of the UK’s leading online car modding communities today launched an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of poor quality DIY car modifications by inexperienced owners.

We see many modified cars that are downright dangerous or at least going to be unreliable. It seems that lots of car owners with minimal knowledge are making changes to their cars without realising the implications. By highlighting these problems TorqueCars hope to minimise the negative impact created by these low budget, poor quality modified cars, and focus on a professional approach to car modification.

It only takes a few high profile incidents involving poorly modified cars before the clamour is raised for legislation outlawing all modifications or restricting the choice of modifications people can do.

Some young drivers seem to think that the more noise the car makes the faster it goes. Experience proves this to be incorrect and often these large exhausts and noisy induction kits have a negative effect on the cars performance and power.

One particular area of concern is with car electrics. Inexperienced DIYers will often overload circuits or hack into wires for power without making proper provisions for vibrations wear and adequate electrical insulation. These can often short out potentially causing a fire or at least creating a breakdown.

The most common electrical mistake is putting a wire straight through a bulk head without placing a rubber grommet around the wire to shield it from rubbing on the bulk head and wearing through.

A holistic approach to car modification is required where increased power is matched with up rated braking and handling. Dropping a 2.0 Turbo engine into a car which originally had a much smaller engine will offer a dramatic power hike but the brakes and suspension will be unable to handle this causing a potentially dangerous situation.

The main motivation for modifying a car is to maximise the drivers enjoyment of the vehicle. Most modifications merely release the full potential of a car where manufacturers have detuned or restricted the car in some way for economic or reputational reasons.

It is also fair to assume that each driver has their own personal preferences when it comes to a cars power band, handling characteristics and the aesthetic design of their car.

A well modified car should be safer than the standard unmodified one due to the stronger or uprated parts introduced. Braking distances can be dramatically shortened, the risk of skidding on a deceptive bend or corner or losing control should also be lower.

By increasing an engines efficiency there is often an additional saving in fuel consumption. This fact is particularly true when it comes to tuning modern turbo diesel engines.

It’s not just poorly modified cars that present a danger; poorly maintained cars are just as big a risk. According to TorqueCars senior partner Waynne Smith, “if you walk around any public car park you will find many cars will illegal tyres. The tread depth will be below the legal minimum or there will be damage to the sidewall of the tyre. We try hard to promote responsible car ownership to our members and readers of our articles.”

The forums at TorqueCars are a great place to go to discuss your car tuning project in details with experienced car modifiers and enthusiasts from around the world. By garnering as much information as you can you’ll be better placed to avoid the common pitfalls associated with modified cars.


Contact Details: TorqueCars
Delpech suite,
The Limes Business center,
6 Broad Street,
CT14 6ER
0845 4678197

SAFE International Launches Milwaukee Women’s Self Defense Parties – Milwaukee Self Defense

Milwaukee Self Defense, SAFE International Launches Milwaukee Women’s Self Defense Parties.

Milwaukee, WI, August 10, 2012 – (Straight Line PR) – Milwaukee Self Defense, SAFE International Launches Milwaukee Women’s Self Defense Parties.

SAFE International ™ is a leading provider of mobile self defense/personal protection training in North America. SAFE International has taught more than 150,000 clients in the private, corporate and high school environments since 1994. SAFE International is expanding its seminar options to include women’s self defense parties in Milwaukee, WI.

SAFE International quickly realized that women had completely different concerns, fears, and needs than males. Chris Roberts, CEO of SAFE International listened to their concerns and tailored something that was not only educational, but also met their personal fears. Men have no idea what women go through on an everyday basis from the stares and comments to the physical gestures and advances.

One of the reasons that SAFE International enjoys teaching women’s self defense Milwaukee, is how receptive women are to the skills that the SAFE International instructors provide. SAFE International teaches self defense concepts, rather than techniques. This allows women to learn in a much shorter time. SAFE International always covers Awareness and Avoidance strategies which are based on one’s daily routines. We examine what an attacker looks for, what an attacker wants and doesn’t want in confrontation. One of the biggest topics we explore is how most people are too polite, even when their intuition is telling them the complete opposite. We cover the most common distraction techniques an attacker will use to gain an advantage. We then move on to verbal strategies in the event that avoidance is no longer possible. Rather than just teaching to yell at a potential attacker, we cover a few verbal strategies based on the aggressor and the scenario. The third step is addressing the physical aspect of Milwaukee women’s self defense. We begin with the advantages of adopting a passive stance rather than an aggressive stance. We only teach gross motor strikes due to the adrenal rush one gets when they are in a highly stressful state such as an attack scenario. We teach a philosophy of “Attack the Attacker” which reverses one from being the Prey, to that of being the Predator. Another philosophy is to attack the head if all avoidance and verbal strategies have failed. This is only 30 minutes into the physical training and you can see how the self defense concepts are very effective. The self defense drills increase with intensity as the participants gain more confidence. It is important to build rapport with your students and the results will be seen as the drills progress. The following YouTube video shows how much can be learned in only 30 minutes of women’s self defense instruction.

YouTUBE video : http://www.youtube.com/embed/ayeWEXZsDuo

Forget Tupperware Parties!
Invite 6 to 8 of your friends for a few hours of fun, education and potentially life- saving instruction. Plan a meal, bbq, snacks, maybe some dessert! Be prepared for a unique Milwaukee Women’s Self Defense experience! What has made SAFE International so popular is their unique method of teaching with humour and sharing of anecdotes. Get to experience their simulated attacks in scenario specific situations such as at the front door, the kitchen, the car, etc.

SAFE International has taught more than 150,000 clients including mothers, fathers, daughters, police officers, seniors, and people with disabilities. To contact SAFE International and Chris Roberts to schedule your Women’s Self Defense party, you can visit their main site at www.safeinternational.biz . You can also reach Chris Roberts toll free at 1-800-465-5972 or by email at chrisroberts@safeinternational.biz

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972

BusinessVibes Presents Top Marketing Strategies for Business

The global B2B networking platform – BusinessVibes, would like to share some marketing strategies, and hope you can make the best of it for your own business.

London, UK, August 10, 2012 — The art of successful marketing is always down to making good strategies, and the key thing is how to make the best suitable marketing strategies for your business, while the lucky thing is many of the same basic principles still apply.

So if you truly want your business to succeed, these top marketing tips are just the tools that you need. These tips will help propel your business to the top of your industry. If you are ready to draw in new business but are not sure how, global B2B networking platform – BusinessVibes would be more than happier to share this list of top 5 marketing tips with you, and hope you can make the best of it for your own business.

1. Keep your marketing approach current. Many entrepreneurs rely on old copies of outdated books for their marketing advice. Although these books may have been useful for the market for which they were written, they are probably not relevant to the current market.

2. Attract clients rather than pursue them. If you make your business look attractive, customers and clients will flock to it. If you have to chase your clients and convince them that you are awesome, you will not have as much success. You should always project the idea that your clients need your product more than you need them. This helps to promote the idea that you are valuable.

3. Pay close attention to your website. Most potential clients or partners use internet when they want to research potential companies. This is true regardless of which type of product or service you provide. In most cases, your website may be the first interaction that a potential client has with you. When your website is professionally designed and beautiful, it convinces customers that your company is also top notch and professional. In addition to creating a first impression, your website can also help to draw in customers. By hiring someone to optimize your website, you will be able to draw in more traffic.

4. Learn about content marketing. Content marketing is when you provide valuable content to people on your website. When someone searches for an answer to a problem on the internet, they may encounter your content. While reading your content, they may become convinced to hire you. This is a very effective way to draw extra traffic to your website and ultimately to your business.

5. Create a network of other entrepreneurs. A valuable network of colleagues can help your business to succeed in any market. You should always be eager to meet successful people in your industry, and you should strive to identify how you can help each other on the road to success. There are even global B2B websites like BusinessVibes that can help you to connect with other entrepreneurs and other opportunities in worldwide.

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Lise Martineau
Marketing Executive – Europe
BusinessVibes Network International Inc
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
+44 20 7291 0883
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Vietnam Attracts the High End GLBT Traveler

Luxury Travel Ltd announces new bespoke holidays to upscale gays and lesbian travelers to Vietnam.

Hanoi, Vietnam, August 10, 2012 – It is the first travel company in the country offering tours for not only couples but also for upscale singles.

“Quietly, Vietnam has become a popular niche market for gay tourists. Saigon is particularly welcoming,” Dav Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel says that it’s all because of the locals’ friendly attitude: “People living here have a very open approach to gay people.”

“We had a wonderful trip in Vietnam. All accommodations and tour guides were fantastic. We enjoyed all the sights included in our schedule as well as all meals planned by Luxury Travel. Let me stress that all guides and hotel employees were very respectful, kind, and professional and we have no complaints against any individual we encountered,” said Julie and Valerie, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA.

About Luxury Travel Ltd:
Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers, in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel excels in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator.

Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

FPL Marks Hurricane Andrew Anniversary as a Time to Remember, Learn and Prepare

“At FPL, hurricane preparation is now part of our daily operations, every day we’re not in a storm we’re preparing for one,” said Keith Hardy, FPL’s vice president of Distribution.

Juno Beach, FL (August 10, 2012) — On Aug. 24, Florida and the nation will observe the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, one of the most dramatic and devastating natural disasters in modern history. For those who lived through the storm and witnessed its incredible destruction first hand, this month is a time of solemn remembrance. And for everyone across the state of Florida and all along the Eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast, Andrew’s anniversary is an occasion to learn from the past and to recognize the unpredictable and powerful nature of hurricanes, along with the absolute necessity of good planning and preparation throughout every hurricane season.

When Andrew struck just south of Miami, it made landfall with peak sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 175 mph. Now classified as a rare Category 5, the hurricane pushed a massive storm surge up Biscayne Bay, and delivered more than 7 inches of rain along the core of its path. Damages from the storm totaled more than $25 billion dollars throughout the Bahamas, Florida and the Gulf states, with thousands of homes lost and many more damaged.

FPL’s storm preparedness and recovery processes were also significantly challenged by Hurricane Andrew. As crews worked feverishly to restore power after the storm, FPL developed and perfected some of the systems now in place to map storm damage and to estimate restoration times.

“At FPL, hurricane preparation is now part of our daily operations, every day we’re not in a storm we’re preparing for one. On this anniversary, we urge our customers to prioritize disaster planning too,” said Keith Hardy, FPL’s vice president of Distribution. “We are always working to help the communities we serve prepare for the next storm. Every year we make multi-million dollar investments in our infrastructure to make it more resilient.”

In the past two decades, advances in technology have changed every step in the hurricane preparation and recovery process. New forecasting tools allow for more frequent assessments of a storm’s path and intensity, and better computer modeling has improved accuracy, especially on the intensity front. At the same time, technology has altered the way that information is communicated – before, during and after a hurricane. Today, storms can be tracked on-line, on mobile devices, through social media outlets, and of course through traditional media sources.

“In the past twenty years, our ability to respond to hurricanes and to keep our customers informed of our progress has improved dramatically with the advent of advanced technologies, and FPL is working to bring new tools to the forefront every day,” said Hardy.

FPL has harnessed technology to enhance the way that it communicates with customers before and after hurricanes, and the way that it pre-positions restoration crews and models the damage to its system from a storm. To help with preparation, FPL offers customers a wealth of information and tips on its website, http://www.FPL.com. After a hurricane, FPL offers constant updates and information about the power restoration process through its website, which is mobile friendly, and through Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/insideFPL), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/FPLconnect) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/FPL). FPL’s blog (http://www.FPLblog.com) is also an important source of news.

Technology advancements also allow FPL to inform customers about the post-storm restoration process faster. For example, hours after a storm, a preliminary restoration estimate is created through computer modeling based on historical data. It will change as damage reports from the field are complete, but it’s intended to help customers and communities make initial plans. At the same time, technology gives FPL the ability to streamline and shorten the restoration process by providing real-time location of crews and crew movements through a super-GPS technology called Restoration Spatial View.

“But the fact is, while much has changed since Andrew reached our shores,” said Hardy, “one simple truth remains the same: hurricanes carry with them a potentially overwhelming destructive power, and when a major storm hits, power will be interrupted, trees will fall and water will rise. Floridians must understand this fact and make every preparation for it.”

To view photos, please visit: http://www.fpl.com/newsroom

About Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla. – based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit http://www.FPL.com.

Media Contact:
FPL Media Line
Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408

FrenchRiviera.com Media Group, LLC and CitiesPlanet.com Announce Marketing Agreement with Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa

FrenchRiviera.com Media Group has entered into a marketing alliance with one of the most luxurious and prestigious resorts on the Cote D’Azur….the Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa.

Scottsdale, AZ, August 08, 2012 – FrenchRiviera.com Media Group has entered into a marketing alliance with one of the most luxurious and prestigious resorts on the Cote D’Azur….the Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa. The Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, a member since 1970 of the exclusive Relais & Chateau group of properties, will be featured throughout www.FrenchRiviera.com, and will also be featured prominently in their popular “Itineraries” section, which suggests preferred vacation itineraries for visitors planning a trip to this great region. “We are very proud to enter into this agreement with such a magnificent property,” states FrenchRiviera.com Media Group CEO and Co-Founder Toby Hardy. “During our most recent visit to the region this past April, we had the opportunity to spend some quality time visiting and touring the Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa; it is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking properties we have ever seen. Additionally, their staff could not have been more welcoming and professional. We look forward to promoting this exceptional property to our FrenchRiviera.com clients that are looking for that very special experience”. Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa is one of the inspiring masterpiece hotels of the elegant Oetker Collection.

FrenchRiviera.com has been developed by CitiesPlanet.com, the largest network of City.com brands in the industry. Fred Mercaldo, Managing Partner of CitiesPlanet, accompanied Mr. Hardy during a recent 12 day visit to the French Riviera, and was equally impressed with the Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa. “This property is spectacular, not only with their suites and surrounding villa properties on the mountainside, but their restaurants, the Le Saint Martin and L’Oliveraie, under the direction of Grand Chef Yannick Franques are rated at the top of the Michelin scale with Two Stars that ! We look forward to further enhancing this relationship!”

French Riviera.com Media Group, LLC holds a strategic portfolio of over 200 domain names within the Southern European region, many of which are presently under development. These names, including SpanishRiviera.com, BarcelonaRiviera.com and GreekRiviera.com will greatly expand the company’s digital online media platform and marketing leverage throughout the entire Mediterranean.

CitiesPlanet.com represents over 65 pure City.com brands, both in the USA and internationally as well. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, CitiesPlanet has recently opened a state of the art Call Center to fully support and market their brands.

Contact: Toby Hardy toby.hardy@frenchriviera.com Direct Line: 205-873-9800
Contact: Fred Mercaldo fred@citiesplanet.com Direct Line: 602-859-3786

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Social investing is taking off in the US, claims AAA

A growing number of savvy investors are putting their cash into social investment bonds and funds that not only help vulnerable people to make more of the lives, but also make the investors money, according to AAA.

Boston, MA, August 09, 2012 – A growing number of savvy investors are putting their cash into social investment bonds and funds that not only help vulnerable people to make more of the lives, but also make the investors money, according to Alternative Asset Analysis.

AAA, an alternative investment advocacy group, claims that a number of recent articles in high-profile publications, such as NBCnews.com have underlined the growing popularity of social impact investing in the US. Although impact investing is not a new thing, some may think it only tends to focus on helping those in developing countries However, this is not so and a large number of bonds and funds are popping up in US cities aimed at helping locals get back on their feet.

The Calvert Social Investment Foundation is one such fund, which has loaned money to a range of good causes, such as Portland, Oregon-based central City Concern. This non-profit organization helps locals afflicted by poverty, homelessness and addiction to learn skills and start businesses.

The investment part of the deal takes place when the loans made by the Calvert foundation, and other similar funds, are packaged into bonds, which are then sold to investors who might be looking to invest in social projects.

AAA supports these kinds of projects, claiming that they can make a significant difference to people all over the world if they are managed correctly and there is enough interest. “A growing number of wealthy individual are becoming interested in philanthropy” stated AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson. “Following the global economic crisis, making a quick buck has become less important than helping their fellow man, it seems.”

AAA supports a range of alternative investments, with the emphasis on forestry research through sustainable plantations run by firms like Greenwood Management.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320