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This is a guest article from Angel Investors UK

Are you looking for a good place to go for financial investment advice? Venture Giant is a business investment network based in the United Kingdom. This is one of the premier companies engaged in financial investment, with an online portal for investors as well as those running businesses. Both small and large scale entrepreneurs and investors register at Venture Giant and with the high quality of service offered here, both investors and entrepreneurs have access to helpful financial investment advice. The team at Venture Giant surveys potential investment ideas that are likely to generate profits and presents them to potential investors who can browse through the various opportunities available before deciding on which one to go in for. A wide range of business ideas are offered by the numerous entrepreneurs who are registered at Venture Giant.

The investors are regularly provided with filtered deal flow notifications from Venture Giant. This allows them to be informed about exciting offers and financial plans by email. These updates and recommendations are based on the potential of the businesses concerned, so that investors can take advantage of the best opportunities. Venture Giant is ideal for an investor as well as for as for an entrepreneur, with a great team that has the know-how to set up deals that benefit everyone concerned. The team at Venture Giant even helps entrepreneurs to present a business plan that describes the risks and benefits of investment in their businesses.

Financial investment advice can be very useful when it comes to managing one’s money.  It has to benefit people at present as well as in the future. You have to save money for your expenses and also earn profit for future use after retirement. Financial planning involves the proper budgeting of your income. This should include expenses like utilities, rent and food. Until you know the risks involved in an investment you cannot manage your finance in an organised way. You also need to set aside about 20% of your income as savings. This is what the experts say but rules change according to your requirements. Financial investment advice should always be based on your needs.

High risks are involved in any financial investment. As such it is important to have a management plan for both your short term as well as your long term benefits. High risks mean more profit. But you have to judge your financial balance properly before making any commitments for the investment plan. This kind of planning in advance is of great benefit. Chalk out a plan before you leap into any investment in the market.

Financial investment is made in bonds, assets, mutual funds and shares that give long-term benefits to an investor. Advice on financial investment includes suggestions on how to manage finances in a disciplined way. A financial advisor has to look into the financial background of an investor before putting forward any suggestions to an advisor. Opinions on financial investment do not happen by chance. It needs a team of experienced individuals who have proper knowledge to give effective financial investment advice. This experience, and the experts’ understanding of the economic market helps them to offer sound financial investment advice.

Any new and upcoming business decision can turn out to be the next best thing in the market. Every big enterprise like Google, uSwitch or eBAy first started off as a small idea which grew to be enormously successful. Any new, potentially profitable ideas can come from big, medium-sized or even small entrepreneurs who are looking for someone to invest in their business. Financial investment advice is useful for an entrepreneur as well, since he or she can learn how to attract investment.

Most small business operators are unaware of the various ways in which they can raise funds. To attract investment in their businesses, they need to present their ideas to the investors. Financial advisors and other consultants help them to present an overview of their business and products or services in a manner that appeals to potential investors. The team of experts studies the plan and suggests amendments. The plan is then presented to prospective investors.   Financial investment advice can be useful to entrepreneurs in this way.

To achieve your dream you have to work towards it, and professional help from a financial advisor is very useful here. They will review a business plan to ensure that it is attractive to an informed investor. Market conditions change over time, and policies and products should be adjusted to these changing demands.  Unless the investor is likely to benefit, he or she is unlikely to invest in a business.

Useful resources:

Angel Investor News
Venture Giant – Business funding
Angel investors UK

I’ve been living… and it’s been more than 23 years – more than one third of an average human being’s life.

I sometimes find time in moments of calm to thank God for the beautiful life I’ve seen, for the dream-like family and friends I’ve been blessed with, for the way things have just fallen in place and how, enwrapped and over-ruled by this all pervasive world of man-made rules, mannerisms, pretentiousness and ‘perspectives of others of the same kind as me’, I’ve behaved and interpreted things in a “humanly perceived” proper way. I find it strange…

I have experienced life from childhood to youth, have experienced moments of happiness, pain, success, failure, respect, responsibility, love, hatred and myriad other emotions like the trillions of people who have taken birth and died. In the same moment of calm, I elaborate my thoughts and think how millions of them would’ve lived honest lives, some would’ve cheated others of their contemporary times, made more money or wealth (whatever wealth meant at that time). And how, in spite of those occupying lives and all activities that made their busy lives, there is no trace of those people. Probably trillions will keep taking birth and die the same way.

I don’t think about all this to give up living life the “normal social” human way, but these ‘once a decade’ thoughts inspire me… When sometimes I go and see my face in the mirror, I’m unable to believe that this is me. I keep staring at the image for a minute and then something inside me isolates itself from the face, hands and the body, I realise the concept of “aatma” (soul) being different from the “shareer” (body). I repeat my name Arjun and realise how others associate this word with the image that is in front of me and this question pops up… “Main kaun hoon?” (Who am I?). I move my hands and realise how I have been given access to these wonderful organs, how my body is automatically breathing in and out and how this time is so limited and within this time, I have to use this body to achieve something. WHAT IS THIS SOMETHING? WHY HAVE I BEEN GIVEN ACCESS TO THIS BODY? WHAT IS MY AIM OF MY TAKING BIRTH? Is this just me who’s mad at this time or is it everyone around me, so involved with petty day to day issues unable to see the truth? If this is the truth, which 99.99999% people can’t see, then maybe it is not meant to be seen. I feel an immense sense of responsibility to make the most of this body. This inspires me to believe that in the 2/3rds of the life left, I have this precious opportunity of finding out who I am and to live every moment to the fullest.

Progressing a bit further on the same philosophy of trying to make out my role as a human being, my mom’s words come in my mind. She, being born a Hindu and having undying faith in the teachings of Gita, says that we are here to do good to others and accumulate good deeds, after which we will exhaust our karma and become one with Krishna, the God. I feel a great sense of satisfaction in thinking that way, but the feeling of not existing in any form and becoming one with God is also scaring. What will I be if I won’t be anything? Plus, if it is true, why is the population of the world just increasing and increasing? Where are the new people coming from? To this, my mom has an answer – all these human beings that you see, you and me, were existing in different forms of life earlier and have now got the birth of a human and this is the testing time, as only humans are sane enough to realise what is wrong and what is right. Agreed, but why on earth have suddenly all creatures become lucky enough to be given human forms when it is so great? Well, I can tell you she has answers to all my questions, but after a point I feel kinda unsatiated with the answers, so try to explore other reasons myself.

My theory – What if I made a toy?

If I were an accomplished scientist (capable of creating whatever I wanted to) and I wished to make a toy for my entertainment, what would I create? Lets do this together.

I may have created a world, where independent objects would be able to interact with each other and have senses through which they would identify their surroundings, then I would give them enough intelligence to engage in certain activities themselves which would result in exciting interaction so that I would be able to just watch what they do amongst themselves which would be great entertainment for me. But if I gave them limited intelligence, they would do just the same thing again and again. So I would give them evolving intelligence, where they become more and more intelligent as they keep learning from their experiences. Oh, but if I were to give them evolving intelligence, they would, at a stage evolve to my level and overtake or equal my intelligence and become a threat to me. What then? No, I would limit that by giving them very less time, so that they wouldn’t evolve enough to equal my intelligence and perish before reaching any close to my intelligence. I would want interaction, making them 100% dependable on each other would result in that. A would need B to survive, and C would need A to live. But why would they want to live? Because the process of not living or dying would inflict an undesirable feeling called pain. Avoiding pain and having love for the ones of their own kind would force them to avoid death and inflicting the same pain on someone else would be their only solution to avoid it. It would be such an entertaining game.. wouldn’t it?

What if God was that scientist and all of us his toys? What if we were here just to entertain him? Well, then Hitler would have attained the most brownie points!! :D I know it sounds silly, but just for once, think of it that way. Or else tell me the reason for your existence.

I am a believer in God and try to imbibe in myself, aspects of every religion which my heart prefers to believe and which my brain is able to justify. So, you can’t call me an atheist trying to play around, I’m just writing what I feel, afterall blogs are meant to write what you feel, I’ve tried to discuss some things that I haven’t been able to justfy.

http://cafearjun.com/what-inspires-me-to-go-on/

Fishing Vessel Katmai

Fishing Vessel Katmai

Tragedy struck fishing vessel Katmai in October 2008

FV (for Fishing Vessel) Katmai Ship was a fishing boat that operated commercially. Last year, in October it sank a few miles west of the Adak Island in the Aleutians.  During its sinking, the Katmai was playing host to a film shooting and tragically 7 of the 11 crewmen onboard were killed.  It wasn’t the first to face disaster. 4 other fishing vessels like the Katmai have sunk in Alaskan waters in the last 10 years, one being Artic Rose, where all 15 crew members will killed.

What’s so special about Discovery’s Deadliest Catch Season 5?

Team Discovery Channel have been there during the search and rescue operation and they’ve got amazing, raw footage to show me. It’s season 5 of “Deadliest Catch” on Discovery and I ain’t missing it.

I am still not sure if they actually found the live sinking footage, but it is definitely worth watching and waiting for. Any other questions, lemmi know.

Have a look at the following blogs for more on Katmai sinking and Discovery’s Deadliest Catch.

Discovery uncovers exclusive footage on Katmai sinking

Katmai sinking – Watch it live!

Tech Mahindra, which is a joint venture between Indian firm Mahindra & Mahindra and British Telecom announced a bid that can salvage the scam-tainted company at $ 1.2 billion. This enables the sixth largest Indian outsourcer to wrestle market share from prominent local outsourcing competitors like Wipro, Infosys Technologies and Tata Consultancy services.

Tech Mahindra has overtaken Larsen & Toubro, which holds 12% stake in Satyam, in its bid by offering 58 rupee or $1.16 per share bid for 31 percent of the company.

“The selection of the highest bidder, in fair and transparent process, signals a new phase for the company in its progress towards growth and stabilization,” said Kiran Karnik, chairman of Satyam’s board and hoped that this will instill greater confidence among customers and investors.

Three months ago, Satyam’s chairman and founder shocked investors by admitting that he had overstated profits for many years and inflated the company’s operating margins. It was later found out that a team in finance department was responsible for churning out fake invoices and bank statements.

Tech Mahindra, which provides information technology services to the telecom industry, has less than half the workforce of Satyam. More than half of the company’s business comes from one client, British Telecom, which owns a minority stake. The deal would enable the company to venture in new industries from manufacturing to financial services.

About Satyam:

Satyam which means “truth” in Sanskrit, had around 53,000 employees and a market capitalization of over $7 billion. It was one of India’s biggest information technology companies and one of India’s fourth-largest software services exporter. Even considering the fact that Satyam is a very badly managed firm at a revenue run rate of $1.6 billion it should have garnered profits of around Rs 1,000 crores ($200 million).

First you could email and get your messages across to your mates. Then came online messengers – instruments to disturb your peace resulting in unnecessary, useless chatter. Yahoo invented the “invisible mode”. Never been visible since. Google Talk, however, maintained my peers’ right to know when I’m online. I somehow managed with that. All my searches, chats were being logged every second. And just because all that wasn’t enough, now Google has come up with Google Latitude.

Google Latitude - Privacy killer

Google Latitude - Privacy killer

Google Latitude – Track your friends on a geo-satellite map. For God’s sake! Why would I need that? Why would I ever want my girlfriend to know that I’m not actually in a meeting, but out there somewhere meeting mates? (or doing whatever!!) Why would you want the world to be able to find out exactly where you are and when!!?? I fail to understand. Court room – “Your honour – this man wasn’t  present on the scene of crime.” Judge: “Check his Google Latitude records.” Indeed he was – hang him!

I had thought of a concept in 2005 – People with geo-tracked mobile phones where you’d add friends and if a friend was within a 100 meters you’d start hearing a beep.. and the beep’s frequency would increase with respect to your closeness to your friend’s mobile phone. People literally stopped talking to me for having the gall to even think of an idea like that. And today, voila! Google has almost done it.

Next will be geo trackable tablets inserted into your body to track your movement for your lifetime. Very useful for the Police! Thank you science!!!! Whatever!

Indian Navy Press Release

NEW DELHI
19 Nov 08; Kartika 28, 1930

INS Tabar, which is currently in the Gulf of Aden for Anti-Piracy Surveillance and Patrol Operations, encountered a pirate vessel, 285 NM South West of Salalah (Oman) on the evening of 18 Nov 08, with two speed boats in tow. This vessel was similar in description to the ‘Mother Vessel’ mentioned in various Piracy bulletins.

INS Tabar closed the vessel and asked her to stop for investigation. On repeated calls, the vessel’s threatening response was that she would blow up the Naval Warship if it closed her. Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers. The vessel continued its threatening calls and subsequently fired upon INS Tabar.

On being fired upon, INS Tabar retaliated in self defence and opened fire on the mother vessel. As a result of the firing by INS Tabar, fire broke out on the vessel and explosions were heard, possibly due to exploding ammunition that was stored on the vessel. Almost simultaneously, two speed boats were observed breaking off to escape. The ship chased the first boat which was later found abandoned. The other boat made good its escape into darkness.

INS Tabar is on Anti-Piracy Mission in the Gulf of Aden since 02 Nov 08. The operation is being controlled by Western Naval Command since mid Oct 08. During this period, she has successfully escorted approximately 35 ships, including a number of foreign flagged vessels, safely during their transit through pirate infested waters of the Gulf of Aden and also prevented two hijacking attempts on 11 Nov 08.

The Indian Navy has been patrolling the piracy infested water in keeping with the Government guidelines to protect our sea borne trade, instill confidence in our sea faring community as well as function as a deterrent for pirates.

Indian Navy Press Release

Welcome everyone to the 25th and last day of Marriott World of Rewards quiz. Today’s question is:

Which New York City sculpture is not located in Central Park?

Answer:

Charging Bull

(suggested by Eric – thanks Eric)

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica at Bowling Green in New York City.

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica at Bowling Green in New York City.

The Charging Bull was sculpted by Arturo Di Modica, weighs 3200 Kgs (7000 pounds) and is made from Bronze. The Bull represents financial stability in America. There’s a very interesting story about how the $300,000 Charging Bull ended up near Wall Street. Read at Wikipedia.

I have to admit – I don’t really understand the question. There are tens of other sculptures located in different parts of New York. Can the answer be Statue of Liberty? Do they want to ask “not located on mainland” or something? or is it multiple choice?

Please help me with this one guys. First 24 questions made sense. This one doesn’t.

Eric’s suggestion – Charging Bull.

Some related links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sculptures_in_Central_Park

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outdoor_sculpture_in_New_York_City

The Marriott World of Rewards question no. 21, released today, is:

What St. Kitts attraction has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site?

And the answer is:

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

St Kitts & Nevis

Brimstone Hill Fortress is in the country officially known as the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis, which have a population close to 45,000. These twin Carribean islands are a popular tourist destination, especially for romantic holidays such as honeymoons. The climate of the islands ispleasantly tropical, ranging between 17 and 33 centigrade.

The islands are volcanic in origin and between them cover an area of some 101 square miles. The volcanic origin lends itself to some mountainous terrain. The highest mountain in St Kitts is Mount Liamiuga at 3,972 feet and the highest mountain on Nevis Island is Mount Nevis at 3,232 feet high.

Brimstone Fortress National Park

Brimstone is one of the best known attractions on St. Kitts. On 2 dECEMBER 1999 UNESCO announced that is was designating Brimstone Fortress National Park with the status of a World Heritage site. Work was originally begun on Brimstone in 1690 and the fortress was created by the British military over the 104 years that followed; builot mainly by African slave labour. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of architecture by the British military.

Further information about Brimstone Fortress National Park is available at:

http://www.brimstonehillfortress.org/

Who is Ram Bahadur Bomjon?

(or Ram Bahadur Bomjan or Banjan or “Buddha Boy” or Palden Dorje?)

Ram Bahadur Bomjon - Reincarnation of Gautam Buddha?
Ram Bahadur Bomjon – Reincarnation of Gautam Buddha?

In brief:

Ram Bahadur Bamjan – now an 18 year old boy, was born in Nepal (a Himalayan nation that borders northern India) and gained massive popularity after he acquired what people believe is the ability to disappear and appear anywhere.  In May 2005, he started meditating (worshiping) at his home village Ratanapuri, then disappeared and appeared on two occasions for 10 and 4 months respectively.

In March last year (2007) he was found by the police, meditating in a 7 feet deep underground bunker.

In August 2007, he addressed a large gathering and said some things about international peace and spiritualism. <I’m pretty impressed with his speech, which you can read at wikipedia here>

2 days ago – On the 10th of November 2008, Bamjan appeared again. Since then, people are visiting in their tens of thousands, just to get a look at the “reincarnation of Gautam Buddha”, as he’s widely believed to be.

Ram Bahadur Bamjan after reappearing in Nov 08
Ram Bahadur Bamjan after reappearing in Nov 08

People need proof!

However, Nagarjuna Instt. of Exact Methods in Nepal has said that Ram Bahadur Bomjon needs to be assessed before he can claim to be the reincarnation of Gautam Buddha.

“Meditating without food does not prove that he is reincarnation of Buddha. There is much study needed to be done.”

<How can you scientifically determine if one is a reincarnation of someone?!!!>

Why is Bomjan being called a reincarnation of Buddha?

There are various similarites between Gautam Buddha’s and Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s lives.

Gautam Buddha

gautam_buddha_in_meditation
Gautam Buddha meditating

Brief biography: Gautam Buddha was born a prince, somewhere around 500 B.C. When he was born, his father, the king ,was told  that should Gautam ever realise the true state of the world with its poverty and pain, he would renounce all worldly desires and become a sage. The king hid the outside world from Gautam Buddha, but one day Buddha saw everything that had been hidden from him. He left behind his wife and child, renounced the throne and spent many years meditating for months at a time. He practiced spirituality and with hard work and persistence converted himself from a normal human being to someone who could appear and disappear. He developed capabilities to read and control people’s minds, carried a weapon for self-defense. He was seen to perform miracles like standing in the air, making things appear in his hands etc.

His views were so powerful and motivating, that his teachings became widely respected and one of the oldest religions of the world, Buddhism,  was born.

Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s powers:

Ram Bahadur Bomjan, has things common to Gautam Buddha. Bomjan carries a sword for self-defense, can meditate for months without food or water, has appeared and disappeared on a few occasions and has views very similar to those of Buddha.

Only time will tell what Ram Bahadur Bomjon does for human kind, but as I write this, people are lining up to get a glimpse of who they believe is the reincarnation of Gautam Buddha. The Buddha Boy!

Was watching news and came across this piece. Thought I better blog about it. The metal copper, as opposed to brass, steel or any other metal, has the property of removing 85% of all bugs, diseases and ailment causing bacteria.

Searching for door handles gets a million results and we’ve gotta get this message across!! START MAKING COPPER door handles, knobs and furniture. :)

Just for your information. This was airing on Sky news all day today.


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