Category: LIFESTYLE

OKEY BAKASSI HITS LONDON STAGE IN FIRST HEADLINE COMEDY SHOW

Comedian and Actor Okey Bakassi hits London for his first headline show.

He is bringing the whole lot and doing something he has never done on stage here in London before. So expect the Unexpected on the night.

Bakassi  is quite good at his craft.

He wants the world to see him on a different scale and he is ready to raise the bar in both comedy and acting. On the night Okey Bakassi has promised to trill his UK fans with his new skits, stage play and 2 hours of Okey Bakassi like never seen before.

 

Okey Bakassi will be supported on the night by his colleagues such as Basketmouth,
Accapela Comedian and Kennyblaq who will be performing along side him.

A surprise musical artist will be announced before the day

For more info call: +447813455579+447794288054+447985689755 

 

Event Details
Date:  August 27th
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Lighthouse, Camberwell.
Tickets:£20 – £60
Website: http://www.nollypeek.com
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THE GREAT SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT CASH-BACK SCAM

This story was sent to me via a social media thread and hope everyone reads this and pays great attention to their receipt next time they go shopping.

These are a series of accounts if experiences by different people who if not for their diligence, would have lost money to unscrupulous check-out cashiers

I bought a bunch of stuff, over £150, & I glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back amount of £40. I told her I didn’t request a cash back & asked her to delete it. She said I’d have to take the £40 because she couldn’t delete it. I asked her to call a supervisor.

 

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Supervisor came & said I’d have to take it.. I said NO! Taking the £40 would be a cash advance against my Credit card & I wasn’t paying interest on a cash advance!!!!! If they couldn’t delete it then they would have to delete the entire order.

So the supervisor had the cashier delete the order & re-scan everything! The second time I looked at the electronic pad before I signed & a cash-back of £20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier & this time, she deleted it..

The total came out right. The cashier agreed that the Electronic Pad must be defective.
Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered me the £40 at the beginning. Can you imagine how many people went through before me & at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?

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Just to alert everyone. My co worker went to Sainsbury’s Milford, last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn’t give her a receipt. She asked the cashier for a receipt and the cashier annoyingly gave it to her. My co worker didn’t look at her receipt until later that night. The receipt showed that she asked for £20 cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK!
My co-worker called Sainsbury’s who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for a bank who told her about  the new scam going on. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her accomplice who is the next person in the queue.

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Please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards!

This is NOT limited to Sainsbury’s; they are one of the largest retailers so they would have the most incidents.

Another victim of the scam says “My husband and I were in Sainsbury’s and paying with credit card. When he went to sign he just happened to notice there was a £20 cash back added. He told the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash back and she said this machine has been messing up and she cancelled it. We really didn’t think anything of it until we read this email”
I wonder how many “seniors” have been, or will be, “stung” by this one???

Please be vigilant and always check your till receipt before leaving the till especially when doing big shopping.

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE YOU START JOB SEARCHING

Maybe the headspace your summer vacation has created has caused you to re-evaluate your job. Or maybe you realize it’s time for a change because you’ve had a less-than-inspiring mid-year performance review. Whatever the reason, despite all the well-meaning career advice out there, it can be hard to know exactly where to start if it’s been a while since you have searched for a job.

So here’s a brief checklist for job-seekers who’ve been out of the game for a while:

  • Update your resume and cover letter. Make sure your resume has the necessary keywords that hiring managers (and importantly, applicant tracking software) are looking for in your field. Resumes can get outdated very easily, so if you haven’t looked for a job in a while, be sure to make sure all the dates and job titles are correct but more importantly, don’t just add to it! Make sure to remove outdated resume items as you grow more senior and advanced in your career. As you apply to very different kinds of jobs, you might want to tailor your resume to each position — it could make or break your chances of getting an interview. Finally, don’t neglect to put some time and effort into writing a compelling note to a recruiter or hiring manager. No matter how great your resume is, it won’t matter if it never gets opened because you flop on your introductory email.
  • Make sure your LinkedIn profile looks as good as your resume and you have plenty of endorsements from colleagues. More generally, do a review of your online reputation and your social media accounts and clean up whatever you think does not reflect well on you as a job seeker (yes, that means you may have to delete certain summer party photos on your Instagram account). Don’t forget that it’s not all about managing downside. You can also make your social media profiles more attractive to a prospective hiring manager.
  • Start searching for jobs and do your research on potential companies, their policies, culture and benefits (including paid parental leave if you think you may need it in the future), and jobs that offer work-life balance (if that’s important to you).

 

  • Get in touch with headhunters and recruiters. Network, even if you hate to network. Or, you can attend conferences instead of networking events.

 

  • While waiting for those hiring managers to call you back, see if any of these overlooked career resources can help your search. Also, you don’t have to actually wait until you have an interview in order to do some interview prep. Make sure you’re prepared to answer the most common interview questions, especially  tough, open-ended ones like “Tell me about yourself” and  “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

 

  • During your interview process, be aware that if your first round is a call that there are certain things that are especially important for over-the-phone interviews. Don’t forget to prepare questions to ask of your interviewer  — not doing so could make you look unengaged or uninterested in the role.

 

  • Finally, as tedious as it may seem, you must send a thank you note after every interview and make sure you follow-up the right way. Arguably this can be just as important as the impression you made during the interview process itself, particularly if the hiring manager is having a difficult time deciding between candidates.

 

  • Be prepared to ask colleagues and former managers (if applicable) for references in advance so that you don’t slow down the job offer process hunting down people who are willing to speak on your behalf.

 

  • Figure out your salary request and prepare to negotiate. This is the time to make sure you get paid what you’re worth! If you’re not sure what a fair salary is, do your research on salaries by company and position.

While not every point above may apply to you, depending on your seniority level, industry and the kind of job you’re looking for, you’ll certainly be spared that “D’oh!” moment of regret if you use this list!

By Georgene Huang – CEO of Fairygodboss, a marketplace where professional women looking for jobs, career advice and the inside scoop on companies meet employers who care about gender equality.

SWITCH YOUR ENERGY PROVIDER AND SAVE £££S

According to the regulator, Ofgem, it is possible to save about £300 a year if you switch your gas and electricity provider.

The best savings involve taking out a “dual fuel” deal, where one provider supplies both forms of energy.

Many people have been put off switching, but Ofgem maintains the process is very simple.

Not everybody is able to switch their supplier. If you are in debt to a supplier, you might not be able to. The same is true if you rent your property.

If you have a pre-payment meter and you owe more than £500 for gas or electricity, you might not be able to switch.

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There are two main types of energy deal, a fixed-term contract, typically lasting a year or 18 months, and a standard variable tariff.

If you are one of the two-thirds of householders on a standard variable tariff, the potential for savings is larger.

However, over the past few years the gap between standard variable tariffs and fixed rates has narrowed, as can be seen from the graph below.

What information do I need to switch?

You will need:

  • your postcode
  • the name of your existing supplier
  • the name of your existing energy deal
  • an idea of how much gas or electricity you use, which should be shown on your bill

How long will the switch take?

The change should take no longer than 17 days. That includes a 14 day cooling-off period. Your supply will not be interrupted during that time.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal and decide to switch before it ends, you may be charged an exit fee. But if you are within 49 days of the end of the deal, you should not be charged.


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Comparison sites?

You can contact your supplier directly, and ask if they can give you a better deal. But there will be a wider choice of deals through price comparison websites.

Ofgem provides this list of approved sites: Quotezone; The Energy Shop; Runpath; Simply Switch; My Utility Genius; Switch Gas and Electric; Energylinx; Unravel It; Money Supermarket; Energy Helpline.

These sites do not have to advertise the cheapest deals. They advertise those that you can switch to straight away, and with whom the websites have made an agreement.

Better deals may be available if you are prepared to wait. However, the regulator Ofgem, is considering forcing such websites to include a clickable option to see all tariffs available, not just preferred suppliers.


Further help

Citizens Advice: Help for switching supplier

Ofgem: How to switch supplier

Which? Compare and switch supplier

THE IPOD IS FINALLY DEAD AS APPLE PULLS NANO AND SHUFFLE FROM VIRTUAL STORES

The iPod died slowly, then all at once. After nearly 16 years on the market, more than 400 million units sold, and one Cupertino company launched into the stratosphere on its back, Apple quietly pulled the iPod Nano and Shuffle out of its virtual stores today. The iPod Touch still lives on: In fact, Apple now offers the Touch with 32 gigs of storage starting at $199. But that’s not a real iPod; it’s an iPhone-lite. Today officially marks the end of Apple’s era of standalone music players.

OK, so you’re probably looking at your smartphone and wondering why you should care that a music player, which offers one very old and outdated version of one feature on your phone, no longer exists. That’s fair! It’s been years since the iPod sold in massive numbers—Apple even stopped reporting its sales separately in earnings releases, relegating iPods to the “Other Products” category with dongles and headphones and those crazy cases for your Apple Pencil. Back in 2014, right around the iPod Classic’s discontinuation, Tim Cook said that “all of us have known for some time that iPod is a declining business.” There’s just no room left in the market for an iPod.

In a way, though, the death of the iPod feels like a critical moment for an entire generation. When I think of high school, I think of my hideous gold iPod Mini, stolen from my car in the school parking lot with a hard drive full of Zeppelin and Creedence and all the other music I thought I was cool enough to like. I think about handing my iPod to friends, and the deep fear of what they’d find. (I swear that Hoku album is my sister’s, I have no idea how it ended up there.) The way some people think about flipping through the LPs in a record store, or obsessively organizing their CDs into a hefty black Case Logic binder, some people remember their iPod: plugging it into the computer, waiting forever for iTunes to open and sync, managing metadata and curating playlists. Most of all, the feeling of a clickwheel whirring underneath your thumb as you searched for the perfect track.

 

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Blending the thrill of piracy with Apple’s gadget and an ample hard drive, and music was suddenly set free. Those iconic white headphones were instantly ubiquitous, music lovers able to soundtrack the world however they wanted. “It gives them control of the journey, the timing of the journey and the space they are moving through,” Dr. Michael Bull, a professor at the University of Sussex, told WIRED in 2004. “It’s a generalization, but the main use (of the iPod) is control.” Sure, there were other portable music gadgets, but MiniDisc and Walkman were bigger, clunkier, and more complicated. You had to plan what you wanted to listen to ahead of time. With an iPod, you had all your music, all the time.

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You could argue that the iPod killed the album, making playlists and Shuffle Mode the primary methods of listening. It definitely helped kill paid-for music, because who can afford to buy all 5,000 songs to fill their iPod? Eventually, the industry caught up, trading downloads for subscriptions and albums for Discover Weekly playlists. Music became so readily available that companies had to invent new ways to find it—Alexa works much faster than a clickwheel. That’s the beautiful irony here: The music industry Apple helped create, dominated by streaming and algorithms and discovery, no longer has a place for the iPod.

If you have some nostalgia, Apple will be selling the last remaining iPods in Apple Stores, at least for a while. You can also buy a gadget like Mighty to use with Spotify, or an Apple Watch or HomePod, which Apple surely sees as the iPod’s spiritual successors. More likely, you’ll just stick with your phone, which represents the present and future of how you listen to music.

But as it goes away, take a minute and remember what the iPod brought to the world. It set music free.

 

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EXERCISE CAN RELIEVE OR EVEN PREVENT BACK PAIN

BACK pain affects 2.5 million people every day in the UK, is the reason for ten million sick days and stands as a leading cause of disability around the world. But what if exercise could help?

It’s part of a healthy lifestyle, but back pain puts many off being active.

According to the latest research from the British Chiropractic Association, 41 per cent of people have been prevented from exercising due to back or neck pain.

They found a quarter had been put off for up to a month, while nine per cent were discouraged from working out for up to half a year.

However, as with your mental and cardiovascular health – as well as numerous other benefits – exercise has the power to relieve, rather than exacerbate, back discomfort.

Pain in the lower back is particularly common – but it can be down to another part of our body entirely.

“It can be totally debilitating and the reasons for the pain are many,” said Lawrence Hannah, personal trainer and founder of Metabolic London (www.metaboliclondon.com).

“Often it may be down to common and unavoidable degenerative issues.

“However, before we are ready to write off our crumbling bodies we should be aware of one thing – our glutes.

 

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“It’s the biggest muscle group in our body and part of the core, but it’s remarkably often neglected and left dormant.

“However, when they are not firing properly, we are placing a greater demand on our lower back and therefore could well be contributing to lower back pain.

“The back is incredibly complex and the pain might not necessarily be down to inactive glutes, but it could well be.”

The glutes – properly known as the gluteus maximus – sit in our bottom, and should be the primary muscles used to carry the body forward and lower it down – more often than not we use the lower back to do this instead.

 

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Hannah recommends strengthening and activating the glutes by doing squats – taking care not to curve or bend back – lunges, and foam rolling over the area to release tension.

He suggests avoiding high-impact exercises that could create a jolt to the system, and doing strengthening exercises that will support the back.

If you haven’t yet experienced back pain, you can use fitness to prevent it.

Michael Betts, personal trainer and director at TRAINFITNESS (https://train.fitness/), said: “Do a combination of strength training exercises – such as bodyweight squats and lunges, then adding in barbells, and moving onto deadlifts – and stretching.

“The strength training is to ensure all the muscles are strong enough to maintain hip position and spinal stability throughout most movements.

“As we get older our muscles will get tighter over time. If we exercise, they will tighten even faster.

“Therefore stretching the muscles around the hip will ensure you have the mobility needed to prevent lower back pain.”

By Lauren Clark

NETWORKING MADE EASY: HOW TO NETWORK WHEN YOU HATE TALKING TO STRANGERS

By Amanda Chatel

When I quit my office manager job to become a full-time freelance writer, I knew I had to network. There was no way I was going to be able to blindly pitch to random magazines and women’s websites without contacts to send the pitches. But the thought of networking, the thought of having to talk to people, something I fundamentally hate to do, had me sick to my stomach. I’d force myself to go to media events where I’d stand there, drink in hand, like a wallflower. But the problem with networking is that you have to, at some point, open your mouth, and put yourself out there.

“If you’re new to networking, I’d recommend just going to as many events as you can,” Jennifer Yeko, rounder and recruiter at Ninjarecruiting, tells Bustle. “People are generally very friendly at events so just walk in with a smile on your face and look approachable.” In other words, don’t be the wallflower I was, with a perma-scowl.

Networking really does help in regards to not just getting your foot in the door, but making your way up the ladder. Since that’s the case, if you hate talking to people, but still need to network, here’s how you should approach it.

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According to Yeko, a good first step is to join meetup groups. “A good way to practice networking is to join various meetup groups,” says Yeko. “People are generally very friendly and it’s a good way to meet people.”

With meetup groups, you know that people are there to meet and connect. No matter what your profession is, there are meetup groups for everything.

If going up to groups of people is on par with getting a root canal, then you should be the one who’s approachable. What this means is smiling, being friendly, and putting down your damn phone. No one is going to come talk to the person in the room who’s staring at their phone the whole time. It’s just not going to happen.

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Yeko suggest always bringing business cards to network events. Business cards make for great conversation starters and, if you find yourself stumbling to share your contact information, you have it all right there on a card.

“The best networking tip I have is to arrive a bit early or right when an event starts,” says Yeko. “After an hour or so, groups can often form and become a bit cliquey, so arriving early or on time is one way to ensure you start making conversation and connections before groups form.”

This is most especially the case if you hate to talk to people. If you’re there early, people will come up to you to talk, because you just might even be the first one there. It definitely takes the pressure off, allowing you to relax at bit.

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“I scan a room and look around to see which people and groups looks friendly and inviting,” explains Yeko. “It’s generally also much easier to network in a group of three or more as if you see two people talking they might be in a serious conversation already or flirting with each other, and you don’t want to interrupt that. Larger groups are much easier to infiltrate, for lack of a better word.”

Even for those who don’t mind talking to new people, networking isn’t always easy. But for those who hate having to keep a banter, small talk, and the rest of it that comes with networking, sticking to these few easy tips will make it all so much more bearable — and effective.

Amanda is a writer who divides her time between NYC and Paris. She’s a regular contributor to Mic, YourTango, Livingly, and TheBolde. Other bylines include: Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Forbes, YouBeauty, Huffington Post, The Frisky, and BlackBook.
Her greatest dream is to win a cheesecake eating contest while holding a baby panda.

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