Category: LIFESTYLE

NOW YOU CAN ENJOY TRAVEL BY PRIVATE JET FOR JUST £58

Consumers long used to the Netflix and Spotify’s ‘all you can eat’ subscription model can now enjoy unlimited private-jet travel, with Surf Air offering its customers as many flights as they like for £1,750 a month.

Just shy of £58 a day, the fee provides membership to Surf Air’s European flight network, which has officially launched today and which offers flights from London Luton to a handful of destinations including Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan. Many more are expected to launch over the coming months.

 

Having paid their subscription fee, clients who book flights online – a process that takes just 30 seconds, says Surf Air – can travel as often as they wish to any of the destinations within their network. It will be possible to check in up to 15 minutes before take-off and they will fly on Embraer Phenom 300 executive jets and Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft; there will be a maximum of eight clients per flight. Interiors will be equipped with USB plugs and work counters should passengers need to prepare for a meeting, but the planes themselves will likely serve as spontaneous networking stations too.

Surf Air was founded in the US in 2013 and already services 17 American destinations from its California and Texas hubs. The company’s European CEO Simon Talling-Smith says: “Surf Air offers a smarter, better alternative to commercial travel. Our streamlined service means no queues, no tickets and no stress. We focus our efforts on making each flying experience as simple and effortless as possible.”

A JetSmarter jet
A JetSmarter jet

Surf Air’s arrival in Europe follows the launch in this region of JetSmarter. An app-based platform described as ‘the Uber of private jets’, it is backed by investors such as Jay Z and the Saudi royal family and offers instant pricing and availability for flights worldwide, allowing its users to charter private jets immediately. As with Surf Air, membership options allow unlimited flights on its private-jet shuttle service for a set fee.

Established European JetSmarter shuttle routes include London to Paris, Nice and Geneva, while customers departing from London will also be able to fly to Ibiza, Moscow and Milan from this summer onwards. JetSmarter expects to operate flights between 150 European cities within the next two years. Membership costs $15,000 per year and unlimited flights, globally, of under three hours’ duration are included in that tariff. Longer flights are subject to individual surcharges ranging from between $200 to $3,000 dependent on flight length and demand.

Frequent fliers who don’t wish to commit to that might instead like to enter the Telegraph Travel Awards, which this year is offering as one of its prizes a year of JetSmarter private-jet flights worth £33,000. Unexpectedly, easyJet has also partnered with private-jet logistics company Signature Flight Support to offer its passengers access to London Luton’s private-jet terminal. For a fee of £475 (and an additional £120 for each subsequent passenger on the same booking), easyJet passengers departing from or landing at Luton will be able to use the private terminal as part of their flight experience.

GUARDIAN

Advertisements

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION: THE SIGNS, CAUSES AND TREATMENT

 

Depression is a common, highly preventable illness that affects millions of people across the world, yet according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, only 28 per cent of sufferers seek help.

What is depression?

There is a common misconception that depression is merely feeling “down” or “sad”, when the reality of the illness is far more severe and wide-ranging. Depression is a persistently low mood often associated with extreme despondency and apathy and can last for weeks, months or even years.

The causes vary dramatically. Often, life-changing events can be a trigger – and not necessarily negative moments. Anything from “bereavement, losing your job or even having a baby, can bring it on”, says the NHS.

Furthermore, people with a family history of depression or anxiety, a similar but distinct condition, are far more likely to suffer it at some point in their lives.

However, the truth of the matter is that depression can strike for no reason at all, so it is always worth being vigilant about your mental wellbeing and that of those near to you.

DEPRES

How do I know if I’ve got it?

Due to its often slow onset, depression can sometimes be hard to spot and can creep up on people almost without them noticing. Doctors advise people to seek help if they feel they’re going through a sustained period of tiredness, low energy or mental fatigue and are unable to enjoy things they previously found pleasurable or interesting.

Other symptoms include a loss of appetite and sex drive, sleeping problems, difficulty concentrating, feelings of guilt and hopelessness and a loss of self-confidence. If these symptoms begin to interfere with your daily life, it is possible you are suffering from depression and should speak to your GP.

Another key factor that may help you spot depression not only in yourself but in others is depression’s ability to seemingly dictate conscious choices. For example, it can cause sufferers to avoid certain social situations or friends, leading them to retreat from those who may be able to help. Furthermore, depression can cause serious anxiety and seemingly easy decisions can cause great anguish.

DEPRESS

If left untreated, depression can sometimes trigger thoughts of suicide and death. If you find yourself frequently thinking about this, the NHS recommends speaking to your doctor or an A&E department urgently.

Is it common?

Yes. For an illness for which so few seek treatment, a staggering one in ten people in the UK suffer from it at some point in their life. It also can hit anyone of any age, race or gender.

Recognising this is an important stepping stone to not feeling so isolated in your feelings, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists, adding that one of the best ways to start recovering is to “remind yourself that many other people have had depression”.

How can I get treatment?

Thankfully, there are a whole host of solutions to the problems faced by those with depression.

For mild sufferers, doctors suggest “watchful waiting” to see whether the illness goes away on its own, along with healthy eating and an increase in physical activity.

If this does not help, or for sufferers of moderate to severe depression, a combination of therapy and medication can be prescribed. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which aims at changing negative patterns of thinking, is often used in conjunction with antidepressants.

DEPRESSED

Antidepressants do not always work for everyone and often have consequential side-effects. If you experience any of these, it’s important to speak to your doctor to have your prescription changed.

How can I help a family member or friend?

A friend, family member or even a co-worker may be suffering from depression, yet have not sought help for it.

Although it is understandably tricky to inform someone you believe they may need medical help, there are some signs you may be able to see that they may not.

For instance, if someone has slower speech and movements, or is more fidgety and restless than usual, they may have depression. “Empty fridges and cupboards (which suggest a poor diet)”, “neglected appearance” and “poor hygiene” may also be warning signs, says the NHS.

Talking about depression to someone you suspect may be suffering may seem a daunting task, but with patience and understanding they may seek the help they require.

“Without judging them, gently encourage them to help themselves – for example, by staying physically active, eating a balanced diet and doing things they enjoy,” advises the Depression Alliance.

“Get information about the services available to them, such as psychological therapy services or depression support groups in their area, and stay in touch with them by messaging, texting, phoning or meeting for coffee. People who are depressed can become isolated and may find it difficult to leave their home.”

If the person you’re worried about expresses suicidal feelings, you or they should contact a GP or NHS 111. You can also call the Samaritans free on 116 123 for confidential, 24-hour support.

THE WEEK


Promotional

tsg

EXTREME HEAT SURVIVAL TIPS

I share everyone’s struggle in dealing with this unhabitual hot spell we are experiencing and many of us who have emigrated from Africa after many decades must have become dis-accustomed to such intense heat. I know I have.
But permit me to share also my heat survival tips with you:

*Keep up a frequent intake of cold/chilled drinks. water preferably. Fizzy drinks will make you even thirstier

coldwater

*Stay away from hot or spicy foods. They will heat you up from the inside and make you feel hotter on the outside

no spicy food

*If you are one of those hopelessly stuck on thermals and jackets, please ditch them and opt for loose fitting light coloured wears as dark colours attract heat.

loose fit dresslinen-off-white-suits-for-men-2013

 

*Wear light and breezy fabrics such as cotton, linen and thin polyester or nylon that will flow rather than cling and allow for free movement of air around your body..

 

summer wear

*Have frequent cold showers if indoors and make each shower last at least 5 minutes to cool down your inner core temperature.

cold-showers

*Do not towel dry yourself but allow the water to dry off you naturally. Sleep in your damp towel and place a damp flannel on your pillow. If the heat becomes unbearable at night you might need to get up and have another shower to cool down. Or simply have a cold drink

showe

*Keep a jug of cold water by your bed stand and keep your windows open.

open-window

*Keep an eye on children and pets as they can become easily dehydrated

 

pet & kids

 

 

***Stay cool and be safe***

ALAKIJA’S SON LAVISHED N2BN ON WEDDING TO IRANIAN BEAUTY

His mother is the world’s richest black woman so it’s little surprise that Folarin Alakija’s wedding was a lavish, no-expense spared, fairytale affair.

Folarin, who is one of 66-year-old oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija’s four sons, married Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in an extravagant bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire over the weekend, which is estimated to have cost around £5m (N2 billion).

The father-of-one, who is in his late 30s and lost his first wife to cancer, tied the knot to his stunning wife in front of friends, family and celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.

While Folarin makes his money as an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, it’s his mother who has an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion. Forbes rank her as the 14th richest person in Africa but the richest woman in the country. She is number 80 on its global Power Women list and overtook Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014.

It is thought the family flew hundreds of close friends and family members over from Nigeria, who were no doubt put up in the lavish hotel for the weekend.

The Woodstock venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was kitted out with one million white roses, a lavish cake decorated with hundreds of ornate white roses and even hosted pop star Robin Thicke at an estimated cost of £150,000.

 

Naza-Folarin-Alakija-Wedding-2017-4Folarin-Naza-Alakija-Wedding-1-1-640x640Folarin-Naza-Alakija-Wedding-4Naza-Folarin-Alakija-Wedding-2017-5

alakijaswalakijasFolarin-Alakija-Naza-Khosro-wedding-outdoor-entrance

Wedding planners believe the venue hire was exclusively hired at a cost of £150,000 with the bespoke marquee and bespoke marble floor with their initials etched in gold costing around £200,000 on top.

According to the venue’s website, the cost of hiring the whole venue is on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000.

Searcys are the approved caterer for the Orangery at Blenheim palace and three course meals start at £52 per head – excluding alcohol – but it’s believed they had a much more expensive bespoke package with catering company, rhubarb.

The breathtaking flowers were the work of Jeff Leatham, who is known for his elaborate decorating of the Kardashian’s homes.

Bringing over 30 staff members to the UK for the ceremony, Jeff adorned every inch of the venue with copious amounts of roses and white orchids.

The couple and friend
Photo: Mail Online

Jeff, who can command up to £250,000 for flowers, has worked for Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner. He was also the man behind the flowers at Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.

Guests were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000 to hire and would have been flown over from the US, as well as a magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening.

Folarin’s new wife, who once dated Rob Kardashian, studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.

The stunning brunette is the daughter of businessman Mr. Khosro and Mrs Nooshin Ghaissarifar, who are from Iran. It is believed that Naz, as she is known among her circle, was born in Iran and lived in London in her youth before moving to Manchester to study.

She has also spent time in Los Angeles, where much of her modelling work was based, and regularly mingled with celebrities, including the Kardashians.

Folarin, who studied Geography at Imperial College, London, was previously married to a lady named Chena, with whom he had a daughter. She tragically lost her life to cancer six years ago. It is believed that Folarin met Naz through friends in London.

The new Mrs Alakija has previously featured in a campaign for Monkee Jeans, an organic denim brand, and dated Rob Kardashian in 2013.

She stunned in a traditional strapless white gown with lace embellishment as she was walked down the aisle by her father. She accessorised her look with a dazzling diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks.

She later changed into a racier, floor length white gown with sheer panelling. Beaming before her friends and family, she let her hair down as she danced the night away with her new husband and glamorous wedding guests.

The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.

The cake, which was adorned with hundreds of roses and ornate doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Elizabeth’s clients include British, European and Middle Eastern Royalty, celebrities and high net worth individuals.

With eight tiers on their cake, topped with elaborate iced flowers and doves, it is estimated that their cake could have cost up to £10,000.

Elizabeth is also the only three times winner of The Great Cake Bake, a show which featured the best wedding cake makers in the country.

The event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle. Sade’s impeccable taste and selective eye for the exquisite make her a trusted resource for an elite clientele and luxury partners alike so it was little surprise she was called upon.

Other famous faces at the event included Starboy Records artist Mr Eazi and Nigerian fashion blogger Temi Otedola, who were recently revealed to be dating.

Hamish Shepard of Bridebook.co.uk, said: ‘The preparations and construction of their custom clear marquee, including a bespoke marble floor with their gold initials, would have required up to a week of exclusive hire of the Palace, with the cost of the marquee on top.”
‘Venue hire would likely be up to £150,000 with the bespoke marquee with marble floor and production around £200,000 on top.

‘The spectacular endless flowers by Jeff Leatham are likely to have cost at least £200,000. With food and drink, Robin Thicke (at £150,000) and all the other items for the big day, including the dress, on top, the wedding will have no doubt cost more than £1 million and potentially several million more.’

NIGERIANS ARE IN A MARRIAGE UNION. WE MUST STAY TOGETHER – OSINBAJO

Acting Nigerian President Yemi Osinbajo has likened the country to being in a marriage, saying like most married couples, Nigeria has had its ups and downs, but what is of the utmost importance is the dedication of everyone in the relationship to the success of the union.

Osinbajo spoke in Ibadan last Saturday at the wedding reception for the daughter of former interim national chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande.

The vice president admopnished the new couple, Wuraola and her husband, Dr Olawale Solabi, and urged them to uphold the tenets of the marriage institution, and said divorce was not an acceptable option.

Osinbajo’s advice came against a background of rising ethnic tensions following an order on Tuesday by a previously unknown coalition of youth groups in the North, telling Igbo resident in the region to leave before October 1 or get ready to be forced to quit. Reiterating their position, in the same Kaduna venue of their earlier meeting, the groups alleged that the Igbo had already carved out a country for themselves and should, thus, be allowed to go.

Osinbajo-at-Bisi-Akandes-Daughters-Wedding7-531x330
Addressing the newly married couple, the acting president said, “Today is a special one for Wale and Wura. Marriage is a very large institution that requires a lot of prayers.

“It is the same marriage that nations go through. Our nation has been in marriage for a while now. Sometimes there are quarrels within that marriage. Sometimes there is disagreement. What is important is that you must remain together. You must remain united.”

“We must rise up to make a statement on what is happening. We will be failing if we do not do something that will reassure the people on the need for one Nigeria. We are greater being together than going our separate ways.”

THIS DAY LIVE

Edited by Baronessj.com

MEET RICHARD OBAHOR – THE DIASPORAN BUILDING HOMES FOR DIASPORANS

Richard Obahor, the International Multiple Award Winning Property Guru’s vision is to build 2022 homes right across Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Kenya by the year 2022, to house Africans living in the Diaspora.

Richard Obahor is the CEO of Purple Premium Ltd, a U.K./Nigeria based Real Estate Company considers himself to have a dyed-in-the-wool attitude to accomplishment, doggedness and resilience.

Richard’s career first started in the Real Estate industry in 2003 with Alandale Construction UK, where he worked as a Senior Manager on multi-million pound projects like the Bankside 123 in the City of London, Tower Place, and Westfield Shopping Centre in West London.

He set up his first Real Estate Company in the U.K. in 2008, offering property acquisition, property development, and property management services to his ultra-high net worth clients. Soon after, he integrated into the Nigerian property market, catering for the demands of Nigerians based in the Diaspora whose intention is to own a home in Nigeria, but rather than transact with individuals would prefer to do business with a reputable company.

The company now develops quality luxury homes such as can be found in the new Woodbury Estate, a collection of luxurious appartement units in the high brow Lekki in Lagos. His philosophy is that if you would dream anyway, you might as well dream big and his vision is to build 2022 homes right across Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Kenya by the year 2022, to house Africans living in the Diaspora.

Richard is a very firm believer in community development and under his corporate social responsibilities supports numerous community programmes right across Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Obahor

The serial entrepreneur, who is also a notable public speaker, a writer and a business mentor, has garnered several skills and experience from reputable professional institutions. He has been celebrated with a number of very prestigious, industry leading awards including the BEFFTA 2016 Leadership award, the 2016 Gathering of Africa’s (GAB) awards for Excellence.

Richard believes that to win you have to be in the game, and because he is in the game for the long haul he is looking forward to a number of huge wins. He is married to Joan and has three wonderful children.

 

Words by DAYO OLOMU

Picture credit DiasporaPR


 

 

CAN’T AFFORD HIGH MEMBERSHIP FEES? TURN YOUR HOME INTO A GYM

All you really need to get in shape is something to lift, something to raise your heart rate, something to challenge your balance, and, possibly, something to help you stretch. If you think the only way to fulfill all those “somethings” is to enroll in a gym, I’m happy to say that you’re mistaken. Last I checked, gyms don’t have a monopoly on heavy things, and you don’t need a treadmill to break a sweat. Without much effort (or much money), you can hack your way to better health by turning your home into a gym — no fancy equipment required. In fact, as an exercise physiologist with a master’s degree in exercise science, I often turn to the following eight hacks to help me get moving when working out from home.

​Stock up on paper plates

PAPER PLATES
One heavy thing the gym doesn’t have a monopoly on? Your body. Yeah, I just called you heavy. Even if you’re a feather of a thing, you still likely weigh at least 100 pounds. That’s a lot of weight. (And if you take offense to that, you need to get a grip!)

While basic bodyweight exercises are an awesome way to shape up, you can challenge yourself even more by incorporating paper plates into your routine as sliders. Simply place one foot on a plate while doing lunges or side lunges and slide your foot across the floor as you move through the exercise, rather than taking a step. This sliding action engages more muscle groups, particularly the small, stabilizing muscles, as you work harder to control the speed of the movement. Likewise, you can place your hands on paper plates while doing push-up variations or you can place both feet on separate plates to perform a sliding mountain climber or sliding hamstring curls.

 

​Get pumped with H2O

Bicep-Curls-using-Water-Bottles

Water is also kinda great when it comes to weight. A single gallon weighs just over eight pounds, which means two gallons weigh almost 17 pounds and three gallons weigh 25. So forget about the dumbbells and buy two empty, three-gallon water jugs with handles. Use an empty, one-gallon jug to fill the three gallon jugs. Add water to each jug one gallon at a time, and use a permanent marker to mark the gallon lines for future reference. Then, when you want to do a strength training routine, fill the three-gallon jugs to your desired level — one, two or three gallons — and get to work. You can use your new “weights” for everything from shoulder press and bicep curls to lunges and deadlifts.

Added bonus? Water sloshes. This sounds like a “no biggie” property, but because water is constantly moving around in the jugs, it actually requires greater muscle engagement to control the movement as you perform each exercise.

 

​Step it up in the kitchen

seated-dips
Benches, counters, and chairs are awesome home-gym assets, so the next time you’re stuck cooking and cleaning all day, incorporate a few sets of strength training moves into the mix.

Start by using your kitchen chairs for lower body moves like step ups, Bulgarian split squats, and if you’re feeling brave, box jumps. These same exercises can be performed using a backless bench, but you can expand your repertoire to include upper body and core moves including v-sits, chair dips, or seated shoulder press. Just grab a one- or three-gallon water bottle to act as your weights. Finally, you can use your kitchen counters for modified upper body exercises, such as push-ups.

 

​Find your balance in the bedroom

BEDCERCISE

Your mom may have told you not to jump on the bed, but the reason you were jumping on it in the first place was because it was springy and more difficult to balance on, right? That’s what made the whole thing fun. So instead of buying a BOSU ball or balance disc, hit the sack barefoot to try your hand at balance-focused moves. Just remember to put clean clothes on, especially socks, before you hit the mat(tress) — you don’t want foot germs all over your pillowcase from doing a series of alternating lunges while standing on your bed.

 

​Pack it on
BACKPACK

Chances are you have a backpack lying around just waiting to be put to good use. Go ahead and fill ‘er up with books, canned goods or filled water bottles and strap it to your back. Now go about your business. Set a timer and walk around your house for 30 to 45 minutes, sweeping, vacuuming, doing laundry — you get the picture. Guaranteed, your chores just got a whole lot more challenging now that you’re carrying around an extra 10 to 20 pounds (or more).

If you’re feeling really motivated, throw in some extra moves, such as push-ups and squats, or take the bag off your back and use the straps to perform weighted rows or curls. The sky is the limit for all the exercises you could try.

 

​Climb those stairs

Stairblimbing-B

It’s kinda a no brainer, but if you have a set of stairs, or even a few steps, it’s time to put them to good use. There’s almost no better free form of cardio than using your own two feet to hike up a serious incline, so whether you walk the stairs, jog ’em, take ’em two-by-two, or climb ’em backwards or sideways, just make sure you’re putting your stairs to use.

 

​Cool down with a towel
TOWEL STRETCH

After working up a good sweat, you deserve a good stretch. While there’s nothing wrong with using gravity and your own arms to hang or pull yourself into your favorite bendy positions, a stretch strap does wonders for deepening stretches while encouraging proper form. If you don’t have an actual stretch strap, grab a towel — practically any size will do — and use it instead.

Simply wrap the towel around your feet or legs while performing lower body stretches and hold the ends in each hand. Pull against the towel, rather than force your body, to lean further into each stretch. Likewise, if your upper body is tight, you can use the towel to “extend” your arms to do chest and triceps stretches, holding the towel in an extended position between your hands rather than trying to clasp your hands together. Try this quick total-body towel stretch from Jessica Smith TV to see a few stretches in action.

 

​Roll away your aches

ROLLIT

The only thing left to accomplish after you stretch is to indulge in a nice massage. Instead of buying a foam roller, grab a rolling pin from your kitchen and use it to roll away the tension in your quads, hamstrings, and calves. Simply hold the pin’s handles and roll it up and down your muscles — in the direction of the muscles — pausing to increase pressure in areas that feel particularly tight. Take it slow and easy, aiming for roughly ten to 20 passes on each muscle group.

 

Get creative and get moving
DANCEXERCISE

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you work out or what equipment you use to challenge yourself. What matters is that you take the time to prioritize your health and get moving. So turn on some music, set a 30- to 60-minute timer, and see just how hard you can push yourself. Whether you jog circles around your house, do push-ups on the kitchen counters, bunny hop up the stairs, or challenge your kids to a dance-off, it all counts. Don’t allow yourself to make excuses just because you don’t have a gym membership.

Read More: http://www.thelist.com