Tuesday, July 21, 2009

David Cameron's Recent Bike Mishap Reminds Cyclists to Keep Security In Mind, says Confused. com

David Cameron's Recent Bike Mishap Reminds Cyclists to Keep Security In Mind, says Confused. com

Conservative Party leader David Cameron was lucky enough to be reunited with his stolen bicycle - but others might not be so fortunate. To this end, Confused. com recommends that those with bikes be wary, and be insured.

Cardiff, UK (PRWEB) July 30, 2008

The well-reported theft of David Cameron's bike highlights the need for cyclists to take sensible precautions. Although Cameron's trusty two-wheeler was found and returned, others may not be so lucky. With this in mind, Confused. com suggests that cyclists extend their home insurance (http://www. confused. com/home-insurance) contents cover to include their bicycle, just in case it goes walkies.

Cameron's bike was stolen from outside the Portobello Road branch of Tesco in west London on July 23rd. Rather unsurprisingly, the Tory leader was reported to be "hacked off" by this incident. However, fortune favoured Cameron on this occasion, and he was reunited with his beloved bike later in the week.

Many others are not so lucky. Incredibly, around half a million bikes are reported stolen in the UK each year! Confused. com therefore recommends that cyclists take adequate precautions with their bikes:

  •  Make a note of the bike's make, model and frame number
  •  Take a digital photo of the bike, including any unique features
  •  Always carry a lock
  •  Lock the bike to an immovable object
  •  Thread the lock through the frame and any removable parts
  •  Always lock your bike, even if you're only away from it for a couple of minutes
  •  When home, keep the bike locked indoors or in a garage/shed - avoid leaving it locked up in the back garden
  •  Hang on to the receipt in case you have to make a claim

Although steps can be taken to secure a bicycle, it is estimated that 90% of thefts occur when the bike is locked in a public place. Therefore, owners should check their home insurance (http://www. confused. com/home-insurance) to see if their bikes are covered when away from home. If not, you may want to upgrade your policy - particularly if the bike is expensive - or risk having to foot the cost of replacement yourself should the bike go missing.

About Confused. com:
Confused. com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it dominates the car insurance aggregator market and generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance (http://www. confused. com/home-insurance), travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Confused. com has 62 motor insurance partners, and customers can save up to on average £208. It also has a panel of 43 for home insurance, and customers who use Confused. com for home insurance can expect to save up to £193.

Confused. com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused. com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.

Confused. com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused. com is regulated by the FSA.

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ShopLowVision. com Reveals Redesign of E-Commerce Website

ShopLowVision. com Reveals Redesign of E-Commerce Website

ShopLowVision. com, a one-stop low vision e-commerce site for consumers and eye care professionals, has unveiled the redesign of its website to better serve those who are visually impaired.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 8, 2010

ShopLowVision. com (http://www. shoplowvision. com/), a one-stop low vision e-commerce site for consumers and eye care professionals, has unveiled the redesign of its website to better serve those who are visually impaired. As a sister company to Optelec U. S. Inc., a world leader in innovative and life-changing assistive technologies for the visually impaired and blind, ShopLowVision. com specializes in more than 4,000 low vision solutions ranging from electronic video magnifiers, daily living aids, magnifiers and assessment tools.

The ShopLowVision. com redesign not only increases the accessibility of the site for visually impaired users, but also better meets the distinct needs of consumers and professionals. The website now offers the following:
•User-friendly interface, design layouts and screen reader compatibility
•Multiple options for background contrast colors and font size
•Detailed product descriptions with scrolling photo enhancements
•Navigation friendly tabs and categories
•User-generated content for product reviews with one - to five-star ratings
•Advanced product search function by category and price range
•Activity driven searches, monthly promotions and online account access
Low vision consumers can identify products available for purchase on ShopLowVision. com through key categories as they relate to school, on-the-go, at-home or at-work needs. These topics include: Reading & Writing, Health & Fitness, Travel & Leisure, Hobbies & Games, and School & Work. Whether a low vision or blind user needs to purchase Large Print Bingo Cards, Optelec Power TV Glasses, Liquid Level Indicator, Jitterbug Cell Phone, or ZoomText Screen Readers, ShopLowVision. com has it all.

In addition, eye care professionals can create a secure account and user login to access order history, shipping status, and recommended items for their practice. The products available for professionals include Spectacles, Magnifiers, Loupes, Absorptive Lenses, Charts & Assessments, Electronic Low Vision, Accessories and Kits.

For a limited time, all ShopLowVision. com web orders will receive free ground shipping. Ongoing promotions and contests will also occur through social networking on ShopLowVision. com’s Facebook page (http://www. facebook. com/pages/ShopLowVisioncom/121424624576246) and Optelec’s Facebook page (http://www. facebook. com/optelec) and Twitter account, including the reveal of designated codes for web promotions to receive major discounts and ongoing rewards for product reviews. All subscribers to the ShopLowVision. com site and newsletter will be entered to receive a free Optelec Compact Mini video magnifier, valued at $395.

For more information on ShopLowVision. com, please visit www. ShopLowVision. com or call 800.826.4200.

An integral part of the Optelec family, ShopLowVision. com is one facet of the commitment to bridge the gap between awareness and solutions. To find out more information on ocular health, community involvement and how to join the low vision awareness movement visit www. VisionZone. org. For additional information on Optelec visit www. Optelec. com.

About ShopLowVision. com
With 30 years of experience in serving the low vision community as the leading designer and manufacturer of assistive technology devices, Optelec launched its sister company ShopLowVision. com in 2007. ShopLowVision. com is the first low vision e-commerce store with business to business, business to consumer, and business to professional interface all-in-one. In addition, it is the first e-commerce site aligned with best practice model for low vision rehabilitation, as established by the American Optometric Association (AOA), the American Association of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). For more information visit ShopLowVision. com

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Vacation Rentals Innovate to Provide Real Relief and Value to Guests

Vacation Rentals Innovate to Provide Real Relief and Value to Guests

Vacation Rental Companies along the Gulf Coast have taken guest incentive programs to the next level, providing vacationers with complimentary golf rounds, deep sea fishing excursions, dolphin cruises, passes to amusement and water parks and more to offset skyrocketing gas prices this summer.

Destin, FL (PRWEB) July 9, 2008

Vacation Rental Companies along the Gulf Coast have taken guest incentive programs to the next level, providing vacationers with complimentary golf rounds, deep sea fishing excursions, dolphin cruises, passes to amusement and water parks and more to offset skyrocketing gas prices this summer.

Destin, FL July 3, 2008 -- While some property management companies have struggled to entice guests with nominal discounts, gas cards or two-for-one deals, others have employed a more practical approach to providing their guests with real, tangible value this summer -- amenity programs. These programs have identified guests' favorite vacation activities -- like golfing, deep sea fishing, dolphin cruises, water park tickets and more -- and provide them, complimentary, every day of a guest's stay. Travelers can choose from over 7,500 unique properties that feature these programs at www. GetMoreVacations. com.

"A $250 gas card can be enticing, but when you understand that a round of golf can cost $75 - $100, a day at Big Kahuna's (water park) can run into the hundreds, a dolphin cruise is around $30 and tickets to the Track (amusement park) are about $40 -- that's a greater savings than $250 right there. But the real value is that these activities are available to guests every day. So, on an average five-day stay for a family of four -- if one person plays golf twice, two enjoy a deep sea fishing excursion, and the family goes to the water park twice and then takes a dolphin cruise -- you've saved $350 on activities you would've otherwise paid for out of pocket" says Ron Szuchy, director of sales for Amenity Services Inc. of Destin, Florida. "People are still vacationing, but they are cutting their time short and doing less of the things that make vacations fun because of financial constraints. Our programs make it possible for people to enjoy their vacations to the fullest, or even enjoy an extra day because of the overall savings. The properties that feature these programs don't cost any more than the ones that don't have them. It's all about real value to the guests. Our partners know what that means and they want to give that to their guests."

Amenity Services Inc. (ASI) is the nation's leader in free-to-guest programs that help property management companies provide guests with a more 'all-inclusive' vacation experience. Industry leaders and premier properties like ResortQuest of Northwest Florida, Portofino Island Resort & Spa in Pensacola Beach, Florida; Newman-Dailey Resorts in Destin, Florida; Laterra Resort & Spa in St. Augustine, Florida and Atlantic Realty in the Outer Banks of North Carolina are among 34 different companies represented on ASI's new site -- GetMoreVacations. com. On the site, guests can select their destination and then choose the company that features the amenity program that would provide them with the greatest value and satisfaction.

"These are the activities that guests want when they go on vacation" says Szuchy. "In previous years, they were a courtesy -- a friendly way for management to show their appreciation for staying at their property. However, in the current economic climate, they are invaluable."

Contact:
Kim Turner -- director of marketing
Amenity Services, Inc.
(850)654-9889 x4510
Www. getmorevacations. com
Www. amenityservicesinc. com
Kturner(at)amenityservicesinc. net

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