Monday, 30 November 2015

Bahrain is Open to Investments from Abroad

Why Global Investments?

It makes sense to invest abroad now, despite the challenges being faced by developing economies. International assets return high growth in the long run and are undervalued at this time, because of the fact that they are located outside the North America-European Union zone.

The Persian Gulf and Bahrain

The GCC region is a unique destination for global investments for several reasons. Oil and gas have helped develop infrastructure in the Persian Gulf countries. In recent times, many efforts have been made by this region to diversify its economies. Cultural barriers and political distinctions are being overcome by deliberate and determined effort.
Situated strategically at the transit point of the waterways through which travels most of the oil needed by Western markets, Bahrain is steadily increasing its visibility as an economic force.
Bahrain has made it easy for foreign firms and investors to do business by liberalizing many sectors of its economy, diversification to different industries, such as financial services and manufacturing, ICT and logistics, ensuring a fair and transparent regulatory and legal framework.

Professional and Industrial Services Sector

Professional services is a term used to cover a range of occupations with intensive knowledge and skill, and requiring professional licenses to set up practice. Hence architects, accountants, doctors, lawyers, management consultants, etc, would fit in this definition. There is great scope for such practitioners in Bahrain's progressive and wealthy society.
Industrial Services, on the other hand, are those processes that add value to engineered products, such as design, maintenance or inspection. Bahrain is already considered the region's manufacturing hub.
Bahrain offers the following advantages over other Gulf countries in welcoming global investments, especially from Italy:
1.      It is the leader in ease of doing business, according to the World Bank.
2.      Most free economy in the Middle East, according to the Wall Street Journal.
3.      Lowest costs to run your business or hire employees, both local and foreign.
4.      Highly liberalized financial Sector and associated services.
5.      Politically stable and secure. Bahrain has good relations with all GCC countries, as well as the US and Europe.
6.      Most skilled and educated workforce with very high Human Development indicators (UNDP 2014)
7.      Remarkably open, friendly and progressive society.

In addition to these advantages, Bahrain provides active assistance to foreign businesses and global investments through its Economic Development Board, which is waiting to aid your interests at every step, making sure you get the best treatment in all of West Asia.

Keeping the White Coat White

Unless you are Dr Joel Winters from New York, chances are you would like your lab coat to be spotless. Dr. Winters on the other hand, wore his stains as his badges of honor, refusing to wash his coat for over ten years, reported the Gomer Blog in June 2015. A doctor's lab coat is any laundry's worst nightmare. It is subjected to all kinds of stains not the worst of which is blood stains. This is why there are special lab coat cleaning services that are up to the job of constantly revitalizing the garb to its sterilized form. The importance of this was acknowledged by the UAE Ministry of Health in 2014, when they banned the use of lab coats in public places in order to prevent inadvertent transfer of diseases.

How to Remove Blood Stains from Lab Coats – Expert Tips

Wash with Cold Water: Subjecting the coat to hot water can prove counterproductive as blood stains tend to 'cook' in heat and become more stubborn. This is true of any protein stain, which is the case with most body fluids. They change their chemical composition in heat and become more difficult to remove. As immediate treatment is hardly possible in the case of a doctor's coat, it is advisable that whenever he has the chance, he scrapes off the crust with the edge of disposable spoon and runs the stains under cold water.

Soak: The only way to ensure that lab coats are properly cleaned is to soak them for up to six hours in cold water. One should use a stain remover like Vanish Oxi Action Powder to get rid of blood stains and then wash as usual, preferably with an additional scoop. The advantage of an oxygen based solvent is that it will also act as a mild bleach helping to restore the pristine whiteness of the coat.

Minimal Use of Dryer: Set the dryer on lowest heat and take out the coat as soon as possible. Especially as most white coats are 100% cotton, they tend to crease easily. Tumble dry can cause more wrinkles and make it difficult to iron the coat. Moreover, in case there are any residual stains, the heat from the dryer might leave it with a permanent tinge.

Moreover, it is advisable to invest in a new lab coat on an annual basis, as it is the most hygienic option by the medical fraternity. 

7 Health Benefits of Coffee

UAE residents consume an average of 3.5 kg of coffee and tea each year, nearly twice as much as in any other GCC country, says an article published in on July 2012. Coffee lovers are well accustomed to the feeling of comfort and the energy boost that a hot cuppa gives but they are also aware of coffee stains. And they are often left wondering how to remove coffee stains from their favourite clothes.

Why Have a Cuppa Joe Every Day

Coffee is believed to give you some of the highest levels of antioxidants. Although fruits and vegetable also contain antioxidants, the human body tends to absorb more from this comforting beverage. Listed below are some reasons why you should drink a cup or two every day.

1.      Improves Energy Levels and Brain Function - It can pump up energy levels instantly. The substance, caffeine, plays a big role in it, which blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, thereby creating a stimulant effect. In many instances, it has also been known to increase brain function, such as memory, mood, vigilance, reaction time and general cognitive function.

2.      Burns Fat and Aids Metabolism – Caffeine is one of the very few substances that has been proven to burn fat. Studies suggest that it aids fat breakdown in the body and induces metabolism. However, its effects might diminish in people who have been taking the beverage for a long time.

3.      Improves Physical Performance – When fat gets burned down, it is released into the blood as fatty acids, making them available as fuel. This can increase physical performance drastically.

4.      Contains a Host of Essential Nutrients – Some of the essential nutrients that this caffeine rich beverage are Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.

5.      Lowers Your Risk of Type II Diabetes – Many studies have found that active drinkers showed a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. One study showed as much as 67% percent reduced risk, says an article published in Authority Nutrition in November 2013.

6.      Protects against Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Several studies have shown that coffee-drinkers have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s. It has also been known to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s.

7.      Helps Keep Your Liver Healthy – It lowers the risk of cirrhosis in active drinkers who drink 4-5 cups every day.

It also has many other benefits that include lower risk of depression, stroke and some type of cancer. If you still worried about how to remove coffee stains, Vanish Oxi Action Powder is here to your rescue. It can be used both on coloured and white clothing. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Controlling The Spread Of Infection

It is tough to tackle the spread of infection, but a few basic steps towards daily hygiene can put you on the right track.

During outbreaks of disease, only constant vigilance can help mitigate the spread of infection inside the home. It requires ceaseless infection control to ensure that seasonal illnesses do not enter one’s home. But sometimes, despite your best effort, bugs and viruses can enter the house and make your loved ones fall ill.

Children often pick up bugs and contagious diseases from other children. There is very little you can do to stop these occurrences – you cannot ask your child to stop playing with friends or getting dirty in the mud! But you can teach your children to stay away from other sick children, or to stay at home when they are ill to prevent infecting others. 

Adults, too, can pick up infections from the environment and other people. There are several microbes that pass from one adult to another simply by shaking hands. Also, contact with people suffering from viral infections can cause the illness to spread. 

While it is impossible to exert any control over what happens in the outside world, it is prudent to maintain a high level of hygiene and cleanliness on your path to infection control at home. Here are a few tips:

* If your child is ill with a communicable disease, keep him or her at home. Let your child rest well and have lots of fluids to flush out the toxins from the body.

* Put in place a series of aseptic controls to prevent the spread of infection inside the house. Your home should become a no-bacteria zone. Remove dust and grime from all exposed surfaces in your house, use disinfectants to mop the floors and sterilise your cutlery, kitchen and bathroom. This is an intensive operation. If you cannot do it yourself, enlist the help of a team of professional cleaners to do the job for you.

* Children who have caught an infection have a weakened immune system. While ensuring that they take their meds and drink plenty of water, keep their surroundings as hygienic as possible. Children suffering from chicken pox or the flu, for instance, must have their bedding changed every day. Cook their meals in separate, sterilized utensils and isolate their plates and cutlery after use. Use a clean wrap or disposable gown when entering the room of a sick child. Once the child recovers, disinfect the entire room to kill any residual germs.

* Washing your hands properly is key to staving off the spread of infection. Most people hurriedly run soap over their hands and wash it off. This does not clean the hands nor does it eliminate germs. Invest in a good germicidal liquid hand wash soap and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds to work up a rich lather. Make sure you clean under your nails and in between your fingers. Wash off with clean running water. It is important to wash your hands at least four times a day as part of infection control.

* Wash your clothes with a disinfectant for clothing. It kills microbes, dust mites and bacteria present on clothing. Always wash the clothes of an ill family member separately, making sure to soak them in disinfectant before transferring them to the washing machine. Dry them separately and store them in a hygienic place.

* Pests and bugs are major carriers of infection. Periodic pest control is a must for the home, apart from daily dusting and disinfecting to prevent the entry of bed bugs, dust mites and ants. Use the vacuum cleaner to get into floor corners, crevices in furniture and behind wardrobes and cabinets.

* In times of airborne diseases, buy sufficient quantities of surgical masks and gloves. Insist on every family member wearing the mask at all times. All of you must carry hand sanitizers and wipes in your bags when stepping out of the house. When handling medicines and other essentials, use a pair of latex gloves so as to keep these supplies out of the ambit of infection.

Destroying Disease Is Easy When Germs Are Removed With Antiseptic

Every home and office must stock up on antiseptic liquids to keep bugs, diseases and germs at bay.

The word ‘antiseptic’ invokes strong childhood memories in most of us. Injuries on the playground, insect bites and cuts on the skin after playing with sharp objects would first bring about a large crying fit! Then our mothers would gently wash the area with medicinal antiseptic and apply a bandage on it. The fragrance of antiseptic liquid added to water reminds many of us of those childhood episodes!

In times of illnesses that cause rashes and boils, a wash with an antiseptic liquid soothes burning and cleans oozing skin. For years now, mothers all over the world have been soaking their babies’ clothes in antiseptic liquid before washing them with mild detergent. When it comes to disease prevention, antiseptics have a wide range of uses – they can be used on the body, on clothes, utensils and household surfaces to eliminate germs and ensure protection from illness.

The most common ways of using antiseptic liquids are:

First aid: Cuts, scrapes and grazes are first washed with diluted antiseptic. This removes surface dirt and broken skin, and cleans the area for further treatment. Normally, 1 tablespoon added to a large tumbler of water should suffice.

Clean the skin: Rashes, insect bites, oozing boils and cut skin are all areas that allow germs to fester. Not cleaning these sites can lead to infection and disease. It is better to wash the area with antiseptic liquid or wipe it using cotton pads to sterilise the skin before bandaging it. Men must wash their faces with diluted antiseptic after shaving every morning, and follow it up with aftershave lotion for added protection.

Daily hygiene: Adding a few drops of antiseptic to your bath water can remove as many as 99% disease-causing germs. It also helps rid the skin of microorganisms that cause acne, dandruff and rashes. It is a good idea to add a few drops of antiseptic to your regular hand wash to eliminate the problem of flu and cold germs spreading from one person to another.

Household cleaning: Antiseptic added to household cleaning water can remove germs and keep every surface spotless and sterilised. This is essential during flu and cold season.

Clothes: Add a tablespoon of antiseptic liquid to your clothes when washing them to remove all traces of bacteria. This is an important practice to follow when washing the clothes of a family member suffering from flu, cold, chicken pox or dysentery to curb the spread of germs to others. Hotels, motels and homes hosting guests must follow this practice religiously, especially in times of disease outbreaks. Antiseptic must also be added to the detergent used in washing baby clothes.

Keep away pests: If your home or office is prone to mosquitoes, bugs and other pests, periodic spraying of all areas with a strong antiseptic will keep these creatures at bay. Bugs spread several infections, so one’s surrounds must be cleared of them at the first opportunity.

In intensive cleaning: Make sure you scrub your chopping board with antiseptic liquid every time you chop meat and fish on it. This will stop the spread of salmonella and other germs that can enter food and make you sick. Similarly, antiseptic washes are essential for areas that deal with blood and organic matter on a daily basis, such as hospitals and clinics. Unclean and unsterilized instruments can spread infections between patients.