If your business involves danger and you would like to protect your staff when travelling to and from areas considered dangerous, allowing them to travel in an armoured vehicle is a good idea.
Perhaps it is your business to travel to foreign countries to provide relief to those less fortunate. If these destinations consist of corrupt governments or of groups causing unrest among the population, you must see to it that your staff is safe at all times. Nowadays you cannot count on military or special guards to protect you when travelling in such an area simply due to the fact that these protective forces often consist of too few personnel to do their job effectively and sadly, often times the police and special guards themselves are corrupt.
An armoured vehicle could also benefit anyone running a domestic business such as a liquor or jewellery store, small credit companies and anyone who must transport valuable goods and/or large sums of money from one location to another. These vehicles are specially equipped to be bullet resistant and are built with reinforced panels that protect the different components of the vehicle from outside attack. The shocks and springs are normally upgraded and reinforced as are the brakes. Some vehicles can have electric shocking door handles, a smoke screen protection and secure deadbolt locking systems. Many name brand, late model vehicles have been modified to become armour-protected, so wishing to purchase such a vehicle does not mean that you must buy a tank. In short, no one will even be aware of the fact that you are actually driving an armoured car when you purchase a modified vehicle.
Armoured cars are now considered to be essential for all high-profile figures in many parts of the world. Former U.S. President George Bush used an armoured vehicle during his tenure that was thought to be the most advanced ever made. The specially made Cadillac deVille he was driven around in featured thick windows made of glass and a polycarbonate laminate material that could withstand direct arms fire. The passenger cabin consisted of armour plating with overlapping reinforced steel and bullet-proof composites on the roof. The point is, you too can purchase a vehicle that will completely protect you from outside attack. There are several UK-based dealers today that sell this type of vehicle. Often standard on these vehicles are “run-flat” armoured tyres and wheels. If the types happen to disintegrate under attack, the wide steel rims are built so that driving away at high speed is possible.
Most of the armoured vehicles for sale in the UK meet or exceed the European Committee for Standardisation concerning armoured protection. Every vulnerable part of the car or truck is specially protected. For example, the fuel tanks are encased in heavy steel, the batteries are armour-protected, door pillars and suspensions are reinforced as are the floors so that they withstand blasts. The armour plates fitted on these vehicles are stitch-welded to ensure structural integrity. You can expect to receive manuals and written information concerning the reinforcements made to each vehicle at the time of purchase.
The wonder of the internet never ceases to amaze me and whilst searching for some jewelry that I could buy as a gift for a friend I discovered an armor ring and quite frankly was blown away by what I saw. So, if you, like me wanted something that is dramatically different and is sure to wow, then I think that if you take a look you are bound to have the same reaction.
It is not often that you come across something so inspiring that you just sit and stare at what is in front of you and that is exactly what happened to me. I really am so excited by these armor rings they just have to be the up and coming fashion must have for sure.
They seem to have been confined to the likes of people who follow the Goth style of dress but, I have to say that I think that they are much too classy and stylish to remain locked in that particular dress code for long. Nothing against Goths, just, hey what about sharing these amazing pieces of jewellery?
If you want to create a bit of interest, I can promise that from the first time that you wear one you will be inundated by the, wow where did you get that question more times than you can count. I was totally stunned by the amount of curiosity my new bit of jewellery created.
If your perception of a ring was round and maybe containing a stone of some sort you would not be wrong but, I think that you may well have to reassess that particular idea once you see some of the awesome styles and designs of these amazing finger decorations.
To slip one of these babies on kind of takes you back in your mind and conjures up images of a time of knights of old and myths and tales of dragons, spells and sorcery such is the impact of the intricate scroll work and artistry that goes into them.
What I find most amazing is the fact that the underlying quality belies the value for money that you get. When you think that they tend to be made of both hard wearing pewter or sterling silver and each piece can cover up to the second joint or just under the nail on your finger (depending on the style that you choose). Each one individually jointed to work together with your own flexing and extension and the natural movement of your hand that workmanship alone should cost far more than you will actually pay.
Under Armour, Inc. (UAI) debuted on November 18, 2005 at $31. The maker of branded performance clothing is growing its brand recognition via the use of hip brand promotion that is trying to wrestle away interest from the traditional buyers of Nike (NKE).
Under Armour has targeted the youth and athletic market where it competing with the established and strong Nike brand. Under Armour has a projected five-year annual earnings growth of 22.50% versus 14% for Nike. But on the valuation side, Under Armour is discounting in significant premium growth over that of Nike. Under Armour is trading at 46.19x its FY07 and a PEG of 2.75 versus 14.27x and a PEG of 1.06 for Nike. Clearly, Under Armour will need to perform to its lofty expectations going forward; otherwise, the stock will sell off. Nike is a superior value play.
Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE/VG) debuted on Wednesday at $17, the mid-point of its estimated IPO pricing range of $16-$18. The provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is an early entrant into the rapidly growing area of VoIP and presently has about 1.6 million subscribers but the company has yet to turn a profit. VoIP uses a broadband connection to make phone calls.
High advertising costs to acquire customers have hindered margins. Vonage is the current leader due to its early entry into the VoIP business but I see the company facing a difficult uphill climb as intense competition surfaces from major cable companies and the Skype service from eBay (EBAY).
The reality is Vonage has to spend extraordinary money on acquiring customers whereas for cable companies and eBay, there is already a significant customer base to market to. Vonage will soon realize this.
Hedge fund manager and the host of the hugely popular ‘Mad Money’ show on CNBC said Vonage is a “piece of junk,” which I have to concur with. And with Vonage currently trading down at $13, the market may also view Vonage as over hype and not enough substance.