APTN National NewsMetis and non-status Indians won a “huge” victory Tuesday when the Federal Court of Canada ruled they fall under the federal government’s responsibility.It took years to get to this point, but the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples called the ruling a victory that was worth the wait.“We’re pleased. It’s a start. It’s a huge decision. It really has brought forward that Metis and non-status Indians are now recognized,” said a spokesperson for CAP who added more information will be available at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Ottawa. “We will be responding in-depth once our legal has given more in-depth view of the potential impacts.”The ruling means Metis peoples are the responsibility of the federal government and can negotiate treaties and issues such as education, health and tax exemptions.However, the court didn’t order the government to begin negotiations. So when, and if, that happens remains in question.“The evidence concerning non-status Indians establishes that such persons were considered within the broad class of ‘Indians,’” said Justice Michael Phelan “The situation regarding Metis was more complex.”Phelan said nevertheless, Metis generally are often treated as Indians and have similar limitations, as well as suffer the same burdens and discrimination.More to come …
BRUSSELS — An international trade association says killings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half- dozen years.The International Federation of Journalists said in an annual report set for release on Monday that the number of media industry workers slain around the world rose to 94, 12 more than in 2017.Before the now-ended downward trend, the news industry saw 121 staff killings in 2012 and as many as 155 in 2006.The deadliest country for people who work in the news media this year was Afghanistan, where 16 of the killings occurred. Mexico was next, with 11. Yemen had nine media slayings and Syria eight in 2018.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Congress Saturday alleged mismanagement of the economy by the government and that it has suffered due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “reckless” decisions.Senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said that in the past five years, India’s economy is “gasping” instead of “galloping”. “The government is destroying the credibility of Indian data by embellishing the data, fudging numbers and inflating figures. The fact is that there has been an monumental mismanagement of Indian economy under his watch. It is not galloping economy but a gasping economy, a struggling economy which has also suffered because of the reckless decision of Prime Minister Modi,” he told reporters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress leader claimed that Modi has to be held accountable for destroying tens of millions of jobs by demonetisation. “He has to answer for a hasty imposition of a flawed GST model which he claimed to be ‘one nation, one tax’, but it is one nation, five taxes which excludes 45 per cent of the revenue, making Indian GST the most burdensome most complex,” he said. Sharma said the four engines of the Indian economy — investment, manufacturing, exports and capital formation — were down. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”How can you keep on claiming that we are the fastest growing (economy) by not creating jobs but by destroying them. There is a huge contradiction. This economy is not creating jobs. Exports have stagnated for five years, manufacturing has gone down, gross fixed capital formation has remained hovering over zero. National investment rate has fallen. These are the facts. The government has gone into heavy borrowing,” he told reporters. Sharma also alleged that the country has played with the credibility of the country’s data. “Fudging of the data is not going to help. NITI Aayog’s job is not meant to embellish numbers and fudge the country’s data. The prime minister and his government has played with the credibility of the country’s data. They have dented the credibility,” he said. “The time has come to punish the PM and his govt for destroying the credibility of Indian data, embellish the data, fudging numbers and inflating figures. The fiscal deficit has reached an alarming point. These are the questions to the prime minister,” he said. He said if the Congress comes to power after the April-May parliamentary election, it would scrap the NITI Aayog and bring back the Planning Commission.
Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops.The company said it is launching the service Tuesday in San Francisco and will expand to some stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles in coming weeks. It tested the idea in 200 Miami stores last fall.Starbucks says 95 per cent of its core menu will be available for order using the Uber Eats mobile app. There will be a $2.49 booking fee.In December, company executives laid out plans to expand deliveries in the U.S. and China this year.Executives say delivery works best in dense urban areas where Uber Eats’ delivery fees are lower because of high demand, and customers spend more than they do in stores.The Associated Press
17 May 2011The United Nations refugee agency today reported that hundreds of people who had entered Tunisia after fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Libya have now returned intending to board boats and travel to Europe. Those who intend to make the passage to Europe include refugees who originally came from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and have been accommodated in camps at Shousha, near Tunisia’s border with Libya, according to Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency is holding discussions with those communities to raise awareness of the dangers at sea, as well as the risks they face when crossing the Libyan border, Ms. Fleming told reporters in Geneva. In March, UNHCR learned from the Somali community at Shousha camp that two Somalis were shot and killed in Libya after crossing the border from Tunisia. An estimated 14,000 people have arrived in Italy and Malta by boat from Libya. Some 1,669 of them arrived on Friday and Saturday. According to accounts received from those who survived the treacherous voyages and their families, more than 1,200 of those destined for Europe remain unaccounted for since 25 March. UNHCR representatives have met with refugees in Tripoli who are planning to make the journey and made them aware of the high death toll, but the refugees said they had nothing to lose. “One Eritrean man told us he would rather die trying to reach safety than continue to live in danger,” said Ms. Fleming. “Many have been living in Libya for several years, have faced periods of detention, and come from countries like Eritrea and Somalia where safe return is not a possibility,” she said. Based on discussions with people who have arrived in Italy, UNHCR believes that thousands more will attempt to make the journey by sea. The majority have made the voyage in boats that are overloaded with passengers and in a very poor state of repair. Often, there are no qualified crews to operate the boats. “UNHCR repeats its call to all vessels on the Mediterranean to consider all boats departing Libya to be in need of assistance, and likely to face a situation of distress at some point in the journey,” said Ms. Fleming. She said UNHCR would soon re-establish an international presence in western Libya, but in the interim, national staff and partners are running the agency’s projects to assist refugees and asylum-seekers. UNHCR has teams of staff interviewing asylum-seekers and refugees in Egypt and Tunisia to assess their status and, where possible, refer them for resettlement. “It is with great sadness that UNHCR has learned that people on track for resettlement following interviews last year in Libya lost their lives while trying to reach Europe recently. People in the middle of the resettlement process and vulnerable cases are prioritized in our interview schedule,” said Ms. Fleming. She said UNHCR estimates that 6,000 people will need resettlement from the border areas of Egypt and Tunisia in the coming months, as well as 2,000 others from Cairo. Thus far, 11 countries have offered more than 900 resettlement places. The United States has also offered a significant but unspecified number of resettlement places. Meanwhile, Panos Moumtzis, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, told journalists in Geneva that the situation in the Western Mountains region near Tunisia has worsened recently.“We have seen [in] the last couple of weeks a significant departure, movement of civilians, people fleeing,” he said.Mr. Moumtzis said a lack of fuel was having a snowball effect on many other aspects of daily life for Libyans.“We are also concerned that medical supplies were running low in hospitals. We were told that over 60 per cent of the expatriate personnel in hospitals had left the country, which meant that hospitals were primarily offering services for war-related casualties or medical needs.”
Some Tim Hortons franchisees have responded to Ontario’s new minimum wage by clawing back employee benefits, sparking backlash from their parent company and Premier Kathleen Wynne, as well as some concerned consumers who are participating in a boycott of the coffee-and-doughnut chain.Here’s a look at the numbers behind the controversial measures that have some of the franchisees and the parent company playing the blame game:$2.40: The jump in minimum wage in Ontario for most employees starting Jan. 1. It is set to go up another $1 at the start of 2019.$243,889.10: How much the increase will cost the average Tim Hortons franchisee, according to the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group representing about half of the country’s Tim Hortons franchisees.The calculation assumes every employee’s hourly wage is boosted by $3.35, which includes the $2.40 minimum wage hike and factors in additional costs from other changes to the province’s employment and labour laws, like increased vacation pay.Tim Hortons regulars launch #NoTimmiesTuesday over minimum wage response‘Reckless’: Tim Hortons blasts franchisees’ cuts to paid breaks and benefits‘We are offended’: Franchisees blast Ontario premier for unfairly targeting Tim Hortons’ founding familiesThis figure would vary depending on the mix of full- and part-time employees at a particular store, said a GWNFA spokeswoman in an email.The association does not yet have a projection for what the average franchisee will lose a year when Ontario’s minimum wage rises to $15 an hour in 2019.$6,968.26: How much more each full-time employee who works 40 hours a week will cost a Tim Hortons franchisee every year, according to the GWNFA.10 cents: How much the parent company of Tim Hortons, Restaurant Brands International, raised the price of a cup of coffee by on average at its Canadian locations in 2014. At the time, it also boosted the price of breakfast sandwiches by a dime in all provinces except Ontario.Since then, it has only raised the price of menu items infrequently. Most recently, on Aug. 2, 2017, some restaurants in select markets increased prices for some hot beverages and breakfast menu items, Tim Hortons said at the time.The GWNFA said some of its franchisee members have been left with no alternative buy to implement cost-saving measures, like cutting some employee benefits, to survive as RBI has not helped them by raising menu prices or taking other measures.Tim Hortons said it’s committed to helping franchisees work through the employment law changes.10 cents is also how much a cup of coffee cost when the chain was founded in 1964. At the time, a doughnut also cost a dime.$1.5 million: The required net worth of anyone applying to purchase a Tim Hortons franchise, according to the company’s website. Applicants must have an additional $500,000 in liquid assets to qualify.4,613 restaurants: The number of Tim Hortons locations as of Dec. 31, 2016, according to the company’s most recent annual report. Only 29 of these were owned by the company, while 4,584 were franchised.The company says roughly 82.4 per cent, or 3,801 are in Canada, but does not provide a provincial breakdown.
“Nuclear safety is not an issue that can ever be regarded as ‘fixed,’” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told a Board of Governors meeting at its Vienna headquarters in his latest report, noting that growing global needs and rising oil and gas prices have fuelled new interest in atomic energy.“But equally important has been the sustained strong performance, in terms of safety and productivity, of existing nuclear plants,” he said. “While the strong, steady safety performance of recent years is reassuring, events of concern continue to take place, even in countries with extensive operating experience and strong regulatory oversight.“These events make clear that the management of nuclear safety, including the establishment of a strong safety culture for both operators and regulators, must always be viewed as a ‘work in progress,’” he said.“From my own discussions with operators and regulators, I believe it is particularly vital that we work harder to fix the so-called ‘weak links’ in the nuclear safety chain,” he added, listing less than optimal design safety features, the lack of strong, independent regulatory oversight, and poor coordination among the international organizations providing safety assistance.For such facilities, the international community should move expeditiously, with coordination between all relevant organizations, to clarify the actions needed, the expected costs, and a strategy and schedule for proceeding, Mr. ElBaradei warned. “I am pleased to note that these focused efforts have recently been taking place at some facilities,” he said.He noted that the IAEA has also been pressing for increased harmonization in national regulatory approaches, to ensure high quality, independent oversight for nuclear activities, as evidenced by the International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems held in Moscow last week – the first effort to bring together all senior regulators with oversight in nuclear safety, radiation safety and nuclear security.The conference made a number of recommendations, including wider participation by all countries in international conventions and other instruments, and renewed emphasis on international cooperation in developing a comprehensive body of international safety standards.
by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Dec 22, 2016 10:24 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in New York. U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning as health care companies take more losses. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) BEIJING, China – Asian markets slid Friday while Europe gained in early trading ahead of the Christmas holiday after Wall Street fell for a second day.KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC-40 gained 0.1 per cent to 4,840.24 and Germany’s DAX rose 0.1 per cent to 11,472.34. London’s FTSE 100 was down 2 points at 7,061.65. On Thursday, the DAX lost 0.1 per cent, the FTSE added 0.3 per cent and the CAC-40 was little changed. On Wall Street, futures for the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index were unchanged.ASIA’S DAY: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.9 per cent to 3,110.15 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng retreated 0.3 per cent to 21,574.76. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 was off 0.3 per cent to 5,627.90 and Seoul’s Kospi declined a fraction of a point to 2,035.90. India’s Sensex added 0.4 per cent to 26,077.96. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Benchmarks in New Zealand and Bangkok advanced. Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets declined.WALL STREET: Retailers pulled U.S. stocks lower after a record close for the Dow Jones industrial average earlier in the week. Investors dumped retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Staples and Dollar Tree. Companies linked to investor Carl Icahn climbed after he was named as an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump. The Dow shed 23.08 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 19,918.88. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 4.22 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,260.96. The Nasdaq composite dipped 24.01 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 5,447.42.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Santa has taken a leave of absence into the end of the week with a pullback seen on Wall Street,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. “Traders have been closing their position into the end of the year and have brought down most of the sectors on the S&P 500 index with the exception of energy and defensives — telecommunications and utilities. Asian indices could remain depressed into the end of the year.”US ECONOMY: The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the fastest pace in two years and more than the government had previously estimated. The gain in the gross domestic product came from added strength in consumer spending, business investment and the government sector, the Commerce Department said. The government had previously estimated last quarter’s annual growth rate at 3.2 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 43 cents to $52.52 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 46 cents on Thursday to $52.95. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 41 cents to $54.64 in London. It rose 59 cents the previous session to $55.05.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 117.40 yen from Thursday’s 117.45 yen. The euro improved to $1.0444 from $1.0439. Global markets mixed after Wall Street loss
ehf champions league 2013/2014EHF CLMontpellierOrlen Wisla Plock ← Previous Story Wisla looking for a good result in Montpellier Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2013: Barca and HSV for the trophy! The first part of the battle for the EHF Champions League between French Montpellier and Polish Wisla Plock 29:27 (11:15) was finished with +2 for the third team of LNH. Decision about the winner will be made on Sunday in Poland…RESULTS: 2:5 (7.) 5:10 (19.) 8:10 (22.) 9:14 (26.) 14:15 (34.) 20:18 (45.) 22:22 (51.) 25:25 (54.) 28:25 (58.)
THE MIDLAND REGIONAL Hospital in Portlaoise has apologised to the parents of an eight-year-old boy who died just 18 hours after being discharged from its Emergency Department.The HSE confirmed that an apology had been read out in the High Court today, and that the case with Richard De Souza’s parents had been settled.Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, solicitor Ann Nolan said the family still has a lot of questions about their son’s treatment as they believe his death could have been prevented.Nolan noted that it has been a “troubling and difficult time” for Ramon and Flavia De Souza, adding that Richard’s death has had a devastating effect on the Brazilian community in Ireland.According to RTÉ’s News at One, Justice Mary Irvine approved a settlement of €160,000 in an action taken by the family for wrongful death and nervous shock.The court heard that Richard died from toxic shock after developing a secondary, streptococcal infection. He had initially presented to the hospital because he was suffering from chicken pox.The family live in Athy, county Kildare where Ramon works as a jockey.Read: More than €45m paid out to patients injured in HSE hospitals
THERE WERE MAJOR delays on some of the major routes in and around Dublin this evening, with reports of a vehicle on fire on the N11 Wexford to Dublin road, delays in the city centre and delays on the M4 in Dublin and Kildare.Earlier this evening, a truck broke down just after O’Connell Bridge on D’Olier Street in the city centre, and a broken down bus on the North Quays also caused traffic delays.AA Roadwatch said motorists are being urged to take care on their approach to J6 Bray/Fassaroe after reports of a fire on the N11 road.Further afield, there were reports of an overturned lorry on the A3/N54 Clones/Cavan road on the Fermanagh side of the border where drivers are also urged to take care on approach.A serious collision at Abbeyfeale has seen the N21 Limerick to Tralee road closed in both directions. Diversions are in place.There are reports of debris on the off ramp of the M7 Limerick/Dublin road northbound at J21 Borris, and on the M4 Sligo/Dublin road eastbound between J12 Kinnegad and the M6 merge.Read: Man wins damages after claiming Dublin Bus ruined his family trip to IrelandRead: ‘Senseless’: Fáilte Ireland’s decision to shut down its Dublin Airport tourist office criticised By Sean Murray 11,452 Views Share Tweet Email A fire on the N11 at Bray and a broken down truck on D’Olier Street delaying the Friday commute Further afield, there are traffic delays in Limerick and Monaghan this evening. 3 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Friday 10 Mar 2017, 7:35 PM http://jrnl.ie/3281904 Mar 10th 2017, 7:35 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WILMINGTON, MA — Former Miceli Chief of Staff Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) was the third of the five Democratic candidates in the 19th Middlesex State Representative race to file his pre-primary (May 7 to August 26) campaign finance report with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.DonorsDave Robertson’s campaign has raised $8,440 from 82 donors, with an average (mean) donation of $102.93. Notable Wilmington donors (elected or appointed officials) include School Committee member MJ Byrnes, Housing Authority member Stacie Murphy, and Elderly Services Commissioner John Wallace.SpendingDave Robertson’s campaign has spent $11,444 as of August 26. This amount includes $4,148.70 in campaign expenditures and $10,870.05 in out-of-pocket candidate expenditures for a total expenditure of $15,018.75. Included in the $4,148.70, however, is a repayment to Robertson in the amount of $3,574.95 for out-of-pocket expenditures. As a result, that amount is essentially being counted twice — once as a “campaign expenditure” and once as an “out-of-pocket candidate expenditure.”Major expenditures include:$4,378.83 to the Wilmington/Tewksbury Town Crier for newspaper advertisements$2,327.40 to Wamesit Lanes for Campaign Kick-Off Event$2,256.75 to Connolly Printing for Lawn Signs$573.75 to Connolly Printing for Dear Friend Cards$532 to Connolly Printing for Invites, Envelopes & Campaign Letterhead$476 to Connolly Printing for Palm Cards$600 to USPS for StampsRead It For YourselfDave Robertson’s pre-primary campaign finance report can be read HERE.(NOTE: Wilmington Apple will report on each candidate’s campaign finance report over the next few days.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCAMPAIGN FINANCE: Mark Kratman Raises More Money From Donors Than His 4 Primary Opponents COMBINEDIn “Government”CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Erika Johnson Raises Nearly $3,000, Primarily From Small DonorsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”
“Each category is like a little pond where you can be a big fish,” says Mary Margaret Gibson, 61, president of Mirrors and Light Gallery (eBay User ID: maam1945), based in The Colony, Texas. Mirrors and Light specializes in unique, artist-made kaleidoscopes and jewelry. “Our plan was to have more and better kaleidoscopes than anybody else out there,” says Gibson. “There aren’t many who sell kaleidoscopes on a regu-lar basis [on eBay],” or in the volume that Mirrors and Light does. At any particular time, the company typically has 100 or so kaleidoscopes available through eBay for hobbyists, collectors and fans, ranging in price from $700 to $3,500.Because its products are much more expensive than typical eBay merchandise, Mirrors and Light has worked hard to develop a level of trust with buyers, especially the 30 percent of its customer base that is overseas. Gibson knows that overseas customers may be wary of sending several hundred dollars to an unknown seller in another part of the world. To address any reservations, Gibson went so far as to write a book, The Kaleidoscope Collector’s Guide. She also communicates frequently with the company’s core audience about its artists and products.Gibson explains that the kaleidoscopes being sold are either from private collections, self-representing artists, or a family or broker selling off an estate. And in some cases, Gibson acts as broker, helping research and evaluate individual pieces, and selling kaleidoscopes on eBay for individuals unfamiliar with them.Starting from scratch in 2004, Mirrors and Light expects to hit sales of just under $150,000 in 2006 from its online sales of kaleidoscopes and new jewelry.No LimitsInterestingly, choosing a narrowly defined niche does not prevent those outside your core customer group from buying from you, say Jennifer Basye Sander and Peter Sander, co-authors of Niche and Grow Rich. Rather, as a niche seller, you will have an easier time establishing yourself as the source for a particular type of product and still attract new buyers. For instance, if your niche is vintage Hermès scarves, your products will be presented to buyers who search for that exact phrase as well as to buyers simply looking for “scarves,” “vintage” or “Hermès.” Creating a niche doesn’t limit opportunities; in fact, it often results in more business. You won’t limit your buyers, and specializing in a particular product category will frequently make you a preferred seller to your target customers.Scratch That NicheTo zero in on a niche that’s not only profitable, but also fits your interests and background, check out these ebay tools.The eBay “Hot List”: A report provided by eBay and accessible from the “Sell” area of the site, the “Hot List” (http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/whatshot.html) identifies categories with the greatest increase in listings over a certain time period. Because people list more often in a category when demand is increasing, it’s a useful gauge of demand, says John Bodine, product manager for eBay Market-place Research.eBay Pulse: For a quick look at what buyers are searching for, eBay Pulse lists the top 10 search terms on the site (http://pulse.ebay.com). If you subscribe to eBay Marketplace Research, you can see the top 20 terms.Keyword Search: Anyone can use this simple tool to search for types of products and see how many are already listed–essentially, how much competition there is. Search completed listings to determine the typical selling price of an item. Most important, say eBay sellers and experts alike, is finding a niche you love.Gold Mine or Land Mine?If you think you’ve found a winner, ebay marketplace research can give you the following information to help you determine whether your proposed niche will make you rich.Size of The Opportunity: Using eBay Marketplace Research, you can search by product category to find the average selling price of products you’re interested in. Then you can check the number of items sold in that same category. Multiply the average selling price by the number of items sold, and divide by the number of months reported (either two or three, depending on your subscription level), and you have the approximate size of the sales opportunity per month, explains Nick Donelson, product manager for eBay Marketplace Research.Trends: You Ultimately want to enter a category with increasing demand and a rising average selling price, says Donelson. You can use eBay Marketplace Research to chart category performance by day or by week and to spot upticks in demand and price.Sales Forecasting: To determine how long it takes for a type of product to sell, look up average selling price and success rate. This will give you a ballpark idea of how long it will take to sell something. For instance, if 200 listings for McDonald’s memorabilia ended and 100 items sold, you can infer that 50 percent of the listings in this category are completed. Based on that information, you can opt to drop your price to sell your product faster, or you can expect to have to list your goods twice for them to sell, says Donelson.The cost to subscribe to eBay Marketplace Research varies according to the term length, which ranges from two days to a month. A Fast Pass provides two days of access for $2.99 and up to 60 days of historical sales information. The Basic level costs $9.99 per month for 60 days’ worth of data, and the Pro level costs $24.99 per month but provides up to 90 days of historical data and detailed information to help optimize your listings. October 30, 2006 Sure, the flexibility of being able to sell anything and everything on eBay sounds appealing. But specializing–carving out a niche in a particular category or type of product–can yield even greater rewards. For starters, explains Michael Miller, author of Making a Living From Your eBay Business, you’ll know your market and your products more thoroughly than you ever could as a generalist. “You can sell on eBay and not specialize, but it’s more hobby than business,” Miller observes. “The biggest eBay sellers I know do one or two things well.” Knowing a lot about one or two areas, vs. knowing only a little about many categories, can make the difference between being profitable and being very profitable.Seeking out what sellsCase in point: Steve Weber, 46, owner of Weber Books (eBay User ID: weber-books), a Falls Church, Virginia, reseller of used books. Although he made $300 or $400 on eBay the first month he began selling from his own bookshelves, Weber’s sales took off when he zeroed in on specific types of nonfiction books that were in demand. In 2005, four years after Weber started his business part time, the now full-time enterprise sold $335,000 online–more than 100 times what the business was initially generating. It all came down to finding a niche.At the outset, Weber worked part time in the evenings selling books he no longer needed. “I wasn’t an expert in book values,” he admits, but he did notice that nonfiction books tended to be more valuable than fiction, and science and math tomes in particular sold for far more than he anticipated. So he began going to library and estate sales–“the two best ways to get inventory”–in search of science and math guides. His efforts paid off when he purchased a box of books at a sale for a whopping $10. In the box was a book titled Curves and Their Properties, which Weber was able to sell for $200.”The way to make money is to find a specialty,” says Weber. “It’s helpful to start with a niche because you can learn a specific product area and you’re not re-inventing the wheel all the time–you quickly learn what sells.” He recommends that anyone interested in selling books on eBay start with used merchandise because “there’s more profit potential.”However, Weber cautions that mass market books, such as The DaVinci Code, may not necessarily sell for more than what you paid because there are already so many of them in circulation. On the other hand, more unusual books that appeal to a limited audience may take a little longer to sell on eBay, but they can sell for more (sometimes much more) than the original cover price, even if they’re not in pristine condition. With such quirky titles, “condition is not as important as the information they contain,” says Weber.Approximately one-third of Weber’s time is spent finding books, with big pushes during January and August, the two biggest bookselling months of the year. Each month, he buys at least 5,000 used books to resell, in addition to the new books he’s been selling since 2003. Through wholesale sellers online, such as Book Depot (www.bookdepot.com) and Kudzu Books (www.kudzubooks.com), Weber finds that he can buy overstock for 80 percent off retail and then resell the books profitably over the next several months. (You can find more potential product sources in “Finders, Sellers” on page 22.)The strategy has worked for Weber: “I’m making more money than ever,” he says, “because I keep getting better and better at [selling certain types of books] within my niche.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global A Well-Oiled Machine Big Fish in a Small Pond Register Now » 11 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Another advantage niche businesses have is standardi-zation of processes and materials. For example, Weber needs to stock only a few sizes of boxes and packages for shipping his books rather than hundreds of varieties. “Back-end efficiency, such as with packing and shipping, and effectiveness improve with a niche,” confirms Miller. You can set up a routine, a type of assembly line, which reduces the time it takes to complete a sale and increases your profitability.Through experience in his category, Weber is also much faster at setting prices. He uses auction-style listings for some hard-to-find books in hopes that bidders will drive the prices up, and he sells others at fixed prices using “Buy It Now” when there is a general agreement about the value of a particular book.Pump Up the VolumeWhile Weber Books expanded from used books into new ones, Curvy Girl Clothing (eBay User ID: curvygirlclothing) has always been about new merchandise. The company focuses on new special-occasion wear for plus-size women, says Laura Poorman, 31, co-founder with her twin sister, Lisa Toton, of the Portland, Or-egon, company. Poorman and Toton began their eBay careers as buyers, with Poorman scouting convertible cars and Toton on the hunt for a wedding ring set. Both found what they were looking for on the site and, inspired by the potential selling opportunities, began discussions about running their own eBay Store filled with stylish plus-size clothing.To amass some inventory, the two headed to Los Angeles’ fashion district, near Toton’s home, and stocked up on trendy tops, dresses and skirts for women size 16 to 32. In the three-mile area that makes up the fashion district, Poorman and Toton discovered numerous stores willing to sell clothing to them at great prices. “We only had to buy a few items” in each size, says Poorman.Although they didn’t have experience selling on eBay, what they did have was knowledge of their market. As curvy women themselves, Poorman says, “We know what’s going to work for plus-size women, so we’re able to pick better styles.” And because they deal only in new merchandise, they can buy in larger volumes rather than offering single items, as with used pieces. “You can buy something [used] for $5 to $20 and sell [it] for $60, but you only have one,” she points out, “so it’s harder work.” Selling used items next to new ones also devalues the new items, which is why Curvy Girl stays focused on its new-clothing niche.The twins started doing business on eBay in summer 2005, and in October, they had their first $10,000 week in sales. By the end of their first year in business, sales are expected to reach $350,000.Poorman says one of the keys to their success thus far is “not losing focus.” By establishing their niche and sticking with it, Curvy Girl Clothing is building a brand that draws eBay buyers back regularly because they know exactly what they’ll find there. Says Poorman, “People like that we only do plus-size, stylish occasion wear.”
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Zulfikar Fahd, 30, is a public relations practitioner who was ‘done with all homophobic bullshit’ in his home country, Indonesia, sought asylum in Canada. Coming to CanadaIt was somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean when I woke up from my not-so-deep nap. I pressed the service button to ask the flight attendant for a glass of water. There would be a more in-depth interview the next day with another officer, and they’d examine if my answers were truthful.The morning after when commuting back to the immigration station at the airport, I’d become more confident.I took the airport’s long-ass travelator and walked like a supermodel in my winter coat I was obsessed with, pretended it was a runway.That very second, I felt so powerful. I realized, in this kind of country, I won’t be judged by the society. I can wear whatever and blow whomever I want, just like my spirit animal Samantha Jones once said.So I held my head up high and walked into the examination room with pride. I saw two familiar faces.It was the women I saw during the interview. One of them looked at me, and with a thick cool accent and said, ‘I love your coat. Festive as fuck!’.I smiled from ear to ear.They were a lesbian couple of three years, fleeing from the Bahamas.They told me how LGBT people face difficulties there, mainly caused by conservative Christians. The discrimination made it hard for them to find good job, and even fired after find ones.‘How long do you intend to stay in Canada for?’An officer named Luu asked me, ‘How long do you intend to stay in Canada for?’.I answered:‘Intend? Forever, Sir. One should live a life one’s proud of. I would’ve been proud of mine if I was born somewhere in a sane place like Canada, but too bad I was raised in a country where love is illegal,’ I said.‘I can’t change where I was born and raised, but I can decide where to grow old and die. But I can’t do it without the help from your government.‘I have endured too many years of insult in a culture broken by Muslim supremacists.‘But I believe in one thing: time, for me too, is up.’He nodded, and asked me to come back the same time the next day to see his supervisor who would decide if my claim against Indonesia was verified and if I had a genuine intention to be in Canada.If one of or both answers are no, they’d have to send me back.And that’s the only thing I was scared of at that moment. I went back to the city, counted every second in worry.The VerificationThe friendliest officer ever, Tardiff a.k.a Choudry & Luu’s supervisor, met me.She kept addressing me as ‘my friend’ as we spoke.‘We’ve verified your case, my friend, and you’re eligible to defend your case before the immigration board on May 31 at 12.30pm,’ she said.I exhaled in relief. ‘Oh, I thought you were gonna send me home today. I barely slept last night.’‘No, my friend. I hope Canada is home.’As I took the train back to the city, I read every single document Tardiff gave me. I had my temporary resident card, healthcare, and many other things I had to guard with my life.I couldn’t believe I was officially a refugee claimant now.Zulfikar Fahd successfully gained asylum in Canada. | Photo: Instagram via @zulfikarfahdRefugee is my superpowerI thought I was powerful enough to be able fly from my country, leave everything behind.But countless refugees, not just in Canada, had to carry extra luggages with them: kids, sick parents, wounded spouses… and even many of them flee without a privilege of buying airplane tickets.And they survived it. But not only did they survive it; they took the trauma, the hurt or whatever it was, and used it to fight.I wonder what kind of power they’ve got. It mustn’t have been just a power.It must have been superpowers.So I lift a glass to my fellow refugees who are very brave to fight for lives they deserve.I salute you all, and I am honoured to be your fellow refugee.This piece was originally published on Zulfikar’s blog and has been republished here with permission.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘I stopped being gay’: how one man saved himself from Indonesia’s homophobiaGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalThe UK needs to stop sending LGBTI asylum seekers to their deathsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/i-gained-a-superpower-when-i-fled-indonesia-to-seek-asylum-in-canada/ My mouth was parched, and I could feel my shrivelled lips.I worked hard to get back to sleep cause I knew I was going to be fidgeting if I was wakeful. But how could I not be nervous anyway?I was about to step into Canadian border and do something monumental for my life.That would be the first time ever I’d walk into a country neither as a citizen nor a visitor.Getting through immigration‘What’s the purpose of your visit, Sir?’ asked the immigration guy.‘I’m claiming an asylum,’ my voice cracked.He looked deeply into my eyes. ‘Against what country?’‘The Republic of Indonesia.’“On what basis?”‘Sexual orientation.’‘Welcome to Canada, Mr. Fahd,’ it was rare that someone pronounced my last name correctly.‘I don’t know what you’d been through, but I think you’re being very brave.’Brave. Ha! He didn’t know I was scared as fuck and had been practicing this scenario a million times in front of the airplane’s washroom mirror.He then told me where to go: an interview room where some other asylum seekers were stationed.What life is like in IndonesiaI had to report to a border agent named Choudry.Him: ‘So what happens in Indonesia?’Me: ‘Indonesian society, including the government and authorities, is dangerously homophobic: ministers and the Vice President had released statements condemning homosexuality; LGBT people had been physically attacked by radical Muslims and publicly humiliated by the police; and the parliament is finalizing a new Criminal Code which criminalizes gay sex.’Him: ‘If you return to your country, what would happen to you?’Me: ‘I could get harmed by the conservative Muslims, or sentenced in prison for five years when the parliament finally enact the bill next month. There’s an increase of radical Muslims calling for the public to attack the LGBT community, including when they said, “Your blood is halal”, meaning that to kill LGBT people is religiously allowed in Islam. Many neighbourhoods, including mine, even installed banners saying they’re anti LGBT. The only way to avoid such mistreatment is by never having neither sex nor relationship. And by hiding myself forever in the closet.’A sign near the author’s home in Jakarta: ‘This area is free from communism, drugs, gambling, alcohol, radicalism, and LGBT.’ | Photo: SuppliedHim: ‘You could ask any authorities, such as the police, to protect you, couldn’t you?’Me: ‘I couldn’t. The police is on the extremists’ side as they always ignored calls from LGBT groups when they were threatened with attacks. Despite the absence of the law, they even announced they had created a special task force to crack down on LGBT community. Last year only: two consenting adult men were publicly whipped after being caught in bed together; women with unfeminine appearances were evicted from their private home as the police suspected them to be lesbians; and 141 men were detained after a raid at a sauna, forced to strip down and see the reporters, resulting on their faces and naked bodies being published nationwide hours later.’First night in TorontoThat night after taking my initial statements and verifying my identity and criminal records, Choudry let me go and I set my feet for the first time on Torontonian snowy soil. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | March 03, 2010 Cardiovascular IT Solutions Optimize Clinical Workflows News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more March 4, 2010 – During ACC 2010, cardiovascular IT solutions from Siemens will be shown to help optimize clinical workflows through integration of imaging and information, and are designed to make healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. With syngo Dynamics, Siemens’ multimodality image viewing and archiving system, knowledge-driven tools are clinically derived and include clinical decision support options and evidence-based structured reporting. syngo Dynamics version 9.0 introduces new administrative tools to enhance the clinical experience, supports additional reductions in report turnaround time, offers real time display of key performance indicators (KPIs), and more. Siemens will also showcase its knowledge-driven healthcare data-mining tool, Soarian Quality Measures, which supports healthcare providers’ goals to streamline their quality improvement process by automating chart abstraction and helping expedite the submission of quality measures, as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission. For cardiologists, Soarian Quality Measures automatically abstracts and presents the relevant evidence from the two heart related CMS topics: acute myocardial infarction and heart failure.Also being displayed is Siemens’ latest imaging software for multimodality reading of clinical cases, syngo.via, which places special focus on reading efficiency through automated case preparation and structured case navigation across multiple specialties, including cardiology. For more information: usa.siemens.com/healthcare/dynamics FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more
Monday, July 16, 2018 Share Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Aguamarina, Cancun, Club Med MIAMI — Club Med is showing off the new expansion to its family-centric Aguamarina concept at its all-inclusive resort in Cancun.With the new expansion the Aguamarina family oasis area is now more than double the size and offers new experiences and accommodations, says the company.Expansion OverviewThe new Aguamarina expansion introduces 60 all-new oceanfront family rooms – 30 Club Rooms and 30 Deluxe Rooms – with two-bedroom accommodations to create a comfortable experience for both parents and children while still keeping them connected.New RoomsThis expansion increases the Aguamarina capacity to 120 family accommodations. Additionally, the new rooms are outfitted with upgraded safes that can be opened directly with the guests’ wristbands.Room ViewOutside of the family accommodations, Aguamarina also now features a new dedicated reception area and concierge service.The reimagined area boasts a new pool dedicated to families with water games, lounge areas and outdoor activities for all-day entertainment.PoolThe pool area also plays host to La Marina, a new family bar that features a dedicated kids’ corner with a beverage and snack menu specially for children and their taste buds. During the afternoon, La Marina will “surprise and delight” families daily with special treats and surprises that change from day to day.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“As Club Med continues to stay on the pulse point of consumer trends and the changing demands of families, we’re thrilled to unveil the Aguamarina expansion, which has adopted unique elements specifically with families in mind,” shared Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America. “As the original resort to open on Cancún’s most pristine stretch of beach at the tip of the iconic Riviera Maya, the Aguamarina family oasis is yet another way the property sets itself apart from the rest.”Club Med Cancún Yucatán underwent a full resort enhancement at the end of 2017, including upgrades to the 5-Trident Jade area; a full renovation of all rooms; a refresh to the meetings and events spaces; all-new wellness experiences and new and refreshed dining concepts. << Previous PostNext Post >> Club Med Cancun Yucatan doubles size of Aguamarina family oasis
75 percent of consumers are more likely to book hotels and resorts that provide mobile video content via mobile phone devices, according to a new survey. Conducted by Smith Micro Software, research found that 67 percent of respondents said that they would prefer to purchase content that could be accessed via smartphone or tablet.Smith Micro senior vice president of products and programs Jim Mains said consumer preferences are moving away from static TV and toward viewing content from any device anytime, anywhere.“Historically the hospitality industry has faced many challenges in devising a content strategy that would address shifts in consumer behavior while replacing lost revenue from consumers using their own devices for content,” Mr Mains said.“While business travellers and vacationers have different preferences, one constant remains, accessing video content from a mobile is a valuable asset.”Although more than 72 percent of consumers were interested in purchasing hotel video content from their mobile device, a third of respondents said they were concerned about data charges.Mr Mains said this highlights an opportunity for hoteliers to accrue revenue by offering bundled services of video and Wi-Fi to guests at a reasonable cost.“In this age of mobile and social networking, hotels and resorts are now expected to provide their guests with an interactive entertainment experience, which includes access to high quality video content anywhere, anytime.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Top Stories It’s a great day to be a Cardinals fan. Christmas has come early. No longer do you have to hear the referee saying “False Start, offense number 75”, “Holding, offense number 75” or watch your quarterback on his back after some defensive end blew by Levi Brown for a sack. Yes, the worst left tackle in the game was traded today to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a case of Iron City Beer. OK, maybe it was a late-round draft pick and not a case of beer, but either way he was traded and that’s a good thing. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Somehow I still can’t understand why the Steelers wanted him. Yes, their starting left tackle — second-year man Mike Adams of Ohio State — has given up 4 sacks. But so has Levi, who has also given up six quarterback hits and eight hurries. Pro Football Focus has Brown rated as the 60th worst tackle out of 72 in their rankings.Give credit to GM Steve Keim for realizing that Brown needed to go. He actually needed to go a long time ago, but Keim is the boss for the first time and he obviously wasn’t going to put up with Brown’s lackluster play. That he got something, anything for Bad Bad Levi Brown is a plus. Sometimes in a trade, it’s addition by subtraction. Arizona is better because Levi is no longer here. Let’s face it, he wasn’t a hard worker, didn’t seem to care as much as we would have liked and clearly wasn’t capable of protecting the quarterback’s blind side. Look, Arizona still needs a left tackle. Bradley Sowell will be replacing Brown for now, and while he may or may not be the answer, he certainly can’t be any worse than the turnstile Arizona has endured for six years. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact