West Ham ‘plotting audacious January move’ to sign Chelsea striker

first_img 1 West Ham have a long-term interest in Olivier Giroud West Ham are considering another move to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January, according to reports.The Hammers have been linked with an interest in the Frenchman before, having been keen on signing him towards the end of his career at Arsenal.center_img Giroud ultimately decided to move to Stamford Bridge, with the Blues paying £18million for his services in January.But the Frenchman only signed a short-term contract with Chelsea, which expires at the end of this season.And, according to the Daily Mirror, West Ham are weighing up making another move to bring Giroud to the London Stadium.Giround was bought by Chelsea as a back-up striker, and has scored five goals in 26 appearances since his January arrival.But the World Cup winner has proven he has much more to his game than just goals, impressing with his hold up and link up play for club and country.And it is suggested West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini sees him as a perfect fit for his front-line, which has been lacking a target man with Andy Carroll out injured and nearing the end of his contract.last_img read more

UN award for Joburg Housing Company

first_img29 September 2010The Johannesburg Social Housing Company is to receive the world’s most prestigious human settlements accolade, the United Nations’ 2010 Scroll of Honour award, for its holistic approach to providing shelter, which has benefited almost 30 000 people around the city.The UN’s Scroll of Honour awards recognise initiatives that have made outstanding contributions in various fields such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of homelessness, and leadership in post-conflict reconstruction.The 2010 awards will be presented in Shanghai, China on Monday, 4 October.The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) was established by the City of Johannesburg in 2004 to provide affordable rental housing to the lower-income market in order to help eradicate South Africa’s housing backlog.It has been active in several project sites, including in Orlando, Soweto and Industria West, where former hostels have been converted into 213 family apartments. At present, it manages more than 5 000 affordable rental accommodation units, and has reduced default on payments from 87 percent to only 6 percent since it started operating in 2006.The company’s annual budget is about R175-million.Joshco’s chief executive officer, Rory Gallocher, said Johannesburg faced a lot of pressure in delivering good quality and affordable housing.“It makes a big difference to know that we are doing something right because it is often possible to get buried in the detail and forget that we have many counterparts all over the world who are wrestling with similar problems,” Gallocher said. “But it is important for us to count our victories when they come along so that we realise that we are making progress.”Gallocher said the agency’s application to be considered for the award was a test to see if the past six years of work had made an impact. “We thought it would be interesting to compare our efforts with other initiatives around the world.”The group was planning to push for more opportunities to develop more affordable stock, he added.“Our focus right now is on reducing the costs and increasing the revenues. This is important so that we can stretch the budgets as far as possible so that the improved service delivery can be felt by more families in Johannesburg.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

ODA announces expanded Asian Longhorned Beetle quarantine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) today announced the addition of 576 acres of the East Fork Wildlife Area to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) quarantine zone in Clermont County. The addition increases the total square miles regulated for the beetle to 62 square miles, up from 61 square miles. The movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots and branches within these regulated areas is prohibited.The quarantine expansion is the result of newly discovered infested trees found in late 2016 within the Williamsburg Township portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area, south of Clover Road. ODA and USDA APHIS tree inspection crews surveyed trees in the area, and infested and high-risk tree removals are occurring as part of the ALB eradication effort. A map of the regulated area can be found here.East Fork Wildlife Area consists of 2,705 acres that are managed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for public hunting and fishing in southwestern Ohio. It is unlawful for any person to remove wood from a wildlife area without first obtaining approval.Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at asianlonghornedbeetle.com.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180416_RyanMartinHeavy rain is done in the west and central part of Ohio this morning, but we have rain holding on over the eastern third to quarter of the state. This rain will likely linger into midday before pushing east into PA. Cold air is rushing in on the backside of the moisture, driven by strong NW flow across the great lakes. Temps are shifting to well below normal levels, but honestly look to be a little bit better here than farther west in Indiana today. The northern half of Ohio will see temps in the 30s to low 40s, while the southern half of the state will push into the mid and upper 40s still. We likely see our coldest air overnight tonight. Adding insult will be strong NW winds, making it feel even colder. Light moisture holds over the state through the entire day, but there will be significant holes in the precipitation coverage. We are not looking at liquid equivalent being any more than a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth of an inch, but with temps being where they are, we have to allow for wet snow to fly over northern areas pretty much at will. And, we can see rain mix in too.Tomorrow seems colder over a larger part of the state and looks to have more moisture around, particularly up north. The map shows temps tomorrow afternoon as compared to normal. From I-70 northward, we would not be surprised to see a coating to an inch of wet snow from midnight tonight through tomorrow. There likely is nothing developing farther south tomorrow. But, the chilly air is not leaving anytime soon, and we see clouds reluctant to break up in the south.Dry weather is in for overnight tomorrow night through the bulk of Wednesday.Our first tweak of the forecast (from last week’s thoughts) is to push our midweek action back slightly. While we now see most of Wednesday dry, clouds build late in the afternoon. Scattered light rain showers then break out closer to overnight Wednesday night and then linger though most of Thursday. Rain totals still look to be from a few hundredths to .25”, but we are increasing coverage to 80% of the state. The best rains will be from US 30 northward.Dry Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is our next slight change in the forecast – the dry weekend. Temps stay cool for the end of the week and start of the weekend, as we continue to see mostly NW flow dominate the eastern Corn Belt. However, on Sunday, winds turn more S and SW ahead of our next system for early next week. This should allow temps to moderate back closer to normal. WE do not expect a big push above normal, but still, Sunday will likely end up bringing the warmest temps of the next 7 days.Clouds will slowly increase through the day Monday, but we should stay dry, while action develops off to the west. Our next system pushes into Ohio overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning. This low pressure circulation will be coming up from the SW. Scattered showers fall statewide through Tuesday and into early next Wednesday. Rain totals are expected to be around .25”-1” over 70% of the state. The heaviest action seems to set up through central Ohio, but this projection is nearly 10 days out…so a lot can happen between now and then.We should be dry for the start of by Wednesday evening, and strong Canadian high pressure slowly sinks off to the southeast. That keeps the region dry for the night of the 25th along with the 26th and 27th, which is another forecast change, also in our favor. This should bring impressive southwest flow up on the backside of the high for the 27th. That southwest flow will warm us to near normal temperature levels. A cold front works in from the northwest for the 28th and 29th. Rains with that front remain in the half to 1” range with coverage at 80% of the state. Behind that we look dry for the remainder of the month into early may. However, that dry forecast is rooted in yet another Canadian high, so that means we likely see a cold finish to April and start to May, with temps a good 5-15 degrees below normal.last_img read more

CAMPAIGN FINANCE Dave Robertson Raises 8500 Spends 11500 To Date

first_imgWILMINGTON, 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.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”last_img read more

BMWs new smart glasses can put technical drawings right in front of

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Review • 2019 BMW X2 M35i review: A fun, potent little crossover BMW 84 Photos Now playing: Watch this: More about 2019 BMW X2 M35i Preview • 2019 BMW X2 M35i first drive: High-riding hot hatch Enlarge ImageIf this tech prevents me from having to pound a third cup of dealership coffee while I twiddle my thumbs, great. BMW It’s been a long time since Google Glass arrived and promptly departed from the world, but automakers think they have a much smarter solution for smart glasses, and BMW is the latest to show off this tech.BMW announced on Tuesday that it has developed a new set of smart glasses for its dealership technicians. The TSARAVision Smart Glasses, named after BMW’s new online case-reporting system TSARA, can be used to speed up diagnostic and repair procedures by offering up everything a tech needs without having to thumb through physical manuals or pick up a phone. The glasses, which don’t really resemble glasses in the traditional sense, have the ability to put step-by-step instructions or technical drawings right in front of a technician’s eyes. The glasses can also take screenshots, and they’re capable of zooming in on photos to get a little extra detail when necessary. In the event a problem proves too tricky, a tech can also uses the smart glasses to phone home to Germany, where engineers can get a live look at the problem to better work through it. If the tech needs to open up a new document, he or she can do so with just their voice, keeping hands free for the actual nitty-gritty work.BMW says this new tech should be at all BMW dealers by June. It’s not the first company to try something like this, though. We got to experience Porsche’s Tech Live Look smart glasses last year, which look equally silly but are built with the same goal in mind — speeding up the repair process from every angle possible. More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img 3:07 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible deliver big horsepower and luxury Share your voice Auto Tech Car Industry Tags BMW 0 Porsche’s AR glasses help us fix a car in cyberspacelast_img read more

2 siblings missing as boat sinks in Buriganga

first_imgTwo siblings went missing as a boat capsized in the Buriganga river at Sadarghat on Friday evening, reports UNB.The victims are Sumi, 18, daughter of Sumit Gazi of Char Kaliganj and her brother Rabiul Gazi, 8.The victims’ father said that his wife along with three of their children was going to Sadarghat to board a Barishal-bound launch in the evening, but their boat capsized in the mid-river.Although his wife and elder son managed to swim ashore, his daughter and another son could not, he added.The boat capsized due to strong current in the river as well as waves created by MV Sharuk-1, said Abdur Rajjak, officer-in-charge of Sadarghat naval police station.On information, members of Fire Service and Civil Defence rushed there, he said, adding that divers were searching for the bodies.last_img read more

Finding a Niche

first_img “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.”last_img read more