Emmanuel Macron Receives Nawal El Moutawakel in the Elysée

Rabat – French President, Emmanuel Macron, received the Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee, Nawal El Moutawakel, and other members of IOC Evaluation Commission, to boost France’s chances to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The newly elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron, continued pushing for France’s candidacy to host the 2024 Olympics, after he expressed full support for the candidacy while acting as Minister of Economy.To that end, the newly inaugurated president received members of the IOC Evaluation Commission, which included former Moroccan Athlete, Nawal El Moutawakel, who serves as Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. “The marriage between Paris and the Games is absolutely obvious,” said Patrick Baumann, President of the committee, in a press conference following the meeting with Macron. Baumann added that members of the IOC were satisfied with Paris’ project to host the Olympics.After London beat out Paris for the 2012 games, France now seems capable of winning a chance at hosting the event. The involvement of the political landscape, especially at the top hierarchy level, may turn out to be very rewarding.Regarding this point, Co-President of Paris 2024 said “We are working on unity and having the President of the Republic proves that this unity is not just a word, it is a reality that is expressed up to the highest level of the State.” read more

Polisario Condemns Opening of McDonalds in Laayoune

Rabat – The Polisario Front doesn’t seem to be enthusiastic about the opening of a new McDonald’s restaurant in Laayoune. The font appealed to the “separatists of the interior” to boycott the products of McDonald’s, as it threatens their political agenda.Polisario announced that McDonalds restaurant should be boycotted since “it serves non-halal meat to Muslim customers,” reported news website Goud.ma. They have also laid out a health sheet  arguing that overconsumption of fast food products has negative impact of on healthHowever, behind these arguments, Polisario believes that the opening of this new restaurant as a threat to its separatist agenda, as other foreign investors could follow the trend. This would put Polisario’s separatist vision at risk, as the countries of these investors could recognize Moroccan territorial sovereignty in the Sahara.A separatist NGO based in Laayoune had sent a letter last year to the American chain to cancel the launch of this new restaurant in Laayoune, which was rejected by the company.McDonald’s has rejected speculation on any political dimension that could be inferred from the inauguration of its restaurant in the southern provinces of Morocco, said Spanish news agency EFE, adding that the opening of this new restaurant is a purely commercial decision for the brand.The project formed a part of the initiative to mobilize investment and create employment opportunities in the southern provinces, according to the General Confederation for Moroccan Enterprises.The franchise was one of the projects announced at the Investment Forum organized in Laayoune in 2015 by the CGEM.The American fast-food chain’s new location in Laayoune will provide more than 200 job opportunities for the benefit of the city’s youths.The restaurant occupies an area of 1.137 square meters. It includes a birthday room, a gym, and a free parking lot. read more

Bali to host UN meeting on stamping out corruption

The five-day meeting of the Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption will be opened on 28 January by the country’s President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which is the custodian of the Convention, noted that “since corruption hurts us all, we have a shared responsibility to stop it.”Antonio Maria Costa added that the Bali meeting “provides a chance to replace a culture of corruption with an environment of integrity.” The first and only legally binding anti-corruption treaty, the Convention came into force on 14 December 2005, and thus far has been signed by 140 States and ratified by 107.Among other things, it requires States to prevent corruption, make it a criminal offence, cooperate in stamping it out and return stolen assets.A key item on the meeting’s agenda will be to create a means to review the treaty’s implementation.“The UN anti-corruption Convention provides benchmarks to plug holes in domestic legislation and strengthen national capacity to fight corruption,” Mr. Costa said. “An effective review mechanism will ensure that this powerful piece of international law lives up to its potential.” 16 January 2008Over 1,000 people from more than 100 nations – including Government officials, business leaders, law enforcement personnel, journalists, entertainers and civil society representatives – will convene in Bali, Indonesia, later this month for a United Nations conference on curbing corruption. read more

Hailing aid effort in Malawi UN envoy calls for further international support

“I’ve been greatly heartened by the clear commitment and relentless efforts of relief workers and Malawian communities to meet the tremendous challenges they face,” the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, James Morris, said in Malawi, where he is continuing his two-week tour of the six most-affected countries. “But while major steps have already been made, the magnitude of this crisis demands an even greater response over the coming months.”The number of people at risk of famine in Malawi soared this month to 2.1 million from 500,000, while resources pledged so far stand at just 57 per cent of the $144 million needed for food and other supplies. The number of people in need will jump again to 3.2 people million in December, when the crisis is expected to peak.As part of its assistance to the country, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is participating in a newly approved special operation to repair the Nacala railway line, the only direct rail link between Mozambique and land-locked Malawi.Built in 1970, sections of the track have fallen into major disrepair, which worsens during the rainy season, forcing the trains to move at a 10-kilometre-per-hour crawl and creating a two-month backlog in freight, according to WFP. Urgent repairs are needed along a 77-kilometre stretch of the rail line, close to the border with Malawi.The Canadian Government has already pledged over $250,000 and there are promising signs that the United Kingdom will come forward soon with a significant contribution, the agency said.Eight locomotives will also be leased in order to improve the capacity of the railway. The Governments of Malawi and Mozambique have agreed to contribute to the maintenance of the track and the locomotives. read more

Mens Hockey No 7 Ohio State sweeps Colgate on the road

Ohio State then-sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (9) scores a goal in front of the net against Wisconsin senior goalie Kyle Hayton (33) in the third period on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 6-2. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterWith strong goaltending and good production on offense, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team took both games against Colgate for its second sweep of the season.Ohio State (6-3-1, 1-1 B1G) shutout the Colgate Raiders (2-6-1, 0-1-1 ECAC) in its game Friday night 3-0, keeping the scoreless streak going Saturday with a 1-0 win.Game 1After missing both games against Notre Dame, junior forward Tanner Laczynski returned to the lineup for the Buckeyes against Colgate on the third line and scored two goals to help lead Ohio State to victory.The Buckeyes survived an early Colgate power play before junior forward Ronnie Hein scored the team’s first goal. He was assisted by freshman forward Gustaf Westlund, his fourth assist of the season. In the second period, Ohio State failed to convert on both of its power play opportunities. Overall, Ohio State was 0-4 with the man advantage and Colgate didn’t score on its only power play of the night. Laczynski scored the next goal for Ohio State, his third of the season, with less than 20 seconds remaining in the second period.The third period was scoreless until Laczynski added the third Ohio State goal,his fourth of the season, in the empty net with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game.Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo stopped every one of the 19 shots sent his way in his second straight shutout, the fourth of his career. Romeo hasn’t allowed a goal in his last two games where he has faced 42 combined shots. The Buckeyes outshot Colgate 44-19, their most shots on goal this season.Game 2Ohio State’s offense was balanced in its win against Colgate on Friday, scoring once in each period. While the Buckeyes weren’t scoring as often Saturday night, a late goal still allowed Ohio State to come away with the series sweep.The nets were untouched through the first two periods of the game, with Ohio State outshooting Colgate 23-18 through the first 40 minutes. In the third period, however, the Buckeyes ramped up their shooting as time ticked away, outshooting the Raiders 13-6 in the final period and 36-24 overall.Senior forward Dakota Joshua scored the only goal of the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period and was assisted by senior forwards John Wiitala and Brendon Kearney. The power play was a struggle for both teams on Saturday, as neither team could convert on any of the four power play attempts they were given. Though Ohio State has struggled offensively on the power play, the penalty kill has slowly improved. The Buckeyes are now killing 80 percent of the penalties they are facing, only allowing eight all season, and they haven’t given one up since their 2-2 tie at Bowling Green in October.Sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier provided the second shutout of the series and his second of the season, saving all 24 shots he faced.This is the first series that Ohio State has shutout its opponent in both games since they played UAH in Nov. 2011.No. 7 Ohio State will return to Columbus next weekend to take on the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers. read more

Joan Burton In everybodys interest that we get a public sector pay

first_imgSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has said that it is in everybody in the country’s interest that the government and public sector unions agree a deal on pay and conditions.She was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for the chairman of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, to report to government on whether or not it will be possible to reach a deal that saves €300 million in the public sector pay bill this year.Burton told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics this afternoon: “I think it’s in everybody’s interest in the country that we get a deal.”She said that it was important that government was conscious about “protecting the maximum number of jobs” within the context of exiting the Troika bailout later this year and said she remains “hopeful” that a deal will be reached.Unions have been at odds with government over reforms to public sector pay which are aimed at saving €1 billion over the next three years having voted against proposals to cut premium pay, extend working hours, and cut pay for higher earners.Some trade unions have already begun balloting for industrial action with the government indicating that if it cannot reach a deal with workers it will legislate for pay cuts.Earlier this week, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin told TheJournal.ie that sector-specific deals were a possibility as an alternative to an overarching agreement as had originally been proposed and voted down by unions.Burton insisted this afternoon that the government proposals had been made in a “balanced way” and that Howlin had sought to confine reductions in pay to those earning over €65,000.“We want to maintain employment and we want to do that in the best way possible,” she said.Asked about the prospect of a deal being reached she added: “What I am is hopeful, because I think it’s in the best interests of the country as a whole [that a deal is reached].”Speaking on the same programme, the Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin said the “workers had nothing left to give” while the Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness said the whole process of social partnership isn’t working.“The civil service looks in the mirror and negotiates with itself, it’s wrong,” he said.Watch: Sector-specific talks on table as Howlin prepares for defeat on pay dealRead: New deadline to reach deal on public sector pay cutslast_img read more

Xbox Exclusive Scalebound Officially Cancelled by Microsoft

first_img 2017 is barely two weeks old, but we have our first tragic celebrity death of the year… sort of.Microsoft has announced that it has canceled Scalebound. Rumors about Scalebound’s cancellation began making the rounds early last week among some independent gaming sites and YouTube channels. Earlier today, reputable sources such as Kotaku, Eurogamer, and IGN began to report on this rumors, thus giving it an air of legitimacy. It wasn’t long before Microsoft made the news official.“After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound,” read a press statement from the Redmond-based tech giant.Announced during E3 2014, Scalebound was being developed by Hideki Kamiya and Platinum Games as an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive title. It was set to be an ambitious action RPG where players could control both a human protagonist and his giant, fire-breathing dragon companion. Given its pedigree, Scalebound made it to the top of many site’s “most anticipated” games lists (including ours… twice!).According to Eurogamer, relations between Platinum Games and Microsoft “dramatically soured” since Scalebound was last seen during Gamescom 2016. Last Fall, senior members of the development staff were forced to take a month off from working on the title to get them “away from the pressure of the project’s heavy workload.” After the devs had returned, Scalebound was behind schedule, and there were problems with the game’s engine. Because of these factors as well as overdue deadlines, the decision was made to pull the plug on the whole thing.Though Scalebound has been canceled, fans of Xbox still have a number of exclusive games to look forward to in 2017. In today’s press release, Microsoft stated that it is “working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves” and other great experiences.”It is unclear whether or not Platinum Games can or will resume work on Scalebound on another platform in the future. But for now, the game is, for all intents and purposes, dead. As dead as that Halo Mega Bloks game. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike Stay on targetlast_img read more

Vancouver man arrested on drug weapons allegations

first_imgA Vancouver man allegedly in possession of 23 ounces of marijuana and four weapons, two of which were allegedly stolen, was pulled over and arrested Sunday near Cottage Grove, Ore.Michael N. Brachais, 34, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when he was pulled over by an Oregon State Police trooper for an unspecified traffic violation.Lieutenant Rob Edwards discovered 14 glass jars filled with marijuana concealed inside a duffel bag in the 2000 Plymouth van. Also in the duffel bag were two pistols, including one police allege was stolen.Under the bag, rolled inside a blanket, Edwards found a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle. The rifle had also been reported stolen.Brachais was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree theft, four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession, unlawful distribution and unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance — marijuana.He was being held without bail Monday in the Lane County Jail.last_img read more

Seattles KPLU meets 7M fundraising goal avoiding sale

first_imgImage courtesy of KPLU.A public radio station based in Seattle and serving the Puget Sound Region announced Thursday it has raised enough money to stay on air.Download AudioIn November, Pacific Lutheran University announced it would sell the licence for KPLU 88.5 FM to another public radio station in the area owned by the University of Washington. But as the station’s General Manager Joey Cohn told listeners, donations from 24,103 individuals and businesses raised enough money to buy the licence instead.“I am very excited to announce today that we reached our goal of $7 million dollars,” Cohn said to raucous applause.Supporters formed the Friends of 88.5 FM group which is negotiating the terms of the sale. A final purchase still has to be worked out with PLU and receive FCC approval. Cohn estimates it will be September or October before KPLU becomes its own independent, community licensed radio station.Several KPLU staff are former members of the Alaska Public Radio Network–reporters Gabriel Spitzer and Ashley Gross, as well as producer Ariel Van Cleave and afternoon host Ed Ronco.last_img read more

Anchorage earthquake put new mapping tool to the test

first_imgA new USGS tool modeled potential liquefaction sites after the Nov. 30 Anchorage earthquake (Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey).The 7.0 Anchorage earthquake last month caused several landslides and other dramatic ground movements. It was one of the first big tests of a new computer model aimed at quickly estimating how significant those ground failures will be following an earthquake.The model is from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). After a big earthquake, it generates a map almost instantly indicating where major landslides and ground sinking or shifting are likely to take place. It also estimates how many people may be affected.Kate Allstadt is a researcher with USGS in Colorado and helped develop the model. She says it’s intended to help first responders understand where the hardest hit areas may be in the minutes and hours after an earthquake.“It can help decision makers figure out what areas should be a priority,” she said. “[And] if roads are blocked, which is often something that happens by landslides triggered by earthquakes, what areas might be cut off.”Researchers have been testing the model for a few years and the public version was released in August. Allstadt says the Nov. 30 earthquake was the first chance for scientists to see for themselves on the ground how well the maps worked after a major event.For the Anchorage earthquake, the model estimated significant landslides and other ground failures would affect about 4,400 people.Allstadt was in Anchorage for a week of field research in early December to see if the model got it right.“A lot of the work we did when we were in the field is taking the maps produced by these models and going to the places where they predicted higher probability of landslides and liquefaction and seeing what actually happened,” she said.Allstadt says overall, the maps were pretty accurate. But she says they tended to overestimate where soil sinking and liquefaction might occur. And, she says, the maps are missing some important details: while they may accurately predict a large landslide that blocks a major road, they could miss a smaller slide that impacts just one house.“Something that we’ve already been planning to do is to go to higher resolution to capture the areas that are maybe not going to produce dramatic rock avalanches, but they can be really impactful, because they’re often closer to where people live,” she said.The model generates ground failure maps for any earthquake greater than magnitude 5.0 in the U.S and 6.0 around the world.last_img read more

Is Sara Ali Khan uncomfortable in presence of exboyfriend Veer Pahariya

first_imgSara Ali Khan, Veer PahariyaTwitterSara Ali Khan reportedly faced an awkward situation recently when she came across her ex-boyfriend Veer Pahariya.According to SpotboyE, Sara and Veer, who is grandson of former union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, found each other under the same roof on Thursday during a special screening of Student of the Year 2.The two former lovers were invited by Ananya Panday. The entertainment portal stated that Veer saw Sara while searching for his seat, and the actress too noticed him. But the two completely ignored each other.The report further added that while Veer was having a good time with the star kids after the show, Sara chose to make a quick exit as soon as the movie ended. Looks like the young former couple does not intend to be friends even now.Sara and Veer were in news a few years ago when their cozy pictures had gone viral on social media. Although their relationship did not last long, the star kid had later confirmed that she had dated Veer.”He is (Veer) the only one I have dated. I have had no other boyfriends in my life,” she had said in an interview.On the work front, after two back to back successful films – Kedarnath and Simmba, Sara has been shooting with Kartik Aaryan for Love Aaj Kal 2. While she will soon be seen romancing the young actor, rumours were rife of Sara dating Kartik.Although Sara and Kartik have often been spotted together, there has not been any confirmation on their dating rumours.last_img read more

Binny Bansal stunned by allegations sends email to Flipkart employees

first_imgBinny BansalYouTube screengrabAfter stepping down as the Chief Executive Officer of Flipkart on Tuesday due to allegations of ‘serious personal misconduct’, Binny Bansal has sent an email to his employees saying that he was ‘stunned’ by the accusation against him.On Tuesday, Walmart had issued a statement saying that Binny had resigned as the CEO after several ‘personal misconduct allegations’.The statement read, “Binny has been an important part of Flipkart since co-founding the company, but recent events risked becoming a distraction and Binny has made a decision to step down.”Binny said that while he was planning on stepping back from his role soon, the recent developments in the company has accelerated his decision.In his email, he said, “For some time, I have been mulling over the right time to step away from an operating role at Flipkart Group. My plan was to continue in my current role for a few more quarters to continue the transition after closing the deal with Walmart. However, my decision to step down has been accelerated by certain personal events that have taken place in the recent past.”He also added, “The allegations left me stunned and I strongly deny them. The investigation, however, did bring to light lapses in judgment, particularly a lack of transparency, related to how I responded to the situation.”While Binny is no longer the Flipkart CEO, he will still continue to be part of the board and will own major shares in the company.According to The Washington Post, the investigation into the allegations were launched in July. Even though they didn’t yield any evidence of misconduct on Binny’s part, they did show a lack of transparency in his managing.last_img read more

Iran declares US state sponsor of terrorism

first_imgMap of IranIran’s Supreme National Security Council on Monday declared the United States a “state sponsor of terrorism” and US forces in the region “terrorist groups”, state media said.In a statement carried by the official news agency IRNA, it said the move was in response to Washington’s “illegal and foolish act” of designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organisation.last_img

Fire breaks out at restaurant in Shakespeare Sarani none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A fire that broke out in a restaurant on the second floor of a multi-storied building at Shakespeare Sarani on Sunday morning caused panic among local residents.They were aghast to see black smoke billowing out of the building. Fortunately, no injury or casualty was reported in the incident as firefighters quickly brought the flames under control. The incident took place around 7 am and three fire tenders were immediately pressed into action to douse the flames. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen people spotted the smoke billowing out of the restaurant they immediately informed the fire brigade officials. Fire officials and police have started a detailed probe in this regard. They were also investigating if there was adequate fire fighting mechanism in the restaurant. The fire officials are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage. Steps might be taken against the restaurant owner if adequate fire fighting mechanism is not found in place. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the preliminary investigation, the police and fire department officials suspect a short circuit inside the kitchen caused the fire. Some local people and the security personnel of the building were the first to spot thick black smoke coming out of the second floor. The smoke soon spread on other floors. The security personnel evacuated the floors as a precautionary measure before the fire fighters reached the spot. The police reached the spot and cordoned-off the entire area. The traffic movement was also restricted in the area for sometimes. The restaurant was closed after the fire incident took place. The fire officials suspect that short circuit might have been triggered from the refrigerator in the kitchen. Local residents were moved to safety to avoid any untoward incidents. The area was also evacuated by the police and fire officials. The firefighters were able to bring the flames under control after an hour. The fire fighters initially found to difficult to breathe as thick black smoke had spread on the entire floor. They broke a portion of a glass wall of the building to release the smoke. The restaurant was damaged by the fire. “People were panic-stricken when they saw thick black smoke billowing out of the restaurant. None was inside the restaurant when it caught the fire. People who were on the other floors rushed downstairs following the incident,” a security guard of the building said.last_img read more

Offline Businesses Find eBay Success

first_img 10 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. There must be something to it. Advertisers boast that their product has something extra. People often talk about wanting to do something extra-special during their weekend, or when preparing a meal. And unless you’re a boxer on the receiving end of a punch, getting something extra is just about always a good thing.It’s also how a lot of entrepreneurs are increasingly seeing eBay–as something extra. eBay has allowed multiple enterprises to expand by bringing in an additional revenue stream. And that’s becoming more necessary, as today’s entrepreneurs are finding just one source of revenue is no longer enough. “Our entire economic culture is in transition,” observes consultant Joe Guertin. “It’s an exciting time, filled with a lot of opportunity.” For many entrepreneurs, the way to tap that opportunity is with eBay.Neatly DoneBrian Schutzer owns Neat Stuff Collectibles. You can find him at a dozen or so collectibles shows around the country, and sometimes at comic-book conventions, but mostly you can find him on eBay (eBay User ID: neatstuffcollectibles). He began his business without eBay, and he still technically has a company independent from the site. Nevertheless, when he added eBay as a revenue stream, “sales started skyrocketing,” says Schutzer, 27, who works and lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.Schutzer now employs seven and estimates his company brought in $2.8 million in 2005 and that 60 percent of his business’s income is due to his eBay outlet. Without it, Schutzer guesses his business “would still be strong, but it would probably be in a different form.”For starters, Schutzer doesn’t think he would have seven employees, although he concedes that he might have some, because he likely would have opened a brick-and-mortar store.That’s an example of the transitional economy Guertin describes. “People recognize they no longer have to invest in a 200,000-square-foot department store,” says Guertin, who has a sales training and consulting firm in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. “The platform itself is right there–it’s eBay. So the new economic reality for many Americans is that multiple streams are the answer. The old mind-set of a single revenue stream is obsolete.”Jumping onto the eBay bandwagon, however, takes some work. “I would definitely say to go for it, but to take it slow,” Schutzer advises entrepreneurs who want to add eBay as a revenue source for their businesses. “A lot of people don’t realize how much time it’s going to take them. The time and expense involved in the customer service that you have to [provide] when you deal with eBay customers can eat away at a profit margin. Go slowly, and calculate everything you do along the way as you increase your involvement.”Debbie Levitt, an eBay Certified Provider, says marketing in particular is a big factor in succeeding on eBay. “We find that buyers tend not to remember sellers,” says Levitt, owner of As Was, a Tucson, Arizona, online marketing firm that specializes in helping individuals and companies start, market and improve their eBay and online businesses. “Buyers tell people they bought from some guy on eBay. We want our clients to be memorable brand names, and not just ‘some guy.’ “Again, this takes some work. “The biggest mistake is not having a deep enough understanding of the eBay marketplace,” says Levitt. “And that includes the relationship of the shoppers to the seller, the economy, eBay’s own economy and value of the products, the way products get sold, the interplay between making strategic choices and how that affects both your fees and potential revenue.”In other words, there’s a lot to this eBay thing.”We find that some businesses have unrealistic expectations,” says Levitt. “People think, ‘I can just put something on eBay, and somebody will buy it.’ But getting the public to buy depends on a lot of factors: presentation, the shoppers’ perception of you. It’s not just about price. Since eBay is a community, shoppers care about trustworthiness and even how friendly a seller seems. Some [sellers] tend to assume they can throw anything on there and that nobody will ever contact them. They may not be prepared for the sense of community that naturally comes out of doing business on eBay.”If you own an offline business, you should realize that working from home is a way to reduce your overhead, whether it’s by cutting down on work space or simply not having to decorate a lobby or store, or pay a staff to monitor the premises every day. Or like Schutzer, you might find that you can add more staff, because you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your business storefront. It takes some work, of course, to add eBay as a serious, income-generating sales channel, but in the end, eBay allows you to free yourself from the confines of an offline business. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Dave Dorman, 47, hasn’t paid for groceries for 18 months. Actually, that’s not quite true, but it often feels that way ever since the freelance illustrator began regularly selling his work on eBay (eBay User ID: iguana58).It’s been a tough year in many respects. His 18-month-old son was born during the 2004 hurricane season, when his house was walloped by a tornado that spun out of Hurricane Ivan, sending his family out of their home for four months. Hurricane Dennis was comparatively gentle–smashing a window in his office and scattering dirt on the floor.After once again watching their backs in the 2005 hurricane season, Dorman and his wife, Denise, decided to leave Shalimar, Florida, for a hurricane-free life in Geneva, Illinois. And through the diapers and damage, Dorman’s business has not only remained stable, he’s also added income, thanks to eBay.For the past two years, he has been selling artwork–an average of three to four pieces a week–on eBay, bringing in what is now 10 percent of his income (which is usually a little over $100,000 annually, although sometimes substantially more). All his eBay income goes straight to his PayPal MasterCard debit card, which he uses whenever he buys groceries or makes a run to the pharmacy.”I tell people I haven’t really spent a dime on groceries in the past few years,” says Dorman. “It’s been very helpful in that aspect–I don’t have to worry about whether I have enough money in my pocket to cover what I’m going to buy.”Dorman has constructed quite an array of clients over his 20-year professional career. He draws comic-book and paperback covers. His art adorns packaging for everything from video games to Hasbro toys. He’s sketched a lot for corporate presentations, pictures that will never be published but help to sell a concept to executives. And his most well-known client is LucasFilm Ltd.”It really didn’t occur to me to sell my artwork on eBay until I talked to my artist friends,” admits Dorman, who also supplements his income by selling work at comic-book conventions and shows and has built up something of a loyal customer base. “It was a real surprise to see those fans and others on eBay,” says Dorman, who also rotates several of his self-published books on the eBay site.”You do have to do a bit of paperwork–and shipping,” says Dorman. “You are taking some time to do this, but that’s part of running a business. During the week, I’ll schedule an hour or two to take care of the packaging and shipping for stuff that has been sold on eBay.”The lesson for like-minded entrepreneurs to take away from all this? Think of some elements of your business in the way that Hollywood looks at their bloopers. They don’t leave those scenes in the movie, but they feature them on their DVDs as an added reason for the customer to spend money. Almost every business–as Dorman discovered–has something left over that may not be useful to the main product your business sells, but might be worth something to a consumer. If you’re selling wedding veils or hand-knit sweaters, for instance, the leftover material might be something that someone else would want, and that’s where eBay can come in handy.Of his eBay sales channel, Dorman says, “It just makes life a little bit less stressful, having that sort of safety net that eBay provides us.” And stress is something Dorman doesn’t need any more of.The New WorldLynne Harrington (eBay User ID: allabout*sewing*knitting) is living and breathing in the transition economy. For the past five years, Harrington, 49, has owned and operated All About Sewing in Keene, New Hampshire, with her husband, Daniel “Woody” Woodard, 48. In the past five years, “we built the business from scratch, selling sewing machines,” says Harrington. “There were good times and bumps in the road, and then the economy tanked, overhead became challenging, and we started questioning it all.”Harrington recently closed her brick-and-mortar store, which was bringing in a little less than $100,000 a year. And by the time you read this, she will have revamped her business completely. In 2006, All About Sewing is poised to bring in well over $100,000, and possibly much, much more in the future–and Harrington freely gives the credit to eBay.During the bad times, Harrington began selling used knitting machines on eBay to bring in extra income, which helped their business considerably. “We had a skill set for the [online used knitting machine] business and a huge demand for it,” says Harrington, who found it sobering to see how her online component–what was supposed to be just something extra–was constantly growing, while her rural store’s profitability seemed to have peaked.The time came when it was clear the brick-and-mortar store had to go. But Harrington’s future is looking even brighter. Because of the extensive online networking she has done, Harrington was recently able to negotiate a deal to become the sole distributor of the Merrow Sewing Machine Co.’s decorative stitch machines, which have a rich history in the commercial sewing industry. “The overedge stitch you see in blankets in Lands’ End and L.L.Bean catalogs-Merrow pioneered that,” says Harrington.All the greeting and meeting and deal-making that Harrington did with the owners of Merrow may be decidedly old-fashioned, but how she met them–online, of course–is very 21st century. So is the niche marketing Harrington envisions as she plots her com-pany’s new course–directing her efforts to the entrepreneurs who are picking up the commercial sewing jobs left behind as the bigger companies move more of their operations overseas.What can you learn from Harrington’s success? If you think your business is in a transition stage, eBay can be a useful way to create a safety net, by way of bringing in extra income for your current company. Or as it was for Harrington, eBay can actually be the bridge from your business’s past to its future.”Even though we’re two hours away from each other, I’m sure we never would have met up,” says Harrington of her new supplier. And eBay, Harrington says, will be playing a “prominent” role in her updated, improved business model. That seems appropriate, given Harrington’s observation: “It’s absolutely accurate to say that eBay has been life-altering.”Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist inLoveland, Ohio.center_img March 24, 2006 Food for Thought Register Now »last_img read more

OnePlus 6T for 489 Flash Sale Is Sold Out – 49999 Valid

first_imgOnePlus 6T saw some unprecedented sales in April thanks to various Super Sales being offered by e-commerce sites. Unprecedented because the company’s last flagship didn’t see any price cuts until after the launch of newer device. OnePlus 7 launch will still take weeks, and although the lowest price yet seen on OnePlus 6T (at $489.99) is all sold out, you can still get this beautiful device for just ten more bucks.The 8GB variant of OnePlus 6T goes for $579 with the company unlikely to offer any discounts until the holiday season. Don’t want to buy OP6T after it’s no longer “in vogue”? [That shouldn’t be a concern though, since these phones are good to last for at least 3 years] The $499.99 price will remain valid for one more day – 96 pieces left.Discount on OnePlus 6T brings the price down to $499.99To avail the discount price, just head over to this link and click on Buy Now button. No coupon codes, no confusion!Wondering what exactly is the fuss about OnePlus devices? Here are all the flagship-y specs that you get for half the price of the flagships. Don’t forget that OnePlus is probably the most committed Android company timely sending software and security updates to all its devices.6.41-inch, 2340 x 1080 optic AMOLED displayQualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8GHzTriple Cameras: 20.0MP + 16.0MP rear camera and 16.0MP front camera8GB LPDDR4X + 128GB Storage3700 mAh  (non-removable) battery – Fast Charging (5V 4A)OxygenOS (Based on Android 9.0)Dual SIM: Nano SIM card + Nano SIM cardDimensions: 15.75 x 7.48 x 0.82 cm / 6.2 x 2.94 x 0.32 inchesSensors: In-display Fingerprint Sensor, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor CoreAudio: Bottom-facing speaker, Noise cancellation support, Dirac HD Sound, Dirac Power SoundUnlock Options: In-display Fingerprint Sensor, Face UnlockPorts: USB 2.0, Type-C, Support standard USB, Type-C Earphone, Dual Nano SIM SlotNetwork (as copied from GB): Share Tweet Submit Package contains: Cell Phone, Earphones Adapter, Phone Case, Quick Start Guide, Main Informations and Warranty Card, SIM Needle, Dash Quick Charger Adapter, Dash Type-C CableWe will keep you folks updated with any further reductions or super discount offers on OnePlus 6T. To get OP6T (8+128GB) for $499.99, head over to this link.center_img 2G: GSM, GSM 1800MHz, GSM 1900MHz, GSM 850MHz, GSM 900MHz3G: WCDMA B1 2100MHz, WCDMA B19 850MHz, WCDMA B2 1900MHz, WCDMA B4 1700MHz, WCDMA B5 850MHz, WCDMA B8 900MHz, WCDMA B9Network type: CDMA,FDD-LTE, GSM,TD-SCDMA, TDD-LTE, WCDMAWIFI: 2.4G/5G WiFi, 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless internetWireless Connectivity: 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GSM, WiFiCDMA: CDMA BC0/BC1TD-SCDMA: TD-SCDMA B34/B39TDD/TD-LTE: TDD-LTE: B34/38/B39/B40/B41(2545 – 2655MHz)4G LTE: FDD B1 2100MHz, FDD B12 700MHz, FDD B13, FDD B17 700MHz, FDD B18, FDD B19 800MHz, FDD B2 1900MHz, FDD B20 800MHz, FDD B25, FDD B26, FDD B28 700MHz, FDD B29, FDD B3 1800MHz, FDD B4 1700MHz, FDD B5 850MHz, FDD B66, FDD B7 2600MHz, FDD B8 900MHzlast_img read more

8Hotels celebrates eight year high

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: R.M 8Hotels Collection has celebrated their eighth anniversary as Australia’s largest boutique hotel company. At their Regents Court hotel rooftop garden in Potts Point Sydney 8Hotels head of marketing Lisa Wallis explained to e-Travel Blackboard how the firm has doubled in size over the last two years. “We now have 17 eclectic properties stretching from Australia to Bali and France,” Ms Wallis said.Fifteen of these hotels are in Australia, mostly city-based with seven in Sydney, complimented by the exclusive Chandra Luxury Villas in Bali and apartments in Paris. 8Hotels founder and chief executive Paul Fischmann started the successful Australian business in 2004 with his management team located at their Sydney Surry Hills offices.Awarded for HR excellence, the company employ 300 professional staff worldwide and are focused on proper hotel training, world-class hospitality and presenting stylish, unique interiors.8Hotels Collection offer 1000 rooms across a range of 3 to 5 star properties.Appealing to a mix of business and leisure clients, and popular with the gay community due to their prime locales, the company is expanding quickly. 8Hotels are searching for additional city-based locations around Australia and are seeking to develop internationally in destinations where Australians love to travel. Kylie, Marije, Roberto, Lisa, Sophie and Natalie – 8Hotels Collectionlast_img read more

Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand have deepene

first_imgTourism Australia and Air New Zealand have deepened their commercial relationship, signing a new marketing agreement aimed at promoting Australian tourism within key markets served by New Zealand’s long haul carrier.The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extends an existing deal, signed in 2013, which has seen the two parties work together on a range of successful campaigns credited with helping to significantly increase Air New Zealand bookings to Australia.Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan, who spent time in Auckland this week meeting with Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon, said the new agreement would principally target the United States – Australia’s fourth largest inbound tourism market.“International traffic from North America is growing at levels we haven’t enjoyed since the Sydney Olympics and this is due, in no small part, to the success of a range of targeted marketing activities we’ve carried out in this market with Air New Zealand.“Alongside Air New Zealand’s strong brand, award-winning product and competitive airfares, this new agreement gives us a strong platform to further grow inbound tourism from what remains one of Australia’s most important inbound markets,” Mr O’Sullivan said.Mr Luxon said Air New Zealand is delighted to be continuing the partnership with Tourism Australia to promote travel from North America to Australia.“The United States and Canada are important growth markets for us as we continue to expand our Pacific Rim network. The addition of our Houston service late last year is attracting connecting passengers from the big East Coast markets, many of whom are experiencing Air New Zealand’s product and service for the first time.“Our work with Tourism Australia has contributed to a 13.9 per cent year on year increase in passengers travelling from North America to Australia,” said Mr Luxon.The majority of marketing activities conducted by Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand over the past three years have been digitally focused, helping to showcase both Australia’s capital cities and also key regional destinations such as the Sunshine Coast. A key feature of these campaigns has been offering one common airfare to all Australian destinations.Mr O’Sullivan said that marketing activities planned for 2016/17 would continue to make use of Tourism Australia’s well-established There’s Nothing Like Australia campaign messaging, recently updated with new creative assets highlighting Australia’s best aquatic and coastal experiences.Air New Zealand connects North American travellers to Australia via Auckland with services from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Vancouver. The introduction of a new Buenos Aires-Auckland service in December last year has also improved access to Australia from Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American markets.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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