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Connecting Viral Marketing And Internet business Ideas.My name is Charles Friedo Frize and the focus of this blog is to share marketing trends,information, business ideas,and to help you promote your interests, products and services virally.
Small business advice: If you are about to start off in business you will have no doubt heard these comments:“So many businesses fail. Why are you doing this?” “I hear that you need a large amount of money to get a business off the ground these days.” “Why are you throwing away the security of your job?” These, and more of the same, are typical of the barriers that so called friends and advisers, put in your way if you are thinking of starting a business.
These barriers are built on the back of myths about the pitfalls and challenges which surround running your own business.In this article, we’ll take a look at some of these myths and reveal them to be exactly that … just myths! Don’t get me wrong, being an entrepreneur can be tough and there are hurdles to cross, but let’s bring some common sense into the debate!
You Don’t Have a Personal LifeYes you will! It can be hard juggling the responsibilities of running your own business and spending time with the family, but at the end of the day, you are going to have far more flexibility with your personal life, than any employee will ever have. The real issue is, do you have the time management and planning skills to get things done, thereby allowing you time to spend with your family.
You Have To Be Cunning and Ruthless To Be a Successful EntrepreneurOk, it may help you in the short term but this is not a sound, long term strategy. To be a successful entrepreneur you need to build relationships with both customers and suppliers who will stick by you during the rough times.Being ruthless over pricing may get you one or two good deals but you are unlikely to build a lasting and profitable relationship. Your aim should be to strike a balance between what you want and what your customer or supplier wants.
You Won’t Have To Work As HardYour current job may be stressful and subject you to long hours. The idea of running your own business is appealing because you can slow down and take life at your own pace. To a degree this is true but there’s no getting away from the fact that it will be hard work...
Positive affirmations are spoken statements that are of a positive nature. In the popular sense of the term they are spoken commands made purposefully in order to change some aspect of our life.
In order to fully understand how affirmations work and the science behind their use we must first look at the way our minds work! When we are born our brains are like empty computers waiting to be fed information.
As we grow our peers act as our programmers, they supply us with the knowledge which we channel through the conscious mind into the subconscious (our hard drive).
The subconscious mind is the biggest hard drive ever developed - it stores everything we come in contact with and by no means is all of this information of a positive nature.
All that we have heard, touched, smelt, tasted and seen are stored in the recesses of our minds. The subconscious mind holds on to this information until we need to recall it.
For example when you were young your curiosity lead you to investigate your surroundings.
When you approached a substance that was dangerous,such as fire, your parents or guardians would most likely have rebuked or scolded you if you ventured too near the flame. Perhaps you may even recall an incident when you were physically burned.
Your subconscious mind then began to relate scolding (or pain) with the intense heat of the fire and would therefore feed the feelings of the scolding incident back to you whenever you got too close to fire again, thus acting as an early warning system...
Business marketing strategies might sound like it is esoteric so let’s take the mystery out of it so you can devise and implement your own business marketing strategies that fits in to your small business plan. Strategy comes from a Greek word “stratagein” meaning “to be a general”. Think of a strategy as an overall plan of action needed to win a battle. The smaller, detailed actions are termed tactics. You can maintain tactical plans which help you achieve your strategic marketing plan or overall business marketing strategies. That’s simple enough, isn’t it?
A business marketing strategy or strategic marketing plan is an overall plan of marketing actions you intend to take in order to accomplish a specific goal for your company. Start with a goal: $2 million in sales this year; expand into new premises by a certain date; double the size of the company in 2 years… whatever the goal may be. Something realistic but challenging. That's the "war" you want to win. Guess who the general is.
Then work out a simple, overall plan of the major marketing steps needed to accomplish that (for example):
1. Publish a newsletter for all existing customers and mail out quarterly.2. Work out 4 special offers in the year and promote them to all our customers.3. Set up on-line shopping and expand the web site.4. Direct mail campaign promoting the web site to all customers.5. Get mailing lists of (target markets) and do a series of 3 mailings of postcards to them and follow up on and close all leads.6. Etc.
You get the idea. Don’t rush this. Do your homework. What worked in the past? Read up on successful marketing campaigns. Your business marketing strategy needs to be laid out in the right sequence and you should have some idea of budget when you write it. “Run a series of 30 second TV ads during the Superbowl” might sound like a good thing to do but can you afford it? On the other hand, when you build your business marketing strategy you mustn’t try and cut corners. If you don’t promote heavily, it doesn’t matter how good your product or service is, no one will know about it and you will go broke...
Born on October 10, 2000, in Asaba to actress Rita Daniels, Regina Daniels began to make her mark in the movie industry at the tender age of seven, when she starred in the movie “Marriage of Sorrow”. She actually shot to the limelight in 2010 when she featured in the movie “Miracle Child” as one of Nigeria’s finest child stars. Starring alongside popular actors like Ini Edo, Chika Ike and Mercy Johnson, it was obvious that the young actress was destined for greatness.
Her mum, Rita Daniels, also an actress and chairperson of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Delta State chapter, (AGN), nurtured her to fame. Regina was famous in the Asaba Nollywood caucus but began to command attention especially on social media after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar appointed her as his youth campaign coordinator for Nollywood in January.
Raised by a mother who herself is a prominent actor, it took only a few years for Regina to master the art. Making her full professional debut in the widely acclaimed 2015 Nollywood movie, “Marriage in Sorrow”, the young actress has gone on to star in several Nollywood movies including Dumebi in School, The King and the Python, and Tears of Ojiugbo. The young actress had gained considerable attention on social media as a result of her obsession for flashy cars and tattoos.
Married to billionaire businessman and politician, Ned Nwoko, it is obvious that the young wife is living the good life. Being 38 or so years younger than her...
Public relations: A number of organizations actively engage in 'Issues Management.' Largely, this involves scanning the news, developing communications strategies around relevant issues and trends, and then communicating their messages back through the media. Effective communications, however, is more than just managing issues through the media.
Companies and organizations must also be aware of their external publics – the people and groups outside of an organization's sphere that affect, or are affected by, what that organization does. This is known as 'Relationship Management.' It is the discipline of identifying key publics and establishing strategies for building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with those publics.
Identifying External Publics Like most organizations, there is a good chance you are already using media monitoring to track the issues that affect your organization. This is Communications 101. You may even be taking it one step further and conducting some kind of media analysis, including assigning tones like positive, negative or neutral to news stories. And if you're not, you should be.
Without proper analysis and evaluation, your communications team is not doing its job properly. But where it really gets interesting is when you take your existing monitoring and analysis and add another dimension to it. One of the best examples of this is tracking and analyzing quotes. Tracking quotes helps you identify your key publics.
You can see exactly what they are thinking, what they are saying, what they are doing. And by taking further small steps, such as cross-referencing tone with quotes, you can easily identify the type of relationship that exists between your organization and its different key publics. You can get a picture of what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong, and, where necessary, develop a plan to change the relationship. Obviously, the more positive the quote or article, the greater the chance that the person being quoted is an ally to issues favorable to your organization...
YAOUNDE - Officials in Cameroon say at least 53 people died and 21 were severely burned Wednesday morning when a passenger bus collided with a truck illegally carrying fuel in the western village of Santchou, near the town of Dschang. Awa Fonka Augustine, governor of the West Region of Cameroon, where Dschang is located, says the crash occurred when a pick-up truck, illegally transporting fuel, collided with a passenger bus.
He says 53 people died in the bus on the spot. He says it is difficult to identify corpses burned beyond physical recognition in the collision between the 70-seat bus and the truck that was illegally transporting fuel. He says 29 victims in very critical condition have been rushed to hospitals in the town of Dschang and in Bafoussam, the capital of Cameroon’s West region.
Augustine said he had ordered the arrest of three occupants of the truck, who were unhurt and escaped immediately after the accident. Police officer Emmanuel Azegue, who witnessed the collision, says the truck was driving above 120 kilometers per hour on a hill, in the night, with poor visibility.
He says he does not understand why Cameroon drivers overspeed whenever they drive on roads linking major towns of the central African states. He says when accidents occur, it is difficult for passengers to survive because a majority of them do not use their seat belts. Cameroon’s Ministry of Transport says an average of 2,000 people die on the country’s roads each year.
Transport Minister Jean Ernest Messina Ngale Bibehe blames drivers and bus owners for the increasing number of accidents. He spoke by telephone on his way to the Santchou wreck site. Speaking by telephone on his way to the Santchou wreck site, Bibehe said the main causes of road accidents in Cameroon include the poor technical state of vehicles, drivers getting tired and refusing to rest when covering long distances and over speeding. He said if drivers exercise caution and are patient on portions of roads that have degraded, there will be few accidents.
But drivers in Cameroon blame the government for not investing to improve the country's roads.Ahmadou Gambo, spokesperson of the Cameroon Union of Bus drivers, says although some drivers are reckless, a majority of accidents in Cameroon occur because roads are either very bad or just six meters wide which is too small. He says it is very difficult for a driver to avoid a pothole he suddenly finds in front of him and a coming vehicle without causing an accident. He says many buses end up in the bush because they were either struggling to avoid potholes or coming vehicles on very small and narrow roads...
@Charlesfrize #FrizeMedia Business marketing strategies: While pinpointing your market so narrowly takes a bit more effort,entrepreneurs who aim at a small target are far more likely to make a direct hit. The idea in this concept is for a person to focus his/her marketing efforts toward a specific audience who holds an interest in the very product/service being sold. This is not a new concept and yet it is amazing how many businesses neglect it.
When marketing strategies of this nature are applied, the results are exceedingly more beneficial than when a more generally targeted strategy is used. For example, if marketing to a general audience who holds interests in a wide range of products/services as apposed to a targeted, specific product/service, the results in sales generated from this effort would be greatly diminished compared to the results in sales realized through focusing on a concentrated interest among an audience.
The reason for this is because within an audience of people holding large range of interests, only a few will find the need in the product/service offered to them. Conversely, when marketing to an audience of people who all hold the same interest in the product/service being offered, every single person in your audience is much more apt to respond to the marketing efforts. This concept can be likened to a ship at sea that is focused on a specific destination (or target.) If the ship maintains it's aim toward the specific target, it will effectively reach its target because of the concentrated effort.
Chinese conglomerate Suning responds to financial crisis at Italian Serie A team. The Chinese owners of Inter Milan are rushing to raise at least $200m in emergency cash, after the Italian football club’s finances deteriorated due to the pandemic and heavy spending on top players.
Suning Holdings, the retail conglomerate that owns a majority stake in the Serie A team, is seeking new investment by the end of the year in response to a financial crisis at the club, according to three people familiar with its finances. Suning’s challenges with Inter Milan comes as the retailer, which is backed by Jack Ma’s Alibaba, faces questions over its heavy debt burden in China.
The club had been in exclusive discussions with private equity group BC Partners in recent weeks over a potential investment, but those talks have ended after the two sides could not agree on valuation, according to people with knowledge of the matter who confirmed reports from the Italian media this week. The club continues to speak with BC Partners as well as other potential investors including distressed debt funds such as Ares Management and SoftBank-owned Fortress Investment Group. Others who have been monitoring the situation include Swedish private equity group EQT and US-based Arctos.
Those talks range from discussing an outright acquisition of the club or the purchase of a minority stake, according to several people familiar with ongoing discussions. Suning is working with Goldman Sachs to advise on fundraising options.
Those people added that the negotiations with BC Partners foundered over a valuation for the club, with Suning believing it is worth more than €900m. Two people familiar with the discussions said BC Partners valued the group at just €750m. Those discussions have become critical due to the precarious financial situation of the club, which requires a cash injection to continue operations into next season, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
One person close to the club’s leadership said Suning is committed to financially supporting the club through this year. Some of those with knowledge of the talks added that Suning was believed to be far likelier to sell an equity stake, even if that means taking a loss on its investment, rather than allowing the club to go bankrupt altogether.
Inter Milan is led by president Steven Zhang, the 29-year-old son of Zhang Jindong, Suning’s billionaire founder. After spending €270m to acquire the club in 2016, Suning has authorised spending hundreds of millions on euros on star players such as Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen to seek a return to the top of Italian and European football.
The “Nerazzurri” have faced a cash crunch over the past year. The club suffered a pre-tax loss of €102m last season...
Marketing research: Implementing a research is essential to understand the pattern of marketing. This is feasible by searching existing intelligence related to business marketing. It is a form of business research, business-to-business marketing research and business marketing research. Marketing research is done in many forms and all these forms are known as problem-identification research.
Research in advertising is done to determine the copy testing of advertisements. It is also used to know the efficiency of ads placed in any medium, the customer attention it gets, the message it delivers and how it motivates the customers to buy the product. Commercial eye tracking is done to understand the visual behavior of the customer. Ads, websites, etc., are analyzed for this.
Before an advertisement is released in the market, its performance can be forecasted with the help of copy testing which takes consumer’s level of attention, motivation, brand liking, and entertainment into consideration. When a customer buys something online he analyses it in order to make the decision, this is one of the criteria on which consumer decision research is done.
Interviews and surveys can be done to understand consumer’s level of satisfaction, which is known as customer satisfaction studies. The demographic and psychology of the people of a particular geographical region can be studied with the help of segmentation research. When analyzing is to be done about brand recognition, brand performance, brand preference and awareness, ad tracking is done.
A favorite brand can be recognized with the help of brand equity research. Tests are conducted so as to determine what the customer thinks about a brand or a product and it is specifically known as brand name testing. The demand of a product can be understood by demand estimation. After the demand of the product is taken care of, the quality should be checked from time to time. Appointing mystery shoppers who is usually an employee of the market research firm does this. He buys goods through a salesperson and notes down the whole experience.
This procedure can be used to do research about rival companies’ products. Before practical application of a concept, concept testing should be done which tells whether the targeted audience will like the idea or not. Test marketing is done by introducing a product in small numbers in the market and observing the sales, after which the product is launched on a large-scale. Following the initial phase, when the company thinks of increasing the price of the product, price elasticity testing should be carried out which shows customer reaction to price fluctuations...
Madrid is relatively young when compared to the other great Spanish cities such as Seville and Valencia and so it lacks the traditions of the ancient Andalusian and Castilian towns. It lies on a vast open plateau and is subject to extremes of temperature, the daily variation is sometimes 22°C. The locals sum up their climate as nine months of winter and another 3 months of hell.
It is the nation's chief transportation and administrative center. Its commercial and industrial life developed very rapidly after the 1890s and today it is nation's chief transportation and administrative center, rivaled only by Barcelona. Besides it’s many manufacturing industries, Madrid are foremost as a banking, education, printing, publishing, tourism, and film production center.
The general aspect of Madrid is modern, with boulevards and fashionable shopping areas, but the old quarters have picturesque streets. In the heart of the city is the Plaza Mayor, a 17th century square, built in the style of Juan de Herrera. Madrid’s loveliest gardens can found at the Buen Retiro Park which opened in 1631. At the weekends street performers including musicians, tarot readers and puppet shows for children play in the park but this does bring in the crowds. Other landmarks include, El Pacicio Real, the huge and very opulent royal palace. A restored 1850 opera house and the imposing 19th-century building containing the national library, the national archives, and an archaeological museum. Also noteworthy is the modern University City, which transferred from the town of Alcalá de Henares in 1836...
VW CEO Herbert Diess suggests that Porsche will take over control of Bugatti and that a partnership with EV maker Rimac could follow.
Enthusiasts have been wondering what lay in store for Bugatti for months now, and a clear picture is finally starting to take shape. While it appears nothing has been finalized just yet, it looks like the French hypercar maker will soon be under the control of Porsche, according to Car and Driver. And while that may not be enough to get your heart racing, this might: it’s possible that the two premium brands could team up for an upcoming Rimac hyper EV.
Since last September, rumors have been swirling in automotive circles that Bugatti’s parent company, Volkswagen Group, was thinking about selling it to Rimac in exchange for an increased stake in the Croatian EV maker. That’s almost definitely not going to happen now, but that doesn’t mean the dream of a Bugatti-designed EV is dead yet.
It now looks like Bugatti will become a subsidiary of Porsche, its VW Group sibling. That likely means that the German marque, viewed by many as its parent company’s crown jewel, will help steer the French brand as it heads off into a future where its majestic quad-turbocharged W-16 engine—and its emissions—are not as welcome as they once were.
What might that direction be? That’s still unclear, but it looks like it could involve a joint venture between Porsche, Bugatti and Rimac. While last year’s proposed sale may not have come to fruition, it seems pretty clear that the sides have been in contact. Last month, Porsche spent $83 million increasing its stake in Rimac from 15.5 to 24 percent. Is it possible that the trio of brands could team up for a new vehicle? It doesn’t sound that crazy when you think about it.
“The whole thing isn’t yet finalized,” VW Group CEO Herbert Diess said during the company’s Power Day press event earlier this week. “What we want to do is transition responsibility of Bugatti to Porsche, and Porsche in all probability will establish a joint venture with Rimac, with a minority share of Porsche.”
While nothing may be confirmed at the moment, if VW Group is talking about an agreement now, one has to assume it’s close to the finish line. And who knows, when it is announced, maybe we’ll learn of a new all-electric hypercar. After all, that niche already seems...
At the height of the financial crisis in 2009, billionaire Richard Branson balked at the idea of government intervention to stop companies going bust, proclaiming that weak airlines should be allowed to go to the wall. Just over 10 years later and the Virgin Group founder has had a change of heart as he fights to protect his business empire from the fallout of the coronavirus crisis. On Tuesday, he hit out at the lack of government support after Australia’s second biggest carrier, Virgin Australia, collapsed into administration after failing to secure a bailout — making it the airline industry’s first big casualty from the worst crisis in the sector’s history.
Hours before Virgin Australia entered voluntary administration, the British billionaire stepped up pleas for state aid for his airlines — Virgin Australia and UK-based Virgin Atlantic — pledging to mortgage his home and luxury holiday resort in the British Virgin Islands as government intervention on both sides of the world looked increasingly unlikely. It comes as governments are taking contrasting action on how much financial support to provide carriers with their fleets grounded and revenues evaporating in the face of the air travel shutdown.
“The whole issue of competition and support is now beginning to gather momentum and issues such as overseas ownership and existing shareholder investment are obvious areas for discussion,” said John Grant of OAG, the data consultancy. “Governments are faced with some real hard decisions about priorities and needs at the moment and perhaps some airlines...
Magic Johnson may no longer be playing in the NBA, but the Hall of Fame member is still making valuable assists.
Johnson announced that EquiTrust Life Insurance Co., of which he owns a majority, is providing $100 million in capital to fund federal loans for minority and women business owners who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
EquiTrust will work with MBE Capital Partners, a lender that specializes in asset-based loans for minority-owned small businesses, to distribute the loans through the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program.The loans are aimed at supporting people of color and women who operate businesses in underserved communities, according to a news release.
The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal."These are incredible businesses, small businesses, that have been the pillar of our community that also employ a lot of black and brown people in our community," Johnson said Sunday on MSNBC. "... We wanted to make sure that minority-owned businesses got small business loans through the PPP program."
Concerns About People Of Color Accessing Loans
The partnership was borne out of a concern that women and people of color were having difficulty accessing the loans offered by the Small Business Administration's emergency coronavirus relief program -- part of the federal government's massive stimulus package."Johnson's EquiTrust is providing critical financial support to underserved communities and businesses that have been traditionally neglected," EquiTrust and MBE Capital Partners said in a joint news release. "These small and diverse businesses often have difficulty developing strong lending relationships with big banks."
The goal is to help 100,000 businesses secure resources that will sustain them through the pandemic, MBE Capital CEO Rafael Martinez said on MSNBC.
SBA Program Has Come Under Criticism
The Paycheck Protection Program has been plagued by technical hiccups and questions about whether lenders were prioritizing the businesses that needed the money most after several deep-pocketed companies received loans, including the Los Angeles Lakers -- the storied NBA franchise that Johnson was long affiliated with. The team returned the money.After the initial $349 billion Congress allocated to the program ran dry, lawmakers replenished the fund with an additional $310 billion. Still, there have been concerns that money earmarked for smaller lenders is running low.
Advocacy organizations say businesses owned by people of color are inherently at a disadvantage. The funds are accessed through banks and participating SBA lenders -- relationships that people of color are less likely to have.
The Center for Responsible Lending estimated in April that approximately 95% of black-owned businesses, 91% of Latino-owned businesses, 91% of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander-owned businesses and 75% of Asian-owned businesses were unlikely to receive a PPP loan through a mainstream bank or credit union...
@Charlesfrize #FrizeMedia What does a small business marketing strategy mean to you? Some people automatically think in terms of their company’s long-term goals. When they start their small business, they create a long-term business plan, including a marketing strategy, that will help them develop their company over time.
Others think of a small business marketing strategy as a single campaign. They create a marketing campaign for one product or service they offer, and create a series of marketing tools that will help them sell that product or service.
While both may technically be correct, there is a distinct difference between the two. One creates a stream of income for a short period of time (typically a few weeks to a few months), while the other ensures you have a stream of income coming in on a regular basis.In order to ensure an effective small business marketing strategy, you must have three things in place.
1. Multiple marketing tools in place. Every day a person is marketed to 60-100 times. You see banners on the sides of buses, advertisements in newspapers and magazines, and coupons in your mailbox. It’s easy to see why marketing tends to become almost non-existent in our minds.
But the thing that a good marketer realizes is that he has to use different marketing tools to reach different target audiences. Everyone has a different attention span...
Healthy eating requires you to eat a number of nutrients every day. In fact, there are 40 different nutrients you need to ingest in order to keep your body healthy. That’s a lot of nutrients you need to know about! Luckily, you can break down all of these nutrients into smaller categories in order to keep them organized in your mind and make sure you get all of the foods you need.
First and foremost, everyone needs water in order to live a healthy life. Without water, we become dehydrated, and eventually die. You lose water when you sweat and through daily bodily functions, so water must be replenished. Drinking about 8 glasses a day is recommended.
Of course, water is found in food as well as in drinks, so you can get your 8 glasses by eating foods like watermelon. Of course, we need much more than water every day to survive. Another group of nutrients we can’t do without is proteins. Proteins are found in foods such as meat, eggs, and soy products.
They provide the amino acids needed to build muscle tissue as well as help make some of the hormones in our bodies. Red blood cells and hair is also made from protein. Along with proteins, a body also needs adequate amounts of fats and carbohydrates in order for us to have enough energy during the day. Fats are primarily used for energy during intense activity, like exercising, while carbohydrates are primarily used for energy during less intense activities, like standing, sitting, and other movements...
Edinburgh is one of the most famous cities in the world.It is the fastest growing place on the planet and there are a lot of reasons as to why this festival city is one of the most sought-after places for tourists to visit.
The city is abuzz with activities the whole year round, be it the fireworks and stranger-hugging frenzy of the world famous New Year “Hogmanay” street party or the spell of arts shows that appear with delightful pomp during the “Edinburgh Festival” in August.
This bohemian city is also home to one of Europe’s most dynamic and successful financial centers.For the last decade or so, Edinburgh has achieved with resounding success the status as one of the leading centers in the world for finance, education and business.
It is second only to London as the most important financial center in Britain.Edinburgh has four universities. The oldest, the University of Edinburgh, was established in 1583. The city of Edinburgh epitomises a land that appreciates culture, history, heritage, beauty and, of course, life.
Tourists love to flock to the city in the summer for the period between July and September. They would simply refuse to leave Edinburgh during the world famous Edinburgh International Festival, when the city is showered with exciting cultural activity.
Places of interest:
Every tourist worth his or her salt would essentially visit the famous Edinburgh castle, which is easily the most famous tourist attraction in the city. It was built on the core of an extinct volcano. Edinburgh Castle presently houses the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg (massive 15th-century cannon) Scottish Crown Jewels, and the army headquarters of the Scottish Division...
The vitamin b5 is also known as Pantothenic Acid. The vitamin b5 is the most prolific of all the vitamins and is found in every type of food.In fact,it is impossible for a person to consume less vitamin b5 than they need. That means that there is little possibility that a person can have a vitamin b5 deficiency.
For this reason,there is actually no recommended daily amount that health professionals can state as everyone obtains more than enough from their normal food consumption.Deficiency symptoms such as burning feet,insomnia,leg cramps, have only taken place in exploratory conditions. Even so, severe symptoms only occurred if people also take a medication that interferes with the vitamin.
Foods that Contain Vitamin b5
Despite the fact there is no need to determine a recommended daily allowance,it does not mean that the vitamin b5 is not vital for a healthy body and mind. As a matter of fact,the vitamin b5 is essential for turning food into energy amongst other functions.The vitamin b5 is responsible for taking the fats and carbohydrates into energy. Some vitamin b5 can be found in almost every food whether it is animal or vegetable.
Obviously there are some sources of the vitamin b5 that are better than others but a balanced diet will provide more than enough.The foods with the highest vitamin b5 content are meats, salmon,eggs,beans,milk,and whole grains.
It is worth noting that the vitamin b5 is lost when grains are milled into flour and tends not to beaded back in.Therefore,processed grain foods such as bread,pasta,rice, breakfast cereal,and baked goods are not good sources of the vitamin b5. Fresh vegetables are good sources -- better than canned vegetables,because the canning process reduces the amount of pantothenic acid available...
If you can boil water you can make a quick and tasty pasta salad with very basic ingredients. All you need is pasta, vegetables, dressing and any other ingredients you may have handy.Whatever type of pasta you have in your cupboard, from spaghetti to rigatoni or even that old box of macaroni and cheese, you can create a great salad in the time it takes the pasta to cook and cool.
The first thing to do before you start cooking any noodles is to look through your kitchen and decide which ingredients will be added to the salad. Here are a few ideas:
You can put just about any vegetable in a pasta salad. Onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, raw spinach, etc. are good examples.
If you prefer to have your vegetables cooked rather than raw you can throw them in the pot with your pasta.I would wait until the pasta is partially cooked about 3 minutes before adding to keep veggies from overcooking.The tomatoes and cucumber should be raw and added after the pasta is cooked and cooled.
2-Meat and Seafood:
Deli-styled meat makes a great addition to a pasta salad. Beef, chicken, ham and pepperoni are good examples.
It doesn't matter if it's cubed or thinly sliced, it will blend into the salad nicely.Any cooked meat can be added be it cooked fresh, leftovers from a previous meal, or meat from a can. Chicken, beef and pork are the 3 main ones.Seafood is another popular ingredient, freshly cooked or canned...
IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken...
Starbucks (SBUX) came out with quarterly earnings of $0.61 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.55 per share. This compares to earnings of $0.79 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items. This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 10.91%. A quarter ago, it was expected that this coffee chain would post earnings of $0.33 per share when it actually produced earnings of $0.51, delivering a surprise of 54.55%.
Over the last four quarters, the company has surpassed consensus EPS estimates four times. Starbucks, which belongs to the Zacks Retail - Restaurants industry, posted revenues of $6.75 billion for the quarter ended December 2020, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.78%. This compares to year-ago revenues of $7.10 billion. The company has topped consensus revenue estimates three times over the last four quarters.
The sustainability of the stock's immediate price movement based on the recently-released numbers and future earnings expectations will mostly depend on management's commentary on the earnings call.Starbucks shares have lost about 2.9% since the beginning of the year versus the S&P 500's gain of 2.3%
What's Next for Starbucks?
While Starbucks has underperformed the market so far this year, the question that comes to investors' minds is: what's next for the stock?There are no easy answers to this key question, but one reliable measure that can help investors address this is the company's earnings outlook. Not only does this include current consensus earnings expectations for the coming quarter(s), but also how these expectations have changed lately.
Empirical research shows a strong correlation between near-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can track such revisions by themselves or rely on a tried-and-tested rating tool like the Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.
Ahead of this earnings release, the estimate revisions trend for Starbucks was mixed. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions could change following the company's just-released earnings report, the current status translates into a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) for the stock. So, the shares are expected to perform in line with the market in the near future...
Why do you think it's crucial to consider the proper tips in purchasing the equestrian boots to be used with or without any horseback riding competition? Do you think you can get on with a long ride without the proper equestrian boots? We discuss the necessity of choosing the appropriate equestrian apparel such as the boots for someone like you whose passion is all about horse-related stuff.
What are equestrian boots? Equestrian boots are likewise termed as horseback riding boots. They are the footwear that you are required to use whenever you are going for a ride with your horse. The definition itself practically sounds too simple but of course there is a special reason as to why you must wear these.
The general idea is that these boots are capable of keeping you safe and comfortable even as you take heavy and rugged terrains. You must understand that your horseback riding adventures are sure to engage several other difficulties and challenges, much more, accidents. If you are not wearing the proper footwear, then you just can't imagine what may happen to you should untoward incidents arise.
What are the different equestrian boots? Did you know that there are several types and styles of equestrian boots? Surely, there are. They are like clothes which have various categories depending on what trend is hot and in for everyone. The same goes with these boots. Historically speaking, the equestrian boots were supposedly made out of higher heels which were geared towards the prevention of foot slipping. Now, today's...
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Dealing with loneliness: This world is a crowd. We all live in a crowd. Our family, our friends, our business associates, our co-workers, and our community. All these form a crowd for us not in the dictionary sense, but let us say that we are always getting connected with someone, somewhere and are not living on an island alone. Even then, many of us feel lonely. Are you one of them? Being lonely means - you are not able to share your deepest thoughts with anyone.
You have issues at home. You have issues at office. You have issues with your relatives. You have issues with your friends. You are carrying so much of hurt and guilt inside yourself. You want to do many things, and at times, need help. You don't know, whom to ask? You feel lonely. You feel all alone. You feel that no one understands you.
Despite all your trials, you fail to share and convey your feelings. If you talk about office issues with your wife/husband or your girlfriend/boyfriend, you are not able to get any good advice. They all have their suggestions and analysis of your situation, but that differs greatly from what you believe to be true. Therefore, you shut up after talking for a while with them. You have friends with whom you try to talk about your problems. But they want to tell you theirs first. What is taken quite seriously by you, is considered ordinary by others.
What do you do? Should you consult a psychiatrist? How will that help? Your character, and your thinking. Is something wrong with them? Who will tell you? Who will guide? You feel very disturbed at all the times. You want peace in your mind. You go out to walk alone, but your thoughts don't leave you anywhere. This agitation of mind is becoming intolerable.
You feel lonely. You want to talk with someone who will understand your point of view and tell you what to do? Are you one of such people? Do you feel lonely? Do you also feel that you have no one to share your deepest thoughts? Have you started feeling that everyone is selfish? No one has got time for you? No one wants to understand you? No one cares for you? What can you do in such a situation? You may be feeling helpless, but something ought to be done. The first step in such agitation should be to avoid thinking for some time during the day. Involve yourself in some such activity that takes your mind away from itself. Any activity that will engross you completely...
Niche marketing: When you develop an experience with niche marketing, you quickly understand that there is one particularly important factor that plays the most valuable role in determining whether your business will be successful or not. This factor is the original concept of the business itself. It starts with the product that you have chosen, as well as your target market niche, and then your unique selling proposition (USP) – and last but not the least, the implementation of these elements. If your business idea – primarily, your product – is a good one, and you have applied your techniques properly for the development of your business, then you will be much more likely to be successful in your venture.
It’s all a matter of getting off on the right foot. Even though you are armed with this knowledge this doesn’t mean that the process will be straightforward. The point is, anyone can recognize that they need a good product in order to build a company to be successful, however, not everybody has an idea what a good product or business idea really looks like. Let’s examine closely what a business idea is, and how to recognize if it is a good one.
Obviously, the word “product” is rather self explanatory – it’s either the goods or the services that you will be selling. Equally, the term target market niche is becoming more familiar in the business world, referring to the little corner of the marketplace where a particular business places its focus.
However, not as well known is the term “USP”, which stands for unique selling proposition. This last term, which is essentially your individual marketing strategy, is what is often lacking in businesses that fail. What you are attempting to sell is the product itself. It may consist either of something tangible, such as cell phones, paper, shampoo, or something electronic, such as downloadable software, an e-book or e-newsletter, or anything else that can be downloaded or sent over the internet.
Even websites can be considered intangible products. Or, your product can be something you provide, such as a membership, a professional service, or anything else that you can do for a customer that you can charge money for. All of these are considered a product, even though they are extremely different...
Internet business ideas: Stuff these envelopes and you will make a million dollars in 20 minutes. Yeah, right. Don’t buy the fluff. So, can you really run an Internet business from home?
Run An Internet Businesses From Your Home? First and foremost, there is no single internet business for every person working from home. The sooner you can come to grips with this fact, the better off you will be. Does that mean there aren’t great choices?
Of course, not. You simply have to realize the answer is dependent upon your circumstances. If you are working from home, you need to consider the level of interaction you want with customers. If you have kids and drive them all over town, customer service is going to be a problem. In such a situation, you probably need to consider a business without much interaction with customers. What about selling a product? This is a common theme on e-commerce sites, but there are downsides.
First, you have to be able to get the product to the customer in a reasonable time, the faster the better. Second, is there a large enough profit margin on the product to make all your hard work worthwhile? Third, you are going to have to deal with tax issues, as states are trying to apply sales tax to product sales on the net. Given these issues, a produce site may or may not be good for you. What about turnkey sites? Turnkey sites are pre-made sites selling something. The advantage is you don’t really have to do anything in regard to building out a site. The disadvantages, however, are significant. First, your business is not unique, so why would anyone pick you over similar sites?
Second, profit margins on turnkey sites can be mighty small. Third, they will only give you minor marketing assistance regardless of what most say. Fourth, you often are barred from modifying the site, which makes getting free traffic through search engine optimization practically impossible. All and all, this is not the best choice in my humble opinion. So, what should you do? An Internet business is no different from any other business. It takes time and hard work. The best way to pick a successful one is to give some thought to what you are passionate about. Because the net is so big, a market exists for practically anything...
LeBron James' investment in Beats Electronics was apparently more lucrative than anyone knew.
On the latest episode of NBC Sports Bay Area's "Runnin' Plays: A Golden State Warriors Podcast," former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins divulged that James made hundreds of millions of dollars from his stake in Beats, which dates back to 2008.
"Nobody even knows about this when Dr. Dre got that big contract for the Beats by Dre, when they wrote him that check, LeBron James got $700 million of that," Perkins said. "He was a silent investor in the Beats and nobody knows this."
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein reported in 2014 that James made more than $30 million in cash and stock as part of Apple's $3-billion purchase of Beats Electronics.
Perkins described his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate as "the chosen one in life" and said he would often tell James he hated him because "everything you touch turns into gold."
James topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid NBA players for the 2019-20 season with an estimated $92.4 million in total earnings, including $55 million from endorsements.
Fear: As much as there are several potential triggers to your fear, there are also as many types of fears.However, they can be categorized into three basic fears: external, internal, or subconscious.
Among the three, the subconscious and internal type of fear are most difficult to find treatment to because the person must take the initiative to recognize the source of fear and take necessary steps to overcome it.Recognizing the category in which your fears fit into will help you know how to deal with it.
External FearAmong the types of fear, this one is the easiest to diagnose and manage.It is similar to phobias wherein an outside source elicit a degree of internal fear or any manageable level of anxiety. For example, fear of spiders or fear of heights are among the most common phobias that several people share.
A feeling of fear, anxiety or discomfort is experienced by the person with that particular fear when the situation confronts them with those triggers. Since the source of fear is easier to identify, then one can easily look for alternative ways in which to confront that trigger and overcome fear.
Since external fears are often caused by negative experiences in the past involving those external sources of fears, you can adapt some techniques that will help you understand the reality of the...
The history of pocket watches is often overlooked in significance because of the many other inventions that were taking place. However, pocket watches provided us with the first portable clocks giving us the power to know what time it was wherever we were.
The pocket watch was a device that was very expensive in the 16th century and only the high class could possess.In the 16th century clocks were produced using springs instead of weights, signifying the transfer from clocks to watches. These old pocket watches were the first timepieces that could be owned by the public. Owning a pocket watch signified the status,wealth and power of an individual. The 17th century made pocket watches even more desirable with a new look to the figure.
The watch had changed from its original box-like look to a new rounded and slimmer case. Craftsmen began working ever so hard to create designs on every pocket watch made. In 1675 some watchmakers discovered the significance of a spiral spring. By attaching the spiral spring to the balance, the accuracy of the pocket watch increased greatly. It was now possible to tell time by the minute as oppose to being off by a few hours. With this new discovery,the minute hand was born on the pocket watch.
The 18th century saw added improvement to the pocket watch with further development and more added features to drive up the price. Oil had become a popular method to lubricate and smoothen the movement of the hands of the watch...
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he sees Apple Inc. as a “significant” future competitor as the two companies begin to build out rival business lines.
Zuckerberg discussed Facebook’s key product areas on Wednesday during a fourth-quarter earnings call, and said he expects there to be “very significant competitive overlap” with the iPhone maker on several of them, including private messaging and augmented reality glasses. He criticized Apple’s iMessage, suggesting it offered weaker privacy than Facebook’s WhatsApp, and implied iMessage’s market dominance in the U.S. was the result of unfair advantages provided by Apple.
“IMessage is the most popular service in the U.S. I think because of the fact that they pre-install it and give their app several advantages that other apps don’t have,” Zuckerberg said. The CEO also said that Facebook and Apple are likely to become direct rivals on the “next computing platform,” referring to virtual and augmented reality headsets. Facebook already offers VR headsets from its Oculus unit, and both companies are building AR glasses. “I think we would expect to see them as more of a competitor there as well,” he added.
Facebook has attacked Apple in recent months, primarily over expected changes to Apple’s iOS 14 mobile software, which will make it harder for the social network to track users and show them ads based on their past online activity. Apple has said it is making the move to protect user privacy, and Facebook has argued that the opt-in requirement will hurt small businesses that rely on targeted advertising for sales. Facebook told analysts Wednesday that the iOS changes could curb its revenue growth.
“Apple may say that they’re doing this to help people, but the moves clearly track their competitive interests,” Zuckerberg said. The threat to revenue growth from Apple’s changes to iOS were part of a broader warning from Facebook about “significant uncertainty” for its business heading into 2021. The Menlo Park, California-based company said sales gains may slow in the second half as pandemic lockdowns -- and the accompanying growth in traffic and ad revenue -- ease...
Home: Blessed indeed are they who are free to choose where and how they shall live. Still more blessed are they who give abundant thought to their choice, for they may not wear the sackcloth of discomfort nor scatter the ashes of burned money.
TASTE AND EXPEDIENCE Most of us have a theory of what the home should be, but it is stowed away with the wedding gifts of fine linen that are cherished for our permanent abode.
We believe in harmony of surroundings, but after living, within a period of ten years or so, in seven different apartments with seven different arrangements of rooms and seven different schemes of decoration, we lose interest in suiting one thing to another.
Harmony comes to mean simply good terms with the janitor. Or if (being beginners) we have some such prospect of nomadic living facing us, and we are at all knowing, we realize the utter helplessness of demonstrating our good taste, purchase any bits of furniture that a vagrant fancy may fasten upon.
We give space to whatever gimcracks our friends may foist upon us, trusting that in the whirligig of removals the plush rocker, the mission table, and the brass stand may each find itself in harmony with something else at one time or another. Some day we shall be freed from the tyranny of these conditions and then...
Boating is a great adventure and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. It is not mandatory to do a boating course at this time but there are some very good reasons to get your self informed about the rules of the road.
1) You will learn about safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you undertake any boating excursion.
This is very important because what you don’t have with you could make the difference between being able to handle a situation or not.
Also, that outing for the day could cost you if the sheriff stops you to spot check your boat and fines you for not having all the safety equipment required for your specific boat.
2) You will learn that driving a boat is vastly different from driving a car.
You are dealing with air and water currents. If you have never docked a boat you may think that it is easy, until that is, the current is pulling you in the opposite direction that you want to go.Understanding air and water currents will help you learn how to dock your boat.
3) Knowing how to work with lines and tying knots is part of boating. You have to be able to secure a boat properly. If your boat gets away, it is amazing how quickly the current will take it out of your reach and you will probably require the assistance of another boater to help you get to it. So learn your knots...
Sales:Know your customer, know your customer, know your customer. Three very important rules of business. But let me ask you this: How well do your customers know YOU? Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, asked himself this significant question several decades ago. His answer: employee name tags.
So, he rolled out an initiative that required all of his employees to wear badges, the purpose of which was to “help the customers get to know the people they bought from.” But helping customers “get to know you” isn’t just about names, it’s about information. In other words, it’s about self- disclosure, which is the process of revealing your personal information to another. This process starts with a small piece of information, i.e., your name.
Then, as the relationship develops, it progresses into more intimate territory with the sharing of opinions, preferences and experiences. What’s more, because of its reciprocal nature, self-disclosure has incredible power. It creates comfort, establishes affinity, helps discover the CPI (Common Point of Interest) and builds trust between you and your customers. A very popular furniture store in London run by a family took this to a new level...
What is ecommerce: The internet has grown to become an integral part of our everyday lives. It has penetrated so deeply into our daily living that people now turn towards the World Wide Web for buying clothes, books, electronic equipment, food etc. For an online retailer, it becomes imperative to find ways and means to make an online transaction as easy and painless as possible.
Since most people prefer to use their credit cards while shopping, webmasters need to integrate this service into their online shopping sites. An answer to your online payment needs can be a payment processing company. The majority of online shopping sites enter into a business alliance with payment processing companies. However, you should diligently comb the market for the best deal before you sign up with a service.
Make sure that they are not overcharging you. Also, check out their reputation in the market – are they known for their fair minded financial and business transactions? This kind of a company operates through two types of services – one id intended for companies with merchant accounts with their banks and the other for companies who do not possess this kind of a bank account.The first kind of service is generally used by fairly large financial institutions and organizations dealing in independent sales. The advantage of having a merchant account is that you can receive payments within a few days of the transaction...
There are numerous kinds of organizations that can be separated into two major divisions: organizations existing to create profits (profit organizations. Includes business entities) and organizations that exist primarily for another purpose (non-profit organizations. E.g: charity organizations).
3 Types of Business Entities and their common characteristics:
1. Sole Proprietorships.
Sole proprietorships are business that are owned and operated by one person: the sole proprietor. The owner and the business, is then the same. For tax purposes, a sole proprietorship is not a taxable entity, and any profits earned by the business are taxed on the return of the individual.The proprietor must develop an accounting system that distinguishes between his/her personal affairs and that of the business.
Partnerships are businesses that are owned by two or more individuals. For small partnerships, the agreement is often an oral agreement between the partners but it is highly recommended that the agreement be formalized as is done in bigger partnerships like public accounting firms and most law firms.In partnering up with individuals, it is important to outline the division of profits and expenses, as well as the expected responsibilities of the partners in a written agreement...
Self improvement and success go hand in hand Is it possible to know if a person is willing to attain self improvement? This is a question with no definitive answer. It will all depend on the individual. A lot of people have goals, dreams or ambitions but do not know how to go about achieving them. They may have thought about what would make up self improvement and their ideal life, but have no indication how to even start to make the plans and take the actions essential to make them a reality. A number of people have a vague idea on how to go about self improvement.
These are the ones that believe that if only they had a better job, or had been given better opportunities, or met the love of their life, or whatever else, everything would be fine and they would be very happy. They feel that their happiness or lack of it, is defined by external factors, and their thoughts and actions are of little consequence. Some believe that if only they had a lot more money, they could have whatever they want and be on their way to self improvement.
They may have spent little time thinking about what they in fact want from life, and do not really believe there is something they can do to create their fuzzy version of utopia anyway, apart from buying more lottery tickets. Other people do not even know what they really want from their lives and may even have little idea what would really make them happy. They seem to just drift from day to day, week to week, month to month, and year to year, and do little more than just about get by. They may have seemingly secure jobs and be earning enough to live relatively comfortable lives. They seem blissful enough and have no great ambition to accomplish anything more from their lives than they currently have.
Is self improvement important? The reality is that throughout our lives, we are all constantly growing and developing. Circumstances make us grow and develop, even if we do not make the conscious decision to do so. Up to a certain age, we learn through formal education and we continue to learn through our experiences for the rest of our lives. We have to learn and grow to deal with everything that life throws at us.We all have to go through self improvement. Modern life moves at a dramatically faster pace than at anytime in history...
Trump campaign megadonor Julie Jenkins Fancelli—heiress to the billionaire Publix fortune—donated the bulk of the funds that helped pay for a Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. which preceded the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fancelli is the daughter of Florida-based Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins (d. 1996) and a member of the Jenkins family – the 39th richest family in the country with a net worth of $8.8 billion, according to Forbes.
Far-right radio host Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who has called the Sandy Hook shooting a false flag event, arranged for Fancelli to donate $300,000 for the event, according to the Journal. Her donation reportedly represents the “lion’s share” of the half a million in funding for the event, at which former President Donald Trump urged supporters to “fight like hell” and said “we gotta get rid of the weak Congressman,” shortly before they stormed the Capitol.
A spokesperson for Publix told the Journal Fancelli does not “represent the company in any way.” Fancelli’s contribution was coordinated by Caroline Wren, a former official at Trump Victory – the Trump campaign’s joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee – who helped organize the logistics and fundraising for the event, according to the Journal and ProPublica.
KEY BACKGROUNDThe event was meant as a last stand for the “Stop The Steal” effort, built on Trump’s baseless claims the election was stolen through widespread voter fraud. Other groups involved in the event included youth conservative group Turning Points Action and an arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association. Some of the event’s attendees marched to the Capitol and stormed the building in an effort to stop lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory. Five people were killed during the riot.
BIG NUMBER$997,300. That’s how much Fancelli donated to Trump Victory, according to Federal Election Commission records. She gave another $525,900 directly to the RNC, $11,000 to the Trump campaign and $500,000 to Trump-aligned super PAC America First Action in the 2020 cycle, in addition to hundreds of thousands to state Republican parties and down-ballot candidates such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.).
SURPRISING FACTDespite her support for Trump and the “stop the steal” effort, Fancelli gave to a number of swing-seat Republicans who acknowledged Biden as president-elect early or voted against overturning the election, such as Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), as well as Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Michelle Steel (R-Calif.).
CHIEF CRITICJudd Legum, author of political newsletter Popular Information, noted that Publix donated to Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) – both of whom voted in favor of objections to Biden electors – but has not said whether it plans to join dozens of companies suspending political donations in the wake of the Capitol attack.
TANGENTThough roughly 80% of Publix is owned by employees, the remainder is owned by the...
Coffee workers take freshly picked coffee cherries to a wagon in Aquires, Costa Rica. A recent experiment at a former coffee farm found using pulp, a leftover of the coffee growing process, can help forests grow back on developed land.
Just like us, forests move faster with a little coffee in their system.
A recent experiment tested whether coffee pulp, a leftover of the coffee growing process, could help bring Costa Rica’s rainforests back to life. Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa tested two plots to see how the coffee waste would affect deforested land, covering one parcel of grass with about 20 inches of the pulp and leaving the other untouched. At each site, land had been exploited for years, either to grow coffee or raise cattle, and was eventually abandoned. It was dominated by invasive grasses, primarily an African species called palisade grass, used to feed grazing livestock. The grass can reach 16 feet tall when not trimmed by grazing animals, preventing native rainforests from easily regrowing.
After two years, the plot of land given a boost from coffee showed a dramatic improvement. Eighty percent of the plot was covered by young tree canopy, some trees already 15 feet—including tropical species that can grow as tall as 60 feet—versus just 20 percent in the untreated plot. In the coffee-fueled plot, trees were also four times taller on average, soil samples were more nutrient-rich, and invasive grasses had been eliminated.
The results were published in the journal Ecological Solutions and Evidence. Not only does it give coffee producers a sustainable way to dispose of their waste, she says, but it also speeds up the timeline to bring back destroyed forests. “It’s an amazing win-win situation,” says Rebecca Cole, a study author and ecologist from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. “It takes tropical forest hundreds of years to grow back. To have [such] tall trees in only two years is really spectacular.”
More research needs to be done, Cole acknowledges, to understand the long-term impacts of coffee pulp and whether it causes any unforeseen pollution.Still, says Cole, “This really was like a forest on caffeine. I think it’s really promising.”
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Coffee beans are the seeds of a fruit called a coffee cherry that, when picked, looks like a bright red or yellow cherry. To get coffee beans, producers remove the fruit’s skin, pulp, and other filmy bits. They then dry and roast the remains to make the grounds that end up in your morning cup. Approximately half the weight of a coffee harvest will end up as waste.In Costa Rica, says Rakan Zahawi, a study author and director of the Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, coffee producers typically take all that leftover coffee residue to storage lots where it’s left to decompose...
The world today is a global village. It is no longer necessary, or sometimes even possible, for all the employees of any organization to come together. Equally people need to share ideas and information more than ever. Business associates or even family and friends may be located anywhere, but our need to stay connected grows daily. We may need to talk, share pictures and programs, videos, work together or collaborate on many projects. The Internet has brought the world even closer. It has taken our ability to share information to a new level with brand new abilities to work and communicate worldwide.
Net meetings are web based and accessible to anyone with high speed Internet access. Unlike email, they are real time and they allow you to get immediate feedback and communicate your ideas faster. At an Internet meeting you can exchange all sorts of information. The meetings have many different features depending on the software and service provider used. Most e-meetings today use live video and audio. They can also pass files between participants and share a common whiteboard to share ideas as well as the ability to work on Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents together. Web meetings also provide the ability to share programs running on your PC and let the Internet meeting attendees view your desktop.
With these capabilities, the options of Web meetings to help us keep connected are endless. Perhaps a family will stay in touch with children at school or university where they can talk and share experiences and pictures. Small business owners can also benefit immensely from it. A small business can present a very large and professional corporate image using Internet meetings. These meetings, for the small business user, are a cost effective way to grow the business. They can offer long distance sales presentations to customers or update a sole salesman living and working thousands of miles away.
Small business's now have the ability to have global offices, thus in reality a virtual office residing on your desktop. It becomes easy and cost effective to invite clients from Europe, Africa, or anywhere in the world to join in a virtual meeting. Working with contractors and clients all over the world has never been easier...
@Charlesfrize #FrizeMedia Niche marketing: When you develop an experience with niche marketing, you quickly understand that there is one particularly important factor that plays the most valuable role in determining whether your business will be successful or not. This factor is the original concept of the business itself. It starts with the product that you have chosen, as well as your target market niche, and then your unique selling proposition (USP) – and last but not the least, the implementation of these elements. If your business idea – primarily, your product – is a good one, and you have applied your techniques properly for the development of your business, then you will be much more likely to be successful in your venture.
It’s all a matter of getting off on the right foot. Even though you are armed with this knowledge this doesn’t mean that the process will be straightforward. The point is, anyone can recognize that they need a good product in order to build a company to be successful, however, not everybody has an idea what a good product or business idea really looks like. Let’s examine closely what a business idea is, and how to recognize if it is a good one.
Obviously, the word “product” is rather self explanatory – it’s either the goods or the services that you will be selling. Equally, the term target market niche is becoming more familiar in the business world, referring to the little corner of the marketplace where a particular business places its focus.
However, not as well known is the term “USP”, which stands for unique selling proposition. This last term, which is essentially your individual marketing strategy, is what is often lacking in businesses that fail. What you are attempting to sell is the product itself. It may consist either of something tangible, such as cell phones, paper, shampoo, or something electronic, such as downloadable software, an e-book or e-newsletter, or anything else that can be downloaded or sent over the internet...
@Charlesfrize #FrizeMedia What is marketing: So how do you effectively market your product or service when one knows anything about them because you're in a new and emerging industry? How can you expect to get customers if no one understands what it is that you do? If this happens to be your situation then a huge part of your marketing strategy will need to be educating consumers about what you do.
If yours is a field that is relatively new, or perhaps misunderstood, adopting an education strategy can help consumers understand the benefits you provide and feel more comfortable with the idea of purchasing your products or services. Educational marketing is best done through vehicles where you have space or time to fully explain your product or service and the benefits it provides. Or perhaps even to set straight some common misconceptions...
High Blood pressure is the measure of force against arteries. Do you have it? Do you know what the common symptoms and signs are? People usually ignore high blood pressure. Even those who take medicine, only take anti hypertensive medication for short time. Studies have proved that 90% of high blood pressure patients show non compliance with their medication. If you do not control your blood pressure it may lead to serious problems with your Heart, Kidneys, Brain and Eyes. If you want to save these vital organs , then you will have to control your blood pressure within limits.
Normal blood pressure is 120/80. If this reading goes above 140/90, then you consider yourself as a hypertensive patient.Between 120 and 140 is a pre hypertensive stage. which can be controlled even by natural measures like exercise, low salt intake, stop smoking, lower cholesterol, eat vegetables etc. How will you come to know that you have high blood pressure?
It typically has no symptoms at all, that is why we can call it a Silent killer. Although there are many coincidental symptoms that are widely believed to be associated with high blood pressure. These include headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, a flushed face and fatigue. Although people with high blood pressure may have many of these symptoms, they occur just as frequently in those with normal blood pressure...
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa invited the public on Tuesday to apply for a spot on SpaceX’s Starship in his private mission around the Moon, reaching out to a “wider, more diverse audience” two years after announcing he’d only ride with a select group of artists. The trip is currently slated for 2023, but that date might not hold.
“I want people from all kinds of backgrounds to join,” Maezawa said in a video posted Tuesday afternoon, when the contest’s application went live. “It will be 10 to 12 people in all, but I will be inviting 8 people to come along on the ride.” Maezawa, the founder of Japan’s largest online fashion retailer, is worth about $2 billion. He was revealed as Starship’s first signed passenger back in 2018 during an event with CEO Elon Musk at SpaceX’s California headquarters. At the event, Maezawa, an avid art collector, announced his Dear Moon Project, which aimed to bring “six to eight artists from around the world” to join him in a roughly six-day lunar flyby mission sometime in 2023.
“These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us,” Maezawa said at the time. n a YouTube video posted on Tuesday, Maezawa said that plan “has since evolved,” adding that “maybe every single person is doing something creative could be called an artist.” Now, anyone who meets two criteria could get picked for the ride: those who “can push its envelope to help other people and greater society in some way” and are “willing to support other crew members who share similar aspirations.”
Project updates have been scant over the past two years. In January 2020, Maezawa launched a bizarre campaign to search for a “female partner” who would accompany him on his trip around the Moon. A website for the contest received 27,722 applications, and Japanese streaming service AbemaTV was set to document the mission in a reality TV show called Full Moon Lovers. Weeks later, the show was canceled, and Maezawa called off his search due to “personal reasons,” he tweeted, apologizing to the AbemaTV crew and all of the applicants. Starship is SpaceX’s next-generation, fully reusable Mars rocket system designed to ferry humans and up to 100 tons of cargo on future missions into deep space. Only early iterations of the rocket have flown so far, with one of two recent high-altitude tests flying as high as 7.8 miles over SpaceX’s Starship facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. Both of those tests ended in fiery explosions during their landing attempts...
Marketing: Be it a small business or a large corporation you need a good marketing strategy. There are many ways to market your business, the question is which ways are the most effective for your product or service? You can outline your marketing strategy with this popular saying, "Who, what, where, when, and how?" First you need to know your product, is it something that people will feel they really need, what purpose does it serve?
Who is your target audience? Two major components of your target audience are what age group and which gender will be most interested in your product. Depending on what product or services you are trying to market you also may be able to target specific groups such as certain professionals or interest groups "hobbies". What is it about your product that is better than any of your competitors?
Is it of better quality, does it have a longer warranty, does it cost less than the competition? You need to know what it is about your product that is better than the other ones around.These are things you will want to tell your target audience about your product. An example might be if you are trying to market a fruit drink. You would want your audience to know that it is made with more or all-real fruit.
That there are more vitamin benefits to your drink. That it has a fruitier and more refreshing taste. These are things that are going to motivate potential customers to try it. I'm sure you have heard the first three rules of business and that is...
Business Marketing Strategies: The first attribute of a successful selling strategy is a website that provides information about the products and the service they are providing. The advantage of that is we can sell those products and services online.
Selling is a talent to be cultivated. It requires a lot of understanding to find what the customer is looking for and then fulfilling their needs.
It is very valuable to get the complete attention of reader. The content of the message should be to make the reader think.
This can be achieved by using power words, along with color and visuals. Once the attention is grabbed, it should be retained till the end of the message.
The customer should be prompted to take some action and their involvement should be sought.
They can be made to sign up for newsletters or can be made to take the survey by visiting the company’s website. The consumer should be convinced to buy the product.
All the features of the company should be specified, with the more relevant ones on the top.
They should be explained logically through these points how the products will fulfill their needs or solve their problems.
It does only by convincing the customer and motivate them to buy the product...
Orgasm: This is a sad fact that, in these modern times, somewhere between 10% and 20% of adult women have never experienced an orgasm, and as many as 50% of women don’t orgasm during sex.
Sexual and sensual education have advanced to where we now understand much more about the female orgasm, such as the fact that women have two completely different places they can stimulate in order to bring themselves to full satisfaction.
Since the vibrator was specifically created to allow women to experience orgasms, it remains the best tool for women to discover what they enjoy, and what stimulates them in the best way to achieve the ultimate O.
The first step, of course, is acquiring a vibrator.
Most “adult stores” are pretty tacky and uncomfortable for women to shop in, which is why the internet is such a popular medium for adult toy shopping.Look at the pictures, read about the materials, and choose something you find attractive and that looks fun.
This is the first step on a wonderful journey, so enjoy it! To allow the best experience with your vibrator, give yourself some time with it.
Before you even switch it on, get relaxed and turned on. Take a long bubble bath, read an erotic story, get yourself in the mood...
Fundraising is, without a doubt, extremely challenging work. For any of you with experience in this line of work, you will understand what I mean. For the rest of you, go out and volunteer your time with a local non-profit organization. After that, I think you will understand.
While this can be a challenging profession, it continues to be quite rewarding in many respects. Fundraising is simply the process of soliciting and gathering donations as money or other means, by requesting contributions from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies.Fundraising typically refers to efforts to collect money on behalf of non-profit organizations, and is at times used to refer to the identification and solicitation of investors or other sources of capital for-profit enterprises.
Typically, fundraising consisted mostly of asking for donations on the street or at people's doors. There are four major forms of fundraising. When one mentions fundraising to the average person, the image of a well-meaning person going door-to-door begging for support immediately comes to mind. While most of us have been there at some point or other, there is a lot more to this business than meets the eye.
And yes, this is a business. The business of managing relationships; relationships which, more often than not, are the key determining factor for success. The first major form of fundraising is dealing with institutional grantors. These organizations are often the most difficult to deal with, due to the inherent bureaucratic nature of these types of organizations...
The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was indicted today on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program.
Dr. Charles Lieber, 61, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston at a later date. Lieber was arrested on Jan. 28, 2020, and charged by criminal complaint.
According to charging documents, since 2008, Dr. Lieber has served as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, specializing in the area of nanoscience. Lieber’s research at the Lieber Research Group has been funded by more than $15 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD). Among other things, these grants required the disclosure of all sources of research support, potential financial conflicts of interest and all foreign collaboration.
It is alleged that, unbeknownst to Harvard University, beginning in 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China. He later became contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan from at least 2012 through 2015. China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese talent recruitment plans designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security.
According to court documents, these talent recruitment plans seek to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China, and they often reward individuals for stealing proprietary information. Under the terms of Lieber’s three-year Thousand Talents contract, WUT allegedly paid Lieber a salary of up to $50,000 USD per month, living expenses of up to 1 million Chinese Yuan (approximately $158,000 USD at the time) and awarded him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT. In return, Lieber was obligated to work for WUT “not less than nine months a year” by “declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and Ph.D. students, organizing international conference[s], applying for patents and publishing articles in the name of [WUT].”
It is alleged that in 2018 and 2019, Lieber lied to federal authorities about his involvement in the Thousand Talents Plan and his affiliation with WUT. On or about April 24, 2018, during an interview with federal investigators, it is alleged that Lieber falsely stated that he was never asked to participate in the Thousand Talents Program, but that he “wasn’t sure” how China categorized him...
Diaper rash is something that parents hate to see on their child, however common it may be. But in the not-too-distant past variations of diaper rash could occur even into late infancy. It is something that no-one wants to see on their newborn child. The reasons for it are quite simple and entirely commonplace, but it is preventable and treatable. If your child does develop a diaper/nappy rash, quick treatment is advisable. And prevention is a matter of following some simple rules and showing diligence at key points which might lead to infection. The major cause of diaper rash is wetness. This is no big surprise.
The reason that it does not occur with any regularity in adults, after all, is that we are able to perform our bathroom rituals ourselves and know what needs to be done – essentially, what feels right and what we have learned. Babies, however, urinate quite often and will sometimes be in a dirty diaper for a while before changing. In addition to this, their stools are generally quite loose and their bowel movements are more frequent than those of adults. Unless they are changed with a regularity bordering on the obsessive, there is a chance of infection. Even then a baby with sensitive skin can become infected. In an older baby, a time of sickness which is treated with antibiotics can be a risky time, as they are prone to diarrhea and the higher risk of diaper rash that can bring. In short, even the best parents can have a case to deal with, and it is how they respond that is important.
Preventing Diaper Rash As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. For all that we may fear the onset of diaper rash in our children, there is no certainty of absolute and total prevention – but there is a lot that can be done to make it far less likely, and it revolves mostly around keeping your baby dry and clean as far as is possible. Your baby will not be shy about letting you know when it is in any discomfort. This can prevent diaper rash from developing, but would obviously not be a way of preventing it before it begins. The prevention of diaper rash is something that requires no small amount of diligence, as well as some luck...
Job Interviews: An interview almost invariably closes with the potential employer asking if you have any questions. Often an applicant will ask for clarification on benefits -insurance, vacation time, etc. While these are obviously important for you to know, they plant a seed in the interviewer's mind that maybe you are more interested in what the job can do for you than in how you can help the employer.
Try to have three or four questions ready to ask that demonstrate your interest in the company and your desire to be a problem-solver. If you have been able to do some research, trot out a question or two that came to mind. If you have been able to come up with some ideas that relate to the problem, throw them out to see how the employer reacts.
If you have been able to identify some trends or problems in the industry, ask how that is going to affect the company and what they are doing to deal with it. Show your concern about industry developments and what that may bode for the future.
If some current challenges have been brought up earlier in the interview, ask for clarification and more detail. The more the interviewer interacts with you as if your concerns are mutual, and that possible solutions are something you could consider together, the more you will be seen as a valuable future member of his team and the more likely you will be asked to join that team.
Toughest Interview Questions? Today's interview questions are becoming increasingly more difficult. I have compiled a list of questions that interviewers regard as the toughest to answer. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions, but be prepared to for them to be asked.
1. Talk about yourself? (Prepare for 2 minutes)
2. If you were a Leader of a country, which problem would you tackle first and why? 3. If you made a film about yourself, who would play your character?
4. Is a Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?
5. Describe a Tennis Ball? Be prepared for Questions like these as this will prove you really want the job, have a creative thought process, be able to sell yourself and be confident is a stressful environment...