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Thursday, November 30, 2006

More babies being born out of wedlock

Good morning!  I'm Kerry Harrison at the business desk and today I'd like to focus in on a very interesting trend that is creeping across America these days.
According to recent stats it has been revealed that one in every four babies among Hispanics are born out of wedlock.  In addition to this, more and more women in their 20s are having babies out of wedlock.  This is a very interesting trend because if these stats are true then it means that marriage is on the decline and that now we would probably see a growth in single parent households.  Could this trend mean that more and more women are choosing to raise their kids without a father?  Does this mean that more and more men are either not willing or unable to make that big commitment?  Does this mean that household needs and demands are going to start changing as instead of catering to families with both parents and kids we are now going to see demand coming from single parent households?
These changes in trends could have an impact on such things as shopping habits, types of entertainment being sort, different needs re vacations and amusements, plus more.  Whereas the present norm is for double occupancy would we now start to see a rising demand for a single parent and kids at vacation spots?  Would the word family now begin to change to fit the needs of one parent and kids?
On the other hand, things may not change because being born out of wedlock may not necessarily infer or mean that both parents would not continue to form the family unit.  Whatever the outcome, it's a trend worth following and it may be something that many businesses may want to keep in mind.
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Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to pick up your copy.
Enjoy your day. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The passport issue

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and today I'd like to make a brief comment on the passport issue. 
Within the next few months Americans are going to be bombarded by our government and by the media with the new passport regulations that are coming into existence early in the new year.  Come mid January 2007 many persons from those so-called friendly countries will now have to produce their passports when coming into the United States.  Among these countries are Mexico, Canada, and several European and Caribbean countries.  In addition, within the next while all Americans travelling to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean will also need to have a passport when leaving the United States.
I know:  All of these new passport regulations are in the name of beefed up security on our country's part but many of us are wondering out loud how it is going to affect the way Americans travel and do business.  There are indeed millions of Americans who do not have a passport because till now they have not had the cause to obtain one.  They have been able to travel freely to other countries without much difficulty and in total freedom.  With these new passport regulations, you can be sure that great traffic snarls are going to start occurring on a daily basis at our borders. 
If Canadians and Mexicans are now going to need legitimate passports in order to enter our country, and if Americans are now going to need passports to travel abroad, are we going to see a trend where more and more tourists and business persons are going to think twice before coming to our shores?  Or are we going to start seeing more and more Americans choosing to stay at home on their vacation break rather than going through the hassle of obtaining passports?
Will these new passport regulations mean longer lines at airports and border crossings? 
Will these new regulations signal a new era of isolationism for the United States whereby those countries affected by these new passport rules would now choose to turn to each other for trade, commerce, and tourism rather than coming to the United States?
It's a very difficult balancing act for our government to follow and I don't believe that there's any right or wrong.  No, there's no black or white here.  In order to protect ourselves we have to do something to keep out dangerous persons but in doing so we are now curtailing travel for both Americans as well as for foreigners. 
This may have an impact on you personally re how you conduct your business beyond our borders and it may also cause you to think of where you're going to spend your next vacation.
Have a pleasant evening.

Monday, November 27, 2006

A class struggle here in America you think?

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and I'd like to kick off the week by republishing an article of interest.
I guess that many of us would be quite surprised to hear the words "a class struggle in America" but according to a recently elected Democratic Senator from Virginia, these words may not be too far from the truth.  I am going to reserve my opinions but I'll let you be the judge. 
Have a great day.
   Class Struggle
By Jim Webb
Democratic Senator-Elect
Wall Street Journal, November 15 2006
 
The most important--and unfortunately the least debated--issue in politics
today is our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes
of which we have not seen since the 19th century.
 
America's top tier has grown infinitely richer and more removed over the
past 25 years. It is not unfair to say that they are literally living in a
different country.
 
Few among them send their children to public schools; fewer still send their
loved ones to fight our wars. They own most of our stocks, making the stock
market an unreliable indicator of the economic health of working people.
 
The top 1% now takes in an astounding 16% of national income, up from 8% in
1980. The tax codes protect them, just as they
protect corporate America, through a vast system of loopholes.
 
Incestuous corporate boards regularly approve compensation packages for
chief executives and others that are out of logic's range. As this newspaper
has reported, the average CEO of a sizeable corporation makes more than $10
million a year, while the minimum wage for workers amounts to about $10,000
a year, and has not been raised in nearly
a decade.
 
When I graduated from college in the 1960s, the average CEO made 20 times
what the average worker made. Today, that CEO makes 400 times as much.
 
In the age of globalization and outsourcing, and with a vast underground
labor pool from illegal immigration, the average American worker is seeing a
different life and a troubling future. Trickle-down economics didn't happen.
 
Despite the vaunted all-time highs of the stock market, wages and salaries
are at all-time lows as a percentage of the national wealth. At the same
time, medical costs have risen 73% in the last six years alone. Half of that
increase comes from wage-earners'
pockets rather than from insurance, and 47 million Americans have no medical
insurance at all.
 
Manufacturing jobs are disappearing. Many earned pension programs have
collapsed in the wake of corporate "reorganization." And workers' ability to
negotiate their futures has been eviscerated by the twin threats of modern
corporate America: If
they complain too loudly, their jobs might either be outsourced overseas or
given to illegal immigrants.
 
This ever-widening divide is too often ignored or downplayed by its
beneficiaries. A sense of entitlement has set in among elites, bordering on
hubris. When I raised this issue with corporate leaders during the recent
political campaign, I was met repeatedly with denials, and, from some, an
overt lack of concern for those who are
falling behind. A troubling arrogance is in the air among the nation's most
fortunate.
 
Some shrug off large-scale economic and social dislocations as the
inevitable byproducts of the "rough road of capitalism." Others claim that
it's the fault of the worker or the public education system, that the
average American is simply not up to the international challenge, that our
education system fails us, or that our workers have become spoiled by old
notions of corporate paternalism.
 
Still others have gone so far as to argue that these divisions are the
natural results of a competitive society. Furthermore, an unspoken
insinuation seems to be inundating our national debate: Certain immigrant
groups have the "right genetics" and thus are natural entrants to the
"overclass," while others, as well as those who come
from stock that has been here for 200 years and have not made it to the top,
simply don't possess the necessary attributes.
 
Most Americans reject such notions. But the true challenge is for everyone
to understand that the current economic divisions in society are harmful to
our future. It should be the first order of business for the new Congress to
begin addressing these divisions, and to work to bring true fairness back to
economic life. Workers already understand this, as they see stagnant wages
and disappearing jobs.
 
America's elites need to understand this reality in terms of their own
self-interest.
 
A recent survey in the Economist warned that globalization was affecting the
U.S. differently than other "First World" nations, and that white-collar
jobs were in as much danger as the blue-collar positions which have thus far
been ravaged by outsourcing
and illegal immigration. That survey then warned that "unless a solution is
found to sluggish real wages and rising inequality, there is a serious risk
of a protectionist backlash" in America that would take us away from what
they view to be the "biggest economic stimulus in world history."
 
More troubling is this: If it remains unchecked, this bifurcation of
opportunities and advantages along class lines has the potential to bring a
period of political unrest. Up to now, most American workers have simply
been worried about their job prospects. Once they understand that there are
(and were) clear alternatives to the policies that have dislocated careers
and altered futures, they will demand more accountability from the leaders
who have failed to protect their interests.
 
The "Wal-Marting" of cheap consumer products brought in from places like
China, and the easy money from low-interest home mortgage refinancing, have
softened the blows in recent years. But the balance point is tipping in both
cases, away from the consumer and away from our national interest.
 
The politics of the Karl Rove era were designed to distract and divide the
very people who would ordinarily be rebelling against the deterioration of
their way of life.
 
Working Americans have been repeatedly seduced at the polls by emotional
issues such as the predictable mantra of "God, guns, gays, abortion and the
flag" while their way of life shifted ineluctably beneath their feet. But
this election cycle showed an electorate that intends to hold government
leaders accountable for allowing every
American a fair opportunity to succeed.
 
With this new Congress, and heading into an important presidential election
in 2008, American workers have a chance to be heard in ways that have eluded
them for more than a decade. Nothing is more important for the health of our
society than to grant them the validity of their concerns. And our
government leaders have no greater duty than to confront the growing
unfairness in this age of globalization.
 
Mr. Webb is the Democratic senator-elect from Virginia.
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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Technicians in wolf's clothing

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I'd like to end this week by issuing a warning to you about those technicians in wolf's clothing.  In short, you need to pay closer attention to those technicians who say that they can.
With the Christmas/holiday season on us, you're going to see more and more persons who are calling themselves software and hardware technicians, but in actuality they are nothing more than inexperienced, reckless, and don't give a darn individuals.  For the past month we have received several emails from our readers telling of horror stories re technicians making a total mess of their hard drives, their software, and just walking out and not taking responsibility for it.  In addition, some of them work for these so-called fly by night companies who are also unwilling to make their technicians accountable for what they've done.
These types of technicians and companies entice you by saying that they can come right to your home and do what's necessary for you.  Their rates for service calls and support packages are quite attractive, but they don't have any office that you can visit.  Instead, they work on the road and yes, they have a website that you can visit and take a look at their profile but that's as far as you can go.  They take great pains to avoid accountability and responsibility and they don't seem to care really too much.
They're really good at showing up at your home when you call and they are even better at telling what they can do but as for actually doing it?  I'm afraid that they talk the talk but don't walk the walk. 
We've had over 100 emails in the past month telling us of these types of companies and individuals who have come to their homes and their job was to do such basic things such as:
Defragment a hard drive, transfer data from the hard drive of the customer's computer to a diskless drive, port emails from one browser to another, carry out windows updates,  re-image a hard drive, plus other similar types of functions. 
According to these emailers, these technicians somehow managed to turn simple jobs into memorable nightmares and their companies don't seem to care.  No accountability and no responsibility.  You can bet your last dollar that during this time of year there are going to be persons in need of technical support and these companies with their rat pack of technicians are only just waiting out there to take advantage of your vulnerability.  Please be careful!  Don't fall for those attractive rates!  Pay the extra money and stay safe.  Check out the company and the technician.  Make sure that they're reputable.  Don't go by what their website says.  Dig deeper.  Use the Internet to do your research and also phone the better business bureau in your area and carry out a check there. 
Don't be fooled by a nice looking website with lots of words and nice icons.  No!  don't.  We have recently been receiving several complaints about a company called Nerds Onsite.  Their url is www.nerdsonsite.com.  According to our readers and clients, stay away from this company.  They talk a good talk but really don't back up what they say and their technicians or most of them are simply not qualified enough to do what they say they can.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Access to information technology creates oportunities for all

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and I hope that everyone had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving. 
I did, and now it's back to work for me.  Today I'd like to bring home the message that the United Nations is endeavouring to spread and it concerns the importance of access to information technology for all.  Such an important topic and so important for us all.  So many of us take it for granted but believe it or not, there are millions of Americans who continue to be denied proper access to information technology and as a result of this they are unable to adequately and fully access the Internet.  Not very nice and not very good when you consider how important the Internet has become. 
Proper access to information technology means that oodles of opportunities would be opened up to those who can take advantage of information technology but for millions of persons this is still a problem.  We hope that the message from the Secretary General of the United Nations will bring this home to everyone.
Have a great weekend. 
  Access to information technology creates opportunity for
all, especially persons with disabilities, Secretary-General says in
observance of Disabled Persons Day
 
Following is UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's message on the International
Day of Disabled Persons, observed on 3 December:
 
The theme of this year's observance of the International Day of Disabled
Persons, "E-accessibility", reminds us of the need to make the Internet
available to everyone.
 
Access to information and communication technologies creates opportunities
for all people, perhaps none more so than persons with disabilities.  And,
as the development of the Internet and these technologies takes their needs
more fully into account, the barriers of prejudice, infrastructure and
inaccessible formats need no longer stand in the way of participation.
 
This is a welcome change.  As information and communication technologies
spread across the world, drawing in more and more users every day, most
websites remained inaccessible to the millions of people who have difficulty
manipulating a mouse, or who are visually impaired and need a "screen
reader" or large fonts to read the page.  Slowly, Governments and the
private sector have been recognizing the economic and social benefits of
making websites fully accessible,
and have been putting in place changes involving software and hardware
alike.
 
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is expected
to be approved by the General Assembly later this month, can give additional
impetus to this trend.  States that choose to become party to the Convention
will thereby commit themselves to taking steps to provide "information
intended for the general public to persons with disabilities in accessible
formats and technologies appropriate to different kinds of disabilities in a
timely manner and without additional cost".  The Convention urges private
businesses and mass media to do the same with their services.
 
On this International Day, let us pledge again to do our utmost to achieve
the vision of an inclusive, people-centred, development-oriented information
society.  And let us redouble our efforts to ensure that persons with
disabilities can exercise their human rights and play their full part in the
economic, social and political lives of their societies.
 
 

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Good afternoon!  I'm Kerry Harrison at the business desk.
I hope that everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving and that all of you have are going to have your delicious Thanksgiving meal.  I've had mine and now I'd like to take a few seconds to say thank you to all of our readers on behalf of all of us here at www.untappedwealth.com.  We have lots to be thankful for:  Our books have continued to sell extremely well and we continue to receive emails of encouragement and gratitude from our readers.  Our blogs are also doing very well and we are just happy that we can provide you with useful and interesting information. 
Thanksgiving is a time for remembering the good things that have come our way and our team at www.untappedwealth.com has worked hard to be of service to our customers and readers.  We have enjoyed bringing you the daily blogs and we have also enjoyed hearing from you through your emails.  We try to do our best to answer each and every email and we will continue to do so for as long as you write to us.
We are contemplating making some changes to our blogs sometime in the near future and would welcome your input and comments.
So, enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving holiday.  Stay safe, stay secure, and be careful in whatever you do.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Be ware of those dubious emails

Hello everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and on the eve of our Thanksgiving holiday I'd like to remind you to keep a very watchful eye on your incoming emails because it is at this time that those murky scammers and identity thieves deliberately choose to pounce on poor and unsuspecting victims.  Many of these believe that they can do anything they feel, anything that they want, and that we are powerless to stand up to them.  Wrong!  There's something that we can do and that is to be aware of their presence and to take note of some of the more common types of emails that they are sending.
We need to keep in mind that scammers and identity thieves have absolutely no respect for anyone and that for the most part their notes are very convincing.  So convincing that if you allow yourself to read the first sentence you could find yourself being easily sucked in. These cyber thugs work on a 7 24 basis 365 days a year, and in short round the clock.  They have no respect for time and by this I mean that they don't take any time off.  They work during and over the Christmas holidays, during and over the Thanksgiving holiday, and always.  They're getting better and smarter at composing their notes and they are using some very enticing tactics to try and get you to fall into their traps.
So, what types of notes should you be looking out for?  I'm going to try and give you examples of some of the more common types of emails making the rounds these days and hopefully it will help you to be more aware.
The loan approval email -  This one has been making the rounds for about a month now and has gotten very common.  In this email the sender congratulates you on your loan application and invites you to provide some additional personal information and even goes as far as to ask you to verify some of your banking details.  Don't touch this email.  Don't even think of it.  Delete it and move on.
The stocks tips  email -  This email is becoming more and more common and the senders of these types of emails are attempting to get you to invest in bogus companies.  They provide very convincing info on bogus companies and ask you to either email your interest back to them or phone them.  Leave this one alone.  Don't even think about it.  These seemingly sound investments are nothing but empty promises that will only cause you to lose the shirts off your back.
Selling mail order products emails -  These types of notes usually swell in number at holiday time and they are nothing but scams.  The senders of these notes advertise too good to be true products and ask you to order them using your credit card and they promise instant delivery.  In truth, they are looking for you to innocently provide your credit card number and then they use your card number to cause devastating grief.  There is no product for sale.  If you get such an email just delete it and think no more about it.
Of course there are many other types of dubious notes floating around but I chose these three examples to get you started.  Please, pay close attention to your emails, but most of all keep an eye on your youngsters to ensure that they don't go ordering stuff that could potentially bring tears and fears to your household. 
I urge you to travel safely today.  If you're driving then be extra careful and use patience and caution where necessary. 
Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Interesting conference on purchasing in China

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and I'd like to publish an article that was sent to us by our Canadian bureau.  We thought that those of you who live in Toronto Canada, or in closeby proximities, would find this conference very interesting in light of the fact that China is one of the fastest growing global economies today.  Hopefully this type of conference would find its way to us here in the United States much sooner rather than later as I really believe that we need to be paying much closer attention to those very lucrative and explosive opportunities that are just waiting for us to grab ahold of them. 
Have a great day and before you leave our website check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book lends credence to the fact that Americans need to pay more attention to the demands of the Chinese and Indian economies as these two countries are just waiting for us to take advantage of literally millions of opportunities that are being driven by hundreds of millions of consumers who are very hungry for our goods, services, technology, plus so much more.
Untapped Wealth Discovered is available on Amazon as well as through this website.
Hope you find this article insightful. 
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASING IN CHINA / TAIWAN
 
 OBJECTIVES :
 The Chinese market includes a communist country in transition towards a free market economy and two administrative areas HONG KONG and MACAU from which public administration respect some democratic rights.
 
 With a population of 1,298,847,624 inhabitants in July 2004, China has exported in 2004 436.1 billions  $ USD and has become an important supply source in many sectors due to its very competitive prices and conditions. On the other hand, cultural aspects, custom systems, distance, currency, selection of good
 sources authentically Chinese are risks related to this type of supply. This program will allow you to better understand these various aspects, know the stakes and perform profitable negotiations for your company and your market.
 
TARGET AUDIENCE:
 Purchasing Agent, Procurement Manager, Manager, Importer, Agent, Distributor, Wholesaler, Logistics Manager, Banker.
 
LEARN TO:
 1- To select supply sources from ASIA
 2- To negotiate with these sources
 3- To minimize the risks for the importing company
 
SELECTION OF SOURCES:
 One of the important stakes is the power to discover the right supply sources.  There exists many ways to        find out these sources.  We will cover security means for importing companies during the selection of suppliers section.
 
CONTEXT:
 If the company wishes to do business with Chinese suppliers, it must consider certain specific aspects to the ways and customs of that country which is more and more opened to Occident especially since its accession to the World Trade Organisation, such as means of communication, languages and dialects, time zones, economical
 analyses of the market, international agreements applied in this country.
 
INVITATION TO TENDER:
 In some cases, importing companies will ask Chinese suppliers to reply to calls for tenders.  How adjust the drafting in order to reflect this reality?
 
PAYMENTS:
 There are many ways to pay the products purchased in foreign countries. We will make a listing, and will indicate the international risks of payment and the impact on the cashflow for importing enterprises and, moreover, we will
 cover the acquisition of currencies.
 
OVERVIEW:
Documentation and methodology :
 International purchasing increase the documentation to treat.  What can be asked to the supplier to get the best logistic process?  In this section, we will cover: 
  + the certificate of origin;
  + the customs documentation;
  + the recognition of counterfeit products;
  + the way to manage certain forms of corruption;
  + the determining the good choice of transporters;
  + the right use of incoterms;
  + The right choice of packing.
 
 Since the March 2003 election by the National's People's Congress (NPC) of the actual President HU Jintao and of
 the Vice President ZENG Qinghong, we are witnessing a wave without precedent of changes at all levels.
 
 There are actually 23 provinces (Sheng), 5 self-governing areas (Zizhiqu), 4 municipalities (Shi) and 2 special
 administrative areas (HONG KONG, MACAU) included in China.
 
 Furthermore, China considers Taiwan as its 24th province; situation devided with inhabitants of Taiwan and source
 of conflicts.
 
 Other specific important topics will be covered, such as :
 Government corporations and private corporations: Large/Medium Enterprises (LMES), Small et Medium Enterprises (SMES)
 Spin-Off Role
 Legal system
 Contacts and opportunities (How to do business in China)
 Enterprises index and credible information sources
 E-commerce with China
 Quality control
 Logistics and warehousing
 Canadian Embassy, Quebec Delegation in China and chinese representatives in Canada
 Banking services
 Credit, financing, insurance, guarantee and available grants
 Holidays
 Web resources on Provinces and other administrative areas
 Example of an area of China which is a business and distribution center since more than 2,000 years
 Overseas trade fairs of interest 
 
 The behaviour, the ethics, the business cultures, the vocabulary, the economic analysis, the modes of operation must
        be adapted according to the asian area with which the enterprise is planning to establish business relations.  With
 the help of an overview of that immense area, participants will be able to prepare and adapt themselves to various characteristics.
 
        WHEN AND WHERE
        The 28 and 29 Of November, 2006
        Park Plaza Toronto
        33 Carlston Court, Toronto
 For more information do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-861-6618 or visit our internet site at www.compufinder.com
 
 To sign up or for further information, please contact Ms. Francine Dore at 1.877.726.2238
   Expert in Business Management and Advanced Technologies

Interesting conference on purchasing in China

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and I'd like to publish an article that was sent to us by our Canadian bureau.  We thought that those of you who live in Toronto Canada, or in closeby proximities, would find this conference very interesting in light of the fact that China is one of the fastest growing global economies today.  Hopefully this type of conference would find its way to us here in the United States much sooner rather than later as I really believe that we need to be paying much closer attention to those very lucrative and explosive opportunities that are just waiting for us to grab ahold of them. 
Have a great day and before you leave our website check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book lends credence to the fact that Americans need to pay more attention to the demands of the Chinese and Indian economies as these two countries are just waiting for us to take advantage of literally millions of opportunities that are being driven by hundreds of millions of consumers who are very hungry for our goods, services, technology, plus so much more.
Untapped Wealth Discovered is available on Amazon as well as through this website.
Hope you find this article insightful. 
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASING IN CHINA / TAIWAN
 
 OBJECTIVES :
 The Chinese market includes a communist country in transition towards a free market economy and two administrative areas HONG KONG and MACAU from which public administration respect some democratic rights.
 
 With a population of 1,298,847,624 inhabitants in July 2004, China has exported in 2004 436.1 billions  $ USD and has become an important supply source in many sectors due to its very competitive prices and conditions. On the other hand, cultural aspects, custom systems, distance, currency, selection of good
 sources authentically Chinese are risks related to this type of supply. This program will allow you to better understand these various aspects, know the stakes and perform profitable negotiations for your company and your market.
 
TARGET AUDIENCE:
 Purchasing Agent, Procurement Manager, Manager, Importer, Agent, Distributor, Wholesaler, Logistics Manager, Banker.
 
LEARN TO:
 1- To select supply sources from ASIA
 2- To negotiate with these sources
 3- To minimize the risks for the importing company
 
SELECTION OF SOURCES:
 One of the important stakes is the power to discover the right supply sources.  There exists many ways to        find out these sources.  We will cover security means for importing companies during the selection of suppliers section.
 
CONTEXT:
 If the company wishes to do business with Chinese suppliers, it must consider certain specific aspects to the ways and customs of that country which is more and more opened to Occident especially since its accession to the World Trade Organisation, such as means of communication, languages and dialects, time zones, economical
 analyses of the market, international agreements applied in this country.
 
INVITATION TO TENDER:
 In some cases, importing companies will ask Chinese suppliers to reply to calls for tenders.  How adjust the drafting in order to reflect this reality?
 
PAYMENTS:
 There are many ways to pay the products purchased in foreign countries. We will make a listing, and will indicate the international risks of payment and the impact on the cashflow for importing enterprises and, moreover, we will
 cover the acquisition of currencies.
 
OVERVIEW:
Documentation and methodology :
 International purchasing increase the documentation to treat.  What can be asked to the supplier to get the best logistic process?  In this section, we will cover: 
  + the certificate of origin;
  + the customs documentation;
  + the recognition of counterfeit products;
  + the way to manage certain forms of corruption;
  + the determining the good choice of transporters;
  + the right use of incoterms;
  + The right choice of packing.
 
 Since the March 2003 election by the National's People's Congress (NPC) of the actual President HU Jintao and of
 the Vice President ZENG Qinghong, we are witnessing a wave without precedent of changes at all levels.
 
 There are actually 23 provinces (Sheng), 5 self-governing areas (Zizhiqu), 4 municipalities (Shi) and 2 special
 administrative areas (HONG KONG, MACAU) included in China.
 
 Furthermore, China considers Taiwan as its 24th province; situation devided with inhabitants of Taiwan and source
 of conflicts.
 
 Other specific important topics will be covered, such as :
 Government corporations and private corporations: Large/Medium Enterprises (LMES), Small et Medium Enterprises (SMES)
 Spin-Off Role
 Legal system
 Contacts and opportunities (How to do business in China)
 Enterprises index and credible information sources
 E-commerce with China
 Quality control
 Logistics and warehousing
 Canadian Embassy, Quebec Delegation in China and chinese representatives in Canada
 Banking services
 Credit, financing, insurance, guarantee and available grants
 Holidays
 Web resources on Provinces and other administrative areas
 Example of an area of China which is a business and distribution center since more than 2,000 years
 Overseas trade fairs of interest 
 
 The behaviour, the ethics, the business cultures, the vocabulary, the economic analysis, the modes of operation must
        be adapted according to the asian area with which the enterprise is planning to establish business relations.  With
 the help of an overview of that immense area, participants will be able to prepare and adapt themselves to various characteristics.
 
        WHEN AND WHERE
        The 28 and 29 Of November, 2006
        Park Plaza Toronto
        33 Carlston Court, Toronto
 For more information do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-861-6618 or visit our internet site at www.compufinder.com
 
 To sign up or for further information, please contact Ms. Francine Dore at 1.877.726.2238
   Expert in Business Management and Advanced Technologies

Interesting conference on purchasing in China

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and I'd like to publish an article that was sent to us by our Canadian bureau.  We thought that those of you who live in Toronto Canada, or in closeby proximities, would find this conference very interesting in light of the fact that China is one of the fastest growing global economies today.  Hopefully this type of conference would find its way to us here in the United States much sooner rather than later as I really believe that we need to be paying much closer attention to those very lucrative and explosive opportunities that are just waiting for us to grab ahold of them. 
Have a great day and before you leave our website check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book lends credence to the fact that Americans need to pay more attention to the demands of the Chinese and Indian economies as these two countries are just waiting for us to take advantage of literally millions of opportunities that are being driven by hundreds of millions of consumers who are very hungry for our goods, services, technology, plus so much more.
Untapped Wealth Discovered is available on Amazon as well as through this website.
Hope you find this article insightful. 
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASING IN CHINA / TAIWAN
 
 OBJECTIVES :
 The Chinese market includes a communist country in transition towards a free market economy and two administrative areas HONG KONG and MACAU from which public administration respect some democratic rights.
 
 With a population of 1,298,847,624 inhabitants in July 2004, China has exported in 2004 436.1 billions  $ USD and has become an important supply source in many sectors due to its very competitive prices and conditions. On the other hand, cultural aspects, custom systems, distance, currency, selection of good
 sources authentically Chinese are risks related to this type of supply. This program will allow you to better understand these various aspects, know the stakes and perform profitable negotiations for your company and your market.
 
TARGET AUDIENCE:
 Purchasing Agent, Procurement Manager, Manager, Importer, Agent, Distributor, Wholesaler, Logistics Manager, Banker.
 
LEARN TO:
 1- To select supply sources from ASIA
 2- To negotiate with these sources
 3- To minimize the risks for the importing company
 
SELECTION OF SOURCES:
 One of the important stakes is the power to discover the right supply sources.  There exists many ways to        find out these sources.  We will cover security means for importing companies during the selection of suppliers section.
 
CONTEXT:
 If the company wishes to do business with Chinese suppliers, it must consider certain specific aspects to the ways and customs of that country which is more and more opened to Occident especially since its accession to the World Trade Organisation, such as means of communication, languages and dialects, time zones, economical
 analyses of the market, international agreements applied in this country.
 
INVITATION TO TENDER:
 In some cases, importing companies will ask Chinese suppliers to reply to calls for tenders.  How adjust the drafting in order to reflect this reality?
 
PAYMENTS:
 There are many ways to pay the products purchased in foreign countries. We will make a listing, and will indicate the international risks of payment and the impact on the cashflow for importing enterprises and, moreover, we will
 cover the acquisition of currencies.
 
OVERVIEW:
Documentation and methodology :
 International purchasing increase the documentation to treat.  What can be asked to the supplier to get the best logistic process?  In this section, we will cover: 
  + the certificate of origin;
  + the customs documentation;
  + the recognition of counterfeit products;
  + the way to manage certain forms of corruption;
  + the determining the good choice of transporters;
  + the right use of incoterms;
  + The right choice of packing.
 
 Since the March 2003 election by the National's People's Congress (NPC) of the actual President HU Jintao and of
 the Vice President ZENG Qinghong, we are witnessing a wave without precedent of changes at all levels.
 
 There are actually 23 provinces (Sheng), 5 self-governing areas (Zizhiqu), 4 municipalities (Shi) and 2 special
 administrative areas (HONG KONG, MACAU) included in China.
 
 Furthermore, China considers Taiwan as its 24th province; situation devided with inhabitants of Taiwan and source
 of conflicts.
 
 Other specific important topics will be covered, such as :
 Government corporations and private corporations: Large/Medium Enterprises (LMES), Small et Medium Enterprises (SMES)
 Spin-Off Role
 Legal system
 Contacts and opportunities (How to do business in China)
 Enterprises index and credible information sources
 E-commerce with China
 Quality control
 Logistics and warehousing
 Canadian Embassy, Quebec Delegation in China and chinese representatives in Canada
 Banking services
 Credit, financing, insurance, guarantee and available grants
 Holidays
 Web resources on Provinces and other administrative areas
 Example of an area of China which is a business and distribution center since more than 2,000 years
 Overseas trade fairs of interest 
 
 The behaviour, the ethics, the business cultures, the vocabulary, the economic analysis, the modes of operation must
        be adapted according to the asian area with which the enterprise is planning to establish business relations.  With
 the help of an overview of that immense area, participants will be able to prepare and adapt themselves to various characteristics.
 
        WHEN AND WHERE
        The 28 and 29 Of November, 2006
        Park Plaza Toronto
        33 Carlston Court, Toronto
 For more information do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-861-6618 or visit our internet site at www.compufinder.com
 
 To sign up or for further information, please contact Ms. Francine Dore at 1.877.726.2238
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Monday, November 20, 2006

Safeway installs new equipment

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and I'd like to start the week by handing out a large bouquet to Safeway.  We live in times when identity theft is on the rise and climbing alarmingly rapidly.  We are living in an era when scammers and identity thieves have no mercy on anyone let alone our more vulnerable citizens such as seniors and the disabled.  It is my sincere hope that other large store chains will follow the lead of Safeway.
More and more seniors and disabled persons are demanding safer and more secure ways of doing business both on the Internet and at banking and automated machines and they have a right to be concerned.  If we can find ways to make them more secure then it would surely benefit all of us as a whole.
Congrats to Safeway.  See article below.
Before you leave our website take a minute to check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This very affordable book focuses on the growing demands and needs of our seniors and special needs consumers and there are hundreds of thousands of business opportunities waiting for you if you're interested.  These opportunities are safe and sound and are worth your while to investigate.  Click on the untapped Wealth Discovered book link to learn more.
Safeway Installs New Equipment to Protect Financial Privacy of Shoppers With
Visual Impairments
 
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA October 31, 2006
 
Blind Community Leaders Applaud Safeway's Commitment
 
PLEASANTON, Calif.- In a move praised by state and national blind
organizations, Safeway (NYSE:SWY) today announced that it has begun
installing equipment to protect the privacy and security of Safeway shoppers
with visual impairments. The new devices plug into existing point of sale
payment machines and have tactile keys arranged like a standard telephone
keypad. They will allow Safeway shoppers who have difficulty reading
information on a touchscreen to privately and independently enter their PIN,
telephone number, and other confidential information.
 
Safeway operates stores across the country under the banners Safeway, Vons,
Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi's, Dominick's, Pak'n Save Foods and
Carrs stores. Every Safeway store in California has already been equipped
with several of the devices, and they will be installed across the country
over the next 12 months.
 
Today's announcement is the result of collaboration between Safeway and
major blindness organizations including the American Foundation for the
Blind, American Council of the Blind and the California Council of the
Blind. "ACB and CCB are membership organizations with thousands of members
across the country and in California who will benefit from Safeway's
commitment," said Jeff Thom, President of the CCB. Carl Augusto, President
and CEO of the AFB, also praised Safeway's announcement: "Today's
announcement by Safeway demonstrates the Company's commitment to the privacy
and convenience of its blind and visually impaired customers."
 
"Safeway has a long history of supporting our communities and people with
disabilities. This decision is one way we can help customers who are blind
or visually impaired experience a better shopping experience in every
Safeway store throughout the country," said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive
Vice President Chief Strategist and Administrative Officer.
 
According to the website of the American Foundation for the Blind, there are
approximately 10 million blind and visually impaired people in the United
States.
 
Have a great day.
 

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Be ware of those extended warrantees for the holiday season and beyond

Good evening!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and I'm already in the holiday mood.  So, with this in mind, I'd like to give you some very important tips re extended warrantees.
No doubt this holiday season millions of Americans are going to be purchasing products that are going to be offered along with extended warrantees and you're going to find hundreds of thousands of salesmen who are going to be out there offering you these extended warrantees because their companies will be pressuring them to sell as many as they can.  They are going to try and convince you to buy them and as part of their sales pitch they're going to tell you that extended warrantees will give you that added protection against wear and tear, and unexpected breaks for another few years past the initial warrantee.  This part is true but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
First, if a product is to break or fail on you they would normally do so within the first six to nine months after being purchased. 
Second, in a recent survey conducted right here in the United States by a leading consumer magazine, it was revealed that about 95% of extended warrantees are rarely used by the purchaser. 
You may be asking why this is and according to this recent survey it was revealed that so many of our products are so thoroughly tested before they hit the marketplace that indeed almost of the cracks and weaknesses are ironed out before the consumer actually gets to buy it.  So what this means is that when you purchase an extended warrantee for your purchased item you are actually putting your money into the pockets of millions of companies and they know this.
Yes, when companies offer you extended warrantees you can bet your last dollar that 9 out of 10 times that money will remain in their pockets and they will never have to spend any time, money, or put out any parts to fix your product or give you a new product. 
True you say?  Very true and you can definitely do something about it.  When you go to buy your next product play close attention to the type of warrantee that you're being offered.  Take the regular warrantee which will cover you for the first year but stay away from the extended warrantee.  You may think that you're getting a bargain by purchasing an extended warrantee but in actuality all you're doing is putting additional income into the pockets of your seller. 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you're looking to learn a bit more about ways to keep your earnings safe then pick up a copy of Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book will show you how to protect yourself from scams, murky scammers, and those get rich quick schemes with their broken promises.
You can purchase this book on Amazon or click on the Untapped Wealth Discovered book link on this website.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Jobs for Americans?

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and as we wind down our week I'd like to touch on a very touchy subject if you may.
It as been extremely evident that during the past few years many of our larger companies and corporations have deliberately chosen to move their call center operations out of the United States and to the other side of the world in such countries as India and China.  Especially so to India.  This trend has and continues to bring lots of headaches to the American economy, devastating hardships to those who seek part-time employment, those who are looking to earn some extra income, those who find it more convenient to work either from home or at night, but it has brought extreme and undue hardships to special needs persons who find it easier and more barrier free when it comes to these types of jobs. 
The main excuse that most of these companies have continued to offer is that they are moving their call center operations to India in order to be more cost affective but I say to them that by doing this they have affectively barred the way for Americans to find employment in areas that can help many to earn a decent living.  Although these types of jobs are not very high paying, yet they present a source of income to those who are unable to gain employment in the more lucrative and high paying fields.  What this type of trend has done is to on one hand help corporations to reduce their overhead costs, but on the other it has done nothing but to take away practically millions of jobs from Americans.
Many experts are saying that this trend seems to be slowing and in some cases there seems to be a reversed trend taking place whereby some of the larger companies are starting to relocate their call centers back in the United States.
Not sure what is causing this but I'd like to think that it may be a bit of this and a bit of that.  Pressure from Uncle Sam you think?  Quite possible.  A tidal wave of customer complaints against call takers who don't seem to understand our English language enough to render prompt and efficient assistance on a timely basis?  A definite maybe.  Americans finally saying that enough is enough!  We want our jobs back and we want them back now?  Very likely.
The one thing that most corporations try to avoid is bad customer relations and the experts are saying that millions of Americans continue to complain on a daily basis when it comes to these call takers in India not being able to render the necessary help and I don't really blame my fellow Americans.  If these companies are hell bent on keeping their call centers in India then they should spend the time and money to train their staff to be able to speak proper English and Spanish, they should be properly trained in customer service, they should be given a very in debt training on the products and services they offer, and above all they should be given some very basic Geography lessons.  Not too long ago I phoned an IBM info number looking for a contact number for my friend.  When the call taker in India asked me where my friend was located I told him Austin Texas.  I had to spell Austin and Texas and even after this the call taker asked me where Texas was.  This after spending over 10 minutes on the phone waiting for my requested info and at the end of it all I never got my friend's number.
India along with China are fast becoming countries with very emerging economies and I believe that in the not too distant future our American companies may just find themselves having to deal with employees who will be demanding much higher wages than they presently make.
Have yourselves a pleasant weekend and if you're in the market for a new job or looking for safe ways to earn some extra income then check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book is jammed packed with lots of proven strategies and ideas for you to inspect, investigate, and develop.  Click on the Untapped Wealth Discovered book link to learn more.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wanted! Seasonal workers for the Christmas holidays

Ho Ho there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and I say that it's never too early to start talking about Christmas and the holiday season.  My goodness!  It's November already and just over six weeks to go?  Or maybe a bit less?  Whatever the number of days left, I'm here to tell you that several large chains in our beloved country are looking for you if you're interested in any of the following types of jobs:
Greeters; if you like standing at the doors of a store or supermarket to greet shoppers then you're it.
Gift wrappers; if you enjoy wrapping packages of all sizes, if you're good with your hands when it comes to folding neatly, making sure that the corners of the packages you wrap are nice and neat, if you love putting pows on packages, then hurry up and get yourself to the nearest store and/or supermarket.
There are practically hundreds of thousands of stores looking for people to demonstrate their appliances, electronics, gaming systems, electronic keyboards, even computer systems, plus so much more.  Many stores are even looking for suitable persons to dress up as Santa Claus, as reindeer, even as Mrs Claus. 
Many stores are even looking for persons to help out in their CD and DVD departments while others are looking for help re the personal shopper service.  The personal shopper service is a growing thing at this time of year as stores need people to help shoppers do their shopping.  This would entail you helping the shopper to shop, take their merchandise to the cash register, and then escort them home. 
There are a few tips though that you should be aware of and I have a few for you.  First, many stores tend to over hire at this time of year and this often leads to shorter shifts.  Second, stores offer very good employee discounts.  Third, the pay is not too bad and there are jobs for almost everyone; from the teenager in the home to the person looking to make some well needed cash at Christmas/holiday time.
So, give it a whirl.  I wish you a very Ho Ho evening.

Paper, snail mail soars during the computer age?

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and this morning I have a question for you.
Do you agree that paper and snail mail have soared during the age of the computer?  Do you agree that more and more people are still using snail mail to communicate instead of using email and the Internet? 
I was a bit surprised when I saw the following clip but I'll let you be the judge.  Thanks to our Ottawa Canada bureau for this contribution.
Have a great day.
Paper, 'snail mail' use soars in computer age: StatsCan
Carly Weeks
Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 11, 2006orps, off a train carrying veterans from
Computers may have transformed our lives, but they haven't reduced the
amount of paperwork piling up on desks across the country.
In fact, between 1983 and 2003, the use of paper for printing and writing
more than doubled, according to a new Statistics Canada study.
But the dawn of the computer age does seem to be causing some behaviour
changes among Canadians.
The study, which looked at the changes computers were expected to make in
our lives and whether they materialized, found that people are talking on
the phone and communicating via e-mail more than ever.
Yet the amount of "snail mail" Canadians send is on the rise. However,
instead of the traditional mailbox, Canadians are using couriers and local
messengers to a greater degree, according to the study.
And despite continued improvements in digital technology and the ability to
conduct video conferences, the amount of business travel Canadians do is
increasing.
Another expected change that didn't materialize is the widespread use of
online shopping that some feared would put an end to in-store sales.
Although private sector sales more than quadrupled between 2001 and 2004,
the transactions still made up only about one per cent of total sales.
Similarly, volumes of postal mail have been rising, although the composition
of mail has changed, and couriers and local messengers are proliferating.
This is the case even as Internet use and e-mail are common in Canada.
Despite the fact computers haven't made some of the expected changes to our
daily routines, the amount of money Canadians spend on such electronics is
on the rise.
From 1997 to 2003, average household spending on computer equipment and
supplies rose to $326 from $299 -- particularly significant considering
computer prices declined in that same period, according to Statistics
Canada.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The social welfare state: Beyond ideology

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and today I'd like to share an article with you which is very interesting.  This article was written by Jeffrey D. Sachs and I decided to print it because it raises some very important and interesting issues for all of us to consider.
Have a great day.
  The Social Welfare State: Beyond Ideology
Are higher taxes and strong social "safety nets" antagonistic to a
prosperous market economy? The evidence is now in.
By Jeffrey D. Sachs
One of the great challenges of sustainable development is to combine
society's desires for economic prosperity and social security. For
decades economists and politicians have debated how to reconcile the
undoubted power of markets with the reassuring protections of social
insurance.
America's supply-siders claim that the best way to achieve
well-being for America's poor is by spurring rapid economic growth and
that the higher taxes needed to fund high levels of social insurance
would cripple prosperity.
Austrian-born free-market economist
Friedrich August von Hayek suggested in the 1940s that high taxation
would be a "road to serfdom," a threat to freedom itself.
Most of the debate in the U.S. is clouded by vested interests and by
ideology. Yet there is by now a rich empirical record to judge these
issues scientifically. The evidence may be found by comparing a group
of relatively free-market economies that have low to moderate rates of
taxation and social outlays with a group of social-welfare states that
have high rates of taxation and social outlays.
Not coincidentally, the low-tax, high-income countries are mostly
English-speaking ones that share a direct historical lineage with
19th-century Britain and its theories of economic laissez-faire.
These countries include Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the
U.K. and the U.S. The high-tax, high-income states are the Nordic
social democracies, notably Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden,
which have been governed by left-of-center social democratic parties
for much or all of the post-World War II era. They combine a healthy
respect for market forces with a strong commitment to antipoverty
programs. Budgetary outlays for social purposes average around 27
percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in the Nordic countries and
just 17 percent of GDP in the English-speaking countries.
Friedrich Von Hayek was wrong
On average, the Nordic countries outperform the Anglo-Saxon ones on
most measures of economic performance. Poverty rates are much lower
there, and national income per working-age population is on average
higher. Unemployment rates are roughly the same in both groups, just
slightly higher in the Nordic countries. The budget situation is
stronger in the Nordic group, with larger surpluses as a share of GDP.
The Nordic countries maintain their dynamism despite high taxation in
several ways. Most important, they spend lavishly on research and
development and higher education. All of them, but especially Sweden and
Finland, have taken to the sweeping revolution in information and
communications technology and leveraged it to gain global competitiveness.
Sweden now spends nearly 4 percent of GDP on R&D, the
highest ratio in the world today. On average, the Nordic nations spend
3 percent of GDP on R&D, compared with around 2 percent in the
English-speaking nations.
The Nordic states have also worked to keep social expenditures
compatible with an open, competitive, market-based economic system.
Tax rates on capital are relatively low. Labor market policies pay
low-skilled and otherwise difficult-to-employ individuals to work in
the service sector, in key quality-of-life areas such as child care,
health, and support for the elderly and disabled.
The results for the households at the bottom of the income distribution are
astoundingly good, especially in contrast to the
mean-spirited neglect that now passes for American social policy. The
U.S. spends less than almost all rich countries on social services for
the poor and disabled, and it gets what it pays for: the highest poverty
rate among the rich countries and an exploding prison
population. Actually, by shunning public spending on health, the U.S.
gets much less than it pays for, because its dependence on private health
care has led to a ramshackle system that yields mediocre
results at very high costs.
Von Hayek was wrong. In strong and vibrant democracies, a generous
social-welfare state is not a road to serfdom but rather to fairness,
economic equality and international competitiveness.
 

Monday, November 13, 2006

15 steps to speed up your computer

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I'd like to share an article with you that I recently found on the Internet.  Hopefully many of you home users will find it useful because I know that so many home users are constantly battling with how to make their computers faster without having to spend money to buy a newer and faster computer.  This article makes a lot of sense and don't be overwhelmed by the number of steps.  They all make sense and they are all very important.
Have a pleasant evening.
15 Steps to Speed Up Your Computer
by Pinky McBanon
Your question, how do I speed up my computer? You get frustrated when your
computer is very slow. You can now save yourself from aggravation especially
when you are very busy working. I will show you 15 steps to do to speed up
your computer.
Let me enumerate them: As I have also mentioned on my previous articles
1. Defrag your computer at least once every two weeks (I do it once a week).
Go to start>accessories>system tools>disk defragmenter. You can click on
"analyze" first before you choose defrag, it will tell you if you need to
defrag. Just defrag it even if it reports you don't need to.
2. Do Disk Clean Up at least once every two weeks (again, I do this once a
week). Go to start>accessories>system tools>disk clean up. It will analyze
your disk and will generate reports. I suggest you delete files from the
recycle bin and the files located in the temporary files folder. Note: I
avoid compressing files. It's your call.
3. Clean up your program files, delete and uninstall unwanted programs on
your computer. Go to control panel>add remove programs.
Make sure you restart your computer after uninstalling or removing the
program so that complete deletion will take place.
4. Delete all files (temporary files and cookies from the computer).
Here's how: open a browser. On top of the browser click on
tools>internet options>delete files and then delete cookies. Make
your history set to (0). Others wants it on at least 10. I always set mine
to (0).
5. You have to be very careful in installing or downloading programs. Make
sure you need it, if not please just avoid it.
Uninstalling them is really hard. Many vendors has all the power to have
their program stay in your computer!
6. Always turn on your firewall. I suggest you have only one firewall and
one anti virus. You get less safer if you have two anti virus running (I
know people who likes to have two anti virus programs running on their
computer, I don't know why.)
7. Run anti-spyware programs. I trust spybot,
search and destroy and the Adware from Lavasoft. I run SD every week, I do
immunize them before I do the the entire program to run. I run adware every
week too after I run spybot search and destroy.
8. Run complete scan using your antivirus software at least everyday (some
do it once a week). Mine is scheduled at 3:00am everyday.
9. Avoid multi-tasking too much! Meaning to say, avoid opening too many
programs all at the same time running at the task bar.
10. I also suggest you get a dual hard drive (which I know is now common in
the market), one for the operating system only and the other for all the
programs, database and files. This way, the computer boots on one hard
drive.
11. Also check the performance of your computer when connected on the
internet. Go to control panel >network and internet connections  >network
connections >right click the mouse on the connection available (e.g. local
area connection "connected", "firewalled")  >click on "STATUS". Make sure on
the status tab, you will see the speed (mine is always 100 mbps). The
packets sent and the packets received must not have a very high difference.
If it is sending too much packets (as in ten times) than it receive (then
try to do number 7!).
12. Always make sure you install the latest updates on your computer.
13. Always make sure all devices (drivers, etc) are properly functioning. Go
to control panel >performance and maintenance  >system >hardware >click on
DEVICE MANAGER. You will see all the devices and adapters available on your
computer. Make sure you don't see a yellow question mark (?) or this means
there is an error on that device or adapter. If so, you need to update it or
install the right drivers. Updated firmware might also be needed.
14. Browsing the internet? well, I have my google toolbar installed on my
computer and is my default search engine. Their pop up blocker is really
great!
15. A memory of at least 512 RAM might be a good idea installed on your
computer There you go, 15 steps! Good luck!
Ms. Mcbanon has a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and Research in
Systems Engineering major in Decision Analysis. She is a Medical Practice
Billing Consultant, Medical Biller/Coder and an IT Consultant. Read more on
her shared knowledge on her personal website at justmypassion.com Pinky
McBanon may be contacted at http://www.justmypassion.com
 

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Good news for diabetics

Hi Everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and today I'd like to end this very hectic week on a high note.
I came across a very interesting article submitted to us by our research team and I just feel that millions of diabetics can stand to benefit greatly.  The diabetics market is practically exploding both here at home and globally and our government along with several other global governments are at their wit's end re how to provide the products, services, and info that these millions of persons are literally screaming for.
There are hundreds of thousands of very lucrative niche opportunities for those of you who are interested in starting up your own business in markets that are safe, real, and fast growing.  The market of diabetic consumers are all these plus so much more and you should read Untapped Wealth Discovered to learn more.  Click on the Untapped Wealth Discovered book link to learn more.
In the meantime, I hope you find the article below of interest and I hope you have a great weekend.
Inhaled insulin provides diabetics with an alternative to injections
By Wendy Rigby
MySanAntonio.com, TX, October 19, 2006
KENS 5 Eyewitness News
Some South Texas diabetics are embracing a new kind of insulin delivery
system to help manage their disease. It doesn't involve needles, and
patients say it's making their lives a lot easier.
William Sickler has coped with type one diabetes for the last 28 years. The
disease left him blind in 1997, but this year, he's been able to change his
routine of five shots of insulin a day.
"I've been waiting for something like this, an alternative to shots for some
time," Sickler said.
The alternative is an inhaled insulin device called Exubera, made by Pfizer
and approved by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year. A small
blister pack of fine-powder insulin is inserted into the tube.
The patient inhales it deeply into the lungs three times a day before meals.
"It took a long time to develop this. It has to be in a particle size
that'll deliver it to the part of the lung that will allow absorption," said
Dr. Mark Kipnes, an endocrinologist at the Diabetes & Glandular Disease
Clinic.
Patients have to take a pulmonary function test to make sure they can take
the drug this way, and those who smoke or have asthma or lung disease may
not qualify. However, for those patients who are fearful or tired of
injections like Sickler, it's a great invention.
"I've been using it about a month and it's been working wonderfully. My
blood sugars are far better than they have been in the past. I just feel
better," Sickler said.
Kipnes, who has been helping to test inhaled insulin with his patients for
many years, says it's a positive breakthrough in diabetes control.
"It's a nice alternative, and some patients are much more reluctant to take
injections. Some patients will never consider an injection, in spite of our
urging. And they'll allow this as an alternative," he said.
Several other drug companies have version of inhaled insulin that will come
on the market soon.
For more information about Exubera and on-going studies involving inhaled
insulin, contact the Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic in San Antonio at
(210) 615-5555. You can also visit
www.dgdclinic.com
or
www.exubera.com
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA101906.medical.KENS.54ec0
c7c.html

Friday, November 10, 2006

Gambling on the Internet becoming a huge problem

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and this evening I'd like to focus on a growing problem that's facing practically millions of persons in their 20s right here in America.
You guessed it.  More and more young Americans in their 20s and even in their teens are turning to the Internet to help solve their financial problems.  They are turning to online gambling to help pay off their debts and it's becoming more and more of a hazard to both them and their parents.
Somehow, somewhere, this nasty trend got started some years ago but within the last year it has become a huge problem and now we are having to deal with millions of young Americans who are practically losing the shirts off their backs as they turn to online gambling to solve their financial woes.  They are playing the online casinos, gambling at poker, black jack, and roulette.  They are betting lots of money, running up huge debts on their credit cards, and even causing their parents to fall helplessly into debt as parents try desperately to rescue them from the jaws of debt.  Most college students would tell you that they are doing this in order to pay off their student loans.  Many teens would tell you that they are doing this because it's the cool thing to do.  Some win, but most are losing and dropping like flies.  
There is no clear cut answer to this growing problem.  More parent supervision you say?  It's awfully hard to supervise your teen's time on the Internet let alone trying to do it with your over 21 year old kid.  How can you supervise your over 21 kid if they're not living at home?  When they're at school and supposed to be in class?  Do you think that the government should get involved in this whole mess?  How far should they go?  Should online casinos be heavily regulated?
Not too long ago President Bush brought in legislation to do just that but maybe he should be trying to go a bit further in order to help save our younger generation both from themselves and from running their parents into financial destruction.
Have a great weekend.  

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The American dream unlikely for the third largest minority

Good afternoon!  I'm Kerry Harrison at the business desk and today I'd like to share an article with you that came across my desk.  After reading it I thought that it would be good for us to share this with our readers so that you can get an insight into how our third largest minority is doing and what conditions they live under given that they live in a country as rich and powerful as the United States.
Hopefully it will be food for thought for many of you.
Enjoy your day.
        Study from Hofstra: 25% of Americans with disabilities - live in
poverty, work full time
THE AMERICAN DREAM IS UNLIKELY FOR THE NATION'S THIRD LARGEST MINORITY; NEW
PAPER BY HOFSTRA PROFESSOR REVEALS ENORMOUS BARRIERS THAT TRANSCEND THE
PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY * Americans with disabilities make up the
United States' third largest minority, and yet they are the least likely of
any demographic within the nation to achieve the American dream, according
to Frank Bowe, Hofstra University's Dr. Mervin Livingston Schloss
Distinguished Professor for the Study of Disabilities.
A new study by Dr. Frank Bowe finds that among adults with disabilities:
More than a quarter live in poverty and more than 75% earn less than $20,000
annually
Only a quarter have full-time employment
Less than one fifth go to college
Fewer than half have private health insurance
More than 1 in 9 Americans - 32 million in all - have severe disabilities,
according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Dr. Bowe's study, titled
"Disability in America" (available at
http://people.hofstra.edu/faculty/Frank_G_Bowe)
found that among Americans with disabilities, one in four subsists on
below-poverty income and more than 75% have an individual income of less
than $20,000. The 2002 mean income of Americans with severe disabilities was
$18,363, compared with $32,870 among adults in that age range with no
disabilities.
One major reason for the low employment and income numbers is that many
adults with disabilities subsist on Social Security Disability Insurance
(SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the health coverage they
guarantee. Although the monthly funds received from those programs are
barely livable wages, the benefit of Medicare and/or Medicaid is something
this population cannot do without.
Only 13 percent of Americans with disabilities between the ages of 21 to 64
work year round, full time. Because it is so difficult for people with
disabilities to find full-time, year round careers - jobs which feasibly
would provide them with health coverage they need - they acquiesce to this
life of poverty in order to have some peace of mind with their health care.
Only 45% of adults with severe disabilities have private health coverage;
another 46% are on
Medicare and/or Medicaid; and the remaining 19% have no health insurance.
Dr. Bowe also examines education for Americans with disabilities. Dr. Bowe
says that despite measures to level the playing field, the reality is that
educational opportunity for students with disabilities and those without is
not parallel. Schools are only required to provide sufficient tools to help
students with disabilities to keep up with their education. Many continue to
struggle. While the typical 9-year-old would be in the 4th grade, a
9-year-old student with
disabilities is more than half likely (61%) to be in the third grade and
another third are only be in second grade. Among high school students, most
15-year-old students with disabilities are not with their same age peers in
the 10th grade. The vast majority are in 9th grade and more than a quarter
are in the 8th grade.
Dr. Bowe does not dispute that educational opportunities are better today
for students with disabilities than they were years ago, but there is still
progress to be made. In 2004 students with disabilities comprised 6.8% of
all full-time college freshmen. Those who complete their degree are more
likely to get the full-time year round jobs with the private health
insurance and escape the trappings that would likely keep them dependent on
public entitlement programs.
Dr. Frank Bowe has led a diverse career as disability activist and leader,
government administrator, businessman, and scholar. He is currently
Professor in the Counseling, Research, Special Education and Rehabilitation
Department at Hofstra University. Before joining the faculty at Hofstra in
1989, Dr.
Bowe served as a Regional Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Education's
Rehabilitation Services Administration. From 1984 to 1986 he was the
Chairman of the U.S. Congress Commission on Education of the Deaf.
Dr. Bowe is perhaps best known for his leadership as Executive Director of
the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities from 1976 to 1981. He
was the organization's first executive officer, and provided crucial
direction during the nation-wide sit-in regarding Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act in 1977, the world's first civil-rights provision for
persons with disabilities, which eventually led to the Americans With
Disabilities Act, passed in 1990.
In 1980, Dr. Bowe was the first person with a disability to represent any
nation in the planning of the United Nations International Year of Disabled
Persons. For more than two decades Dr. Bowe has been a consultant to the
U.S. Congress on a variety of issues. In 1992, he received the Distinguished
Service Award from the President for his lifetime achievement. In 1994, he
was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wanted! Fitness instructors and culinary specialists

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and I need to put out an urgent call for fitness instructors and culinary specialists.  If you presently work in either of these two fields then you need to make yourself known to your nearest health clinic or hospital.  If you're interested in working in either of these two areas then do it now. 
There's an acute shortage of fitness instructors and culinary specialists and with the rapidly increasing number of obese persons, diabetics, and persons suffering from heart conditions, you can bet your bottom dollar that everyone is desperately seeking your services and skills.  The American government is in a big bind these days because they don't have enough of you to help stem the tide.  Companies of all sizes are in trouble because they are trying to turn their very unhealthy work forces into healthy and happy employees.  Depression is on the rise because so many working persons are physically and mentally unhealthy.  Diabetes is on the rise because we as a nation is still not getting the message when it comes to eating more healthy.  We are still eating too much junk food loaded with trans fats, and we are choosing to eat fast foods because it is easier and more convenient than going home and cooking healthy meals.  Heart ailments are also on the rise because our country is still not exercising nearly enough and the story goes on and on.
I know, I can just hear you groaning and moaning at me but it's time for you to really listen up for if you don't then you may probably find yourself looking for both a fitness instructor and a culinary specialist.  The American government is under immense pressure because they are fully aware that they need to step up to the plate and start the ball a rolling when it comes to enforcing stricter rules and regulations when it comes to ensuring that restaurants and food companies provide foods that are healthy for us and they know that in order to do this they need to train hundreds of thousands of fitness instructors and culinary specialists to help out.  When I say train I mean that our government needs to provide incentives for persons to want to become fitness instructors and culinary specialists.  The government is not the only customer looking for you if you're either one of the above or interested in becoming one.  Health clinics need you.  Hospitals need you.  Health spas need you.  Busy households need you.  Busy professionals need you.  Large and medium sized companies need you.  Fast food chains and restaurants need you.  Even those cooking schools need you to train others.  Wow!  so many people need you and the list extends well beyond our borders to the world as a whole.
I'm going to leave you with a few stats and hopefully they will be enough to peak your interest and even galvanize you into action.  One in every three Americans is obese and they could be your potential consumers.  This works out to about 100 million Americans and think of what the rest of the world's stats are.  The starting salary for any skilled and ambitious fitness instructor these days is easily over $70,000.  The starting salary for any skilled and ambitious culinary specialist is even more.  What more would you like to know?
Read Untapped Wealth Discovered and you'll find out that what I'm telling you is very true and real.  This book gives you very potent ways to create and develop careers and businesses as a fitness instructor, as a culinary specialist, plus so much more.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to pick up your copy.
Have a pleasant evening.
 

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Blind passengers get electronic eyes

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and today I'd like to highlight a small clip on what's going on in Shanghai.
So many times we find ourselves criticizing countries like China for not doing enough when it comes to addressing the welfare of special persons and seniors and in many cases we have good cause.  However, I'd like to focus in on a small clip that came across our desk from one of our reporters in the East.  I am really happy to see that such advances like this is taking place in one of China's main cities and I sincerely hope that other countries and other large cities in Asia find it necessary to follow suit in the very near future.
The special needs group of consumers is rapidly growing both here at home in America and globally and it would be in everyone's best interest to take note.  Many global governments especially our own are already paying attention and they are seeking persons who are skilled and experienced to produce the products and services being demanded by this group of consumers because they realise only too well that they themselves can't do it on their own because demand is greatly outstripping supply.  These market conditions are expected to continue and deepen for the foreseeable future and if you're looking for some new opportunities in markets that are real, lucrative, and explosive, then you need to read the clip below and then use your imaginations to come up with similar types of products and services that you can offer to this growing market.  You need to keep in mind that by satisfying the needs of this market you will also be able to attract millions of other global customers.  If you need to read additional material about special needs consumers and how you can build businesses to attract them plus so many more then read Untapped Wealth Discovered.  
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm.  This book both first and second editions is also available on Amazon.
Have a pleasant evening and I hope you enjoy the clip below.
Blind passengers get electronic eyes
By: Dong Zhen
Shanghai Daily, China, September 21, 2006 A BUS station on the Bund
yesterday became the first in the country to offer audio aid to blind
commuters.
The service is part of a new traffic authority program that will help the
city's blind and partially sighted use public transport.
Five city residents were the first to use the system yesterday, which allows
passengers with special controllers to activate audio warnings as buses pull
into stops. The warnings give users the location of the stop as well as
information on other routes available from the stop and directions.
Other functions tell users waiting at bus stops how long the bus will take
to arrive.
"It would generally take about 10 seconds for the audio information to
finish, so sometimes it could generate a small timing mistake about the
exact distance of the bus, but it's acceptable and helpful to the blind
passengers," said Gu Wei, a deputy manager from the company developing the
system.
Among the estimated 40,000 blind people in Shanghai, more than 8,000 have
applied for and received a permit for taking transit buses for free.
The traffic authorities said they would work with district disabled
associations to send the controllers to blind people.
The controllers will only work with new bus stations fitted with electronic
information systems. The systems are part of an ongoing program being
promoted and constructed in town, starting last year.
Authorities said 34 such electronic bus stations along Siping Road would be
completed by the end of next year.
http://www1.shanghaidaily.com/art/2006/09/22/292710/Blind_passengers_get_ele
ctronic_eyes.htm

The trans fats war

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and I'd like to start off the week by chatting a bit about the trans fat war presently sweeping across the United States.
It's happening among cities and among companies.  First, we had Wendy's announcing their efforts to tackle the trans fats problem and they made their big splash in August.  Then we had McDonald's doing the same but in the case of McDonald's they've been making the same promises for over five years now.  Then last week we had KFC announcing that they plan to lessen the trans fats in their foods in particular in their fried chicken and potato wedges.  KFC has assured the world that their new way of cooking is not going to affect their famous recipe. 
Last week as well we had the city of New York announcing too that they were planning to make their city a trans fats free zone in a few years time and other American cities are also set to announce similar initiatives.  The experts see this as a good thing because maybe, just maybe, these bold and well meaning initiatives may be what we're looking for to help us tackle the overall problem of one in every three Americans being termed as obese.  The obesity problem is very rampant among both adults and children and many health experts are warning that if we don't do something very soon the obesity problem could quickly turn into  an epic situation of tsunami proportions.  Something like if we don't address the global warming problem soon this too could also turn into a nightmare of unfathomed proportions. 
The obesity and trans fats problems are nothing new.  For years now the leading health experts in America have been warning that if we don't cut back on our trans fats in a big way we could soon find ourselves becoming a nation of overweight people.  Physically and mentally unfit, unhealthy, and ripe for being the victims of those very disabling diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions, plus so much more.  In addition, the experts have been going out of their way to warn Americans that if they don't bring diabetes under control sooner rather than later, we could also end up having to deal with millions of persons suffering not only from diabetes, but also crippling vision problems.  Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness today.  Obesity is also one of the leading causes of diabetes and heart conditions today, and it would be in our best interests to pay close attention.
The diabetic market is growing and the American government is desperately seeking skilled persons to offer the services and products that more and more diabetics are seeking.  If you're interested then give a read to Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book will show you how and where to start if you're interested in new and safe business opportunities.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to pick up your copy.
Have a  great day. 

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Life after his wife

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I'd like to end the week by telling you about two of our clients.  Stefan and Nick Martelli.  I decided to tell you about this father and son combination and they have given me permission to do so and I hope that this story helps to motivate you to try your hand at your own business.   Not only that, but it's a story of determination and a strong will to survive.
Three years ago Stefano lost his wife in a horrible car accident and he was left to raise his 14 year old son Nick.  Stefano was absolutely devastated and at first both he and Nick were at a loss as to what to do.  Marina Martelli had been the center of this tiny family and both she and Stefano had no siblings and their parents had all died years ago when Nick was a baby.  Up till his wife's death Stefano had been a driver for a courier company and Marina stayed at home.  She looked after her two favorite men but she also had a part-time job as a typist.  Now with her death everything suddenly fell on Stefano's shoulders and the additional income from Marin'as part-time job was now gone. 
Stefano and Nick were not quitters and it did not take them long to realize that life was going to change for them whether they liked it or not.  So, after he felt that he and Nick had taken enough time to grieve their loss, Stefano decided that it was time for he and his son to do something new.  Stefano talked at length to his friends and co-workers and at night he also had long talks with his 14 year old son.  Stefano did his research in libraries and on the Internet and he visited our offices to chat with us.  We asked Stefano to bring his son along to these meetings and we arranged it so that these two determined men could meet with us during after office hours.  From the get go we all realised that Stefano and Nick were a true team.  They were on the same page and they both wanted to help each other deal with the loss of Marina as well as move on with their lives.
We knew that we had our work cut out for us.  We were dealing with two very determined men who would not take no for an answer.  Stefano wanted to provide for Nick by doing the best he could and he had some skills.  Nick also wanted to do his best for his dad but he was just a child and still going to school.  We had our work cut out for us and boy did we know it.
We pulled all of our team together and after much thought, pondering, and deliberation, we decided to present the Martellis with three options and give them the chance to choose one.
1   Stefano could continue in his job as a courier driver till Nick was finished school and then they could both try to find something that they could both work together at. 
2  Stefano could try to change his job and look for  something that would give him better working hours.
3  Stefano could go back to school and get trained in a field of interest.
We presented these options to the Martellis along with a fair amount of research info from our team and left them to ponder it for a few weeks.  We told them that we would be willing to work with them whichever option they chose or if they came up with any other ideas we would be happy to discuss them with them.  Just imagine our surprise when Stefano and Nick showed up at our offices three days later with a plan in hand and a rough draft of how they wanted to do it.
To make a long story short, Stefano and Nick decided that they were going to open up their own photography business.  Stefano had something to build on.  He had previously worked as a photographer before losing his job and was forced to seek other employment.  Nick was also interested in photography and was very excited to be his dad's assistant. 
The Martellis opened up a tiny studio in their small home and decided to offer their services to home users whereby they would help them to put their photos on CDs and make copies if necessary.  They also decided to offer what they called picture taking services whereby they would take pictures at parties, weddings, and other types of events. 
Nick was a very quick study and work as hard as he could outside of school.  Stefano worked like a hound day and night to get things going and their friends pitched in to advertise their services plus more.  Fast forward to two years later and the Martellis are doing just fine.  Paying their bills, enjoying their business but still hoping to increase their revenues.  they are an enthusiastic team and their friends are very supportive.   
We believe that the Martellis have the potential to grow their business because they have opened up a business that offers services to a growing market of home consumers who are becoming more interested in creating and saving photos on CD.  Not only that, the Martellis are offering a cutting edge service to their customers and their determination and ambition are going to help them grow.  There are practically millions of niche opportunities out there just waiting for you to grab them and if you need a boost then you need to purchase Untapped Wealth Discovered.  A book that identifies these types of opportunities and shows you hour you can take advantage of them and grab them ahead of your competition.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to purchase your copy.
Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Discrimination in the workplace against persons with grey hair?

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and this evening I'd like to focus on something that is becoming more and more of a concern to our older workers.
Last week I stumbled across a small clip on the Internet that talked about a growing trend presently taking place in our American workplace and it has to do with employers discriminating more and more against persons with grey hair.  Apparently, in a recent survey conducted by CNN news, it was revealed that over 40% of employers admitted to consciously discriminating against perspective employees.  In addition, they also admitted to being more hesitant to promote persons with grey hair choosing instead to promote those without.  In essence, more than 40% of American employers admitted that they discriminated against persons because of the color of their hair. 
You're probably thinking now that this is all a joke but in actuality it's not.  What American employers are doing these days, or I should say what more than 40% of American employers are doing these days is the following:
They are consciously discriminating against perspective employees with grey hair choosing instead to hire those without grey over those with hair.
They are also deliberately choosing to pass over for promotion those persons with grey hair choosing instead to promote those without grey hair over those with grey hair. 
They are also deliberately using under handed tactics to force those with grey hair out of the labor force. 
This whole thing is very unfair, absolutely ridiculous, and extremely dangerous.  Many of us associate grey hair with being old but these days there are so many younger people with grey hair.  Persons in their 20s and 30s.  In addition, these days many younger persons with grey hair are dying their hair so as to hide their grey locks. 
The important thing here is that more than 40% of American employers are discriminating against persons with grey hair because they do not want to have older persons in their workplace.  This is a very dangerous situation because if it is allowed to continue we can soon find ourselves devoid of both older and younger workers who are both skilled and experienced and all because more and more employers are using the grey hair thing to decide whether or not they are going to either hire or keep or promote an employee. 
I'll end my tirade by asking you this question:  Should we have gotten rid of Bill Clinton during his last term of office because he had started to go grey? 
Have a great weekend and if you're contemplating leaving your job because your employer is giving you a hard time because your hair is grey
then pick up a copy of Untapped Wealth Discovered.  A book written by two authors who are very savvy when it comes to helping you to find the right job with the right employer.  This book is very affordable, extremely informative, and well written.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to pick up a copy.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

What happens when the clocks are turned back

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and today I'd like to chat a wee bit on what happens when the clocks go back.
We've been doing this for as long as we could remember.  We fall back in the fall meaning that we turn back the clocks in the fall and we spring ahead in the spring meaning that we turn them ahead in the spring.  We have been doing this religiously during the wee hours of the morning of the last Sunday of October and during the wee hours of the morning of the last Sunday of March for as long as we can remember.  However, as of 2007, this is going to change and here's what we will be looking forward to.  We will now have to turn our clocks ahead three weeks earlier and turn them back one week later.  In short, we'll be having four additional weeks of daylight springing ahead earlier in March and falling back in early November. 
There are always problems whenever we change the clocks but it seems that the problems are a bit more whenever we fall back.  Here's what some health experts have identified as some of the challenges that come with turning the clocks back.
When we turn the clocks back we lose an hour of sunlight and this causes many people to suffer from something called SAD which stands for seasonal adjustment depression.  
More production hours tend to be lost during the first few weeks immediately following the turning back of the clocks because more people have difficulty adjusting to the time change.
More people suffer from vitamin deficiencies during the first few weeks following the change in time and health experts recommend that they take more doses of vitamins a and d.  
Parents have more difficulty getting their kids out of bed during these first few weeks because the kids have problems readjusting their own body clocks. 
Companies tend to incur more expenses for energy costs when the clocks are turned back as they have to turn the lights on earlier.
Of course there are also problems to deal with when the clocks are turned ahead but it definitely seems as if there are a few more challenges to deal with when they are turned back. 
Food for thought.
If you're looking for a book to read that will show you how to avoid those murky scams, those unscrupulous scammers, those get rich quick schemes with their broken promises, plus more, then check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book makes very interesting reading and is very well priced.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to purchase your copy.
Enjoy your supper with your family.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hats off to Palm Springs

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk.  This evening I'd like to tell you about what Palm Springs is up to these days.  No, no beauty salon or exquisite spa for the rich.  No, Palm Springs is not going to play host to any of your favorite movie stars in the very near future, nor is it expected to host any major games anytime soon.
Palm Springs has introduced some very exciting technology that will be able to help many.  Its primary use is to help those who are visually challenged but many are saying that this piece of technology will also help many others.  
It always excites me whenever one of our cities introduces technology like this and I hope that this article that I'm going to introduce to you will be a hint and impetus for other American cities to follow suit.  Palm Springs is showing us how to take advantage of technology to help others and hopefully this will only be the first of many more innovations to come. 
Congrats Palm Springs!  Please see article below.
Enjoy your evening.
Palm Springs crosswalks use latest technology
KESQ Palm Springs, California, September 26, 2006
More technology at use in Palm Springs. Now some city crosswalks have been
retro fitted with audible signals.
This signal at the corner of Sunrise and Ramon tells you what street you're
about to cross and how many seconds of safe passage you have. City leaders
dedicated it and ten other signalized intersections earlier today.
The push buttons emit a low tone that helps visually impaired pedestrians
find the button. The system even monitors traffic noise and automatically
adjusts its volume.
It's designed for the visually impaired but will help all of us out
Palm Springs is the first city in the Coachella Valley with the audible
pedestrian button system.
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=5462654&nav=9qrx

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