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Nancy is a young, full of life lady who joined the team shortly after the BelleNews site started to run. She is focused on bringing up to light all the latest news from the technology industry. In her opinion the hi-tech expresses the humanity intellectual level. Nancy is an active person; she enjoys sports and delights herself in doing gardening in her spare time, as well as reading, always searching for new topics for her articles.

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You cannot force yourself to think of a business idea right now and hope that something will pop out of your mind that will appeal to a lot of people. It takes time to come up with novel ideas and refine them to make people desire to patronise what you offer. If you are still trying to search for a business plan, you need to avoid putting limits on what you want to do. If possible, you need to go big and work your way to having a perfect business plan from there.

Do not strike down your ideas early on 

Do not feel afraid to come up with huge and crazy ideas. They are not the final plans that you are going to implement anyway. Instead, start with big plans before refining them, which is better than having something too small and irrelevant that you have nothing new to offer by the time that you launch the business.

Nothing is impossible

If successful business owners today who revolutionised the world thought that their plans were impossible, we would not be enjoying their innovations. For instance, if Zuckerberg had not thought about connecting college students online, Facebook might not even exist today. If the pioneers of computing had thought that automated devices were impossible, we would still do a lot of things manually today. Always think that even seemingly impossible ideas are worth a try.

Self-imposed limits are a slippery slope

The problem when you decide to limit your ideas from the start is that you begin to think small. You dismiss your ideas immediately because you think they are not worthy of doing. Before you know it, you start feeling discouraged. It is about how you view the process that affects its success. If you keep telling yourself that nothing works and all your plans are impossible, you will settle for mediocrity.

The final plan becomes lousy and does not spark excitement 

The reason why many big businesses succeeded is that they had solutions to huge problems. People feel excited about learning what a company intends to solve. Even investors begin to consider partnership because they know their money could go a long way. However, if you keep limiting your ideas from the start, your final plan could be lousy, irrelevant and not worth pursuing. You might even be trying to do something that another company has already done. At that point, you will not feel interested in starting the business anymore.

Who cares if you fail? 

Throw all your ideas out there and find out which of them might work. No one expects you to see all these plans come to life anyway. Even if you fail, it is okay. You tried something new, and you can learn from it. Eventually, you might decide to start a business, and you can use your previous mistakes to do better. You will also not be afraid to fail anymore since you know how it feels.

You are the only one limiting your capabilities. Make sure that you do not limit yourself with small thoughts when there is something big out there waiting for you to discover it. 

Regardless of the plan you come up with, you need to believe in it. Focus on advertising once you are ready to launch the business. Use a pop up stand and roller banners when you are trying to reach your target market so that they will know about your products and appreciate them.

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Mastering social media for marketing purposes is a daunting task—it’s even arguable that you cannot master it at all; only learn the tricks that work best and do what you can. Entrepreneurs, brand owners, and marketers have a lot to deal with between liking and commenting on other users’ posts, re-sharing material, following people, and not to mention the most important part: producing compelling content.

Fortunately, you do not have to travel the social media landscape alone. There are a variety of digital tools that can make your life significantly easier. Here are some of the best resources that can make your job less tedious and give you a boost towards achieving your online marketing goals:

SocialSteeze

Creating content that provides your followers (and potential followers) with information and entertainment is time-consuming. Social media does not work like casting a reel and hoping the fish come, though; you need to let people know that you exist and give a little (or rather, a lot) in return. Unfortunately, once you have spent so much effort in creating content, you may not feel like you have the energy to reach out to and engage with other users.

SocialSteeze can handle the tedious aspects of social media, specifically Instagram, for you. You still have creative control over your content, but SocialSteeze growth experts can handle targeting potential audience members by liking their posts, commenting on them, following and unfollowing strategic profiles, and more on your behalf. You’ll have much more time to focus on other aspects of your business when someone else is increasing your number of Instagram followers.

Canva

Most social media platforms are highly visual places. Instagram and Pinterest rely heavily on images and videos, and exciting pictures are excellent for capturing peoples’ attention on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. You see it all the time yourself—but what if you are not a photographer, videographer, or have no Photoshop experience?

It doesn’t matter. Tools like Canva enable you to create stunning images that can communicate your message in enticing ways. Canva is free to use, so even if you do not consider yourself a graphic designer, you can still generate high-quality social media content that resonates with your audience while distinguishing your brand from competitors.

Buffer

While you do not need to be on every social media platform (only those that make the most sense for your business), you are probably still on more than one. Do you find separately managing Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts overwhelming and frustrating? You don’t need to stress, because resources like Buffer enable you to manage your various social media accounts from one place.

With Buffer, you can schedule social media posts ahead of time and add external content to your queue. There are numerous other post-scheduling tools out there, so what sets Buffer apart is its unique analytics capabilities. Buffer can provide you with insight into your audience demographics, how your posts perform, what kind of content is most successful, what times of day are best to publish at, and more. When you have a comprehensive look at which efforts are working and which are not, you can adjust them accordingly.

Buffer Reply

Buffer also offers a feature called Buffer Reply. Keeping in contact with your followers is an essential part of building an engaged audience: you do not want followers that sit idly, but people who comment on your posts and ask questions. However, you might find it challenging to keep track of dozens of conversations across different platforms at once, so Buffer Reply puts them all into one convenient location, so interacting with your followers one-on-one becomes a streamlined process.

Quuu.co

Creating a constant amount of intriguing content is challenging, so it’s understandable if you feel creatively drained after a while. Fortunately, not everything you post needs to be original—it’s even practical to share articles, images, and videos from other creators, as long as you give them credit. Collecting external material to share is known as “content curation,” but it can still be a time-consuming process in itself.

While other content curation tools exist (the internet is vast, after all; you do not have time to skim it for whatever you think your followers will enjoy), Quuu automates content curation with your audience in mind—and hand-reviews each piece in-house, so that you are only sharing high-quality pieces that keep your accounts active while building your brand’s authority.

Using social media for marketing requires a significant amount of effort and energy. There are numerous factors to consider when establishing your brand and growing your audience—but you do not have to do everything the long way. What are your favorite tools that make managing social media accounts easier?

Former Vice-President Joe Biden is being accused of inappropriate touching for second time in just three days, as the leading Democrat mulls a White House bid.

The second woman, Amy Lappos, said Joe Biden had touched her face with both hands and rubbed noses with her a decade ago.

The allegation comes after another woman, Lucy Flores, said on March 29 that Joe Biden kissed her on the back of her head at a campaign event.

Joe Biden has said he did not believe he has ever acted inappropriately.

The former Delaware senator, who served as President Barack Obama’s vice-president between 2009 and 2017, is seen as a possible front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Amy Lappos, a 43-year-old former aide to a Democratic congressman, said Joe Biden touched her inappropriately at a fundraiser in a private home in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2009.

The woman told Hartford Courant the then vice-president entered the kitchen to thank a group of aides, before wrapping both hands around her face and pulling her in to rub noses with her.

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Amy Lappos called on Joe Biden not to run for the White House, saying: “Uninvited affection is not okay. Objectifying women is not okay.”

Lucy Flores was running as the Democratic candidate for Nevada’s lieutenant governor in 2014 when Joe Biden flew in to support her bid.

As she prepared to go on stage, Joe Biden placed two hands on her shoulders from behind, smelled her hair then planted “a big slow kiss on the back of my head”.

Asked about the new allegation, a spokesman for Joe Biden referred reporters to a statement he issued on March 31.

The statement read: “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.”

“But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will,” it added.

Joe Biden and Barack Obama were known for their close friendship, often seen playing golf and attending sports events together. Joe Biden even said that Barack Obama offered him financial help when his son was ill.

For his vice president’s birthday in 2017, Barack Obama posted a photo of the two of them on Twitter, writing that Joe Biden was his “brother and the best vice president anybody could have”.

On April, a spokesman for Joe Biden also accused “right wing trolls” of presenting harmless images of the former vice president interacting with women over the years as evidence of inappropriate touching.

A number of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have backed Lucy Flores.

Senator Elizabeth Warren said Joe Biden “needs to give an answer”, and Senator Amy Klobuchar said that in politics “people raise issues and they have to address them”.

Some supporters though have defended him. Cynthia Hogan, a former aide to the vice-president, told the New York Times that Joe Biden “treated us with respect and insisted that others do the same”. An ally of Joe Biden told CNN he was not reconsidering a run for the White House following the allegations but stressed he was yet to make a decision.

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Landlords trying to eke out a place in the rental investment market face an uphill battle. Staying on top of housing regulations, market data, property improvements, and vacancy rates can easily consume all 24 hours of your day if you let it.

Since the workload will only grow along with your success, you need to protect your bottom line by working smarter, rather than harder. Here are several tips to help you maintain a work/life balance while growing your business.

Market yourself

For every job duty you can imagine, larger companies have at least one employee dedicated to solely that job function. From marketing to social media management, raising awareness about your brand can legitimately be a full-time job.

Schedule set times every week to complete social media posts and limit the time you spend doing this. Use printing services to create handouts, flyers, car magnets, branded polo shirts, and more so that your rental business can be seen by the widest possible audience.

Plenty of companies offer drip campaign services such as newsletters, move-in or referral specials, or public notices. Think of the most common forms of communication with your current and potential tenants and find ways to automate routine messages. Be proactive in routinely sending out information that minimizes calls to your office for common activities like renewals, move-outs, and maintenance requests.

Outsource administrative functions

You need someone at your business who’s available to meet with current and potential tenants. But you don’t necessarily need a warm body in an office seat to take care of a wide range of administrative functions like accounting, payroll management, and contract management.

Are you still handwriting checks or struggling with the manual tray on your printer? Consider using a check mailing service for your payables; these types of services have the added benefit of consolidating important information at tax time for your accountant.

Whenever possible, take advantage of software offers which are specific to landlords. This can save you time and money rather than trying to shuffle papers into the wee hours of the morning. Tracking leads, obtaining rental forms, and completing your tenant screening using these cloud-based systems can increase your organizational efficiency while reducing time spent filing, searching for lost notes, or dealing with a coffee stain on a lease agreement.

Virtual assistants can also handle a wide range of business functions for you, including setting appointments, dispatching contractors, and even managing rental agreements and renewal paperwork. You can use a phone answering service so that your callers have access to a live operator if you’re out. Some companies use voice recognition and AI technology to handle basic requests for you via the automated system.

Though you might still be able to complete your own repairs and turnovers, there will come a day when your business grows beyond your capability or you need a licensed contractor to complete various jobs. You’ll need to consider whether you should hire a dedicated repair person or simply use independent contractors.

In any case, consider how much your time is worth per hour when determining if it’s time to hand over the reins of property maintenance to a qualified contractor.

Reduce your workload

One of the most basic ways to reduce your workload is to anticipate common questions and answer them ahead of time, either with an informative brochure/flyer or a website that has a comprehensive FAQ page.

Designing your workflow to address common issues or events proactively will keep your business running more smoothly, reducing unnecessary calls and emails as well as misunderstandings. Create templates and checklists whenever possible for common tasks so that your work is consistent and important details are less likely to be forgotten.

Growing your business doesn’t have to mean hiring a large team of employees right away. By being efficient, proactive, and wise about what you do yourself and what you delegate, you can be successful and still have free time to unwind afterward.

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Every single homeowner wants to create a truly safe home environment, one where the entire family can thrive without worrying about safety. Unfortunately, there are so many safety hazards that are overlooked or that people simply do not know about. Fortunately, in most cases it is really easy to create a safer home environment. According to Fix It Right, plumbers in Carrum Downs, the most important thing for most homeowners is being aware of safety hazards. When you are aware, you can do what is needed to avoid problems. This is why you absolutely need to be aware of the following safety hazards.

Falls

One of the most common hazards in a household is the injury caused by a fall. Statistics show that 1 out of 5 older adults actually ends up with a head injury or a broken bone after a fall. Commonly mentioned causes for falls include slippery stairs, scattered toys and wet floors.

In order to minimize the risk of a fall:

  • Stabilize your staircases
  • Secure your bathrooms
  • Clear the outdoor steps
  • Remove toys after children play with them
  • Add supports whenever needed

Fires

Every single homeowner knows how dangerous a fire can be but even so, statistics show that there are over 400,000 fires happening in US homes every single year. The severity ranges from complete devastation to mild smoke damage.

Remember the fact that even an unattended iron or a candle can lead to accidental home fire. The best thing that you can do to minimize fire risk is to install fire alarms and monitor every single flame source when used. Also, be sure to unplug your appliances whenever they are not used. Having a fire extinguisher in your home can also help.

CO (Carbon Monoxide) Poisoning

Even low CO exposure can easily cause dizziness and headaches. When there are high CO levels present, symptoms like impaired vision and vomiting can appear. Unfortunately, even death can happen. The big problem is that it is impossible to identify carbon monoxide presence by sight, sound or smell. This is why it is a really good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector. Also, be sure you never skip home maintenance tasks on HVAC systems or any other appliance that uses coal, oil or gas.

Cuts

This is a safety hazard everyone knows but there are still way too many accidents happening than they should be. There are numerous household items that have sharp edges. You Can get a cut from anything from a garden hose to a can.

In order to remove the possibility of having to deal with cuts:

  • Always close the trash
  • Properly store all kitchen supplies
  • Put away all yard tools after use
  • Point forks and knives down
  • Lock your bathroom cabinets when needed

Drowning

Last but not least, in the past 10 years the bathtub drowning deaths actually increased by around 70%. Some really simple accidents can lead to death. This is why it is really important to always attend children when they are bathing and you need to put away all the buckets when they are not used.

Since the development of computers or machines, their competence to enforce various tasks went on growing epidemically. Humans have advanced the power of computer systems in terms of their disparate working domains, their proliferating speed, and decreasing size with respect to time.

An arm of Computer Science named Artificial Intelligence goes after creating computers or machines as brilliant as human beings.

As we go ahead with the entire career prospective of Artificial Intelligence, let’s understand briefly about what Artificial Intelligence is.

A Brief Overview of Artificial Intelligence

The father of Artificial Intelligence, John McCarthy said, “Artificial Intelligence is the science and engineering that makes intelligent machines, exceptionally intelligent computer programs”.

AI makes a computer, a computer-controlled robot, or a software think intelligently, the same way an intelligent human would think.

While capitalizing the competence of the computer systems, the eagerness of human, lead him to doubt, “Whether a machine thinks and behave as humans do?”

Hence, the advancement of AI started with the objective to create similar intelligence in machines that we humans could. Artificial Intelligence aims to create expert systems. These systems present intelligent behavior, learn, display, explain, and advice their users. It implements human intelligence in machines by creating systems that understand, think, learn, and act like humans.

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Career Prospects of Artificial Intelligence

A big core of AI is in the advancement of computer functions associated with human intelligence, such as reasoning, learning, and problem-solving.

AI has been assertive in various fields such as −

  • Gaming − It plays an important role in critical games such as chess, poker, tic-tac-toe, etc., where a machine can think of a large number of possible positions based on probing knowledge.
  • Natural Language Processing − It helps in interacting with the computer that understands the natural language which humans speak.
  • Speech Recognition − Some intelligent systems are able to hear and comprehend the language in terms of sentences and their meanings while a human talks to it. They can handle different accents, slangs, background noises, change in human’s tone due to cough, etc.
  • Intelligent Robots − Robots perform tasks which are assigned by humans. They can sense physical data from the real- world such as light, heat, temperature, movement, sound, bump, and pressure. They have enough processors, various sensors and vast memory, to display intelligence. Also, they are able to learn from their mistakes and they can adapt to the new environment.

Domains which target Artificial Intelligence are as follows:

  • Medicine: includes identification of medical images, diagnosis, expert systems to aid GPs, monitors, and controls in ICU,  designing of prosthetics, and drug designing.
  • Robotics: includes vision, motor control, learning, planning, linguistic communication, cooperative behavior.
  • Engineering: identification of fault diagnosis, intelligent control systems, intelligent manufacturing systems, intelligent design aids, integrated systems for sales, design, production, maintenance, expert configuration tools (e.g. ensuring sales staff don’t sell a system that won’t work.
  • Space: It controls space vehicles and autonomous robots too far from earth to be directly manipulated by humans on earth, because of transmission delays.
  • Marketing: AI is being used to develop more targeted, relevant, and timely marketing programmes to enhance customer attrition rates. Examples of typical jobs held by AI professionals include:

1.Software analysts and developers.

2.Computer Scientists and computer engineers.

3.Algorithm specialists.

4.Research scientists and engineering consultants.

5.Surgical technicians working with robotic tools.

6.Medical health professionals working with artificial limbs, prosthetics, hearing aids, and vision restoration devices.

7.Military and aviation electricians working with flight simulators, drones, and armaments.

Salary Scale: The average salary of an Artificial Intelligence Engineer is approximately $93,625 per year depending upon the domain you choose.

Advance information technologies and the onset of machines enhanced by Artificial I

Intelligence (AI) have already influenced the world of work in the 21st century. Computers, algorithms, and software cut down everyday tasks, and it is absurd to imagine how most of our life could be managed without them. Nonetheless, is it also futile to imagine how most process steps could be managed without human effort. If they are then Artificial Intelligence will be an assured short movement in IT industry?

To learn and master in Artificial Intelligence, you can go through various AI Certification Courses available online.

Nowadays, professional help of academic writing services is on the rise. Students are busy with lots of assignments. They face multiple challenges and this brings a lot of stress. For example, many students need help with a personal statement for science scholarship. This academic paper is written by students who want to get into a certain college or university. It explains the reasons why a student should be accepted to the educational institution. Undoubtedly, it’s a complex task. Many folks fail miserably.

In order to cope with this assignment properly, they hire professional writers. The choice of personal statement writing services is rich. Nonetheless, some ask “Are all services equally good? Can they be trusted?” These questions are reasonable. Not all writing services can be trusted. Remember it for good.

Many websites compose papers of poor quality, violate deadlines, make many mistakes, charge too much and so on. You ought to be cautious when you choose a service to pay professional personal statement writers for getting assistance online. We can help you and mention the main aspects of the correct choice of a dependable website.

Consider the next aspects:

  • Official proofs.
  • Informative websites.
  • Customers’ reviews.
  • Samples.

The mentioned above methods provide the evidence necessary to define a trustworthy personal statement writing company. We’ll clarify these methods here below.

Method #1

Every professional academic writing platform is officially registered. You should surf the Internet and find proofs. Find the main web page of a platform you wish to collaborate with. Read information stated there. It surely has official confirmation if the website is registered. You may also find contact information to get in touch with the authorities. You may ask them directly to receive the evidence that it’s a trustworthy website.

Method #2

There are lots of special informative resources, which provide facts about different personal writing services. They gather data available on the Internet. It is based on customers’ rating and conditions offered by concrete websites. This data is analyzed. Afterward, such resources compose their objective rating and offer the list of the most respectful and effective platforms.

Method #3

It’s utterly important to read customers’ feedback. People who dealt with this or that website can tell you how good it is. This provides with an opportunity to define the ratio of quality and price, the speed of execution, protection of private data, customers’ support, accessibility, a number and types of services and other benefits.

Undoubtedly, personal statement writing websites place only positive reviews. Accordingly, you should try to find out whether those reviews aren’t fakes. Try to find users who left their comments. Perhaps, you should visit special forums that highlight the top academic websites to find proofs.

Method #4

Use the option of ordering samples. You can learn a lot reading academic papers written by a concrete service and its writers. It’s a nice chance to check the credibility and effectuality of any service. Don’t forget that such samples should be delivered for free. This is your full right.

Main Criteria of a Personal Statement Writing Service

Use the methods clarified above. They provide you with many facts and proofs that a concrete service is worth a try or shouldn’t be used. Once you identify some promising variants, check their major possibilities and benefits.

After you conduct your research, you should be sure that your personal statement service can provide you with the best conditions. Pay attention to the following conditions and benefits:

  • Quality. You should obligatorily check the quality and professionalism of your academic platform. Check educational certificates of the working staff, ask for free samples, some guarantees, and confirmed recommendations. Make sure that writers are able to help you with different tasks, such as writing citing, outlining, rewriting, proofreading, etc. They should be familiar with all academic papers and be experts in various disciplines.
  • Originality. All the assignments you receive must be 100% authentic. This is a compulsory requirement of any educational institution. Accordingly, your writing service is supposed to compose original papers. Make sure it produces plagiarism free papers.
  • Speed. Time means a lot. It will be limited when you are assigned an assignment. You must submit it before the deadline is over. Accordingly, you should define how quick your helping website is. Read testimonials of other people who dealt with the website. Ask for some guarantees.
  • ●        Confidentiality. You have the full rights to keep your collaboration in secret. Demand from your website guarantees that your private data won’t be shared with other people. Every trustworthy platform uses some effective safeguards to protect their clients.
  • Refunding. In case, you are dissatisfied with the quality of your order and it’s the fault of the hired writer you have the right to demand your money back. Poorly written theses, delayed deliveries, too many mistakes, unconvincing examples, and other drawbacks are only a few to name. If your writer makes any mistakes, the website must compensate your investments.
  • Accessibility. Your helping website is supposed to function 24/7. A need may come when you don’t expect it. You may be assigned an urgent task or realize that you cannot beat the deadline. At times, it’s needed to make some unexpected adjustments for your project. Therefore, your writing website must be within a reach of a mouse click.

Make sure your professional personal statement writing service provides these benefits and they are of the needed quality. Afterward, you may freely place orders to compose a perfect piece and get into a college or university you wish.

A teenager earning their driver’s license is one of the most exciting times of their life. It is a rite of passage into adulthood. On the other hand, parents tend to worry a bit more when their child is behind the wheel. With the high usage of cell phones combined with negligent drivers, parents have every right to worry. “Starting your teen out with some safe driving tips is essential to helping them stay safe on the road,” says Hank Stout, personal injury attorney from Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. With the advancement of technology, driving apps have become resourceful in monitoring your teens driving behaviors. These recommended apps will minimize the likelihood that your teen will text and drive, speed, and can help in emergency situations.

TrueMotion Family Safe Driving: Available for Android and iOS

With TrueMotion Family is a family-oriented driving app that tracks and scores each driver’s behavior. The app will provide a member’s route, location, speed limit, and phone usage.

AT&T Drive Mode: Available for Android and iOS

AT&T’s free DriveMode app automatically turns on whenever your teen is driving and the car is moving at least 15 MPH. While driving, it silences incoming text messages and phone calls. It will send an auto response to users. If the teen driver decides to turn off the app or disable other safety features, parents will receive a notification. This app is open to all users, even if you’re not an AT&T subscriber.

RoadReady: Available for iOS

The RoadReady app is part of The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program that offers parents and teens an easy, educational and convenient way to log the state required supervised driving time. The app tracks your teen’s driving time and weather conditions. The website also provides a printed and digital driving curriculum.

Hum by Verizon: Available for Android and iOS

Hum provides vehicle diagnostic, location sharing, speed alerts, and 24/7 roadside assistance. If Hum detects a crash, it can automatically notify emergency services and send help your way.

Hum is only for Verizon Wireless customers. Similar products with mobile carriers include SyncUp Drive with T-Mobile and Sprint Drive.

Autobrain: Available for Android and iOS

Autobrain is a device developed by a first responder with safety in mind. In the event of a crash, Autobrain alerts 911 immediately and sends them to your exact location. Other standout roadside assistance features include free lockout services, dead battery boost, emergency fuel delivery, tire change, and four 15-mile tows per year.

 Autobrain comes with a 30 day free trial, then $9.97 a month per device.

Life360: Available for Android and iOS

Life 360 allows you to connect with family and friends when you are on the go. The app provides a weekly driving analysis that includes phone usage, rapid acceleration, hard braking and excessive speed. In addition, it has roadside assistance along with crash and emergency response system. 

Mama Bear: Available for Android and iOSIma

MamaBear provides parents with a robust all-in-one safety and awareness tool. The app allows you to set a speed limit and it will notify you when the vehicle exceeds the speed limit whether your child is the driver or the passenger. MamaBear gives you the ability to set locations and receive arrival and departure notifications. The app features social media and text message monitoring that allows you to keep track of followers, pictures, and mentions.

Corporate telephony systems have long abandoned the use of conventional analog lines in favor of ATX (automatic telephone exchange) paired with the connection to ISDN according to the PRI standards. However, not so long ago, a modern, cheaper, and more flexible way of establishing the office infrastructure appeared, which is called SIP-trunking. In this article, we will compare PRI connections with SIP trunks, highlighting both the advantages and drawbacks of the solution. PRI (Primary Rate Interface) is known to be a standard interface of the ISDN network.

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Benefit #1 – Digital Telephony

It is important to understand that we are talking exclusively about digital signal transmission, but not analog. Both PRI and SIP standards use a digital signal model, with the only difference being that the ISDN PRI standard is considered to be a circuit-switched format, whereas cheap sip trunk is packet-switched.

Benefit #2 – Functionality

In terms of its work, if properly configured, both systems demonstrate high performance. Almost all IP ATAs on the market support PRI and SIP standards. The main idea of ​​the PRI interface (either E1 or T1 streams) is that within one digital line, 32 or 24 channels can be transmitted. Through them, voice message and synchronization info are transmitted. The T1 interface consists of 23 voice channels, with 1 channel being intended for synchronization. In turn, the E1 supports 30 voice channels, with 2 separate channels being allocated for signaling.

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Benefit #3 – Pri Scalability

If you need to expand the number of channels, for example, to make them more than 30, then you are to add another PRI line. The situation of the company using from 1 to 4 PRI lines (E1 streams) on the ATX is quite common.

In a corporate network, the application of the SIP solution expands the tools of the administrator. A SIP trunk allows you to combine two remote offices as if they were connected by a physical line. One of the most important advantages of SIP trunks is the possibility of coexistence of transmission network traffic and that from telephony (VoIP) in one network transmission medium.

Why SIP?

As its name suggests, a SIP trunk operates on the basis of the SIP solution. According to its rules, telephone signaling, as well as voice messages, are formed into data packages and sent in a single network. The use of the SIP solution offers a wider range of possibilities compared to ISDN PRI. Besides, it also allows you to expand the fault tolerance parameters to all transmission channels.

In that way, SIP is extremely popular not only among large corporation but also among the smaller ones. The reason for it is that it allows conducting any necessary operations without any problems. Moreover, it is beneficial both in the financial and productive ways.

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Maybe you want to generate some extra cash. Maybe you’re saving for a big ticket item. Maybe you’ve always wanted to experience the economic and physical freedom you can get from a home-based business. Maybe your passion is something you can no longer ignore. If you want to be your own boss, but don’t want to begin production on items that will create clutter and chaos in your home, there are some options you may want to consider to get into business for yourself and sell products from home without inventory.

Blogging can make you money.

Blogging can be financially lucrative and requires no mess and no fuss as a product. You can make money by selling CPC or CPM or private advertisements. You can sell digital products like master writing classes, and you can even market how-to videos or online demonstrations. If you write about things that people are interested in, get followers on Instagram and other social media platforms, and then monetize your blog through the sale of merchandise with your brand’s name and logo, you may find some financial freedom in short order.

Some bloggers use a paid membership model that offers premium content on your blog for those members who pay to read, or you may opt to use subscriptions that deliver premium content to those who have contracted to buy your valued information or entertainment.  Choose from among the best Instagram hashtags for your social media sites and ensure that your content titles are searchable. Perfect your content by including relevant and compelling images. Invite guest bloggers to your page and share your expertise with others as a guest writer on another blogger’s page in order to establish yourself as an expert in your field or industry.

Create your own YouTube channel.

YouTube can be an excellent opportunity and serves as a lucrative product for those who like to use the platform regularly.  Vloggers from all walks of life and with all types of expertise and knowledge to sell have found that consumers are willing to subscribe to the channels that feature the kills and opinions they want to know more about. What really matters is finding that balance between what you know and what you’re passionate about and marketing to those who are interested in what you have to say.

Some of the most popular YouTubers do stunts, stream live video game activity, provide valuable parenting hacks, create stand-up comedy, and feature drag shows or health and wellness tutorials. What is more, they make real money doing what they are passionate about! As the second largest search engine available, boasting more than 1.5 billion users per month and feeding over one billion hours a day, YouTube can convert to cash for you if you have something that your followers will want to see and engage with.

Start your own dropshipping business.

If YouTubing isn’t for you and you’re looking for something a little more low-key, you may want to try dropshipping. Dropshipping can provide a sustainable income for those who have a marketable niche idea. Because you don’t have to worry about startup costs, there isn’t much prohibiting you from getting started today. You can open a business quickly with some time and effort, in addition to a viable marketing plan.  It’s important that you manage your expectations of income in the first year or so, as most dropshippers will find that it takes a while to build a following, but the potential long-term is unlimited.

The key to success in dropshipping, according to successful dropshippers, is stocking quality products, building a loyal following, and providing the customer service that will keep your consumers happy. Developing a marketing strategy that helps take your business from a few hundred to thousands of dollars each month is also a critical component. If you find trending products that are available, select dropshipping wholesalers that can consistently keep up with your demand, and set up a well-designed and easily navigable ecommerce website, you should find success in your first year.

Begin Podcasting.

Like a YouTube channel, podcasts function in a series focused around a topic or idea. They are similar to a television show in that each cast is self-contained and does not rely on the preceding or subsequent podcasts for sustainability. Each podcast is an individual digital audio file that you create and then make available on the internet for your subscribers to download to a computer or mobile device. You monetize your podcast by using sponsors, affiliate marketing, crowdfunding, or offering online services or courses.

What are some other products you can sell from home that won’t create clutter? Comment below.

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Picking out a fabric supplier for your clothing brand can be one of the most challenging aspects of starting a new apparel business. Even if you operate an established brand, it’s sometimes necessary to find new manufacturers as you expand your offerings, so the ability to pick out the right textile manufacturer is a skill that will make running your business easier at every stage of its growth. Learn more about how to find a company that’s a good match for your brand to make sure that your daily operations remain smooth and profitable.

Domestic or Abroad?

First, you’ll need to determine whether you want to work with a domestic or foreign supplier. While China used to be king in terms of textile production, things have changed in recent years, and it’s possible that there’s a company in your home country that offers better deals.

Manufacturers who operate in developed nations like the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany commonly create better products than companies in developing countries like China, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. However, manufacturers in poorer nations often produce cheaper wares.

If supporting good business practices is important to you, you’ll need to pick carefully. While textiles from China and Indonesia might be inexpensive, the cost to produce these fabrics is often absorbed by the environment and the workforce instead. Choosing ethical companies in developed countries is the only way to make sure that you’re defending workers and the ecosystem while you protect your bottom line.

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Picking the Right Partner

Once you’ve narrowed down the geographical region from which you want to order textiles, you’ll need to make a determination based on price, quality, experience, and shipping times. If you want to work with a manufacturer who can consistently provide you with the fabric you require on short notice, you’ll need to pick an experienced domestic manufacturer that makes communication easy.

On the other hand, if quality is all-important to your business model, you might want to go out of your way to pick a manufacturer that offers organic or eco-certified fabrics. Keep in mind that higher quality demands higher prices, so work out your budget in advance to make picking the right manufacturer a straightforward process.

To make sure that you get the products you need, you might want to go so far as to visit the manufacturer in person. Short of that, you may choose to develop an established contact in the company and ask for pictures of the factory floor.

Work with Sewport to Find Your Ideal Manufacturer

While finding the perfect textile manufacturer for your needs can seem intimidating, the sheer size of the pool of companies to choose from at Sewport ensures that you’ll find a partner who understands your needs and delivers the right results. The best way to pick out the perfect clothing manufacturer for your business is to work with Sewport – Find clothing manufacturers for your brand without the hassle!

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At least seven people have been killed in several states as US Midwest has been hit by a cold snap known as a polar vortex.

The arctic weather made temperatures to fall to -22F in Chicago – colder than parts of Antarctica – and -25F in North Dakota.

Freezing weather will chill 250 million Americans, and 90 million will experience 0F or below.

On January 30, snow is expected to fall from the Great Lakes region into New England. As much as 24in is forecast in the state of Wisconsin, and 6in in Illinois.

States of emergency have been declared in Midwestern Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois, and even in the normally warmer Deep South states of Alabama and Mississippi.

The National Weather Service (NSW) is warning frostbite is possible within just 10 minutes of being outside in such extreme temperatures.

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Polar Vortex freezes parts of US

Grand Forks, North Dakota, has seen the lowest wind chill so far at -65F on January 30.

Twenty million people in the continental US are expected to experience temperatures of -18F or lower by the week’s end.

On January 30, two Michigan residents were found dead in their neighborhoods, the Associated Press reported.

Officials say one may have become disoriented and wandered into the cold without proper attire.

On January 29, a 55-year-old man froze to death in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, garage, with the medical examiner’s office ruling he “apparently collapsed after shoveling snow”, local media reported.

In Pekin, Illinois, an 82-year-old man died from hypothermia outside his home, NBC News reported.

On January 28, a 75-year-old man was killed by a snow plough near Chicago.

In northern Indiana, a young couple died after a collision on icy roads.

The US Postal Service has called a halt to mail deliveries in parts of 10 states in the Great Plains and Midwest.

Hundreds of schools, as well as colleges and universities, have been closed in the affected states.

Beer deliveries in Wisconsin have been hit, too, as brewers delay shipments for fear their beverages will freeze in the trucks.

Weather officials in the state of Iowa have warned people to “avoid taking deep breaths, and to minimize talking” if they go outside.

Farmers across the Midwest have been taking measures to protect their livestock, including building igloos for chickens.

Animal rights organization PETA has warned people to bring pets indoors.

Meanwhile, police in the Illinois county of McLean had some fun, announcing that Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen had been arrested.

Together with the water-cooler, the telephone, and the desktop the photocopier is the most common piece of office equipment everywhere. You most likely don’t think there’re a lot of things about the photocopier that could shock you and, to be frank, you’re maybe right. Yet there’re still one or two fascinating facts that may just take you by surprise.

Here are some things you probably didn’t know about your office-photocopying machine:

1.     Staple and Hole Punch Documents

If your institution or workplace still requires you to hole punch or staple your own documents, you’re missing out on useful efficiency-improving state-of-the-art technology.

Modern-day photocopiers can staple documents themselves, using automatic processes to make the subsequent documents hardwearing and giving them a professional look.

2.     Track Costs

Copy toner and paper can be one of the most important sources of spending in any office. These machines on a daily basis produce countless pages of documents, which is both expensive and bad for the environment.

Your office copy machine makes it easy to track individual, departmental and company-printing patterns to find out exactly how much is being spent on printing. This helps cut costs and measure inefficiencies.

3.     Fold Documents from Your Photocopier

If you’ve ever attempted to make a simple, image-heavy flyer for your business, you know that folding a lot of individual papers gets boring very fast. Much worse, it is difficult to maintain the same quality when folding the pages yourself.

Finishing modules can fold papers in different ways, using repeatable, automated actions to produce flawlessly consistent folds.

4.     Better Document Security

Nowadays, photocopiers can encrypt documents that are scanned and backed up on your network.

Other great security features comprise the use of proximity cards, login photos, and individual PIN codes. These advanced security features restrict access and usage to workflows and documents on the photocopier panel itself.

5.     Create Mail-Ready Envelopes

You don’t need an envelope printer to create lots of mail-ready envelopes. Multifunction copy machines with the capability of printing envelopes can also print images directly onto the envelopes, as well as address info that differs from envelope to envelop.

This saves a lot time out of the process of starting a direct mail campaign, either for institutional or marketing purposes.

6.     You Can’t Duplicate Money on a Modern Color Copier

Rookie money-launderers beware! If you are considering using your office’s MFD to copy money, reconsider. Modern-day photocopiers come equipped with a feature that recognizes an embedded pattern in money.

It then marks all copies rendering them unusable. So, even if you in some way succeed to get your hands on the rare government paper needed, starting your own cash factory during your lunch break is off.

7.     Sitting on Your Copy Machine is a Bad Idea

Twenty percent of all photocopier maintenances are required as a result of damage caused by someone sitting on them and putting far too much pressure on the glass. Always stay out of the photocopier room when the drink starts flowing in your workplace.

8.     Scan Hard Copy Documents to Make Editable Electronic Documents

How many times have you retyped a document to make some adjusts since it is only obtainable in paper format? Well, this can be such a waste of precious time. Worst of all, your PC crashed and the document wasn’t saved, and now it is lost forever, except for the hard copy on your desk.

It is as simple as scanning your hard copy into the office photocopier directly into PDF or Microsoft Word.

9.     Integrate with Cloud, Email and Mobile Services

Office technology is quickly changing to a paperless environment. Part of that change includes taking paper documents and converting them into digital ones. In order to do this, modern-day copiers integrate with networks to receive and send documents through the Internet.

Now, you can scan editable images of docs to mail, and still convert them to editable word documents and PDFs. You can print documents and images from your smartphone, or make physical copies of digital documents located on a cloud-based platform such as Google Docs.

10. Chronic Arthritis Inspired the Invention of the Photocopier

Chester Carlson invented the photocopying machine back in 1938. He was driven to research the process after spending years as a patent attorney and law student, re-writing legal documents manually.

His chronic arthritis made his work as law student and patent attorney unbearable. Additionally, when Carlson first started presenting his invention around the big hardware companies of the day he was turned down. Carlson later shared his idea with the non-profit Battelle Memorial Institute, who helped him research the technology.

11. Copy Machines Were Once a Serious Fire Hazard

Xerox 914, the first popular photocopying machine, took the business world by a storm in the 50s. Crazily enough, if it were released today, it would never get past safety and health.

Not only did over-use of the machine risk overheating, the machine would usually burst into flames after printing too many copies. This was such a huge problem that Xerox had to give out free fire extinguishers with each photocopying machine they sold!

12. Copiers have a Good Memory

More than fifty percent of used photocopiers contain info that has been left by previous owners. So, when you take into account the amount of highly sensitive info circulating in the office on a daily basis, the danger should quickly become clear to you.

Selling your old office photocopier? Remember to wipe out all images and files from its memory.

13. Renting a Copier is More Economical Compared to Buying one Outright

For most startups purchasing invaluable office equipment such as a photocopier may be a scary investment, mostly as a result of the probability of it becoming obsolete and the huge capital outlay. Leasing or renting a copier is the smart option with an abundance of good business-sense advantages.

However, If you make less than seven hundred copies a month, you maybe don’t need to rent photocopiers for your business. You would be better off purchasing small desktop printers.

Conclusion

Copy machines are designed with state-of-the-art technology that sometimes goes completely ignored and unused. Creating the time to learn what your copier is capable of can change the way you do everyday tasks and save you a considerable amount of time.

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The division of property is one of the most important and disputed issues of divorce, along with child custody. This process can cause many difficulties, not only if the divorce is contested, but also if the spouses are sincerely ready to negotiate and reach an agreement.

In the US, there are so-called equitable distribution states and the community property states.  In the equitable distribution states, property acquired during the marriage typically belongs to the spouse who earned it, and in a divorce, all the property should be divided in an equitable and fair way, considering the plenty of factors of a particular divorce case. The community property states follow the rule that all assets acquired during the marriage are considered to be community property, and in most cases, they are to be divided between the spouses in half.

Usually, only the common property is subject to division (all that was acquired by the spouses during the marriage). Therefore, it’s rather important to determine which property is common and which is separate. After that, the court appoints the value of each property so that it is convenient to divide it in monetary equivalent. All the property is to be divided between the spouses fairly, but not necessarily equally.

Actually, in Georgia, there are no strict rules regarding the division of the property, and each case of divorce is really unique. As reported by Online Divorce in Georgia, the court divides only the common property while not touching the separate one. Separate property is everything that was acquired by each spouse before the marriage or due to inheritance or gift from third parties, and it remains to belong to the initial owner.

So, what steps are being taken when dividing a business in a divorce?

  • Marital, separate or commingled?

The first thing that spouses must do if they want to arrange an uncontested divorce and resolve property issues out of court is to determine which property is common and which is separate. Also, you should notice that sometimes, marital and separate property can be mixed together, what is called “commingling property.” Some spouses combine their assets intentionally, and others do so without thinking of the consequences. Anyway, commingling property is particularly tricky to evaluate and, therefore, to divide.

The most frequent occurrence is such a “commingling” of business. No matter if both spouses are the partial owners of the business, or only the one spouse was initially the owner of the business, but after marriage, the second spouse contributed to its development and increase of its value, in Georgia, the court will consider all these factors.

  • Evaluate the property

The value of small businesses, such as medical practice, a law firm, or even a corporation if its shares are not traded, can be particularly challenging to assess in the process of divorce. The difficulty lies in the fact that the business is not for sale, or because most assets are intangible, but in order to ensure an equitable division of marital property, the actual value must still be established.
In Georgia, even if the divorce is uncontested, this process should involve the forensic accountant, business appraisers, and sometimes, financial and legal experts need to work together to conduct a judicial assessment of the business. And surely, if one party intends to block access to the records or move money in violation of a court decision, then you can’t do without a strong legal representation.

In general, there are two ways to handle the business-related issue in a divorce. If neither spouse wants to keep the business going, liquidation is one of the simpler options. This simplifies business valuation (as there is no need to forecast future income), and therefore the judge can share the income from the sale of the business given the list of factors contained in the state family law, as if it concerns bank accounts, income from the sale of real estate, and so on.

If the business is not for sale, in most cases the ownership of the business remains with only one party. However, it is worth considering that the value of a business can play a role in determining the division of other property (for example, real estate) or in ordering spousal support (alimony).

But of course, the most reliable ways to protect a business should be thought out in advance – before the divorce, or even before the marriage. These include:

  • Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is the most comfortable and affordable way to protect the business in the event of a divorce. It allows settling in advance different financial issues which may arise in the process of divorce. What’s really good, is that the premarital agreement allows taking into account the individual wishes of the parties and intentions to divide their business in some special way not guided only by the state rules. Please notice, that according to the recent opinion polls, %15 of divorced Americans regret not making a prenuptial agreement.

  • Shareholder use, partnership or purchase/sale agreement.

Such agreements may include the requirement that unwed shareholders provide the business with a marriage contract before the marriage, as well as a waiver from the future husband/wife that removes them from any future business interest.

Also, these agreements provide an opportunity to prohibit the transfer of shares without the approval of any other shareholders or to agree that they have the right to purchase shares or shares of one or both spouses in a case of dissolution of the marriage.

  • Postnuptial agreements

Postnuptial agreements are often used as updates to existing prenups, however, if the parties don’t have a prenup, a postnup still may be an option. Although it is usually signed after marriage and therefore has less authority, it contains nearly the same information about assets and property, as a prenup does.

In the postnup, you can point out that if there’s a dissolution of the marriage, each party is entitled to a set amount of money or, for example, a portion of assets before a specific date.

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Truck drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There are many factors that they have to deal with while they are driving. From truck maintenance to traffic congestion, truck drivers have to make safety a top priority. Unfortunately, there are still thousands of semi-truck accidents and fatalities every year. Many accidents were caused by common factors. Here are the dangerous causes of semi-truck accidents.

Speeding To Meet Deadlines

Many truck drivers who speed to meet deadlines can cause deadly accidents. By driving faster than the flow of normal traffic, these drivers put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. Since the truck usually weight several times more than other vehicles, truck drivers should be driving within the speed limit. However, when truck operate on deadlines that are too tight, they end up speeding. In the past, this has led to preventable truck accidents. It is up to the trucking companies and drivers to create manageable and safe timelines for deliveries.

Lack Of Driver Training

Despite what most people think, truck drivers must undergo a significant amount of training. In addition to obtaining a CDL license, trucking companies usually provide additional resources and safety information. According to the Girardi | Keese website, a truck accident lawyer, “Truck drivers and companies are required to follow strict federal safety guidelines.” Companies must ensure that drivers follow these guidelines through proper training. Additionally, truck drivers in reputed companies might be required to complete a defensive driving course. If a novice truck driver is not properly trained, they could end up making a costly mistake on the road. In many instances, newer truck drivers have caused accidents due to inadequate training. Ways to help this include using DOT compliance services to provide fleets with proper expectations around safety and compliance.

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Road Traffic Conditions

It is a common misconception that many of these fatalities are due to driving in bad weather. In fact, trucks drive fairly well in the rain or snow because of their tires. Most of the accidents or fatalities reported take place during the summer months. This is because more people are on the road, and there is a lot more traffic. People also tend to cut in front of trucks, thinking that they move slower than other cars. But because of the intense weight carried by trucks, they are not able to break as fast as cars, causing accidents. In fact, large trucks weigh 20-30 times more than passenger vehicles which takes much longer to stop. When there is more traffic on the road, passenger cars can increase the chances of an accident.

Poor Sleep Patterns

One thing that all truckers struggle with is poor sleep patterns. Truck drivers work extensive hours, and they can range between different times throughout the day. Because of this, these drivers work with inconsistent sleep schedules. Drivers also tend to take less sleep breaks because they are not getting paid when they are not driving. This lack of sleep greatly affects how a person drives and could make the truck driver liable in an accident. It also negatively affects the person’s health. While being a truck driver is already a stressful job, doing it with sleep deprivation increases an individual’s sensitivity to stress. These poor sleep patterns greatly contribute to the dangers of being a truck driver.

Loading And Unloading Locations

Additionally, many truck accidents happen at loading stations. Truckers that help load or unload their truck commonly get injured by equipment on the docks. Other loading stations may be in dangerous areas. There have been some cases in which drivers have been hurt due to unsafe factors of the areas they are delivering to. Even truck stops can be dangerous. While the drivers are walking to or from their trucks, they need to keep a look out for other trucks in the area. If they were to walk in the blind spot of another driver, they could get seriously injured. These specific working conditions can greatly affect the driver during their jobs.

Overall, trucking is seen as one of the most dangerous jobs because of the high number of fatalities. There are many factors that contribute to truck accidents. Firstly, speeding with a truck is very dangerous. If an inexperienced truck driver does not have enough training, they could cause an accident. Depending on the time of year, traffic congestion is another cause for major truck accidents. On a personal level, drivers have to sleep properly and exercise caution at loading areas. These are contributing factors to accidents that could be avoided.

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Affiliate marketing allows blogs to earn commission from sales. Nowadays, it has become a vital source of income for professional bloggers. With its massive industry, online businesses are also becoming more involved in this strategy; which in return gives more opportunities for bloggers.

If you’re a blogger then you might be looking for the highest paying affiliate marketing programs with the highest commission to monetize your blog. You can visit the website journalreview.org net worth for online businesses.

Here are 6 affiliate marketing programs to invest in today:

1. Plus500

Being the biggest CFD trading platform in Europe, Plus500 boasts that they offer the highest profits for affiliate marketers in the finance industry. The program offers its affiliates a $200 to $800 commission per trader referral. The price will also depend on which country it originated and the number of referrals made per month. Their affiliates also have the option to earn 20% to 30% of the monthly revenue made by the people they referred into the platform.

Here are some of the benefits of affiliating with Plus500:

  • Highest payouts in the finance niche.
  • Recognized Internationally
  • PayPal payouts
  • $150 payout threshold
  • Dedicated management team for affiliates

2. LiquidWeb

LiquidWeb is a web hosting company for small and large scale online businesses. It runs its affiliate marketing programs through Impact Radius and CJ Affiliates — making it accessible for those familiar in the said networks. The program offers a $100 to $900 commission per sale, depending on the referred product sale. However, the average commission per sale is higher than most affiliate programs, with commissions averaging at $230.

Here are some of the benefits of affiliating with LiquidWeb:

  • Uniform commission rates
  • Payments can be converted into web hosting credits
  • Dedicated management team for affiliates

3. Villiers

If you’re in the luxury travel niche, then you can take advantage of this program. Villiers is a private aircraft company that offers luxury jets for people to fly around the world. This company also provides its travel affiliates the highest payouts compared to other companies in the same niche.

The Villiers affiliate program offers a 30% commission for each booking for the duration of the referred client’s lifetime. One client referral will give you a chance to earn a six-digit commission on a repeated basis.

 Here are some of the benefits of affiliating with Villiers:

  • Higher commission rate in the luxury travel niche
  • Chance for a recurring income
  • Real-time payout tracking

4.    Udemy

Udemy is famous for their excellent online courses, they offer courses on Web development, design, business, IT & software, marketing, personal development, and photography. This website also offers an affiliate program which promotes a wide variety of online courses. This affiliate program run through LinkShare doesn’t give specific commission rates. However, Udemy affiliates report competitive commission rates ranging from 40% to 50%.

 Here are some of the benefits of affiliating with Udemy:

  • Wide variety of products
  • Exclusive discounts for online courses
  • Multiple Niches

5. Template Monster

If you’re good at promoting WordPress templates, Template Monster has the perfect affiliate program for you.  With a wide variety of products offered in multiple languages, this program gives its affiliates countless opportunities. The Template Monster affiliate program offers commission rates between 30% to 50%. The commission rate in this program will also adjust depending on your referral sales per month. With products averaging 90$, you will be earning $27 to $45 on each product sale.

 Here are some of the benefits of affiliating with Template Monster:

  • Over 50,000 products to promote
  • 365-day cookies tracking
  • Multiple payout options such as Payoneer, PayPal, and more
  • 5% lifetime commission on referred affiliates
  • Dedicated management team for affiliates
  • Template discounts

6. SEMRush

SEMRush is an all-in-one marketing toolbox for digital marketing professionals. They offer everything a digital marketer needs to be successful online. They also have a high paying affiliate program called BeRush. This affiliate program offers a 40 % commission per referred subscription sale. This means that you’ll get a continuous monthly commission as long as the customer pays.

 Here are some of the benefits of affiliating with SEMRush:

  • Recurring commissions
  • 10-year cookie lifespan
  • Payments are available through wire transfer or PayPal, twice every month.
  • Promotional materials available in multiple languages
  • $50 payout threshold

Closing thoughts

Don’t be under the impression that a high ticket product will be the best option for you. Creating compelling content on a niche that you don’t value can be difficult. Look for an affiliate program with a niche that you value, then study and learn the strategies of successful affiliates. Determine what works best for them and try it for yourself.

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Traffic in New York is pretty intense, but maybe it’s not as bad as you think. According to new data from city officials, New York traffic deaths have hit a record low in over a century. In 2018, the number of traffic fatalities fell below 200. Within six months into 2018, there were only 81 deaths in the city.

Is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Plan Making New York Streets Safer?

This is definitely a plus. However, the steep decline in traffic deaths come with stricter traffic enforcement. It’s part of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to make traffic fatalities non-existent.

“With this action plan, the City is making a bold new commitment to improve street safety in every neighborhood and in every borough – with expanded enforcement against dangerous moving violations like speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians, new street designs and configurations to improve safety, broad public outreach and communications, and a sweeping legislative agenda to increase penalties for dangerous drivers and give New York City control over the safety of our own streets,” the Vision Zero plan explained.

The Vision Zero plan has made some pretty big improvements since its inception. The traffic death rate in New York was hovering around 299 deaths in 2013. But since has dipped below 200 fatalities in 2018. Not a bad five year reduction. So the plan is working — right?

There is still some work to do when it comes to making the streets of New York safer. One of the biggest catalysts for the decrease in traffic deaths could be attributed to the lowering of the speed limit on nearly all city streets to 25 miles per hour. There are also other more stringent laws being enforced with the Vision Zero plan, like yielding to pedestrians, and the addition of 20 plus miles of protected bicycle lanes.

This is important, since bicycle and pedestrian deaths by motor vehicle continue to be an issue. “Drivers haven’t taken their responsibility to yield very seriously,” Mayor de Blasio told the New York Times. “There has been a lot of enforcement, and there will be more.”

More Enforcement Coming For New York Drivers, And It Could Get Pretty Serious

With less traffic deaths and a focus on making New York streets safer for everyone comes with stricter enforcement. This was made pretty clear by Mayor de Blasio and the Vision Zero objectives. So what does this mean for New Yorkers on the road?

One of the biggest enforcements already affecting drivers in the city are cell phone violations. This enforcement is aimed at keeping drivers alert while behind the wheel, able to avoid pedestrian, bicyclist, and vehicle accidents that could be fatal. According to the New York DMV, “If you use a portable electronic device while you drive (except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency), you can receive a traffic ticket and be subject to a fine and a surcharge.”

Driving under the influence is another big enforcement initiative part of the Vision Zero plan. “If you are found to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher,you will be charged with a DWI,” according to New York traffic lawyer, Michael Block. “A BAC of more than 0.05 but less than 0.07 can yield a charge for Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI/Alcohol). A Zero Tolerance Law can be charged to any driver under the age of 21 found to have a BAC of 0.02 – 0.07.”

What You Can Do When Driving In New York

Staying safe behind the wheel is not solely for drivers. You also need to ensure you are making the roads safe for all. Yes, this is definitely easier said then practiced, but you can take a few safety precautions while driving.

First and foremost, don’t have your cell phone in your hand. This includes GPS use. Not only can you avoid a potential accident, but also avoid a pricey ticket. Getting a traffic infraction for using your phone while driving can result in a fine over $200 with 5 points added to your license.

Drinking and driving can obviously be costly. Speeding tickets, failure to yield to pedestrians, reckless driving, failure to stop for school busses, and illegal lane changes should all be avoided. And if you do get a ticket or if you get into a car accident, always call a lawyer. What do you think about the Vision Zero plan? We want to hear from you.

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Instagram is among the largest social media platform. It is owned by Facebook and applies the same principles. It has incorporated the like button and the view option of every post or video. You can conveniently check the number of followers, likes, and views. 

People with a large following are dominant on Instagram and have occupied top hashtags and top pages on the platform. Many people strive for a large following on the platform. Individuals, celebrities, brands, and business owners want recognition on the platform by gathering a large audience.

How does the audience affect you?

1) Gain popularity

The massive the number of viewers the more you are famous. The best way to gain reputation is by acquiring a large following, likes and views on your posts and videos. Most major personalities establish their image on social platforms. A brand will focus on gaining a large audience to increase in popularity.

However, gaining likes, followers and views is quite a task thus people are turning to buy insta audience. instafollowfast.com/buy-instagram-followers is the most reliable website when you can conveniently buy likes. Followers and views. 

2) Make more sales

A large number of followers is right for your business. The more people who are aware of your product the probability of the buying is high. If you want to increase your online sales on social media platforms, ensure that the number of audiences you have is high.

3) Gain reputation

Instagram is perfect to make a reputation. The posts and videos on your account should boost your image. It is very convenient is if you are a public figure. Gaining reputation involves gaining trust from many people. A good reputation will make people trust your brand and rely on your products.

4) Reach more people

Social media is a good marketing strategy. The more your insta audience, the more likely you will reach more people. A brand or entrepreneur having a large following affects their business. If you want to be ahead of your competitors, it is essential to have a large audience on your account.

People love places with high engagement and if you can influence many people the more you will sell. Getting your product to the target market involves reaching a large number of people. The secret to business success can acquire and retain customers. Retaining them on social media platforms involves actively engaging them.

5) Make an impact on the society

Most people on Instagram strives to send a particular message to a specific group of people. It may be their experiences in life or helping people live with a specific condition. The appropriate way of reaching many people is having a large group of following.

You can conveniently send a helpful message to many people if your audience is right. 

Bottom Line

A large audience impacts your image positively. People often rely on brand or entrepreneurs that many people trust. If you post a product or video and many people like and view it many will see it as a reliable product and will get more sales.

Having large insta followers is meaningful. You should strive to acquire the right number. It is convenient to boost your image and people will trust you. Many people will also follow you if your account is highly engaging.

Getting the right number can take time, and you may not achieve it naturally. You can opt to buy followers, likes, and views from reliable sites.

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Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital following cancer surgery and is recuperating at home, a court spokeswoman has announced.

The 85-year-old had surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung in New York on December 21.

The Notorious RBG, who is the most senior justice on the Supreme Court’s liberal wing, has previously had surgery to treat colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Supreme Court judges serve for life or until they retire.

Supporters of Ruth Bader Ginsburg have expressed concern that if anything happened to her, she could be replaced by a conservative justice.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement: “Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday [December 25] and is recuperating at home.”

According to an earlier statement released by the court, the malignant nodules were initially discovered when Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke three ribs in November.

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Both were successfully removed at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and afterwards “there was no evidence of any remaining disease”, it added.

No further treatment is planned.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

She had previously focused her work on women’s rights and started the first law journal dedicated to the topic.

Some of her legal opinions, coupled with her refusal to step down during the Obama era, have seen her gain popularity in some quarters.

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Ever considered a career in reselling or wholesale? If you’ve heard anything about it, you know that it’s a fast-paced and exciting way to turn profits on popular retail goods. Top resellers run their own businesses, set their own hours, and call the shots. Plus, it’s not all that difficult to break into a career in the industry. Once you find the right distributors, you’re well on your way. Here’s how to purchase returned merchandise pallets to kickstart your career as a reseller.

Finding the right distributor

When it comes to reselling, your industry relationships are incredibly important. Whether you’re working with a sole distributor or you’re trying to build an entire network that your business can rely on, surrounding yourself with the right colleagues is an essential component of your overall success. It’s important to remember that just because what someone’s offering you might seem like a good deal, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a good deal. For every quality distributor working these days, plenty more are all too willing to take advantage of newer resellers for their own gain.

Deciding on a distributor requires patience, perseverance, and some solid interpersonal skills. As with any retail business, reselling relies heavily on the relationships you forge. If you’re unsure of how to go about finding a distributor, a good place to start is requesting referrals from industry peers.

Another good tactic is to reach out to the manufacturers of products you intend to stock. If they’re not willing to sell to you directly, they may consider parting with their list of trusted distributors. For example, if you’re interested in purchasing returned Amazon pallets, reaching out to Amazon might yield greater rewards than simply asking around to find the right distributors.

Ask about the auction houses

No one can deny that auctions are fairly intimidating, especially if you’re new to the reselling business. They’re incredibly fast-paced, they require a keen eye, and you have to be able to make snap judgments. To put it bluntly, the auction scene isn’t for every business owner. However, if you have a true sense of what you’re looking for and understand the value of the returned pallets you’re purchasing, you’re one step ahead of many auction attendees.

Although in-person auctions are the most common, especially with the vast number of trade shows that take place every year across the nation, digital auctions are only growing in popularity. Some of them are invite-only, which means you’ll need to establish a relationship with the specific manufacturer before you’re allowed to attend. However, many others are public and are a great starting point for acquiring returned merchandise pallets. Ask around about upcoming public auctions and try to gain a bit of insight as to how they work. After all, you wouldn’t want to waste your valuable time at a venue that won’t help propel your business.

Preferred vendors are essential

When all else fails, see whether your desired manufacturer works exclusively with preferred vendors. These distributors are sometimes the sole resale point of contact for top retailers and might be your only shot at acquiring the returned pallets you’re interested in stocking. A major benefit to using preferred vendors is that many of them extend the same warranties, guarantees, and return policies as their parent manufacturers, which means that you’re able to buy merchandise with a peace of mind that returned products don’t typically afford you.

Whether you’re an industry veteran or a reselling rookie looking to break into the scene, learning more about where your products come from is crucial to your business’ success. Finding the right returned merchandise distributor takes time, but once you’ve crafted a solid business relationship, you’re in a great position to start growing and expanding.

CBS’ former chairman and chief executive Les Moonves will not receive a $120 million severance package after an inquiry into alleged harassment and assault.

CBS said that Les Moonves misled the company over the allegations and failed to work with investigators, meaning ithad grounds to fire him.

Les Moonves stepped down in September following fresh claims he had harassed or assaulted six more women.

He said that the accusations made in The New Yorker magazine were untrue.

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In a statement, CBS said Les Moonveshad displayed “willful and material misfeasance” and failed to co-operate fully with the company’s investigation into the allegations against him.

CBS also said Les Moonves had had violated company policy and was in breach of his employment contract and as a consequence he would not receive any severance payment from the broadcaster.

At the time of Les Moonves’departure as chairman and chief executive at CBS, where he had worked for 23 years, CBS said it had set $120 million aside as possible payment for him pending an investigation.

Actress and writer Illeana Douglas, known for her roles in the filmsGoodfellas and Cape Fear, was oneof the first women to speak publicly about an alleged assault by Les Moonves.

In the first of two articles The New Yorker published on Les Moonves, Illeana Douglas said: “What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating.”

The article also said there was a culture of harassment at CBS.

Following an investigation by external law firms, the company said they had concluded “that harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS”.

“However, the investigators learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the company’s historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation.”

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Kitchen deems the essential part of your home. It needs careful consideration upon planning and installation. Everything you need to include and design in your kitchen must undergo critical preparation to achieve the design that you want to incorporate.

That said,  one of the most prominent kitchen design which stayed traditionally for a couple of years is minimalism. A minimalist kitchen design showcases a sexy and sleek design look. Additionally, it also produces an environment where you use fewer materials but looks more upon completion.

Hence, we’d like to lay out to you some few ways on how to achieve a minimalist kitchen design without spending too much. These things will help you save a lot of money at the same time gives your kitchen a simple decor and furniture.

Less is More

The primary objective of having a minimalist kitchen design must be making all things simple. On the other hand, the simplification of the plan does mean the absence of your overall design.

In this case, you have to make sure that you gather everything you need to put in your kitchen. Do not include unnecessary details and focus more on the design. Choose top and base cabinets that have strong door panels for more extended storage. Lastly, the monochromatic color palette will surely help in achieving a minimalist kitchen design.

Clean Lines

The true meaning of a minimalist kitchen design would be achieving a clean and crisp line. Always consider properly concealed handles and hinges, square edges, and sharp corners. These finishing lines should come primarily of every tile and floform finishes.

Also, the minimalist kitchen design emphasizes the simple horizontal lines, vertical lines, and solid cube forms. Make sure that you play with these shapes upon designing your kitchen to achieve a minimalist kitchen trademark ideally.

Single Focal

When planning a minimalist kitchen design, you have to make sure you get your focal point. Always stick with a single color palette to add a personal touch to your kitchen. Holding with one color palette will not dilute the overall effect of the design.

Moreover, you may also add a prominent light fixture over the island to make sure that your kitchen has a life and personality.

Clutter Free

Decluttering everything that’s unnecessary in your kitchen demands the most significant factor in achieving a minimalist kitchen design. You have to put everything in place and arrange them in order.

That said, you may include smart storage types for some appliances and concealed trash bins to have a fuss-free look. Bear in mind that the true meaning of minimalism associates an open, free, and clean spaces.

Ditch Items in the Right Place

In attaining a sleek look for your kitchen, you have to make sure that you put every kitchen utensils and appliances in the right place. Relocate everything that doesn’t belong to the kitchen and put them in an area where they should accord.

Furthermore, find a location in your home where you can transfer the items that don’t belong to the kitchen in the first place.

Material Beauty

Every minimalist kitchen design must celebrate the laxity of materials included upon installation. Make sure that you choose the right surface and textures which should be needed upon installation.

Also, designing a small kitchen prefers a  minimalist theme. It is to make sure that you don’t overwhelm your kitchen space with a lot of materials and storages. At the same time, countertops, concrete, and wood grains should have beautiful qualities to achieve your goal.

Takeaway

Always consider that the true essence of minimalism must be making every space in your kitchen creative and sleek. Hiding every kitchen appliances that don’t need daily usage and clearing kitchen counters helps you achieve a minimalist kitchen appearance.

Thus, choosing the right material, ditching everything in the proper place, focusing on a single color palette, decluttering, and cleaning every line will surely help you achieve your goal of having a minimalist kitchen space.

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the US.

The Huawei’s chief financial officer and deputy chair was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.

Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating the Chinese company over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

China’s embassy in Canada protested at the arrest and demanded Meng Wanzhou’s release.

Huawei said it had little information about the charges and was “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng”.

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest comes at a sensitive time for US-China relations. China and the US are engaged in a trade war that has seen both impose duties of billions of dollars on one another’s goods.

The arrest will not help the 90-day tariff truce the nations agreed after President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping met at the G20.

It also coincides with moves to restrict the use of Huawei technology in Western countries. The US, Australia and New Zealand have blocked the use of Huawei’s equipment in infrastructure for new faster 5G mobile networks.

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Canada’s ministry of justice confirmed the date and place of Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and added: “She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.”

It said it could not say more as Meng Wanzhou had sought a ban on the publication of details and this had been ordered by the courts.

A spokesman for the DoJ in the Eastern District of New York – which Huawei said had brought the charges – declined to comment.

Huawei is under investigation for potential violations of US sanctions against Iran.

One report in the New York Times said the US commerce and treasury departments had subpoenaed Huawei over suspected violation of sanctions against both Iran and North Korea.

US lawmakers have repeatedly accused Huawei of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government.

Huawei said Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained while transferring between flights.

In a statement, the company said it had complied with “all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU.

“The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.”

Huawei is one of the largest telecommunications equipment and services providers in the world, recently passing Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone maker after Samsung.

Some Western governments fear China will gain access to fifth-generation (5G) mobile and other communications networks through Huawei and expand its spying ability, although the company insists there is no government control.

The US has brought a number of legal cases against Chinese technology firms, with accusations such as cyber-security theft and violations of Iran sanctions.

Earlier this year, it barred US companies from exporting to ZTE, effectively shutting down the firm. The US later replaced the ban with a fine and governance changes.

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How does the free market differentiate start up companies that end up successful from those that fall flat?  It would seem that the base concept of the new company is where either the fault, or the success, lies.  But there’s more to start up achievement than that.  Of course, your product or service needs to solve a real problem, and/or meet real needs.

But lots of start up concepts do that and still fail.  Why?  Because leadership is more than just vision; it is the ability to inspire in others your desire to be the best and that starts by setting an example with your attitude, work ethic, and determination.

Your start up is going to succeed mostly by the triumph of your will over the other competitors in the marketplace that were there before your new start up came on the scene.  There’s only room for so many gladiators in the supply side arena and you need to battle and make sure that your company is still standing when the dust clears.

Here are some tips and tactics that can help you survive the early start up challenges long enough to establish your brand and thrive in the struggle for today’s expanding market share.

Tip #1: Put the Right Team in Place

This product or service may be your baby, but you’ll need help to get it out there, up and running.  You’ve got to surround yourself with experienced experts who understand your vision and fit into the culture and mindset of your company in order to achieve your ultimate goals.

And don’t assume you’ll be able to take your time assembling your team.  The good people, the ones that can drive your business as hard as you do, usually aren’t available for very long.  Make sure you’re quick on the hiring trigger when the right person’s CV floats across your desk.

Tip #2: Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

Once you get your product off the ground, particularly if it is innovative and popular straightaway, there are going to be copycats.  So, what do you do?  Try to sue everyone to prevent them from copying you?  Or do you immediately develop ancillary products that enhance your original so that you quickly have a whole line of items that are dependent upon and, thus, support each other.  Think iPhones and the proprietary peripherals that are only available from Apple.

Expanding your product line to prevent imitation is going to take experimentation in the real world and that means trial measures like producing working prototypes quickly and efficiently.  There are companies, like medical prototype manufacturing businesses or product design and development firms that specialize in this sort of on-the-fly, real-world development.  Many of these Research and Development outfits will work with your company on a contingency basis, especially if you can offer the developer a share in the manufacturing of that prototype when it eventually goes into production.

Tip #3: Find the Mentors You Need

As your business develops, you are going to want an advisory board to offer advice and guidance to help you navigate the entrepreneurial maze.  Don’t be embarrassed or anxious to solicit people to mentor you.

You’re going to be surprised by how many of the giants of the industry are glad to be asked to be on your board, and eager to help guide your new business, just like their own mentors once guided them.

Tip #4: Establish a Business Entity for Your Protection

Contracts and legal paperwork might not be very important to you during the early days of your startup, but operating a business without a business entity in place can put your idea in jeopardy and also your personal assets at risk.

Protect your concept legally and form an LLC so that you don’t risk legal problems later.  Talk to an attorney that specializes in creating start up businesses in order to set up your new company as a separate entity in and of itself.

Tip #5: Treat Your Ideas Carefully

One of the hardest parts of having a terrific new idea or concept is not talking about it to everyone you meet.  Practice keeping your ideas as close to the vest as possible and not talking about them to anyone who’ll listen.  Of course, eventually you will have to tell potential investors about your fantastic new concept in a very vigorous and forceful way.  That’s the only way to fundraise and grow the business.

But before you begin presenting your ideas in public, make sure you’ve consulted with an attorney who can help you with non-disclosure agreements and other legal tools that can protect your sensitive information.