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After placing 8th in AVC, PH aims for better finish in SEA Games

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Against the region’s volleyball team, the Filipinos are not only shooting for a better record than in the AVC but are also aiming for the top prize.“We will give out best come the SEA Games,” said national team veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga in Filipino Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena. “The goal is to bring home a medal for the Philippines, and we’ll put on our best performance there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines had a chance to take the seventh place in the tournament but its spirited comeback against the 21st-ranked Kazakhs lasted just two sets.Gonzaga said they failed to adjust quicker to the Kazakhs’ constant attacks in the fifth set and she hopes they can improve on their mental toughness come the Games at Kuala Lumpur. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is ‘persecution’ LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines had a disappointing end in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after losing in five sets to Kazakhstan 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3, to finish at eighth place.But the AVC is just the first part of the national team’s grueling August schedule as it will also compete in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments “I think our opponents read our strategy and we had a hard time adjusting,” said Gonzaga who had 10 points in the loss. “Holding on to your momentum all depends on the team’s mental toughness and that’s the area we have to improve on.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

DAPL developer says no January 1 deadline looming despite report on controversial

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline says there are no contractual obligations tied to the beginning of 2017.And Energy Transfer Partners expects a different take on the construction of the controversial pipeline once President Elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20th.Earlier this month, a report called “The High-Risk Financing Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline: A Potential Stranded Asset in the Bakken Region of North Dakota” was released.The report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Sightline Institute states that the project has a deadline before losses will be felt.“DAPL faces a looming financial deadline,” researchers wrote. “The pipeline’s principal backer, Energy Transfer Partners, has conceded in court proceedings that is has a contractual obligation to complete the project by January 1, 2017. If it misses the deadline, companies that have committed long-term to ship oil through the pipeline at 2014 prices have the right to rescind those commitments and may well exercise that right.”And according to media sources in the United States, Sunoco Logistics Partners has announced a nearly $20 billion merger with Energy Transfer Partners.In an email to APTN, Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson Vicki Granado said is false.“There is nothing contractual tied to the January 1 date. That was an initial in-service target date. The contractual dates are further out and pose no issue to the project.”Granado said the company has no worries that investors will start pulling out of the project. The company currently has equipment on site and ready to drill under the water to complete the North Dakota portion of the four-state pipeline. The company is capable of drilling even during a harsh North Dakota winter.The company currently has equipment on site and ready to drill under the water to complete the North Dakota portion of the four-state pipeline. The company is capable of drilling even during a harsh North Dakota winter.The Army Corps of Engineers has hit the pause button on the project while it continues its discussions with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The prospect a re-route was mentioned by United States President Barack Obama. But the company says it is not interested in a reroute and has filed a lawsuit alleging there is political interference at play.The prospect a re-route was mentioned by U.S. President Barack Obama. But the company says it is not interested in a reroute and has filed a lawsuit alleging there is political interference at play.The IEEFA report also makes the case the regional oil transport infrastructure is overbuilt already and suggests DAPL is superfluous.The Dakota Access Pipeline Limited has resulted in violent clashes between heavily armed police and National Guard forces and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of Native Americans and First Nations people who have come together to support them.To date, hundreds of people have been arrested and injured during clashes with police.An eviction notice was issued by USACE for Dec. 5. The Corps then clarified it would not forcibly remove people.  That was followed by Executive Order by ND Gov calling for the camp to be evacuated.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Shopify Inc to add up to 500 new jobs in Waterloo over

first_imgWATERLOO, Ont. – Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) plans to add up to 500 jobs in Waterloo, Ont. which would triple its workforce there over the next couple of years.The Ottawa-based technology company says it plans to add between 300 to 500 full-time positions to focus on growing its Shopify Plus platform, which supports the largest and most complex retailers.Shopify says it is also set to open another building in Waterloo by the first quarter of next year to accommodate the workforce growth.The rapidly growing online platform builder for small businesses was founded in 2004 and has since grown to more than 1,900 employees, according to its 2016 annual report.Its shares plunged earlier this month after it was targeted by U.S. short seller Andrew Left of Citron Research, who alleged that the company is running an overvalued get-rich-quick-scheme.Shopify’s chief executive Tobias Lutke says he will push back against the short seller’s allegations during the release of their next financial results.last_img read more

Canada hoping to solve US tariff dispute by G20 meetings at months

first_imgWASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is setting his sights on the end of the month as the next target date for reaching a trade-and-tariff detente with the United States.All three countries are expected to take part in a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement during the two-day G20 summit, which gets underway Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires — although Canada has warned it will be a low-key, low-level affair if steel and aluminum tariffs are still in place.There’s still time to change that, Trudeau suggested Monday during a news conference in Paris.“I absolutely brought it up,” Trudeau said of his discussions with U.S. President Donald Trump during a dinner Friday organized by French President Emmanuel Macron.One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of a private meeting, said the two leaders had a good exchange on tariffs that included Trudeau making clear to the president the tariffs are hurting consumers and producers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.“The issue of steel and aluminum tariffs continues to be a concern to Canadians, like it is of concern to many American citizens and companies,” Trudeau said.  “This is something that, as I’ve said before and as I related to President Trump, I hope we’re able to solve by the time we meet each other in the G20 in Argentina.”David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., said in an interview last week that some high-level talks on the tariff issue have taken place, and that he has extended an invitation to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer to get formal negotiations back underway.Insiders say the U.S. has been demanding quotas be imposed on Canadian exports, something Ottawa has made clear is a non-starter.MacNaughton and Trudeau have both indicated that if a signing ceremony does take place soon, it won’t include high-level dignitaries like the prime minister or Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if the tariffs — 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum — remain in place.On the Mexican side, however, there’s an expectation negotiators there are poised to agree to quotas in order to get the deal signed before Dec. 1, which is when incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s new administration could inject an unwelcome element of uncertainty.Resolving the tariff issue with Mexico is the more pressing priority for the U.S., said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawyer and partner with Ohio-based Dickinson Wright.“The actual issue is to ensure that there’s nothing that’s going to stop Mexico from signing this deal before Dec. 1, and giving relief to farm country in the U.S. to Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs,” Ujczo said.“I think Canada’s an afterthought for the U.S. right now in this process.” James McCarten, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Extortion racket operating from Mandoli Jail busted

first_imgNEW DELHI: Special Cell of Delhi police on Tuesday busted an extortion racket being operated from the Mandoli jail premises and have arrested two henchmen of a Ghaziabad-based gang before they could execute a plan of several murders to establish supremacy in Ghaziabad. They were working at behest of one dreaded gangster Chanderbhan alias Aman Yadav who is currently lodged in Mandoli Jail. The arrested gangsters have been identified as Bal Krishna and Mohd Ateek, both are residents of Khora Colony, Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDCP Special cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha said that a team of Special cell was monitoring the activities of illegal arms and ammunition supplies for few days. “Through sources, we got to know that some of the gang leaders lodged in the jail, have been procuring sophisticated weapons to eliminate their rivals and establish supremacy in their area for running extortion network,” said DCP Kushwaha. “Chanderbhan from Mandoli Jail, had tasked his associates to eliminate two persons to establish his authority in Ghaziabad’s Khoda Colony for running a smooth extortion racket. He was passing instructions to his henchmen to execute the killings of two persons whenever they sight them in the area. The henchmen arrested are hardcore criminals and were previously involved in many heinous crimes,” DCP said. Police recovered a stolen sports bike and arms-ammunition intended to be used in the commission of the crime. Following the arrest, a subsequent search of Jail 11 of Mandoli Jail was conducted and a diary containing the details of Ateek was recovered from the gang leader. The 27-year-old gang leader, Chandrabhan, is a school dropout. He was first arrested in 2009 for a murder case.last_img read more

Commentary Opening Day offers hope fresh start for fans

Opening Day in Major League Baseball is, for some, a national holiday. It’s synonymous with “hope.” It’s a time when every team is undefeated and every fan owns bragging rights — yes, even Ohio sports fans. But it goes beyond that. Opening Day brings new life to a team. It’s like a New Year’s resolution, and, for most professional sports teams in Ohio, it ends like most New Year’s resolutions: null and void within three months. Still, it’s always nice to start the season thinking your team has a shot. That’s why we try to appease the baseball gods by wearing team jerseys and hats and even our lucky socks that haven’t been washed since the Kenny Lofton days, as if the fate of our team’s championship hopes rest solely on our wardrobe offerings. Some call it crazy, ridiculous and even fanatical. And, to that we say, “What’s your point?” As Opening Day arrived, Major League Baseball in Ohio finds two ball clubs heading in opposite directions. Baseball’s oldest franchise, the Cincinnati Reds, truly has given its fans something to cheer about. On Opening Day, the Reds defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. This year, the Reds hold great expectations, and look to rebound from a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies last October. Last year’s National League Central champs boast a star-studded roster that includes the likes of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and the “Cuban Missile,” Aroldis Chapman and his 105 mph fastball. And then there’s the Cleveland Indians. After a rough finish last season, expert analysts say the Indians are heading toward a rebuilding phase. Rumor has it pitcher Fausto Carmona could be on the move before the All-Star break, in exchange for prospects to breathe new life into the ball club. But, the Indians are going to need more than a few trades and superstitious batting routines to become a legitimate contender. And, if winning is what the Cleveland Indians are looking to do, they might consider picking up free agent Charlie Sheen, aka Wild Thing (I hear he’s “between jobs,” and “winning” is his new mantra). Statistically speaking, Opening Day is not necessarily an indicator of what is to come for a team. Last year the Reds dropped their home opener to the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up 11 runs. As the season progressed, the Reds picked up steam and ended the regular season five games ahead of the second-place Cardinals. New York Times columnist George Vecsey once said, “There is no sports event like Opening Day of baseball, the sense of beating back the forces of darkness and the National Football League.” And, with potential lockouts from both the NFL and the NBA looming, the great American pastime may be all we have left. read more

Henry hails Kompany impact at Man City

first_imgThierry Henry has hailed Vincent Kompany’s impact at Manchester City as being similar to the one that John Terry had at ChelseaThe Belgium international joined the newly-crowned Premier League winners back in August 2008 from Bundesliga side Hamburg and, after replacing Carlos Tevez as the club captain back in 2011, Kompany has led City to three league titles.But in recent seasons the defender has been struggling with injury issues with Pep Guardiola having reportedly admitted to have grown tired with the constant setbacks.Yet Kompany returned to the side on 3 February in their 1-1 draw against Burnley and has since been an ever present figure at the back with the Belgium having led City to the Carabao Cup later that month in their 3-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“When Vincent Kompany talks, he’s eloquent, intelligent, knows the game, is a good player and a great leader. It’s exactly what you want from him.” said Henry, according to Sky Sports.“He’s had a difficult couple years with injuries, but he never gave up, was always there for the team with a smile.“It’s very important to have these types of players to win titles. We saw it at the end of John Terry’s career at Chelsea. You can always rely on Vincent Kompany, on what he can bring.”last_img read more

Former Ireland GK criticizes Southgate

first_imgShay Given believes the England national team manager “got into the head” of youngster Declan Rice and know the 19-year-old doesn’t know where to play19-year-old West Ham United footballer Declan Rice is under the spotlight after he’s undecided which country to represent.He has played in friendly matches with the Ireland national team, but he was born in London and could play for England.And now, former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has criticized England’s boss Gareth Southgate for putting ideas in the mind of the young defender.“He’s played three games for Ireland but I think Gareth Southgate or someone from England has got into his head,” he was quoted by Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I think once you pull on the senior jersey for your country that should be it – your colors nailed to the mast and you should play.”“But the rules are not tied down to that,” he explained.“It’s a big decision, he’s a young man and I’m sure a lot of people would be in his ear about playing for England.”“But we would love him to play for Ireland, of course, we would,” he continued.“When Roy [Keane] says something it’s big news and the media jump all over it, that’s the problem, but no, I don’t think Declan Rice is scared of anybody.”last_img read more

Valverde plays down Barcelona draw

first_imgErnesto Valverde admits he is not unsettled by Barcelona’s draw against Valencia claiming they had the right mentality in the game.“The game was an uphill task for us from the first kick,” he said after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Mestalla.“The first corner went past everyone and we had to roll up our sleeves for the equaliser.“They had the momentum of being 1-0 up and were dangerous on the break as a result.“We were a bit stunned but as the match progressed, and after we equalised, I felt we had enough chances to win.“They didn’t want to leave us any space so they could find the winner on the counter and ultimately it ended a draw.“Mestalla is a difficult place to go to. The fans spur their team on and if there’s a good counterattacking team, it’s Valencia.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You can put a lot of money together and they’ll make you pay for your mistakes.“With Gameiro, Guedes, and Cheryshev, they had forwards who could run. Luckily Messi scored a great goal.“I’m not annoyed about the goal we conceded. The team came out with the right mentality. Four days ago we scored a goal after two minutes, today we conceded one.“We analysed last week, which was a difficult week, especially the Leganes game, which hurt us.“I think we played in the same vein as how we did in London. We tried to lift the game with our style, but it was difficult. We have a slightly sad taste in our mouths.“We played four days ago, but they did five days ago. When your opponents sit back, it’s difficult.”last_img read more

Three Lions coach pleased with debutants

first_imgHead coach of the England senior national team, Gareth Southgate says he is impressed with debutants Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell.Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho made history when he came off the bench to become the first player born this millennium to represent England and Southgate was also pleased with the returning Ross Barkley.“They’re hugely proud to play in the shirt,” the England manager said, according to Sports Mole.“We talked just before the game… it’s not an easy pitch either, especially in that final third. A lot of people just slipping with their footing.”“So, that quality in the final third, at times the ball bouncing up at the wrong moment, but good teams adapt and good teams, whatever the circumstances or the atmosphere or the pitch, find a way of playing.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I was really pleased that the players did that tonight.”“I was particularly pleased with Ben Chilwell. I thought that was a super debut, very composed with his defending against some top-quality players.”“He was patient, he made good interceptions, his use of the ball was very composed, got forward well.”“I also thought Ross Barkley coming back into the team had a very good impact on the game as well.”“We’re disappointed to leave here not having won, but I have to focus on the way that we play and tonight I thought we played well.”last_img read more

Its all about the supporters Steven Gerrard

first_imgFor the Rangers boss, this victory at the Scottish Premier League derby is for all the supporters who have endured hard times with the clubA single goal by Ryan Jack at the 30th-minute mark gave Rangers a 1-0 victory over Celtic in the Scottish Premier League national derby.This means this is the first Gers’ triumph in the Old Firm since 2012.“This moment is all about the supporters,” said coach Steven Gerrard according to The Sportsman.“They have been through a lot.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We should have it won the game more comfortably – we were superb today,” he added.“We were brave and we played with courage and belief.”“There is still a lot of work to do but the first half of the season has gone really well,” he concluded.After this game, both teams have 42 points in the top of the table, but the goal difference means Celtic is first and Rangers is second.last_img read more

No Injuries In Small Plane Crash At Lake Hood Strip

first_imgTwo witnesses pulled the pilot from the plane. The pilot was transported to the nearby hospital as a precaution. This is a developing story- details will be posted as they are made available. The name of the pilot has not been released. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Airport Police in Anchorage responded to an experimental aircraft that crashed near Lake Hood Airstrip, on Wednesday Afternoon.center_img Around 4:45 p.m., officers responded to the scene. One person was onboard the experimental Belite clipper aircraft, and according to reports was uninjured in the crash.last_img read more

Dunleavy Maintains Lead In Race For Governor

first_imgDemocratic challenger Mark Begich currently has 43.57% percent of the vote. Dunleavy has already declared victory. In a statement, he said he takes seriously the task ahead of him. Elections officials hope to certify the results by November 23, according to the DOE. Governor Bill Walker suspended his reelection campaign days after Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned over what Walker described as an “inappropriate overture to a woman.” Dunleavy: “Over these past four years, too many Alaskans have been shut out of the big decisions facing our state – from changes to the Permanent Fund to crime policy to addressing the state’s budget deficit. Elections remind us that in our system of government the people rule, and today the people made their voices heard. Now begins the real work of restoring trust between the people and their government. With the help of the people of Alaska, we will protect and restore the Permanent Fund Dividend, we will end the state’s crime spree, and we will unleash Alaska’s unparalleled economic potential.”center_img The state will continue to count absentee and other uncounted ballots a week after Election Day. A final count will be done by November 21. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With 98 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning former state senator Mike Dunleavy has the lead in the race for governor with 52.39% of the votes.last_img read more

Elon Musk says Mars and Starship update could come later this month

first_img Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship $999 See at Amazon See It Rylo Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 1 The Cheapskate Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo Comment Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The business end of the SpaceX Starship hopper prototype Elon Musk/SpaceX Less than three years after dazzling the world with a slideshow about going to Mars, SpaceX founder and real-life comic book character Elon Musk aims to present a progress report. But we’ll have to wait until after his red planet rocket gets off the ground for the first time.Musk said Sunday on Twitter that he “will do Starship presentation a few weeks after Hopper hovers, so prob late July.” Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read the Rylo camera preview 7 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay Tags Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET 16 Photoscenter_img $999 Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sci-Tech Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Will do Starship presentation a few weeks after Hopper hovers, so prob late July. If that timing works, free LJ chips for all present!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2019 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Read Google Home Hub review See It Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments See it $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Boost Mobile SpaceX has been building a Starhopper prototype of its Starship vehicle at the company’s facility in south Texas. Starship is the vehicle Musk and SpaceX hope to use for a highly publicized trip around the moon in a few years, as well as for future trips to Mars and perhaps even very quick international flights via space. So far, testing of Starhopper has been limited to hold-down firings of its single Raptor engine. Plans for it to actually lift off the ground and at least hover (or “hop”) before landing have been delayed in recent weeks. Musk also said Sunday that Starhopper is “almost ready to hover” after a vibration problem with the Raptor engine was resolved. The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO has conceded in the past that he isn’t always great about sticking to his own timelines. Starship, however, seems like it could be progressing steadily toward a first crewed trip to Mars in 2024 as hoped. Of course, it still has to get off the ground first.  Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags Amazonlast_img read more

Europes relief after Estonia election

first_imgEurope’s relief after Estonia election192 viewsEurope’s relief after Estonia election192 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Europe’s relief after Estonia election192 viewsBusinessAnother neighbour of Russia has turned towards Europe. Estonia’s centre-right prime minister claimed victory in Sunday’s election. Taavi Roivas, the leader of the Reform Party, is set to form aVentuno Web Player 4.50Another neighbour of Russia has turned towards Europe. Estonia’s centre-right prime minister claimed victory in Sunday’s election. Taavi Roivas, the leader of the Reform Party, is set to form alast_img read more

Fix highways in 24 hrs Quader asks engineers

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday directed engineers of the roads and highways division to repair within 24 hours the roads that are now in poor conditions.The minister issued the directive so that the people do not suffer while going home for Eid vacation.Read more: 2 major highways witness huge tailbackObaidul Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, was exchanging views with the executive engineers of the roads and highways division, Khulna zone, at Jessore Circuit House.The minister said the repairing works should be done at night so that daytime movement of vehicles is not affected in any way.As the engineers demanded enhanced security measures at night, Quader spoke to the inspector general of Khulna range of the highway police and assured them of security during the repairing works.last_img read more

Louisville vs Boston College Postgame Quotes Jan 16 2019

first_img(Any update on Ryan and what happened on that play) “They landed on his lower leg. I don’t think it’s anything too concerning. He was asking, “hey Fred (Hina) can I play tomorrow,” so that’s always a good sign. Other than that, I don’t really know a whole lot. I haven’t talked to Ryan, talked to Fred, he felt like he should be okay. As with any injury you just got to see what happens over a good night’s sleep.” (On how much better the offense is when all five players are scoring) “It starts with him (graduate guard Christen Cunningham). He’s the floor general. He goes eight assists, one turnover. He gets in the lane, he finds guys. Obviously, (sophomore forward) Jordan (Nwora) played as good as an offensive game as I’ve seen from a guy and I’ve had some really talented offensive players. There were a few times where he made the ‘one-more pass’ as we like to call them, which is not really a ‘one-more,’ it’s the right one and he got (graduate guard) Khwan (Fore) a couple open looks because going to make the right play. I think our team plays that way. Our inefficiency on offense had nothing to do with taking bad shots or not passing to one another. They gave us a look that we hadn’t always seen, and we didn’t handle it very well. We need to be a balanced team. We got to get a little more from (redshirt junior center) Steven (Enoch) than we did tonight. We’ve got to be a team that can score inside. We need to be a team that can do it from the outside as well.” (On Dwayne Sutton’s ceiling and progress) “He’s a jack of all trades. I don’t think anyone would call him elite in any one area; except being a competitor. He gets the job done. He gets loose balls, he makes the right play, and hits big shots. He does anything for his team to win. I’m not smart enough to know ceilings. I just know if you want a guy on your team who cares about winning, you can’t find one that cares more than Dwayne.”  Print Friendly Version Story Links (Do you see them turning a corner after the North Carolina win on the road?) “You’ll have to ask Chris (Mack). They looked good before that. This is a tough league. Everybody’s going to have nights where the ball doesn’t go in. They’re making threes right now, made 12 threes tonight, they shot the ball extremely well against Carolina. They’re improving as an offensive rebounding team. They’ve got some really good offensive pieces and their defense is obviously getting better…more of what Chris wants, I assume, but you’d have to ask him. I thought they were very good before Carolina. The Pitt game… those games happen. So on the road this league is not easy, I’ve been to three out of four on the road, trust me.” (On Jordan Nwora’s and the team’s defense) “I think we learned a tough lesson at Pitt, I felt like Pitt played harder than our team. You can throw the names out, past records, who’s coaching; the team that has the hungrier disposition on any given night is going to put themselves in a position to win. I felt like our mindset versus Pitt’s mindset, were two very different levels. I don’t think that has been the case the last two games. We have to continue that. With success, people pat you on the butt. Compliment you. Tell you “wow, what a game” I can imagine our guys are hearing it on campus fifty times more than I am because I just stay in my office and watch film. They have to maintain that hunger and play with it on the defensive end.”center_img (About Jordan’s ability to find open shots and convert them) “I want to talk about Jordan’s defense, first and foremost. I think everyone recognizes what a talented player he is on the offensive end. He’s got so much confidence in his individual game, but I think he’s finding his shots within the flow of team concept, which is what good players do. But on the defensive end, he got switched onto Ky Bowman more than a handful of times. And I don’t think Bowman ever went around him to the point where it was an uncontested layup. As I’ve told him, he’s played marginal players a heck of a lot worse than that. Guys that maybe average 5, 6 points a game go right down the lane and score on him. And I didn’t see that tonight. He was also a big part of our help defense, because he wasn’t necessarily guarding one of their primary scorers, and I thought he did a really good job of recognizing when to help one on the five men rolling. His closeouts kept the ball in front. Really, really pleased with how he played defensively. Offensively, I just felt like he let the game come to him. I mentioned before, he made a couple extra passes to open teammates. And that’s what good teams do. The ball finds the open man.”(On Nwora raising his stock) “Well, I think the last two games, he’s played as well as he has defensively all year. But, I tell  our team all the time, not just Jordan. You’re judged on next practice, next game, next drill. That’s what the great players do. That’s what the good teams do. Anybody can have it for a day or two. He has to continue to be a guy we really depend on defensively. Because if one player on our team breaks down, whether it’s Jordan, whether it’s Enoch, whether it’s CC (Christen Cunningham), then we’re getting scored on. With our team, we have to be a team that values that on the floor. Gets stops, like we have really the last two games. I know Boston College scored 70 but a lot of those were in transition off our miscues there for a while in the press.” Louisville head coach Chris Mack(Opening Statement) “Well, life in a new league for me, in the ACC. I thought, for a stretch, our guys were rolling. Thought we were playing well, the run that we had to end the half, and then carried over. You give Boston College credit. They changed defenses, and we obviously didn’t handle it very well. It became a tight game down the stretch, but at the same time, I give our guys credit for being able to withstand a heck of a push and a heck of a run by BC and still have the fortitude and calm enough nerves to make a few shots and get a few stops in the last four minutes.” (On Boston College’s late run) “We talked about attacking versus their three-quarter-court press. We had a few guys in that hadn’t played a whole lot up until that point—that’s what got their run going. It was indecisiveness, we didn’t run or attack, and that sort of spilled over to the guys who started the game as well. Fortunately, we were able to break out of it. We have to be better. You’re always in a tough situation, you have 23, 24 (seconds), this isn’t the NBA. You want to run clock, but you also want to be able to get an efficient offensive possession, a good look, and we didn’t always get that. We turned the ball over and got rattled a few times versus their pressure, and they got a little bit of momentum and (Boston College senior guard Jordan) Chatman hit a couple of shots that were tough. Again, as I always say, every experience has to be one that we learn from. We’ll be better against three-quarter-court stuff, and quickly be able to flow into whatever we’re running.” (On officiating consistency) “That’s not a new phenomenon. Coaches don’t like referees; referees don’t like coaches. It’s funny because in the handshake lines we always say ‘hey, how are you, good to see you,’ and then four minutes later we are all yelling at each other. Those guys did a good job. I’m just trying to win a game. I don’t take anything personal, except one referee I won’t name. I don’t take anything personal. I had a guy apologize to me about four or five games ago and said that he missed a call. I said ‘I don’t even remember you refereeing a game.’ I don’t. I know all those guys names, but I don’t keep a running diary about who called what and where.”Boston College head coach Jim Christian (What keyed the late game run?) “I think we picked up our pressure. We turned them over. We pressed them, we trapped them, we forced some turnovers and it led to some baskets. That’s what happens. You guys are asking me, you’ve seen it for 15, 17 years before – you’ve seen pressure. That’s what it looks like. We were in a situation where we had to increase the pressure and we were fortunate enough to turn them over.” (What was Jordan Nwora specifically doing to be so effective tonight?) “He’s just a tough guy. He’s a hard guy to match up, because he doesn’t need much space. His body is totally different than last year. He’s without question the most improved offensive player in this league from what I’ve seen. He’s tough. He doesn’t need much space, he can drive the ball, he’s confident, he shoots the ball with range. He’s a good offensive rebounder, he’s got the whole facet. They do a really good job of getting the ball at the right time. And I think that’s one of the things that’s underrated is (Christen) Cunningham for them, he gets the ball to guys at the right time and that’s what a point guard does. He does a really good job.”last_img read more

Louisville Postgame Notes vs North Carolina

first_img Louisville is 6-14 in the all-time series with North Carolina, which dates back to 1929. The Cardinals are 4-2 at home against the Tar Heels, including a 2-2 record at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville is 3-5 against North Carolina since joining the ACC. The teams split their regular season series with the road team winning both games.TEAM NOTES Louisville is 143-23 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, which is in its ninth season as the home for the Cardinals. Through its first 22 games this season, Louisville has produced 43 runs of 8-0 or better, including runs of 9-0 and 8-0 in the second half of Saturday’s game with the Tar Heels. The Cardinals were 7-for-9 from the free throw line setting season lows in both categories. Louisville dropped to 2-3 this season when being outrebounded by its opponent after UNC finished with a 49-32 advantage on the glass. The Cardinals connected on 10-of-29 attempts from three-point range marking the eighth time this season they have made 10 or more trifectas. Louisville has attempted 25 or more three-pointers 11 times this season. UofL had three blocked shots on Saturday extending its streak to 291 consecutive games with a blocked shot.PLAYER NOTES Sutton achieved Louisville-career highs in field goals made (7) and attempted (12) as well as three-pointers attempted (8). Sutton also matched a career high by connecting on four three-pointers. In Louisville’s nine ACC games, Sutton has averaged 12.8 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 59.7 percent (43-for-72) from the field. Saturday marked just the third time this season Sutton has led Louisville in scoring. Sutton has reached double figures in scoring 14 times his two seasons with the Cardinals, including 13 this season. With his eight rebounds against UNC, Sutton has totaled eight or more rebounds in nine games this season, including seven of nine ACC contests. Story Links Dwayne Sutton led the Cardinals with 19 points on Saturday, his highest scoring performance in his two seasons playing for Louisville. Cunningham has reached double figures in scoring 10 times this season. The nine assists marked his second highest total of the season behind only the 11 dimes at Georgia Tech on Jan. 19. Cunningham equaled a season high with his 14 field goal attempts. SERIES NOTES Jordan Nwora registered his 29th career double-figure scoring performance, including the 20th this season after totaling 11 points on Saturday. With his eight points against the Tar Heels, Darius Perry delivered his highest scoring performance in ACC action this season and the most points overall since scoring nine against Robert Morris on Dec. 21, 2018.Print Friendly Version Christen Cunningham finished one assist shy of achieving his first double-double after scoring 15 points and dishing out nine assists against the Tar Heels.last_img read more

Tis the Season

first_img Holiday Hurdles 15+ min read What Not To Sell There is more to making the most of the holidays than having the products everybody wants. Shipping policies and procedures, timing, site design, payment options, sourcing and more all play roles in getting the most from the year-end opportunity. Of them all, timing may be the most vital. Experts and experienced sellers all sing the same tune: Start early.”You have to start very, very early,” stresses Hess. “Online, people tend to shop early, so we start about October 15.” Why so soon? Hess explains that his listings generally run 10 days. “If we start October 15, those seemingly early auctions will end October 25, the following ones will end November 3 and so on,” he says. “We’ll have only six to eight cycles to take full advantage of the Christmas holiday [season].”Others say October is late. “Theoretically, it starts on Thanksgiving, but there’s a lot of planning that starts before then,” says Joseph T. Sinclair, author of eBay Business the Smart Way. “If you don’t plan, you’re going to get caught short. You won’t know whether to promote something because you won’t know whether you’re going to get it in stock. September should be the target [planning] date for the [holiday shopping] season, so everybody’s ready to go in November.”Early is the time to line up a trusted source of supply, especially for items you think will be your best movers. “Make sure you have reliable suppliers who are going to deliver when they say they will,” stresses Schepp. “What could be worse than trying to put your listings up on December 15 because the product you were promised by November didn’t show up [on time]?”Another key early task is staffing. “This is not a time to scrimp,” says Schepp. “You might have to hire people to get your shipments out, and those are things you don’t want to be putting in place the first week of December. You want to make sure you have everything ready to go.”You may also want to change your look and feel. “Have your webmaster dress up your pages with a Christmas theme instead of using your normal template for your [item listings],” suggests Sinclair. One specific suggestion is to take advantage of the eBay gift icon. The wrapped-gift logo tells shoppers you can help them check an item off their to-do list by gift-wrapping their purchases and mailing them directly to gift recipients.Shipshape ShippingOffering gift-wrapping and delivery to a gift recipient can be a powerful word-of-mouth tool for expanding your marketing, says Barbara Weltman, a small-business consultant and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting an eBay Business. When the wrapped gifts arrive, recipients will be exposed to your business, Weltman says. “This is an opportunity to reach people who aren’t your customers, and perhaps gain new customers.”You may want to offer free shipping on Buy It Now items, says Schepp. “If you offer it strictly for Buy It Now customers, you’re giving them a little bonus, and you’re also encouraging people who want to get their shopping done and don’t want to wait five or six days for your [listing] to end.”Whether you decide to offer free shipping or not, make sure you ship sold items quickly, says Kitchener. “The main thing we do is ship fast, especially at Christmastime,” he says. “You get all kinds of people with deadlines.” Dangerous Threads ships via the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx Ground, and usually ships items within 24 to 48 hours, which gives most shoppers enough cushion to make sure their items arrive in time for the holidays.Because of those deadlines, take extra care to clearly explain shipping policies in your listings. Consider how you could simplify your shipping policies to make everything as fast and easy as possible for the hurried gift-purchaser. Says Hassler, “We include a standard shipping rate to the U.S., Canada and other international locations so people aren’t slowed down by having to write to us and ask for [the shipping costs].”When designing holiday listings, make sure your terms include accepting payment through PayPal. Faster payment means faster shipping, which makes it easier for shoppers to make their deadlines.To make it even more likely that gift-buyers will make their deadlines, you can and should consider refusing to guarantee holiday arrival after a certain date. “People will buy things on the 23rd of December, expecting to have them before Christmas,” explains Hassler. “That’s been a problem, so we’ll quit having [listings] a few days before.”Kitchener stops selling some products much earlier, particularly custom items. “We make some beautiful custom guitar straps,” he says, “and we’ll cut off the orders for those about three weeks before Christmas because of the shop time required to make the items.” Be sure not to promise buyers items you can’t deliver.Hess employs a more complex solution. As the number of days before Christmas shrinks, Hess Fine Art reduces the lengths of its listings. From the usual 10 days, Hess goes to seven-, five-, three- and even one-day listings. The formula is simple: “Count the days to Christmas, subtract the days for shipping, and figure when those auctions will end.”Selling PoliciesYou should also consider your terms of sale. Start by thinking about adding more Buy It Now items. “Impulse buys are better that way,” says Hassler, who does primarily Buy It Now sales during the holidays instead of the auction-style listings that are her usual method. “People don’t want to wait a week to get a book that someone else may have on Buy It Now.” To increase the speed of the sale, use Buy It Now with immediate payments through PayPal. The transaction is instantaneous and saves you critical time spent waiting for payment.During the holidays, it may be more important for you to offer PayPal Buyer Credit, which allows your buyers to finance their purchases through GE Money Bank, the financial entity behind PayPal Buyer Credit. “During the rest of the year, it might not be worthwhile for some sellers,” says Sinclair. “But during Christmas, when everyone is scrambling for money to buy gifts, they might [offer] it for one month.”When everyone is scrambling, they’re more likely to buy the wrong item, one that doesn’t fit, or one that just isn’t what the recipient had in mind. For that reason, returns tend to go up during and shortly after the holidays. So it’s important to keep a relaxed attitude toward customers who, after being relatively easy to please all year, have suddenly turned uncertain, demanding and difficult during the holidays.”You have to be a little more liberal and a little more giving and caring,” as Hess puts it. “You have to be more friendly and more forgiving, because clients are more emotional then in their buying habits.” Experienced eBay sellers say there’s not always an obvious reason why some items move better during nonholiday periods, but it does happen. Jeff Hess, owner of Hess Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, says, “It’s difficult to sell large diamonds on eBay [during the holiday season]. Not expensive diamond jewelry–[that’s] easy to sell. But large solitaires, one carat and up, are difficult.”Likewise, holiday shoppers at Dangerous Threads, based in Nashville, Tennessee, snub the leather-craft supplies that are mainstays the rest of the year. Owner Bob Kitchener thinks he knows why. “It stands to reason,” he says. “You don’t want to hand somebody a gift of a pile of rivets.” Generally, experts say, holiday-unfriendly items can be anything not usually regarded as a gift.Celebrate All Year LongDon’t assume you’ve got it made because you nailed Christmas. The final quarter is the biggest for most eBay sellers, but it’s not the only important holiday season. For some on eBay, it’s not even the most important. “Halloween is a real good one,” says online sales expert Debra Schepp. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day herald sales surges for flowers, perfume, candy and jewelry; themed decorations can be hot for Easter and the Fourth of July.Make a List, Check it Twice…You’ll be in great shape to take advantage of the busy holiday season if you prepare in advance for the rush. This handy checklist will help you prioritize what needs to be done:Get started early, as many consumers start their holiday shopping as early as October.Sign up for PayPal, and offer it on all your listings.Check your eBay preferences, and update your listing and shipping policies if necessary. You can also change your default template to give your pages a “holiday” theme.Find reliable supply sources. Make sure they’ll be able to deliver when they say they can.If you sell custom-made items, stock up on bestsellers, and start your listings early.Gather marketplace data via a Completed Listings search or other method.Sell in-demand products to boost sales this holiday season. Check Seller Central for hot items.For a useful merchandising and promotion calendar of important dates, visit http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/calendar.html.Check third-party sources for the scoop on what’s hot. Terapeak Marketing Research offers its own “Hot List” reports, based on eBay data going back as far as a year. The buzz on upcoming movies can be found at ComingSoon.net and Internet Movie Database. And check out “Hot Stuff” on page 48 for our preview of 2005’s top sellers.Assess staffing requirements, and hire temps if necessary.Order ebay/usps co-branded shipping boxes from the U.S. Postal Service.Order wrapping paper and gift enclosure cards. The eBay Shop sells eBay wrapping paper; type “paper” into the search box to find it.Reconfigure your shipping assembly line to accommodate special requests, such as wrapping gifts and shipping directly to gift recipients.Explain shipping prices and policies clearly to buyers. Consider offering free shipping on Buy It Now items.Save the DatesYour customers expect their purchases to arrive on time for the holidays, so it’s critical you ensure every item ships when you say it will. These guidelines on shipping basics can help you stay on top of deadlines–and keep your customers happy:Make sure last-minute shoppers know your terms and policies. Tell them clearly and in advance if what they’re buying won’t arrive in time, or if getting it there requires extra shipping fees.Keep in mind that neither FedEx nor UPS delivers on Christmas Day; however, both offer one-day shipping services. An item shipped on December 23 will arrive the next day. The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver normal mail on Christmas Day. However, if an order is shipped using Express Mail, the USPS will attempt delivery on December 25, unless it’s a Sunday.Priority Mail from USPS, which usually takes two to three days to deliver, can take up to two weeks in the busy month of December, so plan accordingly. Guaranteed service by your carrier of choice is the best way to go.Different deadlines apply when you’re shipping internationally, so check with your carrier in advance for details.Hot StuffBefore making your list of products to stock this holiday season, make sure you check out the latest “Hot Categories Report”. As you approach the high tide of holiday sales, the reports available here will tell you where both demand and bids for items are growing.But why stop there? There’s a lot more you can do to find out what is likely to sell well for the holidays. For instance, some categories are always in demand. Perennial holiday winners include cameras, cell phones, clothing, collectibles, dolls and bears, electronics, jewelry and watches, sporting goods and, of course, toy and hobby items.Want to know which items will be especially hot this year? Check the roster of Hollywood films slated for holiday release, suggests Jim Migdal, senior category manager for eBay Toys & Hobbies. “Those always drive sales,” he explains.With that in mind, this December 9, Walt Disney Co. will release The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the perpetually popular children’s books by C.S. Lewis. You can find more info on upcoming movies at ComingSoon.net and Internet Movie Database.You can also find information about the categories you specialize in. The scoop on hot toys, for instance, can be found in forecasts by Toy Wishes. In the spring and fall, this journal’s editors list toys they think will be most in demand during the summer and holiday seasons. Another way to find forecasts for what will be hot this holiday season: Type “holiday watch 2005” into an internet search engine, and check out the results.Sellers of dolls and collectibles can reliably predict increased demand for certain items during the holidays. Prewar Lionel trains, Hot Wheels cars from the 1960s, and bisque dolls from France and Germany are always scarce and in demand at the holidays, explains Migdal.Climate also plays a role with holiday hot-sellers such as sporting goods and clothing. That’s why ski jackets will tend to outsell bathing suits. And when it comes to popular categories such as electronics and jewelry, consider offering more expensive items than you might at other times of the year–shoppers’ wallets are open, and they are, after all, in a giving mood.Finally, keep an eye on current events, and stay alert for one-of-a-kind opportunities. One of these occurred when a manufacturer mistakenly made just 6,000 Polar Express trains. Says Migdal, “They sold out very quickly, and we saw them on eBay for two or three times the list price.” For the latest hot sellers by category, go to Seller Central. Click on “Category Tips,” then click on “In Demand” under the appropriate category.Mark Henricks writes on business and technology for leading publications and is author of Not Just a Living. Everyone else may be getting out their sweaters, but on eBay, holiday time is the hottest season. For many brick-and-mortar retailers, November and December are the make-it-or-break-it months, when the offline world racks up as much as 50 percent of annual sales and an even larger percentage of profits. So it’s not surprising that eBay sellers report that the holidays are important to them as well. “We probably do a little more than a third of our business in that period of time,” says Jenanne Hassler (eBay User ID: jenanne), who, along with her husband, sells an average of $3,000 worth of video games and video-game books each month on eBay from Waynesville, North Carolina.Many larger eBay sellers have similar experiences. Jeff Hess, 54, owner of Hess Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, does close to $5 million annually on eBay, selling vintage watches, jewelry, art and antiques. About 25 percent are holiday sales, says Hess (eBay User ID: hessfine), who adds that since he began emphasizing eBay over his brick-and-mortar store several years ago, the holidays have become even more important. “In the past, like most vintage retailers, we didn’t have a very active Christmas season,” Hess says. “Our season was essentially over by November 15. With the advent of eBay, we found we were more like the standard Christmas holiday retailers, [which see an increase during the holiday season].”There are a couple of reasons why the holidays are critical for eBay sellers. One is that eBay increases its advertising budget during the holidays, executing a wide array of marketing, advertising and promotional tactics to encourage buying holiday gifts on eBay. Every retailer should take advantage of the significant effort eBay makes to drive traffic to its site during this crucial time of year.Another reason is that eBay is so mainstream, it can’t help but be affected by society as a whole, says Debra Schepp, a writer in Middletown, Maryland, who co-authored eBay PowerSeller Secrets: Insider Tips From eBay’s Most Successful Sellers. “It’s becoming more and more true as people are more comfortable with shopping on eBay–and devoted to shopping on eBay,” Schepp says. “Plus, there are lots of things that make it convenient [for buyers] to shop on eBay, like the fact that you can offer [them] gift-wrapping and direct shipping to recipients. That makes eBay competitive with any online shopping [destination].” The proof, Schepp says, is the fact that the biggest shopping day of the year–the day after Thanksgiving–is the same for both offline retailers and eBay sellers.Best SellersSince making the most of the holiday season is a priority for most businesses on eBay, where do you start? First and foremost, sell what people want to buy. So what are the hottest holiday items on eBay? “It all depends on what you’re selling,” says Marsha Collier, author of eBay Business All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies. “That’s the magic [of] eBay. People can come and buy just about anything, and people want just about anything.”The holiday hotties on eBay tend to mirror what’s hot elsewhere (and often what you can’t find elsewhere). As a marketplace of many small sellers rather than one dominated by a few mega-retailers, it’s truly a democratic free-for-all, with the decision about what sells ultimately resting in the hands of the buyers. “Since what’s for sale on eBay isn’t dependent on a big corporation or a bunch of executives deciding what to sell this season, it’s a reflection of what’s happening [all over] America,” Schepp says. “Anything that’s popular somewhere else is going to be turning up on eBay.”With that in mind, eBay sellers who want to make the most of the holidays should make it a point to know what’s selling well in society at large during the period. When an in-demand item is hard to find offline, buyers turn to eBay. For instance, notes Schepp, when the iPod was scarce in traditional brick-and-mortar channels last year, units were still available on eBay–and selling like hot cakes.A few recurring themes outline what makes a product hot during the holidays. For instance, Hassler, 37, says higher-end rare books sell better during the holidays than at other times of the year. In other words, if you’re selling products like watches during the holidays, think Rolex. Bundled products–items sold together at a special price–are also better sellers during that period, Hassler says: “It’s a focus on items that may not sell during the [rest of the] year because you’re not going to buy them for yourself, but you’re going to put them on your wish list.”One-of-a-kind custom orders also move better during the holidays for Bob Kitchener, owner of Dangerous Threads, a Nashville, Tennessee, eBay retailer of leather goods and craft items (eBay User ID: bobkitchener). “Custom stuff is really good at Christmastime, along with customized things like [guitar] straps and belts with names on them,” says Kitchener, 53.The price tag is likewise a key indicator of what will sell for Hess. “It seems like everything expensive sells better during the holidays,” he explains.To know everything about what sells, you’d have to survey all eBay sellers, or at least a large sample of them. Luckily, you can use a variety of tools that track, analyze and report on the bestselling items instead. The “Hot Categories Report” is an eBay tool for sellers that lists Hot, Very Hot and Super Hot categories each month based on factors including month-over-month bid growth, bids-per-item and conversion rate. To view the report, go to Seller Central, click on “What’s Hot,” then click “Hot Items by Category.” eBay Pulse gives you a sense in real time of what people are looking for. You can also find out what items are hot in a particular category by going to Seller Central, clicking on “Category Tips,” and clicking on “In Demand” under any category.There are also third-party sources for information on what’s hot for the holidays. Terapeak Marketing Research licenses eBay transaction data and goes back as far as a year to provide its own “Hot List” reports. Andale is a third-party subscription service that includes detailed research tools, including information on hot-selling products.Finally, don’t neglect to place at least some trust in your own well-honed instincts, advises Jim Migdal, senior category manager for eBay Toys & Hobbies. He’s been impressed and occasionally amazed at how eBay retailers seem to intuitively stay ahead of hot-item trends. “Our sellers just have a nose for that stuff,” he says. “And they find it and get it on the site.”center_img It’s All in the Timing Holiday selling isn’t, in fact, all about having fun and making a bunch of money. The holidays present special challenges in addition to trickier sourcing and more frequent returns.For instance, if you gift-wrap and send items directly to the recipients, you won’t be protected by the PayPal Seller Protection Policy, because that applies only when items are sent to verified addresses. You’ll need to decide how much your customers will appreciate being able to ship wrapped gifts directly to recipients, and balance that against the value of PayPal coverage. “It is very convenient to have items shipped directly to the recipient,” says Collier, who adds that you don’t have to advertise your gift-wrap policy, but can apply it on a case-by-case basis. “If you get a special request and the person has a good feedback rating and you’re comfortable with the situation, you might want to do it,” she says. If you do choose to offer gift services, practice your due diligence. It’s a great strategy for the holidays that could lead to many more sales.Another issue: Since every other holiday-savvy eBay seller is going to be tuned in and looking for the next hot product, it’s going to be that much harder for you to be first. And if you do happen to find yourself with a garage full of hot-selling items, your holiday-happy rivals may realize it nearly as soon as you do and flood the market with their own similar items. “If you find something is selling really well, you can’t be complacent with it,” warns Schepp. “Ultimately, it’s going to show up on the hot list, and everybody’s going to see it. You can easily end up with an overstocked item when the bottom drops out.” Use eBay resources such as the “Hot Categories Report” and Completed Items searches to keep tabs on the competition and avoid having too much “me, too” product on hand.Remember, as eBay has grown into a global, multi-cultural phenomenon, the meaning of the holidays has gotten less clear in terms of the entire audience of buyers on eBay. So while you should certainly try to take advantage of the end-of-the-year gifting binge, it’s also important to do it in a way that recognizes cultural differences. Many eBay buyers don’t celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other year-end holidays, or they celebrate differently.For instance, in Canada, the biggest shopping day of the year is traditionally not the day after Thanksgiving, but the day after Christmas, a holiday known as Boxing Day and celebrated in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand. Keep such differences in mind. Advertising only a “holiday sale” instead of a “Christmas sale” will help you remain inclusive. “You need to be selling for everybody,” advises Collier, who suggests simply promoting a “sale” in your listing titles and saving the rest of the character count for important keywords.If there’s one overriding and enduring theme to the holidays, it may be that this is when you should keep an open mind, be creative and be willing to do things differently. While it’s certainly nice to get some extra sales at the holidays, it can be even better to learn something new that will help sustain your sales throughout the year. “The holidays are a great time to experiment because there’s a lot of traffic,” says Sinclair. “If you want to experiment with what sells and what doesn’t, what sells better on sale and off, you’ll get better feedback during the holidays than at other times of year.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 31, 2005last_img read more

Hot topics covered at World Travel Market London 2016

first_imgTags: Trend Watch, WTM LONDON — World Travel Market London 2016, which had been revamped this year as a three-day event from Nov. 7-9, has ended on a high note with an estimated 50,000 in attendance. Over the course of three days, attendees facilitated travel industry contracts that were estimated to exceed US$4 billion, and learned about and discussed current hot topics in the travel industry. Here’s a roundup:SecurityThe UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit is one of the highest-profile sessions of the entire event. Now in its tenth year, this year’s Summit called on the industry and governments to work together to help destinations cope with the threat of terrorist, which UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai described as “forces of darkness.”Mohamed Yehia Rashed Tourism Minister Egypt assured delegates that his country has the technology and security measures in place to protect tourists and urged for standard security measures to be introduced globally. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary of Tourism in the government of India – WTM London’s Official Premier Partner – said countries needed to be more responsible when issuing travel advisories as perception of safety in destinations is a key factor.Zutshi’s call was echoed by Fritz Joussen, Chief Executive TUI Group, who noted people’s perceptions often compound the problems of terrorism. “The probability of being killed by a terrorist is lower than having car accident on the way to the airport,” he said.BrexitBrexit remained a common theme across the seminar program, as the UK and global travel industry await the actual terms of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union. Aviation expert John Strickland told the Forecast Forum about a possible issue arising over flying rights if the UK is not part of the EU Open Skies agreement.In a separate session, two senior airline bosses – Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, and Emirates president Tim Clark – suggested that airline alliances could become a thing of the past.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“I would question if [alliances] are around 10 years from now,” said Walsh, while Clark described the oneworld, Star Alliance and Skyteam concepts as “anachronistic”.Social Media & TechnologyOn Day Two of WTM London, a compelling presentation from Facebook executive Neasa Costin outlined consumer behavior and brand differentiation. “Travel has very positive headspace for the end user so markets don’t have to try very hard. An image of a beautiful beach will do the job for you but if you take away the logo, you would not be able to distinguish one brand from another,” she said.Costin highlighted Creative Shop, a part of Facebook that is trying to help companies change this through emotional resonance. She noted that from January to June, there had been 63 million hashtags about holidays with “real excitement and high emotion” around travel, but that markets are not trying to be distinctive or original.“It’s very transactional in approach. At WTM London, you can see companies investing massively in promotion but when you translate that to digital, there is zero investment,” she added. Costin pointed to companies like Airbnb, which are doing the right things in terms of brand building and changing consumer behaviour.Facebook is also investing in new technologies such as augmented reality, voice recognition and immersive video to stay on top of trends. Established companies shared how they are embracing digital technologies such as chatbots and virtual reality.The impact of these emerging channels to market is being increasingly felt by the hotel industry, which is having to adopt digital practices across the stages of booking and staying in a hotel. Daniel Wishnia, digital marketing consult, GCH Hotels, said that hotels have an opportunity to capture guests on their websites through better pricing, video and images.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“Customers expect you to be everywhere, on multi-devices,” he said. “They won’t wait for more than three seconds, they want you to be there to assist them.”Wellness TravelThe robust US$3.7 trillion global wellness economy was in the spotlight during the WTM London Wellness Travel Symposium. The wellness tourism sector accounts for $563 billion of that, and is growing nearly twice as fast as overall tourism.Delegates heard from several destinations about the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors when developing wellness tourism. Case studies included India, ‘the land of yoga’, and Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.In the UK, spa towns such as Bath and Buxton are seeing a revival, while Wales is planning a £ 200 million lakeside development called the Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village.Women in TravelThe Women in Travel Meetup urged travel firms to consider the needs of women aged over 50 in their marketing and recruitment strategies.“Over-50s are very different to what they were a few decades ago. They’re very cool people and we need to think about them differently,” said Rachel O’Reilly, Kuoni UK head of communications.The speakers also noted a rise in older women forging new careers, and debate chair Sylvia Weiler, Sojern’s Vice President of Audience, Strategy & Development, said: “I have many friends in their 40s who have started new careers. People are taking risks and I think that comes with maturity and confidence.”For more trends revealed at WTM London 2016, look for the Nov. 17 issue of Travelweek. To subscribe, click here. Travelweek Group Posted by Hot topics covered at World Travel Market London 2016 Thursday, November 10, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more