first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena On Tuesday, December 9th, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, held a hearing entitled “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.”The hearing was held days after two grand juries chose not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and one day after the Department of Justice released long awaited updates to the profiling guidance. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) submitted a statement for the record.In her statement, the Congresswoman detailed incidents of hate violence in the aftermath of 9/11, and discussed the rise in hate crimes and xenophobia against American-Muslims, government surveillance and mapping, and profiling by law enforcement. She urged passage of the End Racial Profiling Act, and expressed strong disappointment regarding the loopholes that still exist in the DOJ’s revised profiling guidance. The loopholes allow bias-based profiling at airports and at the border.Rep. Chu’s statement is included below:Senate Judiciary CommitteeSubcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing on“The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States”December 9, 20142:30 P.M. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226Written Testimony submitted by Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Cruz and Members of the subcommittee, thank you for holding this timely hearing on the state of civil and human rights in our country.It has been nearly five months since Michael Brown was shot and killed on a street in Ferguson, Missouri. Two years before his death, almost to the day, the Sikh community was shaken to the core when a gunman opened fire at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring others. These events are symbolic of the uncomfortable truth that racism and xenophobia are ever-present in the United States.This hearing comes at a crucial time. It is colored by the recent rise in hate crimes, the release of long overdue profiling guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the news that the Muslim community is still being watched by our government. These events are continuous reminders that many communities of color are feeling that they are not being treated fairly under the law.So much has changed since that unthinkable day on September 11, 2001, when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Among the impacts of 9/11 that we can never forget, we must include the ugly hate crimes that occurred and continue to occur.That is why, as Chair of the Select Committee on Hate Crimes, I introduced AJR 64 in the California State Legislature, a resolution which condemned acts of violence and bigotry against Muslim Americans, Arab Americans, Sikh Americans and South Asian Americans. I’m proud to say that this resolution got a unanimous vote.Yet as great as that moment was, I was quickly brought down to earth. After a Sikh American spoke at a press conference celebrating the resolution, he drove home, and stopped at a gas station in Los Angeles. He paid for gas and heard a commotion. As he stepped outside, he sees a man in his car, face beet red, sticking out his middle finger, and shouting uncontrollably, “F__ you! Take that rag off your head, and go back where you came from!”Too many tragedies followed over the years.In 2011, two Sikh men in Elk Grove, northern California were shot down while they were out on an afternoon stroll. They were not murdered for money; they were murdered for their turbans.One year later, the shooting of a Sikh gudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin left six dead and several others injured.And in September of this year, Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim community activist and her colleague, were chased down the street in New York by a man who threw a trash can at them and told them, “I’m going to cut your head off and see how your people feel about that.”These stories show us that we still have a long way to go as a nation to end the hate violence and xenophobia in the United States.A dynamic of hostility and fear still surround many Muslim communities, and has resulted in troubling levels of violence and a rising tide of xenophobic rhetoric. The number of hate crimes targeting Muslim Americans increased by nearly 50% between 2009 and 2010, and since then, the number remains high. In New York City alone, there were 15 incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2014, compared with seven last year; 12 took place between July and August of this year. In 2012, half of Americans reported discomfort with women in burqas, mosques in their neighborhoods, or Muslims praying in airports.Such xenophobia has found its way into the political sphere, where public officials have used divisive rhetoric and fear mongering in political discourse. Such rhetoric was seen in the March 10, 2011, Congressional hearing held by the House Homeland Security titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” The hearing, spearheaded by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), claimed Muslim communities warranted suspicion and special scrutiny.The rise of hate crimes in South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities is compounded by the fact that these communities remain targets of discriminatory government policies, such as profiling and surveillance by law enforcement agencies at multiple levels. I was disturbed to learn that the New York Police Department (NYPD), with help from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), had a massive surveillance program targeting Muslim college students across the Northeast. It was also revealed that the NYPD’s surveillance program spread to places where Muslims eat, shop, and worship. Yet, there was no evidence of wrongdoing by any of the targeted individuals and the program failed to yield a single terrorism investigation or lead. NYPD recently decided to dismantle the very unit that targeted Muslim student groups, but this is only the first step as other biased policing programs remain in place.In addition, the mapping of Muslim American communities is widely being used by federal law enforcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is authorized to “identify locations of concentrated ethnic communities” if the locations will “reasonably aid in the analysis of potential threats and vulnerabilities.” National security must be a priority for this country, but it cannot serve as a justification to arbitrarily target people simply based on their faith or appearance.When entire communities are cast as being suspicious by law enforcement, there are serious consequences for our nation. A study by the Muslim American Civil Liberties Union found that NYPD spying both interfered with religious life and expression, and chilled freedom of speech. Furthermore, such tactics build mistrust between law enforcement and the communities they target. Muslim Americans are expected to report incidents of hate crimes to the very same law enforcement agencies that are conducting surveillance of their communities. We must end the massive surveillance programs, and instead work to build relations based on understanding and trust with the Muslim American community.As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am working to prevent profiling within our communities. Policies at the legislative and administrative level still allow profiling to occur at airports, at the border, and at the hands of state and local law enforcement. For many years now, I have continually pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to update the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 2003 Guidance on the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement to include a ban on profiling based on religion and national origin, and to close the loopholes that allow law enforcement to profile at airports and at the border.Just yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder released much anticipated updates to the DOJ’s profiling guidance. This comes at a crucial time when communities of color are increasingly feeling that they are being treated differently by law enforcement and before the law. These changes are a positive step forward in that religion and national origin are included in the definition of profiling, and that data collection and enhanced training will be required by law enforcement.And Congress must not shy away from its responsibility to address racial profiling and our broken criminal justice system. We must pass the End Racial Profiling Act, which was introduced by Congressman John Conyers and Senator Ben Cardin. This important piece of legislation would play a significant role in prohibiting law enforcement agencies from engaging in racial profiling, and would ensure accountability by offering sanctions and remedies for violations of law.In addition, the updated profiling guidance retains concerning loopholes for the FBI, Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Patrol that would allow law enforcement to continue using biased-based profiling. These entities will still have a license to profile racial, religious and other minorities at the border under certain national security contexts. Law enforcement’s practice to map entire communities based on their race, ethnicity and religion will still continue. These gaps are particularly troublesome to American Muslim and South Asian communities, who are increasingly subject to this type of surveillance. Our work is not done here. We must continue to press for meaningful changes through implementation of the new guidance.There is a tide turning in our country. Communities of color are increasingly feeling as if they are being left out and treated unequally before the law. But, Ferguson and protests around the country tell us that these communities are speaking up and demanding real change. As we have more and more persons from diverse backgrounds speak out against injustices as well as racially and religiously motivated attacks and rhetoric, it is my hope that we will have a country that will be inclusive of all people, where no one feels unsafe, unequal, or un-American because of the color of their skin or their faith. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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first_img Sharing is caring! 1181 Views   one comment Tweet Share LifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTravel Dominican plane runs off airstrip in Barbuda by: Antigua Observer – August 17, 2015center_img Share Share Photo credit: Antigua ObserverFive people aboard a small aircraft escaped injury after it encountered difficulty on landing in Barbuda.Humming Bird Air, which is based in Dominica, ran off the runway on Monday 17 August 2015, in the sister isle after the landing gear apparently failed.Eyewitnesses say fire officials responded promptly but passengers walked off the aircraft unscathed.The airline is owned by Dominican Businessman, Sam Raphael.last_img read more

first_imgGumel described Keshi as a hero who left an incredible mark on the sands of time in Nigeria, Africa and World.Quoting Fred Rogers, Gumel said; ”anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero”. ”He did much more to help Nigerians with his God-given talent. He united Nigerians with his leadership in the Eagles and achieved what most people older could not. We’re devastated but pray for the well being of his children and family he left behind”, Gumel grasping to come to terms with the death of the 54-year old said.Secretary General, Hon Tunde Popoola could not hold his emotions. ”What do you mean? How can Keshi die? Why?”, Popoola, a long time friend of the Big Boss repeatedly asked as tears welled in his eyes. The secretariat of the NOC at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos was like a graveyard as the staff gathered in groups discussing the death the icon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Engr. Habu Gumel, Secretary General, Hon Tunde Popoola were gutted by the news of the untimely death of former Super Eagles Captain and coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi wednesday.The flamboyant coach who was the longest captain of the Super Eagles and also one of two Africans to win the African Cup of Nations as player and coach died early morning Wednesday.last_img read more

first_img(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The living cell contains thousands of molecular machines converting energy into useful work. Here are just a few that were recently described in journal papers.Any given week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), one is likely to find at least a dozen papers about molecular machines in the cell. Papers about biochemistry usually outnumber those in any other field of science. As imaging techniques continue to improve, the study of cellular machines has thrived, giving scientists better looks at the workings of the cell at higher magnification and finer resolution. This trend shows no sign of stopping.Those who have seen the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life remember the bacterial flagellum—an outboard motor. They may also remember Jed Macosko saying that a cell has “thousands of machines.” Some of the better-known ones, like the rotary engine ATP synthase and the tightrope-walking dynein, may also be familiar. Let’s take a look at samples from this last week’s catalog of machines discussed in one journal, PNAS, to get a taste of the variety of equipment keeping every cell in operation.The peroxide sensor (PNAS): Hydrogen peroxide, a powerful oxidant, can damage cells. Some types of bacteria have a special machine, OxyR, with four large domains, that sense H2O2 molecules. When a peroxide molecule is captured, one domain of the machine undergoes a “large conformational change” that triggers the regulatory domains into action.Peroxisome splitter (PNAS): Peroxides, along other reactive oxygen species and long-chain fatty acids are disposed of in a molecular furnace called the peroxisome. This organelle, containing enzymes involved in many metabolic processes, is duplicated by fission, similar to cell division. A molecular scissors named Peroxin 11 is responsible for initiation of the process; the researchers discovered that it is also important for the final step, scission, producing the two daughter organelles. Interestingly, this machine is “conserved” [unevolved] from yeast to mammalians.”The shape shifter (PNAS): These authors introduce their machine by saying, “Cells constantly sense and respond to mechanical signals by reorganizing their actin cytoskeleton.” They describe how a force applied to the cell membrane triggers a burst of calcium ions that, in turn, triggers actin molecules around the nucleus to reorganize the skeleton. The actin filaments form a “perinuclear rim” that “may function as a kinetic barrier to protect genome integrity until cellular homeostasis is reestablished.”The volume control (PNAS): This machine is right in the back of your eyeballs. Retina pigment cells must control their volume; how do they do it? There’s a volume-activated anion channel (VRAC) able to respond to swelling by opening its gates to let out excess ions. When this machine breaks because of mutations, macular dystrophy can result.Powerstroke of the walker (PNAS): This paper says, “Kinesin molecular motors couple ATP turnover to force production to generate microtubule-based movement and microtubule dynamics.” The authors discuss kinesin-14 from fruit flies, and show how its conversion of ATP to motion during the powerstroke is more complicated than thought. Then they say, “These findings are significant because they reveal that the key principles for force generation by kinesin-14s are conserved [i.e., unevolved] from yeast to higher eukaryotes.”The thermostat (PNAS): A machine call DesK responds to temperature changes (“essential to cell survival”) by triggering a reversible “zipper” mechanism. In bacterial cells, the transmembrane machine switches its shape if the temperature rises on the outside, triggering additional motions on the inside that can switch on other machines that induce other molecular responses. “The reversible formation of a serine zipper represents a novel mechanism by which membrane-embedded sensors may detect and transmit signals.”The tightrope walker (PNAS): The two-legged robot dynein walks on tightropes of microtubules, carrying cargo around the cell. Its feet (actually called “heads” by biochemists) have to be able to attach to the microtubules, but can switch from one rope to another as they move. This team investigated what happens when tension is applied to the machine. They dynein will slide if applied in one direction, but fasten more firmly in the other direction. This response is regulated by four additional machines (AAA1-4) that each use ATP as well.The emergency squad (PNAS): One of the worst emergencies in a cell is when both strands of a DNA double helix snap; it can trigger death of the cell or serious malfunction, leading to disease or cancer. Cosmic rays, chemicals or failures in normal cell processes like transcription can cause double-stranded breaks. Fortunately, there’s an emergency response team named NHEJ (non-homologous end-joining) that knows what to do. The researchers used super-resolution microscopy to watch the team build long filaments at either side of the break as one step in the repair process.A machine is a device that converts energy into work—not just any work, but directed, useful, functional work. The authors of these and many other papers have no hesitation calling these proteins “machines” and “motors.” Scientists have known about enzymes and proteins for well over a century, but understanding that cells operate with actual machines only dates back about 20 years or so. This revelation—that life operates by thousands of tiny mechanical devices—surely deserves to be called one of the most astounding discoveries in the history of science.One might compare this discovery to zooming in on what happens when a building is built. Perhaps you’ve watched one of those time-lapse films of a construction project. From a distance, you see just the major features taking shape. If you had never seen such a process before, you might assume this is “just what happens” from time to time. Then, as you are given a series of telescopes with higher and higher resolution, with the ability to stop individual frames of the sequence, the true picture becomes increasingly clear. You find hundreds of people down there operating cranes, bulldozers, ropes, pulleys, ramps and trucks. As you zoom in closer, you see them working in squads, communicating with phones, shaking hands, pointing and responding to each other’s actions. Undoubtedly, your appreciation of what’s involved in construction of a building would grow dramatically.Now shrink that down a billion-fold. Since the first humans opened their eyes and beheld the living world, there was plenty to show design. But we were like the viewer of the construction project from miles away, unaware of the actual way things work. People understood their bodies and the actions of animals or growth of plants at a macro level only: the running of a deer through a forest, the joy of eating good food and the necessity of disposing of waste, the act of sex and the birth of a child. When layers inside the body became exposed on the hunt, or through injury, a little more of the complexity would be apparent. But without detailed knowledge of what makes a heart beat, or what a liver or kidney actually does, these still might be taken for granted. Except for occasional insights from classical scholars like Aristotle, Hippocrates and Galen, the history of modern medicine and physiology only goes back a few centuries out of the thousands of years man has existed. Modern science starting the zoom-in view on the construction view. Leeuwenhoek opened the world’s eyes to the microbial world; he was astonished to see some of them dancing about with elegant motions.Fast-forward to about 1995 to the present. We are privileged to live in an age of unprecedented discovery, where our view has zoomed in to the range of billionths of a meter. What did we find? Just fluids jostling about, undergoing chemical reactions? No! A thousand times no! We found machines at work in factories, interacting with incredible efficiency. We found libraries of digital code. We found machines reading the code, translating it, and converting it into other machines. We found thermostats, walking robots, rotary engines, emergency response squads, and long-distance communication networks. We found temperature sensors, volume sensors, disposal services, packaging services, and defense systems. Sex was no longer the transfer of a featureless fluid from the male to the female, but a process of unbelievable complexity involving swimming robots carrying gigabytes of information to be joined to a very complex egg cell with more gigabytes of information, triggering a cascade of machines building machines all the way to a complete baby. The growth of a seedling into a plant is no longer to be shrugged off as something that happens from time to time in nature, but a complex interplay of hormones triggering changes to thousands of molecular machines in plant cells. It’s a planet of machinery! Look around and consider how every living organism, from the worm in the soil, to the bee pollinating a flower, to the hummingbird in the garden, to the tree growing higher and higher in your back yard, operates through the action of thousands of molecular machines that we have begun to understand only in the last tenth of 1% of recorded human history.If the wonder of what we have discovered doesn’t make you shout “Praise the Lord!” as never before, you might be asleep or dead.Tragically, praise has been the last thing on the minds of many scientists studying these things. A century and a half of Darwinian dogma has blinded their minds to the obvious inference to intelligent design from molecular machines. We find, however, some curious things in these papers. One is the frequent use of “remarkable” by the authors when they uncover something wonderful. Another is the increasing silence about Darwinism as more details come to light. (There’s an inverse relationship between the frequency of evolution-words to the amount of detail in scientific papers about molecular machines.) A third curious thing is biomimetics: i.e., how cellular machines inspire thoughts of copying those designs for human applications. Together, these curiosities in PNAS and other journals hint that the consciences of evolutionary biologists are not completely dead. A flicker of the design inference still burns and may catch fire some day. When it does, it could burn away the Darwinian chaff, liberate philosophy to once again celebrate natural design as real and pervasive, and provide rational grounds for people of understanding in academia to shout unrestrained, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!“Any of us can be ahead of our time and do that right now.last_img read more

first_imgObama administration proposed changesThe U.S. Interior Department recognizes that changes are needed, a recent op-ed piece in The New York Times said, and proposed more oversight of the self-report sales figures from coal companies. The government also is looking at the discounts that are “routinely” applied to payments as well as “noncompetitive lease sales.”“But the department should not stop there,” wrote David J. Hayes and James H. Stock in the March 24 column. “The federal government should also take into account the economic consequences of burning coal when pricing this fuel. The price for taxpayer-owned coal should reflect, in some measure, the added costs associated with the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.”Taxpayers, they note, already are on the hook for the major costs of responding to the effects of global climate change, including rising sea levels, coastal storm surges, damage to forests and the prospect of more droughts.Hayes and Stack suggested the Interior Department impose a “carbon adder” on coal sales that could be used to help defray the costs of responding to climate change.“Computing the appropriate carbon adder will not be easy, but that should not deter the Interior Department from accounting for a meaningful portion of coal’s climate impact when updating the federal coal royalty rate,” they wrote. “…The greenhouse gas burden from coal taken from government lands can no longer be ignored.” Reforms would increase revenuesChanging the way that the coal is valued, from the mine price to the market price, would mean billions of dollars in additional income, the report said.“Moving the point of valuation would improve transparency,” it says. “Market prices of coal are known. The BLM and the public would have easy access to coal valuation data.”Further, reform would lower administrative costs, simplify the valuation process, and make it easier to determine what a fair return is.The report offers three scenarios, ranging from a revenue neutral plan with total collections of $3.9 billion to a system based on the “gross market price” of coal paying a royalty rage of 12% and bringing in $9.5 billion in collections. Although blamed for a variety of environmental ills, coal remains an important source of revenue for the U.S. government through bonus and royalty payments from the companies that mine it on federally owned land. Earnings, however, fall well short of what’s required by law, according to a report from Headwaters Economics.Researchers for the nonprofit research group said that U.S. taxpayers may have been shortchanged by roughly $850 million between 2008 and 2012 because payments from mine operators were well below statutory requirements, averaging an effective royalty rate of 4.9% of the value of the coal instead of the 12.3% required by law. Bonuses paid at the time leases are awarded provided an extra 1.7%.The federal government owns about one-third of total coal reserves in the U.S., and the bonus and royalty payments on mineral extractions from public lands and waters are the largest non-tax source of income for the U.S. Treasury, the report says.“Despite the importance of this revenue stream,” the report’s authors said, “little information is available to describe accurately the return to the public from taxation of federal coal resources.”The program administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Office of Natural Resources Revenues (ONRR) is intended to create jobs and economic development and also guarantee a fair return for taxpayers.There are at least three problems with the current system, according to the report:Royalty rates applied to each lease, and the prices used to calculate the royalties owed to the government, “are all considered proprietary and data are withheld.” In other words, no one would seem to know whether the correct royalties are being paid.Administration costs are high.Valuation procedures may be unfair. The ONRR sets the value of extracted coal at the “first point of sale at or near the mine,” limiting royalties when the coal is re-marketed at higher prices down the line.last_img read more

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture cormac foster Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img For all our brand loyalty, consumer electronics are commodities. A very small number of suppliers produce the guts of most electronic devices, and competing brands are often assembled in the same factories (we’re looking at you, Foxconn). Assuming the same components, the only major differences among many products are fit-and-finish standards and customer support.What Would You Pay For Giant Monitor?Sometimes support is reason enough to pay more. When my Macbook Pro’s hard drive died 10 months after purchase, I had a replacement hard drive installed within two hours. That beats boxing the computer and waiting weeks for a replacement. When it comes to laptops, a few dollars more can be a worthwhile investment. But what about components that don’t usually break? Like monitors, for example? For the past several years, budget-savvy buyers have saved cash by buying grey-market Asian (usually Korean) merchandise – including large-screen monitors – directly from importers. The sellers typically work through eBay, Amazon, or an auction site, and the products the buyer receives are pretty bare-bones. Seller warranties usually cover products that are Dead On Arriva and (in the case of monitors), a negotiable number of dead pixels, but that’s it. The manufacturer warranties are typically written in Korean, and it’s up in the air whether they even apply in the States. It’s a lot like the gray market trade on which many camera vendors have built a business, but in this case the manufacturers themselves are relative nobodies, too. When you buy a Yamasaki Catleap or a Crossover 27Q monitor, you’re pretty much on your own.Source: ShutterstockThe flip side, of course, is that you get a whole lot of 27-inch monitor for your money. Less than $400 to your door (add an extra $10 to $100 for a “pixel-perfect” guarantee) buys components found in domestic monitors at more than twice the price. Inputs are limited, controls are basic, and case design can be a bit wonky, but you’ll get the same LG IPS panel Apple uses in its Cinema Display, which is a truly beautiful thing to behold.What About The Warranty?At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Monoprice (the ultra low-cost retailer that’s been the king of cables and accessories for some time) was showing off its entry to the sub-$400 27-inch monitor market: the CrystalPro WQHD. Like the other Korean imports, the CrystalPro sports a high-resolution, 2560 x 1440, LG IPS panel, a VESA wall mount, and dual-link DVI inputs. The difference is the warranty. Monoprice offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, a full one-year warranty on the monitor, and a lifetime warranty on cables and accessories. Plus, it’s located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with live chat support seven days a week.There’s no denying that Apple’s Cinema Display is a better, more polished product, but when properly calibrated, the display quality of the Korean imports can hold their own at a fraction of the cost. For system builders, those contemplating a multiple-monitor setup, or anyone looking to step up from a smaller screen, the $400 deal is tempting. With the addition of a real warranty from an American importer, we may have reached a tipping point.My old 24-inch monitor is suddenly looking kind of small and tired. For $390, I’m willing to give an off-brand alternative a shot. How about you? Tags:#CES 2013#hardware#international#monitors What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

first_imgYou know the feeling you get when your 2-year mobile contract is up and you start thinking about what kind of new smartphone or tablet you can justify buying? It’s almost like being a kid in November knowing Christmas is coming soon.That was how I felt as the service contract for my Motorola Xoom tablet was set to expire in January. I thought I wanted an iPad this time, but the cost seemed too high.  Even though I am a long-time Verizon customer and I was “upgrading” at the end of my Verizon contract, there was no discount offered on the device. I didn’t see a way to make it happen.Until one came along.Flush With CashSome unexpected checks came in to my business. A client that hadn’t paid in a while brought their payables up to date. A big project we’d just completed paid early. So we brought up the idea of buying an iPad for all three members of our team (we had done without a Holiday bonus last year).But which iPad? A friend – and certified Apple fanatic – had recommended the 32GB iPad with retina display and 4G cellular service. He called it the gateway to Apple fandom. We had a spare 45 minutes before a lunch appointment, and being a spontaneous bunch, we decided to check out tablets for ourselves at a local store. We had no intention to buy so we headed to a the nearest one, which happened to be an AT&T store.The minute we walked in the door a salesperson approached. I waved him off, saying we were just looking. He hovered anyway.We compared the iPad mini to the full-size version and decided we needed the bigger tablet, just as my friend had suggested. But the cost – $729.99 – seemed too high. That just seemed unjustifiable.But suddenly, good things started happening. Related Posts rieva lesonsky How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Success $100 Off Was An Unexpected TreatThe salesman, sensing my mix of desire and reluctance, offered to take $100 off the price!That was not expected – especially after my Verizon conversation. I was tempted, but smelling the chance for a deal, I shifted into flea-market mode (I spent a lot of time in my teen years with my dad selling men’s shirts — he owned a men’s clothing store — at a Long Island flea market). I asked the salesman what he could do for us if we bought three iPads?He offered $100 off each device. No better than for one.My significant other says I’m a sucker for a bargain — even if it’s not really a good deal. So I decided that wasn’t good enough. “Is there anything else you can do?” I asked sweetly, expecting nothing.Service Credits Count, TooBut he surprised us and offered an additional $300 credit on mobile service for the three devices. The $600 savings had me hooked, but then, I’m an easy mark.I turned to my far more thrifty and level-headed partner for an opinion. (I felt like I was in an “of course we should buy the timeshare in Hawaii” mode.) She thought for about 30 seconds… and agreed. She reasoned that the $600 savings was nearly equivalent to a whole free iPad.Of course we couldn’t stop there. We also bought keyboard cases (we are writers after all) for all three iPads and their associated 2-year contracts. So the store made made back some of the discount before we walked out the door.Lessons Learned Worth More Than The SavingsIs this the way responsible business owners should make purchasing decisions? Probably not.But there are some worthwhile lessons for entrepreneurs here:Do your homework before you set foot in a store or go to a website to make a purchase. That way even if you do make an impulse buy, at least you’ll be making a more informed decision.Be open to doing business with vendors you haven’t worked with before.It’s OK to play hard to get, and don’t be afraid to haggle.On the flip side, it’s a good idea to empower your own salespeople to make quick decisions to close the deal. We never would have bought the iPads if the AT&T salesman hadn’t offered the discounts.After only three days of using my iPad, I love it. It’s intuitive, easy-to use, and could indeed be a gateway device turning me into a tablet junkie.AT&T Store image courtesy of Jason Dunn. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#AT&T#e-commerce#iPad#verizon last_img read more

first_imgTagsAustralia/Asia NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ABC deal for A-League and W-League club competitionsby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAustralian public-service broadcaster ABC has struck a two-year deal with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to provide free-to-air coverage of the A-League and W-League club competitions, as well as matches involving the men’s and women’s national teams, reports SportBusiness.It will mark the first time that ABC has broadcast the A-League, the top tier of the men’s club game in Australia. The deal also marks a return of ABC’s W-League coverage, with the broadcaster having served as the inaugural partner of the women’s competition from 2008 to 2017.Under the agreement announced by FFA and its pay-television rights holder Fox Sports, ABC will broadcast 29 live regular-season matches at 5pm on Saturdays during the 2019-20 campaign, with coverage to be shown on television and via the iview on-demand service.For the A-League 2020 Finals Series, ABC will provide delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the grand final. It will also show 14 rounds of the 2019-20 W-League season and the entire W-League Finals Series live.Additionally, ABC will broadcast every men’s national team match which Fox Sports has rights to. The broadcaster will also show the women’s national team’s upcoming matches against Chile on November 9 and November 12, as well as next year’s Asian qualifiers for the women’s Olympic tournament.Fox Sports will continue to provide live coverage of all A-League, W-League and national team matches via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more