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Going Global: 4 Common Mistakes When Starting a Business Overseas

Posted on by Teresa Harper in E-Biz | Comments Off on Going Global: 4 Common Mistakes When Starting a Business Overseas

acquiring business visa for australiaFor businesses looking for new sources of profit and growth, expanding your venture globally can be an effective option. This is especially true when local markets are not performing well. Whilst it may seem tempting to just pack up and expand abroad, it is best to start out with an effective plan.

When it comes to having a global venture, make sure you avoid making these costly mistakes.

Not securing the necessary requirements

What could normally be a simple procedure can become a problem in your new venture if you keep on ignoring it. Secure all the necessary documents such as business visas, approvals, and permits before you think of promoting your services to your prospects.

You rely too much on your capital

Apart from not securing business visas and requirements, money can be your worst enemy as well when starting a global venture. Just because you have lots of capital does not mean you can resolve all the challenges you will face. Before you take the plunge, factor out substantial cost overruns, time delays, and certain expenses in your business plan. The fact that you cannot make a reasonable estimate is what creates the inaccuracy, therefore increasing the risk.

You think you have fewer competitors

Just because you are relocating to a new country does not mean you will get rid of your competitors. Even if you have the never-been-done approach, there will always be competition. Before you start, check out all your potential rivals. Come up with an effective game plan to work out how to effectively persuade customers to buy your products.

Lack of market research

Most of business owners are so enthusiastic in their brilliant idea that they almost forget promoting the right products at the right customers. To put your new global venture into perspective, research about the different customer groups. This will give you a full view of what is needed in the marketplace, allowing you to come up with unique offerings.

These mistakes should not scare you off, but should prepare you for some of the challenges you will face when starting an international venture. With dedication and a proper awareness of the risks, your new business can be a great success.

Taiwan Mainland Council Alerts Sichuan Of H5N6 Human Infection

Posted on by Derick Hill in Wellness Zone | Comments Off on Taiwan Mainland Council Alerts Sichuan Of H5N6 Human Infection

chicken coopTaiwan’s Mainland Council has issued a travel alert to level 2 in Sichuan province in China, following the world’s first reported death caused by H5N6 bird flu in the southwestern province.

First Death Caused by H5N6

A 49-year-old Chinese man died after undergoing medical treatment in a hospital. A report said the first victim of the H5N6 avian flu strain had been exposed to dead poultry and was initially diagnosed with pneumonia.

The authorities said people who had close contact with the man have shown no symptoms.

The travel alert in Sichuan is now parallel to alert levels in the provinces of Hunan Anhui, Jiangsu, Guangdong and Jiangxi, where the avian flu is still rampant.

Bird Flu Cases

Experts believed H5N6 to be a “low-pathogenic bird flu virus,” which was previously detected in Germany, Sweden, and United States in the year 1984 until 2013.

In China, 250 cases of avian flu had been reported along with 96 counts of death from the H7N9 strain in January until March, said the National Health and Family Planning Commission. With the significant toll in the country, public feared the possible mutation of the virus and become easily transmissible among humans.

Amazon Offers “Pay To Quit” Program To Unhappy Employees

Posted on by Debra Lefler in Customer Service | Comments Off on Amazon Offers “Pay To Quit” Program To Unhappy Employees
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Image by James Duncan Davidson | Wikimedia

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is offering its employees an option to quit the job and pay them up to $5,000.

A way to create a positive work culture

Although an unusual practice adopted by Bezos, the “Pay to Quit” program is a way to make sure that the company’s employees really want to work there.

The news was announced by Bezos in his letter to stockholders, with the headline “Please Don’t Take This Offer.”

The goal of the offer

“The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want,” the CEO wrote in the letter. “In the long run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.”

The e-commerce giant will offer to pay its warehouse employees to quit once a year.

The program offers start at $2,000 for newer employees and increase by $1,000 every year up to a maximum of $5,000.

Uruguay FA Board Resignation Might Jeopardize The Country’s World Cup Place

Posted on by Debra Lefler in Customer Service | Comments Off on Uruguay FA Board Resignation Might Jeopardize The Country’s World Cup Place

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Image by Jimmy Baikovicuis | Flickr

The recent resignation of Uruguay’s Football Association (UAF) board has fueled World Cup fears. The South American country is set to feature in Group D alongside England, Italy, and Costa Rica.

 Barras Bravas

The reported cause of the move seems to be the decision of the country’s government to withdraw police protection in high-profile matches involving big clubs Nacional and Penarol. Called the “barras bravas,” the fans of the two football clubs are infamous for their violence.

Violent incidents have marred recent football matches. The latest was in the 4-2 home defeat of Nacional to Newell’s Old Boys in a Libertadores Cup match.

World Cup Fears

In the resignation letter, Sebastián Bauzá said, “The well-publicised acts that have occurred in recent times show the need for [the AUF board to take] a step to one side and allow other political views to govern our football.”

This has prompted speculations about Uruguay’s chances at the World Cup. Other fans, however, believe otherwise. “Fifa is a bit more serious. I don’t think Uruguay’s place at the World Cup is at risk,” CONMEBOL President, Eugenio Figueredo, said.

Nepal Plans To Help Hikers In Distress With Free SIM Cards

Posted on by Ann Klatt in Hot Spots | Comments Off on Nepal Plans To Help Hikers In Distress With Free SIM Cards
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Nepal officials announced Thursday, March 27, that they plan to provide free SIM cards to hikers going to remote areas. The suggestion came after a number of foreign trekkers went missing or were attacked for the past years.

Highest Mountains

Eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains are in Nepal, including Mount Everest. The country attracts thousands of foreign hikers and climbers annually. The disappearances and killings of trekkers, however, have resulted in serious concerns on tourist safety.

“When a trekker is lost, it becomes easy to find out the location by tracking the SIM card,” senior Nepal Tourism Board official Sharad Pradhan told Reuters. According to the official, hikers with emergencies can call specific numbers for rescue or help.

Solo Trekkers

While local helpers accompany group climbers, many solo hikers trek the remote Himalayan foothills and national parks, making emergency rescues difficult. About 30,000 independent hikers visiting remote areas will benefit from the free SIM cards.

The government will give the SIM cards to trekkers with their permits.


Beatles’ ‘Help!’ Coats Sell For £115,000

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Memorabilia jackets that Ringo Starr and George Harrison wore in 1965 have sold for £115,000 at an auction.

Past estimated value

Harrison’s jacket bagged £54,000, while Starr’s possession fetched £61,000, both of which include buyer’s premium. The final price of the items went past the estimated value during pre-sale valuations, which pegged the items between £20,000-£30,000.

Image by United Press International | Wikimedia

Image by United Press International | Wikimedia

Both jackets were from the 1965 film “Help!,” in which the members of the Fab Four wore the clothes for five days during filming. The apparel also appeared on the album cover.

A South American collector acquired a piano that Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon used for £57,500.

The piano was used to write songs found in “Help!” and the hit piece “Yesterday.”

American director Richard Lester sold the items at an auction in Liverpool.

Nothing from McCartney

A few of Sir McCartney’s belongings, however, were pulled out of the auction after his lawyers challenged the legality of selling them. The contents included a sheet of handwritten lyrics, a suit, and a cape.

“Unfortunately the lawyers have claimed that Paul would never have given any clothing away,” said auctioneer Paul Fairweather.

Wining Lottery Tickets Sold In Florida And Maryland

Posted on by Debra Lefler in Customer Service | Comments Off on Wining Lottery Tickets Sold In Florida And Maryland
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State lottery officials said the winning tickets in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of about $400 million, the third largest in its history, were sold in Florida and Maryland.

According to a report by, the Florida winning ticket was purchased at a Sunoco gas station on Merritt Island in Brevard County.

The Lucky Numbers

The Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday night are:

11-19-24-33-51 Gold Mega Ball 07

The jackpot swells after no one matched all six numbers in the drawing held last Friday, March 14.

Biggest Jackpots in Mega Millions History

The biggest jackpot in the game’s history was $656 million, which was split among winners from three states in March 2012. The second was $648 million, which went to the lucky winners from Northern California and Atlanta in December 2013.

The game is offered in Illinois and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The store that sold the winning ticket can receive up to $1 million in winnings, depending on the size of the jackpot.

Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee

Posted on by Wileene Grace Olimpo in Promotions | Comments Off on Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee
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The cost of an Amazon Prime membership was increased, a service which provides members free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items.

Price increase

Amazon announced the annual membership will now cost $99 every year, up from $79, while a student membership will cost $49 annually.

In its nine-year existence, this is the first time Amazon has decided to increase the annual fee.

Prime members get two-day shipping at no extra cost, apart from the right to access Kindle books and stream more than 40,000 movies and television shows.

Fuel and shipping costs

The e-commerce giant blamed the increase in fuel and shipping costs.

“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same,” Amazon said in an e-mail statement. “If you consider things like inflation and fuel costs, a Prime membership valued at $79 in 2005 would be worth more than $100 today.”

Amazon also sent this statement to some Prime customers to explain the increase.

20 Strangers Kissing: Tatia Pilieva’s Short Film Went Viral

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Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva paired up with Wren Studio to bring 20 strangers together and kiss for the first time in front of cameras, which became a viral hit.

Awkward result

The result seems like real-life romance. The twenty strangers talked  to each other awkwardly at first.

But once they’ve kissed, they suddenly became intimate and even compassionate toward each other.

After the awkwardness, the pairs just go for it.

Instant hit

“It’s cute to see the strangers be all hesitant at first (as most sane and sober people would be!) but once they go for it, it’s like watching fireworks, man (as barf-fully cheesy as that sounds),” Gizmodo’s Casey Chan said in a statement. “It’s unexpectedly touching, like watching a documentary turn into a romantic comedy that doesn’t suck.”

The post has received more than 4 million views since it was uploaded and is still climbing.

Facebook Regulates Gun Posts

Posted on by Joseph Stevenson in Information Facility | Comments Off on Facebook Regulates Gun Posts

facebook likeSocial networking giant Facebook has imposed stricter measures on posting anything related to guns.

Removal of posts

Facebook said that posts from users who “indicate a willingness” to commit breaches against the law to sell firearms would be removed. The site would also restrict access to posts relating to the sale of guns to users over 18 years old.

Some groups have lobbied and pressured Facebook to change the site’s policy regarding the issue.

Speech may have consequences elsewhere’

“People sometimes use our free tools to discuss products that are regulated or controversial,” wrote the company in a blog post, following reports that some users have expressed concerns about the private sales of guns on the site.

“It is one of many areas where we face a difficult challenge balancing individuals’ desire to express themselves on our services, and recognizing that this speech may have consequences elsewhere,” said Facebook.

Facebook collaborated with various stakeholders including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in drafting the new policies which will also apply to Facebook-owned photo-sharing site Instagram.