Iqaluit Fire Service

first_imgWayne Rivers, aptn National NewsIt isn’t just fire fighters in First Nations communities that are challenged to do their jobs.In the north departments are challenged with a different kind of isloation.Iqaluit Fire Department: Nunavut’s largest fire department faces poor training, low funding and frigid temperatures.Lt. Sharon MacDonald is with the service;“we only have 2 trucks and we have not other departments that we can call upon. Communities down south can call on neighbouring fire departments if they need, here we don’t have that.”And if the limited equipment the department does have breaks down, it could be weeks before new parts arrive.“if your fire truck is down or your ambulance is down you’re in a lot of trouble.MacDonald says another area of concern is Nunavut’s chronic over crowding in homes across the area.“if you have 10 to 15 people you have to account for it’s very difficult to know for sure if everyone is out so then we’re sending our firefighters in not only to attack the fire but to do a search for the missing people and that puts our firefighters lives a little more in danger.”MacDonald says the best plan is to educate people on how to prevent fires from starting.last_img read more

Tim Cook makes 1st visit to Canada as Apple CEO visits Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook visited Canada for the first time as CEO Monday, surprising students at a downtown Toronto Apple store to highlight the importance of learning to code, and dropping in on a group of developers to thank them for their contributions to the tech giant’s app store.The unannounced visit by Cook, who as Apple’s chief executive since 2011 has overseen the rollout of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch, was the first time an Apple CEO has visited Canada since Steve Jobs made the trek north in the late 1980s.Cook surprised a class of Grade 7 students in Toronto’s east end as they learned how to program robots to dance on tables using Apple’s Swift programming language, recently introduced by the company as a low-barrier-to-entry way of coding.“Swift came out of the fundamental recognition that coding languages were too geeky. Most students would look at them and say, ‘that’s not for me,” Cook said as the pre-teens participated in an Apple-designed “Everyone Can Code” workshop, which helps children learn how to build mobile apps, at the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre.“That’s not our view. Our view is that coding is a horizontal skill like your native languages or mathematics, so we wanted to design a programming language that is as easy to learn as our products are to use.”There are 250,000 apps in the App Store that have been coded with Swift, including popular ones such as LinkedIn and AirBnb. In 2016, Apple released Swift Playgrounds, which turns learning the programming language into a game for people of all ages — though especially for students.The Canadian visit follows a similar surprise last week, when Cook visited a school in the United Kingdom, as part of a whistle-stop tour of Europe, where Apple recently launched its “Everyone Can Code” curriculum in several schools.The CEO’s tour to promote the benefits of Apple technology comes after the company recently came under fire from shareholders over concerns about the addictive effects of gadgets and social media on young people.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in a Jan. 6 open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.Among their proposals to Apple: Establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple’s “vast information resources” to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health.But Cook’s Canadian stop in was squarely focused on the benefits, both educational and economic, of Apple’s technology.There are more than 120,000 jobs in Canada directly related to Apple’s iOS and App Store ecosystem, the company said Monday. These positions can include developers, designers, entrepreneurs and other highly skilled roles.“Canada is an extremely important market for us. We have a great team in Canada,” Cook said.“I want to do everything I can do to highlight their innovation, their companies and their work, because it is a critical part of the entire user experience. I wanted to come say thank you.”Demand for digital skills in Canada continues to expand and the federal government has identified coding as a key job development skill. By 2021, there will be 210,000 Canadian jobs in the space and, based on forecasted numbers of computer science graduates, the country won’t have the skilled workers to fill these positions.Denise Salsman, who teaches the Grade 7 class that Cook surprised, said that in less than a year of implementing code into the classroom, her students have seen an improvement in their grades.“Coding is something my students, who will have jobs we don’t even know about yet, need to know.”Cook’s visit came the same day the federal government launched its first major investment in coding education.Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development introduced CanCode, a federal program designed to help Canadian students improve their digital skills.“It’s a $50 million program launched by our government to pave the path for Canada’s future leaders,” Bains said at a stop at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ont.Bains said the program will give more than one million children and their teachers across Canada the chance to develop their digital skills.Follow Josh McConnell at @JoshMcConnell on Twitter.last_img read more

Spain Continues to be Moroccos Main Economic Partner

Rabat – Spain remains Morocco’s main trade customer in terms of exports, which increased by 11.2 percent over the past year, according to data released by the European Statistical Office, Spain has been a primary export destination and an importer of Moroccan goods since 2012. During 2017, the main exported products were electrical materials (29.3 percent), clothes (23.1 percent), and mollusks and crustaceans, representing 8.1 percent of exports to Spain.Two-Way TradeMorocco’s primary export customer is Spain. 41 percent of Spain’s total imports come from the Kingdom, France was second with 29.6 percent, Italy with 6.7 percent and the United Kingdom with 5 percent. Meanwhile, Moroccan imports from Spain include fuel and lubricants (13.9 percent), auto parts (13.3 percent) and clothing fabrics (9.9 percent).Spain is Morocco’s main import source nation, accounting for 35 percent of all EU exports to the Kingdom. France is second at 19.1 percent, Germany 9.3 percent, and Italy at 8.4 percent.According to the same statistics, Morocco’s trade with the EU rose by 9.5 percent and Morocco’s imports rose by 7 percent over the past year.According to figures from the European Bureau of Statistics, trade between the two countries over the past six years has increased significantly, doubling their bilateral trade flows, which exceeded 14 billion euros last year.According to previous official figures of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Moroccan exports to the EU represent 0.65 percent of the total trade with nations outside the European Union. read more

Annan pays tribute to late Ismat Kittani a consummate diplomat

“He performed many sensitive missions with the utmost skill and judgment,” said Mr. Annan in a statement released in New York. “He was loved by those who knew him, and respected by all who came in contact with him.”The Secretary-General called Mr. Kittani, who was born in Madiya, Iraq, in 1929, “a consummate diplomat, combining the discretion of the international civil servant with an intimate knowledge of the intergovernmental process.””When he retired from the staff of the Organization, he said in his farewell remarks that no person is forced to work for the United Nations; that you do so because you believe in its goals,” Mr. Annan recalled. “Ismat Kittani was someone who helped us all sustain that belief, and who made our work here even more rewarding.” read more

Chinas inflation eases in April giving government more room to stimulate slowing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 8:05 pm MDT BEIJING, China – China’s inflation eased in April, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy.Data on Friday showed consumer prices rose 1.8 per cent over a year earlier, down from March’s 2.4 per cent increase. The rise in politically sensitive food prices eased to 2.3 per cent from the previous month’s 4.1 per cent.Lower inflation gives Beijing more room for interest rate cuts or other moves to stimulate the economy after growth declined to 7.4 per cent in the latest quarter.Chinese leaders have ruled out more stimulus. But in a sign of concern over possible job losses, Beijing launched a mini-stimulus in March based on higher spending on building railways and other public works. China’s inflation eases in April, giving government more room to stimulate slowing economy read more

Regulator checks oilsands companies in northwest Alberta for odours

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 1:41 pm MDT PEACE RIVER, Alta. – Alberta’s energy regulator is mounting a two-week, around-the-clock compliance check near Peace River to ensure oilsands companies are following new rules on odour emissions.“We only have so many people in each field office across Alberta, so we’ve essentially saturated this area with staff to do a targeted sweep,” Jeff Toering of the Alberta Energy Regulator said Monday.The sweep involves two three-person teams moving from facility to facility in alternating 12-hour shifts for a week. Different teams replace them after the first week.The effort follows public hearings into complaints that gassy odours from Baytex Energy’s facilities were driving some families from their homes.Calgary-based Baytex uses an unusual method of heating bitumen in above-ground tanks to extract oil. Four other companies in the area use a similar process.The regulator accepted most of the recommendations in a report on the public hearings. The suggestions included taking steps to eliminate gas venting, reduce flaring and conserve all produced gas in the area, where feasible, because it could cause health problems.The regulator released a directive to that effect, which came into force Monday.Baytex spokesman Andrew Loosely said the company has installed vapour recovery systems on all its equipment in one of the troublesome fields and is on schedule to install them in the other field by the regulatory deadline of Aug. 15.“We applaud those efforts that the AER is undertaking,” Loosely said. “They’ll be out in force, holding our feet to the fire.”Gerald Palanca, who is part of the regulatory team, said inspectors will depend partly on their own sense of smell to determine if the regulations are being followed. But inspectors won’t just follow their noses, he said.Methane detectors will measure gases associated with smelly emissions. Infrared cameras will be able to “see” releases.“We’re not only measuring the odours with the human nose,” said Palanca.Nor is a one-time blast to the nostrils enough to result in enforcement.“We’re after the very strong and offensive (odours),” said Palanca, who added several things will be considered in deciding whether enforcement is required.“(Is) there … evidence that the site in question is affecting people? There’s also compliance history. There’s the duration. All these factors weigh in as part of the compliance assurance program.”Toering said inspectors hope to use this sweep to improve future enforcement of the new odour regulations.“We’re learning and we’re going to tweak it as we need.” Regulator checks oilsands companies in northwest Alberta for odours read more

Smoke reported in cockpit but dozens of BC passengers safe airline

by The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2015 8:30 pm MDT Last Updated May 25, 2015 at 11:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – An Air Canada Express flight carrying 48 passengers has landed safely in Vancouver, despite reports of smoke in the cockpit.The incident happened late Monday afternoon when the Bombardier Dash 8-300 was inbound from Victoria.Company spokeswoman Debra Williams says emergency vehicles met the plane when it landed.She says passengers exited through the main cabin door and were bused to the terminal building.Williams says the aircraft was inspected and towed to the maintenance hanger, and the company is investigating what happened.Air Canada Express flights are operated by Jazz Aviation LP, which operates a fleet of 124 Canadian-made aircraft. Smoke reported in cockpit but dozens of B.C. passengers safe: airline read more

Christmas comes early to Kensington

by Crystal Laderas Posted Nov 26, 2016 10:39 am MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2016 at 10:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Christmas comes early to Kensington Horses will be trotting through the streets of Kensington, past carolers and even some parking elves. Christmas in Kensington starts Saturday, bringing with it hot chocolate and activities for families.There are more than 241 shops in the neighbourhood to get your Christmas shopping done, even for those on a small budget this year.“There’s also a few different consignment shops,” says Kensington BRZ spokesperson Ellen Parker. “For this year especially, people are often on a tighter budget because of the economic situation that we’re in.”Family activities such as free Christmas movies at the Plaza Theatre and a petting zoo are scheduled for the coming weeks. Christmas in Kensington runs weekends until December 24. read more

Staff made redundant at Exeter Cathedral after row over spending

first_imgIn the monthly cathedral newsletter, published last week, the cathedral’s management admitted that the Cathedral’s day-to-day running was being propped up by legacies, which “is not a sustainable position”. A spokesman said that the cathedral was struggling more than others because it does not have any large endowments or properties.He added: “The cathedral has had to take the very difficult decision of making a small number of posts redundant in order to balance the books. “A consultation process has been commenced with the three members of staff that have been placed ‘at risk’ of redundancy. “As we wish to avoid compulsory redundancies if possible, we have also made an offer of voluntary redundancy to all members of staff.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Three employees of Exeter Cathedral are set to be made redundant after a row between the Dean and the Bishop of Exeter about the cathedral’s overspending. Cathedral management have embarked on a series of high-profile and expensive projects including a failed £8.7m plan to restore Roman baths on the site. But in September the Dean of the Cathedral, Dr Jonathan Draper, was criticised by the Bishop of Exeter, Robert Atwell, in a report which said that management had not grasped the severity of the financial situation. The Cathedral has now put three administrative members of staff at risk of redundancy after accounts showed that it faced a funding shortfall of £175,000.Mr Atwell also criticised the cathedral’s management for failing to realise the severity of its financial difficulties and for spending money on the failed Roman baths project. The report said: “The fact is that the project cost money which will not be recovered. “It put back the development of some other projects which would enhance the visitor experience and therefore increase income.”In May 2015 the project was rejected for funding by Heritage Lottery after the fund said protecting the cathedral itself should be the priority. The Dean had also embarked on an ambitious plan to construct a visitor centre, shop, cafe and new sound and lighting systems. He was told that this should be reviewed and that the Roman baths project must be shelved for five years. The report also hinted that jobs could be cut. last_img read more

MCC gets 57M from Govt …to be spent on community

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Starving’, unpaid City Hall workers continue to protestNovember 13, 2017In “Local News”City Hall decries lack of funds as workers protest non-paymentOctober 3, 2017In “latest news”City Hall garbage ‘crisis’: Alternative measures proving effective – MayorJuly 11, 2017In “Business” The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was gifted with a sum of $57 million by Central Government to do some works in local communities.Georgetown Town Clerk, Royston King.Town Clerk, Royston King, today told media operatives that there were plans to allocate $75 million of the total $200 million that would be given by the Government for community projects. However, the Council has received $57,688,022 to begin those works.King posited that while those monies will be spent on the rehabilitation, there are certain criteria that were agreed upon by the Council as it relates to the disbursement, management, completion and evaluation of the works.He noted that a special committee was appointed to spearhead these operations. The committee comprises of the Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green; the Finance Committee Chairman, Oscar Clarke; Chairman of the City Works Committee, Phillip Smith; City Engineer, Colvern Venture and the City Treasurer, Sharon Harry-Munroe.He explained that the projects should be examined and approved in writing by the committee and upon request by contractors; a mobilisation of 10 percent of the total project estimate would be given to assist with the ejection of resources to commence works within the targeted communities.Additionally, residents of the communities would be required to assist the contractors with manual labour to get the work completed.“Fifty percent of the work force where manual labour is required should be made up of residents of the communities where the works are executed,” King stated. read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_img 8,897 Views By Stephen McDermott NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, with Donnacha Barr and Sam Lafferty Kivlehan at the launch of the National Childcare Scheme Source: MAXWELLS DUBLIN https://jrnl.ie/4535948 Get our daily news round up: Source: Bohemian FC 🔴⚫/Twitter Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Crunch Brexit talks, a shooting incident in Ballymun, and the approach of Storm Gareth – here’s what made the headlines. Short URL Share2 Tweet Email center_img Monday 11 Mar 2019, 8:58 PM Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Lisa Smith, who has reportedly been detained in Syria, will be allowed to return to Ireland as it is the “compassionate” thing to do.The Taoiseach also postponed his departure for the US for St Patrick’s Day to hold an unscheduled Cabinet meeting on a Brexit update this evening.A well-known criminal was arrested in north Dublin after shots were fired during an incident in Ballymun this afternoon.Met Éireann declared a Status Orange wind warning for four counties as Storm Gareth approaches.Talks between government and nurses’ unions were referred to the Labour Court after the latter rejected new contracts drafted by the government as “unreasonable”.The mother of Irish aid worker Michael Ryan, who died in an air crash on Sunday, paid tribute to her son as an “amazing” person who lived to help others.The HSE confirmed that the uptake rate for the HPV vaccine is now at 70%, marking an increase of 20 percentage points in just over two years.A section of Dublin was closed off following a fire at a restaurant in Temple Bar this evening.DUP leader Arelene Foster hit out at the City of San Francisco for posthumously awarding Martin McGuinness for his “courageous service in the military”.INTERNATIONAL European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomes Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Source: Jean-Francois Badias#BREXIT Theresa May travelled to Strasbourg for last-ditch talks with senior EU officials ahead of another expected vote on the Brexit deal in Westminster tomorrow.#PLANE CRASH Flight recording equipment from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people when it crashed yesterday was recovered, according to the airline.#INQUEST An inquest heard the cause of death of The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, who passed away last week.#ALGERIA Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he would drop his bid for a fifth term in office following weeks of protests against his candidacy.PARTING SHOT No Comments Mar 11th 2019, 8:58 PM A man of many talents. ⏱️ pic.twitter.com/MwAK75zTvO— Bohemian FC 🔴⚫ (@bfcdublin) March 11, 2019 Don’t like Mondays? Well one man who probably won’t agree with you is Dinny Corcoran of SSE Airtricity League side Bohemians.First, he was awarded the league’s Player of the Month award, having netted three goals in three games for the Dublin club, including the winner in the Dublin derby over arch rivals Shamrock Rovers.Then, hours later, the striker made a surprise appearance on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show, Countdown.Although he didn’t manage to progress on the show, it was certainly a productive start to the week for the in-form striker. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Carrie Fishers 5 Best NonStar Wars Roles

first_imgStay on target The Fool Who Follows Him: 9 Solo Spin-Offs Disney Should Make NextEpisode IX Gets a New Screenwriter and John Boyega Discusses Leia’s Sendoff The top four slots on Carrie Fisher’s IMDB page are, unsurprisingly, the four Star Wars movies she appears in. However, you may notice that she also has 90 acting credits. True story, Carrie Fisher is so much more than Princess Leia, at least as far as her acting career is concerned.She’s had a career spanning almost 50 years and besides her most iconic role, she’s turned around amazing performances everywhere in both comedic and dramatic roles, maintaining a strength and confidence in each, while projecting the sass she carries around in reality.For the purposes of this article, I’ve chosen five of her best non-Star Wars roles, but there are so many more places to enjoy Fisher. Like, in just about everything.Mystery Woman, The Blues BrothersThe Blues Brothers is a strange comedy, following two brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues, as they try to get together a band and play a concert because they received a message from God. It’s ridiculous, but it works thanks to the performances of all the actors involved. Fisher’s role is small in this, to the point where she doesn’t even get a name, but her impact is felt throughout the film. She shows up every few scenes with a gun larger than her and tries to kill Jake and Elwood. She never follows up on her plans. It’s almost like she just wants to destroy property. Her short monologue at the end is some of her only dialogue, but she’s just so over everything, standing with confidence over the man who left her at the altar and casually threatening to kill him. Of course, this changes very quickly, but in the meantime, the mystery woman is mysterious, deadly, and ridiculous.Carol, The ‘BurbsShe plays the straight man, so to speak, to Tom Hanks’ Ray, who gets caught up in a conspiracy that involves neighbors who may or may not be Satanists. Carol doesn’t have as much to do as the men in the movie, but her constant composure in the face of utter insanity and 1980s humor works. One of Fisher’s strengths as an actor is her ability to pass off unbelievable and outlandish material. She did it in Star Wars and she does it here, keeping calm even as her husband thrashes around an ambulance. She doesn’t have much to do, but in her scenes, she shows a strength and resilience that stands up in the face of… whatever Tom Hanks is doing.Marie, When Harry Met SallyThe two title characters in When Harry Met Sally are two idiots who spend 12 years trying to figure out that they’re meant to be together. Luckily, Sally at least has a friend who can be a voice of reason. Of course, the problem is that eventually she goes on to have her own life outside the constant back and forth between Harry and Sally. She plays the plucky friend typical in romantic comedies, yet she gets the man before Sally does. She’s always confident in herself and is there for Sally, of course, but she conveys an independence from the story that makes her more memorable than other friend sidekicks. She’s grounded and real. Marie doesn’t have a ton of Fisher’s sarcastic, deadpan quirks, but she feels like a friend you’d have. She most likely feels like you.Rosemary Howard, 30 RockIt’s a testament to Fisher’s charisma and comic ability that her appearance on one episode of 30 Rock made her one of the series’ standouts, especially in an eight-season run full of standouts. Rosemary Howard was a 1960s comedy writer that Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon looked up to and invited on to TGS in the episode “Rosemary’s Baby.” Over the course of the episode, Liz realizes how pathetic and unhinged Rosemary has become. We of course get an obvious, but always welcome “Help me Liz Lemon! You’re my only hope,” but Fisher’s performance is memorable for reasons that have little to do with writing. Fisher is self-deprecating and self-aware in her portrayal, especially given her history, slowly becoming wilder over the 20 some odd minutes. Sure it culminates in a Star Wars reference, but by then Fisher has hooked you, so it almost doesn’t matter.Mia, CatastropheIt’s telling that most of Carrie Fisher’s roles, especially the ones on this list, are small. She’s never the lead, but she doesn’t have to be. Even into 2016, she’s shining in guest roles, practically nothing more than a cameo. In the Amazon comedy Catastrophe, Fisher plays Rob Delaney’s character’s mother, who attempts to relay some motherly advice horribly. She’s crass, sarcastic, and honest. As she gets older, you can see a lot of Fisher in the roles she plays, whether it’s intentional or not. But we’re okay with this. Fisher’s real-life personality shines through and is almost always entertaining.In addition, Gary Fisher makes a special appearance in Catastrophe, which is more than what we can hope for when we see Carrie anywhere.last_img read more

Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘World of Warcraft’ Toys

first_img The gaming world is excited to go back to Azeroth with Blizzard’s release of World of Warcraft Classic, where the company rolls back all the patches and improvements they’ve made to return the venerable MMORPG back to its vanilla state. It’s hard to sum up the massive cultural impact WoW had on geek culture. There had been online role-playing games before, but this one managed to deliver a satisfying core gameplay loop with plenty of possibilities for player choice, then supplement it with new content and expansions that kept people hooked for fifteen years. And with that success comes plenty of swag, as well as some seriously high-level toys. Here are some of our favorites.Deluxe Illidan Collector FigureFirst of the demon hunters, Illidan Stormrage is one of the most important figures in the mythology of the Warcraft universe. He made his MMORPG debut as the final boss of the Black Temple in the 2.1 patch, so he might not show up in Classic, but you’ll always have the memories. This action figure from Blizzard depicts him in his demon form and we have to give special props to the wings he’s sporting, which are among the most extra we’ve ever seen on an action figure. They reach almost eleven inches in the air, nearly doubling the monster’s height.Get it at AmazonPandaren Brewmaster Deluxe FigureThe Warcraft universe started with fairly standard fantasy races, but when an artist at Blizzard sketched out an anthropomorphic panda as an April Fool’s joke, fan response was so overwhelming that the company had to make them playable. The Pandaren were introduced in a Warcraft III expansion and added to the MMORPG in 2011. This high-quality figure depicts the Brewmaster hero, capable of dousing foes in booze and setting them alight to scream around the battlefield in agony. From concept designs by Blizzard artists, the action figure was sculpted Ray Villafane and paint modeled by artist Eddie Wires. It stands eight inches tall and is seriously solid.Get it at AmazonMega Bloks Demolisher AttackLEGO has a stranglehold on so many geek culture brands, but they can’t make construction kits for everything. Thankfully, Mega Bloks is here to pick up the slack with their compatible kits. They teamed with Blizzard a while back to create a panoply of cool World of Warcraft sets. One of our favorites gives you everything you need to play a conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. On the good guys side you get a stone fort with a catapult launcher, human warlock and Void Walker minion. For the Horde, you get a Demolisher piloted by a blood elf Death Knight. Great instructions are just the cherry on top of the sundae.Get it at AmazonArthas Funko PopWe don’t think that the lich king Arthas would be terribly pleased about being incarnated as a big-headed Funko Pop, but it’s the eventual fate of all pop culture icons. Ruling from the Frozen Throne, he commands the Scourge as the main boss of his own expansion, and he’s also been introduced as a playable character in Heroes of the Storm. His great tragedy in Warcraft III is one of the best stories Blizzard has ever told, as his desire to stem the Scourge led to his eventual corruption by the Lich King and transformation into an instrument of his power.Get it at AmazonElekk PlushieIn old-school World of Warcraft, you knew you’d made it to the big leagues when you got a mount. Being able to ride a creature around the map instead of walking everywhere was a visible status symbol. As the game expanded, the field of mounts got bigger (and eventually included flying creatures), but we still have a soft spot for the Elekk. These Draenor mounts can live to over a century old and can cover great distances tirelessly. When you’re drunk enough, you can even hallucinate pink ones. Cuddle up with these loyal friends in the form of a 7-inch tall plushie with built-in squeaker.Get it at AmazonAshbringer Sword ReplicaWoW is all about grabbing tasty loot, so it should come as no surprise that enterprising companies are making replicas of that loot in the real world. The sword Ashbringer was wielded by Alexandros Mograine, the Highlord of the Silver Hand, and he used it to cleave through the undead willy-nilly. When data miners dig into early releases of World of Warcraft, it was one of the most frequently speculated about pieces of loot. This lore-exact replica measures nearly 4-feet long with a 30-inch blade, golden hand medallion and a hilt wrapped in real leather. It comes with a wall display mount in case you don’t have any zombies to thwack.Get it at AmazonWorld Of Warcraft: The Adventure GameIf you want to enter the world of Azeroth with close friends around your kitchen table instead of strangers from all over the world, Fantasy Flight’s World Of Warcraft: The Adventure Game will do nicely. Designed by Corey Konieczka, the game lets two to four players travel through the land accepting quests, battling monsters, getting loot and stabbing each other in the back. Both cooperation and competition are rewarded in the game’s rulebook, and there’s lots of content available including expansions that add an additional eight hero types.Get it at AmazonOrc Shaman Rehgar Earthfury Action FigureThe shamans of the Horde are terrifying fighters indeed, and one of the most notable is Rehgar Earthfury. The orc has made appearances in multiple Warcraft-related franchises, including comic books and as a playable character in Heroes of the Storm. This action figure from DC Direct stands nearly eight inches high with multiple points of articulation. Orcs typically travel light, so he only comes with one accessory, a removable wolf head, but what more do you need?Get it at AmazonOversized Deathwing Funko PopStanding a beefy 6 inches high, this is twice the size of your ordinary Pop and has the heft to match. In World of Warcraft, Deathwing is the leader of the black dragonflight and one of the five dragon aspects of Azeroth. Formerly the noble Neltharion the Earth-Warder, he was driven insane by dark forces and became a servant of the Old Gods. He showed up in multiple quests in WoW, and the final battle to defeat him over the Maelstrom is one of the most memorable raids in the game. Take this goofy little version of him home as a trophy of all the good times.Get it at AmazonSylvanas Windrunner StatueSupreme ruler of the Forsaken, warchief of the Horde and mistress of an army of the undead, Sylvanas Windrunner is one of the most feared forces in all of Azeroth. After being transformed into a banshee by death knight Arthas Menethil, Sylvanas raised an army of free-willed undead to battle the Scourge. She’s been a key driver of many of the franchise’s narratives for years, so it’s only fitting that Blizzard would immortalize her with this super slick statue. Measuring a foot and a half tall with intricate hand-painted details, it’ll be an unforgettable conversation piece for your toy shelf.Get it at AmazonWildmoon Moonkin Action FigureAlthough the base fantasy world of the Warcraft series doesn’t stray far from the classic D&D model, as Blizzard has continued to flesh out the franchise they’ve started to play around more with expectations. One of our favorite species is the moonkin — they look a lot like D&D‘s predatory owlbear monsters, but instead these gentle, powerful creatures are defenders of the natural world against the Burning Legion. DC Direct’s World of Warcraft line has tons of cool sculpts and paint jobs, but this one is one of the best — incredible color and hefty size combine to make a fantastic beast.Get it at AmazonMore on Geek.com:Yo! It’s the Best G.I Joe ToysThe Coolest Car ToysThe Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on targetlast_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Bank Participates In Annual Blanket Drive For Mission

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — It’s that time of year again! With colder months approaching, now is the time to think of those who may need help keeping warm this winter. Reading Cooperative Bank is holding its annual blanket drive, now through November 30th, to support Mission of Deeds of Reading.Mission of Deeds is looking for new or gently used blankets for twin, full, and queen-sized beds, with the highest need for twin-sized blankets. Blankets may be dropped off at any RCB branch. RCB’s goal is to collect 200 blankets, and to get things started, the Reading Cooperative Charitable Foundation has donated the first 50 blankets.“Winter in New England is tough for everyone, especially if you can’t keep warm. This drive provides the perfect opportunity to have a tangible impact in our communities,” said Stephanie Johnson and Edenia Giang, Mortgage Loan Officers & Co-chairs of the 2018 Blanket Drive.Mission of Deeds is an approved 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing families in Middlesex and Essex counties with necessary household items free of charge. For more information, visit the Mission of Deeds website.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is a depositor owned co-operative which was founded in 1886 to provide home ownership opportunities to the working class of Reading. Since then, the bank has grown its market and products to meet all the financial needs of residents and businesses in its market and nearby communities. RCB has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON GIVES: Wilmington Bank Conducting Blanket Drive For Mission of DeedsIn “Business”Wilmington Bank Conducting Blanket Drive For Mission of DeedsIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Collects 400+ Blankets For Mission of DeedsIn “Business”last_img read more

BlueCrests construction phase nearing completion

first_imgBlueCrest’s site north of Anchor Point.BlueCrest Energy is continuing preparations to drill for oil in the Cosmopolitan Unit at its 37.5-acre site on the Cook Inlet bluff about 5.5 miles north of Anchor Point.Larry Burgess, health, safety and environmental manager for the Texas-based BlueCrest, told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the company’s 3,000-horse power drilling rig is nearing completion in Houston, Texas.It should ship out for Alaska soon and will take 45 days to arrive, at which point crews will go to work getting it assembled and running.“Once it gets here I think it will be the largest operating rig in the state of Alaska, capable of drilling up to 30,000-foot-long wells,” Burgess said.All 10 of the injection oil wells in the inlet will be directionally drilled from onshore. The wells will have a vertical depth of 7,000 to 7,500 feet and could extend out as much as 25,000 feet.“So these are very challenging and difficult wells to drill,” Burgess said.The oil will be shipped up the Sterling Highway to Tesoro for processing.Burgess said the site currently employs 48 people. Local hires have comprised about 60 percent of the workforce, until recently when that ratio has dipped to under 50 percent. The main contractor handling construction is Elkhorn Holdings, from Wyoming, but most of the subcontractors are local.“We’re trying real hard to hire as many locals as possible but, believe it or not, it’s not as easy as you’d think for some of those jobs,” Burgess said.While the construction phase is wrapping up, the community engagement process continues. Unlike Burgess’ previous experience on the North Slope, where the nearest neighbor was 40 miles away, at the Anchor Point site there’s a cabin less than 50 years from the pad, and other homes not far away from that.“Now, when you’ve got a 3,000-hp rig sitting on this pad, some turbines generating electricity, some generators and trucks with backup alarms running 24 hours a day, you’re impacting your neighbors,” Burgess said. “There’s nothing you can do about not impact them, it’s what we can do to minimize the impact.”He’s been meeting regularly with the immediate neighbors, as well as holding community meetings in Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik. He said the discussions have led to some decisions to mitigate the impacts on neighboring residents.The site needs about 10,000 gallons of water a day just to operate the camp, but residents were concerned that if the company drilled a water well, it could deplete the local aquifer.“So we made a conscious decision to not drill any water wells and we are having all that water hauled in by a local contractor on the southern peninsula, and that is at no small expense,” Burgess said. “Once we get drilling we may look at drilling a very deep water well on the pad, 7,000 to 8,000 feet deep, which would, of course, have no impact on the local, 100-foot aquifer.”The pad is surrounded by a 14-foot berm to lessen visual and noise impacts from operations. All lights being used are directional LEDs to mitigate light pollution, and steps have been taken to muffle compressor noise, as well.And though the site sits on the bluff, it’s a stable section with little problems of erosion.“The bluff where we’re located is very secure, and there’s foliage all the way up and down it, including big trees,” Burgess said. “And it’s not nearly as steep as in some areas; it’s fairly gradual.”The company had originally announced interest in producing natural gas offshore at the site, as well.“Which is currently on hold. … We have a huge gas cap on top of this oil, and we could produce gas from that field for 30 years, probably,” Burgess said. “But I think market conditions do need to improve a little bit before it becomes economic. But until this tax credit structure is figured out one way or another, all work has ceased.”Burgess has said that the potential production at maximum is estimated at 17,000 barrels of oil per day, with the drilling phase lasting five years and the operations phase stretching for 30 years.At peak production, that could mean a truck leaving Anchor Point headed Nikiski every 45 minutes to an hour.last_img read more

Irrfan Khan comes back after battling cancer shares emotional post thanking fans

first_imgIrrfan KhanPR HandoutActor Irrfan Khan, who was battling cancer, has finally recovered, and has made a comeback. After being spotted at Mumbai airport, Irrfan has made an emotional post on social media, suggesting that his health is fine now.”Maybe somewhere in the pursuit of winning we forget how much it means to be loved… In our vulnerability we are reminded. As I leave my footprints onto these steps of my life, I want to pause to be grateful for receiving your immense love and support. It soothed me in my process of healing. So, I travel back to you, thanking you from the bottom of my heart,” he said in the post shared with a picture of himself smiling.Although his post does not give an exact picture of his health condition, it certainly gives a hint that the actor is now ready to make a comeback on the big screen.Irrfan in March, 2018 had informed fans about suffering from a “rare disease”, following which he had revealed that he was diagnosed with a form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumour. Since then he was undergoing treatment in London, and has now come back to Mumbai. However, there is no confirmation on any of his upcoming projects. Irrfan Khan’s postlast_img read more

BNP condemns deaths by BGB firing demands fair probe

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoCondemning the killings of people by the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Thakurgaon’s Baharampur village, BNP on Wednesday demanded a neutral investigation into the incident, reports UNB.In a statement, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also raised question that whose interest BGB is serving by killing citizens of the country.”Four people were killed and many others injured in a clash between BGB and villagers along Betna border in Harirampur Upazila’s Baharampur area of Thakurgaon yesterday (Wednesday). I strongly condemn and protest the incident,” he said.”It’s not lawful to kill anyone without trial. The prompt use of arms by law enforcers can’t be a sign of good governance. It’s rather part of desperation and unlawful acts,” the BNP leader observed.Mentioning that India Border Security Force (BSF) has long been killing Bangladeshis in border areas, he said people along the border will have no security if now BGB also joins BSF in killing them.”A jungle rule will get a permanent shape in Bangladesh if the prevailing situation continues.”Fakhrul said law enforcement agencies and administration are encouraged to indulge in unlawful acts when a government rules the country without people’s mandate as it lacks accountability.He alleged that the law and order situation deteriorated sharply in the country since the government arranged a ‘grand vote robbery’ on the night of 30 December.”Law enforcement agencies are now seen expressing their unwillingness to lawful activities while the incidents of enforced disappearance, abduction, killing and repression on women and children have become everyday affairs,” the BNP leader alleged.He claimed that social offenders are on prowl across the country as the law enforcers are being used for political purpose. “Social offences have now taken a terrible turn while fear and panic gripped people.”Fakhrul said the country has plunged into the darkness of anarchy as the shedding of blood is now everywhere from the capital to remote frontier areas of the country.”The current anarchic situation can’t be allowed to continue as repressed people’s pent-up anger may explode anytime. People will surely put up a united resistance against misrule defying all the acts of intimidation,” he warned.The BNP secretary general demanded the government to ensure exemplary punishment of those responsible for the incident after identifying them through an impartial investigation.last_img read more

Where To Find FEMAs Flood Mitigation Specialists

first_imgBrazoria County Locations As the official start to hurricane season approaches, Federal Emergency Management Agency flood mitigation specialists will be available answer questions about repair at home improvement stores. The agency said in a press release specialists are available to anyone, regardless of how they were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Other topics will include making disaster plans, putting together supply kits and “the importance of flood insurance,” the agency wrote.FEMA mitigation specialists will be available at these stores: Mon. May 21Tues. May 22-Sat. May 26 Harris Mon. May 21Tues. May 22-Sat. May 26 Harris 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Lowe’s (Store #2371)14128 Cypress-Rosehill Rd., Cypress, 77429 Dates Lowe’s (Store #1053)5400 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, 77505 Parker Building Supply          204 Henderson Ave., Palacios, 77465 Harriscenter_img Mon. May 21-Sat. May 26 Mon. May 21Tues. May 22-Sat. May 26 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Home Depot (Store #6558)8400 Westheimer Rd., Houston, 77063 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Hours Share Mon. May 21-Sat. May 26 Matagorda Lowe’s (Store #137)200 Highway 332 East, Lake Jackson, 77566last_img read more

Researchers build carbon nanotube transistors that outperform those made with silicon

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Peking University has built a carbon nanotube-based working transistor and report that it outperformed larger transistors made with silicon. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they built the transistor, how it performed and the challenges that still remain before such transistors can be mass produced. Citation: Researchers build carbon nanotube transistors that outperform those made with silicon (2017, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-carbon-nanotube-transistors-outperform-silicon.html More information: Chenguang Qiu et al. Scaling carbon nanotube complementary transistors to 5-nm gate lengths, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1628AbstractHigh-performance top-gated carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNT FETs) with a gate length of 5 nanometers can be fabricated that perform better than silicon complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) FETs at the same scale. A scaling trend study revealed that the scaled CNT-based devices, which use graphene contacts, can operate much faster and at much lower supply voltage (0.4 versus 0.7 volts) and with much smaller subthreshold slope (typically 73 millivolts per decade). The 5-nanometer CNT FETs approached the quantum limit of FETs by using only one electron per switching operation. In addition, the contact length of the CNT CMOS devices was also scaled down to 25 nanometers, and a CMOS inverter with a total pitch size of 240 nanometers was also demonstrated. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Schematic diagram showing the structure of a GC CNT FET. Credit: (c) Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1628center_img Everyone in the computer business knows the limit to which silicon-based transistors can be made smaller is drawing ever closer, so many teams around the world are searching for a suitable replacement. One of the most promising candidates is carbon nanotubes—due to their unique properties, transistors based on them could be smaller, faster and more efficient. Unfortunately, the difficulty in growing carbon nanotubes and their sometimes persnickety nature means that a way to make them and mass produce them has not been found. In this new effort, the researchers report on a method of creating carbon nanotube transistors that are suitable for testing, but not mass production.To create the transistors, the researchers took a novel approach—instead of growing carbon nanotubes that had certain desired properties, they grew some and put them randomly on a silicon surface and then added electronics that would work with the properties they had—clearly not a strategy that would work for mass production, but one that allowed for building a carbon nanotube transistor that could be tested to see if it would verify theories about its performance. Realizing there would still be scaling problems using traditional electrodes, the researchers built a new kind by etching very tiny sheets of graphene. The result was a very tiny transistor, the team reports, capable of moving more current than a standard CMOS transistor using just half of the normal amount of voltage. It was also faster due to a much shorter switch delay, courtesy of the intrinsic delay of just 70 femtoseconds.The work done by the team in China is important because it offers physical evidence that money being spent on research into carbon nanotubes as a viable replacement for silicon will indeed pay off if a way to mass produce them can be found. For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

How to Inspire Bidding Frenzies

first_img 9 min read August 31, 2005 Register Now » An eBay item listing is a beautiful thing. It magically combinesthe best of free markets with a sense of competition and excitementthat almost guarantees you’ll get a fair price–perhaps even agenerous price–for the product you’re selling.But the magic starts long before the first bid is placed. Infact, in most eBay sales, it is the seller who is themagician–deftly mixing various pricing strategies and tools toensure that the most buyers bid the highest price they can.How you conjure the best prices, of course, depends on whatyou’re selling. So here are a few tricks for items of allprices–from $10,000 tractors to 10-cent postcards.Getting Top Dollar for LuxuryGoodsMany people mistakenly believe that eBay is only for small,mass-market items. In fact, there are successful sellers in theluxury goods market as well. Take Ricky Serbin (eBay User ID:ricysue) of San Francisco, for example. Serbin left a successfulcareer in the fashion industry to sell designer garments andaccessories on eBay.You might not think that one seller could move very manydesigner garments and handbags priced at over $1,000 each, butyou’d be wrong. Serbin is a Platinum PowerSeller, selling morethan $25,000 worth of designer apparel and accessories on eBayevery month. “I was lead designer of a large jewelry firm inthe fashion industry, but I quit my job just two weeks afterstarting on eBay,” he says.Serbin is part of a hot eBay market for upscale apparel.According to eBay’s own statistics, brand names like Coach,Gucci and Louis Vuitton are the top search terms in the apparelcategory. In fact, a rare luxury handbag recently sold on eBay for$59,000.With such wild variations in price, the risks are high–butpotential rewards are higher. “I’m willing to pay $1,000for something to triple my money,” says Serbin. “It is agamble, but I take the risk.” And indeed, most of Serbin’spricing strategy centers on making money by reducing the chances oflosing money.To minimize the risk of not selling the item at all, Serbinunder-prices some pieces. “If I get it for a great price, Itry to pass it on at a great price,” he says. Most of hisitems sell for 60 percent to 80 percent less than the comparableretail price–but they sell fast. “Probably 40 percent of myitems sell within 12 hours at a Buy It Now price,” he says.And that keeps him in business with a locked-in profit.Buy It Now–an option for buyers to purchase an item at a priceset by the seller without bidding–is perfect for high-priceditems, says Ben Hanna, eBay’s senior manager for business andindustrial categories. Hanna coaches sellers of high-priced itemsto use both the Buy It Now feature and a new option called”Best Offer.” The new feature is getting a lot of use atthe high end of the market. “We’ve had a lot of demand forthis,” says Hanna. “It lets bidders make an offer. If Ihave a tractor and want $10,000 for it, I could check ‘AcceptBest Offers’ during the listing process. The listing shows a’Submit Best Offer’ link and it allows me to negotiatedirectly with each potential buyer.”Although managing best offers is not part of Serbin’scurrent strategy, he always uses a Buy It Now price to capturethose buyers who are purchasing on an impulse or who want an itemright away.Serbin’s other pricing secret is to be accommodating tobuyers from around the world. “Thirty percent of my businessis international–South Korea, Japan, Australia, Morocco and theFar East,” he says. Those customers tend to be willing to payhigher prices for goods that are relatively scarce in their homemarkets. They are also loyal, says Serbin: About 50 percent of hisoverseas customers come back for repeat purchases.Managing the MiddleMarketWell below the price of a couture dress or a custom-made designerhandbag is the vast market for midpriced items, such as theconsumer electronics sold by Jennifer Canty’s company, Dyscern(eBay User ID: dyscern).Canty, 33, started her Great Falls, Virginia-based business oneBay to spend more time at home with her family. She admits nowthat the idea may have backfired: Her business has evolved toTitanium PowerSeller status, with over $150,000 a month in salesand 14 employees. Every bit of Dyscern’s revenue is made fromselling consumer electronics like iPods and Palm Pilots. Thecompany sells 300 to 400 units each week at prices ranging from $30to about $300.There’s a consistently strong demand for iPods, says Canty.And that makes finding a buyer a pretty sure bet. But from thebuyer’s perspective, one iPod looks pretty much like the next,so an auction-style listing with a low starting price can createbuyer excitement.”We do everything at auction,” admits Canty. “Wefound that we could get higher prices if we just let the marketdecide the price.” She’s not kidding. Every one ofDyscern’s listings starts at just one penny, and on average,Dyscern’s own testing shows that they earn about 10 to 20percent more from that format than any other.”I’ve never had to sell an iPod for a penny,” shelaughs. “After a three-day listing, pretty much everythingends up as it should.”This very simple approach to selling has several benefits forDyscern, one being that the company never has to relist a productthat doesn’t close. “For a long time, there were justthree of us,” says Canty, “so we had to keep it simple.The beauty of eBay is it’s a natural marketplace.”Canty’s other strategies include offering internationalshipping and listing a few items to close every hour of the day.That way, she explains, unsuccessful bidders on one item can skipdirectly to the next, building a strong momentum for all herlistings. Dyscern’s listings are all three days long, whichCanty feels helps her meet the expectations of bidders who wantimmediate results. Collectibles and Low-Priced Items Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Probably the most difficult items to price correctly areone-of-a-kind collectibles or very low-priced items. And when youhave a low-priced collectible, you’ve got a realpredicament.That’s the challenge faced by Gail Hubbuch, 59, who sellshistoric postcards. Hubbuch (eBay User ID: snowhub) started severalyears ago from her Columbia, Kentucky, home with an inventory ofmore than 100,000 postcards, for which she paid an average of just26 cents each.”I’ve sold postcards to the Guggenheim, theSmithsonian, and several historical societies,” she says. Butpricing is still more art than science for Hubbuch. “My mainselling strategy is to make money on obscure places that no longerexist. I never know what the price will be–it has to do withpeople’s emotional attachments to those places,” saysHubbuch.It’s that emotion that drove one of her postcards–a pictureof a small-town gymnasium–to a final selling price of $263.”I’ve sold many cards for over $100,” says Hubbuch.But she concedes that most go for about $7, and many in hercollection will probably never sell.With more than 700 coins, 300 stamps, 15 Pez dispensers and9,675 other collectible items sold every hour, according to eBaystatistics, eBay is the perfect market for collectibles.Nonetheless, it takes a keen marketer to optimize profits onlow-priced items.John McDonald, eBay’s director of Home & Garden,recognizes the unique challenge that sellers like Hubbuch face.”You’re trying to make this a great value to abuyer,” says McDonald. “If it’s a low-priced item,how can you make the whole price they’re paying a great value?At a low average selling price, you want quantity.”McDonald says the answer to both value and volume lies inoffering attractive shipping rates. “When you get down tolow-priced items, you’re balancing shipping costs vs. sellingprice,” he points out. “For example, people are sellingcabinet pulls for 99 cents, but the shipping is typically $4 to $6.You want to make it obvious that you want buyers to bundle and buya lot of units.”Pricing for ValueWhether you’re selling postcards or Prada, the right pricingstrategy will attract new buyers and maximize profits. The key inall situations is value–that magical mix of right price, righttime and right place. With a little practice and experimentation,you can start making the eBay magic work for you.To Reserve or Not toReserveLike many sophisticated eBay sellers, Ann Wood (eBay User ID:willow-wear) strives to get the highest price while paying thelowest fees to eBay. As a Gold PowerSeller, Wood has experimentedwith reserve pricing, but finds it counterproductive. Adding aReserve Price prevents an item from selling at anything less thanthe minimum price you set, but costs about 1 percent of the ReservePrice.”Unless you have a reserve, an item can sell for less thanyou’re willing to sell it for,” she explains. “But Idon’t like to use a reserve–it really racks up my fees.Reserves also dissuade people from bidding.”eBay also notes that on average, items with no reserve typicallysell for more than those with reserves.Although Wood admits that reserve pricing is the norm in somemarkets, such as antiques, she prefers instead to simply set areasonable opening bid. “My general guideline, when I’mnot certain what it’ll go up to, is to start the item at aprice I’ll be happy to get even with just one bid,” shesays. That simple strategy guarantees she’ll get a fair pricewith the minimum fee.How to Find Prices From CompletedListings”Pricing starts with research,” says Ann Wood (eBay UserID: willow-wear). When she’s listing an item, she lets themarket tell her what it’s worth. “I look at active itemlistings first, then at recently completed sales,” shesays.To find out how much similar items have sold for in the past,try this simple search procedure:Sign in–this information is available only to registeredusers.Click on the “Advanced Search” link at the top rightof most eBay pages.Enter keywords for the item in the box on the search form.Check the “Completed Listings Only” box in the”Advanced Search” form.Add any other criteria, and click the “Search”button.David Worrell is Entrepreneur magazine’s”Raising Money” columnist. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more