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News reports this week contained good and bad news for certain people in the technology, business, economy, trade, and entertainment industries or sectors around the world.First, the technology industry is reported to be booming.

International Trade News This Week

International Trade News This WeekFebruary 20th, 2006by Vasily Klimko News reports this week contained good and bad news for certain people in the technology, business, economy, trade, and entertainment industries or sectors around the world.First, the technology industry is reported to be booming.A proof of the flourishing technology industry is the 3GSM World Congress held in Barcelona and participated by three biggest cellular phone technology firms in the world - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola. These companies presented their latest products in the fair, most of them using the latest 3G technology. Motorola released ROKR. Nokia revealed plans to release Nokia 6136. Sony-Ericsson disclosed the release of the K610 phone and music player. Moreover, Sony Ericsson and Nokia will have a joint venture in developing cellular phone technology-mobile television.However, some consumers do not avail of this latest technology because they want to avail of discounts and bargains because of offered to last year's technology. But this won't be the case this year as inventories are kept lean because of the new ability of retailers and manufacturers to share sales and inventory information with each other. Yet, they can still get the best price if the consumer to determined to put some effort and acquire knowledge about the technology.Another event that took place is the twentieth edition of the Olympic Winter Games last weekend in Turin, Italy, which brought in a host of businesses. Companies collaborated with the local government of Turin under the supervision of the International Olympic committee. They hope to have an international publicity by advertising its product in the uniform of athletes participating the sports event, flooding television airtime with their commercials, and plastering the venue with advertisements.This week, companies have made announcements of either joint ventures, downsizing or takeovers.Volkswagen announced over the weekend that there will be 20,000 jobs will be cut from 2006 to 2008. They said they want to improve their market standing as they face fierce competition and declining markets. Even though the job cuts dismayed Volkswagen employees, investors were pleased with that decision as the companies shares rose to almost a 3-year high. The company also projects to enjoy a 61 percent increase in profit.Toy Company Lego Group and Star Wars franchise owner Lucasfilms Ltd. has agreed to continue their partnership until 2011. In 1999, Lego received the rights to create Star Wars toy products. During the release the "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace", Lego earned more than $400 million.Under new ownership, MySpace ties up with SK Telecom and Earthlink, Inc. and Hello LLC will launch this service after a few months. The company will offer its subscribers new service of mobile phone access to MySpace. Together with the launch of MySpace's mobile phone access service, they will also release 'Hero' and 'Kickflip' phones that will be manufactured by Pantech and VK.Nokia and Sanyo Electric Co. will have a joint venture in order to develop new mobile phone with CDMA chips and 3G technology. Nokia aims to capture the American and Japanese market, while Sanyo hopes to be relieved of its financial debt.Arcelor plans to increase its dividend by 85% in order to prevent their rival, Mittal Steel's hostile takeover. Earlier, Arcelor rejected Mittal's bid, and has employed investment banks to formulate a defense plan. However, if the takeover happened, Mittal will scrutinized by the European Commission.However, a company has been entangled in certain issues, but has resolved their predicaments already. Google created a Chinese version of their search engine and will comply with the Communist Party's regulations. With 30,000 Internet censors commissioned by the government, China aims to deter its citizens from gaining access to websites that feature or discuss issues that are sensitive to Chinese policy. Although it baffled industry insiders, Google's compliance was in line with their aim to capture the lucrative Chinese market, home to more than a hundred million Internet users.Weather also affected businesses this week.On Sunday morning, residents of Northeastern United States including New York experienced a snowstorm which caused thousands of dollars worth of property insurance and led businesses to halt on Monday. Last September, Hurricane Katrina left insurance companies headaches as its havoc caused more than $5 billion worth of structural damages.Meanwhile, residents and authorities in New Orleans, Louisiana is preparing for the Mardi Gras, the first one to be held after Hurricane Katrina left many people dead and depressed in August of last year. Although the city's infrastructures are still under repair, the event is expected to revive the city by making their tourism industry active again.US trade deficit also widened in 2005 because US developed a strong consumption for foreign-made products and the price of oil hit a record high of almost $71 per barrel more than five months ago. US is also threatened by China's booming economy as Chinese products have a trading edge due to lower pricing. The White House is also alarmed with their increasing deficit.On the other hand, Europe is doing better as their market shares closed upward on Monday. Banks shares in Italy rose, as there have been speculations of consolidation between top Italian banks and foreign banks, such as French bank Banque National de Paris Paribas and Spanish Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria.International organizations are also facing some tough issues.The World Trading Organization has accused the European Union of violating rules by halting the importation of genetically modified foods since 1998. United States, Argentina and Canada, three of the biggest agricultural product exporters in the world, filed a complaint against the EU ban. However, social cause groups, like Friends of the Earth, are criticizing WTO's recent move. They claim that Austria, Germany, France, Greece, Luxembourg and Italy, which implement the ban, have sovereignty to make decisions for themselves.The Group of 8 Nations, the most exclusive club of developed countries in the economic and political stage, had a meeting over the weekend for the first time in St. Peterburg, Russia to discuss the impact of rising oil prices to world economic development and energy supplies. Russia also assured G8 that they maintain the level of their oil and gas exports this year, despite its cutting off gas supply to Ukraine and the entire Eastern Europe. G8 discussions also included talks on new leadership of Palestine, which the US believes to be a terrorist faction, and the threat of bird flu in Asia and Europe.The price of oil rises again on Monday after Iran, the fourth largest exporter of oil in the world, continued its uranium enrichment activity and ended their cooperation with the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency. Reports state that Iran is using uranium in creating nuclear weapons and it has intermittent cooperation with international inspectors. The oil price situation is even worsened by Nigeria's protests against foreign oil companies and kidnapping of Royal Dutch Shell employees.Iran, the fourth largest exporter of oil in the world, announced that they ended their cooperation with the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency and they will continue its uranium enrichment activity. Because of this, oil prices rose again on Monday. Reports state that Iran is using uranium in creating nuclear weapons and it has intermittent cooperation with international inspectors. The oil price situation is even worsened by Nigeria's protests against foreign oil companies and kidnapping of Royal Dutch Shell employees.China is also reported to be more active in the world trade scene.China has purchased oil from African nations, such as Algeria, Angola, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria and Sudan for their growing need for energy to sustain their flourishing industries. However, some countries, like the United States, are threatened because they also have oil interest in this continent.China and Australia recently met in Canberra in January to talk about the possible export of uranium found in Australia to China, and to ensure that the uranium supplies would not be used for constructing nuclear weapons. However, environmentalists and majority of Australian citizens warn of its destructive consequences, such as greenhouse gases emission and possible future resistance of Chinese nuclear industry to international scrutiny.On the lighter side of things, the entertainment industry is continuing to do well.The movie industry in New Zealand boomed because of the box-office success of films shot or partially shot in the country, which includes the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", and Peter Jackson's "King Kong". Because of this, funds for producing local films are growing. Hollywood now opted to shoot films in this country because of its breathtaking scenery and its offer of special premiums that will minimize the film studio's production cost.In 2004, Forbes magazine released their list of 100 Richest Celebrities. They proclaimed Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Madonna as wealthiest persons in tinseltown. It also signifies that the music and film industries are flourishing. The Rolling Stones, U2, Greenday, The Eagles, Dave Matthews band, Kenny Chesney, Celine Dion and 50 Cent are also included in the list.

The repossession procedure in the UK

The repossession procedure in the UK

Repossession can happen for so many reasons; some might even be out of your control. It can also affect tenants who are renting who are AST (assured short-hold tenancy) as well as home owners. A landlord will be granted a Possession Order if he can show at least one good reason for it.As soon as the order is granted, the tenant must leave the property by a date set by the court. However if the tenant fails to leave by that date, they can be evicted by a warrant which the landlord request. The tenant can delay the order by applying to the court because of difficult adversity.The way repossession procedure in the UK works is there are numerous situations where a landlord can take control over what happens in his property.There are a few different types of repossessions, some of them being Discretionary, Mandatory and Accelerated Grounds for repossession. Here we will try and explain some of it to you, so you can tell the difference yourself.The Discretionary Grounds for Repossession are:-If the tenant is continually late with the repayments.-If there is damage to the property; this includes the furniture.-If the landlord is helping to offer substitute accommodation.-If the tenant has breached the agreement.-If the tenant has given false information to secure the property-if the neighbours find the tenant to be trouble.-If the tenant had previously lived as the landlords employee, but now works for someone else.These are just pointers for when a landlord can apply to the court so the tenant cannot remain in the property. The Mantadory Grounds for Reposession:Some Accelerated Grounds also apply to Mantadory Grounds of repossession, which are:-To sell the property.-If the rent arrears go above the highest limit agreed.-If the landlord had lived in his own property prior to the tenant, and if he wants to live there again.-To use or turn the property into a holiday home.-If the landlord wants to re-develop or knock down the property.-If a religious organisation owns the property and requires to use it again.-If educational institutions own the property and it is student accommodation.The Accelerated Repossession Procedure this applies if the landlord is asserting repossession of the property on anything in the Mandatory Grounds, or he can use the Accelerated Repossession Procedure because the contract has finished. The landlord has to give the tenants enough notice and follow all the correct notice periods in order to do this though.And the tenants deposit must be in a deposit protection scheme that is approved, and the fitting tenancy agreement has to be in place also. So the landlord has to give the correct paperwork to the tenants and also to keep copies. This way there is no need to go to court, as the judge can make a decision based on the written documents.Through accelerated possession the landlord can get back the cost of the property and action. In relation to rent arrears it does not apply to accelerated possession, therefore a different court action would be necessary.There are a few ways to stop repossession:-If there is a new buyer for your property.-Your able to pay the mortgage every month.-You can either take out a new mortgage, or sell other assets to pay the mortgage off completely.Time is of the essence, so you need to know how to deal with a situation like this by contacting a mortgage company, who should then tell you what you can do. Even though the thought of repossession sounds scary, it can be stopped although it is best to speak with your lender beforehand. You need a lender who ought to use any existing equity to re-arrange your finances and re-mortgage contract, that repays your mortgage arrears and minimises your mortgage payments.Depending on how much equity you have, the company may be able to set up a lump sum other debts which might have gone over the repossession order. A mortgage company should tell you all your rights and analyse to see if your current lender has been fair or sympathetic to your situation, and if your lender has offered any help. If the court date is getting closer and you have not had written confirmation that your lender isnt making further actions, still attend but take with you all communication you have so far.

How Women Can Negotiate Like Pros

How Women Can Negotiate Like Pros

Copyright 2006 Mary GreenwoodThere are some stereotypes that women cannot negotiate as well as men: that women are not as aggressive, that they take things too personally, or that they are not taken seriously. As a woman negotiator myself, I believe that the same rules apply to men as woman. However I have listed five rules that should particularly help women Negotiate Like A Pro.1. It Does Not Hurt To Ask. If You Dont Ask, You Dont Get.It does not hurt to ask for something. The worst that can happen is that the other party says no. This is true in any kind of negotiation especially in dealing with a boss. Ask for that raise or promotion. Even if you dont get it, your boss may admire your pluck and keep you in mind for future promotions. If there is something very important to you, it is good to get it out on the table. However do your research and be prepared to defend what it is you want and why you should get it. Dont think that if you deserve a raise or promotion you will get it without initiating the conversation. In a job offer, try asking for more money and see what happens. If you have a bad customer experience at a hotel, ask for something like an upgrade or a free night. The results may surprise you.2. Never Take No For An AnswerIf you ask for something you really want and it is denied, dont take no for an answer. Try to find out why they are saying no. As they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Try to think of a different way to convince the other side to give you want you want. Go back to the drawing board and try to ask for what you want in a different way. Even a minor change, a compromise or rephrasing might make it more palatable. If this is an important issue, suggest a trade-off or package deal, so the other side might be motivated by getting something they want.3. Look the PartYou are the one who should set the tone of the negotiation. When you come into the room for the first time, you should look the part. You should wear professional clothes. A woman should not wear a lot of distracting jewelry. Bring the accessories of success such as a nice briefcase and notebook. Project the image that you want. You might want to try it in the mirror a few times. You want to give good eye contact and be a good listener. You want to seem knowledgeable about the issues or issues to be discussed. Think of the expression, Fake it till you make it. Being a good negotiator is like being a good actor. Remember to play your part and look the part.4. Never Let Them See You SweatIt is important to check your emotions at the door before trying to negotiate anything. Emotions such as anger can make one lose control. If you are nervous, upset or unsure of yourself, you need to focus on what you hope to accomplish and tell yourself that nothing is going to stand in the way of your goal. If the other side sees weakness, they may try to bait you, so dont give them the satisfaction of knowing they have gotten to you. When I am upset with the other side, instead of getting angry, I actually speak more softly and more slowly to get my message across. Dont let your emotions interfere with the negotiation and never let them see you sweat!5. Be PreparedLike the Girls Scouts, you must be prepared. If women feel they are not always taken seriously, they may have to work extra hard to do their research and be prepared. Much preliminary work must be done. If you are not completely prepared, consider delaying the start of the negotiation. If you try to wing it, you will regret it. It is important to have all the answers in advance. You cannot be over-prepared.If you follow these Rules, you should be able to Negotiate Like A Pro.

The seven deadly sins of business people #5 - Anger

The seven deadly sins of business people #5 - Anger

If you read this introduction already, just scroll down and start reading about Anger, otherwise it is recommended that you read the introduction bellow.Let’s analyze how these common vices can affect your business and your overall income. You may think that the concept of deadly sins is a religious one and do not apply to you, but you may call them negative tendencies if you want. The fact is that you can find them in more or less intensity within most people.You may not realize that one of these tendencies may be affecting you until I show you the details. If you realize that there is a problem, I will also give you the solution so you can fix it. I will explain and compare now the most common negative tendencies among people with their corresponding opposite virtues. Before we start, I need to tell you something . . . I.Most sins arise from: FEAR. II.Most virtues arise from: LOVE.III.Sins, vices and negative tendencies demonstrate weakness, while virtues demonstrate strength.In my opinion the biggest virtue of all is COURAGE/CONFIDENCE, because it is the direct fruit of love, which dissipates fear and sow all other virtues in human’s hearts. This is a series of articles about this subject. The whole series contain the following articles . . .1.Pride2.Envy3.Gluttony4.Lust5.Anger6.Greed7.Sloth– ANGER – This negative tendency is related to lack of patience. Angry individuals have no patience to deal with other people’s problems. They cry, break things, get mad. They lose control of their feelings when they have to deal with uncomfortable situations.These people canalize their inner frustration this way. The problem is that sometimes they manage to do a great deal of physical and emotional damage on their surroundings. They can hurt people. They can destroy objects that they lament later. They say things which they regret once their anger is gone.This sin opposes meekness/kindness. Kind people take the tender approach. They don’t mind investing time and efforts to help others solve their troubles. Kind people are compassionate. Anger can affect your business. You can lose clients. It can damage your reputation. Sometimes customers come to a business and they don’t know about a product or service. They expect to receive a kind attitude from the owners or employees. It is hard to get new clients but easy to lose them. Everything possible must be done to make sure you don’t lose the ones you already have. Every successful business owner knows this. The same can happen with people that you employ. If you are always angry at your employees they may feel bad about it and leave. It takes time and effort to find and train new employees.When people feel loved and appreciated they will come back to you often and buy from you again. I know that sometimes stress makes us do and say things that we would have not done under normal circumstances. On the other hand, the rewards for meekness are huge. That’s why it is always great to be in control of our feelings at all times and don’t allow anger to hurt our business and profits.If you read the other articles on this series, you will realize that the common characteristic behind this negative tendencies is: selfishness. If you are absolved with yourself, you will show one or more of these tendencies on your daily actions. The solution is to live a less selfish lifestyle. By changing your attitude, you may change the outcome of your actions. You may be amazed at the results and you will feel happier and successful. EasyWebRiches 2006

5 Ways to Make Money on the Internet with Top Quality E-books

With so many new online business opportunities available, it can be difficult to sift through the masses. Maybe you're low on start-up funds. Perhaps you have limited time to work on your business at the start due to your current employment away from home. Maybe you'd like an Internet business that's easy to operate and won't require a lot of stress. If any of these apply to your situation, then selling e-books might be right for you.Thousands of people are earning extra income or enjoying a full time business in their home by selling e-books. E-books are available everywhere you go online, and cover a variety subjects from cooking to home decor to financial tips. They are easy to purchase thanks to online credit card processing, and they are easy to download and read at one's own convenience. The beauty of an e-book business is you'll have no inventory to keep up with, no overhead costs to produce the e-book (unless you invest your own time in writing one), and no shipping hassles. Let's explore five ways you can make money on the Internet selling e-books.1. Pick and Choose from E-books that Interest YouThe key to success is to build a solid business while selling items that interest you. Do you wish to help others with finances or to help them get out of debt? Sell e-books related to finances. Do you enjoy making crafts? Sell e-books about crafts. Are you a seasoned fisherman? Offer tips about fishing in an e-book. The list goes on and on, and you can make money on the Internet while doing something you actually love to do! You can write your own e-books, hire someone to write them, or sign on with a company that provides the rights to sell their e-books. If you use another company's e-books, this will save you the time and headaches of writing your own. You might also be able to pick and choose which e-books you'd like to sell. Then you will be able to offer only those that interest you.2. Read the E-booksYou should be knowledgeable about the products you sell. If you don't actually write your own e-books, be sure to read the ones you offer. This will allow you to answer customer questions, write effective sales presentations, and offer insight about the e-books to your readers. It's much easier to sell something you believe in, and you'll also want to make sure that what you are offering is of top quality. If you blindly sell someone else's e-books without reading them, you can hinder your own ability to make money online.3. Promote E-books through Various Online ResourcesOnce you decide on a few e-books to offer, it's time for promotion. With any "new online business" , you'll want to start with a great website and effective sales presentations. Without these, you won't be able to convert the visitors to paying customers so your promotions will be in vain. If you're not a writer, hire a professional sales writer to create copy for you. It will be well worth the money later on when you're selling e-books like hotcakes! If you sell multiple e-books, be sure to set up a presentation for each separate e-book. This will give you more clout in the search engines and help to better target your readers.After setting up a website, start submitting all your web pages to the major search engines. This can be achieved through an SEO promotion company or you can do it manually yourself. Next, look for pay-per-click opportunities at search engines so you can target your visitors. Pay-per-click enables you to pick and choose the keywords you would like to target. Your website will only show in the search results when those particular keywords are used. You will pay a small amount per click, but most of your visitors will be targeted with an interest for your products. Other effective forms of advertising online include press releases, e-zine (or newsletter) advertising, classifieds, auctions, and malls. 4. Sell Ad-On Products to Benefit E-book CustomersOnce you start selling e-books and build a customer base, it's time for ad-ons. You might sell products or services within your e-books through affiliate links. Or, you might offer newly released e-books to customers who have bought from you before. If you want to offer additional services besides selling e-books, you might use the e-books to gain a customer base first. Then, you can introduce your main services.5. Teach Others to Sell E-booksAnother way to make "money online" with e-books is to train others to sell e-books. You can offer commissions or rights to e-books and help others build a new online business. As you help others make money on the Internet, you will reap rewards as well. E-books are easy to sell for your own purposes, and they can be easily passed on for others to sell.Selling e-books offers many advantages over selling physical products or offering various services. You can save time and money by offering e-books 24/7 and by automating your business to make it work for you. Start searching online today for e-book opportunities so you can reach your goals soon!

Cash Gifting: How to Blow Your Cash Gifting Competition out of the Water!

Everyone knows that cash gifting is one of the most popular business platforms on the Internet. For years now, gifting programs have been gaining notoriety as being the fast track to substantial wealth generation. Some people make thousands of dollars within their very first week of cash gifting. Like every other legitimate business opportunity though, cash gifting is dependent upon the amount of effort that a given entrepreneur puts into it as well as the amount of education they possess about cash gifting and Internet Marketing in general. Let's examine some of the hottest tactics that will enable you to blow your cash gifting competition directly out of the water!1.Firstly, realize that you are becoming a valid business entity when you join a professional cash gifting program. This is certainly something that many people are doing full-time and generating substantial income streams from. Being an online entrepreneur is fun, but serious business. Always approach it that way for optimized success.2.Study, experiment with and regularly utilize the various aspects of Web 2.0 marketing technologies. You have to educate yourself and become a diversified marketer. Take a multifaceted approach to your marketing endeavors and spread yourself all over the Internet. If you are only relying on one or two marketing methods, then you are unnecessarily limiting yourself. Study the techniques of article marketing, video production, social network marketing, pay-per-click marketing, search engine optimization, Squidoo lenses and more. Leave no stone unturned as you develop your marketing expertise!3.Only join a gifting program that offers you professional mentoring. An expert mentor can save you months, if not years, of marketing experimentation. They can use their skill sets to broaden your own and quickly advance you up the roads to cash gifting fortune.4.Become your cash gifting business. Promote it all times to everyone that you come into contact with. It's a simple item to promote, cash. Everybody loves it, wants it and needs it already. When they see the amount of success that you are demonstrating, they will naturally be attracted to you and want to know more. Don't wait for them to ask. Be a leader and promote your business. That's how we become rich!5.Monitor your competition and expose their weaknesses while developing your strengths. Never mistake the fact that the business world is cut-throat and it really is either you or them. Be better than they are at your business. Become a true leader in the field and you will quickly rise to the top. Never be afraid to compete with those who seem more advanced than you do as long as you are honest and forthright.Cash gifting has emerged as the Internet's most lucrative opportunity for business. You can develop massive income streams and realize all of your life goals through cash gifting. Do not let this opportunity pass you by!

Summary

News reports this week contained good and bad news for certain people in the technology, business, economy, trade, and entertainment industries or sectors around the world.First, the technology industry is reported to be booming.