17 Dec

The Ins And Outs Of Owning A Franchise

Many years ago it was the norm that when someone wanted to go into business for themselves it meant using one’s own instincts and depending on one’s own personal know-how and also observing the way that the market was going to move. However, things have changed and franchises have become the new way of doing things which has led to much prosperity for franchisees. Essentially, a franchise is duplication of business concept that has proven successful for the parent company and it also means that the franchisee is the owner who hires his or her own staff and looks after the day-to-day working of his franchise in which the stakes are high since the franchisee has invested his own time, money and effort in running the business.

An Already Established Concept – Another advantage to owning a franchise is that the concept has already been established and there will already be a proven track record of success. Also, the franchisee is well within his or her rights in using the trademark of the company and also its brand name which gives a license to the franchisee to market products that already has the brand recognition and which is already popular with the customers. Thus, having a franchise means tapping into a market that has already been established and is ready for more business.

When one takes a franchise, there is assured support on the part of the franchiser, and even though you may running the business on your own, there is always an extra opportunity or two available from the parent company and assistance too is always forthcoming. Since a majority of franchises are turnkey projects, it means that after signing the agreement, the franchisee gets all the equipment as well as supplies that are necessary to grow the business further, and this is something that sets franchising apart from other business concepts.

Next, when one takes a franchise there is less need for capital as compared to starting a business for yourself, and this can be attributed to the fact that you will already be getting experience and also a tried and tested system that the parent company has operated with success, and for which you do not have to spend unnecessarily such as on trial and error ideas. And, it also means getting supplies at lower costs because the parent company has already negotiated prices with suppliers and this benefit is passed onto the franchise.

Other benefits to starting a franchise includes getting wider promotional campaigns, benefits of ongoing R & D programs, having the status of a company, not taking any more risks than are necessary, and getting a set of quality standards that are unified. Thus, with all these benefits, it is easy to see why other forms of business concepts are not able to compete with franchising.

17 Dec

Taxi Express Gets Rp 60 Billion Profit, Grow 54%

Is ground transportation services brand Express, Express Transindo Main Tbk PT (TAXI) earned a net profit of Rp 60.5 billion. The amount of net income increased 54% when compared to net income in the same period in 2012 amounting to Rp 39 billion. This achievement exceeded the company’s target of Rp 59 billion.

The rise in net profit driven by the acquisition of the company’s total revenue per June 30, 2013 which reached Rp 331.3 billion, an increase of 40% when compared to the same period of the previous year of Rp 237 billion.

“The Company’s financial performance this semester boast, revenue growth and significant earnings thanks to the success and efficiency of the Company’s expansion strategy, in addition to our success was due to maintaining the quality of service,” said Chief Financial Officer Taxi Express David Santoso in a press release, in Jakarta, Friday (2 / 8/2013).

He said the biggest contribution is still dominated by regular taxi which reached 84%. The rest of the Business Value Added Business Transportation Limousine dominated by vehicles that are in Bali, Lombok, Bandung and Jakarta.

Express regular cab fleet itself which operates to this day more than 8,800 units, which is targeted to reach 10 035 units by year-end.

“This year we expect to be able to add to our regular fleet of 2,000 units,” added David.

For this year, he said, the company aims to add 5 new pool in the area Jadetabek.

According to him, from the target, the Company has been getting 3 new locations for the pool. The Company is currently looking for a location for a second pool. Indeed most current pool still in Jadetabek. In addition to the Jadetabek, Express Group also has a pool in the other areas, namely in Bali, Lombok, Medan, Surabaya and Semarang.

Meanwhile, with regard to the new tariff set Express Group, David explained that it does not affect the Company’s financial.

This is because the Express Group implemented a partnership scheme with the driver, so that the new tariff solely to adjust the driver’s income and maintain the welfare of each individual driver’s partner.

While the driver of the Company’s partners deposit value remained elevated and did not participate. “We will continue to focus on improving service to our customers. We are confident in the consistency of the Company’s future financial performance has continued to increase, especially taxi business in Indonesia is very potential, “he explained.

17 Dec

How to find low cost hotel in Berlin

If you are looking for low cost hotel then not to worry because you are not alone in this trip now a days everybody is in search of cheap hotel. So that they can enjoy vacation in affordable price. A low cost hotel is not necessarily a bad hotel, and sometimes a traveler can find a great bargain on a hotel that is one of the best in town.

One of the most popular cities of Germany, Berlin is the hub of swanky eateries, cafes, multiplexes, awe-inspiring museums, stirring pubs, electrifying nightclubs and much more. Generally people likes to visit during the period between May to September, Berlin is beautiful throughout the year.

Full of attractions and beauty, Berlin has many picturesque places to visit. Berlin has many place to visit. Among the other attractions of Berlin are its classic Cathedrals. With each Cathedral as beautiful as the other, it might be a tough task to decide how many and which all to visit. But some of the best among the lot are St. Marien, Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), in the ‘Lustgarten’, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral (St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale), French Friedrichstadt Church (Franzsische Friedrichstadtkirche) and St. Mathew’s Church (St. Matthuskirche) and it takes more time to visit it if you want to enjoy fully. For this people need hotel to stay.

The Internet is, of course, a treasure trove of valuable information as far as finding cheap hotels in beriln goes – the trouble lies in knowing where to look. Nothing harder to do, whereby it could be done with couple of click-through! Right from luxury hotels to the mid range hotels, you can find any kind of hotels matching your choice and budget. Many times you are required to pre-pay for your stay, guarantee a certain number of nights, and not cancel. If you feel comfortable with the conditions of your reservation and the deal is right, take advantage of the deal when you can.

Make sure you have check the rates or youll think you are getting a lovely deal while the booking site laughs all the way to the bank. It is not that cheap hotels grant poor amenities and safety, and luxury hotels offer complete range of amenities and services. A holiday doesnt must cost an arm as well as a leg in hotel fares alone. By doing some research, comparing rates & contacting companies you would not typically think of, you can definitely find a cheap hotel room.

17 Dec

What We Often Misunderstand About Food

If we ask this question to ourselves, can we figure out what the answer is? As we all know, food exists to give us our life survival. If we look back to the past, the humans basically hunted their food and cooked it with fire. Or else, they would grow their own food such as edible plants and fruits.

Along with years changing, day by day, the food that we originally needed for survival has changed its forms depending on how we want it or how we processed it. Especially, due to various countries and cultures around the world, the food processing varieties are normal.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. This shows that humans’ creativity and technology grown continuously. However, sometimes we forget that we actually need food to continue living. We just keep eating whatever we want even when we know clearly we don’t need it.

Eat to Live or Live to eat?

This is another question that makes us realize how the food purpose has changed throughout the history. With various types of food around and its different flavours, often we forget that our bodies need certain types of food at certain amount only based on a healthy diet.

There’s a very good quotation that we can try to consider for our health benefits, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” This is actually true. It means any food we consume can give us health benefits that will help prolonging our life or it’s actually unhealthy food that can poison us by time and slowly kill us at the end.

It really depends on ourselves which food to eat and which food to avoid to keep us healthy. With so many advanced researches and how easy communication is, it’s not too difficult to gather good information about the food that we actually should consume for our bodies.

However, of course it’s often hard to change our eating habits if we already have another eating habits, even if it maybe will negatively affect our health in long-term period. It’s even harder especially when we notice that usually, the tastier food is often the less healthy one.

But at the end, this will be our own choice. No matter how difficult it is to choose healthy lifestyles, we can make the change we want with stronger and stronger will.

17 Dec

3-D Gun Printing: Here’s the Software That Stops It

New software has been developed that aims to restrict the manufacture of firearms that have been created using new 3-D technology.

The world’s first gun made using 3-D printing – called “The Liberator” – was successfully fired on May 6 in Austin, Texas. In just three days the blueprint created by startup Defense Distributed to produce the plastic gun had been downloaded around 100,000 times, according to¬†Forbes Magazine.

Anti-gun campaigners have criticized the project, whilst lawmakers in different U.S. states have moved to pass new legislation to prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of the digitally made firearms. And now Danish startup Create It REAL has produced software that it says blocks users from printing guns in the first place.

“The likely buyers are 3-D printer manufacturers who want to minimize their liability risk and offer a firearm parental control feature to their customers,” Create It REAL’s CEO Jeremie Pierre Gay told CNBC.

“The feature creates a unique digital fingerprint of the firearm…the manufacturer could decide to block the print or to simply give a warning to the user of the potential danger.”

The software has taken a year to develop. The firm realized there was a gap in the market after surveying end users and 3D printer manufacturers. Gay told CNBC that his previous job working with Digital Rights Management (DRM) for technology firm Motorola served him well.

“[We realized] people are interested in the ability to put a lock on their firearms at home, the same should be possible on a 3D printer as a parental control feature. I would say that this feature is customer driven even if they did not know they wanted the feature when we asked,” he said.

“The possibility to make a firearm at home is not new, there are many plans on how to do it on Internet, the problem with 3-D printing is that it could become simply too easy, this feature makes it more complicated again.”

Cody Wilson, the man behind nonprofit Defense Distributed was skeptical that the product would actually be able to prohibit the printing of guns, which are produced as separate parts and then assembled. “The Liberator” is printed with hard plastic and fires a standard .380 caliber bullet. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail which is used as its firing pin.

“Such software must walk a very fine line, of which I’ve no doubt it is incapable…It’s interesting PR to the uninitiated only,” the 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas told CNBC.

“‘The Liberator’ pistol is an assembly of over 17 parts, most of which individually would not set off a detection software unless the exact model was blacklisted. Think about it, springs, hammer, even the grip. These are not ‘guns’.”

‘Wild West’ Regulation

Both New York City and New York State have introduced legislation to curb the making of 3-D printed firearms or ban their use altogether and similar bills have been introduced in California. Linda Rosenthal, a New York State assembly member told CNBC that New York’s bill is currently sitting with the Codes Committee after the legislative session ended on June 21.

“I have all intentions of pursuing this legislation next session,” she told CNBC. “The controversy surrounding the passage of the SAFE ACT (the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) will make passing any piece of gun-related legislation that much more difficult, but I think this is a very important issue that must be addressed before the technology becomes widely available.”

New York State should act as a leader to provide a national model for other states to follow, Rosenthal said, and welcomes the new software that she says is effectively the industry regulating its own behavior.

“It is important that industry and government partner with each other to address this issue. Neither acting alone will be able to accomplish enough to deter dangerous behavior….Given that no technology is foolproof, it is critical that the states have strong tools available to discourage wrongdoing and criminalize bad behavior,” she told CNBC.

“3D printing is a very new technology, and in terms of regulation, it is the Wild West out there.”

Despite the issues surrounding the manufacture of firearms, 3-D printing – creating three-dimensional solid objects from digital models – is gathering momentum and is transforming everything from medicine to home goods. Printers that once cost $30,000 now are priced closer to $1,000 and have the potential to rewrite the rules of global manufacturing.

The market for 3-D printing was estimated at about $1.7 billion in 2011 and could hit $6.5 billion by 2019, according to research firm Wohlers Associates.

17 Dec

The Art Of Basketball Shooting Discovered

Since the sport of basketball was invented more than a century ago, youth, high school and college basketball coaches and players have all attempted to master the art of basketball shooting but in the 21st Century, high school basketball coach Steve Fisher has done just that.

Taking into account physics and a players body style, hand size and finger length coach Fisher has produced a remarkable and insightful DVD on the art of basketball shooting called The Secrets of Shooting.

I realized that there is a strong correlation between hand placement, wrist action, and how you release the ball. After studying great shooters of the NBA, I identified four distinct styles that different players use, said Fisher.

These four distinctive styles are all incorporated in his one-of-a-kind DVD which clearly explains how players can improve their technique of shooting a basketball. Jacob Hays, provides narration and carefully and with simplicity explains the techniques demonstrated in the Secrets of Shooting while the Fisher Sharp Shooters demonstrate each step of the way.
But these techniques did not come to Fisher overnight. Its a process that included his own attempts as an average high school basketball player and then later as a small town high school basketball coach to help all of his players become more confident and accurate shooters.

After reading Bill Sharmans book, Sharman on Basketball Shooting and John Fontanellas The Physics of Basketball, I realized that one size does not fit all and an individualized approach to the art of shooting a basketball was the best one for all players.

Included in his research was the study of some of the greatest basketball shooters of all time, from Pistol Pete Maravich, Rich Barry and Reggie Smith to George Gervin, Jerry West and Kobe Bryant.

He also studied biomechanics, body types, finger lengths, dart throwing, golf instruction the physics of dance and even medical studies and with all of his research and with his acquired knowledge developed the four distinct shooting methods covered in the DVD.

Traditional basketball shooting is geared to tall, thin ectomorph body types so many of todays young population are left out, Fisher said. I take an individualistic approach to basketball shooting and my DVD shows the correct techniques to shooting incorporating the four distinct shooting methods.
Fisher also puts to rest the notion that repetition alone will make a basketball player a better shooter.

The beauty of the DVDs approach is that the results are immediate. The methods sell themselves. When kids see the ball go in they believe, said Fisher.
Its perfect for players of any age and basketball camp, youth, high school and college basketball players.

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17 Dec

Patient Discharge Planning Is Essential For Every Hospital

Usually and understandably we focus most of our attention to the medical treatment in the hospital; and less to the discharge from hospitals. Yet, the style in which this transitional phase is coordinated, is exceedingly critical to the physical and psychological health of your family members. The changeover could be to house, a rehabilitation center or a nursing home. It has been studied and proved that an efficient discharge from hospitals has a huge effect of improvement for the patients when they step into the following stage of care. .

Health care providers, household members unitedly should play a significant role in supervising the patient’s health after patient discharge. Even though hospital discharge planning is a significant constituent of the total patient care, there is a deficiency of professionalism in the arrangement of discharge from the hospital. Discharge from hospitals is a procedure aimed at making the patient move from one care stage to another as smooth as possible. Whereas Discharge From Hospital can be cleared only by a doctor, the actual hospital discharge planning can be executed by a nurse, social worker or other person. A collective approach to patient discharge is really ideal.

It is essential that assessment and discussion should precede the patient discharge planning. Licensed personnel should assess the patient and the caregivers have to know about them. You should even workout the procedure for the patient’s shift to his house or another care center. Determine what support or training for the caregiver is required. Ascertain aid level needed by home care unit or care centers of the community. Organize follow-up for tests or appointments.

Discussion is essential to survey the patient’s state of wellness. Helps to know if he can go home or to a care unit depending upon the level of tending required. It should involve information on diet and medications, equipments needed like a wheelchair, commode, oxygen and also nomination of personnel for preparation of meals, chores and transport. Statistics show that 40% of patients over 65 years of age were not provided with proper medication after patient discharge and 18% of Medicare patients after discharge from hospitals are readmitted within 30 days. This is damaging to the patient as well as the funding authority. Right planning for discharge and adequate follow-up improves patient’s health, ward off readmissions and lowers health care costs.

Easy measures taken after patient’s discharge from hospital are of enormous value. A phone for care information and a follow up appointment with the medical practitioner are some of them. A thorough survey of all medications is required prior to a patient’s discharge from hospital to keep off medication errors. The discharge planners need to discuss with the caregiver about his ability to supply care. There may be physical, financial or other restrictions like occupation or a baby to look after and these limitations should be discussed with the hospital staff.

17 Dec

Essential Things You’ll Discover In A Cosmetic Surgery Forum

Do you have a plan on having a rhytidoplasty? You may choose to join and study through a cosmetic surgery forum first. The forums can give you a good deal of info that any person should know before consultation and the actual operation.

First, the forums could supply information about surgeons. Taking a cosmetic surgeon is one of the most crucial decisions you will make when projecting to have a cosmetic and or reconstructive surgery. A cosmetic surgery forum can point you know some names of surgeons and whether their past patients consider them nearly as good or bad. The overall positive results rate in cosmetic surgery is absolutely not perfect. You have certainly heard of horror reports. Wouldn’t you want to know which surgeons are responsible for them and avoid them as much as possible?.
It is also beneficial to know which ones are contented in what their surgeon did. A recent online opinion poll presented that merely a third of the participants are pleased or satisfied with the operation. The other third is unhappy while the others have mixed emotions. Online forums are the best web sites to look for warnings from other patients who know a thing or two about surgeons.

Second, the cosmetic surgery forum could offer info about cosmetic surgical and non-surgical operations some of which you probably have already listened about (and others that you may haven’t). It is best you choose to have an understanding on what surgery may help you get what you desire but don’t be surprised to know when men and women say that they went for a chemical substance peel but the operating surgeon said microdermabrasion would be enough. With lots of surgery may be available nowadays, patients might not know if there are better ways for them unless others let them know.

Third, a cosmetic surgery forum could also give you an thought just how much a cosmetic operation is. Most men or women want to get an estimation on operation but surgeons do not usually post pricing. Some men and women talk about the price of their operation on forums. However, note that every operation is different and costs may differ so it is still far better to consult some surgeons. The forums may additionally mention some surgeons tied up with commendable financiers.

If you wish to get a facelift, it is simpler to listen what others have to say and the way to do this is by joining forums about cosmetic surgery. Research who the best possible surgeons are, what the best operations are and how much they cost.

17 Dec

Animal Print Bedding Kids Love It

An animal print has an inherent appeal to people of all ages. For the older ones, it is a throwback to the psychedelic and groovy decades of the past, for the even older ones it is a way to reminisce the early years of the modern era. And for the young ones today, it is a way to connect with their fantasies and interests in animals and the animal kingdom. For these kids, the best way to use animal fabric is through animal print bedding.

Animal bedding is a way for kids to have a piece of the animal kingdom, without actually harming an animal. Why? Because unlike in the old days wherein having the pattern of a cheetah or a tiger meant killing those animals, today animal bedding uses artificially made animal prints. These are fabrics that are traditionally used, like cotton or some other synthetic fabric, printed with the design of the animals. It may not be as soft, or as luxurious, as the original thing, but these fabrics are a lot cheaper, a lot more accessible, and do not require any deaths of the animals the kids love!

But when getting animal bedding, there are a couple of things that need to be remembered. First, is to make sure of the size and shape of the bed and the pillows. It’s a hassle to buy bedding, only to find out upon going home that the bed is too large, or that the pillows are too fluffy to fit! Next, and arguably more important, is to make sure that the bedding pieces are from the same manufacturer, to make sure that the colors, print, and style of the bedding are uniform. Nothing’s worse than finding out after buying a number of pieces that reds look like pinks, oranges look like yellows, and the print sizes are different. The best solution to this is to buy a bed in a bag.

Remember these tips when getting animal print bedding and you’ll be giving your child a very stylish bedroom!

17 Dec

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