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World Leaders Expressed Grief On Germanwings Flight 9252 Crash

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Europe was greatly shocked at what had befallen Germanwings Flight 9252 when it crashed last Tuesday in France. Many world leaders have expressed their grief and their shock at the unfortunate incident that killed all 150 passengers. 72 passengers were Germans, 35 were Spaniards, 2 Americans, 2 Australians and 2 Britons.

French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have all visited the crash site in France and expressed their sorrow for the families of the unfortunate victims.
In a statement made by the German Chancellor, she had shared her thoughts and condolences as well as the entire German government to those who have lost their lives in the crash. She described the suffering of the families of the victims as ‘immense.’

Spain, on the other hand, expressed their grief by announcing a three days of national mourning which begins this Wednesday. Prime Minister Rajoy said in a press conference that they are lamenting the incident like everyone else is doing. President Hollande turned to Twitter to show his support for the family of the victims and addressed the incident as a tragedy on France’s soil.

Due to the incident, King Felipe of Spain had to cut his state visit to France.

The leaders of the countries involved were not the only ones who expressed their sadness and grief following the air crash. U.S. President Barack Obama had even called both Rajoy and Merkel to give his condolences on behalf of the United States of America.

Germany and Spain are considered as one the U.S.’ biggest allies and Obama wanted them to know that they stand in solidarity even during this unfortunate event.

Obama added that it was heartbreaking because most of the victims were also children and some were even infants.
About sixteen high school students from Germany were killed in the crash. A Swedish football team was also scheduled to be on board on Flight 9252. Luckily, all 29 team members were divided into three separate flights, sparing them from the same fate that killed 150 passengers.

British President David Cameron also pledged their support.

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CSS Industries, Inc. Discloses The Result Of Last Year’s Operations

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Three and nine months operations were conducted by CSS Industries, Inc. last year and the company is happy to inform that it is done last December 31 of 2014. Last fiscal year 2014, the sales of the company were at $106,295,000 during the third quarter and it drops to 1.2 per cent during the fiscal year 2015, bringing it down to $104,993,000. This loss in sales was mainly because of the low sales they acquired during the holidays with cards and stationery products for every occasion. The lower sale figures was offset due to craft ribbon’s high sales as well as by the gain acquired upon acquisition of Carson & Gebel Ribbon Co., LLC. C&G, including all its businesses and assets, was acquired last May 19 of the year 2014 by the company’s Berwick Offray LLC. The figures in 2014 were much higher than the fiscal year 2015.

Comparing the first nine months of 2014 and 2015, the resulting figures in 2015 is lower by 2.5% compared to last year. The loss, from $265,899,000 to $259,342,000, is mainly because of lower sales in some products such as the ribbons, cards, Christmas bows, stationery products and cards from all occasion. This loss was offset by a higher sale in terms of items such as craft ribbon and gift card holders.

CSS is a company that deals mainly in consumer products that are involved in designing, manufacturing, procuring, distributing and selling of products from seasonal social expression and all occasion. This aims to mass market all possible retailers. There are many inclusions to the products, be it seasonal or all occasion, which the company is producing. The products usually comes with items such as gift tags, bows and ribbons, gift wrap, greeting cards that are boxed, gift boxes, tissue paper that are decorative, holders of gift card, decorations, Valentines that could be exchanged in the classroom, novelties and dyes used in making Easter eggs, floral accessories, journals, stickers, scrapbooks, stationery, memory books, note cards, products used in education and crafting, photo albums for wedding events and infant photos. These products are only some of the products that are offered in order to make sure important life happenings are properly commemorated.

The Dilemma In Foxtons’ Stocks

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It was only two year since FOXT or Foxtons, an estate agency in London, was dubbed as short sell because of the floating incident. After that, there was a considerable rise in the earnings after the surge in the London real estate market. Despite the fact of the increase in the property market, there are still some problems occurring which can be viewed as the very reason why stocks continue to fall and should be given more focus.

According to the chart of Foxtons, there was quite an excitement with its sudden rise to 400p last year but then it fell greatly within the same year and ended up to be 148p. The first half of the current year has proven to be a good one for the company because of a slight increase which resulted to 285p. There was an update regarding robust trading last month and yet the price went downhill and is now at 189p.

Foxtons is based in London and focuses more on residential properties but the sales revenue are not even equal to the lettings while mortgage broking has shown to have added a small amount to the total profit. The price of the stocks on the market continued to decline after CWD or Countrywide has issued a statement regarding the expected 14 per cent of sales drop which is based on the UK. The prime central location in London is now being used as an asset in order to increase the prices in UK housing.

According to a data set globally, housing market in London is considered to be the most overvalued. The bubble index set by UBS has rated London at 1.88. Because of the previous rating in 1985 to 2009, it was expected that whenever it reaches more than 1.0, a correction of 30 per cent will take place between one to three years.

Supply in housing is said to be lacking according to politicians, press and estate agents but there are obvious homeowners who have been trying sell for year with no progress. Because of the recent property boom, there are now many property owners who are embarking on projects such as home extensions and improvements in order to profit more. The home extensions and improvement tactic is not only present in London but in other places as well such as Perth.

Here Are A Few Ways For You To Get Into The Fall Spirit

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US — November 10, 2015 — It’s that time of the year again when the leaves turn brown and fall, when the days begin to be flooded with clouds, and when people start preparing for the holidays. Out of all the seasons, it is safe to assume that the most ignored season is the autumn season, or fall. People don’t pay much attention to unless they have to start gathering and blowing off all the leaves. As forgotten as fall may be, there are still some ways for people to get into the fall spirit.

  1. Since fall is the beginning of the cold seasons, there is without a doubt that people would need something to keep them warm. Scarves play a great job in this. They are not only fashionable warming items; they also help protect the wearer from the cold winds. What’s good about scarves is that they do not discriminate and they can be worn by people of all ages and gender. They also provide the feeling of getting hugged, a good replacement for your blankets.
  2. Probably the best part about fall is that you can finally start wearing sweaters. It doesn’t matter if you are at school, at home, or at the park, it’s nice to have a sweater during fall. What’s even great is when these sweaters evolve into the ever popular ugly Christmas sweaters. That is when the fun really begins. If you are interested in getting your own ugly sweater, you can visit UglyChristmasSweater.com.
  3. Warm Drinks. If you want to stay comfortable during a cold day, why not treat yourself with a warm drink? Wherever you may be, it would give you a nice feeling of warmth if you have something warm to drink plus the fact that it would help keep your taste buds satisfied.
  4. A Cartoon or Movie. Going back to the topic of comfort, there could never be anything as comfortable as laying in bed snuggled by a thick blanket with a warm drink on the bedside table, watching a cartoon like Charlie Brown or a movie, preferably a thanksgiving special.

Making Your Product Stand Out From the Rest

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The brand designs of most products are created in such a way with the notion that shoppers make informed and rational decisions when filling up their shopping carts. The truth is that shoppers make reactive and purely instinctive moves when presented with goods to buy. Studies have shown that the consumers only read at least seven words in the entire shopping process and buy instinctively by color, familiarity of the location and shape. Best sellers are those with market strategists that appeal to the reptilian brain which decides even before logic jumps in and takes over.

Most of the instinctive reactions are designed into packaging with the application of the Biomotive triggers. These are cues which affect the person’s subconscious and generates emotion and action even before the conscious part of the brain can react or respond. There are plenty of triggers and scientists have identified at least 16 of these key combinations. You need to understand what these primal cues are in order to help your brand connect emotionally with your potential customers, sell more products and build great assets for your company.

In order to be successful, each brand should have a unique and distinctive view point and should be able to express a clear and unique reason. Effective packaging would make it easy for the consumer to understand at a glance what the product is, what it’s used for and why it is relevant to the life of the consumer. Naturally, the product should be able to deliver its promises in order for a repeat purchase to happen.

Stand out

You need to make your product stand out from the rack and from its competitors. Simply covering the shelf and shouting louder just would not make your brand stand out. You need to draw a point of orientation on the packaging of your material which will attract your shopper’s eyes and communicate your product to them. You can make use of cusps to do this. The cusps are pointy shapes with sharp edges and usually trigger the feelings of danger, fear and caution. You can also make use of other creative products like Paper Mart tulle when packaging your product so that it will stand out.

Here’s Why You Should Join A Hotel Loyalty Program

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Tel Aviv – Do you travel around frequently? If so, how is it?If you would do the math, that would be a lot of money coming out of your pockets and if you are not the CEO of a large company then that could prove a problem for you.

Usually, the first thing that people worry about when travelling is the budget for their airfares, but think about it, when you are going to stay at a certain place for a while, for a week for example, then you should also be worrying about the cost for accommodations. There will be some cases where your accommodations will be beyond the cost of your flight. Most of the time, however, people tend to choose frequent flyer programs over hotel loyalty programs.

Here are a few reasons why you should choose the latter over the former.

  1. Discounts & Free Accommodations. Joining a loyalty program will mean that you would also get to benefit from an assortment of discounts that a hotel is offering. You could even get discounts on the room rates, the food and other services that you wish to avail of. If you earn enough points, you might also be able to get free accommodation.
  2. Exclusive Rates. One of the perks of a loyalty program is that you would get to enjoy rates that are exclusive only to members. Prices would be much lower as well as the rates.
  3. Free Access to Facilities. There would be instances when members are also given free access to all the facilities that the hotel has which may either be a spa, a sports facility, a pool, or all of them.
  4. Priority Waitlist. Being a member means you will also be prioritized by the hotel. You would not have to wait in queue or go downstairs. Just give the hotel services a call and they’ll come to you.
  5. Other Benefits. A membership also allows you to get the best rooms, free Wi-Fi, express check in and a whole lot of other benefits.

Note that these are only some of the benefits that hotel loyalty programs offer. Each loyalty program has its own perks. If you plan on frequenting your visits to a Tel Aviv hotel or any other place, then you might as well join a loyalty program to enjoy their benefits.

Giant Retailers Expecting Huge Spending From Online Customers

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The holiday season is fast approaching and big retailers are preparing for the influx of online orders. Amazon, Wal-Mart and Macy’s are working behind the scenes to ensure fast and efficient delivery of online orders. Amazon is cutting its time to process orders from hours to minutes by using robots to pull items for shipment from warehouse racking.

Retailers are now expanding their warehouses to the size of football fields so that they can handle shipments efficiently. Orders are sent directly to online shoppers through the use of sophisticated software that tells the quickest and cheapest way to get orders shipped. It is race time for retailers as more and more people are expected to shop online.

In the United States, online sales are expected to increase by 12% to reach $371 billion this year. According to Forrester Research, online sales will account for overall retail sales. However, as online shopping grows, so does the impatience of shoppers who want to receive their orders immediately.

Traditional brick and mortar stores are trying to catch up with Amazon that has a standard for 2-day fast delivery to members of its Prime Loyalty program. However, even Amazon is feeling the pressure to meet the demands of customers for fast delivery. The goal of many retailers is to meet the two-day delivery standard but most are challenged to comply.

Wal-Mart aims to get packages to online shoppers who get standard shipping within 2 days for the holiday season. Wal-Mart is now using 83 of its more than 4,500 US stores to ship orders to customers. The world’s largest retailer is also investing from $1.2 to $1.5 billion to its online business in expectation of the heavy spending on ecommerce.

To stay competitive in this digital age, a website is an indispensable tool for a retailer. Holiday spending is expected to rise and if you have a website, you will gain the opportunity to sell to online shoppers. However, it is important to ensure that your business will meet the expectation of online consumers from fast delivery to efficient service. Please feel free to visit Perth Web Design for your website design needs.

The Government Deals With Business Rates Bill Issue

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There have been reports by numerous Scottish business owners regarding the unfair tax burden levied upon their businesses. The government conducted a thorough research and analyzed the data carefully. They were able to substantiate the claim of many petitioning owners in that in places where there are huge profiting businesses and industries like in the Falkirk area where there are petro chemical plants and other industries in the oil and gas sector, the tax burden is quite low.

The data gathered looked at the greater picture of two sectors- hospitality and manufacturing. It showed that the food sector and accommodation sector carried the biggest burden. The analysis of the tourism industry found at that Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, Renfrewshire and West Lothian carried the highest tax burden as relative to the surplus earnings of the places which are more than 22 percent.

The winners and losers

Although the business rates are being paid by non-profit organizations and by the government, these were actually not included in the analysis. The average business rates bill for tourism in the Scottish council areas is reportedly near 15 percent. The private businesses as a whole, not including the finance sector had business rates of about 4 percent of their surplus income. This is according to the figures supplies by Holyrood.

The other areas where the tourism sector had to pay the most were South Ayershire, Glasgow, East Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Western Isles and Midlothian.  Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire experience higher surpluses and profits recently and they were among those with relatively low burden.

What does the Scottish government had to say? The government said that it had the most competitive tax reform anywhere in the United Kingdom which included a package of tax relief that is estimated to be worth than 600 million pounds this year. The Small Business Bonus Scheme is likewise estimated to remove or reduce the rates bill significantly.

Though the hospitality industry has also been greatly affected with this tax scheme, owner of establishments like luxury cottages Aviemore are still thankful that there is a relief coming from the government.

Cambodia Builds A Garment Training Institute

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Beginning this month the construction of a training institute especially made for Cambodian garment workers is now being realized. The training institute will be called Cambodian Garment Training Institute (CGTI). This is being build within the Special Economic Zone of Pnom Penh and its main mandate is to train the local workers so that they will be equipped with the necessary skills to fill the middle management positions of the clothing factories that are situated across the country. The said institution will offer different vocational training programs like specialized pattern making courses and design. The cost of enrollment will of course be paid by the employers of the workers.

As the clothing industry in Cambodia is set to expand and boom in the upcoming years, the government sees this move as beneficial to the overall economic growth of the country as well as an avenue to alleviate the conditions of the Cambodian people. These workers will be equipped with the necessary skills in making fashionable wears, top garments, t-shirts, shorts, movie costumes and so much more.

During the first year of operation, there will be around 1,600 places that will be available. The institute also announced that it will offer 12 month courses to at least 240 young university hopefuls who are eager to build a career in the clothing industry. The student applicants are privileged to choose from a spectrum of specializations including quality control, engineering as well as garment design.

The institute is being set up by the GMAC or the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia and is aided financially by the French Agency for Development (AFD). The said institute will help boost the retail industry’s competitiveness and create plenty of jobs for the Cambodian people.

The learning institution is set to train the Cambodian workers in the different sections of the clothing industry from pattern making to operating sewing machines to becoming technical specialists. The president of GMAC said that the institute will help increase the productivity of the skilled workers and at the same time reduce the dependence on foreign workers for the key technical positions and management roles in various garment companies in the country.