Interview with Dr. Szilard Nathan Vegas, CEO of Wholesale Hotels Group

Interview with Dr. Szilard Nathan Vegas, CEO of Wholesale Hotels Group

Hello, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Szilard Nathan Vegas and I immigrated to the USA by myself, without any money when I was 22 years old. The beginning was extremely hard; arriving to a country where a different language was spoken, realizing that there was an entirely different system here and not having anybody who could help me assist with how things worked. Once I established the basics, I lived in 1-star motels, surrounded by cockroaches with no private bathrooms, working full-time for minimum wage in one of the most expensive cities in the USA. I have always had an entrepreneurial side and out of necessity, I had to live extremely frugally and save up money to open up my own business for the prospect of a better future. Soon thereafter, I established my own consulting company which has allowed me to meet very wealthy and influential people. I was invited to yachts while I was still working on getting out of that 1-star motel to move into an apartment; life was incredibly surreal. But there was another great thing that came out of that: My job allowed me to travel worldwide.

Traveling quickly turned into my passion (having visited already 81 countries and 32 States) but all expenses had to come out of my own pocket and even though there was an abundance of hotel booking sites out there with limitless inventories, I knew that there had to be alternative ways to achieve substantial savings on hotel stays so I spent a significant amount of time, learning into the ups and downs of the travel industry. I turned my passion and knowledge into a company and I am now the CEO of Wholesale Hotels Group which has already acquired the highest accreditations in the travel industry and connects a variety of consumers with WHOLESALE hotel pricing and inventories worldwide. My intention was to help everybody access hotel discounts that only the big corporations were able to obtain in the past. I currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and I have been living here happily for the past 10 years. My hobbies are being involved with various charity organizations, Mensa meetings, a little bit of politics and of course, my main hobby remains my work: Wholesale Hotels Group and travel of course.

Only in the USA can you achieve something out of nothing and I am extremely proud to call the USA not only my home but my country. As my great client, as well as my personal friend, once characterized me: “Born in Hungary, Made in the USA”.

 

What are your focus areas and why?

Wholesale Hotels Group’s main focus is providing deeply discounted hotel rooms for a variety of consumers. It is of paramount importance for us to deliver deals that the big sites can’t offer to our members and to provide people “more for less”. In today’s environment, the most important thing users care about is the bottom line which is the price. The way we can be in business and to be competitive is that we have to provide the lowest rates on hotels worldwide at all times, period. People are drawn to our site because the savings we can offer is second to none and of course providing quality customer service is imperative nowadays.

 

How would you describe Wholesale Hotels Group in few words?

A wholesale hotel booking site that allows members to get access to wholesale hotel supplier inventories worldwide.

 

Where do you think Wholesale Hotels Group is making an impact?

I must say that we are already making an impact everywhere we can but we still have a very long road ahead of us. Our primary goal is to educate people and offer them alternative tools for saving money on hotel rooms. We must put in a lot of effort to demonstrate the power of our site and the amount of money our members can save by booking these hotels through us. We also offer our memberships FREE to qualified Non-Profit and Government Entities because we want to help organizations that help others. We believe in doing good and paying it forward. There are many ways of making an impact and we strive to accomplish it in a variety of ways.

 

What were some of the biggest challenges you have encountered while running Wholesale Hotels Group?

We face challenges on a daily basis, just like every business and individual. It is how you tackle those things that actually matter. Having said that, out of the many challenges that have arisen in the past, the two biggest ones were:

IT and infrastructure: We are working with virtually all of the wholesale hotel suppliers in the world. Every supplier has its own technical infrastructure and once you integrate and adjust your system to accommodate one supplier, another one comes with an entirely different database, technical background, and technical features and the more you build in, the more confusing it gets eventually until you realize it is impossible (I should say improbable) to handle it. We have spent 4 years’ worth of money, time and sweat into the development of what is currently being used and now accommodates all of those suppliers’ infrastructures. One of the reasons why membership-based travel sites never got too popular was because of the technical hurdles so companies ended up integrating only 1 or 2 suppliers because that’s what they were able to handle. Of course, one supplier can only have competitive pricing and inventory in one area so while you may get a good deal in one part of the world, the rest of the world the pricing is nowhere near as competitive. Since we have contracts and proper infrastructure built with virtually all the suppliers out there, this is not going to be an issue with us.
Education and Consumer habits: It is very difficult to educate people about why they need to pay for a membership to book hotels, especially the ones who are seasonal travelers and let’s say only book 1 hotel per year for their getaway. Why would they pay for such membership? We are trying to put out as much information as possible to demonstrate the difference in hotel pricing and introducing different membership structures that also benefit the occasional travelers too. Essentially, changing consumer habits is one of the most difficult challenges as people are used to the way things are and introducing new platforms is always time-taking, costly and difficult but we are up for the challenge and we are very certain that once people try our platform they will see the difference.

 

Tell us about the hotels in your database and how customers can use your platform.

We don’t have exact numbers about the inventory but my best guess would be that we have approximately 850,000 hotels available worldwide for wholesale prices. Our hotels are coming from a mix of wholesale hotel suppliers that we continue maintaining a fantastic relationship with and obtain preferred rates so that we can pass them onto our members.

We offer memberships to a variety of consumers:
Individual Users: In exchange for a nominal membership fee, we allow access to our platform to our members who can then take advantage of discounted pricing on wholesale hotels.
Travel Agents and Travel Agencies: We offer our platform FREE of charge to certain accredited Travel Professionals who further resell the inventory through our site. Preferred pricing is also provided due to the sales volume these travel professionals generate.
Corporate Entities: Annual memberships can be purchased by Corporate Entities which provides these corporations substantial savings and the membership can also be used by the employees for their own discounted leisure travel as part of a corporate perk. Corporations get big discounts on memberships and preferred pricing.
Non-Profit and Government Entities: Same is true for qualified Non-Profit companies and Government entities who can access our platform FREE of charge.

 

Tell us a few of your success stories.

We work tirelessly to bring substantial savings to our members who provide us with their continued business and patronage. Every time a hotel booking is made on our site is a success story because every dollar our members save makes us happy and it is in itself a testament that it is worth doing what we are doing. Our success lies in their success!

 

Do you have a secret to your success?

You mean the one I can tell you? Oh, well I think that our secret was to identify a key issue (having a variety of sites that everybody is used to while not delivering much of a difference in terms of savings), find a solution and a technical platform for proper implementation (our wholesale hotel suppliers and the magic of our fantastic IT team), getting fantastic contracts to obtain one of the lowest possible rates in this industry (sleepless nights while dealing with companies worldwide in their own respective time zones) and doing it for the right reasons (I wanted people to either afford more for less or save money on their usual hotels so they can spend it on whatever makes them happy).

 

What advice do you have for other leaders and entrepreneurs?

Don’t ever give up, EVER! When you think that life has already thrown 1,000 curveballs at you, get ready…. 10,000 more will come but it is how you tackle those at the end of the day that matters. Don’t consider anything a problem, treat them as challenges. Stay positive even if you don’t think it is realistic but know your reality. Recognize the fact that there will always be certain things that are beyond your control but always brainstorm on how you can make the most out of your current situation. Last but not least, keep your customers happy, you are doing this for them and not the other way around!

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Interview with Deported Radio

Interview with Deported Radio

 

Tell us about Deported Radio in surround sound.
I have been, in fact, experimenting for several years with multi-channel sound and four-channel quadrophonic. Those experiments didn’t flourish because of the lack of a good method for broadcasting more than two channels of audio in a way that a significant number of our audience could listen to it. Some of the tests I conducted had impressive results, but the cost was quite high for broadcasting the sound online. The experience of surround sound in cinemas became my inspiration. I then started experimenting with DTS 5.1 surround sound. And finally late last year, I was able to broadcast online 7.1 channel surround music with a bitrate of 192 kpbs with a cost-effective quality. That is Deported Radio signal now.

What are some of the challenges that you face when delivering surround sound online?
Surround sound distribution is a complicated topic. The major challenge is to be able to produce a high quality signal in a cost-effective way. Radio is my passion and it has been a journey of learning and innovation. I haven’t finished this journey by any means and I continue adapting some ideas from the film and recording industries, plus plenty of homegrown innovation. I have developed reasonably cost-effective techniques that work for online radio.

Why surround sound?
Research on human perception tell us that hearing is very much a three dimensional experience and that this is especially true for the sound we detect from behind. This rearward hearing sensitivity was developed to help protect us from threats we couldn’t see (e.g. attacks from behind) and thus it is one area of the senses that surround sound can use to enhance the media experience by adding the sensation of two rear channels of the 6 channels required for surround sound. With these we can provide a better sense of space with background noise and reflections of the sound sources in front, coming from the rear, providing a sense of motion to either side or behind us.

What are you doing as a broadcaster to create surround sound content?
We have several tools to help but perhaps the most well know is the LFE channel creator (Low Frequency Effects). This is the 0.1 of 7.1. The idea is that the rumbles and bangs that make music so exciting can be created best by a loudspeaker specifically designed for this purpose. This is partly because the main components of these sounds are at low frequencies as well as great level (or loudness). In this case the low frequencies are typically below 100Hz where humans and at this frequency can’t work out which direction they come from… so, if done properly, you only need one speaker and this doesn’t damage the sound. It is this sort of effect that shakes your chest and perhaps the furniture.

What is in the pipeline?
My future plans involve moving to 9 channels of audio over internet infrastructures that had been built for stereo. I want to deliver surround sound packed in a way that even people with low speed internet in remote areas can enjoy the full wide 3D sound with 9 channels.

How do we listen better to Deported Radio’s surround sound?
You can listen better with a 7.1 surround or gaming headset. Second best is listening using your surround sound entertainment center at home. And finally in your car, connecting your smart phone via bluetooth to your car sound system.

Where do I need to go to listen to Deported Radio?
You can find our stream in several ways:

1. Using a desktop:
– Visit our website: deported.fm/live
– Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/deported.fm and then select the LIVE tab

2. On a mobile device:
– Visit our website: deported.fm/live
– Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/deported.fm and then tap on the use App button

And finally, I invite you to visit our website: deported.fm
We have several tools to help but perhaps the most well know is the LFE channel creator (Low Frequency Effects). This is the 0.1 of 7.1. The idea is that the rumbles and bangs that make music so exciting can be created best by a loudspeaker specifically designed for this purpose. This is partly because the main components of these sounds are at low frequencies as well as great level (or loudness). In this case the low frequencies are typically below 100Hz where humans and at this frequency can’t work out which direction they come from… so, if done properly, you only need one speaker and this doesn’t damage the sound. It is this sort of effect that shakes your chest and perhaps the furniture.

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Interview with Tim Starnes from Ethereal Crack

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Hi Tim, to start, can you give us a quick history of yourself?

I guess my official biography will work! –

Tim Starnes is an American playwright meets entrepreneuritainer – current owner and CEO of Ethereal Crack, largest provider of ghost tours in the United States, and other tourist trap attractions – he claims credit as being one of the world’s few “backyard theme park” owners. When not running Ethereal Crack and wrangling staff and his family, he writes stageplays that seem as if they have come from the pages of an irate history textbook left to go on an endless loop on an endless rollercoaster in an endless rainstorm, with periods of history shamelessly pulped together with fictional characters based on real figures, and then heavily peppered with autobiographical stints tinged with aspects of horror-comedy, cheap thrillers, German expressionism, and film noir.

Interested in comedy as black as licorice floating in the darkest corner of space (where nobody can hear the critics scream,) punchy satire, absurdism-tainted realism, and biting hard, he is here to prove that it is great fun (and exercise) to be run out of town by an angry mob, especially when you have style about it.

Can you tell us what makes Ethereal Crack’s ghost tours so different?

Well, we keep things pretty simple, there’s a few bullet points to follow, for that:

Our tours are designed to be an hour long and move rapidly, with 8-10 stories of true paranormal occurrences. There isn’t much time for lollygagging!

While other tour companies may march you around like an 18th-century militia, lecture at you, and continue on – we don’t do that, and never will. Our tours are conversational in nature and tailored to your tour group. No tour is going to ever be the same!

As we operate in purely small towns (for the most part) our tours are a first-time hybrid for the industry. On many of our tours, if we walked to every location, we would be walking all day, through woods, over fences, under bridges, slogging through bogs, and onto people’s private property, which we can’t do. Following this – our tours are downtown walking tours (enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown and check out the local businesses!) paired with a ghost tour. If we can’t go to the exact spot, we’re going to go somewhere that gives the story background.

We don’t do “my mom said…” and “my grandma said…” ghost stories. Every case we report on the tour is verifiable with research. You have just as many tools at your fingertips as we do. We encourage all guests to research the stories and figure out what they believe.

We don’t use “ghost hunting equipment” or spiritual mediums. Those are easy to fake – and we aren’t here to mislead you.

 What are the usual questions that people ask before the tour?

You: Are people going to pop out and scare us?

Us: While it would be pretty funny, no, nobody on our staff will try to startle you by jumping out or doing anything crazy, like at a haunted house. This walk is all about the true stories, not getting a scream out of you.

You: Is it too scary for my seven-year-old?

Us: We wish we could help you, but we don’t know your child. Some of the stories can be a little intense, so practice your better judgment. For children who want to go but are a little scared of going in the dark, we suggest our 6 P.M. tour option – it isn’t so dark then.

To aid in your decision making, our tour guides are trained in catering stories to groups. If you have younger children in your group, the stories will be told in a way that the ghastlier details will go over their head, but still get to yours.

You: How much walking is there?

Us: Our tour is designed to move at a moderate pace for one hour along the streets of downtown. We suggest all participants be able to endure normal levels of activity and go up and down stairs.

You: Is the walk handicap accessible?

Us: We try our best to make all tour routes as accessible as possible, however, it is sometimes difficult on historic downtown streets. Please contact Ethereal Crack’s ticketing department to arrange accommodations.

You: Can I bring a flashlight? Can I record or take pictures? Can I bring “ghost hunting” equipment?

Us: Absolutely. We only ask that you do not use flash photography, as it is distracting and can blind your guide and other guests. Don’t (think that you) have a flashlight? If you’re carrying a smartphone, you do! – Also, yes, hunt away!

You: Is it safe?

Us: We love our guests, so, yes; of course, our walk is safe. We expect that all guests are mindful of their personal safety, as we are walking on the sidewalks of public, sometimes busy, streets. Stay on the sidewalks, watch for cars, and obey traffic laws just as you would when not on the tour.

You: Can I bring my pets?

Us: Sadly, we cannot accommodate pets.

You: My guide did a great job. Can I tip them?

Us: Absolutely.

How about your social media? Website?

Website:  www.etherealcrack.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etherealcrack/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/etherealcrack

 

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Interview with William Turner

Author, WILLIAM TURNER’s new book: DEATH COMES FOR THE PRESIDENT

 

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As a confidant of the Queen, knighted for his service, Sir Robert Winchell had grown accustomed to powerful people seeking his counsel. So he was not surprised when the United States government asked him to investigate the death of  Tyler Jefferson, president of the United States. Sir Robert’s investigative and diplomatic skills were put to the test as he retraced the final days of the president—meeting with and investigating heads of foreign governments, and ultimately putting his own life in peril.

Death Comes for the President will delight and shock.

 

William Turner bio:

William Turner spent his formative years in New England. He was educated in the private, parochial school system, and is presently retired from State service (State of California), as a supervisor. He has one son (Ontonio), and three grandchildren. His grandson is serving in the United States Air Force. His daughter-in-law, Bridgette, is a practicing pediatrician. William had aspired–so long ago–to be a priest, but felt at the time he had not been exposed enough to life to walk away and close the monastery door. His subsequent exposure to life sullied him beyond any aspiration to the priesthood. William now lives in Lancaster, California, spending much of his time doing penance, reflecting on his countless errors in judgment. William’s penchant for writing mysteries stems from his exposure to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and those of Agatha Christie. His mentor was Sister Agnes Bernard–his high school English teacher.

 

 

Tell us about how you came up with this story?

I had these two individuals romantically connected, but I questioned what was special about them—nothing.  I therefore separated them, only to have them meet later, become lovers, and marry.

Again, I asked what was special about this.  I decided to have their “union” riveting.  I had one imbued with political ambition which led him to pursue the presidency, which he won. From this backdrop, I developed the novel “Death Comes for the President”.

What is the first book that made you cry?

That would be “The Holocaust:  A History of the Jews of Europe During WWII.”

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both, for it fires the creative juices, and it exhausts you mentally as you are wondering if you’ve written clearly and precisely, so that the story flows smoothly and the readers can follow easily, with few distractions; wondering if the plot and characters are believable, are their responses the same as the readers, are the skills of the criminal evenly balanced with the detective. And finally, will the reader continue to flip the pages until the very last page—finding a surprising twist.

 

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

 

Some of the common traps for aspiring writers are the mistaken belief your manuscript has been definitively written.  First, second, and third drafts are always subject to revisions.  Surprisingly, each draft becomes better than the previous drafts.  There are writers who don’t take advantage of a “second” pair of eyes.  Allow others to read what you’ve written, and be open for criticism; learn from it and improve your craft.  Aspiring writers become discouraged when their manuscript is rejected.  Don’t become discouraged.  Believe in yourself and your craft.  Know, and I mean know, the fundamentals of grammar.  Potential publishers will not edit your work.  If possible, have your manuscript professionally edited prior to presentation to a potential publisher.

 

Have you ever gotten writer’s block?

No.  I don’t undertake writing until the story has fully unfolded in my mind.  It is my opinion writers run into writer’s block when they had not fully developed the story—mentally.

 

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

 

In each of my books, I endeavor to be original, and my books are genre specific.

 

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I strive to have each book to stand on its own merit, and because my books are termed a
‘series”, the only connection is the reoccurring detectives—Sir Robert and Detective Dennis.

 

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you send researching before beginning a book?

 

I am aware many of my readers are well-travelled.  I therefore do extensive research to make sure the settings are accurate.  As a male, mystery writer, I don’t have a clue about women’s high fashion.  To this end, especially in Death Comes for the President, I contacted Saks Fifth Avenue.  It was the consultant who advised what high-end fashions to use, and this included gowns and accessories.

 

How many hours a day do you write?
This depends on what’s on my agenda.  If the story on which I am working constantly
preoccupies my mind—taking front seat—then, I stop what I am doing and commence
writing, especially when the story is still unfolding.

 

 

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Interview with Ian Filippini

Interview with Ian Filippini  (Exploring Santa Barbara)

Ian Filippini is one of those people who gave up their comfortable life to travel the world. Ian like to explore new cultures, languages , food and people. It was great meeting him while he was exploring Santa Barbara and I got a chance to interview him and ask few questions about his travelling experience.

 

What do you love the most about travelling?
Ian : Travelling and learning inspires me a lot. Also, it is very interested for me to travel in places where no one knows me and I like to be alone while travelling. I like to interact with local people and try to immerse myself fully into their culture.

 

What inspired you to start travelling?
Ian :I have many friends who studied in USA/Europe and I always was curious to know about their life style. I loved the stories of their travel and things happening with them while travelling.I was passionate to see many travelers and backpackers travelling for months and
all these things generate lot of interest in me to start travel and I started liking travel from then onwards.

 

What is ian1031.com all about?
Ian :Travel and dreams. It’s about a journey of self discovery, about living a life of travel, about finding one’s place in the world.
I write to encourage others who want to achieve this kind of lifestyle and explore nice places.

 

You mentioned about your Santa Barbara travel. Where can we see that information.
Ian :Yes, I have explored Santa Barbara a lot and that’s one of my favorite place. I have visited many nice places, restaurants and tourist attractions there. I started writing about my travel in Santa Barbara in my other blog.
http://ianfilippini.co. Here I have written nice posts about my great experiences in Santa Barbara.

 

Really nice to hear about your travels and thanks for sharing useful information.
Ian :Its my pleasure. I want to spread the message: travelling is not as hard as you think.

 

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 02/02/2017

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Interview with PHINOVA & ANFISA

 

Interview with PHINOVA & ANFISA

Last week , we got a chance to meet  EDM duo and they were kind enough to have a short interview with us and tell us more about their work

 

Jobisite : We been hearing a lot about your EDM duo, so we notice your starting to gain a lot of attention how does it feel?

Phinova & Anfisa : It is awesome to hear all the support from every places in the world specially edm lovers so we feel so happy and thank GOD for that

 

Jobisite : Please tell us more about your first official independent release “With you” ?

Phinova & Anfisa :’With you” is the expression of our collaboration we wanted to create passion wit love in a same track and that why we reached the number 1 in electro house chart on spinning record

 

Jobisite : What motivates you to do your best work  ?

Phinova & Anfisa : passion is the main key and Anfisa always bring that energy to create great music

 

 

Jobisite :  What kind of training have you had, if any  ?

Phinova & Anfisa: we use to have resident job in china for me and Japan Korea and china also for her so that a lot of experience

 

Jobisite : : What are your future plans ? Your vision for the coming years.

Phinova & Anfisa : we are working in a new project and preparing  a Russian and Malaysia tour

 

Jobisite : :  If you could perform anywhere, in the world, where would it have to be?

Phinova & Anfisa : ibiza

 

Jobisite : : Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time?

Phinova & Anfisa: food , football and I love to make by myself some special food

 

Jobisite : : Are you active on social media? what’s the best way to follow you ?

Phinova & Anfisa : just follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phinovaentertainment/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/phinovaofficial

 

 

 

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 01/06/2017

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Interview with Amila Gamage – Contracts Engineer and Founder of Sihela Consultants

Interview with Amila Gamage – Contracts Engineer and Founder of Sihela Consultants

 

  1. Can you tell us more about Sihela Consultants and yourself?

Sihela Consultants is a place that anyone can find services related to Construction Cost Management. Our services include ranging from Quantity Surveying, Contract Administration and Construction related document preparation.

Well, I am Amila and I graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Working in construction sector from 2003, now I have almost 14 years of experience in large scale construction projects including high rise building construction.

 

  1. Can you briefly explain the services that you offer in Sihela Consultants?

I offer mainly Quantity Surveying and Contract Administration service for construction sector. Work includes preparing of tender documents, Quantity takeoff and preparation of claims. Other than that I also offer writing services for construction sector including method statements, safety plans and articles. Even if you need my service for a residential project including preparation of contract agreement, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Conducting workshops is my favourite way to share my expertise with others. At present I am based in Singapore. You can contact me for arranging Contract Administration workshops in Singapore, Malaysia or Sri Lanka with the availability of time.

 

  1. Do you think you are qualified enough to deliver Contract Administration work for other construction companies?

Yes, I am. I have over 14 years of working experience in large scale projects. In every project I worked full time in both Sri Lanka and Singapore, I worked as an active team player making the project a successful completion.

As a freelance Quantity Surveyor, I worked in projects all over the world including Australia and US. Most of my clients are returning back with new projects and that gave me confidence to start my own Quantity Surveying and Contract Administration firm, Sihela Consultants.

I also own relevant qualification to work as a Contracts Engineer with both Civil Engineering degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a Specialist Diploma in Building Cost management from the BCA Academy, Singapore.

Other than that I have followed various CPD courses to enhance my working skills. Still I continue learning to deliver the best work to my clients.

 

  1. What inspired you to create a Contract Administration service like Sihela Consultants?

Actually, from the day I graduated I was with an idea of having my own business. Although I didn’t get the opportunity to develop my idea, I always worked in large companies and large scale projects which allowed me to learn and practice both Civil Engineering concepts and business strategies.

When I started working with Singapore companies as a full time Quantity Surveyor, the doors were opened to enhance my skills in cost controlling of high rise building projects. I found Contract Administration as a responsible part of any project. As a result, I learned more on Contract Administration which ended up earning a Specialist Diploma in Building Cost Management from the BCA Academy, Singapore.

However, I had to leave my full time job at the end of 2012 to take care of my infant and to build a family life. That can be a turning point for any Female Engineer like me. Although I supposed to be a stay at home mom, I wanted to work in my career. I started working as a freelance Quantity Surveyor while taking care of the baby.

After 5 years working as a freelance Quantity Surveyor and having clients around the world who look for my services for their construction projects, I decided to create a business that I can develop over the time. As a result, Sihela Consultants was born!

 

  1. What are the biggest challenges that you faced in developing your entrepreneur dream?

Well, as mentioned above I left my full time job to take care of my kid. Living in Singapore away from parents, I struggled finding enough time for my work while doing household chaos. I did everything on my own same as many other ‘work from home moms’ do.

On the other way, having a rented place as my business office was a challenge for me as Sihela Consultants is still in earlier stage. Staffing solutions is another big challenge because I wanted to hire talented people who dedicate to the assigned tasks.

Next challenge was to find clients and orders. However as I worked as a freelancer from 2013, I have developed my business to some stage including the clients. I only had to create a clear system to deliver work on time with the help of my virtual staff.

 

  1. We also heard that you write some popular blogs. Can you share a bit about your life as a blogger?

Yes, I write few blogs. J My first blog foodcnr.com was started in around 2011 as a hobby. That time I was working full time and this blog helped me to connect with the world. In a short period of time, this blog Food Corner was popular as a trusted recipe source for Sri Lankan recipes. Until today, I enjoy my free time updating the blog considering it as a free recipe sharing source for Sri Lankans around the world.

However, if you want to find some expert advice related to construction, I suggest you to check my construction advice blog The Contracts Engineer

 

  1. What specific advice would you give for women entrepreneurs? Especially for moms who dream in becoming entrepreneurs?

I think women are capable of doing more tasks at the same time. If you are a mom, I am sure you struggle with finding time for both your profession and for your family. Don’t get stressed or don’t quit. Plan your entrepreneur goals wisely. Don’t worry even it is a slow journey. Just make sure it is steady and focused on your goals. Remember the popular quote of Vince Lombardi “Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win”!!

 

  1. Are you active socially and how clients can reach you easily?

Clients can easily reach me via below sites and links. I also like to invite you to connect with me via LinkedIn.

Website:  www.sihelaconsultants.com

Blog: www.thecontractsengineer.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amilawickramarachchi/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sihelaconsultants/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sihelaconsult

 

 

 

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PSD 2 Interview December 2017 by Daniel Wicharz

Today we speak with Daniel Wicharz. He is currently Vice President of an international acquiring bank in Germany. We will speak about the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD 2) which will change the way we pay even further. Having worked for well known brands like Google, Skrill and PayPal Daniel Wicharz knows the Payment Industry very well and will elaborate on what changes to Payments we can expect in the credit card and also online banking industry.

Moderator: Daniel thanks for joining us. We want to speak to you about the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD 2) and how it will impact the industry and everyday life. Please clue us in. What impact will it have for the average person shopping online?

Daniel Wicharz: Yes thanks for taking the time. PSD 2 indeed is a very important directive from Brussels. Actually it dates from 2015, however the implementation process took plenty of time and is still ongoing. One can expect it to be fully implemented by 2019. You can look up the entire wording here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32007L0064&from=EN2007/64/EC .

Not many people speak about this subject, however I find it very important that consumers like you and me understand that with PSD 2 they get full ownership of their banking data. This is really new. One might ask: Do I not have the ownership already? The answer is: No. So far the data is controlled by the banks you work with. Meaning: If for instance I want to apply for a car loan today my bank will certainly not forward my bank statements, approved overdraft limits and entire scoring history to another bank from which I want to get a quote. This of course is a big advantage to the house bank. Imagine now I want to buy a fancy Mercedes. Costs me 60.000 € .

Now my house bank won’t give me a great deal, they still might charge me more than a small bank which is specialized in car loans. But moving to a competitor is difficult because any bank will demand to see my financial status. They won’t approve 60.000 € just without any kind of financial history. So I will need to copy my bank statements, payslips and other documentation that proves that I am worthy of the loan I apply for. This is a big deal and certainly encourages consumers to stick with their house bank, because this house bank will just need to look in the existing data of the consumer (which they already have on file anyway) and they can tell if one has a regular income and in general which kind of financial situation he or she is in. So they can grant or reject a loan in the blink of an eye. But this advantage of the house bank is now going to disappear. Meaning that I now can share this information my house bank has with any financial institution inside the EU which is registered.
API standards are applicable across the EU and since I am the owner of the data I as a consumer can also share it with any registered institution. So now it is much easier and faster to get a loan, mortgage, etc. from another bank or Fin-Tech. Also cross border business becomes much easier.
This is a major change and increases the competition in terms of lending.

Moderator: Does this mean lower prices to the customers?
Daniel Wicharz: Yes for sure. Increased competition will mean less margin and thus cheaper prices for consumers. Also the approval speed will go up because everything will be done through an API which has the same standards across the EU. And remember: This is not optional. It is a requirement for all banks and financial institutions. So all people that have an EU bank account can avail of that. By the way: PSD 2 does not only change the way we get a loan from the bank. It also changes the way we pay.

 

Moderator: What does it change in terms of payments?
Daniel Wicharz: Due to PSD 2 also the so-called Online Bank Transfers get regulated. So far they operated in kind of a grey area without any proper regulation. One person I met at an Anti-Fraud Conference even called it “legal phishing”. Now this gets fully legalized and regulated. With PSD 2 all banks also need to grant access to regulated Online Bank Transfers. This means further competition to those providers and also a better consumer protection.

 

Moderator: Can you name some of these Online Bank Transfer providers?
Daniel Wicharz: Sure, from the top of my head I can name for example SOFORT. This would be one of the large providers in Germany, but nowadays they also operate in other countries such as UK, Poland, Spain, Netherlands, etc. In the Netherlands you have iDeal which is the market leader in Holland. From Scandinavia many people know Trustly. And a typical German Online Bank
Transfer would be Paydirekt, which only operates in Germany.

 

Moderator: Which impact will this PSD 2 have on these companies you just mentioned?
Daniel Wicharz: Well for them it is good and bad news at the same time. Good because on the one hand side they finally get fully regulated and therefore have it easier to gain trust from the buyers and merchants. Also banks cannot deny the initiated payments anymore without no reason. In the past some banks even tried to block these payment initiators. Now this is not going to happen anymore.

On the other hand side these Online Bank Transfer market leaders also lose a lot of their current competitive advantage. They have invested heavily in getting access to all the different thousands of online banking systems of the many banks in EU to make the payment initiation possible. With PSD 2 you will not need so many connections anymore. It will be just one standard API with which you can access all the banks, so for new Startups it is an ideal situation. The heavy investment won’t be necessary anymore and regulation also makes it easier to avoid unpleasant surprises. Therefore I can imagine that there will be more providers in this Online Bank Transfer market in the near future. More competition means better prices for the merchants which they can pass on to the consumers by reducing prices.

 

Moderator: That is good news for the buyers side and Startup Fin-Techs. For the large institutions it means a difficult change, right?
Daniel Wicharz: Yes absolutely. The large providers and especially the large banks in EU will need to make sure that they do not become the provider of a pure commodity. We are about to see the unification of the EU finance market and this is a big step for the unification of our continent and also financial harmonization between the 28 EU member states. However not all banks have yet started positioning themselves towards the new rules of the market.

 

Moderator: What will the banks need to do in order to avoid becoming the provider of a pure commodity?
Daniel Wicharz: The banks need to be quick. So far they have the relationship with the consumers but once this is gone they really have no big advantage towards Fin-Techs anymore.
Therefore they will need to start seeing PSD 2 as a chance, because also they can access the bank details from another banks customer, given the consumer permits them to share the data. This means: The large banks will need to become even larger and also less domestic and more European than in the past. Cross border business is the new standard. They will also need to work together with Fin-Techs to profit from these new developments and to be able to influence the developments happening in the market. Fighting matters of fact won’t change anything, but using
new technologies and investment in the own infrastructure will give the early market movers a competitive advantage. Moreover the investment in the infrastructure will be necessary anyway.

 

Moderator: Can you give us an example why the current banking infrastructure is not sufficient?
Daniel Wicharz: Sure; first of all we all know that banking gets more and more mobile. So here banks can get their share in terms of opening the mobile apps for POS (Point of Sale) payments. We call know that the cashless society is happening and I am confident that with these Apps banks can get a new revenue stream, very similar to the EC Card (national debit card) model we have in Germany now. If I was a bank I would not leave this source of income to for instance Apple Pay. But also in terms of instant payments and real time settlement many banks need to
do heavy investment in order to fulfill regulation. With PSD 2 the times of next day settlement will be over soon. Instant transactions become the new standard and I am sure this can also increase the acceptance of Online Bank Transfers as well as Point of Sales App payments. Banks that want to be successful should invest in this segment and begin monetizing it.

 

Moderator: Thanks Daniel for this interesting insight.

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Interview with Primo Hiring Solutions

Who are you?

We are a boutique recruitment consultant firm, called Primo Hiring Solutions. Our operations range from fulfilling recruiting needs of MNCs, start-ups and other businesses to human resource management of our client’s work force.

Our aim is to not let companies make wrong hires anymore. We are confident of achieving this goal because of our team’s superior understanding of people and of industry needs. Also, because we keep extending our learning curve.

 

Where do you live?

We are a placement headhunter located in New Delhi. We work with clients all across the country, helping them find talented employees.

 

What are you doing?

We find the right employees for our clients’ companies. Our team uses advanced sourcing strategies to find the exact match for a client’s need. Sourcers at Primo know which location to tap to find an exhaustive and all-inclusive list of star candidates. We then conduct interviews and psychological tests to gauge a candidate’s aptitude. Additionally, the recruiters at our team work proactively to understand the culture of each of our client’s company to avoid any misjudgements in shortlisting candidates.

Not just this, we work as understanding mediators between our clients and candidates to ensure smooth communication and also negotiate work contracts.

We are also constantly helping our clients improve their hiring process to make it efficient and candidate friendly.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 11/06/2017

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Guest interview with Kool focus

Guest interview with Kool focus

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, education etc. ??

Born in Chicago raised in Lansing MI. I’ve been doing music since I was a kid. In the basement recording on tapes. I loved the females in school so I graduated lol. I’m not just in to hip hop, i like all music.

Jobisite: We been hearing a lot about you, so we notice your starting to gain a lot of attention how does it feel?

It feel good but I still got a lot to accomplish.

What motivates you to do your best work as a artist ?

Just the love for good music. Hearing other songs that sound good make me want to go harder. & come up with something out cold.

Who are your musical inspirations?

I have naw, just the love for music it self. No matter what type of music it is.

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to be a professional hip hop artist ?

All I can say is do what you love, go hard and never give up.

 

What are your future plans ? Your vision for the coming years.

Just enjoying life & continue making moves.

 

If you could perform anywhere, in the world, where would it have to be?

Any major place Overseas

 

Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time?

Go to the gym or to the strip club & just chill.

 

Are you active on social media? whats the best way to follow you ?

Yea my Twitter and Instagram is Kool Focus but I prefer everybody to connect and follow me from my website KoolFocus1.com that’s Kool with a k & the 1.

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Max Shelton Interview: An Online Marketing Consultant

Max Shelton Interview: An Online Marketing Consultant for the Hair Transplant Industry

 

Mr Max Shelton, an online and website marketing specialist who works with companies and clinics from the hair transplant industry. Max has been working with international hair loss clinics with online marketing strategy for over 4 years now, and helps clients grow their business in terms of leads and enquires. In this interview we talk to him about how he got to where he is today and the processes that it involved.

 

Hey Max, first of all are you able to tell our readers a bit more on who you are, where you live, and any other things you like aside from your online marketing business?

 

Of course no problem! I am nearly 38, I live in Kansas in the USA, I am married with three kids, own a dog, and love hang-gliding as and when I get a chance to do so outside of my busy schedules!

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Are you able to tell us why you work with hair transplant clinics as your chosen and specialist industry niche for your online marketing business?

 

About a decade ago I started to lose my hair. Because of this I spent lots of time trying to find a decent Dorset hair transplant surgeon. It took me ages to find one that I could trust, so I could see that this was probably an issue for many other men, not just me.

 

I realised that if it was hard for me to find someone I could trust, then I probably wasn’t alone. Because of that I decided to start up an online directory of cosmetic surgeons, but in particular hair transplant clinics.

 

My new website portal let patients review and rate hair transplant clinics and brought me in contact with one of the United States’ largest and most reputable hair loss clinics.

 

They actually ended up buying the website from me and asked me if I could start working on their online marketing strategy and plans… and the rest as they say is history!

 

So can you tell us the type of things that you do for hair transplant clinics who are on your client list and what your job involves?

 

In the main it’s all about helping them to generate more online business and patient enquiries. So for example that could mean developing them a specific lead generation website or creating Facebook ad campaigns designed to make their phone ring more!

 

I now have around 5 hair loss and hair restoration clinics that I work for around the globe, and I like to think that I am now regarded as one of the go-to experts when it comes to the hair loss industry and the businesses in that niche.

 

During a typical day of work, what type of tasks and activities do you have to do?

 

Well once the kids have been taken off to school it’s straight down into the office with a coffee. The emails get checked, and then I follow a strict project plan where possible. I read a lot of self-help business books by people such as Tony Robbins and Grant Cardone in order to help me plan and execute.

 

Ultimately the daily aims are all about numbers so if my clients are receiving a steady stream of online enquires from people (both men and women) seeking hair transplant treatments then my job is done. For example, at the moment it’s all about generating more business on the female side as hair loss for women can be a taboo subject – you should see some of the work that Dr Edward Ball of Portsmouth has been doing though, as he has some amazing examples of successful female clients.

 

2017 is almost upon us, so what do you have planned for your business over the next 12 months or so?

 

My main focus will be on getting more clients. The UK hair loss market is somewhere I really want to expand into as it’s a growing market which still has loads of more room to grow compared to the North American industry.

 

My aim is to get more UK hair transplant surgeons onto my client roster, and help them to grow like I have my US clients.

 

There are some amazing hair transplant surgeons in the UK, and so to work with some of these industry leaders would be a great achievement and something to add to my growing portfolio if possible.

 

Do you have any hints or tips for people who want to get into online marketing or generate more online business themselves?

 

For me in the hair loss industry it was important to build up a great reputation. Word of mouth is always good, but also building up a great portfolio of clients, and online footprint. If you do something good don’t be afraid to shout about it online, whether via your own blog, or in interviews such as this one.

 

And of course, online marketing is changing all of the time so make sure you keep abreast of any changes and new strategies that are happening so you can stay one step ahead of your competition.

 

Work hard, play hard, and the results will come!

 

 

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 30/11/2016

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Interview with Radu Balas

Interview with Radu Balas, Amazon bestselling author, web designer Publishing Addict’s Founder

 

Hello Radu, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an entrepreneur and an author.  I started pretty early in my career as a web designer.  I used to design logos for various websites way back my teenage years.  I was 15 and the internet was just in its early stages so I’d say I’d had the advantage of being one of the first few who have discovered the potentials of the world wide web.  I knew that it will be big, being a visionary that I am.  And so from there I built my career and later on founded my online business.  When not working, I travel, do sports or spend time with my family and friends.

 

What are your focus areas and why?

Website development, SEO and ROI.  All businesses and authors today know the importance of having your own website because it serves as their home on the web representing their brand.  To get the most out of their websites, SEO still proves to be a great tool to reach their targeted audience.  And, of course, measuring the ROI is of utmost importance to determine that all efforts put into the website and SEO are working to the advantage of the business or the author.

 

How do you describe “Publishing Addict” in few words?

Publishing Addict is a one-stop-shop providing solutions to all website, SEO and marketing needs.  It’s cost- and time-saving because you don’t need to hire a full-time designer but get the same or greater result for a fraction of the cost.  And we deliver quality with great website design and functionalities.

 

Where do you think you are making an impact?

In the way things are done.  We make things a lot easier and convenient for authors and businesses.  I’m not a fan of DIY.  Unless you’ve got so much time in your hands, DIY is not advisable for businesses.  We believe more in the “done-for-you” system.  Imagine how much an author can write in a few hours.  The time he spends writing is equivalent to a good amount of financial returns.  Why spend it building your own website when others can do it at a minimal charge, much less than how much you’d lose if you do it yourself?  What we do is we tackle the dirty work for them while they’re busy writing or running their business.

 

What are some things that most people don’t know about your job?

It’s not easy but it’s fun.  They always say find the job that makes you happy.  For me, the proper way to say it is to have the job that you can love and tolerate most days.  You can’t love it everyday because there are challenges here and there.  My job has its own shares of challenges but I love it, it pays the bills and lets me enjoy many things in life such as traveling and having some nice material possessions.

 

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

As to where physically, I cannot really say.  I’ve lived in many different cities.  But in the matters of the business, I still see myself running an online business, helping other businesses grow through the world wide web.  I may even have written 2 or 3 books in total, promoting them in different countries.

 

What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working on “Publishing Addict”?

Getting clients is one but getting repeat clients is really the challenge.  They’re the real source of income because having them keeps the wheels running.  That’s why we never shortchange our service.  Always topnotch, always up to date.

 

What can you tell to young people who are pursuing their dreams?

Start NOW.  If I had not started when I was 15, the best time for me is now.  No one can tell you it’s too late to start.  And if you fall, get back up and never be afraid to start all over again.  Your path is yours and you can never compare it to anyone else.  Better make good use of what you have, make peace with yourself and your unique talents.  That’s the best way to honor your path.

 

What are you most excited about at the moment?

I’m excited about catering other types of businesses.  Right now, we’re doing mostly author websites and a few restaurant websites.  We believe that the same system would work for many small to medium enterprises.  I’m also excited for my next trip out of town.  That’s the beauty of having your own business.  I can go on lengthy vacation and have the business create passive income for me.

 

The last word or final thoughts?

Beer and tennis.  Haha!  Those are the things I enjoy doing with my friends who are also working with me in the business.  Even though a business is a really serious matter, we always have time for beer or pizza or tacos.  We make sure we find time to relax, just taking it easy.

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Interview with Marwan

Interview with Marwan- Senior Marketing Manager
Last week, we got a chance to meet Mr Marwan Ghazi, highly accomplished Senior Marketing Manager and we had to chance to hear his experience and thoughts about current industry marketing strategies.

 

About Marwan
He has over 10+ years of leading experience in research, operation management and launching of a new Enterprise and Consumer products. Result-oriented,decisive leader with proven success in establishing a lasting presence in new markets, identifying growth opportunities and initiating strong business alliances.
Focused on driving growth for clients by combining research results with relevant industry information. Consistently recognized for the ability to meet or exceed organizational goals and maximize bottom-line results.

 

Certifications :
Mr Marwan is Google AdWords Certified, Google Analytics Certified, Hubspot Inbound Marketing Certified, Certified Marketing Strategy Associate and a Certified Digital Marketing Associate.

So how Marwan as exceeded in his career and what he brings to his clients?
Throughout my career he has demonstrated exceptional interpersonal and communication skills interacting with colleagues, managers, and customers.
Focused on driving growth for clients by combining research results with relevant industry information. Consistently recognized for the ability to meet or exceed
organizational goals and maximize bottom-line results.

 

What all roles he has played?
Mr Marwan has excelled in positions of Digital Planner, Senior Strategic Planner, and Digital MARCOM Specialist.
He has been involved in campaigns within the digital sphere including initial storyboarding.

 

What makes him a good marketing leader?
Mr Marwan has strong technical, organizational, analytical, problem solving, communication and team skills.  He has not only the ability to take on the responsibility of this position, but also the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that he makes a success of it.

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Interview with JobsinFortMcMurray

 

Interview with JobsInFortMcMurray

 

Jobisite: Can you give me a brief overview of your background and what it is you do in your work?

My background is in marketing and advertising, but my current role puts me in charge of connecting our business with both job seekers and employers in and around Fort McMurray.

We are ultimately looking to create a comprehensive resource for those looking to move to and work in Fort McMurray, and as such, ensuring our content touches on all these different areas is my top priority.

 

Jobisite: What inspired you to create your job website?

Fort mcmurray remains a very popular destination for job seekers across the globe. In addition to simply seeking out information on available jobs, we wanted to give users a true ‘all in one’ resource that provides current Fort McMurray news, as well as information on lifestyle, recreation, education, and more.

 

Jobisite: Are you working at the moment and do you blog full time?

As the business development officer for JobsinFortMcMurray.net, my role is to spread the word and connect our website with other organizations whose audience would find benefit in the type of information we provide.

I also assist with some of the online advertising and other marketing initiatives.

 

Jobisite: What advice would you give to job seekers looking at Fort McMurray?

Moving to Fort McMurray for work is a big step. I think you really need to do your homework, and look beyond just ‘the job’. It’s important for you to understand the Culture in Canada and Northern Alberta, as well as what sorts of educational and recreational opportunities that exist here.

Article publié pour la première fois le 29/10/2016

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Interview with James Goldsmith -explained benefits of becoming tutor

Top 3 Benefits Of Becoming A Tutor

Are you in search for a new way to take advantage of your math skills while earning some nice extra income on the side? Do you have a good academic background or prior experience in teaching? If you answered yes to both questions, then becoming a math tutor could be the solution you’ve been looking for!

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We asked James Goldsmith of 11plustutorsinessex.co.uk the following are the top 3 reasons why you may want to tutor as a part time job and a way to boost your career:

  1. Supplement your income.

One of the biggest advantages to becoming a private tutor is that you can earn a lot of extra cash whether you have a full-time job or still studying. Indeed, countless university students turn to tutoring as a way to fund their education while also benefiting from valuable work experience. There are plenty of opportunities to make money as a private tutor, whether you’re already working full-time, looking for a part-time job to kill your empty hours or even considering tutoring to become your full-time career.

What’s more, you benefit from immense flexibility as a private tutor. You can choose to work how little and how often you want. In turn, this gives you better control over how much you earn. This can prove helpful in cases that call for additional money such as when your monthly bills suddenly increase. Tutoring for a few extra hours can help you settle the bills with relative ease.

 

  1. Get to choose your working hours.

In most jobs, you are forced to work for a set period of time. But when tutoring, your schedule largely depends on your work hours and the availability of your tutees. There’s no need to work 40 hours a week if don’t have to. You can even take a week off if need be. Your schedule depends totally on you. You can have complete control over the amount of work you take. However, many tutors still choose to work several hours as this helps build their rapport and entice more students to hire them.

Most tutoring sessions are set after school hours when it’s term-time. In most cases, students prefer being tutored at home. For this reason, tutoring sessions almost always happen from 3PM onward. This gives you enough time to make adjustments to your schedule if you have other commitments. You may also choose to tutor during the weekends, especially if you have nothing better to do. The demand for tutoring services tends to go down when it’s the holiday season. However, this should deter you from seeking tutoring positions as there are still a lot of parents who look for this service for their kids even when there are no classes.

You may also want to consider becoming an online tutor. This gives you additional flexibility since you won’t be limited to students in the same location as you. Online tutoring eliminates the barriers of location and time zones. You can have the opportunity of tutoring a student from another country. And all you need are your skills, a computer and a stable internet connection.

 

  1. Utilize your field of expertise.

Many students finish their studies and take a job that may be completely unrelated to their degree. If you are unable to find any job in which you can make use of your subject knowledge, then you may consider becoming a tutor instead. This also presents an excellent opportunity for university students to apply the things they’ve learned from school and avoid forgetting them during long breaks.

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/05/2016

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Interview with TheLGVTrainingCompany

Interview with TheLGVTrainingCompany

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The LGV Training Company offers training you need to become a professional Category C or C+E Driver.

They are known for best LGV Training and offers guarantee for a job interview after training with them

 

So here we got a chance to speak with TheLGVTrainingCompany.

 

Jobisite : Thanks for your time. Can you tell about TheLGVTrainingCompany.

TheLGVTrainingCompany: We have both HGV and LGV Training proficiency and a vast industry experience, so you can trust us to go the extra mile for you.

We have over 35 of the best training schools nationwide. We have well defined courses and training process.

We have innovative and tailor-made course materials which makes learning fun and our Job Search Service and Recruitment Help Team help you get a job after training

 

Jobisite : Are there any theory tests and guidance?

TheLGVTrainingCompany: Yes, LGV Training process consists of Hazard Perception and Multiple Choice Theory test.

We supply with a personalized online login to our online Theory Test Revision area which will help to prepare for the test.

 

Jobisite : How do you offer job search support?

TheLGVTrainingCompany: We help in finding a great job by providing with our 1:1 recruitment service, including a recruitment pack, help with writing a CV and cover letter, weekly updates on suitable vacancies plus tips for the interview.

We also offer Pass Insurance, which guarantees you an extra test attempt should you fail.

On passing the test, we guarantee you an interview.

 

One can easily get all details from our website : thelgvtrainingcompany.co.uk

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Interview-Ferah Ana MariaSeceta – founder of Moaryarty.com

Ferah Ana MariaSeceta – founder of Moaryarty.com located in London UK – is a creative & innovative web developer who codes your ideas by building crafted online experiences.

 

Q: How did you come up with the idea for your business?IMAG3359_1

I have worked as a freelance web designer/web developer for many years and also in-house contract-based for several international awarded magento agencies. I love e-commerce and magento platform and been focusing on this segment. With the expansion of the web technology, internet marketing and promotion, I have decided to build my own web agency and my own team of designers and developers bringing along my own vision into creating web presences. Being a developer myself, I understand easily the workflow as well as the clients needs, therefor translating them into requirements or code is something I can easily handle. Although we work in a very flexible way, using the latest trends, Moaryarty.com is a client-focused agency.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

Q: What is your mission?

My purpose is to create meaningful brands that will inspire passionate followers.

The borderline is where artistry meets strategic thinking which will turn your brand into life and get your followers to take actions. I offer competitive rates, a fast turn around and exceptional quality in order to help business owners who are looking to look professional at an affordable price.

My marketing background gives me a greater understanding of how web design/web development can positively impact businesses by uniquely combine professionalism and a cosmopolitan approach with a culture of responsibility.

Q: What has been your greatest achievement so far?

“Moving from zero to hero” – this is a quote that I really like and it’s quite motivational as it keeps my feet on the ground. I had the opportunity to have several notable accomplishments in my career as I was able to work within really awesome teams and for really high-end customers building custom web solutions.

Q: What’s your best advice for other tech entrepreneurs who are starting a business? 

It is a competitive business so don’t ever think to give up. You are unique and your output will be unique. Work hard but smart and perceive on your path and dreams.

Q: Where can our readers find you online?

Reaching me is quite easy as I am somehow all over the place. The easiest and fastest way is through my web folio (http://moaryarty.com) or by email: [email protected] .

As for social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moaryarty.dev/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/moaryarty_dev

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ferah-ana-maria-seceta-a09a3527?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ana_moaryarty/

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 17/01/2016

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Interview with Matthew C Martino

Interview with Matthew C Martino

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Mathetes Chihwai , better known by his stage name Matthew C Martino is a Zimbabwean English film producer,author and former actor currently residing in United Kingdom.

We met Matthew last week and found him very impressive and we spoke over the course of the afternoon about his work and achievements.

 Jobisite: Thanks Matthew for accepting our request for interview. Can you tell us  about LetsFlyAcademy and your early career life?

 Matthew :I founded Lets Fly Academy : www.letsflyacademy.com .It’s an aviation consultancy and training business based in UK. My  early career started with his self-published book Lets Fly  in 2012 and next year I announced my second book Go For It during a night out in Mayfair.

 Jobisite: You also own a design firm apart from writing. What are the services you provide?

 Matthew : I own app design firm MMD-Tech with over 12 apps in portfolio .You can check out details at  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/matthew-martino-designs/id552508553 . In MMD-Tech we provide design and mobile app development services.

 Jobisite: Apart from being having many talents, we heard that you are a very helping person.

Matthew : Yes,  I recently founded the MMBF Trust, a charitable foundation that provides sponsorships and grants for aspiring pilots and filmmakers.www.mmbf.co.uk . 64098_614251911936546_659270513_n

 Jobisite: Thanks Matthew for your valuable time.

Matthew : Welcome Jobisite. I hope I answered all your questions. You can find more details about me in wikipedia-http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_C_Martino

Article publié pour la première fois le 05/11/2014

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Interview with The Raven

Interview with The Raven

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

After being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the U.S. military, I was pretty much left without a lot of options. Collecting disability ended up coming with a lot of struggles that I don’t think people understand. Being at 100 percent rating, I received a letter stating that I

was not allowed to work, go to a psych ward, and eventually found out that I was not allowed to volunteer my time at a non-profit organization, without losing my disability income. Even though I was friends with a veteran at 70 percent who made over 100,000 a year, and he collected disability every month.

 

It started feeling like it’s own prison. My only escape from daily feelings of uselessness and my illness, was making music in my bedroom.
I started seeing more progress doing that, than the therapy from the psych ward, and medications combined. This led me to research different
kinds of therapies. Many of which seem to show a lot of potential, but are too expensive, not well known, and not covered by the VA insurance.

I started to realize that there are so many programs that could present with similar functions, like therapeutic gardening, woodworking,mechanics, anything that involves mixing creativity, education, and therapy. But, the only way to attempt to provide these services, is to take the lead myself, and create a non profit organization that focuses solely on these educational and recreational activities.

If these are real solutions, then the applications could have been implementedin any of the numerous systems that I grew up in. From foster care, to welfare, to placement (detention and orphan homes for youth), the military itself, psych wards, and outpatient programs, and even the VA, and things like drug rehab centers, nursing homes, jails. The amount of jobs that could be created under both creative services and therapuetic formats, would spread awareness of mental illness, it’s causes, and act as a preventative measure to those at risk for mental illness and suicide, not just effectively, but financially.

I suppose it’s simply something that just makes sense to me that needs to be done, and I think I can help accomplish that.

 

What is your mission?

The mission statement, until I can discuss the concept with a lawyer, is “To fund educational and recreational programs in an attempt to
prevent suicide.

This comes with a lot of additional concepts, like going straight to the heart of what education means, and it’s connection to mental illness.
The statistics connecting illiteracy with crime, and mental illness, is oddly high. I don’t see that as such a hard thing to solve. Hooked on phonics connects the three main levels of human learning by visual, audio, and kinesthetic modalities. Science has begun to prove that there are simply people who learn the best by kinesthetic methods, hands on. That format is at the heart of my entire concept.

 

How do you plan to implement these programs?

Well, if people can donate so that I can afford to start the non-profit organization, I will immediately start by recording the interaction with a non profit lawyer, to show people the steps needed to start their own,while advertising for mine, and getting it done at the same time. I will be keeping people updated with the entire process on the Facebook and youtube pages.Then, I will begin writing grants to the numerous organizations that fund established non profit organizations, in order to begin the business model I have been designing over the last few years. This includes paying fairly known music artists who have had experiences with mental illness, and the previously mentioned systems mentioned above, to share their thoughts and talents. Selling those songs, and sharing them for free online, raising more money for the non profit organization with views and purchase options.

While waiting on these things, I will be doing a podcast with the very artists, therapists, and people who have experienced suicidal ideation,attempts, or have loved ones that have done it. Creating a dialog between those who need the assistance, and those who have the services, in a way that isn’t as expensive, or as overwhelming as a mental health evaluation.

Eventually, funding some of the therapists to create programs in their towns, like recording studios for outpatient services, that they can use to host their already established businesses, but able to offer reduced or free rates, since they were funded by the non profit organization.

Music therapy will probably be the first format that I reach out to,unless there are other established therapies that can be funded cheaper and faster. I will be updating all services on a website, that will be pinned to the Facebook page The Crazed Haven, the reverbnation.com
page, The Crazed Haven, and the youtube page, The Crazed Haven for easy reference. There will be people who update their progress, visually, what they like about the programs, what they think could be enhanced, and tours can be given to show other professionals what’s been working for the programs that are funded. There will eventually be benefit concerts specifically to raise more money, bring more awareness, and give people evidence of progress.

 

I’ll leave it at, “there”. It’s a fairly involved plan, where music is the easiest way to present the idea, but will not be the only avenue to raise funds, and help with awareness, nor will it be the only focus of programs funded.

 

Where can our readers learn more online?

I should have read this question before mentioning it all above, so,I guess I’ll share the exact links here.

The first one I’d like you to see is the first fundraising campaign, that so far hasn’t received much promotion, there are numerous colors,
so scroll through to see if you like any of them, this is my best option to get off the ground unless you donate directly to [email protected] on paypal.

https://inktothepeople.com/the-crazed-haven-1

The podcast and video updates will be on this page:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz_H14SQl_tiyfZqf-5CyvQ

The Crazed Haven Facebook Page where updates and resources will be shared:
https://www.facebook.com/thecrazedhaven/

The Crazed Haven Reverb Nation page where a portion of the business model will
be presented.
https://www.reverbnation.com/thecrazedhaven/songs

Youtube channel where I already have a few music videos and odd things, it’s more like my schizophrenic preparation for the main non profit, showing forms of my growth since I started doing music, and you can even see subconscious urges presenting the idea of the non-profit concept in musical form….. don’t be surprised if you don’t like much on there.

https://www.youtube.com/user/LightOfRaven

 

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Interview with Toni Adewunmi founder of nigeriabestjobs.com

Interview with Toni Adewunmi founder of nigeriabestjobs.com

 

Jobisite:  Can you give me a brief overview of your background and what it is you do in your work?rsz_my_pix

My name is Toni Adewunmi. I’m the Founder of www.nigeriabestjobs.com. I have a background in HR consulting and psychometric exam administration.In the past, I worked in customer service and tax administration at HMRC UK. I also worked at British Council and the Aviation Industry.

 

Jobisite: What inspired you to create your job website?

The idea of starting a jobsite came up when I was working in HR consulting. I became aware of the problems organizations had getting right candidates for their job openings.I was also aware of candidates having problems getting information about open job opportunities. In those days, organizations relied exclusively on newspaper advertisements while potential candidates relied on information from those papers and word of mouth information from friends and families. I couldn’t understand why many candidates complained about lack of job opportunities while potential employers complained about lack of availability of suitably qualified candidates.I decided that I can do something. That is how the idea of starting Nigeriabestjobs.com came about.

I was inspired by the desire to connect jobs with candidates. Since then, candidates have received job information from our website, mailing list, Twitter and Facebook feeds.

 

Jobisite: Are you working at the moment and do you blog full time?

Yes, I work at a Multinational Company whilst administering the blog side by side.

 

Jobisite: What advice would you give to job seekers?

I’ll advice jobseekers to have a positive mindset, be enthusiastic and to never miss an opportunity to learn and update their skills. The CV is the jobseekers’ shop-window;hence, it should be written in such a way that the job-seeker stands out from the competition. Professional certifications do help. They show that you are committed to your career and make you stand out from the competition.
EDX courses are available online, delivered by the best universities in the world and they are free and they issue certificates.

The foregoing might seem intuitive; however, while reviewing and short listing candidates for employers, it became apparent that very few people know how to write CVs and application letters. This, along with interview skills are things that I think should be taught in schools.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 09/11/2014

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Interview with HgvTrainingCentre

Interview with HgvTrainingCentre

 

HGV Driver Training Centre is known for delivering the highest standard of HGV training, Driver CPC and HGV jobs.hgvtrainingcentre

Some facts:

  • Silver Associates of the RHA (Road Haulage Association)
  • Members of the FTA (Freight Transport Association)
  • Highest pass rates in the UK
  • RHA Direct Access Course

So, here we got a chance to speak with HgvTrainingCentre

 

Jobisite : Thanks for your time. Can you tell about HGV Driver Training Centre?

HgvTrainingCentre : HGV Driver Training Centre offers best HGV Driver Training and it has access to the very best HGV training locations throughout the UK.

All of our instructors and vehicles are regularly checked for quality so that the trainee can train with 100% confidence.

 

Jobisite : What are the courses offered by HgvTrainingCentre?

HgvTrainingCentre : We offer various HGV training courses. Most popular are CAT C1 LICENCE, CAT C1+E LICENCE, CAT C LICENCE and CAT C+E LICENCE

 

Jobisite : What are the Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC) that are offered.?

HgvTrainingCentre : There are 3 different Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC) that are offered.

Drivers CPCP initial qualification, mainly required if you are under 21 years.

Periodic CPC training, which is to be completed after the Initial Qualification and is the drivers’ responsibility to ensure it’s done.

Operators CPC training, which is required if you operate a goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in weight.

 

Jobisite : Do you help in recruitment?

HgvTrainingCentre : Yes, one can easily upload their resume in our recruitment site and browse through our vast library of jobs in your area.

They also get useful hints & tips for writing covering letters, interview techniques and much more.

 

We at HgvTrainingCentre regularly inspected schools and test centers for quality checks.

Anyone can get in touch with us from our website: HgvTrainingCentre for information or quote about HGV Trainings

 

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 18/02/2017

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Interview with CPCTraining

 

Last week we got a chance to meet CPCTraining in Hampshire and they were kind enough to provide some information about their business.

Cpctraining.com has over 45 CPC test centres UK wide and they have a location close to everyone.

CPCtraining.com is part of a well-established, well-respected group of HGV training and CPC training companies that deliver quality HGV & CPC training across the UK.

 

So some of the questions that we asked:

 

Jobisite : So what does CPC stands for?

CPCTraining : It is a shortened term for Drivers Certificate Of Professional Competence. It is a legal requirements for any good driver in UK and they need to pass Modules 2 & 4

 

Jobisite :What are these Modules?

CPCTraining : Modules or Tests are part of getting drivers certificate of Professional Competence. Module 2 is a computerized theory based test and can be taken at DVSA centers.

Module 4 is a practical test which includes securing loads, dolly knots and using ratchet straps, among others.

We provide lot of practical trainings to clear these tests.

 

 

Jobisite :Is Drivers CPC mandatory?

CPCTraining : Yes, it comes as a qualification card which is required to carry all the time while driving.

Also employers wants to see this card when you go for any interview.

 

Jobisite :You also have Periodic CPC. Can you please tell more on these plans?

CPCTraining :  It is required to legally earn money from driving Heavy Goods Vehicles. For this drivers need to complete 35 hours’ Periodic Training and register it with the DVSA by the 5 year deadline date indicated on Driver Qualification Card

 

CPCTraining  :We have access to over 45 CPC training centers and hundreds of CPC test centers across the UK. Visit our website : CPCTraining.com for more information.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 18/02/2017

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Interview with EasyasHGV

Interview with EasyasHGV

 

Easy As HGV is the UK’s number 1 HGV training & recruitment company and they offer high quality services for both HGV & CPC all over the UK.

This time we got lucky to speak with Easy As HGV.easy as hgv

 

Jobisite : It is a great opportunity to speak with Easy As HGV. Can you tell us more about Easy As HGV?

Easy As HGV: Thanks, well Easy As HGV offers complete services for HGV Training. We believe in quality and processes and that’s why we are the UK’s number 1 HGV training & Recruitment Company.

 

Jobisite : How do you help in recruitment?

Easy As HGV: Easy As HGV  is currently working with ManPower, a Global leader in recruitment solutions, who have many jobs available across the UK.

Because of the high standards of driver training Easy As HGV supplies, ManPower are able to GUARANTEE a job interview to anyone who passes with Easy As HGV.

 

Jobisite : Do you have any quick courses?

Easy As HGV: Yes, we have Fast Track Services also. This is industry-leading 4 day courses and is the perfect way to train

for your new career. It is a good option for people who don’t want to lose valuable time at work or someone wants it on urgent basis.

 

 

Jobisite : How much is CPC training cost?

Easy As HGV: It varies as per location and CPC needs. Easy As HGV has been offering CPC driver training since 2008, so we offer the best rates, which means you don’t need to shop around. Best is to visit our website EasyasHGV.co.uk and get best quote for you.

 

So if you would like to drive Heavy Goods Vehicles or need to brush up on CPC training, just contact EasyasHGV.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 18/02/2017

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Guest Interview with Rocco Basile

Rocco Basile Thinks Law Schools Must Adapt Curricula to Better Prepare Students

 

Today’s article is brought to you by special guest Rocco Basile.

In many ways, the legal system is more than just a bit antiquated. While there have been many recent discussions regarding simplifying legal terminology and adopting a national bar examination, one area that is deserving of greater attention is the nature of the curricula offered in the nation’s law schools. Perhaps there is no greater example of an educational system that is not ideally designed to ensure the future success of its students than in these curricula, as future lawyers are increasingly entering the profession lacking some very necessary skills.

This is not to say these newly minted lawyers are lacking in legal expertise. Certainly it is the case that law schools ensure that its students are well-versed in all aspects of law ranging from constitutional law to civil litigation, but there are some valuable skills that are not being properly developed in these students. When it comes to matters of business, many new lawyers are not nearly as knowledgeable as they should be, and they often struggle in situations that require a strong business acumen.

 

It is for this reason that many law schools are adopting changes to curricula, ensuring that students are properly prepared in all facets of a future legal career. There are many underlying factors that are responsible for the lack of preparation, as it seems that law school curricula tend to focus on preparation for the bar exam rather than the realities a lawyer will face when entering the legal field. While a national bar exam could stir changes in this regard, law schools must still adapt their programs to prepare students for passing the bar exam and for practicing law in the real-world situations they are likely to encounter upon graduation.

 

Programs such as the ones at New York Law School and Harvard Law School have recognized this need and are in the process of adapting curricula to better reflect the needs of students. New York Law School has partnered with the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School while Harvard will offer students access to a training program through its own business school, changes that are long overdue in legal education. Corporate law represents a great deal of the work lawyers are charged with, so without specific knowledge of the workings of the industry these lawyers are ill-prepared to serve as legal representatives. Better preparation through education is the most ideal way to solve this vital issue.

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Interview with Ferah Ana Maria Seceta, founder of Moaryarty Dev

Interview with Ferah Ana Maria Seceta, founder of Moaryarty Dev

 

Q: Hello Ferah, can you tell us a bit about yourselfIMAG0682_1_1_1

 A: I am a creative & innovative web developer who codes ideas by building crafted online experiences. My purpose is to create meaningful brands that will inspire passionate followers.

The borderline is where artistry meets strategic thinking which will turn your brand into life and get your followers to take actions. I offer competitive rates, a fast turn around and exceptional quality.

My marketing background gives me a greater understanding of how web design can positively impact businesses. I guess once a coder always a coder.

 

Q: How would you describe “Moaryarty Dev” in under few words?

 A: Moaryarty Dev. is a modern digital agency that uniquely combine professionalism and a cosmopolitan approach with a culture of responsability that has been developed through time. Formed with the specific mission of helping business owners who are looking to look professional at an affordable price. We firmly believe that collaboration is key to the success of every project and we are committed to your success. We will go the extra mile to achieve our goal, which is – Your satisfaction. The first and the foremost objective of this team is to attain 100% client satisfaction. Our work process, methodologies, business terms and communications are designed for complete convenience of our clients.

 

Q: What are your focus areas and why?

 A: I love e-commerce a lot the segment itself and also building online stores. My favorite platform is magento due to its strength but also its sensitivity. As magento is a really complex platform for e-commerce but also flexible it allows me to add value to it. I enjoy everything that starts with a certain amount of challenge and creativity. Lately, I have expanded to wordpress as well and those are the content management systems I work with as currently they are easy to manage by my not tech savvy clients and also can be expanded to a point that can be limited only by imagination and knowledge.

 

Q: How do you differentiate yourselves from your competitors?

 A: Being a developer myself, I understand easily the workflow as well as the clients needs, therefor translating them into requirements or code is something I can easily handle. Although we work in a very flexible way, using the latest trends, Moaryarty.com is a client-focused agency.

 

 

Q: Where do you think “Moaryarty Dev” is making an impact?

 A: Moaryarty is meant to be a trend-setter agency with a team of dedicated developers willing to go those extra miles in order to build lasting web presences. It is focusing on quality and not on quantity, on expansion of knowledge and the growth of a community around it. Due to its transparency, flexibility and constant availability we gained a reputation of reliable and trustable web agency.

 

Q: What are some things that most people don’t know about your job?

 A: I really love my job and my work and me personally I can’t commit to something I don’t believe in and that is why each day is a new excitement. I study a lot to keep myself up-to-date in order to be able to provide my clients the best web solutions for their business, service or product. I enjoy each new client and the discovery process is quite fascinating as it allows me to learn more about people, areas of expertize and their vision and goals while the beauty starts when I start coding them into a web presence.

 

Q: Design world is always changing, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

 A: Currently, I am enjoying each step of tech changings. Nobody can actually predict where design will be after 5 years but I am absolutely sure that I will be present in the same domain. I am focusing on developing my own products which will be launched soon (#moonlight) as it allows me to transpose better with no restrictions my creativity. I will surely focus more into consultancy, investments and giving back to the community as my knowledge is my responsibility.

 

Q: And what were some of the biggest challenges you encountered personally?

 A: My biggest challenge is time. Although, I do a lot of planning, organizing and time-management there are so many things to learn, to do and to achieve. Along the way, I had plenty of setbacks but I have also seen them as new opportunities either to evaluate my current or future situation or re-organizing into something/someone stronger. I enjoy challenges a lot, I see them as blessings which will help me grow in a better person/developer.

 

Q: What are you most excited about at the moment?

 A: Currently, I am working on a very interesting project called workouthere.co.uk which will be launched end of january. It is the UK’s largest fitness comparison website. Specialising in providing a wide range of experts and health centres within the fitness industry, Workout Here is the home of reputable elite fitness professionals, quality gyms, affordable studios, sports and health centres across the UK. Whether it is a rugby coach, football field, gym or physiotherapist, Workout Here has an easy to use platform so that users can find what they are looking for at the click of a button.

Q: A last word or final thoughts?

A: Looking for new challenging opportunities that will make best of my existing skills & experiences and also my personal development but until then enjoying each step at a time making best usage of my time.

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