Friday, August 9, 2019

Audio Books for Success



Are you wondering if you should turn your print and ebooks into audio?  
Or did you narrate (or let it do) your books already? Are you thinking about a career as a voiceover artist/narrator?  No matter in which state your books are, this latest guide book provides you with the necessary info and helpful links on your path to success.

Discover every aspect of audiobooks with this comprehensive guide for audiobook publishers, narrators, voiceover artists, and audiobook listeners. Get step-by-step instructions on how to plan, narrate, record, edit, master, proof, and sell your audiobook, plus countless tips on finding the best audiobooks and apps and writing an audiobook review.


ISBN eBook:  978-1-988664-36-1
ISBN Print:     978-1-988664-37-8

Learn the following and more:
  • Why investing in an audiobook is worthwhile
  • How to choose an audiobook studio or production company in the USA, the UK, and Canada, and most important: to find the right narrator for your title
  • How to set up your own DIY recording spot and which equipment to use for quality recording
  • Where to take narration training and learn voiceover techniques or build a career out of your voice
  • How to make words on a page come alive for the audience and create a visual image for the listener
  • How to find reviewers (including direct links) and how to market and distribute your audiobook
  • Where to find info about audiobook sellers and apps, and even where to find free audiobooks on the internet
  • All about audiobook industry associations and their awards






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111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer: How to Create, Where to Upload, and How to Market Your Videos
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Book Marketing on a Shoestring: How Authors Can Promote Their Books without Spending a Lot of Money
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Friday, August 2, 2019

The German Live and Work Productivity





German virtues such as cleanliness, punctuality, and order sometimes have compulsive traits.  Where does it come from?

Prussia's influence in Europe's past was based on Protestant virtues, formerly compulsory education and high status of all military, which previously existed only to this extent in France. When Preussen dominated the newly formed small German Empire from the age of high industrialization, these peculiarities came to full effect.

This development was by no means inevitable, but led first to the exaggeration of the presumed ordeal and then, especially after 1968, to emphasize, not always successful, sometimes slightly neurotic distancing: exaggerated thoroughness, pedantry and, above all, a focus on social order must be historically biased in Germany.

Being productive is not a wish, but a German urge that does not just reign in factories and offices.  Meeting deadlines, being on time and constantly improving work is part of the education, study, profession and overall social life.  Every street, every place can be embellished!  The buses and trains can go even faster!  Everyone strives to organize their lives more effectively.  Rules can be taken quite seriously in Germany.  But that does not mean that every rule is always followed blindly.


Being punctual means more: Punctuality is a sign of good manners, and those who are on time show that they value their counterparts.  Whoever comes too late, signals the other: You are not important enough to me.


Germans and Swiss were dependent on pure value creation by human capabilities, or sufficient frugality to achieve sustainable growth.  One can speak to some extent of survival value. It becomes problematic only through lack of distance and ignorance of one's own culture, namely, by absolutizing orderliness rather than as a strategic resource. Germans and Swiss sometimes rightly say that they have a penchant for spontaneity.  The dark side of neatness is the tendency towards social conformism - as in Japan, for example.

One reason could be that many of the people constantly think and live for two hours, two days, two weeks, two months or two years in advance.  From this, a dead straight forward planning seems to emerge.  Corresponding success and order will not surprise you either.

Business Life
It is said that "Englishmen and North Americans are too friendly, to be honest, that Germans are too honest to be friendly". 

The Germans have a problem: they are too honest and too bluntly speaking their minds. Other nationalities might be offended by it.  Germans admit when they have doubts or when something is not ready yet.  North Americans say: We have the best product in the world - even if it's not finished yet. They sell better...


Here is an article excerpt which shows the difference in work culture:
How can a country that works an average of 35 hours per week with an average of 24 paid vacation days maintain such a high level of productivity?

Working Hours Mean Working Hours
In German business culture, when an employee is at work, they should not be doing anything other than their work.  Social media, office gossip with co-workers, trolling Pinterest for hours, writing private emails, and pulling up a fake spreadsheet when your boss walks by are socially unacceptable behaviors.

Obviously, in the US, Canada, or Great Britain these behaviors are frowned upon by management.  But in Germany, there is zero-tolerance among peers for such frivolous activities.
A young German woman explained her culture shock while on a working exchange to the UK. “I was in England for an exchange … I was in the office and the people are talking all the time about their private things … ‘What’s the plan for tonight?’ and all the time drinking tea or coffee … She was quite surprised by the casual nature of British workers. 

Goal-Oriented, Direct Communication Is Valued
German business culture is one of intense focus and direct communication.  While Americans tend to value small talk and maintaining an upbeat atmosphere, Germans rarely beat around the bush.  German workers will directly speak to a manager about performance reviews, launch into a business meeting without any ‘icebreakers,’ and use commanding language without softening the directives with polite phrases.  Whereas an American would say, “It would be great if you could get this to me by 3 p.m.,” a German would say, “I need this by 3 p.m.”
When a German is at work, they are focused and diligent, which in turn leads to higher productivity in a shorter period of time.

Germans Have a Life Outside Work
Germans work hard and play hard.  Since the working day is focused on delivering efficient productivity, the off hours are truly "off hours".  Because of the focused atmosphere and formal environment of German businesses, employees don’t necessarily hang out together after work.  Germans generally value a separation between private life and working life.

To occupy their plentiful Freizeit, many Germans are involved in Verein (clubs); regularly meeting others with shared interests in their community.  Even the smallest village in Germany will have several active Vereine to accommodate residents’ interests. Rather than settling in for a night of TV after work, most Germans socialize with others in their community and cultivate themselves as people.

Germans also enjoy a high number of paid vacation days, with many salaried employees receiving 25-30 paid days (the law requires 20). Extended holidays mean families can enjoy up to a month together, renting an apartment by the seaside or taking a long trip to a new, exciting city.

Business Respects Parenthood
Germany’s system of Elternzeit (“parent time” or parental leave) is the stuff of fantasy for most working Americans.  The United States does not currently have laws requiring maternity leave, while Germany has some of the most extensive parental protection policies in the developed world.
The downside of these maternity leave benefits is that employers may avoid hiring women (with the fear that they will take advantage of the extensive benefits), and German boardrooms are consistently male-dominated at a higher rate than other developed nations, although the government is working to eradicate this trend.

The financial benefits of staying home (from both Elternzeit and Elterngeld or parents’ money programs) are often too good to pass up for German mothers and can lead to stagnant or non-existent careers.

Since “at will” employment does not exist in Germany, all employees have contracts with their employer.  Parents who have been gainfully employed for the previous 12 months are eligible for Elternzeit benefits, which include up to three years of unpaid leave with a “sleeping” contract.

The employee is eligible to work part-time up to 30 hours while on leave and must be offered full-time employment at the conclusion of the parental leave. bParents may also choose to postpone up to one year of their leave until the child’s 8th birthday.  Either parent is eligible for parental leave, and many couples make the choice based on financial considerations.

In addition to the preservation of the employee’s contract, the state will pay up 67% of the employee’s salary (with a cap of 1800 Euros per month) for 14 months.  Parents may split the 14 months however they choose. These benefits apply equally to same-sex couples.
Have you picked your jaw up off the floor yet?

Put Some German In Your Office
The German work culture is very different from the average North American office, but there are certainly lessons to be learned from our German counterparts.  The diligent focus Germans bring to their working life is to be admired.  Separating work from play can help us lead a more balanced life; putting the phone down after-hours gives us a mental break from stressing about work, and we can return to the office refreshed in the morning.

When it’s time to get something done, closing Facebook and turning off push notifications helps keep our minds quiet and the flow steady.  Direct conversation can lead to increased efficiency and more clarity of communication among team members.

Americans often equate longer hours with increased production and superior work ethic, but examining the German model makes one wonder: When it comes to time at work, maybe less really is more!



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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

How Much Does it Cost to Create an Audiobook?





Producing an audiobook is like building a house: Your choices dictate your final cost.  Each recording of an audiobook is custom-made, so learn about the time and skills necessary for a polished production.

Authors might have the following questions: How much do you need to pay upfront? What are the long-term costs? How long will it take to recoup my investment?

You have three options:
  • Narrate your book yourself (easier than you might think)
  • Enter into a revenue-share agreement with a narrator
  • Pay a flat PFH rate upfront to have your book produced

Narrate Your Book
There are many reasons you may want to create the audiobook on your own: Perhaps you want a version of your book spoken in your own words, or you want to create single educational lectures from chapters of your audiobook. Whatever your motivation, creating your own audiobook isn’t that difficult.
With modern software, it’s easy to record an audiobook, so going it alone is an option! However, professional post-production is needed, as well as an aggregator to distribute the book to online retailers, bookstores, and libraries. Don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take you to produce an audiobook. Your listeners want you to narrate the story with complete conviction. Just like a professional actor, you should completely immerse yourself in the story.

While you don’t need to spend much on equipment, if you have no prior experience, taking classes or working with a vocal coach is advised. This will qualify you to create a professional narrated book and to improve your skills over time. ACX gives tons of worthy advice on how to narrate your own audiobook or what to look for when outsourcing.
Finding an acoustically sound location to record your reading sessions is probably the single most important task during this process. Where in a typical home would you install a recording studio? Somewhere that’s small, contained, and preferably has a carpeted floor. The best spot is in a walk-in closet. 
Equipment for Narrators: The minimum would be a laptop dedicated to audio recording software, an interface box, a microphone, a boom shield on a stand, and all the appropriate cords! This basic hardware is fairly inexpensive. However, the quality of your voiceovers will be only as fine as the methods you use to capture and control the sound.


Revenue-Split
Although a revenue-split contract initially seems to be ideal for authors, numerous indie authors get frustrated with it over time for several reasons. The author earns only half of the available revenue for seven years and is bound for seven years to absolute exclusivity - at least at ACX, other contractors could have better conditions.

Pay a Flat Rate
The other option for authors is to pay the production costs upfront by hiring a narrator on a PFH contract, which is a buy-out option that lets the author retain all revenues. This choice is especially attractive when your ebook or the print version sells one thousand or more copies per month, which means you might sell at least two hundred audiobooks per month.
Experienced narrators charge between $200 and $450 PFH. For instance, at $200 PFH, a narrator would send a $2,000 invoice for the complete production of a ten-hour audiobook.
After selling approximately five hundred units of the audiobook, the author breaks even, and from this point forward, all remaining audiobook sales generate a pure profit of around $4 per unit sold.
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A short excerpt from our latest title in print and ebook format:
"SUCCESS WITH AUDIOBOOKS"

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Processed Food and How it Impacts Our Wellbeing

Why food firms should be told what – and what not – to put in their products


Forget advertising, reformulation is the way forward. Judy Baxter, CC BY-SA



When it comes to illnesses linked to poor health choices, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the rates at which people die from them have been falling for some time. The bad news is that these diseases are still by far the most common cause of death. Cancers, heart disease, diabetes and the rest are still responsible for 89% of total deaths in the UK and other countries.

Neither is it just about mortality rates. It is also a question of wellbeing. With most of these ailments the result of tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and too much alcohol, the effects will undermine the quality of life of sufferers well before they kill them.

There is also the economic impact. A report published last month suggested that obesity costs Britain £47bn a year, generating an annual loss equivalent to 3% of GDP.

UK mortality rates from lifestyle illnesses


WHO

On the food side of the equation, governments combat these problems by pursuing policies to change consumers’ habits and lead them to healthier dietary choices. This includes advertising campaigns like the UK’s 5 a Day, which has for years been used to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables. It can be through food labelling, such as nutritional information or traffic-lights systems to warn people about foods that are bad for them; or by imposing taxes on ingredients like fats (“fat tax” in Denmark – since abolished) or sugars (refined sugar products tax in Norway) or on whole ranges such as soft drinks (“soda tax” in Mexico).



The trouble with public health campaigns

None of this has been very successful, of course. Proposed healthy diets might often be cheaper and even more environmentally friendly, but it is an uphill struggle getting consumers to follow them. Obesity rates are still a major problem. I recently attended a presentation by a speaker from the Food Standards Agency that said that we were making very little progress in reaching our goals to improve nutrition in Scotland.

One complication is that there are several factors that affect food decisions beyond price. Governments are up against our eating habits and arguable addictions to fat, sugar and salt; the little time we invest when choosing what to buy, and therefore reading labels; and the fact that we like to change consumption patterns to avoid boredom – eating habits often get worse at weekends, for example.

Yet in the face of these difficulties in shifting consumer behavior, governments have until recently been far less willing to focus on the manufacturers instead. Manufacturers can make their products healthier in broadly two ways – launching new products into the market or reformulating existing ones.

Opportunities knock

Obviously, food manufacturers have been in the business of developing new products to improve nutrition for many years. Companies will spot opportunities of the sort that Coca Cola clearly thinks it has found by presenting milk in the form of Fairlife.

Sometimes the benefits can be debatable or misleading, such as low-fat yogurts with lots of extra sugar added. But even if we ignore these kinds of problems and take the health improvements at face value, new “healthy” products will only improve nutrition if they replace “unhealthy” products.


Fairlife is unlikely to make you live longer. Tarasyuk Igor

And unfortunately, these kinds of products comprise a much smaller share of the market than you might think. As the chart below shows, even in the soft drinks category, where diet soft drinks are a multi-billion-pound industry, they still comprise less than 50% of total sales.

And in the categories of savories and confectionery, they amount to under 5%. This strongly indicates that there is a low limit to the size of the market that you can reach by introducing healthier product alternatives in most categories.



What actually works

As for reformulating products, a recent analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) indicated that people’s salt consumption was falling because manufacturers were removing salt from their products and not because consumers were choosing products with lower amounts of it (other groups have echoed these findings).

Indeed, the IFS found that some consumers responded to lower-salt products by switching to equivalents with higher levels of it. This highlights a limitation with product reformulation – the fats, sugar, and salt are in the product to maximize their appeal in the first place, so some consumers will just switch brands. Unappealing products will also be discontinued if nobody buys them. Then there is the question of what is scientifically feasible – you can remove added sugar from fruit juice, but removing the sugar from a dessert is another matter.

All the same, this study does point towards a strategy that governments ought to take far more seriously. Since firms will be reluctant to risk losing their customers by reducing the bad stuff, forcing change across the board will often be the only way to make it happen. Governments are taking steps in this direction.

For instance the UK government set voluntary salt targets per serving for a number of categories of consumer foods earlier this year for the first time, echoing efforts elsewhere including Australia.


Reformulation by diktat: policy direction is finally changing. John Lees, CC BY-SA

The UK government has also used voluntary agreements to reduce saturated fats in products. But this was criticized for missing big-name manufacturers and not being ambitious enough.
But what has been missing so far is mandatory action. It is not about scrapping public health campaigns since they keep consumers aware of the issues and signal to the industry what sort of products to offer.

Instead, it is a recognition that after many years of shiny campaigns that do not seem to work well, and unilateral pledges that have a habit of coming up short, this new approach is the best way forward. If you can’t change consumers’ choices, the only sensible option is to make those choices healthier.The Conversation
Cesar Revoredo-Giha, Senior Economist and Team Leader of Food Marketing Research, Scotland's Rural College

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

How to Get Your Book Into a Talk Show




Getting on talk shows to chat about and/or promote your book is an absolute dream come true, think of all the free promotion!  But as you can imagine, it is not easy to land a radio and TV interviews.  Being on television or a radio show is one of those rare milestones that can boost your value, strengthen your reputation, and maybe even increase your book sales.  But how can you achieve this?
  • When you’re pitching to a national television show, your job is to add value, not to sell your book or be the star - while also delivering a stellar on-air performance - can take you a very long way. Let your sense of humor shine through.
  • Given editors’ attention spans, the length of your pitch definitely matters. Shorter is better, try to hook with 3-4 sentences. And: Follow up, often multiple times, by email and phone.
  • Your initial point of contact at a TV show is typically the booking department. Approach them first, but remember also to pitch the show’s producer(s). The more points of contact you have, the better your chances of getting on air.
  • Before you write your pitch, you “need to know the audience, the people watching the show you’re pitching.” If you’re pitching a morning show, for instance, your story should appeal to stay-at-home moms and seniors, who are most likely to be home during the day.
  • To truly stand out from the masses, start by building relationships with hosts and producers of the shows you’re interested in. Fostering relationships first is an essential part of the pitch.  Being a LinkedIn member (with lots of TV show producers, editors, radio show hosts, etc. on your follower list) and also to join HARO (Help a Reporter Out) are essential.
  • The shows you are pitching want to offer their viewers fresh stories, so listing all the other shows you have been on can be “a real turn off”.
  • Rejection: A “no” can mean “not right now” or “not for this show.” It’s just a matter of how it’s pitched and if the content you’ve written is the right content for their particular outlet.
  • Timing is everything: Never pitch at the end of summer when shows are starting up. You will end up in an email list of a thousand and get lost or forgotten. The holidays, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, are also a dangerous time to pitch.
  • Sad but true. In visual media, visual matters. In daytime television particularly, your looks are important. People have to really be presentable and articulate in a compelling and attractive way. While we can’t all look like a top model, we can always put our best face, hair, and wardrobe forward. Be a good listener and remember that you are having a conversation.
  • If you don’t have quality tape, either online or as a DVD, don’t bother contacting major shows.  Unless you can show them a video of the previous on-camera experience, they won’t be interested.
  • Don’t expect the interviewer to have read your book before the show. Be able to explain what’s the readers benefit in reading your book in one or a few sentences.

Prepare, Prepare, and Prepare Even More:
Write down and practice your talking points ahead of time so that you don’t freeze when the cameras are on.  Remember, your goal is to have a natural dialogue with the host and not sound robotic.  Rehearse your talking points to reflect a natural back-and-forth conversation.
Not only on TV but also on a radio show: be enthusiastic.  Even though the audience can’t see you on the radio, they can hear and feel your energy.  It’s perfectly acceptable to provide your own list of questions for the host.  Also, identify all the questions you possibly could be asked. Then write three to four talking points in response to each question.  But keep your answers brief and to-the-point.
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Non-Fiction Author Experts
Having already a career as an expert, where you get paid to appear on shows and to offer expertise is a chance for seasoned writers/professionals.  If your goal is to become a “professional expert,” someone making money by appearing on talk shows and reality shows, you’re best served by getting an agent, someone who has professional contacts in the world of talk and reality and has a roster of expert clients.

Conclusion: Remember that the show is not about you. You are not the star of the show. The host is and most of all: the audience is. You are there to keep them interested in the topic - your topic. Refer listeners subtly back to your book. This is the art of a soft-sell. 

Hope these tips will help you to successfully promote your book longterm. They are small steps of building your author brand and reputation and to get your name out there – one step at a time.
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Read also:

How to Get Radio Interviews
http://www.radiopublicity.net/radiopublicitytips.htm

How to Promote Your Book During your Radio/TV interview
http://emsincorporated.com/promote-product-book-radio-interview/

Preparing for a TV/radio interview
http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/themes/dvap/PDF/Preparingfor-TV-Radio-Interview.pdf

http://www.scriptmag.com/features/primetime-how-can-i-be-a-guest-expert-on-talk-or-reality-shows

How to Get Interviews on Radio and TV Shows
One of the chapters of  BOOK MARKETING ON A SHOESTRING
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5gdp

Get radio interviews and podcast publicity guests interview bookings
http://copalche.rssing.com/chan-1135339/all_p1.html for free! Free radio, Internet radio, satellite radio, talk radio, podcast, and TV talk show guest experts interviews booking service


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Monday, June 17, 2019

How to Choose the Best Web Hosting






Most site owners shop their web hosting by price.  A budget might be certainly an important thing to consider, but since the differences in hosting prices are negligible, there are other features and more important factors when choosing the perfect hosting.


PRICES
Many web hosting services let you choose from several types of packages, each with a different price and slightly different range of offerings. Prices can range from $4.25/month to over $40/month. These price differentials can be attributed to the different features included within each plan and to the eagerness of some newer hosting companies, to grow their brand by offering extremely low rates. 

CUSTOMER/TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Customer support in a web hosting service should be efficient and effective, as well as polite and responsive. Your hosting service should quickly answer when contacted and be able to solve your problems right away. 

CONTROL
Do you have all the access you need, and can you find all the functions you require for running your website?  Is there proper documentation and help articles?  Do you have a user-friendly control panel? 
The situation is ideal if you have full control of your site and can manage it on your own – most of the time.

SERVER FEATURES
A good hosting service offers both Linux and Windows servers and enables you to move between when necessary.

BACKUPS
Choose a hosting service that backs up your web content regularly.

BANDWIDTH AND DISK SPACE
Even if your site is small at the moment, you should look for a minimum of 5 GB of disk space and 250 GB of bandwidth from your web hosting plan. Many web hosts are offering an unlimited amount of both at a very favorable price. 

EASE OF USE
Choose a web host who‘s control panel is easy to use. 

RELIABILITY
Look for hosting services that guarantee uptime, and will tell you exactly how they implement this promise.


Four Popular Hosting Services:
  
iPage 
Best for: Small business owners and bloggers looking for a low-priced, feature-rich service to get their sites up quickly and affordable.
Best Value: $4.50/Month
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
  
Just Host 
Best for: Inexperienced webmasters looking for a hosting provider with a well organized, easy-to-use user interface at an affordable price.
Best Value: $4.45/month
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited

BlueHost 
Best for: Webmasters looking for instant website setup, an intuitive control panel design and the option to purchase additional professional-grade site builders.
Best Value:$6.95/month
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
  
Host Monster 
Best for: Professional or novice webmasters who require speedy customer phone support and are looking for a plan offering unlimited email accounts.
Best Value:$5.95/month
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
  
The features offered by each provider, as well as the cost of their services, changes over time, so it is important to do your own vetting before deciding which service works best for your business.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Pilot Jobs Snapshot June 6




Captain DHC8-Q400 - Flybe - Multiple Locations in Europe
Salary starts at GBP 70,037
Requirements:
- Valid UK CAA issue EASA ATPL
- 2,500 hrs Minimum including 1,000 PIC
- Operated in this capacity within the last 12 months
Job reference: REQ01289
https://www.flybe.com/careers/pilots/captain

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Citation 550 Captain - Fresno, CA -  for Part 91/135 operation
Requirements:
- ATP and CE500 Type Rating
- 3,000 hrs Total Time
- 1,500 hrs Multi-Engine time
- 1,000 hrs Turbine or 200 hrs Jet
https://jobs.nbaa.org/job/2-captain-positions/48706882/

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GV Captain - Sun Air Jets - Camarillo, CA
Requirements:
- ATP
- 3,000 hrs TT
- GV type rating
- 500 hrs GV
HR@sunairjets.com

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DA-2000 Falcon Captain - Sun Air Jets - Camarillo, CA
Requirements:
- ATP
- DA-2000 type rating, 100hr in type
- Previous 135 experience desired
- 3,000 hrs TT
- 1,500 hrs turbojet
- 500 hrs turbojet PIC
HR@sunairjets.com

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Flight Training Instructor - Part-Time Position - Delta - Atlanta, GA
pilot training and evaluation for pilots of Delta Air Lines & other carriers
Requirements:
- 2,000 hrs flight experience
- ATP
- computer-savvy
https://delta.greatjob.net/jobs/MediaSelectRequestAction.action

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Welcome to the Cannabis-Campus




Anyone 19 years of age or older has been able to legally buy marijuana in Canada since October 2018.  Legalization has brought a boom to Canada, and new companies are emerging everywhere that specialize in the cultivation or distribution of cannabis, among other things.
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A New Industry
Anyone over the age of 19 can buy marijuana in licensed shops grown by officially licensed producers, many of whom are even listed on the stock exchange. New companies emerging everywhere specializing in the cultivation, distribution, the development, and research of cannabis.
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Universities are also Responding to this Trend
Universities are afraid of losing the connection if they don't bring cannabis to the campus.
Where to Study Cannabis Production:

Niagara College, for example, offers a course in commercial cannabis production. Among other things, it teaches lighting concepts, legal aspects, pest management, cost analysis, and proper fertilization.  "There is a new and overwhelming need for qualified and well-trained professionals in the booming cannabis industry," says the university's homepage.  The first courses started in autumn of 2018, even before cannabis was officially legalized.  There were 300 applicants at that time, for 24 places, also the spring course is already full and for autumn 2019 there are only chances over the waiting list.

Ryerson University is currently running a course entitled "The Cannabis Business", which deals with sales, marketing and regulations, among other things. 

Durham College, on the other hand, is aimed at students with a degree in business administration and offers them an advanced course on the cannabis industry.  If you want to know more about medical marijuana, you need to enroll at McGill University.  If you want to deal with legal issues relating to cannabis, Ottawa University is the place to go. They advertise that students can also visit the facilities of Canopy Growth, Canada's largest cannabis producer.  The company is run by a graduate from Ottawa.

But hardly any university can keep up with what Niagara College offers: In several freight containers there is a highly secured plantation. In this building, which students only call a "cannabis bunker", cannabis plants grow under bright LED lights and industrial conditions. Students can practice what they have learned in theory.  But one downside remains: at the end of each course, the plants are destroyed instead of consumed.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Subduing and Controling Women in Alabama



An Abhorrent Law - Let's vote Republicans out...
Why you all want to control our bodies, I will never ever know.Alabama state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D)
Figures, one of just four women in the Alabama Senate, told her Republican counterpart that there isn’t a single law in the country that decides “what a man can or cannot do with his body.” She also acknowledged she isn’t sure whether she would get an abortion herself, but said she believes it should up to women to make their own decision. 
“I will have to be honest with you: I praise God every day that I was never, ever put in that situation to make that choice,” Figures said. “I don’t know what choice I would have made. I really don’t. And that is why I so firmly believe that it should be a woman’s choice, that a woman knows what she’s up against, she knows what she has to do ― whether she can or cannot provide for that child.”
“You are playing God, in my opinion, because you’ve already decided what needs to be done,” she added. “You all don’t rule the world. I mean, you may think you do, but you don’t.”
Read the whole story in the HuffingtonPost:
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/vivian-davis-figures-alabama-abortion-bill_n_5cdbffe9e4b061f71b88872b