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How Amazon Is Crushing Local Stores

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How Amazon Is Crushing Local Stores

Nowadays, most people when they think of making a purchase, think ‘let’s check on Amazon to see if they have it!’ and most likely, they do. While for many people, the convenience that is offered with shopping on Amazon, as well as the low prices, is a much-needed relief for those who don’t favor or can’t afford conventional shopping, for small business owners, Amazon is running their livelihood into the ground.

So while many people are enjoying free two-day shipping, their purchasing habits are making small, family-owned stores run out of business.

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Why Is This Happening?

Most small business owners rely on the local market to need their store as much as they need the customers. When a local business offers a good product at an affordable price, the locals will make that store a staple in their shopping day, as it is more honorable to support local shops and sometimes more convenient to shop local than to go to big chain stores.

Shopping local usually offers a much-needed sanctuary for many people, especially for those who hate the atmosphere of big stores, such as people with social anxiety. Smaller stores are usually not as crowded or in your face as bigger stores on the market, which can make it a lot easier for people to shop.

Yet, to stay financially solvent, smaller shops sometimes can’t afford to offer their products at hard-to-beat prices. And since consumers are conditioned to shop at big box retailers anyway, trips to the local shops become less frequent.

However, with the surge of items available on Amazon, especially with their programs such as Amazon Now, which delivers products within a couple hours, and their Prime Membership, which delivers a product with free two-day shipping, it is taking the business from small business owners to people who would rather just stay at home than go out shopping.

Who Is Being Affected?

While you may expect only specialty stores like toys or hardware to be affected by the overtaking of the market by Amazon, it is also affecting small town grocers who are being replaced with a service that will literally deliver food for you called Amazon Pantry. It seems no one is safe from the takeover of Amazon, and it is killing local stores who rely on their regular customers to survive in the market.

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How Can I Help?

The biggest way to help out with small businesses who are struggling because of Amazon is to shop locally. Instead of ordering something from home and waiting a couple days, go visit your local mom and pop store and get the item immediately. You won’t have to pay for shipping, and you can rest easy knowing that you are helping them stay in business.

Another good reason to shop locally is that local stores are generally better to their employees, and you can be sure when you shop locally that the products are not unethical in any way and that their employees and managers are well taken care of.

So, click out of Amazon and spend some quality time looking at your local businesses and figuring out which ones will suit your shopping needs the most. Your local store will thank you.

How The Internet Is Changing Men’s Grooming

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How The Internet Is Changing Men’s Grooming

The world we are in now has turned digital. Practically every business can now be transacted online. This dramatic change one way or another has impacted men’s grooming in a positive way. It is now relatively easy to for men to shop and also check out various beard trimmer reviews that will give excellent results.

Gone are the days when men have to move from one retail outlet to the other to shop for their grooming materials. The internet has made things easier and even cheaper. Come to think of it, the cost of renting a shop is not ideal for startups, and traditional advertisement costs have also been removed that’s why the absence of the overhead costs has brought down the price of various grooming products including top rated electric shavers.

The fact that men can get to know practically everything about these grooming products online has made it possible for them to have a keen interest in purchasing more than ever. There is the customer review section on every site that could help a potential buyer proceed in purchasing the desired product. It has boosted the interest of men in this online process of the business transaction.

Now consider the following facts which can easily be obtained online:

 

EXTREMELY CLEAN SHAVE

Men can now quickly determine the shavers that will give them great results. All they need is little diligence to go through what the different competing brands have to offer through online comments from previous customers.

 

THE MATERIAL THAT MAKES UP THE COMPONENT PARTS

Some of these shavers are subject to rust but the top rated electric shavers will not give such a problem when they come in contact with either water or even alcohol. The best among them have a long shelf life. They will not rust after a few months of use. This fact can easily be gotten online before an order for purchase is made. The best ones are those that are made from stainless steel; they are not affected by water or spirit when they come in contact.

 

PAINS DURING SHAVING

No man will bargain for that from an implement you purchased with your hard earned cash. Men are now protected because they will be able to get properly informed through the info gathered online before they make their purchase online.

 

RAPID SPEED

You do not deserve to spend more than a fraction of your time trimming or shaving your hair. The best top rated electric shavers are super fast. Their speed is such that guarantees quick finish.

 

BATTERY LIFE

Another area where men are disappointed on service delivery is the issue of battery life. While it’s true that a beard trimmer isn’t going to have the battery life of some of the Invicta watches review but a beard trimmer with poor battery life is out of place. Men can quickly decide on the ones with long battery life by only gathering the information online. With a solid battery life; shaving or trimming of hair becomes convenient.

 

CONCLUSION

Indeed, the internet has revolutionized the art of men’s grooming. Everything is now more convenient, more accessible, and more reliable – thanks to customer review. The fact that the internet is readily accessible to a larger percentage of men has given the process a broad outlook.

How To Plan A Great Summer Vacation To Disney World

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Planning ahead of time for your family vacation should be one of your priorities for you to have an unforgettable experience. If you have kids or if you are still a young – at – heart, then Disneyland is perfect for your next summer vacation! In this post, we’ll give you tips on how to plan your Disneyland trip so you can have a great time with your family.

I’m sure some of you have gone there before, for some of it might be your first time, so why not take the off – beaten path this time and discover the best Disney world secrets so that you can have a one – of – a – kind experience! If you are planning a summer trip to the happiest place on earth, you might want to check out the best moderate Disney world resort.

Here are some tips before going to the Disney World Resort this summer:

 

BOOK YOUR STAY

Accommodation is the first and most important step before you set out for your vacation. There are a lot of options to choose from; there are 27 resort hotels owned by Disney, the price of these hotels are categorized as something that is affordable, All- Star and Luxury Villas. You should plan within the scope of your budget.

 

PLAN YOUR MEALS

After settling accommodation issues, the next priority is your meals. You must look at your budget and decide what you can afford for the duration of the vacation. The restaurant is divided into two types:

  • Table Service
  • Quick Service

 

CHOOSE YOUR PARK

This part is also very critical to enjoying your summer vacation. There are a lot of parks that can be suitable for you and your family, needless to say, the right choice of a park will determine the success of your vacation. Know your definition of fun so you can make a choice among the numerous fun spots available. If you get this aspect of planning right, you are on your way to having a great experience of this best moderate Disney world resort.

 

STRUCTURE YOUR DAY

You are on vacation, a time to unwind and hang out with your family or friends. An excellent way to ensure that you’ll have no troubles or struggles is to structure your day – plan everything. Get an express pass for the rides or different Disney parks if you must, so that you can have fun and less hassle

 

YOU CAN MAKE THE TRIP EXTRA MAGICAL

Vacation is something that everyone is looking forward to. You can make it extra magical if you get your plans right, and if you know how to maximize your stay in the most magical place in the world! Try checking out different spectacles, special events, and parties so that you can make the most bang for your buck. You can also get involved with Disney races if you are sporty or for the mere experience. You might also want to sign up for special dessert and fireworks packages. All those and lots more will make your experience extra magical on Disney.

 

CONCLUSION

You deserve the best on your summer vacation. Some of the Disney World secrets have been mentioned here; it’s time for you to discover it for yourself! Follow our tips so that you can have a fantastic, fun and hassle – free summer trip to Disneyland!

Black man files civil rights lawsuit against California officer

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Black man files civil rights lawsuit against California officer

Nandi Cain, center, answers a reporters question concerning the alleged beating he received from a Sacramento Police officer two weeks ago during a news conference Monday, April 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.

Nandi Cain, center, answers a reporters question concerning the alleged beating he received from a Sacramento Police officer two weeks ago during a news conference Monday, April 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.  (AP)

A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest.

The lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages for Nandi Cain, who police said was jaywalking, also named the officer as a plaintiff and identified him as Anthony Figueroa, said Cain’s lawyer, John Burris.

Cain told reporters that his memory of the event is blurry because he suffered a concussion and could barely see because of a black eye and that his nose was broken.

Burris said Cain was guilty mainly of “walking while black” and that the incident reminded him of the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King in Los Angeles. Four white police officers were acquitted in King’s beating 25 years ago, sparking days of deadly rioting.

Police who had criticized the officer’s actions during the widely publicized April 10 event captured on video had not identified him, saying only that the officer was a two-year member of the force placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Officer Matthew McPhail, a department spokesman, said the department wasn’t commenting because of the pending lawsuit.

Figueroa also did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment about the lawsuit or the April 10 incident, which officials have said happened when Cain was told by the officer to stop because he had jaywalked on a residential street in California’s state capital.

McPhail and Cain’s attorneys said they did not know the race or ethnicity of the arresting officer.

Cain, 24, refused and challenged the officer to a fight, officials have said.

Video taken by a police cruiser dash camera and bystanders captured Cain complaining the officer was stopping him “for nothing” and telling the officer, “if you were a real man you would take your gun away and fight me like a real man.”

The officer then lunged at Cain and tackled him, punching him repeatedly, according to the video released by the police department. Video of the confrontation filmed by a bystander went viral and generated outrage across the U.S.

Cain was handcuffed for suspicion of resisting arrest and an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant, authorities have said. Police said he continued resisting by kicking the interior of a patrol car and was restrained with a leg hobble.

After being brought to a jail, Cain was repeatedly kneed in the ribs by corrections officers who also used their knees to pin him down while stripping off his clothes, said the federal lawsuit filed Sunday in Sacramento.

“I’ve been embarrassed and discriminated against when all I’ve been trying to do is go home from work,” Cain told reporters.

Cain cried out in pain while he was naked on the floor of the jail and was mocked by the corrections officers, the lawsuit said.

It said he was left alone in a cell without medical attention, food or the ability to make a phone call.

The allegations about Cain’s treatment in the jail “will be investigated accordingly,” a sheriff’s department spokesman, Sgt. Tony Turnbull, said in a statement. “I would like to reiterate that these are only allegations, and before people jump to conclusions, let the investigation speak for itself.”

Cain was released from jail after nine hours and no charges were filed against him.

Since then, Cain said he has been depressed with nightmares and cold sweats and unable to sleep or eat regularly. He said he is still receiving medical treatment for the concussion. He told authorities that he even searched for “std testing, near me” to find a testing clinic in the rare chance he had contracted an STD but it was determined it was a concussion that is causing his problem.

Cain speculated that he might still be in jail if a bystander had not initially posted video of the confrontation.

“Racism is still alive, and you would think, it’s 2017 that it would die, but it still exists,” Cain said, adding that he had been racially targeted before but that this event marked the first time it was captured in images.

He added: “Now that we brought it to surface, justice will be served and we will make sure that this doesn’t happen to anybody else.”

The police department and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg have previously called the officer’s behavior disturbing and unreasonable.

Burris contested the allegation that his client was jaywalking.

“But jaywalking in and of itself does not and should not ever result in a person being beaten about his face and head without a justification for it,” he said.

Man charged with abuse after allegedly locking 2 children in trash container

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Man charged with abuse after allegedly locking 2 children in trash container
Lorenzo McCullough

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Police in Alabama say a man is charged with abuse after allegedly locking two young children inside a trash bin container where authorities found them covered in ants.

A statement issued Monday by Dothan police says 25-year-old Lorenzo McCullough is being held without bond.

Police say a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old were found early Sunday inside a brick structure that contained trash bins. The children were covered by ants, and both were taken to a hospital.

Authorities had received a call earlier from someone saying McCullough was suicidal and threatening to harm the children. Officers found him hiding in a closet and located the children later.

Court records aren’t available to show if McCullough has a lawyer. Police haven’t said whether there’s a relationship between the man and the children.

United Airlines flight reportedly makes emergency landing after engine issue

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United Airlines flight reportedly makes emergency landing after engine issue
FILE: United Airlines planes seen at the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas.

FILE: United Airlines planes seen at the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas.  (AP)

A United Airlines fight on Monday made an emergency landing in Costa Rica after one of its engines reportedly overheated over the ocean.

Time magazine, citing a reporter who was aboard the plane, reported that Flight 1516 was headed for Houston from Libreria, Costa Rica. The magazine citied local reports that said the plane took off from Daniel Oduber International Airport and landed back about two hours later after circling.

The airline did not immediately respond to the magazine. A fire supervisor from Costa Rica confirmed the overheating incident. The plane was identified as a Boeing 737-800.

One of the passengers aboard the flight reportedly said that the plane “about crashed in an emergency landing before the pilot quickly pulled up. So scary.” Another passenger said it was the “most frightening thing I’ve ever experienced.”

Caitlyn Jenner: Trump has ‘kind of disappointed me’ on LGBT issues

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Caitlyn Jenner: Trump has ‘kind of disappointed me’ on LGBT issues
Caitlyn Jenner: Easier to come out as trans than Republican

Caitlyn Jenner told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that President Trump has “kind of disappointed me in the first hundred days” on LGBT issues.

The former Olympic gold medalist, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, told host Tucker Carlson that Trump initially “looked like he would be pretty good on all LGBT issues,” but she criticized the administration for revoking the Obama administration’s guidelines allowing public school students to use restrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REVOKES OBAMA-ERA TRANSGENDER BATHROOM GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS

Jenner also hit Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to prosecute the murders of transgender women as federal hate crimes and criticized Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Army, Mark Green for anti-transgender comments.

“I need to tell Mark Green I don’t have a disease, OK?” Jenner said. “He talked about fighting the bathroom issue as ‘The Bible tells me I have to go after evil,’ you know? And I’m not an evil person.”

“There’s a lot of issues out there for our community that I’m fighting for and I want the Republican Party to do a better job,” Jenner added.

Jenner said she was on the “Republican-conservative side” politically, but added “what I’m fighting for is my community, the LGBT community, and particularly the trans issues that are out there, because there are many of them.”

However, Jenner denied she was a “one-issue voter” and said that “I believe in limited government [and] in our Constitution.”

“I would rather convince the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues than to try to convince the Democrats to lower taxes and lower regulations and let our country thrive economically,” she said.

Experts discuss the exponentially worsening space debris problem

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Experts discuss the exponentially worsening space debris problem
File photo: A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016. (REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake)

File photo: A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016. (REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake)

Last month, while setting a record for the most spacewalks by a women, astronaut Peggy Whitson lost her debris shield. Although initially concerned, NASA soon determined that the blanket had floated far enough away from the International Space Station to not pose any immediate danger. Instead, it went on to join the very debris it was intended to protect against.

In the grand scheme of things, Whitson’s shield is insignificant, but it ironically showcases the growing mass of space debris orbiting our planet.

In under 25 years, the amount of junk big enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, the Agence France-Presse reports from the seventh European Conference on Space Debris in Germany this week.

“We are very much concerned,” said Rolf Densing, who heads operations at the European Space Agency (ESA).

The big concern is that accumulating space debris may lead to something called the Kessler syndrome, a chain reaction of collisions that exponentially increases the amount of junk. A collision between two satellites may make thousands of smaller objects. Those thousands of objects could collide into millions more objects, and so on. The end result is an impenetrable cloud of debris that would make space travel treacherous.

But this isn’t science fiction. The amount of space debris is already in the hundreds of millions, according to experts.

“Today, we find in space roughly 5,000 objects with sizes larger than one meter (3.25 feet), roughly 20,000 objects with sizes over ten centimeters,” said Holger Krag, who heads ESA’s space debris office, “and 750,000 ‘flying bullets’ of around one centimeter.”

“For objects larger than one millimeter (0.04 inch), 150 million is our model estimate for that,” he added. “The growth in the number of fragments has deviated from the linear trend in the past and has entered into the more feared exponential trend.”

Krag told the conference that ESA receive a collision alert on its ten satellites about every week, and each has to shift position to avoid collision about once or twice a year.

Over the past few years, organizations like ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have been researching methods to clean up space debris, including corralling the debris with massive nets and attracting junk with magnets. Unfortunately, JAXA failed in its attempt earlier this year.

The scientists will spend the next few days discussing the problem and reviewing tentative solutions.