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When Football Becomes Embroiled Into A Political Controversy

Many people are passionate about sports. You will find them busy reading through the latest statistics of their favorite NBA or NFL teams. Others have in their possession a canvas art print of their beloved surfer catching the waves. The favorite photographs of your sports idols while on action can be transformed into high quality canvas prints that you can admire on the walls of the home.

Recently, NFL players became the subject of controversy when they took the knee while the US national anthem was playing. At least 70% of NFL players are black; however, their fans are 80% white and 63% male. It seems that some players want to play and be paid and yet be able to voice out their opinions on certain topics.

The league wants its team owners to be happy but it also wants to make sure that players are given the platform to voice out their concerns. The most obvious solution is a discussion but the issue is difficult to resolve. According to NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, owners and players discussed during a two-day meeting that the league will work with players on the issues that affect their communities.

The league’s handbook will not be changed. The policy that players should stand during the national anthem is not a rule. Players are encouraged to stand but there is no clear answer whether the player will be disciplined by the owners if he takes the knee.

Sport has always been a site for expression of tensions in society. For example, if a black player is subjected to a form of discipline, it sends the message of disciplining all black bodies all over the country. However, there are people who believe that fans are not interested on the political opinions of players.  The implications go beyond football and people can expect more tweets.

The photograph of your favorite player can be happily transformed into canvas art print with the assurance that the image will look great. There is also the option of split canvas prints wherein the total size will remain the same but will consist of smaller prints to look its absolute best.

5 Effective Ideas For Creating Illustrated Map

There are different types of maps but one of the most preferred type is the Illustrated Map as it has illustrations and drawings to emphasize landmarks and structures to guide the user better. There are illustrated maps that can be ordered online or you can create one for your consumption. You don’t have to be an expert on the field to create an effective illustrated map. All you need is a little creativity and accuracy in order to render the map useful. Make sure that you have the right information and materials to make the map effective.

Pick an area

First, you need to choose an area. If you are creating your first ever illustrated map, it would be best to choose an area that you are very familiar with such as your own city or your favorite town. You can create more challenging maps as your skills advance.

Study the area

The main purpose of having a map is for its user to get to a particular point as fast and accurate as possible and this cannot be achieved if your map lacks accuracy. Research on the area or you can do a transect walk to determine the important institutions and highlights of the area. You can also refer to old maps for reference.

Identify landmarks

Identify important landmarks in the area then indicate them with illustrations or drawings. Identify popular areas such as churches, parks, valleys, schools, mountains or rivers that will help the user determine his exact location.

Add graphics

You can add images on your Illustrated Map in different ways. One option is to manually draw the images or you can add graphics and illustrations on the map by pasting them. You can also make use of online applications or install software on your computer to digitally create maps or a soft map. You can Photoshop images or create a hyperlink to add illustrations on the map.

Add routes and connectors

Lastly, connect the landmarks of the area with roads, highways, streets, pathways and other connectivity patterns. At the bottom of your Illustrated Map, create a legend to indicate the meaning of the connectors and other illustrations.

The Importance Of CompTIA Training

Whatever you are doing in an IT-related company, whether it’s being the head of the tech support group which is in-charge of making sure that every piece of technology found in the office is working properly, or a simple programmer, you need to continuously learn and update your knowledge and skills to make you capable of sticking around in the forever evolving industry of IT. Why? Let’s put it this way: every now and then, new gadgets are coming out of the market. Every month, there is a new technology invented. Every moment, we are one step closer to the future when everything else runs on computer and it’s only a matter of time before human won’t need to do anything at all. Having said that, having and updated and believable credentials on your resume will make you ahead against other applicants who are aiming at landing at high-paying jobs in the IT industry. If you want to land a high-paying job as a computer technician, you are recommended to get yourself a proper CompTIA training.

If you are an IT student who is wondering yourself what job you should pursue, being a computer technician is probably the easiest choice because you already have the proper and latest knowledge with regards to the basic and advanced software and hardware that can be found inside a basic computer set. But to be hired as a computer technician in a multi-billion company, you will need to be ahead among the rest of the pack. This is where the importance of a proper CompTIA training will come in. For starters, CompTIA stands for Computer Technology Industry Association which represents the international community of IT practitioners in its goal to be the united voice and spread the same advocacy. When you are CompTIA certified, it means you are among the best of the bests which makes you in demand among employers worldwide.

Undergoing a proper CompTIA training will make you proficient in maintaining, running and configuring various computer infrastructures. Getting certified by CompTIA is a big boost to your IT career because you will gain more knowledge and will be able to gain updated skills along the way.

Wholesale Inventories In US Weaken

The wholesale inventories in the United States significantly fell in the month of October as businesses stepped up their efforts in order to efficiently reduce the loads of stockpile of merchandises which are unsold. This turn of events suggests that inventories would once be again a drag on the growth during the last quarter of the year. The Commerce Department released a statement saying that wholesale inventories slipped by .1 percent as the stocks both goods which are durable and non-durable fell. The inventories increased a revised .2 percent in the month of September. The economists polled by Reuters made a forecast that the inventories in the wholesale sector will be ticking up by .1 percent in the month of October which had a previously reported .5 percent increase in the month prior to it.

The level of inventories is an important component in the changes in the gross domestic product. The component of wholesale inventories takes part in the calculation of the GDP also dipped by .1 percent. The wholesale inventories did not include automobiles. There was a record back-to-back increase in the level of inventories during the first two quarters this year which left warehouses bulging with merchandises which were unsold and made businesses with little incentive to restock. The level of inventories accumulated subtracted .56 percentage points in the GDP growth during the third quarter. The event restricted the GDP growth to an annual rate of about 2.1 percent. The overall drop in the wholesale inventories in the month of October will prompt the economists to trim their fourth-quarter estimates of growth which is currently at around 2 percent.

Data gathered showed that manufacturing inventories fell for a record four straight months during the month of October. The retail inventory data released recently will shed more light on the vastness of the anticipated drag of the inventory levels in the final quarter this year. The sales of wholesalers remain unchanged in October after it increased by .5 percent in the month of September. The sales have been soft since the month of August. Even inventories of Paper Mart boxes are also affected in this turn of events in the sector.

Online Shopping Needs More Flexibility, According To Consumers

There is no doubt technology had taken over the world. Almost everyone in the world today is using some type of technological device and machinery. In the world of technology, however, there is always room for improvement and many industries are capitalizing on this small room of improvements that are always seemed to be being made.

But one thing that is sure to need some improvements is the online retail industry. Online shoppers are now demanding for more flexibility and better shopping experience. In the world of business making it is important that you always heed the voice of your customers, especially when they are right. Consumers said they want the process of purchasing to become much easier. They also want websites and online stores to work together better. There is still a matter on the flexibility of devices but for now online shoppers prefer buying from a desktop but they sure don’t mind improving on the responsiveness of online stores when it comes to other devices. Lastly, free shipping plays the biggest role in driving sales.

  • Lack of Mobile Experience. When consumers say they prefer shopping on desktops, then you know something is wrong with mobile services. This is important now more than ever since there has been a surge on the number of mobile users over the past years. What consumers prefer in desktops is that images are of better quality and that’s what they need to bring on mobile devices.
  • Social Media & Sales. With the number of people on social media right now, it cannot be denied that social media sites are now helping a great deal in generating sales for online retailers. Social media is now influencing shoppers a lot especially when these shoppers go to social media sites to express their opinions about particular products.
  • Delivery Costs & Free Shipping Generate More Sales. What drives people into making a purchase is probably free shipping. In fact, people are actually willing to wait two days for free shipping rather than go to a traditional store.
  • Shoppers Want Free Returns. Return policies can greatly affect a customer’s decision. People would most likely purchase an item like Paper Mart boxes if they are guaranteed that they can return it should problems occur.