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Is the state giving restaurants cited for health violations too many chances?
That’s what KHON2 is asking after the recent restaurant shutdowns by the state.
Four days ago, the state Health Department issued Makittii Hawaii, a buffet restaurant in Waikiki, a red placard and closed its doors.
That’s after visiting the restaurant five times over a period of more than three weeks.
Health officials returned to Makittii Tuesday, not for an inspection, but to teach employees food safety lessons.
“Why does the state return so many times?” KHON2 asked.
“Well, we don’t think it’s so many times,” said Peter Oshiro with the DOH.
Oshiro said the placard program is successful, because the large majority of restaurants correct their violations. Two other restaurants on Oahu recently received red placards after multiple visits from the health department.
“What do you tell people who might think, it’s not protecting public safety because people could have gotten sick?” KHON2 asked.
“Again, it’s a weight off between what we’re finding in the establishment and whether or not they’re moving towards correction,” Oshiro said. “When we fine or suspend somebody, we’re litigating the solution. It’s very counterproductive, it costs the taxpayer a lot of time and money, because now I have to talk to the (attorney general)’s office. We have to issue formal legal documents.”
KHON2 went to Makittii to try to talk to the owner and observe the health department class, but no one responded.
But we did talk to a food safety consultant, Tom Frigge, about what he teaches employees.
“First you turn the water on, wet your hands,” Frigge said.
Hand-washing is the most basic lesson, but there are many others.
Frigge says anyone who works in the kitchen, who handles food, should carry a thermometer. He also says food temperatures in coolers should be checked twice a day.
So does he think the state’s placard program gives restaurants too many chances?
“It might be, yeah, because all during that time the public is at risk, isn’t it?” Frigge said.
Since Wednesday is a holiday, the earliest health inspectors could visit Makittii is Thursday.
If a green placard is issued, the restaurant could reopen.
- Could it really be time for a new iPhone?
Just a year after it revealed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple is expected to unveil its latest incarnation Wednesday: the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, along with a slew of new products including Apple TV upgrades, tech industry analysts say.
The hype around Apple products is enough to exert a pull like few other brands. In the nine months ending June 2015, Apple reported in its most recent quarterly earnings statement, it sold 183 million iPhones.
Maybe you bought one; maybe you clung to an older model and you’re ready for a big change; or maybe you’re an Android or Windows phone fan. But before you are sucked into the Apple vortex, stop and think.
Deciding whether to plunk down hundreds of dollars for the latest iPhone starts with what is important to you, says Money Talks News tech expert Dan Schointuch.
“Unless they’ve already identified some specific feature that they know they want, or their current 6 or 6 Plus is broken and not covered under warranty, then most people will probably be just as happy with the 6 as they would be with the 6S,” he said. The change from an iPhone 5 or 5S would be more substantial.
Still, if there is a feature that appeals to you, “it may be worth buying on that basis,” Schointuch said. For him, that feature is the camera, one of seven points to consider about whether the new iPhone will be right for you.
1. How important is the camera to you?
As earlier reported by Money Talks News, the new iPhone is expected to feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, which allows users to take higher-resolution photos than the 6’s 8-megapixel camera.
It’s also expected to have enhanced 4K video, about four times higher resolution than the 1080p in current phones.
For MTN’s Schointuch, the camera specs are important.
“I tend to upgrade my phone each year for the camera improvements,” he said. “My feeling is that 10 years from now, when I can’t even remember what made the 6S different from the 6, I’ll still have all of the pictures I took with my phones, and I’d like those pictures to be as good as was possible at the time.”
Also, big for selfie shooters, the front-facing camera will go to 5 megapixels and a flash, up from 1.2 megapixels and no flash, tech-watcher 9to5mac.com said. Software modes will allow for slow-motion video capture and panoramas, it said.
2. How much speed and battery life do you need?
Apple’s A9 chip coming inside the 6S and 6S Plus will pack thousands more transistors than the A8 chip in the 6 and 6 Plus. That means, says 9to5Mac, greater performance and more energy efficiency in a chip about the same size as the A8. It also will come with 2 GB RAM, instead of 1 GB. To you, it means the phone should handle the higher resolution photos and videos as well as improved game graphics with ease and without running down the battery faster.
Apple will continue to offer 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacity phones, but the smallest will fill up pretty quickly if you keep a lot of 4K videos on it.
An entrepreneur recently asked me why we don’t have more B2C startups in town. Consumer startups, as opposed to business ones, have a lower success rate. Much like the movie business, even experts have a hard time telling what’s going to do well financially and what isn’t — it’s a “hits” business. With the continued success of Yik Yak here, there’s a renewed interest, and hope, in more B2C startups locally. What’s the solution? More at bats. More swings. More strikeouts. More hits.
Here are a few thoughts on more at-bats for B2C startups:
- Incubators like Switchyards are working on developing institutional knowledge around what does, and doesn’t work, while catalyzing the community
- More local success will result in more local hires that get exposed to consumer startups, and in turn they’ll start their own companies (success breeds success but there’s a chicken and egg problem to get it going)
- More meetups, experience…
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Saying “No” Helps You Focus Your Services
As a full-time CEO and a part time writer, I have a lot of business on my plate, especially when it comes to writing. When it comes to writing, I could accept any number of projects, but when push comes to shove, it only makes sense to pick projects that interest me, that pay well, and that will help me build my career. It’s true that any number of people, at any time, might be knocking on my door and asking me to write for them, but it only makes sense to say yes if it helps me grow my business, or develop further personally or professionally. As a full-time CEO, most of my time is sucked away with my full-time business, so when it comes to writing, I only say yes to projects that really fall in line with my writing goals.
The same goes for you and your business. You’ll be surprised at how many services people will ask you to provide when they are happy with one service you have already provided them, but if it doesn’t fall in line with the kind of business you do, it will often end up sucking your time, and not paying off in the long run. Stick to what you know, and what you’re good at, and as you say “no,” you will be able to continually focus and fine-tune your services.
Make More Money And Save Time
Another reason to develop the habit of saying “no” when it’s appropriate is that it helps you make more money and save time. For example, you know exactly how many projects you can balance, how much time each project will take, and a quick cost analysis will tell you which projects make sense when divided up into an hourly, and which projects do not. If a project is going to suck so much time that you end up getting paid less than minimum wage for the hours put in to the project, it’s worth it to say no and accept a project bid that makes more financial sense.
Say No When You Don’t Have A Contract
Another time saying “no” will help you in business is when you don’t have a contract, or when the company hiring you is being weird about payment agreements. If you don’t feel comfortable that you will be compensated appropriately, or don’t trust the company you are doing business with, don’t be afraid to tell them no, and to put your time and energy into working for someone who is willing to sign a contract, and/or pay upfront.
What are some other times YOU think you should say “no” to business?
From My recent Blog https://shieldfunding.com/2015/04/how-saying-no-will-help-you-in-business/
How many of us have left a child alone in a car? Some people think, “I just need a minute to run in and do something.” But that minute often takes more than 60 seconds. I know it takes time to buckle a child into a car seat just to turn around and unbuckle them a few minutes later. My daughter-in-law is very picky (as she should be) about making sure the seat, buckles, and straps are all just right and that takes time. But she also knows it’s very important to get the child in and out each and every time and to do so in a safe manner.
WebMD states that more than 600 U.S. children have died from being left alone in a hot car. Christopher McStay, MD, an emergency room doctor and assistant professor of emergency medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, states, “It…
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