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Our Airbnb Booking Disaster in Auckland — JWalking

When you book an Airbnb stay six months ahead and pay in full you don’t expect any problems when the time comes do you? That’s exactly what we thought when we booked our stay in Auckland and it didn’t quite work out that way. Planning and Booking well in advance We’re not last minute merchants […]

via Our Airbnb Booking Disaster in Auckland — JWalking

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‘It’s Garbage:’ Nassau County Men Accused Of Selling Counterfeit Cellphones — CBS New York

WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Nassau County men face charges after they allegedly sold hundreds of fake cellphones in New York.

Counterfeit cellphones, accessories and more than $1 million on cash were seized by Nassau County police following a four month-long investigation, dubbed “Bad Apples.”

“Trading and selling Apple products — so phones, charges, iPads, millions of dollars of merchandise — and they were passing it off as real,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced Thursday.

nc counterfeit cellphones ‘It’s Garbage:’ Nassau County Men Accused Of Selling Counterfeit Cellphones

Police said 37-year-old Gurcharan Luthra and 48-year-old Sumesh Pasricha accepted shipments of phone parts from China to a home on Poulson Street and a business called AMS World in Wantagh.

They assembled the parts, packed them in fake boxes and sold the phones both online and to local stores — as brand new iPhones and Samsungs, but at a discount, police said.

Police said the buyers and sellers should have known better.

“You know the price of you iPhone, you know what you’re paying for it for your kid. And then you go and get it at half the price at this location. You know what you’re buying — it’s garbage,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

‘Garbage’ products that worked for a while but could also be dangerous, with no proper testing or safeguards.

“The equipment they use inside is not used by the actual companies – Apple and Samsung. So these phones, when you charge them, they could catch fire,” said U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Port Director for John F. Kennedy International Airport Frank Russo.

Authorities also warned that counterfeit goods can be built with poisonous materials and held fund terrorism and illegal activity.

As part of the crackdown, police seized three cars, as well.

Luthra and Pasricha now face counterfeiting and conspiracy charges.

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WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Nassau County men face charges after they allegedly sold hundreds of fake cellphones in New York. Counterfeit cellphones, accessories and more than $1 million on cash were seized by Nassau County police following a four month-long investigation, dubbed “Bad Apples.” “Trading and selling Apple products — so phones, charges, iPads, millions…

via ‘It’s Garbage:’ Nassau County Men Accused Of Selling Counterfeit Cellphones — CBS New York

Swapit Update: Translate 100 Languages with Instantly w/ Swapit Blog

Swapit is all about bringing people together. We’ve always been about removing barriers and with this release, Swapit buyers can chat with sellers across 100 different languages. It’s easy, instant, helps sellers close their sale and buyers get what they really want. Update Swapit today: http://get.swapit.la/now We’ve created the easiest way you can imagine, to communicate with someone who […]

via Swapit Update: Chat Across 100 Languages with Instant Translations — Swapit Blog

Translation phones helping doctors:

Related: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/09/21/translation-phones/

Tips for Writing an Effective Complaint Letter

When the battery on your new phone blows up in your back pocket, or the hood of your car just flies up while you’re driving down the highway, or you find out your bank has opened three credit card accounts in your name, or you get bumped from your flight to make room for an…

via The Very Quick Guide To Writing An Effective Complaint Letter — Consumerist

Recent Recalls — ANAPR -Community News, Public Relations and Advertising Services

  1. Kraft Heinz Company, a Fullerton, California establishment, is recalling approximately 959 pounds of ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” packaged lunch products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  2. Kiwi Care Package Company, a South Tahoe, California establishment is recalling approximately 90 pounds of Wattie canned spaghetti with sausage that was not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection and was received from a New Zealand establishment that was not eligible to export product to the U.S.
  3. Nestlé USA, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of its Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Packdue to a possible health risk. The two pack sizes contain 4.6 fl.oz. cones and were manufactured in Bakersfield, California and distributed nationally. No other production codes, sizes or varieties of Nestlé Drumstick products are affected by this recall.
  4. Vascular Solutions, Inc., initiated a nationwide recall of Twin-Pass Dual Access catheters used in catheterization procedures. All unexpired lots of the product have been recalled because there is a potential for excess manufacturing material to remain at the tip of the catheter or within the distal portion of the rapid exchange lumen. It is possible that the excess material may separate from the catheter during use and pose a potential risk of embolism, which could result in serious injury or death. No injuries have been reported in association with this issue to date.
  5. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Goodyear) is recalling certain G399A LHS tires, size 295/75R22.5 LRG, manufactured January 24, 2016, to May 28, 2016. Due to an anomaly during the curing press set-up operation, incomplete adhesion between the tread and the top belt may have occurred.
  6. General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Express manufactured September 25, 2015, to August 22, 2016, and 2016 GMC Savana cargo and cutaway vans manufactured January 28, 2016, to May 18, 2016. The affected vehicles were manufactured without an inside rearview mirror and with a right-hand convex exterior review mirror. These vehicles are required to have either an inside rearview mirror or both left and right-hand flat exterior rearview mirrors. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, “Rearview Mirrors.”

 

Staff Reports Kraft Heinz Company, a Fullerton, California establishment, is recalling approximately 959 pounds of ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” packaged lunch products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. Kiwi Care Package Company, a South Tahoe, California establishment is recalling approximately 90 pounds of Wattie canned spaghetti with sausage that was not […]

via Recent Recalls — ANAPR -Community News, Public Relations and Advertising Services

 

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR LOCAL SEARCH RANKINGS:

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The fact is, if yours is a local business you enjoy a great many advantages where search optimization is concerned and by making a few fairly simple changes to your website you can significantly improve your rankings. 

1.jpgAdd Your City/State To Your Title Tag – The title tag is part of the metadata set located in the <head> section of your source code and is one of your most important on-site SEO assets. 

Adding your city/state to the title tag, along with your primary keywords, helps to inform the search engines that yours is a local business. It may sound like a no-brainer, but you would be suprised how many local businesses get this wrong. 

If you offer swimming pool maintenance services in Port Charlotte Florida, that is exactly what your title tag should say – “Swimming Pool Maintenance Services Port Charlotte Florida”.

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Include Your City/State In The <H1> Tag On Your Home Page – Like your title tag, every page on your website should have a unique header or <H1> tag. Including geographic information in the header (like your city name) alongside a primary keyword tells the search engines that this location is important to your business. Sticking with the swimming pool maintenance example a possible heading might read: “Port Charlotte’s Pool Service of Choice”.

3.pngInclude Your City/State In Your Copy – Are you sensing a theme here? Including location information in your textual copy helps reinforce the relevance this location has with regard to your business. You do not need to mention it in excess, just a single reference is plenty; preferably in the first sentence following your <H1> tag as noted above.

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Embed A Google Map On Your Contact Page –Research suggests that embedding a Google map along with your physical address to your contact page improves rankings in local search.

5.pngWrap Your NAP In Schema Markup – NAP is an acronym for Name, Address, and Phone and as a local business it is one of your most valuable assets. If you haven’t already you should establish a format for your NAP and use it consistently whenever sharing this information online.

 

For instance, if your business name is ABC WIDGETS LLC and your business address is 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA, you need to decide how you will format this information. Will you always spell out the word ‘Street’, or will you abbreviate? Are you going to include the ‘LLC’ designation, or eliminate it? Will you include a leading ‘1’ on your phone number, or just start with the area code? The point is, you need to establish a format and stick with it.

Once you have established a format for your NAP add it to the footer section on every page of your website and wrap it in Local Business Schema, like this:

COMPANY NAME

ADDRESS LINE 1

CITY,

REGION

POSTCODE/ZIP

PHONE NUMBER

The real take away here is that as a local business you should be treating your city/state much like you would a keyword. Like your other keywords, your city/state should be included in your title tag, your textual headers, your copy, and even your meta description if you like.

In addition, using Local Business Schema and embedding a Google Map on your contact page will help to ensure that Google and other search engines recognize the relevance of your geographic location.

Related:

Top 5 Things Search Engines Look For When Ranking Sites

SEO Tricks of the Trade

7 SEO Challenges Faced by Start up businesses

 

Does the state’s restaurant placard program offer too many chances?

A Waikiki buffet restaurant is no longer allowed to operate.

It is the third food establishment shut down by the Health Department after multiple violations.

“I didn’t know about their sanitary problems,” said Honolulu resident, Kim Jorgensen.

The red placard posted outside Makittii Hawaii located at 2380 Kuhio Ave. says it all.

“So for now the publics health is being protected by the closure of the facility,” said Peter Oshiro with the State Department of Health.

The Health Department launched its investigation into the restaurant on Oct. 13 after receiving a report of someone possibly getting sick.

Inspectors say they found multiple health violations that day for things like inadequate hand washing, stored food temperature violations and even the presence of insects and rodents.

The restaurant was issued a yellow placard on Oct. 13.

Does the state’s restaurant placard program offer too many chances?

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.