About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 17 December 2004 | News TV coverage for a London black tie/posh event next week? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Talkback TV are making a film for BBC2 about modern manners and are hoping to film at a black tie event or ‘posh do’ next week. If you’d like to take part, get in touch with the TV company.Talkback TV are looking to film at a charity or sports club black tie event within the next week or so. It could be an end of season or Christmas ‘do’, although they don’t want to film a major company’s Christmas party.They say that they want to get shots of different types of party as well as to interview guests on their opinions on modern manners. The BBC2 show they are working on will look at the way modern situations (eg mobile phones) affect our manners. It is a pilot with a view to a series and each programme will have a different theme eg. modern manners at work, on dates, in restaurants and so on. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Events 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The programme is meant to be humorous but will also provide practical information in the form of “expert advice about how to navigate your way through social scenarios and moral dilemmas.”Conrad Chandler at Talkback TV told UK Fundraising: “we will work discretely on an informed consent basis and only with the full comfort of the host/organiser.” He added: “We are not Ibiza Uncovered!”Since Talkback TV are London-based, it’s likely they’d prefer to film at a London event.Contact Conrad on 0207 861 8007 if you would like this kind of involvement for your event next week.
Club Adriatic doo from Makarska operates as part of the Crikvenica hotel group Jadran, which was taken over last year by two mandatory pension funds PBZ Croatia osiguranje dd and Erste plavi dd, entrusted with the management of the new management, and provided around HRK 450 million for the company’s development. Jadran dd manages ten hotels of different categories and three camps in the area of Crikvenica and Makarska. Add to that the pavilions and annexes of some of the hotels, and guests are offered more than 1.600 accommodation units, and more than 1.100 pitches are available in the camps. “It is important that we have completed the fulfillment of the undertaken obligation to all employees of Club Adriatic doo We have provided funds for the payment of salary differences in the past ten years on time, but problems with the documentation we inherited delayed the implementation of this decision. I am glad that we had the understanding of all employees and union representatives in Club Adriatic for the final settlement of these past debts“Pointed out the President of the Management Board of Club Adriatic doo Goran Fabris. The President of the Management Board of the Adriatic Club Goran Fabris started resolving this issue in the spring, but problems with completing the documentation and harmonization with tax and other legal regulations delayed the completion of the calculation of the difference in salaries to employees in the past ten years. In constant communication with the leaders of both unions operating in this Makarska collective, employees were regularly informed about the course of the process. These are 119 employees who were paid a total of around HRK 20 million. This is the result of concluded agreements between the Management Board of Club Adriatic doo and the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia and the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia, as well as a settlement with the workers. For the employees of Club Adriatic doo from Makarska, the multi-year story about the payment of the salary difference for the period from May 1, 2008 to the end of last year, ie the remaining amounts of the salary difference for the past ten-year period, ended today.
Eight out of nine Indonesian citizens who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan have completely recovered, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.”Eight have recovered, one is stable,” the ministry announced on its official Twitter account, @Kemlu_RI.The nine Indonesians are crew members of the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in the port of Yokohama. The remaining 68 Indonesian crew members who have been tested negative in Japan have returned to the country. However, one of them later tested positive for COVID-19. He has since recovered after being treated in Persahabatan Hospital’s isolation room in East Jakarta for several days.On Wednesday afternoon, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director-general, Achmad Yurianto, said the patient, known as Case 6, had been allowed to go home.Read also: ‘We didn’t know’: Bali authorities in the dark as COVID-19 patient dies on resort island “Case 14, a 50-year-old woman, and Case 6, a Diamond Princess cruise ship crew member [were discharged]. They were tested twice. The results came back negative,” Yuri said.According to data from the Foreign Ministry, 16 Indonesians abroad have tested positive for COVID-19 as per Thursday.Besides the nine Diamond Princess crew members who are currently in Japan, five Indonesians are being hospitalized in Singapore. One has recovered, three are in stable condition and one is being treated in the intensive care unit.Two other Indonesians infected by the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalized in Taiwan and Australia; both are in stable condition.On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially categorized COVID-19 as a pandemic.As of Thursday, real-time data from the Foreign Ministry showed 118,326 confirmed cases worldwide. Italy reported the highest number of infections outside of China, with 10,149 cases, followed by Iran with 8,042 and South Korea with 7,755.Meanwhile, Indonesia’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 34 as per Wednesday. (nal)Topics :
Ronaldo is also a Portuguese ex-United forward – and the parallels between the two men would appear to end there. Bebe’s stint with the club began in the summer of 2010 – a year on from Ronaldo having departed as one of their greatest ever players – and he went on to make only seven appearances for the Red Devils, scoring two goals, before leaving in 2014. Former Manchester United striker Bebe has raised some eyebrows after suggesting his game has similarities with that of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 25-year-old cost a reported £7million from Vitoria de Guimaraes, spent time on loan from United at Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira and is widely regarded as one of the worst signings in the Old Trafford outfit’s history. His next stop was Benfica, from whom he is now on loan at Rayo Vallecano. And in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Bebe said when asked who his idol was: “(Didier) Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese. “I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style, he’s definitely a favourite.” Bebe admits he initially thought it was a “joke” when he heard United wanted to sign him and that it was “insane” being one of their players – but insists he enjoyed the experience. “It all happened very quickly, a total surprise,” he said. “One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it. “It was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in.” He added: “I came there without much of a football education, just what I was born with: talent, speed, strength… but you needed more. If a big club signed me now it’d be different.” Press Association
In May, Everton announced they had penned a five-year sponsorship deal with SportPesa to succeed Thai brewing company Chang.“We’re pleased to have secured the biggest commercial partnership deal in the club’s history with an ambitious and growing, global company,” Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said at the time.“From the outset we have been impressed by SportPesa and the company’s plans for the future. Over the coming months and years we will be working closely to realise our ambitions together.”“We are thrilled to have secured an alignment with Everton, a club weaved prominently throughout the tapestry of world football,” added Ivo Bozukov, director of global strategy for SportPesa.SportPesa, which is looking to increase its visibility through the Premier League, is further strengthening its ties with the city of Liverpool by moving its European headquarters there.The Kenyan company were Hull City’s shirt sponsors last season, but the Tigers were relegated from the top flight at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. SportPesa also has partnerships with Arsenal and Southampton.Share on: WhatsApp Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Wayne Rooney marked his first game back in an Everton jersey with a goal in a friendly against Kenya’s Gor Mahia in Tanzania on Thursday.England’s record goalscorer was making his first appearance since he rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United last week on a free transfer after 13 years at Old Trafford.And Rooney delighted the crowd by scoring a superb goal from long range to help the Toffees win 2-1 in what was the first match for a Premier League side in East Africa.Youngster Kieran Dowell scored their winner.Everton are touring the region as part of their preparations for the upcoming Premier League season after signing a deal with Kenyan betting firm SportPesa to become the club’s new shirt sponsor.The Toffees received a warm welcome after arriving in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday with large numbers of Tanzanian football fans eager to greet Rooney and his new team-mates.
Advertisement xcfqd9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3mcbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aWould you ever consider trying this?😱yzlCan your students do this? 🌚l79fRoller skating! Powered by Firework India great Sourav Ganguly has praised the standard of cricket being played in the ongoing Ashes series and has asked the rest of the cricketing world to raise their standards. This year’s edition of The Ashes has produced some exhilarating action in the first two Tests of the five-match series. The former Indian captain tweeted, “The ‘Ashes’ series have kept test cricket alive …. up to rest of the world to raise their standards.”Advertisement Advertisement The 4th Day of the second Test match gave cricket fans round the globe a spectacle as there was a fierce battle between the two great sides. Aussie superstar Steve Smith was at the focal point as he had to deal with two dangerous blows, both of which was bowled by English pacer Jofra Archer. First a hit on the elbow, followed by a deadly hit on the neck which forced him to retire hurt. Cricket Australia later released a statement that Smith had suffered a delayed concussion and was ruled out of the second Test. And on the final day, a Ben Stokes century saw England set a target of 267. The hosts almost got a grip on the match, but in the end, Travis Head and Pat Cummins helped Australia to draw this riveting contest.Earlier in the first test, Nathan Lyon scalped six wickets in the second innings which enabled the Kangaroos to register a 251-run victory. Having won the first Test, Australia is leading 1-0 in the series and both the teams will lock horns for the third Test at Headingley from August 22. Advertisement
Ferndale >> Today’s potential rain and one remaining Big 5 League game have forced officials to push back the start time of the Charlie Lakin Baseball/Softball Tournaments originally scheduled to begin today.With today’s forecast providing a 100-percent chance of rain, both baseball and softball tournament games have been pushed back to later this week.“An updated schedule of all tournament games will be sent out [Tuesday] morning,” wrote tournament coordinator Jack Lakin in a press release …
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… fruzsina eordogh YouTube, whose community is ironically stereotyped as oversharers, has business transparency issues. This transparency problem doesn’t come just from Google, it also manifests within the YouTube community’s top-earners and across the third-party businesses that have sprung up to leverage the giant video-sharing site. It’s hard to say who is worse, YouTube, or the video industry emerging on the site – known as “YouTube Networks.” The YouTube industry, often compared to the Wild West due to its few rules and regulations and seemingly endless profits for the lucky few, has a controversial mantra: “Join a YouTube Network! That’s how you know you’ve made it!”YouTube Networks Will Change Your Life, For Better Or WorseTo non-insiders, YouTube networks can be one or all of the following: an ad sales team, a promotional marketing service, a production studio, a talent management agency, and/or a laison between YouTube partners and the notoriously hard-to-get-ahold-of YouTube reps. Think of a third-party YouTube network as a type of Web video business incubator with millions in funding (depending on the network) and all the right (presumably) connections to make you a big Web star. In return for all these wonderful things, the YouTube network takes a cut of your profits. Sometimes that cut can be more than half of what you earn. There are roughly 200 networks operating on YouTube right now, Steve Raymond, the CEO of Big Frame, told me in an interview last month. Big Frame is one of the newest – and in my opinion one of the cleanest – YouTube networks now operating.If the existence of 200 networks on YouTube surprises you, think of it this way: YouTube has been pushing towards the network model for a while, given 72 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute. YouTube’s small staff simply can’t handle every YouTuber’s needs the way they did in the good old days of 2006 – before the company was purchased by Google. Alas, tales of young rising YouTubers being taken advantage of because they didn’t hire a lawyer when negotiating with a YouTube network has become all too common. Horror stories of people signing for life because they don’t read the fine print, or end up giving away complete ownership of their content, abound. Educate Yourself! YouTube Partnership vs. NetworkIn a prior interview about networks taking advantage of unsuspecting video stars, The Fine Brothers – the YouTube duo known for their hit show “Kids React” – told me they were dismayed by the number of YouTubers who don’t realize they are giving up their YouTube Partnership when they join a network. If anything, this should be the first thing made clear to Partners. (Some Partners like not having to worry about this financial aspect, but others, like the Fine Brothers, worry it leads to abuse.)Forfeiting control of your Partnership – the contract you sign with YouTube that allows you to collect ad revenue from the Google-owned company – is standard in the YouTube network world.Ray William Johnson, the top YouTuber and first video star to become a millionaire from his earnings (in April 2011), doesn’t think this should be the case, and said so in a recent interview with NewMediaRockStar founder Benny Luo. (ReadWrite readers and YouTube insiders might remember the last time I wrote about Johnson, notoriously media-shy for a Web celebrity, when he left the YouTube network Maker Studios after contract disputes.) In the interview, Johnson admits he is no expert on YouTube networks, but believes “there’s no good reason to ever sign your YouTube Adsense account over to a third party. Ever.” Any service offered by a YouTube-based network, he said, “they can accomplish without seizing control of your Adsense account.”Where’s The Data?YouTube’s transparency problems are not just about the forfeiting of one’s YouTube Partnership, or the lack of education about networks – it’s also about YouTube’s preferential treatment of networks when it comes to analytics. Networks get access to YouTube data relevant to the creator’s account that YouTube doesn’t share with the creator. In other words, there are better numbers for analyzing viewership and performance, and only networks get to see them.Creators get only “estimated data,” said Benny Fine of The Fine Brothers. “The actual final numbers, only networks get that.” Many partners end up using other contractors and services to track their own data. It’s a level of secrecy that doesn’t make sense, Fine said, and certainly fosters at least the perception of abuse.The Fine Brothers don’t think all networks are bad – they signed with network Revision 3 after a year of researching their options. They recommend YouTubers demand their network contracts provide simultaneous access to YouTube performance data.Johnson, on the other hand, seems to have eschewed networks all together, and appears to be happy being the master of his own YouTube fate by opening up his own production studio called Runaway Planet.How Much Do YouTubers Make?YouTubers, by their Partner contracts, are forbidden from revealing their earnings. But in OpenSlate’s infographic published last month, the average monthly revenue for the top 1,000 channels comes out to $26,000. This amounts to an average annual payout of $276,000. That’s serious money – that no one is permitted to talk about.Philip DeFranco, a leading YouTuber known for his news and pop culture commentary on “The Philip DeFranco Show,” admitted in a Reddit AMA that he pays himself roughly $100,000 a year and invests the rest (a monthly six-figures) back into his companies. A top executive at the YouTube network Revision 3 (where DeFranco is signed) mostly confirmed the salary in a phone chat at the time, saying DeFranco gets a six-figure check each month from the company. Not a check for six figures a year from Revision3 – a six figure check each month. DeFranco, of course, is a YouTube anomaly – a geniune Web celebrity and Internet video entrepeneur.YouTube’s Trickle-Down Effect?It is actually not uncommon for leading YouTubers to invest in the Web-video industry that fostered them by opening studios, agencies, networks or high-production-value Web shows. The YouTube community generally cheers these investments. The belief is that bonafide YouTubers know the space, will prevent it from being appropriated by corporate outsiders, stamp out industry abuses like predatory contracts, and make the industry more transparent.It is this sense of a “digital family” that made Johnson’s acrimonious split with Maker Studios so tragic to some in the YouTube community: after all, top YouTubers created Maker Studios. “How could they mistreat their own?” the community wondered. In fact, it seems Johnson’s experience with Maker Studios turned him off networks forever. When asked if he would start his own network, Johnson’s answer was an absolute, “No.”Image courtesy of @RayWJ. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Google#Video Services#YouTube 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Pete McCain User experience design (UXD or UX) has been getting attention day by day. The attention is because UX is recognized as a discipline, and it has registered voluminous growth in mobile apps. In the current era, mobile app developers focus on many touch points around end users before developing mobile apps. You need to know how to design a mobile app for outstanding user experience.What does UX mean?UX stands for “User Experience.” UX is all about how a website or mobile application interacts with customers or users. Or, we can say that how the end users of the mobile app feel about accessing the mobile application. Well, user experience is the way of improving user satisfaction by enhancing usability, accessibility, and efficiency of a user’s interaction with the user interface.UX is the metric that will help your app to level up across different App Stores. If you have determined to transform your app idea into reality, then it is high time to do it. And, you’re not alone. Statista estimated that as of the first quarter of 2019, Android users were able to choose between 2.1 million apps. It means that there were approximately 2.1 million apps with the best mobile app UX design. And, Apple’s App Store remained the second-largest app store with almost 1.8 million available apps.With these numbers like that, it is safe to say that there are immense opportunities for a mobile app with outstanding user experience. Let’s check out a few essential ways to design a mobile app with holistic user experience.5 Ways to Create Outstanding User Experience (UX)1. Prompt OnboardingThe concept of prompt onboarding is recognized as one of the underrated factors. But, in actual, the quick on-boarding process converts users into power users. Well, the user on-boarding allows amateur users into experts.So, to create a great first impression and retention, it is essential to develop the on-boarding process as simple as you can. Let’s take an example of WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook just because of three core values, which are simplicity, reliability, and security. WhatsApp has the most uncomplicated on-boarding process as it automatically detects SMS to simplify phone verification. So, users do not have to leave the application to check and enter the code.Image: useronboardAll you just need to create a user experience (UX), which makes onboarding fast and provides an excellent new user experience.Bottom Line: The bottom line is to make things simpler for your users as they will not get distracted by something outside the application and forget to complete the process of onboarding eventually.2. Simple Navigation Makes a DifferenceHaving a simple design means that the navigation must be more straightforward. There are different types of navigation, which use in mobile app design that makes a difference, such as:Pub GuideBottomFull ScreenSide MenuGoogle NewsstandOverviewSide navigationGesture-based navigationBottom navigationIf you are building an app as a knowledge or information sharing platform, then the full-screen navigation can be the go-to option. That’s why it can be a good choice in navigation is that on a 5-inch screen mobile app, the excessive information can make users confused. To give them impressive experience, the full-screen flat menu navigation is highly recommended to provide a simpler navigation experience. NASA app is one of the classic examples of full-screen horizontal menu navigation.3. Make Your App Responsive & Appear FasterTo make an outstanding user experience, loading time is extremely crucial. We live in the era where technology has been progressing a lot from the past few decades. And, it results, people have become more impatient. If the page takes more time to load, the chances are people get frustrated and leave. So, the loading speed must be essential, which we can’t ignore. No matter how fast your app is, but there must be some things that take time to process.Loading Spinner: A blank screen can make your users frustrated. And, the odds are users may leave your app. The only solution to prevent this condition is to make use of loading spinner. It makes it clear that something is happening. For longer load time (more than 10 seconds), it is pivotal to display the progress bar.4. Give a Thought Reachable Thumb ZonesIn general, people hold their phones with one hand and operate them through thumbs. And, most of the interactions are thumb-driven. So, it is safe to say that they do not forget to consider the positions in which users hold their phones. In users, the thumb movement is one of the most common ones when it comes to holding their smartphones.Image: DribbleSometimes, people are comfortable to consume content by scrolling with a single thumb. The important thing is that mobile applications must be designed by considering the reachable zones. Thus, it will increase user engagement and user satisfaction.5. FormsTo boost conversions of your business and engagement with users, a simple mobile form can help to create a great user experience.The mobile form allows a positive user experience, and it ensures a happy visitor or user. And, the odds are the visitors most probably convert into customers and becoming returning users. Well, there are several ways to achieve outstanding user experience, by including the following ingredients while designing a mobile app:Clear form fieldsMinimal form fieldsAutomated ActionsAlluring design and layoutIf mobile visitors or users cannot easily read, complete, and submit the mobile forms, the chances are high to losing the business. So, it is pivotal to create a mobile-friendly form, which fits the screen of the mobile device. Let’s check out a list of essential points, which is vital to implement while designing a mobile app form:Minimize the Form FieldsAutomate the ActionsUse Single-column LayoutCreate clear action buttonsProvide scanners for paymentsProvide the state of completionHence, to design a mobile app with alluring user experience, the mobile form must be highly functional and easy to view while completing and submitting the form.Final ThoughtsThat being said, the first impressions are the most lasting. It is no secret that the success of any mobile app relies on the fact of how simple and easy to use a mobile app is. To make a lasting impression, build a positive relationship with your leads and users, and boost conversions, then don’t forget to include the ways as mentioned above while designing a mobile with outstanding user experience. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Pete McCain is a technology startup enthusiast, associated with AppVelocity – one of the best mobile app developers in Toronto. He has collaborated with more than 50 entrepreneurs – over the last decade – to maximise growth and contribute to technical excellence. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
How Success Happens 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As technology advances, so must the way we do business. In today’s digital world, that means making the move from tedious, paper-based systems to efficient, paperless solutions.Long gone are the days of paper correspondence, handbooks, manuals and checks. Whatever the paper-based system is, chances are it has a more economical, paperless cousin. Just ask Emma.BusinessWeek first called for the paperless workplace back in 1975, and it’s easy to understand why it never fully came about. In fact, the opposite happened. New technologies, such as email and the Internet, encouraged workers to print more, not less. That influx of printing is what truly sparked the idea of a paperless workforce.Related: 6 Questions to Ask About Your Printing Setup That Could Save MoneyWith today’s technological advances and ever-changing workplace, a paperless office is well within reach. Embracing a paperless workplace is about more than “going green” or cutting down on printing costs. Less paper means more productivity. Here are four ways to go paperless to boost a company’s overall productivity:1. Ditch the fax machine already.For most of us, the fax machine lived in the 1980s. However, every now and then the elusive fax number makes an untimely appearance in someone’s email signature. The first step to jumping on the paperless bandwagon is to get rid of outdated paper-based solutions — the fax machine being the first to go.As for the abundance of documents taking up office space, scan them and turn them into digital files that can be stored electronically. An office with less paper to keep track of is an office that breeds organized, productive employees.By making anything that enables paper usage — fax machines to filing cabinets to paper clips — less readily available, employees will turn to paperless alternatives. The sticky note may never die (long live the to-do list), but limiting other paper product usage is a start.2. Move business to the cloud.The cloud has redefined the way we do business. So much so, that nearly 40 percent of U.S. small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing — a number that’s expected to double by 2020, according to a 2014 Intuit study.Moving business to the cloud not only gets rid of paper-based systems, it boosts both individual and overall productivity levels within an organization, by giving employees the ability to access work-related information from any device, anywhere, at any time. As the workplace becomes more flexible and begins to cater to a remote workforce, being able to access work materials from outside of the office isn’t just nice, it’s necessary.Related: Going Paperless Is Still in the Future at Many BusinessesCloud computing creates a more connected workforce. For starters, it eliminates the time-consuming process of sending files back and forth and up and down the corporate ladder, which creates a streamlined communication and approval process. For instance, with Google Drive, colleagues can collaborate without ever leaving their desks. Collaboration at its simplest.3. Automate time-consuming processes.Automating time-consuming processes is a great way to get rid of paper and increase productivity for managers and employees alike. Take the new hire onboarding process, for example. By moving to a paperless onboarding system, new hires can spend less time sifting through paperwork, handbooks and instruction manuals, and managers can easily assign, track and store new hire paperwork and tasks.Another equally paper-heavy process that can be automated is benefits administration and enrollment. This headache-inducing process is made easy by eliminating stacks of paperwork and benefits information in exchange for a clean, easy-to-use way to sign up for, learn about and manage benefits.4. Take advantage of time-saving apps.These days, there’s an app for everything. When it comes to enforcing a paperless workplace, mobile applications can help employers and their employees save paper, and time. From apps such as SignNow that enable people to sign electronic documents while on the go, to employee time tracking apps such as Toggl that eliminate paper timesheets, to organized to-do lists such as WorkFlowy, there’s an app designed for the job.By utilizing the latest apps for business, both employers and employees can spend less time searching for, organizing and filling out paperwork and more time on other, more crucial aspects of business.What do you think about going paperless? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!Related: Adobe’s Latest Product Lets You Turn a Photo of a Document Into a Fully Functional Digital File Listen Now June 30, 2015 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Japan Bathe naked with strangers? Welcome to a Japanese bathhouse By: The Associated Press Share TOKYO — Japan is proud of its bathing traditions. For many Westerners, though, the fact that these traditions involve being naked with strangers is awkward at best, even though men and women bathe separately.On my first trip I tried to wriggle out of a friend’s offer to take me to an onsen, or hot springs resort. I suggested a different town that had an attraction I wanted to see, and thought I was off the hook.I should have done my research better: That town was famous for its onsen as well.It turned out for the best, though, because I’ve become a fan. Nothing is more relaxing after a tiring day of sightseeing than a long soak, and you can reassure yourself that you’re experiencing authentic culture at the same time.Two terms are basic when talking about Japanese baths: onsen and sento. An onsen has natural hot spring water. A sento, usually translated as public bath, typically uses regular water, traditionally heated by burning wood. Tall chimneys for the smoke are one visual symbol of the city sento.The distinction is noted because various spring waters are supposed to have different health benefits. Onsen are commonly found at hotels and resorts outside the city, but there are about 45 sento in Tokyo, for example, that do have natural spring water.For the outsider, though, the facilities will look much the same and more important, so are the traditions and etiquette.Stephanie Crohin is author of a book in Japanese about sento. For the past three years, she has been the official volunteer ambassador for the Tokyo Sento Association. She has visited over 700 sento across Japan and her book and Instagram feed reveal the beauty of their interiors, where photography is usually prohibited, including many traditional painted murals and immaculate tilework.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backShe reassures first-timers that with everyone else acting like it’s normal, you will quickly get comfortable. “For some people it is a big challenge to be naked in front of others, but genders are separate, and everybody just doesn’t look and doesn’t care,” she says. “It is the ideal place to forget about complexes!”Although you won’t have much trouble finding a sento in a city like Tokyo, their numbers are in fact declining. Last year, she says, 40 sento closed in Tokyo. Fifty years ago, there were around 2,700 sento in the city, but now there are around 560, with 2,500 across the country.One reason sento are closing is that many of their customers are elderly. Now that every home has its own bath, younger people often never cultivated the habit. Some sento are trying new strategies to attract customers, including presenting exhibits and events such as concerts and developing English information to attract tourists.Another innovation: ‘super sento,’ more like day spas with additional facilities and entertainment. One in Tokyo, Oedo Onsen Monogatari, is basically a hot bath theme park with a re-created Edo period townscape.These may be an easy way in for the first-timer, but if you want to experience authentic local culture, make sure you try a sento too. Just follow the rules so you’ll fit in. At a typical bath here’s the routine:Leave your shoes in an outside locker.Pay the fee. If you haven’t brought your own soap and shampoo, you can buy small bottles and rent towels. You’ll be given one large towel and a small one.Go through the entrance for your gender. (You might want to memorize the characters for ‘man’ and ‘woman’ in advance.)In the changing room, undress and put your clothes in a locker. This part should feel familiar to anyone who’s been to a gym.Leave the big towel in the locker but take the small one with you. Use it for washing and/or to dry yourself a bit after your bath so you don’t drip onto the changing room floor.The bathroom has individual washing stations. The station may already have a stool, or you can take one and a wash basin from a stack. The basin is the traditional way to wash and rinse yourself, but now there are also hand sprayers.Wash thoroughly. The bath is just for soaking; since the water there is shared, you’re expected to be clean first. Be careful not to splash your neighbours.Tie up long hair. You don’t want it to dangle into the shared bath.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedNow you’re ready to soak!At this point you’ll still be carrying your small towel, which brings up another rule: never put your towel into the bath. If you’ve seen Japanese bathing on TV, people will usually be covered with towels, but that is only for filming. The most traditional thing to do with the small towel is fold it and rest it on your head while you’re bathing.Finally, sento and onsen have traditionally prohibited tattoos, which are associated with organized crime. These restrictions are loosening. Sento are usually fine with them, but super sento and onsen resorts may not be, so check in advance. Monday, June 4, 2018