How digital devices affect your eyesights.

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As a part of Millennials, I should admit that I spend lots of time on devices. And, I know that it is not a good habit. we need to play more outside. just having a walk, going museums, or having a coffee with your friends. This is a real life. Anyway, Sometimes it is inevitable to avoid using devices. There are some methods to protect better your eyes according to the article from digitaltrends.com. Here you go.

    1. Maintain a comfortable working distance at the computer (close to arm’s length from the screen) and avoid hunching closer and closer.
    2. When using a phone keep the screen as far away from your eyes as comfortably possible — the greater the distance your phone is from your eye, the less eye strain it is likely to cause — provided the print size and images are large enough for comfortable viewing.
    3. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look off into the distance — at something 20 feet away. This is called the “20-20-20 rule” by many eye care providers, and it relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye, relaxes the muscles outside the eyes that converge the eyes (points them inward to stay aligned on near objects), and stimulates blinking to remoisten the surface of the eyes — all comforting things!
    4. Get an eye exam. Even minor problems with your eyesight can increase your risk for digital eye strain. Also, ask your eye care professional about the best type of glasses for your digital viewing needs. You might benefit from eyewear specifically prescribed for computer or other digital device use.
    5. Ask your eye care provider about glasses that block blue light. There are a number of brands of eyeglass lenses and coatings that can reduce your exposure to HEV light when using digital devices.
    6. Make sure your eyeglass lenses (if you need them) have an anti-reflective (AR) coating. Eliminating reflections from your lenses can increase viewing comfort and reduce eye strain.
    7. Go outside and play more!

 

Afternoon in Tout les jours (Korean café)

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In Seoul, I am sure there is at least acoffee shop in each building or two.

Paris Baguette and Tout Les Jours are popular and very well-known coffee shop in Korea. They do have a variety of breads. We went to Tout Les Jours this time which was just next to Paris Baguette. This time, we discovered a new thing! Tout Les Jours in Gang-nam now offers brunch menus.

2nd day in korea:)


Queer Pride Parade in Seoul

Second day in Korea, 2015. 

Queer Pride Parade in Seoul

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(the first photo from Koreabridge.com / second photo from therainbowhub.com)

While I was having a walk around Jong-no 1 ga area, I saw that lots of polices were standing along every corners of streets.

Soon I discovered why. Queer Pride Parade was held near to the street of Myeong dong.

I was surprised on how much crowds there were. At the same time, It was absolutely interesting to look at participants’ behaviour toward Pride Parade. If I can make a note a difference between Korea Pride Parade and Pride Parade in Madrid, Spain, the biggest difference can be participants’ behavior. In Madrid, I see that participants enjoy dancing, talking, taking pictures with strangers. In Korea, It seems to me that the purpose is more on to raise voices on human rights. For example, there was another demonstration held in the same day against to the parade. I saw a woman who was standing before the pride parade with a written word on her paper “To save our generations”. Within a minute, polices drew her out from the street. Another example, I did not see a single same-sex couple who show their affections in public. I believe it may due to cultural attitude toward physical intimacy. Usually in Korea, a physical intimacy is not to show in public, rather couples prefer to keep it in private between two. thrid, the paper given to participants with an explanation of LGBT rights in Korea. Usually in Madrid, I received more papers about LGBT night clubs or spa rather than a detailed explanation of LGBT rights. 

I believe Korean’s mind to LGBT is more open than a decade ago, and I imagine the one day when LGBT groups will not be discriminated by their preferences and identity but enojy their full rights.

11 Killer Free Tools to Launch and Build Your Startup

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http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247361

Andrew Medal
Contributor
Serial Entrepreneur, Digital Strategist, Web Designer, Author, Volunteer

Yeah, we’ve all heard of the $100 startup, but free is way better, right?

Building startups can be hard. They’re worth it, but definitely not easy, although starting can be simpler than people make it.

There has never been a better time to start a company. Mobile proliferation has led to a world that is always connected. Moore’s Law is in full effect with computing faster and cheaper than ever before. There are endless free and useful products online that can help you launch and build your startup.

Related: 10 Apps to Make Your Photographs Look So Much Better

This is a very short list, as there are thousands of products and tools out there for startups, but here are some I’ve found to be useful.

1. Startup Stash

A curated directory of resources and tools to help you build your startup. This is a good starting point.

2. Square Space Logo

Use this for basic logos done instantly. It’s helpful during hackathons or Startup Weekends. I created my mom’s startup logo here. Yes, I’m helping my mom build a startup. More to come on that front very soon.

3. Shake

Here you can find free legal agreements. You can create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds. It’s effective and simple to use.

4. The Name App

A free name generator. Search for domains and social profiles for your startup. Helpful when first starting and trying to come up with a strong web presence.

5. Content Idea Generator

This helps you figure out content ideas. I love this tool to help get my creativity flowing. Check it out.

6. Pablo by Buffer

Design engaging images for your social media posts for free. It’s super quick and easy to use.

Related: Use These 3 Analysis Tools to Prepare a Killer Business Plan

7. Stock Snap.io

Go here for free beautiful stock photos. I use them when building websites.

8. Freebbble

This site features more than 1,000 high quality designs made by Dribbble users. Most are editable and can be used for web or mobile. Such an awesome collection.

9. Type Form

There’s a free plan for creating surveys, forms, payment forms, etc. It’s an awesome way to display font on the web and mobile (Hiten Shah turned me onto this).

10. SumoMe

Everyone uses SumoMe now to grow traffic. It’s great for building lists, heat maps, popup email boxes, etc. Thanks Noah.

11. Awesome Screenshot

This sites makes screenshots simple and it allows you to mark up the images as well. The site says it’s “the easiest way to communicate with images.”

Bonus: Great F**king Startup Advice

Everyone needs some strongly worded advice from time to time.

Like I said, there are thousands of free products and tools to help us start and build our startups. Do you have any other recommendations? Tweet me @andrewmedal or add your favorites in the comments section below.

5 Competitive Advantages Startups Also Have Over Big Businesses

Larry Alton
Contributor
Freelance Writer & Former Entrepreneur

When you first start a business, it can be intimidating. You’ll have to face a lot of struggles and challenges that bigger, more established businesses never have to worry about. You’ll deal with limited resources, a nonexistent reputation, concerns over cash flow and only speculative information about your target demographics. When you look at it this way, it seems impossible that a startup could ever out-compete a bigger firm for a given client. Unless you have an in-demand solution that literally nobody else on the planet can offer, your limitations at a startup will put you at a disadvantage against the bigger, badder companies in your space.

But that’s only one side of the story. The fuller truth is that startups actually hold a number of great advantages over bigger companies, even though it may not seem that way when you’re in the middle of a crisis.

Startups will always have these five strengths against big businesses:

1. Agility.

Startups are young and formless for the first couple of years. You may have a solid business plan and an operations strategy in place, but there’s nothing confining you to those structures. Big corporations are forced to keep their models the same to keep the board of directors, the investors and their customer base happy. As a startup, you can do whatever you want.

This agility comes in handy when something disrupts the industry, such as a new technological development or an even newer competitor. Big businesses must absorb the blow and respond slowly as their massive gears begin to turn. As a startup, you can turn on a dime and rebuild everything from the ground up, if necessary.

Related: The Key to Every Successful Business is Agility

2. Team chemistry.

Some major corporations have casual atmospheres, but for the most part, any big business you walk into will be filled with walls, offices and cubicles. The people from accounting don’t know the people from marketing, and the CEO probably doesn’t know anyone below him/her.

In a startup, you have no choice but to bond with the other members of your team. You may have three people or three dozen, but you’ll be working so closely together on work that matters to all of you that you’ll have a natural chemistry in your working relationships.

That chemistry matters more than you might think. It means your workers will be more productive and more satisfied with their jobs, giving you more reliable work and a lower turnaround.

3. Less bureaucracy.

In large corporations, everything must be formalized. Every minute process is well-documented, and there are rules surrounding everything. Usually, when a decision is to be made, it must undergo rigorous evaluation by multiple people in multiple department. In essence, the gears of bureaucracy slow everything to a crawl and formalize processes that never needed formalizing in the first place.

While you might have some solid rules and formal processes in place, your startup doesn’t have a fraction of the bureaucratic nonsense that your large competitors do. You can make decisions faster and work more efficiently because of it.

Related: 5 Ways Your Startup Can Continue to Innovate in a Fast-Paced World

4. Competitive pricing.

Pricing is a difficult issue to speak about broadly. Each industry must consider different factors when it comes to pricing. For example, in food product development, larger companies have a pricing advantage because they have access to more equipment, they can do larger runs and save money on items per piece. However, for most industries, startups have the advantage when it comes to pricing.

Startups have less overhead. Because fewer people are using fewer resources to develop products and services, they can be priced more aggressively than those same products and services churned out by a multi-level, massive corporation. You’ll also have more flexibility in pricing, open to negotiation, so you’ll be able to secure more clients.

5. Personality.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, because startups have fewer people within an organization, they tend to have a much better, more accessible brand personality. The CEO is just another member of the team and makes appearances at most meetings, giving a face to the company. The employees, taking a smaller salary and having more freedom, all actively want to be a part of the company, so they’re happier and more fun to work with. Some customers will naturally gravitate toward you because you are a startup. You’re novel and you’re an underdog. People love that.

Use these strengths to your advantage during your first few years of operation. Your larger competitors may have the drop on you when it comes to resources and influence, but your agility and underdog status will balance out the odds. If you can utilize strategies that emphasize these natural startup advantages, you’ll be in a far better position to succeed in the long term.

Why This Financial Advisor Spent 3 Years Researching Before Signing His Franchise Agreement

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247420

June 17, 2015

Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email ktaylor@entrepreneur.com.

As a personal financial advisor, Allan Boomer knows business. While examining potential career paths for former pro athlete clients, Boomer became well acquainted with the franchise industry. As Boomer found the perfect fits for his clients, one former NFL player asked Boomer to join him as a business partner. After years of learning the ins and outs of the franchise industry for other clients, Boomer was able to sign on as partner with confidence. Here’s what he has learned.

Name: Allan Boomer

Franchise owned: Retro Fitness in Rockville and Lanham, Md., and Horsham, Pa.

How long have you owned a franchise?

My partners and I signed our first franchise agreement in early 2013. In 2014, we built our first two locations, and acquired the third from another franchisee. Prior to signing our first agreement, we spent three years attending conferences and trade shows and speaking to franchisees.

Why franchising?

I stumbled on franchising while trying to solve a problem from one of my clients. I am a personal financial advisor by trade. I had a client who was retiring from the NFL and looking to start a career in business. I was afraid of him making a costly mistake, so I suggested that he find a franchise with a proven track record. Franchising was similar to football – the coach gives you a play and you go out on the field and execute. In this case the coach is the franchisor. Once we found a franchise that made sense, the client asked me to join him as a business partner.

What were you doing before you became a franchise owner?

I was running a wealth management company called Momentum Advisors, and I continue to do so. I visit my three clubs no more than once or twice a month. However, I keep an eye on the business daily. I start each morning by reviewing automated reports on each location, and end each day by reviewing detailed written summaries from my managers. We have a conference call with all of the managers at the end of every week. Not that I don’t trust them, but I also have an app on my phone that allows me to view the camera feed from my clubs in real time!

Why did you choose this particular franchise?

My partners are professional athletes, so we wanted to find a business they were passionate about. Fitness was a perfect fit. As a Wall Street guy, I was blown away by the amount of money gyms make, and how reliable the cash flows are each month. We chose Retro for two reasons, first because of the quality of the team, and second because of their growth plan. The company is growing from a regional footprint to a national one, and gave us the opportunity to be a key partner in their most important growth markets: Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

How much would you estimate you spent before you were officially open for business?

Pre Construction Total: $145,000

Initial Franchise Fee: $69,000

Lease Security Deposit: $40,000

Architect/Engineer: $26,000

Legal: $10,000

Construction Phase Total: $1,650,000

Buildout & Furnishings: $775,000

Equipment: $610,000

Working Capital: $120,000

Signage: $60,000

Audio/Visual Equip.: $40,000

Pre-Sale Advertising: $26,000

Insurance: $6,700

Smoothie Bar Inventory: $5,000

Permits: $3,500

Computer Equipment: $2,500

Utility deposits: $1,300

Grand Total: $1,795,000

Where did you get most of your advice/do most of your research?

I attend the International Franchise Association’s franchising show in NYC every year, and have done so since 2011. I also attend an annual conference called the Pro Athlete Franchising Initiative, which is dedicated to teaching professional athletes about franchising. In addition to these great events, I reached out to dozens of franchisees. The franchisor gives you a list of names from the FDD who you SHOULD call. However, I called all of the OTHER ones because I wanted the real scoop!

What were the most unexpected challenges of opening your franchise?

The biggest challenge has been finding the right people to work in the gyms. Customer service is a big part of Retro’s competitive advantage, and there aren’t a lot of people who can consistently deliver great service. For one location, we went through four managers in a year before finding the right person.  Now that we have the right team in place, it has made all the difference!

What advice do you have for individuals who want to own their own franchise?

First, find something that you’re passionate about that fits your personality and lifestyle needs. Second, be open to partnering with other people if you don’t have enough money yourself (however, choose your partners wisely!). Third, realize that just about anyone can own a franchise, including you.  A lot of people go to a job that they hate every day, and don’t realize owning a franchise is very realistic and attainable. They also don’t realize they can find creative ways to pay for the investment, like using assets from their retirement account (without penalties and taxes).

What’s next for you and your business?

My partners and I are currently negotiating a lease for a fourth location in Philadelphia. We would love to get up to 10 locations in five years. However, we are also conducting research with other brands outside of fitness.

How do NGOs get funding? By Jean Folger

A:

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a non-profit, citizen-based group that functions independently of government. NGOs are organized on local, national and international levels to serve specific social or political purposes.
As non-profit organizations, NGOs rely on a variety of sources for funding projects, operations, salaries and other overhead costs. Because the annual budget of an NGO can be in the hundreds of millions (or even billions) of dollars, fundraising efforts are important for the NGO’s existence and success. Funding sources include membership dues, the sale of goods and services, private sector for-profit companies, philanthropic foundations, grants from local, state and federal agencies, and private donations.

Individual private donors comprise a significant portion of NGO funding. Some of these donations come from wealthy individuals – such as Ted Turner’s $1 billion donation to the United Nations, or Warren Buffett’s pledge to give 10 million Berkshire-Hathaway class B shares to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (valued at more than $31 billion in June 2006). Many NGOs, however, rely on a large number of small donations (rather than a small number of large donations).

Despite their independence from government, many NGOs rely heavily on government funding in order to function. Some governmental NGO funding may be viewed as controversial because the funding may support certain political goals rather than a nation’s development goals.

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Greek central bank warns of ‘painful course’ to euro exit

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33164924

Greece’s central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a “painful course” towards default and exit from the eurozone.

It comes as the Greek government and its international creditors blamed each other for failing to reach a deal over economic reforms.

That failure is holding up the release €7.2bn in bailout funds.

The central bank also warned the country’s economic slowdown would accelerate without a deal.

“Failure to reach an agreement would… mark the beginning of a painful course that would lead initially to a Greek default and ultimately to the country’s exit from the euro area and, most likely, from the European Union,” the Bank of Greece said in a report.

“Striking an agreement with our partners is a historical imperative that we cannot afford to ignore.”

Despite the warning, Greek shares rose 0.8% in mid-morning trade on the Greek stock exchange. The Athens benchmark index has fallen 11% since Friday, with bank shares worst affected.

‘Solidarity’

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann was in Athens on Wednesday in a last-ditch bid to end the standoff.

“For Europe to be stronger, it must show solidarity and support to any country which needs it,” he said during a meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

His comments followed a harsher critique from European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who on Tuesday accused the Greek government of misleading voters, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused the EU and International Monetary Fund (IMF) of trying to “humiliate” his country.

Greece has two weeks remaining to strike a deal with its creditors or face defaulting on an existing €1.6bn (£1.1bn) loan repayment due to the IMF.

The country has already rolled a €300m payment into those due at the end of the June.

Mr Juncker said the Greek government had not told the truth about its latest reform proposals.

“I am blaming the Greeks [for telling] things to the Greek public which are not consistent with what I’ve told the Greek prime minister,” Mr Juncker said.

Mr Tsipras has said that the lenders wanted to raise VAT on electricity.

Other Greek ministers have criticised suggestions to increase sales tax on medicines.

But Mr Juncker said: “I’m not in favour, and the prime minister knows that… of increasing VAT on medicaments and electricity. This would be a major mistake.”

“The debate in Greece and outside Greece would be easier if the Greek government would tell exactly what the Commission… are really proposing,” he added.

Greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis claimed that EU proposals did include VAT increases: “Juncker either hadn’t read the document he gave Tsipras – or he read it and forgot about it.”

‘Criminal responsibility’

Mr Tsipras accused the EU and IMF of wanting cuts to pensions and tax rises to “humiliate not only the Greek government… but humiliate an entire people”.

The IMF bore “criminal responsibility” for austerity measures that had plunged the Greek economy into recession, he added.

Meanwhile, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that both Greece and its creditors should aim to restore the Greek economy without disrupting global financial markets.

The Greek central bank urged the EU to spell out promises of debt relief to Greece – a key demand from Athens – in greater detail.

The bank added: “Our top priority right now should be to create, as soon as possible, those conditions that would enable the Greek economy to benefit from the favourable global economic environment and the highly accommodative monetary policy at the euro area level and speed up a sustainable return to global capital markets.”