Month: February 2018

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Buying voluntary offsets can and should be a regular part of the casual environmentalist’s lifestyle, just like recycling or carpooling. In this series, we’ll explore the voluntary carbon market, how to participate and why now is the time for action.

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Deloitte has centered on two key areas where it can leverage its strengths as a business service provider to have a positive impact for the long term on the communities in which it operates: education and workforce development.

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Monsanto presents a series on what it means to be “Climate Smart” in the world of agriculture. The series will cover the role of climate change in impacting food security, agriculture, weather patterns and society at large.

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In this editorial series we’ll explore the role of business in supporting access to education and opportunities, and consider the best way to prepare a generation of leaders who understand the importance of sustainable development.

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In this series sponsored by Procter and Gamble, we’ll explore what it means to practice “responsible forestry” and how trailblazing companies can lead the way.

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So, your company wants to reduce its landfill waste. Now what? As sustainability reaches top of mind for investors and customers, more companies are beginning to tackle waste in their supply chains in order to boost their green cred.

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Salesforce.org, From Corporate Philanthropy to Social Enterprise

Salesforce.org has emerged as a vibrant social enterprise striving to create an endless circle of doing good.

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150 Organizations Call for Ban on ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Packaging

150 organizations say certain plastics are contributing to, not alleviating, micro-plastic pollution damaging ecosystems worldwide.

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Why Community Forests are Key to Solving Challenges of Urban Living

Municipalities have started to recognize the economic, environmental, and social value of trees in community infrastructure.

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Why Human Rights Are Good for Business

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In 2017, we are operating in times unlike anything we have ever seen before. Consumer demand for transparency is at all-time high. Million-dollar marketing campaigns are losing out to consumer video uploads and online activism.

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Beyond Insurance Payouts: Tallying Up the Cost of Hurricanes

The impact of yearly hurricane seasons can no longer be measured solely in how much private insurers have to pay out of pocket to rebuild homes. Harvey, Irma and Maria are teaching us valuable lessons about what s really at stake when the climate deals a blow.

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In the Face of Climate Change: The Challenges of Sustainability Leadership

Many environmental leaders, from multiple sectors, have refused to be intimidated by the scale and complexities of climate change. The obstacles to taking on climate action are many, including communicating the risks to citizens in the first place. After all, many people understandably have a hard time wrapping their heads around this phenomenon. At Dreamforce 2017, these sustainability leaders explained the tactics by which they are cracking this nut.

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COP 23 Talks Kick off in Bonn, Germany with Host Island Nation Fiji

There is still a formal U.S. presence, but it s a little bit like a party guest who critiques your wine choice. The party crashers, on the other hand, are on point.

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How Women Leaders in Technology Transform the Non-Profit World

In recent years, the nonprofit sector has witnessed more women ascending to technology management positions. These leaders are on the front lines of discussions on management and employee engagement. And at a time when many organizations are shifting to a social enterprise model, technology remains central to NGOs’ missions.

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U.S. Army Agrees: Climate Change Makes It Harder To Do Your Job

The U.S. Army has been raising alarms about the impact of climate change on training and readiness, and a new report from The Lancet affirms those concerns.

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Workers Sew a Nightmare into Zara’s Supply Chain

It is news no apparel company wants to hear: allegations of slavery or any form of bonded labor in a supply chain. But the story of some apparel workers in Turkey tucking notes in some of Zara’s clothing has generated the fast fashion retailer headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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Innovations in Corporate Social Impact

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“Is it too difficult for companies to achieve financial and social impact simultaneously?” This was the question being posed by One World Founder CEO Scott Saslow at the Innovations in Corporate Social Impact Summit on Nov, 2 at Cooley LLP in San Francisco. The answer was a resounding “no,” as attendees discussed the examples of Bay Area companies who are innovation leaders in how they design their strategy, measure results and harness capital and people to create wider social, economic and environmental benefits.

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The YIMBY Movement Could Help Make Cities Affordable Again

Renters in many cities, such as in San Francisco, where the average rent is approaching $5 per square foot, have had enough of sky-high housing prices. And therein arises the YIMBY (yes in my backyard) movement, which seeks streamlined housing policies so that cities can become more affordable again.


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How to Start a Rice Dealership Business

New business ideasRice is an important primary staple food in many Asian countries especially in the Philippines. Indicating the high demand for this commodity, planning to put up a rice dealership business in your area is a wise choice. There is already an assurance that this business will succeed because buyers are already there. Of course, in any kind of business, conducting a feasibility study is always a crucial step to take. This will assess the economic viability of your proposed business.

Here are some important questions to consider before plunging into this kind of business.

1. Do you have enough capital or budget for your rice dealership business? With at least P60,000 to P100,000 as a starting capital.

2. Do you want to operate as sole proprietorship or corporation? Business registration guide here.

3. Do you have a big and safe storage room for the sacks of rice that will be delivered to you?

4. Do you have a good location for your rice dealership business? Research the area of your target market, the flow of traffic and their buying habits.

5. Do you have lists of rice suppliers in your area? Make sure you have a lists of several suppliers and make a good relationship with them.

6. Do you have necessary equipments like calibrated weighing scales, rice sacks etc., and a service delivery (optional).

7. What varieties of rice do you intend to sell? Make sure to have several varieties of rice, so that your customers will have several options.

8. How will you market your business? This is also an important aspect especially you are new in this kind of business. Make a good marketing strategy and make your business known to your customers. Make a good deal with restaurant owners, hotels, resorts and small carenderias in your place to be their rice supplier.

Here are Some NFA Rice Dealership FAQ

Q: Who are required to secure license from NFA?

A: All persons, natural or juridical, that are engaging or intending to engage in the rice and/or corn business whether commercial or NFA rice/corn.

A: Before the start in any of the business activity enumerated above, the proprietor or operator should first secure a license from NFA. For those already license, businessmen should renew their annual license on any day within their scheduled month allotted by the NFA

A: Application may be filed at the NFA office that has jurisdiction over the location of the principal business of the applicant.

Q: In case we have more than one (1) store/establishment for Rice/Corn business, should all be licensed?

A: Yes, owner/operator should file a license for all outlets at the NFA office where his principal place of business is located. Additional outlets are treated as branches.

A: For new applicants, follow these procedures:

secure application form from the licensing officer upon payment of application fee;

accomplish and file application with complete requirements to the licensing officer who in turn checks the documents and determines corresponding license fee;

pay license fee to the cashier and get copy of official receipt;

prepare the facilities/equipment requirements for inspection by NFA Investigators;

after inspection of establishments, present notice of inspection to licensing officer, official receipt and proof of compliance with deficiencies, if any;

licensing officer issues license if application is found to be in order;

applicants display license in their establishments.

Procedures for renewal applicants:

secure application from licensing officer upon payment of application fee;

accomplish and file application with complete requirements together with previous year s license to the licensing officer;

licensing officer checks completeness of requirements and determines license fee to be paid;

pay license fee to the cashier and present the official receipt to licensing officer;

licensing officer issues renewal sticker and stick it to appropriate portion of the license if application is found to be in order;

applicants display licensing conspicuous place in their establishments.

Q: For New Applicants, how long do we have to wait for the Approval of our License Application?

A: The establishments and facility requirements of new applicants are inspected by NFA Investigators within 20 working days after the filling of their applications. Those inspected are given inspection notices stating the date when they can return to the NFA to show compliance with any deficiency, if any. Otherwise, their notices state the date they can get their license. In all these cases, it should not exceed 20 working days after inspection.

A: Application fee is P50.00 for a single line activity and P100.00 for two activities or more. License fees depend upon capacity of the post harvest equipment used.

A: Documentary and facility requirements depend upon the business activity.

Q: Does the NFA requires only Licensing on Rice/Corn Business Activities?

A: The NFA also require the registration of the following facilities aside from the license on the activities mentioned earlier list.

motor vehicles used or intended to be used in transport/hauling of palay/ rice/corn whether for exclusive use or for hire except public utility vehicles franchised by proper government agencies not principally used for transporting rice/palay/corn;

warehouses,threshers and sellers for own produce;

mechanical dryers for owner s/operators exclusive use;

packaging machines for owner s/operators exclusive use;

institutions/establishments securing their rice/corn requirements from the NFA;

poultry and hog raisers securing byproducts from the NFA;

manufacturers/importers/dealers and distributors of rice/corn post-harvest facilities;

non-operating mills and other post-harvest facilities. In this case, registration is done only once.

Registration is done at the office of the NFA that has jurisdiction over the location of the principal business of the applicant.

Registration fees see separate from that of the license fees.

Q: In the event that I discontinue my business, what should I do with my License/Registration Certificate?

A: Surrender your license/registration certificate to the NFA office that issued it together with a written notice of discontinuance.

Otherwise, in case you reapply, you would be charged with the fees for the entire period that you have not applied for renewal.

Q: What do you mean by Bonded Activities?

A: Bonded activities mean third party stocks are deposited in your facilities, for storage, milling, threshing, corn shelling or mechanical drying. Operators/owners of facilities accepting third party stocks are required to post a bond as well as fire insurance to safeguard the stocks of the third party.


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Blogs, ZDNet, business blogs.#Business #blogs


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Between the Lines 30,370 articles

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Get outspoken insights and expert advice on the products and companies that define today’s tech landscape, from a source who knows these technologies inside and out.

Robotics 352 articles

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On the threshold of our robotic future, Kelly McSweeney dishes robot industry news, opinions, and projections.

Big on Data 431 articles

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Andrew Brust, Tony Baer and George Anadiotis cover Big Data technologies including Hadoop, NoSQL, Data Warehousing, BI and Predictive Analytics.


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The Pope Hates Selfies. Semper Fi, Marines. The Brief for 11.10.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 11/10/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

Send Your Scammers to Chatbots, Smartphones are Like The Obesity Epidemic The Brief for 11.09.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 11/09/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

Flying Cars, Smart Robots, and Cars Made from Ocean Waste The Brief for 11.08.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 11/08/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

Robot Doctors, Robot Sex Advice, and Robot Insurance Agents The Brief for 11.02.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 11/02/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

Microsoft and McDonalds Change Core Tenets. Why People Cosplay. The Brief for 10.28.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 10/28/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

Drones Everywhere, Medical Records on Blockchain, and Hijab-Friendly Cosplay The Brief for 10.26.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 10/26/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

Spending a Bar of Gold, A Million Arab Coders, and More The Brief for 10.25.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 10/25/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

Gambling with Cryptocurrency, Replacing Lawyers, and Captain Phasma of Star Wars The Brief for 10.24.17

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 10/24/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

I Get a Lot of Things Wrong

Best business ideas It s become something of a strategy for me to jump into something, try to do it, fail, and then learn a little bit in the process. I learn more by failing than by studying something to death. But that s not all.

I Get a Lot of Things Wrong

I get people wrong. I forget that not everyone should be taken at face value. For me, I just don t know how to be a lot of different versions of myself. I m me. No matter if you see me on a stage in front of thousands or say hi to me while I m peeing in the men s room, I m the same guy. (Though I m not going to shake your hand in the men s room.) I take everyone at face value anyway, and then am willing to be wrong about them.

Which of These Trends Might Impact You Most?

Best business ideas Here are the notes from the Chris Brogan Media broadcast for 10/23/17. (You can watch this on my Facebook account).

The goal of these posts is that there are trends and ideas here that might impact your business now or soon. Think on the stories here and look for ways to adjust your business accordingly. If ever you’re stuck, get in touch with me and I can help.

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Where will my advertising appear?

We can put you in front of customers no matter how they search. As well as being listed in the E-Yellow Pages Online Directory, we ll give your listing to search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo , mapping sites such as Whereis and Google maps, plus Android application Digital Directory which is the replica of the Hard Copy Directory . We ll also make sure your ad reaches customers using devices like smart phones and tablets.

How can I share business listings found on E-Yellow Pages?

If you’ve found an awesome business you can’t wait to share with your friends and family, we ve got you covered. Inside each business listing you will find share icons for Facebook, Twitter, Digg and Lifestream etc. Clicking any of these will redirect you to the site’s specific submit or share pages.

1. From the business listing you wish to share, click the Share on Facebook icon.

2. In the Post to Profile window, you can add a comment in the What’s on your mind? text box.

3. Click Share. The business listing will post to your Facebook profile.

1. From the business listing you wish to share, click the Share on Twitter icon.

2. The link and business listing will automatically display in the What’s happening? text box. Feel free to type additional comments along with the link.

3. Click Tweet. The business listing will post to your Twitter feed.

1. From the business listing you wish to share, click the Share on Digg icon.

2. The link will automatically display in the Submit to Digg text box. Before you publish, you can edit the business listing and description by clicking Edit.

3. From the drop-down menu underneath the business listing and description fields, Choose a topic.

4. Click Digg it. The business listing will post to Digg.

1. From the business listing you wish to share, click the Share on Lifestream icon.

2. In the Share with your AIM Buddies window, you can add a comment in the Add a comment … text box.

3. Click Share. The business listing will post to your Life stream

Why is this important to me as an advertiser?

Many users start their search process for a local business on a search engine. Since zimyellowpage.com ranks extremely well in the organic search results of the major search engines, you will now be able to see the traffic generated by these results and get a better sense of how we help you reach more customers.

Can I search E-Yellow Pages by specific categories?

E- Yellow Pages can always lend a helping hand. If you find yourself trekking out in the wilderness and break a tooth while chewing on an old piece of beef jerky, never fear you ll be fine! Just consult E-Yellow Pages and we ll turn that toothless frown upside down. All you have to do is browse by category in a local area on E-Yellow Pages to find the closest business listings. Read on below to find out how!

To browse popular categories on Yellow Pages:

1. Go to E- Yellow Pages.

2. Select a location by entering a location in the IN text box.

3. A listing pertaining to your category and area of interest appears. If no matches are returned for your search, try searching by business name

Are you the same with Telone directory?

No, we are E-Yellow Pages one of the most accurate business directories in the Southern Africa, which helps in linking buyers sellers in Africa.


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Business News, The Kansas City Star, new business idea.#New #business #idea


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Kansas City s Harley-Davidson plant makes newest model to hit the market

Assembly of the Harley-Davidson Sport Glide motorcycle began this summer at the company’s assembly plant east of Kansas City International Airport.

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Kale smoothies, avocado toast among the offerings at this new Troost restaurant

New Overland Park restaurant serves Indian barbecue kebabs (and sides)

Updates: Veterans Day free meals, deals discounts in the Kansas City area

It s like darts, but with axes: Ax throwing club hits West Bottoms

Thrillist picks Plaza area steakhouse as one of the 31 best in the nation

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TV News & Reviews

KCTV and KSMO replace general manager with former business manager

Meredith Corp., which owns the two stations, did not say why its own vice president of finance has succeeded Kansas City general manager Mike Cukyne.

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Health Care

Kansas City area medical practice falls into bankruptcy

Kansas City Internal Medicine filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. Some of its doctors are joining the HCA Midwest Physicians network.

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Government & Politics

How about another election? KC council plans to ask for key vote in April

The City Council set in motion plans for an April election to extend the one-cent sales tax for capital improvements. The city collects about $70 million a year from the tax, first approved by voters in 2007 and which is up for renewal next year.

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Updates: Veterans Day free meals, deals discounts in the Kansas City area

Discounts for veterans and active duty military run through Nov. 13. They include free or discounted meals, free haircuts and discounts on merchandise.

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Government & Politics

Poll showed new KCI had big lead but supporters kept it under wraps

As Election Day loomed, “cautiously optimistic” was the mantra chanted by advocates for a transformed Kansas City International Airport. They expected a win, but said it would be close.

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Government & Politics

With KCI votes counted, when will we see the wrecking ball?

Kansas City voters strongly approved a new terminal at KCI, but don’t expect to see construction at the airport just yet.

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It s like darts, but with axes: Ax throwing club hits West Bottoms

Blade & Timber is now open at 1101 Mulberry St. in the West Bottoms. Players enter a lane to throw an ax at a target, much like in darts.

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Government & Politics

KC voters give overwhelming approval to KCI single terminal

Everywhere in the Kansas City, voters handed City Hall huge support for a new terminal at KCI. It had been a difficult climb from a period of opposition and distrust to the idea, but in the end, Kansas Citians wanted to see the three-terminal design replaced with a modern structure.

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Entertainment

The Latest: Warner Bros. suspends Supergirl showrunner

“Supergrirl’ and “Arrow” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended amid sexual harassment, misconduct accusations by 19 former and current employees.

National & International

Baltimore losing thousands in parking fines

Baltimore is losing out on collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in parking fines because city officials have not implemented a new law for more than two months.

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Cityscape

Kale smoothies, avocado toast among the offerings at this new Troost restaurant

Ruby Jean’s Juicery plans a Nov. 11 opening at 3000 Troost. A new convenience store gas station plans to open later this year at 5901 Troost.

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Entertainment

George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss respond in harassment scandal

George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss latest celebrities swept up in Hollywood sexual harassment, assault scandal.

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National & International

Trump calls Putin sincere, ex-US intelligence heads ‘hacks’

President Donald Trump is back on the defensive over Russian election meddling, saying he considers President Vladimir Putin’s denials sincere, dismissing former U.S. intelligence officials as “hacks” and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage relations.

National & International

Hawaii judge dismisses lawsuit against seed company, board

A judge in Hawaii dismissed a lawsuit that sought an environmental review of the actions by a seed company operating on the island of Kauai.

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National & International

The Latest: Trump back on defensive over Russia meddling

President Donald Trump is back on the defensive over Russian election meddling and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage U.S.-Russia relations.

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Lawmakers seek review of Eversource’s response to wind storm

Two Connecticut senators want General Assembly to hold public forum on Eversource Energy’s response to October wind storm.

National & International

Report: Inspection found 13 defects on CSX track last year

A federal inspection in June of last year reportedly found 13 defects on CSX track in Bergen County, a route that has become a corridor for shipping crude oil and ethanol to refineries.

National & International

US Senate passes Veteran’s Administration bill by Oklahomans

A bill by Republican Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe intended to address the care of military veterans in Veteran’s Administration hospitals has passed the U.S. Senate.

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The Latest: Outside firm to look into harassment allegations

Minnesota’s House speaker says an outside firm will investigate allegations of sexual harassment by a lawmaker.


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Trump attacks countries ‘cheating’ America at Apec summit

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Mark Zuckerberg says extent of opioid crisis was biggest surprise of US tour

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Monocle: you’ve seen the magazine – now buy the apartment

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Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: site made to exploit human ‘vulnerability’

Uber loses landmark ruling in UK employment rights case

Are the Murdochs at war over the future of their media empire?

‘Some kids are not orphans because of this’: how unions are keeping workers safe

Bids are in for Amazon’s HQ2. Now the contest begins – but will it be worth it?

From Harvey Weinstein to Shakira, the celebrities with offshore interests

The seven Republican super-donors who keep money in tax havens

The wealthy men in Trump’s inner circle with links to tax havens

Trump commerce secretary’s business links with Putin family laid out in leaked files

Coal-fired plant shifted $1bn offshore while pocketing $117m from Australian taxpayers

Ferrari on course for €1bn annual profit as supercar demand rises

Australian stock market sustains highest point since global financial crisis

Fox News shows broke UK TV impartiality rules, Ofcom finds

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Generation rent: why I’ll never live in a penthouse free of mice

The desperate inequality behind global tax dodging

‘I heard the N-word in a board meeting’: readers on race and power in the UK

How can companies cut the UK’s class pay gap?

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Free Parking Comes at a Price, new business idea.#New #business #idea


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Why Free Parking Comes at a Price

IN our society, cars receive considerable attention and study — whether the subject is buying and selling them, the traffic congestion they cause or the dangerous things we do in them, like texting and talking on cellphones while driving. But we haven’t devoted nearly enough thought to how cars are usually deployed — namely, by sitting in parking spaces.

Is this a serious economic issue? In fact, it’s a classic tale of how subsidies, use restrictions, and price controls can steer an economy in wrong directions. Car owners may not want to hear this, but we have way too much free parking.

Higher charges for parking spaces would limit our trips by car. That would cut emissions, alleviate congestion and, as a side effect, improve land use. Donald C. Shoup, professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, has made this idea a cause, as presented in his 733-page book, “The High Cost of Free Parking.”

Many suburbanites take free parking for granted, whether it’s in the lot of a big-box store or at home in the driveway. Yet the presence of so many parking spaces is an artifact of regulation and serves as a powerful subsidy to cars and car trips. Legally mandated parking lowers the market price of parking spaces, often to zero. Zoning and development restrictions often require a large number of parking spaces attached to a store or a smaller number of spaces attached to a house or apartment block.

If developers were allowed to face directly the high land costs of providing so much parking, the number of spaces would be a result of a careful economic calculation rather than a matter of satisfying a legal requirement. Parking would be scarcer, and more likely to have a price — or a higher one than it does now — and people would be more careful about when and where they drove.

The subsidies are largely invisible to drivers who park their cars — and thus free or cheap parking spaces feel like natural outcomes of the market, or perhaps even an entitlement. Yet the law is allocating this land rather than letting market prices adjudicate whether we need more parking, and whether that parking should be free. We end up overusing land for cars — and overusing cars too. You don’t have to hate sprawl, or automobiles, to want to stop subsidizing that way of life.

As Professor Shoup wrote, “Minimum parking requirements act like a fertility drug for cars.”

Under a more sensible policy, a parking space that is currently free could cost at least $100 a month — and maybe much more — in many American cities and suburbs. At the bottom end of that estimate, if a commuter drives to work 20 days a month, current parking policy offers a subsidy of $5 a day — which is more than the gas and wear-and-tear costs of many round-trip commutes. In essence, the parking subsidy outweighs many of the other costs of driving, including the gasoline tax.

In densely populated cities like New York, people are accustomed to paying high prices for parking, which has helped to encourage a relatively efficient, high-density use of space. Yet even New York is reluctant to enact the full social cost of the automobile into policy. Proposals to impose congestion fees have failed politically, and on-street parking is priced artificially low.

Manhattan streets are full of cars cruising around, looking for cheaper on-street parking, rather than pulling into a lot. The waste includes drivers’ lost time and the costs of running those engines. By contrast, San Francisco has just instituted a pioneering program to connect parking meter prices to supply and demand, with prices being adjusted, over time, within a general range of 25 cents to $6 an hour.

Another common practice in many cities is to restrict on-street parking to residents or to short-term parkers by imposing a limit of, say, two hours for transients. That makes parking artificially easy for residents and for people who are running quick errands. Higher fees and permit prices would help shore up the ailing budgets of local governments.

Many parking spaces are extremely valuable, even if that’s not reflected in current market prices. In fact, Professor Shoup estimates that many American parking spaces have a higher economic value than the cars sitting in them. For instance, after including construction and land costs, he measures the value of a Los Angeles parking space at over $31,000 — much more than the worth of many cars, especially when considering their rapid depreciation. If we don’t give away cars, why give away parking spaces?

Yet 99 percent of all automobile trips in the United States end in a free parking space, rather than a parking space with a market price. In his book, Professor Shoup estimated that the value of the free-parking subsidy to cars was at least $127 billion in 2002, and possibly much more.

PERHAPS most important, if we’re going to wean ourselves away from excess use of fossil fuels, we need to remove current subsidies to energy-unfriendly ways of life. Imposing a cap-and-trade system or a direct carbon tax doesn’t seem politically acceptable right now. But we can start on alternative paths that may take us far.

Imposing higher fees for parking may make further changes more palatable by helping to promote higher residential density and support for mass transit.

As Professor Shoup puts it: “Who pays for free parking? Everyone but the motorist.”

Tyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University.


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