Amazon takes online sales management mobile with Amazon Seller iOS app

Review on Wednesday released Amazon Seller, an iOS app that acts as a portable toolbox for merchants with accounts with the Internet sales giant to initiate sales, manage products and communicate with customers.

The Amazon Seller app allows merchants affiliated with Amazon to search for new products to sell, check rankings and estimate profits, among other useful seller tools.

For example, the app’s search function taps into Amazon’s database to find prices, sales rankings and customer reviews. Users can type in keywords or “scan in” barcodes with an iPhone’s camera.

Aside from the usual product listing creation tools available through other merchant-facing apps, Amazon Seller includes a unique tool that estimates profitability of an item before posting by factoring in Selling on Amazon and Fulfillment by Amazon fees. In addition, sellers can interact with customers via a dedicated Communication pane.

Listings created through the app are made available on the main Amazon.com website and app users will have direct access to their Amazon Seller account via Amazon’s secure servers.


Amazon Sellers comes in at 5.8MB and is free to download from the App Store, though users have a U.S. Amazon Sellers account to activate services.

New Super Hero Comics On Sale: Week Of March 5

Good morning comic book fans, or afternoon, or evening, or whatever the case might be. It’s always a happy day when it’s new comics day, and this one should be no exception.

Marvel has a relatively light slate, but it’s still noteworthy due to three new first issues. Magneto gets his own series where he’ll finally decide if he’s a good guy or bad guy (just kidding, stay gray and don’t ever change Master of Magnetism!). Moon Knight returns for the umpteenth time, but he’s got Warren Ellis promising weird and awesome stuff in this volume. And Wolverine and the X-Men is back after a long break of, like three weeks.

Meanwhile, DC has had all Dick Grayson fans (and there are lots of them) all worried since he was outed as Nightwing and captured at the beginning of Forever Evil. Today we’ll learn his final fate, and if it’s not a good one, we may have to get the virtual torches and pitchforks ready to send DC tons of nasty tweets and emails!

Here’s the entire list of new On Sales hero comics on sale this week:

Marvel

  • Avengers A.I.
  • Iron Ma
  • Loki Agent of Asgard #2
  • Magneto #1
  • Moon Knight #1
  • New Warriors #2
  • Night of Living Deadpool #4 (of 4)
  • Nova
  • Punisher #3
  • She-Hulk #2
  • Uncanny X-Me
  • Wolverine and the X-Men #1

DC

  • Action Comics
  • Batman/Superman Annual #1
  • Batwing
  • Detective Comics
  • Earth 2
  • Forever Evil #6 (of 7)
  • Forever Evil: Arkham War #6 (of 6)
  • Green Arrow
  • Green Lanter
  • The Movement
  • The Phantom Stranger
  • Stormwatch
  • Swamp Thing

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IPOH: Loh Kee Fong was still mourning the death of his wife when he lost his grandson in a car accident.

Loh, 75, had just lost his wife in September last year.

Yesterday, he attended the cremation of his grandson, Thomas Loh, 20, who died with three others when their car crashed head-on with a lorry at KM25 of the Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur old trunk road near Gua Tempurung on Thursday.

All of them were from Tunku Abdul Rahman College.

They were returning to Kampar in a Perodua Viva driven by Thomas after attending a birthday party in Menglembu at the time of the 5am tragedy.

“I really cannot accept his death. He was just too young to die. Thomas was a really good boy,” he said, barely able to hold back tears.

Thomas’ mother Patricia Foong Lai Ling, 42, said her son, the second of four children, was due to graduate in four weeks.

“He studied business and wanted to go to Kuala Lumpur to look for a job,” said Foong.

Earlier, Perak MCA chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon handed over a contribution of RM2,000 from the state government to the grieving family at their home in Desa Tambun here.

Dr Mah also gave similar contributions to the families of the other victims - Koh Suet Mun, Wong Pei Pei and Ling Yok Sue.

Kampar OCPD Supt Ng Kong Soon said investigations into the crash would be sent to the DPP’s office for action.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, ktar, students killed, car crash, gua tempurung

Shoptimist: Savings site puts money back in your bank account

SavingStar was launched in 2011 and has since grown to almost 5 million members. Users create an account and register grocery or drugstore loyalty cards with the site. Locally, Kroger, Food Lion and CVS cards can be registered.

Once your cards are uploaded, you can scroll through the digital coupons on the site or app (available for iPhone and Android). If you see something useful, click “I Want This!” and the coupon will be uploaded to all registered cards.

When you go shopping, these coupons won’t be deducted from your bill. Instead, the site will recognize when purchases are made and transfer the value of the coupon(s) into an account on the website. Depending on where you shop, the savings will be transferred between two and 22 days. Once you’ve saved at least $5 the money can be transferred directly into a bank account or PayPal account, or can be added to an Amazon gift card.

Types of coupons

A few different kinds of coupons are available on the site. Some are basic coupons offering cents or dollars off a particular product. Other coupons offer dollars off a minimum purchase of a particular brand. For example, currently you can save $5 when you spend $20 on Dole products.

Some coupons can only be used once and some can be used multiple times - the rules are noted in the description when you upload coupons. New coupons are generally added on Thursdays but new savings can pop up at any time.

The site recently introduced the Healthy Offer of the Week and Friday Freebies. The Healthy Offer is released every Tuesday and features savings on fruits and vegetables. This week you can save 20 percent on bananas. Each Friday a new product is introduced for Friday Freebies. If you upload this coupon you’ll get 100 percent back upon purchasing the product. Some previous Friday Freebies have included Barilla pasta, Starkist tuna, Bush’s Baked Beans and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. This week’s offer is for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.

SavingStar also features a Cashback Mall. When you shop online at participating retailers, such as Lands’ End, Groupon or Macy’s, you can earn a percentage back from select purchases. This money goes into the same account as your coupon savings. Earn your money back by accessing the retailer’s site through SavingStar and clicking the “Shop Now” link or by using one of the Deal News provided by SavingStar. The percentages vary by retailer.

I’ve used this site with success. A wide variety of product coupons are available and they change often, so it’s important to keep checking back. One of SavingStar’s best attributes is that it won’t interfere with coupon usage in the grocery store or drugstore. If you have a SavingStar coupon and a Kroger or Food Lion digital coupon for the same product uploaded to your store loyalty card, your SavingStar account will be credited and you’ll get the grocer’s digital coupon savings at the register.

You can also use old-fashioned paper coupons and still get credit for SavingStar coupons. With the app and the option to email or print your uploaded coupon list, it’s easy to keep track of your savings, too.

Have you tried SavingStar? If so, share you experience on the Shoptimist blog at blogs.roanoke.com/shoptimist.

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EZ Way Parking Heats Things Up with Winter Promo Codes

Newark, NJ-EZ Way Parking and Megaleads team up to optimize their website and launch a new Winter Promo Code Program for cheap Newark Airport Parking spaces.

(PRWEB) February 18, 2014 

EZ Way Parking recently took steps to ensure that their customers fare well during the harsh winter season. They were able to expand their shuttle service that runs 24/7 just in time for the big game that recently took place in East Rutherford, NJ. Heavy traffic conditions combined with the slippery roads did not stop EZ Way Parking from getting their customers to and from the Newark Airport without a hitch. Now that their home base is fully equipped for the bad weather, EZ Way Parking is now looking forward to offering their online customer base cheap airport parking. http://ezwayparking.com

EZ Way Parking knows that things can heat up fast when trying to plan a major trip during the hectic winter season. That is why they are looking to cool things down with their Winter Deal Of The Day for Newark Airport Parking. New online customers can sign up for the Winter Promo Codes on the Promo Codes page that is located on EZ Way Parking’s updated company website. Their marketing manager, Megaleads, is looking forward to EZ Way’s latest promotion. Founder and CEO of Megaleads, Jim Alamia, states: “We know that people spend a bundle on flights as it is and we are glad that EZ Way’s customers are able to catch a break with these new promo codes for cheap Newark Airport Parking.”

EZ Way Parking has also announced that customers can save 35% by booking their Newark Airport Parking space on EZ Way’s company website. Customers can now book a reservation right on EZ Way’s updated home page where all they have to do is enter arrival, departure, email, and their promo code. EZ Way has also updated their FAQ page with all the information their customers need including daily rates, directions to the lot, affiliate and corporate parking, their 24/7 shuttle service, and also how to sign up for coupons for Newark Airport Parking. Megaleads is pleased with EZ Way’s updated website. Jim Alamia states: “We are thrilled to see EZ Way encourage their customers to utilize their user friendly website to book a reservation for airport parking by offering an exclusive low Internet daily parking rate. This will open up an entire new market for EZ Way and we are confident that they will grow a strong online customer base.”

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Promo Codes:
http://ezwayparking.com/promocode.php

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Baby Boomers Should Embrace Those ‘Senior’ Discounts

When First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this month, she tweeted “Excited to join Barak in the 50-plus club today,” and “check out my AARP card.” To further emphasize the point, she also tweeted a picture of herself holding her brand new AARP card.

Now there’s someone who isn’t going to have a problem asking for a senior Coupon.

Nor should any of us who have passed the big 5-0 milestone, says Joan Heilman, author of the book “Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Can’t Get Unless You’re Over Fifty.”

"If you’re old enough to get age-related discounts, it’s just dumb not to use them," says Heilman. "Why would you want to pay more than you need to for anything?"

Good question. Once you get past the initial shock of admitting you’re old enough to qualify, you’re going to like the results. And while today’s newly-minted silver consumers aren’t going to find much in the way of senior airfare discounts, (most of those vanished about 10 years ago), or ski savings, (ski resorts started cutting back on senior specials around eight years ago), there are still plenty of deals to be found.

Senior discounts are available on movie tickets, hotel stays, train and bus travel, state park admissions and more. Some savings start at ages 50, while others kick in at 60, 62, 65 and even 70. Each company uses different criteria, so always check to see if there’s an age-related discount available before you open your wallet.

Most senior discounts require proof of age and that AARP card that Michelle Obama received, is the gold standard ID for senior savings.

At aarp.org, members can find discounts on merchandise and services, along with a changing mix of “Hot Deals.”

You can also find deals at SeniorDiscounts.com, an online directory of businesses that offer discounts to people 50 years of age and older and at Firstgov.gov, which features a “senior” link with information on travel discounts.

Here are some examples of what you can save.

»Amtrak travelers 62 years of age and over are eligible to receive a 15 percent discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains. On cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, a 10 percent senior discount is available to travelers 60 and over.

»Greyhound passengers age 62 and older with ID can request a 5 percent discount on unrestricted passenger fares. Information: www.Greyhound.com.

»Travelers 62 and older pay $10 for a Senior Pass, good for lifetime free admission to most national parks, monuments, forests, wildlife refuges and recreation areas, along with a 50 percent discount on some park usage fees such as camping, parking and boat launches. (Check nps.gov for details.)

»Do you ride local buses? CT Transit Company offers discounted fares to anyone with a Medicare card. If you don’t have a Medicare card and are over 65, you can apply for a photo ID. Information: www.CTTransit.com.

»Connecticut residents 65 and older are eligible for a free lifetime Charter Oak Pass giving them admission to all state parks and forests, as well as Gillette Castle, Dinosaur and Fort Trumbull parks. (Check ct.gov for details.)

»Connecticut residents 65 and over can get free inland fishing licenses. Licenses can be purchased a number of locations around the state and must be renewed each year. Information: www.ct.gov.

Remember, even if a business does offer senior savings, don’t assume that it’s the best deal. Check all discounts, including loyalty clubs, to see which offers the best bargain.

How Teachers Deal With a Longer School Day

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CHICAGO-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and public school officials faced a predicament two years ago. They wanted to fix the fact that Chicago had one of the shortest school days in the nation. But they didn’t have the money to pay the city’s 20,000 teachers to work more.

To make their plan economically viable-and to end a weeklong teachers strike that resulted partly from their proposal for longer teacher hours without a proportionate pay increase-they agreed with the union to rearrange the workday.

Before the change, teachers were typically required to arrive at least a half hour before their students each morning. They often used that time for staff or parent meetings and collaborating with colleagues. Now, more than a year after the strike, teachers are only contractually bound to arrive and leave at the same time as students. Dozens of educators in the city say that the revised schedule has made two hallmarks of any successful school-teacher collaboration and training-more difficult.

The Hechinger Report informally surveyed 70 Chicago teachers from around the city, all enrolled in a class preparing for the prestigious National Board Certification, which recognizes distinguished teaching. When asked if they receive less training than they did before the longer school day began, more than two-thirds raised their hands. More than half responded that it’s harder now to talk in person with their colleagues, particularly those outside their grade and subject area.

"If our goal is to improve student learning and improve Chicago Public Schools, we need time for teachers to talk and share ideas," said one of those polled, Paige Nilson, a second-grade teacher at Alexander Hamilton Elementary, calling it "disrespectful" to assume teachers can do their jobs if they arrive when students do.

"I don’t know how anyone is able to do everything they need to do within the school hours," she said. "It’s not possible."

The scenario Nilson described at her school is a common one since 2012, when Chicago lengthened its instructional day by an hour and 15 minutes for elementary schools and a half hour for high schools. She’s able to meet with the other second-grade teacher during the period they get each day for lesson-planning. But her colleagues in first and third grades are off at different times, and she said meeting with them regularly is essential to ensure continuity of instruction.

The changes come as the school system has adopted a new budget formula that gives principals an incentive to hire inexperienced teachers because their salaries are lower than veteran teachers. Research shows that new teachers in particular need ample training and support to be effective.

What’s more, as the city is rolling out new teacher evaluations and the national Common Core education standards, officials are relying on each school to send representatives to trainings and bring the information back to their colleagues-only they have no time to meet, other than the 10 days per year required for training under the Chicago Teachers Union contract. At 41 percent of elementary schools, teachers have voted to replace up to three of those days with periodic staff meetings before school throughout the year.

"It makes no sense to think you can run a business without giving workers a chance to talk to each other," said Leslie Travis, who retired last spring after many years as a librarian at Ray Elementary.

"When Sandy Hook happened, you couldn’t even call your faculty together to grieve about it, to say, ‘This is what we’re going to put in place,’ to remind everyone to be vigilant, because there is no common meeting time, none," added Sandra Carlson, principal of William P. Gray Elementary, referring to the 2012 Connecticut school shooting. She is a proponent of more learning time for students, but wishes she had more flexibility over the schedule. "Issues arise," she said, "and you know what? You can’t have discussion in an email.

Chicago school system officials note that teachers have slightly more preparation time in the longer day, 64 minutes per day versus 62 minutes before. A system spokesman said teachers “have the same opportunity for collaboration during that preparation time,” a contention that many teachers dispute since colleagues aren’t necessarily off simultaneously.

System officials also point out that the teachers union agreed to the new schedule. That agreement came reluctantly after a strike that shut Chicago’s schools for seven days in September 2012.

Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said coming up with a way to give teachers adequate planning and training time while lengthening the day and year “was at the crux of the strike.” (Students went from 170 days per year in school to the conventional American 180, and teachers went from 180 to 190.)

At the bargaining table, according to Sharkey, “They said, ‘We’re going to have a longer day.’ We said, ‘We can’t afford a longer day.’ … That we had to have a longer day trumped all practical concerns about whether it was feasible.” The union’s position was, “you need 20 percent more resources. You’re increasing the school day by 20 percent.” He said the school system took the stance that, “We’ll just get 20 percent more out of you.”

In the end, teachers got a raise that will average 17.6 percent over four years. The union signed off on a longer day with a staggered lunch and planning period for teachers, which meant they were no longer guaranteed to be off at the same time as colleagues. They would be in their school buildings for more hours, although technically they would not be instructing more. The system hired hundreds of new teachers, mainly in art, music and physical education, to make the scheduling and longer day possible. But this year, an even greater number of teachers lost their jobs.

"They made a one-year promise to staff the schools to be equipped for the longer day, and promptly the next year there was a fiscal crisis, and they did mass layoffs," Sharkey said.

System officials said they did the best they could to protect classrooms amid a $1 billion deficit stemming largely from a citywide pension crisis. Schools saw $68 million in cuts this year, as the system drained its budget reserves to cover most of the deficit and slashed central office expenses by more than $100 million.

This week, officials announced that they will use $21.5 million in surplus tax increment financing funds to hire an additional 84 art teachers and 84 physical education teachers, some of the positions recently cut. The move comes as the city’s board of education is scheduled to vote today on a plan to mandate daily physical education for all students, a state requirement with which Chicago has been out of compliance. But the new funding will not cover the teachers’ salaries completely, and educators and advocates remain worried about schools needing to make up the difference.

School districts around the country face similar challenges to Chicago: Is it better to have students in school for more time or teachers spending more time collaborating and training? Ideally it wouldn’t be a tradeoff, but time and money are always limited, and so it always is.

Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer of New York City schools, spoke about the ongoing problem at a Ford Foundation conference last fall on extended learning time. (The Ford Foundation is one of the funders of The Hechinger Report.)

New York City schools are “dramatically underfunded” by the state, Polakow-Suransky said. But if student achievement is to improve, more time in school must be connected to reforms to improve instruction. According to Polakow-Suransky, policymakers who haven’t been teachers often don’t understand the balance required.

"You don’t get this done just by extending the time for the kids," he said. "The teachers need time to plan…. If you have bad instruction happening in the first six hours of the day, you’re not going to get great instruction in the next few hours. It needs to be connected to a broader set of interventions and reforms."

Chicago officials say they are working to improve instruction, too: The city’s new teacher evaluations require administrators to conduct multiple classroom observations to give specific instructional feedback, with extensive teacher preparation required before and after the reviews. Schools also are preparing for more stringent state exams based on the Common Core standards.

Many educators say all the new mandates have left them overworked and overwhelmed, and several teachers said they have stopped signing up to supervise after-school activities, even if they would be paid extra.

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"It just became too much," said Sarah Chambers, a union activist and special-education teacher at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy, who used to tutor before and after school. The longer school day has led to "a lot of teacher breakdowns, teachers crying, teachers saying they never felt so stressed in the job and they were going to leave the profession," Chambers said. She said two teachers at her school retired last month because of job-related stress.

Lesley Pinto, the English department chair at Theodore Roosevelt High School, helped win a fight to restore teacher stipends for staying after school to tutor students, but the math department has still struggled to find enough willing teachers. Meanwhile, all her commitments are making it hard to maintain a student gardening club she leads.

The National Center on Time and Learning cites three strategies to increase learning time without teacher burnout: forming community partnerships, particularly to run after-school programs; putting teachers on a staggered schedule; and using online instruction and other technology to lighten teachers’ loads. The organization advocates giving teachers more collaboration time in a longer day, in addition to providing students with individual academic support and exposing them to the arts and other enrichment activities.

At Patrick Henry Elementary, a school Chicago officials point to as an extended day success story, Principal Januario Gutierrez offers after-school enrichment activities in 10-week cycles, so that the staff leading them can rotate: 10 weeks of soccer, 10 weeks of homework club, 10 weeks of board games. Before the holidays, the school security guard led a 10-week fitness club where kids did drills running up and down the stairs.

Given all he is asking his staff to do, Gutierrez feels that asking for a 10-week commitment after school is more realistic than asking for the whole year. “For teachers that have a full work schedule,” he said, “to do more than 10 weeks at a time can lead to burnout.”

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With the extension of Chicago’s school day and the promise of more time for the arts and other enrichment, Ruth Augspurger should have had her pick of job options. At 31, Augspurger has nearly a decade of experience teaching art in the city, where she stayed after graduating from college because she wanted to work with urban youth. She has a bachelor’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a master’s in curriculum and instruction, and she’s in the process of receiving National Board Certification, awarded to the most highly skilled teachers in the field.

When the extended day began last year, Augspurger was happily running an art program for kindergarten through third graders at Rachel Carson Elementary, a high-poverty school on the southwest side. Although art was not available to older students during the academic day, she ran before- and after-school programs in knitting and painting and coordinated grants for artists to come work with them.

"It was great. I loved it," said Augspurger, the mother of a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old and the primary breadwinner for her family. With hour-long class periods, she said, "I got so much done with the kids," while their other teachers were free to plan and collaborate with one another. Augspurger also worked with them to incorporate the arts into the general curriculum.

Then, when staffing cuts were instituted this school year for both tenured and non-tenured teachers, she was laid off. As a tenured teacher, she’s supposed to have priority for openings elsewhere in the system, but she said she’s been unable to find another job because of a new budget formula that puts experienced and highly educated teachers at a disadvantage in the hiring process.

Principals used to receive funding to hire a certain number of teachers based on the size of their schools, and the teachers’ salaries were covered regardless of where they fell on the scale. Now, principals receive a lump sum for each student enrolled, and they can do with the money what they please. So a principal who hires an inexperienced teacher at the bottom of the salary scale has more money to spend on other things, although a school is eligible for a funding boost if the entire staff is more experienced than average.

"I’m expensive, and so I can’t get another job," Augspurger said. "It’s been very difficult. There have been places where I’ve interviewed, and they chose to hire someone right out of school."

Technically, tenured teachers are supposed to get first consideration for openings, but principals can deem them unqualified and turn to rookies. Augspurger said she arrived at one interview to learn the school changed its advertised position from art to music; she then received a rejection letter saying she was not a qualified music teacher.

The first semester, she filled in for an art teacher on maternity leave, and now she is a substitute. “I’m an example of policies that backfired and didn’t work out the way they were intended,” she said. It remains to be seen whether she will be offered one of the 84 art teacher positions created this week.

At schools serving the city’s more affluent families, parents have been fundraising to keep subjects like art and music in place. Some schools have instituted fees where every family is asked to make a contribution to keep programs running.

At Drummond Montessori, an admissions-based magnet school, parents raised more than $100,000 to allow students to continue having art and music at the same time as others their age. That gave teachers of the same grades the ability to have their planning periods simultaneously. But to connect across subjects and grade levels, teachers say they have been meeting on their own time. They consider collaboration a hallmark of their school’s historically high achievement.

"You need to constantly be reflecting and sharing ideas," said Kelly Walsh, who teaches a fourth- through sixth-grade class.

Four miles north, at John B. Murphy Elementary, an arts-themed school where 83 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch, teachers and administrators are taking on another role: grant writers. Without significant donations from parents to offset budget cuts, they seek funding wherever they can-for teacher training as well as student opportunities.

"We are a low-income school, and we are fighting hard to get resources," said Roberta Salas, the mother of two students there. Across Chicago, she added, "We have many terrific schools that could do even more marvelous things with proper funding."

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news outlet affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University.

The American Real Estate Investors Academy Announces Money Saving Discount Package for Real Estate Investors, Property Managers, Home Owners, and Business Owners

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) January 21, 2014 

The American-REIA has created a membership based Review savings club called the Gold Club to offer savings at national retailers like Lowes, Office Max, Sears Commercial, and many others. Membership in this discount savings club is open to all real estate investors, property managers, home owners, and business owners.

The discount program works like an annual coupon or clearance sale to a host of national vendors. Each company offers a special discount to members of the American-REIA Gold Club. Some examples include a 5% discount at nationwide home renovation supplier Lowes, there is also a 2% prompt payment discount that members can earn on top of the base savings at any Lowes store in the country. It doesn’t take a lot of home renovation before the savings start to pile up. Most homeowners would benefit from having access to a Lowes discount. Gold Club members will save an average of between 12-15% on all purchases at national office supply house Office Max. Anyone looking to refresh a room can save between 35-40% on paint and flooring at Sherwin Williams. Any Gold Club member looking to buy appliances can save between 14-20% off with Sears Commercial. Any member who has a big home repair to tackle can save money on tool rental with Sunbelt Rentals. The average savings at Sunbelt Rentals is 15-20% for Gold Club members. Tool rental is a money saver. Renting a big piece of machinery or heavy construction tool can be very cost affective for any home rehab project that includes an expensive piece of equipment. The real estate professional can either spend a lot of money on a one time use tool or they can rent that tool and save money. For Gold Club members, there is an added savings on the tool rental. Any homeowner can benefit from the real estate insurance discounts that the club has negotiated. In addition to these discounts that benefit nearly all homeowners, there are a number of other discounts available that are more closely related to real estate investors.

The entire program is designed to help real estate investors save money. Non investors who own houses or business entities can also save significant amounts of money. The Gold Club was built around retailers that already service the real estate industry. These more real estate specific vendors offer products like property management software, lock boxes; custom printed marketing products, signs, banners, magnets, odor control products, and much more. The goal of Gold Club is to create such an overwhelming amount of value that anyone should be able to save money with a membership.

One of the first real estate investors to take advantage of the program was Josh Caldwell from Western Pennsylvania. According to Mr. Caldwell, “My company buys and rehabs houses in the Pittsburgh area; we are always marketing for deals. I did my first big order of marketing products that say ” Josh Buys Pittsburgh Homes ” and I saved a lot over what I had been paying. The real savings came on my net rehab project. Saving 5% at Lowes and then getting the 2% bonus savings is amazing. When you are spending $30,000 on a single rehab, the discount program with Lowes saves me a ton of money. I love the Gold Club.”

The Gold Club and all of its associated discounts are also available to members of real estate clubs that are associated with the American Real Estate Investors Academy. The first two groups to take advantage of this program are the Pittsburgh Real Estate Investors Association and the Florida Gulf Coast Real Estate Investors Association.

The discount program is for Gold Club members only. The cost to become a Gold Club member is $1 during the one month trial period and $4.95 after that. To start your one month trial period and to see if Gold Club membership is for you, simply click this link. For questions, comments, or to inquire about offering these benefits to a club or organization email Josh(at)american-reia(dot)com.

This process of joining the Gold Club is simple. Applicants follow a simple link to an application page. The application describes the program and then takes the applicant to a PayPal screen. Once the transaction is complete, the applicant is enrolled in the program. Follow up and support to help applicants take full advantage of the program is provided by the Community Buying Group. A real person will call the applicant and walk them through the enrollment process and answer any questions.

Iran Takes Big Step In Curbing Nuclear Program

By Fredrik Dahl

VIENNA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Iran has halted its most disputed nuclear activity under a ground-breaking Buy Cheap with six world powers, a confidential U.N. atomic agency report obtained by Reuters showed, paving the way for the easing of some Western sanctions against Tehran.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency also said Iran had begun diluting its stockpile of uranium enriched to the fissile concentration of 20 percent - a level that took it closer to the capability of producing fuel for an atom bomb.

Iran was also continuing to convert some of this reserve into oxide for producing reactor fuel, the IAEA said, making the material less suitable for any attempt to manufacture bombs. Iran says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.

The IAEA will play a pivotal role in checking Iran lives up to its part of the interim agreement by curbing uranium enrichment in exchange for some relaxation of international sanctions that are severely damaging its oil-dependent economy.

It now has one to two teams of two inspectors each on the ground in Iran virtually every day of the year to check there is no diversion of nuclear materials, but one diplomat familiar with the matter said that presence would roughly be doubled.

The overall number of IAEA staff dealing with the Iran file - including analysts and logistical support at its Vienna headquarters - would also increase significantly as a result of the accord between Iran and the powers struck in November.

The diplomat made clear that the first day’s implementation of the six-month deal had run smoothly with good cooperation.

The IAEA report to member states said: “The Agency confirms that, as of 20 January 2014, Iran … has ceased enriching uranium above 5 percent U-235 at the two cascades at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) and four cascades at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) previously used for this purpose.”

It was referring to the Islamic Republic’s two enrichment plants, at Natanz and Fordow. Cascades are interlinked networks of centrifuge machines that refine uranium. Iranian state television earlier said Iran had halted 20 percent enrichment at Natanz and that inspectors were heading to Fordow.

Iran has been enriching uranium to 20 percent concentration of the fissile U-235 isotope since early 2010, stoking Western alarm over the nature of its nuclear programme.

NO ARAK “ADVANCES”

The IAEA report also listed other measures Iran had agreed with the six world powers - the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia.

Those included an undertaking that Iran would not build any more enrichment sites during this time under the deal, which is meant to buy time for negotiations on a final settlement of Tehran’s decade-old nuclear stand-off with the powers.

Enriched uranium can have both military and civilian purposes. Iran denies Western allegations that it has been seeking to develop the capability to make nuclear bombs, saying it wants only to generate electricity from enrichment.

The IAEA report also said Iran was, as of Jan. 20, not “conducting any further advances” to its activities at the Arak heavy water research reactor, a plant under construction that could yield plutonium as an alternative fuel for atomic bombs once it is operational. Iran denies any such goal.

In a Jan. 18 letter to the Vienna-based IAEA, Iran had enclosed information on centrifuge assembly workshops, storage facilities and centrifuge rotor production workshops, the report added.

"The Agency and Iran have also agreed on arrangements for increased access by agency inspectors to the nuclear facilities at Natanz and Fordow, including in relation to weekends and holidays in Iran," the IAEA said. (Editing by Mark Heinrich)