Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book and eBook Publishing Services

Book and eBook Publishing Services

Publish your stories with eComTech Publishing!
Publish with a Canadian Publisher
Publish your manuscript with a trusted Canadian company that is growing publisher in Canada. Our knowledgeable publishing team will answer any questions you might have about the self-publishing process to make your experience easy and rewarding. We can transform your manuscript into a quality book.
Professional Editor’s Manuscript Evaluations.
Retain 100% of Your Rights.
Professional Custom Designs.
Editorial Services and Custom Illustrations.
Generous Royalties and Online Monitoring.
Bulk Book Order Discounts.
eBook editions including Kindle, iBooks, Nook and Kobo, epub.
Publishing Consultants help you choose the right package.
Author Account Manager assist you with your publishing project.
Designers turn your ideas into a quality book.
Promotion Specialists coach you through your book promotions.
You Get World Wide Distribution
Your book will be available on CanAmShop, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Apple iBookstore, Google, Nook, Kobo and accessible to 25,000+ online booksellers worldwide.
From your story, your garden book, your recipe book, your photo album, your service, your business to Harry Potter, we can ebook it and sell it for you.
From a Manuscript to being sold online in our stores starting $50.00. with photos starting $250. and interactive with search engines $500.
Professional Editing Services
Having an editor polish your manuscript reduces distractions that diminish your book’s readability, such as convoluted content structure, incorrect grammar, and persistent typos. The use of correct and clear language is crucial for positive book reviews, opens doors to the media, and increases the chances of your book being considered by bookstore buyers and our publishing partners.
Professional Design Services
Though the saying goes ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ we’re all guilty of it. Our design team will help your book get noticed both inside and out. Premium Cover Design, Illustrations, Posters, Booth Banners, Business Cards – we do it all.
Book Promotion Services
Through our talented in-house Book Promotions Department, we offer many a la carte services to help you successfully market your book. Not only do our Book Promotions services provide you with the necessary tools to ‘get your book out there,’ but they make your life easier!
Commission original artwork for a full-color children’s book, an illustration for your book’s cover or the interior pages of a black & white project. Browse our talented illustrators’ work in our sample gallery; we will help you select the artist best suited to create original art for your book.
World-Wide Distribution Services
We’ll make your published book available for ordering at over 25,000 booksellers worldwide including CanAmShop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Chapters. eBooks are distributed to the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle Store, Google Play Bookstore, Nook Store and the Kobo Store.
Copyright Registration
Copyright registration with the Copyright Office affords an added level of legal protection for your work. We will complete and submit on your behalf all necessary forms to register the copyright of your book.
Author Website
As a modern-day author, your fans and readers expect you to have a strong online presence. As many of today’s readers are doing their book searches and purchases on the web, it is important that you are prominent and available for them online. A centralized Author Website allows you to direct your fans and other traffic from various other digital channels, such as Facebook, to where they can make a purchase of your book. A website also gives you the valuable opportunity to connect with fans, blog about what you’re up to, and show off the amazing person that you are! Our Interactive Book Promotion team will create a beautiful and functional Author Website for you, and then teach you the ins and outs so you can take it from there – you’ll be your own webmaster in no time!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Venice has to be a dream destination

Destination: Venice


Venice has to be a dream destination for many sailors, yet few realise there’s a modern 300-berth marina just 10 minutes from St Mark’s Square. It’s an ideal base for exploring the city, discovering the city’s labyrinthine lagoon, or cruising the Adriatic.
Venezia Certosa Marina is on the unspoilt 60-acre Certosa island, one mile from the open sea, yet just 15 minutes by public transport from the city centre and lagoon. You can also visit the lagoon aboard your own yacht, visiting the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, as well as the lesser-known northern islands. Slovenia and Croatia are only 50 miles away and it’s little more than 200 miles to the Greek island of Corfu.
French sailing legend Bruno Troubl√© keeps his yacht at the marina: “What a discovery,” he says. “Peace and quiet, no tourists, only 10 miles from the centre a wonderful place to make the most of Venice and the Adriatic Sea.” Berth holders can use their boat as a pied-√†-terre for short breaks and year-round holidays exploring the city, its monuments, museums and cultural events such as La Biennale and the film festival. Short and long term moorings are available, while live aboard crews are also welcome.
All facilities at the marina are new in the last few years. Fresh water, power and WiFi are all available, as is 24-hour security and regular boat checks when berth holders are away. Yachts of up to 60 metres length and 7 metres draught can be accommodated, although most berths are for more modest sized craft.
Amenities on shore include indoor or outdoor dry storage, hotel, a restaurant and bar, chandlery, laundry and dry cleaning facilities. The on-site boatyard, where craftsmen build traditional Venetian boats, is also available for general maintenance, refits and repairs. There’s a sailing school on site, while excursions into Venice on kayaks or traditional traditional Topetta or Bragozzo launches are also all available. Venice is easy to reach thanks to numerous low cost flights from across the Europe to Venice Marco Polo airport, which is only 20 minutes from the marina.

Immigrate to Canada

In recent months, much has been said about immigrating to Canada, either as a joke for Americans disillusioned by the presidential election or by immigrants facing deportation in the USA. However, immigrating to Canada is not as simple as it might look.
Although the country is one of the most welcoming places to immigrants, it’s policies have high standards, even higher than the USA for most people.
The most prominent difference between the American and the Canadian immigration policy is that the former favors family ties, while the later favors economic immigrants. The US’s system places a high priority on family-linked immigration, allowing US citizens to sponsor spouses, children and extended family members.
The USA sets a limit of around 226,000 extended-family green cards, while only 140,300 for economic immigrants (people who work and live permanently in the country).

Why should you immigrate to Canada?

You can immigrate to Canada to work & live, to rejoin with your family living in Canada, as a caregiver for dependent adults or children, to obtain a start-up visa and as a refugee.
In Canada, the main motive why individuals are awarded residency permits is to make Canada an economically stable nation. Canada’s immigration system is primarily based on a point system which awards more competent individuals immigration invitations.
Canada is the first country to implement the point-based system in 1967 to encourage European immigration to contribute to its economy growth. Although the system has been through a lot of changes since then, the main idea that the government is able to control and select highly qualified individuals remains.
Individuals applying for immigrant status in Canada are awarded points based on different categories. Since 2002, Canada’s awards points are based on six different categories:
1.    Skilled work experience
2.    Education
3.    Language
4.    Age
5.    Arranged employment and
6.    Adaptability to Canada.
Thereafter the Canadian government chooses the highly-awarded individuals and invite them to immigrate to the country. This effectively translates Canada having on the of the highest educational attainment of working-age immigrants among the OECD average.

Canada Express Entry System under federal economic immigration program

In 2015, Canada has implemented the Express Entry System for economic immigrants, which has changed the point-system to give more prominence to applicants with job offers. Earlier, applicants were not required to hold a position or a job offer in Canada, but the new system enforces that people either have a job offer or be registered with the Canadian Job Bank.
The Express Entry System was implemented to deal with the unemployment rate among Canadian immigrants.
The highly skilled work age individuals had a hard time securing jobs, either because of overqualification or because their skills did not match the openings available. The Express Entry System ensures that these immigrants can enter the work-force, and support the country’s economic demand.
The Express Entry System is not an immigration application, but rather a system to express interest to immigrating to Canada by individuals who meet the requirements for at least one of the 3 skilled immigration programs – Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trader Program and Canadian Experience Class.
To apply in one of the programs, the individual can register through the Express Entry System if he wishes to be eligible for a residency permit. Potential immigrants with higher points are then periodically invited to apply. Having a job offer, or even getting a job offer on the one year period available, increases the applicant’s points.
Every Canadian immigration program requires a level of proficiency, a certain amount of work experience, and an educational level. While this is achievable for most immigrants, there is a huge part of the world that is unable to reach the criteria.
Furthermore, the Express Entry System only provides applicants 90 days from the invitation acceptance to submit documents, not enough time to those who come to the country unprepared.

Immigration to Canada as a refugee

Entering Canada through as a refugee is not straightforward. Canada’s 2017 target for refugees and protected persons’ applications is around 40,000. The number declined from 55,800 in 2016 but higher than 2015 by a wider margin.
Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement with the USA, require individuals to claim refugee protection in the first safe country in which they arrive. This agreement can stop refugees entering Canada who come from other countries via the USA.
Now, as refugees are not very welcomed in the USA, Canadian immigration may be strict in processing asylum applications.
However, claiming a refugee status in Canada is not next to impossible. Canada is one of the most open countries providing a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution. Refugees are welcomed to the country either through Government or through private sponsorship programs available.
In January 2017, Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau said, “Canadians will welcome refugees that flee persecution, terror and war. Diversity is Canada’s strength, that’s why the country intents to increase its refugee quota to deal with the current humanitarian crisis.”
No matter which way one is looking to immigrate to Canada, he/she should not be discouraged. One of Canada’s greatest strength is being a multicultural country with most qualified people around. If you pass the test, you are more than welcomed to be a part.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

JPMorgan Chase announces acquisition of payments technology

JPMorgan Chase announces acquisition of payments technology provider MCX

JPMorgan Chase has announced the acquisition of payments technology company MCX, the service behind merchant-backed mobile payments CurrentX.
MCX is a QR Code-based mobile wallet with a network of America’s largest retailers, including Walmart, Shell and Phillips 66. The acquisition will lead to an integration of these companies with Chase Pay over the next year.
The motivation of the acquisition by Chase is to expand Chase Pay, the mobile and digital wallet for Chase customers. Although Chase is one of the few major banks that partnered with Apple Pay when the service first launched in 2014, the bank is seeking to grow its reach across popular retailers in the U.S with MCX.
Chase and MCX are also no strangers to one another, with the companies involved in several partnerships over the years. MCX was the premier launch partner for Chase Pay in October 2015.
“When we think about ‘fintech’, we go through a ‘build/buy/partner’ evaluation to decide how we can get to market most efficiently,” says Jennifer Roberts, head of Chase Pay.
“MCX has been an important partner, and their technology complements ours, so we’re thrilled to deepen our relationships with the merchant community through the purchase of this technology.” Roberts adds.
“This will help us get to market faster.”
The acquisition is set to close in the next few weeks.

Dallas City Guide – Interactive City Guide

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