Business Investment

Friday, May 28, 2010

Its rare to find a business that will surely capture the interest of every individual. Reason why most businessmen used to reasearch a lot before they start their businesses. Well, putting a business out on your own is actually a headache especially if you dont really have a background on business transactions and as to how to operate the business you want. You might possibly think its easy if you happened to witness a store where all their products is bought by all the consumers. But mind you, that particular store also came from scratch before they reached that stage.

So, if you guys are one of those people who plan to put up a new business out on your own tight budget better plan ahead of time and consider several factors that might possibly affect your business. Think positively and look forward on your goal. For that, if your a newbie on a business world I recommend you to
buy gold bullion and you may consider this as one of your business assets. It might be the best and interactive business you can ever had. But as I said, consider the prose and cones of starting up this type of business.

Good luck everyone! May you prosper on your desired businesses ahead!

BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider launched...

Research In Motion a Canadian mobile phone maker is hard at work with the development of a new BlackBerry device, the long rumored BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider, and a new photos with the device have just emerged into the wild. Running under the BlackBerry 6 OS, the new device is reportedly headed to the market with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, which is complemented by a virtual QWERTY keypad, as some of the images below show.

The yet unannounced handset marks a shift from the popular candybar QWERTY devices included in the company’s Bold series, given the sliding design, while also bringing into the mix some features from the Storm smartphones, with that touchscreen display it should sport. The screen boasts a 360 x 480 pixel resolution, and it seems that the SurePress technology won’t be present into the mix, yet specific details on what it should include are still missing.

Among the specifications that the BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider might come to the market with, we can count 512 MB of RAM, coupled with 4 GB of on-board memory and a microSD memory card slot for additional storage space. Wi-Fi connectivity should be present on the device too, as well as a 5-megapixel photo snapper and a trackpad.

Oil Spill to Wipe Out Gulf's Sperm Whales?

If the Gulf of Mexico oil spill kills just three sperm whales, it could seriously endanger the long-term survival of the Gulf's native whale population, scientists say.

Right now between 1,400 and 1,660 sperm whales live year-round in the Gulf of Mexico, making up a distinct population from other Atlantic Ocean groups, in which males make yearly migrations.

All sperm whales are considered endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. But the Gulf of Mexico population is thought to be especially vulnerable due to its relatively small size.

The whales are now at risk from the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill, because they are likely to ingest or inhale toxic crude and noxious oil fumes.

"We know there's going to be some [oil] exposure, and we know there's an endangered species. If you put those two thing together, there is reason for concern," said Celine Godard-Codding, an environmental toxicologist at Texas Tech University.

A 2009 stock assessment report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated that the potential biological removal, or PBR, level for the Gulf of Mexico sperm whale population is three.

That means the whales' long-term survival is at risk if, in addition to natural deaths, three sperm whales a year are killed or removed by human causes.

The loss of a handful of whales each year can impact a population of hundreds, because sperm whales—especially females—require a very long time to reach sexual maturity. Females then give birth to just three or four calves during their entire lifetimes.

"They're like humans. Most of the human population is not going to have six kids at once and do that every year," Godard-Codding said.

"As soon as we get to the level of three deaths caused by human interaction—and this would include the oil spill—that would jeopardize that particular sperm whale population."

Whales May Be Choked, Drowned, and Poisoned

Oil spills can affect sperm whales and other cetaceans, including dolphins, in a number of ways.

For starters, the marine mammals have to surface to breathe, and if they come up through an oil slick, they can suck the toxic substance into their lungs.

Also, the fumes on the surface of the water after a recent spill can be powerful enough to knock out full-grown whales, causing them to drown.

Finally, the oil can taint the toothed whales' prey—fish and squid—affecting the whales' diets and hurting their chances of raising healthy calves.

"The chemicals in the oil product that move up through the food web are a great concern for us," said Teri Rowles, coordinator of NOAA's marine-mammal health and stranding response program.

Previous studies have shown that at least some of the Gulf of Mexico sperm whales are known to hang around where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was located before it exploded on April 20, triggering the spill.

"Between 2000 and 2005, about 300 [sperm] whales were seen on a consistent basis right in that area," Texas Tech's Godard-Codding said.

Dead Gulf Sperm Whales Hard to Tally

Some experts worry that the Gulf oil spill could be as damaging to sperm whales as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was to killer whales in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

After the Exxon Valdez disaster, some populations of killer whales were reduced by as much as 40 percent, according to a 2008 study led by marine biologist Craig Matkin of the North Gulf Oceanic Society in Alaska.

Even now, that killer whale population has yet to recover and will likely go extinct in a few decades, Matkin said.

"We lost so many females out of that group that they couldn't catch up again. They still haven't caught up," he said.

If the current oil spill causes more than three Gulf sperm whale deaths this year, it could push that group into the "red zone," Matkin said.

Whether marine mammals are being affected by the Gulf oil spill is unclear. Oil is a suspected factor in the stranding of several coastal bottlenose dolphins, but a firm link has yet to be established, NOAA's Rowles said.

"Deep-diving whales, like sperm whales living away from the shore"—and thus closer to the main body of the oil slick—"certainly have been exposed," she added.

Finding dead or affected whales will be difficult, however, because the animals spend most of their time underwater, and their bodies do not often wash ashore.

"In the aerial surveys that are being performed as part of the cleanup and marine-mammal observations, we are requesting that people report dead floating whales," Rowles said.

"That would be the most likely way we would detect dead sperm whales." By: Ker Than for National Geographic News

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