Night Operation with a People Smuggler: Turkey’s Border War (Dispatch 5)

Subscribe to VICE News here: When Islamic State militants attacked the Syrian border town of Kobane, 180,000 civilians fled in fear to neighboring Turkey. Weeks later, the Turkish state tightened the control of its borders, limiting entry and exit. Thousands are now left in risky positions between the conflict in Kobane and the closed border. VICE News met with a smuggler who risks his life while he was on a night operation to get families away from Kobane and into Turkey, while trying to avoid Turkish authorities. Watch Dispatch 1: Watch Dispatch 2: Watch Dispatch 3: Watch Dispatch 4: “Britain’s Border War: Migrant Crisis in Calais” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Government Crackdown on Marijuana in the Netherlands: Amsterdam’s War on Weed

Subscribe to VICE News here: The Netherlands — and in particular its capital, Amsterdam — has long been thought to have some of the world’s most liberal marijuana policies. But today, the country’s government is clamping down on the weed industry. Police are raiding growers far more often, authorities are requiring “weed passes” to discourage marijuana tourism, and unprecedented numbers of so-called “coffeeshops” — where the sale of small amounts of marijuana is tolerated — are being forced to shut down. VICE News visited Amsterdam to see what effects the new restrictions are having. After speaking to coffeeshop owners — one of whom has to close his shop because he’s technically too close to a school — we went to a weed festival and visited the home and greenhouse of Doede de Jong, one of the country’s few outspoken growers. Watch: “Lebanon’s Hash Farm Wars Light Up” – Read: “Why the Netherlands Weed Industry Has Gone Underground” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Spotlight: RejuvaHealth Gives Compression Legwear a Sense of Style

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Compression legwear can be important for patients suffering from bad circulation and blood clots. But just because a patient has to wear them, shouldn’t mean giving up a sense of style.

When Kelsey Minarik suffered a blood clot on a flight at the tender age of 21, she didn’t realize the experience would bring about a positive outcome. But when her doctor suggested compression legwear to help in her recovery, Minarik saw an opportunity.

Today Minarik is the founder of RejuvaHealth. The company makes fashion compression legwear that doesn’t only allow patients to improve circulation, it also allows them to look trendy as well. Read more about Minarik’s quest to create a therapeutic product that is also a fashion statement in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does:

Sells fashion compression legwear.

RejuvaHealth’s product line currently includes socks, knee-highs, thigh-highs, pantyhose and leggings. The garments come in various compression levels and styles.

Business Niche:

Offering fashion compression legwear.

Since Minarik was so young when she started using compression gear, she really wanted garments that were stylish. But she couldn’t find them from any existing retailers.

In addition, being a wearer of compression garments herself, Minarik says she has a unique approach to selling these items:

“Founded and run by an actual compression wearer, a key component of the Rejuva brand is our ‘real talk’ approach to compression garments and their use.”

How the Business Got Started:

Minarik got the idea while being treated for a blood clot suffered when she was 21.

Minarik’s doctor suggested she use compression legwear to help with her recovery. She loved how the garments worked, but she hated the frumpy, orthopedic appearance. She couldn’t find any stylish options out there. So she set out to make her own. After a couple years of research and development, RejuvaHealth was born.

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Biggest Win:

Partnering with Dr. Comfort.

Earlier this year, RejuvaHealth entered into a co-branding partnership with therapeutic footwear provider Dr. Comfort. The new Rejuva by Dr. Comfort line just launched this month. The partnership is offering opportunities for RejuvaHealth to scale more quickly and expand into different markets.

Biggest Risk:

Attempting to partner with QVC.

Though the company’s partnership with Dr. Comfort has worked out favorably, not all of its partnerships have done as well. RejuvaHealth attempted to work with QVC for some product airings. But to do so, they had to supply approximately $70,000 worth of product to the shopping network, knowing they’d only get paid if they sold that product. Though it didn’t work out as expected, Minarik says it was a learning experience for the company:

“Regrettably, for multiple reasons, the airings didn’t go as planned and we were left to re-accept and work through the portion of inventory, which wasn’t purchased. Though the retail relationship with QVC didn’t work out, the end result was improved product.”

Lesson Learned:

Choose staff carefully.

Minarik says:

“In a small business with only a few team members, one wrong link can have wide-spreading consequences. Not only can it yield lost time, money, and mistakes, it can also wreak havoc on the internal work environment.”

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Sunny Badger.

A reference to the famous Honey Badger YouTube sensation, Minarik’s friends and colleagues have taken to calling her “Sunny Badger” because of her happy-go-lucky attitude. Her sunny outlook is apparent in the way she pursues leads and other business opportunities as well.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 24, 2014

Subscribe to VICE News here: The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Turkey shifts position on helping Kurdish fighters get to Syrian town of Kobane, investigation reveals 18-year academic scandal at University of North Carolina, South Korean scientists solve mystery behind ‘weird’ dinosaur, and top drug manufacturers may collaborate to speed up ebola vaccine production. TURKEY (annotate to: Turkey’s Border War) Government to Help Group of Kurdish Fighters Reach Kobane Two hundred peshmerga will be allowed to travel through Turkish territory from Iraq to defend the Syrian border town. U.S.A. Probe Uncovers Academic Fraud at University of North Carolina Over an 18-year period, inflated grades and bogus classes helped thousands of student athletes stay in their programs. SOUTH KOREA Scientists Solve Decades-Old Dinosaur Mystery Nearly complete skeletons discovered in Mongolia give paleontologists a clearer picture of a ‘weird’ creature with a duck’s bill, hoofed feet, and long arms. HEALTH (annotate: The Fight Against Ebola) Drug Makers in Talks to Collaborate on Ebola Vaccines Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline are among the companies under pressure to quickly respond to the global health crisis. Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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3 Ways to Form More Integrated Social and SEO Teams

Social and SEO teams can sometimes play juxtaposing roles on paper. But to be truly successful, both social and SEO should engage in a two-way conversation between businesses and their target audiences.

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Tensions Surround Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 82)

Subscribe to VICE News here: On October 26, parliamentary elections were held in much of Ukraine — including long-embattled areas in the east. Wary of interference from separatists, armed guards manned polling stations and escorted completed ballots to ensure their safety. Turnout in the region was low, however, as residents appeared reluctant to vote. And in the rebel-held Donetsk People’s Republic, elections weren’t held at all — on November 2, pro-Russia separatists there will hold their own elections in hopes of legitimizing their self-proclaimed republic. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky spent Election Day visiting candidates, polling stations, and an electoral commission to find out how the political process was progressing amid the heightened levels of tension. Follow @simonostrovsky on Twitter here: Follow @Henry_Langston on Twitter here: Check out “Crimea: A Look Inside the New Russian Territory” – Click to watch “The Donetsk People’s Republic” – Click to watch “Greater Autonomy for Separatists Might Signal War’s End: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 81)” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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The Ultra Orthodox vs. The IDF: Israel’s Other Religious War

Subscribe to VICE News here: Since Israel’s inception, the Haredi — ultra-Orthodox adherents of Judaism —have been exempt from the country’s military conscription laws. But their growing population, coupled with their high unemployment rate and dependence on state benefits, sparked outrage within the country’s secular majority. After years of demanding that the Haredi share the responsibility of serving in the armed forces, the Israeli government passed an unprecedented law in March 2014 that requires Haredi men to serve in the military. The decision resulted in major opposition from the Ultra Orthodox community, from violent protests to religious leaders demanding that no one should comply. VICE News travels to Israel to speak with hardline members and leaders of the Ultra Orthodox community as well as soldiers in the Netzah Yehuda, the IDF’s Ultra Orthodox Battalion, to get their take on the government’s decision. War Games: Israeli Urban Warfare – The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Rockets and Revenge: Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Getting Your Business Energy Efficient Before the Holidays

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The holidays are quickly approaching, meaning less time to focus on the finer details of running your business and more time focusing on holiday shoppers.

As a small business owner, you know the holidays are a crucial time to your bottom line. However, as many found out during the Polar Vortex last year, it is easy to lose a significant portion of those profits to high energy costs. The average small business spends almost $8,000 a year on electricity alone. Here are 5 easy ways you can cut costs and be a more energy efficient business.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

During the hectic holiday season your thermostat’s temperature setting is the farthest thing from your mind –particularly with customers coming in and out. Programmable thermostats aren’t just for homes anymore and case studies have shown savings between 10-20% on average after installation. Today, most come with a mobile phone app that allows you to control them remotely. There are more thermostats on the market now than ever before and most of them can be found at any hardware store or online.

Check Your Current Contract With Your Electricity and Natural Gas Supplier(s)

Last year during the Polar Vortex several small business owners were hit with skyrocketing electricity costs because their business was on a variable rate plan. Now is the time to ensure you are on a fixed rate plan before the first winter storm of the season. If you wait until after the storm you could see electricity bills with rates up to 50% higher than you are currently paying.

For example, several utilities in Massachusetts have planned an increase in excess of 15 cents per kilowatt-hour for the default rate starting in November, currently default rates range from 8 to 10 cents. By signing a fixed rate agreement with a supplier you can ensure your supply rate stays the same all year.

Replace Conventional Lighting and Light Switches

LED lighting is one of the quickest ways small business owners can reduce their energy bill. The affect of the LED light is twofold. First, LED lights use up to 80% less electricity than the conventional halogen bulb. Second, LED lights put off significantly less heat than the conventional bulb meaning your A/C won’t have to work as hard when the summer comes around. While the upfront costs can be expensive, the savings are more than worth it. A recent study showed that LED lights cost an estimated $6 a year to power compared to almost $34 for the standard 75W incandescent bulb.

Additionally, adding timer’s to your light switches is one of the easiest ways you can positively impact your electricity bill. With the chaotic nature of the holiday season it is easy to forget to turn off the lights after leaving the office. Feel free to worry about one less minor detail with this trick.

Have Your HVAC Unit Inspected

The holidays are already stressful enough for all of us. Don’t add to that stress by having to schedule and pay for HVAC repairs in the middle of your busy holiday schedule. If your small business is in the retail industry it is also important to remember the comfort of your customers. Nothing is worse than going into a shop to beat the elements for a few minutes only to find out that the store is just as chilly as the weather outside.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Several studies have shown that consumers are anywhere from 40-60% more likely to purchase from a company that is concerned about its environmental impact. Whether its gift wrapping, extra printing paper, or cardboard boxes look for ways to reduce unnecessary consumption and recycle whenever possible. When companies consider their environmental impact in everything they do it becomes part of the culture. Not only will you cut costs by reusing certain materials, but you can add to your bottom line as well by appealing to a new demographic.

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