Best new business to start

It seems that many people across America are looking for a way to start a new business for better income and to avoid having a boss above them. But, in many cases, they are not sure what the best new business to start is. This is not a surprise because there are literally hundreds of different businesses out there. If you are looking for an answer to this question, you should know that there is no universal answer. This depends on many factors, but what is important to understand is that you can analyze the effects of your decision only if you go for it. If you perform a brief research related to the market today, you will notice that some seemingly simple products and services are very popular among consumers. This gives hope to many prospective businesspersons that they can become successful too. While it is true that no one can name a specific business and tell you that if you choose that business you will become successful, it is also true that there are some business ideas that look promising. We will now share some of these ideas with you.

According to many experts, entering the pet business can be a great idea for a small business. This is a great option for people who actually enjoy spending some time with animals. Latest statistics show that the number of pet owners is growing constantly and rapidly in the last 15 years and this trend won’t change in the near future. Anything from establishing a professional dog walking service to pet food supplying can work. Every city has thousands of pet owners who are interested in investing in anything that can make their dogs, cats, lizards, parrots, pigs and other animals happy and healthy. These people don’t hesitate to spend a lot of money for their pets.

Another good business idea is to start a business related to green practices or green technology. Besides the number of pet lovers, the number of people who are becoming eco-aware is increasing too. These people are looking for a way to contribute to preserving our nature. If you have the money, you can start a recycling company or set up a removal service. You can also sell any kind of green products. If you want to be even more specialized, you can focus on e-waste or electronic waste which is becoming a huge problem these days.

While we are talking about modern technology, we should also mention some other tech-related business ideas. You can start a repair service for computers, smartphone or other devices. In case you are looking for a way to start a new business with great potential and without huge initial investment, we suggest opening a website. You can become a successful internet marketer by establishing an e-commerce website and sell your products or someone else’s products for a commission (affiliate marketing). The business opportunities found on the internet are virtually limitless and you should definitely consider some of these business ideas.editor@urbanmediatoday.com

UMT Sports Update

Here’s what’s happening in the World of Sports…..

 

 

College Basketball

 

  1. North Carolina Wins College Basketball’s National Championship-It took a battle, but the Tar Heels were able to hold off a very good Gonzaga team 71-65 to win their 6th championship and 3rd under HC Roy Williams. G Joel Berry led with 22 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player. The Junior played as hard as he could on two injured ankles.
  2. Williams Passes Smith for most titles in School History-Dean Smith will never be passed with his legendary status in Chapel Hill and College Basketball, but his protege Roy Williams has passed him in National Championships as he won his 3rd to Smith’s 2.
  3. South Carolina wins Women’s National Championship-It couldn’t have happened to a better Head Coach as Dawn Staley finally got what she fell short of getting as a player, a National Championship. Her Lady Gamecocks earned their first-ever title after beating Mississippi State 67-55 on Sunday. G/F A’Ja Wilson led with 23 points and was named Most Outstanding Player.
  4. Uconn Has Fallen-Just when you thought that the University of Connecticut was en route to another National Championship, Mississippi State stepped in their way and proved they were mortal as they upset the Dynasty 66-64 in an OT stunner Friday night. The loss snapped Uconn’s 111 NCAA Record winning streak.
  5. Early 2018 Men’s Favorites-It’s not even 24 hours since the National Championship and Las Vegas is already making predictions for 2018. It gives Duke, Kentucky, and Louisville the best chance to win it all with 10-1 odds, followed by Runner-up Gonzaga, Kansas and National Champ North Carolina at 12-1 odds.
  6. G Cameron Johnson leaves Pitt-In all the College basketball news, The University of Pittsburgh basketball team made news early Saturday as G Cameron Johnson became the latest player to depart the school. The redshirt junior is the 5th Pitt player to depart from the school in the past few weeks, joining Damon Wilson, Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark, and Corey Manigault.

 

 

National Football League

 

  1. Tony Romo retires, will join CBS Sports-Most were wondering where the Dallas Cowboys QB would end up after being supplanted by rookie Dak Prescott and Tuesday gave us the answer as Romo announced that he will leave the NFL football field and join the broadcast booth with CBS Sports, where he will replace Phil Simms as Jim Nantz’s broadcast partner in 2017.
  2. Adrian Peterson visits Patriots-As if the defending Super Bowl champs could get even better, they hosted the former Minnesota Vikings RB on Monday with hopes of signing him to a contract, but those hopes may have been dashed when Peterson left Foxboro without a deal.
  3. Steelers try out 2 college QB’s-In an attempt to add Ben Roethlisberger’s eventual replacement, the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted 2 College Football QB’s at their South Side Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs and Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes each got looks from the team who knows that Big Ben is still making up his mind about his NFL future.

 

 

National Basketball Association

 

  1. Playoff Race-As the regular season is 2 weeks away from wrapping up, the Eastern Conference has yet to decide who will be the top Seed for the playoffs as the Boston Celtics (50-27), Cleveland Cavaliers (49-27), Toronto Raptors (47-30) and Washington Wizards (46-31) are all in the hunt. Golden State (63-14) has all but wrapped up the Western Conference’s top spot with San Antonio (59-17) trailing them by 3 games.
  2. NBA’s Worst Records-As the playoffs teams get ready for extended basketball, the eliminated teams prepare for the future and the Draft Lottery: Brooklyn (18-59) has the NBA’s worst record and Phoenix (22-59) is right behind them as the Worst in the Western Conference.

 

 

National Hockey League

 

 

  1. NHL Withdraws from Olympic Competition-In stunning moves, the National Hockey League will no longer play in the Winter Olympics for the foreseeable future, returning the game to the college players. Pittsburgh Penguins C Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals W Alex Ovechkin aren’t happy. Crosby said that he feels that their decision could change, while Ovechkin said: “I don’t care, I just go.”

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How To Impress Your Friends And Family With Your Cooking

Food is such an essential part of our lives. Cooking is a survival skill, but it can also be a passion. The love and effort that can go into cooking even the simplest dish can shine through to the recipients of this food. By showing respect for your ingredients and paying attention to some small details, you can make the very most of your food no matter what ingredients to which you have access.

One of the best things that you can do to save money and improve the quality of your dressings is to make your own. Homemade dressings will save you a lot of money in the long run and will also taste great, as most of the ingredients are natural and healthier.

Make sure you spread out your condiments when making a sandwich. Most people rush through the early steps of making a sandwich. They spread their condiments around in the middle rather than making sure they cover the entire piece of bread. Cover your bread from corner to corner with condiments for flavor in every bite.

Keep a few cut up, washed, and prepared vegetables in your freezer. This will reduce your prep time when you’re cooking a recipe. Onions and peppers are great to freeze. Just buy them fresh, wash and cut them when you have time, and store them in individual zip lock bags.

If you are making meatloaf or meatballs, it is important to taste the meat before you cook it. You want to make sure that it has the perfect amount of seasoning. You can taste it by making a small patty and frying it in a pan, almost like a hamburger.

Cook your veggies in chicken broth! The chicken broth will help to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan and will also add some delicious flavor to them. Broth can be found at nearly any grocery store and is very inexpensive.

Slice garlic when you sauté it. Many people mince garlic. If you plan to sauté it in a pan, this might not be the best idea. When you sauté minced garlic it is likely to burn. If you cut the garlic into slices it cooks more thoroughly and without burning.

Make sure that you let cookies cool down completely – at least 15 minutes – before removing them from the cookie sheet. Otherwise, they are more likely to stick to the sheet and break apart. Also, by eating them while they are still hot, you could possibly burn your mouth.

Read the recipe fully before you begin any cooking endeavor! Just reading the list of ingredients does not ensure that you are fully prepared to complete the meal. There are many different techniques and tools that may be required so do not be too ambitious when tackling a new recipe.

While cooking is fun, generally, the cleaning up that follows, is not. To avoid having to deal with a big mess after a day of experimenting or meal preparation in the kitchen, keep your sink filled with hot soapy water (refreshing when necessary) and clean up as you go along. Besides keeping your end of day cleaning down to a minimum, you will also have clean hands as you touch and prepare food throughout the day.

A foolproof way to clarify butter. Melt several sticks of butter over low heat in a heavy-based saucepan. When you see froth on the top, solid particles on the bottom and a clear yellow liquid in between removing the pan from the heat. Skim the froth off the top, and strain the clarified liquid into a container, leaving the milk solids behind.

Choose authentic parmesan cheese for the best flavor. Parmagiana Reggiano is authentic parmesan cheese, made according to strict standards in certain areas around Reggio Emilia in Central Italy. It has a nutty, mellow flavor that is highly superior to parmesan cheese that is produced elsewhere. For the best flavor, buy the cheese in chunks, and only grate it when you are ready to eat.

For perfect hard-boiled eggs, follow these simple rules. One, the pot should be big enough that the eggs do not touch. Two, bring water just deep enough to cover the eggs to a boil. Three, add each egg with a spoon to the boiling water, so it doesn’t crack. Four, boil eight minutes. Five, run eggs under cold water.

The secret to a great mole sauce is the cocoa powder. Take a cue from Mexican mole and try using a bit of cocoa powder in your typical Italian pasta sauces, as well. A touch of cocoa powder imparts a “been simmering for days” Flavor and complexity, while not being too overpowering.

Using fresh ingredients can greatly improve the flavor in one’s cooking. The freshest ingredients possible can add a richness and new level of flavor to an old favorite or whatever one is going to be cooking. If one wants to make a salad, then they should obtain the ingredients the day that they are going to make it ensure freshness.

To keep your knife from dragging and making a mess of ice cream cake or cheesecake, run it under hot water (or dip it into a nearby bowl) and wipe it with a tea towel. The hot water heats the blade, enabling the knife to glide through the cake, which results in nice, even slices.

When you are making guacamole you need to make sure that you have a lime on hand to squeeze over it after it is prepared. If you do not sprinkle lime juice on the top of guacamole the avocado will start to turn brown and it will give the guacamole a very unappetizing appearance.

Cooking is an activity that is what you make of it. You can either let it be a chore or enjoy it as the creative process it is. Cooking can be very satisfying. The creation of an edible piece of artwork that started as such a different ingredient can be an almost miraculous event and is as rewarding for the cook as it is for the person who eats the final product.editor@urbanmediatoday.com

North Carolina’s Redemption

The NCAA Mens’ National Basketball Championship Tournament tipped off a little over two weeks ago with 68 teams trying to make it to the championship game. The tournament concluded Monday night  with

North Carolina obtaining their goal of winning a  NCAA Championship by beating Gonzaga 71-65.
The Tar heels were led by Junior Point Guard Joel Berry II who despite playing with two bad ankles scored 22 points and also captured the “Final Four” MVP honors. Berry led a tar heel offensive attack that at times did not look pretty but it got the job done. In a game that was filled with 44 fouls called and UNC only shooting under 40 percent from the floor Berry’s leadership combined with the efforts of Junior  Forward Justin Jackson and  6’9″ Power Forward Isaiah Hicks helped the men in blue and white prevail.
 The Bulldogs of Gonzaga are lead by WCC player of the year Nigel Williams-Goss who paced the “Zags” attack with 15 points despite not having a great shooting night of his own.The game was a hard fought one that went back and fourth for most of the night,
Things got interesting in the final two minutes when the Tar heels saw and eight-point lead evaporate as the Bulldogs made a final push and actually took the lead 65-63  on a Wiliams-Goss jumper ( Williams-Goss actually scored Gonzaga’s final eight points of the game). But then Jackson converted a three-point play for UNC and Carolina never looked back.
Neither team really got hot from the floor and the Key players like Senior center Przemek Karnowski and Guard Josh Perkins never really got going Karnowksi was held to nine points while Perkins Contributed thirteen. Carolina  6’10”  Senior forward Kennedy Meeks came up big in the closing seconds of the game blocking a Williams-goss jumper that was converted into an uncontested Justin Jackson dunk that put the Tar heels up by five points and sealed the victory
A victory that eases the sting of the North Carolina loss in last season’s title game loss to Villanova.The Zags in their first appearance in a NCAA  championship game in program history did not make redemption for the team from tobacco road easy, but no team that has only lost one time in 38 games is ever easy to beat.
North Carolina consider yourself redeemed, But keep your eye on Gonzaga in the future. The first team from the West Coast Conference to play in a title game in over 60 years may not take as long to get back.
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Trevin A Jones

Stretches you can do right at your desk

 

Working the 9-5 life is not easy. It involves excessive sitting at a desk, too much staring at a computer screen at not enough moving around. By the end of the day your wrists hurt, your feet ache and everything from your lower back up aches. How can you be achy when you haven’t don’t anything but sit in an office chair? Sometimes it’s the office furniture, but most likely it’s due to not moving around. If you want to avoid those aches and pains, try these office stretches.

The first exercise is a wrist flexor. Those that type for a living will especially appreciate this. Move your arm out straight and place your other hand right in front of your fingers. Your palm should be facing you. Press your hand and your fingers toward you, holding for 15 seconds. Release and relax. Now, move your hand down and press down on the upside of your palm toward your body. Hold this for fifteen seconds and release. This exercise helps with those that have repetitive moments at work. It releases the muscles and tension.

Another exercise is the seated gluteus stretch. The gluteus is located in the buttock. These muscles have to be strong, or it could cause injuries. Sit in a chair for this exercise and bring one ankle over the other knee. Now, keeping your back straight, lean your torso forward. You should feel a stretch in your gluteus; they should be getting tighter. Hold this position for up to 30 seconds and then switch sides. Do at least five exercises per side.

The low-back rotation stretch is another common office stretch. When your lower back starts to ache, this is an ideal time take a break and do this stretch. Sit straight up in your chair and in the middle of the cushion. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor and that your back is straight. Then, twist your body, making sure your shoulders are aligned with one another. Twist to the point that you feel a stretch in your back. Hold this position for fifteen to thirty seconds and then release. Repeat this exercise going the opposing way.

You may also try the dynamic hamstring stretch. This is a yoga stretch that targets the thigh and butt muscles. Start the exercise by lifting your leg onto your desk and straighten it. Your body should form a 90-degree angle. Bend your knee on your standing leg. This is going to deepen the stretch that you experience as a result of the stretch. Hold this pose for a few seconds and then release, changing to the opposite leg.

Finally, the dynamic quad stretch is a perfect office exercise. Stand tall in front of your desk, bringing your foot to the surface of the desk. Stand a few inches away from the desk to prevent you from leaning on it. Also, it helps if you keep your hands at your sides. Similar to the last exercise, bending the leg of the opposing leg is going to deepen the stretch for the leg that is bent. Hold this pose for a few seconds and then move onto your opposite leg.