Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cool things you can do to travel and make money


Imagine you traveling to an exotic location, taking pictures or writing an article and at the end of it all, you have more money to do that again. Is that possible? Working as a travel writer or writer/photographer can be a wonderful part time or full time career! Lots of opportunities appear every second. A friend o mine is a talented National Geographic. How to find talent? Well, you need some inspiration….how about those photos to get inspired?
How to get started? Why don’t you try the National Geographic they will accept submissions for their contest beginning on the 15th of every month. NGS retains full editorial control over the selection of, and the decision not to select, any particular photograph for publication. Click on to see more. No more than 5,000 submissions will be accepted per submission period.


You don’t have to be the export director of a company to do business traveling, you may start as a sales representative of an import company in your country. Learn more about your product and be a good salesperson. Sooner or later you will be traveling. Working for companies such as Red Bull could be pleasant, you will learn some radical sport. Click on in UK or click on a Red Bull site of your country.

Language Translator

Earning money utilizing your language skills sounds absurd? Not for those guys, the more you travel, the more you learn, the more you teach. visit Berlitz Career Services website , the ideal place for you to obtain information about employment opportunities as an instructor within the extensive network of Berlitz language centers.

And the non-less respectable way to earn some money and travel is to be a street vendor, Silvio Santos, a well known Brazilian business entrepreneur start his business life as camelô (street vendor). Today Silvio Santos Group, is a Brazilian hold of 34 companies lided by the Brazilian midia-man Silvio Santos.
The group also control the Panamericano Bank, the Baú da Felicidade, the Tele Sena, the Teatro Imprensa and many other investiments.
The annual revenue of Silvio Santos group ins about R$ 1,5 billion (U$ 750, million).

iPod Index

In 1923 Gustav Cassel ), Swedish economist depicted in his article Tract on Monetary Reform the idea of balance the power purchase of currencies from different countries on products. In his purchasing power parity (PPP) Cassel introduced the idea that, in an efficient market, identical goods must have only one price.

A purchasing power parity exchange rate is used to evaluate the purchasing power of different currencies in their home countries for a given basket of goods. A good example of one measure of PPP is the Big Mac Index, the price of Big Mac in different countries, quoted on July edition of The Economist Magazine as follows:

Big Mac Prices
In local currency / in dollars / Implied PPPt of the: / Actual dollar exchange rate July 2nd / valuation under(-), over(+) against dollar

United States $3,41 / 3,41
Argentina Peso 8,25 / 2,67 / 2,42 / 3,09 / -22
Australia A$ 3,45 / 2,95 / 1,01 / 1,17 / -14
Brazil R$ 6,90 / 3,61 / 2,02 / 1,91 / 6
China Yuan 11,0 / 1,45 / 3,23 / 7,6 / -58
Denmark Dkr 27,75 / 5,08 / 8,14 / 5,46 / 49
Hong Kong HK$ 12,0 / 1,54 / 3,52 / 7,82 / -55
Indonesia Rupiah 15,9 / 1,76 / 4,663 / 9,015 / -48
Japan ¥ 280 / 2,29 / 82,1 / 122 / -33
Sweden SKr 33,0 / 4,86 / 9,68 / 6,79 / 42
Switzerland SFr 6,30 / 5,2 / 1,85 / 1,21 / 53
Russia рубль 52,0 / 2,03 / 15,2 / 25,6 / -41
Thailand Baht 62,0 / 1,8 / 18,2 / 34,5 / -47
Venezuela Bolivar 7,400 / 3,45 / 2,17 / 2,147 / 1

Some products become obsolete, other products get modified and new goods and services appear. So the composition of the basket of goods could have products and services like:

Soft drink Coca Cola 50 cl, small plastic bottle
Cigarettes Marlboro Lights 20 cigarettes
Ice cream Magnum classic
Daily paper Newspaper 3 largest daily national newspapers
Condoms Durex Elite 12 pack
Nappies Pampers Easy Up Pants size 4 Maxi for 8-15 kgs or 18-33 lbs
Crisps Pringles Original Original size
Orange Juice Tropicana Orange juice, Pure Premium, Original 1 liter
Biscuits McVities. The Original Digestive. The original, 250g.
Pasta Barilla Spaghetti 500 gr
Dishwashing liquid Yes Original, 1 Liter
Fast food Hamburger Only the hamburger
Fast food Big Mac (Big Mac sandwich) Meal Meal (incl medium soft drink + chips)
Fast food Coffee Black coffee, size small
Fast food Muffin Medium sized chocolate muffin
Deodorant Biotherm, Spray Deodorant DEO FRESH Spray Deodorant
Perfume Poême, Eau de Parfum Spray Eau de Parfum Spray, 100 ml.
Liquor Absolut Vodka 70 cl
Liquor Jack Daniels Whiskey 70 cl
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Brut 75 cl.
Bus Adult Bus ticket City Bus journey within one cityzone
Petrol Gasoline 1 litre, Unleaded 95

These special exchange rates are often used to compare the standards of living of two or more countries. The adjustments are meant to give a better picture than comparing gross domestic products (GDP) using market exchange rates. This type of adjustment to an exchange rate is controversial because of the difficulties of finding comparable baskets of goods to compare purchasing power across countries.

In order to try to fix this problem the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (the securities firm CommSec) introduced the iPod Index as a light-hearted method of measuring PPP. Unlike the Big Mac, which is affected by local labor and transport costs, the iPod manufacturing costs are the same and the iPod is a tradable commodity.

The CommSec iPod Index, based on January 2007 prices:

1. Brazil $327.71
2. India $222.27
3. Sweden $213.03
4. Denmark $208.25
5. Belgium $205.81
6. France $205.80
7. Finland $205.80
8. Ireland $205.79
9. UK $195.04
10. Austria $192.86
11. Netherlands $192.86
12. Spain $192.86
13. Italy $192.86
14. Germany $192.46
15. China $179.84
16. South Korea $176.17
17. Switzerland $175.59
18. New Zealand $172.53
19. Australia $172.36
20. Taiwan $164.88
21. Singapore $161.25
22. Mexico $154.46
23. U.S. $149.00
24. Japan $147.63
25. Hong Kong $147.35
26. Canada $144.20

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The international day of peace

September 21st, 1999 the 1st International Day of Peace - we appeal to people all over the world to observe a minute of silence at noon (1600 GMT) of this day.
In 1998 a 29 year-old actor decided to mobilized the whole world in a global ceasefire and non-violence for one day. Affected by images of destruction and violence everywhere in the world, Jeremy Gilley began to wander if “Is humankind fundamentally evil?”, and felt a desire to use his skills as a film-maker to solve this quest.

In 1999 Jeremy launched Peace One Day ( ) and choose September 21st to document his efforts to establish an annual Peace Day which has received support from media stars such as Annie Lennox, Angelina Jolie, Dave Stewart, Jimmy Cliff, Faithless, Neneh Cherry, One Giant Leap, Zero 7, Badly Drawn Boy, Joseph Fiennes, Sir Richard Branson and the late Mo Mowlam.

In 2001, UN member states unanimously adopted the Peace Day resolution (UN GA 55/282) a day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace, fixed as 21 September – Peace Day.

From this day on governments from more than 194 countries, NGOs and most importantly individuals all over the world commemorate September 21st.

Ban Ki Moon marked the 2007 International Day of Peace by appealing to people around the world to observe a minute of silence at noon (1600 GMT) on Friday.

“I call for a day of global ceasefire: a 24-hour respite from the fear and insecurity that plague so many places,” he said at the annual ringing of the Peace Bell at UN headquarters.

“I urge all countries and all combatants to honour a cessation of hostilities...I urge them to vigorously pursue ways to make this temporary ceasefire permanent,” he added.

He also took the occasion to pay tribute to Italian opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, a UN messenger of peace who died September 6 of cancer of the pancreas.

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