The Huffington Post
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With the widespread use of the internet, website development simplified to drag-and-drop actions and ecommerce industry growth projected at an astounding 8.7% ; the promise of online selling has lured millions to launch their ecommerce businesses. In the US alone, total revenues capped at an impressive 322,171 million USD . Despite its popularity, the ecommerce industry is always evolving. The strategies that got you this far won't be enough in 2017. Online businesses will need to match the pace if they wish to survive. This will be even trickier for startups that have only just started taking baby steps. However, amidst difficulty lies opportunity, because by merely channeling their resources in the right direction, owners of online startups can not only sustain their businesses, but can actually churn out profits. Here is a list of actionable steps that ecommerce startups can take to ensure smooth sailing through 2017: It is going to get personal: With nearly 53% (1 billion) internet users making purchases online, the ecommerce industry will be attracting big and small brands alike.
ABC News - Western Australia
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Solo sailor Lisa Blair will face heavy storms as she attempts to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica non-stop in under 100 days.
Mondoweiss
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Gaza Ayyash: The fishing sector going through worst times ever GAZA (PIC) 22 Jan Chief of Gaza fishermen Nizar Ayyash has affirmed that the fishermen are living their worst days ever and the fishing industry suffers a severe recession as a result of Israel’s naval blockade and daily aggressive practices against them in Gaza waters. “The fishing season is now very weak, and the Israeli navy opens fire [at fishermen] and continuously bans sailing in a distance beyond three to five miles, so the fishing sector is going through its worst times ever nowadays and we cannot repair the boats because of the blockade,” Ayyash told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) on Saturday. One fisherman was killed and his boat was destroyed by the Israeli navy in early January, while three fishermen suffered different injuries in gunfire attacks by gunboats during the last few days, the fishermen chief noted.
The Huffington Post
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There is a clear divergence in the attitudes of the nominees to key posts in Trump's administration over Russia, especially in Syria. For his part, the presumed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has refused to blame Russia for war crimes in Syria. By contrast, the nominee for the post of US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has proclaimed that Russia's actions in Syria, such as the bombing of hospitals, are war crimes, saying the United States cannot trust Russia. But they have both stated that reducing sanctions on Moscow must be linked to proving its good intentions in its bilateral and international engagements. Russia, in other words, is not sailing smoothly to the heart of the new administration. Many storms await it on its journey, despite the fact that it may have become the new favorite partner for the US under the new president, Donald Trump.
Sky News
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I will try to give you an idea how many people that is. It is quite a lot. It is sailing from the east side of Trafalgar Square, and we will turn around and let you see to the back of the square. You can see the crowds lining here. They are marching, they tell me, on the first day of Donald Trump's presidency not necessarily as a protest but as a celebration, they tell me, diversity and democracy.
Sky News
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He's spent the past two and half months at sea competing in the Vendee Globe round the world race. Thompson finished second overall, but his life on the water has been far from plain sailing as Sky's Adam Leventhal found out. Just over a year ago, we had a big incident at the Bay of the school where a big wave turned is upside down and I was airlifted off the board by helicopters.
The Sun Daily - Sport
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MELBOURNE: Second seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams look to have easy rides into the Australian Open third round Thursday, but it could be a trickier assignment for Rafael Nadal. Six-time champion Djokovic is looking to reach round three at Melbourne Park for the 11th straight year with wildcard Denis Istomin, ranked 117, standing in his way. It should be plain sailing for the Serb who has beaten the Uzbek in all five previous encounters, and has only lost once to anyone outside the top 100 in the last seven years – Juan Martin del Porto at the Rio Olympics. Williams, off to a solid start in her quest for an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam trophy, faces Lucie Safarova, who saved nine match points before beating Yanina Wickmayer in round one, on Rod Laver Arena. The American great, who lost the top ranking to Angelique Kerber last year, has hardly played since the US Open but is happy with how she is progressing as the new season unfolds.
CNN
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Some call the Vendee Globe the Everest of the seas," and while it's a rather lazy comparison, it's hard to argue against.
Global News
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Daily Express - Sports
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LIKE many thousands of people around the world, Dee Caffari was glued to the thrilling finale of the Vendee Globe as Alex Thomson hounded Armel Le Cleach up the length of the Atlantic.
Bristol Post
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Tim Davey takes a Fred.Olsen cruise to Spain and Portugal to places famed for their port and sherry and discovers another potent brew served up in a chocolate teacup!So there we were sitting in a bar, drinking beer, munching on deep fried oysters, gazing out across a vast cathedral square which contained some of Henry Moore's most iconic sculptures, while a busker played Hello Dolly on his clarinet this was the ancient Spanish city of Cadiz on a sunny Sunday lunchtime in early October....
BBC Parliament
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In the post-Brexit world, I hope this nation will regain its seafaring traditions and be sailing goods all around the world. Hopefully lots of new free trade agreements with countries near and far and I hope that many of those goods will be transported on the high seas. In making sure we are able to do that, we need to have the best people to crew our ships.
The Week
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"This is a dream come true," declared Le Cleac'h, who was welcomed home by thousands of French sailing fans. "I hoped to win this race ten years ago but I finished second... today is a perfect day. My team have been amazing they're the dream team, and this is their day too." Briton Alex Thomson reached Les Sables-d'Olonne early on Friday morning but according to the official Vendee Globe website he won't be able to enter the harbour until lunchtime because of tidal conditions. The 42-year-old Welshman has been stalking his French rival for weeks, slowly closing a gap that at Cape Horn had been 900 nautical miles. On Wednesday he was just over 30 miles shy of Le Cleac'h but ultimately Thomson ran out of water in his attempt to become the first Briton to win the prestigious race. "I'm very happy for Alex, it's a great second place," said Le Cleac'h.
Voice Of America
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A surge in piracy to the west of the Philippines is forcing shipowners to divert vessels through other waters, adding to their costs and the time it takes to transport goods such as Australian iron ore to key Asian destinations. There have been 16 attacks since last March on ships in the Sulu and Celebes seas, through which about $40 billion worth of cargo passes each year, according to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP). That government-backed anti-piracy organization says over a dozen crewmembers being held hostage by Filipino Abu Sayyaf militants, all from ships sailing through the Sulu and Celebes seas. Piracy hotspot “The Sulu/Celebes area is the world’s fastest growing piracy hotspot, with violent attacks on commercial vessels and their crews, and an increasingly successful kidnap and ransom business model,” said Gerry Northwood, chief operating officer at armed guard company Maritime Asset Security and Training (MAST).
Herald Courier
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The Northern Echo
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SUNDERLAND has signed its first ship to take part in next summer’s Tall Ships Races spectacular in the city.
France 24
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French sailor Armel Le Cléach won his first Vendée Globe on Thursday, fighting off a dogged challenge from Britain's Alex Thomson to wrap up the gruelling solo, non-stop, round-the-world race in a record 74 days.
BBC One Wales
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Let's take a look at the weather forecast a bit closer to home. Derek's here. Not enough wind for sailing around the Welsh coast today, Jennifer. High pressure keeping it quiet and settled. With a variety of weather across the country.
BBC One South
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An Isle of Wight ferry carrying more than fifty passengers caught fire in the Solent this morning. Nobody was injured and the fire was put out but the Wightlink vessel sailing from Portsmouth was evacuated when it arrived in Fishbourne. Allen Sinclair is live for us in Portsmouth now, what exactly happened? Well, Wightlink say they're not certain at the moment, an investigation is underway, but they think the fire broke out in an air conditioning unit.
South China Morning Post
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When a tycoon says that Id like to have a serious conversation you listen. And experienced yachtsman, David Witt was all ears after a chance meeting last year with Hong Kong-based tycoon Lee Seng-huang. The winds had blown them together in Hong Kong after a corporate sailing event, setting in motion the purchase of the 100 foot supermaxi now named Scallywag, which finished a record-breaking third in line honours in last months Sydney to Hobart race. As group...
South China Morning Post
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When a tycoon says that Id like to have a serious conversation you listen. And experienced yachtsman, David Witt was all ears after a chance meeting last year with Hong Kong-based tycoon Lee Seng-huang. The winds had blown them together in Hong Kong after a corporate sailing event, setting in motion the purchase of the 100 foot supermaxi now named Scallywag, which finished a record-breaking third in line honours in last months Sydney to Hobart race. As group...
SABC Digital News
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An attorney of Buhrmansdrif in North West, which is hundreds of kilometres from the sea, is nurturing his love for sailing by constructing an impressive catamaran. Once complete Blackie Swart will use the boat to travel t to the Caribbean where he will retire. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
The Sun Daily
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Long late show It was far from plain sailing for Liverpool in a place known as Britain's 'Ocean City' and Karius found himself placed under pressure as Argyle raised their game. Adams had to go into the game without striker David Goodwillie after a civil court judge ruled that he and former Dundee United team-mate David Robertson raped a woman in 2011. Plymouth started where they had left off after the break, but Karius dealt comfortably with David Fox's low drive. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge wasted a decent chance from a tight angle and Origi had a powerful shot saved by McCormick. Klopp decided to withdraw Coutinho in favour of the club's Under-23s captain Harry Wilson, who made his senior debut. The Welsh youngster almost doubled the lead when he charged down McCormick's clearance, but the ball sailed just over the bar. The visitors had a narrow escape when Jake Jervis saw his acrobatic volley graze a post, setting the scene for a nervous finale.
Herald Courier
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