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How dissapointed I am with this phone and the service provided!I proudly bought my first smartphone last December. In effect, as I am a PC user, I had been waiting for a Windows phone with similar functions to the i-Phone.

Once the HTC HD2 became available in Hong Kong, I immediately sought to purchase one for my professionnal use.

I quickly found out Hong Kong CSL Ltd was the exclusive distributor for the HD2 with their 1010 “High performance” network so I ran to the closest outlet in Tsuen Wan and bought this technological marvel signing on at the same time for a two year contract with the provider.

As I run a company and travel a lot, communicating all the time with suppliers and clients; I was very pleased to suddenly get easy access to Skype, Email and Internet “on the go”.

Even though HTC HD2 is regularly unstable and tends to lag or freeze a little too often, I accepted the negatives for the positives and worked happily with my new phone for 4 months.

3 days ago, my phone started acting up; I lost the capacity to sync with my Sony Vaio, so I performed a hard reset. Following the reset, the PC would still not recognize the phone so today, I took it to the outlet I bought it from.

The charming staff tried their best to fix my problem, but finally had to admit  my HTC HD2 needed to go back for repair.

As 1010 CSL is my service provider, I immediately asked for a replacement equivalent phone for the durantion of the repair. Something I find completely normal in view of the high cost of the phone (close to 6000 HKD) and the fact that I am also a customer of 1010 CSL, and that they are also the exclusive distributor in Hong Kong of the HTC HD2.

The only replacement phone they could offer me was some old Nokia, that wouldn’t fetch 10 HKD in Sham Shui Po. As I complained bitterly but politely about this fact, one of the charming staff offered to lend me his own smartphone for the period of the repairs; an offer I promptly refused!

They finally found an old Nokia E71 for me, which I must say, does nothing more than remain usable as a phone due to age and excessive maltreatment as a demo phone in their shop.

What a disappointment and what a poor service!

I wonder how companies such as 1010 CSL and HTC in Hong Kong can get away with providing such a crappy service to their premium clients, or is it that no-one complains!

As I have managed companies and done plenty of business travel for the last twenty years, always spending a fortune with mobile communication providers; I have been used to another level of service in Europe. In fact, I haven’t bought a phone for the last 15 years, although i always used the latest models. The providers always seemed to value my clientèle in view of my phone bills.

This is clearly not the cased in Hong Kong’s  jungle where customer service is a word not found in the local dictionary.

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Bauer Hockey Inc. is recalling about 67,000 youth and junior hockey sticks, shafts and blades made in China because paint and decals on the products have excessive lead. Another 60,000 products are being recalled in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall April 1, 2010. The hockey and goalie sticks, shafts and blades come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and are pictured here and on the subsequent slide. The CPSC has a full list of the recalled items.

These items were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2005 through March 2010 for about $80 to $200 for sticks, $30 for blades, and $40 to $90 for shafts.

The name “Bauer” and the model descriptions are on all of the sticks, shafts and blades. Most of the sticks also have the Nike symbol. Junior player sticks and replacement shafts are each identified by the markings “JUNIOR,” “52 Flex” or “JUNIOR Flex 52.” Youth player sticks are identified by the marking “YOUTH Flex 42” or “YTH Flex 42.”

Parents can arrange for a replacement or refund by calling Bauer at 888-734-0443 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday through Saturday or by visiting www.bauer.com/recall.

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Chinafish is celebrating twenty years of successful expansion at a time when the worldwide fishing tackle industry is confronting the worst crisis of its recent existence.

Instead of reaping the benefits of their emerging domestic market the Chinese fishing tackle manufacturers are now facing a prolonged and deep worldwide recession that is shaking their base and damaging their outlook for the future.

I have always believed that one point of growth in European GDP created 10 points of growth for the fishing tackle market. With a negative 2% growth in Europe in 2009 it is not surprising to hear that sales of fishing tackle fell in the order of 30% or more in some European countries, a fact that has brought dismay to the manufacturing industry and is still not showing any real signs of long term recovery. (more…)

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CHINA is once more suffering from coal shortages because of the lingering cold weather, and electricity rationing continues in five provinces and municipalities, including the country’s major coal producer, Shanxi Province.

Decreasing coal reserves in 598 major power plants could last for nine days. Coal storages in 205 plants could last less than seven days, an alarming level, officials said.

The situation worsened in 11 percent of the power plants where coal reserves could not support three days of power generation.

Any time coal reserves go lower than three days, coal-fired power plants must shut down. Eleven percent of the key coal producing provinces’ power plants are close to getting to that point. Coal reserves at power stations are in dangerously short supply.

Shanxi, Shandong, Henan, Hubei and Chongqing  are facing electricity rationing because of power shortages.

Many fishing tackle factories in Weihai are presently operating with only two days of power supply per week.

Production delays will be further affected by the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays and the usual slow start that follows as labourers switch jobs.

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We all experienced, a few months ago, the rapid spread of the swine flu alarm that peaked at the end of April 2009, creating a temporary crash in the stock market and widespread panic buying for medication, protection masks and foodstuff.

The scare not only caused a 5% two-day slump in some stock markets, it also affected the general morale of the population creating a further setback in the world’s shaky path to economic recovery.

The internet played a major role in the hyping of this particular scare!

Conspiracy discussion forums all over the web were flashing with pandemic alarm signals forecasting the approaching doom. For the uninformed: You should know that conspiracy forums can clock-in 50,000 to 100,000 visitors a day. They are also used by the mass media as a barometer and an alternative source of often unverified information. (more…)

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Cropped water Perfeel

What do the Pyramids of Egypt, Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Sunflowers, Snails, Pine cones, Eggs, your Fingers and Fish all have in common?

A number known as the Golden Ratio: An irrational algorithm of which more than 10 Billion decimals have been calculated. In short the Golden Ratio comes to 1,618.

The world renowned architect: Le Corbusier described the Golden Ratio as “a range of harmonious measurements to suit the human scale, universally applicable to Architecture, Nature and Mechanical things.”

In designing the PERFEEL™, we have applied the Golden Ratio to all measurements and proportions of the body of our SAND EEL; the result is a perfect shape, the proportions of which are in completely identical to those of the real fish.

By using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology, the latest available high-tech plastics and the added value of the artistic hand of skilled workmanship, the PERFEEL™ is the first SAND EEL lure to benefit from 21st century engineering and production capabilities.

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The design team behind the PERFEEL™ has more than two decades of experience

in designing successful Fishing Tackle, product that has brought satisfaction

to a whole generation of anglers throughout Europe.

PERFEEL™ is not “just another” Sand Eel lure; many new ideas have

been incorporated into its conception!

A] Integrated Eye Signal

cropped eyes

This all important attack-triggering signal has been neglected on most competing sand eel baits. The advanced manufacturing process we use to produce our lures has allowed for this indispensable detail to be an integral part of all PERFEEL™ lures.

B] Hook positioning and stabilization

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The hook we supply with our PERFEEL™ lures is not “just another hook”.

This strong Japan-made custom tinned hook has an upturned ring especially designed to allow for a perfect positioning of the hook inside the special cavity molded into the lure’s body and doesn’t cause any deformation by its presence.

C] Fabulous fish mimicking colours

PERFEEL™ lures are available in 14 popular colours. The advanced painting process guarantees colours that don’t run and don’t migrate throughout the plastic.

And this is just a start as we know our distributors will be asking for more special colours for their specific markets!

These colours are available in all sizes; frankly speaking, our manufacturing technique is so advanced that from the smallest to the largest of our lures you will find identical proportions, quality and finish. Another big advantage on any of our current competitors in the market!

Perfeel Pearl base

PEARL WHITE BASED PERFEEL™ COLOURS

COLOUR CODES FROM TOP DOWN: WHRE – PWRH – PWKB – PWGB – PWBB

WHRE           WHITE + RED EYES

PWRH           PEARL WHITE + RED HEAD

PWKB           PEARL WHITE + BLACK BACK

PWGB           PEARL WHITE + GREEN BACK

PWBB           PEARL WHITE + BLUE BACK

Perfeel Glitter

SILVER AND GLITTER BASED PERFEEL™ COLOURS

COLOUR CODES FROM TOP DOWN: SIOR – SIGL – ANSI

SIOR             SILVER + ORANGE

SIGL             SILVER GLITTER

ANSI             ANCHOVY SILVER

Perfeel Fluo & Lumi

LUMINOUS AND FLUO BASED PERFEEL™ COLOURS

COLOUR CODES FROM TOP DOWN: LUGE – CRRB – CHGB

LUGE            LUMINOUS GREEN EEL

CRRB            CLEAR RED + RED BACK

CHGB            CHARTREUSE + GREEN BACK

Perfeel Lifelike

FISH MIMETICS PERFEEL™ COLOURS

COLOUR CODES FROM TOP DOWN: MIPI – MAGR – MABL

MIPI             MINNOW PINK

MAGR           MACKEREL GREEN

MABL            MACKEREL BLUE

WE ARE SEEKING DISTRIBUTORS WORLDWIDE!

For price quotation and samples, please contact Louis Tchertoff at:

NOMAD LIMITED

RM. 1103-5 TOWER A, REGENT CENTRE,

63 WO YI HOP RD, KWAI CHUNG, N.T. HONG KONG

TEL: (852) 2545 7613

FAX: (852) 2544 0685

EMAIL: nomad.limited@gmail.com

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The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) was not only caused by the excessive greed of a few elite banksters; it is the end result of numerous factors that include in particular the globalization of trade and the inherent consequences on European employment caused by the outsourcing of labour intensive production.
If free trade has been the greatest pacifier the world has ever known, it is certainly not the perfect system and I doubt if our societies will be governed by the same rules 100 years from now!

The European Fishing Tackle Trade is being particularly affected by the GFC for reasons intrinsic to the way we conduct our business. (more…)

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