Month: February 2024

Where to Sell Clothes Online: 16 Best Resell Sites and Apps

1. Choose clothes that are on-trend or from a particular decade.

You can sell items that are either trending right now or develop a niche (regardless of current trends). How do you find a niche? By selling similar items that are similar to one another. “You can sell items that correspond to each other. Some sellers focus on specific decades, styles, colors, or type of item,” says Kristina Franco, owner of the Etsy shop Allen Company.

2. Photograph items clearly.

“High-quality pictures are very important,” says Laura Mae and Amanda Jean, owners of the Etsy shop MaeJean Vintage. “Utilize natural light and capture the images with a quality camera.”

3. Take specific measurements of the clothing.

Because sizes can vary so drastically from brand to brand, it can be super helpful to take measurements of your clothes. “It isn’t easy to convey all the lovely aspects of a garment on a computer screen,” says Lauren Naimola, owner of the Etsy shop Dear Golden. “Many people want to feel the garment and try it on, so you have to be exhaustive in the way you render the garment visually as well as describe it. Measurements are provided for every garment. A dress is measured at the shoulders, bust, waist, hip, and length. Every girl should know her measurements, especially if she wants to shop online.”

4. Provide accurate details about the condition of your items.

“Build a good reputation,” says Franco. “Accurately portray your items and be upfront and honest about the details. This is the only way to gain the trust of buyers who are already faced with the challenge of buying something they cannot try on or inspect. A good reputation goes a long way!”

5. Keep an international audience in mind.

“Selling online allows

Fredericton health and business sectors unite to search for health-care solutions

Members of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce in Fredericton will come together with frontline medical professionals for a roundtable discussion in March to try to come up with ways to address health-care challenges in the area. 

“This is a good opportunity to sit down and open a comfortable forum to throw around ideas with the people on the ground. And we’re there to listen,” said Morgan Peters, CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

Peters said the decision to hold the forum was made after the Greater Fredericton Area Physician Staff Organization sent a letter urging the provincial government to establish a hybrid operating room at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital — a specialized suite where imaging, biopsies, diagnosis and surgery could occur all in one room.

Health Minister Bruce Fitch said they would create a hybrid operating room — but in Saint John.

Dr. Jill Goodyear, president of the Greater Fredericton Area Physician Staff Organization, which represents more than 300 doctors, said the news was disappointing.

“The impact is on patients,” Goodyear said. “This was going to allow for surgeries to be done in an easier way, less time in hospital and then a trickle-down effect because our vascular surgeons help all the other surgeons in the hospital.”

In November, the organization released a letter in which they stated that the lack of such an operating room would result in longer wait times, up to six weeks, for cancer diagnosis.

A large bilingual Horizon Health Network sign for the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.
The Greater Fredericton Area Physician Staff Organization had urged the provincial government to establish a hybrid surgical suite at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. (Pat Richard/CBC)

Recruitment — one of the main issues to be discussed during the roundtable meeting in March — is tied to resources, said Goodyear.

“If we are not going to get the

More doctors alone can’t fix B.C.’s health-care system: report

British Columbia has more family doctors per capita than it did 40 years ago, according to a new report, but its lead author says trying to find one or get an appointment can still feel as difficult as competing for tickets to Taylor Swift’s highly sought-after Eras Tour.

B.C. has 270 doctors for every 100,000 people in 2022, up from 162 doctors per capita in 1976, according to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shared in a new report from charity Generation Squeeze on Thursday.

It’s tied with Nova Scotia for the highest rate in Canada, according to the report, and well above the national average of 244 doctors per 100,000. 

The data may be surprising given close to one million British Columbians are estimated to be without a family doctor, says co-author Dr. Paul Kershaw, but he says it indicates that hiring more doctors isn’t a silver bullet to reduce wait times and improve patient care and outcomes.


“Medical care doesn’t even account for a quarter of what makes us healthy … our health begins where we’re born, grow, live, work and age,” said Kershaw, who is also the founder of non-profit Generation Squeeze.

“And that means when we can’t access affordable and safe homes, when we can’t access quality child care … those are the things that are going to make us get injured or fall sick and have us needing more time in our clinics and our emergency rooms.”

Kershaw says while there are more family doctors practising in B.C. now than 40 years ago, more and more people need their services.

A row of people wearing stethoscopes and scrubs.
The study’s co-author, Dr. Paul Kershaw, says focusing on investments in health care alone is not the solution, but that policymakers should fund other drivers of population health, like housing and child care.

Mental health experts advice in the wake of the Chiefs Parade Shooting

TO HELP YOU START THAT CONVERSATION ON PEOPLE ALL AROUND KANSAS CITY ARE COMING TO TERMS RIGHT NOW WITH THE PARADE SHOOTING, AND SO ARE OUR KIDS. THIS IS HARD. THIS ISN’T SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT. WE HAVE TO AFTER WEDNESDAY’S CHAOTIC AND DEADLY ENDING TO THE SUPER BOWL PARADE, THERE’S A LOT OF EMOTION. JOHNSON COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH CALLS INCREASED 10% IN THE LAST 24 HOURS. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE’RE CHECKING IN WITH EACH OTHER. OUR LOVED ONES, THOSE AROUND US, AND IF YOU START TO NOTICE WITHIN YOURSELF OR WITH YOUR OTHERS, YOUR OTHER LOVED ONES, THAT THEY’RE STRUGGLING IN SOME WAY OR SOMETHING’S CHANGED, IF THERE’S CHANGES IN SLEEP HABITS OR MORE ANXIETY OR TEMPERS RUN HIGH AND CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, IT’S TIME TO GET HELP. THE SAME APPLIES TO CHILDREN. START WITH HAVING A GENTLE CONVERSATION. WHAT I WOULD WANT TO TELL MY SIX YEAR OLD IS, GOSH, THAT’S SUCH A TOUGH QUESTION. THAT IS REALLY HARD AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE. I BET THAT THOUGHT MAKES YOU FEEL REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE TOO, HUH? TELL ME ABOUT THAT. AS PARENTS HAVE TO CHECK IN WITH THEMSELVES FIRST AND SAY, HOW AM I FEELING ABOUT THIS? THERE’S A MIX OF FEELINGS, RAGE, ANGER, SADNESS. YES, GUILT. SHAME. ALL THE THINGS. AND IF WE CAN CHECK IN WITH OURSELVES FIRST, OUR KIDDOS ARE SPECIALLY FEELING THAT TOO. THE BIGGEST THING IS, RIGHT NOW WE ARE ALL SEEKING A CONNECTION. SO REACH OUT TO SOMEONE IN SOME WAY.

Mental health experts advice in the wake of the Chiefs Parade Shooting

After Wednesday’s chaotic – and deadly – ending to the Super Bowl Parade, there’s a lot of emotion across the metro.

“This

With Ontario’s senior population about to spike, report predicts big demand for home care

The expected rapid growth in Ontario's population of seniors means the province will need a substantial increase in the number of home care workers just to maintain current levels of service, says a new report coming Monday.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images - image credit)

The expected rapid growth in Ontario’s population of seniors means the province will need a substantial increase in the number of home care workers just to maintain current levels of service, says a new report coming Monday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images – image credit)

Ontario will see a spike in demand for home-care workers over the next few years as its population of seniors increases sharply, according to a new report by health economists.

The report, to be released Monday, includes demographic projections that suggest both the over-65 and over-75 populations will rise at notably faster annual rates in Ontario in the next five years than they will at any time in the next two decades.

Combining that demographic trend with evidence showing Ontarians use more health-care resources as they age, the report says the province will need to see a substantial increase in personal support workers (PSWs) and other home-care staff just to maintain current levels of service.

The report, called The Impact of Ontario’s Aging Population on the Home Care Sector, comes from two economics professors at McMaster University — Arthur Sweetman and Boris Kralj — and was commissioned by Home Care Ontario, the umbrella group representing home care agencies.

“We need substantial growth in all the workers, all the types of occupations that work in home care,” Sweetman said in an interview.

“It’s not something that’s going to happen way down the road. We are at the peak years right now,” he said.

Sue VanderBent is president and CEO of Home Care Ontario, an umbrella group of agencies that provide home care.

Sue VanderBent is president and CEO of Home Care Ontario, an umbrella group of agencies that provide home care.

‘The senior tsunami is not something that’s happening 10 or 15 years from now, it’s happening today,’ said Sue VanderBent, president and CEO of Home Care Ontario, an umbrella group of agencies that provide home care.

CDC’s COVID isolation guidance may change soon : Shots

Tested positive for COVID and wondering whether you should isolate? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon change its guidelines.

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Tested positive for COVID and wondering whether you should isolate? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon change its guidelines.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon drop its isolation guidance for people with COVID-19. The planned change was reported in The Washington Post on Tuesday, attributed to several unnamed CDC officials.

Currently, people who test positive are advised to stay home for at least five days to reduce the chances of spreading the coronavirus to others. The unnamed officials told the Post that the agency will advise people to rely on symptoms instead. If a person doesn’t have a fever and the person’s symptoms are mild or resolving, they could still go to school or work. These changes could come as early as April.

The CDC hasn’t yet confirmed the report. In an email, an agency spokesperson wrote that the CDC has “no updates to COVID guidelines to announce at this time. We will continue to make decisions based on the best evidence and science to keep communities healthy and safe.”

Some states — California and Oregon — have already implemented similar guidelines.

If this change takes place, it shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that COVID-19 is less contagious, says Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist and director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University School of Public Health.

“The science of COVID has not changed,” Nuzzo says. If you test positive for COVID-19, you’re likely contagious for a few days at least and risk spreading the coronavirus to others.

The policy change under consideration may be a reflection of the fact that the

Vancouver news: Hundreds of mental health calls diverted from police


A pilot program that embeds a mental health nurse in the Vancouver Police Department to triage 911 calls has diverted an average of nine calls a day since it launched last year, according to an update from the health authority.


Vancouver Coastal Health presented to city council Tuesday outlining the progress made on a number of initiatives meant to “reduce incidents of police-only response to mental health crises.”


Since June of 2023, nurses working in the VPD’s operational command centre have triaged 1,374 calls and resolved 743 of them – or 54 per cent – with no police involvement.


“They’ve either been diverted to a more appropriate non-police response or directly resolved by the nurse on the phone in the moment,” said Bonnie Wilson, VCH’s community operations director.


In some cases, she explained, the health-care worker can access the person’s medical records to find out if they are connected to a care team, and to send that team to visit the person in crisis. In others, the nurse has done “problem-solving, trouble-shooting and de-escalation” directly with the person on the other end of the phone.


“We’re quite excited about the early results, and we want to continue to monitor and watch. But we do think that this is providing an appropriate response to the individuals who are receiving these interventions. And it’s also allowing the police resources to be spared from having to go and respond to these calls,” Wilson said.


To be connected to the nurse, VPD Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson told council, a person in crisis or person concerned about someone else does have to call 911 and ask for police – something she, the health officials present and councillors acknowledged can be a significant barrier.


“We would love to

State governments looking to protect health-related data as it’s used in abortion battle

Some state governments and federal regulators were already moving to keep individuals’ reproductive health information private when a U.S. senator’s report last week offered a new jolt, describing how cellphone location data was used to send millions of anti-abortion ads to people who visited Planned Parenthood offices.

Federal law bars medical providers from sharing health data without a patient’s consent but doesn’t prevent digital tech companies from tracking menstrual cycles or an individual’s location and selling it to data brokers. Legislation for federal bans have never gained momentum, largely because of opposition from the tech industry.

Whether that should change has become another political fault line in a nation where most Republican-controlled states have restricted abortion — including 14 with bans in place at every stage of pregnancy — and most Democratic ones have sought to protect access since the U.S. Supreme Court in 2022 overturned Roe v. Wade.

Abortion rights advocates fear that that if such data is not kept private, it could be used not only in targeted ads but also in law enforcement investigations or by abortion opponents looking to harm those who seek to end pregnancies.

“It isn’t just sort of creepy,” said Washington state Rep. Vandana Slatter, the sponsor of a law her state adopted last year to rein in unauthorized use of health information. “It’s actually harmful.”

But so far, there’s no evidence of widespread use of this kind of data in law enforcement investigations.

“We’re generally talking about a future risk, not something that’s happening on the ground yet,” said Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project and an advocate of protections.

The report last week from Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, showed the biggest known anti-abortion ad campaign directed to people who had been identified as having

Jamie Moore Forced To Retire On Medical Advice

Jamie Moore, who was aboard Sire De Grugy (Fr) (My Risk Fr) when he won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, has announced his retirement from the saddle on medical advice from a fall sustained last autumn.

A fall at Lingfield in November resulted in fractured vertebra, broken ribs, and a broken nose for Moore, who hangs up his boots after a 22-year career. His team of doctors advised him not to return to race riding as a result.

Moore announced his retirement via a statement issued by the Professional Jockeys’ Association (PJA) and it read, “It is with huge regret that, following my last fall in November 2023, I will not be returning to race riding.

“After being checked by top neurologists and spinal specialists, and taking advice from Dr Jerry Hill and the doctors who’ve seen me the most in my career–Dr Rizwan Ghani and Dr Lucy Free–I have been medically advised not to race ride again.

“I would like to thank everyone who has stuck by me and supported me throughout my 22-year career. Obviously I have been very lucky to have such a good trainer in my father Gary, who’s always supported me, along with his brilliant, faithful owners. My mother Jayne and my wife Lucie have also always been there for me.

“Back to the start and my first boss, Mr [Martin] Pipe, who helped me become champion conditional. To every other trainer and every owner I’ve ridden for; my agent Dave Roberts; my sponsors; all the brilliant stable staff and the PJA and the Injured Jockeys Fund, who have always been so supportive.

“Finally, to the best place you could wish to work–the weighing room. To all the physios, tea boys and ladies, nurses and weighing room staff who have made

This Adobe and Christian Cowan collaboration feels like photoshopping clothes in real-time

Forget static garments. At New York Fashion Week, visionary designer Christian Cowan unveiled a groundbreaking collaboration with Adobe: the world’s first electronically reconfigurable dress. Crafted with Adobe’s “Primrose” technology, this stunning creation redefines what’s possible in fashion, where art and technology dance in perfect harmony.

Cowan’s showstopper features laser-cut polymer “petals” that morph at the flick of a switch, transforming into his signature stars. This magic lies in flexible printed circuit boards beneath the petals, allowing them to shift between shades, bringing the dress to life. It’s a testament to the boundless potential of Primrose, blurring the lines between static clothing and dynamic expressions of art.

Tech fashion is the future

Fashion Meets Future: Adobe and Christian Cowan Reimagine Clothing with Tech

(Image credit: Future)

Cowan, ever pushing boundaries, was immediately drawn to the technology’s potential and its sustainable edge. “I am honored to be the first designer to showcase how this impactful technology can bring fabric and designs to life in ways like never before,” he proclaims.

This collaboration, born from Adobe MAX 2023, is a testament to the power of imagination and collaboration. In just two months, a concept became a breathtaking reality. “Primrose empowers designers to dream bigger and envision garments that evolve,” says Gavin Miller, Head of Adobe Research. “This dress exemplifies Adobe’s vision to shape the future of creativity and design.”

It was Adobe’s tools that played a crucial role, from mapping the intricate circuitry to animating the dress’s mesmerizing transformations. This is just the beginning. As creativity and technology intertwine further, fashion, like other industries, stands poised for a revolutionary transformation, and Adobe is at the forefront, empowering designers to redefine what’s possible.

Final Thoughts

I know, we’re a laptop-focused tech mag, so why should I care? One, I worked in fashion producing photo and video shoots. The combination is interesting because it just

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