Your Questions About Paper Trading Site

Richard asks…

can i be sent home from work early because of the parking lot i chose to park in before my shift started?

i am a security guard and parked in an employee parking lot next to my work post. i was sent home because they want me to park in a parking lot at a different address that is about a 5 min. walk from my work post and their are no side walks or cross walks from the post parking lot they want me to park in to the post i work at.
i arrived at work 10 min. early, parked then stood at my post waiting for my shift to start. i normally arrive early so the person i relieve can get their paper work together before their shift ends. i then worked an hour and another security guard arrived to relieve me. i called the supervisor and he said i was to go to the security company’s main office. as i turned in my paper work i asked what was going on. the supervisor said “you cant park over their any more go to the office”. i then drove from my work site across town to are company’s main office. i was then informed “by the company’s scheduling manager” that i had been sent home from work early, i would be paid for 4 hours work “even though i only worked 1”, i would not be written up, removed from the work site or fired. i was then asked not to park any where other than post #3’s parking lot.
i was then shown a memo identical to one i had signed a few days before. the memo was an agreement that i would not drive any motorized or non motorized vehicle on client property wile on duty. she further explained that it was part of a safety awareness meeting the office had a few days back. i then explained that i was not on duty when i parked my car. i arrived 10 min. early and parked then walked to my post from the closer parking lot. she again asked me not to park any where other than post 3 parking lot then said i would be written up if i parked any where other than post 3 parking lot. she continued that i could be removed from the post i’m working or even fired for not complying. i feel that the site supervisor had no real grounds for sending me home early and i should have been allowed to continue my scheduled work shift. is their any legal action i can take against the site supervisor. i lost 4 hours pay simply because of where i chose to park my car before i started my work shift. as well as my gas to go to the company’s main office. plus i feel discriminated against. why can’t i park with the other employees cars in the closer parking lot. they say its safety but they are trading one safety issuer for another.
i was not told i could not park in that parking lot in tell after i was sent home form work for doing it.
all the security guards where allowed to park their in tell a few days ago. i only work that post 1 of my work days and another the rest. my complaint was that i was not told to stop parking their. then i get sent home for it then i am told not to park their. i feel that i should have just been told to move my car at most and informed that parking is not allowed their anymore. MY SUPERVISORS ACTIONS seem excessive. some one needs to do their job and learn to better communicate.

John answers:

You. Cannot. Disobey. A. Directive. From. Your. Employer.

Sorry. I know this isn’t what you want to read, but you can’t deliberately defy your employer’s directive and expect that there will be no consequences.

It’s nice that you thought you should have been allowed to finish your shift, but unless you have an employment contract (i.e. A member of a union) you could have easily been fired for your failure to comply. You are incredibly lucky that you were paid for four hours of work, and given another chance.

And the only type of discrimination that is legally actionable would involve discrimination based on your gender, race, religion, handicapping condition, etc. It is not discrimination to have different rules for different employees. (And security guards are at the bottom of the pecking order of most organizations. It sucks, I know from personal experience, but it is the reality.)

Sandy asks…

What is “Fair Trade”? Someone please help me!?

Hi, I’m seventeen years old; don’t judge me.

I’m doing a paper in regards to “fair trade”. Can someone please tell me what “fair trade” is, what products are from “fair trade” and the history of it as well? Perhaps some general information would be great! Any information you have on it, or sites for reference would be a big help.

Please help out, and I will appreciate every answer!
Thank you very much,
this is for school.

John answers:

Wikipedia has a good explanation of fair trade. Here is a short part of the introduction from the article I link at the end of my reply:

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‘Fair trade’ is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit and flowers.

Fair trade’s strategic intent is to deliberately work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to one of security and economic self-sufficiency. It also aims at empowering them to become stakeholders in their own organizations and actively play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater equity in international trade. Fair trade proponents include a wide array of international development aid, social, religious and environmental organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Catholic Relief Services, and Caritas International.
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The whole article is a good read and will help you better understand fair trade and the reasons for it. While fair trade products are most expensive they really better the lives of workers– instead of making pennies for their work, they can actually make a good living and improve their lives.

James asks…

what are the basic elements for RPG physics?

Looking for the rules of pokemon physics, I use to know a couple of sites that had all the rules and all the curves, and all complicating stuff that I never knew went into the game, but I am interested in learning some of the elements that went into it. Can you help me find a site that has the rules of a game boy or nintendo ds pokemon game. I am not interested in the trading card gameplay I want to know how RPG’s work. Also I am actually making a platformer RPG and I am having a hard time figuring out how to make the leveling curves… and damage reductions and all that. Any help would be amazing. Thanks! An example of the game I am making is something like Super Paper Mario.. it just doesnt have the 3D aspect to it. Here is a preview. I will accept ideas as well..

http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/8de1115d5a3fe40d013b0c5eba2665c2

John answers:

Well in advance wars(not really a rpg but a war game) it has some weird formula like damage = base damage x hp x 1.5 / defenders hp

in levelling in pokemon, i think that there is a base, like to go to lvl 4 you need 300 exp , then 400 then so on
the exp gained is based on the enemies level, and not yours

Ruth asks…

How do you send a small package from the US to Canada?

Using USPS (note: four letters) because UPS and FedEx are too expensive.

It’s light, just a PS2 game or two, but I don’t know the proper procedures for shipping out of the country.

Also, it can easily take an hour and a half, two hours to get to a window at my post office, so I want to go prepared.

What do I need to do?

Can you send first class with delivery confirmation out of the country? I’m on a game trading site and that’s how it says I’ll send, so I need to know if I need to change that or what.

I know this isn’t really a travel question but I don’t know where else to put it.

John answers:

USPS.com can help you out a little. Just pack it well wrap it up in brown paper put the address on it. Like any other package except it will cost more going to Canada. You do not need to do anything special with it.
If it is an ebay sale, go to UPS, they give a 10% discount for ebay sales. You just have to show them proof of that.

Laura asks…

How to educate myself about trading stocks online?

I am interested in investing money without a stock broker–I want to do it online on Etrade or a similar site. What book should I buy or website should I visit to educate myself about which stocks I should invest in?

Thanks

John answers:

Start your education by learning why you should invest and the importance of being able to make your own decisions or how the pro’s make theirs.
Here is some reading material that can get you started in the right direction,
Beating the Street by Peter Lynch
Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered, by Gallea
From Riches to Rags, by I.C. Freeley
Millionaire Traders, Lein & Schlosberg
How to Make Money in Stocks” by William O’Neil
24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success by William O’Neil
The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
Common Stocks, Uncommon Profits, by Philip A. Fisher
One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
Stocks for the Long Run, by Jeremy Siegel
The Interpretation of Financial Statements by Benjamin Graham
The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing by Paul B. Farrell
The Warren Buffett Way by Robert Hagstrom
Trading for a Living, by Alexander Elder
Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt.
What Works on Wall Street by James O’Shaunessey
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
Your Money and Your Brain by Jason Zweig

Get into the habit of making daily visits to some websites like MSN Money and Yahoo Finance. (http://moneycentral.msn.com/home.asp , http://finance.yahoo.com/

Other website that can provide instructions and help with procedures and terminology are Investopedia – http://www.investopedia.com/ http://www.investorshub.com/
Visit some of the more professional websites like Zacks Research – http://www.zacks.com/ Smart Money – http://www.smartmoney.com/ Schaeffer’s http://www.schaeffersresearch.com/ Some of these web sites will have advertisers who are worth looking into also. And remember, if they offer free information, get it. Or you can meet others who are trading at http://www.moneyshow.com/main.asp

Attend all the free seminars you can, just be careful and don’t get pressured into anything you really don’t want or need. Most schools offer courses in finance and economics, but very few will have courses on the mechanics of the investment markets, if they do try taking the course. You may want to consider on-line courses, the New York Institute of Finance use to have such courses. Try to get some fee information from the stocks exchanges they all have (had) free booklets, SIAC and some of the regulators (FINRA SEC MSRB CBOE) may provide some free literature.

And when you think you want to invest/trade, try some paper trading to test your skills without spending you money http://simulatorinvestopedia.com/ and/or http://www.tradingsimulation.com/

You at least have made the right decision to start investing, this is the first big step and it won’t be your last. Keep taking those steps forward and along the way never take the advice from people that are not in the market or try to tell you not to invest.

Good luck on your journey, study hard and you’ll invest well.

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