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Experts on Redemption

Experts on Redemption

Finance and You May 14, 2013 at 9:24 am Comments are Disabled

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

Sad, but true – nobody can escape taxes and the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) is undoubtedly one of the most proficient and dogged collection agencies on the planet. It is fortunate that, despite the ever-increasing complexity of the tax codes, most people’s tax returns are relatively simple and taxes are paid on time, most often through automatic withholding. However, some people do find themselves owing taxes, penalties and interest. Such situations frequently occur as a result of some traumatic life event, and the additional stress of the tax debt simply increases the anxiety.

Therefore, it is a good think that companies such as 20/20 Tax Resolution are available to help. These companies understand that the individuals or business involved are rarely trying to evade paying taxes, but have simply run into difficulties and need assistance to resolve their tax issues.

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Do make sure that you choose a company that has a team of professionals that are fully licensed and trained tax consultants, ideally tax attorneys or enrolled agents. Remember, all tax debt help companies will require you to provide necessary information, such as financial statements, details of any reasonable cause that led to the failure to pay, and so on. This is the point where the experts can take over, using their in-depth knowledge of the IRS rules and processes, to negotiate the very best resolution allowable by the law.

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Is GM Creating a Brand Puzzle in China?

Is GM Creating a Brand Puzzle in China?

Product & Review May 14, 2013 at 2:40 am Comments are Disabled

US automaker General Motors’ Buick brand gets instant recognition, but its “Baojun” cars sold in China may leave consumers puzzled.

“You probably all know Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Opel, but many of you may not know…Baojun passenger cars,” says Bob Socia, GM China president.

Baojun is an “indigenous” auto brand from the China-foreign joint ventures, which was required by the government. It aims to stop domination by foreign auto brands and provide lagging domestic companies with better technological expertise.

GM showcased its new Baojun 630 during the Shanghai auto show. During the event, more than 1,000 vehicles vied for the attention of potential buyers in the largest auto market in the world.

Other foreign automakers are also showing their own similar brands. Japanese brand Nissan, for instance, has the Venucia. The brand unveiled a new energy “concept vehicle” during the show.

GM sells seven brands in China. This is more than any other of its markets. An executive, however, denied the proliferation lead to the consumers’ confusion.

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News International Launches Digital Ad Unit

News International Launches Digital Ad Unit

Internet Maketing May 8, 2013 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

News International has launched a digital commercial products division to come up with new advertising formats. The move is also to leverage data for targeting, as it aims to raise profit from its online, mobile, and target products. Mark Peters, the former head of News International Commercial, will spearhead the new unit.

Peters is to lead a team of 10, which is likely to grow depending on the unit’s output. The division is the most recent investment innovation from News International this year. This follows the launch of its “News 3.0” events and research effort, as the company aims to take a lead in expressing how news brands are changing into multi-platform operations. One of the initial projects of the unit is to come up with integrated and frictionless advertising setups for the recently-launched seven-day Times app. Read the rest of News International’s latest effort here.

FDA: Plan B OK For Girls 15 And Up

FDA: Plan B OK For Girls 15 And Up

Timely Health May 6, 2013 at 2:09 am Comments are Disabled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially made Plan B One-Step contraceptive available to girls aged 15 and up. The disclosure partially goes against a December 2011 decision that prevented the sale of the morning-after pill to all females of reproductive age, which was overturned by a district judge in New York on April 5. The government agency said its decision has no relationship with the judge’s ruling.

The FDA said it was only responding to a modified marketing application from Teva Women’s Health Inc., a division of Plan B maker Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. Teva initially filed an application to market Plan B to all females of reproductive age, but amended its most recent bid to those 15 and older after 2011.

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Gatsby Author Accounts Go Online

Gatsby Author Accounts Go Online

The Service Source April 30, 2013 at 5:58 am Comments are Disabled

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s handwritten records of his life and career are now available to fans and scholars after being posted online.

The author kept records of his publications and other information but are now posted online by the University of South Carolina. The records showed that Fitzgerald made $2000 from The Great Gatsby when it was published in 1925.

The records were made available to coincide with the film version of the book, directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to Park Bucker, associate English Professor at the university, the ledger may be a unique artifact among American authors. He said that it is going to be an amazing thing for students to pore over and dip into.

The document is divided in to five sections, a record of published fiction, money earned by writing, published miscellany (including movies), the earnings of wife Zelda and a year-by-year account of his life.

Learn more about Fitzgerald’s life records in this BBC article.

Hawaiian Airlines Loses $17.1 Million

Hawaiian Airlines Loses $17.1 Million

Wanderer's Corner April 25, 2013 at 5:19 am Comments are Disabled

Hawaiian Airlines, the state’s largest carrier, lost $17.1 million in the first quarter amid an increase in competition on mainland-to-Hawaii routes.

According to President and CEO Mark Dunkerley, the quarter is disappointing but unsurprising.

“The first quarter is the weakest seasonally, the weakest period of the year, and the increase in capacity (number of airline seats flown to Hawaii from the mainland) over the winter period has proven to be excessive,” Dunkerley said.

He added that the capacity of is beginning to be taken out of the market by different airlines and they anticipate a more normal environment for the second half this year.

Increased capacity without an increase in demand only means that airlines are flying to Hawaii with more empty seats or having to offer discounts to fill those seats. Dunkerley said the capacity will continue in the second quarter but decline in the third and fourth quarters, which should help improve Hawaiian’s financial performance.

Find out more about this latest development in the airline industry in this article from Skift.

Apple Wins Patent Case Against Google’s Motorola

Apple Wins Patent Case Against Google’s Motorola

Internet Maketing April 23, 2013 at 9:27 am Comments are Disabled

Consumer electronics titan Apple forestalled an order that could have prevented iPhone 4 imports into the U.S. The company persuaded a U.S. trade agency into invalidating a patent owned by Google’s Motorola Mobility unit over a phone sensor.

The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington supported a judge’s findings that the Motorola Mobility patent is invalid. The patent is for a sensor that stops the phone from hanging up accidentally or enabling an application when close to the user’s face.

The verdict is the most recent instance wherein neither Apple nor the search giant landed a solid blow against one another in a row that started two years ago. Both companies claimed that the other has infringed patents. Rodney Sweetland, a patent attorney, said that this is not a surprise, as the commission has not seen any violation from Apple in any case as to any claim in the patent.

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Thatcher’s Passing Still Divides Britain

Thatcher’s Passing Still Divides Britain

Timely Info April 11, 2013 at 10:20 am Comments are Disabled

Former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher will be buried with full military honours on April 17, 2013, the officials at 10 Downing Street announced.

While most of Great Britain and the world is mourning the ‘Iron Lady’, there are many British who are celebrating her passing.

Thatcher reached the highest position in UK’s parliament but not without making a few enemies. Her radical, right-wing policies alienated many Britons although it was credited for modernizing Britain.

While many were expressing their sadness, a group of people was seen raising their glasses in a toast at impromptu street parties. Others held up banners that read, “The Witch is Dead.” Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ song, “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” also went surging up the UK hit singles chart.

Check this slideshow to view the life and times of Margaret Thatcher in photos and the whole story here.

Food Facts To Help You Diet

Food Facts To Help You Diet

Timely Health April 5, 2013 at 3:13 am Comments are Disabled

The wide variety of diet options available can make it difficult to know what choice is right for you. You could try fad diets such as Atkins or the “caveman” diet, or you could focus on portion control through groups such as Weight Watchers, or you could simply try to have a healthier diet. But whichever option you choose, there may still be small details in your diet that make the process more difficult for you; as Smithsonian explains in “10 New Things We Know About Food and Diets,” more things can affect your diet than you realize.

Stick With Protein, Not Junk Food

Everyone knows that junk food is unhealthy, but its effects can be greater than you think. It adds unnecessary calories to your diet due to the fact that it tends to be loaded with sugar, salt, and carbohydrates. In addition, junk food is not filling in the way a nutritious meal can be, so you are likely to eat more. Instead, substitute protein in your diet when you want a snack; it takes longer to digest, and so will leave you feeling full longer. It is an easy way to reduce the number of calories you consume and improve your diet.

Avoid Gum

Gum is a popular snack, and many people like using it as a breath-freshener. But like toothpaste, gum can change the way you perceive tastes later, and make you less willing to eat certain things. While this makes it useful as a way of avoiding overeating, it can also cause problems if you are not eating healthy food when you do eat. Rather than relying on gum to trick yourself into eating less, get in the habit of eating healthy foods at regular times; your improved diet will soon lead to good results.

Anti-Rape Bill Passed In India

Anti-Rape Bill Passed In India

The Service Source March 25, 2013 at 7:02 am Comments are Disabled

A bill containing tougher penalties for rapists, including death penalty, has been approved by India’s Lower House of Parliament.

The bill comes after a fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi sparked demands for harsher laws.

Last month, the government presented the new anti-rape laws in an ordinance.

After a seven-hour discussion, members of the lower house gave their approval to the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, and it now passes to the upper house.

The legislation contains new punishments for stalking, groping, voyeurism and acid attacks.

Indian newspapers, however, reported a low number of votes, even though different parties had guaranteed their commitment to making the provisions in the bill become law.

The Lok Sabha, or the lower house, was mostly empty when the vote happened.

One popular MP – Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, voted against the bill, claiming that criminalizing stalking and voyeurism could cause more wrong cases being filed against men.

The proposed law will keep the age of consent at 18 years. The age of consent had been 16 years for three decades before the government changed it in its ordinance in February.

The government had proposed to return it to 16, amid fears that a higher age of consent would be “misused” by parents who opposed their daughters’ relationships with boys. However, some political parties protested against the return to the lower age limit.

The new laws also imposed the death penalty, which happens very seldom in India, in cases of rape that cause death.