Archive for October, 2012

Blue Shield of California to Give Back $50 Million to Fulfill 2 Percent Net Income Pledge for 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In fulfillment of its pledge to limit net income to 2 percent of revenue, Blue Shield of California Chairman and CEO Bruce Bodaken announced today that the not-for-profit company will return $50 million to its customers by December 31, 2012.   Read more…

Posted by admin – October 31, 2012 at 1:18 am

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Buying a Countertop Microwave – Purchasing Tips

So you have decided to purchase a new countertop microwave. Your old unit broke or you have chosen to upgrade to a better microwave oven with more features. So where do you go from here? Buying a new microwave does not need to be a difficult or even lengthy process, by following these simple purchasing tips, you will be able to choose a countertop microwave quickly and easily and will be able to start using it to cook many meals in no time at all.

The first thing to do when shopping for a countertop microwave is to look at the amount of space you have available on your kitchen counter. Make sure to consider not only the width of the unit, but the depth and height as well. The last thing you want is for your new microwave oven to be getting in the way all the time, so make sure that it will fit completely onto your counter in all directions. It is also a good idea to consider how much space you will be left with also. If you like to prepare many meals on your kitchen counter, like making sandwiches, you may not want to give up so much of your preparation space. After you have considered a suitable placement for your microwave, compare the dimensions of countertop units you are interested in with the amount of space you have available at home. You may decide that a middle sized or even small countertop microwave is better suited to your kitchen and can cater to your cooking needs. Those wanting a full sized family oven should be aware that although these come with some great benefits, such as being able to cook a large pizza or a whole chicken in them, they also take up a very large amount of space.

The second point to consider when looking at the various countertop microwave ovens available is what exactly the microwave can do. A countertop microwave can greatly range in the amount of features it has available, and the larger or more expensive it is does not necessarily mean that it is better; nor does it mean it has more features. Be sure to look for features you will certainly want and use often, these can include auto defrosting, automatic sensor cooking, a large turntable, various power levels, keep warm feature, quick button cooking keys, and a high or low wattage depending on preference (high for those wanting fast cooking speeds or low for those with power concerns).

Choosing the best countertop microwave oven comes down to the personal preference of which model is best for you, as well as taking into consideration the quality of the unit, its reliability and longevity. The model you choose should be able to fit comfortably on your kitchen counter and have all the features you would use to cook in it regularly. Following these quick purchasing tips will help to ensure you choose the right countertop microwave for you. Read more…

Posted by admin – October 30, 2012 at 6:09 am

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ITGA organisiert weltweit ersten Tag der Tabakbauern, um gemeinsam zu kämpfen und 30 Millionen Arbeitsplätze zu retten

LONDON, October 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Abrunhosa ruft Regierungen dazu auf, die Interessen der Bauern zu berücksichtigen und “die vernichtenden Maßnahmen der WHO anzulehnen”

Mit dem weltweit ersten Tag der Tabakbauern (World Tobacco Growers’ Day – WTGD) heute nehmen Tabakbauern rund um den Globus an zahlreichen Veranstaltungen teil, um auf die verheerenden Auswirkungen aufmerksam zu machen, die die Empfehlungen der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) auf ihre Existenzgrundlage hätten, wenn sie in nur zwei Wochen in das Rahmenübereinkommen zur Eindämmung des Tabakkonsums (FCTC) aufgenommen werden sollten. Read more…

Posted by admin – October 30, 2012 at 3:34 am

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Key Person Insurance

Key Person Insurance is a policy taken out to cover the company in the event of the business losing their key person due to death or critical illness. Many companies have key people within them that are integral to the running of the business and of course the profits. Many companies when they lose a key person will go bankrupt or certainly lose a huge amount of income. While directors and company owners are happy to insure their machinery and company cars people will often forget about insuring the key people within the business. a key person insurance policy is much like a life & critical illness insurance with a few small differences. With a personal life insurance the life assured owns the policy and any payment from a claim will be paid to the life assured or follow the instructions within the will. With a key person business protection a policy will pay out to the company. Payment of premiums is made by the company and can be tax deductible.

Business protection policies are set up either in trust or in ownership of the company. The premiums are still based on the age, sex and smoker status of the life assured. Of course prices will also depend on the amount of cover, term of the policy and underwriting outcomes. All policies are fully underwritten up front and will often require a medical and a copy of the GP report.

Other types of business protection will include shareholder cover and partnership insurance. These are slightly different in that the policy is to cover the amount of shares each person owns. Shareholder protection will normally be set up with a cross shareholder agreement or option agreement. It’s important not to confuse key person insurance with indemnity or PMI insurance which is completely different and you can find more information on PMI insurance here. Read more…

Posted by admin – October 30, 2012 at 1:07 am

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The Community College of Rhode Island and Gwinnett County Public Schools Help Improve Student Performance with IBM Smarter Education Solution

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced Smarter Education projects with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and Gwinnett County Public Schools to apply predictive analytics and Web-based software technologies to help improve student performance and achievement. Read more…

Posted by admin – October 29, 2012 at 4:44 am

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American Humane Association Applauds Governor Corbett’s Signing Of H.B. 2630, Outlawing Gas Chambers For Animal Euthanasia

Pennsylvania becomes 20th state to ban the use of inhumane gas chambers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ American Humane Association issued the following statement applauding Governor Tom Corbett‘s signing of Pennsylvania H.B. 2630, banning the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals: Read more…

Posted by admin – October 28, 2012 at 1:25 am

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ASPCA, National Link Coalition Release Toolkit to Help Communities Address Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

New resource encourages communities to build coalitions to identify, tackle animal abuse

NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and the National Link Coalition today launched the first-ever toolkit to help communities build coalitions to address the link between animal cruelty and human violence. The resource was developed by Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects, and Phil Arkow, coordinator for the National Link Coalition. Read more…

Posted by admin – October 27, 2012 at 1:09 am

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The New York Office of Lend Lease Poised to Achieve 100% Passive Fall Protection on Steel Buildings

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Lend Lease’s collaboration with steel subcontractors and local unions has led to the development and implementation of innovative systems to achieve 100% passive fall protection on the firm’s steel buildings in the New York metropolitan area.  Read more…

Posted by admin – October 26, 2012 at 12:13 am

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Walker & Dunlop Named on Great Place to Work® 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) (the “Company”) announced that Great Place to Work® named Walker & Dunlop as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States on their annual 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in FORTUNE magazine. Walker & Dunlop ranked #7 on the list recognizing companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. Read more…

Posted by admin – October 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

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U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer to Visit Tupperware Brands and Rollins College to Share Perspectives on Empowering Women Around the World

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State, will visit Tupperware Brands, a global company with a long and deep history of empowering women, and Rollins College, a school with strong expertise on a variety of women’s and international issues, on October 29.  Ambassador Verveer is expected to address how advancing the status of women around the world benefits not just women but the world and Americans at home. Read more…

Posted by admin – October 25, 2012 at 12:32 am

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