Tax Raise For The Rich

President of the United States, Barrack Obama, will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The speech is said to discuss tax raise on the wealthy in order to aid those on the middle class spectrum.

Officials say that the increase will result to $320 billion in one decade. The said amount will be used as funding for benefits like tax credits.

The State of the Union speech will be the center of political talks and is expected to reveal the legacy which will be left behind by President Obama. The speech is also expected to shape the coming 2016 election.

The only problem the President’s proposal is the resistance by the Houses of Congress which is both controlled by Republicans. As the economy of the United States grows, it is only right that ordinary families living in the US be able to receive certain benefits.

The tax raise is said to be given much thought and the proposal covers the following:

– Making sure that the richest in America will not be able to pass some of their assets as tax-free
– The earnings of the richest will receive an increase of 4.2% in capital gains tax from the previous 23.8%
– US financial firms, estimated to have total assets of around $50 billion, will get new fees

The proposal will be able to raise fund in order to provide for benefits designed for those citizens who belong in the middle class. Some of these benefits include tripled child tax credits, providing assistance for families whose spouses are both working and giving extra incentives for citizens to be able to save for their retirement.

White House has gained more confidence from the people since the increase in America’s economic growth. Despite the recovery, there is still the issue regarding wages for Americans who are in the middle class. It is the aim that the economic growth will benefit all Americans and provide them with outlet for success.

President Obama is not running for another term in the 2016 election despite the positive outcome on the state of the economy.


High Technology Security Measures In Japan

Japan will host the 2020 Olympic and Parlympic games. As early as now, the major makers of security systems in Japan are already developing state of the art security systems to ensure the safety of the people attending and participating in the games.

These Japanese innovators are applying their rich knowledge in information technology in order to create secure and anti crime tools and devices. The demand for these security measures has drastically increased through the years as the terrorist incidents have continued to threaten the general public.

The innovations

One of the electric appliance giants, Panasonic Corporation, has revealed its recent development of an enhanced entrance gate in the village where the athletes will be housed. The said gate will be equipped with high end security sensors and systems that will detect any suspicious activities within and outside the village.

The secured gate only opens after the party about to enter the village authenticates their identities. This is done by holding their identification cards over a reader. The data received by the machine will then be processed and matched to the database of expected village dwellers and guests. This way, unauthorized entry to the village will be avoided. Even if someone will steal an athlete’s identification card, the system and guard on duty will be able to detect the fraudulent act.

Another major corporate giant, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, recently developed a high end security surveillance camera. The camera is created in a way that it can immediately send recorded video footage to computers, laptops, tablets and other handy devices in distant places. This camera can be carried from one location to another and is equipped with a set of batteries and transmitter.

Terroristic acts

Several acts of terrorism have rocked the free world for the last couple of months. A magazine office in Paris was attacked in January resulting in a three day blood bath. Series of shootings were reported in Denmark this February. Because of the constant threat for safety, the makers of electric appliances in Japan developed several security precautions which are now used at airport terminals in order to prevent extremists and terrorists from setting foot on Japan.


Yemeni Officials Quit Their Post

This piece was influenced by an interview we did with the owners of Paper Mart. The leaders of Yemen resigned from their post in protest with the Houthi rebellion. This was a move made by President Abdu Mansour Hadi, prime minister Khaled Bhaha along with the members of the cabinet in view of what could become a hostile takeover by the rebels.

The government officials announced their resignation after giving in to the demand of the rebel group. This act by the Yemeni government caught the rebels off guard. The demands that they made to the government are now in jeopardy.

The supporters of the militant group in parliament said that they would not be accepting the resignation of the leaders. Transitioning to another political group will slow down Houthi’s plot of gaining power and control of the region.

Why did the president agree to the rebels’ demand?

It could be recalled that last September, Hadi was under brutal attack by the militia. The president’s palace was overrun by the rebels and the president’s chief aide was taken as a hostage. Hadi was said to be besieged in his own home for almost a day before giving in to the demand of the rebels. He was left with no other option since the rebels did not show any signs of slowing down the attack and in harming his allies and family.

After Hadi gave his word that he would honor the demands of the rebel, the group left the brutally terrorized city.

Who are the Houthis?

In the English language, Houthi can be translated as Partisans of God or the Believing youth. They are a group of radical Shia Muslim operating in the Yemen territory.

The Houthi’s history dates back to 1992, the year it was founded. Radicalization of the group started in the year 2003 when the Americans invaded Iraq. The members are often heard shouting anti Jewish and anti American insults. Since then, the group evolved into a paramilitary group enforcing its rights forcefully on Yemenis.

Effect of insurgency to Yemen’s Economy

Yemen’s economy took a big blow due to the uprising of the Houthi. Different business industries including the packaging industry were expected to underperform when the tension between the government and the rebels escalated.


Happy News For Consumers Of Car Rental Services

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Good news for the consumers of car rental services

Consumer rights in the car rental sector are being enforced in Europe. A joint action by the European Commission and national enforcement authorities have agreed to review how five major car rental companies deal with their customers. Consumers could expect benefits from more clarity on insurance policies, tank refueling options, more fairness in handling damages and more price transparency. The review came about due to the sharp increase in the number complaints received by European Consumer Centers over the last two years.

Booking for a car online is convenient for most consumers. There is an option provided by the car rental sector wherein a consumer can rent a car in one country and return it in another but unfortunately, rental terms and conditions are rather vague and the customer is left with unplanned extra charges. The five major rental companies have pledged to improve their information policies and to make fair terms and conditions.

Among the other improvements that consumers can expect include:

  • Improved transparency when cars are booked online with clear information about rental policies
  • Better information at the booking stage particularly about prices, insurance policies, exclusions and applicable excesses.
  • Clearer vehicle inspection processes
  • Reasonable opportunity for consumers to challenge any additional charges being claimed

For example, in the car rental market, a consumer can book for a car by paying €600 as deposit but if the car unfortunately gets scratched while in the possession of the consumer, an additional €100 may be charged from the total amount of deposit. This is one of the rules in a car hire company’s terms and conditions which must be foreseen by the consumer.

Changes will be gradually implemented by car hire companies until the end of the year. According to consumer authorities they will be monitoring insurance cover, language used in terms and conditions during booking and the consumer’s liability for car damages made by other people.


Grooms Of India – Their Preference For Limousines And Vintage Cars

At Limousine Royalty, there are always limos that will suite your taste and preferences. Shiny, sleek and sophisticated with every imaginable amenity, limousines are the perfect ride to your wedding. It is not uncommon for wedding couples to wish for a grand entrance and this can be successfully provided by a stretch limo that is undoubtedly an eye-catching sight as you drive to most special event of your life.

It is not just the excitement of his wedding day that has put a glow on Ashwath’s face but the fact that he and his bride will be riding a limo. While Ashwath was cruising to the wedding venue, all eyes on the street were on the limo. Many onlookers have captured the most unusual event with their phone cameras. This is understandably true every time a limo appears on a street because it is very rare for people to see one.

Unlike Aswath who went for a conventional stretch limo, Rishabh is dreaming of a sparkling white limousine that is embellished with fresh flowers and standing on a red carpet on his wedding day. Rishabh has always been fascinated with limousines that he saw on films with the “just married” signboard at its back. This fascination is now turning to reality because his brother arranged for limousine service for his wedding.

It is not only Aswath and Rishabh who want a grand entry to their wedding since many grooms have discarded the more conventional options. Many grooms see themselves driving to church in no less than a designer chariot or a carriage pulled by horses. However, the hot favorite remains to be the limousine that can be rented for 20,000 to 50,000 Rupiah.

Businessman Rohit Bhasin has imported two limousines from Dubai for rental purposes because it is the trend. His limousines are booked for the entire wedding season because couples no longer want the usual sedans. Along with stretch limos, vintage cars are also in demand.

However, it not easy to hire unconventional vintage cars because most of them are privately owned and the owners do not want to rent them out. Anyway, people have the second best option in stretch limos.


Window Dressing As The Most Vital Feature In A Room

The style of Perth’s premium blind has come a long way from its humble beginnings two thousand years ago. Today, blinds are considered as elegant window treatments with various options available from sheer, translucent and block-outs. For additional decorative effect, blinds can be stained or painted to satisfy design criteria.

Window treatments should never be overlooked whether you are particularly blessed with sunlight throughout the year or the home has dark spaces that need brightening up. Window blinds, curtains and shutters provide an ideal balance of light and privacy not to mention the fact that it can easily enhance the beauty of a room.

Window blinds can be an effective and eye-catching option to curtains as well as being practical, durable and cost effective. According to Kerry Nichols, a home decorating buyer at John Lewis, blinds can maximize the light that enters the room during the day while block-out blinds can minimize the entry of early morning sunlight.

Blinds are perfect for all seasons because they can brighten up a room during summer while providing warmth during winter. A Roman blind can be a perfect option for any window style most especially if you have a bay window that has a seat which makes hanging a curtain a challenge. In order to create a cohesive interior décor, the color of the blinds can be matched with repeated fabric pattern on the window seat cushions so that the space can gain a dose of your personality.

It also helps to ensure that the window blinds look good from the outside as it is from within to increase curb appeal. You can use complimentary trim, tassels or decorative stitching for a stylish and elegant finish.

Colored shutters can also add a sense of vibrancy in rooms particularly if the general color scheme is neutral. Shutters can match both traditional and contemporary designs and they can provide privacy without losing light. On the other hand, curtains are perfect to bring nature inside the home to keep the mood uplifted on bad days. Combining curtains and window blinds will help filter out the light and allow the curtain to remain open and look more dressed.


How Tipsy Elves Shared Its Success To Poor Children

It was a few weeks before Christmas in 2010 when Evan Mendelsohn and Nick Morton, two college friends in San Diego, found an opportunity to wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater. Ugly Christmas Sweater parties provide the opportunity to wear obscene sweaters and holiday-themed outfits and drink merrily. This has become an annual December tradition in their social set of young professionals.

It seemed more like Halloween than Christmas but it was strictly a vintage affair. All that they needed to do was to go to thrift shops or raid their grandma’s closet. There was no inventory available. Mendelsohn who is a lawyer and Morton who is a dentist decided to start on a side business they called Tipsy Elves. They built a website and designed their own brand of gaudy knitwear with traditional holiday imagery. Sales soared and by the end of 2011 they were able to ship 6,000 units.

Their business continued to boom with $6.5 million as their 2014 revenue. However, the pair recognized the sad Yuletide irony. Partygoers are willing to shell out $65 for a novelty sweater that they will wear one or twice for a Christmas party while poor children all over America will wake up on Christmas without any warm clothing. Mendelsohn realized that they have a responsibility and they should not forget about people who couldn’t enjoy Christmas.

Before the company’s second holiday season the lawyer and dentist decided a percentage from the proceeds of every sweater sold though their website so that they can use the money to manufacture hoodies for the children who have no warm clothing to wear for the holidays.

Since then Tipsy Elves have made it their responsibility to donate hoodies to children in need. They donated 5,000 hoodies and thousands of hats to charity groups like Children of Shelters in San Francisco, Save the Children and Standup to Cancer. There is also another 3,000 hoodies ordered for the 2015 holiday season.

Both Mendelsohn and Morton plan to set up a nonprofit to donate new clothes and services to poor children throughout the year. They thought it would be fun to special things for families and individuals more than just donating sweaters.


Maria Callas Mercedes Benz 600 Limousines Sold For More Than £156,000

Bellagio Limousines are very popular for weddings because it allows the couple to arrive at their destination in a luxurious style. A stretch limousine includes the following features: 22” LCD screens, state of the art sound system with music videos and MP3’s for all ages, laser and fiber optic lighting, color changing floors and ceilings, luxurious seating, and fold out Jet Wing doors for easy access. Bellagio Limousines are designed to give you the best of form of luxurious comfort.

Maria Callas is a legendary American opera singer who captivated her audience with her opera performances that showed off her vocal range. In 1967 the legendary soprano bought two Mercedes Benz 600 limousines that were used to transport her between performances during her famous European tours. One of the cars has been fitted with a radio in the back specifically upon the request of the singer.
The Mercedes Benz 600 is a huge luxury car. It was the company’s flagship and the most expensive model during that time. Aside from Maria Callas, there were other famous owners of the Mercedes Benz 600 that included Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Hugh Hefner, George Harrison, Jay Leno and many other celebrities.

The two limousines were auctioned off as part of the 11 cars from the estate of one of the friends of the Callas family. The cars were actually estimated to sell between $67,500 and $112,000 each but surprisingly, the first car fetched $114,588 and the second car at $128,736. Both cars were bought by a European collector for a total of £156,260.

The sale was held at Arcurial, a leading French auction house and took place at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo last July 20. Callas was a long standing resident of Monaco and a close friend of Prince Rainier and the late Princess Grace Kelly, a former American actress.

Before the bidding on the two cars started, an extract of “La Divina” as Maria Callas was known for was played. Bidders were treated to the first notes of the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen. The auction received several telephone bids a white glove result. It was very exceptional.

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Yardi Systems Unveil Mobile Based App for Storage Operators

Yardi System Inc., a real estate software firm, has just released their mobile-based web product that is specifically designed for self-storage operators to assist similar facilities of storage units in Leeds.

The software is called Yardi Genesis and it supports cloud hosing. It is designed to streamline property management and accounting for any type of storage business regardless of its size. It automates day to day operation and even has a full accounting general ledger. Yardi System says that all operating and accounting data is centralized and easy to access at any time as long as you have an internet connection.

Genesis Suite also allows the operator to purchase optional add-ons such as marketing, leasing, insurance, payment processing, and tenant services products. One such module is RENT Café, which allows customers to instantaneously apply for storage units available and to manage their own accounts by paying online remotely from their mobile phones.

Users can also access analytics and site data anytime with the use of any mobile device whether by table or by phone. On top of that, operators can easily track move-ins and move-outs and perform walk-through audits with Store Mobile app.

This software would now allow storage clients to use Yardi to their advantage as the company has had more than 30 years of experience in software development.

Terri Dowen, Senior Vice President of Sales, says that Yardi has always aimed to offer their clients with end to end management solutions to optimize the operation of their self-storage business and achieve their own personal goals.

Yardi will still continue to support other software such as Store Advantage and Store Enterprise, which are self-storage applications integrated with call centers, corporate offices, mobile devices, Web aggregators, other business systems, and with central mailing services.

Yardi has long been a designer and developer of software used for real estate management and business concerning real estate. It has long range of software, which include programs for accounting, operations, ancillary processes.

Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, California and has services worldwide in areas such as Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and North America. The company is a designer, developer and supporter of software for the management of property and other real estate investments.


First Ever Laser Eye Surgery Done On A Falcon

Lasik, or laser eye surgery Northern Ireland, is a procedure not exclusive for humans only as a falcon from New Hampshire named Banner received a second round of laser eye surgery. Banner had cataracts in both eyes and the procedure is as stepping stone for her to, one day, fly again.

Dr. Andre d’Hemecourt conducted the procedure. As an ophthalmologist in the Eye Center in Concord, he has conducted countless laser eye procedures on humans before. However, it was the first time he operated on an animal let alone a falcon. Moreover, it was the first ever cataract surgery on a falcon.

Baner, who is five years old has had cataract surgery prior to the laser eye surgery. But it was not enough.

Nancy Cowan runs the New Hampshire School of Falconry. She owns and had raised Banner. She said that the first procedure has helped Banner’s eye sight. However, the falcon’s full vision never returned.

Cowan said that Banner could see but it just wasn’t enough for a falcon. She had hoped that the bird might receive the same kind of procedure that is done on humans.

It was after then that d’Hemecourt received a call from a retired veterinarian Dr. George Messenger and was asked if he could help for the next step. It was Messenger who had conducted the cataract surgery on Banner.

After six months of preparation and an hour of surgery, d’Hemecourt and his team of veterinarians were able to succeed in the first ever laser eye procedure done on a falcon.

Dr. d’Hemecourt said that Banner seemed to have responded positively to the procedure as he started to blink when the laser removed the cloudiness in her eyes.

Cowan was in agreement to this as she reported to have said that the procedure tremendously improved Banner’s sight. She also said that they are contemplating on retraining Banner and hoped that she would one day return to flying up in the air. She now believes that the second procedure would be able to do that for Banner as the first cataract operation never really helped her fly again.