Famous BBC Antique Roadshow and Great Antiques Hunt appraiser Henry Sandon will be appraising antiques at a charity event. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit St. Richard’s Hospice. It is a great opportunity to have antiques appraised and benefit a great cause.
Aspen Retirement is inviting the public to visit its Eastbank Court development in historic Worcester for a charity event with renowned antiques expert Henry Sandon. Best known for his work on the popular Antiques Roadshow and Great Antiques Hunt programmes on the BBC, Henry will be giving valuations on porcelain and other collectables in exchange for charity donations.
Liz Herring, sales and marketing manager for Aspen Retirement, explains: “It’s a real coup for us to have Henry Sandon visit Eastbank Court and offer valuations as he’s a notable authority on Worcester porcelain. We hope that people will join us and help raise money for St Richard’s Hospice. And hopefully some of those who bring along their Worcester porcelain and other collectable china for Henry to cast his expert eye over could find it’s worth much more than they expected.”
This event takes place on Thursday 27 June and Henry will be doing his valuations on a first-come, first-served basis from 11.00am to 1.00pm and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. . . Continue Reading
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Obesity Considered a Medical Disease
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease. Until recently, the physicians group referred to obesity as a “public health problem.” This recognition by the largest group of physicians in the country makes room for needed medical treatments for the obese.
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The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, decided Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease that requires a range of medical interventions for treatment and prevention.
The decision was made at the group’s annual meeting in Chicago.
Experts in obesity have struggled for years to have obesity recognized as a disease that deserves medical attention and insurance coverage as do other diseases. Previously the AMA and others have referred to obesity as “a major public health problem.” Continue reading…
Medical Costs Down For First Time In 40 Years
Medical costs registered the first decline since the 1970s this May. Government policies and generic drugs are driving prices down. Prescription drug costs are the main element that is keeping numbers down.
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U.S. consumers’ health-care costs fell in May for the first time in almost four decades, the latest evidence that government policies and an expansion in generic drugs are holding back prices.
The Labor Department’s price index for medical care — a figure that includes individuals’ outlays for insurance, medical supplies, doctor visits and hospital stays — fell a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in May. The leading driver of last month’s drop was a 0.6% contraction in prescription-drug costs.
The dip came as overall inflation across the economy remained moderate, rising a seasonally adjusted 0.1% during the month, a reflection of the slow recovery that has contained product prices and wages for years. Continue reading…
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Mirrors were a major trend in home remodeling in the 1980s. But they are making a comeback in kitchen remodels today. People are using mirrors in a variety of ways as backsplashes.
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Mirror was used everywhere in the house in the 1980s. Today it’s making a strong comeback on kitchen backsplashes. Today’s mirror treatments are so varied that it’s easy to find a style that can work in your home. From traditional to antiqued, mirror can add light, space and bling. Take a look at some of these fantastic mirrored backsplashes to see if one will fit into your kitchen’s design.
Traditional. The mirrored backsplash in this kitchen is simple, straightforward and stylish. A standard mirror has been applied along the countertop all the way to the bottom of the upper cabinets. Mirrored electrical outlet covers add a final touch for a cohesive look.
Antique. Mirror can be treated and aged to look antique, for a unique kitchen accent. Here the aged mirror backsplash has a darker hue and a worn finish. Continue reading…
It is summer time which means more time outdoors. This is a great time to spruce up your patios, porches and decks and antiques and vintage pieces can help you do that. These items can be found reasonably priced at flea markets and will make a unique, comfortable look to enjoy during your summer nights.
It’s springtime! There’s nothing more enjoyable than spending time in the great outdoors. Because of this, a patio, deck, porch, gazebo and garden areas are often transformed using wrought iron, rusty metal, metal art work, pottery and even concrete.
Pleasing and affordable items, such as a fine early-American cast-iron horse garden ornament, can be found at a flea market or garden shop, a metal urn from a thrift shop, a black intricate wrought-iron chair from a salvage yard, or some white intricate iron garden chairs and a table at a consignment shop or a garage sale. Country auctions can also produce handsome prizes at bargain prices. All can be worth the hunt, even if a little bit of spray paint is needed.
For a change of pace, The Rusty Iron Ranch – Antique Stoves, in Eyota, is the perfect place for folks to gather that have a passion for rusty antiques. . . Continue Reading
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Medical Condition Likely Cause of Accident
A driver swerved into a crowd of people marching in a parade in Virginia. Over 50 people were injured in the incident. Investigators say there is no evidence that the incident occurred on purpose and believe the driver suffered from some type of medical condition.
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Authorities believe the driver who plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Virginia mountain town parade suffered from a medical condition and did not cause the crash intentionally, an emergency official said Sunday.
Officials did not have a formal confirmation or any specifics on the condition, but based on the accounts of authorities and witnesses on the scene, they are confident the issue was medical, said Pokey Harris, Washington County’s director of emergency management. “There is no reason to believe this was intentional,” she said.
In what witnesses called a frantic scene at the parade, about 50 to 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial Saturday. No fatalities were reported. Three of the worst injured were flown by helicopter to area hospitals. Continue reading…
DCS Involved in Medical Maltreatment Case
A 4-month old baby was found dead in his crib after a number or warning signs about the care he was receiving from his mother. The baby was born premature and fought to survive, but apparently going home was much less safe for him than the hospital. The DCS was made aware of concerning matters regarding the baby’s care, but did not act fast enough.
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Beginning on the day he was born six weeks premature last year, an East Tennessee infant had to fight just to stay alive.
Born with an array of heart conditions — a hypoplastic right ventricle, pulmonary atresia and a ventricular septal defect — the baby had a shunt implanted in his heart to regulate the blood flow.
Because of his courage and ability to flash a smile even as he battled pneumonia and complications from his heart problems, his grandmother nicknamed the boy “Little Man.” But in early June, the doctors and nurses caring for the infant began to question whether his mother was giving him proper care.
Two checkups with the child’s pediatrician were missed. Prescriptions were not filled on time, leading to concerns that the infant was not being administered proper doses of medication. Then on June 8, a doctor observed what appeared to be a cigarette burn on the baby’s leg. Continue reading…
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All antiques have a story and that story starts again when the item is passed on or purchased by someone else. Buying pre-owned furniture used to be a financial decision, it was cheaper, but now buyers are taking to the idea of reusing quality goods and finding unique pieces that can’t be purchased in a big box store. There is also the excitement of never knowing what you are going to find, will you find a treasure that everyone else has walked past? When you find the perfect piece for your home, you have found a treasure, at least for you.
Around the backstreets of Lowfield, Highfield, Heeley, and Sharrow, and the inner city thoroughfares of London Road, Abbeydale Road and now Queens Road, there are already around 250 traders in Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter.
“That’s loads of new cafes, along with people selling retro, vintage, militaria, arts, salvage or, of course, antiques,” notes SAQ supremo Hendrika Stephens. “They tell me sales are up 10%, which is interesting in a time of recession.”
National Antiques Week saw Sheffield Antiques Quarter celebrating with a street market on Clyde Road on Sunday, with 30 traders, musicians and local centres also open to promote the quarter’s green credentials. . . Continue Reading
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Wi-Fi Hot Spots in Forbes Magazines
Microsoft has partnered with Forbes magazine to promote Office 365. For the promotion a limited number of technology and business professionals will recevie a special edition of the magazine with a Wi-Fi router built in. The router will give the lucky reader 15 days of free Wi-Fi through T-Mobile.
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I have always believed that the old and the new can coexist with extreme joy.
Microsoft appears to believe this too.
In a promotion that melds the dying world of magazines with the living world of Wi-Fi, select copies of Forbes are enjoying a Wi-Fi router, which oozes 15 days of free Wi-Fi through T-Mobile.
This fetching gift was first noticed by someone on the Slickdeals forum — handle BigMacG4 — who wondered whether anyone else had been fortunate enough to be gifted this way. Continue reading…
Cisco Systems Announces New Wireless Product
This past week Cisco Systems announced that it will be releasing new wireless products. The new products will support the 802.11ac WiFi standard and is expected to meet the increasing demands placed on networks by employees’ personal devices. Cisco is also set to make it easy for companies to migrate over to the new product with their current AP’s.
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Cisco Systems is expanding its portfolio of wireless products that support the 802.11ac WiFi standard, which officials said will help businesses address the growing demand for network bandwidth brought on by the growing number of employee-owned mobile devices and bandwidth-intensive workloads like high-definition video and Web conferencing.
Cisco’s new products, announced April 30, come more than a year after the networking giant released the Aironet 3600 Series access point (AP), an appliance that was ready to support the 802.11ac standard. The company already has shipped hundreds of thousands of the access points, giving Cisco a broad range of customers that are ready to adopt the new standard, according to Chris Spain, vice president for product marketing for Cisco’s Wireless Networking Group. Continue reading…
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Babies that are born extremely premature are vulnerable to a fatal bowel condition. This happens because their guts are colonized by the bad bacteria and have not developed enough of the good kind to create the necessary balance. Doctors in Australia are testing a probiotic supplement to see if it would help prevent this bowel condition from developing.
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Australian doctors have discovered a cheap and simple solution to a deadly health problem suffered by very premature babies.
One in eight babies born in Australia are born premature, and many babies born eight weeks early can develop a serious bowel condition called necrotising enterocolitis, or NEC.
The potentially fatal condition, which occurs because the baby’s gut is colonised by bad bacteria instead of good bacteria, can require surgery and multiple hospital visits.
Babies with the illness can also have neurological complications such as cerebral palsy.
Dr Girish Deshpande from Sydney’s Nepean Hospital says there are not many effective treatments for the condition, so prevention is the best option. Continue reading…
The Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair is known for its mix of high-end and quirky items and this year is no different. Some of this year’s highlighted items include a lunar meteorite, Victorian walking canes, a 1966 “Batman” original film poster among other antiques and priced pieces form famous collectors. The fair prides itself on catering to a large spectrum of buyers.
London’s oldest fair, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair (June 6-16, 2013), has just announced its highlights for the 2013 edition, and they are true to the mix of high-end and quirky that has been the event’s trademark for decades.
Unlike any other fair in the British capital, Olympia is defined by its diversity in both stock and price range. Rare fossils and royal memorabilia stand next to ceramics, jewellery to weapons, textile to woodcarving. The fair prides itself on catering to a large spectrum of buyers, from the keen collector to the interior decorator or enthusiast looking for that one piece that might transform a room.
Although the list of exhibitors is still in progress, 180 have been confirmed so far, including the newcomers G Tomasso Ltd, 3 Details Ltd, Alessio Ponti Galleria d’Arte, Lucy Campbell, Roberto Cocozza Antichita S.R.L, ArtCast21, James Strang, John Newton Antiques, Mayflower Antiques, Raffaello Pernici, Salamon CC, and Vivioli Arte Antica. . . Continue Reading
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Fargo City Officials were awaiting the National Weather Service’s forecast for spring flooding and it was bleak. The Red River in Fargo has a 50 percent chance of topping and a ten percent change of exceeding its record-setting crest from 2009. Fargo is yet to see spring with continued cold temperatures and snow, the longer it lasts the more severe the flooding will be when spring temperatures do arrive. Officials are planning for the worst by preparing more sandbags among other flood preparations.
After receiving a bleak forecast on how spring’s slow start is increasing the risk of a severe flood, city officials here are planning to protect against a 2009-level flood — a task that will require laying around 1 million sandbags.
In a news conference Thursday morning, city officials said they hope to have 1.25 million bags stocked away by the time the snow melts in order to build the city’s flood protection to 42.5 feet, which would provide defenses for a record 41-foot flood with 1.5 feet of freeboard.
Sandbag central, the city-run sandbag-making operation, will open April 3 with the aim of making 500,000 new bags to add to 750,000 still left over from 2011 — the last of three consecutive years of spring floods that required widespread efforts to hold back. . . Continue Reading
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Tax Laws In Question For Online-Only Businesses
A loophole in the law allows online-only companies to avoid paying sales tax. This is making it especially hard for actual stores to compete. The Marketplace Fairness Act would make online companies just as responsible for sales tax as other stores.
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Online giant eBay wants to redefine small Internet businesses to include those doing as much as $30 million in annual sales, just to exempt a handful of multi-millionaire sellers from a new law that would require online-only companies to play by the same rules as retailers in our communities. If eBay gets its way, Main Street retailers will have to continue fighting their uphill battle against big cyber sellers.
There is strong — and growing — nationwide support for the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would close the loophole that allows online-only businesses to shirk their legal responsibility to collect and remit sales taxes (the same taxes their brick-and-mortar competitors dutifully collect on every purchase). This loophole was created by a Supreme Court decision made over 20 years ago, when the Internet was unknown to most and commerce was still largely conducted in traditional, brick-and-mortar stores.
Obviously, all that has changed. More and more business is transacted online every day, creating an artificial advantage for online sellers over their brick and mortar counterparts. Continue reading…
Couples Deciding On Filing Taxes Jointly or Separately
Forbes has come out with a list of commonly misunderstood elements to filing your taxes. One of those misconceptions deals with married couples and how they file their taxes. In most cases, there are more advantages to filing jointly, but there are specific cases for which filing separately would be most beneficial.
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It actually doesn’t matter if you and your spouse have completely separate bank accounts, as long as you are married. If you want to file separately, you can, but you might miss out on some advantages that couples who file jointly get. Jointly filing couples get a bigger standard deduction, can take two exemptions, and can take multiple credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits, the exclusion or credit for adoption expenses, and the Child and Dependent Care Credit. And filing separately could even lower how much you’re allowed save tax-free for retirement.
But it’s also possible you would pay less filing separately, perhaps because you want to deduct medical costs—a very big deduction—and filing jointly would mean your combined income is too high to do so.
We could go through all the pros and cons, but it all depends on your specific situation. You can consult a tax preparer, who can give you a definitive answer on which will get you the bigger refund after looking at your situation. Or if both your finances are fairly simple, online tax filing software will compare your refund for filing separately and jointly. Continue reading…
HSBC Accuse of Tax Evasion in Argentina
The international bank HSBC is facing serious allegations of tax evasion and money laundering in Argentina. The government is claiming the bank set up illegal schemes to help clients hide $100 million. HSBC is cooperating with the investigation.
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The Argentinean government is accusing the British banking giant HSBC of facilitating money laundering and tax evasion in the country.
Argentina Tax chief Ricardo Echegaray said HSBC’s Argentina subsidiary created an illegal scheme enabling its clients to hide more than $100 million. He said the scheme included a criminal organization and fake receipts used to launder money for various companies.
HSBC’s Latin America spokeswoman, Lyssette Bravo, issued a statement that did not deny the accusations and promised to cooperate. Continue reading…
CEOs Campaign For Lower Tax Rate
American businesses already store their assets overseas to avoid paying taxes on them. Now, a group of high-powered CEOs is working on a petition to lower the tax rate for businesses another 10 percent. The group is called the Business Roundtable.
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At a time when major U.S. corporations have a record amount of cash stashed abroad, a group of influential CEOs want to make it even easier for companies to pay less in U.S. taxes on those profits.
The Business Roundtable, a lobbying coalition of business leaders, plans to spend six figures on a campaign aimed at convincing lawmakers to lower the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent and shift to a territorial tax system, according to The Hill. The group argues that the changes would help U.S. companies compete against their foreign counterparts.
“Most current U.S. international rules for taxing foreign-earned income were enacted in the 1960s and reflect the realities of a different era,” the Business Roundtable argues on its website. “It’s time we unlock potential for domestic investment by transitioning from the uncompetitive ‘worldwide system’ to a ‘territorial system’ that will promote growth and jobs in the U.S.” Continue reading…
Siler Spring Township is working on a deal to receive a storm water system that has been wanted for a long time. Previously the expense of putting in the system was more money than the township could afford and so it wasn’t a possibility. Now a retail developer is proposing a retail space and will install the storm system if the township will cover only the costs of permits and design which would total about $50,000 significantly less than the previous estimate of the project.
The developer of a proposed retail and restaurant complex at 6445 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township is offering to construct a long-wished-for stormwater system in an area that has often caused troublesome roadway flooding.
Ron Lucas, an attorney representing the developer, proposed to the board of supervisors on Wednesday night that if the township funded the design of the project, obtained the needed permits and approvals, and worked closely with property owners and utility companies on any necessary easements, then the developer would complete the work as a private construction project.
Supervisors voted unanimously to request the township engineering firm, HRG, to provide a proposal for the design and engineering for the project. . . Continue Reading
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The state of Montana convicted two persons in workers compensation fraud trials in just two weeks. One worker claimed to have hurt his shoulder operating heavy machinery at work but was found later to be working on a construction site and setting hunting traps while still collecting his workers compensation checks. The other faked a limp and was working painting and re-siding a building. Workers compensation fraud is a felony, the sentence given was 10 years in prison or a $50,000 find as well as repayment of workers compensation funds.
For the second time in two weeks, the Montana Department of Justice has obtained a felony conviction involving western Montanans who were robbing the state of workers’ compensation benefits.
The latest to be found guilty: Mark Duane Sheehan, 45, of Plains, who prosecutors said claimed to be too injured to work but who was apparently well enough to set hunting traps.
A game warden confirmed Sheehan killed four bobcats in December 2009, two months after Sheehan allegedly injured his shoulder at work and began receiving $1,252 in biweekly temporary total disability payments from the Montana State Fund. . . Continue Reading
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Radon is a dangerous, cancer causing gas that naturally occurs in the soil. It varies from area to area so the only way to know if the gas is present in your homes is to test it. If your home test shows high levels of radon is present it is also a good idea to check the water for radon levels as well. Radon can be mitigated from existing homes to remove the gas and lower the health risk. If you are building a home in an area with high levels of radon there are radon-resistant features that can be installed during construction to protect your home from radon.
“Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking”, says National Child Safety Expert Debra Holtzman J.D., M.A, http://thesafetyexpert.com, the best-selling author of “The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living” (Sentient Publications).
In fact, it is estimated to cause about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.
Debra Holtzman recommends learning about radon and following these tips to keep your family safe . . . Continue Reading
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Gale force winds came across the Great Lakes brought by Hurricane Sandy and causing damage to breakwaters and silted in harbors and channels. Area Government leaders are now asking the Army Corps of Engineers for funds to repair damages. As part of the Hurricane Sandy aid Congress approved $821 million for the Army Corp and the Great Lakes area is asking for $17.7 million of it for damages.
Michigan’s two senators and several others from Midwestern states asked the Army Corps of Engineers to allocate funding to help Great Lakes states repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) led the group that included Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), Sherrod Bown (D-Ohio), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
“Across the Great Lakes, gale force winds causes damage to breakwaters and silted in harbors and channels,” the senators wrote in the letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army. “On Lake Huron, wave heights reached 23 feet, in Lake Michigan the waves peaked at 22 feet, and the storm caused waves of 14 feet in Lake Erie.” . . . Continue Reading
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Michigan is experiencing unusually warm weather this winter. This causes concerns for low lying areas whose snow has already melted leaving water and more rain is to come. There is a good chance homes in these low lying areas will experience some flooding in their basements. There are a number of tips here to help homeowners handle flooding.
January’s unsually warm weather has produced some flooding. Some low lying areas that tradionally fill with water like Clio Park are wet right now. With more rain on the way Wednesday, it appears more than a few basements will flood. What should you do?
The manager of Gil Roys in Frankenmuth, John Bender has some advice. Bender has been in the hardware business more than 20 years. Bender says before you go down a basement with standing water, put on some rubber boots. That could prevent electrocution. If there’s a problem with your sump pump, John says try moving it with a broom handle or something similar. He says sometimes sump pumps stick and the broom handle can dislodge things to get things moving again.
Bender says the motors on sump pumps can wear out. Replacing them isn’t as easy as changing a light bulb, but it’s something the above average handyman or woman should be able to tackle. If you hate the thought of replacing a sub pump, hire it out. You should be able to get a new one for less than 200 dollars. . . Continue Reading
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West Michigan’s ground is frozen which is typical for this time of year however, the record breaking rain fall isn’t and the combination created a perfect scenario for flooding. Massive amounts of precipitation could not be absorbed by the soil but instead ran into rivers, creek and stream which was more than they could handle. The rain has now stopped which will allow the waters to recede and roadways to return to normal.
The flooding and washouts on West Michigan roadways on Wednesday were the result of “an interesting set up of a classic January thaw” combined with record rainfall and frozen soil.
According to Mark Walton, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, since the water had nowhere to go this resulted in a tremendous amount of runoff going into the creeks, streams and rivers.
“Record rainfall combined with the heavy precipitation and the snow melt was a classic combination of things that are bad for rivers,” Walton said. . . Continue Reading
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NFL Keeps Fan From Trademarking
An NFL fan spent over $1,000 filing for trademark protection for the phrase “Harbowl” before the two brother coaches had even made it to the Super Bowl game. The NFL, however, pressured the man to drop his trademark bid, saying that it would infringe on some of its own Super Bowl trademarks. The fan and the league are now in negotiations to resolve the matter.
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The NFL reportedly blew the whistle on an Indiana man’s plans to trademark “Harbowl” in anticipation that the sibling coaches would face each other in a Super Bowl.
Roy Fox told ESPN he spent more than $1,000 to file trademarks for “Harbowl” and “Harbaugh Bowl” before the conference championship games last season.
“I thought to myself, Can you imagine if these guys played each other?” Fox told ESPN.
Fox said just before start of the 2012-2013 season the NFL sent a note that his trademarks could conflict with the NFL’s trademark of Super Bowl.
“It started out with a phone call asking what my intentions were,” he told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Thursday.
The NFL asked Fox if he was affiliated with any NFL teams and if he was affiliated with the Harbaugh brothers, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN. Fox answered no to both questions.
The NFL then reportedly encouraged Fox to abandon the trademarks. Continue reading…
NFL Quarterback Files To Trademark Signature Move
San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick led his team to an impressive postseason run. Now, Kaepernick is seeking to be successful in the marketplace by trademarking his signature bicep-kissing move. He filed for trademark registration in January and wants to coin the phrase “Kaepernicking.”
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Colin Kaepernick has become a brand worth protecting.
At least he thinks so.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has filed for the trademark “Kaepernicking,” his bicep-kissing act that has swept the West Coast during the team’s postseason run.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website shows the registration was filed on Jan. 14, and Kaepernick intends to use it on clothing, specifically T-shirts.
Kaepernick’s marketing team already has authorized a few small T-shirt companies to use his name and image on their products.
The official “Kaepernicking” shirt is made by a company called Sportiqe. Some proceeds from that shirt go to Camp Taylor, which organizes camps for children with congenital heart defects.
Kaepernick has been involved with the camp; his adoptive parents lost two children to heart complications. Continue reading…
Beyoncé and Jay-Z Trademark Daughter’s Name
The superstar couple named their daughter Blue Ivy and is now going to use her name as a brand for a number of different products. Jay-Z and Beyoncé filed for trademark registration and appear to have no opposition to their request. They have three years from filing to use the trademark in order to keep it valid.
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While scholars furiously debated whether the pop diva potentially betrayed the nation by maybe-maybe-not lip-syncing the National Anthem, the couple cleared a major hurdle in their quest to turn their baby daughter’s name into a brand. On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office posted notice that the superstars’ application to trademark “Blue Ivy Carter” faces no opposition. (Multiple news outlets incorrectly reported last fall that the Carters’ claim had been denied, which was, of course, absurd: Jay-Z and Beyoncé never lose.)
It’s not over yet: The next step is to prove within three years that they are using the trademark for the various purposes sought — i.e., skin cream, music, key chains, eyeglasses, strollers, scrunchies, software, or teething rings, among other products. Their lawyer did not respond for comment. Continue reading…
Tax credits for some high efficiency appliances have been extended. Items that qualify include: water heaters, furnaces, boilers, air conditioning and heat pumps. Tax credits vary for different appliances. Homeowners can save money with these tax credits and energy bills by taking this opportunity to upgrade heating and air conditioning units.
New legislation extends tax credits that had previously expired in 2011. Homeowners that purchased high efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment in 2012 may be able to apply for a federal tax credit up to $500.
Because the credits were made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012, they can be used for qualified equipment that was installed any time after Dec. 31, 2011. Qualified equipment includes:
* Water heaters ($300 tax credit). This includes electric heat pump water heaters with an energy factor of at least 2.0 and natural gas, propane or oil water heaters with an energy factor of at least 0.82 or a thermal efficiency of at least 90 percent. . . Continue Reading
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January is Radon Action Month and is designed to raise awareness about the health risk associated with the dangerous gas. The gas is colorless and odorless but can be a threat to humans at concentrated levels. The best time to test your home is during the cold winter months when all the doors and windows are closed. If your test results come back with ihgh levels the gas can be mitigated.
It is a silent danger lurking in far too many homes. It can’t be smelled, and its effects may not be evident for some time.
January is Radon Action Month, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has joined with the Department of Health to help educate state residents about the dangers of radon exposure.
They hope to encourage residents to identify and deal with radon problems in the home.
This outreach effort is designed to raise awareness about the health risk and the importance of testing. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation. It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled, but in concentrated levels radon can pose a threat to humans. The EPA estimates that approximately 70 percent of Tennessee’s population live in high risk or moderate risk radon areas. . . Continue Reading
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Staten Island residents hard hit by Hurricane Sandy aren’t worried about New Year’s resolutions they just want life to return to somewhat normal in 2013. Some residents are frustratingly still waiting for help from FEMA and insurance companies to be able to clean up, rebuild and replace flooded cars. Others are out of work due to the storm and are in need of a new job. All are hoping 2013 brings better circumstances, quickly.
A warm, dry home to sleep in. A replacement for the car that got flooded beyond repair. A check from the insurance company, or from the federal government, so they afford to rebuild.
Never mind the New Year’s resolutions. After Hurricane Sandy hit, Staten Islanders living in the most storm-damaged areas say they’re more interested in getting their lives back to something resembling normal during 2013.
The Advance caught up with several residents of the borough’s flood zones, asking them what they hope, expect, or need to see happen during the new year. Here’s what they had to say . . . Continue Reading
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Christmas came early to Coney Island, NY this year in the form of a Holiday Haul truck full of donated presents. The donations came all the way from Virginia and were so plentiful there was extras that were donated to the Salvation Army. The Holiday Haul truck brought the toys to the Coney Island Gospel Assembly in Brooklyn and volunteers there decorated the area to look like Santa’s workshop complete with a visit from Santa. Their goal was to give the children an experience they would never forget and allow them to forget the harsh realities around them.
Many prepare to spend the holidays in shelters, hotels or with loved ones away from home, but it’s the people right here in Southwest Virginia who have given many of Superstorm Sandy victim’s a reason to smile.
Friday afternoon, December 14th, the Holiday Haul truck began the journey north. Inside the trailer were boxes and boxes of toys from WSLS viewers, Spirit FM Listeners, and God’s Pit Crew supporters.
By 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15th, the sleigh in disguise was parked outside the Coney Island Gospel Assembly in Brooklyn, New York. . . . Continue Reading
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New York, Kentucky and Washington D.C. were the latest states to receive federal approval for their state run health insurance exchanges. New York already has a website up with information about how the plan is unfolding. They expect a million people to sign up through the exchange which will leave only 10-16 percent of New Yorkers uninsured.
New York was given federal approval Friday to set up an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services said New York, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., are the latest places given the go-ahead to create health exchanges and provide options geared to the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. Six other states won approvals Monday.
Enrollment through the exchanges will begin Oct. 1 for insurance starting in January 2014. . . Continue Reading
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More than a month after Hurricane Sandy came through New Jersey and New York five hospitals in badly affected areas still cannot admit patients. The precautions that had been taken to protect them from the storm wasn’t enough causing flooding in emergency and exam room, crippling evaluators and destroying electrical systems. Now they have the monumental task to clean up, rebuild and reopen as well as prepare plans for improvements to better protect them from the next storm.
As superstorm Sandy made landfall, the water that surged toward Long Beach (N.Y.) Medical Center knocked through bricked-over windows and punched holes through walls, easily pouring over a 3-foot-high concrete barrier along the hospital’s northern wall built 20 years earlier to keep out floodwaters from an adjacent channel.
Until late October, the 142-bed hospital had withstood decades of hurricanes and nor’easters, largely without flooding. Now hospital officials frankly acknowledge what had worked previously will not be enough.
A generator will be moved from the basement. So may the boiler. “And we’ll be raising those barrier walls that we’ve erected, which are now 3 feet, to probably around 6 feet or maybe even more than that,” said Douglas Melzer, the hospital’s CEO. . . Continue Reading
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