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Tax Examiner Shows How to Estimate 2014, 2015 IRS Tax Refund

Written by admin on Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases
LIGHTNING RELEASES 12/31/14– Traverse City Tax Preparation Examiner Frank Ellis has published an article detailing how to use a tax refund estimator and that reveals the information needed to calculate how much people can get back from the IRS.

December 31, 2014 – The most current information on how to estimate an IRS tax refund is now available on Examiner.com. Traverse City Tax Preparation Examiner Frank Ellis discusses how to use a tax refund calculator in 2014 and 2015. When used correctly, it can tell how much one can expect to get back from the IRS, or if they owe additional taxes.

The author reveals that using a tax calculator can help people with financial planning. Using these details, one can take the savings and start an investment. Most importantly, they must enter the appropriate information, which includes tax filing status. Users can choose between 2 online calculators.

TurboTax Tax Refund Calculator: http://www.easyincometaxfilingonline.com/tax-calculators/

H&R Block Tax Refund Calculator: http://www.easyincometaxfilingonline.com/hr-block/h-r-block-refund-calculator/

Also explained in more detail is the gross annual income entry. This is the total money earned, according to Ellis, and includes salary, bonuses, self-employment income, and tips. In addition, IRA contributions need to be entered and are deductible if not sponsored by an employer, the author explains. Rules for deducting contributions if the account is employer sponsored are also outlined.

The tax refund calculator also inputs itemized deductions including medical expenses, state/local taxes, mortgage interest, and more. Personal exemptions can also be entered into the calculator, but the amounts vary annually. The calculator is programmed to estimate taxes based on the most current IRS guidelines and the taxpayer’s total number of exemptions.

Number of dependents, and federal taxes withheld from one’s paycheck, are other details accepted by the tax refund calculator. The author also stresses the importance of entering accurate information. The tax calculator’s output is based on the details the user puts in.

The author also mentions TurboTax software and its question and answer tools and ability to up applicable tax credits. With the tips provided in this and other articles, the idea is to help people receive the largest refund possible.

To learn more about the tax refund calculator and the information required for an accurate estimate, go to http://www.examiner.com/article/announcing-the-2015-tax-refund-calculator-see-your-refund-minutes .


Ashley Jordan signs with MindOver Records

Written by admin on Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES — (Harvard, MA) December 30, 2014. Ashley Jordan today announced her signing with MindOver Records a Boston-New York City based Record Label with National and International exposure.

Ashley, in conjunction with MindOver Records, will release her newest single: ANGELS, a powerful song that demonstrates  Ashley’s incredible vocal range and original song writing.

Duncan Morley, MindOver Records CEO comments: “we are very excited to sign Ashley to our record label. She is an amazing talent… with her incredible lyrics and guitar playing, we are certain that Ashley will ascend to new heights of creativity and musical success”.

Ashley Jordan (www.ashleyjordanmusic.com) is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician as well a commercial model from Harvard, Massachusetts. She has performed her original music around the New England area in over 300 venues and has released three full albums of music.. Ashley has garnered regional and national awards and has attracted the attention of corporate sponsors that view her as a “fresh, unique and inspirational talent”. She has been defined as a mix of Alanis Morissette and Miranda Lambert, with a touch of Jewel. She recently opened for music sensations Phil Phillips, Christina Perri, Jason Mraz and O.A.R at MixFest 2014 at the Boston Hatch Shell in front of 40,000 cheering fans!

Duncan Morley (www.mindoverrecords.com) is a Billboard Dance Chart Star and founder of MindOver Records(Ingrooves/Universal). MindOver Records also produces Remix Cross-Overs for their signed recording artists to maximize Social Media exposure, record play and touring activities.

Contact Information:

 Marvin A. Collin, Managing Director

Ashley Jordan Music

617-680-9792

macollin@ashleyjordanmusic.com

 


Better Management Systems Announces Revamped Web plus new Mobil Version

Written by admin on Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases
LIGHTNING RELEASES 12/31/14 Coral Springs, FL – Better Management Systems and David Blum is excited to announce the launch of a totally revamped web site and its first ever mobile web version.

“The new site has a cleaner look and is easy to navigate. Included is a short video available in three languages, designed to attract clients in all the markets we serve,” said Blum.

Mr. Blum has been working with first time investors and developers for the past 18 years and specifically in Latin America for the past 11 years. He has overseen and been involved with projects in Panama City, Panama; Sao Paulo, Pertolina, Manaus, Porto Alegre, and Salvador, Brazil as well as Lima, Peru, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and Israel.

“The goal was to allow potential clients to get a sense of the types of projects with which I have been involved. I am a one-stop resource for everything Self-Storage. Its all I do.” explained Blum. “Over the past eighteen years I have surveyed, managed, marketed and developed hundreds of successful self-storage projects. I really enjoy working on bringing first class American Style self-storage projects both here in the US and to countries and markets new to our industry.” said Blum in a statement. “Taking what we know and do so well here and adapting to unique and different cultures worldwide has allowed me to do two things I love; self-storage and traveling the world.”

About Better Management Systems

Mr Blum is a business graduate of Boston University and holds a Masters of Marketing Management from Fordham University in New York. In 1998 Mr. Blum co founded what was to become the Florida Self-Storage Association, which he was president until 2004 and again in 2009. For the past two years he co-produced the first ever Latin American Self-Storage Expo held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Along with an extensive client base in Florida, Mr. Blum is currently working on or completed projects in many other areas of the US and internationally.

Contact Information:

David Blum
President
Better Management Systems, LLC
5029 NW 95th Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33076
(954)255-9500
(954)341-2404 (fax)
dablum101 (Skype)
http://www.bmsgrp.com


Better Management Systems Announces Depo Seguro Self Storage Facility in Lima, Peru

Written by admin on Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES 12/31/14 — Lima, Peru-Better Management Systems and David Blum, on behalf of Christian Duerr, of INCAPITAL, S>A>C is excited to announce the opening of the first state of the art full service self-storage facility in Lima, Peru in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Mr. Duerr is a developer and investor living in Lima who hired Better Management Systems to assist with the ground up development of a first class state of the art self-storage project in Lima. The challenge here was to identify and secure the best possible piece of land available for this project. Then it took over 18 months just to obtain local approvals, being the first ever such project in Lima. Located at the intersection of three of the most prominent areas in Lima, DepoSeguro will be a ten story monument to what has been a three year journey to bring the latest in design and technology to self-storage in Peru.

Mr. Blum has been working with first time investors and developers for the past 18 years and specifically in Latin America for the past 11 years. He has overseen and been involved with projects in Panama City, Sao Paulo, Petrolina, Manaus, Porto Alegre and Salvador, as well as, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Israel, in addition to his extensive portfolio in the United States.

“The challenges faced by DepoSeguro in Peru were not unlike those in similar Latin markets in the very early days. Choosing the best possible location within those price constraints faced by our industry was just the beginning. Educating local officials on use, design, and parking when on one had ever attempted before. I really enjoy to be working on bringing world class self-storage projects to cities, countries and markets new to our industry” said Blum in a statement. “Taking what I know here and adapting to different cultures worldwide has allowed me to see the world and do what I love.”

About Better Management Systems

Mr. Blum is a business graduate of Boston University and holds a Masters Degree in Marketing Management from Fordham University in New York. In 1998 Mr. Blum co-founded the South Florida Self-Storage Association which, in 2001 became the Florida Self Storage Association of which he was president until 2004 and again in 2009. For the past two years he has co-produced the first ever Latin American Self-Storage expo held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Along with an extensive client list in the Florida, Mr. Blum is currently working on or completed projects in many other areas of the US and internationally.

Contact Information

David Blum
President
Better Management Systems, LLC
5029 NW 95th Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33076
(954)255-9500
(954)341-2404 (fax)
dablum101 (Skype)
http://www.bmsgrp.com


Say Hello to 2015 — and Au Revoir to Hangovers With RealHangoveRrelief

Written by admin on Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES — LOS ANGELES — With New Year parties ready to ring in 2015, many people are no doubt primed to let loose and have a good time — but the question in the back of the minds of many would-be revelers is how to avoid the dreaded hangover that can come from having “one too many” glasses of holiday cheer.

Fortunately, there is a way to mitigate the effects of a hangover — and it’s based on hard science. It’s called RealHangoverRelief, and according to world-class poker champ Yosh Nakano, “Our science is second to none!”

Nakano and his pals recently had the chance to put RealHangoverRelief, also known as Cellgevity, to the test at his Holiday Party, held at Friends of the Vine in Redondo Beach, Calif.  While those in attendance availed themselves to plenty of vino, they also made sure to each have a couple of capsules of RealHangoverRelief to blunt possible aftereffects.

From a survey of partygoers who took RealHangoverRelief during or after the party, 78 percent of the respondents said that they would take the supplement when they drink again. They also responded that they would recommend RealHangoverRelief to others.

The key to RealHangoverRelief, according to Nakano, is the antioxidant glutathione, which the body manufactures naturally. But once this master antioxidant is depleted by the liver’s metabolization of alcohol, that is when a hangover can occur. Fortunately, this is where the proprietary chemistry inside RealHangoverRelief comes in.

According to Nakano, when your body runs out of glutathione, the detoxification process stops and it leads to hangovers and toxicity. But RealHangoverRelief contains Riboceine®, which has been scientifically proven to be the most effective and efficient supplement to increase glutathione production. Two capsules before drinking can make all the difference in the world. Riboceine was found to be 300 percent more effective at helping the body produce glutathione than N-acetylcysteine (NAC), which is the precursor used by most other products.

The soiree at Friends of the Vine boasted sparkling, red and white wines, paté, cheese and French bread. Partygoers were treated to door prizes all night.

Impromptu interviews of partygoers were conducted by “Gutshot Straight” director Justin Steele. One of Steele’s subjects was William Ernst, a member of the RealHangoverRelief Scientific Advisory Board who holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Also interviewed were Mike Landucci of WineWeirdos.com and Nina Boski of Lifebites.com.

A touching highlight of the evening came when poker pro Robert Turner and his wife, Patty, were pleasantly shocked by the appearance of his daughter, Tammy. She lives in Destin, Florida and they hadn’t seen each other in five years.

Regarding the East Coast, Yosh Nakano is bringing the RealHangoverRelief party train to Orlando, Fla., to host the Super Bowl Party at Dewey’s Indoor Golf and Sports Grill, located at 7720 Turkey Lake Rd., the same venue where he held the brick-and-mortar launch of RealHangoverRelief in October.  Prior to the Super Bowl Party, RealHangoverRelief will be a sponsor of the Stars of Santa Barbara on Jan. 21 at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.  

Dewey’s, incidentally, happens to carry RealHangoverRelief. Nakano, meantime, is taking the necessary steps to make RealHangoverRelief available everywhere. He is offering the opportunity to become a RealHangoverRelief distributor to interested individuals for a nominal fee of $49. For more information, Nakano can be reached via email at YoshN@RealHangoverRelief.com. To learn more about RealHangoverRelief, visit RealHangoverRelief.com.

To view the video of the RealHangoverRelief party, click here.

CONTACT INFO: Yosh Nakano, YoshN@RealHangoverRelief.com

 

For Immediate Release

Wed., Dec. 31, 2014

           

 


Google Play Features candiDate Dating App

Written by admin on Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

candiDate Uses Your Politics to Make Your New Year’s Love Resolutions Come True

SIMPLEPR — LOS ANGELES, December 31, 2014 – In time for New Year’s Resolutions about love and relationships, Google Play just featured the candiDate Android app: a new dating service that helps members connect with real, local singles based on shared political values and beliefs. The mobile app is available for free exclusively in Google Play via http://www.candidateapp.com.

The candiDate dating service connects conscientious singles looking to meet someone who shares their politics. The app uses your opinions on today’s hot button issues (such as abortion, guns, gay marriage, the environment, foreign policy, the economy and your views on different politicians) to connect you to like-minded matches. Republicans, Democrats, Tea Partiers, Independents, Greens, conservatives and liberals – all are welcome to use the nonpartisan app.

The native Android app was developed by HelpsGood, an award-winning digital agency, and is powered by Rock the Vote’s easy-to-use voter registration system with political data sourced from Vote Smart, the premier non-partisan, citizen-driven organization devoted to voter education. Google Play just featured the app in it’s New + Updated section.

“candiDate is like Tinder or OkCupid for people who are truly passionate about what matters most,” said HelpsGood CEO, Michael Bellavia. Addressing some of the controversy around dating exclusively within political lines, Bellavia added, “You can always change some of your answers to reach across the political aisle. We’re hopeful candiDate can connect people who care deeply about core issues and bring more people together in 2015.”

As covered by The Daily Beast, Meghan McCain, Take Part Live and Red Alert Politics, the candiDate app is available for free on Google Play and can be accessed via candiDate’s official website, Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.

About HelpsGood

HelpsGood (http://www.helpsgood.com) is a digital agency and product development company focused on creating social good. The company uses creative technology to help nonprofits, government agencies, NGOs and corporate social responsibility teams generate measurable impact through marketing, communication and fundraising programs. In addition to working with clients like the Ad Council, United Way and Teach.org, the company develops original social good products including the candiDate app which aims to get more young people registered to vote and involved in the political process and a series of digital storybooks featuring Smokey Bear, the wildfire prevention icon.

Media Contact:
Leif Dahl
press@candidateapp.com


Accretive Capital Partners Nominates Richard Fearon and Dilip Singh to the Board of Directors of Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.

Written by admin on Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

An Open Letter to the Board of Directors of Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.

December 31, 2014

Mr. Hsiang-Wei Lee
Chairman of the Board
Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
No. 1 Ke Ji Si Road
Technology Innovation Coast of Hi-Tech Zone 
Zhuhai, Guangdong, 519085
People’s Republic of China

Dear David:

I received the December 19, 2014 email from your investor relations representative and have read your reply to my recent letter, which you filed on Form 6-K with the SEC. We are disappointed by your response and the Board’s persistent dismissal of value-creating initiatives at Actions Semiconductor. For this reason, as the largest shareholder of the company, I write once again to express our position:

Since our last public correspondence, we have provided you with the biographies of our two nominees (attached hereto), both well-qualified candidates who meet the criteria you publicly outlined as “seasoned executives with operational experience and expertise with respect to Actions’ fast-moving industry, the Asian markets, and Actions’ current and potential customer base.” Having emailed you directly with our nominees, we find it telling that your response was communicated via an IR representative and that you do not intend to review the nominees until a Board meeting in February 2015. Given the Shareholders’ Meeting is less than five months from now and nothing prevents the Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors from reviewing our nominees immediately, we do not consider this to be “in the spirit of cooperation,” as described by your IR representative, but more as continued denial. We are available to meet with you and the Board immediately, and we urge you to complete this process latest by January 16, 2015.

The current Board of Directors at Actions Semiconductor—which is comprised of asset managers, professors, manufacturers, and management of competing or otherwise conflicted businesses—has failed to create any shareholder value in the eight years Accretive Capital Partners has patiently and loyally stood by. Since we became shareholders, the current Board has directed the company toward a 43% decline in revenues (from $95 million in fiscal 2008 to $54 million in the trailing 12 months ended September 30, 2014), a 54% increase in R&D spending (from $19.5 million to $30.1 million), a stagnant tangible book value (which has slipped from $3.51/share to $3.41/share), and a flat stock price despite an increase of more than 100% in the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX). This is no surprise when the interests involved are considered: in its entirety, the Board of Directors owns less than 1% of the Company. The Board’s disinterest in purchasing any meaningful stake in the business is revealing, and your lack of ownership impairs your judgment about building shareholder value. This improper decision making has led to transactions with affiliated parties utilizing corporate cash (which, in your December 9th 6-K filing, you describe as “scarce” and an activity that limits your “operating flexibility and ability to act quickly [and] risks putting the Company at a competitive disadvantage”).

In August 2009, the Company’s Hong Kong subsidiary, Actions Enterprises (via its Shanghai subsidiary, Actions Technology), obtained land use rights to the Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park office building. Less than a year later, in July 2010, the Company transferred all ownership interest of Actions Enterprises to Nann Capital for $1 and the Company further invested $4.4 million for a 40% ownership stake in Nann Capital. The following year, in June 2011, Actions invested an additional $7.1 million in Nann Capital. We ask you again who owns Nann Capital and how this was in the best interests of Actions Semiconductor shareholders?

In January 2011, Actions invested $13.7 million in OCTT Holding Co., Ltd, a private equity fund incorporated in Mauritius for the purpose of investing in fabless semiconductor design companies in Taiwan. Of the $70 million managed by OCTT, $30.6 million was invested in Realtek Semiconductor Corporation, whose Chairman and substantial owner is Actions Semiconductor Board member Nan-Horng Yeh. We ask who manages OCTT Holding Co., Ltd. and how this was in the best interests of Actions Semiconductor shareholders?

Just last quarter, the Company announced that it had invested $10 million for a 40% stake in Shanghai real estate, which was described as “not the core business of Actions Semiconductor.” We are baffled by this decision in light of your 6-K filing describing cash as scarce and its use for stock repurchases as limiting to the Company’s operating flexibility, and we ask who owns the other 60% of the real estate project and how this was in the best interests of Actions Semiconductor shareholders?

We believe these decisions conflict directly with the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines transcribed below:

“Transactions with Directors and their Affiliates:
Except for employment arrangements with the CEO and other management directors, the Company does not engage in transactions with directors or their affiliates if a transaction would cast into doubt the independence of a director, would present the appearance of a conflict of interest, or is otherwise prohibited by law, rule or regulation. This includes, directly or indirectly, any extension, maintenance or renewal of an extension of credit to any director or member of management of the Company. This prohibition also includes significant business dealings with directors or their affiliates, substantial charitable contributions to organizations in which a director is affiliated, and consulting contracts with, or other indirect forms of compensation to, a director. The Board will conduct an appropriate review of all related party transactions on an ongoing basis.” – Page 3, Paragraph 3, Actions Semiconductor “Corporate Governance Guidelines”

We are profoundly concerned about the conflicts of interest at Actions Semiconductor and by the accelerating pace of destruction of shareholder value, and we remain resolute in correcting this situation. Accretive Capital is adamant that only Actions Semiconductor shareholders and not the incumbent Board be allowed to make any changes to the Board and these changes should only be made via the shareholder vote at the Annual Meeting. We again call on you to immediately:

  1. Follow through with your commitment to support the nomination of new directors by Accretive Capital Partners;
  1. Address the internal control issues resulting from conflicts of interest among certain Board members;
  1. Reduce the disproportionate research and development expenditure; and
  1. Sell the company immediately thereafter.

We have been patient long-term investors in Actions Semiconductor, and we are determined to preserve the value of our company. I look forward to the implementation of these necessary steps to create and to unlock value for shareholders, the rightful owners of Actions Semiconductor.

Sincerely,

Richard E. Fearon, Jr.
Managing Partner

cc:  Mr. Zhenyu Zhou, CEO, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
      Mr. Nigel Liu, CFO, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
      Mr. Dilip Singh, General Partner, Value Generation Capital Fund LP

Accretive Capital Partners’ Nominees to the Board of Directors of Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. – to be Endorsed by Actions Semiconductor and the Board of Directors at the Upcoming 2015 Annual General Meeting:

Richard Fearon, age 48, is the founder and managing partner of Accretive Capital Partners, LLC, a fourteen-year-old private investment fund established in 2000 to target undervalued small and micro-cap stocks of fundamentally strong public companies which represent attractive take-private candidates. The fund is long-only and employs the tools of private equity investing to its public market portfolio. Accretive Capital Partners has been nationally ranked by Morningstar, Barron’s, Bloomberg, Lipper, and Barclay Managed Funds, was recipient of HFM Week Magazine’s 2011 award for Best Single Manager Long-Term Performance among all U.S. hedge funds under $250 million, and was a finalist for PAM Magazine’s 2014 award for Best Wealth Manager Long-Term Performance. The fund has been named finalist for PAM Magazine’s 2015 award for Best Wealth Manager Long-Term Performance and for Acquisition International Magazine’s 2015 International Hedge Fund Award for Best for Long-Term Performance – Active Value Fund.

Prior to founding Accretive Capital Partners, Mr. Fearon founded and managed the Chicago office of Allied Capital Corporation (NYSE:ALD), a $3 billion private equity investment fund and the largest and oldest publicly-traded small business investment company in the United States, until acquired by Ares Capital Corporation in 2010. He was Managing Partner of Allied Capital Midwest and a Principal of Allied Capital Corporation from July 1993 until June 2000. Prior to Allied Capital, Mr. Fearon was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. and PaineWebber Incorporated. Mr. Fearon earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, where he also attended the Stockholm School of Economics, and graduated with a BA in Chemistry and Anthropology from Williams College. He was a graduate of the Hopkins School, where he was a 1984 Connecticut State and All-New England Wrestling Champion and a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. Since November 2011, Mr. Fearon has served as a director of Nutrastar International Inc. (OTCQB:NUIN), a Chinese producer of premium branded nutraceutical products, functional health beverages, and organic and specialty foods made from commercially cultivated cordyceps militaris. Since July 1993, Mr. Fearon has served on the Board of 15 private companies, including as Chairman of Magna Card, Inc., a designer and marketer of flexible magnetic products sourced in part from China, and he was awarded United States Patent 7225568 while serving as Chairman. He currently serves on the Hopkins School Alumni/ae Association Board of Directors and has served as an Advisory Board Member to the Catalyst Network Foundation, a non-profit organization offering career development and networking tools to under-served and high-potential inner-city youths and veterans, since August 2011.

Accretive Capital Partners believes that Mr. Fearon’s twenty-five years of Wall Street experience and valuable public company and financial expertise gained from both his employment history and directorships will enable him to provide effective oversight of the Company as a member of the Board.

Dilip Singh, age 66, has served as the general partner of Value Generation Capital Fund LP since December 2013. Additionally, Mr. Singh has served as a director of: ALCO Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALCS), a regional broad line retailer in the central United States, since August 2014; On Track Innovations Ltd. (Nasdaq:OTIV), a designer, developer and marketer of secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology, since December 2012; and Concurrent Computer Corporation (Nasdaq:CCUR), a provider of software, hardware, and professional services for the multi-screen video and real-time simulation markets , since July 2012.

From April 2012 to April 2013, Mr. Singh served as interim CEO, President and director of InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:INFU), a provider of ambulatory infusion pumps and associated clinical services. Under Mr. Singh’s leadership, InfuSystem was turned around to sustained profitability within two quarters, and the financial footing was strengthened by increasing cash, reducing debt, and securing a new $36.5 million credit facility. Previously, Mr. Singh served as CEO of MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRVC), a provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment, management products, integration, and managed services, from July 2010 to December 2011 and as director from October 2010 to December 2011. Under Mr. Singh’s leadership, MRV Communications was turned around and the first ever return of capital was paid to the shareholders as special dividend. From December 2008 to May 2009, Mr. Singh served as CEO of Telia-Sonera NCell, the number one mobile operator in Nepal. From October 2004 to November 2008, Mr. Singh served as CEO of Telenity, Inc., a provider of service delivery platforms. In addition he has held significant professional positions at Sprint Communication and Alcatel/ITT from May 1976 until April 1994. Mr. Singh earned a Master’s of Science in Physics from the University of Jodhpur and a Masters of Technology in Electronics & Communications Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Accretive Capital Partners believes that Mr. Singh is uniquely qualified to serve on the Company’s Board given his vast experience on corporate boards of directors and global operational executive leadership positions, as well as his experience in turning around under-performing companies in the telecommunications, semiconductor and software industries.


Police Dog Grant Program by Universal K9

Written by admin on Dec 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES — SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 30, 2014 / Universal K-9, a nationally recognized leader in military and police dog training, anounces today their plan to continue offering its highly successful POLICE DOG GRANT PROGRAM with significant dual benefits. The police dog grant program is designed to help save dogs across the country from being euthanized, while also benefiting police departments in need of drug or explosive dogs.

Brad Croft of Universal K-9 explained the program, “Our first focus is on rescuing dogs from shelters and people across the country. We are always looking for high drive dogs – breeds like German shepherds, Belgian Mals, Dutch shepherds, Labs, Golden Retrievers and quite a few mixed breed dogs too. They have to possess extreme ‘ball drive’.

First, Universal K-9 evaluates the dog and determines whether it is a candidate for the program.  Then they work with the shelters, or individuals, to ensure the dog has all of the necessary shots and health records it may need.  Once the dog is rescued, it then undergoes the company’s industry-leading drug or explosives training program. From that point, the new grant program kicks in, allowing police departments to add a K-9 or replace an aging dog without spending tens of thousands of dollars. The dog is free of charge, and is trained as a single-purpose dog to locate either drugs or explosives. A two-week handler’s course is required for the department’s designated handler before the dog can be released to the department.

Universal K-9’s program has already met with considerable success. One of the dogs the company rescued was Rocky, a one and a half year old male Rottweiler.  He was rescued from the City of Boerne Animal Services Facility, after staff members placed a call to our company.  Rocky had been with them for over a month and they were concerned he would not get adopted due to his size, breed and energy level.  The company rescued him from the City of Boerne before euthanasia had to be seriously considered, and then trained him as a drug dog. Through the grant program, Rocky was then delivered to the Harlingen Police Department, where he serves in local schools and other areas, as noted in this Valley Central news story. Rocky, and his handler, after ONLY four (4) days on the street located 25lbs of narcotics helping to fight the WAR on DRUGS!

Another example of how successful this program has been is the story of Zoey, who now works with the Alachua County Sheriff’s office. Zoey’s outgoing personality and excellent social skills make her the perfect choice for the office’s random school drug search procedures, as reported by CBS GTN News.

Universal K-9 urges all interested police departments, shelters and individuals wanting to donate dogs and money to the cause to contact the company via email at Info@UniversalK9Inc.com or by phone at (210) 858-6830.

To find out more about Universal K-9 or their training programs, visit http://www.UniversalK9Inc.com.   

About Universal K-9: Universal K-9, trains personal protection dogs, arson dogs, narcotics/explosives dogs and numerous other service animals. The company provides fully trained dogs to police and military forces, as well as to individuals for personal protection, and offers contract searches for transit terminals, businesses, schools and now offers personal, private searches for families in need.

Contact:

Name: Universal K-9

Address:

Universal K-9

1100 NW Loop 410

Ste 700-125

San Antonio, TX 78213

Phone: (210) 858-6830

Web Address: http://www.UniversalK9Inc.com

Email: Info@UniversalK9Inc.com


What Is The Power of Clean in the Boston Real Estate Boom?

Written by admin on Dec 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

LIGHTNING RELEASES 12/30/14 –Boston’s Best Commercial Cleaning

  • Multi-Family Boston Market Relevant Facts
  • Boston among top 3 markets, nationally, for institutional investors.
  • Boston Apt Market Strong
    • Rent growing at an annual compound rate of 51% per year since 1995
    • 2013/14 Major development years, nearly 4,000 apt projects open.
  • Supply projected a healthy growth between 2014 and 2017
    • 5,300 apt units and 400 condos per year over next four years.
    • Construction Costs continue to rise at rapid pace (about 1%/mo)
  • Competition for multifamily assets very high.
    • 94% apts and only 6% condos.

What is The Power of Clean?

If multi-unit property owners in Boston had any concerns about how they would fair in 2014, reviewing CBRE’s 2014 New England multi-family real estate market outlook report should have put them at ease. Considering the interest rates reported were within 100 basis points of their all-time low, and the demand for assets high, things continue to look hunky-dory for Boston’s rental owners. The question now becomes whether or not those feelings will last. The next three years are expected to be development heavy for the city of Boston, and CBRE projects an average of 5,300 apartment units and 400 condos delivered per year through 2017. Considering the increasing costs of construction, this may seem like a generous statistic. But with the highly active rental market in Boston, it really shouldn’t matter.

As development increases to meet demand, many multi-unit property owners are wondering how they can increase their value in order to measure up to the likes of the new Millennium Place, and highly anticipated Lovejoy Wharf. One Boston resident holds the answer.

CEO and director of Boston’s Best Commercial Cleaning, Victoria Amador, knows better than most what it takes to distinguish oneself as an establishment, or a residence in order to increase value. Prior to her current role at Boston’s Best, located in Jamaica Plain, Victoria cut her teeth as Assistant Executive Housekeeper at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Yes — the same Breaker’s Hotel whose interior was famously designed by Adam Tihany, and whose luxury has been awarded AAA’s 5-Diamond status on more than one occasion.  

Amador submits that while many properties possess the unique features and qualities necessary to compete at an elite level, the difference, as it turns out, is in the details. The most prominent distinguishing factor: Cleanliness.

“Because of the current state of the rental market in Boston,” says Amador,” there really isn’t going to be much variety among multi-family options. Now it seems like it’s going to come down to what the value-added ‘extras’ are going to be. Attention to detail and spotlessness is going to be huge for multi-unit properties and condos, especially downtown and in the Seaport Innovation District.”

While it’s highly probable that rental owners are going to find willing tenants regardless, clean rentals are frequently shown more often, and typically sell quicker. Not to mention, increasing cosmetic appeal allows owners a bit more vertical when it comes to assessing rent, and asset value. At the end of the day, there are few reasons not to maintain a clean residence, and employ a professional service in doing so.

As CEO of Boston’s Best, Victoria is now repurposing her talents to achieve the same quality she produced while in Palm Beach, but for slightly different venues. While her company excels in cleaning and maintaining office and daycare spaces, Amador sees the impending development of residential spaces in Boston becoming an increasing focus for her business.

Located in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Boston’s Best Commercial Cleaning is the city’s premiere commercial janitorial service, providing services to residential, office, and daycare facilities. www.bostonsbestcommercialcleaning.com


Free Roof Giveaway – Nominations Now Open For Southwest Los Angeles

Written by admin on Dec 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases

Construction Guaranteed No Roof Left Behind™ free roof give away will provide ONE Free roof to local residents

LIGHTNING RELEASS: LOS ANGELES (12/29/2014)– Construction Guaranteed today announced it is now accepting nominations for its No Roof Left Behind Campaign (NRLB). This nationwide program provides free roofs to local community members in need.

Nominations are being accepted at ConstructionGuaranteed.com   now through March 31,. The process is simple. Anyone can participate and nominate a friend, neighbor or family member in need of a new roof. From the submissions four finalists will be chosen for the final online public voting campaign. The four finalists’ stories and photos will be displayed April 16th the public will able to vote for the finalist they feel is most deserving. The winner will be revealed online on September 30th.

See contest page for complete rules and Zip code area.  Also, the free roof recipient must be current on his/her mortgage payments. 

Construction Guaranteed joined the program as a way to give back to the homeowners and their communities that has brought them such success. President, Rich Hopkins  had this to say. “We are so happy to bring this program to the community. It is an honor to be able to launch this here and we plan to launch more areas in the near future. We look forward to seeing our neighbors come together to help one of our own in need.”

“I invite other local businesses to participate as sponsors or volunteers.” said Rich Hopkins.  “We supply all the labor, and GAF Roofing and Allied Building Products supplies all of the materials.” Contact Contest@ConstructionGuaranteed.com

For more information about Construction Guaranteed Inc., their programs and interviews with Rich Hopkins, please call 877-777-8030  or visit http://constructionguaranteed.com/roofing/.

No Roof Left Behind  is a nationwide program that gives folks in the community a way to help their good neighbors that have fallen on hard times. The program provides a local contractor the framework to provide a new roof at no cost to a deserving homeowner in need.

ABOUT Construction Guaranteed Inc. : In our fourth year of business doing Roofing, Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling. Stucco Contractor  for residential jobs. We want our customers to Love their projects. “Like” is good but not for your remodeling project.

CONTACT: Construction Guaranteed Inc.
Richard Hopkins
877-777-8030
Media@ConstructionGuaranteed.com