Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Viktor Schreckengost, the father of industrial design and creator of the Jazz Bowl, an iconic piece of Jazz Age art designed for Eleanor Roosevelt during his association with Cowan Pottery died yesterday. He was 101.

Schreckengost was born on June 26, 1906 in Sebring, Ohio, United States.

Schreckengost’s peers included the far more famous designers Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes.

In 2000, the Cleveland Museum of Art curated the first ever retrospective of Schreckengost’s work. Stunning in scope, the exhibition included sculpture, pottery, dinnerware, drawings, and paintings.

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Lib Dems launch manifesto

Thursday, April 14, 2005

An exhausted Charles Kennedy returned to the election campaign to launch a twenty page Liberal Democrat manifesto targeted at disaffected Labour voters, promising a fairer tax system and withdrawal from Iraq.

Entitled The Real Alternative the manifesto pledges to reduce the lowest rate of income tax, but increase the rate on those earning over £100,000 to 50%. The party would also scrap the unpopular local council tax in favour of a new local income tax. The manifesto also promises to remove hidden “stealth taxes”.

Under this system the party claims the poorest 15 million (25%) of people in Britain would be better off, and the middle 50% would be paying no extra tax.

The manifesto promised to scrap the controversial university tuition fees, increase services for pensioners and add £100 a month to the state pension, and train 21,000 new primary school teachers and 10,000 new police. A Lib Dem government would make eye and dental checks free, and reduce the cost of prescription medicine.

The Liberal Democrats were the only one of the three largest parliamentary parties to have consistently voted against the Iraq war, and the manifesto has promised an exit strategy with a phased withdrawal of Britain’s 8,000 troops still in the country.

“We reject a foreign policy based on ‘my ally right or wrong’,” Kennedy said. “And we say that war should always be a last resort.”

Kennedy, who became a father on Tuesday, admitted he’d had little sleep before the manifesto launch, and stumbled while answering questions on the proposed tax system.

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Does Your Accountant Provide Value, Or Are They Just A Cost?}

Submitted by: Peter Lawless

Accountants are people who do the books, file tax returns and generally fulfill a necessity of life that most business owners would prefer to do with out! Well that is the case the majority of the time, however there are professionals out there who offer services that can really enhance your business wellbeing, and as a result your wealth. This brief article looks at some of the areas you could be looking at.

Do you just send your books off for the basic accounting services that you have to get and consider it an unnecessary expense?

I have listed below a selection of services that your accountant could provide you. If they do not, you should consider either getting a new one, or contacting a strategic planning company such as Exit Plan Ltd. Who can kick start what you need to get to the next stage of success, with a plan that ensures you get these services?

Standard Accounting Services

I can only assume if you do use an external accountant that you would at least get the following standard accounting services:

1. Year End Accounts Preparation at minimum you should get your year end accounts completed efficiently and professionally

2. Tax Planning – The whole purpose of tax planning is to pay less to the government and keep more for you and your business!

3. Financial Management Systems – Your accounting records must be maintained to meet legal and government requirements. Furthermore, they should be capable of efficiently supplying you with the information you need to run your business.

4. Bank and Professional Advisor Selection – Different banks suit different businesses. In some cases it can be a matter of personalities. The same goes for solicitors, financial advisors, and factoring companies.

5. Wealth Management – Your personal financial planning, including mortgages, pensions, investments, life assurances etc, should not be carried out in isolation but part of your overall financial strategy. A good accountancy firm will have strong links with excellent Independent Financial Advisors who can give you all the advice and support you need.

6. Personal taxation issues – You should be able to avail of a full self-assessment management service for business owners, employees and individuals. Starting with a pre-tax year preparatory letter that will help you collate the information required, prepare your annual tax return, calculate your tax liabilities, advise you of future timetables for payment of the tax, check statements of account, obtain any repayments due and help you meet all filing deadlines.

Listed below is what a value added accountant should provide their client. At minimum, they should be able to advise where these services can be obtained.

Analysis of your accounts to identify Performance improvements

So much can be gained from focusing on your financial data. By looking in detail at your financial performance a good accountant who is also a business person should achieve the following for you:

Full analysis of your financial data and performance

Comparison with industry statistics such as performance, turnover, liquidity and employees.

Cash flow management

Overhead analysis

Gross Profit margin analysis

Pricing structures

Analysis of stock levels

Employee efficiency – time management etc.

A full and comprehensive report covering all the above including the steps needed to be taken and what results can be expected.

Review meetings

Managing for Reward

Running a successful business is helped by having up to date financial data. These days it isn’t enough to wait until the year end for this information. You should receive regular feedback on the performance of your business in the form of Management Accounts. Indeed you should receive management accounts monthly or at least quarterly from your accountant.

Business Plans and Forecasts

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” This is why it’s so important for you to have a “working” business plan and supplementary forecasts. A good accountant or business advisor will help you develop your plan to meet your objectives, and regularly update the plan to for ongoing management use.

Raising Finance

There comes a time in the life of almost all companies when extra finance is needed. Your business is no different. Finance could be needed for a new car, a new piece of machinery, working capital demands, acquiring freehold or leasehold property, and business acquisitions. Getting the right advice using the most sensible and appropriate sources is all that matters. Does your accountant provide this service?

Acquisitions & Disposals

Whether you’re considering buying, selling or passing on your business, we offer a full advisory service. This includes valuations, tax planning, market searches, arranging finance and project appraisal. We agree your instructions in advance and offer you a straightforward opinion on the viability or otherwise of your position.

Payroll and Bookkeeping

For many business managers, payroll and bookkeeping are two of the most boring and time consuming tasks necessary for the smooth running of the company. The good news is you don’t have to worry about either of them. A good accountant should be able to help you find the right outsourced solution.

So how many of these services do you receive, or did you even know that they existed? It is time accountants shrugged off the mantle of being slaves to business owners demands and actually started providing real value.

About the Author: This article was written by Peter Lawless, founder of

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US Soccer: Seattle Sounders defeat Portland Timbers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In Seattle, on Sunday, Seattle Sounders FC beat the Portland Timbers 1–0 in the Cascadia Cup battle. Stefan Frei notched his fourth shutout this season while Clint Dempsey scored the winning goal in the 77th minute with an assist from Andy Rose. Seattle is now 1–0 in the cup while Portland falls to 0–2.

Portland almost scored minutes later when sub Fanendo Adi rattled the crossbar in the 81st minute. The Timbers also led the Sounders in shots with 11–10. Seattle was glad to have points before hitting the road. Head Coach Sigi Schmid added “We’ve got 13 points now in seven games, so we’re happy with that and we want to come back from these three road games with as many as possible.”

The total crowd on Sunday was tallied at 41,451. Seattle now stands at 4-2-1 with Portland struggling at 2-3-3. Portland hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps next weekend and Seattle travels to face New York City FC.

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Video hosting website Stage6 to shut down

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

American corporation DivX, Inc. announced on Monday that it will shut its Stage6 website that hosts videos made by users. The shutdown will take effect on February 28, 2008 and is because the firm no longer have the resources to keep it online.

“Why are we shutting the service down? Well, the short answer is that the continued operation of Stage6 is a very expensive enterprise that requires an enormous amount of attention and resources that we are not in a position to continue to provide. There are a lot of other details involved, but at the end of the day it’s really as simple as that,” said Tom, who is also known as ‘Spinner’ in the statement on the website and an employee of DivX, Inc. the San Diego, California-based host of the webservice.

In October 2007, Universal Music Group filed a federal lawsuit against DivX, Inc. for copyright infringement after users posted hundreds of music videos on Stage6.

Chief Executive Kevin Hell said in a statement: “By no longer expending resources on Stage6, we sharpen our focus on creating a global standard for digital video.”

Videos can no longer be uploaded, but will be able to be watched and downloaded until February 28. Stage6 made its debut in 2006. It hosted movie clips, television shows and music videos along with content made by the site’s users in the popular DivX codec.

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Colorado College Tigers win 41st annual Great Lakes Invitational tournament

Friday, December 30, 2005

The Colorado College Tigers beat the Spartans of Michigan State University in men’s ice hockey on Friday, for the title of champions of the 41st annual Great Lakes Invitational ice hockey tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The Tigers, the team chosen to be invited into the tournament and appearing for the first time since 1965 in the tournament, led with a 5-0 lead during the second period, after which Michigan State switched goalies. The Spartans put freshmen Jeff Lerg into net, replacing Dominic Vicari, who was earlier given a penalty for his contact with a member of Colorado’s team in front of the net. Michigan State junior Tyler Howells scored two goals during the second period, and Colorado student Brett Sterling made the Tiger’s final goal for the night.

Colorado College took first place in the invitational, and Michigan State ended in second place, after their previous win over Michigan Tech at a score of 3-2. The Tigers previously beat the University of Michigan on Thursday, at a score of 6-1.

Meanwhile, the University of Michigan beat GLI co-sponsor Michigan Tech University with a score of 5-3 for a third place finish in the invitational earlier in the day.

With 2 minutes remaining in the third period, the University of Michigan went one up over Michigan Tech, breaking the 3-3 tie. Michigan Tech pulled their goalie with one minute remaining to gain a man advantage, but the strategy failed and allowed the University of Michigan to get another goal resulting in the final 5-3 score.

The game secured the third place position in the invitational for University of Michigan, and fourth place for Michigan Tech.

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The final standings in the tournament are:

  1. Colorado College
  2. Michigan State University
  3. University of Michigan
  4. Michigan Tech
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Mississauga Florist

Mississauga Florist


Lance Peters

If you are looking for a florist in the areas of Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto, or Brampton then you can check out Mississauga Florist. They have a solid reputation for offering lovely assortments at very reasonable prices. They can also handle special requests and last minute orders. You may have certain flowers that are essential for the occasion; and they can help you to obtain them.

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Mississauga florists realize how important it is for you to get your message out there. If you want to deliver flowers for a wedding, as centerpieces for a grand occasion, and even to celebrate a birthday they can help you to pull it off with ease. This online florist offers plenty of great products and services. They can take care of Mississauga flowers delivery for you in no time at all. They specialize in last minute orders as well. It does not matter whether you order a small bouquet or something larger. They strive to help you get what you need; so before you give up due to the time limitation see what Mississauga Florist can do for you. They are always up for a challenge! You will find all Mississauga flowers to be of very good quality. You are not going to be embarrassed about what is delivered to someone on your behalf. You will not be disappointed with their Mississauga wedding flowers either. For such a special occasion you need to be confident that they are going to be lovely and that they are going to last for both the wedding ceremony and the reception that follows. You can trust them to make your wedding flower bouquet that you will carry down the isle. They can make them for your entire wedding party as well. They have all types of flowers for you to select from. They also have lots of colors so you can select what will match well with the colors for your wedding day. You will not find a better Mississauga wedding florist! They are one of the most well known florist Mississauga for a variety of reasons. This includes the Mississauga gift baskets they create. You can choose various items that will be included. They also have Christmas gift baskets that you will be very happy to send to friends and family. Before you choose any other florist in Mississauga you definitely want to give them a chance. Find out what they can offer you for your needs as well as pricing. Chances are you will find the best in quality and professional service. You will get one on one assistance and not end up spending too much money on your floral arrangements. This is going to become the only florist you work with in the future though. Mississauga Florist is dedicated to making the experience of each customer very easy and affordable. You will appreciate the efforts they go to in order help you. Should you have questions about flowers you need they can assist you with deciding on what will be the best overall choice.

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Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.

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TESEV Report on Eastern Turkey for UNDP released

Friday, November 24, 2006

According to a report released by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) for United Nation’s Development Plan, the per capita GNP in Eastern Turkey, an area predominantly inhabited by Kurdish people, is as low as seven percent of that of the European Union on average. The report analyzed a region of 21 cities in Eastern Turkey*. One of the cities included in the report, ??rnak, was reported to be as poor as Botswana, Southern Africa.

Other points highlighted in the report included:

  • 60% of the population in the region was under the poverty line. If this situation persists, people may start to migrate to Northern Iraq.
  • If 1% of the national income is spent on Eastern Turkey’s infrastructure and social investment for 7 years, the region will be enabled to finance itself. If the economic and social conditions in the region are fixed, the fragile relationship between the Turkish government and the Kurdish people of the region may improve.
  • Access to health services is a primary human right. Without access to health services, one cannot expect that people of this region can live in confidence. Health institutions should employ nurses who speak Kurdish so the patients can communicate with the health services staff.
  • The use of the private sector is not reliable as a solution. The government should act to remedy the lack of infrastructure in the region.
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How To Choose The Best Commercial Moving Company

byAlma Abell

Home movers are very helpful to homeowners since they make the residential moving process stress-free and less challenging. When you settle on the right movers, you stand a chance to benefit from their services. It is always good to undertake a background check on the company and its credentials. This will possibly make it easy for you to shortlist some of the companies before settling on any. Here are the tips for finding professional and credible companies for Commercial Moving in Macon GA.

Follow the Track Record of the Company

Any professional company dealing in commercial moving in Macon GA should have a good reputation. Ask them about commercial service packages, customer satisfaction, safety records, and liability insurance. If the company does not cooperate well in such a conversation, then it shows that it is not worthy of your job.

The Package System

A reputable moving company will offer you various services including the project and inventory management. Others include loading, relocation planning, packing, unloading, moving, storage, contingency planning, tracking of goods, re-assembly, and certification. The company will always keep you informed on the different processes involved in the relocation process. In fact, most-moving companies know different transit stages and this helps to offer great assurance of a timely move.

Scope of Service and Quotes of the Company

A reputable company will take every initiative to understand the moving needs for their clients so as to tailor-make a right package which caters for specific requirements of the clients. Therefore, it is wise to communicate in prior the level of which you want these movers to handle your moving especially if you are working on a limited or tight budget. This might help you get the right quote which is based on the scope of the offered service. Always get the price estimates from different moving companies, even if it takes you to visit the website or visiting the company in person. This will help you in finding the quality services that will satisfy your requirements. Always insist on a written agreement be it in a binding or non-binding prices. You can Visit website for more information.