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May 16, 2012

Cruises that depart from Asia/Far East: Hong Kong

Cruises that visit Hong Kong
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Avalon WaterwaysVictoria JennaVictoria Jenna Cruise Ship 18 Nights - Cultural China & Tibet with Yangtze River Cruise and Hong Kong (WXYQ)
18 Days - Starting in Hong Kong with stops in Shanghai, Yichang, Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream or Daning River, Wanxian or Shibaozhai or Fengdu, Lhasa, Xi'an, Beijing
2012 Sails: May 4, May 18, Jun 1, Jun 8, Aug 31, Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 21, Sep 28, Oct 5 Avalon WaterwaysVictoria JennaVictoria Jenna Cruise Ship 23 Nights - Cultural China & Tibet with Yangtze River Cruise and Hong Kong & Mongolia (WXYY)
23 Days - Starting in Hong Kong with stops in Shanghai, Yichang, Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream or Daning River, Wanxian or Shibaozhai or Fengdu, Lhasa, Xi'an, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Gobi Desert
2012 Sails: May 4, May 18, Jun 1, Jun 8, Aug 31, Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 21, Sep 28, Oct 5

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Posted: May 16, 2012 5:48pm
May 16, 2012

Royal Caribbean International Cruises - Oasis of the SeasThe largest Cruise Ship in the World (220,000 tonnage)The new Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas aren't just ships, they are collections of amazing experiences that challenge all limitations. More options than ever before include two Flowriders ® , a Zip Line, AquaTheater, Carousel, Loft Suites and more. This is where the impossible becomes possible and the unimaginable becomes real.Experience the most innovative and imaginative ship yet, Oasis of the Seas - where, for the first time ever, entertainment areas have become neighborhoods at sea. Find a revolutionary public space combining nature with nautical in our Central Park neighborhood, or old-world charm with a modern twist in the entertaining Boardwalk neighborhood. Visit the Pool and Sports Zone to explore an entire deck of pools, rock-climbing walls, basketball courts and more. And don't forget the Youth Zone - where kids can be kids and parents can be worry-free. With a total of seven distinct onboard neighborhoods, everyone can discover a place for unique experiences.With 28 ultra-modern loft suites and 2,700 spacious staterooms, this 16-deck marvel proves that the impossible, is possible. Oasis of the SeasMaiden Voyage:12/12/09Passener Capacity:5,400 double occupancyGross Tonnage:225,000Length:1,184'Max Beam:154'Draft:30'Cruising Speed:22 knots  Ship Features:18 decks of activities, entertainments and accommodation options.An original, handcrafted carousel – first at sea – will be the centerpiece of this vibrant neighborhoodAquaTheatre will have the largest freshwater pool found on a ship offering a full spectrum of activities and performances for guestsThe first moving bar at sea – The Rising tide barTwo rock-climbing walls and the first zip-line at sea suspended nine decks above BoardwalkIndustry-first loft suites offering expansive ocean views and luxury amenities with 37 categories to choose fromCentral Park with a revolutionary design in which the center of the ship opens to the sky, features lush, tropical grounds spanning the length of a football fieldThe Pool and Sports Zone is an ample playground for guests of all ages, featuring private cabanas, four unique types of pools, and two FlowRider surf simulatorsVitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center will allow guests to soothe mind, body and soulThermal Suite, featuring heated tile loungers, saunas and steam rooms; three couples massage suites and seven individual treatment rooms Princess Cruises - Coral PrincessCoral Princess is a sightseer’s dream - a wide range of the Princess trademark features.It is made affordable balconies a hallmark of the Princess Fleet with more than 700 balcony staterooms alone on this Coral Class ship. Coral PrincessTonnage:92,000Capacity:1,970Balconies:nearly 700Registry:BermudaInaugurated:2003 Ushering in a new era in design, this exciting ship is one of cruising's most advanced passenger vessels. Coral Princess offers the same vast array of public room space as Princess' renowned larger ships but, in a twist, spread over two decks and with fewer passengers aboard. Below are some of the features Coral Princess has to offer: Ship Features:1,970 passengers735 staterooms have private balconies (83 percent of all outside staterooms)Two dining roomsTwo specialty restaurants - Sabatini's Italian restaurant and the Bayou Café & SteakhousePoolside hamburger and hot dog grill, pizzeria and ice cream bar24-hour dining and room serviceA wide variety of bars and lounges, including a cigar loungeThree pools - including a swim-against-the-current lap pool and additional pools for childrenLotus Spa, gym and fitness areaAdults-only retreat, The Sanctuary300 square foot Movies Under the Stars outdoor movie theaterShuffleboardDigital golf simulatorThree unique show lounges, including the high-tech, two-story Universe LoungeCasinoWedding chapel featuring wedding-at-sea program officiated by the ship's captainDuty-free boutiquesWorld-class art collection, gallery and auctions24-hour Internet Cafe (wireless access available)Library, writing room and card roomKid and teen centers

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Posted: May 16, 2012 5:19pm
May 2, 2012

Microsoft to Take Stake in Barnes & Noble’s Nook Unit  |  Microsoft announced on Monday that it would invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook division for a 17.6 percent stake. The deal values the e-reader business at $1.7 billion.

The move by Microsoft will help bolster the standing of Barnes & Noble’s fastest-growing unit. The bookstore giant had said earlier this year that it was exploring strategic options for the business, including a potential divestiture or strategic partnership.

The company has wagered heavily on the Nook, whose e-readers and tablets compete against Amazon’s best-selling Kindle devices in the hotly contested world of electronic books. Both companies are spending heavily to maintain a foothold in light of Apple’s success with the iPad. DEALBOOK »


Teetering, Dewey Ousts Ex-Head From PostTeetering, Dewey Ousts Former Chairman From Post  |  Dewey & LeBoeuf, the corporate law firm fighting for survival amid partner defections and heavy debt, ousted its former chairman from the firm’s management on Sunday and ended talks with a potential merger partner, according to an internal memorandum.

Steven H. Davis, the firm’s former chairman, was removed from his leadership posts amid a criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney focused on his conduct. On Friday, the firm’s management disclosed that state prosecutors had started an investigation into allegations of financial improprieties.

Mr. Davis did not return phone calls and e-mails seeking comment, but on Sunday he sent his partners an e-mail in which he defended his leadership of Dewey and said he was “saddened by the events of the past several days.” Both the internal memo and the e-mail were reviewed by The New York Times. 

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Posted: May 2, 2012 6:39pm
May 2, 2012

NACEPT Recommends Cement-Lock Process for Passaic River Cleanup

The US Environmental Protection Agency, which has determined the Passaic River to be a Superfund site, has been advised by the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), an advisory board established by the EPA, that the Cement-Lock process is suitable as a way to begin cleaning up the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay.

Cement-Lock, a hazardous material treatment process developed with funding from the Department of Energy, permanently removes both organic and inorganic hazardous materials from the ecosystem by converting them to non-hazardous cement and electricity.

The cement material produced through the Cement-Lock process is called Ecomelt. Ecomelt, when blended with Portland cement, produces non-hazardous cement products that exceed the strength of Portland cement.

The Passaic River has been studied for over 20 years. Now, NACEPT has told the EPA it is time to stop studying the river and start cleaning it up.

“The demonstration of the efficacy of the Cement-Lock technology in New Jersey would encourage clean-ups in several parts of the United States where toxic pollutants are challenging the nation” says NACEPT.

The Cement-Lock process is being commercialized by Volcano Partners LLC. Al Hendricks, Chairman, said: “We are pleased with the recommendation by NACEPT. Toxic materials are polluting soil and groundwater across the country and Cement-Lock is a unique solution that permanently removes those hazardous materials from the ecosystem.”

No other treatment technology today can compete with Cement-Lock’s ability to be a permanent, sustainable, and cost-effective hazardous material treatment solution that converts contaminated soils and sediments into beneficial use products, cement additives and electricity,” he claimed.

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Posted: May 2, 2012 6:00pm
Apr 29, 2012 

Bloomberg News – South Korea warned that North Korea may test a nuclear weapon after a planned missile launch this month that has raised regional tensions and drawn U.S. warnings on the eve of parliamentary elections tomorrow in the South.

North Korean activity at the Punggye-ri atomic testing site is consistent with preparations for previous detonations in 2006 and 2009, a South Korean intelligence report obtained yesterday by Bloomberg News said. Korean Air (003490) said it will divert flights serving Indonesia, Philippines and Beijing from April 12-16 because of the launch planned for then, according to an e-mailed statement today.

China, South Korea and Japan expressed concern over North Korea’s plan to put a satellite into orbit with a long-range rocket, which the U.S. says would scuttle a food aid deal. The launch, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung, comes less than four months since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father as head of the totalitarian state.

“The timing is impeccable,” said Park Young Ho, senior research fellow and director at Korea Institute for National Unification. “Kim Jong Un is taking advantage of the domestic North Korean celebrations of Kim Il Sung to aggressively influence South Korean elections.”

South Korea’s benchmark Kospi Index rose as much as 0.7 percent after yesterday falling the most in a month. Defense- related shares fell after rising yesterday by the daily limit of 15 percent.

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Posted: Apr 29, 2012 6:10pm
Apr 29, 2012

Filing bankruptcy does not discharge your debts like student loan alimony, child support and so on. Your IRS tax debt might not discharge even after filing bankruptcy. If you have an option to get relief from tax obligation then avoid filing bankruptcy. You can successful discharge your IRS tax debt if you meet certain requirements. You can read further to know the eligibility requirement to file bankruptcy in order to discharge debt.

Know the chapter under which you can file:

When you plan to discharge your IRS tax debts through bankruptcy then you are required to qualify under chapter 7 Bankruptcy in order to clear your debts. In case you are unable to qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy then file under chapter 13 to eliminate your financial woes. You are required to undergo strict eligibility criteria despite you qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy.

What are the requirements of the filing procedure?

Before you file under chapter 7 bankruptcy the IRS requires you to fulfill five requirements.

1. You are eligible to file bankruptcy if your IRS debt is a result of an underpayment of personal income taxes. Remember that other debts like delinquent payroll taxes, estate, gift, sales or fuel taxes, penalties or a federal tax lien will not be discharged under chapter 7 bankruptcy.

2. If you avoid paying IRS taxes by providing a false Social Security number then you might not qualify filing under chapter 7 bankruptcy to discharge your IRS tax debt.

3. In case your debts are not more than 3 years old then you might not qualify for discharging your IRS debt through chapter 7 bankruptcy.

4. If you have incurred debt on your tax return then remember that the debt must be a minimum of 2 years old.

5. Make sure that you maintain a gap of 240 days between the day the IRS first issued a bill for the debt and the day you file for bankruptcy.

What are the alternative options you have?

If you are unable to file your IRS under chapter 7 bankruptcy then you can propose for Offer in Compromise. Remember that this option will not discharge your debts but if your offer is approved by the IRS then it will help to lower the amount you owe. You can pay off the owed amount through a lump sum payment. If you are unable to make a lump sum payment then a 24 monthly installment payment plan can be beneficial for you. You can also opt for a deferred periodic payment plan by extending the repayment plan from the date IRS approves your application till the statute of limitations for collection ends.


Make sure you hire the services of a bankruptcy lawyer in order to know whether your IRS debts will be discharged through bankruptcy

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Posted: Apr 29, 2012 5:07pm
Apr 25, 2012

Experienced professionals specializing in:

  • Comprehensive Functional Assessments
  • Successful Rehabilitation Plans
  • Return to Work
  • Office and Industrial Ergonomics
  • Home Accessibility
  • Health & Wellness Education
  • Case Management
  • Life Care Planning/ Future Care Cost Analysis

Since 1998, Smith Bradley & McGrath (formerly Smith Bradley & Associates) has provided bilingual Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics consulting services throughout Eastern Ontario to individuals and organizations, including insurance companies, long term and short term disability providers, and private and public sector employers.

Smith Bradley & McGrath's experienced occupational therapists travel throughout Eastern Ontario to provide occupational therapy and ergonomic assessment and treatment in the client's own environment, whether at home or in the workplace. We work closely with the client, their families, health care professionals, employers, and stakeholders to ensure that the client's therapy and life care goals are achieved with successful results. The client is at the centre of the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of the occupational therapy treatment process.

Experience is an important key to our success. Our bilingual clinical team has extensive occupational therapy experience working with clients with a variety of injuries and impairments, including:

  • orthopaedic injuries
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  • amputation
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Smith Bradley & McGrath is a bilingual office. All of our occupational therapy services are offered in English and French.

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Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:05pm
Apr 25, 2012

Welcome. Whether you are an individual looking for occupational therapy services, a caregiver, an employer, an insurance claims representative, a legal representative or another medical or rehabilitation professional, we are pleased to provide you with information about us and look forward to working with you.

Providing Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics services in Ottawa and throughout Eastern Ontario since 1998 to individuals and organizations, including insurance companies, workplace insurance boards, and private and public sector employers.

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Posted: Apr 25, 2012 5:36pm
Apr 22, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday: U.S economic actions kept growing moderately in the late winter months, however, the rising energy prices makes the manufacturers be anxious  as well as the retailers across the country

In the reports showed in Eldridge Financial Blog the economy continued rapidly make an expansion at a self-effacing from mid of February through the late March.

It is said that some of the positive signs are the stronger manufacturing activity, steady hiring and improves retail business in most of the country.  Yet, there still a sense of threat specifically to the costlier energy and the increasing gasoline prices.

On the other side, the near -term outlook for household spending was encouraging, More than a few districts articulated their concerns that the staid increase of gas prices could limit the unrestricted costs in the coming months.

On the Eldridge Financial Blog report, on the collected data before April2 comes from business contacts in each of the 12 districts that have regional Fed banks and is thus seen as a real-life set off to the supplementary academic speeches and analyses that flow from the central bank.

The reserved to reasonable pace description of growth was unchanged from the preceding rundown issued at the end of February.

The 120,000 jobs created in March was heard a bit more upbeat about the job market after having the last week’s Eldridge Financial Blog government report. It was said that Employment was firm but there is still a difficulty in looking for qualified employees most specifically for the high skilled positions. This information will be used by the Fed policymakers in order for them to assess the economy when they reach April 23-24 regard as whether to change interest-rate policy

Atlanta Fed Bank President Dennis Lockhart, a voting member of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, said on Wednesday he would be “somewhat reticent to consider another round of quantitative easing” at this time.

The Eldridge Financial Blog Beige Book’s concern about the rising energy prices seemed to be borne out in separate Labor Department data showing imported petroleum costs were still on the rise. Labor Department said that the import prices in March scaled by the most in nearly a year on sharply higher petroleum costs in which was increased 4.3 percent that also marked as the biggest gain since April 2011.

Economists polled by Eldridge Financial Blog had expected import prices to go up 0.8 percent last month. February’s data was revised to show a 0.1 percent decline instead of the previously reported 0.4 percent increase. The data emphasize the size of the price shock that is cutting the Americans when they refuel their cars. U.S. data scheduled for release on Thursday is expected to present a reclaimed price pressures at a wholesale level, with producer prices seen mounting 0.2 percent in March when stripping out food and energy.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2012 6:43pm
Apr 22, 2012

  • One day after Lawrence Township voters defeated both the school budget and a municipal budget referendum to exceed the 2 percent state budget cap, 50 aggrieved voters confronted the Lawrence Township Council to demand tax relief without “arrogant threats” that their trash collection would be cut.
  • They called for a review of the $43.3 million municipal budget and suggested more “belt-tightening,” even if it means laying off municipal employees, at Wednesday’s public hearing on the budget.
  • And they got swift action.
    The council agreed to meet with three local residents with financial backgrounds who stood up and volunteered their expertise free of charge to assess and cut the budget.
  • Ira Marks, a certified public accountant and certified financial planner, got the ball rolling by suggesting a financial committee of volunteers and offering his free services. He was joined by Max Ramos, a sales manager, and Marvin Van Hise, an attorney with banking experience as a state employee.
  • Councilman Michael Powers initiated the formation of the financial review committee after noting the audience was still, waiting for the council’s response, following the close of the 40-minute public session, where they aired their tax concerns.
  • Earlier, Municipal Manager Richard S. Krawczun said the municipal budget is being reviewed by the state and would likely be acted upon at the council’s next meeting on May 1. Had the electorate approved hiking the budget above the 2 percent cap, it would have added 14 cents to the municipal tax to close a $2.2 million budget gap.
  • The school budget will also be reviewed by the township council for appropriate cuts, which drew the ire of resident Andrea Pennington, who raised four children in local schools and works as a realtor.
  • “The school budget prepared by Tom Eldridge (school business administrator) was under the 2 percent cap, but it was defeated because voters were angry about the municipal budget and the threat that they would have to pay for private trash pickup if they didn’t agree to raise the municipal budget and tax rate,” she said. “Maybe you should you should take your municipal budget to him.”
  • The school budget, which was defeated 1,982 to 1,770, required a 3-cent school tax hike to compensate for the township’s loss of $38.3 million in tax ratables due to successful 2011 tax appeals.
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Posted: Apr 22, 2012 5:30pm


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