Considering that the Kentucky Derby is just around the corner, the Preakness is to follow and very soon after that… Belmont Stakes… Have you planned your vacation, itinerary and wardrobe for the trip to any one or all of this year’s big horse races?
Odds Are… You Will Enjoy Your Self Win or Lose
Of course winning will make it possible for you to enjoy yourself in style but win or lose, it’s always a good time at the horse races. If you’re not sure about how the horses are doing in this year’s point accumulation and their standings, you could probably log on to the following website to find out: http://www.belmontstakes.org/belmont-stakes-contenders/. There you can find all of the possible and probable 2013 Belmont Stakes contenders. Of course there are plenty of other websites at which you can find a list of Belmont Stakes horses and their current standings – but somehow an official Belmont website seems most reliable. If you’re planning the colors of your wardrobe around your horse and jockey colors you may need to dig a little deeper for that, but since the Internet is an endless font of information there really shouldn’t be a problem.
Don’t Spend All Your Money on Your Wardrobe
Don’t forget to save some money from betting on your favorite horse. If you’re trying to look up what kind of a chance your horse has and what kind of money could possibly be won by betting on them, a good site to take a quick look at 2013 Belmont stakes odds.
If you have a smartphone you might consider getting an app, some are even free for the download, that will give you updates and other current happenings such as live Belmont Stakes odds as they change. After all anybody who is anybody certainly has a sophisticated enough cell phone of their very own on which they can look up any statistics that can be found on the Internet, just like with a laptop or an iPad. And while you’re on that smartphone you can look up the weather to see if the wardrobe you planned is going to be appropriate for race day.
The Weather Channel has its own website and app and is free for the downloading. You can keep an eye on not just the weather statistics but the actual radar itself, just in case you are more prone to getting it right than the meteorologists these days… I’m just saying.
Many people think there is only one score that is limiting them to choose from bad credit loans guaranteed approval promotions, there are actually a total of 49 different scores FICO uses to determine and evaluate the risk of the borrower. Lenders have the ability to choose from many different scores when they are trying to determine where or not the borrower is a good candidate for a loan. There is a FICO auto score, specific FICO bankcard scores, FICO mortgage scores as well as the FICO generic score that is mostly widely used and determine from the history of all forms of credit.
There are newer FICO scores that are developed while lenders have access to the traditional scores as well. The generic FICO score is for the consumers, the other 48 FICO scores are for lenders eyes only. These other scores can be 15 to 20 points higher or lower than the generic FICO score that consumers get to see. The scores often differ due to different scoring models or reporting agencies; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working to get more consistency in the reporting process by reviewing data about credit scoring from FICO and the three major credit bureaus.
All of the numbers come from the information on the credit report, as long as consumers focus on keeping the credit report in good standing, the FICO scores will appropriately correspond. There are also proprietary metrics in the industry generated from private firms, all in all, the generic score is indicative enough of the consumer’s credit to show whether they are considered a risky investment or in good standing.
On the aggregate, there are far more credit scores out there than the 49 covered by FICO, there are too many to worry about really, as long as consumers focus on monitoring and improving their individual credit reports, all the numbers will follow suit in the near term. It’s important to review the credit report periodically to make sure everything is in good standing, the quicker you follow up on any issues you find, the sooner your credit scores will improve.
Here’s an even better question—why wouldn’t you check the Mohegan Sun Arena Seating Chart before purchasing tickets for an event? Especially when you consider that there are so many venues taking place in this arena and that the seating arrangement is different for each and every one! You can see what I mean by viewing the online seating plans for volley ball, WWE, boxing, ½ house concert and general admission, concerts in the round and basketball. Not to mention—10,000 seats!
Buying Concert/Event Tickets With Out First Checking the Seating Chart
Say what? That’s like walking along a steep precipice blindfolded and just trusting a stranger to tell you when you’ve reached the edge. I don’t think so. Now I won’t say that any ticket agency would try to sell you a bogus ticket or a bad seat…I won’t SAY that. But it’s been known to happen on more than one occasion (I hear). Checking out the ticket provider you’re considering ahead of time is your best protection against scams and fraud. You can accomplish this online by looking at customer reviews (try to make sure that the review site is not sponsored by the ticket provider themselves…duh), by word of mouth or if you have perhaps successfully purchased tickets somewhere previously (and it was a pleasant experience), you may consider going with them again.
What’s Going On Here?
If you have all ready been to an event at the Mohegan Sun Arena, depending on what venue it was that you attended, you may be shocked and amazed when you step inside to attend a completely different venue. This arena, with its 10,000, is moveable and interchangeable. There are completely different set ups for let’s say a basic concert and then for a WWE match; and then again for a concert in the round or pro basketball. You won’t know what’s going on! Again, however, you can check out each one of those seating charts and more at Mohegan Sun’s website.
Now that you’ve checked out the seating be sure to check out your hotel room and make sure that it’s nice and close to the casino! You don’t want to have to carry all those winnings very far, after all ($1,874,195 just today all ready!).
What could I do with $50,000? Take a few years off! Maybe just long enough for Medicare and social security to kick in (if there still is any by then). If you keep up with the world of competitive cycling you’ve undoubtedly been following this year’s USA Crits Championship Series tour. The compelling series will wrap up this year’s events on September 30th with the final biking in Vail Colorado.
Money, Money, Money
With $50,000 as the major prize, what’s in it for the others? Cash prizes are awarded to winners of the individual events in the cities listed in this year’s championship: final celebration in Vail Colorado on Sept. 30th; the rest took place in Boise, ID July 14th; West Chester, PA July 7th; Cincinnati, OH June 30th; New York, NY June 19th; Lake Bluff, IL June 1st; St. Louis, MO May 12th; Athens, GA April 28th; Charlotte, NC April 14th; Tucson, AZ March 17th; and it all kicked off at Delray Beach, FL on March 10th. Last year conditions were less that favorable with rain and wind in some cities like Missouri who was able to make their claim last year as the highest paying 1-day race in the state.
How Much For Individual Events?
Every event contained in the USA Crits Championship Series tour pays individual winners. With the women’s and men’s combined winnings for races somewhere in the range of $75,000 down to $15,000; currently the overall prize goes only to the men. Reportedly, Crits USA is striving for a women’s prize list for the series to be added. New this year is the prize for best individual male standings for the year in addition to the team standings overall prize.
We may not know all the results of all of these standings however until shortly before the year 2013. Talk about your anticipation anxiety!
When you are a dynamo like Donald R Bernard, there’s no such word as can’t. This retired Navy Commander is on the go seemingly 24 hours a day! He was voted best entrepreneur of 2012 by NAABO in Montana. Having spent over thirty years as an attorney, Donald Bernard also split his time as an educator in real estate, a public servant and an author. Besides all of his academic endeavors, he has always been active in cross-cultural projects. He has a very successful business shipping smoked organically raised rainbow trout all over the country and is working on a global distribution company for this famous fish.
More Than Meets the Eye
One could say that Donald has done more in his life than three people combined. This might be true! Retiring after two decades in the Navy, he completed law school in Austin; graduating with a law degree, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Laws degree. He started practicing as a briefing attorney in Texas and also served Texas as an Assistant Attorney General. During his law career, Donald was continuously involved in charitable functions such as the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, while volunteering concurrently as a Regent of the Board of the non-profit Angeles University Foundation, located in Angeles City, Philippines.
Take to the Skies
If you need more inspiration from this incredibly versatile human, Donald is also a licensed commercial pilot who was recently cleared as a volunteer mountain rescue pilot. He is very active in sports such as hiking, scuba diving, downhill skiing and rafting. There’s not much this man has not accomplished. His tenacity reaches beyond obstacles and rises above disappointment and has brought him to the pinnacle of what a true businessman can be. He has made his own way in this world and is a constant inspiration to other entrepreneurs, attorneys and regular folks. If you want to get ahead in business, you could do a lot worse than examining the career of Donald R Bernard.
When you begin looking for a new electronic cigarette, or “e-cig”, it can be a bit intimidating. There are dozens of brands and styles to choose from and if you don’t have a bit of help, it can quickly become a bit overwhelming. If you are searching online rather than walking into a location that sells e-cigs, it can be even more overwhelming, simply because you really have no idea what you are looking for. Shopping for e-cigs, however, can be a bit of fun and whether it is for you or you are planning a gift for a friend, there are always options to make the e-cig much more personalized.
Your New E-Cig
E-cigs really are a great alternative to smoking, so it is no wonder that so many smokers are making the move. While e-cigs may vary a bit depending on the brand and model, the principal for all of them is basically the same: you have a battery to which a compartment which contains “e-juice” (the liquid that contains the nicotine and that, ultimately, you will be inhaling the vapor of) is attached; and an atomizer inside the e-juice compartment which will turn the liquid to a vapor. Most models and brands will be cylindrical in shape so that the transition from a cigarette is made even that much easier. The batteries can range in strength, some lasting only a few hours while others can last a few days, and can be found with designs and different colors so that it adds the personal touch. Once you find a style that you like, it’s time to pick some flavors! Choosing the e-juice may wind up being the toughest part of your decision since you will have plenty of flavors to choose from.
Picking a Flavor
When it comes to e-juices, the manufacturers of the juices have really done all that they can, in order to provide users with pretty much any flavor that they may fancy. If you are a fan of sweeter flavors, you can find hundreds of different juices that are modeled after candies or desserts. If you really love the flavor of your favorite cigarette brand, e-juice manufacturers have been able to pretty much duplicate any brand and flavor. Even if you are a fan of bacon and wonder what it would be like to smoke a bacon cigarette, you’re covered.
With so many options available to you, there is no reason for you to go without the perfect e-cig for your needs. Between designs and flavors, you can even make a personal statement with your e-cig. They are much healthier than smoking those terrible cigarettes and a lot more fun to shop for.
Particularly with the economy in the sad state that it is in, business owners may occasionally find themselves in a bit of a slump. When that happens, many turn to a merchant cash advance in order to fund necessary purchases, pay vendors, upgrade their equipment and other improvements or necessities that take place every day. Sadly however, which may also be a reflection of the precarious economy, banks are somewhat hesitant to lend money… Often where it is needed most. They insist upon collateral and can take forever in the approval process… If indeed they do approve the loan. Sometimes it feels like they have a monopoly on the loan industry. But they don’t!
Why Borrow from a Bank…
… when you can borrow from a company that is in the business of business loans? What with PPI scandals and crazy service fees banks continue to demonstrate that they have gotten too big for their britches. They get away with it because they can. And much like the gas and electric companies, they consider themselves as having a type of monopoly on the loan industry. Well, not anymore. Because these days there are companies that do nothing but loan other companies money. It doesn’t matter if it’s a large corporation, a mid sized corporation or a small business owner… Everyone needs a hand now and then and these companies are there to provide it without the hassles, required collateral, and time wasting approval processes which are so popular with today’s banking institutions. It’s kind of like finding a way to turns the screws to those high and mighty financial institutions. It’s like really giving it to Big Brother and the powers that be. Don’t worry, the banks will undoubtedly figure out a way to mess with you in some other fashion. They always do.
They Are When You Need Them Most
These loan companies understand exactly what it is that makes a business tick. They know that when a business owner needs cash, they frequently need it now… Or yesterday. That’s why the approval process has been streamlined by these companies as well as the time it takes to wire the funds directly into your business account. Traditionally, these companies are also far more supportive than your basic, run-of-the-mill bank. Banks are involved in a lot more than just business loans. And the bottom line with banks is… They want their money. You should be dealing with someone that has your business needs at heart and in focus.
By no means of course does this mean that you should simply jump into a deal with any loan company out there. Always do your homework before signing on the dotted line.
When was the last time that you read through all of your credit applications? Not just your credit card applications, but your home loan and auto applications as well? Have you had a chance to go through all of your policy information line by line after the contract was signed and sealed? If you are like most people, chances are that you have never read through your contracts or policies, instead assuming that everything was in order and that the lender disclosed all of the pertinent information prior to you signing on the line. In many cases, you are correct and there really isn’t much more to know. However, in some cases, you may have some extra charges you weren’t even aware of.
PPI, or Payment Protection Insurance, can actually be a very useful thing. The basic idea is that the borrower must make their minimum monthly payment, for a certain period of time, in most cases about twelve months, then, if something were to happen which would prevent you from paying your mortgage or loan during a certain amount of time, the PPI would kick in, making sure that you do not default on your loan.
Without Your Knowledge
While PPI can be a useful thing, many lenders add this into your contract, without your knowledge. You may be paying a monthly premium that is included in your total monthly payment, which means that you may never even be alerted to the charge at all. Since the charge is minimal, most people don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Once you add up the monthly premiums that are paid without your knowledge over the course of a year or two, though, it quickly adds up.
If you believe that your monthly minimum payment is still more than you had agreed to, even just a few dollars, you may want to review your documents to see if you are paying for this service. If you agreed to it, perfect! If not, however, it may be time to hire representation, to file a PPI claim and get you back some money.
News flash! You don’t have to wait until you are sick to visit your doctor. In fact, wellness visits are the preferred method of ensuring your health and well-being. When it comes to disease, prevention is the key, so yearly checkups are important. This becomes truer as we get older. In fact many healthcare professionals are no longer prescribing yearly checkups for healthy patients age 18-40. During that period, most people that do not have a chronic illness, or a history of a chronic illness in their families, are less likely to have a condition that would be detected by a general exam. There are exceptions, for example if the patient is in a high-risk group, such as being morbidly obese, they should have yearly exams. Healthy people age 18-40 should get a physical exam every two years, according to the American Accreditation Health Care Commission. Older people need to have more frequent exams. Among the battery of tests most often prescribed, things like blood pressure, cholesterol level, blood sugar level, colon cancer screenings and bone density tests are common for women over 40. Men normally have a prostate exam, blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol level, colon cancer screenings after age 40.
An Important Exam for Women
There are other types of exams to consider, as well. For example, women need to get a pelvic and PAP smear exam every three years from the age of 21 or earlier if they have been sexually active for some time. These exams are needed more often as a woman gets older. Early detection is important, because things like fibroid tumors often have no real early symptoms and are not detectable unless an exam is performed. Untreated, they can become a real problem. Things like painful menstruation or abnormal bleeding may occur. Fibroid tumors can be treated. In younger women who are still in their child-bearing years, doctors can perform procedures to try to leave the uterus intact. Older women often opt for hysterectomies to remove the uterus and stop the return of the tumors.
Benefits of Wellness Visits
Other than the early detection of disease, visiting your doctor has other benefits. Establishing a benchmark for your health is important. That way as year’s progress, you and your doctor can track your overall health. It is also important to establish a relationship with a doctor in the event of illness. Yearly wellness visits are an opportunity to do so.
A successful marketing campaign can quickly turn into a liability if the business owner can’t keep up with the changing market. For some business owners, once they see the success that their marketing campaign has achieved, they forget that the initial strategy was just the beginning and that their success depends on an always evolving campaign, that can keep pace with potential consumers. Unfortunately, this often overlooked point is truly the key to success. If you want your business to remain profitable after your initial campaign, it is essential that you continue to update your strategy. as often as needed.
Marketing is Important
As a business owner, you are fully aware of the impact that marketing, or a lack of marketing, can have on your quarterly profits. If no one knows your company exists, how can they ever be expected to patronize your site? Online marketing can put your company information in front of thousands, even millions, of people per day. It doesn’t matter if you are a small business with a staff of one or a multi-million dollar corporation, you need to continually attract new customers or you can never expect to make the type of money you wanted to make, when you decided to take the leap into a new business.
Keep it Fresh
There are plenty of ways to keep an online campaign successful as your business grows. For instance, if you are a business owner that is using marketing campaign software, perhaps you should speak with a marketing specialist to see what else you could do to get your company name and site in front of new visitors. If you have been using a strategy that puts your information in front of people, who are conducting specialized search engine inquiries, perhaps it is time to make the move to advertising on social media sites.
Online marketing strategies can vary from company to company and really will depend on what image the company wants to portray to the world. Having an evolving strategy will give the world the impression that your company is newer, faster, and better than your competitors that refuse to adapt with the times. A fresh strategy will let potential consumers know that you are at the top of your game and that you have a great business sense. If you were a consumer, isn’t that they type of business that you would want to patronize?
Not many people consider fishing to be a sport, which encourages massive amounts of exercise. That said however, if you’re used to sitting around and decide to suddenly get up and go fishing all day… Let me know how you feel the next morning. And, you thought you weren’t getting any exercise.
Fun for the Whole Family in Alaska
A vacation in an All Alaska Outdoors Lodge is probably the last thing that many of us think of as a fun vacation. It’s all snow and ice and dog sleds, after all isn’t it? No, it is not. That said however, you might be able to get your exercise in for at least one day, by hiking along some of the last glaciers that cover inhabited land on this planet. When you’re done with the glaciers there is always the beach. Won’t the kids be surprised, when the exercise they get on the beach, rather than beach volleyball, is hiking in the sparsely forested land, in that area. They can also go sightseeing and, possibly for the first time in their lives, see up close and personal whales, sea lions and seals. Isn’t it behind glass at the zoo here… this is the real thing!
Speaking of Animals at the Zoo…
When is the last time your kid got their picture taken next to mountain goats, bald eagles, polar bears, black bears, brown bears or even a moose? Again folks, this is not a petting zoo. These animals are wild and not at all shy about introducing themselves. The look on your kids face alone, when that moose starts breathing down its neck is worth buying a digital movie camera. Who knows, this one might make it onto America’s Funniest Videos. If not, there’s always YouTube.
While your kids are seeing animals they’ve probably never come face-to-face with, you might also introduce them to transportation that is a little out of the ordinary. Take an opportunity to take a ride on Alaska’s ferries, jet boats, helicopters, dog sleds and float planes. Mom, Dad, and the kids… Don’t forget your sunscreen. Even though the beach isn’t much for sunbathing, all that snow and ice combined with the sun can give you one heck of a burn to remember your trip by. And, who needs that?
What are the four letters that strike terror in the mind and soul of anyone in a management position for all industrial companies, construction outfits and other blue-collar settings? These four letters can instil a fear like no other into the hearts of the biggest, burliest brutes and builders, in positions of authority. What are those four letters?
That’s right… good old OSHA. Now deep down in your heart you know that they are only there to ensure industrial safety for workers and even visitors should that apply. But, no matter how much you tell yourself that it’s for your own good, that you do things the way OSHA tells you to, sometimes it just seems like a big fat pain in the… As I was saying… aside from properly marked safety areas, safety shutoffs on machines, proper labeling on anything in a can or bottle, and endless, endless lists of other things that OSHA loves to regulate is the wearing of proper, regulation certified protective gear. This can go all the way from the tips of your steel toed shoes, to the tip of your hard hatted head – and everything in between. Safety glasses, earplugs, back braces, gloves, knee pads, you name it. If it’s made for safety and you wear it on your body chances are OSHA’s got something to say about it. Of course ignoring OSHA’s rules is not only dangerous for the higher powers involved in company business, but initially for the worker, let’s face it. Yet, those rules are ignored and broken every day in the workplace. Sometimes with deadly consequences.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
That’s what O.S.H.A. actually stands for. What kinds of work accidents sometimes preceded these deadly consequences? According to their statistics, OSHA reports:
The list goes on and on. If you are starting a new business these are not the kinds of incidents you want your company’s eventual history to start out with. Accidents that could not have been prevented are few and far between. And, when these accidents result in death, OSHA is the least of your worries. Workers have families. Families that will grieve and suffer – and sue – due to the loss of a loved one that might be alive today, if you had followed the rules and regulations set up to ensure their safety.
Animals of some type roamed the land and waters long before mankind. They have far more right to be here, or at the very least equal rights. But we humans seem to have a real problem with equal rights, and not just when it comes to animals. Live and let live is a good rule to live by, but sometimes, particularly in residential areas, humans may find themselves being forced to deal with nuisance animal removal. No, this does not refer to your neighbor’s dog that barks incessantly all through the night. That’s a nuisance neighbor… Not a nuisance animal. The neighbor needs to go. Then again, that’s what dogs do – they bark. That’s their job, and most of them are very good at it.
What Would Be Considered Nuisance Wildlife in Your Area?
Cities that are near parks sometimes have wildlife, from the wooded areas of the parks, roam into populated neighborhoods. Foxes, eagles, hawks and even a coyote or two have been reported. Small children and pets have the most to fear in this case. Of course in other areas, there are concerns for snakes and even the occasional alligator/crocodile. Nobody wants that living under their porch – I don’t care what kind of an animal rights activist you are. Some of these animals are deadly by nature – others, less so until they feel threatened or have deposited babies in your home, which they feel are threatened. You can’t blame them for protecting themselves and their families. This is the reason to call in an expert to safely, yet humanely, transfer the animal back to a location that better suits it.
Those Cute, Fuzzy Little Creatures
Squirrels, raccoons, skunks, rabbits and the like may all look cute and cuddly in cartoons and Walt Disney movies. But, these little creatures are cutest and cuddliest from a distance… Okay maybe not so cuddly. It’s when they invade your home and take up residence in your attic, basement, garage or tool shed, that it becomes a real problem. Some of these animals carry rabies and all of them eventually, at one time or another, have to defecate. Where do you think they’re going to do that? They’re not going to use the toilet like you do; in fact they’re not even going to take it outside, in the backyard like your dog does. And no, they are not going to appreciate you setting up a little litter box for them.
Your family, yourself, your animals and possibly even the structural integrity of your home can be at risk, when animals meant to exist outdoors come indoors. No one is telling you to kill these animals – far from it in fact. There are humane ways of trapping and relocating almost every kind of nuisance animal.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different hair products out there that all promise you the luxurious, full head of hair that you desire. The problem with this is that many times, the products are more efficient at providing the image of a healthy head of hair rather truly addressing any problem that you may have. In other words, your hair may look fuller, but that is not necessarily the case. If you have been interested in promoting some hair growth, perhaps you should consider working on your health.
Good Health, Good Hair
Many people don’t realize that a great head of hair can be achieved just by watching your diet and exercise. Your hair requires many things to grow at its optimal rate. Healthy blood flow to the scalp, protein and vitamins, even a healthy diet can all stimulate blood flow, giving your hair the appearance that you are lseeking. Hair loss can be a sign of a more serious disease in some and can even be a result of medications you may be taking for other conditions. If you have suddenly started noticing that you are losing more hair than usual, consult a physician to ensure that it is not a symptom of one of these conditions rather than assuming that it is something that is merely cosmetic.
Diet and Exercise
It is strange that in a society that is so prone to taking medications, people can sometimes forget the importance of diet and exercise, when it comes to your health. Yes, we are constantly bombarded by studies that prove this to be true, but it is interesting how quickly people will turn to a pill compared to just trying to change their diet. Exercise is important no matter what you are doing. In this case, exercise will increase blood flow to every part of your body, including your scalp, and this will promote healthy hair growth and can help you stay healthy. When it comes to your diet, avoiding high fat foods can really do a lot to help. Enjoying foods that are rich in vitamins and protein can also help put a stop to hair loss.
Hair loss is something that almost no one has to suffer from. Businesses such as Raleigh Hair Concepts are around to help you achieve the head of hair you want. However, the first change really begins with your health.
If given the choice, most people would choose not to spend more money on their medication than on their future. However, considering the high costs of prescription medications, finding that little bit extra to invest in your future can be a difficult task. Luckily, “difficult” doesn’t mean “impossible”. With a few changes to your spending, a bit of planning, and the right decisions, you can be on your way to a more secure future. Your first step is saving some cash.
Have you ever considered ordering your prescriptions from Canada? If not, why not? For most people, the thought of ordering from another country has never even entered their mind. However, this is something that you have a right to! RXRights.org is a great place to start if you want to make sure you are within your legal rights, when ordering from another country. Once you have seen for yourself that this is legal, start researching Canadian pharmacy sites for the best deals. However, as with any online purchase, make sure to do as much research as possible on the company, before making your purchase. If the company is reputable, you can save quite a bit of money using an online pharmacy, in some cases, even up to 80%! That is definitely worth the time to research.
Now that you are saving some cash every month on those meds, you are going to have a new surplus. You may not be saving thousands, but every dollar helps. Figure out how much you were spending, before making the switch to an online pharmacy versus what you are now spending. Once you have the difference, you now have your surplus which you have already learned to live without, and can be used towards investments. How do you want to invest it? Maybe you want to play the market. Perhaps you want to invest in CDs and mutual funds. However you choose to invest, make sure to research every option available to you to ensure you make the right personal decision.
Yes, there will be some research involved. Yes, you may wind up getting a bit frustrated until you get it down. Stick with it and it will get easier and easier. Once you are able to start saving regularly on your medications, you will be well on your way to a more financially secure future!