Wed, 16 Jan 2013 03:50:21 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Bugaboo Cameleon and Bugaboo Donkey Model Strollers are being recalled because the carrying handle could fail. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada have announced the voluntary recall of around 46,300 strollers in the U.S. and 4,440 in Canada.
The importer, Bugaboo Americas, announced the recall after receiving 58 reports that the carrying handle detaching unexpectedly. No injuries were reported to the company.
A button in the handle could break loose posing a choking hazard and the handle could detach unexpectedly causing the child to fall. Replacing the carrying handle is expected to prevent potential choking hazards and fall dangers. Bugaboo International B.V., located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is the manufacturer of the Bugaboo strollers.
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:30:08 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Having bundles of friends on Facebook may sound cool, but a new report suggests that the more social the person is online the more stressful social media becomes. The report from the University of Edinburgh Business School found that adding employers, parents, and more groups of people into their Facebook friends circle, the more likely a person will be stressed from the activity.
The stress factor comes out when the user is sharing their life on Facebook that might not be acceptable to some of their online social circles. Usually this behavior involved swearing, being reckless, drinking, or smoking.
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:13:46 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - A new report from the California HealthCare Foundation found that one out of every 10 children was uninsured; over 1.1 million children in California were uninsured in 2011. The proportion of uninsured children is higher that the nation’s rate. The report came from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and Diringer and Associates.
The report also found that more children had public health insurance with fewer of them getting coverage from their parents’ employer. The California children's health insurance program, Healthy Families, has run into problems over the last three years because of budget cuts funding issues. There was a decline in enrollment for Healthy Families.
Nevada has the highest proportion of children that are uninsured, while Massachusetts has the lowest proportion. In California, the rate of uninsured children is more than the national average and more than in most states.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 06:22:52 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Domino’s Pizza announced that they have reached a milestone by opening their 10,000th store in Istanbul, Turkey today. The company started their first location almost 53 years ago in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Domino’s Pizza is a mix of franchises and company-owned stores.
To celebrate their 10,000th store, Domino’s President and Chief Executive Officer, J. Patrick Doyle, was present for the grand-opening event. According to Domino’s Pizza, Turkey is one of the fastest growing markets for them.
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:41:22 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced that they have reached an agreement with Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE:AGP) to acquire them. The definitive agreement includes terms for WellPoint to pay $92.00 per share in cash to buy all outstanding shares of Amerigroup. The transaction is valued at approximately $4.9 billion.
Amerigroup is a leading managed care company that serves the government sector health care market such as Medicaid and Medicare.
Angela F. Braly, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, said that buying Amerigroup would help WellPoint be in a better position to grow and prepare for the health insurance industry changes. This would help them to prepare for the upcoming Health Care Reform Act’s health insurance exchanges.
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:19:48 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - The Eighth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest named a winner today at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium in New York City. The winner was Susan Brennan who is from Lake Orchard, Michigan. She worked weeks to prepare her toilet paper wedding dress. The only supplies allowed to create the gowns included Charmin toilet paper, tape, glue, and/or needle and thread.
The contest was put together by Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and Charmin partly sponsored the event. The Cheap Chic Weddings website is all about putting on a frugal wedding, and this contest makes a bit of fun out of making a cheap wedding dress using toilet paper.
Surprisingly, the wedding gown was quite beautiful. Other entries also amazed Susan Bain, one of the founders of Cheap Chic Weddings. She said that this year the gowns showcased faux embroidery, ruffles, pleats, and simulated lace.
Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:52:14 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - More people are opening Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) according to Bank of America. The increase was 34 percent more HSAs in 2011 compared to the previous year. Bank of America said that they added over 50,000 Health Savings Accounts in 2011.
Bank of America said that they have over 600,000 individual and over 2,000 corporations that have set up either a HSAs, a health reimbursement arrangement (HRAs), or flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Out of these health benefit options, the HSAs are increasing at the fastest rate. Almost 200,000 HSAs have been opened with balances of over $300 million.
Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:50:27 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will receive a 3.6 percent increase starting on December 30, 2011. The increase is to adjust for the cost-of-living. The last time the government increased for this was in 2009. The last two years there was no cost-of-living increase.
Additionally, wage earners will also be expected to pay more for the Social Security Tax. The taxable maximum was increased to $110,100, which previously was $106,800. The Social Security Administration estimates that around 10 million workers will pay higher taxes because of the increase in the maximum for the 2012 tax year.
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:27:34 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Qualcomm announced earnings in-line with what analysts expected Wednesday.
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) said their Q3 EPS was $0.73. Analysts had expected 71 cents with a high of $0.76 and low of $0.68. Their GAAP EPS was $0.61 and Non-GAAP EPS was $0.73.
Their revenue was $3.62 billion. Analysts had expected that number to be between $3.42 billion and $3.76 billion. The company hit the upper end of the range with an average of $3.59 billion.
Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:43:22 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - The first total eclipse for 2011 is starting in the late night hours of Wednesday, June 15. A total lunar eclipse will occur between June 15 and June 16 and will be long lasting; it is just not viewable in the United States. People living in India, much of the West African Continent, parts of Australia and Asia will have the best view of the total eclipse.
According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 40 minutes. The whole event of entering in and out of the eclipse will last 3 hours and 39 minutes. This has been the longest total lunar eclipse in the last 11 years, which was on July 16, 2000 and lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Wed, 18 May 2011 01:45:01 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - According to an a report by HomeInsurance.com, the California homeowner paid on average $826 in annual home insurance premiums in the month of February 2011, which was an increase of 2.2 percent from the previous month. In January 2011, the average annual home insurance premium in California was $808.00.
The home insurance premiums have been on an upward climb over the last year of 2010. In October of 2010, the annual average was $749 for home insurance premium rates in California. The national average for home insurance premiums for the month of February 2011 was $710.
What causes the home insurance premiums to cost what they do? There are several factors the insurance company will use when quoting premium rates. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are seven common factors insurance companies use when determining premium prices.
Sun, 08 May 2011 20:07:09 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Today is Mother’s Day and according to the US Census Bureau, there are over 85 million moms in the United States. In recent years, the average age for becoming a first time mother is 25 years old said the US Census Bureau.
Mother’s Day became a national event when Congress approved it in 1914. The idea started with Anna Jarvis from West Virginia back in 1908, who wanted to have a special day to honor mothers.
Anna Jarvis had campaigned for Mother’s Day to become a US holiday two years after her mother had died. In 1920, Jarvis complained that Mother’s Day had become commercialized. Jarvis had set up the Mother’s Day International Association and had tried to trademark “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day.” She spent the rest of her life trying to change the holiday away from the commercial money making venture of the greeting card and flower companies which it had become. She felt that people buying premade greeting card were terrible. Instead she thought one should write their own words to thank their mother for all that she has done.
Mon, 02 May 2011 18:53:40 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of the State has issued a worldwide travel alert for US citizens that are either traveling or visiting outside of the US. The travel alert will expire on August 1, 2011. The warning was in response to the recent death of Osama Bin Laden which could further cause anti-American violence.
The agency recommends that US citizens in anti-American areas should limit traveling outside of their hotel rooms or homes. They should also avoid any mass gatherings or demonstrations.
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:16:21 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - The Anthem Blue Cross health insurance company have scheduled a May 1st rate increase for 120,000 of its members which prompted the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to publicly call it “unreasonable.” The DMHC is not able to put a halt to the increase premiums. Those that have an Individual PPO plan with Anthem Blue Cross that is under the DMHC jurisdiction are involved with the premium rate increase.
The DMHC wrote to Anthem Blue Cross on April 7th, asking why the company is going to increase the premiums on May 1st when similar plans that are under the California Department of Insurance had a decrease. When the officials at DMHC compared the rate increase for their plans they oversee to the ones under the California Department of Insurance they noticed the rates were 3 to 4 percent higher.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 07:49:07 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Congressman Buck McKeon has joined other Republicans in Congress to protect the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The law, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, has come under fire from the Obama Administration. There have been several lawsuits filed against the United States concerning its constitutionality.
Last month Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo regarding the lawsuits, which his office will have to handle. Holder said that the law may not stand up to constitutional scrutiny.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:16:03 +0000
(Best Syndication News) The U.S. dollar gained while the yen and Aussie fell today (see forex charts below). Most commodities were lower today with the exception of some livestock futures.
The dollar gained against nearly all major currencies today with the exception of the Canadian (see one-day average chart below). The dollar gained 0.50 percent against the euro, 0.62 percent against the Japanese yen, 0.19 percent against the pound and 0.83 percent against the Swiss franc.
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:23:01 +0000
(Best Syndication News) San Bernardino and 20 counties and cities settled a lawsuit against Target Corporation (Public, NYSE:TGT).
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office tells Best Syndication that the county has settled a $22.5 million civil suit with the corporation. The share price was down 35 cents (-0.68%) to $51.30.
The DA alleged that Target “consistently and repeatedly violated California environmental protection laws in its mishandling of dangerous and harmful products”.
Sat, 26 Feb 2011 04:14:14 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Auto insurance rates have decreased this year and women continue to pay less. Nationally, rates have declined 5.6% reaching $675.
Californian’s pay more for insurance, according to a study by Insweb. The website reports that the median rate in the Golden State was $809. Since the median income is $46,892, Californians pay 3.4% of their income in auto insurance.
On average women pay only $772 per year for insurance while men pay $836. Residents younger than the age of 19 pay a whopping $2,141. The rates continue to decrease until age 60, and then they go up again. People between the age of 50 and 59 pay an average of $654 while people between the age of 60 and 74 pay $667.
Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:20:40 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Target is offering a way for parents to announce their baby's birth this New Year's with a Big Baby Billboard displayed in New York City's Time Square and Los Angeles. The digital baby announcement is free for parents to participate in, all they need to do is go to the Target Baby Facebook page to make their birth announcement.
Target will randomly select birth announcements to display on these billboards. In Times Square, Target will be broadcasting the baby announcements through ABC, NASDAQ and Reuters billboards between Dec. 31, 2010 through Jan. 6, 2011. The 30 second ad spots will include babies and holiday greetings with it playing 10 times every hour. In Los Angeles you will find a huge 25 by 30 foot billboard display at Hollywood and Highland Center. There will be a magnetic board that will have the birth announcement for those that are selected. A digital photo will be taken and then uploaded to Target's Baby Facebook page. The billboard will be changed every 10 – 15 minutes and they will make around 50 baby announcements daily beginning on January 1, 2011, 10 am PST through January 5th, 2011.
Fri, 02 Jul 2010 07:59:52 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Washington, D.C.—U.S. House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) today applauded the signing into law of new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program.
In the following statement released today, McKeon also called upon the President to ensure the Administration implements the sanctions included in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 in the most aggressive manner possible:
“With the enactment of new U.S. government sanctions, the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions can no longer go unanswered. The theocracy will now be forced to choose between the economic prosperity of its citizens and a nuclear program that has been condemned by the international community.
“By signing the Iran Sanctions Bill into law, President Obama has committed his Administration to fully enforcing these sanctions. Along with many of my House colleagues, I believe the President should implement these sanctions aggressively and without delay.
“Additionally, I will continue to work to ensure that specific provisions within the House-passed defense authorization bill, which prohibit the Pentagon from contracting with entities that engage in commerce with Iran's energy sector, are signed into law.”