Moving the Kids in the Middle of a School Year Was Not Easy

Moving the Kids in the Middle of a School Year Was Not Easy

There is a lot to do when you move. Everyone knows that. It is not easy to pack up everything and move it to a new place. It is harder to move the people than it is to move the stuff. It was tough on the kids to move in the middle of high school in the middle of a school year. They were not happy, but they were making the best of it. We looked for Manassas VA apartments together in the evenings online. We all had a stake in this. We pretty much let the kids pick the place we were going to live. My wife and I were actually okay with the move. We never completely liked where we had been living, and the chance at a fresh start was exciting to us. Read the rest of this entry

Keeping the Girls in the Same School District

Keeping the Girls in the Same School District

My twin daughters and I found ourselves in a unique position not long ago. They are both juniors in high school, and we have lived in the same school district all their lives. They have friends who they have known ever since they were toddlers. That is why when we were forced to move, I knew that we were going to look at apartments in Ballantyne NC because there was no way I was going to tear my girls away from the only life they have ever known. I remember how awful it was when my family moved during my high school years, and I was not going to do that to them.

However, I did have to find us a nice place to live. There are all kinds of house rentals in the area, but I was not happy with any that I had looked at. Read the rest of this entry

Transition from Military Life to Small Business Careers

Transition from Military Life to Small Business Careers

Perhaps one of the most challenging career and employment situations imaginable takes place every single day when individuals serving in the military prepare to move from military service to a new career. This involves thousands of motivated government employees who at first glance should have absolutely no trouble in obtaining an appropriate job. It is hard to imagine any prospective employees who would have more motivation to work hard and succeed in whatever they do.

Despite initial appearances, military personnel are currently experiencing a high unemployment and underemployment rate. Perhaps because of this or outdated assumptions about the value of all forms of college education, the first step in military transition to business careers is often a decision to obtain a college degree. This can prove to be the right move in some cases, but it can also become an expensive mistake.

The difference between education and training is frequently misunderstood by many people, and such misunderstandings probably contribute to a disproportionate percentage of career choices focusing on educational institutions instead of more specialized (and much cheaper) career training programs. While advanced education has a special place for specific purposes and goals, it is simply not the best career choice in a surprising number of cases. One of the best possible illustrations of this dilemma occurs when someone is departing from the military. In this situation, education can appear to be the “easy” decision. But with more scrutiny, training frequently emerges as the “smart” decision.

Just as specialized business training is usually one of the most cost-effective strategies available to small businesses, the selection of a practical career training program will often prove to be a more cost-effective military transition alternative in comparison to other options that include lengthy and expensive university studies. It is true that the most viable and appropriate training choices will require some investigative time and effort to evaluate thoroughly. In large part this is due to the fact that colleges and universities have extensive marketing resources to advertise and persuade while the less well-known training opportunities are more of a “word of mouth” situation.

For example, one of the most effective career training situations devotes no resources whatsoever to advertising and lobbying. In this case the program leads to a small business finance consulting career. Because overhead is much less than the highly-capitalized universities, the cost of such services are understandably much less. Unfortunately it is not always true that you get what you pay for, so a prudent military transition will require due diligence from start to finish.

Stephen Bush has provided candid business advice to small business owners for over 30 years. He specializes in business negotiating and business proposal writing. Steve offers career training programs for small business finance consulting throughout the United States and Canada. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who works directly with individuals leaving military service and helps with the transition to a small business career.

Hard Times Ahead For Eu Carbon Investment As Meps Reject Backloading Plan

Hard Times Ahead For Eu Carbon Investment As Meps Reject Backloading Plan

It seems that for the time being carbon investment in the EU will not get the much needed price support, with a committee of MEPs rejecting plans for propping up the price in the EU’s carbon market. The decision predictably sent prices of carbon allowances down, spiralling to a new record low of below 3 a tonne.

MEPs Reject Backloading Plan

On January 25, BusinessGreen reported that the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee voted against a proposal by the European Commission to withhold permits from the market before reintroducing them at a later date. The process, known as backloading, was intended to remove part of the oversupply of EU carbon allowances (EUAs) in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

Carbon Price Hits a Fresh Low

Although the vote is just one of the steps in a process which could still see the backloading plan implemented, the result sent the trading price of EUAs to a record low of 2.81 a tonne. BusinessGreen quoted Miles Austin, executive director of the Climate Markets and Investment Association, as saying that without the backloading it was difficult to see how the EU ETS would remain relevant for future climate policy. It will be driving little significant change, certainly not at the scale needed for Europe to promote a low-carbon economy and remain internationally competitive, Mr Austin added.

Analysts have estimated that the price of EUAs needs to be approximately ten times higher to drive low carbon investment on a large-scale.

Wake-Up Call

On January 24, Reuters quoted the EUs Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as saying that the carbon price fall to less than 3 should serve as a wake-up call to EU Member States to back the Commissions backloading plan. It must be clear to all that when the Commission warned that the ETS price could drop dramatically it was not a false warning but a real possibility, Ms Hedegaard was quoted as saying.

Indeed,carbon investment prospects in the EU seem grim at present, with Reuters reporting that following the parliamentary vote SocieteGenerale cut its forecasts for average EUAs carbon prices from 2013 to 2015 by around 30 percent. Negative news and events relating to the EU ETS continue to pile up and come from all sides, the bank said. The EU ETS has become a one-way market, spiralling down.

Moss 2010 Hosting – Asphostportal Enterprise Wiki In Sharepoint Server 2010

Moss 2010 Hosting – Asphostportal Enterprise Wiki In Sharepoint Server 2010

Introduction to SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Wiki

You have lot of information that you want to share with your colleagues? But don’t know how? Then use an Enterprise Wiki. Now you must be thinking what is an Enterprise Wiki, right? AnEnterprise Wiki in SharePoint Server 2010 is a publishing site for sharing and updating large volumes of information across an enterprise.If an organization needs a large, centralized knowledge repository that is designed to both store and share information on an enterprise-wide scale, consider using an Enterprise Wiki.

How is Enterprise Wiki Useful?

Enterprise Wiki in SharePoint Server helps organizations collect, organize, and distribute information. Enterprise Wiki often becomes repositories for an organization’s unstated knowledge, which otherwise might not be stored anywhere. Enterprise Wiki can encourage informal learning and sharing tips with other users, which can reduce the need for formal training or continuous IT support.

What are the Limitations of an Enterprise Wiki?

As an Enterprise Wiki can generate a high level of network traffic, you might find it necessary to configure a single site collection and a single, dedicated Microsoft SQL Server database. If the Microsoft SQL Server database is shared, users might experience slower performance. For more information, see Enterprise wiki planning (SharePoint Server 2010). Enterprise Wiki pages cannot be converted or migrated to pages on a Team Site without using custom code. Since Enterprise Wikis are used with the publishing feature in SharePoint Server 2010, there are significant differences between an Enterprise Wiki site and a Team Site.


So if you want to share your significant data and information with your friends and colleagues, then don’t forget to use the Enterprise Wiki feature in SharePoint Server 2010!
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How to Find an FTC-Compliant Debt Settlement Company

How to Find an FTC-Compliant Debt Settlement Company

Frequently, debt settlement companies make fraudulent claims to potential clients. They might say: “You will only pay 25% of your debts,” or “This will not affect your credit score,” or “Calls and letters from creditors will automatically stop once you join our program.” These are all false statements, and they will not be made by a company that is compliant with the Federal Trade Commission, an independent agency of the United States government. This article discusses what an FTC-compliant debt settlement company should explain to potential clients.

Before we proceed, let’s look at the difference between debt settlement (also known as debt resolution or debt negotiation) and bill consolidation. A bill consolidation business negotiates interest rates and late fees with creditors. A debt settlement company negotiates lower balances. Suppose that you have $25,000 of unsecured debt with two credit card companies at a blended interest rate of 21%. A bill consolidation business negotiates lower interest rates on the two credit cards. A debt resolution company negotiates a lower balance.

Now, let’s go ahead and explain what an FTC-compliant business should clarify to prospective clients.

An FTC-compliant company should give potential clients an “honest assessment” of their current debt situation. They might say that filing for bankruptcy implies that one is not willing to take responsibility for his/her debts. They might also explain that the new bankruptcy laws make it more difficult for consumers to become debt free than before. They might remind prospective clients that bill resolution has worked remarkably for thousands of people over the years. However, personal commitment is needed to make debt negotiation work effectively.

New FTC regulations prohibit debt settlement companies from charging upfront fees before they begin working with consumers and businesses. A FTC-compliant company gives potential clients a free, no obligation debt analysis, which should include a free debt settlement savings estimate.

A debt settlement business that is compliant with the Federal Trade Commission cannot “guarantee” how much money clients will save using debt negotiation. Results vary from person to person. However, a responsible company will do everything to save their clients as much money as possible. A leading debt resolution business has this statement on their website: “We or your assigned local legal representation will do everything … to save you as much money as possible. Review past settlement letters to get an idea of how we have been able to negotiate settlements with creditors before.”

A trusted company will always have debt settlement letters and client testimonials on their website. How can anyone gain confidence in a business that does not provide any of this vital information?

An FTC-compliant company should make it clear that collection calls and letters might continue during debt resolution. A bill negotiation team normally sends out letters to creditors notifying them that a client has asked for debt help. However, this cannot stop “lawful collection activities.” In spite of this, many people report that phone calls and letters from creditors and collection agencies stop or decrease once they have sought debt relief.

Great Investment Tips For The Current Recession

Great Investment Tips For The Current Recession

With many headwinds threatening to send the US back into a recession, many smart investors are focusing their portfolios on only the income generating stocks and commodities (especially precious metals) that still have room to run.

Many astute economists now admit that the hangover from the financial crisis is still playing out and while many people are panicking and losing money there are many areas of growth out there at the moment. Investors just need to look past all the doom and gloom that is out there and being written in the papers and economic journals.

The 7 best ways to protect yourself from the coming economic troubles include:

1) Focus your efforts on High quality businesses and stocks that have A-Type balance sheets and strong yields.

2) Stocks that only provide reliable dividends and have a proven track record in a weak economic environment.

3) Choosing stocks and bonds that show low debt to equities ratios and high liquid asset ratios currently. This is really companies with good balance sheets and no heavy debts lingering from the financial crisis.

4) Choosing the hard assets such as oil and gas royalties, and similar real estate investments with a long term focus on various income streams.

5) Choosing sectors and companies that have high variable costs, and low risk entries such as utilities, consumers staples and especially health care services.

6) Choosing areas such as high growth potential in the Alternative / Clean energy sectors. Or also sectors that are not heavily reliant on bullish equities markets and volatile market swings.

7) Subscribe to the free trends alert with all the latest and greatest tips for investing in a poor economy at with regular updates from some of the best investing minds and forecasters in the world.

The best thing about a weak economic environment is that good opportunities stick out like a sore thumb. You just have to be on the lookout for them. Do not think that there are limited opportunities out there at the moment. There is an era of very aggressive growth coming when the US recovers from this credit crisis hangover. The best time to ride the coat tails of this booming period is before it happens. That time is right now, when everything is cheap and flat lining.

The best bet is to never put all your eggs in one basket. There are always opportunities out there, and no one ever made lots of money but not diversifying. Investment diversification will be your friend in the next few years at the US and economic situation start to get better.