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Report: Xiaomi overtook Samsung to become top smartphone vendor in China in Q2 2014

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Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is hogging the limelight after several analyst reports have pointed to its rapid growth — among them Kantar and Strategy Analytics. Now another research firm, Canalys, has offered up even more evidence of Xiaomi’s popularity — in the second quarter of 2014, it found that Xiaomi recorded a 14 percent market share in China on the back of 240 percent year-on-year growth, overtaking Samsung in terms of volume of smartphones. This was the first time Samsung slid to second place in China since Q4 2011 and came after a 15 percent year-on-year decline. Shanghai-based Canalys…

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IHC Specialty Benefits Announces Record Visitor Traffic on healthedeals.com During First Half of 2014


Minneapolis, Minn. (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

IHC Specialty Benefits is excited to report the latest analytics from healthedeals.com, comparing website traffic between January 1-May 31, 2013 and the comparable period in 2014. The number of site visitors to healthedeals.com jumped 1,166% during such period. While health insurance product pages accounted for a majority of visits, articles and blog posts on healthedeals.com accounted for 25% of traffic alone.

How to Calculate your 2014 Obamacare Tax Credit was the runaway article, responsible for over 5% of all visits, and Your Guide to the Federal Poverty Level collected nearly 4% of all traffic. The Health Care Calculator came in third with almost 3% of traffic. Other top ranking articles included:

1. How the Affordable Care Act Will Impact Individual Premium Rates in 2014

2. 4 Top Apps for Organizing Your Medical Records

3. 10 Things to Know About Obamacare in 2014

“At the end of March, as open enrollment on the federal health exchange was set to close, healthedeals.com web traffic spiked,” said Brian Dow, Chief Operating Officer of IHC Specialty Benefits. “People are craving information and tools to make a decision about purchasing health insurance, which can be a complex process.”

Dow continued, “The analytics show that we are accomplishing what we originally set out to do. Our mission is to provide health insurance and supplemental products to individuals and families across the nation. Our goal is to be the leading health insurance resource for useful information, simple tools and quality products.”

About IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc.

IHC Specialty Benefits is a full-service marketing and distribution company that focuses on small employer, individual and consumer products. Products are marketed through general agents online, telebrokerage, advisor centers, private label and directly to consumers.

About The IHC Group

The IHC Group is an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. Members of The IHC Group include Independence Holding Company, American Independence Corp., Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company. Each insurance carrier in The IHC Group has a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company, Inc., a widely recognized rating agency that rates insurance companies on their relative financial strength and ability to meet policyholder obligations. (An A++ rating from A.M. Best is its highest rating.) Collectively, the companies in The IHC Group provide insurance coverage to more than one million individuals and groups. For more information about The IHC Group, visit http://www.ihcgroup.com.







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Watch 2014 Champions League final live online: Stream info for Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

Source: www.sbnation.com – Saturday, May 24, 2014
How to watch the Champions League final between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, even if you can't get to a television. The Champions League final is an all-Madrid affair this season, with Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid facing off for the fifth time this season. This occasion marks their biggest clash to date — Real are after their 10th European Cup and would be the first team to reach that milestone if they win the match, while Atléti are after their first. Atléti got the better of Real in the league meetings between the clubs, taking four out of a possible six points en route to a league title. But in the Copa del Rey, Los Merengues were far superior, laying a 5-0 aggregate beating on their cross-town rivals before beating Barcelona to lift that trophy. The game is available on TV on FOX in the U.S., Sky and ITV in the U.K. and Sportsnet in Canada, but you can watch online even if you won't have access to a TV when the game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local time. In the United States, the game is available on FOX Sports GO if that service is supported by your television provider. If not, you can purchase a subscription to FOX Soccer 2 GO which shows Champions League and Europa League all season long, as well as rugby and Australian football. Both ITV and Sky will be showing the game on their streaming platforms, ITV Player and Sky Go, in the UK. The game can be seen on Sportsnet World Online if you live in Canada. In

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2014 LTPA National Convention

2014 LTPA National Convention
Event on 2014-08-05 12:00:00

For the first time ever, hundreds of tax business owners will unite under one roof for one purpose: to better serve the Latino taxpayer community. If you have Latino clients or are looking to grow your Latino client base, this is a MUST-ATTEND event. Learn, Network, Grow.

        


Continuing Education Hours Offered:
10 Federal Tax Law Hours Live

2 Ethics Hours Live
3 Federal Tax Updates Online
5 California Tax Law Hours Online

Multi-attendee and Member Discounts available. Call us at 866-936-2587!

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Convention Agenda

Day 1: Tuesday August 5th

11am to 8pm: Registration Booth Open

2pm to 5pm: Business Development Seminars

Topics Include:

  • How to pass the EA Exam
  • Seven (7) Advertising Mistakes to Avoid
  • How to Hire Quality Employees
  • What Do I Charge for Tax Prep Fees?
  • How to Start Your Own Tax School
  • Choosing the Best Tax Office Location
  • How to Duplicate Yourself to Grow Your Business

Be apart of this very valuable panel discussion with industry leaders. Tuesday ticket () must be purchased for entry.

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Wednesday August 6th & Thursday August 7th Tax Seminars 9

Tax topics will be presented in English in Room 1 and Spanish in Room 2. Los temas tributarios se presentarán en inglés en el Salon 1 y en español en el Salon 2.

Day 2: Wednesday August 6th
Registration Opens 7am

8:30am to 9:20am Tax Implications of Obamacare
9:20am to 10am Exhibit Hall Break
10am to 10:50am How to avoid an EITC audit
11am to 11:50am How to deal with a 1099C and a 1099A
11:50am to 1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm to 2:20pm Schedule D Capital Gains
2:20pm to 3pm Exhibit Hall Break
3:00pm to 3:50pm Depreciation 101
4pm to 4:50pm Schedule A Itemized Deductions
5 to 7pm Networking Mixer

Day 3: Thursday August 7th
Information Booth Opens 7am

8:30am to 9:20am Schedule C Sole Proprietor
9:20am to 10am Exhibit Hall Break
10am to 10:50am Intro to Corporations 1120 & 1120s
11am to 11:50am Intro to Partnerships 1065
11:50am to 1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm to 2:20pm Education Credits Form 8863
2:20pm to 3pm Exhibit Hall Break
3:00pm to 3:50pm Form 8829 Business Use of Home
4pm to 4:50pm Schedule E Rentals

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— Boston Marathon Tragedy

Then-Managing Editor Eric Todoroff burst through the door, a panicked look on his face, interrupting our conference call. “There was just a terrorist attack on America,” he said, referring to the Boston Marathon Bombings.

I was just announced next year’s Editor-in-Chief and we were supposed to determine the rest of the staff for the new school year. It was the biggest break in my career; excitement was an understatement. Hearing the news fives minutes before our meeting, it didn’t seem important all the sudden. Nothing did.

The rest of the day was spent refreshing Twitter feeds and watching Internet streams of TV broadcasts. Nobody knew what was happening; nobody pretended otherwise. National tragedies have a weird way of uniting America. The bullshit we spew and the dumb posturing we do disappears, revealing the humans underneath it all—the acting stops.

Time stumbled the whole day, speeding and slowing randomly as fresh news bombarded us. Three or four of us remained in the FSView office the rest of the day, not really talking but not wanting to be alone either. We listened in silence to the police scanner as cops surrounded Dhokar Tsarnaev who had found refuge in the backyard. They caught him and for the first time all day, we exhaled.

I went home then, picking up some Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager along the way; it felt appropriate. I drank my beer, put on my Boston Red Sox hat and thought. America had more work to do. [ – Brendan Bures]
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— Edward Snowden

While there may be many different opinions on what to call Edward Snowden one thing is for sure, he’ll go down in history as the face of one the most significant information leaks in U.S. history.

A former CIA employee and contractor for the National Security Agency, Snowden leaked some 200,000 classified documents to the press. The leak exposed many invasions of privacy of individuals through previously unknown government surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora.

This is the dilemma that supposedly didn’t sit right with the previous government employee, questioning mass surveillance, government secrecy and information privacy. After leaking this information, Snowden became a fugitive in the United States on charges of espionage and theft of government property and was forced to flee the country if he hoped to remain free.

Residing in Hong Kong before boarding a privately chartered jet to Moscow provided by WikiLeaks. Currently, there are still debates in regard to Snowden being justified in releasing this information and questions of the NSA going too far in terms of invading the privacy of individuals. [ – Carleigh Walter]
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— Government Shutdown

In October, the third longest government shutdown in U.S. history occurred, lasting 16 days and leaving the finances of millions of American citizens in question.

The reason for 800,000 federal employees being furloughed and 1.3 more working without knowing when they’d be compensated for it was due to the inability of the Republican-led House of Representatives and the Democrat-led Senate to enact legislation appropriating funds for the fiscal year of 2014.

A major deal breaker that led to these difficulties was the disagreements in regard to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare. The House hoped to delay or defund the program in their proposed resolutions whereas the Senate amended the bills to where it would not affect the course of Obamacare, leading the House to reinstate the previously striped measures and pass it on to the senate again.

On Oct. 16 Congress successfully passed the legislation that would end the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, formally known as the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014. [ – Carleigh Walter]
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— The Dream Defenders Protest

George Zimmerman’s acquittal was the verdict that launched a thousand protests.
In July, after a high-profile trial, the former neighborhood watch volunteer was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Within less than two hours of the announcement, the Dream Defenders, a civil rights group consisting mainly of college students, organized a march from Tallahassee’s Donald L. Tucker Center to the steps of the old Florida Capitol.

For the Dream Defenders, this was only the beginning of a campaign that would gain national media attention and warrant a meeting between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the protestors. Days after the verdict was read in Zimmerman’s trial, the Dream Defenders launched a sit-in the Florida Capitol Building.

For nearly a month, the protestors occupied Gov. Scott’s office and surrounding area. Their goals: to bring an end to Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, the school-to-prison pipeline and institutionalized racism.

The sit-in ended in mid-August, and, despite a group of protestors meeting with Gov. Scott, the Dream Defenders’ left the Capitol without accomplishing what they had set out to accomplish.

Since then, the group has had a much more low-profile presence on Florida State University’s campus and in Tallahassee. But for a time, the Dream Defenders became the face of the discontent surrounding Martin’s death and Zimmerman’s acquittal. [ – K. Maxwell Greenwood]
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— Nelson Mandela dies

Just as a tumultuous year for media was coming to an end, the world was met with the news of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s passing on Dec. 5 at the age of 95.

Together, people from around the world mourned the death of the anti-apartheid leader who, for decades, had served as a role model for tolerance, civil rights, peaceful resolutions and equality.

Mandela had a long history in social and political activism, addressing issues such as colonialism and apartheid and institutionalized racism in South Africa. During his life, the activist served over 27 years in prison before being elected as South Africa’s first black president in 1994. Mandela held the office until 1999.

Mandela’s health had been deteriorating long before his passing earlier this month. For months his health had been a topic of speculation for admirers, politicians and reporters. Despite the media storm surrounding Mandela’s final months, he died of a respiratory infection in his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. His death was announced by current South African President Jacob Zuma at a press conference that same day.

While Mandela may be gone, his life remains a legacy of passion and social change.
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News Release: City of Tallahassee

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. committed his life to bringing about his dream of racial justice and equality. To commemorate Dr. King and all that he stood for, the City of Tallahassee will proudly host the 17th annual Day of Dialogue in Kleman Plaza on Monday, Jan. 20, from noon to 2 p.m.

“Dr. King was a remarkable man whose vision of a beloved community continues to be meaningful today,” Mayor John Marks said. “This event provides our citizens with the opportunity to share in his wisdom through dialogue about how better communications can make us stronger as individuals and a community.”
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The Day of Dialogue is held under the auspices of the Mayor’s Initiative on Race, Culture and Human Relations. It provides a forum to experience the diverse views and cultures of others.

Robbie Stokes Jr., founder of the social movement “I Talk to Strangers,” returns as this year’s guest speaker. Stokes will share his inspirational story about why he decided to challenge the theory of not talking to strangers and how he’s been able to make these strangers into lifelong friends and esteemed business contacts. His message focuses on how to bridge the gaps of prejudice, racism, sexism and indifference by bringing people together one new relationship at a time. This presentation is designed to engage and motivate participants on the power of communication and relationships.
Participants attending the Day of Dialogue will receive a voucher for free parking in Kleman Plaza. In the event of inclement weather, the Day of Dialogue will be held in the City Commission Chambers, located on the second floor of City Hall, 300 S. Adams St.

This year, the Day of Dialogue is part of the 2nd annual MLK “Dare to Dream” festival, which will be held the same day in Kleman Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s festival is Be the Change…Live the Dream in 2014.

Presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Dare to Dream Association, the MLK “Dare to Dream” festival will feature live music, a variety of specialty item and food vendors, historical exhibits and a “MLK Birthday Bash” for kids, complete with bounce houses, games and face painting. Live music will be provided by five-time Grammy nominated musician and Tallahassee-native Ashanti Floyd, also known as the “Mad Violinist.”

The festival is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the festivities.

For more information about the festival, visit MLKDare2Dream.com. For more information about Stokes and the “I Talk to Strangers” movement, please visit italktostrangers.com.

The Day of Dialogue is presented by the City of Tallahassee’s Equity and Workforce Development department (EWD). The mission of EWD is to help create a culturally and ethnically diverse community through a variety of programs that are focused on managing diversity and creating a climate that values the differences among individuals. For more information about programs offered by EWD, visit Talgov.com.
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Holy Huskies! UConn Takes 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Title

Source: mashable.com – Monday, April 07, 2014
Kid Rock got things off to an awkward start with his pre-game concert, but Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and the Connecticut Huskies put on a proper show once the ball was tipped in Monday night's NCAA men's basketball championship game Napier, the feisty senior guard who won a title as a freshman three years ago behind the heroics of then-senior Kemba Walker, finished his own magical March Madness run in style, totaling 22 points and six rebounds while playing 39 of a possible 40 minutes in a 60-54 win over Kentucky. See also: Kentucky vs. UConn: Brackets Be Damned, It's the Final We Deserve Read more… More about Entertainment and Sports

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Shakopee (Spring 2014) – Insurance Continuing Education Class

Shakopee (Spring 2014) – Insurance Continuing Education Class
Event on 2014-04-15 08:00:00

AM – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – What's New in Insurance

MN Course # 1013456  WI Course # 68349

OBamaCare, Mega Data Mining, direct buying habits of auto insurance consumers, and the death of replacement cost for roofs are just some of the topics we will be reviewing in this half-day session. Underwriting, sales and marketing, and claims are all experiencing transformations. In these times of change an informed insurance professional can be an important part of the coverage product. This course is designed to bring you up to date on what you need to know.

 

PM – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Ethics and Unfair Practices (Approved for Ethics!)

MN Course # 1009530  WI Course # 69007

The contractual rules of consideration and exchange apply to insurance policies. The information that is used to measure risk has to be given to the carrier if asked for or the contract can be void. At the time of loss, insurance companies have a responsibility to act in the insured's best interest. An insurance policy must indemnify a covered insured if the loss is caused by a covered peril. The entire insurance timeline is wrought with chances to behave in an unethical way. In this course we will discuss problem areas and what should be considered.

 

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Brainerd (Spring 2014) – Insurance Continuing Education Class

Brainerd (Spring 2014) – Insurance Continuing Education Class
Event on 2014-04-03 08:00:00

AM – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – What's New in Insurance

MN Course # 1013456  WI Course # 68349

OBamaCare, Mega Data Mining, direct buying habits of auto insurance consumers, and the death of replacement cost for roofs are just some of the topics we will be reviewing in this half-day session. Underwriting, sales and marketing, and claims are all experiencing transformations. In these times of change an informed insurance professional can be an important part of the coverage product. This course is designed to bring you up to date on what you need to know.

 

PM – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Ethics and Unfair Practices  (Approved for Ethics!)

MN Course # 1009530   WI Course # 69007

The contractual rules of consideration and exchange apply to insurance policies. The information that is used to measure risk has to be given to the carrier if asked for or the contract can be void. At the time of loss, insurance companies have a responsibility to act in the insured's best interest. An insurance policy must indemnify a covered insured if the loss is caused by a covered peril. The entire insurance timeline is wrought with chances to behave in an unethical way. In this course we will discuss problem areas and what should be considered.

 

If you have questions please contact Dean Kilau at 1-320-240-0666. See our website for additional statewide continuing education session locations.

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