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Irs Holding $2 Billion In Unclaimed Tax Refunds

By Richard Chapo

Every year, the IRS announces that it is holding unclaimed tax refunds. Taxpayers have a limited time to claim the $2 billion dollars the IRS is currently holding.

Three years is a magical number when it comes to tax returns. It refers to the statute of limitations on certain tax issues such as when an audit can occur, when refunds can be claimed and when amended tax returns can be filed. The IRS is currently holding $2 billion dollars in unclaimed tax refunds for the 2002 tax year and taxpayers must file their claims by April 17, 2006 or lose the refunds forever.

Approximately 1.7 million people are due refunds out of the $2 billion dollars currently held by the IRS. These people have refunds due because they failed to file tax returns for 2002. This occurred most likely because people felt they did not make enough money to warrant filing a tax return. By failing to file, however, they have left $570 on average with the IRS.

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If a taxpayer fails to claim the tax refund by filing a tax return for 2002, the money will default to the federal government. Importantly, there is no penalty associated for filing late if a taxpayer is due a tax refund. This is common misconception among non-filers.

One group of taxpayers that almost always has a large percentage of non-filers is military personnel. Obviously, it is a bit hard to file from Afghanistan, but now is the time to do so for 2002. Members of the military that failed to file in 2002 are owed an average of $749 per taxpayer.

The IRS releases demographic on the areas in the United States where refunds are due. To this end, California and Texas are the states where the most individuals are due refunds while Idaho has only 6,200 people due a refund.

Nobody finds filing taxes an exciting prospect. The pain is much less, however, is you know you are due a refund. If you failed to file in 2002, you might be throwing away a nice little chunk of change.

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Candidates make campaign stop at trade fairs ahead of 2008 Taiwan Presidential Election

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, two trade shows, named MEDIPHAR Taipei at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and Taipei Audio Video Fair at the TWTC and The Grand Hotel, opened in Taipei, Taiwan. Some politicians and government officials chose these events as an opportunity to promote their parties and campaign-coalitions ahead of the 2008 Taiwan Presidential Elections.

From the incumbent Pan-Green Coalition, President of the Republic of China Chen Shui-bian, Premier of Republic of China Chang Chun-hsiung, and spokesman for the Executive Yuan Jung-tai Cho visited the two shows successively and were innundated by Taiwanese media. President Chen avoided answering questions on the hot topic of commodities prices, addressing only those about the medical industry development, overseen by Sheng-mao Hou, Minister of Health.

From the Pan-Blue Coalition, 2008 vice-presidential candidate, and former Premier, Vincent Siew participated the opening of the Taipei Audio Video Fair at The Grand Hotel. He criticized on the economy policy and remarked: “The ruling party [DPP] doesn’t have a good track record, and some industries weren’t be supported in timely manner so that they lost some opportunities. I sincerely hope the government can appropriately assist the audio and video industries in marketing good brands and products to the world.”

Also, current Democratic Progressive Party legislator Wang Shih-chien was invited to give a violin performance and sing a Taiwanese song. The events at the Taipei World Trade Center proved to be quite a platform for the candidates running in the 2008 Taiwan Presidential Elections.

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Prosecutors drop assault case against former US VP Gore

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Former United States vice president Al Gore will not be facing assault charges due to allegations made by a masseuse in 2006, according to the Portland, Oregon district attorney’s office.

Molly Hagerty, 54, claimed Gore “sexually assault[ed] me in his [hotel] room.” Hagerty was called to Gore’s Portland hotel room to give him a massage. Hagerty said Gore pinned her down and “he kept trying to have sex with [her].”

Prosecutors closed the case, but after tabloid National Inquirer interviewed Hagerty they reopened the case. Hagerty refused to take a polygraph test.

Deputy DA Don Rees said there is “contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence, and denials by Mr. Gore.”

Rees continued saying Hagerty and her attorneys were uncooperative in the investigation.

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Advanced Respiratory Care Technology To Propel The Global Oxygen Therapy Devices Market

Transparency Market Research has published a new report on the global oxygen therapy devices market. As per the report, the global oxygen therapy devices market is predicted to expand at a 5.70% CAGR from 2014 to 2020. The report, titled ‘Oxygen Therapy Devices Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020,’ states that the global market was valued at US$1.90 bn in 2013 and is expected to reach US$2.80 bn by 2020. The market’s growth will be propelled by technological advancements in respiratory care services and the rising preference of patients for portable home oxygen therapy devices.

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Various oxygen therapies are used to treat different respiratory diseases due to their supplementary and definitive role. Some of the benefits of oxygen therapy are increased mental stamina, prevention of heart failure, and an improved breathing pattern. The increasing application of oxygen therapy is predicted to propel the global oxygen therapy devices market. The administration and supply of supplementary oxygen have become an integral part of the management of many diseases. Oxygen therapy is applicable to many diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, respiratory distress syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea. Long-term oxygen therapies in patients suffering from chronic lung disease are believed to enhance the length and the quality of life, thus contributing towards the swift growth of the global oxygen therapy devices market.

The rise in various respiratory diseases is expected to provide an impetus to the growth of the global oxygen therapy devices market in the coming few years. However, poor reimbursement policies and changing regulations associated with oxygen therapy devices are expected to hamper the growth of the global oxygen therapy devices market in the near future. Even though the global oxygen therapy devices market is expected to suffer from a few restrictions, it will find new growth opportunities in emerging economies. Furthermore, the increasing government initiatives towards the improvement of respiratory care and the increasing government funding for the introduction of new medical devices are predicted to benefit the global oxygen therapy devices market.

The global oxygen therapy devices market is segmented on the basis of region, application, and product type. Based on product type, the global oxygen therapy devices market is classified into oxygen source equipment and oxygen delivery devices. The oxygen source equipment segment is sub-segmented into oxygen cylinders, liquid oxygen devices, and oxygen concentrators. The oxygen delivery devices segment is sub-segmented into simple oxygen masks, venture masks, CPAP masks, bag valve masks, and non-rebreather masks.

By region, the global oxygen therapy devices market is divided into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World. In 2013, North America held a dominant share of 45% in the global oxygen therapy devices market owing to technological developments and the availability of advanced medical devices. Going forward, the rising awareness among people regarding advanced oxygen therapies and the high incidence of various respiratory disorders are expected to propel the North America oxygen therapy devices market.

Leading players are predicted to introduce new oxygen therapy devices in the global market. Some of the key companies operating in the global oxygen therapy devices market are AirSep Corp., CareFusion Corp., MAQUET Holding B.V. & Co. KG, ResMed, Philips Respironics Inc., DeVilbiss Healthcare LLC, and Teleflex Inc.

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Ten April Fool’s pranks of 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

April Fools’ Day pranks harmlessly pervaded worldwide again this year. Media outlets and internet sites have joined family, office workers, and friends to provide a wide variety of practical jokes. Ireland, France, and the United States celebrate April Fools all day, whereas a few countries celebrate jokes only until noon such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.

Car and Driver claimed that GM and Chrysler were ordered out of NASCAR by the White House by the end of 2009 in order to receive any more government loans. There are press releases about this short-lived prank which received controversial feedback.

The Swiss Tourism Board has announced that volunteers were desperately needed, The Association of Mountain Cleaners “makes sure that our holiday guests can always enjoy perfect mountains. Using brooms, brushes, water and muscle power, they clean the rocks of any bird droppings.”

This year Gmail produced a new autopilot feature for April 1, 2009 which can read your email and automatically respond to every message.

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BMW released its new Magnetic Tow Technology which allows your BMW to magnetically attach to the vehicle ahead of you. This enhanced technology allows the driver to remove their foot from the gas pedal and turn off the motor.

The Guardian proposed its move to Twitter, which would allow the newspaper to fit its article content into 140 character messages or “tweets”. Included in this venture was the archiving of past events reported by The Guardian, such as, “1927 OMG first successful transatlantic air flight wow, pretty cool! Boring day otherwise *sigh*”

Google’s technological break through for April Fool’s Day was CADIE, (Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity). By extracting internet search patterns combined with Brain Search, a part of CADIE technology, Google can now search your thoughts and memories.

Wikipedia even fooled Fox News who claimed that “every item on the home page of the user-generated site Wikipedia is fake. The featured Wikipedia article regaled the “Museum of Bad Art” in Boston.” However, each item on the main page was based on reality — even news articles such as NASA reports a shower of diamonds over the Republic of Sudan, which was based on a meteorite which passed over Sudan whose fragments did reveal diamonds upon discovery.

The Conficker Internet worm had been in the news warning of a worst case scenario when computers worldwide would be affected by the virus. Even the chief security adviser for Microsoft, Ed Gibson, didn’t want to make any predictions about what would happen. Experts just knew that it was set to go off on April 1. Several anomalous happenings were attributed to Conficker including Leroy “Mac” MacElrie who claimed to be the programmer of the Conficker worm and turned himself in to police. ran an advertisement offering hotel room bookings on the moon which would be offered on European websites starting at £800 a night.

Qualcomm ingeniously revealed a new wireless networking technology called wireless convergence. Making use of the flight patterns of pigeons. They then use innovative solutions to converge the birds with wolves to protect the internal improvements.

Media outlets were not the only ones pulling pranks. Gaming websites across the internet Blizzard, Joystiq, and affiliates posted reviews and announcements of games with tongue in cheek. YouTube offered viewers a unique April Fool’s experience as videos were offered upside down. In Ireland, U2 fans received a U2opia concert on a shopping centre roof top concert rather than the real thing.

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US unemployment rate reaches 9.8%

Friday, October 2, 2009

Companies in the United States are shedding more jobs, pushing the country’s unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.8%.

The US Labor Department said on Friday that employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, with companies in the service industries — including banks, restaurants and retailers — hit especially hard. This is the 21st consecutive month of job losses in the country.

The United States has now lost 7.2 million jobs since the recession officially began in December 2007. The new data has sparked fears that unemployment could threaten an economic recovery. Top US officials have warned that any recovery would be slow and uneven, and some have predicted the unemployment rate will top 10% before the situation improves.

“Continued household deleveraging and rising unemployment may weigh more on consumption than forecast, and accelerating corporate and commercial property defaults could slow the improvement in financial conditions,” read a report by the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, predicting that unemployment will average 10.1% by next year and not go back down to five percent until 2014.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, said that “it’s a very fragile and tentative recovery. Policy makers need to do more.”

“The number came in weaker than expected. We saw a lot of artificial involvement by the government to prop up the markets, and now that that is starting to end, the private sector isn’t yet showing signs of life,” said Kevin Caron, a market strategist for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Also on Thursday, the US Commerce Department said factory orders fell for the first time in five months, dropping eight-tenths of a percent in August. Orders for durable goods — items intended to last several years (including everything from appliances to airliners) — fell 2.6%, the largest drop since January of this year.

The US government has been spending billions of dollars — part of a $787 billion stimulus package — to help spark economic growth. There have been some signs the economy is improving.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that spending on home construction jumped in August for its biggest increase in 16 years. A real estate trade group, the National Association of Realtors, said pending sales of previously owned homes rose more than 12 percent in August, compared to August 2008.

A separate Commerce Department report said that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity, rose at its fastest pace in nearly eight years, jumping 1.3 percent in August.

Other reports have provided cause for concern. A banking industry trade group said Thursday the number of US consumers making late payments, or failing to make payments, on loans and credit cards is on the rise. A survey by a business group, the Institute for Supply Management, Thursday showed US manufacturing grew in September, but at a slower pace than in August when manufacturing increased for the first time in a year and a half.

Stock markets reacted negatively to the reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41 points in early trading, reaching a level of 9467. This follows a drop of 203 points on Thursday, its largest loss in a single day since July. The London FTSE index fell 55 points, or 1.1%, to reach 4993 points by 15.00 local time.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Kristen Monster, Willowdale

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Kristen Monster is running for the Family Coalition Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Willowdale riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Discover The Significance Of Massage Therapy Within Our Health

Discover The Significance Of Massage Therapy Within Our Health


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Massage is recognized as an amazing tension reliever as well as a restoration system for people who have muscle concerns. By today numerous spas offer kinds of services on their clients applying several styles and solutions of massage.

Individuals who select relaxation or therapeutic massages commonly spend on a several sessions checking out various ways or modalities until they find the precise technique that they prefer and find useful. While massage might be planned exclusively at relaxation, massage therapy is often acknowledged from a more healing job, being an enhancement or in certain cases replacement for far more obtrusive medical solutions to be able to cope with chronic problems as well as problems of discomfort. Restorative massage health clinics deliver services that guide promote wellness and health. The services they give are generally made to profit the person. Further, they simply hire qualified specialists to give their services.

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Trigger point therapy is a restorative massage that involves massaging the tight knots of the muscles since this allows you to reduce pain. This type of therapy allows you relieve muscles tension in the body. The trigger point therapy\’s center is on clearing away the painful area than simply curing the top ache of inflammation. This kind of massage help to relieve not only physical but also psychological ailments bringing balance to the mind and spirit and it is also known for increasing energy and mental awareness.

Other types of therapeutic massage contain hot rock massages in which hot stones are utilized to apply both pressure and heat a person\’s musculature as a technique of dissolving muscular knots, providing relaxation, and offering blood flow that\’s shown to have a large number of biological gains.

Around fifty million US citizens draws a minimal of one restorative massage at the moment, with many companies today inspiring their workers to generate apply of restorative massage professional services as a way of improving comfort and enhancing efficiency.

For people with carpal tunnel syndrome, there isn\’t any doubt in my mind that you might get therapeutic massage to be a excellent help. This sort of massage warms the muscles. It takes out constraints in the muscles and soft skin. It unwinds tight, painful muscles and allows normalize them. Massage medication is one of the most normal and effective way to get rid of your everyday anxiety. The outcomes could change from one individual to another, but it is always useful for all. Give it a try to experience the main difference for yourself.

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KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wikinews reporter Iain Macdonald has performed an interview with Dr Isabella Margara, a London-based member of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). In the interview Margara sets out the communist response to current events in Greece as well as discussing the viability of a communist economy for the nation. She also hit back at Petros Tzomakas, a member of another Greek far-left party which criticised KKE in a previous interview.

The interview comes amid tensions in cash-strapped Greece, where the government is introducing controversial austerity measures to try to ease the nation’s debt-problem. An international rescue package has been prepared by European Union member states and the International Monetary Fund – should Greece require a bailout; protests have been held against government attempts to manage the economic situation.

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