Print Units See Rise in Sales in First Half of 2020 – Children’s Nonfiction Books Saw Huge Spike in Sales

Many people would have figured that print units would sell less because of lockdown due to COVID-19. That has not been the case as print units saw an increase in the first half of 2020.

Print units saw an increase of 2.8% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period of time in 2019 according to NPD BookScan. 322.1 million print copies were sold during the first half of 2020 which is up from 313.5 million units sold during first half of last year.

Top 5 Contact Center Software of 2020

Introduction: With such a huge percentage of customers, it becomes your responsibility to manage your customer support channel – using the right tools and in the most efficient manner. Contact center software is a huge step in this direction.

Contact center as a service is available for businesses of all sizes. It has now become an integral tool for businesses looking to communicate effectively with their customers and thereby build a loyal customer base.

What to Look for When Buying a Business Laptop?

A business laptop is a computer specially constructed to tolerate heavier workload and prolonged usage, making it particularly ideal for business work. They are built stronger, lighter, and are more efficient for rougher times and hectic situations. Some of them are also more secure and tougher than regular laptops for personal usage because a business laptop has more confidential files and cannot be afforded to be broken easily.

The Growth of Failed Marxism/Communism is Insanity

Many of our youth today are being drawn to Marxism/Communism which has never succeeded anywhere it has been tried. Cuba and Venezuela are great examples of how a free, rich country can go into poverty with dictatorial control so quickly. Today the US is the most free and the  richest nation on earth. I am sure you have heard the definition of “insanity”: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.” Maybe we all should learn from history and the Bible! :Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” When something is repeated in the Bible we should take it very seriously!

How to Find the Right Custom Home For You

A home is a serious investment that lasts a lifetime for most people. This is what makes the decision-making process so intense and complex. So many things go into what makes a home truly home. The features, neighborhood, amenities, and value are all parts of what determines whether or not a home is truly meant for you. Here are some tips on how you can find the right custom home for you:

Taxpayers Need to Resume Payments by July 15

The IRS today reminds taxpayers who took advantage of the People First Initiative tax relief and did not make previously owed tax payments between March 25 to July 15 that they need to restart their payments.

As the IRS continues to reopen its operations across the country, taxpayers who were in payment agreements and skipped any payments from March 25 and July 15 should start paying again to avoid penalties and possible default on their agreements.

Why SEO is Essential During a Time of COVID-19

The biggest advantage of the internet is that it is always open for business. Regardless of stay-at-home restrictions and shut-downs, people have been able to acquire information, supplies and just about every other essential service they need thanks to the web in 2020. The coronavirus has impacted virtually every industry and cost businesses millions of dollars in revenue; the natural response may be to scale back marketing efforts in an effort to preserve the existing budget, but SEO and digital strategy is more important than ever during COVID-19.

Top 10 Security Issues for Businesses

Today businesses are facing the threat of network attacks that can access their confidential data and misuse them. This can go heavy on the pockets of the organization. Cybersecurity is not a concern limited to only the business giants but also small and medium scale enterprises. IoT application development company has to take into account this as a priority during any system design. To understand these concerns and avoid them, the 10 topmost security issues faced by businesses are:

Fixing WordPress HTTPS Mixed Content Warnings

Mixed Content issues occur when a website data is loaded on both HTTPS and HTTP connections. When an existing HTTP site is secured by installing SSL (Secure Socket Layers) certificate and switched over to HTTPS; all contents, videos, links should be properly loaded to HTTPS. Many times it may happen that a site has a few links or pages of HTTP attached to it, though the whole site is moved to HTTPS.

IRS Resources Available in English, Spanish and Other Languages to Help Taxpayers Still Needing to File Their 2019 Tax Returns

As the tax-filing deadline fast approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers with limited English proficiency and who have yet to file their 2019 tax returns that there are a variety of ways to get help and information in languages other than English.

“Providing additional materials in more languages to help taxpayers is a priority for the IRS,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “These resources are just a start for the IRS. In the months ahead, we will be working to add more material on IRS.gov. We also continue to work with our partners in the tax community to help translate and share more tax materials into different languages. For example, we are extremely proud to have material related to Economic Impact Payments translated into more than 30 different languages with the help of our partners.”

The IRS provides some tax information on its IRS.gov website in up to seven languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese and Haitian-Creole.

To get information in one of these languages, taxpayers can click on the language dropdown tab at the top of IRS.gov pages. The tab displays the current language selection and other languages a taxpayer can choose to view translated content. IRS.gov pages translated into one or more languages also have links to available translations on the right side of the page, just below the title.

For example, the Let Us Help You page highlights IRS resources for taxpayers in six languages. This page offers information on notices, payments and numerous other topics. A helpful page for people wanting to plan for the future is the Steps To Take Now To Get A Jump On Next Year’s Taxes page, available in seven languages.

Other resources for people with limited English proficiency on IRS.gov include:

Watch out for scams targeted to non-English speakers

IRS impersonators and other scammers target people with limited access to information, including individuals not entirely comfortable with the English language. These scams are often threatening in nature and pose a major threat to these communities.

These scams frequently take the form of a “robocall” (a text-to-speech recorded message with instructions for returning the call), but in some cases may be made by an actual person. These con artists may have some personal data, including the taxpayer’s address, the last four digits of their Social Security number, among other things – making the calls seem more legitimate.

One common IRS impersonation scam involves the taxpayer receiving a telephone call threatening jail time, deportation or revocation of a driver’s license from someone claiming to be with the IRS. Taxpayers who are recent immigrants to the United States often are the most vulnerable and should ignore these threats and not engage the scammers.

People should watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information.

Information on how to Report Phishing and Online Scams is available in six languages.

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How Does Amazon Clean Up Fake Reviews? They Don’t – Now They Will Publish Their Own Paid Reviews!

For over a year now we have been discussing the unethical behavior of hundreds of thousands of 3rd party sellers on sites such as Amazon, Walmart and eBay who pay large scale review companies to post fake 5-star reviews on their products (and fake 1-star reviews on their competitors products) to improve their chances of fooling the average person into believing their products are better than they actually are.

War is No Permanent Solution

There have been many wars in history. Today war has no purpose. Border disputes between nations still exist.  India and Pakistan sometimes fight over Kashmir. China and India clash again over the LAC border. LAC border is Line of Actual Control separating Eastern Ladakh and Aksai Chin in the Demchok sector between India and China about which the two countries fought a brief war in 1962.

IRS Reminds Members of the US Armed Forces of Special Tax Breaks, Helpful Resources as the July 15 Tax Deadline Approaches

The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged members of the military and their families to learn more about the special tax benefits available to them as the July 15 tax filing season deadline approaches.

Most military bases offer free tax preparation and filing assistance during the tax filing season. Some also offer free tax help after the July tax filing deadline. Some of these programs may be impacted by the current COVID-19 so it’s best to check first.

6 Ways Teenagers Can Earn Money With Online Surveys

Are you fed up of asking money from your parents again and again and want to earn some pocket money? Teenagers these days are brilliant, they know various ways through which they can make money along with their studies.

Although there are numerous ways and platforms through which teenagers can earn money online like blogging, creating youtube videos, playing games, earn points and get free stuff etc. But if you are still looking for something which could get you some extra earnings? Or if you are fed up with checking out all the methods to earn money and always looking for something desirable?

Harry Potter World Sees Backlash After Jk Rowling Tweets About Transgenders Go Viral

JK Rowling had the Twitter world ablaze after her comments denouncing transgenders. There was a lot of backlash and actors from the Harry Potter films criticized the author.

Now we are seeing a lot of people protest Rowling by not buying her books, stores not selling her books, and websites denouncing her altogether. Rowling deserves all the criticism thrown her way. However, Harry Potter books should not suffer the same fate even though many people want to cancel Rowling. Her books mean a lot to many people and are a part of many good memories for a lot of people.

Unlock The Value Of Legacy Systems With Mulesoft

The world is moving at lightning speed from legacy enterprise software to SOA, SaaS integration and APIs, compelled by the power of convention over configuration and the promise of agility and operational efficiency. Yet most businesses face a widening divergence between the IT infrastructure demanded by emerging business needs and the infrastructure they’ve built up over generations.

How to Attract Users to Your Online Shop in Today’s Digital Lifestyle?

Everything is possible with proper planning and tactics. Right now, the world is rapidly shifting towards online platforms and that is the reason, there is an increase in the competition. With so many options available on the search engines, how to prompt the user to visit your online shop? How to attract them to browse your catalogues? How to make them buy products from your website? Well, these are some of the very basic questions that most of the owners of online shops have in their minds. That is why we are here to help you in boosting your reach and traffic so that you can increase your sales in an effective way!

IRS Unclaimed Refunds of $1.5 Billion Waiting for Tax Year 2016 – Taxpayers Face July 15 Deadline (IR-2020-135)

Unclaimed income tax refunds worth more than $1.5 billion await an estimated 1.4 million individual taxpayers who did not file a 2016 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

“The IRS wants to help taxpayers who are owed refunds but haven’t filed their 2016 tax returns yet,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Time is quickly running out for these taxpayers. There’s only a three-year window to claim these refunds, and the window closes on July 15. To claim the refund, a return for tax year 2016 must be filed by July 15, 2020.”

Up 17% So Far in 2020 and Over 7% Dividend Income For the New Dividend Dogs of Canada 

Realizing how competitive the returns have been and  successful over time with the Dogs of the Dow and Dogs of the S&P 500, we launched their brother dog, the Dividend Dog of Canada and wow so far this puppy is barking good.

The performance is too good and too short to benchmark properly. The income is too high to feel completely comfortable yet; when you consider we’re still in a global pandemic this story is just too good to be true, but it is.  In the first roughly two months since launch, this Canadian Dogs portfolio is up over 17% (where the Dow Jones ETF is up only 7.6%).

Virus – Wanted Dead or Alive!

Scientists, Bill Gates, and even screenwriters have predicted the current pandemic which is ravaging the world. At the beginning of the first episode of the 2015 comedy television series, “The Last Man on Earth,” the subtitle reads “2020 A Year After the Virus.” A wacky story about the last man on Earth, although it turns out he wasn’t the last man but follows a small group of people as they navigate a strange post-virus world; no food production, no electricity, and many times – no sanity. Bill Gates, during a speech in 2015 warned that the next event that could kill up to 10 million people on Earth wouldn’t be a war, but rather a pandemic caused by a virus. Over the last decade, many scientists have warned us about a possible catastrophic pandemic, the world’s lack of preparation, and our inability to contain an extremely infectious virus. All warnings were largely ignored, resulting in our current world situation that features the highly contagious coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and the resulting disease called Covid 19.

Taxpayers Should File by July 15 Tax Deadline – Automatic Extension to Oct. 15 Available (IR-2020-134)

The Department of the Treasury and IRS announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July 15 will not be postponed. Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15.

Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15.

Top SEO Trends You Cannot Ignore in 2020

GSearch engine optimization relates to digital marketing that is never a constant topic. Alone in the year 2020, Google has made a lot of updates in its algorithm. That includes Core algorithm updates in March and June 2020 in addition to BERT and Maverick updates. In a nutshell, whether you are an SEO expert of a business owner, you need to have knowledge of the latest SEO trends and changes Google makes in its algorithm to increase the website’s visibility.

The Biggest Lottery Winners Worldwide Ever

As you log onto your favourite Lotto game at megalotto.com, do you ever find yourself wondering just how much money is up for grabs? Well, judging by some of the past winners from all over the world, it could be a lot more than you bargained for! Keep reading to find out about some of the most eye-watering jackpots that people have walked away with, just from buying a Lottery ticket, or two.

How to Manage Stress in Life – The Top Tips to Know

You’ve got to shop for groceries, take care of the kids, and everyone’s so anxious at work. On top of that, the anxieties that accompany COVID-19, like wearing masks and social distancing, are beginning to raise your blood pressure.

But even with these abnormal stressful situations, you can learn how to manage stress in life. Here are the top tips to know so you don’t let the pressure get to you.

Here Are Reasons People Should File a 2019 Tax Return – Economic Impact Payment, Tax Credits Available for Some (COVID Tax Tip 2020-77)

While many people are required to file a tax return, it’s a good idea for everyone to determine if they should file. Some people with low income are not required to file but will need to do so to get a tax refund.

The Interactive Tax Assistant – Do I Need to File a Tax Return? –  will help determine if an individual is required to file a federal tax return or should file to receive a refund.

Russia Waits as Turkey to Resume Operations in Idlib

According to Russian news outlet avia.pro, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that it is time for Turkey to actively continue its military operations in Syria’s Idlib province. The publication quoted him as saying that the Turkish military will continue to fight all “terrorist organizations” that pose a threat to Turkey’s security, whether inside its borders or outside them.

Land Drones: Revolution On Its Way

Drones are not that new

In World War 2, both the Germans and the Soviets had already started using drone technology to increase their lethality on the battlefield. The Leichter Leidungsträger Goliath drone, for instance,  was a mini-tank, small enough to fit underneath an enemy tank and detonate its near-200 pound explosive payload. It served two main purposes: exploit the traditional weak underbelly weakness of tanks by firing from underneath, and naturally cost far less to build than an actual tank. They had very limited range, as they were virtually limited to the line of sight of the operator. Since then, much has happened in the world of drones. First in the skies, with all major armies now using reconnaissance drones, and even some UCAVs, but the revolution has now taken to the land.

Brazilian and Portuguese Language Now Have Non-COVID Worldwide Career Opportunities with Open Freelance Gigs

Brazil is seeing a skyrocketing of COVID-19 cases that will surely make the traditional type of business more challenging.  Brazil has had over 50,000 people die from COVID 19, and now has the second highest worldwide death toll. On Sunday, the Brazilian health ministry said an additional 641 people had died and 17,000 new infections have been added in just the last 24 hours.

The Newest COVID-19 Symptom: COVID Toes

It seems as though the longer the novel coronavirus circulates, the more symptoms arise. Media is consistently updating the nation with the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and this includes the new symptom: COVID toes.

What Are COVID Toes?

The first cases of the purple lesions popping up on the feet (and sometimes hands) of COVID+ patients were announced in a press release from the General Council of Official Colleges of Podiatrists in Spain. They began noticing the purple lesions (predominantly on young people). Some already had other symptoms of COVID-19, but others got sick after the lesions were noted. Even though the lesions can show up on the hands as well, the dermatological community dubbed the lesions “COVID toes.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Alaska

Alaska, our 49th state that was admitted into the union in 1959. Alaska has 5 great land regions that it is known four that you may end up. These regions are the Arctic, Inside Passage, Southwest, Southcentral, and Interior.

Arctic

  • Arctic Coast: The Arctic coast is the home of the Inupiat people. The Inupiat community is one of the largest indigenous Eskimo groups in Utqiagvik or also known as Barrow. Barrow is the largest municipality in the world. The Arctic may be remote but it is very beautiful. When you go to the Arctic it would be good to make sure that you bring a coat. During the winter the region could be as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. More information about the weather and climate can be found here.

Tackling Trauma: The Rise of Civilian PTSD and How We Can Combat It

When you think of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, the first thing that probably comes to mind is an image of a beleaguered combat veteran ravaged by memories of war or a terrified soldier cowering from memories of a past that is all too present. You may think of an infantryman triggered into flashbacks by the sound of Fourth of July fireworks.

Racism and Police – The Rest of the Story

Anyone really believe that Minnesota Officer Derek Chauvin strangled George Floyd to death because he happened to be a black man? If so, I’ve got some palm trees to sell in Fairbanks.

Old timers remember Paul Harvey as a famous talk-show host (and author) from 20th century best known for his alluring come-on, “Now, here’s the rest of the story.” As suspected, there surely is more to the story of George Floyd’s untimely and torturous death on May 25th at the hands of Officer Derek Chauvin, that we yet know about.

Relief for Taxpayers Affected by COVID-19 Who Take Distributions or Loans from Retirement Plans (IR-2020-124)

The Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2020-50 (PDF) to help retirement plan participants affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus take advantage of the CARES Act provisions providing enhanced access to plan distributions and plan loans.  This includes expanding the categories of individuals eligible for these types of distributions and loans (referred to as “qualified individuals”) and providing helpful guidance and examples on how qualified individuals will reflect the tax treatment of these distributions and loans on their federal income tax filings.