Working With the Poor – The Church Practicing Poverty Alleviation

The church serves from the forefront when it comes to developing communities and the betterment of impoverished regions. The long-held legacy of support and care for the poor got the title of “Robin Hood” for the churches. However, such approaches have never provided consistently effective outcomes. To elaborate, these approaches are more of a forceful circulation of wealth than equal distribution. Despite the pure intentions and dedicated measures, the church’s efforts to alleviate poverty in monetary terms often yield momentary benefits. The short-term solutions and attempts to improve the conditions of the materially poor made them dependent on the church in monetary terms.

Will The Arrival of Five-Minute Charging Pave the Way For Mass Electric Vehicle Adoption?

Batteries that have the power to charge electric vehicles in five minutes have been produced in a factory for the first time. Could this technological leap pave the way for mass EV adoption?

Electric vehicles are a key part of the movement to tackle the climate crisis. However, one of the biggest hurdles to adoption stems from uncertainties surrounding battery life and the time it takes to recharge batteries. The new super-fast charging lithium-ion batteries have been developed by Israeli company StoreDot and manufactured by Eve Energy in China on standard production lines.

Free Electronic Filing Options for Military Members and Their Families

Active duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation. One is IRS Free File. This program offers online tax preparation, electronic filing and direct deposit of refunds, at no cost.

Members of military and their families who have income below $72,000 may choose from any of the Free File tax software companies to help them prepare their tax returns online.

Tax Time Guide – Select a Tax Return Preparer With Care

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to choose a tax return preparer with care. Even though the vast majority of tax return preparers provide honest, quality service, some cause great harm through fraud, identity theft and other scams every year.

People value good tax return preparers for helping them through a complicated tax situation or for being available when they don’t have time to prepare their own tax return. Paid tax return preparers completed more than half of the tax returns submitted to the IRS in tax-year 2018.

Remove Immediately Any Illegal Homeless Camps Bordering Our Salem & Keizer Schools – Let’s Keep Our Children Away From Illegal Homeless Camps

The State of Oregon must keep our children protected from possible drug addicts and sexual predators, but they are doing the opposite. The State of Oregon is charging taxpayers to fund and support illegal camps that ire directly hurting our economy and health of both adults and children, putting the well being of our entire Salem and Keizer Community health at risk.

The Illegal Homeless Camp at the intersection of Hyacinth and Salem Parkway must be removed immediately!

Working With the Poor – A Biblical Perspective on Poverty Alleviation

The typical perspective that crosses one’s mind when we talk about poverty alleviation is developing deprived areas and global regions. Providing necessary resources to the underprivileged people and ensuring the availability of basic necessities are general ideas for poverty eradication. While these developmental measures are the government’s responsibilities, the Bible presents a different definition and resolution for this rampant global problem.

5 Powerful Ways To Raise Your Online Profile

More businesses than ever are recognising the power of the online marketplace. The internet offers unrivalled opportunities to connect with potential clients and customers, share your message, and convert interest to sales.

But for many, the disadvantage has been that the online marketplace is crowded, even oversaturated. There is more competition than ever before, and standing out is a challenge.

Putting a Price on Innovation – How Much Will The First Autonomous Cars Cost?

The topic of autonomous cars is one that’s dominated tech news feeds for the past decade. While The Guardian predicted that we’d all be backseat drivers by 2020, we still appear to be no closer to owning our very own self-driving car. Safety concerns have often been a key discussion point when considering barriers to adoption, but the cost of this technology demands attention too.

5 Simple Tips to Help Your Car Last For Longer

Experts say that a typical passenger car should last for 200,000 miles or more. But the truth for most of us is that it starts to feel old and worn a lot sooner than that!

You may have noticed some unusual noises, grinding, or shuddering, that your car is less comfortable overall, or that it struggles in certain weather. If you are thousands of miles shy of the two hundred thousand mark, this can be demoralising.

Tax Time Guide – How to Do Taxes for Free and Get Refunds Fast

IRS YouTube Videos:

Free Help Preparing Your Tax Return — English | Spanish | ASL

Do-It-Yourself Free Tax Preparation — English | Spanish

Do Your Taxes for Free With Free File – English | Spanish | ASL

During this tax season when many people are trying to stay safe at home, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers about ways to do their taxes for free online or with help from volunteers.

Understanding XML Sitemaps

XML sitemaps are arguably one of the simpler technical elements of search engine optimization and are often misunderstood. To better understand and use XML sitemaps efficiently, it is helpful to know what they are and what they are not.

What are XML sitemaps?

In its simplest form, a sitemap serves as a roadmap for search engines to discover the most important content on your website and to gain broader context about the overall structure of your website. Not only do sitemaps provide search engines with a list of URLs, but they can also help search engines find newer content or content that is deep in the website’s architecture. This helps websites with poor internal link structure.

Using Predictive Lead Scoring for Appointment Setting Success

Furthermore, modern lead scoring software is based on predictive analysis and machine learning algorithms and provides more reliable results than traditional lead scoring. Given many nuances and details of the sales funnel, some businesses choose to outsource its early stages. It is possible to outsource not only lead scoring but also the entire set of B2B appointment setting services from professional appointment setting and lead generation providers. If, however, you want to untangle the tight knot of lead scoring and its benefits for your business, we have prepared some insights for you.

Boeing — “Suspend Flights and All 777-Type Aircraft”

The Boeing Company of the United States said that it is recommended that airlines suspend flights and all 777-type aircraft that use the same engine as the United Airlines aircraft that occurred recently. Previously, the Japanese aviation regulatory agency had requested domestic airlines to suspend the service of aircraft of the same model with the same engine.

Chinese Internet Troll Arrested for Defaming National Heroes

Since the imprisonment of the provocative Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél on February 16, violent street protests have been going on every night across Spain despite the Covid-19 nightly curfew imposed by the Spanish government. For his “lyrics and tweets that compared Spanish judges to Nazis and called former King Juan Carlos a mafia boss,” among other accusations, Pablo was given a nine-month prison sentence.

Best Money Saving Tips in 2021

In 2020, the entire world suffered from lockdown. Due to lockdown, a lot of people lost their jobs which made it tougher to manage the regular expenses. In order to avoid such situations, you should always save money. In this years, you might have prepared a list of resolutions, but don’t forget to focus on money-saving. In order to help you save more money this year, we have compiled a list of the best money-saving tips. So let’s not waste time and save more money with these expert tips.

5 Unique Gift Ideas Your Family Will Love

No matter what the holiday, there is nothing like getting a great gift for your family. Seeing the joy and excitement on their face is often better than getting a gift yourself. Even though you know your family and know what they like or what they may be interested in, there still may be times when you are uncertain of exactly which gift to choose. With all of the fantastic gifts available, it can be hard to decide what might be the perfect one. Try not to overthink it. Avoid using those top 10 lists or videos that do more selling than they actually do to help. This article explores five unique gifts that your family will absolutely love.

How Hackers Access Your Laptop Webcams Remotely – It’s Easy

Privacy and online security are one of the biggest concerns of this era. If you believe that peeping into someone’s laptop webcam and spying on their daily life and activities is difficult, then you are mistaken.

Laptop webcams these days have become a crucial tool and perfect fodder for hackers and their malicious activities and hacking these webcams remotely is actually a piece-of-cake for them.

Dividend Dogs of Canada Continue to Outperform

Given the history and long term success of what is commonly referred to as a “Dogs of the Dow” investment strategy, it is not surprising for us to see Durig’s modified Dogs of the Dow and Dogs of the S&P 500 strategies tracking a similar path towards long term success. In fact, it led us to initiate a similar strategy (in May of last year) utilizing Canadian companies that likewise had a long history of paying increasing dividends. 

As Required by Law, All First and Second Economic Impact Payments Issued – Eligible People Can Claim Recovery Rebate Credit

The IRS announced that, as required by law, all legally permitted first and second round of Economic Impact Payments have been issued and the IRS now turns its full attention to the 2021 filing season.

Beginning in April 2020, the IRS and Treasury Department began delivering the first round of Economic Impact Payments within two weeks of the legislation. The IRS issued more than 160 million EIPs to taxpayers across the country totaling over $270 billion, while simultaneously managing an extended filing season. In addition, since Congress enacted the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, the IRS has delivered more than 147 million EIPs in the second-round totaling over $142 billion.

How to Use IGTV to Boost Your eCommerce Business?

What is IGTV?

IG  TV can be used as a stand-alone application or on IG  itself. Regular Instagram recordings don’t allow for more than 1 minute of video, but IGTV breaks that barrier.

Each user can define their own IGTV channel and share content upto 10 minutes in video format. Verified Instagram users or uploads from the desktop, posted videos can up to 1 hour of duration.

Taxpayers Must Report Gig Economy Income on Their Tax Return

In 2020, many people joined the gig economy to help make ends meet during the pandemic. Whether it’s a side business or a primary source of income, all taxpayers need to understand how their gig work affects their taxes. The bottom line is taxpayers must report gig economy income on their tax return.

Here’s a quick overview of the gig economy:

Avoid Pandemic Paper Delays – Use e-File with Direct Deposit for Faster Refunds as IRS Prepares to Open 2020 Filing Season

The filing season opened on Feb. 12 with the Internal Revenue Service urging taxpayers to take some simple steps to help ensure they file accurate tax returns and speed their tax refunds to avoid a variety of pandemic-related issues.

Although every year the IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file their returns and use direct deposit to receive refunds, to those taxpayers who have previously not used e-file, the IRS emphasizes using it this year to avoid paper-related processing delays. Taxpayers can file electronically by using a tax professional, IRS Free File or other commercial tax preparation software. The IRS cautioned paper-filed tax returns and paper checks will take even longer this year due to a variety of reasons.

Chinese Young People Rush Into National Civil Service Examination in Hope of Stability

Having graduated from one of the best universities in China, Na still hasn’t found a job in six months. “Sometimes I even think about becoming a waitress. But my family wouldn’t allow me. It’s a disgrace for their reputation. But here in Xinjiang, there are barely any good job offers.” Finding no better way out, she signed up for the next National Civil Service Examination (NCSE), which led to a second problem: should she sign up for a training course?

Reddit Group – Short Squeeze Army, Organizes Bull Traders to Get In And Vote

After only 12 days on Reddit, the stock traders group, the /r/ShortSqueeze_ Army has accumulated 3 thousand members and counting. The groups’ mission as stated within their page is simple enough, “Organizing retail traders to move together to achieve success”. These types of organized trading groups may be the new normal in 2021.

Infographic – The 5 Biggest GDPR Fines to Date

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented on May 25th 2018, with the intention of giving individuals greater control over their personal data. Covering both the European Union and the European Economic Area, any firms which breach GDPR have risked being fined substantial sums of money, as violators can be charged up to €20 million, or 4% of the company’s global turnover for the preceding financial year.

EU — Russia Threatens to Cut Ties if New Sanctions

Russia threatened to break ties with the European Union on Friday if it dares slam it with new sanctions. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, assured that Moscow is ready to break relations with Brussels if the umbrella body, comprising of 27 member states, introduces new sanctions that cause risks in sensitive sectors of the Russian economy.

How to Use Empathy in Your Copy

Content Marketing in a Post-COVID-19 World

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the digital marketing world forever in a multitude of ways. From pivoting businesses, to how we craft our content, this post-COVID-19 society is an ever-changing one and marketing your business online needs to keep up.

In the blog post, we will take you through the importance of using empathy in your copy and give you some industry-insight in order to help you create content that stands out from the crowd in all the right ways.

5 Ways Brexit Has Impacted British Imports and Exports to the EU

Ever since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, British businesses have had to deal with many uncertainties. Even as Brexit drew closer, there was little indication of what form it would take, or how trade would be affected.

A withdrawal agreement which kept the UK within the EU’s single market until 31st December 2020 prevented new regulations being created during this time, and a post-Brexit trade deal was finally struck by EU and UK negotiators on December 24th 2020.

How to Avoid Filing an Incomplete or Amended Return

With some areas seeing mail delays, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to double-check to make sure they have all of their tax documents, including Forms W-2 and 1099, before filing a tax return.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that many of these forms may be available online. When other options aren’t available, taxpayers who haven’t received a W-2 or Form 1099 should contact the employer, payer or issuing agency directly to request the missing documents before filing their 2020 federal tax return. This also applies for those who received an incorrect W-2 or Form 1099.

Customer-Centric Leadership – What It Means and Why Your Business Should Adopt It

Businesses don’t exist in a vacuum, and it’s certainly difficult for them to survive in one. Commercial success comes from a combination of contributors; staff impact your company’s ability to function and innovate, suppliers keep you competitive. However, perhaps the most important stakeholders that can influence businesses, are customers or clients. 

The First Step of Tax Preparation is Gathering Records

As taxpayers get ready to file their 2020 tax return, they should start by gathering their records. Taxpayers should gather all year-end income documents to help ensure they file a complete and accurate 2020 tax return and avoid refund delays.

Taxpayers should have all necessary records handy, such as W-2s, 1099s, receipts, canceled checks and other documents that support any income,deductions or credits on their tax return.

From 1950s ‘Domestic Goddess’ to Modern Day Maverick – How Cleaning Routines Have Changed Over Time

Taking care of the space we call home is human nature. There is evidence as early as Neanderthal times that we were decorating our caves with ornaments, and painting on walls to share stories and entertain loved ones.

Nowadays, we are more likely to be fending off unwanted phone calls than a predator in the wild, but our drives when it comes to our home remain the same.

Common and Costly Errors Taxpayers Should Avoid When Preparing a Tax Return

Electronically filing a tax return reduces errors because the tax software does the math, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. It can also help taxpayers claim valuable credits and deductions.

Using a reputable tax preparer – including certified public accountants, enrolled agents or other knowledgeable tax professionals – can also help avoid errors.

Amazon Fail 2.0

The Coronavirus pandemic is one of the main factors driving the customers to shop online. The convenience, lockdowns, and safety measures make online platforms a necessity for items including pet products. Last month I placed an order for the Okokat cat litter. However, when I opened the box, a saw dust cloud covered the whole area and it made me cough.

Young People Find Construction Sites More Comfortable Than Factories in China

Born in 1999, Yang is the youngest construction worker on his team. He has no regrets about working a blue-collar job. Six years ago, dreaming to shine in a big city, Yang came to Xiamen with some friends after finishing only junior high school.

In the beginning, not knowing what to do, he listened to a friend’s idea and signed up for a training course to become a hairdresser. During a whole month, he did nothing but washing hair. “The final exam was to wash the instructor’s hair. If he felt comfortable, course completed. I didn’t even touch any scissors there.”