Blockbuster Still Has One Branch In The US, In Oregon

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 in Business, Industry, Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on Blockbuster Still Has One Branch In The US, In Oregon

Blockbuster Still Has One Branch In The US, In Oregon

The popularity of services like Netflix and Hulu, alongside VHS to DVD businesses, has put an end to the days of people heading for VHS stores to get a copy of their favourite film, with most people simply going out for the snacks, drinks and meals for their movie, not for the movie itself.

Blockbuster, the video store many consider represent the bygone age of VHS tapes, is considered extinct by many people, save for the locals at Bend, Oregon, which still stands strong despite the expansion of digital streaming services like Netflix and HBO. The store, located 150 miles of Portland, is in line to become the last Blockbuster branch in Northern America once the two Blockbuster stores in Alaska close.

Alaska saw Blockbuster stores stay for quite a while thanks to the difficulties associated with getting good Wi-Fi or broadcasting reception, but, recently, the managers of the Blockbuster stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks have made a dire announcement regarding the future of the stores. According to their Facebook posts on the 12th of July, they’ll be closing up shop soon and that they’d plan to sell off their inventories, in case someone wants the old VHS tapes for VHS to DVD conversion or just to collect them.

Blockbuster, in recent years, has been closing its corporate-owned stores, but the privately owned branches that simply license the brand, like the one in Oregon, have managed to stay. General Manager Sandi Harding, who’s been working for Blockbuster since 2004, says that the Oregon store has no plans to close the store any time soon.

Harding says that they still have a core group of customers that know of the local store, are loyal and come in regularly. She says that some people need something different from staying on their phones and their laptops, without any personal interactions.

A decade ago, Blockbuster had over 9,000 stores across the US, with Dish Network acquiring the brand back in 2011 after the retailer went under the hammer in a bankruptcy auction. Blockbuster ended up on the auction list thanks to having been crushed by digital video distributors like Netflix.

According to a spokesperson from Dish, there are still licensed Blockbuster stores outside the US, in places like Australia and Brazil.

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How To Avoid Becoming A Scam Victim

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Security, Service, Tips | Comments Off on How To Avoid Becoming A Scam Victim

How To Avoid Becoming A Scam Victim

We use the internet everyday and everyday there are cases of users who have fallen victim to scammers. For instance, purchasing a novelty ID online should be done properly or else you can also be a victim of scammers who will just receive your money without sending an ID in return. The rule of thumb when it comes to online fraud is that when an offer is too good to be true, it is highly likely a product of a scam. Another thing to keep in mind is not make sudden decisions involving money when you are afraid or feeling greedy.

If you don’t know the person or company you are dealing with online, it is not recommended to send payments or to divulge any personal information. It is best to pay using only secured payment options for your protection such as using a credit card. It is not advisable to pay using cash, prepaid gift cards or even to wire money.

Any call coming from someone you don’t know should be considered suspicious especially if the other party is asking for money. It does not matter if the caller is posing to be someone from a government agency or a law enforcement employee.

Do not make transactions wherein upfront fees are required. It is also not wise to give out private information even if the other party promises a large payoff as the end result of an investment or a cash prize for a certain online competition.

If you receive an email from someone or a company you don’t know, do not click on the attached links. Exercise caution every time unless you know the sender or trusts the link provided.

Having a caller ID at home does not guarantee anything these days. These devices are not fool proof therefore these can be tampered with.

Make sure that if you are ordering an item online such as novelty ID, that you verify the company or the business before making any payments. This is to avoid getting scammed of your hard-earned money and to avoid fraudulent transactions that could cause trouble on your end.

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New Zealand Tax Agents Examine Future As IRD Preps For Huge Software Rollout

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Service | Comments Off on New Zealand Tax Agents Examine Future As IRD Preps For Huge Software Rollout

New Zealand Tax Agents Examine Future As IRD Preps For Huge Software Rollout

As New Zealand’s Inland Revenue prepares for the rollout of their biggest software to date, which will involve cooperation with many an accounting and payroll software across the country, some Kiwi tax refund agents are evaluating their futures, as some of them are expected to close up shop.

Inland Revenue is gearing up for what they call ‘Release 3’ of its $1.8 billion transformation, which will start in April of 2019, and, as part of their preparations, they are running approximately 70,000 tests.

These tests cover all aspects of their new START software’s systems and processes, the department reported to the Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee late in 2018 as part of New Zealand’s deliberation process for a new tax bill.

A bit more business system testing will continue around late January while the scaled business simulation testing, which includes practicing go-live step-by-step, data migration and post go-live processes, is scheduled to go on until March.

The IRD stated that three mock go-live tests will be conducted, which will take place from January 2019 to March of the same year, and are, in effect, a practice for their go-live weekend, which will include rolling back changes in case the necessity ever comes up.

Currently, as part of their efforts, the IRD is engaging with 31 tax refund companies, tax agents, software providers and employers. The IRD are also engaging with ‘personal tax summary intermediaries’ (PTSIs), the people who work with salary and wage earners in order to see if they are eligible for end-of-year refund, who will be affected the most by the rollout.

Inland Revenue’s new system will have tight integration with providers of practice management software for tax agents, namely: Reckon, MYOB, CCH, Xero and TaxLab. On top of that, they’re working with accounting and payroll software providers in order to ensure that these systems will be minimally interrupted, if ever, by the rollout.

According to the IRD, out of the over-100 software providers and payroll intermediaries have been identified as having a product in New Zealand, with an additional 85+ payroll software providers currently being engaged by the IRD in order to develop and test interfaces for filing.

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More Humane Alternatives To Poison In Pest Control

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Pest Control, Service, Tips | Comments Off on More Humane Alternatives To Poison In Pest Control

More Humane Alternatives To Poison In Pest Control

When a homeowner notices that rodents are present inside the home, the most common solutions include getting a cat, calling pest control in Brisbane or sealing all points of access. The use of poison is obviously not included in the solutions. In New Zealand, the SPCA has repeated its call to ban 1080 poison for pest control but it has not forwarded any alternative options.

According to Forest and Bird, the Department of Conservation, Federated Farmers and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, 1080 poison is the only viable option currently available for pest control. Dr. Arnja Dee told Summer Report that SPCA is not banning the use of 1080 poison; the organization is opposed to the use of toxin.

SPCA opposes the use of all types of poison used across New Zealand because it causes intense and prolonged suffering. What the organization wants is more innovative humane alternatives to the use of poison.

Pests are a significant problem in New Zealand but it is important to understand that all animals are considered sentient under the Animal Welfare Act. Sentient means they feel pain. When controlling animal populations, it is important to do it in the most humane way possible.

Meanwhile, Summer Report says that SPCA has not recommended any viable humane alternative because nothing exists. Since New Zealand is a highly innovative country, scientists may come up with a solution after undertaking research.

Associate Professor James Russell of University of Auckland agrees with some points raised by SPCA regarding cruelty to animals. However, banning 1080 poison will increase the overall sufferings of animals in the country. At least 25 million birds are killed by rodents every year. Since one rat can kill hundreds of animals, this is where most of the sufferings will occur. Pest control options will be the balancing act.

It is more cost effective to call pest control in Brisbane to provide an optimal solution. Pest control deals directly with unwanted creepy crawlers in homes and businesses. They have the experience and knowledge to deal with pests through environmentally friendly solutions and methods. Pest can become big problems if not properly eradicated.


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Proper Care Of Cremation Urns For Ashes

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Cremation Urns, Lifestyle, Service, Tips, Travel | Comments Off on Proper Care Of Cremation Urns For Ashes

Proper Care Of Cremation Urns For Ashes

There is an increase in the necessity of cremation urns in the market today with the rising popularity of cremation. Most companies in the memorial industry are coming up with a wide variety of cremation urns to cater to the needs of the clients and making it convenient for the buyers to choose the right type of urn by categorizing the different kinds of cremation urns.

Along with the cremation urns for ashes come sentiments, emotions, and values that relate to the beloved deceased person. Family members honor and respect these cremation urns for ashes of their lost loved ones as they serve as important memorials that are left with the family members to treasure and be reminded of the lost person.

It is truly important to take proper care of the cremation urns for ashes of the deceased. Taking proper care of the urns is simple and easy which does not take much of your time. The different types of urns require different ways of caring as they are made up of different kinds of materials.

  1. A wooden cremation urn is easy to take care. Use a cloth that is soft and dry to wipe the exterior part of the wooden urn to keep it free from dust and dirt. You can use a furniture gloss on the outer part of the wooden urn once every two or three months to maintain its luster. Harsh chemicals, as well as water, are not to be used to clean the exterior part of the wooden urn because they will ruin the material. You must place the wooden urn in a location that is not directly exposed to sunlight as it will cause cracks to the wood.
  2. Urns that are made of marble and glass are also easy to clean just like hardwood urns. You can clean these urns from time to time with a fine glass cleaner that is free from chemicals. Do not use acidic-based fluids in cleaning the exterior surface of the marble or glass urns. Water may be used to clean these urns and make sure to wipe it completely dry to avoid stains. Place the marble urns in a safe place to avoid from falling and breaking.
  3. Ceramic cremation urns need special and gentle attention as they can easily break when knocked over. Place them in a secure and sturdy surface and avoid putting them in low places where pets can hit them. Use a clean dry cloth in cleaning the outer surface. Do not use water.
  4. Metal cremation urns also need special care. Never use a damp cloth to clean the outer surface as it will cause rust to develop. Use a dry cloth to clean the metal urns and do not expose them directly to sunlight to avoid deformation of the urn.

Cremation urns have sentimental significance; therefore, it is essential to take proper care of them to make them last for generations.




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Court Reverses Decision On Child Coming Back To Australia

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Family, Law, Service, Tips | Comments Off on Court Reverses Decision On Child Coming Back To Australia

Court Reverses Decision On Child Coming Back To Australia

One of the most recent cases child custody lawyers in Melbourne are keeping up with is that of a mother taking her child to New Zealand without the consent of the father. The mother tried to convince Australia’s High Court that her child who is only three years old will be put to harm and will be subjected to intolerable situation if they are mandated to go back to Australia from New Zealand where they ran away.

The Family Court originally agreed that the child should not be forced to come back to Australia but this decision was overturned by the Justice Simon France of Wellington’s High Court when he allowed the father to appeal against the previous decision. Aside from the child, the father has three other kids.

According to the family court, the mother has pleaded that the child will be put at risk if they come back to Australia thus the decision. If proven otherwise, the child will be ordered to return. It was established that the relationship of the mother and the father has always been problematic. After meeting in 2013, they moved in together and got pregnant thereafter.

The mother claimed that the father taught her how to use drugs and meth became their daily vice. They were both convicted due to violence while the mother is an alcoholic. It was last year when the mother, born and raised in New Zealand, decided to bring the child to her home country. The mother and child were able to escape because the father was then in custody for violence which is against the Family Violence Order.

Justice France believed that the Family Court made an error when they sided on the mother’s fear that the child will be put at risk if they go back to Australia. Even those who offer their services as child custody lawyers in Melbourne agree with the decision to allow the father to file an appeal. The mother, on her part, can file a case at the Australian court to relocate in New Zealand with the child.

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