Thursday, February 26, 2009

Planning for Retirement with Andy Barkate

In today's uncertain financial climate, every person is thinking about their retirement and their financial security in the future. Andy Barkate , owner of California Retirement Plans LLC, has decades of experience in helping people arrange for financial security in retirement.

Having provided numerous workshops to such prestigous companies and organizations such as Boeing, Pacific Bell, NASA, US Department of the Navy, Lockheed, and Shell Oil, Andy Barkate provides small business and individuals with retirement planning and various financial products such as tax advantaged investments, corporate pension and profit sharing, IRA rollovers, index annuities, estate planning, fixed annuities and 401(k), 412(i) and 457 deferred comp plans, employer/employee benefit plans, 419 welfare benefits plans, traditional and Roth IRAs, SEP IRAs, Educational IRAs, 529 educational plans and structured settlements.

Beyond his work in making a difference in people's retirement and later financial stability, Andy Barkate is also making a difference in his community through his work with St. Judes and children's sports.

Vaccine Expert and Renowned Pediatrician Dr. Paul Offit

As an expecting mother, pediatric medicine and vaccination are major concerns for me. Even though my baby hasn't been born yet, I am already doing some research on these topics. That is when I came across Dr. Paul OffitChief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Paul Offit has dedicated his career to making a difference in the areas of pediatric medicine and infectious diseases, two areas which are becoming of increasing importance in the age of SARS and new super bugs not unlike the flu epidemic seen in 1918. He has been published over 130 times in these areas for rotavirus specific immune reactions and vaccine safety and is a member of the Advisory Board for Immunization Practices for the CDC.

Having published four books on the subject of vaccine safety and medical practices with infectious disease, Dr. Paul Offit continues to be an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to inform themselves on these subjects.

American Tax Relief - Helping People Solve Their Tax Problems

The scenario is a lot more common than you think, especially in today's financial climate: A person hits hard times financially and inevitably gets behind on tax payments. So what do you do when you are faced with more mounting debt, wage garnishment, property seizures, and total financial ruin? American Tax Relief offers sensible solutions to people in just such situations.

Little known to most Americans, the IRS actually approves settlement payments of a fraction of what is actually owed depending on the circumstances of the individual. Anyone can apply for such settlements, but if the proposal is not done professionally and thouroughly, a person may end up paying much more than necessary. Firms like American Tax Relief offer a free initial consultation to assess each individual's situation and recommend a certain course of action.

A nationwide firm specializing in proposing and securing settlements with the IRS, American Tax Relief has a team of professionals standing by at a client support line ready to help you find a solution for your back taxes concerns.

Dr. Joel Roskind and Quality Plastic Surgery

Deciding to undergo plastic surgery to enhance or correct physical appearance is a huge decision. Choosing a doctor who you can trust is important. Dr. Joel Roskind, a Miami plastic surgeon, is committed to improving facial and body image through breast augmentation and reduction, laser procedures, and liposculpture.

A member of numerous medical organizations such as the American Society for Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joel Roskind has also been recognized for his activity in patient and peer education. He has taught at numerous institutions including The Nassau University Medical Center, Cornell University and has worked as a voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr. Joel Roskind has received acknowledgements and accolades from numerous patients and colleagues: "Dr. Roskind anticipated my concerns and fears. He took the time to answer all of my questions," and "I interviewed several board certified surgeons. When I met Dr. Roskind I knew he was the one to perform my surgery. He took the time to listen to my concerns, he answered all my questions and was very thorough in his explanations."

Muhammed Babangida and Influences from African Music

As a freelance writer, I do a lot of surfing to inform myself of what is going on in the world. Sometimes it can be a real distraction, but it gives me an endless supply of new story ideas. I recently found a really interesting blog written by Nigerian businessman and sportsman, Muhammed Babangida about influences of African music.

With Black History Month just ending and President Obama crediting Stevie Wonder for helping him land the 'sunshine of his life' Michelle, the influences of African music Muhammed Babangida describes in his blog are now more relevant than ever.

A special advisor to the Santa Isabel Petroleum Company (a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Company), Muhammed Babangida also sits on the board of Unity Bank PLC and has also served as the chairman of the board and head of the credit committee for Intercity Bank, PLC. Devoting his spare time to his love of sports and music, Muhammed is an accomplished polo player and enthusiastic fan and writer about African music and its influences in modern music.

Company Profile: K-Designers

Thinking of remodeling your home? It is, after all, your greatest investment. K-Designers , the largest home remodeling company in the Western US, offers a wide range of home remodeling services and uses the highest quality materials available to add even more value to your home.

K-Designers has over 30 years experience in home remodeling and specializes in exterior siding, windows, storm, security,garage, and patio doors; gutter systems, and many more designer exterior accessories to enhance the beauty and value of your house.

Even with economic turbulence, remodeling your home can add thousands of dollars of value to your own four walls. Recognized with over 15 national awards and ranked among the top ten nationwide remodeling companies, the reliability and reputation K-Designers has in the industry guarantees piece of mind in making a substantial investment in your home.

Amos Tamam in the Land of Opportunity

Even though I am sometimes very critical of the country of my birth, I never stop hearing stories about immigrants coming in search of a new life, success, prosperity - and creating all those things for themselves in the USA.

After coming to the US in the early 1980s from Tel Aviv as a trained electrical engineer, Amos Tamam started out servicing taxi cabs at a fleet garage in New York City. Thrity years later, Amos is still working with taxis, but now on a much larger scale.

Amos Tamam is the CEO of Verifone Transportation Systems, a division of Verifone Corporation, and leading provider of wireless payment technology in taxis currently used in NYC and Philadelphia. He began to develop this technology in the 1990s in his company Taxitronic.

With his vision and feel for implementing innovation, Amos Tamam is yet another example of those 'rags to riches' stories inspiring so many people to come to the US and make a new start. We can all take a little inspiration from his story.

Frank Hanna and Meaningful Money Mangagement

The credit crunch has everyone, myself included, doing some thinking about their relationship to money. Surfing around, I found a blog written by Frank Hanna , an investor in both for and not-for-profit enterprise and cofounder of Hanna Capital LLC in 1989. His blog makes interesting points about the harm greed can and has caused in the US and throughout the world economy.

It is this principle that underlies the strategies used by Frank Hanna at Hanna Capital LLC.
He and his partner, David Hanna, seek to make ethical, data-driven investments grounded in reality and with a high degree of liquidity. 

The philosophies used by Frank Hanna at Hanna Capital LLC take a no-nonsense approach - something that has obviously been lacking from many strategies used in the last years.

United American Insurance Company - Reliable Insurance for Seniors

With all the economic uncertainty surrounding us nowadays, insurance coverage is becoming more important than ever.

Founded in 1947 to provide insurance products to the people of Texas, United American Insurance Company began to focus on insurance exclusively designed for seniors in 1966. Since being founded, the company has begun operating in 49 states, the District of Colombia and Canada.   

United American Insurance Company offers a full range of reliable and quality insurance products for seniors such as health, life, and cancer/critical illness policies; Medicare supplements and Part D plans, as well as group retiree plans.

Reliability and a solid reputation are characteristics United American Insurance Company prides itself on. The company has been awarded with high ratings for nearly 30 consecutive years. As recently as 2007, it received the A+ (Superior) Financial Strength Rating from A.M. Best anAA "Very Strong" for Financial Strength by Standard & Poor's.

Wangethi Mwangi : Representing an Independent Kenya

In emerging countries and economies, perhaps one of the most important assets is free press. Independent media give citizens access to unbiased reporting and opinion, free from governmental propaganda. One such example is veteran journalist Wangethi Mwangi , Editorial Director at with Kenya's largest media conglomerate, National Media Group.


Wangethi Mwangi is very aware of the role of NMG in Kenyan politics and the development of democracy in Africa: "The Nation Media Group has been one of the key players in the independence campaign for Kenya, and a champion of democracy in East Africa."


In his role as Editorial Director at National Media Group, Wangethi Mwangi heads Kenya's leading newspaper, The Daily Nation, as well as the premier multi-media house in East Africa in both electronic and print platforms.



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Rose by Any Other Name

Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes about roses - here are just a few I found that really spoke to me:


Discipline trains you to put up with disappointments, every rose has a thorn.” 
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual Leader)


This quote really talks about the duality of life. Nothing can ever be entirely good or entirely bad. Everything has negative and positive points, even the most beautiful of flowers.


Another great thinker, the Lebanese born American philosophical poet and essayist Kahlil Gibrahn, had this to say about roses :


The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.


Like Sathya Sai Baba, this quote speaks about the dual nature of life and how we chose to see things. We can chose to ignore the bad sides or the good sides of any life situation.


Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!