The Benefits Of Payroll Accounting Software}


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You can make savings as you pay to your employees! Now, which employer would not like to know more about this possibility?? It is not the tricky option of robbing Paul to pay Peter. The savings are affected through genuine, lawful methods.

Well, I am talking about payroll accounting software.

If you are working or have worked for the Establishment and Pay Roll Section in a large organization, you know how tedious and cumbersome the job of preparing payroll list is! Mostly, it is a time-bound program.

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So, the priority of any payroll accounting software is to reduce the payroll preparation time. Two precious words for any effective payroll accounting software are speed and accuracy.

The software products have come out with many solutions. You may do without some of them. But an automated time and labor management solution combined with Payroll service is almost a must tool for smooth running of any business organization.

An ideal payroll accounting software system is actually a complete solution from a single-window. It is capable of providing accurate information and to-the-minute reports for better management of labor costs. This is a definite improvement over manual time clocks. Overtime costs are also monitored and controlled properly.

As a result, your attendance tracking capabilities are improved. It is a self-servicing procedure. Schedule of timing of a particular group of employees is possible. Applications like easy management of leave and attendance records ensure excellent management reports.

You are simply in a position to track the activity of each employee. The quick access to information provides the management an opportunity to take proper decisions with regard to reward to loyal employees and punishment to the erring ones. Benefits to administration are rendered easy.

Many Government Departments exercise their proportionate rights over the salary of the employees and such deductions need to be done well in time and remitted to the concerned agencies. This is an important legal aspect and even a days delay attracts heavy fines. So you need to make the payment of salary every month to your employees and each one of them gets a pay-slip, showing the justification for the net pay payable to you after all the deductions. All this is made possible in a regulated manner by application of payroll accounting software!

Take the example of defense establishments. How difficult would it have been to make disbursement of salaries to millions of men and officers in the absence of payroll application program! Truly, faster administration of pay roll procedures is made possible only by good payroll accounting software.

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Debian closes FTP mirrors for download


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On April 25, Debian announced on its website the decision to close its File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services on November 1, 2017. This decision was motivated by efficiency issues with FTP protocol as well as FTP clients, its low usage, and its high effort required to maintain the FTP servers.

The news item included a list of the services to be closed, ftp.debian.org and security.debian.org, both of which contain an FTP server. Users were directed to use the same URL over HTTP.

Wikinews interviewed several members of the Debian project about this decision.

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UK judge reveals gang warfare crimes of policeman


Saturday, November 6, 2010

A judge at Liverpool Crown Court in England, UK has allowed the media to report on crimes committed by a serving policeman involved with gang warfare. Salim Razaq, fired from his position as sergeant by Lancashire Constabulary, entered guilty pleas last month but this information was kept from the public pending the outcome of a separate trial.

Five others have also admitted charges in the case, including the officer’s brother Hafiz and mother Gulshan. Salim was caught when police bugged phone calls Hafiz was making from prison on remand awaiting trial for kidnapping and assaulting a rival gang member. The gangs were fighting a ‘turf war’ over drugs sales.

Salim Razaq was nothing short of a criminal in a police uniform

In the conversations the pair discussed intimidation of witnesses in a bid to prevent prosecution of Hafiz, and money laundering. Lancashire Police’s Professional Standards Department then raided Salim’s home in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, and found £72,000 in cash hidden in the sergeant’s bedroom. Three machine guns — two Uzis and a Sten — were concealed under the stairs. 228 bullets, a bullet-proof jacket, a balaclava, and a knuckle-duster were also confiscated.

Razaq, who became an emergency response officer when he joined the police in 2001 and became a sergeant in January last year, was dismissed in June when the force convened a Special Case Hearing to fast-track the process. He has entered guilty pleas to nine offences: misconduct in a public office, two charges of perverting the course of justice, three charges of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, conspiracy to transfer criminal property, and conspiracy to acquire or retain criminal property.

Salim and Hafiz’s mother Gulshan admitted perverting the course of justice; her role was to intimidate witnesses. Hafiz entered guilty pleas to money laundering and two counts of perverting the course of justice. Two more gang members — Jason Lawrenson and Daniel Cookson — admitted money laundering, and another man, Louis Bamber, admitted possession of a firearm. The five will be sentenced on November 11.

Details had been kept secret while Salim Razaq faced trial on a charge of fraud by inflating the value of his salary — £33,000 a year — to obtain a mortgage. Judge Henry Globe QC decided he was innocent of that charge and ordered the jury to find him not guilty. He then lifted the restrictions imposed on the media.

Lancashire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke spoke to the press outside the court. “Salim Razaq was nothing short of a criminal in a police uniform and I am appalled by the fact that a police officer was involved at the level he was in this criminality. However, I am extremely proud of the Lancashire officers who put this case together, the quality of which is reflected in the guilty pleas. I am sure that the sentences will reflect the seriousness of these crimes.”

Microsoft releases Windows Phone 7 to manufacturing


Friday, September 3, 2010

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows Mobile OS series, Windows Phone 7, had been released to manufacturing after more than 6 months of its development. The announcement outlined some of the changes in this version, and was generally positive about the milestone.

The term “release to manufacturing”, also known as “going gold”, is a term used to indicate that the software has reached a point that it is ready to be provided to the customer. After the event, Windows Phone 7 code has been locked down. The work in progress is the testing of Windows Phone 7 on other hardware, software, and networks. The structure of the system itself is not expected to be changed any more before the final release. “We are ready,” Terry Myerson said.

“Today is the day that the Windows Phone team has been driving towards, and we’re very excited to say that we’ve reached the biggest milestone for our internal team – the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7”, Terry Myerson announced in a post on the official Windows Phone Blog.

The internal testing of the system had been finished. It included usage of the operating system by the development team itself on regular basis, and millions of hours of automated tests daily, as Terry Myerson said: “We had nearly ten thousand devices running automated tests daily, over a half million hours of active self-hosting use, over three and a half million hours of stress test passes, and eight and a half million hours of fully automated test passes.”

The system is now named “Windows Phone” instead of “Windows Mobile”, with a redesigned user interface and a changed development environment, which is called “Windows Phone Developer Tools”. It features a combination of Silverlight, XNA technologies, and Visual Studio 2010 to make use of these possible in the applications developers create.

Microsoft did not confirm any planned commercial release date, calling October as an optimistic estimate.

What To Do In Brooklyn}


What To Do In Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is the most populated borough in New York City. It’s also popular among tourists, offering amazing views of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. But there’s more to do than to just look at Manhattan! Brooklyn is full of culture and fun activities. Here’s my short guide on what to do in Brooklyn for tourists.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge opened its entrances on May 24, 1883. During its opening, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It’s 6,000 feet in total length and connects Brooklyn to Manhattan. Almost 2,000 vehicles pass every day along with over 150,000 pedestrians. There’s a reason so many pedestrians walk across the bridge everyday. It offers amazing views of both the Manhattan skyline and the East River.

Did you know that only six days after its opening, there was a stampede on the Brooklyn Bridge? A silly rumor had spread and people on the bridge believed it was going to collapse at any second. Whispers became confusion, confusion turned into panic, and the panicking pedestrians began to stampede. The crowd trampled and killed twelve people. Of course, there was no danger of the bridge collapsing.

Go for a spin on the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island

Coney Island saw its peak as a vacation spot between 1880 and 1945. Crowds would come on weekends, from busy Manhattan, to enjoy the amusement park rides and sandy beaches. The rides are still here, but sadly, the crowds have disappeared.

The Wonder Wheel is a 150 feet tall steel ferris wheel, weighing in at 4,000 tons. It holds 144 people. Opening in 1920, it was a fun ride for the attendees of Coney Island. It was declared a New York City Landmark. There are also other rides you can enjoy, such as the Cyclone Roller Coaster or the various haunted houses.

Take in the views at Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Perhaps the best spot in all of New York City to take in breathtaking views is at Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Just a quick glance at the Manhattan skyline is worth a trip to this 1/3 mile long platform. Remember to bring your camera to capture this memory.

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade’s construction was partially completed in 1950 when the southern half was open. The platform was simply added as an afterthought to the Brooklyn-Queens expressway. It quickly became popular among residents and tourists, offering gorgeous views of lower Manhattan.

Smell the flowers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded in 1910. It’s very popular among tourists, brining in close to one million visitors every year. The entire garden includes the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, the Cranford Rose Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, and the Fragrance Garden.

The Shakespeare Garden includes over 80 plants, every single one mentioned in at least one of William Shakespeare’s plays and poems. The Fragrance Garden was created for the vision impaired. It has flowers and plants with strong fragrances. Visitors are encouraged to rub the petals and leaves between their fingers to smell the fragrances.Looking for more things to do in Brooklyn?

Visitors to Brooklyn might enjoy my guide at What To Do In Brooklyn

that offers a list of things to do in Brooklyn mixed with a bit of history. If you’re also planning to visit Manhattan, be sure to check out

What To Do In Manhattan

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Luxury Cars: Paying A Premium For Safety Features}


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It is believed that a car is an extension of ones self. The rich and the famous take this belief to heart and so they purchase premium vehicles, which make them the envy of the common man. The meaning of luxury cars varies depending on whose point of view is being considered. For the masses, anything beyond their price threshold for a car is considered a luxury car. To the privileged few, its about the brand.

There are car brands that conjure up images of sports cars zooming around a racing circuit burning rubber, while other brands are much more connected to royalty and the ruling class. Automobile manufacturers like BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, and Mercedes Benz have car models that specifically target wealthy individuals. The pricing scheme is rather oppressive, but such is the appeal of prestige cars, at least to the insanely rich.

It is a given that cars that command high prices between $60,000 and $100,000 are beyond the reach of the members of the middle class, so the most they could do is gawk and dream of cars that only a few people have the resources to own. But beyond pricing and social class status, luxury cars are pretty much the same with vehicles in other segments in terms of usability and drivability. The difference is largely in safety features and customization. Safety has always been an important factor in deciding on which car to buy. Evidently, the more safety features in place, the higher the standard retail price.

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While an ordinary entry-level car would have one or two airbags, prestige cars are very well cushioned in case of accidents. There are cars with airbags all around to ensure the safety of the driver and the passengers. Of course, no one would argue with this kind of built-in safety feature, but it does further create a disturbance in the price points. It has to be emphasised that safety is not just limited to sticking plenty of airbags when they get the chance. More often than not, luxury cars are the first to introduce safety features that would make other cars pale in comparison.

To keep cars under the prestige category, more features are added that are not necessarily needed in a car, but they do make things much more appealing to the prospective buyer. The addition of nifty gadgets is considered discretionary and not an outright requirement to keep the vehicle moving. There is this perception that these features make the car more important and more valuable.

These additional features include voice-activated GPS, back up camera, monitor, and USB ports. Although some of the high-end cars have these as optional features, prestige cars list them as standard features. It goes without saying that cars with loaded features tend to be regarded highly by both manufacturers and prospective buyers. This is even more pronounced if the features are related to safety and security. When it comes to safety, luxury cars are considered the safest in all segments.

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Man auctions his life on eBay, is disappointed at sale price


Monday, June 30, 2008

After auctioning off his entire life on eBay for A$399,300 (244 912.148) Ian Usher says he is “a little bit disappointed” at the final selling price.

The 44-year-old British immigrant living in Perth, Australia, put all of his worldly belongings up for sale on the popular auction website, including his three-bedroom house and all its contents, his car, motorcycle, jetski, skydiving gear, and his job at a rug store, for which he offered a two week trial period. He even offered introductions to his friends living in Perth.

Usher made the decision to sell his life after his five-year marriage suddenly ended. On his website, alife4sale.com, he explains that “despite my life being busy and fulfilled, I still miss my wife so much. Everything in my home is a reminder of the wonderful past we shared. So, after a year in this house I decided that it is time to sell it and move on.”

It was as much about moving on as it was about selling it for as much as I could get.

During the 7 day auction, which ended on Sunday, there were several bogus bids which brought the sale price as high as A$2.2 million, but the final price ended up at A$399,300, which was around A$100,000 less than Usher had hoped for. “I’m a little bit disappointed, but I’m still excited. It’s still enough to move forward and do what I said I was going to do, which is move on to the next part of my life,” Usher said. “It was as much about moving on as it was about selling it for as much as I could get.”

According to Reuters, the winning bidder, whose username is “mslmcc”, also lives in Australia, and has a 100 percent feedback rating. Usher says he hasn’t yet been able to figure out who the buyer is, because of the TV crews lined up in front of his home. “I’m trying to find some time to get on the computer and check it out … I haven’t looked (up) anything about them yet,” he said.

Usher now plans to go off in search of a new life. His initial plan, as he describes on his website, was to just walk out his front door with just his wallet and a passport and board a train, with no idea of where to go. He has since launched 100goals100weeks.com, which will document his attempt to complete 100 of his life goals in a span of 100 weeks. Some of these goals include getting a pilot’s license, climbing the Eiffel Tower, learning to play the didgeridoo, and shaking hands with billionaire Richard Branson.

“I was pretty aimless when I started this, and I had a vague notion of adventure, but I’ve come up with a much more solid plan, which is still very adventurous,” Usher says. He invites anyone who is interested to join him on his adventures.

Bomb hits northwestern Pakistan; at least 30 killed


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A suicide car bomb attack in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least 30 people, including some children.

Investigators say the bomb exploded Tuesday on a busy street near a market in the city of Charsadda, 40 kilometers north of Peshawar. The blast wounded dozens of people and destroyed several buildings.

“The death toll has gone up to 32 and more than 100 people have been wounded in this suicide attack,” said Bashir Bilour, the Senior Minister of North West Frontier Province.

Hazrat Ali, a shopkeeper, was a witness to the event. He recounted his experiences to the Agence France-Presse news agency. “I was buying something before closing my shop. A car was parked on the other side of the road and all of a sudden there was a huge blast. There was smoke and darkness everywhere. I passed out.” Ali sustained shrapnel injuries to his forehead and torso.

This was the third bombing in the area in three days. On Monday, a suicide bomber in a rickshaw blew himself up at a checkpoint in Peshawar, killing three people. A suicide bomber killed thirteen people in a crowded market outside the city on Sunday.

Charity haircuts and collaborative art at spring festival in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts —The 22nd annual Mayfair took place in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 1. The event, which ran from 12-6 pm, featured work from local artists, performers, as well as a large cadre of tents selling beads, ceramics, and fried foods. After light rain in the early afternoon, the sun came out around 4 pm.

Local streets were closed to cars, and vendors and artists set up along the curbs. Church Street was blocked off and dedicated to chalk drawings, which were drawn by professional artists and amateurs alike. One of the largest drawings was a reproduction of Hokusai’s “In The Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa,” known colloquially as “The Wave.”

The Alice Hoffman Breast Cancer Center and Locks of Love held a “charity shave,” in which members of the public were encouraged to donate to the charity. Upon donating they would have their heads shaved, or at least 10″ of their hair trimmed “in support of those who lose their hair to chemotherapy.”

Several bands played in succession on a stage set up in front of the offices of Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe. Performers included Toussaint and the China Band, as well as The Walkmen.

Self-described “voice collector” Halsey Burgund brought his portable recording studio and successfully recorded samples from many passersby. At one point, his small box was packed with five youths who wanted to record a collaborative performance. Not everyone was interested in Burgund’s box, though. “I don’t want to give my name and some crap out,” said one youth, pictured at right, who preferred not to give his name.