Auto Insurance Quotes Impacted by US Point System for Driving

Released on: July 17, 2009, 12:06 pm
Industry: Financial

While many drivers have had their licenses suspended thanks to their state’s driving point system, they might be unfamiliar with how it works and how it impacts car insurance.

Established to hinder the amount of dangerous drivers on the road and to enforce traffic laws, the point system provides DMV’s with an extra set of eyes on the road. Depending on the way the state implements the system, points are added or taken away from your driving record. Although the accumulation of points can either be positive or negative, depending on the state, the goal is the same: decrease the number of dangerous drivers on the road.

Having your license suspended, however, isn’t the only negative outcome of possessing multiple infractions on your driving record.

According to the article, ‘ The U.S. Point System: How it Affects Your Driving Record and Car Insurance,’ “The more infractions (and therefore, the more points) you have on your driving record, the more risky you are to insure. As such, insurers will offer you higher car insurance quotes and rates.”

If you are worried about your car insurance increasing, but aren’t familiar with your driving record, says there are steps you can take to ensure you avoid any future infractions. To learn about your state’s point system’s rules and regulations, contact your local DMV and your local police department. They can provide you with the most up-to-date information about the state’s point system.

“They can give you more specifics on the point system that affects you,” according to the article. “You can use that information to know where you stand as a driver in your state and whether or not you need to get proactive and work toward a better driving record.”

Once a driver understands their state’s point system, it makes it easier for them to follow traffic laws. If your driving record is clean, it will be much easier for you to find affordable auto insurance. If you’re currently in need of affordable auto insurance, compare quotes online. With a little patience, you’ll be able to find the most convenient coverage for you.

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This Is For The Mara Salvatrucha Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang by Samuel Logan

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:58 pm
Author: Hyperion Voice Medianet
Industry: Media


“A searing, trenchant investigation into the alluring and tragic world of twenty-first-century organized crime.” – DAVID D. DANELO, author of The Border

“This is war reporting from America’s urban underworld. Logan’s examination of the MS-13 through the eyes of its foot soldiers is authoritative, and scary.” – ANDY WEBB-VIDAL, CEO, Latin-IQ

“As [Logan] exposes the tragic life-and-death story of Brenda Paz, he escorts us into the world of the MS-13 and all their wicked, butchering violence that America is only now becoming aware of.” – JAY DOBYNS, author of No Angel

“[A] groundbreaking case study. The inner workings and social context of MS-13 are presented in a gripping, dynamic, and readable narrative.” – JOHN P. SULLIVAN, senior research fellow, Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism, and originator of third-generation gang theory

In THIS IS FOR THE MARA SALVATRUCHA: Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang (Hyperion; July 7, 2009; hardcover; $24.99) investigative journalist Samuel Logan offers the first English-language profile of a group the FBI calls “the fastest growing and most violent gang in the country.” Formed by Salvadoran immigrants on the rough streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha – or MS-13 – has now grown to more than 60,000 members worldwide. The FBI has created a special task force to curb its expansion, something it has never done before, even for high-profile gangs like the Bloods, the Crips, and the Mexican Mafia. Despite such efforts, though, the MS-13 continues to grow, seeping deeper into the neighborhoods of America and bringing with it violence, extortion, fear, and crime.

THIS IS FOR THE MARA SALVATRUCHA follows the tragic story of one MS-13 member, a charismatic Honduran-American teenager named Brenda Paz. Brenda became a “jumped in” member of the gang at age fifteen, lured by the camaraderie of members and the excitement of street life. She witnessed and helped to commit many crimes, and was arrested at sixteen in connection with a robbery. Eager to escape the brutality she had begun to encounter so regularly, Brenda began sharing her knowledge of the gang with authorities. Her inside accounts of the MS-13’s most violent acts, private traditions, and secret symbols were thorough and invaluable to officials. But the Mara Salvatrucha has rules, and despite being in the FBI’s Witness Protection Program, Brenda was found dead within a year.

While other reporters have focused on the horrifying circumstances of Brenda’s murder – she was 17, pregnant, and killed by her boyfriend – Logan provides an in-depth portrait of this fascinating young woman and her life in the gang. He interviewed all the key players in Brenda’s last years of life, including her loving family, fellow MS-13 members, the law enforcement officers and lawyers who tried to help Brenda escape the gang, and the families of the victims of the gang’s violence. The result is a compelling and frightening narrative that delves deeper into the MS-13 than any book has before and offers a potent warning against the seductions and dangers of gang life.

Beyond illuminating Brenda’s story, Logan also sheds light on important issues for America’s growing Latino population, touching on effects of immigration, deportation, and the daily realities of at-risk and underserved youths in the immigrant community. He can speak to:

1. United States Immigration policy in recent years, particularly the effects of aggressive deportation
2. The appeal of the gang lifestyle and how we can help at-risk youths escape the temptation
3. The structure of the MS-13 and the threat it poses in this country and others
4. Drug and arms trafficking and associated violence on the U.S.-Mexico border
5. Law enforcement efforts to contain and prevent gang activity
6. How and why Hispanic street gangs have grown into international crime organizations
7. The immigrant experience in this country and ways in which our police and justice systems serve and disserve immigrants

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samuel Logan is an investigative reporter based in Latin America. For the past five years, he has reported on gang activity across the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Mr. Logan’s work has attracted the attention of private intelligence companies, the Inter-American Dialogue, Booz Allen Hamilton, the National Security Agency, the Eurasia Group, the RAND corporation, Control Risks Group, the European Security Institute, Kroll, the International Crisis Group, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, analysts with U.S. Southern Command, the Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the Federation of American Scientists, and other organizations that maintain open channels of dialogue with him about all matters pertaining to security in Latin America and how it affects security in the United States.

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Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang
By Samuel Logan
Published by Hyperion
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Price: $24.99; Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4013-2324-0

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Optimalon Software Has Released Version 3.0 Of Its Linear Programming Solver Giplas32

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:42 pm
Author: Optimalon Software
Industry: Software

Optimalon Software released a new version 3.0 of Gipals32. This version provides even more power then ever before by supporting the capacities of modern high performance processors (CPUs).

More and more companies try to reduce costs and optimize their operations in the current economic times. The most popular mathematical method to reduce operational cost with limited resources is the linear programming (LP). It has been heavily used in such areas as company management, logistic, planning and production. It doesn’t matter how big or small a company is, if it needs to optimize any part of its business the linear programming can help, but there is a catch. LP cannot be used directly; it usually works as a part of the company’s systems, such as logistic, scheduling or planning applications. There are thousands of custom-built software systems that use LP as the optimization engine.

The developers of these systems only convert the particular custom problem into general LP form and call the LP solver. After the LP problem is solved the system gets back the results and transform them into custom solution. Such architecture allows using the same LP optimization engine for different custom-built systems and therefore the developers can focus on the business logic, without getting involved into the complicated LP implementation.

Optimalon Software ( provides the linear programming optimization engine Gipals32.dll. It’s powerful, yet affordable solution for many software companies and individual developers. Gipals32 can easily find a solution or state a solution doesn’t exist for any kind of linear programs with an unlimited number of variables and constraints.

Marketing director Denis Smirnov:
“Implementation the support of SSE2 and multi-core CPUs has improved Gipals32’s performance dramatically. In some cases we got the calculation speed increased by 5 (five) times.
The numeric stability of the calculation has been improved for the new version as well. Gipals32 can now solve poorly defined LP problems that didn’t yield any solutions before.”

More information about the Gipals32, its features and performance can be found at

Contact Details: Optimalon Software

Denis Smirnov
Marketing Director

500 Hidden Creek Dr
Phone: 519.743.8378

1Click2Fame Online Talent Contest Gives Away £25,000 To Winning Quarter Finalist

Released on: July 16, 2009, 12:30 pm
Author: 1Click2Fame
Industry: Entertainment

Online Talent Contest – 1Click2Fame launches Boot Camp Competition has been intensifying recently on 1Click2Fame: the online talent competition that is scouring the internet for the next big thing.

1Click2Fame was launched in December 2008 and is becoming increasingly popular with online artists. Giving away prizes of up to £100,000, it is not surprising that the quality of entrants is increasing day by day and has already been labelled the online version of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Talented young dancers, musicians and variety performers f r o m across the UK have been battling it out, seeking votes and fans in an attempt to finish top within monthly competitions and secure their place at the Boot Camp quarter finals.

Thousands of performers have entered but only eleven talented quarterfinalists have been selected by the online voting public. Winners will spend the weekend perfecting their acts at LABAN, London’s premier contemporary dance school, where they will be given the opportunity to work alongside the following high calibre and experienced industry professional:

• Stevie Lang – Vocal coach who has worked alongside Elton John, Lulu, Bryan Adams, Queen, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams, and the Sugar Babes.
• Ryan Chapman – Dance extraordinaire who performed at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.
• Jayne Collins – Casting agent who has worked on TV shows such as Dirty Dancing, Green Wing, and music promos for stars such as The Pussy Cat Dolls.
• Steve Weiner – Fresh new comedian who has recently won Hackney New Act of the year 2008, and has performed on BBC, Sky and channels 4 and 5.

At the end of the weekend the eleven performers will perform their final acts which will be judged by fans f r o m the website. One winning performer will receive £25,000 to help their campaign and secure a place in the April finals where £100,000 will be up for grabs.

Nicholas Steinberg, producer of ‘PopStars the Rivals’, the show that launched Girls Aloud, will be filming the stresses, strains and successes of the event which will all be available to view f r o m the website.

Jonathon Lakin, CEO of said:
“The standard of the entries on 1Click2Fame just keeps getting higher. It is extremely rewarding for us to be able to give such talented people the public platform they deserve and allow them to bring their performances to the widest audience possible through our website. Here at 1Click2Fame we are helping people turn their dreams into reality. The website acts as a stepping stone to help performers build their careers and a fan base. There are no losers at 1Click2Fame.”

Bands, singer/songwriters, magicians, and comedians will all be battling it out in the online talent competition to secure their place in the Final. The competition will be diverse, intense, and should make for some top quality entertainment. The quarter finalists have got talent in abundance and should put on a great performance.

For more info about the competition visit the 1Click2Fame blog at

Contact Details: 1click2fame

Fixed Rate Deals Continued To Take An Increasing Proportion Of New Business As Borrowers Undoubtedly Looked To Protect Themselves Against Possible Interest Rate Rises In The Future

CML Reported An Increase In Mortgages For Home Purchase In May, Up 4% From The Previous Month.

Released on: July 16, 2009, 10:02 am
Author: London & Country Mortgages
Industry: Financial

Fixed rate mortgages accounted for 74% of all loans in the month, the highest share since August 2007.

Encouragingly the CML predicted that lenders might become slightly more relaxed in the coming months following the introduction of some higher loan–to–value mortgages recently. This is backed up by the Bank of England’s recent Credit Conditions survey where lenders reported that they intend to increase lending at higher loan-to value ratios. This bodes well for first time buyers looking to get on the housing ladder.

This will be welcome news for parents who are still acting as an important source of help for young first time buyers. 80% of first time buyers under 30 are still getting help with a deposit from parents to enable them to get a mortgage.

Potential borrowers looking to get onto the housing ladder can see the range of leading deals at London & Country best buys and use a range of calculators to see how much they can borrow and what stamp duty will cost on potential properties at L&C Mortgage Calculators For more information and no-fee advice, borrowers can call free on 0800 373300 or request a call back.


Notes to editors:

London and Country Mortgages Ltd is the country’s leading whole of market no-fee mortgage broker and submitted over £4bn of mortgages to over 70 lenders in 2008. For more information visit our website London & Country Mortgages.

L&C is a Climate Neutral company and for the last seven years has invested in climate friendly projects and tree-planting to help offset its emissions and those of its customers.

L&C has won numerous awards including:

Best Mortgage IFA/Adviser of the Year – Money Marketing, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008
Best Technology Adviser – Money Marketing 2007
Best Mortgage Broker outside London – Mortgage Strategy, 2004 and 2005
Best National Broker – Mortgage Introducer 2005, 2006 and 2007
Best Overall Broker – Mortgage Introducer 2005
Overall broker of the year – Pink Home Loans, 2006 and 2007
Top 100 company in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for 2004 and 2005
Business of the Year – The Bath Business Awards 2005
Growth Strategy of the Year – National Business Awards (Wales and West) 2008
Business Leader (Broker) – British Mortgage Awards – 2008
Online Mortgage IFA of the Year – Financial Adviser – 2008

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