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For any vacationers out there looking to enjoy more flexible adventures without missing out on any travel savings, Financial Solutions Inc.'s new timeshare cancellation services have arrived.NEW YORK - Oct. 23, 2020 - PRLog -- The popularity of traditional timeshares has continued to steadily decrease through the years thanks to more and more people realizing that going on vacation should be about having the freedom to do what you want rather than being forced to follow a strict schedule and destination. However, people have always made jokes about timeshares being impossible to get out of. Now that Financial Solutions Inc.'s innovative timeshare cancellation services have arrived, trading in the same old stale vacation destination for something totally new and exciting is easier than ever for anyone and everyone.By essentially adding any existing timeshare to our exceptional vacation network to be shared with others, Financial Solutions Inc. can instantly connect hopeful travelers to infinite other incredible destinations worldwide, opening up endless opportunities for them to enjoy some of the world's best natural sights and attractions. Maintaining an incredible network of travel professionals, service providers, and other accommodation specialists even makes it more simple for travelers to really get creative in designing their own perfectly personal excursions. That means, with Financial Solutions Inc., there really are no limits to where travelers can go or what they can do!"As an industry leading vacation exchange network, Financial Solutions Inc. is proud to have the vast technical tools and global resources to connect travelers with the places and experiences around the world they've always dreamed of. More importantly though, we're proud to have the opportunity to empower travelers to retake control over their own vacations by helping them kick their costly timeshares to the curb once and for all. No longer will anyone need to feel trapped, bored, or underwhelmed when they go on vacation. With Financial Solutions Inc., a new, thrilling adventure can be found around every corner."Financial Solutions Inc. has always been committed to facilitating the ultimate vacation experiences, collecting the most desirable properties from around the world and preserving genuine relationships with top-quality service providers all so that travelers just like you can have the time of their lives when it matters most. All anyone has to do is want it, and now not even an ironclad timeshare can stand in the way.Financial Solutions Inc. is ready to effectively cancel out any pesky timeshare, helping travelers escape excessive annual fees and travel limitations, as well as finally enjoy having the autonomy to take as much time as they need creating custom vacations that are ideally personal to them. There's simply never been a better time for vacationers to reclaim control over their own fun.ContactFinancial Solutions Inc.***@fsincgroup.comPhotos: (Click photo to enlarge) Read Full Story - Financial Solutions Inc. Adds Timeshare Cancellation Services | More news from this sourcePress release distribution by PRLog
Rescued Majestic Horse Slated for Slaughter will make Appearances at the BeastKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oct. 23, 2020 - PRLog -- According to the Humane Society, over 100,000 horses are sent to slaughter annually in the U.S., and rehoming is rare despite the vast majority are considered in good condition. However, one fortunate Blue Roan Quarter horse has been saved from an eastern Texas kill shelter and will make special appearances with the headless horseman atop this beauty at the Beast Haunted House in Kansas City's West Bottoms.Though Kansas City's acclaimed haunted houses, the Beast and Edge of Hell, have no mercy scaring people, they have a passion for caring for animals. Aside from the bats, they appreciate flying freely in the area; these haunt creators have the world's record-breaking snake, Medusa – who earns her keep addressing snake phobias at the Edge of Hell. The haunt also keeps some rats for the show.The Beast has a gator, a tarantula, and now with the new acquisition, a horse for the Headless Horseman. Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, also known as the Queen of Haunts, has incorporated her horses in the haunted attractions and festivals her family started until a few years ago when her horse retired."Some horses love being in the show, and some don't. When we find a horse that loves it as much as the haunt fans love to see them, we know we have a winner," said Arnett-Bequeaith. "Sometimes, you just follow your heart and I had to save one I saw online. I went to the shelter where they were to be slaughtered and found this perfect mare. I would've saved more if possible.""We've named her Blueberry Sapphire. From the moment I touched her I could tell she longed for attention. We gave her a test run and were pleased she loved the attention," Arnett-Bequeaith added. The haunt has set up a GoFundMe to help pay the $50,000 for Blueberry's care, and to acquire and care for four additional horse-mates for Blueberry that could perform at the Edge of Hell as the Biblical four horsemen of the apocalypse. The Headless Horseman will ride again but his horse needs some friends.For haunt fans looking to make a donation to help animals and save on tickets, the haunts will accept cans of dog and cat food in exchange for $5-off per ticket. The cans will be donated to the Great Plains SPCA Pet Adoption Center.About Beast and Edge of Hell Haunted AttractionsThe Beast and Edge of Hell are world-class haunted house attractions located in Kansas City's Historic West Bottoms District, near downtown off the 12th Street Bridge. The haunts have always made it a priority to help children and pet charities, including the anti-bullying program "Don't Be A Monster." The Edge of Hell Haunted house is the oldest, continually operated haunted house in the nation with its start in 1975 and showcases the world-record breaking snake. While the Beast Haunted House is celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2020 and is consistently recognized as one of the best haunted houses in the nation – named the best by America Haunts in 2019. The area's attractions also include the Ghost and Gangsters Ghoul Bus Tour and the Full Moon Escape rooms.ContactAmber Arnett-Bequeaithemail@example.comPhotos: (Click photo to enlarge) Read Full Story - Beauty at the Beast – The Headless Horseman Rides Again | More news from this sourcePress release distribution by PRLog
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute—the think tank which reports extensively on China human rights—is being funded by corporations which have used forced prison labour The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has received millions of dollars in payments from foreign governments and companies. A significant proportion of that money has come from corporations directly profiting from forced prison labour. At least eleven financial backers of ASPI have either directly or indirectly been involved in prisons and the use of prison labour and/or implicated in human trafficking. Reports have found that four of ASPI’s major long-term financial backers—BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon—have relied upon prison labour to build components used in their military hardware. US federal convict labour is not voluntary, inmates are compelled to work on factory production lines. A US Federal Government report on prison labour states “all able-bodied sentenced prisoners” are required to work. Weapons makers relying on prison labour have in turn paid ASPI which produces regular reports promoting China as a major security threat, whilst successfully advocating the Australian government purchases billions of dollars in hardware from its sponsors. Despite its claims of producing independent research, ASPI is a Commonwealth-owned company, which has never publicly disclosed the full extent of millions of dollars in payments from the Defence Department, foreign governments and weapons manufacturers. While its anti-China propaganda has found a willing audience in small sections of the media, ASPI has been condemned by a growing band of former foreign ministers, diplomats, defence personnel, Commonwealth public service chiefs and senior media commentators. Sources: ASPI Annual Reports 2001-2019, ASPI Website, US Bureau of Prisons, UNICOR, United States Department of Justice, Human Rights Watch, Wired, Reuters, The Guardian, Business Insider, Harvard Prison Divest Campaign, prisonlegalnews.org, Centre for Research on Globalization, “Prison Industry: Mapping private sector players” (Worth Rise, April 2020), APAC News Patriot shames ASPI sponsors, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, directly benefit from prison labour which produces electronic components for the Patriot surface-to-air missile. Costing around $US5 million per missile, more than 10,000 Patriots have been produced with Raytheon reporting the missiles have been supplied to 16 US allies. Prisoners make parts for the missiles for as little as 23 cents per hour. The factories’ operator discloses on its website that prison authorities can withhold some, or even all, of those wages from prisoners in order to pay fines and other debts. Numerous reports state Lockheed Martin uses prison labour components. Independent news website Wired quotes a former civilian employee of prison labour operator UNICOR, as saying, “We make wiring harnesses for the military, this being one of them – the [Lockheed Martin assembled] Patriot missile.” Since it was first revealed a decade ago these defence contractors were using prison labour Raytheon shares have risen by 430% and Lockheed Martin stock has advanced by 500%. Over that time their prison workers have not received a single pay rise. F-15 & F-16 jet fighters Boeing gave cash to ASPI for a decade between 2008 and 2018, it jointly manufactures the F-15 jet fighter which uses components made by forced prison labour. The Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighters, jointly made by General Dynamics use similar prison labour components, sourced from the same company UNICOR. Lockheed Martin is one of ASPI’s most loyal supporters having provided cash sponsorship to the think tank continually for the past 16 years. Though ASPI has never disclosed the dollar amounts paid by all of its individual sponsors it was revealed through Senate Estimates that Lockheed Martin paid it $135,909 in 2018-19. In 2019 Lockheed Martin commenced negotiations which saw the Australian government purchase $800 million of missiles from the US weapons giant. Tanks and £1 detainee labour BAE Systems, which paid money to ASPI between 2014 and 2019 also has connections to forced prison labour. UNICOR, which controls prison labour across 110 factories housed in federal penitentiaries, supplies advanced electro-optical equipment for the BAE Systems Bradley Fighting Vehicle, also known as the Bradley tank. UK multinational Serco Group, which operates immigration detention centres in Australia, paid ASPI sponsorship dollars for eight years between 2007 and 2015. During the life of that sponsorship, an investigation revealed that Serco had replaced paid employees with detainees in two of its immigration detention centres in the UK. Those detainees were being paid as little as £1 per hour. Independent British NGO, Corporate Watch has published dozens of reports highlighting questionable practices by the company. A 23 cents per hour workforce US government owned UNICOR has 110 factories in at least 65 Federal prisons across the United States. Inmates manufacture a wide array of products for both civilian and military applications, with 16 of its prison factories specializing in the manufacture of electronics. The company also supplies the US Military, whose government gives both direct and indirect financial support to ASPI. Prison workers supply body armour and, according to one report, all US military combat helmets. It also reportedly supplied the US with three-quarters of all uniforms used during the Iraq War. Prisoners without a high school diploma can only make 23 cents (US) per hour, whilst high school graduates can make up to $US1.15 per hour. However, a significant proportion of the money they “earn” is withheld in order to pay court-imposed fines or financial restitution associated with their incarceration. Federal convicts are amongst the highest paid in the US prison system, the national average wage of US prison workers is just 86 cents per day. In five states—Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida—prisoners are required to work without pay. In a number of states prisoners who refuse to work are put in solitary confinement. This practice also extends to immigration detention centres with a report in 2018 of a Bangladeshi detainee being placed in solitary confinement over the refusal to participate in a forced work program. Gulf state ties Aside from the Gulf state’s well-reported use of ASPI sponsor-made weapons in the war in Yemen, in 2017-18 ASPI took sponsorship money from the United Arab Emirates. Despite being one of the world’s richest nations Human Rights Watch reports the UAE has an appalling record in human trafficking and forced labour of domestic and construction workers. In March 2020, the US State Department—which last year gave ASPI $1.37 million—released a report listing “significant human rights” violations including torture and accusations of war crimes committed by UAE-backed security forces in Yemen. Human Trafficking and Bribery For at least five years Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), a military focussed engineering company, was a major financial backer of ASPI’s annual conference. In 2008 a human trafficking lawsuit was filed in the United States against, then ASPI financial supporter, KBR in connection to its work for the US military during the Iraq War. It was revealed, in 2004 a KBR subcontractor hired 13 Nepalese men to be kitchen workers in a Jordanian hotel but seized their passports and shipped them off to work at a US military base in Iraq. Twelve of the men were later kidnapped and executed by Islamic extremists. KBR successfully appealed against the lawsuit and won on a legal technicality. The US Circuit Court ruled, despite KBR financing the scheme through US banks, the human trafficking principally was conducted on foreign soil. Throughout the life of its ASPI sponsorship KBR was also involved in a massive international bribery scheme. Company Chairman and CEO Albert “Jack” Stanley personally oversaw the payment of $US180 million in bribes to Nigerian officials. The bribes were paid in order to secure a $US6 billion contract in Nigeria. At the time KBR was a division of giant US defence contractor Halliburton. Former US Vice President Dick Cheney served five years as Halliburton Chairman and CEO. Though he was not directly implicated by US authorities, the US Justice Department found, those bribes were being paid throughout Cheney’s tenure at the helm of the company. Patriot Missile with prison labour parts from UNICOR, makers Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and US Defense Department all fund ASPI Stanley was convicted and sentenced to two-and-a-half years prison in 2008, however, the US government (his company’s biggest single customer) allowed him four years to put his affairs in order before commencing his sentence at a medium-security prison in Arkansas. Notably that prison, FCI Forrest City, houses a prison factory owned by UNICOR, the company which supplies goods to other ASPI weapons industry sponsors. Touching on prison labour Whilst they don’t necessarily directly profit from prison labour, other ASPI sponsors supply products and services to facilities housing prison factories. IT company Unisys provided ASPI with sponsorship money between 2005 and 2019, it also supplies phone systems to a number of US prisons. Phones services are a major profit centre across correctional facilities. Across US jails the average cost of a local phone call is $US5.74 for 15 minutes, while in Arkansas the rate is $US24.82 per 15 minutes. Two other ASPI sponsors, Cisco Systems and Microsoft use prisoner staffed marketing call centres operated by private company Televerde. The company hires female prisoners from Arizona and Indiana, paying them a minimum wage, of which two-thirds is withheld by their correctional institution. However, this US prison labour program is one of the nation’s most successful, providing inmates with a genuine career path after their release. One-quarter of Televerde prison employees remain with the company after their release while only six percent return to prison versus a national average of 67 percent. Editor’s Note: This report uses the same research methodology employed by ASPI in the production of its reports on the use of ‘forced labour’. Information in this report was garnered from public sources including company websites and media reports. Information on commercial relationships between ASPI and governments and companies named in this article was taken from the ASPI website, ASPI Annual Reports and answers provided to an Australian Senate Estimates Committee. Corporations and governments were only named on this list in circumstances where multiple, verifiable, accounts of the use of prison and forced labour had been published and those claims had not been credibly challenged or dismissed.
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