What is DeduCT-a-Ride?

DeduCT-a-Ride is Connecticut’s program to promote federal tax law allowing employees to set aside pre-tax income to pay for transit and vanpool fares. As of January 2006, employees may set aside up to $105 a month ($1260 a year) of their salaries before taxes to pay for transit and vanpool fares. An employee may also set aside up to $205 a month ($2460 a year) to pay for qualified parking expenses.

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As of January 2006, federal tax law allows commuters to set aside up to $105 per month to pay for transit and van pool fares plus up to $205 for qualified parking. The Connecticut Department of Transportation promotes this tax-free commute benefit throughout the state as the DeduCT-a-Ride program. The DeduCT-a-Ride program offers substantial savings for both employers and commuters. DeduCT-a-Ride works like other salary deduction programs and is as easy to implement as it is to use.

Commuter tax incentive programs like DeduCT-a-Ride are making a difference to thousands of employees throughout the state. In addition to monetary rewards, participants enjoy a less stressful commute and take satisfaction in knowing that they are helping to relieve congestion and reduce the environmental impact of driving alone to work.

NRMA Insurance Research Finds Drivers Are Losing Their Cool At School

(PRWEB) April 24, 2010

Car Insurance provider, NRMA Insurance is urging all NSW drivers to keep their cool when school goes back this week, after research reveals that almost 40 per cent of drivers are getting stressed when dropping off or collecting their children from school*.

The insurer also found that one in four drivers admitted to ignoring parking signs or rules when dropping off or picking up kids from school.

NRMA Car Insurance spokesperson Emily Gatt said we encourage all drivers to stay calm and follow the rules when in school drop-off zones.

We understand that everyone leads busy lives, which often means we can run late, however drivers should still make childrens safety a priority and be alert to the increased activity around schools.

Dropping children at school can be a stressful experience – there is often traffic congestion which can lead to drivers being distracted and frustrated.

Our research also showed us that 65 per cent of people get stressed about the behaviour of other parents and drivers in school drop-off zones.

More and more parents and carers drive kids to and from school rather than the child walking so there are a number of cars in the drop-off zones.

So we urge all drivers to follow the rules and keep their stress levels down when doing the school run for the safety of the children and their own benefit, Ms Gatt said.

[NRMA Car Insurance] http://www.nrma.com.au/car-insurance/index.shtmloffers some tips to drivers:

Try and leave home early to avoid the peak school drop-off and collection time;
Consider car pooling with other drivers to avoid doing the school run five days a week;
If you have the time, perhaps park away from the school and walk the child;
If youre caught in traffic remember to take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy the time getting frustrated can affect your ability to concentrate on the road.

*Based on Pure Profile Research, October 2009

NRMA Insurance is a leading insurance provider, offering car insurance quotes, home insurance, motorcycle insurance, travel insurance, business insurance, boat insurance, health insurance and caravan insurance in NSW.


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International Fitness Model Jennifer Nicole Lee Defends Her WBFF Miss Bikini 2 Time Championship by Going for a Three-Peat

Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 20, 2010

After her 2 hour training session, we headed back to her office where the first thing she did was prepare a BSN Lean Dessert Protein shake, made with water of course, Banana Cream being her favorite flavor.

With so much on my mind, from wanting to know how she handles the pressure, the public scrutiny, and how she also manages to take care of her “domestic” wifely duties as a mom, I just start out our interview by asking “So JNL, what is the hardest part about training for your third WBFF Miss Bikini Diva”. Always on her toes and keeping you guessing, she answered “The hardest part is picking out the dress!” I was baffled, as just witnessing her draining training session, I guessed it would of been that. But nope…She went onto say “You see, since I am in a constant flow of TV, appearances, and photo shoots, my team and I have kept my training and nutrition dialed in, so I am always camera ready. So my physique is pretty much 99.9% there. We just have some tweaking to do. I’m grateful for my coach “Wicked Willie” who never lets me give up or give in during my workouts. He is THE best. And really the hard part of my career is having to speak for one hour straight while exercising, sweating under the hot lights, trying to look pretty, and presentable to over 100 million households and take live calls on live shopping networks-now that’s a REAL challenge.”

Well, getting back to the dress issue: “So many couture one of a kind dresses have been sent to my office from a long list of designers. Going through them all is a job in itself, one that I’m grateful for. I just want to thank all who have taken the time to ship me these dresses with hopes that I will wear it on stage. The outpouring of support has been enormous.” With only weeks to go, JNL has her eye on the big WBFF Miss Bikini Diva prize. But this show is extremely important for a bevy or reasons. She hasn’t officially stated her retirement from competing, but from what she has stated in other interviews, this seems to be her last and final show.

With JNL having to jot off to pick up her sons from camp, switching back into “mommy” mode as she says, I had the chance to dial up some of her close inner circle camp members. Nadine is her close friend who handles the bulk of her publicity. She confirmed my feelings about JNL by stating “I have never met someone as passionate about winning a show. She has put her heart and soul into this. If she doesn’t win, something would not be right-and something would be very off-JNL has the heart of gold and the winning spirit of a warrior. She will take this crown home-yes, for a third and final time…”

Interviewing “Wicked Willie” was as hard as watching JNL train, as he is direct and a solid man of little words. When asked about JNL and her pre-training regiment “I really don’t know why JNL is competing, as she already has two titles under her belt, but it’s in her blood, and she has a champion spirit to match. Our training is right on spot, and she eats up every workout like it’s her last. She is on fire, and her stellar unmatchable and unbeatable body will show it on the stage come September.”

Marli, who is JNL’s best friend and also Executive Assistant, was as open as a book when asked about JNL. She could not stop speaking how “JNL is the athlete of the century” in her thick Brazilian accent. She went on to say “JNL is the epitome of what a strong, sexy woman’s body should look like, yet she also has the face to match.” I could understand what Marli was leading too, as it is a boggle that some women might have the body, but not the face or hair, or long legs, or height to match. “Jennifer is tall, lean, sleek and it like her nickname, La Tigra, graceful like a wild cat who knows how to walk and present her highly trained physique”

Berns, celebrity designer of all JNL’s award winning suits, was at no shortage for words. “JNL is someone who will call me even to design a suit just for her calendar, or just because she had a vision of a dream bikini. We have a kindred spirit friendship, and this competition suit will show it. We have been in deep collaboration since last year, perfecting the cuts, choosing the right sized and colored stones, and beyond.

After JNL got back from her carpool pick up at her sons camp, we had a chance to wrap up in her office. After declining a snack of hard boiled eggs, I watched her eat about 6 in a row, back to back, as I asked her the last questions that popped up. “JNL, other fitness models I interview just want their bodies to be a subject of envy. But rather what I notice with you is that you are truly passionate about helping others to be fit as well. What is it that drives you to help others?” In closing JNL stated “when I started my weight loss transformation, I didn’t have a blueprint, or a success model to follow, I had to create it myself. It was in that dark area where I had no one to turn to that I almost gave up and gave in. I am so happy that I didn’t, so I am making it a point to show others that there is a way, and here is the way, and I did it-and they can do it too”

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NRMA Insurance Findings Show NSW Drivers Are Burning The Candle At Both Ends

(PRWEB) July 24, 2010

NRMA Car Insurance research has revealed around 50 per cent of NSW drivers are getting an average of seven or less hours of sleep per night and more than one in three admitted to being tired at the wheel in the morning*.

A survey of 500 NSW drivers found that more than 70 per cent are staying up later than 10pm most nights with almost 60 per cent watching TV / DVDs and around a quarter surfing the internet.

Driving while sleep deprived, increases the risk of having a microsleep and losing control of your vehicle**.

NRMA Car Insurance spokesperson Sue Hawkins said its important all drivers are awake and alert before getting behind the wheel.

Our research showed that too many of us are driving while tired which means we are putting ourselves at higher risk of a collision.

We understand a lot of us lead busy lifestyles and want to squeeze in our favourite TV shows, movies or surf popular websites, however we recommend drivers get enough sleep per night so they are alert on the roads the next morning.

Our research also showed us that in addition to watching TV / DVDs and surfing the internet, people are catching up on housework and chores, talking or texting on the phone and around 10 per cent are socialising online.

NSW drivers should be reminded that lack of sleep can build up over a number of days and then result in you becoming fatigued while you are behind the wheel and put you at risk of a collision.

We want to urge all NSW drivers to be well rested before they get behind the wheel, she said.

NRMA Insurance offers some tips to drivers:

If you are feeling tired and need to get to a destination, catch a bus or train or arrange a lift with someone who is well rested;
Consider car pooling with a fellow colleague so you can share the drive to work;
Always make sure you are well rested before starting your trip.

*Based on Pure Profile Research, July 2010

** http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/

NRMA Insurance is a leading insurance provider, offering Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in NSW.

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NRMA Research Shows Queensland Drivers Find Morning Commute A Yawn

(PRWEB) July 25, 2010

More than 50 per cent of Queensland drivers are hitting the road each day with fewer than seven hours sleep under their belt and more than 40 per cent admit to being tired at the wheel most mornings, new NRMA Car Insurance research has found.

A survey of 500 Queensland drivers found nearly two thirds were staying up later than 10pm most nights. More than 55 per cent said they were glued to television shows or DVDs late at night while others reported they were:

surfing the net (25 per cent)
on social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter (10 per cent)
catching up on housework or chores (9 per cent)
talking on the phone or texting (1 per cent).

NRMA Car Insurance spokesperson Sue Hawkins said driving while sleep deprived increased stress levels and the risk of losing focus at the wheel or having a microsleep, where the driver actually nodded off.

Too many of us are driving while tired each day which means were increasing our chances of having a collision, she said.

A lot of us lead busy lives so it makes sense were trying to make the most of our waking hours, but we need to make sure we get enough sleep each night so were alert on the road the next morning.

We also need to be aware that lack of sleep can build up over a number of days, making it harder to concentrate on the road. We should all be making sure were well rested before we get behind the wheel.

NRMA Insurance offers the following tips to drivers:

avoid driving while tired – take public transport or a taxi or get a lift with someone who is well rested;
consider car pooling with a colleague so you can share the drive to work;
try and avoid staying up regularly past 10 pm to give yourself the best chance of being well rested each day.

*Based on survey of 2500 Australian households by Pure Profile Research for NRMA Insurance, July 2010

NRMA Insurance QLD is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Queensland.

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