Online Portal Offers Quick and Easy Way to Charter Flights

(NewsUSA) – Savvy travelers recognize the benefits of flying privately, including convenience, comfort, and confidentiality. However, those who do employ private travel are not immune to the hassles of dealing with charter operators, a process that often involves waiting days for a flight confirmation.Some online charter jet booking services allow users to enter information, but most do not allow for the actual booking and payment process.Enter ONEflight International, a Colorado-based charter broker, that operates the BAJit online booking program, a system that strives to make the process of booking, confirmation, and payment through its simple online portal, seamless.The website, BAJit.com, allows users to create a profile and search approximately 4,000 domestic luxury jets available through 500 top-rated charter operators.Other special features that make BAJit a win for private jet flyers: they can enter travel details and browse the available jets, viewing both interior and exterior photos as well as information about amenities such as in-flight wi-fi and pet-friendly aircraft. In addition, travelers can view and compare ratings of different jets, compare prices, and consider aircraft size and style.Once travelers have made a choice for the jet that meets their needs, they can book and pay instantly through the secure website. Frequent fliers can save money with a membership program that offers reduced hourly rates.Travelers can feel confident that the planes they book online via BAJit meet strict standards for safety. ONEflight coordinates travel in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and all planes must meet FAA standards. ONEflight also conducts safety screenings before every flight."While economics and convenience are at the forefront of most companies that charter private jets, it is our responsibility to maintain their safety," says Ferren Rajput, founder and CEO of ONEflight International. "Delivering a peace of mind to our clients is a mandate for all our employees. It is why we go through extreme measures in protecting their safety while providing our clients with a great experience on every flight," adds Rajput.Private jet travel will become even easier with the introduction of the BAJit phone app, according to the company website. In the meantime, visit BAJit.com to book a flight with ease, and visit oneflight.net to learn more about ONEFlight International. 

Technology Breakthroughs Drive Clean Energy Success

(NewsUSA) – Savvy travelers recognize the benefits of flying privately, including convenience, comfort, and confidentiality. However, those who do employ private travel are not immune to the hassles of dealing with charter operators, a process that often involves waiting days for a flight confirmation.Some online charter jet booking services allow users to enter information, but most do not allow for the actual booking and payment process.Enter ONEflight International, a Colorado-based charter broker, that operates the BAJit online booking program, a system that strives to make the process of booking, confirmation, and payment through its simple online portal, seamless.The website, BAJit.com, allows users to create a profile and search approximately 4,000 domestic luxury jets available through 500 top-rated charter operators.Other special features that make BAJit a win for private jet flyers: they can enter travel details and browse the available jets, viewing both interior and exterior photos as well as information about amenities such as in-flight wi-fi and pet-friendly aircraft. In addition, travelers can view and compare ratings of different jets, compare prices, and consider aircraft size and style.Once travelers have made a choice for the jet that meets their needs, they can book and pay instantly through the secure website. Frequent fliers can save money with a membership program that offers reduced hourly rates.Travelers can feel confident that the planes they book online via BAJit meet strict standards for safety. ONEflight coordinates travel in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and all planes must meet FAA standards. ONEflight also conducts safety screenings before every flight."While economics and convenience are at the forefront of most companies that charter private jets, it is our responsibility to maintain their safety," says Ferren Rajput, founder and CEO of ONEflight International. "Delivering a peace of mind to our clients is a mandate for all our employees. It is why we go through extreme measures in protecting their safety while providing our clients with a great experience on every flight," adds Rajput.Private jet travel will become even easier with the introduction of the BAJit phone app, according to the company website. In the meantime, visit BAJit.com to book a flight with ease, and visit oneflight.net to learn more about ONEFlight International. 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

(NewsUSA) – DigiTrax Entertainment, a pioneer in the music technology industry, brings its artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to the popular hip-hop segment.With the introduction of KR38R Beats, a unique AI product specifically geared to the hip-hop artist, DigiTrax recognizes the importance of hip-hop music and how it is a great fit for AI technology. The company has paired with Spotlite, a popular and established singing performance app, to create "Rapping with the Robot," a contest for aspiring hip-hop artists.The contest is scheduled to begin on Thanksgiving Day and end on New Year’s Eve.Prizes include an all-expenses-paid recording session, with professional production and distribution across all major platforms."We focused our AI on the most relevant segment of music in today’s streaming economy," says Joe Vangieri, CEO of DigiTrax Entertainment."Hip-hop beats comprise one out of every three streams, and generate billions in revenue."The KR38R Beats product is based on the Music Builder program, DigiTrax’s unique and innovative technology that helps artists harness the power of artificial intelligence. Artists can feed ideas into the program, which then serves as a composing partner and allows them to create more songs more quickly.Spotlite is a free, direct-to-fan singing app designed to allow amateur and professional vocalists to sing original music, covers, and karaoke across all musical genres."As a fan, you used to go out and buy CDs to support your favorite artist," says Juan Munoz, general manager of Spotlite Media."With the change in how fans ingest content, Spotlite has not only allowed fans a new way to directly support their favorite artists, but the fans become the tastemakers. Through our contests, fans tell us who should truly be recognized for their talent," he explains.Other benefits of using artificial intelligence in creating original hip-hop music include greater profitability and protection for the users under copyright law."Because we own both the publishing and the sound recording that our AI has written," Vangieri explains, "this gives us free reign to fully exploit both sides of a song – the publishing and the sound recording."DigiTrax plans to introduce several more contests in 2019 to showcase the way its technology is transforming how music is created and enjoyed.For more information about the company and its future business goals, go to digitraxentertainment.com

New Collar Jobs Redefining Labor Day

(NewsUSA) – Labor Day originated as a celebration of American workers, but for many Americans it has become a time for barbeques and sales to celebrate the end of summer. What has happened to the support for labor in America when longtime stalwart industries such as the automotive industry are experiencing a skills gap and workforce shortages?This Labor Day, parents sending their students back to school can use the opportunity to consider how the workforce in the United States is changing, and the variety of options their teenagers have as they look ahead to careers.In particular, changes in vehicle technology and the expansion of automation mean the advancement and evolution of the technician profession in the transportation industry.Jobs that might have typically been considered "blue collar" jobs (aka:mechanic), or jobs with less potential for responsibility and income, are now considered "new collar" jobs (aka: technician), where smart and talented individuals can find personal fulfillment and economic stability and success.For many young adults, a traditional four-year college education may not be the best fit or right path for individual success. Yet many families are unaware of the wide range of options, including technical education, or careers that don’t require a four-year degree.The TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission of championing students through their education into successful careers as professional technicians, has developed the "Because I am a Tech," promotion to educate teens and parents about the possibilities available in today’s economy.The campaign features real stories from technicians who found their niche and are enjoying real success in various aspects of the transportation industry."We are dispelling the myths around technical careers in the transportation industry and our campaign shows, firsthand, how real people are building rich and fulfilling lives," says Jennifer Maher, CEO of TechForce Foundation.In a video on its website, Leah Pritchett, a professional drag racer, recounts her observation of the "mechanical ballet" of the skilled technicians working on race cars under pressure, and how much satisfaction and success the racing team finds in their work.TechForce Foundation offers students and parents a roadmap to a successful career via its website, futuretechsuccess.org/map.The Test Drive a Career section of the site includes videos from students, parents, working technicians, and employers about the opportunities of technician careers.The site includes a FutureTech Resource Hub, connecting teens and parents to technical schools, certifications, internships, afterschool clubs and STEM programs starting in middle- and high school.In addition, a scholarships section guides students and families to opportunities to apply for financial assistance to pursue a technician career.Visit futuretechsuccess.org for more information about the potential and pathways to rewarding careers. 

Everything Newlyweds Should Know about Coupling Finances

Turns out that “coupling” doesn’t just mean “pairing” in the traditional sense, but is also a catchphrase when it comes to finances. As we head into wedding season, it’s especially relevant. Because as much as you may think no two people have ever been more in love than you are, the truth is that it could be less than smooth sailing ahead if you’re not on the same page when it comes to financial matters.

“Couples have a very hard time talking about money,” Joan Atwood, a Hofstra University professor of marriage and family therapy, bemoaned on an NPR “Money Coach” segment on the issue. “I would say it’s the last taboo.”

Scuba Therapy Helps Veterans Heal

(NewsUSA) – Many of America’s military veterans struggle with injuries and disabilities.Scuba diving might not be the first therapy that comes to mind to help these individuals, but data support the value of scuba diving for improving the physical and mental health of people suffering from conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain.Diveheart, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, provides adaptive scuba training to volunteer divers and instructors, and offers unique opportunities in zero gravity to veterans and others with a variety of disabilities. The Diveheart motto, "Imagine the Possibilities," reflects the positive attitude of the organization and the hope and healing it offers.A subset of the organization, Diveheart Military Wounded focuses specifically on introducing veterans with physical and mental disabilities to the benefits of scuba therapy.On the physical side, scientific research and the personal experiences of veterans show that water pressure and the feeling of weightlessness can relieve physical and mental tension as well as chronic pain."The weightlessness kind of helps my body release itself," says Coast Guard veteran Kevin Cozzie in an interview with the Daily Herald, a publication based in suburban Chicago. "I can feel it when I get out of the water."Ian James Brown, an Air Force veteran who was injured in the line of duty, returned to scuba diving after his injury through a Diveheart program."I discovered scuba again," he says in an interview on the Diveheart website, diveheart.org. "I was able to integrate skills I thought I had lost," such as the regulation of breathing and balance, he says. "It made me challenge myself a bit more."Mr. Brown, who suffers from chronic neurospinal pain but has chosen to forego medication, "felt this euphoric feeling," and realized that he was "living pain-free for the first time in 11 years," during an extended dive in Cozumel.The mental health benefits of scuba diving are as valuable as the physical. Veterans who have participated in Diveheart programs report that learning new skills, gaining confidence, and bonding with other veterans who have experienced similar challenges create a sense of community and empowerment.For many disabled veterans, scuba diving helps them realize the possibilities rather than focus on their limitations, according to Diveheart founder Jim Elliott.Diveheart relies on volunteers and donations to help provide adaptive diving and scuba therapy experiences at no cost to participants.Visit diveheart.org for more information about the way scuba diving can change veterans’ lives. 

AngelPay Returns Wealth and Power to the Creators of Value

(NewsUSA) – In a world full of aggressive financial services companies, it’s refreshing to find a payment processor with a global reach that you can trust.Enter the AngelPay Foundation, a nonprofit payment processing company. The AngelPay team originally invented the first secure, scalable, and reliable Internet payment processing platform called Authorize.Net back in 1996.Today, they provide the same tools and service, but they believe operating as a nonprofit helps to restore trust and integrity to the industry. It also gives the team an opportunity to give back to the merchant community that has been good to them over the years."Over the past couple decades, we’ve seen a lot of companies resort to shady tactics to satisfy shareholder demands. If you’re operating as an aggressive for-profit company in this industry, there are just too many temptations to exploit your customers," says Ferris Eanfar, AngelPay’s CEO."The credit card payment processing industry has not always treated merchants fairly, and we realized we could do something about that," says Jeff Knowles, AngelPay’s CTO.Payment processing can be a challenge for businesses large and small, nonprofits, and artists who need to accept credit cards. AngelPay recognizes that many merchants feel exploited by their existing payment processors, but they don’t know where to go.To this end, AngelPay believes that merchants can benefit from its payment processing program for the following reasons:A Solution for Merchant Pain. AngelPay developed their "Pay-What-You-Can" pricing structure and "Emergency Contract Triage" program. "The Triage program started out as a way to add a little levity to the lives of our merchants, but we’ve been surprised at how many merchants have taken it seriously," says Eanfar. The programs help merchants manage their costs more effectively, in addition to revealing how they’re being exploited by other payment processors.Simplicity. One of the things that differentiates AngelPay from other payment processors is the simplicity of its fees and nonprofit cost structure. Anybody who has ever implemented credit card processing for their company knows that the complex fees of most processors can be frustrating.Proven Experience. AngelPay was launched several years ago after the team sold Authorize.Net, but AngelPay has grown quickly and its mission – "Return wealth and power to the creators of value" – seems to be resonating with the merchant community. Given the cost advantages, it makes sense that merchants would choose a veteran team operating as a nonprofit provider over more aggressive financial companies that may not have their customers’ best interests at heart.To learn more about AngelPay, visit: https://AngelPayHQ.org

Seasonal Workers Could See Major Boon from 2017 Holiday Hiring

’Tis the season for holiday hiring.

Early predictions indicate a holly, jolly Christmas for retailers, with total sales expected to grow as much as 4.5 percent versus last year’s 3.6 percent. To help, according to the National Retail Federation, 500,000 to 550,000 season workers will need to be hired.

And while some companies are making it attractive to apply, there are still some things that applicants need to be aware of:

• The economy may not be your friend. Rather than hire a slew of temps, some employers such as Walmart are offering extra hours to existing workers.

Voluntary Insurance Can Help Keep Employees

(NewsUSA) – If you’re like most Americans, you probably view benefits open enrollment as somewhat of a chore. After all, 67 percent of employees describe shopping for benefits as complicated, long or stressful according to the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report.For many, that might be true. But why not look at choosing benefits as something more positive? Consider it a labor of love: a necessary process that helps shelter you and your family from financial concerns in the event of a medical event or emergency.As open-enrollment season hits full swing, think about the effect a serious healthcare issue – whether the result of an accident or an illness – would have on your family. Major medical insurance is the foundation of a solid benefits plan, but it doesn’t stretch to cover copayments, deductibles or the bills that continue to roll in when a breadwinner is too sick or injured to work.That is where voluntary insurance benefits come into play. From accident to disability insurance, voluntary options help pay bills major medical insurance was never intended to cover. That is critically important in today’s world, given that 65 percent of employees who participated in Aflac’s survey reported having less than $1,000 on hand to pay out-of-pocket expenses associated with unexpected serious illnesses or accidents, while 39 percent have less than $500.Tough financial realities may explain why the demand for voluntary insurance coverage is rising among American workers: Overall, 81 percent of 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report participants say they see a growing need for voluntary insurance benefits, and 90 percent at least somewhat consider voluntary insurance part of a comprehensive benefits program. In fact, access to voluntary options is a key factor in workplace contentment, with the survey revealing that it is closely tied to satisfaction, productivity, retention and recruitment.The bottom line is that voluntary insurance is a key part of a well-rounded approach to staying ahead of rising healthcare costs that can add up quickly after an illness or injury. Benefits are paid directly to you, the policyholder, unless otherwise assigned. That means you choose how to use your benefits. Whether you use your benefits to help pay everyday bills, to help cover transportation to receive medical care, to help defray the costs of copayments and deductibles, or to help address any other urgent need, with voluntary insurance, the choice is yours.To learn more about choosing the right healthcare benefits for you and your family, visit Aflac.com.

Talking about Estate Planning Needs to Happen Sooner Rather Than Later

There are subjects in life that need to be discussed, but many of us tend to avoid them. Issues like mortality and money top the list. As parents and children grow older, a must-have conversation should be the topic of estate planning, but do we know all that we should?

According to Fidelity Investments’ “ Family & Finance Study,” the answer is a resounding — and rather scary — “no.” In fact, seven out of 10 of children underestimated their parents’ estate by an average of $278,000. That’s a big number between knowing what is going on and not understanding at all. It illustrates a breakdown in communication that Kevin Ruth, head of Fidelity’s wealth planning and personal trust, says badly needs addressing through ‘frank conversations” between parents and their adult children.