Living Today: Issues of modern living

By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International


Investing Systems Inc. is offering stock traders an easy to use software program designed to sift through earnings releases with one click.


Every morning the program searches through all NASDAQ, NYSE and AMEX stocks, looking for a select few that have a high probability of making short-term gains based on beating their earnings estimates.

"A trader can get a short list of potential trading candidates each morning without having to spend hours sifting through news," William McKinley, president of Investing Systems, says in a statement.

The software scans the market for stocks that just exceeded earnings expectations, have solid quarterly growth, good volume, and positive momentum, according to McKinley.


Skiers and snowboarders will never have to miss another powder day again, thanks to a new state-of-the-art notification system.

Priced at $9.99 per season, the PowderFone service allows skiers to go to, which allows subscribers to maintain a personal profile to monitor their favorite ski areas for minimum amounts of new snow, as well as days and times to call.

PowderFone is the brainchild of Micha Hanson, Kelly Taylor and Doug Goodwin, who were frustrated they often chose one resort's slopes and then later learned other areas had received more new snow.



Community bankers in America are living up to their name by devoting substantial amounts of time and other resources to community service, according to a poll conducted at the annual convention of the American Community Bankers, a trade group, in San Francisco.

Fully half of community bank presidents and chief executive officers personally devote 11 hours or more a month to non-profits and other local organizations, according to an overnight poll of the organization's members.

Ninety percent of community banks support six or more non-profit community organizations, with 73 percent supporting 11 or more, the poll finds.

Presidents of the smallest banks -- those with assets of $100 million or less -- play a major role in their communities, the poll finds.


More than a quarter of businesswomen in Britain believe they have to look sexy to progress in their careers, according to a survey of 100 women in accounting, insurance and general business jobs in England, Sky News reports.

Around 30 percent are affected by sexism at work and one-third of all women polled say they were asked sexist questions at their job interview, finds the consultant firm Alexander Lloyd.


"What is shocking is that many of the experiences with regard to sexist attitudes and discrimination against women could have been written 30 years ago," the company says in its report.

The firm says 26 percent of those polled believe they had to look sexy to progress in their career.

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