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Industry News in Brief

first_imgIndustry News in BriefThe European Commission has approved Bouygues’ acquisition of the French government’s 21·01% stake in Alstom, under the terms announced on April 27 (RG 6.06 p361). The 29051244 shares were transferred at €68·21 per share on June 26, giving Bouygues 23·26% of Alstom’s capital and voting rights.Huber+Suhner has opened a sales office in Changchun, close to customers including Changchun Railway Vehicles Co and First Automobile Works.On July 12 Tognum GmbH was unveiled as the name for the holding company for MTU and the other businesses formerly part of DaimlerChrysler’s Off-Highway division which were acquired by EQT in March (RG 2.06 p98). The individual companies will continue to operate under their existing brands in their own markets.Last month the Czech Export Bank signed a €40m credit agreement with Uralwagonozavod to fund equipment for the wagon builder’s paint shops.Vecchietti has been taken over by Séco-rail, the railway division of Colas and part of the Bouygues group, consolidating Séco-rail’s position in southwest France.His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Bourbon, attended a gala dinner on June 15 to mark the general assembly of the Spanish rail industry association Mafex and four other industry associations in the Agex group. During the assembly, Arcelor’s Commercial Director, Rail, Victor Ruiz was elected as the next President of Mafex, which now has 20 member companies and will represent 23 firms at the InnoTrans show in BerlinCAPTION: His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Bourbon, attended a gala dinner on June 15 to mark the general assembly of the Spanish rail industry association Mafex and four other industry associations in the Agex group. During the assembly, Arcelor’s Commercial Director, Rail, Victor Ruiz was elected as the next President of Mafex, which now has 20 member companies and will represent 23 firms at the InnoTrans show in Berlinlast_img read more

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GAME NOTES: Argonauts Look Ahead to West Alabama Game on Thursday

first_img LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The West Florida men’s basketball team got off on the wrong foot to start Gulf South Conference play last week, as the Argonauts fell at home to No. 9 Alabama-Huntsville and North Alabama.  UWF will now have an uphill battle to get back into contention for a GSC Tournament bid.  The Argonauts’ last trip to the conference tournament was in 2003-04.2010-11 UWF Men’s Basketball Game Notes- 1/20 @ West Alabama- 1/13 vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 1/15 vs. North Alabama – 12/30 McDonald Fleming Moorhead Classic- 12/18 @ Courtyard by Marriott Holiday Classic – 12/12 @ Delta State, 12/15 vs. Columbus State- 11/26 @ Coca-Cola Classic  – 11/18 @ Alaska Invitational- 11/12 @ UCF ARGONAUTS VS. TIGERSWest Florida leads the all-time series against West Alabama 19-10, but the teams have split the season series every year since 2006-07.  The home team won both contests last year, as the Argos beat UWA 75-73 in last year’s GSC opener in Pensacola and then lost 67-87 in Livingston.ROLLER COASTER RIDEThe 2010-11 season has been a rocky one for the Argonauts, as UWF started the season 1-5 and followed that up with six wins in their next seven games.  Now in January the team has lost three straight, although two of those three were to ranked teams.  The Argos will try to switch gears and head in the right direction on Thursday at West Alabama.INCONSISTENT SCORINGMike Lewis and Jamar Moore are UWF’s top two scorers, but they had a tough time finding consistency in last week’s GSC contests.  Moore got into foul trouble early against UAH on Thursday and was 0-4 from the field, scoring no points in the loss.  Lewis scored 12 in that game, but he came back with just six against North Alabama on Saturday, shooting 2-13 from the field and 0-6 from long range.  Moore was able to turn things around against UNA, scoring a game-high 25 points.ALL-AROUND PLAYERDespite an up-and-down week, Jamar Moore is still the only player to rank in the top 10 in the GSC in points, rebounds and assists per game.  Moore is currently averaging 15.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists.  Moore and Christian Brothers’ Scott Dennis are the only two in the GSC to rank in the top 10 in both rebounds and assists, and Moore is only one in the top 10 in all three categories.  Dennis ranks 14th with 14.6 points per game, leads the conference with 11.6 rebounds per game, and ranks eighth with 3.6 assists per contest.SCOUTING WEST ALABAMAThe Tigers are off to a 5-9 start to the season, and they dropped their GSC opener at home last week, a 47-57 loss to Lambuth.  UWA has played low-scoring games all year, most notably a 30-45 loss at Christian Brothers in December.  As a team, UWA is averaging 62.6 points per game on offense, ranking the team last in the GSC, but the Tigers are also allowing just 62.9 per game, the second best mark in the conference.Sharpshooter Alquan Mendenhall is the Tigers’ leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, and he is second in the GSC with 3.6 three-pointers per contest.  Ryan Fitch is also a player to watch for the Tigers, as he averages 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game with a team-high 14 blocked shots.AROUND THE GSCNo. 7 Alabama-Huntsville, fresh off road wins at West Florida and Valdosta State last week, leads the GSC East with a 2-0 conference mark.  The Chargers host West Georgia and West Alabama this week.  In the West Division, No. 22 Harding and Arkansas Tech each hold an undefeated 3-0 conference record.  Harding will face No. 19 Christian Brothers (2-1) on Saturday in a highly anticipated matchup.LINEUP CHANGEAfter last Thursday’s 25-point loss to UAH, head coach Bob Stinnett shook up the starting lineup, going with Peter Connole and Darryl McGhee in starting roles to join Terrance Beasley, Mike Lewis and Jamar Moore.  Connole and McGhee both have experience in the starting lineup; McGhee started 15 games for the Argos in 2008-09 before his redshirt season last year, and Connole was in the starting five 16 times last year as a freshman.FRESHMAN FINDING HIS WAYTrue freshman Lendward Griffin has shown flashes of talent in limited playing time this season, appearing in 12 games and averaging just 5.3 minutes per contest.  Griffin scored nine points on 4-5 shooting last week against Alabama-Huntsville, and he also grabbed five rebounds, including three on the offensive end.  Griffin has shot 14-21 from the field so far (67.7 percent), and he’s also 4-7 from downtown and 2-2 from the charity stripe.TOURNAMENT STANDOUTSJuniors Mike Lewis and Jamar Moore earned spots on the all-tournament team at the Alaska Invitational, and Lewis and senior Darryl McGhee were named to the McDonald Fleming Moorhead UWF Christmas Classic all-tournament team.  Lewis also earned MVP honors at the UWF Christmas Classic.UP NEXT: VALDOSTA STATE AND LAMBUTHAfter Thursday’s game at West Alabama the Argonauts will have the weekend off to prepare for next Thursday’s trip to Valdosta State.  UWF will then close the three-game road trip with a visit to Lambuth on Sunday, Jan. 30.Print Friendly Version Lendward Griffin (pictured) and the Argonauts played in front of a packed UWF Field House to open GSC play last week (Photo by John Blackie) GAME NOTES: Argonauts Look Ahead to West Alabama Game on Thursdaycenter_img Sharelast_img read more

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Proposed Elimination of Middle Class Tax Exemption Draws Bipartisan Ire

first_imgTax reform is now at the top of the agenda for Congress and the president.Among the proposed policies on the chopping block is the elimination of a provision that allows homeowners to deduct state and local property taxes from their federal taxes.The SALT deduction largely benefits the middle class, with nearly 87 percent of taxpayers who claim it having adjusted gross incomes of less than $200,000.Andrew Koneschusky, a spokesman for Americans Against Double Taxation, explains the impact.“If the deduction were to be removed, essentially more of their income would be exposed to federal taxation because you would be paying the full value of your federal taxes as well as your income taxes and your property taxes,” he points out.The National Association of Realtors estimates households with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000 would see an increase of $815 if SALT were eliminated.A bipartisan collection of groups, including the National Sheriffs’ Association, National Association of Counties and the International Association of Fire Fighters, are part of a coalition to preserve SALT.While eliminating SALT will increase taxes for the middle class, the White House also is aiming to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. That move would reduce taxes for the wealthy.Koneschusky says the SALT deduction is a tempting line item for lawmakers looking for ways to increase federal revenue.“The SALT deduction, it’s a large expenditure in the tax code and so it’s something that could offset other cuts elsewhere, which is why it’s being eyed,” he points out.City leaders are concerned the elimination of SALT will make it challenging for local municipalities to continue to tax to cover investments in infrastructure, public safety, education and others.last_img read more

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Twitter Novels: Not Big Success Stories Yet

first_imgIn Japan, mobile phone novels called “keitai shousetus” have become so successful that they accounted for half of the ten best-selling novels in 2007. Here in the Western world several would-be novelists are attempting to use Twitter to create the same phenomenon.Some of the novels tweeted so far have been interesting and engaging, but others, sadly, appear to be abandoned. Will micro-format fiction ever take off here as it did in Japan? Twitter NovelsSmallplaces – a Twitter novel written by news media editor/novelist N.L. Belardes. DailyLit – This online book club site which lets you read books via email or RSS recently added Twitter reading groups, too. Now you can read the following novels via Twitter and more will become available when these are completed.  TwitterID: DailyLitMagicKCory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic KingdomTwitterID: DailyLitPrideJane Austen’s Pride and PrejudiceTwitterID: DailyLitSucceedTom Peters’s 100 Ways to Succeed/Make MoneyUnfortunately, they seem to have missed the concept of the Twitter novel altogether and are using Twitter to link to their web site instead: sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market GoodCaptain – The completed novel “The Good Captain,” was a story by Jay Bushman and was based on “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville.Mrichtel – Matthew Richtel, NY Times reporter, is experimenting with Twitter as a place to write a real-time thriller. His is about a man who wakes up with amnesia and has a haunting feeling he is a murderer. Twittories – a collaborative effort where anyone can contribute to a Twitter novel that only runs for 140 entries. An author can only submit one entry per “twittory.” Read the first Twittory here.  Quillpill – Write your own Twitter novel! Quillpill novels aren’t actually on Twitter itself, but use the app’s Twitter-like 140-character-like system. You’re encouraged to write and read novels from your call phone and they offer both a mobile and iPhone version.(our coverage)Big in Japan Doesn’t Mean Big EverywhereSome of these efforts have been fun to follow, like 140novel and the latest “Twiller” from Matt Richtel, but could it be that they already have appeal because of the well-known personas of the authors? In Japan, the cell phone novels are making stars out of unlikely authors – like high school girls, for example, who were writing the short fiction in between their classes. Would a Twitter novel written by an unknown have the same appeal here? So far, we don’t have a true winner yet. Perhaps this is one trend that doesn’t translate? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Slice – A novel put out by Penguin Books was the story of a girl and her parents and was delivered by serialized LiveJournal and Twitter postings. (our coverage)Novelsin3lines – From Félix Fénéon, these tweets are the “poems and novels and novels he never otherwise wrote.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 3MIAB – UK T-Shirt shop conceptTshirts started twittering a novel called “Three Men in a Boat,” but seemed to have given up a year ago. 140novel – A Twitter novel created by Molly Wood, Tom Merritt, and Jason Howell of CNET’s Buzz Out Loud podcast alongside Leo Laporte, who suggested the idea when he was guest on their show one day. (Read the whole thing here). Tags:#Trends#web last_img read more

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4chan’s Chris Poole: Facebook & Google Are Doing It Wrong

first_imgChris Poole delivered the most powerful 10 minutes of Web philosophy of the afternoon at Web 2.0. The man formerly known as moot – founder of anonymous image sharing den 4chan and its new, better-lit cousin, Canvas, gave us a rousing and principled picture of what the big players get wrong about online identity.“Google and Facebook would have you believe that you’re a mirror,” he said, “but in fact, we’re more like diamonds.” – multi-faceted. It was an appeal reminiscent of the one he gave at SXSW earlier this year, but it hit harder. Google Plus has since arrived, and Poole says it’s even worse than Facebook for the future of online identity. Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’re re-publishing some of our best posts of 2011. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2012. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!Identity Is Prismatic“The portrait of identity online is often painted in black and white,” Poole said. “Who you are online is who you are offline.” That rosy view of identity is complemented with a similarly oversimplified view of anonymity. People think of anonymity as dark and chaotic, Poole said.But human identity doesn’t work like that online or offline. We present ourselves differently in different contexts, and that’s key to our creativity and self-expression. “It’s not ‘who you share with,’ it’s ‘who you share as,’” Poole told us. “Identity is prismatic.”Choosing Our Own Identities“We were on the right track at one point,” Poole said. In the early days of the Web, its creators used their real names because they were the only people online. As the namespace got more crowded, people started using handles.AOL Instant Messenger brought screen names to the mainstream. Poole said he agonized over his AOL handle, because he knew it would be a representation of him. That insight persists today at hacker conventions, where the real Web experts hang out. People there introduce themselves with their handles, because that’s how they have chosen to identify.“Twitter does the best job of this” of today’s major social networks, Poole said. The platform itself uses handles and allows made-up answers in the real name field. Furthermore, “most of the apps allow multiple accounts. Facebook would never allow this, right?” He says Google Plus is the worst; you don’t even get a vanity URL to distinguish yourself, and we all know how Google Plus handles pseudonyms: they delete the accounts.Google & Facebook Are Eroding Our OptionsGoogle and Facebook are “consolidating identity and making people seem more simple than they really are,” Poole said. “Our options are being eroded.”Poole’s bottom line is that there’s a big market opportunity in this authentic, fluid kind of identity, which the big players are willfully abandoning. “You can incorporate identity without forcing your users to sacrifice something.” Poole believes a Web network can validate an account using legitimate services without forcing the presentation of that user to be an over-simplification.Creativity and self-expression are at stake, Poole says, and he’s particularly concerned about young people. Facebook’s new Timeline will lock people into their Facebook identities from birth.Speaking at Facebook recently, Poole told its developers that they set the bar for identity, but he has since realized he was wrong: we, the users, do. “We’re about to sacrifice something that’s valuable, and it’s special.”“I would ask us all to strive for this ideal when we design products, and as users on the Web, what we demand of services,” Poole said. “Facebook and Google do identity wrong, Twitter does it better, and I want people to think about what the world would be like if we did it right.”Check out the Web 2.0 schedule and watch the events live here. Tags:#conferences#web#Web 2.0 Summit 2011 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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Delaware ~ Corporate Income Tax: Return Due Date Extended for C Corporations

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Delaware Division of Revenue has issued a technical information memorandum (TIM) that grants all C corporations required to file a corporate income tax return, Form 1100, for tax year 2016, an automatic extension of time to the due date of the taxpayer’s original federal return. Federal legislation enacted in 2015 changed the federal filing deadline for C corporations reporting on a calendar-year basis from March 15 to April 15, effective for tax years beginning after 2015. The Division of Revenue notes on its website (http://revenue.delaware.gov/information/updates.shtml) that the due date for 2016 C corporation returns will be April 18, 2017, rather than April 15, 2017, because of the federal Emancipation Day holiday. Delaware due dates for partnership and S corporation returns have not changed. S corporation returns are due by March 30, 2017 or the 30th day of the third month after the end of the corporation’s fiscal year. Partnership returns are due by April 30, 2017 or the 30th day of the fourth month after the end of the partnership’s fiscal year. The TIM also does not modify the deadline for filing a C corporation’s first installment of Delaware estimated tax, which will remain April 1, 2017, or the first day of the fourth month after the end of the corporation’s fiscal year.Technical Information Memorandum 2017-1, Delaware Division of Revenue, February 13, 2017, ¶200-727last_img read more

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Tax Groups Urge Congress to Boost IRS Funding

first_imgThree important tax groups urge Congress to boost IRS funding. The American Bar Association (ABA), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the National Society of Accountants (NSA) urged lawmakers to boost the IRS’s funding. The IRS needs the extra funding to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97 ). The IRS is currently operating under a temporary funding bill.ABA Congress has not yet approved a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget for the IRS. Instead, since October 1, 2017, the Service has functioned under a series of temporary funding bills. Funding will run out February 8.The ABA highlighted several consequences of reduced funding for the IRS:reduced quality of taxpayer service,the lack of experienced personnel, andantiquated technology.Failure to provide adequate funding for these initiatives will have a long-term adverse impact on the Service and the tax system.In addition, the ABA Taxation Section also called for a permanent commissioner and chief counsel. “Both presidentially appointed positions in the Service, Commissioner and Chief Counsel, are currently filled by acting personnel. While the credentials and competence of the individuals in these acting positions are unquestioned, an agency of the size, and with the important responsibilities, of the Service requires stability of leadership,” the ABA Taxation Section told lawmakers.AICPAThe AICPA reminded lawmakers of the heavy burden the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act places on the IRS in a January 30 letter to Congress. “Considering the recent tax reform act is the largest tax rewrite in over three decades, there is a vast amount of significant revisions to the Internal Revenue Code,” the AICPA said. “Given the Service’s critical role in issuing guidance and implementing new tax laws, Congress should ensure a modern-functioning IRS for the 21st century,” the AICPA added.On January 29, the AICPA urged the IRS to move quickly with guidance on key provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.NSAThe NSA also questioned if the IRS will have the necessary resources to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.“It’s interesting to note that in the midst of one of the largest tax reform initiatives in more than 30 years, we are seeing budget cuts to the one organization responsible for establishing definitive guidance and regulations, and helping interpret provisions of the newly-created Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” NSA President Brian Thompson told lawmakers in a January 25 letter. “Frankly, we question whether many of the estimated benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be realized in the absence of this much-needed IRS guidance,” Thompson said.The NSA further expressed concern about the Service’s expected level of customer service during the filing season. “The IRS Division responsible for responding to taxpayer telephone calls estimates that it would be able to respond to only 60 percent of calls during the 2018 filing season, which is the high point of their operations,” John Ams, executive director, NSA, said.By George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News StaffABA Letter Regarding Fiscal Year 2018 Funding for the Internal Revenue ServiceLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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10 months agoKlopp: A new deal? I need to win titles for Liverpool first

first_imgKlopp: A new deal? I need to win titles for Liverpool firstby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to discuss the future beyond his current contract.Klopp’s present deal runs to 2022.He said, “I don’t want to think that far ahead. If you write that already, a lot of people will speak. Everything is good at the moment, but still, ‘Klopp didn’t win anything’.”I haven’t won anything so that’s part of the truth, we don’t have to think about 2022, it’s a long way to go. In the summer, there will be people who say it’s the best time for me to go if we win something because we will never win anything again, there will be other people who say I have to go if we don’t win anything.”As long as we all enjoy the ride here, and I mean all – from the owners, the players to the supporters, to everyone around the club – we can try it and try it, but at the moment if one of those groups isn’t happy any more, then we shouldn’t stretch it and say ‘come on, try to do it’.”It’s a good time, and 2022 is a long time so I don’t have to think about it hopefully, everything will be fine and then we can think about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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