HomeNewsCity CouncilPlanning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodels Oct. 10, 2016 at 7:10 amCity CouncilPlanning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodelsMatthew Hall5 years agocit councilcitymansionizationplanning commissionsanta monica cityCity Hall (File photo) The Planning Commission wants permission to discuss and potentially restrict “mansionization” of the city’s residential neighborhoods.At their Oct. 5 meeting the commission voted to ask City Council to prioritize regulations that would restrict rebuilding of homes in so called R1 (single unit residential) neighborhoods. The Commission will send a letter to Council formally requesting the council hold a discussion and direct staff to bring the issue back for debate at the commission.Commissioner Richard McKinnon prompted the discussion at the Planning Commission and said he did so because the commission had seen a parade of applicants increasing the size of their homes in recent years.“In Sunset park, two years ago when I doorknocked the area it was every third house that was in the process of renovating, now it would be every second house and we have literally hundreds of applications in to do building changes and approvals that are doubling, tripling and quadrupling the size of what were essentially little bungalows so this concern goes to that,” he said.While regulation of other districts has undergone significant revisions over the years, he said the rules for R1 districts have remained relatively unchanged for decades but the kind of use in the zone has changed.“The pressure in the city, driven by the economics of the moment, are such that if we don’t look at this, much of the city will change right before our eyes and in entirely unreasonable and unacceptable ways,” he said.He said a prior attempts at controlling the size of single family homes are not working as new owners are pushing the envelope of what is legal.“It’s quite clear a new wave of people with considerable amounts of money are investing in seeking ways to break those envelopes and change the nature of those neighborhoods.”Several commissioners said the issue was with small houses that are remodeled to cover the majority of the lot in a way that overshadows their neighbors. They said the result can destroy the integrity of a neighborhood and radically alter the culture of a street.New Commissioner Leslie Lambert said remodeling is possible without resorting to a “home depot special off the street.”“Something’s not working and as a resident of a neighborhood where that’s happening, I think we need to look at it.”Staff said construction isn’t allowed if the plans violate the city’s codes, but recent applications have pushed right to the limit of what is allowed. They said part of the change is likely due to turnover of longtime residents with the new owners interested in a modern standard of living.NOMA resident Nancy Coleman said more and more housing is coming down in her neighborhood and suggested several specific proposals including a height limitation, protections for historic trees and rules for lot coverage.She said architects have become adept at bending the rules and that the fundamental question was “How much square footage is appropriate for what size lot?”The Planning Commission and its staff work at the behest of City Council and are not able to assign themselves these kind of comprehensive reviews. Staff said they needed direction from council to pursue the subject and said Council would also have to make clear where the project fit with other previously assigned priorities such as plans for Memorial Park or a zoning document for the Pico Neighborhood.“If we were to be instructed to jump on this immediately then something else would have to give,” said Planning Director David Martin.BY MATTHEW [email protected] :cit councilcitymansionizationplanning commissionsanta monica cityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTWO MILLION AND COUNTING!Hall of fame to honor beach volleyball historyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsPublic officials call for continued virtual comment optionsBrennon Dixson1 month agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsSanta Monica releases riot reportBrennon Dixson1 month agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCouncil appoints new public safety commissionersBrennon Dixson1 month agoFeaturedNewsPlanning Commission to consider Shore Hotel amendmentsBrennon Dixson2 months agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCouncil paves way for future developmentBrennon Dixson2 months agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsStaff proposes new rules around public assemblies, targeted residential protestsBrennon Dixson3 months ago
Staff reportFierce overnight winds caused damage to the Lamar University police station early Saturday, some classroom windows were broken on campus and the Cardinal View recruiting event was moved from the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Center to the revamped Setzer Student Center.Those were the principal effects of a dangerous storm that moved east through Jefferson Parish and continued on along the Gulf Coast on Saturday morning. Lamar Police headquarter sustained apparent roof damage that caused the department to shift to temporary quarters in the Human Resources building on campus.Minimal damage was noted at Family and Consumer Sciences, Carl Parker, Communications and Engineering Research.Current assessment of the situation is ongoing and power will be restored as soon as possible.Downing said damages did not appear to be significant enough to affect resumption of classes Monday. Next UpKate Downing, LU director of marketing, said the storm traveled through the northern end of LU’s campus around 3 a.m. Saturday.Power was temporarily affected but recovered later in the morning.Downing said both the Mary and John Gray Library and Montagne Center lost power, at least for awhile. She said attendance at the View was not affected by the overnight weather. Many students were traveling from the Houston area after the storm had passed through.The View was scheduled to end shortly after lunch.The student center reopened this week to great fanfare after it was refashioned and modernized.
SOUTH AFRICA: Badisa Matshego was appointed as the de facto head of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the national finance ministry on September 1, joining the embattled passenger operator from airport management company ACSA.Matshego arrived as Accounting Officer following the annulment of the appointment of his predecessor Bongisizwe Mpondo as Prasa Administrator by the Western Cape High Court on August 24. The court ruling also ordered Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula to appoint a permanent management board within 60 days.Reflecting its long-standing governance problems, Prasa has been without a permanent board since the expiry of that led by Popo Molefe in 2017. Since then, Prasa has had five interim management teams, until Mbalula dismissed the last one in December 2019 and appointed Mpondo as administrator.Back in May, Mpondo made a series of senior management appointments as well as hiring 3 000 security staff to patrol the network. Speaking after the court ruling, Mbalula said that Matshego would have the right to review the employment of these staff. The minister also insisted that he was happy that the court had instructed the government to finalise a management team as his office was already in the process of completing the necessary appointments.Insisting that the ministry would complete ‘critical tasks and processes which will be implemented over the next two months which will ensure that Prasa is placed on a sound governance footing’, Mbalula explained that his remit was ‘about salvaging a national asset and positioning it such that it delivers on its mandate to transport commuters and passengers safely.’Ridership declines againPrasa has been dogged by challenges over recent years, encompassing governance issues, safety problems and a spate of theft and vandalism which has rendered some parts of its network inoperable for months on end.Mbalula insists that the government is now putting in place a robust security plan, working closely with law enforcement authorities. ‘Similar plans relating to accelerating the modernisation programme are afoot and we will also be making announcement on the implementation of these plans’, he told local media in early September. Prasa is undertaking one of the largest rolling stock renewal programmes in the world.According to Prasa’s 2021-23 Corporate Plan issued in May, the operator has experienced a precipitous decline in ridership in the past decade, from 645 million passenger journeys during 2008-09 to 208 million in 2018-19. At the end of the third quarter of the 2019-20 financial year, ridership was understood to be 30% down on the previous year, exacerbated by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.Meanwhile Prasa itself is struggling to complete core tasks, with the corporate plan acknowledging that rolling stock heavy maintenance and general overhaul activity has been in abeyance since March 2019. This means that increasing numbers of vehicles have been stored out of use in stabling sidings, many of which are prone to vandalism, thus exacerbating its ongoing problem of damage to assets.Alstom reports that as of September 10, 40 of the 600 X’Trapolis Mega EMUs which Prasa has ordered from the Alstom-led Gibela consortium had been accepted by the operator, and 29 are in revenue service in northern Gauteng. A further 10 trains are expected to enter service on Prasas’s Western Cape network before the end of the year.
EntertainmentLocalNews Signal Band launches 2018 Carnival t-shirt band Lumi-Nation by: Dominica Vibes News – September 15, 2017 517 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Signal Band has launched Lumi-Nation, their 2018 Carnival T-Shirt band with a ceremony held at the Flamboyant Hotel on Friday 15 September 2017.Lumi-Nation will be the first T-Shirt band launched by the Signal Band, and Band Manager, Jelanie Robinson stated after the 2017 Carnival season, they met together and developed the idea of creating a product to improve the carnival product. “After J’ouvert and carnival, we had a meeting where we decided that we needed to do something for ourselves. We can’t wait for people to call on us, we have to start for ourselves. And that’s we developed the mentality of we have to go hard or we have to go home. It was not an easy decision because we came up with a number of different ideas of what we could have done as a band. But then we struck gold with Lumi-Nation. We figured that being a young band we need to do something to enhance, not just coming on the road to perform but enhance the carnival product,” he stated. Robinson explained that the main purpose of creating Lumi-Nation is not just to perform for the carnival but to give person’s a show that they can enjoy and remember.“We plan to give patrons a show. We have enough intelligent and hardworking persons here in Dominica who can put on a show, so the main objective is not just to get persons to say Signal had a good band, but we want to create a product, we want to make people know that when they come onboard with us, and when they join this band this is what they are going to get and this is why they should stay with us,” he stated. Six artists will perform with Signal Band and Lumi-nation during Carnival 2018, including Marsha, DJ Sleem and Shelly. There will also be one international artist who will be named, along with the other two performers who will be named closer to carnival. Tweet Share Share
The City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department’s Center for Active Adults will host a Summertime Blues Bingo Party on Thursday, August 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.After lunch, enjoy live entertainment from The Ban-Joes of Michigan, one of the oldest jazz banjo bands and clubs in the country. The Ban-Joes have entertained audiences on TV, radio, and at public venues over the past 50 years.A traditional game of Bingo will round out the afternoon, with an array of prizes. Tickets are $8 in advance at the Costick Center or $10 at the door. The event is sponsored by Marion Oakland/St. Joseph Mercy Senior Communities Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Georgia-Florida game staying in Jacksonville through at least 2023 Notre Dame will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Wolverines first on Sep. 3, 2033, and then Michigan will head to South Bend, Ind. on Sep. 4, 2034, to round out the series. Michigan and Notre Dame have decided to renew their rivalry and meet in the regular season again … in just under 14 years. The two schools have agreed to a home-and-home football series in 2033 and 2034, Michigan announced on Saturday. Jim Harbaugh refutes ‘total crap’ rumors that he’s leaving Michigan for NFL The Fighting Irish and Wolverines played each other on an annual basis from 2002 until Notre Dame opted to end the series after the 2014 season. In July 2016, the schools announced a home-and-home series to take place in 2018 and 2019. Related News Notre Dame beat Michigan 24-17 last season en route to a berth in the College Football Playoff. However, the Wolverines lead the all-time series with a 24-18-1 record.No. 19 Michigan (5-2) hosts No. 8 Notre Dame (5-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
First contact between the moon’s shadow and the sun is calculated to begin at 1:49p and totality is expected to occur at 4:22p. Salem will experience only 2 minutes and 3.7 seconds of total darkness, beginning at 1:48p and totality occurring at 4:22p. Those in Fredericksburg and New Pekin will have to watch closely. Fredericksburg will only get 59 seconds and New Pekin will get just over 30 seconds of total darkness. Those areas to the south like Palmyra, Corydon, Clarksville, Jeffersonville and New Albany will only get to see 99 percent of the eclipse – with a sliver of sunlight showing. Those in Louisville will experience a little more than they did this week – getting 98 percent coverage, compared to 94 percent coverage this week. Here is a list of the other cities and towns in the area and their duration and start times (in universal time) Bedford – 3 minutes 43.6 secondsC1: 17:48:42.2 UTC2: 19:04:40.5 UTC3: 19:08:24.1 UTC4: 20:22:16 UTMitchell – 3 minutes 28.8 secondsC1: 17:48:31.5 UTC2: 19:04:40.5 UTC3: 19:08:09.3 UTC4: 20:22:11.8 UTJasper – 3 minutes and 15.4 secondsC1: 17:47:20.7 UTC2: 19:03:46 UTC3: 19:07:01.4 UTC4: 20:21:26.3 UTMedora – 3 minutes and 14.8 secondsC1: 17:49:07.6 UTC2: 19:05:20.6 UTC3: 19:08:35.4 UTC4: 20:22:38 UTBrownstown – 3 minutes 12.9 secondsC1: 17:49:22.7 UTC2: 19:05:35 UTC3: 19:08:47.9 UTC4: 20:22:48.3 UTVallonia – 3 minutes 11.4 secondsC1: 17:49:16.7 UTC2: 19:05:30.6 UTC3: 19:08:42 UTC4: 20:22:44.6 UT French Lick – 3 minutes 12 secondsC1: 17:48:03.1 UTC2: 19:04:25.5 UTC3: 19:07:37.5 UTC4: 20:21:55.3 UTSeymour – 3 minutes 9.8 secondsC1: 17:49:46.1 UTC2: 19:05:57.3 UTC3: 19:09:07.1 UTC4: 20:23:04.2 UTPaoli – 2 minutes 54.3 secondsC1: 17:48:18.2 UTC2: 19:04:49 UTC3: 19:07:43.2 UTC4: 20:22:07.4 UTCampbellsburg – 2 minutes 50.5 secondsC1: 17:48:45 UTC2: 19:05:14.6 UTC3: 19:08:05.2 UTC4: 20:22:25.7 UTPlattsburg – 2 minutes 43.9 secondsC1: 17:49:07 UTC2: 19:05:37.7 UTC3: 19:08:21.6 UTC4: 20:22:41 UTLivonia – 2 minutes 25.7 secondsC1: 17:48:34.5 UTC2: 19:05:19.2 UTC3: 19:07:44.9 UTC4: 20:22:20.8 UTLittle York – 2 minutes and 4 secondsC1: 17:49:21.6 UTC2: 19:06:12.4 UTC3: 19:08:16.4 UTC4: 20:22:53.6 UTSALEM – 2 minutes 3.7 secondsC1: 17:48:56.1 UTC2: 19:05:50.1 UT C3: 19:07:53.8 UT C4: 20:22:36.6 UT English – 1 minute 40.9 secondsC1: 17:47:59.1 UTC2: 19:05:12 UTC3: 19:06:52.9 UTC4: 20:21:59.4 UTSouth Boston – 1 minute 21.5 secondsC1: 17:49:05 UTC2: 19:06:20.3 UTC3: 19:07:41.8 UTC4: 20:22:44.4 UTLeota – 1 minute 19.3 secondsC1: 17:49:23 UTC2: 19:06:37.2 UTC3: 19:07:56.5 UTC4: 20:22:56.4 UTMilltown – 1 minute 15.4 secondsC1: 17:48:14.2 UTC2: 19:05:38.7 UTC3: 19:06:54.1 UTC4: 20:22:10.5 UTSOUTHERN MOST TOTAL ECLIPSE VIEWINGFREDERICKSBURG – 59.8 secondsC1: 17:48:33.4 UTC2: 19:06:03.7 UTC3: 19:07:03.5 UTC4: 20:22:23.8 UTPEKIN – 35.1 secondsC1: 17:48:55.1 UTC2: 19:06:35.4 UTC3: 19:07:10.5 UTC4: 20:22:38.7 UTOUTSIDE OF THE TOTAL ECLIPSE AREAMilltown – only 99 percent magnitudePalmyra – only 99 percent magnitudeBorden – only 99 percent magnitudeUnderwood – only 99 percent magnitudeLouisville – 98 percent In case you didn’t see the total eclipse in most of the WSLM Listening area earlier this week, you’ll have a good chance in seven years. On April 8, 2024, the moon will cross in front of the sun in the Kentuckiana area and give Hoosiers a taste of a total eclipse. Bloomington is right along the sweet spot and will experience more darkness than most everyone else around with 4 minutes 2.5 seconds of “Totality.”
Shocked staff at the historic Lifford Courthouse arrived for work to find the building had been attacked by vandals.The vandals threw bricks through the windows of the building and also damaged expensive original wooden window frames.Damage done to Lifford Old CourthouseDamage done to Lifford Old CourthouseA Garda investigation has been launched into the incident which took place on Sunday night into Monday morning. A spokesperson for Lifford Courthouse posted their annoyance on the company’s website.They said “We arrived in this morning to find this waiting for us.“Yet more windows damaged, without a question deliberately due to the amount of them that were smashed.“A lot of damage was also done to the original wooden frames which have been around for longer than anybody reading this. Needless to say, they are a lot more expensive to replace than most windows.” Lifford Old CourthouseAnybody with any information is asked to contact Lifford Courthouse on 074 9141733 or Lifford Garda Station on 074 9141000.Local county councillor Gary Doherty has slammed the vandalism.Investigation launched after vandals attack historic Lifford Courthouse was last modified: October 11th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lifford old courthousevandalism
Much like scientists who classify living and fossil organisms into domain, kingdom, class, family, genus and species, we in HR often do the same: small/medium-sized business or large business industry A or industry B traditional or cutting-edge local or regional or global stodgy industry or sexy industry well-known brand vs. unknown local organization (“She worked for Nike while he only worked for Acme Community Bank.”)We use this shorthand in a misguided attempt to categorize the knowledge and competency of any given HR professional. We make assumptions that if Debbie HR Director worked for a local entity she won’t have the ability to understand the complexity of a regional, let alone global, organization. This also manifests itself in job postings that require specific industry experience; the assumption being that even though Debbie spent 20 years leading HR functions in health care and technology she would not have the capacity to immerse herself into learning and understanding the banking industry.We pigeonhole people for any number of reasons; in an attempt to screen candidates, when creating an invite list for an event or conference or, quite frankly, when being cliquish and elitist.Now there is, I have to admit, one demarcation listed up there that makes sense to me although I may have used the wrong terms. Perhaps they should be:Traditional: dreary, tedious, humorless, out-of-touch, rooted in the past, focused on HR as compliance…primarily. Focused on HR as compliance … only.Cutting edge: future focused, ever evolving, not content with the status quo. Restless, curious, excited. Ready to challenge and be challenged.********I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit as I’ve been preparing to head to Cleveland this week for DisruptHR. We’re going to talk about talent, culture, technology and people – in a new way – because DISRUPT is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field.Lord knows we needs some energizing.I’ve had a few moments over the last several weeks where, in various conversations with mid-career human resource professionals I hit anew a level of frustration. Why, I wondered yet again, is there such aversion to acknowledging that the old-ways-you-learned-to-do-HR in 1991 are no longer sufficient? Why, I marveled during one discussion, do HR practitioners sink in their heels and adamantly refuse to explore the potential benefits of change?Am I being cliquish and elitist myself? Are those of us who attempt to push, pull and drag our colleagues to places where they don’t wish to go guilty of emphasizing these segmentations?I don’t think so. Nor do I believe that’s the intent of any individual or group. Rather there’s a conviction that a rising tide lifts all boats; collective change is required for the survival of both the HR function and individual HR practitioners.At some point in the very near future the CEOs, COOs and CFOs who are hiring HR professionals will demand a different kind of HR. When the boomers in charge (finally) retire and the next C-level exec (born during the Reagan administration) in charge of hiring the HR leader takes over, s/he isn’t going to put up with traditional crap; no matter the industry. No matter the size. No matter the brand. Stacks of spreadsheets, outdated and cumbersome hiring practices, love for command-and-control, and an aversion to technology already pegs many HR practitioners as out of touch dinosaurs; keeping up the same old same old means they will soon be merely fossilized remains.And if our profession perishes will anyone care enough to bring us back a la the Australian gastric-brooding frog? Or will our business partners be happy to say good riddance – relegating us to museums to cuddle up alongside the skeletons of the wooly mammoth and the T-Rex?I don’t want to run the risk that someone, somewhere, will have to make the case for HR HR de-extinction. Unless we all push the boundaries a bit more I don’t think there will be a lot of support for the revival of the HR species.It’s time to face it; there’s already been disruption in the workplace.It’s time – well past time – to disrupt HR so we can catch up.To read the original article on shrm.org, please click here.
Whither RSS Readers?ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyAll of these new social and mobile tools have meant a decline in the usage of RSS Readers. From a personal perspective, I have found that my usage of Google Reader has dropped and changed. I consume less content inside of Google Reader now and I mostly use it to scan for interesting news and information from niche blogs. If I find something I want to read, I’m more likely to open it in a browser window and then save to Instapaper, than read it within Google Reader. Your mileage may vary, but that has become my main use case for RSS Readers.It may be that we can just no longer cope with RSS Readers, with the information overload that Facebook, Twitter and others have only added to over the past year. That’s where filtering tools – like LazyWeb, Regator, Feedly, my6sense – have come into play in 2010. They aim to filter and personalize news for your tastes.My6Sense is a favorite of several of our writers. It’s a mobile app that filters your RSS feeds and displays an algorithmic guess at the most important news for you. ReadWriteEnterprise writer Klint Finley said that he uses My6Sense “when I’m on my phone and looking to see if there’s anything important in my feeds.” Co-editor Marshall Kirkpatrick added that My6Sense is “just like using Google Reader (they sync up) but offers recommendations based on your past reading behavior.”Tell Us How You’ve Consumed News in 2010…Consuming content has become a more social, mobile experience in 2010. Facebook and Twitter in particular have fundamentally changed the way we find and consume news. At the same time, mobile devices like Android phones and the iPad have become more widely used – leading to Flipboard, Instapaper and other innovative reading apps. It’s also undeniable that RSS Readers and start pages have declined in importance over 2010, which has created an opportunity for apps like My6Sense that better filter RSS feeds. Tomorrow, we’ll be publishing our list of the Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies – which will have more detail about the specific products that have caught our eye this year. In the meantime, let us know in the comments how reading on the Web has changed for you over 2010. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#2010 in Review#Features#New Media#NYT#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Meanwhile, Twitter has become the place to go to see breaking news and the very latest updates about a popular story. If for example you want to know up-to-the-minute news on Wikileaks, then Twitter is where you’ll find it. Related, powerful aggregation apps like TweetDeck and HootSuite have become the tools of choice for power users of Twitter, Facebook and other social information services.Mobile: Flipboard & InstapaperMobile apps have changed news consumption in a big way. Two apps that showcased this in 2010 were Flipboard and Instapaper.Instapaper is an app that saves web pages for reading later. But unlike older ‘web 2.0’ social bookmarking services, it doesn’t just bookmark a web page. Instapaper saves a copy of the content so it can be read later, offline if need be, within the app. I use Instapaper frequently and one benefit has been that I’m able to read content in a more relaxed state – on my iPad in the evenings while spread out on my sofa, or in a cafe on my iPhone.Flipboard is a magazine-like reading application built specifically for the iPad. My Co-editor at ReadWriteWeb, Marshall Kirkpatrick, is a big fan. He creates content lists on tlists.com and then subscribes to them in Flipboard (Marshall will elaborate on his methods in an upcoming post).The main point here is that Web reading has moved away from the PC and onto mobile devices, which is changing the way we find, consume and organize our reading. Apps like Instapaper and Flipboard also place a big emphasis on sharing things. For example, I have gotten into the habit of tweeting links to articles that I enjoyed reading in Instapaper. Related Posts One of the more subtle trends of 2010 has been the way that our reading habits have changed, due to a convergence of other Web trends: mobile apps, real-time Web (mostly Twitter), and social networking as a way to track news (mostly Facebook). In the previous era of the Web, the so-called Web 2.0, RSS Readers and start pages were all the rage. Over 2010, though, more people used tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper, Flipboard, LazyWeb, Feedly and TweetDeck, to track news.Nowadays I’m more likely to find stories to read via a vertical aggregator (the media-focused Mediagazer is my current favorite) and save them to Instapaper for later reading via my iPhone or iPad. I still use Google Reader, but in all honesty I now use it more to scan than to read.Facebook & TwitterFacebook has continued to expand beyond its original social networking purpose over 2010, including enabling people to track news and information of interest to them. In September, Facebook added a news search, by surfacing widely “liked” news stories from independent media organizations in its basic search bar.
President Donald Trump has said that a 10 percent middle-income tax cut resolution could be unveiled as early as this week. Although the House’s top tax writer has confirmed the tax cut is in the works, substantive details on the measure remain scarce.Middle-Income Tax Cut“So this will be a 10 percent — it’s going to be a resolution, probably introduced this week, the end of the week, or early next week,” Trump told reporters at the White House earlier this week. However, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said on October 23 that Republicans would continue to work with the White House on crafting the tax cut “over the coming weeks.”Net NeutralAdditionally, Trump has predicted that the tax cut will be net neutral. A chief complaint of last year’s tax reform among Democrats is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) estimated $1.4 trillion price tag over a 10-year budget window.“If you speak to Brady and a group of people, we’re putting in a tax reduction of 10 percent, which I think will be a net neutral because we’re doing other things, which I don’t have to explain now,” Trump said. A spokesperson for Brady has reportedly said that cost measures for the tax cut will be addressed once the proposal has been scored.By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorLogin 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.
The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) held the first work group call to discuss updating its Statement of Information regarding the federal Interstate Income Tax Law (P.L. 86-272).P.L. 86-272 prohibits states from imposing an income tax on income derived in the state from interstate commerce if in-state activity is limited to soliciting orders for sales of tangible personal property that is shipped from outside the state.Workgroup ProjectThe work group was created to propose revisions to the MTC’s P.L. 86-272 statement. Changes in the economy and the way that business is conducted necessitate the revision. The last time the P.L. 86-272 statement was updated was 2001.The statement reflects the signatory states’ current practices regarding:– if a particular factual circumstance is covered by P.L. 86-272 or permitted under the statement as either protected or not protected from taxation; and– the jurisdictional standards that apply to sales made in another state for purposes of applying a throwback rule (if applicable) with respect to those sales.Initial Meeting DiscussionOn the initial call, the group began with a discussion of P.L. 86-272. Next, the group outlined a list of topics to address.The group will begin by discussing:– selling tangible personal property over the internet;– selling digital goods or licensing other tangible property over the internet;– cloud computing;– listing some modern services as either unprotected or protected activities;– whether to update the list of unprotected activities to state that they may be performed either by computers or persons, remotely or in person; and– revising or deleting the section adopting the Joyce rule.The group plans to meet every-other week on Thursdays. For meeting agenda information, see the MTC’s dedicated work group webpage at http://www.mtc.gov/Uniformity/Project-Teams/P-L-86-272-Statement-of-Information-Work-Group.Multistate Tax Commission, P.L. 86-272 Statement of Information Work Group, January 17, 2019Login 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.
(AP) – The White House is refusing to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again.Negotiators are clashing over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle for a border security compromise that Congress can accept.With a Friday deadline approaching, the two sides remain separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.Rising to the fore is a related dispute over curbing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the federal agency that Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration policies.People involved in the talks say Democrats have proposed limiting the number of immigrants in the country illegally and caught inside the U.S. – not at the border – that the agency can detain.
(Missourinet) Get ready for what could be long hours and plenty of drama during this last week of the Missouri Legislature’s regular session. The GOP supermajority chambers are hoping to wrap up final passage of several priorities that not all members agree with, including some of the same party. Two small but mighty groups – the Senate Conservative Caucus and Senate Democrats – will likely determine how bumpy the road to the finish line will be and how much wheeling and dealing will go on this week when several controversial bills potentially resurface.Missouri House (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, House Communications)The next five days are also key for Gov. Mike Parson, R, who is experiencing his first legislative session as the state’s chief executive officer. He has repeatedly pushed for lawmakers to focus on workforce development issues and infrastructure funding.The Missouri Senate is expected to consider this week a $50 million incentives package for a potential $1 billion expansion General Motors expansion at the plant in eastern Missouri’s Wentzville. The plan was formed about one week ago by Parson and other House and Senate allies. The Senate Conservative Caucus is expected to have plenty to say about Senate Bill 68, sponsored by Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield.The package would give $5 million per year in tax credits over 10 years to carmakers that invest at least $750 million in plant upgrades and would provide tax credits earlier in a business expansion. It would also provide financial aid for people seeking high demand fields and workforce training improvements for major expansions.Missouri Senate daisThe House passed the measure during the late night hours last Thursday before adjourning for the week. It wasn’t a slam dunk in that chamber. Representatives voted 92-51 in favor of the plan, with a few Republicans from the St. Louis region voting against the measure. The House had to call in absent members to get enough votes and 17 members did not even cast vote.Other legislation that could reemerge is one that would block a possible high-voltage power line project from using eminent domain to take private land in eight northern Missouri counties. Those counties are Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls.Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, is sponsoring House Bill 1062 in response to Clean Line Energy’s Grain Belt Express line project. The proposal is not one that is separated along party lines because of the impacts it could have on agriculture – Missouri’s number one industry.Hansen, like many lawmakers in this final week, are searching for other progressing bills to attach their measures to.Another controversial measure that could come up for Senate debate is one that would ask voters to overturn a voter-approved ballot issue to change the legislative redistricting process. The resolution intends to toss out the portion letting the state auditor evaluate a nonpartisan demographer and requiring the demographer to draw legislative districts.House Joint Resolution 48 is sponsored by Rep. Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres. It would also ban all lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, instead of the current $5 maximum limit.The Missouri Senate’s top two Republican leaders have pledged to pass this session the proposal known as “Clean Missouri”. Senate Leader Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, strongly support getting the plan on the November 2020 ballot.Comprehensive anti-abortion bills could also come up for debate in the upper chamber. House Bill 126 would, among other things, make abortions illegal if a fetal heartbeat is found, which could come as early as eight weeks. Among other things, Senate Bill 279 would criminalize doctors who perform abortions unless for medical emergencies, prohibit doctors from providing an abortion if the baby could have Down Syndrome or if the procedure is sought solely because of the sex or race of the child.According to the Missouri Constitution, the Legislature must adjourn the session by 6 p.m. on Friday.To see a list of the bills that have so far been passed by the General Assembly, click here.
Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera prepares to cross the finish line to win the Mumbai Marathon.Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men’s and women’s titles respectively and the top prize of USD 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.Abera, basically a 15 and 21-km runner, made his maiden marathon run a memorable one by leaving his rivals – including several Kenyans and compatriot Dereje Debele – in his wake at the 32-km mark to storm to the finish in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, 14 seconds slower than the course record, reported PTI.Debele was second in 2:10:31 while 2007 world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya finished third in 2:10:57.Mekash, who won last year after having come in second in 2013, left the rest of the field behind at the halfway mark to win the women’s competition in 2:30:00, slower than the 2:28:08 and 2:28:46 she had clocked last year and in 2013.Ethiopian women runners took the first seven slots.India’s seasoned track athlete O P Jaisha, running her maiden marathon, and steeplechaser Lalita Babar, last year’s fastest Indian woman finisher, took the eighth and ninth slots with Jaisha also breaking a 19-year-old national mark in the process.Jaisha clocked 2:37:29, thus bettering the age-old national mark of 2:38:10 set by Vally Satyabhama in Chennai in December 21, 1995.Lalita, the 3,000m steeplechase bronze medal winner at last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, clocked 2:38:21 while Sudha Singh finished 11th in 2:42.12 and all three Indian women thus qualified for the August World Championship in Beijing by dipping under the 2:44 cut-off mark set by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).advertisementAmong the Indian men, last year’s topper Karan Singh retained his position as the best finisher by clocking 2:21:35 to finish overall 11th.Arjun Pradhan – Karan’s teammate from the Army Sports Institute, Pune – took the 12th spot clocking 2:22:22.Bahadur Singh Dhoni was the third best among Indian men clocking 2:22:41, to finish 13th overall.Six-foot, 4-inch tall Abera took control of the men’s race after being in the leading bunch of 8-9 runners till the last 10 kms.Keeping his speed between 18-20 km per hour, the 22-year-old Ethiopian – who came into this event after taking part in a 15-km race in The Netherlands – stepped on the gas to lead the rest by a wide margin.He was on course to dip under the two-year-old course record of 2:09:32 on the Marine Drive stretch, but constantly looked behind to see who was closing the gap and this cost him precious seconds.”I wanted to break the course record in my first marathon but unfortunately could not do so,” said the Ethiopian who has run quite a few half marathons.The race saw a few Kenyans drop out due to rising temeperatures and after being hit by a stomach bug, according to Elite Athletes co-ordinator Jose Hermens.Women’s champion Mekash said that after the 35-km mark her calf and back started aching.”I run in three marathons in a year – in China, Mumbai and Paris,” said the 29-year-old Ethiopian whose personal best is 2:25:09 clocked while ending up fourth in 2013 in Paris.Asian Games medalist Kavita Raut of ONGC clinched the women’s half marathon, her fourth road race in two months after recovering from a stress fracture in her leg, by clocking 1:19:50.The corresponding men’s title was clinched by last year’s winner Indrajeet Patel in 1:08:09.Results:Full marathon: Overall: Men: 1. T Abera (Eth) 2:09:46, 2.D Debele (Eth) 2:10:31; 3. Luke Kibet (Ken) 2:10:57.Women: 1. D Mekash (Eth) 2:30:00, 2. Kumeshi Sichala (Eth) 2:30:56, 3. Marta Megra (Eth) 2:31:45.Indian: Men: 1. Karan Singh 2:21:35, 2. Arjun Pradhan 2:22:22, 3. Bahadur Singh Dhoni 2:22:41.Women: 1. O P Jaisha 2:37:29, 2. Lalita Babar 2:38:21, 3.Sudha Singh 2:42:12Half marathon: Men: 1. Indrajeet Patel 1:08:09, Atwa Bhagat 1:08:11, 3. Govind Singh 1:08:14.Women: 1. Kavita Raut 1:19:50, 2. Eve Bugler (Britain) 1:22:18, 3. Supriya Patil 1:26:48.