In Oct. 6 Thursday United Men league action at Rose Bowl Lanes, Jed Gabel rolled games of 290, 265, and 300 for an 855 series. Gabel nearly beat the Marshfield city series record, which he currently holds at 868. Gabel had a 213 average heading into the night of his 300 game and 855 series, and he has nine previously sanctioned 800 series as well as 19 perfect games. (Submitted photo)
It also includes sports and recreation for talent development, education designed for early childhood, adult literacy and vocational training. “Any misuse of funds intended for development of communities will not be tolerated,” she said. “We call upon the National Lotteries Board and the Distribution Agencies to deal severely with people found to be misusing funds, including referring them to the police for appropriate action to be taken.” Priority funding areas They will also streamline the processing of applications by the National Lotteries board, all the way from application point to payment, in order to make the process more transparent and efficient. Organisations that received funding before from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund will still be required to produce such audited statements, as required in the Lotteries Act. Removing barriers to access Over and above this, there were concerns that the funds were not being distributed to development of communities that really needed them. Public, beneficiary concerns “This requirement was onerous and excluded a number of deserving beneficiaries,” the department said. “It is important that the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund be distributed in a manner that addresses developmental needs in rural, poor and under-privileged communities,” the department said. Having considered the accessibility of the fund to smaller non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations, Davies has decided to do away with the compulsory requirement for first-time applicants to produce audited financial statements when applying for funds. “These funds must benefit rural development and educational needs in a meaningful manner,” the department said. 23 July 2010 The regulations, which fall under Section 60 of the Lotteries Act of 1997, seek to improve the efficiency and distribution of resources of the National Lottery Distribution Fund. In order to minimise the risk that may arise with the removal of this requirement, the DTI’s deputy-director general for general, consumer and corporate regulation, Zodwa Ntuli, said that thorough checks would be done on applicants, including site visits and reference checks. As a result, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has directed that at least 50% of the funds available for distribution must go to priorities that include the expansion of home-based care services, development of facilities for disabled people, and substance rehabilitation and treatment services. The new regulations come into effect on 30 July 2010. Specific attention would be given to organisations that have a history of failing to account for funds received from other donors and those whose members were previously involved in misusing donor funds. Thorough checks on applicants According to a statement by the department this week, a number of concerns were raised by the public and beneficiaries of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund that the funds were not reaching its beneficiaries on time, and that there were no effective measures in place for expedient distribution of these funds. South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has introduced new regulations that will see National Lottery resources being used increasingly for community and rural development, while also making it easier for first-time applicants to access funding. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… Related Posts signe brewster You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Jaunt’s virtual reality cameraIn the year since cinematic virtual reality startup Jaunt launched, the world of VR has once again turned upside down. There are new headsets, new industries interested and, finally, definite plans to release it to consumers. The race is on to determine which content will define the world’s first experiences with the medium.Jaunt CEO Jens Christenson can’t help but get excited about all the activity and identify one of its greatest opportunities: I think technology has gotten to the point [where] people are excited about it. They’re going to get the headsets, especially mobile headsets. The biggest overarching thing is just creating enough content so we can have what I call critical mass of content in 2015. So when people get their headsets, there is great content they can view, but also fresh content coming every day, every week, so they keep coming back.At the South By Southwest festival, Christensen had a fresh reel of content to show me, including aerial shots of rock climbers and an on-stage view of a Paul McCartney concert. Jaunt’s custom camera captures 360 degrees of 3D video that pulls on the emotional strings that make virtual reality feel so real. VR Films Are No Laughing MatterJaunt’s founders take a moment to yuck it up for the cameras.It’s clear that Jaunt is beginning to experiment with new forms of video. Back when the company was still in stealth mode, its clips felt mostly like home movies—simple shots of a children’s choir, BMX bikers and a tranquil yard. There was one experimental scene from a horror film.Today, the production value feels much higher. In one scene from “Other Space,” the upcoming Yahoo comedy by the creator of “Freaks and Geeks,” characters lobbed mildly humorous insults and got in my face while examining me aboard their spaceship. See also: 6 Ways The HTC Vive Will Freak Out Virtual-Reality GeeksThis was the first comedy I’ve seen in virtual reality. While I don’t have great things to say about the script writing, it raised some interesting thoughts. Oculus Rift, one of several headsets that Jaunt films will support.You know how people like to keep a little distance between themselves and other people or objects? Your desire for personal space in real life still exists in VR. But the scene didn’t ask me to laugh at some character on the screen getting poked and prodded—it asked me to laugh at myself. It was a conflicting feeling of discomfort and amusement. Another clip, “Stress Level Zero,” is Jaunt’s first piece to feature computer-generated material. An animated alien in a spacesuit lands and begins performing a DJ set, while live-action FBI agents shout at it to freeze. The combination felt natural in VR. Virtual Opportunity—And CompetitionJaunt plans to remain goggle agnostic, but its biggest boost may come from mobile headsets, which eliminates wires by using a phone as their screen. “We’re very excited about the mobile solution,” Christensen said. “The thing that’s so great about mobile for us is, it plays video really well. It’s really not that suited for video games.”Jaunt CTO Arthur van Hoff, vice president of engineering Tom Annau and CEO Jens Christensen.That means less competition for eyeballs on the platform that could be the first VR experience for millions of people. Films run just fine on headsets like Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, which have higher-quality screens, but they were born for gaming and need to be tethered to a computer. Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR headset is made to be out in the world getting strapped onto as many heads as possible. Christensen said he is even excited about Cardboard, Google’s inexpensive headset that is literally made out of cardboard. I agree with Christensen that it’s all about content now. Even today, you can have a great experience in VR whether you’re using Gear or HTC’s new Vive, which was the hit of the 2015 Game Developers Conference. Jaunt is under similar pressure. While it has the intellectual property rights to protect its camera, plus its editing and distribution software and apps, it is no longer the only company creating high-quality videos for VR. See also: Samsung Is Getting Serious About Producing Its Own Virtual-Reality VideosBut Jaunt’s latest demos convinced me that its inventiveness could still give it the edge. The company provides evolving creation tools to artists and developers, and it’s clearly thinking hard about what VR cinema should feel like. Christensen’s team is also considering how to make watching VR videos more social, to beat back the feelings of isolation common in virtual reality environments. The questions that remain for cinematic VR creators will take years to answer. But hopefully, when the first headsets emerge later this year, the industry will have a compelling start.Camera photo and color shot of founders by Signe Brewster for ReadWrite; all others courtesy of Jaunt The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Tags:#Jaunt#SXSW#SXSW 2015#virtual reality#VR
Massachusetts released draft guidance on its treatment of selected international provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The guidance applies to:– corporate excise taxpayers; and– personal income taxpayers.It explains how taxpayers should treat and report:– IRC Sec. 965 repatriation income;– IRC Sec. 951A global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI);– the IRC Sec. 245A participation exemption deduction for foreign-source dividends; and– the IRC Sec. 250 deduction from foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and GILTI.Repatriation IncomeIRC Sec 965 requires a one-time inclusion of certain untaxed foreign earnings and profits in a taxpayer’s Subpart F income. It also allows a deduction for part of the earnings that reduces the tax rate on this income.A taxpayer can elect to pay tax on the income in installments over 8 years. An S corporation shareholder can elect to defer the tax liability until the tax year in which a triggering event occurs.GILTIIRC Sec. 951A requires U.S. shareholders of any controlled foreign corporation to include its share of the CFC’s GILTI in gross income. The GILTI inclusion applies to tax years beginning after 2017.FDII and GILTI DeductionIRC Sec. 250 allows a corporation with GILTI and FDII to deduct part of that income on its federal return. The deduction reduces the rate of U.S. tax on GILTI and FDII.Participation Exemption DeductionThe TCJA established a participation exemption system for the taxation of foreign income. It replaces a system that taxed earnings from a foreign corporation only after it distributed the income to US shareholders. IRC Sec 245A provides a 100% deduction for dividends received from certain foreign corporations.Massachusetts TreatmentTaxpayers computing Massachusetts excise or income tax liability must include:– IRC Sec 965 repatriation income; and– IRC Sec. 951A GILTI.Massachusetts does not allow the:– IRC Sec 965 deduction for excise or income taxpayers;– IRC Sec. 250 FDII or GILTI deduction for excise taxpayers; or– IRC Sec. 245A participation exemption deduction for excise taxpayers.Massachusetts treats the repatriation income and GILTI as dividend income. So, excise taxpayers can claim a dividends received deduction for 95% of that income if they meet stock ownership requirements.A corporation must exclude repatriation income or GILTI from the sales factor of its apportionment formula. A financial institution must also exclude this income from the receipts factor of its apportionment formula. The apportionment guidance on repatriation income for financial institutions represents a change in previous guidance. This resulted from changes later enacted by supplemental budget legislation (TAXDAY, 2018/10/26, S.8).Massachusetts taxpayers cannot elect to pay tax liability on repatriation income in installments. An S corporation shareholder also cannot defer Massachusetts tax liability on that income.Working Draft TIR 19-XX: Massachusetts Implications of Selected International Provisions of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, January 16, 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.
(Missourinet) Some Missouri cities have buses with plenty of open seats. Some school districts need a cheap way to get older students to class.State Rep. Chuck Basye is pushing a bill allowing school districts to contract with cities to transport high schoolers. The Columbia City Council and Columbia Public Schools Board of Education have endorsed the idea.“For students who don’t have cars to be able to access those services, this is going to be a really good benefit to them,” Councilman Michael Trapp said while testifying at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday.“We already can share funds, but for some reason we can’t share funds when it comes to busing,” CPS board member Jonathan Sessions said during his testimony.Opponents say they worry city buses don’t have the same safety measures as school buses.
Software-first networking can be an interesting theory or a transformative technology for enterprise computing. Which one it is depends on your perspective…and maybe your age.Many of today’s enterprise IT leaders will remember the glory days of infrastructure expansion. If you needed more CPU or storage, it was easy and relatively inexpensive to throw new hardware at the problem of scale and capacity.While that approach was not sustainable, it helped to establish a habitual response to IT challenges: more hardware. For a while it seemed that any computing, storage, or networking problem could be solved by more or better boxes.But the modern IT landscape has blown that assumption out of the water. Data volumes and encryption demands are orders of magnitude larger than they were a mere two decades ago. Computing power has increased exponentially and predictably such that dual-socket servers with 44 cores (88 threads) are now readily available. Eye-popping volumes of corporate data and off-the-charts processing power can be a powerful combination…if your network can move data efficiently enough.Enter the software-first approach. It is a strategy that removes barriers that arise when IT services are bound to physical devices. While you can’t entirely ignore hardware, the right components can prepare you for the future of software-defined everything. Intel and Citrix are working together to help you make a successful transition from a hardware-centric network into a software-defined network (SDN).Hardware Versus SoftwareA hardware-defined network has inherent limitations associated with physical devices. These limitations constrict data flow and make it harder to scale, upgrade, or otherwise transform your data center.A software-first strategy shifts your company’s infrastructure from being overly reliant on hardware. The strategy looks to software solutions, rather than more hardware, to give your data center the agility and throughput that it needs to process today’s gigantic volumes of structured and unstructured data—even when that data is encrypted.One way to begin the software-first journey is to incorporate automation into the network by way of application delivery controllers (ADCs).You might be thinking, “But, Tim, you just told me that moving toward a software-first strategy is the way to go. An ADC is a piece of hardware.” You’re right—at least partially. You can’t replace your hardware-centric data center with a software-centric one over night, but you can take small steps toward your software-defined infrastructure (SDI) goal.Your First StepsIf you want to move toward an SDN, you’re going to want Citrix NetScaler. NetScaler is an ADC that can be deployed as a physical, virtual, physical-virtual hybrid, or containerized appliance. Because each iteration of NetScaler shares a single API and set of code, it’s much easier to transition from a physical NetScaler ADC to a virtual ADC than it would be to install or upgrade hardware. The shared code base and API also mean that NetScaler integrates with your heterogeneous environment regardless of hypervisor, cloud, orchestration platform, or fabric architecture.For example, you could deploy Citrix NetScaler MPX today—that’s the bare-metal version—to optimize network traffic. Then when you’re ready to start walking the software-defined road, you can switch to Citrix NetScaler SDX, which is a physical appliance that supports multiple virtual instances of NetScaler software. Then, once you’re ready to move your network control into the virtual space, you can upgrade to Citrix NetScaler VPX, a virtual appliance.If you’re a cloud-based provider or app developer, the micro-version of NetScaler VPX, known as NetScaler CPXOpens in a new window, might be your best bet.Software-first SupportRunning NetScaler on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family can propel you into the software-first arena. NetScaler was designed to capitalize on technology built into the Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 family allowing NetScaler to bypass main memory and route data through to the L3 cache, which can reach sizes up to 55 MB. That puts data even closer to the processor.The Intel Xeon processor E5 family is available in a variety of configurations, so you can choose the processor that best fits your data center’s needs. The Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 family supports up to 1.5 TB of fast memory (DDR3/DDR4). Other Intel technologies baked into the processor enhance security and accelerate encryption.Read MoreThere’s a lot more to the symbiosis between the Intel Xeon processor E5 family and Citrix NetScaler than this blog can cover. Read our latest paper, Citrix and Intel Help Advance Next-Generation Data Centers with NetScaler,Opens in a new window to get the full picture.To stay up to date on the latest big data news and developments, check out the #TechTim community on Twitter, and follow me @TimIntel.
The Justice Mudgal IPL Probe Committee met in Mumbai on Sunday and named former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the former cricketer to assist the committee in its investigation into the betting and spot-fixing scandal in last year’s Indian Premier League.”The Committee held its meeting in Mumbai on 7.6.2014 and 8.6.2014. The Committee considered the names of a few players and decided to appoint Mr. Sourav Ganguly as the player to assist the Committee in its probe,” a statement here read.”Consent was sought from Mr. Ganguly and he has agreed to assist the Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 16.5.2014,” the statement added.The committee has to submit its report to the Supreme Court by August.The Supreme Court last month appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal — retired chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court — to probe allegations of spot-fixing and betting against 13 people, including some cricketers who played the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013, and inaction thereon by Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan.The other two members of the committee are L. Nageswar Rao (additional solicitor general of India) and senior advocate Niloy Dutta.Justice Mudgal will be assisted by senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra, who is deputy director general of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).The team will have three police officers, one each from police forces from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Except for powers to arrest, the investigating team will have all the powers to call and examine people it deems fit and record their statements.advertisement