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Valencia beat Espanyol despite late strike from Sergio Garcia at Cornella

first_imgValencia exacted revenge on Espanyol for knocking them out of the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 win at Cornella-El Prat on Sunday evening.  Sport EN But at least they can now focus on securing a return to the top four and a seat at Europe’s top table.  All the goals came after the break, with Pablo Piatti opening the scoring, deftly touching home a cross from the lively Jose Gaya.  However, Los Che managed to hold out for the three points which lifted them above Sevilla into the final Champions League spot. This was the third meeting between Valencia and Espanyol this year, with the two sides locking horns in the Copa del Rey round-of-16 in January.  Dani Parejo’s free-kick, which hit the post and then found its way to the net via Pau Lopez, then looked to have settle proceedings, before Sergio Garcia’s late strike set up a tense ending. center_img CET With Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all clustered together in the draw, Valencia felt they had a real chance in this season’s cup competition, so they were particularly wounded when they were eliminated by Espanyol.  Meanwhile, Espanyol’s run in the Copa has not stopped and they can now begin to prepare for their trip to Bilbao on Wednesday for the first leg of their semi-final tie with Athletic Club. 08/02/2015 Upd. at 20:56 last_img read more

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SES rescues fallen horse

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson EMERALD SES rushed to the scene of an elderly horse that had fallen on its side in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Table Mountain security beefed up

first_img7 April 2011More rangers will be placed on patrol in order to put a stop to increasing incidents of crime at Table Mountain National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on Wednesday.SANParks CEO David Mabunda said 50 additional rangers would be employed at the park. Currently the park employs 43 rangers and 12 visitor safety officers.The rangers will be responsible for issues such as visitor safety, visitor rescue, anti-poaching, disaster management and crime prevention in general.SANParks said the recruitment process would begin immediately, and the first recruits are expected to report for duty within the next three months.“We cannot allow the internationally iconic status of Table Mountain National Park to be negatively impacted by ongoing crime in this area,” Mabunda said. “The economic implications for the Cape Town City and the country are significant … we have to act decisively in dealing with this issue.“At the end of the day, the Table Mountain National Park is there for all, and we want both our domestic and international visitors to be able to enjoy the park to its fullest without any fear,” Mabunda said.SANParks said it would continue working with the SAPS, Metro Police, provincial officials and other partners as part of a multi-stakeholder approach to combating crime on Table Mountain.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Check Your Code with CSS Lint

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes CSS Lint is a tool for checking your CSS code. Like JSHint and JSLint (see our previous coverage).CSS Lint was created by Nicole Sullivan and Nicholas C. Zakas. Based on the conversations thus far is bound to become as infamous as JSLint. However, since CSS Lint is open source, if you don’t like the rules, you can host your own version and change the rules.Many of the seemingly strange rules (such as “IDs shouldn’t be used in selectors”) stem from object oriented CSS, a paradigm promoted by Sullivan.Here’s a video by Sullivan on the subject:center_img klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

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SMX Advanced recap: Using Paid Search & Social Together to Deliver the Ultimate Knockout Punch

first_imgSMX Advanced recap: Using Paid Search & Social Together to Deliver the Ultimate Knockout PunchYou are here: Posted on 2nd July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingSMX Advanced recap: Using Paid Search & Social Together to Deliver the Ultimate Knockout Punch As always, SMX was chock full of new ideas and actionable content. One of the struggles that many media teams face is the disconnect between the digital strategies that one team owns versus the strategies being implemented by teams that are responsible for other digital media types. This particular session brought together leaders in paid search and paid social to provide insight into:Proven ways to bridge the knowledge gap between teams.Building a cohesive strategy.Working in tandem to deliver results.Maggie Malek, Head of PR & Social at MMI AgencyMalek kicked off the session noting that ad blockers are on the rise and that the key to getting around ad blockers is to put people before efficiency. In other words, putting in the time to create useful content pays off. In order to do that, Malek emphasized that search and social teams need to work together.To truly maximize combined efforts, it’s important to understand the role of search and social in the buying cycle and to make sure that the teams work together closely. Her slides included a process for working together from an agency-partner kick-off all the way through launch, to ensure that both teams were in lockstep. In addition to the process, she also detailed the information that each team should plan to share throughout the project.After covering project logistics, Malek underscored the importance of creating the best experience possible. Her approach is a three-step process: Discovery, Campaign Creation and Optimization.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: SMX Advanced recap: Using Paid Search & Social Together to Deliver the Ultimate Knockout Punch Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

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Oregon ~ Personal Income Tax: Medical Care, Business Expenses Deductions Allowed

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Oregon Department of Revenue’s disallowance of certain personal income tax deductions for medical care expenses and consulting fees paid to a contractor were reversed because the taxpayers met the burden of proof. Generally, deductions are granted for qualified long-term care expenses of a “chronically ill individual” if a licensed health care practitioner certifies that the individual meets the conditions for the prior 12 months. In this case, the taxpayers’ dependent mother was provided care in a foster home according to a licensed health care practitioner’s prescription and the records regarding her care satisfied the statutory certification condition. Accordingly, the taxpayers were granted the claimed medical care expense deduction.The taxpayers were granted business expense deductions for payment of consulting fees to a third party, despite their not filing “information returns” for the tax year in question, because the third party was a contractor and the taxpayers fell outside of the filing threshold for that year.Donohoe v. Department of Revenue, Oregon Tax Court, No. TC-MD 150521N, August 23, 2016, ¶401-246last_img read more

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Taxpayer Advocate Releases 2016 Report to Congress (IR-2017-2)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportNational Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina E. Olson on January 10 released the NTA 2016 Annual Report to Congress. In the report, Olson recommended that the IRS revamp its “Future State” plan in order to adopt a taxpayer-centric focus and urged Congress to emphasize simplification when it considers tax reform in 2017. The report noted that voluntary compliance, worldwide taxpayer services, geographic focus and a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR) are necessary elements of the Future State. It also contains a list of the most litigated taxpayer issues, Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) research and related studies and legislative recommendations.Olson noted that the IRS was responsive to concerns she raised in the 2015 report to Congress about the Future State, including the Service’s operations and interactions with taxpayer. The Service has made Future State information available on its website and has provided assurances that it will continue to provide telephone and face-to-face services, should taxpayers choose to use them. Despite assurances that the Future State is more of an evolving approach than a static plan, Olson suggested, based on discussions with taxpayers and stakeholders during the 12 public forums held around the country, as well as focus groups and nationwide surveys, that “the IRS adopt a fundamentally different approach to tax administration.”“This is arguably the most important piece I have written about the IRS in my 15 years serving as the National Taxpayer Advocate,” Olson wrote in the report. She presented a series of proposals intended to improve tax administration, placing particular emphasis on changing the culture of the IRS. “To create an environment that encourages taxpayer trust and confidence, the IRS must change its culture from one that is enforcement-oriented to one that is service-oriented.”Among the proposals suggested, Olson recommended putting taxpayers first; instead of placing an emphasis on enforcement, funding should be directed toward meeting basic taxpayer needs. Placing an emphasis on service and trust can increase tax compliance, Olson believes. She noted that taxpayers who seek help to comply but do not receive that help are treated as tax evaders. “This treatment in turn breeds resentment and increases the risk that the taxpayer who was willing to comply is no longer willing to do so. In this way, the underlying assumption by the tax agency that taxpayers will evade tax becomes a self-fulfilling proposition. The agency ends up converting a compliant taxpayer into a noncompliant one.”Tax SimplificationThe report noted that the TAS examined the current tax code’s compliance burdens and found that individuals and businesses spend approximately 6-billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, not including IRS audits or notices. Complexity “rewards taxpayers who can afford expensive tax advice and discriminates against taxpayers who cannot,” according to the report.Several areas of complexity that Congress should address were highlighted, including: repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals; consolidating the family status provisions in the tax code; consolidating at least 12 incentives to save or spend for education; consolidating at least 15 incentives to save for retirement; simplifying worker classification determinations to minimize employee v. independent contract disputes; eliminating or reducing procedural incentives to enact tax provisions that expire and require periodic renewal (sunsets); eliminating or reducing the gradual phase-out of tax benefits as income rises; and streamlining the more than 170 civil penalties contained in the tax code.The report also addresses the need for the IRS to further incorporate the Taxpayer Bill of Rights into its operations. In addition, despite improvements in fraud detection and identity theft, the Service needs to improve the accuracy of its determinations to avoid significant refund delays for taxpayers. Finally, the report raises concerns about questionable legal advice given by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel regarding the implementation of the private debt collection program mandated by CongressIR-2017-2, 2017FED ¶46,222National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Executive Summary: Preface, Special Focus and HighlightsNational Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Volume 1National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Volume 2National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress 2016: Volume 3Other References:Code Sec. 7804CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶43,266.385Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 3,058last_img read more

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IT Information Security – The First Layer of Defense is People

first_imgDo you agree? Yesterday I wrote a blog titled “Submarines, Stealth Fighters and Evolving Needs of Information Security” in the Server Room where I discuss some new server technologies aimed at better securing data from hackers, viruses and new malware called rootkits. Within Intel IT, every strategic discussion I have witnessed from implementing cloud architectures, deploying server virtualization and client virtualization, evaluating Windows 7  (more coming soon on our plans here), developing business intelligence and social media collaboration solutions, designing for security is a paramount factor.  Every IT solution must take into account aspects of information security – the risks of not considering it are too great.  There is a rich set on content dedicated to Intel IT’s approach to security solutions. It was only after taking our required annual IT security training mandated for all Intel employees last week did it really hit me that PEOPLE are our primary defense against information theft.  Within the Intel IT organization, I have found a huge focus on the value of our people – our subject matter experts.  From the engineers, architects and IT strategists to the training of all employees on the principles, expectations and tools we all need to use to maximize the effectiveness of what IT has put in place.  This was reinforced by a recent Gartner call I attended where the speaker proposed that people are our most agile and important asset.  I agree. Technology can’t do it alone – we have to deploy technology with intelligence, purpose and controls.  That is only possible by enabling people to be trained, educated and empowered with the ability, tools and support to be successful.  Chris Peters@Chris_P_Intel (twitter) The bottom line: IT’s job is simultaneously deliver business value through innovation aimed at enabling growth, boosting productivity, maximizing efficiency and maintaining continuity.  This is what makes PEOPLE so critical because the balancing act is a question of IT governance – the formal means to evaluate, benchmark and decide how to balance these critical questions – in close collaboration with partner business units, HR, legal and senior management. Of course the question for IT is how much is enough. Is meeting the minimum regulatory requirements sufficient – or should we strive for a higher level of protection – at what cost.  There is no formula here.  It is a delicate balance to match risk, investment costs and ROI to deliver sufficient information security protection.  Over-invest in security and you could be constraining business growth or restricting process improvement … under-invest and you risk exposure to information loss could be too high; or (worst of all) don’t innovate business processes because of worries concerning security exposure After writing that blog, I began to think about the variety of levels by which information security is delivered.  To truly manage risk and provide information security for a business, you need many levels of controls and defenses. In fact, I learned that Intel IT has a Defense in Depth strategy for information security last_img read more

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NATIONAL CAMP KICKSTARTS YOUTH WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN

first_img93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers took their first steps towards selection for the Federation of International Touch 2009 Youth World Cup after a comprehensive training camp at the Currimundi Fitness Centre at Currimundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2007.Players in National squads in the six FIT Youth World Cup age divisions – 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, and 18 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, were put through their paces by National Youth Coaches, National Open Coaches, and National Open players.Some of the sport’s biggest names gathered to provide support to help educate and guide the new breed of up and coming stars of the sport over a demanding weekend that included a variety of activities to develop the on and off field skills of Australia’s best youth talent.Touch Football Hall of Fame members Peter Mc Neven and Scott Notley joined current World Cup Open representatives Peta Rogerson, Gary Sonda, Tony Eltakchi, and Australian Open Women’s Captain Sharyn Williams as mentors at the camp.2007 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s World Cup winning coaches Tony Trad and Kerry Norman were also on hand to assist coach and player development.TFA’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, Elite Programs Director, Cathy Gray, and High Performance Coaching Director Ian Stanley, also attended to drive their respective areas of expertise to ensure the camp was successful in achieving numerous outcomes for participants, the program, and the sport itself.Players participated in a range of activities including fitness assessments, skills sessions, game play, mixed games, video analysis, recovery sessions, nutrition lectures, media engagements, and individual player debriefs.All Youth National squad members adapted to life well as Elite representatives of their chosen sport and trained and played with a high level of effort, endeavour, and effectiveness commiserate with players of the highest standard. It wasn’t all hard work for the Youth squads, with off the field fun that included a ropes course and an impromptu skit night organized by “The Blackest Cat” Entertainment Group.Tony Trad, Gary Sonda, Dean Russell, and Tony Eltakchi provided a great night of entertainment for the squads with a games night featuring special guest interviews and challenges.The Australian Youth squads contributed themselves with National 18 Years Girls representative Laura Chivers (the sport’s nomination for the next “Australian Idol”) stealing the show and earning a standing ovation from the crowd with her moving solo version of the Missy Higgins hit, “They weren’t there”.The Boys were not to be outdone with Jordan Marshall, Tyson Brough, and Nicholas Sword proving their footwork was just as good on the dance floor as it is on the touch field, and Jess Shaw and Genevieve La Caze did their best to “step up” and match the boys in an impromptu “dance off”.Players knuckled down well and impressed their coaches with their willingness to learn, eagerness to work, and their passion for wearing the green and gold.National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant was pleased with the outcomes of the camp and believes the tone for future set camps has been established.“Everyone deserves congratulations on a job well done this weekend. Player effort and behaviour was beyond reproach, and our Coaches planned and ran appropriate and valuable sessions for the camp’s duration. The input of our mentor players and coaches was fantastic and the venue staff and TFA staff worked well together to support what turned out to be an extremely successful camp. We are well positioned to mount a very strong challenge to regain the FIT World Youth Cup in Auckland in 2009,” Mr. Grant said.National Youth Squad members will be monitored in coming months at various TID tournaments and squads will be reviewed at the National 18 Years Championships to be played in Coffs Harbour from 18-22 September 2007.last_img read more