The Senate voted on October 17 to take up the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution (BR) for debate, which includes reconciliation instructions for tax reform, by a party-line vote of 50 to 47 (TAXDAY, 2017/10/02, C.1). The Senate must pass a budget resolution for GOP lawmakers to have a legislative vehicle for tax reform. A Senate vote on the BR is expected on Friday, October 20, after allowing for 50 hours of debate.Using a BR unlocks the reconciliation process for tax reform, which enables GOP lawmakers in the Senate to pass legislation by a simple majority, rather than 60 votes, if no Democratic support can be garnered. Senate Democrats criticize the BR for implementing budget cuts for the sake of providing tax cuts to the wealthy.Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a controversial figure in the BR’s prospect for success, voted yes to take up debate on the BR, but has expressed criticism of the measure for not including budget caps, stating it is not currently fiscally conservative. If approved, the Senate and House will likely go to conference to reconcile the differences between the two BRs (TAXDAY, 2017/10/06, C.1).“Specifically, this budget resolution contains a $1.5-trillion reconciliation instruction for tax reform. That is a good number, putting meaningful tax reform within reach,” Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor on October 17. Hatch stated that the taxwriting SFC is currently crafting tax reform legislation pursuant to the guideposts of the Trump administration and top GOP lawmakers’ unified framework (TAXDAY, 2017/09/28, C.1).“Our bill, based on the unified tax reform framework, will give much-needed relief to millions of low-to-middle income families. But, without this budget resolution…we’re unlikely to get there,” Hatch said.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin 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.
Today’s video blog features Massimo Re Ferre’, IBM Senior IT Architect, giving a chalk talk on some of the scenarios where you are looking to “Scale Up” or “Scale Out” your virtual infrastructure. Check out this short video from VMWorld Europe 2009:
Rio de Janiero, Aug 18 (PTI) Indias schedule on day 13 Rio de Janiero, Aug 18 (PTI) Indias schedule on day 13 at the Rio Olympics Games here today. AUGUST 18 (all IST) BADMINTON: Womens singles semifinals — PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara at 1750 hrs GOLF: Womens Round two at 1600hrs WRESTLING: Narsingh Yadavs hearing in the dope fiasco at 1730 hrs. PTI TAP SSC SSC
From making traditional suits look so chic as Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to the way she sported short dresses in Hadh Kar Di Aapne–Rani Mukerji was a total fashionista, back in the days. But over the years, the actress has lost her taste in class-apart fashion. Her recent look is a case in point.Recently, the actress graced a promotional event for her upcoming film, Hichki, and left us baffled with her choice of a green-white dress. While we have seen Rani sport really strange and primitive-looking outfits before, this Red Valentino number tops them all. Rani Mukerji sports green-white number. Photo: Yogen ShahAlso Read: Rani Mukerji’s black outfit is the reason you should never get too experimentalThe round-neck, crochet dress had a symmetrical pattern all over, which made it look like a sweater dress, but not a pretty one.Also Read: Rani Mukerji’s sublime, traditional attire is all the guidance you need for Diwali dressingThe parrot-green, shift dress would’ve looked just fine, had it not been for the tacky-looking frill on it. The white, crochet frill is what pulled down the look of the outfit completely. The frill details made the actress look like a chandelier, and we’re not exaggerating. Rani Mukerji sports green-white number. Photo: Yogen ShahJust like the dress, her choice of a pair of white pumps didn’t really work for the look, because of how mismatched they were. A pair of casual, white sneakers would have been a better choice of shoes there, Rani.advertisementShe finished the look with soft makeup, and a simple hairdo–the only aspect of her look that we actually like.We wonder if we’ll ever have your stunning public appearances back, Rani.
Basil Thampi bowled the most expensive four overs in the history of the Indian Premier League as Sunrisers Hyderabad went down by 14 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy in Benglauru.His horrendous bowling, along with some sloppy fielding helped RCB post 218/6 from their 20 overs in their do-or-die game. Ultimately, SRH slumped to their second straight defeat despite fifties from Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey.The Kerala pacer, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this match, was hammered all over the park and returned with figures of 4/70 from his four overs. He bowled the 19th, 16th 13th and 8th over of the RCB innings and they went for 19, 14, 18 and 19 respectively.He gave away six maximums and five boundaries in his 24 balls on Thursday.Also read – IPL 2018, RCB Vs SRH: de Villiers, Moeen keep RCB play-offs hope aliveThe second most costliest four overs in an IPL match was bowled by Ishant Sharma, when he gave away 66 runs versus Chennai Super Kings in 2013. Umesh Yadav (65 vs RCB in 2013) and Sandeep Sharma (65 vs SRH in 2014) are just behind him.His was also the most expensive by an Indian bowler ever. Earlier, Sreenath Aravind conceded 69 for RCB in 2011. B Akhil conceded 67 for Karnataka in 2010 and Ishant had given away 66 versus CSK in 2013.Also read – Normal human beings don’t do that: Kohli on de Villiers catchHis forgetful bowling figures could be credited to some fearsome and powerful batting from AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali and then Colin de Grandhomme.De Villiers, who came out to bat at No. 3 on Thursday, hit the ground running from the word go.advertisementHe took on the bowlers and attacked everyone, who was thrown at him. His attacking innings allowed Virat Kohli to settle in but unfortunately the captain couldn’t carry on. But, that was not going to stop the South African in RCB’s penultimate league game of IPL 2018. De Villiers continued his attacking style of play and hit his 50 off 32 balls, with a boundary off Siddharth Kaul in the 12th over.Also read – Watch AB de Villiers fly like Superman to pull off a blinder vs SRHThe 34-year-old was joined by Moeen Ali, who after his initial struggles, started finding the middle of the bat with ease. Ali also brought up his maiden IPL fifty in the 13th over of Basil Thampi with a boundary through covers. But, that was not it. There was more to come. After the Englishman reached his fifty, he also joined in the bandwagon and started hammering the bowlers. But, his fireworks were constantly being overshadowed by ABD. His display of power and timing gave RCB hope that they can go past the 250-run mark at one point but he fell for a 39-ball 69 before falling to Rashid Khan in the 15th over. Thus, ended the exciting 107-run stand for the third wicket.Also read – AB de Villiers on Superman catch: Made it look better than it wasHe hit 12 fours and one six in his 39-ball innings. The Afghani struck again on the fourth ball off the over to send Moeen (65) back this time and RCB’s innings came to a stand-still. From 145/2, RCB were all of a sudden 149/4 in no time. But, Colin de Grandhomme (40) and Sarfaraz Khan (22) salvaged it and took RCB to 218/6 from their 20 overs.Chasing 219 to win, SRH started off positively and looked on course. Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales gave SRH a good start. Williamson (81) and Pandey (62*) followed suit but their efforts were not enough as SRH lost their fourth match in this year’s IPL.Also read – Teams don’t want RCB to win, we cherish that: Virat KohliSRH, who had already qualified for the play-offs prior to this game, will next face Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad on Saturday.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 13: Matthew McConaughey watches from the sideline in the first half against the Baylor Bears at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Texas’ football program held its annual spring game this evening and the Longhorns had a celebrity fan in attendance.Matthew McConaughey, who’s often spotted watching Longhorns games from the sideline, was doing the same tonight.Of course, McConaughey showed up in style.The big-time Texas football fan had a burnt orange leather jacket, an orange beanie and some sweet sunglasses on.Check it out:The jacket. The beanie. The sunglasses.@McConaughey an instant icon at DKR. pic.twitter.com/DBxp7bt5cD— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) April 13, 2019The celebrity fan was enjoying himself during game, too.RAW: Kris & Matthew. Camera time.@kris23db @McConaughey#ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/YclIERlwnE— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 14, 2019Texas opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Louisiana Tech.
Anne Hathaway will host The 2012 Women’s Media Awards on November 13th at Guastavino’s in New York City. The announcement was made by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, co-Founders of the Women’s Media Center.“I am a supporter of the Women’s Media Center,” says Anne Hathaway. “I believe in their ongoing mission and advocacy for women and girls worldwide to be more visible and powerful through a variety of important programs & initiatives.”“Anne embodies the spirit, talent, kindness and authenticity of her own unique talent, and always celebrates the unique talent of other women. I’m so proud that she will be guiding us through this night of serious fun and celebration,” says Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center.“In addition to Anne Hathaway’s fine acting, her devotion to women’s rights, marriage equality, and social-justice activism is remarkable,” says Robin Morgan, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center.“I have watched Anne use her talent and fame to shine a light on important issues particularly that help and promote women and she continues to make a difference in significant ways,” says Jane Fonda, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center.Anne Hathaway is involved with many charities, including The Creative Coalition, The Step Up Women’s Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Human Rights Campaign, The Girl Effect and The Lollipop Theater Network. In 2008, she was honored at Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” tribute, and has also been honored for her work with Step Up Women’s Network and at Variety’s “Power of Women.”The 2012 Women’s Media Awards will honor: Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media & Founding Co-Chair of The Women’s Media Center, will be presented with the first Women’s Meda Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, thereafter to be named after her. Martha Nelson, Editorial Director of Time Inc., will be presented with the Women’s Media Center’s Going The Distance Award. Lisa Ling, Journalist and Host of Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and her sister journalist Laura Ling, Host and Reporter for E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network, will be presented with the Women’s Media Center Sisterhood is Powerful Award. Sarah Hoye, All Platform Journalist for CNN, will receive the Women’s Media Center’s Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award.The honorees will be presented with their awards at The 2012 Women’s Media Awards on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Guastavino’s in New York City with all three Women’s Media Center Co-Founders, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan & Gloria Steinem in attendance.The Women’s Media Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media.
APTN National NewsOttawa needs to invest nearly $5 billion in First Nations water and sewage systems over the next 10 years, according to two year-long study released by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan Thursday.The government commissioned study, by firm Neegan Burnside, found that the federal government needed to immediately invest about $1.2 billion to raise reserve-based water and sewage systems to standards set by Aboriginal Affairs.The study found 1,800 reserve homes have no water service and 1,777 homes have no sewage service at all.Of those with water service, the study found that 39 per cent of 807 reserve systems inspected were classified as posing a “high risk,” meaning they posed a threat to health and safety. These high risk systems serve about 25 per cent of the on-reserve population, the study said.“Once systems are classified under this category, regions and First Nations must take immediate corrective action to minimize or eliminate deficiencies,” the study said.The study also found that of the 532 sewage systems inspected, 14 per cent were found to be seriously deficient.The study concluded that the federal government needed to spend a total of $4.7 billion over the next decade to keep water and waste-water systems up to standard and meet the needs of growing First Nations population.The dollar figures include costs for construction, training, studies and developing emergency plans.A total of 571 First Nations were included in the study which began in September 2009.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said the Conservative government would be introducing legislation creating water and sewage regulations for First Nations reserves.“In the weeks ahead, officials from my department will be meeting with First Nation leaders and other stakeholders,” Duncan told reporters in Saskatoon. “(To go) over the results of the (study), finding ways to move forward together on both responding to the assessment and moving forward with legislation.”Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo called the report’s findings “shocking” and said it was time for Ottawa to deal with the dire water situation facing First Nations.“(The report) reveals the quality of drinking water in First Nation communities is even worse than anticipated,” said Atleo, in a statement. “More than half the water systems our people are using are risky systems.”Duncan released the report in Saskatoon as the AFN was wrapping up its annual general assembly in Moncton.
VANCOUVER — BC Hydro says it plans to spend $1.2 billion to gain complete ownership of a dam and generating station in Trail, B.C.The company says in a release that it will purchase a two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam from Teck Resources Limited (TSX:TCK.A) to help keep electricity rates affordable for customers.The deal includes a 20-year lease agreement where electricity generated at the dam by the two-thirds interest will supply power to Teck’s smelter in Trail.BC Hydro bought a one-third share of the dam in 2010 in a deal that included the right of first offer on any remaining interest in the dam.Teck previously announced a deal with Fortis Inc. to buy the outstanding interest, and the mining company says in a release that it expects to pay a fee of about $28 million for cancelling that agreement.The deal between BC Hydro and Teck is subject to a number of conditions, including approval by the BC Utilities Commission.
Opening the morning session, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso, said the international community should design the fight against terrorists in a way that does not provide them with allies. “The response to 11 September could lead to a catastrophic scenario for humanity – a conflict between Islam and Christianity or between East and West,” Youssouf Ouedraogo warned. “The leaders of our day must attack the injustices that give rise to hate and conflict.” The Minister also voiced his Government’s support to the creation of an independent Palestinian State, to the lifting of sanctions against Cuba and Iraq, and to the proposal by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s envoy, James Baker, on Western Sahara, which he called “an acceptable political compromise.” He also reaffirmed Africa’s position that the Security Council should be reformed to ensure equitable representation for all regions of the world.Also speaking about the injustices that lead to frustration in developing countries, N. Hassan Wirajuda, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia said the global economic environment was becoming less hospitable to the aspirations for growth in poor States. “Without the resources and technology for sustainable development, developing countries are rapidly losing their natural resources,” he said, advocating massive direct investment flows to Indonesia, but acknowledging the difficulty in “making a good case for this” due to problems of corruption in the country’s bureaucracies and corporate sector. “The deficiencies of our legal system and the judiciary, the past human rights record of our police and military establishment have produced less than optimum conditions for Indonesia’s economic recovery,” he said. Turning to the demands for separatism from Aceh and Iran Jaya, the Minister said his Government would introduce a special autonomy and a greater sharing of resources, but would not tolerate acts of terror for separatist ends against Indonesia’s territorial integrity. For Eduard Kukan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the legal instruments devised in the UN were a good basis for increasing the effectiveness of the fight against terrorism. “The only thing that remains to be done is to implement all the good principles which are already laid down,” he said, expressing hope that the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court would enter into force sometime next year. The Minister also stressed the importance of the UN’s peacekeeping efforts in maintaining international security. On the reform of the Security Council, Mr. Kukan said the international community should “be honest in admitting that we have not been fully successful in achieving this goal for years, and now we will have to cope with new, unprecedented challenges.” The Slovak Republic, he said, believed the Council should base its decision-making on majority voting, that the veto should only be reserved for decisions taken under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and that one additional seat should be allocated to the Group of Eastern European States. Concerning the Middle East, Shimon Peres, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel, said there was broad agreement that the creation of an independent Palestinian State – non-military and economically viable – was the best bet. “A Palestinian State – which enables the Palestinians to breathe freedom, to initiate a new economy, to maintain their traditions, and enjoy the highest level of education – will also provide for real security,” he said. What endangered this new solution was terror, however. Every democracy must have a non-democratic institution to defend itself, Mr. Peres noted. Armies were non-democratic, but without them, democracy would not prevail. “The Palestinian Authority, which is a State in the making, must establish one authority over all arms, all armies and all use of arms,” he said. “Not for the sake of Israel, but for the sake of peace and their own destiny, so that bullets will not negate ballots. As long as terror persists, Israel has no choice but to defend its people.”The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, told the Assembly that in rallying the international coalition against terrorism, the world community should not neglect another equally dangerous threat, drug trafficking, which was the main financial support for terrorist and extremist activities. In recent years, the countries of Central Asia have been finding themselves face-to-face with large-scale aggression unleashed by international narco-syndicates. “It is clear that no country, no matter how powerful, can expect to successfully confront drug trafficking, unless fully supported by the international community,” he said.Turning to development cooperation, S.R. Insanally, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guyana, said it was clear the prevailing international system was “deeply flawed” and had failed to achieve its primary objective of increasing growth and improving the quality of life in poor countries. Many debt and poverty traps that continued to ensnare millions of the world’s poorest people were inherent in the system. As envisioned by the late President Cheddi Jagan of Guyana, the proposal for a New Global Human Order acknowledged that the major constraints affecting economic and social progress in developing countries resided in capacity limitation in the critical areas of markets, administrative and institutional structures, the leveraging of resources and the ability of developing countries to negotiate as equal partners in a number of forums outside the UN. The proposal sought to make development cooperation programmes more effective, optimize scarce financial resources and reduce the spread of poverty.Sule Lamido, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, said it was regrettable that conflicts and wars continued to be waged, and that Africa had a disproportionate share of those conflicts. Yet the experiences in Liberia and Sierra Leone had shown that the United Nations, in close partnership with regional and subregional organizations, could facilitate the return to peace and security. As for the economic situation on the continent, many African countries – despite welcome initiatives on debt relief – had neither grown out of debt nor been able to service their debts in a sustainable manner. This warranted a bolder approach, he said, such as outright debt cancellation. Efforts to resolve the problem should also be bolstered by collective action to discourage illegal transfer of funds from developing countries and the repatriation of such funds to their countries of origin.Foreign Minister Souef Mohamed El-Amine of Comoros said the process of national reconciliation in his country was making progress daily. A draft constitution to govern the future of Comoros, drafted with the participation of all the political parties and the support of the international community, was on its way to referendum. He said the government was sparing no effort to facilitate progress during the current transitional phase, and urgently appealed to the international community to continue providing its valuable support in this period of national reconciliation and reconstruction. Addressing the issue of the Comoran island of Mayotte, he said it was still a matter of concern. However, he remained optimistic about the willingness of the French authorities to cooperate with their Comoran counterparts.João Bernardo de Miranda, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Angola, stressed the importance of addressing the extreme poverty in Africa. The UN must implement action plans and recommendations of the past decade on HIV/AIDS, social development, human rights, racial discrimination and terrorism. His country endorsed the use of force to eliminate terrorist cells and had helped develop an international diamond certification system, which helped prevent the financing of terrorist groups. A climate of peace was beginning to prevail in Angola, favourably affecting its economy, and reform efforts could make possible the holding of truly democratic general elections in the near future. However, sanctions against UNITA should be maintained until peace became irreversible. Also, the help of the international community was still needed in the effort to relieve poverty, to address the problem of displaced populations, and for national reconstruction.Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail of the Sudan said his country condemned terrorism, which was not the province of any particular religion or ethnic group. He said the lifting of sanctions on his country would contribute to greater cooperation with the international community. It was time to end the unilateral economic measures imposed on certain countries, including his own. The Sudan would strive to support the activities of the UN in favour of humanity, including the eradication of poverty and rehabilitation of areas destroyed through war. His government would continue to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the victims of war. He added that measures should be taken to ensure that globalization would be a positive engine of progress for humanity at large and not lead to cultural and intellectual hegemony.Yemen’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Alsaidi, stressed that terrorism was not a new phenomenon and it had also affected his country. However, it had worsened due to negligence in addressing the problem. Yemen condemned all forms of terrorism, and it rejected attempts to link terrorism to Arabs or Muslims. Yemen also censured those voices proclaiming a clash of civilizations and called instead for dialogue on common human values. The elements of terrorism must be defined, he said. The Security Council should act to end the crimes committed daily by Israel against the Palestinian people. The imposition of international embargoes and sanctions, such as those under which the Iraqi people suffered, must be reconsidered. Sanctions which had been overtaken by events must be reviewed.Statements in the morning session were also made by the representatives of Singapore and Kazakhstan.