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ALE Heavylift on the double

first_imgThe installation of all the items of equipment, which was completed in 20 days, was carried out using the ALE CC 2800 crane, which has a capacity of 600 tonnes. ALE Heavylift has also successfully performed the load-out of a jacket 180m long weighing 12,700 tonnes at Maua Jurong Shipyard in Río de Janeiro.For the load-out operation ALE used four 850-tonne capacity strand hydraulic pulling units and a S-600 barge owned by Saipem. The average speed of the load-out was 11 metres per hour, meaning that the installation took just 22 hours to complete.last_img read more

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Businesses sponsor free showing of ‘E.T.’ at the Farmington Civic

first_img admin 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) Several local businesses have teamed up to bring the community a free showing of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Farmington Civic Theater.Seating is limited, and pop and popcorn are included for those who attend. Reported bylast_img read more

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FREEDOM

first_imgI need not speak audibly but no I must scream thisI need not wail but I must shed the tears for you to witnessI need not snort but I won’t stop if something is bugging meI might be silent but how lengthy can that persist?I might be short-sighted but how extensive will it last?I seek my freedom to move beyond your dominionAllow those blessings come without any interferenceLet my time approaches without a single bidding via youThrough the good and terrible times that befalls meThe harsh lessons to learn as life one must live for enduranceI need not be a remote control the copious knobs for callous tickingToo soon to share a humid seat with the good advice and carefree chatsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Social Networking: Taking Off or Taking a Dive?

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Recently, there have been a few conflicting reports about the current popularity of social networks here in the U.S. On one hand, you have reports that point toward the growth of social networks and their continuing crossover into mainstream use. On the other hand, recently released stats on visitor data show that these networks are maturing and plateauing. So, what’s really going on here?Social Networks Taking a Dive? Today on GigaOm, Om Malik reports on some of the new numbers coming in for social networks here in the U.S., specifically new comScore data which shows that the two biggest networks – MySpace and Facebook – are beginning to plateau in their growth. Image courtesy of GigaOmAdditionally, he points to an eMarketer article where they’ve lowered their 2008 advertising estimates from $1.6 billion to $1.43 billion. By looking at these numbers, Malik concludes that social networking is in for “tough times going forward.” But is that really the case?Social Networking Taking Off? On the flip side, a completely different, and more positive, report on social networking was also released today. The report is called “The Consumer Internet Barometer” and is produced by The Conference Board, a global business research and membership organization, and TNS, a world leader in market insight and information who surveys 10,000 households across the country and tracks who’s doing what on the Internet.Interestingly, their report doesn’t mention a decline or plateau at all. Instead, it concludes that what was once only a niche activity is now a growing trend that has more people joining every day. According to the report, one out of every four people visit social networking sites, and half of those that do, do so on a daily basis. The trend is so prevalent, says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, that it’s going to extend beyond just personal use. “The next growth wave will be expanding and incorporating these networks into our business lives,” she claims. While this report doesn’t look at traffic stats and advertising projections, it is looking at market penetration, and in doing so, paints a much rosier picture than the worrisome plateau in the chart above. What It All MeansPerhaps social networking is reaching a saturation point as it matures, but that’s not to say that it’s all doom-and-gloom. Many people are still joining social networks, and, with each new generation, social networking will become even more of a part of life than it was for the generation prior. Whether MySpace and Facebook will always be the hot properties that they are today is yet to be seen, but the rise of new sites like Twitter, for example, shows that there’s still potential for new social networks to rise up and gain mainstream appeal.If anything, the sheer number of users on these networks today prove that social networking has earned its place in today’s mix of new media. Don Ryan, Vice President, Technology and Media, TNS, agrees, saying, “as social networking becomes a staple in people’s media experience, brands will place it alongside print, TV and search as a main advertising vehicle.” Hmmm..maybe a saturation point isn’t really such a bad thing after all? Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#social networks#Trends#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_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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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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Trump Touts Middle-Class Relief in Tax Reform Speech

first_imgPresident Trump, in an October 11 speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, focused on the message that his primary goal in pursuing tax cuts and reform is to help middle-class taxpayers. In contrast to Democratic lawmakers’ claims that tax reform efforts by the GOP are geared toward the wealthy, Trump and his administration have consistently said middle-income earners are the focus for tax relief—a stance Trump reiterated Wednesday evening.“Throughout the year, my administration has worked closely with Congress to develop a framework for tax reform that will deliver exactly that—more jobs, higher pay and lower taxes for middle-income families, and for American businesses of all size,” Trump said. “Under our framework, the first $12,000 for a single individual, and the first $24,000 for a married couple, will be tax-free; no tax at all,” he added.Trump criticized Democrats for not including the “zero tax rate” for taxpayers who will pay no tax under his plan, instead only mentioning the proposed three rates of 12, 25 and 35 percent. “Under our framework, we make the zero bracket bigger, and get rid of the 10-percent bracket, and we’re reducing the 15-percent rate down to 12 percent.” Trump also stated that the average middle-class family would see its income increase by $4,000 because of his tax reform plan. He was unclear, however, how much of that estimate was attributed to economic and wage growth triggered by his tax plan and how much of that estimate would be due to direct tax-rate reductions and other tax benefits to middle-class taxpayers.Additionally, Trump said the Republican tax reform framework proposed a $500 credit for adult dependent or elder care, and will “substantially increase” the child tax credit. “We know that by making the individual tax code simpler and fairer, and by making our business tax rates more competitive, we will deliver tax reform that Americans deserve, but which they have not had in over 30 years,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement released after Trump’s speech.House and Senate Democrats remain largely united in their opposition of Republican efforts toward tax reform as outlined by the Trump/GOP Framework. According to Senate Finance Committee (SFC) ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Trump/GOP tax plan raises taxes for the middle class. “Not the tax cuts Trump is claiming,” Wyden said in a tweet.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffTreasury Department News Release, TDNR SM-0174Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Kerber outclasses Keys to reach semi-finals

first_imgRevitalised 2016 champion Angelique Kerber made a major statement of intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Madison Keys on Wednesday.Making a mockery of the 21st seeding she landed after a miserable 2017, the former world number one outplayed Keys in almost every facet of the 51-minute match to seal a semi-final date with Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova.”I was just playing my game, I was not thinking a lot about winners or errors, I was staying in the moment and trying to play every single point,” a beaming Kerber said on Rod Laver Arena.”I just went out and played like I’ve been playing all week. Just playing my game and enjoying it. I’m just happy to get through and be here in the semis.”In an echo of her loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the final of last year’s U.S. Open final, Keys appeared to be struck by stagefright and offered none of the power and accuracy that got her to the last eight without losing a set.Keys started the match with three unforced errors and a netted backhand to lose her first service game and barely 15 minutes were on the clock before the German had another break in the bank and a 4-0 lead.The 22-year-old tried charging the net in a desperate attempt to kickstart her game but a brilliant backhand pass from Kerber brought up two set points and the stanza was hers in 22 minutes when the 17th seed sent a forehand long.advertisementThe American briefly came to life to hold for 3-1 in the second set and then unleashed a couple of bombs to put the set back on serve on a Kerber error after a lengthy rally.A 21st unforced error from the racket of Keys gave Kerber the break straight back, however, and the 30-year-old sealed her place in the last four with a third of the set when the American netted a backhand.It has been quite a return to form for Kerber in Australia this year after she broke a 27-tournament title drought going back to her 2016 U.S. Open triumph in the Sydney International warm-up.Kerber, who celebrated her 30th birthday last week, is now guaranteed to return to the top 10 in the rankings even if she goes no further at Melbourne Park.”I’m really enjoying my tennis, I’m really enjoying being on court,” she added.”I am just happy actually.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more