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EU starts WTO talks divided

first_imgTrade ministers from around the world gathered today in Geneva for what many commentators have called “a last attempt” to save the Doha round of talks on trade liberalisation.The talks, which are being conducted under the aegis of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), began in 2001 and were due to be completed in 2005, but have collapsed on three occasions, only to be revived. After so many failures and with a range of problems besetting the international economy, there are fears that governments would be reluctant to resist increasingly protectionist sentiment and return to the negotiating table. Among those who have emphasised the urgency of the moment is the EU’s chief negotiator, the trade commissioner Peter Mandelson. “If the deal isn’t concluded this year, it won’t be concluded next year and by 2010 the caravans will have moved on elsewhere,” he has said.Mandelson, though, has also been among those who struck a more optimistic note ahead of the week-long talks, saying on 17 July that “I think the chances for a breakthrough are improving but that breakthrough is not yet in the bag”. Comments such as that have raised pro-liberalisation politicians’ hopes that a deal could be struck before the WTO’s summer break in August. The head of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, has put the odds of success at better than 50%. A deal, WTO staff have calculated, could result in consumers and firms paying around €80 billion less in duties by 2015 if a deal is struck.The talks have centred on two areas – agricultural goods and industrial products, named non-agricultural market access (NAMA) – and if any deal is to emerge it would produce substantial cuts in subsidies to farmers and lower tariffs for both agricultural and industrial goods. A third area, services, might also produce some form of compromise. Points of differenceHowever, it is in the details that the fate of the talks lies. Several major economies – the EU and India – are under attack for seeking to seeking exceptions from deeper tariff cuts for what are viewed as too many farm products. For its part, the US is under fierce criticism for its insistence on maintaining farm subsidies. Among its critics is the EU, which plans to reduce its own subsidies. The US and the EU are, though, allied in wanting to gain greater access to the markets of fast-growing emerging economies, and both have indicated they may be willing to make compromises in the agricultural sector to increase their foothold in those markets. However, big question marks linger over some agricultural goods, particularly bananas and cotton, and failure to resolve them could easily derail any accord. In recent weeks, bananas have emerged as a particular issue, as an EU offer to slash tariffs has upset some developing countries that enjoy preferential access to European markets – African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, many of them former European colonies – and has been rejected by Latin America as being too small. Another problem is that 26 countries, including heavyweights such as Brazil and India, have not committed themselves to addressing industrial tariffs within the framework of WTO talks. WTO-bound tariffs can be increased with compensatory measures that provide business with some of the economic security they seek. If a breakthrough is reached, the WTO would schedule more talks in the autumn on trade rules and services, with a view to securing a final deal at the end of the year. But, should negotiators fail, the deal risks being put on ice as it could become overtaken by political events, including the US presidential elections and the possibility of snap elections in India. The elections in the US are a particular concern, as the US Congress needs to ratify aspect of the deal that would affect the US. Congress has become increasingly protectionists, which was recently reflected in a new Farm Bill, and there are fears that Congress could become more protectionist as support for trade liberalisation in the US has fallen by 25 percentage points since the talks began seven years ago. Sarkozy vs MandelsonThe EU’s chief negotiator, Peter Mandelson, has entered talk under very strong pressure from the EU’s largest agricultural producer, France, not to give too much away. France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has depicted Mandelson as being overly fond of liberalisation and warned in early July that, because of his “free-trade stance”, the trade commissioner could “accept a deal under which Europe would commit itself to cutting farm output by 20% and reduce farm exports by 10%,” with the result that “100,000 jobs” would be lost. Those figures were dismissed by Mandelson’s office, which said Sarkozy was wrongly assuming Mandelson would accept positions put forward by other negotiating blocs. That comment by Sarkozy followed a statement at the EU’s summit in June in which he blamed Mandelson, at an EU summit, for Ireland’s rejection of the Treaty of Lisbon. Mandelson nonetheless remains very keen to clinch a deal, saying shortly before the talks began that “Europe is facing huge international pressures that requires a global response and global leadership.” He may well have been thinking of some pressures just down the railtrack from Brussels. Fact File Issues for the EUFarm subsidies: the EU wants the US to commit to slashing its farm subsidies, as the EU plans to scale back its own farm subsidies.Bananas: Latin America wants EU import charges on its bananas which are currently €176 per tonne to be slashed, while African, Caribbean and Pacific banana-producing countries want to retain their preferential zero-rate import tariff.Special-status products: The EU wants to gain special tariff status for beef, poultry, pork, sugar and other goods it classifies as “sensitive’.Geographical indications: The EU wants its system of assigning ‘geographical indication’ labels to top-quality produce, such as Parma ham and Brie de Meaux, to apply globally. Countries such as Canada will argue that such labels should be generic.last_img read more

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Will Tabcorp and News UK launch Sun Bets within six months?

first_img Submit Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 David Attenborough, TabcorpIt has been reported that Australian betting company Tabcorp is scheduled to launch Sun Bets, in partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, within the next six months.Chief Executive at Tabcorp, David Attenborough, had this to say: “It is a natural step for us. We have worked with News Ltd. closely in Australia and built up a high degree of trust. They have one of the strongest brands in the UK with half of the UK betting population regularly reading or engaging with The Sun.”Tabcorp announced the deal with News Corp subsidiary News UK in December 2015. The contract is set to run for an initial ten years but an extension is possible depending on performance. Tabcorp will utilise News UK’s customer base and significant media assets, as well as its associated sports and racing products Dream Team FC, Favourite and Goals.Attenborough has previously stated that The Sun has more than ten million readers per week and over one million football fans actively engaged through the Dream Team FC fantasy football competition. He’s also highlighted that the partnership is an opportunity for the company to take a chunk of the UK’s $7bn (£4.97bn) online sports and race betting market.Tabcorp has seen its position as Australia’s largest wagering operator challenged in the last few years. This is due to an invasion of largely UK-based bookmakers including William Hill, Paddy Power, Bet365 and Ladbrokes eating into its market share. Sharelast_img read more

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Fr Parker’s golden year

first_imgIn a black and white photo pinned to a memory board, a young man laughs excitedly into the camera. Looking…[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. By Danielle Kutchel last_img

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Photo of the Week: Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: USS DetroitLike many people in metro Detroit, I couldn’t wait to see the USS Detroit docked on the Detroit River along the downtown Detroit Riverfront. The U.S. Navy ship, the sixth warship to be named for the city of Detroit, arrived on October 14, 2016 for a week of tours and…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Who Wants to Drive Around Lake Erie?Living near the Great Lakes gives you amazing opportunities to travel to interesting places, whether it’s the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior in Michigan, Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario overlooking the Detroit River, or the magnificent Niagara Falls.  Years ago, we drove around Lake Michigan and had a fantastic time…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Detroit Princess Riverboat CruiseWhen I was walking along the shore of Belle Isle last weekend, I looked up to see the beautiful color of the sunset on the Detroit Princess cruising by on the Detroit River. It was a perfect evening for a cruise, clear skies and temperatures in the low-seventies, and I…In “Detroit” Did you see the llama? Or the dinosaur? Hey, this one looks like a frog. Wait, there’s a dinosaur here? What a delightful time I had yesterday afternoon when I explored the beautiful Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Coventry GardenWindsor is known for it’s friendly waterfront, with easily accessible parks and trails lining the Detroit River. I think I’ve visited five or six of their riverfront gardens.But after my visit yesterday, Coventry Garden is now my favorite park along the Windsor riverfront.Located on Riverside Drive along the Detroit River, the garden is part of Reaume Park, named for local businessman Joseph Reaume who donated land along the riverfront to the community in the 1930’s. The seven-acre Coventry Garden was added to Reaume Park in 1975. With plenty of shade, wide open spaces, paved walkways, and a gorgeous view of the river, Coventry Garden is the ideal place for walks, playing lawn games with friends, and enjoying time with family. In the space of three hours at the garden, I saw four wedding parties taking photos. People walked along the paved walkway on the river and many families were having picnics.Though yesterday was a bright, sunny day with temperatures over 90 degrees Farenheit, the breeze and shade from the tall walnut, locust, and maple trees made it feel a lot cooler. The garden is known for the Peace Fountain, the only international floating fountain in the world. I’ve seen the fountain dozens of times from Belle Isle, across the river in Detroit, Michigan and I’ve always wanted to see the fountain in person.Yesterday I finally did! Topiary in the GardensWith summer flowers in full bloom, and a few spring flowers still hanging on, I took my time gazing at the amazing textures and beautiful colors of the flowers and leaves. Hollyhocks, lilies, yarrow, roses, and poppies filled the beds. Coleus and begonias were tucked under evergreens. I was surprised to see an iris still in bloom in one of the beds near the fountain. Walking back to take another look at the poppies, I turned my head, and caught a dark shadow in the background. I looked again. Could it be? Was that a dinosaur in the background? Yes, there it was! The sculptured evergreen was a dinosaur topiary, hidden in the back behind other topiary in the bed underneath the maple trees.How could I have missed it? And as I retraced my steps in the garden, I noticed many other topiary animals, including a llama, turtle, and I think a caterpillar.If you’re in the Windsor, Ontario area, and want to enjoy a beautiful walk about a garden, or along the Detroit River, I highly recommend you visit Coventry Garden. Let me know how many topiary animals you can find in the garden!Check out some of the photos from the garden:last_img read more

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SA cricket: heartbreak, innovation

first_img20 May 2004If you were watching any of the previous four cricket World Cups, and you had any sympathy, you might have spared some for South Africa’s cricket team.In 1992 the team lost in the semi-finals when a less-than-well-thought-out rain rule saw their target increase from 22 off 13 balls to 22 off one ball when rain fell against England in the last four.In 1996 South Africa crushed all before them before a brilliant solo effort from Brian Lara helped the West Indies to a narrow win in the quarterfinals. With the Proteas’ loss in mind, a new system was introduced in 1999 to prevent a single win meaning the end of the road for a team; after all, South Africa were possibly the best side at the World Cup.In 1999 there was greater heartbreak for South Africa. In one of the greatest one-day internationals ever, South Africa and Australia played to an incredible tie in the semi-finals. The Aussies went through to the title decider because they had beaten Hansie Cronje’s side earlier in the tournament – by five wickets with only two balls to spare. In the final they smashed Pakistan by eight wickets.And in 2003, on home soil, South Africa lost out again in the most unbelievable manner. Facing Sri Lanka in pool play, with a place in the Super Sixes on the line, the Proteas were in position to secure victory when rain started to fall. A miscalculation on the South African team’s part meant they tied Sri Lanka on the Duckworth/Lewis method. One more run would have done the trick – South Africa’s World Cup bogey had returned with a vengeance.World greatsSome of the world’s finest players have represented South Africa. Sir Donald Bradman regarded Barry Richards as the greatest opening batsman he ever saw. Graeme Pollock was possibly the greatest left-handed batsman of all time.Mike Procter could stake a claim to being one of the greatest all-rounders ever. Jacques Kallis could make an assault on that title before his career is over. Shaun Pollock is another brilliant all rounder. Allan Donald was a devastating opening bowler. Jonty Rhodes was possibly the greatest fielder of all time.Sparking innovationSouth Africa has also played an important role in bringing innovation to world cricket.If you thought googly was something that came to cricket from the Asian nations, where spin bowling is ideally suited to their dry pitches, you are wrong. It was first brought to the fore by Englishman “Bosey” Bosenquet, but it was South Africa that really entrenched it.In 1905/6, when SA played England at home in a five-match series, South Africa included four googly bowlers: Reggie Schwarz (who had learnt the delivery from Bosenquet at Middlesex), Aubrey Faulkner, Ernie Vogler and Gordon White. The result was a comprehensive 4-1 series victory for the South Africans, a brilliant turnaround after eight losses in succession to the English.The use of cameras to determine run out and stumped decisions was also pioneered in South Africa. Today they play a vital role in helping umpires make accurate decisions.And the national one-day team under coach Bob Woolmer brought innovative shot-making to the international game – shots like the reverse-sweep and the slog-sweep. It also brought innovative fielding ideas, like catching throw-ins in front of the stumps, and not behind them, to speed up the action in order to bring about run outs.Jonty Rhodes helped lift fielding to new heights. Suddenly greater emphasis was placed on that aspect of the game, and spectators around that world benefited as cricket became a more dynamic game. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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On the march against crime

first_imgThe Million Man March, organised by Desmond Dube, wants urgent interventionfrom government against crime. (Image: Million Man March) The South African police need the helpof all citizens to successfully combat crime. (Image: South African Police Service)Janine Erasmus Comedian Desmond Dube, a familiar face on South African television screens, took on the more serious role of activist in June 2008 when he organised the first Million Man March against crime in Pretoria, South Africa.Thousands of South Africans from all walks of life joined the initiative, carrying signs that read “Enough”, “I May Not See Tomorrow” and “Show Us U Care”. They walked peacefully enough from Church Square to the Union Buildings, the seat of South Africa’s government, and assembled on the lawns in front of the imposing building, but later became vocal in their demands for decisive action by the government.An emotional Dube handed over a memorandum – addressed to President Thabo Mbeki and calling for urgent government intervention – to Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour, one of three ministers present at the event.“We say, Mr President, the people are ready. Safety and security is our collective responsibility particularly at this time when we are preparing to welcome to our shores the citizens of the world in 2010,” said the memorandum.It was hoped that Mbeki would personally take delivery of the petition, but the president was not in attendance, to the disappointment of the crowd, who shouted, “Where is Mbeki, we want Mbeki.”South Africa’s first Million Man March – which was supported by Tshwane police, who deployed about 250 officers along the route and also arranged a number of street closures – ended with the singing of the national anthem, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika“. Entries on the initiative’s blog call for more such events around the country.Marching for peace and human rightsThe Million Man March is not a new concept. In 1995 the first Million Man March took place in Washington, DC. Its objective was to register African Americans to vote in US elections, and increase black involvement in volunteerism and community activism. As the name suggests, that event excluded women, although the South African march encouraged everybody to join in.That event in turn was inspired by the historic 1963 march on Washington for jobs and freedom, where iconic US leader Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1995 marchers convened on the very spot where King had given his address, over 30 years before.Although the turnout for the South African march was not as large as expected, this was largely because the event was held on a work day, according to a Democratic Alliance representative, and also because of the low profile of the advertising campaign.Crime at close rangeLike so many other South Africans, Desmond Dube was exposed to violent crime on a personal level by the death of his neighbour and close friend Bashimane “Shimi” Mofokeng, who was shot dead at his home south of Johannesburg in March 2008. The criminals brutalised another family in the street before fleeing the scene.Dube said Mofokeng was the third person close to him in five weeks who had died in violent circumstances – one of them was the nine-year-old daughter of a friend. Shocked and enraged, the entertainer became inspired to take up the challenge facing South African society. “This is the end of the road for crime. We have to say, now we’ve had enough!”Dube had already started thinking about organising a Million Man March but said that his friend’s death added extra urgency to the idea. “This march isn’t against the government, it’s against crime. We want to know what we can do to assist the government in putting an end to crime.”Organisations such as the South African National Council for the Blind have thrown their weight behind the initiative. “In the past week there have been at least three visually impaired people who fell victim to crimes in Pretoria alone,” said spokesperson Lindie Van Zyl, speaking in June 2008. “The students, management and staff have had enough of the crime in our country.”Crime statistics released by the South African police services claim that between April to September 2006 and the same period in 2007, the murder ratio has decreased by 6.6%. Overall, murders have declined from a peak of 22.9 murders per 100 000 people in 2002, to 18.7 in 2007. The rape ratio dropped off by 3.6% in the period stated, while common robberies decreased by 12.3%. House robberies, on the other hand, increased by 7.0% and business robbery by 29.3%.It is clear that the South African police have a big task on their hands. However, movements such as the Million Man March and Stop Crime Say Hello are mobilising communities to get involved at street level in the fight against crime.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksMillion Man MarchMillion Man March – Facebook groupMillion Man March blogSouth African PoliceTrue Crime Expo South AfricaThe Millions More MovementInstitute for Security Studieslast_img read more

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Searchology: State of the Union of Search at Google

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Features#Google#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts While Google CEO Eric Schmidt is over on the East Coast helping the Washington Post and the New York Times work out how best to make money out of their content, Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products and User Experience, along with a team of Googlers is in building 40 at the Googleplex giving the press of Silicon Valley an “insider’s perspective on search.”Google is providing a live webcast of the event, named Searchology, which is scheduled to begin at 10 PDT and conclude at 11.30 PDT after product demos.Update: We had a chance to speak with Marissa Mayer about the new search features and have posted a three minute video of her describing the products.Update: Google announced no less than three (!) new products at Searchology today: Search Options, Google Squared, Rich Snippets and a ‘fun’ product: a new Android application called Sky Map. Get all the details below, where we’ve live blogged the event.Update: See our analysis, Google Search Evolves – But Has Google Finally Lost its Core Focus?Live blogging starts hereSpeaker line up today:Udi Manber, VB Engineering Patrick Riley, Software EngineerScott Huffman Engineering DirectorMarissa Mayer, VP, Search Products and User Experience Nundu Janakiram, Associate Product ManagerAlex Komoroske, Associate Product ManagerKavi Goel, Product ManagerJohn Taylor, Software EngineerUdi Manber kicks the event off saying “our job is to do rocket science that will be taken for granted.” But, he adds, “there is still a lot of work to do.”He continues talking about growth throughout the centuries. “In the 20th century,” he explains, the dream was to conquer nature; I think the 21st centure will be about understanding people.”“We have made a lot of progress, and you’ll see some more today. But, the most promising advance is that we are starting to ‘understand.’”“We have very high confidence that this is what you’re looking for. It’s actually hard to do, but it looks easy to you.”“Search has to be lightening fast, relevant comprehensive fresh, but the main point is that even that is not enough.”With Google focused on doing the magic so we get instant, relevant and useful results, does this mean we are at the beginning of the real-time Web?He ends by juggling three eggs. Then saying “I wanted to highlight that things are not always what they seem,” he throws the eggs, and they bounce off the stage.Semantic search?Patrick Riley begins by saying “it’s all about user intent.” By tweaking the algorithm, and operating at scale, Google can update the search results page so that it offers results for not only the query, but for what Google thinks the query could be should what you typed into the search box be incorrect.“We know that everything we do on the search results page, and we really care about every pixel on that page,” Riley says.“We liked the ‘did you mean’ link so did not want to take it off.” Instead they expanded it.Mobile searchScott Huffman talks about mobile search: “There are a few things that make mobile search interesting,” he begins. “Mobile search is growing fast — faster than search for the PC.”“Another thing that makes mobile search interesting is the challenge of devices,” he adds. “There are hundreds of them, with widely varying capabilities. Search is generally difficult to use… The third thing inherently interesting about mobile search is location.”“Our dream,” he said, “is that people use mobile search every day because it is”:Complete: all of Google is on my device; easy access; “one click” ability to dig deeper;Easy: effortless to search and get answers.Local: knows where I am and acts accordinglyOne thing that isn’t out yet but should be in the next few weeks is the ability to share your desktop environment with your mobile environment.Universal Search and a Brand New Search FeatureMarissa Mayer begins with an anecdotal story about a friend of hers who needed to tie a bow tie and was convinced that by searching on Google he would be greeted with incomprehensible information. As it turned out, he told Mayer, the results were brilliant; he got videos, diagrams, and a lot of explanations.“This is Universal Search,” Mayer said, “which we introduced a couple of years ago.”Universal search began with images, maps, books, news, and video. Mayer explained that over the past two years, Google has added products and blog search.“Universal Search now runs in 174 countries,” said Mayer, and it’s getting better.“The Universal Search experience is displayed in a ‘bento box’ environment,” Mayer said. Google also now has “location-less” Universal Search. That is, you don’t need to include your location; Google works that out by either your profile or your cookie information.In November, Google introduced SearchWiki: the ability to add, annotate, and remove results to “really make the page your own.” But with Search Wiki and Universal Search, there is more media and more interaction. Google wants to help you find more and do more with it.The hard, unsolved problems in search are:Finding the most recent infoExpressing what you want just one type of resultAccessing which results are bestKnowing what you wantBeing tied to keywords can be limiting“We need a slice-and-dice mechanism,” Mayer explained, something that will help you find a particular type of result.Search OptionsAs a result, Google today is launching “Search Options,” which, according to Mayer, is going live as she speaks. With Search Options, the results page gives you more options and allows you to show and hide options. It ultimately provides more useful results and a better search experience.Google SquaredAnother product Google is launching and will be available in Google Labs later this month is called “Google Squared,” which offers data extraction (using sentiment analysis) for values and facts and that includes rich information. Could this be similar to what we can expect from Wolfram Alpha?Rich SnippetsA third product announced today is “Rich Snippets,” which will show extra metadata in results — things like user reviews and the cost of products. According to Mayer, “It’s a way for us to enrich our results page and help users make a more informed decision about what is relevant to them.”New Android AppThe last announcement was of a new Android application that looks at stars. Known as “Sky Map,” it was built by John Taylor in his 20% time and will be available on the Android Market later today.Much like other apps, it allows you to pan, zoom in, and zoom out. What is special about this, asks Mayer? The G1 phone has built-in GPS, so it knows where in the world you are and can produce maps specific to you. Using the accelerometer technology, you can point the device to the stars and see the night sky beyond. Of course (having been announced at Searchology), the app also allows you to search for a star — say, Orion — and then it shows you where to point your device to see that star in your night sky.Questions and AnswersQuestion: Will Google start selling semantic keywords?Marissa Mayer: No plans yet to sell keywords differently. It’s about the data analysis, as opposed to building in the notion of semantics.Question: Are products launched in all languages?Udi Manber: Products are extremely internationalized. Everything we do applies all over the world. We have active projects in probably more than 70 languages, and we try to launch at the same time.More About Google SquaredMayer: The technology behind it is “totally amazing.” “Google Squared blew me away even though I get jaded over time.” “We are looking for structures on the Web that seem to apply facts and then corroborate the evidence by looking at other pointers. It’s an incredible amount of work.”Wolfram vs. GoogleManber: “I think I proved that things are not always what they seem, and you need to look at corroborating evidence. It’s not enough to find info; you have to corroborate in many places.”Regarding Wolfram, “Sergey and I had a demo early on but have been asked to be quiet.”Mayer: “We at Google are optimistic about the Web. When you see the power of search and the Internet, hopefully we’ll get some signals about which information we can trust. This will help improve the data.”Q&A (cont’d)Question: When will Google squared be available?Mayer: Later this month.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… lidija davislast_img read more

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AFF Thrives in Atlanta and Pittsburgh

first_imgAFF has chapters throughout the country. Today, we’ll profile one of our most established chapters along with one of our newest and fastest growing.AFF-Atlanta began earlier this year. Chapter chairman Jason Riddle and his team held a kickoff event in April featuring a panel of local leaders discussing the important question, “What Is Liberty?”Coming up, on Thursday, July 26th, AFF-Atlanta is hosting an evening with liberty luminary Lawrence W. Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education. After Mr. Reed delivers his talk on the “Great Myths of the Great Depression” we will join in a roundtable discussion about the similarities between what happened during the Great Depression and the events of the current economic crisis.Then, on Monday, August 13th, AFF-Atlanta will be joined by Robert A. Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute. Dr. Levy will provide legal and historical perspective on “How the Courts Have Subverted the Constitution.”The liberty movement is alive and well in Atlanta. We are encouraged by the warm reception thus far and look forward to continuing to grow the chapter in the months ahead.AFF-Pittsburgh is one of our most established chapters. Under the leadership of Elizabeth Stelle, it has become a center for young, liberty-loving people in Pittsburgh to gather. The Pittsburgh chapter’s May happy hour marked the beginning of our summer programming break, and the leadership team is busier than ever planning three exciting events for this fall.In September (date TBA), AFF-Pittsburgh will talk about communism and how big government destroys community, morality, and wealth. They will welcome former journalist David Satter who lived in the USSR during the 1980s and wrote a book about his experiences entitled The Age of Delirium. Then, as the General Election nears, we’ll discuss the value of voting and debate the most effective ways to influence government on October 23rd. Closing out the year (date TBA), they will welcome the Charles Koch Institute to Pittsburgh to talk about the benefits of economic freedom and introduce a variety of career and internship opportunities.AFF is thriving in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and many other places throughout the country. If you’re interested in joining your local AFF chapter in either of those cities or Chicago, Raleigh, Denver, New York or Minneapolis, contact Richard Lorenc.Richard Lorenc is Chicago Chapter Chair and National Chapter Coordinator for America’s Future Foundation. You can reach him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportLawmakers continue to focus on tax reform and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) repeal and replacement initiatives. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on the 2016 filing season. The IRS warned taxpayers about “phishing” and other scams.CongressHouse. Some House lawmakers sent a letter to President Trump about IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (TAXDAY, 2017/01/30, C.1).Senate. Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, discussed tax reform and ACA replacement (TAXDAY, 2017/02/02, C.1).The SFC on February 1 approved President Trump’s nominations of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary (TAXDAY, 2017/02/02, C.2).TreasuryFiling Season. TIGTA released a report about the 2016 filing season (TAXDAY, 2017/02/06, T.1).IRSPhishing. The IRS warned taxpayers about “phishing” and identity theft scams (IR-2017-15, TAXDAY, 2017/02/02, I.1); IR-2017-20; TAXDAY, 2017/02/03, I.1); IR-2017-22, TAXDAY, 2017/02/06, I.1.“”Dirty Dozen” List. The IRS released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams (IR-2017-19; TAXDAY, 2017/02/03, I.3).Free File. The IRS made an announcement about Free File (IR-2017-21; TAXDAY, 2017/02/03, I.2).Form 990-EZ. The IRS released an updated Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (IR-2017-14; TAXDAY, 2017/02/01, I.1).Refunds. The IRS made an announcement about refunds (IR-2017-16; TAXDAY, 2017/02/02, I.2).EITC. The IRS announced that it is sending letters to certain preparers about EITC due diligence (TAXDAY, 2017/01/30, I.3).LB&I. The Large Business and International (LB&I) Division implemented new issue-based compliance campaigns (TAXDAY, 2017/02/01, I.3).By Jessica Jeane and Jalisa Mathis, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

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Batshuayi & Azpilicueta save Chelsea

first_imgChelsea 4 Watford 2: Batshuayi, Azpilicueta spare champions’ blushes Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 21:33 10/21/17 michy batshuayi - cropped Getty Images Antonio Conte breathed a sigh of relief after Chelsea came from behind to snatch a 4-2 win over Watford. Cesar Azpilicueta and Michy Batshuayi proved Chelsea’s heroes as they battled to a thrilling 4-2 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Batshuayi came off the bench to make it 2-2, with Watford having led for much of the second half through Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra, before Azpilicueta and the Belgium international secured the win in the dying minutes.The result came on the back of consecutive defeats for the Premier League champions and the pressure on boss Conte is likely to ease somewhat, with the Blues registering only their second win in five league games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea started the match in stunning style as Pedro’s wonderstrike, the 8000th goal scored in the club’s 112-year history, put them ahead in the 12th minute.Watford, who had claimed 10 points out of 12 on the road under Marco Silva before Saturday’s meeting, responded before the break through Doucoure’s strike and Pereyra put them ahead just after half-time.Conte’s decision to take off Alvaro Morata for Batshuayi was greeted with boos by some Chelsea fans but the striker responded to his doubters with an excellent header from Pedro’s cross to level the scores.Azpilicueta then popped up to convert the third before Batshuayi added a fourth in injury time, giving Conte a much-needed boost and lifting his side above Watford into fourth in the table.. @_Pedro17_ ‘s goal is Chelsea’s 8,000th in all competitions in our 112-year history!  #CHEWAT pic.twitter.com/lNrUCOfCBt — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 21, 2017 A confident-looking Watford were the better side in the early exchanges but fell behind  to Pedro’s moment of magic.The Spain winger collected Eden Hazard’s pass from a short corner and let fly with a first-time strike that curled beyond the motionless Heurelho Gomes and in off the left-hand post.Watford felt aggrieved that the initial corner was given, with Hazard having run the ball out of play himself on the byline, but their frustrations would have been greater had Gomes not stood up well to stop Cesc Fabregas chipping home a second goal from close range.Thibaut Courtois made a good save to keep out a Tom Cleverley free-kick but Chelsea’s lead was a comfortable one for much of the first half, as Watford struggled to turn good possession into chances.That was until the last seconds before the interval, when David Luiz cleared a long throw-in only as far as Doucoure, who smashed a fine outside-of-the-boot shot through the crowded penalty area and past Courtois at his near post.Abdoulaye Doucoure in the #PL this season:4 shots on target4 goals#CHEWAT pic.twitter.com/HOTiHfRB3G — Premier League (@premierleague) October 21, 2017 Richarlison somehow failed to turn the ball into an empty net from just a few yards out, but the Brazilian made amends moments later to help Watford to a superb start to the second half.Tiemoue Bakayoko lost possession in midfield and, when the ball was worked to Richarlison, he played a precise pass across the box to the unguarded Pereyra, who finished past Courtois in style.Richarlison again fluffed his lines with a free header six yards out and it was a miss that ultimately proved costly, as Batshuayi shrugged off his marker to steer a pinpoint header past Gomes following Pedro’s wicked cross from the right.The Belgian fired narrowly wide as Chelsea pushed for a winner, but it was Azpilicueta who restored the hosts’ lead, heading substitute Willian’s deep cross past Gomes to send Stamford Bridge – and Conte – into raptures.There was still time for Batshuayi to add gloss as he capitalised on a Miguel Britos error before lifting the ball over Gomes, ensuring a harsh-looking scoreline for the visitors Key Opta facts:- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 meetings with Watford in all competitions, winning 10 and drawing three.- Watford have shipped four goals on each of their last three top-flight trips to London (0-4 v Tottenham, 3-4 v Chelsea and 2-4 v Chelsea today).- Pedro has been directly involved in more goals for Chelsea in all competitions in 2017 than any other player (21 – 12 goals, 9 assists).- Eden Hazard registered his first Premier League assist in 15 appearances in the competition (since April 2017 v Crystal Palace).- Abdoulaye Doucoure has scored with all four of his shots on target in the Premier League this season.  read morelast_img read more

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