first_imgPROMOTED POSTFor sale by public auction.A modern and spacious four bedroom house extending to 158 Sq Mts approximately over three floors. The house is located within the immediate environs of Ramelton and has ample amenities such as national schools, convenience shops, churches and pubs within a short walk whilst also having Letterkenny within a 10/15 minutes drive.For more information on this property click on the link below    FOUR BEDROOM PROPERTY FOR SALE IN RAMELTON was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AuctioneersAugust 15thBusinessFeaturesfor salepropertypublic auctionRameltonlast_img read more


first_imgJoel Elias Gonzalez, 53, formerly of Franklin, N.C. was sentenced yesterday to 151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for trafficking large quantities of crystal methamphetamine, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Gonzalez pleaded guilty in February 2016 to one count of distribution of methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by Daniel R. Salter, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office; C.J. Hyman, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division; Sheriff Robert L. Holland of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office; and Sheriff Chip Hall of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. According to filed court documents and statements made in court, from in or about June of 2015, Gonzalez was responsible for trafficking large amounts of crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) in the Franklin, N.C. area and the Rabun County, Georgia area. Court records indicate that Gonzalez purchased the crystal meth from a source of supply in and around Atlanta, Georgia. According to court records, Gonzalez and was responsible for trafficking approximately 1.3 kilograms of crystal meth. Gonzalez is in federal custody and will be transferred to custody of the Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Rose noted that multiple agencies worked together to bring this prolific crystal methamphetamine trafficker to justice and thanked the DEA, the ATF, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson County’s Sheriff’s Office for investigating this case. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville handled the prosecution.last_img read more

I-40 Improvements Coming to Mountains

first_imgRecent construction improved safety between Asheville and Tennessee on Interstate 40.Work began Monday on a different stretch of I-40 in Haywood County will also improve safety as well as comfort for motorists.The N.C. Department of Transportation is beginning a two-year project to improve the surface and bridges on a seven-mile stretch of I-40 between Exit 20 and Exit 27. Exit 20 is the exit for U.S. 276, and exit 27 leads to U.S. 74 and marks the beginning of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway.Crews will be working at night with one lane closed in each direction from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. when all lanes will be re-opened for daytime traffic. Starting on Friday, Sept. 30, Harrison Construction Company of Knoxville will set up lane closures during the day with an option to work nights as well. There will be no permanent lane closures in 2016.Crews will begin with pavement work throughout the remainder of 2016 or until asphalt plants close down for the winter. They will be milling out asphalt, then paving it back in both directions, adding 1 1/2 inch over all lanes and the shoulder. Upgrades to the bridges and their sub-structures are expected to begin in the spring of 2017.Road improvement work like this is currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for Transportation in North Carolina to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.All of the work in the contract will provide North Carolina residents and visitors with a safer and smoother ride on I-40. Spots where the pavement is cracked or potholes have appeared will be fixed on the $16.8 million project, and all six bridges will be modernized from bottom to top.The speed limit will be dropped to 55 miles per hour through the work zone and will be monitored by police and the Highway Patrol. Transportation officials urge drivers to use caution while driving, remain alert at all times and obey signs as well as the “Move Over Law,” in which motorists are required to move over one lane, if possible, for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights including public service vehicles with amber lights.last_img read more

AOL Quietly Launches One of the World’s Biggest App Platforms

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Features#news#NYT#web AOL announced the new developer site for MyAOL today to almost no fanfare, but at a time when some are declaring the Facebook platform “dead” – AOL’s new platform warrants some serious attention.The new MyAOL platform is an OpenSocial container based on the gadgets.*API, meaning developers shouldn’t have to do much to get their widgets up and running on it. A fair number of MyAOL gadgets already have millions of users, so the new developer site seems like a real opportunity.The Widget-o-sphereThe new MyAOL platform enters the game at a complicated time. Widgets, little modules of content and functionality easily embedded into websites but built by 3rd parties, were supposed to be the future of the web, according to some advocates in recent years. The Facebook Platform was heralded as the widget Holy Land, but key site design decisions treated widgets poorly from the start and subsequent Facebook redesigns have banished them to near invisibility. Defenders of the platform argue that the redesigned site just keeps really stupid apps from proliferating, making it all the more important to build widgets for actual utility. Scott Rafer, the genuinely brilliant if cynical co-founder of widget ad company Lookery, says the new Facebook is dead to him as a widget man. As a bulk-ad sales guy, Rafer’s company deals in very large part with really stupid widget apps. So it goes. If your platform isn’t supportive of stupid widgets, then your platform essentially doesn’t support widgets at all. MyAOL is BigMyAOL is a good old fashioned startpage. An increasing number of AOL properties have recently started incorporating 3rd party content and moving towards a strategy of openness. AOL has a bad rap but is doing some innovative things.The company’s new platform gives third party developers access to a large group of users. How big is the AOL platform? 10 million people have installed the AOL Weather widget, 6 million have installed the news app and there are 1 million AOL Pandora users. Those are very respectable numbers! In fact, they are much higher than almost all of the Facebook app numbers, though Facebook only exposes “active users.” The point is, it’s a strange time for the much-hyped widget but the opening of the MyAOL platform represents a good opportunity. In Firefox on my Mac the site doesn’t work very well, but it works well enough for millions of people. Widgets remain a promising paradigm, if only the host sites are truly comfortable promoting widget use for the long term, instead of burying 3rd party widgets and renewing their focus on in-house links. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Is Walking Into Payments Naked

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts owen thomascenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple payments#e-commerce#iPhone#iPhone Payments#Mobile Payments#online payments The drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says Recode. An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9.So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets?Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by mikecogh)What Apple Must Bite IntoThe technology is one thing. Apple has any number of means of transmitting payment data—via Bluetooth, NFC, or just over the Internet. And it has long experience in e-commerce, dating back to the late-’90s creation of the online Apple Store, which predates its physical retail outlets.See also: Apple May Tap Old Tech For PaymentsBut Apple has a number of challenges it must solve before it can enter the payments market. Those fall into three broad areas: regulation, fraud, and customer service.Apple doesn’t appear to have taken any of the obvious public steps someone getting into the business of moving money would need to do. For example, it hasn’t registered with its home state of California as a money transmitter, as Amazon, Google, Square, and PayPal have. (Even Airbnb, the lodging marketplace, has registered, since it holds rental funds for a few days before disbursing them to hosts.)Apple can argue that it doesn’t need to register if a banking partner is handling the financial aspects of its payments business. And it will need a partner—like Chase, Wells Fargo, or Bank of America—if it wants to process Visa and MasterCard transactions for other retailers. (American Express is different, since it both issues cards and processes transactions: Apple can deal directly with that company for transactions involving its cardmembers.)Fraud is another issue. Apple will likely find ways to protect payment-card details from obvious forms of hacking. But what about merchants and consumers who are out to trick each other, selling bum merchandise or using stolen card numbers? Apple or its banking partners or both will have to figure that out—and any new payment system is attractive to fraudsters.There’s also Apple’s lousy track record with digital security, freshly in the news thanks to the apparent hacks of several celebrities’ iCloud photo backups. In 2012, Wired writer Mat Honan lost years’ worth of documents when his Apple accounts were hacked, allowing hackers to remotely wipe clean his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. Apple is far from alone in having security problems, and has been working to improve its systems—it just fixed a vulnerability that may have allowed hackers to get their hands on celebrities’ intimate photos. But none of this is reassuring when you think about using an account Apple is guarding to make online purchases. If anything, handling payments makes Apple a richer target for hackers.And then there’s customer service. What are merchants supposed to do if a transaction doesn’t go through? Line up at the Apple Store? In 2012, Apple laid out plans to hire 3,600 more workers in its Austin, Texas campus, largely to staff up its AppleCare support operations. Those phone lines will be busy.What Apple Brings To The Cash RegisterApple has undeniable assets to bring to a payments business—chiefly its 800 million customer accounts on iTunes with credit cards on file. It also has intriguing experiments under way, like its Apple Store app, which lets you buy things in the store with your iTunes account without needing to swipe a card or even talk to an employee: You just pay on your phone, grab, and go. It also has iTunes Pass, a program which lets you walk into an Apple Store with cash and load it up on your iTunes account. Especially in developing countries, a link between cash and digital spending could be transformative.Connecting Apple’s physical infrastructure with a payment service could be its biggest advantage. Small merchants pick up iPads and card readers at the Apple Store already. Amazon, Google, and PayPal don’t have that kind of physical touch point with businesses.But before you can start paying with your iPhone, Apple has a lot of questions to answer: Where can you buy things? What will it cost merchants? And who will help if something goes wrong?Photo by mikecoghlast_img read more

California Will Not Tax Amounts from Carson Carousel Housing Tract Cleanup

first_imgCalifornia will not tax amounts received by taxpayers as a result of the Carousel Housing Tract cleanup in Carson, California. Taxpayers may exclude these amounts from gross income when computing:corporation franchise and income taxes; andpersonal income tax.Who Qualifies for the Exclusion?Taxpayers qualify for the exclusion if they receive amounts pursuant to California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, Order R4-2011-046, and they:currently own or previously owned property in the Carousel Housing Tract; orreside or previously resided in the Carousel Housing Tract.What Amounts Can They Exclude?Taxpayers can exclude amounts they receive:from the Shell Oil Company for temporary accommodations and relocation;under the Optional Real Estate Program of the Revised Remedial Action Plan; orfrom a settlement arising out of the investigation, cleanup, or abatement of waste discharged at the former Kast Property Tank Farm facility.Taxpayers cannot exclude any reimbursed amounts representing expenses that they have deducted.For What Tax Years Does the Exclusion Apply?The exclusion applies to all tax years. If a taxpayer previously paid tax on these amounts, the taxpayer has until September 28, 2019, to file for a credit or refund.The regular limitations period for claiming a credit or refund from the overpayment will not apply.Ch. 887 (S.B. 343), Laws 2018, effective September 28, 2018, and applicable as notedLogin 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

Senate, House Tax Staffers Doubt Success of GOP’s Tax, IRS Package

first_imgSenior tax staff on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees seem to doubt Republicans’ catch-all tax and IRS package’s chances of success. Whether the roadblock will come down to time or votes, the package currently faces an uphill battle in the Senate.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., unveiled the 297-page measure late on November 26. Generally, the broad legislative package, an amendment entitled the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Bill of 2018 (HR 88), addresses year-end tax extenders, retirement savings, disaster relief, IRS reform, and technical corrections to last year’s tax reform legislation, among other things.Time is Not on Your Side“Leadership has to decide if they want to spend time processing a tax bill at a time when they hadn’t plan to do that,” Tiffany Smith, chief tax counsel for Senate Finance Committee (SFC) ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said at a November 29 National Press Club event in Washington, D.C. Smith participated in a discussion panel along with Aruna Kalyanam, democratic tax counsel and democratic staff director for House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy and Jennifer Acuña, senior tax counsel and policy advisor for the SFC (majority).Processing a bill on the Senate floor is “not a short process,” Smith said. “We don’t have much time,” she added. Additionally, Congress is in a “funding fight,” according to Smith. Democrats and Republicans are reportedly struggling to reach an agreement on a year-end government spending bill that is needed to avoid a government shutdown. Funding for federal agencies is on track to expire at midnight on December 7.“Usually when there is a funding fight, that’s the focus. If tax becomes a part of it, it’s the last thing,” Smith said. To that end, there has been talk among lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the tax and IRS oversight package could be shortened and attached to the spending bill to ease the procedural dilemma in the Senate.Additionally, Kalyanam, a longtime and well-versed Hill staffer, does not see the Senate taking the tax package on before the end of this Congress, and certainly not in its entirety. “I don’t know what the appetite is to do major surgery [on the tax package] here. Our joke is that it takes the senate 30 hours to clear its throat,” Kalyanam said. “My understanding is that they [lawmakers] are not close on a spending bill; there are a lot of problems there.”Democratic Support NeededAdding to the stumbling blocks on the package’s rocky road in the Senate is Republicans’ struggle to garner enough Democratic support. The package needs at least nine Democratic votes in the Senate to reach the chamber’s 60-vote threshold.While Democrats are largely supportive of the IRS reform provisions and are generally supportive of tax extenders, Democratic lawmakers do not seem eager to help Republicans’ fix the GOP-crafted and enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97). Last year’s tax reform came as a product of a Republican controlled Congress, but Democrats will take the House majority in January. Current House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., is expected to chair the committee next year. Although the package contains some bipartisan measures for which Neal supports, he has expressly denounced the package as a whole. Specifically, Neal has said he would like to focus on technical corrections to the new tax law in the next Congress.“Neal feels strongly about having public hearings on TCJA – [is it] working or…not, and that includes technical corrections,” Kalyanam said. Although Brady has said the corrections are minor and uncontroversial, Kalyanam suggested that in addition to minor drafting errors, Republicans are eager to correct both intended and unintended consequences of the TCJA.To that end, Brady introduced a manager’s amendment to the tax package on November 28 that would repeal the TCJA’s new business income tax of 21 percent on certain transportation expenses incurred by nonprofit organizations. However, the technical corrections provisions have a “low” chance of passing [in the Senate] with the package, according to Kalyanam. There is “talk” on Capitol Hill that the IRS reform and tax extenders provisions may be the only part of the package to survive. However, the package is expected to easily clear the House in its entirety on November 30.Update – November 30: House leadership pulled the tax package from the floor late on November 29. Although the House voted 219-to-181 on November 29 in favor of bringing the package to the floor for a vote, leadership subsequently pulled the measure. At this time, it is thought on Capitol Hill that the package was pulled because of absent members as well as controversy surrounding certain provisions and its over $54 billion estimated price tag. Reportedly, the package was not expected by House leadership to have enough votes for an end-of-the-week approval during the lame-duck session.Name of the GameAccording to Acuña, there is no other path for the package through the Senate than by regular order, unlike the TCJA, which was approved by a reconciliation process requiring only GOP votes. Therefore, the package must achieve 60 votes, she acknowledged. “Building consensus is the name of the game.”By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorLogin 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

‘We are headed for a very dark period.’ Brazil’s researchers fear election of far-right presidential candidate

first_imgJair Bolsonaro leads in the polls for Brazil’s presidential election. Beset by economic woes and dissatisfied with the left-wing politicians in power for most of the past 15 years, Brazil appears poised to make a hard turn and elect a far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, as its next president. His rapid ascent has unnerved local researchers, who worry about the future of Brazilian science, the protection of the country’s biodiversity, and its role in the global struggle against climate change.“I think we are headed for a very dark period in the history of Brazil,” says Paulo Artaxo, a climate change researcher at the University of São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo, Brazil. “There is no point sugarcoating it. Bolsonaro is the worst thing that could happen for the environment.”Bolsonaro has vowed to withdraw Brazil from the 2015 Paris agreement, which requires nations to reduce greenhouse emissions to combat climate change, and he plans to eliminate the Ministry of the Environment and fold its duties into the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply. 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The plight of Brazil’s research establishment, which has endured sharp budget cuts in recent years, has had little mention in the campaigning so far. When recently asked about his possible choice for science minister, Bolsonaro named Brazilian astronaut and former air force pilot Marcos Pontes, a member of his party, as his top preference.A draft campaign document focusing on science—first revealed last week by the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo—offers additional insight into his plans. It pledges to more than double the level of R&D investment in the next 4 years, but would focus most of the extra money and attention on applied sciences such as space and robotics, rather than on basic research at universities.Under the slogan “Brazil above everything, God above all,” Bolsonaro’s campaign exalts national pride, military discipline, and a zero-tolerance, iron-fist stance against crime. Famous for inflammatory remarks about women and minorities, Bolsonaro openly cherishes the 21-year military dictatorship that started with a coup in 1964. Jair Bolsonaro, front-runner for Brazil’s presidency, is a scary prospect for some.  ‘We are headed for a very dark period.’ Brazil’s researchers fear election of far-right presidential candidate Victor Moriyama/Stringer/Getty Images center_img Historically, Bolsonaro has had little to do with science, and he recently sparred with the academic community, authoring legislation to favor an unproven cancer therapy. A general he picked to craft his science and education plans defended the teaching of creationism this week, telling O Estado de S. Paulo that students need to know that “Darwin existed,” but not necessarily to “agree with him.”Climate change is one scientific issue Bolsonaro has touched on. He hasn’t specifically questioned that humans are driving global warming, but his son, a popular Brazilian congressman, has done so in a video that celebrates the climate policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. And Bolsonaro has indicated that the Paris agreement’s mandate threatens Brazil’s national sovereignty, especially in the Amazon region, where deforestation for farming and cattle ranching has driven most of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.Through law enforcement and mechanisms such as incentives for sustainable practices, Brazilian authorities have substantially reduced Amazon deforestation in the past 13 years, and the nation’s commitment to the Paris climate change accord requires it to continue that trend. Bolsonaro’s campaign instead promises to promote agriculture and mining in the region. One of the generals helping develop the candidate’s policies told O Estado de S. Paulo last week that he missed the days when road builders could cut down trees in the Amazon without being bothered by environmental authorities.Unfettered development of the Amazon would be a “grave mistake,” says Eduardo Assad, a climate change and agricultural scientist at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation in Campinas. He adds that studies show Brazil’s agricultural production could be doubled by exploiting abandoned or degraded pastures and farmland—“without any additional deforestation.”Haddad, a 55-year-old professor of political science at USP, offers more moderate views, focusing on social justice and sustainable development. But corruption scandals that culminated in the impeachment of Brazil’s then-President Dilma Rousseff in August 2016 and the recent imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is closely associated with Haddad, have darkened his prospects. In a poll out on 15 October, he trailed Bolsonaro 41% to 59%.Haddad’s campaign has pledged to “rebuild the national science, technology, and innovation system” and provide ample public funding to help double the intensity of the country’s R&D expenditure to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2030. In his campaign’s draft science document, Bolsonaro pledges even more R&D investment, 2.5% of GDP by the end of his term, in 2022.Many researchers doubt that either candidate can fulfill such pledges. “I’ve heard this promise many times before,” says Fernando Peregrino, a science policy expert and president of Confies in Brasília, a national network of foundations that support scientific research and higher education. Brazil lacks the economic policies and fiscal stability to provide generous support for R&D, he believes.Bolsonaro plans to rely heavily on the private sector to boost R&D spending, through economic incentives and partnerships. “Our greatest deficit is in innovation,” says economist Marcos Cintra, president of the Brazilian Research and Innovation Agency in Rio de Janeiro, who is helping craft Bolsonaro’s R&D proposals.As for public spending, the campaign document calls for a “greater balance” between “curiosity-oriented research and research directed towards missions and goals.” Brazil’s Ministry of Education now receives 60% of federal R&D funds, compared with the Ministry of Defense’s 1.5%, and Cintra argues defense should get more. “One of the political difficulties is that public research in Brazil still has a strong academic bias, without focus or specific priorities,” Bolsonaro’s campaign document says.Luiz Davidovich, president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio de Janeiro, agrees that it’s important to define national priorities and strategic goals, but says academic and intellectual freedom must also be preserved.Whoever wins the election, scientists here are unlikely to see any relief soon. Federal funding for the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication has fallen by more than half since 2013, and the budget proposal for 2019—drafted by the current administration—predicts another 10% cut below this year’s.“Even for the most optimistic of us, it’s looking bad,” Artaxo says. Andre Coelho/Bloomberg/Getty Images By Herton EscobarOct. 16, 2018 , 5:10 PMlast_img read more

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen tops practice session at Chinese Grand Prix after mist forces abandonment of first practice

first_imgThe opening practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix was halted twice then abandoned because the medical support helicopter was unable to operate in poor visibility on Friday.The 90-minute session was finally called off with five minutes remaining on the clock at a drizzly and misty Shanghai International Circuit. (Also read: Australian GP winner Sebastian Vettel tips Mercedes as favourites for Chinese Grand Prix)Fourteen drivers set a time during the brief window of track action, going out on a mix of intermediate and wet-weather tyres. (Also read: Mercedes have to raise game to meet Ferrari challenge, says Lewis Hamilton)Teenager Max Verstappen was fastest in his Red Bull, lapping the 5.4-kilometre circuit in one minute, 50.491 seconds.The Dutchman’s time was more than 15 seconds slower than Nico Rosberg needed to secure pole position for last year’s race, an indication of the limited usefulness of the curtailed session.Championship favourite Lewis Hamilton, who heads into Sunday’s race determined to strike back against a resurgent Ferrari by racing to a fifth win in China, did not set a time in his Mercedes.German Sebastian Vettel, winner of last month’s season-opener in Australia, did not set a time either, with his Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen also limiting himself to a single installation lap.Several drivers were caught out by snaps of oversteer in the cool and damp conditions. Most got going again but Nico Hulkenberg beached his Renault in the gravel, returning to the pits on the back of a scooter.advertisement”The weather conditions have forced the closure of the local airport,” read a message on the timing screens.The first suspension was prompted by the medical helicopter being unable to land at the designated hospital in Shanghai, while a message on the timing screens when the session was halted for the second time said the “local airport” had been closed.Television helicopters continued to hover above the circuit throughout.last_img read more