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Ohio Nexus Guidance Updated

first_imgOhio has updated the income tax information release discussing nexus standards and filing safe harbors for individuals. Specifically, it contains updated law citations and links to Ohio websites.Nexus Guidance CoverageThe information release covers:nexus;safe harbor provisions; andthe voluntary disclosure program for nonresidents.Income Tax – Information Release IT 2001-01 – Nexus Standards & Filing Safe Harbors for Individuals, Ohio Department of Taxation, February 15, 2018, ¶404-700Login 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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Provisioning: Hopefully more answers than questions

first_imgFirst, lets cover the different types of provisioning and a brief overview how each of them work. PSK provisioning uses a Pre Shared Key to encrypt the provisioning process. In order for an AMT client to use a Pre Shared Key, however, the MEBx must first be programed with the correct key. This can be done in either one of two ways, manual entry or via a setup.bin file located on a USB thumb drive. Manual entry is just that, a user must access the MEBx and manually type in the characters for the PID and PPS and any other settings that are required in order to get provisioning to work (system name, password change, etc). Once the user saves the changes to the MEBx, AMT starts sending out ‘hello’ packets to the provisioning server to start the provisioning process. This method is the most straight forward but is also the most time consuming, especially when attempting to deploy many systems at the same time. USB thumb drive provisioning shortens the PSK entry process by using a formatted setup.bin file located on a USB thumb drive that can hold many PID/PPS pairs as well as password change information for MEBx. This key is then used on each system as it boots up to load the PSK information into MEBx. When the system boots, ME detects that a setup.bin file is located on the USB key and, if AMT isn’t provisioned already, will prompt the user if they would like to load the provisioning information from the USB key. If the user confirms the request, then ME loads the first available PID/PPS entry into the PSK settings as well as changes the password for MEBx to the password set in the file. ME then marks that entry in the setup.bin file as used and reboots the system. Once rebooted, AMT starts sending out ‘hello’ packets using the PID/PPS pair. This method is better than manual entry, but only barely. This still requires a user to be at the system and to interact with the process. PKI provisioning is split into two different types of provisioning as well, Bare Metal and Agent Based/Delayed provisioning. Bare metal provisioning is where the factory settings in AMT are set at the OEM/System Integrator so that as soon as power and a network connection are applied to the system, then AMT will send out ‘hello’ packets and provisioning starts. If provisioning doesn’t happen right away the provisioning period will continue for 24 hours, sending out ‘hello’ packets at a decreasing rate, after which AMT goes into delayed provisioning mode. This method of provisioning greatly improves the time savings from a deployment aspect by enabling many systems to be provisioned with minimal interaction from deployment personnel. This method works well when using a 3rd party trusted certificate that is natively supported in AMT (Verisign, GoDaddy, etc). Agent based/delayed provisoining is where either the 24 hour provisioning period has expired without a successful provisioning transaction or, due to the AMT version, AMT requires an in-band agent or tool to start the PKI provisioning process. In order to start agent based/delayed provisioning the agent or tool sends a command down through the HECI driver in the host OS and tells AMT to start sending out ‘hello’ packets to the provisioning server. In addition, some basic configuration settings can also be sent to AMT in order to get it ready for provisioning (enable AMT, set PKI provisoining, etc). This method of provisioning tends to be the most reliable. Again this works best when using a 3rd party trusted certificate that is natively supported in AMT but in addition you gain the benefits of having an in-band agent that is able to assist the provisioning process by providing the provision server in-band information that helps keep the out of band aspects of AMT synced with the in-band host OS. Configured correctly, provisioning AMT with the assistance of an in-band agent can make the entire provisioning process hands free for deployment personnel. Lastly, I want to touch on how each of these provisioning processes relates to the different AMT versions. Different versions of AMT support different types of provisioning. AMT 2.0, 2.1, 2.5 only support PSK provisioning. AMT 2.2 and 2.6 support PKI provisioning (as well as PSK) but only agent based PKI provisioning. AMT 3.0 and higher versions of AMT support bare metal PKI provisioning (as well as agent based/delayed PKI and PSK provisioning). A common utility used to accomplish agent based provisioning is the RCT (Remote Configuration Tool).Provisioning is a very complex topic and what I’ve touched on here is really just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to understanding the intricacies involved. I hope I’ve provided more answers than questions, but if there is something you still don’t understand, feel free to comment and I’ll try to clear it up! Thanks,Matt Primrose I’ve been getting quite a few questions recenly regarding provisioning. Many folks are confused when it comes to what type of provisioning works with which versions of AMT and I’m hoping that this post will help to clear up some of that confusion.Currently, there are two types of provisioning, PKI (Protected Key Infrastructure) and PSK (Pre Shared Key). For those who are not familiar with what is involved with these two types of provisioning, PKI involves using a formatted provisioning certificate in order to establish a trust relationship between the AMT client and provisioning server where PSK uses a PID/PPS key pair to establish the trust for provisioning. There is quite a bit of documentation regarding how to setup PKI and PSK provisioning in the deployment documents for AMT, so I won’t go into that detail here. What I’d like to cover here is what are the differences between these types of provisioning and which versions of AMT use which types of provisioning. last_img read more

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Ganesh Nimmajanam ceremony in Andhra Pradesh: Mixing religion with politics

first_imgAn elephantine effort marked the end of the 12-day worship of the elephant God Ganesh in Hyderabad on September 13. Nearly half the city poured into the streets to take part in the “Ganesh Nimmajanam” ceremony when several thousand multi-coloured idols, ranging in height from a few centimetres to six,An elephantine effort marked the end of the 12-day worship of the elephant God Ganesh in Hyderabad on September 13. Nearly half the city poured into the streets to take part in the “Ganesh Nimmajanam” ceremony when several thousand multi-coloured idols, ranging in height from a few centimetres to six metres, and in weight from a few hundred grammes to 12 tonnes were taken in reverent procession for immersion in the shimmering waters of the Hussain Sagar lake.In wave after celebrating wave, the cavalcade passed by on foot or in trucks, tractors, bullock-carts and push carts, as enthusiastic groups of onlookers, mostly women and children, showered marigold and rose petals on the spectacle that took more than three hours to pass a point on the 12 km route.All along the way lighting standards were festooned with saffron flags stamped with Om and plantain leaves, and a posse of armed police and saffron-capped volunteers stood by to complete what one onlooker described as “the greatest show of Hindu solidarity”.The organised and orderly procession revealed the meticulous nature of the planning. Its organisers, the Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi (BGUS) arranged for information desks at every 100 metres, with public address systems to inform onlookers of who was passing by at the moment. Volunteers, shops and hotels along the route distributed water and in some cases tamarind rice to all who asked for it.Though belief has it that Ganesh uses a mouse for his steed, the procession had him ride on peacocks, the fabled Garuda, in an elephant’s belly, and even a tank and an aircraft.advertisementAs the bands played, crackers exploded and the massed devout cried themselves hoarse with: “Ganesh Maharaj ki jai”. The carnival atmosphere was slightly spoiled by the occasional slogans of “Go hatya band karo” (Ban cow slaughter), “Hindu rashtra bachao” (Save the Hindu state), and Hindu ekta zindabad, (Long live Hindu unity), which smacked of communal and political overtones.Great Enthusiasm: Paradoxically, the origins of the massive festival are rooted in the problems faced by the Government and police in allowing a Moharrum procession in 1979. The then chief minister Channa Reddy and the police placated militant Hindu leaders in the Old City area by giving them permission to take out a Ganesh procession.Ganesh (top) and onlookers (above): Mixing religion and politicsThe Government’s immediate concern was to ensure peace when the Moharrum procession passed by under curfew. Hence from last year the Ganesh procession and festivities are being celebrated with such eclat that Bombay’s traditional splendour pales in contrast.Expectedly, the Arya Samaj which has organised religious processions during Holi and Dussera for the last 50 years in Hyderabad has been joined by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh.The chief architect of the Ganesh festival is the veteran Arya Samaj leader Vandemataram Ramachandra Rao. Says he: “For the first time there were problems in bringing together such a huge procession. Some of these have been overcome though frankly speaking we were apprehensive of trouble following the July flare-up. So, we drew up a 1,000-strong volunteer force from several organisations to help the procession to move smoothly. This is a religious procession, though it is yet to take that shape fully. The intention is to organise the celebration as an all-party, non-party effort.”However, the intentions of all the members of the BGUS, who include local leaders of the BJP, select Congress(I) men and rich traders besides the representatives of the Arya Samaj, are not as plain.Some BJP and Congress(I) leaders have funded the purchase and installation of idols besides organising music and dance programmes every evening as part of the festivities, in an obvious attempt to make political capital out of the rejoicing.Hyderabad BJP leader A. Narendra accuses Congress(I) leaders, including a minister, of having tried to entice some local utsav samithis away from the September 13 procession by offering money. Says he: “They took out processions on other days flouting religious practice in order to build political support in view of the coming corporation elections. But with the massive turnout for our procession the chances of a Congress(I) rout in the elections are bright.”Heavy Guard: Following the July carnage the prevailing tensions in the Old City are a matter of serious concern for the Government. When passionate speeches with communal overtones became a daily feature during the Ganesh festivities, Chief Minister T. Anjiah even threatened to cancel the procession.Anjiah addressing the crowd: Adding his power to his gloryThough the men who supplied most of the flowers and the trucks for transporting the idols were Muslims, the Government viewed it as “a communally sensitive” procession. Officials held several rounds of meetings to decide steps to prevent any violence. On the day before the procession Anjiah inspected the arrangements by driving around the city.About 125 platoons of the Andhra Pradesh Special Police, Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force, all available officers of the rank of deputy superintendent of police and below attached to various police offices in the city, joined the regular city police force sporting steel helmets and pistols to make it a heavily guarded event.advertisementInevitably, with several official facilities given for the procession, Anjiah seized the opportunity to play his party tune. Addressing the processionists at Moazzam Jahi Market, one of the assembly points en route to Hussain Sagar, he referred to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and was promptly heckled.Similarly when one of his publicity crazy ministers, Sarojini Pulla Reddy, chanted ‘Jai Hind, Jai Indira’ she was immediately booed. Other ministers and Congress(I) leaders tried to draw attention to themselves at different points on the procession route. Anjiah assured the idol makers in a bid for sympathy: “The Government will help improve your lot by setting up a co-operative.”Though the organisers were peeved at this, BJP leaders were more or less satisfied with the effort: they felt they had managed to gain public sympathy and support without waving their flag but by showing their organisational capabilities. Enthused by the response the BGUS is already planning the Ganesh festivities for next year.Narendra says bigger Ganesh idols, one for each locality, helps “bring about greater unity in the community”. Ramachandra Rao feels that “such a religious procession must be purposeful and help to instill discipline. It would be more orderly like some kind of route march”. With such militant enthusiasm in the air, it is very likely that Ganesh will ride in more sumptuous glory next year.last_img read more

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Rodgers focused on Celtic amid Leicester links

first_imgBrendan Rodgers insists his focus remains on Celtic despite reports of interest from Leicester City.Leicester sacked Claude Puel on Sunday after a 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace the previous day, with Rodgers already tipped as a potential replacement before the news was confirmed.And reports subsequently emerged suggesting the Foxes would be prepared to wait until the end of the season to get the Celtic boss, who is the early odds-on favourite to land the job. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, Rodgers, who has won seven major trophies in under three years with Celtic, was not willing to entertain speculation ahead of the 4-1 Scottish Premiership home win over Motherwell on Sunday.”My job is to concentrate on the football aspect, and that is with Celtic,” Rodgers told BBC Scotland.”I’ve been stood here for two-and-a-half years and I’ve been asked similar questions. My message is always very, very clear: I’m very concentrated on the game.”We’re in really good form and my concentration is fully on getting the three points [against Motherwell].”Rodgers has previously managed in the Premier League with Swansea City and Liverpool, while he has also been linked to the Newcastle United job.First-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler are in temporary charge of Leicester as the club look for a new boss.last_img read more

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Sanju Samson joins elite Indian list with 2nd Indian Premier League hundred

first_imgSanju Samson hit his 2nd hundred in the Indian Premier League as Rajasthan Royals muscled towards a strong total against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday. Samson, playing his 83rd match, was involved in a 119-run partnership with RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane (70) before unleashing some audacious shots.Sanju Samson is only 24-years-old but his classy shots left fans and experts in awe. He was attacking from the outset and kept the run-rate on the higher side even when Rahane was watchful at the start of the innings. Jos Buttler, the most dangerous of all of Royals’ batsmen, fell to Rashid Khan in his first over but Samson was not going to be overawed by the early setback.A fine century from Samson and a knock of 70 by the Skipper, propel @rajasthanroyals to a total of 198/2.Will the @SunRisers chase the total down or will the @rajasthanroyals defend it?#VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/7GqqysMxtOIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 29, 2019This is the first hundred of the 2019 IPL. David Warner came close to scoring a hundred for Sunrisers Hyderabad but he was dismissed for 85.First for @IamSanjuSamson in Vivo @IPLFirst of #VivoIPL20191 Sam-sational knock #HallaBol #SRHvRR #RR pic.twitter.com/n68EjQVh05Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 29, 2019Samson had scored his maiden IPL hundred in 2017 and was on fire in the 2018 IPL when he smashed 441 runs from 15 matches.Sanju Samson has now joined an elite list of Indian batsmen with his second IPL hundred. While Virat Kohli (4) has the most hundreds by an Indian batsman, only Murali Vijay (2) and Virender Sehwag (2) are the only other Indians with more than one hundred in the IPL.advertisementlast_img read more

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Newbuilding Orderbook Takes a Nosedive in Q1

first_imgzoom The first quarter of 2016 was hit by a major decline in ordering newbuilds with only 77 new ships ordered by the end of March 2016, Clarksons data shows.This is a substantial drop when compared to the corresponding period in 2015 when a total of 375 ships were ordered.January was definitely the slowest month during the quarter with orders for only 15 ships placed against 179 in the corresponding month in 2015, according to Clarksons.The figures for February showed a slight increase with 17 orders followed by 45 orders in March, mostly driven by Valemax ordering spree in China. On the other hand, South Korean shipbuilders managed to secure merely nine orders during the first quarter of the year.Bulkers have especially experienced a drop in demand as just two non VLOC were ordered during the quarter as opposed to 78 in the first quarter in 2015, based on VesselsValue data.However, the ordering slump seems to be subsiding as 23 orders have already been booked for April, bringing the overall orderbook for this year at 100 new ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Three New Members Join SEALNG

first_imgzoom Three new members, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Novatek Gas & Power, and Sumitomo Corporation, have joined the multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG committed to accelerating adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. The three companies join a growing list of global members working towards breaking down the commercial barriers to the adoption of LNG as a clean and economically viable alternative to traditional bunker fuels.“Each of the global organisations brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable to SEA\LNG as we work to realise our goal of making LNG an important maritime fuel,” Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president, Tote, said.“Our aim since inception was to form a coalition that unites key players from across the entire LNG value chain, and the addition of our three new members further strengthens our organisation,” Keller added.“As the IMO’s global sulphur cap approaches in 2020, we continue to continuously advocate for cleaner energy, including the promotion of LNG as a marine fuel. We look forward to leveraging our company’s position to work with our fellow members towards promoting sustainable LNG bunkering operations,” Kenichiro Yamaguchi, General Manager of Gas Business Development Division at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., said.This announcement continues the steady stream of new members to join SEA\LNG, following the recent addition of Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), Marubeni Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, JAX LNG, and Petronet LNG.Earlier in March, SEA\LNG, which currently has 28 members, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Society for Gas as Marine Fuel (SGMF), creating a framework for how the two complementary organisations will work together to achieve their common goal of making LNG the fuel of choice for the shipping industry.last_img read more

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Iran forces warned off UK warship during tanker seizure

first_imgTehran: Iranian forces warned a British warship’s crew against putting their “life in danger” during the seizure of a tanker this month, in a new recording of the incident released Monday. The audio message was accompanied by aerial video footage of a warship thought to be the HMS Montrose, which the UK defence ministry says has now been joined in Gulf waters by another warship, the HMS Duncan. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the British-flagged tanker “Stena Impero” on July 19. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”British warship Foxtrot 236, this is Sepah navy patrol boat: you are required not to interfere in this issue,” an Iranian naval officer can be heard saying in the recording aired on state TV. An officer on board the warship responds: “This is British warship Foxtrot 236: I am in vicinity of an internationally recognised strait with a merchant vessel in my vicinity conducting transit passage”. The Iranian officer replies: “British warship Foxtrot 236, this is Sepah navy patrol boat: don’t put your life in danger”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIranian state television also released recordings of another incident on July 10. “This is British warship Foxtrot 236, go ahead,” a British naval officer can be heard saying. His Iranian counterpart responds by saying: “British warship Foxtrot 236, this is Sepah navy warship… your tanker British Heritage under my control. You are ordered do not to interference in my operation.” Britain said on July 11 that three Iranian vessels attempted to “impede the passage” of the “British Heritage” commercial oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Tensions have been escalating in the region for weeks, with US President Donald Trump last month calling off at the last minute an air strike on Iran over its downing of a US spy drone.last_img read more

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New Haitian police recruits receive training from UN officers

7 November 2007More than 600 newly inducted Haitian national police recruits will form a unit devoted to tackling the capital’s most troubled neighbourhoods after receiving training from United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers stationed in the Caribbean country. The 627 recruits, who include 86 women, received nine months of training from both UNPOL officers and other Haitian national police staff before receiving their diplomas at a graduation ceremony yesterday, the UN peacekeeping mission to Haiti (MINUSTAH) reported.Almost all of the recruits will form a new motorized brigade tasked with responding rapidly – using motorcycles and other vehicles – to any situations in Port-au-Prince’s most difficult districts, such as Cité Soleil and Martissant, which have been plagued by armed gangs.Already the Haitian Government has received 200 motorcycles and 40 vehicles from the United States for the new unit to use, and it expects to receive more soon.The recruits’ training focused on such issues as how to maintain order in troubled areas, work effectively as community police officers and use heavy weapons such as M4 rifles. Instruction was also provided on dealing with the media and protecting human rights, as well as upholding civil and penal rights.In his most recent report on the activities of MINUSTAH, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the mission is trying to support the national police academy to train and build up the capacity of the police force (HNP). Some 30 UNPOL instructors work at the academy and, after this intake, there are now nearly 9,000 police agents in the force.The proportion of women in the HNP is also increasing. Women currently comprise about 6 per cent of the total force, but in this intake they represent nearly 14 per cent.One of the aims of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Police Division, which now comes under the new Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions following Mr. Ban’s wider reform of peacekeeping operations, is to help struggling countries undertake security sector reform. read more

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JVP meets PM and discusses 20th Amendment

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today and discussed the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution.The meeting took place at the Parliament complex. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake led the JVP delegation at the talks.United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Malik Samarawickrema attended the talks on the behalf of the UNP.

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UN experts call on Tunisia to respect human rights as information summit

They urged that the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis serve as “an opportunity to reinforce freedom of opinion and expression in Tunisia so that human rights defenders, judges, lawyers and journalists can successfully carry out their activities in a secure, free and constructive climate.” In a joint statement, they expressed their “profound concern” at the deterioration with regard to freedom of expression, assembly and association and the independence of judges and lawyers in Tunisia. The three are Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative on human rights defenders, Hina Jilani, the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Ambeyi Ligabo, and the Commission’s Special Rapporteur on the independence of judg’s and lawyers, Leandro Despouy. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who receive their mandate from the Commission and report back to it.In their statement, the three stressed that they have received numerous reports of repeated attacks on human rights organizations and their members, as well as against judge’s, lawyer’s and journalist’s associations.“The Special Rapporteurs and the Special Representative express their deep concern in the face of numerous cases of fines, forced transfers, physical attacks, arrests, condemnations and imprisonment of civil society members and judges for having publicly raised human rights issues and expressing their opinion,” they said. They also voiced their concern over reports of obstacles to the freedom of association encountered by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and labour unions, including systematic bans on meetings by human rights organizations and those of journalists, judges and lawyers, as well as police clampdowns on their offices and “physical violence” perpetrated by security forces. “The Special Rapporteurs and the Special Representative urgently call on the Tunisian Government to take immediately all measures necessary to respect fundamental freedoms, in particular fundamental norms with regard to freedom of opinion and expression, association and gathering, as well as with respect to the independence of judges and lawyers,” the statement said.“They call for the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society to serve as an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of freedom of opinion and expression in the world, in particular for the promotion and protection of human rights.” read more

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UN refugee agency reestablishes presence in western Côte dIvoire

“Last week, we opened a new operational base in Duékué, 20 minutes north of Guiglo. The office will be manned by two international staff who will be making daily trips to Guiglo. An additional 10 national staff will be working in Duékué and Guiglo,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. During demonstrations in January, UNHCR’s premises were looted and the building was set on fire. All files were lost, as well as five cars, one motorcycle, and three generators. Warehouses containing relief items and food were also looted. Losses for UNHCR were estimated at $350,000. Other UN agencies and several international non-governmental organizations suffered similar losses. From January to March, UNHCR staff undertook regular missions from Abidjan to Guiglo to ensure a continuing presence and to provide food, health, water and sanitation assistance to some 10,000 Liberian refugees in the area. UNHCR has been in Guiglo for more than 10 years, working on behalf of refugees and the local host population. Most of the 37,500 refugees registered in Côte d’Ivoire live in the western part of the country, including some 6,000 in Nicla camp, near Guiglo, and more than 4,000 others in the surrounding community, the agency said, adding that it hopes half of these refugees will be able to return home to Liberia this year. The destruction was caused by the Young Patriots, a group which saw recommendations from the UN-authorized International Working Group as likely to reduce the power of President Laurent Gbagbo. read more

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Why LeVeon Bell Might Make More Money If He Ends His Holdout

The teal curve assumes that Bell reports for Week 2 and begins collecting his $855,529 paychecks,2Players earn salaries during their bye weeks, so Bell would earn about $13.7 million for the rest of the season. and then signs a contract with $38 million in guaranteed money at the end of the season. This would make Bell’s total compensation close to $52 million, representing a probable best-case scenario for Bell. The orange curve assumes that he holds out until Week 11, and thus loses out on $855,529 for the next nine weeks, but then signs the same contract with $38 million guaranteed in free agency. In this scenario, Bell would earn $44 million in total.3Including the $855,529 for Weeks 11 through 17, which comes out to $6 million.Crucially, both models assume that Bell receives no future contract if he is injured. Should he go down after signing with Pittsburgh for this season, Bell would collect only the salary guaranteed him under the franchise tag, a very pessimistic scenario. Yet in our chart, we see that the point at which a holdout is expected to become more profitable is outside the range accounting for our best guess at the true injury rate. So reporting and playing is the best option if Bell is seeking to maximize his earnings.Is this the end of the story? Perhaps not — if Bell is actually worth more in free agency than Fitzgerald estimates. If Bell is able to land a contract worth more than Todd Gurley’s, for a total guaranteed contract value of $55 million, holding out becomes a profitable decision. In this scenario, the point at which a holdout is expected to become more profitable falls within our true injury range estimate. Bell’s decision to hold out here makes sense because it balances future earnings with the risk of injury.In both scenarios, there is a possibility that the injury rate we’ve calculated is underestimating the true danger to Bell’s health and future earnings. After all, Bell’s workload is extreme: He led the NFL with 406 touches last season. There may also be motivations at play in Bell’s holdout that are not related to compensation, and not all costs can be captured in a simple model.That said, the chances of Bell getting a contract north of $38 million seem very low. The last best offer from the Steelers reportedly included just $10 million guaranteed. James Conner, Bell’s replacement, recorded 192 yards from scrimmage along with two touchdowns against the Browns in Week 1. If Bell’s overriding goal is to get paid and maximize his earnings, his best course of action is to report immediately to team headquarters and start cashing his checks.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Sept. 13, 2018, 6 p.m.): A description of the first chart in a previous version of this article transposed the colors of the curves. Last weekend, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell sat out the first game of the regular season rather than play under the NFL franchise tag. Slated to earn $14.5 million in guaranteed money in 2018, Bell loses out on $855,529 each week he fails to report. The franchise tag would make Bell the third highest paid running back in the NFL this season — but only if he actually plays. Around the league, there is a wide range of speculation on how long Bell’s holdout will last. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that his sources believe Bell could be back by the end of September, while others note his holdout could conceivably last through Week 10.1To play any part of this season, Bell must sign by 4 p.m. Eastern on the Tuesday following Week 10, or Nov. 13.Bell’s agent, Adisa Bakari, has hinted that Bell is holding out at least partially because of concerns that the Steelers will overuse him in what is likely his final year with the team. Bakari and Bell appear to have decided to hold out as long as possible to avoid that potential workload and the injury risk it brings. This is a legitimate concern: If Bell suffered a major injury without already obtaining significant guaranteed money, it could end up costing the star running back tens of millions of dollars.So for now, Bell and Bakari’s plan seems to be to maximize his future earnings by forgoing a guaranteed weekly paycheck. But if profit maximization is the aim, is this actually the correct approach? Should Bell hold out through Week 10 if his goal is to earn the most money?To answer those questions, Bell’s camp must balance the amount of guaranteed money he is likely to earn in the open market with the risk of injury if he plays this season. The market for elite running backs in the NFL is difficult to gauge, but we have two recent comps to help us land on an approximate value. I asked NFL salary cap expert Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap for his opinion, and he believes Bell will likely command a contract that will land somewhere between what Todd Gurley and David Johnson were able to negotiate.“Realistically, I can’t see a path to exceed $45 million in guarantees to top Gurley,” Fitzgerald told me. “In light of the Johnson deal, I’d probably say a fair number to use is something between $35 [million] and $38 million in injury guarantees and probably looking at a three-year deal.”Bell and his agent surely have a salary target in mind, and it may well be different from what Fitzgerald estimates Bell is worth. For now, we’ll use the high end of Fitzgerald’s range and assume that Bell lands a contract with $38 million in guarantees. Next we need to calculate the injury risk of playing running back in the NFL. Moreover, we need to adjust the injury rate to account for players who see a large volume of touches. Over his career, since 2013, Bell has averaged 24.9 touches per game, the most in the league. Each of those touches is an opportunity for a serious injury that could rob Bell of his future earnings.According to Football Outsiders, the running back position has the second highest rate of serious injuries in the league at less than 20 percent. Serious injuries are defined as those that cause a player to miss four or more games, which is the outcome Bell surely wants to avoid. This injury rate estimate is probably too low, however. Football Outsiders includes all running backs on each 53-man roster in its rate calculation, regardless of whether they actually take the field. Being tackled in the NFL is a major driver of injury, so we need to account for touches on the field of play.One way to do this is to leverage fantasy drafts as a proxy for running back usage in the upcoming season. Fantasy players use the early part of their drafts to take running backs who they anticipate will see high volume. To estimate the injury rate for these players, I reached out to epidemiologist Zach Binney, a sports performance and injury consultant and a writer for Football Outsiders. Binney took average draft position (ADP) data from 2007 to 2015 and used Football Outsider’s proprietary injury database to calculate the serious injury rate for running backs with a preseason positional ADP of 24 or greater. He estimates that the true likelihood of serious injury is between 20.9 and 32.8 percent for NFL running backs over a season.Armed with these findings, we can create payoff curves based on a range of possible per-game injury probabilities. read more

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The NFLs Offseason Carousel Is Mostly Pointless

As my colleague Ben Morris wrote Wednesday, the NFL’s annual free agent market is not, by and large, where Super Bowls are won and lost. At best, it’s a place where teams tread water, paying the going rate for known talents. At worst, it’s where teams waste a ton of money. It’s not hard to see why: Because of “the winner’s curse,” the team that lands a coveted free agent (cough, Ndamukong Suh) is usually the one whose front office overestimated his value by the greatest amount. And with a hard salary cap in place, miscues of that sort mean another aspect of the team is necessarily handicapped with fewer resources as a result.Want more evidence that offseason roster reshuffling is pointless? Going back to the advent of the NFL salary cap (before the 1994 season), I looked at the relationship between the Approximate Value (AV) of veteran players acquired by a team1Via free agency or trades. over the offseason and how much the team’s Simple Rating System (SRS) score improved the following season. Whether you gauge the quality of incoming players using their AV from the prior season alone or their cumulative AV over the preceding three seasons, there’s essentially no connection between how much talent a team adds over the offseason and how much better (or worse) it gets that season.But maybe adding talent is only half the equation. There’s also the matter of preventing talent from leaving by re-signing veterans — or at least maintaining a positive mark in the offseason AV exchange ledger. However, even when looking at net veteran AV gained/lost over the preceding offseason, there’s still no relationship between a team’s ability to hoard proven talent in the offseason and its improvement or decline in the ensuing season.Free agency always feels like one of the most exciting parts of the NFL offseason. But if history is any guide, the vast majority of what happens this week will have little bearing on how much any given team improves or declines next season. read more

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Five point plan from ExxonMobil for best practice grease selection

first_imgWith businesses under increasing pressure to improve productivity and safety while reducing costs, the importance of proper machine maintenance is growing. A crucial part of that maintenance is choosing the right grease. In a recent survey, ExxonMobil found that more than half of industrial equipment operators are unaware that selecting the right grease can positively impact the performance of their equipment. To raise awareness among mining professionals, ExxonMobil has released a five-point plan for best practice grease selection. Drawing on the company’s 50 years of experience developing industry-leading synthetic greases, the five-point plan offers practical advice that can help to eliminate equipment failure and unscheduled downtime.First highlighted is that greases have varying priorities which are designed to ensure that they can best operate under certain conditions. “To select the right grease, it is essential to consider the conditions under which your bearing will operate – think about machine speed, load level, ambient temperature and the type and size of bearing.”Second on selection, ExxonMobil advises customers to consider the base oil viscosity. “This viscosity should be appropriate for the load and speed of the application at operating temperature and will help to ensure maximum protection and component life. Greases formulated using a higher viscosity base oil are usually more water resistant and are suited to heavy-duty or high temperature applications. Greases with a lower viscosity base oil can help to enhance the protection of slow speed, heavily loaded bearings or low temperature performance.”Thirdly, incorrect application and over-greasing is the cause of over 90% of costly bearing failures. %In addition to bearing failures, it can also lead to problems due to migration of the lubricant into the windings. Typically, a bearing should never be more than two thirds full of grease, leaving one third air space, to allow for optimal operation. Likewise, an insufficient amount of grease could lead to bearing failure due to lack of lubrication.”Fourth ahead of applying a new grease, the advice is to thoroughly clean – or flush out – the previous grease from the bearing. This avoids compatibility issues and helps ensure that the new grease can perform at an optimum level. Finally, when compared to a mineral base oil, grease formulated using a synthetic base oil can offer enhanced oxidation resistance, and a higher lubrication film thickness – ensuring continued performance and protection even in high temperature conditions. In addition, synthetic base oils have the potential to contribute to reduced energy consumption as a result of reduced friction.last_img read more

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Warpia Upgrades Easy Dock with Pro Version

first_imgIf you love wireless connections, you’ll love the versatile Easy Dock Pro, an improvement to Warpia’s original Easy Dock. With it, you can wirelessly connect a laptop to your desktop monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. You can also link your notebook to your big-screen HDTV.Unlike the first version, the Easy Dock Pro is capable of displaying any online content in HD quality. It works with Windows or Macintosh PCs and supports monitors and other displays up to 25-inches, with resolutions of 1920×1080. While the Easy Dock Pro can mirror your laptop screen, it also offers an extend mode, which allows you to operate two displays side-by-side, as if they formed one large desktop. If it sounds hard to operate, it’s all plug-and-play. You can get one from Warpia’s site for $149.99.last_img read more

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McPixel becomes first Steam Greenlight title

first_imgOne of the highest honors in the independent gaming community has been bestowed to the pixilated puzzle game McPixel — it has been selected as the very first entry in the Steam Greenlight program. The initiative is aimed at giving small developers a chance to get their game on the wildly popular digital distribution platform owned by Valve.McPixel is a game in which players find themselves in various predicaments and then must use a number of in-game tools to solve puzzles. If they don’t find a way out of the situation, stuff blows up. It’s as simple as that. The game is available for $4.99 on Steam.This is the era of the independent developer. Thanks largely to the boom in smartphone apps, where there is a frictionless way to get content available to millions of users, gamers are able to access all kinds of unique and captivating games that would never have been able to see the light of day just five or six years ago.It isn’t just in the mobile space, though. Thanks to downloadable platforms gaining more traction on every console and the PC, independent titles are “the new black,” as they say. Valve says it has received hundreds of game submissions, and more are pouring in every day.Earlier this month, Valve announced 10 titles that would be launched on Steam as a result of the program. In addition to McPixel, titles like Black Mesa, Cry of Fear, Project Zomboid, Heroes & Generals, Towns, Dream, and No More Room in Hell are coming out soon.via Steamlast_img read more

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Passer de la version 7 à Windows 8 pour 15 euros

first_imgPasser de la version 7 à Windows 8 pour 15 eurosMicrosoft a officialisé le programme de mise à jour de son nouveau système d’exploitation pour la France. Les clients qui achèteront un ordinateur avant la fin de l’année pourront passer de Windows 7 à la version 8 pour 15 euros seulement.Face aux constructeurs de PC soucieux de voir la clientèle déserter les magasins spécialisés, en attendant la sortie officielle de Windows 8, Microsoft a donc joué la carte de l’entente. Tous ceux qui achèteront un nouvel ordinateur fourni avec Windows 7 édition Familiale, Professionnelle ou Intégrale, entre le 2 juin 2012 et le 31 janvier 2013, pourront bénéficier d’une mise à jour vers le nouveau Windows 8 en édition Professionnelle, à partir du lancement officiel de celui-ci, dont la date reste néanmoins inconnu. Il en coûtera seulement 14,99 euros pour obtenir le nouvel OS, précise Clubic.Une mise à jour un peu différente de celle qui avait précédé, entre Vista et Windows 7, puisque quelle que soit l’édition de Windows 7 achetée, elle donnera accès à la version la plus haut de gamme de Windows 8. Le nouveau système d’exploitation sera disponible en téléchargement, alors que la version 7 n’était proposée par les fabricants que sous la forme de DVD. De plus, son expédition était facturée à un prix inégal (même si le DVD restera une option disponible). Les utilisateurs auront jusqu’au 28 février 2013 pour acquérir la mise à jour, puis bénéficieront d’un support technique durant 90 jours.Le 4 juin 2012 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Bizarre Fish Fossil Rewrites Evolutionary History

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target A recently reported fish fossil hints at a new evolutionary history of sea-to-land animals.Discovered 15 years ago in China, the specimen presents several features of land-based creatures—to which it was only distantly related, according to New Scientist.Coincidence? Researchers think not.According to lore, some 360 million years ago lobe-finned fish (characterized by their paired fins, joined to the body by a single bone) began transforming into four-limbed vertebrates—the terrestrial amphibians, reptiles, and mammals we know today.But when Min Zhu (the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing) and Per Ahlberg (Uppsala University in Sweden) uncovered a fossil in a quarry in Ningxia, north China, they couldn’t easily fit the new species into any existing records.“During the past 18 years the phylogenetic structure of [the tetrapod] stem group has remained remarkably stable,” Zhu and Ahlberg wrote in a paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. “Here we present a large lobe-finned fish from the Late Devonian period of China that disrupts this stability.”Dubbed Honyu chowi, the 5-foot-long creature combines characteristics of the predatory rhizodont fish—thought to have split from lobe-finned fish before they evolved into limbed animals——with the extinct fish-tetrapod hybrid elpistostegids.This mishmash of traits could mean one of two things: Either H. chowi was a rhizodont that evolved vertebrate-like features, or rhizodonts are more closely related to tetrapods than anyone thought.“In either case, the overall result reveals a substantial increase in homoplasy in the tetrapod stem group,” the paper said. “It also suggests that ecological diversity and biogeographic provinciality in the tetrapod stem group have been underestimated.”H. chowi is more than the sum of its common parts, though: As ScienceAlert pointed out, researchers discovered some unique characteristics, like the bones around the fish’s jaw, which suggest it “lurked around the seafloor, rapidly ambushing and snapping its jaw around its prey.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Silva confident of a good outing against Chelsea

first_imgDavid Silva is optimistic of a successful outing when Manchester City face Chelsea in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.Silva, widely renowned as City’s greatest-ever player, will be looking to win his eighth major domestic trophy since he joined from Valencia in the summer of 2010.And although he reckoned Sarri’s men will be hard to crack, the Spaniard is keen on winning another trophy.“It’s another chance to win a title,” he says. “And it’s always beautiful to play a final at Wembley, for our fans as well. Hopefully, we can win it.“A final is always difficult, whether you play Chelsea or any other team.“It’ll be tough. They have a lot of quality players up front, so we should take care.”Silva, now 33, has been pivotal to City’s attacking play this season, scoring nine and assisting 10, with Guardiola recently describing him as “one of the best players I have trained”.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The Spaniard’s deal runs out in the summer of 2020, by which time he will have spent a decade at the Club.55. David Silva 🆚 West Ham United – Premier League (24/11/18) #MCFC #Silva @21LVA pic.twitter.com/mYp2h57PUE— Scott (@scottb1894) February 22, 2019Silva says he feels fresh, despite his advancing years, but admits he is finding new strategies to keep himself in top condition.“I feel good, to be honest,” he told the club website. “I feel good and I know every day it gets tougher because there’s a lot of games and a high level.“But I feel fine. I have to take more care, but that’s what I’m doing and I’m feeling good.”last_img read more

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