This happened a few weeks ago, but it just blew up online. A news anchor in San Francisco named Catherine Heenan was on the air, and talked about how LeBron James is doing “Space Jam 2”.Then a sports anchor named Gary Radnich acted like he was angry, because he was planning to talk about it in HIS report. And he started complaining that he wasn’t allowed to get mad at her, because she’s friends with his mom.He posted something about it on Twitter though, and said he was joking around.
3 September 2009The Department of Home Affairs has announced that it is working with other government departments, the South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority to develop a protocol on the protection of children against child pornography, with a focus on advocacy and law enforcement.Increased access to technologyThe decision was taken at a meeting between the Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty, Deputy Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba during a presentation by the Film and Publication Board on their campaign against child pornography in Pretoria this week.“The increase of access to technology and mobile internet, with all its benefits, poses risks such as creation and distribution of child pornography. We need to be proactive in protecting children against this heinous crime,” Gigaba said.He said the lack of statistics about child pornography should not lead to complacency in protecting children.Government departments working on the protocol include the departments of basic education, social development, and justice and constitutional development.Outright media banGigaba added that he would explore an outright ban on pornography in the public media, as is the practice in countries such as China and India.“To this extent, I will approach the Law Reform Commission with a view to requesting them to investigate and advise on the possibility of such a move,” he said.Pro Child websiteIn a bid to discourage child pornography in the public domain, the department last year launched the FPB Pro Child website to enable members of the public to report incidences of pornography.The website, www.fpbprochild.org.za, aims to alert internet service providers of criminal activities relating to child pornography, or images of sexual abuse hosted on their servers or through their infrastructure.Source: BuaNews read more
CCH Tax Day ReportThe House approved legislation to restore the medical expense deduction to its parameters before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148) by a vote of 261 to 147 on September 13. The Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Bill (HR 3590) now goes to the Senate.Starting in 2013, the PPACA increased the threshold to claim an itemized deduction for unreimbursed medical expenses from 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 10 percent of AGI. A temporary exemption for individuals age 65 and older is set to expire December 31, 2016.“This will provide broad-based tax relief to middle and low income families as they continue to struggle in difficult economic times,” Michael Burgess, R-Tex, said on the House floor. HR 3590 permanently lowers the threshold for the deduction for all taxpayers regardless of their age, Burgess added.Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., spoke in opposition of the bill, cautioning against its more than $30-billion cost in lost federal revenues. “It trades a tax cut today for a tax increase tomorrow,” Polis said.Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., supported the measure, saying on the House floor, “Middle-income families are more likely and more able to claim this deduction. ” According to IRS data, 84 percent claiming this deduction make less than $ 100,000 a year, Sinema said.White HouseThe Obama administration released a Statement of Administration Policy on September 13 opposing House passage of HR 3590. “It would repeal a provision of the Affordable Care Act that limits a regressive, poorly targeted tax break for health care spending,” the administration said. If President Obama is presented with the bill, his senior advisors would recommend a veto, according to the statement.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffStatement of Administration Policy on HR 3590 – Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors ActWays and Means Press Release: Levin Floor Statement on HR 3590 read more
How can we grow enough food to feed a skyrocketing population, while still leaving some room for nature? To find out, researchers ran hundreds of food production simulations under different conditions—like organic versus high-yield farming, and plant-based versus meat-based diets. They recorded whether each combination of strategies was “feasible”—whether enough food could be produced to feed the estimated 2050 world population without expanding the area of farmland people already use. Diet was the biggest determinant of success, the team reports today in Nature Communications. Of the scenarios that included everyone in the world eating a diet consisting entirely of plants, 100% were feasible. But because of the amount of land it takes to raise animals for meat—about twice as much as for crops—only 15% of the scenarios with typical meat-heavy Western diets were feasible. No other factor had that large of an effect, not even switching to farming practices like extra fertilizer use to make land more productive. The study does have lots of assumptions built in, like totally free trade between countries, which would mean that food can always get to where it’s needed. Plus, the research can’t say anything about the political and cultural challenges involved with getting people to change their diet. But it does show that, in theory, it’s possible to keep feeding the world without cutting down more forests for new farmland. read more