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Alex fires a broadside at Navy

first_imgPSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, Jan. 18, Silky Oak – StablefordAll was peaceful as we boarded the buses to make our way to Silky Oaks for another challenging day out.  Our arrival was uneventful other than having to wait for our caddies, who at 9.30am were apparently all busy still eating! Graham Rice (left) with Fred Cuypers.The first hole has a 150-yard carry off the white tees and with the yellow tee another 30 odd yards further back, the first shot of the day was a bit daunting for many, especially as we were playing straight into a breeze!  Most golfers who know this course were mentally toying with the prospect of confronting several other holes ahead that had similar water carries!The course was in great shape with superb fairways offering perfect lies for those who managed to reach them.  One good aspect of playing off the yellow tees was that all the golfers managed for the first time to hit a full shot on the notoriously short par 3, 6th hole.Not surprisingly, it was the A graders who cleaned up and nobody managed to play to their handicap today.  The higher handicappers were all checking out the second hand golf ball prices back at the club house.  It will be a brave man who nominates the yellow tees again on this course!Fred Cuypers won on a count back from Ricey with 33 points, whilst third and fourth spots, also requiring a count back, were taken by Martin Kempton and Denis Steele with 32 points respectively.1st Fred Cuypers (15) 33pts2nd Graham Rice (12) 33pts3rd Martin Kempton (13) 32pts4th Denis Steele (12) 32ptsNear Pins: #3 Graham Rice, #8Dave Fletcher, #14 Ebrahim, #16 Fred CuypersLong Putts: #9 Stu RifkinThursday, Jan 21, Plutaluang – StablefordTwenty-seven golfers headed out to tackle the Navy course and we were set to play North & West nines from the yellow tees.  The track was in great nick with the greens being slow for the first hour, but as soon as the sun came out the greens did a 360.  The fairways had a bit of run and there was plenty of water to challenge all the golfers as it was placed sometimes at 2 or 3 locations on the one hole.Andrew Allen (left) and Alex Field.Alex Field left daylight between himself and the rest as he won the top flight with a whopping 42 points.  In Division B it was tight at the top of the tree with Andrew Allen taking the chockies on a count back from Shane Young.A Flight1st Alex Field (19) 42pts2nd Fritz Weber (24) 40pts3rd Alan Sanders (22) 36pts4th Pierre Cere (11) 34ptsB Flight1st Andrew Allen (30) 32pts2nd Shane Young (27) 32pts3rd Harry Wszola (36) 31pts4th Allan Ray (26) 30ptsNear Pins: N3 Stu Rifkin, N6 Patrick Poussier, W3 Colm Mullen, W8 Brad GreenLong Putts: N9 John Davis, W9 Robert AllenNote: The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male and female to have a hit at any of our weekly outings.  We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya.  Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested on 0861 503086. As we congregated one the first tee and waited for a few other groups playing off the white tees to clear the way, a tee top conference was being discussed by a few of our organizers as to which tees we would use today.  Finally “Ricey” (Graham Rice) announced that we would play off the yellow tees for the very first time on this course.  That’s when the peaceful atmosphere was shattered!  There were immediate cries of disbelief, outrage and dare I say “constant whinging” by a few vocal local ring ins, who have a reputation in this regard.”last_img read more

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A magic 40 for Micky

first_imgPSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, Dec. 14, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Micky Beresford (16) 40ptsT2nd Peter Thomas (15) 37ptsT2nd Dave Ferris (20) 37pts T2nd Brian Carr (26) 37pts Rayong Green Valley was on the agenda again and we arrived right at 8:50 a.m. for our regular 9:27 tee time.  Capt. Phil got the lads off a bit early and we were greeted with perfect weather which was nice and cool for a change.  It seems nights are a bit cooler now as the days of unusually high humidity are behind us.Micky Beresford.There was a tight tie for second place as TGC regulars controlled the box this week.  Peter Thomas, Dave Ferris and Brian Carr all did very well to rack up 37 points out there today.  I think most of us would be happy to walk off the 18th with that on our score card!Today was the magic 40 for Mr. Beresford as he completely dominated a large field of 28 golfers.  Mick walked away a full 3 strokes ahead of the pack for a decisive and well earned victory.  He shot 19 on the front and 21 on the back while playing with a group of single handicappers that provided useful inspiration.  Those 2 birdies didn’t hurt either!Wednesday, Dec. 16, Pattana C.C. (white tees) – Stableford1st Steve Sweeney (26) 35pts2nd Mansik Young (24) 34ptsT3rd Alan Rothwell (5) 33ptsT3rd Fred Birch (5) 33ptsPattana is such a great golf course it is a shame we don’t get out here more often.  With so many great courses in Pattaya, we are truly spoiled for choice with 24 venues on our menu.  It is hard to schedule the perfect rota but do try Pattana if you are visiting Pattaya, it is well worth it.A couple of 5-handicappers in the form of Alan Rothwell and Fred Birch graced the stage with 33’s to tie for third.  Hey, a podium spot still means a Christmas card from Capt. Phil!  Visiting Mansik Young had a good day as well to take second spot with 34.That big grin on Steve Sweeney’s face back in the clubhouse could only mean he had had a great round out there, and sure enough his 35 was the best of the day and Smilin’ Steve Sweeney snatched first place.Friday, Dec. 18, Bangpakong Riverside (white tees) – Stableford1st Alan Rothwell (5) 38pts2nd Bill Fershman (28) 36ptsT3rd Walter Baechli (16) 34ptsT3rd Mansik Young (24) 34ptsOn the motorbike ride to The Golf Club this morning, you could really feel the crisp and cool air and low humidity.  This is a welcome change that should have been here a month ago.  The afternoon rains have stopped now and high season and great weather is finally here.Merry Christmas from Fred, Steve, Alan and the staff of T.G.C.Yes, it is a bit of a haul to get out here, and yes, it is worth the effort.  After the 1 hour 15 minute drive, we arrived to a beautifully maintained golf course in superb condition.  There were a few wet patches from rains earlier in the week but no big deal.  You could not fault the fairways and greens running at about a 9.5 and true.Alan Rothwell found his way to the top of the leaderboard again as he continued his run of good, solid golf for 2015.  He does take the time to practice, which we all should do, and the rewards are evident.  As Gary Player once said “The more I practice the luckier I get.” so well played Alan, nice shootin’!Thanks to all who joined us this week at The Golf Club.Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro. . Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome.last_img read more

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Another extreme cold warning issued for the B.C. Peace

first_imgRisks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. 3:37 AM PST Saturday 09 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.A cold arctic airmass has settled over the BC Central Interior. The combination of cold temperatures and brisk winds will produce wind chill values near minus 40 this morning. Conditions are expected to improve this afternoon.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Advertisement UPDATE – For the first time since February 1, the extreme cold warning has been lifted for the B.C. Peace.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Another day another extreme cold warning is in place for the B.C. Peace.The warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace.  The warning has been in place since February 1.  A cold arctic air mass has settled over the B.C. Central Interior.- Advertisement -The combination of cold temperatures and brisk winds will produce wind chill values near minus 40 this morning. Conditions are expected to improve this afternoon.Temperatures are expected to increase on Sunday and into next week, but the wind will still be a factor.  Windchills on Sunday are expected to make the high of minus 19 feel more like minus 33.See the full warning below.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Do you have a ‘green’ idea to make your business grow?

first_imgA free workshop to help businesses tackle climate change through entrepreneurship will be held in the CoLab, LYIT next week. Globally, climate change is a 85 trillion business opportunity.  If you are an entrepreneur interested in exploring ideas that tackle climate change, or if you are a company wanting to explore the opportunities in climate change or how it will impact on your business model in the future, you should book your place on a 2oCamp workshop.Organised by CoLab at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology together with Sustainable Nation, the one day workshop on Tuesday 16th May (10:00-16:30) will walk you through all the steps in developing your idea or business further. It is free, but you do need to have the beginnings of an idea. The opportunity to develop your green idea is so hot, it sizzles.The workshop will be facilitated by Ron Immink, the entrepreneur-in-residence for Sustainable Nation. Ron has an extensive background in working with entrepreneurs and businesses, is an expert in innovation and strategy, speaks on the topic of business regularly and is a bestselling author. You can contact him directly with any questions ron.immink@sustainablenation.ieTo book your place click http://sustainablenation.ie/blog/tackling-climate-change-through-entrepreneurship-join-our-2camp/. Places are limited and will be allocated on first come, first serve basis.What is 2oCamp? The workshop is open to a start-up or an existing business – everyone with an idea is welcome. Ideas can range from renewable energy to sustainable transport and from smart agriculture right through to new business models and ways to fund projects and make an impact.Any idea goes Any idea goes and there are no restrictions, apart from having sustainability as part of their idea in some shape of form. One of the purposes of the day, is to explore that angle further. Participant is free of charge.Opportunity hotspotClimate change is becoming a serious issue as well as opportunity hotspot. Driven by regulation through COP21, investors starting to put a risk premium on non-sustainable business practices, consumer pressure and multinationals changing their procurement arrangement, making sustainability a pre-condition to become part of their value chain. Sustainable NationSustainable Nation, as part of their 2 degrees platform, want to highlight this as a business opportunity and have developed a number of programmes across the enterprise spectrum from idea stage to scaling and corporate intrapreneurship.AimOur aim is to increase the awareness of the opportunities in climate change and tackle climate change through entrepreneurship. 2oCampThe 2oCamp is for individuals and companies that have an idea and want to explore their idea in more detail. Over a one day workshop (10:00-16:00), participants get the tools to assess their idea, develop the idea further and get the beginning of a pitch deck. The methodology applied is based on shortened version of the Climatelaunchpad methodology.ClimatelaunchpadShould participant want to take the idea further, they can apply for the Climatelaunchpad competition, where they have an opportunity to develop the business further and compete with 30 European counties. The top 3 finalists will represent Ireland at the finals in Cyprus this year.Do you have a ‘green’ idea to make your business grow? was last modified: May 8th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Businessclimate changeCoLabLetterkenny Institute of Technologysustainable nationlast_img read more

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Local rule curtailed on cable

first_imgThe approval came despite a warning from the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the FCC may not have the legal authority to issue the new rules. In a letter dated Tuesday, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., wrote, “It would be extremely inappropriate for the Federal Communications Commission to take action that would exceed the agency’s authority and usurp congressional prerogative to reform the cable television and local franchising process.” Critics have claimed there are no guarantees that competition from the phone companies will result in lower prices for consumers. They have also expressed concern that the new entrants may not offer service in lower-income areas. Joining Martin in approving the measure were fellow Republicans Deborah Taylor-Tate and Robert McDowell. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A sharply divided Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along partisan lines Wednesday to impose measures meant to ensure that local governments do not block new competitors from entering the cable television market. The vote came on the same day that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin released a report on cable prices in 2004 that shows average cable rates rose by 5.2 percent. The report also shows that from 1995 through 2004, rates increased a total of 93 percent. Wednesday’s meeting was unusually rancorous as Democratic Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein challenged the FCC staff on the assertion that localities are blocking access and Martin departed from what is usually a carefully scripted meeting to defend the staff. The new rules approved by the commission will require local cable franchising authorities, such as city or county government, to act on applications from competitors with access to local rights of way within 90 days, and to act on applications from other new competitors within six months. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeLocal governments will be banned from forcing new competitors to build out new systems faster than the incumbent carrier, and they will be required to count some new carriers’ costs toward the 5 percent franchise fee. Adelstein and fellow Democrat Michael Copps harshly criticized the measures, questioning the agency’s evidence that there are barriers to entry by competitors. They also expressed concern over the loss of local control by franchise authorities and were unconvinced that the FCC has the legal authority to impose the new rules. The cable pricing survey, the first released in 22 months, showed that competition from direct broadcast satellite competitors like DirecTV has little if any effect on cable prices. In areas where there are wireline competitors, such as municipal cable providers and overbuilders like RCN Corp., rates were 17 percent lower. Kyle McSlarrow, president and chief executive of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, called the pricing survey obsolete because it failed to account for the favorable impact of bundling services on pricing and “the greatly increased value of cable services in a digital world.” Telecommunications companies Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. have been lobbying aggressively to make it easier to obtain local franchises as each company invests billions of dollars in its networks to deliver video programming. last_img read more

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Marshfield boys basketball falls behind early, drops home game to Wausau West

first_imgTigers drop to 7-6 overall, 2-4 in WVCBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — It was just one of those nights for the Marshfield boys basketball team.Marshfield fell behind early and never could catch up, dropping a 55-49 decision to Wausau West in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game Friday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.West (6-8, 4-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) used a 14-3 run to start the game and never trailed.The Tigers had two different four-minute stretches where they did not make a field goal, but they were able to cut West’s lead to 25-18 by halftime after a pair of free throws from Adam Fravert.A 3-pointer from Alec Hinson, one of five makes from long range for the Marshfield junior guard, made it 25-21 early in the second half, but the Tigers (7-6, 2-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference) then went another 3:30 without a basket.A 3-pointer from Jacob Wokatsch and two free throws by Steven Lewendowski put West back on top by 10 at 38-28.Marshfield cut it to six after a basket by Ethan Voss, and the Tigers missed their next two shots.After Hinson’s fifth 3-pointer at the 1:51 mark, the Tigers did not another make a basket from the field, but they made six of nine free throws to stay close.Hinson’s two free throws with 26.5 seconds to go brought the Tigers to within four at 53-49. However, the team missed three 3-point attempts in the final seconds as West held on.Hinson finished with a game-high 20 points, going 5 of 10 from 3-point range. The other Tigers missed all 16 3-point attempts they tried.The Warriors made 10 of 15 free throws in the final five minutes to hold on to the lead.Marshfield travels to Eau Claire North for a nonconference game on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Warriors 55, Tigers 49Wausau West 25 30 – 55Marshfield 18 31 – 49WAUSAU WEST (55): Austin Hillery 0-0 0-0 0, Tommy Borta 1-6 5-6 7, Mitchell Michalske 2-8 1-3 5, Jacob Wokatsch 2-4 0-0 6, Zach Raeder 2-3 1-3 7, Justin Rager 0-0 0-0 0, Jakob Tordsen 4-10 2-4 11, Mo Sykes 2-4 3-4 8, Steven Lewendowski 2-5 3-4 7, Jacob Singer 2-2 0-0 4. FG: 17-42. FT: 15-24. 3-pointers: 6-14 (Raeder 2-2, Wokatsch 2-3, Sykes 1-3, Tordsen 1-2, Lewendowski 0-1, Borta 0-1, Michalske 0-2). Rebounds: 38 (Tordsen 7). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none. Record: 6-8, 4-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference.MARSHFIELD (49): Ethan Posteluk 1-7 0-2 2, Trevor Schwecke 3-6 2-4 8, Ethan Voss 1-7 2-2 4, Tyson Slade 0-1 0-0 0, Alec Hinson 5-13 5-7 20, Grant Michaelis 1-6 0-0 2, Isaac Huettl 0-1 0-0 0, Nathan McGrath 0-0 0-0 0, Adam Fravert 4-11 5-6 13, Jon Hardinger 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 15-52. FT: 14-21. 3-pointers: 5-26 (Hinson 5-10, Posteluk 0-3, Voss 0-5, Slade 0-1, Michaelis 0-4, Fravert 0-3). Rebounds: 30 (Fravert 7). Turnvoers: 11. Fouls: 24. Fouled out: Huettl. Record: 7-6, 2-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

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ANC Conference sign of a maturing democracy

first_imgBrand South Africa today congratulated President Jacob Zuma at his re-election to the helm of the ANC and his newly elected senior executive committee members at the ANC’s 53rd elective conference in Mangaung.Brand South Africa is confident that the return of Jacob Zuma to the helm of the ANC’s bodes well for the country’s future. “It creates a better sense of certainty and continuity,” said Brand SA chairman Chichi Maponya.In his report, President Zuma reiterated the ANC Government’s commitment to five priority areas – education, health, rural development and land reform, the fight against crime and job creation.He described the launch of the National Development Plan this year as a major achievement for his government, adding that the plan was a “comprehensive” response for tackling “problems of poverty, inequality and unemployment, infrastructure, education and skills development, small business development, education and the national health insurance.”Maponya said “It is also pleasing to see the return of businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, who as Zuma’s deputy, will help solidify the ANC presidency and improve investor and local business confidence.”Maponya said she looked forward to the outcome of deliberations at the conference, and hoped that South Africa’s socio-development agenda would be enhanced further.She was pleased that although an estimated 30 000 people are currently in Mangaung, the elective conference was largely peaceful and orderly.“Robust debates and the contestations that characterised the conference is yet another sign that South Africa’s democracy is resilient and maturing. As Brand South Africa we look forward to an acceleration of policy implementation,” said Maponya.Ms. Chichi Maponya is Chairperson of Brand South Africa.Note to EditorsBrand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of South Africa, officially changed its name to best align with its mandate of building South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness.last_img read more

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4 Lessons from the Biggest Internet Service Outages of 2011

first_imgTags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts kevin conklin The recent three-day service outage of Research In Motion’s Blackberry email service caused a chill felt across the world. And I’m not just talking about the affected customers. The chill was also felt by practically every IT network service professional watching the headlines in mid October, who know that if this could happen to a company with as many resources as RIM, it can happen in their department too.As we close down 2011, we can reflect on (and learn from) the numerous, high-profile outages that occurred: Bank of America in March; Amazon EC2, Verizon LTE and Yahoo! Mail and Microsoft in April; and then Apple and Microsoft in August. In analyzing these disasters, I’ve come up with four lessons to be learned – they’ll help protect your company’s reputation, technical integrity and customer satisfaction during technical crises.Kevin Conklin is an executive at Prelert, which reduces the cost, frequency and duration of business critical application disruptions by as much as 90% by adding a layer of self-learning predictive IT analytics software to traditional monitoring solutions such as Microsoft SCOM and Wily Introscope. Prelert customers gain instant, often predictive identification and root cause analysis of problems while eliminating much of the need to define and maintain thresholds, rules, management templates and dashboards.Lesson #1: Your company’s brand is on the lineIT systems are not just internal systems anymore. Most companies experienced their first painful lessons with the advent of web sites and ecommerce. But today, it seems that every company has a growing amount of exposure to potential service outages that result in many unhappy customers. This said, it’s critical that IT and line of business executives continue to get more aligned.We must also realize that systems have a tendency to crash at inopportune times. Look at the Verizon LTE network outage in April. The company’s fastest network, the LTE network was unavailable for customers and LTE devices were unable to be activated. The crash happened just 24 hours before the latest 4G-LTE smartphone, the Samsung Droid Charge, was scheduled to launch. The outage delayed the launch by two weeks and no doubt had a significant impact on its sales and reputation.Lesson #2: Be proactiveGiven the potential losses of network service outages, one might think that IT execs are totally focused on preventing major outages. But in my experience, they’re not. The key issue that “prevents preventing” outages is the infrastructure and application monitoring systems in use today. Many were architected when a company’s IT environment could still be visualized on a couple of PowerPoint slides. Their designs were based on the idea that IT experts would define the performance thresholds, rules and exceptions necessary to identify unacceptable behavior. But today, the typical enterprise application infrastructure is so complex that it defies an IT organization’s ability to fully understand. The result, unforeseen outages that often take days to resolve.Given the potential losses of network service outages, one might think that IT execs are totally focused on preventing major outages. But in my experience, they’re not. These monitoring systems are still great for generating the data required to understand the systems behavior – just ask the operations center that receives tens of thousand of alerts a day. But the real challenge lies in making sense of the alerts, and taking the right action to resolve the inevitable issues quickly.Lesson #3: When crisis strikes, communicate early and oftenFace it – we live in a 24/7 world and your customers know when there is a problem. It’s best not to ignore it and hope they don’t notice.When the Microsoft cloud crashed in September, they kept customers in the loop, promising updates at precise time increments. The official Windows Live Status site read, “We’re aware of a problem with Hotmail that’s affecting some people. We’re investigating and will provide an update by Sept. 9 11:30 p.m…”RIM failed twice over – responding several hours into the crisis and providing little details to ease customer angst. “We understand the frustrations our customers are experiencing through the delays with the messaging an browsing…I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize unreservedly to all those people affected by this situation. We’re taking this situation extremely seriously and we’re doing everything we can to restore normal operation to our service, ” said CTO David Yach.Don’t let your competitors be your customer’s solution to your outage crisis.Although you can’t promise answers, providing scheduled updates will go along way with customers. And if you don’t acknowledge a problem, you can sure bet your customers will be tweeting about it.Lesson #4: Make amendsRIM eventually offered users $100 in premium applications and in some cases, free technical support for a month. While the costs to support the offers are likely high, it is likely worth it… It’s also important to remember that if you don’t provide compensation for customer inconvenience, your competitor’s will. The day that Yahoo! Mail crashed in Aprill 2011, Microsoft wasted no time offering annoyed customers something to make them feel better. The official Hotmail account tweeted, “First 1k #ymail users to testdrivethenew@hotmail.com and send feedback today get HM+ free for 1yr. SwitchToHotmail.com.”Don’t let your competitors be your customer’s solution to your outage crisis.With major companies like RIM, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Bank of America, and many others all experiencing major network outages this past year, it’s time to realize that it isn’t a matter of if your IT department will someday face a crisis, but rather when your IT department will face a network crisis. Be prepared and have a plan for how your company will react and respond from both a technical and public relations perspective to minimize the aftermath.As we look forward into 2012, we wish you smooth running networks and fast resolutions to the challenges coming your way.Photo from Nasa.govcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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House Approves Bill Restoring Pre-PPACA Medical Expense Deduction

first_imgCCH 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 3590last_img read more

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