White House Remains Focused on Tax Reform – Phase Two

first_imgThe White House and Republican lawmakers are continuing discussions focused on a second round of tax reform, according to President Trump’s top economic advisor. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said in an April 5 interview that Trump and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., spoke earlier in the week again about a “phase two” of tax reform (TAXDAY, 2018/03/16, C.1).Trump and most GOP lawmakers are in agreement that full expensing for business investments and individual tax cuts should be made permanent, according to Kudlow. Those specific tax provisions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) are currently temporary. “I think you get more bang for the buck on these tax cuts if you do make it permanent,” Kudlow said.Likewise, Trump, while speaking at an April 5 roundtable event in West Virginia, touted the full expensing provision of the TCJA. “I think it’s going to be the greatest benefit of the whole bill,” Trump said.According to Kudlow, there are other ideas being discussed that could also become part of the plan, but he did not elaborate on specifics. “Perhaps, later this year we will see something more concrete,” he said.Looking ForwardTrump also spoke to the tax return filing process changes expected for next year. “Next April, you’re going to, in many cases, [file on] one page, one card…you’ll have a nice simple form next year,” Trump said.To that end, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wrote in an April 6 op-ed in Kentucky Today that the current tax return filing process, which includes “complicated paperwork,” will soon come to an end. “As a result of the historic overhaul of the federal tax code, this is the last time that you will have to file under the outdated and expensive system that has held our country back for far too long,” McConnell wrote.Democratic ChangesMeanwhile, most Democratic lawmakers continue to criticize the tax law changes under the TCJA. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an April 6 statement that only corporations and the wealthy benefit from the new law. “Powerful special interests are reaping massive windfalls from the GOP tax scam…,” Pelosi said.Earlier in the week, while speaking at a tax event in California, Pelosi reportedly said that Democrats would take a bipartisan approach toward revising the TCJA if they regain the House majority in 2019. According to Pelosi, Democrats are interested in creating a tax bill that creates growth and jobs while simultaneously reducing the deficit.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin 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

Corini confident over Dessena

first_imgDaniele Dessena left Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on a stretcher and in tears, but Coach Eugenio Corini is hopeful “nothing’s broken”. Dessena risks suffering a similar injury to the double leg break that cost him the majority of his 2015-16 campaign, his right leg again caught in a collision with Erick Pulgar, but Corini was remaining upbeat. “There was some heavy bruising,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the game. “The lad got scared, given it was the leg he hurt a few years ago. “We’ll wait for the results of the tests, but the hope is that nothing’s broken.” The result, meanwhile, saw the Rondinelle halt a run of back-to-back defeats. “Fiorentina are a great team, we battled and we kept an important point at home, with less clarity and quality than we’d have liked but with character and the right spirit. “Dessena’s injury had an emotional impact on the team. We executed our game plan well, especially in the first half. “We also scored a goal, which was then disallowed. There were some potential openings for us, where we could’ve been more incisive. “We need to improve in our next few games. Our fixture list has been complicated so far, but my team have done well despite that. “We’ve dropped a few too many points away from home, the game against Bologna in particular. “The League will be difficult for all the teams fighting relegation, but we’ve shown that we can take our fight all the way to achieve our objective.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Cong says govt creating impression that it was stalling Par

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) Under attack for stalling Parliament proceedings due to the National Herald case, Congress today accused the government of creating this “perception” against his party. In response, the ruling BJP-led dispensation said if the Congress wants to dispel this impression, then it should ensure that Parliament functions smoothly from Monday. Elaborating the reasons for stalling Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said “from the government side, it has been presented that Congress is not allowing Parliament to function due to the National Herald case. I have clarifed twice.” “Neither print media nor TV took note of this. Stalling of Parliament is not related to the National Herald case in court. This is the impression created. I have clarified earlier,” he said. He also mentioned that the Parliament proceedings were stalled for two days due to the dog remark by Union Minister V K Singh. “The proceeding were stalled later for three days and the reasons are different.” The party wanted some action against the concerned minister but no action has yet been taken, he added. Stating that the Monsoon Session too did not function smoothly due to various reasons, Azad said “the last session was washed out due to issues relating to chief ministers of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhra Pradesh. We wanted action. But action was not taken.” “We wanted some action to be taken against the concerned person. No notice, no action has been taken. …You take action against parties like TMC and NCP,” he added. To this, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Muktar Abbas Naqvi said, “the Leader of Opposition talks about perception been created. But that perception exists. You better set that perception right.” “If you want to dispel the impression that this is not due to the National Herald case, let the House run smoothly from Monday,” he added. PTI LUX ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

BlackBerry to make only Android phones in 2016

first_imgAiling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry will make only Android phone(s) in 2016. As such, its homegrown operating system, aka BB10 will be taking a backseat this year. Company CEO John Chen made the startling revelation in an interview at CES in Las Vegas.According to Chen, BlackBerry will launch at least one new Android phone this year. A second Android-based phone may follow should the first one do well. In short, chances of a second phone happening will likely depend on the success of the first. Whatever be the case, both these phones will run Android OS out-of-the-box.     The company is reportedly working on its second Android phone. The phone in question is allegedly codenamed Vienna . Early renders of the phone suggest a traditional BlackBerry phone design, much like what we have in the Classic and the likes. This would be a stark departure from the Priv, which is the company’s first Android phone.The Vienna will reportedly come with a physical keyboard upfront and boast of a candybar form factor with a large screen and a textured back. The Priv meanwhile has received a mixed response in the limited markets that it has been made available for now. The phone costs $699 in the US, which roughly translates to Rs.45,457. It comes with a 5.43-inch QuadHD AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card.It sports an 18-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation along with a 2-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementlast_img read more

Former Indian pacer VRV Singh retires

first_imgVRV Singh, the Indian pacer who just played five Test matches in 2006-07, has announced his retirement after a career constantly hampered by injury.The 34-year-old also played two ODI matches for India along with five Tests as part of a new-look Indian pace attack. The bowler was just able to take eight wickets in five Tests and he did not take any wicket in the ODI format.”I kept trying to make a comeback, but if it was not my ankle, it was my back. You cannot fool around with your body. I had surgeries, rehab… After 2014, I did not play at all for a few years, but I trained and tried to play in 2018. But I could not make it, so I started thinking about the future,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Singh as saying.”It is not an overnight decision, but once I could not get fit for the 2018-19 season, I thought it made sense to leave. Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) encouraged me a lot, the PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) also backed me, and I gave it my best. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. So I thought it best to retire and think about what to do next,” he added.The pacer played his last representative game in 2014 for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy in which he was able to take two wickets in the first innings and five wickets in the second innings against Jammu and Kashmir.Singh made his debut for Punjab in 2005 when he just 21-years old.advertisementAlso Read | Case registered against fraudsters duping young cricketers in return for Ranji selectionlast_img read more

Chepo out as Santos Laguna manager

first_imgLiga MX Chepo de la Torre fired as Santos Laguna manager Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 07:25 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chepo de la Torre Santos Laguna Liga MX Santos Laguna Santos Laguna v Necaxa Santos Laguna v Necaxa Necaxa Copa MX The former Mexico and Chivas coach has been let go after winning just once in nine matches to start the Liga MX Apertura Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre has been fired as manager of Santos Laguna, the Liga MX side announced Monday.The decision comes two days after a 2-1 defeat to Cruz Azul that saw Santos end the match with nine players following red cards in the 50th, 82nd and 84th minutes. De La Torre sat back after his side scored an early goal, with Cruz Azul ending the match with more than 70 percent of possession.The loss was Santos’ third of the season, but the Torreon side has just one victory in nine matches so far in the Apertura. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “After careful deliberation and review of the team’s current situation and recent results by Santos Laguna’s Sporting Committee this morning, we inform that the club has taken the decision to part ways with head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre,” the club wrote in a news release.De la Torre’s successor, who is yet to be announced, will become the fifth manager for Santos since the start of the 2015 Apertura.Pedro Caixinha abruptly left in August 2015 after taking the team to the Liga MX title the tournament before. The team has since struggled to return to those heights, and De La Torre makes way after 13 months in charge. Last tournament, the team came one draw short of setting a Liga MX record for most stalemates in a season, accumulating 11 draws to go with five wins and a defeat.Santos Laguna becomes the third team to change managers this season after Pumas fired Francisco “Paco” Palencia and Javier Torrente resigned from his post at Leon.last_img read more

How truly great fundraising can flourish

first_imgOver the past year, researchers Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang have sought to answer the question, how can truly great fundraising flourish?It’s a timely question given that half of fundraisers want to quit – and a quarter of bosses said they fired their last fundraiser.The report – commissioned by the firm Clayton Burnett Limited – is out, and I wanted to share the findings. (You can get the report and executive summary for free at the firm’s website – just give a it a day or two for them to email it to you.)One answer was that organizations with incredible growth in fundraising have achieved that with the right people. Successful organizations have strong fundraising managers who achieve desired change through a combination of will and personal humility. They “devote considerable attention to what they regard as the critical building blocks of success, namely building an exceptional team, structure(s) and culture.”I’m going to highlight here some of the ways high-performing organizations built their teams. For additional findings, check out the full report.1. The manager built or retooled the fundraising team members and focused on a few, small early wins. This led to “improvement in confidence and morale, which became self-sustaining as individuals began to recognize their own potential to succeed. Technical expertise on the part of team members was important, but so too was conscientiousness, a willingness to support others, and a propensity to engage in appropriate levels of risk-taking.”2. The researchers note this shift in culture addressed turnover woes. “After the right team had been built, none of the organizations we examined suffered from the high turnover rates that otherwise pervade our sector. Being a part of a successful team appears to engender high levels of loyalty and our all our leaders were personally invested in their teams. The loyalty thus cut both ways. It was also interesting to note that those who defined their team more broadly, to include external agency personnel also exhibited a high degree of loyalty to that agency. Some were maintaining relationships with suppliers that had existed for over a decade.”3. Once a strong team was in place, they focused on the big picture in the right ways. Says the report: “We also found evidence in goal setting, that our outstanding leaders aligned their organizational metrics with the longer term drivers of donor value. Their objectives were couched not in the short-term minutia that typically pervade our sector, but in the standards and behaviours they identified would add value forsupporters and thus pay-back in the longer term. Their appraisal and reward systems were similarly aligned, to focus team member ambitions on the things that mattered most to longer term growth.”That said, the researchers also emphasized the system in which these people work: “Great systems are often more important than great people. A well-designed system filled with ordinary but well-trained people can, according to academic research, consistently achieve well above average performance.”I wish we saw more of these approaches. What works at your organization? Which of these ideas resonate with you? Who are your people and what are your systems?last_img read more

3 Reasons to Develop a Middle Donor Program

first_imgThe word “middle” doesn’t always have the best connotation. From having “middle child syndrome” to being “middle of the road,” this word’s often associated with those things that are unfavorable or just plain innocuous.Another middle to add to this list is “middle donors.” These are the people who give your organization more than a typical annual gift, but not enough to warrant personal attention as a major gift prospect. Depending on your organization, those gifts can range anywhere from $500 to $50,000. It can be tricky to find the right balance of outreach and attention for this group of supporters, but I think it’s worth the time and effort to find that balance.Think about it this way: we all know the ubiquitous gift pyramid. Its design is based on perfect symmetry and alignment. Those middle stones are integral to the stability of the pyramid. That’s why developing a middle donor strategy is time well spent.There are three reasons why your organization should consider developing a middle donor program:Today’s Middle Donors = Tomorrow’s Major Donors? This group of donors is your pipeline to your future major gift donors. If you don’t have a donor giving circle, this is a good place to start. And if you do have some higher annual fund giving society, you are on the right track! A giving circle recognizes the higher annual investment of these donors by allowing them special access to your work through invitation-only events or special publications. Building those relationships now could lead to bigger donations in the future. They Are A Valuable Source of Regular Revenue: While every middle donor is not going to become a major gift prospect or donor, these donors have self-selected a higher level annual gift to your organization with relatively little effort. Retention rates among this donor group are usually higher than with smaller donors. So, just think about what potential may exist for increased annual revenue with a little more personalized level of communication about your work and special opportunities that deepen their connection. Inspire Others to Give More: Developing and promoting a middle donor program also gives smaller donors an incentive to upgrade their own giving. For some donors, knowing that they will get a distinct set of “benefits” and recognition in your annual report, on your website, and in other ways with a slightly bigger annual gift may just be the incentive they need to commit to a larger level of support.A middle donor program should feature manageable “benefits” for donors that celebrate their support at this level and provide them with special “access” to your leaders and programs. You also want to combine a higher-level communications calendar of electronic and print materials with some staff management.Your development staff who manage this program (can be one or two people depending on the size of the donors in this giving level), will be handle a larger portfolio of donors than their major gift colleagues. So they won’t be able to develop a personal relationship with every donor in this group. But they will prioritize the middle donors, make or coordinate personal solicitations for larger annual gifts, and capacity screen these donors to recommend who might be good major gift donor potential. This program is also a good way to involve volunteers who give at this level. You might think of appointing a chair and/or small (emphasis on small) committee whose charge is to solicit other middle donors to encourage the peer-to-peer solicitations.I think you’ll be amazed what a wonderful investment a middle donor program can be for your organization’s fundraising efforts.last_img read more

Q&A Interview With Influential Jamaican Midwife Victoria Melhado

first_imgPosted on August 11, 2014August 10, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Jamaican Midwife Victoria MelhadoThis post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health.Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization that brings together diverse voices and interests to share solutions and drive progress in maternal and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Women Deliver builds capacity and forges partnerships – together creating networks, messages and action that spark political commitment and investment in the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women.Victoria Melhado is a Jamaican advocate, midwife, and one of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders. Victoria is an active member of several committees, including the Nurses Association of Jamaica, and is the youngest winner of the prestigious National Nurse of the Year award. Ms. Melhado is also a member of the National Youth Month Planning Committee and is the author of ‘Be Inspired!’, a book of inspirational poems.Katja: We know that there is a global shortage of health workers. The WHO estimates that by 2035, the world will be short 12.9 million health workers. What made you first become interested in being a midwife? Victoria: The thought of being able to facilitate another human being coming into the world has always been fascinating.  I am by nature a very caring individual, so nursing was a natural career choice, although journalism and law were my first interests. I believe I was intrigued by crying babies and screaming women, from an early age. I enjoyed hearing stories of the village midwife, planting the baby’s ‘navel string’ (umbilical cord) at the root of a tree that would grow as the child grew, and helping people in need of help.Right after completing nursing school, I was given the opportunity to choose between working at Kingston’s largest general or maternity hospital. I quickly seized the opportunity to work at the maternity hospital because I was born there and I thought it was a welcomed coincidence to be able to give service to the institution that had facilitated my existence. Secondly, it was mandatory to pursue midwifery training at this hospital given its specialty and this was not an opportunity at many other institutions.Katja: Is there anything in your career development training that you would change to make it easier for midwives, nurses, and other health workers to join the workforce?Victoria: Yes! I would definitely change the cost or affordability of health care related courses because so many individuals genuinely want to pursue a career in nursing and midwifery, but are unable to do so due to insufficient funding. I would also re-implement the system where individuals are granted scholarships to pursue training and are then committed to the workforce for a couple years after.Katja: What can policy makers do to help facilitate a career path for midwives and other health workers?Victoria: Well, I certainly believe that midwifery is a basic lifesaving skill and just like learning first aid; it should be mandated that every health care worker pursue midwifery training. Individuals could also be targeted at the high school or secondary level to consider becoming a midwife post-graduation.Katja: We know that health workers provide a variety of lifesaving services and information – from vaccines to information about contraception. We also know that health workers and midwifes can have the greatest impact when they can treat patients before and after pregnancy – not just during childbirth. For example, although postpartum family planning is a key lifesaving intervention, women who have just given birth are among those with the greatest unmet need for family planning. What do you think explains this gap? Victoria: Working in the largest maternity/obstetric health care institution gives me first-hand experience with several of these women, many of whom are teenagers. I believe one of the greatest contributing factors to the unmet need for family planning is the lack of choices and diversity of family planning methods. For example, most women are offered hormonal methods (pills or injectables), but some have undesirable side effects, such as ‘break-through’ bleeding. Only a few females, based on select criteria, can access implants, due to an island-wide shortage of the method. It is also an extremely costly method to access privately. Some females resist an intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD) because it can predispose them to frequent and severe pelvic infections and barrier methods, such as condoms or diaphragms, are rather expensive.Teenagers still experience stigma at some institutions when they try to access family planning; therefore, the attitude of the health care provider may be a deterrent to those seeking contraception.Katja: But we can overcome these gaps if we work together. What are you doing in your home country of Jamaica to make sure that girls and women have access to the information and services they need throughout the course of their life?Victoria: Increasing access is an individual as well as collective health team and institution-based effort. On a personal level, I provide and advocate for more diverse family planning methods to be provided. I also offer family planning services in a respectful, non-judgmental, and non-discriminatory manner to the women and teenagers I encounter and I advocate for all health care providers to do the same.I am also always trying to spearhead or be a part of national advocacy campaigns that empower females and challenge our government to respect and protect women’s reproductive rights. Some issues are ‘rocky’ territory, or rather controversial, so progress has to be pursued progressively, instead of trying to change people’s perceptions, cultural and religious beliefs, and the health care system overnight. Change and advocacy has to be done in a prudent and culturally sensitive way to maintain individual equilibrium and prevent system anarchy.Learn more about Women Deliver’s investment in midwifery, including our 2010 Midwifery Symposium, which convened over 200 midwives and others with midwifery skills, leading UN agencies, civil society, policymakers, and donors. The symposium focused on strengthening midwifery education and quality of midwifery services globally, while building a consensus to make a fundamental push for investments in midwifery services, as a way to reach MDGs 4, 5, and 6. Relevant Links:The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: A Universal Pathway – A Woman’s Right to Health, published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners.The Lancet series on Midwifery; the most critical, wide-reaching examination of midwifery ever conducted.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more