This coming Tuesday, February 14th, Syracuse-based funk-hip-hop trio Sophistafunk will officially release their new album Real Vibration. The band brings their funky, hip-hop-infused sound in full force on the new release, their first full-length album since 2013’s Freedom Is.Today, Live For Live Music is proud to present an exclusive limited-time stream of the full album ahead of its release next week. You can listen to Real Vibration in its entirety, below.Says the trio’s MC Jack Brown of the new album, set for a Valentines Day release, “In this spirit of love, these tracks combine some of our favorite musical elements, and we hope they can be an uplifting force in these times of political and social turmoil. Just as the live music scene stays alive through the years, these songs of freedom can never be silenced. This time on Earth is a blessing, and we are happy to share it with all of you funky brothers and sisters out there.”Real Vibration will be officially available for download on Tuesday, February 14th on iTunes. Keep an eye out for our review of the album, coming early next week.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has repeated his call for the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to conduct more polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, saying that they should aim to conduct at least 10,000 tests a day.”I want PCR tests to be further increased and for the backlog of [unprocessed] samples to be reduced, especially in the epicenter regions,” Jokowi said at the opening of a limited meeting on Monday.He said that he had received reports that the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry had imported 18 PCR testing machines that could each process 500 tests a day and that there were now 29 laboratories nationwide that could process PCR tests. “Up until today we have reached a total of 26,500 tests. This is a good jump but I want for us to conduct at least 10,000 tests per day,” he said.Indonesia’s testing rate is among the lowest in the world, with only 99 tests per million people. In comparison, neighboring Malaysia has conducted over 2,000 tests per million people, while Singapore and South Korea have conducted over 10,000 per million people. Indonesia would have to conduct around 2.7 million tests to reach similar levels.According to the Health Ministry’s official count, there were 4,557 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of Monday, with 399 deaths. (kmt)Topics :
Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominica Community Tourism Association appeals to public to be vigilant by: – March 30, 2012 Tweet Share 32 Views no discussions Josephine Dublin-PrinceThe Dominica Community Tourism Association through its president Josephine Dublin-Prince has appealed to the general public to be vigilant of their surroundings and report any suspicious person or activity to the police.On Wednesday, two masked men with a firearm assaulted and robbed two British tourists in the Layou Park area according to a report by Superintendant of police with responsibility for the southern division, Yvonne Alexander.Alexander reported that the incident was “particularly disturbing” as the masked men assaulted the tourists after stealing their money and this “speaks to the use of violence in a very, very arbitrary way that was uncalled for in the first instance”.She has called on the public to provide any information which they may have to the police, noting the department’s concern of such vicious acts on visitors which can have damaging effects on the tourism industry.Dublin-Prince who condemned the incident on behalf of her Association said they are “very much concerned” about frequent acts of violence against tourists and citizens of Dominica.She confirmed that the Association remains united in condemning such acts and called on residents to be “more vigilant” and join the police in ensuring that the assailants are brought to justice.Dublin-Prince further noted that Dominica’s tourism is “still in its embryonic stages” therefore everyone must “ensure that those acts are not repeated to anyone especially visitors to the island.“It is our duty to assist as much as possible to ensure the total eradication of violence against any tourist or any other person,” Dublin-Prince concluded.Meanwhile the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) has launched an awareness campaign informing citizens who “see it” or “hear it” to “Say it” to the police by calling an anonymous hint line 1- 800-HINT (1800 4468).Dominica Vibes News
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers’ speed was on full display in the third, when Dee Gordon tripled to right-center, not even drawing a throw. Yasiel Puig came up next and was hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and third. Hanley Ramirez then grounded out to shortstop to bring in Gordon, and Puig, who was running on the pitch, kept right on going and took third. One batter later, he scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly to center for a 2-1 lead.Matt Kemp followed with a solo home run to right, although it originally looked as if Colorado right fielder Barnes made a remarkable catch. Kemp even stopped and took off his helmet after rounding first, thinking the ball had been caught. After realizing the ball had left the park, he rounded the bases with a sheepish grin on his face.The Dodgers added another run in the fourth when Drew Butera drew a leadoff walk. After a sacrifice bunt by Maholm moved Butera to second, Puig delivered a two-out single to left for a 4-1 advantage.Colorado cut the lead in half in the fifth thanks to a fly ball that Kemp lost in the air. Wilin Rosario hit what appeared to be an easy fly ball to center to lead off the inning, but Kemp lost it and it fell in for a double. That was followed by a single to center from Morneau that brought in Rosario. Gordon ended the inning with a diving stop of a ball up the middle to begin a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of D.J. LeMahieu.Gonzalez added another run in the fifth with an opposite-field solo home run, and a single one out later by Ethier chased Colorado startr Juan Nicasio, who was replaced by right-hander Tommy Kahnle. Nicasio lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs.In the third, Mattingly successfully challenged a pickoff attempt at first and got out of the inning. After a two-out RBI single, Barnes was initially called safe on a throw to first. But Mattingly challenged the ball and it was overturned to end the inning.The Dodgers wasted a pair of early extra-base hits off Nicasio. Ramirez doubled off the right-center field wall with two outs in the first but was stranded, and Kemp led off the second by doubling inside third base. He eventually stole third base, but Ethier, Butera and Maholm struck out.Maholm issued a one-out walk to Nelson Arenado in the first, but he induced a 5-4-3 double play from Gonzalez to get out of the inning. He threw just nine pitches in the inning and needed only eight to get out of the second.Ramirez left the game after the third inning with a bruised right thumb and was replaced by Juan Uribe in the lineup. X-rays were negative, and his availability is day-to-day. Colorado scored once in the third off Maholm on a two-out single by Brandon Barnes, and again in the fifth on a single by Justin Morneau.“He was really good again,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “He’s been good a lot. He went deeper into the game … and had done his job (after seven innings). He got us to the back end.”Chris Withrow replaced Maholm in the eighth, and promptly loaded the bases with three walks. He got out of the jam, however, striking out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.Brian Wilson replaced Withrow in the ninth but walked the first two hitters he faced, a continuation of the struggles he battled in the ninth inning Friday. Closer Kenley Jansen replaced Wilson and earned his ninth save of the season.The Dodgers trailed 1-0 entering the third before scoring three times. They added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Paul Maholm finally beat the Colorado Rockies.The Dodgers’ left-hander pitched seven strong innings Saturday and snapped a personal seven-game losing streak against the Rockies, earning his first victory of the season in a 6-3 triumph at Dodger Stadium.“I can’t tell you I was the most confident person going to the mound, knowing my history against them,” Maholm said. “But I hadn’t faced them in a few years, and I’ve changed as a pitcher over the past few years. For me, I just tried to go out there and try to get ahead and get ground balls.”Maholm allowed six hits and two earned runs while throwing 84 pitches. The right-hander improved his record to 1-2 and lowered his ERA from 5.60 to 4.74.
James DeGale is facing Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, where a victory would keep the Harlesden man in line for a world title shot.DeGale, who will be defending his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against the 32-year-old American, has promised to deliver an “explosive” victory.But Davis insists he will upset the odds tonight and put himself in the frame for major fights.West London Sport will have live updates from the bout, which due to start at around 10pm.See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Ray Maota Nyasha Matonhodze, featured here, inthe Louis Vuitton 2011 Fall/WinterCampaign, shot by world renownedfashion photographer, Steven Meisel.(Image: SA-People.com) Matonhodze, seen here: in her EliteModels portfolio photo.(Image: Elite Model Management Paris)MEDIA CONTACTS• Elite Model Management Paris+33 1 4044 3222RELATED ARTICLES• Young SA golfer swings to success• Elizabeth Arden’s new SA face• South African actresses make it big in Hollywood• Young writer to publish 18th bookZimbabwean-born Nyasha Matonhodze, 16, is turning heads on high streets across the world after being chosen as one of the faces of Louis Vuitton’s 2011 Autumn/Winter campaign.Matonhodze, who was one of the finalists in the UK Elite Model Look in 2009, had been toying with the idea of modelling since she was 12, but was eventually convinced after watching the TV show America’s Next Top Model.“Since I was 12 I have been tall and thin, so I would always get the whole ‘you should be a model’, but I never really developed a serious interest about it until the TV show America’s Next Top Model,” said the five-foot 11 (180cm) teen.“Seriously, that’s when it all changed for me. Everything I wanted was pretty much based on that show.”The Zimbabwean beauty follows in the footsteps of pop queen Madonna and movie star Scarlett Johansson, who have both previously represented the French fashion label.The 2011 campaign visuals were shot by world-renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel at a disused aerodrome in Brooklyn, New York, inside a vintage Rolls Royce.“It didn’t actually hit me until I was sitting in a Rolls Royce with Mr Meisel. He is a wonder to work with – he and Marc Jacobs made me feel beautiful,” said Matonhodze.Marc Jacobs is Louis Vuitton’s creative director.“My eyes filled up with tears and I thought ‘Lord you are lucky’,” Matonhodze added.Zimbabwean rootsMatonhodze was born and raised in Zimbabwe by her grandmother until she was eight years old.“I was raised in a very cultural, traditional household. It’s very different to the British culture where my mom lived. I moved to England when I was eight, so I do still have memories of Zimbabwe – like falling asleep in the sand, bathing outside, the warmth of the sun and just the way of living,” she said.Matonhodze’s last visit to Zimbabwe was in 2009.“Moving to England, I saw their perspective on Africa and what they think it’s like, and it’s completely the opposite. I went back to Zimbabwe three years ago and it’s so lovely; they’re happy with who they are and their traditions. I love going back home,” said Matonhodze.She credits her mother as her inspiration, who at the age of 18 went to live and work in London.“She was a single mother at 18 who moved to London without knowing anyone. She’s always worked hard and seeing her overcome so much in life has been an inspiration for me.”Matonhodze also credits her father for instilling a Christian way of life in her.Catwalk and magazine appearancesMatonhodze has walked for various fashion houses and appeared in several glossy magazines since her recruitment into Elite Model Agency in 2009.She was the feature in Wonderland magazine in November 2010 and recently appeared on the covers of LOVE, V, Harper’s Bazaar and Teen Vogue magazines.In 2010 she walked for Louis Gray, Loewe, Jonathan Saunders, Ungaro and Louis Vuitton, and so far in 2011 she has walked for Halston, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ungaro, Loewe and Louis Vuitton.Not so much of a ‘discovery’ Matonhodze is quick to point out that she wasn’t “discovered” at a shopping centre as gossipmongers say. She says her parents went with her to an agency when she was 14 to enquire about modelling opportunities.“My discovery wasn’t so much of a discovery. At 14 my mum and my stepdad went into Elite Models to see if I could actually model.”In a recent interview in New York magazine Matonhodze said: “If you’re not strong-minded, modelling can knock your confidence quite harshly. Every day you’re judged on your looks, and more so today you’re judged on your personality.
When I called Twitter out in my post of the top 10 failures of 2009 for “failing to innovate,” what I probably should have said was this: Twitter has done a decent job of implementing features that we first saw being used by third-party apps.The concept of user lists? Sawhorse Media introduced those. Retweet functions? That was a user idea that had already been implemented formally by many mobile and desktop applications. And the hot Contributor API is something that CoTweet has been doing for a while. The geotagging API is hardly new, either. But instead of saying that Twitter failed to innovate, let’s instead name a few features we love from third-party apps that we think they should integrate themselves – maybe with a key acquisition or two.Auto-completing UsernamesThird-Party Apps That Do This: Twitdroid, DestroyTwitterIt’s a rather simple feature, but it would make our lives a lot easier. When typing an @ reply or cc’ing a user, it helps to have a cheat sheet in the form of an auto-completion feature that remembers all your friends.Multimedia Uploading And EmbeddingThird-Party Apps That Do This: PowerTwitter, TwitpicThe convoluted process of uploading media to a third party and getting your content synced up to your Twitter account can be frustrating, especially when bugs arise. And not being able to preview images or videos before clicking through is a pressure point, as well.Threaded Views for ConversationsThird-Party Apps That Do This: Twitdroid, TwiToasterBeing able to see what an @ reply is all about can turn into a trail of digital breadcrumbs 10 tabs long. Seeing a threaded conversation in a single click would be much more convenient.Management And AnalyticsThird-Party Apps That Do This: Bit.ly, TwitterCounter, Tweetmeme, DoesFollow, Twitter KarmaI’m obsessed, you’re obsessed, we’re all obsessed with follower counts! Not to mention click-throughs, reciprocity, retweets, and all the metrics that make up the statistical side of Internet fame. Real-time measurement of Twitter activity would be worth paying for.Official Mobile And Desktop ApplicationsThird-Party Apps That Do This: Tweetdeck, Seesmic, Tweetie, Twitdroid, TwitterBerryThe single greatest opportunity for Twitter innovation (and yes, we’re resisting the very strong urge to make a portmanteau from those two words) is perhaps in the desktop and mobile app space. It’s one of the most clearly monetizable avenues for Twitter to pursue, and the “official” stamp of approval on an application would guarantee that app’s success. Moreover, there would probably be clear opportunities for an official app to come pre-loaded on laptops and mobile devices.Clearly, there’s a universe of features for Twitter to choose from. From social gaming to DM schedule reminders, oneforty is like a catalog of what Twitter could – and perhaps should – be doing next.What do you think – what Twitter features would you like to see launched in 2010? Give us your opinion in the comments. Related Posts Tags:#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos jolie odell Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Click the image to access a PDF version to download & share. Return to article. Long DescriptionClick the image to access a PDF version to download and share.by Hedda Meadan, PhDCurrent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1 in every 59 children in the US have autism. Boys are diagnosed with autism four times more than girls and autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Although young children with autism have unique abilities and needs that might require additional support within educational and community settings, societal values about promoting opportunities for development and learning, and a sense of belonging for every child and family call for inclusion for all.In 2009 The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Division for Early Childhood issued a joint statement in support of inclusion. The joint statement includes this definition of early childhood inclusion:“Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential.” Researchers report many benefits of high-quality inclusion of young children with autism and other developmental disabilities in early educational settings. Inclusion supports and benefits not only children with autism, but also their typically developing peers, family members, teachers and professionals, and the community as a whole.Autism Speaks published Pre-School Inclusion Programming for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Toolkit for Training and Program Development which includes information, checklists, tools, and printable materials for supporting inclusion of young children with autism. The Organization for Autism Research further describes the importance of inclusion. In addition, Operation Autism: A Resource Guide for Military Families provides resources for developing partnerships with educators to support the inclusion of children with autism and for understanding the different educational placements options for children with autism.Our final webinar in the 2019 Early Intervention series, “Sunrise to Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day” will focus on supporting the inclusion of young children with autism. Join us on December 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. EST. We will describe what inclusion is, the benefits of inclusion, and strategies for modifying the social and physical environment to support the inclusion of young children with autism. To RSVP for the webinar, “Welcome to the Group: Inclusion of Young Children with Autism,” go to its event website and look for the RSVP button on the right side of the page.
treat property constructed fora taxpayer under a binding contract as self-constructed, and allow taxpayers to claim 100%bonus on components acquired after September 27, 2017, even if the larger constructedproperty is acquired before September 28, 2017. Similarly, a “self-constructed” componentconsidered acquired before September 28, 2017 under the significant physicalwork test or 10% safe harbor does not qualify for bonus depreciation at the 100percent rate (Reg.§1.168(k)-2(b)(5)(iv)(C)(2)). Significantly, the rules: If the larger property is acquired beforeSeptember 28, 2017, a taxpayer may elect 100% bonus depreciation on componentsof the property that are acquired after September 27, 2017. A taxpayer makes the election by attaching astatement to the income tax return in the year the larger property is placed inservice. If the election does not apply to all qualifying components acquiredafter September 27, 2017, the statement must identify the components that arecovered by the election (ProposedReg. §1.168(k)-2(c)). 10% Safe Harbor For additional information on the acquisitiondate rules for constructed property see the CCH Answer Connect Topic Pages entitled: Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect. COMMENT: The 10% safe harbor election isespecially useful in delaying the acquisition date for an accrual basistaxpayer. The cost of property constructed for a taxpayer is generally notincurred until the property is delivered to the taxpayer upon completion of theproject in the case of a turnkey contract (IRSLetter Ruling 201210004, November 22, 2011). Manyconstruction contracts are not turnkey but rather “design-bid-build” methodcontracts. Depending upon the terms of the contract, amounts can be incurred instages (Field AttorneyAdvice 2014020F, January 16, 2014). It appears that under the “facts andcircumstances” test, construction work on a component built off-site may needto be taken into account in determining whether physical work of a significantnature has begun on the larger structure. The IRS regulations are silent on thispoint except to provide the obvious example that construction of a retail motor fuelsoutlet assembled from modular units manufactured off site begins when physicalwork of a significant nature begins off-site (Reg.§1.168(k)-2(b)(5)(iv)(B)). The original proposed regulations denied 100%bonus depreciation on all of the components of a larger property acquiredbefore September 28, 2017, regardless of the acquisition date of the components.Consequently, no portion of the cost of the larger property could qualify forthe 100% rate. This means that the acquisition date ofthird-party construction is also determined by reference to the dateconstruction begins under the significant physical activity test or under the 10%safe harbor. Both of these testssignificantly delay the acquisition date beyond the contract date, making iteasier to qualify for 100% bonus depreciation. Planning or designingSecuring financingExploring or researchingClearing a siteTest drilling to determine soilconditionExcavation to change thecontour of land Election for Components Acquired After September 27, 2017 Property constructed for a taxpayer by athird party is almost always constructed under a binding written contract.Regulations originally proposed by the IRS provided that the 100% bonus ratedid not apply to third-party construction if a binding written contract wasentered into before September 28, 2017. This exclusion for acquired and self-constructedcomponents considered acquired before September 28, 2017, applies even if thelarger self-constructed property is considered acquired after September 27,2017. The cost of an “acquired” component of a self-constructedproperty (including property constructed for the taxpayer under a contract andconsidered self-constructed) does not qualify for the 100% bonus depreciationrate if it is acquired under a written binding contract entered into beforeSeptember 28, 2017 (Reg.§1.168(k)-2(b)(5)(iv)(C)(1)). Property Constructed for the Taxpayer New final and proposed regulations explainhow to determine the acquisition date of constructed property that can qualifyfor 100% bonus depreciation (Reg.§1.168(k)-2(b)(5); ProposedReg. §1.168(k)-2(c)).Property constructed by or for a taxpayer qualifies for 100% bonus depreciationonly if it is: Property Constructed by the Taxpayer Special Rules for Components of Self-Constructed Property For example, the turbine constructed forthe taxpayer in the preceding example does not qualify for 100 percent bonusdepreciation because it was acquired before September 28, 2017, under both thephysical work of a significant nature and 10% safe harbors. The turbine isconsidered self-constructed because it was acquired under a written bindingcontract entered into before construction began. EXAMPLE: ABC, an accrual basis steelmanufacturer, enters into a binding contract in October 2016 for theconstruction of a turbine that will be part of a self-constructed powergeneration plant. ABC incurs the cost for the turbine when it is delivered inAugust 2017. ABC is treated as acquiring the plant before September 28, 2017,if the safe harbor is elected and the cost of the turbine plus any other costsincurred toward construction before September 28, 2017 is more than 10% of thetotal cost of the plant (ProposedReg. §1.168(k)-2(c)(7)(ii)), Example 2). Accounting for Deductions Under the Accrual Method Many comment letters asked the IRS to changethis rule and create an exception similar to the one previously provided in Rev.Rul. 2011-26 for the 100% bonus rate that applied to propertyacquired after September 8, 2010, and before January 1, 2012.The IRS agreed to these requests. This rule, however, was abandoned in finalregulations. Instead, propertyconstructed for a taxpayer under a binding written contract entered into beforethe beginning of construction is considered self-constructed (Reg.§1.168(k)-2(b)(5)(ii)(A)). Under an elective safe harbor, constructionbegins on the date that more than 10% of the total cost of construction is paidfor by a cash basis taxpayer or incurred by an accrual basis taxpayer (Reg.§1.168(k)-2(b)(5)(iv)(B)). The cost of preliminary activities land does notcount toward the 10% safe harbor. Bonus Depreciation or First-Year Additional Depreciation Allowance acquired after September 27,2017, and placed in service before 2023 (orbefore 2024 for “long production property”). Property constructed by a taxpayer for itsown use is acquired on the date that construction begins. Construction generallybegins on the date that physical work of a significant nature begins. This is afacts and circumstances test. By Ray G. Suelzer, J.D., LL.M. Preliminary activities are not taken intoaccount. 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Beirut, Dec 23 (AFP) Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday in Beirut to protest rampant corruption and poor living conditions, as anger mounts over political deadlock that has left the country without a government since May.People marched to the prime minister’s office in central Beirut to demonstrate against Lebanon’s fractious political class, widespread graft and failing public services.Some protesters sported the iconic yellow vests worn by anti-government protesters in France, adorned with a cedar tree — Lebanon’s national symbol.”There is corruption and theft of state funds,” 43-year-old Hana told AFP.”We are governed by a political class of corrupt thieves who rule with sectarian fanaticism,” she said.Parliamentary polls in May gave Saad Hariri a new term as prime minister, but seven months on, debate still drags on over ministerial portfolios.Demonstrators demanded what they called their “most basic rights”, including a reintroduction of housing loans stalled for nearly a year and more access to healthcare, water and electricity.They were met by security forces who erected a cordon in the city centre.Dozens also demonstrated in the northern city of Tripoli and in Nabatiyeh in the south.The protests came after hundreds took part in demonstrations led by Lebanon’s Communist Party last Sunday.Lebanon’s economy is on the brink of collapse and France warned this month that the country could soon miss out on a much-needed aid programme agreed in Paris earlier this year if the political deadlock continues.(AFP) SCYSCY