Back to school murder in Trinidad

first_img Share 90 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Back to school murder in Trinidad by: – August 29, 2013 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share PAIN AND AGONY: Relatives of Kazim Maxine console each other at the scene of yesterday’s murder. Sixteen-year-old Kazim was gunned down outside the Laventille Technology and Continuing Education Centre, which he attended for the first time yesterday. –Photo: CURTIS CHASEA revenge attack was blocked by the police yesterday, about an hour after a Laventille schoolboy was murdered while walking out of a trade school on the first day of school.The group of about six men had items that looked like weapons stuffed in their front pockets and were attempting to run into the Bee­tham Gardens when they were chased back into the hills by a team of heavily armed police officers who were on the scene of the murder in Laventille.The police also arrested two men from Beetham Gardens for the murder. “Allyuh see how it does be, eh?” said one senior officer to the Express.The murder victim is Kaz­im Maxine, aged 16.He lived with his father and mo­th­er in Eastern Quarry, Laventille, and his home overlooked the Laventille Technology and Continuing Education Centre which he atten­ded, off the Eastern Main Road, La­ven­­tille, near to the Citrus Grow­ers Association. According to Maxine’s father, Peter Maxine, yesterday was his son’s first day at the trade school.He said his son was an electrical installation pupil at his last school, Russell Latapy High School in Morvant, and it was a field he was interested in.He said his son got into “some trouble” a while ago although he did not want to mention what this trouble was; it was the boy’s mother, Maria Maxine, who decided he had to go to the trade school to keep out of trouble.Around 2 p.m. while Maxine and another friend were walking out the school, they were approached by two men who police said were walking from Beetham Gardens. One of the men had an automatic pistol while the other had a 9 mm.They opened fire on Maxine, hitting him 12 times. His friend however remained without a scratch. At the time, Maxine was wearing his blue-coloured overalls, a pair of boots and a white vest. He died on the spot.Police arrived on the scene very quickly and using surveillance video were able to arrest the two suspects for Maxine’s murder. They were be­ing questioned by officers of the Hom­icide Bureau and the Gang Investigation Unit up to last night in relation to other murders as well.As Maxine’s body lay by the entrance to the trade school, scores of his relatives and friends began gathering on the scene. The area was also teeming with well-armed police officers in operational wear, along with a few soldiers.Some time around 3.30 p.m., a group of police officers were seen running east along the main road towards a side street that leads to Eastern Quarry.Apparently, they had noticed a group of men was attempting to sneak past them to cross into Beetham Gardens. They all wore three-quarter pants which bore suspicious-looking bul­ges in the front pants pockets.As the men saw the police running after them, they turned around and headed back into the hills from where they had come. The Express also walked over to the police and enquired what was going on.“Them fellas and them was looking to tack-back but we stop them, nah, but ah glad the me­dia see what we does be going through,” said a senior officer.As the Express stood by, a group of men from Beetham Gardens was seen in the distance making gun-shooting signs and openly taunting a group of men from Laventille who stood glaring from a basketball court.They, too, were making threatening signs to the group from Beetham Gardens. Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.The murder toll stood at 256 up to last night.Trinidad Expresslast_img read more

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Who is bound for glory?

first_imgWE’RE nearly there… only one more step to redemption. Cardinia’s Travis Wheller has just taken the wicket of Tooradin’s Jarred…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Another All Ireland Title For Galway Badminton

first_imgThe University of Limerick Sports Arena was the venue for Galway Badminton’s latest All Ireland success on Saturday, 2nd April. In total, five teams from Galway competed on the day across five different grades, but it was the Galway grade G team who finished victorious. The afternoon match saw them take on a Meath side who came into the competition highly favoured to win. Galway, however, started very strong taking the first three games of doubles and continued in this vein to win by a score line of 6-3.This grade G team is made up of players from clubs across Galway including Ardrahan, Ballygar, Claregalway, Furbo, the Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Salthill and Oranmore. There’s no rest for these players after their big win, however, with league semi-finals and finals to be played this week.While the grade G team were the only Galway team to win the competition outright, the county’s Grade C team were unlucky to miss out on the win in their competition. They finished second to a Dublin side who were making it two in a row, having beaten a strong Cork side in the morning fixture. The C team was made up of players from Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Salthill and NUIG Badminton Club.For more information on Galway Badminton, or to find a club in your area, see galwaybadminton.com or find them on Facebook.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Having come through the Connaught qualifiers beating Mayo by a score of 6-1, the county’s Grade G team saw off competition on the day from provincial winners from both Munster and Leinster. They started the day taking on Munster representatives Kerry, which was a completely one sided affair with Galway overpowering the Munster side and winning all nine games of the tie to beat Kerry 9-0.last_img read more

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OLYMPIC TEAM MANAGER JOINS FORCES WITH TUAM SPORTS CLUBS

first_imgUnderstanding how McGonagle, against all odds turned a GAA field into a top class sports facility including 400m track, full sized pitches, astro turfs, swimming pool and community managed club house is one of the first steps in achieving the same result here in Tuam.The Juvenile athletes, who in 2017 became the eight biggest club in the country, currently have to travel to Claremorris and Athlone for training, whilst Camogie and Football are begging unused fields and pitches from schools and other sports in an attempt to maintain training.Martin Kenny spokesperson for the Juvenile arm of Tuam AC said: “One of our Government’s key objectives is keeping young people in sport past the ages of 14. We have a huge number of volunteer coaches and parents who are facing burnout driving long distances for training and changing schedules at the last minute as pitches become available. We risk losing a whole generation of children in sport if we don’t manage to build our own facilities here in Tuam fast.”He added: “Tuam is now well served with the recent opening of the new motorway. But we are currently seeing yet another development of almost 130 houses and yet again no plans for additional amenities.”Martin Kenny and Brendan McGrath spoke to John Mulligan about next Monday Night’s EventAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/TUAM%20ATHLETICS%20SPECIAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Patsy McGongale who managed the Irish athletics teams on a record 68 occasions said: “No one believed we could achieve what we have done with Finn Valley. The economic benefits of a shared sports facility to the area are immeasurable, we can now host large scale events attracting visitors from all over the country to rural Donegal. Coupled with that we have some of the strongest youth and juvenile clubs in all of Ireland punching way above our weight across numerous sports on a National Scale.”He added: “Home grown hero Ricky Simms, agent to Usain Bolt and Mo Farah hails from Finn Valley and we boast over 300 national athletics champions. A shared sports facility will serve Tuam and the North Galway Region well, the youth of the area deserve the opportunities it brings.”Patsy will share his best practice, insider knowledge and experience of the pitfalls to avoid at the information night in the Birmingham Suite of the Ard Ri Hotel, @20:00.Organisers are expecting a good turnout and hope the information evening will help to build momentum and support for this desperately needed facility, which will ultimately support 32 schools and many more clubs.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Patsy McGonagle, four time Olympic Team Manager and the driving force behind the acclaimed community sports facility, Finn Valley, will be giving an open evening in Tuam this Monday April 3oth in the Ard Ri Hotel, Tuam at 8pm. Three of the town’s most prominent clubs, Tuam Athletics Club, Tuam Camogie and Tuam Cortoon Ladies Gaelic Football have come together to tackle the issue of lack of facilities here in this town for the growing number of young children involved in their sports.last_img read more

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Men’s Basketball: Nov. 17 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Demons (1-1) got 17 points by sophomore guard Zeek Woodley, 13 points and a career-high four steals from senior center Marvin Frazier and never trailed the Scots, an NAIA team that counted the contest as an exhibition and will do the same Tuesday night at Grambling. Northwestern State 75, Lyon College 64NATCHITOCHES, La. – Sophomore Tra’von Joseph had career-best scoring and rebounding production, with 10 each, while junior guard Jalan West’s 18 points, nine assists and five steals led Northwestern State over Lyon College 75-64 Monday night as the Demons opened their home schedule with their 400th win in 50-year-old Prather Coliseum. “We’re seeing the same thing early in the NBA season with some talented teams that haven’t clicked yet. It’s a process and as long as we bring a great work ethic and unselfishness to the court, we’ll make the progress we need,” he said. “We didn’t play badly, we moved the ball around very nicely at times, and sometimes we didn’t make the best decisions and didn’t play smart basketball. We’re just happy to walk away with a win and with some valuable experiences.” Lyon got a 33-point performance by Ben Worlow, who sank 13 of 15 free throws along with 10 of 18 shots. Brandon Brady added 12 points for the visitors, who also sank 25 of 29 free throws. The Colonels won many of the other major statistical battles, finishing with more steals, more blocks, more assists and fewer turnovers than North Texas. Nicholls also shot significantly better in the second period than they had in the first, going 5-of-12 from three-point-land and shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Huskies return to action when they travel to face UT Arlington Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at College Park Center in Arlington. “We got good effort, and Tra’von in particular earned what he got,” said NSU coach Mike McConathy. “That was a very well-coached, fundamentally sound and hard-working team we played. They made it difficult for us. We’re trying to learn how to play together. We’re looking for the right combinations and it’s not pretty to watch at times. The Demons will not be back at Prather until Nov. 29. Monday’s contest tipped a stretch of four games in eight days, with a Thursday visit to another NAIA program, LSU-Alexandria, before a Sunday game at No. 19 Oklahoma and playing at Texas Tech two nights later. Leading 19-9, the Huskies went on an 11-4 run to extend their lead to 30-13 with just under eight minutes to go. The Saints were within 18, but five-straight points by Lasher sparked a 12-0 run to give the Huskies a 46-18 lead with 2:51 on the clock and HBU took a 52-23 lead into halftime. HBU scored the first eight points of the game on baskets by four separate players, but Hillsdale scored back-to-back buckets to cut the Huskies’ lead in half. Senior center Ricmonds Vilde responded with a three-point play, then he blocked a shot on the other end that wound up as a breakaway dunk for sophomore guard Reveal Chukwujekwu. Odunsi buried a three to extend HBU’s lead to 16-4. HBU led 79-47 with 6:37 to go, then held Hillsdale scoreless for four-and-a-half minutes as the Huskies went up by 39 with just over two minutes on the clock. Abram Cobb and Ryan Hickerson each hit late threes for the Saints as the Huskies settled for a 36-point margin. Houston Baptist 89, Hillside Baptist 53Houston, Texas – All 16 Houston Baptist players scored as the Huskies shot more than 50 percent and rolled to an 89-53 victory over Hillsdale Baptist in non-conference basketball Monday night at Sharp Gym. Nicholls will look to correct its mistakes and accentuate its positives moving forward, although the competition will not get any easier. The Colonels fly to Las Angeles, California for a contest against UCLA at 10 p.m. central time on Thursday, before flying to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to face Wake Forest on Monday. – Return to Top – – Return to Top – HBU shot 58.8 percent from the field, including 3-for-12 from 3-point range, while Hillsdale shot 24.2 percent and 1-for-10 from long range. The Huskies went 9-for-11 and the Saints were 6-for-8 from the free throw stripe. Sophomore forward Colter Lasher hit 7-of-10 from the field to lead the Huskies (1-1) with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Anthony Odunsi added 15 points, three assists and three steals, while senior guard Marcel Smith had eight points. Freshman center Josh Ibarra had a team-high 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, which tied for the most in a single game since HBU returned to Division I in 2007 with Mario Flaherty, who had six against South Dakota on Jan. 28, 2010. – Return to Top – Northwestern State hit six of its first seven shots while zooming on top 16-2. Lyon fought back within 36-30, but Joseph contributed a couple of layups in a 10-4 burst over the final 2:57 before halftime to put the Demons up 46-34. The visitors got no closer than 11 points afterward and twice trailed by 20. Northwestern State 75, Lyon College 64Houston Baptist 89, Hillside Baptist 53North Texas 71, Nicholls 57 North Texas 71, Nicholls 57DENTON, Texas – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team led midway through the first half, but could not overcome unforced miscues and an off shooting night, falling 71-57 against the University of North Texas on Monday at The Super Pit. Heading into the matchup, the Colonels knew that rebounding and free throw shooting would be the keys to victory. The Mean Green finished the contest with a 56-34 rebounding advantage, and made 34-of-44 free throw attempts, outscoring the Nicholls 34-10 at the charity strike. Chris Hobgood and Phil Carey led Hillsdale (2-5) with 13 points each. Marqus Moody added seven points and led the Saints with seven rebounds. The Mean Green lead hovered around 10 points for the majority of the second half, but ballooned to a 13-point advantage with 12 minutes remaining in the contest. The Colonels would not go quietly, chipping away at the lead to keep the game within reach. With four minutes remaining, Ja’Dante’ Frye nailed a jumper to pull Nicholls within seven. North Texas responded, pushing their lead back to double-digits before finishing on an 8-3 run to close out the ballgame. HBU shot 51.5 percent for the game, but only 5-for-21 from behind the arc, and 16-for-21 from the free-throw line. Hillsdale shot 29.3 percent from the field, 4-for-20 from 3-point range, and 15-for-22 from the free-throw line. The Huskies outrebounded the Saints, 46-33, and outscored them 48-16, in the paint. Odunsi stole the inbounds pass to start the second half and took it the distance for a layup, but Randall Henderson hit a jumper and a pair of free throws for Hillsdale. Smith threw an alley-oop to sophomore guard Caleb Crayton for a jam, Crayton made a steal and threw it ahead to Smith for a layup, then Smith came up with a steal and Crayton laid it in on the other end to put HBU ahead, 66-31, with 14:12 left. Jordan Williams paced the Mean Green in all three major categories, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Williams also connected on 11-of-12 free throw attempts. Muhammed Ahmed contributed six points for North Texas while pulling down 10 boards, and T.J. Taylor posted 14 points and seven rebounds on the night. The Colonels (0-1) led 12-9 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half, but poor shooting combined with a myriad of free throws for the Mean Green (2-0) was too much to overcome. Nicholls shot just 22.6 percent from the field and 0-13 from beyond the arc in the first period, resulting in a 31-21 advantage for North Texas at halftime. Frye led the Colonels offensively with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Liam Thomas added 10 points while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor. T.J. Carpenter led the squad in both rebounds (seven) and assists (three), while adding seven points.last_img read more

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Photo of the Week: First Presbyterian Church Courtyard Fountain

first_imgIt’s always a peaceful time when I visit our church courtyard on a summer evening. I stop in for a quiet time, sit on the wrought iron benches to read, or simply enjoy the sound of the running water in the fountain and the beauty of the flowers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: First Presbyterian Church of PlymouthAfter taking so many photos of other churches in the past few months, I realized I’ve taken few pictures of my own church, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth. Our family’s been a member of First Presbyterian for over ten years. After being a member of Moravian and Methodist churches in…In “Michigan”What Is Boxing Day? How Do You Celebrate?When I saw Julie’s question about Boxing Day this morning: https://twitter.com/juliedutch/status/548459235357757441 I smiled. I’ve got you covered, Julie. My friend James has a wonderful post about Boxing Day, and all things Christmas on his Why Christmas site. Here’s a few takeaways, but read the post to get the full background:…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-AlongThough it was a gray afternoon, the clouds didn’t chase away families and friends from joining the 2015 Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along today in downtown Plymouth, Michigan at Kellogg Park. Led by Dr. Jerry Smith, the music director at my church, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, I joined dozens…In “Michigan”last_img read more

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Putting

first_img17 August 2004A businessman from the Western Cape is set to take a traditional South African meal, pap and vleis, to the mass market – in a can. And it may help Africa’s hungry, nogal.Pap (a kind of mashed potato made from mealie meal), which is both nutritious and affordable, and vleis (Afrikaans for “meat”) have been the staple diet for millions of South Africans for years.As traditional as rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet, pap and vleis is also an integral part of the country’s ubiquitous braai (barbecue) culture.Now Western Cape entrepreneur Willem Steenkamp has found a way to put it in a can, and the world – especially other African countries – are sitting up and taking note.Steenkamp says one of the problems was figuring out how to keep the pap fresh – it gets sour after a few hours. According to Standards South Africa (stanSA), products with meat content have to be sterilised and have a shelf life of at least three years.“Pap alone is not a problem and does not need a long, intensive sterilisation process, but things get more complicated when meat is added, as it is more likely to contain hazardous bacteria”, Steenkamp said in a recent interview in Business Day’s trade supplement, The South African Exporter.To satisfy stanSA, the meat content had to be 40%, but Steenkamp battled the body down to 10% after market research showed there was demand for less meat.Steenkamp says even the machinery to put pap in a tin on the production line didn’t exist. And that was only half the problem.“The label is a problem all of its own, as it has to carry all the info that the health department and [stanSA] want on its nutritional information and ingredients as determined by an accredited laboratory, the recommended daily allowance and serving suggestions”, Steenkamp told The South African Exporter.Heating instructions also have to be “in an understandable sign form for those who can’t read”.Steenkamp says he expects success with his unique product in both the local and export market – and that his product could even go some way towards solving food shortages on the continent. “With this traditional African cuisine one can feed the hungry”, he said.He says there has been a lot of interest in his product from African governments, donor feeding schemes, and even mines. After samples were showcased in Japan, Steenkamp says prominent figures in government throughout Africa have contacted him.Steenkamp has negotiated a deal with Bull Brand, the established canned meat company, to manage the local marketing of the product, using their own label under patent-holder licence.The local retail market received the first tins in April and, according to Bull Brand, there is demand. “The chain stores indicated that they are very positive”, Steenkamp said.Some typically South African words and phrases used in this piece: Nogal – too, as well.Pap – a kind of mashed potato made from mealie meal (literally “porridge”).Vleis – Afrikaans for meat.“Rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet” – lines from a 1970s radio advert for Chevrolet denoting things truly South Africa. The complete phrase was “braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet”.Braai – barbeque.South African cuisine – a glossary of termsSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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#Nextchat: Trust in the Workplace

first_imgWhat are you doing to inspire trust in your workplace, and if you have a problem in this area, what steps can you take to fix it?Please join @WeKnowNext at 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 22 for #Nextchat with special guest Drive Thru HR co-host and Next official blogger Nisha Raghavan (@theHRBuddy).We’ll chat about what you’re doing in your organizations to inspire trust and thwart the bad workplace and leadership habits that are killing it.Q1. Why are trust levels at such historic lows in our workplaces? What is causing the downward spiral?Q2. What types of negative recruiting experiences can be initial red flags for new employees?Q3. What types of negative onboarding experiences create trust concerns in new employees?Q4. What poor leadership/management behaviors absolutely kill trust in the workplace?Q5. Why do some highly political workplace cultures thrive? Does competition trump trust in some professions/industries?Q6. How can organizations encourage greater trust among departments and teams?Q7. What kind of training does your organization provide that reinforces character, integrity and trust-building skills?Q8. How can a culture that is damaged by trust issues recover? What actions must be taken by leadership?  What’s a Twitter chat? “The surest way to make employees untrustworthy is to distrust them — and to show it.” – Henry StimsonTrust is an essential ingredient to creating a healthy workplace culture. Organizations that hire, develop and recognize their workers based on respectful practices will enjoy greater levels of employee engagement and more success in their talent management strategies.However, trust in the workplace has been eroding because of an increase in downsizings, acquisitions and new technology, and the constant fluctuations of an unstable global economy. It’s more important than ever that leaders overcome the communication, training and employee-relations issues that contribute to uncertainty and destroy a healthy culture.Inspiring trust in your employees begins well before individuals join your company. A negative candidate experience is a red flag to applicants about the level of respect and courtesy that an organization probably extends to its own employees, and careless onboarding practices will certainly leave newbies with a feeling of “buyer’s remorse” after their first day.Workplace expert Nan Russell in Psychology Today  states that even though employee engagement levels are at historic lows, “Lack of engagement is a symptom. The problem in most workplaces is distrust, not disengagement. Trust doesn’t cause engagement; it’s a requirement for it. Essentially, trust enables engagement. If you want engagement, you need trust.”And how do workplace politics and gossip diminish trust even further? Mike Myatt, in his Forbes article “The Fastest Way to Kill Corporate Culture,” says: “Allowing gossip in the workplace is like encouraging your employees to swim with sharks. Let me cut right to the chase—real leaders don’t participate in gossip, and likewise they don’t tolerate gossip from others. Gossip destroys trust, assails credibility, and is one of the greatest adversaries of a healthy corporate culture. The emotional distress and political discord associated with gossip undermines workplace performance, and can be nothing short of disastrous.”  Leadership expert Susanne Jacobs identifies eight intrinsic drivers of trust that are necessary in the workplace:last_img read more

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Video Editing 2.0: 8 Ways to Remix Online Videos

first_imgSo you’ve shot your masterpiece, but it’s a little rough around the edges. If you have any hope of winning that Oscar, you’re going to need to do a little editing. But renting out an editing bay means thousands of dollars and figuring out what all the shortcut keys on the Avid keyboard do. But wait, you’re in luck! Friday evening, YouTube launched their new video editing tool: YouTube Remixer, in partnership with Adobe. Avid it’s not, but perhaps it’s just what you need to turn your raw vacation footage into Spielberg or Coppola.Unfortunately, YouTube’s Remixer debuted to some rather tepid reviews, in part because it is more or less the same software Adobe rolled out with Photobucket in March. But wait, you’re in luck again! There are a bunch of other online video editing tools, and we’ll take a brief look at some of them below (though again, don’t expect Avid).Video Editing Tools Cuts lets you import video from MySpace, YouTube, and Google video (or anywhere you can get the direct .FLV URL) and then make your own “cut” by removing scenes, looping scenes, and adding captions and sound effects.(Almost) Video Editing Tools Eyespot is a full featured editor like Jumpcut. It lets you upload video, photos, and audio and then add transitions, effects, titles, and music. The editor isn’t as attractive and easy to use, in my opinion, as Jumpcut’s, but Eyespot offers a good deal of free media sets from partners like The Colbert Report, Public Enemy, and Dreamworks Pictures. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… muveeMix is a way to arrange your videos and photos to music, add titles and credits and export them to your blog or social network profile. It doesn’t offer nearly as much control as, say, Jumpcut, but isn’t as complicated either. Vidavee Graffiti lets you add effects to YouTube videos (like cartoon speech bubbles, titles, and frames). I found the interface kind of clumsy and hard to use, but maybe you’ll have better luck. Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mojiti isn’t a video editing tool in the way that the YouTube Remixer, Jumpcut, Eyespot, Movie Masher, or even Cuts are, but it still probably warrants a mention in this round up. Instead, Mojiti lets you annotate videos you import from just about any video site out there. You can use it to add properly timed titles, captions, or translations to videos.You could use Mojiti to put lyrics on a music video, for example. Movie Masher lets web site owners offer editing and remixing capabilities to their visitors via a sophisticated flash widget, which can be customized to match the look of your web site. The editing tools allow you to sequence and trim clips, add effects, transitions, titles, and music, using a familiar timeline editor. Jumpcut lets you upload video, photos, and audio, or import from Flickr or Facebook, and edit using a Flash interface. Add titles, effects, transitions, music, and split and crop video tracks. Then publish your video and let others remix it. Jumpcut also has some social networking features (like groups). Jumpcut is probably the best of the online video editors, though I really wish there was a way to export videos off the site.Of the bunch, Jumpcut’s editor most resembles the feel of offline editors, like iMovie. josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportCongress is on recess, scheduled to return the week of April 24. The IRS issued revenue procedures about expensing and bonus depreciation, as well as accounting method changes. It also reminded taxpayers about payment options.HouseThe House Ways and Means Committee is expected to hold hearings on tax reform (TAXDAY, 2017/04/20, C.1).TreasuryTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed the proposed border adjustment tax (TAXDAY, 2017/04/20, C.1).IRSExpensing and Bonus Depreciation. The IRS issued guidance to clarify the application of several changes made to the Code Sec. 179 expensing allowance and to the Code Sec. 168(k) bonus depreciation deduction by the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) (P.L. 114-113) (Rev. Proc. 2017-33; TAXDAY, 2017/04/21, I.1).Inflation-Adjusted Amounts. The IRS issued a number of inflation-adjusted amounts:—the applicable terminal charge and SIFL rates for determining value of noncommercial flights on employer-provided aircraft for the first half of 2017 (Rev. Rul. 2017-10; TAXDAY, 2017/04/21, I.3);—the nonconventional source fuel reference price for calendar year 2016 (Notice 2017-24; TAXDAY, 2017/04/21, I.4);—the Enhanced Oil Recovery Credit Inflation Adjustment Factor for 2017 (Notice 2017-25; TAXDAY, 2017/04/21, I.5); and—the marginal production percentage depletion rates for 2017 (Notice 2017-26; TAXDAY, 2017/04/21, I.6).Accounting Methods. The IRS provided a list of accounting method changes to which automatic change procedures apply (Rev. Proc. 2017-30; TAXDAY, 2017/04/20, I.2).AFRs. The IRS issued the applicable federal rates for May 2017 (Rev. Rul. 2017-11; TAXDAY, 2017/04/19, I.2).Scams. The IRS warned taxpayers about telephone scams and other criminal activities involving agency impersonators (IR-2017-86; TAXDAY, 2017/04/20, I.1).Filing Season. The IRS predicted that 13-million taxpayers would request extensions and reminded taxpayers how to request an extension (IR-2017-84; TAXDAY, 2017/04/18, I.2; IR-2017-83; TAXDAY, 2017/04/17, I.1). The IRS also reminded taxpayers about payment options (IR-2017-85; TAXDAY, 2017/04/19, I.1).IRPAC. The IRS announced that the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) is seeking new members IR-2017-87; TAXDAY, 2017/04/20, I.4).By George Jones and George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

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