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Vermont Department of Taxes creates Tax Technical Working Group

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Taxes has announced the creation of the Tax Technical Working Group. Comprised of 13 tax professionals, the Tax Technical Working Group will provide a regular forum for communication and collaboration between Vermontâ s Commissioner of Taxes and representatives of the tax professional community.â As Tax Commissioner, I am committed to improving taxpayer engagement and communication,’said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson. â Tax professionals represent key strategic partners in this effort.âMembers of the Tax Technical Working Group will keep the Commissioner apprised of developments and concerns within the tax professional community on matters of tax administration, policy, and outreach. Beyond relaying the concerns of taxpayers and the tax professional community, working group members may be asked to participate in periodic activities and projects to enhance the Departmentâ s administration of taxes and general operations.The Tax Technical Working Group is not the only new effort to connect the Department of Taxes with taxpayers and its key strategic partners. The newly formed Vermont Tax Advisory Board and new Division of Policy, Outreach, and Legislative Affairs represent complementary initiatives designed to strengthen the Departmentâ s communication and collaboration.â Overall, our new outreach initiatives are designed to provide timely information and education, and great customer service in an increasingly complex world,’said Peterson. â I am grateful that so many Vermonters continue to be willing to step up to volunteer their time and talents.âA complete list of Tax Technical Working Group members is below:Joseph Bilodeau, CPA, President of Bilodeau, Wells & Co.Patti Bisson, Compucount Inc., Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Tax ProfessionalsRay Cota, CPA, President of the Vermont Society of CPAsMichelle Eid, CPA, Hall & Holden, PCRobert Holden, CPA, Hall & Holden PCDonald Hunt, Enrolled Agent, Vice President of Pat Hunt Inc.Lauren Jarvi, Enrolled AgentKim Loewer, Enrolled Agent, Managing Partner of Loewer and Associates; President and Founder of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Tax ProfessionalsDonald Murray, CPA, Fothergill, Segale, & Valley CPAsRussell North, CPA, Wilder Business ServicesClaude Phipps, AARP Tax-AideCarol Tremble, CPARick Wolfish, CPA, Gallagher, Flynn & CompanyVermont Tax Advisory Board The purpose of the Vermont Tax Advisory Board (VTAB) is threefold: Provide a public forum for communication between Vermontâ s Commissioner of Taxes and representatives of the public interested in Vermontâ s tax administration and policy, and; Provide ideas, input and perspective to the Commissioner, assisting her in developing tax policy and identifying improvements in the administration of taxes, and; Provide constructive observations regarding current or proposed policies. â The tax law is becoming more complex, reflecting our world,’said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson.  â Simultaneously, customer service expectations are rising.  Open and transparent collaboration is the key strategy to help government agencies, businesses, and individuals work together in a positive manner.  As Commissioner of Taxes, I am convening the Vermont Tax Advisory Board to foster this type of collaboration.âOther taxing jurisdictions, including the IRS, convene an advisory body comprised of some combination of tax professionals, business stakeholders, activists, scholars, and citizens to provide non-binding public input to management on important tax administration and policy matters.  This type of board is considered a best practice in promoting collaboration and transparency.   â I am pleased that Commissioner Peterson is working to enhance relationships with the Department’s key stakeholders, – the people, businesses, property owners, cities and towns, and non-profits that make Vermont great,’said Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding.  â The Vermont Tax Advisory Board represents the type of innovation and transparency that is important to our state and Governor Shumlin.’ A complete list of VTAB members is below:Jerry Bowin, CPA, McSoley, McCoy & Co; Chairman of the Vermont Society of CPAâ s Tax Committee Laird Cameron Bradley, Realtor; former Chairman of the Board for the Vermont Association of Realtors; Williamson Group Sotheby’s of WoodstockAndrew Brewer, Owner, Onion River SportsJody Fried, Executive Director, Catamount Arts Kathleen C. Hoyt, former Secretary of Administration and Chief of Staff for Governor Howard Dean and Chief of Staff for Governor Madeleine KuninSharon Lockwood, Site Spending Manager, IBMJim Loewer, Enrolled Agent, Managing Partner of Loewer and Associates; President and Founder of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Tax ProfessionalsKathryn H. Michaelis, Attorney, Rath, Young, and Pignatelli of Concord, NH Janet Spitler, Chief Financial Officer, Merchants BankPatrick Walsh, Assistant Professor of Economics, St. Michaelâ s College Vermont Department of Taxes 5.31.2012last_img read more

New Whiteboarding Solution From Huddly Uses AI Technology Via Camera

first_imgHuddly just launched a whiteboarding solution for home or work applications called Canvas. This AI-based content camera connects via USB connection and allows both the primary and Canvas camera to be on at the same time while on a Microsoft Teams or Zoom video call.Everyone would likely agree that whiteboarding is the original collaboration tool. And, Canvas is easy to use and doesn’t require users to learn any new technology as, when you’re in a video call, you can share an enhanced stream of the whiteboard by merely clicking the content camera button. Canvas is certified as a Microsoft Teams content camera and is recognized as a whiteboard camera in both Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms.Here’s a video showing how it works:Using Huddly’s AI technology on the camera, Canvas can enhance/improve the whiteboard image in real-time (aka: removes the gloss and shadows from the image, boosts marker colors and hides people standing in front of the whiteboard). Remote participants can see what’s being written on the board simultaneously with local attendees.Canvas can be installed above any whiteboard up to 2 meters x 1.2 meters or 6 feet x 4 feet. An integrated USB extender makes it easy to install the Canvas camera and connect it to the meeting room device through USB. Canvas is suitable for any size room.last_img read more

Baker petitions for Bar reinstatement

first_img July 1, 2009 Regular News B aker petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Douglas Wayne Baker, formerly of Titusville and currently residing in Temple Terrace, has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Baker was suspended for 91 days pursuant to a May 21, 2008, court order on a “contempt and order to show cause case” for violation of a Supreme Court order dated April 6, 2006, wherein he failed to follow the terms of his probation. The suspension was served beginning June 12, 2008.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Baker’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jodi A. Thompson, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 4200 George J. Bean Parkway, Suite 2580, Tampa 33607-1496, telephone (800) 940-4759. Baker petitions for Bar reinstatementlast_img read more

Gophers rise to top of national rankings

first_imgThe Gophers (7-1) received 31 votes, while the Trojans (5-1) tallied 22. The next closest was No. 3 Washington (6-0) with seven.The Gophers’ only loss came at the hands of the Trojans in a close five-game match earlier this season. Hebert said the Gophers are probably ranked higher because of a shift in the way the poll rates the teams.“I think there’s a little bit of a bias toward the reputation of the west coast teams,” Hebert said. “But I think there’s a growing sophistication among the voting coaches that tends to reward the teams that are actually playing well from week to week.”The Gophers were clearly the best team last weekend, disposing of their two ranked opponents in long five-game matches on consecutive nights, and gutting out a win over a rival Sunday.Hebert said Minnesota’s play, along with that of the teams that lost, made the decision easy – at least for him.“I voted us No. 1,” Hebert said. “Had it been another team at five, and the first four lost, I would have pushed them up based on the week’s performance.”Hebert said it won’t be easy living up to the new expectations, but he said he isn’t worried about the Gophers being overconfident.Although Minnesota survived last weekend, Hebert said the team still knows it has a long way to go.“To be rewarded with the ranking is a bit incongruous with how we actually feel right now,” Hebert said. “Our offensive rhythm just never appeared this past weekend, and yet we still managed to win. In the traditional coach talk, we still have so much work to do in the gym to play at the level we think we can.” Gophers rise to top of national rankingsLosses by the top four teams this weekend opened the door. Now the Gophers are No. 1. Kent ErdahlSeptember 14, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the first time in Minnesota volleyball history, the Gophers are No. 1.This week’s USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, released Monday, ranks Minnesota as the best volleyball team in the nation.The poll, conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and voted on by Division I coaches, lists Minnesota just ahead of last year’s NCAA national champion, Southern California.The ascension comes after a bizarre weekend in which the top four teams – Southern California, Nebraska, UCLA and Florida – all fell to lower-ranked opponents.Minnesota, previously ranked No. 5, was the lone survivor. The Gophers beat Kansas State, Florida and Northern Iowa at the Diet Coke Classic over the weekend.Kansas State and Florida were ranked No. 15 and 4, respectively, at the time.The Gophers’ previous highest-ranking was No. 4, which came after last season’s run their first Final Four.“The attention is nice. It’s gratifying, rewarding and all those sorts of cliche adjectives,” Hebert said. “Obviously it means nothing when it comes time to play somebody. But it is a nice gesture from the volleyball community.”The ranking marks the first time in 22 weeks that a team besides Southern California has been No. 1.And, although Illinois snapped the Trojans’ 52-match winning streak, Southern California still finished a close second in first-place votes.last_img read more

In Rijeka, 12 percent more arrivals and 21 percent more overnight stays

first_imgAutocamp Preluk and the traffic realized at the European University Games are not included in the analyzed tourist traffic. “This multi-year increase in the number of guests who choose Rijeka as their destination can be thanked, among other things, to all participants in the tourist product, from hoteliers, private renters, hostels, travel agencies, numerous event organizers and numerous activities that the City of Rijeka and Rijeka Tourist Board spend with all stakeholders of the tourist offer of the destination, but also by continuous investment in the quality and number of accommodation units. “Pointed out Petar Škarpa, director of the Tourist Board of the City of RijekaHotels are currently the dominant category of accommodation in the city of Rijeka, although there is a visible trend of strong development of private accommodation, which in terms of percentage and number of nights is directly behind the hotel. Statistically speaking, 35,24% of overnight stays were realized in hotels, while slightly less, ie 34,40%, were realized in private accommodation.Mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel, expressing satisfaction with the record tourist results this year in Rijeka, said that all this is not accidental, but the result of reflection and development of numerous strategies in which tourism has always received a special place. We managed to achieve such good results with a synergy of the work of the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka and the City of Rijeka. However, we are not carried away by thinking that Rijeka will become a tourist city, ie a city where tourism will be the main backbone of the economy and development. I have always pointed out that tourism in Rijeka has its potentials and that it is a pity not to use them, especially since Rijeka has such results throughout the year. The reason for this is the attractiveness of various programs such as the Rijeka Carnival and numerous festivals, major sporting events and the recognition of Rijeka’s rich cultural heritage.Said Obersnel.The mayor added that a lot of funds had to be invested in all this, as well as in the arrangement of the city. In the last few years alone, about 40 million kuna has been spent on the renovation of the Old Town, which has resulted in a better catering offer. He also mentioned incentives through measures in lending, ie providing additional funds for the development of tourism and hospitality.”The fact that Rijeka was recognized by small cruisers and sailing ships due to its position and infrastructure, for which Rijeka became the starting port, also contributed to the tourist success. We expect 14 large cruisers by the end of the year”, Said the mayor, adding that the efforts to make Rijeka attractive for tourists have been recognized by entrepreneurs, such as hostel owners and private renters, which are increasing from year to year. “I believe that further investments in increasing tourist capacities, by building a new resort on Costabella, a hotel in the Benčić complex and putting the camp on Preluk into proper function, will result in even better results.”, Concluded the mayor. In the area of ​​the city of Rijeka in the period from 01.01. to 31.08.2016. There were 85.066 arrivals, which is 12 percent more than in the same period in 2015, as well as 189.133 overnight stays, which is 21 percent more than in the same period.Domestic tourists made 16.772 arrivals, while compared to the same period in 2015, the number of domestic arrivals increased by 10%, and in the total number of arrivals, domestic tourists participated with 28%. On the other hand, foreign tourists made 68.294 arrivals, and compared to the same period in 2015, the number of foreign arrivals increased by 12% and in the total number of arrivals foreign tourists participated with 72%.In the city of Rijeka, most overnight stays were realized by citizens of the Italian Republic 22.886, followed by citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany 18.021, Bosnia and Herzegovina 10.053, the French Republic 8.805, the Kingdom of Spain 8.096, the Republic of Serbia 7.526, the Republic of Poland 5.681, the Republic of Austria 5.670, Hungary 5.185 and the State of Israel with 4.590 overnight stays.last_img read more

The Co-op ready to step back into supermarkets with Somerfield

first_imgSources close to both companies said that terms had been agreed after months of talks and that an announcement should come this week.The takeover would trigger a windfall for Robert Tchenguiz who holds a 30% stake in Somerfield, as well as his fellow shareholders Apax, Barclays Capital and Kaupthing, the Icelandic bank.For the Co-op, the deal is central to its hopes of reviving memories of the 1960s, when the group, famed for its “divi” card, became Britain’s biggest grocery retailer with about 13 million customer-members. TheTimeslast_img read more

Deptford hot for Hong Kong buyer

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Canada: Nova Scotia Plans to Benefit from Tidal Energy

first_imgNova Scotia hopes to become a world leader in tidal technology, writes The Global and Mail.Even though Nova Scotia has one of the most powerful tidal currents in the world, tidal development is moving at a very slow pace.In order to speed up the process Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Encana Corp. and several tidal technology companies formed the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), which sits near a huge inlet of the Bay of Fundy.FORCE’s main plan is to become a key centre of tidal power research.In terms of tidal energy, FORCE communications manager Matt Lumley said: “We are sitting on the top of Everest.”Three out of four berths are rented, but neither of the power developers is deploying any tidal generators.The center expects to see deployment of the tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy by 2015.Richard Karsten, a mathematics professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. calculated that the Bay of Fundy could host hundreds of tidal turbines which could generate around 2.5GW of electricity, enough to power a million homes.[mappress]Offshore WIND staff, August 27, 2013; Image: fundyforcelast_img read more

Hg Levels Reflect Health of Bay

first_imgVictoria University research has found that the St Kilda penguins have higher loads of arsenic, mercury and lead in their blood compared to their cousins on Phillip Island and the remote Notch Island colony in Bass Strait.Annett Finger, a PhD candidate at VU’s Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, tested 300 little penguins as part of a three-year study to determine if they were useful in monitoring the health of the bay.She and her colleagues collected small samples of blood, feathers and faeces for the study.“St Kilda’s little penguins feed only within the bay so this was a unique opportunity to find out how contaminated their marine environment is,” she said.Mercury levels in the penguin’s blood showed an increasing trend at St Kilda but decreased at Phillip Island between 2011 and 2013.“While the source of the increased blood mercury is unknown, we do know that Port Phillip Bay went through major dredge works from 2008 to 2009,” she said.Dredging may have disturbed polluted sediments – causing contaminated particles to enter the penguin’s food chain.Ms Finger pointed to Environment Protection Authority records showing increased copper, chromium, lead and zinc levels in the water column during the dredge works.Port Phillip Bay is a semi-enclosed ecosystem impacted by industrial run-offs, dredge works and commercial fishing.“It is a potential contamination hotspot because it is quite shallow and closed off – historically polluted sediments are still there, they don’t get flushed out,” Ms Finger said.About 1000 little penguins – the same species that attract thousands of tourists to the famous Phillip Island penguin parade – live at the St Kilda breakwater.Ms Finger said that better understanding of the toxicology of the St Kilda’s little penguin population was important for the management and conservation of the species.[mappress mapid=”21456″]last_img read more

Remote prison visits for solicitors ‘not available for weeks’

first_imgPlease see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Solicitors urgently needing to take instructions from clients in custody face waiting several weeks for a video-link appointment, the Gazette has learned.When Sonya O’Brien, a partner at Oldham firm Norcross Lees & Riches, requested an urgent video-link visit to see her client ahead of a bail application, the prison initially told her no slots were available for at least one month. The earliest prison video-link appointment that Kerry Hudson, director at London firm Bullivant Law, could get to see her client was two weeks after the trial date.The trial was listed for Monday but Hudson said the court was unable to produce her client. She had spent three hours on the Sunday creating a chronology of events ‘ready to oppose and resist pressure from the court to proceed to a trial that day if our client had been produced. And it was necessary as the bench (rightly) scrutinised the reasons for the ineffective trial’.She added: ‘No doubt without my efforts, the blame would have been centred on the defence not running around like maniacs trying to get the rest of the system to work.’The Law Society’s crime practitioners Covid-19 working group has written to HM Prison & Probation Service for an update on the possible return of face-to-face legal visits and the proper use of cloud video platform capacity to facilitate remote visits.The group says the lengthy wait means it is not possible to take instructions from clients sent to the Crown court following a first appearance at the magistrates’ court and prior to their plea and trial preparation hearing.Law Society president Simon Davis said: ‘It cannot be right that a court is in a position to give someone in custody an expedited trial date, but they cannot take advantage of that opportunity because their solicitor cannot take instructions.‘Efforts must be redoubled to facilitate contact between lawyers and their clients in custody through prison video links, and to reintroduce face-to-face prison visits as soon as it is safe. This could include Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service making more staff available to aid the movement of inmates around the prison to video/visit rooms as well as making more remote technology available to allow video conferencing.’A prison service spokesperson said: ‘The suspension of face-to-face meetings undoubtedly saved lives and we worked hard to ensure legal advice continued remotely. That includes providing more than 1,000 extra telephone handsets, hundreds of video meeting rooms and we are increasing capacity even further.’The Ministry of Justice said it is taking steps to increase video-conferencing availability at some locations through increased operating hours during the weekdays, and Saturdays in some cases. It is taking ‘urgent action’ to increase the physical number of video-link outlets at sites where capacity is limited and to support specialist courts. *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England.center_img Find advice and updates here.last_img read more