first_imgEach week, we’ll be featuring opinion pieces from the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. Do you dream of having bylines like these? We can help make those a reality. Apply now for our fall session of the Writing Fellows Program! Applications are open now through August 23!How China’s political earthquake threatens its ‘president for life’ by Tyler Grant (Summer 2018) in The Washington ExaminerBefore an earthquake hits, there are tiny indicators along tectonic fault lines that geophysicists think might tell us what’s coming. Along the proverbial Ring of Fire, political tremors in China have rippled for months. The escalating protests in Hong Kong are the result.Last year, Hong Kong resident Chan Tong-kai killed his girlfriend during a visit to Taiwan and returned to Hong Kong. Police couldn’t extradite Chan because no extradition treaty exists between Hong Kong and Taiwan. To close this loophole, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong proposed the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, which would allow Hong Kong to extradite fugitives to any country.What residents worry about most is extradition to China…The El Paso Shooter Clearly Deserves The Death Penalty — But That’s Not Always the Case by Natalie Dowzicky (Summer 2019) in TownhallAfter the El Paso gunman took the lives of 22 people, it’s no surprise that he now faces the death penalty. He’s been charged with federal domestic terrorism by county officials, who have gathered mountains of evidence indicating he’d been planning the attack for some time. Of course, it’s an unspeakable tragedy, and the punishment for such a heavy crime is fitting. As El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza told reporters on Sunday, “I know the death penalty is something very powerful, but in this occasion it’s something that’s necessary.” Esparza is right — the penalty is extremely powerful, and this is one case where a state is very clearly being just in wielding that power. Far too often, though, that’s not the case…Well-Intentioned Energy Policies Are Hurting Consumers by Krisztina Pusok (Fall 2017) in Inside SourcesIn most states, homeowners with rooftop solar panels can feed back any excess energy they produce back into the grid, earning either energy credits or direct payments in return. The policy is called net metering, and its intent — to encourage the adoption of clean energy systems — is laudable.Yet the net metering programs in place around the country create a host of adverse, unintended consequences that outweigh their benefits, especially for low-income households, according to a new report by the American Consumer Institute…last_img read more

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Android is the world’s most popular mobile platform—and now you can learn how to build Android apps for free.See also: What Developers Need To Know About Android LOn Wednesday Google announced a free Android-app training course, one intended to give you up-close-and-personal experience with the mobile platform used in more than 190 countries and millions of mobile devices. The course, “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,” walks you through six lessons for building your first cloud-connected Android app. In a blog post, Google stresses that the course is designed for people with some programming experience, but not necessarily any Android or even mobile experience. Of course there’s a catch. It costs $150 a month to sign up for Udacity, where Google is offering the course. There’s a two week free trial, but Google recommends you take eight weeks, working six hours a week, to practice the course’s six lessons. Though if you’re looking to save money, perhaps you could blast through that before the free trial ends. Check out Google’s video to learn about the steps you’ll go through in the course:Screenshot via Udacity Tags:#Android#free#Google#learn to code#mobile#online education#Udacity center_img lauren orsini 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgThe Senate voted on January 22 to delay three Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) taxes: the medical device excise tax; the health insurance provider fee; and the excise tax on high-dollar health plans. The House followed suit and approved the measure, sending it to President Trump for his signature. Congress also restored IRS funding, which lapsed after January 19. However, that funding is temporary.ACA TaxesPreviously, Congress approved a moratorium on the medical device excise tax. Because of the moratorium, the medical device tax did not apply to sales of taxable medical devices in 2016 and 2018. Congress also delayed the health insurance provider fee and the excise tax on high-dollar health plans.On January 18, the House voted to suspend the medical device tax for 2018 and 2019. The House also delayed the health insurance provider fee for one more year. The excise tax on high-dollar health plans will take effect in 2022. These delays were part of a House bill to keep the federal government open through February 16.The Senate bill tracks the House bill in delaying the ACA taxes. However, funding for the federal government in the Senate bill runs through February 8 and not February 16.IRS FundingOn January 20, the IRS began to implement its plan for operations during a government shutdown. Under directions from the Treasury Department, some 40 percent of IRS employees would remain on the job as essential personnel. The Treasury Department determined that nearly half of the Service’s employees are needed to get the 2018 filing season underway. Now that Congress has restored IRS funding, at least temporarily, IRS operations have returned to normal.CourtsThe Tax Court announced on January 19 that it intended to continue normal operations as long as funding permits. On January 20, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) announced that federal district and circuit courts would remain open and continue operations for approximately three weeks during any government shutdown.TreasuryThe Treasury Department announced on January 20 that it would furlough all nonessential personnel until funding is restored. Some website activities will be updated, the department announced. These include interest rate statistics and sanctions notifications. Treasury operations are back to normal with funding restored.By George L. Yaksick, Jr., 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

first_imgAround 600 differently-abled athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships, held in Ghaziabad, were in for a rude shock after they were allotted unhygienic and difficult living conditions. They complained that the wheelchair-bound athletes were unable to use the ramp.  “We have not got proper food, eating poori and one vegetable dish for the last four days. We walk with sticks and we have been put up at second floor. They don’t even have ramps for wheelchair-bound athletes. Toilets are dirty, there are no fans, no water,” said Yogesh, a participating athlete.”I fell down three times while taking bath today, we are drinking water from a tanker and it has not been cleaned and the toilets are filthy,” added Vinay, another participant.Taking a strong view of the shocking incident, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday sought a report from the organisers and promised to take action within 24 hours.Sonowal said he has asked for a detailed report from Paralympic Committee of India as well as from his secretary after athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships at Janhit Para Sports Grounds (Madhuban, Bapudham) at Ghaziabad were asked to stay at messy and unkempt rooms at a building.”Well-being of all athletes is a priority for us. Differently-abled athletes and their well-being is a priority for us. We are examining the matter and looking into the reasons for mismanagement of the event,” Sonowal said.”I have asked my sports secretary to take immediate action and submit a report within 24 hours, based on that I will take action. On our part, there is no discrimination between able-bodied and differently-abled athletes. The national federations, whether of able-bodied and differently-abled, have a duty and responsibility to look after the well-being of athletes. If they have any problem, they (the organisers) should have approached us. We are always there to help,” he added.advertisementThe championship was organised by the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Paralympic Committee of India.last_img read more