Making Next Year’s Taxes Less Painful

first_imgWith 2016 taxes in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take stock of some missed opportunities for next year that could save you money and headaches. Ah, tax time. The one time each year when we are all forced to look our finances in the face. Rarely fun. From my perspective, tax returns are a wonderful view into a person’s life. Your tax return will tell me not just the obvious things, like how much money you make, but also if you sold a bunch of company stock, if you have kids, if you’re saving for retirement, if you have a rental property. It won’t tell me your favorite food or the last book you read, but when it comes to things that affect your financial life, it’s the holy grail.Is it really any surprise, then, that doing your taxes is stressful, confusing and overwhelming? To do your taxes, you have to delve into almost every part of your financial life.And now that your 2016 tax ordeal is over (or, at least it should be!), you probably have several ways to make your 2017 tax experience less horrible. Much like the rest of your financial life, planning for your taxes makes the whole experience so much better, both financially and emotionally.By the time January rolls around, your tax situation is largely fixed for the previous calendar year. Your income is what it is, you have bought and sold investments, you made your charitable donations, and so on.There are a few things you can do retroactively to improve the previous year’s tax situation, like contributing to your IRA and Health Spending Account (HSA). You might also undo (reverse or “recharacterize”) a conversion of a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA.But most of the tax benefits you can get are going to be the result of advance planning, not last-minute catch-up. Here are some of the major kinds of tax planning that you might benefit from going forward for 2017:RETIREMENT SAVINGI’m talking about 401(k)s or other employer plans. Yes, IRAs are a possible retirement savings vehicle, but they’re often not as good as a 401(k). Their contribution limits are much lower — IRA contributions are capped at $5,500 per year for those under 50 ($6,500 for those 50 and up) vs. 401(k)s, which are capped at $18,000 for those under 50 ($24,000 for those 50 and up). And IRAs face income limits on either eligibility or tax deductibility. Plus, unlike with 401(k)s, there’s often no easy way to set up automatic paycheck deduction for IRAs.However, while you can contribute to an IRA up until the tax-filing deadline (which in 2018 will be on April 17) and still have it count for the previous year’s taxes, you have to finish contributing to your 401(k) by Dec. 31. So, ideally, you would look ahead during 2017 to figure out how much you can, how much you need to, and how much you should contribute to your 401(k) in 2018.GETTING OR REFINANCING A MORTGAGEIf you have a home mortgage, you had to make the decision about buying points (you prepay a bunch of money in the year of purchase, to lower the ongoing interest rate). You can deduct the money you spent on points in full in the year you pay them if you meet a variety of IRS requirements.Some years are going to make that itemized deduction more worthwhile than others. If, say, you’re selling a bunch of company stock, at a gain, you’re going to drive your income up. Which means itemized deductions are worth even more. So, if you’re also buying a home in the same year, that makes buying points more worthwhile.DONATING TO CHARITYDo you give to charity? Or want to? There might be some significant tax savings there, while not diminishing the help you provide to charities.If you usually give cash, consider donating “appreciated assets,” investments that have grown a lot in value, instead. If you have a bunch of company stock, start there. You can still get the itemized deduction, just as you would with a cash donation, but you also avoid the tax bill you’d otherwise pay if you sold that investment.Does your income change from year to year? Was your income high this year because your company stock went gonzo? Or was it low because your start-up laid you off and you spent months looking for a new job? Consider concentrating your charitable contributions in high-income years, because the itemized deduction will be worth more.HEAVY CONCENTRATION IN (COMPANY) STOCKMany of my tech-industry clients have a lot of their financial worth tied up in a single stock, their company stock, which they’ve passively acquired over the years through stock options, Restricted Stock Units, employee stock purchase plans and so on. This is really risky.Lowering that risk is often Priority No. 1, taxes be damned. But because selling that stock can bring with it a big tax bill, it’s worthwhile to map out a plan for getting rid of those shares. You can make a schedule for selling them that spreads the taxes out over a few years, donating them or even giving them away.FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTSFlexible Spending Accounts are a good employee benefit that I hope you have available to you. You put pretax dollars into an FSA (the IRS limits for 2017 are $2,600 for health care and $5,000 for dependent care), and you can use that pretax money to pay for medical expenses or dependent care. From UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Yes, You DO Your Taxes. But Do You PLAN Your Taxes? Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSTaxes Previous article12 Tips for Shopping at GoodwillNext articleHome improvement projects where “look-alikes” are better Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

How to survive the new corporate telemarketing legislation

first_img  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis How to survive the new corporate telemarketing legislation Tagged with: Individual giving Amanda Ling, Head of Marketing at The Database Group, shares her ‘survival tips’ on the Corporate Telephone Preference Service (CTPS) and gives advice on what to look out for when choosing a bureau to screen data against the CTPS.Amanda Ling says that “the Corporate Telephone Preference Service is here to stay and so is not it about time we had some practical advice on positive ways to ensure our business development survives the legislation?”She lists her suggestions: Advertisement Howard Lake | 29 August 2004 | News Survival Tip One – Get opt-inAdd an opt-in to every point of contact with your customers and prospects (website, order forms, mailings, telephone enquiries). This will give them the opportunity to consent to receiving promotional calls from your company. Even if these companies register with the CTPS your opt-in consent will override their registration meaning you can still call them.Survival Tip Two – Don’t forget referralsRemember to take care if you are given an alternative number to contact when you are telemarketing. Any addition or amendment to a number in your database will not have been CTPS screened. Try either flagging all new prospects and amended numbers with a date stamp to ensure you do not call them before you next screen your numbers or consider purchasing a single number lookup system so that you can check the numbers are not registered before amending or adding to your database.Survival Tip 3 – Check every yearAdd a CTPS flag and date field to your database as businesses are required to re-register every year. After 12 months re-screen the numbers as their status may have changed. Survival Tip 4 – Join ForcesProcessing larger volumes of data in one go is often more cost effective than processing smaller volumes. If you have a number of offices/branches consider purchasing on behalf of the group and coordinating your screening through your Head Office. Each branch’s data can be processed separately and you can make considerable savings. Survival Tip 5 – Prioritise your callsRemember it is only essential to screen the numbers you intend to telephone in the next 28 days. Flagging manageable batches of records to be screened instead of the whole database and prioritising your telemarketing will save you money. Survival Tip 6 – Get proactiveTarget your CTPS registered prospects with direct marketing campaigns and encourage them to opt-in. Consider giving away free useful information such as an information factsheet or white paper, or perhaps a free trial of your products or services. Show that you care about their preferences by recording the areas of your service they are most interested in and offer them a copy of your privacy policy so that they know opting in will not mean they are inundated with untargeted calls. Survival Tip 7 – CTPS legislation, threat or opportunityCTPS legislation is an opportunity for companies to market smarter. Use this positively, after all do you really want to waste time and resource of your sales or call centre team calling companies who have specifically asked not to be called. Screening out these companies will enable you to focus on those who are happy to receive calls, and target those who are not through their preferred channel of communication. It could even help to uplift your response rates. After all, if you call companies who have actively expressed not to be called you ultimately risk something much more serious than a £5000 fine, you risk damage to your brand.When choosing your supplier remember to¦1. Shop aroundMost companies conducting telemarketing will not need to purchase a full CTPS licence at £3,750. Costs for cleansing generally depend on the number of calls you are making. For example if you are a small business calling 1,000 numbers or less each 28 days you could expect to pay around £60.00 – £100.00 for the whole year.2. Try before you buyMany companies will allow you a short trial of their service to enable you to make sure that it is right for you before you buy. Search for companies who are happy to provide a demonstration and free trial without obligation to purchase.3. Confirm turnaround timesSome CTPS services can give you instant results online, others can process and return files within minutes. Consider your requirements as 24 or 48 hour turnaround could cause you a great inconvenience if you need to process an urgent CTPS clean.4. Check minimum chargesMany companies will allow you to screen any number of records any time for a set charge. Watch out for suppliers that charge minimum run charges as this could make ad-hoc cleansing very expensive. If your supplier cannot offer you the flexibility you need look again.5. Help for manual systemsYou do not have to store your data in a database to check against CTPS, nor do you have to check numbers one at a time. There are manual online options available that allow you to key in selections of numbers and check them all at once, quickly efficiently and cost effectively. 6. Keep an audit trailEnsure your supplier can give you access to a fast and effective way of checking the numbers you have screened as you may need to provide proof to the Information Commissioner should a complaint about your company be received. Some companies offer an audit lookup system where you can view numbers you have previously screened instantly, others can provide you with reports, just make sure you have proof that you can print.7. Check your data’s healthIf your data is old or has not been cleansed regularly it may contain old STD codes, or have text such as ext xxx typed into the phone field. If you think your data is in need of cleansing ensure your supplier can offer a service that will highlight these issues before CTPS screening. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Amanda Ling is Head of Marketing at The Database Group. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Two Indian journalists beaten while probing suspected school scam

first_img News Receive email alerts News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival “A physical attack of this kind cannot go unpunished,” RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said. “The beatings that this reporter and his cameraman received while doing investigative reporting in the public interest put all of the region’s journalists in danger. The police must carry out an investigation and severely punish those responsible.” April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation News The assault took place after the brothers arrived at a school in the village of Kunvarsi. Men armed with sticks attacked Ashok as he waited outside the school while his brother went inside to talk to the principal. When Kuldip came out, he was also given a severe beating. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionViolence India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. The two TV9 journalists went to the village to investigate the alleged misuse of state funding for schools in tribal areas. To combat illiteracy and promote secular education among India’s disadvantaged tribes and castes, the state has been building and assisting schools since 1990. Follow the news on India The regional news broadcasting channel, TV9, exposes violences on journalist Kuldip Parmar. (Photos: Twitter/TV9) center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a brutal attack on two TV journalists who were investigating the suspected embezzlement of state funding for schools in a tribal area of Gujarat state, in western India. Those responsible must be arrested quickly, RSF said. One of the journalists, TV9 reporter Kuldip Parmar, was hospitalized with a broken leg after the attack on 4 October in which both he and his brother, cameraman Ashok Parmar, were badly beaten and temporarily abducted. The two journalists were then bundled into a car and taken to a nearby farm where they were forced to drink alcohol with a woman while being photographed for blackmail purposes. After being threatened, the injured journalists were finally dumped at the side of a road near another village. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 October 8, 2019 Two Indian journalists beaten while probing suspected school scam June 10, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionViolence News to go further Ashok has identified their main assailant as Vadansinh Barad, the brother of Lakshman Barad, the leader of the local branch of India’s ruling BJP party.last_img read more

Two more journalists kidnapped, one of them found murdered

first_img News May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reports MexicoAmericas Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Just a week after radio Línea Directa crime reporter José Luis Romero was kidnapped in the northern state of Sinaloa, two other journalists were kidnapped yesterday in Coahuila, another northern state, and one of them, Valentín Valdés Espinosa, was found dead today.According to his newspaper, the Zócalo de Saltillo daily, Valdés was found with a warning message pinned to his chest, a practice often used by drug traffickers. His colleague, whose name was withheld by the newspaper, was released a few hours after the abduction. The two journalists were driving home after work in the city of Saltillo when gunmen intercepted them at about 10:45 pm forced to get into their pickup. A third journalist who was with them was not abducted.“The year has begun tragically for Mexican journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The federal authorities are obliged to investigate this case as an armed group is involved. We hope they quickly identify those responsible.”Another Zócalo de Saltillo reporter, Rafael Ortiz Martínez, has never been found after he went missing in 2006. He had written several stories involving drug trafficking.Valdés, who helped to launch the Zócalo de Saltillo, was responsible for local coverage.A battleground between rival cartels for the control of drug-trafficking, northern Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous regions for journalists. A total of 60 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000 while 10 have gone missing since 2003. Mexico was ranked 137th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state January 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two more journalists kidnapped, one of them found murdered News Newslast_img read more

Peter Dills | Great Wine, Great Food, and Horse Racing Leading Up to The Breeders’ Cup This Weekend

first_img Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. top box 7 Peter Dills | Great Wine, Great Food, and Horse Racing Leading Up to The Breeders’ Cup This Weekend By PETER DILLS Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 5:34 am Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community News Business News If you have followed my adventures throughout Southern California you know I love three things: wine, great food, and horse racing.Just a few miles east of my home in Pasadena is my home away from home, the “Great Race Place” Santa Anita Racetrack. Established many years ago by horse breeder Lucky Baldwin, it burned down in 1912, and was resurrected in 1933 Charles Strub and a few friends who re-opened Santa Anita in 1934. Over the years, it has attracted many movie stars and been the background to many Hollywood movies. It’s where the Marx Brothers spent a day at the races. Fast forward to present day, Santa Anita will host the Superbowl of horse racing on November 4 and 5.The Breeders’ Cup has planned a few events to lead up to this great day in Santa Anita racing history. Zenyatta, arguably the greatest Santa Anita racehorse of all time, has an event named after her on November 3rd. The event is at a few blocks from the race track on N. First Ave. between Huntington Drive starts at 7:00 p.m., and is free of charge.On November 5th Pasadena Fan Fest takes place at the Pasadena Civic. The event is open to the public, with a $45 admission fee. One of my favorite 80’s cover bands, the Spazmatics, will be live. The event also includes food trucks, cash bars, and is limited to 1000 attendees. I’ll be there!November 2nd An evening with California Chrome is being held at a favorite local restaurant Matt Denny’s Alehouse on Huntington Drive. You can talk to owners Perry Martin and Frank Taylor, trainer Art Sherman, and jockey Victor Espinoza. Tickets are $100 and include hors d’oeuvresBreeders’ Cup is a day-long event and features top horses from all parts of the world. Tickets range from $10 to $400. Santa Anita Racetrack features many dining choices, or you can just have a drink while you are betting the horses. I recommend getting advance seats – it is the biggest party of the year! Call (626) 574-race for more details.Here are a few of my local choices for dining in the San Gabriel Valley:Paul Martin’s American Grill has a special Breeder’s Cup 3 course meal 455 S. Lake Ave Pasadena (626) 773-7600Parkway Grill considered by many as the Spago of the east. 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy. Pasadena (626) 795-1001“Dining with Dills” the Radio Show airs each and every Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. on Angeles Radio Station KLAA AM 830. You can get ahold of Peter through his website where you will find past articles and pictures from his culinary adventures. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newslast_img read more

So near, yet so far

first_img Comments are closed. So near, yet so farOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today FewHR executives are ever offered the top spot. SHRM’s president and CEO HelenDrinan was. She recalls her experienceInearly 1991, the stock of my organisation, Bank of Boston, was trading at $3 pershare, perilously close to the price at which shares are delisted from the NewYork Stock Exchange. What a devastating prospect that was for a proudorganisation in business for over 200 years! At the time, I was director ofcompensation and benefits for the organisation, a very challenging role under thefinancial circumstances. But the hidden benefit of that assignment was theproximity it gave me to the key leaders of the organisation’s ultimateturn-around – executive management and key members of the board of directors.Becausefinancial decisions regarding employees were critical to the continuation ofBank of Boston, I had the opportunity to work directly with these leaders, allof whom either were or would become CEOs. And I learned great lessons:leadership involves the exercise of wisdom and grace more than control andpower; people at the top of the organisation only succeed long term if peoplebeneath them see their values as true to the culture; and leading peoplethrough good times and bad depends more on integrity than charisma. By1993, Bank of Boston had returned to health and I was fortunate enough to benamed executive vice president of HR for the corporation. This position gave mean even closer opportunity to observe the work of the CEO, as my job evolvedinto that of confidante and business partner. I have come to believe that fewother executive positions – if any at all – offer such a privileged tutorial onthe role of the CEO. Day in, day out, there is continuous exposure to thechallenges and joys of this highest level of leadership. And how intoxicatingit can be! I know more than one HR executive who has caught the leadershipfever in this role, exclaiming to all “I could do that!”, even as thechallenges grow more diverse and complex.Buthow many senior HR practitioners will get that chance? Historically, few haverisen from the HR specialty to the CEO role; most have been so near that topspot and yet so very far away. But I believe that will change dramatically inthe coming decade. For HR practitioners who have expertise in workforcemanagement issues; who have got to know the business well, perhaps even throughline experience; and who have shared the responsibility for general businessdecisions, not just those in their field of technical specialty, I believe thedoors of executive leadership will begin to open. But it will require a strongcombination of expertise, experience and track record – just as it has forgenerations of would-be CEOs – to stand in the company of legitimate contendersfor the top spot.Themove from HR executive to CEO had great personal importance for me. When I leftmy role as the senior HR executive at BankBoston Corporation due to itscombination into what is now Fleet Boston Corporation, I assumed I wouldcontinue in a senior HR capacity, probably in financial services, for thebalance of my career.  Ironically, I waspursuing such an opportunity when the CEO role at the Society for HumanResource Management was offered to me. This career choice presented such aclassic dilemma: a role I had known and loved versus a role I had observed andadmired; security of the known versus risk of the unknown. AsI considered the choice, I felt really drawn to the role, which had been sonear and yet so far away. I had the right profile for the job – HR expertiseand experience coupled with a track record of accomplishment in the field. Ihad worked for a great corporation through prosperous and dangerous times. Ihad benefited from the tutelage of a CEO who taught by example how to lead andhow to draw out excellence from the workforce. And I had a variety of hands-onbusiness experiences in both small and large for-profit and not-for-profitentities. Ultimately,what convinced me to accept the CEO position at SHRM was the opportunity toaspire to what great CEOs have been able to achieve: bringing an organisationto heights of performance and contribution not yet seen. The fact that the HRexecutive supports that goal, while the CEO can actually make it happen, is thegreat differentiator.Weall recognise that today’s CEOs are under enormous pressure to deliver resultsquickly and consistently. There is little tolerance for error of any kind.Those of us in HR who choose to compete for this kind of challenge need to beprepared for that level of demand. But if we have already served effectivelyunder a capable CEO, we have an advantage over our competition: we have been sonear to the top that we can now make the leap to that spot which once seemedout of reach. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Two Top Educators Join Forces, Friendship, at Ocean City High School

first_imgNational Teacher of the Year for 2018, Mandy Manning, joins New Jersey Teacher of the Year for 2018, Amy Andersen, in her American Sign Language class at Ocean City High School for the day. By Maddy VitaleTwo teachers who have proven they have that special talent to touch the lives and minds of students joined forces, albeit just for a day, to teach a class at the Ocean City High School.Ocean City High School American Sign Language teacher Amy Andersen, who won the 2018 New Jersey Teacher of the Year award, invited National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning, of Spokane, Washington, to stay at her home since the two were attending a weekend state teachers’ conference in Princeton.“It didn’t take much convincing,” Manning said with a smile about Andersen’s invitation.The two of them chatted in between Andersen’s ASL classes Thursday afternoon. Manning, 42, teaches immigrants and refugees math and English at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. Her connection to Andersen runs deeper than the fact that they were both selected the best teachers in their home states in 2018.Mandy Manning signs with students.When Andersen notified the school of Manning’s attendance in her classroom, she explained how Manning had two students from Syria, a couple of years ago, who were born deaf. Manning arranged for their family to take an ASL class. To encourage their mother, Manning offered to attend the ASL class and did so for an entire year.During Andersen’s class, Manning spoke to the students about how they represent hope and how in her 19 years of teaching, connecting to children has always been her goal.“My kids do well because of my commitment. Socially, we have to be more interested in people,” she said.Then she said one thing that really struck her when she arrived in Ocean City was a feeling of community. “When I look around, there are front porches,” Manning said. “That excited me. People need to know their neighbors.”She told the students that teaching refugees and immigrants is important to the nation, which was built on people coming to America from all over.Students are engaged in signing during ASL teacher Amy Andersen’s lesson.Student Kayla Killian asked Manning what it has been like for her as National Teacher of the Year. Manning replied that it has been rewarding, but difficult, because the very thing that elevated her to top teacher in the nation took her away from her classroom to work on national education objectives.“I miss my kids. You’re not mine, but your mine,” Manning said with a chuckle. “Young people are the hope of the world.”Then it was Andersen’s turn at the head of the classroom, a place New Jersey’s top teacher in 2018 feels right at home.She signed to her students that it was time for “voice off.”Then they got down to business.During the lesson the students broke off into groups and their teacher, Amy Andersen, joined in.Andersen drew pictures on the whiteboard, had the students sign the answers and then they broke off into groups.Manning laughed while having difficulty with one of the signing lessons. The two women teach very different subjects, but they seem to have a lot in common.Their teachings resonate with hundreds of young students.For Manning, her former students visit her and proudly tell her how they gained United States citizenship. Andersen’s students have gone on to college to continue their training to teach ASL. They are following in their mentor’s footsteps.Visiting Ocean City and especially getting to see Andersen teach is a wonderful memory Manning said she will treasure.“It has really been an amazing time,” Manning said.Andersen certainly feels the same way, saying how great her friend is, as the two hugged.National Teacher of the Year for 2018, Mandy Manning, with sophomore, Lex Larcher, 15, who sketched a picture of her during the ASL class as a token of appreciation for her visit.last_img read more

CVPS rates to remain flat thanks to regulatory settlement

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service and the Vermont Department of Public Service have agreed to a rate settlement that will leave customer rates flat. In November, CVPS was authorized to increase its rates by one-third of a percent, while the DPS had suggested a decrease of 0.43 percent effective Jan. 1.Rates will remain unchanged pending Public Service Board approval of the settlement with the DPS. Accordingly, the bill for a residential customer who uses 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will remain $73.11.By comparison, the same customer would pay up to $83.16 elsewhere in Vermont, and as much as $117.45 elsewhere in New England, according to the Edison Electric Institute.CVPS’s rates will serve as the base rates for a new alternative regulation framework approved by the PSB in September. Under the plan, CVPS’s rates will be adjusted every quarter to account for specified changes in power costs, and annually for specified changes in other costs and earnings.The new regulatory framework includes incentives to encourage CVPS to become more efficient and share related savings with customers. As part of the settlement, the PSB will investigate CVPS’s employee levels to ensure the company continues to operate efficiently.last_img read more

Minor League Baseball season remains in limbo

first_img“We are hopeful in the next two or three days, decisions are made about Major League Baseball playing. Out of those decisions will come discussions about how we will execute the Minor League Baseball season, if in fact there will be one this year, which right now, we just simply don’t know.” Hughes is hopeful an agreement will be made within the next few days between MLB and the MLBPA, which will ultimately lead to a decision regarding minor league baseball. If the latter is the case, Hughes mentioned how many elements will have to be discussed, such as MLB incurring additional costs to pay MiLB players. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — There is still no official word on the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, as negotiations between Major League Baseball and and the MLB Players Association are ongoing. Hughes noted each day with no decision makes the window to play smaller and smaller, saying “time is ticking and the clock is not on our side.” Despite that, he is optimistic for a decision soon. The meeting’s purpose was to provide an update and discuss where things are heading in the future. “It’s all dependent upon the wants and needs of the Major League Baseball teams. If they’re actively playing and have a need for support players or taxi squads, than that’s really going to be detrimental to us. If they’re not going to play, perhaps there’s a window.” Today, an Eastern League Board of Directors meeting was held over the phone, which included Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes along with input from MiLB. Hughes said MiLB continues to lay out hypothetical options if a season is able to happen, adding they will be ready to go if possible. Hughes also reiterated playing with no fans is not an option. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Hughes said there is no set date or deadline the league would decide it’s too late to have a season, but admitted it’s difficult to remain optimistic as every day goes by without a decision. Within the league, Hughes said they have discussed what would happen if some teams had clearance to play, and some did not. If every location is not open to play, Hughes said they would make adjustments to those facilities allowed to have fans and allowed to play, and would accommodate teams if they were allowed to join in at a later date. Hughes says the official decision will come from MLB.last_img read more

Unai Emery reveals his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Barcelona defeat

first_imgArsenal were beaten by Barcelona in their final pre-season friendly (Picture: Getty)Arsenal took the lead at the Nou Camp through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but an own goal from Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a late Luis Suarez strike gave Barcelona victory.Following a season in which Arsenal finished fifth and lost the Europa League final to Chelsea, Emery has bolstered his squad with the signings of Pepe, William Saliba and Daniel Ceballos this summer.Highly-rated defender Saliba will not arrive at the Emirates until next year, however, after being loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 campaign.Arsenal remain interested in signing Kieran Tierney from Celtic before the summer transfer window closes on Thursday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked whether he was keen to sign another defender, Emery said following the Barcelona clash: ‘But it has not changed, our idea and our message.‘Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that. If not, then no.‘We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.‘Only, and only, if we can improve.’MORE: Arsenal fans tell Unai Emery to sell three players after Barcelona defeat Comment Advertisement Pepe trained with his new team-mates last week (Picture: Getty) Unai Emery reveals his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Barcelona defeatcenter_img Unai Emery has revealed his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe ahead of the new Premier League season.Ivory Coast winger Pepe became the Gunners’ most expensive signing in history last week when he completed a £72million move to the Emirates from Lille.The 24-year-old, who scored 35 goals in 74 Ligue 1 appearances, was left out of the Arsenal squad that was beaten 2-1 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Sunday.Speaking after the defeat, Emery said he would be ‘patient’ with Pepe but intended to work with his new signing throughout the week and utilise him in someway against Newcastle United next week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Tomorrow we are going to train together,’ Emery said. ‘Each day for him [Pepe] and for us is information we can save.‘We hope he can be [available] for this match [against Newcastle next Sunday]. With him, I want to be patient.‘He is in the same situation as the other players who have been coming in the last days. For example, Lucas Torreira, after one week of training today has his first ten minutes.‘With Pepe it’s the same. It’s better to be training and be working with us.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Aug 2019 11:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShareslast_img read more