Jensen third, Fitzgerald fourth for Marshfield girls golf at Osseo

first_imgClover Valley Golf LeagueMeet No. 2, Sept. 3 at Osseo Golf CourseTeam standings: 1. Stevens Point 187; 2. Stanley-Boyd 188; 3. Osseo-Fairchild 194; 4. Eau Claire Regis 198; 5. Marshfield 206; 6. D.C. Everest 240; 7. Wisconsin Rapids 296.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield scores: 1. Megan Ponkrandt (ECR) 40; 2. Katie Kiraly (SB) 42; 3. Ana Jensen (MAR) 44; 4. Jordyn Fitzgerald (MAR), Aly Wedward (OF) and Mary McDonald (SP) 45; 7. Brook Tuszka (SP) and Julia Szepieniec (ECR) 46; 9. Grace Eide (OF) 47; 10. Lily Bohlinger (OF), Jessica Barber (SP), Abbie Ter Maat (SP) and Julia Post (SB) 48; 18. Patty Bloczynski (MAR) 54; 26. Roma Shah (MAR) 63. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterOSSEO – Marshfield’s Ana Jensen shot a 44 to finish third and Jordyn Fitzgerald tied for fourth with a 45 as the Tigers took fifth at the second leg of the Clover Valley Golf League tournament Thursday at Osseo Golf Course.Megan Pokrandt of Eau Claire Regis won medalist honors with a 40, two shots ahead of Katie Kiraly of Stanley-Boyd. Fitzgerald tied Aly Wedward of Osseo-Fairchild and Mary McDonald of Stevens Point for fourth.Stevens Point won the team title with a 187, one shot ahead of Stanley-Boyd. Marshfield finished with a 206, eight shots out of fourth.Patty Bloczynski had a 54 and Roma Shah shot a 63 to round out Marshfield’s scoring.The third leg of the CGVL tournament is Tuesday at Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Learning from Twitter’s Decline

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Reports this week suggest that the number of tweets per day created by Twitter’s users has fallen by more than half since a peak in August 2014, according to a sampling of data from Twitter’s API. It’s hardly surprising, as both the media and tech sector have been charting and predicting its downward trajectory for several years. This is in addition to hits on the stock exchange in 2014, a change of CEO in 2015, the debacle regarding the identity 2013 of Boston Marathon bomber, and persistent reports of bullying via twitter from the general public, politicians and celebrities. Whatever statistical or financial report you choose to read, it’s a sobering lesson for those creating new technology. An analysis of Twitter so far can provide something of a cautionary tales for those working in new media, wearables, IoT or any of the new technologies that are currently being developed. It demonstrates the importance of nurturing not only your product but also the ecosystem that surrounds it. Your (Perceived) Changes May Work To Your AdvantageThe #RIPTwitter debacle may be a blessing in disguise. The hashtag hit the social media on Saturday after an article from Buzzfeed stating that Twitter would soon prioritise the Tweets that appear on a user’s timeline based on algorithms. Essentially, under the reported new system, you’d see Tweets that Twitter thinks you’d like, rather than in the current reverse-chronological order similar to how posts on Facebook timelines are organizedIt’s the most attention Twitter has received from its users in a while and shows the need to keep communicating with your audience or customers. That Jack Dorsey chose to correct the misinformation with some immediacy, on a weekend to boot, also wins him extra brownie points. Take Ownership Of Your Complaints But Also, Look At The FlipsideI’ve heard Twitter called a ‘shouting gallery’ of noisy spambots, celebrity gossip, and trolls, devoid of real interactive communication. People talk about feeling lonely on Twitter. However the flipside of this noise and attention is apparent in the success of live twitter feeds for political debates, sporting events like The SuperBowl, and the sheer pleasure in following an amusing hashtag discussion.Curated experiences like hashtag following have more resonance than an everyday newsfeed where it’s easy to lose the flow. Twitter could optimise on this strength through providing a range of options for a curated experience. These could include easier mechanisms to view and edit those followed, a “more like this” API, the option for breakout topics in a separate tab and a ‘read later’ API for news links, to name but a few ideas. People are still talking in Twitter and sharing thoughts and opinions but in a different way. In facilitating these kinds of opportunities, Twitter would be building on some of their strengths while staying true to the core goals of facilitating succinct communication amongst account holders. Don’t Just Let Them Talk, Make Sure You ListenAs a platform, Twitter has controlled its users from the get go, from the length of tweets to the number of accounts that can be followed, to the facilitation of abbreviations and hashtags. It has not only shaped how people use the platform but also their expectations of it.Where it has failed is a lack of listening – listening to account holders and what they want and most importantly, engaging with not only people with inactive accounts but those who have closed their accounts. Why aren’t they asking people to rate their experiences and offer recommendations? Why are they failing to respond to opportunities to get meaningful data? Every person that registers an account but uses it only rarely or deletes their account is a lost opportunity if there is no engagement. Consider Abuse Over The Entire Lifecycle Of Your ProductTwitter has been long accused of failing to take abuse on the social network seriously. Even then CEO Dick Costolo recognized the epidemic and admitted: “We suck at dealing with abuse.” Twitter created a partnership with the nonprofit Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) in 2014 to address issues of online bullying and harassment. Twitter granted WAM! an authorized harassment reporter status. From November 6 to November 26, 2014, they took in reports of Twitter-based harassment, assessed them, and escalated reports as necessary to Twitter for special attention. The subsequent report is interesting if unpleasant reading. It involved 811 incoming reports of harassment and discussed a range of issues such as different kinds of harassment (including doxxing), problems with duplicate reports and those sent by a bot (over 250), the problems of evidence for both reporting to Twitter and law enforcement, and the impact of reviews cases upon staff. Not surprisingly members of the WAM! staff and board themselves received harassment on Twitter as a result of the reporting project including hate speech, distribution of photoshopped images and false information, and rape and death threats. Since the report, Twitter has made a number of changes the process of abuse reporting, from simplified forms to making it easier to report threats to law enforcement. Twitter has also cracked down on doxxing and revenge porn with changes to its usage policies in March 2015. People who get caught posting other people’s identifying information, intimate videos and photos without their consent will have their accounts locked until they delete the offending posts. And repeat offenders will get suspended from Twitter. For the revenge porn, Twitter will take stuff down without a DMCA request as long as the person complaining verifies that it’s them in the photos or videos.It is imperative that anyone wanting to create new technology in the long term, whether it be IoT, a new form of internet communication, subcutaneous wearables or blockchain structures is able to anticipate and to some extent predict what could go wrong over with a product over a lifetime.Focus On The Capabilities Of Your Product To Do GoodPerhaps Twitter’s (and by virtue Periscope’s) greatest strength is its ability to connect people in situations that benefit from leaderless self-organising and direct action but rely on public communication like the Arab Spring or the #blacklivesmatter campaign. Twitter’s ability to create a platform for civilians on the ground reporting cannot be underestimated. This is further strengthened by its partnership with Periscope, whose founders came up with the idea while traveling abroad in 2013. Kayvon Beykpour was in Istanbul when protests broke out in Taksim Square. He wanted to see what was happening there, so he turned to Twitter. While he could read about the protests, he could not see them. These kinds of benefits are tangible and effective and can reinforce the benefits of Twitter at a time when it is accused of lacking an engaged audience. Likewise, most new technology has great capacity for social action through its functionality or the scope of its audience or consumer basis. It will be interesting to see what Twitter comes up with next. There’s still a need for it in a space of crowded social media if the member-led hash tweet campaigns are anything to go by. People don’t react to change unless they are invested in the outcome and people have shown that they want Twitter to stay- for the time being.  The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#hashtag#Periscope#twitter Cate Lawrencelast_img read more

Pharmaceutical Company CEO’s Case Remanded to Determine Willful Failure to File FBAR; Civil Willfulness Standard Applies (Bedrosian, CA-3)

first_imgA pharmaceutical company CEO’s case was remanded to determine if he willfully failed to file an accurate Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account (FBAR). In a case of first impression, it was determined that to prove a willful FBAR violation, the government must satisfy the civil willfulness standard, which includes both knowing and reckless conduct.The individual had two Swiss bank accounts, but he only reported one for the tax year at issue. He was required to file an FBAR, because he was a U.S. citizen with a financial interest in a bank account in a foreign country that contained more than $10,000. The District Court ruled that the individual was not liable for the penalty for failing to file an accurate FBAR, because the government had failed to show that the individual acted willfully.Willful FBAR violationThe District Court compared the individual’s behavior to the conduct of other individuals who were subject to civil FBAR penalties, and determined that the government had not shown whether the individual failed to act willfully. However, it was unclear whether the district court evaluated the individual’s conduct under the correct legal standard for willfulness. Specifically, under the objective civil standard for willfulness, the district court did not determine whether:(1) the individual clearly ought to have known that(2) there was a grave risk that an accurate FBAR was not being filed, and(3) if he was in a position to find this out for certain very easily.JurisdictionFurther, it was determined that federal court jurisdiction over an action challenging the IRS’s assessment of civil FBAR penalties did exist in this case, because the District Court had independent jurisdiction over the government’s counterclaim. However, the question of whether jurisdiction was established in the District Court when the individual filed suit to challenge the FBAR penalty before fully paying the penalty was not decided on appeal.Remanding a DC Pa. decision, 2017-2 ustc ¶50,349.A. Bedrosian, CA-3Other References:31 USC 5311-5332CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶36,555.33Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC FILEBUS: 9,108.30Login 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

Opinion: Tackle fixing menace first in domestic circuit

first_imgBaron Paul Condon, former head of the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), has set the cat among the pigeons with his disclosure that match-fixing and spotfixing in cricket was not only rampant in the 1990s and the first decade of this millennium, but also that most international teams were involved in this.He has also been emphatic that spot-fixing has its roots in county cricket, and was further fuelled by the growth of T20 cricket.It would not be impertinent to ask what Condon did to arrest this problem in his near-decade long stint as chief of the ACU. Indeed, why did it take him so long to make these observations public even as the game was being torn asunder by corruption? It would be a disservice to the sport if his research findings and assessments had been stored away as memorabilia for posterity, not affirmative action when he was heading the ACU.Nevertheless, Condon’s revelations have busted the myths that match/spot fixing is essentially a sub-continental phenomenon to which players from other countries are only innocent (or silent) bystanders.Ever since late Hansie Cronje’s nefarious activities were accidentally exposed by the Delhi police in 2000 (Condon’s appointment as ACU chief was a consequence of this), there has been sustained typecasting that the sub-continent is the hub of match-fixing.While the rise of the Asian illegal betting mafia has been well documented and is a fact, the assumption that only players from this region would be largely corrupt is ill-founded: it doesn’t take a degree to understand that greed is independent of race, colour or nationality.advertisementWith cricket boards ranged against each other in a power struggle, or for reasons of dubious national interest, the collective will to fight the menace was lacking and many offenders went scotfree. While a relook at some old cases (as the Delhi police has claimed it will in the Cronje matter) would still be worthwhile, in a broader sense, I think the second aspect of Condon’s revelation – where he mentions domestic cricket as the springboard for corruption – may be more significant in salvaging the future.Condon talks of how corruption is perhaps commonplace in English county cricket. Sharp practices on the county circuit (Imran Khan using a bottle cap to scuff the ball, others like John Lever using vaseline to get extra shine from Essex to Test matches in India) are well known, but Condon says that cheating for money too had crept in via spot-fixing.Domestic cricket in other countries too has not been above suspicions. The early part of this season has been engaged in unraveling the mystery behind Goa captain Swapnil Asnodkar inexplicably declaring his team’s innings in the sixth over when the victory target was 130 from 19. Corruption, it is widely believed, is institutionalised in Pakistan’s domestic cricket. Unsavoury reports have also emerged about problems in Australian cricket.Players who get away by cheating at the domestic level are more likely to be emboldened to do it at the global level too. The flip side is that players who don’t make it to the highest level and miss out on the massive financial rewards, could be tempted into hanky-panky because nobody is watching. The decision by the Australian and Pakistan boards to have an anti-corruption unit monitoring domestic cricket has not come a day too soon. It might not help in eradicating corruption completely. But every little bit helps.last_img read more