WCU’s School of Stage and Screen to present drama ‘Really Really’

first_imgStudents and faculty from Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen will be staging the hard-hitting drama “Really Really” beginning Thursday, March 22, and continuing through Sunday, March 25, in the Studio Theatre of WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.Written by New York-based playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo, the fictional story centers on the consequences of a big party at an elite university, when a female student accuses a male member of the school’s rugby team of an act of sexual aggression.In a 2012 article for The Washington Post, Jessica Goldstein wrote that Colaizzo’s play “occupies the intersection between violence and intimacy, perhaps the most terrifying crossroads imaginable.” The plot, Goldstein wrote, “hinges on an allegation of a sexual nature that may or may not be true, because everyone involved has memories of that night that are foggy like a window after a rain, blurred by beer and sleep and, perhaps, a subconscious desire to forget.”Performances at WCU are set for 7:30 p.m. March 22-24 and at 3 p.m. March 25. The play is intended for mature audiences only and includes a scene with a graphic depiction of rape that some audience members may find disturbing. The play is not suitable for younger audiences.The production, part of the School of Stage and Screen’s Mainstage theatre season, will be directed by Colin Wasmund of the school’s faculty.Tickets are $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors, and $20 for all others. For tickets or more information, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or visit bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.last_img read more

JCT Releases Comparison of House and Senate Versions of Tax Reform

first_imgThe Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released its comparison of the House and Senate versions of tax reform on December 7. The 51-page report outlines which provisions are “in” and “out” of the respective versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Creation Bill (HR 1), as passed by the House on November 16 (TAXDAY, 2017/11/17, C.1) and by the Senate on December 2 (TAXDAY, 2017/12/04, C.1).Committee ReportsBecause of the unusual sprint toward passage by House and Senate leadership of their respective versions of HR 1, the usual “committee reports” for both House and Senate versions have not been available. Available statutory language for many of the provisions is difficult to parse, although, in the end, statutory language controls rather than any explanation presented by the JCT. Nevertheless, the JCT comparison provides a valuable resource in determining what the conference committee on HR 1 will be facing in negotiation over the coming days.House and Senate Versions of Tax ReformThe comparison of the House and Senate bills in JCX-64-17, is divided into four sections:– individual tax reform;– business tax reform;– taxation of foreign income and foreign persons; and,– exempt organizations.Within each of those sections, provisions are subdivided into three categories:– provisions for which there are no differences between the House bill and the Senate amendment;– provisions for which there are differences between the House bill and the Senate amendment; and– provisions unique to each bill.The JCT grouped provisions into each of the three categories by focusing on provisions that may be substantively the same, even though they may differ in their legislative language or effective date. And, provisions that may have differences that are “substantial in nature” in the judgment of the Joint Committee staff. For example, the JCT singled out within its “Individual Tax Reform” section, 15 provisions without differences, 17 provisions with substantial differences, and 18 provisions unique to the House bill and 11 unique provisions unique to the Senate bill.JCT Comparison of the House- and Senate-Passed Versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, JCX-64-17Login 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

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

A closer look at SCCM SP2: The more subtle changes with SCCM SP2

Provision 802.1x settings on AMT wireless clients during AMT provisioning Enable or Disable Audit Log (no critical event settings) Send 802.1x settings operations to the Intel translator on AMT systems with revisions earlier than 3.2.1 Access Monitor: Audit Log However, Microsoft has also made some more subtle changes between SCCM SP1 and SP2 to improve the end user experience that you may have not notice. Set the wireless information during AMT provisioning and configure all required profile settings (SSID, key management, encryption, etc. End Point Access Control: 802.1x support –Matt Royer Send wireless profile operations to the Intel translator on AMT systems with revisions earlier than 3.2. Data Store (3PDS) Power State Configuration View Audit Log through OOB Console Write string data into 3PDS on AMT through OOB management console This information is based on Microsoft’s Release Candidate of System Center Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 and is subject to change.There are several new features / changes that are coming with ConfigMgr SP2 related to AMT / vPro functionality.  As noted in previous articles, some of the more obvious changes are:OOB Wireless Management: Wireless Profile Management In-band Provisioning attempt schedule:  With SCCM SP1, in-band provisioning was hard coded to initiate once every 24 hours.  SCCM SP2 now supports the ability to set the provisioning attempt schedule to a configurable value within the Out of Band Management Properties – Provisioning Schedule Tab.Handling wired and wireless contented clients with in-band provisioning:  To provision an AMT / vPro client with SCCM 2007, first stage provisioning must be completed on the wired interface.  With SCCM 2007 SP2, the wired interface information will be sent along with the AMT One Time Password (OTP) during agent initiated in-band provisioning.  Second stage provisioning can then occur over either wireless or wired interface (which one is resolved by DNS).Out of Band Provisioning disabled by default:  The ability to use Out of Band provisioning (provisioning through AMT hello packet initiation) is configurable and defaulted to disabled with SCCM 2007 SP2.  If you are using Out of Band provisioning, you will need to enable it after upgrading from SCCM SP1 to SCCM SP2.  This is configured on the Out of Band Management Properties – General Tab.Opening the Out of Band Console ensures an updated Kerberos token:  With SCCM SP1, occasionally you would run into a scenario where the Out of Band Management Console would attempt to connect with an expired or involved Kerberos token; this would prevent OOB Console from properly authenticating with the AMT / vPro Client.  This was common if you tried to connect to an AMT / vPro client immediately after an AMT client reprovision.  The Out of Band Management Console with SCCM SP2 now refreshes the Kerberos token to ensure a proper connection.AMT / vPro client provisioning prevented if Configuration Manager Client is blocked or not approved:  If an SCCM client is block or not approved within with the site server, SCCM will not allow you provision an AMT / vPro client.AMT PKI Certificates are revoked during an Update Management Controller:  If you have wired or wireless 802.1x authentications being used, SCCM will revoke these certificates and new certificate will be requested & issued.  As a clarifying note, the AMT TLS certificate used to secure the manageability traffic will not be revoked during this process.Power control available for collection execution:  SCCM SP2 now allows the execution of an AMT power control on an entire collection just by right clicking on the collection and selecting Out of Band Management -> Power Control.  Previously with SCCM SP1, you were required to multi-select all the clients in that collection to perform the same function.Serial over LAN (SOL) requires manual initiation with the Out of Band Management Console:  With SCCM SP1, when you opened the Out of Band Management Console, the SOL session was automatically started.  In SCCM SP2, you are now required to open and close the Serial over LAN connection via a new button or with the new Tools menu option.IDE-Redirect Log renamed: What was previous known as the System Audit Log in SCCM SP1 within the Out of Band Management Console has been renamed to IDE-Redirect Log.  This was done to allow the AMT Audit Log to assuming that name.Working with AMT Data Storage: Within SCCM SP2, you are now able to interact with the AMT / vPro 3rd Party Data Store through the new button added in Out of Band Management Console labeled Data Storage.  Note that the data storage is limited to ASCII characters and length of 4096 bytes. Provide configuration of up to eight (8) wireless profiles per site that are available to AMT clients assigned to that site Remote Power Management read more

TFA National Participation Survey

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is currently implementing a comprehensive Market Research Program (MRP) through the TFA Business Development and Marketing portfolio. The purpose is to conduct research programs/projects through regular surveys and data gathering initiatives to provide critical evidence-based findings. These results will shape the vision and future direction of the sport and inform the development of the new 2015-2020 Strategic and Participation Plans.As communicated in a memorandum to our membership in June 2015 (see attached), TFA and the University of Canberra will be undertaking the first critical phase of this research program: the National Participation Survey in the coming weeks. This body of research will analyse national participation for 2014/15 with the overall intent to develop an in-depth understanding of current participation demographics, the key drivers of participation, and participant behaviour which will be tracked over time.Individuals that have registered in a TFA affiliated competition via Touch Football Online (TFO) and have opted in to communication from TFA in the last 12 months will shortly receive an email from the University of Canberra regarding this survey.TFA assures members that this research complies with the TFA Privacy Policy (2014)  and at no time will member’s personal information be used for any means other than to collect anonymous participation data about our sport.The survey is optional however we encourage all members to complete the survey as the findings/evidence from this research will help improve our competitions and product delivery.The amended table below highlights the key timings/dates of the participation survey, as follows. On behalf of Touch Football Australia, thank you for your cooperation in this critical process. If you have any questions contact Tim Wyld at: [email protected] or 02 6212 2800. Related Filesnational_participation_survey_memo-pdfRelated LinksParticipation Surveylast_img read more

10 months agoSarri plays down Chelsea move for ‘wonderful player’ Higuain

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Sarri plays down Chelsea move for ‘wonderful player’ Higuainby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would not be drawn on a possible move for Gonzalo Higuain.The Blues have been linked with a striker all season, with the Higuain rumors coming from the Italian press.But Sarri denied to speak about such a possibility during his latest press conference.When asked about Higuain, Sarri said: “I like him very much, he is a wonderful player and man. “But I don’t want to talk about Higuain. “I have two and a half strikers at the moment, Higuain plays for Milan.” last_img

13 days agoHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping list

first_imgHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City midfielder Jarrod Bowen is high on Newcastle United’s January shopping list.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle plan to support Steve Bruce in the January transfer window, with recruitment planning already under way at St James’ Park.Steve Nickson has begun the process of compiling target lists with United looking at midfield options and also potential forward additions.One name fed into summits is Bowen, who is entering the final year of his contract. But the Tigers have an option to trigger another year, which they plan to do.Bowen would tick every Newcastle box and is understood to be open to the idea of a move to St James’ Park – but whether United would extend to the reported £20million fee is another matter. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Carmelo Anthony Isnt Underrated But Hes Not Overrated Either

Carmelo Anthony raised eyebrows this week when he told ESPN’s Chris Broussard, “I think I’m the most underrated superstar that’s out there.”Oh, really?Anthony, who plays for the New York Knicks, is a devastating scorer and trails only Kevin Durant and LeBron James in points per game over the past five NBA seasons, but he’s also a polarizing player in the age of advanced analytics, which place increased emphasis on efficiency. While Anthony puts a lot of points on the board, he also takes a lot of shots. He’s one of the chief practitioners of the dreaded midrange jumper, a generally low-yield attempt that statheads have long decried as the worst kind of shot.These are some reasons why, depending on the statistic being employed, you could make the case that Anthony is one of the most overrated superstars in the NBA. Among the 12 players with at least four All-Star nods in the last five seasons, Anthony ranks 10th in Basketball-Reference.com’s Win Shares per 48 minutes, an advanced statistic that places a premium on offensive efficiency. (Similarly, economist David Berri’s Wins Produced model considers Anthony a well-below-average player over the course of his career.)But as FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver has written in the past — specifically when Anthony was a member of the Denver Nuggets — Anthony does in fact have a tendency to be underrated by advanced metrics that don’t properly value the positive influence he has on his teammates’ efficiency rates:What is missing from formulas [that focus heavily on efficiency] is an account of what Anthony does to the rest of the Nuggets. Because he is able to score from anywhere in the court, Anthony draws attention and defenders away from his teammates, sometimes leaving them with wide-open shots. He also allows them to be more selective about the shots that they choose to take, since they know that Anthony can usually get a respectable shot off before the 24-second clock expires if needed. … These effects produce a profound increase in the efficiency of Anthony’s supporting cast when he is on the floor.The in-between element of Anthony’s game may also open things up for his teammates. I’ve found evidence that, even after controlling for a player’s own rates of usage, shooting efficiency and assists, his tendency toward midrange attempts is a positive variable when predicting his on-court impact on overall team shooting and turnover percentages. Essentially, the more of a midrange game a player has (all else being equal), the more he helps his team shoot well and avoid giveaways. This is part of why Anthony shows up as the NBA’s 18th-best offensive player according to Real Plus-Minus (RPM), a statistic that estimates a player’s influence on team efficiency while on the floor.Having said all that, Anthony is far from the most underrated star in the game. He’s a big-time scorer playing in the most high-profile city in America. His placement in ESPN’s annual #NBARank straw poll typically exceeds his ranking in RPM. His contract pays him exactly what he’ll be worth, to the likely detriment of the Knicks going forward. Charitably speaking, Anthony might just be rated properly.The NBA’s true most underrated superstar is far more likely to be a player such as Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks; Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, whose greatness is still not always fully appreciated; or LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, all of whom ranked highly in RPM a season ago but have not gotten commensurate respect in this year’s #NBARank voting.Perhaps realizing this, Anthony backed off from his earlier statements on Thursday: Anthony is right. He is who we think he is. read more

Football JK Dobbins carrying Ohio State offense through first three games

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFreshman running back J.K. Dobbins again made it known early on that he was going to have a major impact on the success of Ohio State’s offense.After his first play of the game netted the team six yards, he carried the ball 36 yards three plays later to set his team up inside the red zone.The rest of the game, it was more of the same as Dobbins continued to run all over the Army defense en route to a 172-yard game, spread out over just 13 carries and notching two of the team’s five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 victory over the Black Knights.“He’s a perfect tailback. He’s a space player that we need,” coach Urban Meyer said. Though Dobbins finished the game with eye-popping numbers, it took the offense a while to put the ball in his hands. The first-year running back finished the first half with just seven rushes for 63 yards, though he did make one rush count as it went for a 2-yard touchdown.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) celebrates with senior offensive linebacker Jamarco Jones (74) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut he kicked off the third quarter with a bang, carrying the first handoff of the team’s first second-half drive 22 yards to Ohio State’s 48-yard line before taking the next handoff 52 yards to the house to cap off the drive to put the Buckeyes ahead 24-7.To Dobbins, the run required just as much effort from him as it did from his teammates.“I saw that my teammates were blocking very well for me, and then I just had to beat one person,” Dobbins said. “I kind of pride myself on beating the first person that gets there to me, so it was off to the races after that.”This type of production is hardly anything new for the true freshman.This season, he has totalled 425 yards on 55 carries (7.72 average yards per carry) with six rushes going for at least 20 yards. His first game broke an Ohio State record for most yards by a true freshman in his debut game, and his 13.2 average yards per carry against Army was a higher single-game average than former Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott averaged in any game.With hot starts and impressive stat lines being a regular occurrence, it comes as no surprise Dobbins has been compared to the current Dallas Cowboys’ star, but nonetheless, Dobbins has been humbled by the praise.“Zeke, he’s a legend here, and he’s such a great player. And you know, before I came here, I wanted to be like Zeke,” Dobbins said. “I knew I’d get a good start, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHow much the offense sees from Dobbins still remains somewhat of a mystery. Though redshirt sophomore Mike Weber has been held to only seven carries for 42 yards due to a lingering hamstring injury, he has continued to be listed as the co-starting running back on the team’s weekly depth chart and has been seen frequently running pre-game drills with the starters. Regardless of who is slotted in as the top running back for the team, wide receiver Terry McLaurin said he feels confident that Dobbins will make the most of any role he is used in and will continue to be a boost to the offense.“He’s that home run hitter that you want back there,” McLaurin said. “Him and Mike are a great one-two punch and you know if you do your job on the perimeter, he’s going to make one guy miss and he’s going to turn on the jets and do what he does and we’re just excited to have him on our side.” read more

Mourinho denies having anything to do with agents comments

first_imgJose Mourinho claims he had nothing to do with his agent’s comments regarding his Manchester United futureThe Portuguese coach has come under increased scrutiny this season with United eight points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea in the Premier League.While United have fared better in Europe, this hasn’t stopped reports spreading that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to succeed Mourinho at Old Trafford.Speaking on his client, Jorge Mendes made a rare statement last week in which he denied that United were unhappy with Mourinho and that the former Chelsea coach remains content to stay on.But, apparently, not even Mourinho himself was aware of Mendes’ statement.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Which statement?,” said Mourinho on the Belfast Telegraph, when asked about the intention behind Mendes’ statement.“No, I’ve nothing to do with the statement. It’s Jorge’s statement, not my statement.”As for whether he knew of Mendes’ plans, Mourinho added: “No, I didn’t know. I didn’t know at all and I don’t care about it.”Mourinho will lead his United side out against Valencia tonight in their Group H finale of the Champions League.last_img read more