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The tax relief bill approved by Congress last week extends tax credits to wind energy and ethanol producers.Among the states expected to benefit from the extension are Texas, the nation’s leading wind energy producer, and Iowa, the leading ethanol maker.advertisementadvertisement However, inaction for months caused companies to lay off workers anticipating the tax breaks would go away.The American Wind Energy Association said as many as 37,000 jobs could have been lost beginning in the first quarter of the year if the production tax credits had not been renewed. The wind industry employs about 75,000 workers.Governors from 28 states had called on Congress to renew the wind production tax credit – or PTC – which was first enacted in 1992 and supported by prominent Republicans. Lately, however, conservative House Republicans have opposed renewal of the wind credits and elimination was written into the GOP party platform in August.The PTC is an income tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of electricity production from large-scale wind turbines.The bill allows companies to apply for the credit if they begin construction on a plant in 2013 and finish it by the end of 2014. Earlier versions would have required construction to be finished by the end of the year to qualify for the credit.The bill also extends a $1.01-per-gallon tax credit for cellulosic ethanol made from corn plants, grasses, wood and sources other than corn kernels. The bill adds algae as another source material that will be eligible for the tax credit.advertisementEthanol makers will be allowed to continue to depreciate equipment for new plants placed in service in 2013, and the bill extends biodiesel production tax incentives for two years. Those measures are aimed at encouraging increased production of fuel from renewable sources.Gas stations that want to install pumps capable of distributing E85, which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline or those who add 15 percent ethanol – or E15 – pumps also can get a tax credit under the bill. PD—From AP Newsfinder
His entry will be a welcome addition for the Bolts, who ranked in the bottom half of rebounding after only hauling 45.4 boards per outing last conference.“He’s a natural rebounder and he gives us the same game we needed from our imports like Arinze Onuaku and Allen Durham. We’re very excited for him,” Trillo said.Meralco is seeking to replicate or even surpass last season’s semifinal finish in the second conference as it tries to put behind its forgettable 3-8 outing this past Philippine Cup. RAMADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco secures the services of 6-foot-10 Alex Stepheson for the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Photo from Meralco Bolts’ official Twitter account.Seeking to solve its rebounding woes in the import-laden conferences, Meralco caught a big fish as it signed Alex Stepheson for the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Team manager Paolo Trillo confirmed the news as the Bolts get a much needed boost down low with the acquisition of the 6-foot-10 slotman.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We wanted to bring him in last year. He was one of our top options, but we had a hard time signing him because he got called up,” he said.Stepheson saw action for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers after racking in hardware in his stops in Slovenia and Turkey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 29-year-old has also displayed his mastery in the paint, leading the 2016 season of the NBA D-League in rebounding with 13.8 boards per game, while also averaging 15.9 points, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 assists for the Iowa Energy, en route to being named in that season’s All-NBA D-League First Team.Stepheson last saw action for Guangzhou Long Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Jones calls out Silva, wants to co-main McGregor-Mayweather card Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely
Anne-Marie Baird, a Donegal scientist and patient advocate based in Dublin, is holding the 3rd Donegal Shines a Light on Lung Cancer event in Glenveagh National Park on Saturday November 24th.Over the past two years this event has increased the profile of lung cancer in Donegal, while also raising over 6,000 euro for lung cancer research at St. James’s hospital.The continued aim of this event is to help increase awareness around lung cancer and to fight the stigma associated with this disease. Each year in Ireland, over 2,500 people are diagnosed with the disease and it accounts for more than 1,800 deaths, which is more than breast and prostate cancer combined.The outline of the event is as follows: the visitor’s centre will open at 5.30pm, with informal awareness talks at 6pm in the AV room. A walk will follow to the castle, with ‘shine a light’ taking place at the front of the castle.Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Kilmacrennan hall (opposite the thatched cottages).Shine a Light on Lung Cancer is an initiative from Lung Cancer Alliance in Washington DC and this is the third time that the event will be held in Ireland. Money raised on the night will support the Marie Keating Foundation’s Listen To Your Lungs campaign. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook www.facebook.com/donegalsal and Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/donegal-shines-a-light-on-lung-cancer-tickets-52193278501 pages.This event has been made possible through the support of Glenveagh National Park, The Irish Red Cross, Lung Cancer Alliance, the Marie Keating Foundation.Donegal Shines a Light on Lung Cancer this weekend was last modified: November 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:anne-marie bairddonegalglenveagh national parklung cancer
Pretsch knocks in game-winning run for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Jordan Pretsch drove in Kaitlyn Konrardy for the winning run in the eighth inning to lift the Marshfield softball team to a 4-3 victory over Eau Claire North in a nonconference game Monday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Marshfield scored once in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 before walking it off in the eighth for its third-straight win to improve to 5-1 this season. North drops to 2-6.Emily Draeger and Maddie Mews each had two hits for the Tigers, who had 10 in all.Megan Donahue earned the win on the mound for Marshfield, striking out nine and scattering seven hits.Marshfield plays a Wisconsin Valley Conference game at D.C. Everest on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 4, Huskies 3 (8 inn.)Eau Claire North 000 120 00 – 3 7 2Marshfield 101 000 11 – 4 10 2WP: Megan Donahue.SO: Donahue 9. BB: Donahue 2.Top hitters: ECN, Fischer 2×4. M, Emily Draeger 2×4; Maddie Mews 2×3.Records: Eau Claire North 2-6; Marshfield 5-1.
There will be a travelling three-dimensional reconstruction of the prison cell where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years behind bars.The initiative comes 19 years after the end of apartheid, as a “born-free” generation – those young South Africans born into a democratic nation – deals with 21st century concerns rather than looking back on its history.(Images: Cape Town Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jacqueline Cawston Serious Games Institute +27 16 910 3277RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela prison anniversary marked • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Mandela TV series to start production • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • MK: in pursuit of libertyCadine PillayA multimedia project, Mandela 27, will bring the tales of Robben Island to life digitally as part of a new international campaign. Mandela 27 aims to highlight the social events that influenced change in South Africa and Europe during Mandela’s 27 years in prison.It was in launched at Cape Town’s gateway to Robben Island and will draw on cultural links between South Africa and Europe during the apartheid era. It is estimated it will cost about R5-million; part of the funding will come from the European Union.Mandela 27 partners are the Robben Island Museum, Britain’s Coventry University, the European Union’s Cultural Programme, Belgium’s Creative Stories project, and Elderberry, a content developer.Mandela’s travelling prison cellMost of the stories will be told through an interactive website with a map interlinking events of activism in South Africa and Europe.There will also be a video game that will be used as an educational tool to teach children about the island and anti-apartheid activists.Letters, poems and stories from the former political prisoners written between 1960 and 1990 will be exhibited at the Robben Island Museum Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and on the island.There will also be a travelling three-dimensional reconstruction of the prison cell where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years behind bars.The game and other digital components will be ready by February 2014, while the cell will start travelling in May 2014.Thousands of tourists visit Mandela’s former cell on Robben Island, a UN world heritage site almost 10km from the mainland.The replica of the cell will be a low-budget affair made of plywood but will feature information panels and multimedia exhibits. The travelling cell is likely to be displayed in schools, libraries and museums.The video game is described as a serious game in the style of a graphic novel, and not purely for entertainment. Based on interviews with former prisoners, it features five recurring elements of life in the remote jail: prisoners were not allowed to see children; they craved physical activity including football; education was a key pursuit; communications were heavily censored so that messages had to be smuggled; and hunger strikes were used to make existence bearable.It is being developed by South African students with help from the Serious Games Institute based at Coventry University’s technology park in the United Kingdom.Cultural lesson for born-freesThe initiative comes 19 years after the end of apartheid, as a “born-free” generation – those young South Africans born into a democratic nation – deals with 21st century concerns rather than looking back on its history.Elderberry’s David Powell said the target audience was 16- to 25-year-olds as the events took place before they were born. But, he added, players should not expect to find themselves in the role of Mandela himself as it was more likely that anonymous characters would be used.The untold talesJacqueline Cawston, the programmes director at the Serious Games Institute, stayed on Robben Island for three days during her research, and insists the story of the cultural events has not been told.“The way that we’re telling it will be engaging to an audience that hasn’t read history books and weren’t alive at this time,” she said. “The whole point of the project is to get the message out there. This graphic novel will depict life as it was on Robben Island.”Sibongiseni Mkhize, the museum’s chief executive, added: “This comes at a time when we are trying to improve the manner of how we tell what happened at Robben Island.”He said the project was about sharing untold stories of those imprisoned on the island for their political activism. It was also a way of creating inter-cultural dialogue internationally and sharing knowledge. “All those things were political.The poems, songs were a way for the political prisoners to get their message outside,” Mkhize said. “We want to tell story of not just Mr Mandela, but the values which he and other political prisoners shared on Robben Island.”There were plans for a reunion of former prisoners on the island later this year. Mandela, who was recently in hospital for tests, had not been consulted about the project but his foundation was aware of it.
HomeDigital MarketingApple Reports Best Quarter Ever: $78.4 Billion Revenue, 78 Million iPhones Sold Apple Reports Best Quarter Ever: $78.4 Billion Revenue, 78 Million iPhones SoldYou are here: After three consecutive quarters of year-over-year sales declines, Apple announced its biggest quarter ever. The company beat revenue and earnings expectations, selling more than 78 million iPhones.Apple revenues came in above the high end of guidance. The company reported revenue of $78.4 billion vs. an expectation of $77.25 billion. It sold 78.2 million iPhones vs. 76 million expected.All product lines posted increases. Across the board it was Apple’s best quarter; however the iPad was the weakest of the product lines in terms of analyst expectations. Here are numbers:iPhones: 78.3 million units, $54.4 billion in revenueiPad: 13.1 million units, $5.5 billion in revenueMacs: 5.4 million units, $7.2 billion in revenueServices (including Apple Pay, Apple Care): $7.2 billion in revenue.Other (including Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products): $4 billion in revenue. At the end of the December quarter, Apple had $241 billion in cash and marketable securities. Gross margins were 38.5 percent.International sales were roughly 59 percent of total revenue. The company said it had net profit of $18.4 billion. The Americas, Europe and Greater China were the company’s top markets, in that order.Notes from the earnings call:CEO Tim Cook ticked off record sales across Apple product categories: iPhones, Macs, Apple Pay, Music, Watch, services revenue. Among other stats mentioned, Cook said there are more than 2 million small businesses using Apple Pay (some via third party partners).He talked about smart home automation and integration with HomeKit and Siri. He also said there are now more than 2.2 million apps.Apple’s services revenue “is going to be the equivalent of a Fortune 100 company this year” and the company hopes to double it in the near term.The iPhone 7 was the best selling phone in China during the quarter. Apple the most popular US brand during Singles Day in China. iPhone 7 Plus most popular Plus model Apple has had.CFO Luca Maestri: There was double digital iPhone growth in both developed and emerging markets. iPhone 7 Plus has seen extremely strong demand and has a 99 percent customer satisfaction rating according to third party research.Services revenue increased 18 percent YoY to more than $7 billion. App Store revenue growth was 43 percent YoY. Apple retail stores also saw significant growth globally.Apple generated its highest ever Mac quarterly revenue. The iPad sold 13.1 million units. Apple tablets have 85 percent of the market for tablets above $200.Selected analyst questions: Content producer acquisition: Cook was asked about whether the company would make a major content-producer/distributor acquisition if Apple’s $241 billion in cash (mostly overseas) were repatriated. Cook sounded like he was very open to a content-producer acquisition. Cook said that no acquisition was off the table or “too large.” The issue is whether there would be a strategic fit. Apple is “putting its toe in the water” and doing some original content for Apple Music and “learning from that.”Services business: App store revenue is driving most of the growth. “It’s truly a global platform.” We think that the app store will continue to grow. Apple is the leader in digital music. Music business has come back to growth.iCloud storage is growing very quickly. Apple Care business growing well. Most services revenue is driven by the installed base.Lots of questions about China, the outlook for China growth and exchanges rates. On the Qualcomm litigation: Cook said that suing Qualcomm was a last resort and a result of Qualcomm being unreasonable in its royalty negotiation and withholding $1 billion in payments owed to Apple.No one asked about the White House immigration ban or its impact on Apple’s business or workforce.From our sponsors: Apple Reports Best Quarter Ever: $78.4 Billion Revenue, 78 Million iPhones Sold Posted on 1st February 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona fullback Alba: Being top is importantby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba says it’s important to maintain the LaLiga leadership.Barca are top of the table after victory over Celta Vigo.”The most important thing is to stay at the top of the table,” Alba said. “After dropping some points, the objective is to maintain the way we played in the first half. “We are happy with the result. It was a really good first half, although the rhythm dropped after the break and we created fewer chances.” Alba was also happy to be part of a back four which has now kept three clean sheets in a row in the league. “In the first few weeks of the season we conceded a lot of goals, but we have corrected that among everyone,” the defender added. “We all have to defend to attack well.”
Portugal coach Santos offers support to Man City midfielder Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSupport is continuing to pour in for Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.Accused of racism when he posted an ill-advised picture on social media that compared Benjamin Mendy to a cartoon figure, Silva has received sympathy from those who know him within the game.His club boss Pep Guardiola has come to his defence, while Raheem Sterling said he did not believe Bernardo had racist tendencies when he made the joke.But Silva is facing an FA charge and could end up with a multi-game ban.And his Portugal boss Fernando Santos has chimed in as well.He dismissed the charge to reporters, saying: “I would have to do a thorough analysis and talk socially about what I think, and it would be a very long conversation.”So just two words – complete nonsense. Out of the players I know, Bernardo is one with the most human and social character. He doesn’t deserve this.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say