Weather Network calls for ideal winter weather on Christmas Day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Weather Network says residents of the Peace Region are in for ideal Christmas weather: the snow will be sticking around, but there aren’t any extreme weather systems of snow or wind expected to pass over our region — making it ideal for travelling.“It looks like we’re going to be seeing a white Christmas as temperatures are going to remain fairly cold over the next few days,” says Meteorologist Dayna Vettesse.“It’s going to be a chilly day, but looks like we don’t have much in the way of weather, so if you’re doing any driving around or traveling, looks like the weather should be okay.”- Advertisement -Should there be any wind, Vetesse says, windchill values that are going to be hovering -20 to -30 degrees.Heading into the New Year, temperatures are expected to get slightly warmer. Vettesse says Western Canada will start seeing the El Nino climate come back with those higher temperatures as we head into 2016.last_img read more

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Gamblers hit with 10 percent excise duty tax

first_img0Shares0000Gamblers hit with 10 percent excise duty taxNAIROBI, Kenya, June 13 – Gamblers have been hit with a blow after the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich introduced excise duty on betting activities at 10 percent at the amount staked while reading the 2019/20 financial budget on Thursday.This means that for instance if one is staking Ksh 100, immediately there will be 10 percent that will go to the Exchequer. “Betting has become quite spread and its expansion has had negative social effect particularly to the youth and vulnerable members of our society, and in order to curtail the negative effect arising from betting activities, I propose to introduce excise duty on betting activities at 10 percent at the amount staked,” Rotich announced.The development has elicited reactions from the Members of Parliament who disagreed with the CS’s betting allocation.“I am disappointed of taxation, betting it has negative social effect for our  young people and as National Assembly we suggested taxation should be 30 percent but today I was  surprised the minister only increased by 10 percent, that will not cure the menace,” Ndhiwa MP Martin Peters Owino said.“Gambling has destroyed our society and we cannot continue raising our children through guess work. I am so unhappy with position of the minister where he has taxed only 10 percent… he should have taxed more as he did with beer and cigarettes.0Shares0000(Visited 87 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Zuckerberg’s Page Hacked, Now Facebook To Offer “Always On” HTTPS

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#NYT#security#web audrey watters The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Facebook announced this morning that it was making several security changes to protect users’ accounts, including boosting the availability of accessing the site using a secure connection. The announcement comes less than a day after CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile was hacked, and while the announcement isn’t necessarily a result of this, it’s a good reminder of the importance of always using a secure connection to access your accounts online – Facebook and otherwise.Facebook says it will begin giving users the ability to choose an “always on” setting for HTTPS, a secure connection between a browser and a server. The option, which Facebook says it will roll out over the coming weeks, will be opt-in and available under the Account Security section of users’ Account Settings page. After enabling this, all Facebook activity will be served over a secure connection.Facebook will also make this new feature available to developers so that apps are also served via HTTPS. If developers don’t opt to provide a secure connections, Facebook users who’ve enabled the enhanced security settings will get a warning that they’re moving from HTTPS to HTTP before continuing on to the app.Feeling (Fire)Sheepish, Facebook?The move to a HTTPS connection will address what’s become an ongoing security concern: keeping online activity safe and private while using the Internet from a public Wi-Fi network.The release last year of Firesheep, a Firefox extension that makes it possible for anyone sharing an unsecure Internet with you to grab your login information for any number of social networks and take over your online identity. The Firesheep extension was specifically designed to demonstrate the dangers of unsecure connections and to force the hand of the multitude of popular websites – like Facebook – who don’t provide HTTPS connections automatically. When you use HTTPS, your activity – including your username and password – is encrypted end-to-end and can’t be so easily “sidejacked.”The timing of Facebook’s announcement, over three months since Firesheep’s release and the initial furor over unsecure log-ins, comes right on the heels of someone hacking into Zuckerberg’s own Facebook page.Yesterday, Zuckerberg posted an odd message: “Let the hacking begin,” it started. The post, clearly by not Zuckerberg, was quickly yanked. It’s not clear who or how someone accessed Zuckerberg’s account – Facebook hasn’t commented – but it does seem to point to how very easy it is to access someone else’s information when there isn’t a secure log-in.Thankfully, that will no longer be the case with Facebook, as you’ll soon be able to protect yourself – and your updates – with HTTPS.last_img read more

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The Reservist Travel Expense Deduction

first_imgBy Carol ChurchReservists in the military play an extremely important role, but it can sometimes be more difficult to find information about the benefits and special programs that are especially for them. Reservists definitely deserve to be fully informed about these measures.One such benefit is a special tax deduction available to all members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States. This deduction is designed to help reserve members offset the sometimes-significant costs that come along with travel associated with reserve membership, including mileage, food, lodging, and more.Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel SauretThis reservist travel expense deduction is what is called a “top line” deduction, meaning that there are no hurdles to clear—it can be taken even by those who do not itemize deductions, and costs do not have to add up to a certain amount in order to be deducted. (Normally, business expenses have to add up to more than 2% of AGI in order to be deductible, a bar that is hard to clear for many.) Instead, the costs are an adjustment to income—they actually reduce a reservist’s adjusted gross income on his or her taxes.What Are the Rules?First of all, in order for travel expenses be deductible, they must have been incurred on a trip that was solely taken to perform service-related duties. The reservist also needs to have traveled more than 100 miles away from his or her home. And as is probably obvious, the reservist cannot deduct expenses for which he or she has already been reimbursed by the military.Expenses that can be deducted include all work-related travel and lodging, as well as 50% of the costs of travel-related food. This would include hotel stays, transportation (so, plane, train, and bus tickets, car rentals, etc.), mileage on a personal vehicle (at the standard federal mileage rate), tolls, and parking fees. Keep in mind that you cannot deduct the full cost of the Hotel Grand Ritz here—you are limited to deducting the federal government per diem rate for lodging in the area.It’s important to keep records just in case you get audited, so retain receipts of expenses. For meals, it is easier and acceptable to use 50% of the per diem rate, which can be found here.The mileage deduction is the one that is likely to be most valuable to be many reservists. For instance, a reservist who drives 120 miles each way to drill 10 times per year could claim an adjustment to income of $1296, which is significant.Altogether, this little-used deduction can save reservists some real money. It is even possible to amend past years’ tax returns if this deduction was owed to a reservist but not taken.For help with this often-overlooked deduction, visit the links below. It may be particularly useful to speak with the experts at MilTax.References:Internal Revenue Service. (2016). Publication 3 (2016), Armed Forces’ Tax Guide. Retrieved from https://www.irs.gov/publications/p3#en_US_2016_publink100049678Lear, J. (n.d.) The secret National Guard and Reserve tax break you might not know. Retrieved from http://www.military.com/money/personal-finance/taxes/secret-national-guard-and-reserve-tax-break-you-might-not-know.htmlSteber, M. (n.d.) Tax considerations for reservists. Retrieved from http://www.military.com/money/personal-finance/taxes/tax-considerations-for-reservists.htmllast_img read more

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India to take on Australia in hockey final today

first_imgAustralia may have been unbeatable in recent times but India will bank on the positive momentum generated in the past few games and a partisan home crowd to secure the coveted gold medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games.India will be confident after beating Pakistan and England in their last two matches. The noise and the atmosphere at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium has undoubtedly played a big role in India securing their first-ever medal in the event at the Games but Jose Brasa’s men will not want to rest on their laurels.Australia, the world champions and Champions Trophy winners, will like to make it a unique treble as no other men’s team has achieved the feat. And legendary coach Ric Charlesworth will like to emulate himself as he had won the three competitions with the Australian women’s team in 1998.Charlesworth had an unhappy short stint in India and was repeatedly frustrated by what he saw as an un-cooperative attitude by the establishment. Some payment issues also contributed to a premature end to his tenure.India were beaten 2-5 by the Aussies at the World Cup at the same venue earlier this year and the scoreline remained the same when the two sides met in a pool match here. So they shouldn’t lack motivation to make amends.It also promises to be a tactical battle between the two master coaches. India got an immense high by thrashing Pakistan 7- 4 to secure a semi-final spot.Then they came back from 1-3 down to beat England in a tie-breaker. That being an evening tie and played over a longer period will give the hosts less time to recover.advertisementBut the adrenalin rush a packed and screaming home crowd provides can be a crucial factor. Australia plays an all-out attacking brand of hockey which the Indians found difficult to counter in the pool game. Their pressing game and quick off-theball running forced the Indian defence into two early mistakes.The Indians then faded away in the second half. In that context the performance against England was heartening as the Indians ended the match strongly.Sandeep Singh will still be a concern for Brasa as he misses more than he converts on penalty corners, though, his defensive play and distribution seem to have improved.Shivendra Singh, Sardar Singh, Sarvanjit Singh and skipper Rajpal Singh have been on song. Veteran Arjun Halappa has been the vital link between defence and attack while keeper Bharat Chetri will be full of confidence after saving a penalty stroke against England.The Aussie threats are numerous. The team has a few newcomers but that has not diminished its potency. Captain Jamie Dwyer will look to star in the big match. Desmond Abbott, Luke Doerner, Liam de Young, Glenn Turner, Eddie Ockenden and Mark Knowles have been there and done that. Youngsters like Trent Mitton have blended seamlessly into the squad.Aussie women win goldDefending champions Australia needed a tie-breaker to see off New Zealand and seal the gold medal in women’s hockey. With the Kiwis striking in the final minute to make it 2-2, the match went into extra-time and then to penalty strokes where Australia prevailed 4-2.last_img read more

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