Football Ohio State prepares for road test in Nebraska

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes beat Maryland 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 9 Ohio State football team (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) makes the trek for its farthest road game of the season when it travels west to Lincoln, Nebraska, to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten). Here is what to expect out of the two teams in Saturday’s game.Ohio State offense vs. Nebraska defenseThe Buckeyes will take on a team coming off a 38-17 loss to now-No. 7 Wisconsin. The Cornhusker defense gave up 466 total yards, 113 coming through the air and 353 on the ground, with 249 of them coming from freshman running back Jonathan Taylor. The rushing defense as a whole has been the biggest concern for a defense that has otherwise been solid this year. Nebraska ranks 43rd in fewest total yards allowed per game (355.8), but an average of 147 yards per game allowed have been rushing, 61st fewest in the nation. Eight of Nebraska’s 15 touchdowns allowed this season have come on the ground.Nebraska has found more success against the pass. The Cornhuskers have limited opponents to only 208.8 yards per game through the air. Over the past four games, their defense has allowed only one passing touchdown and has not allowed opponents to pass for more than 130 yards in any of those games. Safety Aaron Williams is the leader of the Nebraska defense. The junior anchors the Cornhuskers’ defensive backfield, and leads the team in total tackles (40), interceptions (two) and fumbles recovered (one). He returned an interception for a touchdown in the team’s loss to Wisconsin.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Nebraska has a two-gap, drop-eight defense, which means the defensive linemen each have to cover two gaps on the offensive line and the linebackers have to drop back and cover on most plays.“It’s a type of defense that you’re going to have to work for everything. You’re not going to have many shots down the field on the way they play,” Meyer said. “They’re very sound in what they do. Their secondary, they keep everything in front of them and they rally up and run to the ball very, very well and they kind of give you the short stuff.”Unfortunately for the Cornhuskers, they will be tested against the best offense they have faced all season, and one that has picked up a lot of momentum playing against weaker opponents. Ohio State has surpassed 300 passing yards and 190 rushing yards in each of its last four games, with 28 touchdowns in that span (16 passing, 12 rushing). Quarterback J.T. Barrett seems to be more in touch with his receivers now than he has all season long, and a pair of healthy running backs in Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins have the potential to a dominant tandem in the backfield.Ohio State defense vs. Nebraska offenseIn the Cornhuskers, Ohio State will be taking on an offense that has been near the middle of the road all season. Nebraska averages just 27.8 points (77th in the nation) and 384.3 yards per game (85th), and it hasn’t scored more than 28 points since its 42-35 loss to Oregon in Week 2.Coming into the year, the expectation was that redshirt junior quarterback Tanner Lee was going to fill the void left by Tommy Armstrong. The pro-style quarterback instead has been ineffective for Nebraska as he has completed only 109-of-202 passing attempts with 11 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions. Though his 234.3 passing yards per game rank 48th in the country, Lee’s numbers are more a product of the number of chances he has had, rather than effectiveness from under center.Nebraska has leaned on its passing offense this season, and it has been the primary reason the team’s offense has struggled. It won’t get any easier Saturday. Ohio State’s defense has stepped up lately, holding opponents to fewer than 100 passing yards in every game since the loss to Oklahoma.Ohio State has only faced one real pocket-passer this season in Indiana’s Richard Lagow, and the Buckeyes allowed him to pass for 420 yards and three touchdowns. But Lee is no Lagow, and Nebraska lacks a true top wideout like Indiana has in Simmie Cobbs. Unfortunately for the Cornhuskers, the rushing attack shouldn’t be expected to provide extra assistance to the team’s success, or lack thereof. Sophomore Tre Bryant began the season with 299 rushing yards on 51 carries in two games, but a knee injury kept him out of the next four games and he is doubtful for Saturday’s matchup. Since his injury, juniors Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon have failed to provide the same spark out of the backfield as neither average more than five yards per carry. As a unit, Nebraska rushers rank 79th with only an average of 148.5 rushing yards per game. The running backs have scored only eight touchdowns on the ground.Ohio State has not been nearly as effective defending against the run as much as it has against the pass lately, but the talent is there for the Buckeyes to completely shut down the running attack of the Cornhuskers. Defensive tackles Dre’Mont Jones (injury) and Michael Hill (suspension) will both return for the game, the defensive ends continue to be by far the deepest, most productive unit the Buckeyes have and Chris Worley could be back at middle linebacker to help plug the gaps. The defense has progressively improved against the run. After giving up 259 and 176 yards against two of the NCAA’s most productive rushing offenses in Army and UNLV, respectively, the Buckeyes have allowed only 167 rushing yards over their past two games and allowed just one touchdown on the ground. Matched up now against a running back committee without the pedigree of Ty Johnson from Maryland or Army’s triple-option style, Ohio State should not have much trouble keeping the Cornhusker rushing offense down.Prediction:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 42-10Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 45-21 read more

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How do you turn down the US President McGinley on McIlroys round

first_img Mar 2nd 2017, 6:00 AM Image: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 6:00 AM FORMER RYDER CUP captain Paul McGinley has only played one Champions Tour event — at Disney’s Palm Golf Course in Orlando last month — but he did notice that some of his fellow competitors were wearing clothing adorned with logos for Trump Golf.Perhaps for that reason, he is surprised at the ongoing controversy surrounding Rory McIlroy’s decision to play a round of golf with the owner of The Trump Organisation — and, of course, current President of the United States — Donald Trump.And though he’s keen not to extend the controversy, McGinley says he certainly wouldn’t be critical of the Northern Irishman.“A lot of the players wear Trump on their clothing, they’re sponsored by Trump. I guess it’s the Trump brand. David Frost has got it on, Rocco Mediate too. I noticed two or three, maybe more had it on.“It’s a really tough one. Rory’s trying to get ready to win and make history by joining the five people in the game that have ever done this and become a Grand Slam winner.“I think it’s disappointing that this noise doesn’t seem to be abating. I was just looking at his press conference on Tuesday and it dominated it again. In preparation for the Masters, this is not a noise you want to have.“He should be focusing on his injury and focusing on his game but he has walked into a storm. I certainly won’t be critical of him. I think it’s taken a lot of people by surprise, the vitriol he has received.” McGinley and McIlroy after winning the Ryder Cup in 2014. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOBut does McGinley feel that the 27-year-old could have handled the situation differently?“He was in a no-win situation. And that’s the problem.“When you get offered by the President of the United States to go and play a game of golf, it’s very hard to say no. That’s what Pádraig said and I agree fully with him.“How do you turn down the office of the President of the United States? 12,521 Views 27 Comments Sky Sports’ four days of live tournament action will tee off on Thursday 6 April from 7pm. Image: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Sky Sports’ four days of live tournament action will tee off on Thursday 6 April from 7pm. If he hadn’t played, he would have been taking a very strong political position, which would have created a lot of furore in the other direction.”McGinley also wondered why there was such a different reaction to Tiger Woods and others playing golf with Trump to what McIlroy has faced.“The thing that surprises me is that Jack Nicklaus, the greatest player in the history of the game, very strongly came out in Trump’s corner in terms of voting for him, made some strong political statements in his favour and, yet, there was no noise around that.“Tiger Woods played with him, there was no noise around that. Ernie Els has come out strongly in favour of Trump as well, and played golf with him and there was no noise around that.“I think it’s really unfortunate that Rory seems to have caught the flack for this.” McGinley says you could see how uncomfortable Shane Lowry was to be asked about Trump. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThe 49-year-old believes that the quicker the controversy dies down, the better.“I think Rory was caught unawares. A lot of us have been surprised about how strongly negative the reaction has been against him.“I’d like to see this fire dying as quickly as possible because I’d like to see him getting back focused, back from his injury, getting some tournaments under his belt and trying to join the only five people in the world who have ever achieved a Grand Slam.“He’s right on the threshold of that, he doesn’t need this noise at this time.“The more people talk about it, the more it keeps going and that’s why I’m very reluctant to get involved.“I saw Shane (Lowry), for example, at the weekend being asked a question about it and you could see he was very uncomfortable and he gave a completely non-descript-middle-of-the-road-I’m-not-saying-yes-and-I’m-not-saying-no answer.“And the headline is ‘Shane weighs in with his view’ and that adds more fuel to it.“So trying to get it to abate is very important for Rory because he has big things on the horizon in the golfing sense and hopefully people will move away from the noise and the talk of him playing golf with Donald Trump.” McGinley will once again be on hand for Sky Sports’ live coverage of the Masters in April.However, despite the distractions, the 49-year-old believes McIlroy’s willingness to speak openly is a good thing, but not necessarily ideal preparation for any golf tournament, never mind a Major.“Rory has taken a position in the media, a very strong position of being open and honest about a number of issues and a number of things and he’s entered into a lot of debates which is great, because it gives us a great insight into Rory.“On the downside, it opens up conversations that mightn’t necessarily help him when it comes to winning golf championships. Now, he’s made that decision but there are pros and cons to taking that position and that’s where we’re at.“And of course that’s a worry. He got involved with a debate about the Olympic Games just before the British Open and of course it affected his performance in the tournament, I mean, it can’t help.“Although he came fifth, he didn’t really contend.“You look to Tiger and what he did in his career. He was purely focused on winning golf tournaments.“I’m not being critical of Rory. I think the position he’s taken with the media is great because he’s so insightful and so honest and I think he opens up a lot of questions and that makes him a very interesting character.” McIlroy will only have four weeks to prepare for Augusta. Source: Kamran Jebreili/PA ImagesSomewhat forgotten in recent weeks is the fact the former world number one is recovering from an injury. Does McGinley think a four-week run-in is enough to finally don the green jacket?“For Rory it is. For other players, maybe not necessarily so. Rory’s game comes around very quick and he relies a lot on confidence, he relies a lot on his game being in a decent place and being inspired.“He likes challenges and he likes it being put up to him and he’s often at his best when it is being put up to him.“Certainly, with the wins that all the young guys have had this year — and he hasn’t — he likes that question being asked and showing them who’s boss.”Paul McGinley was speaking as he promoted Sky Sports’ live coverage of the 2017 Masters in Augusta. Coverage gets underway on Monday 3 April from the Augusta practice range.  https://the42.ie/3265090 By Steve O’Rourke Share11 Tweet Email ‘How do you turn down the US President?’: McGinley on McIlroy’s round with Trump The former Ryder Cup captain says Rory McIlroy was in a no-win situation. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Autisme le dépister grâce aux babillages de bébé

first_imgAutisme : le dépister grâce aux babillages de bébéMonde – Des scientifiques ont mis en évidence que les bébés atteints d’autisme n’émettaient pas les mêmes sons que les autres.Les bébés atteints d’autisme ne babilleraient pas comme les autres. Ainsi, des chercheurs américains ont mis au point un dépistage basé sur un test vocal. Celui-ci, appelé Lena (Language environment analysis), conduirait à un diagnostic correct dans 86% des cas. Il permettrait ainsi aux pédiatres d’envoyer leurs petits patients et leurs parents consulter un spécialiste. L’autisme est une maladie caractérisée par une incapacité à communiquer, un manque d’attrait pour les relations sociales, des habitudes obsessionnelles et des mouvements répétitifs. Les personnes qui en sont atteintes peuvent néanmoins développer certaines aptitudes. Une prise en charge la plus rapide possible est bénéfique, d’où l’importance d’un dépistage précoce et, par extension, de ce test réalisé chez les nourrissons. Le 26 juillet 2010 à 13:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gliese 581g une planète potentiellement habitable

first_imgGliese 581g : une planète potentiellement habitable Une équipe d’astronomes américains a découvert, hors de notre système solaire, une exoplanète située dans une zone “potentiellement habitable”. D’une taille proche de celle de la Terre, Gliese 581g bénéficierait d’une température favorable à l’apparition de la vie.Les astronomes ont découvert cette planète grâce à des mesures du télescope Keck, qui observe l’étoile Gliese 581 depuis onze ans. L’exoplanète tourne autour de cette étoile, suffisamment proche pour lui permettre de bénéficier d’une température maintenant l’eau à l’état liquide. Les caractéristiques de Gliese 581g laissent les chercheurs imaginer que ce type de planète n’est pas rare. “Le fait que nous ayons pu détecter cette planète si rapidement et si près de nous laisse penser que les planètes de ce type doivent être très communes” expliquent les chercheurs de l’université de Santa Cruz et de l’Institut Carnegie de Washington. Dans leur étude à paraître dans l’Astrophysical Journal, ils précisent que Gliese 581g est située à 20 années-lumière de la Terre, dans la constellation de la Balance. D’une masse de 3,1 à 4,3 fois celle de la Terre, son rayon serait de 1,2 à 1,5 fois celui de notre planète. Quant à son orbite, il serait d’environ 37 jours.D’après les astronomes, la température à la surface de cette exoplanète varierait entre -31°C et -12°C. Des températures qui, sur Terre, n’empêchent pas la vie de se développer. Rappelons que le thermomètre peut atteindre -70°C dans l’Antarctique quand il fait 148°C près des bouches hydrothermales au fond de l’océan.Au total, six exoplanètes ont été détectées autour de l’étoile Gliese 581, formant l’un des systèmes extrasolaires abritant le plus de planètes découvert à ce jour. “Nous avions déjà des planètes des deux côtés, trop chaud et trop froid, de la zone habitable. A présent, nous en avons une au milieu, juste au bon endroit” s’enthousiasment les chercheurs. Si Gliese 581g se révèle être une planète rocheuse, de l’eau liquide, l’un des facteurs indispensables à l’apparition de la vie, pourrait être présente en surface. Rien de tel n’a toutefois encore été détecté.Le 30 septembre 2010 à 16:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ramos on penalty duties and big clashes ahead

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos claims he is enjoying the penalty duties after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.Following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, the Los Blancos skipper has taken over spot-kick duties and has dispatched them expertly in the process.The Spanish defender has already scored 10 goals this season – equalling his personal best in a campaign.And he went on to confirm he was enjoying the role while adding he never wanted to offend when he opts for the ‘Panenka’ from the spot.Gran partido del equipo: buen juego, ocasiones y goles.Antonín + testarazo = 2 más para la cazuela 🍳¡Este es el camino!Great game: good play with many goals and chances.Antonín + header = two more for the team.This is the way to go!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/HhqE7F8AUt— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) January 24, 2019Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I’ve taken on the role after Cristiano’s departure and I’m delighted to do so,” Ramos told Antena 3 and cited on FourFourTwo.“It [the ‘Panenka’] is a way to take them, but I never want to offend a colleague.”Madrid are bracing up for a crucial week in their campaign as they navigate a Copa del Rey semi-final and league clash against Barcelona, a meeting with Atletico Madrid and Champions League tie against Ajax.Ramos confirmed it would be a huge month for Madrid, who are third in LaLiga and eight points adrift League leaders Barca.“We are facing Barcelona, who are the leaders in LaLiga, and our rivals in the cup,” he said.“We also have the derby with Atletico in LaLiga.”The first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona is on Wednesday.last_img read more

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TCI begins loan refinancing talks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cabinet meeting, re-financing Cabinet launches consultation drives Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has already begun talks with lending institutions as the UK bail out loan nears its maturity date; this was revealed in the Cabinet minutes of last week.According to a Government press release from February, “It is the TCI’s intention to use the reserves held in its Sinking Fund to pay off approximately $100m of the bond, thus refinancing only the $70m balance.”In 2008, TCIG received a $260 million dollar loan guarantee endorsed by the UK government; the TCI owes a $170 million bond, which matures in February 2016.Meanwhile, Cabinet ministers also advised His Excellency the Governor to approve a third Supplementary Budget Appropriation for the financial year 2015/16 to meet, what were described as, “urgent transactions and unforeseen policy/regulation changes”; these will be forwarded to the UK Government for approval. These new financial needs for TCIG will eventually be brought to the House of Assembly. Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital PNP Administration to Meet the Press in Post Cabinet debriefinglast_img read more

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FNMs first budget presentation Economy worse than PLP said

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31st 2017: DPM and Finance Minister Peter Turnquest in his maiden Budget Communication said the economy is bleaker than expected; $400M worse than stated.In making the FNM Government’s first Budget presentation since taking oath two weeks ago, Minister Turnquest says while he cannot justify the actions of his predecessors, coming into office has presented the situation bleaker than they first imagined, and says the former administration left a bare cupboard.The Finance Minister says the Perry Christie Administration misled the people of Bahamas by initially stating debt at $100M, however Minister Turnquest says in actuality it stands at a staggering $500M.The debt is attributed to expenditure incurred post Hurricane Matthew, and to policies implemented in days just before the lead up to the May 10th polls.The situation, Minister Turnquest says, has caused the FNM government to defer its manifesto plans for tax relief measures until a decrease in the country’s fiscal burden.Minister Turnquest says however, some reduction in taxes will be implemented.The Opposition PLP will no doubt challenge this report when it gets a chance to speak during Budget Debate.  Members of the party are already on record accusing the Minnis-led administration of misleading the public.#MagneticMediaNews#BudgetPresentation20172018#FinanceMinisterPeterTurnquestSaysEconomyWorstThanPLPSaid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Salmon Initiative Is One Step Closer To Going To The Voters

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Stand For Salmon ballot initiative submitted more than 40,000 signatures today, to the state Division of Elections in Anchorage, which is enough to qualify as a ballot initiative for Alaska voters in November. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-stand-for-salmon-on-ballot.mp3VmJennifer-on-stand-for-salmon-on-ballot.mp300:00RPd The Stand for Salmon initiative would restrict interference with salmon habitats  during a development project, like the proposed Pebble Mine.According to the Stand for Salmon website, the initiative would formally define characteristics of a healthy river in state law, update state listings of waters which support salmon, requires the state to notify the public of projects which could affect salmon and create salmon-protection standards developers must meet before their projects can move forward. Alaska state law requires that the Division of Elections has to certify that 10 percent of the people who voted in the state’s last general election signed the salmon proposal.center_img If enough of the signatures are verified, roughly 32,000 people, then the initiative will be on the ballot for the November 6 general election. Voters will determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959.last_img read more

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BSF kills one more Bangladeshi

first_imgA Bangladeshi national was shot dead allegedly by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Kiranganj border in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj early Monday.The deceased was Dulal, 20, son of Safikul Islam of the area.Quoting locals, Binodpur Union Parishad chairman Enamul Haque said BSF members of Murshidabad camp fired gunshots on a group of youths, including Dulal, when they went near border pillar No. 178 around 2:00am, leaving Dulal dead.Later the BSF men dragged away Dulal’s body, he added.Commanding officer of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) Rangpur-59 battalion lieutenant colonel Mahmudul Hasan said BGB will hold a flag meeting with BSF over the incident soon.On Sunday, another Bangladeshi was shot dead by the BSF at Burimari border in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat.last_img read more

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Former Imax VR Exec Eyal Kleiner Joins VR Startup Dark Slope EXCLUSIVE

first_imgToronto-based virtual reality (VR) startup Dark Slope Studios has hired former Imax VR executive Eyal Kleiner as its new head of business & corporate development. In his new role, Kleiner will be looking to strike global partnerships, expand Dark Slope’s work to the enterprise and seek out potential acquisitions.Before joining Dark Slope, Kleiner worked for more than 4 years on emerging technologies at Imax. For some of that time, he headed operations for Imax Home Entertainment, which operated VR centers in cities including Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and Shanghai. Some of that work included striking partnerships with companies like Google, HTC and Facebook / Oculus as well as multiple Hollywood studios.At Dark Slope, Kleiner will get to work in a very similar space: The company, which was founded in 2018, focuses on producing content for location-based virtual reality. One of its titles, “Scarygirl Mission Maybee,” is currently being shown by Zero Latency, a company that operates close to 30 VR centers in 18 countries. Kleiner told Variety during a recent interview that Dark Slope is also working on an exclusive game for Hologate, a company that operates over 200 VR locations in amusement parks and similar venues worldwide. In addition to these VR projects, Dark Slope is also preparing to launch a new location-based experience for Magic Leap’s AR headset that promises to combine an intricate physical build with virtual environments, and Kleiner said that it may expand into the enterprise world as well.Location-based VR, which offers consumers access to high-end VR content in customized environments, has been touted by some as the future of immersive entertainment. It doesn’t require consumers to buy VR headsets before experiencing the medium, and it allows setups with physical cues that can’t be easily replicated at home.However, bringing VR to physical retail spaces can also be challenging, as Imax learned first-hand in the past 2 years. Imax was planning to use half a dozen VR centers to test for a potential much more ambitious expansion, but ended up shuttering its entire VR business earlier this year.“The business model challenges definitely existed,” acknowledged Kleiner in his conversation with Variety. However, he said that he was also able to observe a lot of validation for the market while at Imax: “People were paying $25 to $30 for a half-hour experience.”Going forward, Kleiner said that there could be a market for different levels of location-based VR, including not only high-end storefronts but also tennis courts and other multi-use spaces that consumers could use with their own headsets. “People will be able to rent a space” to play with their friends, he predicted. “It will be a much more mass-market product.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Neil Gaiman VR Experience ‘Wolves in the Walls’ Wins Primetime Emmy Related First Look: Trailer for Venice-bound VR Experience ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE)last_img read more

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Report Marvels What If Reimagines MCU on Disney

first_imgStay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe While the recent Captain Marvel just gave us a blast to the 1990s past, the future of the mighty Marvel Cinematic remains shrouded in mystery. After all, there are still weeks to go before we see whatever epic shenanigans go down in Avengers: Endgame. Spider-Man needs to come back to life before his European vacation later this summer.But the few hints we have gotten about the MCU’s next steps suggest that without the biggest Avengers to rely on the studio might be doing more creative one-off projects instead of slotting everything into a huge “phase.” This especially seems to be the case on Disney+, the upcoming terrifying streaming service getting not just Marvel but explicitly MCU shows based on Loki, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Bucky, and who knows who else.And now a new report on Slashfilm says the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ could get even weirder with a Marvel What If? animated series.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>If there’s one thing comic book nerds love more than continuity, the exponentially expanding history interconnecting the fictional universe, it’s breaking continuity. And the original Marvel What If? comics gave readers that same transgressive rule-breaking thrill by depicting how certain classic Marvel events might play out in alternate universes. What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four? What if Loki wielded Thor’s hammer? What if Captain America fought in the actual Civil War? Like DC’s Elseworlds series some really fascinating stories can emerge from this creative exercise.And this MCU What If? cartoon could do the same on Disney+. Slashfilm speculates that by keeping it animated Marvel could get the movie actors to briefly reprise their roles in the anthology, helping preserve the sense of canon being put on its head. And the sprawling MCU is already chock full of potential moments ripe for funny reinvention. What if Ben Kingsley was the actual Mandarin? What if Thor hit Thanos in the head? What if Nick Fury was Hydra? The list goes on.Marvel What If? on Disney+ could scratch the same itch those Marvel One-Shot short films used to back in the day. So hopefully it’s real and we see it soon. In the meantime look forward to Marvel’s The Offenders, a different weird cartoon coming to Hulu. And remember the old Marvel streaming universe on Netflix by looking back on its sexiest moments.last_img read more

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Valve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset Even Without HalfLife

first_imgStay on target Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileEpic Gives Free Games, GOG Gives OG ‘Diablo,’ Steam Gives Ap… Whatever your thoughts are on virtual reality (for me the best it’s really good for is quick cardboard gimmicks) you can’t deny that Valve has been all in trying to push the tech to its furthest potential with its boatload of Steam money. It’s not like they were spending that cash on game development or Steam Machines or moderators or more generous developer cuts than Epic. The proof is in the hardware. While competitors like Oculus pivot more towards more accessible and affordable standalone headsets, the HTC Vive Pro with the SteamVR software delivers the most intense VR experience your monster gaming PC can muster.And that was back when Valve had to work with an outside partner in HTC. Now the company is ready to reveal its first fully internal VR hardware solution. Even without a Half-Life game, the Valve Index sounds pretty impressive.The Valve Index aims to provide the highest fidelity VR experience imaginable. So you’re going to need some outside components to make it realistically work. You just can’t strap it on your face and go. For starters, these are the “minimum” required specs: Windows 10 or SteamOS or Linux, 8 GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970+ or AMD RX480+, Dual Core CPU, and some USB 3.0 ports. For the most beautiful, smooth VR experiences though you’ll want to push your PC much further than that.The Valve Index also encompasses a range of hardware. The upgraded base stations (also compatible with Vive Pro) increase your potential play area by multiple square meters and track your motion more accurately. You can get away with just two but additional base stations increase the fidelity of the large-scale room tracking with laser scans picking up headset and controller positions “100 times a second.”And speaking of controllers, the 87 new sensors in the controllers can now map your hands to the point where games recognize what your individual fingers are doing. Actually grab objects instead of pressing a trigger. Give enemies the finger. Throw objects with the motion sensor. There are still buttons and analog sticks as well for when more traditional inputs are necessary.But the star of the show is the Valve Index headset itself. The display features a high-res 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye with enhanced LCD subpixel rendering techniques to increase sharpness and reduce the “screen door effect.” The higher resolution along with shorter image persistence and refresh rates as high as 144Hz should also reduce motion sickness.The physical design puts the lenses closer to your eyes, while still maintaining comfort, to increase field of view for more immersive peripheral vision. High quality speakers sit outside of your ears so you feel more like you’re in the environment. And the hardware can be modded in all sorts of ways after the fact.To get all of this, you’ll be paying $999 for the whole Valve Index suite, and that’s before the PC. That’s not cheap! And it’s an even tougher price to swallow when the announced games are typical VR mainstays like Job Simulator and Tilt Brush, or games also coming to the modest PlayStation VR (albeit in lower quality) like No Man’s Sky and Trover Saves The Universe. This really would’ve been a great time for Valve to announce the rumored Half-Life VR prequel.But if you want the absolute cutting-edge in VR tech, get ready to pre-order the Valve Index starting May 1st. For more on VR check out these hidden messages in Oculus controllers and read about Sony’s patent for potential new ways VR headsets can work better with glasses.last_img read more

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Costa Rican prosecutors investigate luxury condominium fraud in Central Valley

first_imgRelated posts:Michigan fugitive John Saatio to be extradited Saturday Costa Rican tourism cop locked up and robbed at police station UPDATE: ‘International con artist’ quickly released after arrest in Puerto Viejo on fraud charge Attempted robbery goes awry when burglar gets caught in window The Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office has opened up an investigation into real estate developer Homes Grupo Inmobiliario after complaints of consumer fraud have surfaced.A press release from the Public Ministry confirmed that prosecutors began the investigation into the real estate company Friday after seeing media reports and receiving personal accusations from clients.The investigation “is based on recent communications and publications made on various national media outlets as well an individual report made by people directly in our offices,” said José Pablo Miranda, who is in charge of fraud cases at the Prosecutor’s Office.Specific complaints regard the following housing projects: Real Garita in Alajuela; Real Boungainvillea in Santo Domingo de Heredia; and Condado del Valle in San Sebastián.Daniel Quesada, a spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office, told The Tico Times in an email that Homes Grupo Inmobilario took deposits for the three development projects from clients looking to reserve a condo. However, after long delays and unfulfilled promises on the part of the company, clients would then make calls and send emails to numbers and addresses that didn’t exist or had been deactivated, the spokesman said.Quesada added that the company was offering clients a discount of up to 20 percent of the property’s value if buyers paid the cost of the property’s premium right away.Would-be homeowners lost as much as $50,000, according to Quesada.The statement from prosecutors urged anyone who has invested with Homes Grupo Inmobilario to fill out a formal complaint with the fraud section of the Prosecutor’s Office, or call the section at 2295-4810.A Feb. 14 article from Spanish-language daily Diario Extra claimed that the company was defrauding its investors by concealing banking info and including unrealistic project completion dates in contracts. The management of Homes Grupo Inmobiliario released a note to clients last week on its Facebook page to address the claims.“All of our projects – contrary to what was indicated today in a nationally circulated news article – do exist and are in process of completing requirements for the corresponding legal institutions,” the memo said. The company’s statement added that it had recently changed offices, and that’s why phone numbers and addresses given to clients appeared to be nonexistent.A YouTube page under the Homes Grupo Inmobiliario name has a handful of videos promoting condominium and model house projects, including the Real Garita and Condado del Valle developments mentioned in the Prosecutor’s Office press release.Luxury homes in Condado del Valle are advertised at a rates starting at $109,900, while Real Garita’s residences are offered at rates starting as $122,700. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Parties wary want answers after Lagarde comments

By Jean ChristouPOLITICAL parties have called on the government to clarify what additional measures IMF chief Christine Lagarde was referring to in an interview she gave to Phileleftheros, published on Sunday.AKEL specifically referred to a question put to Lagarde as to whether Cypriots should expect more taxes and reforms during the duration of the bailout programme over the next two years.Lagarde responded that Cyprus needed to build on the progress and success achieved during the past year. She said bank balance sheets would need to be further strengthened, and the reform of the debt restructuring framework was a key element in this respect.“As agreed in the programme from the start, additional fiscal measures will be needed in the medium-term to bring public spending in line with revenues. This will help to reduce debt and ensure that public finances remain sustainable,” she added.AKEL interpreted this to mean additional revenues through additional taxes. The party said Lagarde had rightly pointed out that unemployment remained a major problem but blamed it on the troika of international lenders, which includes the IMF, for the austerity imposed under the bailout programme, which was “preventing growth”.Socialist EDEK, commenting on the article said Lagarde had failed to acknowledge that the programme had led the economy into deep recession, fuelling unemployment. Party chief Yiannakis Omirou said she had also advised the further trimming of welfare, the acceleration of privatisations, and the facilitating of bankruptcies “essentially pushing us into a medieval society as we slavishly kowtow to the commands of the troika”.He said the issue of non-performing loans (NPLs) needed to be settled in order to give businesses a breather but the “troika recipes” only led to one result: “absolute poverty and absolute social misery”.In the interview Lagarde said that at over 160 per cent of GDP, or half of total bank loans, non-performing loans were a heavy burden on the economy. “As long as banks’ balance sheets are weighed down with these loans, banks cannot concentrate on providing new financing to the economy. And without financing, firms cannot operate, invest, and create new jobs. So dealing with this problem is absolutely essential not just for the banks, but also for firms and workers,” she said.Lagarde said there were a number of tools that could be used.“Ultimately, the resolution of non-performing loans comes down to all parties showing good faith. Borrowers are responsible for making good on their obligations. And lenders need to actively and constructively work with viable borrowers who are in real difficulty to find solutions that make repayment feasible,” she added.Reforms should provide feasible debt repayment solutions for viable borrowers, with the aim of preserving, where possible, the primary residence, said Lagarde. But they also needed to discourage those who can pay from choosing not to do so, “a behaviour that imposes a cost not just on the banks but on everyone”.In general Lagarde said Cyprus should be congratulated for an impressive programme performance. “Without a doubt, it has been a very difficult year, requiring deep sacrifices by society to adjust to new and challenging circumstances. But the determination of the Cypriot people to deal swiftly with the crisis and move forward contributed greatly to Cyprus being now in a much stronger position than a year ago,” the IMF chief said.“Yet, unemployment is too high and there are many hardships. The recession has been less severe than projected, but the recovery will only be gradual. The economy is still weighed down by high debt. There is still a lot of work left to do, and the full and timely implementation of reforms will be essential for the return of growth and jobs to Cyprus.”To ensure growth Cyprus needed to restore the health of the banking system, maintain the health of the public finances and to strengthen institutions to help the public sector meet the needs of the Cypriot people.There was room to improve the administration of social benefits, and the authorities also needed to redouble their efforts to fight tax evasion and ensure that the tax burden is equally shared while she said privatisations could help reduce public debt and attract much needed foreign investment.The IMF expects modest economic growth to resume next year, and then to pick up gradually to reach 2 per cent over the long run, based on stronger tourism and business services.Lagarde said Cyprus should be able to return to capital markets in a sustained manner toward the end of the programme period, provided that market conditions continue to normalise.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola read more

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Rep Afendoulis joined by first responders for Sept 11 ceremony

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids, hosted guests Plainfield Township Fire Chief Steve McKellar and Courtland Township Fire Chief Steve Mojzuk for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: Afendoulis News,News 07Sep Rep. Afendoulis joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremonylast_img read more

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Rep Bellino votes to empower college students with loan debt

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News 01Dec Rep. Bellino votes to empower college students with loan debt State Rep. Joe Bellino voted this week to require state colleges and universities to provide annual federal student loan updates to help each student better manage their debt.“Student debt is becoming a national crisis, but we have the opportunity to be a standard to better manage and decrease debt,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “Working together will help the students, their families, the schools and the state of Michigan as a whole.”Estimated national student debt has reached $1.4 trillion with average loans at Michigan universities increasing by approximately $10,000 over the past 10 years.  Sixty-three percent of Michigan students graduate carrying debt.The House approved legislation which calls for students to receive:Estimates of monthly repayment amounts, based on current projections.Access to student loan counseling services available through each college.Information on employment opportunities available in a student’s chosen course of study.“This would be a simple process for our students and colleges,” Bellino said. “It’s an update that could be very beneficial in the long run for young professionals because Michigan wants its college graduates to stay here and succeed.”House Bill 5071 advances to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more

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Rep Hank Vaupel Weekly Column May 14 2018

first_img Categories: Vaupel News 14May Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 14, 2018 School safety is of the utmost importance for the wellbeing of our children. This week I was proud to support a new plan to improve school safety across the state.The cornerstone of the plan — approved with overwhelming bipartisan support — establishes a statewide commission to help review and audit security procedures in school buildings. Grants to improve security would be distributed with priority going to schools with the greatest need. Schools would have local liaisons to work with the statewide commission.The plan also makes permanent the OK2SAY school safety program, which allows confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students.More details of the plan:Schools would be required to submit incident reports to the statewide school safety commission.New school construction or major renovation projects must include safety features such as reinforced entryways and remote door locks.Consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents would be required for law enforcement throughout Michigan.***I was happy to participate in an opiate epidemic forum in Howell hosted by Project Opiate and the Big Red Barrel. I spoke about legislation designed to combat the opioid epidemic and address mental health needs. It was a productive event with people and agencies from across the county. Thank you to Livingston County District Court Administrator Francine Zysk for coordinating the event and to all who attended.***I spoke to an advocacy group in Lansing on the importance of children’s mental health awareness. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical in helping children with mental health needs. We must be aware and support efforts to protect the most vulnerable in our community.***Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend the Howell Farmer’s Market and see many fantastic local products. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday from May to October in downtown Howell, it’s a fun community event that benefits our local businesses. I hope you get a chance to stop by and experience a great local tradition.***In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I want to recognize all the sacrifices and hard work mothers do throughout the year. Mothers give so much for the wellbeing of their children, and they are steadfast pillars in the community. Livingston County is a better place because of so many great moms. Happy Mother’s Day!***Please join me for my May office hours on Friday, May 18 at the following times and locations:2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts!***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!last_img read more

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Rep Allor invites residents to November office hours

first_img13Nov Rep. Allor invites residents to November office hours Categories: Allor News Wednesday, Nov. 21Cheboygan: 10 to 11 a.m. at Walker Township Hall, 7021 Montgomery Road, in Afton. Tuesday, Nov. 20Alpena: 12 to 1 p.m. at Alpena Community College, Donald Newport Center Room 106, 665 Johnson St., in Alpena. Monday, Nov. 19Presque Isle: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Karsten’s Restaurant, 1072 W. 3rd St., in Rogers City. State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today invited people to get their voices heard during office hours this month in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties.“Office hours are the best way to connect with  people living in northeast Michigan,” Allor said. “I encourage people to attend, share their concerns and ask questions.”The legislator will be available at the following times and locations:Thursday, Nov. 15Alcona: 12 to 1 p.m. at Alcona County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 106 5th St., in Harrisville; andIosco: 2 to 3 p.m. at Big Boy, 1222 S. U.S. 23, in East Tawas. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to talk with the representative, may contact her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

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What Makes for a Successful Infographic

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 29, 2013; Social Media BirdbrainNonprofits are constantly looking for more effective ways to raise awareness about causes, and infographics are valuable online tools for consolidating data and spreading the word. But what really makes an infographic successful?Social Media Birdbrain has highlighted six infographics created by charities that relay information in a helpful and eye-catching manner. Many of these infographics are several years old and out of date, but the post shows the potential that creative infographic designs have in spreading an organization’s message much farther. Several of their examples were:  Movember – Movember is a yearly charity initiative in November that raises money for prostate cancer while celebrating how long and fancifully men can grow their moustaches. The organization has created a handful of very well designed infographics that inform participants about prostate cancer and men’s health while highlighting the campaign’s social media success and throwing in some fun facts about the history of the moustache, too. Although there is a lot of information conveyed here, that information is well organized and isn’t overwhelming.Amnesty International – For their fiftieth anniversary, Amnesty International designed five infographics illustrating the organization’s progress in maternal health, human rights, abolition, and activism through letter writing. Each graphic was designed by Jennifer Bradshaw and depicts the progress the organization has ignited for causes, while also highlighting shocking statistics on the work that still needs to be done—for an example, see the maternal healthcare crisis data.C.A.L.M. – A British charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, put together a short and concise graphic highlighting the enormity of suicide across the globe as well as suicide’s predominant impact on males. The infographic is very simple, using only two contrasting colors and large numbers to relay the information.Water Aid – Water Aid put together a very creative and eye-catching graphic to illuminate the global water accessibility problem. The infographic was created for a 2012 World Leaders meeting to bring light to how crucial water sanitation issues are internationally. Water Aid uses a visual pipeline to guide its user throughout the graphic with a flow emulating water, starting with shocking statistics on sanitation and water safety, particularly in Africa, and then ending the pipeline by articulating how small donations can make a big impact: “Access to safe water and sanitation could save up to 4,000 children’s lives every day.”There seems to be an infographic for everything these days, but these are noteworthy examples of how charities can engage their online audience through infographics. Another important step in creating infographics is making sure you are utilizing social media, specifically networks that thrive on images and graphics, such as Pinterest. NPQ would be interested to hear what the sector believes makes an infographic successful.—Aine CreedonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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How the Lerner Fiasco Camouflages Important IRS Issues

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 13, 2014; PoliticoIt isn’t hard to be exasperated with the never-ending Lois Lerner story. Congressional Republicans like Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Dave Camp (R-MI) have been focused on what Lerner, the former director of tax-exempt organizations at the IRS, knew and didn’t know and how close that information that might creep toward the Obama White House. Congressional Democrats such as Elijah Cummings (D-MD) seem to be at wits’ end with the nearly day-to-day drip of investigations that seem to be focused on minutia rather than the systemic issues revealed by Lerner’s activities.Issa and Cummings frequently face off over these issues with increasing acrimony as the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, but that is where the problem and the solution ultimately lie: What kind of real governmental reform needs to be pursued to make sure that some remarkably bad procedures that to our minds must have preceded the Tea Party application timetable get rectified?The recent investigations have focused on what could be obtained from Lerner’s emails about what she might have been doing leading up to and during the IRS reviews of the Tea Party-related applications. Unless Politico misreported this situation, apparently Lerner and others had a certain storage capacity for emails on their office computers at the Service. When that storage capacity was reached, according to Politico, staff “had to make room by either deleting emails or archiving them on their personal computers.” Apparently, a critical swath of emails to and from Lerner were lost due to a hard drive crash on her personal computer.Take a look at that paragraph again. If your inbox at the IRS reached its limit, you might have been allowed to move work-related emails from the office computer to your personal laptop. Some of the emails might have been conversations about lunch dates at McCormick and Schmick’s on K Street or who had tickets that evening for a baseball game at Nationals Park, but among them might have been important information about taxpayers, individual or institutional. Who was assigned to sift through to determine whether those personal emails could or should be moved to an employee’s personal computer? How could a tax agency allow office emails to be essentially downloaded to one’s personal computer?Our sources tell us that the office inbox limit has never been clear. Politico says that the IRS told Congress that IRS computers had an email limit of around 1,800 prior to July 2011, but now can hold about 6,000. That’s irrelevant. To allow official tax conversations conducted on email to be transferred to personal computers is a very dubious policy. Again, our sources tell us that if that policy was allowed—and they didn’t know that it was—they would never have done it, because of the confidentiality of the information involved.We’ll guess that most of Lerner’s emails could be recovered through recipients’ sources or even from the crashed hard drive. [As this writer discovered in a complete, virus-induced hard drive crash, there are ways of recovering what might seem to be lost and destroyed emails]. But transferring tax-related emails to one’s personal computers is as questionable a policy as one can imagine, if one considers it a policy at all as opposed to simply an unexamined, surprisingly lax administrative practice. After all of the Lerner issues, perhaps Issa and Cummings might undertake the review of IRS procedures—revealed by the Lerner controversy, but raising fundamental questions of the management of the Service—to make sure that it operates as a tax agency should.We hear that people in the Service are tired of the Lerner investigation because it focuses on the search for political scandal as opposed to what should be done—correcting the way the IRS operates and funding it so that it has the resources, human and otherwise, to do the jobs it has been assigned to do.Remember further that both the Lerner issue and the recent proposed IRS regulations on political activities involve questions of the nation’s tax agency dealing with non-tax issues, questions of the definitions and limits of political behavior rather than the administration of tax law. Disliked by many because it is the agency of tax collectors, somehow the IRS is in the position of being the arbiter of political behavior, as in the 501(c)(4) reviews, and more recently now the implementer or arbiter of a number of provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the standards of Community Health Needs Assessments mandated for charitable hospitals. If Issa’s committee were functioning as something other than a political attack dog, it would be examining what has happened to the IRS over the years, including functions that may have ended in the Service’s lap for reasons of expediency or politics that simply distract the IRS from what it should be doing.It’s time for nonprofit leaders to demand something more important from Congress than a judgment on Lerner. It’s time for Congress—the House Committee led by Issa and its Senate counterpart, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, led by Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)—to examine how the IRS functions vis-à-vis nonprofit organizations and other aspects of critical oversight, how it has apparently functioned for years, what should be on its plate and what shouldn’t be, and how to make the IRS—and for us, its roles in oversight of tax exempt organizations—function better, appropriately, and competently.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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