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Justice Thomas, President Pettis attend education conference

first_imgJustice Thomas, President Pettis attend education conference October 1, 2013 Regular News FLORIDA BAR President Eugene Pettis, right, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas share a laugh at the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges’ 2013 Annual Education Conference on Sanibel Island. Pettis and Justice Thomas were speakers at the event.last_img

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Sudafrika: Handelsoffen

first_imgSudafrika ist einer der am weitesten entwickelten und Erfolg versprechendsten Entwicklungsmarkte, bietet eine einzigartige Kombination von hoch entwickelter Infrastruktur eines Industrielandes und einer lebendigen neu entstehenden Marktwirtschaft.Dazu steht es auch fur die am weitesten entwickelte und produktivste Wirtschaft Afrikas.Hier nun einige Grunde fur den Handel mit Sudafrika:Solide WirtschaftspolitikVorteilhafte rechtliche und wirtschaftliche RahmenbedingungenInfrastruktur der WeltklasseZugang zu den AbsatzmarktenDas Tor von AfrikaHandelsreform, strategische AllianzenBetriebskosten in SudafrikaGunstige Geschaftsbedingungen in SudafrikaLeistungsfahigkeit der Industrie, innovative TechnologieWettbewerbsfahigkeitSolide WirtschaftspolitikSeit dem Einzug der Demokratie im Jahre 1994 wird Sudafrikas Wirtschaft einer strukturellen Umgestaltung unterzogen, mit der Einfuhrung von makro-okonomischen Richtlinien, die darauf abzielen, den inlandischen Wettbewerb, das Wachstum und die Beschaftigung zu fordern, wie auch die Orientierung der Wirtschaft nach außen zu steigern.Wirtschaftliche Schlusselreformen haben den Anstieg der makro-okonomischen Stabilitat auf einer hohen Ebene gefordert. Steuern wurden reduziert, Tarife gesenkt, das Finanzdefizit wurde unter Kontrolle gebracht und die Devisenkontrolle gelockert.Auch die Regierungsausgaben wurden umstrukturiert im Hinblick auf ein Sozialwesen, das dazu beitragt, jedem Sudafrikaner eine bessere Lebensqualitat zu ermoglichen.Sudafrikas Zentralbank, die SA Reserve Bank, behalt ihre Unabhangigkeit von der Regierung bei. Das auf die Senkung der Inflation abzielende Programm der Bank hat Erfolge gezeigt. Der Realzinssatz hat sich stabilisiert und die Wahrung bleibt im wettbewerbsfahigen Rahmen. Die Verbraucherinflation lag 2006 durchschnittlich bei 4,6 – ein Ruckgang im Vergleich zu den 9,8% aus dem Jahr 1994.Der Staat lasst keinen Zweifel daran, dass auslandische Investitionen in Sudafrika willkommen sind und schafft ein investorenfreundliches Klima.2005 begann die Regierung mit dem Entwurf einer neuen Planung, die die Wirtschaftswachstumsrate bis 2014 auf 6% des BIP steigern und Arbeitslosigkeit verringern soll. Die Einfuhrung dieses Planes – der groß angelegte staatliche Investitionen in Infrastruktur, Kleinbetriebe und Kompetenzentwicklung wie auch gezielte Interventionen in bestimmten Wirtschaftssektoren beinhaltet – hat begonnen.Siehe: Sudafrika: WirtschaftsuberblickVorteilhafte rechtliche und wirtschaftliche RahmenbedingungenSudafrika hat progressive rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen von Weltklasse. Die Gesetzgebung in Bezug auf Handel, Arbeit und Seeangelegenheiten ist besonders gut entwickelt, wahrend Gesetze die sich auf Wettbewerbsgrundsatze, Copyright, Patente, Warenzeichen und Streithandel beziehen den internationalen Normen und Abmachungen angepasst sind.Die Unverletzlichkeit von Vertragen wird vom burgerlichen Recht geschutzt und unabhangige Gerichte garantieren die Achtung der Handelsrechte und pflichten. Die Unabhangigkeit der Justiz wird durch die Verfassung garantiert.Sudafrikas Finanzsysteme sind hoch entwickelt, robust und geordnet. Sudafrikanische Regelungen des Bankwesen gehoren zu den besten der Welt, und die Branche wird zu den Top 10 der Welt gerechnet. Auslandische Banken sind zahlreich vertreten und Einrichtungen fur den elektronischen Bankverkehr sind weit reichend vorhanden, in dieser Branche hat Internet Banking Enwicklungspotenzial.Die JSE Limited gehort in Punkto Marktkapitalisierung zu den 20 wichtigsten Borsen der Welt. Die JSE Reglements und ihre Durchsetzung basieren auf den weltweit optimalen Verfahren, wahrend die Systeme fur automatisierten Handel, Abrechnung, Transfer und Erfassung anderen in der Welt ebenburtig sind.Infrastruktur der WeltklasseSudafrika hat eine Infrastruktur der Weltklasse – mit einem modernen Transportsystem, relativ preiswerter und weithin verfugbarer Energieversorgung, sowie einem hoch entwickelten Telekommunikationswesen.Und diese werden rechtzeitig zur Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 noch erheblich verbessert und erweitert.Die Regierung hat massive Infrastrukturprojekte als Schlussel zur Ankurbelung der Wirtschaftswachstumsrate des Landes und der Schaffung von Arbeitsplatzen ermittelt und hat Milliarden von Rand bereit gestellt, um die Investitionswelle ins Rollen zu bringen.Siehe: Sudafrikas InfrastrukturZugang zu den AbsatzmarktenSudafrika, an der sudlichsten Spitze des afrikanischen Kontinentes gelegen, ist ideal positioniert fur den leichten Zugang zu den 14 Landern der Southern African Development Community (SADC) mit einem kombinierten Markt, der mehr als 250 Millionen Menschen umfasst, wozu auch die Inseln entlang der Ostkuste Afrikas und sogar die Golfstaaten und Indien gehoren.Sudafrika dient auch als Umschlagplatz zwischen den Entwicklungsmarkten in Zentral- und Sudamerika und den Schwellenlandern in Sudasien und dem Fernen Osten.Hauptschiffahrtswege fuhren an der Kuste Sudafrikas entlang durch die sieben Handelhafen, die das weitaus großte, am besten ausgestattete und leistungsfahigste Netzwerk des Kontinentes bilden, in den sudlichen Atlantik und den Indischen Ozean.Diese Hafen sind nicht nur die Kanale des Handels zwischen Sudafrika und seinen Partnern in der SADC und der South African Customs Union, sondern erfullen auch die Funktion eine Drehscheibe des Verkehrs von und nach Europa, Asien, den Amerikas und der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas.Das Tor von AfrikaSudafrika selbst ist nicht nur ein wichtiger Entwicklungsmarkt, es ist auch eine Voraussetzung fur den Einstieg in andere schwarzafrikanische Markte. Das Land grenzt an Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland und Lesotho, seine gut entwickeltes Strassen- und Schienensystem bilden die Plattform und Infrastruktur fur den Überlandtransport bis ins hinterste Schwarzafrika.Überdies besitzt Sudafrika Kompetenzen im lokalen Markt und Vertrieb, die fur kommerzielle Vorhaben in Afrika zwingend erforderlich sind.Das Land spielt eine wichtige Rolle in Energieversorgung, humanitarer Hilfe, Transport, Kommunikation und Außeninvestitionen. Einem Bericht der LiquidAfrica Research im Jahr 2003 zufolge war Sudafrika zwischen 1990 und 2000 der großte Investor in das ubrige Afrika, mit einem Investitionsdurchschnitt von 1,4 Milliarden US Dollar, uber die Dekade gerechnet Investitionen in der Hohe von circa 12, 5 Milliarden US Dollar.Sudafrika ist auch eine dynamische Kraft innerhalb der 14 Mitglieder starken South African Development Community (SADC), und war ein Schlusselfigur in der Entwicklung der New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), das sozial-okonomische Erneuerungsprogramm der Afrikanischen Union.Handelsreform, strategische AllianzenSeit der Unterzeichnung des GATT-Abkommens (Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) im Jahr 1994 hat Sudafrika eine aktive Rolle im globalen Handelssystem ubernommen und eine Reihe von Handelsreformen – inklusive der Reduzierung der Zolltarife und Rationalisierungsprogramme – wurden eingefuhrt.Der Zugang zum Markt wurde durch die freien Handelsabkommen mit der Europaischen Union und den Landern der Southern African Development Community (SADC) und der Einfuhrung des African Growth and Opportunity Act durch die USA verbessert.In den vergangenen Jahren hat Sudafrika ebenfalls enge Beziehungen zu Markten im restlichen Afrika sowie in Asien und Lateinamerika geknupft. Die 2003 begrundete Indien-Brasilien-Sudafrika-Allianz (IBSA) hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, den Handel zwischen diesen drei Landern innerhalb der nachsten Jahre von den derzeitigen 6 Milliarden auf 10 Milliarden US-Dollar zu steigern. Außerdem ist das Land ein Haupthandels- und Investment-Partner fur China geworden. Das Reich der Mitte engagiert sich seit dem vergangenen Jahrzehnt verstarkt auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent.Betriebskosten in SudafrikaDank des gunstigen Devisenkurses ist Sudafrika eines der preiswertesten Lander fur Auslander, die sich hier niederlassen oder geschaftlich engagieren mochten – mit einer Infrastruktur, die dem Standard der Industrielander entspricht, und mit einem hervorragenden Preis-Leistungs-Verhaltnis.Auch zahlen Sudafrikas Energiekosten weltweit immer noch zu den niedrigsten. Bei den Petroleumpreisen rangiert das Land im Wettbewerb ebenfalls weit vorne, mit privatwirtschaftlichen und multinationalen Ölfirmen, die nahezu alle importierten Petroleumprodukte im Suden Afrikas raffinieren und vermarkten.Und die Telekommunikationskosten sinken. Seit kurzem macht der Festnetzanbieter Neotel dem bisherigen Staatsmonopolisten Telkom Konkurrenz. Die Regierung ergreift Maßnahmen zur Gewahrleistung einer preiswerteren und besser verfugbaren Bandbreitenkapazitat. Großprojekte zur Verlegung von Unterwasser-Glasfaserkabeln entlang der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas zur Verbesserung der Kommunikation des Kontinents mit dem Rest der Welt werden in Angriff genommen.Sudafrikas Lohnkosten sind bedeutend geringer als die anderer Entwicklungsmarkte, einschließlich Mexiko, Ungarn, Malaysia und Singapur und die Arbeitsproduktivitat des Landes hat sich in den letzten Jahren erheblich verbessert. Umfassende Arbeitsgesetze haben seit 1994 wesentlich zur Senkung der aufgrund von Arbeitskampfen verlorenen Arbeitstage beitragt.Sudafrikas Korperschaftssteuer – 2008/2009 auf 28% reduziert – ist im Vergleich zu der anderer Entwicklungslander gunstig, und die Zeichen fur weitere Ermaßigungen stehen gut.Gunstige Geschaftsbedingungen in SudafrikaSudafrika rangiert auf dem 35. Platz der 178 Lander in dem von der Weltbank und der IFC veroffentlichten Doing Business 2008 Report. In diesem jahrlichen Bericht werden die Zeit, der Kostenaufwand und die burokratischen Hurden fur Unternehmen gemessen.Sudafrika ubertrifft damit Industrielander wie Portugal (37) und Spanien (38) sowie wichtige Schwellenlander wie Mexiko (44), China (83), Russland (106), Indien (120) und Brasilien (122).Der Bericht listet Sudafrika auf dem neunten Platz, was den Investorenschutz anbetrifft. Außerdem verzeichnet er erhebliche Verbesserungen in den Bereichen Existenzgrundung und Kreditvergabe.Leistungsfahigkeit der Industrie, innovative TechnologieSudafrikas Wirtschaftswachstumsrate liegt weit uber dem Mittelwert fur Entwicklungsmarkte.Die Produktfertigung des Landes wird immer starker technikorientiert, mit High-Tech Fertigungsbereichen – wie Anlagen, wissenschaftlicher Ausrustung und Fahrzeuge – und kann sich seit 1994 eines stetig wachsenden Anteils an der gesamten Produktionsleistung erfreuen.Sudafrikas technologische Forschung und seine Qualitatsstandards sind weltweit anerkannt. Das Land hat eine beachtliche Anzahl fuhrender Technologien entwickelt, Schwerpunkte liegen auf den Bereichen Energie und Treibstoffe, Stahlproduktion, Tiefbergbau, Telekommunikation und Informationstechnologie.WettbewerbsfahigkeitSudafrika rangiert auf dem 44. Platz von 130 Landern (vor Italien und Indien) im Global Competitiveness Index fur 2007/08 des Weltwirtschaftsforums. Das hochstplatzierte afrikanische Land ist Tunesien auf dem 32. Platz mit einem Ergebnis von 4,59. Sudafrikas Ergebnis – ein Durchschnittswert von 12 Aspekten der Wettbewerbsfahigkeit – lag bei 4,42.Seit 1994 sind eine Anzahl von Maßnahmen zur Unterstutzung der Industrie eingefuhrt worden, um die Wettbewerbsfahigkeit von Sudafrikas industrieller Basis zu verbessern. Dazu gehort auch, eine starkere Gewichtung auf die angebotsseitigen Maßnahmen zu legen, anstatt auf die nachfrageseitigen Maßnahmen (wie Zolle und Exportforderungsprogramme).Die Regierung hat Anreize fur Fertigungsprojekte mit Wertzuwachs, Unterstutzung fur industrielle Weiterentwicklung, verbesserten Zugang zu Geldmitteln, und ein forderliches Umfeld fur die Entwicklung von kleineren mittelstandischen Unternehmen geschaffen.Industrielle Erschließungsbereiche wurden in der Nahe von großen Hafen und Flughafen etabliert, die eine erstklassige Infrastruktur, engagierten Kundenservice und ermaßigte Steuern bieten.Sudafrika hat ein gut entwickeltes und ausgewogenes Wettbewerbsrecht, basierend auf den besten internationalen Gepflogenheiten. 1998 hat der Competition Act die Wettbewerbsgesetze des Landes grundlegend reformiert und dabei die Macht der Wettbewerbskontrolleure gestarkt, analog zu den Richtlinien der Europaischen Union, sowie den amerikanischen und kanadischen Modellen.Das Gesetz setzt verschiedene Verbote fur wettbewerbsfeindliches Verhalten, restriktive Praktiken (wie Preisabsprachen, Wucherpreise und Ausschreibungsabsprachen) und gegen “Missbrauch” durch “dominierende” Firmen (Firmen mit einem Marktanteil von 35% oder mehr) fest.Die Kartellbehorden uberwachen die Umsetzung und Einhaltung der Gesetze, wahrend die staatlichen Regulierungsbehorden naturliche Monopole uberwachen und den allgemeinen Zugang zur staatlichen Versorgungsinfrastruktur gewahrleisten.Letzte Aktualisierung: August 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryStatistics South Africalast_img read more

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Amazon Redesigns: Rounded Corners Galore

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web Online retail giant Amazon.com launched a newly redesigned version of its homepage today recently. The redesign mostly focuses on the top and sidebar navigation — actual product content pages are more or less the same. Amazon said the redesign was about “shopping, searching, saving, and buying.” Really, that equates to better organization and an easier time getting around their large list of product categories. The redesigned Amazon also sports a softer color palette, some new large buttons, and a few more rounded edges — perhaps taking a cue from the so-called web 2.0 design aesthetic that has permeated the web the past couple of years.The most noticeable difference about Amazon’s navigation is the consolidation of the category tree. Gone is the “See All Product Categories” hover menu, as is the overwhelming left hand side bar “Browse” menu that displayed all of Amazon’s categories (41 at my last count — though it could be more). In their place is a new “Show All Departments” menu that opens along the left side of the page and displays Amazon’s category tree broken into 11 top-level departments. Also receiving some consolidation in the redesign are the “Gifts & Wish Lists” and “Today’s Deals” sections, which now group together multiple areas of the site. For example, the new Today’s Deal drop down menu links to the Gold Box, Today’s Deals, Outlet, and the Friday Sale sections, making it easier for users to navigate to those pages.The Amazon home page can still be a tad overwhelming. At my count, I’m seeing over 40 product thumbnails on the main page right now, however the new design certainly does make it easier to navigate between stores and is a start at cleaning up the overwhelming number of links on that page. This is only an incremental change, but a good one in my opinion.The new Amazon is currently rolled out in a testing phase, so not everyone will see it. Amazon has a page about the redesign here. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… josh catone 1last_img read more

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Poll: Will Your Mom & Dad Ever Use Twitter?

first_imgTags: #Polls#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts We’ve been very bullish on Twitter here at ReadWriteWeb. We named it our Best Web LittleCo of 2007, because it “has captured the imagination and become a new hybrid of chat, social networking and blogging.” Twitter also received the Best mobile start-up award at the Crunchies in January. And as RWW’s Josh Catone pointed out recently, Twitter has become a platform for serious media discourse. But even with all these accolades, the fact remains: Twitter is still largely used by geeks. Are your family members using it? If so, what for?I’ve already asked this question on Twitter itself and am getting some great responses (my Twitter id is rww). Several people have suggested that their family members may use a Twitter-like messaging system embedded in a social network. On this point, Andrew Baisley noted that “the barrier to entry must be much lower”. However, said Andrew, if family members “could update Twitter from their Facebook status” then yes it might be used.What do you think? Participate in our poll below and leave a comment if you wish. p.s. thanks Polldaddy for the flash-looking new poll!last_img read more

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Why Facebook’s Data Sharing Matters

first_imgWe, ok I, have long argued here at ReadWriteWeb that aggregate analysis of Facebook data is an idea with world-changing potential. The analogy from history that I think of is about Real estate Redlining. Back in the middle of the last century, when US Census data and housing mortgage loan data were both made available for computer analysis and cross referencing for the first time, early data scientists were able to prove a pattern of racial discrimination by banks against people of color who wanted to buy houses in certain neighborhoods. The data illuminated the problem and made it undeniable, thus leading to legislation to prohibit such discrimination.I believe that there are probably patterns of interaction and communication of comparable historic importance that could be illuminated by effective analysis of Facebook user data. Good news and bad news could no doubt be found there, if critical thinking eyes could take a look.“Assuming you had permission, you could use a semantic tool to investigate what issues the users are discussing, what weight those issues have in relation to everything else they are saying and get some insights into the relationships between those issues,” writes systemic innovation researcher Haydn Shaughnessy in a comment on Forbes privacy writer Kashmir Hill’s coverage of the Politico deal. “As far as I can see people use sentiment analysis because it is low overhead; the quickest, cheapest way to reflect something of the viewpoints, however fallible the technique. Properly mined though you could really understand what those demographics care about.” Several years ago I had the privilege to sit with Mark Zuckerberg and make this argument to him, but it doesn’t feel like the company has seized the world-changing opportunity in front of it.Facebook does regularly analyzes its own data of course. And sometimes it publishes what it finds. For example, two years ago the company cross referenced the body of its users’ names with US Census data that tied last names and ethnicity. Facebook’s conclusion was that the site used to be disproportionately made up of White people – but now it’s as ethnically diverse as the rest of America. Good news! But why do we only hear the good news? That millions of people are talking about Republican Presidential candidates might be considered bad news, but the new deal remains a very limited instance of Facebook treating its user data like the platform that it could be.It could be just a sign of what’s to come, though. “This is especially interesting in terms of the business relationships–who’s allowed to analyze Facebook data across all users?” asks Nathan Gilliatt, principal at research firm Social Target and co-founder of AnalyticsCamp. “To my knowledge, they haven’t let other companies analyze user data beyond publicly shared stuff and what people can access with their own accounts’ authorization. This says to me that Facebook understands the value of that data. It will be interesting to see what else they do with it.”I’ve been told that Facebook used to let tech giant HP informally hack at their data years ago, back when the site was small and the world’s tech privacy lawyers were as yet unaroused. That kind of arrangement would have been unheard of for the past several years, though. Two years ago, social graph hacker Pete Warden pulled down Facebook data from hundreds of millions of users, analyzing it for interesting connections before planning on releasing it to the academic research community. Facebook’s response was assertive and came from the legal department. Warden decided not to give the data to researchers after all. (Disclosure: I am writing this post from Warden’s couch.)“Like a lot of Facebook’s studies, this collaboration with Politico is fascinating research, it’s just a real shame they can’t make the data publicly available, largely due to privacy concerns” bemoans Warden. “Without reproducability, it loses a lot of its scientific impact. With a traditional opinion poll, anyone with enough money can call up a similar number of people and test a survey’s conclusions. That’s not the case with Facebook data.”“Everyone is going ‘gaga’ over the potential for Facebook,” says Kaliya Hamlin, Executive Director of a trade and advocacy group called the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. “The potential exists only because they have this massive lead (monopoly) so it seems like they should be the ones to do this.“Yes we should be doing deeper sentiment analysis of peoples’ real opinions. But in a way that they are choosing to participate – so that the entities that aggregate such information are trusted and accountable.“If I had my own personal data store/service and I chose to share say my music listening habits with a ratings service like Neilson – voluntarily join a panel. I have full trust and confidence that they are not going to turn on me and do something else with my data – it will just go in a pool.“Next thing you know Facebook is going to be selling to the candidate the ability to access people who make positive or negative comments in private messages. Where does it end? How are they accountable and how do we have choice?”Not everyone is as concerned about this from a privacy perspective. “There are many things in the online world that give me willies for Fourth-Amendment-like reasons,” says Curt Monash of data analyst firm Monash Research. “This isn’t one of them, because the data collectors and users aren’t proposing to even come close to singling out individual people for surveillance.”Monash’s primary concern is in the quality of the data. “There’s a limit as to how useful this can be,” he says. “Online polls and similar popularity contests are rife with what amounts to ballot box stuffing. This will be just another example. It is regrettable that you can now stuff an online ballot box by spamming your friends in private conversation.”It doesn’t just have to be about messages, though. Social connections, Likes and more all offer a lot of potential for analysis, if it’s done appropriately.“We need trust and accountability frameworks that work for people to allow analysis AND not allow creepiness,” says Hamlin.Two years ago social news site Reddit began giving its users an option to “donate your data to science” by opting in to have activity data made available for download. Massive programming Question and Answer site StackOverflow has long made available periodic dumps of its users’ data for analysis. “You never know what’s going to come out of it,” StackOverflow co-founder Joel Spolsky says about analysis of aggregate user data.The unknown potential is indicitive not just of how valuable Facebook data is, but potentially of the relationship between data and knowledge generally in the emerging data-rich world.That’s the thesis of author David Weinberger’s new book, Too Big to Know. “It’s not simply that there are too many brickfacts [datapoints] and not enough edifice-theories,” he writes. “Rather, the creation of data galaxies has led us to science that sometimes is too rich and complex for reduction into theories. As science has gotten too big to know, we’ve adopted different ideas about what it means to know at all.”The world’s largest social network, rich with far more signal than any of us could wrap our heads around, could help illuminate emergent qualities of the human experience that are only visible on the network level.Please don’t mess up our chance to learn those things, Mr. Zuckerberg. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#Data Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Facebook has cut a deal with political website Politico that allows the independent site machine-access to Facebook users’ messages, both public and private, when a Republican Presidential candidate is mentioned by name. The data is being collected and analyzed for sentiment by Facebook’s data team, then delivered to Politico to serve as the basis of data-driven political analysis and journalism.The move is being widely condemned in the press as a violation of privacy but if Facebook would do this right, it could be a huge win for everyone. Facebook could be the biggest, most dynamic census of human opinion and interaction in history. Unfortunately, failure to talk prominently about privacy protections, failure to make this opt-in (or even opt out!) and the inclusion of private messages are all things that put at risk any remaining shreds of trust in Facebook that could have served as the foundation of a new era of social self-awareness.last_img read more

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California Cannabis Tax Rates Provided

first_imgBeginning January 1, 2018, harvested cannabis in California is subject to a cultivation tax. Also, both cannabis and cannabis products are subject to a cannabis excise tax. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reminds taxpayers of the rates and collection and registration requirements in a special notice.Cultivation Tax RatesCultivation tax rates are:$9.25 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis flowers; and$2.75 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis leaves.The cultivation tax applies to all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market. Cultivators must pay the cultivation tax to:the distributor; orto the manufacturer if the first transfer or sale of unprocessed cannabis is to a manufacturer.Manufacturers who collect the cultivation tax are required to pay the tax to the distributor. The distributor then reports and pays the cultivation tax to the CDTFA.Cannabis Excise Tax RateCalifornia imposes its cannabis excise tax at a rate of 15% of the average market price of cannabis and cannabis products when purchased at retail. Retailers must collect the cannabis excise tax from purchasers at the time of the retail sale and pay the tax to the distributor. Then, the distributor reports and pays the cannabis excise tax to the CDTFA.Average Market PriceWhen the sale to the retailer is an “arm’s length transaction,” meaning the consideration received reflects the fair market value between two parties under no requirement to participate in the transaction, the “average market price” is:the wholesale cost of the cannabis or cannabis products sold or transferred to the retailer; plusa mark-up predetermined by the CDTFA.The wholesale cost is the amount paid by the retailer for the cannabis or cannabis products, including:transportation charges; andany discounts or trade allowances added back.In an arm’s length transaction, the excise tax is not based on the retailer’s gross receipts. When the sale or transaction is not at arm’s length, the average market price is the cannabis retailer’s gross receipts from the retail sale of the products.Mark-Up Rate on Wholesale CostCurrently, the mark-up rate is 60% for all cannabis and cannabis products. The CDTFA must determine the mark-up rate every six months.Reporting and Remitting Cultivation and Cannabis Excise TaxDistributors must register with the CDTFA for a cannabis tax permit to report and pay:the cultivation tax andthe cannabis excise tax.A microbusiness licensee, licensed to act as a distributor, among other things,  must comply with all the same requirements as a distributor.Application of Sales and Use TaxIn addition, sales and use tax generally applies to retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products. However, sales of medicinal cannabis are not subject to tax where a purchaser provides:his/her Medical Marijuana Identification Card issued by the California Department of Public Health; anda valid government identification card.Gross receipts from the sale of cannabis and cannabis products for purposes of sales and use tax include the excise tax.Cannabis retailers, cultivators, manufacturers, and distributors making sales must register with the CDTFA for a seller’s permit to report and pay any sales and use tax due to the CDTFA. If a cannabis business already has a seller’s permit that was issued by the California Board of Equalization (BOE), it does not haave to re-register for a seller’s permit with the CDTFA. It is important that a cannabis business timely obtain a valid resale certificate that is accepted in good faith from the purchaser if the business makes sales for resale.Registration of Cannabis BusinessBeginning November 20, 2017, a cannabis business can register for all the proper tax permits on the CDTFA website at: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov. From the CDTFA homepage, taxpayers should click on the “Register” link and follow the prompt. When registering business activity, a cannabis business should select box number 3, cannabis business activities.Special Notice L-519, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, November 2017Massachusetts recently increased its marijuana tax rates.Login 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

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Health Data Convergence

first_img Balanced Architecture to Optimize PerformanceUsing data from these multiple sources effectively will be best achieved with a balanced architecture: modernized compute, storage, network, and optimized software are critical to optimizing performance, capacity, and cost.First, consider whether the workload is appropriate for scale up or scale out. Scale out workloads typically utilize parallel processing, where Intel Xeon E5, and also potentially Xeon Phi Co-processors do the best job.  Big data repositories are a key area of value, enabling analytics to both improve clinical operations and enhance research. In addition to processing, Hadoop software and high bandwidth, low latency network adapters are key elements.Other workloads require a scale-up approach and the Xeon E7 Family of processors: enterprise systems like EPIC and SAP, OLTP databases, analytics and virtualization – Intel has worked with leading software providers in each of these areas to optimize execution on Intel architecture. High core count, large memory capacity, and new TSX technology where threads can share memory are all needed. And beyond the processor, consider SSD storage and low-latency networking to yield best overall results.Not to forget, optimized Operating Systems also play a large role. For example, Intel has teamed up with Red Hat to optimize RHEL on Xeon. A whole list of key features enable world class performance – scalability, security, serviceability, reliability, availability, power optimization, and storage and network enabling with systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.  EPIC customers, for example, can see tremendous savings and scalability improvements (over ~8M GREFs!) by running their Cache DB tier on the latest Xeon E7 V4 systems. We’ve created a Total Cost of Ownership tool which you can use with your Red Hat or OEM rep to evaluate your specific environment utilizing Epic configuration guides. We will be hosting a Webinar in June on Red Hat and Epic, details will soon be available.So as you address healthcare data convergence, remember that an architecturally balanced solution with the right components for the task will help you take best advantage of your computing dollar.Contact the author via LinkedInPersonalized Medicine and Analytics in Intel’s Health and Life SciencesLeading advances in using Big Data in the Healthcare IndustryBigger Data for Better Healthcare whitepaper We hear a lot about the desire to take advantage of Big Data. In healthcare, there are four sources of data that can make healthcare more personal and capable:Clinical and claims data captured at clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and insurers including diagnosis codes, prescriptions, program notes, claims, vital signs, test results, etc.Diagnostic data captured by medical devices and imaging equipment.Consumer-generated health data captured outside the traditional health system and including patient diaries, observations of daily living, vital sign monitors, fitness wearables, online and smartphone apps, social media and gaming, etc.‘Omics’ – vast amounts of information contained in each person’s genome (and proteome, metabolome, etc.) used to attack disease at its molecular roots – collected at multiple sites, across time, and in structured and unstructured formats.last_img read more

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Mancini: ‘Belotti for Bosnia’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italy CT Roberto Mancini confirms he will start Andrea Belotti against Bosnia-Herzegovina tomorrow and that he sees Nicolo Zaniolo as a “midfielder”. Italy have already secured their place at Euro 2020 going into their final two qualifiers, while the match in Zenica is also effectively a dead rubber for Bosnia, whose best hope now seems to be the Nations League playoffs. Mancini has Belotti and Ciro Immobile for striking options, and he revealed he would be going with the Torino hitman on Friday. “Belotti will start. As for elsewhere, I have two doubts: one on the right, at full-back, and one in midfield,” he said at a Press conference. “Bosnia have always won here, it’s a good stadium to play in and we’ll do our best because, like them, we also want to win. “After that, we’ll see. For them to beat us, they’ll have to play well and we’ll have to congratulate them. Certainly, it’ll be a good match. “We thought Bosnia and Finland would have the same chances of qualification. “In my opinion Bosnia are stronger, but Finland have proven to be better, as well as more consistent. “For them, a chance can come in the Nations League. It will still be a good game: since they have nothing to lose, they’ll be playing to win.” Zaniolo has tended to play out wide for Roma, but the former Inter boss has other ideas. “I think he’s a midfielder for what he can give us, even if he now plays in a slightly different role [out wide]. “And that’s a doubt for us because he played in that role against Luxembourg, but it was a bit easier for him. “To play there, he must know how to hold the position and find different solutions, compared to when it plays a bit wider. “For me he can fulfil both roles, but we need him in a different position than the one he plays for Roma.”last_img read more

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a month agoTottenham manager Pochettino: We’re not among Champions League favourites

first_imgTottenham manager Pochettino: We’re not among Champions League favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t regard themselves among the Champions League favourites this season.Pochettino guided Spurs on a memorable run to the final of last season’s competition, where they fell just short against Liverpool.”No one today will give us a chance to be one of the contenders to be in the final in Istanbul but that is normal,” he said. “That makes it very exciting.”We know to repeat the same campaign we need to play in our best. It is so early to talk about the final but most important is to show our quality, our squad quality and do our best.”I don’t care if people think if we are contenders or not because we went to the final and have a possibility to fight for this title.”I don’t care. I am focused on starting this Champions League in a good way.”Spurs are preparing to begin this season’s campaign, with a Group B opener at Olympiacos tonight. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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