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Walsh to run again for NDP in Chatham-Kent-Leamington

first_imgThe New Democratic contender for Chatham-Kent-Leamington last time around is taking another run in the federal election this fall.Tony Walsh, an investment specialist with CIBC in Chatham, was acclaimed as the party’s candidate on Monday.“We’re just feeling increasingly uncertain and insecure,” he said beforehand, adding that health care, housing and good-paying jobs are at the top of people’s minds. “It simply comes down to knowing that our kids will have every chance they can to succeed.”He said the environment is another priority, noting the ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest are highlighting the importance and fragility of the world’s natural resources.“Climate change is a very real thing, and we need to do more,” he said. “We can’t just talk about doing something. We actually need a plan that is going to make a difference.”Walsh finished third in the riding with 9,549 votes in 2015, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a majority government.Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren retained his seat with 21,677 votes, while Liberal candidate Katie Omstead finished in a close second with 19,351 votes.Van Kesteren is not seeking re-election this term. Running in his place is Leamington farmer Dave Epp, who won the Conservative nomination for the riding.Omstead, a teacher, has received the nod again for the Liberals. Mark Vercouteren, who has been involved in the agricultural sector, will run again for the Greens.Walsh, 43, is a father of three and called his children his biggest motivation to try to affect change.“There was a desire for change last time around as well,” he said. “At a national level, we had a change in government, and I think a lot of constituents were hoping they would see a different leadership style, a different approach to leading the country. They’re not seeing that, certainly with the recent SNC-Lavalin scandal and coverup. They see it as the same old.”The expected date for the federal election is Oct. 21.When asked about his party’s chances with no incumbent running in the riding, Walsh said it’s difficult to say.“A lot can happen between now and then,” he said, “but those folks that wanted change. It’s clear that there’s only one option here in Chatham-Kent-Leamington, and it’s a vote for a New Democratic government.“Obviously, we’re going to have folks that stick to their colour, stick to their party, but they might be fed up.”tterfloth@postmedia.com Twitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Unruly passenger disrupts Qantas Perth-London marathon flight

first_imgQantas 787. Credit Richard Kreider What was already a marathon flight was made even longer Saturday after a disruptive male passenger forced a Qantas Perth-London nonstop flight to turnaround.Two Qantas Boeing 787s winged their way to London Sunday after Saturday’s flight was delayed because crew no longer has sufficient available duty hours.The captain made the decision to turnaround Flight QF-9 about two hours into the flight and before the meal service.The passenger, a 32-year old male in economy class, allegedly become violent and disruptive and had to be restrained.Witnesses said he became highly aggressive as passengers tried to control him and cabin crew attempted to calm him down.Video Playerhttps://www.airlineratings.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/IMG_1236-1.mp400:0000:0000:03Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The West Australian quoted one passenger as saying the man appeared “incredibly agitated” and his behavior was “hyper-aggressive, like a cornered animal”.The witness praised Qantas staff for controlling the passenger and keeping everyone on board calm during the ordeal.He said the man had walked to or toward the bathroom in the middle of the cabin and went to sit back down again.“Whatever happened next he was suddenly standing up and shouting and pointing in an extremely aggressive manner,” he said.“I wasn’t sure what he was saying. Passengers leaped in to control him, Qantas staff tried to calm him. He was eventually marched down the back of the plane.“He was by this time highly, highly wound up.”The unruly passenger was taken off the plane by Australian Federal Police and Qantas later placed a “no-fly ban ” on him preventing him from traveling on Qantas Group flights until the investigation into the matter is completed. he could also face a hefty bill if the airline decides to move to to recover the costs of the disruption.“This type of disruption inconveniences our customers, but we take a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behavior on board,’ a Qantas spokeswoman said.“The safety of our crew and customers is our number one priority.“We provided customers with overnight accommodation and will have them on their way as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank our customers for their patience.”The delayed plane left at 12:30pm Sunday.The ultra-long-haul turn-back came after Qantas launched its first international Dreamliner flights from Queensland earlier this month with a daily service from Brisbane to Los Angeles and onwards to New York.Read Qantas-London nonstop setting load and profitability records.Four of the national carrier’s new Boeing 787-9s will be based in Brisbane, as the state-of-the-art aircraft gradually replace the 747 on key routes.Dreamliner services from Brisbane to Hong Kong will start in December, with other destinations to follow.  Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and Vancouver are the favorites.The airline is predicting the 787 base will drive tourism and jobs in the Australian state,“We’ll have 120 cabin crew and pilots based in Brisbane to operate the Dreamliner flights and a further 350 indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.“The Dreamliner also opens up the potential to drive tourism to Queensland over the long term given the increased range of the 787.“There are a number of new destinations we’re considering for new direct services from Brisbane, including Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the US, as well as Vancouver and cities in Asia.”The airline also started direct 787-9 flights between Melbourne and San Francisco recently. The national carrier will operate four return flights per week on the route.last_img read more

Blogging with Jupiter Research

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web I’m excited to be involved in the Jupiter Research bloggingproject, as described by Michael Gartenberg:“It wasn’t easy but we’ve just sent the the first three bloggerstheir invites to join us. Will Wagner and Thomas Hawk will betaking a look at our stance on standalone and PC Based DVRs andRichard MacManus will be looking at our latest report on RSSReaders. We’ll be linking directly to what they write and ofcourse, engage in a few comments of our own as well.”I only found out today, so I’ll be reading the Jupiter Researchreport on RSS Readers over the next couple of days. Expect a postfrom me about it by end of this week.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Retailers with a Crisis Management Plan Can Effectively Manage Disruption

first_imgThe political candidates currently vying for the US Presidency seem to disagree about the level of crime in the nation. Regardless of the actual statistics, however, the fact remains that crises do exist. Danger is, at times, inevitable. And companies that institute a crisis management plan – instead of just hoping for the best – are the ones that are truly ready for the future.Contributing Writer Garett Seivold explores the idea of what it takes to be ready in a feature article in the September-October 2016 issue of LP Magazine. Seivold looks closely at crisis-prepared retail organizations, such as Walgreens and 7-Eleven, to see what strategies are working best. Strong leadership and informed employees are must, says Seivold. From the article:“Crisis response requires solid leadership, but it also requires personnel who are willing to be led. And that depends on whether a company has spent time before a major disaster providing crisis information, training, drilling, and establishing trust. Workers need to sense that the company is ready to handle the event and has their interests at heart, which is not something that a retailer can build once the storm is already on the radar.”The article goes on to share a comprehensive list of actions that can help a retailer prepare for disaster. Both 7-Eleven and Walgreens point to lessons learned during past events, as well as the ways in which technology can make crisis teams more effective. Check out “Crisis Management: What Walgreens, 7-Eleven, and Other Crisis-Prepared Retailers Have in Common” to read the full article and evaluate how your organization might do in the event of a disaster.- Sponsor – You can also visit the Table of Contents for the September-October 2016 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

3 Accounting Apps for the iPad

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#mobile IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The big incumbent. QuickBooks Connect is an iOS client for QuickBooks online or the Windows version of QuickBooks 2011. You can use it to manage customer information, check balances, create estimate and invoices and more.Xero Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley FinancialForce Mobile is a mobile-optimized version of FinancialForce.com, the Web-based financials solution for Salesforce.com. It provides access to bank accounts, transactions and invoices. It also integrates with Salesforce.com Chatter.QuickBooks Connect Xero is an accounting software-as-a-service with a mobile-optimized version. Representatives from the company tell us they expect a native app to be available in the App Store any day now.Xero has its sites set firmly on Intuit and MYOB and has a large following (particularly outside the U.S.). Earlier this year Xero reported that it has tripled its revenue. See here for our previous coverage.Honorable mention: Easy BooksEasy Books is an iPhone and iPad app for double-entry book keeping. It has a impressive set of features, and an interesting pricing model. The app itself is free, and you pay to activate the different features, depending on what you actually need. It didn’t make the list, however, because it’s an mobile-only solution, best suited for self-employed individuals and very small businesses.Which Is Best?Final NoteThis list didn’t include ERP apps like Netsuite. We’d like to do a list of ERP apps for the iPad next. If you have any recommendations, please send them to klint@readwriteweb.com. Continuing our series of business apps for the iPad, today we look at accounting and finance apps.Accounting is probably one of the last applications that you’d expect to do extensively from the iPad. We doubt that you’ll want to shift fiscal staff to working extensively from iPads, but giving them on the go access to critical business applications could be a good thing.FinancialForce Mobile 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

IRS Proposes to Remove Section 385 Documentation Regulations

first_imgThe IRS has proposed removing the Section 385 documentation regulations provided in Reg. §1.385-2. However, taxpayers may rely on this proposed removal until final regulations are published.The documentation regulations provide minimum documentation requirements for treating certain related-party instruments as debt for federal tax purposes. They are part of final and temporary Section 385 regulations adopted with T.D. 9790, I.R.B. 2016-45, 540.In addition to the documentation requirements, the Section 385 regulations also include debt recharacterization rules. These rules recharacterize as equity certain debt issued in connection with distributions and acquisitions that do not result in new investment in the operations of the issuer.The Section 385 regulations apply generally to debt instruments that are:issued by a domestic corporation or its disregarded entity, andheld by members of the domestic corporation’s expanded group.Overview of Section 385 Documentation RegulationsThe documentation rules generally require large corporations to document related-party loans, just as all businesses do when they borrow from unrelated lenders. Reg. §1.385-2 prescribes the nature of the documentation necessary to substantiate the tax treatment of related-party instruments as debt. Under these rules, taxpayers must be able to provide written evidence of four indebtedness factors analogous to those found in third-party loans.However, compliance with the documentation rules does not establish that an interest is debt. Instead, it serves only to satisfy the minimum documentation for making the determination under general federal tax principles. Moreover, if a debt instrument is reclassified as stock due to a failure to meet the documentation requirements, it is treated as stock for all federal tax purposes.In addition, corporations that belong to an expanded affiliated group must document relevant transactions under these rules if:stock of any member of the group is publicly traded;one or more members have total assets that exceed $100 million on any applicable financial statement or combination of applicable financial statements; orone or more members have annual total revenue that exceeds $50 million on any applicable financial statement or combination of applicable financial statements.However, the documentation regulations apply to relevant intercompany debt issued beginning in 2019. They also require the taxpayer to prepare its documentation for a given tax year by the time the borrower’s return is filed.Executive Order 13789The president issued Executive Order 13789 on April 21, 2017 (E.O. 13789). It instructs the Treasury Secretary to identify significant tax regulations issued on or after January 1, 2016, that:impose an undue financial burden on U.S. taxpayers;add undue complexity to the federal tax laws; orexceed the statutory authority of the IRS.The order also instructs the Treasury Secretary to take concrete actions to alleviate the burdens of such regulations.Treasury Reports Regarding Section 385 RegulationsUnder the Executive Order, the Treasury Department identified the Section 385 regulations adopted with T.D. 9790 as significant tax regulations that impose an undue financial burden on U.S. taxpayers and/or add undue complexity to the federal tax laws (Notice 2017-38, I.R.B. 2017-30, 147).The IRS responded by delaying the applicability date of the documentation regulations for 12 months. As a result, the documentation requirements apply to interests issued or deemed issued on or after January 1, 2019. As originally adopted, the final documentation regulations applied to interests issued or deemed issued on or after January 1, 2018 (Notice 2017-36, I.R.B. 2017-33, 208).In a later report, the Treasury proposed to revoke the current documentation rules and replace them with substantially simplified and streamlined documentation rules (Treasury Department News Release, TDNR SM-0172, October 4, 2017; U.S. Department of the Treasury, Second Report to the President on Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens (Executive Order 13789), October 2, 2017).Proposed Removal of Section 385 Documentation RulesNow the IRS has proposed the complete removal of the documentation regulations. However, the IRS will continue to study the issues addressed by the documentation regulations. When the study is complete, the IRS may propose a modified version of the documentation regulations. Moreover, these revised documentation rules would:be substantially simplified and streamlined to reduce the burden on U.S. corporations;still require sufficient documentation and other information for tax administration purposes; andbe proposed with a prospective effective date to allow sufficient lead-time for taxpayers to design and implement systems to comply with the revised documentation requirements.CommentsIn addition, members of the public may comment on these proposed changes. The IRS must receive the comments by December 23, 2018.Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-130244-17Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

The 6 things you must know about the science of persuasion

first_imgIf you have never read the classic book Influence by Robert Cialdini, you really should. But you’re also in luck, because the Influence at Work team just released this summary of the six principles of persuasion that the book covers. Spend 11 minutes watching this video – it’s well worth your time.Trouble viewing the video? Go here.No time to watch? Here’s my summary of the principles and how they apply to us.1. Reciprocity – People tend to return a favor, thus all those annoying address labels charities send out as a fundraising ploy.2. Scarcity – Perceived scarcity fuels demand. “Only four memberships are left” prompts action!3. Authority – People will tend to obey authority figures. What expert can attest to the value of your organization?4. Consistency – If people commit to an idea or goal, they are more likely to follow through. It’s why pledging is a great option for people who aren’t ready to take action.5. Liking – People are easily persuaded by other people whom they like. That’s why you want your champions spreading the word about your cause among their friends and family.6. Consensus – People will do what other people are doing. That’s why it’s great to show who is taking action for your cause – others are likely to conform.last_img read more

The state of the nonprofit sector? Not so hot.

first_imgThe Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has released its annual State of the Sector survey, and it shows nonprofits like yours are struggling with a tough funding environment and increasing need for the services you provide. This is requiring tough choices – and changing the way you do business, according to the survey.Here’s a summary of the report from the NFF. Does it capture your situation? Are you better or worse off than your peers?According to NFF:Nonprofits need new funding sources and models:• 42% of survey respondents report that they do not have the right mix of financial resources to thrive and be effective in the next 3 years.• 1 in 4 nonprofits has 30 days or less cash-on-hand.• Over the next twelve months, 39% plan to change the main ways they raise and spend money.• 23% will seek funding other than grants or contracts, such as loans or investments.Nonprofits that receive government funding face particular challenges:• Only 14% of nonprofits receiving state and local funding are paid for the full cost of services; just 17% of federal fund recipients receive full reimbursement. Partial reimbursements require additional funding to cover the growing gap as nonprofits serve more people.• Government is late to pay: Among those with state or local funding, just over 60% reported overdue government payments; over 50% reported late payments from the federal government.Under these challenging conditions, many nonprofits are unable to meet growing need in their communities:• For the first time in the five years of the survey, more than half (52%) of respondents were unable to meet demand over the last year; 54% say they won’t be able to meet demand this year.• This represents a worrying trend; in 2009, 44% of nonprofits said they were unable to meet demand.• Jobs (59%) and housing (51%) continue to be top concerns for those in low-income communities.• 90% of respondents say financial conditions are as hard or harder than last year for their clients; this is actually a slight improvement from prior years’ outlook.Nonprofits are changing the way they do business to adapt to the new reality. In the past 12 months:• 49% have added or expanded programs or services; 17 percent reduced or eliminated programs or services.• 39% have collaborated with another organization to improve or increase services.• 39% have upgraded technology to improve organizational efficiency.• 36% engaged more closely with their board. For more on the survey and detailed data, go here.last_img read more

Think your data is too overwhelming? Start here.

first_imgIn the recently released Individual Donor Benchmark Report, the folks at Third Space Studio and BC/DC Ideas looked at fundraising data for organizations with budgets under $2 million. The report contains a wealth of information—including insight on donor communication, recurring giving programs, and technology use—that can help small and medium nonprofits understand how to best reach potential donors. The research also observed data practices of small nonprofits. Not surprisingly, these organizations often struggle to collect and use their own data to optimize their fundraising approach. Since this information can make a huge difference in the success of a campaign, how can fundraisers make the time to dig into their data to identify new opportunities and communicate more effectively with donors? Consider these three tips on getting started from Third Space Studio’s Heather Yandow: 1. Start small.It can be overwhelming to think about all of the types of data you could be collecting. If you’re just starting out, focus on tracking just a few key metrics like number of donors, number of new donors, and average gift. Also consider the reports built into your database and fundraising tools. 2. Get the most bang for your buck.Understand which metrics have the most impact on your fundraising program and start there. Are you struggling with keeping donors year after year? Take a closer look at your retention rate by type of donors (volunteers, activists, major donors) or by channel (online, direct mail, events). Are you considering moving from direct mail to online only? Try an experiment with a subset of your donors and track the results. (Try this simple worksheet to design and track your experiments.)3. Make it easy for Future You.Keep a record of how you define your metrics and how you measure them. A year from now, you may not remember if lapsed members meant someone hadn’t given in one year or two – or if you counted people who bought tickets to your special event as donors. Be sure to capture those distinctions, including how you tricked your database into giving you the data you wanted, in a safe place so that Future You can calculate the data in the same way next time around.How are you using your fundraising and marketing data to shape your approach with potential and existing donors? Share your tips and challenges in the comments below!last_img read more

Millennials as Your Secret Weapon

first_imgNonprofits are finding new ways to tap the most vocal supporters outside their core networks to become active supporters of their causes. These supporters, or peer influencers, could be even more important than your brand. While young people may be inclined to “like” or share your existing information, you must respect the fact that they are capable of much more. Focus instead on inspiring Millennials to create and share their own perspectives. Give them the opportunity to take greater ownership over how you are perceived in the world. Peer influencers can help establish trust, exchange ideas and information, and demonstrate relevance. You can begin to embrace peer influencers and make them work for you by following these steps:Consider working with influencers so you can know the message they are sending while giving them room to adapt and remix it.Create opportunities for influencers to be creative, and recognize their efforts when they have success.Make sure your website and landing pages are easy to read and access, or the influence will not work.Monitor the reach of your influence (retweets, etc.).Help your staff understand and leverage the power of influencers.At the end of the day, Millennials are highly selective about what organizations they engage with in a crowded and noisy marketplace. Even though peer influence might attract a Millennial to click or read, it might not be enough to persuade them to follow your social channels. The key to reaching and engaging Millennials isn’t to do more traditional, expensive advertising and marketing campaigns or flashy, creative social efforts that emerge from inside your operation. It’s about finding a way into conversations between Millennials, and then letting those conversations take their course.Adapted from Network for Good’s eBook “The Millennial Donor Playbook,” by Kari Saratovsky, Chief Engagement Officer at Third Plateau Social Impact Strategieslast_img read more

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