State defends tax return law

first_imgHomeNewsGovernmentState defends tax return law Sep. 07, 2019 at 5:25 amGovernmentNewsPoliticsState defends tax return lawAssociated Press2 years agoBrad ParscaleDemocratsrepublicansRoque De La Fuentetax returntrumpXavier Becerra By Kathleen RonayneCalifornia’s attorney general is urging a federal judge not to halt a state law requiring presidential candidates release their tax returns, arguing it doesn’t bar anyone from accessing the ballot or deprive voters of their rights.Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, made his arguments in a Thursday filing in response to a Trump campaign request for an injunction, which would stall the law from taking effect as lawsuits proceeds.The new California law says candidates for president and governor must release five years-worth of tax returns to appear on the state’s primary ballot. Republican President Donald Trump has bucked precedent by declining to release his returns, which he says are under audit.A federal judge is set to hear the request for an injunction on Sept. 19 in Sacramento.The Trump campaign has sued to block the law alongside the state and national Republican parties and several individuals. Roque De La Fuente, a serial candidate for federal office, has also sued.They argue the law violates the U.S. Constitution by adding an additional requirement to run for president and by denying voters their right to associate with their chosen candidates.But California says the law does nothing to bar people from accessing the ballot, because every candidate is capable of releasing their tax returns. Those who do not, Becerra argued, are simply choosing not to.“If these candidates are precluded from appearing on the primary ballot, it would be because of their deliberate refusal to comply with the same financial disclosure requirement that applies to all candidates,” Becerra wrote.Blocking the law would be against the public’s interest, Becerra further argued. Tax returns reveal a person’s sources of income, charitable giving and business ties, all information California Democrats say is vital to determining a candidate’s fitness for office.He said the law imposes a “slight burden” on plaintiffs’ rights, but not a severe one because it is ultimately up to candidates to choose whether to forego the ballot.The request for an injunction will go before U.S. District Judge Morrison England, Jr., who was appointed to the bench by former Republican President George W. Bush.The deadline for candidates running in the March 2020 primary to submit their tax returns to the state is in November.If Trump chooses not to compete in the California primary, he almost certainly would still win the Republican nomination. The California Republican Party, which is holding its fall convention this weekend, may take up a rules change that would ensure they can still send delegates to the national convention next summer if Trump is kept off the ballot.Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is a featured speaker at the weekend event.Tags :Brad ParscaleDemocratsrepublicansRoque De La Fuentetax returntrumpXavier Becerrashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTrump challenges California power to control auto pollutionCrime Watch – Tuesday, September 17, 2019You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Facebook’s Free Basics comes to Nigeria

first_img Related Home Facebook’s Free Basics comes to Nigeria Previous ArticleApp revenue to top $50B in 2020 – IDCNext Article‘Featured’ Apple apps impact is slowing Author Asia FacebookFree Basics Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a partnership with Airtel Africa to roll out its controversial Free Basics offering in Nigeria.Free Basics, part of the company’s internet.org initiative, claims to bring unconnected users online by providing no cost access to a set of internet content, and is now live in 40 countries, said Zuckerberg in a blog post, with half of those in Africa.The initiative will be available to all Nigerians with an Airtel mobile connection, providing access to 90 million people currently offline, with the opportunity to access news, health information and other services without having to pay data fees.The service will initially launch with more than 85 free services.“Over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps – and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks,” added Zuckerberg.Facebook’s initiative has attracted controversy in some markets, with critics accusing the company of going against net neutrality by giving preferential treatment to certain web services.The company claims Free Basics has brought more than 25 million people online who wouldn’t be otherwise. Australia funds regulator to oversee new media lawcenter_img Kavit Majithia WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 MAY 2016 Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Facebook trials feature to connect neighbourslast_img read more

Elliott tops final practice, scrapes wall at Auto Club

first_imgWATCH: Harvick hits the wall in practice A more significant impact for David Ragan’s No. 38 Ford into the outside retaining wall brought the session to a close with less than two minutes of practice remaining. His Front Row Motorsports team will opt for a reserve car for the balance of the race weekend.WATCH: Ragan hits wall, will go to backup”We just cut a left-rear tire going down the back straightaway and I tried to start slowing it down as quick as I could, and just couldn’t slow it down fast enough,” Ragan said. “By the time I got to Turn 3, I was wrecking before I even got to the corner. It’s certainly unfortunate. I felt like our Camping World Ford was pretty decent. We made a few adjustments and hadn’t put new tires on yet, and I felt like our speeds hadn’t fallen off a lot, so it’s unfortunate. Hopefully, we can get our backup out in time to make a few laps in the second practice.” “We’re just missing it a little bit. There’s just something that we can’t get right on (corner) entry this weekend and we’ve been trying to work on that, and it’s kind of messing up the rest of the corner for us.” “No, I think I was above the seam by the time the car got loose,” Busch told FS1. “It over-rotated on me. I tried getting in the throttle and getting it to rotate a little bit and it just kept going too far. Spun it out on exit there, and unfortunately just didn’t keep all the air in the tires in order to be able to drive it back and not damage the car a little bit more than we already did. Not too bad. “I thought it was decent, so I was pleased with that. Unfortunately, this now puts us behind and we’ll have to go to work and hopefully try to get it tuned back up. It’s hurt pretty good.” Erik Jones topped Saturday’s opening practice session at Auto Club Speedway ahead of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the fifth race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Chase Elliott posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, but a scrape with the outside retaining wall early in the session left his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet team with work to do. Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest lap (187.378 mph) in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. Ryan Blaney was third-fastest in the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford, with Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones — Truex’s Furniture Row teammate — fourth-best in the No. 77 Toyota. Jones posted a lap of 187.251 mph in the Furniture Row Racing No. 77 Toyota to pace the 55-minute session. He was also fastest in the category of consecutive 10-lap averages. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate will start 14th in Sunday’s 400-miler, the last of three races in the NASCAR Goes West swing. Five teams were held out of the opening 15 minutes of practice because of technical violations Friday. Trevor Bayne’s team was docked for failing on two passes through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS). The cars of Joey Logano, Gray Gaulding and Matt DiBenedetto failed LIS on their second pass through. The No 38 Ford of David Ragan was penalized for an improper seal for transmission or gears. Kyle Busch, a three-time Auto Club winner, was involved in a solo spin at the 34-minute mark of the 50-minute session, avoiding contact with the wall or other cars. He limped his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota back to the garage. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford and Kurt Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford were also among several cars to brush the wall during Saturday’s final tune-up. Erik Jones fast in Saturday’s early session The practice was marked by two incidents late in the session. Kevin Harvick scraped the right side of his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford on the Turn 4 wall with just over 10 minutes left in the session. Harvick managed the sixth-fastest speed in the 14 laps he turned before the incident. BUY TICKETS: Celebrate Auto Club’s 20th anniversary RELATED: Final practice results | Practice 2 results | Best 10-lap averagescenter_img WATCH: Busch’s smoky slide in practice The 21-year-old driver indicated that his crew was working to hopefully avoid going to a reserve car. Elliott is scheduled to start 13th in Sunday’s 400-miler. Jimmie Johnson, who damaged his primary car in Friday’s opening practice, turned his first laps with his reserve Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet on Saturday morning. He was fourth-fastest at 186.384 mph. Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in the first practice of the day. Elliott posted his best speed at 187.480 mph before making contact with the wall just 10 minutes into the final session. He cited a parts failure on the left-front corner of the car that his crew was investigating ahead of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Pole sitter Kyle Larson, who also topped Friday’s lone practice, placed 22nd on the board in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. “We’re going to try to fix this one,” Elliott told FS1. “I mean, we’d love to keep our primary. … We would love to keep this car. I don’t know if we can or not, but like I said, it definitely puts us in a hole. I know they’ll work hard and try to get it tuned up as best we can for tomorrow.” RELATED: Johnson passes on qualifying after practice wreck “We don’t really know why it did,” Elliott told FS1. “It was nothing fancy or anything we were doing, it’s just something that needs to be together to go. We’ll look into why. I don’t know if it’s just the roughness of the race track that bounced it loose or something like that, but I hate it. I was really happy with the NAPA Chevy throughout that run. I thought we were close, maybe needed a tick more initially in a run. </p> RELATED: Consecutive 10-lap average speeds Chase Elliott registered the second-fastest lap, ringing up 186.843 mph on the speed chart in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet. Ryan Newman, last week’s winner at Phoenix Raceway, was third-fastest in the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet.  Coors Light Pole Award winner Kyle Larson was fifth-fastest in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. He drove away from a slight brush with the wall shortly after Elliott’s incident. Kevin Harvick, who made contact with the wall in Saturday’s earlier practice, returned for the final session and posted the eighth-best lap (185.706 mph) in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford.last_img read more

Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

first_img“The new website is an information hub for all things cycling and indoor training with Kinetic-related content originating here, including social media posts and blog-style news posts. The website is our primary venue to share our expertise and connect with consumers,” states Kinetic Marketing Manager David Simpson.  Kurtkinetic.com showcases Kinetic’s expertise in cycling training with frequently updated content centered on cycling news, training tips and stories, Kinetic-sponsored teams and partnerships, and a new dealer locator. Known for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.From Kinetic:MINNEAPOLIS, MN – October 20, 2014 – Kinetic Trainers announced the launch of its new website, www.kurtkinetic.com. The new site features enhanced product information including product videos, technical information, reviews, new page layouts and customer service portal. The website is now live. In addition to the new site, Kinetic also recently launched a redeveloped inRide app. When paired with a Kinetic fluid trainer the app provides accurate, repeatable indoor power training at a fraction of the cost of traditional power meters. The new inRide features an all new user interface and iOS 8 compatiblity. The app works with the Apple iOS only with an Android version slated for development. To celebrate the launch of the new website, Kinetic plans to hold a “30 questions in 30 Days” Facebook contest, with answers to each question found on Kinetic’s website. The contest will start Monday, October 20, with the daily winner receiving Kinetic’s inRide trainer-based power meter system. “The ZenDesk interface will make it much easier for consumers to quickly find what they’re looking for and will allow us to better categorize and display tips and fixes by product,” notes Simpson. “The new customer service portal will also become a repository for technical manuals and detailed product information for current and older products that still require support.” Customer service has been upgraded on the new site with the introduction of a ZenDesk customer service portal. Visit www.kurtkinetic.com to learn more about Kinetic trainers, the new inRide app and the new site.last_img read more

University of West Florida Signs Andrews Institute as Official Sports Medicine Provider

first_imgThe University of West Florida Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine announce an expanded athletic training partnership that will allow UWF athletes additional access and resources from Andrews Institute’s world-class sports medicine professionals.Andrews Institute currently serves as the official medical partner, providing UWF athletics with team physicians. UWF and Andrews Institute signed a contract in which Andrews Institute will continue serving in this role and expand the partnership as the official sports medicine provider of UWF athletics for health care, orthopedic and sports medicine. Andrews Institute is the exclusive “Official Medical Partner” and “Official Sports Medicine Provider” of University Athletics Department for medical services including, but not limited to athletics, athletic training, physical therapy, orthopedic and sports medicine.”We are excited to expand our great relationship with the University of West Florida,” said Dr. David Joyner, Andrews Institute executive director and senior vice president. “What the University of West Florida stands for is truly astounding. We see this partnership as our world-class team taking care of another world-class team.”Andrews Institute will provide certified athletic trainers and athletic-training services for the 400 UWF student-athletes under the medical direction of team physicians Dr. Roger Ostrander and Dr. Joshua Hackel. Andrews Institute will also grant UWF athletes access to a full-time sports medicine physical therapist at Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile on University Parkway.”Two great organizations are joining to forge a transformative partnership that provides the highest quality care for our student-athletes,” said Dave Scott, UWF athletics director. “We are grateful for Andrews Institute’s support and thrilled to have this world-class organization right in our own backyard.”UWF fields 15 athletic teams. The rich UWF athletics tradition includes nine national championships—in five sports, 102 conference titles, 15 GSC women’s all-sports trophies, eight GSC men’s all-sports trophies and the GSC overall all-sports trophies every year since its inception in 2013-2014. The UWF football team will play Minnesota State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, in McKinney, Texas, for the NCAA Division II National Championship. This marks the second national title appearance for program in only its fourth year of existence.Andrews Institute provides certified athletic trainers and team physicians to all 23 public high schools in a four county area, Chipola College, Pensacola Christian College and Pensacola Christian Academy.For more information about the University of West Florida Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, visit www.goargos.com.For more information about Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, visit www.andrewsinstitute.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Twins Lose To Rangers

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins lost 4-1 Saturday to the Texas Rangers at Target Field.Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, pitching for the 1st time since July 22nd, struggled early giving up two runs in the 1st inning and 1 in the 2nd. Gibson later 5 1/2 innings, and gave up three runs on seven hits.The lone Twins run came when Ehire Adrianza singled and drive in Byron Buxton.last_img

How Facebook Marketing May Help You Reach Highly Targeted Leads

first_imgOnline ads have come a long way in the last few years. Gone are the days of needing an expensive ad agency to create effective ads for your business. Ad networks like Google Adwords and Facebook marketing have helped lower the barrier for creating profitable ads.You, dear business owner, could create an ad in 15 minutes that could generate actual leads for your business. The best part is that, with Facebook marketing, you can test this process for as little as $5 a day.The Power of Facebook MarketingFacebook marketing had a significant impact on the advertising game with their highly-targeted native ads. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars each day to run a website ad for every visitor. You’re merely having your ads shown to exactly the people you want, and you only pay when someone clicks your ad.When it comes to Facebook marketing (or any other marketing, for that matter), you have to be incredibly specific when targeting an audience. A big mistake many people make with Facebook ads is not being specific enough with who they want to reach with their ads.Many business owners want to make the most impact from their money, so they try to show their ad to as many people as possible. This can work against you. When it comes to Facebook marketing, more is not necessarily better. The social media platform can give you incredibly fine-grained control when it comes to targeting. This audience specificity drives down cost. Facebook rewards ads that are efficient and effective by lowering the cost per click (or action).Step 1: Get in Your Ideal Customer’s HeadBefore you start thinking about crafting your ad, it helps to figure out your core demographic first. You can make a quick list of the attributes of your ideal customer:What do they read?What websites do they visit?How old are they?What products do they buy?Where do they shop?What other Facebook pages do they like?Answering these questions (and more if you can) can help as you start shaping what your ideal customer will look like. You can use these attributes to help show your ad to the perfect people using Facebook marketing.Step 2: Define the Specific ActionNow that you know who you’re making the ad for, it’s time to figure out what they’re going to do. What action is your ad going to have them take?This can be a problem with Facebook ad campaigns: They lack a specific call to action. Businesses can often underestimate the motivation needed to actually click an ad.If you’re trying to get a lead’s email address, you may want to send them to a subscribe form or lead magnet. If you want people to buy a product, consider sending them to the product page. (Though Facebook ads are generally suited better towards an offer like a coupon or an email signup than selling products.)You may want to avoid just sending them to your homepage. The idea is that once people click on your ad, they’re sent to a page that a) matches the offer they saw in your ad and b) has a clear action for them to take.Step 3: Create an Irresistible OfferIn order for people to click on ad, they need some sort of benefit for clicking it. What are you providing for them? How are you making their lives easier? How are you making them happier?Many businesses believe that people will click on their ads because they like them or find them interesting. Consider this: How many Facebook ads have you clicked on in the last week? Probably less than one.Great ads have an offer that people can’t pass up on. Oftentimes a great offer has an incentive like a coupon or a price break, or when it is a time-sensitive offer.Using Facebook Marketing to Create Your AdNow head on over to Facebook Ads website, and you can start building your ad. (Note: Because Facebook often changes the actual steps and process for ad creation, you should follow along with Facebook’s own documentation while creating the ad. This article is meant to give you higher-level concepts rather than the actual ad-creation process.)Ad settings. Once you’ve told Facebook your desired objective, you’re going to start telling Facebook who you want to reach. This is where you’ll use the data that you collected earlier when describing the attributes of your ideal customer.If you’re a local business, you’ll want to give a radius around your business for the location. If you’re not a local business or your operate mostly online, then you may want to just target English-speaking countries (or countries that you ship to). You could also use Facebook’s Local Awareness Ads if you want to reach people who are physically near your business.Ad targeting. For the rest of the targeting options:Gender: You’ll probably want to specify a gender, and craft the tone of your ad accordingly.Age: Age is important too, so fill in the ideal age of your customerInterests: Here is where your hard work earlier will pay off. Start plugging in all of those attributes of your ideal customer. Where they shop, what they do for hobbies, other Facebook pages they might like, etc. Remember to be specific, and stay away from generic suggestions that Facebook will try to give you, like “Cars.”Potential reach. As you’re filling in these details, you’ll see on the right sidebar an “Audience Definition” heading. Under that, you’ll find “Potential reach.” You’ll want to keep this between 500,000 and 1 million. (If you’re a local business, don’t worry if this number is much lower.)Other settings. Set your budget to $5 a day, or even lower if you need. The goal is to just get data. I’d also recommend setting a schedule so that your ads aren’t running at 3 a.m., unless that’s when your ideal customers are going to be awake.Building Your Facebook AdRefer to Facebook’s documentation for building the ad. It consists of supplying a URL, an image, headline and description.If you don’t have any good graphics for your ad, you can use Canva, which has pre-built social media images for free. Make sure the image stands out. If the image has text on it, the text can’t cover more than 20 percent of the image.Because you’re just getting started, I would recommend using every placement available—in the Facebook feed or right column—just to get some initial data. You can always turn specific placements off later if they don’t convert.That’s it! Now the important part: sit tight and don’t touch anything. Facebook will learn over time the best potential people to see your ad, and it takes a little time for it to figure it out. Consider letting the ad run for at least a few days before you start changing things.You can try split tests of different ads by copying the original and changing only one thing at a time: the title, the picture, the description. Once you start getting data back on what is working, you can eliminate sections of people that aren’t clicking, and optimize for the ones that are. This can help drive costs down and conversions up even more.After you start seeing some success, you could start using Facebook’s retargeting to reach people who have clicked your ad, but didn’t finish the objective.If you want to increase your daily spend, consider only increasing by 20 percent every day. Raising your daily spend from $5 a day to $500 could negatively affect Facebook’s algorithm for showing your ad to the right people.Setting up a Facebook ad is fairly straightforward and doesn’t require a huge ad budget or an entire ad team. You can set them up yourself for a few dollars a day. If the ads are profitable, then you can invest more time and money into the process.last_img read more