Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners that wish to increase their tax knowledge should consider this webinar that will address tax issues important to them. Mark your calendars for Jan. 29, 2018 to participate in this hour webinar from 10 a.m. to noon.The webinar, which focuses on tax issues specific to farmers and farmland owners will offer insight into topics such as new and proposed tax legislation as well as buying and selling farmland.OSU Income Tax Schools which are a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will offer this webinar on Jan. 29 from 10 to noon.The two-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is targeted towards farmers and farmland owners who file their own farm taxes or simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them to better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:New and Proposed Tax LegislationAg Income and ExpensesNet Operating LossesBuying and Selling FarmlandRental PropertyDemolition of StructuresThe cost for the webinar is $35. To register for this live webinar, go to https://farmoffice.osu.edu/osu-income-tax-schools/2017-farmerlandowner-income-tax-issues-webinarThe OSU Income Tax School Program is a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Municipal governments overwhelmed with the endless choices for smart city projects need to take a breath and plan ahead.This is the advice from Tormod Larsen, CTO of ExteNet. His Illinois-based company provides mobile connectivity via distributed networks.He says that cities are being confounded the over-abundance of grandiose smart city projects to choose from.“Part of the challenge is the cities basically go out and they want to do everything,” said Larsen. “They want a network that does gunshot detection, they want free Wi-Fi, they want meter reading, they want environmental sensors, they want information screens and they want all these different things and they want it for free.”He says the key is for cities to begin by developing a road map of desired services and then prioritize them as to which will come online earlier and which later.This enables cities to plan out and build network infrastructure that can achieve the long-term smart city vision, even if some components are targeted for years in the future.“If you have the network in place, then you at least have a base to build on,” said Larsen. “If you don’t have a network, then it’s a pipe dream.”“If you’re only focusing on different types of services and don’t take a step back and say ‘ok let me first get the network in place that has the capability of support some of these high priority services’ – and know that’s the backbone, the fundament of making it happen – you have a hard time getting off the ground,” he adds.Changing the mindsetBesides the early infrastructure planning, cities also need to also reconfigure the mindset of city planning departments towards smart city technology. Specifically, he says it is important for municipal officials to focus on agile development and not stick to the old fashioned way of doing things.“Sometimes the biggest obstacles we have to being able to build fiber or attach equipment on a pole or a streetlamp, either for a general service perspective or from a connectivity perspective, is the municipality itself,” said Larsen. “We’re hopeful they start seeing the value and the need in having a connected city or the connectivity of IoT, and that that might change.”“Where we come in today, a lot of municipalities say the only value you bring us is how much you’re willing to pay us…rather than understanding we’re coming in to offer services to the population and the city,” he says. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#ExteNet#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts
zoom Europe-based container shipping majors Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM plan to enhance their joint service linking North Europe and Central America, starting from January 2017. The companies intend to add a call at London Gateway in the United Kingdom and to replace the current call at Cartagena, Columbia by calling Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.The changes will become effective with M/V CMA CGM Fort St. Georges calling at London Gateway on January 6, 2017, according to CMA CGM.The enhanced service will include the following ports: London Gateway (UK), Hamburg (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Le Havre (France). Caucedo (Dominican Republic), Kingston (Jamaica), Santo Tomas De Castilla (Guatemala), Puerto Cortes (Honduras), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica).The service will be run by five CMA CGM vessels of 2,300 TEUs and one Hapag–Lloyd vessel.Hapag-Lloyd refers to the service as the Central America Express (SW3) service and CMA CGM as the ECS service.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd
zoom UK-based power systems provider Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system.“Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings,” Rolls-Royce said.The company added that this would be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role, the company informed.“We have been exploring and testing how to combine sensor technologies effectively and affordably for some time. Pilot projects such as this will allow us to see how they can be best adapted to the needs of a commercial vessel and its crew and allow us to develop a product which better serves both,” Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital & Systems – Marine, said.“Successful pilots and product development programmes are also an important step towards the further development of remote and autonomous vessels and meeting our goal of having a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade,” Skaro added.Rolls-Royce said it expects to be able to undertake an Approval of Concept and have its intelligent awareness product commercially available later in 2017.Earlier in March, the company received an approval for a research grant by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, supporting its aim to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality bu enabling it to invest further in a research and development centre in Turku, Finland.Rolls-Royce plans to carry out further development projects there focused on the future development of land-based control centres, and the use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping operations.The intelligent awareness system will benefit from Rolls-Royce’s experience in the Tekes funded project Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), which has been running since June 2015.
Twitter Advertisement British Columbia’s film and TV industry continues its hot streak. For the second consecutive year, B.C. hit another record amount that screen productions have spent in the province.Creative BC announced on July 16 that the number of productions filming in B.C. qualifying for tax-credit certifications rose to 452 (an increase of 34 percent from the previous year) and contributed $3.4 billion to B.C.’s economy in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.The 31.2 percent increase in expenditures shattered the record set by the previous period of 2016-2017, which amassed $2.6 billion from 338 productions. In comparison, 297 productions brought in $1.9 billion for 2015-2016. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Of the 110 feature films shot in the province in 2017-2018, War for the Planet of the Apes was filmed in Vancouver and Tofino (spending $81 million in B.C.) and Deadpool 2, starring Vancouver-raised actor Ryan Reynolds, filmed in Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Victoria (spending over $100 million) and featured recognizable Vancouver locations including Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge.Deadpool 2Other major feature films that have shot in Vancouver and B.C. this past year include The Mountain Between Us (starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba), Skyscraper (starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell), Welcome to Marwen (starring Steve Carrell), Project Gutenberg (starring Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok), Richard Says Goodbye (starring Johnny Depp), Dragged Across Concrete (starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson), and Hard Powder (starring Liam Neeson).Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson, was filmed in Vancouver.In B.C., 164 TV series were shot here in the 2017-2018 period. Among the TV shows that have filmed in Vancouver over the last year include A Series of Unfortunate Events, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Exorcist, The Flash, The Good Doctor, Lost in Space, The Magicians, Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, Six, Supergirl, Supernatural, Van Helsing, and The X-Files.RiverdaleThe Reel Thanksgiving Challenge, a fundraiser involving locally shot screen productions such as The Man in the High Castle, raised a record $205,831 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.Several new TV series have chosen to shoot in B.C., including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the Charmed reboot, Altered Carbon, Blue Book, Snowpiercer, and more.Direct industry jobs and labour income made up about $1.78 billion.Meditation ParkWhile foreign productions consisted of 289 projects, 163 B.C.-based productions, which included Meditation Park (starring Sandra Oh) by Vancouver filmmaker Mina Shum, brought in almost $404 million, up by 29 percent from $313 million in the previous year.Although concerns have been raised about foreign productions squeezing out domestic projects amid heightened demand for locations, crews, and resources, the number of B.C.–based productions had grown by 35 percent from 121 productions in 2016-2017. Domestic feature films increased from 24 to 27 projects while domestic TV series rose from 32 to 45.U.S.-Canadian TV coproductions that shot in B.C. include Chesapeake Shores (filmed on Vancouver Island), When Calls the Heart, and Travelers.Toronto-born actor Eric McCormack stars in the Vancouver-shot TV series Travelers.The Vancouver Island North Film Commission unveiled Vancouver Island Film Studios in Parksville, featuring five sound stages, in October 2017.More recently, in June, Burnaby’s Eagle Creek Studios completed the construction of a new 15,000-square-foot sound stage in Kelowna for productions in the Okanagan.Amid an accelerating global demand for content, among the factors contributing to the ongoing industry growth, in addition to the tax credit program, have been a low Canadian dollar; proximity to Los Angeles; well-established animation, visual effects, and post-production industries, as well as local crews and talent; multicultural populations and resources; and diverse locations that cover ocean and shorelines, desert-like regions, forests and mountains, and urban areas.by Craig Takeuchi | THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT Deadpool 2 was one of several film productions shot in B.C. that injected the provincial economy with millions of dollars. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment