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Track and Field Set for MVC Indoor Championship

first_imgOn the women’s side senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) holds top-10 times in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Cofer’s times rank ninth and eighth, respectively, all-time at Drake. Senior Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) also moved up in the Drake record books with the sixth longest long jump in school history, 18-10.75. Rolle, who finished second and third at the 2016 and 2017 MVC Championships, holds the fourth best long jump this season in the Valley. Senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continues to be one of the conference’s strongest 60-meter hurdlers with the third best time this season. Story Links Men’s Track and Field Pre-Championship Poll1. Illinois State, 76T-2. UNI, 65T-2. Indiana State, 654. Southern Illinois, 645. Bradley, 436. Loyola, 367. Drake, 258. Valparaiso, 229. Evansville, 9 Meet Schedule As a team both the men and women were picked to finish seventh in the annual pre-championship poll. The Illinois State men were picked as the favorites while the Redbirds women’s team tied with Indiana State at the top of the poll. The Drake University track and field teams are set to begin the championship portion of their season this weekend at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Action in the UNI Dome begins Saturday at 2 p.m. before resuming Sunday at 11 a.m. Competition from both days will be broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3. Live Results Sunday Live Stream Saturday Live Stream Women’s Track and Field Pre-Championship PollT-1. Illinois State, 95T-1. Indiana State, 953. Southern Illinois, 784. UNI, 715. Missouri State, 596. Loyola, 467. Drake, 428. Bradley, 34T-9. Evansville, 15T-9. Valparaiso, 15 Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs enter the MVC Championships with 12 performances that rank in the top-10 this season in the Valley. Sophomore Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) holds the second-best 60 meter time in the conference after setting a personal best 6.76 at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Junior Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) ranks ninth in both the 60 and 200 meters while newcomer Kevin Kelly quickly made his mark this season in the mile ranking tenth. Senior Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) will look to continue his strong performance in the 400 meters after finishing third in both the 2016 and 2017 Indoor MVC Championships. last_img read more

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How Did Blue Stars Get So Close to a Black Hole?

first_imgEvery solution breeds new problems, Murphy’s Law suggests.  Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope feel that pain.  While finding confirming evidence for a supermassive black hole at the center of the Andromeda Galaxy M31, they are perplexed to see a disk of hot blue stars orbiting it too close for comfort.  Estimated to be 200 million years old, the 400+ stars are in a tight orbit a light-year across and careening around the black hole at 2.2 million mph.    Blue stars are thought to be short-lived and could not have formed so close to the black hole; the extreme tidal forces there should tear the matter apart and prevent collapse into stars.  “Gas that might form stars must spin around the black hole so quickly that star formation looks almost impossible,” said one astronomer, “But the stars are there.”  They said this is like watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat.  “You know it happened but you don’t know how it happened.”  Since even younger stars have been found orbiting the presumed black hole at the center of the Milky Way, maybe this “odd activity” is the norm.Puzzles are good for scientists, and better observations are welcomed like rain in a desert, but scientists also need to learn to think outside the box.  One question never asked is whether these stars really are 200 million years old.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Work ongoing to address unintended results of tax change that favors cooperatives

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While many have suggested the recently passed tax law has numerous benefits for agriculture, there are some potential negative implications for private grain companies and other privately held purchasers of agricultural goods.A provision affecting the qualified cooperative dividend was added to the tax bill late in the process last year in an effort to avoid a tax increase for farmers previously relying on the Section 199 Domestic Production Activities Deduction. The problem that has since surfaced, however, is that the provision may inadvertently favor cooperatives over private grain buyers due to potential tax deductions for farmers. In short, the change cuts farmer taxes on proceeds from agricultural products sold to cooperatives.According to a statement from the Ohio AgriBusiness Association: “A provision in the new tax law gives growers a better deal at tax time if they sell their agricultural products to co-ops rather than other types of companies. The provision will allow farmers to deduct up to 20% of their total gross sales to cooperatives, letting some farmers reduce their taxable income to zero. Farmers would get a smaller deduction — about 20% of income — if they sell grain or other farm products to privately held or investor-owned companies. Tax lawyers and accountants say the new law will give cooperatives a significant edge over competitors.”This debate builds upon a battle last year in the development of the new tax legislation to preserve the Section 199 deduction for domestic production“That deduction went away in the tax rewrite, but lawmakers including Sen. John Hoeven (R., N.D.) won the inclusion of the new deduction. Meant to compensate for the loss of Section 199, the new provision did not intend to put private firms at a disadvantage,” according to OABA.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach agreed and is supportive of addressing the issue.“The aim of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was to spur economic growth across the entire American economy, including in the agricultural sector. While the goal was to preserve benefits in Section 199A for cooperatives and their patrons, the unintended consequences of the current language disadvantage the independent operators in the same industry,” Ibach said. “The federal tax code should not pick winners and losers in the marketplace. We applaud Congress for acknowledging and moving to correct the disparity, and our expectation is that a solution is forthcoming. USDA stands ready to assist in any way necessary.”Numerous Senate offices, the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, the National Grain and Feed Association, and other agricultural groups are currently working on addressing the situation. In a joint statement from Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and Randy Gordon, president and CEO of the National Grain and Feed Association, they said the following: “We are working intensively with stakeholders, including cooperatives, non-cooperative-owned agribusinesses and Senate offices, including Senators Hoeven, Thune and Roberts. The goal of these discussions is to arrive at an equitable solution that preserves the benefits that cooperatives and their farmer patrons previously enjoyed under Section 199 of the tax code, while addressing any unforeseen impacts on producers’ marketing decisions. NCFC, NGFA and our stakeholders are committed to reaching a solution in a thoughtful and expeditious manner, and to working with Congress to address this issue promptly.”It should be noted that any scenarios currently being considered are being done without any IRS rules in place. As the IRS develops the rules for the new tax laws the details (and complexities) of the tax language could change significantly.“Without IRS guidance on this issue, it is impossible to know how these provisions will be interpreted,” said Kristine A. Tidgren at the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. “A plain reading of the text of the new law would suggest that it provides a significantly larger 199A deduction to some member farmers marketing their products through a cooperative than to farmers selling to a non-cooperative. But it is too early to tell if this interpretation will be implemented. Seemingly plain readings of the code are sometimes transformed by IRS regulation. It is also possible that Congress could ‘fix’ this provision. Section 199A(f)(4) instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to prescribe regulations necessary to ‘carry out the purposes’ of the law, including those ‘requiring or restricting the allocation of items’ under the law. Significantly disparate treatment of similar activities may warrant administrative consideration of the ‘purposes’ of the law.”Technical corrections would require a politically challenging 60 votes in the Senate to make a change in the actual law.last_img read more

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Cong. gearing up for 2 bypolls in Goa

first_imgThe Congress on Saturday said that next year Goa could be heading for mid-term polls along with the Lok Sabha elections.Former chief minister Digambar Kamat was addressing the press after a meeting of the Goa Congress Legislature Party and the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee. Mr. Kamat said that the party was in the process of starting its statewide drive to sign up members, seek donations, and create awareness of corruption and absence of governance in Goa. On the infighting between the coalition allies and the prolonged illness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is battling advanced pancreatic cancer, Mr. Kamat said, “Nobody knows what will happen in the coming days. We are gearing up for the two by-elections, the Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly elections too.”Bypolls are expected to be held in two Assembly constituencies after two Congress MLAs quit the party to join the BJP two months ago. Mr. Kamat said, “People are angry with what is happening. We are trying to channelise their anger with the Jan Akrosh campaign and will visit all homes in the 40 Assembly constituencies to highlight the failures of the State government.”last_img read more