Economic nexus laws enacted post-Wayfair targeting remote sellers and marketplace facilitators vary from the laws in the Wayfair case. Some states have followed the standards in Wayfair while others have not. Let’s take a quick look at these new laws.First, we’ll go over the standards the Supreme Court looked at in Wayfair.South Dakota Standards Under WayfairThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Wayfair that physical presence isn’t needed for sales and use tax nexus. This cleared the way for South Dakota to enforce a law requiring a remote seller lacking in-state physical presence to collect and remit the state’s sales tax if, it had:over $100,000 in South Dakota sales of personal property, products transferred electronically, or services; orat least 200 of such sales transactions.These thresholds applied based on sales made in the previous or current calendar year.State Standards After WayfairThe upholding of South Dakota’s sales tax economic nexus standards has led to many states adopting similar standards for:remote sellers; and/ormarketplace facilitators.Also, like in Wayfair, many states include electronic products in calculating thresholds, such as:digital products and electronically downloaded products, like Georgia, Maine and South Dakota;intangible property, like Hawaii; ordigital code, like Arkansas.States have also adopted similar time periods for counting sales included in their thresholds like counting sales made in:the previous or current calendar year—which is the overall trend;the previous 12 months, like Pennsylvania and Texas; or12 consecutive months, like Minnesota.However, some states have adopted laws and policies that vary farther from the South Dakota standards. Let’s look at some of the different rules enacted by the states.Economic Nexus Thresholds, and the Tweaking ThereofSome states changed economic nexus standards they had in place before Wayfair. Some changes are designed to bring in additional sales tax revenue, while others lean more towards the business friendly end of things. For example:California increased its sales threshold for remote sellers from over $100,000 to over $500,000 and will apply the over-$500,000 threshold to marketplace facilitatorsConnecticut increased its transaction threshold from at least 100 to at least 200Washington removed its 200-transaction thresholdStandout Thresholds: States Requiring a Greater or Lesser Economic PresenceWhile the Wayfair over-$100,000 sales threshold is generally the norm among states, some notable standouts, in addition to California noted above, include:Alabama: over $250,000 for remote sellers and marketplace facilitators in the previous calendar year.Massachusetts: over $500,000 for out-of-state Internet vendors in the preceding calendar year.Mississippi: over $250,000 in the previous 12 months.On the transaction side of the thresholds, some states have strayed from the 200-transaction Wayfair norm.Lower Transaction ThresholdA few states have transaction thresholds that are lower than 200 transactions.For example, Massachusetts and Minnesota have thresholds of at least 100 transactions.New York’s threshold is over 100 transactions.To add to the complexity, the time periods for counting transactions also are different for each of these states. Taxpayers will have to look at:the preceding calendar year in Massachusetts;12 consecutive months in Minnesota; andthe preceding four sales tax quarter in New York. More than a handful of states have no threshold for transactions. In that case, remote sellers and marketplace facilitators need to look only to the sales threshold.Everybody Fan Out: Accounting for Related EntitiesNot so fast… some states don’t allow taxpayers to calculate the thresholds of individual businesses that are related separately.States also don’t allow relying on a hold harmless provision when a related entity provides incorrect information.In fact, some states have taken a proactive stance against these practices.Conduct to Defeat a ThresholdIn Texas, the Comptroller can consolidate the total Texas revenue of sellers engaged in conduct that defeats the over-$500,000 threshold.Limitation on Liability LimitationSome states hold marketplace facilitators harmless for collecting an incorrect amount of tax when they receive incorrect information from a marketplace seller. However, the hold harmless rule applies only if that seller is unrelated to them or not them.With respect to evasion, South Dakota’s DOR not only takes a proactive stance to identify remote sellers who meet either of the state’s thresholds, but it relies in part on citizen notifications.Does This Count? What Sales are Included in the ThresholdsStates often apply economic nexus thresholds to taxable retail sales of various items and services. However, there are some notable variations:Illinois advises that exempt sales count toward the state’s thresholds.Michigan includes taxable and nontaxable sales in calculating its thresholds.New York includes in its thresholds taxable and exempt sales of personal property, without deduction for expenses.And with respect to marketplace facilitators, multiple states include sales made on the facilitator’s own behalf and sales made on behalf of a marketplace seller.Looking Ahead: Simplification and the Repeal of Use Notice RulesStates will continue to enact economic nexus laws and streamline them. States with such laws before Wayfair or that rushed to enact laws after Wayfair already are updating their nexus laws. Some areas to watch moving forward include simplification and repeal of use tax notice and reporting requirements.Simplification of Economic Presence for NexusPractitioners should be on the lookout for states moving toward sales tax collection simplification.For example, Alabama provides for remote sellers and marketplace facilitators meeting the sales threshold to collect and remit the state’s flat 8% Simplified Sellers Use Tax (SSUT).Repeal of Notice & Reporting RequirementsAlso, states may follow the trend of repealing remote seller use tax notice requirements. For example, Kentucky repeals these requirements as of July 1, 2019.Also looking forward, it should be interesting to see if more states make adjustments to their thresholds, in what direction these adjustments trend, and whether more states take defensive measures against fraud.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative. read more
Earlier this month, many cetacean researchers and conservationists rejoiced when Japan canceled its controversial scientific whale hunt in Antarctica in response to an order from the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands. Now, however, Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) says it plans to resume research whaling in the region next year, with a program that is “in accord” with the court’s ruling. But ICR’s move could be just a legal maneuver, some observers say.ICR’s plans became public last week, after the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), an antiwhaling group known for harassing Japanese whaling ships, publicized legal briefs the research agency filed in a federal court in Seattle, Washington. (ICR is seeking a court order preventing SSCS from interfering with its fleet when killing whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.) Although the documents provide few details, ICR says it plans to resume its Antarctic hunts beginning in the 2015 to 2016 season. (Japan has a second scientific whale hunt in the North Pacific that is not affected by the international court’s ruling.)The news came as little surprise to those following the controversy. “It’s entirely consistent with what I would expect from ICR,” says Phillip Clapham, a marine biologist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. 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To comply with the international court’s ruling, Japan will have to offer valid scientific reasons for the number of whales it wants to kill and include nonlethal research methods to meet research objectives. Indeed, Clapham quips that the process is so daunting that “I wouldn’t want to be a scientist who’s been told to come up with a new research program that makes any sense.” (Any new program will also be reviewed by the whaling commission’s scientific council, but Japan does not need its approval to proceed.) It’s possible that ICR does not intend to resume Antarctic whaling, but is instead pursuing a legal strategy in its case against SSCS. “In order to continue the court case … they [the ICR] have to say they’ll be working in the Antarctic in 2015, even if that decision hasn’t been made,” Clapham writes in an e-mail. ICR may be trying to demonstrate that its need for an injunction against SSCS “is not moot,” adds Alison Rieser, a specialist in international law at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.Japan’s whaling fleet returned from the Southern Ocean last month after killing 251 minke whales instead of the planned 935, partly because of harassment by protesters from Sea Shepherd Australia. read more
LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments After Mike Digregorio cut Meralco’s 99-91 lead to five, 99-94, with a three-pointer at the 3:07 mark, Allen Durham and Jared Dillinger scored five unanswered to give the Bolts a 104-94 lead with 1:29 left in the game.“My guys showed a lot of heart in this game tonight, we were down at halftime and we had to find direction for the team,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black after his team trailed 52-40 in the first two quarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We couldn’t do anything right offensively or defensively and we were having a hard time defending [Henry] Walker who lit us up in the first half.”Walker had 27 first half points, 21 in the second period alone, on 7-of-15 shooting but Ranidel De Ocampo managed to clamp down on the Blackwater import in the second half. PBA IMAGESTop seed Meralco showed its mettle and stopped Blackwater’s upset hopes with a 104-96 win in the do-or-die quarterfinal match of the PBA Governors’ Cup Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts, who had their twice-to-beat advantage neutralized after the Elite won the first game, used a strong finish to overcame a double-digit deficit and oust the tough-fighting Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With De Ocampo guarding him, Walker just shot 3-of-11 in the second half and that became a welcome reprieve for the Bolts who almost lost import Allen Durham to a sprained right ankle at the 7:05 mark of the fourth.Blackwater also took an 84-79 lead early in the fourth quarter but Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger teamed up for an 11-0 run to give the Bolts a 90-84 lead with 8:06 left.Amer led the Bolts with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting while Durham missed out on a triple-double finish with 18 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.Garvo Lanete and Dillinger lit up from beyond the arc and finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.Walker finished with a game-high 34 points with 16 points to lead the Elite while JP Erram added 18 points and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president read more
TORONTO – Sears Canada has just over a week to assess another revised bid from a buyer group led by its executive chairman as its lenders press for liquidation of the embattled retailer that could start as early as mid-October.Orestes Pasparakis, a lawyer for the insolvent retailer’s court-appointed monitor FTI Consulting Canada, told the court it is assessing a revised bid from a group led by Brandon Stranzl that was submitted late Tuesday, but Sears Canada is running out of liquidity and time to decide which route to take.“We are nearing the end of the road… We have pushed the timelines to preserve optionality, and quickly running out of money,” he told Justice Glenn Hainey on Wednesday.Justice Hainey extended Sears Canada’s creditor protection, which was slated to end Wednesday, until Nov. 7.However, a group of lenders who have provided debtor-in-possession financing to Sears Canada to help keep its stores open are pushing for a liquidation agreement to be approved by the court during a hearing on Oct. 13, or risk a default.According to an amendment to an agreement with lenders submitted Tuesday, the retailer must sign a liquidation agreement by Oct. 7 — revised bid notwithstanding.A process to then liquidate the remaining Sears locations could start as soon as Oct. 19.“There is a massive swing in value,” if the process is not started by then, Joe Latham, a lawyer for Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corp. Canada, told the court.If a proposal to buy the business as a going concern does not materialize, he added, it is key to liquidate before the Christmas season is over to maximize the value the process can attain.This comes after the court-appointed monitor said in a report earlier this week that Sears Canada is losing money on a weekly basis but will have enough liquidity to fund its operations until Nov. 7.“We have a very short fuse on a potential liquidation of the company,” said Jeremy Dacks, a lawyer representing Sears from law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. “We do have a going concern bid that has issues that still need to be resolved and a matter of days, not weeks, to proceed.”On Wednesday, Justice Hainey gave the green light for the sale of 12 Sears stores and its wholly-owned subsidiary and appliance retail chain Corbeil. The judge also approved the sale of a Sears distribution centre to Indigo Books and Music, as well as the sale of three home services businesses.A proposal to sell the Viking appliance brand to Canadian Tire, however, was adjourned on Wednesday, as another party has the first right of refusal.Mark Zigler, a lawyer with Koskie Minsky representing thousands of pensioners, said a decision must be made between the two paths before Sears Canada as soon as possible. He said they are not opposed to a proposal to buy the company as a going concern, but the delays in the process leaves pensioners “bearing the brunt” of the cost.“The pensioners are paying the price,” he said.“We cannot continue to be funding this exercise.” read more
Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,802.70, down 4.47 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $2.36 on 5.3 million shares. The Quebec government is ruling out any further aid for Bombardier Inc. amid reports the company is looking for investors and considering selling aerospace assets. Economy Minister Dominique Anglade says the province has already done more than its fair share in terms of investing in the aerospace sector. The government invested US$1 billion in 2016 for a 49.5 per cent stake in Bombardier’s CSeries commercial jet program.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 3.20 per cent, to $3.33 on 4.3 million shares.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Miner. Up 52 cents, or 5.25 per cent, to $10.43 on 4.1 million shares.Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 7.64 per cent, to $1.55 on 4.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down three cents, or 1.03 per cent, to $2.88 on 3.5 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Miner. Up four cents, or 0.87 per cent, to $4.65 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Down 26 cents, or 1.87 per cent, to $13.67 on 384,857 shares. The company says it has reached an agreement to sell its payment processing and prepaid card business as it looks to further streamline operations. The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says the sale of the business will save about $20 million in annual salary and other operating costs, while giving up the $18 million in fees and other income it brought in.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down 25 cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $68.90 on 243,366 shares. Loblaw is laying off 500 of its office workers, but the company says it still expects to create more jobs than it eliminates this year. President Sarah Davis said some of the laid-off employees were told Monday and many of the positions will be eliminated immediately. The 500 jobs come from all levels of store-support offices, including various executives.TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X). Brokers and Exchanges. Up 12 cents, or 0.18 per cent, to $68.10 on 83,770 shares. TMX Group has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange aimed at improving economic co-operation. The companies say they want to connect investors and companies in the technology and innovation sectors in the two countries. read more
In his message to the eleventh Conference of Parties of the UN Convention on Desertification, Mr Ban said: “You meet as Namibia faces severe drought. The United Nations system stands ready to continue to support your efforts to mitigate its effects and build resilience.”More broadly, he said desertification and land degradation threaten the livelihoods, well-being and sustainable development of at least 1 billion people. Further, climate change is already having an impact in the drylands of Africa. Some areas have already seen temperature rise by 2 degrees Celsius. Long periods of drought, famine and deepening poverty continue to impoverish and depopulate vast areas. In defining the post-2015 development agenda, the international community must make measurable progress “to halt and reverse land degradation, which threatens the livelihoods, well-being and sustainable development of at least 1 billion people,” read Mr. Ban’s message, which was delivered by Ms. Veerle Vanderweerd, head of delegation of the UN Development Programme.During the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, world leaders acknowledged the threat of desertification, land degradation and drought in all regions, and especially for developing countries. “Healthy land is a prerequisite for food and water security and necessary to avert political instability and to support climate change resilience and preserve valuable biodiversity,” Mr. Ban said. read more
“As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Families, we recognize the meaningful contributions that families make to advancing the mission of the United Nations,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 15 May.“By providing economic and emotional sustenance to their members, families can raise productive, caring citizens committed to the common good. Strong, well-functioning families, whatever form they may take, can help reduce poverty, improve the wellbeing of mothers, promote gender equality and uphold human rights.”This year’s Day marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family and offers an opportunity to refocus on the role of families in development, particularly in the achievement of internationally agreed development goals. Mr. Ban called for mobilizing the world’s families as countries strive to usher in a more sustainable future, achieve the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), shape a new development agenda and combat climate change.“Let us strive to strengthen these small but critical units found in every society so that we may advance as one human family toward greater progress,” he said.Guy Ryder, Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), said in his statement for the Day that decent work is a key link in the chain connecting families and development.“Work-related policies and practices play a major role in creating family-supportive environments which, in turn, yield benefits for the world of work and society,” he said.Mr. Ryder noted that today’s families are diverse, defying traditional models such as those based on a male breadwinner and jobs for life. There are now many single parent households – often women, and grandparent-headed households. “In their different shapes and sizes, families are active agents of development. Yet their contribution – actual and potential – is often undervalued and inadequately supported, and many families are under severe pressure,” he said.ILO is stressing decent work for women and men, stressing that this assures a better deal for families and it enables families to help build a better future for all. read more
A number of buildings at Brock University’s main campus in St. Catharines will be shutdown for planned maintenance and utility upgrades this weekend.The Schmon Tower, Thistle Complex, Decew and Vallee Residences and the Central Utilities Building will all be powered down and closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, May 10 until 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience and Research Complex will also be impacted. All equipment in the building will be powered down with the exception of critical systems. The Cairns Complex will close on Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. and is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, May 11 at noon.All doors will be locked and swipe card access will be unavailable at these buildings during these times.Internet access, including wireless, will also not be available in the buildings undergoing maintenance. However, telephones, including emergency phones in elevators, will be fully functional in these areas.For emergency-only access to any of these affected areas during the shutdown, please contact Campus Security Services (x3200) to make arrangements.In all affected areas, faculty and staff are reminded to clean out fridges and remove anything that is at risk of spoilage prior to leaving for the weekend on Friday, May 10.In the unlikely event that power cannot be restored to these areas by 10 a.m. on Saturday, information will be posted on the Brock home page (under “News”). Every effort will be made to communicate this decision by 7 a.m.The rest of the University’s main and east campuses will have normal power and will be operational as usual.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joanne Phelan, customer service co-ordinator, at x3717 or email@example.com, or Cassie Kelly, director of Maintenance and Operations Services at x3533 or firstname.lastname@example.orgView the Facilities Management’s shutdown bulletin online. read more
Colombia has the second-highest biodiversity in the world (behind Brazil), with more than 56,000 registered species, of which more than 9,1500 are endemic. But the country also has a more disturbing statistic — its multimillion-dollar, illegal wildlife trade is the fourth-largest in the country after drugs, guns, and human trafficking.The Santa Cruz Foundation in San Antonio, Cundinamarca, aims to give animals rescued from Colombia’s traffickers and circuses a new chance at life. Photographer Juancho Torres visited the sanctuary and captured stunning images of these abused animals — from majestic big cats and monkeys to colorful birds and reptiles.View as: One Page Slides1. Spectacled CaimanPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe spectacled caiman is one of the most highly traded wildlife commodity coming out of the Amazon. Nearly 800,000 skins, to be used for shoes and bags, are exported annually, mainly from captive breeding centers in Colombia. 2. JaguarPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesConservation organizations have called for global protection for the jaguar, the biggest predator cat in the Americas, as the demand for its body parts, especially teeth that can bite through a turtle shell, is spiking in China for medicine.3. Black Spider MonkeyPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThis black spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps robustus) was rescued after being abused in a circus.4. Brown BearPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThis brown bear (Ursus Arctos Arctos) was also rescued after being abused in a circus.5. Scarlet MacawPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe scarlet macaw (Ara macao) faces the threat of illegal wildlife trafficking, because of its great beauty, and is one of the prohibited species for commerce by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).6. Yellow-Throated ToucanPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe yellow-throated toucan (Ramphastos Ambiguus) is a large, black and yellow toucan most notable for its massive, bicolored bill.7. FlamingoPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesExotic birds are among the most trafficked animals. Many are usually kept at wildlife warehouses in deplorable conditions, and subjected to cruel treatment such as birds having their feathers dyed to make them more attractive.8. Crab-Eating RaccoonPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe crab-eating raccoon or South American raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus) is a species of raccoon native to marshy and jungle areas of Central and South America.9. King VulturePhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesA rescued king vulture. The illegal wildlife industry in Colombia is worth about $17 million each year.10. White-Headed CapuchinPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesTh white-headed (or white-face) capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) ARE among the most intelligent of New World monkeys. In addition to their ability to fashion tools for foraging, they have been known to use sticks as weapons against snakes. 11. Black JaguarPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe black jaguar is less common than the spotted morph, estimated at occurring in about 6 percent of the South American jaguar population.12. Andean BearPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThis Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) was rescued after being abused and kept in chains in captivity in a farm.13. White TigerPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe white tiger’s unique white color fur has made them popular in entertainment showcasing exotic animals, and at zoos.14. Blue PeafowlPhoto: Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus), a large and brightly colored bird, is a species of peafowl native to the Indian subcontinent, but introduced in many other parts of the world.More on Geek.com:Stunning Photo Captures Eagle Stealing Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air BattleRare Black Panther Caught on Camera in KenyaCan You Spot the Bobcat Kitten in This Photo? Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterNature Cam Captures Black Bear Feeding at Condor Sanctuary Stay on target read more
Tech CEO Tim Cook Voice OppositionFlickrStock app of the Apple Inc. has incorrectly made the tech giant the world’s first trillion-dollar company. The share price of the company started in the garage of co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976 has been hovering around the $1 trillion mark for a while. But the news articles across the globe which claimed that the company has crossed the $1 trillion mark in market cap turned out to be wrong because of a technical fault with the app built into the iPhone.This week the company had announced its-better-than expected results, Apple bought back some of its shares. The step led to the stock price go up from around $204 to $207. But due to a delay in the update in own Stocks app, the small surge in the share price showed the company to have crossed the $1 trillion — even though in reality it has not.Yahoo Finance provides the share price data on iPhone which is bundled with the iPhone as well as into Siri, which means if someone asks Siri for the current value of the share price of Apple it will tell them the wrong answer. The Apple is yet to make a correction in its app.Though the psychological level of $ 1 trillion dollar mark is an imperative milestone it would hardly make a difference to the company along with its shareholders. But the confusion has played as a catalyst in the company’s market value. Apple office.ReutersThe glitch happened due to Apple’s plan to buy back substantial share – which allows it to give the money back to investors; meant that some of its shares were destroyed. The shares were then taken out of the circulation which meant that the number of issued shares went down, increasing the value of the share.A company’s market capitalisation is calculated by multiplying its share price by a number of outstanding shares. It means since there are fewer issued shares, the price required to make the company worth a trillion would be far higher.According to the company’s own Stocks app, at the time of filing the story, Apple’s shares stood at $205.18, after soaring $3.73 on Thursday morning. To become a trillion dollar company it has to reach a level of $207.05. read more
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 For this mark-up, children and their parents will have access to a year’s worth of Freetime Unlimited, Amazon’s subscription service for kids content. Freetime Unimited promises access to more than 1000 children’s audio books from Audible, as well as books and games that can be accessed on tablets and other devices with a screen. Related Freetime Unlimited typically costs $2.99 for Amazon Prime members, and $4.99 for users who don’t have a prime subscription. In addition to content, the service also offers parental controls, making it possible to monitor device usage, and block access at certain times. Coinciding with the revamp of the Echo Dot Kids speaker, Amazon also added some premium Alexa skills from publishers like Disney and Sony as well as kids podcasts from NPR and Gimlet Media to Freetime.Amazon faced some criticism when it first introduced a smart speaker for children. In fact, a consortium of consumer rights and privacy advocacy groups filed a complaint with the FCC last year, alleging that the collection of voice recordings from minors violated privacy and child protection laws.The company responded to that criticism Wednesday by emphasizing that the Echo Dot Kids Edition speaker was complaint with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. As part of that commitment, Amazon said that Alexa skills available through the speaker wouldn’t have access to personal identifiable information, and that parents could always delete voice recordings through the Alexa Privacy Hub. Kristen Stewart on ‘Seberg’: ‘It’s Not Hard for Me to Wear My Politics’ Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off Popular on Variety Amazon still believes that children deserve their own smart speaker: The e-commerce giant released a revamped version of its Echo Dot Kids Edition speaker Wednesday, while also announcing tweaks to its Freetime Unlimited subscription service for children’s content.The new Echo Dot Kids Edition features a new fabric case, similar to the revamped version of the Echo Dot, albeit with two color options not available for adults (light blue and rainbow stripes). Like the new Echo Dot, it is also 70% louder than its predecessor.The new Echo Dot Kids Edition will start shipping on June 26, and cost $69.99 — $20 more than a regular Echo Dot, but $10 less than the first-generation Kids Edition speaker the company introduced last year. (Currently, both Echo Dot and Echo Dot Kids Edition list for $20 off on Amazon.com.) read more
He first came to India in 1978, but business was the last thing on his mind then! Olivier Bernheim, CEO, Raymond Weil, fell in love with India on that trip – it was his honeymoon. And ever since he took over from his father-in-law Raymond Weil in 1996, the country has come in to his list of annual visits. ‘I come to India thrice a year,’ says Bernheim. 1978 was all about travel and romance for him but now India means business as Raymond Weil opened another shop in Mumbai now. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bernheim joined the company in 1982 and from getting the first computers in to his office to the n-th store in the country, he has come a long way. The India connection however started in the Weil family well before Bernheim. Right from 1956, when Raymond Weil made his journey to India, the market for luxury watches was opened up then. Weil brought in the concept of watches as pieces of heritage. Something that can be passed on as an heirloom and years later, his son-in-law Oliver Bernheim works with the same vision. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTalking business, Bernheim says that since he took over as CEO, the changes have been massive and opportunities limitless but the odds have also been challenges. ‘Ever since 1997, the world has witnessed the fastest developments but there have also been difficulties that went with it,’ he says. Not only did the business model have to change, the man behind the brand had to change as well. Bernheim has seen the India market grow from metros and spread to Tier 2 and 3 cities where business attitudes and purchase power is as developed, if not at par with the likes of metros. ‘Branding has become more aggressive now,’ says Bernheim. India understands luxury and aspires for brands just as the rest of the world does, feels the man. And the watch market for men seems to be growing more compared to the female watch line because men aspire for tech-updated watches. ‘The women’s watch line is quite strong in India,’ says Berhneim adding that this is because the jewelry market is so big. So, while the range available in India starts from Rs 45,000 and tops at a whopping Rs 8 lakhs – we are at a decent Rs 6 lakh difference from the top model that costs Rs 14 lakhs and is not available in the country. And why so? ‘That is simply because the custom duties are far too high for products of that price,’ explains Bernheim. Almost two decades have come to pass and Bernheim’s two sons have started their own watch brand 88 Rue Du Rhone says the proud father. Between attending calls from his daughter and talking about watches, Bernheim gets talking about India. ‘When I first came here, it was so different form the sterilised environment in Europe, everything was at its most basic in India,’ he says. And what about Delhi? ‘I love Delhi,’ pat comes the reply.Not that we expected otherwise! ‘It is not a busy city at all as people like to call it. Delhi cannot compare to a Mumbai at peak hours,’ he says. What fascinates him is the sheer size of the city, the monuments and the food, of course. Clearly the romance is going to continue for a good long time. read more
News | December 28, 2009 SNM Encourages Long-Term Solution on Physician Reimbursement Rates News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! 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However, SNM cautions that a long-term solution is necessary to address this ongoing problem.”We urge Congress to take action now to implement a long-term formula that adequately addresses the level of demand—and actual cost of providing these services,” said Michael M. Graham, Ph.D., M.D., president of SNM. “This is a critical issue facing the medical community, and we need to continue to work together to protect the patients we serve.”On Dec. 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3326, which delays cuts to reimbursement rates for physicians, which have been looming on the horizon and would affect nearly one-third of the American public who are eligible for coverage through Medicare or Medicaid, if implemented. The Senate approved the measure on Dec. 19. Significant cuts in the reimbursement rates for physicians will be postponed until March 1, 2010. In the short-term, the fix to the SGR will protect cuts to medical care. If a long-term fix is not approved, Medicare funding could be cut by more than 21 percent next year. “At this time, the term ‘SGR fix’ is really a misnomer,” said Graham. “A two-month patch is not a resolution to an ongoing issue that has been affecting patients and the medical community. While this is a good temporary measure, we hope that the Senate will take swift action to establish a permanent solution.” After the temporary fix expires, physicians would once again face severe cuts in the level of reimbursement they receive for caring for Medicare patients. Previously, Congress has failed to approve a permanent fix to the SGR, instead passing a series of one-year patches to prevent proposed cuts. “While patches have worked in the short-term, they do not really address the chronic issue,” Graham said. Cumulatively, the effect is that medical reimbursement rates have not kept pace with inflation—even while the cost of health care escalates.”SNM continues to work with members of Congress and other medical societies to ensure that coverage remains a priority on the national health care agenda. For more information: www.snm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Related Content read more
The Costa Rican airline Nature Air said it is purchasing four new aircraft that will be arriving by year-end, representing an investment of $2.5 million.The LET-L410 type aircraft can carry 19 passengers. The planes will take to the air in December, Nature Air said this week, and will fly to the airline’s 15 destinations in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.General Manager Gustavo Chinchilla said the new, faster aircraft will significantly reduce flight times on all routes.“Tourists can arrive in 20 minutes to almost any beach destination that by land would take up to 5 hours,” Chinchilla said.In addition, the new planes have increased cargo capacity and more space for passengers.The LET-L410s will add to Nature Air’s current fleet, also allowing for more daily flights.“Our current fleet has a capacity of 160,000 seats per year and our new aircraft will allow us go up to 200,000,” Chinchilla said.He added that in coming months the airline will start offering new charter flights to Ometepe and Costa Esmeralda in Nicaragua. Nature Air also plans to add a new route to David, Panama.The latest report from Costa Rica’s Civil Aviation Administration states that Nature Air and Sansa, the other company offering domestic flights, transported 83 percent of all passengers who circulated at local airports in 2013. The remaining 17 percent used charter flights from other carriers, private flights or rental planes. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica could launch 7 new airline routes and add 2 carriers this year Avianca now offers San José-San Andrés flights on weekends Canadian carrier WestJet to add flights to Costa Rica from Calgary, Toronto New Costa Rican airline plans to launch with flights to Central and South America, US read more
Recommended: Reader not fond of ‘torturing fish,’ but sportfishing isn’t the problemNote: I first wrote about this many years ago in The Tico Times, but it seems not much has changed since then, and it is time to rethink our actions once again.Bragging is part of human nature. We all do it, no matter what activity we partake in. I’ve seen bird-watchers nearly exchange punches as they reviewed their sighting scorecards at the end of the day, accusing each other of inventing the number of different species they saw. Fishermen, I believe, were born with a more dominant bragging gene than most of the public. For any type of bragging, photographic proof is the most convincing tool of all. Thus, the “hero shot” was born.The traditional hero shot shows an angler posing in front of the camera with a giant smile, proudly displaying in his hands – or on his lap, if the fish is too heavy to lift – the trophy he or she has caught. If one is keeping the fish as a food item, it doesn’t much matter how you take the picture, because the fish is going in the icebox. If the fish is going to be released, however, it is a different story altogether, especially a fish the size of a sailfish or marlin.As 90 percent of anglers coming to Costa Rica are after sailfish or marlin, and all sailfish must be released by law, let’s talk about these species.You can go to almost any website that features fishing in Costa Rica and see photos of sailfish being dragged across the gunwale of the boat and posed with the angler for the “hero shot.” Then the fish is put back in the water. This had been the norm for more than two decades. Most marine biologists agree that pulling the fish overboard for pictures can severely harm the fish. Air exposure reduces intake of oxygen and offload of carbon dioxide, which causes stress to the fish. Dragging a big fish across the gunwale can damage internal organs as well as remove the protect slime making them susceptible to bacteria and parasites. This photo, taken legally 12 years ago before new regulations were passed, is typical of the “hero shots” taken at that time. (Courtesy of Todd Staley)Over eight years ago, in December 2008, Costa Rica passed regulations making it illegal to remove sailfish from the water for the purpose of taking a photo. A fine of ₡2 million (around $3,500) can be imposed on those found in violation. For the most part, this regulation has been ignored by the sport fishing fleet for various reasons.First, I’d bet you a boatload of ballyhoo most people don’t even know this regulation exists. Website and brochure photos with happy people posing with big sailfish out of the water sell fishing trips, just like years ago a bunch of dead fish hanging at the dock sold trips. When tourists see these types of photos advertised, they want to bring home their own hero shot, with the sailfish onboard, to show all their friends back home. Fishing crews oblige them in hopes of getting a good tip. The original “hero shot.” Lots of fish hanging on the dock usually sold a charter for the next day. (Courtesy of the Sailfish Club via Todd Staley)A good crew does an orientation with the client before leaving the dock. This includes discussing the boat’s safety equipment, the level of the angler’s experience and how we fish billfish in Costa Rica. I have found that when clients are informed before leaving the dock that removing billfish from the water is not permitted in Costa Rica, and why, they are very receptive. A good owner or manager insists that his or her crews give a good introduction. Good communication is a big part of the whole experience, and it should start at the dock.The Costa Rica government is finally starting to get its feet wet in marine conservation that is long overdue. So far, all their major decisions have continued to allow sport fishing in the new management areas. The Costa Rican Fishing Association (FECOP), a sport fishing advocacy project that started with President Laura Chinchilla, has protected over 200,000 square kilometers from tuna purse sein activity as well as moving them 45 miles from shore. Sport anglers have reported better tuna fishing as well as larger pods of spinner dolphins which are often associated with yellowfin tuna.FECOP is currently investing more than $100,000, and the government even more, in a joint project with INCOPESCA and the National Training Institute (INA) to teach the use of “Green Sticks,” a selective type of commercial fishing for tuna which eliminates bycatch of sailfish. This also includes proper handling of the catch to receive the best market price.The regulations are far from perfect in this country, and way too many billfish die each year as bycatch in commercial operations, but that does not give us the right to not follow the regulations in place. It is not difficult at all to leave them in the water and still get a good hero shot.Taking a good photo of a billfish: After your crew has a calm fish alongside the boat.1. Leave it in the water.2. Have your camera ready. Most people want a shot with their own camera, so make sure your friends know how to use it. Valuable time is wasted explaining how to use it and the chance of a bad photo increases.3. Always touch a fish with a pair of fishing gloves on. Lean over and gently place one hand on the bill and the other hand on the dorsal fin.4. SMILE and click. All this can be done in less than a minute if you are prepared.5. Then you can either pass the fish back to the crew or hold it yourself while the boat moves slowly forward to pass water over the fish’s gills. When you can feel the fish resist, gently push it away from the boat and watch it swim away.6. High-five your friends and crew and keep fishing.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full time to marine conservation. Contact him at email@example.com. Facebook Comments Related posts:Reader not fond of ‘torturing fish’ — but sportfishing isn’t the problem Costa Rica’s ocean creatures inspire hand-crafted sculptures King of the silver kings Outdoor fitness event will host 125 women in Herradura read more
Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden was a big loss for the team after he tore his right ACL in October of 2017. But with his return to NFL action on Sunday against the Bears, his 12 snaps were just the beginning.Golden expects to see a bump in playing time when the Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Week 4.“I think it will be a big increase, ’cause I’m feeling real good,” he said on the Big Red Rage from Majerle’s in Chandler on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Thursday. “I’ve been getting more reps in practice and I’m feeling good. Like I said, been working hard every day, my knee getting better, been taking great care of it. I’ll be ready to go soon.” Golden didn’t record a sack or tackle against Chicago, but his return to the field in itself was an important step forward for an 0-3 Cardinals team.Related LinksCardinals defense finding legs but not enough to beat BearsFilm study helping Cardinals rookie Edmonds; CB competition brewsPreparation has Cardinals QB Josh Rosen confident heading into first start“I feel like I’m alright,” he said. “For me not to be playing football for a year, I feel pretty good. Of course you always going to get out there and want to do more, especially after a loss. But I feel like I’m in a good place, I’ve just got to keep on working.”The 25-year-old had a big year in his most recent full season of football, 2016, when he played 16 games and recorded 12.5 sacks with 51 tackles and four forced fumbles.“Of course, going into the first week I was thinking about [the knee], people being around your legs,” he said. “But after a while I do get going and playing, ’cause you can’t be out there and play scared. So I get out there, I’ve been feeling good and feeling like myself, and I feel like I’ll be alright.”Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, who was one of the hosts of the Big Red Rage episode and is also coming off of an injury (a knee injury he suffered in November last year) had similar things to say about his own comeback. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) lines up against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I remember that early phase of when I first started coming back and being on the grass and what it felt like, and kind of just being a little antsy,” Humphries said. “But over time, once you feel a couple awkward positions, you begin to trust that you have that feeling again where you’ll be fine and you’ll be strong.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share read more
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 5 Comments Share Related LinksCardinals to retain Iupati, who takes pay cut amid O-line restructureArizona Cardinals sign former Giants OL Justin PughCardinals fail to convert on third down against the VikingsIupati had been questionable prior to the matchup with an injured shoulder and was limited in practice on Friday. Offensive lineman Andre Smith also was on the injury report with a hamstring and was limited on Friday. He played in the game.The Cardinals signed Pugh to a five-year contract this offseason after the 28-year-old spent the first five years of his career with the New York Giants. Iupati took a pay cut in March as the Cardinals restructured their offensive line.Arizona acquired Vujnovich off waivers at the beginning of September. – / 21 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals suffered a loss in more ways than one in their visit to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday.In their 27-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Cardinals saw offensive linemen Justin Pugh, Jeremy Vujnovich and Mike Iupati all leave the game due to injury.The announced that Iupati (back) left the game and would not return. Pugh (hand) and Vujnovich (hamstring) were questionable to return.John Wetzel and Daniel Munyer were replacements for the injured guards. Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Mike Iupati (76) blocks defensive tackle Corey Peters, right, during an NFL football practice Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) read more
JOHANNESBURG – Much of what is seen in “Black Panther” is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive click sounds that had some cast members struggling to speak it.“The clicks are no joke,” Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o said recently, calling isiXhosa “one of the hardest languages on the planet.”The idea to use isiXhosa, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages, in the blockbuster came from South African actor and cast member John Kani. Kani plays the father of the king T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman.Now, in the wake of “Black Panther,” the language is having a moment. Even the foundation of Nobel Peace Prize-winner and anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu, who rarely makes public statements these days at the age of 86, pointed out this week on Twitter: “Archbishop Tutu comes from a #Xhosa background as well.”Some South Africans at the film’s Johannesburg premiere said it was humbling to hear isiXhosa spoken in a major Hollywood film, even if they found the accents of some actors a little eyebrow-raising.“I’m not so impressed, but they tried,” said South African reality TV star Blue Mbombo with a good-natured smile.Somikazi Deyi, a lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s School of Languages & Literature, said of isiXhosa: “It’s a wonderful language.” Deyi also dismissed any assertion that the clicks of the language were hard to grasp.“They’re kind of easy,” she said.She walked The Associated Press through it. For the “X” sound, push your tongue against the side of your mouth and click as if calling a horse. For the “C” sound, do the same but against your front teeth. And for the “Q” sound, pop the tip of your tongue off the roof of your mouth.The tricky part, perhaps, is incorporating them into words at normal speed.Those “click” sounds that are unusual to many outside South Africa are a combination of the Khoi and San languages of the region’s original inhabitants, Deyi said. Now they’re a key part of isiXhosa, which is spoken by almost everyone in Eastern Cape province and whose famous speakers include South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.IsiXhosa carries a person’s emotional identity, a sense of kinship, Deyi said.“You own it. You’re in control. There’s some spirituality to it.”You speak more to a person’s heart when using their Xhosa clan name, she added — a reason why Mandela is often warmly called “Madiba” in South Africa.Deyi hasn’t yet seen “Black Panther” but is thrilled by the film’s prospects for globalizing a language that she said is well-equipped for economy and law, not only for communication in one corner of the world.“I hail the movie-makers. I pray they make more space for it,” she said, already looking ahead to a sequel. “Let there be another ‘Black Panther.’ I want to see more!” The language of ‘Black Panther’? It’s real. Give it a try. FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in “Black Panther,” poses at the premiere of the film at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The language of Wakanda in “Black Panther” is very much real, including the “click” sounds that are making audiences murmur, impressed. That’s thanks to South African actor and cast member John Kani, who introduced the idea of using it with his onscreen son, Chadwick Boseman. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) by Cara Anna, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2018 6:31 am PDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
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