first_imgWALNUT CREEK – Think of the nation’s tax system as a financial smorgasbord. Tax year 2007 is no exception. Some items will stay on the menu, and others will go away. Although some tax breaks are making their final appearance this year, certain year-end tips can be part of a general tax strategy. For example, homeowners who make itemized deductions on their tax returns might want to make a January mortgage payment by the end of 2007. That would allow them to deduct the interest paid that month on their 2007 tax return. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAnother strategy is to make the maximum contribution amount allowed during the year to a traditional 401(k) or other retirement account that is funded with pre-tax dollars. Contributions to IRA accounts can be made until the April 15 federal income tax filing deadline. One of the tax breaks that will go away after tax year 2007 is geared to people with large, traditional IRA accounts. Introduced in 2006, it lets taxpayers who are 70 years and older exclude as much as $100,000 of taxable income by transferring the funds directly to a charity. Distributions from IRA accounts are required to be taken once the account holder reaches age 70 . The tax break is meant to apply to high-net-worth individuals, said Debbie Pursey, an investment adviser in the Walnut Creek office of Financial Network Investment Corp. Such strategies, of course, apply in situations where the IRA account holder has other financial assets to live on. Another break making a final appearance in 2007 is a lifetime credit worth as much as $500 for making energy improvements in the home. The credit was first available in 2006. “So if you have not used it in 2006, you can use it (all) in 2007,” said Donna LeValley-Cocovinis, a contributing editor of “J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2008,” an 816-page guide for preparing 2007 tax returns. Taxpayers with a yearly adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less can deduct their mortgage insurance premiums from their 2007 federal income tax returns for homes purchased or refinanced this year. Taxpayers with yearly incomes of $100,000 to $109,000 are eligible for a reduced tax break. The mortgage insurance deduction does not apply to loans taken out in 2006 or earlier. Legislation is pending to extend the mortgage insurance tax break until 2014. If you bought a hybrid car in 2007, you may be eligible for a tax credit, according to LeValley-Cocovinis. The credit amount varies by the hybrid model and how much of a credit each manufacturer has remaining, she said. The hybrid credit – which can be worth as much as $3,400 for a qualified vehicle – expires on Dec. 31, 2010. The credit amount for buying qualified hybrids starts to phase out following the quarter in which the manufacturer sells 60,000 hybrids. A tax credit that benefits low-income taxpayers who fund retirement plans is now permanent. The credit applies to individuals whose yearly adjusted gross income is up to $26,000 (up to $39,000 for heads of households) and married couples filing jointly with incomes up to $52,000. Those who qualify can receive a tax credit worth as much as $1,000 (as much as $2,000 if filing jointly) for making eligible contributions to an IRA, 401(k) or other qualified retirement accounts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson It was a difference of philosophy and a difference of opinion,” Colletti said Sunday night. It’s disappointing because I would have liked to have had Jeff back pitching for the Dodgers next year, but it just didn’t work out.” Recent moves by Colletti suggest he wasn’t confident Weaver was coming back. He signed pitcher Brett Tomko and traded for Mets starter Jae Seo to fill out the Dodgers starting pitching staff. They join Brad Penny, Derek Lowe and Odalis Perez in the rotation, although Colletti hasn’t ruled out adding another starter. You’re always on the look out,” Colletti said. If Weaver does not sign with another team it’s possible he could still end up back with the Dodgers, although the two sides can not talk again until May. However, that’s a longshot at best. LOS ANGELES — Jeff Weaver’s two year-career with the Dodgers likely came to an end Sunday when the team and the free agent pitcher couldn’t agree on a contract. Under baseball’s labor contract, free agents offered arbitration have until Jan. 8 to re-sign with their former teams. After that, they can’t re-sign until May 1. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti expressed interest in bringing Weaver back, and was negotiating with agent Scot Boras this weekend in hopes of resigning the former Simi Valley High standout. However, Colletti’s maintained all winter the gulf separating Weaver’s demands and the club’s offer was considerable, making a deal highly unlikely. center_img Weaver was 14-11 with a 4.22 ERA last year, striking out a career-high 157 batters in 224 innings. He averaged nearly 6 2/3 innings in 34 starts. The Dodgers acquired Weaver and reliever Yhency Brazoban from the New York Yankees for right-hander Kevin Brown on Dec. 13, 2003. Weaver was 13-13 with a 4.01 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers. Weaver began his big league career with the Detroit Tigers in 1999, going 9-12 with a 5.55 ERA. He has a lifetime record of 78-87 with a 4.44 ERA. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola was pleased he could hand a number of Manchester City’s brightest youth talents Champions League experience against Celtic on Tuesday evening.Tosin Adarabioyo, Pablo Maffeo, Leroy Sane and Kelechi Iheanacho all started the game, the latter scoring after eight minutes to cancel out Patrick Roberts’ opener in what ended a 1-1 draw.There was also space on the bench for Angelino, Angus Gunn and 16-year-old Phil Foden, all who have been touted for bright futures at the Etihad.Aided by some experienced first team players, these young talents of City held their own against the Bhoys, and Guardiola was delighted they were able to get some valuable minutes under their belts in European competition.The Spaniard said: “We played really good against a good team with experienced players like Bacary [Sagna], Gael [Clichy], Pablo [Zabaleta], Fernando, [Ilkay] Gundogan.“They helped a lot with the young players, and it was a good experience for them as they deserved to play.“They train well, their behaviour is always perfect, so I’m so happy to give them the opportunity to play in the Champions League.“The game was good for the spectators, both teams tried to attack. It was a pleasure to play again against Celtic of Glasgow.”City had already qualified for the knockout round ahead of Tuesday’s match, ending the group stages in second place – with nine points from six games.They only picked up wins against Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach, but Guardiola insists he is happy with City’s European campaign so far seeing as he is adding new pages to the club’s – fairly short – Champions League story.He added: “Considering Manchester City in their long history have just once arrived in the semi-finals, we are so happy.“We competed against the best team in the world [Barcelona], against Monchengladbach, and Celtic Glasgow is a team who every weekend is winning games.“Now on Monday we are going to be in the draw, we’re going to see the draw, and it is important to see how it’s going to be in the other level in February. And hopefully, it will be good.”last_img read more

first_img1 Torino forward Andrea Belotti assessed by stats experts WhoScored.com Football statistics experts WhoScored.com take a look at the £86 million Manchester City target currently leading the Serie A scoring chartsIn the pursuit of the Capocannoniere, many would have tipped the usual suspects to secure the individual accolade in Serie A. Gonzalo Higuain, who scored 36 league goals for Napoli last season, had been tipped to better that return following his switch to Juventus in the summer, while new teammate and compatriot Paulo Dybala would have been in with a good chance of landing the award. In Rome, Edin Dzeko has been scoring for fun, while Mauro Icardi is in the form of his career for Inter Milan.Yet, the man leading the scoring charts in Serie A plies his trade for Torino.Andrea Belotti has scored more goals (22) than any other player in Italy’s top tier this term. Only Edinson Cavani (27) and Lionel Messi (23) have scored more goals than Belotti in Europe’s top five leagues this season, to reaffirm a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’.Only Dzeko (7.75) has gained a better rating than the young striker (7.73) in Serie A this term with the frontman unsurprisingly earning countless admirers across the continent.A number of Europe’s top teams have understandably registered an interest in Belotti, who at the time of writing has a £86 million (€100m) release clause in his contract, which he signed in December. “If I had the chance to do it all over again today, I’d make the clause €150m,” Torino owner Urbano Cairo recently told Sky Italia. While Torino would be understandably keen to retain their key man’s services, a failure to secure a European finish would undeniably speed up his exit from the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.Despite a host of clubs tracking Belotti, Torino are not expected to sell unless any team triggers his release clause, reducing potential destinations to a handful who can match the huge asking price. Manchester City are thought to be readying a big money move for the foward at the end of the season, with Pep Guardiola’s side more than able to pay the required fee for the 23-year-old.Sergio Aguero, despite his recent good form, is still being linked with a move away from Manchester City, and with the club set to miss out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it’s thought they have instead made Belotti their number one striking target.It’s for good reason too. Belotti has been in stunning goalscoring form for a Torino side that creates just 10.7 chances per league game, making him one of the most clinical finishers around. Indeed, of the 49 players to score 10 or more goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season, he boasts the fourth best conversion rate (27.5%).Yet it’s not just his goalscoring exploits that has seen the list of admirers grow, but the manner with which he has scored his goals.Any striker has a preference to the way they hit the back of the net, but not Belotti. He may have scored more headed goals (8) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season, but he’s also scored nine with his right foot and five with his left, while 21 of his 22 goals have been netted in the opposition penalty area.While that latter statistic could see Belotti labeled as nothing more than a goal poacher, he often looks to bring others into play and create for teammates. He’s averaging more key passes per game (1.7) than any other Torino player and while he has just three assists to his name, that figure would undeniably rise with a team as ruthless as City.With Guardiola also demanding his attackers pressure defenders, Belotti would be more than capable of carrying out the Spaniard’s wishes, with an average of 1 tackle per game a respectable return for the striker.Belotti won’t come cheap, with Torino unwilling to drop their asking price below his £86 million release clause, but the prolific Italian is the ideal striker to fire City back to the Premier League’s summit.For more stats on Andrea Belotti, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – Tucker Carlson of MSNBC and talk-show host Jerry Springer will be among the celebrities competing on the third season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The new season of the show – which pairs 11 competitors of sometimes dubious celebrity and varying skill with professional dancer-partners – premieres Sept. 12 (8 p.m. EDT), the network announced Monday. Also heading to the dance floor: Vivica A. Fox, Harry Hamlin, Joe Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Sara Evans, Willa Ford, Monique Coleman, former beauty queen Shanna Moakler and three-time Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith. Hamlin’s wife, Lisa Rinna, competed last season. This season, the celebrity and professional dance pairs will perform choreographed Latin and traditional ballroom routines to popular live music. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLen Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will return to judge the performances, ABC said. Scores from the judges and the voting public will be combined, and the couple with the lowest score will be eliminated during a results show the following evening. The winner receives the “Dancing With the Stars” mirror ball trophy. — On the Net: http://abc.go.com/primetime/dancing/160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Puel and Leicester were left to rue their missed opportunities against Tottenham Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Pep Guardiola watched his team tear Chelsea apart on Sunday Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE 3. Tottenham HotspurP 8 | W 6 | D 0 | L 2 | GF 17 | GA 7 | GD +10 | Points 18 Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is already under pressure at Stamford Bridge. 2. Manchester CityP 8 | W 7 | D 0 | L 1 | GF 23 | GA 5 | GD +18 | Points 21 LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 7. ArsenalP 8 | W 4 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 13 | GA 13 | GD 0 | Points 136. Wolverhampton WanderersP 8 | W 4 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 14 | GA 13 | GD +1 | Points 13 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 11 11 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury But where do Chelsea feature Premier League form table look based on the last eight matches?Scroll down to find out… Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Eagles boss Roy Hodgson Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Marco Silva is enduring a difficult debut season at Goodison Park 11 10. WatfordP 8 | W 2 | D 4 | L 2 | GF 9 | GA 9 | GD 0 | Points 109. Cardiff CityP 8 | W 3 | D 2 | L 3 | GF 6 | GA 9 | -3 | Points 118. ChelseaP 8 | W 4 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 10 | GA 14 | GD -4 | Points 13 11 MONEY Things are looking tough for Chelsea right now after a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.The Blues are attempting to make the top four this season having finished fifth last year but after a good start to the campaign they have hit a patchy run.center_img Mauricio Pochettino is doing well with a depleted squad 11 11 11 After a surprise 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth, and Sunday’s thrashing at the hands of City, Maurizio Sarri’s side have only won four of their last eight games in the English top flight.It’s led to speculation about the Italian possibly being sacked just 26 matches into his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 11 11 18. Brighton & Hove AlbionP 8 | W 1 | D 3 | L 4 | GF 8 | GA 13 | GD -5 | Points 617. BournemouthP 8 | W 2 | D 1 | L 5 | GF 10 | GA 19 | GD -9 | Points 716. FulhamP 8 | W 2 | D 1 | L 5 | GF 9 | GA 16 | GD -7 | Points 715. Leicester CityP 8 | W 2 | D 1 | L 5 | GF 9 | GA 13 | GD -4 | Points 7 Maurizio Sarri is under pressure at Chelsea 14. Newcastle UnitedP 8 | W 2 | D 2 | L 4 | GF 7 | GA 11 | GD -4 | Points 813. West Ham UnitedP 8 | W 2 | D 3 | L 3 | GF 7 | GA 12 | GD -5 | Points 912. SouthamptonP 8 | W 2 | D 3 | L 3 | GF 9 | GA 11 | GD -2 | Points 911. Crystal PalaceP 8 | W 2 | D 3 | L 3 | GF 10 | GA 9 | GD +1 | Points 9 11 RANKED Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 5. BurnleyP 8 | W 4 | D 3 | L 1 | GF 13 | GA 11 | GD +2 | Points 154. LiverpoolP 8 | W 5 | D 2 | L 1 | GF 20 | GA 8 | GD +12 | Points 17 REPLY BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 20. Huddersfield TownPlayed 8 | Won 0 | Drawn 1 | Lost 7 | Goals For 3 | Goals Against 17 | Goal difference -14 | Points 119. EvertonP 8 | W 2 | D 0 | L 6 | GF 5 | GA 10 | GD -5 | Points 6 getty Chelsea star Eden Hazard looks dejected against Manchester City. Nuno Espirito Santo is doing a fantastic job at Wolves 11 huge blow 1. Manchester UnitedP 8 | W 7 | D 1 | L 0 | GF 18 | GA 5 | GD +13 | Points 22 no dice Solskjaer has won ten of his eleven games in charge of Unitedlast_img read more

first_imgSligo boxer Aaron Gethins made a winning start to his professional career in Castlebar on Friday night when he beat Croatian Silvije Kebet decisively on points in their four-round welterweight contest.Gethins, 19, was fighting on the undercard of the Ray Moylette bill at a packed Royal Theatre in Castlebar.The Ballinacarrow Boxing Club fighter was in control of the contest throughout, which was televised live on TG4. Gethins is under the guidance of well known Dublin boxing trainer Tony Davitt.last_img read more

first_imgYou can contact the nearest American Job Center (AJC) for advice and guidance on recruiting and hiring veterans. These centers are run by the Department of Labor (DOL), which has partnered with the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), to provide job counseling and career assistance to service members, veterans and the companies that want to hire them. This is a free service. Visit the AJC web site to locate the center closest to you.  Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation runs a nationwide initiative called “Hiring Our Heroes” to assist companies and veterans, see:  Hiring Our Heroes has a workbook with other tools for employers.Companies also have the opportunity to gain early access to these highly skilled service members as prospective employees before they become veterans through the DoD SkillBridge Authority.  DoD SkillBridge enables service members to obtain valuable civilian job skills training from private sector employers up to six months prior to separating from the military (service members continue to receive their military pay and benefits while participating).  Companies in dozens of growing industries — from welding and advanced manufacturing to information technology — are already participating.Finally, note that DoD, along with its interagency partners of VA, DOL, Department of Education, Office of Personnel Management, and Small Business Administration, provide transition assistance through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to approximately 200,000 service members departing active duty each year.  TAP strives to ensure that all transitioning service members are prepared to succeed in their post-military career plans.  One key focus of TAP is civilian employment, with service members receiving training on resume development, and job search and interview techniques, among other topics.last_img read more

first_imgAs e-books continue to grow in popularity, there’s a seemingly unwinnable debate over which is better: digital books or their paper-based counterparts. Both have their advantages and it’ll likely be quite awhile before paper books come close to disappearing. In addition all of the benefits that e-books bring, is it possible that they may also make it more difficult for books to be banned in the future? Out of the American Library Association’s top 10 most-banned books of last year, all but three of them are available for purchase from Amazon’s Kindle Store, notes a blog post from Beyond Black Friday. Every year, the ALA publishes a list of the books that are most frequently “challenged” in public schools and libraries. Most of the objections are for sexual content or offensive language, while a few hundred are made simply for references to homosexuality or content considered by some groups to be “anti-family.”Last year’s list includes mostly books that are readily available on Kindle and any platform for which there is a Kindle app, such as iOS or Android. The only ones that aren’t are a children’s story about gay penguins, an a “multicultural queer youth anthology” (which appears to be rare in paperback as well) and a controversial book about a Native American boy. A few of the books included on the list are actually best-sellers in the Kindle Store, including Twilight and The Hunger Games. Of course, the banned book list applies primarily to public schools and libraries. Most books forbidden from these venues could always be purchased elsewhere in paper format, but their inclusion on the Kindle platform makes them even more widely available, often at a lower price than the paperback or hardcover version. Presumably, Amazon’s new Kindle library book lending program won’t necessarily make a huge difference by itself, since those e-books are chosen by the library itself. Do you think banning books will become more rare as we move forward into the digital era? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#news#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_img This week, how Flickr photos could help predict floods, why it might be a good idea to ignore some cyberattacks, and new questions about the existence of human pheromones with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Sarah Richardson joins Alexa Billow to discuss a global project to build a set of working yeast chromosomes from the ground up.Read Sarah Richardson’s research in Science.Listen to previous podcasts.  Download the show transcript.Transcripts courtesy of Scribie.com.[Image: Drew Gurian; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Drew Gurian last_img read more