AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In a letter to Congress, Paulson also again warned Congress that failure to pass an AMT fix would expose 21 million mostly unsuspecting taxpayers to the minimum tax – and an average tax increase of $2,000. The AMT originally was designed to make sure that the wealthiest couldn’t use tax breaks or deductions to eliminate their entire tax liability. But the tax doesn’t adjust for inflation, so more middle class taxpayers are ensnared by the AMT each year unless Congress acts. Democrats controlling Congress have promised to make sure the AMT doesn’t entrap more taxpayers during filing season next year. But House and Senate Democrats have yet to agree on specifics of an AMT fix or whether to raise revenues elsewhere in the tax code so that an AMT adjustment doesn’t add to the deficit. Republicans say that since the AMT was never intended to hit the middle class, legislation to reform it should not be subject to pay-as-you-go rules that require tax cuts to be “paid for” with loophole closures or rate increases. “This is not a new tax cut that should be paid for,” said Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, top Republican on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. “This is preventing a tax increase.” The IRS is gearing up its computer programs and 2007 tax forms are going to press in November. Paulson warned that delays in enacting an AMT bill could expose up to 25 million taxpayers to delays in processing of their returns and payment of refunds. Paulson told lawmakers that delaying enactment of an AMT fix until mid-November or later would cause “significant compliance challenges and will result in confusion for taxpayers, tax return preparers and tax software developers.” Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Finance Committee, said he’s intent on getting the AMT changed but that Congress has had comparable delays on tax legislation without disastrous consequences. “We ran into this problem last year or the year before and it’s a little inconvenient but the world didn’t fall apart,” Baucus said. “But still obviously the goal is to get it done.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AMT: Treasurychief says failure to adjust system could result in refund hang-ups. By Andrew Taylor THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned lawmakers Tuesday that delays in enacting a temporary fix to the alternative minimum tax could cause millions of taxpayers to experience delays in receiving their refunds.
Holding Parkash Singh Badal responsible for the 2015 Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing incidents, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accused the Akali veteran of “ruining” the State and vowed to go “hammer and tongs” to “fix” him.Capt. Amarinder said it was not possible that Mr. Badal, as the then Chief Minister, was not aware of the police firing and asserted the truth would come out when the Special Investigation Team probe report into the incident would go to the courts.He said the decision to withdraw the case from the CBI and hand it over to a Punjab police SIT was taken by the State Assembly, which felt the BJP-led government at the Centre could influence the central agency as the BJP was an ally of Mr. Badal’s Shiromani Akali Dal.The Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission set up to probe the sacrilege cases and firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura had suggested further investigation, which was why the SIT is being set up, said the Chief Minister.‘A thorough job’ The commission was a fact-finding panel which did a thorough job to get to the bottom of the events that led to the senseless and deliberate firing on innocent people, he added.Capt. Amarinder dismissed as a “gimmick” and diversionary tactic Mr. Badal’s assertion that he was ready to swear that he did not know about the firing. “How many times has he falsely sworn at the Akal Takht,” he asked.“How is it possible that (the then) Chief Minister did not know about the firing?” Capt. Amarinder said, pointing out that former Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini had clearly stated before the commission that Mr. Badal had asked him to disperse the crowd forcibly.“If something happens in my State then as Chief Minister I cannot take refuge in such lies and should be thrown out if I am not aware of what is happening right under my nose,” Capt. Amarinder asserted, adding that as per the findings of the commission, 22 calls were made to Mr. Badal before firing took place.The Chief Minister accused Mr. Badal of “manufacturing lies”, claiming that he knew him “personally and closely”. He pointed out that the former Chief Minister did not even take action on the findings of the Justice Zora Singh Commission, which was set up by his own SAD-BJP government to investigate the Bargari sacrilege and the subsequent firing incidents.Capt. Amarinder also challenged the Akali leadership for a debate and alleged they had “run away” on the day his government tabled the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission report in the Assembly.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan considers India the favourites for the 2011 World Cup due to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, 2011.Khan, who was in the capital on Thursday with other former World Cup greats Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga, said, “India are the favourites and Sri Lanka come a close second.”But he followed the statement with a word of caution for the team. “Every now and then the best team in the competition comes under pressure. And then it’s all about coping with it, especially during the knock-out stage.”Khan, who had led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 edition, cited India’s example. “India won in 1983 as they were better able to cope with the pressure than the West Indies (the other finalists).”Ranatunga, however, said Sri Lanka are the clear favourites. Explaining his point, he said, “We are one of the favourites. No doubt, India have too many cricketers to pick from, but they can panic in front of their home crowd.”The home factor is largely missing for the Sri Lankans as the three venues where Sri Lanka will be playing their homes matches during the knock-out stage are new.””In that case, I would request the crowds to stay at home,” said Kapil Dev, taking a jibe at Ranatunga.For Dev, the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the squad was enough to scare the best of the sides away. “He is the most important cricketer in the team and he leads from the front.”advertisement”People have been saying that it is his last World Cup, but I don’t think so. I want him to carry on.”Tendulkar apart, he remained largely noncommittal. When asked to identify a trump card in the side, he said, “There are so many of them. It depends on how they perform.” When pointed out that Harbhajan Singh was not performing as per expectations, he said, “He can come back to his peak anytime.”But, he felt that a tour just before the World Cup wasn’t the ideal situation for the team. “They (India) should not play so much cricket as there is always the possibility of sustaining an injury ahead of the tournament.”Khan, however, disagreed. “A good tour ahead of the World Cup builds the team’s confidence. As far as injuries are concerned, that can happen anytime.”Recounting his experience during the 1992 World Cup, he said, “I was training very hard ahead of the World Cup and I was very fit even though I was 39 then. But as luck would have it, I got injured during the nets just a day before the tournament was to begin.”For Richards too, India are the favourites. “There main players are not playing in this series against New Zealand and yet they are winning. This speaks volumes about their bench-strength.”And for Richards, Virender Sehwag stood out from the rest. “He is the most devastating cricketer today,” he said.On a personal front, Richards said, “West Indies players do have the talent and I am hoping and praying for them.”Khan hoped his team fares well despite the fact they are going through a bad patch. “If Shahid Afridi hits a purple patch, he can pull it off. But I am not too sure if he can pull it off, but if there is anyone who can, it has to be Afridi.”He was also clear on the fact that the team would be missing their two strike bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, who figure in the spot-fixing scandal. “I don’t know what is the status on them, but I am hoping they come clean.”
OSU cornerbacks redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore (2) and redshirt junior Gareon Conley (8) embrace while redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) looks on following the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorGLENDALE, Ariz. — The six returning starters from the 2015 Ohio State football team were put on draft board to begin the season. Following Saturday night’s 31-0 loss to No. 2 Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, a few of them answered questions about their future.“It will be really hard for me to walk away when we lost 31-0,” said redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley said they will have to sit down and talk to their families and coaches about possibly leaving early for the NFL draft. However, two Buckeyes who were draft eligible declared their intentions to return to the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said they will return to the program in 2017.“We just got to get to work in the offseason,” Hubbard said. “We know what it takes now and we got to do more.”Price listed getting his degree and his performance tonight as motivators to play next season.“We’ll start off the season training, and this is going to be a burning feeling in my stomach,” he said. “I didn’t do enough to win tonight.”Having to fill a total of 16 starting spots on offense and defense opened the door for a few players to have breakout season. So good, in fact, that some of those breakout stars have to decide if they will return to Ohio State for the 2017 season.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore all echoed McMillan, Lewis and Conley.McMillan said it would be difficult to leave on a bad note.“I gave my all to this program,” he said. “I want to finish it off the right way.”
The NCAA might have hit the Ohio State football program with a one-year bowl ban and cut nine scholarships over three years, but it hasn’t affected the school’s recruiting. According to recruiting experts, no OSU football recruits have indicated they are thinking about switching their commitment. In fact, the opposite is true. “In actuality, we surveyed most of the commitments that they have and basically it was almost unanimous that they’re going to stick with their commitments to Ohio State,” said Steve Helwagen, managing editor of Bucknuts.com. “I don’t think anybody is planning to back out.” Kevin Noon, managing editor for BuckeyeGrove.com, said he has also spoken to many of OSU’s recruits and doesn’t foresee any problems. “We’ve spoken to a lot of the big names of the class and they’ve all said that they want to sign with the Buckeyes,” Noon said. “They’re still excited about their opportunity to be part of the Buckeyes.” The bowl ban will affect OSU after the 2012 regular season, which would be the freshman year for the incoming recruits. Typically, most freshman at OSU don’t play a large role on the field. “They’re probably going to be backups if they don’t redshirt,” Helwagen said. “For those guys, to miss a bowl game, they don’t figure to be frontline players. It’s probably not that big of an issue.” But the bowl ban is something that many didn’t expect. OSU athletic director Gene Smith repeatedly said he didn’t think a bowl ban was likely and said he was “surprised” when the NCAA Committee of Infractions announced their decision Tuesday. When new head coach Urban Meyer first took the job at OSU, he indicated that he didn’t expect a bowl ban either. Helwagen and Noon said recruits were probably being told not to expect a harsh decision. “When they hired Urban Meyer, he said that Gene Smith and Gordon Gee told him that they didn’t think a bowl ban was in the cards,” Helwagen said. “I think Urban Meyer was telling recruits what he was being told … (the ban) couldn’t have been unforeseen because it was a possibility. I think it did catch a lot of people off guard though.” In addition to the bowl ban, the NCAA slashed nine scholarships over three years and put the football program on three years probation. Noon agreed the bowl ban may have come as a surprise, but said the other sanctions shouldn’t worry the recruits in the slightest. “I think the one-year bowl ban comes as a little bit of a surprise,” Noon said. “But when you look at the rest of the penalties, none of those directly have bearing on kids whether they commit to a program because scholarship reductions don’t mean anything to you if you already have a scholarship.” Before the NCAA levied its punishments, Meyer had been on quite a roll on the Buckeye recruiting trail. Noah Spence, Se’von Pittman and Tommy Schutt, three highly rated defensive line recruits gave their pledge to the Scarlet and Gray within the past two weeks. Two of those players, Pittman and Schutt, were previously committed to other Big Ten schools, but Meyer was able to flip Pittman from Michigan State to OSU and Schutt uncommitted from Penn State. With OSU now facing a bowl ban, some fear opposing coaches might use that fact to negatively recruit against players already committed to the Buckeyes. But Noon said finally knowing the penalties might actually be a good thing. “I think Ohio State was already being negatively recruited when the whole NCAA cloud was hanging over its head,” Noon said. “I’m sure that schools will try and potentially use this to see if they can shake somebody loose, but I don’t expect it to be anywhere to the point of where it was beforehand where schools were saying allegedly that Ohio State was going to get USC-type penalties.” The USC football program just finished the second season of its two-year bowl ban this year and had 30 scholarships cut by the NCAA as part of violations involving former Trojan running back Reggie Bush. Recruits now know what they’re facing if they choose to enroll at OSU, but that doesn’t mean opposing coaches won’t try their best to convince the recruits to change their minds. “If they really want those guys, they’re going to go after them,” Helwagen said.
Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington finishes a dunk against Illinois on Feb. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. Photo: Cori Wade | For The LanternWIth a six-point deficit heading into the final two minutes of the game, senior guard C.J. Jackson was unfazed with the rest of his game. Going into the possession, he had seven turnovers, leading a Buckeye team that had been plagued by turnovers.As he took the ball out, trailing 57-51, Jackson found a hole, driving to the hoop and drawing a foul, bringing the Buckeyes to within four. Two free throws by freshman guard Luther Muhammad lessened Ohio State’s deficit to three with 57 seconds remaining in the game. But Jackson’s seven turnovers ended up as more detrimental than the sign of life the Buckeyes had in the final minute, as Illinois beat Ohio State 62-56 in its first road win of the season. Illinois forced 18 turnovers in Thursday’s game, coming in as the best in the Big Ten in both steals and turnovers. The Fighting Illini finished with 14 points off turnovers. In the first half, the Buckeyes, averaging 13 turnovers per game, recorded 10 turnovers, as the Fighting Illini scored 10 points off Ohio State’s mistakes. Senior guard C.J. Jackson recorded four of Ohio State’s 10 turnovers in the first half.He finished the game with a team-leading 17 points, making only 4-of-9 from the field while connecting on 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Illinois continued to force Ohio State to make mistakes in the second half as the Buckeyes recorded eight turnovers in the second half. The Fighting Illini scored only four points off those turnovers. Junior forward Andre Wesson credited the Illinois defense for the kind of pressure it put on Ohio State, forcing them to improvise on the offensive end. “It’s real tough,” Wesson said. “They are always in the passing lanes. It’s hard to reverse the ball and, kind of, get to the other side. That’s kind of what we predicate our offense on, so it was hard for us.” After making 10-of-28 attempts in the first half of its 55-52 win against Indiana on Sunday, the Buckeyes came out to a slow start again against the Fighting Illini. Ohio State shot 38.1 percent from the field in the first half, making 2-of-6 from 3. But the last 3 was an important one. Playing with a six-point deficit heading into the final minute of the half, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson pulled up for a 3, his second attempt of the day, and drilled it, cutting the Illinois lead to 30-27 heading into halftime. However, in a tight game, Andre Wesson said a team cannot play from behind trading shots with the opponent. “We just couldn’t get stops,” Andre Wesson said. “It was just back-and-forth there for awhile. When you are down, you can’t go back and forth. You have to get stops.” Wesson was the only bright spot for the Buckeyes in the first half. He led the team with nine points, shooting 60 percent from the field and recording three rebounds. With 2:19 remaining in the game, Wesson fouled out, the fifth time he has done so in the past 10 games. He finished the game with 11 points, making 3-of-7 from the field with five rebounds. Wesson has finished with four or more fouls in 11 of the past 14 games.Other than Wesson, Ohio State made five of its 16 shot attempts from the field in the first half.After making 8-of-21 attempts in the first half, the Buckeyes overcame a seven-point second half deficit, tying the game at 40 on a 7-0 run. Trailing Illinois 44-40 with 10:04 left in the game, the freshman guard recorded a dunk to bring the Buckeyes to within two. A minute later, Washington, on a fastbreak, soared for a dunk, earning a trip to the line, giving Ohio State the 45-44 lead. But the Ohio State cooled off, ending the half shooting 36.2 percent from the field and missing all seven attempts from 3. Holtmann said he felt the 3s were the end result of Illinois making Ohio State change its offensive approach. “I thought some of them were clean and I felt some of them were rushed,” Holtmann said. “I thought they did a good job taking us out of our offense.” In his 15 minutes off the bench, sophomore forward Kyle Young fouled out with 8:40 left in the game. He finished with four points, five rebounds and an assist. Ohio State and Illinois combined for 45 fouls on Thursday night. The Buckeyes hit 80 percent of their free throws while the Fighting Illini made 9-of-17. Even though Holtmann saw glimpses of what Jackson could be, saw a glimpse of what a comeback would be in the final minute of the game, the previous 39 minutes and his struggles with turnovers were what led to the loss. “Seven turnovers is a lot, I don’t question how hard he competed,” Holtmann said. “I thought he competed, it was just those turnovers were critical.” Ohio State will travel to East Lansing, Michigan to take on Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. Updated at 10:23 with quotes from junior forward Andre Wesson and head coach Chris Holtmann.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgIn the AFRO’s “Race and Politics” column published Nov. 21, I wrote the following about the destructive and insidious effects of blight on mostly Black, Brown and poor communities in our city:530 N. Stricker St. #IsThisYourHouse #FightBlightBeMore (Photo by Sean Yoes)To state the obvious, Baltimore blight is ubiquitous like summer humidity. Take the harrowing West Baltimore gauntlet of Fulton Ave., for example. Drive up Fulton from the passenger seat perspective, and attempt to take in the structural and spiritual pathology of those neighborhoods. I do it all the time and every time it literally takes my breath away.For several weeks, the AFRO has published photos of blighted properties around the city with the headline, “Baltimore Blight, Is this your house?” Now, we are asking our readers to contribute to our efforts exposing the dangers of blight on our communities with a focus on crafting solutions to this pervasive problem. If there is a blighted property (and there are thousands in the city) you would like to bring attention to, take a pic of it and send it to: email@example.com, along with any background information you may have on the property, and use the hashtags, #isthisyourhouse and #FightBlightBmore, in the subject line of your email. Also, if you want to participate directly in the battle to eradicate blight in Baltimore, contact Nneka Nnamdi, whose work in this area is vital. She is the founder of Fight Blight Bmore, connect with her at: fightblightbmore.com.
© 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Quantum technologies come in a wide variety of forms, from computers, sensors, and cryptographic systems to simulations and imaging systems. But one thing that all current and future quantum systems have in common is the need to achieve reliable control over physical systems such as atoms or photons. A frequently used method to prepare quantum systems in the desired quantum state is a quantum adiabatic process, but these processes often take so long that environmental noise causes the quantum state to decohere and lose its “quantumness.” Physicists design zero-friction quantum engine Journal information: Physical Review Letters Explore further A shortcut to adiabaticity (STA) offers a fast route to quantum state preparation, similar to how a toll road offers a fast route to a traveler’s destination; both shortcuts involve costs, but the costs are hopefully worth the time saved. (The image depicts a road sign produced by the Swedish Transport Agency.) “You thus decide to go through a shortcut, which goes through a road that, however, requires a fee to be driven through. Yes, you pay a bit, but you get precisely to the parking lot of your workplace, and in a much shorter time: plenty is done in the morning, your boss is happy, and gives you a pay raise, which in the end means that the toll you paid to get to work did not really matter. “Take now all this into the quantum world. Your car is a quantum system, prepared in a state (you being at home) and having to be transformed into a new state (you at your office). You have two choices: you can do it infinitely slowly (going through the freeway traffic), or taking the quick shortcut (i.e., implementing a shortcut to adiabaticity [STA]) that will cost you a bit, in terms of energy, but will realize the desired transformation in a much faster way.”With a single person involved, the situation resembles a single-body problem. But, as Campbell continued, adding more commuters makes the situation more complicated and turns the situation into a many-body problem.”Now, do the same thing when it’s all of your colleagues who should get to your office at the same time, leaving their homes at the same time, and all facing the very same traffic issues,” he said. “This is what we would call a many-body problem. It looks like a very difficult problem (you have to convince everybody to pay the toll!!), and indeed it is—let alone when you translate it to the quantum world. Indeed, while STA techniques are known and work for single-body problems, to date very little is known in the context of quantum many-body ones.”By showing that the STA approach can work for many-body systems, the new method could potentially have a wide variety of applications, as quantum state preparation is required for so many different future quantum technologies.In the future, the researchers plan to further examine the true cost of the “toll,” or exactly how much energy is need to implement an STA. They also plan to take the first steps toward building a quantum engine using this approach, in which many-body systems realize some thermodynamic cycles. Citation: Quantum shortcut could speed up many quantum technologies (2015, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-quantum-shortcut-technologies.html More information: Steve Campbell, et al. “Shortcut to Adiabaticity in the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick Model.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.177206 To speed up quantum state preparation and minimize decoherence, physicists have devised so-called “shortcuts to adiabaticity” (STA), which refer to any process that prepares quantum states in a shorter time than adiabatic processes without losing the benefits of being adiabatic. Originally developed for simple systems consisting of a single particle, STA has recently been extended to many-body systems, which are more relevant for applications. However, the implementation of STA in many-body systems is still very challenging due to the inherent complexity of these systems.In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, physicists Steve Campbell, et al., at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK; the University of Palermo and Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in Italy; and the National University of Singapore have devised a new hybrid method for preparing quantum states for many-body systems that combines STA with optimal control. The main advantage of the new method is that it can achieve nearly perfect STA performance yet allows for significant simplification by not requiring complete knowledge of the underlying mechanisms. The method shows that it’s possible to speed up quantum state preparation at a low enough cost to justify the quantum shortcut.”Our work shows that a solution exists when the quantum many-body problem is of the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick (LMG) class, which is a very interesting case that attracts a lot of attention from various quantum communities (the solid state, the quantum information processing, and the mathematical physics ones, to name a few),” Campbell told Phys.org. “Our way of solving the problem is basically a ‘know-your-enemy’ approach, where we exploit the symmetries inherent in the problem that we want to address (the LMG one) and take advantage of them to devise a successful quantum shortcut.”As the researchers explain, this quantum shortcut or STA can also be understood in terms of a driver looking for the fastest way to get to work.”In a nutshell, our work can be understood through a simple layman analogy,” Campbell said. “Suppose you want to drive your car through the freeway from home to your office, but you do not want to go through the traffic jam of Monday morning. You will surely get to your workplace, and you do not pay anything, but you will be very slow, and it will likely imply that only half of your morning duties will be attended. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Akshara Haasan did not have any plans to turn actor but when the offer to star in Shamitabh came her way, she could not say no.The 24-year-old actress, the younger daughter of Kamal Haasan and Sarika, worked as an assistant director for four years but never felt the need to shift to acting.It was while working with an ad agency, she met Balki and felt she was ready to switch and become an actress.“When Balki sir gave me the synopsis and read the script, I was very sure about it and the fact that I will do it. After the narration ended I realised I was in love with the script. When Balki sir asked for my decision I told him ‘you know my answer’ but he still gave me two days to think about it,” Akshara said in an interview. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameShamitabh also stars Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and south superstar Dhanush. Akshara said she was taken aback when she learned that she will share screen with Bachchan in her debut film.The newcomer said after signing the film she asked her mother, who was at that time working with the 72-year-old star on a TV series, if she could come and meet him on the sets.“One day I went to the sets of Yudh. I was not sure how to greet him for the first time. Should I say namaste or should I touch his feet. My first interaction with him was cool and unforgettable,” Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnshe said.Akshara said that while shooting for the film Bachchan made her feel very comfortable and even praised her when she delivered a good performance.“I was so happy because I did not expect to be praised by him. I was almost in tears. I was happy that he recognised my efforts. I remember on the very first day on the sets I was not sure how to handle the scene in his presence. I fumbled with my dialogues and then he was the one who came to me and helped me out,” she said.About her role, Akshara said her character is very quirky, who is in love with films and gets in between the egos of two artistes, played by Bachchan and Dhanush. The young actress said that her father is very proud of Shamitabh and is waiting to see her performance in the film. Shamitabh will hit theatres on February 6.