Tigers wrestlers set a school record, earn four state championships in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville 7-2 before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman takes down two-time state champ Kal Gerber en route to a title of his own. (Kelly O’Day photo)“Mason capitalized his own strengths by outscoring Gerber on his feet,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “This strategy didn’t allow Gerber to score anything but one point escapes from the bottom as Kauffman showed a command performance.”Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shiocton in the 182-pound final. Bornbach took fifth at state last year.“Kamren didn’t want to go out without matching his teammates, and he had Fielding on his back in the second period with a cradle and never looked back,” Schwabe said.“It is great that it worked out so well that all four finalists were able to win. Seldom does it end the way we’d like, and the nice part is two are freshman and two are sophomores.”Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2 but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.Hunter Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers earned medals in Division 1.Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.Hertel was making his third state meet appearance and grabbed his second medal after placing fourth in 2012.Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.Spencer’s Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke and Stratford’s Anthony Gliniecki also competed at state and were eliminated on the first day of the tournament. Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman won their first matches but lost in the quarterfinals and were eliminated from the tournament in the consolation bracket.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at [email protected]
A couple of recent surveys show a split in thinking among companies about migrating to Cloud Computing. Small and Medium sized companies are moving towards the cloud at a rapid clip, but much larget companies are much more risk adverse towards using the public cloud.The Spiceworks survey found that 28 percent of Small and Medium Sized companies are using the public cloud, and that the current rate of adoption is so high that by the end of the next six months 42 percent of SMBs will be using the Cloud. The report quotes Cisco vice president of small business technology Susan Scheer Aoki as saying “The cloud has enabled a lot of new technologies and capabilities that can be delivered to small business at a price point that makes sense for them.”A similar report by Microsoft also found that about 29 percent of SMBs are using the public cloud for at least one service, but they predict a slower growth rate, and don’t expect the rate of cloud usage by SMBs to reach 40 percent until 2014. Marco Limena, vice president of Business Channels at Microsoft, said that “Cloud adoption will be gradual, and SMBs will continue to operate in a hybrid model with an increasing blend between off-premises and traditional on-premises infrastructure, for the foreseeable future “.Given the background of hype around the cloud and reports like these from Microsoft and Spiceworks, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a different set of conclusions announced by the research group called theInfoPro. The report survey 247 Fortune 1000 companies and found that 87 percent did not even consider the public cloud as a viable option for them for data storage, not even for low level data backups and archival.Marco Coulter, managing director of theInfoPro, said that “it doesn’t make sense to separate their computers and storage, and have the computers internally and storage externally. Even for archiving data they were concerned they couldn’t retrieve their data in time… The problem is when you need the data back … there isn’t a high level of confidence that they can do that through an external system.”One of the survey respondents wrote that their “archive is tape. I don’t think we’ll be able to take advantage of the cloud. The cost (of cloud storage) seems to keep going up. We priced Amazon, and the cost to send the data there and maintain it over time was less than putting up a new silo internally.”InformationWeek speculated that this lack of interest in storage as a service by large companies is what prompted vendors like Iron Mountain, EMC, and Vaultscape to recently shut down their cloud operations.
Congress returned after its Memorial Day recess and the House Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which includes funding for the IRS. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued two audit reports, with one finding that the IRS had not effectively identified and assisted all individuals potentially affected by the Get Transcript application data breach. In addition, the IRS issued final regulations that define the term “taxpayer” as it applies for the exclusion of discharge of debt income for specific entities. Final, temporary and proposed regulations that impose corporate level tax when property from a C corporation becomes the property of a REIT or RIC were also issued.CongressHouse. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal year (FY) 2017 on June 9 (TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, C.3), which included a $10.9-billion budget for the IRS for FY 2017. The full committee submitted a draft report in explanation of the bill it will accompany, detailing IRS funding and oversight (TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, C.1). The bill now goes to the House floor.House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and ranking member John Lewis, D-Ga., sent a letter dated June 7 to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking that all assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAS) involved in the alleged abuse by IRS’s civil asset forfeiture be held accountable (TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, C.2). The letter requested details on how the Department of Justice (DOJ) is reprimanding those involved and seeks information on how the DOJ will ensure the alleged abuse does not happen again.Senate. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, sent letters dated June 9 to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Department Secretary Jack Lew inquiring into certain safeguards and coordination strategies the agencies have in place for Code Sec. 1603 grants and energy tax credits (TAXDAY, 2016/06/13, C.2).TreasuryCybersecurity. TIGTA found that the IRS did not effectively identify and assist all individuals potentially affected by the Get Transcript application data breach (Ref. No. 2016-40-037; TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, T.1). TIGTA’s analysis of system audit logs created between January 1, 2014 and May 21, 2015, identified approximately 621,000 taxpayers whose tax account information involved potentially unauthorized access not identified by the IRS.Injured Spouse. TIGTA also reported that the IRS’s Injured Spouse Program did not always resolve taxpayers’ requests for relief in a timely manner, resulting in the unnecessary assessment and payment of interest (Ref. No. 2016-40-042; TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, T.1). TIGTA found that 30 percent of the cases were not resolved within the required time period.IRSREITs and RICs. The IRS issued final, temporary and proposed regulations that impose corporate level tax on certain transactions where property from a C corporation becomes the property of a REIT or a RIC (T.D. 9770, NPRM REG-126452-15; TAXDAY, 2016/06/08, I.1). The regulations are meant to prevent abuses of Code Secs. 355(h) and 856(c)(8) and in furtherance of the purposes of the repeal of General Utilities.Discharge of Indebtedness Regs. The IRS issued final regulations that define the term “taxpayer” for the exclusion of discharge of debt income from gross income of a grantor trust or an entity that is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner (T.D. 9771; TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, I.1).Expatriate Health Plans. The Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have issued proposed regulations on the rules for expatriate health plans, expatriate health plan issuers, and qualified expatriates under the Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (EHCCA) (P.L. 113-235); NPRM REG-135702-15; TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, I.1). The regulations are proposed for years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.Interest Rates. The IRS announced that the interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning July 1 will remain at 4 percent for overpayments (3 percent for corporations), 4 percent for underpayments, and 6 percent for large corporate underpayments (IR-2016-84; Rev. Rul. 2016-12;TAXDAY, 2016/06/07, I.3). The interest rate corporate overpayment that exceeds $10,000 remains at 1.5 percent.Get Transcript Relaunch. The IRS has relaunched its Get Transcript online service with a much more rigorous authentication process, which provides increased protection against identity theft (IR-2016-85; TAXDAY, 2016/06/08, I.2). The new process requires two-step authentication for all online tools and applications that require a high level of assurance.TE/GE Advisory Committee. The TE/GE Advisory Committee has issued its annual recommendations report to the IRS (TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, I.2). The report offers recommendations to the IRS as to how to approach certain topics and policies to better encourage tax compliance with its limited resources.Common Reporting Standard. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has urged Congress to act quickly on the Common Reporting Standard legislation during his discussion regarding recent international tax development at the 2016 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) International Tax Conference. (TAXDAY, 2016/06/08, I.3). The call for a common reporting standard comes after what has been the successful implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) (P.L. 111-147).By Jessica Jeane and Jalisa Mathis, Wolters Kluwer News Staff.
HyVee is now facing a class action lawsuit over that data breach.The suit filed this week says customers who had their credit card info stolen deserve to recover damages because of negligence by the grocery store chain.HyVee says the breach may affect you if you paid with a card at the gas pump or at the in-store restaurant at Columbia’s West Broadway and Conley Road locations. The fuel pumps at the West Truman Boulevard store in Jefferson City were also in the breach between last December and this July. Get more info here.Columbia native Dustin Murray is one of the people named in the lawsuit. It says he eats at the in-store restaurant about 2-3 times per month, and his debit card data was compromised.
For organizations needing accounting software to stay current on their affairs, QuickBooks has long been a popular program and the most widely used software among small businesses. Remote access capabilities, improved metrics for SMBs, remote payroll assistance, electronic payments, online banking, mapping features and marketing options through Google, and improved e-mail functionality through Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express can give entrepreneurs a variety of tools to help them succeed under a single platform.Similarly, tablets are quickly becoming the go-to device for smaller teams that may need to complete tasks in and around a store, warehouse, or multi-use office in addition to offsite work. Together, the hardware and software can be a powerful pairing. But, it’s crucial to understand the reach and limitations of QuickBooks on mobile. To gain a better perspective of performance, Intel commissioned Prowess Consulting to put multiple devices running QuickBooks to the test.Prowess Consulting evaluated QuickBooks options for mobile users and examined the software’s capabilities and user experience on a range of mobile devices. The QuickBooks user experience varies notably between different mobile device platforms. Of the devices Prowess tested—the Dell™ Venue™ 11 Pro, the Samsung® Galaxy Note® 10.1, and the Apple® iPad Air™—they concluded that the mobile device best suited for productive QuickBooks use was the Dell Venue 11 Pro powered by an Intel processor and running Windows* 8.1.The tests conducted on the three tablets included basic mobile tasks like comprehensive reporting, standard banking, along with importing data and exporting data. Using the Dell Venue 11 Pro, users were able to create a greater amount of reports and get deeper customer insight. Customer service saw improvement, too, with twice as many ways to access richer features, functions, and customer data. Plus, QuickBooks data was better leveraged by exporting it as an Excel spreadsheet available for use anywhere with Windows* 8.If you’re a small business owner looking to stay productive by using QuickBooks on a mobile device, be sure to review your options before purchasing. And be sure to keep an eye on the variety of services available in the market as cloud services may soon disrupt traditional accounting software.For more on the Prowess QuickBooks study, head to “Do More with Intuit® QuickBooks®” to read the full text and view the infograhic for a more detailed overview.
Salk Institute Elizabeth Blackburn, the Nobel Prize–winning molecular biologist who took over just 2 years ago as president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California, today announced her intent to retire next summer. The unexpected news comes as Salk faces gender discrimination lawsuits from three veteran female scientists and Blackburn herself has been challenged for not moving quickly enough to change what one plaintiff’s suit called an “old boys club” at the renowned research institute.In a statement released by Salk, Blackburn said: “Being named to lead the Salk Institute unquestionably has been an honor of my life and this decision did not come without a great deal of thought. At this stage in my career and life, I’ve concluded that my energies will be best devoted to wider issues of science policy and ethics—issues in which I have had a deep and longstanding interest—and spent advocating for measures I feel are critical to supporting ongoing scientific research and discovery worldwide.”Carol Greider, a biologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Blackburn for their discovery of telomeres and telomerase, commented in an email to Science: “I am encouraged to hear Liz is stepping aside from her position as President of the Salk. Liz had long been a champion of women in science. However, in recent weeks with the lawsuit at the Salk, it has been hard to hear this voice from Liz. … I welcome Liz’s desire to turn her energies to policy in the future.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By John TravisDec. 21, 2017 , 5:30 PM Although it’s not clear that Blackburn’s departure stems directly from the furor engulfing Salk, another of its senior scientists, Inder Verma, will, for the moment, give up his position as editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as a result of the lawsuits. In a 20 December email Science has obtained, Verma writes to the journal’s Editorial Board: Nobel laureate will step down from leading embattled Salk Institute Elizabeth Blackburn will step down as president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies next summer. … the NAS Council has decided to place me on temporary leave as Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, effective January 1, 2018 and until the resolution of the employment-related lawsuits filed against The Salk Institute of Biological Studies, where I am a Professor. … As you can imagine, the Council’s decision saddens me deeply, particularly because the lawsuits have nothing to do with my work with NAS and I am not named individually for any claim. In one of the suits, however, Salk biologist Vicki Lundblad alleges that Verma specifically is among the Salk leaders who have been openly dismissive of their female colleagues and influenced decisions about their funding.Meanwhile, at the end of this month, one of the other scientists suing Salk, Beverly Emerson, is losing her job because her contract is expiring and she has not raised 50% of her salary from external sources, the institute’s requirement for keeping scientists on after their contracts lapse.With reporting by Meredith Wadman.