LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Rodgers had some advice for Sarri BEST OF no dice REVEALED Brendan Rodgers has urged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to reconsider his approach after the Italian claimed he struggles to motivate his players.The Blues suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Wednesday night – the club’s heaviest Premier League loss since 1996.After the game, Sarri revealed he locked his players in the dressing room for an hour-long inquest, but he still couldn’t understand why his side performed so badly.And Celtic boss Rodgers believes the Italian’s struggles may be a result of a change in football culture. RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sarri couldn’t watch at times during the painful defeat Speaking to Alan Brazil and Dean Saunders on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea coach said: “When I started coaching over 20 years ago it was very different.“I always think with players you can still tell them, but the world and society has changed and that means football has changed too and players are now more protected.“Years ago, when you guys were playing, you’d have worked with managers who sometimes to be clear had to be very harsh, but you took that on. You took that on and you probably said to yourself, ‘I’m going to show them that I’m better than that’. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow REVEALED 2 ADVICE 2 “Whereas now, and this is not all players because I’ve worked with some brilliant lads who you can be harsh with, but a lot of players will take it differently now.“The culture is also now much more diverse and in their culture they might not have that.“It’s becoming much more difficult, but you have to adapt to a manager and that’s very important.”Bournemouth struck four times in the second-half to embarrass the Blues and knock them out of the top four on goal difference. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Sarri said he did not feel under pressure but was instead “frustrated” and offered an apology to supporters when he was asked about their reaction to Gonzalo Higuain being replaced.“In this moment I feel frustrated,” he added.“Not pressure, I am frustrated because I didn’t see the sign of my work so I am frustrated. We have only to say sorry to our fans because we can lose, of course, every match we can lose, but not in this way, we need to solve the problem and we need to understand where the problem is.”
The blogosphere was abuzz today with the launch of Adobe’s online photo-editing and storage platform, Adobe Photoshop Express. The new tool isn’t so much of a web-based version of Photoshop as people had hoped, but more of a simple online photo editor, more on par with a service like Picnik. What’s interesting about the Adobe offering, though, is more than just how well it crops and sharpens – it’s the fact that Photoshop Express comes with 2 GB of free storage for your photos, which makes it less of just an online tool, and more of an online service. Tags:#Product Reviews#web#Web Office Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This got us thinking about Adobe’s other ventures into the web-enabled world, like Buzzword and Adobe Share. Although they currently function as separate applications, without too much effort, Adobe could tie them together and introduce an new and unique online suite worth noticing.The Makings of Adobe’s Online SuiteThe first thing that caught my attention when I saw Photoshop Express, not being too much into photography myself, weren’t the options available for editing photos (cropping, red eye removal, white balancing, sharpening, auto retouching, distortions, hue and saturation filters, to name a few), but how similar its UI looked other Adobe online offerings, like Adobe Share and Buzzword. Instead of delving into Photoshop Express’s features, I instead began to wonder if and how all of Adobe’s online offerings would be tied together at some point. To that end, I looked at what Adobe has so far. This included the following:Storage Library and Embedding:Adobe Share (our coverage) is the online document storage platform launched back in September, 2007. The service lets you upload files from your computer into the online library, where they can then be shared with others or embedded onto a web site, similar to what Scribd does.ShareDocument Editor: Also in September, 2007, Adobe acquired Virtual Ubiquity, makers of online document editor, Buzzword (our coverage). This sleek online editor introduced a ribbon menu for accessing controls, but where it really excelled was in its “WYSIWYP,” or “what-you-see-is-what-your-print,” functionality. Using Flash on the back-end, Buzzword handles page layout in a way that HTML just can’t, demonstrating an elegance that makes Google Docs appear clunky in comparison. Buzzword also offers online collaboration capabilities via its sharing feature, which allows you to invite others to read, edit, or comment on your documents in real-time.Web-Conferencing:Brio, a web-conferencing software currently in beta and available now from Adobe Labs, became available in December, 2007. Brio offers screen-sharing, full multi-party video, VoIP, teleconferencing, whiteboarding, chat, and shared notes all available via your browser. Watching Brio in action, you’ll see that it also has the sleek UI like the rest of Adobe’s online software. It’s also very intuitive to use, without a lot of confusing menus or hidden options. Brio’s back-end also provides the jumping off point for more possibilities, like this Cocomo and Yahoo Maps Mashup, which brings Brio’s real-time screen-sharing, collaboration, and whiteboarding to Yahoo Maps. BrioPhoto Editing and Storage: And now with today’s launch of Photoshop Express, Adobe has yet another web-based software tool, and this one with 2 GBs of storage, already trumping Picasa’s 1 GB. Combine that with Adobe Share (1 GB) and Buzzword (1 GB), and it’s clear that Adobe has been working on building up a pretty robust hosting infrastructure. Integration and Offline AccessSo the question that comes to mind is will these tools be meshed together as one single online suite accessible via a single sign on? That’s a very real possibility, confirmed Erik Larson, Director of Product Marketing and Management, Business Productivity Business Unit at Adobe. Although currently some of these tools utilize your Adobe ID to access, others still require you to sign up. However, further down the line, the plan is to have your Adobe ID be the entry point for using all of the online software. But to make a cohesive online suite, integration would be key, and none of the products currently do that. But today Larson also confirmed that they do still have plans to integrate Buzzword and Share, so you could edit documents, store them online, and embed them on web sites. Even further in the future, he could foresee integration of Photoshop Express with Buzzword. Imagine that! Having the ability to insert a photo into your document while also being able to change its color or apply filters. Now imagine collaborating in real-time with others on the document, making changes, then embedding it onto your web site. This is what an integrated Adobe online suite could do.Of course, without offline functionality, Adobe would still lose out to desktop-based suites, so that’s where Adobe AIR comes in. Back in September, Adobe said that they would offer an offline version of Buzzword as an Adobe AIR app. While we haven’t seen an Buzzword AIR offering yet, one is still definitely in the works. Although they won’t confirm its release date, the Buzzword AIR app will bring the much-needed offline capabilities to the document editor, which could make it real competition to desktop software word processors.What’s Next?The only things that are missing now to create an great online suite are a spreadsheet and slideshow app. Larson wouldn’t say for sure, but hinted that the future roadmap for this online platform would include other tools. We would like to suggest SlideRocket, which we just covered today, as a good contender. Also blist (our coverage) would integrate well with the others, filling the spreadsheet/database void that the suite currently has. However, a glance through the list at Adobe Labs opens up even more possibilities – an online RSS reader? A web-enabled Lightroom? A color theme creator? A Sharepoint/Google Sites competitor?With these products, Adobe seems to “get it” – they know that software is moving online, but they’re betting on the co-existence of both online software with their corresponding offline apps, like those built with Adobe AIR. Like CTO Kevin Lynch said, in an interview with Wired, “I think that AIR and the browser are complimentary. They’re going to co-exist….We’re very focused on supporting the collaboration between the two environments.” But he also acknowledges what a major undertaking this is, saying, “obviously, that’s a big change from the way most companies develop software. For companies like Adobe, it’s something we’re transitioning to with products like Flex. We’re learning.”They certainly are. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
ALTO US has recently announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer and two new board members, bringing diverse experience and exciting new guidance and direction to the ALTO team.Ray AdamsRay Adams has been named as ALTO Alliance chief operating officer (COO). Adams most recently served as senior vice president of retail operations, strategy, and analytics for the sales and marketing firm Acosta. He has also held leadership positions with increasing responsibilities at companies such as Mattel, where he served as director of strategic planning; MOSAID as director of strategic planning and development; TXU Energy as director of performance excellence and customer quality;, and other US and internationally based positions with the Boston Consulting Group, KPMG, and Bennett Brooks, among others.Ray holds an MBA from the Wharton School (UPenn), a master of engineering degree from Imperial College London, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).- Sponsor – ALTO is also pleased to announce Bob Hull and Stefan Weitz as new board members.Bob HullBob Hull is currently founder and CEO of Integrity Strategic Solutions, an advisory services firm leveraging finance and business management expertise. He was formerly chief financial officer at Lowe’s Home Improvement, where he served for more than seventeen years. He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.Stefan WeitzStefan Weitz is currently founder and managing director at Indefinite Horizon, LLC, a holding and investment company. He was formerly at Microsoft where he was one of the founding members of the Bing search engine and built other products and services used by over one billion people during his eighteen years there. He most recently was executive vice president at Radial, Inc., where he led technology and product. He holds a master of arts degree in political science and physics from Gonzaga University.Karl Langhorst, ALTO’s EVP operations said, “I am pleased to welcome Ray, Bob, and Stefan to the ALTO US team. Their extensive experience mirrors the innovative and diverse business expertise that ALTO is committed to delivering to our client partners.”For more information, visit www.alto.us. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Blissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its nameYou are here: Cloud-based tools may be easier for marketers to manage than on-premises versions, but there is still a fair amount of admin. That’s where startup Blissfully comes in.Founded in 2016, the New York City-based firm provides a platform for managing software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for about 600 client companies, mostly mid-sized with 100 to 1000 employees.Subscription renewals, ops workflow. “Pretty much every business [these days] runs on SaaS,” CEO Ariel Diaz noted, adding that managing the applications tends to be a collaborative effort between IT, HR, marketing and other departments.The Blissfully platform, he told me, helps to bridge that cross-departmental management by providing a collaborative administration where a manager can invite others to join, can assign access levels and can track usage.It also tracks the metadata related to a company’s SaaS applications, such as when to renew a subscription, and how much your company is spending on its subscriptions and related costs. Additionally, it provides an operational workflow to help onboard new applications, to onboard or remove an employee from an app, or to assist with compliance for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), SOC 2 or ISO 27001.From BlissfullyRelevant documents, list of vendors. To help with compliance, the Blissfully platform directs the user to the relevant documents or certifications posted by the cloud-based application, and to the documents posted by the application’s associated vendors.Some of those documents reside in Blissfully’s growing database, and others are posted by the applications or vendors themselves. There’s also a to-do list of requirements for compliance, and a system of record in case the client company ever needs to document its own compliance efforts.Blissfully doesn’t, however, provide access to the functions in those apps, it doesn’t enable integration of application routines like Zapier or Tray.io, and it doesn’t provide access to customer data in those tools, as Segment does.Competitors include spreadsheets. Marketers and other managers are already performing many of these operational capabilities, Diaz noted, but they’re often using manually-maintained spreadsheets or the like. A user can import an existing spreadsheet into Blissfully, after some prep, or can export the platform’s data to a variety of formats.Diaz said that Blissfully’s competitors include BetterCloud, although he claimed that solution is deeper on IT and financial management for a handful of vendors, whereas his company goes “wider,” supports more SaaS vendors and is also designed to improve business operations.Similarly, Zylo is more enterprise- and finance-oriented, he said, and Siftery — recently acquired by G2 Crowd — is more focused on tracking spending on SaaS apps and on their reviews.Why you should care. Virtually all software applications are moving to the cloud, which makes their technical management less problematic but still leaves their administrative management.A platform like Blissfully offers the operational tools for managing what can easily become dozens of subscriptions and renewal cycles, each with its own set of users and compliance issues. As marketers acquire more tools, tool management itself becomes a necessary task that requires the right tool.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post Blissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its name appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Blissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its name Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingBlissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its name Posted on 31st January 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share
Last year’s tax reform created a new Opportunity Zone program, which offers qualifying investors certain tax incentives aimed to spur investment in economically distressed areas. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has predicted that the Opportunity Zone program will create $100 billion in private capital that will be invested in designated opportunity zones.The IRS released the much anticipated proposed regulations, REG-115420-18, for tax reform’s Opportunity Zone program earlier this month. The proposed rules provide “clarity and some good news for taxpayers,” Micheal Bernier, partner at Ernst & Young’s (EY) National Tax practice, told Wolters Kluwer in an emailed statement.Opportunity ZonesThe Opportunity Zone program was created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) enacted last December. The TCJA added Code Sections 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2, which include procedural rules for designating opportunity zones and provisions allowing qualifying taxpayers to elect certain income tax benefits. Although not a single Democrat voted for the TCJA, the Opportunity Zone program was based on a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. The program “creates tax incentives to help stimulate the flow of capital into communities that need opportunity the most,” Cory Booker said in an October 29 tweet.Generally, the proposed rules have been considered on Capitol Hill as leaning favorably toward taxpayers. However, stakeholders and practitioners are reporting that many questions remain. To that end, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), housed under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has announced that a second package of regulations is expected to be completed by the end of this year.Qualified Opportunity FundsThe TCJA’s Opportunity Zone program generally established the following investor tax benefits:– a temporary tax deferral for capital gains realized on the sale of appreciated assets and reinvested within 180 days in a qualified opportunity fund (QOF);– the elimination of up to 10 or 15 percent of the tax on the capital gain that is invested in the QOF and held between five and seven years; and– the permanent exclusion of tax when exiting a qualified opportunity fund investment held for at least 10 years.“Most importantly, taxpayers can use the fund as collateral. This was a surprise and is important,” Bernier told Wolters Kluwer. “The type of investments made by Opportunity Funds do have some strings attached, which are designed to make sure the investments are creating economic activity in the Opportunity Zones, not just buying and holding existing assets,” he added. “Under an Opportunity Zone structure, if you refinance the property and take cash out of the Opportunity Zone fund, that would be a disposition and would trigger the gain, thus reducing the amount of investment that is eligible for the 10-year deferral.”Real Estate InvestorsAdditionally, real estate investors stand to receive significant tax advantages through the Opportunity Zone program, according to Bernier. “As collateral, it is possible to borrow against the Opportunity Zone fund, a very important option for real estate investors,” he said. “There are a few extra hurdles to using that strategy, but it’s valuable in the real estate world and would be the rough equivalent of a cash-out refinancing.”Additionally, Bernier noted the generous latitude that Treasury and the IRS used in defining certain statutory terms. For example, “‘substantially all’ of owned or leased assets was defined as 70 percent [in the proposed regulations]; this could have been as high as 90 percent or more,” Bernier said. Further, “the time allowance for working capital is set at 30 months to deal with cash. This helps in getting the development done,” he added.Too Flexible?The proposed regulations for the Opportunity Zone program may be too flexible, according to an October article released by the liberal-leaning Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC). “Neither the statute nor the guidance ensure that the investments will benefit low- and moderate-income residents of these communities,” the TPC article noted. “The investment flexibility makes it very difficult to evaluate the success of Opportunity Zones.”Additionally, TPC researchers noted the need for proper reporting under the Opportunity Zone program. “The next round of IRS regulations and tax forms is expected to detail those reporting requirements,”the TPC article said. “It will be vital that this disclosure provide the public with the answers to a series of basic questions: Who is investing in Opportunity Zones? How much is being invested? How is the money being used?”Likewise, the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation noted in an October 23 article that the proposed regulations do nothing to ensure the program’s success. “The benefits given to investors through opportunity funds are remarkably generous, and many of these regulations only increase and widen those benefits without regard to the results,” the article said. Further, stakeholders testifying before the Senate Small Business Committee earlier this month also emphasized the importance of establishing proper reporting metrics for the program.Questions Remain Although stakeholder feedback has been largely positive, stakeholders and practitioners have noted several areas where additional IRS guidance is needed. Particularly, uncertainties surrounding the application of the QOF penalty, tax treatment of the sale of a QOF asset, and clarity on the definition of qualified opportunity zone business property are reportedly among items circulating the tax community as needing further guidance.After the IRS released the proposed regulations, Sen. Scott praised the guidance while also noting that it is incomplete. “The first set of rules released by the Treasury Department today reinforce that this will not be another bureaucratic process burdened by red tape, but rather a streamlined, efficient process that allows for investments to truly help communities in need,” Scott said.Additionally, Bernier told Wolters Kluwer that future regulations are needed to “fill in gaps.” The next package of proposed regulations is “anticipated in November and December,” he added.To that end, the House’s top tax writer has urged stakeholders in a recent statement to provide feedback on the proposed regulations. Moreover, those comments should include “identifying any areas where additional technical guidance would be valuable in providing certainty to potential investors and project managers,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said.By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.