ESA: Proposed Pennsylvania video game tax a “violation of the US Constitution”

first_imgESA: Proposed Pennsylvania video game tax a “violation of the US Constitution”Proposed state bill aimed at imposing 10% tax on mature and adult-rated games revived after death in committee last yearRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 5th February 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe Entertainment Software Association has responded to the revival of a Pennsylvania state house bill attempting to collect an additional tax on video games rated mature and for adults, calling the bill a “violation of the US constitution.”The bill was initially introduced last year but died in committee, and has since been brought back as House Bill 109. If passed into law, the bill would apply a 10% additional sales tax on any mature or adult-rated games sold at retail in the state on top of existing taxes. Proceeds would then go to the Digital Protection for School Safety Account, which would be used for “enhancing school safety measures.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Sponsors of the bill include Rep. Marguerite Quinn [R], Rep. Carol Hill-Evans [D], and Rep. Ed Neilson [D]. On January 28, the bill was referred to the House Finance Committee and is still pending discussion and a vote.”The Pennsylvania bill is a violation of the US Constitution,” reads the full statement from the ESA provided to GamesIndustry.biz. “The US Supreme Court made clear in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association & Entertainment Software Association that video games are entitled to the full protection of the Constitution, and that efforts, like Pennsylvania’s, to single out video games based on their content will be struck down.”Numerous authorities – including scientists, medical professionals, government agencies, and the US Supreme Court – found that video games do not cause violence. We encourage Pennsylvania legislators to work with us to raise awareness about parental controls and the ESRB video game rating system, which are effective tools to ensure parents maintain control over the video games played in their home.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 10 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 14 hours agoLatest comments (1)Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago “Proceeds would then go to the Digital Protection for School Safety Account, which would be used for “enhancing school safety measures.”They could just stop hitting around the bush and admit that they have a problem with guns in their society. But I doubt we would see such common sense at this point. Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alfonso Sexto on 6th February 2019 9:08am 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Ridley Helps Celebrate Campagnolo 80th Anniversary with 80 Limited Helium SLs

first_imgJust after Campagnolo’s star studded 80th anniversary gala, the news comes that Ridley is joining in on the celebration with a limited run of Helium SLs. Built with the limited edition Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Super Record Collection, only 80 of the Helium Special edition bikes will be built. Designed with a complimentary stealthy paint job with matching red accents, the bike is certainly appealing. The price? The whole bike will set you back a cool 8,999 Euro, or about $11,680.Detail shots and specs next.Specs:Frame: Helium SLFork: 4ZA Helium SLShifters: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryRear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryFront derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryCrankset: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryCassette: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryChain: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryBrakes: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryWheel set: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryTires: Continental Grand prix 4000SStem: 4ZA Cirrus ProHandlebar: 4ZA Cirrus Pro CarbonSeat post: 4ZA Cirrus Pro CarbonSaddle: 4ZA Cirrus Pro Carbonlast_img read more

Embrion to Assist Technip on North Sea Project

first_imgAn Aberdeen-based oil and gas consultancy has won a contract estimated to be worth six-figures to assist a major energy company on a North Sea project.Embrion, which is based in Westhill, and works with a number of oil giants in the city, has been selected as the safety coaching provider for Technip during work to develop the subsea infrastructure on the Quad 204 project.The specialist consultancy, which delivers tailored training packages, has deployed a team of six safety coaches to train employees on the various vessels involved in delivering the project in the North sea.The expert team will assist Technip to maintain and enhance the safety performance as part of the Quad 204 project to replace the existing Schiehallion production facility with a new purpose built Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel.Operations director of Embrion, Jim McGovern, said: “We are already undertaking a number of safety coaching and training projects in the North Sea and Canada, but this three year project is our largest single project due to its size and complexity. It shows Embrion’s growing role as a major player in delivering safety solutions for the oil and gas sector.”UK QHSE manager at Technip, John Colley, said: “Embrion has already started supporting the offshore teams and we are starting to see the benefits. As an organisation they have been very responsive to our needs, often at short notice, which is very valuable as our projects can be fluid in their delivery.”Embrion is run by internationally respected professor of psychology and business consultant, Dr Jonathan Passmore, and former Royal Marine, Jim McGovern who has an experienced background in health and safety in the energy and construction industries.The specialist company, brings the science of psychology to the practice of business performance and safety, focusing on people and their behaviours to help individuals and teams to reflect, learn and develop.[mappress]Press Release, September 23, 2013last_img read more

What happened? What’s next? – Tentative Dairy Margin Coverage timeline released

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] In recognition of your time, we’ll attempt to summarize recent events or actions making dairy headlines and reported in our weekly digital newsletter, Progressive Dairyman Extra. Then we’ll try to put that news into perspective and briefly describe how it might affect you.advertisementadvertisementDAIRY MARGIN COVERAGE PROGRAMWhat happened?USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue laid out a tentative timeline for implementation of the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. And the USDA announced the January milk income over feed cost margin, determining the month’s indemnity payment levels once the program is implemented.Approved in the 2018 Farm Bill, the DMC replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which expired at the end of 2018. Final USDA details regarding DMC were delayed during the 35-day government shutdown, and the program still requires a review from the Office of Management and Budget.What’s next?According to the projected timeline, the USDA is expected to make an online DMC calculator available by mid-April, giving dairy farmers interested in participating in the program a tool to determine premium costs.advertisementPast participants of MPP-Dairy who are eligible for premium refunds should see payments by the end of April. Sign-up for DMC could start on June 17, with DMC indemnity payments starting shortly after July 4. Indemnity payments will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019, so participating farmers could see substantial payments.For example, a dairy operation with an established milk production history of 5 million pounds that elects the $9.50 coverage level for 95 percent of its production history would be covered for 4.75 million pounds (95 percent of 5 million pounds, or 47,500 cwt). Breaking it into monthly increments, farmers maximizing coverage would be eligible to receive payments at the USDA-determined monthly payout rate on 395,800 pounds (3,958 cwt) each month the margin fell below $9.50 per cwt.Based on milk and feed costs, the USDA announced the January 2019 “margin” of $7.99 per cwt. So an operation maximizing coverage on its first 5 million pounds of milk for the year would receive a January payment of $5,977 (the 3,958 cwt covered for the month, multiplied by the $1.51- per-cwt January difference in actual margin).All indemnity payments are subject to a 6.6 percent sequestration deduction. Subtracting the sequestration deduction of about $395, the payment drops to about $5,582. That does not include any deductions for premiums.The January indemnity payment would cover a large share of the entire year’s premium costs. The annual premium rate for coverage at the $9.50 level is 15 cents per cwt, or $7,125 for 4.75 million pounds (47,500 cwt) of milk.If the operation makes a one-time election to sign up for DMC coverage for 2019 through 2023 at the same coverage levels, it will be eligible to receive a 25 percent discount on its premiums. In that case, the total premium cost for all of 2019 would be $5,344 (47,500 cwt times the 11.25 cents per cwt).advertisementBottom line: Check with your local USDA Farm Service Agency office for sign-up details. Under the maximum coverage, a dairy operation would receive back more than its full annual premium with the January payment alone, if it signs up for coverage at the discounted five-year locked-in premium rate. If a farm signs up for 2019 only, it would still recoup most of its full-year premium from the January payout – with more payments likely. Markets can change but, based on projections as of March 6, monthly DMC margins are expected to remain below $9 per cwt through April and below $9.50 per cwt through September.USMCA RATIFICATIONWhat happened?Negotiators from the U.S., Mexico and Canada approved a trade agreement last fall, designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The agreement maintains and enhances provisions beneficial to U.S. dairy producers.What’s next?Tom Vilsack, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), called the USMCA one of the five critical pivot points to improving U.S. dairy exports in 2019 and beyond. However, he expressed concerns regarding the timeline for ratification of the trade agreement. Vilsack made his comments during the Western Dairy Management Conference, on Feb. 26 in Reno, Nevada.In addition to opening or reopening markets in Canada and Mexico, the USMCA will provide additional protections against geographical indicators being imposed by the European Union in some bilateral trade agreements.What’s next?Vilsack said the USMCA will not likely be ratified by Mexico and Canada until U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum have been lifted, a possibility in 2019. He hopes the U.S. ratification process will be completed by late summer or early fall. Ratification in the U.S. will be made even more difficult as the timeline moves closer to the 2020 general election, when trade agreements become a political football.Bottom line: “In the U.S., agriculture will have to be very, very engaged in lobbying for passage of USMCA,” Vilsack said. “It’s not clear today the votes exist for passage of this trade agreement. There are folks both on the left and the right who have expressed concerns.”USDEC and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) officials have begun to emphasize the importance of dairy-related jobs and the economic impact in congressional districts and states as they lobby for passage.“For a long time we’ve made the mistake of only discussing agriculture in the context of farms, producers and ranchers,” Vilsack said. “We need to expand that by talking about the food and agricultural industry. As a single industry, 43 million people are directly and indirectly connected and employed in that industry. That’s 28 percent of the entire workforce of the U.S. If we can begin to educate policymakers about the significant economic importance of this industry, it might create easier times for getting trade agreements approved.”U.S. DAIRY EXPORTSWhat happened?In addition to ratification of the USMCA, Vilsack said U.S. trade agreements with China and Japan, and declines in stockpiles of U.S. dairy products and European Union (EU) milk powder inventories, created the potential for improvements in U.S. dairy exports in 2019.What’s next?Completing U.S. trade agreements with China and Japan are critical, offering different opportunities but facing different challenges, Vilsack said. Specifically, if the U.S. can gain a level playing field on dairy trade with Japan, U.S. dairy market share could double, with the value of that market tripling.Under the U.S. process, the timeline for completion of bilateral agreements is long and complicated by political changes – further complicated by the recent government shutdown. He said the EU has had a longer history of being far more aggressive in seeking bilateral trade agreements and moving more quickly.Bottom line: “More, New, Better” is the mantra as USDEC works toward the goal of exporting 20 percent total solids production, Vilsack said. “We want to do more, we want to do things that are new, and we want to do things we’ve done in the past better,” he said.As examples, Vilsack highlighted conducting dairy ingredient innovation seminars in Mexico to highlight functionality and versatility of powders and whey proteins; working to develop cheese channels in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan; restaurant and home cheese promotions in South Korea; creation of a “center of excellence” in Southeast Asia to showcase USDEC member companies; and expanded pizza cheese promotions in Japan. One overriding component is creating awareness of a U.S. dairy marketing and packaging icon or “seal” to help foreign customers easily identify U.S.-sourced dairy products.Moving toward a goal of exporting 20 percent of U.S. dairy solids production, Vilsack highlighted ongoing efforts, specifically targeting potential dairy consumers in Southeast Asia and China. Efforts include helping identify dairy ingredient and product innovations to meet the tastes and demands of specific markets, and development of relationships to move U.S. dairy products into those marketing chains. He said Southeast Asia was a gateway to a middle class population growing exponentially.“We’re sending a message that we intend to be in this market for good and be very competitive in it,” Vilsack said.While exports as a percentage of production has increased in recent years, Vilsack admitted growth had not translated into stronger milk prices for dairy producers. “It’s been a tough couple of years for dairy farmers,” he said. “We’re dedicated to trying to ease that by expanding access to exports.”   You’re busy – milking cows, managing employees and getting ready for spring. With that in mind, Progressive Dairyman looks at issues in the news impacting you and your dairy business. last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s car set on fire in England

first_imgMelissa Rawlins/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — ESPN reports a car owned by boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was set on fire during his tour of the United Kingdom.The former world champion was speaking at the Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC), a conference venue in Birmingham, England, discussing Tony Bellew’s upset defeat of David Haye on March 4. Outside, a vehicle with “The Money Team” insignia was aflame.No one was injured according to West Midlands Police, but authorities are “investigating an arson attack on a vehicle parked at a Birmingham hotel” according to the police’s statement.The West Midlands Police added:“Offenders smashed the window of the vehicle, a people carrier, before pouring accelerant inside and setting it alight. Enquiries into the fire, which caused extensive damage to the vehicle belonging to a guest, are currently on-going.”Mayweather Jr. is set to appear in London Monday night. He praised UK fans’ loyalty during his visit in The Telegraph, expressing regret he never fought in Britain during his career.He also addressed rumors he could fight UFC star Conor McGregor, saying if the ultimate fighter wants to, “we can make it happen.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more