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News Scan for Feb 11, 2016

News Scan for Feb 11, 2016

first_imgModels reveal rapid two-decade global rise in dengue infectionsThe global incidence of dengue has increased sharply since 1990, resulting in climbing rates of disability, particularly in Southeast Asia, while mortality rates appear lower than expected, according to a study yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.Researchers funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation used data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 to run models on dengue incidence, mortality, and related disability in 130 countries between 1990 and 2013.The global number of dengue cases rose from 8.3 million in 1990 to 58.4 million in 2013. Dengue incidence was highest in Southeast Asia, where 34.3 cases per 1,000 population were reported in 2013.The investigators also estimated that dengue infection was responsible for 566,000 years lived with disability, largely due to chronic fatigue, in 2013.Global mortality models estimated that dengue death rates have risen only slightly in the past 20 years, from 8,657 deaths in 1990 to 9,110 in 2013. A total of 576,900 years of life were lost due to dengue mortality in 2013.Global dengue mortality incidence was greatest in infants and young children (post-neonatal to 9 years), yet declined from 1990 to 2013, while mortality rates rose moderately in all other age groups.Many of the fatal dengue cases in 2013 occurred in Southeast Asia (5,376 deaths) and South Asia (2,132 deaths). Death rates in tropical and central Latin America and the Caribbean increased from 1990 to 2013, while remaining fairly low compared to overall global mortality burden. Most dengue-related deaths (7,018) in 2013 occurred in individuals belonging to the lower middle-class income group.The researchers acknowledge that their models resulted in estimates of mortality incidence that are significantly lower than the World Health Organization’s estimate of 10,000 to 20,000 deaths caused by dengue each year.A commentary by Annelies Wilder-Smith, MD, PhD, and Peter Byass, PhD, in the same issue of Lancet Infectious Diseases discusses the difficulties inherent in estimating global incidence and mortality for dengue, highlighting global discrepancies between diagnostics, reporting systems, and surveillance. The commentators said global dengue mortality is likely underestimated, noting that further models could counter this by accounting for population density and clinical reporting differences in high-incidence countries.Feb 10 Lancet Infect Dis studyFeb 10 Lancet Infect Dis commentary Annual European survey finds high levels of drug-resistant CampylobacterThe major findings of an annual antimicrobial resistance survey by European Union agencies included a high level of Campylobacter resistance to important antibiotics and some evidence of Salmonella resistance to colistin, a “last resort” drug.”Scientists warn that resistance to ciprofloxacin, an antimicrobial that is critically important for the treatment of human infections, is very high in Campylobacter, thus reducing the options for effective treatment of severe foodborne infections,” says a press release from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The 2014 survey was conducted by the EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).”In Campylobacter from humans, a high to very high proportion of isolates were resistant to ciprofloxacin and tetracyclines, whereas resistance to erythromycin was low to moderate,” the report says. In broiler chickens, 69.8% of Campylobacter isolates were resistant to ciprofloxacin, while 60.2% of human isolates showed resistance to the drug.As for Salmonella, resistance to widely used antimicrobials was common in isolates from humans (tetracyclines, 30%; sulfonamides, 28.2%; ampicillin, 28.2%) and poultry, according to the press release.Evidence of resistance to colistin was found in Salmonella and Escherichia coli in poultry, the report says. Mike Catchpole, the ECDC’s chief scientist, commented in the press release, “This is worrying because it means that this last-resort drug may no longer be effective for treating severe human infections with Salmonella.”The investigators found regional differences in resistance, with the highest levels in eastern and southern Europe. “In northern Europe, there is lower resistance in bacteria from poultry, particularly in countries with low use of antimicrobials in animals,” Marta Hugas, head of EFSA’s Biological Hazards and Contaminants Unit, said in the release. Feb 11 ECDC press release Full ECDC report French team finds MCR-1 spread in livestockFrench researchers have found more evidence of the MCR-1 antibiotic-resistance gene in livestock, according to a report today on sampling from turkeys, chickens, and pigs published in the latest edition of Eurosurveillance.MCR-1, which disables the last-line antibiotic colistin, was first described by Chinese researchers in November. The older drug isn’t used much anymore in humans but is commonly used in raising food animals. Since release of the Chinese report, researchers in several countries have found the gene in their sample collections, along with worrisome signs that it can appear alongside other resistance genes. Last month French researchers reported the detection in Escherichia coli samples from the country’s veal calves, some from as far back as 2005.In the new report, researchers from the French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) looked at 1,696 isolates collected from 2007 to 2014 in the French livestock antimicrobial-resistance surveillance program. Most were susceptible to colistin, but of 23 isolates that were above the cutoff value for resistance, all harbored the MCR-1 gene. Two were isolated from healthy pigs between 2011 and 2013. Seven of the MCR-1 detections were from broiler samples collected in 2013 and 2014, and 14 were from turkeys in 2014. Four of the positive turkey isolates showed resistance to several other antibiotics.The authors concluded that their findings support the spread of MCR-1 in French livestock and the practice of using colistin in agriculture should be revisited, both due to the potential for treatment failure in animals and to preserve the usefulness of the antibiotic in humans.Feb 11 Eurosurveill report MERS mortality risk associated with increased age, comorbiditiesFatal Saudi MERS-CoV cases were associated with increased age, inpatient infection, and a variety of comorbidities, according to an epidemiological study yesterday in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, analyzed descriptive data on 939 patients diagnosed with MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) between September 2012 and July 2015 in the Saudi Arabia.Most case-patients were 40 years or older (657, or 70%). Locations most affected by MERS incidence were Riyadh (369 cases, or 39.3%), Jeddah (197 cases, or 20.8%), and the Eastern Region (125 cases, or 13.3%). More than half of the total cases (67, or 53.6%) reported in the Eastern Region were diagnosed in 2015.Of the 421 patients for whom comorbidities were reported, 224 (53.2%) had diabetes, and 200 (47.5%) had hypertension. Comorbidities associated with a higher mortality risk included cancer (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] 5.98, 1.64-21.79), cardiac disease (AOR 2.80, 1.52-5.16), hypertension (AOR 1.41, 0.80-2.48), pulmonary disease (AOR 1.10, 0.48-2.54), and renal disease (AOR 1.06, 0.56-2.03).Advanced age (80 years and older) was also associated with likelihood of MERS-related mortality (AOR 4.07, 1.41-11.78), as was nosocomial infection (AOR 2.61, 1.41-4.82). Length of time between onset of symptoms and hospitalization did not significantly affect outcome.Limitations acknowledged by the investigators include missing data on diagnosis and treatment in some of the case reports and the fact that it is difficult to draw conclusions on risk factors for mortality without the ability to observe a control group. Feb 10 Int J Infect Dis studylast_img read more

U.S. Subcommittee to Start Review of LNG Exports Legislation

U.S. Subcommittee to Start Review of LNG Exports Legislation

first_imgU.S. Subcommittee on Energy and Power has scheduled a hearing for the review of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act. In response to Russia’s recent aggression and DOE’s slow export approval process, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced H.R. 6 to expedite exports of LNG to U.S. allies.The H.R. 6 legislation would grant immediate approval of complete export applications currently filed with the Department of Energy and modify the process moving forward to ensure exports to U.S. allies. The subcommittee will hear testimony from former member of Congress and chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization James Bacchus, Hungarian Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security Anita Orban, and NERA Economic Consulting Senior Vice President David Montgomery.“President Obama said that ‘we’re going to stand firm in our unwavering support for Ukraine.’ That should include unlocking U.S. natural gas supplies to help free Ukraine and other European nations from Russia’s influence. It is going to take more than sanctions to stand up to Putin, and taking action on exports would weaken his grip by sending a clear signal to our allies that they no longer have to be at the mercy of Russian energy supplies. This legislation will provide a safe and secure energy source abroad while delivering economic growth and job creation here at home,” said Gardner.[mappress]Press Release, March 18, 2014last_img read more

Delshawn Jackson’s Last Second Layup the Difference in CCC’s 64-62 Win Over Garfield Heights

Delshawn Jackson’s Last Second Layup the Difference in CCC’s 64-62 Win Over Garfield Heights

first_img Related TopicsDelshawn JacksonDyshawn JacksonMarreon Jackson CLEVELAND – With that one second, Delshawn Jackson knew the ball was going in.Jackson’s buzzer beater layup was the difference, leading his Cleveland Central Catholic (9-6, 4-2) to a dramatic 64-62 win inside Quicken Loans Arena over the Garfield Heights Bulldogs.Delshawn ended with 19 points, but before his final game-winning shot came in the picture, he had to thank his twin brother with the assist Dyshawn Jackson.“It was a big win for us,” Jackson said.“It all worked because we knew we had to play tough and aggressive defense, thanks to my brother {Dyshawn}, who saw me in the paint wide open and I just put it in.”The game was fast paced from the start, as Central Catholic led 17-12 to end the first quarter. Garfield started a run of their own in the second period, and led by one with 2:21 to play in the first half.The game was back and forth in the second half, and finally Garfield tied the game up in the forth quarter when guard Marreon Jackson connected with a long distance three to tie it at 62 all.Aggressive defense by Central Catholic forced the Bulldogs to call their last timeout with 36 seconds left. That didn’t concern Central Catholic’s head coach Coach Jordan Duke nor his team one bit.“I had to make sure I keep them calm,” Duke said.“Nothing basketball wise, I just told them just stay calm and be confident.”It paid off, as the Jackson brothers came through when it counted the most, with Delshawn hitting the game-winner with in the final seconds to seal the exciting victory. Mike Couteelast_img read more

Perez to Ramos: If I sell you, I’ll be the next to leave

Perez to Ramos: If I sell you, I’ll be the next to leave

first_img Upd. at 13:25 Florentino Perez told Sergio Ramos “You are untransferable because if I sell you then the next to leave will be me”. CEST 31/07/2015 Everything indicates Ramos will be continuing at Madrid and not heading to Manchester United, with a new deal until 2020 likely to be signed by the star.center_img Sport EN Ramos was also told the only way he would be leaving was if a club stepped up and paid the €180million buyout fee in his contract.  According to Cadena Ser’s El Larguero, the Real Madrid president told the defender this during their meeting in China.last_img

Modest, but solid foundation

Modest, but solid foundation

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS DOZENS of young students captured in photographs almost a century ago helped lay the foundations of Beaconsfield…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Softball: April 30 Scoreboard

Softball: April 30 Scoreboard

first_imgStephen F. Austin pushed its winning streak to four with a 10-6 road victory Wednesday against Texas Southern in non-conference action. McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana and Lamar fell to ranked opponents, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi lost at home to Houston 9-4 while UIW dropped a close game to Texas-San Antonio 4-3.Stephen F. Austin 10, Texas Southern 6HOUSTON, Texas – After falling behind 5-1 in the first inning at Texas Southern, Stephen F. Austin were able to right ship and rally from behind for a 10-6 victory. | Read MoreNo. 17 Baylor 6, McNeese State 0WACO, Texas – Baylor’s Whitney Canion threw a no-hitter and struck out 14 as the 17th- ranked Bears handed McNeese State their first shutout loss of the season with a 6-0 win. A hit-by-pitch to McNeese’s Ashley Modzelewski and a walk by Taylor Goree in the second inning broke up the perfect game. | Read MoreNo. 25 LSU 11, Southeastern Louisiana 3HAMMOND, La. – Playing in the final regular season home game of her career, Southeastern Louisiana senior first baseman Tori Sheppard hit a three-run home run, but it was not enough as the Lady Lion dropped its regular season home finale to No. 25 LSU Wednesday night at North Oak Park. | Read MoreHouston 9, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In her final game at Chapman Field,J.J. Jackson cranked a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as the Houston Cougars (30-19) scattered 13 hits to secure a 9-4 victory today in non-conference action. Jackson went 2-for-2 and chipped in 3 RBIs to lead the Islanders’ (15-34) bats while Michelle Sorenson went 2-for-3 at the plate. | Read MoreUTSA 4, UIW 3SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite a heroic pitching performance by Kristin Hebert (Humble/Atascocita HS) UIW lost to UTSA on the road, 4-3 at Roadrunner Field on Wednesday afternoon. | Read MoreNo. 24 Texas A&M 8, Lamar 0No. 24 Texas A&M 6, Lamar 1COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Lamar ran into a juggernaut Wednesday, dropping a doubleheader to 24th-ranked Texas A&M by scores of 8-0 and 6-1. | Read Morelast_img read more

Is Facebook a Cult?

Is Facebook a Cult?

first_imgRelated Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Analysis#Facebook#Features#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook announced that it hit 200 million users today and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Sandberg made a blog post describing some of the data mining that the company is doing of those connections. It’s going to be great for advertisers, she says, it should also be very good for the rest of us as well. I think it’s creepy.It’s all about “The Stream.” The conversations we have in public parts of the site, the items we interact with in our Facebook Newsfeeds, and the way that builds connections between a larger group of people. Here at ReadWriteWeb we’re very excited about social networking, real time feeds, network effects and the like. But this Facebook ethos has gone far enough that it’s time to question whether there’s something cult-like going on.Photo: From the Grand Rapids Michigan Zombie Walk, where thousands of people gathered on the streets merely dressed as zombies, after meeting on Facebook. CC by Flickr user Steven Depolo.Sociologist Robert J. Lifton wrote an outline several decades ago of what makes some groups considered “cults.” There are some parallels with the way Facebook is working these days.A theory: Facebook management is acting like a group of cult leaders intent on changing the rest of us into more social, less private people than we might want to be. Maybe all social networking services are trying to do that – but the way Facebook is going about it feels particularly cult-like.Six weeks ago we wrote that Facebook’s management had lost its grip on reality. This is another way to look at it and is updated based on what’s happened since then.Here are a few of Lifton’s criteria for cult status and the evidence we see so far. The rest of the criteria are available in many places around the web, including here. Judge for yourself.MILIEU CONTROLThis includes things things like physical isolation and control over the environment that people experience, with personal change being the intended result. Does that sound like Facebook? The company has forced millions of people into accepting big changes to their social environment despite protests. The social and identity data we create there is held captive and doesn’t play well with other sites and Facebook says the end result is that the average person is now more connected than people are through “traditional communication.” Every change to Facebook is a change in the social landscape for millions and millions of people – unless we stop using the service, we are at their mercy.Facebook’s privacy controls are notoriously complex and unclear. It’s a fast moving new world and many non-technical users are confused about which of their activities are exposed to others and which aren’t. That’s not unique to Facebook, but they could certainly do a better job of making it easier to use the service while still maintaining the kinds of privacy many of us like to have in real life.MYSTICAL MANIPULATION Mark Zuckerberg is a young man who used to have his face on every Facebook page and who turned down a $1 billion offer to buy the company. If his faux-modesty isn’t covering up a seriously Messianic self-image, we’d be surprised.Lifton wrote that mystical manipulation often occurs through “planned spontaneity.” When we think about the magical connection of old friends through mysterious algorithms, simple school networks and friend of a friend recommendations – that sounds like an experience in “planned spontaneity” for most people to us.THE DEMAND FOR PURITYHigh-level executives are leaving Facebook and telling at least one reporter that there’s no dissent allowed in company discussions anymore. Lifton also says that confessions of wrong doing are an important part of the demand for purity. Facebook seems to confess that it was wrong more often and more publicly than almost any other company we know – but Beacon is still alive and the new system of psuedo democratic voting hasn’t made Facebook’s new interface any less like Twitter than it was when millions of people revolted.SACRED SCIENCELifton says a cult-like group “offers considerable security to young people because it greatly simplifies the world and answers a contemporary need to combine a sacred set of dogmatic principles with a claim to a science embodying the truth about human behavior and human psychology.” Facebook’s claim to speak to the basic human need to “connect,” combined with the company’s number crunching and shiny new graphs, certainly seems scientific and all-encompassing. But isn’t there a lot more to human connection than one liner status updates, photos posted online, “thumbs up” and the other relatively mechanistic interactions that people have on Facebook?What’s the end result of all these magical connections through relatively shallow communication? Advertising! Sandberg wrote the following today on the company blog:With greater connectedness has come the ability for people to influence one another with more speed and efficiency. We’ve seen this lead to people spreading information and organizing events on a mass scale, often within days and weeks. For example, within weeks of T-Mobile airing an advertisement, Facebook users organized thousands of people to recreate the ad with a “Silent Dance” at the same station.That T-Mobile dance was a commercial version of what people call a Flash Mob. Actors got together in a public place and engaged in a co-ordinated dance between people that bystanders had assumed were unconnected strangers. The logical thing for the surprised and delighted bystanders to do was call friends and families on their cell phones – hence the T-Mobile tie-in. Apparently The Facebook Stream allowed some groups of people to co-ordinate a public re-enactment of the T-Mobile dance. That’s the highlight of all this that Sandberg points to – formerly free-thinking individuals used Facebook to turn themselves into players in an advertisement for a giant telecommunications company. It sounds pretty suspicious to me. It’s because of the risk to free thought and independence that many of us prefer a vision of the social web’s future based on small, independent but interoperable social networks. Each with their own governance, ethos and infrastructure, but able to send messages from point to point to point. That’s the way the Internet used to work. As one group amasses huge amounts of centralized power the way that Facebook has, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the psychological relationship between the site’s owners and its users. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

4 lessons learned from 200,000 Amazon beauty, personal care product pages

4 lessons learned from 200,000 Amazon beauty, personal care product pages

first_imgNearly 70 percent of consumers say they search for and purchase beauty and personal products on Amazon.This will come as no surprise to anyone watching or involved in the space. Increasingly, consumers have been opting for digital convenience from the beauty and personal products category. As new models disrupt the space, from subscribe and save options, digital-native vertical brands, and Amazon’s private label Basic Care products, it seems established brands have been hit the hardest when it comes to losing market share.Given the importance of your digital shelf performance, and the rapid pace of Amazon’s dominance of the consumables market overall, I took a close look at what was winning on the website as part of my work at my company Salsify. As in many markets, the tactics to successfully sell beauty and personal care on Amazon differ slightly depending on the price point.But after analyzing more than 200,000 product pages on Amazon, I noted four overarching lessons. Many product pages fail to provide ample content for shoppers, giving beauty and personal care brands a significant opportunity to win in the category. Let’s look at those four lessons. Posted on 13th September 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share 4 lessons learned from 200,000 Amazon beauty, personal care product pagesYou are here: Lesson 1: Image is everythingConsumers expect more images, even for low-priced products. Be sure to provide several high-quality images of the product that demonstrate what the packaging looks like, lists any key ingredient information or dosing information, shows the product in use, and provides shoppers a sense of the size or options that your product may come in.Across price points on Amazon, I saw that ‘Top Performer’ pages (those within the top 10 percent of sales rank) had a minimum of double the image count of ‘Poor Performer’ pages (bottom 10 percent of sales rank).Even basic hygiene goods categories with products like cotton swabs or toothpaste priced under $10 had an average of 4.5 images for top performers.Use the brand products you have today to help your shoppers see exactly what they are buying and lend more credibility to the page. In addition, I saw many brands reflecting the answers to commonly asked questions or spotlighting key features of the product in an image to catch shoppers attention to primary reasons to buy.Lesson 2: Wisdom is a crowdTo beat your competitors, get your review count into the triple digits. An overwhelming trend across top-performers is the number of reviews their products receive. This clearly plays an enormous role in winning buyer trust and answering feature and benefit questions for buyers.Our analysis showed that rather than upping bullet count, having hundreds of reviews on a product page was an enormous factor in winning sales.For example, in trusted skin, hair care treatments and cleansers priced $50 – $99.99, Top Performers had an average of 211 product reviews. The low performers in this category had an average of 11.3 product reviews.While Amazon has clear policies against incentivizing or paying for product reviews, many brands are able to improve their counts with basic post-purchase follow-up. Include a request for reviews in packaging and any post-purchase emails.Lesson 3: It doesn’t take a five-star ratingFollowing on the previous lesson, while review count matters, star ratings are not as critical. So don’t sweat the star ratings. If your product averages four stars on Amazon, you are in good company in the beauty and personal care category.Across every price point, there was a mere 0.5 difference in average ratings from top performers to low performers. In fact, regardless of whether shoppers were spending $10 or $99.99 for a product, the average star rating for top performers was 4.2. Products under $10 or over $100 had an average star rating of 4.1.The data in this part of the analysis can be used to highlight the importance of collecting buyer feedback and responding to it more than getting high marks across the board.Lesson 4: Bare minimum page is the baselineMost brands are doing the bare minimum when it comes to product content. There is an enormous opportunity for you to dominate the market. When I looked across the data, product pages in the beauty and personal care category had one image and five bullet points in the product description. Based on my experience and our company research, this is categorically the wrong approach. Top performers across every price point are using images and outstanding content to tell the full brand story rather than relying on bullets, titles or description length.By investing in product content beyond the minimum required by Amazon, brands have the opportunity to increase Sales Rank and market share on the website at a critical moment of its continued growth.Top-performing products generally have product pages that quickly give consumers a robust view of what they might buy — particularly through imagery and reviews.The post 4 lessons learned from 200,000 Amazon beauty, personal care product pages appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: 4 lessons learned from 200,000 Amazon beauty, personal care product pagescenter_img HomeDigital Marketing4 lessons learned from 200,000 Amazon beauty, personal care product pages 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 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019last_img read more

New York Allows Itemized Deductions, Decoupling from Federal Tax Changes

New York Allows Itemized Deductions, Decoupling from Federal Tax Changes

first_imgNew York will let taxpayers itemize deductions on income tax returns, differing from federal tax treatment in several areas.The Department of Taxation issued a technical memorandum explaining that, as of 2018, New York will not conform certain personal income tax Internal Revenue Code changes that were made by the TCJA.Itemized DeductionsTaxpayers are permitted to itemize their deductions for New York State income tax purposes for tax years 2018 and after, even if they did not itemize it on their federal income tax return. Since New York has opted not to follow the changes made by the TCJA, taxpayers may claim deductions on their New York personal income tax returns which they are otherwise not permitted to claim for federal income tax purposes. For example, taxpayers can claim deductions for:state and local real estate taxes paid, including amounts over the $10,000 federal limit;casualty and theft losses including those incurred outside a federally declared disaster area;unreimbursed employee business expenses; andcertain other miscellaneous deductions that taxpayers are no longer allowed to claim federally (e.g., tax preparation fees, investment expenses, and safe deposit box fees).Alimony or Separate Maintenance PaymentsNew York opted not to follow changes made by the TCJA to the treatment of alimony or separate maintenance payments made under an alimony or separation agreement that was executed or modified after December 31, 2018. Taxpayers, when calculating their New York adjusted gross income (NYAGI), are required to:subtract from their federal adjusted gross income (FAGI) any applicable alimony or separate maintenance payments they made in a tax year, andadd to FAGI any applicable alimony or separate maintenance payments they received in the tax year.Qualified Moving Expenses Reimbursement and Moving ExpensesNew York opted not to follow changes made by the TCJA to the deduction for moving expenses and to the exclusion from gross income (wages) for moving expenses reimbursement for tax years 2018 through 2025. Further, New York will continue to allow taxpayers to exclude qualified moving expenses reimbursement and moving expenses from their NYAGI.Empire State Child Tax CreditFor computing the Empire State child tax credit for New York, taxpayers are not permitted to use their current tax year’s federal child tax credit or additional child tax credit. Instead, the credit will now be based on the 2017 federal credits and income.529 College Savings AccountNew York opted not to follow changes made by the TCJA to the types of withdrawals that are allowed from a Qualified Tuition Program (QTP) account. Accordingly, the withdrawals for kindergarten through 12th grade school tuition are not qualified withdrawals under the New York 529 college savings account program. Further, withdrawals dispersed in cash or in kind, from college saving accounts and not used for the higher education of the designated beneficiary are considered nonqualified withdrawals.TSB-M-18(6)I, New York Department of Taxation and Finance, December 28, 2018, ¶409-393Login 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.last_img read more