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Cyprus take on Greece in penultimate qualifier

first_imgTHE Cypriot national team welcomes neighbours Greece to Nicosia on Saturday for the second from last game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.With just two games to go in Group H, Cyprus is in fourth place, three points behind Greece who lie just one point behind Bosnia and Herzegovina who, in turn, occupy the second qualifying position.In the last round of international games, Cyprus got off to a winning start under new manager Ran Ben Shimon with an impressive 3-2 turnaround against Bosnia. Yet an injury-time 1-0 defeat to Estonia means Cyprus’ chances of qualifying are slim to none.Greece, however, are still in with a very real chance, as a win on Saturday coupled with a loss for Bosnia against runaway group leaders Belgium in Sarajevo will see Michael Skibbe’s side enter the last game against lowly Gibraltar needing just a win to finish second.Greece striker Apostolos Vellios said that his side will be hoping for a favour from the Red Devils in their match against their nearest group rivals.“We expect and hope that Bosnia will lose points against Belgium,” the 25-year-old stated, though he added that, “first of all we are looking to win our matches”.Vellios continued: “The atmosphere within the squad is excellent. We are like a family with the new manager and that is evident on the pitch. We are going all out to win our two matches and, of course, we will wait to see what our rivals do, but we will focus on our own games”.The friendly relationship between Cyprus and Greece is well-known, but winger Andreas Avraam is disappointed with claims that his team will go easy on Greece to help them qualify.“We have our own pride and our own identity,” the AEL man told Astra 92.8. “It is a game that we want to win. We respect Greece, but we believe in ourselves”.“We are annoyed about what is being said because it suggests that we do not respect ourselves. We are going out for the win,” he insisted.Despite Cyprus’ slim chances of progressing to the World Cup, star striker Pieros Soteriou is not ready to give up on his team’s hopes just yet.“The spirit of the national team is very good. We are going out there to win on Saturday. The same way they (Greece) have a chance to qualify, so do we, and we will fight until the end,” said the FC Copenhagen centre-forward.“As long as we are still in it mathematically, we believe we can do it and get the result that we deserve,” he told Radio Proto.A big miss for Cyprus is the continued absence of Apoel winger Giorgos Efrem who continues his recovery from an injury picked up in his club’s Champions League qualifying campaign.The latest meeting came last year – a 2-0 home win for Greece courtesy of goals from Kostas Mitroglou and Petros Mandalos.Greece have won the last four encounters between the two nations, with Cyprus’ last success against their neighbours coming back in 2001, as a late goal from Ioakim Ioakim handed the islanders a memorable 1-2 win in Athens.Crowds at the GSP this qualifying campaign have been rather modest but the fact the interest on the island in Greek football could see a larger than usual turnout.last_img read more

Parikwaranau titled land encroachment

first_imgDear Editor,The residents of Parikwaranau Village, located in south Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu–Upper Essequibo) are highly concerned that a known cattle rancher has taken over and fenced a portion of their titled village lands, without their consent.This matter was brought by the village council to the attention of the Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Vice President Sydney Allicock, about a year ago, but, to date, nothing has been done.The residents are claiming that while Minister Allicock has recently addressed the land boundaries of villages in the North Rupununi, he is deliberately refusing to address the Parikwaranau-titled land encroachment by the known rancher, a situation of which he is fully aware.Villagers informed that both Ministers Allicock and George Norton visited Parikwaranau Village on September 14, 2017, but informed villagers on their arrival that their visit was not to deal with land issues, but to address other issues. Minister Allicock instead advised residents to take their land problem to the Land Commission of Inquiry (CoI), and he also advised on who should be invited to the village.The residents are of the opinion that their current land problem is not one for the Land CoI to solve, but the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MoIPA) should solve it.The residents have said they will not be taking their village problem to the Land CoI, neither will the Land CoI be invited into the village.Parikwaranau village residents are extremely disappointed over Minister Allicock’s refusal to settle their land problem with the known cattle rancher. They are wondering if it is a conflict-of-interest situation, and if so, then Minister Garrido-Lowe or a specially appointed person should take over.In the meanwhile, the problem is currently affecting the strategic development of the Parikwaranau Village.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

Cole quits England after WC snub

first_img“We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything,” the 107-times capped Cole added ahead of Hodgson’s official squad announcement on Monday.Cole’s words indicated his failure to hold down a regular first-team spot at Chelsea this season, where he has been displaced by Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta, had cost him his England career.His omission means that Everton’s Leighton Baines is set to be confirmed as England’s leading left-back when Hodgson unveils his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals, with Southampton teenager Luke Shaw providing cover for the 29-year-old.“#Baines and #shaw are great players, proved this season, and are the future of this country, it was a pleasure to get #107 caps #eng,” added Cole, who earlier on Sunday started in Chelsea’s final league game of the season, a 2-1 victory away to already-relegated Cardiff, on Twitter.Former Arsenal defender Cole made his international debut against Albania in 2001 and has been an England regular ever since, starting every tournament game since his finals bow against Sweden at the 2002 World Cup.Back in March, Hodgson said he understood he might have to disappoint a “big name” player when it came to selecting his squad for Brazil.On Sunday, Hodgson told the Football Association website that dropping Cole, who “in his prime” was the world’s best left-back, had been one of the toughest decisions of his career.– ‘Incredible competitor’ –“Among many difficult decisions I’ve had to make for my squad, not selecting Ashley was one of the hardest,” Hodgson said“He’s been an incredible competitor for England, to amass over a century of caps is a truly staggering achievement and he deserves enormous credit for the desire and brilliance which has shone through over the years he has represented his country.“There are few players who can be considered among the very best in the world, but Ashley in his prime was the best left back without question,” added Hodgson, who said Cole had accepted his omission with “huge grace”.“Of course I must respect his decision to retire, he has been one of England’s finest players, but I want to look to the future. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my career.”Now it appears that the 18-year-old Shaw is set for his first major tournament as an England player despite having just the one cap behind him.Shaw received a glowing report from Hodgson after making a 45-minute substitute appearance during his England debut in the friendly win over Denmark two months ago, with the manager saying: “Anyone who has watched him play would not deny he deserves a place.”The fact Cole, who moved across London from Arsenal to Chelsea eight years ago, was pictured crying after the Blues’ final home Premier League game of the season last weekend also raised questions about his club future.It is understood Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would like Cole to remain at Stamford Bridge but several clubs in Europe and the United States have reportedly expressed an interest in signing the player.England will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the group stages of the World Cup which gets under way on June 12.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 12 – Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole announced Sunday he was retiring from international football after being told he’d been left out of England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup.“I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players,” the 33-year-old Cole told his Twitter followers.last_img read more

Howard Hughes’ pain re-examined

first_imgWhen the 2004 Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator” came out nearly 30 years after his death, a local physician who testified on the billionaire’s death decided it was time to revisit the strange case of the legendary entrepreneur. In the explosion of litigation that followed Hughes’ 1976 death, Dr. Forest Tennant, now a West Covina pain specialist in semi-retirement, said a federal investigation ensued after a newspaper reported claims Hughes’ medical team had killed him purposely with powerful pain medication. Tennant said he was tapped by the Drug Enforcement Administration to testify against Hughes’ personal doctor, Wilbur Thain. “I didn’t know much, but I was the best they had,” he said. “We really didn’t understand pain at that time, how serious it could be.” Now, with a greater understanding of pain and pain management, Tennant said he has gained nothing but respect for Hughes’ doctors, who treated the iconic Texan with daily doses of powerful painkillers known as opioids. “If they had not done so, he would not have survived,” he said. “They were excellent doctors. For their time, they did more than anybody could.” Tennant wrote an article in the July/August issue of the medical journal Practical Pain Management, of which he is also editor, outlining his findings upon revisiting Hughes’ records. In 1946, when Hughes was 41, the experimental airplane he was piloting crashed in Beverly Hills, leaving him with horrendous injuries – broken back bones, ribs, a crushed collar bone and serious burns requiring large skin grafts, Tennant said. The fact he survived the accident is surprising, Tennant said. But the consequence was intractable pain for the rest of his life, Tennant said. During Hughes’ final 30 years of life, Tennant added, that alone should have killed him. Intense, continuous pain takes its toll quickly, Tennant said, and if left untreated, leads to death. And little was known about how to properly treat it in Hughes’ day, he added. “Once (pain) reaches a certain magnitude, a biological line is drawn in the sand,” the 66-year-old physician said. “Really severe pain does kill you.” Tennant said pain causes the body to produce an excess amount of adrenaline, a hormone that among other things, increases the heart rate and blood pressure. “You just kind of wear out,” Tennant said. “It’s like trying to run a marathon and you don’t stop.” Hughes survived another 30 years before dying from kidney failure on April 5, 1976, a feat Tennant has not seen in his entire career of treating intractable pain patients. “Howard Hughes is actually kind of an icon,” Tennant said, adding his 70-year life span was a “medical miracle.” Dr. Farshad Ahadian, associate clinical professor of anesthesiology and medical director of the Center for Pain Medicine at UC San Diego, said there is some evidence managing severe pain in terminally ill cancer patients improves their life span but added he could not apply that to all, non-cancer pain patients. He said the pendulum of opinion on opioids has been swinging for a long time. “Opioids have been around forever,” he said. “They’re one of the oldest (types) of drugs there are.” While they can be a useful aspect of pain therapy, he said, they are also “very abusable.” He added that non-drug, interventional pain therapies are rapidly expanding in scope and popularity. While Hughes became as famous for his bizarre, reclusive behavior later in life as for his daredevil bravado, people familiar with him said the drastic change in his demeanor could be attributed to his last, most serious flying accident. “He almost died, he really should have died,” said Arelo Sederberg, a former Arcadia resident who was Hughes’ public relations consultant from 1970 to 1978. “It’s a miracle that he survived.” Sederberg, who is writing a book about Hughes, speculates the crash and the aviator’s resulting injuries changed him radically. “He was always a little unsteady before that,” he said. “But after that accident, that’s when he really became a recluse.” In Tennant’s article, he debuncts wide-spread belief that Hughes had syphilis, at least at the time of his death. “He might have had it in his younger years,” he said, but added that it could have been one of the many “malicious rumors” circulating. In the end, Sederberg said, Hughes remains an enigma. “He’s been analyzed and re-analyzed,” he said. The curious thing about him is, he continues to attract interest. He’s been dead now 30 years.” Sederberg said he wonders if, with all Hughes’ different personas and facets, he didn’t mean different things to different people. “In the long run, I guess he has the last laugh,” Sederberg said. “Because he left a lot of mystery.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Good enough? How Arsenal could realistically line up without Sanchez and Ozil

first_img 10. Danny Welbeck (centre forward) – Welbeck is back in action after a second serious injury with Arsenal and is beginning to settle into the team. Olivier Giroud is again becoming a forgotten figure on the sidelines. 2. Hector Bellerin (right back) – Bellerin is one of the finest attacking full-backs in Europe. Defensively he is still learning the game, but there’s little chance he’ll be dropped any time soon. Arsenal would be wise to upgrade their backup options, though. 11 9. Theo Walcott (right attack) – Walcott is never far from criticism, but there’s no doubt he poses a serious threat from the wing. His confidence, like many of his team-mates, affects his form. 17 goals in all competitions is not a bad return at all for the winger, however. 11 11 11 5. Nacho Monreal (left back) – Monreal has been in poor form this calendar year, but with few other options, remains the best player available in this position. Supporters will be after reinforcements in the summer transfer window. 1. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at a possible Arsenal line-up without Sanchez and Ozil – Cech has been in shaky form over the past few months, but is likely to remain first choice in goal next season. Arsenal should, however, have begun the search for a long-term replacement. 11 Arsenal might very well be planning for life without Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil next summer.The pair are yet to extend their contracts, both of which expire in 2018, suggesting they do not see their long-term future at the Emirates.ALEXIS SANCHEZ AND MESUT OZIL CONTRACT TALKS ON HOLD UNTIL SUMMER, SAYS ARSENE WENGERThe Gunners may therefore be forced to cash in on their two prized assets at the end of this season.So how might the Arsenal team cope without Sanchez and Ozil?Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at a possible line-up for Arsene Wenger’s side without the duo. 11. Kylian Mbappe (left attack) – If there’s one signing Arsenal make this summer, there is a feeling it could be Mbappe. The 18-year-old has scored 19 in all competitions this season and is attracting plenty of interest. Monaco are reportedly confident of agreeing a new deal, but the teen could feel the grass is greener elsewhere. 6. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (centre midfield) – Oxlade-Chamberlain has performed well when moved inside in recent weeks. His confidence will have taken a beating from the two defeats to Bayern Munich, but on top form his quality is obvious. 4. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) – The Gunners fell apart when Koscielny was forced off the field in both legs of their last 16 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The Frenchman is imperative to their back line when on top form and will be difficult to replace. 11 3. Shkodran Mustafi (centre back) – Fans aren’t yet fully convinced by Mustafi, but he’s certainly an upgrade to Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker. Not to mention it’s his first season in the Premier League and he should improve next term. 11 11 11 11 7. Granit Xhaka (centre midfield) – It’s been a challenging start for Xhaka in English football, with his disciplinary record heavily criticised. The jury is still out on whether he’s improved the Arsenal team. Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, if and when he returns to fitness, could also fill this position. 11 8. Jack Wilshere (centre midfield) – Wilshere will have benefited hugely from regular football with Bournemouth and Wenger may be impressed at how well he has fit in at Dean Court. With a full season under his belt, he could come straight into the Arsenal midfield. One way or another, next term is make or break for his Gunners career. last_img read more

Every Champions League side ranked by most passes completed

first_img 32 32 19. Qarabag have completed 1164 passes in three Champions League matches 32 14. Atletico Madrid have completed 1273 passes in three Champions League matches 32 11. Benfica have completed 1425 passes in three Champions League matches 32 32 8. Paris Saint-Germain have completed 1607 passes in three Champions League matches 28. Basel have completed 925 passes in three Champions League matches 32 27. Sporting Lisbon have completed 940 passes in three Champions League 32 17. Celtic have completed 1253 passes in three Champions League matches 20. Spartak Moscow have completed 1102 passes in three Champions League matches 15. Chelsea have completed 1270 passes in three Champions League matches 32 32 32 32 4= Manchester United have completed 1711 passes in three Champions League matches 7. Sevilla have completed 1657 passes in three Champions League matches 32. APOEL Nicosia have completed 775 passes in three Champions League matches – Click the right arrow above to find out which sides completed the most… 21. Feyenoord have completed 1084 passes in three Champions League matches 32 30. Porto have completed 879 passes in three Champions League matches 32 31. Besiktas have completed 839 passes in three Champions League matches 32 18. Shakhtar Donetsk have completed 1206 passes in three Champions League matches 32 24. Monaco have completed 988 passes in three Champions League matches 12. Juventus have completed 1414 passes in three Champions League matches 2. Manchester City have completed 1916 passes in three Champions League matches 32 32 10. Napoli have completed 1571 passes in three Champions League matches 16. RB Leipzig have completed 1267 passes in three Champions League matches 32 4= Borussia Dortmund have completed 1711 passes in three Champions League matches 32 23. Tottenham Hotspur have completed 1014 passes in three Champions League matches 6. Real Madrid have completed 1708 passes in three Champions League matches 32 32 32 25. Maribor have completed 987 passes in three Champions League matches 9. Liverpool have completed 1595 passes in three Champions League matches 26. Olympiacos have completed 969 passes in three Champions League matches 29. Anderlecht have completed 917 passes in three Champions League matches We’re now halfway through the Champions League group stages with every side playing three times in competition.England’s representatives have performed well so far and all, as it stands, they all sit on top of their groups, with Tottenham’s position particularly impressive given the strength of their opponents.Spurs, though, have often found themselves on the back foot and, despite good overall performances, have completed just 1014 passes in three matches the 23rd highest amount out of 32 teams.But which teams have executed the most passes successfully in the Champions League? Click the right arrow above to find out… 32 32 32 3. Bayern Munich have completed 1788 passes in three Champions League matches 32 22. CSKA Moscow have completed 1028 passes in three Champions League matches 32 32 32 13. Roma have completed 1413 passes in three Champions League matches 32 32 1. Barcelona have completed 2102 passes in three Champions League matcheslast_img read more

Iowa To Face USC In Holiday Bowl

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa has accepted an invitation to play USC in the 2019 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California, on Dec. 27. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT) from SDCCU Stadium.“The Hawkeyes are excited to be invited to San Diego to participate in the Holiday Bowl,” said Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “The host committee “red coats” and the city of San Diego have a great reputation as incredible hosts and for putting on a first-class event.“I’m proud of our student athletes and coaches for the season they’ve had so far. We look forward joining our West Coast alumni, friends and fans as well as the thousands of Hawkeyes who will travel to join us in what we know will be an outstanding visit to Southern California.”The Hawkeyes will be making their 33rd bowl game appearance and their fourth Holiday Bowl appearance — the first since 1991. Iowa is 2-0-1 all-time in the Holiday Bowl, defeating San Diego State (39-38) in 1986, Wyoming (20-19) in 1987, and tying Brigham Young (13-13), in 1991.The Hawkeyes are 2-7 all-time against USC, beating the Trojans in 1950 (20-14) and 1961 (35-34) in Los Angeles. USC won the last meeting, 38-17, in the 2003 Orange Bowl.Iowa is 3-7 all-time against the Pac-12 Conference in bowl games. The Hawkeyes last played a Pac-12 team in the 2016 Rose Bowl — a 45-16 loss to No. 6 Stanford. Iowa’s last win over a Pac-12 opponent came against Washington (38-18) in the 1995 Sun Bowl.The Hawkeyes closed out the 2019 season with three straight victories to post a nine-win regular season. Iowa finished third in the Big Ten West Division with a 6-3 record. The Hawkeyes’ three losses came against No. 18 Michigan, No. 10 Penn State, and No. 16 Wisconsin by 14 combined points.Juniors Keith Duncan led the nation and set a Big Ten Conference record with 29 field goals en route to being named the Bakken-Anderson Kicker of the Year. He is the first Hawkeye to receive the honor since its inception in 2011. Junior offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was named the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year — the eighth Hawkeye to earn the distinction.The Hawkeyes rank third among Big Ten teams in bowl appearances since 2001 and is bowl eligible for the 18th time under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa is 8-8 in bowl games under Ferentz, including a 27-22 victory over No. 18 Mississippi State in the 2019 Outback Bowl. Since 2001, only Ohio State and Wisconsin have won more bowl games (including the FBS championship game), than Iowa.last_img read more

Local Syrian family takes opportunity to thank Trudeau

first_imgTILBURY – Nearly four years ago, the first community-sponsored Syrian refugee family arrived in Chatham-Kent, shortly after then newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to open Canada’s border to tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the country’s oppressive regime.On Monday, members of this family – Hamid Alhajjeh, 19, his brother Mulham Alhajjeh, 18, and their mother Noura Alchreifi – came to Tilbury for the chance to personally thank Trudeau when he visited Flapjacks Family Restaurant to support the campaign of Chatham-Kent-Leamington Liberal candidate Katie Omstead.“I just like to see him because he (brought) us here,” Hamid Alhajjeh said. “Without him, I wouldn’t have any goals in my life.”Alhajjeh said life is “very good” in Canada, adding he has learned to speak English and is studying with the goal of becoming a police officer.“Justin Trudeau, he changed my life when I came to Canada,” Mulham Alhajjeh added.Noting he has since learned English, he now has “a future.”Crowd waiting patiently for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to arrive in Tilbury for a visit to support Chatham-Kent-Leamington Liberal candidate Katie Omstead #ckont pic.twitter.com/HIGN7J3cn9— Ellwood Shreve (@DailyNewsES) October 14, 2019Alchreifi, who has also learned to speak English since arriving in Canada,  wanted to thank “Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for all of this help for us.”She is not eligible to vote as she awaits for her application for Canadian citizenship to be approved, but there’s no question who will get her vote in the future.“I want to vote for (Trudeau) after four years,” Alchreifi said.The family of seven, including the parents and five children, spent a year and eight months in Lebanon after leaving their home in Homs, Syria.After the family arrived at the Windsor International Airport on Dec. 22, 2015,  Mohamad Alhajjeh told The Chatham Daily News he felt he needed to flee their homeland because of the fears he had about the Syrian government.He also expressed his hope for the family building their future in Canada and to provide a better life for his children.The prime minister’s spokesperson, Eleanore Catenaro, said in an email Trudeau was touched to hear the family’s story “and how our policies have made a difference in their lives and will help shape a better future for their children.”“We know that people who come here seeking a better life for themselves and their families – along with the Canadians who welcome them, like the people of the Chatham-Kent – strengthen our country’s social fabric, build strong communities, and make Canada the best place in the world to call home,” Catenaro added.Catenaro said Canada has become a “true global leader” in helping the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world, including welcoming over 68,000 Syrian refugees to Canada since (the Liberals) were elected in 2015.eshreve@postmedia.comPrime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Tilbury, went into FlapJacks Restaurant for a meet and great with supporters before getting on campaign bus headed to London. #ckont pic.twitter.com/zY3h6Yrw7W— Ellwood Shreve (@DailyNewsES) October 14, 2019last_img read more

The Value of Compassionate Offboarding

first_imgAs HR professionals, we pay a lot of attention to first impressions. We create positive candidate and employee experiences. We work hard to set our employees up for success from their first day. We put well thought-out strategies in place, strategies that often involve time and money we believe to be well worth our investment.But what about an employee’s last day?Some studies show that the last impression is actually the most important one—one that’s more impactful and lasting than the first. First impressions are based just on cursory assumptions, before we really have a clear knowledge of the person or company. The last impression, on the other hand, is one that comes after you develop a relationship based in trust and mutual respect—and thus are more deeply remembered.This is why we need to pay attention to how our employees feel when they leave our company, even in the case of difficult events like a layoff. The great Maya Angelou said it best: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”Layoffs or reductions in force aren’t uncommon these days, but involuntary separation still bring up difficult emotions. After all, we are talking about the act of letting someone go. As HR practitioners, we make hard choices every day. But as we do so, are we making a conscious effort to preserve the dignity of those who are exiting the organization involuntarily? Are we making a conscious effort to practice kindness and compassion?As Brené Brown said, “Compassion is not a virtue—it is a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have—it’s something we choose to practice.”So what does compassionate off boarding look like?It starts with a plan. Having a well thought-out plan in place will help you prepare for the unexpected. Think through the logistical details ahead of time so you can be truly present in the moment during the notification meeting. Train the employee conducting the meeting so the process goes as smoothly as possible, both for the impacted associate and the person delivering the news. And provide outplacement services for exiting employees, so they have access to personalized coaching and other career transition support and can land new jobs faster.Finally, don’t forget about those employees who are “left behind.” Consider how layoffs impact their engagement. Develop a plan to move forward together that offers clear direction and reduces the ambiguity of the situation.Developing and using a comprehensive and compassionate plan for your layoffs will help you, your company, your remaining employees, and your exiting employees move into a brighter future, faster.last_img read more

DC Emergency Bill Increases Sales and Use Taxes

first_imgThe District of Columbia sales and use tax rate will increase to 6% from 5.75% under emergency budget legislation. Other sales and use tax rates are also increased in the bill.New Sales and Use Tax RatesThe District’s 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 provides for increases to several sales and use taxes as of October 1, 2018.The District sales and use tax rate will be 6%. Currently, the rate is 5.75%.The lodgings tax will increase to 10.2% from 10.05%.The sales and use tax rate on spirituous or malt liquors, beers, and wine sold for consumption off-premises will increase to 10.25% from 10%.The tax on charges for theaters and major entertainment venues will increase to 6% from 5.75%.Rentals and leases of vehicles and trailers will increase to 9.25% from 9%.Act 22-434(D.C.B. 22-901), Laws 2018, effective July 30, 2018, for a 90-day periodLogin 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

The Joy of Laboring as an IDF Showcase Manager

first_imgAs Intel’s server group Intel Developer Forum (IDF) showcase manager, I am always interested in the responses of IDF attendees to our demo showcase.Yesterday (Day 2 IDF), after lunch, I went to the Advanced Technology Zone (ATZ) to observe the showcase floor.  The ATZ is located in the public hallway in the venue.  It contains the demos with latest Intel technologies.  This year, we have 2 Nehalem-EX 4-socket server demo’ing in ATZ.As soon as I walked in ATZ, I saw 2 Asian attendees standing in the corner discussing one of our Nehalem 4 socket demo.  As an Asian myself, I walked up to them to say Hello.  They were reporters from the Vietnam TV.  The Vietnam TV is a national TV, which has an education channel discussing topics including technology and innovation.  According to the reporters,  this channel broadcasts programs 24 hours per day.  The reporters started covering IDF new Intel technologies since 2008 Spring IDF in Shanghai.The demos they were interested were the Nehalem 4-socket demos.  They wanted to see this 8-core and 2.3 billion transistors platform and the applications that leverage this 32-core machine.  This is an amazing new Intel platform targeted to be released in early 2010.  OEM can design 2-socket to 8 socket Nahelem-EX platform gluelessly, and higher configuration with their own node controllers.  Currently, we are expecting 15 8-socket and above configuration systems from 8 OEMs to come to the market at launch. The 4-socket system supports up to 1 Terabyte main memory.  With Intel® HyperThreading technology, it can possess up to 64 logical CPUs.  It also contains many reliability features such as Machine Check Architecture (MCA) to recover memory errors without OS blue screen/crash.  These features address the need of mission-critical business continuity and performance requirement. One of the mission-critical environment is the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) trading solution provided by NYSE Technologies.  This environment is showcased in this year IDF: With Nehalem-EX scalability, NYSE Technologies demonstrates trading-in-a-box capability.  This new trading solution consolidates multiple tiers of servers into a single Nehalem-EX 4-socket system, allowing ultra-low latency that is highly desirable in stock market trading.  NO NETWORK HOPS; NO I/O INTERRUPTS; NO WASTED CLOCK CYCLES.These 2 Vietnam TV reporters conducted the interviews and videocapturing on the 2 Nehalem-EX demos for over 30 minutes.  Judging from their engaging questions and their eye-openning facial expression (usually Asian is very conservative in their public expression), it seemed they realized that they were witnessing the history of computing openning a new chapter with Nahelem-EX platform.  This type of excitement brings the joy to  me as a program manager after almost 5 months hardworking of planning the IDF showcase.Forlast_img read more

How Healthcare Technology Can Make a Difference in Developing Countries

first_imgBelow is a guest blog from Narayan Sundararajan, global healthcare program manager at Intel, who attended last month’s Global Midwifery Symposium. Think about this: pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage and prolonged and obstructed labor together account for more than 50 percent of all maternal deaths in developing countries. That’s why the Second Global Midwifery Symposium in Kuala Lumpur last month was so important for introducing strategies to strengthen healthcare in developing regions.One of the biggest strategies is introducing technology to the process. A workshop that Intel participated in with UNFPA, WHO and JHPIEGO launched three key e-learning modules for training frontline healthcare workers and midwives on life-saving skills. The energy, passion and vibe from the participants during the training and workshop was tremendous; they all really want to make a positive difference in the world. During the session, around 70 midwives, frontline health workers and others from more than 25 countries were trained on how to use the skoool™ healthcare education platform. The open access, no charge license e-learning application can be used both offline and online, and can house various types of content formats including the three modules on pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage and prolonged and obstructed labor with associated quizzes. Each participant’s laptop was loaded with the platform and modules to take back to their respective countries. The sponsoring organizations challenged each of them to see how they could incorporate such a platform and modules in their own country’s health system to bridge the gap between lack of facilities and trainers and critical shortage of health workers. In addition to the workshop, I gave an overview presentation on innovations as strategies and made the following key points: • Innovation is defined as something new, fresh or improved but that creates value. And, it is important to understand where your innovation falls in the spectrum of incremental, modular, architectural or radical innovation and what the value it creates is. • Doing that is not just a theoretical exercise but allows self-introspection on its novelty, the potential impact it will have and most importantly, the obstacles or roadblocks that will be faced and need to be overcome for its successful implementation and scaling.• Traditionally, governments and development agencies are more comfortable with incremental innovations whereas more examples of radical innovations are found in the private sector. Hence, public private collaboration is a key to encouraging radical innovations that have tremendous impact.A four-way collaboration between Intel, UNFPA, JHPIEGO and WHO is an example of a radical innovation that has the power to transform healthcare access, quality and cost as it exists now and in particular, revamp healthcare education and training as it is delivered today. That’s why innovation is no longer a choice, and applying technologically innovative solutions to address big problems in maternal and child health is an imperative. What do you think?last_img read more

Deepika Padukone in this rose-pink attire is giving us wedding feels

first_imgSummer is here, and the scorching heat is taking a major toll on our sense of style and sartorial choices. While it has become an ordeal to sport evergreen fabrics like denim, one can really find some respite in comforting cottons and loose linens–just like our Bollywood divas, who can be seen flaunting genius fusion outfits.Taking primarily after Sonam Kapoor and her idea of easy-breezy dressing in suits and sarees, Deepika Padukone was recently spotted wearing a lovely, Anakali-silhouette outfit, which by all means, looked like the ideal summer ensemble. Deepika Padukone’s rose-pink attire is a dab of freshness we wanted today. Photo: Yogen ShahThe elegance of the rose-pink colour made for a refreshing starter, while the pleated bodice was just the kind of main course one could ask for. Flattering her torso, the outfit loosened towards the hemline, balancing the look really well, while giving an edge to it, too.The calf-length of the fusion dress looked rather chic, and presented a beautiful contrast against the ethnic vibe infused by the crumpled dupatta Deepika had draped. The sleeves were full length, so the actress is not going to have to deal with unwanted tan, while also being super-comfortable with the choice of fabric–cotton. Deepika Padukone’s rose-pink attire is a dab of freshness we wanted today. Photo: Yogen ShahAdding just a skosh of bling, Deepika opted for a pair of golden, embellished jootis, which really caught our attention, and rightly so. The actress’ choice of wearing minimal, pale-pink makeup was also very impressive, considering how hot it is.advertisementWearing her million dollar smile, Deepika was spotted with mother Ujjala Padukone, shopping for her reported wedding with Ranveer Singh.ALSO READ: Deepika borrows Rihanna’s look for Cannes 2018 latest appearanceALSO READ: Deepika Padukone at Cannes 2018 is the epitome of comfort and styleALSO WATCH: Deepika Padukone on preparing for Cannes, her Met Gala outfit and selfieslast_img read more

POWERBALL JACKPOT CONTINUES TO GROW

first_imgNo one has won the big Powerball prize, so the estimated jackpot now grows to $750 million – potentially the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.The next drawing will be Saturday.Only three lottery jackpots have been larger than the next Powerball prize.Wednesday’s numbers were 3-21-45-53-56 and the Powerball 22.last_img

India look to maintain 17-year unbeaten streak in Test cricket against West Indies

first_img Next Rohan Sen North SoundAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 11:20 IST Virat Kohli can become the only Indian captain to win two Test series in the West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have not lost a Test series against West Indies since 2002West Indies lead India 12-9 in the head-to-head Test series recordIndia have won 4 Test series in the West Indies so far since 1948-49When Virat Kohli takes the field on Thursday in the first Test against the West Indies, he will not only look to become the first Indian captain to win two Test series in the Caribbean nation but also look to maintain India’s unbeaten record on the current tour. India swept the 3-match T20I series and won the 3-match ODI series 2-0.Moving over to the longest format, India have not lost a Test series against West Indies since 2002 even though the number-one ranked team is still behind in the head-to-head series records.West Indies and India have contested in 23 Test series since 1948-49 with the Windies having won 12 times while India have 9 times.India’s first Test series win in the West Indies came in 1971 when the Ajit Wadekar-led team beat Gary Sobers’s side in the second Test to clinch the series 1-0. It was also India’s first Test win in the Caribbean. All the other matches in that 5-Test series ended in draws leading to a historic win for India.It took India another 35 years to go back to West Indies and win a Test series, this time under skipper Rahul Dravid, whose team managed to win the final match of the 4-Test series with the skipper, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble leading the way.MS Dhoni’s team then toured West Indies in 2011 and won the three-match series 1-0.Virat Kohli’s first Test series win outside the sub-continent as India captain came in the West Indies in 2016 when he led from the front to help his team clinch the 4-match series 2-0.advertisementKohli now has the chance to become the first Indian captain to clinch two Test series wins in West Indies but it will be easier said than done this time as the home team has a much more balanced lineup than before.Kohli is also one win away from equalling MS Dhoni’s record of most wins as Indian Test captain. The 30-year-old currently has 26 wins from 46 matches while his predecessor had 27 wins in 60. A 2-0 series win will see Kohli become India’s most successful captain in the longest format.India however, have been in rampaging form in whites over the last three years with the best win-loss ratio in the longest format since 2016.Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India have won 23 and lost 8 out of the 38 Tests they have played since 2016 to end up with a win-loss ratio of 2.875 which is the best among all other Test-playing nations.No other team has won as many Tests in the said duration with England being the next best team with 21 wins out of a whopping 47 matches played since 2016, followed by South Africa, who are second on the list of teams with the best win-loss ratio having won 20 of the 35 Tests played with only 11 losses.The success in red-ball cricket has also transpired in series wins for Virat Kohli with India having won 8 of the 10 series they have played in the last three years, which is also the best series-win percentage among all other Test playing nations. Their only two series losses came last year in South Africa and England.The first Test of the two-match series will begin from August 22 at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North South, Antigua.This will also mark the beginning of India and West Indies’ campaigns in the ICC World Test Championship. Both teams have a chance to grab 120 points from the series.”The games are going to be much more competitive and it brings a lot of purpose to the Test matches you play. It’s the right move and the absolute right time,” India captain Virat Kohli said on Monday.”That’s going to be the essence of this Test championship as well. There will hardly be any boring draws, there will be exciting draws, because everyone will want those extra points,” Kohli added.Also Read | Competition in Test cricket has gone up two-folds in last couple of years: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit or Rahane? Big selection dilemma for Kohli ahead of 1st TestAlso Read | Virat Kohli close to equalling MS Dhoni’s Test captaincy recordAlso Read | Back to being good friends: Rahul on his equation with Hardik after Koffee with Karan rowFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow West Indies vs India Test seriesFollow VFollow Jason Holder India look to maintain 17-year unbeaten streak in Test cricket against West IndiesThe West Indies have not been able to beat India in a Test match since 2002 but still hold an upper hand when it comes to head-to-head series records.advertisementlast_img read more

MYSTERIOUS NOTE REUNITES APRIL WINE FRONTMAN WITH STOLEN GUITAR 46 YEARS LATER

first_imgFifty years ago, Myles Goodwyn was a broke musician with big dreams when he saw a Gibson Melody Maker gleaming in Inverness, N.S.He went inside and traded his old guitar for this new one. He modified it, added his name to the head, and promptly recorded monster hits for April Wine.He used the Gibson on 1971’s April Wine and 1972’s On Record. Songs like You Could Have Been a Lady and Bad Side of the Moon made the Nova Scotia band one of the biggest in the world. Advertisement Login/Register With: “I only had one guitar — this was my main guitar,” he says.But a truck carrying the band’s gear crashed in Montreal. Goodwyn was told his Gibson suffered a broken neck. They wouldn’t let him see the remains. Myles Goodwyn has had a hard time taking his hands off the guitar since being reunited. (Robert Short/CBC) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more