Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgCongress is on its August recess. The IRS cautioned tax professionals to be alert for account takeovers by cybercriminals. The Service also announced an upcoming temporary outage of e-Services tools.CongressLawmakers discussed tax reform (TAXDAY, 2017/08/10, C.1).IRSCybercrimes. The IRS warned tax professionals about remote access takeovers. Cybercriminals take over computer systems operated by tax professionals to steal client data (IR-2017-127; TAXDAY, 2017/08/09, I.1).IRS Commissioner. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen spoke at the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) National Conference in Washington, D.C. Koskinen discussed customer service, his push for IRS authority to regulate practitioners and the budget appropriations process (TAXDAY, 2017/08/09, I.4).E-Services. The IRS announced a complete outage of all e-Services tools from 6:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 17, 2017 until 6:00 a.m. EDT, Monday, August 21, 2017. The outage will allow a complete transition of e-Services to a new platform, the Service explained (TAXDAY, 2017/08/07, I.3).ITINs. The IRS reminded taxpayers to renew their Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs). Legislation passed in 2015 changed the rules for the expiration of ITINs (IR-2017-128; TAXDAY, 2017/08/09, I.2).By Jessica Jeane and George L, Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin 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

Milkha’s special gift for Farhan

first_imgThey Are a piece of India’s history and by his own admission, one of Milkha Singh’s most prized possessions.But keen to mark the occasion as the shoot for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – the film based on his life – gets underway, the Flying Sikh has given the shoes he wore during his iconic sprint at the 1960 Rome Olympics as a special memento to Farhan Akhtar. Milkha had barely missed picking up a Bronze for India at the event by a fraction of a second.Farhan, as you all know, will be essaying Milkha’s rise as one of Independent India’s first sporting legends in the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra- directed film.The Flying Sikh presented his special shoes to Farhan in Chandigarh, where the first schedule of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is being shot.The film’s script has been written by Prasoon Joshi and Mehra. Milkha, we hear, is extremely happy with the script and has liked the way his character has been etched out.Farhan, on his part, has been working very hard to step into the legend’s shoes. Apart from the long hours of grueling training, he has also spent a lot of time with the man himself to better understand his mannerisms and journey as a whole.last_img read more

Nuggets stop Warriors’ 11-game winning streak

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Gary Harris scored 19 points to lead a balanced Denver offense and the Nuggets stopped the Warriors’ 11-game winning streak with a second impressive road victory in two nights, beating Golden State 96-81.“It didn’t feel like we were into it emotionally tonight. Sometimes after a long winning streak, whatever reason, you let your guard down a little bit. It wasn’t there,” Kerr said. “The biggest concern for me tonight, I didn’t see a lot of joy. … We weren’t having much fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingNikola Jokic added 18 points and nine rebounds and Jamal Murray had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets after their Friday win at Portland. They held the defending NBA champions to a season low for points.Kevin Durant had 18 points and six rebounds in a particularly poor shooting performance for the typically efficient NBA Finals MVP. He was 6 for 17 and missed all five of his 3-point attempts as the Warriors shot 38.6 percent. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, is fouled by Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APOAKLAND, California — Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t see much passion from his team Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Golden State better find some fast for Christmas Day, when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for a prime-time holiday rematch of the past three NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT “When you’re missing shots, you don’t let it affect your defense, but this is a feel-good game,” Durant said. “You want to make shots, that’s what gets us going, that’s what gets the crowd going.”Golden State has regularly relied on big third quarters this season, and in this game, it couldn’t even muster a strong fourth after going into the final period down 73-62.It was also the second night of a back-to-back for the Warriors, who beat the Lakers at home on Friday. They fell behind 53-41 at the break Saturday.Harris had his second strong game after missing one with a bruised elbow.The Nuggets had lost five straight on Golden State’s home floor dating to a 100-99 win at Oracle on April 10, 2014.It was an especially slow start for Golden State, which began 6 for 18 — with Durant going 1 for 5 and Thompson missing his initial four shots as the Warriors shot 7 for 21 in the opening quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021center_img Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Westbrook, George lead Thunder to victory over Jazz View comments Draymond Green had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in his second game back after missing five of six with soreness in his right shoulder. He took a sharp elbow to the face from Jokic with 7:27 remaining and went down hard, then was getting X-rays on his left elbow afterward.Klay Thompson scored 15 for the Warriors but was 6 for 21 overall and 1 of 10 on 3s as Golden State went just 3 for 27 from deep. A night after posting his first career double-double with season bests of 20 points and 10 rebounds, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell contributed seven points and 10 rebounds.Patrick McCaw’s floater with 7:13 to go pulled Golden State to 82-71, but the Warriors couldn’t do much more to fight back.“I can’t remember seeing many teams hold that team to 3 of 27 from the 3-point line,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “So it’s a hell of a win for us and it’s going to make Christmas obviously that much merrier.”The Warriors were sloppy, lacked a flow on offense, looked a step behind most of the night and never got rolling trying to play catch-up much of the evening. Fans headed for the exits with a few minutes left, a rare sight at Oracle Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

Ind vs WI: Visakhapatnam ODI abandoned after cyclone Hudhud mayhem

first_imgAndhra Cricket Association (ACA) had informed BCCI about the unplayable conditionsThe third One-Day International between India and the West Indies, scheduled in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, has been called off after the cyclone ‘Hudhud’ hit the port city, disrupting normal life and leaving the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in completely unplayable condition.Indian team’s media manager Dr RN Baba said,”There is no match scheduled due to prevailing weather conditions. The players will be staying in Delhi only. We had a scheduled flight for Visakhapatnam on Monday at 12:55 pm in the afternoon but now it stands cancelled.”Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) had informed BCCI about the unplayable conditions.ACA official CR Mohan said,”We have intimated BCCI about the current situation. The entire ground covers were today blown away in the afternoon after 1 pm when the winds were flowing at a speed of over 150 kmph per hour. It was a such a situation where we were not even able to go to the stadium to see what kind of damages have been done. The groundsmen could not be contacted. No way the match could have been possible.””The hotel where we were staying, we were told by the police authorities to move to the underground level for safety reasons. Tomorrow, if the situation improves, then along with police we will go to the ground to check the situation. We are worried about our groundstaff.”With BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in Dubai for the ICC meeting, the board could not issue a press release on Sunday.advertisementThe fourth ODI will be held in Dharamsala on Friday.last_img read more

Cut by Raiders, Antonio Brown joining Patriots on eve of opener

first_imgFoot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant MOST READ Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The deal was first reported by ESPN, and it became Instagram official minutes later when Brown posted a photoshopped picture of himself in a Patriots uniform . The post was soon liked by New England receiver Julian Edelman, who already was sharing quarterback Tom Brady’s attention with one troublemaking receiver, Josh Gordon.But Belichick has a history of gambling on other teams’ problems — or at least bringing them in at little cost — to give them a second, third or fourth chance.In 2007, the Patriots acquired Moss after both Minnesota and Oakland tired of his attitude. He caught an NFL-record 23 touchdown passes in his first season and gave New England three straight seasons of 1,000 receiving yards to rehabilitate a career that landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Belichick also took a chance in 2004 on running back Corey Dillon, who had fallen out of favor in Cincinnati; he ran for 1,635 yards and helped New England win its third Super Bowl in four seasons. (Some other moves, like Albert Haynesworth, didn’t work out.)Gordon dragged Cleveland through a series of suspensions before the Browns traded him to the Patriots last September. Belichick was rewarded with 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns before Gordon was suspended Dec. 20 for violating the league’s drug policy.ADVERTISEMENT ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA LATEST STORIES Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast The Raiders had been counting on Brown to spark an offense that lacked playmakers a year ago. Brown had 686 catches and 9,145 yards receiving the past six seasons in Pittsburgh, the best marks ever for a receiver in a six-year span.But now they must move on without him.“It’s been an emotional thing for me,” Gruden said. “I was very hopeful about what he could bring here. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. He’s a good guy. He’s misunderstood by a lot of people but he’s a good guy, a great player and I hope he gets what he’s looking for.”center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, Oakland Raiders’ Antonio Brown smiles before stretching during NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif. Brown was released by the Raiders, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)ALAMEDA, Calif. — Randy Moss. Josh Gordon. And now Antonio Brown.A dozen years after Bill Belichick took a chance on Moss when the talented but troubled diva had worn out his welcome in Oakland, the Patriots picked up Brown on Saturday hours after he was released by the Raiders without ever playing a game for them.ADVERTISEMENT Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw New England opens the season against the Steelers on Sunday night, when the Patriots will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship banner. Brown is not eligible to be officially signed until Monday, but even his presence on the Patriots’ sideline adds a new wrinkle to his tumultuous tenure in Pittsburgh.A four-time All-Pro who caught 837 passes over nine seasons with the Steelers, the team tired of Brown’s antics and traded him to Oakland in March. But he never made it onto the field in a Raiders uniform.Instead of providing them with a marquee star in their final season in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas, Brown gave them months of headaches, from a bizarre foot injury to a fight over his helmet to the blowups this week that ended his career there before it began.The Raiders granted the disgruntled but talented receiver his Saturday morning, two days before their season opener.“We just exhausted everything,” coach Jon Gruden. “We tried every way possible to make it work. All I’m going to say is, it’s disappointing.”Brown asked for the release after he was upset about his latest team fine over an outburst during practice at general manager Mike Mayock. That fine allowed the Raiders to void more than $29 million in guarantees over the next two years in Brown’s contract if he wasn’t on the team.The Raiders traded two mid-round draft picks to Pittsburgh for the game’s most prolific receiver and gave him a three-year contract worth $50.1 million that now is void; Brown could still file a grievance to recover the guaranteed money.The moves on Saturday follow a week in which Brown posted a letter on social media detailing $54,000 in fines for missing team activities. (ESPN reported that he would be fined $215,073 for conduct detrimental to the team.)Brown was banished for one day, then returned to the team and apologized in a meeting and in a brief public statement. Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play in the opener Monday night against Denver, but that changed after Brown requested and was granted his release.“It’s been crazy,” Oakland receiver Tyrell Williams said. “We feel how everybody else feels. It’s been wild, it’s been crazy, it’s been unexpected. But we’re going to go out there and play regardless. He made that decision. We’re going to go out there and play how we’re going to play.” France, Australia into Fiba World Cup quarters; US must wait Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed to The Associated Press that the four-time All-Pro receiver has agreed to terms with New England, going from the NFL’s cellar to the defending Super Bowl champions despite talking and tweeting his way out of two teams in one offseason.Brown had been scheduled to earn up to $50 million from Oakland over the three-year deal. Instead, the Patriots guaranteed him $9 million this season, with the potential to earn as much as $15 million.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelIf Brown can behave, he would make up for the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired at the age of 29. After the signing was reported, New England became the oddsmakers’ favorite to win the Super Bowl.A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX View commentslast_img read more

Sonam-Anand ‘keeping it real’: Denial gives way to PDA on social media

first_imgIt looks like Sonam Kapoor, who was so long in denial about her relationship with Delhi-based entrepreneur Anand Ahuja, will “keep it real” in 2017. Sonam had always maintained that she was single, despite being clicked every and now and then with her beau. But now, her New Year wish for her fans seems to give it all away. The Neerja actor posted a picture with Anand and captioned it, “Happy new year folks! #keepitreal,” followed by three hearts.SEE PIC: Sonam Kapoor and rumoured beau Anand Ahuja celebrate Anil Kapoor’s birthday in London Sonam and Anand’s romance came in the spotlight when they made an appearance at Akshay Kumar’s Rustom success bash. Soon after, it was rumoured that Sonam was staying at Anand’s house in London when she went there for the premiere of her brother Harshvardhan Kapoor’s debut Mirzya.Sonam was first spotted with Anand at the Rustom success bash. But it was only after Sonam’s sister Rhea posted a photo of a family gathering on Instagram that the rumours intensified. Anand was not only at home with the Kapoor family, he even held hands with the actor in the photo.Sonam and Anand teased fans with their banter on social media. When Anand, who is a self-confessed fan of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, shared a meme of Will Smith on Instagram which read, “50 bucks? I could take out 25 women to dinner,” Sonam replied “Which women?” Friends’ comments suggested that Sonam was the woman in Anand’s life, but neither Sonam nor Anand confirmed it.advertisementThe fashionista even promoted Anand’s brand Bhane. Sonam shared a picture of herself on Instagram wearing a white dress with a denim jacket. When Sonam’s close friend, designer Masaba Gupta commented about her interest in the jacket, Sonam revealed that it was a gift from Anand.The denim jacket Sonam is sporting in the picture was a gift from Anand. Soon after, photos of the two emerged celebrating a friend’s engagement in London. The duo looked stunning, with Sonam wearing a black strapless gown and Anand donning a black suit, complete with a bow tie.Sonam and Anand made for a picture-perfect couple at a friend’s engagement in London. The stories got stronger, but so did Sonam’s denial. However, she did not shy away from being there for Anand. Sonam was present at the launch of Anand’s clothing line in Delhi. The colour-coordinated couple made for a pretty picture, and their frequent appearances even sparked off rumours that they were ready to tie the knot. Sonam scoffed at the rumours, and took off to London to celebrate papa Anil Kapoor’s birthday on Christmas Eve.Sonam was there to support her beau at the launch of his clothing line. Anand joined the Kapoor family once again in their celebrations and photos of him and Sonam goofing off at the party emerged on social media.The lovebirds brought in Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor’s birthday together in London. The couple has thrown caution to the wind and is going public with the displays of affection. It looks like Sonam is ready to go public with her relationship. How soon she does it, is something we’ll have to wait and watch out for.last_img read more

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Irfan suspended for a year in spot-fixing charges

first_imgPakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been suspended for a year and fined 1 million rupees ($9,500,00) after failing to disclose two approaches made by bookmakers during this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.The 34-year-old, who played for Islamabad United in the 2017 PSL, admitted the charges levelled against him by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit.The PCB will review the suspension after six months, at which point Irfan’s contract may be restored. Over seven feet tall, he has played four tests, 60 one-day internationals and 20 Twenty20 internationals.The PCB said last month it was investigating whether an international betting syndicate was trying to influence matches in the PSL.”You are aware that on March 14 the board called in and suspended me on the basis of two allegations, out of which I accept that it was my fault that I failed to let the board know when bookies approached me,” Irfan told reporters on Wednesday.”I am formally asking the nation for their forgiveness and hope that I will be pardoned by them.”Pakistan were involved in spot-fixing case in 2010 when three players – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – were suspended and later jailed for their part in incidents during a test match against England at Lord’s.All three are now playing competitively again, with Amir part of the Karachi Kings’ squad for this season’s PSL.last_img read more

Six Things Companies Need to Know About Climate Change Adaptation

first_img2. Climate change is already happening.Climate change is no longer a distant phenomenon. Recent extreme weather events have been at the limits of modern human experience. A few examples:In the summer of 2010, one fifth of Pakistan was flooded, affecting 20 million people, inundating thousands of schools and health centers and destroying 2.2 million hectares of crops.In the new year, torrential flooding submerged an area of Australia the size of France and Germany combined, while downpours in Brazil triggered mudslides that killed more than 600 people, one of the country’s deadliest natural disasters on record. The Brazil disaster followed four consecutive years of torrential winter downfalls, suggesting this destructive weather pattern may soon become the country’s “new normal” to which government, citizens and the private sector must adjust.3. Climate change creates business risks at multiple points along corporate value chains.Consider, for example, the impact a 2001 drought in the U.S. Pacific Northwest had on Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest beer manufacturer. First and most obviously, beer is 90% water. Less intuitive is the fact that water is used to produce barley and to supply the electricity needed to produce aluminum cans. Because irrigation was curtailed in Idaho, barley became scarce and more expensive. At the same time the cost of manufacturing aluminum for cans rose because less water meant less cheap hydroelectric energy. The result: a perfect storm of intersecting forces in the beer supply chain.4. Preparation is everything – different levels of readiness can lead to very different outcomes.Companies can do much to prepare themselves, using modern technologies, even with limited resources. The following non-corporate example illustrates this point. Over the past decade, Bangladesh’s Comprehensive Disaster Management Program has combined hazard mapping of hotspot areas most vulnerable to climate impacts, with early warning systems and evacuation policies. When Cyclone Sidr, a category 4 cyclone, hit the country in 2007, the death toll was kept to less than 4,000, while a previous category 4 cyclone in 1991 took an estimated 140,000 lives. The different outcomes in 2007 and 1991 were driven more by Bangladesh’s level of preparedness than by the level of force of the cyclone.5. Climate change creates business opportunities as well as risks.Much of tomorrow’s growth for companies is in developing country markets. These markets will likely be hit hard by climate change. Companies that proactively develop products and services that reduce their customers’ vulnerability to climate change will be well positioned to grow their markets.Two examples follow. Cemex, a global cement company is exploring new markets for low cost, climate-resilient housing for underserved populations starting in Mexico, with a view to expanding to other developing countries, if successful. Swiss Re, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the world, has developed tailored insurance products, including weather risk insurance, for rural poor in developing countries.6. Climate adaptation is a mainstream challenge.Climate change affects all aspects of a business, just as it affects all aspects of society. Yet for many leading corporations, climate change actions are still the domain of the environment department and focus on mitigation (e.g. measuring and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions). A few enlightened companies are starting to expand their focus to adapting products, supply chains and operations in response to the consequences of a warming world. We urgently need to grow this number. To this end, Adapting for a Green Economy provides practical recommendations for how internal champions within companies can integrate climate risk into existing management systems.In summary, climate change is already upon us. Its impacts create risks that ripple through corporate value chains. Being proactive in response to these changes is a business necessity, not a luxury. And in proactively adapting, companies can not only reduce their risks, but also discover new business opportunities building climate resilient products, markets and societies. This report points the way forward. In a survey of global businesses, 86 percent described responding to climate risks or investing in adaptation as a business opportunity. So finds a new report jointly released yesterday by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Oxfam and the World Resources Institute.Already, businesses worldwide are beginning to see the risks and economic impacts of more frequent and intense storms, water scarcity, declining agricultural productivity and poor health.This new study, Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change makes the business case for private sector adaptation to climate change in ways that build the resilience of vulnerable communities in developing countries.Here are some important things about climate change adaptation that all companies should know:1. Climate change adaptation differs from climate mitigation.Climate change adaptation refers to the set of actions taken by business and others to address the risks and opportunities associated with the physical effects of climate change e.g., changes to temperature, rainfall and ecosystems. These effects occur across the spectrum of business operations, from supply chains to communities, and from operations to customers. Climate mitigation, in contrast, focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A comprehensive corporate climate change strategy incorporates both climate mitigation and climate adaptation.Read the Reportlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Rashford returns before international break

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Rashford returns before international breakby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forced off during the second half of United’s loss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustained a groin injury and would wait on scan results.Speaking before Wednesday’s win over Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, the Norwegian said: “He’s recovering. “He’s not very, very bad so we hope to see him before the international break.” last_img read more

Which football club does Boris Johnson support?

first_imgThe worlds of sport and politics frequently intersect, with most politicians keenly aware of the prestige that can accompany even the most perfunctory association with athletic glory.Conservative MP Boris Johnson, who could very well be the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is someone who fully understands the value of sport as a vehicle for acquiring political capital.While rugby is his first love, having played for Balliol College during his time at Oxford, he has also displayed an interest in football, infamously flattening former Germany international Maurizio Gaudino in a 2006 charity match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He was also involved in England’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 World Cup and, during his time as mayor of London, developed a relationship with a number of clubs.So does he support a team?When it comes to club allegiance, Johnson is a classic fence-sitter and refuses to nail his colours to the mast.In 2015, mid-way through his second term as mayor of London, he explained that he his sympathies were spread across the capital.”I support all of the London teams,” Johnson said, before adding that his children were actually Newcastle United fans.Boris JohnsonOf course, such an answer is politically expedient and unsurprising. It is also fair to say that the support is merely cursory, given the deep rivalries that exist among many of the London clubs.In the absence of any further clarification the most we can say is that Johnson hopes the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham and Crystal Palace do well.What we can say for sure though is that Johnson does support the England national team and has attended matches at Wembley, sitting alongside political friends and foes to cheer on the Three Lions.Even though he was fiercely critical of Vladimir Putin and appeared to back a boycott of the 2018 World Cup, it did not stop him from expressing his support for Gareth Southgate’s team.It’s coming home 🦁🦁🦁 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #Proud #ENGSWE— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 7, 2018Indeed, he wrote to British embassies across the world to urge them to fly the St George’s flag from their buildings ahead of the last-16 victory over Colombia.Then, when England defeated Sweden in the quarter-final, he readily joined the chorus of fans who cheerfully declared, “It’s coming home” – a line from the popular song by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds.last_img read more

Brazil survive with shootout win over Paraguay

first_imgBrazil scraped into the Copa America semi-finals with a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Paraguay on Thursday.Frustrated for long periods in Porto Alegre, the hosts were forced to penalties after a 0-0 draw at the Arena do Gremio.Paraguay managed to see out the final half-hour with 10 men after Fabian Balbuena was sent off for denying Roberto Firmino an obvious goalscoring opportunity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Brazil proved too good in the shoot-out, Alisson making one save and Gabriel Jesus converting the winner in a 4-3 success.Disputa de pênaltis é assim: emoção, suspense e, no fim, uma explosão de alegria. Vamos para a próxima! (4) 0 x 0 (3)  | #JogaBola #BRAxPAR #CopaAméricaFotos: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/Jopgincl7k— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 28, 2019Brazil created a fine early chance, Firmino’s low shot from just inside the area comfortably saved by Paraguay goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez.There were shots at both ends in the opening exchanges, but most came from range before Paraguay almost took the lead.Derlis Gonzalez was found at the back post and his powerful strike from an angle was well saved by Brazil shot-stopper Alisson.A Philippe Coutinho effort from an angle was comfortably saved five minutes before half-time and there were some boos for the host nation at the break.They continued to enjoy the better of the play to begin the second half and thought they had a penalty in the 54th minute.Firmino was brought down by Balbuena and a penalty was awarded, only for a VAR review to see the defender sent off and a free-kick paid just outside the area.Dani Alves fired the free-kick inches wide from 20 yards, while Arthur forced Fernandez into a save in the 70th minute.Brazil somehow squandered two opportunities just four minutes later, Coutinho mistiming a header from Everton’s cross before Jesus volleyed wide from close range.The chances continued to come for Brazil as Paraguay sat deep and they almost struck from a set-piece, but Fernandez did brilliantly to save an Alex Sandro header from Coutinho’s free-kick.Paraguay continued to hold on but only just, Willian’s curling strike from 20 yards beating Fernandez but bouncing off the post.Everton and Coutinho had shots deflected off target deep into additional time as the 10 men of Paraguay managed to get to spot-kicks.Alisson saved Gustavo Gomez’s penalty to give Brazil the early advantage and while Firmino failed to convert, Gonzalez dragged his penalty wide before Jesus sent the hosts through.Vamos fechar com essa imagem que resume o jogo de hoje. Valeu, Alisson! Valeu, #SeleçãoBrasileira!Foto: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/an4gne35wm— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 28, 2019What does it mean? Brazil survive but only justTite’s men had their chances but failed to convert, Paraguay seemingly getting what they wanted by reaching penalties. However, Brazil were too good and remain on track for a first Copa America title since 2007.Alisson, Jesus step up at key momentAlisson enjoyed a sensational season with Liverpool and his fine save from Gomez was the ideal start to the shoot-out for Brazil. Willian, Marquinhos and Coutinho also scored from the spot before Jesus’ sealer.Paraguay continue to trouble BrazilParaguay were unbeaten in their past four Copa America games against Brazil and they gave the South American giants a huge scare. Well organised and prepared to play on the counter-attack, they almost caused a huge upset.Key Opta Facts:- Paraguay and Brazil have drawn 11 times in Copa America history.- Brazil have been involved in the most penalty shoot-outs in Copa America history with nine.- Paraguay have won just one of their past 21 Copa America games.- Brazil made it to the Copa America semi-finals for the first time since 2007.- Fernandez made the joint-most saves – eight – in a game of the past three Copa America tournaments.What’s next?Brazil will face either Argentina or Venezuela in a semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, while Paraguay are left to reflect on their defeat. read morelast_img read more

Gov’t to Increase ICT Use in Schools

first_imgThe Government, during this fiscal year, will be increasing the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the education sector, as part of efforts to bridge the digital divide and enhance knowledge.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, during the opening of an ‘ICT in Education’ capacity building workshop on Monday, April 22, at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), St. Andrew.He said that additional information on the initiative will be provided by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, during his upcoming contribution in the Budget Debate.Minister Thwaites noted that while the focus will be on students, teachers and administrators will be required to increase their capabilities in the use of the technology to allow for effective integration. “How it (ICT) is received and how well it is used depends very much on the outcome of capacity building among our teachers and among our administrations in education and indeed, the public at large, because the insertion is not mainly for students, although that obviously will be the main focus, but also for the entire community,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites said the Government is committed to increasing the penetration of ICT in schools, as the prism through which quality education, transformed content and methods of delivery are going to be delivered and achieved.“The insertion of information technology into education is not just for the higher forms but must go to the primary level and indeed wherever possible into the early childhood level, so that habits are formed and the competencies are developed,” he stated.He noted that Jamaica has a strong ICT platform, and commended all the stakeholders, who have played a critical role in bridging the digital divide and fostering the advancement of knowledge in the island.“This is the kind of partnership we need. The state cannot do it all; it is important that not only do we have the financial but the technical collaboration of our partners…to advance what is the most fundamental concern of the Jamaican state and the Jamaican people and that is the advancement of knowledge,” he stated.In his remarks, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative for the Kingston Cluster Office and the Caribbean, Robert Parua, said his organisation is committed to advancing the objectives on digital inclusion; universal access to information and knowledge; and quality and education for all.The workshop, which ends on April 25, is being organised by the Ministry in collaboration with UNESCO.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Lancement du Prix pour lexcellence culinaire

first_imgUn nouveau prix est lancé aujourd’hui, 13 mars, pour reconnaître les meilleurs étudiants en art culinaire du Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Lors d’une cérémonie tenue au campus Akerley, le lieutenant-gouverneur Arthur J. LeBlanc a lancé le Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’excellence culinaire. En Nouvelle-Écosse, la coutume veut que le lieutenant-gouverneur en place crée des prix qui soulignent l’excellence. Ce prix, créé en partenariat avec le NSCC, est le tout premier du lieutenant-gouverneur LeBlanc. « Depuis mon installation comme lieutenant-gouverneur, j’ai travaillé pour encourager l’éducation postsecondaire, non seulement dans les universités qui décernent des grades, mais aussi au collège communautaire, a déclaré le lieutenant-gouverneur. Je suis très heureux de ce partenariat avec le NSCC pour la création d’un prix qui reconnaît l’excellence chez les élèves des programmes d’art culinaire. » « Nous sommes extrêmement fiers de nos programmes culinaires et de nos remarquables diplômés dans ces programmes. C’est pourquoi nous sommes ravis que le premier prix créé par l’actuel lieutenant-gouverneur reconnaisse l’excellence chez ces étudiants », a affirmé Don Bureaux, président du Nova Scotia Community College. Six prix seront décernés, soit un prix à un étudiant de chaque campus du NSCC qui offre les programmes d’art culinaire. Le prix d’honneur, la Médaille de l’excellence culinaire, sera décerné à l’un des six lauréats. Les lauréats seront choisis d’après leurs résultats collégiaux, leur motivation et leur engagement envers la profession culinaire, de même que leur engagement communautaire. Le Prix pour l’excellence culinaire sera présenté tous les ans lors d’une cérémonie à la Résidence du gouverneur.last_img read more

Man accused of wanting to destroy exwife found guilty in online harassment

first_imgVANCOUVER – A man accused of trying to emotionally ruin the life of his ex-wife using online posts showed little emotion as a B.C. Supreme Court jury declared him guilty of criminal harassment on Wednesday.The court heard Patrick Fox’s tactics included threatening emails, blog postings and a website aimed at Desiree Capuano.Crown attorney Mark Myhre told the trial Fox’s hatred for Capuano was so intense he used their teenage son as a pawn, reading to the jury a number of emails sent in which Fox declared that his goal was to “destroy” Capuano’s life.Myhre outlined 10 ways in which Fox’s actions constituted criminal harassment of Capuano, saying Fox falsely maligned her as a white supremacist, a child abuser and a drug user in the blog that was purportedly written by Capuano.Capuano, who is American and lives in Arizona, was not in court to hear the verdict but said in a phone interview she and her family were relieved by the jury’s decision.“I took my first deep breath in years,” she said. “I feel lighter, I feel exhausted, just a letdown of all the stress and all the burden and all the sleepless nights and all the fear.”She said this isn’t quite the end of the ordeal — with sentencing to be determined and the harassing website still online plaguing her — but she can now sleep in peace.A sentencing hearing has not been set and the Crown asked the court to first conduct a psychiatric evaluation of Fox.Myhre told the judge after the verdict that information Fox posted on the harassing website can be interpreted as “hyperbole” but also “delusional” and it appears Fox believes the allegations he has written, although they are not factual.He said a psychiatric evaluation would help inform “how to keep Ms. Capuano harassment-free going forward to the extent possible with court orders and treatment if necessary.”A psychiatric evaluation through a pre-sentencing report could take six to eight weeks to complete.Defence counsel Tony Lagemaat objected, saying Fox was against delaying sentencing for that amount of time.Justice Heather Holmes instructed the Crown to find an alternate way for the courts to order the evaluation that would not take as long, which Fox said he would consent to. A decision on how to proceed will be made Thursday.The jury, which began its deliberations on Tuesday, also found Fox guilty of a firearms offence.The court heard four handguns were found inside a computer in a box that Fox had shipped to a California address from Burnaby, B.C.Fox told the court the firearms seized at his friend’s house in Los Angeles may have merely been placed in an empty box that was put in a closet and that he would not have intentionally caused problems for his friend.In February 2016, Capuano went to the media about the harassment she faced after the Crown decided not to lay charges. Shortly after, the provincial justice minister at the time said the Crown’s decision to approve charges could be reviewed if police provided additional evidence.Fox was charged four months later.Reflecting on her ordeal following the verdict, Capuano said she thinks the justice system “is behind the times.”She said having repeatedly heard “no” from police and other institutions when searching for help “just shows the holes that we have in our justice system for this kind of abuse.”Jurors heard the pair was embroiled in a custody battle over their son and the boy’s demeanour changed after returning to Arizona from a visit with his father. The court heard the boy spent much of his time in his bedroom and disengaged from his family.His defence lawyer told the jury in closing arguments that the two were engaged in a nasty game in which they taunted each other by email, adding that Capuano didn’t seem to fear Fox because she had initiated an email chain despite telling him to stop emailing her.Lagemaat said Capuano provoked his client by calling him names and saying he had a “sick fixation” on her.“She’s throwing out the insults as well as she’s taking,” Lagemaat said.“You might not like the words Mr. Fox uses or that he’s posted them to a website. That alone is not an offence,” he told the jury.last_img read more

Modi urges Rahul others to motivate voters

first_imgNew Delhi: Describing voting as a “prime” duty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged personalities, including Pranab Mukherjee, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Ratan Tata and P V Sindhu, to encourage people to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11. In a series of tweets and a blog post, he said voting is among a citizen’s prime duties. “A vote signifies the willingness to contribute to the development trajectory of the nation. By voting, people connect themselves with the country’s dreams and aspirations,” he wrote. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day He tagged personalities from a cross-section of society, including politics, industry, media, films, sports and social work, to drive home his point. “I appeal to @RahulGandhi, @MamataOfficial, @PawarSpeaks, @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @yadavtejashwi and @mkstalin to encourage increased voter participation in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. A high turnout augurs well for our democratic fabric,” Modi wrote on his personal Twitter handle. In another tweet, he urged film personalities such as Mohan Lal and Nagarjuna Akkineni to create greater voter awareness. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “Your performances have entertained millions over the years and you have also won many awards. I request you to create greater voter awareness and urge people to vote in large numbers,” he said. The prime minister said not voting should create “anguish” amongst people who do not turn up at poling stations. “Would you want a situation where something happens in the country that you disapprove of and you are forced to think – because I did not go vote that day, this unfortunate situation has arisen and the nation is suffering,” he wrote on his blog on Wednesday. He also shared a link where people can register as voters. The 2019 elections, Modi said, are special because for the first time those born in the 21st century will be able to cast their votes. “I hope all eligible youngsters who have not registered to vote will do so and enrich our democracy by voting,” he said. Tagging several media personalities and institutions, including Vineet Jain, Sanjay Gupta, Aroon Purie, and Press Trust of India and ANI news agencies, he said the media plays a vital role in a democracy and has a strong influence on people’s minds. “I request @Sanjaygupta0702, @aroonpurie and @18RahulJoshi to work towards greater voter awareness and registration that ensures an impressive turnout at the hustings.” As leading public voices associated with important platforms, your support on voter awareness will be valuable and beneficial for 130 crore Indians,” Modi tweeted. He said a higher voting means a stronger democracy and a stronger democracy means a developed India “The last few elections, in various states and at the Centre, have witnessed record turnout. Continuing this encouraging trend, I urge my fellow Indians to vote in record numbers in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” he wrote in his blog. He called upon “influencers from all fields, including politics, industry, sports, films and other walks of life” to take the lead in spreading voter awareness and value of high voting. The prime minister expressed the hope that the upcoming elections will witness the highest ever turnout in the history of Indian elections.last_img read more

Moroccan captain of Islamic State brigade killed in Syria last week

Rabat – During days of fighting in the Syrian countryside near Aleppo last week, a Moroccan national heading an Islamic State battalion was killed by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF, an alliance of Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, and other groups, recently gained control of two villages in the region. Yesterday, the Syrian Organization for Human Rights reported that one of al-Baghdadi’s field commanders, a Moroccan national, was killed in the fighting last week.The Organization did not provide information about the commander’s identity, but noted that 30 other Islamic State fighters were killed in the battle. The exact number of Moroccans that have died in the fighting in Iraq and Syria is unclear.The Arabic speaking news website Al-Yaoum24 reports that 1,579 Moroccans have traveled from the kingdom to fight for a range of organizations in Syria. 758 of these citizens have joined the ranks of ISIS, while 52 are fighting for Jabbat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. Of these fighters, 499 have died.The newspaper Aabbir reports that there has been an increase in recent days in the death toll of Moroccan combatants as the fight against the Islamic State intensifies. read more

91yearold accused in killing where Fitbit gave clues dies

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Authorities say a 91-year-old California man has died after he was arrested last year in the killing of his stepdaughter whose Fitbit helped provide clues to police.The San Francisco Chronicle reports Tony Aiello died Tuesday at a hospital in San Jose where he was taken due to “deteriorating health” from pre-existing conditions.Aiello was arrested last year in the death of 67-year-old Karen Navarra, who wore a device that tracked her steps and heart rate.Authorities say Navarra’s Fitbit recorded a rapid rise in her heart rate before a sudden drop-off. Police say cameras captured Aiello’s car at Navarra’s home at the time her Fitbit showed her heartbeat rapidly falling.An autopsy found “multiple deep and intrusive wounds” to her head and face, likely inflicted by a small hatchet or axe.___Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.comThe Associated Press read more