the National Capital Region will soon get a dash of Blaugrana football as FCBESCOLA, official football school of Barcelona, is setting up its first Indian centre in Heritage School, Gurgaon, by year-end.The school, which has tied up with an Indian sports management company – Conscient Football, is planning to expand to other cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Goa.”We had organised a couple of camps last year. We will set up a school and it will take some time for the results to show. We are aware that some other clubs had come here and took many initiatives, but didn’t deliver the way they had promised. But we are here for the long haul and aim to spread Barcelona’s philosophy among the young footballers,” said Xevi Mercia, director of FCBESCOLA said in New Delhi on Wednesday.The players will be in the age group of 6-14. Antonia Claveria, who has been appointed as the coach of the project, said he would try to teach the club’s tikitaka style of football to the kids.”I was here for the inaugural camp in December last year and the response was very good. Irrespective of the ground quality and other issues, I will try my best to ensure the kids get the basic skills right and emerge as quality footballers,” he said.
Don Bosco (Matunga) reasserted their supremacy as the dons of Mumbai schools football by winning the Ahmed Sailor trophy yesterday to complete a grand double, having already regained the MSSA boys’ U-16 Div-I crown earlier. The Matunga lads showed great character to snuff out the late challenge from Cathedral & John Connon by snatching a 5-3 win via the tie-breaker in the final at Cooperage after the match ended 1-1.Related News Arzan Panthaky netted the opening goal for the Bosco boys in the first half. In the second, Cathedral came out attacking with captain Jaden Irani moving up front. The ploy worked as Veer Subandh found the equaliser (43rd min). Don Bosco’s left wing back Garrick D’Souza failed to clear the ball as Veer darted in and with a hesitant Don Bosco goalkeeper Chris Johnson out of his charge, the Cathedral lad slotted the ball home. Chris however, atoned for that lapse in the tie-breaker to help his team emerge victorious. In the shootout, Don Bosco converted through Keith Fernandes, Vedant Sawant, Shriharsh Surepalli and Scott Rodrigues, with Harsh Naik missing the target. Cathedral scored through Jaden and Abhibhav Dujodwala, while Veer and Agrim Solanki’s efforts were saved by goalkeeper Chris. Earlier, St Paul’s (Dadar) beat Bombay Scottish (Mahim) 5-3 via the tie-breaker to win the third-place match. Yash Nikhalje, Dhruv Pawar, Tanmay Karekar, Smith Chandorkar and Atharva Rewale scored for St Paul’s, while Sudhanshu Naik, Ryan Davar, and Jadon Collins scored for Bombay Scottish. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world
Tax Day is now behind us, which means you may be anticipating a tax refund. If you are, congratulations! You deserve brownie points for getting your taxes filed on time and for successfully meeting your tax obligations. Now the questions is what should you do with your refund?What you don’t want to do is consider the money that the IRS is returning to you as a windfall or an excuse to blow your budget. Instead, you’ll get more long-term satisfaction and benefit if you use your tax refund to fortify your freelance business in one (or more) of the following ways:1. Pay your back taxesIf you owe tax from prior years (and the IRS didn’t garnish this year’s refund to offset it) then now is the time to pay your back taxes—while you have the money in hand. Doing so will not only put your mind at ease, but it will also save you money in the long run by reducing the interest and penalty payments you are racking up on what you owe.2. Give back to your businessIf you’ve been waiting to purchase new equipment for your business or to update your office space “when you have the money,” using your tax refund to finance these expenses can be a smart move.Depending on what you are planning to buy or do, you may be able to claim a tax deduction for the 2015 tax year as long as you follow the IRS guidelines for business expense deductions and have proper documentation.You should be careful about deducting expenses that should really be depreciated as supplies (i.e. if the useful life of a piece of equipment such as a printer is greater than one year it would be considered a capital asset). When in doubt, contact a tax professional for assistance in this area.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member3. Build your skillsWith the tax crunch now over, and your refund on its way, take some time to consider if there are any skills you would like to develop, or if there is any additional training you would like to pursue, in order to improve or expand the services you offer in your freelance business.Conducting a personal and professional inventory of what you need to do to reach your goals is a good practice for anyone, but for freelancers it is especially important, since you need to be in control of your own earning potential and financial destiny.4. Invest in your future financial securitySpeaking of your financial destiny, as a freelancer it’s crucial that you plan ahead for your golden years. Using your tax refund to seed or shore up your retirement savings is a smart move.Since we’re still in the early part of the year, it’s unlikely that you have maxed out your 2015 IRA contribution limits ($5,500 if you’re under 50 years old or $6,500 if you’re age 50 or older), so take that refund and sock it away.Your future self will thank you for taking advantage of the compound interest—and you’ll relieve some of the pressure that your present self might be feeling about making retirement contributions throughout the year.Granted, it’s good to know that you’ll be getting a tax refund rather than having to write a check to the United States Treasury, so enjoy feeling flush for a few minutes, then consider using the strategies above to create a strong financial foundation for you, and your freelance business.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.
Huddersfield Town were left celebrating wildly after securing their Premier League safety on Wednesday with a dramatic and resilient 1-1 draw at Chelsea, a result that looks almost certain to condemn Swansea City to relegation.With a Harry Kane goal giving Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Wembley to secure their Champions League place for next season, Chelsea’s draw may also have caused fatal damage to the Blues’ hopes of a top-four finish.Meanwhile, champions Manchester City said a fond Etihad farewell to Yaya Toure, routing Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 and moving on to 97 points – the most ever in a Premier League season – and to the verge of a landmark 100-point campaign.Pep Guardiola’s men, 20 points clear at the top, also set a new mark for most goals in a season in the Premier League era, with strikes from Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho taking the tally to 105.Yet it was Huddersfield who were the toast of the league after the side who made a fairytale return to the top division last season ensured survival with a second consecutive backs-to-the-wall draw after keeping Manchester City goalless on Sunday.”This is an unbelievable achievement. We have a further season in the Premier League,” said David Wagner, manager of the league’s least funded club.”The dressing-room has shown such togetherness all season, they always believed that in football the impossible is possible. Nobody expected it apart from us.”They had gone ahead against the run of play through Laurent Delpoitre soon after halftime but a cruel, freakish equaliser, when a clearance struck Marcos Alonso and rebounded into the net, was the signal for Chelsea to bombard their goal.advertisementThe Terriers ended up being eternally grateful to goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who dazzlingly tipped an Andreas Christensen header on to the post in a moment that will go down in the Yorkshire club’s folklore.SWANSEA NEED MIRACLEHuddersfield soared into 16th place on 37 points, four clear of 18th-placed Swansea, who now have to rely on what manager Carlos Carvalhal has called a “miracle” if they are to survive.It also ensured that for only the third time in the Premier League era, the three promoted sides – in this case, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton – all survived.Technically, Southampton, on 36 points, are still not safe but only if they lose so heavily at home by Manchester City and Swansea score enough against Stoke to effect a 10-goal swing can the Saints go down.It was a gloomy night for Chelsea and their manager Antonio Conte, whose future at the club remains the subject of much conjecture, as they remained fifth in the Champions League race on 70 points.Spurs moved on to 74 to be certain of their spot, after Kane’s 28th goal of the season kept him just about on 31-goal Mohammed Salah’s heels in the race to be the league’s top scorer.Now Chelsea have to rely on the slim hope that they win their last match at Newcastle on Sunday while Champions League finalists Liverpool, on 72, lose at home to Brighton.Asked if he would still be at Chelsea next season, Conte offered the non-committal response: “This is not my task, there is a club to judge the situation and then take the best decision.”In Arsene Wenger’s penultimate match as Arsenal manager, the Gunners suffer yet another wretched away day, losing 3-1 at Leicester City while having to play for 74 minutes with 10 men following a straight red card for Konstantinos Mavropanos.It left Arsenal as the only side in English league football to fail to win a single away point in 2018, having lost all seven road games before Wenger’s farewell after 22 years with the club at Huddersfield on Sunday.The Frenchman will doubtless hope his goodbye goes as sweetly as Toure’s for Manchester City as their 34-year-old favourite declared after non-stop cheers at the Etihad: “I think they recognise what I’ve done for the club. I will be back (as a fan) for sure.”
Kia is in its nascent stages in India. The company’s megafactory is running before schedule and their first car is going to be the compact SUV based on the Concept SP which the company showcased at the Auto Expo. However, the story does not end there. Kia is planning to launch a host of other models in India and is strongly considering the Carnival MPV which will take on the Toyota Innova head on.The Carnival is a mega-sized people mover. It is longer and wider than the Innova and at the same time sports a longer wheelbase too. The design too is rather attractive with sporty headlamps and a unique looking grille up front. Quite clearly it does not resemble a van from any angle. In profile, one can see that the Carnival is properly long.While the doors up front are the usual hinged type, the rear features sliding doors. The doors are power operated and can be opened at the touch of a button from inside, outside and from the key fob. The rear window is also a roll down unit which is power operated as well. At the back, things continue with the sporty design trend and the tailgate is power operated as well. We must say here that overall the Carnival looks classy and upmarket. Kia CarnivalStepping into the Carnival is a breeze thanks to a low floor height. One does not need a side step both up front and at the back. The dash is a large unit and features a touchscreen infotainment system. There is a multi-zone climate control system and even rear passengers get their own control panel. We drove the car when temperatures hit 40 degrees and even in this heat, the interiors of the Carnival remained cool. Kia has also been sensible and offered plenty of storage bins all around the cabin.advertisementOver 10 cup holders are spread across the cabin as well. The vehicle we had came loaded with all the bells and whistles and this means we could experience features like cruise control, radar-guided cruise control and auto braking. All of these features looked apt and we used it extensively and found it to be rather good. The Carnival also sports impressive quality standards. The plastics look good and lids and switchgear operate with a certain degree of precision. The Carnival comes with three-row seating. While the driver’s seat is electrically operable, the rest can be adjusted manually. The seats are very comfortable and there is plenty of room for the front and second row. The third row though is not as spacious as the other two rows. We would also like to mention here that the India spec Carnival should also host a few more goodies for the second row. Primarily because this is the place where we expect most owners to be. The story of the boot is very interesting. The third row is foldable flat into a recess created in the floor. When the third row is in use the same recess morphs into a storage space. This allows the Carnival to showcase a substantial 960 litres of cargo space even with three rows deployed.Power comes to the Carnival via a 2.2-litre diesel engine which is silky smooth. The NVH packaging is excellent and one can barely hear the engine inside the cabin. There is plenty of tug in the offing and this means that overtaking is a breeze. The eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly and this results in smooth acceleration as well. Downshifts are also pretty quick and a good dab on the accelerator is enough to get the big Carnival speed up to 175kmph plus. There is also a sport mode where the revs are held on to infuse even more fun. On the move, one will get the feel of driving an oversized car. The Carnival comes with a nice and comfy suspension set up. The goal was to keep occupants comfortable and that has been achieved. The steering too is light and even three-point turns are easy to make. However, the Carnival is no corner carver and we cannot say that it is a negative as it was not built for that.VerdictThere is little to doubt that the Carnival if and when launched will demand a certain premium over the competition. It should as it offers a lot more in terms of features and quality standards. However to win over the competition the pricing has to be spot on and not much above. Lastly, we have little doubts that this should be a splendid offering and should be able to set new benchmarks in the segment.advertisement
Highlights from the news file for Monday, July 17———B.C. OFFICIALS TALLY LOSSES AFTER WILDFIRE FLARE-UPS: Officials in British Columbia have managed to tally some of the losses from out-of-control wildfires that prompted a provincial state of emergency. Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond says their teams have gained access to areas where houses and other buildings have been destroyed northwest of 100 Mile House. He says they’ll be contacting each resident Monday with the news. Further north, Richmond says crews have managed to hold back a blaze near Williams Lake to about five kilometres from the city’s outskirts after it was fanned by strong winds Saturday, forcing the evacuation of the city. Wind this weekend also caused a flare-up of the huge fire that started near the Ashcroft Indian Band reserve, which has charred just over 400-square kilometres west of Kamloops. Near Kelowna, residents on all but 69 properties have been allowed to return to Lake Country after a human-caused fire was sparked Friday, destroying eight homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 300. Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor says the 55-hectare blaze started along the side of a road and is 75 per cent contained, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.———WILDFIRE SMOKE WAFTS INTO ALBERTA, SASKATCHEWAN: Wildfires burning in British Columbia are causing smoky conditions in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Alberta Health Services has issued air-quality advisories in its north and Calgary zones. It says even healthy people may feel irritation in their eyes and throat, as well as possible shortness of breath. The health agency is advising people to minimize outdoor physical activity and keep windows and doors closed. Environment Canada has also issued special air-quality statements for much of southwestern Saskatchewan. It says children, seniors, and people with cardiovascular or lung diseases are especially at risk. More than a dozen of the more than 160 wildfires in central and southern B.C. are threatening communities.———B.C. NEW DEMOCRATS TO INHERIT POWER, FIRE EMERGENCY: British Columbia is on the cusp of a change in government for the first time in 16 years, all while the province scrambles to control scores of wildfires that have forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes. The B.C. New Democrats will inherit not only the keys to power from the current Liberal government at tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony in Victoria, but also responsibility for a provincewide state of emergency. Hamish Telford, a political scientist at the University of the Fraser Valley, says the wildfire response on the ground is unlikely to be affected by the a high-level transfer of power. But Telford says premier-designate John Horgan must be careful not to appear too celebratory about making the official switch, given the emergency situation across much of B.C. Both Horgan and departing Premier Christy Clark have emphasized there is no room for partisanship when it comes to the province’s wildfire response.———NATIONAL HOMES SALES SEE BIGGEST DROP IN 7 YEARS: Home sales in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, driven by a plunge in the Greater Toronto market, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday, the latest evidence that a cool-down in the housing sector is taking hold. Transactions last month were down 6.7 per cent compared with May on a national basis, the third consecutive monthly decline, with the Greater Toronto Area registering a 15.1 per cent drop. Home sales are down 14.1 per cent from the record level set in March. “Changes to Ontario housing policy made in late April have clearly prompted many homebuyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region to take a step back and assess how the housing market absorbs the changes,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said in a statement. Sales were down from the previous month in 70 per cent of all local markets measured by CREA, including the Lower Mainland in B.C., Montreal and Quebec City.———THREE INDIGENOUS GROUPS SAY THEY WON’T MEET WITH PREMIERS: The leaders of three Indigenous groups say they are pulling out of a meeting with Canada’s premiers over what they consider efforts to limit their participation in intergovernmental talks. The heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council say they are seeking “full and meaningful inclusion” in the Council of the Federation. Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a Toronto news conference that Canada’s Indigenous peoples are not just another special interest group and won’t allow themselves to be sidelined. Two other Indigenous groups, the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, are expected to attend the meeting. The Council of the Federation will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Edmonton. Cross-border trade and the looming renegotiation of NAFTA are expected to top the agenda.———AUDIT FINDS THOUSANDS OF VETERANS’ GRAVES IN DISREPAIR: An audit by Veterans Affairs has found tens of thousands of veterans’ graves in cemeteries across the country are in a state of disrepair. The culprit? A lack of federal funding. Veterans Affairs is responsible for maintaining the graves of more than 200,000 veterans buried by the federal government in Canada. But previous governments slashed the money available for such maintenance from $5 million per year in 2003 to $1.2 million today, which the department’s audit says isn’t nearly enough. There are currently more than 45,000 graves in need of some type of repair, according to the audit, which will take 17 years to completely fix at current funding levels. Veterans Affairs officials say they are looking at ways to be more efficient with the funding they do have, but don’t plan to ask the government for more money until next year at the earliest.———OTTAWA POLICE ORDERED TO PAY WOMAN $254,000: A woman brutalized by Ottawa police during her wrongful trespassing arrest and left naked for hours in a holding cell nine years ago has been awarded $254,000 in damages. The Superior Court award in favour of Roxanne Carr, one of the highest of its kind in Canada, comes after a nine-day trial that ended more than a year ago. In making the award, Justice Sylvia Corthorn faulted several officers for the disturbing series of events, but aimed much of her judgment at Const. Michael Adlard, the officer who set off a chain of events in August 2008. Adlard had no grounds to arrest Carr without a warrant for what was, at most, a landlord and tenant dispute, Corthorn found. The officer then used excessive force to detain her, leaving her with injuries that included a bone fracture in her wrist, the judge said.———KHADR PAYOUT STARTS GETTING U.S. MEDIA NOTICE: The federal payout to Omar Khadr had received meagre attention in the U.S. media — until now. The Wall Street Journal has published a scorching op-ed written by opposition MP Peter Kent that’s now gaining traction elsewhere. The former journalist penned a piece titled, “A Terrorist’s Big Payday, Courtesy of Trudeau.” The item began with a description of Khadr killing an American army medic, Christopher Speer, when he was 15 years old and fighting alongside al-Qaida in Afghanistan. It explained how Khadr won a court fight in Canada, was repatriated there, released on bail and then sued the Canadian government for $20 million. The Conservative MP criticized the Trudeau government for settling with Khadr, while the victim’s family got nothing. By Monday afternoon his piece was the No. 1 story on the Fox News website. The Fox News item quotes Kent’s op-ed under the headline: “Gitmo Lottery: Canada makes millionaire out of terrorist who killed U.S. soldier.”———ASHLEY MADISON SETTLES U.S. LAWSUITS: The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison says it has reached a US$11.2-million settlement in American class-action lawsuits stemming from a massive security breach two years ago. Ruby Corp., which was previously known as Avid Life Media, says the proposed settlement must first be approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, where the lawsuits have been consolidated. The lawsuits came after a cyberattack that exposed the personal dealings and financial information of millions of purported clients. They allege Ashley Madison misled consumers about its security measures and had inadequate safeguards in place. The company says it denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to “avoid the uncertainty, expense, and inconvenience associated with continued litigation.” It says more information about the settlement and claims process will be released if the proposed deal is approved.———BOTANY TOUR CAPTIVATED BY PHALLIC ICEBERG: Jamie Ellison’s botanical tour of northern Newfoundland provided a whole different kind of nature lesson when he looked out to a local bay and saw an iceberg with a distinctly masculine flourish. The Nova Scotia-based horticulture instructor and 10 tour companions stood slack-jawed on the shoreline in Griquet as they took in the impressive ice formation and its clear phallic protuberance. He says their quiet awe quickly turned to giggles, while prompting some “rude comments” as they came up with a name for the soaring structure — “penis-berg.” Ellison grabbed his telephoto lens and snapped a picture of the giant iceberg, which features a long, tubular piece of ice reaching skyward over a larger mass of ice. He says the unique iceberg was gone later in the day, likely pushed by strong winds, to make the rounds further down the coast or out to sea. Ellison, who has seen many icebergs before this, joked that “Mother Nature expresses herself in an interesting manner sometimes.”
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Patients in Newfoundland and Labrador — and possibly across the country — may have missed seeing timely medical results because of a software issue involving an electronic medical record program.The Newfoundland and Labrador government says medical test results for 615 patients between November 2017 and last month may have been delayed from reaching health care providers, and therefore their patients.The province uses Telus Health’s Med Access software, which is also used in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Telus Health identified the same software issue in other provinces but it’s currently unclear how this affected communicating medical records to patients, and Health Minister John Haggie said Newfoundland and Labrador has the widest pool of affected patients.The software issue is now resolved but Haggie said a case-by-case investigation has begun to make sure all patients are accounted for.Haggie said many of the cases likely involve blood work, diagnostic imaging or medical consultations but critical results were not affected.The Canadian Press
“I have informed the Government and the political parties that the UN will dispatch a small team of highly capable and prominent individuals who will visit in the coming weeks to assess the conduct of the election and report to me,” Mr. Ban told reporters in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.“It is the world’s – and your – best interest to see Bangladesh achieve its full potential for democratic development through free and credible elections,” he added.Calling the December ballot a “historic opportunity,” Mr. Ban stressed that “now is the moment to stand against the polarization and violence that have characterized past elections.“I saw clearly that democracy belongs in Bangladesh there are no insurmountable obstacles to ushering in a better, brighter, more sustainable democracy after the elections in December,” he said. That was among the messages Mr. Ban relayed in his meetings with President Iajuddin Ahmed and other top officials, including Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed and Foreign Advisor Iftekhar Ahmed, as well as leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Awami League.While in Dhaka he was also briefed by top Bangladeshi generals on the country’s role in UN peacekeeping. Bangladesh is currently the second largest troop contributor, with more than 9,000 troops and police officers serving in UN operations around the world. In addition, Mr. Ban paid a visit to the Martyr’s Memorial, where he laid a wreath to honour those who died during Bangladesh’s war of independence, and met with UN staff serving in the country.The Secretary-General also had a chance to witness disaster reduction and management efforts during a visit to a village outside the capital. There he met with families and inspected measures carried out by the local community, with the help of the Government and the UN, that saved many lives during a cyclone last year. “Bangladesh is an example to the world community on how a vulnerable developing country can strengthen its resilience against recurrent catastrophic events. Your best practices and lessons learned can help other countries, including others in the region prone to natural disasters,” he said.Mr. Ban shared with the villagers stories of his own struggles as a boy growing up with no proper sanitation or latrine, and about walking a long way to go to school. He encouraged them to remain hopeful and to work to ensure that the lives of their children and grandchildren would be better. Following that, he met with a group of women in another village who shared their stories of how micro-finance had changed their lives, and also met a group of young people who had been able to pursue higher education thanks to loans from the Grameen Bank, the microfinance institution started by Muhammad Yunus.As of September 2008, the Bank – which shared the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with its founder – has 7.6 million borrowers, 97 per cent of whom are women. Mr. Ban said he was “extremely moved” by the tremendous efforts by the people of Bangladesh to attain self-sustainability. “What I have witnessed today will certainly set an example for the rest of the developing world.”Bangladesh was the final leg of a four-nation Asia trip that also took the Secretary-General to the Philippines, India and Nepal. 2 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Sunday that the United Nations will soon be sending an electoral team to Bangladesh ahead of next month’s parliamentary polls, which he described as a “historic opportunity” for the South Asian nation.
MONTREAL — Air Canada says it is allowing passengers and companions in their immediate family to change bookings or receive a refund if they cancel flights because of concerns about the Zika virus outbreak.The company says customers will need to provide a doctor’s note that says they are at risk of contracting the mosquito-borne virus in order for them to change bookings or get a refund on flights to countries where Zika has been detected.Transat says pregnant women with a medical note can reschedule or change destinations if they were booked to fly to countries that have been listed by the Pan American Health Organization as having the virus.What you should know about the tropical Zika virus in Latin AmericaZika virus ‘spreading explosively,’ forcing WHO to call emergency meeting to deal with outbreakThe tour operator is not offering refunds and changes are only permitted for those staying in the same hotel room.This comes after United Airlines and American Airlines in the U.S. announced they were offering refunds to passengers concerned about the virus.The Public Health Agency of Canada has warned pregnant women to take precautions against mosquito bites when travelling to areas in Central and South America where there have been Zika outbreaks.Public health officials in the U.S. says the virus could be linked to birth defects of the brain.The Canadian Press
The US Ambassador to Colombo Michele J. Sison has had discussions with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) regarding the scheduled elections in the north.According to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, the Ambassador had also discussed the land acquisition issue in Jaffna and the current political situation in Sri Lanka. TNA leader R. Sampanthan and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran had attended the discussion with the US envoy held in Colombo, the newspaper said. The TNA delegation had informed the US envoy that the elections for the northern provincial council should be held with the presence of international monitors. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had announced that the northern provincial council elections will be held in September. (Colombo Gazette)
Image: Shutterstock/michaeljung Short URL WITH THE BEAST From The East set to hit Ireland in the coming days, many motorists will be wary of taking to the roads.The Road Safety Authority (RSA) says the snow showers and icy conditions will make the roads treacherous for motorists from today on.The RSA is asking drivers to take the time now to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy and ready for these conditions.But what if you are supposed to be on the roads?If you have an NCT exam or driving test, here’s what you need to know.Applus Car Testing Service, which runs the NCT, says that if an NCT centre is badly affected by the weather, cancellations or reschedules will be free.“We are currently monitoring the situation and following the advice of Met Eireann. At this point and time all NCTS Centres are fully operational and we will monitor the situation on a centre by centre basis. Centres will endeavour to remain open however, customers who have concerns about travelling to their local NCT centre for an appointment should not do so.“Cancellation/rearrangement fees will be waived for centres severely affected by the weather. We would ask customers to regularly check www.ncts.ie for more information and updates on centres that are closed.” Source: Melanie MayFor those set to take their driving test, the RSA says that anyone who feels it is unsafe to travel can rearrange their test free of charge.“Due to the severe weather conditions forecast for Ireland, it is likely that some driving tests may be cancelled this week. Where this occurs, a test will be rearranged for these candidates free of charge. As this information cannot be known until the morning of these tests, we would advise candidates to keep an eye on this webpage as information will be updated regarding areas where tests may be postponed as it becomes available.“If anyone has any further queries on their driving test and the weather conditions, they can contact the RSA on 1890 40 60 40. If weather conditions are bad where you are, and you feel it is unsafe to travel, you can contact us on 1890 40 60 40 to cancel your test and a further test will be arranged free of charge.”A polar vortex from Siberia, referred to as “the Beast from the East”, is expected to bring heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions tomorrow and Friday.Read: Pharmacists urge people to ensure they have ‘supply of essential medicines’ before storm hitsMore: Minister tells older people to stock up on fuel now and pay later Image: Shutterstock/michaeljung 21,545 Views 12 Comments Feb 28th 2018, 6:01 AM Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 6:01 AM By Paul Hosford What happens if you have to cancel your NCT or driving test due to The Beast? What if you have to be on the road? Share9 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3874855 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Mohammad NasimAwami League parliamentarian Mohammad Nasim on Monday requested inclusion of teachers under monthly pay order (MPO) scheme, which guarantees the payment of a portion of their salaries by the government, reports UNB.He drew the attention of education minister Dipu Moni and finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in parliament, urging them to fulfill the ruling party’s election promise.Nasim said thousands of teachers recently demonstrated demanding inclusion in the scheme.”We, all MPs, remain pledged-bound towards the people and teachers. Time has come to fulfill our commitments,” the former health minister said, speaking on a point of order.He requested the ministers to take steps to make budgetary allocation in the current fiscal year with a devised budget. Otherwise, he said, the promise would be broken.Hasanul Haq Inu, former information minister, supported Nasim.He said there had been massive development of the education sector over the last decade under prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Inu said the time has come to look into the quality of education, improve teachers’ living standards and their skills.”Inclusion of teachers under MPO is the first step towards improving their living standard,” he said, adding that investment in the education sector never went in vain.
One day after Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman called the Red Sox the Golden State Warriors of baseball for engineering a trade to bring ace Chris Sale to Boston, he signed a his own high priced pitcher.The Yankees came to terms on a 5-year, $85 million deal to bring the 100 mph fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman back to the Bronx.Fox Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal was first to report the signing.BREAKING: Chapman to #Yankees, five years, $86M.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2016 Source: Chapman deal includes three-year opt-out, full no-trade for first three years, limited no-trade for final two.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2016 Advertisement The Yankees signed Chapman last year when he was a toxic property after a domestic violence incident where he allegedly fired gunshots and choked his girlfriend, but executed a trade deadline deal to send him to Cubs in exchange for prospects. Chapman was an integral part of their historic World Series championship run.Strictly from a baseball standpoint, the Yankees handling of the Chapman situation was a home run. They have their closer for the next five years, in addition to their prospect haul they received in the Chicago trade.Looks like the Yankees are getting @AChapman_105 and his unreal Fastball for five years. Here’s a taste in case you’ve forgotten. pic.twitter.com/1Nrtk6Hf3G— Pitcher List (@ThePitcherList) December 8, 2016
Apple Inc will defend against allegations that it abused a monopoly position in the digital music player market as it heads to trial in a case that could cost the company about $1 billion if it loses.Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Tuesday in an Oakland, California, federal court in the long-running class action, brought by a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009. They say a 2006 iTunes update dictated that iTunes music could only be played on iPods, unfairly blocking competing device makers.Plaintiffs are seeking about $350 million in damages, which would be automatically tripled under antitrust laws. Apple says the software update contained genuine product improvements, and thus should not be found anticompetitive.The case is one of a handful of antitrust lawsuits Apple has defended over the past year. A New York federal judge found Apple liable last year over allegations it colluded with publishers to drive up e-book prices. Apple is appealing that ruling.Apple was also one of several tech companies that agreed to settle claims that they colluded to hold down salaries by agreeing not to poach tech workers from competitors. A U.S. judge rejected that $324.5 million settlement as too small, though Apple has asked an appeals court to reinstate it.The case headed to trial on Tuesday harks back to Apple’s pre-iPhone era, when the iPod was its flagship mobile device. Several emails from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are expected to be entered into evidence, along with short deposition excerpts of Jobs videotaped before he died.Apple executives including software chief Eddy Cue and marketing senior vice president Philip Schiller are also expected to testify.Apple faced a challenge in the online music market from Real Networks, which developed RealPlayer, its own digital song manager, plaintiffs claim. It included software which allowed music purchased there playable on iPods.In 2006, Apple introduced a software update that barred RealPlayer music from the iPod. Plaintiffs claim that discouraged iPod owners from buying a competing device when it came time to upgrade.Apple, meanwhile, argues in filings that RealPlayer had less than 3 percent of the online music market in 2006, making it “implausible” that its iTunes update would have had such a huge impact on iPod owners’ buying decisions.(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) December 2, 2014 How Success Happens Listen Now This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.
Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Vizua’s software platform technology enables users across all market sectors to do the following:Load 3-D data to cloud server using a web browser with no software application required Share 3-D data via emailConvert raw 3-D data to a printable 3-D model with color and size flexibilityConvert 2-D and 3-D software models to 3-D printable modelsMake, purchase and ship 3-D printable models directly to the customers through 3D Systems’ print marketplace News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more For more information: vizua3d.com, www.3dsystems.com, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more January 6, 2014 — Vizua Corp., Seattle-based developer of the cloud-based, 3-D visualization, sharing, collaboration and printing software platform, and 3D Systems of Rock Hill, S.C., announced that 3D Systems will develop a 3-D software marketplace website platform powered by Vizua’s 3-D software platform technology to further enhance and expand the printing of high-definition 3-D data. Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more “This new cloud based solution will allow segments such as healthcare services and medical education to democratize access to full color, 3-D printable models that will enhance communication, collaboration and ultimately improve patient outcomes,” said Avi Reichental, CEO, 3D Systems. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more News | January 06, 2014 Vizua, 3D Systems Announce Technology Partnership Related Content Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology.
Related posts:Drug traffickers lure Costa Rica’s struggling coastal fishermen with offers of easy money Beachcombing along the Caribbean drug trail in Nicaragua US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbean Isla del Coco gets a new radar station to fight drug traffickers Prosecutors in the province of Limón are furious over a judge’s recent decision to release on bail a known drug trafficker arrested with 300 kilograms of cocaine near the Limón airport, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.Telenoticias Channel 7 first reported the story last Friday.Family members of a suspect with the last names López Vega showed up in court last Wednesday night with ₡25 million ($46,000) in bail money already in hand as Judge Michael Cano Centeno denied a prosecutor’s motion to maintain López Vega in preventive custody pending trial. The suspect had been held in preventive detention for three months since his arrest while prosecutors gathered evidence in the case.The previous day, the judge had granted the prosecutor’s motion, only to reverse his decision on a defense appeal the next day. Limón Assistant Prosecutor Gustavo Santamaría said the judge cited “changing circumstances” from one day to the next for his decision to reverse his own ruling.López Vega, who already served a 10-year prison sentence on international drug trafficking charges, was arrested on Jan. 22, 2014, along with two other suspects with the last names Vindas and Arrienta, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor’s Office told The Tico Times. Police found 300 kilograms of cocaine in three vehicles driven by the suspects as they traveled from Cahuita, on the southern Caribbean coast, to the port city of Limón.“The Prosecutor’s Office based its request [for an extension of the preventive sentence] on the fact that [the suspect] is a flight risk due to the severity of the crime; and in addition, [the office] communicated to the Criminal Court that the respective formal accusation had been completed within the three-month period,” the spokeswoman said in an email.The Prosecutor’s Office cannot appeal the ruling.The judge also transferred the case to Guapiles, a Caribbean slope town west of Limón, where the defendant will be required to register once a month with the court until a trial date is set.“These [preventive] measures in no way bind to the legal process this defendant, who already has served 10 years in prison and is an obvious flight risk, as well as a risk to repeat the same crime,” Santamaría said.The Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to The Tico Times that this is at least the second major alleged drug trafficker to be released on bond by a Limón judge in less than two years. In January 2013, prosecutors issued an international arrest warrant for suspect Ruadán Zamora Valerio, a Nicaraguan man who was busted months before with a ton of marijuana and later released on a ₡3 million ($5,500) bond. Zamora skipped bail and is now a fugitive from justice, along with his wife, Ivannia Zúñiga Araya. Facebook Comments
Top holiday drink recipes New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chile’s state-owned copper company Codelco and British firm Anglo American PLC have settled their long-running conflict over control of a promising copper mine with a multi-billion dollar deal that includes major new Japanese investments in Chile.The settlement removes uncertainty about the London-based company’s future in the world’s top copper-producing country. Sponsored Stories Codelco had sued to enforce an option to buy 49 percent of the Anglo American Sur subsidiary with financing from Mitsui & Co. after Anglo American sold a fourth of its Chile subsidiary to Mitsubishi Corp. instead.The settlement leaves Anglo American with a controlling 51 percent stake, Codelco with 24.5 percent, Mitsubishi with 19.5 percent and Mitsui with 5 percent. Codelco was able to increase its holdings at a discount, and both Japanese companies now have a firm foothold in Chile.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories
Hobbiton Movie Set is about to host a world-first event to celebrate International Hobbit Day on September 22, 2016.Happy hobbits will be celebrating International Hobbit Day at New Zealand’s Hobbiton Movie Set.The day will also mark the birthdays of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. The famous Hobbiton Movie Set – in the beautiful Matamata Waikato countryside – will awake to the inaugural sunrise tour and breakfast birthday banquet in the hobbit village. The birthday party will launch at 5.30am so guests can look forward to an exceptional other-worldly experience in the 12-acre site.Costumes are welcome and each party-goer will get to carry a lantern as they follow their guide along illuminated paths while listening to fascinating stories of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created and the making of the movies.Meanwhile, down at the bottom of the hill in the famed Green Dragon Inn, the fires will be burning to welcome party goers for the breakfast banquet feast. It’s the first time the Inn has had such an early opening and, in true hobbit tradition, there will be copious servings of delicious hobbit fare, with second helpings guaranteed – even thirds for the Peregrin Tooks of the party. There will be music and dancing in the dining room, and – in pride of place – the proverbial birthday cake for Frodo and Bilbo styled on the cake seen in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.To conclude this special event, the Hobbiton guide will lead the party back along the wandering paths of The Shire, across the bridge, past the mill and under the Party Tree. There will also be an evening banquet dinner tour that finishes with a moonlight walk through the Hobbiton Movie Set to witness the village.
September 14, 2016 788 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Adapting to Regulatory Changes in Servicing mortgage servicing Regulatory Compliance 2016-09-14 Seth Welborn The combination of a changing business climate and regulations and federal oversight does not mean that servicers can’t enhance their business portfolio, and the Servicing Lab in at the 2016 Five Star Conference and Expo on Tuesday provided servicers with tools to create effective servicing strategies and at the same time comply with the changing regulatory landscape.Topics at the lab included an update on Fannie Mae Servicing from Malloy Evans, VP, Single-Family Servicing and MHA, Fannie Mae; issues in loss mitigation; a consumer credit trends market update from Joanne Gaskin, Senior Director, Scores and Analytics, FICO; compliance concerns; and a presentation on doing business in D.C. from Tim Rood, Chairman, The Collingwood Group.The lab director was Michael Waldron, CCO, Bayview Loan Servicing, and the host was Edmond Buckley, President, Aspen Grove Solutions.“It’s people, it’s processes, it’s technology,” Waldron said of how to handle regulatory changes. “It’s a resource model, and this is a resource-intensive business, whether it’s monetary, or whether it’s head count. We address it by devoting appropriate resources to a good foundation and a sound structure. We address it by being willing to attract and retain talent that’s able to do the analysis, that knows the operations, that can work in conjunction with the business from a compliance and support perspective to add value to the platform.”On the topic of avoiding regulatory scrutiny, Rood said, “Story matters, and servicers have to understand their audience in Washington. Success is possible, but it takes almost a metaphysical change in their view of patience. They’ve got to work together. The industry itself needs to come together and decide on some compelling storyline that they can all agree to that has their mutual self-interests clearly identified. Get a clear, compelling story, stick with it, make some allies in the industry, and stop thinking that you are or that you can stay off the radar.”Speakers other than those mentioned above included John Berczuk, Wells Fargo Corporate Trust; Eric Chader, The Collingwood Group; Ryan McGuinness, Freddie Mac; Gregory Lee, Loancare; Donna Clayton, LenderLive; Rachel Rodman, Arnold & Porter; Stephen Faulkner, Opexnow; and Laurie Maggiano, CFPB.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and TheMReport.com. Share
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2018 2:24 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Court won’t rehear defamation case against Bill Cosby BOSTON – A federal appeals court won’t rehear a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago.The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied Kathrine McKee’s request for a full-court hearing. A three-judge panel of the court had ruled against her in October.The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a story about McKee’s allegations. Cosby’s lawyers said the letter was protected by the First Amendment.McKee was among dozens of women who went public with allegations against Cosby. Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.A separate defamation lawsuit filed by seven other women is also pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby owns a home.