Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Awaits Trump’s Signature

first_imgThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) is on its way to the White House for President Trump’s expected signature before the weekend. The Senate approved the bill, 51 to 48, a little after midnight on December 20. The House re-voted the same day, passing the bill, 224 to 201. The president’s imminent signing of HR 1 sets in motion a flurry of activity by the IRS, especially to update withholding guidance for 2018.RevoteThe House voted as expected on December 19 to approve HR 1 (TAXDAY, 2017/12/20, C.1). However, the Senate parliamentarian announced that several provisions violated the reconciliation rules (the so-called “Byrd rule”). The Senate GOP removed the offending language and the Senate approved the bill along party-lines. The bill returned to the House for a revote, where again it passed.Reaction“Delivering #TaxReform to the middle class is what this bill is all about. It’s time Americans keep more of their hard-earned money,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tweeted. “I’m incredibly proud of our work to move tax reform legislation for the first time in more than 30 years,” Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., tweeted.“The middle class is getting the short end of the stick while the super-rich and big corporations get a windfall,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., tweeted. “This is the worse piece of legislation we have passed since I arrived in the Senate,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said.Similar reactions took place after the House vote. “With the passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, it now pays for companies to stay in America—to make things in right here in America. That’s how we get economic growth,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tweeted. “This tax legislation was a missed opportunity to achieve meaningful, positive change for middle class families,” Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., said in a statement.White House CelebrationImmediately after the House vote on December 20, President Trump invited GOP leaders to the White House, where he thanked them for the tax package Among the high points in addressing the members, the president emphasized that “the typical family of four earning $75,000 will see an income tax cut of more than $2,000; in my opinion, that will be less than the average…. Companies will be coming back; they will stay in our country.… We will be bringing at least $4 trillion back [from overseas] and…the passthroughs and small businesses will be big beneficiaries.”WithholdingThe IRS had earlier announced that it is preparing updated withholding guidance (Notice 1036) to reflect HR 1. The bill revises the individual income tax rates, repeals the personal exemption, and makes other changes. “We anticipate issuing the initial withholding guidance (Notice 1036) in January reflecting the new legislation, which would allow taxpayers to begin seeing the benefits of the change as early as February,” the IRS posted on its website.Payroll professionals have cautioned lawmakers about potential hurdles. “HR 1 will turn much of the system, especially the payroll withholding infrastructure that is the underpinning of our entire economy, upside down,” the American Payroll Association (APA), told lawmakers on December 13. “With the elimination of personal exemptions under the tax code in favor of doubling the standard deduction, while at the same time providing an “as if there were an exemption” amount to use in determining employee withholding allowances, the bill would make it nearly impossible for employees to complete their Forms W-4 so they could properly calculate their annual federal tax liabilities.”Briefing AvailableFor more details about the newly enacted tax bill, see the special tax briefing, Congress Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul, available here.By George Jones 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

Gurdwaras Go Hi Tech

first_imgThe afternoon heat outside bothers no one. As the gathering of the devout listens to hymns in air-conditioned comfort, the English translation of the lyrics appears on two screens placed on either side of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. The screens are linked to a laptop and a projector.The scene unfolds at an upscale gurdwara in Chandigarh’s Sector 8, a place frequented by everyone from ordinary people to VIPs to the super-rich in their luxury sedans.Catering to the needs of the 21st century, gurdwaras in Chandigarh and Punjab are changing to include an element of comfort. Laptops, screens, projectors and wireless microphones are also being used in some of the shrines.Even though religious traditions are strictly followed at these gurdwaras, the facilities, which used to be basic just a decade ago, have now turned swank.“Many gurdwaras across Chandigarh are going hi-tech with the purpose of spreading the message of the gurus to a wider population,” Sarabjit Singh, a granthi (Sikh priest) at a gurdwara here, said.In Chandigarh, the gurdwaras in Sector 8 and Sector 34, two of the biggest ones in the city that get the maximum number of devotees, have taken the lead by installing air-conditioners (ACs) for summer and heaters for the winter.In the Sector 8 gurdwara, a special projector screen shows everything a granthi is reading from the Sikh holy book.With the help of a laptop, the Gurmukhi text is translated into English for people of non-Sikh origin and those who do not understand the language, especially youth.Sikander Singh, the person who translates and projects the text, said: “One of our regular devotees got the idea during a trip abroad where screens were being used to translate the holy book and hymns.”“We have the software that keeps translating everything that the Granthi reads from the holy book and is projected on the screens. Many youths don’t know Punjabi,” he said.The new systems are also attracting more people for the prayers.“One of my friends’ visits the gurdwara just because the translation makes things easier for her to understand. Also, I see many youngsters who have started coming regularly,” Surinder Kaur, a senior citizen and Sector 8 resident, said.“At times, when I go on leave, young boys start calling me and asking me to come back because they miss the translations,” Sikander Singh said.The Sector 34 gurdwara also had the translation system in place until some time ago.“When the system was in place, many students living as paying guests would come and attend the prayers. The number has gone down significantly,” Gurdyal Singh, a volunteer at the gurdwara, admitted.The shrine now has an LCD screen installed at the entrance of the main hall which displays a daily message from the holy book.In some gurdwaras, the traditional ‘langar’ (community kitchen) has also undergone a change.“Earlier, people used to sit down on jute mats on the floor to partake langar. Now, the organisers prefer buffet-style langar where vegetarian food is served by a caterer like at a wedding or social occasion,” gurdwara volunteer Gurpreet Singh said.For the comfort of the elderly and those with knee problems, most gurdwaras have put up chairs and sofas in the main shrine hall.Harmandar Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines popularly known as the Golden Temple, in Amritsar also had air conditioning installed in May 2008. Though initially there was opposition to the move by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages gurdwaras across Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, the air conditioners have been embraced by devotees inside the all-gold sanctum sanctorum since. Related Itemslast_img read more

India Falls Two Ranks in Corruption Perceptions Index 2017

first_imgIndia slipped by two places since 2016 in the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, and now ranks 81 in the survey with a score of 40. The country was ranked 79 on this list in 2016, said the report released by anti-corruption organization Transparency International on Feb. 21.The report highlighted that most nations made little or no progress in ending corruption. “Further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out,” said the report.The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, 0 being highly corrupt and 100 being very clean.In 2017, New Zealand and Denmark rank 1 and 2, respectively with scores of 89 and 88. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.In South Asia, China has done better than India, to be placed at No. 77 with a score of 41, while Pakistan, with a score of 32, is on the 117th spot.The United States got a score of 75, and occupies the 16th spot on the index.The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The United Kingdom is at the eighth place in the list, with a score of 82, while Germany has scored 81 to rank 12th.The worst performing region is Sub-Saharan Africa, where the average score is 32, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with an average score of 34.“CPI results correlate not only with the attacks on press freedom and the reduction of space for civil society organizations. In fact, what is at stake is the very essence of democracy and freedom,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, the chair of Transparency International, said.The index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. The organization revealed that further analysis of the results indicated that countries with the least protection for press and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst incidence of corruption.Every week at least one journalist is killed in a country that is highly corrupt. In the last six years, nine out of 10 journalists were killed in countries that score 45 or less on the index, showed the analysis that includes data from the Committee to Protect Journalists.“No activist or reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption. Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up,” said Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International.The report recommended that governments and businesses must take more steps to encourage free speech, independent media, political dissent and an open and engaged civil society.Among other recommendations made by the anti-corruption watchdog is that the civil society and governments should promote laws that focus on access to information. “This access helps enhance transparency and accountability while reducing opportunities for corruption,” it added.It also suggested that governments and businesses should proactively disclose relevant public interest information in open data formats.Top 12 Least Corrupt Countries in 2017Country RankScoreNew Zealand Denmark Finland Norway Switzerland Singapore Sweden Canada Luxembourg Netherlands United Kingdom Germany 1 2 3 3 3 6 6 8 8 8 8 12 89 88 85 85 85 84 84 82 82 82 82 81  Related ItemscorruptionEconomylast_img read more

Cricketer Virat Kohli Only Indian on Forbes’ List of World’s Highest Paid Athletes

first_imgCricketer Virat Kohli is the only Indian sportsperson, and the only cricketer, to figure on Forbes’ 2018 list of highest paid athletes in the world. Kohli is placed at the 83rd spot on the list, which ranks 100 athletes from 22 countries, who excel in 11 sports.The list is dominated by American athletes, who take up a whopping 66 spots, while basketball players occupy 40 places. Leading the pack is Floyd Mayweather, the 41-year-old recently retired boxer, who earned a total of $285 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.Kohli recorded earnings of $24 million, including $4 million in salary and winnings, and $20 million in endorsements, during the period, according to the report. Calling the Indian national cricket team captain “one of the most popular athletes in the world,” the magazine pointed out that he boasts more Twitter followers (over 25 million) than all but three active sports stars.“This year the Indian national cricket board named him as one of just five players to receive the newly created A+ contracts, which guarantee an annual retainer of more than $1 million, and Indian Premier League club Royal Challengers Bangalore recently increased his salary to more than $2.6 million,” the report said, adding that Kohli partnered with Puma, Pepsi, Audi and Oakley off the field. He also became India’s first brand ambassador for Uber in March.In terms of endorsements alone, Kohli is the 15th highest-paid athlete in the world, but he makes far less from cricket as compared to other top global sportspersons.Following Mayweather on the list is Argentine football star Lionel Messi, with an annual salary and winnings of $84 million, and endorsements worth $27 million. The third place on the list went to another footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese player recorded earnings of $61 million in salary and winnings and $47 million in endorsements.No woman athlete made it to the list. Tennis players Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams appeared regularly on the list earlier, but Li retired in 2014 while Sharapova is still recovering from the 15-month suspension following a doping scandal in 2016, Forbes said. Williams, the only woman to feature in the top 100 last year, dropped out of the list after her prize money fell from $8 million to $62,000 this year after she took a break following the birth of her baby in September.Basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo, 23, is the youngest athlete to be named on the list. The Greek athlete, with total earnings of $35.5 million, was placed at No. 30. The oldest athlete to figure on the list is American golfer Philip Alfred Mickelson, who took the 22nd rank, with total earnings of $41.3 million. Related ItemsCricketforbesVirat Kohlilast_img read more

Suspected Killer of Indian-Origin Student Shot Dead by Kansas Police Had Criminal Record

first_imgThe suspected killer of Sharath Koppu, the Indian-origin student who was shot dead at a restaurant in Kansas, United States, earlier this month, was killed during an encounter with security personnel on July 15. The suspect, identified as Marlin Mack, had a criminal background, a local media report said.Mack, 25, was shot dead after he shot and injured three Kansas City police officers. The exchange of fire took place when he was found by two detectives outside a motel, following which Mack shot at them using a high-powered semi-automatic rifle, the police said. He then fled to a nearby home and was killed in another exchange of fire.The man our investigation identified as the suspect in the homicide of Sharath Koppu is 25-year-old Marlin Mack. He shot 3 of our officers yesterday and was killed in a gun battle with police. pic.twitter.com/1LA6s8DcXa— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) July 16, 2018Mack was first arrested in 2009 for breaking into cars in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was detained again when he was 17 years old for bringing a gun to school, the Kansas City Star reported. He was later sentenced to prison for five years for robbing a woman at gunpoint in front of her three small children, the report added.“At age 17 he (Mack) was pretty much a liar and misfit extraordinaire,” the publication quoted David Walker of the Tulsa Police Department, who had interviewed Mack in 2011, as saying.Mack was released from prison in 2015, and rearrested seven months later for carrying a firearm after a former conviction of a felony. He was released in February 2017.The Kansas Police was, however, not aware of his past conduct. He did not have a criminal record in Kansas, Captain Lionel Colon of the police department had told the Hindustan Times earlier. Mack’s father is serving a life sentence for shooting two people in the head in 2000.Koppu, a 25-year-old software engineer from Hyderabad who was pursuing a masters degree in computer science at the University of Missouri, was killed on July 6 during a suspected robbery bid at the restaurant where he worked. He was shot in the back when he tried to run away from the assailant.The Kansas City Police released a CCTV footage of the suspect and announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the culprit. “After we released video of the suspect, we got more than 40 tips from community members. About 10 of those all identified the same person,” Kansas City Missouri Police chief Richard Smith wrote on his blog in which he talked about the police shootout with Mack.Koppu’s family expressed happiness over Mack’s killing. “We received the information about the shooting down of my son’s killer. We are happy that justice was done to my son so quickly. But that does not bring back my innocent son alive. He became the victim for no fault of his. But justice prevailed at last,” Sharath’s father, Ram Mohan Koppu, an employee with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), in Hyderabad, was quoted as saying by the Indian media. Related ItemsHyderabadKansasUnited Stateslast_img read more

Butler’s 39 points lift Wolves past Nuggets

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES After the Nuggets missed on the other end, Butler skied for the defensive rebound, brought the ball down the court and drew a foul. He hit one of two free throws, and Denver’s Trey Lyles missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer to help Minnesota hang on after blowing a 19-point lead.“That’s an All-Star. He showed his worth right there,” said Lyles, who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. “He done it to us in the earlier game, too, and when a guy gets going like that it’s tough to stop him, and kudos to him. We kind of threw everything we had at him, and he was able to take it and still finish.”Will Barton scored 28 points and Nikola Jokic had 22 for the Nuggets, whose three-game winning streak ended.Andrew Wiggins made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Minnesota, which won its fifth straight. Taj Gibson added 20 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and 13 rebounds.The Wolves played the overtime period without Towns, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, and point guard Jeff Teague, who limped off the court in the final 20 seconds with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Gibson fouled out on Denver’s first possession in overtime, leaving the Wolves without three starters for the game’s most crucial stretch. But as long as one of them was Butler, they were in fine shape.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I hope everyone’s recognizing how special he is,” Thibodeau said. “He’s changed everything for us. Big play after big play. Guards everyone. Hustle plays. Tough rebounds. In traffic. Passes, shots, free throws. Everything.”Minnesota led by as many as 19 points and was ahead 109-100 after Wiggins’ four-point player with just under three minutes to play in regulation. But Denver stormed back and Barton hit a pair of free throws to send the game to overtime tied at 114.“Down 19 points, second half, second night of a back-to-back, we could’ve very easily have folded and just rolled over,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “I loved the fact that our guys never did that. We competed.”The Timberwolves came into the game 29th in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game at 8.1, but they already had nine (on 18 attempts) by halftime and finished the night 12 for 29 from beyond the arc. They made their first five 3-pointers on consecutive shots by Towns, Teague, Wiggins (twice) and Butler to build an early lead.That included a 4-for-4 start by Wiggins, a 30 percent 3-point shooter on the season who had made just 13 of 50 3-pointers in December going into Wednesday’s game. His five on the night were the most for any Timberwolf this season. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, center, shoots over Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—Jimmy Butler played the type of game Tom Thibodeau was thinking about when he brought the veteran guard to Minnesota in the offseason.Butler scored 12 of Minnesota’s 14 points in overtime and finished with a season-high 39 to lift the Timberwolves to a 128-125 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Bulls rally in victory over Knicks Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Thibodeau, Minnesota’s coach and president of basketball operations, gave up a first-round draft pick and two players—both former first-round picks—to acquire the Olympian and three-time All-Star from Chicago, where Thibodeau coached him from 2011-15.“He’s got an unbelievable will to win, and that’s what makes him so special,” Thibodeau said. “When his best is needed, he’s always at his best. Always been that way, and that’s not going to change.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderButler scored Minnesota’s first 11 points in overtime. Then with the game tied 125-all and 50 seconds to go, he drove to the basket again before kicking it out to Jamal Crawford, who drained the go-ahead 18-foot jump shot.“I really was going to shoot the ball, I won’t lie to you,” Butler said. “But if Jamal screams ‘Jimmy! Jimmy! Jimmy!’ three times, that means pass it to him, he’s open. He did what he’s done for us all year: make some shots.” MOST READ Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

TNT recovers, thwarts Alaska

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Troy Rosario had a team-high 21 points for TNT while also grabbing eight boards.Moala Tautuaa and Jayson Castro each had 18 points to help the KaTropa’s cause.Rookie Jeron Teng led all scorers with 28 points for Alaska while grabbing 10 boards and dishing out five assists.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ TNT used an early surge to gain the upper hand for good, going on a blitzkrieg with a 9-0 run in the final minute of the second quarter.Jayson Castro capped off the scoring spurt after taking the ball away from Calvin Abueva and immediately going to the cup for the layup to give TNT a 58-49 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderKaTropa head coach Nash Racela said their victory over Alaska was of utmost importance going into the New Year break as it will help build their confidence before they face off against defending champion San Miguel.“It’s always hard to get the first win especially with our next game coming against San Miguel,” said Racela. “It’s nice to get the win before the year ends because at least we can get some sort of momentum.” Read Next PBA IMAGESTNT bounced back after losing its season opener and denied Alaska, 106-98, of its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The KaTropa are now at 1-1 while the Aces slipped to 0-2ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities ‘Disaster’ marks end of Rain or Shine’s yearcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

No rollercoaster ride for Kyrgios, more even keel at Open

first_imgFILE – Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a return during the men’s singles against Steve Johnson of America at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAMercurial Nick Kyrgios wants to keep an even keel as the pressure of home expectations weighs on him at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne.The tempestuous 22-year-old has the brilliance and talent to win his national Open, yet it is his brittle state of mind that oftens malfunctions to his detriment.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READ View comments He is facing Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on his favourite Hisense Arena court in Monday’s first round and could face world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, but he is taking it all in his stride.“I’d like to do well. I’m not going to say quarter-finals, semi-finals, anything like that. I just want to take it one round at a time,” Kyrgios said ahead of his fifth Australian Open campaign.“Everyone started the year hungry. They can play great quality tennis. I don’t want to look ahead at all. I want to take care of business one round at a time.”Kyrgios’s mental strength and attitude always come up in the conversation about his title chances, but he says he wants to keep things at an even keel.“I think last year there were periods where I was really good and really bad,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘I feel relaxed’“But at the end of the day I just need to know it’s a long year. I can’t expend too much energy on other things.“I want to kind of ride the highs, not as high as I usually do. If I lose a match, at the end of the day it’s a tennis match.“I kind of want to keep it even-keeled throughout the whole year rather than being such a rollercoaster ride. I guess right now that’s what I’m doing.”Kyrgios said he feels better placed to make a deep run at this year’s Australian Open.“I probably feel a bit better this time around. I feel relaxed,” he said.“Obviously, winning a tournament before you play a Grand Slam always helps.”Kyrgios said he had no injury problems heading into the tournament.“Yeah, my knee feel good. My physio flew in, so I’ve had him for the last two, three days. I’ve had the luxury of getting treated in my room at my hotel,” he said.“Haven’t been spending too much time around the courts. I’ve been kind of doing my practice, getting out of here, and just relaxing. So it’s been good.”center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kyrgios said he has the physical resilience to put together the best-of-five-set matches potentially over the two weeks.“I feel very confident in best-of-five matches. I’ve played a lot of them now,” he said. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Roger Federer rates Kyrgios a threat to the established order in the year’s opening Grand Slam, but says the volatile Australian is a work in progress. “When he’s on, he’s on and he’s really difficult to beat… for him it’s day to day and then week by week, can you keep it up?” Federer said this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For him it’s maybe in his mind and his body because he still needs to work much more than he currently is.”Kyrgios won his first home ATP Tour title at the Brisbane International and is looking to go further than a quarter-final appearance in Melbourne three years ago. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Halep, Wozniacki eye maiden Slam in Serena’s absencelast_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

first_imgJosh King’s brace inspired Bournemouth to a 4-0 victory as Maurizio Sarri’s lacklustre Chelsea suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats.Cup triumphs over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday suggested Sarri’s withering assessment of the 2-0 loss to Arsenal had the desired effect, but a section of the away supporters turned on their Italian coach at the Vitality Stadium.Wales winger David Brooks created King’s 47th-minute opener before coolly doubling Bournemouth’s advantage, although he pulled up on a subsequent attack to cut a wonderful display short. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Prior to that substitution, some Chelsea fans sang “You don’t know what you’re doing” as Sarri withdrew Gonzalo Higuain after 65 minutes of his Premier League debut.King’s second and a stoppage-time Charlie Daniels goal means Chelsea drop below Arsenal into fifth on goal difference, while Bournemouth’s win moves them up to 10th.Pedro was preferred to Willian on the right wing for Chelsea and his early cross, aimed for Higuain, was headed goalwards by Mateo Kovacic, with Artur Boruc brilliantly tipping on to the crossbar.Brooks should have done better with a 34th-minute header showed his class soon afterwards, dispossessing Eden Hazard and driving forward to force Kepa Arrizabalaga into action.It was no surprise to see the excellent Brooks involved in the opening goal, controlling impeccably and laying the ball on a plate for King to crash home.After N’Golo Kante wasted a chance to equalise, Brooks showed contrasting composure in the 63rd minute – collecting King’s return pass and checking back inside David Luiz to crisply finish into the bottom corner.Robbed of their standout performer, Bournemouth’s liquid counter-attacks continued to flow and Junior Stanislas and King combined 16 minutes from time.The Cherries continued to pour forward and Daniels diverted Jordon Ibe’s free-kick past Kepa in stoppage time to complete an unforeseen humiliation.38 – Josh King has drawn level with John Carew and Tore Andre Flo as the joint-third highest Norwegian goalscorer in the Premier League, with only Steffen Iversen (40) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (91) netting more. Wood. pic.twitter.com/S7pMRLFf3O— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019What does it mean: Jury still out on SarriballChelsea’s head coach finds himself locked in an ideological battle with a fanbase reared on reactive, battling, never-say-die football in the mould of John Terry and Didier Drogba. Sticking to the methods that got him this job, Sarri has enjoyed success this season and has a Wembley final to look forward to next month. But 45 minutes of largely listless possession and a second-half collapse brought the naysayers to the fore.Howe fretting over brilliant BrooksHaving confirmed top scorer Callum Wilson has undergone minor knee surgery, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will hope to have Brooks back on his feet before long. The elegant attacker carved Chelsea to pieces early in the second half.Luiz’s best and worst on showChelsea’s best moments during the first half were usually prompted by David Luiz’s incisive passing from deep, which injected some tempo into their play. However, the defensive pantomime that accompanied Brooks’ goal will always be part of the baffling package the Brazilian brings to top-flight football.Key Opta facts- Bournemouth secured only their second competitive home win against Chelsea and first since September 1988 (L5).- This is just the second time in Premier League history that Chelsea have lost a game by a four-goal margin, after losing 1-5 versus Liverpool in September 1996.- Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2018, when they lost to both Manchester clubs.- Both of Bournemouth’s Premier League wins on a Wednesday have come against Chelsea.What’s next?Chelsea entertain the Premier League’s bottom side, Huddersfield Town, on Saturday, while Bournemouth also face strugglers in the form of Cardiff City. read morelast_img read more

Making effective decisions in a changing climate

first_imgThis piece originally appeared on the Bangkok Post website.A third of Thailand is under water. Epic floods have taken people’s lives, destroyed businesses and crops, and are now sweeping into Bangkok.As the capital braces itself, some people are beginning to point fingers at various culprits: the unusually heavy rains possibly linked to climate change, ineffective communications within government, and poor infrastructure decisions.It will take time to sort out the main causes, though it will most likely turn out that a combination of factors led to this degree of devastation.While the floods are the worst in several decades, this is not an isolated example. Around the world, extreme weather events, from droughts in the Horn of Africa to wildfires in Brazil, along with other long-term impacts related to climate change, are having a dramatic effect on people and ecosystems.Resilience in the face of such challenges will be determined in part by how national-level decision-makers both react to and prepare for immediate events and more gradual changes.This is the topic of a major new report, World Resources 2010-2011: Decision Making in a Changing Climate, which investigates how national leaders can make effective decisions to adapt to climate change.In looking at the current crisis in Thailand, we find strong links with specific examples in the report, particularly around three areas that provide lessons related to the potential culprits above: increased resilience to flooding, improved communication across government, and more effective infrastructure siting choices.Increasing resilience to floodingWhile we cannot say definitively that the current intense rainfall and flooding is linked to climate change, this likely won’t be the last time Thailand will witness floods of such magnitude, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Even beyond changes in monsoon patterns, a modest amount of sea level rise is projected to significantly flood low-lying areas of Southeast Asia, including Thailand.Thai leaders, therefore, have to prepare for extreme events along with longer-term impact associated with rising seas. What can be done to prepare for such changes?Vietnam offers some useful lessons. In Vietnam, government officials have advanced programmes to proactively plant mangroves along its coasts as a protective barrier to future sea-level rise and storms. From 2001 to 2008, this project added 15,000 hectares of new mangrove forest. This measure has gained particular traction in southern Vietnam, where mangrove restoration was coupled with the construction of schools, health clinics and roads, and the provision of more electricity.Improving communication across governmentExtreme events require urgent deployment of financial resources and emergency supplies to reach the most affected communities. To be effective, governments must have systems that communicate horizontally across departments and vertically across levels of government.In Brazil’s Acre state, for example, the government established an emergency response “situation room” which not only enhanced coordination but also set up an information clearinghouse, with 24-hour satellite data to inform firefighters about hotspots of fire activity. Interestingly, the situation room was subsequently used for floods, demonstrating that such institutions should be designed to address multiple hazards.Making effective infrastructure siting choicesDespite the clear links between human well-being and ecosystems, many countries have not prioritised the maintenance of ecosystem services when deciding where to site large infrastructure and plot urban expansion.An example from South Africa shows, however, that short-sighted choices can be avoided. The government of South Africa has developed a strategy that can help avoid exacerbating the risks posed by climate change. To do so, it has developed spatially explicit maps of ecosystems to better understand where conservation should be prioritised, for example to maintain river and coastal corridors, versus where other land uses should proceed. This information is fed directly into land use planning guidelines and will ultimately be integrated into planning decisions, such as land use zoning, laws and regulations.The goal is to ensure that the design of industry and expansion of urban centers, agriculture and other land types will maintain critical ecosystems that can help reduce the risk of hazards such as flooding.While the global response to climate change remains both too slow and too timid, these examples indicate how some countries are coming to grips with the changing climate.None of these lessons, of course, can undo the current catastrophe in Thailand, which tragically has taken the lives of nearly 400 people and will cost hundreds of billions of baht in damages.In the aftermath, the government and public will surely assess what happened and how they can be better prepared for the next disaster.Hopefully, we can use these lessons to make more effective decisions to adapt to our changing planet before it is too late.last_img read more

James not considering Bayern exit

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid outcast James not considering Bayern exit Iain Strachan 21:21 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() James Rodriguez Bayern Munich Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Bundesliga After being deemed surplus to requirements at Santiago Bernabeu, the Colombia international is still determined to prove himself at the Allianz Arena Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez wants to remain at Bayern Munich despite an inconsistent start to life at Allianz Arena. The Colombia international joined the Bundesliga champions on a two-year loan deal from Madrid, with the option for the German club to make the move permanent.The 26-year-old struggled to settle early this season, as Bayern’s poor form cost Carlo Ancelotti his job as head coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player James has found himself in the starting XI with more regularity under Ancelotti’s replacement Jupp Heynckes, though, and the playmaker hopes to remain in Bavaria.  “I’ll stay here… I am very happy in Munich,” he was quoted as saying by Kicker.”I don’t want to think about something else.”Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, he said: “I have a very good feeling in the team. I hope things also go well in the second half of the season because I still want to achieve a lot with this team.”Jupp Heynckes is a top coach – second to none in the world. We speak a lot and it obviously helps me that he speaks Spanish.”I slowly found my rhythm. It helped that I got so much playing time.”I like the Bundesliga stadiums a lot; they are always full. You also play against very good teams. It’s a top league.”@jamesdrodriguez : “I have a very good feeling in the team. I hope things also go well in the second half of the season because I still want to achieve a lot with this team.” #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/FdXptVW08g — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 4, 2018 The runaway league leaders have strengthened their squad by signing experienced striker Sandro Wagner, a product of the Bayern youth system, from Hoffenheim.    And Thomas Muller, a fellow academy graduate, has welcomed the capture.”Sandro Wagner gives us another option,” he said.”He is confident, is focused in training and is very committed.”Muller was among those players rumoured to be unhappy with Ancelotti’s methods, but the Germany international offered a glowing endorsement of life under Heynckes, as Bayern enjoy a training camp in the warmth of Doha. “The conditions here are, as ever, top,” he said.”Because the winter break is so short, there’s even more focus on the training sessions.”In the last few weeks we have fought for each other – that’s how we won tight games. Now we want to make the next step in footballing terms.”last_img read more

Changes To the Offensive Line Could Be Imminent

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let’s get to the point: the running game has been horrendous this year.Most expected a step forward after an offseason of work, coupled with the hiring of former NFL coach Greg Adkins.4.1 yards per carry ranks No. 84 in the nation in FBS. The number is good, but there have been some glaring issues on the line that require attention.Saturday, for example, highlighted bad play and frankly some laziness.https://twitter.com/crshall/status/647902719282401281“Hassan Ridgeway ’bout to eat.” Heck, I think ANYONE could ‘eat’ if they were facing that. Ridgeway blew the play up before Rudolph was even able to drop back into his progressions. And Lewis was only able to get one hand on him.AdChoices广告Paul Lewis has looked bad at times at right guard, where, granted, he is new to the position. It’s been suggested that his backup, Jesse Robinson, could be in the dog house which has allowed Lewis more time on the field. Regardless, when it gets that bad, there will likely be changes made.When coaches review this on film, they may decide to make adjustments either with Lewis’ technique or with personal adjustments. At this point, Robinson or redshirt freshman Lemaefe Galea’i stand to require immediate playing time to see if things can get settled quickly up front. Look for changes to take place as early as Saturday.last_img read more

Emmanuel Ogbah Comes up Gimpy After this Play

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With the Cowboys clinging to a 23-16 lead in the fourth quarter, Emmanuel Ogbah was in hot pursuit of quarterback Skyler Howard before coming up gimpy on this play.After Ogbah went to the sideline, trainers didn’t give him a look as he stood with his helmet on.last_img read more

Watch: Things Big 12 Fans Say Video is Hilarious

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. AdChoices广告It’s funny because it’s true. The line about Texas Tech and the high school degree was spectacular. I also laughed about the field goal in Ames part.last_img read more

Marcell Ateman Nearing Major Checkpoint in Recovery; Redshirt still an Option

first_imgOklahoma State’s leading receiver from a year ago, Marcell Ateman, still has not played a snap in the 2016 season after suffering a foot injury just before the season.Ateman has been released to return to running, according to Mike Gundy, but only in straight lines. The next step in his road to recovery is expected to come later this week, where he will progress to making cuts. Something that sounds promising to hear, but coaches are approaching with caution.“You can’t predict whether he’ll be sore or not,” Mike Gundy said via The Oklahoman. “They all progress differently from that injury.”Even with clear progress being made in Ateman’s recovery process, with six games down and a game this weekend likely to be missed, Oklahoma State coaches know that a return would need to happen quick before a decision to place a redshirt on him is decided.Ateman is a senior and could return for the final games, pending his recovery, or he could be redshirted by OSU and return next season, a decision Gundy already has in his mind.“If he can’t comfortably make cuts within a couple of weeks, we have to get together and talk about, ‘Do you want to burn another year?’” Gundy said. “If not, you bring him back [via a redshirt].”If Ateman were to take a redshirt this year, he could return as the senior leader and perhaps No. 1 receiver in 2017, depending on James Washington’s NFL draft stock and if he decides to stay. Here’s a look at the talented bunch of scholarship receivers who could be on the OSU roster next season:· Marcell Ateman· James Washington· Tyron Johnson· Dillon Stoner· Tyrell Alexander· Jalen McCleskey· Chris Lacy· Tylan Wallace (2017 commit)· Braydon Johnson (2017 commit)· LC Greenwood (2017 commit)Ateman’s potential return will ultimately be his decision, but if he doesn’t end up returning very quickly, he will have only a handful of games left to play and make a big impact before testing the NFL waters. So the decision could be made for him, depending on his expectations at the next level.We’ll know a lot more in the next few weeks, but at the moment it seems that a redshirt for the 6-foot-4 pass catcher is a very viable option at this point in his recovery. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: Tyreek Hill Scores on 68 Yard Run, Makes Titans Look Silly

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tyreek Hill is really, really fast. Exhibit 8653.The Chiefs have figured out how to use him: Everywhere.He lines up in the slot. He lines up in the backfield. He does punt return. Kick return. He does it all.His latest circus show: Out of the backfield:So fast.SO FAST.@ImFasterThanYa goes 68 yards to the HOUSE. #TENvsKC https://t.co/MYYY69KNM9— NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2016Boy oh boy, he made that poor Titan get twisted like a pretzel down the field.last_img read more

LOOK: Jordan Brand Made Custom OSU Kicks for Dez Bryant

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’m not a sneakerhead by any stretch of the imagination. Heck, I keep my shoes for years on end. But I recognize a sick pair of shoes when I see ’em, and these things — from the custom insole to the X logo on the tongue — are some truly sweet kicks. Dez Bryant is living a superstars dream. He’s on arguably the best – and most marketable – teams in the NFL. He’s sponsored by Nike’s Jordan Brand. And his sponsor spoils him rotten with some sick merchandise, which he flaunted recently on social media. The Jordan Brand sent him a set of two exclusive Air Jordan 1 high tops. One in orange with a nod to his alma mater of OSU, and another in navy, silver and white in the colors of the Dallas Cowboys.They even have his name with Bryant’s own signature on the insoles, with his classic “Throw up the X” logo on the tongue of the sneakers.last_img read more

TTS Group to Deliver Offshore Cranes to Azerbaijan

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom TTS Group ASA has, through its subsidiary TTS NMF GmbH in Hamburg, Germany,entered into an agreement for delivery of two 85 tonne lattice boom offshore cranes to Azerbaijan, with a total value of NOK 55 million (approx. $8.9 million).This contract again confirms that TTS NMF has gained a foothold in the offshore market. The cranes are customized for the Caspian Sea’s harsh environment condition and enabling efficient load-handling. In 2013 TTS NMF already received orders for two 70 tonne offshore lattice boom cranes. With another mid-size offshore lattice boom crane contract, TTS again has shown that the Group can develop innovative products.The agreement is with Caspian Drilling Company in Baku. The cranes are for use on a semi-submersible drilling rig to be built at Caspian Shipyard Company in Baku.The deliveries are scheduled for July 2015. TTS Group, January 2, 2014last_img read more

American Cruise Lines Announces its Newest Itinerary Grand New England

first_imgGUILFORD, CT- March 8, 2017- American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, is pleased to announce the brand new Grand New England itinerary. This 11-day round-trip out of Boston combines the highlights of the cruise line’s current New England Islands and Maine Coast & Harbors itineraries and introduces some new ports of call as well. The new Grand New England travels to many popular destinations, including Bar Harbor, ME; Newport, RI; Martha’s Vineyard, MA; and two new ports of call in Provincetown, MA and Kennebunkport, ME. Cruise highlights include an authentic lobsterbake luncheon on the shore of Penobscot Bay, a tour of Newport and the Breakers Mansion, Captain Jack’s Lobsterboat adventure, and a guided tour of Acadia National Park. “Response to this new cruise has been tremendous and our guests are excited about departing from the great city of Boston,” says Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “To make this amazing itinerary even better, we are offering a pre-cruise package that allows our guests to enjoy Boston a day earlier and stay overnight at one of Boston’s great hotels.” The first Grand New England Cruise will be in May 21, 2017 on the inaugural cruise of the new American Constellation and will run throughout the summer through mid-September. Designed with elegance in mind, this brand new coastal cruise ship will carry a capacity of just 165 guests and is uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast.  About American Cruise Lines American Cruise Lines is committed to continuous growth through an innovative ship building program that elevates the standard of cruising in America. The line is the leader in the US with more than 35 itineraries ranging from 5 to 22-days in length, which visit the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast and the Mississippi River. The line has been continuously recognized for its new ships and for providing superb service to guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit http://americancruiselines.com/home or call 800-814-6880. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americancruiselines or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/American_Cruise.last_img read more