Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Derrick Rose nails go-ahead shot to lift Pistons past Cavaliers LATEST STORIES US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high MOST READ More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Under the ATP Cup’s innovative tournament rules, on-court coaching is allowed and team zones are in the corners of the court, rather than on the sidelines by the umpire.Sharapova, who crashed in the first round to American Jennifer Brady on Tuesday evening, suggested this could be a reason why women were not allowed to share center court.“It’s definitely a bit of a strange strategic move,” she said of favoring the men.“I’m not sure (but) I heard that because the way that the court is constructed, that it’s not regulation for us to be playing on center court with the benches on the side.“I don’t know what else it might be that’s preventing (us playing there), because I think there’s a lot of girls that are deserving of that center court spot in this draw.ADVERTISEMENT View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens blasted organizers on Tuesday, accusing them of favoring the male players and not respecting women, with Sharapova also weighing in.“You definitely recognize it and notice it,” she said, with even Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty, who is his hugely popular in Brisbane, relegated to an outside court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It feels like a little bit of a second-hand event.”The ATP Cup’s last round-robin matches in Brisbane are on Wednesday, meaning the women can only play on center court from Thursday. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ “Everyone should have a conversation about it, that’s just my outside view,” she added.Barty heads a high-quality field in Brisbane, which includes four of the women’s top five.Stephens, who is on the WTA players’ council, said it was clear women had been sidelined.“We just weren’t in the conversation to even be considered,” she said.“It was what the ATP wanted — they got what they wanted, girls to the side, that’s kind of how it always is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning a point during her match against Jennifer Brady of the United States at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova said the Brisbane International felt like “a second-hand event” with women relegated to outside courts to make way for men playing the inaugural ATP Cup.The WTA tournament is being run alongside the Brisbane leg of the men’s new team tournament, which has taken over the center court at the Queensland Tennis Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption
“I introduced the measure because it will save lives, it’s that simple,” said Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. Senate Bill 33 would ban 16- and 17-year-olds from using cell phones, pagers, walkie-talkies, text messaging devices, laptop computers or other electronic devices while they are driving. The Senate concurred in amendments to the bill Thursday, 23-14, with most Democrats supporting it and most Republicans opposed. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not said whether he will sign the measure. The bill follows one Simitian championed successfully last year to prohibit all California drivers from using cell phones unless they are hands-free models. That bill will take effect next July. SAFETY: Governor hasn’t said if he’ll sign bill prohibiting use of phones and electronics. By Jim Sanders SACRAMENTO BEE SACRAMENTO – California’s youngest drivers would be separated from some of their most popular possessions – cellular phones and text messaging devices – under legislation headed to the governor’s desk. Simitian’s encore would create a stiffer standard for minors who drive: They could not use any type of personal electronic device, including a hands-free cell phone. If signed by Schwarzenegger, the bill also would be implemented next July, providing nearly a one-year transition period to educate teenagers. “It’s a modest inconvenience in an effort to save lives,” Simitian said. Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, opposed the measure and characterized it as government meddling into citizens’ affairs. Lawmakers have no right to impose their judgment “over every conceivable incident involving people’s actual day-to-day lives,” he said. McClintock said his 17-year-old daughter has been rehearsing for a show late into the night. At midnight one night, concerned, he called her, and was comforted to hear she was driving home. Under SB 33, young teenage drivers could no longer answer such calls from worried parents, McClintock noted. “I really wish Sen. Simitian would give a little more credit to individuals to make their own decisions,” he said. Simitian noted that the ban would apply only to using personal mobile devices while driving, not carrying them in a purse or pocket. Nothing in SB 33 would prevent a teenage driver, late at night, from pulling over to the side of the road to make or receive a call. Simitian said another alternative would be for parents to ask their teenagers to call home, before taking the wheel, if they were running late and would not arrive before midnight. Under SB 33, police officers could stop a teenager only if they spotted a violation, not simply to confirm a suspicion. For a first offense, teenage drivers would be subject to $20 base fines, plus local assessments. Subsequent violations would be subject to $50 base fines.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Norwich beat newly promoted Brighton 2-0 on Friday night despite not managing a shot on target, with visiting goalkeeper David Stockdale scoring two own goals.The Seagulls stopper twice dived to try to keep out well-stuck first-half shots from Alex Pritchard, and twice the efforts came back off the woodwork, hit the luckless keeper and rebounded back into the net.The goals – in the 18th and 39 minutes – ended any hope Chris Hughton’s side had of confirming top spot in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday evening, having clinched promotion on Easter Monday, but they still have two more chances to get the three points they require.For the Canaries, it was another reminder of what might have been, following the poor mid-season run that ended their hopes of promotion and cost Alex Neil, who was back at Carrow Road as a TV pundit, his job.Both sides had chances to get their noses in front in a lively start to the game.Norwich striker Nelson Oliveira was guilty of a bad miss as he failed to get on the end of a low cross from Jonny Howson, while at the other end Anthony Knockaert saw a shot deflected just wide before missing the target with a close-range header.A goal was coming and it arrived on 18 minutes when Pritchard answered the Brighton boo-boys in the best possible fashion.The diminutive midfielder, who pulled out of a move to the Seagulls to join Norwich last year, sent a rising drive crashing against the bar after good work from Josh Murphy, and was soon celebrating as the ball came off the back of the diving Stockdale and bounced back into the net.Steven Naismith then sent a header just over as a fired-up Norwich side continued to have the better of it, although it took a superb reaction save from John Ruddy to prevent Uwe Hunemeier equalising with a flicked header from Oliver Norwood’s cross.Norwich deservedly doubled their lead on 39 minutes, with history incredibly repeating itself. This time Pritchard tried his luck from 20 yards after the hosts had worked the ball across the edge of the area and, when his effort came back of the upright, it once again deflected back in off the diving Stockdale.Pritchard wasted a decent chance to finally get his name on the scoresheet eight minutes into the second half when he delayed his shot too long after a swift counter-attack.Brighton were still very much in the game and it took a goal-line block from Howson to keep out Glenn Murray’s header a couple of minutes later before Ruddy parried a powerful snap-shot from Murray, but the visitors could not find a way through. David Stockdale scored two own goals at Carrow Road
22 October 2013UK-based call centre operator Webhelp UK is to open two call centres in South Africa and plans to recruit 1 000 people in the country over the next 12 months, the company announced on Monday.The company said that it would open a 7 500 square metre state-of-the art facility in Cape Town and a 4 500 square metre site in Johannesburg.“While still confident of continuing UK growth, this South African venture will give the company the ability to service international contracts, operating a blended onshore, offshore and near shore model,” the company said in a statement.The Paris-headquartered Webhelp Group, one of Europe’s largest customer experience providers, took over the former HEROtsc business earlier this year. The re-branded Webhelp UK has already won new contracts and boosted staff numbers at many of its UK sites. It employs 6 000 people across 10 sites and works for brands such as Sky and Vodafone, and reported revenue growth of 36 percent in the 12 months to 31 March 2013 to £111-million.“This represents a significant milestone in the continued development of our business, by giving us the ability to support our customers across multiple geographies, and is complementary to our existing English language, eastern European, nearshore locations,” Webhelp UK CEO David Turner said.“We have seen a trend over the last 12-18 months of organisations repatriating work from other offshore locations such as India and the Philippines as a result of poor customer experience,” Turner added.“All of our research tells us that South Africa can deliver an equivalent customer experience to the UK for certain processes. We firmly believe that our UK, Romanian and South Africa capability gives us the best possible blend of off, near and onshore capabilities.”Peter Ryan of London-based consultancy Ovum commented: “The similarity of the professional qualifications and the compatibility of the data protection laws make South Africa an excellent partner location for Webhelp UK. The country is particularly attractive because, alongside a stable regulatory environment, there is a talented workforce with high standards of customer experience knowledge.”Craig Gibson, who has done work for a range of blue-chip financial institutions in South Africa, will join the local operation, which will be known as Webhelp South Africa, as CEO.“The arrival of the Webhelp Group in South Africa is another great development for the BPO [business process outsourcing] industry in the country,” Gibson said. “In recent years we have seen some big brands choose South Africa, and the country is establishing itself as a BPO destination of choice.“South Africa successfully delivers BPO services to the domestic markets of Australia and the UK,” Gibson added. “The language and culture is closely matched, enabling us to offer a far higher standard of customer service than some traditional BPO markets such as India and the Philippines.”SAinfo reporter
California ~ Motor Fuel Tax: Transportation Budget Bill Increases Tax Rates, Imposes New Vehicle Fees
CCH Tax Day ReportAs part of a measure to raise $52.4 billion in new transportation revenues over 10 years, California excise taxes on gasoline (exclusive of aviation gasoline) and diesel fuel are increased in the short term and two new vehicle fees are established. In addition to the increases in the gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, certain suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers will be subject to a storage tax on the day the increases become effective.Sales tax changes enacted by the new law are discussed elsewhere. (TAXDAY, 2017/05/02, S.2)Gasoline Rate IncreaseEffective November 1, 2017, the per-gallon excise tax rate on gasoline will increase by $0.12. As announced previously, the gasoline per-gallon rate has been set at $0.297 for the period July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. (TAXDAY, 2017/03/29, S.9)Diesel Fuel Rate IncreaseThe base statutory excise tax on diesel fuel is decreased to $0.16 (formerly, $0.18) per gallon. However, effective November 1, 2017, the excise tax rate on diesel fuel will increase by $0.20 per-gallon. As announced previously, the diesel fuel per-gallon rate has been set at $0.16 for the period July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. (TAXDAY, 2017/03/29, S.9)Annual Rate AdjustmentsIn addition, the annual rate adjustment required by the gas-tax swap instituted in 2010 for both gasoline (beginning with fiscal year 2011-2012) and diesel fuel (beginning with fiscal year 2012-2013) is discontinued. Instead, on July 1, 2020, the tax rates will be adjusted by a percentage amount equal to the increase in the California Consumer Price Index (CCPI) from November 1, 2017, through November 1, 2019. Every July 1 thereafter, the base rates and any subsequent rate increases will be increased by a percentage amount equal to the increase in CCPI in the subsequent 12-month period rounded to the nearest one-tenth of one cent.Storage TaxesSuppliers, wholesalers, and retailers owning 1,000 gallons or more of tax-paid gasoline or diesel fuel on November 1, 2017, must pay a storage tax on those fuels. Anyone owing a floor tax must file a form and pay the tax owed by January 1, 2018.For gasoline, the storage tax will equal the difference in the rate of the tax in effect on October 31, 2017, and the rate in effect on November 1, 2017, as determined by the State Board of Equalization (BOE). For diesel fuel, the rate will be $0.20 per gallon of tax-paid fuel.Vehicle FeesBeginning January 1, 2018, the state will impose an annual vehicle improvement fee on vehicles, subject to certain exceptions, based on the market value of each vehicle. Fees will be imposed as follows:– $25 for vehicles with a market value between $0 and $4,999;– $50 for vehicles with a market value between $5,000 and $24,999;– $100 for vehicles with a market value between $25,000 and $34,999;– $150 for vehicles with a market value between $35,000 and $59,999; and– $175 for vehicles with a market value above $60,000.Starting January 1, 2020, and every January 1 thereafter, the fees will be increased based upon the CCPI.Beginning January 1, 2020, a road improvement fee will be imposed on zero-emission motor vehicles model year 2020 and later, with certain exemptions. The fees will be adjusted annually in an amount equal to the increase in the CCPI.Each of these fees is in addition to any other vehicle fee imposed under the state Revenue and Taxation Code or the Vehicle Code.S.B. 1, Laws 2017, effective April 28, 2017
During the week of January 21, the House’s top tax writer canceled the January 24 hearing set to examine the impacts of the partial Treasury and IRS shutdown. The IRS released final regulations concerning qualified business income (QBI) deductions.CongressThe House’s top tax writer canceled the January 24 hearing set to examine the impacts of the partial Treasury and IRS shutdown, (TAXDAY, 2019/01/25, C.1).Senate Finance Committee (SFC) member Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., asked the IRS and Treasury for its legal justification in recalling furloughed employees for the 2019 tax filing season, (TAXDAY, 2019/01/24, C.1)Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined an invite from the House’s top tax writer to testify on the partial Treasury and IRS shutdown, (TAXDAY, 2019/01/21, C.1)IRSPer Diem Rates. The U.S. State Department released a listing of maximum travel per diem allowances for travel in foreign areas for the month of January, 2019, ( TAXDAY, 2019/01/25, I.1).Public Hearing. The Treasury and the IRS cancelled a public hearing on proposed regulations concerning imposing user fees for enrolled agents and enrolled retirement plan agents, (IR-2019-5; TAXDAY, 2019/01/23, I.1).Final Regulations. The IRS released final regulations on qualified business income (QBI) deduction, (TAXDAY, 2019/01/22, I.1).Qualified Business Income Deduction. The IRS extended Code Sec. 199A deduction to real estate rental activities, ( Rev. Proc. 2019-11; T.D. 98xx_1; TDNR SM-0589; NPRM REG-134652-18; IR-2019-4; Notice 2019-7; TAXDAY, 2019/01/21, I.1).I.R.B. The IRS released I.R.B. 2019-4, dated January 22, 2019, (TAXDAY, 2019/01/21, I.2).Login 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.
AdvertisementAn upsetting loss at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace last weekend has left Manchester United fans with a bad taste in their mouths. As the agony continues, confidence in the new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is dwindling. A comparison of the first 32 games in charge of the last 4 managers justify the same.Here are the records of the last four managers :Jose Mourinho – W21 D6 L5 – Win rate 65.6 per centDavid Moyes – W18 D6 L8 – Win rate 56.3 per centLouis van Gaal – W17 D9 L6 – Win rate 53.1 per centOle Gunnar Solskjaer – W17 D5 L10 – Win rate 53.1 per cent.Shockingly enough , Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the worst record that includes 10 losses. The man who the Norwegian replaced – Jose Mourinho has far better credentials.Manchester United take on Southampton tomorrow at the St.Mary’s and OGS and his men would love to bounce back.Advertisement
Amid the wreckage of Real Madrid’s season, there are one or two players who can stand up tall and say they did their best.One of the very few footballers whose reputation has been enhanced in a shocking campaign which is effectively over by March has been Karim Benzema.Real Madrid are out of the Copa del Rey, out of the Champions League and 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, with nothing to be proud of, but French striker Benzema is still ticking. 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! The forward struck twice to help a stuttering Madrid to an eventually easy 4-1 win over Real Valladolid at the Jose Zorilla Stadium on Sunday, making a game that started off tricky, comfortable in the end.Valladolid coach Sergio is no stranger to inflicting misery on Real Madrid, having been part of the Deportivo La Coruna team which triumphed at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 2002 Copa del Rey final.Madrid had been founded 100 years to the day beforehand, but Sergio’s Depor earned a stunning 2-1 win over Madrid – for whom Santiago Solari was playing.And it seemed he was going to pile on more woe for Madrid after a week in which their entire season collapsed.Valladolid earned a penalty early on, with Alvaro Odriozola haplessly dragging down Oscar Plano in the area. However, midfielder Ruben Alcaraz punted it high over the crossbar with one of the more outrageous spot-kick misses in recent years.Moments later and the hosts, battling relegation, had scored.Sergi Guardiola, who was brilliant but endured an extremely frustrating night, scored but the goal was disallowed by VAR, after Keko was half a yard offside in the build-up.The forward then saw another goal ruled out, this time offside himself by a similar distance.Eventually, Anuar sent Valladolid ahead and this time it counted, but it also seemed to arouse Madrid from their miserable slumber.Raphael Varane equalised to send the teams in level at the break, but in the second half, Madrid found some of the skill and quality which deep down they have, but has stayed buried too often this season.Odriozola made amends for his first-half mistake by winning a penalty and Benzema slotted home to send Los Blancos ahead.Real Madrid have scored every single one of the 12 penalties they have been given in all competitions this season.Meanwhile, Valladolid have missed all five of the five they were given. A shocking statistic which will be one of the reasons they may eventually go down – sitting 16th, one point above the drop zone.Madrid, meanwhile, may be missing Cristiano Ronaldo in many ways but at least they have not lost out when it comes to spot kicks.Ramos, Bale and Benzema have been dispatching them and at trying times like these, even tiny victories must be cherished.That’s why Benzema celebrated vociferously as he headed in his second goal of the night because he had a point to prove.Luka Modric criticised the club’s forwards and strategic planning before the humiliating Champions League knock-out by Ajax, saying that Benzema, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Co. were doing a bad job of covering for Ronaldo’s departure.“Cristiano scored 50 goals and you can’t find someone today who scores that many,” said Modric. “Some of us have to take a step forward and, while not scoring 50, what we need is two or three players who score 15, 20, or 10 goals and we don’t have that.”However, with his brace here, Benzema took his tally to 22 goals in 44 matches, a respectable total, and more goals than he has scored since the 2014-15 season.Only three times in his Madrid career has he scored more goals, with 32 his largest haul, in 2011-12.Modric rattled in the fourth in the final stages, at least pulling his weight too, as Madrid moved 10 points clear of Alaves in fifth – despite Casemiro’s late red card, remarkably his first for Madrid. Now they are looking downwards, trying to ensure they finish fourth, rather than upwards.That is where Madrid gazes deserve to be for the most part this season, with the exception of Benzema, who can hold his head up high.
The Morningside College community and family are mourning the passing of the school’s long time sports information director.Dave Rebstock died suddenly on Saturday, June 30th.The 59-year-old Rebstock was a major part of the Morningside community for more than 20 years, beginning as head golf coach and S.I.D. in 1997.“All of us at Morningside extend our heartfelt sympathy to Dave’s family.He had a deep love for athletics, statistics and highlighting the accomplishments of our student-athletes and coaches that was evident in all his work.His loss is deeply felt at Morningside and by all those who knew and appreciated the color he brought to Mustang athletics,” said Morningside College President John Reynders.“Rebby” had previously worked as the sports information director at Westmar College from 1990-97 and was the sports editor for the Daily Sentinel newspaper in Le Mars from 1981-90.A visitation for Rebstock will be held Thursday, July 5th from 4pm until 8pm at Grace United Methodist Church at 1735 Morningside Avenue near the college campus with a prayer service at 7pm.Funeral services are Friday, July 6th in the church at 10:30 a.m. through the Christy Smith Funeral home.
Inter rode their luck on the way to an underwhelming 0-0 home draw against Sassuolo in their first Serie A outing of 2019.Roberto De Zerbi’s men created the best of the opportunities and will count themselves unfortunate not to have snapped what is now a five-match winless streak in all competitions.San Siro was closed to all but 11,000 local children as Inter began a two-match stadium closure following the alleged racial abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last month, although there was no lack of intensity in an entertaining contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Matteo Politano and Kevin Prince-Boateng both went close to a winner either side of half-time but, unable to find a way past a team that conceded nine times in their final two league fixtures of last year, the Nerazzurri can have few complaints over a result that leaves them four points behind second-placed Napoli, who host Lazio on Sunday.Inter had lost seven of their last eight Serie A meetings with Sassuolo and found themselves on the back foot during the opening 25 minutes.Manuel Locatelli burst through midfield and fired one shot wide while Boateng and Domenico Berardi both tested Samir Handanovic.The impressive Politano helped turn the tide by posing problems at the other end and, from Ivan Perisic’s cross, forced Andrea Consigli into a sharp close-range save on the half-hour mark.2 – @Inter have conceded only two goals during the first halves in Serie A this season: a record among the top five European Leagues 2018/19. Solid.#InterSassuolo #SerieA— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 19, 2019The end-to-end action continued after the interval as Boateng rose unchallenged to meet Locatelli’s left-sided cross, but his header was straight at Handanovic.Inter’s grip on a point looked tenuous until the end and they were indebted to veteran goalkeeper Handanovic and centre-back Milan Skriniar for blocking close-range efforts from Jeremie Boga and Mehdi Bourabia amid a scramble in the box late in proceedings.What does it mean? Calm needed over Icardi contract talksInter officials are confident that the protracted negotiations surrounding Mauro Icardi’s contract extension will soon be resolved and it certainly seems a case of the sooner the better for a variety of reasons.In addition to warding off overseas interest, a conclusion to the ongoing discussions would surely aid Icardi in delivering more influential performances than the rather anonymous showing he served up on Saturday.Locatelli flourishes on return to MilanAC Milan may regret their decision to allow Locatelli to leave for Sassuolo on the strength of his showing back at San Siro. The on-loan midfielder, who is obliged to join the Neroverdi on a permanent basis at the end of the season, covered plenty of ground and was at the heart of his side’s best attacking moves.De Vrij under parSpalletti spoke highly of Stefan de Vrij in the lead-up to this match. He may be more reserved ahead of the next one. Netherlands international De Vrij, though undoubtedly a player of high quality, often seemed lost in ill-advised attempts to shackle Sassuolo’s attackers, not knowing exactly which player to mark and when.Key Opta Facts- This is the first draw in Serie A between Inter and Sassuolo.- Inter have scored only one goal in their last four meetings vs Sassuolo in Serie A.- Inter have kept a clean sheet against Sassuolo after conceding at least one goal in all their previous four encounters vs them in the top flight.- Inter have conceded only two goals during the first halves in Serie A this season: a record among the top five European Leagues 2018-19. What’s next?Inter are back in action away to mid-table Torino next Sunday while Sassuolo have a day fewer to prepare for Cagliari’s visit. read more