New York Governor’s Budget Plan Includes Numerous Tax Changes

first_imgNew York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released a budget with various corporate franchise, personal income, sales and use, and other tax changes.The governor proposes to:extend the top personal income tax rate for five years;make the e-file mandate permanent;address GILTI apportionment;treat carried interest as ordinary income and impose a special fee, if certain other states adopt similar laws;decouple from the TCJA change for contributions to the capital of a corporation;require marketplace providers to collect sales tax on taxable sales of tangible personal property that they facilitate;repeal the energy services sales and use tax exemption;cap annual growth in STAR exemption benefits;allow a real property tax exemption for qualified energy systems;impose a 20% excise tax on vapor products; andimpose three taxes on adult-use cannabis products.FY 2020 Executive Budget, New York Governor’s Office, January 15, 2019Login 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

Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Simmons helps 76ers beat Rockets MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) handles the ball during a preseason NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson tells Chicago’s WBBM-AM 780 that Mirotic decided to let the fractures heal on their own. Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Bulls had said he would likely need surgery and miss four to six weeks. Because of the concussion, Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro, did not have the operation right away. Paxson says the bones have started to heal so it’s “best” not to undergo surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHe also says Mirotic will resume light activity on Tuesday.Portis was suspended eight games. View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’last_img read more

SC seeks response from Nestle India, Maha on FSSAIs plea

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) The Supreme Court today sought a response from Maggi noodles manufacturer Nestle India Ltd and Maharashtra on a plea filed by food regulator FSSAI against the Bombay High Court verdict lifting ban on nine variants of the fast food and asking the company to go for fresh tests.A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant fixed the plea of Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for hearing on January 13 when it will consider its prayer for stay of the High Court verdict.”The present petition is being filed..seeking special leave to appeal against impugned judgement dated August 13/ modified on September 4, passed by the Bombay High Court… vide the judgement, the High Court had quashed the show cause notice (of FSSAI) on the ground that the same violated the principles of natural justice and also passed directions permitting the respondent company (Nestle India) to sell its products if its samples passed fresh tests…”Respondent company has been permitted to choose the samples of its products to be given for testing and the High Court has listed out the laboratories that were suggested by the respondent company to carry out the tests, thereby vitiating the very purpose of testing any product under the (Food Safety and Standards) Act,” FSSAI said in its plea.Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for FSSAI, said that the laboratories, accredited under the statute, should be allowed to conduct tests on such food products.The regulator, seeking a stay on “the operation of the impugned final judgement” of the High Court, raised the question of law saying “whether the main duty of the authority (FSSAI) is to regulate or monitor the food products at any stage of production and whose primary concern has to be the safety of the food products being consumed in the country?”advertisementThe plea further said whether a show cause notice can be set aside by the High Court in “writ jurisdiction” without first directing the FSSAI to respond to the allegations made in the notice.The Bombay High Court had on August 13, lifted the ban slapped by food regulators on Nestle Indias nine variants of the fast food in the country while asking the company to go in for fresh tests. PTI SJK RKS PALlast_img read more

Employers: Do you use the “Standing In The Shower Talking To Yourself” Test?

first_imgThe ADP numbers released Wednesday that showed nearly 700,000 people came off of payrolls in the month of December was even startling to those of us who expected to see a large number. I wrote recently here asking why companies still had to lay-off during the holidays. At least 700,000 people had that same question last month. And now here we sit in January with what I expect to be as many, if not more, job losses this month from the companies that did wait until after the holidays to enact changes. We won’t know those numbers until early next month, but I do expect that we are going to see another staggering number of people lose their positions. We should view the revisions to earnings estimates from companies this week as the precursor to more job cut announcements. I am also hearing from more and more companies that they are now trying to reduce hours and salaries vs. reducing actual people from the business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that in November of 2008 vs. November 2007 that those full-time employees who were formally working fulltime (40 hours or more) but who were being asked to work 35 hours or less because of bad business climate increased 72% vs. a year ago — nearly a million people are working less this year than last. With this decrease in hours comes a decrease in pay, which is another tactic being taken by companies to lessen the number of positions/people that they need to reduce. I have never been a fan of pay reductions for people who are going to continue to work within the company. While it is commendable to try and keep as many people working as possible (especially in this environment where a job loss likely means an elongated time out of work), the reduction of pay and hours across the board only tends to disenfranchise and discourage those who are still with the company and in most cases, already working harder to keep up and picking up the slack from where other jobs have been cut. These are hard decisions for companies to make. I know. I have been there. But, I fall back on the “standing in the shower talking to yourself” test. When the going gets tough and employers have to ask their talent to step up and take on more or go the extra mile for the company, it is important to manage that shower conversation. You want that conversation to be, at its’ worst, “this is tough, but I can suck it up and get through this. They need me, they treat me well, and I am making a good salary and I may not like everything that goes on, but I am better off than others”. If you cut someone’s pay or hours, you assuredly won’t get the best part of that conversation; in fact, it may be a much, much different tone and message. Something more like this; “This pretty much sucks. I’m working harder and now I get paid less. I will do this for now because I don’t have another choice, but the minute I can get out of this place, I am ‘outta here. The recent Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Glassdoor reinforces that people do not want to have their pay cut. More than70% said that they will take on more responsibility and work longer hours, but 61% say they would not be willing to take a pay cut even if they found out there job was in jeopardy. We need to listen. I encourage those at the helm to let the water run over their head and shoulders just a little longer and try and hear what conversation they’d be having with themselves when in the same position, in the tough times, as those being affected. That voice is probably the right decision.last_img read more

False nine Hazard is the Premier League’s best

first_imgGoals, assists and a style of play which delights football lovers everywhere, Eden Hazard remains a leader and the most important player at Chelsea after another electric performance at Brighton on Sunday.The one criticism that has been made of Hazard in the past is that he is not clinical enough, with it those failings which are preventing him from standing alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as part of the global elite.He is unlikely to outscore two iconic performers again in 2018-19, but he secured more assists than any player in Europe’s top five leagues – registering his ninth with a brilliant run and cross for Pedro to tap in and break the deadlock against Brighton. It was then Messi who decided to put in a bullying display against Levante to reach 10 assists, surpassing Hazard just hours after he reached the milestone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? 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Hazard followed that up with a direct and confident piece of counter-attacking play, picking up the ball as Willian and Mateo Kovacic pressed the Seagulls to beat Mat Ryan at his near post and get in on the act himself.Over the course of another scintillating showing, Hazard proved that not only is he the best winger at Chelsea, but also the best No. 9.He also enhanced his claims to being the cream of the Premier League crop, with a run of games having been required to get back to his best following a two-week layoff across October and November.David Luiz lined up alongside the Belgian in Sunday’s 2-1 away win and he thinks a talismanic team-mate has proved that he is good enough to line up as the Blues’ central striker.The Brazilian said: “Intelligent players can play everywhere. It doesn’t matter the position. He is at the top level, he is a world-class player, he can play everywhere. If you put him in any formation, he can understand it and is going to do it. It doesn’t matter his position, if he is intelligent it is easy to understand and play.”Even with Alvaro [Morata] and Olivier [Giroud] the quality of the tactic is still the same. We are going to build with everybody. It is just different players with more mobility and more movement.”Hazard is proving to be more important than ever for Chelsea, having already delivered more Premier League goals and assists this season (17 in 16 appearances) than he did across the entire 2017-18 campaign (16 in 34 appearances). His record this term also represents a league-high and Maurizio Sarri has hinted that Hazard as a false nine is here to stay, if he can adjust one area of his game.”I think that, for us, he could be very important in this position,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference. “He’s very able to come out and play with his team-mates, very able to create spaces. Now I think that, in that position, he has to improve in attacking the box.”Eden Hazard quote GFXThis could be a pivotal moment in Sarri’s tactical tinkering as he seeks to turn Chelsea into a side capable of playing without a big No. 9. At Napoli, towards the end of his tenure, the Italian favoured Dries Mertens as a leading frontman and masterminded a best-ever finish in Serie A with 91 points.He now has Hazard firing on all cylinders.The 27-year-old’s current run of form represents the first time he has provided four assists in consecutive league games at Chelsea and, with that feat so rare, you have to go back to Cesc Fabregas’ run in September 2014 to find the last Blues player to match the Belgian.He had gone 12 games without a goal before facing Brighton on Sunday, but there was little doubt that Hazard would get back in the groove on the south coast. And, as the assists keep on coming, Antonio Rudiger believes Hazard is thriving in a new role under Sarri.The German defender said: “He does not have too much of an ego. If he sees other players standing in a better position, he plays them in. I think that’s fair enough. He is a leader. He provides an example, not be speaking, but by showing that he’s very good.Antonio Rudiger quote GFX“To reach 40 goals? Maybe he can do it. But what he does is okay. He is human, of course he is. But the way he is playing is fantastic, we all know what he is capable of. I am happy that he scored.”Over recent weeks, Hazard was getting assists without goals. Then, against Manchester City, it was a case of self-sacrifice as he helped to secure a prized scalp.Against Brighton, he was able to return to his favourite role – the superstar.Manchester City may have a better squad than Chelsea, and Liverpool are full of attacking talent, but there are few players who can be as decisive as Hazard, while also adapting their game to meet the demands of their manager.Hazard is leading the way for both individual and collective contribution, while also offering the leadership which allows him to drag team-mates along with him through tougher moments.How many other players in the Premier League can claim to be able to do that? Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Simeone insists Atleti can win CL

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone: Atletico Madrid on track to win Champions League ‘sooner or later’ Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 16:13 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) diego simeone - cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Roma v Atlético Madrid Roma The Argentine has rubbished the idea that losing two finals in four years has given the Colchoneros a “complex” Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone is adamant they are on track to win the Champions League “sooner or later”.Atleti have been eliminated by Real Madrid in each of the past four seasons, including two final defeats, suffering a 4-1 loss in 2014, having led until second-half injury time, before succumbing on penalties following a 0-0 draw two years later.Los Indios 18/1 for first CL crown Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Simeone admitted after that setback in 2016 that he considered stepping down but he underlined his continued commitment to the club last week by signing a contract extension until 2020.The former Argentina international has now insisted that conquering Europe is within Atleti’s capabilities and has rubbished the idea that those final defeats have left them with a mental block.”We’ve never had a complex,” he told a news conference ahead of their opening match of the 2017-18 tournament against Roma on Tuesday. “Everyone has their opinion but we’re clear on the fact that what happened in other years has happened. It’s an experience, but all that matters is tomorrow. I live from day to day and we’re starting an exciting tournament.”At the Calderon, I said to the fans that I still believe in the future of this club. Atleti are growing, we have young players who are growing, in January we can improve the squad, there is a new stadium… many things that are renewing my energy.”Playing those finals is something to be proud of and winning one would be the ultimate. We lost one in one minute and another on penalties against Madrid.”It’s given us experience and we’ve had big results in the Champions League. If we keep on like this, keep on going, then sooner or later we will achieve it.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Babb: Lovren was Klopp’s weakest link

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Babb: Lovren was Klopp’s weakest linkby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Babb believes Liverpool till have a weakness in their rearguard.Despite an impressive record of goals conceded this season, the Reds were breached twice as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad.And Reds legend Babb believes Dejan Lovren is the problem player within the team.The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: “To say that Aguero specifically targeted him, I am not so sure.”But, if you look across that back line, you would probably say the weakest link is Dejan Lovren – and that proved to be [the case], pretty much last night.”He had a sketchy game at best. Some of his distribution was poor, [the] decision making.”Even towards the end, when Liverpool were pushing forwards and (Virgil) Van Dijk was up, he (Lovren) was playing straight balls into the box – and you would probably say you need to angle them, so there is a better chance for the second ball and the knock down.”But what do you say about Sergio Aguero? He is genuinely a world-class striker and a great asset for City.” last_img read more

Interim Camping Sites to Open on McNabs Island

first_imgTen designated campsites will be available for the public to use on McNabs Island beginning Friday, June 30. The temporary sites, which are near the Tea House, will be available by reservation, free of charge, until Oct. 9. In order to ensure public safety and minimize negative environmental impacts, the interim camping spots are being implemented while the province and concerned groups develop plans for a more formal camping area on the island in Halifax Harbour. Campfires and alcohol are prohibited on the island. Enforcement staff and police will patrol the island and take appropriate action if necessary. To further minimize impact on the area, parks personnel are emphasizing the, leave-no-trace concept, expecting users to remove all goods that they bring to a site. Campers who make reservations for the new sites are also being reminded that they are only booking a camping opportunity, not a specific site. Campsites at all provincial campgrounds are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers who wish to book a camping opportunity on McNabs must contact the Waverley office of the Department of Natural Resources, at 902-861-2560, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A map showing the location of the campsites will be available Thursday, June 29, on the provincial parks website at .last_img read more

Illegal autos to be lifted from July 8

first_imgNew Delhi: The Noida administration on Friday announced that it will seize unregistered auto-rickshaws and three wheelers causing congestion on city roads and deploy cameras at crucial junctions to identify and penalise offenders. 10 cameras will be placed at crucial junctions in the city to monitor roads during peak hours and identify offenders and nature of violations, DM Brajesh Narain Singh said. 10 private people working under the supervision of the Road Transport Office and the Traffic Police will handle these cameras, while two others will be deployed at different places in the city, based on requirement, he added. The administration will deploy vehicles to tow away such vehicles from July 8 to be dumped in a yard at Sector 62 till due process is complete, he said. Details of offenders will also be shared on social media platforms, Singh said. The objective is to appeal to the people to bring about a positive change in their mindset and make them understand not to violate rules, he said.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Supports the Malala Fund

first_imgIn her BBC diary blog, 11-year-old Malala Yousafzai wrote, “I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to the market. I have the right to speak. I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.”Actor and human rights advocate Angelina Jolie recited those words at the Women in the World Conference in New York earlier this month, and then described what happened six months ago to the now 15-year-old Pakistani girl, when Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus: “They shot her at point blank range in the head, and made her stronger. In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder and she more resolute, calling on the entire world to ensure the right for every girl and boy to an education.”Together with Vital Voices and Women in the World, Jolie has created Malala Fund to support the girl’s cause; Malala Yousafzai will be in charge of it. On video at the conference, Malala said that it was the happiest moment of her life to announce that she will use money from the fund to enable 40 girls between age five and twelve to attend school in her homeland. By providing the girls’ families with a monthly stipend, the girls need not be forced into domestic labor positions. “I invite all of you to support Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls,” she said.Also on stage at the conference were celebrities Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey speaking about great women they admire, but former American First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also spoke about Malala: “[She was] recognised by the Taliban at age 14 as a threat. They were right. … They thought if they silenced Malala, and thank God they didn’t, that not only she but her cause would die. But instead, they inspired millions of Pakistanis to finally say, ‘Enough is enough’.”“Women are not victims,” said Clinton. “We are agents of change. We are drivers of progress. We are makers of peace. All we need is a fighting chance. … Let’s keep telling the world over and over again that yes, women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights, once and for all.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Rick Mercer fires at Conservatives after BC riding shares fake endorsement

Political satirist Rick Mercer is blasting the Conservative Party of Canada after a B.C. riding association shared a fake endorsement in a Facebook post.Screenshots show the Burnaby North – Seymour Conservative Constituency Association posted a photo of the comedian with a doctored quote from CBC’s “Rick Mercer Report.”The quote is taken from a 2011 segment in which Mercer urged young Canadians to vote, but alters his words to “Vote Conservative.”Mercer denounced the post on Twitter as a “straight up fake” on Tuesday, calling on the Conservative party and leader Andrew Scheer to “please stop.”A Conservative party spokesman says the post has been deleted, and the person who shared it is not involved with the local campaign for Burnaby North – Seymour candidate Heather Leung.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The riding association and Leung did not immediately return requests for comment. read more

Storm Doris naming storms has made Britain safer because we are more

first_imgStorms Barbara and Angus are among the most severe to have been named by the public since the scheme began.The former, which hit the UK on 20 November with gusts of up to 84mph, resulted in a woman dying after being winched from the sea at Folkestone, and 150 passengers on board a ferry at Cardigan Bay being stranded for more than 24 hours. Across the country, gale force winds have caused power cuts and delayed flights, whilst parts of the Welsh coastline have been hit by isolated flooding.In order to deal with the disruption, the Ministry of Defence announced today that the Army had been placed on standby, as the Met warned that parts of England and Scotland could see snowdrifts reaching 4 ft in just a few hours, in a phenomenon known as a ‘snow bomb’. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The increase in people’s awareness as to when severe weather is on the way and what they need to do  about it when it comes has been really huge,” Ms Chives told the Today programme.“In fact, the storm that had the biggest engagement on our social media channels was storm Barbara, which you might remember was right before Christmas last year.“We saw 81,000 tweets and 4,000 retweets about storm Barbara, so people knew it was on the way.“Previously, if you had a lot of storms coming in one after another, people got confused and just thought ‘oh well, it’s just another windy day’.” Inspired by the long-standing US tradition of naming of hurricanes, the Met Office introduced the project in 2015, giving members of the public the chance to name major weather systems due to break over the UK and Ireland.Previously, storms were often named randomly and inconsistently, meaning the same storm was often referred to by several different names, depending on where you lived in the country.But with the introduction of the new alphabetic system, the Met has found that people are better able to track its progress, enabling them to take better precautions and avoid danger when they arrive. Whilst some people believe that naming storms ‘Doris’ or ‘Barbara’ trivialises the danger posed by adverse weather, the Met Office claims that the new practice has made the public more engaged, informed and better prepared to face the elements.As Storm Doris continues to batter England with torrential rain, snow and 90 mph winds, Helen Chives, a meteorologist at the weather forecaster, said that people are now safer as a result.“The first thing really is how it has captured the public’s imagination, which was the whole purpose of the project,” she said.“The engagement through social media channels, which  of course is a growing way in which everyone communicates, has been an absolutely phenomenal.” Ms Chives’ comments come as meteorologists warned that the UK faces two weeks of severe weather, as Storm Doris gives rise to a ‘Black Thursday’ of snowdrifts and wind gales.The storm has already resulted in a schoolboy being hospitalised, after a falling tree hit him whilst he was walking home from school with a group of friends in Arnos Vale, Bristol.last_img read more

Schmidt to make decision on Ireland future by the end of the

first_img 30 Comments Friday 22 Jun 2018, 8:00 AM Schmidt to make decision on Ireland future by the end of the year The Kiwi is out of contract after the 2019 World Cup and plans to put his family first. By Murray Kinsella Jun 22nd 2018, 2:52 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share14 Tweet Email2 21,147 Views Murray Kinsella reports from SydneyJOE SCHMIDT SAYS he plans to make a decision by the end of this year on whether or not to extend his contract as Ireland’s head coach.Schmidt’s current deal brings him through until the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan and with the IRFU hoping he will remain in charge beyond that, the New Zealander will have an important decision to make. Schmidt has a big decision ahead. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHORegarded as one of the finest coaches in the game, Schmidt’s services will be in high demand elsewhere again but he says his family will come first in any decision he makes.Schmidt insisted that he hasn’t given the decision any great thought just yet and won’t concentrate on doing so until after this year’s November Tests.“That is a long way away,” said Schmidt in Sydney yesterday. “Some of that stuff will probably, by the end of this year I’d say, there will be some clear direction there because for the entire following year I am still in situ unless I get sacked.“You just never take anything for granted. You can be flavour of the week one week and then things can turn around very quickly.“I take nothing for granted but I have been lucky enough to do the job for as long as I have and I have really enjoyed the people I have worked with. One of the misconceptions is that a head coach has a major influence.“I would like to think I have a degree of influence but I have a great coaching team and that includes Jason Cowman and the strength and conditioning department and the medical team.“I think Ireland are really lucky. Conor [Murray] mentioned earlier that the coaches manage the players well but the medical people have managed them well as well. It is a really nicely oiled machine to be part of and I have benefitted from that massively.“I would say I will try and get through the November series. That was announced recently and it will be quite exciting for us, obviously with the All Blacks coming, Argentina and the USA, with USA on the back of their first Tier one scalp [since 1924], and we’re away to Italy in Chicago which has some really special memories for us. Schmidt at Ireland training this week in sunny Sydney. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“That is a really nice group of games and then following that, one of the few times of the year our family manages to get together is Christmas and we will make a decision after that, I would say.”Schmidt and wife Kellie have four children, three of whom live in Dublin, with one of their daughters back in New Zealand, where Schmidt’s mother also lives.The Ireland head coach stressed that his family would be the most important factor in weighing up his next move.“I think that has got to be a priority for anyone in a job because I am kept pretty happy, pretty easily, being able to work with the quality of the people that I work with, so from that perspective, it is incredibly positive,” said Schmidt.“My family obviously extends beyond my immediate family, and there is some lingering doubt about being so far away, but I tend to be able to get back once a year and that is a pretty precious time to get back and enjoy the rest of the family. Yeah, it is one of those things, any time I have thought about it, I have stopped myself thinking about it.“I have said ‘Yeah, just get on with the job in hand and when you get to the end of November, give yourself a couple of weeks not to linger too much over it, but just to make a decision.’“There will be times when I lapse and think about it briefly and I think that is important as well, just so I can try to be definitive when the time comes.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: Short URL The Rugby Show: Reaction to team news as Ireland aim to win first Aussie series since 1979Ref review: How did the match officials do in Ireland’s win over the Wallabies?last_img read more

Gribilas family set up charity to honour daughter

first_imgIn times of tragedy, small acts of kindness are remembered for a lifetime. That’s why Kostas and Poppy Gribilas felt the need to give back, after their eight-month-old daughter Konstantina passed away.The couple have set up “The Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Foundation” this week, and will be hosting a fundraising event next March to raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Intensive care Unit at Randwick Hospital.The couple are now in the process of setting up the foundation’s logistics and are in talks with solicitors to get everything underway as soon as possible.They felt the need to give back despite such tragic circumstances after they were helped so much by the staff at Randwick Hospital.“They were amazing, I can’t thank them enough,” Poppy Gribilas tells Neos Kosmos. “They went above and beyond trying to save my girl.” Konstantina went into hospital on September 14 in 2013 after Poppy and Kosta were worried their little girl was getting dehydrated while teething.“My baby had no sickness and we were always making sure that she was having a checkup,” Poppy says.“She was teething, and when babies are teething they don’t eat properly, so we thought she was dehydrated and we took her straight to the hospital. “Within 48 hours we lost her.”Konstantina had heart complications, and wasn’t able to hold on. The family is no stranger to heart conditions. Although not linked to Konstantina’s case, her father Kosta received a lifesaving heart transplant in 2008 from Doujon Zammit, a 20-year-old Australian killed by a bouncer while on holiday in Greece.With the knowledge of her husband’s condition, Poppy was beyond cautious during her pregnancy to ensure that her baby was healthy.“With my husband’s history, when I was pregnant I was getting tests done, I was getting double and triple checks, making sure everything was ok,” she says.“She was healthy. There was no sign, no nothing.”The family still doesn’t have all the answers. They have undergone various genetic testing and all tests have come back clear. They are still looking to find out more on how their little angel died. The charity is a way to at least deal with their grief in a constructive way. The couple says they want to branch out and support more worthwhile charities after their March event.“Whether it’s for a nursing home, whether it’s for homeless people; wherever there’s a need that’s where the money will go,” Poppy says. Heartbreakingly, the couple runs a Christening business in Sydney, where the memory of their daughter is never too far away. Poppy says Konstantina would come to work with them every day and even had a little play room out the back.“She was always happy, she was always laughing,” Poppy says. “We were so lucky that we had her here with us, she was just the most perfect little baby.”It’s through the help of their friends and family, taking over the business and dealing with customers, that the couple was able to stay on their own two feet and grieve in peace. Seeing them back at work today is a testament to their spirit. “As painful as it is, it’s the least we can do,” Poppy says. “With gods strength we get out of bed. We put on our mask and we go to work.”The couple are seeking for sponsors to take part in the March fundraising event for the Sydney Children’s Intensive care Unit at Randwick Hospital and say tickets will be on sale soon. For more information, visit the foundation’s facebook page at Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mediator Roselyne Bachelot dit avoir agi dans les temps

first_imgMediator : Roselyne Bachelot dit avoir agi dans les tempsL’ancienne ministre de la Santé s’est exprimée ce matin à propos du Mediator, médicament qui aurait causé la mort de plus de 500 personnes en France. Roselyne Bachelot a assuré avoir agi dans les temps pour le retirer du marché.Le Mediator crée la polémique depuis plusieurs semaines maintenant. Les autorités sanitaires sont sur la sellette. Selon plusieurs études, ce médicament destiné aux personnes diabétiques et aussi utilisé comme coupe-faim, aurait causé la mort de 500 personnes dans l’Hexagone depuis sa commercialisation en 1976. Il a été retiré du marché français en 2009 seulement, alors que d’autres pays comme les Etats-Unis ou l’Espagne l’avaient interdit bien avant.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Invitée ce matin chez RTL, Roselyne Bachelot, l’ancienne ministre de la Santé, s’est défendue sur ce dossier. Elle explique qu’au moment où elle était ministre (entre mai 2007 et novembre 2010), un premier signalement a été fait, mais seulement “à la fin de 2008”. L’Afssaps procède alors à des études “immédiatement”, selon elle. Des études qui, au premier semestre 2009, vont “permettre de détecter 40 cas liés au benfluorex”. Roselyne Bachelot se défend : “La commission de pharmaco-vigilance se réunit et la commission d’autorisation de mise sur le marché prononce le retrait en novembre 2009 (…). La séquence, pour ce qui concerne ce qui s’est passé durant ma fonction de ministre de la Santé est assez brève, de quelques mois”.De nouvelles enquêtes permettront de savoir si le processus a été trop lent, comme plusieurs personnes le dénoncent. Ainsi, le Parti socialiste a obtenu la création d’une mission d’information parlementaire, et un rapport de l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales, commandé par le nouveau ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand, doit être rendu le 15 janvier.Le 15 décembre 2010 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE pays tribute to Hall of Famer Pedro Morales Bret Hart pays

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Network to stream documentary about lost match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee Twitter Jerry Lawler sues Hardeman County for $3 Million over death of his son Brian Lawler center_img WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart set to appear at the SummerSlam meet and greet Facebook WWE has posted a video tribute (above) to the late Pedro Morales.Morales passed away on Tuesday at the age of 76. Morales, WWE’s first ever Triple Crown Winner, had been battling Parkinson’s disease in recent years.Bret Hart pays respects to MoralesWWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart posted the following about Morales.Goodbye to a great friend. One of the kindest, wisest wrestlers I ever knew. When I first started in WWE, he told me: “You can’t stop talent.” I followed those words for the rest of my career. RIP Pedro Morales— Bret Hart (@BretHart) February 13, 2019 Google+last_img read more

State Auditor releases report on San Diego Countys handling of the Hepatitis

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- It was one of the worst hepatitis A outbreaks the nations had seen in decades and it happened in San Diego. Thursday, the State of California will release its findings on how well or poorly San Diego dealt with the outbreak.Background information of the report is included and it reads, “In early March 2017, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced a detected increase in hepatitis A cases. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. In adults, hepatitis A presents with flu‑like symptoms, including fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite, and it can also cause jaundice, a condition that turns a person’s skin or whites of the eyes yellow. Once infected, most people fully recover and develop life‑long immunity. However, in rare cases, hepatitis A causes liver failure and death. On March 10, 2017, HHSA issued a health advisory to the San Diego medical community that an outbreak of hepatitis A was occurring and that it was disproportionately affecting two primary populations: individuals experiencing homelessness (the homeless population) and individuals who use illegal drugs (the illicit drug‑using population). HHSA stated in the health advisory that 19 cases of hepatitis A had occurred in the county of San Diego (county) from November 2016 through early March 2017, more than double the seven or eight cases that the county expected for that period.”Furthermore, the California State Auditor, Elaine M. Howle, wrote the following letter to the Governor of California and Legislative leaders about the report:The Governor of CaliforniaPresident pro Tempore of the SenateSpeaker of the AssemblyState CapitolSacramento, California 95814Dear Governor and Legislative Leaders:As requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the California State Auditor presents this audit report regarding the response to the 2017–18 hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County (county) and the city of San Diego (city). This report concludes that the county, which is responsible for the area’s public health matters, took steps to understand the increasing number of reported hepatitis A cases, determine the necessary interventions to contain the outbreak, and identify the characteristics and size of the at‑risk populations. However, the county failed to include critical details in planning its response such as identifying the number of vaccinations it would administer, the timelines for administering them, and the resources—primarily, nursing staff—needed to carry out the vaccination program. As a result, the county did not accelerate vaccination efforts until September and October 2017. Had the county hastened its vaccination efforts, it may have more quickly reduced the risk of the disease’s spread, which grew to include 584 reported hepatitis A cases, 398 hospitalizations and 20 deaths by the end of January 2018.Although the county also identified multiple sanitation measures that could address the outbreak, neither it nor the city promptly implemented all of them. For instance, despite conversations between the county and city as early as June 2017, neither began fully implementing measures related to hand‑washing stations, public restroom access, and street sanitation until September 2017 and only after the county’s health officer issued a directive telling the city it had to take action on the sanitation measures. The county health officer did not issue the directive earlier because the county wanted to work with the city first before it resorted to mandating compliance.Finally, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the county, and the city have identified changes to improve their response efforts to future incidents, but room for improvement remains. For example, CDPH created guidance for responding to future hepatitis A incidents, but this guidance omits two critical steps: establishing time frames to achieve target vaccination rates and determining the number of nurses or other resources needed to administer the vaccinations within those time frames. Furthermore, the county acknowledged that it would have been appropriate to include leadership from affected local jurisdictions in a policy group to manage their response, and it has drafted—but not yet finalized—policies related to activating such cooperation in future threats to public health. The city has issued its own report about its response to the incident; however, its analysis was limited to only the time during which the local health emergency was in effect—September 2017 through January 2018. By not also assessing its actions before the local health emergency declaration, the city missed an opportunity to address issues that contributed to delays in implementing sanitation measures.Respectfully submitted,ELAINE M. HOWLE, CPACalifornia State AuditorA full summary of the report, and additional information can be found here.The City of San Diego issued a statement about State Auditor on response to Hepatitis A outbreak, it is pasted below:A state audit was released today about the region’s response to last year’s Hepatitis A public health emergency. The report included nine recommendations, two of which were directed to the City of San Diego. In response to the report, Chief Operating Officer Kris Michell issued the following statement:“Audits are an important way to analyze how government is working, and can lead to improvements that make government better. We appreciate the extensive review the State Auditor did in looking at the region’s response to the severe Hepatitis A outbreak last year.” “We agree with the recommendations, particularly that the City and County should strengthen their relationship as it relates to responding to regional emergencies. We look forward to working in partnership with the County on this recommendation.” Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 19, 2018 State Auditor releases report on San Diego County’s handling of the Hepatitis A outbreakcenter_img Updated: 11:11 AM December 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Rolling Stone Rolls Dice on Restaurant Business

first_imgMove over Hard Rock Café. Watch out Planet Hollywood. A music magazine is leaping off the printed page into the frying pan.Rolling Stone founder/editor/publisher Jann S. Wenner announced late last week a partnership with the principals of real estate developer the Lucky Rug Group to launch a 10,000 square-foot restaurant/bar/lounge/private event space next summer at Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Highland Center—situated along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and home to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre. Details were sparse concerning the forthcoming mega venue’s food menu and drink list but Wenner, et al., said it would feature “exposed black brick, tufted leather and vaulted ceilings throughout the location, as well as a stunning antique iron staircase.” There won’t be any music industry memorabilia (read:  bric-a-brac) like you see plastered all over the walls at a Hard Rock, though. “We are both excited and determined to bring the spirit of the magazine to life—the edginess, the coolness, the classiness and the timelessness—in making this venue a place to see and be seen,” Lucky Rug Group co-owner and Rolling Stone stakeholder Niall Donnelly said in the announcement.Cool? Edgy? Sure, it’s had its moments, but those aren’t words I’d necessarily associate with the granddaddy of music magazines, at least not for the last several years.At any rate, getting into the restaurant businesses for anyone is, well, risky businesses. Planet Hollywood, for instance, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a number of times.  The Rolling Stone brand, though, seems like a strong enough platform from which to launch a restaurant/bar project. It’s recognized across ages, gender and music preference. And, besides, Rolling Stone isn’t the only print magazine business that’s rolling the dice on branded venues.  Maybe I’ll check out the new restaurant some night, but only if Wenner’s working the bar.last_img read more

Content Subscription Site NSFW Corp Expanding into Print

first_imgPaul Carr, a former TechCrunch writer, is prepping a relaunch of his NSFW Corp., a subscription-based content site featuring a comedic spin on current and world events that he launched last year.The launch touched a nerve among media watchers, much like Andrew Sullivan has more recently done with his subscription-only site The Dish, mainly because it aims to thrive only on reader revenues, no advertising, on a small-market niche scale. Throughout, Carr has been loudly vocal about his company’s seemingly against-the-grain strategies. From a recent blog post:  “Our entire business is an anachronism. A  throwback to old media. An attempt to cling on to a bygone era where news organisations would maintain newsrooms, from which editors would send journalists off to far-flung locations, to spend weeks or months reporting a story that may or may not ever be published. And where those stories that do make it to press are first subjected to a barrage of fact-checking, copy editing, art directing and re-editing — before being locked behind a paywall marked “KEEP OUT, SUBSCRIBERS ONLY!”He’s delighted in showing how a digital media company can succeed using old-media strategies. Indeed, NSFW’s content is, more often than not, long-form investigative content. Carr cites a story during the election cycle that involved renting a house for a reporter to live in Salt Lake City and report on local residents’ impressions of Mitt Romney. “They can be heavily embedded, heavily personal stories about real subjects where we send real reporters to real places,” he says.The company has also raised between $600,000 and $750,000 in venture capital, mainly from VegasTechFund, which was started by the Zappos founders. Along the way, the company has experimented with ways to draw more subscriptions. The porous paywall approach—allowing some content outside the wall for free—didn’t work, he says, and only served to deprogram visitors to the whole paid content concept. “It didn’t work because people were just happy with what they had. We had to set up that expectation that this is a high-quality piece of writing and you should pay for it.” What has worked better is a content unlocking feature that allows current subscribers to unlock up to 10 articles a month, giving them 48 hours to share and push out a story for free. That story acts as a lure back to the site and a potential subscription conversion. Once the 48 hours are up, the link stops working. Subscribers whose shared links end up converting new paid readers are given credits for free subscription months. The company also shunned the practice of allowing writers access to their own traffic numbers, or incentivizing them through those metrics. Carr argues that tactic only serves to dumb down the content, training writers to prioritize numbers over good writing. “We tell them to just do good work and we’ll worry about the business side,” he says. There is no commenting feature, either. “Comments are not community,” says Carr. “That’s just for trolls and dickheads who can’t read past three lines.”Engagement and a sense of community  are nevertheless important elements, and Carr points to NSFW’s “Desknotes” feature that allows subscribers to witness behind-the-scenes editorial planning meetings and discussions. Using the Yammer platform, Carr says there was a lot of content going back and forth between writers and editors that potentially had value for readers—story pitches, the edit discussions surrounding those and the thrill of eavesdropping on the process. In the company’s latest iteration, slated to launch on March 25th,  some of those old-media qualities are taking on an even greater prominence. A smaller-run print magazine will be added to the product bundle. Print, argues Carr, makes a fitting format for NSFW’s longer-form content. A lengthy blog post from Carr explains why they’ve made the choice for print, but it boils down to product expansion, a fitting format for longer-form content and a convenient companion to a series of ebooks that will also launch. “The economics of print are perfectly fine as along as you’re not trying to do a newsstand celebrity magazine,” he says.Customers can subscribe to the magazine for $7 a month, which includes access to the website. All of the stories in print will be original. The initial print run will be capped at 5,000 subscriptions due to logistics and the strategy’s proof-of-concept approach. So far, Carr says NSFW Corp. has passed 3,000 subscribers paying $3 per month, a benchmark it reached several months ago. About 30 percent of those subscribers have converted to an advance offer for the print/digital bundle. A non-subscriber offer will go out starting next week. “If everything continues with no nasty surprises, we’ll be profitable by the end of the year,” says Carr.last_img read more