Alabama Opens for Amnesty Applications on July 1

first_imgThe 2018 Alabama tax amnesty application period opens on July 1, 2018. It runs through September 30, 2018. The Department of Revenue has launched a website for the program.Alabama created the program in legislation enacted earlier in 2018.Taxes Eligible for AmnestyThe program applies either:to taxes  due before January 1, 2017; orfor tax periods that began before January 1, 2017.Most taxes administered by the department are eligible for the program. Motor fuel, motor vehicle, and property taxes are not eligible.The eligible taxes include, but are not limited to:corporate and individual income;business privilege;financial institution excise;sales;consumers use;sellers use; andwithholding.Taxpayers Who Don’t QualifyThe program is not available to any taxpayer who:was contacted by the department for tax reasons within the last two years; oris under criminal investigation, or in litigation, for nonpayment of tax, delinquency, or fraud.Applying for Tax AmnestyTaxpayers must submit all applications electronically through the Alabama tax amnesty website. The website also provides information taxpayers may need on the program and answers to frequently asked questions.Tax Relief ProvidedThe program waives all interest and penalties associated with the tax periods for which amnesty is granted.Subscribers can read the department’s news release at https://revenue.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/180511_REL_TaxAmnestyWebsite.pdf.News Release, Alabama Department of Revenue, May 11, 2018Login 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

Pennsylvania Includes Satellite TV Provider’s Receipts in Sales Factor Based on Subscriber Location

first_imgA satellite television provider was required to include:– satellite equipment in its property factor based on location of subscribers; and– receipts from sales of broadcast satellite television services in its sales factor based on subscriber location.The taxpayer owned membership interests in three single-member limited liability companies (LLCs) owning property in Pennsylvania. Through one of the LLCs, the taxpayer provided direct broadcast satellite television services to customers in Pennsylvania.Are Satellites Included in the Property Factor?Pennsylvania performed an audit and adjusted the taxpayer’s property factor. The auditor included a portion of the satellite values from the taxpayer’s federal return. The amounts were assigned to Pennsylvania based on the ratio of Pennsylvania subscription fees to subscription fees everywhere. The amounts were included because satellites were:– owned by the taxpayer; and– used in Pennsylvania to provide satellite television service.Where Did the Income-Producing Activity Occur?The taxpayer had to include the sales of providing satellite service in its sales factor. The taxpayer failed to show that the greater portion of its income-producing activities were preformed outside Pennsylvania, based on the costs of performance. The taxpayer argued that the majority of the cost of providing satellite television services to its customers occurred in Wyoming, Arizona and Colorado. The taxpayer’s primary uplink equipment and corporate headquarters were located in those three states.However, the uplink satellite equipment and satellite based transponders were costs of providing a service for sale. Additionally, Pennsylvania determined that the cost of receiving equipment leased to customers and the cost of maintaining Pennsylvania service locations constituted costs of income-producing activities.In Re: Dish DBS Corp., Docket No. 1713444, Board of Finance and Revenue, May 14, 2018, ¶204-654Login 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

Ricky Ponting urges Steve Smith to bat at No.3

first_imgForrmer Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Monday urged incoming Test captain Steve Smith to shelve consideration of dropping down the batting order, adding the right-hander has the technique to thrive at No.3 despite his failure in the past two Ashes Tests.Australia were beaten 1-3 by England in the ongoing Ashes series with a match still to go in the five-match series. The final Test will begin on August 20.Smith will take over the Test captaincy from Michael Clarke after the Ashes series.Smith said he would mull a move back to No.4 when he takes charge of the team in Bangladesh in October, depending on the batsmen alongside him in the team.Ponting strongly counselled him against it, just as he did with Michael Clarke. Also read: Paul Collingwood credits captain Alastair Cook for Ashes win”I firmly believe that as Australia’s new captain Steven Smith should continue batting at No.3 once he takes on the role,” Ponting was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”I know there have been a few people saying that he’s not a long-term option in that position based on what they have seen in this Ashes series, but I definitely think it is where he should bat from here on.”Ponting said he was confident Smith’s unconventional technique, which involves him habitually moving across his stumps at the point of delivery, was conducive to batting at No.3, which demands an ability to handle the new ball in case of an early wicket.”England took note of how dominant he was in that game (at Lord’s cricket ground when he scored 215) and also how much he was moving across his crease. They have bowled wider and wider to him across the series, and if he’s going to persist with that pronounced pre-movement, it will probably continue against most of the bowling attacks Steve faces,” he said.advertisementSince that 215-run innings in the second Test, the 26-year-old has notched single-figure scores in his four Test innings and fell for a duck in Australia’s weekend tour match against Northamptonshire.”He spends hour upon hour in the nets hitting balls. But now he may have to start thinking about how to look a little more at everyone else during these sessions without sacrificing his own preparations,” Ponting said.last_img read more

Virat Kohli thrilled with Ravichandran Ashwin, the new batting star

first_imgVirat Kohli has been gutsy since he took over the reins of Test captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Australia two years back.  With a no-nonsense attitude, Kohli has not been afraid to take risks and push for results. (Match Scorecard)The main ingredient of Virat Kohli’s success recipe has been the five-bowler theory.  However, with doubts over opener Shikhar Dhawan’s batting form and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha’s ability to score big, Kohli was asked if he would stick to fielding five specialist bowlers before the start of the ongoing series. (Kohli, Ashwin script India’s biggest Test win outside Asia)Now, after the Antigua Test, Kohli will have no second thoughts persisting with his master strategy thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin, who came up with an all-round effort to hand India their biggest Test win outside Asia. (This is how all-round Ashwin derailed the West Indies in first Test)’ASHWIN HAS BELIEVED IN HIS ABILITY’ Kohli, who was elated after his side crushed the West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in the series opener, heaped praise on his go-to-man Ashwin. The No. 1-ranked all-rounder scored a solid 113 in the first innings and followed it up with a match-winning seven-wicket haul in the second.  (Have a look at India’s biggest win outside Asia) “Ashwin is good enough with his batting skills to bat at No. 6. Whenever the team has struggled outside Asia as well he has believed in his batting ability and has counter attacked.”Ashwin played a brilliant innings down the order. Someone like Ashwin coming in at No. 6 and scoring another hundred for us was wonderful,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Monday. (Also Read: Not surprised with my shot selection anymore, says R Ashwin after third Test ton)advertisementKOHLI’S MASTERSTROKE There were a few raised eyebrows when Ashwin walked into bat ahead of wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on the second day of the Test. The right-hand batsman joined Kohli after Ajinkya Rahane’s exit and went on to stitch a 168-run stand with his skipper.  (Also read: R Ashwin first Indian to score ton and take five-for in same Test, twice) Ashwin revealed that Kohli had informed him before the start of the second day’s play that he would batting ahead of Saha. Kohli deciphered the idea behind his masterstroke.”If we are playing five batsman, we wanted to deepen the batting order. That’s why we decided to keep Saha at No. 7.”Ashwin was a pure batsman before he became an off-spinner. He keeps working hard on his batting,” Kohli said.Ashwin carried his good form with the bat to get over his bowling nightmares in overseas conditions. After going wicketless in the first innings, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner made a spirited comeback in the second and sent seven West Indies batsman back to the pavilion.At one point on the fourth day, West Indies opener Rajendra Chandrika and Marlon Samuels were keeping the Indian bowlers at bay. However, Ashwin broke the 67-run stand and paved the way for the West Indies’ collapse. He stung the hosts by picking up five wickets in the post lunch session, including the one of captain Jason Holder. Again in the final session, when tail-enders Devendra Bishoo and Carlos Brathwaite were frustrating India with a 95-run ninth wicket-stand, Kohli turned to Ashwin and the off-spinner replied his captain’s call in style.  “It’s wonderful to have someone like Ashwin, who can contribute with both the bat and ball, in the squad,” Kohli said.Notably, Dhoni struggled to get his team compositions right on overseas tours and the results were there to be seen. But Kohli, with able guidance from coach Anil Kumble, has taken the first step towards overseas supremacy.last_img read more

Red Bull roll back the years with Singapore form

first_imgRed Bull rekindled memories of their pomp at the Singapore Grand Prix, but team driver Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t expect a three-way tussle at the top in Formula One just yet.The Milton Keynes-based outfit went into the weekend with their sights set squarely on victory, as the tight twists of the 23-turn Marina Bay street circuit played to their strengths.Ricciardo couldn’t quite pull off the triumph he had been coveting, instead finishing second for the third year in a row, while team mate Max Verstappen was wiped out in a first-corner crash within seconds of the start.But Red Bull, who won four straight drivers’ and constructors’ titles at the turn of the decade, did find a purple patch of form around the Singapore track reminiscent of their glory years.Ricciardo topped both sessions on the opening day of track action before Verstappen dislodged the Australian during Saturday’s final hour of practice in the build up to qualifying. (Lewis Hamilton takes big step towards fourth Formula One title)Reuters PhotoThe Dutch 19-year-old also topped the opening two phases of qualifying and would have been Formula One’s youngest ever pole-sitter but for a sensational lap by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.”Coming here, I really felt the package we were coming with (a win) was a realistic goal of ours that we thought we could achieve,” said Ricciardo, who was targeting a dominant weekend for Red Bull.”(I’m) A little bit disappointed to miss out on a win, but I’ve still got to be pretty grateful and happy with another podium,” the ever-smiling Australian, who has finished in the top three on seven occasions this year, added.advertisementFormula One next heads to Malaysia, where Ricciardo led Verstappen in a one-two last year, after Lewis Hamilton retired his Mercedes from a comfortable lead with a blown engine.But while Red Bull — who had been expected to be Mercedes’ closest challengers this season — have made progress after a slow start to the year, Ricciardo feels the form they showed in Singapore is a one-off for now.The 28-year-old, who scored the team’s most recent triumph at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June, remains confident however of scoring at least one more victory before the season ends in Abu Dhabi in six races’ time.”I think we can be podium cars, probably Malaysia, Japan, Austin,” said Ricciardo.”But yeah, we might need some alternate conditions to really give us raw pace to fight for a win.”last_img read more

Catalan Gerard Pique jeered by fans at Spain training session

first_imgBarcelona’s Catalan defender Gerard Pique was targeted by angry Spain fans on Monday as he took part in an open training session with the national team the day after the Catalonia independence referendum that was declared illegal by the Government.Centre-back Pique, who voted in the referendum and has criticised police violence against voters which resulted in hundreds of injuries, has long been targeted by Spain fans but Monday’s barrage of insults was particularly severe.Spain supporters at the Las Rozas training facility in Madrid jeered, whistled and chanted at Pique to leave the team, who are preparing for two World Cup qualifiers, brandishing banners carrying insults aimed at him.Spanish media reported that police confiscated some of the banners, including one which described Pique as “sickening”.(Reuters Photo)”The behaviour of Gerard has been exceptional,” coach Julen Lopetegui told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.”I wanted to see how he was and I saw he was motivated and enthusiastic. He’s well and fired up, if it were not like that he wouldn’t be with me.”However Lopetegui defended the decision to hold the training session in public, adding: “It would have been an error to train behind closed doors. The fans have the right to express themselves.”I know the situation is unpleasant, but I ask people for a little reason and sanity.”Pique, 30, said on Sunday he would leave the national team if asked to by Lopetegui or the RFEF (Spanish FA).He has already announced that he will retire from international duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having grown tired of being criticised by Spain supporters.advertisementPique has played 91 times for his country and was a member of the squad that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.Group G leaders Spain, three points clear of second-placed Italy, are aiming to seal a place at the finals in qualifiers at home to Albania on Oct. 6 and away to Israel three days later.last_img read more

LAMERE’S 20 YEAR BATTLE TO BAN WHITECLAY BEER SALES ENDS SUCCESSFULLY

first_imgThe Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected an effort to resume beer sales in the village of Whiteclay, which is across the border from the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.The Lakota Tribe has been plagued by alcohol problems.The court’s ruling upholds an April decision by state regulators not to renew the licenses of four beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska.Winnebago Tribe member Frank LaMere of South Sioux City has spent 20 years trying to stop beer sales at Whiteclay.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WHITECLAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..remain sovereign. :20The Nebraska stores have sold the equivalent of about 3.5 million cans of beer annually in the village of nine residents next to the reservation, where alcohol is banned.LaMere says on his trips to Whiteclay, he has seen tribal members panhandle, fight and pass out on sidewalks.The area is rated among the most impoverished in North America:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WHITECLAY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….changing today. ;20LaMere adds that while he is happy with the Supreme Court decision, the work is just beginning and decades of alcohol abuse will affect generations to come:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WHITECLAY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………undo that. ;22LaMere says he will ask Governor Pete Ricketts to establish a cold case unit to investigate unsolved murders in the Whiteclay area.LaMere says there is also a need for expanded detox treatment centers to help tribal members suffering from alcohol addiction.last_img read more

Moyes reveals Fabregas came close to Man Utd move

first_imgTransfers ‘If I don’t start that game I’ll join you!’ – Moyes reveals just how close Fabregas came to Man Utd move Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 15:15 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Liverpool v Manchester United Chelsea Real Madrid Premier League Gareth Bale The Spanish midfielder, then at Barcelona, was one of the Scot’s top targets at Old Trafford, along with Gareth Bale, prior to his move to Real Madrid David Moyes has revealed he came close to landing Cesc Fabregas during his time at Manchester United, while he also had conversations with Gareth Bale over a move to Old Trafford.Bale, still at Tottenham at the time, was also a target for Real Madrid during the summer of 2013, while Fabregas was unsure over his long-term future at Barcelona.The pair were targeted by Moyes as he attempted to stamp his authority on the United team he had inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson, with United attempting to foil Real’s protracted attempts to acquire the Welshman, and also secure the signature of Fabregas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Man Utd 17/10 to get the better of LiverpoolMoyes has now revealed that he spoke with both players, with Fabregas pledging to join if he was left out of the Barcelona starting XI on the first day of the season. Unfortunately for the Scot, the Spain international started, though he eventually moved to Chelsea just a year later.Cesc Fabregas Eden Hazard Chelsea“I spoke to Gareth Bale a couple of times. He had his heart set on going to Real Madrid, we tried to change it,” he told BBC Radio Five Live. “We tried to convince him but we couldn’t do so. We offered more money to Tottenham at that time.”Cesc Fabregas, who I spoke to on the phone several times, was not sure of his place in the Barcelona team. I remember him saying to me ‘if I don’t start the first game at Barcelona then I’ll definitely be looking to join you’ and he started the first game at Barcelona.”So it’s small things, you’re waiting on happening. But I don’t want it to sound like hard luck stories because there were other players, but those were the two who looked to me like Manchester United players.”Moyes ended up signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton, and was sacked 10 months after taking the United job, with the club unable to qualify for the Champions League.last_img read more

Huge Return for Nova Scotia on Film and Television Investment

first_imgInvestments in seven new film and television projects will mean work for hundreds of people and millions of dollars for the provincial economy. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation announced today, June 24, equity investments of $700,000 in three television specials and four television series. The productions will generate over $7 million in direct spending and spin-off activity in Nova Scotia. The seven projects have combined budgets of $12.7 million. “Investments like these make sense for the economy and the industry,” said Ernest Fage, minister responsible for the film development corporation. “Our film industry has grown to involve thousands of creative, dependable people. Their efforts are helping to make Nova Scotia better known and more attractive to new business, immigrants and tourists.” Television specials being funded by the corporation this year include a documentary on the history of the UFO and a performing-arts variety program. The third special is a musical about small-town Canada at Christmas set in Mabou, Inverness Co. Among the television series being funded are an animated program about three young-adult roommates, a local drama series and vignettes that answer kids’ questions about the weather. A development loan has been awarded to a documentary about the Arctic traveller who solved the mystery of the doomed Franklin expedition. “Our development loans are investments in future film-production activity, while the equity investments promote productions that will be filmed this year,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the corporation. “Our programs are built to support the industry today and well into the future.” The corporation also approved a sponsorship grant to the Atlantic Film Festival. Now in its 25th year, the festival’s attendance continues to grow. “The corporation has been standing behind the Atlantic Film Festival for a long time. We are pleased to see the event reach such a significant milestone,” said Ms. MacKenzie. “This year is going to be one of the best ever.” “The corporation’s commitment to the Atlantic Film Festival is vital to its continued growth, as we work to become one of the top annual cultural events in Atlantic Canada and a major international event,” said Gregor Ash, executive director of the film festival. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the minister of economic development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually. For more information on the corporation and its programs and services see the website at www.film.ns.ca .last_img read more

Stand Up Against Bullying Day

first_imgStudents across the province are wearing pink today, Sept. 10, as they mark the second annual Stand Up Against Bullying Day. “Bullying is unacceptable in our schools,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “I want any student who is being bullied to know that you are not alone. Please tell a parent, a teacher, a counsellor, vice-principal or principal. “If you know of a fellow student who is being bullied, become part of the solution. Tell a parent, a teacher, a counsellor or your school administrator about it.” Stand Up Against Bullying Day is marked on the second Thursday in September. Schools across the province hold anti-bullying events and students wear pink. The inspiration for Stand Up Against Bullying Day came from the actions of two Grade 12 students from Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge, Kings Co., Travis Price and David Shepherd, who rallied behind a new student to the school who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt. They brought pink shirts to school and handed them out to classmates to wear in solidarity with the new student. Their efforts sparked similar initiatives around the world, and wear pink has become the symbol and slogan of the anti-bullying movement.last_img read more

Toronto school board votes to end having officers stationed in schools

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto District School Board has voted to permanently end the practice of having police officers stationed in high schools.There was loud applause when the result of a vote to scrap the School Resources Officer Program was announced on Wednesday night.“We’re not saying we don’t want to have a relationship with the police, but we just won’t want armed police officers in our school every day,” school board chairwoman Robin Pilkey told reporters after the vote.Toronto school district staff recommended removing officers from schools after a survey of students, staff and parents found that the police presence left some teens feeling intimidated or uncomfortable.The program, which was suspended at the start of the school year, saw police officers stationed at 45 high schools in the district to try to improve safety and perceptions of police.It began in 2008 after 15-year-old Jordan Manners was shot and killed at C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute.A majority of the students surveyed for the school district report said that having an officer in school made them feel safer, but the more than two-thousand students who said they felt uncomfortable with a police presence was enough to justify the decision, Pilkey said.“We have to reflect that two-thousand students are a significant number of students to not listen to,” said Pilkey.However, a handful of trustees opposed ending the program, with one complaining that the decision is being made based on surveys rather than hard facts about whether the program has been a success or failure.“It’s very unsatisfactory for us to make a decision as important as this without data, we have opinion but not data,” Gerri Gershon told the board meeting, adding that the school district should not walk away from improving relations between police and students.“This is a horrible pun, but I think this is a big cop out,” she said.last_img read more

Elizabeth Banks Honored At March Of Dimes Celebration Of Babies

first_imgMarch Of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, raised a record $1.1 million at their 9th annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon event last weeks at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.Elizabeth Banks accepts the 2014 March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award from Steve CarellCredit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/2014 Getty ImagesThe 2014 honorees were actor/filmmaker Elizabeth Banks, who was presented with the March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award and Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000 who was named the March of Dimes Inspiring Woman of the Year. Additionally, Dr. James Byrne and Herman L. Hedriana M.D. were honored for their medical contributions to the cause. Celebration of Babies is chaired by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, and his wife Joi Horowitz, as well as producer Wyck Godfrey and his wife Mary Kerr.The March of Dimes Celebration of Babies event brings together and recognizes celebrities and prominent individuals in the entertainment community who are celebrating the recent birth of a child and are role models for the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by helping moms have full-term pregnancies, with the goal that one day all babies will be born healthy.Actor and filmmaker Elizabeth Banks received the 2014 March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award, which recognizes role-model celebrity parents who share the organization’s commitment to healthy pregnancies and families. The award was presented by actor Steve Carell.“It’s an honor to be recognized by the March of Dimes with the Grace Kelly Award,” said Banks. “As a mother, you realize very early on when you’re holding your baby that your greatest wish for them is that they are happy and healthy. For more than 75 years, March of Dimes has been helping moms take charge of their health and helping families in the face of premature birth and birth defects. I’m proud to support March of Dimes in their ongoing commitment to healthy pregnancies and families.”Elizabeth Gabler, President of Fox 2000, was honored as the March of Dimes 2014 Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother.“March of Dimes research, education, and advocacy is critical aspect of building a world of healthier mothers and babies,” said Gabler. “Each year in the United States, four million babies are born and the March of Dimes mission work has touched every single one of them. I’m thrilled to be honored as their Inspiring Woman of the Year and to represent working moms everywhere.”Actor and March of Dimes Mission Dad Chris Pratt shared his story of prematurity with the assembled crowd and debuted a new March of Dimes informational video for which he provided the voice-over.Jason Bateman served as master of ceremonies for the exclusive luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Other celebrities in attendance were: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers); Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything); Emily Blunt (Into the Woods); John Krasinski (The Hollars); actor/director Ron Howard; actress/singer Selena Gomez; Alyssa Milano; Phoebe Tonkin; and, Shanola Hampton (Shameless); among many others.President of Universal Pictures Jimmy Horowitz and producer Wyck Godfrey served as Celebration of Babies event chairs, alongside their wives, Joi Horowitz and Mary Kerr.“Honoring Elizabeth Banks and Elizabeth Gabler was a dream come true for everyone involved with Celebration of Babies and I’m thrilled March of Dimes was able to count on another year of generosity from Hollywood at this year’s luncheon,” said Horowitz. “As the parents of a premature baby, Joi and I know how vital the work of March of Dimes is and Celebration of Babies provides critical resources to continue their work on behalf of families and babies around the country.”Godfrey added, “This year’s honorees have long-been recognized for their talent and leadership in the entertainment business, but at this March of Dimes Celebration of Babies fundraiser we honor them for their dedication to family and community. I’m proud that our industry has been so quick to get involved in this important cause and I want to thank this year’s honorees and March of Dimes for their tireless efforts that make this special event possible.”Event co-chairs include: Gail Berman-Masters, Megan & Peter Chernin, Jordan & John Davis, Lee Gabler, Ann & Jim Gianopulos, Max Handelman, Nina Jacobson, Billy Lazarus & Brian Bumbery, Bryan Lourd, Kelly & Ron Meyer, Amanda & Arnon Milchan, Rebecca & Hutch Parker, Karen Rosenfelt & Ken Blancato, Alissa Vradenburg & Michael Sheresky and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.Host committee members include: Amanda Anka & Jason Bateman, Lauren & Jason Blum, Catherine & Marty Bowen, Kate & Paul Brooks, Christy Callahan & Jonathan Glickman, Liza Chasin & Matthew Velkes, Laura Dern, Risa & Cyril Drabinsky, Susanna Felleman & Erik Feig, Alex & Brad Fuller, Ashley & David Kramer, Donna Langley & Ramin Shamshiri, Francis Lawrence, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Julie & Marc Platt, Lisa & PJ Shapiro, Laura & Jeff Shell, Molly Sims & Scott Stuber, Nancy Utley, Dana Walden, Shailene Woodley, Jessica Kolstad and Carrie & Bill Zotti.March of Dimes has long-standing ties to the Hollywood community. Since its founding in 1938, supporters over the years have included Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Eddie Cantor, Grace Kelly, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Armstrong, to name a few.The 9th Annual Celebration of Babies is presented by Digital Domain and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Top UN officials strongly condemn deadly bombings in Baghdad

12 April 2007Top United Nations officials spoke out against the deadly attacks in Baghdad today, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on all Iraqi leaders to join forces to curb the violence and promote peace and stability. In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Ban said that he deplored the attack on the Iraqi Parliament, which reportedly killed several Parliamentarians and left many more wounded, “targeted Iraq’s elected officials and attempted to undermine one of the country’s sovereign institutions.”He urged the country’s leaders to “come together in a spirit of unity in order to stem the violence and work towards a more peaceful and stable Iraq.”Mr. Ban’s Special Representative to Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, also strongly condemned today’s attacks in Baghdad at the Iraqi Parliament as well as on the Al-Sarrafiya Bridge, calling on the country’s authorities to apprehend those behind the acts and bring them to justice.The bombings “constituted attacks on the symbols of Iraq’s proud history and hope for its future,” he said in a statement.Calling today’s acts “criminal,” Mr. Qazi said that they “demonstrated the horrors of wanton violence and the need for enhanced dialogue and national reconciliation.” read more

Former Sri Lankan diplomat convicted in UK

Gunasekara had claimed he survived on just £100 a month from his state pension after transferring all his wealth to his son. “He was prepared for the British taxpayers to subsidise his defence.”He asked for the Legal Service Commission to investigate ‘whether his legal representation order was obtained by fraud’.Gunasekara, who is married with two children and a prominent member of the United National Party, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a masseur at a well known high street gym and spa in Wimbledon this May. “When good character is relied upon in your case, it does help me to understand what sort of man you are.“What you did was really bad. To get yourself off the hook, and for no other reason, you accused this completely blameless sensible and conscientious woman of having stolen from her employer by keeping the money and getting more out of you by then offering you extra special services.”He said the woman masseur who worked as a beautician was “entirely respectable” as was the spa but Gunasekara made inappropriate remarks about her private life, asked her back to his hotel room, and then offered to read her palm as a means to get intimate with her.When that failed he offered her money but when his advances were rejected, he lunged at her.Judge Wide said: “It was obviously very, very upsetting for her. She fled from the room in high distress, pushing the panic button as she went.”Former Sri Lankan Ambassador Tudor Gunasekara was accused of “lying” to the Old Bailey and in his legal aid application about his wealth.The court heard despite claiming he only had a £100 a month to live off, he had £1,850 and $631 in cash, and £50 worth of traveller’s cheques when he was arrested for groping a masseur’s breast.Yet despite the sums readily at hand he pleaded poverty and got legal aid to fight his case.Gunasekara had travelled to the UK to visit his grandchildren when he groped the masseur’s breasts. In Sri Lankan he lives on a 25 acre estate complete with servants.Judge Wide QC exploded with rage when he learnt of the legal aid funding adding: “The British public would be appalled to know they are paying for this man’s costs – one of Sri Lanka’s leading successful businessmen and government minister and ambassador to Poland and he say’s he’s got no money.“I think it is a lie, I think it is one of a number of lies he told in this court.“Frankly I don’t think the British public should pay a penny to this.”As well as being ordered to pay £7,420 in fines, compensation and legal costs, with £15 victim’s surcharge, the country’s first ambassador to Poland, Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary was ordered to be placed on the sex offenders register.Speaking outside court Det Con Jamie McIntosh said: “The time the jury took is illustrative of the incredible defence he put forward.“The victim has been consistent and I am happy she can now move on and put this all behind her knowing justice has been done.“The Met Police take every allegation of sexual assault seriously and will investigate it thoroughly no matter what the social status of the suspect.” (The Telegraph) But Mr Griffiths added Gunasekara tried to blame the masseur saying “it was the therapist that made the improper proposal she could give him better service for an extra £50 on top of the already inflated figure he claimed she charged him at the beginning of the day before proceedings began.” Former Sri Lankan MP Tudor Gunasekara, 77, who said he was one of Sri Lanka’s leading businessmen, was fined at the Old Bailey (London) yesterday after being convicted of groping a masseur’s breast.But after he was found guilty of sexual assault, Judge Charles Wide QC ordered an investigation by the Legal Service Commission as to whether the former ambassador to Poland committed fraud. He claimed he had paid £100 for a foot massage to relieve the pain in his foot because of the diabetes he suffered from for the last quarter of a century but the woman began giving him a full body rub before making the indecent proposal.Gunasekara was ordered to pay a £1,000 fine, £1,000 compensation, prosecution costs of £1,250 and his defence costs estimated to be over £4,170.Judge Wide QC added: “It was a really nasty offence. But Judge Wide said: “This is a serious inquiry. This man appears to be quite a rich man and the British taxpayers paid for his defence in a case where he was patently guilty. As he received a massage he reached out to grab the masseur breast as she kneaded his shoulders which caused the respectable and conscientious woman to flee pressing the panic button.Prosecutor Robin Griffiths addressing the jury said: “You may think it was that close proximity between him and her at that late stage of a full Swedish massage when he simply lost his self restraint and groped her.”The jury took less than half an hour to find him guilty. read more

Government asserts no more pressure from UNHRC

The Minister said that the cohabitation Government has been able to address several issues since the main political parties in the Government are working together. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today asserted that it is not facing any pressure from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) anymore.Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the Government has been able to implement most of the recommendations in the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last year. However he says now Sri Lanka is hardly discussed by the UNHRC and there is no pressure on the Government from the council. Speaking at an event in Kandy, the Minister said that Sri Lanka had been on the agenda of the UNHRC for three consecutive years.

Alberta oil curtailment pluses outweighed by social costs says Husky CEO

CALGARY — The Alberta government’s oil production curtailments have boosted local prices but it has come at the cost of service industry layoffs, poorer rail shipping economics and “unprecedented uncertainty” among investors, says the CEO of Husky Energy Inc.Rob Peabody called on the newly elected United Conservative Party to kill off the curtailment program brought in by the NDP in January, designed to ease heavy discounts on crude prices by clearing a glut of oil caused by growing production outpacing pipeline capacity.“Quotas have admittedly resulted in narrower differentials but this has been at the expense of making rail shipments less economic,” Peabody said on a conference call Friday, adding data doesn’t show much reduction in overall crude storage levels in the province.“Industry is shutting in barrels that would otherwise have been economic. This has provoked job losses and resulted in economic hardship for the service sector, which will ultimately reduce the tax base,” he said.“Whether higher royalties on a diminished production base offset the broader social costs is an open question.”On Wednesday, Cenovus Energy Inc. CEO Alex Pourbaix told analysts the program is working well and delivering billions of dollars in additional royalties to the provincial treasury.He asked the UCP government, set to be sworn in next week, to continue in its support of the program.The curtailment program that started Jan. 1 was designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day off the market. It is to fall to about 175,000 bpd by June.The plan has been opposed by producers with Canadian refining or upgrading operations such as Husky, Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. that benefit from lower local oil prices.Husky reported earning $328 million in its latest quarter, up from $248 million a year ago.The company says the profit amounted to 32 cents per share for the three months ended March 31, compared with a profit of 24 cents per share a year earlier.Production in the quarter averaged 285,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day, down from 300,400 in the same quarter last year, due to the Alberta cuts and the ramp-up of operations at the White Rose field off the cost of Newfoundland, where production resumed at the end of January after an oil spill that suspended operations.Production in the Atlantic region averaged 7,600 barrels per day compared with 28,400 a year ago.Husky says its average realized price was $47.20 per barrel of oil equivalent, up from $40.87 in the year-ago period.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE) read more

Their heart is in the game

A week after the Clarkson Cup playoffs came to an end, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced that the 12-year-old league was folding.The Norfolk HERicanes, which last season had 103 female athletes ranging from the age of 8 up to 30, are still hopeful for the future of women’s hockey.The HERicanes senior team just won the Tier 2 B playoff division title for the first time in team history.A member of that championship team, Kristen Clendinning, heard the CWHL news from friends when the announcement was made.“I have friends playing in the CWHL currently so they were spreading the word on social media,” said Clendinning. “They were trying to spread the word that women’s sports matter and how much this would affect them not being able to play in an elite league.”As far as getting young girls interested in hockey, Clendinning says the league folding may have an impact later on.“I think young girls will originally sign up for the love of the game. As they become older and more competitive in rep sports that’s where I think it will have a huge impact. Hockey is expensive, so without a professional league as an end goal it could deter girls from pursuing rep,” said Clendinning.Shannon McLeod, director and coach at the Norfolk HERicanes, said the news came as a shock to her after watching the Clarkson Cup finals and hearing everyone talk about how far women’s hockey has come.“Unfortunately it does impact all ages. We have girls that are just starting at a young age that have aspirations of playing in a professional league,” said the coach.McLeod voiced concerns for the young girls that have seen the recent rise in women’s hockey, just to watch it get shut down.“It does impact the girls, but their heart is in the game and nothing will break that down,” McLeod said.Two teams from the HERicanes organization competed in provincial medal rounds this past weekend, just a week after hearing the news of the CWHL.The Senior C team lost in their bronze medal game, and the Midget B team lost their three preliminary games.McLeod said that the girls still have goals of playing at the university or national level, and hopes bigger and better things are on the way.Waterford’s own Elaine Chuli played with the Toronto Furies of the CWHL this past season.  She signed with Toronto last summer after playing the previous season with the Vanke Rays.When contacted by the Reformer, Chuli said that players have been kept in the dark and still do not have much information regarding the fold. astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Duchess of Cornwall reveals why she was known as the growler at

first_imgCamilla also shared a laugh and joke with Winstone – famed for his hardman role in the film Scum and playing a gangster in Sexy Beast – who had stayed behind to meet the royal visitor.Created by Evans, 500 Words is now in its seventh year and encourages children, aged between five and 13, to send in stories of no more than 500 words.  Camilla Duchess of Cornwall Camilla is supporting the 500 Words children’s writing competition, which is spearheaded by Chris EvansCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess was also introduced to some of Evans’ production staff, including newsreader Moira Stuart.Later, Camilla joined the 500 Words judging panel, as an honorary judge, whose members include authors Malorie Blackman and Francesca Simon, screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce and author and actor Charlie Higson. Camilla was talking to Debbie Harry, the Blondie frontwoman, in a BBC Radio 2  studioCredit:Rex Features The Duchess of Cornwall arriving at the BBC on Friday morningCredit:Rex Features Duchess of Cornwallcenter_img 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. As the two women chatted, the Duchess told the singer: “I was always known as the growler at school.” Harry replied: “That can help in rock.”Camilla, encouraged by the comment, added: “I’d probably be quite good growling away in the background.”She then told the band she was a “huge admirer” of their work and was “so glad you’re all going strong”.Blondie guitarist Chris Stein presented the Duchess with a CD of their new album, Pollinator. The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed that her singing voice earned her the nickname “the growler” at school.Camilla joked with Debbie Harry, the Blondie frontwoman, when the pair met in the studio of BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans after his breakfast show had finished.The Duchess was visiting the studio in central London in support of the radio station’s 500 Words children’s writing competition, which is being spearheaded by Evans.A few minutes after the breakfast programme ended, Camilla walked in and met Hollywood star Ray Winstone, a guest on the show, and Harry and the rest of the Blondie band members, who had been performing. The 500 Words competition received a record 131,798 entries this year and the judges, chaired by Evans, sat down to review the 50 shortlisted entries, and decide the bronze, silver and gold winners in the two age categories, five to nine years and 10 to 13.The Duchess is an avid reader, patron of a number of literary organisations and has been supporting the children’s writing competition since 2015.She chatted with Simon and said: “It’s really difficult – you put them together then you read them again. I know the ones I like but I cannot put them in any order – they’re all so good.”The winners will be announced during a live broadcast of Evans’ breakfast show from the Tower of London on June 16 and all those attending will be given free entry to the tourist attraction for the day. Camilla is supporting the 500 Words children's writing competition, which is spearheaded by Chris Evanslast_img read more

A Raspberry Pi is at the heart of this wardriving motorcycle

first_imgWardriving isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but there’s always some ambitious hacker willing to put a new spin on things. For New Zealander Denis Andzakovic, that meant outfitting his motorcycle with a Raspberry Pi and a pair of wireless routers.When activated, Denis’ rig scans its surroundings for available access points. The usual wireless network data gets hoovered up, like the SSID and encryption type. Activity is displayed on a helmet-mounted HUD and it updates in real time as he patrols the streets. “when you ride through a Wi-Fi-dense area you get all these pretty colours,” Denis cheerfully noted to the crowd at the AusCERT security conference.And just like Google “unknowingly” did when it collected wireless AP data with Street View cars, Andzakovic geocodes his finds so that they can be visually plotted with help from (what else) Google Maps.In a demo run for the AusCERT organizers, Andzakovic took a quick tour around Australia’s Gold Coast to examine the state of Wi-Fi security there. Nearly 27% of his hits were completely unsecured — though many of those can be written down to hotels that provide guest access.Just over 6% of the APs were found to be encrypted with the easily-cracked WEP standard. The other two-thirds Andzakovic detected were using some form of the more modern WPA encryption.Denis isn’t the first person to drive around Australia sniffing Wi-Fi. Australian police have been wardriving for nearly four years as part of an effort to make the public more aware of the risks of unsecured (and under-secured) wireless networks.One thing Denis’ bike is capable of that the police systems probably aren’t is transmitting deauthentication packets. Yep, if he wants to, Denis can tell his Raspberry Pi-powered rig to blast vulnerable APs and knock their users offline.last_img read more