Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel guard Terrence Romeo didn’t expect much in his return to the floor after battling an inflamed Achilles tendon, but he hopes he can get back to peak form if the Beermen get to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READ 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Chris McCullough announces PBA arrival with smashing 47-point night Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption View comments Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Romeo missed San Miguel’s first seven games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup only making his return in the Beermen’s 109-105 win over NLEX Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The three-time scoring champion said he’s still trying to get his rhythm back, finishing with just six points and four assists on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m still feeling it out a little bit in terms of my shooting so I have to do a little bit more,” said Romeo in Filipino. “In terms of my health, I’m alright. My only concern is my conditioning because I think I’m just 30% to peak form.”Romeo shot the ball at a respectable clip of 2-of-5 but he was more of a playmaker against the Road Warriors, coming off the bench to relieve Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross. But Romeo is not concerned with the reduced scoring role as he tries to be what the Beermen needs him to be especially with the arrival of Chris McCullough, who had 47 points and 10 rebounds in his PBA debut.“My return isn’t that important, the bigger thing in this game was the arrival of our import” said Romeo. “He’s the one who carries the energy for us, he’s the one carrying us especially on defense.”“He’s scoring is always there, and he’s everywhere on defense that he’s trying to chase every guy who goes for a layup.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted
Ivy Bridge is to receive €50,000 as part of major repair work to remove and replace the parapet walls, it has been confirmed. Councillor Patrick McGowan, Chair of Stranorlar Municipal District, welcomed Friday’s announcement.He said: “Following the collapse of part of Ivy Bridge, a number of actions were taken by the council’s engineering staff including inspections of the damage, assessment of the area and condition of the bridge as a whole. “Arrangements for the removal of the vegetation and a survey of the bridge was completed.“Once the gathering of technical information was completed, the Bridge Engineer commenced the design of the solution to facilitate the re-opening of the bridge.”The partially-collapsed Ivy Bridge at Cloghan.“It is agreed to undertake the works in two phases,” he added.“Phase one involved work up to road level and got the road opened to vehicles just in time for Christmas. “Phase two of the works will be undertaken this year as the funding has been secured and will involve the removal and replacement of the parapet walls using appropriate materials and to a suitable height.”Funding sought for major Ivy Bridge repairs allocated was last modified: February 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ivy BridgePATRICK MCGOWANStranorlartwin towns
Air New Zealand will defer aircraft deliveries worth $NZ750 million and introduce further cost-cutting initiatives as it adjusts to a lower growth environment in the immediate future.But passengers will see a new service to Seoul later this year, and frequencies to Taipei and Chicago boosted to up to five a week.There will also progressive introduction of an enhanced Business Premier product on long-haul routes later in 2019 and a more spacious long-haul economy offering from mid-2020.And the airline will offer free wi-fi on all capable international aircraft immediately“I want to be clear that although there will be changes to our business, Air New Zealand has always and will always keep the customer at the core of everything we do,’’ chief executive Christopher Luxon said.“ As such we have some exciting developments in the customer space to announce in the coming weeks and months, and we remain unequivocally committed to creating an exceptional travel experience that is the envy of airlines around the world.”The changes were announced as part of a business review announced when the Kiwi carrier revised its profit guidance for fiscal 2019 and designed to boost earnings despite lower growth prospects.READ: Fuel costs see Air New Zealand profit fall 34 percent.The airline is still planning network growth but says it will now average 3 to 5 percent over the next three years instead of the 5 to 7 percent it originally expected.Key foci will be ensuring aircraft are directed on profitable routes and ensuring growth stimulates tourism to, from and within New Zealand by tapping into new markets and increasing frequencies on others.This includes the launch of new direct service from Auckland to Seoul from November 2019, the increased frequency on Auckland-Taipei from the same month and on Auckland-Chicago services from December.The airline will fly three times a week to Seoul’s Incheon airport from November 23 andf up to five times a week during the peak December to mid-February peak holiday period.The new service will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a flight time of around 12 hours northbound and just over 11 hours southbound.Services to Taipei will increase from three a week to up to to five during the Northern Winter flying season from December while Chicago wil move to up to five services a week over the New Zealand summer peak.Air New Zealand will also change the timing of Auckland-Hong Kong to free up an aircraft from late October.Luxon said the airline was putting extra effort into lifting the performance on routes not meeting their potential while directing assets to those performing ahead of expectations.“Our number one priority is optimizing our network mix to maximize profitable growth,’’ he said.“Therefore, it is terrific to be able to announce today that we will be increasing frequency into Taipei and Chicago.“I’m also excited to announce that we will start flying from Auckland to Seoul up to five days a week from late November 2019.”The airline will also continue to invest in product, starting with an enhanced version of its existing Business Premier seat towards the end of calendar 2019 with the rollout due to be complete by December 2020.“We have undertaken considerable customer research and testing over the past 12 months to come up with enhancements to the existing award-winning seat as well as a new food, beverage and service offering that reflects the essence of who we are as a nation,’’ Luxon said.“We are confident our Business Premier customers will love their Air New Zealand experience more than ever.”Ongoing is an $NZ50m upgrade of nine lounges across the next two years as part of a previously disclosed program.The aircraft deferrals will see the deliveries of three A321neo aircraft destined for the airline’s domestic network set back by a year and an A320neo earmarked for trans -Tasman services delayed by two years.Capital expenditure in the 2020-2023 financial years will be decreased by deferring by at least four years the delivery of two long-haul aircraft as part of a fleet replacement program to replace the airline’s B777-200 fleet.However, the airline plans no change for the delivery date of its 14th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which will be leased from October 2019.A two-year cost reduction program designed to deliver more than $NZ60 million annually will benefit from the end of disruptions due to Rolls-Royce engine problems as well as reduction of about 5 percent in overheads.This will be in addition to an annual cost saving of $NZ50m a year that has enabled Air New Zealand to largely offset inflation over the past three years.“Our confidence in Air New Zealand’s long-term strategy, customer proposition and financial performance remains strong,’’ Luxon said.“The steps we are taking today will provide a strong foundation for future earnings growth.”
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed the 2017-18 fiscal year budget bill, which makes various changes to the sales and use tax laws. Specifically, the legislation affects certain out-of-state retailers using in-state software, the taxation of seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients, tax exempt certificates, a taxpayer’s sale of assets, criminal penalties, and remote data manipulation.Out-of-State Retailers Using In-State SoftwareThe legislation states that the existence and/or presence of certain out-of-state retailer’s, referrer’s, and facilitator’s in-state software on the devices of in-state customers constitutes physical presence (and thus creates nexus) under Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992). As a result, new requirements are established for the retailers, referrers, and facilitators that in the immediately preceding calendar year either:had gross revenue from the sale of tangible personal property, prewritten computer software delivered electronically or by load and leave, and/or taxable services delivered into Rhode Island of at least $100,000; orsold tangible personal property, prewritten computer software delivered electronically or by load and leave, and/or taxable services for delivery into Rhode Island in 200 or more separate transactions.“In-state software” is defined as software used by in-state customers on their computers, smartphones, and other electronic and/or communication devices (including information or software such as cached files, cached software, “cookies,” or other data tracking tools) that are stored on property in Rhode Island or distributed in the state for the purpose of purchasing tangible personal property, prewritten computer software delivered electronically or by load and leave, and/or taxable services.Under the new requirements, certain out-of-state retailers must either:register in Rhode Island for a retail sales permit and collect/remit sales and use tax on all taxable sales into the state, orcomply with various notice and reporting requirements.In addition, notice requirements are also created for certain referrers that receive more than $10,000 from fees, commissions, and/or other compensation paid from retailers for listing and/or advertising for sales of tangible personal property, prewritten computer software delivered electronically or by load and leave, and/or taxable services. Furthermore, certain retail sale facilitators must submit annual reports to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation concerning the retailers they did business with during the previous year.Exemptions exist for referrers and retail sale facilitators that provided eithera copy of the retailer’s Rhode Island sales tax permit or its resale certificate, orevidence of a fully completed Rhode Island or Streamlined agreement sales and use tax exemption certificate.Failure to comply with any of the new requirements will result in a penalty of $10 for each failure, but not less than a total penalty of $10,000 per calendar year. Each instance of failure to comply will constitute a separate violation for purposes of calculating the penalty. The penalty is also in addition to any other applicable penalties allowed by law.Seeds and PlantsGross receipts from the sale, storage, use or other consumption in Rhode Island of seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients (not including marijuana seeds or plants) is exempt from sales tax. The definition of “food and food ingredients” is also amended to include “seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients” and exclude “marijuana seeds or plants.”Certificates of ExemptionThe legislation clarifies that the $25 fee that must be paid by organizations applying for a certificate of exemption from the Rhode Island sales and use tax applies to charitable, educational, and religious organizations. In addition, the legislation states that certificates of exemption will be valid for four years from the date of issue. All certificates issued prior to July 1, 2017, will expire July 1, 2021.Sale of AssetsThe asset transfer or sale notice requirements are revised to:exempt debtors in possession in bankruptcy;specify that the notice must come in the form of a request for a letter of good standing from the Rhode Island Tax Division; andforce taxpayers to file any and all sales tax returns when the notice is provided.Criminal PenaltiesThe sales and use tax criminal penalties for noncompliance are increased to $25,000 and/or five years of imprisonment (previously $10,000 and/or one year of imprisonment), and made applicable to the willful failure to remit any tax to the state that was collected from a customer.Remote Data ManipulationA person may not knowingly suppress sales by engaging in remote data manipulation, either as the sender or the receiver of the information. “Remote data manipulation” means and includes, but is not limited to, sending, transmitting, transporting, or receiving through any electronic means any and all transaction data to a remote location, whether or not that location is in Rhode Island or outside the state or the United States, for the purpose of manipulating and/or altering the data in any way, whether or not the actual manipulation is performed manually or through automated means.Any person who violates is provision will be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, subject to a fine of up to $50,000 and/or five years of imprisonment. In addition, a person who violates this provision will be liable to the state forall taxes, interest, and penalties due as the result of the person’s remote data manipulation; andall profits associated with the person’s remote data manipulation.Ch. 302 ( H.B. 5175), Laws 2017, effective July 1, 2017Login 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.
Aaron Ramsey, as expected, is left out of Juventus’ squad to face Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League this evening. Ramsey is still recovering from a muscular problem, although Juve boss Maurizio Sarri insisted at a Press conference that it was only a strain. The Welshman is joined on the treatment table by long-term casualties Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio, Marko Pjaca, Mattia Perin and Giorgio Chiellini. Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, on the other hand, are ineligible due to being left out of the Bianconeri’s Champions League squad. Juve squad to face Lokomotiv: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon; De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral; Pjanic, Khedira, Matuidi, Rabiot, Bentancur; Ronaldo, Dybala, Cuadrado, Higuain, Bernardeschi Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Touch Football Australia’s National office in Canberra has been blessed for the past 14 years by the guidance and leadership of office manager Lyn Dunn. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and it is with reluctance that TFA bids farewell to Lyn as she finishes up her 14 year tenure with the National body tomorrow and moves on to greener pastures with a position in the real estate industry.Since becoming part of the Touch Football organisation in 1993, Lyn has undertaken myriad roles and responsibilities and assisted the sport through times of change. Lyn has overseen office management, building maintenance, human resources, invoice control, coding and financial processing, the national insurance scheme, affiliate record keeping, licensing and minute keeping at committee and annual general meetings. Those that have had the privilege to work with Lyn provide glowing reports of her professional and personal qualities. Mr. Peter Topp, former National Technical Manager at Touch Football Australia, worked with Lyn for several years and said her ability to work under pressure was outstanding.“Lyn managed the office and the environment; she managed the personnel side of things and the finance side of things in the earlier days before it was as big as it is. She managed all the affiliations, she managed all the insurance, so she did all the stuff that people don’t really like doing. “She did all the jobs that were necessary to keep the office and the organisation operational. She’s going to be a tremendous loss to the organisation. Our loss is someone else’s gain,” Mr. Topp said. Mr. Bill Ker currently a Director on the Touch Football Australia Board of Management, worked with Lyn for more than 11 years in his former role as the Chief Executive Officer of the National body, and echoed Mr. Topp’s sentiments. Mr. Ker said Lyn’s diligence and dedication were among most impressive attributes. “She had a clock in her office but I don’t think she ever looked at it. You usually had to tell Lyn to go home rather than the other way round. Her integrity and her presence of mind to make sure the job got done were basically irreplaceable in my opinion, and that brushed off onto all the other staff as well,” Ker said. Lyn’s focus on maintaining the appearance of the office environment has been legendary. “We all used to have a heart attack if someone spilled a coffee on the office carpet. You were always trying to move something over the top of it so Lyn wouldn’t see it because she was just so keen to make sure that building looked like it did the day we moved into it. So there was always a joke about that; don’t spill any coffee or Lyn will have your guts for garters,” Mr. Ker said. Lyn’s presence in the TFA National office will be irreplaceable but her legacy will be the knowledge that she has imparted on the people that have worked with her. Everyone that has been part of the Touch Football community over the past decade would have had contact with Lyn, whether directly or indirectly. She has made an immense contribution to the sport, especially in the field of best practice administration.Former President of the Federation of International Touch, Mr. Cary Thompson who has known and worked with her in various capacities for National and International events, said Lyn’s best qualities were her honesty, reliability, and capacity to care about what was happening within the organisation. “She was pretty efficient in completing tasks that you would ask her to do. If you wanted it done, it was done yesterday, not in a week’s time,” he said. Touch Football Australia CEO, Mr. Colm Maguire, whilst sad to see the National body’s longest serving employee go, was glowing in his praise for Lyn’s contribution to the sport.“Lyn is held in the highest regard by so many people in the sport nation wide. Her dedication, commitment, and professionalism led the way for the organisation for the last 14 years and it will not be easy to replace a person of Lyn’s calibre. We do know that she will be a tremendous acquisition for her new employers, and we wish her every success and happiness in the next chapter of her life, she will be remembered fondly by the TFA family and the firm friendships she has made will remain, ” Mr. Maguire said.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team will open its season on the road against Arizona State (2-0) this weekend.Though the excitement and anticipation of getting on the ice for the first time could be distracting, players are trying to prepare themselves as they would for any other game. “We try to treat it like any other game, but there’s obviously the excitement of kind of getting things under way,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “We’ve been here for quite a while playing against each other and it’s kind of getting old, so to get some new competition is always a welcome opportunity.”The Buckeyes new competition in Arizona State, which had a challenging 2017-2018 campaign, finishing 8-21-5, good for the fourth-worst winning percentage in the nation. The Sun Devils recorded 72 goals in 34 games last season.. This season, the team returns 21 players and 84 percent of their scoring from last season.The Sun Devils enter their matchup having swept Alaska Fairbanks in their season-opening series, allowing zero goals in either game and killing all eight penalties they faced. Ohio State will have to look out for junior defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk, a defenseman who led the team in points last season and who has already notched three points in the first two games. Ohio State’s strong play on offense, however, should be able to create shots against Arizona State’s defense, which led the nation in shots on goal allowed per game last season.“They’re just a hard-working team,” senior forward Brendon Kearney said. “They’ve done a good job kind of turning their program into one that’s going to compete every single night and be tough to beat and we’re kind of getting more into what they do, and as of now, right, it’s just to show up and be ready to work because that’s what they bring.”As they begin their season, the Buckeyes will try and get off to a hot start after being ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USCHO and USA Today Men’s Hockey polls for the first time in team history. The puck drops for Ohio State at 10:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday against Arizona State.
Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) catches a pass in the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 1. Ohio State beat Northwestern 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe second Ohio State wide receiver came off the board at the 2019 NFL Draft as Terry McLaurin was taken with the No. 76 overall pick to the Washington Redskins in the thirdround Friday.McLaurin pulled in a Big Ten second-most 11 touchdowns in 2018, along with 701 yards on just 35 receptions for team-high 20 yards-per-catch average.His 11 touchdowns this past season bring McLaurin to a career total of 19, which both rank No. 6 in program history for season and career receiving scores.McLaurin would go onto play in four victories over Michigan, three bowl game wins and assist in back-to-back Big Ten Championships in the past two seasons.The five-year receiver was a primary contributor to a Ohio State receiving core that assisted former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in setting new records for Big Ten passing yardage and touchdowns in a single-season, along with school records for yards and touchdowns through the air in a single game.From 2015 to 2018, McLaurin did not miss any of Ohio State’s 54 games, which displays a durability that should help him at the next level, along with the 4.35-second 40-yard dash time he posted at the NFL Combine.
00:00 /00:49 Listen Houston-area auto dealers sold 28,399 vehicles in August. That’s an increase of 28.2 percent from July, but a drop of 7.2 percent from August 2015.Consumer confidence jumped nationwide last month. That showed up locally, with men and women spending more on big-ticket items.“I believe that the aggressive factory incentives and pretty strong dealer discounts that have been in place now, I think they’re having an effect as well,” says Steve McDowell, president of InfoNation and publisher of TexAuto Facts. “And of course we’re getting to the end of the model year, which means they push pretty hard to clear out the previous year’s models.”SUVs and pick-up trucks sold briskly, thanks in large part to low gasoline prices. By contrast, auto sales continued to fall.Nationally, new vehicle sales hit 1,511,000 units in August. That’s down 0.7 percent from July and 3.5 percent from a year ago. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERATom Kiernan is the director of the American Wind Energy Association.Wind is now the top source of renewable power in the nation. The American Wind Energy Association bragged about that news Thursday morning in Arlington. Its latest report shows Texas leads the nation in wind power production. Listen to the KERA News story.Last year, the wind in the Lone Star State produced more than 20,000 megawatts of electricity.“That’s enough energy to power more than 5.7 million homes here in Texas, and also provide more than 25,000 jobs here in Texas,” said Tom Kiernan, who runs the wind energy trade group.Now, if renewable energy conjures images of hippies hugging trees, that’s a bit of an outdated image. The backdrop for the day’s news conference helped sell that message: It was the factory floor of the General Motors’ Arlington Assembly Plant. That factory produces 1,200 big SUVs every day. It’s in the middle of a $1.4 billion expansion, and by 2018, it’ll be run entirely on renewable energy, most of it from wind.CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSIn 2018, General Motors plans to run its entire Arlington Assembly Plant on renewable energy. The factory produces 1,200 SUVs every day.“It’s reliable, it’s affordable, it just makes good business sense,” Kiernan said.All of that has meant more jobs in the wind energy industry building and maintaining those soaring wind turbines – more than 100,000 nationwide. It’s also put money into rural communities: Wind energy companies paid some $60 million in land leases to Texas farmers last year.“Wind in Texas has gone from something that we would cuss every day, to now helping families to keep the ranch from one family to the next,” said Ken Becker, who heads economic development for the West Texas town of Sweetwater.With some $60 billion worth of new operations in the pipeline nationwide, wind power won’t be winding down any time soon.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM.