All States ~ Corporate Income Tax: Georgetown SALT Conference Examines Audits, Restructurings

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Georgetown University Law Center held its 39th annual Advanced State and Local Tax Institute on August 4 and 5, 2016. Many of the corporate income tax sessions focused on audits and restructurings. Other sessions covered apportionment, protecting confidential taxpayer information, issues facing state tax administrators, and tax policy “myths and realities.”AuditsDuring the first of two sessions on audits, the panel of experts urged tax practitioners to take advantage of early resolution opportunities. According to Shirley Sicilian (KPMG), there is more “openness across the states” with regard to “early resolution on an ad hoc basis.” She also noted that early mediation “reduces administrative costs for both state and taxpayers.” The time it takes to complete an audit can also be reduced, according to Harry Leonard (NYC Department of Finance), if the parties can get to the significant audit issues earlier. However, Michael Fatale (Massachusetts Department of Revenue) noted that significant advancement of pre-audit resolution opportunities might require some “new thinking” from auditors, litigators, and taxpayers in some instances.The panel also discussed different methods of obtaining a pre-audit resolution, such as private letter rulings and voluntary disclosure programs. With regarding to rulings for individual taxpayers, the panel noted several problems. For example, since they do not go through a formal notice and hearing process, these rulings do not have the force of law. As a result, while the state tax department may follow the ruling, courts are not obligated to do the same. The “battle over the facts” was also cited as a potential problem area, since the specific factual situation will often determine the legal aspects of the ruling. However, as both Leonard and Fatale noted, the state tax departments do not always know if the facts are correct. The discussion of voluntary disclosure programs concentrated on a taxpayer’s ability to remain anonymous and negotiate the look-back period.The second audit-related session provided practical advice for handling audits, with a lot of attention being paid to documentation and taxpayer-auditor relations. Alysse McLoughlin (McDermott Will & Emery) noted that taxpayers should start preparing and collecting relevant documents when the transaction is occurring (instead of waiting until the audit begins). There was also a lot of back-and-forth between panelists and the audience (both taxpayers and auditors) regarding broad requests for documentation from auditors. With regard to dealing with auditors, Darron Copeland (Graphique Couture, LLC) emphasized good communication skills and the ability to “lead the auditor to a conclusion” (e.g., taxpayers should explain how their business works, how transactions are structured, etc.). Rob Porcelli (PricewaterhouseCoopers) also suggested closely reviewing returns and bringing up mistakes right away to establish good relations with auditors. The panel also discussed common corporate income tax audit issues, such as nexus, business vs. nonbusiness income, intercompany transactions, combined reporting, payroll, and sales factors.RestructuringsDay 2 of the conference concentrated on the state tax implications of mergers, acquisitions, and other business restructuring transactions with several sessions devoted to the topic. In the first session, the presenters pointed out some if the differences between state and federal tax provisions that can trap practitioners dealing with restructurings. For example, Bobby Burgner (General Electric) reminded the audience that S corporations are pass-through entities under federal law, but are treated the same as C corporations in some states. Burgner also noted that there are “eight or nine taxes to consider” for every state, and that practitioners “must look at every jurisdiction and every tax” to see if a restructuring transaction is taxable. He also encouraged practitioners to look for tax incentive opportunities related to restructurings. A fact pattern to be used in multiple sessions throughout the day was also presented and explained during the introductory session on restructurings.After the introductory session, Art Rosen (McDermott Will & Emery) and Alexandra Sampson (Alston & Bird) led an interactive breakout session dealing specifically with corporate franchise and income tax implications of restructurings. They urged state tax practitioners to get involved in the planning of restructuring transactions early if possible. On a substantive level, Rosen noted that “how to account for gain in the various states” is one of the most important state tax aspects of a restructuring. This not only includes the recognition of gain (which might be different than under federal law), but its apportionment or allocation as well. Sampson covered the treatment of net operating losses (NOLs) and tax credits, including which party in a restructuring can use them. Compliance requirements, nexus, acquisition indebtedness, water’s edge elections, unitary combined reporting, and IRC §338(h)(10) deemed asset sales were also discussed.The final session on restructuring transactions provided a final analysis of the topic. Corporate income tax-related issues discussed included:– whether tax savings in one jurisdiction are a valid “business purpose” in another jurisdiction;– differences between entity sales and asset sales;– compliance requirements, such as filing due dates, elections, etc.; and– tax clearance certificates following sale of a unitary group member.Other Corporate Income Tax SessionsWhile the conference agenda was heavy on audits and restructurings, other state corporate income tax topics were highlighted as well. For example, one session covered the reporting, audit, and litigation aspects of apportionment. Among other things, the panel discussed challenges in capturing data to be used in determining apportionment percentages, zero-factor returns, auditor information requests, and common issues in apportionment litigation.Another session dealt with protecting a taxpayer’s confidential information. During this session, Edward Killen, Director of Privacy, Governmental Liaison and Disclosures for the IRS, provided an overview of IRC §6103, which establishes the federal confidentiality and disclosure rules for returns and return information. Data breaches (hacking), state unauthorized disclosure laws, and identity theft leading to fraudulent refund claims were also discussed.One of the liveliest sessions featured three current state tax department heads – Courtney Kay-Decker (Iowa), Julie Magee (Alabama), and Kimberly Robinson (Louisiana) – talking about the challenges they face in administering their state’s tax laws. All three agreed that the use of technology is critical, especially with tight state budgets. With regard to tax incentives often used to lure businesses to her state, Magee admitted that new employers usually come to Alabama for other than tax reasons. In addition, when asked about Louisiana’s recently enacted single-sales factor apportionment formula, Robinson stated “I don’t know if I like it yet.”During the conference’s final session, Doug Lindholm (Council On State Taxation) and Prof. Richard Pomp (University of Connecticut School of Law) delivered a fast-paced, back-and-forth debate on several “myths and realities” of state tax policy. On the question of whether businesses pay their fair share of state taxes, Lindholm frequently noted that, even though some corporations do not pay much in corporate income taxes, businesses pay about 45% of all state taxes collected nationwide. With respect to the recent decline of state corporate income tax revenue, Lindholm said that the corporate income tax is “working exactly as designed” as lower revenues are expected in harder economic times. He also expressed frustration with the amount of time and effort states spend on corporate income tax matters when the tax only accounts for approximately 8% of all state taxes collected. On the issue of offshore profits, Pomp noted that the average effective tax rate for the United States and other countries were both around 27%. Pomp also argued that the need for state tax haven legislation could be eliminated by bringing back world-wide combined reporting. Pomp also suggested requiring public disclosure of state corporate income tax credits and incentives (if not corporate income tax returns outright).Georgetown Advanced State and Local Tax Institute, Washington, D.C., August 4 and 5, 2016last_img read more

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Philips lists i908 smartphone on official website

first_imgSang Fei owned smartphone brand Philips has launched a new smartphone called the Philips i908 following recent releases i928 and the S388 for the Indian market. The handset has made its debut on the company’s official website but awaits any form of official announcement as well as word on its pricing and release.The spec sheet for the i908 runs similar to the i928 and we see a device which packs a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa core processor along with 2GB RAM. This dual SIM device packs a 5 inch Full D screen with a 1080 x 1920 pixel IPS display panel and comes with a pixel density of 441ppi. The Philips i908 measures 143x70x8.8mm and weighs 156 grams.The device also sports a 13MP autofocus camera with a CMOS sensor racked to f/2.2 accompanied by a 5MP front facing camera. This smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and packs in a 3,000mAh battery.Connectivity options include the 3G, GPS/A-GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The website lists the device in just the Black variant.Philips also recently launched a new flagship, billed the i966 Aurora in the Chinese home territory which lists high end spec like a Quad HD display, a hybrid YunOS 3.0, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP camera and a fingerprint scanner.last_img read more

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Kiran Bedi’s open letter to fellow Indians on the Delhi debacle

first_imgKiran BediIn an open letter to her “fellow Indians”, Kiran Bedi on Monday defended her decision to contest the Delhi election and admitted that she “failed the test”. “I have failed the test. And take full responsibility for my decision,” the cop-turned-activist-turned-politician said in her blog.”But inside me has not failed (sic). Because given the time I gave to myself I gave it all the energy and experience I had. Obviously it was not enough,” the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate said. Bedi lost from BJP bastion Krishna Nagar in east Delhi by a slender margin.The 65-year-old also said that she entered politics for her love for Delhi. “I stepped into electoral politics because I wanted to give my city all I still had, when i was given the feeling that I could be of value. I wanted to see it get a stable government in alignment with government of India to get all that Delhi needed,” she said.The BJP has attributed what was one of its worst-ever performances in the national capital to its decision to field Bedi against Aam Aadmi Party leader and now Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Here is the full text of Kiran Bedi’s blog:I opted for electoral politics not for position or power but for serving the city which is my home for last over 40 years. A city which I have served in various capacities, through thick and thin.I saw it through various challenges, international sports events, VIP security, political upheavals, communal riots, agitations, and more …advertisementOn crime front I saw it through when Delhi was hit by terror from outside. I spent years to catch a wink with boots on and with wireless blaring to get on the street any moment.I did crime prevention saving women from being raped in rural areas on dark nights by erstwhile criminal tribes with literally no cops on roles … by involving village young men to patrol at night. While I was personally out 5 nights a week.Conducted traffic management for Asian Games with hundreds of students doing traffic duties, when my senior wanted to send me to Japan on a course, just to edge me out. Traffic was revenue for some.Another time when a district was ridden with bootlegging I managed to dry them out and rehabilitate them to honourable living … or rag picking children sent to schools, now become community colleges and many of the same children become teachers … or opened drug abuse treatment centres from police stations never heard of…All this became a life long mission and will remain …I did it all not for any glory, I did it because the service and situations demanded it …I stepped into electoral politics because I wanted to give my city all I still had, when i was given the feeling that I could be of value. I wanted to see it get a stable government in alignment with government of India to get all that Delhi needed.I also wanted to not die one day with a guilt that I was commenting only and never daring to pass the ultimate test of electoral politics.I have failed the test. And take full responsibility for my decision.But inside me has not failed. Because given the time I gave to myself I gave it all the energy and experience I had. Obviously it was not enough.In such trying situations one does not meet the challenge alone. There are several factors which play a vital role. And each one did. I wish to add nothing more. History will keep analyzing till cows come home. And as I read them, each one of them makes sense. And worth being reflected upon.The wise will read each one, and take due notice …On the election trail I wish to say, we need to rework the way we campaign. Whole city or state comes to a grinding halt. Should it?Roads are in disarray, and work just stops. Everything is too loud, uncouth at times, insulting to thin skinned, false, insinuating, biased, revengeful, corrupt, wasteful, highly disruptive of common man’s needs, breaking all laws, and sending all wrong messages. It’s not a level playing field for the levelheaded serving people. It’s a field for might and muscle in all respects.We need to address these. Hope to see it in my life time.People need services to be delivered. They want integrity, trustworthiness, and professional commitment. But they also want an implementable vision and plans. But they also want freebies … more you give, more you get.advertisementThey do not get it still, that there are no free lunches in life. If you rob Peter to pay Paul, it won’t be long before all get robbed.Also all campaigning must be become lawful, transparent, facts and evidence based, civil, organized, more technology driven, reasonable, unbiased, neutral through different mediums, etc.Space could be allocated through neutral umpires appointed by the Election Commission as per laid down rules based debates and also grass root work done, and let candidates be chosen on the basis of performance or implementable ideas. Which means widespread use of television reaching out to the last mile…Public ‘appeals’ through use of congregations must be not be allowed and considered a violation of laws. Hence must be banned.Its time every public servant becomes a stake holder in governing this country. Needs of people have far outstripped what the country can provide for, be it water, power, roads, public transport, schools, teachers, doctors, jobs, skills, and even girls. Forget about security for women … Only God knows how long women will continue to suffer… In the end, I wish to thank all those who reposed their trust in me. And to say I am sorry I could not measure up to theirs.And also all who called me with foulest possible names.I am relieved my parents were not alive to see this…last_img read more

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Rajkot Test: Late double strike gives England big lift, says Paul Farbrace

first_imgEngland’s morale received a huge boost when they picked up two wickets in the last four balls against India on the third day of the opening Test on Friday, said assistant coach Paul Farbrace. (Scorecard | Highlights)Murali Vijay (126) and Cheteshwar Pujara (124) stitched together a 209-run stand for the second wicket and the hosts seemed set for a satisfying end to the day before England struck late to reduce them from 318/2 to 319/4. (Rajkot Test: England spinners strike back after Vijay, Pujara tons)Vijay was removed by leg-spinner Adil Rashid while nightwatchman Amit Mishra fell for a duck to left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari, 19-year-old debutant Haseeb Hameed taking both catches at short leg.”It’s given us a huge lift in our dressing room,” Farbrace told reporters. “When you go the whole day with two wickets, to get two at the end is a real bonus.”I think it’s perseverance to stick to a very disciplined way of bowling all day. We bowled to two outstanding batsmen… on a very good cricket pitch.” (Pujara’s hundred in hometown brings a smile on his father’s face)England’s plan was to restrict India from scoring freely after they resumed on 63/0, replying to the touring side’s 537.Farbrace felt his team were successful as they restricted India to 256 runs in the day.”Our plan today was literally to stay outside off stump, make it difficult to score for them, score one side of the pitch and set a field for it,” the 49-year-old said. “We were never going to be attacking.”advertisementLocal boy Pujara made his century in front of his family and friends but was not completely satisfied. (Vijay slams first century after 17 months)”I was hoping to get a double hundred,” said the 28-year-old who has struck two double centuries in his last 38 tests.”My thinking was because they had so many runs on the board, I did not just want to score a hundred. If I got a double hundred that would have helped the team.”last_img read more

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DFDS Chooses DESMI Ocean Guard BWMS for Entire Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has contracted compatriot company DESMI Ocean Guard A/S to install ballast water management systems (BWMS) on DFDS’ existing fleet of vessels.As informed, DFDS and the BWMS manufacturer recently signed a framework agreement for the supply of CompactClean BWMSs.The agreement covers more than 40 ferries to be retrofitted in the period from early 2020 until end 2024, according to DESMI Ocean Guard.The majority of the vessels will be retrofitted with either a CompactClean-340 or a CompactClean-500 system, with max flow capacities of 340 m3/h and 500 m3/h respectively. A few vessels will be retrofitted with CompactClean BWMS with 750 m3/h or 1000 m3/h capacity.“We are … proud that after a very careful evaluation and selection process DFDS decided for installation of the CompactClean BWMS on its entire existing fleet,” Rasmus Folsø, CEO of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, adding that the company is looking forward to beginning the implementation across the DFDS’ fleet.Founded by A. P. Moller – Maersk A/S, Skjølstrup & Grønborg ApS and DESMI A/S in 2009, DESMI Ocean Guard is today wholly owned by DESMI.The manufacturer has so far developed three type approved BWMSs, with the most recent one being the CompactClean BWMS.At the end of 2018, DFDS had 42 owned and 11 chartered in ferries deployed on the company’s ferry routes.last_img read more

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Stay Informed During the Canada Summer Games

first_imgFamilies, friends, and fans of Team Nova Scotia athletes will have a number of ways to stay informed during the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que., Aug. 2-17. Daily updates will be made to the website teamnovascotia.ca, including results, the day’s schedule of events and a slide show of photos capturing athlete experiences. Additional photos will be added throughout each day so fans should check the site often. Team Nova Scotia will also be updating its twitter account, @teamnovascotia, and facebook account, Facebook.com/teamns. Nova Scotians are encouraged to tweet or Facebook greetings to their favorite athlete at either account. For those with smartphones, 2013 Canada Games has also created a mobile application. Fans can download the jcg2013 mobile app for real-time results, medal rankings, webcasts of some events and much more. The opening and closing ceremonies, along with various events will also be broadcast live on canadagames.tv and TSN. To see the TSN broadcasting schedule visit www.canadagames.ca/Groups/News/2013/TSN_TSN2_2013%20Broadcast%20Schedule.pdf. The 2013 Canada Summer Games feature more than 4,000 athletes competing in 20 sports at 20 venues. The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. They are key in developing Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. For more information on the 2013 Canada Summer Games, visit www.sherbrooke2013.ca and www.canadagames.calast_img read more

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Railway provides free wifi facility in 2000 stations

first_imgNew Delhi: Free wifi facility is now available to passengers at around 2,000 railway stations across the country, officials said on Saturday. Rana Pratap Nagar railway station of Ajmer division in Rajasthan became the 2000th station in the country to have free internet facility, Puneet Chawla, the CMD of RailTel, said. “Our team is working round the clock and with each passing day execution pace is only increasing. Yesterday we made 74 stations live and while we speak some more stations are being made live with free wifi which is an incredible feat for us,” he said in an official statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ RailTel, a railway PSU, started providing free wifi services at Indian railway stations with a vision of turning them into a platform for digital inclusion. In the first phase, the wifi was made live at 1,600 stations across the country. Now, RailTel has roped in Tata Trust for providing the internet facility at remaining stations, except the halt ones. The idea behind providing free wifi to these very small stations catering to mainly rural and low population density areas is to provide the people with state of the art internet facility, the statement said.last_img read more

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CTVs MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 4 Open Casting Call Gives Home Cooks the

first_imgAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisement Facebook Twitter #MasterChefCanada@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@MasterChefCDAMichael Bonacini – @MichaelBonaciniAlvin Leung – @TheDemonChefClaudio Aprile – @ClaudioAprileFacebook.com/CTVFacebook.com/MasterChefCDA@MasterChefCDA@BellMediaPRMichael Bonacini – @chefmichaelbonaciniClaudio Aprile – @claudioaprile1 This summer Canadian home cooks have the chance to demonstrate their culinary chops during the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 4 Open Casting Call Saturday, Aug. 6 in Toronto. Armed with their best dish, passionate Canadian home cooks have the opportunity to embark on a unique food journey by coming to the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel, and can also apply online at CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada before auditions close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6.Home cooks are encouraged to arrive at the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 4 Open Casting Call for 7 a.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel (225 Front St. W), with one prepared dish. Applicants will be given three minutes to plate their dish before presenting it to professional tasters, and as there will not be any kitchen facilities or supplies available, all dishes will be tasted at room temperature. Applicants must also be able to carry everything they need into the audition room. Prospective competitors will be judged on how their dishes taste, as well as plating, creativity, skill, and food knowledge. Home cooks are encouraged to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada, where they can complete the online application in advance of their audition, and also read the FAQs. All applicants must be amateurs, and cannot have worked professionally in a culinary environment as a cook, chef, or in food preparation.Social Media linkscenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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UN operation in Haiti welcomes calm Senate elections

22 June 2009The United Nations mission in Haiti has paid tribute to the people of the impoverished country and its security forces for holding well-run Senate elections yesterday. The second round of voting for seats in the Senate were conducted peacefully in all nine departments, the mission, known as MINUSTAH, said in a news release.MINUSTAH noted that the few attempts to disrupt the run-off resulted in an appropriate response from the Haitian National Police, supported by UN blue helmets, allowing the elections to proceed normally.The mission praised Haitians for fulfilling their civic duty in turning out at polling stations and, noting improvements in the organization of the second round of voting, thanked all the national and international partners who supported the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in implementing its mandate.MINUSTAH voiced hope that the sense of calm and responsibility observed during the elections so far will continue until the final publication of results, for which the mission will provide logistical and technical support. read more

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Urgent action needed to tackle food crisis in strifetorn Central African Republic

A senior United Nations relief official today stressed the need to act quickly to assist people suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), after witnessing the alarming situation first-hand during a visit to the strife-torn nation. “Today I heard harrowing stories from ordinary women and children of losing their families in the violence and traumatic attacks that forced them to flee,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), said after a visit to the north-western town of Bossangoa.“I am humbled by their strength in these desperate times. We simply cannot deny them the assistance they need, especially after all they have endured.”Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and 2.2 million, about half the population of CAR, need humanitarian aid as a result of the conflict that began in December 2012, when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks. More than 650,000 people are still internally displaced, and over 290,000 have fled to neighbouring countries in search of refuge from the conflict, which has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.“The entire population, not only the displaced, is affected and live in a precarious food situation,” said Ms. Cousin. “The people of CAR particularly women and children need us now. We must act before the rains exacerbate the tragic situation.“We must not wait until pictures of skeletal, severely underweight children document our failure and neglect.”The Executive Director took part in a joint seeds and food distribution programme with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “If we miss the planting season, starting in April, the families will have no harvests because they have run out of food. We must provide food, so that families are not forced to eat the seeds to survive.”So far this year, despite immense logistical and security challenges, WFP has provided food to more than 250,000 people per month in CAR, including specialized nutritious foods to help prevent malnutrition among children.But the scale of the disaster requires deeper engagement from the international community, the agency stressed. In the coming weeks most roads will become impassable with the rainy season. The rains will also increase the risk of diarrhoea and illness for tens of thousands of displaced people in unsanitary, makeshift camps.With only 35 per cent of funding secured for its CAR emergency operation through August, WFP has been unable to pre-position stocks required for life-saving assistance during the rains and the annual lean season when food from the last harvest runs out.The agency noted that insecurity along the road corridor from Cameroon to Bangui, the capital of CAR, forced WFP to airlift 1,800 metric tons of rice. With the escort of the African-led peacekeeping mission, MISCA, the flow of food supplies by road has resumed but may be interrupted should security deteriorate.“Security is the major concern. The international community must step up to help the government of CAR end violence,” said Ms. Cousin, adding that humanitarian access is a priority.WFP also warned that it is facing, along with other humanitarian agencies, a funding shortage that may force it to disrupt food assistance to CAR refugees in Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo if new contributions are not received. read more

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Womens Hockey Ohio State overpowers South Korean Olympic team 80 in exhibition

Ohio State junior forward Grace Zarzecki (7) battles for a puck with a South Korea player in the first period of their exhibition match the South Korean Olympic teama on Sept. 26 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes prevailed 8-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterTwo goals each from forwards Maddy Field and Emma Maltais propelled Ohio State to an 8-0 victory over the South Korean Olympic team in an exhibition game Tuesday at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus. The Buckeyes attempted 50 shots compared to South Korea’s 20. Six different Ohio State players scored goals.Head coach Nadine Muzerall attributed the overwhelming advantage in shots to a new wave of offensive threats on her team.“Well it’s sure a nice pleasure and a little break from last year,” Muzerall said. “That’s where we struggled, offensively and with nine new players coming in and rookies and newcomers scoring some goals. That shows the depth that we have this year and I’m looking forward to a lot of people contributing and not just a couple of players.”Sophomore forward Olivia Soares put the Buckeyes in the scoring column just under six minutes into the first period, putting the puck past South Korea goaltender Sojung Shin for the early, 1-0 lead. At the 17:34 mark, Ohio State struck again to extend the lead to 2-0 with a goal by junior forward Charly Dahlquist, who was assisted by senior defenseman Dani Sadek. Last season’s leading scorer, Field netted the third Buckeye goal at the 18:28 mark off an assist from redshirt sophomore defenseman Jincy Dunne just before the end of the first period. “Honestly, I was going for a pass in front of the net,” Field said. “I kind of just shot it and it went five-hole.” The South Korean Olympic team was held scoreless in the first period by freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen, who tallied five saves. Ohio State outshot South Korea 15-5 in the period. The scoring subsided for the first 13 minutes of the second period until sophomore forward Rebecca Freiburger and Field added a pair of goals two minutes apart to extend Ohio State’s lead to 5-0 with 5:29 remaining in the period. Freiburger’s goal came on assists from defenseman Liv Halvorson and Dunne, while Field’s came from defenders Lauren Boyle and Lise Bruno.“Boyle had a really nice look to me backdoor and I just had to tap it in,” Field said. Maltais, a freshman, scored twice near the end of the period to push at the score to 7-0.“It was an amazing feeling,” Maltais said. “If I didn’t score them, it’d be a little embarrassing. My teammates put it right on my stick for me.” Freshman goaltender Maggie Cory was in goal for the entirety of the second period, recording 11 saves. Ohio State led 37-16 in terms of shots by the end of the second period. The eighth and final goal came at 9:23 in the third off the stick of freshman forward McKenna Wesloh near a crowded South Korea net. Redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve entered goal for the final period and preserved the shutout with four saves. Sauve, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Preseason Player of the Year, set new program highs in both saves and save percentage last season. Shin recorded 42 saves for South Korea in the contest. Forward Ji-yeon Choi tallied four shots on goal for the Olympic team as well. Setting a precedentUnited States college teams playing against Olympic teams is commonplace, but Tuesday marked the first time Ohio State competed against a team from outside North America. “I told the girls before the game, just be in the present,” Muzerall said. “Let’s measure what matters. It’s the experience that you’re going to have that most people are never going to play against an Olympic team again.”Ohio State junior forward Erin Langermeier (10, left) prepares for a faceoff with a South Korea player in the first period of Ohio State’s exhibition match with the South Korean Olympic team Sept. 26 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus. The Buckeyes won 8-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterOutside of the action on the ice, Muzerall said the Buckeyes will have a chance to eat dinner with the South Korean team and take them on a tour of Ohio Stadium before their latest adversaries depart. “I think it’s going to be cool to interact with them and take it off ice, because on ice is business,” Field said. “But, realizing that hockey is just a game and you want to interact with people, and make new friends.”Muzerall’s relationship with her former teammate, South Korea head coach Sarah Murray, made playing the exhibition match possible. The two teams had a friendly shootout following the match, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Buckeyes after seven attempts by each team. The surprise came when a goal was conceded by the All-American Sauve. “I was getting a little concerned,” Muzerall said with a laugh. “But that was a heck of a goal that their third player scored on our All-American goalie. That was well deserved.”End of the offseasonRegular season play begins Friday for the Buckeyes with a two-game series. They will meet Rensselaer Friday at 6:07 p.m. and again on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. Both matches will take place at the OSU Ice Rink. Ohio State finished the 2016-2017 season with an overall record of 14-18-5 and a 7-16-5 record in the WCHA. read more

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Derrick Rose Giving Away 400000 In Scholarships I Hope

In the last week alone, there have been two NBA stars who’ve done something major for young students.After LeBron James opened his “I Promise” school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio a few days ago, Derrick Rose launched a new scholarship program called “The Rose Scholars,” where he’ll be giving away more than $400,000 in tuition money.Instagram“Through ‘The Rose Scholars’ program, I hope to provide students a path to college that was not previously available to them,” said Rose in a statement. “Investing in school-age youth has long been a passion of mine, and I am proud to continue to help children pursue higher education as a means to better themselves and their communities.”Trying to better one’s community is a big part of the scholarship program since recipients will have to be “civic-minded and demonstrate a willingness to lead” in order to win.On top of that, applicants will have to submit a 600-word essay and upload a photo or video on social media that explains just how they led in the past.Those interested will also need to have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average with at least a 1230 SAT score. The program is only open to high school sophomore, juniors and seniors. As far as the grand prize, the winner will get $200,000 of tuition money, and $25,000 of it will be paid each semester for four years. Second and third place winners will get a one-time tuition payment of $20,000 to be paid in the semester of fall 2018.This isn’t the first time the Minnesota Timberwolf has given back to the youth. In 2014 he donated $1 million to a Chicago based charity called After School Matters, an organization that links teenagers with apprenticeships.The deadline to submit applications for “The Rose Scholars” is September 30, 2018, and the winners will be announced on Oct. 15. read more

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Who Are The Best WNBA Prospects From The Final Four

From ABC News: The WNBA draft will be held on Wednesday, just three days after the women’s NCAA Tournament wrapped up. It’s an incredibly tight turnaround for the players and their prospective teams, particularly for anyone who made it to the Final Four. The tournament therefore serves as both a fitting capstone on collegiate careers and a real-time combine for a league that doesn’t have one for its tops prospects.Take Notre Dame, which fell 1 point short of a second-straight national title on Sunday. It has four elite seniors and one junior expected to hear their names called; they will have had less than 72 hours after finishing their work in Tampa to prepare for the moment their professional dreams come true.“They don’t have time to search for agents, and they don’t have time to make decisions,” Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said Saturday. “Every game they go into, they’re thinking about their future. Because if they play poorly, they’re wondering is their stock going to drop? If they play well, is their stock going to rise?”McGraw is right about this reality: WNBA coaches and GMs are scrutinizing every last possession to make sure their draft preferences reflect the most current reality. So at FiveThirtyEight, we decided to let the players and coaches make their best cases for themselves or their soon-to-be-former players while measuring their claims against the statistical record. Here’s what we found on the best pro prospects at the 2019 Final Four.1One quick note: We are looking exclusively at the stars of the Final Four, but only three teams are listed below. Oregon’s do-everything guard Sabrina Ionescu led the program to its first every Final Four appearance and was pegged as a possible No. 1 overall pick in Wednesday’s draft. But our analysis will have to wait until next year, as Ionescu announced Saturday night that she’s returning to school for her senior season.Notre DameWe’ll start with Notre Dame. Arike Ogunbowale is best known for her dual buzzer-beater shots last season, and UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, whose team was victimized by one of them, called her “virtually unguardable one-on-one” this past weekend.Ogunbowale will transition well into the WNBA “because she can play the same type of position she’s playing now,” McGraw said of her senior guard. “I think she’s ready. I think her body is ready. … I think she’s ready right now for the next level.”The numbers back McGraw and Auriemma up. Just four players have logged 800 offensive possessions this year, according to Synergy Sports Technology. Ogunbowale is not only one of them, a tribute to Notre Dame’s reliance on her, but she also easily leads that group. She does so in a variety of ways, shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 35.9 percent on threes, with a turnover rate below 10 percent for the third straight season despite all her ball dominance.At 5-foot-8, Ogunbowale will also be asked to play some point guard by most potential teams at the next level, so her elevated assist rate — 19.0 percent, an improvement from 13.6 percent in 2017-18 — only bolsters her WNBA case further.Interestingly, the same is true of her backcourt mate, Marina Mabrey, who was forced into primary point guard duties because of other injuries last year and has proved herself to be a combo guard candidate for the WNBA, with most league evaluators expecting her to be chosen in the second round.“I feel like it’s helped me because if there’s somebody at my position at the two that’s playing, I can still play at the one,” Mabrey said Saturday. “It will give me a better chance at getting on the floor quicker.”The numbers support this. Mabrey’s assist rate this season jumped to 23.9 percent, but it hasn’t come at the expense of her shooting efficiency (54.4 percent from two, 40.8 percent from three). So a WNBA team drafting Mabrey can add the fourth-best spot-up shooter, according to Synergy, of the 1,212 shooters with at least 75 such possessions in Division I this season.Forward Brianna Turner, meanwhile, has been a primary driver of Notre Dame’s improved defense.“If anybody is looking for someone who can defend any position on the floor, I think she would be a tremendous fit for any team,” McGraw said of Turner on Saturday. Turner is slated to go early in the second round.Her fellow big, Jessica Shepard, brings an unusual skill to the table: her passing.“I think my passing is what will separate me from other things,” Shepard, also pegged to go early in the second round (or even late in the first), said Saturday. “And also my versatility to shoot the ball on the outside.”McGraw, too, praised Shepard’s ability to share the ball while lamenting that the Irish system didn’t allow her to shoot the three as she did in her previous college stop, at Nebraska, where she shot 31.5 percent from deep her sophomore year.“She can shoot threes and play on the perimeter probably more than I let her,” McGraw said.Again, though, Shepard’s passing skills are on the record. Her assist rate was up to 18.3 percent this past season, extremely high for a 6-foot-4 big. And it’s been north of 14 percent in all four of her college seasons, even during the two years at Nebraska, when she served as the team’s primary scoring option. Moreover, she is particularly adept at the outlet pass, which doesn’t lead to assists most of the time but sets up her team in transition offense. The result: Notre Dame was sixth in Division I in points per possession in transition, at 1.107, according to Synergy, and the Irish got more of those opportunities than any other team in the country, with transition plays accounting for 25.3 percent of their total possessions.And that brings us to Notre Dame’s final top prospect: Once those chances came along, almost no one was deadlier on those fast breaks than junior Jackie Young, who renounced her final year of eligibility. Among players with 150 transition possessions, according to Synergy, Young’s 1.236 points per possession ranked third in the country. Like seemingly everyone else in McGraw’s offense, Young is also an excellent distributor: She posted a 23.4 percent assist rate despite sharing point guard duties with Mabrey and Ogunbowale.BaylorBaylor coach Kim Mulkey has one crystal clear WNBA prospect in 6-foot-7 Kalani Brown. Mulkey has repeatedly made the argument that Brown is quick enough to dominate at the next level, addressing the primary weakness brought up by WNBA talent evaluators. But as Mulkey noted on Saturday, that conversation obscures what are the astonishing strengths Brown brings to the table as well.Brown has always been fundamentally sound, Mulkey said — she’s always been able to shoot, defend and rebound. But, Mulkey said, she has matured, working on her defensive mobility at the high post and her endurance.So let’s take these each in turn. Brown shot 61.4 percent from the field this season, with more shots taken further from the basket. She shot 75.2 percent at the free-throw line, which traditionally suggests that she will be able to expand beyond the 3-point line at the next level. Her block rate also jumped to 7.1 percent this year, from 4.9 percent a season ago. Her rebound and assist rates remained static, but they were already pretty good. And Brown did start to play for longer stretches; her minutes per game, at 26.8, were almost double what she managed her freshman season. And most encouragingly, Brown logged 35 minutes in both the Elite Eight win over Iowa and the Final Four semifinal victory over Oregon; she reached 37 minutes in the final over Notre Dame — a tribute to both her conditioning and ability to stay out of foul trouble. Brown hasn’t fouled out of a game all season and has only reached four fouls in a game three times all season, remarkable for a big.ConnecticutDespite its so-called down year, Connecticut still lost only three games this season — and reached a record 20th Final Four — thanks largely to a pair of Huskies who will get their names called very early on Wednesday night: wings Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson.For Collier, the key is less that she can do one thing amazingly and more that she does everything well, according to Auriemma.“The competition’s going to be tougher, and she’s pretty good at putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim,” Auriemma said. She also has something to fall back on if they won’t let her catch the ball in the lane, he said. “She makes just enough jump shots from the perimeter that you have to go out and guard her. She’s got a little bit of everything for whatever the occasion calls for.”The results have been 1.152 points per possession this season, according to Synergy, second in Division I among players with at least 600 possessions. Notably, too, Auriemma is right about her varied strengths. While she trailed Iowa’s Megan Gustafson in this category, 411 of Gustafson’s possessions came in the post-up this season (55.5 percent of her total). Collier accumulated points in post-up, cut and transition on more than 100 possessions this past season.As for Samuelson, the numbers speak to what she can be at the next level — an assist rate of 20 percent means that she will be the wing facilitator needed in the modern WNBA offensive sets, while her turnover rate finished below 10 percent for the second year in a row. She shot the ball extremely well from the field, 53.6 percent from two, 37.6 percent from three, a season after those numbers checked in at 59.6 and 47.5, respectively. Her free throw rate of 87.6 percent reflects the truth of her shot. Indeed, there’s no WNBA coach who won’t give her the green light, especially with her 6-foot-3 length that allows her to shoot over most defenders.But what stuck out to Auriemma was her toughness, playing through a back injury to score 29 against Louisville in the Elite Eight and a team-high 20 against Notre Dame in the national semifinals.“She doesn’t look it, but she’s a tough kid,” Auriemma said after last week’s 80-73 UConn win over Louisville to lift the Huskies into the Final Four. “There’s a certain toughness about her.”You can be sure all that registered with WNBA front offices, busy finalizing their lists and checking them twice. read more

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Football Three takeaways from Ohio States 523 win over Rutgers

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) catches the ball with his left hand in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a dominant win over Oregon State in the season opener, Ohio State did not seem to slow down, defeating Rutgers 52-3 in the first Big Ten game of the season. Here are three takeaways that the Buckeyes have heading into their Week 3 matchup against TCU. Quarterback room remains extremely accurateRedshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins did not seem to have much room to improve after his first collegiate start against the Beavers, throwing 313 passing yards and five touchdowns in the season opener. However, in a consistently rainy environment that was not well suited for passing, the quarterback thrived. Haskins completed 20 of 23 pass attempts for 233 yards and four touchdowns, including two touchdown passes to redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, a 16-yard pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell and a 9-yard score to redshirt sophomore tight end Luke Farrell. Following in the footsteps of former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who thrived in high-accuracy, short-yardage pass plays, Haskins has utilized accuracy in many of the same ways, running what offensive coordinator Ryan Day refers to as “the Ohio State offense”. Through two games, Haskins, averaging 13 yards per completion, comparable to the 12.72 yards per completion Barrett had last season, is completing 79.2 percent of pass attempts. To compare, Barrett got nowhere close to the 70 percent mark, completing a career high 64.7 percent of pass attempts last season. When Haskins left the game, that trend of accurate quarterbacks did not stop. Redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell completed each of his 10 pass attempts for 121 yards, throwing his first collegiate touchdown, a 51-yard pass to redshirt senior receiver Terry McLaurin. For an Ohio State offense trying to live and die by the word “tempo,” high accuracy is vital in keeping any offense moving. Haskins and Martell have shown they are the right quarterbacks for the job, at least for the first two weeks of the season. Running back rotation continues to stay consistent Neither redshirt junior Mike Weber nor sophomore J.K. Dobbins led Ohio State in rushing against Rutgers. That was Martell, who rushed for 95 yards on eight carries, scoring his first collegiate rushing touchdown.  Prior to Martell entering the game, Dobbins and Weber continued to share the ball, splitting series in the first half of the win. After Weber found the majority of the success against Oregon State, Dobbins took control against Rutgers, rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries, scoring his first touchdown of the year on a 2-yard rush in the second quarter. Dobbins was also utilized in the passing game, Targeted twice for 18 yards. Weber, on the other hand, could not find consistent success. Despite finding big holes in the first quarter, recording 31 rushing yards on his first four carries, Weber was not looked to carry the ball for much of the rest of the game, touching the ball four more times in the remainder of the game, adding no more yards to his total. Overall, the running game was, again, successful for the Ohio State offense. It likely does not matter which back succeeds as long as one of them does. This rotation has seemed to work well in the first two games of the season. Fuller returns to the back part of Ohio State’s defenseIt was obvious to see the impact the Ohio State defensive line made in Saturday’s win over Rutgers. With junior Nick Bosa and sophomore Chase Young on either side, the unit dominated the Rutgers offense, recording six tackles for loss and three sacks, as well as three quarterback hits. Before the game even started, the main storyline was not on the secondary. It was on Jordan Fuller. The junior safety missed the season opener against Oregon State because of a hamstring injury and Ohio State struggled in the second level of the defense, allowing two touchdown runs of over 75 yards and a consistency in the short-yardage passing game when the defensive line could not get to the quarterback. With Fuller returning against Rutgers, his presence was felt in the secondary. When the defensive line allowed the quarterback to throw, Fuller showed what he could do, recording three tackles, including two solo tackles. He also made an acrobatic broken up pass, launching himself in front of the defender to take away any opportunity of a first down. As a whole, the Ohio State pass defense did not have any trouble stopping the Rutgers pass game, as both freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski and redshirt senior Giovanni Rescigno combined to complete 11 of 30 pass attempts for 65 yards, throwing two interceptions, one to redshirt junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield and another to redshirt freshman Shaun Wade, both the first of their college career. The Ohio State defensive line will continue to set the tone for the Ohio State secondary, but the secondary, with the return of Fuller, looked much better than it did in the season opener. read more

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Fugitive gives himself up to police but changes his mind after they

first_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. I think he should do the right thing and give himself up. He should get it out of the way. He can’t hide forever “Do you know his whereabouts?” A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Police were called to Barratts Road, Birmingham at 8.15pm on Tuesday following reports Benjamin Partridge, who is wanted for a domestic abuse related offence, was at the address.”Officers were immediately dispatched, but by the time they arrived Partridge had already left the scene.”A search of the local area was conducted but officers were unable to locate him.”Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, of West Midlands Police, said: “The force responds to hundreds of incidents every day across the West Midlands.”Both officers and staff are committed to keeping our communities safe and work round the clock to do so.”On this occasion, we were not able to arrest the individual in question, but we are dedicated to apprehending those we believe have committed crime and anyone who has any information about any of our outstanding offenders is urged to call us.” A man suspected of breaking his ex-partner’s jaw tried to give himself up to police – but changed his mind when they took too long to arrive. Benjamin Partridge, 35, went to his brother-in-law Andreas Thomas’s house in Kings Norton, Birmingham last Tuesday and was apparently ready to hand himself in. But after waiting 45 minutes for police to arrive, he gave up and left, taking two cans of cider from the fridge with him.Police frantically searched the area but could not find him.  Mr Thomas, 47, said he even left his front door unlocked so police didn’t have to kick it in.He said: “I thought they’d be here a bit quicker, to be honest.”Speaking about his brother-in-law, he said:  “We used to be pretty close. He’s been wanted for months, maybe close to a year, but looked well when I saw him on Tuesday.”I think he should do the right thing and give himself up. He should get it out of the way.”He can’t hide forever.”West Midlands Police put out an alert for Mr Partridge’s whereabouts on February 15. It said: “Benjamin Partridge is WANTED on suspicion of domestic abuse.”The 35-year-old is suspected of assaulting an ex-partner and breaking her jaw in March 2016.”Partridge is from Birmingham and has links to Tipton. We have made numerous enquiries at addresses where Partridge has lived, and places we know he frequents, but so far we have been unable to locate him.last_img read more

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Prince Harry cancels Amsterdam trip as the world awaits arrival of Baby

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the "Our Planet" global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage) The Washington Post declared “the world awaits Baby Sussex”, while Le Parisien admitted: “Quand les Britanniques (et nous aussi, un peu) n’en peuvent plus d’attendre le #RoyalBaby.”Others wondered “Megwhen?”, as Buckingham Palace staunchly denied rumours that the Duchess has already given birth and is keeping it secret. The Duke of Sussex has cancelled part of his trip to the Netherlands just two days after it was announced, as the world awaits the arrival of Baby Sussex.The Duke, who had been scheduled to visit Amsterdam and The Hague next week, will stay in England in the coming days, amid “logistical challenges” surrounding arrangements for the trip.Despite announcing the visit just 48 hours ago, Buckingham Palace have now cancelled the first day of the two-day trip in an announcement which left observers wondering what was happening behind palace walls.The decision will allow the Duke to remain at home with his wife a little longer while she is either significantly overdue or enjoying her first few days with their newborn baby.It is also likely to be interpreted as a sign of respect for the work of his father, the Prince of Wales, who will be undertaking a major diplomatic visit to Germany from May 7th to 10th. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child any day nowCredit:PA The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child any day now Prince Charles, William and Harry, pictured with Sir David Attenborough, will all be undertaking public work next weekCredit:Samir Hussein The trip will see the Prince meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and express the bonds of friendship between the two countries as Brexit negotiations continue.The gravity of the visit, undertaken at the request of the Foreign Office, was seen by some as at risk of being overshadowed by the Duke making a high-profile trip elsewhere at such a critical moment for Sussex family life.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also undertaking a day of work in Anglesey on the 8th, in a week of significant diary clashes among senior members of the Royal Household.Prince Harry will now instead travel only to The Hague on the 9th to launch the Invictus Games.A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “Due to the logistical planning for the travelling press to cover visits and engagements by The Royal Family, we have taken the decision to postpone The Duke of Sussex’s scheduled visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday 8th May 2019 .Video: Why Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child won’t be a prince or princess “The Duke is currently scheduled to travel to The Hague  on Thursday 9th May for the launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 as planned.”Just two days ago, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry planned to travel to the Netherlands on the 8th and 9th of May, leaving royal-watchers wondering what the decision meant for the imminent arrival of his baby.The Duchess is now thought to be overdue, with international media and fans arriving in Windsor to celebrate an imminent birth.Scores of American television network staff are already stationed and broadcasting from outside the castle, dutifully relaying the fact that “nothing is happening” to their breakfast show audiences. A small number of royalists, including a self-proclaimed town crier, are stationed in the public streets keen to tell all of their excitement about the new arrival, while social media users share updates – or lack of – under the hashtag #SussexStandby. read more

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Nintendos new Wii drops Gamecube compatibility bundles more games

first_imgSony isn’t the only company giving its hardware platforms a refresh and a price drop this week. Nintendo has quietly announced that there will be a new Wii console released in time for Christmas. But just like the PSP-E1000, the updated Wii has cut its feature count in order to be offered at an expected, although not confirmed lower price point.As you can see from the image above, the new console is being shipped as part of the Wii Family Edition. You get Wii Sports (5 games) and Wii Party (13 game modes) included, plus a Nunchuk and the bundled Wiimote is the most recent MotionPlus integrated version, known as the Wii Remote Plus. All good so far, right?Now look at the console, it doesn’t look to be any smaller than the existing Wii, and the layout on the front of the machine looks to be identical from a quick comparison. While it seems to have the same footprint, Nintendo has decided to only let you place the console horizontally, you can’t put it in a vertical position using a stand like before. Although, surely a 3rd party stand or one from another Wii would work?Either to cut manufacturing costs, save on space inside the casing, or a combination of the two, this updated Wii has lost its GameCube backwards compatibility. It won’t play the games, and it doesn’t have the connections for the GameCube controllers anymore. Whether that’s a positive or negative depends on your gaming habits and what GameCube titles you have lying around.For a gamer only interested in Wii titles it’s going to be a great value item as this new console has everything you need in one box. You also aren’t losing any core Wii features, and there’s a large selection of games on offer here, so it’s probably going to do very well as we approach the Christmas period.According to Eurogamer, Nintendo has confirmed that in Europe at least this new console will be the only one sold, meaning when the current stocks of the existing model have been sold you won’t be able to buy a console with GameCube compatibility anymore.via thesixthaxislast_img read more

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Tsochatzopoulos files lawsuit at the Human Rights Court

first_imgLawyers representing former Defence Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos said on Wednesday that their client has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that his right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty has been violated following allegedly incriminating statements by two conservative MPs. Earlier this month, parliament voted for the indictment of Tsochatzopoulos, who has been accused of accepting bribes in connection with the purchase of four German submarines by the Hellenic Navy a decade ago. Since then parliament’s defence procurement committee has deepened a probe into the deal. Vassilis Heirdaris and Leonidas Kotsalis told a press conference that the former minister’s appeal was not related to the essence of the case but to “certain misdemeanors”. They claim that two New Democracy deputies, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis and Argyris Dinopoulos, allegedly made incriminating statements about the ex-minister before a parliamentary committee had issued its report, thereby “harming Tsochatzopoulos’s right to be presumed innocent”.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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WWE attendance 813817 TV tapings live events

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE attendance figures from August 13 to August 17, 2015.* 8/13 NXT TV tapings in Winter Park, Florida: 400 fans (sellout).* 8/15 live event in Detroit, Michigan: 5,500 fans.* 8/15 live event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 3,500 fans.* 8/15 NXT live event in Citrus Springs, Florida: 300 fans.* 8/16 live event in Fargo, North Dakota: 5,000 fans.* 8/16 live event in Bemidji, Minnesota: 2,500 fans.* 8/17 RAW TV tapings in Minneapolis, Minnesota: 10,000 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Pinterest Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+center_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Videos Articles Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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