Illinois Enacts Invest In Kids Credit

first_imgIllinois has enacted the Invest in Kids credit that may be claimed against income tax liability for contributions to organizations that grant scholarships. In addition, Illinois has amended the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL).Invest in Kids CreditBoth corporations and individuals may take the Invest in Kids credit. Taxpayers will receive an Invest in Kids credit from the Department of Revenue when:they make a contribution to a nonprofit organization;the organization uses at least 95% of the contributions received each year for scholarships; andthe organization gives the scholarships to low-income elementary or high school students.The credit is effective for tax years starting January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2022.S corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies (LLCs) classified as partnerships for income tax purposes may claim the credit. If they do, the credit will pass through to shareholders, partners, and members.Contributions by corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and trusts, will not qualify for the credit if they directed to a particular:subset of schools;school;group of students; orstudent.Individuals can take credits for contributions directed to a particular subset of schools or a particular school. However, they may not take credits for contributions directed to a particular group of students or a particular student.Credit AmountThe credit equals 75% of the total amount of qualified contributions made by the taxpayer during a tax year. However, the credit cannot exceed $1 million. The total amount of all credits the department may award in any calendar year may not exceed $75 million. If the annual cap is not reached by June 1 of a given year, remaining credits will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.Application ProceduresA taxpayer must apply to the department for a contribution authorization certificate before making a contribution to an organization that grant scholarships.Recordkeeping RequirementsTaxpayers must maintain records each tax year of:contribution authorization certificates obtained from the department; andcertificates of receipt from organizations that grant scholarships.Carryforward ProvisionsTaxpayers can carry forward and apply unused credits to their tax liability for up to five years.Federal Tax DeductionTaxpayers cannot claim the Invest in Kids credit for a contribution if the taxpayer claims a federal income tax deduction.Property Tax Extension Limitation LawThe PTELL amendment allows a school district to reduce its extension for educational purposes under certain circumstances. The issue must be submitted to and approved by voters. The reduced extension cannot either be:more than 10% lower than the amount extended for education purposes in the previous levy year; orcause the school district’s adequacy target to fall below 110% for the levy year for which the reduction is sought.Once the question is submitted to voters, it may not be submitted again for the same school district at any of the next two consolidated elections.P.A. 100-0465 (S.B. 1947 ), Laws 2017, effective August 31, 2017 and as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Justice Department Raises Doubt on Gene Patents

first_imgThe legal battle over gene patents took a surprising twist on Friday when the U.S. Department of Justice issued a brief saying that the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 should never have been patented. The reason, Justice says in an amicus curiae document, is that isolating these genes did not amount to an invention. “Genomic DNA that has merely been isolated from the human body, without further alteration or manipulation, is not patent-eligible,” according to the brief, because it is like coal taken from the ground: Indeed, the relationship between a naturally occurring nucleotide sequence and the molecule it expresses in a human cell-that is, the relationship between genotype and phenotype-is simply a law of nature. The chemical structure of native human genes is a product of nature, and it is no less a product of nature when that structure is “isolated” from its natural environment than are cotton fibers that have been separated from cotton seeds or coal that has been extracted from the earth. This line of reasoning, filed in connection with a case now under review by the U.S Court of Appeals, echoes an argument made by opponents of gene patenting, made by the Public Patent Foundation (PubPat) and the American Civil Liberties Union of New York City. They sued the U.S Patent and Trademark Office and Myriad Genetics of Salt Lake City over Myriad’s ownership of more than a dozen patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, data which the company uses to test people for breast cancer risks. In March, a U.S. district court in New York agreed with PubPat and its allies that key Myriad patents are invalid because “isolated DNA” is a product of nature and not an invention. 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Biotechnology Industry Organization President and CEO Jim Greenwood said in a prepared statement today that the Justice brief is “inconsistent with the position” the U.S. government has taken at home and abroad for more than 2 decades. Greenwood warned of many consequences: “If adopted, the Justice Department’s position would undermine U.S. global leadership and investment in the life sciences, harm U.S. economic growth and competitiveness at home and abroad, and be counterproductive to the Administration’s own initiatives to fight cancer, develop renewable sources of energy,” and other objectives. Other independent reports, including one in The New York Times and a scathing review by Washington, D.C., patent attorney Kevin Noonan, have said that Justice’s new policy represents a break with the past. Noonan, for example, writes that the amicus brief “advocates a change in policy” whose authors “exhibit little evident background in science, technology, or patent law.” It is, he says, “disturbing as well as contrary to sound patent policy.” Others saw the Justice statement as less radical. It really is “not all that far-reaching, despite the rhetoric,” said Robert Cook-Deegan, an expert on genetics and patents at Duke University’s Center for Genome Ethics, Law and Policy in Durham, North Carolina. He commented by e-mail that, “for most companies, even in biotech, implementation of the [Justice] position would matter very little.” Cook-Deegan argues few biotech companies go to court to enforce claims on naturally occurring DNA sequences. And many of the younger firms, he argues, want fewer legal fences around genes because they are trying to create and market whole-genome technologies that use thousands of genes. Cook-Deegan notes that the Justice Department brief differs from the New York court’s decision in an important respect. It argues that some DNA-based patents should be kept intact—those that, in Justice’s view, clearly required human ingenuity. For example, Cook-Deegan says, Justice’s policy would not rule out patents on complementary DNA in therapeutic molecules, nor would it block patents on DNA-based vectors for therapy. PubPat’s founder and chief, Daniel Ravicher, says the Justice Department’s amicus brief is “good news for us.” He only wishes it had gone even further and adopted PubPat’s argument—that no patents at all should be granted on isolated DNA.last_img read more

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Stan Wawrinka believes Roger Federer is on course to become oldest world number one in tennis history

first_imgRoger Federer’s comeback from injury has been so successful that his compatriot Stan Wawrinka believes he can become the oldest world number one in history at the age of 35. (I have totally exceeded my expectations, says Roger Federer post Indian Wells triumph)Federer beat Wawrinka in the final of Indian Wells on Sunday for his second win of the year following his triumph in the Australian Open – his 18th grand slam title and his first in four and a half years.Those wins have propelled the Swiss master to sixth in the world as he makes excellent progress aftera six-month layoff caused by a knee injury.Compatriot Wawrinka believes that not only is Federer back in form but he is playing in a noticeably different manner that gives him a chance to return to the pinnacle of the rankings.”He’s playing really well, what is different maybe is he is playing closer from the baseline, preferring, using less his slice, he is using more top spin, putting more pressure all the time, returning better that’s the difference I seem,” Wawrinka said yesterday at the Miami Open.”For sure he has a shot for number one, he has just won the first Masters final. For sure he has a big shot,” he told reporters.Andre Agassi holds the record for being the oldest player to hold the men’s No.1 ranking, at the age of 33.”It is going to be interesting to see. Rafa (Nadal) is playing well also and we will see when Novak (Djokovic) and Andy (Murray) are back from injury, it is going to be really interesting for tennis fans,” Wawrinka said.advertisement’Nothing is a surprise’Wawrinka said it wasn’t a shock to see Federer, who now has 90 career titles, back to such form but that he was particularly impressed by his movement.”From him nothing is a surprise, but for sure to see him moving that well at that age it is something amazing. It is good for me to see that you can be at the top (at that age).It is amazing to see how he is playing after a six-month injury.last_img read more

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VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN DAKOTA COUNTY TRAIN-TRUCK COLLISION (UPDATE)

first_imgTWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A COLLISION BETWEEN A TRAIN AND A PICKUP TRUCK IN DAKOTA COUNTY THURSDAY.AUTHORITIES SAY THE COLLISION HAPPENED AROUND 11:30AM AT THE CROSSING NEAR HIGHWAY 77 AND 200TH STREET.THE DAKOTA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THE EASTBOUND PICKUP TRUCK FAILED TO YIELD FOR THE NORTHBOUND TRAIN AND WAS HIT ON THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE, CAUSING THE TRUCK TO FLIP UPSIDE DOWN INTO THE DITCH BETWEEN THE TRACKS AND HIGHWAY 77.THE DRIVER OF THE PICKUP, 47-YEAR-OLD RICK FOWLER OF MOVILLE, WAS TAKEN TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER BY DAKOTA CITY RESCUE.HIS PASSENGER, 50-YEAR-OLD KEVIN RASMUSSEN OF HOMER NEBRASKA, WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO MERCY BY HELICOPTER.THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.Updated 4:24pm 8/9/18——————————————TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A COLLISION BETWEEN A TRAIN AND A PICK UP TRUCK IN DAKOTA COUNTY THURSDAY.AUTHORITIES SAY THE COLLISION HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 11:30AM AT THE CROSSING LOCATED AT HIGHWAY 77 AND 200TH STREET.ONE PERSON WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL BY MERCY AIR CARE, A SECOND WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE.NAMES AND CONDITIONS OF THOSE INVOLVED HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.Photos courtesy KMEGlast_img read more

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‘Arsenal want Sanchez, Ozil stay’ – Kroenke

first_imgMesut Özil Arsenal eager to keep Sanchez and Ozil, says club owner Kroenke Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:59 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OzilSanchez - Cropped Getty Images Mesut Özil A. Sánchez Arsenal Premier League The Gunners owner said the club would “love to keep” their two stars, who are out of contract after this season Arsenal want “top players” and would love to keep stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, owner Stan Kroenke said.Sanchez and Ozil are yet to re-sign with the Premier League giants despite coming out of contract at the end of the season.Sánchez 11/4 to score first vs. Swansea Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It has led to speculation over both of their futures, with Manchester City and United linked to the duo.But Kroenke is eager to keep Sanchez and Ozil, who impressed in Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Everton on Sunday.”We want to attract top players, keep top players and those guys are top players,” he told The Telegraph.”I watched them on Sunday and they looked really good and played really, really, really well. We’d love to keep them.”It takes two to dance. We’ll keep working to keep our top talent and to attract more talent but some of the guys we’ve got are looking pretty good.”The win at Goodison Park was an important one for Arsenal, who are fifth in the Premier League – nine points behind leaders City.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has recently questioned whether UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations work, and Kroenke acknowledged how difficult it was for spending to be controlled.”In the United States you have one jurisdiction — over here you have multiple jurisdictions and it’s challenging, but it’s been challenging since we first became involved,” he said.”Money helps. We’d rather have it than not.”last_img read more

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20 hours ago​Premier League games faces minimal disruption form 2022 World Cup

first_img​Premier League games faces minimal disruption form 2022 World Cupby Ian Ferris20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League players could face the prospect of playing games nine days before the start of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, reports BBC Sport.Draft plans have been shared between clubs outlining the Premier League schedule around the tournament, being held from 21 November to 18 December.Fixtures could take place on 12 November and resume on 26 December, eight days after the final.The season would also kick off one week earlier and finish a week later.It means that there would be only six weekends without Premier League games.The issue will be discussed at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting in November.It is understood that Championship games will not take place during the World Cup, but the break for the second tier might not be as long as in the Premier League.Leagues One and Two will continue during the tournament.Uefa has said a decision on the scheduling of that season’s Champions League and Europa League will not be made until 2021. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Stolt-Nielsen, Trafigura to Establish Bitumen …

first_imgTrafigura Beheer BV, an international commodities trading and logistics company, said that it has joined forces with the global bulk-liquid transportation, storage and distribution services firm, Stolt-Nielsen Limited, to develop a new bitumen distribution centre at Stolthaven Terminals’ Dagenham site, east of London.Trafigura is expecting to invest a minimum of GBP 15 million over ten years in this long-term bitumen storage arrangement.The project will see the development of a new storage area at the terminal, which was acquired by Stolt-Nielsen in late 2012 and is operated by the company’s Stolthaven Terminals division.The terminal’s new bitumen storage capacity is expected to be brought online in mid-2015 and will store up to 20,000mt of the road-building commodity.Bitumen, which is better known as asphalt, is a key component in both road-building and maintenance, as well as being used as a waterproofing product in roofing felt.“Bitumen is an increasingly global product with long range arbitrage becoming ever more common. This terminal will allow us to widen the UK’s supply options,” said John Bell, Trafigura’s UK and Ireland Commercial Manager. Walter E. Wattenbergh, President of Stolthaven Terminals B.V. said:  “This long-term bitumen agreement is a good example of the kind of customer-specific storage and handling solution that we can provide at the Dagenham terminal, as we continue to enhance and expand this facility.”Global midstream and downstream energy company, Puma Energy, in which Trafigura is a key shareholder, plans to supply high quality bitumen products to UK customers.Puma Energy currently operates a bitumen distribution network as well as terminals across Africa, Asia Pacific and Central America.last_img read more

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PREVIEWING CARDINAL SEASON 3 WITH BILLY CAMPBELL

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook CTV’s standout drama Cardinal returns Thursday night with a taut season premiere that picks up at the moment that Season 2 ended, with Catherine’s death and John arriving to the scene after taking down Northwind.[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]The episode also introduces us to the season-long case, when a young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time overhears a murder. The inspectors soon spin up on that while trying to close Catherine’s case, which is of course not quite cut-and-dry for Cardinal. Noelle (Kristen Thomson) also has her own personal and professional dramas to sort through.New cast members this season include Devery Jacobs as the young witness, Indigenous high school student Sam, Aaron Ashmore as Randall Wishart, a local realtor desperately in need of a moral compass, and Rya Kilhsted, who we’ll see soon, as Sharlene “Mama” Winston, who’s collecting and reforming teenagers for reasons that aren’t wholly clear yet.Series star Billy Campbell is getting ready to start shooting Season 4 and took the time to answer a few questions about the show over e-mail. When he was initially cast, he hadn’t read the books, but was drawn to the show and the character of Cardinal.“They had offered the part. My agent sent the script, which I loved but had to secretly turn down because I had promised my partner I would be around to help with our first kid, [who was] quite young at the time. [She was completing] her years-long degree in Architecture,” he shares. Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Billy Campbell Advertisementlast_img read more

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Prairie Smoke and Spice BBQ The Cone Artist take top spots at

Michael Plante approached the event with a slightly different strategy — to try something new.It’s what landed him at Queen City Grill getting shawarma (thinly sliced meat rolled into a pita with your choice filings like hummus, tahini, pickles, vegetables and more) for lunch.For dessert, a pecan pie BeaverTail (fried dough with your choice of sweet topping). Operating in many cities throughout Canada, the BeaverTails food truck made it’s debut in Regina on Canada Day this year.Plante described the food as “very tasty” but said he wishes he could have tried more.“I was kinda hoping for it to be more like a ‘taste of’ thing where you have tickets and you get a small portion of stuff,” he said. “It would be nice if you could sample quite a few different things.”If you were lucky enough to be a judge, that’s exactly what you got to.Judge Evans enjoyed samples from Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ and Wok Box, cheesesteaks from Deano’s, tacos from Malinche and more.“Right now Malinche’s is at the top of my list. I actually want to go back,” said Evans. “It’s incredible.” A crowd enjoys the Food Truck Wars rematch hosted by the Centennial Market on Sunday, Aug. 18 in Regina. Dessert trucks like Fairy Frozen Frosted Treats and Kona Ice were there to take care of sweet cravings. Kids could be seen with ice cream in their hands and on their face.Evans’ favourite? Shaved ice from Kona Ice that came with a dollop of ice cream in the bottom to emulate a Creamsicle.Judges rated the food trucks on a scale from one to 10, factoring in things like appearance and flavour.Customers voted for their single favourite food truck based on price, portion size, menu selection, overall appearance and service.The Cone Artist Ice Cream Truck was singled out as the judges’ favourite and Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ won the battle for customer’s top choice, with BeaverTails coming in second and The Bannock House in third. Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post Sheryl Church and Stuart Collie take in the Food Truck Wars rematch hosted by the Centennial Market on Sunday, Aug. 18 in Regina. A little after 1:30 p.m., Sheryl Church and Stuart Collie were standing about two thirds of the way down the Deano’s Famous Cheesesteaks line, by far the longest lineup at the time.“Stuart’s done the whole menu,” said Church with a laugh. “It’s our favourite food truck.”A spin on the traditional Philly cheesesteak, Collie’s favourite item is the poutine — fries topped with shaved beef, cheese sauce, onions and green peppers and customized by adding other toppings.But you won’t find Church’s favourite on the menu. A greek poutine topped with feta and tzatziki, the owners make it special to order for her.“Everybody that I take to the food truck, they just rave about the food,” said Collie. “It’s just great tasting food, plain and simple.” Defensive lineman for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Zach Evans was a guest judge at the Food Truck Wars rematch hosted by Centennial Market on Sunday, Aug. 18. A crowd enjoys food at the Food Truck Wars rematch hosted by the Centennial Market on Sunday, Aug. 18 in Regina. Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post Aside from a couple of crying babies, there were no conscientious objectors to be found at the culinary war playing out in the old Sears Clearance Centre parking lot Sunday afternoon.Only blue sky and satisfied faces could be seen as a crowd of hundreds eagerly reaped the mouthwatering spoils of the Food Truck Wars rematch, armed with cash and napkins.“It’s been a good morning so far,” said defensive lineman for Saskatchewan Roughriders and guest judge, Zack Evans. “It’s really cool for Regina to have something like this.”The 2nd Annual Food Truck Wars was held on June 9 with over 10,000 people in attendance, but when they count was so close, a rematch was called. It was hosted by the Centennial Market, taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.The sweet smell of ketchup and deep fried food wafted through the air as food trucks like Malinche and The Bannock House — just two of 23 food trucks competing — tended to line ups as happy customers filled nearby tables to enjoy their food.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Kids fawn over puppies up for adoption through CC RezQs in Regina. The dog rescue was a guest at the Food Truck Wars rematch hosted by the Centennial Market on Sunday, Aug. 18 in Regina. Seventy-nine-year-old Dan Petrie plays accordion at the Food Truck Wars rematch hosted by the Centennial Market on Sunday, Aug. 18 in Regina. He’s been playing the instrument since he was 15 years old. Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post jackerman@postmedia.com read more

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TMobile US stock jumps in debut trading after absorbing MetroPCS to bulk

T-Mobile US stock jumps in debut trading after absorbing MetroPCS to bulk up, compete better NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wall Street gave T-Mobile US Inc., the new-born combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, a warm welcome on its first day of trading.The stock was at $16.45 in midday trading Wednesday, up 87 cents, or 5.5 per cent, from the value of MetroPCS shares at Tuesday’s close. That suggests the combined company is attracting new investor interest.The deal was structured as a reverse merger. The larger T-Mobile USA, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG and thus lacked its own stock listing, was “acquired” by the smaller MetroPCS Communications Inc. and inherited its stock listing. However, Deutsche Telekom owns 74 per cent of the new, combined company.The stock is trading under a new ticker symbol, “TMUS,” on the New York Stock Exchange.Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam started coverage on Wednesday with a “Buy” rating and a $22 price target. Deal-making in the U.S. wireless industry is at a fever pitch, and Niknam believes Deutsche Telekom would be willing to sell its stake in the company.AT&T Inc. tried to buy T-Mobile USA in 2011 with an offer much higher than the current market value, but the deal fell through because of opposition from regulators. Satellite-TV company Dish Network Corp. last month launched an unsolicited bid for No. 3 wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp., but Sprint has already agreed to sell to Softbank Corp. of Japan. There is speculation that T-Mobile could be Dish’s next target, if the Sprint offer is rebuffed.T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. cellphone carrier, is adding 9 million MetroPCS customers to its own 34 million. The combined company will still lag No. 3 Sprint Nextel Corp. in size.No immediate changes are expected for customers of either company, and T-Mobile plans to keep the “MetroPCS” brand. Over the next two years, however, the company will shut down MetroPCS’s network, which means MetroPCS phones will eventually stop working. T-Mobile will use the space freed up on the airwaves to boost its own coverage and data speeds.In March, T-Mobile dropped its conventional two-year service contracts in favour of selling phones with installment plans. It’s made the change a centerpiece of its marketing, calling itself the “Un-carrier.” It’s a break with industry practices, and a reflection of the fact that T-Mobile has had a hard time attracting people to its contract-based plans. It has been losing customers from these plans for two years.MetroPCS, meanwhile, started losing customers last year after many years of growth. It sells cheap phone service to low-income urban customers, who often line up in its stores to pay their monthly fees in cash.MetroPCS shareholders got $4.05 in cash and half a TMUS share for each MetroPCS share.MetroPCS’s board agreed to sell to T-Mobile in October, but shareholders and shareholder advisory firms called the offer inadequate. T-Mobile improved its bid three weeks ago by reducing the amount of debt it would transfer to the new company and lowering the interest rate on the debt. The improved offer won shareholder approval last week.The new company is worth $11.8 billion at Wednesday’s prices, and Deutsche Telekom’s stake is worth $9 billion. As such, it’s a consolation prize compared to the $39 billion that AT&T agreed to pay two years ago.The combined company’s president and CEO is John Legere, and T-Mobile is keeping its headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. Former MetroPCS Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer J. Braxton Carter will serve as CFO, and the company is retaining a “significant presence” at MetroPCS’s old headquarters in Richardson, Texas.It will have 11 board members, including two of MetroPCS’s existing directors. Deutsche Telekom deputy CEO and chief financial officer Tim Höttges will serve as chairman. by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2013 8:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Wrestling Nathan Tomasello becomes 15th wrestler with four individual Big Ten championships

Ohio State’s Nathan Tomasello wrestles Spencer Lee in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich. — Ohio State’s Nathan Tomasello has reached the ceiling before. He has also seen the peak of the Big Ten championships, having won individual conference titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017.On Sunday afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan, Tomasello again reached the peak of the conference, claiming the 2018 Big Ten championship at 125 pounds.This achievement, winning four Big Ten championships at Ohio State, puts him in rare company. Tomasello is the the 15th Big Ten champion in conference history. Rutgers No. 1 seed Nick Suriano medically forfeited after he advanced to the semifinal, which meant Tomasello met Minnesota No. 5 seed Ethan Lizak in the final.After Tomasello earned a takedown early in the match, Lizak responded with a takedown of his own, including a two-point near fall to take a 5-3 lead. Tomasello scored back-to-back takedowns in the third period. After a challenge, Tomasello picked up an insurance takedown with less than 20 seconds remaining to win 10-7.Tomasello last met Lizak during his home debut this season after coming back from injury. He won 18-3 via tech fall in a statement return win. Tomasello scored a clutch takedown in the third period to beat Iowa No. 2 Spencer Lee in the semi-final Saturday night 2-1. No one registered a point until Lee escaped to start the third period. Once Tomasello scored the takedown, he held on to prevent Lee from escaping. Tomasello’s win avenged his lone regular-season defeat. Lee was victorious in the first matchup between the two on Jan. 21 at the Schottenstein Center, by an also-low-scoring match of 3-2. Tomasello, who entered the year as the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class, seemed to tread water, narrowly winning matches until his 20-5 tech fall victory against Michigan then-No. 9 Drew Mattin on Feb. 11. read more

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Warning to dog walkers after golden retriever died from eating poisonous fish

first_imgDog walkers are being warned to keep their animals under close supervision when visiting British beaches after several dogs were poisoned by eating sea life that was stranded by storm Eleanor.”People need to keep their pets under control,” said John Milton, the head of nature reserves at Norfolk Wildlife Trust.”Dogs will pick up carrion that’s been washed-up and there are fish and star fish that are toxic.”At least one dog has already died from consuming sea life that was beached by the storm.The golden retriever called Hattie became became unwell after a trip to Cley next the Sea in Norfolk where its owner, Mike Hamilton, said it had been picking up and eating bits of fish and starfish along with his other dog, Bramble. During storm Eleanor beaches across Britain’s east coast saw large quantities of sea life and debris dumped on shorelines. This included thousands of starfish that were washed up at Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire, along with dead fish and molluscs.Marine experts have said that some of the creatures may have been washed by the Atlantic Drift from tropical waters like the Caribbean into the much colder seas off Britain following hurricanes.In response to the dog poisonings the Environment Agency is conducting water quality tests. The public body has said that it is not aware of “any water quality issues or ongoing pollution incidents”. Hattie the golden retriever died suddenly after eating dead fishCredit:Wessex News  “What we found so distressing was the speed we lost Hattie – that was really shocking,” said Hamilton.The dog started vomiting as it walked back to the car and an hour later it died in the back of the vehicle as it was being driven.Bramble also became seriously ill. It has received antibiotics and rehydration treatment.Another dog fell ill in a separate incident after eating a flatfish on Holkham beach, also in Norfolk. The dogs had been in Cley next the Sea in Norfolk Credit:Lonely Planet /David Tipling 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. Cley in Norfolk Hattie the golden retriever last_img read more

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Five Israeli soldiers 26 Palestinians killed in latest Gaza violence

first_imgIsraeli forces’ flares light up the night sky of Gaza City earlier today Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBLOODSHED IN AND around Gaza surged overnight with strikes killing 26 Palestinians, including at least four children, as Israel announced the deaths of five more soldiers, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of violence.It was a bloody start to the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr which began yesterday, with international demands for an end to the fighting falling on increasingly deaf ears. Members of the media surround Palestinian mourners carrying the body of Muhammed Abu Shagfa, 7, killed in an explosion, during the funeral in Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip Source: AP/Press Association Images“In the name of humanity, the violence must stop,” pleaded UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after holding long talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to heed international calls for a ceasefire.But Netanyahu appeared determined to press the offensive.“We must be prepared for a lengthy campaign,” he said in a live broadcast Monday.“We will not end this operation without neutralising the tunnels whose sole purpose is killing our citizens.”As he spoke, the military sent messages to thousands of Palestinians in Shejaiya, Zeitun, Jabaliya, Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanun, urging them to flee their homes and seek shelter in central Gaza City as troops prepared to step up their 21-day campaign. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesShortly afterwards, the cloudy skies over Gaza lit up with flashes as the army began an intensive wave of air strikes and heavy shelling across the strip that continued early Tuesday and left 26 Palestinians dead, AFP correspondents and medics said.Israeli warplanes hit the house of Hamas’ top leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, inside Shati refugee camp, his son said.“The Israeli enemy struck our house twice,” Abed Salam Haniya said in a statement. No one was hurt in the attack.Also early today, eight rockets were fired at Israel, with two hitting the ground near Rishon LeZion, 10 kilometres (six miles) south of Tel Aviv.The attacks were claimed by militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.‘Eid of blood’Israel had stated five of its soldiers were killed Monday, but early Tuesday updated that toll to 10, saying that five of the soldiers died in clashes with a Palestinian commando who had tried to reach Israel through a tunnel at Nahal Oz, near the border with Gaza.The deaths brought Israel’s total death toll in the conflict to 53.Since the start of Israeli military operations on July 8 at least 1,113 Palestinians have died. An Israeli armored vehicle stirs up dust near the Israel Gaza border Source: AP/Press Association Images“This is the Eid of the martyrs,” said Ahed Shamali Monday, mourning the death of his 16-year-old son in Gaza.His wife Abeer went further, telling AFP: “This is the Eid of blood.”At the Shati refugee camp, eight children and two adults were killed and another 46 people injured on Monday.The day had started with a deceptive air of calm in and around Gaza, following a quiet night in which both sides appeared to be observing an undeclared ceasefire.Tensions rose sharply after medics said a shell had struck a building inside the Shifa hospital compound in Gaza City.That was quickly followed by reports of a blast hitting a children’s playground in the beachside Shati camp, which left 10 people dead, eight of them children.Residents in Shati said an F-16 fired several missiles at a motorised rickshaw. Palestinians pray early morning prayer during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNear the site of the blast, women wailed and men screamed in anguish in scenes of utter confusion and distress, an AFP correspondent said.The Israeli army categorically denied it had fired at either the hospital or the camp, blaming errant rocket fire by Palestinian militants.“We have not fired on the hospital or on Shati refugee camp,” Major Arye Shalicar told AFP, saying the only drones used near Shifa were not equipped with missiles.“We know that Hamas was firing from both areas and the missiles struck these places,” he said, adding that 200 missiles fired at Israel had fallen short and landed inside Gaza in the past three weeks.Fresh talks to be held in Cairo Palestinian relatives mourn for Baraa Mogdadm, 6, who was killed along with 9 other people, all but one of them children, in an explosion at a park at Shati refugee camp Source: AP/Press Association ImagesShortly afterwards, a mortar shell struck southern Israel, killing four soldiers near a kibbutz opposite Gaza City, the army said. Another soldier died inside Gaza earlier Monday, accounting for the original five deaths announced by Israel Monday.The strike was claimed by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which said it was revenge for the deaths in Shati camp.As the violence soared, top diplomats from Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the United States pledged to step up the pressure to force the sides to accept a truce. An abandoned Palestinian home destroyed by Israeli strikes lies empty on the main road of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA statement from the French presidency saying they had “agreed to redouble their efforts to obtain a ceasefire”.“Pressure must increase to get there,” it said.US Secretary of State John Kerry said any lasting truce must ensure the disarmament of Hamas and other militant groups, with parties working together on the basis of an Egyptian ceasefire initiative.And Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was expected to visit Cairo with representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, another militant group, for fresh talks with the Egyptians on ending the violence in Gaza, a senior source in Ramallah told AFP.North Korea, meanwhile, denied it was supplying missiles to Hamas in a foreign ministry statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.It followed a weekend report by Britain’s Daily Telegraph, citing Western security sources, that the Palestinian Islamist movement had already made an initial cash down payment to secure additional missiles from Pyongyang.- © AFP, 2014Read: Three more children have been killed in Israeli raids on Gaza tonight>last_img read more

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Man gets 7 years in shooting of estranged wife male friend

first_imgA Vancouver man said Thursday that he was highly intoxicated and doesn’t remember breaking into his estranged wife’s house and ambushing her and a male friend as they slept.Both victims, Amy Blancas and Zakarius Gillis, were shot in their extremities but have since physically recovered from the May 21, 2016 incident at Blancas’ Five Corners home.Ruben Prado Blancas, 43, told Judge David Gregerson that he didn’t intend to harm his now-former wife. He described feeling “ashamed, disgusted and deeply disappointed” in himself and said that he hit rock bottom because of his alcoholism.“I have an illness but no excuse,” Blancas said, later adding, “I know I’m going to prison. I deserve that.”Gregerson sentenced Blancas to more than seven years in prison and 18 months of community custody after Blancas pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic violence assault and second-degree assault, both of which carried firearms enhancements, as part of a plea deal.The sentence was presented as a joint recommendation from Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic and Blancas’ attorney, Jeff Staples. Blancas was originally facing attempted first-degree domestic violence murder and attempted first-degree murder, both involving a firearm, as well as first-degree domestic violence burglary and felony harassment.last_img read more

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Kiggins Popcorn Betty Bettyan Howard dies at 90

first_imgMoviegoers who crossed paths with Bettyan Howard can never forget her.Howard earned the affectionate nickname “Popcorn Betty” for the countless bags of popcorn she served to countless Kiggins Theatre moviegoers across the decades. But she surely earned some under-the-breath nicknames too, for the way she managed the historic downtown theater with a historically iron fist.“I’ve got a theory that she had to be tough, because this was baby-sitting central,” said Dan Wyatt, current owner of the Kiggins, who remembers Howard back in the day. “I mean, everyone would just drop their kids off and leave them for the whole day. Tons of kids grew up coming here, and it was almost like a rite of passage, being yelled at by Popcorn Betty.”Howard, who ruled day-to-day operations and the concessions counter at the Kiggins from 1965 to 1996, died Feb. 22 of complications from pneumonia, according to her daughter, Stephanie Leckwold. She was 90 years old and had also declined into dementia in recent years, Leckwold said.That was true on April 7 of last year, when the Kiggins hosted a 90th birthday party for Howard attended by her family, friends and fans. Howard didn’t have much to say, but she clearly had a blast being the center of attention and revisiting the site that was a de facto second home for herself and her children, Leckwold said.“We used to think we owned the place, because Mom was here so much and we were here so much,” Leckwold said last year during the party.last_img read more

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Gospel Concert and backtoschool giveaways in Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOn Sunday at 3pm a gospel concert and back to school giveaway at Alice and Alice shopping plaza in down town, Provo… Pastor Branford Dean and his wife said the annual event will be even more special this year. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:alice and alice, pastor banford dean, tci gospellast_img

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Strong Santa Ana winds prompt Red Flag Warning for San Diego County

first_img Posted: October 15, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 8:17 AM Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity levels and high temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Monday in San Diego County.The red flag warning went into effect at 3 Monday morning and will last until 8 p.m. Tuesday for the county mountains and valleys. Elizabeth Alvarez was live at CalFire Headquarters in Rancho San Diego with the details.Northeast winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour were expected Monday morning through Tuesday night, with gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour, according to the NWS. Humidity was expected to drop to 5-10 percent Monday as well.According to the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, “While recent rains have reduced the risk for significant fire in most areas, it has not been eliminated.”A wind advisory went into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday in coastal areas of the county. It was set to expire at 6 Monday evening. A wind advisory also went into effect at midnight for the county deserts. That advisory was set to expire at 8 p.m.Warm seasonal temperatures were also expected to add to the potential fire danger. High temperatures Monday will be 75 to 81 in the western valleys and foothills, 60 to 67 in the mountains and 78 in the deserts, NWS forecasters said.A San Diego Gas and Electric representative said the utility company was not planning to shut down any power lines ahead of the fire weather, but will be on standby in case of an emergency.“We don’t have anything planned to proactively shut down lines, but we are going to be fully staffed in the event that the weather is severe and we need to make any efforts,” SDGE spokeswoman Sabra Lattos told City News Service.Winds were predicted to gradually decrease Tuesday night and Wednesday, and conditions will be warm and sunny the remainder of the week, forecasters said.Related: Fire threats in California prompt power shutoffs for almost 60,000 customers center_img Strong Santa Ana winds prompt Red Flag Warning for San Diego County October 15, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Campgrounds Reopened On The Refuge

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Some campgrounds on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been reopened due to the recent fire activity becoming minimal on the Swan Lake Fire. The refuge has re-opened most of the recreation areas affected by the Swan Lake Fire effective today. The majority of firefighters that camped in these facilities have either gone home or been reassigned to other wildfires, and are no longer camping at those locations. Of primary note are Watson, Peterson, and Kelly campgrounds and Kelly Lake public use cabin. Skyline and Fuller Lakes trails remain closed for now.  The closure of these areas will remain in effect until August 29, unless otherwise rescinded or extended for a cause.last_img

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North Fork Fire At 90 Containment

first_imgOn Friday, crews continued to mop up the perimeter. The fire was primarily smoldering in the surface fuels, with some limited single tree torching inside the fire perimeter during the afternoon. On Saturday, firefighters will continue to secure the containment line and remove any heat within 150 feet of the fire’s perimeter. The goal for Saturday is to have 100 percent containment by the end of the day. As of 10:00am, Friday morning, the Level 1 “Ready” evacuation notice was lifted for residents living along North Fork Road, north of the fire and in communities along the Diamond Ridge Road to the south.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: 11:00am: Containment on the North Fork Fire increased to 90 percent on Friday night. The fire remains at 59 acres. The Alaska Division of Forestry (AK DOF), Kenai-Kodiak Area, continues to manage the North Fork Fire, which is located off the North Fork Road in Diamond Ridge near Anchor Point.last_img read more

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