Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Thompson excited to learn from another PBA coach in Gilas stint “That’s a big win for us. Before this game, we reminded that don’t be deceived by San Sebastian’s record. They’re playing like a final four team,” Robinson said.“We know that they’re gonna bring their best every time they play against us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee brought the energy anew. The two combined for 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals.“They always bring a different type of energy,” Robinson said of his spark plugs who played key roles in keeping the Stags at bay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStreaking Lyceum picked up where it left off, steamrolling San Sebastian, 88-70, at the start of the second round of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez led the way for the Pirates, who swept the first round and stayed unblemished at 10-0, with a game-high 21 points on top of nine rebounds and five steals.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal San Sebastian guard RK Ilagan made his first game back from suspension but his return was still not enough as the struggling Stags reeled to their ninth loss in 10 games.Ilagan violated NCAA rules after playing in other leagues that forfeited the Stags’ victories over Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and College of St. Benilde Blazers in the first round where Ilagan played.Ilagan had 13 points on 3-of-11 from the field and was minus-33.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments
New jubilee parade route… change aimed at accommodating children floatsThe recent announcement by the National Commemoration Committee that it would be shifting the initial starting point for the Jubilee Float Parade was to facilitate the children’s float parade despite there being obvious disadvantages in doing so.Noting that there would indeed be inconveniences as it relates to patrons having an opportunity to view the floats as they move east along Brickdam, Minister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry, affirmed that the main concern of the Government was to cater to the participating children.Henry was at the time speaking at a news conference on Tuesday morning, where she justified the changing of the route of the parade just two days before the event.When the question was asked of the Minister how patrons would be able to view the parade since there were limited spots along the route, Henry said the Ministry was aware of this setback, but at this point in time the main concern was creating a “child friendly route”.“In terms of being advantageous or disadvantageous, it depends on how you look at it. For us, it is advantageous as it would allowMinister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry and event coordinator Lennox Canterbury at the news conference on Tuesday morningparticularly our young people to cover a route that is child friendly,” she explained.Ten children floats which had participated in the Mash Children Parade are set to take to the streets again on Thursday. Another 27 bands have enlisted to be part of the grand float parade.Even though the Ministry had a target of 50 floats, Henry clarified that 27 agencies and Ministries have enlisted, but some are featuring more than one band.In addition, 70 vendors have registered to ply their trade along the parade route after the announcement was made by the Committee that vending would only be allowed on the condition that all stalls are listed.Underlining another factor that had stimulated the decision to have the route altered, Henry explained that the Stabroek Market Square has the requirements to be the assembly point but it had not always been vacant.Since the decision was made to have the vendors relocated and given the spaciousness of the Square, all efforts were made to capture the golden opportunity.The area surrounding the Market Square is the central hub of transportation, so Henry assured that mechanisms are in place to have traffic congestion reduced and where necessary, roads closed off.The Minister informed that the traffic department of the Police Force would be on board in directing the traffic on that day, which “is a great opportunity for them to exhibit their skills and capabilities”.The first float is set to leave the Market Square at 10:00h on Thursday, while the last float is to leave D’Urban Park at 17:30h the latest.The Ministry also took the time to reiterate the changes as it relates to the sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) on Independence Day.Henry reminded that certain roads would be closed off to facilitate the float parade so candidates are required to arrive at their schools and indicated centres before the parade begins.
‘Alcohol control bill’Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said on Friday that he supports increasing the legal age of purchasing alcohol to 21. He made these comments at the Police Training Centre in Georgetown, as he reminded of the country’s many economic and social issues which are associated with the excessive consumptionPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanof alcohol. He however conceded that young persons, citing their early adulthood, may be against a move to limit their ability to freely purchase alcohol.“I’d certainly support that (increase the age); but of course, you’re going to get a lot of Guyanese, who are 18 year olds saying that we must be free to choose because they are adults at 18 [and would say] ‘we can vote, why can’t we have a drink’ and you’ll have a lot of arguments,” Ramjattan told reporters on Friday.His announcement comes days after Social Cohesion and Minister with responsibility for culture youth and sport, Dr George Norton suggested that an alcohol control bill be introduced in Parliament. Dr Norton had called for both the ages of purchasing and consumption to be increased, expressing his concern with the way in which people conduct themselves while being under the influence of alcohol. The Public Security Minister told reporters on Friday that he will work with the Health, Social Cohesion and Education Ministries to battle the scourge which he stressed, affects families and the wider society. Ramjattan is calling for the enforcement of existing alcohol consumption related laws.“We do have a number of regulations and what we have to do now is enforce those regulations. Alcohol is a big problem and it has led to consequential challenges. it has also led to tremendous violence in homes, which has other consequential issues like children not being brought up properly – daddy beating up mommy and [children] not being well nurtured because money goes towards the liquor,” Ramjattan expressed.In the past few months, several road accidents have been recorded which saw many pedestrians and car occupants losing their lives. Drunk driving has been listed as one of the causes of serious accidents.These latest suggestions to curb alcohol consumption follows Minister Ramjattan’s enforcement of an early morning curfew in July 2015 which stops bars, nightclubs and restaurants across the country from opening beyond 02:00h. In the past, the Minister threatened to revoke or suspend the licences of businesses which did not comply. However, the enforcement is often relaxed during the holiday season and for other special events. Minister Ramjattan maintains that these measures form part of his crime-fighting strategy.
Researchers took periodic blood tests before and after vaccination to determine their level of immunity against shingles. After six months, the tai chi group had nearly twice the level of immunity against shingles than the education group. Those who performed tai chi before vaccination had an immune response that was similar to what a vaccine would produce in a younger population. Tai chi combined with the vaccine showed a 40 percent increase in immunity than the vaccine alone, researchers found. The results weren’t surprising to tai chi instructor Howard Chuck, who owns a tai chi academy in Sunnyvale Although none of his students are trying to ward off shingles, Chuck said the exercise is popular among his older people who prefer tai chi’s meditation aspects. “Tai chi requires a lot of mind power not just muscle power,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tai chi is already known as a good low-impact exercise for older people. Now a recent study suggests it offers benefits beyond improving fitness and balance: It may help prevent shingles, a painful skin condition. Researchers found older people who performed the slow, graceful movements of tai chi had a better immune response against the virus that causes shingles than those who only got health education, according to the most rigorous test to date. It’s unclear how tai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art that has become increasingly popular in the West, affects the immune system. But health experts were encouraged by the positive results. “The message is that older people need to maintain healthy behavior,” said Andrew Monjan of the National Institute on Aging, which helped fund the research. “It’s nothing that our mothers haven’t told us, but we’re seeing it certainly holds up to scientific inquiry.” The study appears in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and was led by Dr. Michael Irwin of the University of California, Los Angeles. Shingles is a painful skin rash that can pop up in people who have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus can remain dormant in the body and resurface as shingles years later. It usually starts with pain and itching on the skin that later turns into an irritating rash. An estimated 1 million Americans are afflicted with shingles every year and it commonly occurs in people 50 years old and older. The UCLA study involved 112 healthy adults, ages 59 to 86, who have had previous cases of chickenpox. Half of them took tai chi classes three times a week for three months and the rest attended health education classes where they were taught good diet habits and stress management. Then both groups were vaccinated with a chickenpox vaccine.
0Shares0000“Different level” Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a potentially huge away goal at Ajax on Wednesday © AFP / JOHN THYSAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Apr 11 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed star striker Cristiano Ronaldo as being in a class of his own after he bagged a precious away goal in their 1-1 Champions League quarter-final draw at Ajax on Wednesday.Ronaldo put Juventus in front on the stroke of half-time with a diving header to take his record goal tally in the competition to 125, only for Brazilian winger David Neres to level almost immediately after half-time to put the tie on a knife edge ahead of next week’s return leg in Turin. “Ronaldo showed that he is on a different level. His timing and movement is different to everyone else’s, there’s nothing you can do about it,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.“He is a player who just has a different technique than the others.”Ajax piled on the pressure at the Johan Cruyff Arena, going close on a number of occasions before Douglas Costa nearly delivered a late sucker punch for Juve when he struck the woodwork.Their spectacular comeback from a 2-1 first-leg home defeat to Real Madrid with a thumping 4-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu in the previous round showed that the tie is far from over.“It’s a good result because we scored away from home, the tie is still open,” added Allegri, who is looking to guide Juve to their first Champions League since 1996, when they beat Ajax in Rome.“We were good defensively, the team was nice and compact, there is good reason to think we can get to the semi-finals.“We are not worried, we have great respect for Ajax but you have to be ready.“One each is better than 0-0, in Turin we will have to play to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
By challenging the Los Angeles Police Department’s three-day workweek, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry has taken on a noble cause – five years too late. In calling for the City Council to review the LAPD’s flexible-time schedule, Perry has pointed out the obvious truth to which most of her City Hall peers have been willfully ignorant: Putting police on 3-12 work schedules – three, 12-hour days – is not in the city’s best interest. For starters, it tends to exhaust officers to work those long shifts, plus leads to moonlighting, which exhausts officers all the more. It also forces the Los Angeles Police Department to use more overtime during peak hours, which is expensive. And by all accounts, it reduces the number of officers available to patrol our streets. But like it or not – and we do not – the flexible workweek isn’t going anywhere. The compressed schedule was the product of a political deal. When James Hahn ran for mayor for the first time, he promised the perk to the Police Protective League in exchange for its endorsement. That was back in 2002, and the consequences have been clear ever since. But city leaders – with the exception of former police chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks – have been largely silent on the issue, for fear of alienating the powerful PPL. The compressed week remains popular with officers. Unfortunately, there’s nothing Perry, Parks or the council can do about it now. The three-day workweek has become a fact of life in the LAPD, part of the contract between the city and its police. It never should have been implemented, but taking it back would probably cost a lot more than it’s worth at the bargaining table. Instead of wasting time and energy revisiting a past that can’t be changed, Perry and the rest of the council need to do things to make this a safer city. The logical place to start would be a serious, comprehensive effort to address the scourge of gangs, not a wasteful review of the LAPD’s flexible work schedule. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON — President Bush’s tax panel on Tuesday endorsed two drastically simplified income tax systems, both of which envision eliminating most deductions, credits, savings incentives and other tax breaks and replacing them with a few simpler benefits. Under the proposed systems, taxpayers would pay roughly the same amount of tax as they do now, panel members said. But most of the confusing tax paperwork would be gone, and complex tax equations would be simplified. “I don’t think it’s a small move in this direction; I think it’s a huge move,” said Charles O. Rossotti, panel member and former Internal Revenue Service commissioner. The White House made no commitment to stick to the panel’s recommendation when forwarding its tax-simplification proposal to Congress, a move Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said is not expected before next year. However, the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes paid would disappear — a proposal immediately denounced by a Democratic senator on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax legislation. Myriad personal and family tax breaks would be replaced with one family credit. Income tests designed to keep most current tax breaks within the middle class would be eliminated, letting wealthier individuals and families benefit. Benefits and savings accounts for retirement, health and education would be eliminated in favor of three savings accounts, all funded with taxed income that would be allowed to grow and be withdrawn tax free. One account would let workers save for retirement through their employers. Taxpayers could also put $10,000 every year into each of two accounts, one for retirement and the other for health, education and home-buying expenses. Low income taxpayers could get a savers credit worth up to $500. The plan incorporates two ideas discussed at the panel’s last meeting, when the commission’s nine members decided that two of the biggest and most popular tax breaks benefit the wealthy more than moderate- and low-income families. One resulting change converts the mortgage interest deduction to a credit, while also limiting the size of eligible mortgages to the area’s mortgage limit as set by the Federal Housing Administration. It also caps unlimited deductions for health insurance that businesses provided to workers, setting the tax-free limit at $11,500 for families and $5,000 for individuals — the size of the benefit provided to members of Congress. Other fringe benefits for employees, like child care and life insurance, would be taxed. It retains the earned income tax credit, a benefit designed to lift the working poor out of poverty, but gives workers the option of letting the IRS make that calculation. The panel also recommended a proposal blending that simpler income tax system with elements of consumption tax, promoted by some economists as the best way to spur economic growth. A key change would give businesses more investment incentives by letting them immediately write off the cost of new equipment. “The whole economic pie would be larger,” said James Poterba, a panel member and economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A few members, however, had concerns that wealthy taxpayers with a lot of investment income would benefit most from some elements, such as a 15 percent tax rate on capital gains and dividends. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Finance Committee, denounced the proposal, saying, “It’s hard to conceive of something that could hurt New York more than the elimination of state and local tax deductibility. … We will do everything in our power to defeat this pernicious proposal.” Elizabeth Garrett, a law professor from the University of Southern California, said she wanted to examine the amount paid by taxpayers at various income levels to be “at least content that we do no worse.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’re going to take into account all the work that they have done and the recommendations that they are making,” McClellan said. “We share a common goal of reforming our tax code to make it simpler and fairer.” The President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform is tasked with making multiple recommendations for different tax methods that make income taxes fairer, simpler and more economically productive. Its final report is due Nov. 1. The proposal includes savings accounts for retirement and major family expenses very similar to a proposal put forward by President Bush. The panel would shrink the number of income tax rates from six to four and put 75 percent of individuals and families in the bottom 15 percent tax bracket. The proposal abolishes the alternative minimum tax, a levy designed to prevent the wealthy from evading taxes but which is increasingly creeping into the middle class. Individuals would not pay tax on roughly three-quarters of the capital gains on corporate stock.
Raheem Sterling has risen to every obstacle in his career and Gareth Southgate fully expects the forward to overcome the “next challenge” of flourishing for England.A shining light as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City romped to the Premier League title last term, there were naturally high hopes that the Harlesden-raised 23-year-old would take that form into the World Cup.Sterling impressed in parts but was unable to make a telling impact in front of goal in Russia, with the forward’s goalless run extending to an eye-watering 27 matches in Friday’s goalless Nations League draw against Croatia.That night he was substituted for the fifth match in succession, but Southgate backed Sterling to shine for the Three Lions as he looks to score his first international goal in 1,102 days against Spain.“If we had the answer to that, we’d probably have resolved it a few games ago,” Southgate said ahead of Monday’s Nations League clash in Seville.“What do we do? We’ve got to keep getting him in the right positions. We’ve got to create chances for him and he’s got to keep getting in the right areas.“The other night I don’t really remember him (having a chance).“There was a ball that flashed across the box and he was just in behind the defender when he’s got to try to get across the front of those if he can.“But I think it is going to be a confidence thing that when the goal comes he will go on a scoring run.Southgate was speaking at a press conference ahead of the game against Spain. [Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire]“For all our attacking players, we’ve got to make sure we are creating chances and that we are in the right areas and then they’ve just got to go and finish them.”Asked if confidence was an issue with Sterling, Southgate said: “I don’t think his confidence is low, but I think there are times when maybe you can think a little bit too much about what you’re doing in certain moments.“It’s about having the freedom just to hit things.“This is one of the big challenges of international football. You know with your club – well, with his club – you get another five chances in the next 10 or 15 minutes.“You get fewer chances with us and you have sporadic games, so you don’t get another go next week.“This is part of dealing with international football and that is his next challenge.“But I have to say every challenge that has been put in front of him throughout his career – new players coming in, for example, over the last couple of years (at City) – he’s risen to those challenges.“He’s been tough enough to deal with those challenges and I expect him to come through this.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoZen HealthLittle Family Stars Confirm Very Sad NewsZen HealthUndoLifestly.comAt 78, Pele lives in this modest mansionLifestly.comUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – This is how She Does It!HappyTricks.comUndoSky-Elite-NewsHusband Illustrates Everyday Life With Wife In 19 PicturesSky-Elite-NewsUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoStyleReadsMagnesium Deficiency Causes Heart Attacks! Eat These 15 FoodsStyleReadsUndo
The Oakland A’s, after claiming the team would privately finance its new ballpark, could receive a taxpayer subsidy worth tens of millions of dollars.Once again, government officials are preparing to spend public money to try to keep a professional sports team under the false rationale that it would boost the local economy. We’ve seen this play before: Taxpayers are still paying off debt for stadium improvements that brought the Raiders back to Oakland in 1995.Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval …
The customs agent was losing his patience with the small, demure Asian woman standing in front of him, struggling to understand his command that she sign her custom form. He yelled, “I need your signature!” It was the fourth time he made his demand, each time asked louder and slower than before. It was the fourth time she still didn’t understand.You’re laughing at how ridiculous it is that someone would raise their voice and expect it to improve the communication. But haven’t you been guilty of this?Refine the MessageYour message isn’t resonating. So you repeat it over and over again, each time louder, struggling to make it resonate with its intended audience. But increasing the volume doesn’t improve your message. It doesn’t increase your message’s resonance with you audience.Refining the message improves its impact.The Rest of the StoryAt some point, the customs agent decided to show the visitor what he wanted her to do by acting it out for her. The visual representation immediately improved the communication, and she signed the customs form. Not that he could have read it anyway.