3 things small business owners should know for 2019

first_imgNEW YORK — Now that the new year is here, small business owners may find themselves trying to understand changes brought about by federal and state laws. Here are three things owners need to know for 2019:— Tax filing season. Business owners will learn what impact the new tax law is having on their finances. Many owners who are sole proprietors, partners and shareholders in S corporations will be trying to figure out if they can claim the 20 per cent deduction for qualified business income. The computations for the deduction can be complex, and depend on an owner’s income, and a spouse’s income as well, and how much they pay their employees. There are other big changes — for example, companies like manufacturers that can now use the cash accounting method instead of the previously required accrual method will be reconfiguring their ledgers.Owners who didn’t do year-end tax planning may want to consider getting an extension of the filing deadline for their returns to give themselves breathing room. You can learn more about the new tax law and how to get an extension on the IRS website, www.irs.gov .— Internet sales tax. The majority of states have enacted laws requiring retailers who sell in their states to collect sales tax even if they have no physical location like a store or distribution within the state. Most of the laws exempt retailers who have $100,000 or less in revenue and 200 or fewer transactions in a given state. Some of the laws are already in effect, while others go into effect during 2019. Some states have not acted yet.Retailers can use software or services to help them collect tax, submit it to state tax authorities and compile required returns. The software is likely compatible with a retailer’s e-commerce system. Search online for more information,— California’s Consumer Privacy Protection Act. The law, which potentially affects thousands of companies located outside of California, requires businesses to disclose what they do with consumers’ personal information, and gives consumers more control over what happens to that data. Consumers have the right to have the information deleted from companies’ computer systems. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, but companies must be in compliance with some of its provisions before the end of 2019. However, the law is expected to be amended because of several contradictions and other issues. You can search online for more information; some law firms have written primers to help explain the law.___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

World Bank launches partnership against polio approves 28 million for Nigeria

The World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International, and the United Nations Foundation – which together launched the Investment Partnership for Polio yesterday – said they would move swiftly over the coming months to fund the immunization of children in polio endemic countries starting with Nigeria.The loans will be funded through the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank designed to provide soft-loans to the poorest countries. The Investment Partnership will “buy down” a country’s IDA loan upon successful completion of a polio eradication programme, the World Bank said. So far $50 million has been set aside and this is expected to buy down approximately $120 to $140 million.“The partnership to buy down loans to grants on the basis of good performance is an example of the innovative thinking occurring in the private sector and the World Bank about how to increase finances for the fight against global diseases,” World Bank President James Wolfensohn said of the plan’s generous terms.While the partnership brings large amounts of new money to eradicate polio, the global initiative is still short roughly $275 million, a gap that threatens immunization campaigns and surveillance activities, according to the World Bank. Consequently, the Partnership is calling on the wider international community to meet the funding gap and support eradication. A $20 million loan for eradicating polio in Pakistan, for example, is scheduled for consideration in mid-May.In 1988, polio was endemic in more than 125 countries compared to only seven countries in 2002. Countries still to defeat polio include India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Somalia, Afghanistan and Niger. read more

UN chief calls on international community to support Burundis development

“Today, more than ever, Burundi needs support,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the first Sectoral Conference in the country, held in the capital, Bujumbura, delivered by his Special Representative for Burundi, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, “The country has already progressed along the long and difficult path towards peace and sustainable development. Now all stakeholders must come together to implement the recommendations of the Geneva Conference.”In his remarks, Mr. Ban also called on inclusive participation from all sectors of society, stressing this is essential to fight poverty and promote growth.“The State holds primary responsibility for upholding its commitments but civil society, the private sector, religious and local communities and development partners must all play their part,” he said. “The engagement of women and youth is especially critical to success.”Mr. Ban added that the Conference represented an essential step in efforts to ensure that the commitments made at the Conference of Development Partners in Geneva in October. During the Conference, more representatives from a range of countries identified ways to support Burundi’s continued progress in reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. The international community also committed $2 billion to accelerate the country’s development.“I am grateful to the Government for organizing this Conference, which is an essential step forward in our common efforts to ensure that the Geneva commitments are realized. I also thank Burundi’s partners for their engagement, which reflects an important degree of international solidarity,” Mr. Ban said. “Together, we can help Burundi to fight poverty, generate employment, promote fair economic growth, participate in regional integration, and reinforce the State while protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens.” read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell becomes NCAAs secondalltime leading scorer passes Jackie Stiles

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell waits for an inbound pass in the NCAA tournament game against CEntral Michigan on Mar. 19 in St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorJust one player — former Washington guard Kelsey Pum — has scored more career points in NCAA history than Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell.Mitchell, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, hit a layup in the fourth quarter of the second-round matchup between the No. 3-seed Buckeyes and No. 11-seed Central Michigan to move her past former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, who scored 3,393 career points, and into second place. She seems unlikely to pass Plum, who currently sits at 3,527 career collegiate points, to become the all-time leading scorer. Even if the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA championship game, Mitchell trails Plum by more than 125 points and would need to average 30-plus points to claim the top spot. She entered Monday averaging 24.1 points per game and scored just 11 points in the first round of the tournament against George Washington.Mitchell became the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer on Jan. 27, passing Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, when she hit a 3-pointer against Michigan State to give her 3,093 career points. She has scored more than 500 points more than former Buckeye forward Jantel Lavender, who sits in second with 2,818 career points.Mitchell holds numerous other NCAA, Big Ten and Ohio State records.The senior maintains a current streak of 92 straight games with a made 3-pointer, the most in a row in NCAA history. Mitchell also has made the most 3-pointers in NCAA history with 491 triples. The volume shooter has attempted the most field goals (2,531) and 3-pointers (1,270) ever in the NCAA. read more

Queens Christmas message We can draw inspiration from the achievements of ordinary

first_imgThe Queen delivered an upbeat Christmas message on Sunday, saying that we can all draw inspiration in the face of difficult times from the achievements of ordinary people.Her annual Christmas message paid tribute to the country’s “unsung heroes”.In it Her Majesty emphasised the theme of inspiration, as she reflected on the achievements of Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the UK and across the Commonwealth at the Rio Games last summer.The Queen, speaking from the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace, said that “having discovered abilities they scarcely knew they had, these athletes are now inspiring others”. On Christmas morning other members of the Royal family attended the annual church service On Christmas morning other members of the Royal family attended the annual church serviceCredit: Andrew Parsons / i-Images 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. The Queen and Prince Philip delayed their train journey to Sandringham by a day on Wednesday because they both had heavy colds, arriving on Thursday by helicopter instead. Her Majesty did not attend the Christmas day church service because she was still too unwell. In the pre-recorded message, the National Anthem was played by the Massed Bands of the Foot Guards, directed by Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts, Corps of Army Music, Senior Director of Music, Household Division.The carol was an excerpt from A Christmas Intrada, called The Wassail, by the American composer Alfred Reed, who died in 2005. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending Christmas in Berkshire The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending Christmas in BerkshireCredit: Pete Maclaine / i-Images The Queen was understood to have been was left “disappointed” with Mrs May after the Prime Minister declined to share plans for Brexit during her first stay at Balmoral in September.But the PM’s allies emphasised on Friday that Mrs May has the “greatest respect” for the Queen and will share details about her plans for Brexit as soon as they are decided.For her Christmas message broadcast the Queen, who as usual is spending Christmas Day at Sandringham House, in Norfolk, wore a deep jade, silk cloque dress with deep jade velvet trim to the neck and pockets, designed by Angela Kelly.She was wearing a pearl and diamond brooch which Her Majesty has worn on a number of occasions. The brooch was previously worn many times by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. In the broadcast she also cited the “inspirational work” of the many hundreds of charities which she has been patron, together with the achievements of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Prince’s Trust, which this past year have celebrated their sixtieth and fortieth anniversaries respectively.Her Majesty said: “I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. They are an inspiration to those who know them.”The Queen’s hopeful Christmas message follows Prime Minister Theresa May’s Christmas Eve address in which she urged the country to unite after a year of deep divisions over Brexit.Mrs May urged people to “come together” and help make a success of the decision to leave the European Union.She said: “As we leave the European Union we must seize an historic opportunity to forge a bold new role for ourselves in the world and to unite our country as we move forward into the future.“And, with our international partners, we must work together to promote trade, increase prosperity and face the challenges to peace and security around the world.”last_img read more

9 unusual items that have been lost in the Irish post

first_img Source: ebayNazi Memorabilia Source: WikimediaIncluding but not limited to an Africa Corps compass and a cigarette case bearing the symbol of the SS.A boomerang Not the actual boomerang. Source: Flickr“We tried to return it to sender, but it kept on coming back”, Gordon explained.A fair few care packages This package made it but others weren’t so lucky. Source: DailyEdge.ieThose warm woolly jumpers, boxes of tea bags and delicious Tayto treats won’t be reaching their final destination without the correct address.Sex toys, aka ‘romantic’ items’ Source: ShutterstockGordon didn’t go into detail but he did deliver one important message:Romance is still alive in Ireland, both in toys and clothing.He also offered some helpful advice to customers who want to make sure their items reach their final destination.His top tip was to include a return address, printed clearly on the top left-hand corner of the envelope or package. “That is the most important thing”, he said.We want to deliver your mail, we don’t want to open it, and we want to be able to deliver your post back to you intact.You can also use An Post’s address checker to make sure that you’ve got all the correct details.5 of the oddest things you can actually do this Valentine’s Day>11 indications that winter is actually sucking the life out of you> AH SNAIL MAIL.Every week over 50,000 items of post end up in An Post’s returned letters centre in Limerick, having failed to make it all the way to their final destination successfully.“The vast majority are letters” operations manager Adrian Gordon told DailyEdge.ie, but sometimes there are some rather interesting items to be found among the packages that make their way to the centre.Here are just a selection of “weird and wacky” items that Gordon and his colleagues have come across so far:A ringmaster’s whip Source: FlickrA wedding veil Source: ebayA remote control ash tray that moves back and forth when it’s needed Source: FlickrA cow’s horn Source: John Goode Photography via FlickrAn ice hockey pucklast_img read more

CBA under fire for alleged 76m fraud

first_imgThe Commonwealth Bank has come under fire after having failed to alert police of fraud allegations involving members of staff, despite management’s awareness since February 2007.Those alleged to be behind the $76 million scam are professional poker player Bill Jordanou and accountant Robert Zaia. According to a report by Fairfax Media, the staff were allegedly complicit in a Ponzi scheme and received commissions for their involvement, all of which was ignored by the bank for some five years.Mr Jordanou and Mr Zaia are accused of borrowing millions of dollars, siphoned from client’s accounts without their knowledge or consent, and used for a number of property developments, which never eventuated.A victim of the alleged fraud is Melbourne property developer Nick Fotopoulos, who has decided to take civil action against the bank after losing more than $5 million.While the bank refused to explain why it didn’t alert police earlier of suspicions, a CBA spokesperson did state the “CBA has zero tolerance to bribery, corruption and facilitation payments across the business and will continue to cooperate with the police and the legal process as this complicated issue unfolds in the courts”.Mr Jordanou and Mr Zaia are expected to face court in February 2017, the pair likely to plead not guilty to almost 100 fraud and deception offences. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dean Ambrose defends the WWE Championship in a triple threat main event

first_img 2 COMMENTS Twitter Google+ Facebook b d Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Awful looking card as usual WWE booked lazy and went with awful options WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Nick Noel Here is the updated card for tonight’s WWE Battleground PPV from Washington, DC airing live on the WWE Network beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT).WWE Championship – Triple Threat MatchDean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman ReignsJohn Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The ClubKevin Owens vs. Sami ZaynThe New Day vs. The Wyatt FamilyWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchThe Miz (c) vs. Darren YoungWWE United States Championship MatchRusev (c) vs. Zack RyderWWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks and ?Becky Lynch vs. NatalyaPlus, “The Highlight Reel” with special guest Randy OrtonKickoff Show:The Usos vs. BreezangoWrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE Battleground 2016 tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT) along with brief updates on Twitter via @wrestleview.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteDuration 0:00/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenThis 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.center_img July 24, 2016 at 4:46 pm this is actually a pretty damn good card, hope the show reflects that. WhatsApp July 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm Comments are closed. WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins discovers his siblings through a 23andMe DNA test Pinterest 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show last_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On May 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, May 5, 2019, from 2pm to 4pm, in the Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street).May 5 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmMa & Pa’s PicklesPolish Prince PierogisPurple Carrot BreadSeafood ExpressSweet Lydia’sArtisans: Bee Balm Co.Emmett’s EdiblesGrateful TastesGrazing Platter BoardsKC Styles Jewelry & AccessoriesRustic Life Farm SoapSusan Anton LMTWilmington Clay WorksAdditional Attractions:Kids Table: Great Creative with ClayLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday, September 8In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 28In “Community”last_img read more

2020 Kia Soul priced starts at 18485

first_img 2.0L I4 GT-Line IVT 32 Photos $21,285 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Trim 2.0L I4 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value LX 6MT The GT-Line can also be upgraded with an optional 201 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for $28,485. This top-trim model is fully loaded with all of the bells and whistles in the Soul’s new bag of tricks, including a sport-tuned suspension and brakes, Kia’s enhanced DriveWise safety suite, a massive 10.3-inch infotainment system, head-up display and more. At only about $500 more than a loaded 2019 Soul Exclaim Turbo with significantly more features and content, the line-topping 2020 GT-Line 1.6T looks like an even better deal than the lower trim levels.The 2020 Kia Soul should start arriving in US dealerships over the coming weeks, where it will compete nicely with the likes of the Nissan Kicks ($19,585), Toyota C-HR ($22,090) and Honda’s HR-V ($21,565). S IVT $19,985 2020 Kia Soul pricing Kia $28,485 $23,685 $22,485 Kia has also ditched the weird punctuation based naming convention (Soul, Soul+, and Soul!) in favor of more easily understandable LX, S and EX trim levels to indicate base, mid and upper tiers. The 2020 lineup also includes the new X-Line ($22,485) and GT-Line ($21,285) styling packages, which tweak the Soul’s updated design for a more rugged or sporty appearance, respectively. 2.0L I4 2.0L I4 Engine The 2020 Kia Soul and Soul EV make their world debut at the LA Auto Show 2.0L I4 SUVs Wagons Crossovers Hatchbacks $18,485 Price (including $995 destination) EX IVT Share your voice X-Line IVT Kia has finally slapped a price tag on its 2020 Kia Soul. The boxy, subcompact crossover will start at $18,485 (including a $995 destination charge) for the base LX model with the six-speed manual transmission, a price hike of about $1,000 over last year. For the extra dough, the new Soul rolls out with more standard features and optional equipment and improved utility, thanks to even more cargo space than before. The base LX is the only Soul trim available with that six-speed manual gearbox; most trim levels of this new generation will mate their 147 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines with a new Intelligent Variable Transmission — Kia’s version of a continuously variable transmission — which promises smoother operation and improved fuel economy over the old conventional six-speed automatic. Pricing for these IVT-equipped models ranges between the $19,985 LX IVT and and the more fully equipped EX IVT for $23,685. 1.6L turbo I4 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better $21,285 Post a comment 2.0L I4 0 More From Roadshow Tags LX IVT GT-Line 7DCT Kialast_img read more

Women police team creates awareness to SACET students

first_imgOngole: SACET secretary Vanama Ramakrishna Rao and correspondent Srimanthula Lakshmana Rao announced in a statement that the Shakti women police team organised an awareness session in the college on Tuesday. V Rambabu, ASI of Shakti team said that if any students observe eve-teasing or ragging near the schools, colleges or even hostels to call the 100, so that the police department will take action on the culprits. He advised the students to keep the focus on studies and not to fall prey to movies or social media to ruin their life. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He asked them to be disciplined to bring good name to their parents and have a great future. Vetapalem SI Ajay Babu asked the students to oppose eve-teasing and ragging. He advised them to be responsible towards the society and respect the constitution and acts. He asked them to not get addicted to alcohol or use bikes for triple riding and involve in any types of crimes. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The college principal Dr P Ravikumar advised the students to be responsible and disciplined in student life and not involve in eve-teasing or ragging to ruin their life. The members of Shakti team also explained the students about their duties and responsibilities and advised them to seek their help in trouble. The HoDs of various departments and teaching and non-teaching staff also participated in the programme.last_img read more

Barishal road crash kills 3

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloThree bus passengers were killed and 10 others injured as a bus crashed into a roadside tree on Dhaka-Barishal highway at Baichkhola in Barishal’s Gouronadi upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.One of the deceased was identified as Laton Rari, 42, a resident of Bamrail area of Ujirpur upazila.Sheikh Atiar Rahman, officer-in-charge of Gouronadi highway police station, said that the accident took place around 2:00pm when the driver of ‘BMF Paribahan’ bus lost control over the steering and hit the tree, leaving three bus passengers dead on the spot and around 10 others injured.Being rescued, the injured were admitted to a local hospital.last_img read more

Urging adult women to take up dance again

first_imgBharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Priya Venkataraman, who took her first steps in dance when she was seven, has asked her adult students to take up Bharatanatyam as a second innings in life. “Once a dancer, always a dancer! One does not need to rekindle the flame, because the passion never dies,” Venkataraman said. “I have many adult students who have taken sound training under various gurus in their childhood and are now in Gurugram because of professional or personal reasons. They come to me to keep their training and interest in the art alive,” Venkataraman further added. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA disciple of 2013 Padma Bhushan recipient Saroja Vaidyanathan, the danseuse developed a passion for classical dance and was fascinated with “costume, make-up and elaborate jewellery” that completes a Bharatanatyam performance. She has performed for then US President Barrack Obama during his visit to India in 2010 and in a programme for the Royal couple of Bhutan in 2011. When asked what changes she has seen over 25 years of her choreography and training as a classical dance educator herself, she said, “I see a definite shift from the solo to a group format in the classical dance arena. Indian classical dance evolved primarily as a solo form. More recently, however, I notice the stage available for solo platforms are dwindling and group choreography is becoming more popular.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Speaking for Bharatanatyam in particular, the duration of the performance is becoming much shorter too. From about 90 minutes to 30 minutes on average. As a result, most of the time, faster pieces are usually chosen to exhibit technical virtuosity and one finds slower ‘abhinaya’ pieces like ‘padams’ and ‘javalis’ not finding a place in the current scenario,” she explained. Venkataraman and her 50 students will be presenting ‘Dance Kaleidoscope’ at a private school in Gurugram on July 27. It is a recital that features traditional dance numbers from the Bharatanatyam repertoire’ like “Allarippu, Jathiswaram, Varnam, Padam and Keertanam”.last_img read more

Hundreds of Nazi war criminals fled to Argentina in the aftermath of

first_imgWhen the Allies raised their flags in Berlin, and when the German Instrument of Surrender was signed on the eve of May 8, 1945, one thing was clear to Nazi officers: Europe was no longer a safe refuge for them. Plus, the heart and the brain of the Third Reich was gone: the Führer, cornered, had taken his own life. But that didn’t mean that the entire network they had garnered had collapsed. Nazi admirers in fact still thrived. Spain was under a fascist-friendly rule. Plundered gold and other valuables were still secreted in Switzerland. There was a window of time to escape justice, flee the continent, and adopt new identities.Across the ocean, Argentina, under President Juan Domingo Perón, was more than ready to welcome members of the Nazi hierarchy with open arms. Perón, an avid admirer of the fascist ideology, helped numerous former SS officers to flee with the support of his own diplomats and intelligence agents deployed in Europe. He actively aided their passage from Italy and Spain to Buenos Aires.President Perón in 1946, during his inaugural parade.Perón had his own interests with such a generous offer, though his vision for the future did not come to fruition. He was confident a new world order was to follow, in which the Nazis would help Argentina dominate the globe, hopefully becoming more powerful than the U.S.A. or the Soviet Union.A cover page of “Crítica” sharing the news of a diplomatic break of Argentina with Berlin and Tokyo, 1944.Over the years Argentina grew unenthusiastic about keeping Nazis within its borders, especially after learning of the unimaginable extent of the Holocaust. Perón lost power in 1955. Subsequently, some of the war criminals quietly moved to other South American countries. Others remained in Argentina — including Adolf Eichmann, who had arrived in Buenos Aires in 1950.But without Perón, his bolt hole was no longer safe. The most wanted man was abducted by Israeli agents in Bueno Aires.The Red Cross identity document Adolf Eichmann used to enter Argentina under the fake name Ricardo Klement in 1950, issued by the Italian delegation of the Red Cross of Geneva.After the war, Eichmann first sought shelter in Austria. He was allegedly helped by the Vatican to falsify identity papers for his escape.Under the false name of Ricardo Klement, the former Nazi went unnoticed in Buenos Aires. He was able to get a coded message to his wife who came with their children to live in a middle-class suburb of the city.However, the world never forgot that he was a major orchestrator of the Holocaust. 10 Surviving Buildings Built By The Nazis During Their Time In PowerEichmann was eventually traced and captured by Mossad agents and brought to justice in Israel. His life was ended on May 31, 1962; it was the only death penalty ruled by the court of Israel in its history.Adolf Eichmann photographed during his trial in Jerusalem, Israel, 1961.If Adolf Eichmann was the “most wanted” Nazi, Josef Mengele perhaps scored second on the list. He was remembered for his cold-blooded experiments and torture on children, pregnant women, and disabled people who were detained in Auschwitz, which earned him the title Angel of Death. He also made it to Argentina and was daring enough to use his real name.For a while, his life was peaceful in the Argentine capital. Once the news that his compatriot Eichmann was captured reached him, Mengele sought refuge in Brazil. He died from a stroke in 1970. Authorities took six years to authenticate his identity as Mengele used a bogus identity once he came to Brazil.The three-judge panel trying Eichmann’s case consisted of Justice Moshe Landau, Dr.Benjamin Halevy, and Dr. Yitzhak Raveh.Other figures like Italian Erich Priebke and Croatian Dinko Šakić confessed some of their crimes in television interviews many years later. Priebke was noted for a 1944 massacre of over 300 Italian civilians, close to Rome. Another fugitive living in Argentina, he gave an interview for ABC News in 1994. When the piece aired on television, it resulted in Priebke’s extradition to Italy.Šakić, who was Commander of Jasenovac camp, run by the Ustashe (the Croatian pro-Nazi party), was rather forgotten by 1998. That year, he inadvertently set himself up during a TV interview that grabbed attention after he provided statements of his deeds during World War II. It eventually led to his deportation and trail in Croatia.Josef Mengele in 1956. Photo taken by a police photographer in Buenos Aires for Mengele’s Argentine identification document.More infamous Nazis who were caught included Franz Stangl and Josef Schwammberger. The first of them was convicted for the murder of 900,000 people in concentration camps. He was traced in Brazil. Schwammberger, a mass execution officer, was caught by Argentine officials after West Germany called for his extradition in the 1970s.Read another story from us: The Georgian Legion of the German Army stationed on the German-occupied Dutch island of Texel revolted against Nazi Germany.Justice didn’t prevail for everyone, however. There were many more former Nazis, probably hundreds more who just resumed their quiet cautious lives in the lands of South America.last_img read more

Watch Snake expert removes African Rock Python from police van near LadysmithWatch

first_imgPolice are good at nabbing the bad guys, but when an African Rock Python is found crawling around in one of their vans, it’s definitely a job for local snake expert Fanie Cilliers.Fanie received a call on Tuesday (January 23) from an officer at Ezakkeni SAPS, saying that a massive snake was stuck under a police vehicle. The team of snake catchers – comprising Fanie, his wife Melissa and daughter and son Mishke and Sean – responded quickly to the scene.On arrival, they found a police van parked in the middle of the entrance to Ezakheni police station. Officers were standing outside with their phones in their hands, waiting to catch a glimpse of the snake and take a picture of it.Mind you, the wary policemen made sure they kept a safe distance away from the “scary serpent” that had hitched a ride under their vehicle.The officers said they had responded to a call of a snake in the area and when they arrived, they could not find it. They added that residents suddenly started shouting that the snake had made its way into the police van.Fanie and his team quickly assessed the situation and got out their tools of the trade to safely remove the “unwelcome guest” in the van.The snake expert looked under the vehicle and saw the snake wedged deep in the chassis.Fanie had to lie flat on the ground and use torches to find the head of the snake.It was a difficult few minutes for Fanie and his family as they all worked together as a team, with everyone trying from different angles and sides of the vehicle to get the snake out without any injury. When the python was spotted for the first time, the crowd of police officers excitedly started taking photos.Fanie’s son Sean managed to find the head of the python and latched onto it.With the help of his mom and dad, they slowly pushed the snake out from the springs of the van, which it had coiled itself around. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near LadysmithAlso read: Deadly Rinkhals snake found outside Ladysmith homeAlso read: Watch: 8-year-old boy bitten by snake at primary school in LadysmithThe python was free at last, without any harm being done to it. The police officers were amazed at the size of the snake and even took videos with the fearsome reptile.Some of the officers admitted to being scared, but felt safe in the knowledge that Fanie had the snake under his control. Once it was removed, the delighted officers quipped that “we can now get back to the job of fighting crime”.Fanie explained that the African Rock Python is a female measuring two metres long.He will be releasing the snake at Nambithi Conservancy, where it will be safe and away from humans and vehicles. It will be released in an area where there is plenty of natural food, so it will grow even bigger!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | September 23, 2011 Do Smart Algorithms Make Us Dumb? Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more When volumetric scanning came along a few years ago, proponents hawked the technology as a leap forward in efficiency and accuracy.  Simply sweeping the entire heart would ensure the capture of every bit of data needed to make an accurate diagnosis, allowing the patient to head home, while the next hopped up on the table.It kindled expectations of an echocardiographic nirvana with unprecedented reproducibility regardless of the sonographer’s skills, skyrocketing throughput and off-the-chart revenues. Reality has fallen a tad short.In practice, the bottleneck once at the acquisition stage has shifted downstream to a newly created stage of image processing where the 3-D data set is carved into the views and functional data cardiologists need to form diagnoses. In many cases, this processing has fallen on the shoulders of technologists. This has snarled their schedules, reducing, if not eliminating, the time gains that 3-D acquisition was supposed to produce.Fortunately, help is on the way.In a year or so, the first wave of smart algorithms designed for echocardiography may enter the U.S. market. These algorithms will automatically recognize and extract the data needed for diagnosis – detecting the tissues of the heart and matching them to a computerized reference model for identification; calculating volumes to reveal measures for ventricular mass, ejection fraction and wall thickness; all in a matter of seconds.Philips Healthcare, a pioneer in 3-D echocardiography, may be among the first to offer such an algorithm. The company is working on one right now, adapting software commercialized for cardiac CT for use in echocardiography. Early results look good.But it might be wise not to get too excited.Software engineers have yet to write a smart algorithm that gets the answers right every time. And the one being groomed by Philips to process 3-D echo data sets will be no exception. That’s why Philips plans to include interactive tools for operators to make adjustments, when necessary.These adjustments may be relatively rare. Preliminary evaluation of this algorithm to detect ischemic disease required corrections in just 3% of the cases.But, while laudable for its accuracy, its less-than-perfect record underscores the fact that there will be problems that need fixing. And there lurks the great danger underlying automation.As we become more dependent on machines, the skills needed to do the work begins to atrophy. In echocardiography, this may occur through the attrition of highly skilled sonographers, whose skills are no longer prized or rewarded by employers. Their less capable replacements may not be able to fill in for the shortcomings of smart algorithms. They might not even recognize when to step in.It is the paradox of new technologies that the problems they solve often breed new and unexpected ones. Volumetric echo is just one example. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more center_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions A new document compiled by four cardiac imaging professional societies provides a resource to guide clinicians in best… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100

first_imgCandidate Luis Guillermo Solís told The Tico Times in an interview during the presidential campaign that his administration would not be “business as usual.” One of the first things he said Costa Ricans could expect if he were elected was a 100-day report on the state of his governing.This week, President Solís has requested an audience at the Legislative Assembly on Thursday to present that report, which presumably will guide his administration in the years to come.The symbolic milestone has weighed heavy on the minds of many Ticos as the president strives to make good on ambitious campaign promises to root out corruption, fight inequality and reinvigorate the state’s productive capacity.Solís already has faced several setbacks, including a month-long teachers’ strike that began before he took office on May 8. Two months later, Ombudswoman Ofelia Taitelbaum submitted her letter of resignation after lawmakers and Judicial Investigation Police announced they would open an investigation into allegations that she had committed tax fraud. Solís’ first days in office also have seen a continued increase in cost of living indexes and a currency mini-devaluation.Despite these early stumbles, many Costa Ricans say the country is on the right track, and have rated the president’s performance well. Others are reserving judgment of the Citizen Action Party president, according to an Aug. 13 survey by the University of Costa Rica’s Center for Research and Policy Studies (CIEP) on how citizens view the first 100 days of Solís’ administration.In November 2013, 64.4 percent of those surveyed by CIEP said that the country was going “badly” or “very badly.” In July, that number dropped more than 40 percent to 37.6 percent. Meanwhile, those who felt the country was going “well” or “very well” jumped from 14.3 percent to 33.1 percent during the same period. Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said Solís was doing a “good” or “very good” job, a “significant” improvement over the rating of former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014), according to CIEP’s report.More than 21 percent said that they couldn’t say either way how the president was doing, compared to a scant 2.7 percent who didn’t have an opinion about President Chinchilla last January, or 1.7 percent in November 2013, according to previous surveys from the university.The fractured Legislative Assembly was rated as the least popular government entity and the biggest obstacle to the president’s agenda. Political analyst Constantino Urcuyo told The Tico Times that divisions between the president and his own party in the legislature are proving to be a serious hurdle for the non-career politician turned president.“The main opposition is PAC, not the National Liberation [Party],” Urcuyo said, referring to the former ruling party of President Chinchilla, which has a majority in the Assembly.“When PLN reorganizes itself, it’s going to come back as the opposition,” the analyst warned.Urcuyo, who was a Social Christian Unity Party lawmaker, said the president’s course in office so far seemed to lack direction.“It was a surprise victory. They were left holding the ball, and so the question is, where do I kick it?” he said.The analyst said Solis’ team would have to move out of “campaign mode” and start to pin down their priorities and how they want to accomplish them.“You can design a strategy with objectives that you want to achieve within a year, but you need to say how you’re going to do it, how you’re going to get to this world. This is what they’re missing,” Urcuyo said.The president’s campaign priorities remain roughly in line with the top priorities cited by Costa Ricans who were surveyed, including the high cost of living, inequality and the state of the economy. Unemployment — currently at about 8.5 percent — and corruption rounded out the top three cited by Ticos.Solís has made some moves to address high levels of perceived corruption in the previous administration. He ordered an investigation into the management of the Culture Ministry and asked the Prosecutor’s Office to review an ethics investigation of former Public Works and Transport Minister Pedro Castro to determine if any laws were broken during his term.While many of those surveyed said they are uncertain about the successes or failures of the first 100 days, many more are optimistic about Solís’ ability to fulfill at least some of his campaign promises. More than 48 percent said they believed his government would likely achieve some of his campaign promises, and another 20.3 percent said there is a good chance it would. Some 23.9 percent said there was little chance for the erstwhile ex-professor to succeed.“Give him some more time,” Urcuyo urged. “This guy brought [Costa Rica] joy like the Sele [the Costa Rican men’s national football team], but the happiness has passed, and the worst thing that could happen is that people become disenchanted.”CIEP interviewed 748 people by telephone between July 15 and Aug. 4. The survey has a 95 percent confidence rate. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Solís claims $112 million in losses from corruption in speech highlighting first 100 days of his administration Costa Rica’s first official sign language interpreter has long history of bridging the communication gap Presidential fashion: Best 5 outfits President Solís sported in 2015 Costa Rica’s top 5 political fiascos of 2015last_img read more

Report highlights environmental wrongdoings

first_imgAn audit office report on the department of the environment has been highly critical of its handling of Natura 2000 areas and landfills and listed a host of other violations.The office reported weaknesses, non-compliance with warnings from the European Commission and unsatisfactory measures in removing irregularities.“It is noted that out of the 40 Natura 2000 regions which have been identified as Sites of Community Importance (SCI) only 29 have been declared as Special Management Zones (SMZ), while for six SCI’s the completion of their SMZ process is still pending despite the fact that the period of six years from the date of them joining the regions has expired. Also, to date, nature management and nature conservation regulations have been issued for only four of the 29 areas declared as SMZs,” the study noted.The report also found that measures for the protection of the Polis Gialia beach, part of the Natura 2000 area, were not effective causing problems for turtles nesting on the beach. Incidents which disturb the turtles are likely to increase with more development projects in the area, the report said.The department was warned it should also promptly react to important notices about violations sent by the European Commission to Cyprus, two of which date back to 2010 and 2011. They concern the non-implementation of directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna. One is about the environmental impact of the Oreites wind farm which is in the Natura 2000 area of Paphos and the other about the development of a project which includes golf courses and villas in the Polis Gialia region.On the subject of landfills, the department was told that all such facilities still operating should be closed following Cyprus’ conviction by the Court of Justice of the European Union for breaching its obligations under Article 14 of Directive 99/31/EC on landfill waste.The audit office was also critical of a lack of co-ordination between departments – the department of the environment, fisheries and marine research, forestry and the Paphos district office – which is reportedly affecting endangered species at Asprokremmos beach, another nature conservation zone of high importance.The audit office also discovered the illegal operation of a tyre waste management site prior to its being granted a licence and a camping site in the Hersonissos Akamas area which is up and running before a management plan was finalised.It also criticised the Vassilikos cement factory for not managing all its waste despite being paid fees to do so. Quantities of waste are erroneously being reported to the EU as having been managed but instead is stored at the factory where it poses a fire risk.In terms of Akamas, the report pointed out that although the government has not yet gone ahead with the exchange of private property located in the Akamas peninsula with state forest land, some development of private property has been allowed.This, the report concluded, has given one owner the opportunity to apply for the separation of 339 plots, which is currently subject to an environmental impact assessment study.The findings of the auditor office’s report together with suggestions were handed over to the environment department.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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