Ohio issued the 2017 forms for personal income tax and School District income tax. Ohio also reminds taxpayers of changes to the individual income tax for 2017 and its upcoming tax amnesty program.2017 Individual Income Tax FormsThe Ohio Department of Taxation has revised the individual income tax form for 2017.Low Income CreditThe Low Income Credit line is no longer needed, so it has been removed.Direct Deposit ChangesA direct deposit refund can no longer be split into multiple accounts. Taxpayers can still direct deposit refunds into an IRA, checking/savings account or an Ohio 529.Business Income DeductionThe business income deduction will remain at 100% of the first $250,000 of net business income for single or married filing jointly returns. The deduction is $125,000 for married filing separate returns.Ohio IT K-1The Ohio IT K-1 is used to report each investor’s or beneficiary’s share of the partnership’s, corporation’s, estate’s or trust’s Ohio income and credits. An entity with Ohio income should prepare a separate Ohio K-1 for each investor or qualifying beneficiary. The investor or beneficiary should include the K-1 with their IT 1040.Refund InformationMost taxpayers filing electronically and requesting direct deposit will receive a refund in about 15 business days. Paper returns take approximately 8 to 10 weeks to process.2018 Tax Amnesty ProgramOhio is running a tax amnesty program from January 1, 2018, through February 15, 2018. Taxpayers may get rid of a tax debt at lower cost than usual and avoid further legal consequences. Taxpayers that pay their tax debts in full will pay:no penalty; andonly half of the normal interest.Taxes falling under the amnesty program are:Individual Income;School District Income;Commercial Activity;Employer Withholding;Employer Withholding School District Income;Financial Institutions;Pass-Through Entity;Sales & Use (state & local); andAlcoholic Beverage, Cigarette or Other Tobacco Products (state & local).To qualify for the program, the taxes must be due and payable before May 1, 2017.Whats New in 2017, Ohio Department of Taxation, December 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
(AP) – Hurricane Dorian is moving over open waters after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warn it is gaining strength and probably will grow into a dangerous storm while heading toward Florida’s east coast.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday Dorian is expected to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it stays well to the east of the southeastern and central Bahamas over the next two days. The forecast calls for the storm to pass near or over the northern Bahamas on Saturday and close in on Florida by Sunday afternoon.The storm was a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday when it swirled through the islands of the northeastern Caribbean, causing power outages and flooding in places no major damage.
Lionel Messi ‘Best in history’ Messi lauded by Barcelona colleagues Coutinho & Busquets Iain Strachan 19:14 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División The Argentine produced a typically dominant performance during a La Liga mauling of Girona, drawing gushing praise from his Camp Nou team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets hailed the performance of the “amazing” Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s crushing 6-1 La Liga victory over Girona.The Argentina international set up Luis Suarez for an equaliser after Girona had taken a third-minute lead, and netted twice himself, the second an inventive free-kick steered under the opposition’s defensive wall at Camp Nou.Coutinho, a January arrival from Liverpool, also supplied an assist for Suarez before getting on the scoresheet, and the Brazilian is already revelling in a productive relationship with his superstar team-mates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Leo is amazing,” he told Movistar.”He fooled everyone with his goal. It’s incredible how good he is. Each game we understand each other better, with him, with Suarez, he’s very important for us. “Bit by bit I’m learning and I have a lot of work to do.”Holding midfielder Busquets echoed the sentiments of Coutinho, saying of Messi’s contribution: “He always makes the difference and that’s what makes him the best player in the world and in the history of football.”Ousmane Dembele could not find the back of the net himself but did tee up Suarez for the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick, and Coutinho expects the young France international to hit his stride soon. “Barcelona play unique football,” he said.”Dembele is a great player, I’m sure that with time and work we will learn. We want to do the best we can.”
Edin Džeko Dzeko: Roma deserved great win for patience against Shakhtar Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 07:07 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Edin Džeko Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk Roma Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League The striker felt his second half strike was well deserved as his side reached the quarter-finals for the third time in their history Edin Dzeko credited his Roma team-mates for a “patient” performance as they dumped Shakhtar Donetsk out of the Champions League.A 1-0 win, after a 2-1 defeat in Kharkiv, took Roma through on away goals as Dzeko scored seven minutes into the second half with the game’s first chance of note.And although the Serie A side were outplayed for long periods at Stadio Olimpico, the Bosnian praised the way his side did not panic before eventually finding the breakthrough. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It was a great night for me, for Roma and the whole club,” Dzeko told UEFA’s website. “We deserved this.”We were patient. We knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals. We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.”I did [think a second effort was in] but the ball somehow went wide of the goal. That [one that went in] was the golden one.”I’m proud of this team because I think we knocked out a very strong team.”He added: “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all gave absolutely everything, right up until the last minute. We deserve to go through, to be in the quarter-finals.”And Roma legend Francesco Totti also congratulated his former side on Twitter.”A fantastic result, a fantastic Roma: among the best eight sides in Europe,” he posted. “We push forward onto the next round.”
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — The Cowboys’ season opener against Oregon State is 17 days out, and the Pokes have yet to name a starting quarterback.OSU coach Mike Gundy met with the media Tuesday, where the quarterbacks weren’t made available, and Gundy said nothing is different in regards to the quarterback race from his last meeting with reporters. Gundy said what he has said throughout the process this fall: Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are getting better each day.Gundy was asked when the duo splitting practice reps starts to become a concern.“It started last spring,” Gundy said. “And it doesn’t go away for me. Mine and Sean (Gleeson’s) opinion hasn’t changed. If you clearly have a player that’s better than the other, you play him. If not, you have to play both guys. History tells you that you’re gonna end up playing both of them anyway.”In the past Gundy has needed multiple quarterbacks because of injury, but it hasn’t been that way recently. In the past three seasons, OSU’s backup quarterback hasn’t thrown more than 10 passes.From 2012 to 2015, though, Gundy has needed at least two guys.2015: Gundy used Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh, using Walsh more as a short-yardage guy. Walsh also started that seasons Bedlam game for an injured Rudolph.2014: Walsh played only two games before missing the season with injury. That started the short Daxx Garman era. Garman appeared in nine games that season before falling to the injury bug, which started Rudolph’s career as a true freshman.2013: This was the last time Gundy had a quarterback battle to the level that he is having now. Clint Chelf played in 12 games and Walsh played in eight. Chelf threw 291 balls that year to Walsh’s 190.2012: This was the three-headed dragon year of Chelf, Walsh and Wes Lunt. All three had multiple starts that season, and all three missed games entirely.Brandon Weeden was OSU’s starter all season in 2010 and 2011, and in 2009, Zac Robinson started every game except the Colorado game, where Alex Cate started the game, threw nine incompletions and an interception before making way for Weeden.So, in the past 10 years, OSU’s starting quarterback has made it all the way through the season five times, and OSU needed its backup quarterback five times (even if it was just for a game i.e. 2015 and 2009).There is data there to back up whatever side of the fence one leans toward, but there is enough evidence to support Gundy’s claim of needing two guys at some point. If there was only a 50 percent chance a starting quarterback started every game in a season, a coach would probably feel a lot more comfortable having another solid option.So, why aren’t two-quarterback systems more common?“Reps,” Gundy said. “You just don’t have enough reps to go around. … The only time we’ve ever done it is if we’re using a short-yardage guy, with the exception of Chelf and J.W. that one year because we didn’t have a clue who would be the best player.”And while it might be a good thing OSU has two guys given a possibility of injury, Gundy said the advantage of having two similar style quarterbacks sharing reps heading into the year stops there.“If it’s not a short-yardage type, nah,” Gundy said. “I don’t think so. These two guys are kind of the same. If you had two guys and one was like Mason Rudolph and one was a runner, then it’s a little different game plan. So, if he comes in, you gotta be ready for this. If he’s in, you don’t have to be ready for this, but you gotta be ready for that. I don’t really think it’s much of an advantage in my opinion. Defensive coaches may tell you different, but to me, I don’t think so.”
It was a somewhat slow week as far as orange-flavored NFL news goes with bye weeks and injuries keeping a handful of Cowboys out of action. But there are still plenty of tidbits and pertinent news concerning Pokes in the pros.Here are the top five NFL storylines relating to Oklahoma State.Mason Rudolph Cleared for ReturnNo. 2 spent his bye week in Stillwater, along with former teammates like Emmanuel Ogbah, and even played dunk competition judge at Homecoming and Hoops.But days before that, Rudolph cleared concussion protocol following his nasty head-to-head collision with Baltimore safety Earl Thomas three weeks ago. Earlier this week, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin affirmed that Rudolph would be the starter once he was able saying, “That guy is our quarterback.”Rudolph is set to return Oct. 28 on Monday Night Football (he’s 1-0 on MNF) against an accommodating (and 31st-ranked) Miami Dolphins defense. Look for Rudy to light it up on the big stage.Blake Jarwin Scores in Cowboys’ Big WinOne Target. One Catch. 1 Yard. One Touchdown.That was the Sunday stat line for the former (and current) Cowboys tight end.Could Blake Jarwin BE anymore open?pic.twitter.com/TS8QqoJvhk— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 21, 2019That might have been the easiest score of Blake Jarwin’s football career. It pushed America’s team (but not mine!) to a 21-7 lead against division rival Philadelphia. Dallas would win 37-10.A year after working his way into a featured role in 2018, the return of future HOFer Jason Witten has pushed Jarwin down the TE totem pole, but through seven games, Jarwin is still second among the position group in targets (15) and receptions (11) and he’s tied with Witten for two TDs. His 35 receiving yards leads all Dallas tight ends.Witten won’t be around forever. If Jarwin keeps making plays like this, he’s in a good spot to take up that mantle in Big D.James Washington Returns to PracticeIn the same game that Rudolph went down, his fellow Cowboy-turned-Steeler James Washington was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Washington returned to practice on Monday and Mike Tomlin seems somewhat optimistic that he could be available for the Monday Night game against Miami on Oct. 28.Bye week came at a good time for the Steelers. WR James Washington (shoulder) and CB Steve Nelson (groin) we’re back at practice today. Both said they were glad for the bye to heal up and rehab.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 21, 2019Tomlin mentioned Washington among three Steelers who have progressed this week to Steelers.com.“We’re excited about getting some of these guys back – at least moving in the right direction in terms of partial participation and we’ll get an opportunity to look at that participation and see if they can carry some roles for us this week.”Chris Carson — Still Truck-StickingCarson broke a streak of three-straight 100-yard rushing games with his 65-yard outing in the 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and former backfield mate Justice Hill.Despite the fact that his Seahawks suffered just their second loss of the season, Carson was productive and made a memorable play against a familiar defender.Carson got a little inadvertent payback for a former teammate (Mason Rudolph) against another former teammate (Earl Thomas).CHRIS CARSON TRUCKED EARL THOMAS 🤣🔥🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/0vhIhricgB— Sports ON Tap Seattle (@SONTSeattle) October 20, 2019Despite the slightly down weekend, Carson is still ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing yards (569 through seven games). He finished fifth last year with 1,151.Marcell Ateman Goes DeepIt’s been a rough go for Marcell Ateman during his young pro career. After being projected into the first round of the NFL Draft by one draft analyst, Ateman fell all the way to the seventh. Things didn’t go much smoother after that.He spent the first half of his rookie season on the Raiders’ practice squad before injuries saw Ateman promoted to the active roster. Despite showing some promise when called upon down the stretch, Ateman was relegated once again to the scout team to start 2019.But in Year 2, he’s back and has taken on the No. 88 jersey (which I love for a tall, rangy receiver) and in his second game since promotion has already shown his deep-ball skills.Marcell Ateman snags his first reception of the season. Great job high pointing a contested catch. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/F7hrwNrsXo— Chris Reed (@ChrisReed_NFL) October 20, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Hector Bellerin has handed Arsenal another untimely injury headache after being forced off with a knee problem against Chelsea.The Spanish full-back was stretchered from the field with 18 minutes remaining on Saturday.He had gone down unchallenged, with the sight of him crumpling to the turf causing immediate concern. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It quickly became apparent that he was in no position to continue as Bellerin was left clutching his knee and was clearly in some discomfort.After being assessed by medical staff, he was taken off with his left leg in a brace.The 23-year-old has already spent time on the sidelines this season with a calf complaint. That ailment kept him out of action over the hectic festive period.Having last figured for Arsenal in a 3-2 defeat at Southampton on December 16, he returned to the Gunners fold against West Ham on January 12.He is now facing up to another stint on the treatment table less than two games into his pursuit of full fitness.Bellerin appeared to suffer his latest setback when changing direction.His leg gave way beneath him and he was left stricken on the Emirates Stadium pitch.Arsenal had established a 2-0 lead in a crunch clash with their London rivals prior to losing Bellerin, with Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny on target .They are, however, going to have to tinker with their defensive plans again over the coming weeks.It remains to be seen how long Bellerin will be ruled out for, but the outlook appears bleak.Unai Emery faces another selection poser as a result, with the Arsenal boss having been forced to contend with several injury issues at the back this season.Against Chelsea, he took the decision to introduce Mohamed Elneny.Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who can operate in either full-back berth, was already on the field after coming on in place of Aaron Ramsey. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Government’s efforts at putting a further dent in advanced fee fraud, also known as the lottery scam, are expected to be significantly boosted with proposed amendments to the Evidence Act. National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, is expected to table a Bill in Parliament shortly to amend the Act, to facilitate the admission of evidence from witnesses in court trials, via video link. Speaking at a Lottery Scam Forum hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at the Terra Nova Hotel, on Wednesday (November 7), Mr. Bunting said the amendment is expected to go a far way in ensuring that lottery scam victims, who are predominantly North American residents, can be facilitated at trials locally without having to come to Jamaica, thereby expediting the timeframe within which the matter is concluded. “It is very difficult to collect evidence because the victim…is typically an elderly person in…the United States, who is not going to be inclined to come to Jamaica to give evidence in a Jamaican court, particularly when we have the propensity to keep postponing matters,” the Minister argued. He pointed out that implementation of the video link technology would also facilitate cross-examination of witnesses “which would save those victims for whom it is difficult to travel (from having to come to Jamaica)”. Mr. Bunting said the video link facility would be incorporated into other matters, such as cases of sexual offences against children “where you have a vulnerable witness/victim, and you want to make it as convenient (as possible) and as minimal (the level of) intimidation (that may arise) in the process of giving evidence”. Meanwhile, Mr. Bunting informed that Senator Golding has presented a submission to Cabinet, which seeks to have legislation passed to deal with the lottery scam. This, he explained, arose out of the recognition of existing “legislative inadequacies” giving rise to lack of statutory provisions to effectively treat with the matter. In light of this, he said the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), undertook a study on effective investigation and prosecution of lottery scams in Jamaica. Mr. Bunting said several “deficiencies” were identified and the relevant recommendations to address these incorporated in a comprehensive report, which the Justice Ministry received. These included, inter alia, weaknesses in the Cybercrimes Act, which informed Senator Golding’s Cabinet submission. The National Security Minister pointed out, however, that passage of the legislation “is going to take some time because we are starting from scratch”. Mr. Bunting also advised of efforts that will be made to use the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) “more effectively” in dealing with the lottery scam, particularly the sections related to criminal and civil forfeiture. Additionally, he advised that sections of the Larceny Act would also be treated as offences under POCA. “Essentially, what that does is to…facilitate (the state) recovering the illicit assets, of persons convicted for those offences by using the Proceed of Crimes Act. The Government is seized with the fact that it (lottery scam) is a Tier One threat to our society, to our economy, (and) to our national security (and the need to treat with it, accordingly),” Mr. Bunting stated.
State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says he will be increasing engagement with staff of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) through a number of town halls this year.He made the disclosure at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre’s ‘Morning of Prayer & Praise’ held on Monday (Jan. 8) at the facility’s South Camp Road location in Kingston.“These town halls will not be about inmates, because a lot of the discussions I’ve had centre around inmates; they (will be) purely about our staff. We want to rap with you. We want to have a discussion with you, so that we can hear directly from our probation officers, our correctional officers, our auxiliary workers and so we can get your recommendations and start implementing,” he noted.He added that “we want to engage you more so you can be a part of the decision- making process. A lot of our discussions we’re having about inmates relate to our officers… (and) we have to build you up… If we are to battle, then we have to build up our soldiers, so that is what we are going to try and spend the first part of 2018 doing.”The State Minister thanked the members of the DCS for their invaluable service and for positively engaging in the rehabilitation of offenders.He encouraged them to be strong and courageous as they carry out their various tasks.Senator Charles Jr. said the 2018 objectives outlined for the DCS are many, but he believes that they are all achievable.“It is going to take hard work for us to achieve our goals, but I am convinced that we have the ability to do it right,” he noted. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says he will be increasing engagement with staff of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) through a number of town halls this year. Story Highlights “These town halls will not be about inmates, because a lot of the discussions I’ve had centre around inmates; they (will be) purely about our staff. We want to rap with you. We want to have a discussion with you, so that we can hear directly from our probation officers, our correctional officers, our auxiliary workers and so we can get your recommendations and start implementing,” he noted. He added that “we want to engage you more so you can be a part of the decision- making process. A lot of our discussions we’re having about inmates relate to our officers… (and) we have to build you up… If we are to battle, then we have to build up our soldiers, so that is what we are going to try and spend the first part of 2018 doing.”
Image Courtesy: Abu Dhabi PortsThe newly established Fujairah Terminals welcomed its first container feeder vessel, the Dubai Alliance.This is the first ship to arrive at the terminal, which is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports within Abu Dhabi, Fujairah Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), after a concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah was signed in June this year.Dubai Alliance is a vessel under Star Feeders LLC, a specialist short-sea common carrier container feeder service that operates a feeder network between UAE ports.Following the signing of the 35-year concession agreement with the Fujairah Port that granted Abu Dhabi Ports exclusive rights to develop port infrastructure and undertake operations for containers, general cargo, RoRo and cruise ships, Fujairah Terminals was established and took over management of the terminals from Fujairah Port Authority from August 1.“We are marking the beginning of a new era for both Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah under the new management of Fujairah Terminals. The investment in port infrastructure will go a long way to strengthening development and operation of ports and terminals across the UAE and its contribution to the growth of a diversified, knowledge-based economy highlighting Fujairah’s strategic role in the UAE’s maritime and trade growth, bringing about a marked increase in vessel calls, such as the Dubai Alliance and many more to come,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented.Furthermore, Abu Dhabi Ports will retain the exclusive management of container business throughout the emirate of Fujairah for container business.Further terms of the agreement include enhancing the port’s ability to cater to larger vessels through the deepening of berths and building almost 300,000 sqm yard of storage space, as well as a 1km quay. The company will also invest in new technological equipment to increase operational efficiencies and services.
One of the most spectacular drives in North America will have a more comfortable and safer road surface after the completion of a road-paving tender called by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has called for tenders for repaving on the Cabot Trail from south of Margaree Harbour for about 6.2 kilometres north to the new pavement at the Margaree Harbour Bridge. “The Cabot Trail is a real magnet for visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Keeping it in top shape will make it safer and more comfortable for visitors and residents alike.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
This is the first time that a UN Secretary-General is attending the opening of the Games at the invitation of the IOC. In his letter to Dr. Rogge accepting the IOC invitation, the Secretary-General noted that the UN General Assembly’s adoption last December of a new resolution on “Building a better world through sport and the Olympic ideal” was “a welcome reaffirmation of the value of the cooperation” between the United Nations and the IOC. Mr. Annan, who arrived in Salt Lake City on Thursday, also met with his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi. Later in the day, the Secretary-General is scheduled to attend a reception convened by Utah Governor Mike Leavitt in honour of US President George W. Bush.
From the previous week’s low of 9 million barrels, Iraqi exports jumped to 15.3 million in the week ending 31 May, the Office of the Iraq Programme reported today. Baghdad earned an estimated €355 million (euros) or $333 million in revenue from the sales. During phase XI of the programme, which ended on 29 May, 225.9 million barrels of oil were sold for some €4.89 billion or $4.59 billion in revenue. Sixteen per cent of Iraqi oil exports went to Europe, 58.7 per cent to the Americas/Caribbean market, 23.7 per cent to the Far East and 1.6 per cent to South Africa. Despite the resumed oil exports and revenues, the programme is reporting continued funding difficulties. Owing to a budget shortfall, currently 744 humanitarian supply contracts – worth over $1.86 billion – which have been approved by the UN cannot be further processed for lack of funds.
Mr. Ban told an audience at the inauguration of the Centre for International Peace and Stability in Islamabad that he was overwhelmed with gratitude: “gratitude as the United Nations Secretary-General and gratitude as a global citizen for what Pakistan and her people have been doing for international peace and security.“More than 100 countries contribute troops and police for United Nations peacekeeping missions. Pakistan is number one,” he stated, adding that is impossible to speak about the history of UN peacekeeping without highlighting the country’s contributions.He noted that 8,000 of Pakistan’s men and women currently serve in complex and challenging missions, including Darfur, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The new Centre, at the National University of Science and Technology, demonstrates Pakistan’s determination to be a force for peace by drawing on its experiences, sharing its knowledge and deepening its contribution, Mr. Ban said.“Training is a strategic investment in peacekeeping and here you will build the skills in preparing peacekeepers to take on a new generation of challenges.” ‹ › Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes offical visit to Pakistan on the eve of its Independence Day. UN Photo/Mark Garten The Secretary-General said the UN is also working to rise to these challenges, including through the use of new technologies to help in better implementing its mandates and to provide better security for its troops.“Let me be clear that these new tools, such as unmanned unarmed aerial vehicles, are for information purposes only. They are essentially flying cameras,” he stated. “But armed unmanned aerial vehicles are a different matter,” he continued. “As I have often and consistently said, the use of armed drones, like any other weapon, should be subject to long-standing rules of international law, including international humanitarian law. “This is the very clear position of the United Nations. Every effort should be made to avoid mistakes and civilian casualties.”While in the Pakistani capital, Mr. Ban also took part in an event at the Islamabad College for Girls to promote education, especially for girls and women.“You and I have the same passion for education,” he told the audience, recalling that, as a young boy growing up in the Republic of Korea after the war, he had to struggle for his education, just as many young people did in Pakistan.He also recalled the visit to the UN last month of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year for attending classes and who is an advocate for the right to education. “She is a famous student, but I said she is also a teacher. You are also not just students, but teachers. You can teach others about the value of education for your lives – and for the life of your country,” Mr. Ban stated.“Be both students and teachers. Put education first. And be a global citizen.” Also today, the Secretary-General met with Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly, who was joined by a number of ruling party and opposition Members of Parliament.Mr. Ban congratulated Mr. Sadiq and the Government on the recent elections and appreciated the new agenda of the Government, which aims to tackle some of Pakistan’s most pressing issues. The two men also discussed UN-Pakistan cooperation, including joint efforts in the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster risk response and reduction, as well as polio eradication. They also addressed concerns in relation to terrorism and extremism, human rights and gender equality. Mr. Ban welcomed recent legislation aimed at promoting the rights of women in Pakistan and urged full implementation of such laws.Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will have additional meetings with Pakistani leaders, including the Prime Minister and the President, and women parliamentarians. He will also attend part of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations.
Photo by Jeff BarrettBy Calvin Jensen, USU Eastern VolleyballTwin Fall, ID – Passion and grit were on full display by the USU Eastern women’s volleyball team over the weekend.The Lady Eagles took on nationally ranked #4 Miami Dade Saturday afternoon. The Sharks entered the contest with dominating weekend wins against three other nationally ranked programs. Unable to find answers to a powerful offensive attack, the Lady Eagles dropped the first two sets with scores of 25-14 and 25-20. Realizing the impact of the game, the Lady Eagles found it within themselves to come out fighting in the third set and picked up a 25-22 win. With the momentum, USU Eastern continued to put pressure on Miami Dade. Impressive presence on the net and a scrappy defense catapulted the Eagles to a fourth set victory, 25-19.“After the second set, Coach Jensen helped us realize what we needed to do individually and as a team. Everyone on the team brought so much energy and fire after each point scored and we were able to get into our opponent’s heads. The focus was on the next point and not what happened on the last play,” said freshman libero Avery Best.In the fifth set, the Eagles committed too many errors, allowing Miami Dade to gain an edge offensively and ultimately defeat the Lady Eagles with a final set score of 15-9.“This is a very young team and it took a couple sets for them to gain the confidence and realize they could compete with one of the best programs in the nation in Miami Dade. For the team to be down two sets and come back, pushing it to five, shows the caliber of players that we have this year,” said head coach Danielle Jensen.Middle blocker Kahea Nihipali led the Eagles with an impressive 12 kills and nine blocks. Kiara Richardson also added 12 kills, Ashlee McUne had 47 assists, Kennedy Poulton had four aces and Avery Best had 17 digs.After sweeping Casper College earlier on Saturday, The Lady Eagles leave the Starr Invitational 3-1 and improve to 13-3 overall on the season. This weekend, the Eagles will travel to Sterling, Colo. to attend the Pizza Hut Invitational and will look for wins against #10 Iowa Western, #16 Northeastern, Casper College and Western Wyoming.At the time of this article, USU Eastern women’s volleyball team is ranked nationally #1 in kills, #1 in digs, #1 in assists, #3 in aces and #4 in total blocks. Kiara Richardson is ranked #1 in kills with Breanne Bitter #3 in kills, Avery Best #3 in digs and Ashlee McUne #4 in assists.
With four of the top 10 teams in the nation competing in the 2013 Big Ten Championships this weekend, the road to a conference title will not be an easy one for the Ohio State wrestling team. The No. 6 Buckeyes posted a 5-3 record in Big Ten play this season, earning victories against Michigan, No. 14 Illinois, No. 23 Wisconsin, Indiana and No. 16 Northwestern while suffering losses to three higher-ranked opponents – No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Minnesota and No. 4 Iowa. They did not face No. 12 Nebraska, Michigan State or Purdue. “We have to perform to our best,” said 141-pound sophomore Hunter Stieber. “The Big Ten is stacked with five of the top teams in the nation. It’s a smaller bracket so there’s going to be more of a chance for one team maybe than others. It’s going to be tough.” OSU is one of only four teams to have a seeded wrestler in each weight class. Six Buckeyes were voted in by the conference’s coaches as top five preliminary seeds for the championships. Redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber (133) and his younger brother Hunter Stieber earned No. 1 pre-seeds after going undefeated in the regular season. Logan Stieber, who missed most of January with a leg injury, posted an impressive 19-0 record and will be in search of his second consecutive Big Ten title. Hunter Stieber boasted a 27-0 record and led the team with 10 major decisions. “I feel pretty good (about the tournament),” Hunter Stieber said. “It’s the end of the year so it’s exciting. This is what we’ve been training for all year. I’m ready for it. I’m excited to wrestle.” Earning No. 4 pre-seeds were redshirt junior Nick Heflin (174) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197). Heflin holds an overall record of 12-3 while Campolattano went 15-8. Senior Nikko Triggas (125) and sophomore Cam Tessari (149) were awarded No. 5 pre-seeds after finishing the regular season with records of 17-10 and 13-7, respectively. Rounding out the lineup for OSU are redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), freshman Mark Martin (165) and freshman heavyweight Nick Tavanello who earned sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth pre-seeds, respectively. Coach Tom Ryan said that in order to have a shot at a conference championship, the team will have to improve the way it trains. “Overall, I just think it’s discipline, that’s definitely a problem for us,” Ryan said. “The discipline of rest, the discipline of warming up right, the discipline of being ready to compete at a high level. We have to do all the little things right.” Redshirt sophomore Matthew O’Hara (174) agreed that the team needs to work on some areas but feels confident that it can come out of the tournament victorious. “Conditioning has been kind of a problem for some people, so we’ll have to work on that,” O’Hara said. “We’ll have to get that under control. But we definitely have the talent, so it’s definitely in our grasp. We’ll be able to do it.” The Buckeyes’ first match is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Big Ten Championships will conclude on Sunday.
Once arrived at the British Virgin Islands, a Royal Navy helicopter had found “devastation”.One source said: “The islands haven’t escaped and it’s pretty grim out there.”A runway on the islands had been closed and engineers were on Friday working to reopen it to allow more aid in.More transport aircraft are expected to fly from the UK to the Caribbean over the weekend, with a C-17 transporter ferrying two Puma helicopters to the area.Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said the UK was “determined to get as much help as possible” to those affected. 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. Naval sources said RFA Mounts Bay had arrived at the British Virgin Islands after dropping off aid at Anguilla, where engineers had also repaired a police station and the only hospital.Troops of 24 Commando Engineer Regiment put a new roof on the pre-natal facilities just in time for a local woman to give birth. HMS Ocean, which is due to be retired next year, has been redirected from the Mediterranean to sail across the Atlantic after picking up Chinook helicopters at Gibraltar to join the relief effort. He said: “Mounts Bay is there and has been helping the people of Anguilla, getting emergency supplies ashore, and she’s now moving on to the British Virgin Islands to assist there and we will be sending further planes today, transporting engineers and medics and emergency shelter, to get help where it’s needed.” Britain’s response to Hurricane Irma has been “found wanting” and many British territories in the Caribbean are in “grave need”, senior MPs have warned.Tom Tugendhat, a Tory MP and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Stephen Twigg, a Labour MP and chairman of the International Development Committee, warned that the UK’s response “requires improvement”. In a letter to Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, they say that the arrival of HMS Ocean in a fortnight’s time will be “later than any of us would have wished”.They say in the letter: “The devastation caused by Hurricane Irma has been greater than expected. It has left thousands without shelter, power, and the supplies needed to survive. It has also seen many responses tested, and some found wanting.”We are concerned that many in the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean are still in grave need. Responding to accusations of a slow British response, he said: “We had a ship in the region ready to help with a helicopter, ready to provide help where needed, and we’re backing that up and are determined to get as much help as possible to the people of those islands.” On Friday the Royal Navy arrived at the British Virgin Islands to scenes of devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma.The support ship RFA Mounts Bay arrived off the British overseas territory as hundreds of troops were due to begin arriving in the Caribbean to bolster relief efforts.Transport aircraft full of Royal Marines, engineers, medics and logistics experts left RAF Brize Norton as the Government fought accusations it had done too little to help the territories.The Government announced a military task group earlier this week to reinforce RFA Mounts Bay after its emergency response was criticised as “pathetic” compared to French and Dutch efforts in the region.Ms Patel, the Development Secretary, denied Britain had been caught under prepared by the biggest storm to hit the region in decades.She said: “We’ve had the vessel out there and that vessel has been equipped with the right people and the right skills and the right equipment and the reality is of course, it’s been a difficult environment to get into because of the scale of the hurricane and the extent to which the devastation has hit the countries as well.” A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter ferrying emergencies supplies ashore to AnguillaCredit: Royal Navy “In Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Turks and Caicos, our response still requires improvement and the arrival of HMS Ocean in two weeks’ time will be later than any of us would wish.”Experts and many in the area have been critical of the overall level of relief currently on offer as well as the apparent lack of forward-thinking once the storm’s route to Florida became more than just a possibility.” Troops board an RAF C-17 at Brize Norton en route to areas hit by Hurricane Irma’s 175mph windsCredit: Andrew Matthews/PA
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions recently signed a contract with OZ Minerals, Australia’s third largest copper producer, to supply crushing equipment in the form of a large primary gyratory for their Carrapateena project. Carrapateena is a copper-gold project currently under construction approximately 160 km north of Port Augusta in South Australia’s highly prospective Gawler Craton and has an estimated mine life of 20 years.Andrew Howie, CEO at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia): “We are proud that OZ Minerals is once again putting its faith in our expertise by choosing us as their supply partner for this important project. The design of our gyratory crushers is based on more than one hundred years of experience in manufacturing these machines and continuous product development. This way we ensure high performance and cost effective operation for our customers.”The KB 54-67 gyratory will be used underground for primary crushing of copper ore. Its proven design offers reliability and low maintenance in everyday operation. OZ Minerals and thyssenkrupp have been working together since 2008, when the company placed an initial order for two grinding mills for their Prominent Hill operation.
Belarus vice-champion, Meshkov from Brest has found replacement for injured Milan Djukić, who will miss the rest of the season because of knee injury. He will be changed by another Serbian right wing, Miloš Kostadinović (24), who is coming from national champion and EHF CL’s team, RK Partizan Beograd. Kostadinović has also international experience, he was a member of silver Serbian NT at the EHF EURO 2012 on home court last January. ← Previous Story Biegler’s first win on the Polish bench – Netherlands was too weak! Next Story → Barbosa plays for Spain at Women’s EHF EURO 2012! Belarus handballMeshkov BrestMiloš Kostadinović
PUBLIC ADVOCATE BILL de Blasio, who ran an upstart campaign pledging to fight New York City’s economic inequality, emerged as the surprising top choice in the Democratic mayoral primary, but could still face weeks — and another electoral fight — before becoming his party’s nominee.The chaotic campaign to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which featured Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal and at least three lead changes in the polls, was fittingly plunged into uncertainty again after the Tuesday primary bled into early Wednesday.With 97 per cent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had about 40.2 percent of the total vote, which puts him a whisker above the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid triggering an automatic 1 October run-off. If he cannot maintain that, he will face former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, who has 26 per cent, for a potentially gruelling three-week, one-on-one showdown, with the winner advancing to face Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the general election.But it may take a week or more before it is known whether that battle will be fought at all.The campaign will take a pause Wednesday as the city stops to observe the anniversary of the 11 September terrorist attacks. Later this week, election officials will recount all the ballots cast Tuesday. It will likely take until early next week before they tabulate an additional 30,000 or more votes as absentee ballots arrive by mail and paperwork comes in from voters who had problems at the polls.(Anthony Weiner received just 5 per cent of the Democratic vote after his sexting scandals. Pic: AP Photo/Jin Lee)Christine QuinnCity Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the early frontrunner who was seeking become the city’s first woman and openly gay mayor, finished third at 16 per cent, followed by current city comptroller John Liu at 7 per cent and Weiner at 5 per cent.De Blasio, who was flanked by the interracial family he made a centerpiece of his campaign ads, made no mention of the potential runoff in his speech to supporters late Tuesday.“We are better as a city when we make sure that everyone has a shot,” de Blasio told the raucous crowd. “We begin tonight.”With de Blasio so close to 40 percent, Democratic leaders may pressure Thompson to drop out of the race in the name of party unity. Exit polling shows that de Blasio would handily defeat Thompson in a runoff, 52 to 34 percent, with 9 percent saying they would stay home.But Thompson made it clear Tuesday he would compete in a potential run-off.“Three more weeks! Three more weeks!” chanted Thompson, the party’s 2009 nominee. “This is far from over.”Read: Irish American NYC Mayor hopeful pledges support for Irish immigrants >Read: Anthony Weiner admits to more cyber affairs, falls behind in NYC mayoral race >