California Will Not Tax Amounts from Carson Carousel Housing Tract Cleanup

first_imgCalifornia will not tax amounts received by taxpayers as a result of the Carousel Housing Tract cleanup in Carson, California. Taxpayers may exclude these amounts from gross income when computing:corporation franchise and income taxes; andpersonal income tax.Who Qualifies for the Exclusion?Taxpayers qualify for the exclusion if they receive amounts pursuant to California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, Order R4-2011-046, and they:currently own or previously owned property in the Carousel Housing Tract; orreside or previously resided in the Carousel Housing Tract.What Amounts Can They Exclude?Taxpayers can exclude amounts they receive:from the Shell Oil Company for temporary accommodations and relocation;under the Optional Real Estate Program of the Revised Remedial Action Plan; orfrom a settlement arising out of the investigation, cleanup, or abatement of waste discharged at the former Kast Property Tank Farm facility.Taxpayers cannot exclude any reimbursed amounts representing expenses that they have deducted.For What Tax Years Does the Exclusion Apply?The exclusion applies to all tax years. If a taxpayer previously paid tax on these amounts, the taxpayer has until September 28, 2019, to file for a credit or refund.The regular limitations period for claiming a credit or refund from the overpayment will not apply.Ch. 887 (S.B. 343), Laws 2018, effective September 28, 2018, and applicable as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Howard criticises Afro-Asian bloc for ICC leadership snub

first_imgFormer Australian prime minister John Howard on Wednesday hit out at the Afro-Asian members of the International Cricket Council for not disclosing the reason why they rejected his candidature for the ICC vice-president’s post.Howard’s ambition to head the International Cricket Council after India’s Sharad Pawar was thwarted by the powerful Afro-Asian bloc at an ICC Executive Board meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.”Those who’ve indicated they don’t support it have not given a reason. Even in private discussions, they’re very reluctant to give a particular reason. It’s certainly an unusual situation because I haven’t been told, nor have the representatives of Cricket Australia been told, why this attitude at this stage should be as it is,” he said.”My nomination went forward with the full support of both Australia and New Zealand and I’m disappointed at the outcome. I wanted to do this job, I felt I could do it well and I would have devoted my full time to it,” Howard was quoted as saying by the ‘Sky News’.Howard said if his candidature was rejected because of his past link with politics, it would set a “bad precedent”.”That’s not been said although it’s been widely speculated. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing,” he said.Howard’s tough stance against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and past criticism of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan were believed to be the key factors behind ICC’s decision.But a defiant Howard said he would wear it as a “badge of honour” if African members rejected him because of his hardline stance against Zimbabwe President Mugabe while in office.advertisement”I wear the criticism as a badge of honour. I don’t apologise in any way for the criticism I offered of the Mugabe regime. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing for the ICC,” he said.”I’m out of politics. I don’t have any political agenda internationally other than of course promoting good relations between Australia and our long-term friends, many of which are cricket-playing nations in both Asia and Africa.last_img read more

A huge burden is off my shoulder, says Saina Nehwal

first_imgIt was one prized medal missing from the cabinet of Saina Nehwal. Her failure to go beyond the quarter-finals of the world championships on five previous occasions had set the tongues wagging. Her ability to deliver on the big stage was questioned, too. Though she won an Olympic bronze in 2012, returning empty-handed from the world championships had started playing on Saina’s mind, the ace shuttler revealed.Also read: I am the best, says Saina Nehwal  So when she got down with Vimal Kumar to fine tune her game last September after an expansive period of feeling low, the world championships was high on the priority list. Back to Hyderabad after becoming the first Indian shuttler to win a silver medal at the world championships, Saina can now afford a smile. “It (medal at world championships) was long pending. A lot of people were saying that I do not have a world championships medal and it was something that was playing in my head. That way it is a huge burden off my shoulder,” Saina told Mail Today in an interview. “Yes, I would definitely try to improve on the colour of the medal, be it the Olympics or the world championships. And now that I have a medal in every big event, I will be playing more freely. It will help me win more medals for the country.” When the moment arrived, a normally restrained Saina went berserk in celebrations. She had beaten her long time nemesis Wang Yihan in a high-pressure, high quality quarter-final, displaying extraordinary grit and patience. She threw her racquet while letting up a guttural roar. “The win against Wang Yihan was a very emotional moment. I can’t describe it in words.  I just did not know what to do after the win and I celebrated like that,” she gushed. It indeed was an epic battle on all counts, with both Saina and Wang locked in an intense fight. “It was a long match of one more than an hour and drained out both of us. In the second game I was leading. She is very strong and suddenly I saw the scores levelled 13-13. It was tough but I had to hang on. In the decider, we were winning one-one points and when she took the lead 18-16, I was a little worried. I just gave everything. It was a wonderful match and after the match we had a nice talk.”advertisementAlso read: I was thinking about quitting Badminton last year, says Saina Nehwal Saina has been experiencing a new high this year where she reached the finals of both All England and World Championships for the first time, besides being the World No. 1, a place which she is all set to regain on Thursday. One of the reasons she points out for her recent turnaround is the ‘personal attention’ she is getting at the Prakash Padukone badminton academy in Bangalore under Vimal. “A player at this level cannot get coaching with 10-20 other people around,” she says. “I think I have improved a lot. I am quicker, comfortable in fast-paced rallies. My strokes have improved a little bit more. I am patient on points. All this has happened because of Vimal sir and the personal attention that he is giving me.”Saina of today carries the self belief of beating the best in business. “Vimal sir made me believe like a champion.Also read: PM Narendra Modi congratulates ace shuttler Saina Nehwal  “When you know that you are getting personal attention, your training is going absolutely fine then it fills you with self belief. You are confident while taking on the top players, you can achieve anything.” The 25-year-old is now geared up to prepare herself against recent World Champion Carolina Marin who is proving to be a roadblock for her. “I went into the final thinking that I am going to give my 100 per cent. It was the second game where I made a misjudgment which proved crucial. I went into the quarter-finals and semi-finals with the same thought and I was able to execute. I was confident before final also but in such matches sometimes it happens that you are not able to do it. I have to find a way to beat her, may be next time,” she shrugged. For now Saina, can breathe easy and smile before immersing herself in the punishing grind which has taken her to the pinnacle of world badminton.last_img read more

Marcelo takes blame for horrendous season after 2-0 Betis loss

first_imgAdvertisementReal Madrid have recorded a two nil loss to Eibar on the final day of their already abysmal season. Plenty of players have underperformed. Kroos , Modric , Vasquez are just to name a few.One man who has become infamous for his poor performances is left back Marcelo. The Brazilian had a sizzling partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese’s departure seems to have left a void in Marcelo’s gameplay.“We are the guilty ones,” he told  BeIn Sports  after the match. “We started the season badly and we’ve ended the season badly. It has been a tough year, even tougher on a personal level.“The next season will soon start and we can’t make the same mistakes.“Real Madrid never left, it is always good, fighting for everything. In seven years we have achieved almost everything, a bad season is not going to change what Real Madrid is. Madrid is very big.”Zidane has dropped 16 points after taking over Solari. Real Madrid have scraped their way to third place in La Liga and will look to revamp their squad as soon as the transfer window opens.Advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup Qualifiers: Neymar sends injury scare through Brazil camp

first_imgNeymar gave Brazil an injury scare ahead of their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers by limping off the pitch during a training session.Neymar appeared to suffer a knock to his right foot while disputing a ball with fellow forward Diego Tardelli at Brazil’s Granja Comary training base here on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.Brazil team officials later played down the incident, saying the 25-year-old was not expected to last the entire session.O @neymarjr j est ensaiando os dribles… melhor sair da frente! ????????? #TreinodaSeleo #GigantesPorNatureza CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 2, 2017Just 16 players took part in Brazil training on Monday with eight others due to arrive after long-haul flights from Europe on Tuesday.The five-time World Cup winners will play Bolivia in La Paz on Thursday and Chile in Sao Paulo five days later.Brazil are already guaranteed a place in Russia next year and lead the South American zone’s CONMEBOL standings with 37 points from 16 matches.last_img read more

Antonio Conte not losing sleep over Chelsea coaching job

first_imgChelsea coach Antonio Conte said he had a clear conscience over the slump in form of the English champions after a second heavy Premier League defeat in less than a week and promised he would not lose any sleep over the prospect of losing his job.”Tomorrow is another day,” he told reporters after his 10-man side were hammered 4-1 at mid-table Watford on Monday after conceding three late goals. “I can be Chelsea coach or not. What is the problem? I go to sleep without a problem.”In contrast with his first season in London, when Chelsea cruised to the title, they are 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City and are one point away from dropping out of the top four Champions League qualifying spots.At a club which has seen a steady flow of managers come and go since Roman Abramovich took over as owner at Stamford Bridge in 2003, Conte knows his position is increasingly tenuous but he said he was working as hard as he could to turn things around.Full-time: Watford 4-1 Chelsea.#WATCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 5, 2018The Italian has called on the Chelsea board to end the uncertainty over his future by publicly confirming they trust in his work but votes of confidence are rare at Stamford Bridge.Conte has repeatedly spoken openly about his frustration that Chelsea failed to match the big signings made by the Manchester clubs, City and United, before the season and he returned to the subject after the Watford defeat.advertisement”I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path in the league and Champions League,” said the Italian, whose struggling side face a tough last 16 tie against Barcelona in Europe’s top European club competition later this month.But Conte also accepted some of the blame for the slump in form that saw Chelsea lose 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last week before Monday’s loss — the first time they have suffered consecutive defeats by a margin of three goals since 1995.”I try to continue to work, to improve the different aspects of my players, but today I think our performance was very poor and for sure I have to a take the responsibility because maybe I took the wrong decision for the (starting) 11.””For sure it is a difficult moment and if we want to find excuses we can find everything – tiredness and injuries. But this is not my way,” added the 48-year-old former Italy coach.”I hope that tonight for once you understand me – I am not worried about my job. I work very hard and I give 120 percent.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

Ranking the Big 12 Coaches (Part 1)

first_imgIt’s no secret that OSU fans love Mike Gundy. They love that he played quarterback in the late 80’s with Barry Sanders, they loved his incredible mullet then, they love the return of that same mullet, and they love how he’s transformed the Cowboys into one of the more successful college football programs year in and year out in the country.While the Cowboys typically rank between 30-40 nationally in recruiting classes, they have reached double digits in wins four times since 2010, and are second in the Big 12 in conference wins in that time (37-16).But where does Mike Gundy rank compared to his counterparts within the Big 12? Pretty well, especially with the departure of Art Briles at Baylor. It’s an interesting time in the Big 12. Let’s look at the different categories, rank them, and take a look at how Gundy stacks up. We will break this into two parts. Up first, the new guys on the block. Later in the week, established giants and coaches who still have something to proveGroup 3 — The New Guys On The BlockThese guys are almost brand new at their schools, and will need a few years to build (or in Grobe’s case, save) their programs.10. David Beatty (Kansas)Poor guy. Beatty has been the head coach at Kansas for a year and went winless in 2015 in his first season. Beatty came from Texas A&M as the wide receivers coach, and faces a whale of a job in Lawrence on all fronts. Recruiting will be a real challenge for a school that has struggled even to win non-conference games for years. Generating buzz amongst the fan base will also be difficult, as most Jayhawk fans have given up on the football program, especially with such a strong basketball team year in and year out.If Beatty can win even a few games in 2016, it will be a success for Kansas football. They are building from the ground floor up so it will take patience and time for Beatty to get his players into his system. He has a reputation as a strong, creative offensive mind, and it will take a few years to see results.9. Jim Grobe, BaylorGrobe is your average “steady the ship” hire after Art Briles’ departure this off-season. Grobe has been almost the definition of a .500 coach in his career at Ohio and Wake Forest, going 110-115-1. Grobe hasn’t coached since resigning from Wake Forest in 2013, following his fifth straight season under .500.Grobe will inherit a roster with some talent left in the cupboard, but will have to rebuild Baylor’s brand on the recruiting trail. Almost all of Baylor’s 2017 recruits have bailed to other schools, so the tough task for Grobe and his staff will come as Briles’ players move on from Waco going forward.8. Matt Campbell, Iowa StateCampbell enters his first season at Iowa State after spending four whole seasons at Toledo, coaching the Rockets to an impressive 35-15 record. Campbell was hired at the ripe age of 32, and turned down an opportunity to join Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State to become the head coach at Toledo. We will see how Campbell can adjust to the Big 12, but this move has a lot of Cyclone fans excited for the first time in years.Coming tomorrow: Coaches who have something to prove. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

ESPN: can The Worldwide Leader in Sports manage its own decline?

first_imgIn the summer of 1998, ESPN did what successful American sports entities tend to do: it opened a restaurant. Located in Baltimore, the ESPN Zone was less a place to grab a bite than a 35,000-square-foot monument to the broadcast company’s ascendancy – home to a baseball batting cage, a mural of local athletic heroes signing the Declaration of Independence, and a fully functional replica of the set for SportsCenter, its flagship nightly newscast.Back then, none of this seemed unusual. To the contrary, ESPN was so popular and beloved that restaurant industry observers expected a smashing success, with one analyst gushing to the Washington Post that ESPN’s parent company, Disney, was “so good. They know their limitations – even the precise moment when to pull a video off the shelf. They’re not going to go into a market until the customers are going to drool.”Times change. Last week, ESPN laid off approximately 150 people, eliminations that came after 300 employees were let go in late 2015, and another 100 were eliminated in April. Taken together, the losses reflect the new reality facing the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” the biggest and most influential brand in American sports media. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content ESPN Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Messenger Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (left) have helped diversify ESPN’s onscreen talent, while Bill Simmons (top right) set up a deal with HBO after leaving the company Composite: Getty/NBAE/Bloomberg/USA Today Sports Facebook Pinterest features US television industry Twitter Facebook Television industry Long synonymous with the games it covers, ESPN has been one of the great success stories of the cable television era, a multibillion-dollar empire consisting of broadcast networks, a glossy print magazine, and a strong web presence. But today, the company is under siege, battling many of the same forces eroding both the cable industry and sports media.Right-leaning political commentators have attacked ESPN for perceived liberal bias, with the White House calling for SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill to be fired after she called Donald Trump white supremacist. Younger fans have embraced edgier, digital-native competitors such as fast-growing Barstool Sports, placing ESPN in the uncomfortable role of stodgy, establishment incumbent.Hovering over those high-profile headaches is a more serious problem: the ongoing, accelerating contraction of the cable market, a potentially existential threat. Over the last six years, ESPN reportedly has lost 13m television subscribers worth $1bn in revenue, numbers that have left Disney shareholders grumbling and executives scrambling to reconfigure how they do business.“There once was a time when ESPN was a safe harbor, the destination job for people in sports media,” said Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch. “But that’s no longer the case. They’re facing all sorts of headwinds, and facing them in an incredibly challenging media environment.”Founded in 1979, ESPN is arguably one of the most important companies in American television history – and inarguably the most valuable sports property. Its rise followed the growth of cable; as niche channels supplemented and supplanted legacy broadcast networks, what started as a small-time college basketball and Australian rules football broadcaster operating out of a muddy plot of land in suburban Connecticut grew into a legitimate rival to the likes of CNN and TBS, by offering obsessive, round-the-clock coverage of the National Football League and other sports.For hardcore fans, ESPN wasn’t simply a one-stop shop for games, highlights, and analysis. It was, well, cool. Star anchors like Keith Olbermann and Craig Kilborn did more than deliver the athletic news of the day. They infused it with winking irony, matching the Seinfeld and David Letterman-shaped comedic sensibility of the 1990s. During newscasts, injured players would dutifully be listed as “day-to-day” – “but then again,” Olbermann would quip, “aren’t we all?” Popular, mockumentary-style This Is SportsCenter promos featuring athletes and mascots made the sports world part of the joke. When ESPN appeared in the 1996 Tom Cruise film Jerry Maguire, it made perfectly authentic sense.By the time the 2004 Ben Stiller comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story featured a fictional eighth ESPN network – the immortal “Ocho” – the conceit was less throwaway gag than a nod to the company’s status as sports leviathan. ESPN had spawned sister networks like ESPN2 and ESPN Classic, created its own alternative sports Olympics in the form of the X Games, dabbled in dramatic film and series production, and even co-branded itself in sports video games. Warriors, Charles Barkley and Bob Ley pay tribute to fired ESPN workers Underlying everything was a wildly-profitable business model that was the envy of the broadcast industry. Typically, cable and satellite providers pay no more than $2 per month, per subscriber to networks like ESPN in order to carry them. But because the company held the rights to so many sports that fans couldn’t do without, it was able to charge more than double that amount. At the same time, ESPN managed to include itself in the basic channel bundles offered by pay television providers to just about every customer, which meant that tens of millions of households that didn’t watch the company’s networks still paid for them. In 2013, ESPN made roughly $10bn – with $6.5bn of that coming from subscription fees.Two years later, however, the company gave transgender women and former Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, an ersatz sports Oscars created by ESPN to celebrate itself, raise money for charity, and fill a summer programming dead spot.The broadcast drew a program-record 7.7 million viewers, but also made ESPN a target for conservatives. Subsequently firing baseball analyst Curt Schilling, an outspoken conservative, for posting a crude anti-transgender meme on Facebook further irritated right-learning viewers; by the time White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders demanded Hill’s dismissal after she called Trump a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists” on Twitter, writers for The Wall Street Journal and Breitbart News were accusing the company of bowing to “progressive political correctness”.Compounding matters, ESPN now covers an increasingly politicized sports world, with stories such as the national anthem protests aimed started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick dominating the news cycle.center_img Share on Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Pinterest Topics Read more In the mid-1990s, ESPN was so of the moment … But it’s nearly impossible to stay cool for multiple generations ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job Marina Hyde Share via Email Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance at the ESPYs (left) did not go down well with some conservative viewers but ESPN can still afford to air events such as Wimbledon. Composite: Invision/AP/PA “People say ESPN has a political viewpoint, but I don’t believe that,” said Deitsch. “I think their point of view has always been about commercialism and money. But in 2017, the world has changed. You can see everything [ESPN host] Kenny Mayne thinks about from sports to politics on his Twitter feed. If you agree with him, good, but if you don’t, that can change the dynamic of how you perceive him and ESPN.“They’ve also gone into more issue-oriented discussion on their daytime shows. They have journalistic chops. I admire that. But that means there can be a price to pay, especially in some corners that don’t want anything in sports to be about more than just sports.”Even in that narrow band, ESPN has lost some of its cachet with fans. A messy split with Bill Simmons in 2015, at the time one of America’s most popular sportswriters, led the company to shutter Grantland, a Simmons-helmed site whose relatively modest traffic belied its influence and acclaim. Barstool Sports – a bro-ier site known for rape jokes and speculation about the size of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s baby’s penis – has made inroads with ESPN’s core young male demographic. “In the mid-1990s, ESPN was so of the moment,” Deitsch said. “It felt fun, airy, vibrant. People felt like they wanted to hang out with this network. But it’s nearly impossible to stay cool for multiple generations. Think about music. People like Jay-Z or Johnny Cash, who transcend generations, are like one-in-a-million types. I don’t know if a sports network could ever be that.” Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. ESPN’s most pressing concern is financial. “Cord-cutters” and “cord-nevers” – cable and satellite customers who have opted out in favor of streaming options like Netflix, or else never adopted pay television in the first place – are eroding the company’s subscriber base. So are traditional customers snapping up “skinny” bundles that cut costs by cutting out ESPN, the most expensive non-premium channel on basic cable at roughly $7.50 per month and subscriber.Over the last half-decade, Netflix has surged from 25m to 50m subscribers. By contrast, ESPN has dropped from around 100m households to an estimated 87m, costing the company an estimated $1.08bn a year. Those losses come as ESPN is spending more than $8bn a year for the rights to the NFL ($1.9bn), NBA ($1.4bn), and other sports, deals that run through the early 2020s.When Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted during a 2015 earnings call that ESPN had seen “some modest sub[scriber] losses” and that the company’s profit growth would slow, Disney shares fell nearly 10% the next day. “ESPN is no longer the golden child of Disney,” said Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand, who has covered the company in depth. “Nobody knows the floor for falling subscriptions. That’s the biggest issue in the media business right now. Everybody is waiting to see where this is headed.” At times, ESPN appears to have been caught flat-footed by the shift from cable to digital. Earlier this decade, the company invested $175m in an upgraded SportsCenter studio – never mind that highlights and analysis now are available almost instantaneously on social media, making the show itself increasingly obsolete. Perhaps wishfully, ESPN president John Skipper once believed that weak income growth among viewers was the primary driver behind cord-cutting – and not a desire by customers to treat television like music, paying only for the shows and songs they actually consume.More recently, the company has moved to address its threats. ESPN is placing younger, more diverse multimedia talent – Bomani Jones, Pablo Torre, Mina Kimes, and Katie Nolan – into larger, forward-facing roles, and has launched The Undefeated, an African-American-focused sports and culture website. In what was seen by some as a sop to Red America, ESPN recently rehired Hank Williams Jr – let go in 2011 after publicly comparing President Obama to Hitler – to sing his popular Monday Night Football opening song.In August, Disney announced plans to start two streaming services that would directly compete with Netflix. One will offer movies; the other, ESPN’s second-tier sports. The company is also adapting SportsCenter for Snapchat. “Part of what we’re seeing is the sloppy process of ESPN trying to pivot from being a gigantic TV company to a more nimble media company,” Ourand said. “It’s like the newspaper industry when the internet started to take hold.”Of course, that transition has ravaged print media. Some observers believe an “imploding,” “dying” ESPN faces a similar fate. In October, the Hollywood Reporter speculated that the company might consider punting on the NFL after its eight-year, $15.2bn deal with the league expires in 2021, a heretofore unthinkable cost-cutting measure. Squint hard enough, and it’s possible to envision a scenario in which traditional television continues to contract, ratings collapse alongside, and an increasingly cash-strapped ESPN gets outbid for key sports by rich, content-hungry tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon – leaving the company hollowed out, with little of value to offer.But that’s unlikely. ESPN remains a powerful, profitable enterprise: the highest-rated cable network among men, and adults ages 18 and 54, with the second-most total viewers in primetime, well-positioned to fend off would-be rivals like Fox Sports that also are being hit hard by pay television’s contraction. It doesn’t need to recapture its youthful hipness; to the contrary, a recent mini-fiasco in which the company announced and then cancelled a Barstool-branded show after being criticism from its own employees suggests that the middle-aged company probably shouldn’t try. Nor should ESPN waste time attempting to pacify the politically-peeved – if the Trump Era proves anything, it’s that brands can’t escape America’s all-encompassing grievance vortex.Ultimately, math is math. ESPN faces a future with fewer paying customers. Those who remain will still be sports fans. Can the company translate their passion into sufficient profit? Disney reportedly is negotiating a $60bn purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, including 22 Fox-owned regional sports networks –which carry teams like the New York Yankees, charge hefty local subscription fees, and serve roughly half of the nation’s television markets. For ESPN, acquiring those rights would be both a doubling down and a bet on the future: own the games, and people will pay you plenty to watch.“ESPN can’t just make money by showing up anymore,” Deitsch said. “It’s never going to be 1998 again. That said, anybody who thinks they are going out of business tomorrow is insane. One day, they may be a 3,000-person company as opposed to 8,000 people. But that’s still a powerhouse.”Albeit a smaller one. Seven years ago, ESPN closed five of its seven theme restaurants – including the Baltimore location – and blamed the Great Recession. It was, perhaps, a harbinger. Larger economic and cultural trends lifted ESPN to unprecedented heights. Going forward, the company may find itself in an unfamiliar inversion: still at the mercy of outside forces, and managing its own decline.last_img read more

a day agoPetit: Arsenal not being honest about Ozil

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Petit: Arsenal not being honest about Ozilby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Emmanuel Petit is baffled by the demise of Mesut Ozil.The midfielder has been frozen out by manager Unai Emery for the past month.Petit said, “Emery said last week that Mesut Ozil was ready to play. Yet he didn’t even make the bench. That left Arsenal without any quality to bring on. The players Emery picked to start in Sheffield – honestly, come on! Were there really no other options? What about Dani Ceballos? He’s one of the few Arsenal players who can create something with his passing. I don’t want to focus on Granit Xhaka all the time but, well, show me something else!”Regarding Ozil, I don’t think the club are being completely honest. Ozil seems to be ready to play, he has been training for weeks – if he’s not fit now, when is he going to be fit? There’s a problem somewhere.”Maybe it’s a mental issue or maybe Emery simply doesn’t like him or doesn’t trust him.”- Emmanuel Petit was speaking to Paddy Power last_img read more

BAI announces 23-member squad for BWF World Junior Championship

first_imgBAI announces 23-member squad for BWF World Junior ChampionshipNagpur’s Rohan Gurbani, Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba and Pranav Rao Gandham of Telengana will be representing India in boys’ singles.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 20:09 IST Reuters Representational ImageThe Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Wednesday announced a 23-member Indian squad for the BWF World Junior Championship to be held in Kazan, Russia from September 30 to October 13.The boys’ singles challenge will be led by Tamil Nadu’s Sathish Kumar who has amassed an impressive total of 925 points from the All India Junior Ranking tournaments held in Panchkula and Bangalore in the month of August.Besides Sathish, Nagpur’s Rohan Gurbani, Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba and Pranav Rao Gandham of Telengana will be representing India in boys’ singles.The girls’ team will be spearheaded by Gujarat’s Tasnim Mir who secured a total of 813 points from the two ranking tournaments.Tasnim will be joined by Uttarakhand’s Aditi Bhatt and Unnati Bisht, and Karnataka’s Trisha Hegde.While considering the player’s selection, each of the leg winners got 500 while the runner-up bagged 425. The rest of the points bifurcation are: semi-finals (388), quarter-finals (275) and pre-quarter-finals (192).For the girls’ doubles, Aditi Bhatt and Goa’s Tanisha Crasto will be leading the Indian charge after securing back-to-back wins in the two ranking tournaments that gave them a whopping total of 1000 points.In the boys’ doubles category, Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam from Manipur will be the biggest hopes from the Indian contingent after topping the table with 852 points from two tournaments.Tanisha Crasto will also lead the charge in mixed doubles with Chattisgarh partner Ishaan Bhatnagar after the pair’s brilliant run in the two ranking tournaments. The pair topped the ranking table after winning both the ranking tournaments and locking 1000 points with the wins.advertisement”While selecting the squad, BAI has looked into the performances of the young shuttlers at the two All India Junior Ranking tournaments held in Panchkula and Bangalore last month and considered the cumulative ranking points each of them earned,” said BAI general secretary Ajay K Singhania.At the previous edition, Lakshya Sen brought India’s fifth boys’ singles bronze medal from this prestigious tournament and the squad will hope to add to India’s medal count.The coaching team will be headed by Junior National coach Sanjay Mishra and the team will be undergoing a training camp, starting September 13 in Bangalore that will continue till September 27.Also Read | Saina Nehwal eyes to regain title at Chinese TaipeiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BAIFollow World junior championship Nextlast_img read more

RCL Buys Boxship Newbuild

first_imgzoom Thailand-based shipping company Regional Container Lines (RCL) is continuing with fleet upgrade as it decided to acquire a containership newbuilding.The company will buy the 390 TEU boxship from Xinda (H.K.) Shipping Limited and Wenzhou Shenchang Shipping.As informed, the 4,827 dwt ship is expected to be delivered around January 2018.RCL will pay USD 2.98 million for the 92.95-meter-long newbuild which will replace a chartered-in vessel.The announcement comes weeks after RCL ordered two 1,668 TEU boxships at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding in China. The order also includes options for two more vessels of similar size and specifications.On November 10, RCL issued financial results for the third quarter of this year which show that the company posted a net income of THB 241.7 million (USD 7.3 million), a 153 percent recovery as compared to the same period a year earlier and a 48.4 percent improvement over the second quarter of this year. As explained, the results were boosted due to higher freight rates and tight cost control.In conjunction with the Q3 results, the company also announced the dissolution of its subsidiary, RCL Services SA, Panama. The disposal of the subsidiary does not affect the operations of the company, RCL said.last_img read more

Bulletin Help for Kids

first_imgChildren and youth will soon be able to ask more questions, and get more answers, by picking up the telephone or their computer mouse. The Kids’ Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) is Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous help line for children and youth. Phones, staffed by professional counselors, give immediate assistance to callers seeking help with a wide range of problems or questions. Government has entered into a three-year agreement to ensure that Nova Scotia children and youth can get more information and advice about resources and services in their communities. An additional professional counselor will be hired and receive training about specific help available in Nova Scotia. More information and resources will be added to the Kids’ Help Phone database. New promotional materials will be developed and made available to Nova Scotia kids. A new website — — has been launched. As its development continues, the site will be home to a wide range of information, categorized by age. Web-based services from Kids’ Help Phone will also be integrated. Children, youth and families can also submit questions of their own. A total of $300,000 will be invested in the Kids’ Help Phone. There has been $35,000 spent to date on the Kids HelpZone website and another $22,000 committed. This program is available provincewide. More information on the Kids’ Help Phone and Kids HelpZone is available on page 41 and 42 of Our Kids Are Worth It. -30- Note: More information on the Child and Youth Strategy: Our Kids are Worth It is available online at .last_img read more

Two thirdparty groups disclose first ad spending in preelection period

first_imgOTTAWA — Elections Canada says two third-party groups have started spending money on political advertising in period leading up to the federal election.Canada Growth Council, a pro-energy, pro-free-enterprise group, spent almost $11,000 on ads in Liberal-held ridings in Regina and Calgary.The group also reported $15,000 in contributions, two-thirds of which came from one oil executive.Fair Vote Canada, a third-party group that promotes electoral reform, raised almost $19,000 in contributions from 311 people and has spent just under $600 on election activities during the pre-election period.The two are the first to have reports on their activities published on Elections Canada’s website.Third-party advertisers must file initial interim reports five days after they do something that requires them to register with Elections Canada and if they have received $10,000 in contributions or spent that much on election activity. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sri Lankans arrested in India remanded

Those remanded into police custody are Dinesh Kumar, 27, of CR camp in Paramathiveloor taluk in Nammakal, Thavarassa, 46, of Okkaveelbeed, Tulkai in Sri Lanka, a former LTTE soldier, Yakoob, 40, of Kuniyamuthur of Coimbatore, Saleem of Gramini Street, Valajapet in Vellore district and Shahjahan, 33, of Koyyamarkad of Kanjikod post, Palakkad district. Last named among the accused is the only Indian among 13 of the arrested agents. The court on Monday had posted for orders a plea by police for their custody. The accused should be produced before the court at 11am on Thursday. The JMFC second court in Mangalore, India remanded five of the 13 human traffickers of Sri Lankan Tamilian refugees to police custody on Tuesday.Mangalore city police who busted the first instance of human trafficking from Karnataka shore on Saturday had sought the custody of these accused for further interrogation. In a related development, Madhava Suvarna of Chitrapura, owner of Sri Raksha, the boat in which the traffickers planned to take the refugees to Australia, failed to obtain bail.City police arrested Madhava on Monday . Police who performed a mahazar of the boat on Tuesday recovered five bags each containing 25 kg of rice, pulses, a tin of pickles and vegetables. (Times of India) These five are the ones who played an important role in arranging local logistics for Sri Lankan Tamilian refugees and the exact role played by each of them needs to be ascertained in depth, city police officials said.Pratap Reddy, inspector general of police (Western Range) and stand-in city police chief said police will map the role of these accused in planning the operation and any help they might have got locally. The remaining eight traffickers are in judicial custody. read more

Attackers wife speaks out after his death

New details are emerging in connection to the disturbing downtown Hamilton stabbing on Monday. The attacker’s wife is now speaking out. She says her husband took his own life, after slashing a Hamilton bus driver with a knife outside of Jackson Square. Lisa Hepfner has more about the man we all saw on security video, running through the mall.Trina and Jim Jack had been married for a year and a half. He hadn’t yet turned 25. The couple lived in a highrise building on Emerald Street in Hamilton. “I just want to say I loved my husband very much and I’m sorry for any pain he caused to the bus driver. Please forgive him.”Shortly before 10pm on Labour Day, Jim Jack threw himself from the couple’s 17th-floor apartment. “He carried on as normal, I could see he was inward, wouldn’t speak. He took his life in front of myself and my son. He crawled on the balcony, told me he loved me and my children, and fell backwards.”Earlier that morning, a Hamilton bus driver had been stabbed as he sat on a bench outside Jackson Square. Surveillance footage showed a suspicious man running through the mall after the attack. Trina Jack agrees with police that this is her husband, and that he likely was responsible for the stabbing. But unlike police, she says it was not random. Jim Jack had felt antagonized by that driver a week earlier. “The bus driver offended him, heavily. It was quite racial in nature, and my husband, being a black man, took offense. I think it was building up. It’s not the first situation with the bus driver causing him duress.”Jack was in treatment at the psychiatric hospital on West 5th in Hamilton. “He was doing very well. He was well respected in the hospital, and in the community. Very upstanding, smart, kind person.”His wife says he was about to switch medications. “I could see that he was deteriorating. He was starting to act differently, become more withdrawn.”She adds “Please don’t judge mental illness. He was a very loving kind man. He would not have hurt someone randomly.” read more

TSX racks up 3rd day of losses amid weak US jobs data

TSX racks up 3rd day of losses amid weak U.S. jobs data, lower commodity prices by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 8:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower for a third session Thursday as further weak employment data raised worries about slowing U.S. economic conditions.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 59.07 points at 12,363.05.On Wednesday, two soft economic reports and growing geopolitical risks had sent the main index tumbling 260 points, erasing TSX gains for the year.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.21 of a cent to 98.78 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher, clawing back a chunk of the losses sustained on Wednesday amid data showing the number of Americans seeking unemployment insurance rose to a four-month high last week.The U.S. Labor Department reported that weekly applications increased 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 385,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 354,250. The report, which comes out Friday, had been expected to show a total of 190,000 jobs were created in the U.S. last month.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 55.76 points to 14,606.11 after falling 112 points Wednesday, while the Nasdaq composite index edged 6.38 points higher to 3,224.98 and the S&P 500 index was up 6.29 points at 1,559.98.Statistics Canada also issues its March jobs report on Friday. Economists have had widely different views on what to expect following an unexpectedly big surge in February, when employment rose by 51,000 jobs.Other data showed the U.S. service sector expanding in March at a slower than expected pace.Traders were also rattled by threats from North Korea.Early Thursday, North Korea warned that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. though experts say it has not demonstrated it has missiles capable of long range or accuracy. Washington said it was working to defuse the situation.While the declines over the last three sessions have left the TSX under water, New York has fared much better with the Dow industrials still ahead more than 10 per cent on what had been a steady stream of positive economic data and easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve.Also, the market is suffering from the fact that the TSX is heavily-weighted towards resource stocks, which in turn are influenced by commodity prices that have been under selling pressure.And it’s not just the TSX that is suffering.“It’s other markets that are taking it on the chin also and it seems like the U.S. is reigning supreme here and it’s tough to see what’s going to knock it off its perch,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier.The energy sector led decliners, down 1.85 per cent as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $1.19 to US$93.26 a barrel after falling almost $3 on Wednesday. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gave back 91 cents to C$29.99 while Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) dropped 89 cents to $29.28.Oil plunged after the U.S. Energy Department said crude oil supplies grew by 2.7 million barrels to 388.6 million barrels in the week ended March 29. The U.S. supply of oil is now 7.2 per cent above year-earlier levels and the highest since July 27, 1990.Financials were also a major weight, down 1.32 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) shed 95 cents to $60.39 and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) gave back 27 cents to $14.31.Miners were in positive territory after leading the TSX lower Wednesday.The gold sector was up about 2.25 per cent after sliding almost five per cent on Wednesday, as the June bullion contract on the Nymex lost $1.10 to US$1,552.40 an ounce. The gold sector has declined about 22 per cent year-to-date as precious metal miners deal with prices that haven’t kept pace with increasing operating costs.“And the other thing that has caught up to the gold sector is, they’ve always traded at a high valuation and maybe people are re-evaulating that,” Nakamoto said.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 31 cents to C$31.95 and Iamgold (TSX:IMG) ran up 20 cents to $6.75.The base metals group was up almost two per cent while May copper shed early losses to gain two cents at US$3.35 a pound following a five-cent slide. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 65 cents to C$18.61 while Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) improved by 25 cents to $4.45.Meanwhile, Japan announced that it is making a sweeping shift in its monetary policy that aims to raise inflation and get the world’s third-largest economy out of a long slump.The Bank of Japan announced a policy overhaul intended to double the money supply and achieve a two per cent inflation target, with a time horizon of about two years.On the corporate front, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) shares gained $1.12 to $66.38 after it said Wednesday that its chief product officer is leaving the retailer, just weeks after it pulled its black Luon pants from store shelves because they were too sheer. Meanwhile, RBC Capital Markets analyst Howard Tubin has cut his rating on Lululemon to “sector perform” from “outperform” and cut his target price on the stock to $70 from $80, saying Waterson was instrumental in the design process at the company.Facebook shares were up 82 cents to US$27.03 after CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is introducing a mobile experience. The new product, called “Home” because it resides on the home screen of Android phones, is a family of apps designed around people’s Facebook connections.The TSX Venture Exchange lost 11.91 points to 1,026.72. read more

UN chief condemns suicide attacks on camps in northeastern Nigeria

According to a statement issued by his spokesman, the Secretary-General reiterated the UN support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.“These terrorist acts are targeting people who had already fled their homes as a result of Boko Haram violence,” said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in the statement.Preliminary media reports said that at least eight people have been killed in the attacks that took place near the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.Mr. Haq said the Secretary-General offered his condolences to the people and Government of Nigeria for the loss of life, while also wishing a quick recovery to those injured. Borno state has been plagued by violent attacks carried out by the Boko Haram insurgents, and Maiduguri has been targeted many times. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 4 depth chart prior to UNLV game

Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks the extra point in the second quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days before No. 10 Ohio State (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) hosts UNLV (1-1), the team released its Week 4 depth chart with several notable changes.After suggesting a change in kickoff specialist might be coming during his Monday press conference, coach Urban Meyer has listed redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger as a co-starter with freshman Blake Haubeil, the team’s kickoff specialist for the first three games, still slotted in at the top spot.In addition, redshirt freshman middle linebacker Tuf Borland has been listed as an “OR” behind redshirt senior Chris Worley, though Worley is still listed as the starter. Meyer said after the game Worley was dealing with a sprained foot and listed him as questionable Monday. Borland led the team in tackles with 10.5 after filling in for Worley in the first quarter of the game against Army.Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow has also reappeared on the depth chart, listed as the ‘OR’ at backup quarterback with freshman Dwayne Haskins and one spot ahead of freshman Tate Martell. Burrow had been missing from the depth chart for the first three weeks as he had been dealing with a broken hand.Redshirt sophomore Mike Weber and freshman J.K. Dobbins remain listed as co-starters at the running back position.The depth chart can be found here. read more