Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgDuring the week of April 23, lawmakers continued to discuss tax law changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as well as the possibility of a second tax bill this year. The IRS is currently reviewing a series of questions from bipartisan House lawmakers on the IRS’s Tax Day systems glitch.CongressThe Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) issued reports on federal tax baseline projections and macroeconomic modeling. Also, the JCT issued a report on solvency of multiemployer pension plans.House. A bipartisan group of House Ways and Means Committee tax writers sent Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter a letter expressing certain concerns.Senate. The Senate Finance Committee (SFC) held an April 24 hearing to examine early impressions of the new tax law.TreasuryProactive processes to identify and mitigate potential misuse of electronic payments systems are needed, according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA Ref. No. 2018-40-031)In addition, the Treasury has outlined its progress in enforcing President Trump’s regulatory reform, undertaken primarily to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens, (TDNR SM-0366)IRSMeanwhile, the IRShas updated FAQs on ACA coverage, medical expense deductions and more.Delegated authority on matters related to agent for consolidated group.will provide guidance on the new information reporting obligations for certain life insurance contract transactions under Code Sec. 6050Y. The IRS has delayed reporting requirements under Code Sec. 6050Y until the final regulations are issued, (IR-2018-104; Notice 2018-41).will host webcasts for National Small Business Week, April 29 to May 5, (IR-2018-105).extended temporary relief provided for Wisconsin energy emergencies (Notice 2018-39).will spotlight cybersecurity awareness through Nationwide Tax Forums during 2018 given the recent tax law modifications and the prevailing cybersecurity threat, (IR-2018-106).modified the annual limit on 2018 HSA contribution deductions for individuals with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) (IR-2018-107; Rev. Proc. 2018-27).provided the  general rules and specifications for reproducing paper and computer-generated substitute for certain forms, (Rev. Proc. 2018-24).warned taxpayers of a new twist on an old phone scam as criminals use telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) to lure them into paying nonexistent tax bills, (IR-2018-103).clarified the difference between initial contacts and contacts for investigative collection.issued tips on income received as tips, what to do after tax-filing deadline and amending tax returns.spotlighted Taxpayer Bill of Rights: Right to a Fair and Just Tax System.released a Fact Sheet regarding depreciation deductions that were changed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97), (FS-2018-9).RatesIn addition, the IRS provided the:applicable federal rates for May 2018 (Rev. Rul. 2018-12);nationwide average purchase price of residences in the United States to issuers of qualified mortgage bonds and mortgage credit certificates (Rev. Proc. 2018-28);nonconventional source fuel reference price for calendar year 2017, (Notice 2018-32); andforeign housing expense exclusion/deduction amounts for tax year 2018, (Notice 2018-33).Finally, the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 7, 2018.An energy company could not include hedging gains and losses in its income because the law specifically limits the definition of income to income from oil and gas property.Login 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

Hacking People is the Easiest Way to Undermine Security

first_imgIn cybersecurity, hacking people is much easier than overcoming advanced technical defenses.  Attackers are refining their social engineering techniques, the practice of exploiting people to compromise a system, to deploy their malicious capabilities and do harm.  Social engineering continues to be a significant security problem for the industry, even in the face of improving security technologies.As Sun Tsu stated over two thousand years ago, “It is best to win without fighting”.  Why effort overcoming all the technical barriers, when people are the easiest avenue to success?  Attackers are smart.  They tend to follow the path of least resistance in pursuit of their goals.  With ~80% of workers unable to detect the most common and frequently used phishing scams, attackers are winning when they target human behaviors.Even the most serious investments in security technology can be undermined by poor human behaviors.  Making the castle walls tall and thick will be meaningless if the guards at the gate let everyone in.  This is exactly why attackers have historically maneuvered to manipulate victims into making bad decisions.  In the digital world, it can be as simple as luring an unsuspecting target to click on a malicious link in an email or visit an infected website, which initiates a chain of events to undermine the security and unravel an entire network.  It is that easy.Raj Samani, Intel Security EMEA CTO and Charles McFarland have released a report Hacking the Human Operating System which outlines the challenges to the cybersecurity community.  They describe the hunting and farming techniques, discuss the social engineering attack lifecycle, and provide a number of defenses against these types of attacks.Social engineering attacks are not going away anytime soon.  They are evolving to become more effective and represent a significant risk to the security of every person and organization connected to the Internet.  Security fundamentals include a combination of both technical and behavioral controls.  People are part of the battlefield and can be the greatest weakness or asset.  We all must make hacking humans a more difficult proposition for cyber attackers.Twitter: @Matt_RosenquistOpens in a new windowIT Peer Network: My Previous PostsLinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/matthewrosenquistOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

Updated: Companies settle gene technology patent fight that was shrouded in mystery

first_img*Update, 22 August, 2:45 p.m.: Illumina Inc. and Oxford Nanopore Technologies have reached a settlement in this legal battle, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission document released last week. Oxford has agreed not to import or sell any product containing a pore with an amino acid sequence at least 68% similar to Mycobacterium smegmatis porin (Msp)—the protein at the heart of Illumina’s infringement claim—and to destroy any inventory of such products.  The document explicitly states that the restriction doesn’t affect Oxford’s ability to use CsgG, a different pore that the company unveiled shortly after the suit was filed, and which underlies its newest line of sequencers. Whether Oxford ever did rely on Msp is still a mystery.Here is our original story from 2 March: The inexpensive and portable approach to DNA analysis known as nanopore sequencing has just begun to take off, but it has already sparked a legal battle between an industry giant and a high-profile upstart. Last week, Illumina, Inc.—which dominates the genetic sequencing industry—sued Oxford Nanopore Technologies, the first company to market a commercial nanopore platform. 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Illumina leads the sequencing market, selling refrigerator-sized devices that read DNA by building and piecing together short complementary strands that bear chemical tags. In contrast, nanopore sequencing—which has been hailed as a game-changing approach to DNA analysis because of its simplicity and portability—reads long strands of DNA in a single pass, by measuring changes in electrical current as each nucleotide passes through a microscopic pore. Since 2014, Oxford has made its handheld MinION nanopore device available to researchers through an early access program, and is preparing to debut a larger and more powerful model called PromethION.Illumina, meanwhile, has yet to release a nanopore platform, but it has licensed two key patents from the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Those patents describe a system using bacteria-derived pores known as Msp. In the new lawsuits, filed 23 February with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in a Southern California federal district court, Illumina contends that this Msp pore also underlies Oxford’s products.But the exact contents of Oxford’s machines are still a mystery, even to the researchers who have been using them. “No one I know has any specific idea about what the pore is,” says Winston Timp, a biomedical engineer at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  It’s clear that Oxford has worked with Msp pores and made them available to researchers: Among the evidence Illumina provides in the lawsuit is Oxford’s patent on a mutated form of Msp; it claims the pore makes it easier to identify the nucleotides passing through. There’s also a recent paper, which acknowledges Oxford for providing Msp pores to Harvard University researchers.  But Timp notes that the company also holds patents on other types of nanopores, including some synthetic pores developed in his lab that aren’t derived from bacteria. And the illustrations in the company’s promotional materials, he notes, look more like the α-hemolysin, a different bacterial pore developed before Msp pores.If the Oxford devices do contain an Msp pore, does that mean the company has infringed on Illumina’s patents? Not necessarily, says Dan Burk, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. Illumina’s chance of winning the case might come down to a “very messy” aspect of patent law called the doctrine of equivalents, he says. The doctrine holds that a party can be liable for infringement even if their product doesn’t literally match what’s described in a patent, provided their product performs the same function, in the same way, to achieve the same result as the patented invention.“It’s supposed to be a way of bringing some fairness into the system, because … it’s hard to capture exactly what you’ve invented in words sometimes,” says Arti Rai, a patent law expert at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. If Oxford’s pore contains a different set of mutations than those in Illumina’s patents, a jury might be asked to determine whether there has still been infringement by equivalents. “It’s a very fuzzy doctrine, to put it mildly,” Rai says, and judges have recently seemed reluctant to allow the argument in court.In all likelihood, the two companies would reach a settlement before that point, she adds. But if Oxford chooses to fight, it could try to show that its technology doesn’t infringe by revealing what’s under the hood of its devices to the jury, and to Illumina’s lawyers. For Illumina’s researchers, and the scientists already making use of the sequencers, that technology could still remain a mystery.last_img read more

India’s first transgenic food crop edges toward approval

first_imgNEW DELHI—India has moved a big step closer toward embracing its first genetically modified (GM) food crop. In a safety review released yesterday, the environment ministry finds that GM mustard “does not raise any public health or safety concerns for human beings and animals.”Backers feel vindicated. “The biosafety study that has been carried out is as thorough as it can be, and now ideology should not overwhelm scientific evidence,” says Deepak Pental, a plant geneticist at the University of Delhi here who developed the GM variety. Critics are unswayed. “The conclusions are based on inadequate experimentation,” says Pushpa M. Bhargava, a plant molecular biologist and former director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India. Bhargava acknowledged that he had not fully read the report before ScienceInsider went to press.India in 2004 introduced GM cotton, which now comprises more than 90% of all cotton cultivated in the country. But it has been leery of allowing widespread cultivation of GM food crops. In 2010, the environment ministry put on hold the commercial planting of GM brinjal, an eggplant variety, equipped with a bacterial gene that thwarts insect pests. 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India is one of the world’s biggest producers of mustard (Brassica juncea), which is cultivated for its edible leaves and oil. The GM variety is equipped with genes from a soil microbe that manipulate pollen development such that the variety produces hybrids more easily in the usually self-pollinating crop. The GM-derived hybrids produce about 25% more seeds—and thus more oil, which is pressed from the seeds—than traditional varieties now in cultivation.The 133-page safety review raises one cautionary note: It calls for more studies on whether GM mustard could harm honey bees and honey production in mustard-growing areas. And it calls for continued monitoring of insects and other organisms that live in or near mustard fields.Following a 30-day comment period, the environment ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee will pass judgment on whether GM mustard is safe for planting and human consumption. Bhargava, a staunch GM critic, is calling on the ministry to release the raw data underlying the review’s conclusions. If the committee is favorable to GM mustard, the environment and agriculture ministers would have final say on whether to introduce the variety into farmers’ fields.last_img read more

‘We are headed for a very dark period.’ Brazil’s researchers fear election of far-right presidential candidate

first_imgJair Bolsonaro leads in the polls for Brazil’s presidential election. Beset by economic woes and dissatisfied with the left-wing politicians in power for most of the past 15 years, Brazil appears poised to make a hard turn and elect a far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, as its next president. His rapid ascent has unnerved local researchers, who worry about the future of Brazilian science, the protection of the country’s biodiversity, and its role in the global struggle against climate change.“I think we are headed for a very dark period in the history of Brazil,” says Paulo Artaxo, a climate change researcher at the University of São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo, Brazil. “There is no point sugarcoating it. Bolsonaro is the worst thing that could happen for the environment.”Bolsonaro has vowed to withdraw Brazil from the 2015 Paris agreement, which requires nations to reduce greenhouse emissions to combat climate change, and he plans to eliminate the Ministry of the Environment and fold its duties into the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply. 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The plight of Brazil’s research establishment, which has endured sharp budget cuts in recent years, has had little mention in the campaigning so far. When recently asked about his possible choice for science minister, Bolsonaro named Brazilian astronaut and former air force pilot Marcos Pontes, a member of his party, as his top preference.A draft campaign document focusing on science—first revealed last week by the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo—offers additional insight into his plans. It pledges to more than double the level of R&D investment in the next 4 years, but would focus most of the extra money and attention on applied sciences such as space and robotics, rather than on basic research at universities.Under the slogan “Brazil above everything, God above all,” Bolsonaro’s campaign exalts national pride, military discipline, and a zero-tolerance, iron-fist stance against crime. Famous for inflammatory remarks about women and minorities, Bolsonaro openly cherishes the 21-year military dictatorship that started with a coup in 1964. Jair Bolsonaro, front-runner for Brazil’s presidency, is a scary prospect for some.  ‘We are headed for a very dark period.’ Brazil’s researchers fear election of far-right presidential candidate Victor Moriyama/Stringer/Getty Images center_img Historically, Bolsonaro has had little to do with science, and he recently sparred with the academic community, authoring legislation to favor an unproven cancer therapy. A general he picked to craft his science and education plans defended the teaching of creationism this week, telling O Estado de S. Paulo that students need to know that “Darwin existed,” but not necessarily to “agree with him.”Climate change is one scientific issue Bolsonaro has touched on. He hasn’t specifically questioned that humans are driving global warming, but his son, a popular Brazilian congressman, has done so in a video that celebrates the climate policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. And Bolsonaro has indicated that the Paris agreement’s mandate threatens Brazil’s national sovereignty, especially in the Amazon region, where deforestation for farming and cattle ranching has driven most of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.Through law enforcement and mechanisms such as incentives for sustainable practices, Brazilian authorities have substantially reduced Amazon deforestation in the past 13 years, and the nation’s commitment to the Paris climate change accord requires it to continue that trend. Bolsonaro’s campaign instead promises to promote agriculture and mining in the region. One of the generals helping develop the candidate’s policies told O Estado de S. Paulo last week that he missed the days when road builders could cut down trees in the Amazon without being bothered by environmental authorities.Unfettered development of the Amazon would be a “grave mistake,” says Eduardo Assad, a climate change and agricultural scientist at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation in Campinas. He adds that studies show Brazil’s agricultural production could be doubled by exploiting abandoned or degraded pastures and farmland—“without any additional deforestation.”Haddad, a 55-year-old professor of political science at USP, offers more moderate views, focusing on social justice and sustainable development. But corruption scandals that culminated in the impeachment of Brazil’s then-President Dilma Rousseff in August 2016 and the recent imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is closely associated with Haddad, have darkened his prospects. In a poll out on 15 October, he trailed Bolsonaro 41% to 59%.Haddad’s campaign has pledged to “rebuild the national science, technology, and innovation system” and provide ample public funding to help double the intensity of the country’s R&D expenditure to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2030. In his campaign’s draft science document, Bolsonaro pledges even more R&D investment, 2.5% of GDP by the end of his term, in 2022.Many researchers doubt that either candidate can fulfill such pledges. “I’ve heard this promise many times before,” says Fernando Peregrino, a science policy expert and president of Confies in Brasília, a national network of foundations that support scientific research and higher education. Brazil lacks the economic policies and fiscal stability to provide generous support for R&D, he believes.Bolsonaro plans to rely heavily on the private sector to boost R&D spending, through economic incentives and partnerships. “Our greatest deficit is in innovation,” says economist Marcos Cintra, president of the Brazilian Research and Innovation Agency in Rio de Janeiro, who is helping craft Bolsonaro’s R&D proposals.As for public spending, the campaign document calls for a “greater balance” between “curiosity-oriented research and research directed towards missions and goals.” Brazil’s Ministry of Education now receives 60% of federal R&D funds, compared with the Ministry of Defense’s 1.5%, and Cintra argues defense should get more. “One of the political difficulties is that public research in Brazil still has a strong academic bias, without focus or specific priorities,” Bolsonaro’s campaign document says.Luiz Davidovich, president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio de Janeiro, agrees that it’s important to define national priorities and strategic goals, but says academic and intellectual freedom must also be preserved.Whoever wins the election, scientists here are unlikely to see any relief soon. Federal funding for the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication has fallen by more than half since 2013, and the budget proposal for 2019—drafted by the current administration—predicts another 10% cut below this year’s.“Even for the most optimistic of us, it’s looking bad,” Artaxo says. Andre Coelho/Bloomberg/Getty Images By Herton EscobarOct. 16, 2018 , 5:10 PMlast_img read more

SPORT-ISL-CHHETRI 2

first_imgFC Mumbai City have a strong strike force with the likes FC Mumbai City have a strong strike force with the likes of Chhetri and Haitian international Sony Norde in their ranks but coach-cum-player Anelka, who himself is a goal scorer, said that his side will pay as much importance in defence as in other areas. “I am excited that we have a strong strike force. I know Sunil can score goals, he is the highest Indian goal scorer. But there are many more players in my team who can score. We want to score goals but we also want not to concede goals. Defence will also have to be good and after that we have good strikers to score goals and we will see,” he said. “We had a very good pre-season training in Dubai and we hope we make our owner (Ranbir Singh) proud by winning the championships,” said the 36-year-old former Chelsea and French international striker whose team finished seventh in the eight-team league last year. Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata have added the 33-year-old Portugal international striker as their marquee player for the second season and coach Antonio Habas said that he was not under any pressure as last year champions but would want to start the tournament on a winning note on October 3 against Chennaiyin FC. “We dont have any pressure. It is football and every match is a pressure situation and we dont have extra pressure as defending champions. We have new players in the team as we made a lot of changes from the squad of last year. We had a very good pre-season training in Spain and we want to win the title again,” he said. “The first game against Chennai will be a tough one but I want to take full three points from that. It is always good to start a tournament well,” he added. Last edition runners-up Kerala Blasters were the only side to have not gone for a foreign pre-season training stint but their coach Pater Taylor justified it, saying that he had wanted his foreign players to acclimatise with the heat and humid conditions in India. “Every coach has his own thinking and they work accordingly. I thought it is better for the foreign players to adjust and acclimatize to the conditions and we did not go abroad for pre-season training. We did that in Kerala and I think we are well prepared for the tournament,” said Taylor. Stressing on the flexibility of his squad, the former England manager said, “We have many players who can play in different positions and that will be useful in these conditions when you got to travel a lot and play home and away basis.” “We want to go one step ahead than last year and win the tournament.” More PTI PDS AH ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Kotla cleared to host India-South Africa Test

first_imgAfter the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) agreed to deposit Rs.1 crore as entertainment tax, the Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Delhi government not to withhold the No Objection Certificate for the fourth Test of the ongoing India-South Africa series at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here.A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the DDCA to deposit the money in two lots of Rs.50 lakh each with the Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax department of the Delhi government.It said the first instalment was to be paid within two weeks starting Thursday and the rest two weeks thereafter.The court also asked the government not to take any coercive measures against the DDCA regarding the Rs.24 crore entertainment tax demand made on the cricket association. The DDCA approached the court challenging the Delhi government decision demanding Rs 24.45 crore as entertainment tax dues on the association.The India-South Africa match is scheduled to be held from December 3 to 7. India is currently leading the four-match series 1-0 after winning the first match in Mohali.last_img read more

Breaking, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding listed as provisional sports for 2024 Olympic Games

first_imgAdvertisementThe International Olympic Committee Session concluded a meeting on Tuesday wherein they approved the listings of breaking, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding as provisional sports for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.India doesn’t have a presence in these sports and would be much happier if indigenous and spread out sports like chess or kabaddi were includedThese sports are aimed at making the Olympics ‘more urban’ and ‘more artistic’. The official confirmation to make these sports as medal sports can be confirmed in December 2020.“I am delighted with the IOC session’s decision vote in favour of our proposal. Our role is to enrich the Olympic program with new sports to reach new audiences especially the youth,” said the head of the Paris 2024 organizing committee Tony Estanguet.Breaking was a hit at the 2018 Youth Games where it was introduced in Buenos Aires. Although it will be surfing’s maiden entry in any sort of Olympics, it is expected to be a hit amongst the masses.“Surfing combines high-performance action with a connection to the environment, sustainability and self-improvement. Surfing aligns perfectly with Paris 2024 and the Olympic values and we’re proud to have the chance to continue our journey with the IOC.”Advertisementlast_img read more

3 Tips To Seal Your Optimal Salary

first_imgSecond to receiving or giving performance feedback, negotiating salary is the most uncomfortable thing to do in the world of work.But not for everyone. There are those of you who look your prospective or current employer right in the eye with steadfast confidence and say, “I want $X-K per year because of Y and Z, and not a penny less.”And in response, there are those employers who say, “Well, the position wasn’t budgeted for $X-K per year, so I’ll throw in more days off, because of your excellent Y and Z, but not a penny more.”Then there are the rest of us who shoot way too high or aim way too low. Been there done that many times myself. And today’s economy makes it even more difficult with companies increasing base salaries modestly at best. Plus the variances of your experience – starting a job for the first time versus negotiating an executive position – make a difference as well.My advice is very simple: try to think and react proactively like a seasoned marketing and sales professional. Marketing and sales pros understand how to:1.Research, research, research.Sure, life moves pretty fast and you usually don’t have the luxury to fully understand the business you’re interested in working for, but whether you’re looking at a new job prepping for your final interviews or preparing for an internal move with a company you already work for, you should take the time to understand the scope and potential salary of your target “market” – which, in this case, is the ‘landing the job.’There are many sites today that show you salary ranges by industry, position and geography, including Glassdoor.com. Don’t go into your negotiation blind. Even a little knowledge can be a powerful tool when attempting to ensure you’re getting paid at fair market value. You may be going in and playing chicken – who will spill the salary numbers first.2. Generate awareness to make the business case.It may be easier to stay visible in a smaller company, but regardless of size and performance management processes, if you’re already working for the company, you should definitely document your own professional accomplishments. And not just a random list; make sure to map as best you can your accomplishments to helping the business grow.Same goes for generating awareness for your new job, although you’ve already done most of the heavy lifting since you got the job offer in the first place. But you must still use your previous experience as well as projected accomplishments to convince your potential employer you’re worth more than they offer.You must make the business case as to how your past experience and/or current productivity “investments” have impacted the business or will impact it and why the company should invest in you further.3. Build in wiggle room to close the deal.If you’ve ever had the opportunity to witness and/or read about sales pros closing consultative sales – ones that involves doing the homework, building the relationship, generating awareness and interest, making the business case, and then closing the deal – you’ve got a pretty good idea that it’s not something you just wing.But one thing you do need to do is to build in wiggle room with your salary counter offer, or initial offer if a prospective employer and/or internal move asks you to name it. This is an art more than a science, because like in sales, you’re always trying to pad the margin as much as you can in order to make a profit if and when the deal closes. If you shoot too high, you’ll insult and amuse them and the negotiation may be short-lived. But if you aim too low, then you’ve wiped out your margin and any chance at going back up.Think about it – it’s much more difficult to negotiate up than it is to negotiate down. If you ask for $X-K per year salary and your employer says okay, and you go home and think about and realize I should’ve asked for more, and then you come back and ask for more, odds are the offer won’t change.These tips may not always work in every salary negotiation scenario. Just remember that the difference between your optimal salary and what your employer wants to pay you can sometimes be bigger than you think. Make the business case and good luck in sealing the best-paying deal.last_img read more

Porsche launches Panamera Turbo priced up to Rs 2.05 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) German luxury sports car maker Porsche today launched its new Panamera saloon priced up to Rs 2.05 crore (ex-showroom Maharashtra).The all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo will also be available as an executive version featuring a 150 millimetre longer wheelbase and an extended range of equipment, the company said in a statement.While the Panamera Turbo is priced at Rs 1.93 crore, the Panamera Turbo Executive is tagged at Rs 2.05 crore (ex-showroom Maharashtra), it added.”In the new Panamera, our customers and enthusiasts will experience a fundamentally redesigned car with new turbo engines, sharper exterior design, intuitive interior features and innovative technologies,” Porsche India Director Pavan Shetty said.The Turbo model is more powerful than its predecessor, whilst also significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions, he added.Powered by a new 4 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, the new model has a power of 550 HP at 5,750 rpm, 30 HP more than its predecessor, the company added.The vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, it said. PTI RKL ABMlast_img read more

‘Lukaku not one-dimensional, he’s like Xavi & Iniesta!’

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is “not one-dimensional”, insists Dimitar Berbatov, with the Manchester United forward proving he can operate wide and down the middle with “Xavi or Iniesta” versatility.The Belgium international has forged his reputation as an archetypal No. 9, with his physicality and finishing ability making him the perfect leading man.He has, however, seen Marcus Rashford switched into a central striking role since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at United, with the 25-year-old being forced to tweak his game as a result. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has been used in a partnership at times, but has also been nudged out to the flanks to fill an attacking support role.Lukaku was back in his favoured post against Crystal Palace on Wednesday with Rashford sidelined, and bagged himself a brace, but also showed in a goalless draw with Liverpool how useful he can be when moved out of the centre.Former United striker Berbatov has been impressed by what he has seen from a man who has had to force his way back into contention, telling Betfair: “I like Romelu Lukaku and he’s earned a place in the first XI.“He’s worked hard to be in the first team, you could see it in his game at Selhurst Park. The two goals he scored, the runs he made, the passion in his performance all showed to me that he had a place in the team.“I would like to see him start against Southampton because he has earned it.“And don’t make the mistake of thinking he has to play central. In modern football many teams play with three up front and that trio can switch positions and confuse the opposition.“Lukaku is capable of using the space really well when he drifts left or right and has made a few assists from those positions.“The ball Lukaku played for [Jesse] Lingard against Liverpool, there aren’t many players who can make that pass. It was like watching Xavi or Iniesta!“Lukaku is not one-dimensional like some people assume.”A double in a 3-1 victory over Palace in his most recent outing has taken Lukaku onto 11 goals for the season, with double figures having now been reached in the Premier League across seven successive campaigns. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

South Africa vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 1 in Johannesburg: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 1.30 PM today

first_imgAustralia will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 4th Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg on SonyLIV from 1.30 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Watch: Australia practice in Johannesburg after Steve Smith’s emotional apologyBRIEF PREVIEW:Australia must overcome significant batting changes at the top of their order and the shame of a ball-tampering scandal if they are to avoid another piece of unwanted history against South Africa in the fourth Test at The Wanderers starting on Friday.The match is the last in what has been a tempestuous series, with South Africa leading 2-1 following their emphatic, and now infamous, 322-run victory in Cape Town, a game that will forever be remembered for an audacious attempted cheat by their opponents.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks downSouth Africa are seeking a first home series win over the Australians since 1970 and will be heavy favourites as they take their settled squad into the fixture against a touring side in chaos. (Watch: Steve Smith breaks down during public apology for ball-tampering scandal)Former Australian captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have all been sent home in disgrace for their roles in the tampering scandal, replaced by openers Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.Ball Tampering: Umpire Harper had raised concerns over Smith and Warner back in November 2016advertisementAll are likely to slot straight into the side, with Renshaw, who made his debut against South Africa in 2016, to add to his 10 Tests, Burns, who played the last of his 13 Tests against the Proteas 17 months ago, and Maxwell (seven matches) showing form in domestic cricket.Australia had just one training session having cancelled practice on Wednesday, while the new arrivals will have to quickly overcome any lingering jet lag.Click here for full preview.last_img read more

‘Ecoflation’ Set to Rattle Supply Chains

first_imgIncreasing pressure on natural resources will mean higher costs along corporate supply chains. Only firms that incorporate environmental sustainability into their business practices will be well-positioned to meet the challenges ahead.After climbing rapidly for two years, prices on commodities such as oil and wheat have declined since the financial crisis hit, yet upward price pressures on these goods look likely to resume in the long-term. Approximately 60 percent of the planet’s ecosystem services are degraded or currently being used unsustainably. Climate change will further degrade these ecosystems. In addition, population growth and increased levels of consumption in India and China will further stress our planet’s finite resources.A new report by WRI and A.T. Kearney indicates that these environmental trends and their consequences could have even wider ramifications for businesses in the coming years. According to the study, Rattling Supply Chains: The Effect of Environmental Trends on the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry, businesses in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry could see earnings fall by 13-31 percent by 2013 and 19-47 percent in earnings in 2018 if they do not implement sustainable strategies throughout their supply chains.These pressures will affect firms in an array of industries, particularly companies that depend on natural resources to produce consumer goods.The “Ecoflation Scenario”As natural resources become scarcer and sustainability issues become more pressing, environmental costs will increasingly be borne by private firms. These increased costs will lead to ecological-inflation–or “ecoflation”—that is not currently priced into economic transactions. Under this “ecoflation scenario,” corporate supply chains will soon have to internalize costs society currently bears.WRI and A.T. Kearney based this scenario on several assumptions about major environmental trends and the subsequent policy actions taken. The study predicts the future drivers of increased environmental costs will be:Climate Change Policy. The United States implements a comprehensive climate-change policy, which spurs international cooperation and results in a global price for greenhouse-gas emissions.Water Scarcity. Climate change causes more drought and water scarcity throughout major agricultural regions and leads to increased production costs and declining yields.Deforestation. Consumer products companies in the United States and the European Union voluntarily agree to source all wood and fiber from sustainability-certified forests, and to increase the use of recycled fiber for all paper packaging and products.Biofuels. Major biofuel-producing countries retreat from existing mandates and apply sustainability requirements to all relevant government policies.The study analyzed how these drivers might affect prices on selected commodities like oil, natural gas, electricity, cereals and grains, soy, sugar, palm oil, and timber. As stated above, firms could see their earned reduced 13-31% by 2013 if increased costs cannot be passed onto consumers.The results offer tangible examples of how environmental costs might impact the value chain, especially for food, beverages, and other fast-moving consumer goods that are usually produced in large quantities.The Case Of CerealCereals and grains, which are the direct ingredients of many food and beverage products, face long-term supply constraints and price increases.The report finds a 6-13 percent increase in cereal commodity prices due to these pressures. Cereal prices are susceptible to upward pressure from climate change policy and growing water scarcity, but may be reduced if certain biofuel policy changes reduce ethanol demand.The following chart shows how policy changes will impact price (click the chart to enlarge):[img_assist|nid=10544|title=|desc=|link=node|align=center|width=480|height=147]SolutionsEven though the earnings at risk for the selected sample are significant, Rattling the Supply Chains finds that companies have the capacity to develop solutions, and then transform their operations to mitigate risk and take advantage of growth opportunities.Companies can take the following actions to address the emerging environmental risks to their supply chains:Understand the environmental impacts and dependencies: Examine how cost drivers are exposed to emerging environmental trends and, when possible, seek substitutes with lower environmental impacts.Take an inventory of current initiatives: Learn what the company, its suppliers, and its partners already are doing through the value chain.Prioritize: Rank environmental issues and opportunities according to their current and future potential impact on costs, revenues, and reputation.Chart a new course: Make sustainability principles part of an action plan by including externalities in the decision-making process and establishing the principal performance indicators.WRI and A.T. Kearney believe that in order to adapt to these challenges, companies will need to implement real structural changes, such as product innovation and restructured value chains, which will affect both the companies and millions of existing and new consumers.Successful firms will be those companies that anticipate the implications of a changing landscape, collaborate with suppliers and other stakeholders, and make environmental sustainability one of their core business principles.last_img read more

Could 12-0 Notre Dame End Up Missing The Playoff?

first_imgBrian Kelly standing with his Notre Dame players as they stretch before a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches warmups before the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Five of the six major College Football Playoff contenders were in action today, playing in conference championship games. Notre Dame football was, of course, not.The Fighting Irish likely have their ticket punched to the four-team field, with a 12-0 record on the season.It doesn’t seem very likely at all that a two-loss Georgia could steal Notre Dame’s bid either, so the SEC Championship is likely a good result for Brian Kelly’s team, if it matters much at all. If Kirby Smart’s team crashes the party on the strength of the eye test, it will be in the fourth spot, in all likelihood.There is one predictive model that is not so sure about Notre Dame football’s College Football Playoff destiny.Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has a College Football Playoff model that has been operating for weeks, and it has continually downplayed Notre Dame’s chances, even as others assume the Fighting Irish are certain to make it in.The peril for the Fighting Irish stems from the fact that both Oklahoma and Ohio State are pretty strong contenders. This is probably the strongest 1-through-6 teams that we’ve had since the dramatic first year of the Playoff, when those same Buckeyes jumped both TCU and Baylor in the final week to crash the field.They, of course, went on to capture the national championship.Oklahoma has already won its match-up, and looked pretty good doing it. Ohio State is up 14-7 on Northwestern as of this writing. The Buckeyes will probably win, and style points definitely matter based on 2014, something the FiveThirtyEight model doesn’t allow users to factor in themselves.If the Buckeyes win, the model gives Ohio State a 64-percent chance of making the field, just one-percent less than Notre Dame, with Oklahoma having a better shot than both.FiveThirtyEight's playoff predictor with Ohio State and Clemson wins assumed.The numbers here don’t really square with what we all assume about the race. Of course, the thing to remember is that the selection committee can wipe things clean week to week, and the only true goal is to get the “four best teams.”Right now, that almost definitely includes Alabama and Clemson. It could even include a two-loss Georgia. Oklahoma has a great case. Ohio State is a classic power, and they’ve been on both sides of the cut line in fairly controversial fashion. And, of course, Notre Dame is undefeated, but if the committee wants to find an argument to leave them out, it can find one.The best argument against Notre Dame: a schedule that largely underperformed.The Fighting Irish opened the season with a very nice win over Michigan. After that, however, many of the teams that projected to be strong opponents didn’t turn out that way.Stanford, Virginia Tech, Navy, Florida State, and USC all performed below expectation this year, some woefully so. The only team that definitely exceeded expectation was Syracuse, which Notre Dame blasted. The Orange are 9-3. Pitt and Northwestern each won their divisions, but the Panthers and Wildcats are 7-5 and 8-4 respectively, right in line with what you expect of them. Two of the teams remaining, the MAC’s Ball State and SEC also-ran Vanderbilt, lost by single-digits each in South Bend.An important thing to remember in trying to figure out the top four is that the committee is just going to say what it wants to justify their four.There’s no formula, there’s no checkbox, it’s just who they want.— The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) December 2, 2018So yes, it is exceedingly likely that Notre Dame makes the College Football Playoff, but as Baylor and TCU fans learned a few years ago, nothing is official until Selection Sunday.last_img read more

Singapore Open: Saina Nehwal into quarter-finals, Parupalli Kashyap ousted

first_img Next India Today Web Desk SingaporeApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 15:20 IST Saina Nehwal defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong to enter the Singapore Open quarter-finals (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal entered the quarter-finals after defeating Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-16, 18-21, 21-19Parupalli Kashyap came up with a valiant fight against reigning Olympic champion Chen LongKidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will be in second-round action later in the daySixth seed Saina Nehwal needed three games and 67 minutes to beat unseeded Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 in the second round of Singapore Open Super 500 tournament and seal a quarter-final berth on Thursday.Saina, ranked No. 9 in BWF charts, held her nerves in a fiercely-fought battle at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as lower-ranked Chochuwong forced a decider after losing the first game 21-16 to the Indian shuttler.Saina, at 19-17, was inching closer towards the victory but the 21-year-old Thailand shuttler fought back and levelled the decider at 19-19 only to see Saina run away with the match with two straight points.Notably, Saina avenged her Malaysia Open defeat to Chochuwong with a hard-fought win. Saina was ousted in the first round by the Thailand shuttler last week in Kuala Lumpur after a 22-20, 15-21, 10-21 defeat.Saina will next face second seed and former world champion Nozomi Okuhara in Friday’s quarter-finals.On the other hand, Parupalli Kashyap failed to overcome a challenging test against reigning Olympic champion Chen Long. Kashyap battled hard to force a decider after meekly surrendering the first game 9-21 to Chen.However, the Chinese shuttler maanged to close out the deciding game 21-16 and progress to the quarter-final.Notably, Chen Long had finished runner-up at last week’s Malaysia Open after losing the final to compatriot Lin Dan.Meanwhile, unseeded Sameer Verma eased past China’s Lu Guangzu 21-15, 21-18 to book a place in the quarter-final. He will face the winner of Thursday’s Round of 16 match between Jan O Jorgensen and second seed Chou Tien Chen on Friday.advertisementLater in the day, sixth seed Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will be in action in the men’s singles second round. While Prannoy faces world number one Kento Momota, Srikanth takes on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus for a spot in the quarter-final.Earlier, PV Sindhu took 39 minutes to get the better of world number 22 Mia Blichfeldt 21-13 21-19, her second straight win over the Danish girl, who had clinched the Spain Masters this year.Also Read | PV Sindhu seals quarter-final spot at Singapore OpenAlso Read | Singapore Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal into 2nd round after easy winsAlso Read | Malaysia Open 2019: PV Sindhu crashes out in 2nd round, Srikanth advancesAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Singapore OpenFollow BadmintonFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli Kashyap Singapore Open: Saina Nehwal into quarter-finals, Parupalli Kashyap oustedWhile Saina Nehwal avenged her Malaysia Open first-round defeat against Pornpawee Chochuwong in Singapore on Thursday, Parupalli Kashyap lost a hard-fought three-game battle to Olympic champion Chen Long.advertisementlast_img read more

British PM vows to pursue Brexit deal after new blow

first_imgLondon: Beleaguered British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to continue his attempts to strike a new Brexit deal with Brussels, after losing yet another vote on Tuesday during a chaotic parliamentary session. Johnson slammed the opposition for voting against his call for a snap election in the final minutes of a stormy late-night debate ahead of a controversial suspension of parliament called by the prime minister. He said he would “strive to get an agreement” at a summit in Brussels next month — the alternative being a “no-deal” departure that critics warn would spark economic chaos. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJohnson accused his opponents of shirking their duty by blocking an early election. He held a cabinet meeting later on Tuesday to plot his next move after a series of defections and expulsions left him far short of a parliamentary majority and unable to garner enough votes from MPs to hold an early election. He was also due to meet with Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), amid rumours that he may be softening his negotiating demands over the key issue of the Irish border and associated trade conditions after Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBrexit. Foster, whose party wants Northern Ireland to remain part of Britain, warned Johnson that the province must not be sacrificed in talks. “What people are talking about is the break-up of the United Kingdom,” she told Sky News. “That is not something that any prime minister in the United Kingdom is going to in any conscience go along with.” There were dramatic scenes in parliament as the current session drew to a close early Tuesday. Opposition Labour MPs waved signs reading “silenced” and shouted “Shame on you!” at government lawmakers during a ceremony for the suspension of parliament. The move is normally a simple formality but Johnson was accused of acting high-handedly by calling an extended suspension as the Brexit date looms. House of Commons speaker John Bercow earlier in the debate announced he would be stepping down in a strongly-worded speech in which he warned the government against trying to “degrade” parliament. Johnson also lost a separate vote, calling on the government to publish confidential papers about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit. The opposition has said it will not allow an early election, which under British law requires a two-thirds majority in parliament in favour, until Johnson has either struck a deal or delayed Brexit beyond October 31. But the prime minister insisted he would not delay, despite a bill being rushed through parliament in the past few days that could force him to do so if he fails to reach an agreement with the EU. “This government will not delay Brexit any further,” he insisted. Britons voted in 2016 to leave the EU, but after three years of political wrangling, parliament still cannot decide how to implement that decision. Johnson took office in July promising to deliver on the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit, even if that means leaving without exit terms agreed with Brussels.last_img read more

Trudeau to use United Nations speech to address Canadas Indigenous pastsource

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to use his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to tell a painful story about Canada’s past, the struggles of its Indigenous peoples, and the long road ahead in addressing them.Sources say the prime minister will allude Thursday to the legacy of injustices like residential schools, with its longstanding consequences, and his government’s intentions to address them, through steps that include splitting up the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada more than 20 years after it was recommended in a public commission.“Tell the story of Canada’s past,” said one official, describing the speech.“(It will describe) hundreds of years of injustices to Canada’s Indigenous peoples.”But he said the speech will have a forward-looking point that talks about the future, rather than just re-examine difficult events of the past.He said the main point of the prime minister’s speech is that Canada won’t hide from the most intractable problems, and will apply that logic to foreign affairs as well as it campaigns for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2021.“With an acknowledgment that there’s no overnight solution,” said the official.“But we will live up to our responsibilities and always be open to looking for solutions… not shying away from big complex problems.”The other major aspect of the speech will be climate change, the source said.The stark message will be strikingly different from the government boasts about Canada being back on the international stage, and about its policies in its first months in office. But it’s designed to support Canada’s campaign to play a bigger role on that stage, at the Security Council.Trudeau met with seven different governments on Wednesday and spoke to three other public events in what insiders described as an effort to lay early groundwork for the Security Council campaign when it’s formally launched.last_img read more

Life as a rock mom Deryck Whibleys mother on what its like

first_imgYears ago she began cruising around with the custom licence plate “SUM41ROX” to show her support. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “He’d just kind of chuckle,” remembers Gordon, 54, who raised Whibley as a single mother while working as a nurse. Advertisement Gordon says while many people call themselves Sum 41’s biggest fan, she’s officially claiming the title. “But at the same time you’re looking over at your friends hoping they’re not bored.” Backstage parties were a highlight, especially when she rubbed elbows with legends like Iggy Pop. Swearing off alcohol was another challenge entirely. She has plenty of concert photographs and memorabilia on display at home, including platinum records and signed guitars. Login/Register With: Watching her son endure those days was a challenge, but Gordon says she was delighted when he returned to the stage. It doesn’t matter where Whibley is travelling, Gordon says there’s always a phone call from her son to mark the special occasion. “I want to be a grandma.”. “It’s a mother’s worst nightmare when you get a call at 4 a.m. saying your child is in the ICU,” Gordon says from her home in Ajax, Ont., a small town outside Toronto. TORONTO — Michelle Gordon vividly remembers answering the phone to learn her son — Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley — had been hospitalized in serious condition. “We drank the plane dry and kept getting kicked out of first class,” she says. Those wild days have mostly settled. Before Sum 41’s hits “Fat Lip” and “In Too Deep” made the band famous, Gordon supported her son by bringing friends to his sparsely attended local shows. When Sum 41 broke out with their 2001 album “All Killer No Filler,” Gordon would be the mom wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the band’s logo. BY DAVID FRIENDFollow @dfriend on Twitter “It was another proud-parent moment to see him go from rock bottom to top of the world again in such a short period of time,” she says. Nothing seemed certain for her until one day, several weeks into Whibley’s stay, he started quietly singing Frank Sinatra. When Gordon heard the familiar tune of one of Whibley’s favourite singers she knew he was on the mend. “I pictured myself saying, ‘You can do it, stay strong,’ and I’ve got a drink in my hand.” Knowing it would be tough for her son, Gordon pledged to quit drinking too. It was an act of solidarity in Whibley’s period of transition.center_img “I just felt like I would be too big of a hypocrite,” she says. “I didn’t fully grasp the severity of it until we got there,” she says. “They had him in a drug-induced coma. And that’s when they told me they didn’t expect him to survive.” Usually she’d hear about it on the local news and slip it into the conversation when he called home. “I’m just sitting there grinning from ear to ear — that proud mama moment,” she says. Facebook “Not anymore.” Advertisement His mother doesn’t remember that moment specifically. She was focused on helping whichever way she could — so she moved into his hospital room to be his overnight nurse. Even before his life unhinged, Gordon worried about Whibley’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. He signed his first record deal at 19 and soon after, Sum 41 was making headlines for antics like trashing hotel rooms. “That was something that embarrassed Deryck, especially in the early days,” she admits. And no other fan gets a Mother’s Day card signed by the band’s leader. Her enthusiasm wasn’t always encouraged. She caught a flight that afternoon still uncertain of his fate. “In my ideal dream world I would be living in L.A. next door to them,” she laughs. But like most moms, Gordon still has a few achievements she’d like to see her son attain. Asked what tops her list, she doesn’t hesitate for a moment in mentioning Whibley’s future with his wife. In an interview last year, he recalled the moment when the severity of his alcoholism truly hit him. A couple of years ago he sent a bouquet of flowers and a greeting card with a leather jacket on the front. The card read: “Cool Mom Cool.” She especially appreciated that one. “I knew instantly when I saw my mom’s face,” the 37-year-old musician said. “She’d come all the way from Ajax and was there standing over me.” Once she travelled with Sum 41 on a jumbo jet where they commandeered the galley — with the help of willing flight attendants — and partied all the way to Japan. “He’s a fighter.” Twitter Whibley turned away from alcohol after his health scare, a decision he credits his mother for at least partly inspiring. Awoken in the wee hours of the morning about three years ago, she was urged to get on a plane to Los Angeles. Whibley’s hard partying destroyed his liver and kidneys, and the situation was dire.last_img read more

Geert Wilders Plans to Broadcast Cartoons of Prophet on TV

Rabat- Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party said on Wednesday that he plans to broadcast cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on television during reserved airtime sometime in the upcoming weeks.The country’s parliament refused to display the cartoons, which will undoubtedly be offensive to Muslims, since any physical depiction of the Prophet is seen as sacrilegious in Islam.The LA Times credits the creator of anti-Islam comic book character “Pigman” as the artist responsible for the upcoming cartoons, which were selected as the $10,000 winners of a “Muhammed Cartoon Contest” held in Texas. Other submissions depicted the prophet “impaled on a pencil; sporting a beard filled with teeming snakes; juggling severed heads while riding a unicycle; and defecating and urinating on the Koran while sporting a toiler-paper turban, reports the source.Wilders told the Associated Press that he chose to include the cartoons to “support people who use the pen and not the sword.” The LA Times also reports that the cartoons are seen as demonstrations of free speech among artists and supporters.Wilders has previously been targeted, threatened, and even prosecuted for hate speech against Muslims. He currently faces prosecution over initiating a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they preferred more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, to which they responded, “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” read more