University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a weeklong series of tax law workshops in counties throughout the state focused on the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its effect on farming operations.Through these workshops, farmers and landowners will learn tax planning techniques and review how to correctly report income. The workshops will cover individual tax changes like standard deductions, business tax changes and comparisons of corporation tax statuses.“We’re excited to offer this special series for Georgia producers of all sizes,” said Mark McCann, assistant dean for Extension in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We know this is an important topic and want to ensure farmers are able to be successful with their bottom line, as many crops have a very narrow profit margin.”The workshops will be held in four cities across the state and will be hosted by each county’s UGA Extension office.The first workshop will be held Tuesday, May 15, in Carrollton, Georgia, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center. The second workshop will be held in Lexington, Georgia, on Wednesday, May 16, at the Oglethorpe County Extension office. The Moultrie, Georgia, workshop will be held on Thursday, May 17, in the Colquitt County Extension office, and the final seminar will be on Friday, May 18, in Statesboro, Georgia, at the Bulloch County Extension office.All of these workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and a networking lunch will follow the program. Registration for these events is $20 and preregistration is available online through Thursday, May 10. Limited walk-up registration will be available.The workshops will be conducted by Robert Tufts, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System farm management specialist emeritus and attorney.To register for the events, visit:Carroll County, https://events.attend.com/f/1383784328Oglethorpe County, https://events.attend.com/f/1383784330Colquitt County, https://events.attend.com/f/1383784331Bulloch County, https://events.attend.com/f/1383784348For more information about the workshops, contact Regina Fitzpatrick at 706-542-5046 or email [email protected]
Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) is in the Sweet 16.Improbably, the Orange made the NCAA Tournament. And now, they’ve won their last three tournament games, including two upset wins over No. 6 TCU and No. 3 Michigan State to advance to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament.A familiar foe awaits in No. 2 seed Duke (30-7, 13-5). Duke crushed Syracuse, 60-44, when the two teams met at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24. The pair will meet again in Omaha, Nebraska with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.Here’s 10 fun facts about the Blue Devils.1. KrzyzewskivilleNamed after head coach Mike Krzyzewski, this area outside Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of Duke’s most famous traditions. It all started in 1986 when students camped out two nights before a Duke-North Carolina game in tents and waiting to get in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow, Duke has a Line Monitor Committee of Student Government that chooses the tenting games for each season. Tenting begins in early January, and there are rules for how many people must be in the tent at one time. One tent can hold no more than 12 spots. If the committee catches you violating the rules, your tent is out, and you won’t be able to get in to Duke’s next home game in 9,000-seat Cameron Indoor.2. You can’t see meIn 2012, researchers at Duke found a way to hide a small object from all waves that can be seen by the human eye, creating the first perfectly invisible cloak. It’s only worked so far on small objects, per a press release.3. Leaping lemurs!Excluding Madagascar, Duke’s Lemur Center is the largest and most diverse collection of Lemurs in the world. The center is home to more than 240 rare Lemurs. The Lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammal, with 91 percent of 103 known species threatened. They are held for research, preservation and visitation, and tours are offered year round.4. Familiar foesDuke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim have been coaching for a long time. Krzyzewski has been at Duke for 38 seasons and has 1,099 wins. Boeheim is the longest tenured coach in the NCAA with 42 seasons at Syracuse and has tallied 926 wins. The two both have three gold medals, coaching together on the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in 2008, 2012, and 2016.5. Burning the benchesCourt storming isn’t allowed in Cameron Indoor Stadium. So Duke students found a different way to celebrate victories: burning benches. This tradition started during a Duke-Louisville National Championship in 1986, according to the Duke University Library. When the Blue Devils lost to Louisville, students took their anger out on the benches.Now, it’s a tradition that every win over UNC is followed by a bonfire on Abele Quad.6. Tobacco roadEveryone knows the rivalry Duke has with North Carolina, it’s one of the fiercest in all of college hoops. But North Carolina State is also a part of the three-school “Tobacco Road” rivalry. These three schools are separated by less than 25 miles, with UNC and Duke just 9.8 miles apart. The rivalry is named after tobacco because North Carolina is the nation’s leading tobacco producer.And no, before you ask, Syracuse and Duke are not rivals.7. The best NBA coach that never wasIn his time as both Duke head coach and United States national team coach, Krzyzewski has coached 105 NBA players. He’s never coached in the NBA himself, but as of 2016, Krzyzewski has coached more NBA players than 90 percent of the coaches in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.8. It’s all about the tobacco, againDuke was established by the Methodists and Quakers in 1838. The university is named after the father of the tobacco industry, James B. Duke. He later gave the school $40 million in 1924 to help with the endowment.9. Duke weddingsMuch like the demand for basketball games, the demand to have a wedding in Duke’s iconic Chapel is high. Since weddings can only be booked one year in advance in the Chapel, couples will often camp out the night before the first day of a busy month to ensure they are the first ones to sign up for popular dates.10. Secret societiesThe Old Trinity Club is the most visible secret society on the campus today. Members can be spotted wearing black graduation gowns and sunglasses some days of the year. They hold their arms in the air and shout out “Eruditio et Religio,” Latin for Duke’s motto: “Erudition and Religion.” Comments Published on March 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Underdogs West Indies Under-19s stunned favourites India Under-19s by five wickets in a low-scoring final of the ICC Youth Cricket World Cup to crown themselves World champions for the first time in their history yesterday.Chasing 146 for victory atthe Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the Caribbean side was reduced to 77 for five in the 29th over before they were bailed out by a brilliant unbeaten half-century by Man-of-the-Match Keacy Carty to get home in the last over with a mere three balls to spare.Carty stroked an unbeaten 52 off 125 balls with two fours and added a precious 69 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with the consistent Keemo Paul, who struck a busy 40 not out off 68 deliveries with a four and a six.Entering the final over of the game with three runs needed, Paul got the winning runs when he charged seamer Khaleel Ahmed and top-edged a pull over the wicketkeeper for four to spark wild celebrations in the West Indies camp.”I feel very good right now. Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” an overwhelmed Young Windies captain, Shimron Hetmyer, said.”How the guys played today showed we were supposed to be champions today, and we came out on top.”The victory had earlier been set up by the irrepressible Alzarri Joseph, who tore through the India Under-19 top order with a fine exhibition of fast bowling to send the innings tumbling to 145 all out off 45.1 overs.He claimed three for 39 from his 10 overs, while seamers Ryan John (3-38) and Paul (2-17) provided excellent support as India faltered badly after they were sent in – crashing to 50 for five in the 18th over and never really recovering.Sarfaraz Khan top-scored with 51 off 89 balls, and Rahul Batham got 21, but they were just two of three batsmen to make it into double figures.
Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez produced an all-round effort with bat and ball to script a 14-run win for his team against England in Nottingham as the Men in Green bounced back in style in the World Cup 2019.Hafeez was his side’s top scorer with 84 off 62 balls, while Babar Azam made 63 and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed belted a quickfire 55 as Pakistan posted 348 for 8 after being put into bat. Hafeez then chipped in with the crucial wicket of England captain Eoin Morgan as Pakistan stopped England at 334 for 9 in 50 overs.Speaking after the game, Hafeez said the team never stopped believing in themselves during the second innings when Joe Root and Jos Buttler were going great guns during their 130-run partnership for the fifth wicket.Root (107) and Buttler (103) both scored hundreds but once they fell, the English batting collapsed with Wahab Riaz finishing with 3 wickets while Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan picked up two apiece.”Everyone believed we can do this. We’re really happy and everyone chipped in, taking the task and giving everything. To be honest, we were very confident and we had a good meeting together. We just needed one winning performance. It was a total team effort,” Hafeez said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.The win also snapped Pakistan’s 11-match losing streak which also included the 4-0 loss against England in the ODI series just prior to the World Cup.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also heaped praise on his team and called it a total team effort.”I think it’s a great team effort. Fakhar and Imam started well. The match starts at 10.30pm and the first ten overs is important. They got a good start and that’s why we got 350. We tried a few different things – we started with Shadab because they weren’t good against spinners. Fielding is an important part and it was the main difference. This gives a lot of confidence to the team,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.advertisementAlso Read | England vs Pakistan Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan keep calm to upset England in high-scoring thrillerAlso Read | Jos Buttler hits England’s fastest World Cup 100Also Read | England vs Pakistan: Joe Root 1st player to hit 100 in World Cup 2019
Agent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Evertonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Everton boss Marco Silva remains confident he can be successful at Goodison Park.Everton currently occupy a position in the relegation zone following defeat to Burnley on Saturday and Newcastle United’s victory over Manchester United the following day. Carlos Goncalves told Record: “Any coach depends on the results. “We signed a three-year contract and football, with the entry of investors, makes us want immediate success, when success is actually built gradually.”The English coaches, who [managed] 10-15 years at the same club, disappeared.”Goncalves also opened up on Silva’s original move to Hull City in 2017.”Marco always had that ambition and hence took the risk, gambled in January and went to the condemned Hull City,” he added.”The club eventually were relegated but the work he did was unanimously well received. So he had four invitations to stay in the Premier League and moved to Watford.”I think all coaches have this ambition, because it is the most competitive championship in the world and where the best are.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Five to go: Spurs to sell stars – including Dierby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEric Dier is to be transfer-listed by Tottenham in January, it has been revealed.The Times says Dier will be joined by Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama on the list with a mid-season shake-up seemingly on the agenda. Tottenham went into the international break in miserable circumstances after conceding 10 goals in two games with the 3-0 defeat by Brighton following the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Dier has struggled for minutes this season following the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele and has featured just three times. England team-mate Harry Winks appears to be the preferred option alongside Ndombele and so Dier has been forced to take a peripheral role so far. With a lack of involvement the report details how Pochettino is willing to sell Dier and some of his misfiring team-mates in a bid to freshen up the ailing squad. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp tells Oxlade-Chamberlain: You can do moreby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reminded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain he could do even more, despite complementing the England international on his goal against Genk on Wednesday.The 25-year-old scored his second of the game with a sumptuous first-time strike with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box.”It was a pretty stiff first half,” Klopp said. “Then we could show the boys a couple of spaces which they could and should use in the second half. Then we scored the second goal – by the way, the first goal was very brilliant and the second goal even nicer, and all our goals were unbelievably beautiful.”It was absolutely a great moment for him, but I would say with Ox his performance was exactly the same as the performance of the team – the goals were great but all the rest could have been better.”
zoomSource: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Tanker shipping company Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has wrapped up a USD 103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for vessel quintet.As informed, the transaction included three MR2 and two LR1 product tankers.Navios Acquisition has used the proceeds to refinance USD 82.4 million of bank debt.Specifically, the transaction provides for 28 quarterly payments of USD 2.3 million each plus interest at LIBOR plus 350 bps per annum. Navios Acquisition has an obligation to purchase the vessels at the end of the seventh year for USD 39.7 million.Navios Acquisition added it has no further maturities on its credit facilities for the next 14 months.Earlier this month, the company said it also sold C. Dream, the oldest vessel in Navios Acquisition’s fleet. The very large crude carrier (VLCC) was sold for USD 21.75 million.
OTTAWA – The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in September as increases in the price of gasoline continued to ease.Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index in September was up 2.2 per cent from a year ago compared with a year-over-year increase of 2.8 per cent in August.Economists had expected the September figure to come in at 2.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The inflation report comes ahead of the Bank of Canada’s rate decision next week when it will also update its forecast for the economy in its monetary policy report.The central bank, which aims to keep inflation within a target range of one to three per cent and adjusts its interest rate target to help achieve that goal, is expected to raise its key interest rate target, which sits at 1.5 per cent, by a quarter of a percentage point.TD Bank senior economist James Marple said the softer-than-expected inflation report did little to alter TD’s expectation that the Bank of Canada will raise rates next week.“I don’t think one month of soft price growth is going to change the Bank of Canada’s mind on a rate hike,” he said.Marple said the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement removed a key risk for the economy, but added challenges such as high household debt remain.“There’s still are some underlying risks that have always been there and maybe weren’t in the spotlight because we were all focused on trade,” he said.“We have very high household debt levels. We have mortgage rates that have been increasing and will continue to increase even with very little action from the Bank of Canada.”Statistics Canada said prices were up in all eight major components for the 12 months to September.The transportation index, which includes gasoline, was up 3.9 per cent in September compared with a 7.2 per cent move in August as gasoline prices last month were up 12 per cent compared with a 19.9 per cent increase in August.However, the transportation group remained the largest contributor to the overall year-over-year increase in the index.Food prices were up 1.8 per cent, while shelter costs rose 2.5 per cent. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 4.4 per cent.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter noted the price of air fares, while up 7.4 per cent from a year ago, fell 16.6 per cent compared with the previous month. Hotel rates were also down 5.2 per cent compared with a year ago.“With travel tours also down 3.2 per cent, that meant that tourism overall got a lot cheaper in Canada last month,” Porter wrote in a brief report, adding that vehicle prices were up just 0.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis.“All of these soft sectors combined to clip core inflation as well, although the easing there was much less dramatic than in the headline tally,” Porter said.The average of the three measures of core inflation, which look to strip out more-volatile items like gas prices and are closely scrutinized by the Bank of Canada, was 2.0 per cent in September compared with 2.1 per cent in August.In a separate report, Statistics Canada said retail sales fell 0.1 per cent in August to $50.8 billion as sales moved lower in seven of 11 of the subsectors tracked by the agency.Sales at gasoline stations were down 2.0 per cent, while clothing and clothing accessories stores fell 1.2 per cent. Motor vehicle and parts dealers saw sales increase 0.8 per cent.Retail sales in volume terms were down 0.3 per cent.
Beijing: China said on Tuesday that the vexed issue of designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN will be “properly resolved” but it did not give any timeline, days after Chinese President Xi Jinping met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan here. China put a technical hold in March on a fresh proposal to impose a ban on the head of Pakistan-based JeM which claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama terror attack. It was for the fourth time, China blocked Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist by the UN. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here. He was responding to questions on the media reports that China has reportedly consented to lift its technical hold on a fresh proposal moved by France, the UK and the US to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. The US, the UK and France this time stepped up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council (UNSC). Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Though China can exercise its veto power as a permanent member of the UNSC, Beijing has staunchly opposed the issue to be taken to the apex UN body as it has to publically explain its stand on its reservations to list Azhar, whose group JeM has already been designated as terror outfit by UN, before exercising its veto. China has accused the US of scuttling progress to resolve the issue by taking it to the UNSC and insisted that it should be resolved at the 1267 Committee whose proceedings are not publicised. “Regarding the listing issue in the 1267 Committee, we have expressed our position many times and I just want to stress two points,” Geng said answering a number of questions on Azhar’s issue. “First, we support the listing issue being settled within the 1267 committee through dialogue and consultation and I believe this is the consensus of most members. Second, the relevant consultations are going on within the committee and has achieved some progress. Third, I believe, with the joint efforts of all parties, this issue can be properly resolved,” he said. On reports that China would lift its technical hold on May 1, he said, “on the listing issue, China is still working with the relevant parties and we are in contact with all relevant parties within the 1267 Committee and I believe with the joint efforts of all parties, this will be properly resolved.” Asked about the recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Beijing during which he held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as well as New Delhi shared the technical evidence of JeM’s involvement in the Pulwama terror attack, Geng reiterated that China is still working with the relevant parties. “I believe with the joint efforts of all parties, this will be properly resolved,” he said. The efforts to resolve Azhar’s listing issue gathered momentum last week with the visit of Imran Khan to Beijing to attend China’s 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) which was held here from April 25-27. During the visit, Khan held talks with Xi, besides meeting Premier Li Keqiang and Vice President Wang Qishan during which India-Pakistan tension following the Pulwama terror attack as well as listing of Azhar reportedly figured. An official statement of China issued after Xi-Khan meeting on Sunday said the Chinese President had expressed hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway and improve their relations. Both leaders also exchanged views on the situation in South Asia. Asked about the outcome of Khan’s visit and his talks with the Chinese leaders, Geng said, “I would like to stress that Pakistan is China’s ‘All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partner’.” Both the countries are “Iron Brothers”, he said, adding that “we firmly support each other on the issues concerning our core interests. Pakistan is always one of China’s diplomatic priorities”. “No matter how the international and regional situation may evolve, we firmly support Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and dignity, independently choosing its development path based on its own conditions, securing a sound external environment and playing a constructive role in international and regional affairs,” he said. “We commend the Pakistani government’s and people’s efforts in fighting terrorism and extremism and their great endeavours and sacrifices to this end,” he said, lauding Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts. “We call on the international community to fairly and justly see Pakistan’s endeavours and contributions in counter terrorism and step up dialogue and cooperation with the country,” he said. China and Pakistan will continue to deepen their high level exchanges and support each other and step up strategic coordination, “make more coordinated efforts in international and regional affairs and deepen our all weather strategic cooperation,” he added.