PBA: Phoenix halts Blackwater’s perfect run in Commissioner’s Cup debut

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “I was looking at the stat sheet and we nearly did everything we had hoped to do,” coach Louie Alas said.The young Blackwater squad kept Phoenix within striking range for the first two quarters until its equally young mentor Aris Dimaunahan was ejected for flagrant misconduct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsReinforcement Alex Stepheson had another double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds as Ray Parks Jr. and Mac Belo reprised their double-digit production, finishing 25 and 12, respectively, but their combined efforts weren’t enough to help the Elite complete a rally.“I expected it,” Alas said when asked about the Blackwater’s bid for a comeback down the stretch. “They’re not 3-0 for nothing. They worked for it. They’re deep. They have three marquee players for nearly every position.” Father’s day as Novak Djokovic wins in front of his son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m just grateful we’re able to pull through our first test,” he added.Phoenix, which is coming off a franchise-first semifinal finish last all-Filipino tourney, handed Blackwater’s first loss in four games.Alas and his charges face TNT KaTropa next this Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Blackwater, meanwhile, will take on another semifinalist in Rain or Shine on the same playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Matthew Wright against Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Phoenix Fuel banked on its cohesion and experience to subdue red-hot Blackwater, 103-98, and open its 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a good note Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The Fuel Masters leaned on the marksmanship of Matthew Wright, who scored a team-best 22 points, and the anchorage of former Best Import Rob Dozier, who tossed in 18 more to go with 16 rebounds, to slip past the hard-fighting Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardlast_img read more

Formula 1 start Hamilton avoided taxes on jet

first_img0Shares0000A fan of Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City on October 29, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 7 – Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton avoided paying taxes on his private jet using an elaborate scheme now under investigation by British tax authorities, new leaked documents revealed on Monday.The driver received a £3.3 million ($4.4 million, €3.7 million) VAT refund in 2013 after his luxury plane was imported into the Isle of Man — a low-tax British Crown Dependency, according to the BBC and Guardian newspaper. The revelations are the latest to emerge from the so-called Paradise Papers, released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).They allege accountancy firm EY and Appleby — the Bermuda-based law firm at the centre of the leaks — assisted Hamilton and dozens of other clients in setting up seemingly artificial leasing businesses to get multi-million-pound VAT rebates.The complex arrangements, which involved the individuals forming entities that rented their own jets, may contravene Europe-wide rules forbidding refunds for personal use, the media outlets said.Representatives for Hamilton could not be reached by AFP for comment.His lawyers told the BBC a review by a tax barrister found the structure was lawful, and that some VAT had been paid through the arrangements.There is also no indication Hamilton was directly involved in creating the scheme, and simply followed professional advice, the Guardian said.– ‘Artificial scheme’ –EY said it does not discuss individual clients.“All our advice, whether in planning or compliance, is based on our knowledge of tax law and providing transparency to tax authorities,” it added in a statement.Appleby did not respond to a request for comment.Leaked documents showed as many as 50 such schemes involving the Isle of Man, according to the BBC.Its government announced on October 24 it had asked Britain’s finance ministry to help investigate business jet imports into the EU through its territory.A British treasury spokesman said it could not comment on individual taxpayers’ information.Tax specialists who reviewed the leaks for the ICIJ consortium confirmed to AFP that Hamilton’s arrangements appeared to be “at the very minimum, aggressive tax planning: an artificial scheme, designed to obtain a tax advantage.”Rita de la Feria, chair of tax law at the University of Leeds, added: “If the scheme is being used to disguise private use of the jet, then the situation is of a more serious tax avoidance scheme.”Hamilton, recently crowned world champion for a fourth time and one of richest sportsperson in the world, bought the jet — a Bombardier Challenger 605 — for £16.5 million.He has frequently posted photographs of its use for holidays and personal trips on social media.Under European tax rules, when a company or individual imports an aircraft they must pay 20 percent of the purchase price in VAT, which can be reclaimed only on business use.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Marcelo promises Samba style as he takes over Gor

first_imgMarcelo, who played for Brazil from1996-2001 as a right-back, was unveiled on Tuesday by the club chairman Ambrose Rachier on a one-year renewable contract to replace Scotsman Frank Nuttall.“It’s too early to judge the players after only one session. When you change a coach it is good for all the players since they want to demonstrate their value to the new coach. I’m glad because it’s a competitive squad.“I spoke with the players this morning in our first training and I explained to them my philosophy. If they are happy, all the Gor Mahia family is happy too. My style of play is easy, I’m a Brazilian and I love this game,” Marcello, who featured for Inter Milan from 2004-2006 outlined.Only taking over his third coaching job in a career that has spanned seven years, Marcello is upbeat he will succeed at the record 15-time national champions, which is his first job in Africa since he started coaching in 2009.The coach has asked for more training balls insisting that every player must have a ball during training as most of his training will be on ball work.Marcelo, a Bronze medalist with the Sellecao in 1996 finds a limping Gor which is struggling to find back its feet after going eight matches winless in all competitions.Rachier revealed to Capital Sports they will be looking for Marcello’s assistant after the departure of Frank Ouna.The coach has come along with a physical trainer, Italian Alessandro Fantoni, who worked with the Brazilian in his last assignment in Romania with top tier side FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.Fantoni brings in wealth of experience after working with some of the biggest clubs in Italy such as Lazio, Siena and AC Milan.Marcelo, who has set a target of guiding K’Ogalo to their fourth title in a row,  has his work cut out with Rwandan forward Jacques Tuyisenge expected to be fit when the league resumes from a two-week international break.“I’m not worried on Gor’s performance because it’s normal. Juventus did the same in Italy when they lost their first three games but look at them now they are leading the Serie A league. I hope to make the same in the next few games.“I’m here to make the team champions again. We have to get the winning mentality. I have told them I want a repeat of the same as last season and also make it in the African Champions League next season.”For the next one week, Gor will be pulled into double sessions as the coach tries to get the best out of the team in terms of fitness and he believes the two weeks are enough for his charges to fully grasp his philosophy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newly appointed Gor Mahia head coach José Marcelo Ferreira addressing the media after being unveiled by club chairman Ambrose Rachier on Tuesday, March 15.PHOTO/ Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, March 15 –  Newly appointed Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira has promised a better playing style for K’Ogalo, similar to the one the Brazil national football team plays.The former Brazilian international says he was impressed with the players at his first training session and remains optimistic the Kenyan Premier League champions will recover from their poor start to the season.last_img read more

Early Years Health Roundup taking place March 15 for children aged zero to five

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Early Years Health Roundup will be taking place on March 15 at the Totem Mall.The event is for children aged 0-5. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The day is free to attend. It will include dental and vision checks, hearing information, face painting, early literacy activities, infant development information, hand washing demonstration, resources and community information, developmental questionnaire and safety experts from the RCMP and fire department. There will also be prizes.- Advertisement -The event is currently looking for face painters and possibly someone to help at the welcome booths.If you can help, contact Heather McBryan,Early Years Community Development Coordinator at ecdfsj@gmail.com or (250) 261-6278.For more information, visit: http://fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.ca.last_img read more

Diamond Bar pays a penalty

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“It’s like a gimme. You kind of have to score,” he said. “But I got a little nervous because I missed one in another tournament.” The Brahmas (7-5-3, 1-1), who had defeated No. 2 Chino 1-0 on Wednesday, let the referees know they didn’t agree with the call. “Don’t end the game like that, especially when the teams are playing that hard,” Diamond Bar coach Bill Zylstra said. “I could have seen a `PK’ if there was nobody there, but even if (Dailey) breaks through our sweeper was there. That kid wouldn’t have scored. “The thing about PKs is it has to be a scoring situation, and it wasn’t.” Said Damien coach Juan Fresquez: “It was an obvious call. I knew that if it was in the box, I knew it was going to be a PK because (Dailey) got clipped from the back.” In the 65th minute, Dailey was awarded the kick after being tripped at the side of the penalty area. The forward, who leads Damien (13-2-2, 2-0 Sierra League) with 10 goals, directed the ball just past diving goalkeeper Ryan Delgadillo. Dailey said he felt like he had to convert. Damien, the defending CIF Division I champion, didn’t expect Diamond Bar to put up such a strong challenge. “We expected to win by a lot more, (Diamond Bar) got a lot better since last year,” Dailey said. “They had a quality side. We just came away with an ugly win, but a win.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img DIAMOND BAR – Diamond Bar High School’s boys soccer team, vying for its second consecutive upset of a top 10 team, fell victim to a late controversial call Friday. Damien, ranked No. 5 in Division I of the CIF-Southern Section, used Scott Dailey’s second-half penalty kick to fend off the pesky Brahmas, 1-0. last_img

Program to limit flashlights’ use as batons

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will begin a pilot project today aimed at reducing officers’ use of flashlights to strike suspects during violent encounters. The department will experiment with two brands of flashlights that include pepper-spray dispensers – the TigerLight with a sprayer on the bottom and the Cobra StunLight with a sprayer next to the light. In a 2003 report, Special Counsel Merrick Bobb found that patrol deputies used flashlights in almost two-thirds of 365 cases between 1997 and 2002 in which a deputy struck a suspect with an impact weapon. Batons were only used a quarter of the time. If the test devices prove successful in helping the department reduce the number of times deputies hit people with flashlights, officials plan to use the flashlights throughout the department. The lights will be distributed to deputies at the Lancaster, Temple City and Compton stations and at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, Heal said. Late last year, TigerLight Inc. donated 500 of its $140 lights to the department. About 400 are in use at the Pico Rivera, Century and East Los Angeles stations and at the downtown Inmate Reception Center, Heal said. During the test, each participating deputy will be trained in the use of the equipment and will provide information to a San Jose State University researcher and a team of graduate students about their uses of force. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The (pepper) spray will be right there on the flashlight so it will be able to be used quicker and safer,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. In his report, Bobb recommended the department use flashlights as impact weapons only in exceptional circumstances when a deputy has no other choice. “The flashlight has been used as an impact device because when the fight starts, that’s what’s in your hand,” said sheriff’s Technology Exploration Project Cmdr. Sid Heal. “It’s human nature to defend yourself in the quickest, most efficient way possible.” Michael Gennaco, chief attorney in the Office of Independent Review, said the equipment being tested could help reduce the number of items deputies have to carry, which now includes a gun and magazines, handcuffs, pepper spray, a baton and radio. Newport Beach-based Universal Guardian Holdings Inc. will donate 500 of the $200 Cobra StunLights to deputies today. last_img read more

Gates Foundation gives $1.3 million to LAUSD

first_imgThe district received $7.4 million from the foundation, a significant amount for Los Angeles, but far less than donations to smaller districts around the country. For example, the foundation has contributed at least $110 million to New York City, the nation’s most populous school district; $36 million to Chicago schools; and $14 million to San Diego. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Through our collaborative efforts, we are helping foster a college-bound culture in our high schools, ensuring that all students receive the high-quality instruction and support they need to fulfill the challenges ahead,” Superintendent Roy Romer said in a statement. The foundation has donated more than $24.3 million to LAUSD in a series of smaller grants to open new high schools and strengthen existing ones. “LAUSD has made strides in the effort too ensure all of its students are challenged to achieve at high levels,” said Tom Vander Ark, executive director of education for the Gates Foundation. “The next steps are equally critical. This investment will help provide students with the high-quality instruction and support they need to meet these high standards.” Critics charge that despite years of discussions with the foundation, district leaders have been unwilling to relinquish control and create a partnership to build the smaller learning environments that require autonomy to succeed. Since 2001, the Gates Foundation has invested more than $1 billion to foster small learning communities designed to ease overcrowding and improve academic achievement and graduation rates in school districts throughout the nation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Thursday it will donate $1.3 million to Los Angeles Unified to support improvements in algebra and other college-prep courses. The district will use the Gates funds to enhance pilot programs under way at 17 district high schools, providing them with 120 math teachers, along with other resources. San Fernando Valley high schools that will benefit are Arleta, Francis Polytechnic, Grant, North Hollywood, San Fernando, SOCES, Sylmar, Van Nuys and Verdugo Hills. In addition, eight middle schools will be selected to participate in the program, which will be expanded to all secondary schools in the 2007-08 school year. last_img read more

Health Net shares fall despite profits

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Shares of Health Net Inc. slipped Thursday after the insurer posted higher second quarter profits and sales from a year ago but just under Wall Street’s target. And analysts still think the company is an acquisition target. For the April through June period, the Woodland Hills-based company earned $77 million, equal to 65 cents per share, up from a profit of $53.6 million, 47 cents a share, in the like period a year ago. Revenues increased to $3.27 billion from $3.02 billion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The consensus of analysts polled by Thomson First Call was for earnings per share of 66 cents on revenues of $3.3 billion, according to the Web site Marketwatch.com. Health Net shares closed at $44.10, down 70 cents, or 1.56 percent, and dipped as low as $41.66 during the day. During a conference call, company executives said they were pleased with the results and future prospects. “As I look around the company, I’m encouraged at every turn,” said Jay Gellert, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “It was a good solid quarter consistent with our expectations.” For the second quarter: At quarter’s end total health plan enrollment was approximately 3.4 million, an increase of 22,000 compared with the first quarter of 2006. It’s the company’s first sequential health plan enrollment increase in more than two years. The health plan medical care ratio improved 83.3 percent in the second quarter verses 84.6 percent in the year-ago period. This is the measure of health plan costs as a percentage of revenue. The company also said it expects earnings per share this year to be between $3 and $3.05. That’s better than the previous full-year low-end estimate of $2.90 but 5 cents under the high-end. Thomas Allen Carroll, managing director of Health Services Research-Managed Care at Stifel Nicolaus Capital Markets in St. Louis, said in a note that he’s lowered his full-year per-share target a nickel to $3.05. He also noted that the enrollment was driven by commercial, Medicare and Medicaid. “Medicare and Medicaid should drive enrollment growth, with flat-to-slight commercial growth, in our opinion.” In another note, Merrill Lynch analyst Doug Simpson wrote that the challenge for Health Net is to grow the platform while maintaining pricing discipline in its very competitive major markets in California and the Northeast, Marketwatch.com said. The consensus, he said, is that Health Net will eventually be acquired, “but there is still considerable debate about (the) price and timing of an offer, especially given jittery sentiment toward potential acquirers.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Movies Icon Cupcake is Great for Chocolate Lovers

first_imgPhotos: Christina Harrison Share This!The All-Star Movies Resort food court is true to its theme with this cupcake designed with Fantasia’s Sorcerer Mickey colors. Priced at $5.99, this is a solid slab of moist chocolate cake topped with a substantial dome of fluffy chocolate mousse and chocolate disk “ears.”The volume of mousse is about equal to the volume of cake, so you can take bites in an even mix, if that’s what you’re into, or if you prefer having the mousse and cake separate, that’s possible too. The entire item is big enough to share.last_img

Zebra Technologies to Acquire Prescriptive Analytics Provider Profitect

first_imgZebra Technologies announced it intends to acquire Profitect, a leading provider of prescriptive analytics for the retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. Zebra is an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge while Profitect is a well-known provider in the loss prevention and supply chain industries.Using machine learning and prescriptive analytics, Profitect’s solution identifies opportunities to positively impact sales and margin for some of the most recognized retail and CPG brands in the world. Profitect uses data from across the value chain for improving inventory and pricing accuracy, out of stocks, supply chain inefficiency, unsellable merchandise, and assortment discrepancies. The solution identifies a potential opportunity and can generate suggested actions, sending them directly to a worker’s mobile device, providing step-by-step instructions for resolution. By enabling users to understand and act on data, Profitect customers typically realize sales lift, as well as margin and labor productivity improvement, enabling a better overall consumer experience.Zebra will also leverage the investment to accelerate the development of its Savanna data platform through the acquisition of Profitect’s technology, talent, and skillsets. Combining the real-time data that Zebra solutions capture with Profitect’s access to operational data, machine learning, and prescriptive analytics, Zebra will work with its’ partners to empower front-line workers even more – across all verticals – with the insights they need to make better, faster, smarter decisions.- Sponsor – “The acquisition of Profitect expands our relevancy deeper and wider in global retail operations while advancing our software capabilities to make our Enterprise Asset Intelligence vision even more accessible,” said Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer of Zebra Technologies. “We have had a strong relationship with Profitect for the past five years through Zebra Ventures, and we are excited to take our strategic investment to the next level by welcoming the Profitect team to the Zebra family.”Guy Yehiav“We are excited to join Zebra and bring our award-winning prescriptive analytics solution to every worker at the edge,” said Guy Yehiav, CEO and chairman of the board of Profitect, who will be a key leader in the business integration. “Together we will ensure the workforce of the future is more connected and optimally utilized. We value Zebra’s support and expertise over the past five years as a key venture capitalist. I’m proud of the contribution that Profitect’s solution will bring to Zebra and look forward to working closely to deliver prescriptive analytics as part of its innovative and broad solution portfolio.”Zebra expects to fund the acquisition of Profitect with a combination of cash on hand along with fully committed financing available under its credit facility. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. The transaction is expected to be immaterial to sales and profitability in the near term. Financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more