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The Latest: 10 locations in running for 2 NHL hub cities

first_imgThe Latest: 10 locations in running for 2 NHL hub cities The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL is planning ways to complete the 2019-20 season. Should those plans include the Devils, they now can reopen their training facilities.“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. “We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.”The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.” Associated Press Locations in the running are Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver.While there are still some details to work out, including whether the first two rounds are best-of-five or seven, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the Stanley Cup Final to be played in full in one of the two hub cities.Also, the NHL will hold its draft lottery June 26, which would have been the night of the first round. The seven teams eliminated from contention and eight placeholders will be eligible. If one of those teams wins the lottery for one of the top three picks, it will be determined after the play-in round. “The fact that I have Trace here to be able to work with me is huge,” Boykin said. Boykin will join Jackson, second-year receiver Marquise Brown and several others in Florida.“We’re still finalizing it. There are going to be a lot of guys down there,” Boykin said. “There’s only so much you can do in (virtual) meetings without being able to go out on the field.”Drafted in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Notre Dame, Boykin had 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.— David Ginsburg “We take all these measures with heavy hearts, but with the long-term sustainability of App State Athletics at the forefront,” Gillin said.The cuts will leave Appalachian State with 17 varsity sports, seven on the men’s side and 10 on the women’s. The Mountaineers will continue to compete in men’s outdoor track and field as well as men’s cross country.___Oklahoma will re-open its facilities for voluntary football workouts on July 1 — about two weeks later than the Big 12 Conference has allowed.The school made the announcement on Tuesday. ___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will split its 24-team playoff format in two hub cities, which have yet to be determined should the league resume play. Bettman says each hub will play host to the top 12 teams in each conference with one based in an Eastern Conference city, and another in the West.The league has narrowed its focus of hub cities to 10, and will make a final decision based on approval from local health officials.The league expects players can begin returning to their home rinks early next month. But the WTT is not affiliated with those tours and does not need to abide by their decisions about when it is OK to compete. No ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.The WTT says it is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season.The league is bringing all nine of its teams to one site at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, because of the pandemic instead of having matches around the United States.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer. That means a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format with the league’s other seven teams having their seasons ended.The Players’ Association voted last week to approve the 24-team format proposed by the Return to Play committee. It involves the top four teams in each conference playing a mini-tournament for seeding, while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to set the field.There is still no timetable for the resumption of game action or when players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts. This announcement does come on the heels of the league and NHLPA unveiling protocols for those workouts, including a limit of six players on the ice at a time.___Conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension to next week’s deadline for determining the broadcast schedule for college football’s early season games. May 26, 2020 The Football Bowl Subdivision conferences issued a joint statement Tuesday along with ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and their affiliated networks. The statement said only that the game times would be set “at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.” The deadline typically falls on June 1, which is Monday.___Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.McLaren executive chairman Paul Walsh says “we plan to emerge as an efficient, sustainable business with a clear course for returning to growth.”___World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Big 12 presidents and chancellors met last Friday and decided voluntary activities could begin June 15 for football, July 1 for other fall sports and July 15 for all other sports.Oklahoma football has chosen a careful approach. The athletic department’s medicine staff coordinated with the OU Health Sciences Center, Norman campus student health officials, independent in-state and out-of-state infectious disease experts and public health specialists before making the decision.“Our medical personnel have told us that the safest thing we can do is keep our players off campus for as long as possible,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “We chose the latest point that we could bring them back and still have enough time to prepare.”The school said other student-athletes will return later this summer in a phased approach. Athletes will be evaluated for clearance by the Oklahoma medical staff and will be continuously monitored and expected to adhere to several safety protocols and guidelines.___ Training camps won’t open until July 1 at the earliest.Bettman said the league is open to playing into early fall.Bettman says games during the play-in format to determine the top 16 teams will be played under regular-season rules. The conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will feature seven-game series.Bettman says the league has yet to determine whether the first two playoff rounds will be five- or seven-game series.___ Nottage said Te Aihe was shipped in a relative state of readiness, so it won’t take long to get it sailing again.”The final ACWS regatta is set for just before Christmas in Auckland. The Prada Cup for challengers is set for Jan. 15-Feb. 22, with the winner advancing to face the Kiws in the 36th America’s Cup March 6-21.___The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15. “Skate Canada has closely monitored the provincial and federal health authorities position on the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators,” the organization said Tuesday. “Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travelers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event.”No decisions have been made on the other competitions, nor on the senior Grand Prix events.___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return to play format this afternoon. NHL Commmissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league is moving ahead with a 24-team expanded playoff format if it’s able to resume play and award the Stanley Cup.The plan was approved by the NHL’s board of governors, and comes days after the NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee gave the plan a green light.Bettman stresses the plan’s approval doesn’t guarantee the resumption of games. The league and players must still determine safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in a best-of-five series. The league has been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.In going ahead with the top 12 teams in each conference, the decision officially ends the seasons of the league’s bottom seven teams. They are Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose. Appalachian State is cutting three varsity men’s sports as part of a plan to save $5 million.The school announced Tuesday that it has eliminated the men’s soccer, men’s tennis and men’s indoor track and field programs. The school says those cuts are included in a plan to reduce the athletic department’s budget for the 2021 fiscal year by 20%.That plan includes not filling current athletics staff job openings and exploring “additional personnel actions.”The school says scholarships will be honored for student-athletes who wish to return to Appalachian State, along with support for those seeking a transfer from the Sun Belt Conference school.In a statement, athletics director Doug Gillin said going down from 20 sports will “bring us in line with most of our peer institutions.” The schedule foresees league games finishing July 19 with a European qualification playoff ending 10 days later.According to UEFA rankings, Ukraine will be the second strongest league in Europe playing, behind only Germany.___The leadoff event to the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating has been canceled by Skate Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for Aug. 26-29 in Richmond, British Columbia. It is the second competition of the seven-part series that has been canceled, with the Slovakia event the following week also not taking place. ___Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak.It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic.The McLaren Group says “the cancellation of motorsport events, the suspension of manufacturing and retail activities around the world and reduced demand for technology solutions have all led to a sudden impact” on its revenue-generating activities.McLaren says the reduced budget-cap level for F1 teams also led to the job losses. ___Defending America’s Cup champion Emirates Team New Zealand has its first race boat back after it was shipped to Europe for two preliminary regattas that were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Te Aihe (The Dolphin) returned to Auckland early Tuesday morning after being away for nearly four months. Team New Zealand last sailed Te Aihe on the Hauraki Gulf on Jan. 15. It left the base on Feb. 2, accompanied by 16 containers full of workshops, chase boats and everything else needed to support the team at America’s Cup World Series regattas in Cagliari, Italy, in late April and Portsmouth, England, in early June. Those regattas were canceled in March as the coronavirus spread around the world.The boat traveled on four ships and visited 15 ports, including loading on and off in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, transhipped in Singapore each way and loaded off and on in Gioia Tauro, Italy.“It is good to see her back sooner than expected,” logistics manager Andy Nottage said. “She has been on quite the adventure, but it is good to have her home in one piece thanks largely to the ongoing support of Maersk.” ___The Miami Dolphins are turning their field into a drive-in theatre.The team announced plans for a theater inside the stadium that will accommodate up to 230 cars. In addition, a new open-air theater on the stadium plaza will host small groups. Classic movies and commencements will be among the events shown, and social distancing will be observed.“We’ve spent several weeks planning this to be able to provide people with a safe option to go out and enjoy movies, classic Dolphins content, concerts, and celebrate 2020 graduates,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement Tuesday.___ “It’s going to be important that we’re, I think, prudent with how much with how much usage all our players can have early in the season,” Counsell said.___Ravens second-year receiver Miles Boykin plans to join quarterback Lamar Jackson and several other teammates in Florida for informal workouts while waiting for word on the NFL’s next move during the coronavirus pandemic.“I was planning on going down there before all this stuff happened,” Boykin said on a video-conference call Tuesday. “But next week I’ll be down there training with those guys.”To this point, Boykin has been playing catch with backup quarterback Trace McSorley around Baltimore. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___If the NHL can resume its season, games for a 24-team playoff are expected to be played in two hub cities. Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says he would prefer that his team hold preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than its spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to resume its season.Attanasio said it would be a “real boost for everyone” to “bring the boys back in town” as he joined Brewers general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell in a Zoom session with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a group of area business leaders. Attanasio acknowledged the team first would have to go through the “medical protocols” and assure local and state officials that the preseason workouts can be done safely at Miller Park.Also during the session, Stearns discussed the Brewers’ COVID-19 testing plans and said that Counsell would have his own assigned seat in the home dugout as part of the team’s social distancing guidelines.Counsell and Attanasio both noted that the shortened schedule would make it more important than ever for teams to keep their players healthy. Counsell noted how that might impact his managerial approach.last_img read more

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Steelers plan to talk to Brown about social media usage

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football. Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice.Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro wide receiver “directly” after Brown caused a bit of a commotion — again — by taking to Twitter to vent after a former team employee suggested Brown’s stardom is a result of playing with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Brown responded by tweeting “trade me let’s find out.” When asked Tuesday if one of the NFL’s most dynamic players has asked to be moved, Tomlin responded “no, no” and laughed.Still, Tomlin believes the seemingly incessant inquiries about Brown’s online behavior is growing tiresome.“It’s important that we understand our position, the light that shines on us and the responsibility that comes with it,” Tomlin said.Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after Conner scored a 22-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Tomlin plans to provide Brown with a reminder on Wednesday when the team returns to practice. He wasn’t able to on Monday because Brown did not show up for work.Tomlin declined to say whether Brown’s absence was excused, though in the past Tomlin has typically offered an explanation when a player is out.Brown caught nine passes for 67 yards in a 42-37 loss to Kansas City on Sunday that dropped Pittsburgh to 0-1-1. He has 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown through two games, a pace that would easily have him top 100 receptions for a sixth straight season.Yet Brown has struggled at times to keep his emotions in check, be it on social media or on the sideline. Cameras caught him venting in the second half against Kansas City, and when Roethlisberger dived into the end zone for a 3-yard score that drew the Steelers within five points on Sunday, Brown walked slowly off the field while his teammates celebrated.Tomlin downplayed Brown’s sideline behavior, calling “negative exchanges” the byproduct of not playing well as a whole. The Steelers are off to their worst start since 2013, when they dropped their first four games and missed the playoffs.Brown’s in-game behavior has long been a flashpoint. He famously punched a Gatorade bucket in Baltimore last September and more than once had semi-heated exchanges with former offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Roethlisberger isn’t worried about Brown’s outburst on Sunday .“I think it was just frustration,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan. “He’s a competitor, and he wants to be the best in the world, and he probably is the best in the world. So he wants to make every play and catch every ball and every touchdown, which is what every player wants to do.”Every player, however, has not regularly forced the Steelers to either reprimand him — Brown drew a strong rebuke from Tomlin after livestreaming a locker room celebrationfollowing a playoff victory over Kansas City in 2017 — or issue an apology, as the club did last week when Brown threatened an ESPN reporter on Twitter for the way he was portrayed in a story .Tomlin suspended former wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a game last season after Bryant went on Instagram and said he should be playing ahead of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.Tomlin said that situation is different because it was one player going after another as opposed to Brown’s latest episodes.Brown will almost certainly be available next Monday when Pittsburgh travels to surprising Tampa Bay (2-0).“He’s been a significant reason why we’ve been successful around here,” Tomlin said of Brown. “He’s going to continue to be.”NOTES: RG David DeCastro (fractured right hand), CB Joe Haden (hamstring) and DT Tyson Alualu (shoulder), who all sat out last week, could return to play against the Buccaneers. … RT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and LG Ramon Foster (knee) will be monitored throughout the week. … Tomlin said it’s possible the team could work out punters with Jordan Berry struggling. Berry has a net average of 34.8 through two weeks, a full 5 yards lower than his net average in 2017.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin meets with reporters after an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

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Vivian Stringer becomes first Black coach to join 1,000 career win club

first_imgRutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer poses in front of a banner that will hang from the rafters after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for Stringer’s 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. Stringer becomes the first Black coach to join 1,000 career win club. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — As the red and white confetti rained down on the court to celebrate C. Vivian Stringer’s 1,000th career victory, the Hall of Fame coach took a moment to soak it all in.She was surrounded by family, friends, former players and coaches from all three schools where she coached.“Let me tell you something, sometimes people ask how did I accomplish these things?” Stringer said. “This was only done with my family first of all and they mean everything in the world. They lifted me up.”Stringer became the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to achieve the milestone and sixth woman overall when the Scarlet Knights beat Central Connecticut State 73-44 on Tuesday night.The Hall of Fame coach joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell in the 1,000-victory club. Division II coach Barbara Stevens also has won over 1,000 games. The 70-year-old Stringer is the first African-American coach to reach the milestone.Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer, center, poses with her team after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for her 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)As the final seconds ran down, the 4,583 fans held up signs and chanted the coach’s name. Her current team dumped a Gatorade bucket full of the confetti over their coach’s head.Video tributes from all the other living Division I members of the 1,000-win club were played as Stringer sat under balloons that spelled out CVS1K. Stringer also received many online tributes on social media, including one from Hillary Clinton . Rutgers presented her with a banner to celebrate her 1,000th win that will hang in the arena’s rafters. She also received a customized pair of shoes that listed the number of wins she had each of her three schools — Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers.Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer smiles as she watches the video screen after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for her 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Many of her former players were on hand to witness the milestone victory. She’s 1,000-402 in her career. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was also sitting courtside for the historic win.South Carolina coach Dawn Staley also made the trip to New Jersey with her staff that included Jolette Law, who was an assistant for Stringer at Rutgers for many years and played for her at Iowa.“I know that coach Law fooled me this morning saying she couldn’t come to the celebration because she had the scout,” Stringer said. “One of the young ladies came from Hawaii. She flew in and is going to fly back. Maybe I’m doing some things right. People genuinely do care. Something my father said a long time ago, don’t give me flowers when I’m gone let me know what you feel now.”Staley’s Gamecocks play on Thursday against Clemson. She said she had no doubt in her mind she should be at Rutgers for this game with all that Stringer has meant to African-American coaches.“It’s legacy,” Staley said. “She’s meant so much to the game and I’m here to celebrate with her.”While Stringer remembers many of the victories over her 48-year coaching career, one that she doesn’t recall is her first one at Cheyney State. In fact, no one can specifically remember who her team beat to get that first victory. Stringer laughs about it now, saying that she had no idea she’d be still coaching nearly five decades later and win 1,000 games.While it took Stringer five tries to get win No. 900 in 2013, her team took care of reaching this milestone on its first try. The Scarlet Knights (3-0) scored 10 of the first 13 points and never looked back building a 37-17 halftime lead.Stringer was concerned before the game that her team would be under a lot of pressure to win with so many people coming to celebrate the momentous victory. Her team made sure they wouldn’t go home disappointed. Caitlin Jenkins had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Scarlet Knights.Kiana Patterson led Central Connecticut State with 25 points, including the 1,000th of her career.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Doug on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberglast_img read more

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Evergreen Makes The Princeton Review’s Best 380 Colleges

first_imgSubmitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College was named “One of the Best 380 Colleges of 2016” by The Princeton Review.The Princeton Review has named The Evergreen State College one of The Best 380 Colleges of 2016.Seven Washington colleges and universities have been included in the guide. In addition to Evergreen, Gonzaga University, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Washington State University and Whitman College made the list.As part of the guide, The Princeton Review puts forth 62 ranking lists that provide students with details about campus and academic culture, size, type and quality of residence halls, dining and more. These sub-lists give college applicants, “a way to see the types of colleges that could help them achieve their future goals and dreams,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. “Our goal is to help applicants choose and get into their dream college—the college best for them.”“We believe all 380 schools in the book are academically outstanding,” the guide’s editors note. “But we don’t think academics should be the exclusive reason for choosing a school—and in most cases, it isn’t. Among other crucial factors (such as location, cost and size), the campus culture is very important. The schools featured in The 380 Best Colleges—our picks of the cream of the crop colleges and universities—comprise only the top 15 percent of all four-year colleges in the nation. These are all very different schools with different and wonderful things to offer.”According to the guide’s “Inside Word” on Evergreen, “Students… are commonly some of the strongest performers from their high schools…The school’s unique and self-directed academic curriculum favors those students who can adequately handle the responsibility of creating and developing their own educational path.”The review notes that students describe Evergreen as welcoming, with a “booming extracurricular life” and a “thriving local art and music scene.”Students also gave high marks to their faculty. “My professors have been A++, if Evergreen gave grades,” one student was quoted as saying, in a reference to Evergreen’s unique narrative evaluation process in lieu of letter grades.“While no single college guide or ranking tells the whole story about a school,” said Evergreen spokesman Todd Sprague, “we’re pleased that The Princeton Review has once again cited Evergreen as one of the best colleges in the nation.” Facebook214Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Kimberley’s Jared duToit win Johnny Bucyk Junior Tourney, Hoodikoff top WK player

first_img“He made numerous putts in the 12 to 15-foot range to save pars and when he had the opportunity he rolled in birdie putts, making 9 over the three rounds.”Earlier this season duToit won the MJT Morgan Creek tournament, earning him an exemption into the world junior held in San Diego in July.He also finished second at the CN Pacific earning him an exemption into the Canadian Junior in Nova Scotia. Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake was the top player from the West Kootenay zone, finishing in fourth spot at 242.Six players from the West Kootenay zone followed Hoodikoff — Rossland/Trail’s Braden McKay, Garrett Underwood, Tyler McKay, Alex Rugg, Brenan Moroney and Granite Pointe’s Nolan Renwick.Carson Arcuri of Granite Pointe finished in 16th spot. Jared duToit, from Kimberley fired a 54-hole total 221 to capture the top prize at the Johnny Bucyk Junior Golf Championship Sunday at the Creston Golf and Country Club.After shooting a 5-over-par in round two Saturday, duToit, rebounded to fire a 1-under-par 71 to win the tournament by nine shots over Joel Tremunde of Cranbrook.“DuToit made very few mistakes over the three rounds and his putting was outstanding,” said Zone One West Kootenay coordinator Rob McKay.last_img read more

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Bakambu acknowledges cash was crucial in China decision

first_imgThat move came after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) introduced a 100 percent tax on expensive transfers worth more than 45 million yuan ($7 million).After Bakambu freed himself, saying it was “for personal reasons”, the CFA said if it catches teams trying to sidestep the tax it will hit them with crippling point deductions and could refuse to register players.Although Bakambu has not yet signed with Guoan, he has been training with them in Portugal. He talked to AFP on Thursday when he stopped in Paris on his way to China.“It’s just a question of timing,” Bakambu said. “They didn’t want to do it in the shadows hidden away in a hotel in Portugal.“They want to do it in Beijing in front of the press and their supporters, and that’s why this thing is dragging on a bit,” he said.Asked whether the club might want to avoid the transfer tax, Bakambu said: “I’ve seen stories like this but that’s not my business, the money is not mine and it won’t be going in my pocket.”He is expected to be paid around 18 million euros a year before tax.Bakambu, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, said, the difference between the Chinese offer and his income in Spain was “great”.Yet he acknowledged that he could understand why some critics were surprised that, at the age of 26, he had chosen to leave La Liga for China.“I did not understand either,” he said with a laugh. “What happened was that, at first, I was not too excited and later they found the arguments to convince me. That took several months.”Bakambu had scored 14 goals in 21 matches this season for Villarreal.“I was having the best season of my career but there you are, they managed to convince me. Football is good, but life is more important. I will not lie, I know why I went there and I take responsibility my choice.”Asked if it was a financial offer that was hard to refuse, Bakambu answered: “Yes.”He paused, before continuing: “I’m not going to hide it, financially speaking the difference between what I had in Villarreal and what the Chinese club was offering me was too great.“There are some who can say no. I accepted, because I have good reasons. There are some who would have gone for less and others who would have refused for more. I made my choice.”– Hard times –Did those reasons include his impoverished upbringing on the outskirts of Paris?“Clearly, this was the most important factor,” he answered.“I often go to Vitry-sur-Seine to relax a little, to see my family and my friends. It helps me keep my feet on the ground,” he said. “I’m a professional player today, but don’t believe it’s always been easy. I don’t want to whine, but I’ve lived through bad situations.”“The fact that I have known hard times played a part in my choice.”He said he had no idea how long he would stay in China.“I had a five-year contract with Villarreal, and I only stayed six months. I do not know what will happen in China. We’ll see.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On my way: Cedric Bakambu trains with Beijing Guoan © BEIJING GUOAN/AFP/File / HANDOUTPARIS, France, Feb 15 – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.last_img read more

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Failing kids

first_imgIT’S a sad day when a student’s hopes for graduating from high school rest not on hard work or learning, but on a judge’s fiat. Yet thanks to Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman, as many as 47,000 high-school seniors in California will soon get a diploma, even though they haven’t been able to master 10th-grade English or ninth-grade math. According to Freedman, requiring kids to pass the High School Exit Exam before collecting a diploma would do them harm, as it could keep them from attending colleges to which they may have already been accepted. But it’s far more harmful to let kids move on to do work for which they’re unprepared. And it’s unfair to tell students who have worked hard to pass the exam that their efforts were for nothing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt’s true – and a travesty – that not all California students are educated equally, or even minimally. But it’s hard to see how this injustice is resolved by simply letting them pass through the system uneducated. What failing students need is remediation, not worthless diplomas. 160Want 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

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Growers shouldn’t switch up their hybrids…yet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn planting across the U.S. is generally tracking ahead of schedule this season, but excessive rainfall is delaying planting in some counties across the Midwest. Syngenta agronomist Eric Anderson offers his thoughts to farmers who are contemplating making changes to their original plans. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

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Producers with trees and vines have an additional option in expensing planting costs for tax purposes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The following contains edited material from the “National Income Tax Workbook 2016” Land Grant University Tax Education Foundation Inc.Fruit and nut growers have few options in the way they expense planting and preparatory costs. New regulations that are a part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015) allow for taxpayers to use bonus depreciation to partially expense these costs in the year of planting even if the taxpayer might not have been allowed to under the Alternative Depreciation Schedule (ADS) due to opting out of Uniform Capitalization (UNICAP) rules.Generally, the UNICAP rules require farmers to capitalize the preproductive period costs if the plants have a preproductive period of more than 2 years. Pre­productive period costs are the costs of raising plants after they are planted and before they are placed in service.Plants are treated as placed in service when they produce a crop that has a value in excess of the cost of harvesting it. Therefore, the placed-in-service date can vary from one grower to another and from one block of a grower’s plants to another. For tax purposes however, the determination that a plant has a preproductive period of more than two years is based on the national average preproductive period for that plant. Therefore, whether a plant is subject to capitalization of preproductive expenses does not vary from one grower to another or from one block of plants to another.However, farmers (other than corporations, partnerships, and tax shelters that are required to use accrual accounting) can elect out of the UNI­CAP rules. The election out of the UNICAP rules allows farmers to deduct preproductive period costs in the year they are incurred.Preproductive period costs are the costs of cultivating, maintaining, or developing the plant during the preproductive period. Pre­productive period costs include, but are not lim­ited to, management, irrigation, pruning, soil and water conservation (including costs the taxpayer has elected to deduct under I.R.C.§ 175), fertil­izing (including costs the taxpayer has elected to deduct under I.R.C.§ 180), frost protection, spray­ing, harvesting, storage and handling, upkeep, electricity, tax depreciation and repairs on build­ings and equipment used in raising the plants, farm overhead, taxes (except state and federal income taxes), and interest required to be capital­ized under Internal Revenue Code Section (I.R.C.§) 263A(f).Even if the plants are not subject to the UNICAP rules either because their preproductive period is 2 years or less or because the farmer elected out of the UNICAP rules, the farmer must still capi­talize the preparatory costs (costs incurred so that the plant’s growing process may begin) for the plants, such as the costs of seeds, seedlings, plants, supplies, labor, and equipment.Section 143 of the PATH Act adds a new option for some farmers to deduct bonus depreciation. The new option is in addition to the bonus depre­ciation rules that were in place before the PATH Act.New I.R.C. § 168(k)(5) allows farmers to elect to deduct 50% of the cost of planting or grafting specified plants. Farmers make the election and claim the deduction in the year the plants are planted (or grafted to a plant that has already been planted). To qualify, the plants must be planted or grafted after Dec. 31, 2015, and before Jan. 1, 2020, and must be:A tree or vine that bears fruits or nuts, orAny other plant that will have more than one yield of fruits or nuts and that generally has a preproductive period of more than two years from the time of planting or grafting to the time at which it begins bearing fruits or nuts.The farmer must reduce the basis of the plant by the allowable bonus depreciation, and he or she may not claim any additional bonus depre­ciation on the plant in the year it is placed in service. When the plant is placed in service, the farmer may claim the section 179 deduction and/or Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) depreciation on the remaining basis. General Bonus Depreciation rulesProperty does not have to qualify for the general bonus depreciation to be eligible for the special elective bonus depreciation for plants that bear fruit or nuts. Therefore, it does not have to meet the following requirements:The recovery period for the property is 20 years or less.The original use of the property commenced with the taxpayer.In addition, property that must be depreciated under ADS is eligible property. Benefits of the new legislationThe new legislation not only allows farmers who elect out of the UNICAP rules to claim bonus depreciation they previously could not claim, it also allows farmers (whether or not they elect out of the UNICAP rules) to claim the bonus depre­ciation in the year the plants are planted instead of the year the plants are placed in service.Deducting the bonus depreciation in an ear­lier year has two benefits. As with any deduction allowed in an earlier year, it allows the taxpayer to reap the benefit of the deduction in an earlier year, which postpones paying taxes in most cases. Deducting bonus depreciation in an earlier year also allows farmers to avoid the phaseout of the bonus depreciation for plants that were planted before 2018 but will not be placed in service until 2018 or a later year.last_img read more

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Evri’s Evolution From Search to Real-Time News Curation

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#New Media#Semantic Web#Structured Data#web The company is also currently working on what Hunsinger described as “Pandora-like recommendations,” referring to the geographically-limited online music service Pandora. Other expansion plans include launching one new channel per week, to extend Evri’s topical coverage.Can Evri Compete as a Consumer App?Evri is an interesting product and is currently being used by media partners like Hearst and Canwest. However, Evri will likely continue to struggle as a consumer offering. It’s competing against a plethora of real-time news apps – everything from TweetDeck, Google News, Topix, Techmeme, and more. I wouldn’t be surprised if Evri is eventually acquired by a big media company for its technology, much as Evri snapped up the struggling Twine for the same reason. Whither Twine…Evri made the news earlier this year when it acquired failed semantic web bookmarking application, Twine. Curiously, Hunsinger described Evri as “the inverse of Twine” – because Evri does all the work, rather than the user. Twine is an application that relies on its users to actively bookmark pages, a la the much more successful Delicious. Evri automatically collates topical information and presents it the user.Update: Twine founder Nova Spivack wrote in and stated: “Twine was in fact highly automated as well, but in a different way than Evri – Twine used NLP [Natural language processing] to auto-tag every entry, generate summaries, and used graph algorithms to make recommendations.”Where Evri shares similarities with Twine is in the ability for users to track a topic. Hunsinger said that Evri users may “follow a story as it evolves over time, and tune it.” He described this as being like a “mini blog” for its users.Twine appears to have been of most use to Evri for its underlying technology. Hunsinger told us that Evri is using technology it acquired from Twine to extend Evri’s categories and for advanced filtering.What’s NextEvri is not short on ideas and innovation – for example it announced a Sentiment API last August. However some of these ideas are slow to eventuate. Hunsinger said that the Sentiment API is not in commercial deployment yet, because it requires much more media in order to calculate sentiment and it tends to work best with well-known people (like Barack Obama). However, Evri is working on incorporating data about shares, tweets, and more in order to beef up its Sentiment analysis engine. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img When semantic recommendations service Evrilaunched two years ago, the product (backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen) was seen by many as a type of search engine. Nowadays, Evri models itself as a topic-based news service; in particular, tapping into the real-time streams of mixed media coming from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other sources.At the recent Semantic Technology conference, I sat down with Evri CEO Will Hunsinger. He called Evri the “topical equivalent of a Facebook stream.”The technology of Evri is much the same as it was two years ago – it connects together topics using Semantic Web algorithms – but the landscape in which Evri is playing has evolved. In 2010, real-time information streams dominate. So Evri now aims to be a curation service.In a nutshell, Evri allows you to explore and track topics. Its homepage displays a current hot topic (at time of writing, it was Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France), with other trending topics offered in the menu (for example ‘Gulf Oil Spill’ is a featured trend and ‘LeBron James’ is listed as “Trending in US & World’). You may also enter your own topic into the search bar. Evri is like a mix between Google Trends and Google News, with liberal sprinklings of Twitter and Facebook. richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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