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Sanchez, Gardner named to All-State teams

first_imgA pair of local girls basketball standouts received state-wide honors this week, joining a pair of boys basketball players who received the honor earlier this month.Del Norte High’s favorite forward Kaleya Sanchez and St. Bernard’s center Emily Gardner were named to All-State teams by Maxpreps in an article published on Tuesday.Sanchez, the 2018-19 Big 5 Conference MVP and Gardner, last season’s Little 4 Conference Co-MVP, were named to the Division-IV first-team squad and Division-V …last_img read more

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South Africa’s revenue growth continues

first_imgGordhan noted that although there has been growth of 14.2% year-on-year, CIT remains below the peak of R165.5-billion officials managed to collect in the 2008/09 period. “This slow recovery of CIT in the main accounted for the current tax to GDP ratio, which remained flat,” he said. ‘Good platform for future growth’ Company tax collections also benefited from the stronger imports in the automotive sector, coupled with increased investments in capital-intensive industries such as energy, manufacturing and agriculture. “This is an important indicator of investor confidence in the future of the domestic economy and provides a good platform for future growth,” said Gordhan. “Once again, Sars has served the people of South Africa very well notwithstanding the challenges that we see in the world economy. The vast majority of South Africans pay tax and make contributions to the fiscus by paying VAT, excise duties and the fuel levy on the goods and services they consume,” Gordhan said. Over the past three-year period, South Africa had seen an overall revenue growth of more than 4.5%, while world markets such as the US and Europe continued to decline. “The mining, finance, as well as wholesale and retail sectors showed robust growth on the back of a modest economic recovery,” read documents from Sars. Economy ‘continues to demonstrate resilience’ Gordhan said the country’s economy grew by 3.1% and continued to demonstrate resilience in an uncertain global environment. The domestic environment has also been improving, with 20 000 jobs created each quarter. According to the minister, given the tough economic climate, Sars had done very well, and with more compliance, the revenue service could continue to improve. 3 April 2012 The South African Revenue Service had another strong year in 2011/12, collecting R742.7-billion in revenue – R4-billion more than Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had budgeted for, and R68-billion more than the amount collected in the previous financial year. Making the announcement in Pretoria on Sunday, Gordhan said the budget deficit of 4.8% estimated in February’s budget had also gone down to 4.5%. The three main revenue contributors were personal tax, corporate income tax (CIT) and Value Added Tax. Collections from personal income tax increased from just over R228-billion in the 2010/11 financial year to over R251-billion this year. Company tax collections also increased to R153.747-billion from R134, 635 in 2010/11.center_img Although the global crisis was no closer to resolution, buoyant growth in tax revenue in South Africa was driven by the strong performances of import taxes, the recovery of combined profits and resilient consumption. Moreover, strong revenue growth benefitted from the financial sector’s strong contribution, which is R18-billion or 10% higher than the previous year. Source: BuaNews Agriculture, mining and telecommunications contributed over R34-billion in taxes combined, while banks, insurance and other financial services were taxed more than R40-billion. The manufacturing and petroleum sector contributed over R34-billion to the country’s revenue. Officials noted that the past three years saw a contraction in the construction sector following the boom period leading up to the Fifa soccer world cup hosted in South Africa. This also led to a decline in the manufacturing sector, where production volumes are said to be recovering moderately. last_img read more

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In The Spotlight – New South Wales Scorpions

first_imgIn the fourth edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Scorpions’ Sam Brisby speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?It is very exciting to be a part of the new system and I’m looking forward to the series in March. It is going to be a very tough series as all eight teams will be even due to the great spread of talent. I believe it will also be a great experience playing in the Elite Eight series as the best players in Australia will be competing.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?The team’s preparation is going well. We have had some good training sessions lately and are starting to mix well. The team is a lot of fun and we are all having a good time. We are a very relaxed team which is good.What would you say are the strengths of your team?The bulk of our team played in last year’s NTL winning Scorpions team. I think this will be our strength and many of the boys will know what it takes to win a tournament such as this one.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?The Country Mavericks look to have a good side, although all the teams will be tough due to the spread of talent with the new system. All seven round games are going to be hard so we have to be switched on for each game.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight Series?It would be a great honour to win the Elite Eight series and to beat some of the best quality teams in Australia. I would be extremely happy to win a tournament with this team and it will also be a great experience with all the boys.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talksby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona held steadfast in contract talks with the father of Ansu Fati over the summer.Mundo Deportivo says Barca gambled when the player’s father attempted to break an original agreement.The two parties had shaken on a figure towards the end of last season.However, after Fati scored twice in the UEFA Youth League semifinal against Chelsea, Dad tried to renegotiate.He demanded the original deal be settled as a net figure – a request Barca immediately rejected. They insisted to Fati Snr that it wasn’t right to be trying to go back on the agreement.In the end, calm heads prevailed and Fati signed terms. last_img read more

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AAP to reach out to women

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP has planned to reach out to the women at the ground level to gather a different support base from the women. Various surveys and internal study of the party also showed that the party has a strong voter base among the women in Delhi.Party’s women wing along with the leaders would go to the door to the women and talk to them. Here the party would focus on the issue of safety and also on education. ” Our party believes in the empowerment of women. The chief minister from him rallies also promised that after we get the full statehood he will make Delhi a safe city. We will take these messages to the women,” said a leader. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe party has also planned various door to campaign mostly by the local MLAs. ” In all these local meetings we see a huge number of women present. We believe that reaching to the women differently would help us,” the leader added. The party also launched a ‘Metro Campaign’ at the heart of the capital, Connaught Place this week. In order to speed up the full statehood movement, the women wing of the party started the campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. As a part of the campaign, a team of four women was deployed at all eight gates of the Metro station. The team was seen appealing to passersby to vote for AAP candidates. The AAP volunteers also distributed letters, detailing the full statehood issue, written by party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The letters were used to create awareness on the issue.last_img read more

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India rejects as ‘preposterous’ Pak claim of attack plan

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Sunday rejected as “irresponsible” and “preposterous” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s claim that India was planning to carry out another attack on Pakistan, saying his comments were aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region.Qureshi told reporters in Multan that Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India was planning to attack Pakistan again between April 16 and 20, adding that five permanent members of the UN Security Council were apprised about it. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a strongly worded statement, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar termed Qureshi’s comments as “public gimmick” appearing to be “a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India.” “India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” Kumar said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said India reserves the right to respond “firmly and decisively” to any cross-border terrorist attack. India struck the biggest terrorist training camp of terror group Jaish-e-Muhammed deep inside Pakistan on February 26, twelve days after the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. Kumar said it has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross-border terrorist attack in India. “No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed. Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue that bedevils our region: cross-border terrorism,” he said. The MEA spokesperson said Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks.last_img read more

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Jaypee Infra: Lenders ask NBCC for clarifications on revised bid

first_imgNew Delhi: Lenders of Jaypee Infratech Thursday sought clarifications from NBCC on various relief measures and concession proposed by the state-owned firm in its revised bid to acquire the debt-ridden realty company, sources said. The creditors’ panel will meet again on May 14 to further discuss the revised bid of NBCC, they added. The Committee of Creditors (CoC) met Thursday to discuss NBCC’s revised offer after it rejected the bid of Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty on May 3 through a voting under the insolvency proceedings. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraDuring the meeting, lenders and representatives of home buyers sought many clarifications from senior officials of NBCC. These queries were mainly related to relief measures and concession proposed by NBCC in its offer. NBCC was also asked how it will fund the takeover of Jaypee Infratech, sources said adding that NBCC officials answered all the queries. It was decided in the meeting that lenders will send a written query to NBCC by Friday and the public sector firm would reply by May 13. Lenders and homebuyers would meet again on May 14 to continue the discussion. On May 3, creditors had rejected the bid of Suraksha Realty, which was lone contender left after NBCC’s offer was rejected on technical grounds like non-approval of government departments as well as non-binding terms and conditions.last_img read more

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NFL Suspends Troubled Titans WR Kenny Britt For One

He’s become the poster child for what’s wrong with the league in the eyes of many, an out-of-control professional athlete whose sense of entitlement leads him to believe that rules apply to others than himself.But the NFL showed surprisingly relative leniency to Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt on the heels of his eighth run-in with the law since entering the league in 2009. Just weeks after meeting with him for the second time in a year, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday that the troubled 23-year-old Britt has been suspended for just one game for repeated violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.The fourth-year pro out of Rutgers will sit out the Titans’ Sept. 9 season opener against New England before returning for the following week’s game at San Diego.“It’s actually a gift from God that it’s only a week,” Britt told The Tennessean following his team’s 10-6 win over the visiting New Orleans Saints in Thursday night’s preseason finale.“I’m just happy that God spoke to [Goodell] and put the right thing in his heart, and we move forward. … I just have to take it on the chin, and that is what I’m doing.”Britt said he has no plans to appeal.As part of the penalty, he will be docked more than $44,000, which is one-seventeenth of his $755,000 base salary this season. The Titans will designate Britt as Reserve/Suspended so that he will not count against the team’s 53-man roster for the first week.Britt will not be allowed to work out at the team facility in Nashville during his suspension, but plans to remain in Knoxville and prepare for his first game action since suffering a major knee injury early last season.“To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what I was expecting,” he said. “I did know I was in some trouble in the past, and now it is behind me. Now I am happy, this is in the past and I am ready to focus on two weeks from now.”On July 20, Britt was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence as he was trying to pass through a security gate at the Fort Campbell. It was his eighth incident involving police since the Titans drafted him in 2009. Goodell summoned him to New York for a meeting on Aug. 6.Britt avoided discipline after last year’s meeting with Goodell because several of the incidents occurred during the NFL lockout in which time there was no collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league. Goodell, however, warned of a suspension should further trouble arise.Britt was off to strong start last year before suffering a torn right ACL in Sept. 25 game against the Denver Broncos that required season-ending surgery. read more

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Mayweather McGregor Whats The Worst That Could Happen

On Saturday night, in the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, Floyd Mayweather will defeat Conor McGregor. The great old pro will dismantle the MMA vet turned boxing newcomer, securing a 50-0-0 record that will stand alone in boxing’s record books. McGregor will be outpaced, outclassed and, most simply, outboxed. Mayweather will win — every expert says so.Unless, of course, he doesn’t.Odds on this spectacle, even farce, of a fight opened heavily in Mayweather’s favor. In November, he was a -2250 favorite, roughly implying a 96 percent chance of victory. By mid-August, the money line had narrowed to -400, or about an 80 percent chance. The money has continued to pour in for McGregor. Many bettors, it seems, believe in the Irishman’s puncher’s chance.But maybe it’s not even a punch that’ll end it. As one of us has suggested elsewhere, Mayweather’s best chance of losing may be suffering a pulmonary embolism or a brain aneurysm; drowning in his spit bucket or tripping on the way to the ring. Perhaps one of the fighters will do something untoward in the ring. One sportsbook is offering 9-to-1 odds that the fight ends in disqualification. Which makes sense, considering one of the boxers is barely even a boxer — and the chance of an errant kick is so high that it was considered in prefight negotiation.Strange things happen in boxing. This is the sport where a parachutist later called Fan Man crashed into the ropes during a heavyweight championship fight, after all. And if something strange does happen, it won’t stand alone in the history books. It will join the ignominious ranks of …Wolgast vs. RiversJuly 4, 1912Ad Wolgast defeated Joe Rivers via a 13th-round knockout in Los Angeles County. Perhaps the inspiration for “Rocky II,” this grudge match featured both fighters landing simultaneous knockout blows, then crumpling to the canvas. The referee reached the count of 10 and the bout was over, yet for some inexplicable reason he gave the victory to Wolgast on the basis that he had attempted to rise before being counted out. Compounding the confusion, the timekeeper at ringside had only reached a count of four. The referee’s verdict was upheld amid immense backlash, as Rivers’s camp claimed he had been fouled. They famously produced a considerably dented metal foul protector as evidence for their case, which made headlines across the country.Dempsey vs. SharkeyJuly 21, 1927The fight, held at Yankee Stadium, between Jack Dempsey and Jack Sharkey, guaranteed the victor a shot at the greatest title in sports, then worn by world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney. A crowd of over 82,000 was in attendance to watch the former champ, 32-year-old Dempsey, in his second-to-last fight, square off against 7-to-5 favorite Sharkey in the hopes of avenging his previous loss to Tunney. It was clear by the early rounds that all 82,000 fans and press row were watching Dempsey grow old over the night. Sharkey was handily beating his professed idol when, in the seventh round, Dempsey landed a slew of low blows. When Sharkey protested to the referee, Dempsey delivered a vicious left hook to the chin while Sharkey was mid-sentence. Sharkey did not finish his sentence; Dempsey won by knockout. He later fondly remembered the punch as, “one of the last good punches of my life … His chin was sticking out there, unprotected. I couldn’t miss.”Sharkey vs. SchmelingJune 12, 1930With heavyweight champion Tunney having recently retired and vacated his title, promoters scrambled to bring Germany’s Max Schmeling and the New York-born Sharkey in front of a packed Yankee Stadium to fill the void left in Tunney’s wake. Despite winning the first few rounds, Sharkey made a strange decision in the fourth when he abruptly teed off on Schmeling’s groin with a savage blow that dropped the German contender. Bedlam ensued, prompted by Schmeling’s manager storming the ring in protest. The referee disqualified Sharkey and raised the hand of Schmeling. It was the first time the heavyweight championship had been won on a foul. Schmeling became ignominiously known in the American press as the “low-blow champion.”Ali vs. ListonMay 25, 1965Muhammad Ali had been a 7-to-1 underdog when he stole Sonny Liston’s crown in 1964 — a strange match in itself that included Ali being temporarily blinded by a foreign substance allegedly from Liston’s gloves and ended with Liston refusing to come out for the seventh round. In the time between the February 1964 match and the rematch in May of 1965, Ali converted to Islam, changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and his friend Malcolm X was assassinated. It would be an understatement to say that the rematch swirled with controversy. Ahead of the rematch, Liston was considered a 13-to-5 favorite. Midway through the first round of the fight, a looping right hand later dubbed a “phantom punch,” crumpled Liston to the canvas while Ali danced around the ring. The crowd began to roar, “Fix! Fix!” Hall of Fame commentator Don Dunphy didn’t buy that it was a legitimate knockdown, stating, “If that was a punch, I’ll eat it. Here was a guy who was in prison and the guards used to beat him over the head with clubs and couldn’t knock him down.”Duran vs. LeonardNov. 25, 1980Only five months after handing superstar “Sugar” Ray Leonard his first humiliating loss and taking his title in Montreal, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran returned to meet Leonard at the New Orleans Superdome for one of the most eagerly anticipated rematches in boxing history. Duran had eaten everything in sight after his victory in June and ballooned up almost to the class of a heavyweight before crash dieting and horrifically sweating his way back down to the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Leonard had counted on this when he pushed to have the rematch as quickly as possible. After being humiliated for eight exhausting rounds, Duran finally gave up and —or so the popular story goes — uttered “no más” to referee Octavio Meyran. Duran followed up the shocking conclusion to the fight by announcing his retirement from the sport. (He’d return to the ring less than a year later.)Bowe vs. GolotaJuly 11, 1996Riddick Bowe was coming off a victory in the third match of his blood-feud trilogy with Evander Holyfield when he squared off against undefeated contender Andrew Golota in Madison Square Garden. Bowe had mostly refused to train for the fight on the basis of his public dismissal of Golota as a “bum.” Golota took control of the fight, but his biggest obstacle to victory became his devotion to excessively fouling Bowe with egregious, swung-shovel-like low blows. After repeated warnings failed to improve Golota’s accuracy, the referee began deducting points. He took three away before offering a final warning that a further low blow would cost Golota the fight. Golota continued to dominate the fight while unleashing perhaps his most sadistic barrage below the belt one final time with 30 seconds left in the seventh round. A massive riot ensued, and police, security and fans clashed in what would be remembered as the “Riot at the Garden.” Five months later, in Atlantic City, Bowe and Golota fought a hotly anticipated rematch. Golota repeated his domination of Bowe and his desire to ruthlessly foul him, leading to a ninth-round disqualification.Lewis vs. McCallFeb. 7, 1997Oliver McCall, for most of his career a distinguished journeyman, was best known as Mike Tyson’s sparring partner before handing heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis his first professional loss in a shocking upset in September 1994. Their rematch more than two years later was arguably the most bizarre heavyweight title fight; by the end of the third round, fans no doubt knew they were witnessing something nobody could have predicted. Before the closing bell to end the round, McCall had dropped his hands and looked despondent. When he came out for the fourth and fifth rounds, McCall spontaneously became a pacifist. Referee Mills Lane noticed McCall’s lips quivering before he began to cry. The fight was stopped in the fifth round.Holyfield vs. TysonJune 28, 1997When the washed-up Evander Holyfield was announced as Mike Tyson’s next opponent after Tyson had secured his second title belt on the way to unification, the opening odds for their November 1996 match made Holyfield a 25-to-1 underdog. The referee stopped the fight in the 11th round after Tyson was sent stumbling into the ropes. A rematch, which drew enormous interest, took place the following year. Holyfield quickly proved to both the world and Tyson that his first victory hadn’t been a fluke. And Tyson’s response became the defining moment of his career. 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Gattuso before clash against Juve We must play as a team

first_imgGennaro Gattuso is well aware that Juventus is a strong team, but he backs his boys in the match against the championsThe weekend gives a classic Italien encounter when AC Milan face Juventus.Although The Old Lady is way ahead of Milan in the table coach Gennaro Gattuso is confident that his team will match the reigning champions:““Those who were away with their national teams came back more relaxed. We needed this break. I see my players with great motivation.”“Juventus are a great team, unbeatable for the last six years. I am confident we will play a great game tomorrow and that Juve will have a hard time against us.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We have to be humble and respect our opponents who are stronger than us. We must play as a team. There’s a lot at stake and we are not allowed any false step.”“We have prepared two or three different tactical solutions based on how Juve will play. They have a winning mentality, fear nothing and are used to playing these games. They won’t be thinking about the UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid.”“Conti is now in the USA and we still don’t know whether he needs to undergo a small procedure. He is a great asset for our team and for the club. His teammates and I will all be here waiting for him.”“If we manage to do well in both the offensive and the defensive phase, we can do well against Juve. If we try to defend only, then it’s going to be tough,” he said according to calciomercato.com.last_img read more

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