Jamaicans urged to seek entry into Godolphin Flying Start

first_imgDarren Fox, Stallion Seasons sales manager, Darley Stallions in the United States of America, has called on Jamaicans to apply for entry into the Godolphin Flying Start programme in 2019. The Godolphin Flying Start programme is a two-year full time international management training specialising in thoroughbred racing and breeding. It was founded in 2003. The 2017-19 programme is now on. “I would encourage any young person to reach out and learn of this programme and send in an application. Your dream could be within your grasp, all you have to do is reach out and grab it; I am a product of this programme,” Fox disclosed during the Jamaica Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame banquet and prelude to the Derby last Thursday night at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Fox said that many countries have persons that enlisted in the Godolphin Flying Start programme, but “Jamaica is missing”. Jamaica Racing Commission’s general manager Richard Longmore said the Hall of Fame have been absent for the past six years and he hailed the return of the prestigious event. There was ten new inductees in the Hall of Fame. They include: Category A – 2010 Jamaica Derby winner Mark My Word owned by Elite Bloodstock. Category B – trainers Richard Azan and Vincent Edwards. Category C – jockey David McKenzie. Category D – grooms Linval McFarlane and Clive Evans. Category E – Veterinarians Dr Clifford Bradford and Dr St Aubyn Bartlett; racing administrator Chris Armond and owner Elias Haloute.last_img read more

Suarez pens new long-term Liverpool deal

first_imgSuarez, 26, has been in impressive form after a turbulent summer in which he suggested the club had reneged on an agreement to sell him if they failed to qualify for the Champions League.It had been expected that talks would continue throughout the season and that the Uruguayan would want to wait and see whether the Reds secured a Champions League place for next season, but the club confirmed he had signed a new deal.Suarez told the official website www.liverpoolfc.tv: “Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision. I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt.”Liverpool did not specify the length of Suarez’s new deal but it is expected to make the 26-year-old striker the best-paid player in the club’s history.Suarez’s spell at Anfield has often been a controversial one after he was handed two long-term bans, one for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and last season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.Suarez added: “We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.”Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters.“Luis is a world-class talent and securing his services is crucial for what we are trying to achieve here.“What’s most important and most exciting is that, at just 26 years old, his best years are still ahead of him and we now know we’ll be seeing him reach that potential in a Liverpool shirt.”Liverpool had to fend off interest from Arsenal in the summer, who had a bid of £40,000,001 rejected, but their determination to keep Suarez has paid off with the Reds now second in the Premier League with the Uruguayan the leading scorer in the top flight with 17 goals, four ahead of his nearest rival.The club’s principal owner John W Henry said: “We are committed to working hard to keep our best players and this is an indication that we are moving in the right direction and moving at a pace that impresses one of the best players in world football.“The club has made major strides forward in recent years and we are all committed to delivering the success our supporters want and deserve.”Liverpool chairman Tom Werner added: “This demonstrates our commitment, as an ownership group, to building a team that competes at the highest level both in the Barclays Premier League and in Europe.“Our primary motive is to do what is best for Liverpool Football Club and today’s news is another significant step forward on this journey.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, December 20 – Luis Suarez has commited his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract, the club confirmed on Friday.It was not immediately clear how long the deal wwas for, but Suarez told the club website: “I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term.”last_img read more

Porto put £38million price tag on Stoke midfield target

first_img1 Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula Porto have slapped a £38million price tag on Giannelli Imbula’s head – almost double the bid Stoke City tabled for him earlier this month.The French midfielder only joined Porto from Marseille last summer but has made just 15 appearances so far this season.Stoke have been keeping a close watch on the 23-year-old’s progress this term and made an offer of around £20m last week.That was quickly rejected by Porto, who are reluctant to sell Imbula so soon after signing him.However, according to LeSport10, if Porto were to receive an offer in the region of £38m then they would be willing to negotiate a transfer.The demanded fee is expected to prevent Stoke from pulling off any deal this January, as they are unlikely to be able to afford that plus the player’s salary demands.last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar best bits podcast – Friday, September 15

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for a new series of weekly best bits podcasts from the Sports Bar.Listen back to the highlights of another great week of Sports Bar shows including West Ham defender James Collins joining us in the studio.Additionally, we have the highlights of our Champions League phone-ins, an amazing rant from an Aston Villa supporter, and fun features – including Hodg Watch!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img

PL team of the weekend: Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal stars included

first_img 11 Central midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Another string-pulling display at the heart of the Pep Guardiola’s midfield allowed City to pick off their opponents. Given the Clarets’ displays away from home this season his efforts to create chances shouldn’t be underestimated. Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) – Click the right arrow above to see who else made talkSPORT’s Premier League team of the weekend… – He could have done better for Mohamed Salah’s scuffed goal but was tremendous for the rest of the match at Wembley. He made one stunning save from Philippe Coutinho which was breath-taking, while did well with a couple more efforts on goal. He can also take huge credit for his throw in the build up to Heung-Min Son’s goal. 11 Centre-back: Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) – German centre-back Schindler was a rock for the Terriers as Manchester United attempted to grab an equaliser in the match. He was exceptional in the closing stages of each half, making four clearances in five minutes before half time and four more in the final ten minutes to ensure victory for his side. 11 Forward: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) – After some recent poor displays, the Belgian striker proved he can be a match-winner with two goals to down an excellent Watford side. The thrills and spills of the Premier League are tough to match in world football and gameweek nine was just as unpredictable as any other.There were big wins on Sunday for Tottenham and Arsenal who beat Liverpool and Everton, respectively, while on Saturday Huddersfield Town shocked Manchester United by registering a 2-1 win on home soil.West Ham continue to struggle and were put to the sword by Brighton and Hove Albion, and there was also a stunning six-goal thriller between Watford and Chelsea which saw the current champions come from behind to complete a 4-2 victory.So, who were the star performers over the weekend? Click the right arrow above to see our Premier League team of the weekend… Right-wing: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) – Often considered for his skilful play, the Seagulls star put on a well-rounded display to help down the Hammers on Friday night. He didn’t get a goal or an assist but contributed in almost every other aspect. Left-back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – The Spanish star has thrived on the left of Arsene Wenger’s back-three and gone from possible sale to sure-fire starter. He blotted his copy book for Everton’s second goal of the match but it shouldn’t take away too much from a brilliant showing. 11 Right-back: Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) – One of a number of stars for the Terriers on Saturday, Smith handled the threat of Anthony Martial superbly and didn’t back down from a battle which saw both booked early on. He managed to win eight of the nine tackles he attempted, while also making seven clearances and two interceptions. Left-wing: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – A real menace all match, the Chilean was on a real mission to drag the Gunners to victory. He smashed seven shots on goal, completed all six attempted dribbles and linked well with Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil. 11 11 11 Central midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Playing in a deeper role, Alli was disciplined and seemed more economical with possession and did his defensive duties superbly by winning all three tackles attempted and making some vital interceptions. 11 Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – Beginning to show some really impressive form having looked lacking in his previous campaigns. Not only did he net a goal but he was superb in possession, completing 98 of the 103 passes he made, while winning three defensive headers and getting in some crucial challenges on the deck too. Forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – It’s hard to find different words to describe the performances of the England international who ran himself into the ground for the team against Liverpool as well as showcasing his striking talents with another brace. 11 11 11last_img read more

Arranmore Island celebrate new website launch

first_imgArranmore Island has launched a new website to promote handcrafted giftware and other items made on the famous Donegal island. The website showcases the range of products that are created by the talented craftspeople who are based on the Island. Handcrafted giftware made on the Arranmore Island The website, which can be viewed here, was designed by developed by Comharchumann Forbartha & Fostaiochta Arainn Mhor.Items crafted ranged from unique gifts carved from stone, willow baskets, posters, souvenir keyrings, magnets, and handknits.Packages for weekend and day courses are also available in yoga, music, art, basket making, and bird watching. Arranmore Island celebrate new website launch was last modified: January 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arranmore Islandlast_img read more

Frontera Cocina Now Open at Disney Springs

first_imgShare This!Taken prior to opening   ©Rikki NiblettThe newest restaurant for Disney Springs has opened! Frontera Cocina, brought to life by celebrity chef, Rick Bayless, is now open in the Town Center section of Disney Springs.Frontera Cocina will delight friends, family and food-lovers with exciting flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience. Frontera Cocina features warm colors, an open kitchen and a lively atmosphere.  The table-service portion of the restaurant offers menu items such as Oaxacan Red Chile Chicken, Salsa Verde Shrimp Enchiladas Suizas, Carnitas, Shrimp Mojo de Ajo, Crispy Half Chicken, and freshly made salsa and guacamole.The restaurant also includes a quick-service window, offering Guests the option of enjoying on-the-go tacos, chips and guacamole, as well as a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.Frontera Cocina is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.SaveSavelast_img read more

Trump/GOP Leaders Unveil Tax Reform Framework

first_imgPresident Trump and Republican leaders in Congress unveiled a framework for tax reform on September 27. The nine-page framework broadly describes tax proposals ranging from lower rates for individuals and businesses to repeal of certain tax preferences, but it leaves actual legislative language to congressional taxwriting committees. Democrats, who were not involved in the release of the proposals, expressed support for middle-class tax relief but cautioned they would work to defeat proposals that cut taxes for higher-income taxpayers. The proposal may also hit a roadblock from lawmakers who want deficit-neutral tax reform.Individuals FrameworkThe current seven tax rates for individuals would be consolidated into three: 12, 25 and 35 percent. The Trump/GOP plan does not describe the income levels for the proposed rates. The framework also calls for an unspecified “additional top rate, [which] may apply to the highest-income taxpayers to ensure that the reformed tax code is at least as progressive as the existing tax code and does not shift the tax burden from high-income to lower- and middle-income taxpayers.” No mention was made within the framework of the fate of the current zero, 15 and 20 percent capital gains rates.Rate CutsThe Trump/GOP plan would increase the standard deduction for individuals to $24,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly and $12,000 for single filers. The framework, however, would repeal the personal exemption for dependents but “significantly” increase the child tax credit. A new nonrefundable credit for nonchild dependents would also be created. The Trump/GOP plan points out that “the typical family” now in the current 10-percent bracket that would be subject to the 12-percent rate would be better off due to the larger standard deduction, child tax credit and “additional tax relief that will be included during the committee process.”Eliminating Itemized DeductionsAs with the rate cuts, the proposals for individual tax preferences leave many details to the House and Senate taxwriting committees. Popular individual tax preferences, such as the deduction for charitable giving and the home mortgage interest deduction, would apparently be unchanged. However, the Trump/GOP plan calls for eliminating “most itemized deductions.” Within that possible category, no specific mention was made of the controversial proposal that has been circulating to eliminate the itemized deduction for state and local taxes.Also slated for elimination are the federal estate tax, the generation-skipping transfer tax, and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The AMT generates significant revenues, and some lawmakers may work to retain it.Business FrameworkThe corporate income tax rate would fall from 35 percent to 20 percent under the proposal. Special rules would give pass-through businesses a top tax rate of 25 percent. Administration officials have said that legislation would be put in place to prevent abuse. The framework also “aims to eliminate the corporate AMT.”Enhanced ExpensingExpensing would be enhanced under the Trump/GOP plan. However, the deduction for net interest expense incurred by C corporations would be limited and those for other businesses examined. Again, details appear to be left to congressional taxwriters. Note that except for the start date of September 27, 2017, the framework does not designate any definite effective date for any other provision, apparently leaving January 1, 2018 effective date for other aspects of tax reform open to negotiation.Some tax preferences for businesses would apparently be retained and others eliminated. The Trump/GOP plan calls for keeping the research tax credit and tax incentives for low income housing. The Code Sec. 199 deduction, however, would be eliminated.InternationalThe Trump/GOP plan calls for a “100-percent exemption for dividends from foreign subsidiaries (in which the U.S. parent owns at least a 10-percent stake).” Further, “to transition to this new system, the framework treats foreign earnings that have accumulated overseas under the old system as repatriated.”Road AheadThe taxwriting committees—the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee (SFC)—are tasked with writing tax reform legislation. Both committees have held tax reform hearings over the past few years. Republicans on the SFC have a slim majority, so tax reform legislation may not only move more slowly in the SFC, it may also take a different path from the Trump/GOP framework.White HousePresident Trump discussed his administration and top congressional leaders’ joint framework on September 27 during a speech in Indiana. “For several months, my administration has been working closely with Congress to development a framework for tax reform—over the next few months the House and Senate will build on this framework…,” Trump said. According to Trump, the framework shows commitment that tax reform will benefit low-to-middle income households, not the wealthy.Trump also discussed the importance of having a bipartisan approach to tax reform. “Tax reform, historically, has not been a partisan issue, and it does not have to be a partisan issue today,” Trump said.Lawmaker ReactionSFC Chair Orrin G Hatch, R-Utah, indicated that tax reform would need a bipartisan approach. “We’re so equally divided that it’s going to be almost impossible to do without some Democratic help and I’m hopeful that we can do that,” Hatch said.Initial comments from House and Senate Democrats generally criticized the framework for being partisan and geared more toward helping the wealthy. “Senate Democrats remain steadfast in calling on Republicans to drop their failed partisan process and work together on a tax bill…,” SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a September 27 statement. House Ways and Means ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., criticized the framework for benefiting the wealthy, commenting that “[t]his tax plan would give big tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, helping the rich get richer while leaving behind working families and middle-class Americans.”By Jessica Jeane, George Jones and George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News StaffUnified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax CodeHighlights of The Unified Tax Reform FrameworkWays and Means Press Release: Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax CodeWays and Means Press Release: Neal Statement on Ryan-McConnell Tax Reform FrameworkSFC Press Release: Wyden Statement on Republican Tax Reform FrameworkPress Release: Levin Statement on GOP Tax Reform FrameworkPress Release: Rep. Doggett Statement—Republican Tax Plan is “Blueprint for Red Ink”Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? 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Iowa Enacts Major Income Tax Reform

first_imgIowa has enacted major tax reform legislation. The legislation is unchanged from the version that was passed in May. Some of the corporate and personal income tax changes discussed in the previous story include:personal income tax rate reductions for 2019;corporate income tax rate reductions for 2022;IRC conformity;the IRC Sec. 179 expensing allowance; andtax credits.Contingent Revenue RequirementsBesides the previously covered items, changes contingent on state revenue are discussed below. The changes take effect if the net general fund revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022:equal or exceed $8,314,600,000; andequal or exceed 104% of the net general fund revenues for the previous fiscal year.If the conditions above are not met, the changes become effective January 1 following the first fiscal year net general fund revenues:equal or exceed $8,314,600,000; andequal or exceed 104% of the net general fund revenues for the previous fiscal year.Contingent Personal Income Tax Rate ReductionsBeginning in 2023, the personal income tax rates may be:4.40% on income up to $6,000; 4.82% on income between $6,001 and $30,000;5.70% on income between $30,001 and $75,000; and6.50% on income $75,001 and over.Contingent Personal Income Tax CalculationThe term “net income” would mean as computed for federal income tax purposes. Previously, “net income” was federal taxable income before the net operating loss deduction. A taxpayer would add any federal net operating loss deduction carried over from before January 1 of the effective year. The taxpayer could deduct the loss according to Iowa law as its exists in 2018.Changes to personal income tax additions and subtractions would include:add any federal itemized or standard deduction, personal exemption deduction, or qualified business income deduction;add certain charitable contributions deducted under IRC Sec. 170 that are deposited in the Iowa education savings plan trust;subtract federal income taxes paid for a tax year beginning before January 1 of the effective year;subtract the amount of social security benefits taxable under IRC Sec. 86;subtract any payment by an employer of principal or interest on any qualified education loan incurred by the taxpayer; andsubtract amounts paid by an age 65 or older taxpayer, with income under $100,000, for health insurance.Contingent Corporate Income Tax CalculationThe term “net income” would mean as computed for federal income tax purposes. Previously, “net income” was federal taxable income before the net operating loss deduction. A taxpayer would add any federal net operating loss deduction carried over from before January 1 of the effective year. The taxpayer could deduct the loss according to Iowa law as its exists in 2018.Several required adjustments to corporate income tax that would be removed including the:capital gain or loss adjustment for certain property with a basis established before January 1, 1934;subtraction for 50% of federal income taxes paid;subtraction for the work opportunity tax credit (IRC Sec. 51);subtraction for the alcohol and cellulosic biofuels credit (IRC Sec. 40);adjustment for income from certain sale-leaseback agreements (IRC Sec. 168(f)(8));addition for the percentage depletion amount determined under IRC Sec. 613;addition or subtraction related to speculative shell buildings;subtraction for employer social security credit (IRC Sec. 45B);addition for income from the sale of state obligations;addition for first-year depreciation under IRC Sec. 168(k) enacted by the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002;addition for first-year depreciation under IRC Sec. 168(n) enacted by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008;prohibition on taking the increased expensing allowance under IRC Sec. 179 allowed by the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; andsubtraction for the amount of ordinary or capital gain realized as a result of the involuntary conversion of property due to eminent domain.S.F. 2417, Laws 2018, effective May 30, 2018 and as notedThe Iowa Department of Revenue has also released guidance on nexus after South Dakota v. Wayfair.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Martinez: Lukaku can do it all

first_imgBelgium CT Roberto Martinez has assured Inter fans that they have “a unique No 9 who knows how to do it all” in Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku became Inter’s record signing when he arrived from Manchester United in August and has made an immediate impact, already scoring five Serie A goals. “He’s a unique No 9, physically strong: I think it’s important for every team to have a striker who harvests all his qualities,” Martinez told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Romelu dribbles, holds the ball up and – above all – scores. Being able to surpass 100 goals in the Premier League and being Belgium’s all-time top scorer tells you everything. “This is what the Italian fans are starting to appreciate, a chameleon-like striker, able to do many things but always with the intention of scoring. “He knows how to do it all. Therefore, lots of people go around looking for the things he was unable to do. “There are strikers who know how to do only one thing, so no-one asks them to do anything else. “Romelu’s strength is that he can always do something different: this is also a disadvantage because there are games where some of the things he tries fail to come off. “He makes the pitch bigger and creates things for others: if people appreciated these things, even when he doesn’t score, then he’d be criticised less. “I invite fans to go back over his career: at 16 he was already scoring goals for Anderlecht, then at Everton ge was important, getting used to the physicality of the Premier League. “At that point, always putting the team before himself, he matured: now he’s ready to win a title abroad and I think that’s what he wants to do with Inter. “When you put something in your head, you get it.” For all the talk of ending Juventus’ grip on the Scudetto, the Belgian has yet to score in the Champions League this season… “History shows that Italian teams have had strong, physical defenders. Romelu is more used to the Champions League. “He’s been playing in it for a long time so I think he’ll find it less of a struggle, even if Borussia [Dortmund] have several top individuals.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more