Dybala delighted after Juventus defeat SPALby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala was pleased after Juventus’ 2-0 defeat of SPAL.Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring, then Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a Dybala cross.“It’s important to win these games. We were a little slow in our movements in the first half, but fortunately we broke through at the last second before the break and that meant SPAL had to open up,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.“It created more spaces for us and we had a lot of chances, the goalkeeper did well, but we got the second in the end.“The move for the second goal was a well-worked team approach with a lot of one-touch football.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Celebrity chef and “Top Chef All Stars” winner Richard Blais took a break from the kitchen this week to run the New York City Marathon for Team Save the Children and help give kids in the United States and around the world a strong start in life.“Running is a vital part of my health regimen, but running for a cause is much more meaningful,” said Blais. “I’m thrilled I got to run this year’s New York City Marathon with Team Save the Children — a charity committed to giving kids all over the world a brighter future.”Save the Children’s international endurance program, Team Save the Children, provides athletes the opportunity to take on a personal challenge while raising funds for Save the Children programs.The team came to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with 24 members – including Blais – all focused on raising funds that will help kids survive, learn and be protected. They entered the race on target to raise more than $50,000 for kids.Blais, who just finished his fourth New York City Marathon, said before the race that he was not targeting a time to beat, but just wanted to run a “healthy and happy race.”“I want to be able to jog the next day, that’s my goal,” he said.He also said his post-race meal always includes “red meat – a lot of it,” while he likes to keep his meal choices very simple the night before.“I’ve been 20-plus miles in before, burping up charred octopus,” he said. “I don’t recommend it.”In 2015, Save the Children worked in 120 countries and reached an estimated 185 million children. This included helping to deliver high-impact health care to 22.6 million kids and quality education for 12.2 million children.
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Jaipur: Australian batsman Steve Smith will embark on a redemption journey when Rajasthan Royals open their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here on Monday. Smith was handed a one-year ban along with his then deputy David Warner exactly a year ago for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Smith was last seen in action in a couple of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) matches late last year before an elbow injury ruled him out of the tournament. The ban was limited to state and international fixtures only and not domestic or club cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe IPL will be the actual start of his long road to redemption and Smith would be looking to make the most of it ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Smith, though, is yet to recover fully from his elbow injury and may take a little time to get into the groove. With Smith in their ranks, the Royals have one of the best teams this season led by Ajinkya Rahane and they would be eager to capitalise on the home advantage tomorrow. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBritish all-rounder Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are assets to the team but they will not be available after April 25 as per England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) diktat because of the World Cup, and Rajasthan would be keen to win enough matches by then. Stokes will once again be the key in both batting and bowling departments, while the Kings would be expecting their all-rounder Sam Curran to be on the top of his game tomorrow. Their bowling too have reasonable depth with speedster Jaidev Unadkat eying a slot in Indian team for the World Cup. Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi and few others give variety and options to Royals for different conditions Ravichandran Ashwin-led Punjab side would rely heavily on their openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul to provide them a fiery start and if swashbuckling West Indian opener happens to be in his elements, the Kings XI may be able to draw the first blood. Skipper Ashwin would be desperate to prove that he can still make a difference in this format. With Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Punjab’s bowling looks pretty strong.
Most lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.
Mumbai: Revenge will be on their mind when Mumbai Indians lock horns with Kings XI Punjab, the hosts looking to stretch their winning run in the Indian Premier League here Wednesday. The previous encounter between the two teams in Mohali had ended in a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Kings XI, but home conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are expected to favour MI. MI enter the match high on confidence following successive victories over holders Chennai Super Kings and last edition’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Significantly both these victories came mostly because of MI’s all-round bowling strength as the bowlers defended totals successfully. MI are also blessed with splendid batting firepower in the end overs from West Indian Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Kings XI, who too have been given a shot-in-the-arm by their six-wicket victory Monday night over Sunrisers, need to chip away at the top of the MI batting as well as ensure that the big-striking Pollard and Hardik don’t take away the game like they did when carving 45 runs in the last two overs against CSK to turn the game around. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later MI don’t even have anyone in the top-20 run scorers’ list this season, an indication of the depth in their batting, and have a superior fast bowling attack bolstered by the inclusion of West Indian pacer, Alzarri Joseph, who blew away Sunrisers with his record-breaking haul of 6/12 in Hyderabad in their previous game. The hosts have a formidable pace attack with Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm Jason Behrendorff also there, along with Joseph and Hardik, to utilise the bounce and carry on the Wankhede track. Kings XI, third on the table with eight points, have been top heavy in batting with K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal leading the way with 200-plus aggregates and the indomitable Gayle too not far behind. In bowling, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (7 wickets) has done well in five out of six games that the team has played and has got good support from the likes of Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin. Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan (wk), Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav. Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.
Kolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.
Kolkata: The people of Bandwan in Purulia demanded exemplary punishment of those involved in the murder of a teenage girl whose decomposed body was recovered from the forest recently. A march was held on Saturday afternoon to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Manika Mahato, a student of Dr Amarnath Jha Higher Secondary School. She was studying in Class XII and had scored over 95% marks in Madhyamik Examination. The residents demanded that the CID should probe the incident and also sought the resignation of the Officer-in-Charge of Bandwan police station within seven days. Manika went missing on May 3. Her family members faced many hardships before they could lodge a complaint. Her decomposed body was recovered on May 10. The police are yet to recover her school bag and purse. Locals alleged that initially, the police had refused to take complaint and finally accepted it after prolonged persuasion. They also alleged that Manika might have been tortured before being murdered. They further alleged that a section of the media has been trying to hide the criminals and the owner of the vehicle that had been used.
Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) passes the ball during a game against Illinois Jan. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 62-55.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorAt any level of basketball, shooters go through slumps — it’s part of the game.Ohio State senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. was no different in his team’s four games prior to Thursday’s 62-55 win against Illinois.But one shot — that’s all it took for Smith Jr. to get back to where he needed to be and to help get his squad going the right way again.“Lenzelle’s shot at the end of the half, he let that thing go and I’m like, ‘Come on, one time,’” said coach Thad Matta after the win, referring to a 3-pointer the senior buried that gave the Buckeyes a one-point lead with less than a minute left in the first half.It is no surprise that the Buckeyes lost those four games when Smith Jr. shot a combined 13-39 from the field, including just 4-17 from beyond the arc.But against Illinois, he rediscovered the shooting touch that helped his team start the season 15-0 — when he shot 39 percent from deep — pouring in 16 points and matching the number of 3-pointers he had made during those four losses. Smith Jr. said just seeing the ball go through the net was huge for his confidence, and a little bit of extra push from his teammates to keep shooting.“It’s a mental thing,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “Sometimes I get in a state of mind of, ‘Ah, you missed a shot, maybe you should try to get in the paint now and get a layup.’ Or just tonight, I missed a few shots and (senior guard Aaron Craft and junior forward LaQuinton Ross) specifically said, ‘Shoot the ball!’ They were yelling at me, ‘Why are you not shooting the ball?’ And that kind of gave me that extra motivation of well, they want me to shoot then that’s my job on this team, and I’m (going to) shoot and luckily down the stretch, it came through for us.”The play down the stretch against the Fighting Illini came with just 1:16 left on the clock when his team was clinging to a five-point lead, needing a score to put the game on ice.With the shot clock winding down, the senior from Zion, Ill., found the ball in his hands on the right wing with no choice but to fire. The ball swished through the net, the crowd erupted, and Illinois’ ship sank.The big play came on the heels of a three-point play by Ross and a turnover by Illinois, plays that Fighting Illini coach John Groce said were the difference in the outcome.“Give them a lot of credit,” Groce said after the game. “I thought that Ross’ and-one was huge. I thought that Smith’s three was huge. I thought those were two big plays.”The man who found Smith Jr. for the dagger 3-pointer was none other than Craft himself, on one of his team-leading five assists. Craft said he and Smith Jr. felt more responsibility than usual to help put an end to the losing skid.“I think Lenzelle and I, both being seniors, we wanted to take it upon ourselves,” Craft said. “We didn’t do anything special, we didn’t say anything that was Earth-shattering or anything. We have a group of guys that’s been through the battles and knows what it takes … It’s about being tough down the stretch and finding whatever we have to do. And that’s what we did today and that’s what it’s about.”A relieved Matta joked that Smith Jr.’s 4-8 shooting performance from three “probably takes him out to about six percent” shooting in Big Ten play, but couldn’t be more proud of his performance Thursday.“Honestly, I’m happy for Lenzelle because he’s been very diligent last few days of in there working and trying to get everything right,” Matta said. “You see that, and that’s what excites you as a coach and you’re happy for him when it goes in.”Though OSU (16-4, 3-4) might be back on track, it still sits in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten with last-place Penn State (10-10, 1-6) set to visit the Schottenstein Center Wednesday at 7 p.m.But putting a halt to the losing streak — the program’s longest since February 2008 — puts the Buckeyes near where they need to be come season’s end.“It’s very important, obviously,” Smith Jr. said on ending the losing skid. “I don’t think anybody here or in this team signed up to lose games, so I mean obviously guys are feeling a little bit better now. Obviously we know that we haven’t done what we wanted to do, or we got done what we think we should get done but it’s definitely a step closer and it feels good.”
Cagliari have confirmed the signing of Liverpool’s Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan on a two-year deal.The Italian club released a statement on their official website which reads: “Cagliari Calcio announces that it has acquired from Liverpool FC the right to the sports performances of the player Ragnar Klavan who arrives in rossoblù outright by signing a contract until 2020.”“Left-footed, a powerful physique, strong in aerial play, can also be used as a left side. A player of considerable reliability, accustomed to pressure, Klavan will bring his personality, charisma and leadership skills into rossoblù.”Cagliari also confirmed the move on Twitter.Ragnar #Klavan è rossoblù ??Welcome to Sardinia!➡️ https://t.co/H43DnCtSS1#benvenutoKlavan pic.twitter.com/B1TkvUKYjtVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) August 17, 2018The 32-year-old captains the Estonia national side and has completed his move to Cagliari, according to Football Italia.The former Liverpool defender was in the final year of his contract at Anfield and Cagliari are understand to have paid £2m for his services.Klavan never established himself as a first-choice in the Liverpool defence but made more than 50 appearances since joining from Augsburg in 2016.
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.
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If a driver encounters an avalanche affecting the highway, ADOT&PF recommends:Do not step outside the vehicle.Do not attempt to drive through the avalanche debris, regardless of size.Drive away immediately to a safe location outside the avalanche zone.Call 911 and report the avalanche to Alaska State Troopers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享November is Avalanche Education Awareness month and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) wants Alaska’s drivers to be aware of avalanche zones as they travel the state’s highways this winter. Jim Kennedy, ADOT&PF avalanche specialist: “Our goal is to improve safety for highway users by reducing avalanche hazards while minimizing avalanche related traffic delays and road closures. We want Alaskans to be alert to avalanche area highway signs and stay safe when traveling.” ADOT&PF recommends the following practices for drivers traveling in avalanche prone areas:Check 511.alaska.gov or call 511 for current road conditions before traveling.Do not stop in avalanche areas.Always travel with emergency supplies in case of extended road closures.Expect delays when ADOT&PF is conducting avalanche hazard reduction work. Avalanche areas exist across Alaska. ADOT&PF avalanche specialists monitor highway avalanche risk by tracking weather, terrain and snowpack conditions. Common conditions that increase avalanche hazards include significant amounts of new snow or rain, strong winds and rapid changes in temperature.
Twitter Email Flaming Lips Ready Huge Three-Disc ‘Greatest Hits Vol. 1′ Collection News Flaming Lips Ready 3-Disc Greatest Hits Collection flaming-lips-ready-huge-three-disc-greatest-hits-vol-1-collection Facebook The GRAMMY-winning rock band have prepared a 52-track distillation of some of their biggest hitsBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 30, 2018 – 2:02 pm GRAMMY-winning rock band the Flaming Lips have always been hard to pin down. Their always-intriguing interpolations of electronic experimentation, raw psychedelic rock, and ecstatic live production have built them a reputation as a must-see act over their 35-year career.This week, the band has announced plans to release a new collection of the biggest hits from all their years with Warner Bros. Records – the perfect jumping-off point for music fans looking to take their first plunge into the Flaming Lips’ huge catalog, or the longtime follower looking to score a collection of their favorite tracks all in one package.The collection comprises three discs – 52 tracks – of singles culled from 1992’s Hit To Death In The Future Head all the way through 2017’s Oczy Mlody. Also included are a handful of rare B-sides and previously unreleased material. All songs in the collection have been painstakingly remastered from the original source tape by the Lips’ producer Dave Friedman. A vinyl release is being prepared as well, though it has been distilled to just 11 tracks and one disc.The Flaming Lips’ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 will be available on June 1. Fans who pre-order via the band’s official website will also receive a digital download of “We Can’t Predict The Future,” a rare live cut from the band’s 1999 BBC Sessions appearance, previously only available on the vinyl reissue of The Soft Bulletin.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
ICICI Securities IPO eyes Rs 4000 crore: Key points to know REUTERS/Adnan AbidiICICI Securities, the broking subsidiary of private-sector lender ICICI Bank, will hit the initial public offer (IPO) market next Thursday.The company will offer 7,72,49,508 equity shares for subscription. Here are the key things to know about the ICICI Securities IPO:• ICICI Bank proposes to raise Rs 4,020 crore by selling a 24 percent share in ICICI Securities• ICICI Securities IPO will open March 22 and close March 26. The offer will be open for anchor investors March 21• The price band of the IPO has been set at Rs 519-520 per share. Investors can apply for a minimum of 28 equity shares and multiples of 28 thereafter• Citigroup, CLSA, Edelweiss, IIFL, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and SBI Capital Markets are the managers of the IPO• The proceeds from the issue will be headed to the bank and the equity shares offered by the company are proposed to be listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE)ICICI Securities is the brokerage and merchant banking arm of ICICI Bank. The firm provides services including brokerage, financial product distribution, and investment banking to both institutional and retail clients.ICICI Securities got the approval from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in February this year to float IPO.ICICI Securities is the third entity of ICICI Bank where the lender is diluting its stakes. In 2017, ICICI Bank had diluted part of its holdings in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and general insurance wing — ICICI Lombard. ICICI Lombard was the first general insurer to go public.Bankers and stock market experts have predicted that 2018, like 2017, will be a busy year for capital markets. Companies from different sectors are lined up to raise crores through share-sale offers in the coming months.
This picture obtained on the twitter account of Stan Marcelja and taken on 1 October 2017 shows French police on the stairs leading to the Saint-Charles main train station in Marseille, southern France, after a man armed with a knife killed two people. Photo: AFPA suspected Islamist knifeman killed two women at the main train station in the French Mediterranean city of Marseille on Sunday before being shot dead by soldiers patrolling there, local officials and police said.One of the victims was fatally stabbed while the other had her throat slit by the assailant who is believed to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) at the start of his rampage, a source close to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity.Soldiers posted in the station as part of a special force set up to guard vulnerable areas in terror-hit France responded to the stabbings in front of the station and shot the man dead, local officials said.Armed police were deployed afterwards and the grand and ornate rail terminus in the bustling heart of France’s second-biggest city was evacuated, stopping all train traffic on one of the country’s busiest lines.”Two victims have been stabbed to death,” regional police chief Olivier de Mazieres told AFP, referring to the attack which occurred at 1:45 pm (1145 GMT).The latest deaths came with France still on high alert and in a state of emergency following a string of attacks in recent years by extremists linked to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda.Since 2015, a total of 239 people have been killed in France by jihadists, according to an AFP count before Sunday’s incident.After the stabbings, anti-terror prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into “killings linked to a terrorist organisation” and the “attempted killing of a public official”.- New anti-terror law -The incident came only days after the Islamic State (IS) group released a recording of what it said was its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging his followers to strike their enemies in the West.France has deployed troops and its air force to the Middle East and is a leading partner in the US-led international coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are being driven back.France has suffered several major terror attacks since 2015, including on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January followed by an assault on Paris bars and the Bataclan concert hall by gunmen in November of that year.A killing spree in Nice in July 2016 left 86 people dead when an extremist drove a truck into crowds after a fireworks display on Bastille Day.But there have also been numerous smaller attacks on police officers, soldiers or members of the public since then, sometimes carried out by people with severe psychological problems.Since November 2015, the country has been in a state of emergency which gives the government and security forces greater powers to combat extremists and launch anti-terror raids.- Controversial security law -New centrist President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to end the state of emergency with a new and controversial security law that will make many of the provisions of the emergency regime permanent.Despite criticism from rights groups that the law reduces judicial oversight over the actions of the police, the lower house of parliament is set to vote on a first draft of the law on Tuesday.French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter that he would travel to Marseille on Sunday.In August, a man driving a van killed one person and seriously injured another after ploughing into a bus stop in Marseille, raising fears of another terror incident.But doctors said later that the man had severe mental problems and discounted any terror link.The soldiers who shot the knifeman on Sunday were part of the Operation Sentinelle force composed of 7,000 troops who guard high-risk areas such as transport hubs, tourist sites and religious buildings.
Patricia Banks-Helman, a retired medical illustrator, has been coming to Southwest Library for three years to have her taxes filed.The April 15 federal deadline for filing taxes is right around the corner. The District’s libraries, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation, are providing free services to taxpayers with low to moderate income, especially seniors.Patricia Banks-Helman, a retired medical illustrator, sat reading a book, waiting patiently at Southwest Library last week to see a tax assistant. She had her tax documents tucked away in a folder with a rubber band securing them. “I heard it from my daughter who was working at the time in Virginia and the AARP would go to her center and do the taxes,” Helman, 80, said. “That’s when I thought, ‘Well why don’t I? Why do I pay someone $300-plus to do very simple tax forms. So I’ve been very satisfied.”This has been Helman’s third year coming to Southwest library to have her taxes filed. AARP Tax-Aide has about 11 tax assistance programs in the District similar to the one at Southwest library. The average site is open from four to five hours a day, one to two days a week.John Willging, volunteers as the local AARP coordinator at Southwest Library. He has been volunteering with the program for 15 years and has been at the Southwest library for the past two years. “Anyone can volunteer for the tax assistance program, but you are required to pass an IRS test,” Willging, 78, said. “You are put through a training program that usually runs for five days. Then you take the test. If you pass the test, then you are qualified to prepare tax returns.”Prior to filing her taxes at the Southeast Library, Helman would pay an accountant to file her taxes. “It’s been wonderful,” she said. “The tax aides are very knowledgeable and thorough. Otherwise I wouldn’t be coming back. If I had any kind of trepidation, I wouldn’t be here.”Kenneth Reavis, a transportation screener, was waiting for his name to be called. Reavis, 24, heard about the program from his mother, and this was his second year coming to the library. “It’s been great,” Reavis said. “They’re nice and helpful. It’s pretty simple and easy, right to the point. Get in and get out and I like it.”Willging said the process is simple and modern. “It’s all electronic filing on all the tax returns that we do, except where there is a rare case where there may be a rejection on a return for some reason and we can’t get it through the system,” he said. “Then, we tell the tax preparer you have to mail in a copy.”For more information about tax assistance, visit the AARP Tax-Aide program online to find a nearby location.
(PhysOrg.com) — Canadian Louise Page, associate professor at the University of Victoria, BC, has solved a mystery that has perplexed zoologists since early 19th century naturalists first wondered if venomous cone snails might have developed their poison producing glands through evolution of their esophagus somehow; speculation that of course led many to wonder if that were so, how did the snail continue with swallowing and digesting its food. Cone of poison: The secret behind the cone snail’s venom pump More information: Developmental modularity and phenotypic novelty within a biphasic life cycle: morphogenesis of a cone snail venom gland, Proc. R. Soc. B, Published online before print May 18, 2011, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0501AbstractThe venom gland of predatory cone snails (Conus spp.), which secretes neurotoxic peptides that rapidly immobilize prey, is a proposed key innovation for facilitating the extraordinary feeding behaviour of these gastropod molluscs. Nevertheless, the unusual morphology of this gland has generated controversy about its evolutionary origin and possible homologues in other gastropods. I cultured feeding larvae of Conus lividus and cut serial histological sections through the developing foregut during larval and metamorphic stages to examine the development of the venom gland. Results support the hypothesis of homology between the venom gland and the mid-oesophageal gland of other gastropods. They also suggest that the mid-region of the gastropod foregut, like the anterior region, is divisible into dorsal and ventral developmental modules that have different morphological, functional and ontogenetic fates. In larvae of C. lividus, the ventral module of the middle foregut transformed into the anatomically novel venom gland of the post-metamorphic stage by rapidly pinching-off from the main dorsal channel of the mid-oesophagus, an epithelial remodelling process that may be similar to other cases where epithelial tubes and vesicles arise from a pre-existing epithelial sheet. The developmental remodelling mechanism could have facilitated an abrupt evolutionary transition to the derived morphology of this important gastropod feeding innovation. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researcher shows how cone snails developed poison gland from spare gut parts (2011, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-cone-snails-poison-gland-gut.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Conus geographicus (a marine snail) Credit: Kerry Matz/National Institute of General Medical Services Cones as they are known colloquially, are a genus of snails that use a small tube to shoot harpoon-like teeth connected to a radula (a spaghetti like string) through a proboscis at suspecting prey to stun or kill it; they then haul their prey back to them and devour it, spitting out the parts they don’t like. The snail can turn and point the proboscis (which looks sort of like a cartoon version of a tiny elephant’s trunk) at its prey and after loading a tooth with poison launch it’s “harpoon” by forcefully contracting muscles, situated at the base of the proboscis. Some estimates put the number of different species of cone snails in the neighborhood of six hundred or so, of varying sizes and coloring; though most are pretty little, some can grow to as long as 23 centimeters (about nine inches) and pack sufficient punch to kill a human being.Page found the answer in Hawaii, home of the cone snail species Conus lividus, where, as she describes in her paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, she grabbed a mass of eggs, took them back to her lab and set about hatching and raising them. Along the way she singled out specimens during different stages of their development (when they were still larvae) fixed them with chemicals and sliced them up and photographed them to see what was going on. She then fed the whole batch of photos into a computer program that allowed her to watch as the larvae developed, and was then able to see that the cone snail originally has two sets of digestive tracts, one of which develops into the venom gland. Mystery solved.Page explains that the process is known as modular evolution, whereby a species develops a trait over time without disrupting other important bodily functions, something that has been seen in a wide range of other animals and insects.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mount Paektu sits on the border between North Korea and China (where it is called Changbai). Prior studies have shown that the mountain experienced a massive explosion nearly a thousand years ago, one that likely was the largest volcanic event in recorded history. But prior studies have also shown that the eruption did not appear to have much of a climatic impact—little sulfur was found in ice cores in Greenland or in tree rings from other parts of the world. To better understand why such a strange set of circumstances may have come about, the researchers traveled to the site and collected pumice samples for study in their lab. Their first experiments centered around studying the amount of the gas in globules of magma that became preserved in the rock and represented the amount of sulfur present before the eruption. The team then compared what they found with other magma that had cooled afterward—the difference between the two represented the amount of sulfur that had been released into the air. But, the researchers noted, that amount would only represent the sulfur that was sent into the air during an eruption. To find out how much of the gas might have made its way into the air before the eruption, the researchers modeled the crystallization of magma as it cooled—some of its elements, they noted, would crystalize more easily than others. By factoring in the rate at which sulfur crystalizes, the team was able to calculate how much sulfur had escaped prior to eruption—42 megatons—a massive amount that would have eclipsed the amount spewed forth from the prior record holder, the Tambora eruption of 1815. 1000-year-old tree preserved in Millenium Eruption pyroclastic flow in China. Credit: Kayla Iacovino More information: K. Iacovino et al. Quantifying gas emissions from the “Millennium Eruption” of Paektu volcano, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea/China, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600913AbstractPaektu volcano (Changbaishan) is a rhyolitic caldera that straddles the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and China. Its most recent large eruption was the Millennium Eruption (ME; 23 km3 dense rock equivalent) circa 946 CE, which resulted in the release of copious magmatic volatiles (H2O, CO2, sulfur, and halogens). Accurate quantification of volatile yield and composition is critical in assessing volcanogenic climate impacts but is challenging, particularly for events before the satellite era. We use a geochemical technique to quantify volatile composition and upper bounds to yields for the ME by examining trends in incompatible trace and volatile element concentrations in crystal-hosted melt inclusions. We estimate that the ME could have emitted as much as 45 Tg of S to the atmosphere. This is greater than the quantity of S released by the 1815 eruption of Tambora, which contributed to the “year without a summer.” Our maximum gas yield estimates place the ME among the strongest emitters of climate-forcing gases in the Common Era. However, ice cores from Greenland record only a relatively weak sulfate signal attributed to the ME. We suggest that other factors came into play in minimizing the glaciochemical signature. This paradoxical case in which high S emissions do not result in a strong glacial sulfate signal may present a way forward in building more generalized models for interpreting which volcanic eruptions have produced large climate impacts. Sulfur emission comparison between Tambora and Paektu eruptions. Credit: Carla Schaffer/AAAS Citation: New look at Mount Paektu eruption suggests it released far more sulfur than thought (2016, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-mount-paektu-eruption-sulfur-thought.html Journal information: Science Advances If such is the case, why is there little evidence of a global impact? The researchers suggest that it might be due to such factors as the eruption occurring at a high latitude where dispersal is limited; additionally, it happened in the winter, when global cooling is less noticeable. Explore further Crystal movement under Mount St. Helens may have indicated 1980 eruption was likely Preparing samples for analysis in the lab. Credit: Kayla Iacovino © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the U.K., North Korea, China and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests the volcanic eruption of Mount Paektu in 946 C.E. spewed far more sulfur into the atmosphere than has been thought. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes experiments they conducted on rocks retrieved from the site and offers a possible explanation for the lack of evidence from ice core samples. Preparing samples for analysis in the lab. Credit: Kayla Iacovino 1000-year-old tree preserved in Millenium Eruption pyroclastic flow in China. Credit: Kayla Iacovino Paektu crater. Credit: Kayla Iacovino
Source = TravelManagers Australia President of India Pranab Mukherjee presents THO Managing Director Amaan Khan (left) and Director of Sales Anita Thomas with Best Inbound Tour Operator and Best Travel Management Company awardsTravelManagers celebrate partner supplier award winTravelManagers’ specialist destination supplier for the Indian sub-continent Total Holiday Options (THO) has recently been awarded the National Tourism Award for Best Inbound Tour Operator and Destination Management Company. THO also received recognition for Best Travel Management Company for Delhi and National Capital Region (India).The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India present National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel and tourism industry every year. These awards are presented to State Governments/Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organizations in recognition of their performance in their respective fields and also to encourage healthy competition with an aim to promoting tourism.These prestigious awards were presented in Delhi to THO Managing Director Amaan Khan and Anita Thomas Director of Sales, by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India.“Our reputation is based on providing world-class quality services to our customers and their clients. This is a great honour for us as an organization, which would have not been possible without the support of the TravelManagers Australia Team,” says Khan.Executive General Manager – Michael GazalTravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal praised Khan and his team for achieving such an honour.“TravelManagers couldn’t be more proud of Total Holiday Options winning this award. They are consistently outstanding at what they do. Their hard work, dedication and commitment to service is exceptional. Our personal travel managers are one hundred percent confident to promote THO, knowing the experience from booking through to that delivered to our clients will be the very best. This trust is of upmost importance to our personal travel managers,” says Gazal.The House of Travel Group has enjoyed a long association with THO. House of Travel was appointed THO’s preferred supplier for India and Sri Lanka shortly after it opened its New Zealand office in 2005. When THO expanded to Australia two years later, TravelManagers was chosen as the company’s inaugural Australian preferred distributor.Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager says supporting our partner supplier products is absolutely key to our business model.“TravelManagers is privileged to have an exceptional, strong and effective relationship with THO at both national and state levels. You couldn’t ask for a better partnership with a supplier. They are incredibly supportive of what we do and are always keen to come on board whether it be participating in national conferences and state and regional meetings, assisting with training, providing exclusive educationals or support with marketing initiatives. They are genuinely interested in TravelManagers and particularly in our personal travel managers.”About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.