Simmons to work with Afghanistan

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Former West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has been appointed technical consultant to the Afghanistan national side.The 53-year-old, who played 26 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for West Indies, will assist current head coach Lalchand Rajput.”Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) management considers Simmons’ appointment a valuable step in players’ capacity development,” an ACB statement said. “His appointment will have a great impact on team performance.”Simmons was sacked as West Indies coach last September, five months after overseeing the side’s capture of an unprecedented second Twenty20 World Cup in India.He is a former Ireland head coach and spent six years in the role before leaving in 2015 to take charge of West Indies.The first assignment for Trinidadian Simmons will be to help oversee Afghanistan’s preparation for a series against Ireland in Greater Noida comprising five One-Day Internationals, three Twenty20s and a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture.Simmons will then face another of his former teams when the Afghans take on West Indies in five ODIs and three T20s in June in the Caribbean.last_img read more

$500k for another trail in FSJ

first_imgMeanwhile, Blair Lekstrom announced Fort St. John will received $13 million for this year’s Fair Share agreement. Fort St. John is receiving almost $495,000 for a new one kilometer bike trail, to run alongside on the North end of 100th street.Prince George / Peace Region MP Jay Hill and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Blair Lekstrom announced on Thursday, the Federal and Provincial governments are investing $6.5 million for infrastructure and recreation projects in the Peace Region.Mayor Bruce Lantz says the addition will be connected to the current trail system, providing a safer route for bikers and pedestrians. [asset|aid=1207|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5fcfe85232b761a1ada690662197b752-Lantz-trails-1_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -He says local contractors will be creating the paved path.Mr. Hill adds, construction for the trail will begin this spring, and will be finished by fall. [asset|aid=1208|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5fcfe85232b761a1ada690662197b752-Hill-trails-1_1_Pub.mp3]Every town in the Peace is receiving money from the Federal and Provincial Government, and Hill says all of the projects will be completed by fall.Advertisementlast_img read more

Deal puts company in employees’ hands

first_imgSince ESOPs act as a kind of retirement benefit plan, company contributions to ESOP plans are essentially tax-free. This allows the company to pay down the debt more quickly. As the debt is paid down, employees will gradually receive shares in the company as a benefit, and they won’t owe tax on those shares until they leave the company or retire and cash them out. And, to the extent a company is owned by an ESOP program, profits aren’t taxed either. In order for the ESOP to be created, an independent trustee must vet the transaction and make sure it’s fair to the employees relative to what Zell is getting, and also whether the price being paid by the ESOP is justifiable given the expected future profits of the company. Tribune said in a statement that there would be no change in the pension benefits previously earned by employees as a result of the transaction. The new ESOP will be funded solely through company contributions. It all may sound quite appealing, but there are several cases of ESOPs that went wrong, some spectacularly so. UAL Corp.’s United Airlines adopted an ESOP structure in 1994, but employees suffered steep losses after the company declared bankruptcy in 2002. Corey Rosen, an expert on ESOPs and the founder and executive director of the National Center for Employee Ownership, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization, says several missteps were made in the United case. Those mistakes included putting a time limit on the ESOP structure, giving employees less incentive to support it, and also extracting significant concessions from workers at the outset, which worsened labor relations and helped set the stage for a crippling work slowdown in 2000. Also, the flight attendants’ union opted out of the agreement. Rosen pointed to several examples of successful ESOPs, including Publix Super Markets Inc., a fast-growing and highly regarded grocery chain based in Lakeland, Fla., as well as W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., the Newark, Del.-based maker of waterproof fabric Gore-Tex. While the tax benefits are compelling, Rosen cautioned that employee-owned business also need to foster a collaborative, “open-book” management culture where the employees do feel like owners – something that didn’t work out with United Airlines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the past six months, many of the 20,000 employees of Tribune Co. have been wondering who their new owners would be. Turns out the answer is, basically, them. The deal announced Monday to take the Chicago-based media company private will result in Tribune being owned by an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. These plans have many advantages including significant tax breaks, but they also carry certain risks. Here’s how they work: An ESOP is a kind of benefit plan for employees, where the company contributes money, as it would to a pension or similar kind of retirement savings account. But instead of investing in stocks or bonds, as most pension plans might, an ESOP plan will use those contributions to pay down debt and buy stock in the company, which is then distributed to employees as a benefit. The new ESOP-owned Tribune will have about $13.4 billion in debt after the deal, Bear Stearns analyst Alexia Quadrani said, up from about $5 billion now. Real estate investor Sam Zell is contributing $315 million to the transaction and will wind up with the right to buy 40percent of the company later. last_img read more

1 in 5 A.V. residents uninsured

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsEighty-one percent of residents in both Lancaster and Palmdale have some form of health insurance, compared to county average of 76 percent, the study found. Quartz Hill’s insurance rate was 86 percent, while it was 78 percent in Lake Los Angeles. Figures were not released for other Antelope Valley communities. The UCLA study found that children were more likely to have health insurance than were adults below retirement age, both in the Antelope Valley and elsewhere. Among children, about 89 percent are covered by insurance, both in Lancaster and Palmdale. Among people ages 19 to 64 in Lancaster, 24 percent were uninsured; in Palmdale, 25 percent, the study said. In Quartz Hill, 18 percent of adults were uninsured. “The adults is where you see the highest rates. There are more program services to insure (children). They are the only group where the uninsurance rate is going down,” UCLA Center for Health Policy Research spokesman Garrison Frost said. Los Angeles County’s highest concentrations of uninsured were found in and around downtown Los Angeles, south Los Angeles, and east Los Angeles. The uninsured amounted to as much as 41 percent of residents younger than 65. “These are overwhelmingly working families. At least three-quarters of the uninsured are workers or in a family headed by workers,” center director E. Richard Brown said. “There’s also a substantial segment, but a minority, who work for an employer that offers coverage but where the employer’s rules bar that employee from being eligible. There’s a smaller still proportion who work for an employer that offers coverage, and the worker is eligible, but the cost of the required share of the premium makes it seem unaffordable,” Brown said. Center officials said many uninsured are eligible for government-sponsored health insurance, but they are not enrolled for a variety of reasons, including ignorance that they qualify for programs such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. Approximately 220,000 county residents qualify for government-sponsored health insurance but are not insured, center officials said. “I think this is clearly a growing problem. All the evidence is, it’s going to get worse, not better, if left to the whims of the marketplace, and that government really needs to step in and take stronger action to help control both the growth of health care costs and also to help provide health care coverage for the 6.7 million Californians who have no access to health insurance,” Brown said. More than two-thirds of the uninsured are in low-income families, but about a fourth are in the upper-half of income distribution in the state, Brown said. “When you look at the costs of family coverage and what in many workplaces the employer requires employees to pay, it is understandable why so many employers don’t offer coverage and why so many middle-class working families feel it’s simply beyond their financial means,” Brown said. “It’s over $10,000 a year for family coverage on average through employer plans in California today. The average worker is required to pay about a fourth of that and in many cases, required to pay considerably more,” Brown said. The uninsured rate in California is 21 percent, and the national average is 18 percent, Brown said. Center researchers used data from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey, where respondents indicated that they were uninsured for all or part of the previous 12 months. The highest concentration of uninsured was Los Angeles City Council District 1, an area north of downtown Los Angeles that encompasses the Pico Union region, where 41 percent of residents were uninsured, the study said. Among adults in that area, the rate jumped to 52 percent, the study found. Los Angeles City Council District 9, which covers the downtown civic center area and part of south Los Angeles, had an uninsured rate of 39 percent, followed by the South Los Angeles areas of Lennox and Florence-Graham, both at 38 percent, the study said. Areas with the lowest uninsured rates included Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, and La Ca ada Flintridge, at about 6 percent, Frost said. Areas with a 7 percent uninsured rate were Malibu, Westlake Village, San Marino, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Manhattan Beach, Frost said. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Nearly one in five Lancaster and Palmdale residents has no health insurance, a new study has found. Adults of working age are most likely to be living without insurance, with almost 90 percent of local children covered by private or government programs, according to the study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “Most of the ones who are not covered are adults who do not have insurance through their workplace, and in some cases, the disabled,” said Diane Grooms, regional vice president for United Way in the Antelope Valley. “Mostly likely they would be people who do not meet income requirements for Medi-Cal. We typically call them the working poor. They make a little bit too much money to qualify for Medi-Cal. That leaves them in an awkward spot because their employer does not insure them or if they are working more than one part-time job, they typically do not have insurance because their jobs don’t offer it.” The UCLA study found that residents of Palmdale, Lancaster and other communities in the valley are actually more likely to be covered by health insurance than the average Los Angeles County resident. last_img read more


first_imgPearse Doherty TDDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty says he and his party have been sent more Anglo Tapes – and they are offering them to Gardaí and the Government for further investigation.Deputy Doherty said a short time ago: “Sinn Féin was anonymously sent a copy of secret recordings involving senior Anglo officials majority of recordings are not currently public.“We have Anglo tapes available to the Gardaí and the Governor of the Central Bank and we have also retained a copy with my solicitor.” The new tapes come after the publication and airing of several of them in a newspaper earlier this year.The Gaoth Dobhair politician went on: “It has always been my view that the Fianna Fail Government had more info in relation to the bank prior to the guarantee than they previously disclosed.“On the advice of Senior Counsel, we have taken the decision not to release the tapes at this time.”  BREAKING NEWS: PEARSE DOHERTY HANDED MORE ANGLO TAPES was last modified: November 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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:anglo tapesPearse Dohertylast_img read more

QPR v Leeds United reaction: Brian McDermott says Leeds should have won

first_imgLeeds United boss Brian McDermott felt his side had enough chances to have won at QPR.Jermaine Jenas’ equaliser secured a 1-1 draw for Rangers following a goal by Ross McCormack, who earlier missed a penalty.McDermott said: “They scored just before half-time and that was disappointing from our point of view. We could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up.“Before the game we would have taken a point, but the way the game panned out we could have won.“It’s a point gained though and I just want positivity around us. I certainly won’t look at that as a missed opprtunity.”More reaction from Loftus Road to follow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fernandes savours QPR’s win at Villa

first_imgTony Fernandes savoured QPR’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa.Rangers produced a fine performance at Villa Park, where the recalled Ryan Manning got in front of former Chelsea skipper John Terry to head the visitors in front before Jake Bidwell doubled the lead and Luke Freeman sealed the victory.Co-chairman Fernandes posted on Twitter after the win, praising the team and manager Ian Holloway.If there was one team I wanted to beat it was VILLA away. Heheheh. Well done lads.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) March 13, 2018Well done to our manager Ian Holloway and the whole squad. Take a bow. Patience is what we asked for. Long long way to go but thanks to those who gave us the time. One result doesn’t make a season but this one is sweet.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) March 13, 2018 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

World Cup live action for blind fans

first_img9 June 2010Blind and visually impaired fans will be able to enjoy a special live-match experience at the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ in South Africa. Six stadiums will each have 15 seats equipped with headphones, along with trained commentators reporting live on the action on the pitch.In addition, each of these six stadiums will have 15 seats that will be allocated to the fans’ sighted guides, who will accompany them, while specially trained volunteers will provide assistance within the stadiums.The initiative has been launched by the Swiss National Association for the Blind and the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB), with financial supported from Fifa.Fifa Partner Sony is providing the necessary transmitters that will allow people to receive match-day commentary in the stadiums free of charge.The SANCB is ensuring that the tickets are fairly allocated, and only a very limited number of tickets are still available for 19 matches via“Football is a universal sport and it must be accessible to everyone,” said Fifa president Sepp Blatter. We are therefore delighted to be able to make this unique live experience in the stadium also accessible to visually impaired and blind people.“This project is another launching pad for South African sports, and will create a legacy with services and facilities at football grounds for visually impaired and blind South Africans.”The Institute of Advancement of Journalism was responsible for sourcing, training and coordinating the audio descriptors, while Academy of Sound Engineering students will perform the technical audio functions that will be necessary to ensure that the audio descriptions are correctly transmitted to the visually impaired fans at the stadiums.The stadiums offering the service are:Johannesburg – Soccer City Stadium: 8 matchesJohannesburg – Ellis Park Stadium: 7 matchesTshwane/Pretoria – Loftus Versfeld Stadium: 6 matchesDurban – Durban Stadium: 7 matchesNelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium: 8 matchesCape Town – Green Point Stadium: 8 matchesSource: Fifa.comlast_img read more

univers perruque Scrunchie Hairpiece ponytail grey 17/l51 peruk, FabUlous

first_imgI brought this for my mom who’s hair has not grown back very well due to medication she has to take now for life. Its has been a brilliant buy for her it is a perfect colour match and adds volume and height to her fine hair, she has had compliments about her hair since she started wearing it. It really does look natural, i am so pleased with it, the colour, which is not easy to find a silver hair scrunchie, the price, fast delivery and quality. Bought for my mum and she loved it. Arrived early and was well packaged. This is the 3rd one of these i’ve bought although from different sellers and this one is excellent. You wouldn’t know it from real hair. Simple to use and easy to maintain. Will probably be ordering another one in the grey. It’s not a solid grey it has different shades of grey and is warm looking not brash, which makes it so real looking, no one knows it’s a hairpiece unless you tell them. Blends with my seriously then hair so well. Key specs for Scrunchie Hairpiece ponytail grey 17/l51 peruk:Scrunchie Hairpiece ponytail grey 17/l51 perukThis model is available in 25 colors type “scrunchie 17 peruk” in the search engine AMAZONfind all our scrunchie in this color by typing “scrunchie Peruk 51” in the search engine AMAZONComments from buyers“BRILLIANT BUY , So real looking , Great product as described bought another product in the range “ Really nice hair piece very pleased. Great product as described bought another product in the range as so pleased with this. Excellent, did the job for mum making her look neat and glamorous. I have bought 2, both for my mother and they look terrific. Excellent product and well made, bought it with 2 others, bit too dark, really, for me, but fine for evenings. Posted on October 8, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Ponytail HoldersTags univers perruque SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-10-08 05:09:15Reviewed Item Scrunchie Hairpiece ponytail grey 17/l51 perukRating 4.3 / 5  stars, based on  13  reviewslast_img read more

India to block any self-driving vehicles that enter the country

first_imgIndia doesn’t want anything to do with self-driving vehicles. The highway and transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, told reporters that he wouldn’t let driverless cars take away jobs.“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs,” said Gadkari.See Also: Honeywell bets big on India’s smart city growthThe country already needs thousands more professional drivers on its roads, and the government is planning to open facilities to train thousands of new drivers.The confirmation will change little in the country, which Google and Uber have already wrote off as a prospective place for self-driving cars, due to its poor roads and chaotic traffic in cities. Some private tests have been carried out by developers, but there have been no public road tests.The Indian government, while encouraging more investment and development from outsiders, has been against interference with its transport industry. The Modi government announced a $59 billion infrastructure plan for airports, railways, and roads, the majority of which will be built and delivered by the government.Ola and Uber, the two major ride-sharing services in the country, are in a precarious spot, with the government debating whether to bring them under the Motor Vehicles Act. After the 2014 rape case, involving an Uber driver, calls were made to ban the taxi apps, but the government has reportedly decided to regulate the services.India has far the most aggressive stance against self-driving vehicles out of all the major economies, with the U.S., China, the U.K., Germany, France, and Australia all accepting the development of autonomous vehicles and some actively funding startups and established players.Despite the move away from self-driving cars, India has committed to making its entire new fleet of cars electric-powered. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Tags:#Autonomous#driverless#featured#India#Self-Driving#taxi#top#transport#Uber IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Currylast_img read more