Djokovic, Serena in Aussie Open finals

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic called it the best he has ever played against old foe Roger Federer. Serena Williams was just being her dominant self.The defending champions both made their way back to the Australian Open final, with Djokovic beating Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and Williams defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 yesterday.”I’ve had matches where I’ve played similar tennis,” said Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world. “But I think against Roger, these first two sets have been probably the best two sets I’ve played against him overall throughout my career.”Hours earlier at Rod Laver Arena, Williams advanced to within one win of another Grand Slam milestone. If the six-time Australian Open champion wins tomorrow’s final against seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will equal Steffi Graf’s 22 major singles titles, a record in the Open era and the second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.”I was able to do everything that I needed to do,” Williams said of yesterday’s match. “I was really hitting just all the right shots, making little to no errors, which is kind of hard to play like that.”Djokovic, a five-time champion at the Australian Open, advanced to his sixth final at Melbourne Park.For Federer, the signs were ominous from the beginning. Djokovic held his first service game at love and broke the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the second. After seven minutes, Federer was trailing 3-0.In the first semi-final match, Kerber ended Sydney-born British player Johanna Konta’s surprising run with a 7-5, 6-2 win to reach her first Grand Slam final. Konta was the first British woman since 1983 to reach the semi-finals at a major tournament.last_img read more

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Seriously, Ceres and Comets Look Surprising

first_imgHere are surprises found at asteroid Ceres and Comet 67P by spacecraft arriving there this year.CeresThe DAWN spacecraft is continuing its science orbits around asteroid Ceres (also classified as a dwarf planet). Here are some of the recent headlines:Dwarf planet Ceres offers big surprises for scientists (PhysOrg):The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world’s surface.The discovery is painting an increasingly complex portrait of one of the biggest “fossils” from the early solar system.“I expected to be surprised because we knew so little about Ceres,” Christopher Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator and a planetary scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in an email. “I never expected bright spots and a pyramid to be the surprises.”Mystery haze appears above Ceres’s bright spots (Nature News). “Discovery bolsters idea that intriguing marks are made of ice, not salt.” Relation to Pluto? “Ceres’s striking 5-kilometre-high mountain, informally dubbed the pyramid, may be like the mountains seen last week on Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, Russell adds.”Strange Bright Spots on Ceres Create Mini-Atmosphere on Dwarf Planet (Space.com): The spots appear to have a haze layer above them, indicating possible sublimation. “This is our major mystery,” Russell said.  “Overall, Dawn’s observations are showing Ceres to be a relatively active world rather than an inert chunk of rock and ice,” the article states.Dawn has also spotted numerous long, linear features whose cause is unknown, as well as one big mountain that mission team members have dubbed “The Pyramid.” This massif, which is about 3 miles (5 km) tall and 19 miles (30 km) wide, features a flat top and strangely streaked flanks, Russell said.New names and insights at Ceres (PhysOrg): some of the features have been named. The crater with the bright spots has been named Occator by the IAU. Other features are named after other pagan gods. Article includes map and rotating globe of Ceres in false color.Update 8/10/15: Crater counts come up short, creating a “mystery” of the “missing craters.” Ceres has only 10% the number of craters scientists predicted from its assumed age. “There is a story there — what it is, exactly, needs to be seen,” a member of the DAWN science team remarked on Space.com. Ceres never seems to have been volcanically or tectonically active. The only possibility scientists are toying with is moving ice. Crater count results are preliminary, but “I don’t think we will find a factor of 10 more craters,” they said.Comet 67PRosetta’s Philae Lander was featured in a special edition of Science Magazine.  Here are the primary findings reported there and on other sites:CHO-bearing organic compounds at the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko revealed by Ptolemy (Science Mag): “an apparent absence of aromatic compounds such as benzene, a lack of sulfur-bearing species, and very low concentrations of nitrogenous material.”Organic compounds on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko revealed by COSAC mass spectrometry (Science Mag): “The absence of large quantities of NH3, HCHO, and CO2 in our best fit may seem surprising because they were expected to be present as components of cometary ice.” It’s a stretch to call cyanide (HCN) a “prebiotic” material, but they say, “The complexity of cometary nucleus chemistry and the importance of N-containing organics imply that early solar system chemistry fosters the formation of prebiotic material in noticeable concentrations.”The landing(s) of Philae and inferences about comet surface mechanical properties (Science Mag): “the cometary matter near the surface may be processed and thus not representative of the pristine state after formation.”Philae’s comet discoveries create series of conundrums (Nature): “One puzzle is that the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is much harder than scientists had expected,” Elizabeth Gibney writes. But that’s not compatible with another finding: “The data also show the comet to be very porous — between 75% and 85% empty space.”Some scientists say the findings suggest that the comet is not an unaltered time capsule from the dawn of the Solar System, as researchers had presumed.“It seems like the more we know, the less we know,” says Geraint Morgan, a co-investigator on the lander’s Ptolemy instrument and a physical chemist at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. “The comet is more complicated than we might have imagined.” ….That the comet could have changed since its formation has implications for the wider mission, which had assumed that such bodies had existed largely unaltered since the start of the Solar System, says Seiferlin. But both the hard crust and a large variety of surface materials and structures found on the comet could be the result of recent modifications, he says.Surprising Comet Discoveries by Rosetta’s Philae Lander Unveiled (Space.com)“Before the landing of Philae, we believed cometary surfaces might be very soft (loose regolith under low gravity). Some colleagues even feared the lander may sink deeply into the surface at touchdown,” Philae project manager Stephan Ulamec, of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), told Space.com via email. “Although we were aware of our limited knowledge, the fact that some of the material is so hard, and that the surface is so heterogen[eous], was indeed a bit surprising.“Spacecraft Sees What a Comet Is Made Of (National Geographic): the comet “has a surface that varies from hard as asphalt to soft as a sandy beach. Its interior isn’t like a rocky snowball, as scientists thought it might be, but rather a smooth mixture of dust and ice. And it’s home to organic compounds that not only have never been seen on a comet before, but also support the idea comets brought the building blocks of life to Earth billions of years ago.”Comets: Soft Shell, Hard Core? (Science Daily): “the near surface material might have changed since its formation. Up to now, many researchers had assumed that it has remained in virtually the same state since its formation about 4.5 billion years ago.”Science on the Surface of a Comet (Astrobiology Magazine): “Taken together, these first pioneering measurements performed on the surface of a comet are profoundly changing our view of these worlds and continuing to shape our impression of the history of the Solar System.”Comet yields ‘rich array’ of organics (BBC News): article quotes Ian Wright who bows before the holy OOL (origin of life):“I see this cometary material that we’re analysing as frozen primordial soup. It’s the kind of stuff that if you had it, and warmed it up somehow, and put it in the right environment, with the right conditions, you may eventually get life forming out of it.“What we may be looking at here is our abiological ancestral material – this is stuff that went into the mix to produce life.“In many ways it’s quite a humbling thing to be working on, because this is life before life happened.“Inside Imhotep [Crater] (PhysOrg): “A few bright patches are seen on exposed walls. They appear bluer than the average colour of the comet in colour-composite images and suggest the presence of ice. If they are confirmed as water-ice, these could be some of the youngest areas on the comet.”Need we point out that secular astronomers were wrong again? Just about every body in the solar system has turned out to be much different than predicted by slow-and-gradual, bottom-up models (see a partial list in the 6/05/03 commentary). We have been told for decades that comets are dirty snowballs, fluffy objects unchanged for billions of years. Wrong. DAWN scientists are surprised at Ceres, like they were surprised at Vesta last year. No one is saying that the observations match what they predicted from accretion models. We expect more surprises for the secular crowd as data continue to come down.The origin-of-life stuff is just silly. Ian Wright deserves three SEQOTW awards. He bows down before chemicals like cyanide and soot, humbled in the presence of great possibilities. So let him test it scientifically. Warm it up, put it in the right environment, in the right conditions, and see if life forms. It will be a long wait (see online book). (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Maneuvering though the Medicare maze

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Taxes come into play with more expenses — including healthcare. This month, let’s talk Medicare. Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and peopleBrian E. Ravencraftof any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) but it works like no other insurance you have known.Medicare is not a one-size-fits all system. Rather, it is made up of several parts with each part covering different aspects of health care costs. There are many decisions to be made and much to understand with regards to deciding if and/or when to sign up for the various parts of Medicare. There are also various deadlines for enrollment for the various parts with potentially expensive and permanent penalties for failing to meet them.A good place to start is an overview of the various parts and what they cover. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover:Inpatient care in hospitals and certain limited skilled nursing facility care including services of professional nurses, semiprivate room, meals, other services provided directly by the hospital or nursing facility including lab test, prescription drugs, medical appliances and supplies and rehabilitation therapyHospice careHome health care.Medicare Part A might more accurately be called coverage primarily for nursing care. It does not cover the services received from doctors, surgeons, or anesthetists while in a health care facility. It also does not cover custodial or long-term inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility.The vast majority of people in Medicare are eligible for Part A at no cost for premiums. It is essentially paid for in advance by the Medicare payroll taxes contributed from earnings while working. It is “free” unless the enrollee or their spouse has not accumulated 10 years of work credits in Social Security. Those without enough work credits will pay a premium for Part A coverage. However, Part A services are not free. The patient is responsible for deductibles and co-payments for specific services. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover:Medically necessary services from doctors and other health care providersOutpatient careSome inpatient care when patients are placed under observation instead of being formally admittedApproved Home health care not covered by Part ADurable medical equipmentA wide range of preventive healthcare services (with little or no cost).Unless income is low enough to qualify for assistance from the resident state, enrollees must pay a monthly premium to receive Part B services. If modified adjusted gross income as reported on the enrollee’s IRS tax return two years ago was above a certain amount the enrollee may be required to pay more.If yearly modified adjusted gross income in 2015 was:File individual tax returnFile joint tax returnFile married & separateMonthly premium in 2017$85,000 or less$170,000 or less$85,000 or less$134Above $85000 up to $107,000Above $170,000 up to $214,000N/A$187.50Above $107,000 up to $160,000Above $214,000 up to $320,000N/A$267.90Above $160,00 up to $214,000Above $320,000 up to $428,000Above $85,000 up to $129,000$348.30Above $214,000Above $428,000Above $129,000$428.60 In addition to the monthly premium the enrollee pays a share of the cost of most Part B service. This amount is almost always 20% of the Medicare approved cost.A person must be a U. S. citizen or be lawfully present in the U.S. to get Medicare-covered Part A and/or Part services.Part A and Part B together form what is known as traditional or original Medicare. The other parts make up fee-for-service Medicare.The enrollee can decline Medicare B coverage if they have other health insurance that meets Medicare requirements. If the other coverage is lost, he/she can enroll in Medicare Part B with no penalty if application is made on a timely basis. Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage)Medicare Part C is also called fee-for service Medicare. This is a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) type coverage. Medicare Part C includes:Includes all benefits and services covered under Part A and Part BUsually includes Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) as part of the planRun by Medicare-approved private insurance companies that follow rules set by MedicareMay include extra benefits and services for an extra cost. Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug coverage):This is optional Medicare coverage and usually requires a premium. Medicare Part D:Helps cover the cost of prescription drugsIs run by Medicare-approved private insurance companies that follow rules set by MedicareMay help lower prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the futureGenerally an HMO or PPO.Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)Original Medicare pays for many, but not all, health services and supplies. Medicare Supplement Insurance policies, sold by private companies, can help pay some of the health care costs that traditional Medicare doesn’t cover, like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles.Every Medigap policy must follow federal and state laws and must be clearly identified as “Medicare Supplement Insurance.” Insurance companies can sell only a “standardized” policy. All policies offer the same basic benefits, but some offer additional benefits so you can choose which one meets your needs.The enrollee must have Part A and BThere are monthly premiumsCovers only one personCan’t have prescription coverage in the Medigap plan and also have Part DCosts can vary and may go up with ageGood all over the country when using doctors and other providers who accept Medicare payment.For more information about Medicare, feel free to each out to me with any questions you may have. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

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10 months agoGetafe president Torres: Real Madrid players are giving up

first_imgGetafe president Torres: Real Madrid players are giving upby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGetafe president Angel Torres says it’s clear Real Madrid are in crisis.Just as Barcelona were winning at Getafe, Real Madrid were being beaten at home to Real Sociedad.Torres addressed Real’s problems after his own team’s defeat and said: “Something is happening, something does not work, but I have enough with Getafe, but the league is deteriorating with the hole that Barcelona has opened.”Florentino (Perez) has to fix it. The money of three Champions Leagues, Madrid cannot spend a lot of time without winning the league, I’ve seen today’s game and people have lowered their arms, I hope they fix it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Urban Meyer Announces That Running Back Mike Weber Has Earned Removal Of Black Stripe

first_imgMike Weber celebrating with his Ohio State football teammatesCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)One by one, members of Ohio State’s freshman class are earning the removal of their black stripe and officially becoming true Buckeyes. Offensive lineman Isaiah prince was the first freshman to earn the honor, and after today’s practice, Urban Meyer announced that Mike Weber has done the same.Mike Weber was a work today at practice and earned the removal of his black stripe. Welcome to the Buckeyes 20. #ScarletAndGrey #GoBuckA video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Aug 15, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT That has to be a pretty special feeling for an Ohio State freshman. Weber, a Detroit native, caught a bit of heat during the winter when he was photographed wearing Michigan gear. It is safe to say that he’s put that Ohio State faux pas behind him, as he becomes the second 2015 freshman to prove himself to the rest of the team.last_img read more

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Council holds off on awarding dog park tender

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has decided to defer a decision on whether or not to proceed with building a dog park and its associated amenities in Toboggan Hill Park after the lowest tendered bid for the project came in over $200,000 over budget.In a report to Council, staff said that the City received three bids for the dog park project, all of which came in well over the City’s $500,000 budget for the project.Knappett Industries’ bid totalled $705,947, while bids from S. Young Enterprises and DGS Astro Paving totalled $1,060,034 and $1,275,862.11 respectively. Staff had recommended to Council that the tender be awarded to the lowest bidder – Knappett – and that Council approve an additional $368,000 from last year’s capital budget reserve for the project to cover consulting fees, contracting costs and contingencies.Councillor Byron Stewart stated that he was at first surprised to hear about the large sticker price tag, but that after looking at the scope of the work to be done, said that the price wasn’t necessarily overblown.However, councillor Trevor Bolin expressed concern about the large increase in the budget, and said he wasn’t able to support the recommendation until a breakdown of the costs for the project was given.Mayor Ackerman also asked about the City’s capital reserve, which contains funds from projects that come in under the budgeted amount.Finance Director Shirley Collington said that currently, the City’s general reserve contains an estimated $40 million, though a large amount of those funds are earmarked for other projects, including the new RCMP detachment.Council voted in favour of tabling the motion until the next council meeting on August 13th, when staff will be presenting a breakdown for the costs associated with the features of the new dog park, as well as a breakdown of earmarked funds in the City’s reserve.last_img read more

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Gucci owner Kering fined 17 bn for dodging taxes

first_imgRome: The owner of Italian fashion giant Gucci is set to pay a record fine of nearly 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in a tax evasion case, according to media reports Friday. “Lawyers are still negotiating with the tax authorities over a few hundred million euros, but the fine that the (French luxury) Kering group is about to pay is the highest (in Italy),” the La Stampa newspaper said. “It’s a cheque for nearly 1.5 billion euros,” it added. It follows a probe by Milan’s public prosecutor into the fashion house on suspicion of declaring several years worth of Italian sales in Switzerland, thereby saving around 1.3 billion euros in domestic tax. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalKering is expected to sign an agreement on the amount due on May 2, according to the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. “At this stage, no agreement has been reached on any specific amount,” the French group said. Earlier this year, Kering said it faced a claim for 1.4 billion euros in unpaid Italian taxes, adding it contested the preliminary findings. The group has consistently denied avoiding tax, saying its activities were fully compliant with all tax obligations. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company’s Swiss-based Luxury Goods International (LGI) subsidiary has been under investigation for allegedly avoiding tax on earnings generated elsewhere. Most of the allegations centre on Gucci, whose offices in Milan and Florence were raided by Italian police in late 2017. In November, Milan prosecutors wrapped up their probe into alleged tax evasion of more than 1 billion euros by Gucci for revenues booked in the years between 2010 and 2016. The prosecutors say that revenues booked through LGI should be taxed in Italy and not in Switzerland. By agreeing to a settlement, Kering would be spared from having to pay interest and sanctions for late tax payments, which one source said would have added around 500 million euros to the final bill. Gucci’s Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri and former CEO Patrizio Di Marco are under investigation in the case. That investigation is expected to conclude with a separate settlement once the agreement on the tax dispute has been signed, one of the sources added. Lawyers for Bizzarri and Di Marco declined to comment.last_img read more

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RBI to launch new Rs 20 notes this is what they look

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India will soon be issuing new Rs 20 notes. The notes will come in a greenish yellow colour and will be a continuation of the Mahatma Gandhi series. The new notes will have a motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage, a press release by the RBI said. The new Rs 20 note will be launched in a greenish yellow colour. While the base colour of the note will have be Greenish Yellow, it will have “other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse”. At the same time, the press release also clarified that the previous banknotes in the denomination of Rs 20 issued by the RBI will continue to be legal tender. Apart from a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre of the note, it will also have the denominational numeral 20 written in Devnagari script. The new notes will also have the Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right, Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (20) watermarks, a number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side on the front. On the reverse, the notes will carry the year of printing on the left, the Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan, the customary language panel, and a motif of the Ellora caves.(Inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

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Tgana Farmer dies of suspected sunstroke

first_imgHyderabad: A 50-year-old farmer was found dead on a paddy heap at a procurement centre in Kamareddy district, police said Thursday. Prima facie it appeared that Gopal died of suspected sunstroke and was found dead by other farmers Wednesday morning on his farm produce, they said. Gopal sold his farm produce in the market three days ago and was waiting for transportation to send the commodity to the buyer. Under the blazing sun, he was guarding his paddy which was kept on the road. He was sleeping on the paddy in the nights. On Wednesday morning, members of his family arrived to the market and tried to awake up Gopal, but he had died in his sleep.last_img

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TCIAA Preps for Official Opening of New Terminal

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Dec 2014 – While the Provo International Airport is coping with the crash and emergency landings on the tarmac, the building and premises is now being rushed to completion as the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority prepares for its official opening on the new terminal next week; just a few days before 2015 begins. The airport terminal which is now done with phase one of the redevelopment which started in late 2012 was touted to cost $10 million to expected to expand the terminal building from 51,462 to 92,321 square feet to accommodate around 500 thousand passengers annually. The transformed site boasts a contoured open air terminal, the country’s first flight information display system, domestic curbside check in and a dual level international departure lounge. These changes and the investment have not escaped criticisms though as some feel they cannot see where the money went, and others believe the expanded structure is already too small to accommodate the remarkable growth in tourism for the country. In Summer 2012 it was explained that the third and final phase will include the domestic departures and arrivals area, completion of car park and aesthetics, including water features. The Providenciales International Airport opening is set for December 29th, 2014. Related Items:official opening, provo international airport, Tciaa, turks and caicos airport authority Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Recommended for youlast_img read more

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