first_imgThe nearby Valley River inched up to the top of its banks as a crowd gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Thursday between rain showers in Andrews.The N.C. Department of Transportation and local officials were celebrating the re-opening of the Cherokee County Rest Area along U.S. 19/74/129 following a major rehabilitation project.“This is a fantastic facility,” said Jack Debnam, Division 14 Board of Transportation Member. “I have a feeling that it’s going to be a very popular place two months from now when the total eclipse will darken the sky.“Folks from all of the state, Tennessee, Georgia and other places too will be here. Hopefully those who stop right here will remember it fondly.”The $684,000 update includes the following amenities: New roof and attic, new HVAC system, improved insulation, new tile floors, fresh tile walls, new plumbing fixtures and the addition of a family restroom. Outside amenities include access to the river, a new handicap accessible ramp, a covered front porch, new sidewalk, new picnic table shelters, a new flagpole and LED lighting. Several educational markers honoring the Trail of Tears are located near the front entrance.As the westernmost of more than 60 rest areas across the state, the Cherokee Rest Area serves a variety of motorists including motorcycle enthusiasts heading north, families heading on vacation, and recreational river enthusiasts heading in either direction.“It’s one of the best rests areas in the southeast,” Debnam said. “It’s certainly one we’re proud of.”last_img read more

first_imgShare This!If you have a Halloween tree, or want a creepy look for your Christmas tree, you’re going to want to pull out your wallet for this line of ornaments. Themed to the Nightmare Before Christmas, these ornaments have an interactive snowglobe element; shake them and in “snows” inside the glass. They’re priced at $19.99 each. We found ours at Mouse Gear in Epcot, but they should be available throughout the parks. Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img

first_imgSouth Africa took the game to the Brazilians and forced them onto the defensive. The South Americans, though, scored against the run of play to take the lead. After they had clinched third place with a win over Japan, coach Solly Luvhengo told a press conference: “When you work so hard, you always deserve to get something from your hard work. You saw us celebrating on the pitch. But we were not celebrating third position, we were celebrating the results of hard work.” “If we get more time together, these actions will start synchronising themselves and we will get much, much better.” 6 June 2012 While Bafana Bafana struggled against lower-ranked Ethiopia, South Africa’s under-20 football team held their own against the world’s best in an eight-nation tournament which ended in Cape Town on the weekend. The home team had missed out on the final in a penalty shootout against eventual champions Brazil. “I felt we deserved to have been in the final,” Luvhengo said. Semi-finalsAmajita faced a daunting challenge in the semi-finals, taking on five-time under-20 World Cup champions Brazil. However, the hosts were far from intimidated and produced an excellent performance. Ghana, the winner of the World Cup in 2009, were South Africa’s next opponents. “Amajita” finished third after a string of impressive results against very strong opposition, including some of the game’s traditional powerhouses, who have won 11 under-20 World Cup titles between them. Finishing“I’m not happy with the finishing, we must work on that,” he added. “Maybe at some moments we switch off a little bit. That’s expected at youth level, but as a coach you need to keep your players on their toes and keep reminding them. In their third game, coach Solly Luvhengo’s charges took on Nigeria, a country that South Africa has traditionally struggled against at all levels of the game. Brazil went on to lift the title, defeating Argentina 2-0 in the final after extra time. “Sometimes you work hard and you don’t get anything. But I’ll take the bronze medal and build from that.” Top goal scorerStriker Thabani Mthembu scored five times in five matches to lift the Top Goal-Scorer award, while midfielder Snethemba Ngidi was one of three nominees for Player of the Tournament, which ultimately went to Brazil’s Misael Bueno. “It was disappointing not to, but I told the players ahead of the play-off against Japan – go and reward yourselves for your hard work [by picking up a medal]. The game went straight to penalties and after a tense shootout the hosts emerged victors by seven goals to six. Assessing the overall performance of his charges, Luvhengo said: “I’m very happy with the work ethic. I’m very happy with the team spirit. I’m very happy with the chances we are creating. Impressive winPlaying an exciting brand of football once again, Amajita recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over a team that had opened their account with a superb 3-2 win over traditional continental powerhouse Nigeria. Amajita dominated the first half and were rewarded with a two-goal lead. Thembu headed in his second goal of the tournament and Junior Sibande scored after a goalmouth scramble. Although there were no further goals, South Africa continued to impress in the second stanza. Penalty shootout loss Third place playoffBrazil and Argentina were left to contest an all-South American final after the Argentina edged Japan 1-0, leaving Amajita to tackle the Japanese in the playoff for third and fourth places. Mthembu levelled for South Africa only four minutes after the hosts had conceded, but 10 minutes later a defensive error gifted Brazil a second goal. Taking lessons from each match, they showed progress from game to game as they ironed out chinks in their defence and found a cutting edge on attack. With bronze medals up for grabs, Maselaelo Seango put South Africa ahead in the 23rd minute, but Japan scored a goal against the run of play 20 minutes from time to make the final score in the playoff match one-all. South Africa dictated play for most of the contest, but after missing a number of opportunities had to wait until five minutes from time to score the decisive goal. Jerry Mxabo struck the winner, volleying a cross into the back of the Nigerian net to ensure a South African victory and a place in the semi-finals. Argentina, the winner of five of those World Cups, offered a very difficult challenge to South Africa in the host’s first game. The South Americans recorded a 3-1 win, but their coach Marcelo Trobbiani admitted the score-line had flattered his charges. South Africa gave as good as they got in a back-and-forth clash, but Argentina finished better to take the victory. Thabani Mthembu, on as a substitute, netted the home team’s goal. The home team put Brazil under heavy pressure as they sought a winner, but the match went into extra time. South Africa had the better of the chances in extra time, but the game was left to be settled by penalties. Unfortunately for South Africa, they went down four-three from the spot. Amajita pushed hard for an equaliser and after some narrow misses were rewarded eight minutes from time when Mthembu headed in a cross from Junior Sibande. Amajita were certainly one of the most entertaining teams, if not the most entertaining team, in the tournament. Their passing and speed on attack were hallmarks of the side. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe Senate voted on January 22 to delay three Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) taxes: the medical device excise tax; the health insurance provider fee; and the excise tax on high-dollar health plans. The House followed suit and approved the measure, sending it to President Trump for his signature. Congress also restored IRS funding, which lapsed after January 19. However, that funding is temporary.ACA TaxesPreviously, Congress approved a moratorium on the medical device excise tax. Because of the moratorium, the medical device tax did not apply to sales of taxable medical devices in 2016 and 2018. Congress also delayed the health insurance provider fee and the excise tax on high-dollar health plans.On January 18, the House voted to suspend the medical device tax for 2018 and 2019. The House also delayed the health insurance provider fee for one more year. The excise tax on high-dollar health plans will take effect in 2022. These delays were part of a House bill to keep the federal government open through February 16.The Senate bill tracks the House bill in delaying the ACA taxes. However, funding for the federal government in the Senate bill runs through February 8 and not February 16.IRS FundingOn January 20, the IRS began to implement its plan for operations during a government shutdown. Under directions from the Treasury Department, some 40 percent of IRS employees would remain on the job as essential personnel. The Treasury Department determined that nearly half of the Service’s employees are needed to get the 2018 filing season underway. Now that Congress has restored IRS funding, at least temporarily, IRS operations have returned to normal.CourtsThe Tax Court announced on January 19 that it intended to continue normal operations as long as funding permits. On January 20, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) announced that federal district and circuit courts would remain open and continue operations for approximately three weeks during any government shutdown.TreasuryThe Treasury Department announced on January 20 that it would furlough all nonessential personnel until funding is restored. Some website activities will be updated, the department announced. These include interest rate statistics and sanctions notifications. Treasury operations are back to normal with funding restored.By George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgThe Intel Small Business profile series focuses on small business owners and how they are reacting to the demands and opportunities presented by emergent technology.“The best karaoke experience is simply about connecting with friends and singing together. At Voicebox that means private suites, an inviting space, exciting food and drink, and exceptional service.”When Voicebox Karaoke opened its doors in 2008, the purpose was solely to bring a more personalized touch to karaoke. Scott Simon, founder and president of Voicebox, wanted to bring an Asian-influenced box style to Portland, OR karaoke aficionados, and the business caught on fast. With a total of 13 employees last year, Voicebox now staffs over 25 and is only continuing to grow as it expands its locations and its partnerships via Voicebox Industries. They cater to a clientele as vast as children’s birthday parties and bachelorette parties, witnessing a variety in customer-base on an hour-to-hour, day-by-day basis. And for Simon, technology represents the heart of the his brand experience.Voicebox is a small business with a big IT footprint; its current infrastructure is almost entirely dependent upon internet — right down to the POS system — and the entire guest experience revolves around technology. Each room is its own devoted karaoke stage, complete with multiple televisions, disco lights, several microphones, and remote-controlled song selection. The interactive tech that serves to build a greater sense of connectedness has proven to be the key selling point for Voicebox, so Simon considers himself lucky that all the business founders are technically-savvy.With no designated IT person to date, Simon and his fellow executives have embraced a DIY mindset until recently, at which point they decided to enlist a third party to help field the growth the business is currently undergoing. One of the main challenges Simon faces today is the rate at which his tech must scale alongside his business; the hunt for a partner who can grow with the complex demands of Voicebox has been challenging, and Simon has turned to Intel to alleviate his current needs.Voicebox is powered by the Intel NUC for a computing solution that’s low in overhead but high in performance. They also recommend and install Intel NUC for their Voicebox Industries partners. “The combination of power and form-factor in the NUC is exactly what we were looking for. Having the Intel name behind it and the quality of the build is a big thing for us. The construction quality has been really good,” states Simon. And as the business continues to grow, he imagines Intel technology will remain a core part of his infrastructure. “Creating value is a virtue,” says Simon.For Simon, the ultimate competitive edge has been derived from investing in technology that will create value and a better human experience. Rather than saving on the initial investment, he prefers to embrace emerging technology that will challenge legacy systems and bring about a greater guest experience. If you’re a small business owner focusing on long-term goals, saving money in the short-term — such as retaining old systems for fear of wasting money on new solutions — can lead to losing money in the long-term.Here at Intel, we recognize that more and more small businesses are dealing with greater IT footprints yet lack to staff to oversee increasing demand. Every day, we continue to build our resources for small business owners hunting for that perfect solution.To continue the conversation and stay up to date on the latest Intel Small Business profile, follow us at @EmpowerSmallbiz or use #IntelSmallBiz.last_img read more

first_imgHere are my top 5 highlights of IDF15 that networking enthusiasts can’t miss:1. Intel Network Builders Community (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/intel-developer-forum-idf/san-francisco/2015/idf-2015-san-francisco-technology-showcase.html): IDF15 marks the second anniversary of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem program (http://networkbuilders.intel.com), which is helping to drive network transformation by building a community of vendors and providers working together towards solutions optimization, integration, and deployment. The Intel Network Builders community at IDF features 24 ecosystem partners demonstrating the next generation SDN/NFV, Mobile Edge Computing, and Carrier Grade technologies and solutions. This is at the top of my list to see in the Technology Showcase because it provides direct access to a diverse set of technical experts and networking demonstrations.2. 5G: Innovation from Client to Cloud Mega Session: This ”Mega Session” features Sandra Rivera, Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager, Network Platforms Group, and Aicha Evans, Corp. Vice President, Platform Engineering Group, and General Manager, Intel Communication and Devices Group. They will take the stage to provide a glimpse into the next-generation networks, devices, and consumer experiences that will define the mobile industry’s “5G era.” I think this is a must see for networking enthusiasts and hope to see you there on Wednesday, August 19, 11:00-12:00.  If you can’t make it you can catch my tweets @renunavale!3. Networking Technical Sessions: All of the sessions I’ve chosen below will give you an opportunity to learn from Intel technology experts and discuss some of the hottest technologies impacting software defined infrastructure and data center networking. Use the session titles and session IDs to find more information from the IDF15 webpage: Software Defined infrastructure: Tips, Tricks and Tools for Network Infrastructure Design and Optimization (INFS002)Tech Chat: 100Gb Ethernet Service Function Chaining on the Intel® Open Network Platform (INFC002)Tech Chat: Intel® Open Network Platform Addressing SDN/NFV Industry Needs Through Innovation (INFC001)Programmable, Scalable and High Performance Data Plane for Network Functions Virtualization (INFS010)Optimizing Video Processing and Delivery with Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 Solutions (DCWS003)Hands-on Lab: Data Plane Development Kit 101 – Discover the Performance Secret Sauce (DCWL001 & DCWL001R)Intel® Open Network Platform Solutions for Network Functions Virtualization (INFS003)Implementing Software Defined Infrastructure for Hyper-Scale (INFS001) 4. 4.5/5G Wireless Pavilion and Data Center Community: As mobile continues to evolve beyond 4G to the fifth generation (5G) mobile standard the need for the next generation network evolves with it. The 4.5/5G Wireless Pavilion (Hyperlink text before to http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/intel-developer-forum-idf/san-francisco/2015/idf-2015-san-francisco-intel-pavilions.html) showcases cutting-edge wireless concepts designed to serve as the networking foundation for future mobile applications. I encourage you to come see what is driving the future of mobile networking and get an early glimpse into tomorrow’s mobile experiences. While you are in the area I suggest you visit the data center community which is showcasing the latest Intel technologies and ecosystem solutions that enable more automated, agile, and efficient data center infrastructure, including several networking related demonstrations.5. Data Center Escape Game: For the first time at IDF, the Data Center Group will host a live room-escape experience. While not directly related to networking technologies, this is a fun and competitive game that challenges your puzzle skills! With 30 minutes on the clock, teams of 5 are locked in a simulated control room and must work together to bring the data center back online. The championship will be on the line, and some amazing prizes too! I recommend you reserve your spot in advance at: https://infrastructurebuilders.intel.com/escaperoomOpens in a new window or visit the game in the Data Center and SDI Community.There you go – five networking stops to add to your IDF15 agenda. I look forward to seeing you there.center_img By Renu Navale, Director of Intel Network BuildersIt is an exciting time to work in the networking industry! Networking technology is going through a massive transformation as software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions open the door to new business opportunities. Network infrastructure is also gearing up for 5G, the next wave in mobile connectivity expected to ramp by the end of the decade. With so much innovation on display, the Intel Developer Forum is an excellent place to dig deeper into network transformation and take the pulse of the rapidly changing industry landscape.last_img read more

first_imgThe Hornsby Lions have won through to the NSWTA Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League Grand Final after a thrilling win over the Penrith Panthers on Friday, 17 October 2008.An outstanding attacking game from Hornsby’s Willie Bishop set the scene for their progression to the Grand Final from third place. Close to the line, Bishop was unstoppable and slid over multiple times for touchdowns. The general of Hornsby’s attack was Dylan Hennessey who has present claims to be the leading male player in the country. Hennessey again had a great game backing up a week after disposing of a star studded Wests line-up including an in form Jason Stanton.Minor Premiers, the Penrith Panthers would be disappointed about consecutive losses but the future bodes well for future Vawdon Cup and their assault at State Cup. Ben Moylan was outstanding in both attack and defence for Penrith and was well supported by Nicholas Good.In the Mixed, the Central Coast ran riot over a depleted Roosters outfit. Nash Beeby and Harry Berryman were solid for the Coasties while Billy McMahon and a very tired Manu Wakely tried hard for Easts.In the Women’s Premier League, Canterbury defeated Easts to set-up and mouth watering repeat of the 2007 Grand Final against the Wests Magpies.The Grand Finals of the 2008 NSWTA Vawdon Cup will occur at Tempe on Friday, 24 October 2008 with fixtures as follows:Men’s Premier League: Canterbury Bulldogs v Hornsby Lions @ 9:30pm (Field One)Women’s Premier League: Wests Magpies v Canterbury Bulldogs @ 7:50pm (Field One)Mixed Premier League: Wests Magpies v Central Coast Dolphins @ 8:40pm (Field One)Men’s Division One: Wests Magpies v Penrith Panthers @ 7:00pm (Field One)Women’s Division One: Easts Roosters v Cronulla Sharks @ 8:40pm (Field Two)Mixed Division One: Liverpool Lightning v Cronulla Sharks @ 7:00pm (Field Three)Men’s Division Two: Varsity v Liverpool Lightning @ 7:00pm (Field Two)Women’s Division Two: Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers 1 @ 8:40pm (Field Four)Men’s Seniors: Wests Magpies v Penrith Panthers @ 8:40pm (Field Three)Men’s Masters: Penrith Panthers 1 v Manly Sea Eagles @ 7:00pm (Field Four)For further information, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website –  http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=714&pID=14%20last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa move for Leicester defender Christian Fuchsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa have made a move for Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs.The Mirror says Villa are short of cover at left-back and boss Dean Smith has identified the former Austrian international as the man to help the club’s promotion push.Fuchs, 32, has been kept out of the picture at the King Power Stadium by Claude Puel’s decision to promote Ben Chilwell to the first-team.And that has paid off spectacularly as the home-grown youngster has progressed to England’s senior squad.Villa have Neil Taylor as their only recognised defender in that area and although Alan Hutton has deputised on that side in the Welshman’s absence through injury, it has upset the balance in Smith’s rearguard. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were convicted for murder at the Barrackpore Fast Track Court IV on Thursday. The court said this was a rare case, in which electronic evidences played a significant role to crack a conventional crime such as murder. The quantum of punishment will be announced on April 24.According to the Public Prosecutor Bibhas Chatterjee, in such cases witnesses play an important role during the trial process. But in this case electronic evidences were found to be helpful. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaStrangely, the Investigating Officer of the case, Kamal Krishna Chakraborty, had suddenly gone missing just before he had to appeared before the court. Later, after almost one-and-a-half month Chakraborty was found in a mental hospital. On January 20, 2018 afternoon, Abhishek Chowbey alias Prince, who was a minor, left his home at Puwasha Para in Jagaddal to attend tuition classes. Before leaving home, he told his mother Renu Devi that he was going to attend the classes with his friends. But Chowbey did not return home. Around 9:45 pm, on the same day, Chowbey’s brother-in-law Sushanta Shaw, who runs a dance school in Delhi, got a call from Chowbey’s mobile number. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe caller told him that he had kidnapped Chowbey and will release him for a ransom of Rs 10 lakh. On January 21, Chowbey’s mother lodged a complaint against in this regard at the Jagaddal police station. During the investigation the cops were able to trace Chowbey until his body was found in the Ganga river on January 30, last year. His body was fished out near Uttarpara and Shaw identified the body. After the autopsy examination, doctors said that he had been strangulated to death and later thrown into the water. Following the recovery of his body, police nabbed three accused persons with whom Chowbey went out on January 20. The trio identified as Md Wakil, Jahid Hussain, and Md. Sarfaraj are Jagaddal residents. Police found Chowbey’s mobile phone from one of the accused persons. During investigation, police officers came to know that Chowbey was killed on the day of his abduction. He was taken to Jubilee Bridge in Naihati and strangled to death. Later, his body was thrown into the river. But to prove that he was alive to get the ransom amount, accused persons had used his phone number and accessed his Facebook account through Chowbey’s mobile phone. During the trial prosecution Chatterjee submitted various evidences such as call details and mobile tower locations of Chowbey from the time he was missing. Also, the Internet Protocol (IP) address provided by the Facebook authority on the request from the police proved that the trio had accessed Chowbey’s Facebook profile to show that he was alive. On Thursday, magistrate Tapas Mitra of Fast Track Court IV in Barrackpore pronounced the trio guilty under sections 302 (murder), 201(destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 34 (common intention) of IPC along with 66 (Hacking) 66C (online identity theft) of the Information Technology Act. Chatterjee being a cyber lawyer and public prosecutor has successfully done consecutive five convictions consecutively including this case.last_img read more

LINCOLN, Neb. — Ohio State football players and coaches had their sights set on Saturday’s game at No. 16 Illinois before they even boarded a plane back to Columbus following the disappointment of last Saturday’s game at Nebraska. For two-and-a-half quarters of the Buckeyes’ game against the No. 14 Cornhuskers, it appeared that OSU had possibly turned a corner in the 2011 the season. OSU ran out to a 27-6 lead against Nebraska, scoring on their first drive to silence the Memorial Stadium crowd of 85,426. The Buckeyes continued to pile the points on from there. Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman said he had seen significant improvement in his team’s practices leading up to the game and wasn’t surprised to see the team succeeding against Nebraska for large parts of the game. “It’s hard to put your finger on one thing because the guys worked real hard in practice,” Bollman said. “You could see some more production. You could see some guys improving. (Freshman quarterback) Braxton (Miller) showed a lot more confidence, which was really good. “In the end, we weren’t good enough.” Miller, who was 5-of-8 passing for 95 yards and a touchdown with 91 rushing yards as well, exited the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter with a Buckeyes’ lead still intact, but momentum had already shifted to the home team. Nebraska’s now-famous second-half rally, which saw the Cornhuskers score 28 unanswered points, resulted in a 34-27 win. The comeback was the largest in Nebraska football history. Since the loss, OSU players and coaches have said they’re confident about this weekend’s game against Illinois. That was the message to members of the media just minutes after the historic loss to Nebraska too. “We’re about to start into our divisional schedule,” sophomore wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said. “So, we’re just going to move on and try to get to the Big Ten Championship game and try to win out the rest of these games.” After the loss to Nebraska, Brown said the confidence level was still high in the OSU locker room. “We fought hard out there. We did good out there,” Brown said. “We know what our defense can do, so we should be good going against (Illinois).” OSU junior tight end Reid Fragel said that having people doubt his teammates for the past several weeks has been frustrating, but said that he also remains confident. “We know as a family and as a team what we can do and what we’re capable of,” Fragel said. The Fighting Illini are 6-0 on the season, but first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said his team has already faced comparable adversity in recent times. “These guys are resilient. They’ve been through a lot,” Fickell said. “It’s going to come down to their commitment to each other. They’ve got a lot of pride in what they do. They’re going to have to call upon their pride and their pride in this university.” Senior left tackle Mike Adams returned from a five-game suspension and made his 2011 debut at Nebraska. After the game, Adams said the team still has plenty to play for. “Kudos to Nebraska — they played good enough to win the game,” Adams said. “We just have to get better and keep going. I can’t wait to keep on rolling through these next weeks and get some wins.” Fickell agreed, saying there’s only one way to get overcome disappointment in football. “That’s get back out there and do it again,” he said. Saturday’s game at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC. read more