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NC Children Count on Census Count, Advocates Say

first_imgFuture funding for North Carolina’s children largely depends on the 2020 census, so this week 39 organizations sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation urging lawmakers to take steps now for a complete and accurate count.What’s at stake? Block grants that provide funding for early-childhood education, child care and health services are decided by the outcome of the count, and the Census Bureau estimates that 25,000 children in North Carolina weren’t counted in 2010.“If you don’t get the count right, or if the count is not as accurate as it can be, you wind up taking resources away from communities that can use them, typically to help serve some of the needs of some of the most vulnerable citizens out there,” said John Quinterno, principal at research firm South By North Strategies Ltd.The census count impacts the allocation of more than $16 billion for the Tar Heel State. Currently, the budget proposed by the Trump administration is $300-million short of adequately funding census efforts. Census counts also impact how districts are drawn.“All children deserve the opportunity to meet their full potential,” said Greg Borom, director of advocacy for Children First, which serves children in western North Carolina who are directly impacted by the funds available in the block grants. “If we’re going to make those opportunities come to fruition, first we need to know how many children out there are in communities and how to reach them.”Abby Hamrick with NC Child, one of the groups that signed the letter to North Carolina’s congressional delegation, said the irony is that it’s often the children living in the communities impacted by federal funding who are not counted.“We know Census undercounts happen in underserved and marginalized communities,” she said, “and those are the kids that benefit from these federal dollars and federal resources the most, and they’re the very children that aren’t being counted.”Nationwide, the Census Bureau has estimated that more than 6 million people weren’t counted, with a majority of those people being minorities, children and low-income individuals.last_img read more

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Candle Making at The Marketplace Co-Op

first_imgSince my daughter was doing this activity, she made all of the design decisions for her candle. First was the wick application. This entailed placing a piece of double-sided tape to the bottom of each wick and sticking it to the black dots handily pre-marked on the bottom of the container. Because my genius child has excellent coordination, she totally nailed this step. Yours will too!Then it’s time to choose a scent. Scents may vary, but currently you can select from freesia, cool water, peach, cinnamon, cedar wood, lemongrass, mango papaya, vanilla, Seas the Moment, raspberry vanilla, outdoor pine, Egyptian sandalwood, or honeysuckle. You’re allowed to choose one scent or a combination of two. The gentle cast member handed my daughter every single bottle of oil, allowed her to smell each one, and asked her thoughts on each. She also had her hold two bottles at once so she could smell combined scents. Gigi settled on a beautiful combination of peach oil and raspberry vanilla oil, which the cast member instructed her to pour into the small beaker. The cast member encouraged her to pour equal amounts of each oil slowly and smell the mixture along the way to ensure she was happy with the final scent.Wax color was her next big decision. There are 5 containers lined up down the center of the table with colored dye: green, brown, blue, and red. I won’t go into color combinations here, but rest assured mixing is encouraged. While Gigi settled mentally on a red candle, it wasn’t time to work with wax yet. The entire process took 48 minutes from my signature on the waiver to our final picture. We’re already making plans to go back with friends.Does this sound like a unique souvenir that you’d want to bring home? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments. Share This!My six-year old daughter, Gigi, made a candle today at the Bowes Signature Soy Candle table inside the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs. I can safely say we’ve found our new go-to personalized gift idea.Let’s go over the basics..What is This? This is a make-your-own candle experience. Guests can select color, scent, design, etc. and make a decorative, and functional, candle to take home.Who can participate? There is no specific minimum age (we asked), but bear in mind that there are heat elements, strongly scented oils, and lots of glass here. A child who can sit still and take supervision will be fine, but this is definitely a no-fidget zone.Location. The Bowes candle table is located just in front of the Cherry Tree Lane shop in the Disney Springs Marketplace.What’s at the table? The candle making activity can accommodate 8 candle artists at once. Each station includes a large beaker on a warming tray (they warned us about this heated element several times), an empty candle holder, two wicks, two pieces of double-sided tape, a warning sticker that goes on the bottom of your holder, and a small beaker.Waiver. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for anyone under 18. Adults are required to sign a similar waiver for themselves, if they are participating.Payment. The cost is $25 per candle if you use the square, glass holder included. You may forego the provided container and purchase a Disney mug on site. Most mugs run between $12 – $18, in addition to the $25 basic rate. A cast member staffing the candle table will escort you to a nearby register for payment and you will be told where to sit at the long picnic table/candle laboratory. Then it was time for pouring the wax. Our cast member dispensed hot wax from a large vat into a smaller metal pot. She then poured some into the handled beaker on our table and placed it back on the warmer. Gigi was instructed to dip a dowel rod into the red dye and stir the hot wax, repeating until the desired color was reached. Our cast member showed her how to flick a bit of the wax against the beaker and place a paper towel behind it to see the color her candle would be when fully dried. After Gigi was satisfied with the deep pink color of her wax, the cast member instructed her to pour in the peach and raspberry vanilla oil and mix. Finally, the cast member secured the wicks in place and Gigi poured the wonderful smelling pink wax into the most precious candle holder in the universe.center_img Now we wait. We were told that we needed to leave our candle to dry for 30 – 40 minutes before it could be wrapped up and bagged. Candles can be left longer but should be picked up before the Co-Op closes for the day. If you cannot take the candle with you, I was told they could arrange for shipping. Glass decoration was up next. There are paint pens in several colors placed on the table. A “tester” candle holder is present on each side of the bench so pens can be tried out before using them on your art. This was another moment during this experience where I was conscious of not feeling rushed. Gigi worked slowly and the queen donut balloon she drew is some of her best work to date.last_img read more

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Land reform ‘must benefit Khoi, San’

first_img20 June 2013 The descendants of South Africa’s Khoi and San communities must benefit from the country’s land reform programme if the legacy of the 1913 Natives Land Act is to be reversed, says Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. Nkwinti was addressing a business briefing in Cape Town on Thursday to coincide with the centenary of the passing of the Act by the Union Parliament on 19 June 2013. The notorious law laid the groundwork for the apartheid policy of racial segregation in South Africa. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said the Khoi and San people were the first lines of defending the land when South Africa was invaded by colonialists. “We could not, as a democratic government, understanding our history, be happy and satisfied when some of us were not catered for, and I think it was not a deliberate exclusion, but it was more of a systematic exclusion,” the minister said. “The Khoi and San were left out of the process even though they were the first to be dispossessed of their ancestral land – before the notorious 1913 Native Land Act was passed – so now is time for us to go back and go beyond the cut-off date of 1913,” he said. Asked how the government aimed to redress the Khoi and San, Nkwinti said his department would be setting up a national reference group, with five representatives from each province, who would meet with his department regularly. “We’ve agreed that each province should nominate five representatives, that makes 45 in total, so that we will then discuss in terms of the Constitution and the 1913 cut-off date on how do we come up with a set of proposals to government which will then open up for the Khoi and San to make their own claim. “This work has already started,” he said. Land reform challenges Also addressing Thursday’s breakfast, former Land Affairs director-general Gilindwe Mayende said South Africa had redistributed “something in the vicinity of 8-million hectares” of land in the space of 18 years. “However, there are quite a number of challenges that seem to continue to bedevil the programme in its entirety,” Mayende said. “We are still struggling to come up with an integrated approach where we don’t only talk of transferring land, but transferring land as well as knowing how to access the market, or a totality of package to beneficiaries … that is why we’ve seen many projects not succeeding and which now need to be recapitalised.” Mayende said another challenge was that the land reform programme was not linked dynamically to agrarian transformation and in the broader sense to rural development. Asked if the country would follow the Zimbabwean “land invasion” model, Deputy Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Lechesa Tsenoli said: “We’ve not been hearing enough from every stakeholder … especially the farmers and property owners, who are our critical stakeholders in helping us avoid the Zimbabwean land invasion situation, so we would like to address them urgently,” he said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ethnography and the User Experience

first_imgSlowly I turn….step by step…inch by inch!There’s an old I love Lucy skit where that line is uttered at the beginning of a scene. It came to mind more than once during my first hours at this year’s SHRM conference. As I met with new entrants to the scene, recognizable companies and pretty much everyone in between, I realized that the field of Human Resources Technology is slowly turning, step by step, inch by inch. It may not seem recognizable at the time but it IS happening.In the past, there have been murmurings about duplicate programming, the same speakers and frustration at the basic questions attendees would ask on occasion. But this is necessary to the evolution we’re seeing now. Here is one example of how HR is slowly changing:I met with Patanjali Chary, who is redefining user experience over at Ultimate Software. As we started talking he said, “We want to make software simpler for the workforce.” I quickly interjected the point that nearly every vendor in the massive hall was saying the same thing. So what’s different about Ultimate’s recent approach to “change”? The approach. An enterprise software company hiring multiple ethnologists to really study user behavior is a big shift for HR.After all, as Chary pointed out, automobile companies have been doing the same thing for years, and eye-tracking software, another Ultimate tool to study users, has been in use by advertising agencies forever.“To understand user experience, one really has to understand more than the interface: not just fonts, colors, icons and screens. You have to understand what’s happening in that person’s life,” said Chary. Who is passing their cubicle at that moment? What does their work look like at their home office? What did they write on the sticky note that the software isn’t going to capture? THAT is user experience.”It’s a viewpoint that is long overdue in human resources, where startup after startup utters the incomprehensible “Recruiting is just BROKEN…” and proceeds to make yet another app that woos the jobseeker but ignores usability by the ultimate users: the Talent Management professional that purchases, the HR Pro who implements and facilitates the software and the end-employee who has to input information or provide updates.  Ultimate is doing its level-best to create a simpler solution for the many complex problems that human resources professionals face every day.“For too long, business software forced users to alter their working styles to adjust to the way the software worked,” said Chary. “Now we’re creating software that adjusts to the way the user works.”According to Desiree Porcaro, social media strategist at Ultimate, the company goes to great lengths to test their potential workflows with the people who might use their software. Both Porcaro and Chary said they choose people who are NOT current Ultimate users to ensure the results aren’t skewed.The lengths to which the company goes to create more innovative products is laudable. But will creating products that adapt to the user promote innovation or stifle it? I asked Chary about his apparent opposing viewpoint to another software icon, Steve Jobs, he pointed out that while most people are familiar with this quote by Steve Jobs,You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new….most people forget that he also had ethnographists on staff and that design was at the center of his ethos.What do you think? Should software companies be building around their customers? Or customers learning to work with new and different types of software?To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

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Poll: Will Your Mom & Dad Ever Use Twitter?

first_imgTags: #Polls#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts We’ve been very bullish on Twitter here at ReadWriteWeb. We named it our Best Web LittleCo of 2007, because it “has captured the imagination and become a new hybrid of chat, social networking and blogging.” Twitter also received the Best mobile start-up award at the Crunchies in January. And as RWW’s Josh Catone pointed out recently, Twitter has become a platform for serious media discourse. But even with all these accolades, the fact remains: Twitter is still largely used by geeks. Are your family members using it? If so, what for?I’ve already asked this question on Twitter itself and am getting some great responses (my Twitter id is rww). Several people have suggested that their family members may use a Twitter-like messaging system embedded in a social network. On this point, Andrew Baisley noted that “the barrier to entry must be much lower”. However, said Andrew, if family members “could update Twitter from their Facebook status” then yes it might be used.What do you think? Participate in our poll below and leave a comment if you wish. p.s. thanks Polldaddy for the flash-looking new poll!last_img read more

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Connecticut Legislature Approves Pass-Through Entity Tax

first_imgThe Connecticut General Assembly approved legislation that would impose an income tax on pass-through entities effective for tax years beginning after 2017.What pass-throughs pay the tax?The legislation applies the tax to:S corporations;partnerships; andlimited liability companies (LLCs) treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes.It does not apply the tax to publicly-traded partnerships that:agree to file an annual Connecticut partnership return; andreport certain information for unitholders with more than $500 in distributive income from Connecticut sources.A publicly-traded partnership’s information report must include the unitholders:name;address; andSocial Security or federal employer identification number.How do pass-throughs compute the tax?The legislation imposes the income tax at a rate of 6.99% on a pass-through’s:taxable income; oralternative tax base.Taxable income includes:federal net income under IRC Sec. 702 from Connecticut sources modified byConnecticut addition and subtraction adjustments from Connecticut sources.The addition and subtraction adjustments are those that apply to personal income taxpayers. In determining taxable income, pass-throughs must also use sourcing rules that apply to personal income taxpayers.Can pass-throughs use net losses?If the computation results in a net loss, the legislation permits the pass-through to carryforward the loss until it fully uses the loss.How do tiered pass-throughs compute the tax?Under the legislation, a lower-tier entity must add or subtract its distributive share of an upper-tier entity’s:income from Connecticut sources; orloss from Connecticut sources.How do pass-throughs compute the alternative tax base?The alternative tax base equals:the resident portion of unsourced income; andmodified Connecticut source income.What is the resident portion of unsourced income?The resident portion of unsourced income equals unsourced income multiplied by a percentage equal to the sum of the pass-through ownership interests belonging to Connecticut residents.What is unsourced income?Unsourced income equals:federal net income computed under IRC Sec. 702, regardless of the source, modified by;Connecticut addition and subtraction adjustments, regardless of the source.The pass-through then subtracts:taxable income from Connecticut sources, without any tiered entity adjustments; andConnecticut modified federal net income from sources in other states that have jurisdiction to tax that income.Does the tax offset a pass-through owner’s other tax liability?The legislation provides a credit to S corporation shareholders, partners, and LLC members for:Connecticut corporate business tax payments;Connecticut personal income tax payments; andincome tax payments to another state or the District of Columbia.The refundable credit for Connecticut tax payments equals:the shareholder’s, partner’s, or member’s proportional share of the pass-through entity tax paid multiplied by93.01%.Do pass-through reporting requirements change?Pass-through entity tax returns and payments replace pass-through entity composite returns and payments. The filing and payment deadline for pass-throughs also changes from April 15 to March 15 each year.Do pass-throughs have any other reporting options?Under the legislation, pass-throughs may choose to file a combined return with 1 or more commonly-owned pass-throughs subject to the tax. Tax liability applies jointly and separately to each pass-through electing to file a combined return. The election would not affect any other Connecticut tax calculation, except the credits allowed for other tax payments.What does common ownership mean?“Commonly-owned” means direct or indirect common ownership of more than 80% of a pass-through’s voting control. IRC Sec. 318 determines whether voting control is indirectly owned.How do pass-throughs choose combined reporting?Any pass-through that chooses to file a combined return must notify the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) in writing by:the original; or.extended due date of its return.The notice must include the written consent of the other commonly-owned pass-throughs.How do pass-throughs filing a combined return compute the tax?Pass-throughs filing a combined return must:net their taxable incomes after the amounts are separately allocated by each pass-through; ornet their alternative tax bases.What must pass-throughs report to their owners?The legislation requires pass-throughs to annually report each owner’s:direct proportional share of the tax imposed on the pass-through; andindirect proportional share of the tax imposed on any upper-tier entities of which the pass-through is a member.Pass-throughs that file a combined report must report to the DRS the direct and indirect proportional share of the tax allocated to each of their members. The report must be filed with the combined return. The allocation is also irrevocable.Do filing requirements change for pass-through owners?Under current law, pass-throughs must generally file a composite income tax return and pay the tax for any nonresident owner. The legislation eliminates this requirement for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.In addition, nonresident individuals are not required to file a personal income tax return if:the pass-through income is the only source of Connecticut income for the individual or the individual’s spouse; andthe pass-through has paid the entity tax.However, a nonresident individual must still file a return if the nonresident’s:pass-through chooses to file a combined return; andoffsetting credit for the pass-through’s tax payment does not completely satisfy the nonresident’s Connecticut personal income tax liability.What happens if a pass-through doesn’t pay the tax?Enforcement and collection actions under existing law apply to any pass-through that doesn’t pay the tax within 30 days of its due date. This includes action to:sign a warrant for control of the business;place a lien on the pass-through’s property;impose penalties and interest.The legislation also authorizes the attorney general to start civil proceedings to collect the tax.An interest penalty applies to any pass-through that doesn’t pay the tax. The penalty equals 1% each month, or part of a month, until the pass-through pays the tax.Do estimated tax requirements change?Taxpayers must currently pay estimated Connecticut income tax, if expected liability for the tax year is $1,000 or more after subtracting:tax credits; andConnecticut income tax withheld.However, pass-through entities are not required to pay any estimated composite income tax payments for nonresident owners.The legislation requires quarterly estimated payments for the pass-through entity tax as follows:25% by April 15 or the 15th day of the 4th month of the tax year;25% by June 15 or the 15th day of the 6th month of the tax year;25% by September 15 or the 15th day of the 9th month of the tax year; and25% by January 15 of the next tax year.Is there an estimated tax safe harbor?The required annual payment or safe harbor calculation equals:90% of the tax reported or due for the current tax year; or100% of the tax reported for the previous tax year, if the return for the previous year covered a 12-month period.Can pass-throughs use the annualized income installment method for estimated tax?The legislation allows pass-throughs to use the annualized income installment method to compute estimated tax liability if it results in a lower installment payment. The installment equals the applicable percentage multiplied by the tax that would be due if:the taxable income for the months in the tax year before the installment’s due date exceedsthe total amount of any required installments for the tax year.The applicable percentage equals:22.5% for installment 1;45% for installment 2;67.5% for installment 3; and90% for installment 4.A pass-through must recapture any installment reduction resulting from this calculation by increasing:the next installment; andlater installments, if the reduction has not been recaptured.What if pass-throughs underpay estimated tax?An interest penalty applies to any pass-through that underpays estimated tax. The penalty equals 1% of the underpayment each month, or part of a month, during the underpayment period. The underpayment amount is the amount by which the required installment exceeds the payment made, if any, on or before the installment’s due date.Interest applies from the installment due date to the earlier of:the date on which the pass-through pays the underpayment;the 15th day of the 3rd month after the close of pass-through’s tax year.S.B. 11, as passed by the Connecticut Senate on May 8 and by the House of Representatives on May 9, 2018Login 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

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Health Data Convergence

first_img Balanced Architecture to Optimize PerformanceUsing data from these multiple sources effectively will be best achieved with a balanced architecture: modernized compute, storage, network, and optimized software are critical to optimizing performance, capacity, and cost.First, consider whether the workload is appropriate for scale up or scale out. Scale out workloads typically utilize parallel processing, where Intel Xeon E5, and also potentially Xeon Phi Co-processors do the best job.  Big data repositories are a key area of value, enabling analytics to both improve clinical operations and enhance research. In addition to processing, Hadoop software and high bandwidth, low latency network adapters are key elements.Other workloads require a scale-up approach and the Xeon E7 Family of processors: enterprise systems like EPIC and SAP, OLTP databases, analytics and virtualization – Intel has worked with leading software providers in each of these areas to optimize execution on Intel architecture. High core count, large memory capacity, and new TSX technology where threads can share memory are all needed. And beyond the processor, consider SSD storage and low-latency networking to yield best overall results.Not to forget, optimized Operating Systems also play a large role. For example, Intel has teamed up with Red Hat to optimize RHEL on Xeon. A whole list of key features enable world class performance – scalability, security, serviceability, reliability, availability, power optimization, and storage and network enabling with systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.  EPIC customers, for example, can see tremendous savings and scalability improvements (over ~8M GREFs!) by running their Cache DB tier on the latest Xeon E7 V4 systems. We’ve created a Total Cost of Ownership tool which you can use with your Red Hat or OEM rep to evaluate your specific environment utilizing Epic configuration guides. We will be hosting a Webinar in June on Red Hat and Epic, details will soon be available.So as you address healthcare data convergence, remember that an architecturally balanced solution with the right components for the task will help you take best advantage of your computing dollar.Contact the author via LinkedInPersonalized Medicine and Analytics in Intel’s Health and Life SciencesLeading advances in using Big Data in the Healthcare IndustryBigger Data for Better Healthcare whitepaper We hear a lot about the desire to take advantage of Big Data. In healthcare, there are four sources of data that can make healthcare more personal and capable:Clinical and claims data captured at clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and insurers including diagnosis codes, prescriptions, program notes, claims, vital signs, test results, etc.Diagnostic data captured by medical devices and imaging equipment.Consumer-generated health data captured outside the traditional health system and including patient diaries, observations of daily living, vital sign monitors, fitness wearables, online and smartphone apps, social media and gaming, etc.‘Omics’ – vast amounts of information contained in each person’s genome (and proteome, metabolome, etc.) used to attack disease at its molecular roots – collected at multiple sites, across time, and in structured and unstructured formats.last_img read more

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It was fantastic to win in India: Vettel

first_imgMoments after winning the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, double world champion driver Sebastian Vettel described his performance as “fantastic” and said he is very happy to win the first ever Formula One race hosted by this country.”Today is a fantastic performance. It is great to be winning the first ever Grand Prix of India. To put this arena so well is fantastic. Whole in one it is fantastic. I want to thank everyone for our win,” said Vettel who registered his 11th triumph of the season today.Vettel paid tribute to MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli and IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon, who succumbed to fatal crashes recently while racing in different circuits.”We pray that every time nothing happens as Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon disappeared last week-end and we will never forget these young commited two drivers,” he said.The Red Bull driver said his team is still hungry to win and he is looking forward to races at Abu Dhabi and Brazil.”The car is fantastic. The team is enjoying the performance. When I walk in the garage, I see that the guys are working very hard. We are still hungry. It is a fantastic achievement. I am looking at the two next races,” said Vettel, who will next bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s 13 F1 win record in a season.The 24-year-old said the circuit was challenging and a good start was very important.”It is very challenging. It is very easy to go over the limit and to end up in the dust. Then you have to fight your way back. It is not so easy with traffic,” he said.advertisement”The start was important. I was focusing a lot on turn 3.It was crucial to have a clean exit. I was able to pull away in the first laps. Jenson pitted. We had to react. The second sting was more tricky to manage.”The tires were a bit of an issue. But I found the rhythm again. After Jenson pitted, we reacted the lap after. Then I was able to push. We wanted to have Jenson in the mirrors and that is where we kept him,” he added.Vettel said a new track poses many questions but now that they have the experience of racing here, they would have more data for next year.”It is always clear than when there is a new track there are many questions to answer. Like tire choice. We knew about the soft tires. We were not sure if we had to pit twice or three times. These days we get an idea about the track. It is different when it is new,” he said.”We have more data for next year and we can understand more for the car and for the setup. It is more difficult for strategy, set-up when the track is new. As of now, our life will be a lot easier.”McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, who finished second at the podium, said it was a fantastic race and dedicated it to Marco and Dan.”I am fantastically happy. I got a good start and then I was trying to match Sebastian’s pace. Yesterday I had a disaster in qualifying but it was a good race,” he said.”It was a tough week-end last week with two fatalities. I knew Dan very well. It is a very sad race. I think we should dedicate this race to Marco and Dan.”The 31-year-old British said he lacked pace to catch up with Vettel but overall it was a good race.”I had Mark behind me. I was able to pull away. It was a fun race. We did a good job. The pace is not quite there. But we will make up,” he said.”The race was very different. I had a good start and then it was about judging where to put the car on turn 3. You have to be very careful where to put the car on turn 3. Mark pushed me very hard. We had a go on turn 4. In the end it was tricky.”The guys on the team did a tremendous pit-stop. The pace was good. But when Sebastian was in the rhythm, we could not touche him. We did not have the pace.”I hope that Sebastian is not untouchable. He is difficult to challenge. We tried everything today. But Sebastian and Red Bull were untouchable. We hope we can challenge him,” he added.Button also congratulated his team and said they will push hard for a strong finish in the next two races.advertisement”I want to congratulate the team for winning the second place for constructor. This means we are strong for the next two races. I am very excited with the challenge from Abu Dhabi and Brazil,” he said.Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso too was pleased to finish third but rued their complicated start at the Budd International circuit today.”I am very pleased with this podium. It is fantastic to be on the podium on occasion of a first ever Grand Prix. As for us at Ferrari, we did not make the perfect start. We lost a few positions,” he said.”The second pit-stop was a bit complicated as we did two extra laps. The hard tires were not as good as the stops. The team did the right call. We were calm and we tried to take the advantage from the extra two laps.”In the last stint it was a bit of a question mark. Even if we were third at that point of the race, we were not sure how it would go. If more laps, the podium would have been more difficult,” he reckoned.Talking about the recent deaths of Marco and Dan, the 30-year-old Spanish said, “Mixed Feelings after sad days for motor-sports with two fatalities and we will remember these two fantastic friends.”Alonso also had good things to say about the circuit. “The circuit was fantastic for 60 laps. It is very nice to drive. It was a narrow line from normal line. It will improve. The circuit has a bit of everything: Hairpin, good start,” he said.”Two DRS zone which worked ok with more overtaking possibilities and a good combination of corners in 5th and 6th gear which we love to drive.”The circuit itself will improve too. There was too much sand the first day. Now the circuit is in a very good conditions. There were a bit of issued on the kerb with my team-mate, there will be a better solution on this subject to avoid any risk or any accident,” he added.Although two more races are still to go, both drivers and constructor champions have been decided and Alonso said his priority would be to focus on 2012.”Two races left and 13 points away from Jenson. There are 50 points still available in the last two races of the season.Finishing second is better than fifth. But it is not a big priority for us to get a better position in the championship.”This season, I will remember my win in Silverstone or a few great podiums. But once the championship is not in our hand, what can we do? The team worked well on my car. My priority will be 2012,” he signed off.last_img read more

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Luka Modric bags ‘FIFA Best Player Of The Year’ award, ends Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi’s reign

first_imgKane, Ron do the ‘trick The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, Didier Deschamps and Best FIFA Women’s Player Marta with their trophies At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July. Modric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup. “It was an unbelievable season, the best season of my life,” said Modric. “I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.” Meanwhile, France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award. Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday night. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time. “The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me,” Modric said. Modric beat out Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London. Both are in action for Juventus and Barcelona on Wednesday, but their no-show attracted criticism after so many years on top.Related News Euro 2020 qualifiers: Portugal through after 2-0 winlast_img read more

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Defense Attorney Vik Bajaj on attempted kidnapping in Carlsbad

first_imgDefense Attorney Vik Bajaj on attempted kidnapping in Carlsbad 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI) – Earlier today, California Highway Patrol officers rescued a 17-year- old girl who was bound and gagged in the back of a car, then investigators learned her father and sister had abducted her and were attempting to take her to a drug treatment facility in Mexico, authorities said.Dispatchers received a call around 7 p.m. Monday from a person who reported seeing the girl tied up in the back of a 2014 Toyota Corolla heading southbound on Interstate 5 near the Orange County border, CHP Officer KevinSmale said.Investigators learned the girl’s 67-year-old father and her 21-year- old sister, both from San Juan Capistrano, had abducted her and were attempting to take her to a drug treatment facility in Mexico, the officer said.Both the father and sister could face felony charges for attempted kidnapping.Criminal Defense Attorney and KUSI Contributor Vik Bajaj was at KUSI to discuss the case.More info: https://www.bajajdefense.com KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:50 AM Posted: August 20, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 20, 2019last_img read more

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