It’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride for the women at The Championships with the favourites falling by the wayside.Victoria Azarenka is confident of doing well. APAs the combatants prepare for the climactic semi-finals on Thursday, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka will have a go at each other. The other clash features former champion Maria Sharapova and rising star Sabini Lisicki.Kvitova versus Azarneka definitely is a semi-final match-up which few had imagined at the start of Wimbledon. But the way it has panned out, old-timers now recall how these two players slugged it out last year. The venue was the same, though the thirdround clash was not on the show courts but Court 18.On Tuesday, eighth seed Kvitova did have a slump in form against Tsvetana Pironkova before winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/ 7), 6-2. Considering that Pironkova had ousted title contenders Vera Zvonareva and five-time champion Venus Williams, her eventual loss to Kvitova was a surprise.”At the beginning I was better and played like my matches before, but then I got a little nervous.I made some easy mistakes,” Kvitova said. “I was so happy I won the first game in the third set, when I broke her. It got better from there.”As a natural left-hander, Kvitova does have some advantage on grass. The last time Wimbledon saw a southpaw women’s champion was Martina Navratilova in 1990. But Kvitova is not looking that far ahead.”Anybody can win here and I think it’s open,” she said. And then she reflected on Navratilova.advertisement”Yeah, she was my idol when I was young. I have seen her matches on TV. But there’s no special connection with her though she did say to me ‘ well done’.” As if sounding a warning to Azarenka, Kvitova said: “Being left-handed is an advantage here for sure. So when I get a better serve, it’s good. I consider my game fast and my legs are strong to move well on grass,” she added.But the slight handicap for Kvitova is an abductor muscle injury she is carrying. “With pain-killers, it’s fine,” she said.Meanwhile, Azarenka says this is the best tennis she has played till now. “This is the best result but I still think I can improve my game,” she said.As one who emigrated from Belarus to the United States, Azarenka says she did it purely for tennis. “In Belarus, it’s impossible to play outdoors for a long period of time because of the weather.The conditions and facilities in America are excellent and it’s great preparation for me, though I never really had an American coach,” said Azarenka.When Azarenka was reminded that she had lost twice before to Kvitova, she shrugged it off. “It’s going to be a different story. You know it’s a completely different game, and different stage of the tournament,” she said.The other semi-final is intriguing, though bookmakers have tipped Sharapova as the favourite. Champion here in 2004 as a 17-year-old, the Russian is a mature player today.Her form has been sublime, though against Lisicki’s mixed pattern of play, nothing can be taken for granted. As the first German to enter the Wimbledon semi- finals since 1999, Lisicki knows she has to live up to the hype. Thursday will provide us with all the answers.
A day after achieving a career-best ATP ranking of 102, rising tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Tuesday said he would look to make the most of his good run over the past year and help India do well against stronger Italy in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers here on Friday.Prajnesh, who is the country’s highest ranked singles player, will spearhead India’s challenge against the higher-ranked Italians led by World No.18 Marco Cecchinato, who upset Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals last year.The 29-year old Prajnesh, who started 2018 as World no.243 and ended it as No.104, won two ATP Challenger titles and also upset now World No.27 Denis Shapovalov on grass at the Stuttgart Open last year.He also won the men’s singles bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games.”I’ve had enough tournaments over the last couple of years and I’ve had a very good run in the last six months so I’m looking forward to using the momentum and trying to do as well as possible here,” Prajnesh told reporters after India’s practice session at the Calcutta South Club.Prajnesh struggled early on in his career with stress fractures in his knees but the southpaw from Chennai made a remarkable turnaround, achieving a career-high ranking recently.”The fact is that I was injured and I had already been, I wasn’t too bad before that as well. So I just think it was unfortunate that I could not get to this level earlier,” Prajnesh said when asked about him being a late bloomer.advertisementPrajnesh also made light of the altered Davis Cup format where they now have to play three-setters as opposed to five-setters.”It doesn’t really matter to me to be honest. it’s a bit more physical if we play five sets best of three and anything can happen and it’s in two days and not three days so I don’t really see too much of a difference.”Coach Zeeshan Ali added that the practice grass courts at the South Club are slower than what they expected and the bounce is low.India were previously practicing at the Calcutta Gymkhana and since Monday have started training at the venue.”Grass is different in Gymkhana and over here its on the slower side. The whole idea is it’s not so much about the fast or slow courts. It’s more about how the boys settle in, in terms of movement, in terms of the mental approach, which is…it’s completely different playing on grass than it is on hard court and clay,” Ali said.”The more you practice on grass, the more confidence you get so that was the whole idea of getting in earlier to acclimatise and to play on a surface which none of these players have played too much on,” he added.Also Read | Mahesh Bhupathi stresses on singles players winning Davis Cup ties for IndiaAlso Read | Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran confident ahead of World Group Qualifiers vs Italy
When somebody tells you you have the ninth-best winning percentage of Power 5 teams over the last 10 years. pic.twitter.com/B37bTrT1m5— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016“I think the benchmark is to win it,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “Maybe six, seven or eight years ago, to play was good, but the benchmark has changed. How you are evaluated has changed. The way this team is critiqued has changed. That just means we’ve gotten to this point. A lot of people have done great things to get to this point.”Yes they have. And so while a CFP Playoff berth might be the dream, a Big 12 title is all you can control. Sixty minutes to your second one of the decade. Sixty minutes until OSU-OU enters a new phase as a rivalry. You do it once with a NFL QB and first-round pick at receiver, and it’s considered a one-off. You do it again five years later on OU’s home field with their perfect Big 12 season hanging in the balance and, well, we have a full-blown conference war on our hands.Four days.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! There has been a lot of hand-wringing about the College Football Playoff this fall from Big 12 country. Yours truly has been the chief culprit. We have thought and argued and debated and been more frustrated than humans should be over amateur athletics. And the conclusion for Oklahoma State (and Oklahoma) in a lot of ways is this: None of it matter.The CFB Playoff is an entity that exists independent of the way the rest of college football operates. It is almost disassociated from the ecosystem of the sport altogether except in the way it affects postseason bowl berths. So let’s put that to the side for now and talk about just how much Bedlam means. Mike Gundy, you’re up first.“Our goal each year is to get our team prepared so that when we step on the field the fans can be proud of the product that’s on the field,” said Gundy on Monday. “We’re going to play hard, we’re going to do it respectfully. We’ve been in that situation every game this year. That’s always been our goal.”“It’s extremely difficult to predict wins and losses or to see how the game is going to go — any game. But our goal is to win a conference championship. We have always felt like if we can win the conference championship that would allow us an opportunity to get to the playoff.“The only thing we can control is what we do tomorrow and each day in practice and how we play Saturday. What I mentioned to them is that I want them to continue with what they’ve done over the last two months, because for a coach, it’s just enjoyable to watch them. They play for each other. There’s not any selfish players on the field. And I would fully expect them to play that way Saturday. We can worry about the playoff system next Monday.”Well said. And good advice for fans, players and media members alike. We have talked a lot about how Bedlam this season is the conference championship for the fourth time in six years for Oklahoma State. That’s true, but it sort of veils the fact that OSU has only won one of those.Lot of consternation via OSU fans about CFP. OSU has 1 conf. title in 40 yrs. Playoff or not, Bedlam win would be massive moment for program— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 28, 2016For all the winning OSU has done — and it has done a LOT of it since Mike Gundy arrived — it still only has one banner hanging from the east end of Boone Pickens Stadium on the side of Gallagher-Iba Arena. A banner that could use a cohort.
Owners of highly prized debenture seats at Wimbledon are reselling hundreds of tickets every year via resale sites such as Viagogo to tennis fans who may have no idea where they will end up sitting or who they are buying from.Analysis by the Guardian found that debenture seats, which cost £80,000 for a five-year period, are being sold for thousands of pounds per match.Some of the listings, including for the ladies’ and men’s finals on Centre Court, display no seat numbers, making it impossible for buyers to know what they’re paying for.The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) said earlier this week it was seeking to find Viagogo in contempt of court for alleged repeated breaches of a court order the regulator obtained against the company last year, including failure to provide seat numbers.But Viagogo said it was not obliged to provide such information for Wimbledon because even though seat numbers have now been allocated, they had not been when the tickets were issued to debenture holders and listed on its website.However, similar listings on rival StubHub do include seat numbers.The CMA’s court order also requires Viagogo to provide accurate information on the person selling the ticket, so they can contact the seller in case of any problem.But sellers’ details attached to listings seen by the Guardian include one with a postcode that does not match the given address and another with a generic company name that appears to have no connection to the given address, a PO Box in Amsterdam. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Messenger news Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Viagogo only publishes information of sellers whom it designates traders, another condition of the court order from the CMA. Traders are defined as people who sell at least 100 tickets a year, indicating debenture holders are selling Wimbledon seats – and potentially access to other events – in large volumes.The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which oversees Wimbledon, said it had no objection to debenture holders selling their seats for profit.It said the sale of debentures helped raise money to improve Wimbledon’s facilities and keep down prices for ordinary fans. Other than debentures, it does not permit resale. But it added that any listings that did not include information required under consumer law was a matter for the websites advertising the tickets.“We note that […] the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is now moving forward with legal proceedings for contempt of court against Viagogo because it remains non-compliant with the order requiring an improvement in the information displayed about the tickets listed for resale on its site.“Wimbledon and other event organisers were at the forefront of the campaign to introduce greater consumer protection for customers of secondary ticket platforms that led to the provisions being introduced by parliament, and the AELTC is fully supportive of the CMA enforcing the law in this area in order to give greater protections for the public.”A spokeswoman for Wimbledon Debenture Holders, another conduit for debenture owners to sell their seats, warned that consumers using rival resale sites were putting themselves at risk.“We only sell tickets that we actually have,” she said. “The other places take the money up front, say you’ve got a seat in a good position and you might find that you’re right up in the gods.”“We tell the customer the block and location and only then is the transaction confirmed.”The Guardian has approached Viagogo for comment. 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zoom Italy-based shipping company d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) has, through its subsidiary d’Amico Tankers, signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Priority.Under the agreement, signed with a company owned by Sole Shipping Special Opportunities Fund II LP, the 46,847 dwt medium range (MR) product tanker would be purchased for a consideration of USD 13 million.d’Amico said that this transaction would generate, net of the reimbursement of the vessel’s existing bank debt, a positive cash effect upon sale of around USD 6.5 million, “contributing to the liquidity required to complete DIS’ fleet renewal program.”Through this transaction d’Amico Tankers will maintain full control of the 2005-built ship, since a 5-year bareboat charter agreement was also concluded with the buyer, with a purchase obligation at the end of the 5th year of the charter period.Furthermore, the company has the option to repurchase the tanker starting from the second anniversary of its sale.DIS’ fleet comprises 55.5 double-hulled product tankers with an average age of about 7.7 years. d’Amico Tankers also has shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction of six Long Range product tankers with expected delivery between the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2018.
SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Trans Mountain Corp. has advised construction contractors to get ready for the restart of its pipeline expansion project to the west coast.Trans Mountain says its directive gives contractors 30 days to ready equipment, start hiring workers, secure goods and services and develop detailed plans.The company says work is to begin soon in communities along the right of way between Edmonton and Edson, Alta., and in the greater Edmonton area.Work is also to resume at the terminal in Burnaby, B.C., which is the end point for the pipeline that is to carry oil from Alberta to the coast for shipment to overseas markets.Trans Mountain says specific start dates in the remaining construction areas are subject to final regulatory approvals and permits. The federal government gave a second go-ahead to the expansion project in June after the courts overturned the original approval.The Liberal government spent $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada in 2018 in a bid to get the existing pipeline expanded despite significant political opposition in British Columbia.That plan was put on hold last August when the Federal Court of Appeal said the government had not done a good enough job consulting with Indigenous communities or studying the impact on marine life.Six British Columbia First Nations and at least two environment groups have filed new court challenges.“We are confident that we have a path forward by which the expansion project construction can commence,” Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans Mountain Corp., said in a release Wednesday.The Canadian Press
Calgary homes more affordable than national average; RBC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Among the positives of depressed energy prices — they have improved home affordability levels in Calgary.According to RBC Economics, people looking to buy a home need to budget just over 35 per cent of their pre-tax income to cover the cost of ownership. That includes mortgage payments, taxes and utilities.“It’s still very affordable and below the long run average. So affordability is not a challenge in either Calgary or Edmonton. The bigger challenge obviously, what’s going on in oil prices specifically, but the economy more generally,” says Wright.It’s well below the national average of 46.7 per cent. Chief Economist Craig Wright says owning a home here will likely become even more affordable because it doesn’t appear activity in oil and gas will pick up any time soon.“That sort of masks some of the underlying currents in the housing market. And as we go forward we’ll probably see those price pressures continue to build on the downside and we’ll see weaker prices, which, barring any big hit to income, should contribute to slight improvement of affordability.”Not surprisingly, housing in Vancouver was dubbed the least affordable in the country, with Toronto not far behind.RBC predicts, if current trends continue, single detached homes in Toronto and Vancouver will soon be firmly in the luxury housing segment, available only to wealthy households. Stock photo by Posted Feb 29, 2016 12:23 pm MDT
THIS WINTER WE’RE being treated to some great evenings with pretty red, pink, and sometimes a purple glow in the sky.You were out in force with your cameras this evening to capture the sight. Here are some of you wonderful shots from around the country.
Source: RCCMinternational7. This Joseph who’s more interested in his feet than the birth of Jesus Christ Source: Hannah Sergeant2. This camel who really doesn’t wannaHeads up, falling camel. AH, THE SCHOOL nativity. We all remember the clamour to get some tinsel and a tea towel for our head the night before dress rehearsal. There was always the lucky guy and girl who got to be Mary and Joseph and bring the dolly to the stable. Then there was the tree, or the standard ‘angel’.Then there are this lot, who probably didn’t take up a career in acting or musical theatre.1. This little girl who is giving it her allThough it’s Joseph’s accusing look that makes it. Source: MrConnor058. This Shepherd who just wants to groom his sheep Source: sampani029 Irish Christmas ads that will hit you right in the feelings>11 of the most non-traditional Irish Christmas traditions> Source: Mike Grimm4. These dogs who are sick of it allStop humans, STOP. Source: abi holmes5. This little girl who needs to learn her rangeWe sing, don’t shout. Source: 2kidzlater6. These confused kids doing the 12 Days of ChristmasSO MANY NUMBERS. It gets confusing, OK? Source: Fail Overflow3. This stable that’s pretty unstableWell that’s not ideal.
There’s been a noticeable trend with the latest Android phones that come to Verizon Wireless. The hype machine starts, the fans get excited, the hype machine kicks it into overdrive, the fans become ravenous, and then the device comes out and the fans are left with this bitter feeling towards it. I find this to be particularly intense on Verizon compared to the other three carriers, perhaps because they are the largest network or because LTE drove an exorbitant amount of early adopters to the service. For whatever reason, the trend seems to be pretty significant. Take, for example, the HTC Thunderbolt. That phone got a bad image early on because of some reports that the phone kept being delayed, despite there never being anything official from Verizon announcing the release of the phone.Now, we have the Motorola Droid Bionic, the latest in the Droid line of phones for Verizon Wireless. Last month, we published a story about the upcoming line of “superphones” headed for Verizon, with the Bionic leading the charge. Now that the phone is out, lets see if this phone lives up to the 9 months of hype and guessing.Look and FeelThe Droid Bionic has a very familiar body shape for any users who have owned the Droid X or Droid X2. The top of the device bulges to hold the camera, and slopes in sharply to create the perfect place to place your index finger when holding the phone. The back of the phone is a thin plastic with a soft touch coat on it, which is a stark difference from many of the previous Droid phones. In fact, the entire design to the casing of this phone is different from the previous Droid devices. Gone are the sharp edges and rugged composure in exchange for soft corners and a smooth touch. Even the glass on the Bionic tapers in before it reaches the bezel, giving it a much more polished look compared to the previous Droid phones.The phone is a little taller than the Thunderbolt, though not nearly as heavy. There’s a pair of speakers and a microphone in the back, which the initial plastic coating on the phone explaining that you shouldn’t cover if you want quality phone calls. Other than that, the phone has all of the usual attributes of a Droid phone. The volume rocker and power button are both brighter than standard, almost chromed plastic around the dark but shiny front bezel. The separate mini HDMI and micro USB ports lay side-by-side like the other Motorola phones that are built for the Lapdock.The Bionic is not the thinnest phone out there. It’s not the lightest, either. It pretend to have a unibody construction or curved glass. It is, however, a phone that feels solid and is built to be cradled in your hand, while giving you the piece of mind that it is unlikely to slide out of your grasp. As far as design goes, this is probably my favorite phone from Motorola since they started making Android phones.PerformanceVerizon’s LTE phones so far have been impressive devices in their own right, but when it comes to raw power they pale in comparrison to many of the phones that have come out in the last few months, and certainly don’t hold a candle to what we know is on the way. The Bionic is the first dual-core LTE phone, bringing the line of devices current. Motorola stuck a 1GHz dual-core processor in the Bionic — the TI OMAP, which replaced the Tegra 2 — nestled right next to 1GB of RAM. As if putting the phone alongside many of the Android tablets out there at the moment wasn’t enough, having access to LTE speeds certainly puts the phone pretty close to the top of the Android heap. Now that 50% of the US is wired up for LTE, with major new markets being unveiled later this month, the Bionic is primed to bring a whole new wave of users to LTE.Sitting side-by-side, it’s clear that the Bionic’s processor makes using LTE a much better experience. Content heavy websites load faster, services like Netflix render video more quickly and they clean up any artifacts almost instantly. The Bionic is also able to handle multiple complicated processes faster, such as streaming Google Music and playing a game. Having Android 2.3.4 enables Google Video Talk, which runs very smoothly on the Bionic as well. All in all, the Bionic’s power and speed make using it very enjoyable, and the hardware ensures that the phone will stay relevant for quite a while.The 1735 mAh battery is a jump over the Thunderbolt’s 1400mAh battery, and combined with Android 2.3.4’s battery saving benefits, the phone will get you through a 10 hour day with LTE on the whole time. On wifi, the Bionic got almost 23 hours of life in it before it started giving 5% battery warnings. While it is clear that LTE is still a huge battery hog, it’s good to see that manufacturers are using things like larger batteries to deal with it.The Bloat Boat: Android with MotorolaVerizon is by far the worst when it comes to the sheer volume of apps that come pre-loaded on an Android phone, and the Bionic is no exception to that rule. Stock Android phones, like the Nexus line, come with 19 apps installed, most of them Google apps and the Market. The Droid Bionic came with 60 apps on board. You’ve still got your Google apps, and Verizon has a suite of their own apps like VzNavigator and Verizon’s freshly update Video service, but some of these are just plain and simple bloat. For example, The Video Surf app. If you are into social TV watching, Video Surf is a cool app, but why did it need to come pre-loaded on the Bionic? On top of all of this, Motorola has some of their own apps, like a social networking aggregation, that come with all of the themed phones from Moto.The UI update from Motorola, that one that isn’t called MotoBlur anymore but doesn’t actually have a name yet, is pretty clearly the result of observation. The app drawer now includes a Market button in the to right of the window from Honeycomb, and is now paginated like Samsung phones, though with a much nicer transition from page to page. The homescreen rotates as though each page is a separate panel in a box, similar to how screen transitions in Honeycomb happen. Everything has a window transition or animation now. If you’re loading an app or returning to the homescreen, the experience is much more animated. Even the initial login, where you are asked to sign in to your Google account, rotates from landscape to portrait with a nice animation. The entire experience feel much more fluid compared to Motorola’s previous attempts, creating a much more pleasant experience.The ScreenFor all of the great things this phone has going for it, the screen completely ruins the experience. Motorola’s pentile qHD screen is packed with pixels for sure, but makes viewing any still shot image or even reading a website a painful experience. Pictures taken on the Bionic look absolutely horrible when you go back to look at them, simply because everything looks grainy and pixelated as a result of the screen. If you’re watching a video on the phone, and the phone is more than two feet from you, the video looks as though it has a grid laid over it.The Bionic is more than bright enough, though, even in direct sunlight, and the screen gets dim enough that you aren’t blinding yourself or other when you pull it out in a theater. Compared to the Thunderbolt, the Bionic’s color intensity is a little low, though you only really notice if you place it beside another phone showing the exact same thing.Final thoughtsI really want to like the Bionic. I think it’s got great hardware, and it’s the first Motorola Android phone that feels good in my hand. I’m looking forward to putting this phone together with some of the accessories that have been announced with this phone, like the lapdock or the inductive charger.For $299 on a new contract, it’s clear that Verizon is sticking to the price hike on their premium phones, which makes it hard to compare the phone out the door to devices like the Sensation or the EVO3D. For now, on Verizon, the Droid Bionic os the most powerful phone in their lineup, just as Verizon’s LTE network is stretching across the US, which puts it in a great place to be sold until the “next big thing” comes along.
His advice is not an uncommon cry and for the Dominican Community which is said to have at least 4,000 registered in country, Hernandez said this is a huge loss for them, but not just for them but for the Turks and Caicos. He added, “The TCI is a high class tourist destination, but if things continue going in the current direction, we will lose everything…” The Assistant Consul for the Dominican Community, Edwin Hernandez called the surge in killings, scary. “if the relevant authorities don’t put a handle on this type of crimes, it will come to a point where it will be totally out of hand and will be impossible to control crime.” Juan Carlos Morla was shot reportedly at point blank range in an armed robbery shortly after 3:30pm on Friday October 7, 2016 in an area officially known as Times Square… steps away from two very popular family eateries and steps away from the Public Library. Morla worked in construction in the TCI. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hernandez pleaded with authorities, and said as a citizen he believes it is high time the authorities respond also with better, stronger cases that they can win in the courts. I quote him again, “..please give the general public an answer, but not just saying who they believe did it, but bringing those guilty before the courts with sufficient evidence to secure a conviction.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – Four Dominicans are dead this year at the hands of cold-hearted criminals and that community is saddened by losses. Two women, whose suspect is behind bars awaiting a sufficiency hearing set for next month so that the double homicide trial can begin and two men; both gunned down in separate instances of armed robberies. Police confirm that the 27 year old killed in down town Providenciales last week was Juan Carlos Morla. Related Items:27 year old Dominican male gunned down in broad daylight, danny depaula killed in tci, fourth dominican killed this year in provo
Lightning put on a show over Clark County late Thursday and early Friday, but appeared to spare the region of any damage, fires or headaches, local officials said.About 40 lightning strikes lit up the sky in Clark County, said Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. Most of those flashed between 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, he said, largely in east county near Camas and Washougal.Despite the potent storm, fire officials in the two cities reported no major calls associated with the weather.“Frankly, I’m surprised, as prolific as the lightning was,” said Scott Koehler, fire chief at East County Fire & Rescue.Lightning lasted until around 11 p.m. Thursday, and then started again around 5 or 6 a.m. Friday, Koehler said.Though no injuries or property damage were reported Thursday night or Friday morning, Koehler advised residents to remain vigilant. Lightning strikes can cause roots underground to smolder for days before a fire ignites, he said.Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart was out of town Thursday night, but noted he did not receive any calls notifying him of any major weather-related events. People should stay inside, avoid standing near tall metal structures and remain on the bottom floor, if they’re in a multifloor building, when lightning storms occur, he said.
Papa Murphy’s, based in Vancouver, has 10 locations in Clark County. The company’s take-and-bake pizza is subject to sales tax as a prepared food in Washington.WASHINGTON — Call it the great “take ‘n’ bake” pizza sales tax dilemma.States are grappling with whether sales taxes should be charged for pizzas or other food assembled uncooked in restaurants and sold to consumers who then cook the food elsewhere.In most states, food that’s sold ready-to-eat is taxed; food sold in the grocery store and cooked at home is not.That sounds as complicated as the “candy” definition states had to settle. After grappling with that one for years, the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, which attempts to regularize sales taxes among states, decided that candy is defined as something without flour in it, and candylike items made with flour as an ingredient are defined as “food.” Most states tax candy or snacks, but not food.That leads back to the pizza issue and Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza company, based in Vancouver, which raised it. The company has stores in nearly 40 states with different policies, and wants the issue settled.Right now, the 24 states that subscribe to the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board’s guidelines are split on whether to tax the pre-assembled but uncooked pizza sold in restaurants, even though a board committee decided uncooked pizza is prepared food. Washington is one of 11 states that consider take-and-bake pizza prepared food, according to Myles Vosberg, chairman of the governing board’s compliance and interpretation committee.
2019 Porsche Macan S: As lovely as ever 24 Photos 78 Photos Land Rover Range Rover VelarStarting at $49,950, the 2019 Velar is clearly not cheap. But this compact SUV feels far more expensive than it really is. Its minimalist design inside and out makes it one of the most aesthetically pleasing vehicles on the road.The Velar delivers a comfortable, quiet ride with reasonable athleticism and more off-road ability than any owner will ever ask of it. More From Roadshow SUVs Crossovers 62 Photos 2018 Nissan Kicks: Appreciating the unconventional Subaru CrosstrekThe 2019 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $21,895, offers standard all-wheel drive, and hey — you can even get it with a six-speed manual transmission. Equipped with the continuously variable transmission, the Crosstrek is pretty darn efficient, returning 27 miles per gallon city and 33 mpg highway.The 2019 Crosstrek now comes with automatic emergency braking on all models, as well as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across all trims. 2019 Honda CR-V is one of our favorite compact crossovers 12 Photos 24 Photos Subaru ForesterThe Forester still has enough of its tall-wagon DNA to make it enjoyable to drive, yet it offers all the practicality of an SUV, starting at $24,295.Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assistance package is among the best available in this category, and while the rest of the Forester’s in-cabin tech is a little tame, support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mostly mitigates that.A number of 2019 model-year upgrades make the Forester an even better offering in the compact SUV space.Originally published March 21. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is rugged, practical and affordable 50 Photos Enlarge Image Honda Boy howdy, do American consumers love their crossovers and SUVs. And because many are looking to utility vehicles in place of compact sedans and hatchbacks, we’ve seen a big rise in the number of pint-size SUVs on offer.To that end, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite small-ish crossovers and SUVs. From cheap-and-cheerful compacts to luxury and performance offerings, these are the best small utility vehicles on sale in America today.. And these days, compact offerings seem to be all the rage. To that end, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite small utility vehicles that hit all the sweet spots, from utility, efficiency, luxury and yes, even sportiness. Subaru Meet Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 Mazda CX-5Starting at under $25,000, the Mazda CX-5 offers tons of style, inside and out.A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine offers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Whether in all-wheel or front-wheel-drive guise, the Mazda serves up genuine driving fun and excitement behind the wheel.The post-refresh model is now considerably quieter and better riding than earlier models, with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert standard across all trim lines. Volvo XC40A brand-new Volvo for $32,000? Sign us up.The XC40 doesn’t scrimp on kit, even though it’s the cheapest Volvo, coming standard with the Sensus Connect infotainment system and the always-great “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights.Not only does it look good, the XC40 drives really well, too. Fuel economy isn’t the best, but life is full of tradeoffs. Mazda CX-3The smaller Mazda CX-3 can be had starting at $20,390. While it’s been updated for 2019, Mazda didn’t mess with the good stuff. The same 2.0-liter engine is under the hood as last year, though power and torque have increased just slightly.The rear glass is thicker, which should result in a quieter cabin. The LED taillights out back get a new design as well. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on all trims. The base Sport model can be had with an i-ActivSense Package, including such active driving aids as full-range adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and rain-sensing wipers. Volkswagen Tiguan is bigger all around, but still compact 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Volkswagen TiguanThe Volkswagen Tiguan is softer than it used to be, but it’s also much more spacious, comfortable and quiet than the previous generation. The new look is bold, but also very classic VW.VW’s Car-Net and Digital Cockpit are basically scaled-down versions of the amazing Audi tech we’ve been raving about for years.A rare thing among compact SUVs, the Tiggy can actually be optioned with a third row of seats. 2019 Mazda CX-3 is brimming with personality 33 Photos Nissan KicksStarting at just under $18,000, the Nissan Kicks is a lot of car for the money, and can be had with a truly outstanding Bose Personal Plus audio system.The Kicks is a great, honest little crossover — and it’s not too shabby to drive, either.Aside from moderate noise over bumps, this budget crossover is a lot quieter than many of its competitors. 42 Photos Honda CR-VThe latest-generation Honda CR-V features a lot more style, has a roomier backseat, boats class-leading cargo space, and starts at a reasonable $25,000.A strong engine lineup includes a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated base engine with 180 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, or a punchy 1.5-liter turbo with 190 horses and 179 pound-feet. The good thing about the turbocharged engine is that peak torque is available from just 2,000 rpm.The CR-V provides a well-damped ride quality, while also being competent through corners. 2019 Subaru Ascent review 24 Photos Porsche MacanThe Porsche Macan does the small-sporty-SUV thing better than pretty much any of its rivals. It’s handsome, spacious and super fun to drive. Plus, that Porsche badge ain’t for nothin’ — the Macan will outdrive any other sporty crossover on the road today.For 2019, the Macan S got a brand-new turbocharged V6 engine, and some slightly refreshed style. It’s an SUV we’d love to drive every day — and on some of our favorite roads, too. 2019 Mazda CX-5 adds premium style with new Signature trim Tags Share your voice 7 Comments 22 Photos Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography packs 550 hp, high-end trimmings 2019 Subaru Forester: Welcome improvements for an already solid SUV Land Rover Honda Mazda Nissan Porsche Subaru Volkswagen Volvo
Come August and Monsoons shall turn magical in Kolkata, as the city gears up to host the third edition of Monologues, India’s only solo arts festival. The festival, hosted by Phreedom4Ever, an organisation led by Chaity Ghosh, that envisages cultural excellence, is the brainchild of popular elocutionist and theatre actor Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee. Being the only annual solo arts fiesta in the country, the forum has witnessed performances by stalwarts like Chapal Bhaduri (India’s last living female impersonator in performing arts), Saoli Mitra(the legendary actress and daughter of theatre maestro Shambhu Mitra), Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Bijoylakshmi Barman and many others over the last two years. The 2014 edition of Monologues shall kick off on 3 August at Swissotel with a solo by Mita Vashisht, who is an internationally acclaimed film personality. This is the first time that Mita shall present a theatrical performance in Kolkata and her act for the evening is called Weekend, a part of the very famous Teen Ekaant by novelist and activist Nirmal Verma, a noted figure in the Indian literary circles. Sujoy has always brought performances out of proscenium to alternative spaces and this festival endorses that. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Monologues 2014 showcases The Solo Room, the youth- section of the festival, on 9 August at Tantra, The Park as a matinee performance. Infact, Monologues is the only national arts festival that has a special segment dedicated to the youth and the arts. The Solo Room begins with an original dramatic act by Soumya Mukherjee, a very popular youth actor and the founder of M.A.D., a key youth-theatre player in Kolkata. Next on the cards shall be a musical solo by Kabir Chattopadhyay, who will entrance the audience with a whole lot western retro. The final act for the evening is a session of original lyrics and songs by the iconic music composer and vocalist Neel Adhikari. The finale of Monologues 2014 shall be on 10 August at Tollygunge Club. The evening begins with a solo comedy by much-admired media personality Anubhav Pal. What follows is a contemporary dance solo by internationally famous contemporary danseuse Paramita Saha, who shall revisit issues of gender construction through her performance. The crowning act shall be by the legendary Indian theatre personality and activist Usha Ganguly, who shall be premiering her new play Rozana, a monologue inspired by works of Franca Rame and Dario Fo. Going solo becomes an expression of a trajectory of emotions that sums up life and art. No wonder, this solo arts carnival has become the nation’s delight.
Justin Bieber is boys with Johnny Manziel, but Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler apparently isn’t a fan.During a recent game against Manziel’s Hamilton Tiger Cats, a Bombers play was spotted just short of the goal line, so Streveler rushed his team to the line to run a quick play repeatedly yelling the audible call, “F— Bieber” which was picked up on a hot mic. They scored on the next play.Watch here. There’s obviously some explicit language, in case you didn’t pick that up somehow.
Windows 10 Preview Build 17035 launches with interesting changes by Martin Brinkmann on November 08, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: November 08, 2017 – 1 commentMicrosoft published a new Insider Preview build today to the Fast Ring channel that brings the build number of Windows 10 to 17035.Work on the next feature update of Windows 10 began some time ago, and new features and changes are slowly being introduced by Microsoft.Windows 10 Build 17035 features a couple of interesting changes that highlight some of the things that will likely land in the next feature update version of Windows 10, out March 2018.Microsoft Edge has a couple of new features that are worth mentioning. You can save free ebooks that are open in the browser now with a click on the new save button. While that was possible previously as well, it involved right-clicking on the link that pointed to the ebook to save it using “save target as” from the context menu.Another Microsoft Edge related change is that you can click on the audio icon of tabs in which media is played to mute the audio directly. This acts as a toggle for audio playback, and will enable playback again when you click on the icon a second time. The option to right-click on the tab to select mute tab from the menu is still there as well.Microsoft did add new options when you right-click on ebooks in Microsoft Edge. These new options include opening the book in the Microsoft Store, pinning it to the Start menu, and refreshing books.Windows 10 build 17035 features a new “near share” option which adds an option to share files and URLs wirelessly with devices that are nearby. The feature works only for PCs with Bluetooth, and users who want to make use of it right now need to enable it under Settings > Notifications & Actions > Add or remove Quick Actions.Work on the Settings application continues. Microsoft revamped the Settings application several times already in the two years that Windows 10 is out, and there is no end in sight for that.The company moved some of the Sound settings from the Control Panel to Settings. You find those listed under Settings > System > Sound. Microsoft notes that this is a work in progress and that things still need to be added and fixed.An option to limit the foreground downloads bandwidth for Windows Update downloads has been added as well to the Settings. This allows you to limit the bandwidth of update operations when you initiate those, for instance when clicking on the “check for updates” button.The third and final Settings change brings an update for the ease of access settings. New sections are available in Display, Audio, Speech Recognition and Eye Control.Other changes in this build:Touch keyboard has an acrylic background in this build, and supports more than 190 different keyboards.The handwriting panel features new animations, and a new button layout. Word recognition has improved, and a new gesture is available to create more space between words (by drawing a split gesture).Japanese IME supports test suggestions from the AI chatbot Rinna in that build.Text suggestions while typing on the hardware keyboard.You can check out Microsoft’s extensive “what’s new” article for the full run down on features and changes in that build.SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Preview Build 17035 launches with interesting changesDescriptionMicrosoft published a new Insider Preview build today to the Fast Ring channel that brings the build of Windows 10 to 17035.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement