Journalists prosecuted and printing of two newspapers held up

first_imgNews Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today at the 17 December court appearance in Algiers of two journalists, from the daily papers Liberté and Le Matin, after complaints by the defence ministry. Liberté did not appear next day because of what the state-owned Algiers Printing Company (SIA) called “technical problems.”The organisation said it feared the defence ministry complaints against journalists, the latest of many, would lead to further media self-censorship. It also called on SIA to explain the problems it had printing some newspapers on time.Liberté’s cartoonist, Ali Dilem, appeared in court after a defence ministry objection to a cartoon by him published on 16 January this year about the 1992 assassination of President Mohamed Boudiaf. The prosecutor asked for Dilem to be fined 40,000 dinars (about 500 euros) and the paper 1.4 million dinars (17,000 euros). Judgement was reserved until 31 December. The last cartoonist prosecuted in Algeria was Chawki Amari, who was given a prison sentence in 1996.The court also heard the managing editor of Le Matin, Mohamed Benchicou, in connection with six articles by Sid Ahmed Semiane (known as SAS) that the defence ministry considered libellous. The prosecution called for the paper to be given six fines of 1.4 million dinars (17,000 euros). Judgement was again reserved until 31 December.Printing of Liberté was called off by the paper at dawn on 18 December because it had been delayed too long by the printers, SIA. Editor Salim Tamani told Reporters Without Borders that for the past month, SIA had been printing the paper later and later, which was running up huge costs. “Since the paper owes the firm no money, this behaviour is clearly political,” he said.Another daily, L’Actualité, has been having similar problems. Editor Amine Esseghir told Reporters Without Borders that SIA had failed to print the paper on time on four occasions in the past two weeks, even though SIA was paid in cash. The firm’s new state-of-the-art rotary press always breaking down when certain papers came to be printed, he said. AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Algeria RSF_en AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa center_img to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria December 18, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists prosecuted and printing of two newspapers held up April 29, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Newslast_img read more

Man charged in alleged drugs-for-weapons deal with al-Qaeda-linked group

first_imgObtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — A Colombian described by federal drug agents as the country’s most significant drug trafficker in Africa has been arrested and brought to the United States to face charges of narcoterrorism conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.David Cardona-Cardona arrived Thursday in New York where he was charged with arranging to trade cocaine for surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weaponry. He is due to appear in federal court on Friday afternoon.Cardona allegedly needed to move the drugs into Europe and agreed to give the weapons to a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda in exchange for use of the group’s smuggling routes through the Sahara Desert, the DEA said in the complaint.“In particular, Cardona expressed a desire to provide the weapons to the organization Ansar al-Dine, and specifically indicated that the purpose of the weapons was to shoot down manned and unmanned aircraft belonging to the United States and other allied nations operating in West Africa,” the complaint states.Cardona has been charged in the Southern District of New York with narcotics conspiracy, narcoterrorism conspiracy, firearms conspiracy and conspiracy to violate maritime drug enforcement laws. The case was brought by the DEA and an agent from Homeland Security Investigations.The United States designated Ansar al-Dine a foreign terrorist organization in 2013. It operates mainly in Mali and cooperates with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, according to the State Department.According to the criminal complaint, Cardona arranged the alleged drugs-for-weapons trade with two confidential DEA sources in Madrid, where he described years of drug trafficking through the Sahara Desert and working with Islamic extremists. He also mentioned access to a Gulfstream jet that could fly from Africa to southern Europe, according to the complaint.“Cardona explained that he worked with a friend in Africa who has an aviation company using aircraft brought from the United States,” the complaint said. “Cardona agreed with the confidential sources that ‘our plan is … to try to do an operation with this plane.’”Allegedly needing access to desert runways controlled by the al-Qaeda-linked extremists, whom he referred to as “barbudos,” or “bearded ones,” Cardona allegedly plotted with the confidential sources, a cooperating witness and an undercover Croatian law enforcement officer to ship them tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of surface-to-air missiles, .50 caliber rifles and night vision goggles using the same aircraft that delivered his cocaine to southern Europe, according to the complaint.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

3 Heartwarming Soundcheck Stories From Phish’s NYE Run That Will Make You Love Them Even More

first_imgEarlier this week, Phish rounded out their 2018 with a stellar four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden. Along with the top-notch playing onstage, various storylines emerged from the time surrounding the run’s four shows that have made Phish fans love this band even more than they already do.One such story began in the leadup to the run, when Trey Anastasio‘s daughter, Bella Anastasio, organized a very special project in the Phish Chicks Facebook group as a Christmas surprise for her father. Bella put out a call for photos and stories about how Phish has brought people together and helped create lasting relationships. She compiled the submissions she received into a picture book, titled We Are Happy: A Thank You To Phish.The book clearly made an impression on Bella’s dad and his bandmates, so much so that Trey penned a tear-jerking note about it on his own Facebook page prior to the band’s New Year’s Eve performance. You can read Trey’s grateful reflections below:Dear Friends, Family and Everyone who so kindly took part in Bella’s book project…I’m sitting here at home, on New Year’s Eve looking at all the pictures in this book yet again, as I have every morning before the last three shows. I wish there was some way that I could convey even a fraction of how much this book means to me, and what it meant of the other three guys when I showed them at band practice on the 27th.There were many tears when I first saw it, and I had to actually stand up and leave the room for a moment, and there were more tears from Page, Mike and Fish at band practice.None of the four of us have ever actually seen Phish, or stood in the crowd, so our perspective can be skewed, and all the photos of weddings and friends and laughing and kids and family were so powerful, and mirrored our own lives and experience so closely.We all met our wives and friends thru Phish. Sue and I met at Nectars in the 80’s, Fish and Briar, Mike and Sue, Page and Heather. Last night I was backstage hugging Amy Skelton right before the second set, and we were laughing so hard, pals for 35 years. I first met Amy at the Doolin’s happy hour Phish shows in the early 80’s..she used to stand in the front row, when there was literally only two people at the entire gig. We are still lifelong friends. While we soundchecked yesterday there was a row of kids on scooters zipping around the arena… four of Fish and Briar’s kids, Mike’s daughter Tessa, two of Page’s daughters (his third is here too, but not on a scooter) and lots of their friends. My two daughters were in the building, Fish’s Dad was standing by the side of the stage, as well as my parents, stepmom, my nephew Jason, Mike’s aunt and uncle, and tons of friends, milling about… threads in a vast tapestry.We are all so moved, so grateful, to be connected to all of you in this way. For us, the personal connections are the best part of this adventure, the best part of Phish. To be able to share these experiences over the years. I thank you all from the depths of my soul for sharing this deeply meaningful gift. I will cherish it.Happy New Years to everyone on the Phish Chicks Facebook page and to everyone who so kindly took part in the creation of this Helping Friendly Book. … Read the fuckin’ book!!! Read it!Yeah my children are old enough to do something so thoughtful and kind. Whoa… And for all these years I thought it was written by the great and knowledgeable Icculus, but it was written by the whole beautiful Phish community all along. Who knew? The Book of Life..eternal joy and never ending splendor.. the trick was to remember that we’re all connected. Part of something so much bigger than ourselves.Thank you Happy New Year to you all! -TreyRead Trey’s NoteAlong with Bella’s book, several other stories have surfaced on social media that have bolstered our love for the members of Phish—not just as musicians, but as people.The first comes from 12/30, the penultimate night of the run. On 12/29, talented young New York-based bassist and longtime Phish fan, Karina Rykman, attended her 100th Phish show at the Garden. You may have seen her onstage playing with Marco Benevento‘s band, or perhaps leading a slew of talented artists decades her senior at this past year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. Later that night, she shot down to the East Village’s Nublu for a sold-out late-night show with her band, the Karina Rykman Experiment. 100th show > sold-out headlining afterparty? Not a bad day for a 25-year-old Phish fan.But the milestone day would gain an extra layer of magic the following afternoon when she visited Mike Gordon at the Garden for soundcheck. While poking around Mike’s bass rig, a couple other musicians you may have heard of joined her onstage, turning her rig tour into a full-blown jam session with Phish. We’ll let Karina tell you what happened, as explained in a post on her Facebook page. As she regales,In between my 100th and 101st Phish shows, after my sold out gig last night at Nublu, I got to test Mike’s rig, and then before I knew it….well, this happened at The Garden. A dream, it’s true. I have no words and I am endlessly grateful. I don’t know what to say or do but I got to play with my favorite band at the world’s most famous arena and I am ready to collapse. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.Karina Rykman Soundcheck Jam With Phish At MSG Finally, there’s the heartwarming story of a very special guest that joined Jon Fishman at soundcheck on 12/29, as told by Phish fan Kristy Freeman. As she explains in a post on social media,On December 29, I was able to take my buddy Alex, who has autism, to the Phish sound check at Madison Square Garden. Alex loves music, especially Phish! Sitting in an empty MSG with Alex and his parents, watching Phish play, and seeing the smiles on all of their faces made me realize how truly blessed I am. After the band was finished with the sound check, Fishman called us over to come up on stage. It was incredible to watch Fishman teach Alex how to play the marimba lumina. He then asked Alex if he wanted to play the drums. I was like, “be gentle Alex” and Fishman said, “No, have at it Alex.” As I stood there in an empty MSG, watching this young man that I’ve worked with for the last eight years, playing the drums in the greatest arena on earth… I fought back tears of joy! It was an epic experience for all of us! Thank you so much Jonathan Fishman, you are the best!You can swipe through to see a few pictures from Alex’s MSG debut below: Thank you for all the wonderful memories in 2018, Phish. We’re glad, glad, glad to have you in our lives.last_img read more

Mike Skinner’s son said Bubba Wallace should’ve been dragged ‘around the pits’ with noose

first_imgDustin Skinner, the son of former NASCAR star Mike Skinner, has apologized for a troubling post on social media after a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.The post said, in part, “Frankly I wish they would’ve tied [the noose] to [Wallace] and drug him around the pits because he has single handedly destroyed what I grew up watching and cared about for 30 years now.” It appears to be a Facebook comment, and the words have been condemned by the Skinner family.  (Screenshot via @CassieFambro) UPDATE: Angie Skinner, the wife of Mike Skinner, wrote an open letter about Dustin’s comments. Angie is not Dustin’s biological mother, but her relationship with Mike made her want to say something.”We pray Dustin changes his views,” Angie writes. “He already broke down, apologized and realized how horrific and hurtful his comments were. He asked what to do and we suggested apologizing and learning from the outburst.  Again, we pray that his views change. But it’s up to him to handle. Mike will not stop loving his son because the public demands him to. Mike will promote his positives and hope he continues to grow and love; reminding him of his good qualities and using love and positivity to change his attitude one day at a time.”You can read her full letter here.center_img Driver pushes Wallace’s car to pit road so he can finish raceDustin Skinner competed in one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in 2008. The Race Car Solutions website, owned by Mike Skinner’s other son Jamie, says Dustin Skinner now “has transitioned into success as a driving coach and crew chief.” After his post started to get attention, drawing criticism, Dustin Skinner said his comments were not about race.”I love everyone this was not about race at all,” Skinner wrote. “I disagree with what [Wallace] is doing, but it was stupidly foolish for me to say what I said and I truly regret every bit of it. If there was a way to take last night back I would. All I can do is say I’m sorry. I love everyone and wish the world to pull back together and us all find a positive way to agree or disagree.”Mike Skinner also released a pair of statements on his son’s comments. The first was a single tweet, saying “his views are not the same” as his or his wife’s.Dustin Skinner Is my son and he’s an amazing father and amazing man he’s also a full-grown adult his views are not the same as Angie and myself we support Bubba have his whole career we don’t like what’s going on in our country anymore than anybody else— Mike Skinner (@MSTheGunslinger) June 23, 2020Mike Skinner later released a longer statement saying he was “shocked” by what Dustin wrote. “I am devastated by what he said and have spoken with him regarding his comments,” Skinner said. “While I do not believe in airing family grievances on social media, I feel strongly that it is important I publicly state that his comments do not reflect the opinions of Angie or me, and we apologize to any fans and industry personnel who were hurt because of his comments.”— Mike Skinner (@MSTheGunslinger) June 23, 2020The NASCAR community has by in large shown support for Wallace after the noose was discovered Sunday afternoon. NASCAR said Tuesday that the rope in question was a pull rope fashioned like a noose used to open the garage door. It coincided with the FBI’s determination that the rope had been in the garage stall “as early as 2019,” as confirmed by video evidence. Wallace was assigned the stall a week before the Talladega race.Federal authorities had been investigating the incident as a possible civil rights violation, but found “no federal crime was committed.”last_img read more

Simi Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Co-custody Parenting class, 6-7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. TODAY Sunday evening hike, 5 o’clock at the Rocky Peak trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. Mission LJK: or Does the Ice King Stop Christmas? is a play for the family, 2 p.m. at the Theater on High Street, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. Call (805) 529-8700. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B-1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Men’s Anger Management class, 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Lessons taught by Dick Hodnefield. Call (805) 583-3055; or e-mail: [email protected] Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. TUESDAY Family Planning Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Men’s Anger Management class, 7-9 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet, 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 20 W. Cochran St. Call (805) 526-4649. Chair Exercise, 8:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 529-6864, Ext. 261. CPR Update: Health Care Provider class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. Call (805) 955-6890. Tot Time story time, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music, 2910 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For ages 2-5. Call (805) 526-2800. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Emotional Intelligence Training for Parents, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Action Parent and Teen Support Program, 6:30 p.m. at Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. 24-hour hotline: (800) 367-8336. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Wood Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 526-6231. Clutterers Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m., Simi Valley Presbyterian Church, 4832 Cochran St., Room 210. Call (805) 526-5475. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley/Moorpark Democratic club potluck holiday party, 7 p.m. at the Simi Valley Library community room, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-3912. THURSDAY Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will meet, 7 a.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Call (805) 520-4894. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Scrabble Group will meet, 9:30 a.m. at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Reproductive Health Care Clinic, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. (805) 578-3677. Tap for Fitness, 2:30-4 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Circuit Training, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Thursday Evening Hike, 6 o’clock, meet at the Chumash Trailhead. Call the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, (805) 584-4400. Open Gym Volleyball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2 or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Co-custody Parenting class, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Women’s Anger Management class, 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Simi Valley Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. at Clarion Commons, 5300 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 522-9591. FRIDAY Basic Training, 6-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. SATURDAY Men’s Anger Management class, 8 a.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Jazzercise Aerobics, 8-9 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Calendar events are compiled each week by Staff Writer Angie Valencia-Martinez. Items must reach the Daily News one week before the Sunday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be attached for contact purposes. Mail to Simi Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (805) 583-0880. Angie Valencia-Martinez can be reached at (805) 583-7604 or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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James DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happened

first_imgJames DeGale is facing Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, where a victory would keep the Harlesden man in line for a world title shot.DeGale, who will be defending his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against the 32-year-old American, has promised to deliver an “explosive” victory.But Davis insists he will upset the odds tonight and put himself in the frame for major fights.West London Sport will have live updates from the bout, which due to start at around 10pm.See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Florida Issues Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impact Report

first_imgFlorida issued a comprehensive 288-page report on how the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) impacts the state corporate income tax. State legislation enacted in 2018 directed the Florida Department of Revenue to compile the report.The report includes a discussion of the potential effects of the TCJA on:– the corporate income tax structure and state revenues;– options for integration of state law with federal law;– estimates of potential fiscal impacts for each option; and– a compilation of all public comments.It provides analysis of federal and Florida law covering 14 TCJA topics. Most of the federal changes made by the TCJA apply to tax years beginning after 2017.How Does Florida Treat the Repatriation Transition Income Tax?The TCJA amended IRC Sec. 965 to impose a one-time transition income tax on untaxed foreign earnings received by U.S. shareholders from certain controlled foreign corporations (CFCs). A deduction for part of the earnings reduced the overall tax rate on that income.Taxpayers had to:– compute IRC Sec. 965 income and tax liability on a separate tax statement; and– report the tax on their 2017 tax return.IRC Sec. 965 allowed taxpayers to elect to report federal IRC Sec. 965 tax liability in installments over an 8-year period.Generally, IRC Sec. 965 does not impact Florida corporate income tax liability because:– the income does not flow to the federal taxable income starting point for the tax computation due to the separate federal reporting rules; and– there is no state addition modification for the income.Any expenses from the production of that income included in the starting point does flow into the Florida tax computation.A unique situation can arise if the income flows through to federal taxable income from a REIT. If this occurs, Florida treats the income as deductible Subpart F income.How Does the Federal AMT Repeal Impact the Florida AMT?The TCJA repeals the federal corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT). Florida required taxpayers to pay an AMT if the taxpayer’s federal return included federal AMT for the same tax year. So, taxpayers are no longer required to pay the Florida AMT for tax years after 2017.The TCJA also provides for the accelerated use of federal AMT credits and credit refunds. But, Florida law does not allow accelerated use of Florida AMT credits or provide credit refunds.Taxpayers with unused Florida AMT credits can continue to use the credits for tax years after 2017. They must compute Florida AMT even though the federal AMT starting figure is zero. They can claim the credit carryover if their Florida corporate income tax liability exceeds their Florida AMT.How Does Florida Treat the Bonus Depreciation and Expensing Deduction?The TCJA increased theIRC Sec. 168(k) federal bonus depreciation deduction from 50% to 100% for property acquired and placed in service:– after September 27, 2017; and– before January 1, 2023.The 100% federal deduction decreases by 20% each calendar year for property placed in service beginning after 2022.Florida has required an addition modification for federal bonus depreciation since 2008. Legislation enacted in 2018 extended the addback to property placed in service after 2007 and before 2027.The TCJA also increased the expensing deduction under IRC Sec. 179 from $500,000 to $1 million. The deduction phaseout increased from $2 million to $2.5 million. These changes apply to property placed in service after 2017.Florida follows the IRC Sec. 179 deduction and phaseout limits. Taxpayers can continue to claim Florida subtraction adjustment for IRC Sec. 179 addback amounts required for tax years before 2015.How Does Florida Treat the NOL Changes?The TCJA amended the net operating loss (NOL) rules under IRC Sec. 172 to:– end the 2-year carryback period;– extend the carryforward period indefinitely; and– limit the deduction to 80% of taxable income.Florida’s NOL deduction follows the IRC Sec. 172 changes.How Does Florida Treat the DPAD Repeal?The TCJA repealed the IRC Sec. 199 domestic production activities deduction (DPAD). The deduction reduced the federal taxable starting point for Florida corporate income taxpayers. So, the repeal will likely increase federal taxable income for those taxpayers who claimed the DPAD in previous tax years.How Does Florida Treat the BEAT?The TCJA created a new base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) under IRC Sec. 59A. The BEAT imposes a minimum tax on large corporations with significant base erosion payments to foreign related parties.The BEAT is not included in the federal taxable income starting point for Florida corporate income taxpayers. So, it has no impact for Florida tax purposes.How Does Florida Treat Changes to the R&E Expense Deduction?The TCJA requires taxpayers to amortize IRC Sec. 174 research and experimental (R&E) expenses over 5 years. A 15-year amortization period applies to foreign research. Taxpayers can longer immediately deduct current year expenses. The changes apply to tax years beginning after 2021.Florida taxpayers must compute corporation income tax starting with federal taxable income. The starting point includes the IRC Sec. 174 R&E expense deduction. So, the main impact to Florida taxpayers is the timing of the deduction.How Does Florida Treat the Participation Exemption Foreign DRD?The TCJA added IRC Sec. 245A. It is part of a new participation exemption system for the taxation of foreign income. It replaces a system that taxed earnings from a foreign corporation only after it distributed the income to U.S. shareholders. IRC Sec. 245A provides a 100% deduction for dividends received from certain 10% owned foreign corporations.The starting point for computing Florida corporation income tax is federal taxable income. It includes the IRC Sec. 245A foreign dividends received deduction (DRD).How Does Florida Treat GILTI and FDII?The TCJA added IRC Sec. 250 and IRC Sec. 951A to tax U.S. corporations on global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) and foreign-derived intangible income (FDII).IRC Sec. 951A requires U.S. shareholders of any CFC to include its GILTI in gross income. This provision treats GILTI like Subpart F income.IRC Sec. 250 allows a corporation with GILTI and FDII to deduct part of that income on its federal return. The deduction reduces the rate of U.S. tax on GILTI and FDII.Federal taxable income is the starting point for computing Florida corporation income tax. The starting point includes GILTI. It also takes into account:– the Sec. 250 deduction from GILTI and FDII; and– expenses deducted from the generation of FDII.Florida permits a subtraction from federal taxable income for certain foreign income. The subtraction includes:– dividends treated as received from IRC Sec. 862 foreign source income;– IRC Sec. 78 foreign gross-up dividends; and– IRC Sec. 951 Subpart F income.The subtraction does not include GILTI.How Does Florida Treat the Business Interest Deduction Limit?The TJCA placed limits on the business interest deduction under IRC Sec. 163(j). The business interest deduction equals the sum of:– a taxpayer’s business interest income for the tax year;– 30% of the taxpayer’s adjusted taxable income for the year; and– the taxpayer’s floor plan financing interest for the tax year.The federal interest expense limit applies at the filer level. So, federal consolidated group filers must use special rules to calculate the limits.The Florida corporate income tax computation starts with federal taxable income. It includes the federal interest expense deduction. The amount of the interest expense deduction depends on whether the taxpayer files:– a separate Florida return; or– a consolidated Florida return.A federal consolidated group member that files a separate Florida return must complete a pro forma federal return on a separate basis. The pro forma return must include that member’s share of the interest expense limit reported on the federal consolidated return.How Does Florida Treat Contributions to Capital?The TCJA modified the IRC Sec. 118 exclusion from gross income for contributions to a corporation’s capital. The exclusion does not include contributions to capital made after December 22, 2017 by any:– governmental entity; or– civic group.Taxpayers computing Florida corporation income tax must start with federal taxable income. So, Florida piggybacks the federal treatment of government tax incentives and subsidies under IRC Sec. 118. Florida will tax an incentive if it is income for federal income tax purposes. Likewise, Florida will not tax an incentive if federal taxable income excludes it. How Does Florida Treat Changes to Like-Kind Exchanges?TCJA amended IRC Sec. 1031 to limit nonrecognition of gain or loss on like-kind exchanges to real property held for:– investment; or– productive use in a trade or business.Like-kind exchange treatment no longer applies to:– machinery, equipment, vehicles, artwork, collectibles, patents and other intellectual property; and– intangible business assets.There is no impact from the changes for Florida income tax purposes. Florida does not recognize gain or loss on the exchange of property qualifying for like-kind exchange treatment. A taxpayer can defer the gain or loss until it sells the property.Examination of the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Florida Department of Revenue, February 1, 2019Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more


first_imgPenrith Touch is hoping to continue their successful Men’s Open 2006 campaign when Day Two of the 30th NSWTA State Cup gets underway at Port Macquarie at 8.00am on Saturday morning. After a disappointing showing on Day One, with one win and a loss, Penrith are sitting 3rd in Pool 1 of the Men’s Open A division, and with games against the Hornsby Lions and Central Coast Dolphins on day Two, the challenge will certainly be on. The make or break game may come at 12.40pm on Saturday where Lismore, who are undefeated and sitting equal 1st in Pool 1 will be out to continue their unblemished score card and deny Penrith the opportunity to take home the trophy. For full details on the 30th NSWTA State Cup and up to date ladders and results please click on the following link: read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri convinced by Hudson-Odoi potential: Big European future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri convinced by Hudson-Odoi potential: Big European futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists he wants Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay.The winger is the subject of intense interest from Bayern Munich this week.But Sarri says, “He is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve.“He has to improve I think in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for English football I think but for European football.”Sometimes there are one, two players in Barcelona from the academy, sometimes one, two in Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain. It’s not easy. “We are lucky. We have [Ethan] Ampadu, [Andreas] Christensen, Hudson-Odoi. We have three or four players from the Academy. It’s really very good.“In Europe there are few players of 18 with eight matches at this level. Hudson-Odoi this season played six, seven official matches. He is not lucky, he is good.” last_img read more

Tom Herman’s Wife Sets Twitter On Fire After Peach Bowl Win

first_imgTexas head coach tom herman watches during the sugar bowlNEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Houston coach Tom Herman may be the hottest coaching commodity in the country after leading the Cougars to an upset victory over Florida State in the Peach Bowl on Thursday, but his wife Michelle might have attracted her own set of suitors after the contest. Michelle Herman’s Twitter mentions skyrocketed after she was shown live on ESPN.There are thousands of tweets – you can guess why.Mrs. Tom Herman— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) December 31, 2015If Tom Herman’s wife cheated on me I would apologize to her— BMOC (@TailgateC9) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife is proof he can recruit. Hubba hubba— Brandon #GoBucks (@fierybuckeye) December 31, 2015Y’all see Tom Herman’s wife? Lawd have mercy— Max Thompson (@itsmaxthompson) December 31, 2015Did @UHouston name their mascot after Head Coach Tom Herman’s wife? Daaang!!! #Cougars @ESPNCFB— Kacey Brown (@KaceBrown) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife….straight up hottie.— Matt (@gatriguy) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife. It’s fair to say the man is winning both on and off the field.— Donny (@DonnyTello50) December 31, 2015Lol Tom Herman’s wife finna break twitter. You guys make me laugh.— Chad (@ChadSpringer) December 31, 2015Life isn’t so bad for Tom Herman right now.last_img read more