Agarobe Cup picks up momentum with Aroma Coast setting the pace

first_imgRugby League The Hardware Haus Agorobe Cup moves into high gear with the undefeated Aroma Coast set for another strong show when they meet Hiri East in the clash of the third round at the Murray Barracks oval at 3pm tomorrow. After two wins, coach and former international rugby league and cricketer Gimapau Keimelo has got his charges setting the pace after two dominating outings. The other team with two wins as well are Goilala, who will open the senior grade matches against Kairuku at 1pm. However, it is the Aroma Coast team that is showing a lot of flair with their set-plays. Aroma Coast centre Andrew Solo looks to be a promising find from the rural outback setting of Viriolo in the Cape Rodney area near Kupiano. Solo’s acceleration and wicked step has seen the Virolo Sharks product feature prominently over the last two weekends. Solo’s centre pairing partner in Daniel Lewa, fullback Walo Varage, nifty half-back Max Gapi and prolific finisher Eddie Guise who has a good turn of speed, will be firing from all quarters again, if being kept in check. The backs only good because they have been enjoying the space created by the hard running forwards Seida Roberts, David Ila’Ava, Vele Kome and Elijah Dau in the midfield. Hiri East have picked up a win and a loss, so they won’t be easy beats in what should be an entertaining clash. In the 4pm game, Hiri West will be looking to deny Rigo their first win, while Koiari should be too classy for Amazon Bay. After last week, Aroma Coast heads the points table by a better points percentage over Goilala with four points each, followed Koiari, Hiri East, Kairuku and Hiri West with two points, the Rigo and Amazon Bay follow without a win so far. The U-20 points ladder: Hiri East 4, Aroma Coast 4, Hiri West 4, Goilala 2, Koiari 2, Rigo 0, Amazon Bay 0, Kairuku 0.last_img read more

Ex-high school coach guilty of sex with player, jailed

first_imgCliff FosterPITTSBURGH (AP) _ A former high school basketball coach has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old female player and been sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail.Cliff Foster, 33, was sentenced after pleading guilty Wednesday to institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors for his relationship with the Pine-Richland High School player.Foster pleaded guilty to spare the girl the trauma of a trial, defense attorney Robert Andrews said.Foster had been jailed since Jan. 19, after prosecutors said he violated his bond by contacting the girl several times between Nov. 26 and Jan. 4. Foster sent the girl a silver necklace, wrote her a love letter and called her through his sister, Allegheny County prosecutors said.Foster must also serve seven years’ probation and register as a sex offender after he gets out of jail, and can’t contact the girl for 10 years.The sexual relationship began in April and ended in October after police arrested Foster once a county child welfare caseworker reported about a possible relationship Foster was having with the girl.The girl also played for an Amateur Athletic Union club team Foster founded and allegedly had sex with him in hotel rooms on trips to Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Washington D.C.last_img read more

High-risk offender behind bars

first_imgBy CAM LUCADOU-WELLS A PAKENHAM man assessed as a “high-risk” offender and found possessing two sawn-off rifles has been jailed…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Council notches top spot

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Cardinia Shire Council has been recognised as one of Australia and New Zealand’s Most Innovative Companies. The prestigious annual list,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Baker wins again, this time captures Balfour Ladies Open title

first_imgIf this keeps up the ladies won’t want to invite Cherie Baker to play in any of their tournaments.The Creston golfer topped the Balfour Ladies Open at the picturesque course on the first of September.It was Baker’s third tournament win of the season, having also won the Tournament of Roses at Granite Pointe in Nelson and the Creston Blossom Open.Although this time Baker was pushed to the wall, edging out Mary Anne Gaschnitz of Granite Pointe by a single shot. Baker finished with an 80.Kim Phillips of Balfour took home the low net prize with a 70.Phillips edged out Marg Hopkins by retrogression.Gaschnitz won First Flight low gross while Violet Ward, with a 74, took home the low net prize.Betty Farenholtz  shot 91 to capture Second Flight honours while Hopkins claimed low net.Linda Krall and Barb Renaud shared Third Flight, low gross and low net prizes, respectively while Linda Bobic topped low gross in the Fourth Flight.Norma Boyle won low net.KP Winners were Maureen Elliot and Phillips.Gaschnitz, Farenholtz, Renaud and Kathy Baker were Long Drive [email protected]last_img read more

Galway United look forward to visit of Sligo Rovers

first_img Galway Bay FM Sport Galway United look forward to visit of Sligo Rovers Currently Playing Galway Bay FM Sport Forward 60 seconds Galway United look forward to visit of Sligo Rovers Galway Bay FM Sport Galway United look forward to visit of Sligo Rovers Back 15 seconds 更多 Galway United face Sligo Rovers on Sunday next in Eamon Deacy Park in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at 3pm. Back 15 seconds Forward 60 seconds United are just three points behind Shamrock Rovers and Derry City in third and a win would bring them back into the top third of the table. League top scorer Vinny Faherty joined John to look forward to the game. Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/VINNY+FAHERTY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Who is referee Damir Skomina and how many World Cups has he officiated at?

first_imgLIVERPOOL and Tottenham are set to go head-to-head for the Champions League crown.With Uefa introducing VAR to this year’s tournament, all eyes will be on the man in the middle – and Damir Skomina will be a familiar face to many.2 Skomina took charge of England’s embarrassing defeat to IcelandCredit: -Who is Damir Skomina?PART of Fifa’s elite group of referees, Skomina began taking charge of domestic games in Slovenia in 2003.Chelsea and Barcelona fans will recognise him from their Champions League quarter-final in 2018.As will Celtic supporters, as Skimona dished out a bonkers TEN yellow cards against Zenit in their Europa League clash last term.Big on discipline and happy to show his cards, Skomina averages more than 4 cautions a game.He was part of Fifa’s entourage at last summer’s World Cup – and Liverpool fans will remember the whistler from their dramatic 4-2 Champions League semi-final defeat last year.2 The ref isn’t afraid to use his cards – as Rio Ferdinand found out in 2009Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdIf you’re looking for omens, he has taken charge of fives games involving the Reds during his career, with Klopp’s side losing four of them.As for Spurs, Skomina has refereed Pochettino’s side three times – and they’ve failed to win any of them.So far this season, he’s been in the middle for five Champions League matches, with one of those coming during the qualifying stage.Skomina refereed Liverpool vs Roma in the group stage, as well as PSG vs Manchester United and Hoffenheim vs Manchester City.He dished out 22 yellow cards in those five matches, whilst awarding one penalty – that was Marcus Rashford’s dramatic late spot-kick at the Parc des Princes, which came with a little help from VAR.FOOTBALL LATESTLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAZPI BETTERAzpilicueta reveals turning off phone saved his season after horror startHas he officiated in a Uefa final before?SKOMINA is vastly experienced and is currently regarded as one of the best refs in Europe.When he takes charge of the final in Madrid, it will complete a big-game treble for the Slovenian whistler.He was in the middle for Ajax and Manchester United’s Europa League final in 2017, as well as the UEFA Super Cup match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in 2012.He told Uefa’s official website: “I didn’t set myself these targets.”But I feel I’ve worked very hard over the years to get this far. I’m hugely proud of being chosen for this match.”I still have a few years in front of me as a referee – there are still targets and hard work ahead.”There’s no way that after the match in Madrid, I could ever think to myself: ‘I’ve done it all now’.”last_img read more

New Hampshire ~ Corporate Income Tax: IRC Conformity Updated and BPT/BET Rate Reductions Scheduled

first_imgGovernor Sununu of New Hampshire has approved legislation that reduces the tax rates of the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax, updates the state’s conformity with the Internal Revenue Code, increases the IRC Sec. 179 deduction limit, and repeals the electricity consumption tax. The legislation reduces in two steps the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax rates. The business profits tax will be imposed at the rate of 7.7% on the taxable business profits of every business organization effective July 1, 2019 and at the rate of 7.5% effective July 1, 2021. Currently, the rate is 8.2%. The rate is scheduled to be reduced to 7.9% for tax periods ending on or after December 31, 2018 if certain state revenue levels were met by June 30, 2017.The business enterprise tax will be imposed at the rate of 0.6% of the taxable enterprise value tax base effective July 1, 2019 and at the rate of 0.5% effective July 1, 2021. Currently, the rate is 0.72%. The rate is scheduled to be reduced to 0.675% for tax periods ending on or after December 31, 2018 if certain state revenue levels were met by June 30, 2017.The legislation also updates the state’s Internal Revenue Code (IRC) tie-in date for purposes of computing New Hampshire’s business profits tax liability to December 31, 2016 (currently, December 31, 2015). This change applies to tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018. It is effective June 28, 2017.Further, IRC §179 (asset expense election) will be subject to a deduction limit of $500,000 for property placed in service on or after January 1, 2018. Currently, the limit is $100,000 for property placed in service on or after January 1, 2017. These changes are effective January 1, 2018.The electricity consumption tax is repealed effective January 1, 2019.Ch. 156 (H.B. 517), Laws 2017, effective July 1, 2017, except as noted abovelast_img read more

Maine High Court Finds Broadband Sustainability Fee Was Not a Tax

first_imgThe Maine Supreme Court has found that a broadband sustainability fee (BSF) was a fee and not an unconstitutional property or invalid excise tax, and affirmed the lower court decision, even though the lower court erred and characterized the fee as a valid business excise tax.The taxpayer, a telecommunications service provider, was required to pay a sustainability fee for accessing and utilizing dark fiber in a new route for fiber optic cables.The taxpayer contended that the superior court erred by finding the BSF to be a valid business excise tax rather than a property tax. The court concluded that the legislature properly characterized the BSF as a fee and not a tax, after evaluating the following four factors:whether the primary purpose is to raise revenue or to further regulatory goals,whether the assessment is paid in exchange for benefits not received by the general public,whether the assessment is voluntary, andwhether the assessment is a fair approximation of the cost to the government and of the benefit to the party.Further, the court held that although the lower court erred in concluding that the BSF was a tax, the error was harmless because the taxpayer was required to pay the fee regardless of its categorization.State of Maine v. Biddeford Internet Corporation, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, No. BCD-17-15, October 10, 2017, ¶200-872Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or conlast_img read more

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