Ronaldo accepts 2 yrs in prison, €18.8m fine in tax case

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities to serve two years in prison and pay a €18.8m  ($21.8 million) fine in a tax evasion case, newspaper El Mundo reported on Friday.Ronaldo is unlikely to serve any time in jail under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.The 33-year-old Portuguese footballer, who is accused of evading €14.7m in taxes, has denied all the allegations through his agents.last_img read more

Don’t leave the elderly behind

first_imgLast Sunday, October 1, International Day of the Older Person was observed. Stakeholders, such as international organisations and governments, used the opportunity to highlight the issues affecting older persons, and lobbied for more support for this segment of the population.There is no doubt that among the more pressing issues affecting older persons are health concerns and the quality of care being provided to them on a daily basis. Hence the World Health Organization (WHO) used the occasion to call for a new approach to providing health services for older people. The organisation highlighted the role of primary care and the contribution community health workers can make in helping to ensure that older people live healthier and longer lives.According to Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, by the year 2050, one in five people in the world will be aged 60 and older. It is therefore crucial for governments to put in place systems which would allow for older persons to obtain the health services they need.WHO’s new Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People recommend ways community-based services can help prevent, slow, or reverse declines in physical and mental capacities among older people. The guidelines also require health and social-care providers to coordinate their services around the needs of older people through approaches such as comprehensive assessment and care plans.Director of the Department of Ageing and Life course at WHO, Dr John Beard, noted that older adults are more likely to experience chronic conditions, and often multiple conditions at the same time. Yet, today’s health systems generally focus on the detection and treatment of individual acute diseases. He reasoned that if health systems are to meet the needs of older populations, they must provide ongoing care focused on the issues that matter to older people – chronic pain, and difficulties with hearing, seeing, walking, or performing daily activities. He noted that this would require much better integration between care providers.According to Beard, integrated care can help foster inclusive economic growth, improve health and wellbeing, and ensure older people have the opportunity to contribute to development, instead of being left behind.According to WHO, some countries are already making smart investments, guided by WHO’s Global Strategy on Ageing and Health. For example, Brazil has implemented comprehensive assessments, and expanded its services for older adults. Japan has integrated long-term care insurance to protect people from the costs of care. Thailand is strengthening the integration of health and social care as close as possible to where people live, while the Ministry of Health in Vietnam will build on its comprehensive health care system and the large number of elderly health care clubs to better meet the needs of older people in their communities. In Mauritius, the Ministry of Health provides universal health coverage for older adults, including a network of health clubs and primary care clinics with more sophisticated services in hospitals. The United Arab Emirates is meeting the health needs of older people by creating more age-friendly cities. In France, a new WHO collaborating centre called Gerontopole, located in the Toulouse University Hospital, is helping to advance research, clinical practice and training on Healthy Ageing.Here in Guyana, not much is being done by the authorities to raise awareness about the issues affecting the older population and/or to lobby for more support for them. Now that the Government is in the process of preparing Budget 2018, it is hoped that more resources would be allocated towards effective and targeted programmes aimed at ensuring our elderly are well taken care of. For example, there is need for more special care homes, retirement homes, special transportation, and priority treatment for our elderly. Also, there must be increased focus on long-term health care of older adults suffering from mental disorders, as well as to provide caregivers with education, training and support.Finally, if we are going to ensure that our senior citizens enjoy the “good life”, then they must, first of all, be entitled to a decent and livable pension at the end of the month. Added to this is that it would be a great joy for many if the Government were to take a decision to have the water and electricity subsidies restored. That said, we must always continue to explore ways and means of creating a more comfortable life for our elderly.last_img read more

Retired priest gets birthday wish: to ride in a Lamborghini

first_imgA minute later, his wish to ride in a Lamborghini was fulfilled when he was whisked away in the high-performance vehicle by the car’s owner, Andres Ruiz. “It was terrific!” Elliott said after emerging from the car ride, which was coordinated by the school’s staff and parents. “It was more than I ever expected,” he added. “\ asked if I wanted to drive but I said, `Nope, no thanks!”‘ Elliott, who routinely spends his lunchtime among the children and has been a devoted fan at their sporting events, told staffers at a fundraiser earlier in the year that his wish was to ride in a Lamborghini. So after dozens of phone calls to rental shops and acquaintances, school worker Anabel Oen asked parents if they knew of anyone with a Lamborghini. To her surprise, parent Laura Campos said she did, and she helped Oen make contact with Ruiz. • Video: 6/12: Lamborghini dream come true • Photo Gallery: Lamborghini ride WHITTIER – The Rev. Joseph Elliott could hardly believe his eyes Tuesday when staff and students at St. Mary of the Assumption School led him out to the blacktop for a pre-birthday gift. There, as hundreds of students, teachers and parents watched, the 83-year-old retired priest broke into tears when he realized they were about to make his wish come true. He was smiling ear-to-ear when he positioned himself into the passenger seat of a 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago, a two-seat, 8-mile-per-gallon shiny black sports car valued at more than $200,000. “He’s been here for the last 17 years, and every day he’s praying with the kids and I always see him at the sporting events,” the Rev. Brian Johnson said. “He has put a great amount into this school, even though he’s retired – but he does it anyway.” All day Tuesday was “Father Elliott Day” at the school, and students sported “crazy” socks with polka dots and hearts and argyle patterns in his honor because those are the kinds of socks he likes to wear. Because his birthday is during the summer, when school isn’t in session, Elliott also received a pre-birthday celebration that included another Lamborghini – this one was a toy – dozens of homemade cards from students, and a cake. “This lived up to every expectation, but something like this could give me a heart attack!” Elliott said, laughing. “I definitely enjoyed it very much.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Tottenham transfer report: Shock swoop for ex-Everton man on cards

first_img1 Shkodran Mustafi Tottenham are leading the chase to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to reports in Spain.Mauricio Pochettino is looking to strengthen his squad during the summer and with Younes Kaboul set to leave the club and uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of Jan Vertonghen, the Spurs head coach will want to bolster his defence.Mustafi, 22, has been impressive for Valencia and is rated one of the best young defenders in La Liga.The Germany international has also attracted interested from Borussia Dortmund, but Spanish newspaper Superdeporte is claiming that Tottenham are also in the market to sign the talented central defender who started his career at Everton but failed to make his breakthrough into the first-team at Goodison Park.There has been no official contact from the north London club so far, but they look set to make their move for Mustafi in the near future.last_img read more

Chelsea legend announces he will leave the club at the end of the season

first_img1 John Terry Chelsea captain John Terry has announced he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after the club decided not to renew his contract.The 35-year-old central defender has spent his entire career at Chelsea and last May won the Premier League title for the fourth time.Terry was informed prior to last week’s win over Arsenal.He said: “I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it [my contract] is not going to be extended.“My agent made the call like we do every January. He got told over the phone and I called to set up a meeting the following day.“I wanted to hear it face to face. They told me. Unfortunately it’s not going to be.“I feel as though I’m in great nick, I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go. It’ll just be elsewhere.”Chelsea have endured a season of struggle, with Jose Mourinho leaving for the second time in December, and now their talismanic skipper will be moving on.He is yet to decide where, except outside of England, and big-money offers are likely to come in from Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League.There is one small glimmer of a playing future for Terry at Chelsea, if Mourinho’s permanent successor deems his services are required.Terry added: “Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.“I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately, it was a no.“They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a no at the minute. It took me a couple of days to get over.”last_img read more

Probe: Harbor pilot called tanker crash just a touch

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Investigators want to know if a harbor pilot under investigation in San Francisco Bay’s biggest oil spill in nearly two decades initially played down the damage to the ship, Coast Guard officials said Monday. Immediately after the Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge last week, Capt. John Cota quickly radioed authorities to report the vessel had “touched” the bridge, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. “Traffic, we just touched the delta span,” Cota said, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing criminal probe. Cota was referring to one of four supports beneath the bridge’s western section. The impact caused no structural damage to the bridge, but it opened a 90-foot gash in the hull of the ship and ruptured its fuel tank, dumping 58,000 gallons into the bay and fouling miles of coastline and killing dozens of shorebirds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The comments made or the actions taken by individuals are all things that they could be held accountable for,” said Rear Adm. Craig Bone, the top Coast Guard officer in California. Sr. Chief Petty Officer Keith Alholm, a Coast Guard spokesman, said “one of the aspects of the investigation is, were the reports made accurate” following the collision. But Cota’s lawyer said his client did not immediately realize the severity of the crash. “He has told me you could hardly feel anything on the ship and he must have assumed from that that there wasn’t much damage,” attorney John Meadows said. “The ship didn’t roll. There wasn’t a loud sound.” Bone said the owners and operators of the ship would unquestionably face civil penalities.last_img read more

Wilson Resigns as Head Football Coach; to be Permanently Succeeded by Associate Head Coach Tom Allen

first_imgGlass noted no NCAA compliance issues are involved in the matters giving rise to Wilson’s resignation.Glass also announced that Tom Allen will be the next Indiana University head football coach, also effective immediately.Allen, a New Castle, Ind., native and former head coach (2004-2006) and defensive coordinator (1998-2003) at football power Indianapolis Ben Davis High School, joined the Indiana football staff as associate head coach on January 15, 2016. A 25-year coaching veteran, this year Allen helped lead a dramatic turnaround of IU’s defense, just as he had done before at Ole Miss and the University of South Florida.“Once Coach Wilson and I concluded to part ways, I turned to determining who the best person in the country would be to keep up our momentum and take us to another level with our football team,” Glass said. “I quickly concluded that person was in our midst in Tom Allen. He is a leader of men. He is demanding without being demeaning. He is a proven, successful coach on a national scale with deep Indiana ties. He cares about his players, and they care back.”Allen engineered one of the top defensive turnarounds in the country in 2016. IU’s defense improved in every major statistical category against a schedule featuring four top 10 opponents, a program first. IU is holding its opponents to 372.6 total yards, an improvement of 136.9 yards over 2015, the largest improvement in the country. The Hoosiers have limited their foes to 93.6 fewer passing yards, also first nationally, and 10.3 fewer points, which ranks sixth nationally. Indiana’s defense has given up 27 fewer touchdowns than one season ago.Allen, who was a nominee for the 2016 Broyles Award — honoring college football’s top assistant coach, mentored one of the better defenses to play at IU. For the first time in program history, six defensive players were recognized with All-Big Ten honors. Tegray Scales and Rashard Fant earned second team accolades, and Ralph Green III, Marcus Oliver, Jonathan Crawford and Marcelino Ball received honorable mention recognition.Scales leads the nation with 87 solo tackles, and he is first in the Big Ten with 116 tackles and 20.5 tackles for loss — third best in IU history. Fant’s 17 pass breakups lead the conference and rank second nationally, while his 19 passes defended also lead the conference and are tied for third in the country. Oliver is first in the conference in forced fumbles and third in solo tackles. Against Purdue, Crawford became the first Big Ten player and just the eighth FBS player with three takeaways. He is tied for the conference lead in fumble recoveries and is sixth nationally. Ball leads all Big Ten true freshmen with 73 stops. Green led the Hoosiers line with 7.5 tackles for loss, to go along with 29 stops, 19 solo, one sack and two pass breakups.The contract for Tom Allen is still being finalized and will be released once it is complete. “I appreciate Coach Wilson’s many positive contributions to our football program,” Glass said. “This has nothing to do with the performance of the football team, which I view as quite positive and very much heading in the right direction.” Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that he has accepted the resignation, effective immediately, of head football coach Kevin Wilson based upon philosophical differences as to the leadership of the football program.last_img read more

Online ticketing overhaul for SA

first_imgLocal ticket sales are moving to social media, through an innovative partnership between Tixsa and US-based TicketBiscuit. MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael Canfield  MD, Tixsa  08614 tixsa RELATED ARTICLES • E-commerce now more accessible• Prestigious award for UCT project • Mobile technology for Africa • Healthcare from your mobile • Mobile opportunities in AfricaMark ReidSouth Africa’s online ticketing industry looks set for a major overhaul, with a new social media application becoming available, and more opportunities opening up for smaller players.A partnership between local innovators Tixsa and American company TicketBiscuit has led to the launch of new technology that will enable entertainment lovers to buy tickets directly from fan pages and websites.This is good news for the local ticket industry, which since 1971 has been dominated by Computicket, at that time the first electronic centralised booking system in the world.While the company put South Africa at the forefront of advance ticketing, it also grew to dominate the local ticketing industry, capturing a 96.6% market share by 2010. This monopoly eventually aroused the ire of smaller ticketing companies, which resulted in a case being lodged with the Competition Commission.Complainants claimed that Computicket’s use of long-term contracts and exclusivity clauses stifled competition in the industry and prevented clients from choosing an alternative ticketing source, or even a co-provider. The case is now awaiting a tribunal hearing date.The launch of Tixsa’s new initiative therefore comes at a convenient time, with the possibility of new opportunities opening up in the market.The partnership was announced back in July 2010, just six months after Tixsa started up. Back then TicketBiscuit was looking to expand internationally, and the company’s CEO Jeff Gale said in a statement that the time was right for the two companies to join hands.“The Tixsa team was ready to take advantage of the Fifa World Cup momentum,” he said.Gale added that Tixsa would use an enhanced version of TicketBiscuit’s licenced software. This allows Tixsa to integrate its product into clients’ websites or social media pages in just a few steps, giving them the chance to interact directly with their clients.Because no special hardware is needed, clients can use their existing equipment to speedily set up their new service.Easy set-up and operationTixsa offers a comprehensive box office management system. Services include round-the-clock ticket sales via the Tixsa mobile application or the client’s Facebook page or website.The system also offers completely secure payment processing. Tickets are delivered directly to a mobile phone, or may be printed at home, and each ticket features a unique barcode to prevent fraudulent use.The Tixsa system also delivers automatic event updates to the client’s website, and offers realtime sales reports, on demand. User details may be extracted and used for email campaigns and other relationship-building exercises.In addition to tickets, the sale of related merchandise is also possible. For instance, the client can offer packages that include a concert ticket, a t-shirt and a CD, or just the ticket. This adds value to the customer’s purchase and increases the vendor’s income.last_img read more

International tourist arrivals in South Africa approach 10-million mark

first_imgForeign arrivals in South Africa reached their highest level ever in 2013 as the country’s international tourist numbers approached the 10-million mark, the Department of Tourism announced last week.(Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterAccording to the latest figures from Statistics SA, 14 860 216 foreign visitors arrived in South Africa last year, a 10.5% increase over 2012. Of these, 9.6-million were tourists, translating to a 4.7% year-on-year increase in international (including the rest of Africa) tourist arrivals, and a 7.1% increase in overseas (excluding Africa) tourist arrivals.South Africa’s international tourist arrivals grew at an annual average growth rate of 7.4% between 2011 and 2013, well above the global average of 4.5% during this period, the department said.“Overall, South Africa recorded 428 596 more tourists in 2013 than we did in 2012,” outgoing Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in a statement.“Following excellent growth in 2012, when tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 10.2%, which was more than two-and-a-half times the global average, we are pleased to report that tourist arrival numbers to South Africa grew by a further 4.7% in 2013,” Van Schalkwyk said.“South Africa’s tourism industry continues to show good growth, and we remain confident in the ongoing performance and sustainability of the sector.”Positive growth from all regionsTourist arrivals to South Africa showed positive growth from all regions in 2013, the department said, including good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourists.European tourist arrivals increased by 7% year-on-year to 1 494 978 in 2013, with double-digit growth from Germany (14.2%), France (10.3%) and Italy (10.6%).A total of 304 090 German tourists visited South Africa in 2013, firmly entrenching its status as South Africa’s third-largest tourist source market. Arrivals from France, South Africa’s fifth-biggest overseas source market, grew to 134 840, while Italian arrivals reached 67 790.However, South Africa’s largest overseas source market, the UK, grew by a modest 1% to 442 523 tourist arrivals in 2013.Air arrivals from Africa on the increaseArrivals from the rest of Africa grew by 4% year-on-year to 6 889 389 in 2013, with arrivals by air growing by 12%.“Travel is becoming ever more accessible for Africa’s rapidly growing middle class, and we are certainly seeing this reflected in the growing number of African air arrivals to South Africa,” Van Schalkwyk said.Nigeria, the largest African air market for South Africa’s tourist arrivals, grew by 15.4% to 84 589 arrivals.“We expect our first fully fledged South African Tourism office on the continent, which we opened in Lagos at the beginning of this year, to result in continued growth in arrivals from this market of growing importance, and from the west African region as a whole,” Van Schalkwyk said.A total of 417 582 North American arrivals were recorded in 2013, up from 393 446 in 2012, while tourists accounted for 348 646 arrivals in 2013, reflecting 6.7% growth on the 326 643 tourists that visited the country in 2012.“The US market remains a major focus of our global marketing efforts and we are heartened by the continued good growth we have seen out of this market in recent years,” Van Schalkwyk said.Asia, Central and South AmericaAsia and Central and South America continued to record good growth on top of the exceptional levels witnessed in 2012, in which these markets grew by 34% and 37% respectively.A total of 435 076 Asian tourist arrivals were recorded in 2013, a 9.2% increase on the 2012 numbers. China, South Africa’s fourth-largest source market for tourist arrivals for the second year in a row, continued to perform, growing by 14.7% to reach 151 847 tourist arrivals in 2013. Arrivals out of India tempered in 2013, growing by 5.5% to reach 112 672 arrivals.Central and South American tourist arrivals numbers grew by 8% to reach 129 463. Brazil remains by far the biggest market out of this region growing by close to 5.6% to reach 82 802 tourist arrivals.South African Tourism is increasing its marketing efforts in Brazil, having appointed a marketing agency in the country earlier this year and will, for the first time ever, take a delegation of South African exhibitors to the ABAV travel trade show in Sao Paulo, the largest travel trade fair in the Americas.“We remain excited by the potential offered by emerging markets,” Van Schalkwyk said. “We are working closely with our partners in the industry to better market the destination in these regions and to make South Africa a more accessible destination for travellers from these countries.”Australasian tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 4.0% in 2013, with 148 660 tourist arrivals recorded.Contribution to the economyAccording to Statistics SA’s latest figures for tourism receipts and job creation, South Africa’s tourism sector continues to increase its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and job creation.According to figures for the period ending December 2012, direct tourism contribution to GDP grew from R83.5-billion in 2011 to R93.3-billion or 3% of GDP in 2012. At the same time, tourism contributed approximately 617 287 direct jobs in 2012, amounting to about 4.6% of direct employment in the country, up from over 591 785 direct jobs in 2011.Van Schalkwyk said ongoing growth in all the markets in which South Africa actively markets itself was proof that the country’s marketing strategy was delivering the desired results.“The reality is that each year our invitation to come and visit South Africa, land of incredible wildlife, diverse experiences and most notably, warm and welcoming people, is being accepted by an ever growing number of people from around the world.“Two decades into our democracy, I am proud of what this industry has achieved and confident of its ongoing ability to contribute to the growth and development of South Africa.”In President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet, announced on Sunday, Derek Hanekom replaced Van Schalkwyk as minister of tourism. Hanekom was sworn in as the new minister on Monday.Source: Statistics South Africa, South African Tourism, Brand South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

BetaBait Is Now A Free Online Directory Connecting Apps & Testers

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Last month, I wrote about a startup with a win-win proposition called BetaBait, which helps beta apps connect with testers. It allows developers to list their app in an email to interested testers for free. It charges $50 for a sponsor slot featured at the top of the email. No-brainer, right?Co-founder Cody Barbierri wrote in to let me know that, in the two weeks since launch (and it was over the holidays, too!), they added over 1,400 testers and 250 start-ups. The email was getting too long, so they’ve revamped the process. Only newly submitted apps will be in the email, and the rest are listed on the BetaBait site. Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchell Only apps submitted in the past 24 hours are featured in the email, so recipients can view the latest submissions. At the bottom, there’s a link to click through to the online directory, which offers tabbed browsing by category. It offers developers the same opportunity to pay to put their app at the top of the page. The Web view also includes Twitter and Facebook share buttons.The developers we talked to at launch seemed pleased with the opportunity to get in front of willing beta testers for free. Now that this large directory of apps in testing is available online, it will be great to see how that impacts testing.Check it out at 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more