Wiggins banks in buzzer-beater, Wolves stun Thunder

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins, center, is mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Minnesota won 115-113. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Andrew Wiggins’ 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.ADVERTISEMENT The Timberwolves fought off several bursts by the Thunder and led 88-75 at the end of the third quarter.The Thunder opened the fourth quarter with a five-point run that led to a Minnesota timeout. Oklahoma City continued the surge and got the crowd back into the game. A three-point play by Anthony cut Minnesota’s lead to 90-87 as Westbrook returned to the game from a rest.Adams converted a three-point play to cut Minnesota’s lead to 106-105 with 1:50 to go, and a 3-pointer by Westbrook tied the game at 110.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Taj Gibson, who started for the Thunder at the end of last season, had 11 points and 10 rebounds. He barely got the ball inbounds on the final play. … Shot 57 percent in the first quarter to lead 28-23. … Minnesota beat Utah at home on Friday. … Jeff Teague scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 15.Thunder: Adams had eight points on 4-for-5 shooting in the first quarter. … Six Thunder players scored in double figures. Raymond Felton and Jerami Grant each scored 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UP NEXT:Timberwolves: Host the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.Thunder: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Winless Suns fire Earl Watson after 3 games this season Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (2-1).Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points and Paul George scored 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMinnesota led 61-54 at halftime behind 13 points from Towns and 10 from Wiggins.Adams scored 14 points before the break. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Drummond, Griffin leads Pistons over Nets

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img LATEST STORIES Brooklyn Nets guard Nik Stauskas (2) controls the ball as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Febraury 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week. Griffin will face his old team this Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers are in town.ADVERTISEMENT Pacers-Pelicans postponed over concerns about roof leak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets. They have lost four in a row and eight of nine.Crabbe scored 16 of Brooklyn’s points in a row during one fourth-quarter stretch, capped by a 3-pointer that cut Detroit’s lead to three at 91-88. The Pistons put the ball in Griffin’s hands after that, and he scored nine of their next 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDrummond had 12 rebounds in the first half and added 11 more in the third quarter. He finished with a season high, just two shy of his career best. It was the third time in the last five games he reached 20 rebounds.He shot only 5 of 17 from the field, but that just meant more opportunities for offensive rebounds. He had seven of those. Despite all that, the Pistons were actually outrebounded as a team, 50-46.        /kgalast_img read more

Troy Rike admits immigration arrest still hard to shake off

first_imgTroy Rike has just endured, the darkest day of his young life when officers from the Bureau of Immigration detained him after he was suspected of entering the country as an illegal alien.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Hayward returns, and the NBA preseason schedule begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown After the 24-hour ordeal, all accusations were dropped and the Fil-American player is back to his normal routine as a student-athlete with National University.Rike, however, said the experience left a mark on him that he knows would take a lot more to shake off.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“To be honest, I’m not sure if I’ve shaken it off a hundred percent it’ll take a while until it’s a hundred percent completely off,” said Rike after the Bulldogs’ 63-58 loss to Adamson University Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Rike, whose mother is Filipino, said he’s just happy he was able to find solace in the game of basketball after the harrowing experience on Sept. 19 when BI officers arrested and detained him for a full day. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I’ve always found love and joy in the game of basketball, so when I’m out there I just focus on that. I just want to play basketball.”Rike, who had eight points and 11 rebounds against the Falcons, said his team has been with him every step of the way and have given him the support throughout the ordeal.The Wake Forest alum said the support he’s received from the Bulldogs has helped him immensely.“Everyone’s been supportive and I thank my teammates, the management, the coaches,” said Rike who’s taking up a master’s degree in education at NU. “Everyone was there for me and that means the world to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Atletico hosts Barcelona with chance to take lead in Spain

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Barcelona conceded only four goals through 12 matches last season, when it went on to win the title. Then, the team needed 33 matches to concede 18 goals. Only five teams have allowed more goals than Barcelona this season.“It’s something we have to improve,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe slump comes at a perfect time for Atletico, which can move past Barcelona at the top of the standings with a first win against the club since 2010, before coach Diego Simeone took charge. Atletico won that game at the old Vicente Calderon Stadium 2-1, with goals by Diego Forlan and Simao Sabrosa. Barcelona’s lone goal was by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Atletico has only two wins against Barcelona in 26 matches since then, both in the Champions League, with the last one in 2016. View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal FILE – In this Thursday, April 26, 2018 file photo, Altetico’s Diego Costa sits on the bench before the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at Emirates Stadium in London. Costa hasn’t scored in the Spanish league this season, and he will be under even more pressure to end that slump when Atletico Madrid hosts Barcelona on Saturday Nov. 24, 2018 with the Liga lead on the line. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)MADRID — Atletico Madrid may be looking at its best chance to end an eight-year winless streak against Barcelona in the Spanish league.The teams meet on Saturday at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid with Barcelona facing one of its worst defensive struggles in decades. It has already conceded 18 goals in 12 matches, its worst mark at this point in the league in more than 40 years, according to sports daily Marca.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES MOST READ In the nine matches in all competitions after Umtiti was injured, Barcelona conceded 13 goals, including four in a stunning 4-3 loss to Real Betis at Camp Nou before the international break.The good news was Umtiti was on the bench in the match against Real Betis and could be back in the starting lineup against Atletico.“We played many matches with only two central defenders,” Valverde said. “It’s good to have another option.”Also positive is Barcelona’s attack continued to work well, scoring 24 times in those nine matches without Umtiti. Barcelona has the league’s best attack with 34 goals, 10 more than second-place Sevilla after 12 matches.BALANCED ATLETICOWhile Barcelona’s defense has been playing below average, Atletico continues to rely on its stout defensive scheme. Simeone’s team has the league’s best defense with only eight goals conceded. On Saturday, though, Simeone will likely be without two important central defenders because of injuries: Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin.Atletico’s attack also has done well recently, with the team having scored nine goals in its last five games.Striker Diego Costa hasn’t scored in nine appearances for Atletico in the league this season, but Simeone has plenty of options to keep the team going. Among the players he can use up front alongside Antoine Griezmann are Angel Correa and Victor “Vitolo” Machin, as well as new signings Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins.If Barcelona’s defensive struggles continue on Saturday, whoever plays for Atletico will have plenty of chances to help the team end its winless streak. Alaska man finishes marathons in all 50 statescenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s been difficult for us when we play against Barcelona,” Simeone said. “Barcelona has been the best team in the world recently.”KEY UMTITIBarcelona’s problems on defense have coincided with an injury to regular starter Samuel Umtiti, who hasn’t played since late September because of a left knee problem.It didn’t help that Thomas Vermaelen, the immediate substitute in central defense, injured a hamstring in October, forcing coach Ernesto Valverde to use recently signed youngster Clement Lenglet, a former Sevilla defender.To make things worse, veteran Gerard Pique endured a poor run recently, making unusual mistakes that were costly for the team.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Padda system ‘more on track than ever’ as Adamson begins life without key players

first_imgLATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Adamson is entering a new era and head coach Air Padda is confident her team would find its identity for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Justin Brownlee, Juan Gomez de Liaño star as Mighty Sports earns semis berth “They kind of latched into it in a way that I could never get the older kids to do when I first came in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Padda said she won’t expect her new Lady Falcons to become the next Jema Galanzas or the future Mylene Paats–she wants her players to become the first of their name.“I’m not going to throw into their faces that ‘you have to replace Jema, this is what Mylene did’ but I want to try and give them their own identity so they can build on that,” said Padda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I think we will use Jema, Mylene, and Fhen [Emnas], as inspiration because those three girls have stories and even though we didn’t make it into the Final Four it was really amazing just going on a journey with them and I think all of the players coming into the team this year want to experience that too.”The three former Lady Falcons were instrumental in the team’s 6-8 finish in Season 80 though Adamson failed to enter the Final Four that year, falling short at fifth place. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Galanza was the fifth best scorer in the league with a total of 207 points while Paat was at 10th with 182 points. Emnas, for her part, was the no.4 setter with 7.67 sets per period.Left to carry the burden for Adamson now are Chiara Permentilla, Bernadette Flora, Mary Joy Dacoron, and captain Eli Soyud and even though none have the same star power as Galanza’s, Padda is nothing but confident about her team.“I have more players now in the program who have been under me and I’m kind of capitalizing on that,” said Padda. “They’ve been under me the longest and I really feel like the system is more on track than it’s ever been.”Padda admitted that her first two years with the Soaring Falcons hit some turbulence especially since she inherited a lineup that played under Sherwin Meneses and, for a time, Domingo Custodio.“We were still working on setting the system instead of trying to build for two years and now the system’s set, and even with the underclassmen coming in they don’t know any other system than my own,” said Padda who took up the Lady Falcons’ coaching job in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

MOE Targets New Practice of Corruption in Schools

first_imgThe Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Deputy Edudation Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll-Kotchi, says it has unearthed a new and highly practiced act of corruption that has slowly crept into the Liberian school system.The new practice, according to the Deputy Minister, is being dubbed “bread and butter.” This act involves students delivering test or assignment papers to the teachers that contain money.The practice of “bread and butter” was designed by corrupt instructors as a systematic form of coercion aimed at taking money from students for grades. This is being done in place of actual teaching.These “teachers” are also reportedly taking other illegal fees from the students. This abuse of authority is being perpetrated by “teachers” who don’t have the Liberian school system at heart. Madam Kotchi has frowned on those reportedly involved to desist; as such practices tend to undermine the educational system. These acts also expose students to corruption that influences their behavior once they become part of greater society upon leaving school.Deputy Minister Kotchi made the revelation last Wednesday in her position as government’s Chief Nominee to WAEC during the entity’s second consultative meetings on the successful conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in Liberia.The meeting was conducted by the Monrovia office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to give updates from the entity’s Head of National Office in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., and from principals and administrators of the various senior high schools in the country.The update meeting was attended by WAEC officials, principals and administrators of the various privately-owned and faith-based institutions.At the meeting, Mr. Gayvolor expressed particular concern over Liberian students’ performances at the writing of the WASSCE where they would have to meet the WAEC distinction of at least first or second divisions.He said that Liberia’s education sector has improved in respect to writing the WASSCE; and voiced the hope that trend would continue.“However,” he explained, “for students to succeed at writing the WASSCE, it was necessary for all stakeholders to work together with the goal of strategizing to find the best way forward.”Meanwhile, in her position as government Chief Nominee to WAEC, Madam Kotchi called on school authorities to encourage instructors to conduct tutorial classes for students preparing to sit the WAEC or WASSEC.“You could organize tutorial classes to help our students and even some of the teachers themselves; because the syllabuses can be complex. You can collect a minimum amount for the tutorial classes, because we want the best out of our students and school system,” Mrs. Kotchi urged.She however called on school administrators whose students are posed to write the WASSCE to upgrade their teachers’ skills while they conduct tutorial classes to prepare for those taking exams.She then stressed the need for all schools across the country, especially those privately-owned; to better equip their laboratories and libraries in accordance with government’s quest for better educational facilities for students.In a related development, the Monrovia office of WAEC, said it had up to date, registered at least 1,205 students to sit this year’s WASSCE.Each of the registered students, who represented six of the multitude of schools across Montserrado County, had paid a fee of US$75 to sit the test. The amount from the students summed up to US$90,375.The registered students are all from various privately-owned and faith-based institutions in and around Monrovia. Principals and school administrators in the leeward counties are yet to report on any progress they have made in respect to candidates who would write the test. The exam is scheduled for May/June each year, but this year, Liberian students will sit for it in April, the WAEC Monrovia National Office confirmed at the meeting.All students from both private and public schools are allowed to write the WASSCE, which is also known by its old name–the General Certificate Examinations (GCE).  However, there are rules and regulations that apply to every candidate. This examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa through the compulsory subject areas of English Language and Mathematics with electives of the sciences that include Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC/NIOSH visiting team submits findings to PAHO/WHO

first_imgMercury exposureFollowing a request made to the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation representative’s office in Guyana by the Natural Resources Minister for further technical support, the United States Department of Health and Human Services of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has submitted a preliminary summary of their findings and recommendations following a visit to Guyana from September 11-14, 2018.The visit was facilitated through ongoing collaboration with the PAHO/WHO Guyana Country Office and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) following reports of concerns raised earlier in the year about overexposure to mercury emissions.The team consisted of two engineers: Duane R Hammond MS, PE; and Kevin H Dunn ScD; CIH from the Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch, Division of Field Studies and Engineering.During the visit, the team met with Ministers Trotman, Lawrence, and Scott, as well as representatives from the Guyana Gold Board and local PAHO/WHO representatives. Dr Dunn and Captain Hammond observed gold burning and smelting operations at the Guyana Gold Board’s temporary location on Crown Street. They also spoke with employees and managers, as well as the contractor. The team used a top-of-the-line and highly recognised reading instrument to evaluate mercury vapour concentrations throughout the Guyana Geology and Mines complex, the Public Health Ministry’s complex, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company and the Guyana Gold Board’s burning and smelting rooms, and in surrounding offices and outer areas.The team said that almost all of the readings taken throughout the GGMC, MoPH and GTT compounds were below the analytical limit of detection. They confirmed also that while a few areas had detectable results, no area exceeded the lowest applicable eight-hour time weighted average occupational exposure limit of 0.025 mg/m3. In other words, what is considered safe and acceptable.With specific respect to the GGB (Crown Street), the report stated, “We collected 80 direct reading measurements for mercury [vapour] in the burning room during and after burns (six burns total) at the GGB. We found none of the reading measurements were above the NIOSH ceiling limit of 0.1 mg/m3 [NIOSH 2018].” The team of experts defined a ceiling limit in the report as, “a level that should never be exceeded at any time during a shift.” Very specifically, the report noted that, “Measurement results ranged from 0.000-0.041 mg/m3.” Again, safe and healthy, which bring much comfort.Among the team’s recommendations were that the GGB: 1) install an air velocity monitoring device; 2) monitor mercury vapour concentrations in the burn room and waiting areas during burning on a daily basis; 3) develop standard operating procedures to incorporate mercury monitoring as part of the daily systems evaluation; 4) ensure adherence to procedures; and 5) maintain the facilities following a strict regime of oversight.last_img read more

Extra time can’t ease tax frenzy

first_imgFor Rodney Canter, as for most accountants, the week leading up to each year’s tax deadline is his long day’s journey into night. He and his wife, Nancy, were taking a midday break Monday, preparing for yet another marathon that would keep them at their Chatsworth office until near midnight, when their jaws dropped and they began laughing at the sight of one of their longtime regular clients. “Am I early?” asked the man, who had just stepped out of a new Mercedes-Benz carrying a folder full of W2s and other tax documents. He, too, was laughing. “Aren’t they due today?” “Yeah,” Canter said, “but we still have your returns for you to sign from last year.” Hectic is exactly what it was at some of the other accounting and tax-preparation offices in the San Fernando Valley swamped with last-minute returns as taxpayers try to beat the clock. About 15 percent of all taxpayers wait until the final days to file, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2007 Tax Returns Consumer Intentions and Actions survey. The Internal Revenue Service, which estimates that taxpayers spend about 6.6 billion hours preparing taxes each year, expects to process 130 million federal returns – about half of which are filed at the last minute. At one office on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, a sleepy-eyed receptionist informed a walk-in that new clients would be accepted only to file documents for a tax-deadline extension. An accountant’s office in Sherman Oaks said it was already overburdened with last-minute clients and those with appointments before today’s midnight deadline. Several accountants in the San Fernando Valley also said they could not take time away from the mounds of paperwork for brief interviews. According to the IRS, many taxpayers – including those who earn less than $52,000 annually – are eligible for free online filing for federal taxes, a method of filing that has become increasingly popular. Half of all taxpayers are expected to file their taxes online this year, and an additional third of all taxpayers will use computer software to file. Canter said almost all the returns of his more than 500 individual clients have been filed electronically this year. “No matter what you tell clients and ask them to file early,” Canter said, “there’s always those that wait until the last minute.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It may have been one of the few instances of levity at offices staffed by accountants and tax preparers on April 16 – the day that should have been this year’s deadline for filing federal and state income tax returns because April 15 fell on a Sunday. But as Canter’s client and many others learned Monday, they still had one more day, thanks to District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams. In January, Williams signed a law observing April 16 as a legal holiday commemorating the day in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln signed an order freeing slaves in the nation’s capital. More than eight months later, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery throughout the country. The Emancipation Day closure shut down IRS headquarters and other Washington offices Monday, postponing the deadline until midnight tonight – and effectively adding another long day and night for the Canters and other tax preparers. “This is a hectic time of the year for us,” said Nancy Canter. “But after 37 years (of marriage), I’m used to it. But if I didn’t come in to help out during tax time, I’d never see him.” last_img read more

ALL-IRELAND FINAL SUNDAY: WE HAVE BELIEVED – AND IT’S TIME TO BELIEVE AGAIN

first_imgIt’s time to Believe againIT’S finally here – All-Ireland football finals day.A double Donegal dream on the hallowed turf of Croke Park awaits.Declan Bonner and Jim McGuinness have taken our Minors and our Seniors into a defining double header against the mighty Kingdom. Kerry are the Kings. There is no doubt about that. They have the record and the medals to prove it.That’s why so many pundits and ‘experts’ are backing Kerry to win both games today.But Jim McGuinness told us to Believe.And today we Believe Again that both Jim and Declan can bring Sam and Tom back to the Hills of Donegal. Best wishes to every single member of each squad, the management and backroom staff and to all of their proud families at Croker today.BelieveDonegal – See You In Pettigo. ALL-IRELAND FINAL SUNDAY: WE HAVE BELIEVED – AND IT’S TIME TO BELIEVE AGAIN was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKerrylast_img read more

Runners raise $15,000 for SCV Food Pantry

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The 12th annual Run Against Hunger, held Sunday, raised more than $15,000 for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, a record for the event. Organizers boasted a turnout of 332 runners and walkers. The overall male winner was Dale Hays with a time of 17:04 and the overall female winner was Jessica Gomez with a time of 19:05. The team award for the group with the most participants went to Sierra Vista Junior High, which entered 37 runners. After the 5K race, which started and ended at Newhall Park, news anchor Rick Chambers presented awards to the winning runners in each age category. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The money will help the food pantry and its 60 volunteers who serve 3,400 clients, 50 percent of whom are children. In addition, the pantry also serves an average of 130 senior citizens each month. “Our volunteers are the people who make the pantry and all of our events such as the Run Against Hunger such successes,” executive director Belinda Crawford said. “We are especially grateful to our race coordinators, Laura Morefield, Jan Fear and B.J. Inman. These coordinators and all of the volunteers that work at our events are motivated by the commitment that no child in the Santa Clarita Valley should go to bed hungry.”last_img read more