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Live NBA Finals updates: Poised Raptors stun Warriors in Game 4

first_imgJoin us Friday at 6 p.m. and then scroll down this story for live scoring, news and in-game analysis as the Warriors look to even the NBA Finals in Game 4 at Oracle Arena.The Warriors’ chances of tying the series at 2-2 improve a lot with Klay Thompson returning from a strained left hamstring that knocked him out of the end of Game 2 and all of Game 3. In addition, Kevon Looney (fractured costal … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img

Gordhan issues warning to tax dodgers

first_img3 April 2012 While South Africa’s overall tax compliance has improved, certain sectors of the economy are taking advantage of loopholes to default on their payments – but will soon find their loopholes closing, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The government will soon implement stringent measures to clamp down on tax defaulters, Gordhan said during the launch of the South African Revenue Service’s compliance programme in Pretoria on Sunday.Gordhan said that although overall tax compliance had improved, the trends required constant monitoring.“Sars will continue to widen the base of people who are within the tax bracket through constant innovations to ensure that all who should be part of the tax system are part of it,” he said.“Research has identified particular areas in our economy and in our tax system posing higher risks of non-compliance,” he said.“This year Sars will increase its efforts to create a climate that is increasingly conducive to full compliance by all taxpayers,” he said.Construction industry in the spotlightAttention will be directed towards the construction industry, “a sector which has significantly low levels of compliance than other sectors of the economy,” said Gordhan.Construction companies which receive government tenders would be at the center of the purge.“I think we need to take a much harder line. This is not just formal business, these are people who benefit by over-charging government through the inflation of invoice prices – let’s call them beneficiaries and culprits – they must now be brought to book.”“I am sure there are many candidates of these activities who do not appear on the tax radar. Sars has been instructed to ensure that they must start holding these characters to account,” said Gordhan.Trusts system ‘being abused by wealthy individuals’He said a formidable team of experts would be set up to review the trusts system, which Gordhan said was being abused by “wealthy South Africans” without declaring appropriate tax remittances.He said over the past 18 years Sars has made “tremendous progress” in raising the levels of tax compliance in the country by broadening the tax base.“The number of registered individual taxpayers increased from 1.7-million in 1994 to more than 6-million in 2009/10. This number doubled following policy changes which required the registration of all formally employed individuals in 2011,” said Gordhan.The February budget set Sars a revenue target of R738.7-billion. Against this target, Sars collected R742.7-billion, which is R4-billion more than the revised revenue estimate in the 2012 budget.Gordhan said millions of South Africans who are not formally employed or registered for income tax contributed to the fiscus by paying Value Added Tax, excise duties and the fuel levy.‘Talk to us before we talk to you’Both small and major players in the construction industry were among the major tax defaulters, said Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula.“Those people who are not compliant, we know who these people are [and are] going to do something about it,” he said.“The message today is: talk to us before we talk to you. If we call you, be assured that you will pay the penalties,” said Magashula.He said through close co-operation with international partners, Sars will be tightening the rope on those individuals who had not been paying tax or declaring their benefits from the trusts system.“For these wealthy individuals, we are going to start now. We will be collaborating with many tax jurisdictions around the world to get information of all the offshore trusts that wealthy individuals have,” he said.“We know of certain tax havens that are popular amongst wealthy South Africans. We have already signed lots of double taxation agreements and tax information exchanges that will give us a full view of these individuals,” said Magashula.The compliance project would also seek to arrest the widespread proliferation of unlawful cigarettes in the country through tightening the cigarettes manufacturing licences.Sapalast_img read more

South African animation awarded at prestigious festival

first_imgStick Man is the story of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas. (Image: Triggerfish)A South African animation company has won a top prize for a TV production at a premier animation festival.Stick Man won a Le Cristal d’Annecy award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. The short animation is a collaboration between South African animation studio Triggerfish’s and UK-based Magic Light PicturesThis is not the company’s first award. It recently received accolades at the BANFF World Media Festival, the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, and two British Animation Awards.Previous Le Cristalwinners include the films Room on the Broom, The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and Peppa Pig.Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest was delighted with the recognition, saying “this was Africa’s strongest showing at Annecy yet. In addition to Stick Man winning the TV category, our collaborator Clea Mallinson won the Animation du Monde pitching forum for her short film Fairy Wheels.”Other African winners this year included South African Naomi van Niekerk’s stop-motion animation short, ‘n Gewone Blou Maandagoggend. It won the Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film in the short film category.Adama, a film set in West Africa, won the André-Martin Award for a French-language feature film.Forrest said: “We also had a great response to the four TV series we’re developing from last year’s pan-African Triggerfish Story Lab, so it is an exciting time for African animation.”About Stick ManStick Man is based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s picture book about a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas.The 26-minute film was directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert and South African Daniel Snaddon.“I’m so proud of the team who went beyond the call of duty to bring Stick Man to life, thanks to Jeroen for bringing out the best in us,” said Snaddon.Watch the trailer:The film features an all-star voice cast that includes Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville from Downtown Abbey and comedienne Jennifer Saunders.The film was shown on the BBC during Christmas 2015 and was watched by over 10-million viewers.Co-producers, Magic Light Pictures is an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and International Emmy winning production company.Triggerfish’s next project is another collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, and will be Christmas special for the BBC based on Roald Dahl’s popular Revolting Rhymes books.Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister of arts and culture, congratulated Triggerfish on Twitter:Congratulations to Triggerfish Animation Cape Town, for winning the overall Cristal for best TV production at the Annecy/MIFA awards.— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) June 20, 2016last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 2, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today looks very similar to yesterday. The setup is the same. Strong southwest winds bring temps to above normal levels. Low humidity will bring more drying. This will be the last dry day before our front arrives.We are leaving our forecast for tomorrow and Thursday entirely unchanged. Rain starts around mid to late morning tomorrow morning as an approaching cold front works into Illinois. However, the front is relatively slow moving, as it still has a couple of pulses of low pressure to move up it through Friday. Scattered showers hold through the rest of tomorrow afternoon and Friday. The best chance for stronger rain and thunderstorms will be overnight tomorrow night, but the threat is minimal at this time. We are putting rain totals at .1”-.9” with coverage at 90%. Thunderstorms look to stay mostly farther north and west up into the thumb of Michigan. We won’t rule them out down in northern Ohio, but think the threat is low. Really, this will be a pretty good rain event, with most of the state falling in the half to 1 inch range. The map above shows rain potential through Saturday morning.We are dry Friday overnight and Saturday. Clouds and a little moisture are back on Sunday, particularly in the afternoon. WE will keep an eye out for a few hundredths to a tenth or two over Ohio on Sunday, and potentially we see coverage at 70%. We are still not convinced this is a good disturbance to watch, but it has been pretty resilient over the past few model runs, so we are opening the door for some action.We are dry again for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and the first part of Thursday. That dry stretch is why it we are very interested in the potential of rain on Sunday…because if we happen to miss it, we should get another field work window!Rain is back for next Thursday afternoon (the 10th) and we see on and off moisture holding through the 13th. That multi day event can bring combined rain totals of half to 1.5” with 90% coverage. As that circulation moves off to the east, we see the remainder of the 11-16 day period mostly dry, as high pressure parks right over the Great Lakes. Temperatures still look to be early normal to slightly below normal under that high.last_img read more

München-Venedig / Munich-Venice / Monaco-Venezia – Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Bavaria, GermanyN 48° 08.157′ E 011° 34.233′ Multi-CacheGC1FPN1by DerPate <> As the name suggests, München-Venedig / Munich-Venice / Monaco-Venezia takes you on a journey that starts at the Marienplatz in Munich and ends at St. Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. It follows a route which is one of the most popular long-distance hiking routes in Europe, referred to as “Traumpfad München-Venedig”.At each stage, you must find a clue that gives you information about the final coordinates of the cache. Make sure to be thorough, as it would be a shame to walk this far and then not find the actual cache!The hike takes you from the Bavarian lowlands across the Alps, through Austria, and into Italy. Along the way, you will experience the beauty of the Alps in all its facets, from lush rolling hills to breathtaking mountain passes and traditional lodges. Stage 16 on the way to Boèhütte is when you reach the highest point of the hike (1804 mi / 2904 m). Stage 22 is the most challenging part of the trek which requires climbing experience to cross the Klettersteig (equipment can be rented on site). But for those who feel less adventurous, there is a bus that will take you to Rif. 7° Alpini, the start of the next stage.From here on out, your journey takes you into the countryside of northern Italy. The remaining stages of the Multi let you focus on enjoying the landscape, fed by the Mediterranean Sea. This is only a glimpse of the sights leading up to your arrival in picturesque Venice and your well earned reward of finding the cache. In the 10 years since publication, this regular-sized cache has amassed 105 finds, 96 Favorite points, and nearly 2,000 images! Would you make the journey? Difficulty:2Terrain:4center_img Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Geocaching comes in many forms and shapes. Sometimes it is a quick park and grab, sometimes it is a nice hike through the forest, and sometimes it comes in the form of a 28 stage Multi-Cache that takes you on a trek across three countries. If the line “But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more” appeals to you, this is the cache for you (though the actual distance is “only” 350 mi / 563 km). SharePrint RelatedDeath in Venice — Geocache of the WeekMarch 1, 2017In “Community”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”Line of Sight — In the Distance (GC4JZTK) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

London Olympics: Indian women’s archery team knocked out of Games

first_imgThe Indian women’s archery team was off target in crunch situations as it lost to Denmark by a point in a see-saw pre-quarterfinal battle at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Sunday.[blurb} The trio of world number one Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro lost 210-211 to the Danish team, comprising Louise Laursen, Maja Jager and Carina Christiansen.Even though the Indians hit more perfect 10s than their rivals, the Danish saved their best for key moments in which the Indians seemed to wilt under pressure.The Danes hit the bulls’ eye thrice compared to just once by the Indians, who were hampered by Deepika’s indifferent form.Bombayla, however, seemed in good touch and kept the team in the hunt till the end, getting most of the 10s- including 3 in a row, but Swuro fired a poor 5 and then a 6 to let the team down.The Indians managed to win the first and the last sets, but the Danes held the overall lead.Earlier, the men’s team had crashed out at the pre-quarterfinal stage on Saturday after losing to Japan.The archers now have to look forward to the individual events starting on Monday.last_img read more