Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28. General manager Billy Knight said the cause of death was not immediately clear for the 7-foot, 260- pound player. He said Collier had “no issues’ in a preseason physical given to all players. Collier started 44 games last season for Atlanta, averaging 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. With the addition of Zaza Pachulia, Collier was not projected as a starter this season but was viewed as a top backup. In two preseason games, Collier averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jeff Collier told The Associated Press his son died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and did not have any diagnosed health problems apart from his knees. Team spokesman Arthur Triche initially said Collier possibly died of cardiac arrest, but would not provide details. He later said the team was not sure how Collier died. Collier’s agent, Richard Howell, said an autopsy was being performed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Hawks canceled an open scrimmage Saturday, but will play an exhibition game on Monday night at Charlotte. “We are saddened by the news of Jason Collier’s sudden passing,’ NBA commissioner David Stern said. “He epitomized hard work, dedication and perseverance, and more importantly compassion, kindness and selflessness.’ Howell said Collier and his wife of four years ate dinner at a restaurant Friday night and then returned home, where Collier spent time playing with his 1-year-old daughter, Elezan. “He started feeling real bad in the middle of the night,’ said Howell, who spoke with Collier’s wife. “It’s just very sad. I’m totally stunned and devastated.’ Collier was a part-time starting center the last two seasons after playing mostly as a backup in three years at Houston. He began his college career at Indiana before transferring to Georgia Tech.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest ExactEmerge conversion components fit newer 1770NT, 1790 and DB planters John Deere is making it easier for customers with late-model John Deere planters to increase planting speed while improving accuracy and performance with the ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit. This conversion kit provides corn and soybean producers with the latest performance-enhancing ExactEmerge technology that allows them to significantly increase productivity and crop yields through more timely and accurate seed placement.“Producers realize that seed depth accuracy, spacing, and population are critically important. Crop residue management and timely planting also help to achieve maximum yield,” says Adam Sipes, product specialist with John Deere Seeding Group. “By retrofitting their late model John Deere planter with ExactEmerge components, customers can expect up to a 100% increase in planting speed, at least a 10 percent improvement in seed spacing accuracy, and improved performance on side hills, all without impacting depth control.”The ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits are available for model year 2011 and newer 1770NT CCS and 1790 planters as well as model year 2012 and newer DB Series planters. ExactEmerge conversion components includes meter and hopper assemblies, cartridge assemblies, 56v electric drives and row unit controller assemblies, scrapers, cartridge guards, and mounting hardware. Other components include planter controller with SeedStar 3 HP, backbone harness and tractor power generation harnessing, vacuum automation, and curve compensation capability.Kits require the use of tractor power generation and GreenStar 3 2630 Display for full operation. Depending on model of planter and tractor, additional components may be needed to complete the retrofit.“The ExactEmerge technology is revolutionizing the planting industry,” Sipes adds. “The Retrofit Kit now gives more customers the ability to incorporate much of this technology onto their existing late-model planters and gain these improvements for themselves.”For more information on the new ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits for late-model John Deere planters, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Snow potential through TuesdayA major weather change is underway over Ohio today. A cold front is blasting through, and we expect snow in many areas of the state before all is said and done. Snow starts mid to late morning in far western and NW Ohio, and then spreads from there south and east. We begin to see lake effect later this afternoon and then overnight tonight through tomorrow. Liquid equivalent precipitation is not all that impressive today, but we still think we can see a coating to 2 inches of snow over a large part of the state, Snow continues tonight and we see a significant batch of lake enhancement/lake effect in northern areas, where we add an additional several inches. So, that coating to 2 inches holds for today and tomorrow from I-70 south, and then north we can see 1-5 inches, and near the lake totals could be higher. We should see most precipitation done by the end of tomorrow.Precipitation is one story, the brutal cold is the other. Temps are diving today, and will be the coldest tomorrow and Wednesday. we will be anywhere from 25-30 degrees below normal. Strong winds will keep wind chills top of mind too. This is a dramatic change and it will take the rest of the week to try and recover/bounce back from it.We are mostly dry over a large part of the state for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with some sunshine temps starting to moderate slightly by the end of the week. The weekend is partly to mostly sunny and dry too. Then for next week, more of the same. Sunshine and blue sky for Monday and Tuesday, but we may see clouds and a chance for a little light rain or snow next Wednesday. Generally, temps will be the warmest of the next 10 days this Sunday into Monday. This set up likely still allows for some harvest later this coming week and next in areas outside of lake effect snow zones.
SharePrint RelatedPirates Bay – Corfu — Geocache of the WeekAugust 9, 2017In “Community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”New country souvenir, Egypt, with Geocache of the Week: Tauchen im Roten Meer / Diving in the Red SeaApril 17, 2019In “Community” Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/3.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:On December 22, we’ll be celebrating our love for geocaching around the world by releasing six new country souvenirs. One of those countries is Greece. This geocache will take you on a journey to a little-known cove, where you can relax, soak up some sun, and gaze at the awesome new souvenir you just earned.Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.Your new Greece souvenir. What geocachers are saying:“For a milestone, we tend to look for special and great caches. While on a holiday in Corfu, we wanted to make this one our 600th find.” –Anjer291“The entire walk down the mountain graced us with beautiful views of the bay. We even met a snake on our way back, before arriving to the nice little beach.. it didn’t prevent us from swimming there by the way ! 🙂 Thank you very much for this cache and greetings from France!” – SuperMouffette“We spent a wonderful one week holiday in Corfu and we found some nice caches there too. This multicache was the best. Thanks.” – washar Now this is my kind of place to geocache in. Photo by geocacher kubacomGeocache Name:Pirates Bay – Corfu (GC1X5VF) Photos:Not a bad place to take a break, is it? Photo by geocacher CoKaA closer look at the pirate’s cove. Photo by geocacher malin.sedlacekTake a refreshing dip after making the find. Photo by geocacher pädeldreterWhat’s your favorite way to celebrate a successful day of geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More
In a strong indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said that Suresh Kalmadi was appointed the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWG OC) chairman at its behest.In its voluminous 743-page report, the CAG said that the PMO recommended Congress MP Kalmadi for OC chairmanship in 2004, despite serious objections from the then sports minister Sunil Dutt.The PMO’s recommendation facilitated conversion of the originally envisaged government-owned OC into a body outside government control without commensurate accountability and concomitant controls to ensure propriety and transparency despite full financial guarantee and funding from the government.Click here to EnlargeAn unwieldy 400-plus general body of the OC was formed, which was not envisaged in the bid document or the Host City Contract, the report pointed out.Kalmadi was also allowed to run riot by ignoring suggestions for a greater control on the OC’s functioning from another former Union sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and former sports secretary S. K. Arora.Aiyar and Arora’s attempts in 2007 to officially take up the issue of OC’s accountability with the PMO, Group of Ministers and Cabinet Secretariat were resisted by Kalmadi and rendered unfruitful, the report said. The CAG said: “The CWG bid document of May 2003 envisaged the OC as a ‘government-owned registered society’ with the chairman of the OC executive board (EB) being a government appointee and the IOA president being only the EB vice-chairman.”However, in February 2005, the OC was set up as a ‘non-government registered society’ with the IOA president Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of the OC’s EB, the report said.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe change to a ‘non-government registered society’ with Kalmadi as OC chairman was orchestrated through a sequence of events commencing with a document titled ‘an updated bid’ of December 2003. This, the CAG said, had no legal sanctity or relevance and indicated a changed structure.The script of the CWG loot seems similar to the 2G spectrum scam. Besides the principal villains, the PMO and the Union finance ministry’s roles have been suspect in both the scams.The CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, described the sequence of events to indict the PMO. On December 6, 2004, the report said, the PMO issued a communication stating that institutional arrangements had been put in place for the conduct of the CWG, catapulting Kalmadi as the OC chairman.According to the CAG, Manmohan Singh’s office direction was considered and passed by the third GoM on January 29, 2005. The audit body said that in September 2003 the central and Delhi governments decided to host the CWG and bear its financial liability – a decision which was critical to the success of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) bid for Delhi to host the CWG.Kalmadi managed to trick the government by converting the OC into a ‘non-government registered society’ in February 2005 so that he could organise the big ticket sporting event in the manner he liked. Prior to that, as per the CAG report, Kalmadi quietly filed an irrelevant and illegal ‘updated bid’ in December 2003 indicating a change in the OC structure.”This updated bid surfaced only in September 2004, 16 months after the IOA made its bid and 10 months after that bid had already been declared successful,” said the CAG report, pointing to Kalmadi’s ploy.The government woke up late and decided to rein in Kalmadi- led OC in August 2010, only two months before the Games were to start. But its actions were “largely in the nature of fire-fighting measures”, the highly critical report said.The report also indicted the ministries of finance and sports for failing to “exercise necessary due diligence and did not adequately examine and scrutinise the revenue projections or raise red flag on the critical issue at the highest levels of government, specially on the quantum jump in revenue projections from Rs 900 cr to Rs 1,780 cr and chose to go along with the OC’s claims of revenue neutrality”. In reality, the total committed revenue was just Rs 682.06 crore out of which the OC could manage only Rs 173.96 cr.The government also disbanded finance sub- committee of the GoM, which was supposed to clear the Games budget and monitor the spending. This contributed to the piecemeal approach towards cost estimation and budget approval. The Centre was clueless about the cost of hosting the biggest-ever sporting event in the country, the report said.PM is the common factor2G scamA. Raja has claimed that the finance ministry, then headed by incumbent home minister P. Chidambaram, as well as PM Manmohan Singh were kept in the loop about the policy decisions, for which he was now being blamedCWG lootadvertisementThe PMO got Suresh Kalmadi appointed as OC chief despite objections. The CAG has blamed the Centre for not setting up a single point of authority and accountability, showing govt failure.
Story Highlights Deputy Commissioner of the RAD, Andrea Kelly, tells JIS News that the matters are among some 330 backlogged cases spanning several tax categories for sums ranging from $20,000 to $285 million, which the Division is seeking to conclude by the end of May 2019. The Revenue Appeals Division (RAD) in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has shortlisted 156 cases for conclusion under its two-year Appeals Backlog Elimination Project, which commenced on June 1, 2017. Ms. Kelly tells JIS News that 56 of the cases shortlisted under the project are programmed for conclusion during the initiative’s first year, which ends on May 31, 2018. She says the remaining 100 matters are earmarked for disposal over the ensuing year. The Revenue Appeals Division (RAD) in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has shortlisted 156 cases for conclusion under its two-year Appeals Backlog Elimination Project, which commenced on June 1, 2017.Deputy Commissioner of the RAD, Andrea Kelly, tells JIS News that the matters are among some 330 backlogged cases spanning several tax categories for sums ranging from $20,000 to $285 million, which the Division is seeking to conclude by the end of May 2019.They include out-turns for Pay As You Earn (PAYE), income tax, general consumption tax (GCT), stamp duty and transfer tax, and customs duty/value, which have been appealed by taxpayers who were assessed by the principal taxing authorities – Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).These appeal cases are governed by several pieces of legislation, namely, the Customs, General Consumption Tax, Stamp Duty, Transfer Tax, and Income Tax Acts.Ms. Kelly says the 156 cases, equating to approximately $2 billion in revenues, were shortlisted based on the timeline when the matters were accepted as valid appeal cases.She notes that based on the number of “aged” cases, “we recognised that we needed to clear the backlog as quickly as possible, as we felt that it was in the best interest of both the taxpayers as well as the revenue (arrangements)”.Once the cases are concluded, the revenue (authorities) will be able to proceed with collection of the liabilities outstanding, and the taxpayer’s case will be resolved in the fastest time possible.Hence, Ms. Kelly adds, it was decided to implement the tax consultancy project, for which it was determined that all cases received within the Division, four years and older, should be shortlisted for disposal. She points out that the periods of the assessment spanned 1998 to 2012.The Deputy Commissioner says preparations for the project’s implementation entailed the recruitment of four Consultants and a Project Manager. Two of the Consultants and the Manager have been on board since the project commenced.She advises that the RAD is in the process of identifying the other consultants, and anticipates their recruitment by early 2018.Ms. Kelly tells JIS News that 56 of the cases shortlisted under the project are programmed for conclusion during the initiative’s first year, which ends on May 31, 2018. She says the remaining 100 matters are earmarked for disposal over the ensuing year.The Deputy Commissioner assures taxpayers and the revenue authorities that “there are other strategies we are implementing” to resolve the other “old” cases identified, in order to keep current.Ms. Kelly points out that the delay in resolving the cases is attributable to several factors, including shortfalls in the RAD’s full complement of appeals officers.She says that in relation to the appeals officers, while the RAD’s establishment is 12, the complement has, over the years, averaged eight, adding that conversely, there has been an increase in cases the Division has received. An average of 100 cases are received each year.As such, the Deputy Commissioner says the Division is seeking to fill the other four openings, and anticipates that “we should have those persons in place before the end of this fiscal year in March”.She also tells JIS News that the RAD implemented its case management system within the last year, “which should (further) help us to reduce our processing times”.The previous system comprised manual processes, which merely tracked cases received and officers assigned to these matters.Ms. Kelly says work under the project has, at October 31, 2017, resulted in the conclusion of 16 of the 56 cases targeted during the first year, noting that the outcomes of the decisions varied.These included upholding tax authorities’ verdicts in terms of the taxpayers’ liabilities; reductions in the sums deemed payable; decisions being vacated, and one order being referred back to a tax authority for review and issuance of a new decision. The value of the decisions concluded totalled over $124 million.Meanwhile, Ms. Kelly is optimistic that the initial 56 cases can and will be concluded by May 2018. This, she points out, is based on the fact that “we have a number of cases that have already been submitted to the Project Manager for review… so we are on target”.She explains that while the RAD’s Commissioner or her deputies generally presides over hearings, the Project Manager and Consultants have been delegated under the appeals backlog initiative to hear cases.Ms. Kelly points out that the level of cooperation from the appellants has varied, noting that “some have been very cooperative, but some have not”.She says where persons have not complied with requests for information or evidence, “we have utilised and will continue to utilise provisions under the appeal law to resolve their cases”.Noting that the backlog of cases has increased the close-out period for appeals, Ms. Kelly says the RAD is intent on reducing this timeline through the project’s implementation and other strategies to be introduced.“Once we (resolve) the older cases, then our present complement of appeals/technical officers can close-out the other cases so that we can keep current. We want to ensure that the turnaround time is consistent with the international benchmark, which is between six months to one year for closure,” she adds.
This was announced by Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), which is jointly spearheading the project with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams. Story Highlights He indicated that the work, which is about 80 per cent complete, is expected to be concluded in September 2019, adding that “I believe we will all be proud of the building [when] we have done the renovations”. Renovation of the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, now under way, is slated for completion in 2019. Renovation of the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, now under way, is slated for completion in 2019.This was announced by Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), which is jointly spearheading the project with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams.He indicated that the work, which is about 80 per cent complete, is expected to be concluded in September 2019, adding that “I believe we will all be proud of the building [when] we have done the renovations”.He was speaking during the recent launch of the Alpha Mercy Historical Centre project, located on the Alpha Campus at 26 South Camp Road, Kingston.Senator Williams, who is also Kingston’s Mayor, said work carried out on the Theatre, to date, includes the installation of waterproof membrane on the roof; the fitting of countertops and basins in one restroom and four changing rooms; installation of drywall ceiling and sanitary fixtures; and wall repairs.He contended that the historic building, which is a prominent feature in the downtown Kingston redevelopment plan, is a potential tourist attraction that can aid in transforming the nation’s capital into a “destination city” for visitors.The Ward Theatre was presented as a gift to the city in 1912 by then Custos Rotulorum of Kingston, Colonel Charles Ward. The site it occupies in downtown Kingston has been in continuous use as a theatre since the 1770s.Meanwhile, Senator Williams advised that the KSAMC is partnering with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) to restore the clock tower and war memorial in Cross Roads, St. Andrew.He said the KSAMC is seeking funding for the undertaking, which will include renovating the edifice’s exterior and installing paving stones along the area around the tower.The landmark was built to honour the memory of servicemen from Kingston and St. Andrew who fought and died in World War II.Senator Williams argued that the project is significant, in light of the fact that Kingston has a rich history that “is not celebrated”.“We do not see our history permeating our city and that is a problem. Part of instilling pride in our city and our country, and part of creating this destination city, which is part of the vision we have for Kingston, is that we have to [live] our history within our city,” the Mayor said.