Lightning Lily powers home

first_imgLIGHTNING LILY staved off a last-gasp lunge by THORNHILL MISS to land yesterday’s fillies-only Titania Trophy by a half-length, clocking 1:06.3 for five and a half furlongs.Partnered by Oneil Mullings, speedy LIGHTNING LILY chased 9-1 outsider ARTHUR’S DREAM, who got a flying start from the gate to carry the first two furlongs in a split of 23.0 seconds flat.LIGHTNING LILY, the 6-5 favourite, moved up to test ARTHUR’S DREAM three-and-a-half furlongs out, ahead of highly fancied EARTH ANGEL running at odds of 7-2. However, ARTHUR’S DREAM responded by quickening under apprentice Dane Dawkins to carry the field into the final turn.Meanwhile, THORNHILL MISS, who was unable to match the speedsters’ pace down the backstretch, came challenging five wide off the turn with Wesley Henry, hot on the heels of the leaders.Always travelling well, LIGHTNING LILY renewed her challenge to tackle ARTHUR’S DREAM early in the straight and grabbed the lead a furlong out.Ridden out by Mullings, LIGHTNING LILY quickened away nicely, but had to be driven out inside the last half-furlong to stave off THORNHILL MISS, who came with a strong run on the outside, but too late to catch Feanny’s runner.EXPERIENCED HORSESARTHUR’S DREAM stayed on for third ahead of EARTH ANGEL, both running for the second time against experienced horses.Two whopping outsiders, VERY CLASSIC at 15-1 in the opening event and 14-1 shocker, SMASH AMUSEMENT, smashed all Sunrise Pick-6 bets, sending a carry-over of $1,751,870.25 to Tuesday’s Labour Day meet, which has the 1820-metre Mark My Word Trophy for open allowance horses and the 1200-metre Labour Day Trophy as co-features.Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has five runners in the Mark My Word Trophy, including PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who returns to the route circuit for the first time since finishing fourth in last November’s Superstakes.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Wanted: a Jamaica-Windies player, or two

first_img HARD TO SWALLOW LOW ON PRIORITY LIST Although Jamaicans know the reason for the absence of matches, as a Jamaican the situation is hard to swallow, even if Jamaicans understand why Jamaica cannot afford to bid to host the matches. The absence of a Jamaican on the squad to India, however, is a horse of a different colour, and Jamaicans should stop, think, and try to find out why no Jamaican is in the squad. Is it, as some have suggested, that the selectors do not like Jamaicans, or is it that, at this time, no Jamaican is good enough? Apart from the fact the president of the West Indies board, Dave Cameron, is a Jamaican, I do not believe that this so, and I do not believe it is so when I remember that in the recent past three Jamaicans, Jimmy Adams, Walsh, and Gayle, captained the West Indies team, and the times when four or five Jamaicans were in the playing 11. There were also the times when players like a young Headley in 1930, a young and inexperienced Alfred Valentine in 1950, a young and inexperienced Holding in 1975, and when a young and inexperienced Marlon Samuels in 2000, two years after his one first-class match, played his first Test match, at age 19, in Australia. There was also the time, in 1999, when seven Jamaicans were selected to tour New Zealand. For many years, Jamaicans questioned the continued absence of Nikita Miller in the team, but this time they cannot reasonably do so, and certainly not after Jomel Warrican’s recent performance. In three matches against England ‘A’, the left-arm spin bowler claimed 31 wickets, and that could not, or cannot, be scoffed at. No, it is not dislike of Jamaicans and Jamaica or anything like that. Jamaica do not, at this time, really deserve a place on the team, at least not on present performance. The absence of Jamaican cricketers, or the presence of very few, in West Indies teams, and the performance of Jamaica’s teams in regional cricket, is more a reflection of the state of cricket in Jamaica. The governance of Jamaica’s cricket is good, may be very good, as far as the financial and the administrative side of things are concerned. When the West Indies leave for India next month they will do so without a single Jamaican in the touring party. Although this will not be the first time that this has happened in the 90 years of the West Indies in international cricket, it must be of concern, not only to Jamaica but to the entire West Indian cricket community. Jamaica, after all, is not only the most populated member-country of West Indies cricket, and as such is an important, or should be an important part, to cricket in the region, but it has a special place in the history of West Indies cricket. The father of West Indies cricket is George Headley, the first truly great West Indies player, and Headley is followed by the likes of Lawrence Rowe, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, and Christopher Gayle, some of the illustrious names in world cricket. In the early years, it was unthinkable to even contemplate a West Indies team without a Jamaican in it, and later on, the absence of a Jamaican in the team, as happened a few times, was something worth talking about. Today, however, that seems to be the norm, and it is of serious concern to Jamaicans. Even remembering the controversy between the board and some of the players, and despite the appearance of a few in limited-over matches, the last Jamaican, for example, to represent the West Indies in a Test match was Jermaine Blackwood versus Zimbabwe four series ago in 2017. On top of that, and after a record five straight victories in the four-day championship, Jamaica has been doing poorly in regional competitions lately, Jamaican representatives have been negligible in the last two youth World Cup tournaments, matches in Jamaica against top-ranked teams, including England, seem to be a thing of the past, and something as historic as the women’s T20 championship, with the West Indies defending the title and a Jamaican expected to continue as the captain, will not play a single match in Jamaica. The business of cricket, however, appears to be low down on the list of priorities. When it comes to cricket development, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), all the members of the JCA, those who plan the way forward, those who plan the competitions, and those who coach the young players are not doing enough. Although the JCA, to its credit, has started a youth programme in some clubs, it needs to do more work, the kind of work India have done over the years in an effort to produce fast bowlers of quality, the kind of work New Zealand have done over the years to produce real fast bowlers, and the kind of work Afghanistan have done over the years to produce magical wrist spinners. Jamaicans need to change their way of doing things. They need to set goals, to work every day, and not just by having a camp when a tournament is coming around at the end of which they select some players and pronounce that they have selected a good team and that they are going to win, even when it is an age group team, even when they do not know the strength of the competing teams, and come back home with the trophy. On their return home, however, after losing, it is usually, if not always, the same story, or excuse. “Although we were as talented as all the teams, we were not as prepared as the other teams”; “it was a good learning exercise, however”; and “next year, with most of the boys available, we will be prepared and will do better” are some of the usual comments. Apart from the fact that there has hardly been any follow-up, the JCA needs to revisit its top competitions. Playing teams who are not interested in cricket, who disrespect the game, who do not train and practise, who, among other things, fail to field a full team, and get dismissed for a handful of runs in a few overs, time and time again and keep returning season after season, is not only a waste of time, it not only affects the progress of others, but it is also a waste of money. Jamaican administers need a mirror, they need to look into it, and they need to focus on developing cricket and cricketers. Jamaica plays lot of cricket, including cricket in almost all age groups. The JCA, however, needs to look at the cricket it plays, plan properly for development, and while doing so, organise women’s cricket properly so that the women play regularly. Jamaica’s cricketers also need to stop and think, to get jealous of some of the territories, to remember their heritage, and to really train and practise.last_img read more

Stick a card in the meter

first_imgBut that doesn’t mean all meter headaches will be alleviated: The city also will study whether meter rates should be raised in busy areas. “There has not been a rate increase in 17 years for 81 percent of the meters we have,” Greuel said. “It’s time to look at what we’re charging and see if we should be changing rates.” In a May 7 report to the City Council, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation said the steadily aging meters are reaching the end of their usefulness and are underperforming. In the past two years, revenue collected from the meters has dropped about 7 percent, or $1.6 million, according to the report. At the same time, calls to the city’s meter hotline to report problems have risen 50 percent. In a single three-month period, officials also noted that nearly 1,000 meters had to be “re-keyed” after they were broken into. “New meter devices are urgently needed,” wrote Transportation General Manager Gloria Jeff. Los Angeles is not alone. Cities across the country also have been increasingly upgrading their meters. Earlier this year, Redwood City, Calif., announced that it will install multispace meters downtown that run on solar power and allow drivers to pay with coins, bills, credit cards and even a cell phone. In that plan, a single pay-by-space meter is located on a block and motorists enter their parking space number into the meter, along with the amount of time they want to park. In downtown Colorado Springs, drivers can swipe special prepaid cards into meters that allow them to pay only for the time they use. When motorists leave the parking spot, they swipe the card again and the remaining time is put back onto the card. About 850 of the city’s 2,415 meters are set up to use the cards, but officials hope to expand that in the next year. In Los Angeles, the $15 million for the first two years of the five-year meter program would come from the city’s Special Parking Revenue Fund. Greuel said new parking meters can be a key in easing weary motorists’ frustrations. “It also is a matter of getting traffic moving,” Greuel said. “We have studies that show the impact of parking meters on traffic in areas like Westwood Village where people drive around looking for spaces.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But now city officials hope to solve some of those headaches. Under a $15 million program, city officials are hoping to replace Los Angeles’ antiquated parking meters with more theft-resistant, high-tech machines that will take not only coins, but credit cards and debit cards. “This is a matter of public convenience and helping bring in additional revenue to the city,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. The City Council agreed Wednesday to have the Department of Transportation survey firms across the country to assess new meter technologies. Ultimately, the city hopes to find a cutting-edge design to replace all of Los Angeles’ 40,000 parking meters. Parking meters: They’re the bane of motorists everywhere. In traffic-clogged Los Angeles, you can search block after block for an empty parking spot, only to find one and realize you don’t have enough change for the meter. You have plenty of Benjamins and plastic – but the meter takes only coins. Thieves also have found a way to knock off the machines, making off with the nickels, dimes and quarters that drivers have diligently fished out of the recesses of their cars to pump into hungry meters. last_img read more

Four things Spurs need to do to reach the next level

first_imgThis should be a huge boost with fans flooding back to watch their heroes and fully get behind the team, something which has been lacking this season.If the team and supporters settle quickly then the club could get a huge boost next season. In their final season at White Hart Lane where Spurs went unbeaten on home soil in the league it felt like the crowd were sucking the ball into the back of the net and this is needed once more.2. Improve the midfieldThe loss of Mousa Dembele has been huge this season, while injuries have seen Mauricio Pochettino forced, more often than not, to field Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko as a midfield two, with either Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli occasionally dropping deeper to make it a three.If Spurs are to reach another level they need to sign at least one world-class ball progressing midfielder, like Tanguy Ndombele, while if Eriksen is to leave in the summer a creative force is also a must.On top of this, another playmaker would be a wise addition given the lack of competition for Eriksen in recent years. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES “Of course, maybe that is our limit. It’s a little bit sad, but maybe we need to start to think that we need to operate in a different way from the start of next season.“I think we need to find the way to operate that we can provide the club to try to achieve the last step.“I think we are doing a fantastic job in the last four/five years, but I think we need more and still we are not there. The duos’ performances in contrast with how Ricardo Pereira has got on at Leicester City has many supporters raging as they clearly missed out on the better player when they eventually signed Aurier.A replacement at right-back is essential, while the promotion of Kyle Walker-Peters should be considered if both are turfed out by Pochettino.On the opposite flank, Danny Rose is finally getting back to his former self but Ben Davies, at the highest level isn’t good enough as a wing-back. His versatility makes him a great option but the fact he is ineligible for homegrown status in the Champions League means he could be a shock name on the chopping block. 7 Tottenham players looked dejected after their late defeat to Southampton on Saturday Upon having his title upgraded from head coach to manager, Pochettino was handed more control over transfers but right now he seems unable to strike the right balance and a helping hand is needed.Had the club been wiser last summer they would have at least had Jack Grealish on the books and right now it’s hard to argue he wouldn’t have played at least 30 times for the club and allowed players like Harry Winks some vital rest without stretching the squad. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED 3. Upgrade the full-backsAgainst Arsenal, Kieran Trippier was bullied relentlessly by Alex Iwobi and has struggled to find the form which saw him thrill at the World Cup last summer.Team-mate Sissoko has often been tasked with covering the England international so he isn’t so tortured by his opponents, which can leave Spurs light in the middle, which isn’t ideal.Meanwhile, Serge Aurier, Borussia Dortmund performance aside, looks far from the marauding full-back seen at Paris Saint-Germain. Often the Ivorian looks timid going forward and rarely looks to beat a man, which lets Tottenham down in games where they have the majority of possession. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade shining Tottenham Hotspur manager watches his side lose 2-1 to Southampton. Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton has left the club battling to remain in the Premier League’s top four.Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are all now aiming to knock Spurs out of Champions League qualification places. And a frustrated Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the team may now be at their maximum capacity and need to reach another level next season.Reacting to the defeat, Pochettino told talkSPORT’s Alex Crook: “It’s a difficult thing, we are talking about the last nearly five years to change a mentality.“That is a clear example that we are still not mature enough.“When you talk a lot and when you find a lot of solution, it’s only one way, it’s to try to change, making different decisions that’s from the past. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY The new stadium could well be opened soon “If we want to put the club in the last step like the people is talking, it’s of course that we need to find a way to try to provide the club the style that is going to make us to be better.”But if Tottenham are to reach another level, what needs to happen at the club? takes a look.1. Get settled in the new stadiumAfter more than a year-and-a-half away from White Hart Lane, the fans and players became far too fatigued.Even season ticket holders stopped going to Wembley with the extra travel and the lack of atmosphere taking the fun out of seeing Spurs play.If their new arena gets through the two planned test events they will play their last five home matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – or whatever the new name will be. BEST OF Former Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli 7 Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen could be on the move. 7 Kieran Trippier scored an embarrassing own goal against Chelsea and his been poor for most of the season no dice @Lilywhite_Rose REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE MONEY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 7 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow 7 Ben Davies could be a casualty in any Pochettino overhaul 4. Appoint a sporting directorAcross the years, Tottenham have had numerous sporting directors, technical directors, chief scouts and head of football operations with Frank Arnesen, Damien Comolli, Franco Baldini, and Paul Mitchell being the most remembered.Without one currently, Spurs appear to be struggling to identify key signings and if they are to be more focused this summer and in the future employing a new one should be considered. 7 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 7last_img read more

Bernardo Silva and Aguero benched: Everton vs Man City live on talkSPORT

first_img Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more BIG PRESENTS UP TOP The form book says Man City should cruise to victory at Everton latest appointed What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas An action-packed GameDay on talkSPORT concludes when Premier League champions Manchester City face struggling Everton at Goodison Park.After bringing you live commentary of Sheffield United vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Brighton, we will head to Merseyside for a game which could have huge implications. statement What’s the last thing you want when you’re under pressure and struggling for results? A visit from the champions in front of your home crowd.Despite not facing any of the established top six in their opening six fixtures, Everton find themselves 14th in the table following back-to-back defeats.Man City, on the other hand, thrashed Watford 8-0 in their last Premier League outing and they’ll be keen to stay within touching distance of league leaders Liverpool, following their lunch-time win at Bramall Lane.Toffees boss Marco Silva may begin to fear for his job if his side lose again, especially after such a humiliating defeat to newly-promoted Sheffield United at Goodison Park last weekend. on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff targets center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 1 rookie error stalemate Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:40Loaded: 6.20%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Everton vs Man City: How to listenOur coverage will begin on talkSPORT at 5.15pm before the match kicks off at 5.30pm.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Everton vs Man City: Team newsThe big news sees Bernardo Silva drop to the bench despite scoring a hat-trick against Watford in their last Premier League outing.Riyad Mahrez starts instead of the Portugal international.Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus has been given the nod ahead of hotshot Sergio Aguero. Fernandinho plays at centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi.As for Everton, they have made two changes from their defeat last weekend.Theo Walcott and Dominic Calvert-Lewin come in for Bernard and Moise Kean.Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Schneiderlin, Delph, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-LewinSubs: Lossl, Holgate, Tosun, Iwobi, Sidibe, Davies, KeanManchester City: Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, JesusSubs: Bravo, Aguero, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Mendy, Cancelo, Foden Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Raheem Sterling on same level as Messi and Ronaldo, says Trevor Sinclairlast_img read more

SA’s youth can beat drugs

first_imgYoung Jarred Gaskin succumbed to the lure of drugs, and wasted an opportunity to make a name for himself in football. “Don’t try it at all,” he said. Crystal Davids, 18, chose to study law because of the job opportunities it has to offer and because it can make a positive impact on society.(Images: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Counselling and Careers Development  Unit, Wits University  +27 11 717 9140/32• Sanca  South African National Council on  Alcoholism and Drug Dependence  086 14 72622 (toll-free)• Linda Mbongwa  Media liaison officer  National Youth Development Agency  +27 11 651 7053 or +27 82 315 3217 RELATED ARTICLES • Daniel Duda’s success story • Keep our youth drug-free • Protect and support each other • Youth Day to mark student protests • Young people: own your destinyShamin ChibbaSouth African Jarred Gaskin was 17 years old when he was chosen to play for Arsenal Football Club’s youth team in England. He returned to his home in Johannesburg and was given two months to apply for British citizenship, which would allow him to play there.But within that two months, Gaskin got involved with bad company and became hooked on crystal methamphetamine, or meth as it is colloquially known – a highly addictive man-made drug that elicits a strong bout of energy. As a result, he threw a promising football career away.Gaskin’s misfortune is testament to the modern-day youth’s struggle against drugs. And though the problem seems to be escalating, some young people say it can be beaten. Boipelo Masidi, a third-year architecture student at Wits University, said the first time she was exposed to drugs was when she left her home in Potchefstroom and moved to Johannesburg. “I have been offered cocaine. And the people who offer you are young and I know they are students because I see them around campus.”Unlike generations past, who had to deal with racial discrimination and political upheavals, those born after apartheid face a new kind of struggle against poverty and high levels of unemployment, which in turn leads to substance abuse. “We are dealing with trying to find economic freedom. Drugs are part of that struggle,” said Masidi.Aidan van Staden, a screen acting student at Afda Film School and a born-free South African (born after 1994), said drugs are more reachable because youth his age have easier access to transport and various means of mobile communications. However, Van Staden thought exposure to drugs will allow one to make an educated decision on whether to dabble in them or not. “With that knowledge you will know how to deal with it and make the right choice.”For a few, drugs have become less taboo. Jessica Elonga, 20, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but has lived in South Africa for the last six years, believes society has accepted drug use as part of growing up as a teenager. “It depends on your environment. Those who are not protected from the world grow up automatically thinking it is normal for you to [take drugs].” Drug use a “passing phase”Gaskin still harbours regret for becoming addicted to a drug he knew would turn his life upside down. He weighed 97 kilograms during his football playing days. In the two months he used meth, he lost 19 kilograms. “It really is not worth it. You will say you only want to try it once but the feeling is addictive and it will mess up your life.”At the time, Gaskin was influenced by peers who were eight years older than he was. Meth, he explained, boosts energy levels. But the come-downs often lead to depression and irritability. To keep the euphoric feeling, Gaskin always searched for more. “This was near the end of last year, during my matric finals. My marks could have been better.”Gaskin cleaned himself up after his father caught him taking meth. He now gets tested every Friday. Today, the 19-year-old works for a motor insurance company in Johannesburg and will study financial management next year.He offered a solution to youth who have not been exposed to drugs. “Just don’t try it at all. And for those who are addicted; go for rehabilitation.”Masidi is hopeful that drug abuse is a passing phase for her generation and that they can overcome it. If one is looking to get away from drugs, she said they should start by telling their parents about it and make them understand why they were using it. “The first step is recognising that you have a problem.” Masidi added that students, particularly at Wits University, can consult the Counselling and Careers Development Unit, which helps drug users beat their problem. “There is no reason to say you are stuck in a situation because there is a lot of help out there.”Twenty-year-old Angela Mchunu suggested that young adults who have drug problems should keep away from bad company and, instead, surround themselves with people who can influence them positively. “If you are in it already, it is hard to say no [to drugs].”Law student Crystal Davids, 18, thought people take drugs because they cannot handle the pressures of life. “They take the easy way out.” Davids grew up in Eldorado Park in the south of Johannesburg, where the drug epidemic has recently reached a tipping point. With the help of police and with support from the highest levels of government, the community is currently on a major drive to root out drug dealers.Taksheeta Pursooth, a human physiology student from Mayfair in Johannesburg, said drugs affect both the user and the loved ones around them. “It does affect you emotionally especially if the person is close to you.” She added that some young men and women in her community have lost their lives to drugs and alcohol. However, Pursooth accepted that such social problems have always existed and will not go away any time soon – they can only be lessened. South Africa’s youth “ready to lead because they are ready to listen”South Africa’s young men and women will inherit the country in coming years. Some of them will become the chief executives of major corporations, others will become political leaders of South Africa. And they truly believe they are prepared to take on that responsibility.For too long, Mchunu said, her generation had been portrayed in a negative light, which she believed is not entirely true. “There are people who are striving for greater things and who can turn this country around for the better.”Van Staden said his age group has aspirations and knows exactly where they want to go. “I see a lot of people my age as educated, focused and broadminded. They are ready to lead because they are ready to listen.” He felt the country that today’s young people will inherit would still have its problems, which are merely opportunities to learn and grow. A mechanical engineering student, who wished to remain anonymous, said his generation will be one of the best the country would have produced. “There are lots of people out there who are motivated. We want to do major things, make lots of money, be very influential people and change the world. In my school we all left saying we going to be big in whatever we are going to do. We were sure of that.”He added that once his generation lead the country, South Africa will begin to grow properly. “These are the people who are awakened to the possibilities and what South Africa can be.”For Davids, people her age are taking life more seriously and have become wiser. Indeed, Davids is the embodiment of her words. She chose to study law because of the job opportunities it has to offer and because it can make a positive impact on society. Youth more open-mindedGaskin said the way South Africans co-operate is “spectacular”. “We had a problem where everyone was segregated and now we have come together. I see that racism is not a problem any longer.”The exposure to various cultures and beliefs have shaped the born-free generation into a more liberal and tolerant group. Van Staden put it eloquently, saying his exposure to people from various backgrounds revealed to him different thoughts and beliefs. “I have learnt about the respect family members have for each other in Muslim households. There are not many arguments and they treat the family as a team.”Mchunu said that South Africans are becoming more liberal, having already accepted interracial and gay marriage.Pursooth does not think she will be able to adapt to another country’s cultural norms after living in South Africa’s open society. “South Africans are so familiar with diversity. We are taught in our homes how different cultures are and we try to understand it a bit better.”last_img read more

Cloud Computing: The Cloud is Steaming with Hype

first_imgHow many companies are actually using Cloud Computing?  It depends who you ask.   CA Associates did a survey that said that 93 percent of companies are using at least one cloud-based application now, and many companies have six or more in use.  That’s in stark contrast with the results of a survey by SWC Technology Partners.The SWC survey found that only 3.7 percent of companies are using cloud computing.   54.2 percent said that they have no interest in the cloud.  The issues of security and cost are what are keeping those companies from pursuing the cloud.  How can the results of the two surveys be so skewed from each other?  One reason is location.  The companies in the SWC survey were located in the middle United States, primarily in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.  Those low numbers might just be an indicator that the hype of the cloud hasn’t yet reached companies  in locations that are far removed from the high-tech cultures of the two coasts.   Of those few companies in the SWC survey that were using cloud services, 65 percent use Microsoft’s Exchange Online, 48 percent use Microsoft SharePoint Online and 24 percent use Google Apps.While medium-sized midwest companies may not have much interest in the cloud, that’s not to say that they don’t value IT.   88% of these companies have a “strategic” perception of IT, and their optimism in IT tended to correlate with optimism for the  outlook of their company business.   Elliott Baretz, Vice President of SWC, said that “a strong business needs to remain focused on what gives it a competitive advantage.   I think that this is why we saw such a strong correlation between today’s thriving respondents and how they value technology. In today’s economy, understanding the value of technology is a prerequisite to success.”Baretz goes on to say that “the technology industry can be rife with hype.  As professionals in this space we have to look past the rhetoric and analyze our options in an objective manner. The survey is telling us that Cloud Computing is an option and not just ‘the’ answer.”last_img read more

New Jersey ~ Personal Income Tax: Guidance on Gambling Winnings or Losses Clarified

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportOn August 2, 2016, the New Jersey Division of Taxation reissued TB-20-R, which it had recently updated on July 14, 2016. (TAXDAY, 2016/07/18, S.12). TB-20-R addresses the personal income tax treatment of gambling winnings or losses and includes the withholding rates on lottery payouts made by the New Jersey State Lottery on and after July 1, 2016. The revision to TB-20-R clarifies that once it is determined that a New Jersey State Lottery prize is taxable, i.e. over $10,000, the entire amount of the payout is subject to withholding, not just the amount in excess of $10,000. The taxability of the winnings is determined by the amount of the prize, but the rate of withholding is determined by the amount of the payout. The notice also includes the previously reported information on the personal income tax treatment of nonresidents’ gambling winnings from New Jersey sources, withholding information for gambling winnings paid by the New Jersey Lottery, and information on estimated payments including:Nonresidents’ gambling winnings from New Jersey sources are subject to New Jersey’s gross (personal) income tax in the same manner as the winning of residents. So for both residents and nonresidents the prize amount (over $10,000) is the determining factor of taxability, rather than the total amount of lottery winnings over the year.Income received by nonresidents from lottery or wagering transactions in New Jersey is income earned, received or acquired from sources in New Jersey and subject to New Jersey’s gross income tax. Examples of taxable income include winnings from casino betting and wagering, New Jersey Lottery winnings on prize amounts exceeding $10,000, winnings from slot machines, raffles, and bingo games. Nonresidents can only offset gambling winnings from New Jersey sources by gambling losses incurred in New Jersey during the same tax period.Taxpayers who receive taxable income that is not subject to withholding, or who believe that they will not have enough withholding to cover their New Jersey gross income tax lability, to make estimated income tax payments. A failure to make the required estimated tax payments can result in the assessment of penalty and interest.Technical Bulletin TB-20-R, New Jersey Division of Taxation, August 2, 2016, ¶401-978last_img read more