Witholding tax could shake confidence

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Auckland early education manager warns small centres ‘dying breed’

first_imgStuff co.nz 27 August 2017Family First Comment: “happy second-homes for kids”? Dream on! “The number of centres licensed for more than 100 children has doubled in five years, from 80 to 159, with two-thirds of the bigger centres in Auckland. It comes after a 2011 law change allowed for childcare centres to license for 150 children, up from the previous 50.” And they worry about overcrowding in chicken-houses!!Mega-childcare centres boasting rolls of 150 children are popping up across the country in record numbers.A childcare expert warns the rise of super-centres is creating a generation of “assembly-line children” who are at greater risk of long-term harm.However, not everyone in the industry is convinced of a problem and say big centres are a financial reality and provide happy second-homes to children.The latest Ministry of Education figures reveal more centres than ever are opening with licenses for 100 to 150 children.The number of centres licensed for more than 100 children has doubled in five years, from 80 to 159, with two-thirds of the bigger centres in Auckland.It comes after a 2011 law change allowed for childcare centres to license for 150 children, up from the previous 50.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/95872621/Auckland-early-education-manager-warns-small-centres-dying-breed?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

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Brookville Aquatic Center fundraiser announced

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Brookville American Legion will hold a delicious fundraiser for the new aquatic center.Friday, May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. chicken and pork chop dinners with fries and cole slaw will be offered.The Brookville American Legion is donating all the food and supplies for the event.last_img

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Andy Ruiz Jr plans Kownacki, Arreola fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Joshua: Why I visited Nigeria as non-champion Joshua resumes training for Pulev WBA Champion Charr to hold Ruiz Jr talks Andy Ruiz Jr is set for a summer return to the ring and will face either Adam Kownacki or Chris Arreola, according to reports. The 30-year-old Mexican-American scored a shock seventh-round knockout victory over Anthony Joshua in June to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight championships. His reign was short-lived though, with Joshua besting him on points in an immediate rematch in December. But by his own admission, Ruiz was underprepared for the fight, failed to train properly and came in at his highest weight in a decade at 283.5 pounds. Last week Ruiz said he was ready to fight Tyson Fury after the Gypsy King claimed the WBC heavyweight title with victory over Deontay Wilder late last month. But according to The Athletic, it is Kownacki and Arreola who are in the frame for Ruiz’s planned August return. The 30-year-old Kownacki 20-0 (15) is expected to keep his undefeated record intact when he clashes with Finland’s Robert Helenius 29-3 (18) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Arreola 38-6-1 (33), who is about to turn 39, engaged in an entertaining back-and-forth brawl with Kownacki back in August. The veteran has not been in action since. Ruiz 33-2 (22) will be preparing for his comeback with a new trainer after parting ways with Manny Robles following his defeat to Joshua. “Andy was just doing whatever the hell he wanted to do. The dad, obviously with him being the manager, he just had no control over his son. None of us had control of him, for that matter,” Robles said in January. “So I just saw it coming, it wasn’t going to work because he wasn’t listening. He’s not listening to me, he’s not listening to his dad, he’s not listening to anybody. He said it himself after the press conference. “Fortunately for me, Andy took the blame on himself and didn’t sit there like a majority of fighters and blame the coach.”— Tags: Adam KownackiAndy Ruiz JrChris Arreolalast_img read more

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Boom time for Marnane

first_img “He’s in great nick and we think he’s improving. He ran very well the last day and he’s holding his form very well,” he said. “We’re hoping the rain stays away. That’s the only problem. I’d want good ground. I’m hoping it stays dry.” Great White Eagle’s trainer Aidan O’Brien relies on Guerre, winner of his only start over the course and distance just two weeks ago. “He should have learned from it and we’re happy with him. This race will tell us more about what targets there might be for him,” O’Brien said on www.coolmore.com. David Wachman’s Pleasant Bay was fourth behind stablemate Come To Heel in the Listed Irish Field Curragh Stakes at the County Kildare venue over the minimum trip in August, when Boom The Groom was third. Jim Bolger is responsible for two of the eight runners in the shape of newcomer Flight Risk and the experienced Freedom Square. Eddie Lynam runs Monsieur Power, who was third to Freedom Square on his only run so far at the Curragh in June. Paul Deegan steps Shining Emerald up in class after the Clodovil colt took a seven-furlong maiden at Listowel by 16 lengths recently, while Sheila Lavery’s filly Lady Ultra is a nursery winner at this track. David Marnane is praying the rain stays away ahead of Boom The Groom’s run in the Anglesey Lodge Equine Blenheim Stakes at the Curragh. The County Tipperary trainer reports the Kodiac colt to be in fine shape after his latest start when he was fourth to the odds-on Great White Eagle in the Group Three Round Tower Stakes over this course and distance four weeks ago. However, Marnane would like conditions to remain on the good side. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gunners fire as City are stunned

first_img Press Association Arsenal’s victory put aside their well-documented recent struggles against top-four opponents and considerably enhanced their prospects of finishing in the Champions League positions this term. The Gunners were thrashed 6-3 in the corresponding fixture last season and the odds again seemed against them as Aguero and Vincent Kompany returned to the City starting line-up. But Aguero, who played up front alone in the first half, had a quiet game and City struggled to get anything going even though they dominated possession. Arsenal looked the more incisive at times and fit-again captain Kompany was made to look rusty. Kompany’s defensive partner Martin Demichelis also had some moments of uncertainty and Arsenal went close to taking the lead from one of them. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seized on a weak Demichelis header and burst down the right before whipping in an inviting cross for Giroud but the Frenchman glanced his header wide. The Gunners broke through five minutes later as Nacho Monreal attempted to play a one-two with Giroud and was impeded by Kompany as he continued his run into the box. The Spaniard may have gone to ground easily but referee Mike Dean was in no doubt about the contact and Cazorla took full advantage from the spot. Cazorla converted a 24th-minute penalty and Giroud headed home from a set-piece with 67 minutes gone to put a dent in City’s Barclays Premier League title defence. City, despite the return of Sergio Aguero, created little in what was a generally dull game and the result left them five points behind leaders Chelsea with a trip to Stamford Bridge to come in a fortnight. City were unable to muster a dangerous response despite controlling plenty of the ball. One good Pablo Zabaleta break yielded nothing and Aguero was off-target with a header from a James Milner cross. Kompany’s frustrating afternoon continued as he was booked for a heavy challenge on Giroud. City boss Manuel Pellegrini reverted to his default 4-4-2 set-up after the break as Stevan Jovetic replaced Milner and moved alongside Aguero. The change of approach initially appeared to work and Aguero had their first serious shot with an effort that deflected wide. Jesus Navas was the first to test David Ospina, the deputy keeper again preferred to Wojciech Szczesny, with a powerful effort that was parried away. But the game also opened up and Sanchez curled an effort across goal after turning Zabaleta out wide. Dean then overlooked two possible fouls on the edge of the City area as a chance opened up for Aaron Ramsey on his return to the side but the Welshman shot over. City produced another good move but Laurent Koscielny made a vital interception as Navas fired a cross in Aguero’s direction. Arsenal applied the killer touch after 67 minutes after Sanchez was fouled by Jovetic. Cazorla clipped a free-kick into the area and Giroud reacted quickest, losing his marker Fernando to head home in simple fashion. It was not dissimilar to an Everton equaliser which also cost City points last week and the defending of set-pieces could be a concern. Sanchez threatened another with a powerful strike from the edge of the area but Joe Hart saved well. City tried to hit back and Monreal cleared unconvincingly over his own bar but the hosts did not consistently trouble their visitors. Arsenal efficiently and professionally played out the remainder of the game as City, despite the introduction of Frank Lampard, lacked inspiration. As in previous years, it appeared the absence of Yaya Toure due to the African Nations Cup had proved costly and City will be anxious to raise their levels when they face Chelsea. Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud struck in each half as Arsenal stunned lacklustre champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.last_img read more

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What Syracuse Football’s depth chart means entering Week 1

first_imgHere’s a look at what some of the chart means going into the Orange’s season-opener Friday night against Central Connecticut State in the Carrier Dome.QuarterbackThis is Eric Dungey’s offense and that was never in question, but his concussion history and tendency to extend plays out of the pocket made the battle for the second-string spot a storyline in camp. Senior Zach Mahoney won the job over true freshman Tommy DeVito, a four-star recruit and Elite Eleven quarterback. Mahoney, originally a walk-on after a season in junior college, has started seven career games including the final three of 2016.Head coach Dino Babers said last week that should Dungey go down, the quarterback that puts the team in the best position to win would play. “Burning” DeVito’s redshirt year wasn’t a concern if he would be the best option. It will be interesting to see if things change should Dungey suffer an injury early in the season.Wide Receiver 2Redshirt junior Jamal Custis earned the other outside spot opposite senior receiver Steve Ishmael.Custis redshirted last season after a high ankle sprain sidelined him early on, so this will be the first look at him in Babers’ offense. Someone will have to step up to replace Amba Etta-Tawo’s 94 receptions from 2016. Custis gets the first crack at being the guy. At 6-foot-5, he figures to be a solid option in the red zone.Custis took the job over sophomore Devin C. Butler, who missed the second half of last season because of injury and recorded two catches in limited action before that. He played some running back in spring practice.Nose TackleIn somewhat of a surprise, redshirt junior Kayton Samuels will start instead of sophomore McKinley Williams. Babers didn’t go into much detail regarding his thought-process behind the choice, but said Samuels had a strong camp. Samuels played in 10 games last season and started five, while Williams started one but played in all 12.CornerbackSU had a lot of options here, some more experienced and some young. Two sophomores, redshirt Christopher Frederick and Scoop Bradshaw, earned the starting nods. Graduate transfer Jordan Martin was expected to compete for a spot but moved to safety during camp.Frederick, now wearing No. 3, started the second half of last year and tallied 22 tackles. Bradshaw’s contributions as a true freshman last year were mostly on special teams.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerPunt ReturnStarting free safety Antwan Cordy was listed as the only option. Cordy, a redshirt junior, suffered a forearm injury Week 3 against Louisville and missed the rest of the 2016 campaign.Cordy’s athleticism — he’s totaled 13 tackles for loss in his career — will help him in this role. His importance to the defense adds a wrinkle of intrigue to the decision to put him out in the open field.LinebackerNo surprise here in that seniors Parris Bennett, Zaire Franklin and Jonathan Thomas will start, but it’s worth keeping an eye on how SU will try to get snaps for the rest of the unit. Graduate transfer Austin Valdez put up big numbers in 2015 under Babers at Bowling Green, and he’s behind Franklin at middle linebacker. Kielan Whitner, second on the strong side after Thomas, has converted from safety and could be especially useful in coverage situations.The story has been updated with appropriate style.  Comments UPDATED: Aug. 28, 2017 at 5:35 p.m.Syracuse football on Monday released its Week 1 depth chart, offering the first look at how position battles played out in preseason camp. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on August 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

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30-year-old dead after being crushed by elevator

first_imgA 30-year-old man has lost his life after he was crushed by an elevator while exiting a building in New York.The incident occurred Thursday morning at the Manhattan Promenade, which is described as a mixed-use commercial and residential building.According to the report, the victim, Samuel Charles Waisbren, was exiting the elevator with several other people, when he fell through a gap and became lodged between the elevator door and the elevator shaft on the first floor. He was then crushed by the elevator.The Department of Buildings says they are investigating the incident and maintained that elevators are one of the safest forms of travel in New York:“The Department of Buildings is investigating this incident aggressively and will take all appropriate enforcement actions. Elevators are the safest form of travel in New York, due to the city’s stringent inspection and safety requirements. We’re determined to find out what went wrong at this building and seek ways to prevent incidents like this in the future.”Residents told reporters, however, that they have complained about the elevator on countless occasions.Records also show that 16 violations were issued by the Department of Building between 2017 and 2018 but all violations were eventually dismissed.last_img read more

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OVERTIME

first_img:08 Correct me if I’m wrong but is there at least one Black reporter on Fox News? And all the women reporting…not one Black or Hispanic…I’m just asking! Fair and balanced news my xxx !!:07 Bruins, Canucks… hockey finals. That’s all I got. (Oh shut-up that’s all you got too!):06 By the way the WNBA (Women’s Pro Basketball for you not so swift Clairton Grads) has started. YYYEEEAAAHHH !:05 I thought Barry Bonds was going to jail for 100 years and they were going to charge him for starting the Civil War and helping AI Capone get started in business? I told you it wasn’t going to happen. C’mon man!:04 Did you know that Dave Winfield not only was drafted by Major League Baseball where he was a Hall of Fame superstar but the NBA and NFL as well. That’s a Bad Man!!!:03 Next to last call for all boys and girls middle school teams for the new Connie Hawkins Youth Development League. The league starts June 27 (individuals can sign up as well) call Five Starr Corporation at 412-628-4856 ASAP spaces are almost gone.:02 It’s now on the map. The New First Fridays At The Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville. “Over 100”-30 and over party people packed the house and jammed to 2:00 a.m. to the funky music and line dance sounds of D.J. Mean-Gee. Thanks to everyone that got our First gig off the ground. Get ready for the next Par-Tay Friday July 1 same place, same time. Line dance 8-9 p.m.…Par-Tay 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Thanks to the VIP’s that came out. World champion kick boxer Jacquet Bazemore, Pittsburgh Steelers rookies and the always fabulous “Truly Yours Models” Leslie, Crystal, Sunni and Penny. Love Ya Forever!:01 OK, Here it is. It’s Dallas Mavs in six…Take it to the bank!!!“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 Bob the photographer and friends, Alia Carter (your fine self) Renee Giles, “Reba”…and The Diamond Models, and Coach Ace you all made it happen…couldn’t have done it without ya !!! :10 OK, for the next to the last time (’cause there will be another brother in jail…I’m just saying) The last problem a Black man has in jail is staying in shape. Plaxico Burress will be ready to play and every NFL Team will take a look at him. Just read the Michael Vick Story!! :09 A big shout out to Angela Harper a steady Overtime reader and still one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful and stylish women. Ya’ll remember, Angela used to set the tone and the Pittsburgh Entertainment scene. Keep Going Girl! BILL NEALlast_img read more

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True Colors

first_imgI see your true colors, shining through. I see your true colors and that’s why I love you. So don’t be afraid to let them show. (from the song ‘True Colors’ by Cyndi Lauper). Hey everbody, 72 hours ago the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Cincinnati Bengals and sent them packing back to Cincy, “teefless.” The Bengals finally showed their “true colors.” This was a contest that was hyped, hyped and more hyped, you dig…This was supposed to be a clash between a “pride” of young, hungry cats from the jungle pitted against a group of old grizzled hunters who had lost their edge. The 2011 Steelers were supposed to be at an extreme disadvantage because their sense of smell, hearing, vision and all of the elements that make great hunters and sportsmen were declining rapidly. This was billed as the last Safari, the final chapter in the book of the great “Bwana.”There is one thing that I wish to make perfectly clear. We can change our cleats, clothes, buy a new car and exhibit the external components that the world sees to define you on a daily basis but there is one component that cannot be changed; our genes.The Steelers have created a different sort of “Genome” than the rest of the NFL. There was one point in the career of legendary Coach Chuck Noll that every player on the field was drafted by the Steelers. The league fines them, has less than “stellar” officiating and at times seems to implement a few other questionable practices and all the men of Steel continue to do is win, win, win.In 1969 when “The Chief” hired Noll to be captain of his vessel he unknowingly hired a mad scientist who was far more interested in linking individual components together as opposed to whether he personally liked them or not. His primary mission in the laboratory was to design a system. His secondary mission was to get the materials on which to build his system. Hey y’all you can’t build a 100 story skyscraper out of mud. Okay, I take that back, you can but just don’t invite me for lunch at the penthouse suite because I tell you now, I ain’t coming. Now as I was saying Noll was more than just a coach concerned with wins and losses, he was concerned with the Steelers “machine.” He identified and utilized the body types and psyches that were needed to function at a high level within his system.The Steelers evolved from mediocrity to greatness not because all of their athletes were superior, although many of them were. They attained and sustained greatness because they developed a system that emphasizes the “whole.” There were many athletes that were far more gifted than some of the athletes drafted by Noll but he knew early on that it doesn’t matter about the $20,000 paint job that your car has if it is broke down; looks can be deceiving. Steelers management does not care what the outside world thinks. They truly believe that they can take a Yugo, plug it into their system and a Cadillac might develop.The Bengals have not been short on talent over the years but what they have been lacking is a clear cut direction and purpose. The Steelers understood that they had to lose for a few years to create a legacy of victory and accomplishment that would last for decades. In 1969 the Steelers were a blank canvas waiting for the colors of victory to be applied. Charles (Picasso) Noll was the one with a palette of “true colors” waiting to leap over onto the canvas of the NFL and create his own masterpiece. He didn’t try to imitate and emulate other systems; he created his own because he knew that the guy who sells the “Get Rich with Me” book is the only one that becomes rich.When the Rooney family hired the two young coaches that succeeded Noll, they made sure that Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin understood one thing; they could tweak the system a bit but they were not going to reinvent the wheel. With the Pittsburgh Steelers you have to blend in from the inside or you will be watching from the outside.Let’s visit the “zoo” and focus on ex-Bengals Chad Johnson, oops I meant Chad Ochocinco or is it Chad Givemedinero. This ex “cat” can’t even focus on who he is. Oh, pardon my misstatement; the point is that he is a bit too focused on who he is. Wherever he goes it will always be about, me, mini-me and me.We can’t leave ex-Bengals QB Carson Palmer out of the mix. He was also infected with the “mini-me” syndrome. With Pittsburgh it is us, us, us or you’re on the next, bus, bus. In an era of corny blazers, suits and ties, Noll’s players sported capes and plexiglas shoes with live goldfish in the heels. Noll knew that happy individuals made a productive, less stressed team. All I can say is, many teams have tried to imitate but few can duplicate the Pittsburgh Steelers.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more

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