A day after the media’s SEC preseason poll was released, the preseason All-SEC teams have been released. Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the most selections on the conference’s first-team with six players. Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU and Auburn are also well represented. Here are all three offensive and defensive teams. SEC Preseason Teams SEC Preseason Teams 2 SEC Preseason Teams 3 SEC Preseason Teams 4 SEC Preseason Teams 5 SEC Preseason Teams 6 SEC Preseason Teams 7 SEC Preseason Teams 8 SEC Preseason Teams 9Nothing too surprising. These teams will surely look a lot different at the end of the season, though.
Advertisement The Art Gallery of Ontario has acquired a French impressionist painting that had been barred from leaving the country because of its “national importance.”Gustave Caillebotte’s 1892 masterpiece Blue Irises, Garden at Petit Gennevilliers, depicts a scene from the French artist’s own garden. It will be on display starting Saturday.It was purchased with the help of a Heritage Department grant of $540,000, which the AGO acknowledges was almost half of the purchase price. The rest came from bequests from the R. Fraser Elliott estate and a bequest from F.W.G. Fitzgerald. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Gustave Caillebotte’s 1892 masterpiece Blue Irises, Garden at Petit Gennevilliers, is handled by art installers in an undated photo. The Art Gallery of Ontario has purchased the painting. (Dean Tomlinson/The Canadian Press/AGO) Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
WASHINGTON – Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code’s biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of controlling government.The mostly party-line 227-205 vote masked more ominous problems in the Senate. There, a similar package received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deliver deep reductions for those better off.The Senate bill was approved late Thursday by the Finance Committee and sent to the full Senate on a party-line 14-12 vote. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.But it adds a key feature not in the House version: repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance. Elimination of the so-called individual mandate would add an estimated $338 billion in revenue over 10 years that the Senate tax-writers used for other tax cuts.The Senate panel’s vote came at the end of four days of often fierce partisan debate. It turned angrily personal for Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, as he railed against Democrats’ accusations that the legislation was crafted to favour big corporations and the wealthy.“I come from the poor people. And I’ve been working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance,” Hatch insisted.After the panel’s approval, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared, “For the millions of hard-working Americans who need more money in their pockets and the chance of a better future, help is on the way.”The analysts’ problematic projections for the Senate bill came a day after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson became the first GOP senator to state opposition to the measure, saying it didn’t cut levies enough for millions of partnerships and corporations. With at least five other Republican senators yet to declare support, the bill’s fate is far from certain in a chamber the GOP controls by just 52-48.Even so, Republicans are hoping to send a compromise bill for Trump to sign by Christmas.“Now the ball is in the Senate’s court,” Vice-President Mike Pence urged after the House vote.Speaking at a conservative Tax Foundation dinner in Washington, Pence said, “The next few weeks are going to be vitally important and they’re going to be a challenge.” But he added, “we’re going to get it done” before the end of the year.An earlier White House statement that “now is the time to deliver” also underscored the Republican Party’s effort to maintain momentum and outrace critics. Those include the AARP lobby for older people, major medical organizations, Realtors — and, in all likelihood, every Senate Democrat.With this summer’s crash of the GOP effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans see a successful tax effort as the best way to avert major losses in next year’s congressional elections. House Republicans conceded they are watching the Senate warily.“Political survival depends on us doing this,” said Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. “One of the things that scares me a little bit is that they’re going to screw up the bill to the point we can’t pass it.”The House plan and the Senate Finance bill would deliver the bulk of their tax reductions to businesses.Each would cut the 35 per cent corporate tax rate to 20 per cent, while reducing personal rates for many taxpayers and erasing or shrinking deductions. Projected federal deficits would grow by $1.5 trillion over 10 years.As decades of Republicans have done before them, GOP lawmakers touted their tax cuts as a boon to families across all income lines and a boost for businesses, jobs and the entire country.“Passing this bill is the single biggest thing we can do to grow the economy, to restore opportunity and help those middle income families who are struggling,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.Democrats said the measure would disproportionately help the wealthy and mean tax increases for millions. Among other things, the House legislation would reduce and ultimately repeal the tax Americans pay on the largest inheritances, while the Senate would limit that levy to fewer estates.The bill is “pillaging the middle class to pad the pockets of the wealthiest and hand tax breaks to corporations shipping jobs out of America,” declared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.Thirteen House Republicans — all but one from high-tax California, New York and New Jersey — voted “no” because the plan would erase tax deductions for state and local income and sales taxes and limit property tax deductions to $10,000. Defectors included House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., who said the measure would “hurt New Jersey families.”Trump travelled to the Capitol before the vote to give House Republicans a pep talk.Besides Johnson, Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have yet to commit to backing the tax measure.Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the Senate plan would mean higher taxes beginning in 2021 for many families earning under $30,000 annually. By 2027, families making less than $75,000 would face tax boosts while those making more would enjoy cuts.Republicans attributed the new figures to two provisions.One would end the measure’s personal tax cuts starting in 2026. The other would abolish the “Obamacare” requirement that people buy health coverage or pay tax penalties.Eliminating those fines is expected to mean fewer people would obtain federally subsidized policies, and the tax analysts count a reduction in those subsidies as a tax increase. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that would result in 13 million more uninsured people by 2027, making the provision a political risk for some lawmakers.Ending the personal tax cuts for individuals in 2026, derided as a gimmick by Democrats, is designed to pare the bill’s long-term costs to the Treasury. Legislation cannot boost budget deficits after 10 years if it is to qualify for Senate procedures that bar bill-killing filibusters.Both chambers’ bills would nearly double the standard deduction to around $12,000 for individuals and about $24,000 for married couples and dramatically boost the current $1,000 per-child tax credit.But each plan also would erase the current $4,050 personal exemption and annul or reduce other tax breaks. The House would limit interest deductions to future home mortgages of up to $500,000, down from today’s $1 million, while the Senate would end deductions like moving expenses and tax preparation.Ryan said he’d seek to add tax breaks to help Puerto Rico recover from recent hurricanes to a House-Senate compromise.___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Richard Lardner and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council approved a variance permit which will allow Site C Dam floodgates to be built inside the city.Gridline Project Limited was approved the variance for the property at 11506 91 Avenue. The permit will allow for a 17 metre high fabrication shop to be built on location in the Surerus industrial park. The shop will help with construction of a 50-ton double girder crane that will be used to move large sections of steel inside and outside of the building.Surerus Industrial Park is located in the M-1 industrial zone, which means 15 metres is the highest a building in that area is permitted to be. A property owner on Old Fort Road near the work site spoke to the permit with his biggest concern being the excessive lighting and lack of privacy the worksite gives his home. Council listened to the man’s plea and directed him to a photo of a tree buffer that would be placed on the property line to help his issue.
New Delhi: The BJP hit back at the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi over its demand for full statehood to the city, on Tuesday, with Delhi BJP minister saying he will lit a symbolic bonfire of “unfulfilled promises and failures” of the Kejriwal government. Minister slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the issue of full statehood, saying there was “no possibility of statehood owing to antics and drama of Kejriwal.” Earlier Tuesday, Kejriwal charged BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “betraying” people on the issue of full statehood to Delhi. He said he and other senior party leaders will burn the BJP manifesto which promised full statehood to Delhi, at AAP office on Wednesday. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsFormer Delhi BJP president, said, “I will hold Holika Dahan (ritual bonfire before Holi) at Jantar Mantar, and torch a tower made of newspaper advertisements of Kejriwal government. Placards listing unfulfilled promises of Arvind Kejriwal will also be torched.” The minister said Kejriwal government gave so many advertisements on inaugural of development works, adding “What was this government doing for last four years that they have to give newspaper advertisements on inauguration of sewer lines and roads in unauthorised colonies.”
NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit and other leaders of the unit on Monday discussed the possibility of an alliance with the AAP for the Lok Sabha polls in the city in a meeting with party chief Rahul Gandhi. The opinion remained divided on the issue and everyone in the meeting was unanimous that Gandhi should take a final call on it in the larger interest of the party, said a participant of the meeting.Sources said four former Delhi Congress presidents — Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi. “AICC in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko also handed over signed letters of 12 district Congress presidents, leaders of the party and councilors in three municipal corporation, in favour of the alliance, to Gandhi,” they said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFormer Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has repeatedly voiced her opinion against the alliance, however, she has also said that the final decision will be taken by the party leadership. On the other hand, AAP has announced candidates for all 7 Lok Sabha seats while Rahul Gandhi, too, has said that Congress will fight to win all the seven seats in Delhi. Both the parties have however, continued to send to feelers to each other as leaders of both have time and again come out to say talks are on for an alliance. Earlier it was reported that NCP chief Sharad Pawar is mediating between the two arch-rivals to agree on an alliance in order to defeat the BJP. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAmid the confusion, Rahul Gandhi’s crucial meeting with the Delhi Congress leaders is expected to come to a final decision before the Lok Sabha elections commence from April 11. “Once Rahul Gandhi takes an ‘in-principle decision’ on allying with AAP, which is expected in next few days and if it’s in favour of alliance, a committee will be constituted to negotiate with AAP for sharing seats in Delhi and Haryana,” they added. Delhi votes for its seven Lok Sabha seats on May 12.
Perhaps when kicker Aaron Pettrey strikes the ball off the tee around noon on Saturday, attention will be shifted to the opposition actually on the field that day.Despite the buzzing anticipation surrounding a certain adversary scheduled to trek to Columbus on Sept. 12, the Buckeyes must first handle their season-opening opponent, Navy. The Midshipmen are no walkovers either, having won at least eight games in each of the past six seasons.Coach Jim Tressel ensures that his squad isn’t looking past a solid Navy team.“The only distraction we have right now is Navy and figuring out how to stop that option,” he said.The option that Tressel refers to is Navy’s unique offensive attack, the triple-option. The Midshipmen led the nation in rushing thanks to a gameplan that calls for the quarterback, running back and fullback to all motion toward the line of scrimmage before one of the players carries the ball forward.Navy ran the ball 715 times last season, while only passing it on 93 occasions.Opposing defenses, struck with mass confusion, often find it difficult to determine which potential ball carrier to stop. Sprinkling in fake handoffs and infrequent passes make containing the attack even trickier. “[Our defense] will never have seen so many guys flying at them at the speed at which it happens here,” Tressel said.Few teams execute the triple-option, and perhaps none as efficiently as Navy. They averaged more than 27 points per game and finished the season with four players totaling at least 480 yards rushing.“I don’t think you know what you’re in for when you face this offense until you’re out on the field,” Tressel said. “It’s going to be a tremendous challenge. Our guys are going to have to stay on their feet, because if they’re not on their feet, they’re in trouble. But our guys are preparing hard- our defense, I think, has a good plan.”On the other side of the ball, Navy must sketch out a blueprint to contain Terrelle Pryor, the Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. The sophomore quarterback has evolved into the leader of the Buckeye offense, an important factor since the team will rely on many inexperienced athletes to contribute.“We’ve got a lot of new guys that we’ve got high hopes for and they’ve been working hard and let’s see how they do,” an optimistic Tressel said. “Maybe you assume that they’ll progress, but still that’s a question. We have a lot of practice, but it’s different when you get over there.”As for Pryor, the first OSU freshman to start at quarterback in 30 years, Tressel expects a steady progression from his rookie campaign to his second year.“A year ago this time, he was getting 15, 20 percent of the snaps and just doing a very limited amount of things, trying to figure out what the formations meant,” Tressel said. “He’s still a sophomore but he’s got a tremendous amount more vantage point than he had a year ago.”The Buckeyes enter the season amid the typical high expectations. They’ll carry the nation’s No. 6 ranking into The Shoe on Saturday, and if they can contain the triple-option, then the team can finally focus on the contest against USC.
Arsenal have reportedly made the first step towards signing Luis Enrique as their next manager as they have already made contact with his agent, following Wenger’s resignation admission.The Gunners have not looked for a new coach since back in 1996, but is seems they will have to do so now after Friday’s groundbreaking announcement. Guillem Balague, a famous pundit and Spanish journalist, has claimed that Luis Enrique, who has been retired since leaving Camp Nou a year ago, would be more than interested in taking over Arsenal.Even though it has not been announced officially yet, representatives of the Spaniard have been talking with the Gunners and they might be into kickstarting a new era for the North London side, according to SportMole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…This comes after Arsenal’s poor exhibition of the past few seasons, which is the main reason for his upcoming retirement.Juventus current head coach Massimiliano Allegri is also a target for Arsenal, but CEO Ivan Gazidis is not that keen on the option.
Cagliari and Serie A cult hero Andrea Cossu has officially announced that he has ended his playing career, stating that “It went exactly how I dreamed it would.”On Wednesday, the attacking midfielder was given a farewell friendly by Cagliari, however, the Sardinians lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid.“I’m close to agreeing a collaborative role with the club. More will be known in the coming days,” the 38-year-old said after the game as quoted in Football Italia.“My career? It went exactly how I dreamed it would, going full circle. I’m happy I ended it at Cagliari.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“My most beautiful memory? My goal at Juventus and above all surviving with [Davide] Ballardini in 2008.”Cossu made 270 appearances for the Rossoblu across two spells, netting 12 goals and assisting 58 of them.His peak came during the 2009-10 season, when his performances earned him two Italy caps.