Never-say-die Esperance reach CAF Champions League final

first_imgEsperance goalkeeper Rami Jeridi then launched a long clearance that Haythem Jouini headed on and Badri took advantage of a deflection to score the decisive goal from close range.It was the first time in the two-leg, 180-minute tie that Esperance led on aggregate and they survived a frenetic finish for a famous 4-3 overall victory.Mohamed Belaili, Mohamed Ali Yakoubi, Jouini and Badri scored for Esperance and Geraldo and Lompala Bokamba for Primeiro in a seesaw showdown at the Stade Olympique near Tunis.Geraldo put Primeiro ahead on eight minutes before Belaili converted a penalty and Yakoubi scored with a diving header to give the two-time African champions a 2-1 half-time lead.A Jeridi howler gifted Bokamba an equaliser midway through the second half before a Jouini tap-in on 73 minutes edged Esperance 3-2 ahead on the night.Primeiro thought they had scored a third goal soon after when Beadrik Ungenda netted in a goalmouth scramble, but it was ruled out by the overworked Zambian referee.It was a surprise scoreline with Esperance scoring four goals for the first time in 12 matches and Primeiro conceding more than one in the Champions League for the first time this year.Esperance will be away in the first leg of the final next month to Entente Setif of Algeria or Al Ahly of Egypt, who meet in Setif later Tuesday.Record eight-time champions Ahly lead 2-0 from the first leg in Cairo and are expected to set up a repeat of the 2012 title decider in which they beat decades-old rivals Esperance.There was plenty of off-field drama, too, with the flares that were flung on the pitch after the second Primeiro goal making visibility difficult.Primeiro goalkeeper Adao ‘Tony’ Cabaca was affected by the smoke and after several appeals for medical assistance, eventually received help.A small group of supporters played a cat-and-mouse game with the police, hurling various objects, retreating, then coming back to taunt them again.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Esperance edged a thrilling tie to reach the final © AFP / FETHI BELAIDJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 23 – Anice Badri scored his seventh CAF Champions League goal this season to give Esperance of Tunisia a 4-2 victory over Primeiro Agosto of Angola on Tuesday and a place in the final.With 85 minutes played in the semi-final second leg, the Tunisians were leading 3-2 in Rades but trailing on away goals after losing the first leg 1-0 in Luanda.last_img read more

Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What It Is, How It Works, Why It Matters

first_imgCloud computing is all about “abstracting servers,” turning actual hardware into virtual machines and moving them out of your organization so you don’t have to worry about them. Big data’s non-relational databases and Hadoop clusters perform a similar level of abstraction on database administration. Software-defined networks (SDNs) may do the same thing with networking.SDN promises to make high-capacity networks cheaper to build and especially to re-configure on the fly – as well as potentially faster and more efficient. As more and more computing moves to the cloud, those network improvements will be critical to keeping everything affordable and available.It won’t be just cloud environments that will get SDN benefits, either. SDN could enable corporate networks to be reconfigured on-the-fly. Imagine being able to plug in a multimedia-intensive device in a conference room and the network adapting to effortlessly handle the sudden new load without grinding the rest of the building’s network traffic to a staggering halt. Or re-arranging cellular networks during a disaster to deliver connectivity when and where it matters most. That’s no doubt why analysts like IDG are predicting the business of SDN hitting $2 billion by the year 2016. But Software Defined Networks are incredibly complicated, so even as many networking professionals look forward to SDNs as the best thing since sliced bread, others are scratching their heads and wondering if the IT hype machine has gone completely off the rails.Who’s right? To answer that question we need to look at exactly what is a software-defined network, and how do you create them?Here’s The SDN TheoryThink about a traditional network and everything that entails. You have your routers, your switches, and lots and lots of CAT5 and CAT6 cable strung around: all physical hardware that, when connected in a certain way, defines the flow of data in the organization. Like laying down a network of highways, planning a network takes time; it has to be done right the first time because shuffling things around afterward is expensive.A network has to do two big things: deliver data and manage the flow of that data. If I am downloading a video from California, the network knows to get it to me here in Indiana. Shunting the data through India and Europe would not be the most efficient way to do it – unless, of course, some big physical failure occured between here and the West Coast that required the signal to be sent the long way around the planet.Inside a company, the same thing happens on a smaller scale. Data is passed back and forth, and that traffic is usually managed by software inside the physical devices – software that knows how to manage the day-to-day operations of the workplace.With cloud computing, the physical servers that hold the virtual machines are still networked together with the same routers and switches that are used in a workplace network. But the demands on that physical network can be much, much greater – at times – than anything your employees can dish out. (Which, really, is the whole point of using the cloud in the first place.)What SDN does is this: Assume you have the network cable laid out between every physical server in the cloud environment and all of the optimized routers and switches. The SDN layer essentially acts a virtual software switch or router in place of (or in conjunction with) the physical network devices.So instead of software embedded in the routers and switches managing the traffic, software from outside the devices takes over the job. The network layout, or topography, is no longer rooted in the physical. Instead, it’s flexible and adjustable to the systems’ needs on the fly.Properly implemented, this means an application running inside the cloud itself can take over the job of directing networking traffic. Or a third-party cloud-management application could do the job. That could make it easier to perform tasks such as load balancing devices across servers and automatically adjusting the network architecture to deliver the fastest and most efficient data paths at the right time.Rules Of The SDN RoadThere are risks involved in this kind of networking – namely those stemming from how complicated these kinds of operations can be.Traditionally, networking “decisions” have been left in the hands of the the devices on which the network actually runs. That’s what they are meant to do. Taking the control away from these specialized devices and the embedded software that runs them could be the prelude to a networking disaster, unless everything is done exactly right.Done improperly, this would be akin to letting every driver in Cleveland have independent control of all the traffic lights in town. Chaos. This is why there’s a gap between theorizing about SDN and actually implementing it.Right now, the Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow protocol and the Linux Foundation’s new OpenDaylight project are two open source projects working to establish a set of SDN traffic rules that applications can use to prevent such chaos.These protocols would also vastly simplify the work of application developers, who would not have to learn the nuances of networking control, but rather just call on one of these tools to handle the heavy lifting for planning the right path through a network, based on an application’s need.Think of it like getting a police escort through a strange city. You don’t have to know anything about the city or worry about stops – you just get in your car and follow the vehicles with the flashing lights, trusting that they know what they’re doing and where they’re going.SDN Benefits Could Be WidespreadBecause of its complexity, SDN won’t take off right away. But once SDN is implemented, the benefits will be immediately apparent. Cloud computing environments controlled by SDN will see significant increases in speed and efficiency, since their networks will be optimized for the applications running in that cloud environment. Corporate and mobile networks are also likely to gain benefits from SDN implementations.IT will have to lay down the rules of the road first, but no one can deny there is big potential in software-defined networks to bring more adaptable networking resources to businesses and consumers alike.  Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#networking#software defined networking How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffittlast_img read more

Cinematography Tip: Control Window Light With ND Gels

first_imgImage via Lighting Grip Las Vegas.Attaching the GelA common practice is to attach the gel to the outside of the window to conceal its edges. If you decide to do so, it’s paramount to attach the gel firmly to avoid light leaks and prevent the sound of the wind rustling the gel.If attaching the gel to the outside of the window is not a viable option, you can temporarily bond the film to the window using a cleaning liquid like Windex. In the video tutorial below from Grip Tips, Dave Donaldson explains that it’s important to completely clean the window before placing the ND film, as you want to ensure that film and the window appear seamless.If you have several large-scale windows to diffuse (and a large enough budget), ND window panels are more efficient. These are solid gels that you affix to a window. However, since they come in specific sizes, you might run into problems with oddly sized windows.Image credit: Before the Door Pictures.There’s an incredibly creative story from the thriller Margin Call. In the scene above, the windows are 50” to 52” wide, while the ND panels were only 48.” John Paino, the production designer, created removable pilasters to hide the gaps.Once we installed the ND panels, we could take these pilasters and Velcro them against the window,” says DeMarco. “They not only hid the gaps, but they also looked great as vertical window dividers. As exterior lighting changed, particularly at the end of the day, it was a breeze for key grip Caswell Cooke and his crew to quickly change the panels.What are your thoughts on window light? Let us know in the comments. Take control of window lighting on your next shoot with ND filters.Top image via Shutterstock.Windows are light sources that can work wonders — if you use them correctly. They’re ideal for soft key lights when the camera faces away from them. However, when cameras face windows providing backlight, trouble can arise. Unless you have a large lighting unit that can match the window light, you’re either going to have to drop the subject into a silhouette or expose for the actor which will blow out the window light.There’s plenty of discussion on whether or not filmmakers should allow window lights to blow out. It’s a highly creative choice, and opinions will always differ. You might be surprised how many films and TV shows let window light clip. Take note next time you’re watching something.For those who favor controlling window light, you can do so with ND gels.ND Window GelsMuch like neutral density filters for your lens, ND window film reduces the intensity of window light. Window gels, like camera density filters, come in a variety of different strengths: .3, .6, .9, and 1.2. If you only have the budget to purchase one roll, you’re going to want at least 2-3 (0.6-0.9) stops of density filtration because sunlight is incredibly bright (around 98,000 lux). Several brands offer this gel; one of the most reputable is Rosco. However, at around $120 for a 7-meter roll, you can quickly burn through your budget.last_img read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an understanding friend of the Nagas

first_imgSix Prime Ministers have visited Nagaland. But none of them, including Narendra Modi, has found as much space in the heart of the Nagas as Atal Bihari Vajpayee.It was not just because Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to recognise the “unique history of the Nagas” and provide a development package. His choice of words at a public reception in the State capital Kohima on October 28, 2003, endeared him to the people who — because of years of separatism — had never thought highly of “Indian” leaders.His opening line in Nagamese, the State’s lingua franca, translated into: “My dear brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be in your midst on the soil of Nagaland.” “For too long, this fair land has been scarred and seared by violence … My government has been doing everything possible to stop this bloodshed, so that we can together inaugurate a new era of peace, development and prosperity in Nagaland,” he said.Abu Metha, a leader of the party Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio belongs to, was the editor of a local daily when Mr. Vajpayee visited the State that year. He recalled how he took a split-second decision to travel by road to Kohima from Dimapur when the helicopter trip was called off because of bad weather. “This decision by the Prime Minister to come to Kohima by road and travel for close to two hours has, indeed, won the hearts of the Naga people in more ways than one.While on the bumpy road, Mr. Vajpayee passed instructions for the road to be converted into four-lane.The Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland also recalled the role Mr. Vajayee played in taking the Naga peace process forward. “During his leadership, the unique history and situation of the Nagas was officially recognised by the Government of India on July 11, 2002,” it said on Thursday.last_img read more

Talking Touch – March

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links:Early Blitz Sets Up VictoryThe result of Friday night’s A grade women’s touch football grand final was in the bag after just five minutes. Minor premierships and red-hot favourites Boxsell’s Young Guns raced to a 3-0 lead over Central Summertimes and, while the Summertime girls were far more competitive for the remainder of the match, Boxsell’s secured back-to-back premierships with a comprehensive 4-1 victory.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/news/local/sport/other/early-blitz-sets-up-victory/2095527.aspx Elite Eight FinalsThe New South Wales Mets have dominated the Elite Eight, fielding a team in both the women’s and men’s finals. But a clash with the Scorpions ended a dream run for the men.http://portmacquarie.iprime.com.au/index.php/news/prime-news/elite-8-finals-video New South Wales Dominates Touch TitlesNew South Wales dominated the Elite Eight Series at this year’s National Touch League championships played at Port Macquarie.The New South Wales Scorpions defeated New South Wales Mets seven to six, while the New South Wales’ women’s team also had a win.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/14/nsw-dominates-touch-titles/Scorpions Win Elite Eight ThrillerIn a thrilling encounter at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, the NSW Scorpions defeated the NSW Mets by one touchdown in the Elite Eight men’s decider. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/scorpions-win-elite-eight-thriller/2101815.aspx?storypage=0 Mets Capture Inaugural Women’s Touch Crown The New South Wales Mets captured the inaugural Elite Eight women’s touch title at the Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, defeating the NSW Country Mavericks 9-4.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mets-capture-inaugural-womens-touch-crown/2101816.aspx Cobras Strike Twice In NTLThe Brisbane City Cobras struck twice to claim the men’s and women’s open crowns at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/cobras-strike-twice-in-ntl/2101817.aspx Photo GalleryTo view a gallery of photos captured by Port News, please click on the following link:http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/21197/national-touch-league-2011.aspx Shuker Adds To Eights PrideRockhampton’s greatest ever touch footballer will be unleashed when the inaugural Elite Eights begin at Port Macquarie today.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/09/shuker-adds-to-eights-pride-elite-touch-gavin-/Sprinter Touched By Footy BugWHEN Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer took part in a “come and try” touch football session in 2004 she never thought it would lead to the sport’s biggest national stage.http://hills-and-valley-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/sprinter-touched-by-footy-bug/ Simone Smith Steps Up On Elite StagePort Macquarie’s Simone Smith is ready to shine on home turf. The Australian representative will line up for the NSW Country Mavericks in this week’s inaugural Elite Eight tournament at the Regional Sports Stadiumhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/simone-smith-steps-up-on-elite-stage/2097219.aspx A Touch Of ClassEastern Courier (Adelaide)Seven South Australian Touch Footballers will be aiming to further their national team aspirations at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie, NSW, starting this week. The annual championships, from March 9-12, are the sport’s most prestigious national event and feature more than 120 teams from around the country. For the first time the titles will feature composite men’s and women’s sides – dubbed the Alliance – featuring the best players from SA, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia. The “best of the rest” side will compete against teams from specialist touch football states NSW and Queensland. Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer and Golden Grove’s Kelly Rowe were selected for the Alliance in the Elite 8s – the top, eight-team division – while five South Australians, including Tusmore’s Georgia Brown and Urrbrae’s Melanie Johnson, made the men’s and women’s division one Alliance sides. SA’s Alliance co-ordinator Mark Jones said the top composite side, coached by national women’s youth coach Peter Bell, aimed to win the championships. “The elite team has got a lot of experience and good players in it so they should be very competitive I would think,” he said. “They want to try and win it. . . but it’s all a bit unknown because it’s the first year they’ve run this (Alliance) concept.” Jones said the division one Alliance teams were development sides from which the next crop of Elite 8 players would come. He said the championships would help to increase awareness of the sport in SA. Touch Footy SA will also send mixed open, men’s 30s and women’s 35s state representative sides to the championships.Port Hosts Touch Footy TitlesThe best Touch Football talent in the country will be on show this week at Port Macquarie.13 hotly contested divisions will be played during the four day National Touch League titles.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/07/port-hosts-touch-footy-titles/ Elite Eight New ConceptThe 2011 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL), which kicks off at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Wednesday, will introduce an exciting new concept this year.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/elite-eight-new-concept/2094963.aspx Alliance Selects Frizzell For National Touch Football ChampionshipsLa Trobe University Bendigo student Natalie Frizzell will represent ‘The Alliance’ at this week’s 2011 X-Blades national touch football championships. Frizzell, originally from Shepparton, was named as a shadow player in The Alliance’s Elite Eight squad, who will take on teams from New South Wales and Queensland.http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/general/alliance-selects-frizzell-for-national-touch-football-championships/2096162.aspx Territory Teams At National Touch LeagueThe Territory’s best Touch Footballers are taking on the rest of Australia this week at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie on New South Wales’ mid-north coast.http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/03/07/216541_ntsport.html Taree Players Dominate The Northern EaglesNorthern Daily LeaderTaree players dominate the Northern Eagles over 55 men’s side to play in the National Touch League starting next Wednesday in Port Macquarie. Mark Rutledge is coaching the squad while fellow Taree players Ted O’Neill, Gary Newman, Bruce Hood, Ian Northam and Rex MacKellar are also involved as is Robert Loadsman from Forster. “I think we’ll go pretty well,” Rutledge said. “We’ve been getting close to the full complement at training each week.”Taree’s Graham Goodwin is a member of the Eagles over 50s side with Linley Jones, Ashleigh Green, Sabrina Green and Sarah O’Connor in the open women. Mitch Bourke, Justin Doherty and Jake Putan will play in the open men.Grand Finals TonightYet another well supported and successful touch football season will come to a close tonight when 10 teams take the field all in the hope of being named premiers in their five respective grades. Unfortunately only one team can claim the premier title therefore some very close games are expected and the chances of some games going into extra time and a drop off are high if the past three weeks games are any indication. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/grand-finals-tonight/2112809.aspx Mixed Touch Comp UnderwayThe Parkes Touch Football Mixed competition is underway with players reminded that fees are due to be paid. http://www.parkeschampionpost.com.au/news/local/sport/little-athletics/mixed-touch-comp-underway/2108954.aspx?storypage=0 Muswellbrook Juniors To Play For HornetsAfter returning from an intense training camp held at Bathurst, four Muswellbrook junior touch football players have been selected to represent the Hunter region in the Hornets team.http://www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au/news/local/sport/other/muswellbrook-juniors-to-play-for-hornets/2106813.aspx Mixed Side Zooms Back Into ContentionOne team has only lost one match all year while the other has bounced back from a winless streak dating back to Christmas. But none of that will count when the mixed division one touch football grand final between WHK and Royal Zoom is played tonight.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mixed-side-zooms-back-into-contention/2113508.aspx Touch Season Draws MoreTouch football is continuing to grow in popularity in Forbes, with 50 teams participating in the 2010/11 competition recently. The season came to a close on Friday, March 18, with grand finals of the adults divisions played at Botanical Gardens. Junior divisions were finalised earlier in the week.http://www.forbesadvocate.com.au/news/local/sport/general/touch-season-draws-more/2117322.aspxWorld Cup Glory Beckons Touch GunNambour Touch Football dynamo Peta Rogerson will be directing traffic from the middle of the field when she represents Australia in June.The 29-year-old has been assigned an organisational and leadership role as a middle-position player at the upcoming world cup in Scotland.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/03/31/world-cup-glory-beckons-touch-gun-football/ A Strong Mudgee Contingent For HornetsMudgee’s finest Touch Football players recently returned from the prestigious National Touch League at Port Macquarie, where they competed for the Hunter-Western Hornets representative side. The event was held over four days from March 9 to March 12 and attracts the best players from around the country each year.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/harness-racing/a-strong-mudgee-contingent-for-hornets/2108961.aspx National Selection For Cup RookieToowoomba Touch Football star Emilee Cherry can’t describe the elation at being named in Australia’s open women’s squad for the World Cup in June.Just 18 years of age Cherry is the baby of the 16-woman squad heading to the World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/03/31/national-selection-a-dream-for-cup-rookie/ Withers Named In National SquadDan Withers is on top of the world, well almost.The Rockhampton touch football player was named on Tuesday in the final Australian open men’s squad for the 2011 World Cup in Scotland in June. http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/25/withers-dan-touch-football-rockhampton/ Spacie Making WavesGympie Touch prodigy Sarah Spacie has been named in the Australian mixed open team for the 2011 World Cup.The World Cup will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between June 22-26, attracting teams from more than 20 countries.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2011/03/25/spacie-making-waves-gympie-touch-world-cup/ Quirk To Play In Touch World CupDaily Advertiser 31/03/2011Wagga Touch star Alicia Quirk has landed a dream trip to Scotland to play in the touch World Cup in June. Quirk was yesterday confirmed in the Australian open women’s team to play at the tournament in Edinburgh. The only Riverina player selected in the three national teams named for the World Cup carnival from June 22 to June 26, Quirk will be out to help the Australian women’s team retain its unblemished record at the event. The women’s team has not lost a game at any World Cup tournament since its inception in 1988. Quirk’s team is defending champion after having retained the title in South Africa in 2007. Currently studying at university in Albury, Quirk was chosen in the team following the Elite Eight series at Port Macquarie early this month.Rain Doesn’t Dampen Grand FinalsFollowing a day of mixed weather the 2010/2011 Harden Touch Football grand finals were held on Thursday night with premiers decided in five grades. The first games of the night saw the E and D grade games with Touchfield taking out the E grade premiership. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/rain-doesnt-dampen-grand-finals/2119831.aspx?storypage=0 Jagged Edge Wins Summer Touch Grand Final Jagged Edge Hair Design defeated Lewis Quality Meats to claim the Wauchope Summer Touch A grade grand final at Landrigan Park on Friday night. The tense decider went down to a drop off which eventually saw both sides reduced to just three players each.http://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/news/local/sport/other/jagged-edge-wins-summer-touch-grand-final/2105390.aspx Green Machine On FireThere is not a ninja in sight and few of these girls would know how to wield a nunchaku. But swap the martial arts weapon for a Touch Football and it’s a completely different story.After going down to In2design Cougars in a drop-off for last season’s Emerald A-Grade touch grand final, the Nunchuckers are already firming their position as the new favourites in 2011.http://www.cqnews.com.au/story/2011/03/30/green-machine-on-fire-emerald/ If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to lauren@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Criticizes Coach K For Dillon Brooks Incident

first_imgColin Cowherd criticizes Coach K.colin cowherd criticizes coach kOregon knocked Duke out of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night, and if you missed it, the end of the contest was a little dicey. Ducks star Dillon Brooks, on his team’s final possession, launched and hit a three-pointer that was inconsequential to the score – and then celebrated the shot. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly told Brooks in the handshake line that he is “too good” of a player to be showing off.As you’d imagine, the hot takes regarding the incident are coming from all angles. Friday morning, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd got involved, criticizing Coach K for the move. The gist? Cowherd doesn’t like how college basketball coaches try to control everything – including the players. He doesn’t think it was Krzyzewski’s place to talk to Brooks..@ColinCowherd on Coach K: You’re getting trounced. You don’t get an opinion on what another player is doing.https://t.co/mJPrsT08OK— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 25, 2016What do you think? Was Coach K out of bounds or is this being blown out of proportion?last_img read more

Apply chocolate for skin enrichment

first_imgNot only is eating chocolates good for your body, applying it to your skin, face or body can provide a lot of benefits as well for better and smoother skin tone, suggest experts. Here are some tips on how chocolates can provide fruitful benefits for your skin.Chocolates are rich in anti-oxidants which helps in reversing the signs of ageing.They have anti-inflammatory properties which makes it extremely suitable for very sensitive and dry skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDark Chocolate helps in improving skin texture, giving you a more smooth and moisturised skin.Chocolates contain flavanols, antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage, free radicals and improve skin hydration.Flavanols are phytonutrients that help in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol level, reducing the risk of heart diseases, controlling blood sugar level and moisturising & softening of the skin.Chocolate when combined with caffeine, which is an excellent anti- inflammatory product, is ideal for treating water retention. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChocolate facial is a new fad introduced in the beauty and personal care industry. It not only can improve the skin tone, but is also great in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.Mix 1/3rd cup of cocoa powder with 2-3 tablespoon of honey and add a few lemon drops. Apply this chocolate face mask on your face evenly and leave it for about 15-20 minutes before washing. This will give your skin a smoother and clearer tone along with a radiant glow.last_img read more

Rep Howell Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a good start

first_img Representative Gary Howell of North Branch this week voted to approve lower income taxes for Michigan residents.The legislation, a $176 million tax cut which is now headed to the governor for consideration, preserves and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents.“This measure helps everyone from retirees to farmers to factory workers hang onto more of their own hard-earned money,” Howell said. “It is a good start on long overdue tax relief.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their state income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.“The taxpayers of Lapeer County and all of Michigan deserve and need their money far more than the government, and they know far better how best to use it,” Howell opined. “As I cast my vote, I gave thought to the families in Lapeer County who will benefit simply by being able to keep more of what they have earned.”The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year – or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides $102 in additional relief for a family of four.Howell said he would favor further income tax reductions, including a repeal of the pension tax. Howell has repeatedly proposed eliminating what he considers a “grossly unfair” tax on retirees.“While I support the tax cuts we’re making through the personal exemptions, I would like to go further,” Howell said. “The pension tax is unfair and need to be eliminated.”### 16Feb Rep. Howell: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘good start’ Categories: Howell News,Newslast_img read more

UK freetoair movie channel Talking Pictures TV h

first_imgUK free-to-air movie channel Talking Pictures TV has agreed deals with two of the country’s local DTT channels whereby several hours of Talking Pictures TV content will be simulcast on the local services each day, starting this weekend.The channel has struck deals with Latest TV in Brighton and Bay TV in Swansea via its media sales agency Media15.Talking Picture TV airs classic British movies on the Freeview and Sky platforms in the UK.Sarah Cronin-Stanley, Talking Pictures TV managing director, said: “It’s a great endorsement of the channel’s appeal that Latest and Bay TV will be including Talking Pictures TV as part of their daytime schedule. It also means we’ll now be reaching even more viewers in these key areas.”Bill Smith, CEO of Latest TV, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled Talking Pictures TV will be giving our viewers great British films every day, including local movies like Brighton Rock and Smokescreen. Brighton was the birthplace of the UK film industry and now Talking Pictures and Latest TV are bringing brilliant movies home.”Bay TV chairman Peter Townsend, said: “I’m delighted Talking Pictures TV is becoming part of the Bay TV programming mix, bringing our viewers classic British cinema every weekday in our matinee performance and all day at the weekend.”last_img read more