A Donegal-based bus driver got the chance of a lifetime to spin the wheel on RTE’s Winning Streak on Saturday – to win a whopping €17,000!Mickey McDaid told co-host, Sinead Kennedy, that when it was announced that he was to appear on Winning Streak it led to a lot of confusion as there were three other Mickey McDaid’s in the area.Meanwhile, his phone never stopped ringing with friends and family looking to know was it him who was on a Winning Streak. After a sleepless night of wondering has his luck come in, Mickey celebrated after receiving a phone call from National Lottery officials to confirm he was the Mickey McDaid in question!Mr McDaid is a bus driver, serving the Little Angels, St. Bernadette’s, and Stramore areas.Mickey is the FIFTH Donegal person to appear on Winning Streak in just six weeks.Speaking in the RTE studio in Donnybrook in Dublin, he gave a big hello to all of the school children who had designed the signs that were proudly on display in the audience. Glenswilly man bags €17,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Winning Streak
29 May 2014 The Nelson Mandela Foundation has joined millions of people around the world in mourning the passing of renowned author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Her family announced that she passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86. In a statement on the same day, the foundation said that former president Nelson Mandela first met Angelou while he was travelling through Africa in 1962 to garner support for the armed struggle against apartheid and to undergo military training. “He met her in February 1962 in Cairo, Egypt, when she was married to PAC [Pan Africanist Congress] activist Vusumzi Make. He [Mandela] later recalled: ‘I spent a lot of time with her in Cairo’.” The foundation said the next time Mandela was in contact with Angelou was more than 27 years later, after he was released from prison. Mandela had gone to Washington DC for the inauguration of US President Bill Clinton in January 1993. “He told Richard Stengel, his collaborator on his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, that he telephoned her in her hotel after she had ‘delivered a very powerful poem.’ “We, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, were deeply moved by the poem His Day is Done, which Angelou wrote on Madiba’s passing on 5 December last year. “Our archives reveal that today in 1986, Mr Mandela watched in prison the film version of her work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. “May she rest in peace.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Self-employment is a real option in today’s working world for many farmers. But many that choose to work for themselves are often surprised by the distinctive challenges they face when it comes to taxes. Knowing how to navigate those challenges is important and working with an experienced CPA is your best bet in order to avoid issues along the way. Here some consider for any self-employed farmers. Material participationThe Internal Revenue Code imposes self-employment tax on the net income from a taxpayer’s trade or business or from a partnership in which the farmer is a member. Rent received from personal property (machinery and equipment) is also subject to the tax if the farmer is in the business of renting personal property.Focus on liability. Self-employed individuals are liable for self-employment tax, which means they must pay both the employee and employer portions of FICA taxes. The good news is that you may deduct the employer portion of these taxes. Plus, you might be able to make significantly larger retirement contributions than you would as an employee.However, you’ll likely be required to make quarterly estimated tax payments, because income taxes aren’t withheld from your self-employment income as they are from wages. If you fail to fully make these payments, you could face an unexpectedly high tax bill and underpayment penalties.Many farmers pay more self-employment taxes than income taxes because the lowest self-employment tax rate (15.3%) is more than the lowest income tax rate (15%), and because personal deductions do not reduce self-employment income. For example, farm couples that have two children, file a joint return, and claim the standard deduction will pay $5,646 of income tax on $75,000 of farm income, but will also pay $10,597 of self-employment tax.Unlike income tax planning, planning to reduce self-employment taxes must take into account the corresponding social security benefit to be received in the future. Reducing the self-employment income reduces the earnings base in which social security benefits are computed. Thus, farmers must compare the self-employment tax savings with the reduction in social security benefits to ultimately maximize their after tax wealth. Know what’s deductibleUnder IRS rules, deductible business expenses for the self-employed must be “ordinary” and “necessary.” Basically, these are costs that are commonly incurred by businesses similar to yours and readily justifiable as needed to run your operations.The tax agency stipulates, “An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary.” But pushing this grey area too far can trigger an audit. Common examples of deductible business expenses for the self-employed include licenses, accounting fees, equipment, supplies, legal expenses and business-related software.Does your home office qualify? You may deduct many direct expenses (such as business-only phone and data lines, as well as office supplies) and indirect expenses (such as real estate taxes and maintenance) associated with your home office. The tax break for indirect expenses is based on just how much of your home is used for business purposes, which you can generally determine by either measuring the square footage of your workspace as a percentage of the home’s total area or using a fraction based on the number of rooms.The IRS typically looks at two questions to determine whether a taxpayer qualifies for the home office deduction:Is the specific area of the home that’s used for business purposes used only for business purposes, not personal ones?Is the space used regularly and continuously for business?If you can answer in the affirmative to these questions, you’ll likely qualify. CRP payments are typically subject to self-employmentConservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments (“annual rent payments”) are includable in the net income from self-employment and subject to self-employment tax. Per the IRS instruction in Publication 225, Unless the taxpayer is receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, CRP “annual rental payments” are includible in net income from self-employment subject to self-employment tax. Note: Payments that are for the permanent retirement of cropland base and allotment history are not includible in net income from self-employment subject to self-employment tax because they are for the sale of section 1231 property or a capital asset. Do some long term planningPlanning to reduce self-employment tax liability must include an analysis on the effect of the reduction on social security benefits to be sure the present value of the tax savings is greater than the present value of the decrease in social security benefits. Work with your accountant or a social security specialist that can assist with this type of planning. As always, reach out to me with any questions you may have. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.
Articles on mechanical ventilation commonly warn builders that exhaust-only ventilation systems can pull radon into a house through foundation cracks. The warning makes intuitive sense: after all, an exhaust-only ventilation system works by depressurizing a house with respect to the outdoors, and it seems obvious that depressurization could pull soil gases into a basement.One thing I’ve learned over the years, however, is that just because an idea is intuitively obvious, doesn’t mean it’s true. Throughout history, many observers have speculated; far fewer have actually made measurements.An exhaust-only ventilation system depends on one or more exhaust fans (usually bathroom exhaust fans) that either operate continuously or intermittently. This type of ventilation system is usually set up to ventilate a house at the rate recommended by ASHRAE 62.2 — somewhere in the range of 50 to 100 cfm for most homes.The air that is removed from a home by an exhaust fan is replaced by outdoor air entering the home through random cracks in the building envelope.It isn’t hard to find authors who warn that exhaust-only ventilation systems can be dangerous. Here are some examples from the Web:Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is present in some soils. It can enter a house through cracks in the building’s foundation.Indoor radon levels can be tested; if long-term testing shows radon levels above 4 picocuries per liter, it’s a good idea to install a radon mitigation system. (For more information, see All About Radon.)Most experts explain that radon gas is drawn into a house by the stack effect. The stack effect is a function of delta T — the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature — so the effect is strongest during the winter. Indoor air escapes through ceiling cracks; as a result,… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist was arrested in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Sunday, a police spokesperson said. Mohsin Manzoor Salhea, a resident of Arampora-Azadgunj area, was arrested on a credible input during an anti-militant operation in Baramulla town, he said. According to the spokesperson, Salhea was affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM and was wanted in two cases registered at the Baramulla police station this year. Salhea was part of a group involved in planning and executing terror attacks in the area, he said. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from his possession, the spokesperson said.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO. Fiba.comHaving been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday.National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Fil-American big man and “23-for-23” cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing key big men due to injuries.Reyes explained that Troy Rosario hasn’t gotten his medical clearance yet after his bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7, while Mac Belo is still not at 100 percent after recently recovering from his left knee injury.After Australia, Gilas goes home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra READ: Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg“Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday),” Reyes wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNaturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boomers for their first duel in Group B action.Also part of the squad are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena. View comments
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 featured Arya Stark killing the Night King and now there are several fans on Reddit who are claiming that this particular scene was copied from an Indian TV show, Aladdin — Naam Toh Suna Hoga. So, what is the truth behind all this?In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night,” we witnessed something which none of us predicted in the past. From the very beginning, we all had assumed that it would be either Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen who will destroy Night King and his army of White Walkers. Things took a different turn altogether when we got to see Arya Stark coming out of the darkness and jumping towards Night King and stabbing him in his guts — by doing that, she eradicated all the Walkers.The above-mentioned scene was beautifully executed by the director Miguel Sapochnik and Maisie William’s expressions as Arya Stark breathed life into it. In that particular scene, we finally understood why in all the previous seasons, we got to see her training to become a fearsome assassin. But is that particular scene copied from an Indian TV show? Well, this is what several viewers are claiming these days.In India, there is this show, Aladdin — Naam Toh Suna Hoga, which featured a scene similar to what we all witnessed in Game of Thrones. The show’s titular hero comes from the darkness, jumps towards a skeleton. The skeleton then chokes him but the hero drops the weapon from one hand and grabs it from the other, and by doing that, he stabs the skeleton and kills it. The scene looks similar to the Game of Thrones scene. So, which one copied which one? Is Game of Thrones copied a special scene from an Indian TV show or vice versa?Check out the clip from Indian TV show which is a direct copy from Game of Thrones season 8: Well, to understand this we should first check when these two shows aired. Game of Thrones season 8 aired in May 2019, while the Aladdin episode aired much later than the GoT one. This basically means that despite all the “copied” label, it was Game of Thrones creators who first thought and executed this particular scene. Not the other way around as several fans are pointing out.One of the Redditor also pointed that “The pirates were a direct copy of POTC, the skeleton dying scene was Thanos snapping his fingers and in the next episode Aladdin will find a magical hammer that happened to look just like Mjolnir!”
Graphic by Todd WisemanOperation Jade Helm 15, a military training exercise, began in the summer of 2015 in 12 Texas counties: Bastrop, Burleson, Brazos, Edwards, Howard, Hudspeth, Kimble, Martin, Marion, Real, Schleicher and Tom Green. It was also set to take place at Camp Bullis in San Antonio and Camp Swift in Bastrop County. A former director of the CIA and NSA said Wednesday that hysteria in Texas over a 2015 U.S. military training exercise called Jade Helm was fueled by Russians wanting to dominate “the information space,” and that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott‘s decision to send the Texas State Guard to monitor the operation gave them proof of the power of such misinformation campaigns. Michael Hayden, speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast, chalked up peoples’ fear over Jade Helm 15 to “Russian bots and the American alt-right media [that] convinced many Texans [Jade Helm] was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents.”Abbott ordered the State Guard to monitor the federal exercise soon after news broke of the operation. Hayden said that move gave Russians the go-ahead to continue — and possibly expand — their efforts to spread fear.“At that point, I’m figuring the Russians are saying, ‘We can go big time,’” Hayden said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast Wednesday of Abbott’s response. “At that point, I think they made the decision, ‘We’re going to play in the electoral process.’” Jade Helm 15 was a planned military training exercise that became a fascination of conspiracy theorists before it even began. The exercise, which spanned several states, began in Texas in Bastrop County in 2015 and was described by federal officials as routine. But some conspiracy theorists speculated that the exercise was a covert effort to institute martial law. Hayden was not CIA director at this time.Weeks before the exercise began, Abbott wrote a letter to the State Guard asking them to keep an eye on the operation so “Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.” The move prompted significant criticism. Democrats questioned whether Abbott trusts the military. Even some Republicans — including former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — spoke out in support of the exercise. Former state Rep. Todd Smith accused Abbott of “pandering to idiots.” “I think it’s okay to question your government — I do it on a pretty regular basis,” former Gov. Rick Perry, who is now U.S. Energy Secretary, told reporters at the time. “The military’s something else.”A spokesperson for Abbott did not immediately return The Texas Tribune’s request for comment Thursday, but Democrats are already seizing on Hayden’s remarks to further criticize the governor for calling the State Guard to monitor the operation.“It doesn’t take an intelligence expert to see that Trump Republican Greg Abbott calling the Texas National Guard on the U.S. Military was downright idiocy,” Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a news release. “Abbott still owes the men and women of our armed forces, and every single Texan, an apology.”Hayden was CIA director from 2006 to 2009. His allegation isn’t the first one connecting Russian misinformation campaigns and Texas. Last year, federal lawmakers revealed a trove of information from ads purchased on Facebook, including ones showing that two Russian Facebook pages managed to organize dueling rallies in front of a Houston mosque in 2016. Share
© 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters To the eye, when metal is abused, it either bends or dents, which typically seem to be two aspects of the same end result—but at the atomic level, metals behave quite differently when force is applied. Two main categories of change have been identified—twinning, where the atoms that make up a crystal shift in their position relative to one another, and slip, where crystal planes slide along one another causing bonds between atoms to be broken and reestablished with other atoms. Over the years, various research efforts have led to general findings that some metals twin, and some slip, and rarely do they vary from expectations. But now, research by the team in China is contesting that view, suggesting that a material such as aluminum, which has traditionally been classified as one that exhibits slipping when stressed, can also exhibit twinning—when stressed in different ways. This finding suggests that expectations of other metals may be in error as well, which means the whole idea of categorizing metals in such ways may have to be rethought.In their experiments, the researchers bent a bar made of aluminum until it formed a T shape. To explain what occurred in the metal as it was exposed to the large forces that caused such bending, the researchers built a computer model that sought to show what happened at the atomic level. The model wound up showing, via animated “movies” that the metal underwent both twinning and slipping, which contradicted what should have occurred. To test their model, the researchers looked at the bent metal under an electron microscope, which revealed the true nature of the metal—it did indeed both twin and slip. Their research results suggest other metals will have to be tested and new ways of categorizing the ways that metals react to force will have to be found. Explore further , arXiv More information: F. Zhao et al. Macrodeformation Twins in Single-Crystal Aluminum, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.075501 . On Arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1510.04404v1ABSTRACTDeformation twinning in pure aluminum has been considered to be a unique property of nanostructured aluminum. A lingering mystery is whether deformation twinning occurs in coarse-grained or single-crystal aluminum at scales beyond nanotwins. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of macrodeformation twins in single-crystal aluminum formed under an ultrahigh strain rate (∼106 s−1) and large shear strain (200%) via dynamic equal channel angular pressing. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the frustration of subsonic dislocation motion leads to transonic deformation twinning. Deformation twinning is rooted in the rate dependences of dislocation motion and twinning, which are coupled, complementary processes during severe plastic deformation under ultrahigh strain rates. Strength in shrinking: Understanding why a material’s behavior changes as it gets smaller (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from multiple institutions in China has cast doubts on the simple approach that has until now been taken regarding twinning and slip as metals deform. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team outlines experiments they conducted with aluminum, explain their results and suggest that new ways of categorizing the ways metal responds to stress must be defined. Citation: Experiments show that notions of twinning and slip in metals may not be as simple as thought (2016, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-notions-twinning-metals-simple-thought.html Propagation speed of dislocations and deformation twins during D-ECAP obtained from MD simulations. Credit: arXiv:1510.04404 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.