first_imgNorwich City – Bartlomiej Dragowski (Fiorentina)Whether a loan deal, or an audacious permanent swoop, the Canaries should definitely be eyeing up the young goalkeeper.In a couple of astounding performances while at Empoli last term he set records for saves made in Serie A games.Bournemouth have been credited with interest but the fact theat La Viola have loaned Alban Lafont to Nantes for two year may scupper all interested parties unless they offer a huge fee. Could Toloi make the difference at Southampton? 21 Brighton and Hove Albion – Kevin Malcuit (Napoli)With Empoli star Giovanni Di Lorenzo heading to Naples this summer, and Kieran Trippier linked with a switch, it’s likely Malcuit and Elseid Hysaj could be on the move.The Frenchman, 27, starred for Lille and Saint-Etienne before transfer to Italy and might be able to be picked up under the nose of other squabbling clubs.Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Marseille are among the clubs who are keeping tabs on his services. Getty Images Manchester United – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)This is, of course, the obvious pick here but it makes total sense.Senegal international Koulibaly had been on of the best defenders in Serie A for several years now and would improve the Red Devils.His intelligence on the ball is just as vital as his defensive attributes. Zapata fights for the ball against Torino Chelsea have previously shown interest in Alex Sandro Getty Images Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Malcuit was wanted by a number of clubs around Europe before he joined Napoli Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Dragowski during a rare opportunity at Fiorentina Getty Images JIBE 21 LATEST New job Leicester City – Adam Ounas (Napoli)In two season over in Italy, Ounas hasn’t quite had a crack of the whip, starting just six games in Serie A.At the Africa Cup of Nations, the Algerian has shown he’s still got talent with two goals and an assist in his side’s 3-0 win over Tanzania.Could the Foxes hand the 22-year-old right winger a place to rebuild his career? Getty Images Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 21 targets 21 Gianfranco Zola meets the press with manager Ruud Gullit in 1996 De Roon has been a star performer since returning from Middlesbrough Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 14.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Getty Images TROPHY Audero had one of the highest save percentages in Europe last season Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Getty Images 21 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Burnley – Erick Pulgar (Bologna)With a €12million release clause, the Chilean ace, now starring at the Copa America, is set to be chased by a number of elite clubs.He would, though, be ideal for the Clarets thanks to his dominance in midfield and his set-piece taking abilities.A leader on the pitch, he would thrive under Sean Dyche and add some South American tenacity and flair to the Turf Moor melting pot. Getty Images 21 In the 1990s we saw Fabrizio Ravanelli, Ruud Gullit, Gianluca Vialli, Attilio Lombardo, Gianfranco Zola, and, er, Andrea Silenzi, all move to England after proving their talents in Italy.Meanwhile, recently, we’ve had Paul Pogba, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Darmian, and others come to our shores.But who might be treading the path next? Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve taken a look at which Serie A stars Premier League clubs should be attempting to sign this summer. Izzo in action for Torino Getty Images Getty Images Kouame holds off the challenge of Sampdoria ace Joachim Andersen 21 21 21 21 21 Getty Images Wolverhampton Wanderers – Cristian Zapata (Free Agent)Having been released by AC Milan, the 32-year-old Colombian is on the look out for a new club.Flamengo in Brazil are interested but Zapata, who seemed set to join Genoa at one point, but he could be an excellent signing for Wolves.With Europa League football on the cards, an experienced centre-back might be a wise addition for Nuno Espirito Santo, allowing rotation without weakening the starting XI too much. As transfers begin to get completed across Europe, it’s no surprise to see some Premier League clubs targeting players in Italy.Serie A has been home to many superstars global superstars throughout its history, with many then journeying on to the Premier League. 21 West Ham United – Pol Lirola (Sassuolo)Ryan Fredericks showed real improvement at the end of last season but a new right-back still may be on Manuel Pellegrini’s list.If so, the 21-year-old could be on the Chilean’s radar as he continues his progress in Serie A.He’s already said himself it might be time to change clubs and the Hammers could benefit from his itchy feet.Lirola was part of Spain’s European Under-21 Championship squad but didn’t play a match. 21 Chelsea – Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan)Seeing as the Blues can’t sign anyone this summer – at the moment anyway – they may as well scout for a talented youngster.The AC Milan attacking midfielder is progressing well in Europe already and might be on the move next year if the Italians fail to qualify for the Champions League again.Paqueta, 21, already has five international caps and is a fine left-footed midfielder who can play out wide or through the middle. Getty Images Aston Villa – Marten de Roon (Atalanta)Once of Middlesbrough, the Dutchman is now starring again in Italy and for the Netherlands too.He was key in Atalanta’s impressive Champions League qualification, which will undoubtedly make his signing unlikely.De Roon would be a fine midfielder addition though, giving some steel and neat passing in the centre of the park to complement Jack Grealish. deals Kluivert could have moved to United but chose to join Roma instead Manchester City – Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)Leroy Sane’s future remains uncertain given he only managed 21 starts last season.The 23-year-old will surely want more games soon and might force through a move.If he does then Chiesa, who may now want out of La Viola, would be an excellent target, despite the Italian side’s new owner, Rocco Commisso’s claims he won’t even sell for €100million (£89.5million). 21 Sheffield United – Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari)It would be a decent coup getting an Italy international in at Bramall Lane but it could happen.Clubs are targeting the 30-year-old who has quietly netted 29 goals in 67 games in his homeland.The likelihood is Chris Wilder will move for an upgrade on his strikeforce and Pavoletti might fit the bill. punished Pulgar is set to be the subject of several bids this summer Petagna was once on the books at AC Milan Liverpool – Nicolo Barella (Cagliari)When a player earns comparisons to Steven Gerrard it’s only right they should be carrying out checks on his ability.Already, he has seven Italy caps and two goals to his name have impressed with his hometown club.The box-to-box midfielder wants a move to Inter but at the moment the only keen club appear to be Roma, who he has snubbed. latest Getty Images Getty Images The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Ounas will be looking to get his career back on track 21 Getty Images 21 21 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Getty Images Everton – Justin Kluivert (Roma)Probably only a loan deal for now, the Toffees could do with an extra body in their forward line.Bernard hasn’t quite been the addition many expected and having him in rotation with a talented youngster like Kluivert might be ideal.The Dutchman has struggled a little in the Italian capital but might benefit from a change of seen to get his confidence back. Perry Groves calls on Arsenal to significantly invest if they want to finish in the top four Arsenal – Armando Izzo (Torino)The Gunners have got to make their £40million transfer budget stretch this summer.A centre-back seems to be one target this window with William Saliba linked, among others.Izzo was reportedly scouted a number of times by Arsenal last season but at the moment Torino aren’t playing ball over a potential deal.The 27-year-old made his international debut this year in a 6-0 win over Liechenstein. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Paqueta could get even better with another European season under his belt Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Watford – Christian Kouame (Genoa)Krzysztof Piatek left for AC Milan midway through last season but his partner in crime remains with Genoa.A grafter who has terrorised several defences ended the season with four goals and five assists as they beat the drop to Serie B.Bologna would rival the Hornets for his signature. United are reportedly prepared to make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the world Pavoletti celebrates after playing for the Azzurri Getty Images Newcastle United – Andrea Petagna (SPAL)The Serie A minnows avoided relegation last season and have now made several loan deals permanent, including the signing of Petagna.A 16-goal haul last-term triggered a €12million (£11million) deal for his services but they may choose to cash in on him.With Salomon Rondon yet to return to St James’ Park, 24-year-old Petagna should be on their radar. 21 Getty Images 21 Crystal Palace – German Pezzella (Fiorentina)The Argentine has been a regular in his nation’s defence at the Copa America this summer but it’s his Serie A form he’d rather be judged on.Excellent in the air and a dogged defender, he would shore up the Eagles’ backline and is entering his peak at 28-years-old. Getty Images Getty Images Southampton – Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)Previously linked with the Saints back in 2018, the Brazilian would add some needed experience to a young backline, which now includes Jan Bednarek.Toloi would perhaps be tough to snag given his club’s Champions League qualification but the Premier League and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s impressive start at St Mary’s might make him think again if they move for him. Lirola controls the ball for Sassuolo Federico Chiesa in action for Fiorentina. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Tottenham Hotspur – Alex Sandro (Juventus)Most Spurs fans won’t want to lose Danny Rose, especially after his end of season form.He was one of the few who held their nerve at the end of the Premier League campaign as they almost threw away a top four finish.But if he were to exit then it would be sensible for Mauricio Pochettino to push for a player like Sandro, who has done so well in Turin. boost last_img read more

first_imgJackson County REMC had over 3,000 without power Thursday and that number is down to only 122 as of Friday morning.  “The estimated time of restoration for these customers is Sunday, Nov 18 at 6 PM,” said Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy Community Relations Manager.  “While many customers will have power restored before then, that is when we expect all customers impacted by the storm to be back in service. We multiple cases of power lines down with much of the damage being the result of trees.” The energy company has restored power to over 20,000 people in the past 24 hours, with about 19,000 still without power, including 1,457 in Washington County.  Stay away from downed or sagging power lines, and do not touch anything that is on or near a power line (i.e., trees or tree limbs, cars, ladders).Keep children and family pets away from areas where lines may have fallen (backyards, fields, school yards, etc.).If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.Report all power line hazards to Duke Energy or your local emergency services department or agency.Lastly, here is a link to our website addressing storm safety:https://www.duke-energy.com/safety-and-preparedness/storm-safety?_ga=2.161169211.783721136.1542279771-1287458481.1537022522 Calloway said Duke asks the public to follow these guidelines regarding safety around power lines.  Energy companies are working hard to return power to customers around Kentuckiana after Mother Nature spread 1/4 of ice over the area Thursday morning.  At one point on Thursday, more than 40,000 people were without power.  Calloway said the damage is widespread throughout the area. Duke Energy estimates returning power to customers around Southern Indiana by Sunday evening at 6p.last_img read more

first_imgShare This!Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is right around the corner. What else is right around the corner? Lines for the food booths on the first Saturday afternoon of the festival. With so many booths to choose from, but lines being almost guaranteed at most, how do you know what is worth waiting for and what can be skipped during peak times? Here’s my views from sampling all the foods last year and eagerly anticipating the new ones.If you’re just looking for the highlights, you might want to check out my Top Ten Returning Items.*Indicates item returning from last year.Africa *Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (Pictured)*Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies*Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded CoconutThe dish most people will be talking about is the grilled lamb chop, which tends to be a festival favorite. For me, I find eating a lamb chop on the go a little awkward, as it just doesn’t seem right to pick up the bone and gnaw on it like one would do with a turkey leg. It feels a little better to grab the shrimp by the tail and eat them, although it is messy with the sweet and spicy sauce. The vegetables in that dish feel like an afterthought. The Lamington is the one dish I want to  love, but every time I got it, the cake was horrifically dry. If that trend continues, it is a dessert to skip.Belgium *Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup*”Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce (Pictured)Nothing says high-class like eating filet mignon out of a paper tray with plastic cutlery? Although the beef is delicious, it isn’t the easiest food to eat on the go, and the price can cause a bit of sticker shock. For that reason, this is on my list of foods to skip. The cheddar cheese soup is always a favorite, and with the reported inclusion of a pretzel roll this year, this wonderful dish is even better.The Chew Collective *Charcuterie Plate: Country Pate, Cured Meats, and Crostini (Pictured)*Pimento Cheese Dip with Pretzel ChipsPiggy Wings: Fried Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame SeedsLet’s face it–the main attraction at the Craft Beers booth is not going to be the food. Unless you really need something to chow down on while you sample beers, you can skip the returning foods from last year. I am intrigued by the idea of “fried pork wings”. Did someone say “Hey, we need to have good food at Craft Beers” and someone responded “That’ll happen when pigs fly”? In my mind, I’m thinking this may develop some sort of secret McRib-like cult following. Only time will tell.Stay tuned for the next exciting post with some returning favorites and some new booths to sample.Any of these foods your returning favorites? Are any going on your must try or must skip list? Feel free to sound off in the comments. *Escondidinho de Carne (Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca)*Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato*Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pictured)Every year, my order at the Brazil booth is the same: One of each of the foods, please. There’s nothing at the booth I wouldn’t recommend, and it is no surprise that I stop there several times during the festival. Whether you sample one food at a time or go for everything at once, this booth has some of the most consistently best food at Food and Wine.Canada Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry TorteRed Wine Chocolate Truffle*Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel (Pictured)Can I be the first to say that I’m quite thankful the small box of prepackaged chocolate seashells is no longer being offered? Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but prepackaged food just doesn’t fit with the festival booth vibe. What I’m most curious about is to see portion sizes and prices for the new chocolate offerings. One thing is for certain, I will be in line to get the Liquid Nitro truffle, returning from its debut last year at the Chew Lab booth. Foods made with liquid nitrogen are just plain cool. (Yes, you see what I did there.)Craft Beerscenter_img *Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce (Pictured)Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta CheesePeanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel DrizzleThe Chew Lab and Sustainable Chew have now merged into the equally awkward sounding “Chew Collective” booth. Two dishes from last year’s Chew booths are returning, and one of them will be found at the Collective–the ricotta and zucchini ravioli. My husband and I were split on this dish. He enjoyed the fresh flavors, but I thought it was a bit “soupy” in texture. I am excited about the other two dishes, and expect that the dessert offering will be a hit. The unique combination of flavors with the beef skewer will likely bit hit or miss for some people, but it is a flavor combination that I can get behind.China Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes*Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (Pictured)*Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped CreamNew this year is a beer-braised beef dish with smoked Gouda mashed potatoes, very similar to an offering last year, but now with 100% less waffle. Perhaps this makes a gluten-free dish at a formerly gluten-laden booth? Gouda is my favorite cheese, so I think this dish will be a winner. The other waffles are always delicious, but in the end, they are waffles with toppings. If you’re eating Mickey waffles during your trip or taking a visit to Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom for a Nutella waffle, is it worth it to sample the waffles here?Brazil *Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapenos, Tomato and Pap (Pictured)*Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan BreadPerhaps it is its location near the back of the park, or maybe it is because people either don’t feel “adventurous” enough to try African food (or those who do already have an ADR for Boma, Jiko, Sanaa. or Tusker House), but lines rarely seem to be too long for this booth. It’s a shame more people don’t give it a try, because the Buttered Chicken is one of my favorite meals. For a little more of a kick, the Beef Tenderloin Tips are good, but not as good as the chicken, in my opinion.Australia *Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce (Pictured)Sichuan Spicy ChickenBlack Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles*Chicken Pot StickersThe Sichuan flavors from the noodles that accompanied the black pepper shrimp have now been moved to a spicy chicken dish, making the black pepper shrimp a bit more approachable if you’re not a huge fan of spicy foods. Perhaps it is the Nine Dragons effect, but the China booth often gets a ho-hum response. Unless you’re really craving pot stickers, skip them–they’re on par with any Chinese takeout.Chocolate Studiolast_img read more

first_img3 September 2008Information booklets, containing statements of allocation, will today be posted to almost 300 000 new shareholders who applied to participate in the Sasol Inzalo black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction.Both the cash and funded invitations were extremely sought-after with the cash offer being oversubscribed by 13% and the funded being more than 300% oversubscribed.“Sasol Inzalo’s mandate is to deliver a transaction that will help make broad-based black economic empowerment a tangible and practical reality in the lives of South Africans who may previously not have considered this type of an investment,” said Sasol CEO Pat Davies.“We are very proud that Sasol has met these objectives and is today able to initiate its dialogue with our thousands of new shareholders. I warmly welcome them, from 8 September 2008, when they join the Sasol family.”‘Bottom up’ approachTo achieve a broad-based shareholding of Sasol BEE ordinary shares and Sasol Inzalo ordinary shares, applications were accepted using a “bottom up” approach to prioritise the acceptance of applications for small numbers of shares, over those for larger numbers of shares.In the funded invitation, applicants could apply for a minimum of 25 Sasol Inzalo ordinary shares for an amount of R457.50. Applications for subscription amounts between R457.50 and R915 (i.e. 50 Sasol Inzalo ordinary shares) were accepted in full.Applications for 50 shares and more were allocated on a pro-rata basis. In the funded invitation, applicants received the number of shares applied for up to 50 shares and then, on average, 11.3% of the balance of the shares applied for.In the cash invitation, applicants could apply for a minimum of 10 Sasol BEE ordinary shares for an amount of R3 660. Applications for subscription amounts between R3 660 and R18 300 (i.e. 50 Sasol BEE ordinary shares) were accepted in full.Applications for 50 shares and more were allocated on a pro-rata basis. In the cash invitation, applicants received the number of shares applied for up to 50 shares and then, on average, 76.7% of the balance of the shares applied for.Broad-based empowermentThe top three provincial allocations were to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal at 45%, 19% and 15% respectively, while the largest age group represented in the transaction was the 31-40 years group at 26%, followed by the 41-50 year-olds at 23%.Younger applicants, in the 22-30 age category, as well as the 0-21 category were level at 16%.Female individuals received 43.6% of the allocation with female groups taking 3.9%, while male individuals received 43% of the allocation with male groups taking 9.5%.As a further testimony to the broad-based attraction of the invitations, 95% of the applications received were for 200 shares, or less.“We are very pleased with the outcome of the allocation as we met our broad based targets and still recognised the investment interest from applicants seeking larger numbers of shares,” said Sasol executive director Nolitha Fakude.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgSmall businesses that have adopted digital technologies are seeing improved growth and business success.A study by IDC and commissioned by Sage, found the following:56 percent of small businesses have adopted digital technologies, but the remaining businesses still work in traditional ways57 percent of small business say that digital business models offer a significant opportunityMore than half of SMBs say that they are ready to take on disruption that may result by adopting digital technologiesA third of small businesses say that new digital technologies have enabled their businesses to innovateOnly 8 percent of small businesses say that they are able to dedicate quality time on being innovationCathy Daum, senior vice president at SAP, said that digital innovation helps small companies “strengthen business networks, improve mobile worker enablement and help become a more agile organization by investing in areas such as cloud-based services. SMBs who want to maintain a competitive advantage need to build these innovations into their existing technology infrastructure to take full advantage of the digital economy and compete with larger businesses.”last_img read more

first_imgServerless computing is a computing environment where developers can write software without needing to know the details of the server where the software will ultimately run. In general, developers don’t need to know server specs, storage, clustering or any configurations. Niko Köbler, a software architect, said that “with serverless, you just pay for what you actually use. There is no idle time of infrastructure you have to pay for. If there is just one event per hour, and your function will just run one second, you’ll pay only for one second per hour, not the whole hour as currently with VMs and other platforms, because you need the environment available just in case there will be an event. And if there suddenly are thousands of events per second, your cloud provider will take care of that; the whole environment will scale transparently without forcing you to do anything.” Ben Kehoe, Research Scientist at iRobot, wrote that the importance of serverless is that it “is a way to focus on business value. How do functions help you deliver value? They let you focus on writing business logic, not coding supporting infrastructure for your business logic.”center_img Amir Jerbi, CTO at Aqua Security , said that “serverless is a rather bad name for a cohort of technologies that enable executing application code without managing or caring about the underlying infrastructure, and doing so on demand and in a highly automated way.”last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#politics#web#YouTube Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The 2010 U.S. midterm elections are coming up. On November 2, 36 of the 100 Senate seats, 26 of the 50 gubernatorial and all of the House seats will be contested. As they did for the 2008 presidential elections, the Personal Democracy Forum is working with YouTube to ask voters to post videos of 10 Questions they have for the candidates in a race, or submit text versions.10Questions is focusing on what they consider the 46 most competitive of these races. For each of them, viewers can, via their website or an embeddable widget, anyone can upload videos of their questions, view those of other users and vote on whose questions should be asked. View uploading and voting widgets with videos after the jump.How It WorksOn September 21st the top 10 questions for each race will be given to the candidates involved and they will have two weeks to upload their answers to YouTube. Viewers will then vote on whether those candidates have actually answered the questions, or if their responses were just circumlocutions, legerdemain, spin and talking points. This time, 10Questions is going out with a host of media partners, from the Miami Herald to WNYC to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition to their site and widget, they are reaching out via Twitter and Facebook. I asked Daniel Teweles, VP of Business Development and Marketing at the Personal Democracy Forum to address the possibility that the system might be gamed by groups of users. “Votes are limited to one per Google Account, and the the top ten questions will have their votes audited to further guard against ballot box stuffing. On the answer side of things, it is certainly possible for people to rate the candidates rather than their responses when they vote on the answers. This is an experiment, and that phase is directed at creating a feedback loop that rewards substance over soundbites, which is a major difference between 10Questions and the pre-existing debate structure.”People in Glass HousesConversation is something that’s grown up with the social web, though it is never as perfect, or as imperfect, as its partisans and detractors insist. Teweles’s group isn’t alone in the attempt to create mechanisms intended to “(reward) substance over soundbites.” Another example is Glass House Conversations, an online version of the Philip Johnson Glass House salon that focuses more on design and architecture. “Each Monday, a host posts a provocation. People have only five days to respond . . . After comments have closed a “Final Word” is chosen from the replies.”Have you participated in a purpose-made online conversation series? What do you like about it? What needs to happen for this sort of conversation to reach its full potential? center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court threw out the 2018 ballot initiative to:– impose an additional personal income tax rate of 4% on millionaires; and– earmark those revenues for certain public spending.A majority of the court ruled that the attorney general’s ballot certification did not satisfy the related subjects requirement under the Massachusetts constitution.What did the ballot initiative specifically propose?The ballot petition contained 3 provisions on 3 distinct subjects. It presented those subjects as a single ballot question. The petition proposed to amend the flat tax rate mandated by the Massachusetts constitution to impose the additional income tax rate on residents with income exceeding $1 million. The petition then proposed to prioritize spending by earmarking revenues from the new tax for:– quality public education and affordable public colleges and universities; and– the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.Why did the ballot initiative fail to satisfy constitutional requirements?According to the court, the petition did not articulate a mutually dependent or common purpose between the spending proposals and the tax. It agreed with the attorney general that the subjects of education and transportation involve areas of public concern that can be characterized as socially beneficial and serve the common good. The court also agreed that education and transportation make up part of the many keys to inclusive growth. Nonetheless, the attorney general’s ability to articulate a “conceptual or abstract bond” between the petition’s diverse proposals did not satisfy the related subjects requirement. A common purpose, the court said, cannot be so overbroad as to render the related subjects limitation meaningless.The court admitted there is no single bright-line test for determining whether an initiative meets the related subjects requirement. However, its examination of the diverse subjects of the millionaire’s tax petition disclosed no operational relatedness among its parts. Therefore, it was unable to find a common purpose or unified public policy that the voters fairly could vote up or down as a whole. There was no relation between the earmarked revenue proposals themselves beyond the broadest conceptual level of public good. In addition, these proposals were entirely separate from graduated income tax proposal. A reasonable voter could not fairly accept or reject the petition as a unified statement of public policy. Including it on the ballot, the court said, would place a reasonable voter in the untenable position of casting a single vote on 2 or more dissimilar subjects. Consequently, the ballot petition for the millionaire’s tax did not meet the relatedness requirement set forth in the Massachusetts constitution.Anderson v. Massachusetts Attorney General, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, No. SJC-12422, June 18, 2018, ¶401-653Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgJuventus are monitoring Spanish youngster Ferran Torres, according to reports, joining a long list of suitors. The 19-year old, who plays for Valencia and is on duty with Spain’s U-21 team, is being observed by Juve’s scouts, claim goal.com. Torres has made 12 appearances for Valencia this season, and scored once. He made his debut for the club in December 2017. Born in 2000, the right winger has a release clause of €100m, and his contract expires in June 2021. The imminent winding down of the deal means he could be available at a lowered price-tag. He has already been linked with Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Barcelona. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Buffon defends Juventus teammate Rabiot: Give him a breakby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGigi Buffon insists Adrien Rabiot will prove himself at Juventus.The midfielder followed Buffon from PSG to Juve this summer, but has battled for minutes so far this season.However, Buffon insists: “It must be said that for ten months. Ten months, it’s as if we had seen him twice, even if he trained … He must return to the field, take his bearings, especially for someone with this great physique. “You also change teammates, you come to Juve, a club with different working methods, you change a championship … I think Adrien brings to Juve exceptional technical and physical qualities. It takes a period of adaptation for everyone. He will not be the first nor the last.” last_img read more