INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.last_img read more

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E-filing ‘changing the way the nation does taxes’

first_imgWhile tax prep and e-filing of a federal return may be free, the company may charge for filing state or local income taxes. It also may sell other services or products, which the IRS notes that consumers are under no obligation to purchase. There’s a new, consumer-friendly wrinkle to Free File this year. Companies in the Free File Alliance have agreed not to offer Refund Anticipation Loans, which provide taxpayers quick cash against their expected refunds, usually for high fees. “We heard many legitimate concerns about the marketing of ancillary products during the last filing season,” Everson, of the IRS, said in a statement. “This is a constructive step.” Another way to e-file is by using home tax software such as TurboTax or TaxCut. The programs can be bought online or in office supply stores and usually include rebates and coupons for free e-filing of at least one tax return. The companies – Intuit in the case of TurboTax and H&R Block in the case of TaxCut – update tax forms and instructions as they are updated by the IRS. These can be downloaded from the programs’ Web sites during filing season. Such programs use an interview process to walk taxpayers through the return preparation. Beforehand, gather your records: your 2005 tax return; 2006 income records such as W-2 statements from employers and end-of-year interest and dividend statements, as well as any 2006 tax refunds; and payments such as state and local taxes, business expenses, mortgage interest and any other deductible expenses. Home software Professional aid Taxpayers also can take their records to a professional preparer, who can also file the tax return electronically. It’s a more costly route, though it may be worth it if your taxes are complicated. Tax preparation bills from H&R Block, for example, average about $160 per client, according to the company. The IRS can find an e-filing tax pro for you if you enter your ZIP code in the e-file locator box on http://www.irs.gov. Taxpayers due a refund must provide bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refunds. Starting this year, taxpayers who use direct deposit will be able to divide their refunds into three separate deposits to financial accounts, such as checking, savings and retirement accounts. Those owing tax can pay electronically by charging it to a credit card; having the IRS withdraw the money directly from a bank account; or through the U.S. Treasury’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System by phone or over the Internet. See http://eftps.gov for more information. (But don’t respond to e-mails purporting to be from EFTPS and asking for personal information; that’s a known scam.) E-filing taxpayers create a personal identification number, which serves as their electronic signature and requires knowing their 2005 adjusted gross income. Taxpayers who don’t create a PIN can still file electronically but will also have to mail Form 8453-OL to the appropriate IRS service center after they have received IRS confirmation that the e-filed return was accepted. During transmission, the tax return is sent from a modem or other Internet connection to an electronic return transmitter, which converts the file to a format that meets IRS specifications and forwards it to the IRS for processing. Within 48 hours, the IRS confirms whether the return has been accepted or rejected. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Filing taxes electronically is the quickest way to get a refund. The Internal Revenue Service hopes that carrot will draw even more e-filing taxpayers this year. “E-filing is changing the way the nation does taxes,” IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. He said the agency received 73million electronically filed tax returns in 2006. About 61million taxpayers submitted paper returns in 2006. More than 20million returns were filed from home computers, an increase of about 19percent over the previous year. Refunds for e-filed tax returns come in about two weeks if the IRS deposits the refund directly into the taxpayer’s bank account. That’s compared with eight weeks for taxpayers who file a paper return and opt for a paper refund check. Besides producing faster refunds, filing electronically reduces errors because tax preparation software rejects returns with data entry mistakes or inconsistencies. The most common problems – an incorrect adjusted gross income figure or Social Security number, or carrying over the wrong amount from the tax table – are often careless errors that are easy for taxpayers to fix once the tax program highlights them. Help for filing In many cases, state and local tax returns can be e-filed at the same time as federal returns. There are several routes for federal e-filing. If your adjusted gross income is $52,000 or less, you can qualify for free online tax preparation and e-filing through the IRS’ Free File alliance of tax prep companies – as long as you use the IRS Web site http://www.irs.gov to link to those offers. Some of those companies may be limited to filing in certain states or to taxpayers of a certain income level. The IRS advises taxpayers to “carefully review the free offer descriptions” before starting their returns. last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Confident Jasprit Bumrah is an asset to Mumbai Indians, says Shane Bond

first_imgMumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond on Friday heaped praise on the team’s young pacer Jasprit Bumrah for his consistent performance for India over the past couple of months, especially in the just concluded World T20 cricket tournament. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)Defending champions Mumbai start their ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign against new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants at the Wankhede Stadium here. (IPL 2016 complete team list)”I think last year he (Bumrah) was coming into the matches, after serious knee injury, so didn’t see the best of him. But his development over the last year is credit to himself the manner of hard work he has put in. And I think he is a player who is in up and up. The way he particularly bowled for India in the World T20, he has been one of the best bowlers,” Bond said at the pre-match press conference here. (Also read: Sunil Narine remains doubtful for Delhi Daredevils clash)”And for us, in my point of view is great to get him back, also with the form that he is in and also with the confidence he is in. He has got great skills like the way he is bowling so he adds a great amount to our team,” the former New Zealand pacer added. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer) Speaking on the ways how to counter the batsmen, who are bringing about innovative shots in the shortest format of the game, the 40-year-old, “There is lot more technology in the game now, particularly in the analytical side of the game. It is about working out where and whom the batsman wants to target at some point of the game and what bowlers you want to bowl to a particular batsman.”advertisement”There are the things behind the scenes to give us the best chance of winning. At the end of the day the bowlers have to undergo pressure and bowl in the right areas. But we know if we are well prepared and organised and execute our skills very well with such a good bowling line-up, we will be reasonably successful,” Bond concluded.last_img read more

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February 8 2013Cosanti this week hosted a special

first_imgFebruary 8, 2013Cosanti this week hosted a special evening for the Concierges and tour directors of many of the resort hotels in the Phoenix Valley, and also the staff of WHERE magazine. WHERE is the guidebook that is in every hotel room in our region. Our advertising figures prominently in each issue.These tourism professionals, several of whom we have known for many years, are important to the life of both Cosanti and Arcosanti. They are the ones who when asked by winter guests, “What are the most interesting places we could visit today?” answer, “You must see Cosanti and Arcosanti and the famous Soleri Windbells!”[Photos and text by Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein]Our sunset reception this past Wednesday evening, an in-depth tour of Cosanti by Roger Tomalty, and a dramatic night-time bronze pour by the Cosanti foundry staff were all meant to show these friends, new and old, why visitors to Arizona should not return home without experiencing the ideas, sights and sounds embodied by the fantastic architectural spaces that are Cosanti and Arcosanti.As you read this now, we hope you, too, are planning to visit this winter.  We look forward to seeing you here!last_img read more

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