Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people

first_imgRonaldo spent over 90 minutes on Monday answering the questions of investigating judge Monica Gomez at a closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, the wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives.Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.Ronaldo, 32, has denied any wrongdoing. He told the judge he has always filed his tax returns and “never had the intention of evading taxes”, according to a statement from his representatives.Spanish daily El Mundo said the player — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — implied during his court hearing that he was only being investigated because of who he is.“I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the player told the judge, according to the newspaper.Ronaldo had been expected to speak to the throng of reporters gathered outside of the court after the hearing but instead his spokesman Inaki Torres emerged from the building to announce the player “was on his way home”, prompting jeers from the press.Portuguese television SIC reported that Ronaldo aborted the appearance at the podium set up outside the court because the court hearing had gone badly, with many moments of “tension” between him and the judge.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain.His arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was found guilty of tax evasion last year.Other footballers have also recently run into trouble with Spain’s taxman, some of them already convicted and others under investigation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured in June 2017, is accused of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLISBON, Portugal, Aug 1 – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his “brilliance” annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes.“What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attack lamps that shine!!!!” the Portuguese wrote in an Instagram message that received over a million likes within an hour of being posted.last_img read more

South Africa pays R2.9m for Dewani transfer

first_img9 April 2014 South Africa’s Department of Justice and Constitutional Development took no chances on Tuesday, forking out R2.9-million to transfer honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani from Bristol Airport in the UK to Cape Town International Airport. Dewani arrived at the Cape Town International in a private chartered jet, accompanied by a South African medical doctor, nurse and members of the South African Police Service and Interpol, shortly after 9am on Tuesday. He was then whisked off to the Western Cape High Court, where he was charged with kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice. The case was postponed to 12 May pending a medical examination to determine whether or not he is fit to stand trial. Dewani has been accused of orchestrating the murder of his bride, Anni Hindocha. He allegedly ordered local men to carry out a hit and make it look like a fatal carjacking incident. A substantial amount of money was paid for the hit, which occurred in Khayelitsha in November 2010. Three men have already been imprisoned for the same offence. Xolile Mngeni, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo were convicted of murder between 2010 and 2012. The men were sentenced to life imprisonment, 25 years’ imprisonment and 18 years’ imprisonment respectively. Dewani has been fighting removal from the UK, citing mental health problems, including severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Department of Justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the choice of a private aircraft was informed by the fact that Dewani’s medical condition needed to be constantly monitored and attended to. A commercial flight would have had the potential of compromising Dewani, which could have had an adverse effect on his pending medical examination. “We took into account the fact that there was undisputed evidence during the extradition hearing that he had displayed suicidal tendencies, and the South African government did not want to take chances,” Mhaga said. “It was therefore paramount that his return to the country was hazard-free, in order to ensure that he eventually makes that court appearance without hindrance.” Lieutenant Anwa Dramat, national head of the police’s Hawks special investigating unit, said: “We wish Dewani well as far as his health his concerned, in order for him to be able to tell his side of the story. Our investigating team is ready to resume with the trial. We hope the trial will bring closure to both the Hindocha and Dewani families.” Dewani is being detained at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, where he will receive psychiatric treatment pending his trial. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

AgriGold adding soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the Farm Machinery Show in Louisville today, AgriGold announced that the formerly corn only company will be soon adding soybeans to their line up.“We have been corn only for the past 80 years, but with new genetics, traits and seed treatments, it has made the soybean industry very confusing. Our model is largely based on a one-on-one relationship with the grower. We feel that this is the perfect opportunity to provide value with our growers not only in their difficult decisions in corn but now also soybeans,” said Nathan Louiso, regional sales manager for AgriGold. “We have been asked to provide a bean line for years, and we feel like it is time to support our growers with their soybeans like we have with corn. We are starting with a very limited release for spring of 2017 that will target some of our current growers. We are going to take this slow to do this the right way — the AgriGold way. We are starting with a blank slate and planning to get a lot of feedback from our growers as we move forward with this.”last_img read more

Heating Degree Days Drop Again in 2017

first_imgWe’ve had some beautiful cool weather here in Atlanta this spring. It’s about 50°F outdoors as I write this, one week into the month of May. The high yesterday was only about 70°F.We’re getting a few more heating degree days (HDD) in the middle of May. (Heating degree days are really just another way at looking at temperature, which I explained in more detail in a look at the fundamentals of degree days.) We occasionally pick up some HDD even in July and August. But it’s the winter HDD that matter for heating — and that give us a clue about the climate.Below is a graph showing the heating degree days for Atlanta over the past ten years. Aspen’s long-term average is about 9,000 HDD. This year they got 7,165 through April. Now, weather ain’t climate, so you can’t look at one year or even two or three and draw long-term conclusions about climate. Since 2010, however, they sure have had a lot of mild winters in Aspen. That’s great for heating bills, not so great for skiing. Our average number of heating degree days is about 3,000. This year, at less than 2,000, we’re at about two-thirds our average. Since the polar vortex of 2014 (remember that?), we’ve been down every year.It’s not just us either. This was a banner year for snow out West. I got an email recently about a couple of ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada that will keep the lifts running into the summer. But the temperatures were higher this winter, and the heating degree days lower. Here’s a look at 21 years of heating degree days for Aspen. RELATED ARTICLESCalculating Heating Degree DaysChoosing a Base Temperature for Degree DaysAll About Climate ZonesHow to Perform a Heat-Loss Calculation — Part 1How to Perform a Heat-Loss Calculation — Part 2 Of course, this has nothing to do with our atmosphere hitting the 400 parts per million level of carbon dioxide. Right? That climate change stuff is just a theory. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Releases Playoff Odds After Rivalry Weekend

first_imgESPN's FiveThirtyEight playoff odds for College Football teams after rivalry week.fivethirtyeight playoff oddsThe regular season, at least for most college football teams, has ended. Which means that after next Saturday’s slate of contests (many of which are conference championship games), the playoff selection committee will have all of the info it needs to make its decisions. Will their be chaos on the final Saturday? Or will it all hold?At this point, according to ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, a few things are clear. Oklahoma, after winning the Big 12, is in the playoff field. Alabama, with a win over Florida in the SEC title game, will also have a spot. Clemson, with a win over UNC, is in. And the winner of the Big Ten title game between Iowa and Michigan State will qualify as well. The question marks? Does UNC, with a win over Clemson, get in? And if Alabama loses to Florida, does Ohio State sneak back in? Here are the odds that FiveThirtyEight has at the moment.Oklahoma is in. The next four are locks if they win. Lurking: UNC, Stanford, Ohio State. https://t.co/ZvsQO702Hb pic.twitter.com/djQVtog8wY— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 29, 2015In just a week, we’ll have all of the answers. Until then, expect a great deal of debate.last_img read more

House Approves Bill to Set Up MOCA as Independent Body

first_imgStory Highlights The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Act was passed in the House of Representatives recently. The organisation will be transformed into an elite law-enforcement investigative agency, operating autonomously of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. “Since 2014, they have undertaken some 904 operations and have arrested 1,054 persons. Of that amount, 684 persons have been charged and, so far from those charges, 146 convictions have been handed down, and other cases are ongoing,” he said. The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Act was passed in the House of Representatives recently.The Bill seeks to establish MOCA as an independent body to fight organised crime in Jamaica, including detecting and investigating crime kingpins and persons who facilitate their activities.The organisation will be transformed into an elite law-enforcement investigative agency, operating autonomously of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.Closing the debate, Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, said MOCA continues to play an invaluable role in the administration of justice in the country.“Since 2014, they have undertaken some 904 operations and have arrested 1,054 persons. Of that amount, 684 persons have been charged and, so far from those charges, 146 convictions have been handed down, and other cases are ongoing,” he said.The Minister noted that the establishment of MOCA as an independent body will enhance the country’s crime-fighting efforts.“MOCA will not be a substitute for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, nor any other law-enforcement agency for that matter. MOCA’s establishment will complement existing law-enforcement agencies and will in no way diminish their powers or authority. We expect that through partnership and cooperation, MOCA will only serve to strengthen our law-enforcement capabilities,” he said.last_img read more

Netflix 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ Netflix Inc. (NFLX) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $133.9 million.The Los Gatos, California-based company said it had profit of 30 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share.The internet video service posted revenue of $4.19 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.21 billion.For the current quarter ending in April, Netflix said it expects revenue in the range of $4.49 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $4.59 billion.Netflix shares have climbed 32 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen nearly 5 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $353.43, a rise of 62 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on NFLX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/NFLXThe Associated Presslast_img read more

LS polls Cops crack down on illicit liquor weapons

first_imgNew Delhi: With the Lok Sabha polls around the corner, the Delhi Police has started a crackdown on the illegal weapons, liquors in the city. In a crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner also reviewed the progress report of the weekly monitoring items for forthcoming general elections.Police sources told Millennium Post from December 24, 2018 to February 21 this year, 39245.84 litres of illicit liquors, 28 can beer and 110 beer bottles were recovered. The law enforcement agency also recovered 304 knives, 254 live and 11 empty cartridges. In a crime review meeting, the top cop Amulya Patnaik reviewed the weekly progress report of the recoveries of these items. “He also told senior officers that there should stern action against misuse of vehicles, loudspeakers and other electoral malpractices,” sources further added. According to Delhi Police data from December 2018 to February 10, as many as 31,186 calls were received regarding loudspeakers. As many as 53 arms were deposited and 914 were verified. In the meeting, the discussion was also made to review and assessment of all licensed arms holders and deposition. Sources further said that during the period from December 24, 2018 to February 21, more than 15,000 vehicles were checked. As many as 791 actions were taken under CrPc whereas under DP Act 10,678 actions were taken. In the meeting, the discussion also focussed on the list of persons involved in booth capturing, impersonation, intimidation of voters in the past two elections. “Focus was also given on special drive against history sheeters, proclaimed absconders and fugitive criminals,” sources said. Police claimed that as many as 9,179 history sheets are on record. In the current year, 106 history sheets were opened and 106 are under process. According to Delhi Police, they have taken several initiatives to curb crime which includes patrolling and picket checking. “In 988 pickets (314–permanent and 674–temporary) more than 42,000 buses and TSR and 2,45,732 two-wheelers were checked till the last few weeks of February,” sources said. The picket staff had recovered 46 firearms, while 97 firearms were recovered by beat staff and 229 firearms by other staff.last_img read more

Facebook brings quoted message replies to Messenger

first_imgSan Francisco: To help people not lose the threads of conversations on Messenger, Facebook has introduced the quoted message reply feature on its messaging platform, the media reported. The feature works just like it does on WhatsApp. So with the roll out of the feature, the 1.3 billion users of Messenger would be able to quote a message to which they want to send a reply, VentureBeat reported on Wednesday. To make use of the feature, users would have to long-press on the text to which they want to reply and tap on the “reply” icon. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The feature works for responding to individual GIFs, videos, emoji, text and photo messages, said the report. The introduction of the feature comes just a couple of weeks after Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced his plan to make Facebook more privacy focused and merge services like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. “People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely,” Zuckerberg had said.last_img read more

BJD to play big role in postpoll govt formation Naveen

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday claimed that the BJD will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha and play a major role in government formation at the Centre in the coming elections in which no national party will be able to get a ajority.”No national party will be able to win majority in Lok Sabha election this time. BJD will have decisive role to play in formation of the next government at the Centre,” the Biju Janata Dal president said while formally kick starting his party’s poll campaign at a rally in Nayagarh. Claiming that the BJD will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, Patnaik said this will give an opportunity for putting an end to the “historical injustice” meted out to the state. Assembly election is also scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases in Odisha next month. In 2014, BJD had won 20 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats and 117 of the 147 assembly segments.last_img read more