Westinghouse boys big surprise in City League play

first_imgSCHEDULE:BOYS Friday3:15 p.m., Langley at Brashear 3:15 p.m., Oliver at Allderdice 7:30 p.m., Peabody at Westinghouse 7:30 p.m., Perry at Schenley STANDINGS:Team                 Conf.    OverallPerry                   4-0      7-1Westinghouse     3-0      5-1Oliver                 3-0      5-2Peabody             3-1      3-5Schenley            1-3      3-6Carrick               0-4      3-6Allderdice          1-2      2-4Brashear             1-3      1-8Langley              0-3      0-8 Allderdice girls handdefending champ Westinghouse first conference lossPerry (3-1, 3-7) got its opportunity to move ahead of Westinghouse in the conference standings, as a result of a 50-41 Westinghouse loss to Allderdice Jan. 5, even though they have an overall losing record. “We just weren’t mentally prepared,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones about her team. “Their guards were quick and they definitely had an advantage in the height differential. As I said before, the league is wide open this year. It will come down to the team that wants it the most.”With the win, Allderdice moved into the second spot with its 3-2 overall record as well as in the conference with a 2-1 mark.“It was a nice win for us,” said Allderdice’s head coach Dave Walcheskey. “They are a quality team. Some of our girls are really growing up quick. We start four sophomores and one junior and they’ve all come through in big situations.”Allderdice was led by Janay Bottoms with 16 points and Lanise Saunders with 14.“They played a pretty good game,” said Walcheskey. “As a young team, we just need to learn how to eliminate mistakes. The key to us beating Westinghouse was the fact that we stuck close to them at halftime which gave us some momentum going into the second half. We did that and came out with the win.”In the three games that Langley has played, they are still right in the thick of things, they’ve attained a 2-1 record—in which all of their games have been played in the conference. Schenley, Carrick and Brashear all have matching 2-2 conference record, keeping them all close to the pack.No team has been able to pull away from the pack making this week’s games critical. Allderdice is just one year removed from an impressive year in which they completed a late season charge, with eight consecutive wins, and eventually reached the City championship game. However, they’ve gotten off to a slow start this season. Their 2-4 record is their worst since December of 2007 when they lost three straight and fell to a mark of 3-5. They won the next three, but still ended up on the losing side of things, finishing the year 10-15 overall and experiencing an early exit out of the postseason with a 45-43 loss to Perry. “Our defense definitely has to improve,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “Even when we had our 10-15 year, we were still among the top teams in allowing the fewest points. We’re scoring in our sleep, that’s not a problem. We just have to get better attitudes out of our guys, namely our seniors, along with a better effort. That is what we need in order to get back on track.”Westinghouse (5-1, 3-0) made those chances more likely when they handed them a 68-55 beating Jan. 5 which moved the Bulldogs up a spot to sit behind defending champion Perry for first place.“Our guys are feeling really good,” said Westinghouse head coach Kenny Roebuck. “We’re happy about what we’ve done so far. All of our guys are from the Homewood community and they’ve been together for four years now. You used to see heads hanging and comments about ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘I can’t do that’ but that’s definitely not the case nowadays. Their skill level has risen and they’re beginning to be real consistent.”The team has been on a roll, only losing to Indiana in its own tournament Dec. 29. With five wins, they are just one victory away from matching the six that they put up last year— finishing 6-19, overall.Perry is enjoying a league-high seven victories, with just one loss. They have an undefeated 4-0 conference record and are looking to return to the big game—minus a real threat in the post. The other team of the North Side, Oliver, is currently in third place, with a 5-2 overall record (3-0 in the City) and is the only other team in the league without a loss in the conference.Peabody (3-5) leads the rest of the pack, which (aside from the top three teams) lacks an overall winning record, going 3-1 in the City.center_img This week: Friday 3:15 p.m., Allderdice at Oliver3:15 p.m., Schenley at Perry 7:30 p.m., Brashear at Langley7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at PeabodySTANDINGS: Team:    Conf    OverallPerry                     3-1      3-7Westinghouse       2-1      4-2Allderdice             2-1      3-2Langley                 2-1      2-1Schenley               2-2      3-5Carrick                 2-2      2-5Brashear               2-2      2-6Oliver                   1-2      1-6Peabody               0-4      0-8(Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments on City League Basketball to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com).  (D.W. Howze can be reached at: [email protected]).last_img read more

Barcelona and Real Madrid locked together atop LaLiga Santander ahead of El Clasico on…

first_imgAdvertisement 6lm6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsx8lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7yga8Would you ever consider trying this?😱tyCan your students do this? 🌚4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Barcelona and Real Madrid go into Wednesday’s hugely-awaited LaLiga El Clasico locked together at the top of the table after late drama in both their games last weekend.Advertisement  LaLiga’s top two sides are currently tied on 35 points each, four ahead of third-placed Sevilla, with El Clasico as their game in hand. A winner of the rearranged game at the Camp Nou this week will be sure to top the table through the winter break, and a big favourite to take the title.Advertisement  Advertisement The two months since the fixture was initially postponed in October has seen both Madrid and Barca kick into much better form following up-and-down starts to the campaign. Both teams had stiff tests this weekend, though. Barça were in action first and found themselves involved in a thriller at Real Sociedad on Saturday. Txuri-urdin captain Mikel Oyarzabal put his side in front from the penalty spot but Barça seemed to have turned it around with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez before home forward Alexander Isak equalised for 2-2 late on to ensure the spoils were shared. Sunday saw Zinedine Zidane’s side start strong at Valencia but appear to be heading for defeat when Los Che youngster Carlos Soler scored with 12 minutes remaining. But there was still time for Karim Benzema to hammer in an equaliser, after his team’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had gone forward for a 95th minute corner, bringing a 1-1 final score. The two sides have also been evolving together over the course of the 2019/20 season. Real Madrid have been invigorated by the emergence of youngsters Fede Valverde and Rodrygo, with the Uruguayan midfielder, 21, and Brazilian forward, 18, both potentially match-winners as they head look to start El Clasico for the first time. An issue for Zidane is on the left of the defence, where versatile utility-man Nacho Fernandez filled-in against Valencia on Sunday. Barça have also been tweaking their side positively as the season has progressed, with summer arrivals Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann now more integrated into the Barça’s trademark passing style of football. The return to prominence of Ivan Rakitic has also helped their midfield cohesion, while left-back Jordi Alba proving himself fit again on Saturday was another boost. Much of the focus will again be on Barça talisman Lionel Messi, who has 18 goals and nine assists in 29 career El Clasico matches in LaLiga. Although Messi was missing with injury in the corresponding fixture last season, Barça still ran out resounding 5-1 winners at the Camp Nou, with Uruguayan star Luis Suarez stepping up with a hat-trick. Zidane was, however, unbeaten at the Camp Nou in LaLiga during his first term as Real Madrid coach, winning 2-1 in 2015/16 and securing draws during the two following campaigns. Valverde also has an excellent record in El Clasico, with last March’s 1-0 LaLiga victory at the Santiago Bernabeu making it three wins and a draw in four meetings since taking the Barça job. There is little to separate the two teams as they head into the next instalment of world football’s biggest club game, in front of a potential live TV audience of more than half a billion viewers in 182 countries. Wednesday’s LaLiga Clasico really is too tight to call, so all we can do is tune in and wait for the excitement to begin.    Advertisementlast_img read more

The Travel Bug® That’s Traveled the Furthest* (*and is still traveling)

first_img SharePrint RelatedMAT – the Travel Bug® that TeachesSeptember 18, 2012In “Learn”The Teenage Travel Bug® MoverSeptember 19, 2012In “Community”Trackable Week Begins Monday!September 8, 2012In “Community”  Eine aktiver Travel Bug übertrifft alle anderen in der zurückgelegten Entfernung.Das ist die Geschichte des am weitesten gereisten aktiven TB in der Welt, Steves Geo–Rucksack und seines Eigentümers, Steve Kenny (clrtolnd). Mit (bis jetzt) 1,6 Millionen Meilen hat Steves Geo–Rucksack viel Erfahrung im Reisen. Steve hat den Vorteil, dass er Pilot bei einer Fluggesellschaft ist und somit viele Möglichkeiten hat, die Welt zu sehen.“Geocaching ist perfekt für Piloten, da wir während unserer Reisen Zeit für Zwischenstopps haben.” Der Name clrtolnd steht für “Bereit zur Landung“, eine positive Nachricht für Piloten und ein erstklassiges Zeichen für Travel Bugs um eifrig mehr Meilen zu sammeln.Steve nutzt für seinen TB die Technik des “Eintauchens” um seine persönliche Reisemeilen zu protokollieren. Dies bedeutet, er loggt den Besuch eines Geocaches mit seinem Travel Bug, lässt diesen jedoch in seinem Besitz, anstatt Ihn in den Geocache abzulegen. Seinen TB “eintauchen” lassen, kann man auch auf Geocaching.com wenn man einen Cache besucht. Man wählt unter dem Reiter “Trackables abgelegt?”, die Option ‘Besucht‘ aus, durch diese Auswahl bleibt der TB im Bestand des Geocachers. Der Begriff “persönliche Traveler” bezieht sich auf Travel Bugs wie Steves Geo–Rucksack, sie dienen der Nachverfolgung des Kilometerstand zwischen den besuchten Geocaches. Alternativ loggen auch einige Geocacher einen Travel Bug als “Besucht” ein, bevor Sie diesen an eine andere Person übergeben.UAL Family Travel Bug, one of clrtolnd’s Travel Bugs.Steve entdeckte Geocaching im August 2006, als er und seine Kollegen einen Zwischenaufenthalt in Frankfurt, Deutschland hatten.  Während der Wartezeit, erklärte der Flugkapitän clrtolnd das Hobby Geocaching. An dem Tag fanden Sie gemeinsam drei Traditional– und einen Multi–Cache — seit dem wurde aus Steve ein begeisterter Geocacher. Er hat sogar aus seinem Bruder, Flyingbug, in einen Geocaching–Enthusiasten verwandelt. “Wir haben beide Hunderte von Meilen zu Fuß sowie Tausende von Meilen in der Luft zurückgelegt. Er ist mein bester Caching–Kumpel” gesteht Steve.Nach ein paar Monate im Hobby Geocaching kaufte Steve ein paar Geocoins und einen Travel Bug um zu verfolgen, wie viele Meilen er in einem bestimmten Monat gereist ist. Er brachte den TB an seinen kleinen Rucksack (daher der Name Steves Geo–Rucksack) an und das Abenteuer begann.Steve loggt seinen TB nicht bei jedem Cache den er findet ein, aber er loggt mit Ihm im Allgemeinen einem Cache pro Ausflug. Manchmal verpasst er das Loggen oder er vergisst es, vor allem bei Reisen in der gleichen Region. “Wenn ich einen Cache in Dubai finde, nach Hause fliege und meine nächster Fund ist in Kuwait, dann verpasse ich in etwa 13.000 Meilen. Das geschieht jedes Jahr mehrere Male, aber ich versuche zu mindestens jedes Mal einen Cache zu suchen, wenn ich für mehr als 12 Stunden auf dem Boden bin.”Mit so vielen zurückgelegten Meilen seines TBs kann Steve viele Geocaching–Geschichten erzählen. Er erinnert sich liebevoll daran, wie er einen UAL–Familien–Travel Bug mit einem McDonald‘s 747 Spielzeug–Flugzeug erstellte und ihn im Victoria Peak in Hongkong ablegte. “Der erste Geocacher, welcher den Travel Bug aufnahm, war ein Air New Zealand 747 Pilot!”Steve’s geo-backpack Travel Bug has logged its way across the globe.[Der Travel Bug Steves Geo-Rucksack hat seinen Weg über den Globus abgebildet.]Steve und sein Travel Bug der “Geo–Rucksack” haben keine Pläne kürzer zu treten. “Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, meinen Geo–Rucksack in den Ruhestand zu schicken. Ich nehme Ihn fast überall mit hin, er enthält all mein Geo–Equipment.” Steves Geo–Kit enthält alles was er für das Geocaching benötigt, mit Ausnahme einer Zange oder einem scharfen Objekt – auch Piloten dürfen dies nicht auf Flügen mitnehmen. Trackable Week highlights a new story Monday through Sunday this week about creative ways to experience Trackables. Geocaching.com Trackables allow people to tag and track an item from location to location. Trackables typically come in three varieties, Geocoins, Travel Bugs® or Promotional Trackables like the “Find the Gecko,” Geico campaign. (Watch a video on Travel Bugs)See the bottom of this article for a place a share your Trackable stories, links to other Trackable stories and a limited time special offer for 10% or more on individual orders of Travel Bugs through Shop Geocaching and our International Retailers.Die Trackable–Woche präsentiert eine neue Geschichte jeweils von Montag bis Sonntag in dieser Woche um mehr über Trackables zu erfahren. Geocaching.com Trackables erlauben Leuten, einen Gegenstand zu markieren und diesen von Ort zu Ort zu verfolgen. Trackables kommen typischerweise in drei Varianten daher, Geocoins, Travel Bugs® oder Werbe–Trackables wie beispielsweise “Find the Gecko“, einer Kampagne von Geico. (Schau Dir ein Video über Travel Bugs an)Am Ende dieses Artikels findest Du Platz um Deine eigenen Trackable–Geschichten zu teilen, Links zu anderen Trackable–Storys zu setzen und Du findest ein Sonderangebot für einen begrenzten Zeitraum. Spare 10% oder mehr auf deine Bestellung von Travel Bugs im Shop von Geocaching.com und bei unseren internationalen Einzelhändlern.Steve’s Geo-BackpackSteve’s geo-backpack Travel Bug has logged its way across the globe.[Der Travel Bug Steves Geo-Rucksack hat seinen Weg über den Globus abgebildet.]One active Travel Bug has surpassed all others in its distance traveled.This is the story of the most–well–traveled active TB in the world, Steve‘s geo–backpack, and its owner, Steve Kenny (clrtolnd). With 1.6 million miles, and counting, Steve‘s geo–backpack has experienced some serious traveling. Steve has the advantage of being an airline pilot who has many opportunities to see the world.“Geocaching is perfect for pilots because during our travels, we have time to ourselves on our layovers.” The name clrtolnd stands for “clear to land,” a positive message for airline pilots, and an excellent sign for Travel Bugs that are eager to land more miles.clrtolnd at Burj Kalifa, Dubai, one of his many worldly travels.[Clrtolnd beim Burj Kalifa, Dubai, auf einer seiner zahlreichen weltweiten Reisen.]Steve uses the technique of “dipping” his TB to track his personal mileage. This means that he logs the Travel Bug at a geocache, but then keeps it in his possession rather than leaving it inside of the cache container. Dipping can be done on Geocaching.com by logging a cache and selecting the “Dropped off Any Trackables?” option, under which the option of “Visited” can be selected. By selecting “Visited,” the TB remains in the geocacher‘s inventory and is considered “dipped.” The term “personal traveler” refers to Travel Bugs like Steve‘s geo–backpack that are used for tracking the mileage between geocaches. Alternatively, some geocachers will dip a Travel Bug just before handing it off to another person.Steve first discovered geocaching in August 2006, when he and his colleagues were on a flight layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  While waiting, the flight captain introduced clrtolnd to the hobby of geocaching. That day, they successfully found three traditional geocaches and one multicache — Steve has been an avid geocacher ever since. He has even converted his brother, Flyingbug, into a geocaching enthusiast. “We both have but hundreds of miles on our shoes as well as the thousands of miles in the air. He is my favorite caching buddy,” admits Steve.A few months into geocaching, Steve purchased some coins and a Travel Bug in order to track how many miles he traveled in a given month. He clipped the TB to his small backpack (hence the name Steve‘s geo–backpack) and set off for adventure.Steve does not dip his TB in every cache that he finds, but he generally dips it in one cache per outing. Sometimes he misses out on logging miles, if he forgets to dip it between trips to the same region, “If I find a cache in Dubai, fly home, and my next find is in Kuwait, I failed to log more than 13,000 miles. That happens multiple times each year, but I attempt to find at least one cache each time that I have more than 12 hours on the ground.”With so many miles under his TB‘s belt, Steve has many geocaching stories to share. He fondly recalls a time that he made a UAL Family Travel Bug out of a McDonald‘s 747 toy–airplane and left it on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, “The first geocacher to pick it up was an Air New Zealand 747 pilot!”clrtolnd’s photo of his brother, Flyingbug at a find in West Virginia[Clrtolnd’s Foto von seinem Bruder, Flyingbug bei einem Fund in West Virginia]Steve and his geo–backpack Travel Bug have no plans to slow down. “I can‘t imagine retiring my geo–backpack. I take it almost everywhere that I carry my geo–essentials.” Steve’s geo–kit includes all of the geocaching necessities, except for pliers or a sharp object – even pilots aren‘t allowed to bring those on flights.center_img ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win this rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.Teile jetzt Deine Trackable–Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anShop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Leadership and the Remarkably High Cost of Low Expectations

first_imgYour standard as a leader is not what you believe to be your standard. Instead, your standard is what you allow, what you accept, what occurs without your objection or consequences. Over time, you can be lulled into expecting less from the people you lead. The result of low expectations is not reaching your full potential and not helping others achieve theirs.Expecting Too LittleWhile this post isn’t about sales, there may not be a better example than a sales floor with an activity quota. The leader of the team requires forty outbound calls a day, even though most of the calls result in a voice mail. Although anyone is capable of making five calls an hour, the average number of calls ends up being something like thirty-two calls, with a few reps making more, and others making so few calls as to pull down the average.Assume the leader is thoughtful and cares about the outcomes of those calls as much or more than they care about the activity. The standard is not really forty outbound calls. The real standard is what the leader allows, not what the leader suggests. When there is no accountability or consequences, you do not have a standard; you have what amounts to “suggestions.”When you allow your expectations to chase the average performance you can achieve, you both expect and receive something less than the best performance of the people in your charge are capable of producing.Seeing Too LittleThe best leader you ever had believed you were something more than you recognized and pushed you to become that person. They didn’t coddle you or accept something less than your best performance. They weren’t apathetic about your effort, and they didn’t neglect you. Instead, they coached and encouraged you.Most people already underestimate their real potential. They don’t recognize their gifts and their capacities, and many (most) haven’t had the experience of working for someone who cares enough about them to see something in them that they can’t see themselves, or something they can see but haven’t had the courage to become.As a leader, your results are not only limited by your exceptions, but also by the limit of your ability to help people grow and improve their capacities to generate results. What you see in each individual is the performance you can expect from them. If you want to see something different, you have to help them see what they might become.Believing Too LittleThere is a word that you don’t hear enough in business. Perhaps it isn’t heard much outside of business anymore. The word is “encouragement.” The word “encourage” means to support and provide confidence. Without researching the word’s etymology, it isn’t difficult to recognize the idea of providing someone with the courage to act.Most people have no idea what they are capable of, and many (if not most) haven’t been encouraged to become something more than they are now. Most don’t possess enough belief in themselves and are not helped by leaders who don’t have a greater belief in them they have in themselves. Accepting and allowing people to turn in mediocre or poor results because you believe that is all they are capable of is to hold too little belief in them.As a leader, it’s difficult to accept that the person who didn’t perform for you thrives under another leader. The person did not change, nor did their role. The expectations of the person changed when their leader changed.Pushing Too LittleThe person who cares about you will push you to become the better version of yourself that is presently locked up inside you. They will continuously remind you that you are not doing the work, not putting forth the necessary effort and that you are capable of more. They won’t accept anything less than your best, and they’ll keep pushing until you succeed.There are many reasons we fail to push people for their best performance. First, it takes a lot of time and energy. Second, it means having the same conversation over and over again without seeing much of an improvement, if any. Third, it’s easy to be busy with other things, none of which are likely to outweigh developing your people and improving your overall results. But mostly, we may not push because we didn’t have a model of how to drive performance and because we don’t believe it will make a difference (i.e., we see too little, and we believe too little).A considerable measure of your results as a leader is going to come from your ability to encourage the best possible performance from the people on your team. You have to see, believe, and push for their growth and their performance.Failing Those in Your ChargeIf there is a way to fail your people, allowing them to lower their standards has to top the list. You can easily rationalize lowering your expectations, something that will be debilitating to producing better results.You can believe that it isn’t your responsibility to see something in your people they can’t see, and that it isn’t your responsibility to encourage their growth. You are paying them for their work, and you shouldn’t have to push them for their best results. To hold these beliefs is to fail the people in your charge, and in return, you can expect them to fail you.Raise your standards and expect more. Recognize that everyone on your team is capable of more than what they are doing now. Believe and encourage their growth, their development, and their best performance. And push them to start moving towards these things.last_img read more

PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles

first_imgThe Filipino duo of Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida entered the women’s doubles semifinals in squash after beating the Thai tandem of Suviva Kitvijarn and Tuddaw Thamronglarp, 11-4, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday.Aribado and Dalida, who drew a bye in the round of 16, arranged a duel with Malaysia’s Chan Yiwen and Nazihah Haris in the semis.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The two easily ousted the Thais despite Dalida’s health issues. Dalida played with a strained right hand.The semis matchup against the hometown bets is on Tuesday, 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe men’s team, however, wasn’t so fortunate as Reymark Begornia and Robert Garcia were ousted by Ong Sai Hung and Mohd Farez Izwan of Malaysia, 11-2, 11-6. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe 2008 Coopers 5-a-side Challenge is set to go off on Sunday 24th of February with some fast and furious touch in the sun. The Glenelg Foreshore again hosts the 14th Annual Challenge and it promises to be more exciting than ever with the rising standard of touch and carnival atmosphere. The nomination form is attached and be quick as the tournament is limited to 24 teams and it fills up quickly!Once again this is a very popular tournament and fills very quickly and I encourage everyone to enter a team and join the fun is the sun. More information can be found at the Touch Football SA website www.touchsa.com.au and the nomination form can be downloaded below.Related Filesentry_form_colley_reserve-pdflast_img read more

Report says Vancouver mining company avoids hundreds of millions in taxes

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was accused Wednesday by a Dutch non-profit of avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes through the use of tax havens.The report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, known as SOMO, alleges Turquoise Hill parent company Rio Tinto used so-called mailbox companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel financing of the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine — bypassing the higher taxes the company would have paid in Canada.Had Turquoise Hill directly reaped the profits from its Mongolian operations, rather than have its Luxembourg subsidiary count them, it would have paid US$470 million more over seven years, the report said.“This use of mailbox companies to gain illegitimate access to tax treaty benefits is considered by the OECD as treaty abuse,” wrote the authors.Turquoise Hill challenged the report as having significant inaccurate or unsubstantiated facts, without specifying the apparent errors in the report.“Turquoise Hill believes that our tax practices are not only compliant with local laws, international standards and voluntary commitments, but that Oyu Tolgoi’s operation is making substantial contributions to Mongolia’s economy and long-term development,” the company said in a statement.Rio Tinto, which owns 51 per cent of Turquoise Hill, challenged the report’s findings and said the governments of Canada and Mongolia had approved the structure.“The flawed SOMO report contains a number of unsubstantiated and incorrect allegations regarding tax,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.The company said it is paying its fair share of tax in Mongolia, and is one of the country’s largest taxpayers with upward of US$1.8 billion in taxes and royalties paid between 2010 and 2017.Mongolia terminated the tax treaties with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2013 that allowed Rio Tinto to access lower tax rates, but the company was able to continue to use the lower rates because of clauses in an investment agreement it signed in 2009.The government tried to renegotiate tax issues, but after Rio Tinto agreed to some concessions, it left in the lower rate as part of an agreement reached in 2015, depriving it of an estimated US$230 million in taxes, the report said.The agreements were ratified based on transparent, factual information and on terms comparable with other mining operations globally, Rio Tinto said.But Mongolia does not appear to be satisfied, starting a new tax dispute last month when it sent a US$155 million tax bill to the owners of Oyu Tolgoi.Canadians should also be dissatisfied with the current arrangement, said MiningWatch Canada outreach co-ordinator Jamie Kneen.He said the Canada Revenue Agency has challenged Cameco Corp. and Wheaton Precious Metals for their use of tax havens to channel profits through, so it’s not clear why the CRA has apparently approved the Turquoise Hill arrangement.“Here’s one that CRA has deemed to be legal, and it’s depriving Canada of millions in revenue and its not at all clear why they would do that.”Citing confidentiality provisions, Minister of National Revenue spokesman John Power said the government couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case.The government has, however, increased spending on investigating tax avoidance including annual assessments of all large multinational corporations who may be involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, said Power.He said Canada is also committed to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project that looks to identify aggressive tax avoidance strategies and ensure companies pay tax where the profits are generated, and has implemented a country by country reporting requirement for large multinational enterprises.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ. TSX:CCO, TSX:WPM)last_img read more

Welding to close a lane on the Taylor Bridge yet again this

first_imgYRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau says that most of the welding will be done on the sides of some of the bridge deck’s floor beams, but that the work needs to be done during daylight hours, hence the hours of the closure.He said that some welding will also be done on the bridge’s metal deck, which is the reason for the lane closure.Charbonneau explained that while the work is listed on DriveBC.ca as running until July 26th, there is a possibility that the work could be completed by Tuesday or Wednesday.He added that YRB is asking motorists to use caution while driving through the work zone, and is apologizing for any delays that motorists experience. TAYLOR, B.C. – You’ve got three guesses why the Taylor Bridge is once again down to single-lane traffic this week, and the first two don’t count.Highway maintenance crews will be reducing Highway 97 over the Taylor Bridge down to single lane-alternating traffic between now and July 26th as welders once again make their way onto the bridge to conduct repairs.The repairs will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes in each direction.last_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls in Big Ten Tournament ending its season

Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey (37) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on March 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Kaley Rentz / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s hockey team arrived at the Big Ten Tournament confident and motivated.The Buckeyes (14-19-3, 8-11-1) turned that into a 3-1 win against Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals, but couldn’t make it pass the semis. OSU’s confidence and motivation wasn’t quite enough, as the Buckeyes lost to No. 13 Minnesota, 3-0, to end their season Friday evening.Even though the Buckeyes didn’t make the championship game, coach Steve Rohlik had a positive outlook on the losing season. While he said he was proud of the team as a whole, Rohlik stressed the importance of the Buckeyes’ upperclassmen.“I’m even prouder of our eight seniors,” he said. “What they’ve done for our program, they’ve sent this program in the right direction. So, obviously I thank them.”Senior assistant captain forward Matt Johnson said even though the end result was disappointing, he was proud of his teammates’ desire to end the season confident and unified.“We really found our identity and started to roll with it,” Johnson said. “Going off of last year, we were very confident, just like this year, we beat every team in the conference. There was nobody we didn’t think we could beat.”Moving forward, the Buckeyes will be without eight seniors, who have seen the program transition from the hiring of a new head coach and a change of conference to the Big Ten from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.“It’s really an incredible group,” Rohlik said. “They’re the ones that have been a big part of where this culture is and where it’s going. Their leadership pulled us along over the last couple months. They’re a big part of why we had a chance.”For Johnson and senior captain forward Tanner Fritz, the final game was emotional, but the two said they are excited for the program’s future.“​I see the program going, obviously, in the right direction,” Johnson said. “We do everything right here. We do it the right way. We have the great staff. To me, you just can’t get a better program.”“We’re always pushing to get better, and I know they’re going to do that in the following years,” Fritz added. “The only way to go is up from here.”Next year, the Buckeyes will look toward a new group of upperclassmen to lead them in the right direction.OSU has three key players returning in captain Sam Jardine, leading goalscorer Anthony Greco and 6-foot-5-inch defenseman Craig Dalrymple.   Beyond that trio, forward Nick Schilkey, defenseman Josh Healey and goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins are all set to be back for another season as well.But regardless of the players, Rohlik said the team’s progression starts with the coach.“I mean, first and foremost, I’m going to have to take some time to reflect on myself because it starts with me,” Rohlik said. “I’ve got to be better.”With the return of a solid foundation, Rohlik said he is eager for the Buckeyes to come out with swagger, determination and success in the Big Ten next year.“The one thing that I want is to let people know we’re going to show up every night,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to come at you and play hard and our guys are going to leave it on the line. That’s our identity and that’s what we try to leave here today.” read more

Football Mike Weber becoming a leader in the locker room

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber (25) scores the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown of the day during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber has a lot to learn. However, after only one season as the featured tailback, Weber has been deemed the leader of the young Ohio State backfield. With big shoes to fill after running back Ezekiel Elliott declared for the NFL draft, Weber excelled in 2016 winning the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Detroit native rushed for a team-high 1,096 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. Even with all of the success last season, Weber is not taking that for granted. “I try to put it past me and work as hard as I can to do better, reach more goals that I set for this year,” Weber said. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said that he has seen a change in Weber’s approach to his body, on and off the football field, as well as his approach as a leader in the locker room to the younger running backs. Alford said that maturity and accountability comes with experience. “He’s growing up, and I’ve said that. And every time, there’s a little bit more growth process going on,” Alford said. “He’s much better pro now than what he was as far as how he’s handling his business.”Weber said that he has seen improvement in his ability to slow the game down a bit, watching the wide receivers and the tight ends and knowing what they will be doing. This increased knowledge, according to Alford, is the next step that the premier back needs to take. “That’s the biggest thing for guys like Mike (Weber) is we know you know, you’ve done it before,” Alford said. “Now it’s time to perfect it and challenge yourself on every small little detail on what’s going on.”One of the challenges Weber is facing is coming back from the rough end of the 2016 season. In the final two games of the 2016 season, a 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan and a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, he combined for 50 rushing yards on 16 carries with only one touchdown run. The sting, especially from the loss to the Tigers, has not quite gone away from Weber. “I’m still getting over it actually,” Weber said. “I know we have to put it past us. I use it as fuel and I think we all do, on our team. I’ll tell you what, that bad taste won’t get out of our mouth until we play the first game.”Even if Weber is focused more on what is happening on the football field, Alford views him as a leader and an example to the younger backs on the roster, such as freshman running back JK Dobbins. “You are talking about a guy who has done it, done it at a very high level and he’s done it at a pretty good rate of speed,” Alford said. “JK (Dobbins) can learn from him by just standing with him, the same way Mike (Weber) learned from standing next to ‘Zeke.’” read more