Cooplands to save thousands in business rate renegotiation

first_imgCooplands Quality Bakers has successfully worked to renegotiate its business rates, which could see the firm save in excess of £153,000.The bakery enlisted the help of CVS – a large business rates specialist – which challenged the rates assessment levied across the company’s Hull-based site.A rent review and full inspection of its site in Hull were carried out, with CVS noting that the mixed age nature of the site and the poor internal layout had not been adequately reflected in the Valuation Officer’s assessment.Paul Stockill, director, Cooplands Quality Bakers, said: “We were extremely pleased with the substantial reduction CVS achieved for us on our business rates. The extra money can be put back into the business.”According to CVS, business rates are often one of the top three costs for businesses, and it argued that many other retail businesses could benefit if they investigated their business rate liabilities.It explained that while the government continued “to avoid solutions to improve the business rates system”, such as a move to using the Consumer Price Index as a base for inflation of rates, instead of the Retail Price Index, and grounds to allow for appeal based on economic circumstance, businesses will remain in a fight for survival.“Currently, an appeal is the only way to potentially reduce rates liability,” it said.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz will honor Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan by wearing a patch on their team jerseys and warmups when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida. The patch will feature the number “1223.” That was the total number of wins during Sloan’s 23 seasons in charge of the Jazz. Sloan died in May of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. The team also plans to wear jerseys with a commemorative black strip and the same “1223” design next season. Other tributes will be announced later.WOMEN’S SOCCER-LOS ANGELES Danielle Collins kicked out of World TeamTennis for COVID violationUNDATED (AP) — Danielle Collins has been kicked out of World TeamTennis for breaking the league’s COVID-19 protocols.WTT CEO Carlos Silva says Collins left The Greenbrier resort hosting all of the matches during the league’s three-week season and went out of the state of West Virginia.Collins is a 26-year-old American who was a semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open. She has been ranked as high as No. 23 and currently is No. 51.She was playing for the Orlando Storm at WTT, which took all nine of its teams and put them at The Greenbrier, where the season began July 12 and ends Aug. 2. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Veteran defensive end and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.The 34-year-old Bennett played for five teams and was an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 NFL championship. He said Tuesday on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last. He also played for Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.Bennett’s brother Martellus was an NFL tight end.WASHINGTON-BROADCAST HIREWashington NFL team hires Julie Donaldson for radio role Portman, Nortman to bring women’s soccer team to LALOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Natalie Portman and venture capitalist Kara Nortman lead a group that will bring an expansion National Women’s Soccer League team to the Los Angeles area in 2022. The team, tentatively named Angel City, will bring the league to 11 teams. Louisville FC joins the nine current NWSL clubs next season. Portman and Nortman are joined by gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, who is president in the majority-female group. Others involved include actors Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner and Uzo Aduba. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-COLLINS TRUMP-JIM RYUNTrump to honor former track star, congressmanWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes.Trump is scheduled to honor the three-time Olympian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday.The Wichita native entered the record books in 1964 at age 17 by becoming the first high school runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile with a time of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. He competed in three Olympic Games and later served in Congress. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be done leaguewide, with each team deciding who it will honor and how to display the names.Unlike the NBA, which is allowing players to wear slogans on their jerseys, the NFL will stick to names once a final agreement has been reached with the players’ association. The program will continue for the entire season.NFL-PANTHERS-SIGNINGSPanthers finalize contracts with all 7 defensive draft picks ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team has hired TV reporter, anchor and host Julie Donaldson to oversee its broadcast operation and be a member of a three-person radio booth for games.Donaldson will be the first woman to be a regular on-air member of an NFL radio broadcast booth. The team announced that Donaldson will be its senior vice president of media.The move comes less than a week after longtime broadcaster Larry Michael announced he was leaving Washington after 16 years. A day after his departure was made public, Michael was among the team executives named in a Washington Post report about sexual harassment by club employees.MLB-DODGERSDodgers option Lux, reach deal with McGee But the group in charge of the U.S. Open immediately said the tuneup’s cancellation “in no way impacts” its Grand Slam event. The Citi Open tournament in Washington had been scheduled to start with Aug. 13 qualifying. It was called off Tuesday because of what tournament manager Mark Ein said are “too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends.” The number of coronavirus cases has been spiking in spots throughout the United States.The men’s and women’s pro tours both have been suspended since March and are planning to return next month. The first event on the most recently announced calendar is a women’s tournament in Palermo, Italy, starting Aug. 3.INDY 500 FANSAttendance at Indy 500 will be 25% of capacity Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-CITI OPENAugust tournament in Washington, D.C. is canceledWASHINGTON (AP) — The hard-court tournament in the nation’s capital that was supposed to mark the official return of men’s professional tennis amid the coronavirus pandemic has been canceled. July 21, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have optioned infielder Gavin Lux and agreed on a one-year deal with pitcher Jake McGee. Lux arrived late to summer camp and has appeared in only a few of the team’s intrasquad games. Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez have also gotten starts at second base. McGee was placed on waivers by Colorado last week. The 33-year-old left-hander was 4-11 with a 4.78 ERA in 225 games in four years with the club. He was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA last season. NBA-JAZZ-SLOAN TRIBUTEJazz to remember Sloan with patch CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have now signed all seven draft picks. The team signed its final six unsigned draft picks, including second-round draft picks Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn on Tuesday. Also signed were fourth-round selection Tony Pride Jr. from Notre Dame, fifth-round pick Kenny Robinson Jr. from West Virginia, sixth-round pick Bravvion Roy from Baylor and seventh-round pick Stantley Thomas-Oliver from Florida International. First-round pick Derrick Brown from Auburn signed back in May. The signings come on the same day when rookies reported to the team’s stadium for coronavirus testing in preparation for training camp.NFL-BENNETT RETIRESVeteran defensive end Michael Bennett retires Update on the latest sports INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the Aug. 23 race. The number was adjusted Tuesday. Tickets will not be sold after Friday. Among the precautions the speedway will take is reassigning seats for social distancing, distributing hand sanitizer and administering temperature checks at entry. Concession stands will be limited to mostly prepackaged foods. NFL-DECALSNFL to allow social justice decals on helmetslast_img read more

Gabriel reveals reason for Arsenal’s ‘excellent performance’ against Watford

first_img Gabriel playing for Arsenal against Watford Gabriel has revealed Arsenal were ‘much more focused’ than they have been recently in their resounding victory over Watford.The Gunners secured a 4-0 win against the Hornets, easing to three vital points as they remain in the hunt for the Premier League title.It was a return to form for Arsene Wenger’s side, who have been struggling in the recent months.The North London club had won just three of their previous 10 games heading into the clash with the Hornets, and had been on the end of a 2-1 defeat against the same opponents in the FA Cup in March.However, Arsenal were back to their best, attacking with pace and creative flair, and Brazilian centre-back Gabriel has revealed the reason for this excellent performance.“It’s not every game that we’ll have an excellent performance like today,” he said.“We were just much more focused against Watford and that’s why things went much better and we recorded a positive result.”The three points closed the gap on second placed Spurs to four points, with Arsenal still having a game in hand, and Gabriel insists the Gunners have their confidence back heading into the final stage of the season.The 25-year-old added: “We’ve regained our confidence once again.“Not so long ago we lacked a little in confidence and we weren’t going into the match fully focused, so with a victory, we come back with a better self-esteem.” 1last_img read more

Evolution Is the Doorway to Atheism

first_imgby Dr Jerry BergmanAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A new study published in Scientific American this month has confirmed what Darwinism critics have been saying for some time: Darwinism is the doorway to atheism. The study, completed by the Cooperative Research Program, surveyed more than 137,000 freshmen students at 184 U.S. colleges. The study concluded that college freshmen are less religious than ever before, and “Data from a nationwide survey show students who list their affiliation as ‘none’ has skyrocketed” [1].  The number of college students that claimed no religious affiliation, called the “Nones,” has tripled from 10 percent in 1986 to 31 percent in 2016. The mid-1980s was about the time when court rulings against those who doubt Darwinism began losing over and over. Concurrently, school boards began to increase their coverage of Darwinism in the curricula. These two trends would have started about the time to affect students in government schools. The retreat from Christianity began around 1990 when these students entered college, starting the trend we see today.Charles Darwin’s 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species was the greatest scripture-killer ever penned.Support for the thesis that Darwinism is the doorway to atheism also comes from church statistics. Those denominations that do not support creationism or Intelligent Design account for much of the slide away from Christianity. For example, most of the increase in the “Nones” occurred at the expense of both Catholicism, which dropped from 32 percent to 23 percent, and mainstream Protestantism (Baptists from 17% to 7%, and Methodists from 9% to 3%). Interestingly, the number of students choosing “other Christian” (non-Catholic and non-mainline Protestant) actually increased from 5% to 13% during this same period.The slide into unbelief is also related to the type of college. The percent of “Nones” is higher at state universities (36%) than at four-year colleges (26%), mostly because colleges compared to universities are more likely to be religiously affiliated (only 17% of students at colleges listed themselves as Nones). Lastly, the proportion of students who reported attending religious services at least occasionally since 1990 has dropped from 85% to 69%.Another study of the beliefs of academics published in Nature supports the above study. [2] Generally, those on the left politically are more likely to be atheist or agnostic, and those self-labeled ‘middle of the road’ to conservative are more likely to believe in God and also are more religious. Over 90% of professors of sociology (9,717), physics (9,316), and astronomy (574) are self-identified as left-leaning compared to around 70% or less of professors in chemistry (12,930), math (16,893), and economics. No doubt the professors’ beliefs are very influential in affecting their students’ beliefs.The third line of evidence that Darwinism is the doorway the atheism are case studies. With little difficulty, I was able to obtain 52 case studies of well-known persons including Einstein, Darwin, Freud, Marx and many leading professors, that support my thesis. These are documented in a book that I hope will be out in a few months titled Darwinism is the Doorway to Atheism: Why Creationists Become Evolutionists, 52 Case Histories. The fact that Darwinism is the doorway to atheism is well-documented. As stated by one of the leading evolutionists in America today, University of Chicago Professor Jerry Coyne:Charles Darwin’s 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species was the greatest scripture-killer ever penned. The book demolished … an entire series of biblical claims by demonstrating that purely naturalistic processes—evolution and natural selection—could explain patterns in nature previously explainable only by invoking a Great Designer. [3]As investigator Dr. Jonathan Kelley added, in becoming a None “The single most important influence after church attendance is [the acceptance of] the theory of evolution.” [4] We can see the results of this conclusion are played out in the lives of millions of students in America today.Audio version of this article:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Downey, Allen. “College Freshmen Are Less Religious Than Ever.” Scientific American.  May 25, 2017.Reardon, Nancy. 18 Oct 2016. “The Scientists who support Donald Trump.” Nature 538:298-299.Coyne, Jerry. Fact vs. Faith. New York: Viking, 2015, p. 2.The Australian, February 1, 2000, p. 6. Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, speaker, and author of numerous books and scientific papers, is a contributing writer for CEH. See his Author Profile for previous articles by Dr. Bergman. center_img (Visited 748 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Still Glamorous

first_imgIn an extraordinary twist the film star who started her career in 1946 modelling for the Douglas Aircraft Company in its then brand new 70-seat DC-6B passenger aircraft has been voted today as the most glamorous flight attendant.In a survey of 1000 people conducted by American Airlines in the UK, Marilyn Monroe was selected as the first-choice fantasy flight attendant from the golden era of film with 22% of the overall vote. Audrey Hepburn was second choice with 20%.George Clooney (22.5%) led Prince Harry (21.4%) as the favourite fantasy pilot of all time, with Angelina Jolie rated as the highest scoring female with 10.8% of the vote. US President Obama (11%) lay in fifth place behind the star of The Great Gatsby and Aviator – Leonardo DiCaprio (11.6%). The brand new Superman, Henry Cavill scored just 1.9%.Jennifer Aniston (18.1%) topped the pole for favourite flight attendant from modern day stars with Kate Middleton (17.1%) in second place and Angelina Jolie (14.7%) in third. Pippa Middleton matched Beyonce’s popularity, each with just under 11% of the vote. They were both beaten by the highest scoring man – Prince Harry – with 11.9%.  The survey was conducted to launch American Airline’s brand new B777-300ER aircraft on the route from London (Heathrow) to Hollywood (LAX).In 1946 Norma Jean Baker, later Marilyn Monroe, answered an advert to model for Douglas Aircraft. The images taken are now copyright and cannot be shown but the cover of the in-house Douglas Airview Magazine is shown here.American Airlines employed Marilyn Monroe lookalike – Suzie Kennedy – to pose with the engine of its brand new 777-300ER aircraft.last_img read more

UST sweeps elims, advances to UAAP beach volleyball finals

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH University of Santo Tomas is one step closer to its title retention bid after slipping past Far Eastern University, 22-20, 17-21, 15-13, to complete a sweep of the eliminations of the UAAP Season 80 women’s beach volleyball tournament Thursday at SM Sands by the Bay.Reigning MVP Cherry Rondina let partner Caitlyn Viray take over in the end game as scored the Golden Tigresses’ final three points to ensure UST’s 7-0 record and automatic bye to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next “Of course it’s still not over, we want to get that gold medal,” said Rondina in Fiipino. “This is also a good experience for Cait who’s just starting her beach volleyball career. The competition is very tough and FEU is a really tough opponent.”The Lady Tamaraws finished the eliminations with a 6-1 record and will hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the second series of the step-ladder semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUST had a 6-2 lead at the start of the third set before the FEU duo of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza rallied back to take a 10-9 lead on Viray’s error.FEU the managed to tie the set at 12-12 just before Viray closed the affair for UST. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president St. Benilde halts four-game slump, drops also-ran EAC in OT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna clinched the last semifinals slot after brushing off Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to finish the eliminations with a 4-3 card.The Lady Spikers will face University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero in the first series of the step-ladder semifinals. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan chief Ausilio: Mourinho always has our esteem

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan chief Ausilio: Mourinho always has our esteemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan chief Piero Ausilio says Jose Mourinho will always have a place of honour at the club.However, he insists coach Luciano Spalletti’s job is safe after Manchester United sacked Mourinho yesteday.Ausilio said: “We are connected to the results, the esteem for him is regardless of the future of Inter, which has a great coach… “Let’s move on with Spalletti, we are building the future with him.”Mourinho led Inter to an historic Treble in 2010. last_img

2 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde: I don’t care about Koeman rumours

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde: I don’t care about Koeman rumoursby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed rumours linking Ronald Koeman with his job.It’s emerged the Holland coach has a break clause in his contract should a club of the status of Barca express interest.The situation has immediately seen Koeman linked with a return to the Nou Camp.But Valverde says: “I do not know the situation of other coaches.”When we coach Barça, we still have a lot of rumors, but this does not mean anything to me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Education Ministry Invites Proposals for School Feeding Projects

first_imgThe Ministry of Education is inviting small community enterprises to submit proposals for school feeding projects that will support the Government’s efforts to fulfill the nutritional needs of students.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on May 15, said the initiative “should open up huge opportunities for farmers, small community enterprises and voluntary inputs”.“Communities need to come forward with credible projects to feed school children using local products wherever possible. We will consider giving them money to help,” he stated.“All the Ministry of Education wants to know is that the nutrition is adequate, that no needy child is denied and there is accountability for the money,” he pointed out.Minister Thwaites appealed to Members of Parliament from rural constituencies to support the initiative, pointing to a school feeding experiment in North West St. Elizabeth that is doing well.“It is feeding the children, largely using local produce and weaning them from the diet of fried chicken and rice every day,” he stated.The Minister informed that there is just over $4 billion available this year to feed the nation’s school children, including students under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).“Right, now we are offering 136,000 units of bulla and bag juice daily. In addition, we spend nearly $3 billion buying foreign dry goods. We feel we must do much better,” he stated.He informed that Nutrition Products Limited will increase its volumes and diversify its offerings to include, for example, muffins with sweet potato, carrot or banana. “We have also made provision to use local eggs instead of imported butter oil,” he noted.“We must use local fruits in increasing proportions to manufacture a nutritious drink. Can you imagine having to import juice concentrate from Vietnam and Indonesia? This is a small business opportunity,” the Minister pointed out further.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Explaining the backstop a sticking point in Brexit debate

first_imgLONDON — Much of the opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union is about the “backstop” — a provision designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. After Brexit, the border will be the U.K.’s only land frontier with the EU.A look at the issue:WHAT’S WRONG WITH A BORDER?During the decades of violence there known as “the Troubles,” a border teeming with soldiers and paramilitaries was replete with roadblocks and checkpoints. About 3,700 people were killed between 1968 and 1998, when the Good Friday accord led to a power-sharing arrangement that quelled much of the bloodshed and made the border By all but disappear.Since both Britain and Ireland are currently part of the European Union with its single market, goods and people flow freely, with no need for customs checks. Brexit could disrupt that tranquility, upending lives and businesses, and undercutting a fragile peace process.WHAT IS MAY’S PROPOSAL?The proposed withdrawal agreement includes a “backstop” meant to ensure that a hard border does not return by keeping the U.K. in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. The agreement gives the two sides until 2022 to reach a permanent new trade deal — and says the “backstop” would come into effect only if they fail to do so.WHY DO CRITICS OPPOSE IT?Politicians favouring Brexit complain that Britain wouldn’t be able to get out of the backstop unilaterally; it can only be ended by mutual agreement. That means it could remain in place indefinitely, binding the U.K. to EU customs regulations. That would derail Britain’s efforts to strike trade deals around the world.Those who want to remain close to the EU also dislike it because it means Britain will be subject to customs and trade rules over which it has had no say.May’s allies from Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party, also object because the backstop treats Northern Ireland differently from other parts of Britain. They say that frays the bond between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more