West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he expects Jack Wilshere to be back to full fitness In February.There was speculation the former Arsenal midfielder would miss the rest of the season, with the Hammers struggling to get to the bottom of his latest ankle injury.The 27-year-old missed has missed the last few months after requiring minor surgery on his left ankle, and following a brief appearance as a substitute against Newcastle the England international felt pain in his right ankle.Wilshere has been resting his ankle ever since, missing nine more games, and he will be absent again on Saturday when West Ham travel to Bournemouth.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…But Pellegrini revealed the England international, whose career has been hampered by injury, is close to beginning his latest comeback.“He is continuing with his six weeks of rest about his ankle,” Pellegrini said according to Sky Sports.“He is in treatment and I hope that next week maybe he can start doing some running on the treadmill.”“He will be ready at the beginning of February.”
Kolkata: With 20 flyovers and bridges in and around the city identified as “weak”, the state government has imposed restrictions on plying of very heavy trucks that cause heavy damage to roads and bridges.This comes on the heels of the incident in which the middle portion of Majerhat Bridge caved in on Tuesday, claiming 3 lives and leaving 24 injured.After holding a high level meeting at Nabanna, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “There are around 20 flyovers and bridges whose life has expired. We are taking opinions of the experts in this connection. If needed, opinions of technical persons from outside will also be taken.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBesides taking the steps for maintenance of the “old” and “weak” flyovers to avert incidents like the collapse of Majerhat Bridge, the state government is also taking necessary steps to check plying of overloaded vehicles and there will also be restriction on plying of very heavy vehicles. However, there will be no restrictions on plying of the essential goods vehicles.The Chief Minister said: “Very heavy vehicles including the trucks with 20 wheels, cause damage to roads and bridges. Police have been directed not to allow them to ply. Heavy containers from the port can be transported using ro-ro service or through the route of the inland waterways.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCiting an example she said: “It will not be tolerated if a vehicle that is supposed to carry a load of 9 tonnes, transports goods weighing 15 tonnes.”The bridges that have been identified as “weak” include Santragachi Bridge, Ultadanga Bridge, Sealdah Flyover, Dhakuria Flyover, Chingrighata Flyover and Belgachia Flyover. While speaking about the repairing of Sealdah Flyover, the Chief Minister said: “Attempts were made for repairing the flyover. But it had not become possible as many vendors have set up their shops under the flyover. I would urge officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police to speak to the people who have set up their stalls, so that repair work can be carried out.” She further said that all public vehicles will be allowed on Santragachi Flyover, but there will be restriction on movement of heavy goods vehicles.She has also directed to remove the flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load on it. At the same time, she gave strict direction that repairing of roads on bridges has to be done by removing the existing layer of asphalt, so that the load on the bridge doesn’t go up.She further said that encroachment of the spaces under flyovers and bridges will not be allowed. “I would direct the police to take steps in this connection. If required, alternate place will be given to the people who reside under the flyovers, as much as possible,” Banerjee said, adding that explosives could also be stored by some people at such places. So, the police have been directed to take necessary steps. There are some places where the help of the Indian Army would also be taken and Chief Secretary Malay De will speak to the army in this connection.Meanwhile, in connection with Vidyasagar Flyover which had collapsed in 2016, opinion of experts has been sought to take the final decision on its fate.IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University experts had given their opinions in this regard, but no concrete decision has been taken in the past 2 years, because as per the reports, the buildings in the area would get affected if the remaining portion of the flyover is brought down. There has also been no suggestion for the scenario where it is rebuilt.
Kolkata: Despite two weeks having passed since the results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 came out, political clashes continue to rage on in the state.On Saturday, a Trinamool Congress worker was allegedly shot dead by BJP-backed miscreants. Following that, workers of both the parties got involved in a clash and two BJP workers were reportedly killed in the scuffle. On Sunday, a delegation of Trinamool Congress visited Bhangipara in Sandeshkhali and alleged that BJP is trying to spark terror across the state. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Sunday alleged that BJP is trying to instigate violence and killing their workers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, on Saturday afternoon local Trinamool leaders had organised an election review meeting at Bhangipara, Nyazat in Sandeshkhali. Following the meeting, Trinamool had arranged a rally in the area. It has been alleged that BJP workers attacked the Trinamool workers when the rally was underway. Within moments, the area nearly turned into a battlefield. During the clash, a Trinamool worker identified as Kayum Mollah was allegedly shot dead by BJP-backed miscreants. Following the alleged attack by BJP workers, Trinamool workers reportedly retaliated. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn the other hand, BJP workers alleged that Trinamool-backed miscreants had attacked the BJP workers and killed three of them. But till Sunday night, the death of only two BJP workers was confirmed. The BJP workers who were killed on Saturday were identified as Sukanta Mondal and Pradip Mondal. Upon receiving the news, police from Sandeshkhali police station went to the spot but were not able to reach there as the number of personnel was inadequate. Later, a huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) was called in. After entering the Bhangipara area, police were obstructed while taking away the bodies of the deceased. Later, police dispersed the mob and recovered the bodies. On Sunday, a delegation team of Trinamool Congress lead by the party’s North 24-Parganas President Jyotipriya Mallick went to Sandeshkhali to assess the situation. The other members of the delegation team were MLA Nirmal Ghosh, Sujit Bose and Tapas Roy. They talked with the local residents and police administration regarding Saturday’s clash. Later, Roy alleged that BJP is in a hurry to take over Bengal and for that they are resorting to violence. “The Union Home Ministry has sought a report on Saturday’s incident in Sandeshkhali. Why has it not been done for other areas? Why is the Home Ministry silent about the Nimta Trinamool worker’s murder or the incident of Barrackpore?” Roy questioned. Mallick also alleged that BJP is using contract killers to murder Trinamool workers. On Sunday, a BJP delegation team went to Sandeshkhali as well and interacted with the families of the two workers who were killed on Saturday. Later, party leadership tried to take the bodies to Kolkata, which was not permitted by the police, anticipating a law and order situation. The bodies were later taken back to Sandeshkhali for cremation.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Jennifer MolineYou may think that the days leading up to April 15, 2009, will be a scramble of locating receipts and cursing yourself for not keeping better records, but there is also the likelihood you will kick yourself for not doing more in 2008 to lower your tax bill. Fear not, because there are ways — some quite simple — to maximize the few days left of this year in order to minimize what you will owe 3-1/2 months from now.The No. 1 recommendations made by many tax experts is to make capital investments now rather than put them off. A change to the 2008 Federal Tax Code has resulted in a historically high write-off maximum of $250,000 for tangible property. So now could be the time to do that much-needed upgrade of your equipment, such as computers, telephone systems, even furniture. All of your business-related gear is deductible, there are tons of sales going on, and if you charge the purchases to a credit card, you can claim the deductible for this year yet not have to pay off the charge until next year — and, as tax attorney Roni Deutch points out, you might even qualify for credit card rewards.Also, go green where you can, since tax credits are available for certain energy-saving purchases — from installing solar panels and solar hot-water heaters to purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles. Check out the IRS’s Web site for a list of the credits available for different electric and hybrid car models.There is a caveat to the recommendation of making business purchases this year, however. Barbara Weltman, a tax expert for small businesses, says that because of the recession, we’re in a unique situation: “Many businesses weren’t profitable. So the conventional approach — buying up supplies by the end of the year — would not apply this year.” Weltman suggests waiting until next year to make large purchases if you think your business is going to make more money then.The flip side to that, Weltman says, is do your best to send out invoices in the remaining days of December because maybe — maybe — you’ll get paid this year. “Get the money when you can, since you don’t know when people will be able to pay you,” she says.Expenses To Make Now That Could Result In Deductions On April 15Here are some other expenses tax experts recommend you consider making by Dec. 31 that could add up to more deductions next year:Donate to charities. For a hefty donation, consider charging it to a credit card and paying it off in 2009. Otherwise, making a tangible donation can also declutter your office. “In this environment, people should think about cleaning out their closets and giving away clothing and furniture to charity,” says John Hewitt, CEO of Liberty Tax Service. Donating a working computer is eco-friendly and will earn you a deduction. Another charitable recommendation from Weltman is to create a leave-based donation program for your staff — they forgo personal time off, and you donate those funds to relief efforts for a charitable contribution deduction. Weltman points out that because the money isn’t taxed as compensation to employees, your business avoids payroll taxes you’d otherwise owe.Pay off accounts receivable. If you are on the cash method of accounting, Weltman says, settle up outstanding receivables by Dec. 31 so you can deduct the payments next year. The bonus is you’ll preserve your good credit record.Make your next mortgage payment now so that you can take a higher interest deduction. But, warns Deutch, remember that that would be one less mortgage payment to claim next year.Distribute profits. If you’re one of the few businesses that did well this year, Weltman recommends paying out earnings — and taking a deduction — through bonuses to your staff. And corporations should consider distributing profits as dividends to owners.Prepay state and city taxes, since they’re deductible for this year.Consider maximizing 401(k) contributions before year’s end. The deductible amount for a contribution to a traditional IRA is up to $5,000 per person and up to $6,000 per person age 50 or older.Make health savings account (HSA) contributions this month in order to make a year’s worth of deductible HSA contributions for 2008.And if it’s too late for your business to salvage 2008, Weltman’s No. 1 piece of advice for smaller companies to practice throughout the year is to keep good books and records. The better record-keeping, she says, the easier it is to find items to write off. “If you don’t keep records,” she warns, “you won’t be able to name write-offs, even if they’re perfectly legitimate.”Also, don’t forget that the incoming Obama administration could also have tax implications next year.Search for other tax stories.Jennifer Moline is associate editor of bMighty.com. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 29, 2008 Register Now »
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In 2018, everyone seems to have a Bitcoin story. Remember that guy you read about who became a millionaire overnight? But the Bitcoin story is much more significant than this. Blockchain, the technology underlying and enabling Bitcoin, has the unique ability to change the world. Blockchain is an open, distributed database of transactions — think of it as an unhackable digital accounting book — and it has endless possibilities for making everything we do more secure, efficient and quick.Related: 4 Everyday Industries Blockchain Technology Is Changing1. Energy grids.What if you could replace America’s ancient, crumbling energy grids with automatically executing, efficient, green and affordable energy systems that could withstand the ravages of hurricanes and other climate change-triggered extreme weather events? Blockchain offers a path to that future. Already, in Brooklyn and in neighborhoods around the country, innovators are experimenting with blockchain-enabled smart grids that allow anyone with a solar panel to buy and sell energy, executed using automated “smart contracts” based on data gathered through smart meters installed in homes. All transactions all verified and secured by blockchain, and no middleman utility company is needed — cutting prices and increasing efficiency.2. Real estate.Anyone who’s ever purchased a home knows how many steps — and how much of a headache — that process entails. But blockchain offers the potential for doing the whole thing online, securely, and all at once. Sellers could securely transfer over the title and deed, while buyers would send money via cryptocurrency. Blockchain would also provide a way to send property records to the appropriate government agencies. I asked Rawad Rifai, cofounder of Taurus0x, exactly how blockchain applications impact real estate, and he responded, “Blockchain’s applications in real estate speak to the heart of the technology, its unparalleled and revolutionary potential to conduct instantaneous and completely secure transactions,” said Rifai. “There’s no reason this could not be expanded to retail, entertainment, tourism or any of our day-to-day transactions.”Related: How Blockchain Will Help Small Businesses Challenge Even the Largest Rivals3. Healthcare.Blockchain could create a future in which all our health data — doctor visit records, prescriptions, emergency room visits, shots, X-rays and insurance data — is secured and can be easily shared from doctor to doctor. Nearly everyone changes doctors throughout their lifetime. Imagine having a seamless network of secured records that would ensure that your information travels with you, from birth to end of life.This system could also save your life. Emergency room doctors could be authorized to access your information about allergies, blood type, and even genetic information, to make informed decisions about your care if you were incapacitated and unable to communicate. This system could also be revolutionary in improving health outcomes in developing countries that do not currently have a centralized or digitized health record database. Earlier this year, five healthcare groups started a pilot program surrounding blockchain and its uses in healthcare.4. Transportation.Blockchain could create the potential for the Internet of Things–enabled smart cities. Street signs, traffic lights, cars and other moving and static objects would be embedded with sensors, which would collect and send data to a system that would reroute buses, trams, emergency vehicles and other municipal vehicles to find the quickest routes and avoid traffic. The end result? Less congestion, faster commutes and lower carbon emissions. Blockchain-secured sensor data could also help drivers find open parking spots or charging terminals, pay traffic tickets, and report car crashes or maintenance issues. Related: 12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways5. Education.As demand for MOOCs and distance education grows, we need a better system to verify graduates’ educational records. Blockchain could essentially act as a notary, ensuring that people can’t forge diplomas and fool prospective employers. Transcripts, diplomas and certificates could all be secured and stored by blockchain and could be easily sent out to employers and other academic institutions. This would help boost the credentials and reputation of nontraditional educational organizations, and help employers ensure they are hiring the right person for the job. Many industries will feel the positive impact of blockchain. Some will move faster than others, but many industries will eventually need blockchain. The future is wide open, and the opportunities are endless. The most difficult part about blockchain won’t be growth; it will be human adaptation and the ability to hire great tech talent for these new companies. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 19, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now »
Travelweek Group Share MIAMI — Barceló Hotel Group has received 33 nominations for 25 of its hotels in Europe and Latin America for the upcoming World Travel Awards – the most nominations for any hotel chain.Barceló Hotel Group as a whole has also been nominated for ‘Best Hotel Chain in Mexico and Central America’.The winners will be announced on June 30, at the European WTA Awards Ceremony in Athens, Greece, and again on September 15 when the Latin American and Ecuadorian awards will be announced.The 11 nominated hotels in Latin America include the El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, which recently marked its 62nd anniversary with the completion of a US$40 million renovation.Barceló San José in Costa Rica was nominated in Mexico and Central America’s ‘Leading Airport Hotels’ category. Occidental Cozumel is up for the distinction of ‘Mexico and Central America’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort.’ Occidental at Xcaret Destination in Mexico has been honoured with a nomination in the ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Conference Hotel’ category.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe nominated hotels in Europe include the recently opened Royal Hideaway Corales Resort (Costa Adeja, Tenerife). La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel in Granada has been nominated in the category of ‘Best Ecological Hotel in Europe.’ The Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri (Cádiz) is the running for the ‘Best Beach Resort in Europe and Spain.’The Barceló Raval (Barcelona) and Barceló Torre de Madrid hotels have both been nominated in the ‘Best Design Hotel in Europe’ category. Posted by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Tags: Barceló Hotel Group Barceló Hotel Group gets 33 nominations ahead of 2018 World Travel Awards << Previous PostNext Post >>