The Butt Drama Circle hosted three wonderful evenings of drama by local primary schools in the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey recently. Over two hundred children took to the stage for the Annual Primary Schools Drama Festival. The theatre was filled each night with proud parents and teachers as the talented school children experienced their first moments in the spotlight.The festival opened on June 11th with S.N. Taobhóige’s production of “Sabháil an Domhan.” This charming play was performed beautifully by children aged 4-8 and expertly directed by their teacher Ms. Ní Bhriain. Sixth Class from Woodland N.S. then performed “The Holiday Show”.This presentation was particularly impressive as the class performed an original script written by their teacher Ms. Mc Hugh.St. Mary’s N.S., Stranorlar opened the evening on June 12th with their production of “School Daze” The school’s two Sixth Classes joined forces to present a hilarious comedy reminiscing on their years in primary school. The cast of 46 children were directed by Ms. Moy, Ms. Duffner and Ms. Mc Nulty.The evening was brought to a close by Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Killymard with their play “Peggy Wright.” This innovative play was written by one the pupils and directed by Ms. O’Toole. The final night of the festival belonged to St. Eunan’s N.S., Raphoe. The talented children from Junior and Senior Infants performed “Caterpillar Boogie” directed by Ms. Crawford.Senior Infants and First Class then took to the stage to present a colourful production of “The Clown Who Couldn’t Smile” directed by Ms. Gallagher.The much-loved story of “Beauty and the Beast” followed. This was directed by Ms. Keeve and starred Third and Fourth Class.The festival was brought to a close by an original script written by Ms. Daly and performed by her Fourth and Fifth Class.Maura Logue was the adjudicator of the festival and gave insightful commentary and feedback to the schools at the end of each evening. Every child was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for their performance and each school received a commemorative plaque.Run annually by the Butt Drama Circle, this event provides a unique opportunity for young children to have the experience of performing in a real theatre in front of a live audience.The adjudicator paid tribute to everyone involved- festival director Teresa Mc Nulty, the parents, teachers and schools who make such a memorable experience possible for the children.Picture Special: Local primary schools perform at annual Drama Fesitval was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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More details about the soft tissue found in a T. rex thigh bone (see 03/24/2005 story) were published in Science this week.1 Mary Schweitzer’s team claims to have found evidence of medullary bone [MB], a type of mineralized and vascularized bony tissue found only in certain birds during ovulation as a buffer against calcium loss. The abstract and summary posted in a press release from North Carolina State says it’s a girl, and she’s pregnant:Unambiguous indicators of gender in dinosaurs are usually lost during fossilization along with other aspects of soft tissue anatomy. We report the presence of endosteally derived bone tissues lining the interior marrow cavities of portions of Tyrannosaurus rex (MOR 1125) hindlimb elements, and hypothesize that these tissues are homologous to specialized avian tissues known as medullary bone. Because medullary bone is unique to female birds, its discovery in extinct dinosaurs solidifies the link between dinosaurs and birds, suggests similar reproductive strategies, and provides an objective means of gender differentiation in dinosaurs. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Understated in the report is how these soft tissues could have survived for so long. The paper in Science says only:The existence of avian-type MB in dinosaurs has been hypothesized but not identified. In part, this could be because of taphonomic bias [i.e., fossil-hunters not expecting to find it], because the death and fossilization of an ovulating dinosaur would be comparatively rare. Additionally, MB in extant birds is fragile, the spicules separating easily from the originating layer (fig. S1). Dinosaur MB may separate and be lost from overlying CB in a similar manner during diagenesis [i.e., the hardening of sediment into rock].National Geographic admitted briefly that “all obvious gender indicators vanish when soft tissues decay during fossilization” but emphasized the gender-identification and phylogenetic angles of the story. The BBC News article showed a picture of the bones, but said nothing about their assumed ages. The NC press release did not explain the 70-million year figure, but merely asserted it. Betsy M. Bennett, Directory of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, stated emphatically, “We’re pleased to be able to provide a way for the public to see for themselves evidence that after millions of years, soft tissue can actually be preserved in dinosaur bone.” Another paper published in Science Express announced the sequencing of the genome from a cave bear, thought to have been extinct for 40,000 years. In the BBC News write-up, a scientist predicted, “I don’t think we can extract DNA from dinosaurs, I think they are too old.” It will be interesting to see if Mary Schweitzer’s team finds any in the T. rex bone, where blood vessels, and possibly blood cells, were seen.1Schweitzer et al., “Gender-Specific Reproductive Tissue in Ratites and Tyrannosaurus rex, Science, Vol 308, Issue 5727, 1456-1460, 3 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1112158].This is incredible. How can these scientists ignore the obvious? There’s no way this bone could be so old, but all they can think about are connecting homology dots between dinosaurs and birds by circumstantial evidence. Did they see the dinosaur laying eggs? No. Did they prove this is medullary bone? Perhaps. Does it prove an ancestral relationship if the dinosaur did have medullary bone? No. Does that matter? Not much. What really matters about this story is the age of the specimen. If this specimen is only a few thousand years old, none of this dino-bird homology matters: this blows apart the entire tale of dinosaur evolution. Belief in millions of years and the rest of the evolutionary timeline takes a staggering blow. Look at them strain at a gnat about medullary bone, but swallow a camel about the age. Instead of expressing shock and anguish, instead of repenting in dust and ashes for spreading lies about dinosaur ages for the past century and a half, they grin and say, “We’ll ah’ll be. Ain’t it amazin’ how these soft tissues survived for sempty millon yeers.” It makes one think their brainwashing is so complete they would say the same thing if face to face with a living dinosaur. Absurd? Not at all: they already do it with living fossils much “older” in their time scheme. Folks, consider the facts in this story. Soft tissues from a bone of T. rex, everyone’s favorite monster, were found in Montana. The specimen preserves fine microscopic detail and even pigment. The material is still flexible and not fossilized. We know that medullary bone in living birds is “fragile, the spicules separating easily from the originating layer.” The initial reaction by the scientists was disbelief, because no known process could preserve soft tissues like this for so long. (And what a thought to consider that this monster might have been alive just a few thousand years ago!)Though this is a spectacular example, we should not think that it is an isolated case. Many insects from around the world have been found preserved in amber (fossil tree resin), with even hairs and veins in the wings preserved in exquisite detail. Some still contain bacteria in the guts and DNA fragments have been extracted. Often the specimens are indistinguishable from living species, yet claimed to be millions of years old. Yet we know that tree resin weathers rapidly and is usually not produced in quantities that can extend for meters and entomb frogs and large insects, which would normally float and decay before being preserved. On what grounds can evolutionists claim such fossils are ancient? (For more information on fossil amber, get the presentation “Amber – New Insights” by Dr. Harald Binder, available at Access Research Network.)The only way anyone can claim these dinosaur bones are tens of millions of years old is by prior commitment to a belief system that demands forcing all evidence into a long, drawn-out process of evolution. The young-earth creationists have a great opportunity here. They and anyone still unbrainwashed about geologic time, and all who respect hard evidence, should hammer away relentlessly at the credulity of the Darwinists, demanding that they explain how a specimen like this could survive even one hundredth of that much time.* If you see this bone on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, be nice, but come prepared with good questions and reputable background information. Don’t take bluffing and evasion for an answer. Undoubtedly, after enough exasperation, they will probably provide the docents a manual on how to deal with those pesky visitors who won’t buy the script, but keep demanding, “Just the facts, ma’am.”**(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Gender Dysphoria and Darwinismby Dr Jerry BergmanThe belief that some people are born in bodies of the wrong sex was challenged by a recent scientific study claiming this condition amounted to what the researchers termed “rapid onset gender dysphoria.” Dysphoria means “a state of dissatisfaction, anxiety, restlessness, or fidgeting”—a disorder, in other words, implying an unnatural state, as opposed to euphoria, “a state of intense happiness and self-confidence.”The finding would appear to agree with Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, quoted by Jesus, who said, “From the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female. … For this reason a man shall . . . be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” In contrast to this view, many evolutionary theorists accept the idea of gender fluidity, namely the view “that gender is not fixed by biology, but shifts according to social, cultural, and individual preference.”In the image of God He made them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 (Credit: AiG Creation Museum)Based on passages similar to the scriptures quoted above, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have always taught the concept of gender complementarity—the view that God designed men and women for different, but corresponding, social roles. Acceptance of Darwinism negates this constraint as shown by the fact that families who hold to Genesis usually don’t have to confront this issue, because they accept the view that God “made them male and female,” and look for other solutions for indications of gender dysphoria.Darwinist, by contrast, evaluate “human male and female behavior and that of animals, which like our own, have evolved over time.” From this, they rationalize gender diversity, concluding that evolution can explain gender fluidity as a particular social, genetic, or environmental consequence of natural or sexual selection. Evolutionist Sally Hines supports the evolutionary view of gender fluidity in detail by analyzing human evolution, asserting that our evolutionary ancestors did not hold to the modern traditional binary male and female gender roles.X and Y chromosomes differ dramatically in size, structure and contentThe Genesis teaching is supported by observational evidence. Both biological and psychological evidence supports the gender-complementarity view of traditional male and female roles. Males and females display biological differences from the zygote stage to birth and also after birth. Except for red blood cells, which are enucleated (lacking a nucleus), every healthy normal human body cell is either male (containing XY chromosomes) or female (XX chromosomes). Given the average human contains 50 trillion cells, depending on his or her weight, each person has over 100 trillion male and female X Y chromosomal differences. So-called gender reassignment cannot change these differences.A Psychological ProblemHistorically, the belief that some men were trapped in a female body and some women were trapped in a male body was seen as a psychological problem—not a biological one. It required psychotherapy or counseling, not surgery. Instead of agreeing with the male’s contention that he was a woman trapped in a male body, the historical approach was counseling – to deal with the dysphoria (mental dissatisfaction) based on a false, non-biological belief or feeling. A ‘transgender male’ feels she actually is a male, and desires body changes to match her self-perception, and vice versa. Before the current LGBT movement, counselors sought to alleviate the dysphoria by helping the person accept and enjoy (euphoria) their biological sex.We’re not talking about biological matters, but rather feelings. The concern here is not a documented genetic problem, such as Pseudo-hermaphroditism, a general term I learned in medical school but which is no longer used. Genetic terms are now preferred because they describe the specific medical condition, such as 5-α-reductase deficiency and androgen insensitivity syndrome. Most cases of Pseudo-hermaphroditism are caused by one or more mutations.Social Science ResearchAnthropological studies have consistently found that “in every sort of society, using every sort of approach—scientists are finding differences in the way men and women organize their verbal and visual-spatial abilities. The studies do not always agree with one other exactly,” allowing for some, but limited, cultural influence.  One of the most detailed studies of male and female differences titled The Great Divide compiled over 2,000 differences between males and females documented by scientists, sociologists, psychologists and government agencies. The differences included biological, psychological, sociological, economic, political and religious.The trendy new practice of “gender reassignment” is so new that very few studies on the problem have been completed. One of the most complete was done by Brown University Professor Lisa Littman, MD. Her peer-reviewed study was approved by a University ethics committee and published in a peer reviewed academic journal. She found that youth peer influence was an important factor leading some teens to believe that they are suffering from gender dysphoria, which in turn can lead them into life-changing cross-sex hormone treatments or even surgery, such as mastectomies, a response which many young people have come to regret.When a young girl comes to believe she is a male trapped in a female body, for example,Many clinicians and therapists oblige—at least with hormones—and they persuade parents to go along by using frightening leverage: They warn the alternative could be suicide. Terrified parents often give in.”The fact is, suicide is a problem both many youth who are gender dysphoric (believe they are in the wrong body) as well as gender-transitioned persons face. The rate of suicide attempts among transgender people is very high, even after they “transition” into the opposite sex.Littman received 256 responses to her request from parents about their teenage children who had no previous signs of gender dysphoria and who, out of the blue, declared they were suffering from gender dysphoria. More than 85 percent of the survey respondents said they support gay marriage, indicating the parents likely weren’t concerned about their child’s declaration of transgenderism for religious reasons. That the concern is not biological is supported by the fact that over 60 percent of the parents noted their “child had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder before claiming gender dysphoria, suggesting the teens needed help, but perhaps for other underlying problems.”Dangers of Gender ReassignmentThe solutions for gender reassignment include hormone therapy, surgery, and counseling, but not necessarily in that order. Except anabolic steroid hormones, little is known in detail about long term use of high doses of powerful male and female hormones. After the transition, stopping the hormones results in a number of problems, such as the reappearance of many traits common to the birth sex. Thus, hormone therapy will likely be a life-long obligation. In the case of anabolic steroid treatment, the results have been tragic and likely the same is true of long-term androgen and estrogen hormone therapy. There are no long-term studies to prove this is necessary, safe, or prudent treatment—but there are many well documented hazards to using these same hormones when treating adults for medical conditions.Once the teenage years begin, “affirmative care” involves giving young people cross-sex hormones regardless what the parents wish. Girls younger than 12 are prescribed testosterone for lifetime usage, while boys are given estrogen. These are serious hormonal treatments that impact brain development, cardiovascular health, and may increase the risk of cancer. Transgender declarations tend to occur in clusters by group suggestion, similar to how groups of teenage girls will suddenly develop eating disorders concurrently.In the next segment, Dr Bergman will discuss additional research findings about gender, and describe how the media and progressives distort the science.References Littman, Lisa. 2018. Parent reports of adolescents and young adults perceived to show signs of a rapid onset of gender dysphoria. PLOS One. August 16 pp. 1-44. Mark 10:6-8. Hines, Sally. 2018. Is Gender Fluid. London: Thanes & Hudson. p. 6. Interview with Professor M. Blank. Hines, 2018, pp. 23-26. Hines, 2018, pp. 28-30. Alumkal, A. W. 2017. Paranoid Science: The Christian Right’s War on Reality. New York: New York University Press. 107-108. McPhaul Michael J. and James E. Griffin 1999. Male Pseudo hermaphroditism Caused by Mutations of the Human Androgen Receptor. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 84(10): 3435–3441. 1 October. Durden-Smith, Jo and Diane DeSimone.1983. Sex and the Brain. New York: Arbor House. p. 42. Weiss, Daniel Evan. 1991. The Great Divide. New York: Poseidon Press. Singal, Jesse. 2018. When Children Say They’re Trans. Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers. The Atlantic. July-August. Dean, Jamie. Rapid-onset Gender Dysphoria: This year’s social Contagion infects teenagers and their Doctors. World Magazine.34(3):34-39.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $20,700 in grants to organizations that support and promote Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as local communities. The foundation’s Action & Awareness grants focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond.Grant recipients are:AgriPOWER to support two scholarships for Ohio Farm Bureau’s intensive, year-long leadership program for farmers and agribusiness professionals.Crown Point Ecology Center to help convert an existing building into a honey extraction and beeswax processing facility that will be available to local northeastern Ohio beekeepers.Friends of the Juvenile Court in Clinton County to help expand an existing program that pairs at-risk youth with local farmers through the 4-H process.Ohio Energy Project in support of its Energy Sources Tour and Energy Sources Blitz programs that give teachers behind-the-scenes access to the energy industry.Ohio Hop Growers Guild to support its 2019 Ohio Hop Conference in January.The next application cycle for an Action & Awareness Grant is Jan. 1 to April 30, 2019. Grants may be used for general support, startup funding for new organizations, program expansion, or capital for equipment necessary to implement eligible programs. Learn more at ofbf.org/foundation/aagrants/.
Knee, ankle, elbow pads, and bracesJoint pads and braces are invaluable in many situations, both palliative and preventative. Bring some for yourself, and keep an eye out for any member of the crew that could use them. Power banks and rechargeable batteriesHaving backup power options is a must on set. I recommend multiple high-capacity battery banks (10,000 mAh or greater) as well as a set of rechargeable AAs and AAAs. Folding table and chairsHaving your own will keep you from monopolizing others’. This is especially important if you have a role that will require you to be relatively stationary.Image via Mike_shots.Permanent markersBring an assortment of colors and weights to mark your equipment, water bottles, and so on. Pocket knifeone of the most essential tools for any member of the crew, pocket knives come in handy nearly every day. Safety GearSets are tricky. People can get hurt, and things can go wrong at any moment. Having a basic safety kit will help you manage these uncontrollable factors. Here are some essentials:Image via Arshad.Atar.Extreme weather protectionDisposable rain ponchos, heavy coats or waterproof jackets, space blankets, and heating or chilling pads are all a great place to start. Water is essential no matter where you are shooting — have a reliable, insulated water bottle. Know the extreme weather possibilities of the region you’re shooting in and be prepared.Image via PRESSLAB.First aid kitIt is my opinion that every member of the crew should always show up with a first aid kit. Even with a set medic, always knowing where a first aid kit is saves critical time when someone gets injured. Rope and stringIf you can, pack a good length of medium-weight rope and a spool of heavy-duty thread in your kit.Image via ponsulak.Clips and clampsA-Clamps, clothespins (C47s), and C-Clamps (among other forms of clamps) are always in short supply on set. Bring some for yourself and extra to share. Multi-toolA multi-tool, such as a Leatherman, can be a replacement for your entire tool bag in a pinch. While not as good as other dedicated tools, multi-tools offer sufficient performance in a convenient package. When deciding on the elements of your kit, consider everything you know about the production as well as the role you will be performing.Are you going to be working in the audio department? Make sure to bring a good selection of cables, adapters, and headphones with you. Camera department? A lens-cleaning kit, microfiber cloth, and card/media holders will all be welcome additions to your kit. Wardrobe? Bring a steamer, clothes hangers, and a foldable clothes rack.Each department has its own needs, and each role within each department its own more-specific ones. Think through what you will be doing in your role, examine this list for some ideas, and get packing!Cover image via ponsulak.Looking for more information on film and video production? Check out these articles. Fire extinguisherFire is a worst-case scenario on every set. Bring an extinguisher if you can. At the very least, know where one is at all times. Cable tiesWhether fabric or plastic, cable ties have many uses on set.Image via Alex Brylov.RadiosRadio communication is the backbone of competent film production. Bring a set or two of walkie talkies with you. Security earpieces are a huge upgrade (many productions actually require them) that you can purchase for about $10-$30. Interview: Julie Benz on Work Ethic, Challenging Roles, and Paying it Forward 5 Reasons Why You Should Apply to Filmmaker Workshops and LabsUnderstanding Tax Incentives in the Filmmaking IndustryThe Lowdown on the Short Form from Three Nominated SeriesIndustry Insights: Careers in Commercial, Indie, or Corporate Filmmaking Surge protectors, power strips, stingersDo yourself and the Grip and Electric Departments a favor: bring some basic power connectivity options with you. Laser pointerThese are useful for quickly signaling objects, places, or people without causing too much distraction to others. The rules are the same as when you were a kid: keep it away from eyes.Image via Garsya.TapeGaffer’s tape is best, but bring whatever you have. Electrical and masking tape find common uses on set, as do the humble Duct and scotch tapes. Tape measureTape measures have dozens of practical uses every day on set. Have one for yourself and one to lend out. Comfortable boots or shoesWhile not technically tools, a bad pair of shoes will ruin your day and increase fatigue each day on set. I usually wear my hiking boots on days when I will be standing and walking a lot. A good pair of supportive running shoes is also great. As with any labor job, no open-toed shoes. You know the lingo, you landed a gig, and you’re ready to work. So what do you need to bring with you for your first of film or video production?In a recent article, we talked about some of the basic things to know about film and video production before your first day on set. In this article, we’re going take a look at some of the basic components of a good multi-purpose kit.In film and video production, the “kit” is the set of tools, gadgets, and other necessities each member of the crew brings with them to execute their particular job. Every member of the crew has their own particular set of tools. No two kits are the same, and they will vary from production to production.Here is a list to get you started thinking about the basics of a good general-use kit of your own.ToolsImage via olmarmar.A basic set of tools will come in handy every day on set. Some of the most useful include the following:ScrewdriversBring small, medium, and large phillips and flat-heads with you. WrenchesAdjustable wrenches like crescent wrenches offer a high degree of flexibility without taking up a ton of space in your bag. Useful Additions to Your KitBeyond tools, here are some more considerations for your kit.Image via Burakova.Notebooks and pensBring a full-size notebook, one or two pocket-sized notebooks, and a nice selection of pens and pencils. Take notes, always. Allen wrench (hex key) setBring a folding, multi-key set. Flashlights, headlamps, USB lightsSets are usually dark. Have a small, high-output flashlight on your keychain for easy access. Headlamps are a direct upgrade to flashlights. USB lights are cheap, relatively low-output, and incredibly useful in about 5-dozen situations. Bring what you can and a couple extra to lend out. Leather or other insulated work glovesHeavy duty work gloves are essential if there is any possibility that you will be handling electricity or lighting equipment. Bring a pair just in case.Image via In Green.Tool beltYou’ll notice that most of the seasoned crew carry their most-used tools on a tool belt. Tool belts cut down on how much you need to carry around with you, while also reducing the running back-and-forth to fetch tools.
Daniella Rodriguez, former Miss Texas shows off her engagement ring after Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa purposed after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Carlos Correa and Daniella Rodriguez both left Dodger Stadium with rings.The Astros shortstop proposed to his girlfriend on live television moments after Houston earned its World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Correa and Rodriguez are living together in Houston with a beautiful puppy named Groot. Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, had five homers and 14 RBIs in an outstanding postseason, capped by eight hits in the World Series, including two homers. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC group stands by Narvasa, questions move by ‘renegade’ PBA governors John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments The proposal from her boyfriend of over a year completely surprised Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas USA.“He had been so focused on the game,” Rodriguez said. “All he ever talked about was winning the World Series, so I never really thought something like this would be on his mind, so when it all went down, I was just shocked.”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 shutoutShe also had no idea Correa had been urged to put a ring on it by his mother, and he was plotting a proposal for several weeks. Even Correa’s teammates were in on the scheme: Carlos Beltran, the Astros’ 40-year-old slugger, helped the 23-year-old shortstop pick out the ring.Correa said he gambled and waited for a dramatic finale to the Astros’ first championship year. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction00:50Trending 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 “I knew we had championship potential, so I decided to hold out until the last game of the season,” Correasaid.Rodriguez said yes, once she regained the ability to speak.While Correa went to the clubhouse to spray champagne, Rodriguez gleefully flashed the huge ring to her fellow Astros wives and girlfriends, including Justin Verlander’s partner Kate Upton.Rodriquez said she’ll need a while to get over the shock.“Everyone knew besides me,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really good at finding stuff out. Every time I had a surprise birthday party, I would always find out. So I was literally in just the complete dark about this. Everyone knew but me.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Boufal: Why I turned down Marseilleby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSofiane Boufal says there was no chance of him leaving Southampton last summer,.Fresh from a successful loan in Spain with Celta Vigo, Boufal returned to St Mary’s for preseason amid interest from Olympique Marseille.However, the midfielder says his focus was always to stay with Saints.He told Canal Plus: “The interest of OM? I am a fighter. I am not someone who will leave and choose the easy way out. “For me, the easiest thing was to return to France for a club that absolutely wanted me. “I wanted to fight here and prove to people that I can succeed in the Premier League.”
Share Hans Pennink/APIn his State of the State address this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said the new GOP tax bill is “unconstitutional” and unfairly targets blue states like his. He plans to sue the federal government over it.The week after Christmas is usually a short and slow one for town officials in New Paltz, N.Y. — but not this time.“When we opened town hall Wednesday we had almost 100 voicemails from people inquiring about how they could prepay their taxes,” says Daniel Torres, the town’s deputy supervisor.And the phones kept ringing. People started lining up. Torres says the clerk’s office has a only few people working in it.“The clerk’s office was so overrun. After a certain while we couldn’t even pick up the phones anymore,” he says.The reason people want to prepay is that it will save them money on their 2018 taxes. The newly enacted GOP tax law caps deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000. In states with higher tax rates such as New Jersey, California and New York, even many middle-class and upper-middle-class people pay more than that. As a result, the cap will mean a tax hike for some Americans, particularly in blue states with higher taxes and home values.This week in his State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, called the new tax law “unconstitutional” and said it unfairly targets blue states like his. He said he will sue the federal government over it.Cuomo said the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes is illegal “double taxation” and said the law robs blue states to pay for tax cuts for red states and corporations.“It is crass, it is ugly, it is divisive, it is partisan legislating, it is an economic civil war,” Cuomo said. “Make no mistake: They are aiming to hurt us.”Republicans, though, say it’s not their tax act that’s hurting people — it’s that state and local taxes are too high in states like New York, New Jersey and California.Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York wrote in a newspaper column in November that people in New York “have been burdened with one of the highest tax bills in the country. … The problem isn’t the deduction on federal taxes. The problem is the crushing burden of New York state taxes.”Meanwhile, many people who tried to prepay their taxes are on more uncertain ground.Late last month, Cuomo said people in New York could prepay their property taxes before Jan. 1, 2018, to stave off the impact for another year. But the IRS issued a statement saying that would work only if your taxes had already been assessed.Torres says that in New Paltz, the assessments had been done, but they were still at the printing facility in another town and hadn’t been mailed out. So last week he and another town official scrambled to the printing company. There they loaded 14 boxes of assessments into the back of an old police car to carry back to the town hall.“We drove them down and by the time we did that there had already been hundreds of calls that had come in inquiring about it,” he says.So residents in places like New Paltz who prepaid and have a copy of their assessment should be able to deduct their property taxes in 2017. But many other Americans who tried to prepay their taxes aren’t sure if the IRS will recognize the move.Amanda Carew lives in Bloomingdale, Ill. Her husband, who works on a grounds crew at a federal laboratory, went down to the assessor’s office last week to prepay their property taxes. “He bundled up my son, they drove down there,” Carew said. “They got there and there were about 700 people in line.”Her husband wrote a check. But Carew thinks the town had only a preliminary tax assessment, so she’s not sure whether the IRS will be OK with them prepaying. And regardless of next year, she’s frustrated that she and her husband won’t be able to deduct all their state and local taxes going forward.The family just moved into a smaller house to live in a town with a better school district. They’re paying more taxes there. But because they can’t deduct all of them, after using online tax calculators and talking to a tax professional, Carew estimates that she and her husband will be paying about $750 more in taxes under the new rules.“Knowing that we’re going to be punished to an extent for picking a good school district, it feels incredibly unfair,” says Carew.Just how many Americans end up thinking the tax bill is unfair will undoubtedly play a big role in the midterm elections.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.