21 February 2013 South African culinary school The Hurst Campus has become the first from Africa to receive an international endorsement and gain admission as a member of the renowned French Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance. It was also granted exclusivity for South Africa as a member of the alliance, the school announced at the beginning of February. The Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance is made up of 14 partners in 14 countries and aims to encourage cross-cultural educational experiences and promoting the hospitality and culinary arts sector. It was established in 2004 and provides an annual four-month intensive course for 30 top students from each of the partner institutions to perfect their technical skills. “Our membership of the Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance underscores the fact that our training at The Hurst Campus meets the highest global standards, and our students will take with them a qualification that is recognised worldwide,” owner and director Rebecca Hurst said in a statement. The Hurst Campus started life as The Culinary Academy in 1997, when it only offered a food and wine diploma programme. Hurst completed a diploma at the academy and was offered a partnership following her graduation in 1997; she took over in 2002. The Culinary Academy was re-branded as The Hurst Campus at the start of 2013 as part of Hurst’s “Campus Evolution” plans, which also include the extension of the diploma in hospitality management into a three-year full-time course and the move to a privately owned farm in the Cape winelands. “It is a great honour to be accepted as a member of this alliance of world-leading training institutions, and I am thrilled that it opens so many network opportunities and exchange programmes for both faculty members and students, to network globally and improve their skills to internationally accepted standards,” Hurst said. SAinfo reporter
Pune’s prominent museums have decided to exhibit their artefacts and antiquities under one roof to mark International Museum Day on May 18 and revive the sagging culture of museum watching in the city.The three-day exhibition will be held at the Symbiosis Society’s Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum and Memorial. Twelve of the 36 museums in the city, including the renowned Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, will take part in the exhibition.“It is unfortunate that in a culturally vibrant hub like Pune many locals aren’t aware that the city is home to many museums of diverse intellectual hues. Many foreigners wanting to soak a whiff of the city’s much-hallowed heritage and history are at a loss owing to the lack of awareness,” said Sanjivani Mujumdar, director, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum and Memorial. The International Museum Day is an initiative of the International Council of Museums, the apex body of museums across the world, and is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of museums. The city’s Mahatma Phule Museum with its impressive display of engineering tools, geology, natural history and armoury will participate along with the two museums of the Deccan College: The Maratha History Museum and the Archaeology Museum.Established in 1939, the Archaeology Museum hosts the finest collection of stone tools from prehistoric period and from different parts of peninsular India – some of which will be on display during the exhibition. But the exhibition boasts other treats like Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways, which charts the history of railways through painstaking miniature models, and Blades of Glory, which boasts the world’s largest collection of cricketing memorabilia.“Today, museums have to compete and cope with distractions and entertainments like malls and multiplexes,” says Sudhanva Ranade, member secretary, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. “Despite the affordable entry prices in India, it is unfortunately not an experience treasured or preferred by audiences and the museum visit, instead of being a source of pride, is usually slashed in favour of a mall outing,” says Mr. Ranade.The eminent Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum, which hosts 21,000 artefacts, sees an average footfall of 1.3 lakh visitors a year. Yet, despite being one of the most anticipated and prominent tourist to-do’s in Pune, lack of funds has hampered conservation efforts and upgradation, with the museum lacking basic audio guides to navigate its byzantine collection.“By this initiative, through posters, DVDs and other media, we hope to effect a dramatic change in the psyche of museum experience in Pune and Maharashtra,” says Mr. Ranade.The museum boom in Europe where each city thrives on a unique cultural structure or collection, is not matched in India, says Mr. Ranade, observing trenchantly that the prohibitive costs to The Louvre in France or The Metropolitan Museum in New York has not impaired the passion of visitors thronging to see these places.“In the West, passionate individuals retain their hobby throughout their lifetime. Yet in India, for most, the hobby stops once formal schooling ends,” says Dr. Ravi Joshi of ‘Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways’ noting that the average age of most visitors to train museums in the West was 35.To this end, the museums in Pune eventually hope to register with the ICOM, not only for the purposes of funding, but as a vehicle for disseminating information.Museums offer children an education antithetical to the one encountered by rote learning from textbooks at school, says Rohan Pate, who set up ‘Blades of Glory’ in the city’s Sahakarnagar area.“In a country where cricketing is a religion, most would jump at the chance at seeing Tendulkar’s shirt or Geoffrey Boycott’s boot. So these are the inspired moments which make a visit to the museum moments to be savoured. And we hope to communicate this through this novel venture,” says Mr. Pate.The exhibition is open from May 18 to 20 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Entry is free
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers a question before an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin have decided to part ways following three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. Gilbert said in a statement Monday, June 19, 2017, that the Cavaliers will not extend Griffin’s current contract when it expires June 30. APCLEVELAND — A person familiar with the talks says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert met with former NBA star Chauncey Billups about a position in Cleveland’s front office.The meeting took place on Tuesday in Detroit, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. Gilbert is looking for a general manager after parting ways with David Griffin on Monday as the Cavs regrouped after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Gilbert has known Billups since his days with the Pistons.A five-time All-Star, Billups does not have any front-office experience, so it’s more likely he could fill an executive role to work alongside a new GM. Billups, who has been working as a TV analyst, is also close with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGriffin guided the Cavs to three straight Finals, but he and Gilbert couldn’t agree on the team’s direction. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cavaliers in chaos after GM leaves on eve of pivotal summer Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ
After indie dramas and romantic-comedy entertainers, Oscar winner Brie Larson found it extremely satisfying to take on action scenes as Captain Marvel in the forthcoming eponymous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.During a recent media interaction at Asia press meet Brie said, ”They were all so fun. Some of my favourite days were doing fight sequences because it was this new skill I was learning.””It’s very satisfying in a way that making art isn’t always that satisfying because it is up to your interpretation constantly. You’re doing this scene with someone, and you’re constantly like ‘should I edge over this way or that way’,” she added.”But with a fight sequence, it’s very clear cut that there’s a right and a wrong way to punch, and that’s it. So then you can go home feeling satisfied because there’s a target and you hit the target,” Larson added further.Dressed in a soft and subtle dress, but sporting a strong demeanour, the Room actress spoke candidly about how in an attempt to embody “female strength”, she underwent nine months of training to test how strong she could get.”For me, it’s all about bringing in all my experiences which allow me to confront myself with all the real things… I went on this path of training every day for nine months to see what makes me strong,” she said.It was life changing for Larson, who has become the first to lead a female superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.advertisement”It changed my mind, it changed the way I view the world, especially martial arts. It is crazy how differently you tend to view the world… It’s weird that once I started doing more judo, I would be like ‘That guy has a jean jacket on, I could totally throw him right now’,” she joked, eliciting laughter from the crowd of journalists.What Larson realised in the course of playing Captain Marvel is that there’s something about pushing yourself beyond a threshold that’s comfortable and then going a bit further than that.”I was lucky to have a good trainer. It was these moments of that breakthrough, of going through beyond what you thought would be possible, what you thought your body isn’t capable of doing,” Captain Marvel actress said.When asked if she was given a chance to feature in Captain Marvel 2, which superhero would she like to pick, Larson said, “My dream would be that Miss Marvel gets to come into play in a sequel.”The film is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will release in India on March 8.It also stars Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson and Gemma Chan.Watch the trailer:ALSO READ: Captain Marvel team pays tribute to comic legend Stan Lee. See release dateALSO READ: Captain Marvel first look: Brie Larson is the superhero we deserveALSO WATCH| Avengers Infinity War director: I have a strong connection with Captain America
point guard derryck thonton dukeJust one day after he met face-to-face with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, five-star Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to the Blue Devils, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Breaking News. PG Derryck Thorton has told ESPN that he has made a verbal commitment to Duke. STORY http://t.co/cdlFzc6kM1— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 21, 2015As Biancardi states, Thornton will reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Duke this summer. His decision fills a crucial void for the national champions, who didn’t have a true point guard on their roster following the departures of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-2 Thornton will be expected to run the show for Krzyzewski’s squad, which is still in the running for a handful of 2015 recruits, including five-star wing Brandon Ingram. Despite the losses of Jones, Cook, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, Duke projects as a borderline top-10 team next season with Thornton, forward Chase Jeter, shooting guard Luke Kennard and Rice transfer Sean Obi joining a nucleus of returnees which includes starting forward Matt Jones, Final Four hero Grayson Allen and veteran big men Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson.
TORONTO – Many Canadians are watching their mailboxes and inboxes for a personal income tax refund, now that the filing deadline has passed. But instead of a welcome influx of cash, receive a dreaded notice that their file is under review or audit.When the Canada Revenue Agency starts looking your way can be anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t need to be, tax experts say.The best thing to do is respond and co-operate, said Jason Safar, a partner in the tax services practice of PwC.“The worst thing you can do is play the ostrich, put your head in the sand and pretend that nothing is going on,” he said.The federal government in recent years has ramped up its efforts to crack down on tax evasion, particularly by big international companies and wealthy individuals using offshore tax havens. In the 2016 Federal Budget, Ottawa earmarked $444.4 million over five years to help the CRA track down tax cheats, with the aim of raking in an additional $2.6 billion in tax over that period.There has been an increase in audit activity, in all facets, but less so for personal income taxes, said Safar. And the vast majority of Canadians will never face a personal tax audit, he added. However, more Canadians will face the less serious option called a review.“For the ‘lucky’ 0.1 per cent that does, it’s probably that there is something that is very unusual about their filings or history of filings that causes Canada Revenue Agency to want to take a closer look,” Safar said.A review, however, happens fairly often, said H&R Block senior tax professional Valorie Elgar.A CRA review is simply a request for additional information, rather than an audit which involves deeper scrutiny of your tax file.Your income tax file may be selected for review randomly, or for reasons such a discrepancy between the figures you cited and those of a third-party, such as your employer. An unusual change in your activities, such as an increase in medical expenses or child care costs, may also trigger a closer look from the tax collector.Often, once the taxpayer submits the required information to clear up confusion, that’s the end of the process, said Elgar.“Send in the documentation that they request, and then that’s usually it,” she said. “But some people do get worried.”If you do not co-operate, the CRA will likely make adjustments based on the information they have. This could lead to unwanted outcomes, such as a large tax bill plus interest charges, she said.There are several types of review, such as a pre-assessment review program that takes place before a notice of assessment is issued. A processing review happens after the notice of assessment is issued, usually between August and December.Your information could also be reviewed in a matching program after the tax assessment is issued that compares the information in your tax return to a third party, such as a financial institution.Just in case you ever find yourself in the CRA’s crosshairs, it’s important to preempt any headaches by keeping all relevant receipts used to file your tax return on hand for at least six years, said Elgar.Some documents may need to be kept on file even longer, said Safar. For example, documents in connection with a property owned by the taxpayer will need to be kept until the property is sold, in order to quantify the capital gains.If you do find yourself under audit or review by the CRA, it is important to read the letter carefully and make sure to understand what they are asking for, he added. After submitting the requested information, the CRA will commonly send the taxpayer a letter outlining their concerns and reassessment details, and the recipient has 30 days to respond before the new tax assessment is processed, said Safar.If you disagree with their conclusions at this point, let them know before that reassessment is processed, he added.If the dispute is not resolved, there is still recourse. After the reassessment comes you have the option to file a notice of objection, which will go to an appeals officer who is different from the original auditor, said Safar.If you plead your case and it falls on deaf ears, you can take the government to the Tax Court of Canada, he added. The issue can be further escalated to the Federal Court of Appeal, and if need be, you can seek leave to take your battle to the Supreme Court.“You have lots of opportunities to plead your case,” he said.However, that can take a long time and a lot of money. Depending on how much you owe the government, you will have to make a call on whether the effort and expense for this battle is worth it, Safar added.“It depends how much you’re arguing about, and how much of a person of principle you are if the amount is not significant enough to justify the cost.”
Toledo24244328%<1%<1% UCLA2321225%1%<1% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Stanford1161346%19%3% Michigan1722187%6%<1% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Clemson17756%51%12% Alabama42614%41%11% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Florida1091241%18%4% TCU84237%31%11% Read more: Our preview of this week’s college football games Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% The first College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the selection committee ranked Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama as the top four teams, in that order, worthy of the playoff were it held today. But we at FiveThirtyEight want to look into the future. Our model (outlined in the table below) simulates the rest of the season to project which teams the committee will let into the playoff when it releases its final selections on Dec. 6. It expects that Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and TCU, in that order, are most likely to make the cut. If you want to read more about how the model works, here’s Nate Silver’s explanation of its methodology. If you just want to get to the rankings, here they are: Memphis13143621%6%<1% Florida State16131513%5%<1% Notre Dame589—25%5% Michigan State731915%22%3% Houston25233330%2%<1% LSU25822%30%8% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% Baylor610132%31%13% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1%
How would you like to earn more than $100,000 for sitting on the bench? That’s the position Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden found himself in for the team’s final preseason game. Coach Pat Shurmur decided that the rookie starting quarterback was too valuable to risk him getting injured before the regular season starts. Huh? I had to rewind the show I was watching to make sure I had heard that correctly. Even after watching it again, I still didn’t believe it. While it’s not unheard of for NFL players to sit out the final preseason game, especially quarterbacks, sitting a rookie quarterback who has yet to throw a single touchdown pass in his career is beyond ridiculous. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning did not play in their teams’ final exhibition games either, but they are both future Hall of Famers with years of NFL experience and Super Bowl rings. Weeden hasn’t even attempted 50 passes in the NFL preseason. So a rookie with no touchdown passes, a completion percentage below 50 percent, and less than two full preseason games under his belt is too valuable to risk getting injured? Are you kidding me? It’s not as if Weeden will have a long career to learn how to be an NFL quarterback. Being drafted at age 28, he will have six fewer years than the average signal caller to master his craft. He’s already missed one-third of a career. He simply doesn’t have the time to waste sitting on the bench. So if Weeden is already starting behind the curve, why pass up an opportunity to help him catch up? Weeden doesn’t have a huge contract to worry about. He wasn’t the team’s top pick in the draft. He wasn’t even the first quarterback taken, or the second, or even the third. He was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL draft. He is also the only quarterback taken in the first round who hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the preseason. Sitting a rookie quarterback who hasn’t proven himself yet isn’t protecting an asset, it’s robbing him of an opportunity to gain valuable experience before the games actually count. Weeden has a four-year contract worth $8.1 million. Spread over 80 regular and preseason games that is an average of $101,250 per game. That’s an expensive benchwarmer.
It didn’t take long for Deshaun Thomas to point out the reason behind the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-45 victory against Minnesota. The junior forward, known for his prowess on offense, credited the Buckeyes’ tenacious effort on the defensive end of the court. “We played great defense,” Thomas said after Wednesday night’s game. “That’s what Ohio State basketball is all about.” “Great” might be a fair way to describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against the Gophers. In all, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting, as the Gophers limped to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The Buckeyes’ energized defense looked completely different from the lethargic one that was annihilated by Wisconsin the game before. In OSU’s 71-49 loss to the Badgers on Feb. 17, the Buckeyes were picked apart on the defensive end, looking unprepared and even disinterested at times. “I think against Wisconsin we were just out there, we weren’t doing our job,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “This game we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we were able to feed off that.” The phrase “defense wins championships” is an age-old idiom. Whether OSU is a championship-caliber squad has yet to be determined. But one thing seems to have become clear in recent weeks, and it was confirmed against Minnesota: giving a great effort on defense helps OSU stop opponents, but such an effort also affects the Buckeyes’ ability to score. Part of OSU’s need for strong defensive efforts can be attributed to its deficiencies on offense. Though the Buckeyes have Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer averaging 20.1 points per game, no other player averages double figures. So when the Buckeyes are forced to execute their offense in the half court – where defenses are able to key in on Thomas – OSU sometimes produces fairly ugly results. “They are talented, but they don’t shoot the ball well,” said former Buckeye Jerry Lucas, who was honored as one of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history on Wednesday. “That seems to be the thing that lacks the most in this team, they just aren’t consistent shooters.” The Buckeyes might not have the most proficient shooters, but players like Scott and sophomore forward Sam Thompson appear to thrive in fast-paced games when they can race up and down the court. Fast break opportunities seldom happen when a team is taking the ball out of the net after their opponent scores. But when a defense can get stops and steals, then they will likely also receive a chance to run. OSU did just that against Minnesota, forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 20 points in transition. “I think when our defense is really rolling, it helps our offense get going,” said Scott, whose three steals proved to be a catalyst in OSU’s ability to turn defense into offense against the Gophers. “We knew we wanted to pressure them the whole game, but we didn’t want our defense to speak for itself,” he said. “If they turned the ball over, we were going to execute off of that.” The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to a bout with No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) beat OSU by three points earlier in the year and are a game behind Indiana for the top spot in the Big Ten standings. No. 18 OSU (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten) is in fifth place, trailing Indiana by three games. The top four teams in the conference receive a bye in the Big Ten tournament, which tips off on March 14. Despite the gravity of the upcoming game against Michigan State, Scott said the team will treat it like any other. If the Buckeyes are to pull off the upset, they will likely need to treat the Spartans with the defensive effort seen against Minnesota.
The UEFA have announced that a fourth substitute will be available for teams in extra-time in both the Champions League and Europa League competitions from next seasonUEFA have introduced a new set regulations for next season which will allow teams to bring to select from 12 substitutes in the finals of both competitions, as well as the UEFA Super Cup.The football governing body has released the new regulation in the hope that it will give “coaches more flexibility regarding substitutes, and facilitate their squad management for the most important fixture of the season”.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Normally teams can select a final squad of 18 with seven substitutes, but for the finals the team list can rise up to 23 players.This news comes in light of previous comments made by managers, including former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri.The kick-off times have also been altered by the UEFA for the 2018/19 season with matches now expected to start at 7pm and 8pm UK time on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays.