The flood situation in Assam improved slightly on Wednesday but one person drowned in Barak Valley’s Patharkandi taking the death toll to 21. Three persons were killed in landslips triggered by heavy rainfall.Assam State Disaster Management Authority officials said the number of flood-affected people had increased to 514,597 in five districts. There were 149,129 people who had taken refuge in 351 relief camps.9, 143 evacuatedThe National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force personnel evacuated 9,143 people in three Barak Valley districts – Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi – since Tuesday night.In Hailakandi, Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan met the managers of 17 inundated tea estates in order to provide food and water to the marooned people.
Neymar has urged his Brazil teammates to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany by beating the Netherlands in third-place play-off in Brasilia on Saturday.It is the one game that no team ever wants to take part in, but the encounter at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium took on extra significance after the hosts’ dream of lifting the trophy at the Maracana 24 hours later was ended by their record loss against the Germans.The mood in the Netherlands camp is the same as that in the Brazilian camp. The Oranje have a day less to prepare for the match after their agonising defeat on penalties to Argentina in Wednesday’s second semi-final in Sao Paulo.However, in contrast to Brazil, Holland will be able to look back on a campaign which started with a 5-1 thumping of Spain as a success. “We have had a fantastic tournament. Nobody expected us to get beyond the group stage,” said coach Louis van Gaal, who takes over at Manchester United.”We have a day’s less rest, which is not very fair. The thirdplace play-off is pointless. I was saying that 15 years ago, because you can have a fantastic tournament and then finish with two defeats,” he added.Nevertheless, the way in which Van Gaal’s superbly organised side has performed throughout the competition suggests they are quite capable of inflicting more pain on Brazil.”We were so close to reaching the final and I also had confidence that we could beat Germany,” said stalwart Dirk Kuyt.advertisementWith the sole exception of third-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm, every member of the Dutch squad has played some part at the tournament, but Van Gaal may choose to give younger players such as Jordy Clasie and Memphis Depay a run-out from the start here.
Leicester: Jamie Vardy and James Maddison struck second-half goals as Leicester City beat an unimpressive Arsenal 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday to move into second place in the Premier League.Leicester have 26 points and are above Chelsea on goal difference and one point ahead of champions Manchester City, who visit leaders Liverpool on Sunday. Arsenal have now gone four games without a win in the league, and the latest defeat will add to the questions being asked of their decision to replace Arsene Wenger with Spaniard Unai Emery.It was an evenly balanced first half, although Arsenal’s looseness in possession frequently handed Leicester opportunities.This Leicester team have also made a habit of upping their game after the interval, and that was again to be the case against the Gunners.Arsenal had a 55th-minute effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ruled out for offside after a VAR review and 13 minutes later Leicester struck.Vardy produced a characteristic, confident first-time finish from just inside the box after neat passing in the build-up from a confident Leicester side, clearly enjoying their football under Brendan Rodgers.The goal was Vardy’s ninth in 10 appearances against Arsenal and he went close to a second in the 72nd minute but his low drive was kept out by Bernd Leno.Three minutes later, Vardy turned provider for the Foxes’ second, poking the ball back to Maddison whose low strike whistled past Leno.Rodgers was quick to praise Vardy, the Premier League’s top scorer with 11 goals so far this campaign.”It’s firstly about giving him confidence. He is up there with the very, very top strikers in European football with what he brings to a team, his pressing,” said the former Liverpool and Celtic manager.”We’ve allowed him to do essentially what he wants to do – how we play, being aggressive and playing quickly obviously suits him. But his finishing ability, how clinical he is, is absolutely phenomenal. That’s a big testament to his concentration – when the opportunities come he’s always ready.”Emery said his side had shown better defensive organisation but said he accepted that people will question his work at the club.”I am speaking with the club to stay strong and recover. We also have young players who are growing up with us,” he said.”I know we are receiving criticism, but I have done before and I have recovered. I accept all the criticism. It is normal. Today we did one step ahead being better defensively,” added the Spaniard.”We need to recover our confidence. We need to be patient with some circumstances, and we are going to do that.” arsenalJames Maddisonjamie vardyLeicester City First Published: November 10, 2019, 7:22 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Polish Agnieszka Radwanska rose to the second place displacing German Angelique Kerber who was relegated to third position in the women’s tennis rankings released on Monday. (Serena Williams wins Italian Open)Garbine Muguruza of Spain came in fourth place with 5196, as Belarusian Victoria Azarenka was placed fifth, reports Efe.United States icon Serena Williams continues to lead the rankings with 9030 points.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Serena Williams (US) 9030 Points2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POLAND) 58503. Angelique Kerber (GERMANY) 57404. Garbine Muguruza (SPAIN) 51965. Victoria Azarenka (BELARUS) 43416. Simona Halep (ROMANIA) 43017. Roberta Vinci (ITALY) 35058. Belinda Bencic (SWITZERLAND) 33309. Timea Bacsinszky (SWITZERLAND) 315010. Flavia Pennetta (ITALY) 2963.
Footballer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed actor-singer Selena Gomez to become the most-followed person on Instagram.Ronaldo now has 144,338,650 followers to Gomez’s 144,321,029, reported US Weekly.This comes after Gomez’s self-imposed exile from social media.”As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given,” Gomez on Instagram on September 23, prior to entering treatment for mental health issues.Gomez held the title since 2016 after overtaking singer Ariana Grande, who currently has 132 million followers.READ – He only ever looked at me as business relationship: Ronaldo on Real Madrid presidentRonaldo’s personal life is being impacted by the rape allegation against him, he said in an interview with France Football magazine.Excerpts from the interview were distributed Monday, with a full story expected to run in the French weekly magazine on Tuesday.”Of course this story is interfering in my life,” said the 33-year-old Ronaldo, who has denied any wrongdoing. “I have a partner, four children, an aging mother, sisters, a brother, a family I’m very close to. Not to mention my reputation, which is of somebody who is exemplary.”(With inputs from ANI)
Chelsea How Cesc Fabregas evolved to survive at Chelsea under Antonio Conte Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League Chelsea v Swansea City Swansea City Opinion The Blues midfielder faced the first major hardship of his career and survived it by adapting both his mind and his body One year ago, Cesc Fabregas was playing in Chelsea’s Under-23 team. The Spaniard couldn’t get a game in the senior setup with Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante locking him out of the midfield spots.At the time Fabregas had only made three starts all season, two of which were in the League Cup. He was then forced to line up alongside a host of youngsters to keep match fit in a Premier League 2 match against Southampton’s Under-23 team.Chelsea 23/20 to beat Atletico Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The World Cup-winning midfielder had fallen to his lowest level since making his debut for Arsenal, and AC Milan were interested in securing a deal for the player who had fallen out of favour at Chelsea.However, Fabregas had other plans. Motivated by his main career ambition to win the Champions League – the only major honour in world football he has yet to win – the Spain international has turned his fortunes around at Chelsea.Antonio Conte’s arrival saw Fabregas locked out of the first team, but the reasons were tactical rather than personal. Chelsea switched to a 3-4-3 formation that puts huge pressure on the central midfield pair to cover ground, and Fabregas was no longer a good fit.The wing-backs in Conte’s line-up often run beyond the midfield, and Matic and Kante fit better as powerful defensive midfielders in this new shape.In fact, Kante won the PFA Player of the Year award in this system while the world-class Fabregas played an impact role from the bench. The playmaker won the second Premier League title of his career under Conte and injected freshness into Chelsea’s title charge last spring, managing to pick up a few more starts in the process.This season he has further established himself under Conte and his one-game-a-month spell during the Italian’s early tenure at the club has become a distant memory. Fabregas is expected to start against Swansea on Wednesday and already has 17 starts to his name this season – just one fewer than he had in all of 2016-17.At 30 years old, Fabregas is physically more powerful than ever. However, he has faced criticism at times for not being as creative as usual, particularly during October when both Kante and Danny Drinkwater were out with injury. Fabregas only made three starts by this point last season and he’s got 17 now. I tried to find out what he’s changed to impress Antonio Conte #CFC pic.twitter.com/taHSYvdYAD — Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) November 24, 2017 The criticism was wrong and eagle-eyed viewers will have seen a midfielder transforming himself for the needs of the team. In Kante’s absence, Fabregas made 4.67 tackles-per-game in the Premier League. It was more than double the number that he made with Kante around. In fact, it was the busiest defensive period of his career.At Barcelona in La Liga, Fabregas was making on average only 1.76 tackles-per-game. The Spaniard’s clearances-per-game and interceptions-per-game have both gone up under Conte and went up even further when Kante was out injured for a month.With Fabregas’ success rate in duels already at career-high levels, that number went up even further to 58 per cent in Kante’s absence. His creative attributes suffered while Kante remained on the sidelines but under Conte, in general, they have stayed at the same high level that they have always been.Fabregas sacrificed himself to help the team cover the ground lost when Kante got injured. He has also adapted more permanently to Conte’s style, which has been made even more crucial by the summer sale of Matic to Manchester United.A Fabregas masterclass is one of the most watchable spectacles in football, but he’s given himself an extra burst of life in the later years of his career by adding to his game.Fabregas admitted that players of his type are falling out of fashion in central midfield in a revealing interview with Chelsea TV last season.“Today it is more difficult for the talented players to succeed,” he said last February. “I don’t think my physical abilities are the best. I’m not the quickest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the sharpest.“So, you have to be ahead of the game if a player like me wants to succeed in football. To be a football player today, if you are very strong or you run a lot or stuff like that, it’s easier.”That’s why I try to get even better because football is growing in a way that before I don’t think it was. Every day you see less talent and more power players running around.”An artist is still at work at Stamford Bridge, but Fabregas chose to swim and not sink to allow his career to continue under Conte.
ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to be held from Jan 30-Feb 20, 2021Thirteen nations have qualified for the Women’s Cricket World Cup at least once. Five teams have competed in every finals tournament, three of which have won the title.advertisement Press Trust of India ChristchurchJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 19:56 IST England Women’s Cricket Team are the current defending champions. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will be the 12 editionA total of 31 matches will be held when the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 begins in New ZealandTop four teams based on the ICC Women’s Championship standings will gain direct qualificationA total of 31 matches, including the semi-finals and the final, will be held when the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 begins in New Zealand on January 30.The showpiece will be the fourth event to be fully or jointly hosted in New Zealand after two men’s World Cups in 1992 and 2015, and women’s event in 2000.The 50-over tournament will run from January 30 to February 20, a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement.The 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will be the 12 edition and New Zealand have qualified automatically as hosts.The top four teams based on the ICC Women’s Championship standings will gain direct qualification for the prestigious event, while the remaining three teams will get a second chance through the Qualifier event in which the sides will be joined by Bangladesh and Ireland, and the winner of each regional qualifier in 2019 – Africa, Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.Currently, the top four teams in the point table are – Australia (22), defending champions England (22), India (16) and South Africa (16).Also Read | Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: This India team intimidates Pakistan, says Waqar YounisAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ICC Women’s Cricket World CupFollow New Zealand
APTN National NewsSaskatchewan’s education minister, Donna Harpauer, is joining several First Nations leaders in the province in saying that the new money promised for First Nations education money is not enough.“We need to ensure and keep the pressure on the federal government,” says Harpauer. “We have an economy that’s growing and we need our First Nations students to graduate and to engage in our economy.”APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the story.
SAN FRANCISCO — Some of Samsung’s new $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch say the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. A couple of journalists say they removed a thin, protective layer from the screens that they thought was supposed to come off, but was meant to stay.But Dieter Bohn, executive editor of technology news site The Verge, says he left that layer on and his screen still broke.The long-anticipated folding phone goes on sale April 26 in the U.S. for $1,980, making it one of the most expensive phones anywhere — particularly if it isn’t as durable as promised.Samsung did not immediately comment.The Associated Press
Indian Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma and his Sri Lankan counterpart Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also called on the Defence Minister Shri A.K. Antony in South Block. “Regional security situation including issues of maritime security in the Indian Ocean region dominated the inaugural Annual Defence Dialogue,” the High Commission said. India and Sri Lanka have had talks on maritime security when officials from both countries met at the inaugural defence dialogue in New Delhi yesterday, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.Indian Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma and the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa co-chaired the meeting along with their delegations, comprising the officers of the Defence Ministries and the Armed Forces of the respective countries. Various issues relating to bilateral defence interactions came up for discussion at the meeting. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also met the National Security Advisor Shri Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Shri Ranjan Mathai, the High Commission added.
It is a wonder she wasn’t in worse shapeTamara Cooper A seal pup usually found in the Arctic Circle has been recorded in the English Channel for the first time after straying 3,000 miles off course.The young mammal was at first mistaken for a native common seal when it was rescued from mudflats near Plymouth, Devon. It was malnourished and had wounds on its tail, flippers and jaw.But a closer examination has confirmed it to be a female ringed seal which live in the icy waters of the Arctic and spend their days negotiating ice floes, pack ice and polar bears. They rarely venture south of Norway.The creature, nicknamed Muddy, is one of only 12 ringed seals ever recorded in the UK over the last 200 years, with the majority of these being found in Scottish waters. The previous most southerly record was in 1828 when one was recovered in the Severn Estuary near Bristol.Staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek were stunned when they identified Muddy as a ringed seal with the help of experts at the Polar Institute in Tromso, Norway.The pup is only nine months old and was incredibly lucky to survive the journey south through busy shipping lanes and warmer waters.She is now recovering at the sanctuary where staff are still deciding what to do with her. They generally live in the Arctic Ocean, where the sea temperature is about -2C – and are the primary prey of polar bears while their own diet includes polar cod and herring.They generally grow to 4.5ft long and can live to about 30 years.They are rarely found in open sea but have been known to travel south through the North Atlantic as far as Greenland and Scandinavia.Muddy has been placed in the sanctuary’s grey seal rehabilitation pool, which she has to herself. Animal care team leader Tamara Cooper said: “She must have swum through some very busy shipping lanes to get to where she was, and it’s a wonder she wasn’t in worse shape.”Muddy has responded well to treatment and we are hopeful that she will make a full recovery.”Her long-term future remains to be decided. A return to the Arctic may not be the answer, as other seals sent back there after washing up on European shores have just come straight back south again.”A spokesman for the sanctuary confirmed it was the first ringed seal it had dealt with and added to the Telegraph: “Unfortunately we are at a loss and our vets are at a loss on how she’s managed to travel so far down.”She doesn’t seem to have any particular thing driving her here. Even where she was found, it was a busy harbour. Certainly the water down south will be a lot of warmer.”The ringed seal, phoca hispida in Latin, gets its name from the pattern of rings on its coat. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A special constable and his Hungarian wife have gone on trial accused of flying in women from Eastern Europe to work as prostitutes at the Chelsea Cloisters apartment block in west London.Karl Ring, 34, and Ivett Szuda, 32, are accused of using the money they made from their stable of sex workers to fund a luxury lifestyle involving designer clothes, gold jewellery and five star holidays.Ms Szuda, a mother of two, acted as the point of contact for Hungarian women who answered online adverts offering prostitution work.She and Ring paid more than £100,000 in rent for apartments in London, including one in the Chelsea Cloisters building on Sloane Avenue, which is owned by the property tycoon and Tory Party donor Christopher Moran.Referring to revelations over the weekend alleging that the building was a haven for prostitution, Judge Robin Johnson warned the jury to focus on the evidence before them.He told the jury: “I am told there has been some media coverage over the weekend as to Chelsea Cloisters. The story focused on a man who was a donor to a major party.”You should ignore it so far as your decision making is concerned. You should make your decision making on what you hear in the court.” The couple were accused of running a website called Kensington Angels advertising more than 100 prostitutes. “They were basically hotel apartments. There was another girl when I arrived and she was doing sex work and there was another one who was just doing massage only. Everyone had their own rooms.”But she said business was so bad for her that she went back to Hungary after six days.Mr McLoughlin told Isleworth Crown Court: “The women, by and large, have come voluntarily. However willing a particular individual concerned may have been, the moving of anyone into the UK, if it’s found that you are going to control them in prostitution, is an offence.”Mr Ring was employed by the Metropolitan Police as a special constable from 2013 to 2015, but there was no record of Ms Szuda working in the UK or claiming benefits.Mr McLoughlin said 11 women are named on the indictment as having been controlled by Ms Szuda and Mr Ring for the purposes of prostitution.But he claimed many more unknown women had worked for them between 2011 and this year when they were arrested at their home in Hanwell, west London.Mr Ring and Ms Szuda both deny 12 counts of controlling prostitution for gain, four counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and one count of possessing criminal property. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Ms Szuda alone denies three counts of arranging or facilitating travel with the view to exploitation.The trial continues. The prostitutes rented apartments in the Chelsea Cloisters building in west London The women were told they could make up to £300 a day but had to split half their earnings with the couple.Ian McLoughlin, prosecuting, said Ms Szuda was also known as Eva by the girls.He said one of the girls had worked as a nanny for the couple, but had become a sex worker after her family in Hungary got into financial difficulties.Another sex worker told the court how she worked for the couple at Chelsea Cloisters.She explained that she had worked as a prostitute in Hungary and Austria before moving to London in September 2016.The woman explained that she had answered an advert on a website and had met Ms Szuda outside Chelsea Cloisters.“She showed me around the flat and she offered me two rooms. The smaller room was £60 per day and the bigger one for £80 per day.”She explained that Szuda gave her a key to the flat at Chelsea Cloisters, which operated like a hotel.“The hotel had a reception and it worked like a hotel system but the rooms had kitchens and bathrooms,” she said.
Drawing with wax crayons is one of the priceless delights of childhood, but every child has experienced the dissatisfaction of finding one cherished color wear down into a nub while a palette less beloved colors smirk unused from the box. These unused crayons taunt: why should you have to buy a whole new box of crayons just to replace the black Crayola you wore away drawing a black bear in a black forest on a lunar eclipsed midnight?Well, now you can do something pretty cool not only with the nubs of those favorite colors, but also with those smug unused crayons sitting wasted in the box. Crayola has just pumped a new Crayola Crayon Maker factory into toys stores across the country, and we’ve got to say, we think it’s pretty neat: it’s the Easy Bake oven of crayon making.The idea here is that you stick a few crayons into a machine, melt them down with a single 60 watt bulb and then combine them into one crayon. Crayola doesn’t expect kids to stick to one color: they’re actually encouraging kids to combine colors, which should lead to some unpredictable, pan-chromatic crayons that scrawl chartreuse one minute, crimson the next.It’s honestly pretty neat, and makes me wish I still had my big plastic box full of crayons so I could pursue the melting fun one lazy Sunday. For the Crayola Crayon Maker to work, you’ll need a wall outlet and a colorless 60-watt candelabra bulb, but otherwise, it’s a simple little kit, and commands a simple price… just $21.93.Read more at Crayola
The Windows 8.1 upgrade is going to be free, but you might have to do a little work for it. Those who decide to take the Windows 8.1 preview for a spin later this month, for example, will wind up reinstalling all their apps.Yes, that’s kind of a pain. But Microsoft is generally pretty clear about saying that its preview builds aren’t intended for users’ primary PCs. They’re a better fit for spare iron that’s laying around or a shared family PC that’s mainly used for surfing the web, emailing, and a bit of casual gaming.It’s a preview build, after all. If you install it, it’s because you want to get an early look at the changes that will arrive later this year when Windows 8.1 is officially released. You’ve got to be willing to take the bad with the good, and the bad here is the application reinstalls.For Windows RT users, this shouldn’t cause too many headaches. All WinRT apps come from the Windows Store, so they are tied to your personal account. When you’re done installing the Windows 8.1 preview, you’ll be able to log in to that account and fire up the Store app to re-download your missing apps in one fell swoop.Desktop apps are another story. You’re on your own there, Windows 8.1 testers. If you want to see what the updated OS looks like, you may be better off installing it in Microsoft VirtualPC, VirtualBox, or VMware.Then again, it’s also a chance for a clean slate. If you’re unhappy with Windows 8 so far but are willing to give Windows 8.1 a chance for redemption, then go ahead and install it on your main rig. Your broadband connection is probably fast enough that it can pull your Steam game collection back down within an hour or two anyway, right?
Image: Google maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A woman in her 60s has been killed in a car crash in Mayo The woman was taken to Mayo University Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 12:30 PM 17,511 Views Jun 14th 2018, 12:30 PM Share50 Tweet Email The incident took place on the Westport road. Image: Google maps 3 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4070613 Short URL GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a fatal car crash that took place outside Castlebar, Co Mayo, this morning.The two car collision took place at 8.30am on the Westport road (N5) on the outskirts of the town.One of the drivers, a woman in her mid 60s, was rushed to Mayo University Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.The second driver, a man in his mid 30s, was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently at scene of the crash. The road has been closed and local diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information to contact Castlebar Garda Station on 094 – 9038200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. The incident took place on the Westport road. By Ceimin Burke
The Washington State Redistricting Commission, which is charged with redrawing both congressional and legislative district boundaries this year to reflect 2010 Census figures, will hold an informational meeting and a public hearing next Thursday in Vancouver.The session will be at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, with a presentation by the commission at 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to offer their views from 7 to 9 p.m.“We really want to hear what the communities feel are their important characteristics,” said commission spokeswoman Cathy Cochrane. “We want to know how we can draw the lines so that one person has one vote and everybody feels their voice is being heard in government.”The five-member bipartisan commission has set a November deadline for producing maps showing new boundaries for the state’s 49 legislative districts and 10 congressional districts.Washington will gain a 10th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives next year as a result of the latest Census, which revealed that the state’s population had increased by nearly 1 million, to 6.7 million, since the 2000 Census.
Tags Cryptocurrency cringingMy next trouble was with cryptocurrency. Mostly out of curiosity to see how it all worked, I’d bought some bitcoin through Coinbase and tried another service called Heleum that seeks to make money by shuffling your investments among different cryptocurrencies at an exchange called Uphold.Trading such assets forced me to combine that ages-old accounting problem — calculating the cost basis of an investment — with the brave new world of virtual currency. I quickly threw up my hands and paid startup TaxBit $50 to extract the transaction data. Happily, the service works with both Uphold and Coinbase, though if I’d had more than 200 transactions I’d have had to pay for a pricier tier.Again, TurboTax quailed at the prospect of a lot of transactions, so I had to figure out how to enter the summary data drawn from the nicely generated but useless form 8949 that TaxBit created. Why is this my problem?I made it back from the dangerous waters of cryptocurrency and peer-to-peer lending, but I’ll have to make the same journey again next year. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Cryptocurrency accounting no doubt will settle down. But the punishment I endured for just dipping my toes into the waters worries me. We’re very far away from a frictionless new financial technology revolutionizing commerce by doing away with low-value middlemen.Solar panel perplexityTurboTax was invaluable on several occasions. I couldn’t have made my journey without tax software, and it handled mainstream situations, like the country’s new and differently complicated tax law, with aplomb.TurboTax also was still useful with old-school complications like the IRS’ form 1116. That cuts you some slack if you owned a mutual fund that paid taxes in foreign countries — if you can dive deeply enough into your brokerage data. TurboTax likewise helped me comprehend a complicated capital loss carryover question.But it often felt like there are no easy answers in our tax system. For example, does the cost of the new roof we got along with our solar panels count as part of the tax credit worth 30% of the installation cost? Do 50 different searches about this, and you’ll get 50 different answers.I went all the way to the IRS tax code, to little avail: “No expenditure relating to a solar panel or other property installed as a roof (or portion thereof) shall fail to be treated as property … solely because it constitutes a structural component of the structure on which it is installed.”The IRS guidance on the solar tax credit is similarly opaque. No wonder people are willing to pay an accountant hundreds of dollars to take care of it all.Autofill tax formsI was displeased to hear how years of lobbying by TurboTax maker Intuit and its rival H&R Block apparently is bearing fruit in the form of proposed legislation that would block the US government from providing us with tax forms already helpfully filled out with the data employers and financial institutions must report.Taxpayers in some other countries have a system that is painless, but despite some new scrutiny, the bill passed the House of Representatives. (In response to our earlier inquiries on that topic, Intuit didn’t directly address the recent lobbying criticism, but it pointed CNET to a company post concerning taxes.)Autofilled tax forms would be great, and no doubt millions of people would love to get their time and money back. But I fear the deeper problem is the monumental complexity of the US tax code.My 2019 state and federal taxes are done. I’d be basking in the glory of my achievement right now — except that I know I’ll have to make the same journey again next year. Cryptocurrency It’s all documented in a tax form dozens of pages long, in our case with hundreds of transactions. But good luck getting this handily packaged, digital data into TurboTax. LendingClub is allergic to giving tax advice, so that left the legwork to me and some helpful souls who’d posted about the issue on various internet forums.In principle, I could have imported the data directly. But TurboTax warns you that performance can degrade if you add too many transactions, and I saw enough horror stories online about grindingly slow results that I didn’t risk it. From a software point of view, I found this baffling. Today’s computer science challenges are grappling with AI bias and useful recommendation engines. A 2,000-row spreadsheet has been child’s play for PCs for decades. Intuit didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Comments Share your voice At tax time, new financial tech means excursions into dangerous waters. (This ancient map is actually on display at the Maritime Museum in Bergen, Norway, but illustrates the point nicely.) Stephen Shankland/CNET I knew doing my own taxes again would be a pain after years of outsourcing the annual headache to accountants. What I didn’t realize was how much worse new financial technology like cryptocurrency and peer-to-peer lending would make the job.My half century of life has been a series of excursions into US tax code territory previously unknown to me — home interest mortgage deduction, married filing jointly, child tax credit. For years, I calculated taxes for myself and then my family started using Intuit’s TurboTax. Even if the territory was unknown to me, I was still walking well-trodden paths.This year, though, I entered the here-be-dragons part of the map.I made it back alive, thanks to dozens of internet searches, forum posts, supplementary information PDFs and $50 I paid to a service that understands cryptocurrency math. I even read the actual law behind the US tax code to try to comprehend one point.I’m hardly at the bleeding edge of finance. But the weekend I lost to America’s annual accounting ordeal shows how badly the tax establishment is keeping pace with new ideas.New tax territoryWe lived in the UK and France for a few years, and the three-country complications meant we relied on professionals to do our taxes. However, now that we’re back in the USA and I’m doing the taxes again, I’ve found I’ve fallen behind the times — and I’m not alone.My first difficulty was handling money we’ve invested at LendingClub, which arranges peer-to-peer loans. The idea is to give lenders (like me) a way to earn more interest than with money parked at a bank, while offering borrowers a way to pay less interest than what credit cards charge. As the middleman brokering (and automating) the deals, LendingClub takes its cut of the payments. Cryptocurrency accounting no doubt will settle down. But the punishment I endured for just dipping my toes into the waters worries me. Related stories Software 3 Last chance to check out the best online tax software options for 2019 from Turbo Tax, H&R Block and more services Congress wants to prevent IRS from expanding its free online tax filing Taxes 2019: When they’re due, how to file online and more
Jayadev GallaTwitterTDP MP Jayadev Galla, who is the brother-in-law of superstar Mahesh Babu, has alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a deliberate attempt to influence polls courtesy the IT raids being conducted on opposition leaders.The Income Tax department has been conducting raids on the offices of various political leaders across the country for the past few weeks. These raids are meant to stop the alleged cash flow during the 2019 general elections. The latest person to come under the scanner of the IT sleuths is none other than Jayadev Galla, whose office in Guntur was raided on Tuesday evening.Jayadev Galla is contesting Lok Sabha elections in Guntur from the second time and Andhra Pradesh goes for the first phase of polls. Just a day before the voting, this TDP leader came under the IT scanner.Jayadev Galla reportedly protested the searches along with other Telugu Desam Party leaders in Guntur’s Pattabhipuram. “Why I am being targeted? Why is the TDP being targeted?” he asked. “This is a deliberate attempt by Prime Minister [Narendra Modi] to influence the polls. Moving towards state of Emergency and fascism,” NDTV quoted the TDP leader as saying.But hours before the IT raid on Jayadev Galla’s office on Tuesday, Rajnath Singh had dismissed the opposition’s charges. “It is unfair to hold the government responsible for the raids. This is an ongoing process. Agencies act on their own intelligence inputs,” Union Home Minister had said in an interview to ANI.Jayadev Galla is one of the wealthiest politicians in India and he had declared assets of Rs 683 crore in the 2014 general elections. He married Padmavathi Ghattamaneni, daughter of superstar Krishna on 26 June 1991 and has two children – Siddharth Galla and Ashok Galla. He is very close to his brother-in-law Mahesh Babu, who had campaigned for him in the previous general elections.