(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When people hear of “geologic time,” they are trained to think of millions of years. Big things can happen in far less time.Instant Manhattan: Imagine covering Manhattan with sand almost 500 feet deep. (Some might consider that a good idea, but this is about geology, not politics.) Explosions under the sea, described by Nature (485, 31 May 2012, page 551, doi:10.1038/485551f), produced that much sand instantaneously in Norwegian waters, according to a drilling survey. “At the start of the most recent ice age, pressurized sand exploded through cracks in the sea floor at the bottom of the North Sea, producing a body of sand large enough to bury Manhattan under 160-metre-high dunes.” Some 10 cubic kilometers of sand erupted through these cracks rapidly.Diamonds by overnight delivery: In January, popular science sites like Live Science and PhysOrg repeated the surprise that kimberlite eruptions, which bring diamonds from deep in the mantle to the surface, are much more rapid than previously thought. Both articles used the word “rapid” several times. Kimberlite eruptions are the deepest known events that bring magma to the surface. Due to buoyancy and other physical processes now considered, the magma accelerates as it rises.Off by three orders of magnitude: Science Daily reported another geological process that was much more rapid than thought:The depths of Earth are anything but peaceful: large quantities of liquids carve their way through the rock as fluids, causing magma to form. A research team led by the University of Münster, has shown that the fluids flow a lot faster through solid rock than previously assumed. In the Chinese Tian Shan Mountains, fluids pushed their way to Earth’s mantle from great depths in just 200 years rather than in the course of tens or even hundreds of thousands of years.You heard it right: 200 years. “And the most exciting thing is that this amount of fluid flowed through the rock in what is for geological processes a very short time, only about two hundred years,” one of the researchers said. The fluids had to act “like a jet through solid rock,” according to the headline. The authors believe this mechanism is not just localized to the Chinese Tian Shan Mountains they hiked in. ” It is also possible that such focused fluid releases are associated with the occurrence of earthquake events in subduction zones,” which, of course, are widespread throughout the world’s tectonic plates.To keep their beloved millions of years, the Norway team hid the fluid accumulation there. But the actual explosions and injections they deduced led to a correction by 3 orders of magnitude. “The release of fluids from minerals in the descending plates is a large-scale and continuous process that takes place at depths up to two-hundred kilometres and takes millions of years,” they explained. “During this time, the fluids first accumulate.” Ad hoc explanations are popular because they are so convenient.Based on 12 years of reporting here at CEH, it is a safe prediction that these instances will not be the last time we hear that some geological process is “more rapid than previously assumed.” It’s time for some deprogramming from the indoctrination the Darwinian moyboys have injected into the students’ brains around the world.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the most hazardous industries in the United States is agriculture. As a result, many injuries and illnesses occur to farmers and ranchers almost everyday across the nation. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter salutes the hard-working farmers and ranchers that feed our country.Farmers and ranchers, and the general public are often injured when agricultural machinery is involved in roadway incidents. To increase the awareness of the limitations of agricultural machinery in traveling speed and maneuverability the National Safety Council will observe the National Farm Safety and Health Week focusing on this issue from September 14-23.As you travel the rural roads of Miami County please drive slowly and cautiously. Farmers can’t maneuver or slow as quickly as a passenger vehicle. Farmers also drive their equipment on the road during all hours of the day and night. Please be advised that large farm equipment often takes up more of the road than a car of truck.We live in a health conscious society and many of us exercise as part of our daily routine. Walking and running are common forms of exercise in rural areas. The safest way to walk or run on rural roads is to travel on the side of the road with the traffic coming at you. In this way, you can see the situation ahead. If you’re facing the traffic then you can react to the situation. If not…. well the result could be tragic.Riding a bicycle is a common form of exercise in rural areas. When riding a bicycle, wear your helmet and travel on the road with traffic. Mirrors are available to attach to either the bicycle or the helmet that can help you see what is coming up from behind. Remember that we all share the road, so take safety into your own hands.Farmers will watch out for you, if you watch out for them. Move slowly and keep alert at all times. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter wishes everyone a safe and productive harvest season. When you see a slow moving vehicle please slow down.
“My image of the last match was Gina getting some points with her boxing, and me with my ground game,” she stated “It was back and forth, but all of my team thought I won.”Both fighters have vastly improved since their last match and Yamaguchi is well aware of Iniong’s power.“Gina has a really good right hand she throws, and she is strong and physical. I am better with the ground game and improved more in my boxing skills compared to our previous match,” she said.Yamaguchi is confident enough to guarantee that this time, she will get her hands raised in victory.“It is going to end early. It will be a clear finish by me. It is going to be a knockout,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE—It may not have been the title match she had initially prepared for, but Mei Yamaguchi’s upcoming bout against Filipino fighter Gina Iniong was something she had hoped to happen again a long time.The last time these two fighters met in 2014, Yagamuchi went home with the seventh loss—a split decision—of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Now the Japanese martial artist gets a shot at revenge when they clash in ONE: Immortal Pursuit on Friday at Singapore Indoor stadium here.“I was glad that Gina answered ‘yes’ to the match on the Singapore card with me,” said Yamaguchi. “I have always looked for a chance for revenge. It is the perfect moment.”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 shutoutYamaguchi was supposed to challenge ONE Atomweight Champion Angela Lee for the belt, but the Singaporean star met a car accident two weeks before their scheduled title fight.Iniong, a native of Baguio City, was tapped a replacement just 14 days after her last bout in Manila, but she is ready as ever to try to repeat over one of the top Atomweight fighters in the continent. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’ PLAY LIST 01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Indian wrestlers on Sunday beat their Pakistani counterparts to clinch Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title at Katra in Jammu.Rehmat Ali of Punjab helped India retain the first Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title, Jammu and Kashmir Indian Style Wrestling Association President Shiv Kumar Sharma told reporters.Rehmat Ali defeated his Pakistani rival Yousaf Riaz in a 17-minute final bout, Sharma said.Rehmat Ali was awarded a silver Gadda, Patta and cash prize of Rs 11,000 and the runners-up got Rs 10,000.In other main contests, Abdul Gani of Punjab defeated Sumit of Delhi and Kulbir Singh of Jammu defeated Pakistani Safdar Ali of Lahore.Another Pakistani Muhammed Umair of Multan defeated Indian Wrestler Benia of Udhampur.In the six bouts, Indians won five while Pakistanis won one.Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sham Lal Sharma, who was the chief guest on the occasion, praised the organisers for promoting goodwill between the two countries.With inputs from PTI
DefinitionNeck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include the muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), and the disks between the bones.Alternative NamesPain – neck; Neck stiffnessConsiderationsWhen your neck is sore, you may have difficulty moving it, especially turning to one side. Many people describe this as having a stiff neck.If neck pain involves nerves, you may feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or elsewhere.CausesA common cause of neck pain is muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are to blame. Such activities include:Bending over a desk for hoursPoor posture while watching TV or readingHavingyour computer monitor positioned too high or too lowSleeping in an uncomfortable positionTwisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercisingAccidents or falls can cause severe neck injuries such as vertebral fractures, whiplash, blood vessel injury, and even paralysis.Other causes include:Medical conditions, such as fibromyalgiaCervical arthritis or spondylosisRuptured diskSmall fractures to the spine from osteoporosisSpinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)SprainsInfection of the spine (osteomyelitis, diskitis, abscess)Cancer that involves the spineHome CareFor minor, common causes of neck pain:Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48to 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied withwarm showers,hot compresses, or a heating pad. To prevent injuring your skin, do not fall asleep with a heating pad or ice bag in place.Stop normal physical activity for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation.Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear. This helps to gently stretch the neck muscles.Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.Try sleeping on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a special neck pillow.Ask your health care provider about usinga soft neck collar to relieve discomfort.Do not use the collar for a long time. Doing socan make your neck muscles weaker.You may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then slowly resume your usual activities. Do notdo anyheavy lifting or twisting of your back or neck for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins. After 2 to3 weeks, slowlybeginexercising again. A physical therapist can help you decide when to begin stretching and strengthening exercises and how to do them.advertisementDo not dothe following during yourearly recovery, unless your doctor or physical therapist says it is OK:JoggingFootballGolfBalletWeight liftingLeg lifts when lying on your stomachSit-ups with straight legs (rather than bent knees)The following steps can prevent neck pain or help your neck pain improve:Use relaxation techniques and regular exercise to prevent stress and tension to the neck muscles.Learn stretching exercises for your neck and upper body. Stretch every day, especially before and after exercise. A physical therapist can teach you these exercises.Use good posture, especially if you sit at a desk all day. Keep your back supported. Adjust your computer monitor to eye level. This prevents you from continually looking up or down.If you work at a computer, stretch your neck every hour or so.Use a headset when on the telephone, especially if answering or using the phone is a main part of your job.When reading or typing from documents at your desk, place them in a holder at eye level.Evaluate your sleeping conditions. Make sure your pillow is properly and comfortably supporting your head and neck. You may need a special neck pillow. Make sure your mattress is firm enough.Use seat belts and bike helmets to prevent injuries.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalSeek medical help right away if:You have a fever and headache, and your neck is so stiff that you cannot touch your chin to your chest. This may be meningitis. Call your local emergency number (such as 911) or get to a hospital.You have symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or arm or jaw pain.Call your health care provider if:Symptoms do not go away in 1 week with self careYou have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or handYour neck pain was caused by a fall, blow, or injury — if you cannot move your arm or hand, have someone call 911You have swollen glands or a lump in your neckYour pain does not go away with regular doses of over-the-counter pain medicationYou have difficulty swallowing or breathing along with the neck painThe pain gets worse when you lie down or wakes you up at nightYour pain is so severe that you cannot get comfortableYou lose control over urination or bowel movementsWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitadvertisementYour doctor or nurse will perform a physical exam and ask about your neck pain, including how often it occurs and how much it hurts. Other questions may include:Is your pain in the front, back, or side of your neck?Are both sides of your neck affected equally?When did the pain first develop?Is it painful all the time or does the pain come and go?Can you touch your chin to your chest?What makes your neck feel worse? What makes your neck feel better?Do you have neck weakness or neck stiffness?Do you have any accompanying symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or hand?Do you have swollen glands or a lump in your neck?Your answers helpthe doctor determine the cause of your neck pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, neck pain will get better in 4to 6 weeks using these approaches.Your doctor or nurse will probably not order any tests during the first visit, unless you have symptoms or a medical history that suggests a tumor, infection, fracture, or serious nerve disorder. In that case, the following tests may be done:X-rays of the neckCT scan of the neck or headBlood tests such as a complete blood count (CBC)MRI of the neckIf the pain is due to muscle spasm or a pinched nerve, your health care provider may prescribe a muscle relaxantor a more powerful pain reliever. Over-the-counter medications often work as well as prescription drugs. The health care provider may prescribe a neck collar or, if there is nerve damage, refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for consultation.If your doctor or nurse thinks your neck pain may be due to meningitis, you will be sent to an emergency department for further tests and treatment.ReferencesCheng JS, McGirt MJ, Degin C. Neck pain. In: In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kellys Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 45.Devereaux MW. Neck pain. Med Clin North Am. 2009;93:273-284.Gross A, Miller J, DSylva J, et al. Manipulation or mobilisation for neck pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20;(1):CD004249.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
The pool matches are now completed. Results can be viewed here. For official scores, draws and statistics on teams and individual players visit the official SportingPulse homepage using the following link. 2004 18 YEARS CHAMPIONSHIPS LINK Stories can also be found on the ATA Tournaments – National 18’s page, using the following link. 2004 18 YEARS CHAMPIONSHIPS ATA LINK 18 YEARS AND UNDER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS MENS ROUND 1: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 8:10am- ACT (6) def NSWCIS (1) 9:00am- SQBD (6) def SunCoast (3) 9:00am- QSST (12) def NT (1) Bye- CQ Pool 2: 8:10am- TouchWest (8) def Tas (1) 8:10am- SWQ (8) def Scorpions (6) 9:00am- NSWCHS (10) def Hornets (3) Bye- NSWCCC Pool 3: 8:10am- Mets (7) def Eagles (4) 9:00am- NQ (10) def SA (0) 9:50am- Suns (15) def Vic (0) Bye- Cobras WOMENS ROUND 1: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 12:00pm- TouchWest (7) def SA (2) 12:50pm- NSWCCC (4) def NQ (2) 12:50pm- NSWCHS (8) def Mets (1) Pool 2: 12:00pm- QSST (13) def Hornets (3) 12:50pm- Cobras (11) def NT (1) 12:50pm- NSWCIS (9) def SWQ (5) Bye- SunCoast Pool 3: 9:50am- SQBD (8) def Scorpions (2) 9:50am- Suns (10) def Rebels (2) 9:50am- CQ (14) def Tas (0) Bye- ACT MENS ROUND 2: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 1:40pm- NSWCIS (6) v NT (2) 1:40pm- QSST(5) drew CQ (5) 2:30pm- SunCoast (4) def ACT (3) Bye- SQBD Pool 2: 1:40pm- NSWCHS (10) v NSWCCC (6) 2:30pm- Hornets (4) v Scorpions (3) 2:30pm- SWQ (8) v Tas (0) Bye- TouchWest Pool 3: 2:30pm- Mets (7) def Cobras (4) 3:20pm- NQ (15) def Vic (0) 4:10pm- Eagles (16) def SA (3) Bye- Suns WOMENS ROUND 2: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 3:20pm- NSWCHS (6) def TouchWest (4) 3:20pm- NSWCCC (11) def SA (0) 3:20pm- Mets (3) def NQ (2) Pool 2: 4:10pm- SunCoast (10) def NT (0) 4:10pm- SWQ (4) def Hornets (2) 4:10pm- QSST (12) def Cobras (2) Bye- NSWCIS Pool 3: 1:40pm- ACT (6) def Rebels (2) 1:40pm- CQ (3) def Scorpions (0) 2:30pm- SQBD (5) def Suns (3) Bye- Tas MENS ROUND 3: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 8:10am- CQ (7) def NT (1) 9:00am- QSST (14) def SunCoast (1) 9:50am- SQBD (4) drew ACT (4) Bye- NSWCIS Pool 2: 9:50am- NSWCHS (18) def Tas (0) 9:50am- SWQ (10) def TouchWest (6) 9:50am- NSWCCC (2) v Hornets (1) Bye- Scorpions Pool 3: 10:40am- NQ (5) def Suns (4) 10:40am- Mets (18) def Vic (0) 10:40am- Cobras (4) def Eagles (3) Bye- SA WOMENS ROUND 3: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 11:30am- NSWCHS (5) def NSWCCC (3) 11:30am- TouchWest (5) def Mets (2) 11:30am- NQ (6) def SA (0) Pool 2: 8:10am- QSST (10) def NSWCIS (0) 8:10am- Cobras (10) def SWQ (0) 8:10am- SunCoast (10) def Hornets (3) Bye- NT Pool 3: 9:00am- SQBD (16) def Tas (0) 9:00am- CQ (4) v Suns (4) 9:00am- ACT (4) v Scorpions (4) Bye- Rebels MENS ROUND 4: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 1:10pm- SQBD (5) def NT (1) 1:10pm- QSST (10) def ACT (0) 2:00pm- CQ (7) def NSWCIS (3) Bye- SunCoast Pool 2: 12:20pm- NSWCCC (5) def Scorpions (4) 1:10pm- Hornets (6) def TouchWest (1) 1:10pm- NSWCHS (14) v SWQ (5) Bye- Tas Pool 3: 2:00pm- Eagles (6) def Suns (4) 2:00pm- Cobras (13) def SA (3) 2:00pm- Mets (6) def NQ (5) Bye- Vic WOMENS ROUND 4: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 2:50pm- NSWCHS (15) def SA (0) 3:40pm- TouchWest (3) def NQ (2) 3:40pm- NSWCCC (9) def Mets (4) Pool 2: 10:40am- Cobras (6) def NSWCIS (3) 11:30am- QSST (8) def SunCoast (0) 12:20pm- Hornets (5) drew NT (5) Bye- SWQ Pool 3: 12:20pm- Scorpions (4) drew Rebels (4) 12:20pm- Suns (17) def Tas (0) 12:20pm- SQBD (4) def ACT (2) Bye- CQ MENS ROUND 5: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 4:30pm- SQBD (10) def NSWCIS (3) 4:30pm- CQ (11) def SunCoast (3) 5:20pm- NT (7) def ACT (3) Bye- QSST Pool 2: 4:30pm- SWQ (6) drew Hornets (6) 5:20pm- Scorpions (10) def TouchWest (5) 5:20pm- NSWCCC (14) def Tas (0) Bye- NSWCHS Pool 3: 6:10pm- NQ (8) def Eagles (7) 6:10pm- Suns (5) def SA (1) 6:10pm- Cobras (10) def Vic (0) Bye- Mets WOMENS ROUND 5: Thursday September 16 Pool 2: 3:40pm- SunCoast (4) drew NSWCIS (4) 3:40pm- SWQ (5) def NT (4) 4:30pm- Cobras (9) def Hornets (3) Bye- QSST Pool 3: 2:50pm- CQ (8) def Rebels (1) 2:50pm- ACT (11) def Tas (0) 2:50pm- Suns (4) drew Scorpions (4) Bye- SQBD Friday September 17 Pool 1: 11:20am- NSWCHS (4) def NQ (3) 11:20am- Mets (5) def SA (1) 11:20am- NSWCCC (5) def TouchWest (4) MENS ROUND 6: Friday September 17 Pool 1: 8:50am- CQ (7) def SQBD (5) 8:50am- QSST (11) def NSWCIS (0) 9:40am- NT (6) def SunCoast (3) Bye- ACT Pool 2: 9:40am- NSWCHS (10) def Scorpions (3) 9:40am- NSWCCC (12) def TouchWest (3) 10:30am- Hornets (10) def Tas (1) Bye SWQ Pool 3: 9:40am- Cobras (2) def Suns (1) 10:30am- Mets (11) def SA (5) 10:30am- Eagles (14) def Vic (1) Bye- NQ WOMENS ROUND 6: Friday September 17 Pool 2: 8:00am- SunCoast (7) def SWQ (6) 8:00am- Hornets (3) def NSWCIS (1) 8:00am- QSST (13) def NT (0) Bye- Cobras Pool 3: 8:00am- Scorpions (9) def Tas (1) 8:50am- SQBD (10) def Rebels (1) 8:50am- CQ (8) def ACT (4) Bye- Suns MENS ROUND 7: Friday September 17 Pool 1: 12:10pm- NSWCIS (3) drew SunCoast (3) 1:00pm- CQ (10) def ACT (2) 1:50pm- QSST (12) def SQBD (1) Bye- NT Pool 2: 1:00pm- Scorpions (11) def Tas (1) 1:00pm- NSWCCC (11) def SWQ (4) 1:50pm- NSWCHS (13) def TouchWest (1) Bye- Hornets Pool 3: 1:00pm- SA (5) def Vic (3) 1:50pm- NQ (4) def Cobras (2) 1:50pm- Mets (8) def Suns (3) Bye- Eagles WOMENS ROUND 7: Friday September 17 Pool 2: 10:30am- NSWCIS (14) def NT (4) 11:20am- Cobras (6) def SunCoast (3) 12:10pm- QSST (8) def SWQ (0) Bye- Hornets Pool 3: 12:10pm- ACT (5) def Suns (3) 12:10pm- SQBD (3) def CQ (2) 12:10pm- Rebels (12) def Tas (0) Bye- Scorpions
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMoreno Longo has been sacked by Frosinone.The Serie A minnows announced the dismissal of Longo this morning.Along with Longo, the coach’s backroom staff are also sacked with immediate effect.Frosinone are currently second from bottom of the Serie A table, five points from safety.
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, 2015@umichfootball Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.
WASHINGTON – House Republicans, straining to make last-minute changes to their far-reaching tax proposal, on Tuesday delayed the rollout by a day after they failed to finalize the details.The plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress is a top legislative priority. The details originally were to be unveiled on Wednesday, but that was delayed until Thursday, said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.The committee had worked throughout the day and evening to produce a plan for the first overhaul of the nation’s tax code in three decades.“We are making excellent progress. We are very close,” Brady told reporters late Tuesday night. “A lot of work remains with the drafters, they are continuing to work through the night. We are moving forward.”At the White House, an official said Trump looked forward to seeing legislation this week, adding the administration was confident the delay wouldn’t affect the ultimate timing of the bill. Brady said his panel plans to vote on the bill next week.Although they had settled on some key details — such as a cut in the corporate tax rate to 20 per cent and maintaining the top personal income tax rate for the wealthy of 39.6 per cent — other elements still had to be resolved, including the income levels for the tax brackets.Trump has intensified his lobbying for the nearly $6 trillion tax overhaul plan, seeking a major legislative achievement after the collapse of the health care repeal. Republicans see taxes as a political imperative that will decide whether they keep their congressional majorities in next year’s midterm elections.The president set an ambitious timetable and predicted a grand signing ceremony before Christmas at “the biggest tax event in the history of our country.”Late Tuesday, Trump renewed his cheerleading on Twitter.“The Republican House members are working hard (and late) toward the Massive Tax Cuts that they know you deserve. These will be biggest ever!”The plan originally unveiled by Trump and congressional Republicans called for shrinking the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with respective tax rates of 12 per cent, 25 per cent, 35 per cent. That plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who complained it was too favourable to the wealthy and undermined Trump’s rhetoric about it benefiting the middle class.The current Republican plan calls for nearly doubling the standard deduction used by most average Americans to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families, and increasing the per-child tax credit. In addition to slashing the corporate tax rate, it also seeks to repeal inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, a big break for the wealthy.Brady did not answer directly when he was asked — while leaving House Speaker Paul Ryan’s suite Tuesday — whether the drop in the corporate tax rate would happen immediately. But, he said: “I want as much growth right from Day One as I can.”Trump intensified his lobbying for the tax overhaul plan even as its shape was still under negotiation by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.“The process is complicated but the end result will not be that complicated. It’s going to be: People are going to pay less tax by a lot, companies are going to pay less tax by a lot – that’s a big difference — and companies are going to start rebuilding and they’re going to stay here,” Trump said in the Roosevelt Room, where he was joined by the heads of more than a dozen business and trade allies.Trump said he’s directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and other administration officials to stay behind when he heads for Asia on Friday so they can help sell the tax proposal. The White House said Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, had cancelled plans to accompany the president to China and South Korea to help push the package.The president said he was hopeful the House will approve the tax bill by Thanksgiving. But his overly optimistic timetable didn’t address the concerns of lawmakers from states such as New York and New Jersey who have opposed a proposal to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, arguing it would hurt their constituents and subject them to being taxed twice.A battle continues over contributions to 401(k) retirements accounts. The financial industry and some Republican lawmakers insist that the GOP plan not change the tax benefits of the popular savings vehicles, as has been floated by GOP leaders.__Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Marcy Gordon, Erica Werner and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.
OTTAWA – Newly released court documents related to an alleged industry-wide bread-price fixing case show the Competition Bureau believes at least seven companies, including Canada’s three major grocers, committed indictable offences under the Competition Act.The previously sealed information to obtain documents explain the Competition Bureau requested search warrants to enter and search the premises and records of seven companies because it had reasonable grounds to believe they committed multiple offences.The watchdog alleges bread wholesalers Canada Bread Company Ltd. and George Weston Ltd.’s senior officers directly communicated with one another and agreed to increase prices.It claims the suppliers met with their retail customers _ Loblaw Companies Ltd., Walmart Canada Corp., Sobeys Inc., Metro Inc. and Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. _ to get their approval for the price hike.In December, Loblaw and George Weston admitted they sparked the investigation when they approached the watchdog after becoming aware of an allegedly industry-wide arrangement to co-ordiante retail and wholesale prices of some packaged bread products from late 2001 to March 2015.The two companies received immunity in exchange for their co-operation. The remaining five companies have previously saidthey’re co-operating with the investigation, and some have outright denied any wrongdoing.