Swain County Wildfire Information For Friday

first_imgSwain County Emergency Management Coordinator David Breedlove gave this update on Friday morning.First he extends a huge “Thank You” to the individuals, businesses, and churches who have given so much in food and beverage so firefighters would have a refreshment when the come off the fire lines. As of Friday morning food and beverage supplies are sufficient to last through the weekend. Check back next week but hold up for the time being.Second, local firefighters are performing their rotation and going back home to sleep. Again Breedlove expressed appreciation to the firefighters in Jackson and Haywood counties and others who are providing mutual aid.  For the firefighters coming from the other states and territories as far as Puerto Rico, those individuals are housing in Andrews and Franklin and are attacking the fires from those directions. While hotels are filled with tourists in Bryson City, to this point that has not had an adverse affect upon the billeting of firefighters.Third, individuals evacuated from Silvermine Road and East Silvermine Road, Dills Road, as well as those in the Needmore areas of Licklog and Wiggins Creek have thus far taken up residence with friends and relatives. Shelters are open at the old Almond School now the SCC Swain Center and the Swain County Department on Aging. At the current time no one is staying at those facilities.  School buses will pick up students at the Needmore Road intersection and Wesser Creek Store.Fourth, thanks to the volunteer firemen who have remained vigilant no homes or structures have been lost in the fire.last_img read more

SHERIFF HALL OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

first_imgSheriff Chip Hall offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be attending school this year.“Parents can teach their children the following safety tips which will inform the youngsters of the danger signs to watch for and avoid in going back and forth to school,” Sheriff Hall said.“Drivers should be cautious of children traveling back and forth to school,” added the Sheriff.  “We can all learn from the safety tips below and abide by them to make Jackson County safer for all.”Ø  While walking or waiting for the school bus, remember to always travel with a friend.  Two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency.Ø  A stranger is anyone you or your parents don’t know well.Ø  You or your friend must never take candy, money, medicine, or anything else from a stranger.Ø  If a stranger in a car asks you questions, don’t get close to the car (you could get pulled in) – and never get in the car.Ø  Strangers can be very tricky – they can ask you to walk with them to “show” them something; they can offer to pay for your video game, or ask you to help them find a lost dog or cat.  Don’t be fooled!Ø  Don’t tell a stranger your name or address when you’re walking and don’t think that because someone knows your name that they know you – they may just be looking at your name printed on your lunch box, school bag, or T-shirt.Ø  If you think you’re in any danger, yell, and run to the nearest store or “safe house” or back to school.Ø  Always tell your parents or teacher if a stranger has approached you.“By taking the time to carefully prepare your child on how to handle these situations, you can insure your child’s safety whether they are walking to or from school, waiting at a bus stop, playing in a playground, or riding their bikes,” Sheriff Hall concludes.last_img read more

NEW Olaf Loungefly: Some Backpacks Are Worth Melting For

first_imgShare This!The Frozen II merchandise is coming in fast and flurrious to shops throughout the Disney parks. One of our favorite pieces is this Loungefly Olaf backpack. This is priced at $90.00, slightly higher than some of the other Loungefly bags of similar size, likely due to the full covering of sequins. Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img

Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling

first_imgDeputy sports minister Gert Oosthuizen (left), Hyundai SA CEO Alan Ross(right), and a group of schoolchildren nextto the newly-signed Goodwill Ball. (Image: Hyundai SA) South Africa’s Goodwill Ball, with thecountry flag and World Cup mascot Zakumi. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACT • Francois MaraisMarketing manager, Hyundai SA+27 11 372 0800 or +27 82 304 7300RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup matches come alive in 3D • World Cup ticket sales soar • SA pride in World Cup at 90% • Maradona backs safe World CupJanine ErasmusThe Hyundai Goodwill Ball road show is taking 32 giant footballs, one for each team that will play in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, to participating nations to collect thousands of fans’ signatures.The road show is part of the motor manufacturer’s extensive football sponsorship, and according to Hyundai, has become a key event for the company.Hyundai is the official automotive supplier to the World Cup and has a number of other related initiatives on the go, including the Hyundai Fan of the Match and the Hyundai Best Young Player Award.The company says that 609 Hyundai passenger cars and vans will be made available for the use of Fifa officials, teams, organising committee members, match officials, and the press.What’s more is that all national teams will get to travel in style in their own Hyundai Universe luxury coach, each one distinctly decorated with the team colours and flags.Road showThe balls started their journeys at the end of January. This year marks the 11th edition since the inaugural event at the 2000 Uefa European championship. Over the years it has become increasingly popular with fans, as seen at the 2001 and 2006 tournaments in Korea/Japan and Germany respectively.“It is an honour for Hyundai South Africa to host the global launch of the Goodwill Ball road show for the 2010 Fifa World Cup … getting the ball rolling in early 2010 in Johannesburg as the eyes of the world turn to South Africa,” reads a statement on the company’s local website.Each 4m-high ball is emblazoned with various emblems, including the 2010 World Cup logo, the sponsor’s logo, the official tournament mascot Zakumi, and the particular country’s flag.All 32 spheres will return to Johannesburg in May, with their surfaces covered in signatures and good wishes, in time for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on 11 June. Festivities have been planned to celebrate the balls’ arrival back in the city.Once the tournament is underway the balls will follow their respective teams to every match, ensuring that the messages of support are on display for all to read and take inspiration from.Part of a global World Cup familyThe initiative, says Hyundai, brings fans in all participating countries closer to the magic of the World Cup. Football supporters will revel in the knowledge that thousands of others all over the world are doing the same thing, for the same goal.“It’s a very unique way of uniting people through this amazing sport of soccer,” said Hyundai South Africa CEO Alan Ross. “From a street vendor in downtown Johannesburg to a high-flying businessman in a boardroom, we’ve all been united behind this event.”Ross described the Goodwill Balls as a symbol of pride, hope, passion and the uniting power of football the world over, and expressed his pleasure at being able to bring that legacy to South Africa for the long-awaited event.The gigantic South African ball will spend at least three months travelling around the country, stopping in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Bloemfontein.Fans will get the chance to convey their support not just for national football team Bafana Bafana, but good wishes for their competitors too, thus embracing the goodwill vibe. Those who participate will be able to have their photos taken with celebrities and sporting heroes present. Fans will also be able to enter to win World Cup tickets, tickets to the Goodwill Ball celebration, and other prizes.Support for the teamPolitical and sporting figures as well as football celebrities attended the campaign’s January launch at Hyundai Park in Sandton, Johannesburg.The audience was well entertained by popular local band Watershed, whose new song United by the World made its debut on the day. The song was commissioned by Hyundai especially for the upcoming football spectacular. It is due to be released shortly as the first single off Watershed’s new album, A Million Faces: 20 Hits, 10 Years. The band celebrate their 10-year anniversary in 2010.Putting pen to plastic were, among others, former Bafana Bafana coach Jomo Sono, Olympic swimmer Roland Schoeman, local football hero Marks Maponyane, Watershed lead singer Craig Hinds, and United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. Pupils from a local primary school, representing the children of South African, also signed the massive South African ball.Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen said, “Indeed as we said before, Ke Nako for Africa to shine,” echoing the catchphrase of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, meaning “it’s time” in Sesotho. Hyundai Goodwill Ball road show schedule:Johannesburg and Pretoria:Sandton City (Nelson Mandela Square) – 30 January Eastgate Mall – 5 February East Rand Mall – 20 February Clearwater Mall – 19 March Cresta Shopping Centre– 27 March Menlyn Mall – 17 April Centurion Mall – 1 MayBloemfontein:Mimosa Mall – 27 FebruaryCape Town:Canal Walk – 5 March Cape Gate – 6 MarchDurban and KwaZulu-Natal:The Pavilion – 2 April Gateway – 3 April Suncoast Casino– 4 April The Liberty Mall, Midlands – 5 AprilPort Elizabeth:Summer Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth – 2-5 Aprillast_img read more

Watching the World Cup in Europe

first_imgA fan celebrates in Altenstadt,Germany, after his team’s 4-0 victory overArgentina in a 2010 Fifa World Cup Round of16 match on 3 July.(Image: Barbara Müller-Walter, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected] • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup: SA’s great leap forward? • 2010 World Cup, New York style• World Cup tourists paint SA red• World Cup boost to SA advertising• World Cup driving SA tourismSouth African Civil Society Information ServiceThe Fifa headquarters are nestled into a secluded spot on the hill overlooking Zurich, one of the richest cities in the world. Here a glass of Coke will cost you R60 (US$8) at a restaurant. The city, set around a lake with snow capped mountains in the background, is picture perfect in a chocolate-box kind of way.But it’s not just a twee live-in European theme park pretending to be a city. Zurich is also home to squats, innovative housing and artists’ collectives, large immigrant communities, a thriving music scene and political dissidents from around the world. Together they have created a vibrant urban life with oases of jazz, punk, radical Kurdish workers and Russian anti-Fascists.But, as the radical groups here would be the first to acknowledge, much of the material basis for this flourishing urban life is premised on devastation in other parts of the world. The bankers here bailed out apartheid and have a long and sorry history of collaboration with oppressive regimes. They have, for generations now, drawn part of their wealth from the gold and diamond mines of South Africa.Zurich has to be understood as the apex of a pyramid that reaches down, through corporate Johannesburg, to the Bantustans and the frontline states where women kept families going while the men were sent to dig the mines on poverty wages. The wealth of a city like Zurich is intimately connected to the devastation of a place like the Transkei.In Zurich, Langstrasse, the traditional street for communist and socialist mobilisation, is also where football fans gather to celebrate their victories. During the early stages of the 2010 Fifa World Cup it was taken over by jubilant Ghanaians and Brazilians. Some of them were undocumented workers who usually keep to the margins of society. Some worked in the kitchens of the restaurants and bars along Langstrasse.The street is also the heart of Zurich’s red light district and the women touting for corporate clients here seem to come mostly from Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. But in the carnival of victory, the football fans from Ghana and Brazil assumed, for a moment, centre stage in collective expressions of identity and joy.Fifa is in charge of the administration of football and earn billions from the game. But neither this fact, nor the bitter inequality within world football, change the reality that when the whistle blows, 22 men confront each other as equals for the duration of the game. Unlike in the United Nations or the World Bank, anything can happen on the pitch. Ghana can defeat the United States. South Africa can defeat France. England can be cowed.And watching Germany play in a German town like Wuppertal doesn’t really feel any different to watching South Africa play at home. The beer, the flags, the groans and roars that mark the waves of collective emotion that, for a moment at least, take us out of our own heads, the embraces that reach across social divisions, the hooting and hanging out of car windows and, now, the vuvuzelas, are all the same.The football World Cup is a global carnival that is, at least via television, as accessible to the bankers in Zurich as it is to mine workers in Johannesburg or their families in Flagstaff.And when it comes to football, expertise is not monopolised. A person may be precariously employed, undocumented and racially othered in Fortress Europe, but there is no reason for her not to publicly assume the same right as a Swiss banker to analyse and debate a game, a team or a referee’s decision. At an academic conference, football is more likely to be the topic of lunchtime conversation than academic matters and a waiter is quite likely to have a better-informed opinion than a professor and to feel able to express that opinion confidently.In a world where inequality is so profound and so effectively policed, administered and legitimated there is something utopian in the moments of transcendence that football can create.And South Africa’s successful hosting of the tournament seems, for the moment at least, to have changed the representation of Africa in Western Europe. South Africa is everywhere – from the vuvuzelas echoing down the streets, the cakes in the colours of our flag in the bakers’ windows in Germany, South African musicians playing in small German towns and glamorous representations of Cape Town in fashion magazines to detailed reports in newspapers and documentaries on television.South Africa, and by extension Africa, largely appears as competent, modern, and as a fun place with welcoming people. Stereotypes about our people, our food and even our weather have been and are being debunked daily.The tournament has been seen as an opportunity to tell the world about South Africa. And the story it is telling is often taking the form of a refreshing change from the racist and patronising lens through which Africa has so long been represented in Europe. The images of helpless starving African children that used to be everywhere in Western Europe have been replaced with representations of Africans as speaking, thinking and debating adults as capable of good and evil as anyone else.Fifa may own the administration of this global carnival that is the football World Cup. But the fact remains that it is a global carnival, made by ordinary people.Source: South African Civil Society Information Service. All articles distributed via the SACSIS news alert service are original works that are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 South Africa License.last_img read more

Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom

first_imgSouth African traditions are also a tourism drawcard.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  The recent 2010 Fifa World Cup has eradicated many myths about South Africa and boosted growth prospects for the country’s tourism industry, the government said on 7 September 2010.The tournament created a bright image of the country, Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in a statement. “The positive brand value that has been unlocked is immeasurable. The event helped us to turn the corner in terms of foreign perceptions about tourism safety.”The Department of Tourism met with industry role-players in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg, on 6 September to review the tournament’s impact on the sector.Delegates at the meeting included representatives from Federated Hospitality Association, South African Tourism Services Association of South Africa and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa, among others. They discussed lessons learnt from the spectacle and future plans for the industry.The meeting is part of government’s ongoing process of evaluating the benefits associated with hosting the football World Cup.In 2010, and especially during the tournament, South Africa managed to position itself as a high-quality tourism destination, according to the minister.“The World Cup opened up a new window of opportunity for the tourism industry,” said Van Schalkwyk. “It is up to all of us to make use of this opportunity.”It speeded up the construction and renovation of vital infrastructure, such as airports and new accommodation facilities, Van Schalkwyk added.The King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal was built at a cost of R6.7-billion (US$922-million), while the country’s two other international airports, OR Tambo and Cape Town, received multibillion-rand upgrades.Domestic airports, including those in Bloemfontein, East London, Upington and Kimberley, also underwent massive revamps worth millions of rands.“These are all important investments in building the future capacity of the tourism sector,” said Van Schalkwyk.Tourism on top of its gameThe country’s tourism industry was on top of its game during the World Cup, the minister said.In addition to creating a safe environment for tourists and completing airport and road revamps on time, the sector excelled in service delivery in the formal accommodation sector, management of increased airlift volumes, the security of air space and the implementation of new systems to facilitate passenger movement, Van Schalkwyk said.“Overall, the collective efforts in the tourism sector were key in delivering an exceptional World Cup,” he added. “As a country, a people, a government and private sector we built a shared vision and delivered on it.”However, the industry could have done so much more in other areas, the minister said. These include ensuring greater benefits for small, medium and micro enterprises; better managing the expectations of the informal accommodation sector; “getting accommodation prices right in the face of the global economic downturn”; and listing up-front availability of accommodation on a database.National convention and events bureauThe tourism department is planning to set up a national convention and events bureau to make the most of the World Cup legacy.Cashing in on the infrastructure investments is one of the most important tasks ahead, the minister said, adding that “our proposals in this regard have been received very well by the industry”.The bureau will be part of the five-year National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) which the department introduced in May 2010. It will be positioned to market events and promote tourism businesses.In light of South Africa attracting more than 1-million tourists during the month-long World Cup, the NTSS is now aiming to increase the number of foreign arrivals in the future.Some 9.9-million foreign visitors came to the country in 2009, but through the strategy volumes are hoped to reach 13.5-million by 2015.last_img read more

DOJ seeks to compel Facebook docs in case involving alleged tax dodge worth “billions”

first_img Posted on 9th July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share DOJ seeks to compel Facebook docs in case involving alleged tax dodge worth “billions”You are here: Earlier this week the US Justice Department asked a judge in San Francisco to compel Facebook to produce internal documents tied to a 2010 asset transfer to the company’s Irish subsidiary. For several years the IRS has been investing whether the social site understated the value of those assets by billions of dollars.The company transferred rights for its global business, outside of Canada and the US, to Ireland. The rationale for the transfer is tax avoidance. Ireland has comparatively low corporate tax rates.Accounting firm Ernst & Young valued the assets during the process. The firm may have used a formula that dramatically undervalued those assets being transferred.Facebook denied that it violated any laws in the matter. However, according to the court filings and published reports, Facebook has declined to produce the requested documents to the IRS. The statute of limitations on the alleged tax avoidance maneuver runs on July 31 — hence the legal action.Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and other US tech companies have been accused, predominantly in Europe, of using Luxembourg and Ireland as tax havens to avoid paying taxes in higher-rate jurisdictions. In the recent past, political and legal pressure and negative PR have generated payments and promises from the companies to change accounting practices in some cases.From our sponsors: DOJ seeks to compel Facebook docs in case involving alleged tax dodge worth “billions” HomeDigital MarketingDOJ seeks to compel Facebook docs in case involving alleged tax dodge worth “billions” Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

IRPAC Makes Reporting Recommendations in 2016 Annual Report (IR-2016-140; 2016 IRPAC Public Report)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) has released its 2016 annual report, which includes recommendations to the IRS. IRPAC was created to provide a forum for discussion of information reporting issues.IRPAC recommended that regulations be amended to allow an employer to electronically deliver Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, to all employees and, if an employee preferred paper delivery, the employee could request such and the employer would deliver the W-2 or 1095-C on paper to that employee. This recommendation would allow an employer to establish electronic delivery as the default, the employees would then retain the option to “opt-out” and get a paper Form W-2 and/or Form 1095-C, IRPAC explained.In addition, IRPAC recommended some clarifications to Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification. Further, IRPAC recommended that the IRS implement a process to archive past Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) so that payors that rely on an FAQ in filing information returns could later demonstrate the basis for the position taken.“Effective information reporting results in effective tax administration,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The committee’s recommendations are an important line of sight into how we can improve the IRS information reporting program,” he added. “Well designed information reporting rules help both taxpayers to comply with the law and the IRS to enforce it,” Michael Gangwer, 2016 IRPAC chair, added.IR-2016-1402016 IRPAC Public Reportlast_img read more

(AUDIO) Columbia police chief Geoff Jones

first_imgGeoff Jones found out on Monday he will get to live out a dream he had as a kid, and become Columbia’s next permanent police chief. He joined Wake Up Columbia on Tuesday.last_img