PAYBACK Ticos beat US 31 take first place

first_imgCosta Rica slowed the USA’s march toward the 2014 World Cup with a 3-1 win Friday, while Mexico were on even shakier ground after a 2-1 loss to Honduras.Costa Rica moved to the top of the six-nation final qualifying group in North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) with the victory in San José that ended the USA’s 12-match winning streak.The Ticos now head the group on 14 points, one more than Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States. Mexico, long the powerhouse of the region, are in worse straits heading into another crucial round of matches Tuesday.Two goals in the space of three minutes in the second half lifted Honduras to victory in Mexico City and into third place in the group that will see three teams advance directly to next year’s finals, and the fourth-placed team play off for a berth against New Zealand.Mexico, held to three dispiriting goalless draws in their three prior qualifiers at Azteca Stadium – the venue where they once dominated all comers – appeared poised to turn things around when Oribe Peralta put them ahead 1-0 in the sixth minute.But Jerry Bengtson in the 64th and Carlo Costly in the 66th ensured Honduras came away with a maximum three points that take their total to 10, with Mexico fourth on 8.In San José, Costa Rica were out for revenge after a bitter 1-0 defeat to the United States in Denver in March, in a match played in heavy snow.The hosts jumped to a quick lead as Johnny Acosta beat DaMarcus Beasley on a set-piece corner and headed home a goal in the third minute. Bryan Ruiz #10 battles for a header against Matthew Besler #5 of the United States. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP Johnny Acosta #2 celebrates scoring the first goal against the United States with Christian Gamboa #16 during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional on Friday in San José. Costa Rica schooled the U.S. team 3-1. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States reacts after falling 2-0 to Costa Rica. The U.S. never recovered. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP Ticos go nuts after Johnny Acosta scored against the United States during their FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, CONCACAF qualifier football match at the National Stadium. For Costa Rica, now in first place, it was a sweet payback for March’s blizzard match. Hector Retamal/AFPcenter_img Honduras became the first team since Costa Rica in 2001 to win a World Cup qualifier at the Azteca, and their stunning triumph is sure to strengthen calls for the ouster of Mexico coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre.Mexico are just one point in front of fifth-placed Panama, who played to a goalless draw against Jamaica in Panama City. The hosts dominated but couldn’t take advantage of their man advantage in the final half hour after Jamaican Rodolph Austin was sent off. Facebook Comments No related posts. The United states were still reeling when Celso Borges doubled Costa Rica’s lead in the 10th, heading in a cross from Christian Bolanos.Clint Dempsey’s first-half penalty – after charging Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas brought down Fabian Johnson in the box – pulled the United States within 2-1 at halftime.A more disciplined United States were pressing for an equalizer after the break before Joel Campbell’s 75th minute strike restored Costa Rica’s two-goal advantage.Klinsmann, whose team were trying to win a qualifier in Costa Rica for the first time, had to make last-minute changes when midfielder Michael Bradley hurt an ankle warming up. It’s not clear if he’ll be able to play when the United States host a desperate Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.last_img read more

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The Peninsula Bangkok marked its 10th Anniversary

first_imgThe Peninsula Bangkok marked its 10th Anniversary on 19th November by organizing The Lanna Market, a charity event to raise fund for The Queen Sirikit Institute of Sericulture. Sir Michael Kadoorie and Khun Nongluck Phataraprasit, owners of The Peninsula Bangkok presided over for the ribbon cutting ceremony.Front row from left – Khun Siriluck Maitai, Managing Director of Siam Chaophraya Holdings Co.,Ltd – Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd – Khun Nongluck Phataraprasit, Chairwoman of Phatraprasit Holdings Co.,Ltd – Khun Pradit Phataraprasit, Deputy Minister of FinanceBack row from left: – Khun Sutida Vuthisatkul, AVP team manager marketing Siam Commercial Bank – Khun Preteep Meesilp, Director of the Queen Sirikit Institute of Sericulture – Khun Chainarong Sombatsiri, Senior Vice President Siam Commercial Bank – Khun Phittaphorn Punyaratapandhu, First Senior Vice President of Muangthai Insurance – Lady Betty Kadoorie – Khun Paothong Thongchua – Mr. Charles Morris, General Manager of The Peninsula Bangkokwww.peninsula.comlast_img read more

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Researchers win some lose some in final US tax bill

first_imgShawn Clover/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) Researchers win some, lose some in final U.S. tax bill Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The U.S. research community experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in lobbying congressional Republicans as they wrapped up a major overhaul of the nation’s tax code.Research advocates persuaded lawmakers to drop changes that would have eliminated a valuable tax break for companies that invest in research, forced graduate students to pay taxes on tuition assistance, and reduced incentives for investing in renewable energy technologies. But scientific, academic, and other groups failed to kill several other provisions, notably, a reduction in a tax break designed to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases, the opening of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling, and a new tax on the largest university endowments.The release yesterday of the final version of the Republican-backed bill marks the end of a fierce but remarkably brief battle over the biggest rewrite of the U.S. tax code in decades. Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed versions of the tax bill in the past month that had been drafted largely out of public view. No Democrats or Independent lawmakers voted for either bill. The campaign by science advocates included plenty of backroom maneuvering and some very public drama, including the Capitol Hill arrests of science graduate students who demonstrated against a plan to tax tuition waivers. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country By David MalakoffDec. 16, 2017 , 10:15 AM Email Tax bill opponents had to act quickly because House and Senate Republicans had promised President Donald Trump they would send him legislation to sign before the end of the year. Congress is expected to vote this coming week on the compromise unveiled yesterday.The final measure makes a deep cut to corporate rates and, over a decade, will deliver a majority of its benefits to the most affluent individuals. The bill also eliminates the penalty individuals must now pay if they don’t acquire health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and sweetens a child tax credit for lower-income families. Many analysts estimate the bill will add at least $1 trillion to the national debt—now about $20 trillion—over the next decade (although some Republicans argue that the cuts will pay for themselves by boosting economic growth).Here is how the battle over some research-related provisions turned out:Orphan drugsThe 3-decade-old orphan drug tax credit will be cut in half. Current law allows companies to write off 50% of the research costs of developing drugs for diseases that strike fewer than 200,000 people. Now, the credit will drop to 25%. That is a partial win for drug companies and patient groups, because the House version of the tax bill had eliminated the tax break entirely. Still, patient groups fear that trimming the break will slow the development of new drugs. Critics of the credit, however, have argued that companies have abused it by claiming write-offs for drugs already in wide use.Tuition waiversA tsunami of graduate student activism helped convince lawmakers to drop a House provision that would have required graduate students to pay taxes on certain tuition allowances. Currently, graduate students are taxed on money they earn working in a laboratory or classroom, but not on tuition discounts they receive from a university, which can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Analysts estimated that taxes paid by some students could double or triple under the provision. News that lawmakers had killed the provision prompted celebrations on social media. “We’ve been spared!” tweeted Alex Pawlowski, a doctoral student in energy science and engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.Endowment taxWealthy universities failed to remove a new 1.4% tax on endowment earnings. The provision applies only to colleges with more than 500 students and endowments with at least $500,000 per student. The tax is initially expected to hit fewer than 30 colleges. The final bill also says the tax applies only to institutions with “more than 50% of the tuition paying students … located in the United States.” The schools have argued the tax will reduce the amount of money available for scholarships, internal research grants, and other initiatives.Arctic oil drillingConservationists and climate activists failed to persuade legislators to drop a provision allowing oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to one of North America’s largest caribou herds. Conservation groups fear development will harm the animals, and scar sensitive ecosystems.Renewable energyClean energy advocates won a fight to preserve tax breaks for wind and solar projects, and for some buyers of electric vehicles. But they failed to fully eliminate a provision that tweaks how the government taxes cash that firms transfer into the United States. Renewable energy groups are concerned that the change could reduce the flow of investment in green power projects.R&D tax credit fixLawmakers dropped provisions that unintentionally undermined one of the nation’s most valuable research-related tax breaks. But the final bill will require companies to write off research-related expenses over a longer time period.Under current law, companies are allowed to write off many of the costs associated with R&D, and they can take the deductions immediately, in a single year. But in a last-minute change, the Senate had inserted language in its bill that would have essentially gutted the credit, which has been worth some $7 billion annually to companies in recent years. Lawmakers removed that language, but changed the rules so that companies must write off their R&D investments over 5 or more years instead of in a single year.Other provisionsHouse and Senate negotiators killed a House provision that would have allowed nonprofit research institutions to avoid taxes on income generated by research activities only if the results of the research were “freely available to the general public.” Currently, such income is sheltered from taxes, and the final bill preserves that protection. 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