Born in Port Arthur, Texas on October 24, 1938 to the marital union of the late Tom “Jack” and Myrtle Hunter Williams. Sharon Kaye was a native and lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Texas. She completed her earthly journey on December 23, 2016 in the comforts of her home surrounded by her loved ones. Sharon accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church by the late Pastor C.A. Saunders. Through all of life’s blessings and storms, Sharon could always be found in the House of the Lord. Beginning as a teenager up until her health prevented her from attending church, she worked diligently for God in many capacities. She taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and worked in the Women’s Missionary Union and BTU. She was a member of the Hannah Circle and a facilitator of the women’s ministry, Vessels of Hope. She served as the chair of the Scholarship Committee for Graduating Seniors and she was a Trustee of the Church. Sharon was also a member of both the Women’s Choir and the Mass Choir.Sharon was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for over 50 years and actively participated in the Port Arthur Alumnae Chapter until her health began to fail. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She was a former volunteer in the Hosts Program at Sam Houston and Lincoln High Schools. She also volunteered in the Shots Across Texas Program and in the Reading Programs at the Port Arthur Public Library. She also enjoyed participating in the bible study group “Joy of Living” at the First Baptist Church in Groves, Texas.She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom & Myrtle Williams; sister, Jacqueline Pearl Williams and her brother Tommie Hunter Williams. She is survived by her aunt, Della Freeman, devoted nieces Petoria Bell and Cecilie Williams and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at New Hope Baptist Church with visitation from 12 noon until service time. Entombment will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
An immigration solicitor who faked a string of correspondence and documents to cover for his lack of activity has been struck off the roll by the tribunal.Christopher Ka Ki Cheng, who worked with London firm Farani Javid Taylor Solicitors, was found to have misled immigration clients who were vulnerable and whose prospects of staying in the UK were dependent on him.Cheng had worked at the firm since 2010 and specialised in immigration matters, ultimately becoming head of the China desk until he left in 2017.At a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in April, Cheng was found to have falsified and/or confected six documents leading a client to believe an application had been made for him to remain in the UK. In November 2016, a Home Office official attended the client’s workplace claiming that his leave to remain had expired and he had no right to work.In one example, the initials of a Government Legal Department lawyer appeared on a consent order that she had not signed or even seen before it was brought to her attention.Cheng also dishonestly falsified and/or confected emails, a certificate of service, an application notice and a hearing notice.The tribunal also heard that in around 17 client matters over two years, Cheng failed to open a client file or make progress on a client’s immigration application, despite telling them he would do so.Harm to the clients was found to be ‘entirely foreseeable’ and his motivation was to ‘cover his tracks’ for failing to progress client matters.Cheng did not submit an answer to the allegations against him but sent a statement saying he had no defence and that he was remorseful and regretful. He was struck off and ordered to pay £15,000 costs.
Duke University will pay $112 million to settle a lawsuit after federal prosecutors said the school used a research technician’s fake data to land federal grants. The Justice Department claimed in its lawsuit that Duke University knowingly submitted claims for dozens of research grants that contained falsified or fabricated information. Prosecutors said Monday that the faked data involved mouse studies. Duke said it discovered the problem in 2013 after the technician was fired for embezzling university money. The school says in a statement that it’s repaying grant money and related penalties. The statement says the technician pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and paid restitution to the university.
The IRS has provided the domestic asset/liability percentages and domestic investment yields needed by foreign life insurance companies and foreign property and liability insurance companies to compute their minimum effectively connected net investment income under Code Sec. 842(b) for tax years beginning after December 31, 2014.For the first tax year beginning after 2014, the relevant domestic asset/liability percentages are 127.5 percent for foreign life insurance companies and 191.0 percent for foreign property and liability insurance companies.The relevant domestic investment yields are 4.0 percent for foreign life insurance companies and 3.5 percent for foreign property and liability insurance companies.In addition, instructions are set forth for computing foreign insurance companies’ estimated tax liabilities for tax years beginning after December 31, 2014.Rev. Proc. 2016-46, 2016FED ¶46,401Other References:Code Sec. 842CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶26,251.70CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶26,251.72Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC INTL: 3,400
Potts and fifth overall pick Jeron Teng were the lone rookies selections by Aces in the annual draft proceedings and the two will be expected fill the shoes left by retirees Dondon Hontiveros and Tony dela Cruz.“Basically, Alaska’s picks were programmed on getting players of high value to them. They need rookies who can help them when it comes to offense, and we’ll try our best trying to fill those positions,” said Potss.Potts also likes the potential partnership with Teng and lead Alaska forward Calvin Abueva which can pose as a matchup nightmare for the opposing teams.“We can have a team which has some scary speed and power. We have a great mixture and I feel we kind of solidified our backcourt. I feel we could build a dynasty now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “It worked out pretty well because it opens a great opportunity for me to be in a franchise which treats its players like family,” he said. “I’m happy because I’m going to a team where I feel I can contribute.”Potts said that going into the draft day, he felt like Rain or Shine, Phoenix, and TNT had their eyes on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut as the first round past him by and other names were called before him, he had a sense that Alaska will be the team to take him from the pool.“I knew something in my gut that I will go to Alaska. After certain teams passed on me, I knew me going to Alaska really made a lot of sense,” he said. Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davon Potts was picked in the second round by Alaska in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netProjected to be picked in the first round in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Davon Potts shockingly fell to sixth place in second round into Alaska’s lap.Instead of sulk, the San Beda sniper is taking his drop in the draft in stride and looks at joining the Aces as a blessing in disguise.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
OTTAWA – Conservative senators are balking at an attempt to speed up consideration of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, which the Trudeau government hopes to have in place this July.Sen. Larry Smith, who leads the Conservative caucus in the Senate, indicated Wednesday that his senators need more time than the government wants to allow to do their duty as the official Opposition: to provide thorough and “constructive evaluation” of bills, particularly one as complicated and far-reaching as the cannabis legislation.The government’s representative in the Senate, Sen. Peter Harder, served notice this week that he wants second reading debate on Bill C-45 wrapped up by March 1, after which it would go to committee for detailed examination before returning to the Senate for a final debate and vote.If the various Senate factions don’t agree to that timetable, Harder warned he’ll move a motion to impose time allocation to cut off debate — a tactic he’s avoided using before now.Harder justified using it on C-45 because, he said, Conservative senators have been instructed by their party’s leader, Andrew Scheer, to use “all democratic tools” available to “block” the bill.The bill has been before the Senate since November but only one Conservative senator has spoken on it thus far.Barring time allocation to cut debate short, Senate rules allow debate to be delayed indefinitely as long as a single senator still wants to speak.Smith said he’s got 17 senators who want to take part in second reading debate but they haven’t spoken as yet, since they were waiting to hear from the ministers in charge of the cannabis file. Those ministers — Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale — testified on the bill before the Senate last week.Given the interest in the debate, Smith said he’ll be urging Harder to show “some flexibility” on the March 1 deadline.“We’re looking to see whether there’s an opportunity, a schedule that can be set up that serves all the needs of the four groups,” he said, referring to the Conservatives, the Independent Senators Group, former Liberal senators and non-affiliated independent senators.As for Harder’s claim that Scheer has instructed Conservative senators to use all available tools to block the bill, Smith said: “Andrew Scheer said exactly what any Opposition leader would say, (which) is that, ‘We’re in Opposition and do what you can do to be an effective Opposition.’”“The purpose of what we’re trying to do is make sure that we constructively evaluate all of the elements of this bill,” he added.“It’s very intricate. There’s health issues, there’s issues for young people, there’s issues for impaired driving … the impact of people high on pot working their machines. There’s also the implementation date and the training that’s supposed to take place.”Petitpas Taylor told senators last week that provincial governments will need two to three months after the bill receives royal assent to prepare for retail sales of cannabis.She insisted the government is still on track to legalize weed this July but didn’t clarify whether she meant it would actually be available for sale at that time or simply that the bill would have received royal assent by then. Officials later said that would depend on how quickly C-45 gets through the Senate.The Senate would have to pass the bill by the end of May at the latest for marijuana sales to start in July.On Wednesday, Petitpas Taylor said she had not spoken to Harder about trying to speed up the progress of the bill through the Senate.But in the House of Commons, Conservative MPs alleged that the government is trying to rush the bill through the Senate to help Liberal friends who own marijuana companies financed by anonymous individuals via offshore tax havens, which can be used by organized crime to launder money.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who maintains the purpose of legalization is to regulate cannabis so that it’s less accessible to young people and organized crime’s control over the market is eliminated — brushed off those allegations.Under the proposed regulations for legalized cannabis, he said “security clearances will be mandatory for individuals who occupy key positions in any organization, as well as background checks on significant investors to any marijuana company.”
Six stories in the news for Monday, March 12———CHRISTINE ELLIOTT CONCEDES TORY LEADERSHIP TO DOUG FORDThe new leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party is no longer being challenged by his main rival, who refused to concede for nearly a day. Christine Elliott met with Doug Ford last night to congratulate him on his narrow win in the race to lead the party. Elliott said she conducted a review and is confident in the race results. She had initially disputed Saturday’s results, alleging they stemmed from “serious irregularities” in the vote.———TRUDEAU TO TOUR STEEL AND ALUMINUM FACTORIESJustin Trudeau is kicking off a tour of aluminum and steel factories today with a visit to Quebec’s Saguenay region. The prime minister will meet with both bosses and union leaders at a Rio Tinto aluminum factory in Jonquiere. Other stops on the tour include Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina. A spokeswoman says Trudeau wants to show support for an industry facing uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on the rest of the world.———CANADIAN PROFESSOR SAYS BAN PLASTIC BAGS NOWAn environment professor at Dalhousie University says Canada’s push to lead the G7 into a war against plastic garbage would get a lot more heft if the federal government started enacting stronger policies at home. Tony Walker says Canada is actually lagging behind many other countries, at least 40 of which have enacted policies to curb the use of single-use plastic drink bottles, plates, straws, and grocery bags.———RURAL RESIDENTS WORRIED ABOUT PROPERTY CRIMEHigh-profile cases in Alberta and Saskatchewan have renewed a simmering debate about what rights rural residents have to use force against a perceived intruder. The R-C-M-P and rural crime watch groups strongly recommend people avoid using force and call police instead. But Kevin Avram with the Grassroots Alberta Landowners Association says many believe criminals are being sent a signal that property owners are free prey.———HACKER TREND TURNS CANADIANS INTO CRYPTOCURRENCY MINERSScores of Canadians dipped their toes into cryptocurrency mining in recent weeks — they just didn’t know it. A wave of so-called “cryptojacking” is sweeping the Internet, forcing unwitting web surfers into generating money for cybercriminals. Hackers infect websites with code that secretly conscripts visitors into an army of cryptocurrency miners. Cryptocurrency mining involves devoting a computer’s processing power to solving a complicated mathematical problem with digital currency offered as a reward.———‘MAUDIE’ WINS BIG AT CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS“Maudie,” starring recent Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins as real-life Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis and Ethan Hawke as her fish peddler husband, took a leading seven trophies at the Canadian Screen Awards. It won best picture as well as best supporting actor for Hawke and best actress for Hawkins. The Newfoundland and Labrador-shot drama details Lewis’s perseverance through juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, poverty and ill treatment from her community and loved ones to become an internationally acclaimed painter.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau in London to discuss Canada’s economic partnership with the U.K.— National Energy Board resumes detailed route hearings in Burnaby, B.C., for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.— Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen delivers the 2018-19 provincial budget.— Young Canadians meet in Ottawa for the Second Annual Youth Innovation Summit.— Halifax judge expected to render a decision in the court martial of Master Seaman Daniel Cooper, who’s been charged with sexual assault.