From Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria (KCCN) has promoted 68 Taekwondo students from four FCT public schools. The successful students were upgraded to the Yellow Belt rank out of a total of 107 students that participated in the programme.Eight out of the 68 students excelled and received special prizes. They included Ismail Tahir, Amir Aminu, Destiny Chukwukere, Abdulbasit Umar, Joseph Anozie, Emmanuel Anozie, Samuel Basset and Katherine Ohajuba. KCCN had since 2014, in partnership with FCT Universal Basic Education Board (FCT UBEC), Korean Sports Promotion Foundation and Taekwondowon introduced Taekwondo in public schools in the FCT. The four public schools that participated in the programme were Model Primary School, Maitama, LEA Wuse Zone 3, LEA Wuse 5 Zone 1 and Model Junior Secondary School, Maitama.The aim of the programme is to assist in grooming future Taekwondo champions from Nigeria.KCCN dispatches instructors to the four approved schools in FCT to teach Taekwondo to students periodically.The Director of the Korean Centre, Han Sungrae, applauded UBEC for spreading Taekwondo in Abuja and Nigeria among indigent students. He said the centre was considering expansion beyond four schools.Han similarly commended the local Taekwondo instructors for making the time to impact skills and discipline in the students.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Notre Dame football player Jerry Tillery issued an apology Monday evening after footage from Saturday’s game captured the defensive lineman appearing to push the head of an injured USC player with his foot and step on the foot of another USC player.The injured USC player, running back Aca’Cedric Ware, was lying limp on the field after suffering a hit from Notre Dame linebacker Nico Fertitta, who would later be penalized for targeting, when game footage showed Tillery’s foot make contact with Ware’s helmet and push his head. Soon after, Tillery was called for a penalty of unsportsmanlike conduct for stepping on the foot of senior offensive lineman Zach Banner as he lay on his back after a play. “I want to take full responsibility for my actions on Saturday,” Tillery said in a statement released on his Twitter account. “I am truly sorry. I acted in a way that was out of character for me. What I displayed in these two instances were unbecoming and not indicative of the kind of player or person I am.”Both Banner and Ware seemed to accept Tillery’s apology, speaking out from their Twitter accounts on Monday night. “Mistakes happen bro, I’m good, [Ware is] good,” Banner wrote. “You earned my respect from your apology. Take care.”Ware expressed similar sentiments, responding simply with, “respect bro.”In an interview with ESPN following the game, which ended in a 45-27 Notre Dame loss, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said that he would be discussing the two incidents with Tillery. Tillery has been subject to controversy at Notre Dame before. Last season, he was suspended from Notre Dame’s bowl game for violating team rules, and in October, he made headlines when his Twitter account appeared to like multiple tweets that called for Kelly to be replaced by LSU’s former coach Les Miles.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (TCJA) aka the Trump Tax Cuts, was signed into law in Dec 2017 and brings numerous major changes to existing tax laws. For sure, many persons and corporations will benefit from lower taxes but some individuals will definitely be paying increased taxes under the new legislation. One thing is for sure, the new tax regulations will have some impact on virtually every single individual and corporate taxpayer in the US. The TCJA was a purely political animal and is projected to increase the national debt by up to $2.3 trillion over the next ten years despite the economic growth it is designed to stimulate. This major rewrite of the tax laws was done in under 6 months and was rushed through Congress so that the President could deliver on his promised 2017 Christmas gift! The law was literally signed into law 3 days before Santa came down the chimney! It’s important that all readers remember that the provisions that relate to individuals will reverse (sunset) after 2025 while the cuts in relation to corporations are permanent. Predictably, this piece of legislation had several problems and has probably made tax computation more complex than in previous years and will not result in a postcard sized return for most as indicated by its proponents. One main feature of the TCJA is the near doubling of the standard deduction which in turn removes the need for many millions of taxpayers to itemize. This should significantly reduce the amount of resources expended in filing tax returns and the bureaucracy necessary to process the returns. This dramatic increase in the standard deduction was offset by the removal of individual exemptions which taxpayers were previously entitled to for themselves and their dependents. Another main feature of the law is the reduction in tax rates; from a maximum of 39% down to a maximum of 21% in the case of corporations and from a maximum of 39.6% to 37% for individuals. A 20% qualified business income deduction(QBI) was implemented to harmonize the tax rates of LLCs and other pass through entities with the much lower 21% rate applicable to regular corporations. The QBI is an immensely complex calculation and requires its own discussion. In subsequent articles, I will be discussing other aspects of the TCJA as well as other general tax issues. Please send your questions to [email protected]