CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday A man accused of robbery and assault for allegedly holding up a Pasadena Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles, fleeing with only food, last month after being denied service for not wearing a face mask pleaded not guilty to criminal charges on Thursday, officials said.Steve Carlos Williams, 43, of Duarte pleaded not guilty to two counts of robbery, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court officials and records. A preliminary hearing was set for April 22 in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.The charges stem from a bizarre robbery police said unfolded about 5:40 p.m. on Feb.3 at the eatery at 830 N. Lake Ave.After arguing with an employee over his lack of a face covering, Williams pulled a handgun, threatened two employees and stole several bags of food, Pasadena police officials said at the time. No money was taken.The suspect remained at large until Feb. 23, when he was arrested in Irwindale in connection with an unrelated incident in which he’s accused of pulling a gun on two homicide detectives.The detectives were investigating the stabbing death of a woman that had occurred three days prior in a riverbed near the 2800 block of East Huntington Drive in Irwindale, according to Lt. Barry Hall of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.The detectives encountered Williams at the scene, he said. The suspect, who was believed to be high on PCP, pointed a gun at them and engaged the investigators in a brief standoff before being taken into custody. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder. A motive for the alleged attack on the detectives was not clear.While in custody for the Irwindale incident, investigators in Pasadena identified Williams as the suspect in the heist at Roscoe’s, officials said.Williams already had a long criminal history in the area, according to L.A. County Superior Court records.Convictions include drug possession in 2019, 2018, twice in 2014, 2013 and 2012, records show.Previous convictions also include resisting or obstructing police in 2017, giving false ID to police in 2016, auto theft in 2014, burglary in 2008 as well as grand theft, possession of drugs for sales and possession of an illegal weapon in 2003.According to county booking records, Williams was being held without bail pending legal proceedings.Anyone with information was urged to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.Related:Suspect In Custody For Armed Robbery of Chicken and Waffles at Pasadena RestaurantMan Robs Pasadena Restaurant of Chicken and Waffles at Gunpoint After Argument Over Face Mask Public Safety Suspect in Armed Robbery of Food from Pasadena Roscoe’s Following Argument Over Mask Denies Charges By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 12:20 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Make a comment Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty 29 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News More Cool Stuff
Pensions accounting experts have given a mixed reaction to amendments to international account standards for defined benefit schemes.Changes to the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) pensions rulebook International Accounting Standard 19 (IAS 19), Employee Benefits take effect from 1 January 2019 and deal with the accounting consequences of changes to scheme rules that occur part way through a financial year.In a potentially major departure from current practice, companies must in future account for changes to a defined benefit (DB) plan during the financial year rather than sticking with the assumptions the firm fixed at the start of the year.In order to do this, where an amendment, curtailment or settlement of benefits takes place part of the way through the financial year, the sponsor would have to use assumptions to remeasure current service cost and net interest to the year-end. Lane Clark & Peacock partner Tim Marklew warned that the changes would introduce new volatility into company accounts and reduce comparability across similar companies.He said he was “disappointed” with the IASB’s “quite unhelpful guidance on materiality”.“Even if the change is quite small, it could trigger a major knock-on effect on the profit and loss account”Tim Marklew, LCP“The issue here is that the new amendments can mean that, if you adjust your scheme’s benefits, it could trigger a very large knock-on effect for your pension cost for the remainder of the year,” he said. “So even if the change to the scheme is quite small, covering only a very small number of members, it could trigger a major knock-on effect on the profit and loss account.”Hymans Robertson partner Alistair Russell-Smith said he expected the amendment to magnify the accounting impact of transactions such as a benefit change or bulk transfer.He pointed out that recent equity market volatility had caused the combined deficit of FTSE 350-listed company schemes to increase by roughly £10bn (€11bn) “over a matter of days”.“This clearly shows how, with these new regulations, market movements between year-end and the date of curtailment or settlement could materially change the interest cost for a company,” Russell-Smith said.He explained that a company with a 31 December year-end that had a curtailment or settlement event could see an increase of more than 10% in their interest cost for the rest of the year under this change.He added: “Taking a lower-risk-for-longer approach to funding the pension scheme would stabilise the balance sheet and reduce the magnitude of this accounting volatility.”IAS 19 sets out the accounting treatment that listed companies in the European Union must follow when accounting for pension benefits.In a statement, the IASB said that until now “IAS 19 did not specify how to determine these expenses for the period after the change to the plan”.The board argued the change would “provide useful information to users of financial statements”.The IASB published an exposure draft of its changes to IAS 19 in 2015. At the time, reaction from commentators on the board’s plans were mixed.Marklew pointed out that the changes would not apply retrospectively so there was no need to restate figures for this year. “This means that companies don’t need to take any action immediately and can plan ahead on that basis,” he said.
Congo ending their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign without a win in group E after playing to a 1-1 draw against Uganda at the New Kintele Stadium in Brazzaville on Sunday.The home side got off to the perfect start with Marvin Baudry opening the scoring for Congo in the 10th minute, 1-0.Uganda, though, quickly hit back with Milton Karisa levelling matters a minute later, 1-1.Congo controlled the rest of the half, but struggled to break down the Ugandan defence as the two nations headed into the halftime break all-square.The second half saw Uganda gaining the ascendancy early on, but their finishing in front of goal was poor, with their attackers constantly firing off target. Congo struggled to get their foot on the ball in the second 45 and were mere spectators in front of their home crowd.Nonetheless, Congo threw players forward in the final 10 minutes of the match as they went in search of a winner which they were unable to find as the game ended 1-1.The result leaves Congo without a win in group E as they hold up the bottom of the standings with only two points from six matches.The draw for Uganda leaves them in second place in the group with nine points.Egypt are the team to qualify from group E after topping the standings irrespective of the lastShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Written By FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 20th August, 2020 12:41 IST Continuity During COVID Could Be Edge For Teams That Have It An offseason centered around Zoom meetings, an abbreviated training camp and the absence of exhibition games made continuity more vital than usual in this year of the coronavirus in the NFL COMMENT First Published: 20th August, 2020 12:41 IST LIVE TV An offseason centered around Zoom meetings, an abbreviated training camp and the absence of exhibition games made continuity more vital than usual in this year of the coronavirus in the NFL.The joy San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan experienced last January when trusty defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was passed over for the head job in Cleveland has become even more pronounced. Similar feelings have reverberated around the league among coaches with the benefit of stability on their rosters and staffs after the COVID-19 pandemic made the process of installing systems and building chemistry more challenging than usual.No club has as much continuity this season as Shanahan’s defending NFC champion Niners.Their coordinators and key assistants are all back, as well as most of the contributing players who anchored last year’s turnaround season. According to a study by SportRadar , the 49ers return the highest percentage of overall snaps played last season (81.6%). The defense also has a league-high 87.2% of snaps returning.“It’s definitely a lot more easy on your anxiety when you can’t go in and you can’t meet with the players except on Zooms,” Shanahan said, reflecting on the offseason program that largely took place behind a screen. “We’ve added a few different guys player-wise and we have added a couple of different coaches, but the foundation of our team and especially our defense and our defensive coordinator, that hasn’t changed. I do think that helps a lot, especially where we left off.”The 49ers are one of three teams bringing back players who participated in more than 80% of snaps last season. Buffalo (81.5%) and Indianapolis (80.3%) are just behind. Though the Colts acquired a new quarterback, Philip Rivers, the Bills brought in big-play wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and left tackle Trent Williams stepped in for the Niners, Rivers and Williams at least have previous experience with their new coaching staffs, easing the transition.New Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule and his staff have faced quite the opposite this summer.Rhule is one of five coaches taking over a team. He also is transitioning from college to the pros, with the only club that has a new head coach, projected starting quarterback and coordinators.With stalwarts like Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly and Trai Turner all departed, the Panthers are the only team with less than half of the snaps last season returning (49.9%), with a league-low 35% on defense and third-lowest 58% on offense. Fortunately for Rhule, new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Brady’s system, having spent the 2018 season together in New Orleans.“There’s no playbook for this time. It isn’t like you can call up the other NFL head coaches and commiserate and say, ‘Hey, how are you guys handling this?’ You kind of have to figure it out on your own. So, that has obviously been challenging,” said Rhule, who estimated he had met about 20 of his players before the start of training camp last month.Raiders coach Jon Gruden can relate. While the Raiders have the largest share of offensive players (94%) returning from last season, with rookie Henry Ruggs III the only new projected starter on that side of the ball, defense is a different story. The Raiders figure to have at least five new starters there, all while adjusting to new surroundings after the offseason move from Oakland to Las Vegas across the California-Nevada border.“We are not the lone ranger. Everybody in the league is going through this,” Gruden said. “It’ll be a challenge, and we’re going to try our best to put them under as much pressure as possible with formations and different tempos to try and get them ready.”The concept of continuity can be viewed through different lenses, of course. In Minnesota, the defense that has been the backbone of coach Mike Zimmer’s seven-season tenure ranks only 19th in stability this year with 62.6% of snaps returning. The Vikings have five starters to replace.But for young players such as cornerbacks Mike Hughes and Holton Hill elevated to bigger roles after the veteran departures, the philosophy and terminology of the system has stayed the same.“There will be ups and downs going forward, but we have a lot of talent. We have a lot of confidence in the guys coming up. We have a lot of confidence in the coaches,” safety Harrison Smith said.So why is so much value placed on continuity across the league? Well, turnover is one of the names of the game. Players have short careers and non-guaranteed contracts. Competitive pressures keep the hiring-and-firing cycle for head coaches and their assistants spinning steadily.“You’ve been through a whole season with them and through the game plan, so when you’re making tweaks or you’re trying to try something new, you’ve got some, ‘Hey, remember when we did this, this week when we’re playing in Baltimore? This is something we want to try,’” said Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, pointing to the “clarity” that comes from quick recall.Less than one-third of the league will return the same head coach, play caller and quarterback from last season. That doesn’t include the Vikings, because Gary Kubiak was promoted from his adviser role to replace Kevin Stefanski after Stefanski took over the Browns. But Stefanski was directing the system Kubiak has long designed. Quarterback Kirk Cousins will have his fifth play caller in five years, but the concepts of the offense he’ll be guiding in 2020 will be the same as in 2019.“Change is seemingly a constant in this league,” said Cousins, who’s entering his ninth NFL season and third with Minnesota. “It’s rare to have continuity, but you appreciate it when you get it.”Veteran coaches can recall a similar predicament nine years ago when a lockout by the owners wiped out the entire offseason program. But at least teams trying to fit in new pieces that season had four exhibition games to help get up to speed.Now the newcomers like new New England quarterback Newton on a Patriots team altered by free agent defections and coronavirus opt-outs won’t have a chance to match up with another team until the season opener.The Patriots have the second lowest percentage of snaps returning (56.9%), but that’s not about to bother the longest-tenured coach in the league.“That’s what college teams do every year,” coach Bill Belichick said, adding: “That’s the way it’s been. You go to camp for three weeks, then you start the season.”In 2011, the stable Patriots lost the Super Bowl to another team that brought back many key pieces, the New York Giants. Then again, San Francisco won 13 games and made it to the NFC title game under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh.So is continuity actually a championship harbinger or more of a nice-to-have thing in a league with such a fine line between winning and losing?“The thing we have to be aware of is games aren’t won this time of year,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “Games aren’t going to be won just because of continuity. So we’ve got to make sure that we take that continuity piece and build on it.”Image credits: AP
TORONTO – When Margaret Atwood took the stage with the team from “The Handmaid’s Tale” at the end of Sunday’s Emmy Awards, Mike Hamm cheered on the CanLit legend from his Halifax home while the Los Angeles audience gave her a standing ovation.The manager of Bookmark II bookstore in Halifax is a “huge” fan of the Toronto-based author and has recently seen a spike in sales of Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel that inspired the series that won eight Emmys, including best drama.“I think we’ll see a definite sales surge with the Emmy win,” Hamm said Monday in a phone interview.“I’ve been a lifelong fan. I’ve read everything that she’s written. They were thanking her from the stage and I was thinking, ‘Oh, she’s got to be in the audience,’ and it was very nice to see her get up on the stage with them.”Booksellers say it’s not unusual for an older novel to make such a huge comeback — “The Great Gatsby,” for instance, has surged to the top of bestseller lists with various adaptations — but it doesn’t often happen with a Canadian title.Many say “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was on Hulu in the U.S. and is currently streaming on CraveTV after airing on Bravo in Canada, is relevant today because of its added resonance in the Trump era.With its look at a totalitarian theocracy that makes women property of the state, it speaks to current concerns about women’s rights, although Atwood has been quick to point out that the series was in production well before U.S. President Donald Trump was elected.“It shows us that books speak far beyond their moment in time,” celebrated Canadian author Madeleine Thien, who won last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize, said Monday after announcing this year’s long list in St. John’s.“I feel like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is so pertinent right now,” added fellow acclaimed Canadian novelist Lisa Moore.Atwood makes a brief cameo and was a consulting producer on the series, which was shot in Toronto and has been greenlit for a second season.Indigo Books and Music Inc. and publisher McClelland & Stewart first saw a spike in sales of “The Handmaid’s Tale” book after Trump was elected in November.“Since then, we’ve seen sales substantially up and it’s been our number one selling fiction title since April,” Krishna Nikhil, Indigo’s executive vice-president of print, said Monday in a statement.McClelland & Stewart said sales of the book have been “astonishing,” noting it’s shipped over 150,000 copies this year (that includes e-books and the two different print editions).“It’s been an unbelievably strong title all year and I expect that it will just continue to be selling very strongly as we move toward the second season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and off the great news of the Emmy win,” said Jared Bland, publisher of McClelland & Stewart.Hamm said his store also first saw a surge in sales for “The Handmaid’s Tale” after the election, when they responded to readers’ requests for a display of books on totalitarianism.“If we have a popular book, we’ll reorder it weekly in the single digits. But with a book like this, it’s in the double digits every week,” he said.“People who have been fans of Atwood all their lives are coming in to buy a copy to re-read it even.”Sales of the book also took off at Ben McNally Books in Toronto when the series was announced.“We don’t sell a lot of copies of anything, so for us to sell more than five copies of a book in a week, it’s pretty unusual, and that’s been pretty consistent,” said store founder Ben McNally.“There are serious women’s rights issues afoot and a bunch of younger people who are really seizing this initiative here.”The 77-year-old Atwood will remain in the spotlight with the Sept. 25 CBC premiere of “Alias Grace,” an adaptation of her 1996 novel that profiles a convicted Canadian “murderess” and also speaks to how women are treated in society.“The book is a Heather’s Pick, and sales are already trending up,” said Nikhil.“We have a very beautiful television tie-in edition of ‘Alias Grace’ that we’ve put in the market and sales have been really strong so far,” said Bland, adding that he expects that trend to continue.