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Ondo Guber: APC Screening Committee Clears Female Aspirant, Funmi Ayinke

The only female aspirant in the contest for the APC governorship ticket in Ondo state, Engr. (DR) Oluwafunmilayo Ayinke Waheed-Adekojo has been cleared by the screening committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja yesterday Friday, 12th of April, 2024. The screening process which normally involves validation of candidates’ credentials and eligibility to contest was without hassle for Funmi Ayinke as there were no discrepancies in her credentials especially for the fact that she has proven records in the public space confirming her credibility and eligibility for the contest. When asked about her plans for the people of Ondo state by the committee, Funmi Ayinke expressed the need for Ondo state to evolve using technology and Artificial intelligence which she is very knowledgeable in, narrating how she generated electricity through briquette. She stated that Ondo state needs an engineer who is vast in the application of technology which would of course; secure a better position for the state internationally. ‘’I am vast in the knowledge of technology and Artificial intelligence, the world is changing and we can’t continue to remain as we are. We need an engineer who is vast and knowledgeable in all of these. I developed the generation of electricity through briquette so when we have this kind of grace in Ondo state, we should not waste it.’’ Continuing, Funmi Ayinke expressed confidence in securing the party’s ticket because all women in the state have thrown their weight behind her. She noted that many women decided to support her ambition because she has been a source of hope for them before she thought of a governorship ambition. Speaking further on the support she has received so far, Funmi Ayinke recounted the massive crowd that besieged her rally ground in Akure without paying a dime. ‘’Women come to me that they want to pay me back with their support because I have been a source of hope for them. Women vote more in Ondo state and I have that confidence that this is my time, I have sown the seed, it’s time for harvest.’’ ‘’In the last rally we did, I didn’t pay any women to attend, It was just an open invitation and we shut down the whole of Akure, this means people know what they want and they appreciate the fact that we have the courage to come out. Without woman, there is no vote, no nation.’’ The screening process ended with cheers from the committee, congratulatory messages from officials at the party’s secretariat and prayers of victory from women in the secretariat premises.

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Steve Martin reveals why becoming a dad at 67 was the best decision for him

The West Australian Perth Now Click to open navigation ‌‌ Confidential Movies Best Short Film Television Music Reviews Books Competitions Camera IconSteve Martin Credit: BANG – Entertainment News Steve Martin reveals why becoming a dad at 67 was the best decision for him BANG – Entertainment NewsBang Showbiz April 13, 2024 4:02PM Topics Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email Us Copy the Link Your Local News Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to InstagramShare to YoutubeEmail UsGet Digital Edition Perth Now Email UsNewsletter Chevron Down IconSubmit story tip Camera IconSubmit photos Get Digital EditionDigital edition Chevron Down IconBack to top

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IRS: You have ‘options’ if you can’t pay your taxes by the April 15 deadline

If you can’t cover your taxes in full, you should still file your return by April 15 and pay what you can, according to the IRS. You can apply for an IRS payment plan, or “installment agreement,” to pay your balance over time. While you will still accrue interest and late-payment penalties after April 15, the failure-to-pay penalty is cut in half under an installment agreement. Tax Day is almost here and you have “options” if you can’t pay by the deadline, according to the IRS. April 15 is the federal due date for most taxpayers to file returns and pay levies — even with a tax extension, which pushes the filing deadline to Oct. 15. That’s the “biggest misconception” about an extension, according to Josh Youngblood, an enrolled agent and owner of The Youngblood Group, a Dallas-based tax firm. “The extension does not give you more time to pay.” More from Personal Finance:There’s another ‘tricky’ tax deadline on April 15This simple move ‘takes minutes’ to file a free federal tax extensionYou can still make an IRA contribution and claim a deduction There are exceptions to that rule. Some taxpayers in disaster areas have an automatic extension and more time to pay due to IRS relief. File your return by April 15 even if you can’t pay If you can’t cover your taxes in full, you should still file your return by April 15 and pay what you can, according to the IRS. Here’s why: “Your interest and penalties are compounding quicker” if you owe taxes and don’t file, said Eric Bronnenkant, certified financial planner and head of tax at Betterment, a digital investment adviser. The failure-to-file penalty is 5% of your unpaid taxes per month or partial month, capped at 25% of your balance due. By comparison, the late payment penalty, or the failure-to-pay penalty, is 0.5% per month or partial month, with a maximum fee of 25% of unpaid taxes. The IRS also charges interest based on the current rates. The IRS has ‘various payment options’ If you still have a tax balance by April 15, you can apply for “various payment options” online and get an “immediate response” of acceptance or denial, the IRS said in a news release on Friday. IRS online payment plans, or “installment agreements,” include: Short-term payment plan: This may be available if you owe less than $100,000 including tax, penalties and interest. You have up to 180 days to pay in full. Long-term payment plan: This may be available if your balance is less than $50,000 including tax, penalties and interest. You must pay monthly, and you have up to 72 months to pay off the balance. You can apply for either plan online, by phone or by mail by sending Form 9465. However, experts say the online option is quick and easy. “They’re trying to get people back in the system,” Bronnenkant said. However, you can’t have multiple payment plans from different tax years. “They don’t want people on continuous payment plans,” he said. While you will still accrue interest and late-payment penalties after April 15, the failure-to-pay penalty is “cut in half” under an installment agreement, according to the IRS. You can learn more about the IRS plans, including setup fees and payment options, here.

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Harry and Meghan share passionate kiss in public as they film new Netflix factual series

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared a sweet public kiss at a Sentebale event in Miami, which comes after the pair announced they were working on a new Netflix series about polo. Overnight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted smiling and walking hand in hand ahead of Harry’s fundraising polo match in Florida – with a film crew in tow. For the outing, the couple sported light-hued clothing and looked incredibly laidback at the Royal Salute Polo Challenge event in Wellington on Friday. The Sentebale Polo Cup is held every year in aid of Sentebale, the charity Harry co-founded in 2006 that supports young people and children living in southern Africa. For the event, Harry captained the Royal Salute Sentebale Team against the Grand Champions Team, with his team winning triumphantly. For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US. READ MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk hand-in-hand at sun-drenched Miami charity polo match Prince Harry and his team won 3-1, with the Duke even scoring the opening goal. Following the win, Meghan gave her husband a big public kiss to celebrate his victory. The kiss came as the polo match was filmed by a Netflix camera crew about the Duke of Sussex’s upcoming series amid the couple’s multi-million-dollar deal with the streaming platform. In the week it was revealed that polo will be the subject of a new Netflix series which will see the Duke and Duchess acting as executive producers. The Sussexes are gearing up to work on two separate factual series, with one about the world of professional polo. According to Deadline, the polo series will be shot “primarily at the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Florida, at The USPA National Polo Center”, with the series set to explore the world of the sport, “which is known primarily for its aesthetic and social scene”. As well as a series about polo, there will also be another that celebrates “the joys of cooking, gardening, entertaining, and friendship”, headed up by Meghan Markle. The announcement of this lifestyle show comes shortly after the Duchess unveiled her new brand American Riviera Orchard, which is rumoured to sell home decor items and cooking condiments, among many more products. Follow Mirror Celebs on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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Making of The Purge documentary in Trinidad and Tobago? – Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

TRENT ALI PEOPLE ARE scared to leave their homes because it seems inevitable that anywhere they go they are bound to be victims of crime. Even so, their homes are not safe, because everything from robbery to firebombing is a possibility. Does this premise sound familiar? It resembles that of The Purge. One significant difference between The Purge and the situation in our country, though, is that the former is a fictional film. However, if one were to record the news and take note of the horrific events that plague our country, would we be seeing a work of fiction or a documentary? Unfortunately, it would be the latter. Crime being prevalent to such a degree is one issue, but it being uncontrollable is, sadly, laughably senseless and can be easily repaired if the police were to simply fulfil the purposes for which they were hired. Yes, we must also implement measures to prevent people from turning to crime, but do the police even try? Crystal Harricharan had to make multiple reports to a police station when her life was threatened. They did not listen so she had to file statements at another station. Why should any of this have been allowed? It is preposterous. And then, despite her case being overseen by officers attached to St Margaret’s Police Station, it is difficult to believe they offered the necessary protection to her so that she would be alive today. What about little Amarah Lallitte? Her head was found in one room and her body in another, but her life was gone forever. Similarly, 19-year-old Nicolas Baptiste was stabbed in his chest because of an argument. Why should any argument escalate to a level where physical violence becomes an option? Like the farmer who rushed to save his family from a robbery at their home in Welcome Road North, Cunupia, Baptiste died. There are many more episodes, unfortunately, which I can recount. Rather, I implore the police to do their job. Do not wait for laws to be broken and for lives to be lost before you start your investigations, which take an eternity to yield few to no results. Grow a pair, put on a codpiece, and hunt down criminals before they loot and murder and firebomb, and the next instalment of The Purge is centred on TT. Members of the police force and the army are very visible during the Carnival season, though they seemingly stand around doing nothing. Why can’t they be out and about protecting and serving the innocent citizens for the rest of the year?

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Time to get grip on crime – Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

THE EDITOR: I am sure many of us crossing over into 2024 from 2023 had high hopes of seeing changes for the better. I certainly did in relation to crime. However, the way I see it, we have had a rollover from 2023. While the police are trying their best and we are seeing quite a number of guns and drugs being removed from the streets, crime is far from being under control. As I write, the murder figure is 155 for the year. We are well on course to 500 plus murders in 2024. The criminal element continues to show no respect for the laws of the land. You cannot miss the growing home invasions with brutality, the numerous robberies, car thefts and physical assaults. Crime is spreading like wildfire all around us. And annually the Ministry of National Security gets billions ($6.912 billion for 2023-2024), but there is no let-up. What the authorities are good at is offering condolences, sympathy and the promise to deal with the problem. Thanks for the kind words, but TT needs to see serious change. We need to feel safe and secure once more. How good it would be to walk the streets without having to look over our shoulders. That to me is not asking for much. I continue to await community policing day and night – after all, the TTPS recently got new police vehicles – not just in high-risk areas. When the police focus only on high-risk areas, the criminals just move elsewhere. We have had too much blame-game behaviour when it comes to crime. What we need is less talk and more action. It is clear we need serious help in getting a grip on crime, for our strategies are falling very short. So, with there being no safe zones, let us join forces to make TT a better place for all. ARNOLD GOPEESINGH via e-mail

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Why rise in suicide in nation? – Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

THE EDITOR: Why is there a suicide rise in TT? Well, there are many reasons. There are the health issues that increase suicide risk: mental health conditions, chronic pain, traumatic brain injuries, recent suicide attempts. There also environmental factors that increase suicide risk: access to lethal means, prolonged exposure to stress, a death, job loss, exposure to another’s suicide. The risk factors are: a history of suicide attempts, a family history of suicide, experiencing childhood abuse. The signs of suicide ideation may refer to: feeling trapped, experiencing unbearable pain, feeling like a burden, having no reason to live, feeling suicidal. Red-flag behaviour includes: researching ways to kill oneself, increasing isolation, saying goodbye to people, giving away possessions, increased use of alcohol. What is causing suicide rates to rise? Limited access to mental health services, substance abuse disorder, unfaithful spouses. People, the epic story of tomorrow cannot be written if it ends today. If you are going through hell, keep going. There is help out there. Seek it. AV RAMPERSAD Princes Town

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Judges must be held to highest standards – Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

THE EDITOR: There are some jobs that are more than just a job, some professions that are more than a profession. They are of such crucial importance and are held in such high esteem by society that they require their practitioners to be of the very highest calibre and to conduct themselves according to unimpeachable standards. These are vocations, to which one has to be called. At the very pinnacle of vocations we can count the practice of medicine, religious ministry and even journalism. There is one group, however, which is imbued with tremendous power over us all, but yet can only be called to account by itself. This group is the judiciary. Because we have been taught to always bow to judges, judges, if they are not careful, may begin to see themselves somewhat as demi-gods. Not only is this an existential threat to we who live under their authority, but it also deprives us of the essential societal guardrails that should be provided by a properly functioning judiciary. Judges, for all their power and dignitas, are but humankind. They are fallible. Just as there is racism, political bias, cowardice, ignorance and ego within the general public, the judiciary also may be called upon to grapple with these failings within themselves. Some judicial decisions taken of late can’t help but give us pause. Allowing armed criminals back onto the streets happens regularly. This, at least, can be an easy fix if Parliament legislates to deny bail for 120 days to anyone found with an illegal weapon. So can we save many lives, but of course not everyone has this agenda. Judges cannot be afraid of men’s faces. They can’t have too high a regard for certain lawyers that appear before them and so bend over backward to accommodate them, even to the extent of adopting their arguments as proven fact. Their rulings cannot be for the purpose of playing to the gallery, whether that gallery be a particular tribe or of a particular political persuasion. They shouldn’t use the bench to put people they don’t like in their place, or to demonstrate how big they themselves are. Their judgements should not be coloured by prejudice against or in favour of the race or creed of anyone who stands before them. Above all, judges must rigorously pursue truth, even in their personal lives. It is their stock in trade. Avoiding facts because they are inconvenient, and adopting conspiracy theories because they mesh with adopted grouses will make for a particularly ill-equipped judge who will not be fit for purpose. Our High Court can be checked by our Appeal Court, and our Appeal Court is checked by the Privy Council. This, however, does not mean that any court is perfect, no matter how high up you go. They are still peopled by people. As for we citizens, certainly we must respect our institutions. However, we absolutely also have the right, even the duty, to hold those with authority over us to the highest standards. It is we, after all, who must live here and would be called upon to suffer the consequences of their judgement or lack thereof. JOANNE K JOSEPH San Fernando

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Let’s live harmoniously with our neighbours – Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Eid-ul-Fitr address by the acting president general of the Anjuman Sunnat-ul Jamaat Association Inc of TT, Imam Ahamad Hosein, at the Guaracara ASJA Masjid on Wednesday DEAR BROTHERS and sisters, assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah (may the peace and mercy of Allah be with you). Greetings and best wishes to you and family on this very auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, God Almighty, bless and protect us from evil and guide us to the path of righteousness. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, the creator of the Heavens and the Earth, has allowed us to see and participate in another month of Ramadan. We give praise and thanks to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala for affording us the opportunity to take part in this festival of fast-breaking. Today the Muslims from all across the world are rejoicing over this happy and joyous occasion. We must understand that this sacred month of Ramadan has come to us with every type of blessings and left us, never to return. Hopefully we took the opportunity to accept the blessings that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala presented to us during Ramadan. We also bid farewell to the month of the coming down of the Qu’ran, the month of extra ibadah (worship) and of togetherness. While we are celebrating this day, I urge you to take some time and reflect on our brothers and sisters from around the world who are experiencing some kind of hardship, especially those in Palestine who are not as fortunate as we are. We pray that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala will eradicate their genocidal pressures and give them comfort through our continued supplications for their relief, inshah Allah (God willing). One of the general features of Ramadan that stands out all the time is the response of the large number of brothers and sisters frequenting the masjids during Ramadan. We pray that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala will increase their iman (faith), to continue attending the masjid in obedience to Allah. We also pray for all our brothers and sisters who did not fast because of health issues. We ask Allah to bless all those who have fasted to continue with the same taqwah (piety) that they practised during Ramadan, so that our society will be safe and trouble-free. We pray for peace and security among all the various religious organisations in our plural society. Let us practise religious tolerance among each other’s beliefs and practices and live in harmony with each other. Let tolerance begin with us and let us live harmoniously with our neighbours. If we do not live like this, brothers and sisters, then we have not learnt God-consciousness during the month of Ramadan. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala bless us all, as I expect a favourable response from everyone, inshah Allah. Eid Mubarak to everyone.

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Delhi liquor ‘scam’: Kavitha threatened Reddy to pay money to AAP, CBI tells court

New Delhi: The CBI has told a special court in New Delhi that Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha had allegedly ‘threatened’ Aurobindo Pharma promoter Sharath Chandra Reddy to pay an amount of Rs 25 crore to the AAP for the five retail zones allotted to his firm under the Delhi government’s excise policy. According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kavitha had told Reddy that in case he did not pay the amount to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital, his business would be harmed in Telangana and Delhi. Reddy, who was an accused in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged liquor scam in Delhi, had turned an approver in the case that is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The CBI has yet to file a chargesheet against him. Seeking the BRS leader’s custodial interrogation, the CBI told Special Judge Kaveri Baweja that it was at the “insistence and assurance” of Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, that Reddy got involved in the liquor business in Delhi. Kavitha had allegedly assured Reddy that she had contacts in the Delhi government and that she would help him in the liquor business in the national capital under the now-scrapped excise policy. “Kavitha further told Sharath Chandra Reddy that the payments of upfront money of Rs 25 crore for wholesale business and Rs 5 crore for each retail zone were to be made to the Aam Aadmi Party for getting liquor business and the same was to be paid to her associates, Arun R Pillai and Abhishek Boinpally, who would in turn coordinate with Vijay Nair, who was a representative of (Delhi Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal,” the CBI told the court on Friday. The court has sent Kavitha to the CBI’s custody till April 15. According to the agency, in March and May 2021, when the excise policy was being formulated, Pillai, Boinpally and Butchibabu Gorantla stayed at the Hotel Oberoi in Delhi to swing the policy in their favour through Nair by inserting provisions. After receiving the assurance of support from Kavitha, Aurobindo Reality and Infrastructure Private Limited paid Rs 80 lakh to her NGO, Telangana Jagruthi, under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in March 2021, the CBI has alleged. “The investigation has further revealed that in June-July 2021, K Kavitha had compelled Sharath Chandra Reddy to enter into a sale agreement with her for an agricultural land situated at Mahboob Nagar, Telangana, although he was not keen to purchase the said agricultural land and also not aware of the value of the said land,” it has said. Kavitha “insisted” that Reddy pay Rs 14 crore against the land and “forced” him to enter into the sale agreement through Mahira Ventures Private Limited, one of the Aurobindo Group companies, in July 2021, the CBI has told the court, citing Reddy’s statement and its investigation so far. It said the total payment of Rs 14 crore was made to Kavitha through bank transactions — Rs 7 crore in July 2021 and another Rs 7 crore in mid-November 2021. The agency has alleged that in November and December of 2021, Kavitha asked Reddy to pay Rs 25 crore (Rs 5 crore per zone for the five retail zones allotted to him). The BRS leader had claimed that she herself had paid Rs 100 crore as upfront money on Reddy’s behalf to the AAP through Nair for getting favourable provisions in the excise policy. “However, when Sarath Chandra Reddy showed his reluctance to pay the demanded money, K Kavitha threatened Sarath Chandra Reddy to harm his business in Telangana and Delhi under the excise policy,” the agency has alleged, citing Reddy’s statement. The AAP alleged March 24 that Reddy’s company had given Rs 59.5 crore to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) through electoral bonds. “The companies owned by Sarath Reddy bought electoral bonds and donated money to the BJP. Now, this money trail has been exposed in front of the country. Reddy purchased electoral bonds worth Rs 4.5 crore while the excise policy was being formulated and after his arrest, he purchased electoral bonds worth Rs 55 crore and the money went to the BJP. So the money trail that has been sought for the past two years is here,” Delhi minister Atishi had alleged. PTI

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