The Portuguese star follows in the steps of his arch-rival, Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year, although the sums involved were smaller.Madrid’s public prosecutors accuse Ronaldo of having taken “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities”.They say this was a “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.In addition, they say the Real Madrid striker only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.And finally, they accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.– ‘Conscience is clear’ –Ronaldo has defended himself, saying his “conscience is clear”.But the allegations still took their toll, and the man with the “CR7” brand, Real’s all-time top goalscorer, threatened to leave Spain over the affair, giving supporters a fright.He has since hinted he will stay on, telling Spanish sports daily Marca that he would like to continue to win trophies for Real.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain, which is only just recovering from a damaging economic crisis that saw countless people lose their jobs and inequalities rise.Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro fine last year for tax fraud.His prison sentence has since been replaced by another fine of 252,000 euros, which corresponds to 400 euros for each day of jail.Barcelona’s Argentine defender Javier Mascherano, meanwhile, agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.Brazil star Neymar, another Barcelona forward, and his parents are also due to stand trial for alleged corruption over his transfer from Santos in 2013.– Super-agent Mendes –Real have not been spared either.Apart from Ronaldo, former player Angel di Maria, Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao and Jose Mourinho, who coached the club from 2009 to 2013, have all been accused of tax fraud.All are clients of super-agent Jorge Mendes, who was also questioned and put under official investigation last month by a Spanish court investigating alleged tax evasion by Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, another footballer in his stable.Mendes defended himself, telling the closed door hearing that he “never” advised players in tax matters.Where Ronaldo is concerned, Mendes’s company Gestifute has denied any “fiscal set-up” and said “the player didn’t hide anything”.But if he were put on trial and found guilty, Ronaldo risks “a fine of at least 28 million” euros and could potentially be jailed for three-and-a-half years, the Gestha union of experts at Spain’s Inland Revenue has said.Since extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (80 million euros) earned in 2016-2017, according to Forbes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to appear in court in Spain on Monday, accused of evading millions in taxes © AFP/File / Roman KruchininMADRID, Spain, Jul 29 – Cristiano Ronaldo faces a brutal return to Madrid before starting pre-season training with Real Madrid as he is expected in court on Monday, accused of evading millions in taxes.The 32-year-old — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, over allegations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.2 million) in tax.
Texas Instruments and its brand ambassador – actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik – are joining 2,000 STEM leaders and visionaries in business, education and government at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference in Austin, from June 17-19 at the Austin Convention Center.Together they will share ideas and solutions to solve the challenge of filling the gap for a competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by preparing today’s students to excel in math and science.TI, a lead sponsor of the conference, will demonstrate how math and science technology, strong professional development for educators and classroom activities that showcase real-world applications of science and math concepts are increasing student achievement in these subjects and preparing them to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields.Bialik, who plays the loveably geeky neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” will deliver the keynote remarks and present the much-anticipated U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools for STEM rankings at the first general session on Tuesday, June 18. Later that morning, Bialik will teach an interactive science lesson with TI-Nspire CX technology at the TI booth #501 to visiting Texas Gear Up students. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) project is a six-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups. She will also spend time later that afternoon meeting with students and answering their questions.In addition to Bialik’s appearances, Director of Human Resources for Texas Instruments Samantha Dwinell will join a panel discussion on developing STEM talent in the high-tech sector on June 18 at 9:45 a.m. The panel will define and discuss programs to create and ensure a STEM-capable workforce. Texas Instruments Education Technology President Melendy Lovett will kick off a panel discussion on helping school districts choose the right technology to further student STEM skills June 19 at 10 a.m.“We are excited to be such a big part of the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference this year and bring not only Mayim, but the depth of knowledge Texas Instruments as a whole has in helping students reach their highest potential in STEM,” said Lovett.For more about the conference, click here.Source:PR Newswire
Rap impresario Jay-Z is changing the sports agent game and scaring the white establishment as he’s doing it. Big-time athletes are breaking ranks, signing with Beyonce’s husband’s agency, Roc Nation, not just because it’s cool to be on his team, but also because his business acumen is producing blockbuster results.People laughed and smirked when Jay-Z announced he was expanding his empire to athlete representation two years ago. Impressively, he leveraged his popularity as an artist to attain some of sports’ top young stars’ attention and is doing right by them in contact negotiations.Jigga Man is laughing now with his latest coup, signing Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant, who shunned agent Eugene Parker just as he is up for a new, mega-contract. Bryant’s reasons for the move mirror the thoughts of others who have shunned going with large, white firms for representation.He can relate to Jay-Z.“I feel like it fits me,” Bryant said to ESPNDallas.com. “It fits what I’m trying to do, what I’m trying to accomplish in life. I want to be the best that I can possibly be. It ain’t about a contract. It’s about me branding myself and being an icon for these kids. I love kids and they look up to me.“I come from dirt — point blank, period — and every day I’m writing my story and it’s getting better. I feel like they were the best choice for me. They can help me get to where I want to be. That’s what it is.”One person not laughing is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also serves as general manager. He reportedly talked Bryant out of hiring Roc Nation in the summer and was “not happy” when Bryant went against his wishes last week. It is unclear why Jones did not want the receiver to join Jay-Z’s agency. Jones dealt with Parker, who also is Black.Whatever the case, Jay-Z wins, and so his quest to be a mega-player in the agency game climbs another rung, even while many root against him. It will be interesting to see how negotiations between Jones and Roc Nation go, as Bryant has earned the right to a new contact around $12 million a season, which would be commensurate with his status as one of the elite receivers in the NFL.“I’d be highly disappointed,” Bryant said, if he did not get a max deal. Almost any agent could accomplish that; he’s deserving. It’s the outside-football exposure and endorsements where Roc Nation can up the ante for Bryant.Roc Nation has only 12 sports clients for now, and they include some of the athletic world’s top performers. Significantly, Jay-Z and Co. negotiated a 10-year, $240-million deal for Robinson Cano when he left the New York Yankees for the Seattle Mariners—an enormous deal that set Roc Nation in flight.Also on the Roc Nation team is NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Jay-Z earned its most significant deal for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward, an endorsement package with sneaker and athletic apparel giant Nike that could peak at $300 million. How Roc Nation pulled off the bonanza was as impressive as the numbers.It smartly pitted and created a bidding war between Nike and rising Under Armour, which Roc Nation knew was eager to make a splash in the endorsement world by stealing away Durant. The story goes that Nike offered $20 million a year for Durant. Jay-Z took that number to Under Armour, which offered about $26 million, intent on overtaking its competitor.But Nike flexed its muscle and offered $30 million a year, giving Roc Nation a landmark deal that shows other athletes, like Bryant, its negotiating power and legitimacy. Beyond that, there is speculation that Durant never had any intentions of leaving Nike—he took less in his previous contract instead of fleeing to Adidas.Other Roc Nation clients include WNBA star Skylar Diggins, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Detroit Lion lineman Ndamukon Suh and New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, among others. Don’t be surprised if that client list rapidly increases.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Chelsea manager is under fire for his tactics used against Tottenham Hotspur that ended up costing him the matchChelsea lost 3-1 against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in the English Premier League.And for manager Maurizio Sarri, this means he has to put N’Golo Kante closer to Jorginho in order to have a more solid midfield.“I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, so for me, the central midfielder is Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas. I don’t want Kante in this position,” he told Sky Sports.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes, but in the wrong way. He lost the position, he attacked too much.”“This one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante, but it was only in reaction to the difficulties,” he added.“Maybe it’s only a question of time, but Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side. When the ball is on the left he has to stay very close to Jorginho.”
Arjun Kapoor, Malaika AroraVarinder ChawlaArjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora have been painting the town red with their romance and their several public outings have sparked rumours of their impending wedding which believe that it will happen this year. So when Arjun was asked about the marriage speculations with Malaika, he cleared the air saying that he’s not getting married his ladylove.Revealing the reason why Arjun is not marrying Malaika, the actor told Mumbai Mirror, “Usually men lose hair after getting married and not before (laughs). To put things in perspective, as an actor, why would I want to get married when I am sporting a bald look? There would be pictures of it everywhere! On a serious note, I am not getting married. I have not hidden anything from anyone and I think my personal life deserves respect and dignity for that.”Arjun further said that he is happy in his life and doesn’t want to add more adjectives to it. “My personal and professional lives help me sleep well at night and I would like it to remain like that,” he added.A few days ago, when Arjun’s close friend Parineeti Chopra was asked about the actor’s marriage by Anaita Shroff Adajania on her chat show Feet Up With The Stars season 2, the Kesari actor brushed off the question under the carpet.”I don’t know if he is getting married,” Parineeti said when she was asked if she was aware about Arjun’s rumoured wedding with Malaika Arora.Although Malaika and Arjun have denied getting married anytime soon, fans are having tough time believing what the lovebirds have been saying.
Smart drug delivery system — Gold nanocage covered with polymer (w/ Video) Citation: Scientists Create Light-Bending Nanoparticles (2009, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-scientists-light-bending-nanoparticles.html (PhysOrg.com) — Metallic nanoparticles and other structures can manipulate light in ways that are not possible with conventional optical materials. In a recent example of this, Rice University researchers discovered that cup-shaped gold nanostructures can bend light in a controllable way. The cups act like three-dimensional nano-antennas. Directional scattering of an incoming electromagnetic wave by oriented nanocups. Image courtesy Nikolay Mirin, Rice University. The research is described in the February 19, 2008, online edition of Nano Letters.When light interacts with nanoparticles and other tiny structures, many interesting and even dramatic physical effects can occur. For example, man-made “metamaterials” have very fine structures with features smaller than the wavelength of light, some just tens of atoms across, imparting them with unique and often intriguing optical behaviors. Metamaterials are of interest to scientists because they may be able to interact with light in ways that naturally occurring materials cannot.The gold nanocups created in this research interact with light in two main ways: axially, the up-down direction, or transverse, the left-right direction. The transverse mode is by far the stronger of the two.”When we illuminated the nanocups, the transverse interaction exhibited a strong scattering resonance,” said Rice University researcher Naomi Halas, the study’s corresponding scientist, to PhysOrg.com. She conducted the study with colleague Nikolay Mirin. “We learned that the direction of the transverse resonant light scattering depends on the orientation of the cups, a property that has not been observed in studies of similar structures.”Specifically, the cups behave like a “split-ring resonator,” a type of metamaterial with a negative refractive index—the ability to refract (not reflect) light partially or fully backward. Split-ring resonators look like two concentric, non-touching rings that have each been split in half. When placed in a microwave or infrared field, an alternating current of that same frequency is induced in each ring. Each current in turn induces its own magnetic field at that same microwave or infrared frequency, which can either oppose or enhance the original field.Split-ring resonators can support resonant wavelengths that are much larger than their size. But since split-ring resonators are flat, their light-scattering abilities are restricted to a plane.Halas and Mirin’s nanocups are much like three dimensional versions of split-ring resonators. When light with the proper frequency is applied, a resonant electron current is induced in the cups. This current produces an electric field that is parallel to the cup opening (not parallel to the cup axis). The scattered light is emitted perpendicular to that field; in other words, in whatever direction the cup’s axis is pointing.This unique light-redirecting property should prove to be very useful in the development of new optical materials and devices, from solar cells to light attenuators to chip-to-chip optical interconnects in futuristic circuitry.”In this line of research, many other types of nanoparticles and nanostructures can be designed to have this type of light-redirecting property,” said Halas.Halas and Mirin created the nanocups by depositing latex or polystyrene nanoparticles, each about 80 nanometers in diameter, onto a sheet of glass. They coated the particles and the glass with a 20-nanometer-thick layer of gold, applying the gold from different angles to make sure both the sides and tops of each particle were covered, yet leaving an uncoated circular or elliptical “shadow” next to each particle, exposing the surface below.Finally, they poured an elastic polymer was poured over the array and, when the polymer had cured, peeled it off to reveal a transparent film embedded with gold nanocups.More information: Nano Lett., Article ASAP • DOI: 10.1021/nl900208zCopyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
January 9, 2013 Register Now » min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. LAS VEGAS – Ushering in an array of technology that you never knew you needed but can’t live without, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about more than the newest smartphones and biggest, skinniest televisions. The giant tech show also introduces innovative new tools for the workplace, changing the way companies get things done.We’ve combed the exhibit floors looking for the tech that would appeal most to business users. Here are four tools we think may rock your business’ world this year: Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1. Transcribe meetings in an instant. If there’s one thing worse than endless meetings, it’s having to transcribe them from an audio recording. Australia-based Dev-Audio Microcone is a multi-directional desktop microphone that not only records speech but can discern the voices of six different people. Its Microcone Recorder software records the conversations on individual tracks and automatically reduces the background noise. An accompanying smartphone app allows users to tag parts of the conversation for easy reference later. Price: $359Related: 5 Tech Startups Worth Watching at CES 20132. A better way to brainstorm. One way to brainstorm an issue is to pump related terms into a search engine and see what pops up. Another way is to talk it out with your peers. MindMeld by San Francisco-based Expect Labs combines these two in an intuitive iPad app that runs group voice chats for up to eight people and automatically searches for keywords that are spoken. Expect Labs says MindMeld should be available for download in a few months. Expected Price: $13. Android in the office. Wish your smartphone screen was much larger? The VSD220 Smart Display from Walnut, Calif.-based ViewSonic is a 22-inch multi-touch LED screen that — get this — runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But plug your computer into the HDMI port and you’ve got double the compatibility (Android and whatever your system runs) behind one pane of glass. It also comes with stereo speakers, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution. Price: $4204. A ‘key’ to remembering passwords. The more services we sign up for, the more passwords we have to keep straight. And as small businesses have become the biggest target for hackers, making those codes hard to crack has become more important than ever. The Arkami ID Key is a USB-connected stick that connects to a cloud-based password management program. With fingerprint-activation it ensures that only you can access your data, and if someone else tries, unsuccessfully, to use it multiple times, the content automatically deletes.Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Arkami also embedded the key with voice recognition, so it can hear what you’re looking for (simply say “Passport Number” or “Gmail Password”) and display the info on the built-in screen. Small enough to fit on a keychain but with 16 GB of data to carry other files, it should be a must-have to keep your business secure. It is expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2013. Pre-Order Price: $80Related: CES 2013: A ‘Healthy’ Outlook for Gadgets