GUEST BLOG: Tips to Protect Your Financial Information When Filing a Tax Return

first_img PSA,  The Blog Over the next few months, Pennsylvanians will file approximately 6.4 million personal income tax returns with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.Nearly 85 percent of those returns will be filed electronically using several options, including the state’s free padirectfile system, commercial software and no cost software for income-eligible Pennsylvanians.E-filing is safe and has advantages over paper returns. The software does the math for you, refunds process faster and you can use direct deposit options. E-filing is also more cost effective for the commonwealth.Whether you are e-filing or not, tax season is a good time to review important steps to protect your personal and financial information from scam artists and identity thieves.Some actions you can take include:Update computer security and encrypt your tax returns and other sensitive data.Use strong passwords with eight or more characters containing a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters. Passwords should vary from other accounts and should never use your name, birthday, or common words.Beware of phishing emails or phone scams pretending to be from your financial institution, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Revenue or other trusted entity. These scams can trick people into revealing their social security or bank account number and other personal, or financial information.Use secure wireless networks when online. It’s easier for criminals to steal information un unsecure Wi-Fi networks. Be sure to encrypt your own wireless network.Know your tax preparer. If someone helps you prepare a tax return, make sure it’s someone you know will be available after the filing deadline date. Do not let any preparer take your refund and then pay you directly.Information about reporting and recovering from identity theft is available from the Federal Trade Commission at If a scammer files a Pennsylvania tax return in your name, contact the Department of Revenue’s Fraud Investigation Unit at 717-772-9297 or by email at   SHARE  TWEET February 04, 2017 GUEST BLOG: Tips to Protect Your Financial Information When Filing a Tax Return By: Eileen McNulty, Secretary of Revenue SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Popes to be declared saints in April

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 64 Views   no discussions FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Popes to be declared saints in April by: – September 30, 2013center_img Tweet Share John Paul II (left) is seen as a conservative, while John XXIII is a hero for progressive CatholicsPope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.The Pope said in July that he would canonise his two predecessors, after approving a second miracle attributed to John Paul.Polish John Paul, the first non-Italian pope for more than 400 years, led the Catholic Church from 1978-2005.Pope John was pontiff from 1958-1963, calling the Second Vatican Council that transformed the Church.The decision to canonise the two at the same time appears designed to unify Catholics, correspondents say.John Paul II is a favourite of conservative Catholics, while John XXIII is widely admired by the Church’s progressive wing.‘The good pope’John Paul stood out for his media-friendly, globetrotting style. He was a fierce critic of communism, and is credited with helping inspire opposition to communist rule in eastern Europe.John Paul has been on a fast track to sainthood since his death, when crowds in St Peter’s Square chanted “santo subito” (“sainthood now”).During his own papacy he simplified the process by which people are made saints, and created more of them than all previous popes combined.John XXIII is remembered for introducing the vernacular to replace Latin in church masses and for creating warmer ties between the Catholic Church and the Jewish faith.He has a big following in Italy, where he is known as Il Papa Buono, the good pope.The BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome that Pope John was in many ways similar to Pope Francis, a humble, down-to-earth man with a fine sense of humour.Two living popes are expected to be present at the canonisation ceremony: Francis, who will officiate, and Pope Benedict, who retired earlier this year.The double canonisation will be the first in the Church’s history.MiraclesTwo miracles have been officially attributed to Pope John Paul II – the number usually needed for canonisation.The first miracle was the apparent curing of a 49-year-old French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand. She had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, the same malady which afflicted the pope himself in his later years.The second miracle came on the day of John Paul II’s beatification by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. A Costa Rican woman reportedly made an “inexplicable recovery” from a serious brain illness, and the only explanation was believed to be the fact that her family had prayed for John Paul II’s intercession.Pope John XXIII was beatified by John Paul II in 2000, and Pope Francis took the unusual step of waiving the requirement of a second miracle in his case.BBC Newslast_img read more

Football Strategy

first_imgAs the pro football teams get ready for their draft this spring, the big need this year seems to be for defensive players who can rush the passer.  Most of you know, the Bengals were woeful on quarterback sacks last year.  The new kid on the block seems to be a double A gap pressure package.  To the novice fan, the defensive team puts a linebacker on each side of the center and hope they get a direct path to the quarterback.The key to sacks is how little time you take to hit the quarterback.  In the double A gap defense, you can put immediate pressure on the quarterback and force the offense to keep an additional blocker in the backfield.  Teams like to use this defense against quarterbacks like Tom Brady.  Most teams put a tight end in the backfield.  Of course, this eliminates one of the pass receivers that the quarterback can throw to.The Bengals are talking about acquiring such a pass rusher either from the upcoming draft or from the free agent market.  We will see how successful they are.last_img read more

AFN to Bid for 2025 World Athletics Championships

first_imgFemi SolajaFollowing the ‘successes’ recorded at the African Athletics Championships in Asaba, strong indications emerged last night that Nigeria intends to bid for the hosting right for the World Athletics Championships to hold in 2025.The President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Gusau at a World press conference held yesterday in Asaba said the country is very much in strong contention to stage the games in 2025 following the gains of the African elite event which would be rounded up tomorrow in Asaba. The quest to stage the global event was fuelled by the decision of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President, Sebastian Coe to allow an African city to stage the event on the continent and going by the permutations, five countries including Nigeria are in the running to stage the global event.This was the reason why the AFN boss, Gusau, decided to throw Nigeria’s bid into the ring.“With the gains of what we have done here (Asaba 2018), we have all it takes to stage the global event in 2025 and perhaps any other major sporting event on a large scale,” the AFN boss assured last night at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba.Thisday sports reliably gathered at the ongoing championships that other countries that will vie to host the event asides Nigeria are South Africa, Kenya and Morocco. It is however not clear if Asaba will contest or try to edge out Abuja whom the Sports Ministry intends to put forward as the country’s city to bid for the global event.Meanwhile, after four days of intensive competition among the 52 countries that competed for honours at the ongoing African Championships, the CAA Asaba 2018’s flag would be lowered this evening with Nigeria still in touching distance to catch up with South Africa on the overall medals table.As at last night, both countries have 10 gold medals each but the ‘Rainbow Nation’ have more silver and bronze medals to their advantage. More so, Caster Semenya who will be competing in the 800 metres female final looks set to pick the gold just as they hope to win in the 4×400 metres relay final tonight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women’s hockey: Wisconsin continues its dominance in weekend sweep of St. Cloud State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (23-3-0, 13-3-0 WCHA) swept the St. Cloud State Huskies (8-18-2, 3-14-0-0) in a two-game series at LaBahn Arena over the weekend. A Badger victory was rarely in doubt, as the Huskies succumbed to a superior performance from the Badgers on both sides of the ice, much like their previous meeting in December.In Friday’s contest, the combination of a clean sheet from junior goalie Kristen Campbell and a group offensive effort resulted in a decisive 5–0 victory for Wisconsin. Scoring for the Badgers were junior Alexis Mauermann, freshman Sophie Shirley, senior Sophia Shaver and junior Mekenzie Steffen, who recorded two goals on the night.Women’s basketball: Kelly Karlis nails game-winner as time expires to snap six-game losing streakOver 6,000 fans filed into the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon hoping to witness the end of a brutal six-game losing Read…While the Badgers sustained offensive production throughout the game, one moment in particular quickly catapulted the team into the driver’s seat.At just the one-minute mark in the third period, Steffen recorded her second goal of the game, and after the ensuing faceoff, Shirley tacked on another goal just six seconds later. The six-second gap between goals is a new school record for time elapsed between scoring plays.Saturday’s game was unfortunately devoid of any high-octane moments similar to the record-breaking flurry of goals enjoyed by the Badgers the previous night. The Badgers could have used another stroke of genius in Saturday’s contest, as they struggled to pull away from the Huskies until late in the game.The Huskies opened up scoring Saturday with a goal from Hannah Potrykus less than five minutes into the first period. Wisconsin quickly responded with two first period goals of their own from freshman Britta Curl and junior Abby Roque, but failed to add to their one goal lead until later in the third period.While Saturday’s victory was not as decisive a victory as Friday’s, Wisconsin displayed a plethora of offensive weapons with eight goals over the weekend.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin splits goal-heavy weekend Border Battle in MinneapolisThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-11-4, 5-5-4 Big Ten) split their two-game series against the University of Minnesota Read…Yet, perhaps the more impressive statistic was how separate players scored for the Badgers. Seven different team members added to the weekend’s score sheet, with the lone multi-goal performance coming from Steffen.Wisconsin’s star power is not limited to a small group of high output offensive players. Rather, it is beneficially spread out across the roster such that the Badgers remain a highly threatening offensive team no matter who Head Coach Mark Johnson chooses to put on the ice.Looking forward, Wisconsin will take its talents to Bemidji State to hopefully continue their dominance over the Beavers. The Badgers have not fallen to the Beavers since the beginning of 2015.last_img read more

Dauda Mohammed wants Kotoko to build on from Hearts victory

first_imgKotoko striker Dauda Mohammed is confident his side can pick three points in their league fixture against at the Baba Yara Stadium.The striker who was named man of the match in their derby day victory over rivals Hearts of Oak is keen for his side to use the win as a stepping stone to better their season.“We enter every game with a different approach,” he told Adom FM Sports.“We will build on from the Hearts victory because we can’t afford to drop anymore points.”“Picking up points away from home is very difficult so we are determined to pick maximum points at home.”“We are confident of picking the three points against Dwarfs this Sunday.”     Dauda is Kotoko’s leading scoring in the league with two goals. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Steph Curry skeptical he could ever top Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game

first_imgThe question made Stephen Curry smile and shake his head. He showed the same disbelief many have when they watch him play. The Golden State Warriors’ guard and defending regular-season MVP has seemingly made any shot at any angle and from any distance. But he cast serious doubts on accomplishing something else even more miraculous. Could Curry ever break Kobe Bryant’s career-high 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors nearly a decade ago?“Not a chance,” Curry told Los Angeles News Group. “There’s a reason why people are still talking about that game to this day. It’s so special.” Could all those numbers add up to what Bryant did on Jan. 22, 2006?“Steph is a talented enough scorer that you could definitely say it’s a possibility.”said Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, who played with Bryant during his record-setting night. “But it’s not very realistic. If we’re blowing someone out, he’s going to rest.”Curry needed all 48 minutes to post a career-high 54 points on Feb. 27, 2013 against New York. Curry logged 36 minutes to score a season-high 53 points on Oct. 31, 2015 against New Orleans. Then there marked six games Curry played under 30 minutes this season amid the Warriors coasting to a double-digit victory. Through swarming double teams or rare off nights, Curry can still dish to Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or Andre Iguodala. “If there’s one guy in the league that has a chance of doing it, it would be him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Curry. “But they’ve got so many weapons that’s it not needed from him to have that type of game to shoot it 40 times.”Curry’s highest volume-shooting output was a 34-point performance against Brooklyn in which he shot 13-of-31 from the field in 44 minutes. Otherwise, Curry has averaged a team-leading 20 field-goal attempts.“A lot of it has to do with our system and the way we play,” Curry said. “Kobe had a reason to get up as many shots as he did in the [Toronto] game. I don’t think anybody will get up 40-plus attempts no matter how hot they are.”But Bryant did. He helped the Lakers overcome an 18-point deficit against the Raptors by going 28-of-46 from the field. With Kwame Brown and Smush Parker in tow, Bryant spent the 2005-06 season carrying everyone with a team-leading 27.2 shots per game. He then averaged a career-high 35.4 points per contest on a 45 percent clip. “You have to be in tip-top shape to do it,” Bryant said. “It takes a lot of energy to carry that for the duration of the game.” Yet, Bryant performed just fine on his record-setting game a day after consuming grape soda and pepperoni pizza. He scored 55 second-half points amid endless pull-up jumpers, layups and dunks. He shot 7-of-13 from 3-point range. He went 18-of-20 from the foul line. “The consistency is just unreal. I know he didn’t have too many weapons on that team. So Toronto was trying to stop him, and they couldn’t figure it out,” Curry said. “It boggles your mind to think how he did that.” Several have thought the same thing about Curry.Just like Bryant once did in March of 2007, Curry became the first player since then to average at least 36 points in a single month. He nailed a 37-footer with .06 seconds left in overtime to beat Oklahoma City. He hit a 40-foot shot to beat a first-quarter buzzer against Miami. He heaved a half-court prayer that sailed into the basket against Orlando. “He shoots the ball from angles that you just don’t shoot,” Scott said. “When he throws it up, sometimes you’re thinking, ‘What is he doing?’ He’s off balance. But the thing that makes him so difficult to guard is that he can make it from anywhere. You have to get up on him.”Good luck. “He moves so well without the ball,” Bryant said of Curry. “You can’t really track him. He doesn’t really isolate so I’m not going to load up on him. He has great shooters around him and passers around him. He’s constantly on the move. Because of that, he has to be the hardest player to defend.” So much that Curry has set the top three single-season 3-point marks of all time. So much that Curry has scored at least 20 points in a quarter five times this season. “It’s fun. You have the ultimate confidence,” Curry said. “You feel like every shot is going in no matter where you are on the court and what kind of defense you see.” All of which left Curry intrigued on whether he could reach Bryant’s milestone if he ignored team dynamics and played as if an NBA game took place on the playground. “You would like to think if I were to try or if I were to get hot after a quarter or two, I would have 50 in 2 ½ quarters,” Curry said. “Maybe you could finish it off. But that’s still pretty crazy to think to have 50. Those are career days for almost anybody.”Well not for Bryant, whose No. 24 jersey number also represents the amount of times he has cracked the 50-point barrier. Hence, the game’s best shooter still struggled to comprehend how anyone could mimic the game’s best scorer. “For him, it was just clicking that night,” Curry said of Bryant’s career game. “There’s no real explanation.”Quotable“It boggles your mind to think how he did that.” — Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Kobe Bryant’s career-high 81 point-gameEditor’s note: This article has been updated to remove a sentence referring to Curry as having the highest scoring quarter in NBA history. Klay Thompson set that record. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Yes, Bryant’s career game still represents the NBA’s second-highest scoring performance behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. But Bryant does not consider the milestone special enough to think his record will remain sacred. Said Bryant: “It’s just a matter of you have to believe it’s possible.” The Lakers (12-51) enter Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors (55-5) at Staples Center with Curry doing what was once considered impossible.He has averaged a league-leading 30.7 points per game despite playing only 33.9 minutes per contest. He has ranked first this season in posting 30-point games (29), 40-point games (11) and 50-point games (three). He shattered his own single-season three-point record (293) still with 22 games remaining. According to, Curry has made 3-pointers from basically anywhere, including the right corner (53.3%), the left corner (45.3%) and at the top of the key (46.5%). Very few can guard Curry no matter the distance, including shots from 10-14 feet (54.5%), 15-19 feet (39.7%), 20-24 feet (48%), 25-29 feet (45.9%) and 30-34 feet (58.3%). last_img read more

Neymar rape accuser charged with extortion in Brazil

first_imgFILE PHOTO: NeymarSao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Police in Sao Paulo said Tuesday they will bring extortion and slander charges against a Brazilian model who accused football star Neymar of rape.Najila Trindade filed a rape complaint with Sao Paulo police upon her return from a trip to Paris in May in which she said she was assaulted by Neymar following a pre-arranged meeting.A judge dismissed the case in August, citing insufficient evidence.Instead, Sao Paulo prosecutors said in a statement that investigators had found “indications of slanderous denunciation and extortion” in the woman’s accusation.A final decision on whether to prosecute Trindade will be left to a judge. Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, has always protested his innocence, saying their relations were consensual.The case complicated an already tumultuous year for the 27-year-old Brazil star, who has yet to play for his club Paris Saint-Germain this season following injury and reports of an aborted return to previous club Barcelona.On Friday, Neymar played his first game since suffering an ankle injury in June, grabbing a second-half equalizer for Brazil in a 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Moratti: “Messi is not a forbidden dream for Inter”

first_imgMassimo Moratti, former president of Inter, spoke on Radio Anch’io Sport of RAI 1 and he did not consider the arrival of Leo Messi to Inter Milan impossible in the next transfer market in which, says the Italian, “strange things will happen” in which Barcelona, ​​the Argentinean and the Lombardy club could be involved. “I think it is not a forbidden dream at all. Maybe it wasn’t before this mishap and I think the owners are trying hard to try and get him to Inter. I do not know if the current situation can make everything change for the better or for the worse, but I think there is the possibility of seeing strange things at the end of the season, “assured the former Interista leader. Leo Messi was already related months ago with a possible departure to Manchester City to play again under Pep Guardiola. Now, Moratti has also placed Inter as a viable option if the Argentine wanted to leave Barcelona. The one from Rosario, current team captain, has already had several disagreements with the current Barcelona directive, whose relationship with the first team is distant. In this possible transfer the name of Lautaro Martínez, striker of the neroazzurro team that interests FC Barcelona, ​​sounded. Moratti put him as one of the possible prices to pay if the Argentine 10 arrived.“We have to see if it does not fit into other more important operations, such as Messi,” leaving the door open for a possible exchange. A few days ago, the Gazzetta dello Sport assured that the former Racing believes in the Inter project and that it would not come out unless Barcelona were to sign him. Now, according to Moratti, the Lombard club could use it to make this transfer cheaper. last_img read more