Electric mountain bikes: cool or not cool?

first_imgMany cyclists have feared the development of electric mountain bikes, arguing that they will take the sport out of mountain biking. They could also destroy trails and give e-bikers an unfair advantage. And they could add motorized noise to an otherwise peaceful forest experience. After all, what’s the difference between an e-bike and a motorbike?One difference is amount of power: a KTM 250cc four-stroke motorcycle produces about 32,000 watts, while the Specialized Levo eMTB produces 530 watts.Another difference is that you must be pedaling in order for the motor to be engaged on e-bikes, unlike motorcycles that require a throttle. E-bikes give each rider about 6.5 watts per kilo of bodyweight, so an average rider could be on par with a professional cyclist.In the past couple years big name bike companies, such as Specialized, Trek, Giant, Scott, and other have been developing their own off terrain e-bikes. When electric mountain bikes first came out, they were described and bulky and clumsy on the trail, but reviews of the newly released e-bikes have been more positive.E-bikes can also serve as great haulers, so for any bikepacking, camping, or hunting trips these e-bikes will be the difference. Electric mountain bikes could also open the door to people who might not otherwise be able to enjoy this great sport for physical reasons.What are your opinions of e-bikes? Share your thoughts below.last_img read more

Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in contact with Lyon over Moussa Dembele

first_imgDembele would have a host of Premier League clubs to choose from (Picture: Getty)Lyon do expect to receive bids for Dembele in the coming weeks, but are keen to hold onto the Frenchman as they expect to lose several key players.AdvertisementAdvertisementChelsea have had a long-standing interest in Dembele having tracked the goalscorer since his days at Fulham, but their move for him depends on whether they can overturn their rapidly approaching transfer ban.United too have been repeatedly linked with Dembele, with some French reports claiming the Red Devils lodged a £35m bid for the forward last month. Advertisement Comment Dembele could be sold this summer (Picture: Getty)Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been in contact with Lyon about signing Moussa Dembele, reports say.Dembele joined Lyon last year from Celtic in a £19.7m move and bagged 21 goals in his first season with the Ligue 1 side.The 22-year-old’s form has again caught the attention of a host of Premier League sides and he is on the radar of four teams, according to Duncan Castles, speaking on the Transfer Window podcast.Chelsea, United, Liverpool and Arsenal have asked Lyon to alert them if they decide to cash in on Dembele and if any offers come in for the striker this summer.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryThursday 6 Jun 2019 11:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kSharescenter_img Emery is the driving force behind Arsenal’s move for Dembele (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s interest stems from their need for a new striker after it was confirmed Daniel Sturridge will leave the club at the end of his current deal.United see Dembele as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, as the Belgian continues to be courted by Italian club, Inter.Arsenal’s interest is said to be driven by Unai Emery, who is a big fan of Dembele and would like the youngster at the Emirates should Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette leave the club this summer.Dembele’s former club will take a cut of any sale, having successfully included a sell-on clause in the deal that saw Dembele join Lyon last year.MORE: Liverpool fans in hysterics as Virgil van Dijk gains instant revenge over Raheem SterlingMORE: Liverpool & Spurs enter transfer race to sign Man Utd target Bruno FernandesMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in contact with Lyon over Moussa Dembele Advertisementlast_img read more

PensionDanmark secures DKK200m compensation after VAT win

first_imgUnder EU legislation, investment funds where the asset owner solely holds the risk, and assets are investment spread over numerous securities, are exempt from VAT for administration and investment services.ATP and PensionDanmark began challenging the Skatteministeriet in 1992 on the basis the pure-DC funds it operates match the requirement.After disputed rulings and appeals from both side over 22 years, the ECJ ruled all pure-DC funds in the EU should be exempt from tax, causing alterations to tax law in Denmark and other DC markets, such as the UK.PensionDanmark CFO Anders Brunn said: “Today, we are both pleased and relieved it has literally paid off to continue this case for so many years.“More importantly, this will benefit our members through even lower administration fees.”The decision in March last year was a landmark ruling for the European DC industry, with the ECJ agreeing DC funds should receive identical tax treatments as some investment funds.In its ruling, the ECJ said member states should exempt VAT on DC funds without prejudice, although after proving they met risk-bearing criteria.It listed the following charges to be exempt: “Transactions, including negotiation, concerning deposit and current accounts, payments, transfers, debts, cheques and other negotiable instruments, but excluding debt collection and factoring and management of special investment funds as defined by member states.”However, other VAT compensation disagreements remain in Europe.Dutch engineering firm PPG challenged its tax authority regarding VAT paid on investment costs for the defined benefit (DB) pension scheme it sponsors.The ECJ ruled in its favour, agreeing pension schemes were an employer responsibility, and that investment and administration costs incurred were business costs and thus VAT exempt.The UK’s tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), began re-thinking its stance on VAT for pension funds after the ATP and PPG victories.It previously revealed interpretations that potentially increased tax liability for sponsors before retreating after significant opposition and pressure.A separate case brought by the UK Wheels Common investment fund and the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) against HMRC failed in the ECJ on the basis DB schemes did not share enough characteristics with SIVs to be VAT-exempt. PensionDanmark has received more than DKK200m (€26m) in value-added tax (VAT) compensation after its victory over the Danish government in the European Court of Justice (ECJ).The DKK170bn labour market pension fund argued that defined contribution (DC) schemes shared enough characteristics with special investment vehicles (SIV) to be exempt from VAT charges on administration and investment management services, counter to the view of the Danish tax authority (Skatteministeriet).The ECJ ruled in PensionDanmark’s favour, with the tax authority now settling with the scheme to the tune of DKK200m plus interest.ATP took the legal case on behalf of PensionDanmark as it believed it should not be charging its client VAT for services.last_img read more

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

first_imgPeople continue to use apple cider vinegar as a medicine chest item useful in treating a wide variety of physical ailments.For years, senior citizens in the community and herbalists have cited the healing qualities of apple cider vinegar.Apple cider vinegar is found in supermarkets, and herbal shops and is made from pulverized apples after a period of fermentation when the apples are broken down to bacteria and yeast, turned into alcohol that ferments into vinegar holding high contents of acetic and amino acids.The proponents of the healing effects of apple cider vinegar, preferably the organic kind, recommends its consumption (usually a tablespoon in an 8 ounce glass of water two – three times daily to treat:Digestive problems like heart-burn or indigestion. (Consume the apple cider vinegar after meals).Diabetes: apple cider vinegar reduces glucose (sugar) levels (Consume a dose of the product before going to bed).High cholesterol: Consume daily apple cider vinegar reduces high levels of cholesterol.High blood pressure. Regular doses reduce high blood pressure and promotes a healthy heart.Cancer: Apple cider vinegar is said to slow the growth, and even kill cancer cells.Weight loss: the product promotes weight loss, as it is said to reduces the appetite making people feel less hungry.Health effects of the properties found in apple cider vinegar;Potassium: Aids the building of muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity, prevents brittle teeth, hair loss and nasal mucus.Acetic acid: Slows the digestion of starch, and lowers the increase of glucose in the blood.Ash (or alkaline): Helps to maintain proper pH levels in the body, which prevents and/or fight cancer cells.Malic acid: Helps to prevent the ill effects of viruses, bacteria, and fungi; removes toxins from the body, enhance bowel regularity, and promotes clean, healthy skin.Because of the acidic qualities of apple cider vinegar, it’s always recommended it’s diluted before applying it to the skin or drinking. If applied or consumed too strong it can damage the tooth enamel, tissues of the throat, mouth or skin, and have the reverse effect in the stomach.last_img read more

“Hearts are doing fine” – Joe Addo

first_imgJoe Addo, Corporate Affairs manager for Accra Hearts of Oak has expressed his belief in the current squad and the coach, Herbert Addo.This assertion comes at a time when the club has struggled to find its feet in the second half of the First Capital Plus Premier League season. The Phobians have lost away to Wa All Stars, drawn against Inter Allies and only managed to secure a win over Great Olympics in recent matches.Addo however believes Hearts are heading in the right direction and will get back into a stronger form anytime soon. “Things are not the best but supporters should please help us weather the stop. When you look at the table, Hearts can easily break into the top three. But we need all hands on deck for that.”Hearts go away for their next game on Sunday June 28 against B.A. United before facing Hassacas at home on July 5. The 2009 league champions are now 10th on the table after 19 matches. –last_img read more