10 months agoMan Utd hero Parker: Why would Pochettino leave statues for mess?

first_imgMan Utd hero Parker: Why would Pochettino leave statues for mess?by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Parker has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would want to join the club in their current state.The Tottenham Hotspur manager is believed to Ed Woodward’s preferred choice to replace Jose Mourinho, once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s leaves as caretaker at the end of the season.But Parker doesn’t see the appeal for Pochettino.He told Eurosport: “Everyone will talk about Mauricio Pochettino taking on the Manchester United job at the end of the season.”Poch is moving into an unbelievable stadium with Spurs. If the chairman Daniel Levy can give him a little bit of money in the new stadium to improve certain bits of his squad with the young players, why would he leave there?”If he can win a first English title with Tottenham since 1961, suddenly he’s going to have his own statue outside the ground. If he wins it for Manchester United, they will say ‘we expect you to do that: that’s why you are here’.”Why would Pochettino want to go straight to United after all he has built at Tottenham over the past four years? People will shout about the size of United and the money he would have to spend, but football is not like that any more.”People don’t automatically go and play for United because of the name. First of all, they think they want to be in London and secondly, they think who the coach is. They all want to be around London. Even Mourinho stayed in London as United manager.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Ohio State 4-Star Malik Barrow Announces Transfer

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former Ohio State four-star recruit announced his plans to medically retire from football during the 2018 season. However, just a few months later, he decided to make a comeback, but transfer from the Buckeyes.Former four-star recruit Malik Barrow took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to announce he’s transferring from Ohio State.“Transferring fall 2019 with 2-3 years of eligibility remaining. Will be eligible immediately,” Barrow wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.Here’s his announcement.Transferring fall 2019 with 2-3 years of eligibility remaining. Will be eligible immediately🎒#RTG— Malik Barrow (@MalikB_55) March 26, 2019After redshirting in 2016, Barrow appeared in a pair of games during the 2017 season before a torn ACL ended his campaign.Barrow, who was plagued by injuries during his time in Columbus, announced his retirement in October 2018.“Due to unfortunate circumstances throughout my football career, I found it was in my best interest to medically retire,” Barrow wrote at the time.However, after using the 2018 season to fully recover from the torn ACL, it looks like Barrow is giving it one last go.The former four-star recruit revealed he will be immediately eligible to play for his new program.Barrow was the No. 32 defensive tackle in the 2016 recruiting class and the No. 299 recruit overall, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Stay tuned for an announcement from Barrow revealing his new team.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy to undergo scans as England face injury concerns

first_img Indo-Asian News Service SouthamptonJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 10:58 IST Eoin Morgan walks off the field during England vs West Indies game in Southampton on Friday (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSCaptain Eoin Morgan and opener Jason Roy sustained injuries during England’s clash vs West Indies on FridayMorgan suffered a back spasm while fielding and Roy picked up a hamstring injuryMorgan revealed that things will be clearer after 48 hoursEngland would be desperately hoping that captain Eoin Morgan and in-form opener Jason Roy, who got injured during its match against West Indies, get fully fit before their next World Cup encounter against Afghanistan on Tuesday.Both batsmen went down in the first innings of Friday’s match, which England won by eight wickets against the Windies in Southampton.Neither Morgan nor Roy were risked during England’s run chase, as stand-in opener Joe Root hit his second century of the World Cup and carried his bat to take England to their target of 213. All-rounder Chris Woakes was promoted up to number three and he grabbed the opportunity and played a handy knock of 40 off 54 balls.Morgan suffered a back spasm while fielding and Roy picked up a hamstring injury, thus leaving the field at the Ageas Bowl.Roy pulled up his hamstring after chasing the ball over the covers during the eighth over of the match. The 28-year-old walked off and, soon, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed he needed further assessment after “feeling tightness”.Meanwhile, 32-year-old Morgan suffered from a back spasm during the 40th over and had to be helped from the field. Such was his discomfort that he stopped on his way to the changing room after finding the stairs up to the dressing room particularly difficult to conquer.Giving an update about both the injuries, Morgan said: “We will see how we pull up in the next 48 hours.”The England skipper, who had to give a standing post-match press conference because sitting down was too painful, said both of them would undergo scans on Saturday.advertisement”Hopefully, we don’t present serious injuries,” Morgan said. “When any two players go down, it’s a worry but we are not at panic stations yet.”Should either of the two batsmen need to be left out at the Old Trafford, England could call upon batsman James Vince, or recall all-rounder Moeen Ali.England are currently placed at the second spot with six points from four games.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer serves up reminder of what West Indies let slip awayAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Joe Root is the glue that holds England together, says Eoin MorganFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Eoin MorganFollow Jason RoyFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy to undergo scans as England face injury concernsEngland’s 8-wicket win over West Indies on Friday in a World Cup 2019 encounter was dampened by injuries to captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jason Roy, who went off the field during the 1st innings of the gameadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Snowplow Drivers Keep Drivers Moving

first_imgDrivers across Nova Scotia have been able to keep moving during the holiday season despite the difficult weather conditions thanks to the efforts of the province’s snow removal teams. “Our plow drivers have spent time away from their own families to go almost non-stop to keep up with the demands of winter weather,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Murray Scott. “Temperatures around the freezing mark and plenty of precipitation make for the most difficult conditions and that’s what they’ve been dealing with for the past few weeks.” The department has about 1,000 people and 400 pieces of equipment that keep the province’s roads as safe as possible during and after storms. Plow drivers work 12 hours on and 12 hours off so the plows can be kept in almost continuous operation when they are most needed. “We place a priority on the high quality of our winter service,” said Mr. Scott. “They work all hours of the day and night and I’m proud of them and the many support people who help keep them on the go.”last_img read more

Ethics committee calls for expulsion of senator over sex with teen

first_imgOTTAWA — The Senate ethics committee is recommending that disgraced Sen. Don Meredith be expelled for engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl — the first such recommendation in the history of the upper chamber.It’s now up to the full Senate to decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation.“He has brought disrepute to himself and to the instution,” the committee’s recommendation reads.“Your committee is of the opinion that Sen. Meredith’s misconduct has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as a senator. His presence in the chamber would in itself discredit the institution.“No lesser sanction than expulsion would repair the harm he has done to the Senate.”Meredith must be given five sitting days in which to respond to the committee report, should he wish, so a vote on his fate can’t occur before next Tuesday at the earliest.The recommendation follows an explosive report from Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard earlier this year.She concluded that Meredith, a 52-year-old, married, Pentecostal minister, had begun a relationship with a 16-year-old girl that later became sexual; she also found that Meredith had abused his position as a senator to take advantage of the teen.Meredith has called the affair a “moral failing” but insists he did not have intercourse with the girl until after she turned 18 and has rejected fellow senators’ near-universal demand that he resign.The Senate has never expelled a senator. But the general feeling in the Senate — from senators to a number of female staffers — has long been that Meredith is no longer welcome.Prior to Tuesday’s report, experts said Sec. 18 of the Constitution says both the Senate and the House of Commons have the same powers as the British House of Commons, which can expel a member and declare their seat vacant.Meredith has publicly apologized to his family, his fellow senators, the woman in question — known only as Ms. M — and to all Canadians, hoping the contrition would be enough for him to hold on to his Senate seat.“This is a moral failing on my part,” Meredith said in March in an interview with The Canadian Press, with his lawyer in attendance. “As a human being, I made a grave error in judgment, in my interactions. For that I am deeply sorry.”The Senate ethics report found Meredith, 52, had sex with the woman once before she turned 18 and twice afterward, and also engaged her in explicit online chats.Ricard ruled that Meredith used his position as senator improperly, and that he failed to uphold the “highest standards of dignity inherent to the position of senator” in violating the Senate’s ethics code.last_img read more

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe paper

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Swallows are evolving smaller, more manoeuvrable wings to help them dodge buildings and vehicles.Some fish are growing mouths that are smaller and harder to hook.Large animals from caribou to tuna are disappearing.Meanwhile, it’s boom time for anything not too fussy about where it lives or what it eats.“It’s a reshaping of the tree of life,” said Sarah Otto, a University of British Columbia researcher, whose paper was published Wednesday by the London-based Proceedings of the Royal Society.Otto, a much-awarded and highly regarded theoretical biologist, says the activities and presence of human beings have become one of the largest drivers of evolutionary change everywhere on the planet.“Human impacts on the world are not just local,” she said. “They are changing the course of evolutionary history for all species on the planet, and that’s a remarkable concept to ponder.”Earth scientists have long discussed the idea of the Anthropocene — a period of Earth’s history defined by geological markers of human impact. Otto, after reviewing dozens of research papers, concludes the planet’s biology is becoming similarly marked as plants and animals respond to human pressure.Her paper is replete with examples from bird species slowly forgetting to migrate to mosquito breeds adapted specifically to underground subway tunnels.Backyard bird feeders are behind changes in the beak shape and strength of house finches. Different mammals are becoming nocturnal as a way to avoid human conflict. Introduced species change the ground rules for native plants and animals.It’s a mistake to think evolution requires millennia, said Otto.“Evolution happens really fast if the selection regimes are strong. We can see sometimes in plant populations evolutionary change in the course of years.”If the changes come too fast for evolution to keep up, there’s always extinction.Rates of species loss are now estimated to be 1,000 times higher than they were before human domination. More than one in five of all plant and animal species are considered at risk.Extinctions have always happened. But Otto said they’re happening at such a pace and in response to such similar pressures that they are reducing the ability of evolution to respond to change.“We’re losing the ability for evolution to bounce back.”Forcing species into a human-formed box reduces variability, leaving evolution less to work with in response to future changes. And wiping species out removes them forever.“If we’re eliminating the large-bodied mammals, even if humans went extinct on the planet, we’re not going to see an immediate return of ecosystems to have the right balance of small, medium and large species,” Otto said. “We’re cutting off options. We’re cutting off options both within species by eliminating variability, and we’re also cutting off options at the tree of life level by cutting off species.”  Species that are doing well are generalists — crows, coyotes, dandelions.“The ones that can both tolerate and thrive in human-altered environments,” said Otto. “The pigeons and the rats.”The biggest single human-caused evolutionary pressure, Otto said, is climate change.  “The No. 1 thing we have to do is tackle climate change. If we don’t do that, we’re going to lose a lot more species.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter last_img read more

Now is the time for action says Atleo

first_img(AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo speaks Thursday at the closing of the special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que. APTN/Photo)APTN National News OTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said First Nations people were part of a “singular great struggle” and a force to be “reckoned with.”Atleo, speaking at the closing of a special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., said the Harper government was “back sliding” on its commitment to work with First Nations by cutting funding to organizations and pushing legislation that threatened the rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.“We are saying to the country we will simply not stand for it any longer,” said Atleo. “Our leaders are deeply concerned and our people are frustrated and, make no mistake about it, angry about the government’s lack of action.”The special chiefs assembly was largely overshadowed by Tuesday’s protest on Parliament Hill which led to a group of chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario scuffling with security guards at the threshold of the House of Commons Chamber where MPs pass and debate the laws of the country.Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox he wanted to enter the chamber to speak directly to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.During his speech, Atleo singled out Fox and praised him for his leadership.Atleo said the action had sent a clear message to the country and to Parliament that First Nations leaders would no longer allow the current situation to continue.“We will stand with one another,” said Alteo. “Now is the time for action.”A total of 236 chiefs and their proxies attended the meeting.last_img read more

The Latest Kudlow says Trump not hurting Feds independence

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s comments on the Federal Reserve and interest rates (all times local):5:50 p.m.A top economics adviser to President Donald Trump says the administration is not trying to damage the independence of the Federal Reserve by appointing two of Trump’s close political allies to the Fed board.Larry Kudlow, head of the president’s National Economic Council, says in an interview on the Fox Business Network that the administration is allowed to put people at the central bank who share the president’s views on the economy.Kudlow was responding to criticism after Trump’s announcements that he plans to nominate conservative political allies — Stephen Moore and former 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain — to the two vacancies on the seven-member Fed board.Trump’s choices were seen as escalating an effort by the White House to exert political pressure on the central bank.___5:30 p.m.President Donald Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to begin cutting interest rates, saying the economy will take off like a “rocketship” if the Fed begins loosening policy.Trump, speaking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, says that he believes the central bank “really slowed us down” with the four rate hikes it imposed last year. Trump says those were unnecessary because there is “very little, if any inflation.”“I think they should drop rates and I think they should get rid of quantitative tightening. You would see a rocket ship,” Trump said.Trump has announced he intends to nominate to conservative political allies — Stephen Moore and former 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain — for two current vacancies on the seven-member Fed board.The Associated Press read more

WatchDown to Business podcast Why Sidewalk Labs sweeping Toronto smart city proposal

Welcome to Down to Business, a weekly podcast from the Financial Post.Our 11th episode covers Sidewalk Labs’ sweeping proposal for a smart city development on Toronto’s waterfront.There are a few hurdles that need to be cleared before a prime piece of real estate in Toronto is turned into what could be the first of many smart city developments. Financial Post reporter James McLeod speaks with guest host Geoff Zochodne about the proposed development.You can listen below — or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play, where you can also subscribe to get new episodes every Wednesday morning. Down to Business podcast: Why Ottawa wants small businesses to export more Down to Business podcast: How 100-year-old CN Rail is working to keep Canada’s economy moving and growing Down to Business podcast: Why Canada’s second biggest burger chain took a chance on Beyond Meat If you have any questions about the show, or if there are topics you want us to tackle, email us: downtobusiness@postmedia.com. read more

North Greenwich tube device suspect charged

first_imgDamon Smith Smith was arrested by armed police last Friday on Holloway Road in North London.Last Saturday, another device was discovered at an address in Devon leading to evacuations, however it was found to be not viable.The Met police has said more officers, including armed police, would be seen around “transport hubs” to reassure those with safety concerns.In a statement, the Met said: “Officers continue to encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert at all times, and report anything suspicious to police.” North Greenwich station He is alleged to have made or acquired the substance between October 18 and October 21 contrary to section 3(1)(b) Explosive Substances Act 1883.The station was evacuated after the item was discovered last week, and the Ministry of Defence subsequently warned military personnel of the danger of a ‘severe’ threat on the Tube.A controlled explosion was carried out on the device, which was reportedly handed to the Tube driver and possibly had wires and a clock. A 19-year-old man has been charged with making or possessing an explosive substance with the intent to danger life in relation to an incident on the London Underground last week. Damon Smith, of south-east London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning, Scotland Yard said. A “suspicious item” was found on a tube carriage on the Jubilee Line at North Greenwich station, near the O2 arena last Thursday. The teenager is charged with unlawfully and maliciously making or possessing an explosive substance with an intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, the Metropolitan Police said. The device was found at North Greenwich stationCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP / Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Video proves upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 8 is possible

first_imgI’ve been using versions of the Windows operating system since 3.11 shipped. That was on a 486DX-66, and I have to admit the upgrade process from one version to the next has never really caused me any great issues. The worst being a total reinstall to fix an unusual issue here and there.Back in Match 2011 a video appeared on YouTube proving you can perform a Windows upgrade right through from v1.0 to Windows 7. Now we have a new video, reaffirming the fact Windows continues to have an upgrade path, and you can take a machine running Windows 1.0 and upgrade it right through to Windows 8.In fact, the video is a bit of a cheat as it uses VMWare to perform the installations on a virtual machine. I’d like to see this experiment repeated with actual hardware. Meaning hardware that meets the minimum spec for running Windows 8 that successfully has Windows 1.0 installed on it. Would that actually work? Or will those ancient first few versions of the operating system pose a problem for today’s hardware?If nothing else, this video and slide show should bring back a few memories depending on your age. What you’ll also notice is how the installation process seemed to get longer and longer right up to Vista, then Microsoft has thankfully sped it up again for the last two versions. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Windows 1.0Windows 1.0windows 2.0Windows 3.1Windows 95Windows 98Windows 98Windows MEWindows MEWindows XPWindows VistaWindows 7Windows 8Windows 8last_img read more

Dutch men are holding hands en masse in wake of a brutal

first_img Apr 6th 2017, 12:17 PM A couple holds hands as protesters march through Amsterdam yesterday Source: AP/PA ImagesDUTCH MALE POLITICIANS, police, and diplomats have taken to streets around the world holding hands this week in a very public show of support after a brutal attack on a gay couple.Pictures of men walking around hand-in-hand in places from the Netherlands to London and New York have gone viral under the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand (or “all men hand-in-hand”) on social media.The move came after Jasper Vernes-Sewratan (35) and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes (31) were attacked on their way home early last Sunday in the eastern city of Arnhem.One of them lost several teeth and got a bloody lip after being attacked with a bolt-cutter.Five teenagers, two 14-year-olds and three aged 16, are due to appear before magistrates today, after handing themselves in following the attack, Dutch prosecutors said.It is believed all five took part in “very serious offences”, the prosecution service said in a statement, adding they faced charges of grievous bodily harm. Short URL Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 12:17 PM 23,081 Views Share645 Tweet Email “We don’t usually do that, holding hands in public,” Sewratan-Vernes told the public broadcaster NOS after the attack.But we had had a nice evening, it was late and we thought we were alone.The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage in 2001 and the attack has shocked the Dutch.In response, journalist Barbara Berend called for men to hold hands as a show of solidarity.Her call won high-level support when the leader of the Democracy D66 party Alexander Pechthold and his colleague Wouter Koolmees arrived at the parliament building in The Hague on Monday morning holding hands.Since then, the gesture has been replayed by Dutch men around the world, while yesterday dozens marched in Amsterdam holding hands, and carrying rainbow-coloured umbrellas. Source: Alexander Pechtold/Twitter Male colleagues from the Dutch embassy in London and Canberra tweeted a picture of them stepping out hand-in-hand, following similar images from the Dutch delegation at the United Nations in New York.Even NEC Nijmegen, a football team in Holland’s first division, the Eredivisie, got in on the act, posting a picture on its Twitter account of the team lined up holding hands facing its stadium.“The NEC turns its back on anti-gay violence,” reads the caption.© – AFP, 2017Read: Tapas restaurant and grocer among six food outlets served with closure orders in MarchRead: One in 10 Irish people say they have no religion, the second largest group behind Roman Catholics http://jrnl.ie/3326741 75 Comments Dutch men are holding hands en masse in wake of a brutal attack on gay couple The trend comes after gay couple Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were attacked on their way home last weekend in Arnhem. N.E.C. keert geweld tegen homo’s de rug toe. #allemannenhandinhand #handinhand @3FM pic.twitter.com/ADxjti0iMO— N.E.C. Nijmegen (@necnijmegen) April 3, 2017 Source: N.E.C. Nijmegen/Twitter By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wij doen mee! Stop geweld tegen homo’s. #allemannenhandinhand @barbarabarend pic.twitter.com/zsLY7Z0SqM— Alexander Pechtold (@APechtold) April 3, 2017last_img read more

Maroc labattage illégal des cèdres menace léquilibre du MoyenAtlas

first_imgMaroc : l’abattage illégal des cèdres menace l’équilibre du Moyen-AtlasLa biodiversité du Moyen-Atlas au Maroc, région qui abrite la plus importante réserve d’eau de l’Atlas, est menacé par l’abattage illégal des cèdres. Chaque année, des milliers d’arbres sont coupés, dans la forêt d’Ajdir, notamment.Ces arbres très recherchés par les ébénistes, et dont l’essence a pour spécificité de repousser les insectes, s’étendent sur quelque 134.000 hectares dans l’Atlas. Mais chaque année, des milliers de cèdres sont illégalement coupés, “certains vieux de plusieurs siècles”, et ce “avec la complicité notamment de quelques gardes forestiers”, alerte Aziz Akkaoui, membre de l’Association marocaine des droits humains (AMDH) cité par Sciences et Avenir. Dans la forêt d’Ajdir, au coeur du Moyen-Atlas qui abrite la grande majorité des cédraies, l’arbre est de plus en plus rare, loin de couvrir les montagnes comme autrefois. À lire aussiCes 18 arbres sont les plus extraordinaires de la planèteLe trafic du bois de cèdre, utilisé pour créer des meubles notamment, menace la survie de l’espèce et tout l’équilibre écologique de la région.  “Il y a les braconniers qui coupent le cèdre illégalement, les menuisiers qui achètent le bois, il y a certains agents corrompus des Eaux et Forêts, certains agents corrompus de la Justice. Donc, on peut parler de mafia du cèdre, une mafia organisée”, déplore Aziz Akkaoui. Un cèdre d’âge adulte, qu’il lui faut trente ans pour atteindre, peut être vendu jusqu’à 800 euros lorsqu’il est illégalement abattu, et trois fois plus quand il a été coupé légalement. Mais la population locale s’insurge de ne pas profiter de l’argent que gagnent les communes en vendant leurs cèdres. Nombre d’habitants décident alors d’abattre eux-même des arbres pour subsister dans une région très pauvre, où l’activité économique est quasiment inexistante.Mais “l’abattage incontrôlé du cèdre entraîne une érosion et une désertification, qui menacent l’équilibre écologique de l’ensemble de la région. (…) Les forêts du Moyen-Atlas sont la principale réserve d’eau du Maroc et tout déséquilibre a des répercussions au niveau de l’ensemble du pays”, prévient le chercheur Abdeslam Ouhejjou.Le 24 avril 2011 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sheriffs identify victim and suspect in Vista attempted murder

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:38 PM VISTA (KUSI) — Authorities Tuesday released the name of a 19-year-old North County man who was gravely wounded over Presidents Day weekend in a shooting allegedly carried out by his older brother.Juan Sixto of Vista was admitted to a hospital shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He was not expected to survive the injury, Lt. Rich Williams said.After serving a search warrant at the Pomelo Drive apartment the victim shares with his sibling, 27-year-old Fredy Sixto, detectives arrested the older man on suspicion of attempted murder.The suspect was being held at San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.Officials disclosed no suspected motive for the shooting.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Posted: February 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img Sheriff’s identify victim and suspect in Vista attempted murder Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 20, 2018last_img read more

Pedestrian killed in hitandrun crash in Spring Valley

first_img KUSI Newsroom, July 31, 2019 Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in Spring Valley Posted: July 31, 2019 SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by two vehicles Wednesday morning in Spring Valley, one of which fled the scene, authorities said.The crash was reported around 2:10 a.m. near the intersection of Jamacha Boulevard and Whitestone Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.Details about the crash were scarce, but investigators believe the unidentified pedestrian was struck by two vehicles, one that remained at the scene and one that fled following the collision, Doerr said.The unidentified pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.No details about the vehicles or drivers involved were immediately available. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Imperial Pacific tax payments plummet in 2019

first_img RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team It comes after the company revealed last month a loss attributable to owners of the company of HK$2.97 billion (US$378.4 million) in FY18, compared with a profit of HK$637 million 12 months earlier. IPI said at the time that the loss was due to lower VIP volume on the back of the FIFA World Cup, tightening marker credits and disruption caused by typhoon Yutu, with gross gaming revenue at its Saipan casino down 58.2% year-on-year to HK$3.26 billion (US$415.3 million).IPI Chairman Mark Brown told the Saipan Tribune that the company intended to fulfil its tax obligations and was in the process of pursuing trade receivables, which amounted to HK$9.67 billion through the end of 2018. IPI also wrote off trade receivables to the value of HK$4.69 billion last year.“Since we have been here, we have been paying our taxes. We have paid about US$155 million of BGRT in cash,” Brown said. “When you see our receivables, VIPs come and they are not paying us back, the island still got US$155 million of tax in cash.“In the couple of months that people are saying that we are behind, we are actually meeting with our accountants and looking into credits that we have coming to us. What does that mean? Do we or don’t we have credits coming? Once we have the answers to that, which we will be getting by this week, then we will go back to continue to pay what’s due.”Brown also pointed to lower business volumes on the back of Typhoon Yutu as having impacted the payments.“We used to pay BGRT in the amount of US$10 million, US$15 million, US$8 million but, obviously, businesses have slowed down,” he said. “We will get back up to that number again one day.“As everyone else understands, many businesses had problems on staffing, some businesses closed [but] we didn’t. We are still struggling along. We are losing money every month but that’s the reality.“The credits we still feel that are coming to us on those monthly recent BGRT moneys, our accountants and chief financial officer are trying to find out and, again, once we get the answer, we will go back and update the money for the previous months.” Load More Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has paid just US$41,000 in Business Gross Revenue Tax (BGRT) since 1 July 2018, according to officials from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.The tax figure was revealed last week during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting, local media reports, representing a steep decline from the US$40.9 million IPI paid in 2016, US$67.7 million in 2017 and US$43.6 million in 2018.last_img read more

Union Budget 201314 Summary Chidambaram Focuses on Economic Growth

first_imgFinance Minister P. Chidambaram presented Union Budget 2013-14 in Parliament on Thursday amid economic slowdown concerns with India’s economic growth rate falling to 5 percent in the current fiscal year.Here is Union Budget 2013-14 Summary Given Out by Finance Ministry:BUDGET SUMMARY The Union Budget for 2013-14 aims at ‘higher growth leading to inclusive and sustainable development.’ With this as mool mantra, the Finance Minister Shri P Chidambaram has sought to increase allocation to key areas and provide incentives for investments and savings while containing the fiscal deficit to 4.8% of GDP.Presenting the Union Budget in Parliament today, the Finance Minister expressed the hope that the India would achieve high economic growth despite slowdown in the global economic growth.The Minister said that his government has been able to contain the fiscal deficit at 5.2% in 2012-13 by following the path of fiscal consolidation.  But the current account deficit (CAD) is a greater worry, the Minister added. He, therefore, proposes to encourage foreign investment that is consistent with India’s economic objectives.The Finance Minister said that the other areas of concern addressed by his Government are inflation and government expenditure. “Our efforts in the past few months have brought down headline WPI inflation to about 7.0 percent and core inflation to about 4.2 percent. It is food inflation that is worrying, and we shall take all possible steps to augment the supply side to meet the growing demand for food items,” he said.The Minister further said that he had no choice but to rationalize government expenditure in view of huge fiscal deficit in 2012-13. “We also took some policy decisions that had been deferred for too long, corrected some prices, and undertook a review of certain tax policies.”THREE PROMISES: TO WOMEN, YOUTH AND THE POORShri Chidambaram made promises to the women, the youth and the poor –  the three faces that represent the majority of the people of India. Stating that the government pledges to do everything possible to empower the women and to keep them safe and secure, he said that a number of initiatives were underway and many more would be taken by the Government as well as non-government organizations. He announced the setting up of a fund – Nirbhaya Fund – with the Government contributing Rs. 1000 crore.The Minister also announced a Rs. 1,000 crore scheme for training youth to boost their employability and productivity. The National Skill Development Corporation will be asked to set the curriculum and standards for training different skills.  Trained youth who pass a test at the end of training will get a monetary reward of Rs.10000 on an average. This initiative is likely to motivate 10 lakh youth.For the benefit of the poor, the Minister assured that Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes will be rolled out throughout the country during the term of the UPA Government. “We are redoubling out efforts to ensure that the digitized beneficiary lists are available; that a bank account is opened for each beneficiary; and that the bank account is seeded with Aadhaar in due course,” he said.RURAL DEVELOPMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITYThe allocation for Rural Development Ministry has been raised by 46 percent to Rs 80,194 crore in 2013-14.Pradham Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-II has been carved out to benefit States that have substantially fulfilled the objectives of PMGSY. This will benefit states such as Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.Ministry of Agriculture gets a rise of 22 per cent over the revised estimates (RE) for 2012-13, at Rs 27,049 crore. Rs 500 crore is being allocated to start a programme on crop diversification. It will encourage farmers in the original green revolution states to choose alternative crops. A pilot programme on Nutri-Farms will be started for introducing new crop varieties that are rich in micro nutrients, such as iron-rich bajra. A sum of up to Rs 200 crore is to be provided to start the pilots.The Budget seeks to support Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), including Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) which have emerged as aggregators of farm produce and link farmers directly to markets.The target of agricultural credit for 2012-13 (Rs. 5,75,000 crore) is likely to be exceeded, and a target of Rs 7,00,000 crore farm credit has been fixed for the next year.The interest subvention scheme for short-term crop loans is proposed to be continued for loans by public sector banks, RRBs and Cooperative banks, and expanded to private scheduled commercial banks. Under the scheme, a farmer who repays the loan on time is able to get credit at 4 cent per year.Rs.307 crore have been provided for setting up of the National Livestock Mission. This will attract investment and enhance livestock productivity. A sub-mission of this Mission seeks to increase the availability of feed and fodder.Expressing the hope that the National Food Security Bill will be passed by Parliament as early as possible, the Finance Minister has set apart Rs. 10,000 crore towards the incremental cost that is likely under the Act.OTHER MAJOR ALLOCATIONSEducation has been allocated Rs. 65,867 crore, an increase of 17 per cent over the RE for 2012-13.ICDS gets Rs. 17,700 crore representing an increase of 11.7 per cent. A multi-sectoral programme to tackle maternal and child malnutrition that was announced last year will be implemented in 100 districts during 2013-14. It will be further scaled up to cover 200  districts the year after.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been allocated Rs. 37,330 crore.  Of this, the new National Health Mission that combines the rural mission and the proposed urban mission will get Rs. 21,239 crore – an increase of 24.3 percent over the RE.The Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) has been allocated Rs. 11,500 crore and will include a State component for Bihar, the Bundelkhand region, West Bengal, the KBK districts of Odisha and the 82 districts under the Integrated Action Plan.Science and Technology related Departments have been allocated funds with substantial enhancements.A National Institute of Sports Coaching is proposed to be set up at Patiala at a cost of Rs. 250 crore over a period of three years. Drinking water and sanitation will receive Rs. 15,260 crore. Rs. 1,400 crore is being provided for setting up water purification plants to cover arsenic and fluoride effected rural habitations.The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will receive Rs. 14,873 crore as against RE of Rs. 7,383 crore in the current year. Out of this, a significant portion will be used to support the purchase of upto 10,000 buses, especially by hill States.Defence gets an allocation of Rs. 2,03,672 crore and the assurance that constraints will not come in the way of providing any additional requirement for the security of the nation.Stating that adequate funds must be provided for programmes that benefit women, children and minorities, as also the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, the Finance Minister proposed to allocate Rs 41,561 crore to the scheduled caste sub-plan and Rs 24,598 crore to the tribal sub-plan. The programmes relating to women get Rs. 97,134 crore and child budget, Rs.77,236 crore.The Ministry of Women and Child and Development has been asked to design a scheme that will address women’s concerns, and an additional sum of Rs. 2,000 crore has been provided to the Ministry to began work in this regard. Ministry of Minority affairs has been allocated Rs. 3,511 crore and the Department of Disability Affairs, Rs. 110 crore.INVESTMENT AND INFRASTRUCTUREThe Finance Minister stated that the key to restart the growth engine was to attract more investment, and that the government will improve communication of its policies to remove any apprehension or distrust in the minds of investors. A number of steps to mobilize investment have been announced in the Budget keeping in view that as per 12th Plan the private sector will share 47 percent of Rs 55,00,000 crore investment in infrastructure. Infrastructure Debt Funds (IDF) will be encouraged. India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (IIFCL) will offer credit enhancement to infrastructure companies that wish to access the bond market to tap long term funds. Some institutions will be allowed to issue tax – free bonds up a total sum of Rs 50,000 crore (as against Rs 25,000 crore in 2012-13).Assistance of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank will be sought to build roads in the North Eastern States and connect them to Myanmar. The corpus of Rural Infrastructure Development Funds (RIDF) is proposed to be raised to Rs. 20,000 crore. A sum of Rs 5,000 crore will be made available to NABARD to finance construction of warehouses, godowns, silos and cold storage units designed to store agricultural produce.Shri Chidambaram informed that the newly set-up Cabinet Committee on Investment has held two meetings and taken decisions in respect of a number of oil and gas, power and coal projects. CCI will take up some more projects shortly, he said. The Minister also informed that a regulatory authority is being constituted for the road sector. Bottlenecks stalling road projects have been addressed and 3,000 km of road projects in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh will be awarded in the first six months of 2013-14.The Budget introduces an investment allowance for new high value investment. A company investing Rs. 100 crore or more in plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2015 will be entitled to deduct an investment allowance of 15 percent of the investment (in addition to depreciation).INDUSTRIAL SECTORPlans for seven new cities have been finalized for industrial corridors and work on two new smart industrial cities at Dholera (Gujarat) and Shendra Bidkin (Maharashtra) will start during 2013-14. A comprehensive plan is being prepared for the Chennai Bengaluru industrial corridor. Preparatory work has started for the next corridor – Bengaluru Mumbai industrial corridor.Two new ports will be established in Sagar (West Bengal) and in Andhra Pradesh. In addition, a new outer harbour will be developed in the VOC port at Thoothukkudi (Tamil Nadu) through PPP at an estimated cost of Rs 7,500 crore.A power transmission system will be constructed from Srinagar to Leh and for this Rs. 226 crore have been provided in 2013-14.The oil and gas exploration policy will be reviewed to move from profit sharing to revenue sharing contracts. A policy to encourage exploration and production of shale gas will be announced. The natural gas pricing policy will be reviewed and uncertainties regarding pricing will be removed.To provide greater support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the refinancing capability of SIDBI is proposed to be enhanced from Rs. 5,000 crore to Rs. 10,000 crore per year. SIDBI will also be provided a corpus of Rs 500 crore to set up a Credit Guarantee Fund for factoring.Apparel Parks are proposed to be set up within the Integrated Textile Parks, to house apparel manufacturing units. A new scheme, Integrated Processing Developing Scheme, is being started to address to environmental concerns of the textile industry. Working capital and term loans to the handloom sector will be available at a concessional interest of 6 per cent. This will benefit 1.5 lakh weavers and 1,800 primary co-operative societies.SAVINGSThe Budget proposes three measures to promote household savings. One, the income limit for Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme for first time investors is being raised from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh. Two, persons taking loan for first home up to Rs 25 lakh will be entitled to an additional deduction of interest of up to Rs 1 lakh. Three, instruments such as Inflation Indexed Bonds will be introduced to protect savings from inflation.FINANCIAL SECTORShri Chidambaram proposed to constitute a Standing Council of Experts in the Ministry of Finance to analyse the international competitiveness of the Indian financial sector.The Finance Minister announced that Rs. 14,000 crore worth of capital infusion will be made into public sector banks. It will be ensured that these banks meet the Basel III regulations.India’s first women’s bank is proposed to be set up with Rs. 1,000 crore as initial capital.The government has finalized a number of proposals relating to the insurance sector in consultation with IRDA. These include empowering insurance companies to open branches in Tier II cities and below without prior approval of IRDA, having an office of LIC and a public general-insurance company in all towns with the population of 10,000, and  permitting banks to act as insurance broker.The Rashtriya Swasthiya Bima Yojana, which cover 34 million families below the poverty line, will now be extended to other categories such as rickshaw, auto-rickshaw and taxi-drivers, sanitation workers, rag pickers and mine workers.The Finance Minister proposes to evolve a comprehensive social security package by converging various schemes for life-cum-disability cover, health cover, maternity assistance and pension benefits.A number of proposals relating to capital market have been finalized in consultation with SEBI. These include simplification of procedure and uniforms norms for foreign portfolio investors, clarity relating to FDI investment, allowing FIIs to participate in new areas, etc.BUDGET ESTIMATESThe total expenditure in the Union Budget 2013-14 is pegged at Rs. 16,65,297 crore. Out of it Rs.5,55,322 crore (33%) is Plan expenditure.  The non-Plan expenditure is estimated at Rs 11,09,975 crore.The Plan expenditure in 2013-14 will be 29.4 per cent more than the revised estimates of the current year. All flagship programmes have been fully and adequately funded.Juxtaposing economic welfare with the economic policy, the Minister said that the link between policy and welfare can be expressed in a few words: opportunities, education, skills, jobs and incomes. The Budget has before it one overarching goal – to create opportunities for the youth to acquire education and skills that will get them decent jobs or self-employment that will bring them adequate incomes that will enable them to live with their families in a safe and secure environment. The Budget sets a target of skilling 90 lakh people in 2013-14, for which funds will be released by the National Rural Livelihood Mission and National Urban Livelihood Mission.TAXESThe General Budget reiterates that clarity in tax laws, a stable tax regime, a non-adversarial tax administration, a fair mechanism for dispute resolution and independent judiciary for greater assurance is underlying theme of tax proposals. It is proposed to set up the Tax Administration Reforms Commission.As regards Direct Taxes, a relief of Rs. 2000 for the Tax Payers in the first bracket of Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs have been proposed. A surcharge of 10 percent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceeds Rs.1 crore have been levied. Surcharge has been increased from 5 to 10 percent on domestic companies whose taxable income exceed Rs. 10 crore. In case of foreign companies, surcharge will increase from 2 to 5 percent, if the taxable income exceeds Rs. 10 crore. Additional surcharges to be in force for only one year. Mr. Chidambaram said, education cess to continue at 3 percent.The Finance Minister announced the grant of investment allowance at the rate of 15 percent to manufacturing companies that invest more than Rs. 100 crore in plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2015. Concessional rate of tax of 15 per cent on dividend received by the Indian companies from its foreign subsidiary proposed to continue for one more year. It is proposed that TDS at the rate of one percent on the value of the transfer of immovable property where the consideration exceeds Rs. 50 lakhs to be levied.Agricultural land to be exempted from TDS. Modified provisions of GAAR will come into effect from 1.4.2016. It is also proposed to increase the rate of tax on payments by way of royalty and fees for technical services to non-residents from 10 percent to 25 percent. The Budget also proposes to introduce Commodities Transaction Tax (CTT) in a limited way. However, agricultural commodities will be exempted. A number of administrative measures such as extension of refund banker system to refund more than Rs. 50,000, technology based processing, extension of e-payment through more banks and expansion of in the scope of annual information returns by Income-tax Department.With regards to Indirect Taxes, the Finance Minister proposed no change in the normal rates of 12 percent for excise duty and service tax. Similarly, no change has been made in the peak rate of custom duty of 10 percent for non-agricultural products. Custom duty on free gold limit increased to Rs. 50,000 in case of male passenger and Rs. 1,00,000 in case of a female passenger subject to conditions.Duty on imported luxury goods such as high end motor vehicles, motor cycles, yachts and similar vessels increased. Custom duty on Set Top Boxes increased from 5 to 10 percent while on raw silk increased from 5 to 15 percent to boost domestic production. Custom duty on specified machinery for manufacture of leather and leather goods including footwear reduced from 7.5 to 5 percent. The Budget also proposes that period of concession available for specified part of electric and hybrid vehicles extended upto 31 March 2015.Excise duty on SUVs increased from 27 to 30 percent. However, this will not apply to SUVs registered as taxies. Cigarettes will cost more as specific excise duty increased by about 18 percent. Similar increases are proposed on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos. Duty on mobile phones priced above Rs. 2000 has been raised to 6 percent from the current one percent.The Budget proposes ‘Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme’ where a defaulter may avail of the scheme on condition that he files a truthful declaration of Service Tax dues since 1.10.2007. It is a one-time scheme in which interest, penalty and other consequences will be waived.The Budget proposes to mobilize Rs. 18,000 crore in which new proposals in indirect taxes will yield Rs. 4,700 crore and direct taxes of Rs. 13,300 crore.In a major step to rationalize taxation on goods and services, the Budget has earmarked Rs. 9,000 crore towards the first installment of the balance of CST compensation. The Minister said that overwhelming majority States have agreed that there is a need for Constitutional amendment to pass GST law. It will be drafted by the State Finance Ministers and the GST Council, the Minister added.last_img read more

Amazon ties up with Vodafone to boost its online market

first_imgAmazon India has tied up with Vodafone in an attempt to expand its customer base by attracting potential customers to go online. The two firms have launched a pilot project across the telecom company’s 40 stores in Bangalore, the Economic Times reported, to rope in those who are reluctant to shop online.The Vodafone stores will now display smartphones that are exclusively sold on Amazon, like Redmi Note 3, Lenovo K 4 Note and Cool Pad range. Customers can try out the new models in the presence of a “trained product specialist,” reports ET. The setting will give potential customers the touch-and-feel experience of these smartphones. Customers can also place online orders instantly and return to the store for post-purchase assistance.”With an aim to acquire incremental set of customers who are not yet shopping online, we are focusing on providing them with opportunities to experience the benefits of shopping on Amazon.in and build trust in the brand,” Arun Srinivasan, category leader of consumer electronics at Amazon India, was quoted as saying in the report.Amazon is leaving no stones unturned in this latest move. The e-retailer had announced project Udaan earlier this year, under which Amazon-branded physical stores will be opened in tier-2 and tier-3 cities to help customers without reliable internet connection shop online.The strategy, for which the e-retailer will have to consider tie-ups with physical stores, seems inevitable given the realities of bank account penetration and the latest available data on Prepaid Payments Instruments (PPI), which includes internet accounts and mobile wallets used to make online payments.According to a 2015 report by Price Water Coopers, PPIs contribute only 40% of all real-time transactions, suggesting that a majority of transactions (or untapped customer base) are still active offline.Amazon’s move appears to aim at this largely offline customer base. A reality check brought out by a 2016 Deloitte report says India’s e-commerce spending accounts for a mere 2 percent of the total retail spending in the country.For e-tailer like Amazon and Flipkart, making inroads into the realms of brick-and-mortar market or rural areas was hence only a matter of time. Flipkart had earlier announced it would set up 20 stores in 10 cities to let customers collect their purchase at a time convenient to them. These stores will also be pivotal to Flipkart’s “rural expansion strategy”, Mint had reported.last_img read more

India factor missing from Bangladesh polls campaign Indian Express

first_imgThe India factor — which has been part of the pre-election rhetoric in the past — is missing from electioneering in Bangladesh, said The Indian Express on Friday.According to the Indian media outlet, in the previous polls, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who is now in jail in a corruption case, would accuse the ruling Awami League, led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, of being “pro-India”“It’s very interesting to see that India did not get mentioned at all by the two prominent political parties during their election campaign,” an Indian diplomat in Dhaka was quoted to have said in the report.It added that none of the leaders from either the BNP or Awami League churned up anti-India sentiments during the campaign.“I think they realised that the BNP was not benefitting by alienating India,” the diplomat was also quoted.Sabihuddin, foreign affairs advisor to Khaleda Zia, told The Indian Express that India is not a factor here this time.“We should not be bothered whether BJP or Congress is in power in Delhi. Similarly, the Indian government should not bother whether Awami League or the BNP wins the elections,” the BNP leader told the Indian media.The report says, “The BNP, which has traditionally led the charge against India in previous elections, nuanced its position, having burnt its fingers in 2014. As the BNP had boycotted the elections, Delhi did not push the Hasina-led Bangladesh government to hold re-elections — rather, it endorsed Hasina’s victory. That was a huge setback, which many within the BNP felt was a ‘blunder’”.According to The Indian Express, India worked on the Bangladesh relationship quite seriously over the last few years, suggests some of the increased interaction at the highest level.“There were 10 meetings between prime minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina, six video conferences and five telephone calls in the last five years — 19 development projects were inaugurated jointly by the two leaders, and they signed over 90 bilateral agreements in new areas like space, IT, electronics, cybersecurity, civil nuclear energy among others,” the report added.It adds that India’s development assistance to Bangladesh increased from $3 billion to $8 billion in three years. Bilateral trade has increased by 31.5 per cent from $7 billion to $9.3 billion.Ashikur Rahman, a senior economist at the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh, told The Indian Express: “I think Sheikh Hasina has navigated the geopolitical terrain quite skilfully. And, Awami League has a win-win partnership with all international stakeholders.”last_img read more