Dont give nod for Siruvani-EIA in future too: DMDK

first_imgChennai, Nov 3 (PTI) DMDK today urged the Centre not to give its consent for conducting Environmental Impact Assessment study by Kerala for the proposed dam on Siruvani river. Party chief Vijayakanth said the central government which has put the EIA in abeyance should not give consent for it “permanently,” adding such a move would be beneficial to farmers and public in Tamil Nadu. Hailing the Centre for its decision to put on hold the recommendation to carry out an EIA study for the project, he said it was a victory for the Tamil Nadu people. “This is a victory for the Tamil Nadu people and agitations held by our party,” he said in a statement. He urged the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board and take steps to allow the traditional bull taming sport “Jallikattu.” Vijayakanth has written a letter to the Centre thanking it for its move on Siruvani, the statement said. The Centre had informed Tamil Nadu yesterday about its decision to keep in abeyance its nod for an EIA by Kerala on Siruvani river. PTI VGN RC RTlast_img read more

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Is your summer vacation tax deductible?

first_imgOne of the best things about the freelance lifestyle (especially if it’s your full-time gig) is the freedom and flexibility you have to work when and where you want. When summer comes, you can take full advantage of this benefit to enjoy a vacation or to combine business and pleasure by visiting a client or attending a conference or convention outside of your local domain. The extra bonus? You can deduct a good portion of the travel expenses related to your business. Here’s how to do it:Personal and business travel expenses—keep them separatedIf your trip is primarily for personal reasons, such as a vacation, the entire cost of the trip is a nondeductible personal expense. However, you can deduct any expenses you incur while at your destination that are directly related to your business.Here’s an example to illustrate the point: If you’re taking a trip to Martha’s Vineyard this summer and you have a client based there, you can schedule a meeting with your client and deduct your travel to the meeting and any meals you may have during the course of your business dealings, as long as you can prove that your meeting had a legitimate business purpose.However, if you decide to stay a couple of extra days for personal reasons, then any meals or entertainment purchases you make will not be deductible.The key to claiming such tax deductions is to keep your personal and business expenses clearly separated so that you can accurately record them.Traveling abroad is your ticket to tax deductionsIf your travel plans include a trip outside of the United States that is no more than a week (seven consecutive days, not including the day you depart from the United States), your trip will be considered entirely for business, making all eligible expenses tax deductible (even if you combine business and nonbusiness activities).If your business trip abroad is longer than a week, but you spend less than 25 percent of your time on personal activities, your trip will also be considered entirely a business trip by the IRS so you can deduct all of your expenses.For this purpose, you count both the day your trip began and the day it ended. If you are traveling abroad on a regular basis, you may wish to consult with a tax professional to be sure that you understand the specific tax rules related to your situation.Planning a road trip? Gear up for tax deductions.If your travel agenda is more locally based—perhaps a short road-trip to entertain a client at a summer activity such as a baseball game or outdoor concert—it is unlikely that your related expenses would be considered deductible by the IRS unless there was a “substantial business discussion” occurring prior to or following the event. In order to deduct your expenses in this case you don’t necessarily have to discuss your clients’ business during the seventh inning stretch, but you could take in the game before or after a business meeting and your travel expenses would be deductible.If you and/or your client travel from out of town to attend an event and to have a business meeting, then you can still deduct a meal or entertainment expense that is incurred the day before or after your business meeting.Explore your education options (and tax deductions) with conventions and conferencesSummer is a great time to pursue continuing education opportunities and to do some networking by attending conferences and conventions. When you attend such events directly related to your business, you can write-off your travel expenses.As part of your documentation for the deductions you make, be sure to include a copy of the event program to prove that the event was clearly for the benefit of your trade or business. The same rules apply for conventions, seminars and conferences held outside of North America.Bring along family or friends…just remember only your expenses are tax deductibleWhen it comes to having family or friends accompany you on a business trip, it is important to keep any expenses you incur for the business portion of your trip strictly separated from those that are personal expenses.The IRS does not allow any deductions for travel and related expenses for family members or other companions unless they are traveling with you as employees of your business and are necessary to the business purpose of your trip.As you start firming up your summer travel plans, keep these tax deduction tips (and your receipts) in mind—and remember to take time to fully enjoy the freedom of your freelance career.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.last_img read more

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Russia drug-tested more than England and world has nothing to fear, says doctor

first_imgShare via Email Share on Messenger Schmeichel and Stan put a special gloss on RT’s World Cup coverage Speaking with Russian media the team doctor, Eduard Bezuglov, said that players had given more than 300 samples over the past year to Fifa, Europe’s Uefa and the Russian anti-doping agency Rusada and that “all of them turned out to be clean”.He blamed the English press for raising the subject, saying he would “make it simple” for British journalists by revealing details of the testing regimen.“I’m ready to bet on a bottle of milk that the English have not given samples as often,” the doctor said, apparently playing up his squad’s healthy lifestyle. “So people should focus on themselves and have nothing to fear.”Fifa has refused to release information about its testing regimen for the Russia team, who have stormed to victories against Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The Russia team have run more than any other in those two victories. Barney Ronay World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email The rejuvenated side have raised eyebrows because they were expected to be one of the tournament’s worst.A report by Richard McLaren commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and published in 2016 found that 33 footballers, including some foreigners, were among more than 1,000 athletes found to be involved in a Russian state-sponsored doping programme around the 2014 Sochi Olympics.The whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who administrated the doping programme as the head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory, said in May that he recognised one of Russia’s World Cup footballers from his own doping programme. It was not clear whether Rodchenkov was referring to someone in the squad cleared by Fifa or on an earlier list of potential players. England have gone from inflated egos to inflatable unicorns Read more World Cup Russia doping scandal news Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 Share on Pinterest Read more Russia Share on Twitter Topics Share on LinkedIn Russia’s team doctor has disregarded calls for his players to be tested for doping, saying the squad have likely given more samples in the past year than England.The remarks came after a senior US anti-doping official told the Guardian it would be “naive” not to think that Russia could violate anti-doping rules again during the World Cup. Fifa consulted McLaren in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup but announced in May that it had found “insufficient evidence” to assert an anti-doping rule violation. It said all tests results were negative and that Wada agreed with Fifa’s decision to drop the cases.Russia’s next match is on Monday against Uruguay in Samara. Share on Facebook Drugs in sportlast_img read more

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U.S. teen sensation Sargent signs with Bremen

first_imgTransfers Teenage sensation Sargent signs professional contract with Werder Bremen Ben Valentine 00:26 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Josh Sargent USA Under-17 Getty Images Transfers Werder Bremen United States Bundesliga The U.S. youth international, who starred at the U-17 and U-20 World Cups, has turned 18 and officially inked his deal with the Bundesliga club United States youth international Josh Sargent has officially signed with Werder Bremen, the Bundesliga club announced Tuesday.The teenager had been training with the club and playing with its U-23 side, but was not allowed to actually sign a professional contract until his 18th birthday.AdChoices广告Sargent turned 18 on Feb. 20 and has now put pen to paper, making him a Bremen player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “All the formalities have been completed and Josh has now signed his professional contract with us,” Bremen CEO of football Frank Baumann said in a statement. “We’re really happy that he has decided to take this next step in his career at SV Werder Bremen. He has really impressed us since the beginning of this year and has gathered experience in first team training as well as some games with the Under-23s.”The striker had interest in the U.S. but decided to pass on signing with Major League Soccer in order to pursue a chance to play in Europe.Sargent has been training with Bremen since January, but could not be added to the roster because of a FIFA rule prohibiting non-European players from signing with European clubs until their 18th birthday. Fellow American teenager Christian Pulisic, who joined Dortmund at age 16, was able to get around that rule because of his Croatian ancestry.Because Sargent’s signing happened after the January window, the earliest the teenager can feature for the Bremen first team is in the 2018-19 season.Sargent featured for the U.S. youth national teams at a pair of World Cups in 2017. He scored three times in five games for the U-17 side in India and found the net four times in five games at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea.Happy eighteenth birthday, @joshsargent! And you know what that means – he’s also signed his professional contract with the Green-Whites!  https://t.co/r7vaNaWLol #werder pic.twitter.com/rSFEnWleNg— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) February 20, 2018His performances at the youth level earned Sargent a call up to the U.S. senior national team in November 2017 despite not yet playing a minute of professional soccer. Though he was on the roster, he did not enter the 1-1 draw with Portugal.last_img read more

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If Tom Arnold Were President

first_imgIf he were President of the United States, comedian Tom Arnold says the first thing he’d do is head down Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with members of Congress.Tom Arnold and TakePartAnd then he’d point out just how much the rest of the country absolutely hates Washington D.C. these days.“Listen guys, people aren’t really digging me, and they f——— really hate you guys,” Arnold tells TakePart he’d say to Congress. “Let’s build something, man. Let’s put some s#*t together for the people out there who can’t stand us.”Arnold spoke to TakePart as the kickoff entertainer in their 2012 “Why I Vote” video series featuring celebs talking about the issues that are motivating them to head to the polls this election series.Check out the full video here, and look for future episodes featuring celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels, MTV star Ashley Rickards, and many more.And for the latest election news about issues that really matter — like education, the environment and social justice — check out TakePart’s elections hub page at TakePart.com/Elections.Full video here.Source:TakePart.comlast_img read more

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Resolute Forest Products seeks over 70 million in damages for NS mill

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products Inc. is seeking damages of more than $70 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement, citing losses it blames on the government-aided revival of an idled paper mill in Nova Scotia.The Montreal-based company said in a statement late Wednesday that it has filed a notice of arbitration under NAFTA, saying the closure of its Laurentide mill in Quebec was a result of competition from the paper mill in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.The mill, idled for about a year, was restarted with aid of more than $124 million in government assistance in 2012.“Resolute contends those measures discriminated in favour of Port Hawkesbury and resulted, among other damages, in the closing of Resolute’s Laurentide mill in October 2014, depriving Resolute of its investment in that mill, and the value of other investments, in violation of the company’s rights under NAFTA.”The company said it is seeking damages for direct losses of some $70 million, as well as unspecified consequential damages “and additional costs and relief deemed just and appropriate by an arbitral tribunal.”Under NAFTA rules, the government of Canada is responsible for acts taken by provincial governments.Battle for the Boreal: Resolute is struggling to stop environmentalists from turning a patch of forest into a cause célèbreResolute Forest Products says it won’t pursue new FSC certificationsResolute cited competition from the government-subsidized mill in Nova Scotia, as well as falling demand, in announcing the closure of the Laurentide mill in Shawinigan, Que.In explaining its decision at the time, the company said that despite a big drop in demand for specialty papers, it was facing increased competition as a result of the resumption of operations at the Port Hawkesbury mill, with a capacity of some 360,000 tonnes of paper a year. That was nearly double Laurentide’s capacity of 191,000 tonnes.Pacific West Corp. paid $33 million for the Pork Hawkesbury paper mill and it reopened it with the help of $124.5 million in provincial assistance promised over 10 years.That was in addition to $36.8 million the Nova Scotia government spent keeping the mill in a so-called hot idle state before striking the deal with Pacific West.In announcing the Laurentide closing, Resolute also said that Quebec had high fibre costs and the mill itself was 126 years old. The company had laid off 111 employees in late 2012 after it permanently shut down a paper machine at the plant following a drop in demand. read more

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Sri Lanka to purchase 50 electric buses to improve public transport

Sri Lanka is to purchase 50 electric buses to improve the public transport service.The buses will be purchased for the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), the Government said today. The Government said that cabinet approved a proposal put forward by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to purchase the buses. SLTB has 6300 buses in running condition and 2,467 buses which are older than 10 years. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the SLTB needs 7257 buses to be deployed according to a time table and presently 100% of these buses run on diesel.Hence it was decided to purchase 50 electric buses to establish a Bus Rapid Transit System. (Colombo Gazette)

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Annan says no major shift in new Iraq resolution welcomes some changes

Video of Kofi Annan speaking to reporters Listen to UN Radio report United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said today the new draft resolution on the future of Iraq is not a “major shift” from the previous one submitted by the United States, but he said that he was “grateful” that the framers had taken into account some of his suggestions. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Annan also said that the new language, in which the drafters specify that the coalition-appointed Iraqi Governing Council “embodies the sovereignty of the Iraqi State,” still leaves the power in the hands of the occupying powers, and warned that resistance to the occupation would continue. The new draft, sponsored by Cameroon, Spain, United Kingdom and United States, for the first time provides a timetable for calling elections for self-government. It also increases security to enable the UN to “strengthen its vital role” in bringing about representative elections “as circumstances permit.” Asked about the newly published version upon his arrival at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said, “As you know, I have stated my views very clearly to the members of the Security Council over the last couple of weeks on the process in Iraq, including the constitutional and electoral aspects. “Obviously, the current resolution does not represent a major shift in the thinking of the coalition,” he added. “However I am grateful that they have taken into view, into account, some of my preoccupations. And of course I will implement any resolution that the Council might adopt, bearing in mind the constraints that we are all aware of.” Asked about language in the new draft which states that the Governing Council would embody the sovereignty of Iraq, the Secretary-General said, “It is a nice phrase, but the resolution also says that the occupying power is the authority, and is the government. So in my judgement, the occupying power is the government, will remain the government, whether this resolution is passed or not, until such time that power is fully handed over to the Iraqis. And I think the resolution recognizes that.” Responding to a question about continuing bloodshed in the country, Mr. Annan said, “Well, I am on record as stating that, as long as there is occupation, the resistance will grow.” As to a UN role in Iraq with security provided by the US-led multinational force, Mr. Annan said, “We…have a very difficult security situation which has compelled us to reduce our presence drastically. We are obviously monitoring it on a daily basis to see if there will be improvements that will allow us to gear up and carry on our mandate. I have indicated that given certain circumstances our role would be easier, and we will be able to do more. But I think I am grateful, as I said, to the drafters who have indicated that my role will kick in when the circumstances permit.” To a question about a possible message sent by the Security Council if the resolution does not pass unanimously, the Secretary-General said: “I would hope that the drafters of the resolution will work as hard with the other members of the Council to get as broad support as possible, because I have always maintained that the Council is at its best, and has a greater impact, when it is united and comes up with a resolution that commands strong support. So, I would hope that the work will continue and that one will get broad support.”The draft published today said the Secretary-General should be able to carry out the political, economic and humanitarian programs he recommended in a report to the Council on 17 July “as circumstances permit.” The election clause asks the 25-member Iraqi Governing Council “to provide to the Security Council, no later than 15 December 2003, in cooperation with the [Coalition Provisional] Authority and, as circumstances permit, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, a timetable and a programme for the drafting of a new constitution for Iraq and for the holding of democratic elections under that constitution.” The resolution also asks the United Nations, acting through the Secretary-General, his Special Representative, and the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), “should strengthen its vital role in Iraq, including by providing humanitarian relief, promoting the economic reconstruction of and conditions for sustainable development in Iraq, and advancing efforts to restore and establish national and local institutions for representative government.” The text also authorizes a multinational force “under unified command to take all necessary measures to contribute to the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq, including for the purpose of ensuring necessary conditions for the implementation of the timetable and programme as well as to contribute to the security of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, the Governing Council of Iraq and other institutions of the Iraqi interim administration, and key humanitarian and economic infrastructure.” read more

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Price of a stamp will rise to 60c next month

first_imgTHE PRICE of sending a letter is to increase next month.The communications regulator ComReg has given An Post permission to raise the price of its everyday stamps, with effect from April 2.Letters which weigh under 50 grams, which currently cost 55 cent to post, will be repriced to 60 cent each.Letters or postcards to Great Britain and the rest of Europe, which cost 82 cent, will jump to 90 cent under the same measures.However, the reforms will see some consolidation of postal rates: letters which weigh between 51 and 100 grams will now fall into the same postal structure, meaning that letters which currently cost 65 cent to send will also cost 60 cent – a reduction of 8.3 per cent.Data submitted by An Post to ComReg outlined that the changes would result in about €11 million in extra revenue over the first full year of its introduction.An Post’s annual accounts for 2011 showed a pre-tax profit of just €347,000, but an actuarial loss of over €121 million on pensions and other obligations.ComReg’s approval for the deal came on the provision that the price hikes “can only be one of a series of measures necessary to ensure the continued financial viability of An Post and maintain the provision of a universal postal service”.ComReg head Kevin O’Brien told An Post’s CEO Donal Connell: “These various measures must include cost containment and growth in other commercial activities.“It is for An Post to address its financial challenges by identifying and taking these other necessary measures as a matter of urgency, in order ot ensure the continued provision of the universal postal service at an affordable price for all postal service users in the state.”An Post had originally sought an increase in the everyday postage rate to 65 cent, but revised its request in January.last_img read more

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Ralph strikes again Customs dog sniffs out €500k worth of heroin ecstasy

first_imgA CANINE MEMBER of the Revenue’s Customs Service played a major role in the seizure of over half a million euro of drugs yesterday.In all, 2.7 kgs of heroin, 1.1 kgs of ecstasy, almost one kilo of cannabis resin and 0.2 kilos of LSD tablets were found in the operation at Rosslare port.The drugs have a combined street value of €534,280, according to the service.Officers discovered the drugs concealed in the fuel tank of a UK-registered vehicle leaving a ferry that arrived from Cherbourg, after the dog — Ralph — gave an indication.Two men — a 40-year-old from Scotland and a  34-year-old Irish man were arrested and are currently being questioned at Wexford Garda Station.Read Two men arrested over alleged sexual assaults on two teenagers in CorkRead Ministers to discuss Jimmy Savile’s visits to Irish institutionslast_img read more

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Family man gets five years jail for fraud

first_imgGeorge Plakas, a married father of three, has been jailed for embezzling almost $750,000 from his friends and associates from some of Australia’s biggest accountancy firms. Judge Mark Taft told the court Plakas’ unwitting victims trusted the man who they thought was a caring mate and a “nice guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly”. Over four years, starting from November 2006, Plakas has promised his friends and colleagues financial rewards in return for dipping into their savings and assets. One woman, who lost about $40,000 to Plakas’ investment promises, wrote in victim’s impact statement about how she has lost her whole inheritance from her deceased parents. “My parents were not wealthy people, and I’ve lost what they worked a lifetime to leave… I’ll remain forever guilty for this,” she wrote. Plakas, 44, pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining property by deception, $185,000 from nine people, between January and August 2007. Police investigations are still underway into other offences, including identical charges involving five people and totalling $563,000. Plakas was first charged in July 2008, where he was extradited from New Zealand but got off on bail. It was revealed that he had committed further offences while on bail. He will serve time in jail for five years and five months with a minimum of three years and nine months, less almost two years already served on remand. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Alli pilule miracle ou pas

first_imgAlli : pilule miracle… ou pas France – Alli, la célèbre pilule “miracle” anti-obésité est l’un des médicaments les plus vendus sans ordonnance. Cependant, les avis sur ce succès restent partagés. A l’heure où le problème de l’obésité prend de plus en plus d’importance, certaines sociétés pharmaceutiques profitent de cette situation pour commercialiser des médicaments censés lutter contre le surpoids. Le 6 mai 2009, la pilule Alli de chez GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) envahissait toutes les pharmacies françaises. Elle lutterait de manière efficace contre le surpoids et l’obésité. Malheureusement, de nombreuses personnes souhaitant perdre quelques kilos avant l’été l’utilisent à des fins qui ne sont pas les siennes. En effet, la pilule ne doit être utilisée qu’en cas de vrai problème d’obésité ou de surpoids, pas pour 3 ou 4 kilos en trop car des effets secondaires gênants peuvent apparaître, notamment de fortes diarrhées. Alli est la version light d’une pilule commercialisée depuis 1998, le Xenical du laboratoire Roche (60 mg de principe actif au lieu de 120). Ces deux médicaments contiennent de l’Orlistat qui limite l’absorption des graisses dans l’intestin, ces graisses sont alors éliminées via les selles. L’efficacité de l’Orlistat a bel et bien été prouvée mais la seule prise de médicaments n’est pas suffisante. Elle doit être accompagnée d’un exercice physique quotidien et d’une alimentation hypocalorique pauvre en matières grasses. La durée maximale du traitement est de 6 mois et même si Alli est en vente libre, il est vivement conseillé de consulter un médecin avant de commencer le traitement qui sera bien plus efficace s’il est suivi par un professionnel de la santé. Hélas, ces conditions ne sont bien souvent pas remplies, c’est pourquoi l’efficacité de la pilule est souvent contestée. À lire aussiLes acides gras trans, un ennemi caché bientôt banni aux Etats-Unis ?Avec une bonne utilisation de ce médicament, c’est-à-dire avec un suivi personnalisé, une alimentation adaptée, de l’exercice physique quotidien ainsi qu’une aide psychologique, un individu souffrant d’obésité peut perdre jusqu’à 10% de son poids par an. Cependant, après l’arrêt du traitement, une grande partie de ces personnes reprennent jusqu’à 35% du poids perdu.Les avis sont donc mitigés en ce qui concerne le véritable effet de cette pilule annoncée comme miraculeuse avant son lancement. Ce qui est sûr, c’est son succès : 100.000 boîtes ont été vendues durant les trois premières semaines de commercialisation et aujourd’hui, les chiffres avoisinent les 8.000 à 10.000 boîtes par semaine.  Le traitement coûtant de 50 à 60 euros par mois, Alli a rapporté à GSK 23 millions d’euros durant ses 7 premiers mois de distribution. Le 14 janvier 2010 à 12:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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AMI Swaps CFOs Again

first_img“In Dean Durbin, we have an executive whose financial knowledge and insight will be as important to the company going forward as Jack’s talents were in getting us to where we are today,” added Richard Bressler, managing director at Thomas H. Lee Partners, who, along with Evercore Capital Partners, are AMI’s principal shareholders., “I can’t thank Jack enough for the tremendous job he did at AMI. Thomas H. Lee Partners, together with Evercore Capital Partners, are the principal shareholders in AMI.It has been widely reported that AMI is coveted by Source Interlink, the company controlled by supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos.—and that the deal has thus far been hampered by AMI’s financial reporting deficiencies.Pecker thanked Craven for “[guiding] us through the restatement process and [bringing] our required filings up to date.”In May, Source Interlink bought Primedia’s enthusiast titles for $1.2 billion.According to Pecker, AMI’s financial performance in its current fiscal year is its “strongest in recent years,” with Shape, Men’s Fitness and Star generating the “largest advertising revenue in their respective histories.” The company has also generated significant improvements in bank EBITDA, Pecker says. American Media Inc., a company with a habit of missing financial filings, has replaced its chief financial officer, possibly in advance of a long-rumored sale.Dean Durbin, a former CEO at Vertis Communications and a b-to-b publishing veteran of Thomson and McGraw-Hill, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Jack Craven, who resigned this week. Durbin becomes AMI’s sixth CFO in four years. Craven will now serve as a consultant to AMI, according to the company.Durbin’s experience in M&A seems to have been a key reason he was hired.”Dean has wide-ranging experience in financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning, forecasting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and I expect that he will be an excellent addition to our senior management team and a contributor to our continued success,” said AMI Chairman and CEO David Pecker in a statement accompanying Durbin’s hiring announcement.last_img read more

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Don Moose Young says farewell to Bush

first_imgGeorge H.W. Bush and Don Young. (Photo courtesy of Don Young.)When Alaska Congressman Don Young thinks of the 41st president of the United States, he remembers a nice guy who could be fierce with a racquet.Bush played baseball at Yale but that wasn’t his only ballgame. Young said the president would regularly come to Capitol Hill to play racquetball with him and other House members. He said Bush had a mean corner shot that he called “nearly impossible to return.”“He did that to me three times in a row,” Young recalled this week, as the former president lay in state in the U.S. Capitol. “And I turned around and very hottedly looked at him and said ‘I’m thinking of a word that starts with a P and it’s not president.’ And his Secret Service people went YAIAIAI. Of course, he got a big kick out of it.”Young says Bush had a nickname for him: Moose.“Everybody’s (said to be) really a nice guy after they die,” Young said. “But he was a nice guy when he was alive.”Bush famously called for a “kinder, gentler” nation. He had a hard time boasting of his accomplishments, and he was married to the same woman for 73 years. Some commentators find it impossible not to contrast Bush to the current president. Young, though, waved off an invitation to compare them.“Each one of them has their style,” he said.Bush’s casket will be taken across Washington Wednesday for a funeral at National Cathedral.last_img read more

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Woman kills self over harassment

first_imgYalal: A married woman form Kokat village committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Sunday. After she attempted suicide, Kavitha was rushed to Tandur government hospital, where she died while undergoing treatment. According to family members, the reason for her death was harassment by a man of the same village. They allege that the man revealed a private conversation by the victim in social media, which went viral. Depressed over the incident, she took the extreme step, they said. They requested the police to take action against the person, who provoked her to commit suicide.last_img

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German prosecutors seek Catalan leader Puigdemont extradition

first_imgThis file photo taken on 6 December 2017 shows Catalonia`s former leader Carles Puigdemont during a press conference in Brussels. Photo: AFPGerman prosecutors on Tuesday asked a court to order the extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont on a rebellion charge following his arrest in Germany last month.The request comes after protests by independence supporters at the weekend in Berlin and Catalonia calling for Puigdemont’s immediate release.”The prosecutor’s office of Schleswig-Holstein state applied for an extradition arrest warrant against former Catalonian regional president Carles Puigdemont from the superior regional court,” it said in a statement.It was not immediately clear when the court would rule on Puigdemont’s possible extradition.Puigdemont was arrested by German police on March 25 as he was travelling from Finland back to Belgium, where he has been living in self-imposed exile since Catalonia’s failed independence bid last October.The detention came two days after a Spanish judge issued European arrest warrants for Puigdemont and other fugitive separatist leaders.They have been ordered to stand trial for rebellion, misuse of public funds and disobeying the state for organising last year’s referendum on Catalan independence, which Madrid deemed illegal.Puigdemont’s arrest has sent tensions soaring at home, triggering a wave of protests in the wealthy northeastern Spanish region.- Matches ‘treason’ charge -German judges have ordered Puigdemont to remain in custody in the northern town of Neumuenster as they mull Spain’s request for him to be handed over.They have 60 days to make a decision.German media say the request has been complicated by the fact that rebellion, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail in Spain, is not a crime under German law.However the prosecutor’s office said that “after intensive review” it concluded that the rebellion charge “contains in essence the accusation of calling an unconstitutional referendum despite violent riots that could be expected,” thus matching the German charge of “treason”.”Word-for-word conformance between the German and Spanish criminal codes is thus not legally required,” it said.The superior regional court confirmed it had received the request, adding that it was “undetermined when a decision on the application can be expected”.The court must first decide if there is a legal basis to put Puigdemont in pre-extradition custody by reviewing the written request from Spain. It will then rule on the extradition bid itself.He can appeal an order of extradition to a German federal court, a course his lawyers have said they will pursue.- ‘Isolated’ violence -Puigdemont has already filed an appeal in Spain against a decision to prosecute him, arguing the rebellion charge against him is not justified.The 85-page appeal, seen by AFP on Monday, asks that the Spanish Supreme Court’s “actions” be declared “null” 10 days after Judge Pablo Llarena said 25 Catalan separatist leaders — including Puigdemont — would be prosecuted over the region’s secession bid.In the appeal, Puigdemont’s lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas demands that the court drop the charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds against Puigdemont and another of his clients — former regional minister Clara Ponsati.Both fled Spain for Belgium after the failed independence push. Ponsati then left for Scotland where she was detained after Spain issued European arrest warrants against fugitive separatist leaders, and freed on bail.Alonso-Cuevillas also wants the court to drop charges of misuse of public funds and disobedience against another client, former regional minister Lluis Puig.The appeal states that under Spanish law, the rebellion offence, which can carry up to 30 years in prison, implies there was a violent uprising.But it maintains that if there was any violence before or on October 1, the day when an independence referendum was held in Catalonia despite a court ban, it was “isolated” and did not justify the rebellion offence.last_img
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Everything you need to know about Skylanders Giants

first_imgWhen the original Skylanders game was released by Activision I thought it was cute. I didn’t see a whole lot of value in the game, and it was clear that Activision was gambling on a potential cash cow. Fortunately for them, the game is a lot of fun for all ages, and appeals to a large group of niche markets.With 32 original characters to collect, and several expansion levels and collectors edition characters that were released, there was no shortage of content either. Now, the sequel to the Skylanders franchise is here, and the game itself has changed in many different but exciting ways.Rather than behaving like an add on or a DLC, Skylanders Giants is a whole new game. This sequel is designed to allow you to bring your characters over from the previous game, something really only made possible as a result of the Skylanders design. Since all of the character data is stored on the physical model you can easily bring that character into the new game. In fact, any Skylander you bring from the original game to Giants will have an upgraded level cap. Your Skylanders will be able to reach level 15 and reap the benefits of the extra health and damage capabilities.Like the original, you can complete the game if you are really talented with a minimal set of characters. If you decide to buy new models and expand your collection, you’ll be graced with additional content. Also, bonus levels like the Darklight Crypt also transfer to the new game for even more content.Obviously Skylanders Giants becomes a lot more fun if you play as intended and actually pick up a Giant or two. The Skylanders Giants models are much bigger than the original models, and they bring their massive girth into the game world as well, giving you the advantage in most combat situations.There’s one Giant for each of the Skylanders‘ elements. Giants are able to interact with enemies and the landscape in a very different way than normal Skylanders. These characters can pick up scenery from the world and use it as weapons against your opponents, or they can use their massive bodies to pull tethered islands to the mainland for exploration. If the previous game is any indicator it is likely that Kaos, the big baddie in the Skylanders world, has a Giant or two of his own to use against you in boss fights.The Giants aren’t the only new thing coming to Skylanders. Many new characters have been added to the game that bring new weapons and abilities to their particular element. Some of these new models will be included in the new starter kits for the game, while many others will be accessible individually.On top of the new characters, some of the popular characters from the previous game are being re-released with new talents. The Series 2 models, like Cinder for example, will have a new model with a new pose as well as a third tier of abilities that can be accessed. There’s also the Light Core models, which are advanced Skylanders. Each of the Light Core characters, to which there’s one per element, deal extra damage when they enter the world. Additionally, they posses extra hardware in the physical model that allow them to glow a special color when you place them on the portal.Much of the actual gameplay will remain the same with Skylander Giants, but the new charcter types and abilities promise that the game will not only be more challenging, but encourage skilled users to be more creative in their quest to complete the entire game.Like the previous game, Skylanders Giants will be available for just about every platform, and the characters are completely cross-platform. If you’re still playing the original game there’s a lot of backwards compatible content, but it is currently unclear as to exactly what will be compatible.The Skylanders team has done a great job inventing all new ways to hit Skylanders fans in the wallet, but also managed to make it much more fun to play the game. The new game will be hitting stores sometime in October with starter kits for brand new users as well as users who already have a portal and an army of Skylanders.last_img read more

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Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates social media team shares transphobic Caitlyn Jenner meme

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Text messages between Billy Penn reporter Max Marin and Ray ZaborneyInstead, Marin decided the meme was newsworthy and broke the story.‘Anyone questioning my commitment to diversity or the LGBT community obviously doesn’t know me very well,’ Zaborney responded in a statement.‘I am a passionate believer in equality for all and have long been an advocate for marriage equality and ending discrimination in all forms against the LGBTQ community. I’m proud of my advocacy and proud of my efforts and will continue to stand for equality.’Anything else?This is not the first time Wagner and his campaign have been in hot water with the LGBTI community.Last month, Wagner made controversial statements at a town hall meeting addressing bathroom bills.‘It’s real simple: If you’re born with male plumbing, you use the men’s room. If you’re born with female plumbing, use the ladies’ room. Period,’ he said.Neither Wagner nor anyone on his campaign could be reached for comment about the meme.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Representatives for Scott Wagner, a Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate, shared a transphobic meme about Caitlyn Jenner in a group chat with top campaign officials. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Scott Wagner | Photo: Facebook/Scott Wagner What happened?On Thursday, 6 September, Ray Zaborney, a well-known political consultant with the GOP-leaning firm retained to handle Wagner’s social media accounts, texted a meme of Caitlyn Jenner.The meme mocks Jenner’s transition as well as Nike’s Just Do It campaign featuring black athletes like Colin Kaepernick.‘Believe in something. Even if it means cutting your dick off,’ the meme reads.The transphobic meme, mocking Caitlyn Jenner and NikeZaborney sent the meme to four people: Jason High, Wagner’s campaign manager; Jenise Harris, the campaign’s finance director; Shauna Boscaccy, policy director; and a reporter for Billy Penn, who was an unintended recipient.The day before the meme was sent, the Billy Penn reporter, Max Marin, was in contact with Zaborney for an unrelated story about the Wagner campaign.In a subsequent private message to Marin, Zaborney apologized for the meme and offered to share ‘on background’ information in exchange for the reporter ‘forgetting’ Zaborney ‘sent that meme.’ Comedian Colin Mochrie claps back at transphobic trolls on daughter’s birthdayPennsylvania governor nominee: ‘Born with male plumbing? Use the men’s restroom’Is this TV host’s apology for using transphobic slurs good enough?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pennsylvania-gubernatorial-candidates-social-media-team-shares-transphobic-caitlyn-jenner-meme/last_img read more

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Florence now a Category 3 hurricane in Atlantic

first_imgTags: Bermuda, Hurricane, Hurricane Florence, Weather By: The Associated Press Share Thursday, September 6, 2018 MIAMI — Hurricane Florence flirted with Category 4 status last night before dropping back down to Category 3, however forecasters are warning the storm is still likely to cause “life-threatening” surf and rip current conditions in Bermuda later this week.The National Hurricane Center said the storm’s maximum sustained winds Wednesday afternoon are estimated to be 215 kph.Hurricane Florence is centred about 2,080 kilometres east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest at 20 kph.Forecasters expect Florence to weaken somewhat over the next few days, but they anticipate it will still be a powerful hurricane through early next week.Officials say swells caused by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda on Friday.There are no coastal watches or warnings currently in place. << Previous PostNext Post >> Florence now a Category 3 hurricane in Atlanticlast_img read more

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Kathmandu and Intrepid Travel help rebuild Nepal

first_imgEverest Base Camp. Image credit: Sherpa FilmWhile Nepal continues to struggle with the aftermath of last year’s devastating earthquake, leading travel and adventure retailer Kathmandu and Intrepid Travel, the small group adventure travel company, have partnered with the award winning documentary film SHERPA to raise funds to help rebuild the country’s economy, infrastructure and tourism industry.Described by industry bible Variety as “magnificent”, Transmission Films will release the epic feature documentary in cinemas across Australia on March 31.The film recently won the BFI London Film Festival Award for Best Documentary and selected to screen at the Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals.Kathmandu and Intrepid Travel will each host a series of preview screenings from Sunday, 21 February to Wednesday, 24 February around Australia to raise funds to go to the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF) and Intrepid’s Namaste Nepal Appeal.Kathmandu’s Brand Manager Tim Loftus said: “The Australian Himalayan Foundation was founded in 2002 with the aim of making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of the people of the Himalayas. Kathmandu became community partners with the AHF in 2011, in recognition and support of the region that inspired the brand. This partnership with the film SHERPA gives Kathmandu the opportunity to further highlight and support education and rebuilding programs in Nepal.”Intrepid Travel Co-Founder Darrell Wade said: “Tourism is vitally important to Nepal’s recovery – it is the largest employer in Nepal – and it has obviously taken quite a hit since last year’s earthquake. While international fundraising efforts played an important part in helping rebuild the country, we now have to focus on encouragingtourists to return to Nepal for its long-term economic well-being.“Nepal wants travellers back – its trails are safe and open, its mountains still beautiful and the people as welcoming as ever. The best way for Australians to help Nepal is to visit and we hope to spread this message through our partnership with SHERPA.“Funds raised from Intrepid’s screenings of SHERPA will go towards our Namaste Nepal Appeal, which was launched immediately after the earthquake, and supports local and international NGOs in Nepal, including World Wildlife Fund, Plan International, Himalayan Rescue Foundation and Seven Women.”Image credit: Sherpa FilmSHERPA is directed by acclaimed high altitude filmmaker and climber Jen Peedom. Jen is known for her intimate and compassionate portraits, documenting stories from the epic to the everyday, often in extreme situations. Her credits include the internationally renowned documentaries MIRACLE ON EVEREST and SOLO.Jen was drawn to make a further film about Everest following international news coverage of a fight on the mountain in 2013, when European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism.Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred? Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever.At 6.45am on the 18th of April 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. SHERPA, tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.Watch the trailer below: Buy tickets hereSource = Kathmandu/Intrepid Travellast_img read more

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