Puerto Rico overhauls tax laws to help workers businesses

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor signed a bill on Monday to overhaul the U.S. territory’s tax laws in a bid to attract foreign investment and help workers and some business owners amid a 12-year recession.The bill creates an earned income tax credit, reduces a sales tax on prepared food and eliminates a business-to-business tax for small to medium companies, among other things.Officials say the bill represents nearly $2 billion in tax relief at a time when the island is struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria and restructure a portion of its more than $70 billion public debt load.“There’s still a lot of work to be done to completely transform the tax system … but we see it as a good first step,” said Cecilia Colon, president of Puerto Rico’s Association of Public Accountants.Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the earned income tax credit will result in benefits ranging from $300 to $2,000 for each worker, representing a total of $200 million in annual savings. He also said an 11.5 per cent sales tax on processed food will drop to 7 per cent starting in October 2019.The bill also eliminates a business-to-business tax for businesses that generate $200,000 or less a year, representing $79 million in savings in five years, Rossello said. Nearly 80 per cent of businesses in Puerto Rico will benefit from that measure, added Treasury Secretary Teresa Fuentes.In addition, the new law reduces the tax rate for corporations from 39 per cent to 37.5 per cent.“Today marks an important day for maintaining Puerto Rico’s competitiveness,” she said.The measure also legalizes tens of thousands of slot machines, but also limits the number of machines owned, with legislators estimating they will generate at least $160 million a year. Up to $40 million of that revenue will go to the government’s general fund, with the remaining funds directed to help municipalities and police officers.However, a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances criticized a final draft of the bill last month, saying the island needs a much broader tax reform that improves revenue collection and promotes economic development. A board spokesman did not immediately return a message for comment.Antonio Fernos, a Puerto Rico economics and finance professor, questioned the effectiveness of the new law, which appears to generate less overall revenue.“It doesn’t make sense,” he said. “Why are they doing this, especially on an island that is insolvent and needs more sources of revenue?”Fernos also argued that the earned income tax credit is not enough to lure people out of the informal economy: “I don’t foresee anyone abandoning tax evasion schemes.”Danica Coto, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Crews doing maintenance on Blue Grave Creek Bridge this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Yellowhead Road & Bridge North Peace crews will be doing work on the Blue Grave Creek Bridge on the Upper Halfway Road for the first half of this week.The bridge, which is located at the 73-kilometre marker of Upper Halfway Road, will also be closed Monday, March 12th until Wednesday, March 14th because of routine maintenance from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.YRB apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you require further information feel free to contact us by phone 250-262-2600 or email rodney@yrb.ca.last_img

Europe incapable of bypassing US sanctions asserts Iran FM

first_imgTehran: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Wednesday European powers were incapable of bypassing sanctions imposed on Tehran by the US after it withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Iran and six world powers agreed on a deal in 2015 that severely restricted Tehran’s nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief and economic incentives. However President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the deal — technically called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — last May, reimposing punishing sanctions on the Islamic republic. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe other parties to the nuclear deal — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia along with the European Union — however insist they remain committed to making the deal work. “The Europeans at first viewed the JCPOA (nuclear deal) as an achievement, but maybe they were not prepared to, and certainly they were not capable of standing up against U.S sanctions,” Zarif said in an interview with Khamenei.ir, the official website of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We will continue pressing the Europeans to implement their commitments. Europe must know that they cannot shy away from their responsibilities with a few statements and some unaccomplished plans,” he added. Zarif, who was his country’s chief negotiator in the negotiations leading to the deal, said that Iran would continue to pressure the Europeans to act on their obligations within the deal but added that “we never had any hopes” in them. Instead of the western powers the Islamic republic has turned to its traditional partners such as Russia and China, Zarif said, adding “the future of our foreign policy lies in that way.”last_img read more

Ohioraised tennis players putting stamp on Ohio State mens tennis

Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorRedshirt-senior Peter Kobelt (right) and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka talk before a serve during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe game of tennis ranges all across the globe. No one country stands above the rest.In fact, five different countries are represented in the top 12 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s singles rankings.With the sport being prominent throughout the world, college rosters are littered with players from all over the globe. While the No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team is no different, with players on the roster from Croatia, Finland and Germany, what gives them a more “hometown” feel is how three of their starters grew up and played high school tennis in the greater Columbus area.Redshirt-senior Peter Kobelt, redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz were all familiar with each other before becoming teammates at OSU. All three attended schools in the 614 area code, and their high school teams played one another throughout the season in what were described as friendly matches.Kobelt became a Buckeye by way of New Albany High School, graduating in 2009. During his time there, he won a Division II state title in doubles (2007) and a Division I title in singles (2009) before being named an All-American and ranked in the top 60 in U.S. Seniors Standings.Metka graduated from Worthington Kilbourne in 2010 and won the Division I state singles title that year, taking home the Division I doubles title the year before.Graduating from Watterson in 2011, Diaz and was the most glorified of the three coming out of high school. After winning a state doubles title as a freshman with his brother Phillip in 2008, he went on to win two straight Division II singles titles in 2010 and 2011. Diaz didn’t lose a single match after his sophomore year en route to being named the No. 1 player in his class in the state of Ohio. His last loss in high school, though, was in the state doubles championship to Metka and Kilbourne in ’09.“I’ve joked with him once or twice about it,” Metka said about defeating Diaz at state championships. “Totally joking, say ‘Remember what the score was back (in ’09)?’”The trio dominated Ohio high school tennis from 2007-12, winning a combined seven titles before enrolling at OSU.The time they put in on court leads to a friendship that has only grown stronger since becoming teammates.“We knew each other pretty well growing up,” Diaz said. “Playing a lot of the same tournaments, we already had that relationship. And being Columbus kids, you kind of stick together. It’s pretty cool.”Having three stars just outside of campus was luxury for OSU coach Ty Tucker, providing him with a chance to always be working with them to make them better players.“In an individual sport, you get unlimited practice time in the summer months,” Tucker said. “To be able to be from Columbus and be able to see your family on weekends … it certainly makes it that much easier to play in a year-round program.”The opportunity to fine-tune their game was a great opportunity because OSU is nationally ranked in the top 5 consistently. That success demands the best of the best.The three came in and each redshirted their first year to help better prepare for the high level of competition they were going to play.Now the time and work they’ve put in has paid huge dividends, as they are each key members in the six-man rotation the Buckeyes have used all season.“They’re all very good players,” Tucker said. “The nice things is they could’ve gone to other programs and started four straight years, and they wanted to come to Ohio State for a chance to get better.”The friendship Metka, Diaz and Kobelt had already formed helped the team come together as a whole, as they began the season ranked No. 5, since moving up to the top spot in the rankings.“I think it unites the team,” Kobelt said of their relationship. “It makes it easier for the Europeans to come over … it’s a more relaxed setting, people are more comfortable with what’s going on. I think, overall, it helps having guys from your own state play for your team.”Voted captain at the beginning of the season and playing first singles every match, Kobelt’s development allowed him to grow into the team’s leader. He is currently ranked seventh in the nation and has a chance to earn a NCAA Singles Championship.Metka is best known for his prowess in doubles and he and Kobelt team up to form the third ranked doubles team in the nation. He also cracked the top 125 rankings in singles for the first time in his collegiate career April 8.Diaz has been holding steady at third singles for the Buckeyes where he is known to frustrate opponents with a never-give-up attitude, returning almost every shot that comes his way.Already having won 187 straight home matches, with half of the starters being from Columbus, it provides fans with a little extra incentive to watch the Buckeyes continue their reign of terror in the city.“I think it helps with the fan base,” Kobelt said. “When they see a lot of guys from Ohio, they want to come out and watch and cheer for us more.”The fans that have been paying attention have been provided a treat.After clinching at least a share of the Big Ten with a 4-3 win at Purdue Sunday, Kobelt, Metka and Diaz have combined for 12 Big Ten titles and have not lost a single regular season match in Big Ten play.This season they have already won the ITA Indoor National Championship and broke the NCAA All-Time home win streak in what really has been a dream season so far for them. Winning at their dream school makes it even more special for them, though.“I think all three of us can agree that we all take pride in being from Columbus,” Metka said. “We’ve all been Buckeye fans since we were young … I think it helps push us.”The trio is set to continue their journey Friday as OSU is scheduled to take on Iowa at home. First serve is set for 6 p.m. read more

Football Jordan Fuller confident in opposite safety position ahead of season opener

Ohio State then-sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) attempts to tackle Michigan State junior lineback Andrew Dowell (5) during the fourth quarter of the OSU vs. MSU game on Nov. 11 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the Ohio State secondary, the 2018 season seems to be beginning in a similar way to last year. With three players rotating for playing time at cornerback, the Buckeyes had three safeties battling for two starting spots heading into the first game against Indiana last year, one which was already inherited by a veteran in former Ohio State safety Damon Webb. Now, as the 2018 season is about set to begin on Sept. 1 against Oregon State, the spot Webb had a year ago has now been taken by the player who won the starting job opposite him last season. In one season, junior safety Jordan Fuller has emerged as one of the primary leaders in the Ohio State locker room, being named a captain on defense. However, with Fuller moving into the leadership role, the spot next to him is vacant again. And, as it was last season, there has been a significant competition to fill it. Sophomore safeties Jahsen Wint and Isaiah Pryor have been battling for the spot since spring practice began and has continued throughout fall camp, even into the week before the first game of the season. When the depth chart was released for Saturday’s game against the Beavers, it seemed Pryor had the advantage, being named as the sole starter opposite Fuller in the season opener. However, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has said that both Pryor and Wint have earned playing time, saying the competition for the starting safety position has “raised both Isaiah and Jahsen’s game.” Fuller said both the safeties have grown exponentially compared to the start of spring practices. “They have both progressed greatly this whole camp,” Fuller said. “I’m really excited for both their years. It’s a tight competition.” Even though the starting spot beside him does not have a solidified answer, Fuller is confident in the relationship he has with both Wint and Pryor, saying there is already a chemistry built with each of them. Fuller should know, any starting safety spot is up for grabs at any point during the year. After splitting time with former Ohio State safety Erick Smith to start the 2017 season, Fuller took a firm hold on the starting safety spot, eventually leading the Buckeyes with 70 tackles last season. With that experience from last year, Schiano knows, even though Pryor might get the first snaps in Saturday’s game against Oregon State, nothing is set in stone. “I don’t know if that will happen or if all season long those guys will go back and forth,” Schiano said. “But whatever happens, I’ve said this to you guys before, you can’t make it happen, you’ve got to let it happen. Now you encourage and you coach and you teach, but at the end of the day they have to go out there and play their way into a position.” No matter who is out on the field with the captain against Oregon State, he is confident neither Pryor nor Wint will miss a beat. “We will see how it all shakes out on Saturday, but I am more than good with whoever is playing,” Fuller said. “More than good.” read more

Deschamps More to come from Mbappe

first_imgFrance boss Didier Deschamps is certain that this is just the beginning for Kylian Mbappe and has promised that there is even more to come from the teenage sensationThe Paris Saint-Germain forward pulled off a Man of the Match performance in France’s thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in their last-16 match last weekend with his searing pace often proving to be too much for the opposing defence to handle and his brace ultimately decided the outcome of the encounter.As well as being the youngest Frenchman to score at a World Cup game, he also first teenager to score twice in the tournament since the legendary Pele for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden.“Kylian gained recognition after the last match but everything he’s done has been great,” said Deschamps, according to the Daily Mail.“He is only 19 and he will grow a lot. He will learn how to manage these situations.“When there are hard times, the trend is to question yourself and to dig deep but when things go well you shouldn’t relax and think things come easy or you need to put in less effort.“Kylian is intelligent, he listens and knows this. But this happens. He’s gone from Monaco to PSG where the demands are not the same, and at the World Cup they are even higher.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“He is still learning. All players at that age, regardless of ability, they are learning.”Despite the rumoured interest from Real Madrid this summer, Deschamps has backed Mbappe to remain fully focused on the remainder of France’s World Cup campaign.“What he did against Argentina was very good,” he said.“This put a spotlight on him, obviously, to play like that in such an important match made a name for him. But he has had time to digest this and recover.“We all savoured the victory but since Tuesday we started to focus on Uruguay. He is young, but I don’t think that’s a drawback. Uruguay saw him, and they know what he’s capable of. And he will have to do the same thing in this match.”France will take on Uruguay today in their World Cup quarter-final game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Genoa player was on Italian bridge before it collapsed

first_imgDefender Domenico Criscito crossed Ponte Morandi just 10 minutes it collapsed and killed at least 20 peopleA motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa killing at least 20 people authorities say.The Ponte Morandi bridge collapsed and left several cars trapped there, along with destructions on houses nearby.And Genoa defender Domenico Criscito is in shock.The Italian footballer said he crossed Ponte Morandi just 10 minutes before it fell into destruction.He is disgusted by the tragedy.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I write this message for all those who are writing to me, worried about me and my family,” Criscito wrote on Instagram.“We’re all fine, even though we crossed that bridge exactly 10 minutes before the collapse.”“My thoughts are with all the families of the victims, it’s not possible for a bridge on a motorway to collapse like this – NOT POSSIBLE!” he added.“We need to do something for this country, people flee because of these things. We need security, we need someone to do something.”“This is disgusting!”last_img read more

The Onion Chops Its Remaining Print Circulation Seriously

first_imgAfter 25 years, The Onion’s satirical newspaper will become 100 percent digital at the close of 2013. At its peak, the publication was circulated in 17 cities nationwide, however that had been whittled down to just three–Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence.”The Onion’s focus in recent years has been on growing the digital side of our business,” president, Mike McAvoy tells FOLIO: in an email. “While the print edition is an important part of our history, we are very excited for the opportunities that come with prioritizing digital for even greater company growth.”Advertising for the print publication had been waning for several years, and as CRAIN’s Chicago Business points out, the most recent Chicago issue only had two pages of print advertising, hailing from one source. However, the publication suggests that digital native ad buys are growing nicely. And The Onion claims its audience has never been bigger or more engaged–thanks to the affordances of digital technology, which gives editors the flexibility to produce timely content.”Since this transitional process began, we have seen our audience grow stronger than ever, and our unique visitors to The Onion and A.V. Club sites have increased by more than 200 percent since July 2012,” McAvoy says. “Our success has allowed us to invest in our Onion Labs creative services business and, in a short time, Labs has completed projects with brands such as Home Depot, Lenovo, 7-Up, 7-Eleven, Clorox, YouTube and DSW.” Although The Onion is exiting one platform, it is still expanding its multiplatform strategy–which includes an Amazon-exclusive TV series titled Onion News Empire. Still, after 25 years The Onion certainly has a large library of content assets, but when asked, the company declines to address whether it will continue to leverage its assets for premium print products like anthology books. More on this topic ‘Funny’ is Money: How The Onion Transformed Its Business ‘Financial Constraints’ Force ASBPE to Cancel National Editorial Conference People on the Move | 7.19.12 CMP to Shutter Intelligent Enterprise Magazine, Keep Web Site Founder to Buy, Relaunch EGM Rising StarsJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

Ad Blocking is Eating Up More than 20 Billion in Global Revenues

first_img The report concludes that mobile will likely be the next frontier for ad blocking and that the software’s adoption rate will continue to climb. With that in mind, the writing on the wall seems clear: Digital advertising’s future is in serious jeopardy. Globally, close to 200 million Internet users are using ad-blocking software, and that number is expected to keep growing rapidly. As magazine media looks towards new ways to counter losses in print ad sales through programmatic selling and other digital ad products, ad-blocking software poses a paramount challenge. Could that mean that print advertising will have resurgence? Or does it mean that magazine media will lose out on even more ad spend? For now, it’s anyone’s guess. One silver lining for publishers (for now) is that mobile ad blocking is still in its infancy, accounting for less than 2 percent of all blocked ads. Fortunately, most publishers are starting to capture half or more of their pageviews through mobile traffic, so as that migration continues, the loss of ad dollars on desktop could be offset. However, it’s not unreasonable to expect ad blocking to become more common on mobile devices in the near future.center_img More troubling than the adoption rate is the lost revenue at stake. The report says that the global loss of ad dollars due to ad-blocking software is an estimated $21.88 billion and $10.78 billion in the U.S. alone. That’s roughly a quarter of the cumulative earnings of the total U.S. magazine industry. According to a recent report from PageFair and Adobe, ad blockers are catching on quickly and accounting for massive losses in potential ad revenue. In just one year, the number of average monthly software users increased 41 percent between Q2 2014 and Q2 2015. In the U.S., the adoption rate grew even faster at 48 percent, which accounts for 45 million monthly active users.last_img read more

Eva Mendes has the epic clap back to Ryan Gosling split reports

first_imgRyan and Eva are famous for avoiding the spotlight as much as possible. However, the Canadian actor has vocally appreciated Eva’s dedication to their children. He paid tribute to her as he collected his Golden Globe award 2017 for the Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy prize for his performance in La La Land.He said: “I just would like to try and thank one person properly, and say that while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer.”He continued: “If she hadn’t taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. Sweetheart, thank you.” Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have been together since 2011Getty ImagesEva Mendes has finally assured that all is well between her and Ryan Gosling. The 45-year-old actress revealed she would love to work with the Notebook star if given a chance.Extra recently asked Eva who she would sign on to work with, in a heartbeat. She replied instantly: “Ryan Gosling…yes absolutely.”She added: “I’m excited to go back to work, it’s just not, like, I’m dying to do a movie again, so it has to be something really special.”The started dating in 2011 after getting close on the set of their film The Place Beyond The Pines. They are parents to Esmeralda Gosling and Amada Gosling.Adding on. Eva also shared that she is a little sterner than Ryan with their children. “I think I am. There’s that term ‘helicopter parent,’ but aren’t you supposed to be a helicopter parent?… I’m strict about what they eat, and what they wear, and what time they go to bed,” she said.”And what they watch,” she added, laughing. “So, yeah.”last_img read more

US columnist accuses President Donald Trump of sexual assault

first_imgUS President has denied the allegations and said that he had never met her.A US magazine columnist has accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s.An excerpt from E Jean Caroll’s book titled ‘What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal’ was published in New York Magazine on Friday. It divulged details about her experience of sexual assault by “real estate tycoon” in first person account headlined ‘Hideous Men: Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life’.Caroll revealed that she had met Trump at the store when she was 52 and helped to suggest a gift for ‘a girl’ after he sought her advice.She claimed that between 1995 and 1996, he ‘lunged’ at her at the upscale Bergdorf store’s lingerie section, and pushed her against the wall while attempting to kiss her.  “I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights” she wrote.While she had confided to two friends about the assault, where one said that she should report to the police while the advised Caroll to not reveal anything because “he’ll bury her with 200 lawyers”, she had decided to not lodge a criminal case. New York reported that both the women had confirmed their accounts on the incident.However, Donald Trump has denied all allegations and claimed that he had never met her and called the publication a “crooked newspaper”.Just revealed that the Failing and Desperate New York Times was feeding false stories about me, & those associated with me, to the FBI. This shows the kind of unprecedented hatred I have been putting up with for years with this Crooked newspaper. Is what they have done legal?…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019He accused the Democratic party to be behind the recent controversy in a statement, “If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible. The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”The White House has also denied the accusations and stated, “This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the president look bad.”Regarding evidence, Caroll claimed that the department store no longer had security footages of the time the incident took place.She described that the reason she didn’t lodge a formal complaint was that he will deny the allegations like the way he denied the accounts of two dozen women who had confided about his unwanted sexual advance before. She also said, “I run the risk of making him more popular by revealing what he did”.Trump was under fire after 15 women alleged Trump of gross sexual misconduct before he became the president.A video of an Access Hollywood footage had emerged during his 2016 presidential election campaigns in which he controversially stated of having the liberty of grabbing women by her vagina because of his popularity,He had apologised for the statement and said that it was “locker room” talk.last_img read more

I am fed up of never getting the credit Karan Johar

first_imgKaran Johar on nepotism and much more.YouTube ScreenshotKaran Johar, who is often subjected to criticism on charges of things like nepotism to making movies only with big stars, expressed his annoyance at all those negativity around him.In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Karan opened up about being called the “baap of nepotism”, and also said that he is always criticised for things that people perceive to be wrong, but he is never given credit for the good works that he does.”I am fed up of never getting the credit for the good that we do, but be slammed for the bad that happens, or the bad that are perceived to happen. I can make the best feature film on this earth, and I will not get the credit that it deserves. You will not give me yourself, because you will feel that if you are nice to me then it will look like you are being nice to me for a certain reason, and not because you think I deserve it,” Karan said.On asked about the charges of nepotism, and if he feels a sense of responsibility to introduce talented people from outside, KJo countered it with a few data.”We have introduced 21 debut directors, out of which, about 16 or 17 of them are not nepotistic young film-makers. They are completely from the outside. Why don’t I get the benefit of that like – hey, there is a production house that is launching kids as film-makers who are from outside. Why don’t I get credit for that? Why only the discredit for some of the actors? And why do I have to justify it? How do they not know that I think they are talented enough to face the camera?” Karan said.”Yes, they get easy access, but after that they got a journey ahead. I don’t feel like constantly justify this, it gets on to my nerves now. Let me tell you, if they don’t have talent, the audience is not going to accept them, the industry won’t accept them, and I myself as a producer will not constantly put them in a film if they are not worth it. I am not stupid!” he added.Karan also spoke in length about the recent controversy where he was accused of throwing a drug party after a video of many stars partying at his house had gone viral. Watch the interview below:last_img read more

Trump Considers Pardon for Ali Wants Athletes Advice

first_imgBy JILL COLVIN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Reveling in his pardon powers, President Donald Trump said Friday he’s thinking “very seriously” about pardoning former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose conviction was already overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971.It’s one of “thousands” of cases the president’s team is reviewing, he told reporters as he left the White House en route to a world leaders’ summit in Canada. And Trump said he’s thinking about soliciting recommendations about other cases to consider from pro football players and other athletes who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem — a tactic Trump has fiercely denounced.In this Nov. 2009 file photo, President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to boxer Muhammad Ali in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Trump said that, “instead of talk,” he’s “going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system.”“I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated, friends of theirs or people that they know about and I’m going to take a look at those applications,” he said.Trump has been on a clemency kick of late, using his near-limitless power to pardon a growing list that includes a former White House aide, a conservative commentator and a former sheriff convicted of violating a judge’s orders who campaigned with Trump in 2016.Earlier this week, he commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by reality television star Kim Kardashian West. Last month he granted a posthumous pardon to boxing’s first Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson. Actor Sylvester Stallone alerted him to that case.Trump told reporters Friday his team is now “looking at literally thousands” of people who have come to their attention because they’ve been treated unfairly or their sentences are too long.“We have 3,000 names. We’re looking at them,” Trump said, calling the power to pardon “a beautiful thing.”Among them is Ali, who died in 2016.Born Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after converting to Islam in the 1960s. He refused to serve in the Vietnam War because of his religious beliefs, declaring himself a conscientious objector. He was stripped of his heavyweight crown in 1967, but his legal fight ended in 1971 when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor and overturned his conviction. He regained the boxing title in 1974.“I’m thinking about somebody that you all know very well. And he went through a lot. And he wasn’t very popular then,” Trump said. “He certainly, his memory is very popular now.”Ron Tweel, Ali’s lawyer, pointed out that Ali has no criminal record.“We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary,” he said.The White House did not immediately respond to questions about why the president feels one is needed.Trump said last week also said he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and pardoning celebrity lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, who served about five months on charges connected to an insider trading case. O.J. Simpson, he said in response to a reporter’s question, is not on his list.The president has been operating outside the usual Justice Department clemency protocol, in which submitted cases are carefully considered based on their merits, and recommendations made. Instead, White House officials say, Trump has focused on individual cases that have caught his attention or been brought to him by friends or celebrities. He’s been especially drawn to cases in which he feels a person’s prosecution has been politically motivated — a situation that may remind him of his own predicament at the center of the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling.Trump insisted Friday that he was also interested in clemency for regular people and those without high-profile backers.He said that, “it’s easier and people find it fascinating” to see him pardon the famous, but that he “would get more thrill out of pardoning people that nobody knows.”Yet Trump’s suggestion that professional athletes help him identify cases only seemed to fuel concerns that those without star advocates will be ignored.“Well, you know, if you think about it, that’s really — that becomes celebrity advocates. But they know a lot of things that we’re not going to know. They’ve seen a lot of abuse and they’ve seen a lot of unfairness,” he said.The idea also sparked backlash from the American Civil Liberties Union.“President Trump has spent much of his first 18 months in office degrading NFL players who protest police brutality and racial injustice. Today, he has tried once again to change the narrative about the work of those and other activists, betraying a fundamental misunderstanding of the cause behind these protests — and using racist dog whistles to do it,” said Jeff Robinson, the group’s deputy legal director.The players have been protesting racial injustice and the high numbers of African Americans killed by police.__Follow Colvin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinjlast_img read more

2 held with 32 kg charas from IndoNepal border

first_imgDarjeeling: Two persons, including a citizen of Nepal were arrested from the Indo-Nepal border and Charas recovered in a joint operation by Sashastra Seema Bal, 41st Bn and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).In another incident, a similar joint operation by the SSB, 17th Bn and the NCB in Falakata two persons were arrested and Ganja seized from their possession.Based on a tip off, two persons were apprehended from Dudhghat area under the Khoribari police station area on Thursday night. Ganesh Tamang, a Nepali citizen and Luka Sherpa, a resident of Kalimpong were arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life3.2 kg of Charas was seized from them along with four debit cards, three mobile phones and Indian, Nepali and Bhutanese currency were recovered from their possession.During the interrogation, it was revealed that the Charas was being smuggled from Nepal to Kolkata through Siliguri. Police have initiated an investigation.In another incident, NCB and SSB apprehended a Bolero pickup van at Falakata in the Alipurduar district on Friday morning. 322 kg of Ganja was recovered from the vehicle leading to the arrest of one Naren Dutta and Namal Saikia, both from Assam.The consignment was being brought from Senapati district of Manipur and was to be delivered in Siliguri.last_img read more

Funds in KMC fixed deposit to be spent on providing amenities

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim reiterated on Monday that funds in the fixed deposit of the civic body will be utilised only for development work and civic amenities and any wastage of such funds will not be tolerated.Replying to a query from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay regarding the existing amount in the fixed deposit of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) at the monthly meeting, Hakim said: “We have an amount of Rs 17.10 crore till February 2018. The funds in the fixed deposit, whether it is more or less, does not matter. What matters most is offering services and civic amenities to the people. Since the Trinamool Congress took over the board of the KMC in 2010, it has provided civic amenities in the form of potable drinking water, lights, development of slums, an overhaul of the drainage system, scientific plan for solid waste management etc.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to Hakim, when Subrata Mukherjee of the TMC ended his term as the Mayor in 2005, the amount of fixed deposit stood at Rs 377.16 crore. When Bikash Bhattacharya of the Left Front board took over as Mayor, he sold a number of plots of land and the fixed deposit went up to Rs 721.25 crore. Hakim further informed that when Bhattacharya’s term as Mayor ended in 2010, he left Rs 588. 67 crore in the fixed deposit of the KMC. “The revenue earning is a part our job but our main aim is to ensure that the citizens get the best of amenities,” he maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Mayor further said that the KMC has set a target of three years to ensure the supply of potable drinking water to every single pocket in the city. “There are problems in certain pockets, particularly in the added areas in the southern part, and we are taking all possible measures to augment water supply. The capacity of the Garden Reach Waterways is being raised by 25 million gallon and we are also constructing small booster pumping stations in these areas to boost water supply,” he added.last_img read more

Craft fair to usher in new year

first_imgA fortnight of cultural performances and an event to celebrate Indian art, crafts, and textiles, Dastkari Haat Samiti returns with the much-awaited crafts bazaar of the year. Conceptualised by textile revivalist Jaya Jaitly, the 33rd edition of the Bazaar will open on January 1, 2019, at Dilli Haat, INA, Delhi.The event will also feature workshops and performances by Mushtaq Ahmed, a flute maker from Varanasi; Moorala Marwada, a Sufi folk singer from the Janana village of the Kutch District, Gujarat who will sing the Also Read – Add new books to your shelfpoetry of Kabir, Mirabai, Ravidas and others; and Bhawani Kalindi and his group from Bengal who will perform the exotic tribal martial Chhau dance throughout the tenure of the bazaar. The distinctive line-up of the 15-day event includes craft and skill exchange program with Indonesia, supported by the O/o Development Commissioner Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles. The workshop will begin from January 2 with Indonesian artisan who excel in doyo fibre craft, pottery, tie, and dye and batik work paired with their Indian counterparts V, Sadanandam and Y Sridhar in fibre weaving, Telangana and AP, Harikishan in Pottery, New Delhi, Sabina Khatoon in Batik, West Bengal, and Abdul Wahab Khatri in tie and dye, Gujarat. The innovative art pieces thus created will be displayed in the last two days. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEstablished in 1986, Dastkari Haat Samiti helps over 60,000 artisans by organising annual crafts bazaar all over India that provide them with the exposure and bring them into direct contact with the urban customer. Supporting over 350 crafts groups across the 29 Indian states, the organisation believes in helping artisans and their families in every possible way. “Since the inception in 1986, our aim has been to break the barriers between the craftsmen and community by giving them a platform to showcase their craft. Our annual craft bazaar at Dilli Haat brings that authenticity of handloom and handmade products back with traditional weaves, sustainable home decor and so many more crafts from different states of India.”, shares Jaya Jaitly, Founder of Dastkari Haat Samiti. The craft bazaar will feature everything from a wide range of Vankar shawls of Gujarat, Banarasi textiles from Uttar Pradesh, Handloom Fabrics from Bengal, Bandhani from Gujarat, Handwoven Chanderi, Softest of Pashminas, Ajrakh block printing, Kantha embroidery, Pattachitra paintings, Inlay furniture, papier mache, carpets, durries, home decor accessories and organic products.last_img read more

City looks at heavy rainfall on Sunday after 48 hrs of discomfort

first_imgKolkata: The city-dwellers may witness hot and humid weather in the next two days before a heavy shower hits the South Bengal districts on Sunday, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore.The weather office, however, says that scattered rainfall may occur in various places of South Bengal in the next two days. But the rain will not be able to bring down the temperature and reduce the humidity level. The weather office says that the temperature will go down slightly in the city and the South Bengal districts following the heavy rain expected on Sunday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Bengal has received less rainfall in June compared to previous years, due to the late onset of monsoon and an irregularity in the rainfall. The situation may not improve in the current month as there may be a rain deficit in the state. The paddy cultivation has also been affected in different districts due to scarcity of rainfall. Various crops were also damaged due to high humidity levels. The rain deficit in the last month has affected the farmers and they may face a similar fate in July as there is also a prediction of rain deficit in the current month as well. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWeather experts said that the monsoon deficit in South Bengal currently stands at 48 percent, while the North Bengal districts have received heavy rainfall ever since the South-Western monsoon made incursion into the region. A weather official said that the sky in the city and in various other South Bengal districts remains mostly cloudy as of now. Once the cloud disappears, the mercury and humidity may further go up. It is expected that people in South Bengal may have to face discomfort for another two days. Once a heavy rain lashes the city, the humidity level will go down. The irregular rainfall has also been affecting the people, many of whom are complaining of fever and other ailments due to the fluctuating weather. The city doctors have also issued some tips in order to stay fit. They said children should drink more water and avoid spicy foods. People have been advised to bathe twice a day to get relief from the hot weather condition. They have also asked the people to avoid direct sunlight.last_img read more

Rep Glenn tours hydro facility in Sanford

first_imgFrom left: Lee Mueller, Rep. Glenn, and facilities operators Ron Heilig of Sanford and Dave Kovacevich of Midland.Lee Mueller, owner of Boyce Hydro and the Sanford Lake Dam, recently hosted Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee, on a tour of the 92-year-old facility, which has a total generating capacity of 3.6 megawatts of electricity using three water-driven turbine generators. Boyce Hydro sells the electricity generated by the dam to both Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, the state’s two publicly-regulated electrical utilities. Rep. Glenn said the tour was a valuable source of information in advance of an April 13 hearing before the Energy Policy Committee in Lansing. The Legislature is preparing to rewrite state energy policy in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s threatened shutdown this year of up to nine coal-fired electricity-generating plants in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Major area employers and taxpayers such as Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductors and Midland Cogeneration Venture will be significantly impacted by the rewrite, Rep. Glenn said. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos Sanford Lake Dam owner Lee Mueller, right, explains the history and operation of the facility to Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee.center_img 30Mar Rep. Glenn tours hydro facility in Sanfordlast_img read more

Zai Bennett Sky is set to completely change the

first_imgZai BennettSky is set to “completely change” the way it measures and reports on the performance of its programmes, claiming that overnight ratings “don’t tell the full story”.In an open letter published today, Sky UK’s director of programmes, Zai Bennett, claimed that when it releases a new TV series on-demand, alongside a traditional week-by-week transmission, more than 60% of its audience can be “completely missed in official figures”.He said that the operator’s new focus would be on ‘seven day cumulative audience’ figures, which are available from BARB around two weeks after an TV episode first airs.This will capture all linear broadcast viewing, including repeats, as well as most catch-up and on-demand viewing through a TV set, including those watching through Now TV.“The way the industry reports on TV viewing ultimately means that we’re under-selling ourselves,” said Bennett. “We need to be more transparent.”Sky said it has been testing the new measurement system for two weeks and has already seen a dramatic difference in ratings scores – for instance with its new drama series Tin Star.Episode one of Tin Star had an overnight audience of 342,000, but was actually watched by more than 1.6 million people, with 323,000 views coming through the Sky Go and Now TV apps, according to Bennett.“Tin Star has only just been released, so these figures are still being collated,” he said. “But we already know that more than half a million people have binge-watched the entire 10 episodes on demand through their set top boxes. And the majority of this viewing won’t be captured by BARB at all.”Bennett said that while Sky is supportive of BARB and its work with Project Dovetail to improve the way that TV viewing is captured, there are nevertheless “gaps” in the audience numbers that the industry uses.“The way that the industry talks about TV viewing isn’t reflective of the ways that people are watching today,” said Bennett. “The norm is to focus on an overnight audience or, at most, a seven day consolidated audience, but we feel that these just don’t tell the full story.”“Overall, this issue isn’t something that just affects us as a business, it affects the whole industry. I’d encourage other broadcasters to also use a more transparent viewing picture, so we all have a more accurate sense of the shows that have really captured the public’s imagination.”last_img read more

A Young Woman on Her Way to Lunch… What Happens N

first_img A Young Woman on Her Way to Lunch… (What Happens Next Is UNBELIEVABLE) She was on her way to lunch… Walking down the street in plain daylight. And then… THIS happened. If you do one thing today, please take a look at this outrageous video. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida March 28, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. • The entire financial system is hooked on cheap debt… Dispatch readers know Americans have borrowed trillions of dollars since the financial crisis. They’ve borrowed to buy restaurants, hotels, and apartment complexes. They’ve borrowed to buy cars. Last year, the value of auto loans topped $1 trillion for the first time ever. Many have even borrowed to buy stocks. Margin debt (money borrowed to buy stocks) hit an all-time high last year. • For now, the easy money is still flowing… The Fed’s key interest rate is at 0.38%. That’s well below its historic average of 5.00%. It’s still ridiculously cheap to borrow money. But the Fed can’t force lenders to make loans. The commercial property market could experience a “credit crunch” even if the Fed keeps rates near record lows. • The easy money high is wearing off… Dispatch readers know the stock market and auto industry have both recently flashed warning signs. A crisis rarely stays confined to one industry. If the commercial property market runs into serious trouble, stocks and bonds could sell off hard. We suggest you take steps to safeguard your wealth today. The simplest way to start is to set aside some cash. This will help you avoid major losses during the next big selloff. It will also put you in a good position to buy stocks and bonds down the road, when they’re much cheaper. We also encourage you to own physical gold. As you likely know, gold is real money. It’s preserved wealth for centuries, and it will preserve wealth during the next crisis. Investors often buy gold when they’re worried about the economy or stock market. This year, the S&P 500 is down 0.4%, while gold is up 17%. • Casey Research founder Doug Casey thinks we’re entering a “gold mania”… Doug explained why in a recent issue of the Dispatch. You can read the whole thing here. It’s one of the most important pieces Doug has published in years. In short, Doug thinks we’re headed for a major financial disaster, one that could dwarf the 2008–2009 financial crisis. When the crisis arrives, the Fed and other major central banks won’t sit back. They’ll spring into action. They’ll “do something.” We can’t say exactly how they’ll respond. But they’ll almost certainly make things worse. As Doug says, “you can almost always count on the government to do the wrong thing.” The safest thing you can do is bet against them. Owning gold is the easiest way to do that. Gold’s value rises when governments do destructive things. It’s your best defense against desperate governments Doug says the price of gold could easily triple from current levels. Most people would be thrilled to earn that sort of return. But a small group of investors will earn much more than that in the coming gold bull market. We’re talking gains of 10x, 50x, or 100x. Those numbers sound unbelievable, but it’s happened before. Click here to learn more about this incredible opportunity. Chart of the Day Commercial property prices are falling for the first time since 2010. Today’s chart shows the Moody’s/Real Capital Analytics (RCA) All National Property Index. This index tracks prices for various commercial property types. You can see that prices have surged since January 2010. Then, in December, the index fell 0.02%. This was its first decline in over six years. It fell another 0.34% in January. It’s too early to know if this is the top. But the commercial property market is clearly under stress. Sam Zell, who understands commercial property as well as anyone on the planet, thinks this is a “seller’s market.” In December, he told Bloomberg Business that “it is very hard not to be a seller” with the “pricing currently available in the commercial real estate market.” At this point, we recommend avoiding REITs. They could nosedive if commercial property prices keep falling. As we mentioned, a leading REIT index has climbed twice as much as the S&P 500 since March 2009. Today we begin with an important announcement… If you’ve followed Casey Research founder Doug Casey for long, you likely know about his incredible investing track record. Doug once turned $1,875 into $1.2 million—a 64,000% gain—on a single investment. He earned that gain on a Canadian property where the world’s richest nickel and copper mine was discovered. Then there was the time Doug invested $20,000 in an Alaskan mining business. In the following years, that investment handed Doug over 200 ounces of gold, worth over $250,000. It was good for a 1,000%+ return. These are just two examples from the dozens of huge winners Doug has produced. A world-renowned speculator, Doug has accumulated more wealth than the average person could spend in twenty lifetimes. That’s why Casey Research has just opened the doors to a special service that taps into Doug’s secrets. In short, it’s a way to get all of Doug’s future moneymaking research—plus Casey Research’s most popular and profitable research—at a 95% discount. This special deal likely won’t stay open long. And once it closes, we won’t offer it again for at least another year. We call it Casey Platinum. Click here to learn more. • Moving along, the U.S. commercial property market is stalling… Commercial property includes warehouses, shopping centers, and office buildings. For the past six years, the market has boomed. Commercial property prices have nearly doubled since 2010, according to Real Capital Analytics. They’re now 17% above their 2007 highs. This boom has made many developers, brokers, and mortgage lenders very rich. Investors in real estate investments trusts (REITs), publicly traded companies that often own commercial property, have also made huge returns. The Vanguard REIT Index, which tracks 153 major REITs, has surged 411% since March 2009. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 201% gain over the same period. Of course, all bull markets come to an end. And it looks like the commercial property market may have just peaked. • U.S. commercial property sales plummeted last month… February sales were down 47% from last year, as The Wall Street Journal recently reported. Just $25.1 billion worth of office buildings, stores, apartment complexes and other commercial property changed hands last month, compared with $47.3 billion in the same month a year earlier, according to deal tracker Real Capital Analytics Inc. In January, sales were $46.2 billion. Commercial property prices have also fallen for two straight months. That hasn’t happened in over six years. • In December, we warned that the commercial property market was softening… We pointed out a huge drop in transaction volumes. We also told readers Sam Zell was cashing out. Zell has made billions investing in real estate. He was one of the few real estate moguls to spot the last property bubble and get out before it popped. In February 2007, Zell sold $23 billion worth of office properties. Nine months later, the market peaked. U.S. commercial property prices went on to fall 42%. Now Zell is selling again. In October, Zell’s company sold 23,000 apartment units, about a quarter of its portfolio. Management plans to sell 4,700 more units this year. At this point, it looks like Zell “top ticked” the market again. Commercial property prices hit a record high in November before falling in December and January. • Cheap credit has juiced the commercial property market… The value of commercial property loans hit an all-time high of $1.76 trillion last year. Debt is a key part of the commercial property market. Most investors take out a mortgage when they buy an office building or shopping center. When debt is cheap, they borrow more money. And it’s never been cheaper to borrow money. Dispatch readers know the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero since 2008. The Fed has suppressed rates to encourage borrowing and spending. This makes it cheaper to take out a mortgage or car loan, or to borrow with a credit card. • Now lenders are suddenly issuing fewer real estate loans… The Wall Street Journal explains: [L]oans are becoming harder to secure even for safe investments such as well-leased buildings. That is because broader market volatility has caused lenders who sell off their loans via bonds known as commercial mortgage-backed securities to grow wary. While the segment made about $100 billion in loans last year, it has come to a virtual halt today, lending executives said. If that continues, it will become more difficult for landlords who took out 10-year loans in 2006 to refinance today. In addition to making fewer loans, lenders are lending out less cash on each loan they make. For the past several years, lenders would loan up to 75% of a property’s value. Now most lenders will only loan up to 65% or 70%, according to The Wall Street Journal. • The commercial property market could collapse without access to cheap money… Property prices could quickly plummet. Regular readers know that industries built on cheap money are incredibly fragile. If prices continue to fall, the commercial property market could crash hard and fast. This isn’t an isolated problem… How to “switch off” 99% of our advertising… The most common complaint we get from our readers is that we advertise too much. However, there is a way for you to “switch off” 99% of our advertising… With Casey Platinum, you get everything we publish, for life… That also means no more Casey Research ads. See here.center_img — Recommended Links –last_img read more