Stroll Patrol makes a quick return to action in the Yeomanstown Stud Dark Angel EBF Stakes at Naas on Wednesday following her victory at the Curragh on Sunday. “She’s been placed in a Pattern race in England and hopefully this is a good opportunity to get more black type on the page. “She’s coming right now, she’s in good form and she’s come out of her last race good.” Ken Condon will make a late check on the ground before allowing Newsletter to bid for her second Listed success of the campaign. Winner of the Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes at Nottingham in May, the three-year-old was then a close second to Ainippe in a Group Three at the Curragh before staying on well to finish fifth behind New Providence in the Summer Stakes at York earlier this month. “We’ll have a look at the ground in the first race. We don’t want to run her on firm ground, but she ran very well at York,” said the County Kildare trainer. “She came from a good way back and I’m very happy with her. “We want to step her up to seven furlongs in the Fairy Bridge Stakes (Tipperary, August 27) and there isn’t really much for her between now and then. “The more we get to know, she seems to appreciate easier ground, so we’ll just make sure it’s OK. It’s only up the road from us and she’s very well. The Johnny Murtagh-trained filly goes for Listed honours just four days after coming with a strong, late run to mow down Your Pal Tal to land a premier handicap in good style. “She’s come out of the race very well and I’m very happy with her and looking forward to running her again,” said the County Kildare handler. “She has a (3lb) penalty for winning a Listed race, but she’s got good form in the book and I’d expect her to run very well.” Eddie Lynam is double-handed with Byzantium and Fort Del Oro, while Michael O’Callaghan’s Letters Of Note is the fifth three-year-old in the nine-strong line-up. Rae Guest’s Minalisa is the sole English raider as she attempts to repeat last year’s success in this race. Colour Blue, Maontri and Oneoveryou make up the list. Press Association
A few weeks back we told you JetBlue would be rolling out new U.S. transcontinental premium passage beginning next summer. Let’s flesh out the amenities the low-fare/high-frills carrier will be offering up front, in the pointy end of its new A321s as of June 2014.The effort is dubbed Mint, and the seat is the center of it all – the sine qua non around which the effort revolves. It’s a fully lie-flat 6′ 8″ affair, one that JetBlue claims is “the longest in the U.S. domestic business class market.” At 22.3″ wide, the carrier also contends it’s the widest in that category. The seat is fitted with adjustable air cushions, has a massage function, comes with dual 110 volt power outlets and a pair of USB ports and is fronted by a 15-inch flat screen monitor delivering 100 channels of DirecTV.Then there’s the food, glorious food. Prep for the airborne repast with a pre-departure drink. If you’re in the mood, follow it up with a cocktail and amuse-bouche once aloft. Then comes the main course, one curated by Saxon + Parole, a popular New York City eatery. No mere chicken, beef or fish triad here. JetBlue wants you to “customize” your meal by choosing from among five “comfort food with a twist” offerings. They’re served tapas-style. Desert follows, along with a cappuccino or espresso.The most mouth-watering part of the whole equation is the airfare. It starts at $599, one-way. JetBlue’s premium pitch is that your wallet too will arrive on the other end of the continent in comparatively Mint condition.JetBlue’s betting that rate is going to help it rake in a larger share of the hugely competitive U.S. transcon premium market, a market heretofore in which it’s competed with six-abreast A320s configured, in part, to offer more leg-room. The arrival of Mint to the market signals JetBlue means business. It will be fascinating to see how the move affects the competition.
When it convened in Denver last week, the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 17th Annual Congress had a couple of local, working examples of new urbanism to tout: downtown Denver’s trendily revitalized Larimer Square and the decade-old mixed-use community called Highlands’ Garden Village, about 10 minutes north of the city.Perry Rose LLC, the developer of Highlands’ Garden Village, echoed Congress for New Urbanism’s praise for the project, which embraced many New Urbanism principles such as neighborhood diversity, abundant use of open space, pedestrian-friendly design, context-appropriate architecture, and green construction.As the developer points out, because the 30-acre site had been rezoned as a planned unit development, its architects and planners were able to apply a fair amount of creativity in balancing open-space, residential, commercial, and other uses.A 20th-century entertainment centerThe site had a colorful evolution, though, well before it became Highlands’ Garden Village. In the 1890s, the property was owned by John and Mary Elitch, who opened a zoological and botanical garden. Amusement park rides were added in 1916, and the gardens’ other entertainment amenities, including a ballroom and the Elitch Theater, attracted a wide following and big-name performers. The amusement park’s owners requested redevelopment proposals for the 30-acre site after the park was closed in 1994.Garden Village now has 306 residential units (including single-family homes, townhouses, carriage houses, senior independent living, market rate and affordable apartments, and live-work lofts), 75,000 sq. ft. of commercial space (including a 28,000-sq.-ft. health food store, a green cleaner, and offices for doctors, dentists, chiropractors, and optometrists).Underpinning this construction, the developer says, was a commitment to green practices that included use of recycled materials, low-VOC products, and water-conserving native plants. Wind turbines generate power for all community buildings and site lighting. And the food store, Sunflower supermarket, is one of the first in the world to earn a LEED for Core & Shell Gold rating.
Updated with a revised competition timetable.With the Passivhaus standard already well established in Western Europe, Guergana Barabonkova, a Massachusetts-based architect and cofounder of Passive House Bulgaria, sees this as a good time to give the standard a boost in her native country. Bulgaria’s generally moderate climate, after all, should make building to the standard relatively straightforward, and Passivhaus is nicely aligned with the precepts of the Kyoto protocol, which Bulgaria ratified. The building standard could help Bulgaria meet the carbon-reduction goals of the European Union.In an interview this month with urban-design forum SHIFTboston, Barabonkova highlighted these issues as part of the backdrop to an architectural initiative called the Passive House Bulgaria electronic design competition, which opened registration on January 16 and will accept both contest registrations and project submissions until March 16. The participating design teams and the public will have from March 19 to April 6 to vote for their favorites, the 10 finalists will be announced on April 9, and an eight-member jury will announce the winning projects on April 16. (Click here for more contest information.)Making the most of a temperate climateA principal of Studio GB Architecture, Barabonkova has recent experience as a design-competition contestant herself, having collaborated with a colleague, Miroslava Tevena, on a Passivhaus design for an affordable shotgun-style home suitable for the hot and humid climate of New Orleans. Presented by web-based design community DesignByMany, the competition attracted many entries, including Barabonkova and Tevena’s Resilient House, whose modeling showed airtightness of 0.2 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference; primary energy demand at 94 kWh/(m2a), and cooling energy demand at 7 kWh/(m2a).Passive House Bulgaria contestants will be given climate data for Lozen, near Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. Acquiring materials for such a project in Bulgaria should be relatively cost-effective because Europe’s running start on Passivhaus has created a solid market for building products suited to the standard, said Barabonkova, whose firm has a single-family Passivhaus project underway in Bulgaria.Despite the EU’s current debt problems, Passivhaus has the economic wind at its back in other ways as well, she added. As are most Europeans, Bulgarians “are concerned over the high prices of the gasoline and the energy, and they are looking into finding ways to reduce their energy use. And the interest in Passive House building is growing rapidly.”
In a major and timely boost to participation and profile in the greater Brisbane region, Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of Touch Football Australia today jointly announced with the principals of Queensland Sports Management (QSM) and Queensland Touch Football, a significant and historic alignment. As at end-October 2013, all competitions managed and run under the auspices of QSM including Premier Touch and City Touch in Brisbane, have officially aligned with Touch Football Australia.Maguire explained today the nature and significance of the alignment: “It’s fair to say the partnership has been some time in the making. We are greatly enthused at TFA along with our new associates at QSM, at the potential and opportunity this alignment affords participants in the Greater Brisbane region both now and in the future. It is a relationship based on the long term growth of the sport and the intent of unifying Touch Football in Queensland and indeed, across the nation,” he said. “What this means is that well over 1,000 teams will be competing week-in, week-out across the Greater Brisbane region in the Summer and Winter months, now aligned with TFA, so the participant numbers and the opportunities are massive. Importantly though, we have a very ambitious growth agenda for this region and so, along with Queensland Touch Football and Premier and City Touch, we hope to boost this number significantly in coming years, in what is rightly considered heartland Touch Football and Rugby League territory.Maguire added: “For some time there has been a divide between the affiliated and non-affiliated Touch Football markets and we thank all concerned for taking this historic first step in the unification of our game. This has been achieved through all parties, including Queensland Touch Football, seeing the long term benefit that can be achieved through a united and unified approach to delivery of your sport,” he added. The alignment affords both entities the opportunity to join forces and collaborate on a combined approach to delivery. This, ultimately, will ensure the overall development of the product, player experience and focus on the important person in this equation – the participant. Both TFA and Premier and City Touch will be striving to ensure the game of Touch Football and the competitions in which current players are participating in, or are considering participating in, are further enhanced through this alignment.Maguire added that the move was also consistent with the strategy that underpins the NRL-TFA’s historic alliance announced a few months ago. That is, a commitment by both the NRL and TFA to join forces to create ‘a place on the field for everyone’ and significantly, ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’; notwithstanding improving the accessibility and player experience for all competitors. “As it is with the alliance with the NRL, the alignment between TFA and Premier and City Touch is a significant development in growing the game of Touch Football across Australia and indeed the Greater Brisbane region. We look forward to seeing current and new players on the park and enjoying the ‘thrill of the chase’ and the many benefits of playing this great game of ours.” For all enquiries on the alignment contact either Colm Maguire on (02) 6212 2800 or Gary Madders, General Manager, Queensland Touch Association on (07) 3807 2000. Related LinksPremier & City Touch
Association of Journalists rejects Barcelona defender Pique’s accusationsby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Association of Journalists has rejected Gerard Pique’s latest accusationsThe defender alleges that the Barcelona board helped facilitate a news story which highlighted the playing staff as the reasons behind the Blaugrana’s poor start to the campaign. It was a piece which highlighted a number of issues, suggesting that the power of the Barcelona dressing room had long been a source of negativity at the Camp Nou. The Association of Journalists doesn’t accept the accusations by Gerard Pique against our fellow journalists, suggesting they were writing on the request of another party,” the group’s statement read.”We will never tire of asking for more respect for the profession and those within it.”Journalists do not accept people telling us how to do our work, and they try to discredit us because they don’t like what we write, freedom of the press is a fundamental right of a democracy and professionals work to avoid any conflict of interest in accordance with the Code of Ethics.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY – The records of Canadians who use PayPal business accounts to make and receive payments will soon be in the hands of the federal government’s tax-collecting agency.The online payments company said Wednesday it has been given 45 days to hand over information identifying its account holders and the amount and number of payments they paid or received between Jan. 1, 2014, and last Friday to the Canada Revenue Agency.“We are required to disclose information about business account holders who have received or sent a payment,” it says on its website. “Affected account holders have been notified.”CRA spokesman Patrick Samson confirmed that the agency received Federal Court of Canada authorization to request the information, part of a crackdown on Canada’s underground economy.“Specifically, the CRA is seeking PayPal’s list of Canadian clients who have a commercial account, including the total value of their transactions (purchases and sales) from 2014 to the date of the requirement,” he said.“The information obtained through the unnamed persons requirement will allow the CRA to ensure that these individuals and corporations comply with their tax obligations under the Income Tax Act.”PayPal Canada says it has more than 6.4 million active users, although that includes personal accounts which are not affected by the CRA move.Hussein Warsame, a tax professor with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, linked the data grab to the federal government’s 2017 budget, which provided a five-year funding boost to the CRA to fight tax evasion by investigating the underground economy.“They think people who use PayPal are probably avoiding tax and therefore they’re using the extra funding to basically look for low-hanging fruit,” he said.“It is a fishing expedition, in many ways.”He said the agency is likely offering the 45-day window to allow people who haven’t paid their taxes as required to file tax revision forms and come back into compliance with the tax act.Warsame said the files could allow the CRA to identify people who have had more than $30,000 in business revenue over 12 months, which means they should be registered to collect and remit the GST.It also may identify people or corporations who owe corporate or personal income taxes. If caught, they will have to pay the tax, plus penalties and interest. If the tax avoidance is deliberate, it could be considered tax evasion and result in a criminal charge, he said.He said Canadians are required to retain tax records for six years and recommended that PayPal customers pull together their records to prepare for potential audits.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
MONTREAL – The Canadian government will study the impact of U.S. tariffs on the steel and aluminum industries before determining the financial support required to protect local jobs, the international trade minister said Monday.“The message we have been saying to everyone watching is we will always be there for the workers of that industry,” Francois-Philippe Champagne told reporters at a two-day international aluminum summit.“We have shown it in the softwood lumber case and we will show it again that we will have their back.”The minister said the government will work with provinces to support the metal industries but didn’t go as far as Quebec which committed to help smaller aluminum producers.“If there is a risk of reducing their production or a risk of not being able to export as much, we will be there to support them in making sure that they maintain the jobs that they have in that sector,” Economic Development Minister Dominique Anglade said.The minister said a meeting will take place next Monday with the various players before details of the support are announced.U.S. President Donald Trump created global uncertainty after he ended exemptions for Canada, Mexico and the European Union by imposing 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.That prompted Canada to retaliate by moving to add $16.6 billion in tariffs of its own that are set to be applied July 1. They will match the steel and aluminum tariffs and add duties to a wide range of consumer goods.The U.S. aluminum tariffs aren’t expected to have an immediate impact on jobs, but the goal is to avoid losing companies that transform aluminum to other products that are economically important for the industry.The summit ended with delegates calling on G7 leaders meeting next week in Quebec to formally request the G20 to create a Global Multilateral and Governmental Forum on Aluminum Overcapacity and establish an international monitoring system.Subsidized overcapacity and market-distorting behaviour from China is undermining the growth of the global aluminum industry, it said in a communique.Chinese primary smelting capacity is expected to grow 30 per cent in one year in 2018, adding 3.3 million tonnes of aluminum — more than Canada’s total production.China is expected to produce 49 million tonnes or 54 per cent of global capacity this year.“The United States is very well aware that China is the problem. China is the elephant in the room,” Jean Simard, president of the Aluminum Association of Canada said at a news conference.He said U.S. tariffs are a political manoeuvre that has nothing to do with Canadian aluminum or steel.Despite Trump’s tariff action, there is a lot of solidarity between the Canadian and American aluminum associations on China, he told reporters.“I think this is a real opportunity for us to use this kind of situation, use this kind of environment as a stepping off point to combine efforts and focus on the problem of illegal subsidies in China that are driving overcapacity,” added Heidi Brock, who heads the Aluminum Association.The 10 per cent tariff changes everything, added Raymond Chretien, Quebec’s chief trade negotiator and former Canadian ambassador to the U.S.Representatives of large aluminum producers said the industry needs to use the crisis to raise public awareness and trigger multilateral action to tackle Chinese oversupply, which is the real problem that has triggered U.S. action.“For the time being, this tariff is not aligned with the problem but still let’s use this momentum to make sure that we can do something fast,” said Gervais Jacques, chief operating officer of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Atlantic operation.Trump has generated chaos with his aggressive approach to trade but may have created an opportunity to build a multilateral trading system that deals with the reality of China’s state-owned enterprises, said Chad Bown, senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.“I think he has caught the attention of a lot of people around the world, including China, and China may be willing to engage on issues that they hadn’t previously been willing to come to the bargaining table before,” he said.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter
TUNIS – The brokers of long-awaited talks between Tunisia’s ruling Islamists and the opposition said they will make a new attempt to open them on Friday despite doubts over who will attend.“The national dialogue launch will go ahead at 10:00 am (0900 GMT),” the UGTT trade union confederation, which has been the lead mediator in the protracted political crisis, said just hours before the planned start.“We will see which parties turn up.” The mainly secular opposition said on Thursday evening that it would not take part until Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh gives a “clear and explicit” undertaking that his government will step down within three weeks of the dialogue’s launch.The timeframe is part of a hard-won roadmap to put Tunisia’s political transition back on track negotiated by the mediators between the Islamist-led government and the opposition.But the roadmap also sets a parallel one-month timeframe for the adoption of a new constitution and electoral laws, and a timetable for fresh elections, which the government is insisting must also be adhered to.Larayedh gave a new commitment on television late Thursday to the principle of handing over to a government of independents, but again insisted his cabinet’s resignation was conditional on the implementation of other parts of the roadmap.“The government is eager and committed to stand down within the timeframes set by the roadmap but on condition that all its elements are completed in the specified order,” the premier said.The protracted haggling between the two sides has paralysed Tunisian politics since the killing of an opposition member of parliament in July, in an attack blamed on jihadists.It comes against a backdrop of mounting public anger over the growing death toll from jihadist violence, which saw two offices of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party torched on Thursday as six slain police officers were laid to rest.