Amit Shah’s real mission was to collect Rafale files from CM

first_imgCongress spokesperson and former MLA Jitendra Deshprabhu on Tuesday said that the BJP national president Amit Shah’s “real” mission during his visit to Goa on Saturday was to take away files related to the Rafale deal from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s bedroom. Known for shooting his mouth off, Mr. Dehsprabhu claimed at a press conference at the Congress headquarters here that some of the documents related to the Rafale deal, which were leaked to the media over the last few days, could have been part of Rafale files which were stashed at Mr. Parrikar’s private residence. “It is possible that a few documents have slipped from there. Documents are also being sourced from other places. Where are they coming from?” he asked adding, “Amit Shah’s job was to clear files from Parrikar’s bedroom so that their scam is not exposed.” “Yes, the Congress alleges that Mr. Shah’s Goa visit was to collect the files at Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s home. The files were taken away. Once the files are taken away, they BJP can be at peace and they can then sack Manohar Parrikar, who can no longer blackmail the top leadership,” Mr. Deshprabhu alleged. The Congress spokesperson reiterated that the leaked audio tape, purportedly containing a journalist’s conversation with Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, had already confirmed that the former Defence Minister did keep files related to the Rafale deal in his bedroom. Mr. Deshprabhu alleged that when Mr. Shah visited Goa on Saturday, it was to collect the same pack of files. Mr. Shah made an unscheduled 45 minutes stop and had a meeting with Mr. Parrikar at latter’s private residence before addressing a party booth workers’ meeting near here.last_img read more

PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize for Artificial Chicken

first_imgDon’t expect an artificial chicken in every pot anytime soon. Since 2008, the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has offered $1 million to anyone able to create a commercially viable artificial meat from growing chicken cells. But although scientists are making progress toward artificial hamburgers, even a 2-year extension from the original deadline of 2012 wasn’t enough to lure applicants for PETA’s prize. With the award’s latest deadline expiring tomorrow, ScienceInsider asked the group about its plans and PETA President Ingrid Newkirk released the following statement:“Herbert Hoover’s ‘chicken in every pot’ was the impetus for PETA’s extension of its $1 million prize for the first scientist to put an in vitro chicken in every pot or at least in your local supermarket. Since announcing the prize, laboratory work on in vitro meat has come a long way, but it looks as if the first commercially viable in vitro meat will be a beef hamburger or a pork sausage, rather than anything involving chicken. PETA is happy that its offer sparked debate, created a fellowship, spurred interest and investment from the food industry and ‘ millionaires,’ and has seen patents pending for breakthroughs in developing the process, from tissue scaffolding to muscle development.“PETA, which has continued to fund research at the University of Missouri into in vitro meat production, will announce tomorrow that the operation was a success, although the prize expired. We recognize that while chickens are the most abused animals used for food, by virtue of their sheer number—a million slaughtered in the U.S. alone each hour—the science used in the development of in vitro pork and beef will eventually be used to create in vitro chicken. Our prize offer has served a purpose, and we will now be entertaining ideas on how to put that $1 million to good use in combating cruelty in food production. Our first focus may be in legal challenges to ‘ag-gag’ legislation that makes it a crime to record atrocities on factory farms and in slaughterhouses, thereby keeping the consumer in the dark.”last_img read more

European Union’s pairing plan for science proves popular

first_imgA program designed to boost investments in the scientific infrastructure of Europe’s lagging regions by pairing them with elite institutes elsewhere on the continent has proved unexpectedly popular. The European Commission has received 169 scientific business plans for the scheme, dubbed Teaming, and may be able to advance only 16% of the proposals to the next round of the competition. The commission will start reviewing the proposals in Brussels next week.“We were delighted,” says commission spokesman Michael Jennings. “The response exceeded our expectations.” It also triggered an automatic 20% boost to the evaluation budget, according to an internal commission document obtained by ScienceInsider.The €314 million scheme, hatched a few years ago, is a small part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s nearly €80 billion research funding program; the idea is to trigger the creation or rejuvenation of research facilities in 15 countries in the so-called Widening region of Europe, where scientific output is low, and eight associated member states. 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Germany provides the most candidate partner institutions, 136, followed by the United Kingdom, which appears in 67 applications. Spain submitted two ineligible applications to host a center; the country is actually on the list of high-performing partner countries and participated in that capacity in 29 applications.Proposals will be judged in part based on commitments from the regional government to provide funds, good working conditions for scientists, and institutional independence, according to the call for proposals published late last year. “The idea was to combine the highest scientific competence with the political will to build up an internationally attractive research infrastructure and innovation environment,” says Herbert Reul, a member of the European Parliament for the Christian-democratic European People’s Party and one of the architects of the program. The hope is that a shot at winning otherwise unattainable Horizon 2020 funds makes scientific reforms and investment more palatable to local politicians.Slovenia, for instance, will model the governance of the institutes proposed in its plan on German and other foreign research centers, says Urban Krajcar, the director-general for science at the country’s Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. The country has also promised to double any Horizon 2020 Teaming funds with money from the so-called European Structural and Investment Funds for regional development, he says. (The funds—worth some €352 billion between 2014 and 2020—are typically used for other types of infrastructure, such as roads and bridges; the commission’s hope is that the Teaming call will shift part of them to scientific infrastructure.)Among Slovenia’s proposals is a nanoscale sensor research center, a center for vaccine production and biotherapeutic technology, and a plan to upgrade an existing biomedical engineering Center of Excellence. “It would be a great honor for Slovenia to have one” of the winning applications, Krajcar says.The commission will announce about 27 first-stage winners in February 2015; the list will be further winnowed down to perhaps six pilot Teaming centers by 2016. Horizon 2020 foresees another Teaming call beginning in 2018, but given the demand for this first round, the authors of the internal document propose adding an extra cycle in 2017 if the commission can find the funds.last_img read more

Petron claims PSL All-Filipino title, sweeps F2

first_imgView comments “And the result has been so beautiful because everything we planned has panned out.”Substitute Cherry Rondina personified her “Cherry Bomb” nickname when she exploded for 16 points, four of which came in succession in the fourth set, while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 14.Bernadeth Pons and Molina also finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.Galang had 20 points to lead the Cargo Movers with Aby Maraño and Mary Joy Baron combining for 27 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Iñigo, Marata catch fire as Marinerong Pilipino stuns Racal Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera In a pulsating match that saw both teams trade rallies, hits, and leads, it was an unfortunate net fault that doomed F2 Logistics and glorified Petron.Molina answered Galang’s off-the-block kill with her own to give Petron a 12-11 bubble and she then put her team on match point, 14-11 with a crippling ace.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith talents such as Molina, Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Rhea Dimaculangan, Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said it all boiled down to his team’s constant communication.“Communication is very important to us, and every time we practice we talk about everything,” said Delos Santos. “The whole team, the players, the coaching staff, everyone talks.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPetron had to cross a mountain of a hurdle to dethrone F2 Logistics atop the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference in a five-set thriller, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11, in Game 2 of the championship round Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.This title stopped the Blaze Spikers’ two-year championship drought after Petron won the 2015 All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

US World Cup Absence Could Have Wide-ranging Effects

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup will be a unique test of soccer’s appeal in the United States.Will Americans still watch if their national team isn’t there? Fox is certainly hoping so.The U.S. failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia when it lost at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night, and the effects of that defeat may be felt for quite some time. The team, and indeed the whole U.S. Soccer Federation, faces a period of soul searching — but broadcasters, sponsors and tournament organizers could also be impacted by the Americans’ absence.Fox, which broadcasts next year’s World Cup, offered only a statement Wednesday — which did provide some insight as to how the network will likely promote a World Cup without the U.S.“Last night’s World Cup qualifying results do not change FOX Sports’ passion for the world’s biggest sporting event,” the statement said. “While the U.S. was eliminated, the biggest stars in the world from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo stamped their tickets to Russia on the same day, and will battle teams ranging from Mexico to England that have massive fan bases in America.”Fans in the U.S. are familiar with stars like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. Top European club teams now have American followings, which suggests that soccer in the U.S. can withstand a short-term slump for the national team.An estimated 26.5 million people in the U.S. watched Germany’s victory over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, and the 2018 final figures to be a major draw as well. But a U.S.-Portugal match in the group stage of the 2014 tournament had 24.7 million viewers — and that’s the type of interest that might be absent from earlier games in 2018.“It’s going to hurt a little bit,” said Austin Karp, an assistant managing editor of SportsBusiness Daily. “You’re not going to have any buildup there toward the summer, with the U.S. team playing either friendlies — or talk about how the U.S. team is going to do, promotion of the U.S. team on Fox properties like baseball or other spring stuff they might have. … The U.S. matches were some of the strongest audiences for ESPN-ABC the last couple of iterations of the tournament. The final will still be OK.”Fox broadcast the Women’s World Cup in 2015, but next year will be its first time carrying the men’s tournament since winning U.S. English-language World Cup rights back in 2011. Now Fox’s 2018 tournament won’t have the Americans, and ratings for the 2022 event in Qatar could be affected by the fact that it is set to be held in November and December, instead of its usual calendar spot midway through the year.The U.S. team’s failure to qualify for 2018 dented shares of Twenty-First Century Fox on Wednesday. The stock fell 66 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $26.11. But concerns over Fox’s outlook may be overblown, according to a report from Pivotal Research Group. According to the group’s study, the U.S. team accounted for about 20 percent of ESPN’s total viewing for the 2014 tournament — a significant figure but not an overwhelming one. Fox will certainly miss having the Americans in 2018, but the U.S. played only four games in Brazil last time.“While it might make a difference for the lay viewer who is only going to watch the U.S. games, that’s just a small subset of the total viewing,” said Brian Wieser, a senior research analyst for Pivotal Research Group.So the show must go on for broadcasters — and sponsors are trying to make the best of the situation as well.“Like all American soccer fans we are disappointed the team will not be participating in the World Cup, but still recognize the huge growth opportunity for soccer in the U.S.,” said Ricardo Marques, a vice president of marketing for Budweiser. “As the official beer of the World Cup and a longtime FIFA partner, Budweiser will continue to tap into our fans’ passion for soccer here and globally.”Over in Russia, meanwhile, the reaction to the U.S. ouster was muted. American fans have attended the World Cup in droves recently — over 200,000 tickets for games in Brazil were purchased by U.S. residents. FIFA said Tuesday that the U.S. was among the top 10 countries for ticket applications so far for 2018, along with other non-qualifiers like China and Israel. Some applications by U.S. residents are likely to have been made by supporters of other teams, such as Mexico.Still, many in Russia focused instead on the failure to qualify of neighboring Ukraine, which had occasionally threatened to boycott the tournament over Russia’s backing for separatist groups in eastern Ukraine. Vyacheslav Koloskov, the Russian Football Union honorary president, said the United States’ absence was a missed opportunity to improve Russia-U.S. relations.“The non-participation of the U.S. reduces the chances of players, and indirectly of American fans, to see the transformations taking place in our country,” he told Russian agency R-Sport.Koloskov added that the U.S. team was “nothing special” and so its absence “won’t have any effect on our World Cup in a sporting sense.”NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Train 18 crosses 180 kmph speed limit during trial run

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 2 (PTI) India’s first locomotive-less less train, known as Train 18, breached the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run on Sunday, a senior railway official said here. When this Rs 100-crore indigenously designed train is made operational, it will become the country’s fastest train. “Train 18 breached the 180 kmph speed limit in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. The major trials are now over, with just some more remaining. Based on the reports, fine tuning would be done if needed. As of now no major technical problem has cropped up,” S Mani, General Manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) that has manufactured the train, said. “We expect Train 18 to commence its commercial run from January 2019. Normally the trials take three months. But now it is happening faster than expected,” Mani added. If all things go well, Train 18 will replace the current Shatabdi Express – a day train. Train 18 is capable of touching 200 kmph provided the rest of Indian Railways’ system such as tracks and signals permit, officials said. The ICF will roll out one more Train 18 this fiscal and four by the next fiscal. On October 29, the high-tech, energy-efficient, self-propelled (engine-less) train was flagged off here by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani. With 16 coaches, the train will have the same passenger carrying capacity as that of the Shatabdi Express. It has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations. The train sports an advanced regenerative braking system which saves power. The fully air-conditioned train offers better passenger comfort and safety, as all equipment are fixed under the carriage, so that more space is available on board, officials said. PTI ASG INDINDadvertisementlast_img read more

WATCH: Guardiola’s not-so-subtle dig at Gary Neville

first_imgManchester City VIDEO: Guardiola aims not-so-subtle dig at Gary Neville Sam Lee Manchester City Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Man City yellow ribbon Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Premier League Manchester United Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero Videos The Sky Sports pundit branded the Catalan’s decision to only name six substitutes on the bench for the recent game at Burnley “a joke” Pep Guardiola has hit back at Gary Neville in the row over Manchester City’s substitutes, pointing out that the Sky Sports pundit “was a manager – for a short time”.Neville claimed Guardiola’s decision to only name six substitutes on his bench for the game at Burnley last Saturday was “a joke”, insisting the Catalan should have called up a youth-team player to make up the numbers.Neville stressed that the City boss is “an absolutely incredible manager” doing “unbelievable work”, but that his decision “let him down”. 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 Guardiola said at the time that he simply did not have enough players available to name a squad of 18, and that the youth team had played the night before, meaning none of the players would have been able to travel.The Catalan again clarified his position during his Friday press conference, and made sure he managed to fit in a dig at Neville, whose managerial experience amounts to an ill-fated three-month spell with Valencia.“It’s quite simple, we had a lot of injuries,” Guardiola said. “We had that day a training session at four in the afternoon. At the same time five or six of the players I could have taken had a game here.“It was just one or two hours later and it would not have been correct to go the manager who is preparing for the game and say ‘I need one or two players to go on the bench’ when they are going to play.“For that reason, I didn’t call him.“This guy, the pundit, he has to know my job is serious, it’s not a joke, never is it a joke. It’s so serious.”As another journalist took the microphone to ask the next question, Guardiola continued his riposte.Guardiola goes back in for another nibble at Gary Neville.You can tell he really wanted to get this one off his chest…— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) February 9, 2018“And he should know that because he was a manager – for a short time.”Guardiola had earlier stressed that he would name a full squad of 18 for Saturday’s game against Leicester City, and that “Gary Neville can be happy”.He also explained himself even further after his jibe at Neville.”It was the first time in my life but all of the players were injured believe me,” Guardiola said. “David [Silva] was not [available], John Stones was not fit. David trained with us that day at four in the afternoon but during the session, he said, ‘I am not ready’.”After that I went to the second team, but the second team in an hour and a half were going to play a game so I felt I’m not going to call the player to go to the bench when the substitute is normally Brahim [Diaz] or Yaya [Toure] or another one.”That is the reason why I don’t call one up. It was the first time in my life and an exception. If the training session had been at 11 in the morning I’d have had 18 but it’s not a big issue.”last_img read more

New Competitions Recognised In Local Sporting Champions Grants Program

first_imgThe Local Sporting Champions program was recently expanded to provide more young Australians opportunities to receive funding to attend sporting events.New championships which young athletes, coaches or officials can now apply for funding to help attend include international competitions as well as state school championships.The grants are available under the Local Sporting Champions program, an Australian Government initiative aimed at helping sportspeople aged 12–18 to attend recognised sporting championships.Successful applicants will receive a one-off individual grant of $500 or team grant of $3000 to help fund the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching, umpiring or refereeing.With the inclusion of these competitions, the Local Sporting Champions program will recognise some of Australia’s most talented young athletes and provide them with financial assistance to participate in sport and represent their country at an international level.Criteria for fundingTo be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant, individuals aged 12–18 years (inclusive) must be competing in an Australian Sports Commission-recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) state or national sporting championships, a national or state school sport championships or be a member of an official Australian team endorsed by an ASC-recognised NSO or School Sport Australia travelling to an international competition. Please note that eligible sportspeople can only receive one Local Sporting Champions grant per year.Candidates can complete the Local Sporting Champions application form online before their championship event. More information on eligibility for a grant is available at are open all year. Round 1 of the 2012–13 Local Sporting Champions grant allocation closes on Saturday, 30 June.last_img read more

Report: Clemson WR Amari Rodgers Suffered Knee Injury During Spring Practice

first_imgA general view of Clemson's stadium.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson should be poised for another successful season in college football, but the defending champions might be holding their breath over the next few days. Standout wide receiver Amari Rodgers hurt his knee during practice on Monday, and his availability this season could be in doubt.Rodgers was an integral part of Clemson’s offense in 2018. The sophomore caught 55 of his targets for 575 yards and four touchdowns.With Hunter Renfrow heading to the NFL, the Tigers were hoping for Rodgers to solidify himself as the third pass-catching option for Trevor Lawrence. However, it’s possible he doesn’t get to play next season.According to college football reporter Matt Fortuna, Clemson fears that Rodgers sustained an ACL injury. The severity of this injury would dictate whether or not he misses significant time.The Tigers should have an update on Rodgers later today once his MRI is complete.Clemson fears that WR Amari Rodgers suffered an ACL injury during Monday’s practice, a person with knowledge of the situation tells @TheAthleticCFB. An MRI today will bring further clarity. @ClemsonTigerNet was the first to report the news.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) March 26, 2019If Rodgers is potentially out for months then Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins will have to shoulder the load. Both wideouts were dynamic in Clemson’s victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff.Ross had 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman season. Higgins on the other hand will try to build off this past season in which he led the team with 12 receiving touchdowns.Hopefully the MRI results don’t show a major injury for Rodgers, who is undoubtedly a reliable weapon for the Tigers.Stay tuned.last_img read more

After thumping LS poll win BJP sets eyes on Delhi Assembly

first_imgNew Delhi: After bagging all the 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the BJP has set its eyes on the Assembly elections slated early next year, with the party on Saturday exuding confidence of repeating the similar performance then. Delhi BJP chief and winner from North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency Manoj Tiwari expressed confidence that the party would wrest power from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the capital. Speaking at a joint press conference by the BJP’s Lok Sabha winners from Delhi, Tiwari said, “This time I won with a margin of 3,67,650 votes from North East Delhi, much more than the numbers in 2014. I have got this confidence from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But this is not the end. The next test is for Delhi election next year.” Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar Urging the people of the national capital to end BJP’s 22-year hiatus here, he said, “If we have received people’s trust, we are confident of getting it for Delhi as well.” Tiwari, a singer-turned-politician, said the public verdict in the Lok Sabha polls is historical. “I have been asserting since day one that Narendra Modi in 2014 was hope and 2019 Modi is faith,” he added. Talking about his own electoral performance, he said since he was pitted against three-time Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit, he was a bit fearful but the people mandate instilled confidence in him. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance Taking a jibe at the Congress, Union Minister Harshvardhan, who won the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, said even though the grand old party fielded all its heavyweights in Delhi, it couldn’t secure a single seat. He noted that the ruling Aam Aadmi Party finished third on all seven seats and many candidates lost their deposits. “The verdict shows that Delhi is disillusioned and disappointed with Congress and AAP. This is the beginning of the end of AAP. It’ll be difficult for AAP to save its identity,” he said. In the 2015 Assembly elections, AAP had got a massive victory, bagging 67 out of the total 70 seats. Renowned cricketer and a newbie in the politics, Gautam Gambhir, who bagged East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, attacked AAP leader and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “When the AAP levelled grave allegations against me, I was just 15 days old in politics. However, I want to ask the CM how do you face the mirror when you lose your conscience,” he said. “Despite the Opposition resorting to dirty politics, I told all my workers that we will fight with honesty and clean politics. Negative politics doesn’t work now, people vote for development. Now the real challenge starts and i want to take this opportunity to make my east Delhi constituency the best,” Gambhir said. Parvesh Verma who won with the largest margin of 5,78,487 votes from West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, said, “we have often heard that Delhi decides the mood of the country, which was apparent in this General Election.” He urged the people to vote for BJP in the upcoming Assembly Election in Delhi for a smooth development of the national Capital. “Delhi’s development will be successful when all three governments are of BJP,” the son of former Delhi Chief Minister Saheb Singh Verna said referring to central government, state government and local bodies. “The AAP government has been attacking the Centre for fund crisis but has spent Rs 526 crore on advertisements. Next challenge for us is to bring BJP government in Delhi,” said Verma. Popular singer Hans Raj Hans, who won from North West constituency, said, “Like the seven seats in Delhi, there are seven notes in music. And all these notes have bloomed lotus in Delhi.” Winners from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi and from South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri did not attend the joint presser.last_img read more

Feds to change tax law to allow grandparents to access Canada Child

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government will make changes to federal law to ensure payments to grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren in Prince Edward Island and other provinces are not clawed back.Finance Minister Bill Morneau and National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier announced today the government will put forward amendments to the Income Tax Act to clarify eligibility for the Canada Child Benefit.These changes will ensure grandparents and other caregivers receiving payments through provincial assistance programs will continue to receive their full Canada Child Benefit.In December, grandparents in P.E.I. caring for grandchildren became eligible for a new provincial financial assistance program for children in need of protection from parental harm and who require out-of-home care for safety reasons.But in February, they were alarmed to learn the federal government might claw back their Canada Child Benefit if they received the provincial payments of $700 a month — something P.E.I.’s Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy called “unacceptable.”Lebouthillier says government will now make a clarifying adjustment to ensure grandparents or other care providers who step in to take care of a child under kinship programs in P.E.I. and all provinces and territories are eligible for the federal child benefit.last_img read more

Adityanath to begin poll campaign from Saharanpur

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that he will kick off his poll campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday. In a tweet in Hindi, Adityanath said that with the “blessings of Ma Shakummbhari, I will be launching the campaign from Saharanpur, the land known for its wood work, to wipe out dynastic politics and take the victory chariot of the BJP further”. In Saharanpur, he will also address a public rally after which he will fly to Mathura, where he will seek votes for actress-turned-politician Hema Malini, who has been fielded for a second term from the seat. An aide told IANS that the Chief Minister will also hold rallies in Gorakhpur and Varanasi on March 26. He has represented Gorakhpur for five straight terms in the Lok Sabha before he resigned to take over as Chief Minister.last_img read more

Live Events temporarily blacklisted over nonpayment

With regards to the Municipal entertainment taxes Live Events said the company remains transparent and ethical in all operations.Live Events said it will continue to ensure full compliance with all relevant tax commitments and is providing all necessary information to the Colombo Municipal Council, in order to clarify facts and the way forward. (Colombo Gazette) Sangakkara and Jayawardena said in a joint statement that the organizers are in agreement, with their direction, that such shortcomings must not be tolerated. Former Cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena who are the board members of Live Events Sri Lanka, had this week called for an internal inquiry into the shortcomings at the Enrique Iglesias concert staged in Colombo and have also decided to compensate the fans. Live Events, the company which staged the Enrique Iglesias concert in Sri Lanka recently, has been temporarily blacklisted over the failure to pay an entertainment tax of Rs. 29 Million.The Colombo Municipal Council said the company will remain blacklisted till the payment is made. read more

SecretaryGeneral concerned about continuing political deadlock in Nepal

“He urges the country’s political parties to set aside differences in the interest of the nation and form a broad-based government without further delay,” the spokesperson added in a statement issued on Friday night. “He also encourages the main stakeholders to create a conducive environment for the next elections.” The Asian nation’s political leaders have reportedly failed to nominate over the past three weeks a prime ministerial candidate, who would lead a new government that would be responsible for holding Constituent Assembly elections.The South Asian country has been plagued by political disputes since a civil war between Government forces and Maoists formally ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished. There have been important achievements in the peace process to date, including the completion of the discharge and integration process of the ex-Maoist army, the successful and largely peaceful elections in 2008, the removal of all minefields, and a smooth transition to a Republic.However, challenges have included a missed 27 May deadline for a new Constitution and the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly that followed.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said that the Secretary-General urges all actors in Nepal to “reaffirm their commitment to the Comprehensive Peace Agreements and to safeguard the achievements of the past several years in line with the aspirations of the Nepali people.” read more

Dire consequences for a million children in the Middle East North Africa

With cold and rainy weather sweeping through, nearly one million children affected by crises across the region face the risk of life-threatening or debilitating illness.“Years of conflict, displacement and unemployment have reduced families’ financial resources to almost nothing,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Staying warm has simply become unaffordable.”UNICEF’s $33 million funding gap is two thirds of its total appeal for lifesaving winter assistance for children, which includes supplies of warm clothes, blankets, water and sanitation needs.“With little nutritious food and healthcare, children have grown weak, becoming prone to hypothermia and dangerous respiratory diseases,” Mr. Cappelaere explained. “Without help to protect them from the freezing weather, these children are likely to face dire consequences.”Falling temperatures will bring even further hardship to thousands of families who are living in extremely basic conditions, especially in camps or crowded shelters with little protection from the freezing cold. Last winter, two children died from the cold while attempting to flee the Syrian war searching for safety in Lebanon.UNICEF aims to reach 1.3 million children in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt with warm clothes; thermal blankets; water, sanitation, health and hygiene support; and cash assistance for families.Keeping vulnerable children across the region warm, heathy and in school are at the forefront of UNICEF’s priorities this winter, said the agency. read more

New law will aim to have a minimum of people jailed over

first_imgTHE JUSTICE MINISTER will appear before an Oireachtas Committee tomorrow to discuss a law that will cut down on the number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines.Figures from 2012 show that 8,304 were sent to prison for non-payments of fines. Over 85 per cent of those people return to jail within four years.The Irish Penal Reform Trust has called for the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 to be enacted, saying that it needed to provide for fines to be paid in instalments.That is something Oireachtas Justice Committee Chairman David Stanton says has been taken on board.“The aim of the Bill is to ensure that fines imposed by the Courts are collected and to reduce to a minimum the number of people sent to prison each year from non-payment of fines.“Among its provisions are: an option to pay a fine by instalments over 12 months; that the court imposing any such fine shall take into account the person’s financial circumstances; and to provide for the making of community service orders or the commitment to imprisonment of persons in certain circumstances where such fines imposed on them are not paid.”The meeting will start in Committee Room 2 at 10am tomorrow and can be followed by clicking here.Read: Ireland paid over €3.5m in EC fines over septic tanks and EIAsRead: Council to look at increasing staff to tackle illegal dumpinglast_img read more

Church of Greece agrees to pay tax

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Church of Greece said on Friday that it would not fight the Government’s attempt to tax some of its operations after certain provisions in the recently tabled bill were watered down.The Church’s Holy Synod met last week to discuss the Government’s decision to impose various levies as part of its bid to increase revenue.“We have never refused, nor do we now refuse to be taxed,” said the Holy Synod in a statement. “The Church wants to find a way in which it can support the state in its efforts but which does not damage its humanitarian work, so that people can benefit.”The Government has proposed a 20 percent tax on the income that the Church makes from its real estate, which is estimated to be 10 million euros a year.However, the Finance Ministry has accepted as tax deductible the wages paid to personnel working for the Church and to factor in a 5 percent depreciation for buildings that are rented out for accommodation and 3 percent for those that are leased by businesses.The Government conceded ground on the tax it wanted to impose on donations made to the Church. It had aimed to tax these at 10 percent for cash donations and 5 percent for any real estate that is gifted to the Church. However, this has been severely diluted to 0.1 and 0.5 percent respectively.The Holy Synod said that it would submit a list of proposals to the Finance Ministry regarding its plans to tax the Church’s property and charity organizations but did not reveal what these suggestions would be.last_img read more

FROC the night away

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Merging fashion and charity together, Funding Research of Cancer (FROC) is bringing together an amazing array of Melbourne’s fashion design talent to help raise funds for the Peter McCallum Cancer Foundation. Now in its third year, the not-for-profit event was started by Melbourne hairdressers Andrea Pavlou (Xiang Hair – Essendon, Greensborgouh, QV and Collingwood) and James Razos (Rakis on Collins – Melbourne CBD). This year’s event will see fashion labels Cactus Jam, Trimapee, Cose Ipanema and Husk donate their wares to the cause. Stunning Melbourne models have also volunteered their time for the event. The hairdressers joined forces to raise money for cancer because they feel they are both fortunate to have good health, good businesses and a good life and wanted to give back. “I lost a client very dear to me – as all clients are – and she died from thyroid cancer and we decided to give [something] back,” explains founding member Pavlou. Funds raised will go towards research and clinical trials into 11 types of tumours, as well as help equip cancer research facilities to find new and better cures for cancers. A ticket to the event will get you drinks on arrival, a gift bag, a ten minute stand-up by comedian Dave Hughes, and commentary by MC Jennifer Hanson. There will also be a raffle, a silent auction and the fashion parade – modelled by some of Australia’s top models. “The first year we had approximately 350 people attend the event and we raised $18,800 and last year we had just under 500 and we raised $33,000,” says Pavlou who says this year she is aiming high. Their goal is for 600 people to attend the event and hopefully raise around the $50,000 mark. “It’s a really fun vibrant night full of hair and fashion,” says Pavlou. FROC, fundraising research of cancer, will take place on Monday 27 February, at Peninsula C, Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands. Doors open 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start. Tickets are $65 and are available from Ticketmaster by visiting For more information on the event go to read more

SPOILERS WWE Superstars taping results for November 13

first_img SPOILERS: 7/20 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next The following was taped on Monday from Liverpool, England:WWE Superstars taping results for November 13, 2014:* Sin Cara def. Curtis Axel* Big E def. Heath SlaterSource: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCREED II s Florian Munteanu to fight Anthony Joshua?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 2:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 9.56%0:02Remaining Time -2:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Curtis Axel SPOILERS: 7/19 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network Joel Edgerton WWE Smackdown Results – 5/14/19 (Final hype for Money in the Bank, Fatal 4-Way match) WhatsApp Amazon Opens Up Store Of The Future Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Sen. Kamala Harris Chimes In On Jussie Smollett Reports Pinterest Jussie Smollett Says Sorry To Empire Cast Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Videos Articles Dolph Lundgren found superhero movie stunt scenes really difficult to shoot Facebook Twitter CREED II s Florian Munteanu to fight Anthony Joshua?last_img read more

Spalletti talks after 30 win

first_imgInternazionale Milan beat Lazio 3-0 this Monday night in the Italian Lega Serie A and the team is now in the second position in the standingsInternazionale Milan had a great match against Lazio tonight, getting a 3-0 win that pushed them to the second position in the Italian Lega Serie A standings.And for Inter’s coach Luciano Spalletti, they had a good performance.“The performance is the fundamental thing. We have the possibility to control games the way we did in the first half, whereas in the second we gave the ball away too much, allowed Lazio to cause us problems and in those situations, I see a lot of what we shouldn’t do,” Spalletti told Football Italia.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“This is why I say we’re not the anti-Juve because if we wander into those errors, we are anti-nobody. We had one decent half, that’s it. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”“Anyone who wants to leave things the way they are had better get out of the way. The President has spoken clearly,” he added.“These are the ambitions of Inter, to have this attitude and control the game at the Stadio Olimpico against a very impressive Lazio.”“The results might not always be like this, but the approach has to be for Inter,” he commented.last_img read more