9 months agoEmiliano Sala tells Nantes he wants to join Cardiff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emiliano Sala tells Nantes he wants to join Cardiffby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNantes striker Emiliano Sala is ready to join Cardiff City.Sky Sports says Sala has informed the French club that he wants to leave and sign for Cardiff..The 28-year-old flew to the UK on Monday for talks with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo.His agent, Meissa N’Diaye, and the agent acting for Nantes, Mark McKay, were also at the meeting, which Sala feels very positive after.Sala has scored 12 goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season, with Nantes sitting in mid-table in the French top flight. last_img read more

ABCs World News breaks a 21year streak

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir has dethroned NBC and finished the television season as the year’s most-watched evening newscast for the first time in 21 years, since the late Peter Jennings was anchor.While network evening newscasts have diminished in influence over the years and morning shows make more money, they still collectively reach 23 million viewers each weeknight and are considered the flagship broadcasts of news divisions. Bragging rights are eagerly sought.“One has to recognize the breaking of one of the great streaks in television,” said James Goldston, ABC News president. Muir and his team “worked immensely hard to do that, and they’ve done it in an extraordinary period of news.”For the year, “World News Tonight” averaged 8.25 million viewers, while NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.17 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.56 million, according to the Nielsen company. For statistical purposes, television marks its year by the start of a new season of broadcast programs in September.Like much in television, the programs aren’t a growth industry. ABC moved in front by essentially staying even from the previous two years while its rivals lost viewers.NBC touted its victory among the 25-to-54-year-old demographic, the statistic primarily used as a basis for advertising sales in news. NBC News ran a full-page newspaper advertisement boasting that it was No. 1 for the second season in a row with “Nightly News,” the “Today” show, “Dateline NBC” and “Meet the Press.” The small print noted they were wins among specific demographic categories, not among all viewers.For the evening newscasts, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said he wouldn’t trade places with his ABC counterparts.“If you are going to go by the quality of the broadcast, ours is superior,” he said. “If you’re going to go by business measurements, we’re winning in the only category that matters.”Goldston said he wasn’t going to dismiss the large number of viewers not included in that category. “We want to be America’s favourite news show,” he said.“In a world consumed by social media and fake news, people are thirsting to get a straightforward account of what happened that day,” he said. “I think ‘World News Tonight’ does that better than anybody.”What’s most important is building on the victory, he said. ABC’s “Good Morning America” ended a long victory streak by “Today” earlier in this decade, and hasn’t relinquished that lead since.There’s some question about whether NBC’s Lester Holt, who has travelled to Puerto Rico to anchor “Nightly News” from the hurricane-ravaged territory this week, may be hurt by association with one of NBC News’ biggest success. MSNBC and its left-leaning prime-time lineup has been a huge hit in the Age of Trump. Do some of the president’s supporters who don’t like MSNBC take it out on people at NBC News?“It’s absolutely possible,” said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative watchdog Media Research Center. Oppenheim said the audience is sophisticated enough to know the difference between the products, just like The New York Times has separate opinion pages and news pages.CBS, whose evening newscast is in transition with Anthony Mason as interim anchor, instead looked to the morning to tout accomplishments. “CBS This Morning,” while still in third place, is more competitive with ABC and NBC at that time of day than the network ever has been.Its rivals, meanwhile, bleed viewers. “Good Morning America” averages 4.4 million viewers, but is down from 5.5 million four years ago. “Today” has dropped from 4.9 million to 4.2 million in the same time frame. Meanwhile, CBS has gained audience in that time from, going from 3 million viewers in 2013-14 to just under 3.6 million now.last_img read more

Airlines consumer groups ready for fight over proposed bill

first_imgAs summer vacationers start to pack up and head home, Congress is considering a sweeping tally of proposals that could affect travellers, from dictating seat size and legroom to rolling back rules that require airlines to advertise the full price of a ticket.The current law authorizing operations of the Federal Aviation Administration expires on Sept. 30. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is working to bring his panel’s bill for a five-year reauthorization to the Senate floor after a series of delays.The House passed its version of the same bill in April.Consumer advocates see victories and setbacks among the provisions in the two bills.— Airline seats: The House bill would give the FAA a year to set minimums for seat width and length and the distance between rows, although it didn’t set specific measurements. The version approved by a Senate committee would only direct FAA to study whether there should be minimum requirements for the distance between rows.The room between rows — measured from a point on one seat to the same point on the seat in the next row — has been shrinking for many years as airlines squeeze more seats onto their planes. It was once commonly 34 or 35 inches, and is now under 30 inches on some planes.Some safety advocates say the tighter fit makes it harder for passengers to evacuate in an emergency. The FAA has declined a consumer group’s request to impose regulations, putting the issue in Congress’s hands.— Advertised prices: Consumer groups scored a hard-fought victory in 2012, when the Obama administration required airlines to include government taxes and fees in the advertised price of a ticket. Airlines opposed the rule then, and they lobbied the House to include a provision in its FAA bill that would roll back the requirement.“Consumers need to know the full cost of travel,” said Charles Leocha, president of Travelers United. “Taking a step back to allowing the airlines to advertise airfares without mandatory taxes and fees will be a major step toward allowing deceptive and misleading airfares.”— Extra fees: The Senate bill would prohibit airlines from charging “unreasonable” ticket-change or cancellation fees. The Transportation Department also would set standards for other fees to make sure they reflect the airline’s actual cost for providing extra service. Airlines raised more than $7.4 billion last year from fees on checked baggage and cancellations.The restriction was proposed by a pair of Senate Democrats over strong objections by the airline lobby. Sharon Pinkerton, a senior vice-president at the trade group Airlines for America, called it a first step toward returning to the pre-1978 era when the federal government set airline prices.— Overbooked flights. The House would ban airlines from bumping passengers from overbooked flights once they have boarded the plane. The provision was inspired by the 2017 incident in which a passenger was dragged off a United Express plane to make room for a late-arriving airline employee. In response to the criticism, airlines have cut overbooking to their lowest level in at least two decades.— Online travel agencies. Both the House bill and the Senate’s committee-approved version would require online travel agencies like Expedia and Orbitz to tell consumers about things like extra fees and changes in airline schedules. Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for the airline trade group Airlines for America, said the online agencies “shouldn’t be exempt from consumer-protection standards that customers experience on airline websites.”Steve Shur, president of a trade group that includes the online ticket sellers, said airlines don’t always give his companies that kind of information. He called the proposals a veiled effort to drive them out of the air-travel business and reduce competition for the airlines.— Disruptive passengers. The House bill would let airline employees block passengers from going through security screening or getting on a plane if the employee accuses them of verbal or physical assault. Passengers would be held up until police could sort things out. A union that represents airline employees lobbied for the provision.There are many other provisions in the bills, including some that are opposed by safety experts. Pilot unions are fighting against a trial to test the idea of letting cargo airlines use one pilot instead of two. The unions say that in an emergency, one pilot could be more easily overwhelmed.An even more controversial idea would reduce the number of hours that someone must fly to become an airline co-pilot. It’s in the bill approved by Thune’s committee but not in the House version.Congress raised the minimum from 250 hours to 1,500 hours after 50 people died in a 2009 accident near Buffalo, New York. The Regional Airline Association, whose members operate smaller planes flying under the banners of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, say the requirement has created a pilot shortage.The RAA supports Thune’s proposal to let pilots count time on certain types of training in a classroom or a flight simulator toward the 1,500 hours.Families of those who died in the 2009 Colgan Air crash have fought against the RAA. They note that after Colgan, there were no fatal accidents involving U.S. airliners until a woman was killed on a Southwest flight in April.“The RAA and others will continue to try any manoeuvr to water this down. It’s sad,” said Scott Maurer, whose daughter Lorin was on the Colgan plane. “In their eyes it’s not about safety, it’s about their business profits.”If the Senate acts on the FAA bill, any differences from the House version would need to be settled before a final measure goes to President Donald Trump. If Congress can’t agree, lawmakers could pass a scaled-back, short-term extension to keep FAA functioning.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriterlast_img read more

Nirmohi Akhara moves SC opposes Centres plea to return acquired land around

first_imgNew Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, Tuesday moved the Supreme Court opposing the Centre’s plea seeking return of 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site to original owners. The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had decided that 2.77-acre disputed land at Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site would be divided into three equal parts and will be handed over to — Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Waqf Board, and Ram Lalla. The Nirmohi Akhara, in its fresh plea, has opposed the Centre’s application by which it had sought modification of the Supreme Court’s 2003 order to allow it to return to original owners the 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The application has said that the Centre has proposed returning of acquired land to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and that there are many temples on the acquired land and their rights would be affected if the land is returned to one party. The apex court had recently appointed mediators to find an amicable solution to the vexatious land dispute.last_img read more

Germany Allows Parents to Leave Baby Sex unchecked

first_imgAgadir- On November 1st, Germany made history for being the first European country to allow parents to leave the gender box blank. The decision aims to create legal recognition for babies born with a genitalia abnormality that makes it impossible to determine the sex as male or female.This decision will take the pressure off the parents who, in the past, were obliged to decide on a sex of baby forthwith, before even considering future surgery. Not having to pick a gender will also allow these babies, once grown individuals, to choose to be attributed to either sex, or none.” We will have fellow human beings with no sex registered. They can’t be forced into either one of the traditional sexes in these other contexts.” stated University of Bremen law professor Konstanze Plett. Silvan Agius, policy director at Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Europe (ILGA), thinks that this move is an interesting one but does not go far enough. “Unnecessary surgeries will likely continue in Germany with devastating consequences. We live in a world where having a baby classified as ‘other’ is still considered undesirable.” Silvan stated. In 2011, Australia allowed an option for third gender, or “X” in passports as well.While this may be a thoughtful move for the babies of undetermined anatomical sex and their parents, but it could create bureaucratic or travel issues. “Those traveling with “No Gender” papers could encounter difficulties in many other countries”, published SuddeutscheZeitung. “The laws referring to men or women could also be unapplied to the “No Gender” individuals”, the German daily stated. Perhaps, the whole legislation might have to be reviewed.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Football Ohio State promotes Ryan Day to offensive coordinator

Ohio State announced the promotion of Ryan Day to offensive coordinator from co-offensive coordinator on Jan. 23, 2018. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter being rumored as a potential candidate to join former Ohio State player and assistant coach Mike Vrabel’s staff with the Tennessee Titans, Ryan Day will stay on staff with the Buckeyes with his promotion from co-offensive coordinator to offensive coordinator.“Ryan is clearly a very talented coach who has been an outstanding addition to our program,” head coach Urban Meyer said in a press release. “He has been approached by other schools numerous times this off-season for coordinator and head coach opportunities, and by the National Football League for a coordinator opportunity. I am pleased that he has elected to continue to work on this staff and to lead, mentor and coach the terrific young men we have in this program.”Day served as the team’s co-offensive coordinator with Kevin Wilson last season in his first year on Meyer’s staff.The university release said Day will remain the team’s quarterbacks coach and “work with Kevin Wilson to lead the Ohio State offense with additional adjustments to his responsibilities forthcoming.”Day was an integral part of an Ohio State offense that finished sixth in scoring per game and seventh in total offense.Meyer said in December that Day turned down an offer to become the head coach in the Southeastern Conference, but that was never confirmed.Day was scheduled to make $800,000 in his second year before the promotion. read more

Del Bosque backs De Gea as the complete goalkeeper

first_imgVicente del Bosque has backed David de Gea as the “complete goalkeeper” after he made a rare mistake in Spain’s friendly with Switzerland on SundayThe Manchester United star had another outstanding season at Old Trafford and became the first player to ever win the Player of the Year award four times, as well as collecting his first ever Premier League Golden Glove award with 18 clean sheets.However, the 27-year-old made an uncharacteristic blunder by spilling Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross which allowed Ricardo Rodriguez a tap-in and cancel out Alvaro Odriozola scoring a stunning 20-yard volley that had given Spain the lead.But Del Bosque, who won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain, remains a huge admirer of his.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“David is a really complete keeper,” he told Omnisport, via FourFourTwo.“He plays well with his feet, which is important. He is improving and will be better.“He’s been playing for five or six years in Manchester, that’s a huge learning experience, same with the national squad.”Spain will next play Tunisia on Saturday as they continue their preparations for a second World Cup title.last_img read more

Inter target Vidal goes back to training with Bayern

first_imgAfter a long recovery from a nasty knee injury he suffered in April, Arturo Vidal is back on the pitch and looking for the best destination to continue his career.This past week has been important for Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, who has returned from a long recovery period after a knee injury he suffered in April as he keeps getting linked to several clubs in Europe this summer. Perhaps the most interested club in his services is Italian side Internazionale Milano, they would be keen on bringing King Arturo back to Serie A from Bayern Munchen. The German club’s board of directors have made statements that open the door for the Chilean player, they pretty much have left him to decide his own future without saying they want him to remain in the Bundesliga.Preparado para el futuro!!?????? pic.twitter.com/ekleB4ZlQJ— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) July 20, 2018Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…There was an interview that board member Karl Heinz Rummenigge made this Tuesday during an interview with German news site Kicker, in which he practically said that Arturo is free to leave the club if he wishes: “Arturo needs to decide his future all by himself. He still has a year left in his contract with us but if he wants to sign a longer agreement somewhere else, then he will have to leave and if he presents an offer to us we will evaluate it,” said Rummenigge to Kicker this Tuesday.La calidad no se pierde nunca!!!????? cada día más fuerte y con ganas de seguir ganando cosas importantes!!???? pic.twitter.com/RPT35cGbFP— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) July 25, 2018While the player made his return officially by posting a video on social media, this Rummenigge statement can be easily linked to the one that Uli Hoeness made earlier about the possibility of letting up to three players leave the squad before the holidays due to the overbooking they have in the squad right now: “We will have to let at least three players go before Christmas at the latest, because if we don’t then we will have technical problems due to overbooking,” said Hoeness to Sport BILD. It’s now up to the clubs that want Vidal to make an offer for his services.last_img read more

Souness Liverpool have not yet hit top form

first_imgLiverpool are yet to hit top form this season according to club legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme SounessThe Reds left it late in the 96th-minute to seal all three points in the Merseyside derby, thanks to Divock Origi who capitalised on a Jordan Pickford error.However, Souness cast a more critical eye over his former side and says they are a contrast of the team last season.“It’s very hard to be critical of Liverpool’s form in the Premier League, but they’re not firing on all cylinders,” Souness said on Renault Super Sunday on Sky.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“I think a lot of the problems come from midfield. I think if you go back to the summer, he [Jurgen Klopp] signed two midfield players and wanted a third one – Nabil Fekir from Lyon – and I’m not sure if Fabinho and Naby Keita are an upgrade on what he’s already got.“Last year, the midfield of James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson were winning it early and getting forward early and the three strikers were off raiding and causing havoc. Now, it is a little bit more pedestrian, they’re winning it but there’s an extra touch or pass.“I think they’ve got to get back to that front three as quick as they possibly can and if they can do that, then they’ll be firing on all cylinders. But right now, for me, they’re not where they were last year.”last_img read more

Guardiola thinks City can reduce the gap with Liverpool

first_imgOnly seven points separate Manchester City from Liverpool in the English Premier League table and both teams face off tomorrow nightIn what many are calling the game of the month, first-place Liverpool will take on third-place Manchester City tomorrow in the English Premier League.And for the Citizens manager Pep Guardiola, this is the perfect opportunity to reduce the gap between these two clubs.“The reality is clear. We are seven points down, so it is the second round of games and I have a feeling there is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap,” said Guardiola to the City official webpage.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“People are asking what we will do if we lose, but we are going to try to win the game, be there and have a chance to fight for the Premier League.”“If you relax against Liverpool it will be a mistake. You have to be aggressive. Everyone needs to take responsibility and be yourself. It’s what you have to do,” he added.“It is a good challenge for us. We are focused on what we have to do to win the game. We are going to try and after we will analyze what is the game.”last_img read more

Bahamas to Host Meetings of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers from Africa Caribbean

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14th, 2017 – Nassau – It’s official, the 5th Meeting of ACP Ministers in Charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture will be held in the Bahamas this year. The new Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources recently made the announcement. From September 18 – 22nd 2017, Bahamas will host 40 international delegates who will meet for consensus on policy and strategic options for marine resources, in the development of a five-year action plan for member states.Magnetic Media understands that the meeting will focus on building resilient and productive marine ecosystems, ensuring effective fisheries management, ensuring sustainable utilization and trade of fisheries products, and promoting investments and innovations in the fisheries sector to improve socio-economic development.Last Tuesday, Head of Conference Service, Angela Mitchell, representing the African, Caribbean and Pacific group, met with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Marina Resources, Rena Glinton to discuss the upcoming event. The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States will partner with the Bahamas in hosting the international meeting.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Winner Of The 2018 Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament Announced

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Winter King Salmon Tournament on Saturday March 24. Every March anglers take to the waters of Kachemak Bay in search of King Salmon. The one-day tournament awards tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to the largest kings caught. This year there were 379 boats, 1264 anglers, 170 fish caught, and 105 fish weighed, from the winning fish of 24.6lbs to the smallest of 5.85lbs. The total payouts for this year were over $160,000 in cash and prizes Second place went to Jerry Huff with a 20.9 pound fish, and third to Janet Donnell with a 20.75 pound fish.center_img In first place, Charlie Edwards, weighed in at 24.6 pounds. Edwards is from Fritz Creek, AK, fishing on the Optimist with Captain Daniel Donich of Daniel’s Personalized Guide Service. This was the 25th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. The 2017 Champion Ronald A. Johnson of Homer, took home over $53,000 for his 25.65lb white king salmon.  Payouts for the top ten anglers totaled over $120,000 last year.last_img read more

Asian shares dollar ride high as Clinton looks more likely to win

first_imgAsian shares rose in early Asian trade on Tuesday ahead of the U.S. presidential election, with investor sentiment buoyed by improving prospects for Democrat Hillary Clinton to win.The Mexican peso, which has moved in opposite step to perceived chances of Republican Donald Trump winning the election, retained its strong gains from Monday, while the dollar also held steady.Boosting Clinton’s chances of winning, and markets globally, was the FBI’s statement on Sunday standing by its July finding that Clinton was not guilty of criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server. That came after the Bureau announced on Oct. 28 it was reviewing additional emails relating to the server while Clinton was secretary of state, sending markets around the world tumbling.Clinton is seen by investors as offering greater certainty and stability, and, until last week’s stumble, had been seen as the likely victor in Tuesday’s presidential vote.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent.Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.3 percent, aided both by the positive sentiment and a weaker yen.The MSCI World index added 0.1 percent, building on Monday’s 1.6 percent surge, its biggest single-day jump in almost 19 weeks.”As markets head into the U.S. election, a final recalibration of risk is in train,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney, wrote in a note. “Asia-Pacific markets were the first to adjust to the political shift, and may trade more modestly today after roaring back to life yesterday.”Overnight, Wall Street shares soared between 2.1 and 2.4 percent, recording their biggest one-day percentage gain since March 1, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average recovering all their losses from the previous week.While polls last week showed Trump closing in on Clinton’s lead, at least five major polls on Monday showed Clinton still ahead.The dollar, which recorded its biggest one-day increase against the yen in almost four months on Monday, extended that gain to climb 0.1 percent to 104.43 yen on Tuesday.The U.S. currency was little changed versus the Mexican peso at 18.5665, after dropping 2.3 percent on Monday, its biggest one-day drop in six weeks.The Mexican currency is seen as a proxy for bets on the U.S. election because Mexico is considered most vulnerable to Trump’s trade policies as 80 percent of its exports go to the United States.The euro was steady at $1.10425 on Tuesday, after sliding 0.9 percent on Monday.Crude oil futures, which rose on the revival of risk appetite on Monday, retained their gains.U.S. crude CLc1 was flat at $44.87 a barrel, after advancing 1.9 percent on Monday, but concerns about the stronger dollar and doubts over OPEC’s planned production cuts still weighed on sentiment.Gold, which plunged 1.7 percent as demand for the safe haven ebbed, was flat at $1,281.65 an ounce early on Tuesday.last_img read more

GST peppered with input credit claims for Rs 62000 crore in July

first_imgTOO MANY TO HANDLE: Traders held placards bearing anti-GST messages at a protest against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on textiles in Ahmedabad on July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Amit DaveAbout Rs 60,000 crore in claims under the input tax credit provision of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) scheme is under verification by the government, said a report in financial daily Business Standard (BS) on Monday.The daily said that the input tax credit amounting to Rs 62,000 crore for the period before July 1 has been claimed through the TRAN 1 form. Companies had a 90-day period from July 1 to claim credit for the excise duty already paid on inputs.About Rs 95,000 crore in revenue was collected in the month of July. But what has startled the government is the steep Rs 62,000 crore claimed during the transitional period to GST.GST was imposed nationwide on July 1 this year. “We need to verify if the claims filed are genuine. The number appears to be quite huge with respect to the tax collected,” a senior government official was quoted as saying in the BS report.Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia was quoted as saying that the government is still evaluating the number of input tax credit claims, which seems too large and does not add up.About 70 per cent of the eligible registrants for July have so far filed returns under the new GST scheme, while Rs 95,000 crore has been collected in taxes.The GST Council had allowed companies to claim 100 per cent input tax credit by uploading excise payment invoices for the period before July 1. In case of unavailability of invoices, the Council had allowed 40 per cent input tax credit, the report said.The Input Credit Mechanism is available to manufacturers, supplier, agents, e-commerce operators and aggregators covered under the GST Act to claim input credit or reimbursements on tax paid by them while purchasing inputs like raw materials, hardware or software required to create a finished product or offer a service. ClearTaxAt the June 4 meeting of the GST Council, the limit on input tax credit was raised to 60 per cent from 40 per cent of GST liability on items with a tax rate above 18 per cent. Besides, the entire 100 per cent input tax credit are permitted to be claimed on high-value items of above Rs 25,000 with a chassis number.last_img read more

Court cancels Shafats bail in Banani rape case

first_imgShafat AhmedA Dhaka court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Shafat Ahmed, prime accused in the sensational Banani double rape case, reports UNB.Judge Khademul Kayes of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 passed the order following a petition filed by the state. Later, the court sent him to jail.The court also denied bail to Shafat’s friend Nayeem Ashraf. Earlier on 29 November, the court granted bail to Shafat Ahmed.The court also fixed 6 March for the next date to testify the victim as the today’s recording of testimony was not concluded today.On 6 May last year, a university student filed the case with Banani police station against five persons including Shafat and Shadman Sakif.According to the case statement, Safat and Shadman raped the plaintiff and another woman on 28 March at The Raintree Dhaka in the capital’s Banani area while three others assisted them.The three other accused are Nayeem Ashraf, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.last_img read more

Mays cabinet in chaos as Brexit minister quits

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 31 August, 2018 Britain`s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab gives a joint press conference with EU chief Brexit Negotiator at the European Commission in Brussels. British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a huge blow on 15 November, 2018 as Dominic Raab quit as her Brexit secretary. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May suffered a huge blow on Thursday as Dominic Raab quit as her Brexit secretary over a proposed EU withdrawal agreement.May was preparing to start selling her Brexit deal to parliament, boosted by news that Europe is preparing a rapid summit to sign off on the agreement.But the ground began to shift beneath her when Raab said he could not back the draft deal.”I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto,” he said.”You deserve a Brexit secretary who can make the case for the deal you are pursuing with conviction.”I must resign.”Raab, who had been in place since July, resigned less than an hour after Shailesh Vara quit as a junior Northern Ireland minister over the draft accord.The pound sterling lost nearly one percent of its value against the dollar following Raab’s resignation, wiping out gains since Tuesday as the draft agreement emerged.At 0900 GMT, the pound stood at around $1.2870, compared to $1.2992 at 2200 GMT on Wednesday.May had secured her cabinet’s collective approval for the agreement during a five-hour meeting on Wednesday, an important step that helped allay growing fears in the business community of a disorderly divorce.She was due to set out the terms of the draft withdrawal agreement with the European Union to parliament’s lower House of Commons, which must approve the deal before Brexit day on 29 March.European Council president Donald Tusk said in Brussels that unless problems emerge as EU member states examine the deal, he will host a summit to sign the accord in Brussels on 25 November.May’s governing centre-right Conservative Party — which does not command a Commons majority — was already split between Brexiteers and those who wanted to remain in the union, and now many on both sides of that divide oppose her deal.Raab had backed Britain leaving the EU in the 2016 referendum, while Vara wanted the UK to stay in the bloc.- ‘Threat’ to UK unity -In quitting the cabinet, Raab said he believed the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presented a “very real threat” to the United Kingdom’s integrity.Raab added that he was opposed to “an indefinite backstop arrangement” to guarantee the Irish border remains free-flowing, saying the EU would hold “a veto over our ability to exit”.Vara said the withdrawal agreement fails to leave Britain as a “sovereign, independent country”.The outraged response by many MPs to the deal has heightened concerns that even when finalised, it will not pass parliament.Hardline Brexit supporters have cried betrayal over the agreement’s vision of a close future relationship between Britain and the EU.May insisted it “brings back control of our money, laws and borders, ends free movement (of people), protects jobs, security and our union”.But she conceded there were “difficult days ahead” as she seeks to woo MPs.Speaking in Brussels, Tusk said EU member states would have until Tuesday next week to examine the deal and to agree the wording of a parallel political statement setting out goals for the bloc’s future relations with London.Ater that, preparations will begin for an EU summit on the following Sunday to sign the deal.”As much as I am sad to see you leave, I will do everything to make this farewell the least painful possible, both for you and for us,” said Tusk.The deal covers citizens’ rights, Britain’s financial settlement and plans for a post-Brexit transition period during which both sides hope to agree a new trade deal.The most controversial element is the “backstop” plan to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU until a trade deal is agreed that avoids the need for border checks with Ireland.Many Brexiteers fear this would leave Britain a “vassal state”, tied to the bloc indefinitely.- ‘No Brexit?’ -In a statement outside Downing Street late Wednesday, May said her deal was “the best that could be negotiated”.She said if MPs rejected it they faced Britain leaving without agreement, which experts says could lead to potentially catastrophic economic and legal disruption.She also raised the risk of “no Brexit at all”, a warning likely intended for her eurosceptic MPs but which was seized upon with enthusiasm by campaigners for a second referendum.A small but growing number of Conservative MPs back a second vote with the option to stay in the EU, although May has rejected the idea.last_img

Humble Parents Protest Boards Pick For Next Superintendent

first_img Share Douglas County School DistrictElizabeth Fagen is the lone finalist for Humble ISD’s superintendent opening.When Humble school leaders picked Elizabeth Fagen as the lone finalist for superintendent in May, parents in her current district in Colorado celebrated her departure by posting confetti and smiley faced emojis online.Her tenure at the Douglas County School District was controversial, including a new voucher system that’s being fought over in the courts and the end of collective bargaining between teachers and the school board there.Soon parents in Humble started to protest her arrival to their district in northeast Harris County. More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition against Fagen as lone finalist, citing her track record in Colorado. More parents have organized a protest in person near the district’s headquarters this week.A spokeswoman for the Humble Independent school district said that it welcomes parents’ involvement in education. The board will hold a meeting next week on June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Humble ISD Administration Building to give more details about the search and gather public comment.The board has also issued a letter in response to parents’ outrage, saying “we are excited to have Dr. Fagen use her skills and talents as a former high school science teacher, high school principal, and superintendent to continue to lead the work in our district; the work we have set forth.”The Humble school board is expected to vote on Fagen at its meeting June 14. She would replace longtime Humble Superintendent Guy Sconzo who is retiring, but plans to stay on as a consultant until December.last_img read more

Fraud Trial Of Former Congressman Steve Stockman Begins

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew SchneiderSteve and Patti Stockman emerging from Houston’s federal courthouse, April 5, 2017The trial of former Congressman Steve Stockman is now underway at Houston’s federal courthouse. Stockman is charged with running a $1.2-million fraud scheme against two leading conservative megadonors. Government and defense attorneys presented their opening arguments Tuesday.Robert Heberle of the Justice Department said Stockman approached the donors – Richard Uihlein and the late Stanford Rothschild – supposedly to raise money for charities that supported conservative causes. According to Heberle, Stockman set up the charities for his own benefit, then raided them to pay campaign and personal expenses.Defense counsel Sean Buckley said Stockman had raised the money. But he said the former congressman used the funds exactly as the donors intended. Buckley told jurors the case would show the ugly side of Washington, the role money plays in politics. But he said the one thing it won’t show is that Stockman lied.The government then called its first witness. FBI Special Agent Leanna Saler explained how donations intended for Stockman’s charities ended up in the private accounts of Stockman and his staffers.Stockman represented Houston-area congressional districts from 1995 to 1997 and from 2013 to 2015. The charges against Stockman stem from fundraising tied to his 2012 congressional campaign and to his unsuccessful 2014 Republican primary challenge to Senator John Cornyn. He faces 24 criminal counts, including multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and tax evasion. 00:00 /00:45 Listen X Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday July 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA discussion about dismantling structural racism as a campaign plank of the 2016 presidential election, with Jamil Smith, senior editor of The New Republic. Plus, we’ll take a look back at the chaotic hours that led up to the Baltimore uprising in April right after the funeral of Freddie Gray, specifically what some believe was the bungling of the situation by officials of the MTA and Baltimore City Schools.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

TVs Cell Phones to Learn Sign Language

first_imgJVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV menu (left) and Sony Ericsson´s Z555 gesture phone (right) are poised to make hand waving the new mode of electronics operation. Sony´s Z555 allows cell phone users to avoid fiddling with their phones when trying to turn off the ring of an incoming call or alarm. Instead of picking it up and searching for the silent button, users can mute the phone by waving a hand back and forth over the phone thanks to an imbedded camera. A simple hand sweep over the phone will put the device into “snooze” mode when the alarm goes off. The Z555, which features a diamond design on its black cover, will be available in select markets this spring, but the price is still to be determined.Then there´s JVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV, which ensures that you´ll never lose the remote again. The TV, which is still in the demo stage, contains a microphone to detect clapping, a video camera to recognize finger movements, and a set of sensors that can help the system memorize customized gestures.To control the TV, a user claps their hands three times to make a menu with icons appear. The user can choose an icon by placing their fingertip on it, which is verified by an image of the user´s hand on the screen, as tracked by the camera. By hooking their finger, the user “clicks” to select an icon. On the menu screen, users can select channels, manage the set-up, and do everything a remote control can do using hand waves, claps or finger snaps.For more immediate control of common operations, such as changing the volume, users can clap a certain way. The system can also be programmed so that specific clapping patterns result in going to specific channels (for example, two claps means switch to Comedy Central). JVS does not have an expected release date for the “Snap & Gesture” TV.Via: Business Intelligence – Middle East Explore further The days of pressing tangible buttons to operate TVs and cell phones may one day be replaced by waving, clapping, and pointing. With two upcoming products, Sony Ericsson´s Z555 gesture phone and JVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV technology, users can communicate with their gadgets using a pre-programmed “sign language.” Citation: TVs, Cell Phones to Learn ‘Sign Language’ (2008, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-tvs-cell-language.html UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more