Illinois Proposes Regs on Combined Reporting for Unitary Groups

first_imgIllinois addresses combined apportionment for unitary groups with members that apportion their income differently. In proposed rules, the Department of Revenue addresses 2017 legislation that permits unitary groups to include members that use different apportionment formulas.Industry Specific Apportionment Rules Still UsedThe new apportionment formula, in effect as of January 1, 2018, begins with subrgroups of members that use the same industry specific apportionment formula apportioning income as though they are a separate unitary group. The Department of Revenue’s regulation provides an example of a unitary business group with sales members, insurance company members, and transportation members. The example illustrates how the proposed apportionment changes work.Industry Specific Apportionment Still FollowedComments on the proposed rules must be submitted no later than 45 days after their publication date in the register. The proposed rule is printed in the Illinois Register, as well as the address to submit comments.Proposed 86 Ill. Adm. Code Sec. 100.3600, Illinois Register, Vol. 2, Iss. 45, November 9, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

With present infrastructure of sport, India is doomed to failure

first_img“Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing,” so sang a lonesome bard. Replace the word “flowers” with “champions” and you have the state of sports in India Today. Although the lament of why a nation of 600 million cannot produce a world-beater is born of frustration (which swings,”Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing,” so sang a lonesome bard. Replace the word “flowers” with “champions” and you have the state of sports in India Today. Although the lament of why a nation of 600 million cannot produce a world-beater is born of frustration (which swings to exhilaration when the rarity of a Michael Ferreira’s world title victory occurs), it is not logically valid. For one thing, our sport is afflicted with a deep-rooted canker, the gnawing, strength-sapping plague of callous, self-seeking officialdom.So vice like has been its stranglehold, so firmly entrenched in power have our officials been, so loud has been their yell of “blue murder” at the Government’s well-intentioned attempts at reform, that any solution short of a complete overhaul of the present infrastructure of sport in this country is doomed to failure.But let it not be said that all the blame for the poor showing lies with the power-drunk officials alone. The sportsmen, too, share responsibility. How often has a potential champion had the fans grinding their teeth in frustration at his seeming ineptitude when the chips are down.Why do we always have to console ourselves with the so-near-yet-so-far tag? Take any sport. Talent, native genius, is unmistakably there in the star players. Yet our sportsmen fail to make it to the top internationally because they lack the “killer instinct”, or, more likely, are deficient in that all-important virtue of consistency.Team Spirit: In team games, cohesion and unity are noticeably absent. Yet team spirit is so vital to success that it has made match winners of mediocre sides. How does one explain this basic failing? Why can’t the top stars win titles with the monotonous regularity of their Western counterparts? Why do the teams, ever so often, have the opposition by the throat only to let them wriggle out?advertisementThis then is the time for introspection, an inevitable exercise to look back, not in anger but in sorrow, and ask where is sports in India heading to. It certainly isn’t a time for lamenting, or shedding tears, but a time to focus the mind on the mood of the nation in matters concerning sports, to define drawbacks and deficiencies, and to make positive suggestions.As a people, the Indians do enjoy sport. Where the sheer joy of participation is concerned, the nation is second to none. Where they suffer is in their record, achievement wise. A review of their performance over the years is painful, for the Indians have, as they say in cricket, scarcely troubled the scorers.For argument’s sake, let India step on to the sporting scales alongside of East Germany. A nation of a little over 17 million people, whose state-sponsored “amateurs” bagged no fewer than 90 medals at the Montreal Olympics to finish second in the official medals tally, and where almost every able-bodied citizen is, in one way or another, involved in sport as a player, official or spectator.What of India? How many of the country’s 600 million people are actively involved in sport or are driven by an all-conquering desire to win, to make a profession of it. What facilities exist in our educational institutions, factories and rural areas by way of opportunities, grounds, equipment, coaches, training and nutrition; for talent-spotting, scholarships and commercial sponsorships.The Youth: It is only when the youth are compelled to take to sport, either as part of their educational curriculum or purely as a desirable form of activity, favoured and encouraged by parents and society at large, when the infrastructure in the form of playgrounds, scientific coaching, talent spotting, sports scholarships, etc. is provided, that the country can hope to produce champions in numbers commensurate with the population.The finale of the fifth Children and Youth Spartakiade in which 10,500 boys and girls took partAnd, above all, the young people must be impressed that sport is no longer a pastime. It is a profession where a high order of skill is required, the reward being commensurate with the effort, dedication and single-mindedness of purpose that a player has in him.The Government’s reported decision – little has been heard of it since the halcyon days of the election victory – to make sports compulsory in schools throughout the country is what is needed if we are to come to grips with the problem of sports promotion, not only as a panacea for our sports ills in the matter of winning gold medals and world titles, but also as a means of broadening the sports pyramid that will form the nucleus of future world champions, if any.advertisementPlanned Effort: And if schools cannot afford the luxury of a ground or a coach of its own, as is the case with most educational institutions in the country, whatever facilities exist can be shared. But all this calls for proper organization and planned effort.To make India a sports-minded nation and to produce more champions, the country must devote itself to two courses of action: one short-term, the other long-term.On the one hand, the Government may continue and improve upon the sports promotion programmes now in hand, however inadequate they may be, because it cannot, in its obsession with future plans, altogether forsake the talent presently available to the country. It must not be forgotten that the winning of medals and championships is most important in the matter of capturing the imagination of the masses, of inspiring the youth of the nation, and of drawing them towards sports.There is need for building the infrastructure to develop sport from the grassroots of involving our masses in both urban and rural areas in sports. From this tremendous base will come, one hopes, the champions of the future.The Guidelines: To begin with, changes might be made at the top. Once the right people are involved in sports administration, the much-desired far-reaching changes down the line can be brought about in course of time. The guidelines laid down by the Government are a commendable attempt at cleaning the Augean stables.Whether they will succeed in their objectives or not, remains to be seen. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Government will have to show its fangs and use the ultimate sanction of refusing grants and permission for foreign tours to teams selected by sports associations which do not observe the guidelines.The Government has drawn up guidelines that call for the regular submission of accounts, limitations as regards holding of office, prohibition in the matter of holding of dual office, etc. But, in so far as they handle public money, the federations might be converted into public trusts requiring regular submission of audited accounts.While commiserating with the few disciplined, dedicated and hard-working officials, who have had to relinquish office in one cataclysmic sweep, one is constrained to point out certain shortcomings and loopholes in the guidelines that need to be amended. The gravest danger is that of boss men rule by remote control, of exercising real power from behind the facade of puppets.Sports Ministry: The obligatory provision for trained national coaches and for holding of at least two competitions annually for specified age-groups at the junior and sub-junior levels is indeed commendable. But will they be observed in future? There has also been much loose talk of a Ministry of Sport. Unfortunately, the Government already has a great deal on its plate.And experience of bureaucratic handling of sports matters has been far from happy. As an alternative, the All India Council of Sports might be invested with financial powers and the authority for sanctions against associations and federations whose performance is not what it should be.advertisementThe Council would then be the supreme arbiter of sports disputes between the Government and the autonomous federations. The objective should be not so much to produce world champions or a team to take on all corners, but to make more people take to sports.And this raises the cost factor. Participation in sport on a mass scale costs a lot of money. Kit is expensive. Rackets, bats, balls, shoes and clothing are all highly priced in comparison with the low income standards in the country.Official Help: It is here that the Government and the various sports federations can help. There is weight in the argument that the huge expense involved in organizing prestigious tournaments can be spent more profitably in subsidizing the manufacturing cost of sports goods. Take tennis for instance.Scrap the Grand Prix and utilize the money to mass-produce rackets and balls, build public courts, train more coaches, and send more youngsters abroad. The cheapest racket costs Rs 125. Surely something can be done to bring down its price. Only then will juniors take to the game. The present cost of the racket is enough to put anyone off.Production of sports material is concentrated in the small and cottage industry. Although that sector has undoubted advantages, its ability to cope with large demands is limited. Producing more and bringing down prices is what the Government should aim at. One other way of stimulating production and bringing down costs is for the Government to lift the present exorbitant excise duty levied on manufactured sports goods.last_img read more

Ind vs SA: Dale Steyn doubtful for third Test in Nagpur

first_imgSouth Africa have added fast bowler Marchant de Lange to their squad for the final two Test matches in India as concerns remain over the fitness of attack spearhead Dale Steyn.Trailing the four-match series 1-0, Steyn missed this week’s washed-out second Test in Bangalore and is still working his way back from a groin injury ahead of the third match in Nagpur starting on Wednesday.Also read: Aggressive Virat Kohli refuses to be stubborn about team selection “At the moment we only have three fit seamers in Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott, so with Dale still struggling with a groin injury, we decided to bring Marchant in as cover,” coach Russell Domingo said in a statement on Friday.”Marchant’s biggest strength is pace, if the ball does start to reverse-swing his pace through the air brings him into the contest. Guys that can bowl at 150 km per hour will always be good value.”The 25-year-old De Lange was part of the Twenty20 squad for the earlier part of the tour and has played in two Tests, the last coming against New Zealand in 2012.last_img read more

Watson strikes ton in CSK’s big win at new home,Watson strikes ton in CSK’s big win at new home

first_imgcricket × Pune SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Shane Watson of the CSK celebrates his century during an IPL Match against Rajasthan Royals in Pune on Friday. – PTI Seasoned all-rounder Shane Watson smashed his third IPL century as Chennai Super Kings moved to their new ‘home’ in style by producing a comprehensive 64-run win over Rajasthan Royals, here tonight.CSK, forced out of Chennai due to the Cauvery dispute, were shepherded by the 36-year-old Australian, who hammered 106 from 57 balls to lead his side to a challenging 204 for five after being invited to bat.Making full use of a dropped chance in the very first over on a flat track, Watson swung his arms when the ball was pitched outside off and positioned himself nicely against short and straight deliveries to find boundary after boundary.Watson hit nine fours and six sixes in his entertaining knock as another senior player enthralled the fans after Chris Gayle and CSK captain MS Dhoni showed their vintage touch in previous matches of the League.Three early wickets pegged Royals back and they were all out for 140 in 18.3 overs.Royals’ chase was spoilt when they lost three key batsmen inside Powerplay overs. They needed Sanju Samson (2), captain Ajinkya Rahane (16) and debutant Heinrich Klaasen (7) to fire at the top but all three could not make much contribution.Ben Stokes (45) and Jos Buttler (22) added 45 runs for the fourth wicket but the partnership broke when the latter was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo. Left-handed Stokes, who can turn the match on its head, was also dismissed soon and writing was clear on the wall.Watson shared a 50-run stand with fellow opener Ambati Rayudu (12) and then raised a 81-run partnership for the second wicket with comeback-man Suresh Raina, who hit a fiery 46 off 29 balls with nine shots to the fence.Watson was in regal touch as the Australian pummelled Royals bowlers after being dropped in the opening over, bowled by Stuart Binny. With no assistance on offer, the bowlers needed to be disciplined with their line and length but they were guilty of bowling either too full or short.If CSK could not take the total out of Royals’ reach, it was because of leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal, who stopped the run flow if not choked the CSK line-up, by accounting for three batsmen, including MS Dhoni in quick succession.Gopal conceded just 20 runs in his four-over quota and CSK managed only 54 runs in their last seven overs.Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane used five different bowlers in first five bowlers and it was Australian Ben Laughlin who got the first success as he removed Rayudu in the fifth. However already 50 runs were on the board and it was Watson who was the danger man.In came Raina and the left-hander creamed off four boundaries off Ben Stokes’ over. The job only got tougher for Royals bowlers. At half-way mark, CSK were 107 for one.In no time, Watson was approaching his hundred and Raina, a half-century, but Gopal brought relief for Royals by getting the latter caught in deep by Gowtham.There was no stopping Watson from the other end. He not only hit powerful shots but also used his wrists nicely for some delicate boundaries.Gopal though was doing a great job for his side as he stopped run flow by dismissing CSK captain MS Dhoni (5), who had enthralled his fans with a blistering fifty in the last match, and Sam Billings (3) in his successive overs.Watson completed his century in the 18th over and was out on penultimate ball of the innings. He later took wicket of K Gowtham.  center_img Shane Watson of the CSK celebrates his century during an IPL Match against Rajasthan Royals in Pune on Friday. – PTI April 20, 2018 COMMENTS Published on COMMENTlast_img read more

Harsimrat writes to RS chairman for action on Jairam, Renuka

first_imgNew Delhi, July 24 (PTI) Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman seeking “stern action” against Congress MPs Jairam Ramesh and Renuka Chaudhary, accusing the duo of humiliating her in the House.Referring to the sequence of events preceding the adjournment of Rajya Sabha for the day on July 22 which saw disruptions over AAP member Bhagwant Manns live streaming of Parliament video, Badal said Ramesh and Chaudhary used “derogatory language” against her and “violated her dignity both as a woman and a minister”.”After the House adjourned for the day, to my surprise Jairam Ramesh came rushing towards me and started using foul and offensive language without any provocation.”He used highly objectionable aggressive discriminatory words for me. He questioned my propriety to speak in Rajya Sabha and also my presence in the House,” Badal, the Akali Dal MP from Bathinda, said in her letter.She said Chaudhary also used derogatory language against her and sought action against both the Congress MPs.”In the meantime, Renuka Chaudhary came rushing into the House and despite being a lady started using loud derogatory language against me and called the government and its ministers kachra (garbage). Both kept screaming at me…”I was ridiculed and humiliated in the presence of my colleagues and house staff and my dignity both as a minister and a woman were violated,” the Food Processing Industries Minister said.The minister said the attempts of Ramesh and Chaudhary to “intimidate” her had “hurt her deeply”.”I had never thought I would be subjected to such obnoxious behavior inside the House. The conduct of these two members was highly objectionable and totally unacceptable. I request you to take stern action against them in order to protect healthy democratic traditions,” Badal urged Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.advertisementBadal said she was in the House trying to give some information about Manns video.A war of words followed between Badal and Ramesh and Chaudhary, who objected to her interventions during the proceedings related to a private members bill.Just when Badal was speaking, Congress MP KVP Raos private members bill on special package to Andhra Pradesh was to be taken up but that could not happen and the House was adjourned for the day around 2.44 PM.Badal, in her letter to the RS chairman, defended herself saying, “As a minister I have every right to have access to both the Houses and express my views. Moreover I was speaking with the permission of the Chair. And as long as I have permission of the Chair no one can deny me this privilege.”Badal has also threatened to move notices of breach of privilege against Ramesh and Chaudhary. PTI SKC AAR SK AARlast_img read more

Spain rally behind De Gea as questions swirl over goalkeeper’s form

first_img\R Krasnodar, Jun 19 (AFP) Spain players are rallying behind goalkeeper David De Gea as they prepare for their second group game at the World Cup against Iran in Kazan on Wednesday.De Gea endured an evening to forget in Spain’s opening match against Portugal on Friday, committing a howling error to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to score his second goal on the way to a hat-trick in the 3-3 thriller in Sochi.Ronaldo scored from all three of Portugal’s attempts on target against the Manchester United goalkeeper and suddenly new coach Fernando Hierro has found himself having to defend the 27-year-old.”We don’t doubt him and he doesn’t doubt himself either,” said Hierro after La Roja kicked off their Group B campaign.”I embraced him. We know goalkeeper is a special position, with a special psychology, and we have no doubts. Honestly,” added Hierro, hastily promoted to the role as coach last week after Julen Lopetegui’s shock sacking on the eve of the tournament.On the whole, the Spanish performed well in their first outing, especially considering the upheaval of the days before the game, and the underwhelming results of the other pre-tournament favourites put the Portugal draw in a more positive light.But De Gea’s form has to be a matter of real concern.It was his error that gifted Switzerland a goal in a 1-1 friendly draw just before Spain departed for Russia, and now — after one game — they have already conceded one goal more than in the whole of their triumphant 2010 World Cup campaign.advertisementIker Casillas was in goal then, the icon who De Gea succeeded and to whom he will always be compared.”Only those of us who put on the gloves and go out on the field know how difficult it is,” the man himself said. “The coach is with me, it was an error and these things can happen.” – Safe -========It is not the first time De Gea has found himself in the eye of a storm at such a time — shortly after being promoted to the role of first-choice goalkeeper for Euro 2016, he found himself embroiled in a sex scandal.There were allegations that he had organised a party at which two women were forced to have sex with two footballers, although he was later cleared of any wrongdoing.The affair resurfaced recently when Pedro Sanchez, the new Spanish Prime Minister, came to Spain’s training camp to give a speech before their departure for Russia.De Gea refused to applaud the Socialist leader, remembering criticism from Sanchez.Spain’s sports press have not been slow to criticise the 30-times capped goalkeeper for his recent blunders, but Hierro’s squad have given him their backing.”He is fine. Nobody likes making mistakes. He is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” said Isco.In any case, De Gea, who is said to be close to signing a lucrative new contract at Old Trafford, seems safe in his position for now.Napoli’s Pepe Reina has been a back-up for more than a decade now, while Athletic Bilbao custodian Kepa Arrizabalaga has just one cap and is surely not quite ready to step up.De Gea will hope to repay the faith in him against Iran as Spain bid to take a big step towards qualifying for the last 16. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Penn State Running Back Mark Allen Is Out For The Year

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State’s running back depth has taken a hit today, as head coach James Franklin announced that one of the team’s veteran tailbacks will miss the rest of the season.Mark Allen, a senior running back, is out for the rest of the year with a season-ending injury. Franklin announced the news on his Big Ten coaches’ teleconference call.The 5-foot-6 running back had totaled 99 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.“Mark’s got a very bright future. He’s gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do,” Franklin announced.The Athletic’s Audrey Snyder notes that Ricky Slade should be the team’s No. 2 running back moving forward.“Senior RB Mark Allen suffered a season-ending injury, Franklin said. Allen is in ‘great spirits’ Franklin said. ‘Mark’s got a very bright future. He’s gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do.’ Look for Ricky Slade to be the No. 2 back moving forward,” she writes.Senior RB Mark Allen suffered a season-ending injury, Franklin said. Allen is in “great spirits” Franklin said. “Mark’s got a very bright future. He’s gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do.” Look for Ricky Slade to be the No. 2 back moving forward.— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 25, 2018Allen, a Maryland native, was on pace for his best season yet. His previous career high in rushing yards for a season was 115. Allen was on pace to blow past that this season.Penn State is set to host Ohio State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC on Saturday night.last_img read more

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs Shows Major Improvement In 40-Yard Dash At 2nd Pro Day

first_imgJosh Jacobs takes a carry in the national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Josh Jacobs was already in discussions to be the first running back off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Crimson Tide star reportedly helped himself even more in front of NFL personnel during a recent event.Jacobs missed a number of drills during the NFL Scouting Combine earlier in the process. On March 20, Jacobs participated in drills in Tuscaloosa during Alabama Pro Day, and reportedly impressed.Front office insider Gil Brandt reported that his source called Jacobs’ performance “exceptional.” Clearly, he was already trending upwards, and seems to be in line for a first round selection.If there was an area for improvement, it was Jacobs’ 40-yard dash. At Alabama’s first Pro Day, he reportedly ran in the mid-4.6 second range.Alabama held a second Pro Day recently, and Josh Jacobs reportedly performed much better in the 40-yard dash.NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that Jacobs was in the low-to-mid 4.5 range, an impressive time for a back of his size.#Bama RB prospect Josh Jacobs ran his 40-yard dash again today at Alabama’s second Pro Day and the times ranged from 4.52 – 4.56, source said. An improvement from the 220-pounder.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2019That is good news for Jacobs, who doesn’t have quite the same rep as an Ezekiel Elliott or Saquon Barkley in recent years.That is, in part, because Alabama was so good at splitting time between a number of exceptional backs, including Jacobs, Damien Harris, and Bo Scarborough.Jacobs ran for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 120 carries in 2018.last_img read more

The Elders Demand Urgent Action To Avert Climate Disaster

first_imgThe Elders today urged world leaders to meet and increase their political ambition and financial commitments so radical action is taken to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.They voiced alarm that the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates this target will be missed unless immediate action is taken to curb global emissions and end all reliance on fossil fuels.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Acting Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, said:“This report is not a wake-up call, it is a ticking time bomb. Climate activists have been calling for decades for leaders to show responsibility and take urgent action, but we have barely scratched the surface of what needs to be done. Further failure would be an unconscionable betrayal of the planet and future generations.”The Elders stressed that fossil fuel subsidies for both production and consumption should be eliminated, and a price set on carbon. Resources should be channelled so vulnerable communities can invest in green technologies and adapt to the impacts of climate change.Recalling the words of their late Chair Kofi Annan that “climate change is the great existential threat of our time”, the Elders said all actors must take action and responsibility and adopt policies, behaviour and public discourse to emphasise the urgency of radical change.Mary Robinson, former UN Special Envoy on climate change and President of Ireland, said:“The IPCC report starkly sets out the challenges of securing a just transition to a 1.5 degree world, and the urgency with which this needs to be accomplished. This can only be done by a people-centred, rights-based approach with justice and solidarity at its heart. The time for talking is long past; leaders need to step up, serve their people and act immediately.”Meeting the 1.5 degrees target is critical not only for environmental sustainability but also to safeguard peace, prosperity and human rights worldwide, especially for poor and vulnerable communities already bearing the brunt of climate change’s impacts.Lakhdar Brahimi, former Foreign Minister of Algeria and UN diplomat, said:“This report makes clear that the ecological catastrophe threatened by unmitigated climate change also spells disaster for global peace and security. Scarce resources and huge numbers of people displaced by rising sea waters, drought or desertification will exacerbate existing conflicts and produce new faultlines. For all our sakes, leaders must respond with urgency, unity and clarity of vision to preserve a peaceful planet.”last_img read more

AAP representatives meet teachers, students from Stanford University

first_imgNEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party representatives met a delegation of teachers and students from Stanford University on Thursday to discuss the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, current political scenario in the country, Delhi Governance model and the Aam Aadmi Party.”Delhi is facing a ridiculous situation, the powers of the elected Delhi government are limited and has been curtailed by the Modi led Union Government. We are fighting these elections on the plank of full statehood to Delhi. Once Delhi gets full statehood, most of the problems that Delhi faces due to a multiplicity of agencies would be solved,” said AAP leader and North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey to the delegation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe delegation wanted to know the works of the Delhi government done for the people of Delhi, Pandey explained to them, “The Delhi Government supplies free water (20K litres per family per month), cheapest electricity in the country, government schools have seen a turn-around in the last 4 years, healthcare has seen a world of improvement. This all has been possible as we as a political party run on the money of the people and not any corporate. We work for the people and not corporates.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh slammed PM Narendra Modi over his comments against opposition from a rally in Meerut. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi today officially launched his election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in his trademark style of lampooning the opposition and painting them as anti-national, pro-Pakistanis and portraying himself as the biggest patriot,” said Singh.He also said that the AAP would like to remind PM Modi that Doklam happened in his tenure and his Prime Ministership will be remembered for maximum foreign policy failures. “He has nothing to tell the country in this election campaign about his government’s achievements and is, therefore, lowering the political discourse in this campaign,” he said.last_img read more

US retailer Nordstrom to announce Canadian store plans on Thursday

[np_storybar title=”U.S. premium outlets coming to Canada — will it live up to the hype?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/07/25/u-s-premium-outlets-coming-to-canada-will-it-live-up-to-the-hype/”%5DWith hungry Canadian shoppers flocking to U.S. outlet malls every weekend in search of deals, it is perhaps no surprise that U.S. developers have plans to bring a dozen or more premium outlets to Canada in the next few years. Read more>[/np_storybar]TORONTO — Nordstrom is the latest U.S. retailer planning to set up shop north of the border.Officials from the department store chain and Cadillac Fairview are scheduled to announce Canadian store plans at a media briefing in Toronto on Thursday.The announcement will relate to Nordstrom’s entry into the Canadian marketplace and will identify store locations in Cadillac Fairview shopping centres nationally.According to previously published reports, the Seattle-based retailer is expected to open in four locations, including a trio of prime Sears Canada locations set to be shuttered this fall.[np-related]Sears Canada announced in March it would sell back leases for three of its stores to its landlord, Cadillac Fairview, for about $170-million.High-profile locations at the Pacific Centre in Vancouver, Chinook Centre in Calgary and Rideau Centre in Ottawa are set to close by the end of October.It announced a further closure, at the Deerfoot Mall in Calgary in July.Nordstrom Inc. president Blake Nordstrom is set to join Cadillac Fairview president and CEO John Sullivan and Wayne Barwise, executive vice-president of development at Cadillac Fairview, at the media briefing on Thursday.Canadians can currently purchase goods direct from Nordstrom’s website, with shipping fees that includes the cost of duties at checkout.Nordstrom earned the No. 1 spot for luxury retailers in a consumer survey of wealthy Americans in May of this year.The company is regularly ranked as one of Forbes Magazine’s top 100 companies to work for.Retailers like Holt Renfrew, the Bay, and Harry Rosen can expect heavy competition from the American entrant, which has more than 200 stores across the United States and more than $9-billion in annual sales.Canada’s strong economy and the weakness of U.S. consumer sales have made the Canadian market attractive for retailers such as Target Inc., which bought out the leases to 189 Zellers stores in 2011 and will begin serving customers early next year.The Canadian Press, with files from Postmedia News read more

US Under Secretary to visit Sri Lanka next week

Shannon was earlier Counselor of the US State Department. He had served briefly as Senior Advisor to the US Secretary of State and served as the United States Ambassador to Brazil for nearly four years. The US Embassy in Colombo said that Ambassador Shannon will meet with senior government and parliamentary leaders, business leaders, and civil society, as well as tour a USAID-funded livelihoods project in the Eastern Province. During his visit, Ambassador Shannon will reaffirm U.S. support for Sri Lanka’s reform agenda and explore greater cooperation in development, security, economic growth, and regional connectivity. Prior to his tenure in Brazil, Ambassador Shannon served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2005 to 2009. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2003-2005. From 2002 to 2003, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, where he was Director of Andean Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He was U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), with the rank of Ambassador, from 2000 to 2001.Ambassador Shannon also served as Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council from 1999 to 2000, as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1996 to 1999, and as Regional Labor Attache at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1992 to 1996. US Under Secretary of State (Designate) for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon is to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said.Shannon will have talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, among others, during his visit. During his thirty year career as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Shannon also served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 1989 to 1992, as Country Officer for Cameroon, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe from 1987 to 1989, and as a Consular/Political Rotational Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from 1984 to 1986. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Greek farmers block main highway in protest against reform

Greek farmers block main highway in protest against reform FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, protesting farmers from the agricultural region of Thessaly park their tractors in the Vale of Tempe, central Greece. Protest organizers said on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 that the tractor blockade on the highway linking Athens to Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, would be in effect indefinitely unless the government withdrew proposals for tax hikes and an overhaul of the pension system. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File) by Derek Gatopoulos And Costas Kantouris, The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2016 3:59 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email THESSALONIKI, Greece – Farmers in northern Greece blocked traffic on the country’s main highway Tuesday, intensifying nationwide protests against austerity measures demanded by bailout lenders.Protest organizers said a tractor blockade on the highway linking Athens to Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, would be in effect indefinitely unless the government withdrew proposals for tax hikes and an overhaul of the pension system.Blockades on secondary roads, used by drivers to bypass the highway, were also being stepped up.“They are asking farmers to pay higher taxes even if they have no income … It’s impossible,” said Yiannis Zacharias, a blockade organizer in northern Greece.The new austerity measures have prompted broad protests against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ year-old leftwing government, with strikes from a range of professional groups, from lawyers to ferry workers.Greece is expected to slip back into a mild recession in 2016, while the global sell-off in financial markets saw the value of shares on the Athens Stock Exchange sink Monday to their worst level since 1989. The exchange’s main index was down a further 2.7 per cent in early afternoon trading Tuesday.On Friday, farmers from across Greece are planning to travel to Athens, with plans to stage a three-day protest outside parliament.Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said Tsipras was willing to meet farming associations but insisted the “the negotiations cannot start from zero.”Farmers launched the tractor blockades on Jan. 20, and have since stepped up their protests along the nation’s highways and at border crossings, causing long delays for drivers and truckers.Police said Tuesday Bulgarian truck drivers used their vehicles to smash a customs boom barrier at the Greek border with Bulgaria. Four trucks crossed into Bulgaria, while a fifth truck was stopped and the driver arrested on public disturbance charges.The conservative main opposition party called on the government to withdraw the pension overhaul plan to avoid “social upheaval.”__Follow Gatopoulos at http://www.twitter.com/dgatopoulos and Kantouris at http://www.twitter.com/CostasKantouris__Gatopoulos reported from Athens. read more

SNL Metals Mining Fewer new discoveries slower development weigh on gold industry

first_imgOver the past 24 years, mining companies discovered 1,660 Moz of gold in 217 major gold discoveries, SNL Metals & Mining’s 2014 edition of Strategies for Gold Reserves Replacement shows. While that sounds like a significant amount of gold, it falls short of the 1,840 Moz produced over the same period.In addition, the amount of gold discovered and the number of major discoveries (defined as any deposit with a minimum of 2 million ounces of contained gold) have been trending downward over time, from 1,100 Moz in 124 deposits discovered during the 1990s to only 605 Moz in 93 deposits discovered since 2000.The amount of potential production from these major discoveries is particularly concerning when looking at the discoveries made in the past 15 years. Assuming a 75% rate for converting resources to economic reserves and a 90% recovery rate during ore processing, the 674 Moz of gold discovered since 1999 could eventually replace just 50% of the gold produced during the same period.However, considering that only a third of the discovered gold has been upgraded to reserves or already been produced, and that many of these deposits face significant political, environmental, or economic hurdles, the amount of gold becoming available for production in the near term is certainly much less.The time it takes to bring a deposit into production is also increasing significantly, slowing the rate at which production is replaced. Between 1985 and 1995, 27 mines with confirmed discovery dates began production an average of eight years from the time of discovery. The time from discovery to production increased to 11 years for 57 new mines between 1996 and 2005, and to 18 years for 111 new mines between 2006 and 2013. (For this analysis, expansions and mine redevelopments are not included as they are not comparable with new mine developments.)The length of time from discovery to production is expected to continue trending higher: 63 projects currently in the pipeline and scheduled to begin production between 2014 and 2019 are expected to take a weighted-average 19.5 years from the date of discovery to first production.There are many reasons for the longer development times, including the need for increased and more detailed feasibility work, hurdles imposed by greater social and environmental awareness, longer and more demanding permitting processes, increased need for infrastructure and processing capacity due to lower ore grades and/or more remote locations, limited availability of capital, and scarcity of experienced personnel.As it can take several years of exploration for a new discovery to be defined, it is too early to tell whether the surge in discovery-oriented exploration since 2010 has moderated the downward trend in the number and richness of new discoveries. The tough financial environment for junior explorers over the past two years suggests that the longer-term downward trend in discoveries will likely continue for at least the next few years.The picture shows the Marvoe Creek diversion cascades for the New Liberty gold mine of Aureus Mining.last_img read more

Chrome gets an audio icon to point out noisy tabs so you

first_imgGoogle Chrome will soon add an animated indicator to your tabs that lets you know which ones are playing back or recording audio. While it has the benefit of making it easier for you to pin down the tab that’s blaring Thrift Shop, it’s also wired to a more functional change in Chrome’s tab maintenance routine.Behind the scenes, the new code will prevent Chrome from discarding tabs that are processing audio tasks in the background when it’s trying to free up memory. Right now, if Chrome becomes overwhelmed and needs to shut tabs down to create some headroom it may indiscriminately close your mood music. Google wants to make sure the good times keep rolling, however, so future versions of Chrome will monitor audio subsystem activity on a tab and mark them off limits. Other tabs will see their resources clawed back instead.Eagle-eyed Chrome enthusiast Francois Beaufort noticed the change in the Chromium code recently, and the feature has already landed in Chrome Canary. Progress from Canary to Chrome’s more mainstream channels doesn’t always follow the same regimented 6-week release schedule, so there’s no telling when the audio throbber might pop up on the dev channel build. Once it does, however, you’ll only have to hunt for the favicon with the animated EQ to track down rogue audio tabs. It’ll be way more convenient than trying to guess based on titles or clicking through every tab manually until you spot one with a pause button on the page.It should also help you make sure that tabs you’ve allowed to utilize GetUserMedia don’t keep recording audio from your microphone after you’re done with a conversation.last_img read more

The Complete History of Rock Stars Making Comics

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on target Netflix’s latest buzz show is The Umbrella Academy, the story of seven super-powered individuals raised by a mysterious inventor who fought evil as kids before splitting up and going their own ways. It’s a bizarre and unique take on the superhero concept, which is unsurprising because it comes from the brain of Gerard Way, the former frontman of theatrical emo band My Chemical Romance. Originally a well-received Dark Horse comic, it’s just another step in Way’s path of world domination.But Gerard Way is far from the first rock star to make a detour into the four-color funnybook universe. Let’s dive into the longboxes and trace the history of rock musicians making comic books. I know we say “complete” above but if we forgot anyone, drop a line in the comments.Go Ask AliceOne of Marvel’s strongest suits in the 1970s was their direct connection with pop culture, from Spidey teaming up with the SNL cast to a KISS story. In 1979, they let rocker Alice Cooper take over an issue of Marvel Premiere, writing a plot for Ed Hannigan and Tom Sutton based on his From The Inside album. The story sees Cooper institutionalized and trying to free himself while surrounded by a bunch of weirdos and outdated references. It’s not particularly scary but Alice Cooper was always more of a goof than a real terror anyways.Marvel Music Boogies DownWith the music industry booming in the 90s, Marvel looked to branch out by creating a subline entirely consisting of ideas licensed from notable musicians. Most of the rock stars involved didn’t have much to do beyond lending their likeness, but a few really got into it – most notably legendary rapper KRS-One. Collaborating with artist Kyle Baker, KRS created Break The Chain, a self-respect anthem urging urban youth to step away from drugs and violence. The single issue 1994 comic came poly-bagged with a cassette single of the track, and an animated video was also produced.Danzig Goes VerotikMisfits and Samhain frontman Glenn Danzig has been steeped in the world of comics since his Lodi, New Jersey childhood. The logo for his eponymous band was cribbed from the eighth issue of Marvel’s fantasy series Crystar. So it’s not surprising that when he got a little of that major label money he funneled it into his own publishing company. Verotik, founded in 1994, was an outlet for Glenn’s love of horror and smut, and its titles included English translations of Go Nagai’s Devilman manga and work by British maniac Simon Bisley. Most recently, Danzig has been taking some of the Verotik properties and adapting them into films.Zombie Gets Some InkA few years after the founding of Verotik, another 90s shock-rocker made his comics debut. Rob Zombie has become a true Renaissance man, although he probably won’t ever make EGOT status, and in 1997 he contributed artwork to the third issue of Danzig’s Venus Domina series. Rob would mostly ply his trade as a writer from then on, penning the Spookshow International horror series, a Bigfoot comic, and an adaptation of his film The Devil’s Rejects. His weirdest credit comes in the 2004 issue of The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror along with Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper and… Pat Boone? Yes, this is when even the 60s good boy crooner was trying to butch up his image. The stories all had co-writers so it’s tough to know how much text actually belongs to the rockers.Courtney Love Knows No BoundsThe Hole frontwoman and Kurt Cobain widow Courtney Love has had an interesting life, so it’s not surprising that her venture into the comics world came at an odd angle as well. In 2004, Love collaborated with manga publisher Tokyopop and artist Misaho Kujiradou to create Princess Ai, a semi-autobiographical series about a young alien woman transported to Tokyo who finds a career singing and falls in love with a young man named Kent. Oh, and there’s demons and stuff, because this is a manga. It was a surprise hit, topping the sales charts with its first volume. The third installment of the second three-part series was supposed to be released in 2011 but Tokyopop’s implosion has left it in limbo.Coheed The CallOne of the longest flirtations with comics culture comes courtesy of Coheed & Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez, who has been writing a tie-in series called The Amory Wars for his band’s albums since 2004 without any sign of stopping. The wildly ambitious sci-fi tale chronicles an endless battle in a place called Heaven’s Fence, where a lone freedom fighter must topple the corrupt ruler who killed his family. The book is really dense and made for long-time fans, but it does have some crossover appeal with Mark Wahlberg at one point tapped for a film adaptation.Mike Doughty Meets Aquaman2005’s Bizarro World was an oddball DC anthology where they let alternative artists and writers take cracks at the company’s iconic characters. One unexpected name was Mike Doughty, frontman of New York downtown art-rockers Soul Coughing. Collaborating with illustrator Danny Hellman, Doughty penned a tale of a forlorn Aquaman going to an open mic night to perform an acoustic ballad about lost love before getting picked up by a Batman groupie. It’s not an angle that you’ll see the Jason Momoa franchise pursuing but it’s a fun little story.Way, Way OutGerard Way is the reason for the season, as his 2007 Image series The Umbrella Academy — created with Brazilian siblings Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba — is now a Netflix series. The quirky story of a group of siblings contending with their missing adoptive father and the impeding end of the world was a critical and commercial smash, and Way was tapped to write a Spider-Man story for Marvel and then given the reigns of DC’s Young Animal imprint, which took some of the company’s fringe characters like Cave Carson and gave them a new lease on life. Way also continues to write the Doom Patrol relaunch for DC.Grimm TidingsSpeaking of DC, the company’s Vertigo line has gone through a number of reinventions, and in 2007 it was focused on original graphic novels targeting the literary market. One of the most interesting books they published that year was Sentences, the illustrated memoir written by New York underground rapper Percy Carey, better known as MF Grimm. Wheelchair-bound following a drug-related shooting in 1994, Grimm has carved out a robust independent career, and the art by Ron Wimberly is really nice.Tyrese Gets A New ImageImage Comics is a publisher you’ll see a lot on this list, as the creator-owned company formed when many of Marvel’s top artists split in the 90s grew into an incubator for a wide variety of talent, including rapper/model/VJ/screenwriter Tyrese. In 2009, he launched Mayhem through the company after a trip to San Diego Comic-Con. The series followed a masked vigilante and what it lacked in uniqueness it made up for with aggressive marketing – Gibson even had Halloween costumes made for sale at Party City.Anthrax Meets The Main ManScott Ian, guitarist of legendary New York thrash band Anthrax, is a man with some aggression. So it was a natural pairing when DC tapped him to write a Lobo miniseries in 2009. The two-issue story, Lobo: Highway to Hell, sees the Czarnian mercenary who was a real big deal in the 90s head down to the Netherworld to get revenge on Satan himself. Reviews weren’t great, with one outlet saying that as a writer, Scott Ian is a pretty good rhythm guitarist, but the art by Sam Keith is a lot of fun and it’s just two issues.Go-Go RobotikThe Go-Gos were one of the most successful all-female bands of all time, a Los Angeles five-piece who topped the charts writing their own songs and playing their own instruments. Although their heyday was the 1980s, the members have continued to flex their creative muscles in a number of different venues. In 2010, guitarist/singer Jane Weidlin partnered with Simpsons cartoonist and future Mad Magazine editor Bill Morrison to debut her own comic series, Lady Robotika. The book featured aliens abducting Wiedlin herself and transforming her into a powerful cyborg.Amanda Palmer’s Two NamesAmanda Palmer, formerly of the Dresden Dolls, is married to one of the most successful comics creators of the modern era — Neil Gaiman of Sandman fame. So it’s not a terrific surprise that for her 2010 project Evelyn Evelyn with Jason Webley she’d fold in an illustrated component. The tie-in comic book from Dark Horse told the tale of the titular Siamese twins with art by Cynthia von Buhler in a 160 page graphic novel.Rage Against The FlowersRage Against The Machine is a band that has never shied away from social commentary in their music. In 2011, guitarist Tom Morello launched Orchid at Dark Horse, giving him a new venue to express his views of the world. Set in an unsurprisingly dystopian future, Orchid is a rich and well-considered universe where the elites live in elevated cities above a savage swampland caused by rising sea levels. The titular character is a teenage prostitute who discovers that she has the potential to turn everything upside down.Daniel And The DucksWhile most of the entries on this list have involved traditional four-color superhero stuff, some musicians have ventured into the alternative comics world as well. Idiosyncratic Texas musician Daniel Johnston has a huge following amongst indie hipsters, and he’s been creating visual art along with his shambling, lo-fi songs for decades. In 2012, he made the leap into full-blown graphic literature with Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness, a bizarre and childlike tale of a group of birds coming into conflict with none other than Satan himself.Stone Sour Goes GoldCorey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour is a dude who loves to tell stories, so for the release of that second band’s House of Gold and Bones, he partnered with Dark Horse to release a tie-in comic. It tells the story of Human, an anonymous male who gets dragged from his normal life into a world of dark fantasy and horror, trapped in dense forests as he makes his way to the Crimson City. Like a lot of the works on this list, it’s packed full of references and allegories, but fans of Vertigo books like Sandman will eat it up with a spoon.Darryl Makes ComicsDarryl McDaniels – the DMC in Run DMC – has been a pioneer since his group broke hip-hop to the mainstream in the 1980s. But what you might not know about the rapper is that he’s a huge comic book head, and in 2014 he finally realized his dream of staring a publishing company. DMC is set in the mid-80s, as hip-hop starts to seize the streets of New York and a group of urban heroes led by DMC himself battle back the forces of evil. It’s a fun, high-energy concept that has seen two volumes released and Darryl brought in a ton of experienced industry professionals to make it as solid as possible.More on Geek.com:The History of Ultraviolence in Comic BooksThe History of Breasts in Comic BooksThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book Historylast_img read more

Yahoo reports lackluster results as sale looms

first_imgYahoo Inc’s (YHOO.O) quarterly earnings fell short of Wall Street expectations on Monday in what may be the company’s last financial report before it sells its core business.Yahoo reported adjusted earnings of 9 cents per share, short of the 10 cents that analysts expected. It also announced a $482 million write-down on the value of Tumblr, the social media service that it acquired in 2013 for $1.1 billion.Yahoo is in the process of auctioning off its search and advertising business, and is expected to choose a winner this week. The company said its board has made “great progress on strategic alternatives” but did not comment further on the auction process.Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc are said to be in the running to acquire the core business, along with private equity firm TPG Capital and a consortium led by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and backed by billionaire Warren Buffett.Yahoo also owns large stakes in Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, which are worth far more than the company’s internet business.Monday’s earnings report showed the continued slide in Yahoo’s business during the protracted sale process. After the Tumblr write-down, the company posted a net loss of $439.9 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with a loss of $21.6 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier.Although total revenue rose to $1.31 billion from $1.24 billion a year earlier, the seeming improvement was the result of a change in the way the cost of acquiring traffic is counted. After deducting fees paid to partner websites for traffic, revenue fell to $841.2 million from $1.04 billion.Estimating that Tumblr is worth “nothing” at this point, Ross Gerber, cofounder and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, said potential buyers were likely bidding lower than Yahoo believes it is worth.”I can’t imagine why the sale process is taking so long, the only thing I can think of is it’s being overpriced. This report doesn’t further create an impression that paying up for these assets has any value,” Gerber said.Revenue in the company’s emerging businesses, which Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer calls Mavens – mobile, video, native and social advertising – showed some life, rising 25.7 percent to $504 million in the second quarter ended June 30.But the improvement in Mavens was offset by decreases in gross search revenue that is only expected to get worse, said B. Riley & Co analyst Sameet Sinha. Gross search revenue for the quarter was $765 million, down 17 percent from the same period last year.”This is supposed to be the growth engine of the company, and at best it was up slightly year over year. That shows that even in high-growth categories like mobile and native they’re losing their search impact,” he said.JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey said search revenues are a significant portion of Yahoo’s overall revenues and their continued decline could definitely be a factor in the sale negotiations.”If search continues to decline as much as it has, that’s something that’s going to be called into question,” he said.In a conference call, Yahoo Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman touted the company’s cost-cutting efforts.”Through excellent expenditure management of cost and capital, we achieved above the high-end of our guidance on adjusted EBITDA and significantly increased cash flow,” he said, referring to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.Yahoo’s shares were little changed at $37.92 in trading after the bell.last_img read more

Howard Schultz steps down as Starbucks chairman may consider a future in

first_imgThe Executive Chairman of Starbucks Howard Schultz has said he will step down from his position Representational image.Creative Commons.Executive Chairman of Starbucks Howard Schultz announced on Monday that he is stepping down from his role at the popular coffee chain. The co-founder is known for making Starbucks a global coffee powerhouse, taking them from 11 stores to over 28,000 in 77 countries over the span of nearly four decades. The Seattle based company is now in the hands of its CEO Kevin Johnson who will assume day-to-day operations at the company.Schultz will formally step down on June 26, paving way for retail expert Myron Ullman to assume a greater role in the company. For Johnson, the move will mean the need for a new approach to combat the stalling American market, as well as intense competition both nationally and internationally from high-end coffee stores and fast food chains. Schultz is famous for creating the inclusive culture that made Starbucks a popular place to work. Apart from fostering an environment of inclusivity and diversity, Schultz promised to hire 10,000 refugees as part of the Starbucks workforce. Starbucks also became one of the first organisations to adopt equal pay for men and women in the USA under his watch. Last month, following the wrongful arrest of two black men at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, Schultz had all stores closed for an afternoon so that the staff could receive racial-bias training. The liberal-leaning executive is well known for being an outspoken critique of Trump’s policies, openly stating his opinions on gay marriage and other key issues. The move fueled speculation that the 64-year-old was considering running for president in 2020. Although he has denied any political ambitions, he was quite open to the idea in an interview with CNN last week. In an article in the New York Times on Monday, Schultz said- “I intend to think about a range of options, and that could include public service. But I’m a long way from making any decisions about the future.”Starbucks shares were down 0.8 percent at $56.64 during the extended trading hours as a result of Schultz’s move. There was no comment from Starbucks or any of its executives on the news. [ Reuters]last_img read more

Fake currency rackets busted four arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Border Security Force (BSF) have recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 11 lakh from different places of Malda district in two separate raids on Saturday night. Four persons have been arrested so far in connection with the incidents.Two different agencies have raided Kaliachak and Vaishnabnagar area and busted the fake currency rackets. It is a matter of investigation to figure if there was any connection between the two incidents. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeActing on a tip off, a team of BSF officials raided Kaliachak’s 18 Mile area on National Highway 34. Two youths were carrying the fake notes on a motorcycle. They tried to flee the spot after noticing the BSF personnel. Some of the BSF jawans managed to get hold of the duo. They are the residents of Kaliachak area. They were later handed over to the police. Fake notes worth around Rs 4 lakh have been seized from their possession. All the fake notes were of 2,000 denominations, police said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn a separate incident, the CID carried out a raid in Township More area of Vaishnabnagar. Two persons have been arrested for smuggling fake currency notes. Fake notes worth nearly Rs 7 lakh were recovered from them.According to police, the arrested persons are the residents of Jainpur village under Vaishnabnagar police station. The CID had specific information that fake currency would be smuggled through the area and conducted raids along the border on Saturday night. It is suspected that some other people, who are involved in smuggling fake currency notes, might have fled after apprehending a raid.The sleuths were trying to locate the source from where the fake notes had come into India.Police have started an investigation in this regard. Police suspect that some Bangladeshi nationals is involved in the incident. They are also trying to know the names of the persons involved in the racket.According to the preliminary investigation, the investigators believe that the notes were made in Bangladesh. Police are investigating the route the smugglers had used to smuggle in the fake currency notes.last_img read more

UNC crowd goes nuts after ball boy hits 3 halfcourt shots in

first_img Advertisement Being a ball boy for a big-time college basketball team is about as sweet of a gig as you can score as a kid.In between high-fiving your favorite players and chasing down basketballs, there’s usually a minute or two after the teams head for the locker rooms when the coast is clear to hoist up some shots in front of a packed arena.Last night, one University of North Carolina ball boy lived out every kid’s dream when he sank 3 half-court heaves in front of a sellout crowd at the Dean Dome. The applause built after the sneaky lefty drained the second one, and the roof almost came off after he hit the third.After sinking the last shot, the new B.M.O.C ran around the court like he hit a buzzer beater to put the Tar Heels in the Final Four. Being a kid is fun. Check out the video:center_img Check out more from The Herd Now.last_img read more