Here is your horoscope for the day: August 30, 2015

first_imgARIESThings happen quickly and you need to take snap decisions or stand to lose opportunities today. You are likely to fall in love with a new person or idea that takes you through new experiences and emotions. Overseas communication and visitors can be expected. Lucky number 8. Colour pastels. TAURUS You can actualize long term goals if you start working on them today. You reflect emotionally in the other and feel fulfilled, as feelings are reciprocated. Sometimes friends become enemies and enemies become friends as the tide turns and attitudes change. Lucky number 1. Colour pink. GEMINISurprises and unexpected happenings are on the cards today. A mystical experience gives you a sense of wonder and elation. Since this is a day of happenings, just sit back and watch the magic in your life unfolding. A loved one may arrive to surprise you. Lucky number 6. Colour ebony. CANCERYou take control and clean up a mess at home or at work with speed and alacrity. Love and romance in personal relationships add to your happiness and satisfaction. You achieve goals by focusing on priorities rather than depleting energy in multifarious activity. Lucky number 9. Colour reds. LEODespite varied interests your position of power and authority is retained. You tend to be restless and make plans to travel overseas. Practice of Yoga can help you calm down and feel relaxed. You go beyond the heart and mind to find valuable answers and insights. Lucky number 21. Colour blues. VIRGOYou aim for the highest and do not make compromises. A professional opportunity promises name and gain. You indulge in busy schedules and competitive sport. You have a vast reservoir of energy available and can tap into it by getting centered and silent within. Lucky number 1. Colour red. advertisementLIBRA You are enduring in professional ventures and manage finances, staff and schedules efficiently. You are ingenious and creative when faced with challenging situations today. You are cautious, trustworthy and imperturbable when the going gets tough. Lucky number 17. Colour sandy browns. SCORPIO You may be stressed and involved in two different aspects or conflicts that need attention and resolution today. Avoid arguments, lengthy professional meetings and discussions, as they lead nowhere. Be light and spontaneous to hit the right note in situations. Lucky number 8. Colour reds. SAGITTARIUS You play the role of advisor, sharing your experience with others. An older man offers you a lucrative assignment. You are loving and caring in established personal relationships and can expect loyalty and support. Put financial investments on hold. Lucky number 18. Colour blue. CAPRICORNYou are laborious and clever with material aspects and manage finances and business ventures with ingenuity and success. Health problems for you or family members can be resolved with natural healing and alternate therapy. Parents may need your attention. Lucky number 5. Colour brown. AQUARIUSYou are swift and confident while contributing to professional projects. You are just and fair while participating in family affairs. Personal relationships are nourishing and supportive. You are in good health and indulge in sport or healthy entertainment. Lucky number 14. Colour green. PISCES You make new beginnings in relationships with a positive and loving approach. A fresh approach or path opens up for you to complete a difficult assignment. A surprising turn of events may change your plans and intentions. Adopt a broader perspective of life. Lucky number 17. Colour white.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella gets two-match ban for another misconduct

first_imgSri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella has been banned for two limited-over matches after his latest breach of ICC code of conduct, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday. (Latest Cricket stories)Dickwella was found guilty of “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision” during the second Twenty20 International against Australia in Geelong on Sunday, for which he received two demerit points and was fined 30 percent of his match fee.If a player accumulates four to seven demerit points within a two-year period they are converted into two suspension points, which brings a ban for one Test or two one-day internationals or Twenty20s.Dickwella was given a 50 percent fine and three demerit points in the fourth ODI against South Africa in Cape Town on Feb. 8, and the two additional demerits means he has exceeded the threshold of four demerits in a two-year period.The 23-year-old will accordingly miss the third Twenty20 International against Australia in Adelaide on Feb. 22, and Sri Lanka’s first ODI against Bangladesh on March 25, the ICC said.Dickwella was adjudged to have shown dissent when he “kicked the turf and looked at his shoulder for a prolonged period of time” after pausing to view the replay following his dismissal in Geelong, the ICC added.Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine was also fined 15 percent of his match fee and given one demerit point for a related incident in the same game.Paine was found guilty of “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match,” the ICC added.advertisementSri Lanka have already wrapped up the ongoing series Down Under after winning the first two Twenty20 Internationals.last_img read more

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PCB to appeal against BCCI at ICC Disputes Resolution Committee

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to pursue compensation claim case against the BCCI with the ‘Disputes Resolution Committee’ of the International Cricket Council (ICC). (Can’t force India to play bilateral series against Pakistan, says ICC)PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi is the UK meeting with the British legal firm for advise. PCB’s chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad has also flown to London for the same purpose. According to Sethi, the PCB’s board of governors has approved an amount of over USD 1 million to cover the expenses and legal costs of filing and fighting the case before the ICC disputes resolution committee.”The claim will be formally filed with the ICC any day now as the PCB has been told it has very good chances of winning the compensation claim against the BCCI,” a PCB official told PTI. (Pakistan anticipate return of international cricket after successful World XI series)The PCB is seeking compensation from the BCCI for not honouring a MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 under which the two countries were to play six bilateral series from 2015 to 2023.”PCB is confident of success because since 2015 it has offered the BCCI to even play at neutral venues if their government is not interested in sending the team to Pakistan or inviting Pakistan team India for security reasons,” the official said.The BCCI has maintained it can’t play any bilateral matches against Pakistan without the clearance of its government.last_img read more

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Tax haven controversy deals another body blow to Trudeaus middleclass brand

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government’s politically bruised promise to ensure “tax fairness” for the middle class took another beating Monday amid unfolding revelations about the widespread and perfectly legal practice among ultra-wealthy Canadians of harbouring cash in offshore tax havens.Included among the 13.4 million leaked documents, dubbed the “Paradise Papers,” were the names of former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien and top party fundraiser Stephen Bronfman — the mere mention of whom gave fresh ammunition for the opposition to accuse Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of leading an ethically challenged government.Neither the Canada Revenue Agency nor any court has determined that any of the Canadians identified in the documents did anything wrong, and both Bronfman and Chretien denied any involvement in offshore tax avoidance schemes.Still, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer branded Trudeau a hypocrite for aggressively seeking to end tax advantages for small businesses, while doing next to nothing to crack down on complicated tax haven schemes used by the super-rich.Guy Caron, the NDP point man in the Commons, joined in the fray, accusing the CRA of always letting the “big fish” go when it comes to tax evasion.Trudeau refused to talk about any specific cases mentioned in the documents, but vowed to investigate Canadian connections.“We are fully committed to fighting evasion and tax avoidance. I will let individuals comment on their own situations, but in regards to the Paradise Papers, the CRA is reviewing links to Canadian entities and will take every appropriate action,” he told the Commons during question period.The details, released by members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, mark the largest-ever leak of tax haven documents involving Canadians. The documents — client records from offshore law firm Appleby, as well as some records from offshore corporate services firms Estera and Asiaciti Trust — contain the names of more than 3,000 Canadians.According to the Toronto Star and CBC/Radio Canada, records suggest Bronfman and his family’s Montreal-based investment company, Claridge Inc., were linked to an offshore trust in the Cayman Islands. The report raised questions about a complicated series of transactions involving people with Liberal party ties.In a statement, Bronfman said he made a single loan on an arm’s-length, fully commercial basis some 25 years ago to the trust that was repaid five months later, a transaction that was fully in compliance with Canadian law.Bronfman, a close personal friend of Trudeau, said he has never funded nor used offshore trusts, and that all his Canadian trusts have paid all federal taxes on their income.“Stephen Bronfman is a proud Canadian and has always fully complied with all legal requirements, including with respect to taxes,” the statement said.Also among the leaked documents was a register of investors in Madagascar Oil that lists Chretien as having received 100,000 stock options.In a brief statement of his own, Chretien said Madagascar Oil was a client of Heenan Blaikie, a now-defunct Canadian law firm. As a lawyer with the firm, Chretien said he did some work for Madagascar Oil, but all fees were billed by and paid to the law firm itself.“I never received any share options and I never had a bank account outside Canada,” Chretien said. “Any news report that suggests I have or ever had or was associated in any way with any offshore account is false.”Tax avoidance measures involving offshore trusts are legal, provided that the trust is genuinely managed offshore and that Canadian taxes are paid on any Canadian contributions. And there may be other legitimate reasons for setting up an offshore account, including if you’re a contractor doing work in a particular country.“In setting up an offshore, you’re not ‘getting away with not paying your fair share of taxes,’” said Ian Lee, an assistant business professor from Carleton University.“Offshore trusts are not illegal. What’s illegal about offshore trusts is to not declare it to CRA.”The Paradise Papers are just the latest revelation to tarnish the Trudeau government’s self-proclaimed title as champion of the middle class.A plan to end put an end to wealthy individuals using incorporation to reduce their tax burden was widely perceived as an attack on small business owners, forcing the government to adjust or drop the proposals.The government has also been forced to disown a CRA directive that employee discounts — including those given to minimum-wage workers in the retail sector — are considered taxable benefits. And it is still struggling to explain why diabetics are suddenly finding themselves ineligible for a long-standing disability tax credit.The Liberals vowed to crack down on tax avoidance schemes when they first took office two years ago, pumping some $1 billion in new spending into the Canada Revenue Agency to collect unpaid taxes from Canadians who sheltered their income in low-tax havens. As the result of audits over the past two years, the agency says it has identified some $25 billion in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties but it’s not saying how much has actually been collected to date from those using the schemes.The federal government estimates it loses about $8.7 billion in tax revenue each year from individuals, not including corporations, who use offshore accounts and trusts.With the latest revelations, the estimate is likely to exceed $10 billion, according to advocacy group Canadians for Tax Fairness.Closing that gap is something Canada can’t do alone, Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said after a cabinet meeting Monday.“I think it’s certainly something that requires a substantial amount of work with outside countries,” Duclos said. “It’s something that our government cannot do alone, so it has to do it with other countries and we’re working quite hard on that, in fact.”last_img read more

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Wolverine or Wolf Yukon celebrates local fur industry

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsYukon trappers and artisans are looking to create support for its fur industry.That’s because trappers aren’t fairing that well on the international markets with low fur prices. A lynx pelt is selling for $60 while in Whitehorse the same pet is sold for $250.It’s also about celebrating fur and having local people wearing it.“This is about connecting the trapper with a crafter who’s going to make something with the person who’s going to buy,” said Kelly Milner, organizer of Unfurled.Tlingit trapper George Bahm runs his family trap line on the weekends.It keeps him connected to his ancestral land despite the expenses.“These events are really important to us,” he said of Unfurled.smclean@aptn.calast_img

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Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall hired as advisor for Calgary law firm

first_imgSaskatchewan’s former premier has landed a job in Calgary.Brad Wall is joining the law firm of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt as a special advisor.In a statement on the firm’s website, Chief Executive Doug Bryce says “Some have called Brad one of Canada’s great leaders. We agree with that assessment.”Bryce says they are excited to offer their clients Wall’s “strategic insights” in the energy and agri-food businesses.Wall served as premier of Saskatchewan from November 2007 until he retired from politics this past February.last_img

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Kinder Morgan Canada share target cut as growth hopes fall post pipeline

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. stock stumbled again on Wednesday after two banks cut their target share prices in the wake of the company’s deal to sell its biggest current and growth asset — the Trans Mountain pipeline system — to the federal government.The Calgary-based company’s shares closed about one per cent lower at $16.23, continuing the post-deal trend that saw it close nearly three per cent lower at $16.10 on Tuesday. It dipped as low as $15.62 in interday trading Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Kinder Morgan’s future is cloudy and it will be left cash-rich but prospect-poor from the deal to sell its existing 300,000-barrel-per-day pipeline and the delayed 590,000-bpd expansion project for $4.5 billion, analysts at CIBC said in a report.“While accretive options may be surfaced, we do not see a potential transaction as sufficient to offset the potential upside from the Trans Mountain expansion project,” the report said.“Indeed, we question (parent company) Kinder Morgan Inc.’s willingness to retain Kinder Morgan Canada longer term as it only contributes about two per cent of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and has reduced growth prospects.”CIBC slashed its 12-month price target to $17 from $22 because of its lower expectations of future growth in revenue and dividends for Kinder Morgan shareholders.The target price at National Bank Financial was also adjusted to $17 from its previous level of $19.The assets remaining after the sale amount to about $5 per share, analyst Patrick Kenny said in a note. He said he added the $12 per share Kinder Morgan attributes to the Trans Mountain sale to the $5 to arrive at the new valuation.The company will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, just northeast of Edmonton.It could look at buying Western Canada natural gas plants currently being marketed by Enbridge Inc. with the cash its getting from the sale, he said, while noting Kinder Morgan has also suggested it may distribute cash to shareholders.Kinder Morgan Inc. created its Canadian subsidiary in a $1.7-billion initial public offering last year.The company expects after-tax proceeds for the approximately 30 per cent of Kinder Morgan Canada not owned by its Houston-based parent company to be about $1.25 billion. It didn’t specify how it would spend the proceeds of the sale but did say it plans to continue to invest in Canada.Companies in this article: (TSX:KML)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the wrong day of the week.last_img read more

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Patnaik for further postponing Patkura polls due to cyclone

first_imgBhubaneswar: With the IMD forecasting very severe cyclonic storm FANI likely hit the Odisha coast on May 3 night, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday said he would urge the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to postpone polling in Patkura assembly segment. “I am going to see the Chief Election Commissioner about postponing the election in the Patkura assembly seat in case the cyclone hits Odisha,” Patnaik told reporters. The ECI had earlier fixed May 19 as the date for the polling in Patkura assembly segment under Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat following death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwal on April 20. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh As per the original schedule, the polling in Patkura was supposed to be held in the fourth phase on April 29. Though the voters of Patkura have exercised their franchise for the Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat on April 29, the polling for the assembly elections has been adjourned till May 19. Meanwhile, BJD candidate for Patkura Assembly seat, Sabitri Agarwal, wife of late Bed Prakash Agarwal, Tuesday filed her nomination at the office of the Sub-Collector in Kendrapara. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The opposition BJP has already fielded its veteran leader Bijoy Mohapatra from Patkura while Congress has named Jayant Mohanty as its nominee in this politically sensitive assembly segment. Mohapatra, who is a known bete noire of Patnaik in Odisha politics, said: “It is part of Patnaik’s conspiracy not to hold elections in Patkura. Patnaik wants to avoid polls in Patkura as he knows that BJD will face defeat.” Mohapatra also threw an open challenge to Patnaik asking him to contest in Patkura assembly segment. “Instead of doing conspiracy in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik should contest against me in Patkura. Above all, Kendrapara was his father’s ‘Karma Bhumi’,” Mohapatra said. Mohapatra, a four-time MLA and a former minister in the Biju Patnaik cabinet, has been out of the state assembly since 2000 after Patnaik denied him a BJD ticket then.last_img read more

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Retail trio Bombay Bowring and Benix enter court protection while seeking solution

TORONTO — Retailers Bombay & Co. Inc., Bowring & Co. Inc. and Benix & Co. Inc. are operating under court protection from creditors while their owners look for a buyer or partner to help them survive a severe cash shortage and overwhelming debt.Bombay has 55 furnishings stores and Bowring has 57 housewares stores across Canada, employing about 1,240 people in total. Benix closed its final store in June.The retailers collectively owe about $80-million, including $14.5 million to CIBC, which is providing funds to help them keep operating while they work on a new business plan under court supervision.An Ontario Superior Court judge granted a stay until Sept. 5 last week under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, which is designed to give insolvent companies another chance to come up with a workable business plan.In an affidavit filed Aug. 6, CEO Freddy Benitah testified that the privately owned chains have been grappling with a a liquidity crisis and have defaulted on other financial covenants with their primary lender, CIBC.The companies also ow $28.5-million to Isacc Bennet Sales Agencies Inc. and $11-million FBI, which are secured creditors, and an estimated $25-million in unsecured debts.The trio of Canadian retailers have struggled in the face of growing competition from U.S.-owned rivals that have migrated north.The Benitah family also privately owns the Fairweather and International Clothiers chains. read more

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Higher fares more full seats help push Southwest Airlines to record 2Q

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 7:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Higher fares, more full seats help push Southwest Airlines to record 2Q profit of $465 million DALLAS – Southwest Airlines is reporting a record profit for the second quarter, more than doubling its earnings from a year ago.The company said it set records for passenger fares per mile and the percentage of seats sold on its planes during the April-to-June period. It said that bookings in July have been strong, with passengers paying about 3 per cent more per mile than in July 2013.Southwest Airlines Co. is in the midst of several big changes, including phasing out the AirTran Airways brand, starting international flights on Southwest, and expansion in Dallas and other key markets.The Dallas-based company said Thursday that second-quarter net income rose to $465 million, or 67 cents per share, compared with $224 million, or 31 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding special items, the airline said it would have earned 70 cents per share. That beat Wall Street’s forecast of 61 cents per share, according to FactSet.Revenue climbed 8 per cent to $5.01 billion, topping analysts’ forecast of $4.94 billion.Southwest said that passenger revenue per available seat mile, a closely watched number in the airline business, rose 9 per cent, a sign that customers are paying higher average fares. Despite the higher prices, Southwest and AirTran filled 83.9 per cent of seats on the average flight, up from 81.6 per cent a year earlier.The company caught a break at the fuel pump. Spending on fuel dropped 4 per cent to $1.4 billion. Labor spending, however, rose 8 per cent, also to $1.4 billion.Its shares slipped 4 cents to $28.87 in morning trading. read more

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Nissans recordbreaking presence in the UK celebrated at SMMT

The latest exhibit on show at SMMT’s Westminster exhibition space is a celebration of Nissan’s manufacturing presence in the UK. The Sunderland Plant’s 25th anniversary was marked last year with a string of new UK car industry records. 480,485 vehicles rolled off the production line in 2011, the most ever produced by a car plant in the UK, while the number of jobs there also reached an all-time high, with 5,462 people directly employed on site.Opened officially in 1986 by former Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher, in a ceremony which involved painting the second eye on a traditional Japanese ‘daruma’ doll, the plant has since manufactured more than 6.4 million vehicles and 12 different models, including Bluebird, Primera, Micra, Almera, Note, Qashqai and Juke. The plant exports 80% of production to 97 markets worldwide.Speaking at the anniversary ceremony, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co., said, “As the UK’s largest car plant, biggest car exporter, and soon battery plant ­­­­- with battery production for the Nissan LEAF planned for next year­­­­ – Sunderland is a beacon of Nissan’s exemplary leadership in manufacture, management and technology, which define a global car company in the 21st century.”Staff are now gearing up for production starting at the company’s new lithium-ion battery plant in the New Year, ahead of Nissan LEAF production beginning at Sunderland in 2013. Nissan presence in the UK extends beyond Sunderland: the European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 50 people, while 500 additional staff are based at Nissan’s European Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.In June 2011, Carlos Ghosn announced that Nissan workers in the UK will design, engineer and build the next version of the company’s Qashqai model. Production of the new model will take Nissan’s total investment in its UK manufacturing base to £3.3 billion.In March 2012, the company announced production of an all-new model, the Nissan INVITATION, creating around 2,000 new jobs at the plant and within its UK supplier base. This was followed in April by Nissan confirming production of a second all-new hatchback model at its Sunderland facility from 2014.Find out about other high-profile announcements from UK automotive companies regarding investment, expansion, new models and employment.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Vegas pleasantly surprised when weather forecast was wrong

MELBOURNE, Australia — Jhonattan Vegas woke up Thursday expecting the worst of Melbourne’s weather after officials moved up the tee times by an hour to try to beat expected rain in the afternoon.He was pleasantly surprised to see the sun shining.He and his Venezuelan partner Joseph Naffah shot 7-under 65 and were three strokes behind leading South Korea, England and Australia at the World Cup.“I really thought that we were going to have a little rain, a lot of wind, rain gear,” Vegas said. “It was going to be one of those crazy days. But it was absolutely perfect.”IT WAS THIS BIG, HONESTLike a big fish story, Shane Lowry’s birdie putt for Ireland at the World Cup kept getting longer, thanks to his partner.Lowry and Paul Dunne shot an 8-under 64 and were tied for seventh with India and two strokes behind leaders England, South Korea and Australia at Metropolitan.“I made good putts when I needed to save par,” Lowry said. “All in all, pretty happy. Then the bonus on 17 makes it even better, a nice raker across the green.”“So 70 feet, something like that,” Dunne added about Lowry’s putt. “It will 100 feet by the time dinner comes.”Lowry added: “I was over the moon to see it go in. It was a bonus. In this format, you make hay when the sun shines and we did that.”GREAT UNDER PRESSUREAs New Zealand’s top-ranked golfer at the World Cup, Ryan Fox had the choice to pick his partner, and he took 43-year-old veterarn Mark Brown when several other players were not available.Brown responded with a strong round Thursday to lead New Zealand to a 7-under 65 and tied for ninth.“I was feeling a bit of pressure coming into this to try and justify Ryan picking me,” Brown said. “It was good to get off to a good start.”Fox was impressed.“I think I made one birdie today, so it’s pretty much all on Brownie,” Fox said. “Bernie played some great golf and it was good to see. He kind of needed to because my golf was terrible for the most part.”Danny Lee withdrew from the event for New Zealand to spend time with his family. Michael Hendry was unable to commit with his Japan tour card in jeopardy.STRONG FINISH FOR BELGIUMThomas Pieters and Thomas Detry birdied six of their last seven holes for a 9-under 63, a stroke behind the leaders, but it didn’t always look like it was going to end that way.They made five pars to open, then on the par-3 sixth, their tee shots were about 100 feet apart.“We weren’t that far away from thinking, ‘OK, maybe it’s now time to go back and close the season off right now,’” Detry said.But the Belgian pair saved par on that hole, then made three birdies to finish off the front nine, followed by their six of nine on the back.“I disappeared for a couple of holes and we made a couple of good putts,” Pieters said. “Worked out perfect. We just want to go out there and have fun. It sounds like a cliche, but that’s how you’re going to play your best golf.”INDIA STRONG IN MIDDLEAnirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar were tied for seventh with Ireland after making five birdies in six holes on the front nine and another birdie on 18, giving them what Lahiri called an “aggressive” 64.“I think both of us felt we should have made three or four more birdies coming in,” Lahiri said. “We missed a few, but you have to feed off each other’s energy.”On Friday, it will be alternate shot, or foursomes.“I think the mindset changes overnight,” Lahiri said. “We’ve played this quite a bunch, Eurasia Cups… Presidents Cups as well. So that experience is there and you can understand the dynamic.”___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDennis Passa, The Associated Press read more

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Nintendo imposes a play limit on Wii U demos

first_imgWhen a publisher releases a demo for a  game it gives gamers the opportunity to try before they buy. Does that hurt sales? Yes it probably does if the demo or the game is actually not very good, but if gamers end up playing the demo a lot, I’d suggest there’s more chance it will actually lead to a sale of the full version.Nintendo clearly doesn’t agree with that logic and has decided to include a restriction on the number of times you can play Wii U game demos you download to the console.Steve Marinconz from Kotaku found this out when he downloaded The Wonderful 101 demo recently. Every time you load up the demo a pop-up appears informing you how many remaining plays you have, with the total being set at 20 times. 20 may seem like a lot, but if you enjoy the demo and invite your friends round to play it, they will soon get eaten up.On the one hand, it’s nice to actually have access to a demo to try a game before spending money on it. On the other, why are my demo plays being restricted? Is it to try and force a purchase when the demo expires? Or has Nintendo found compelling evidence that demos you can play as much as you like really do hurt sales?A good point is made in the comments on Kotaku about why this restriction may be in place. Commenter Lifeislife points out that younger gamers will happily sit there and play the 1st level of a demo over and over again, and that’s all they need to enjoy the game. As younger gamers are a major chunk of Nintendo’s audience, releasing restricted demos may lead to parents being bugged to buy a game when their kid can no longer load and play the demo.Play restricted demos may annoy some gamers, but demos have always been something publishers have experimented with to try and generate more money. Examples of this include bundling a highly anticipated demo in with another game to boost sales (Metal Gear Solid 2 demo in Zone of the Enders) and actually charging for a demo disc. The idea there being you pay a few dollars for the demo, and then get that back on the price of the full game when it was eventually released. If you didn’t buy the game, the publisher still made some money from it. I haven’t seen such a practice used since the days of the PS2, though.last_img read more

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1916 relatives lose battle against the State in case over Moore Street

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Feb 14th 2018, 1:45 PM Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 1:45 PM 33 Comments James Connolly Heron, Proinsias O Rathaille and Donna Cooney of the 1916 Relatives Association. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie 1916 relatives lose battle against the State in case over Moore Street site One of the street’s buildings is declared a national monument. James Connolly Heron, Proinsias O Rathaille and Donna Cooney of the 1916 Relatives Association. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.iecenter_img The Moore Street site. (Pictured in 2016) Source: RollingNews.ieThe 1916 Relatives Association has said it is not currently considering an appeal to the Supreme Court but will study the judgement in detail before responding in full.“Obviously we’re disappointed with today’s result, but the campaign to recognise and celebrate the historical and cultural significance of the Moore Street area will go on,” the association’s Donna Cooney said this afternoon.Cooney, who is also a member of the Green Party, said their priority is to have a “cultural quarter” in the area.“We have a unique opportunity to preserve this historic quarter, and link it up to the new cultural quarter at Parnell Square and the GPO museum. This would be hugely beneficial for the area and add so much to the city,” she said.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said that the area has been ”sterilised by years of legal cases” and called on the Taoiseach to “do the right thing” and declare the entire site as a national monument.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the government would like to “read the judgement ourselves”.Read: 1916 victory: Moore Street has been declared a ‘battlefield site’ >Read: Government to appeal decision to protect Moore Street battlefield site to Supreme Court > Share232 Tweet Email3 15,236 Views THE COURT OF Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling which had declared some buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street to be part of a battlefield site comprising a national monument.The State had taken the appeal after the High Court had found in favour of Colm Moore, who had taken the case on behalf of the 1916 Relatives Association.In 2015 the government stepped in to buy the site at 14-17 Moore Street, the building where the Rising’s leaders decided to surrender, and declared it a national monument.The 1916 Relatives Association had argued that other buildings on the street were also entitled to protection and took a case to the High Court.In late 2016, the High Court ruled that No. 10, part of No. 13 and Nos. 18, 20 and 21 Moore Street were also part of the battlefield site.But in a judgement today, the Court of Appeal has found that the High Court does not have the jurisdiction to declare these buildings as a national monument.The three-judge ruling said that this is a “purely policy” decision and could only be done by the government, which is “answerable to the people”.The Court of Appeal found that the National Monuments Act 1930: cannot be constitutionally interpreted as to vesting the courts with this function of declaring a particular monument to be a national monument where (as in the present case) this would entail the courts making purely policy assessments without reference to established legal criteria.“Specifically, the courts could not be given the jurisdiction to make such a determination by reference to purely policy considerations such as whether the preservation of a particular monument was a matter of national importance,” the ruling added.ReactionReacting to today’s decision, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said that the State had taken the decision to appeal the High Court judgement following concerns that it could have had implications for “important national infrastructure projects”.“This was an extremely complex and wide-reaching case and I will study the judgment in detail with my officials to see what the full effect of it is,” the minister said.The preservation of the State-owned national monument building at 14-17 Moore Street – the final headquarters of the 1916 leaders – and opening them to the public, remains the top priority and will obviously be the major influence over our thinking. https://jrnl.ie/3851216 Short URLlast_img read more

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Calombaris champions mens health awareness

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Celebrity chef George Calombaris is getting out of the kitchen to take on Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, working together with Bowel Cancer Australia as an Ambassador. George will combine his culinary expertise and personal experience to highlight how healthy eating, lifestyle and awareness of family history can greatly reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.George’s father, Jim, has been diagnosed with bowel cancer twice; once when George was only 6 years old and again when he was 16. The second diagnosis was discovered through regular screening.“My dad is a bowel cancer survivor. His second diagnosis was a big turning point in my life and I want to share my family’s experience as a way to motivate others to discuss their family history and know their bowel cancer risk,” Calombaris said.Over 13,500 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year and it claims the lives of 73 people every week.Yet it is one of the most preventable, treatable and beatable of cancers, with too many Australians dying because they are unaware of the risk, or the cancer is caught too late.“It is this lack of awareness that I hope to change,” Mr Calombaris said.“Dad’s experience has taught me not to take life for granted and has given me a steely determination in life. I want to use my experience in a positive way to get the message out that a healthy diet, lifestyle and awareness of family history can save lives.”last_img read more

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Howe Ive had a chat with Zola over Wilson

first_imgAFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed he’s talked to Gianfranco Zola over his comments regarding Chelsea’s interest in Callum WilsonEarlier this week, the Blues assistant coach praised Wilson and revealed that a striker of his quality will be of interest to many clubs, aside from Chelsea.But Howe sought out for Zola for talks over his comments after Chelsea’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win against Bournemouth.“I spoke to Gianfranco afterwards and yeah we had a little chat about that situation,” said Howe, according to Sky Sports.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“But Gianfranco is an incredible person and a really nice guy. And, you know, Callum from our perspective is a huge part of what we are doing here.”Wilson has managed eight goals and five assists in 16 Premier League games for Bournemouth this term.Bournemouth will face Brighton on Saturday, where they will hope to avoid a fourth straight defeat.last_img read more

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Mayor Faulconer speaks about SDSU West and more issues facing the City

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was in studio to talk more about the issues currently facing the City of San Diego.Mayor Faulconer spoke on a variety of issues including high water bills, homelessness, infrastructure, Police Chief Nisleit, Tijuana sewage spill, and the City Attorney’s analysis of the SDSU West proposal.Kim Kilkenny, from the ‘Friends of SDSU’ steering committe was also in studio to explain his reasoning for support of the SDSU West initiative. You can watch Kilkenny’s interview here.The latest on the SDSU West proposal can be seen here.KUSI has reached out to the City Attorney’s office and she has declined our offer to comment. KUSI Newsroom, Mayor Faulconer speaks about SDSU West and more issues facing the City of San Diego Posted: March 6, 2018 March 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer, kim kilkenny, SDSU West, SoccerCity FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit San Diego border

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:45 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 7, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Jeff Sessions FacebookTwitter Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit San Diego border SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions will become the latest Trump Administration official to visit the San Diego border area when he arrives today to discuss the administration’s anti-immigration agenda.Sessions will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. at an undisclosed location with Thomas D. Homan, deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Justice Department officials said Sessions and Homan will discuss “the immigration enforcement actions” of President Donald Trump’s administration.The trip will mark the fourth time a high-ranking Trump Administration official has visited the California-Mexico border region in recent months. Trump himself was in Otay Mesa in March to survey prototypes of the border wall, which was a key promise of his anti-immigration presidential campaign. On April 18, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited Calexico in Imperial County, where a replacement border barrier has been under construction since the Obama Administration was in power. Vice President Mike Pence also went to Calexico last Monday.While in the Imperial Valley, Pence spoke to Homeland Security and Border Patrol employees at the El Centro Border Patrol Station to discuss plans for the proposed wall and to call for tougher controls on immigration. He advocated ending migration based on family reunification and claimed that a highly publicized immigrant caravan of Central American asylum-seekers was “undermining the laws of this country and the sovereignty of the United States.”Sessions is also expected to call for tougher immigration enforcement, with his visit coming a week after the caravan, with fewer than 200 migrants, arrived at the U.S. border in Tijuana following a roughly month-long trek through Mexico. The members of the Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravan — which came under scrutiny when Trump began tweeting about it on Easter Sunday – have since begun the process of seeking asylum in the United States.The attorney general already spoke out about the immigrant caravan once last week when federal prosecutors alleged that 11 of the immigrants had tried to cross the border illegally under the cover of darkness.“When respect for the rule of law diminishes, so too does our ability to protect our great nation, its borders and its citizens,” Sessions said in a statement. “The United States will not stand by as our immigration laws are ignored and our nation’s safety is jeopardized.“U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman and his team should be commended for quickly filing illegal entry charges for individuals apprehended along the southwestern border. We will continue to work with our partners in each U.S. Attorney’s offices to aggressively pursue prosecutions of criminal illegal entry.” US Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at Border Field State Park in Otay Mesa. Watch his remarks below. May 7, 2018last_img read more

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US special forces strike twice

first_imgMOGADISHU, Somalia — In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago but aborting a mission to capture a terrorist suspect linked to last month’s Nairobi shopping mall attack after a fierce firefight.A U.S. Navy SEAL team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab rose for dawn prayers, U.S. and Somali officials told The Associated Press. The raid on a house in the town of Barawe targeted a specific al-Qaida suspect related to the mall attack, but the operation did not get its target, one current and one former U.S. military official told AP.Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the raid publicly.In Washington, Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed that U.S. military personnel had been involved in a counterterrorism operation against a known al-Shabab terrorist in Somalia, but did not provide details.U.S. officials said there were no U.S. casualties in either the Somali or Libyan operation.The Somali raid was carried out by members of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan hideout in 2011, another senior U.S. military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.But this time, SEAL Team Six members encountered fiercer resistance than expected, so after a 15-20 minute firefight, the unit leader decided to abort the mission and they swam away, the official said. SEAL Team Six has responsibility for counterterrorism activities in the Horn of Africa.last_img read more

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Minor boy electrocuted

first_imgA seven-year-old boy was electrocuted at Dighi village in Shalikha, Magura on Monday morning.The deceased was identified as Abu Huraira, 7, son of Badsha Mia of the area.Tariqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shalikha police station, said the boy got electrocuted as he put his fingers into a electric socket while playing at home around 7:00am.Family members admitted the boy to Magura Zila Hospital where doctors declared him dead.A case was filed in this regard.last_img

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