10 months agoValencia coach Marcelino admits Chicharito admiration

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino admits Chicharito admirationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino admits they need to sell if they’re to sign West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.It’s been suggested Marcelino would prefer to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and replace him with Chicharito.He said, “Chicharito is a player with an international trajectory. But I prefer the four attackers we have. I do not see today the possibility that we stay with five attackers because it is a particular position. “We have four good attackers. They do not find the way to the goal but we have to change that. If an attacker leaves us because all the parties agree, we will look for a solution in the transfer window. But we are not considering the possibility of having five attackers.” last_img read more

Alabama, Florida State Named 2016 National Signing Day Recruiting Champions

first_imgGraphic shows the best recruiting classes in the country.Entering yesterday’s National Signing Day, Alabama sat behind schools like Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State in the national recruiting rankings. After a huge day, highlighted by the commitments of five-star linebackers Ben Davis and Mack Wilson, the Crimson Tide class was ranked No. 1 by three of the four major recruiting services: 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout. Here are how the rankings for those sites shook out after the dust settled on National Signing Day.247Sports:247sports 2-4Rivals:rivals 2-4Scout:scout 2-4The one ranking site that spurned Alabama? According to ESPN, the Crimson Tide were edged out by the Florida State Seminoles.espn 2-4As you’d expect with those results, 247Sports’ composite ranking, which utilizes all four of the major services, also has Alabama No. 1.247 composite 2-4Alabama has four national championships on the field under Nick Saban, and amazingly, they are even more dominant in the recruiting game. The Tide have signed a top recruiting class for six straight years now, and there is no sign that Saban and his staff are slowing down.last_img read more

Liberal promise to set strict rules for unpaid interns pushed to 2019

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won’t make good on their vow to crack down on unpaid internships until next year — almost four years after the issue first landed on the federal government’s agenda.In the 2017 budget, the Liberals promised to eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated workplaces — the only exception being student placements required as part of a school course. Interns would be treated like regular employees, with the same work hours and under the same safety regulations.Officials now say it will be fall of 2019 — right when the next federal election is expected — when they unveil the final set of regulations, at which time those groups pushing for an end to unpaid internships will find out when the rules come into force.Cabinet will have the final say on when the rules come into effect.“Once the legislation was amended, most people assumed you couldn’t do this anymore,” said Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.“I don’t know why they haven’t put forth the regulations on this because they were very clear. Immediately after they got elected, they acted on it.”Since coming to office, the Liberals have touted spending aimed at creating more jobs for young people — notably doubling funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program, and putting money into creating internships and apprenticeships — hoping to meet campaign promises that won over many young voters.NDP jobs critic Niki Ashton accused the Liberals of being “all talk and no action” on an issue of vital importance to young Canadians.“There’s no excuse for not making a change sooner.”The previous Conservative government promised changes to labour laws to protect unpaid interns as part of their 2015 budget, but the rules were never implemented.The Liberals revived the proposal in December 2015, weeks after taking office, and faced opposition to its plan to allow unpaid work for up to four months full-time or up to a year part-time. The Canadian Intern Association dropped out of consultations, students mounted protests and labour groups demanded the whole process be restarted.When Patty Hajdu became labour minister in early 2017, her mandate letter called for updating labour standards “to address emerging issues such as unpaid internships.”The government’s second budget bill last year deleted part of the Canada Labour Code that provided an allowance for unpaid internships in certain cases, but left an existing exception for educational placements intact.In a statement, Hajdu said the government was committed to consulting Canadians on the changes before they are implemented.“Young Canadians need meaningful work experience to start strong in their careers, but unpaid internships can be unfair and exploitative,” she said.“We will eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors where they are not part of a formal educational program during this mandate.”A new round of consultations is set to launch next month and run into the fall to coincide with talks about new unpaid leaves for family reasons, traditional Indigenous practices, and victims of family violence.“While we’re encouraged that the federal government is finally moving forward on addressing unpaid internships within federally regulated employers, we’re also concerned that the timelines are excessive and push any concrete action into 2019 or 2020,” said Andrew Langille, counsel for the Canadian Intern Association.“The commitment to tackle unpaid internships was made during the 2015 election and one would think four years would be enough time to tackle a straightforward regulatory change.”Ashton said some schools are avoiding unpaid internships for students. Even so, she said, some young people believe unpaid work is the only way they can get job experience and a foothold in the labour market.Last week’s latest jobs figures from Statistics Canada showed an 11.7 per cent unemployment rate for workers age 15 to 24 — almost twice the national average of six per cent and up from May’s rate of 11.1 per cent.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP investigate multiple thefts of trailer batteries

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they have been responding to 20 reports of battery thefts in the Grande Prairie Area.According to RCMP, the batteries have been stolen from holiday trailers.RCMP would like to advise the public that these types of thefts are occurring. Police say they continue to investigate these incidents and encourage the public to report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.To help prevent theft, the RCMP are reminding owners to take the necessary precautions, such as implementing the use of security locks.If you have any information about these incidents, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

The Real MVP Steph Curry Announces Hell Financially Back

“I know Otis talked about wanting to start a golf club here and he was sending out flyers trying to have people come to a room on Howard’s campus and just get people interested in the game,” Curry said. “But he wanted to take it to another level. The idea around recreating Howard’s golf team, turning it into a Division I program for men and women was born on that specific night. Seven and a half, eight months later we are here announcing the first Division I golf program for Howard University all because of this guy here.” The historically Black university announced the development Monday in a news release. Fox 26 Charlotte reported Curry will contribute $1 million toward plans to introduce and grow access to golf at the HBCU, where scholarships will also be offered. To do so, the Howard press release states Curry will access major players in sports and the community, including sports apparel company Under Amour, sporting goods brand Calloway Golf Company and his own Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation to collect items including uniforms and equipment for the effort. GOD SHOWED OUT!!!🙏🏾 https://t.co/PgfONLiRbS— Otis Ferguson IV (@ferg_iv) August 20, 2019 “Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry, who grew up playing the game with his dad, said in a statement. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.” Despite being an NBA MVP, Steph Curry’s has a love for golf, and he’s taking that passion to the bank by bankrolling Howard University’s new golf program through 2025. Ferguson has expressed his excitement on Twitter by retweeting a video of the announcement Tuesday and saying, “GOD SHOWED OUT!!!🙏🏾” Men’s and women’s golf teams will be introduced at Howard by 2020. It will be the first set of Division I teams in the sport at the school. Previously, Howard had a Division II golf team as well as different intramural teams and intercollegiate clubs for the elite golf. Speaking at a press conference at the Washington, D.C., university August 19, Curry said he was inspired to make this effort a reality after a conversation with Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, whom the basketball star met during a visit to the school earlier this year. Curry had been on campus to promote his documentary “Emanuel” in January. University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement that the school is “honored to partner with NBA Champion Stephen Curry to launch what is sure to become one of the best golf programs in the country.” read more

Busquets worried after Barcelonas defeat

first_imgThe Blaugrana footballer admits there were many defensive mistakes in the match against Leganes today in the Spanish La Liga tournamentBarcelona lost 2-1 to the team located in the bottom of the Spanish La Liga tournament: Leganes.What’s worst. The Blaugrana had a 1-0 advantage until they let their rivals score twice in 69 seconds.And for Barca’s midfielder Sergio Busquets, there is something to worry his team about.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“We have had the advantage on the scoreboard, but we conceded too much to our rivals,” he said to Spanish newspaper Marca.“We haven’t been consistent nor solid. And they have been able to overcome a disadvantage in two minutes. Then we had trouble creating chances because they have closed their lines.”“It’s clear that this is something to worry about, not about receiving goals in 69 seconds, but about not scoring. We have to be more solid and score outside home,” he added.“We are a team, we win and lose together. There has to be an evaluation of the team. Eleven footballers played and we all lost.”last_img read more

Arjen Robben out for Bayern Munich until 2019

first_imgBayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has confirmed Arjen Robben will not available to him for the rest of 2018The 34-year-old winger aggravated a thigh injury and has been absent for Bayern’s last three matches against Ajax, Nurnberg and Werder Bremen.Speaking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Hannover 96, Kovac broke the news that Robben will miss the rest of their remaining three fixtures before the winter break in Germany.“He won’t play again in this half of the season. The focus is on January 4,” said Kovac, according to Goal.“The doctors looked at it. It makes no sense for us to go into a major injury.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Croatian will not be deciding who plays on Saturday until training today has been completed.“We have one day less due to the Wednesday match than if we had played on Tuesday,” added Kovac.“We will decide who plays after training. We have to keep in mind that we have three games [in eight days].”After Hannover, Bayern will take on RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt next week.last_img read more

Bahamas Parliamentarians at the Remembrance Day Service and Marching in the Parade

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 13, 2017 – Nassau – Parliamentarians attended the Remembrance Day Service at Christ Church Cathedral, November 12, 2017.   In church, from left: Minister of National Security Marvin Dames; Minister of Health Duane Sands; Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd; and Minister of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell, and Mrs. Campbell.They also marched to the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance — walking in the Parade are, from left, Minister Dames; Minister  Sands; Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield; Minister Campbell; and Minister of the Environment and Housing Romauld Ferreira.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Gubernatorial candidate John Cox joins Republican Party meeting in San Diego

first_img Updated: 10:02 AM Gubernatorial candidate John Cox joins Republican Party meeting in San Diego June 11, 2018 Posted: June 11, 2018 Dan Plante, center_img Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, John Cox FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsGubernatorial candidate John Cox was joined by the Republican Party of San Diego County over at the Town and Country Hotel Monday night.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE and had a chance to talk with Cox about the race to November. last_img read more

KPBSD Grapples With Possible Cuts To Education Funding

first_imgErkeneff: “We are communicating with the Department of Education, and are hearing the cut will come from under-funding K-12 Education Foundation Formula, not reducing the Base Student Allocation (BSA) value as some media is reporting. This is significant to us because of the way the BSA corresponds to the minimum and maximum range the Borough can contribute to K-12 education. In contrast, under-funding the foundation formula and keeping the BSA intact would not reduce the range the Borough can fund to education.” University of Alaska system President Jim Johnsen said the system faces a cut of more than $130 million, which could force layoffs of up to 1,300 people and the elimination of programs. Erkeneff said there was some confusion with the information provided on how those cuts will be determined, but that the district is ready for a number of scenarios for the budget possibilities. The current plan calls for cutting roughly $310 million from the state Department of Education and Early Childhood Development from the department’s current $1.3 billion budget. According to Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff, the budget documentation made available to this point does not give the district enough detail to determine the amounts specific to the Kenai Peninsula.center_img Erkeneff: “Analyzing information that we have that’s available there’s not enough information right now for the district to specifically what the impact will be to the Kenai. That’s because there is still some confusion with details that have been released.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy released an amended FY20 budget on Wednesday. The budget proposes a significant reduction to education funding throughout the state. It’s unknown at this time how those cuts would impact the Kenai Peninsula campus.last_img read more

Updated AAM Tweaks Digital Issue Reporting Guidelines

first_img U.S. Digital Sponsored Magazines to Report “Unique Opens” on December 2017 AAM Reports When the delivery of digital magazine issues are sponsored by third-party companies, magazine publishers may report the copies as “digital sponsored” subscriptions or single-copy sales on AAM reports. The AAM board approved a change that applies to only U.S. magazine publishers, which will require them to prove that the issue was delivered and opened by the consumer, starting with July 2017 issues. Editor’s note: The original article on this Alliance for Audited Media rule change contained a series of misconceptions about what classes of digital magazine circulation were actually affected. In the interest of accuracy, we’ve provided the AAM’s original announcement below. The Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) announced yesterday a trio of new initiatives stemming from the latest meeting of its board of directors — among them, a rule change requiring publishers to prove “unique opens” of those digital magazines whose delivery is sponsored by a third-party company. View the full announcement from the AAM below. In connection with this change, AAM recently certified ValueMags—a platform that fulfills digital sponsored magazine subscriptions—to ensure the platform tracks “unique opens” in a way that is consistent with industry guidelines and best practices as well as AAM magazine reporting criteria. The certification helps fast-track AAM audits for magazines that use ValueMags to deliver their sponsored issues.last_img read more

Hey Siri are you there

first_imgFor years I thought Apple was forging its own path in the smart home, that there was a purpose behind its slow-boil approach to working with smart-home partners and integrating Siri voice control features — that at some point the company’s strategy would make sense.  Sure, to some extent it does make sense. If you’re an Apple loyalist, the pathway is clear: You probably already have Apple Music, you’re likely going to buy a HomePod smart speaker and you’ll look for lights, locks, thermostats and other smart home gadgets that work with Apple HomeKit. You’ll overlook Apple’s other limitations because the platform works well enough.  And who knows what potential innovations await with the hiring of Google alum John Giannandrea, now Apple’s chief of machine learning and AI strategy.But there are some serious, lingering limitations with HomeKit, Siri and Apple’s overall approach to smart home hardware that should have been addressed by now. Alexa and Google Assistant continue to move forward while Apple’s platform lags far behind. Let’s take a look at the current state of the Apple smart home and discuss what we’d like to see from it next year.  Comments Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Apple Music Spotify Siri Apple Apple HomeKit Apple Music now works on Amazon Alexa smart speakers Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant Smart Home Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2018: The gifts they’ll loveStocking stuffers: The best gifts under $25 Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now 1:08 Share your voice See All Tags Smart lightbulb tips and trickscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home 35 34 Photos Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house • At $349 each, the HomePod smart speaker is pricey. Where’s the more affordable HomePod? Rumors of a “HomePod Mini” have been discussed for months, but we have yet to see it. There’s no Siri-enabled HomeKit smart display, either.  New HomePod features and improvements to Siri  Both stereo pairing and multiroom audio were added to the HomePod in May, a few months after the smart speaker’s initial product launch.  A few other HomePod updates have trickled in, including calling, searching for a song by its lyrics and setting multiple timers. The additions have helped keep Siri and the HomePod somewhat competitive, but Apple’s voice assistant still struggles to keep up with Alexa and Google Assistant. Amazon and Google have made significant progress with natural language, making Alexa and Google Assistant conversational. Use the Google Assistant on the Google Home Hub to cook a meal and it will walk you through the steps, tutorial-style. Amazon smart speakers now offer a “whisper mode” — it sounds kind of creepy, but it means you can use your Alexa speaker during your kid’s nap time. These nuances make Alexa and Google Assistant more appealing and more natural to use in a variety of scenarios. Apple just isn’t there yet.   Enlarge ImageAsk Siri to adjust HomeKit-enabled lights, locks, thermostats and other smart home devices.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Support for third-party devices Apple has make some strides as far as opening up its platform. Manufacturers no longer need to stick an MFi hardware chip in every HomeKit-enabled device like they used to. Apple has also announced a software developer kit making it easier for developers to partner with Apple on HomeKit projects. At the same time, Apple lags way behind Amazon and Google Assistant when it comes to third-party smart-home partners. It has more than it used to, but it’s nowhere near catching up with Amazon, which reached 50,000 Alexa skills back in September according to Voicebot.AI.  An open platform  I know, I know. Apple and “open platform” don’t necessarily go together, but there are just two things I want to see from Apple that would make a big difference in the smart home: Make an Android version of the Home app Add support for Spotify and other third-party music streaming services to HomePod Apple’s Home app is where you go on your iOS phone or tablet to add and make adjustments to your HomeKit, Siri-enabled smart devices. It’s a decent enough app and Apple added it to MacOS Mojave in 2018, so you can view, manage and control your smart home products straight from your Mac. The HomePod currently only works natively with Apple Music. You can use Airplay 2 to play audio from third parties on the HomePod, but they don’t work seamlessly via Siri. Apple should make the HomePod compatible with Spotify at the very least. Amazon now works with Apple Music, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and SiriusXM. apple-homekit-home-app-location-based-lighting-triggerEnlarge ImageA look inside the Apple Home app for iOS and how to automate the lights turning on. Screenshots by Ry Crist/CNET The outlook Given the success of Alexa and Google Assistant, why isn’t Apple doing more with Siri, HomeKit and the HomePod? There are so many different things they could address to stay more competitive. Where’s the HomePod that’s actually affordable? Why isn’t there an Apple smart display? When will Siri be able to answer more questions (and better)? The list goes on and on. We’ll continue to keep an eye on things here, as always, and hope that Giannandrea ushers in a new age for the Apple smart home. Prove us wrong, Apple.Apple declined CNET’s request for comment. reading • Hey Siri, are you there? Siri runs the smart home with these Apple HomeKit gadgets CNET Smart Home Related links More Apple hardware The HomePod is Apple’s only piece of smart home hardware to date, introduced in early 2018. (You can make a case for the Apple TV counting as well since it works with Airplay 2, but it’s more smart-home-adjacent than smart-home-exclusive.) Fortunately, the HomePod is a great speaker, delivering excellent sound quality in a relatively compact package. Pair two HomePods together for stereo sound in the same room — or put them in different rooms to enable multiroom audio (these come via Airplay 2).  It’s a solid device. But Amazon and Google have many more smart speaker options. There’s even a limited selection of third-party devices that work with Alexa and Google Assistant. The Facebook Portal and Portal Plus work with Alexa and so does the Sonos One. Google Assistant is built into the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display, among others.  last_img read more

9 great reads from CNET this week

first_img Google Assistant Google Fiber Amazon Chrome Robots Netflix Samsung Share your voice Tech Industry So, Google managed to rake it in last quarter despite recent data and privacy scandals. And Apple released a phone update to fix the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug. But the news thunder was stolen this week by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who dropped a bombshell Thursday afternoon alleging the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him with nude photos.Here’s your chance to catch up on the week’s news.Google Assistant could soon know you better than you doIn an exclusive interview, a top Google exec says the company’s AI could one day recognize your moods and pick up conversations where you left off. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Vegan? Carnivore? Samsung’s dating app plays Tinder with your fridgeThe Refrigerdating app helps you find a date based on what’s in your fridge.    refrigerdating-2 Chris Monroe/CNET How Jeff Bezos went from quiet Amazon geek to National Enquirer blackmail victimThe Amazon founder’s public persona has done quite the 180. His tell-all is seen as a public relations “masterstroke.”Amazon CEO And Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos  Speaks At Air Force Association Air, Space And Cyber Conference Alex Wong/Getty Images CRISPR machines can wipe out entire speciesWe could use the genetic-engineering tool to combat invasive species and diseases. Should we?mosquito-crisanti Crisanti Lab/Alekos Simoni Google Fiber suffers massive setback after experiment fizzlesGoogle’s trick to more rapidly and cheaply deploy its super-speedy Google Fiber project has hit a wall. 00-google-fiber-louisville Jason Hiner/CBS Interactive Jeff Bezos just confirmed what we all knew: Nudes are no big dealThe Amazon CEO says he’s being blackmailed over nudes. But do I want to see tech tycoon d*ck pics? No thank you, Mr. Pecker.jeff-bezos-amazon-8177.jpg James Martin/CNET This home security drone will help you tell possums from prowlersHomeowners could start protecting their property with Sunflower Lab drones in 2020.The Sunflower Labs "bee" drone has a main camera to peer at your property. It points inward from your property boundary to avoid concerns from neighbors that you're snooping. Stephen Shankland/CNET Bandersnatch? Bird Box? I’d rather scroll through Netflix till the end of timeSex Education? Nope. House of Cards? No thanks. Russian Doll? Maybe I’ll add it to my list and literally never watch it.Digital Applications Getty Images iRobot’s Terra cuts the grass while you relaxThe grass-cutting robot is designed to autonomously trim your turf. iRobot says it’ll be as smart and as easy to use as a Roomba.iRobot Terra Juan Garzon/CNET NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. 0 Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

EU aims to rule on Amazons Luxembourg tax deal by July

first_imgEU state aid regulators aim to rule on Amazon’s tax deal with Luxembourg by July, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, and it may order the country’s tax authorities to recover about 400 million euros ($448 million) in back taxes.The European Commission’s decision will come after a near-two year investigation into whether a Luxembourg 2003 tax ruling for an Amazon subsidiary allows the company to pay less tax there than other companies, giving it an unfair advantage.The 400-million-euro figure is a preliminary assessment and may be revised after discussions with other units in the Commission, one of the sources said.The two sources said a panel of experienced officials met recently to review the strengths and weaknesses of the case, a move usually reserved for complex and high-profile cases.An EU official questioned whether the commission’s final decision on the legality of the tax deal would be in line with the current thinking of officials working on the case.The European Commission declined comment. Luxembourg and Amazon had no immediate comment.Amazon overhauled its European tax practices in May last year allowing it to book sales and pay taxes in Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy instead of channelling all sales through Luxembourg. The move could raise its tax bill.Multinational firms face increasing public scrutiny of their tax affairs following popular outrage at revelations of complex offshore schemes to minimise payments. The European Commission, led by former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker, has pledged to make rules more transparent across the EU.The EU’s crackdown on so-called sweetheart deals involving U.S. firms has been criticised by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who in February demanded that European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager reconsider such probes because they created disturbing precedents.This would be the fourth ruling by the EU competition enforcer following an order in October last year to Luxembourg to claw back up to 30 million euros from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and a similar order to the Dutch tax authorities related to Starbucks Corp.The Commission in January told Belgium to recover around 700 million euros from 35 companies including Anheuser-Busch InBev, BP and BASF because of their participation in an illegal tax scheme.Other outstanding similar cases are Commission probes of whether Apple paid too little tax in Ireland and burger chain McDonald’s too little in Luxembourg.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Sukhwinder Singh reveals why AR Rahman is the most

first_imgSinger Sukhwinder Singh on The Kapil Sharma ShowPR HandoutThis week’s episode of SET’s The Kapil Sharma Show will witness the presence of energetic singer Sukhwinder Singh, who reveals the real reason why AR Rahman works only at night on the sets of the show.Sukhwinder Singh is popular nationally and internationally for his songs and the concerts he conducts across the globe. From giving listeners cult songs like, Chhaiyya Chaiyya from the movie Bombay to singing the Oscar award winning song, ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire, he admires the work of AR Rahman and reveals the real reason why he works only at night on the sets of the show.When Kapil Sharma asked Sukhwinder Singh about his experience working with the legendary AR Rahman, he reveals that he is a genuine and a talented personality, who prefers working post 11.00 pm and because of that, Sukhwinder ended up ignoring Rahman saahab for almost one year.Sukhwinder says, “After landing a project together, I was exposed to his immense talent and the passion he had for music and since then, I ended up working with him for long 5 years. One day, out of curiosity I asked him to reveal the real reason of working in the night to which AR Rahman said that he likes explores his creativity in the night in silence only.”The singer also revealed that during the making of Taal, Subhash Ghai was curious to know the kind of music that would a part of his film. He requested music director AR Rahman to let him in the studio at night 3:30 am so that he could get a glimpse of the music he could look forward to. Sukhwinder Singh added, “I was the only person to make the music director laugh with my punjabi jokes which I used to translate in English to make them understand.”Further in the show, Shailendra Singh, director and producer of One India My India revealed that he worked in Shamiana Taj earning a salary of Rs 1,280 only at that time. On the show, he offered ₹1 crore to Krushna Abhishek for playing the character of Sapna with finesse.Responding to the director Krushna Abhishek humorously added that he was happy to know that the cheque was from a bank in Nalasopara. Listening to this, everyone on sets burst out laughing.last_img read more

ED issues showcause notice to Karti Chidambaram over foreign exchange rules violations

first_imgKarti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, has been issued a show-cause notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) laws to the tune of Rs 45 crore. A firm allegedly linked to Karti has also been issued a show-cause notice.After more than two years of investigation, another Chennai-based firm called the M/s Vasan Health Care Private Limited has also been issued a similar notice by the ED for alleged foreign exchange rules violations to the tune of Rs 2,262 crore. The notices have also been served to foreign investors, seek their responses to the allegations of multiple Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) contraventions.”The total amount of contravention identified on different counts and found to have been committed by M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited in the sale transaction of shares of Vasan (Chennai firm) to overseas investors is around Rs 45 crore,” the ED said in its notice.”Show-cause notice has been issued to M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited, its directors and also to Karti P Chidambaram who appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions,” the agency added.The show-cause notice issued pertains to the ongoing ED investigation into foreign investments in Vasan Health Care, both in the primary and secondary market. The company had received investments from Sequoia — one of the largest venture capital firms — and Mauritius-based West Bridge and also through GIC-Singapore, a senior official of the ED told the Hindu.”The overseas investors acquired Vasan’s compulsorily convertible preference shares directly from the company, against the investment of Rs 432 crore in different phases from February 2009 to November 2014. The shares were acquired at the face value of Rs 100 each,” the official said.The ED has accused the investors of acquiring equity shares from existing shareholders instead of having got it directly from the company. The existing shareholders include Vasan promoter AM Arun, his father-in-law Dwarakanathan and his partnership firm AMA Associates, and Advantage Strategic Consulting. The ED has alleged that Karti controlled the business activities of the Advantage Strategic Consulting.”During the first round, shares were sold at Rs 7,500 per unit in 2010-end. In the next round, March-May 2012, shares were sold at Rs 5,242 per unit. The total amount spent by the overseas investors, which ultimately benefited the then share holders, is Rs 357.72 crore,” the official was quoted by the Hindu as saying.The ED also discovered that the Sequoia Group, which had invested in the preference shares of Vasan Health Care in February 2009, sold its stake worth Rs 25 crore in March 2012 to GIC-Singapore for Rs 177.40 crore, thereby getting a return of over seven times its investment. The ED, after checking the share transfers, found out how Advantage Strategic had got the Vasan shares.”Vasan promoter, Ms Arun, who had been allotted Rs 100 face-value shares on Rs 100 premium, transferred 3 lakh shares to her father, Mr Dwarakanathan, without receiving any consideration. Her husband Dr Arun then immediately got 1.5 lakh shares transferred from Mr Dwarakanathan’s account to Advantage Strategic, which was till then not linked to Vasan’s operations, for just Rs 50 lakh. The amount was paid over a year after share transfers,” the official said.Advantage Strategic allegedly sold 30,000 of the 1.5 lakh shares to an investor of the Sequoia Group for Rs 22.50 crore following which Rs 1 crore was given to Dwarakanathan on receipt of payment. The ED has also accused Vasan Health Care of not having followed the FEMA provisions or having informed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about the share transfers to the overseas investors.”Besides, Vasan transferred 6.8 million dollars to Singapore supposedly for setting up a wholly owned subsidiary there, without receiving the mandatory share certificates for investments abroad. The funds were further transferred to Dubai and Sri Lanka, for forming step-down subsidiaries without keeping the regulatory bodies in the loop. This led to contraventions involving Rs.162 crore,” the official told the daily.The ED has said that the amount of the alleged contravention by Advantage Strategic in the sale of the shares of Vasan Health Care is around Rs 45 crore. Show-cause notices have, therefore, been issued to the company, its directors and Karti, who the ED says “appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions.”last_img read more

Janmashtami celebrated with fanfare

first_imgA youth dressed as the Hindu god Krishna takes part in a procession during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival in Dhaka on 14 August, 2017. Photo: AFPThe Hindu community of the country observed Janmashtami, marking the birth of lord Krishna, on Monday with due religious fervour, says UNB.According to Hindu religion, lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bangla calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.Hindu community members brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and held other programmes on the occasion.Different socio-cultural and religious organisations also observed Janmashtami with various programmes.President Abdul Hamid hosted a reception at Bangabhaban marking the day.last_img read more

Khaleda will get bail Sunday

first_imgMoudud Ahmed.File photoBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday expressed his hope that the High Court will grant bail to their chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday, reports UNB.”The hearing on her (Khaleda) bail petition will be held on Sunday. She deserves the bail,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader further said, “We believe as per the rules and structure of the judiciary, Khaleda Zia will get bail on Sunday.””Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad” arranged the programme at the National Press Club demanding BNP chairperson’s immediate release from jail.BNP standing committee member and also former law minister Moudud said, “The more it will take to grant her bail, it will be a minus point for the government.”He alleged that the government deliberately delayed to give a certified copy of the verdict using various tricks.The BNP leader also alleged that Khaleda Zia has been suffering immensely in jail as she was kept in solitary confinement violating her constitutional right.Referring to their party’s peaceful movement protesting Khaleda’s jail, Moudud said their chairperson strongly directed them before going to jail not to indulge in any violence or imprudent programmes.He said the government is not happy as BNP is not indulging in violence. “We will prove this time that the government can be forced to accept demand through a peaceful movement.”The BNP leader said their party leaders and activists are united in absence of their chairperson. “Our leader (Khaleda) will surely come out of jail. We have already proved that BNP and the 20-party alliance are united and we are working together.”He also said there will be no issue of splitting BNP. “No one could be able to split BNP in the last 10 years and will not be able to do so in the future.”last_img read more