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No new taxes in Rajasthan budget, sops for farmers

first_imgNo new taxes were levied in the budget for 2019-20 presented by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the State Assembly here on Wednesday, while tax relief worth ₹301 crore was extended to people of the State through various exemptions and amnesty schemes. Mr. Gehlot termed it a “people’s budget”, which had incorporated the aspirations and suggestions of the common people.Modified budgetMr. Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the modified budget for the current fiscal after the Assembly passed the vote-on-account of ₹86,906 crore in February this year in view of the Lok Sabha election. The modified budget’s estimates for total expenditure were ₹2,32,944.01 crore and those for revenue receipts were ₹1,64,004.64 crore.Taking a major step for “ease of doing farming”, Mr. Gehlot proposed the establishment of a ₹1,000 crore fund for farmers’ welfare, which would be utilised for getting remunerative prices for agricultural produces. Natural farming will also be promoted to reduce input costs and encourage traditional methods with an expenditure of ₹10 crore.Various schemesThe budget proposed various schemes in irrigation, renewable energy, water, transport, animal husbandry and health sectors and gave tax relief through new provisions for exemption in stamp duty and registration fee, electricity duty, motor vehicle tax and irrigation tax and amnesty schemes in mining, commercial taxes and industry sectors.Mr. Gehlot announced a policy for new and renewable energy projects and set a target for disbursement of short-term crop loans worth ₹16,000 crore from cooperative banks. He said his government had given “complete benefit” of loan waiver to farmers by paying on its own the dues of ₹6,000 crore left over by the previous BJP regime.The Chief Minister also announced ₹927 crore for State highways, Janata Clinics on the lines of Mohalla Clinics in Delhi, new policy for electric vehicles and exemption to micro, small and medium enterprises from obtaining various permissions for the first three years of their operations.Government jobsAs many as 75,000 vacancies in various government departments will be filled to provide jobs to the youths, while 104 types of new medicines will be included in the State government’s free medicine scheme. Loans worth ₹1 lakh each will be sanctioned to youths under the Chief Minister’s Yuva Rozgar Yojana.last_img read more

Wushu star Parantac out to get third SEA Games gold

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony He is again expected to carry Team Philippines when wushu events jianshu, gunshu and taijijian — all forms disciplines but with different weapons — unfurl Sunday with five golds medals at stake.Joining him in the hunt are Thorton Quiney, Kimberly Macuha and Norlence Ardee Catolico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWushu is hoping to once again be a gold mine in the SEA Games after producing only one gold and four silvers in Singapore two years ago. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Daniel Parantac. AFP File PhotoKUALA LUMPUR — For the past two Southeast Asian Games, Daniel Parantac was the epitome of silent efficiency.The 26-year-old Parantac, champions in wushu’s forms events taijijian and taijiquan, has brought gold medals to the country in the Singapore and Napyidaw editions.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Russian Juniors Beat US, 2-1

first_imgHELSINKI — Yegor Korshkov had a goal and an assist and Russia advanced to the gold-medal game of the world junior hockey championship with a 2-1 victory over the United States on Monday.Russia will face host Finland for the gold on Jan. 5. The Finns advanced to the final after hanging on to beat Sweden 2-1 earlier Jan. 4.Pavel Kraskovski also scored for Russia and Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves.Christian Dvorak scored for the United States, which will face Sweden in the bronze-medal game. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 31 shots.The Americans have won bronze four times (1986, 1992, 2007, 2011). It’s a disappointing outcome for a team loaded with NHL-drafted talent.“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” U.S. top scorer Auston Matthews said. “They kept us on the outside, and they blocked a lot of shots.”The Russians ousted the U.S. in the tournament for the third straight year.“We’ve got to recover here,” Dvorak said. “We’ve got to forget about the game tonight and worry about tomorrow. We’ve got a chance to win a bronze medal, so we’ve got to give it all we’ve got.”Dvorak opened the scoring at the 9:03 mark of the first period. He swatted in a cross-crease pass from linemate Sonny Milano.“We started off pretty well,” Dvorak said. “I thought we played a pretty good, solid game today. We just didn’t get the bounces we needed. We ran into some penalty trouble. It stings, for sure.”Kraskovski knocked in a rebound from just outside the crease to tie it 1-all for Russia at 15:08 of the second period.Korshkov gave Russia the lead for good minutes later, pushing the puck between Nedeljkovic’s foot and the near post.In the other semifinal, Antti Kalapudas scored a second-period power-play goal to send Finland to its second championship final in three years. The Finns beat host Sweden 3-2 in the 2014 gold medal game.Roope Hintz also scored and Kasperi Kapanen and team captain Mikko Rantanen each added two assists for Finland. Kaapo Kahkonen made 21 saves for Finland.Rasmus Asplund scored for Sweden. Linus Soderstrom stopped 26 shots.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Champions League: Neymar inspires PSG to 2-1 win against Liverpool

first_imgParis St Germain revived their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over Liverpool in Group C on Wednesday, leaving the English club’s hopes of reaching the last 16 hanging in the balance.PSG set out like a team determined finally to prove their credentials on the big European stage, and went in front in the 13th minute through Juan Bernat, before Neymar made it 2-0 eight minutes before halftime after a lightning PSG counter-attack.Yet with the French champions in cruise control, Angel Di Maria needlessly brought down Sadio Mane to concede a penalty, which James Milner converted in first-half stoppage time, to give Liverpool hope.The visitors could not find an equaliser, though, slipping to a third away group defeat – the first time they have lost all three group matches away from Anfield in the Champions League.The result sees PSG leapfrog last year’s finalists Liverpool, with eight points to Liverpool’s six, with Napoli top of the group on nine and everything still to play for in the final round of matches.Liverpool head into the game against Napoli at Anfield needing to win 1-0 or by two goals or more to guarantee their spot in the knockout stages, while PSG will go through with a win over Red Star Belgrade.”Now we have to use Anfield one more time,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told BT Sport. “We will see what happens. 11th December (against Napoli) we have a proper final at Anfield.”Desperate to make an impression on the European stage, having not reached a Champions League semi-final since 1995, PSG were handed a pre-match boost with both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe passed fit to play.advertisementThe duo caused the Liverpool backline plenty of problems from the start, with goalkeeper Alisson forced into a smart save to deny Di Maria and Mbappe then firing straight at the Brazilian.Bernat then danced into the Liverpool box after pouncing on Virgil van Dijk’s poor clearance to break the deadlock.After Mbappe and Neymar combined down the left, the Frenchman squared for Edinson Cavani, whose effort was saved only for Neymar to convert the rebound, becoming the top-scoring Brazilian in Champions League history in the process.”The start was like we expected it to be, to be honest, very wild, very intense,” Klopp said. “The problem is when a game starts like that it is difficult to gain confidence, and we never got to 100 percent of our game.”After Milner got Liverpool back into the game, the old PSG, who have suffered plenty of Champions League disappointments against high-calibre opposition, might have let the setback get into their heads.Yet they stood firm as Liverpool pressed after the break and came closest to scoring again, when a bullet header from Marquinhos was brilliantly saved by Alisson.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Reacts To What’s Happening In Alabama-Georgia

first_imgalabama and georgia play in the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has reacted to what we’re seeing in the SEC Championship Game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia.The College GameDay analyst is as impressed with the Bulldogs as everyone else is.Herbstreit has taken to Twitter to praise Georgia and its star quarterback, Jake Fromm, for today’s performance.“Fromm’s body language and facial expressions looks like a guy that spent a lot of time prepping for a semester final exam and knows EVERY answer to EVERY question. Props to Jake and OC Jim Chaney!!” he tweeted.Fromm’s body language and facial expressions looks like a guy that spent a lot of time prepping for a semester final exam and knows EVERY answer to EVERY question. Props to Jake and OC Jim Chaney!!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 1, 2018Georgia is currently leading Alabama, 28-14, in the second half.What does this mean for the College Football Playoff?Herbstreit believes both Alabama and Georgia could still make it in…If Bama wins close game1-Bama2-Clemson 3-ND4-UGAIf UGA wins1-Clemson2-UGA3-Bama4-NDIf Bama blows UGA out1-Bama2-Clemson 3-ND4-OU/OSU debate.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 1, 2018There’s still plenty of football to be played, though.Alabama and Georgia are playing on CBS.last_img read more

Communities Celebrating Local Food in February

first_imgNova Scotians will get a taste of local, seasonal foods when the Winter Fresh campaign shines the spotlight on delicious ingredients available during the winter months. “We live in a province that offers families many opportunities to enjoy a variety of delicious local foods in the winter months,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “When Nova Scotians support farms and retailers by choosing local products, they’re helping to create good jobs and grow the economy.” The Winter Fresh campaign begins with 12 Select Nova Scotia Community Suppers being held in schools, church halls and community centres across the province. This is the third year the province has supported the suppers, which are open to the public and part of the Select Nova Scotia campaign. “It’s important for people to see their neighbours not just as farmers, but as representatives of the industry who are interested in promoting the well-being of the agricultural community,” said Rupert Jannasch, a farmer and member of the Hants County Federation of Agriculture, which will host a supper Feb. 4. “Appreciation of the value of farming as an occupation in our changing culture is strengthened when we sit down and share food grown and produced within the local community.” The Winter Fresh campaign is again partnering with the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia to include the popular Dine Around event where Nova Scotia restaurants feature multi-course, local food-inspired meals at a fixed price. “Dine Around has been a successful program for us to promote the use of local food over the last number of years,” said Gordon Stewart, executive director, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia. “Prix-fixe menus in restaurants across the province featuring local food-inspired menus allow more Nova Scotians to get out and discover what our chefs and cooks have prepared.” There are also a number of fruit and vegetable samplings planned in grocery stores around the province to allow Nova Scotians to taste the local food advantage. Mr. MacDonell said the Winter Fresh campaign will raise consumer awareness about locally grown foods and help support a more competitive and profitable agriculture industry. Select Nova Scotia was developed to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers and to promote the sale and consumption of Nova Scotia grown and produced food. More information on the Winter Fresh campaign, Select Nova Scotia Community Suppers and which foods are in season and where to find them can be found at www.selectnovascotia.ca .last_img read more

Nova Scotia surplus rises to 149 million but tax revenue lower than

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government closed the books on the 2016-17 fiscal year Thursday, registering a surplus of nearly $150 million — about $110 million more than the Liberals touted on the campaign trail in May.Finance Minister Karen Casey attributed the change to the difficulty in predicting revenues, and said figures last December indicated the province needed a more cautious approach to spending.“During the period from mid-January till March we had new information which showed that those numbers were more positive, so with that volatility it is hard to do any kind of prediction,” said Casey.She rejected any notion that the lower figure suited the government’s positions on such things as health care spending and holding the line on public sector contracts ahead of the May 30 provincial vote.“We certainly have to take the updated revenue numbers as we get them,” said Casey.The Finance Department said total revenues were up $62.3 million to $11.23 billion mainly due to higher than expected amounts from cost-shared federal programs and net income from government business enterprises.The increase in revenue was partially offset by lower than expected tax revenue.Taxation revenue was down $36.1 million mainly due to a decrease in personal income tax and HST. The drop is due to a decline in the labour force at a time when the economy expanded by just 0.9 per cent in 2016, similar to the pace of the previous two years.A statistical breakdown shows the province gets about 50 per cent of its revenue from taxes, while another 31 per cent comes from various federal sources.Total expenses were also up $40.2 million to $11.08 billion mainly due to university funding and costs for flooding last fall and winter snowstorms.The province’s net debt also decreased by $121 million to $14.95 billion.Casey said the overall numbers were an indication the government’s fiscal plan is working.“I think the corner that we have turned is that we are living within our means, we can control our spending, and we can take any money that we have and invest it in what Nova Scotians want,” she said.Major savings were realized through lower than expected departmental spending in areas such as health, where spending was $27.6 million lower than estimated due, officials said, to lower capital grants and delayed project spending.Another $133.9 million in restructuring savings were realized because several unspecified government “corporate projects” were either delayed or not carried through with. Finance officials also said the savings had nothing to do with ongoing labour negotiations with public sector unions.Tim Houston, the Progressive Conservative finance critic, had a different view of the higher surplus.“They achieved that by ignoring issues in health care … they have been ignoring the state of our roads, which are terrible across the province, and they didn’t do $133 million worth of projects, which at one time they thought they needed to do and they won’t tell us what they are,” said Houston. “So there are a lot of questions.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill also questioned the government’s fiscal priorities given the books are better than it has portrayed.“In the face of the needs we have … particularly in health and also in education, it’s no time for the government to say, ‘Yeah for us we have put more money in the bank,’” he said.The figures released Thursday showed more than $234 million in additional appropriations were made during the last fiscal year, including an additional $10.5 million for Acadia University.The money included $7 million to cover a federal loan and an extra $3.5 million for the school’s operating grant.Despite repeated questions from reporters, officials refused to say why the university asked for the extra cash, saying “Ask Acadia.”Acadia president Peter Ricketts said the money, including the loan, was part of helping the school deal with a loss of about $7 million that resulted from changes to its operating grant made in 2008.“It was at that time that Acadia had asked for some financial help to address that and that was originally done with the loan,” said Ricketts. “Following that, the request for help resulted in this $3.5 million addition to the operating grant on an annual basis for the last four or five years.”last_img read more

Archaic liquor laws in BC hurt consumers whisky distributor says

first_imgVANCOUVER – An Alberta-based whisky distributor says “archaic” liquor policies in British Columbia are limiting the range of products consumers can access.Robert Carpenter with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society says B.C. bars have long skirted rules that prevent them from buying unique products at private liquor stores that aren’t carried at government stores.He says forcing bars to only buy from the provincial government’s distribution channels doesn’t make sense because the province still regulates and taxes booze through private stores.His comments follow the seizure of his whisky products at four B.C. bars last week, and Carpenter says B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch has yet to inform the bar owners of the exact rationale for the seizure.The Ministry of the Attorney General says in a statement that the branch does not release information about specific licensees.It says the government has appointed a liquor policy advisor to meet with stakeholders to advise the province on future liquor policies.last_img read more

ANACHNID RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS INDIGENOUS SONGWRITER AWARD FROM SOCAN FOUNDATION AND TD

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – The SOCAN Foundation, in partnership with TD Bank Group, at the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards on May 17 in Winnipeg, presented the first Indigenous Songwriter Award to Anachnid from Montreal.Anachnid, a member of SOCAN, accepted the award and the accompanying $10,000 cash prize from SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and James Baxter, Winnipeg TD Canada Trust Branch Manager.“It means a lot to win this award which will help me achieve my creative endeavours,” said Anachnid. “I want the world to see the strength and beauty of the culture and craft that empowers all of us.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “The Indigenous Songwriter Award recognizes artistic excellence in songwriting achieved by an indigenous music creator in Canada, and we’re proud to partner with TD and the Indigenous Music Awards to celebrate Anachnid,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, , Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “The award is a significant part of our ongoing, mutual efforts with TD to foster, promote and create opportunities for indigenous music creators.”The Indigenous Songwriter Award is determined by a jury of SOCAN members. This year’s esteemed panel comprised Alan Greyeyes, Kinnie Starr and Leanne Goose, who carefully reviewed nearly 200 submissions from across the country.Applications to the 2020 TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards will open in the late fall of 2019. Visit www.socanfoundation.ca for more information about programs and awards.About AnachnidAnachnid  (Ana-k-nid) is a contemporary Indigenous artist inspired by art and sculpture, but also by street fashion and music. She defines herself as Oji-Cree and Kitchi-Sipi Mi’kmaq First Nations. Given by an elder, her totem is a spider; the arachnid. Just like a spider who weaves her web, she strings along music, poetry and art into one piece. Since she reflects what she sees in her environment, she explores very different musical styles, from soul, electro-pop to indie trap. Her music highlights her modern lifestyle as an Indigenous woman and shares the various cultures around which she grew up. Anachnid acknowledges this hybridization of urban influences, yet still attached to Indigenous traditional roots. Her first singles were released under Musique Nomade : Windigo, La lune and Now Wow We (with Annie Sama), available on all platforms.About The SOCAN FoundationFounded in 1992, the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The organization is a part of the SOCAN Group of organizations and guided by a Board of Directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, and reflects concert music and popular music genres, as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada. To learn more about the SOCAN Foundation and SOCAN, visit www.socanfoundation.ca and www.socan.com.About TD Global Corporate CitizenshipTD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit www.td.com/thereadycommitment Twittercenter_img Facebook Advertisement L to R: Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN; Anachnid, TD Indigenous Songwriter Award Recipient; Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation; James Baxter, TD Branch Manager. Photo Credit: Brad Ardley. (CNW Group/SOCAN) Advertisementlast_img read more

UPDATE Amber Alert issued for three children taken in Fox Creek

first_imgUPDATE – The Amber Alert has been cancelled and the children have been located.FOX CREEK, A.B. – Alberta RCMP have issued an Amber Alert for three children that were taken early Saturday morning in Fox Creek.At 1:30 am this morning, 4-year-old Isabella Darnel, 3-year-old Elijah Darnel, 9-month-old Arlo Darnel, are believed to be abducted from their home in Fox Creek. All three children have blonde hair and blue eyes. Isabella Darnel is wearing a purple nighty with peach pyjama pants. It is believed that the three children were abducted by their mother Charmaine Darnel.Charmaine Darnel is five feet, 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, blonde hair, green eyes. They were last seen leaving a residence in Fox Creek driving a 2014, medium grey Dodge Ram pickup truck, Alberta licence plate B W Z 8 6 4 5. The vehicle was last seen leaving Fox Creek, heading south towards Edmonton.Photos have yet to be releasedPlease contact the RCMP at Fox Creek at 780-622-3740 or 9 1 1 if you have any information.last_img read more

Arab journalists can help explain UN work Annan tells meeting

“The United Nations has to deal with many crises in many parts of the world, but there is no other region where it has been so long and so intensively involved as in the Arab countries,” he told the high-level briefing programme held at UN Headquarters in New York.”And that means there is no area of the world where it is more important for us to make sure that what we are trying to do is clearly understood by public opinion, and that we are getting the message out and getting [it] out as clearly as we can,” he added.Concerning regional hotspots, Mr. Annan reiterated his long-held view that only a just and comprehensive settlement to the Middle East problem will end the cycle of violence and terror. On Iraq, he stressed that the country’s people are best place to decide on the best mechanism for the transition to full sovereignty. “It is important that the people of Iraq see us clearly as we are: an impartial world body with only one agenda – to help the people of Iraq.”The Secretary-General noted that the programme afforded the 10 senior representatives of Arab media organizations in attendance the chance to meet with both sides of the proverbial aisle dividing representatives of Member States and senior officials of the UN Secretariat.”You have had a chance, therefore, to see how the UN works, both as a place where governments can work together to reach common decisions, and as a mechanism for carrying out those decisions once reached,” he said.In the ensuing question and answer period, the Secretary-General addressed a range of topics, including efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the lead up to and fallout from the war in Iraq, and negative public opinion in the Arab world about the UN’s legitimacy.Speaking to the UN News Service following the discussion, George Hawatmeh, the Editor of Al-Ra’i in Jordan, said the briefing programme, which featured dialogues with numerous senior officials and diplomats, had served to inform participants about the challenges facing the UN. “We’ve identified areas where it is suffering from image problems, as well as credibility gaps, especially as far as Arab public opinion is concerned,” he said.He also indicated that the Secretary-General’s call for amplification of the UN’s message had been heard. “The fact that we understand the situation better now means that our readers, our audiences, will understand it better if we do our homework, and I’m sure everybody seems intent and determined to do just that upon going back home,” he said. read more

Billionaire says AEG owner of Los Angeles Kings and Staples Center no

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Billionaire says AEG, owner of Los Angeles Kings and Staples Center, no longer for sale by Greg Risling, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 1:47 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – AEG, the company that owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the Staples Center, is no longer for sale, its billionaire owner Philip Anschutz said Thursday.The announcement came amid efforts by the company to build a downtown stadium to lure an NFL team back to Los Angeles.Anschutz said in a statement that he had made it clear that he wouldn’t sell the AEG sports and entertainment company unless the right buyer came forward.“They wanted more than what people were willing to pay,” said Paul Swangard, managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at University of Oregon. “I just feel as though there’s still differences of opinion about how valuable AEG is.”It wasn’t clear how far along the company had been in the sale process or how the move might affect its plans to build the proposed 72,000-seat Farmer’s Field football stadium.Anschutz said he will resume a more active role in AEG. Tim Leiweke, who has served as president and CEO and been the face of the company for more than 15 years, is leaving, Anschutz said.The sale of the sports and entertainment company had been expected to fetch billions of dollars.The Los Angeles Times reported that interested buyers included Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, and Guggenheim Partners, which recently led a consortium that bought the Los Angeles Dodgers.Last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a television interview that Anschutz had to find a buyer for AEG first before moving forward with what he termed as “uphill climb” involving the stadium effort.Villaraigosa stressed, however, that he believes the NFL would return to Los Angeles. The city has been without an NFL team since the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders departed for Oakland in 1995.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will continue to monitor the developments with the stadium proposal and “remain interested in multiple sites in the Los Angeles area.”An email message left for AEG spokesman Michael Roth was not immediately returned.Swangard said Anschutz’s decision to retain AEG will likely help the process to build a new football stadium.“It creates certainty for the LA (football) project,” he said. “If they weren’t getting the price they wanted, and at the same time were getting pushback on their next big deal, this approach makes all the sense in the world.”AEG transformed the Los Angeles landscape with the opening of Staples Center in 1999. Its later addition of the LA Live entertainment complex helped revitalize the city’s long-neglected downtown.The company’s holdings also include the Los Angeles Galaxy, part-ownership of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, and major entertainment and real estate holdings in Los Angeles. read more

Gilmore Medical card cuts are still as set out in the Budget

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said today that the figure for medical card review, which could lead to cuts, is still the one that was set out in the Budget.In an interview with RTÉ at the Labour Annual Conference, Gilmore was asked about reports today in the Sunday Independent that the €113m target for medical card cuts had been slashed by more than €40m.Gilmore said that the overall saving in the health budget was €666m, and that the amount to be saved on medical cards is “the amount that was set down in the Budget”.He added that the HSE has drawn up a draft service plan which is currently before the Minister for Health, James Reilly. Reilly is due to present this to the government.Gilmore stated that the government is working to deal with the issue of medical cards, and the problems related to the issue of discretionary medical cards.The Tánaiste was also asked about the issue at a media conference in Killarney a short time later:Top-up paymentsOn the subject of top-up payments, the Tánaiste said that he and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny had reduced their salaries and those of the staff that work for them.They have also set down pay guidelines for State-funded agencies, who are expected to abide by them. Those that don’t comply could see certain measures used against them, such as a reduction in State funding.Gilmore added that he doesn’t intend that there will be exceptions to the guidelines.WATCH MORE: Gilmore warns health bodies could have funding cut if they don’t comply with pay policy RecoveryOf the so-called ‘squeezed middle’, Gilmore said the government “have to make sure that the recovery succeeds”, and that the first priority is jobs.“We need to do more to ensure that jobs are created for young people,” he said.He said that “we don’t want to go back to the situation where people who benefit from economic recovery” are a “small handful of property developers” and they “want to see recovery is for those people whose sacrifices made recovery possible”.When asked about the prospect of a tax break for the squeezed middle, Gilmore wasn’t drawn on a specific type of break, but said that “as the finances of the country improve I would like to be in a position, and the government be in the position, to lift the burden of taxation somewhat on working families”.He said that would be in this term of Government if possible.Read: GPs warn of “chaos” in health system after HSE boss raises cuts concerns>last_img read more

The Best Gifts for TRON Fans

first_imgTRON: Legacy is hitting theaters tonight at midnight. Whether you have a loved one who’s a die-hard fan of the original, or you know someone who’s a brand new TRON convert, there are tons of creative gift ideas to surprise them with this holiday season. Thanks to Disney’s slew of licensing deals to a variety of companies, you can now have your own TRON jewelry, TRON headphones, TRON leggings…really, the list goes on.We chose a handful of our favorite TRON-inspired products perfect for any fan on your list. Check them out after the jump. TomTom TRON Collection – $255 to $495Like the leggings, these TRON products have no tech angle to them, but as a geeky girl, I still think they’re really cool. Contracted by Disney Consumer Products, Los Angeles-based jewlery brand TomTom (no relation to the GPS company) built a line of Tron-esque jewelry to reflect the cyber universe. The pieces use mirrored blue lucite, blue topaz stones, and gunmetal-plated brass. Unfortunately, they range in price from $255 for a Grid Escape Ring, to $495 for a Legacy Necklace. Monster TRON T1 Headphones by Disney (Daft Punk Edition) $349.95Monster is known for its musician-endorsed headphones, such as the Diddybeats, Bieberbeats, and Lady Gaga’s Heartbeats. What’s next for Monster? It’s Daft Punk Edition TRON headphones, The over-ear headphones are inspired by the group’s robot costumes, which resemble the fashion in TRON. The headphones feature animated LED lighting, noise isolation, an removable boom mic for gamin, and extra large drivers for that deep Daft Punk bass. They’re sold out right now at Amazon, but are marked down from $349.95 to $299.95. The regular Monster TRON T1 headphones (similar to the Daft Punk version, but black) are also sold out at Amazon, but you can get them at B&HPhoto for $299.95.Monster TRON iPod Identity Disc iPod Dock – $249If you don’t want to keep Daft Punk confined to your headphones, check out the Monster TRON iPod Identity Disc iPod dock. Inspired by the TRON data disk, the iPod/iPhone audio dock provides stunning lighting effects and high quality audio. It has a total of five drivers and one 3.5-inch long-throw woofer. It has high intensity dual pipe lightning rings with microprocessor controlled lighting effects. It’s sold out at Amazon, but you can get it for $299.95 at B&HPhoto, or pre-order it for $249.95 at J&R.com. Tron Leggings – Various PricesOkay, so these aren’t officially TRON leggings, but they sure look like they could be. Who would have thought that the fashion from TRON: Legacy could influence the oh-so-trendy leggings that all the ladies are wearing? At least they’re not jeggings. Thanks to blog Trend De La Creme who rounded up eight different styles and brands of these TRON-inspired leggings. Razer TRON Gaming Mouse – $99.99Why would Razer assume that gamers are also TRON fans? Well, they must know something, since they made a TRON-inspired gaming mouse. The mouse has blue lines across the top, and features a 5600 dpi optical sensor on the underside for accuracy. It has light and sound effects at startup and shutdown, as well as lighting alerts. It also has an ambidextrous design, and seven Hyperesponse buttons. You can buy it now at the Razer store. TRON Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 Gaming Controllers – $49.99Speaking of gaming, you can now play the new TRON: Evolution video game on your Xbox 360 or PS3 with TRON-inspired controllers. My guess is that they’re not really any different from a regular Xbox or PS3 controller, but at least they look super cool. The controllers, from PDP (Performance Designed Products) have light-up accents, perforated details, and performance enhancing contours and design.last_img read more

Student returns to UM on new prosthetic leg after 4th of July

first_imgHe said he remains grateful for all the people who pitched in money to help pay for his prosthetic leg.UM will host an open mic night on Wednesday, at 8 p.m., to help raise money for him at the UM Hillel. The event is $7 to attend.A GoFundMe page has also been set up for him.Golden wrote on his GoFundMe page in part, “I cannot find words that adequately express my gratitude for how much hope and support you all have given me. It is a beautiful thing to see how many people are by my side when a tragedy like this strikes.”But even with that support, the road for Connor remains long.While the honors student studies for exams at UM, he’s also learning how to walk with his prosthetic leg.Connor is hoping his passion for music will help raise the money he desperately needs for his recovery, Wednesday night. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – An injured University of Miami student returned to campus on a new prosthetic leg after stepping on an explosive in Central Park, over the Fourth of July weekend.Eighteen-year-old Connor Golden is back on his feet and said he is excited to be standing again while going back to class at UM, Tuesday.Doctors had no choice but to amputate his leg below the knee.New York City Police said they believe the explosive that injured Connor was a homemade firework.Part of the device was tracked to a nearby bakery, but investigators haven’t yet found anyone who might have been responsible. Police said they had no reason to suspect a planned attack.Connor’s father never doubted his son’s ability to return to school after the accident.“Connor is so resilient, such a powerful person individually, and I think he’s going to do just fine,” Kevin Golden said in July at a press conference. The support he has received is not something Connor takes for granted.“You’ll see that I’m smiling in the photo. That’s not just because I’m happy to begin walking again,” Connor stated. “It’s also because I am so grateful for the huge amount of love and caring that has taken me from the shock of July 3 in Central Park … to standing on my new leg.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Intruder caught by Pembroke Pines homeowner during ransacking

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An intruder was caught ransacking a Pembroke Pines home after the homeowner walked in.Pembroke Pines Police are now searching for that burglar after he fled the home, in the area of Northwest 11th Court and 86th Terrace, Monday.Officials said the subject ran off after the resident came home and caught him during the raid.He got away empty-handed.If you have any information on this attempted burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OBITUARY Linda M Baillargeon Grover 66

first_imgHAVERHILL MA — Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover, 66, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully Friday, June 14, 2019 at Nevins Nursing & Rehab Center in Methuen, MA. She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Robert E. Grover.Linda was born in Lawrence, MA, August 27, 1952 the daughter of the late Jean and Esther (Robichaud) Baillargeon. She was raised in Methuen and attended Methuen schools. Linda later moved to Haverhill where she made her home for several years. She was employed for 25 years as an accountant for AGFA Corporation in Wilmington, MA. Linda was a longtime member of The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. She enjoyed listening to books on tape and cherishing her time with her children and grandchildren.Linda is survived by two children, Jamie J. Spates and Samantha A. Cole. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Riley and Alicia, two brothers, Raymond Baillargeon and Ronald Baillargeon and three sisters, Jean Bohondoney, Carol O’Brien and Ann Nault. She will also be dearly remembered by several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her son Frank Spates and brother, Richard Baillargeon.Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 4-6 PM at The Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill, MA 01830. A private graveside service will be held at Walnut Cemetery in Haverhill. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations in Linda’s memory be made to The Wounded Warriors Project by visiting http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For directions or online condolences, please visit www.Grondin-Carnevale.com.Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian will be released at launch of Disney

first_img TV and Movies Digital Media 0 Share your voice The Mandalorian is a big-budget series produced by Jon Favreau, which follows a lone gunfighter on the outer reaches of the galaxy.  Lucasfilm Disney’s live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian will be available at launch when the company’s Netflix-like Disney Plus service rolls out later this year. “We’re trying to make it look like Star Wars — a lot of visual effects, a lot of editing,” Executive Producer Jon Favreau said of his work now that shooting of The Mandalorian has finished. He spoke Thursday at an event in Los Angeles unveiling Disney Plus.A short featurette about The Mandalorian, shown to investors gathered at the Disney studio lot, featured the Mandalorian bounty-hunter character walking across a gray, snowy landscape near an alien outpost. He holds out a beeping tracker with a blinking red light, and the scene cuts to the character entering a bar with drums pounding. In the featurette, Favreau said the series starts with the bounty-hunting Mandalorian tracking down quarries. “This is a character you’ve never met before and period of time you’ve never seen before,” Favreau says. The story takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. High-profile originals like The Mandalorian are a crucial selling point for Disney as it attempt to launch a Netflix rival from scratch. After years of putting streaming in the back seat to protect its big-budget blockbusters and lucrative TV model, Disney has made streaming its top priority this year, even restructuring the company around it. It’s the highest-profile example of traditional Hollywood going to extreme lengths to fortify against competition from digital powerhouses like Netflix, Amazon and — soon — Apple. The Mandalorian will star Pedro Pascal, known for playing Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones (aka the guy who lost that hand-to-hand fight against the Mountain. Yes, that one). The Mandalorian is one of two known Star Wars series planned for Disney Plus, in addition to a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna reprising his role of Cassian Andor. The company also has Marvel originals in the pipeline, with programs that center on Avengers characters Loki, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye.  Disney Star Wars Fox Hulu Netflix Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

Temple staff take up Haritha Haram in Bhadrachalam

first_imgBhadrachalam: As part of ongoing Haritha Haram programme, the priests and the staff of Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Devasthanam planted saplings on the premises of cottages here on Friday. Temple Executive Officer T Ramesh Babu launched the programme.Speaking on the occasion, the EO informed a variety of saplings were planted around the cottages to enhance its beauty besides increasing the green cover. Assistant Executive Officer Sravan Kumar, Deputy Executive Engineer V Ravindernath, Camp Clerk to Executive Officer Anil Kumar and priests took part in the programme.last_img read more

BNP rejects 21 Aug grenade attack verdict

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday turned down the verdict in the 21 August grenade attack cases, saying it has been given at the ‘behest of the government’ with a political motive, reports UNB.“BNP thinks that the verdict is a politically motivated one. It’s a naked manifestation of satisfying government’s political vengeance,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he said, “We reject the verdict.”Fakhrul also said the government has set another bad example of taking political revenge using the court.As their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman was given life imprisonment in the cases, he said it has proved that country’s no citizen has now a scope of getting justice.Earlier in the morning, after a long wait for over 14 years, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the 21 August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.last_img read more