Who Real Madrid could spend €600m war chest on

first_imgTransfers From Hazard to Neymar, who Real Madrid could spend €600m war chest on Chris Burton 16:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Neymar Real Getty Transfers Real Madrid Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur PSG Internazionale Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Liverpool Primera División Bundesliga Eden Hazard Mohamed Salah Robert Lewandowski Harry Kane Neymar David de Gea David Luiz Serie A Ligue 1 Premier League The Blancos, amid a testing 2017-18 campaign, are expected to overhaul their squad in the summer and will have a sizeable budget at their disposallast_img read more

Tennessee Football’s Twitter Account Goes Viral After Upset Loss

first_imgJeremy Pruitt looks onto the field during a Tennessee game. He finds himself on the hot seat after a poor start.KNOXVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers on the sidelines during the first half of the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won the game 24-7. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)“Tweet through it” is often a strategy used by people going through a tough time on social media. That’s not what Tennessee football’s official account has done in the wake of Saturday’s upset loss, though.The Volunteers’ official account has decided to just not weigh in at all.Tennessee, which fell to Georgia State in the biggest upset of Week 1, has not tweeted since early in the fourth quarter on Saturday.The last tweet: True again.@bmancimaglia knocks it through from 31 yards.#Vols in front, 23-21. 12:05 left to play. pic.twitter.com/WzHkvjR3xf— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) August 31, 2019As you can see, this tweet has received nearly 500 responses, basically all of which come from angry Tennessee fans.This is the most recent tweet from the Tennessee football account. Needless to say, it got ratio’d. https://t.co/s3LIx3tHKX— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 1, 2019Someone check on Tennessee football. I’ve never seen a team’s twitter account not tweet a final score, even in a loss. https://t.co/sfvuCRD3tC— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) September 1, 2019As of noon E.T. on Sunday, the Volunteers’ account had yet to tweet anything new.We’ll set the over/under on a new tweet appearing on Tennessee’s feed at 3 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

The EGO Brings Mega-Yachting to the Catamaran World

first_imgThe EGO catamaran mega-yacht is an understated and elegant cruiser that looks like it’s taken off even when standing still. Designer Mauro Giamboi created the ship based on the idea of “informal luxury living”.While still a student, Giamboi won two yacht design competitions in the early 2000s, which launched a career in high-end, functional design. Much of his prior work laid the foundation for the EGO’s progressive design.“New clients tend to be less formal in their approach to yachting,” he said through a press release. His firm has worked on a number of boat concepts from mega-yachts to fine-tuned sailboats.“I have always been keen on multi-hull designs and I believe in the possibility to merge the huge potential of space and layout with a unique and appealing look and charm,” he said in a later interview.The EGO takes that concept above and beyond with three decks, four guest cabins and room for up to six crew members. The entire design has separate access points for guests and crew, while keeping many of the technical operations hidden away as well.With its catamaran structural skeleton, the EGO can glide through water via two separate bows made out of aluminum or composites. Giamboi said that it took a huge amount of work to reinterpret what a Power Catamaran should look like and how it should function.The EGO has a comfortable cruising speed of 22 knots, meaning you can easily sail the Atlantic in style. With the addition of its hydro-jet, that goes up to 25 knots.The vessel is fully customizable and scalable to any builder’s request and you can learn more here. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

RCMP body recovered from Great Slave Lake is one of three missing

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE — Mounties say a body that was spotted in Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories last week has been recovered, and has been confirmed to be one of three missing snowmobilers.Police had already suspended the search for the trio over the weekend after the body was sighted from a helicopter in an area of open water, along with debris, on Friday.They say in a news release that RCMP dispatched a crew on board a helicopter Monday morning and were able to land and retrieve the body, along with some of the debris.The NWT Coroner Service has confirmed the identity of the deceased as Samuel Boucher, 65, of Lutsel’ke.Boucher, along with 23-year-old Cammy Boucher and another man, left the Yellowknife area on a snowmobile Monday bound for Lutsel’ke on the eastern edge of the lake, but were reported overdue on Tuesday.Police had previously not known the identity of the other man, but now say they believe it was Jake Gully, 28, of Fort Good Hope.“The helicopter performed a surveillance patrol, for possible sighting of the remaining missing two persons. There were no sightings of the two persons, and no further debris noted,” the police news release on Tuesday stated.RCMP had explained that the helicopter crew that spotted the body Friday wasn’t able to land on the ice at the time, so photos that were taken from the air were used to determine that it was in fact a deceased person.The three travellers were believed to have departed Dettah at approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 13. They were aboard a 1990s era Black Bombardier Scandic two seater, towing two toboggans.Police say they will continue to survey the area around Ethen Island for any sign of the remaining two missing persons, but that evidence leads them to believe they may have suffered the same fate as Samuel Boucher.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ian Somerhalder Nikki Reed And Kellan Lutz Join Campaign To Free Bears

first_imgIt’s the light-hearted punch line to any overtly obvious question and yet – the honest answer to “does a bear sh*t in the woods” could just as easily be “no”.The well-worn joke has now become a demand for Animals Asia backed by celebrity supporters and thousands of animal lovers worldwide – it really is time for bears to “go” where nature intended. As their campaign says: Let a bear sh!t in the woods.Animals Asia are campaigning for an end to bear bile farming and have been joined in their latest campaign by celebrities pledging their support and they want millions more to pledge via www.bearinthewoods.org.The campaign has already been endorsed by Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder plus Twilight stars Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz. They are also joined by actors Kristin Bauer van Straten and Alicia Silverstone, musicians Matt Sorum and Peter Northcote, entrepreneur Russell Simmons, chef Simon Bryant and comedians Meshel Laurie and Ben Elton.In China, 10,000 bears in tiny cages face excruciating daily bile extractions with the bile used for traditional medicines. There are a further 2,400 bears in bile farms in Vietnam.Most are Asiatic black bears – better known as moon bears – with many taken from the wild and kept on farms for up to 30 years.Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears in China and Vietnam and runs sanctuaries in both countries. Animals Asia also recently took over a bear bile farm in Nanning, China, which it will turn into a sanctuary – demonstrating how farms can have cruelty free futures.Speaking on behalf of his foundation, Ian Somerhalder said: “We at the IS Foundation believe we share an interconnected and universally tethered heartbeat with every different vessel of life inhabiting the planet alongside us. Whether roaring with pride, purring at our ankles, slithering through the wild, or swimming in our seas, we carry the utmost respect for all creatures. The practice of bear bile farming is inexcusable, unnecessary and inhumane. I am so proud of the Animals Asia campaign, ‘Let a bear sh!t in the woods’ for tackling this compassionless practice head on and demonstrating the positive transformation made when a bear bile farm became a sanctuary for these suffering creatures.”Nikki Reed said: ‘’This cannot end soon enough. Every drop of bile extracted from bears, every minute those bears spend in tiny cages in China. It has to stop. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with animal lovers in China and find a way to end this without delay. Please join me and Animals Asia in pledging your support to this campaign.’’Kellan Lutz said: “When I first heard about bear bile farming I couldn’t believe it. It’s one more insanely cruel act inflicted on innocent animals and it is not widely known about. More than 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears, but also sun bears and brown bears – are kept on bile farms in China, in tiny cages, and suffer these daily bile extractions. Most of these bears are starved and dehydrated. Please join us in spreading awareness and helping to end bear bile farming.”Kristin Bauer van Straten said: ‘’Bear Bile farming should be something out of a horror novel but its unfortunately not fiction as hard as that is to believe. Bears are held in tiny metal cages their entire lives with tubes stuck in to their bodies to drain the bile from their gall bladders. Please sign to help us stop this painful existence for living creatures. We cannot allow this to exist on Earth any longer. ’’Russell Simmons said: “Over 10,000 bears in China are kept in tiny cages and face daily bile extractions through open wounds for use in traditional medicine. This must stop – please join with me and Animals Asia in pledging to do all you can to end this cruel industry. Together we can end bear bile farming.”Alicia Silverstone said: ‘’I can’t stand the thought of more than 10,000 caged bears living in constant pain for an unnecessary product. Please join me and Animals Asia by signing this pledge to end the barbaric practice of bear bile farming.’’Animals Asia is asking those opposed to bear bile farming to stand up to be counted alongside this incredible list of superstars.Animals Asia founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE said: “For bears that should spend their days foraging and exploring woods, mountains and forests – bear bile farms – and the conditions the bears are kept in – are no joke at all. We hope this campaign raises a smile, followed by curiosity – then the sadness and outrage that we feel. Then we need people to pledge to help end this.“It’s a pledge to end the practice, a pledge to show our solidarity with the many millions of people in Asia who are calling for the end of bear bile farming in their own countries. It’s a pledge to share the knowledge and continue to raise awareness. It’s a pledge to consign this to history and allow bear numbers in the wild in China and Vietnam to rise again as the number in cages diminish.”Find out more here.last_img read more

Alaska Marine Highway System takes step to replace old ferry

first_imgKODIAK, Alaska — The Alaska Marine Highway System has taken the first step in the process of finding a shipyard to build a ferry to replace an aging vessel serving southwest Alaska.The highway system issued a pre-solicitation notice last month for the Tustumena Replacement Project, but a possible construction date and build location remain unknown because of a pending federal waiver, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday.The federal waiver is required before a construction contract can be issued to replace the 54-year-old Tustumena vessel, which has been plagued by maintenance issues. Officials have been planning for years to replace the ferry.“The pre-solicitation is the first step in bringing in a shipyard, via a competitive process, to conduct the final design of the ship, and try to get to a guaranteed maximum price with that shipyard,” said Aurah Landau, public information officer for the highway system. “AMHS continue to wait for a federal Buy America Waiver from Federal Highway Administration for small parts of the vessel construction.”The Buy American Act “requires a domestic manufacturing process for all steel or iron products that are permanently incorporated in a federal-aid highway construction project,” according to the Federal Highway Administration.The Tustumena serves Kodiak, the Aleutian Islands and the Kenai Peninsula. Officials plan for the replacement ferry to be 330 feet (100 metres) long and 71 feet (22 metres) wide. It would need overnight accommodations for 250 people and capacity to hold up to 54 cars. The design also includes an 80,000-pound (36,000-kilogram) vehicle elevator.About $244 million in federal and state funding has been earmarked for the project, with $222 million coming from the Federal Highway Administration.___Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Canadian companies are drastically unprepared for the coming wave of tech change

TORONTO — A new study by Deloitte has found that most Canadian companies aren’t prepared for how quickly they’ll be affected by major advances in technology such as robotics and artificial intelligence.The Canadian arm of the international consulting firm says only 13 per cent of the 700 companies in its study scored well, while 87 per cent were partially or completely unprepared for the magnitude and speed of change ahead.In fact more than one-third — 35 per cent — scored poorly on all four of the key criteria that Deloitte used to measure preparedness: awareness, innovation, agility and the ability to channel resources.The study’s findings are consistent with other Deloitte research on Canadian productivity, said Terry Stuart, a co-author of the 42-page report released Tuesday.“Canadian companies are generally risk-adverse,” Stuart said in an interview ahead of the study’s publication.Disruption is not going to happen in some distant future. It is happening now“They’re not investing as much as they need to in the technologies and capabilities and we’re seeing that applied directly in these technology areas that we studied.”The study was especially interested in how Canadian companies were responding to five types of technology with the potential to cause widespread disruption to what has become the usual manner of doing business: robotics, artificial intelligence, communications networks, manufacturing tools such as 3D printers and platforms for collaboration.Although many of these technologies have been around for decades, they had been advancing at a relatively slow pace — which Deloitte expects will surge exponentially in the very near term.Don’t expect to see swarms of delivery drones zipping through Canadian skies anytime soonWhy the robot boom in manufacturing is actually a good thing“Disruption is not going to happen in some distant future. It is happening now,” the study concludes. Stuart, who is Deloitte Canada’s chief innovation officer, said the majority of companies in the study weren’t spending enough time thinking about the new technologies, understanding them and preparing for the implications.“There was no difference between industry segments or size of company. That was a little bit surprising to us,” Stuart said.But the study did find 74 per cent of the most prepared companies had experienced revenue growth over a five-year period, much higher that among unprepared companies.The most prepared companies were also spending more on research and development over sustained periods and were more internationally focused.Stuart said the underlying causes for the Canadian caution are complex and there is a role to be played by the academic and government sectors, although the main audience for the study is business leaders.“You have to look at a variety of factors. They way that our culture has grown up, how we’re educated and trained, et cetera.” read more

UN reports nearrecord hole in ozone layer that filters out cancercausing radiation

“Full recovery of the ozone layer is not expected until the middle of this century, when atmospheric chlorine and bromine are expected to drop below the threshold for the formation of an Antarctic ozone-hole,” UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said of the campaign to eliminate the use of ozone-destroying chemicals.“However, it is in fact uncertain whether we may ever reach full ozone recovery,” he added of the layer that filters out ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancer, cataracts and other diseases, noting that the latest findings showed the hole close to the 2003 record of 28 million square kilometres.Given the uncertainties he called for more extensive integration of ground-based observations, satellite observations and numerical modelling. “The campaign to protect the ozone layer represents an extraordinary success story, but until emissions of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances are reduced to zero, saving the ozone layer will remain unfinished business,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), whose Ozone Secretariat supports the Montreal Protocol and Vienna Convention on phasing out ozone-destroying chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).Recovery of the ozone layer is divided into three phases, the first being when depletion is less rapid than before. It is here that the Antarctic hole has yet to show signs of improvement. Published results indicate less rapid ozone loss in some areas of the world, but year-to-year variations in meteorological conditions in the stratosphere cause variations in the extent of ozone destruction.This interannual “noise” makes it difficult to determine whether the minimum has been reached and the start of phase two has begun, WMO said. At least 5-10 more years of observations will be necessary. The second phase is when minimum levels have been reached and the ozone starts to increase again. The third, known as full recovery, is when total ozone has returned to pre-1980 levels, that is before the ozone hole started to form. In recent years, scientists have become increasingly aware of possible links between ozone depletion and climate change. Increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) will lead to a warmer climate at the Earth’s surface. At altitudes where we find the ozone layer, the same increase in GHGs is likely to lead to a cooling of the atmosphere, enhancing the chemical reactions that destroy ozone.At the same time, the amount of water vapour in the stratosphere has been increasing at the rate of about 1 per cent per year. A wetter and colder stratosphere means more polar stratospheric clouds, which is likely to lead to more severe ozone loss in both polar regions. These observed changes could delay the expected recovery of the ozone layer. It is therefore vital that all nations with stratospheric measurement programmes continue to enhance these measurements and that funding agencies continue to support research on stratospheric ozone and harmful UV radiation, WMO said. read more

In Jordan top UN relief official calls for greater support for Syrian

“The international community has been generous over the past years in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the region. But a disproportionate burden has fallen on the neighbouring countries,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien.“This includes Jordan which has kept its borders open for millions of people seeking sanctuary from the brutality of the war,” he added in remarks to the press in the capital, Amman.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are nearly 630,000 Syrian refugees registered in Jordan. There are many more not registered, living in Jordanian communities.Yesterday, Mr. O’Brien visited refugees in Jordan’s largest camp – Za’atari – which hosts 80,000 refugees, and also met with a family in Marka.“Syria’s neighbours are reaching the point where the rest of the world urgently must share more of the responsibility in responding to the humanitarian needs created by the Syria crisis and support the most vulnerable people,” stressed Mr. O’Brien, who is also UN Emergency Relief CoordinatorOCHA noted that the needs generated by the Syria crisis are outpacing the generous funding received so far. Only 38 per cent of the $7.4 billion needed to address the humanitarian needs inside Syria and the neighbouring countries this year has been received so far. “I thank those who have already stepped up, but I must now urge each and everyone in the international community to do more to support Jordan and other countries in the region and increase their support for the crucial humanitarian response,” Mr. O’Brien said. read more

City of San Diego opens third overnight parking lot for residents living

first_imgCity of San Diego opens third overnight parking lot for residents living in vehicles April 16, 2019 Posted: April 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:26 PM KUSI Newsroom, 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 (KUSI) – City officials and homeless advocates announced an expansion Tuesday of the city’s program to establish safe parking lots for residents who live out of their cars or recreational vehicles.Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Scott Sherman and representatives of Jewish Family Service of San Diego jointly announced that the city will make a parking lot in Mission Valley near SDCCU Stadium available to vehicles in the next 45 days.The lot, which will also have supportive services for homeless residents, like job training, financial education and housing assistance, has space for up to 80 RVs or 200 regular cars and trucks.Jewish Family Service oversees the two existing parking lots and will do the same at the third, which is located near the intersection of Friars Road and Mission Village Drive.“Often when someone becomes homeless for the first time, they end up living in their car and don’t know where else to turn,” Faulconer said. “The Safe Parking Program helps those individuals find a stable place to stay while they access services, look for a job and, ultimately, find a permanent place to call home.”The announcement comes on the eve of the City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee’s scheduled discussion of a limited ban on residents sleeping in their cars to replace a 36-year-old ordinance the council repealed in February. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a similar Los Angeles vehicle habitation law in 2014 for being too vague.Under the proposed new ordinance, residents who live in their cars would be barred from parking within 500 feet of a public school, excluding colleges and universities, or a place of residence between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.The city’s three safe parking lots will be open and available to residents during that same 12-hour stretch, however. The city did not say whether plans are in the works to open more safe parking lots in the immediate future.At the two existing lots and the new one, Jewish Family Service of San Diego will have the capacity to assist roughly 300 homeless individuals and families every night.“Our goal is always to holistically help clients, so that they can get back on their feet and into a home,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “This may include providing them access to food, transportation, benefits assistance and much more. We strive to help all San Diegans move their lives forward.” The City of San Diego takes steps to help people who are living in their cars sand RV, by setting aside a parking lot where drivers won’t be ticketed. ⁦@KUSINews⁩ pic.twitter.com/QZCROFQ2ix— Sasha Foo KUSI (@SashaFooKUSI) April 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: homeless, Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Meyer Memorial Trust makes final gift in Clark County

first_imgLearn more about the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington atwww.cfsww.orgAs part of a strategic refocusing effort, the Oregon-based Meyer Memorial Trust announced Monday that it will stop donating money to charities and causes in Clark County.But one last major gift to a charitable foundation here is designed to keep Meyer’s benevolence paying out well into the future.The Meyer Trust, the third largest foundation in Oregon, will make a multipart gift of $1.5 million to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, officials said Monday.Of that gift, $250,000 per year for two years will be granted out to local charities that are ripe for “capacity building” as determined by the Community Foundation, according to its president, Jennifer Rhoads. That could mean growing programs or hiring staff in order to serve more people, Rhoads said. It’s in keeping with the Meyer Trust’s long-term philosophy, she said.There also will be an endowment grant of $1 million, Rhoads said, and the Community Foundation will start making grants from the interest on that endowment after those first two transitional years.Doug Stamm, the CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust, issued a statement that said Meyer “historically included Clark County because the Trust came to view it, in effect, as part of Portland. Over more than 30 years, MMT awarded roughly $250,000 a year in grants and loans for programs there.”last_img read more

Report Trees in Kodiak borough parcel likely to die

first_imgAn assessment into the damage from the August 2015 Twin Creeks fire on land owned by the Kodiak Island Borough has determined that many of the area’s trees will likely die.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the borough hired Joe Stanley of Washington state-based NorthWind Forest Consultants to inspect the borough’s 800 acres of damaged land near Chiniak.Stanley assessed 10 percent of the property’s trees and graded them on visible damage. According to his report, 90 percent of the area’s trees sustained substantial damage in the crowns, while one-fourth had substantial damage to the roots. Nearly half the trees were found to have significant damage to the boles.Stanley estimates that about 6,100 trees, or less than 10 percent, were left undamaged by the blaze.last_img read more

State employees anxious as government shutdown threat looms

first_img“It all adds up, and state governments shouldn’t waste money,” Kiehl said. “They also shouldn’t jerk people’s lives around.” Legislators previously managed to avert looming shutdowns in 2015 and 2017, but Minta Montalbo of Save Our State says even when they don’t happen, they take a toll. Whether or not state workers will make it through this time remains to be seen. An operating budget is now on its way to his desk. The question is whether it will be enough to prevent a government shutdown on July 1. As legislators debated inside, about 20 people stood across from the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon with signs urging lawmakers to fund state services and override any potential vetoes from Governor Dunleavy. His administration previously warned that he could chose to veto the entire budget. He has not yet not indicated exactly what he plans to do with the budget before him. His colleague at APEA, Business Manager Brian Penner, says even still, the disruptions to state programs would be large. It was a quiet gathering compared with many of the protests during the regular session. Most of the group consisted of current or former state employees like Tony Tengs, who spent 24 years working for the Alaska Marine Highway System. He’s experienced shutdown threats before. Retired Alaska Marine Highway System employee Tony Tengs joins other former and current state employees at a rally outside the Alaska State Capitol on June 12, 2019. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO) State job losses are one of a number of contributing factors, but Schijvens says budget instability also has a direct impact on Juneau’s business community, where confidence declined again this year in a poll of local business owners. “We’re getting contacted by employees talking about enormous projects that have gone out where you know an incredible amount of money has already been invested,” Penner said. “It’s money that will never be recouped, and it’s projects that are going to cost that much more money.” That has impacted Juneau’s overall population, which declined for the third year in a row last year. But over the past seven years, Juneau has lost 650 state jobs. “We’re losing jobs in Juneau at a rate that’s about twice as fast as the rest of the state,” Schijvens said.center_img Legislators are hoping to avert a shutdown, but whether they have the votes to override line item vetos is unclear. “We see business owners… just trying to batten down the hatches and make sure their businesses are stable rather than being in a business expansion mode,” Schijvens said. It should come as no surprise that state government employment makes up Juneau’s largest employment sector. An operating budget passed earlier this week, but it’s still awaiting Governor Dunleavy’s signature. Unions representing state workers are hopeful, but they’re also advising members to be prepared even if a shutdown on July 1 doesn’t necessarily mean layoffs for everyone. That’s according to Meilani Schijvens of Juneau-based research firm Rain Coast Data. She says that accounts for about 15 percent of the local state workforce. Employee contracts require layoff notices to go out a minimum of 10 working days ahead of time, which is Monday. Earlier this month, Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent a message to state workers telling them to expect layoff or furlough notices after Friday if the Legislature is unable to finish the budget by the end of the special session. Jeff Kasper was also at the rally. He’s the Southeast manager for the Alaska Public Employees Association, representing nearly a thousand members in the region. “We’ve got agreements with the administration in case there was a shutdown that employees would be protected and go on furlough instead of being laid off,” Kasper said. “It’s not a pleasant feeling knowing things could shutdown and you don’t know how to plan your life,” Tengs said. “Fortunately, we made it through those times.” “I can speak from experience that yeah, everyone’s feeling nervous and pretty weary of … this cycle of not having a budget and not knowing,” Montalbo said. Juneau Senator Jesse Kiehl agrees that shutdown threats have costly impacts at a time when the state is already facing budget cuts.last_img read more

Cyrus Mistry quits all Tata Group companies ahead of Tata Steel IHCL

first_imgCyrus Mistry decided to call it quits on Monday from all Tata Group companies, ahead of two prominent group entities — Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL) and Tata Steel — gearing up to oust him from the companies at the extraordinary general meetings (EGMs) this week.The 50-year-old businessman said he was “shifting gears and moving away from the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) platform to a larger platform and also one where rule of law and equity is upheld,” according to a report in the Mint.”Having deeply reflected on where we are in this movement for cleaning up governance and regaining lost ethical ground, I think it is time to shift gears, up the momentum and be more incisive in securing the best interest of the Tata group,” Mistry said in a statement.IHCL and Tata Steel will convene EGMs on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively to remove Mistry from the boards of the companies, in addition to seeking Nusli Wadia’s ouster from Tata Steel board.Mistry’s trouble started on October 24 when he was removed from the chairmanship of Tata Sons and replaced by Ratan Tata. Subsequently, he has been forced to step down from the boards of many group companies, amid mud-slinging by him and Ratan Tata.last_img read more

Trump shrugs off NY Times tax dodge report

first_imgUS president Donald Trump addresses supporters during a Make America Great Again rally in Southaven, Mississippi, US on 2 October 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Wednesday shrugged off a New York Times investigation that concluded he made his fortune with the help of more than $400 million from his parents, partly through tax schemes, as a boring, rehashed “hit piece.”Trump has often boasted that he built a multi-billion dollar real estate empire from a $1 million loan from his father, Fred, himself a prominent New York builder.But the Times reviewed more than 100,000 documents including confidential tax returns and financial records that it said showed he actually received at least $413 million in today’s money, in part through schemes to avoid taxes.“They used the concept of ‘time value of money’ in doing a very old, boring and often told hit piece on me,” he tweeted.“Added up, this means that 97% of their stories on me are bad. Never recovered from bad election call!”Forbes magazine, meanwhile, estimated Trump’s fortune at $3.1 billion—the same as last year, but a third smaller than it was in 2015. Forbes ranked Trump’s fortune at 259 in the world, down from 248 the year he was elected president.The Times story said that from the time Trump was a toddler, his father funneled millions of dollars to his four children through a sham corporation to avoid gift taxes.The Times said the records also indicate that Trump helped his father take millions more in improper tax deductions.Father’s favoriteAnd he helped devise a scheme that undervalued his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars, sharply reducing taxes on those properties when they were transferred to their children, according to the paper.A lawyer for Trump, Charles Harder, called the account “100 per cent false, and highly defamatory.”“There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone. The facts upon which The Times bases its false allegations are extremely inaccurate,” he added.“President Trump had virtually no involvement whatsoever with these matters.”Addressing a press conference, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders criticized the article’s main claims, but said it was right in one important aspect: Trump’s business acumen.“I will say one thing the article did get right was that it showed that the president’s father had a great deal of confidence in him.“The president brought his father into a lot of deals and they made a lot of money together. His father went on to say that everything he touched turned to gold.”Wealthy toddlerThe paper’s contention that Trump was earning as much as $200,000 a year in today’s money by the time he was three years old, and was the equivalent of a millionaire by the age of eight, drew considerable attention.The assertion was pounced on by several late night talk show hosts, including comedian Stephen Colbert, the host of “The Late Show” on CBS.“So, let me get this straight: At one point, Donald Trump was an extraordinarily wealthy toddler. And today? He is still that,” he said.Not everything, however, was a laughing matter: The Times said Trump’s tax-hating father used various methods to funnel his wealth to his children and shield it from the Internal Revenue Service, some of which tax experts said were improper or possibly illegal.Following the article’s publication, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced it was “reviewing the allegations in the NYT article and is vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation.”Democratic Senator Ron Wyden called for federal tax authorities to investigate as well.“It’s critical that IRS fully investigate these allegations and prosecute any violations to the fullest extent of the law,” Wyden wrote on Twitter.Speculation about the source of Trump’s wealth has mounted since 2015, when he declared his candidacy for the nation’s highest office but broke with long-standing tradition by refusing to release his tax returns.He has been repeatedly rebuked over ethics violations for refusing to divest his assets in the Trump Organization, instead turning over control of the entity to his sons, Donald Jr and Eric.The president also continues to stay or make use of hotels and golf clubs he owns, leading to conflict of interest allegations and multiple lawsuits.In July, a federal judge allowed a suit to proceed accusing Trump of violating the constitution by maintaining his interest in a hotel that does business with foreign governments.It marked the first time a court interpreted the anti-corruption clause in the constitution, known as the emoluments clause, and applied it to a sitting president.last_img read more

New Pet Sematary Trailer Teases Terrifying Twist to Stephen Kings Story

first_imgStay on target The upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary isn’t for the faint of heart, and a new trailer just revealed an eerie twist to the author’s original tale.On Thursday, Paramount Pictures teased a second trailer for Pet Sematary, a creepy flick that highlights the consequences of resurrecting the dead. The film, which stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, will premiere in theaters on April 5, 2019. Pet Sematary isn’t about cuddly fur babies: In the movie, Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), relocates his family from Boston to rural Maine, where they reside in an old farm house. One of Creed’s kids, Ellie, discovers a creepy “pet sematary” near their house. Except, this isn’t just any burial ground. The cemetery is rumored to be cursed by some otherworldly influence.In the trailer, we see Church, a zombie cat, walking on the highway near Creed’s home. Creed originally buried Church near the “pet sematary” after he died in an accident, so we know this isn’t good. Then, Ellie, who’s excited to see her pet, leaves the property and is instantly killed by a truck.Sometimes dead is better. Watch the official trailer for #PetSematary, based on @StephenKing‘s terrifying novel. In theatres April 5, 2019. pic.twitter.com/Yxiur2v3dP— Pet Sematary (@petsematarymov) October 10, 2018This is where it gets tricky: In King’s original story, Gage, Creed’s two-year-old son, is run over by a speeding truck. The directors of the upcoming remake decided to have Ellie die instead, since her character leave more room for creativity in the living and undead form, Entertainment Weekly reported.After Ellie dies, Clarke turns to his weird neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow) for help. Even though Crandall warns Clarke to not tamper with death, Clarke doesn’t listen and decides to bring back Ellie. There’s just one problem though: Ellie isn’t the same “Ellie” when she arrives home.Due to the major plot spoiler above, we’ll leave it there. As Crandall says, “Sometimes dead is better.”More on Geek.com:12 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2019This Horror Movie Is About a Possessed Killer Drone7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were Great Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week last_img read more

US top court signals it could nix gay marriage law

first_imgBy Chantal Valery and Fabienne FaurAFPWASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could throw out a U.S. law that defines marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, in a second day of hearings on the thorny issue of same-sex marriage.For nearly two hours, the nine justices who make up the nation’s highest court grilled lawyers on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – with five of them appearing to lean in favor of striking it down.The controversial 1996 law denies married gay and lesbian couples the same federal rights and benefits that heterosexual couples take for granted, from tax breaks and welfare benefits to access to a hospitalized spouse.The plaintiff is Edith Windsor, 83, who was ordered to pay federal inheritance taxes of $363,000 following the 2009 death of Thea Spyer, her partner of more than 40 years. The couple had married in Canada in 2007.Under DOMA, the surviving half of a heterosexual couple would not have faced the same tax burden.In an exchange with lawyers arguing the two sides of the case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested DOMA represented, in her view, two kinds of wedlock – “full marriage and skim milk marriage.”Her colleague Elena Kagan went further, saying that DOMA was “infected by animus, fear and dislike.”Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative whose swing vote on gay rights could decide the outcome, said he was “troubled” by how the DOMA case would impact the rights of each of the 50 states to set out their own marriage laws.Outside the court, hundreds of marriage equality supporters chanted “Edie! Edie!” as Windsor exited the stately building with her legal team and told assembled reporters: “I think it was great. I think it went beautifully.”“I thought the justices were gentle. They were direct. They asked the right questions,” said the retiree, who wore a circular diamond brooch – a de facto engagement token from Spyer from early in their relationship – on her lapel.“The justices asked all the questions we expected them to ask,” added Windsor’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who declined to speculate on how the court would rule in the coming months.President Barack Obama’s administration initially opposed Windsor’s bid to repeal DOMA as it progressed through the lower courts, where the law has already twice been ruled unconstitutional.But the White House has since switched sides. Now it is calling for the law to be overturned, leaving DOMA to be defended by a group of Republican lawmakers, along with a coalition of religious and conservative groups.Opponents of Windsor’s stance include Republican lawmakers and Christian groups. One of their lawyers, Paul Clement, argued DOMA was constitutional in that it applied only to laws on the federal level.On Tuesday, the court trod cautiously as it weighed the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that saw a majority of voters in the nation’s most populous state ban same-sex marriage.While it will take several months for them to issue a ruling, several Supreme Court justices indicated Tuesday they would be in no hurry to make a verdict that could extend the right to same-sex marriage to the entire country.Forty-one states currently ban or limit such marriages.Legal experts cautioned Wednesday it can be hard to predict what the Supreme Court will do based on oral arguments, but Thomas Keck of Syracuse University in New York anticipated a “mixed decision” on the same-sex marriage question.It could hold that Washington is “constitutionally required to recognize same-sex marriages from states that allow them,” but at the same time decline to rule on whether other states must allow gay marriages, he told AFP.“If the court does get to the merits [of DOMA], I think it will find DOMA’s pervasive system of discrimination unconstitutional,” added Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a Washington legal think tank.Successive public opinion polls have indicated that a majority of U.S. citizens now accept the principle of same-sex marriage, including an overwhelming number of younger citizens.In May last year, Obama became the first serving U.S. president to publicly back gay marriage.“I think it is time for the justices to examine this issue,” Obama said Wednesday in an interview with Spanish-language television network Telemundo.“States have defined marriage and the federal government has followed the lead of the states. And so my hope is that the court reaches these issues. And that we end up living in a country where everybody is treated fairly.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Police find 48 wild birds in mans fridge

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