EDMONTON – Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley is to reveal specifics today on how cannabis will be sold in Alberta when marijuana is legalized later this year.Premier Rachel Notley’s government has already passed a bill that says private operators will be allowed to sell cannabis in storefront locations while the province will handle online sales.The minimum age to purchase and use marijuana will be 18.The bill says marijuana won’t be allowed in existing no-smoking zones, or at playgrounds, sports fields and splash parks.Alberta has also passed rules to bring traffic penalties for drug-impaired driving in line with the rules for alcohol-related offences.The federal government had hoped to make cannabis legal as of July 1, but the Senate is not expected to vote on the proposed law until June 7, which would push the implementation date into the fall.
NEW DELHI: Ending days of confusion over Congress’s stand on the impending AAP-Congress alliance for the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi put the ball in Arvind Kejriwal’s court with one tweet. Within minutes, CM Kejriwal hit back at Gandhi saying the Congress president doesn’t intend to have an alliance. On Monday evening, Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter: “An alliance between the Congress & AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give up 4 Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U turn! Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRahul Gandhi has accused Arvind Kejriwal of making a U-turn and hindering the process of talks between the two opposition parties both aiming to oust the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has hit back at Rahul Gandhi for saying he has made a U-turn on the AAP-Congress alliance. Kejriwal has said Rahul Gandhi’s tweet shows that he is not interested in an alliance and it is all rhetoric. “What U-turn? The talks were still going on. Your tweet shows that alliance is not your intention but only a show. It makes me sad that you are only making big statements. Today, saving the nation from the Modi-Shah threat is the most important mission. It is unfortunate that you are splitting the anti-Modi votes in UP and all other states,” said Kejriwal. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSticking to its demand for an alliance with Congress in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh, AAP asked why Rahul is not interested in defeating the BJP in 18 seats. While Delhi and Haryana send 7 and 10 MPs to Lok Sabha respectively, Chandigarh sends a single MP to the lower house. “In Punjab, where Congress has 4 MPs and 20 MLAs, it is unwilling to concede a single seat. In Haryana, Congress has just one MP and doesn’t want to concede a single seat. In Delhi, it has 0 MPs and MLAs, and even there they are demanding that AAP give up three seats to them. Is this how you reach an agreement? Do you not want to stop BJP in other states,” asked AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh. Posing a similar query, AAP leader Gopal Rai asked why Rahul Gandhi is not interested in defeating the BJP in 18 seats. “Rahul is opening doors to 4 seats in Delhi. AAP has opened doors to 18 seats in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh,” Rai tweeted. Meanwhile, party sources confirmed that NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday is likely to meet representatives of both the parties to mediate the alliance talks as a final step. Earlier also he mediated the same.
Rabat – According to the Moroccan gazette, King Mohammed VI has granted Moroccan citizenship to a number of foreign public figures, including Iranian businessman Mohammed Reda Nouri who is the husband of Lalla Joumala, Moroccan Ambassador to the US.The Moroccan citizenship was also granted to Algerian writer Kebir Mustapha Ammi who was born in 1952 in the Moroccan city of Taza, northern Fez, to a Moroccan mother.The King also granted citizenship to French novelist Michel Canesi, author the novel, Villa Taylor, based in Marrakech. Moroccan citizenship was also given to French businessman Patrick Guerrand-Hermès who is an amateur polo player. Hermes lives in Larache city, northern Morocco, where he owns stables and Polo club, PGH La Palmeraie Polo Club.The French singer of Algerian origin, Francoise Atlan, has also been granted Moroccan citizenship. Atlan, who specializes Andalusian and Jewish music, performed in a musical rendition of three prayers, mixing the three Abrahamic religions, for King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis at King Mohammed VI Institute for Training Imams.German-born boxer of Moroccan origin, Mohamed Zine and Russian-Austrian mixed martial artist of Chechen descent, Mairbek Taisumov, have also been granted Moroccan citizenship.In 2013, King Mohammed VI granted Moroccan citizenship to the Algerian rai singer Cheb Khaled.
The Colombo Magistrate, the Mount Lavinia Magistrate and other officials were also present during the event.The cocaine was mixed in cement at the event and will later be taken to Puttalam where it will be incinerated. Over 769 kg of cocaine seized by the law enforcement agencies were destroyed at a warehouse in Sapugaskanda today.President Maithripala Sirisena witnessed the cocaine being destroyed at an event open to the media. The cocaine is said to be worth over Rs.10.9 billion.Today was the second time a large quantity of cocaine was destroyed publicly. (Colombo Gazette)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today urged the diplomatic community based in Sri Lanka to take steps to lift the travel advisories imposed on Sri Lanka.Wickremesinghe made the appeal while briefing diplomats on the security situation in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks. The diplomats were briefed on the investigations over the Easter Sunday attacks and steps taken to strengthen security in the country. The Prime Minister, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda and others, including the Police, also attended the briefing. The diplomats were also told that any attempt to create disharmony between communities will not be tolerated.The Prime Minister appealed to the diplomats to lift the travel advisories imposed on Sri Lanka by their respective Governments since daily life was now returning to normalcy in Sri Lanka. Diplomats from the US, China, UK and Germany were among the several foreign envoys who attended the briefing. (Colombo Gazette)
Medical views diverge on how to ethically test Ebola drugs in Africa WASHINGTON – Health officials are scrambling to begin human testing of a handful of experimental drugs for Ebola. But the effort has sparked an ethical debate over how to study unproven medicines amid an outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000.U.S. officials say the studies must include one critical feature of traditional medical testing: a control group of patients who do not receive the drugs.But many European and African authorities argue that withholding drugs from study participants is unethical, given that the current outbreak kills between 50 and 80 per centper cent of those infected in West Africa, according to Doctors Without Borders. They favour alternative studies in which every patient receives drug therapy.The split in testing philosophies means different researchers may wind up testing the same drugs using different approaches.While there are no established drugs for Ebola, the Food and Drug Administration has allowed the emergency use of several experimental ones in U.S. patients. But agency officials say it’s impossible to tell what affect the drugs have because patients in the U.S. also receive aggressive medical care, including fluid replacement, oxygen therapy and antibiotics.Comparing patients receiving drug therapy to patients who are not is a long-established testing technique considered the gold standard of medical research. Officials from the FDA and the National Institutes of Health say the Ebola trials must stick to this model to get an accurate picture of whether the therapies are safe and effective.FDA officials laid out plans last week for a study that would randomly assign patients to receive one of several drugs or aggressive medical care. Researchers would regularly assess patients taking the drugs, with the aim of switching over patients from the control group if one drug appears effective.Dr. Luciana Borio, the FDA’s director for counterterrorism and emerging threats, said she understands the ethical concerns associated with the approach.“People do not like the idea of not receiving something that they think might help them, even though the fact is that we do not know yet if this stuff is going to help or hurt,” Borio said.FDA plans is to begin testing the approach on Ebola patients brought to the U.S. and then transfer the model over to Africa, where an estimated 13,270 people are infected.U.S. medical ethicists tend to agree with the approach.“It would be terrible to have a drug that we thought would work and offer it to these poor, suffering, and desperate people only to find out later— because we screwed up the clinical trials — that we were wrong,” said Dr. Philip Rosoff, a professor of bioethics at Duke University.But a coalition including Doctors without Borders, Oxford University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research plans to announce a study on Thursday that will give experimental drug therapy to all patients enrolled. Organizers say the current outbreak is so deadly that patients should have access to medicines that can potentially help them — even if their safety and effectiveness is uncertain.“We have chosen this design because we think that it’s not ethical to randomize patients to standard care in the conditions where these studies are conducted,” said Piero Olliaro, an Oxford University professor and WHO official.Under the study plan, researchers will measure the death rate of Ebola patients given an experimental drug over two weeks. If the mortality rate falls as low as 20 per cent, researchers say they will know they have an effective treatment.Similar trial designs are sometimes used to study deadly forms of cancer for which there are no established treatments. In the 1980s, some of the earliest HIV drugs were also tested in trials where all patients received drug therapy. But at the time AIDS was a fatal disease with no known cure. Ebola, on the other hand, is well understood and can be cured via traditional medical care.Olliaro said he could not name the drug that would be used in the European study, but he pointed out that the WHO has outlined several drugs that could be suitable for study in Africa, including antiviral pills from Chimerix and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals. Both of those drugs are designed to block enzymes that allow viruses to reproduce, though they have not yet been tested specifically against Ebola.A WHO report released last week attempted to find consensus among researchers, stating that all testing methodologies should be considered ethical. However, the report notes that officials from Guinea and Liberia said that randomized, controlled trials “would not be acceptable to local communities.”Additionally, the report states that cultural and ethical factors could make it difficult to obtain permission for randomized studies in Africa.For now, Olliaro says officials must move past ethical debates and begin testing, regardless of the method.“I think it’s high time to stop discussing and start acting,” he said. by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2014 1:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
American Airlines briefly stops flights in Dallas, Chicago, Miami, citing computer problems DALLAS – American Airlines flights to and from Dallas, Chicago and Miami were briefly stopped on Thursday by a computer problem that prevented passengers from checking in.Airline officials said they fixed their computer systems after less than two hours but were still trying to determine the exact cause of the interruption.American spokesman Casey Norton said there was no indication that the airline’s computers had been hacked.The midday failure affected flights on American and its regional affiliate, American Eagle. The Federal Aviation Administration said that American Airlines planes destined for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, O’Hare Airport in Chicago and Miami International Airport were held on the ground at other airports.Norton said six American Eagle flights in Chicago were cancelled and about 300 American and Eagle flights were delayed by an average of slightly more than one hour. Tracking service FlightAware.com reported nearly 600 delays on American and more than 200 on Eagle operator Envoy Air by late afternoon, but Norton said many were unrelated to the computer issue.The glitch prevented passengers at the three big hub airports from checking in for flights, and customers may have been unable to make reservations.The incident occurred at an awkward time for American Airlines Group Inc., the world’s biggest airline. In a month, the company plans to complete combining the reservations systems of American and its US Airways subsidiary and retire the US Airways brand.Combining technology systems is a difficult feat that has tripped up other airlines, notably leading to several outages at United Airlines since it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010. United suffered two outages this summer, including one in July that the airline blamed on a faulty router.American has made meticulous plans to avoid a similar fate. Among other moves, it is gradually switching US Airways flights to American over a 90-day period, and it will reduce flights to lighten the load on its network when it finishes merging the two reservations systems in mid-October. American officials said that Thursday’s issues were unrelated to those measures.In April, more than 50 American flights were delayed by a glitch in airport-map software loaded on pilots’ iPads.Shares of American Airlines Group rose 93 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to close at $43.99. They have lost 18 per cent this year.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2015 11:40 am MDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo has been named queen of the jungle as the winner of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!The reality TV star lasted three weeks in the ITV show, and was visibly shocked as presenters Ant and Dec announced she had won.Toffolo, whose nickname is Toff, shook as she said: “I don’t know what to say!”Obviously I didn’t think anyone would like me. I’m really taken aback!”She added that it was “overwhelming” and thanked the public for voting her. Introducing @ToffTalks your brand new Queen of the Jungle 👑 #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/7NZhvRccwQ— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) December 10, 2017 Omg why am i about to start crying about Toff 😩😂 So well deserved 🙌🏼👸🏼 #ImACeleb— Rachel Leary (@rach_leary) December 10, 2017 Next years I’m a celeb should be made up of Gemma Collins, Gillian Mckeith, Stanley Johnson, Joey Essex, Gino D’Acampo, Lady C, Kim Woodburn and Scarlett Moffet #imaceleb— Katie Green♡ (@xkatiegreen) December 10, 2017 Toffolo was handed her queen of the jungle crown by last year’s winner Scarlett Moffatt, who told her: “It’s girls like you that make me so proud to be a young woman.”Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas was the show’s runner-up, and comedian Iain Lee came in third place.Some viewers were surprised that Lee did not make the final two.”Seriously, who the hell is voting for Jamie?! What is wrong with you!!!” one viewer posted on Twitter.”Genuinely shocked that @iainlee has just come third place, wanted him to beat jamie so bad,” said another.”I’m fuming that Iain came third. He deserved to win,” said another disgruntled fan. But the comedian said he was “thrilled” as he left the camp. As he met presenters Ant and Dec, Lee said: “I’m shocked, look at the state of me!”I cannot believe I’ve come third, this is incredible.”He said he went “above and beyond” his expectations, and that the experience has been “a thrill”.Asked why he did not leave on the third day in the jungle, when he was notably struggling following his late arrival, Lee quipped: “When they said you don’t get paid, I thought I’d stick this one out!”He said the trials were not the most difficult part of the programme.”They’re such a small part when you’re in there,” he said.”For me it was being around lots of people, I’m very solitary, being around lots of people made me so uncomfortable.”But the radio host said he also stayed in the jungle to leave a good impression for his children, as they “don’t remember me being around for being on the TV, I wanted to show them how silly my job is”.He said he had no problem with fellow campmates Lomas, Dennis Wise and Amir Khan – who had been accused of bullying him in the jungle. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
AN ARMY BOMB disposal team has rendered safe a viable improvised explosive device (IED) in Kildare.The bomb disposal team was deployed in the early hours of this morning in response to a request from gardaí after a suspect device was found at an apartment complex in Ballitore, Co Kildare. Gardaí said that only one of the apartments in the building was occupied.The bomb disposal team arrived on scene at 4.40am and a cordon was put in place for public safety.After an initial assessment, the device was confirmed as viable and was taken to a safe military location for further technical examination and exploitation. The scene was declared safe at 6am.All component parts and evidence will be handed over to the gardaí to assist them with their investigation into the incident.Read: Controlled explosion carried out on viable device at Fingal Cemetery>Read: The 6 steps to bomb disposal in Ireland>
Pas envie de faire du sport ? Cela pourrait être inscrit dans vos gènesLa motivation à faire de l’exercice pourrait-elle être une affaire de gènes ? C’est l’hypothèse d’un groupe de chercheurs, qui a étudié les gènes de rats sportifs et sédentaires. Selon eux, certaines familles développeraient un système génétique qui ne favoriserait pas l’envie de faire du sport. Vous n’êtes pas motivé pour le footing du dimanche matin ? Ne culpabilisez pas, ceci pourrait être inscrit dans vos gènes, selon une étude menée par des chercheurs américains de l’Université du Missouri-Columbia. Publiée dans la revue Journal of Physiology, cette étude indique que des facteurs génétiques pourraient entrer en jeu dans la motivation à faire du sport, aux côtés du manque de temps ou de mauvaises conditions physiques. En 2013, des scientifiques américains avaient constaté que la fréquence des exercices physiques chez des jumeaux est presque identique. Ils en ont conclu que l’éducation seule ne pouvait l’expliquer et que la génétique pourrait donc jouer un rôle dans la volonté de faire du sport. Mais impossible de savoir quels gènes entrent exactement en jeu.Le rôle des gènes dans le système de récompense Comme souvent, ce sont les rats qui ont permis d’en savoir plus. Les chercheurs de l’Université du Missouri ont élevé deux types de rats en fonction de leur dose journalière d’exercice. Les rats mâles et femelles courant le plus sur leur petite roue ont été élevés ensemble, et le même schéma a été répété pour les rats courant le moins. Au final, les scientifiques ont créé une famille de rats sportifs et une autre de rats plus sédentaires sur plusieurs générations. Après quelques semaines d’observation, l’équipe a étudié la structure du cerveau des rats, et plus particulièrement de leur circuit de la récompense. Il s’agit d’un système fonctionnel indispensable à la survie des mammifères, qui fournit la motivation pour accomplir des actions vitales et adopter certains comportements. Ce système met en relation plusieurs structures cérébrales comme l’aire tegmentale, le noyau accumbens, le cortex préfrontal, etc. C’est le noyau accumbens qui a attiré l’attention des scientifiques. Ce noyau s’active lorsque les humains et la plupart des animaux s’engagent dans des activités plaisantes. Dans cette partie du cerveau, ils ont constaté que certains gènes s’expriment différemment chez les rats coureurs et les rats sédentaires.Dysfonctionnement chez les sédentaires Chez les coureurs, tout va bien : ces gènes créent des protéines qui permettent aux jeunes cellules de se développer pour rejoindre le système nerveux et participer au bon fonctionnement du cerveau. Mais chez les rats sédentaires, les scientifiques ont observé que ces gènes ne fonctionnent pas de la même façon : les cellules restent immatures. Dans le noyau accumbens de ces rats, les chercheurs ont compté moins de cellules matures que chez les coureurs. Résultat : les rats nés de la lignée sportive possèdent davantage de neurones dans leur noyau accumbens, qui apparait donc mieux développé. Ces rats auraient alors une tendance innée à chercher la récompense procurée par l’exercice physique., quand les autres souffriraient d’un manque de motivation, expliquent les chercheurs américains.Des familles de sportifs ? Ce n’est pas la première fois que l’existence de “gènes du sport” est évoquée. Mais les scientifiques restent prudents : Frank Booth, professeur de sciences biomédicales de l’Université du Missouri, signale qu’il est pour le moment impossible de savoir si ces résultats peuvent être valables chez les humains. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les humains pourraient avoir des gènes responsables de la motivation à faire de l’exercice et d’autres gènes les motivant à rester dans leur canapé”, explique t-il repris par Sciences et avenir. Au fil des générations, ces gènes pourraient alors devenir prédominants dans une famille et créer une lignée de sportifs ou de sédentaires. Si l’influence de la génétique reste largement à démontrer, ce n’est pas une fatalité, soulignent les chercheurs. Même si leur héritage génétique ne les y incite pas, “les gens peuvent se décider à faire de l’exercice”, conclut le Dr. Booth, Le 16 avril 2014 à 12:21 • Maxime Lambert
Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Researchers at Columbia Engineering have made a breakthrough that could upend modern robotics. The team created a synthetic muscle-like tissue that can be 3D printed. Most importantly though, it’s flexible and powerful, just like actual muscle. That means that it is flexible, deformable and capable of liberating robots from their clunky actuators and rotors.“We’ve been making great strides toward making robots minds, but robot bodies are still primitive,” lead researcher Hod Lipson told Engadget. “This is a big piece of the puzzle and, like biology, the new actuator can be shaped and reshaped a thousand ways. We’ve overcome one of the final barriers to making lifelike robots.”The material greatly expands when heated, but it does so using far less power and at a far lower voltage than traditional robotic actuators. Instead, a small current and a thin resistive wire strung through the material are all you need to get it up to about 80 degrees C. At that point, it expands to nine times its original size. With that, it can move over 1,000 times its own weight, making it three times stronger than our own muscle fibers.Right now it is a bit slow, as you can see in the video above. It is powerful, however, and future research will focus not only on improving the core structure, but incorporating other conductive materials that will heat the muscle more quickly and precisely. After that, work begins on collaborating with other labs to incorporate the ideas into more complex machines that have the silicon-based thinky-brains.That, quite frankly, terrifies me. This is how we get the robot apocalypse. Making bots more flexible and nimble, freeing them from their current limitations, these are the textbook steps for terminator and every robotic mass-murderer in fiction. Maybe, just maybe we should pump the breaks on this one.Or not… because this is really badass.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre expects Christian Pulisic to be unavailable ahead of today’s Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt due to a muscular injuryThe 19-year-old winger was a no-show for the USA during the international break and didn’t feature in Dortmund’s goalless draw with against Hannover 96 a fortnight ago either.“Christian Pulisic is making improvements in his recovery, but Friday will probably come too soon for him,” admitted Favre in a press conference.The American youngster is widely regarded as one of the biggest young prospects in European football and caught the eye of Real Madrid over the summer.Also out are Omer Toprak and Raphael Guerreiro.Although goalkeeper Roman Burki has been declared fit to play after recovering from a thigh injury.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But Favre refused to confirm whether Barcelona loan signing Paco Alcacer will make his Dortmund debut.“Paco likes to combine with his colleagues. He has a scoring threat and the intuition to position himself in dangerous areas. However, we have to integrate him step by step,” he said.“We still have to find our best system and we have to learn which players work in which systems. That will be relevant when we begin to rotate.”Dortmund are looking for their second victory of the 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign against Frankfurt following an opening day 4-1 win against RB Leipzig before the draw with Hannover.“In the last season, Frankfurt played 5-3-2 and 3-4-3. Now they play 4-3-3, 4-4-2 under their new coach [Adi Hutter]. They are very dangerous. They play with one, two touches on the counter and use pressing,” Favre said.The match between Dortmund and Frankfurt will take place at the Signal Iduna Park at 20:30 (GMT +2).
The West Ham United boss is not happy that his team couldn’t score more goals against Liverpool in order to secure a win.Sadio Mane scored for Liverpool at the 22nd minute to lift the Reds into the lead tonight against West Ham United.Then the Hammers saw how Michail Antonio scored the tying goal at the 28th-minute mark.But then both teams lacked what it needs to score more goals, and the game ended up in a 1-1 draw.And for coach Manuel Pellegrini, the result is very disappointing.“Disappointed not to get three points. If you create four clear chances then you must score,” he told Football London during the post-match press conference.“They scored when he was one meter offside, Origi was one meter offside too, you have to be disappointed.”“He cannot complain about anything. We deserved to win,” he spoke about Jurgen Klopp’s constant complaining.“I said during the week that we need to win this game for our fans.”“Man City was my club also so maybe the manager of Liverpool didn’t like it,” he added.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We need to repeat the way we play against the big teams against Palace.”“We have 8 or 9 players injured, we have no playmakers right now, problems with all the strikers during the transfer window,” he spoke about the team’s next match.“We need to do as best as we can for the remaining 13 games.”West Ham United is currently in the 12th position of the English Premier League table with 32 points.The team is just two points away from eight-place Watford.They will now visit Crystal Palace, before resting for two weeks to play against Fulham and Manchester City at the end of February.We gave that everything 👏 pic.twitter.com/Y9Cc2QcNnd— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 4, 2019
According to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, winger Ryan Kent is a few away weeks from full fitness.Kent, a loanee from Liverpool, sustained a hamstring injury in training ahead of the Europa League at Spartak Moscow this month.The 22-year-old sat out Rangers 7-1 home win against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.“The international break has come at a good time for Ryan Kent because he has had 10 days to two weeks without any games at a really important stage of a hamstring injury,” Gerrard told the club’s website.“He is probably now a couple of weeks away, hopefully, if everything keeps moving the way it has been because he is doing really well.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He is out on the pitch doing some jogging, so he progressing really well.”Gerrard was also happy for the progress of Borna Barisic, another player out injured.Gerrard added: “Borna is very close. Whether he is available for the weekend we will make a decision in the next couple of days.“But over the next two or three games, Borna will be back in the squad.”
Opponents of measure to hike hotel tax offer alternatives Posted: January 10, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Updated: 4:57 PM January 10, 2018 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) — Proponents of a citizens’ initiative to raise more money to expand the San Diego Convention Center and fund programs to end homelessness are asking voters to approve a hike in the hotel occupancy tax, or what’s known as the TOT.A coalition of hotel owners, business leaders, labor unions and advocates for the homeless kicked off their campaign on Monday, calling for an increase of 1.25 percent to 3.25 percent from the current hotel tax of 12.5 percent.Not everyone thinks the measure, called “Yes for a Better San Diego,” is a good idea. George Mullen is a San Diego businessman who believes the hotel industry has simply figured out a clever ploy to finance a bigger convention center.“The hoteliers have been looking at expanding the convention center, or trying for seven or eight years and routinely failed. So they’re using as window dressing, the homeless crisis to try to get the convention center passed. From our perspective, it’s very disingenuous,” Mullen said.By Mullen’s estimate, that tax hike would rake in an additional $28 million a year for homeless initiatives.The businessman says that’s less than 10 percent of what the City and County currently spend on homeless programs each year.Even with the added revenue, Mullen said he’s not convinced that the people who helped to spawn the homelessness crisis will be able to end it.Councilmember David Alvarez also believes it’s a mistake to link programs for ending homelessness to building a bigger convention center.Alvarez is making his own pitch to tap money from the hotel occupancy tax.He’s asked the City Council Rules Committee to look at changing the City Charter so that one cent from the tax would be set aside to fund homeless services and supportive housing over the next five years.“I’d say we need to focus on the crisis at hand,” Alvarez said. “We don’t have a convention center crisis. We have a homelessness crisis. My measure focuses only and exclusively on homelessness,” Alvarez added.The Council member said that the City would realize about $130 million over five years, and he says his plan would not raise taxes. On Wednesday, the Rules Committee voted to move forward on Alvarez’ proposal with more analysis and discussion by City Council’s Budget Committee. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Councilmember David Alvarez, San Diego Convention Center FacebookTwitter
A traffic collision on southbound Interstate 5 early Saturday sent two people to the hospital and blocked the Mill Plain exit for about five hours, according to Washington State Patrol.Kelli Abrego, 41, of Centralia, and Sergio Vasquez, 33, of Sacramento, Calif., were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Abrego remained at the hospital Saturday in satisfactory condition. Vasquez was treated and released.The collision happened around 1:10 a.m. A red 1997 Ford Explorer, driven by Abrego, and a silver 2001 Lexus IS3, driven by Chevin Lin, 18, of Lacey, were southbound on the interstate approaching the Mill Plain exit. The Lexus took the exit in the second lane when the Ford Explorer crossed a divided barrier at Mill Plain to exit, striking the Lexus, according to WSP. The Lexus went off the right side of the road and came to rest. The Ford Explorer rolled several times and landed also on the right side of the road. Abrego, the Ford Explorer’s driver, and Vasquez, a passenger in the Lexus, were injured.Chevin and two other passengers in the Lexus were not injured.Abrego will be charged with vehicular assault for crossing a divided barrier, according to WSP.
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A 70-year-old elderly man with dementia was found, Wednesday morning, unharmed.Colise McNair went missing at around 9 a.m., Monday, police said, when he was last seen at 249 S.W. 3rd St.The Broward Sheriff’s Office said McNair was found unharmed. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Alaska lawmakers have created a complex system of oil and gas tax credits, in part in an effort to bring new explorers into the state to fill the trans-Alaska pipeline. Photo: USGS vs Wikimedia CommonsWith less than a month left in the legislative session, one of the biggest questions before Alaska lawmakers is what to do about oil and gas tax credits.The state’s refundable credit program is unusual – and huge. In recent years, refundable credits have become the third-largest line item in the general fund budget, behind only the Departments of Education and Health and Social Services.Now, Gov. Bill Walker argues the state can no longer afford those kind of subsidies. But some lawmakers worry about unwinding the system too quickly.Download AudioThis year, the State of Alaska expects to pay out $500 million in credits to oil and gas companies. Next year, that number could be even higher: $825 million, according to estimates from the Department of Revenue. (That number includes $200 million the governor vetoed last year, which is still owed to companies.)Meanwhile, the department estimates the state will take in about $2.1 billion in total petroleum revenue – including all taxes and royalties – during that same period.Tax Director Ken Alper with the Department of Revenue gives an overview of HB 247 to the House Resources Committee, Feb. 3, 2016. Gov. Bill Walker’s bill would reduce the amount of money the state pays to the oil industry through tax credits. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)That means over the next two years, the state will pay out credits amounting to $1.3 billion — more than half the total revenue it expects from the oil and gas industry.That is pretty unusual, said Tim Bradner, a longtime energy reporter who writes the Alaska Legislative Digest. Nobody else in the world offers a credit program quite like this, Bradner said.“It started out as a good idea, but incrementally got more and more complicated to the point that it’s difficult to understand, and difficult to control, and way too expensive,” he said. “Even if we had the money, it’s just way too expensive.” Gov. Bill Walker agrees. With the state facing a deficit of more than $4 billion, Walker proposed cutting some credits and capping others. So far, lawmakers have preferred much smaller cuts.But first things first: what are oil and gas tax credits?The system began as a set of incentives. The state wants existing companies to explore for oil and gas. And it wants new companies to come into Alaska. To encourage that, it instituted a system of credits.“It was simple in those [early] days,” Bradner said. “The concept was that you could give a company a little bit of a tax break to encourage them to go drill, spend money on exploration that they might not otherwise have spent, and find more oil and gas that way.”In theory, at least, the state would make more money on the back-end — in taxes and royalties — than it invested on the front end.But what if a company doesn’t owe any taxes? For a small company that’s never operated in Alaska, and isn’t producing any oil, a different incentive was needed. Lawmakers wanted to bring smaller companies into the state, in the hopes that they would explore more aggressively, potentially pursuing fields that were too small to interest the big North Slope producers.So in 2007, the state made some credits refundable. This is basically a check the state writes to reimburse a company for doing things the state likes. You drill a well, and the state will pay part — or even most — of the cost.“For small companies, it worked pretty well,” Bradner said. “You could make the investment, drill your wells, turn in your tax credit certificates to the state, and get a check from the state, and you could use that to finance your next year’s drilling. So it was very attractive for small companies.”Only smaller companies are eligible for a refundable credit. The big producers — like ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil — can use credits to reduce their taxes, but they don’t get a refund check.And that $825 million the state expects to pay next year? That’s just in refundable credits.The system was designed with high oil prices in mind. “At the time, we had plenty of money,” Bradner said.And the goal was to take some of what the state was raking in through taxes – mostly from big legacy producers on the North Slope — and reinvest that money in the oil industry, through credits for smaller companies, both on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet.But now of course, oil revenue has plummeted. Meanwhile, the refundable credits have grown.“It seems like each year, somebody would have a new idea, and the thing became kind of like a Christmas tree, to the point that it’s very difficult to understand how it all works,” Bradner said.Companies can also “stack” some credits, to the point that the state might pay more than two thirds of the cost of certain work.That’s what makes it so unusual, Bradner said“I think the most unique thing is you can get a check,” he said. “But it’s also the scale of it. And the many different kinds of tax credits that, in some cases, can be layered on top of each other, to the point that 60 to 70 percent of the cost of an exploration well can be covered by these different types of credits.”Just about anywhere else, Bradner said, if the government is funding 60 or 70 percent of your costs, it would then own part of that well.So the big questions is – it a good investment? It’s hard to know, Bradner said.“One of the problems with this kind of thing is you never really know if the companies would have explored and found the oil anyway,” Bradner said. “That’s the unknowable. The companies…argue that the tax credits have helped them. You’ll never really know if that’s the case, but the fact is, you got wells drilled that may or may not have gotten drilled [otherwise].”Certainly, many smaller companies have come into Alaska, and explorers like Armstrong Drilling on the North Slope, or BlueCrest Energy in Cook Inlet say the credits were a major draw.But here’s the catch: the state has spent more than $3 billion on refundable credits since 2007. And neither the public nor the legislature actually know where that money has gone.For instance, at some point in the last nine years, one company, in one year, received more than $200 million dollars, according to testimony before the House Resources committee by state Tax Division director Ken Alper.That’s a lot of money – more than half of state spending on the University of Alaska. What was it for?“We can disclose nothing,” Alper said, in an interview.That’s because most specifics about credits are protected as confidential taxpayer information.“We’ve had circumstances, for example, where a company will put in the newspaper how much they’re getting in tax credits, and someone will ask a question, and we can’t even confirm that that company has applied for a tax credit in Alaska,” Alper said.The governor, and Alper, want to change that. They’d like the state to be able to disclose which companies receive credits, how much they get, and roughly what kind of work they use it for.“We think it’s important,” Alper said. “It is, frankly, difficult to have a conversation in public, whether it’s in the legislature, the press, or at public meetings…without being able to talk about what we’ve actually done in the past.”But companies worry that the provision, as written, could reveal too much proprietary information. The measure was stripped out of the bill by the House Resources committee.House Speaker Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) said he’s not sure there’s a point to more disclosure.“The state knows who it is, the state knows how much was invested, the state knows all that information,” Chenault said. “And sometimes I just wonder, is that really information that every Alaskan is just dying to know?”House Resources also scaled back the governor’s cuts. The governor had proposed ending some credits for Cook Inlet immediately, while the committee bill steps down credits over eighteen months.And while the governor’s bill imposed a cap of $25 million in refundable credits per company per year, House Resources raised the cap to $200 million.The result? Over the next three years, the governor’s bill would save some $905 million, while the committee’s bill would save about $140 million.Chenault said he worries about yanking the rug out from under companies that have banked on the credits – and threatening future oil production.“My concern is, if we pull everything away today, how much, if any, investment is going to happen in the next few years?” he said.The bill has several more stops in the legislature before reaching the House and Senate floors. At this point, Chenault said, his only prediction is that the bill will change.
Hyderabad: Bank of Maharashtra held its 16th annual general meeting (AGM) to approve and adopt the balance sheet along with profit and loss account of the Bank for the year ended March 31. While adopting the balance sheet as at March 31, shareholders of the Bank expressed their faith and confidence in the Bank and its leadership team. The shareholders acknowledged and appreciated the management’s efforts undertaken for improving the Bank’s performance. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us AS Rajeev, Managing Director and CEO of Bank of Maharashtra informed about the performance highlights of Bank and various initiatives taken by Bank, while addressing the shareholders at the 16th AGM of the BankAC Rout, Executive Director, Hemant Tamta, Executive Director, Deendayal Agrawal, Director, General Managers of Bank, Representative of the Government of India and Auditors of Bank were present in the meeting.
Geli Industries Ltd authorities hang papers around two workers’ necks, inscribed with the word ‘thief’ and torture them. Photo: Prothom AloTwo labourers of a factory were tied up, gagged and tortured in Sreepur upazila, Gazipur, on Monday morning allegedly for stealing.The authorities of the factory, Geli Industries Ltd, also hung papers around their necks, inscribed with the word ‘thief’.The two workers are Rasu Hossain, 26, son of Khokon Mia from Gilatala village, Daulatpur upazila of Khulna and Shahin Alam, 22, son of Khalil Mia from Charbaleshwar village of Indurkani upazila, Pirojpur.The labourers used to work as ‘extras’ in the factory, in Kewa Purbakhanda village of the upazila.Witnesses said the factory guards brought the two labourers from their homes on orders of two officials of the factory, Nur Mohammad alias Shipon Patwary and Kabir Hossain.They tied hands of the two labourers, gagged them and beat them up, witnesses added.They said Shahin lost his consciousness. Later, the authorities tied Rasu and Shahin to the bars of a window after Shahin regained his sense around 9:00am.Local people gathered in front of the factory after learning about the matter around 11:00am.Apprehending the situation might get out of control, the factory authorities untied the two labourers and gave them release letters, which said ‘sacked for stealing factory products’. The authorities did not pay them their wages.Meanwhile, a few people led by Kabir, threatened them abd told them to leave the area as soon as possible, and never to return.The labourers said they were beaten up because a lead bar was found in front of Shahin’s house.Nur Mohammad alias Shipon Patwary said they had beaten the two up a bit and then sacked them as the authorities did not want to involve police in the matter.Declining his involvement with the matter, Kabir Hossain said he just verified the matter as the two labourers were tenants at his sister’s house.Sreepur police station sub-inspector Nazmul Haque visited the factory after learning about the incident.He said police would take action if anyone files a complaint.