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first_imgHere is the latest news from around the states…Northern TerritoryThe NT Titles will be held from Friday, 30 April until Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Darwin. Over 20 teams will compete in the tournament, with teams coming from Gove, Alice Springs, Katherine, Borroloola, Ramingining as well as local teams from Darwin. Four divisions will be contested, with Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Under 18 Mixed and Women’s 35’s battling it out for their respective titles. Games will commence on Friday night, with finals to be played on Sunday afternoon. The Under 18 Mixed and Women’s Over 35 finals will be played at 4.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 5.00pm, and the Men’s Open final at 6.00pm. For more information, please visit the NT Titles website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-920-0-112627-0&sID=10358 QueenslandThe 2010 Queensland State Cup will also be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May. The State Cup will be held at the fields at Bundaberg Touch Association, University Drive, Bundaberg.Teams from across the state will contest the event, with the following divisions to be played: Mixed, Women’s Open, Men’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s. The games will start at 9.00am on Saturday, with the final round of the day to commence at 4.20pm. Games will start at 8.30am on Sunday, with the final round games commencing at 9.50am before finals begin. The first draft of the State Cup draw is on the Queensland State Cup website. The final draw will be released at the Managers Meeting on Saturday, 1 May. For more information, please visit the Queensland State Cup and Queensland Touch websites:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7206-0-0-0&sID=157480www.qldtouch.com.au South AustraliaIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Touch Football South Australia, with teams competing in the SA Masters Games and the annual Touch Wine event. Touch Football made a successful return to the SA Masters Games, with seven teams competing at the two day event at Port Pirie. Touch was one of the largest sports represented at the games, and the good news is that Touch Football has been included in the bill for the 2011 SA Masters Games, which will be held in Naracoorte in April 2011. Touch Wine was held on the ANZAC Day public holiday, with approximately 1500 people attending the annual charity event. 38 winery teams entered the event, while round three of the CMI Toyota State League was also played. In round three of the Men’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were big winners over the Central Scorpions, winning 15-2, while the Defence Eagles defeated the Northern Vipers, 4-3. The South West Wolves had the bye. The Stingrays sit on top of the ladder in the Men’s division, followed by the Wolves, Eagles, Scorpions and Vipers.Round four will be played on Sunday, 2 May and will see the Eagles take on the Scorpions and the Vipers versus the Wolves. The Stingrays have the bye. In the Women’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were three touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, 5-2, while the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions played out a 3-all draw. The Scorpions sit on top of the ladder in the Women’s division, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves. Round four will see the Vipers take on the Stingrays, while the Scorpions will play the Wolves. The traditional celebrity match was also played at Touch Wine, and was one of the highlights of the day. Bruce McAvaney was the commentator of the game, and the following athletes participated:Hannah Davis (Olympic Kayaker)Rachael Sporn (Olympic Basketball player)Rick Olarenshaw, Peter Caven and Kym Koster (AFL)Demelza McCloud (Australian Netballer)Brett Maher (Australian Basketball player)For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auWestern AustraliaSunset Touch has moved venues, with competition taking place on Monday nights at Associates RUFC (Allen Park) Swanbourne. There are limited places available, and nominations close on Monday, 17 May. For more information, including where to play Touch this winter, please visit the Touch West website:www.touchwest.comNew South WalesThe New South Wales Touch Football Referees Awards night will be held on Saturday, 1 May at the Bankstown Sports Club. The Awards night is the gala night of the Refereeing calendar, with the ‘Ian Matthew Medal’ announced. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch website.The Sydney Scorpions have been named the 2010 Regional Permit Champions at the New South Wales Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships. The Scorpions played in all four finals, winning two and were narrowly defeating in the Under 14 Boy’s and Girl’s finals. 14 Boys – Hunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Sydney Scorpions 414 Girls – Hunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 216 Boys – Sydney Scorpions 4 defeated Northern Eagles 316 Girls – Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 1The following Referees were rewarded for their efforts following the tournament:Referee of the tournament – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Women’s Referee – Fiona SaundersLeading Senior Referee – Nick AltinLeading Level 5 Referee – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Level 4 – Luke HeckendorfThe New South Wales State Merit teams were also announced following the tournament. Go to the New South Wales Touch Football website to view the teams.www.nswtouch.com.auACTACT Touch has a list of players looking to play Touch on all nights of competition. Please contact ACT Touch if you would like to be sent the list of players. The final two of the Winter domestic competitions started this week, with the Tuesday and Thursday night competitions at Deakin beginning. The countdown is on until the beginning of the ACT Premier League, which will commence on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding trials for the Under 15 and Under 18 state representative squads on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at the Albert Park Touch fields. The Under 18 trials will be held from 9.00am to 11.00am, while the Under 15 trials will be held from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The trials are held to help identify potential state representatives to compete at upcoming tournaments. The 18’s teams will be competing at the National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September, while the Under 15 teams will compete in the School Sport Australia Championships which will be held in Canberra in October. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website.Albert Park and Elwood Park’s team registrations for the upcoming Winter competitions have been extended by one week. Registrations will close on Sunday, 10 May. The competitions will now start on the week commencing, Monday, 10 May. There will be a compulsory delegates meeting on Thursday, 6 May to get information and to ask questions. Please visit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auTasmaniaLaunceston Touch Association’s social mixed competition will commence on Sunday, 2 May 2010. Rounds one and two will be played on Sunday, with rounds three and four to be played on Sunday, 16 May. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.auHave you become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook? Search for Touch Football Australia and become a fan today!last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsby

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsbyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says the Carabao Cup gives him a chance to “blood his young players”.The Blues will play Grimsby Town in the third-round on Wednesday, with Lampard expected to field teenagers Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.Having won the competition twice as a Chelsea player, Lampard is looking forward to this season’s trophy.“It will be an opportunity to blood young players in this game and it is a competition we want to be competitive in,” he said. “It does give a good feeling. I saw Chelsea get to the final last year and beat Tottenham in the semi. “I saw how Stamford Bridge was celebrating that, and the team was slightly unlucky to lose to Man City in the final. “We will try to be competitive and at the same time as giving the youngsters a go, we will try to win, as a club like Chelsea should always do.“I have nice memories of the two finals I won. It is a competition that is difficult to win but we have to give it everything.” last_img read more

For the Love of Gluten: Try Fourneau’s Sturdy Bread Oven

first_imgAfter their Kickstarter brought in the needed dough, the Burdetts decided to set up production in beautiful Fort Wayne, Indiana, home to several old-school iron foundries. Chicagoans themselves, they didn’t have to go far to get the solid Midwestern workmanship that makes the Fourneau oven so dependable. Even the peels (the wooden board used to slide the dough into the oven) are made in Wisconsin. So whether you’re curious about embarking into breadmaking as your new hobby, or you know a friend who’d light up at the idea of having one, head over to the Fourneau oven site to check it out.Related Reading: Trekking: the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Trying to find the perfect gift for your favorite bread devotee? Nothing says “love” like carbs. The Fourneau oven rises to the occasion.Made in the U.S. by Strand Design, this minimal cast-iron bread oven gets the job done with impressive ease. Just knead up your favorite dough and place this mini-bread oven right inside your own oven for bread that’ll have your friends lining up out the door all winter long. Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Fourneau bread oven comes with a solid maple bread peel along with a handy downloadable recipe book for beginners, just in case you aren’t already a bread virtuoso. From whole wheat with figs and walnuts to cracker crust pizza dough, you’ll be coming up with your own experiments in no time. The recipe book also covers flour types and a list of essential tools, as well as care instructions to keep the oven in ship-shape. Need even more inspo? The Fourneau bread blog keeps the ideas coming, the guide for adding wood-fired flavor with mesquite chips being a particularly drool-worthy suggestion as the cold of winter closes in. The whole project is a labor of love from Strand’s Ted and Sharon Burdett, who made hundreds of sketches, cardboard models, and 3D-printed prototypes to figure out how to recreate the magic of professional bakers’ tools within a residential kitchen. One issue was sealing in moisture at super-high heat — a problem they solved with the addition of the removable hatch. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier last_img read more

Kohlis record insane I wont bowl to him Shane Warne

first_imgNew Delhi: The debate on whether India skipper Virat Kohli is as good or better than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar shall not die down any time soon. But former Australia leg-spinner and current Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador Shane Warne has a fun take on this. Asked on and off about the two and who he considers best, Warne says he “would not wish to bowl to either of the Indian batsmen”. As the Royals prepare for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, Warne said while Viv Richards was the best ODI batsman he has seen, he would like to judge Kohli once his career is done. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenGoing back to who he would bowl to, Warne joked that he would rather bowl to someone like former South Africa batsman Daryl Cullinan — known to have been his bunny during their playing days. “Sachin in the mid 90s and also Brian Lara in the mid 90s were a class above everyone else. Not so much in the later half of their careers, but in that phase of four to five years from 1994-95 they were just a class above. “Virat and Sachin are two completely different players altogether, but they are greats. None (I would wish to bowl to) actually (Warne laughs). To me both are terrific players, I couldn’t chose one,” he said. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”To me we all know Don Bradman was the best batsman and that is unanimous. Outside that, to me Viv Richards was the best player I saw. I would rather bowl to someone else. Bring me Cullinan to bowl to, he is easy. “To me the best ODI batsman I have seen would be Viv and Virat. His record is just insane — that how good he is. It is just so hard to judge a player when he is playing,” he added. Commenting on his role with the Royals this year, Warne said he was looking forward to the role of promoting the franchise as also he would look to find some time to go and have a chat with the players. “I love the evolution of the IPL, the passion of the fans and the evolving of the tactics of the players. I have been a captain and coach for four years, I was a consultant, I was a mentor with the team last year and now a brand ambassador. “I will be working more off field this year, spreading a word on the Royals globally which is pretty cool. But yes, I will try and have some interaction with the players at some stage. I have really enjoyed it,” he recollected. Royals batsman and former Australia skipper Steve Smith will look to make his return to the world stage — post the 12-month ban for his part in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco — with the IPL and Warne believes that he is a class act and he will definitely return to action a lot more hungry.last_img read more

Harper names new Ontario Lieutenant Governor

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Ontario’s new Lieutenant Governor.Elizabeth Dowdeswell will become now the 29th official representative for the Queen in Ontario. She has worked with a number of organizations, including the United Nations and Environment Canada.Dowdeswell was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada and and received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012. She replaces David Onley who served in the role for seven years. Onley, who contracted polio as a child, made accessibility across the province his legacy. Premier Kathleen Wynne praised his service. “David Onley has been an absolutely exemplary Lieutenant Governor, it has been a a joy to work with him for many years.”“I knew David Onley when he was a journalist and I was a parent activist and we would meet in schools where he would want to do an interview, schools were not accessible for disability.”“He has been such an advocate for accessibility and has used the office of the Lieutenant Governor so well to raise issues of accessibility for all people, so it’s been an honour to work with him. I know that he will go on and do other great things.”Onley previously spent over 20 years with Citytv. He has not announced any future plans at this time.Image: PMO photo read more

Strong showing by BlackBerry helps push TSX higher amid weak Chinese data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strong showing by BlackBerry helps push TSX higher amid weak Chinese data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2013 8:18 am MDT TORONTO – Optimism that BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone will make a big splash in the U.S. helped push the Toronto stock market slightly higher Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 22.87 points to 12,858.49 and the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 1.58 points to 1,116.27.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares ran up $1.86 or 13.85 per cent to $15.29 amid news that the company’s new Z10 smartphone will go on sale in the U.S. on March 22 through AT&T. The Z10 has already launched in Canada and the U.K. to date. But a success in the U.S. smartphone market is considered key to the new BlackBerrys.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.26 of a cent to 97.43 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones racked up yet another record high close, as it did in a string of higher closes last week. The Dow has now recouped all the losses resulting from the 2008 financial crisis and the recession that followed.The blue chip barometer gained 50.22 points to 14,447.29, the Nasdaq composite index edged 8.51 points higher to 3,252.87 and the S&P 500 index was up 5.04 points to 1,556.22.Commodity prices and TSX resource stocks had earlier retreated following the release of weaker than expected Chinese economic data over the weekend.Industrial production was up 9.9 per cent year over year in January while retail sales rose 12.3 per cent in February. However, both figures were below expectations and weaker than the previous month.Worries also grew that China’s central bank is reining in lending as other figures showed that new loans came in at a less than expected 620 billion yuan.On top of it all, China’s inflation rate was 3.2 per cent in February, which was also higher than economists expected.Analysts also cautioned that the Chinese numbers were likely impacted by the country’s Lunar New Year holiday period and suggested it would take a few more months of data to get a clearer picture. But they point out that China is still a star economic performer, just not as strong as before.“It’s slowing down from its best levels but the whole world economy has slowed their growth,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Financial.“And China feels the same pain but it still has a much, much higher growth rate than any around the world and so when you look at it from that perspective, it’s still a strong area of growth.”That sentiment was evident on the metals market where May copper shook off early declines to close a cent higher at US$3.52 a pound. The base metals also recovered early losses and closed slightly higher.Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) continues to be in play. It’s the target of a $5.1-billion hostile takeover offer from First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM), which has said its offer of stock and cash worth about $72 per share will expire later Monday. Toronto-based Inmet has recommended that shareholders reject First Quantum’s bid, although it hasn’t produced a superior offer. Inmet shares rose 11 cents to C$68.63 while First Quantum was 22 cents higher at $20.64.The energy sector also moved into positive territory, up 0.27 per cent with April crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 11 cents to US$92.06 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 13 cents at C$31.58 .The gold sector was the biggest TSX drag, down about 0.45 per cent as April bullion gained $1.10 to US$1,578 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 33 cents to C$33.23.The board of Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ) has adopted a new shareholder rights plan, saying it wants to prevent Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) from using its voting power to defeat a better takeover offer from a rival company. Alamos already owns 16 per cent of Aurizon and has offered to buy up the rest of its stock.Aurizon’s board is supporting a rival offer from Hecla Mining Co. and said Monday that its new rights plan will ensure all shareholders are treated equally. Alamos shares added two cents at C$14.56 while Aurizon shares were four cents lower at $4.51.Consumer staples stocks also weighed on the TSX as Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) gave back 59 cents to $12.91.In other corporate news, Clearwater Seafoods Inc. (TSX:CLR) shares rose 12 cents to $5.09 as it reported quarterly net income of $10.5 million or 17 cents a basic share, down from $16.4 million a year ago. It also posted record revenues of $350.4 million for all of 2012.On the domestic economic front, data coming out at the end of the week is expected to show the Canadian housing market is cooling at a faster pace. Existing home sales for February are expected to show a 12.5 per cent year-over-year decline following a 5.2 per cent slide in January. Average prices for February are expected to slip one per cent.In the U.S., investors will take in the February report on retail sales on Wednesday. It is expected sales rose by 0.5 per cent following a 0.1 per cent rise in January. read more

Freeland says Canada needs more military hard power as US looks inward

by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2017 8:28 am MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Freeland says Canada needs more military ‘hard power’ as U.S. looks inward Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland is congratulated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and party members after delivering a speech in the House of Commons on Canada’s Foreign Policy in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – Canada’s new foreign policy will involve spending billions on “hard power” military capability because the country can’t rely on an American ally that has turned inward, says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.In a major foreign policy speech in the House of Commons today, Freeland didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but made an unabashed pitch for the international rules-based order that the U.S. president’s America First policy is attacking.The speech was meant to foreshadow the release of Wednesday’s defence policy review, when Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to make the case for billions in new military spending.“To put it plainly: Canadian diplomacy and development sometimes require the backing of hard power,” Freeland said.“Principled use of force, together with our allies and governed by international law, is a part of our history and must be a part of our future.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau hinted in an interview that future defence budgets could become noticeably fatter after his department spent “a huge amount of time” working on the defence review.“What minister Freeland was saying is that we recognize the importance of our commitment to our military,” Morneau said.“We understand the nature of the challenges that we’re facing right now with terrorism and broader public safety issues, so as we put forward our investments, that’s the context.”Freeland said Canada doesn’t need an inward-looking “Canada First” foreign policy, but given that the U.S. is now questioning the worth of its global leadership, it is more important than ever for Canada to plot its own course in the world.Her emphasis on hard military power is a tougher expression of the country’s international interests than Canadians are used to hearing. In the 1990s, her Liberal predecessor, Lloyd Axworthy championed a “soft power” agenda that focused on protecting civilians in armed conflict at a time when the government of the day was cutting defence spending.“The accent on hard power is interesting,” said Fen Hampson, head of the global security program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. “The Liberals have traditionally been soft power champions and she is saying that Canada needs both.”Freeland said that notwithstanding the “incredibly good relationship” with the U.S., Canada cannot simply depend on American military protection.“To rely solely on the U.S. security umbrella would make us a client state,” she said.“Such a dependence would not be in Canada’s interest.”The speech affirmed Canada’s support for multilateralism and rules-based international systems, human rights, gender equality, fighting climate change and spreading economic benefits more widely.She said Canada played a major role in shaping the global order after the Second World War because the country — including her own family — suffered heavy losses in two world wars.The U.S. has been an indispensable nation in leading the world since then, she said, but that is changing and Canada has to adapt.“It would be naive or hypocritical to claim before this House that all Americans today agree,” she said.“Indeed many of the voters in last year’s presidential election cast their ballots, animated in part by a desire shrug off the burden of world leadership. To say this is not controversial: it is simply a fact.”She reiterated the government’s disappointment in the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.“International relationships that had seemed immutable for 70 years are being called into question,” she said.“And new shared human imperatives — the fight against climate change first among them — call for renewed uncommon resolve.She also addressed the protectionism — again without mentioning Trump by name — that has taken root in the U.S. and elsewhere, suggesting that stance is on the wrong side of history.“Beggar-thy-neighbour policies hit middle powers soonest and hardest,” she said. “This is the implacable lesson of the 1930s and the Great Depression.”Freeland said after the speech she spoke Monday to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explain the context of her remarks about his country.Paul Heinbecker, Canada’s UN ambassador when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, said Freeland’s speech contained enough complimentary reminders about the sacrifices of the U.S. as a world leader to placate the Americans.Even so, recent history has shown Canada has the ability to disagree with the U.S., he said.Heinbecker said he advised the Liberal government to stay out of the Iraq campaign, “and there were some people in Ottawa who said, ‘Oh my, we can’t disagree with Washington on something as important as a war.’“It turned out not only could you, we did. And there were no consequences, virtually.”— with files from Andy Blatchford read more

Tensator puts mining workers first with NightView technology

first_imgTensator® has addressed the concerns of health and safety professionals and night shift workers across the mining industry with the launch of its new reflective barrier product, NightViewTM. Incorporating reflective strands woven directly into the webbing of the barrier, NightView is described as “an ideal solution for highlighting potential hazardous areas to night shift staff, or for those working in environments with restricted light such as construction professionals or miners.”It can also be used to mark hazards or non-accessible areas to members of the public, often in place to alert traffic during highway construction projects on dangerous roads. NightView can be used alongside the group’s Tensabarrier® product range and will be available for use across a number of sectors, including aviation, construction, transport, engineering, events and the emergency services.The product is also compatible with all Tensator’s Airport Passenger Guidance systems, which can be used to create a clearer pathway for passengers during the hours of darkness, particularly for vehicles that are navigating the runway during the hours of darkness.Brett Hellyer, Business Development Manager at Tensator, comments: “Over 600,000 non-fatal injuries were reported by workers in 2014/15, with the risk of being involved in an accident rising by 36 per cent during the hours of darkness. The chance of a slip, trip or fall or being struck by an object in the workplace will always be present, but technology such as NightView could have a significant impact and help reduce the risk of accidents and potential injuries.“We work alongside some of the biggest businesses and transport hubs across the world to help them control the flow of employees, customers and passengers. Above all else, we know that the most important part of that journey is safety.”last_img read more

GIRLS ARE READY Handbal magic starts in Denmark

← Previous Story Momir Ilić match-winner against PSG Handball with broken hand! Next Story → Kielce win in Barcelona! Denmark 2015 The Women’s World Championship 2015 begins in four Danish cities. The 24 teams in four groups wil fight for the trophy, medals and Olympic qualfiications.  The title holder is Brasil from WCh 2013 in Serbia.SCHEDULE – ROUND 1:GROUP A:15.45 Montenegro-Serbia18.00 Hungary-Tunisia20.45 Denmark-JapanGROUP B:16.15 Netherlands-China18.30 Cuba-Poland20.45 Sweden-AngolaGROUP C:16.00 Argentina-DR Congo18.15 France-Germany20.30 Brazil-South KoreaGROUP D:16.00 Romania-Puerto Rico18.15 Spain-Kazakhstan20.30 Norway-Russia read more

New debts of 2 bln from tax returns found

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the regulations that the market had been eagerly anticipating was not included after all in the tax bill submitted to Parliament last week. The regulation concerned improvements to the way the state handles the return of taxes, and has been scrapped at a time when the General Accounting Office of the State said that it has discovered unrecorded state debts in tax returns of 2 billion euros. This constitutes yet another blow for the Finance Ministry, after a similar case with healthcare organization EOPYY, and is upsetting the program for the repayment of debts to private parties that are now even greater.The unrecorded tax returns of 2 billion euros (1.2 billion of which concerns value-added tax returns) comes on top of recorded debts of 756 million euros in tax returns by end-October. The sum brings the amount of returns the state owes to Greek taxpayers to over 2.7 billion euros. After the disbursement of the bailout tranche of 34.4 billion euros, the government aims to immediately start the repayment of part of its debts. Some 1.5 billion will be paid by the end of the year and some 8.5 billion will have been repaid by the end of March, with priority given to tax returns and to retirement lump sums. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Pamplemousse une interaction dangereuse avec plus de 85 médicaments

first_imgPamplemousse : une interaction dangereuse avec plus de 85 médicamentsUne étude réalisée par un scientifique canadien confirme que mélanger certains médicaments avec du pamplemousse peut être dangereux. Ainsi, l’association de plus de 85 médicaments avec ce fruit peut entraîner des troubles médicaux graves, voire la mort.C’est un cocktail dangereux bien connu des pharmaciens et pourtant, encore trop de gens ignorent les risques encourus. Mélanger les médicaments au pamplemousse peut en effet conduire à de sérieuses conséquences, comme le confirme dans une nouvelle étude le chercheur canadien, David Bailey. Celle-ci démontre qu’associer ce fruit à l’un ou l’autre de plus de 85 médicaments peut entraîner des troubles médicaux graves. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En vérité, c’est ce même scientifique qui avait déjà établi, il y a 20 ans, ce lien. Néanmoins, ses derniers travaux montrent que le nombre de médicaments susceptibles de mal réagir avec cet agrume a fortement augmenté. Publiés lundi dans le Journal de l’Association médicale canadienne, l’étude indique que les médicaments concernés sont des produits prescrits dans la vie de tous les jours ou de façon quotidienne comme des anticancéreux, des traitements pour le cœur ou encore des médicaments contre la schizophrénie. Tous sont administrés par voie orale. Selon ce chercheur, le nombre de médicaments alliés à du pamplemousse et pouvant entraîner des complications graves a ainsi grimpé de 17 à 43 rien qu’en quatre ans. Or, “à moins que les professionnels de la santé soient conscients que les troubles qu’ils constatent peuvent être liés à la consommation récente de pamplemousse par le patient, il est très improbable qu’ils enquêtent”, indique-t-il. En effet, “la plupart du temps, les malades ne déclarent pas que ce fruit fait partie de leur alimentation et les médecins ne pensent pas à les interroger à ce sujet”. D’autant plus que d’autres agrumes comme les oranges amères ou des citrons verts pourraient avoir des effets similaires, mais ils ont été moins étudiés, note le scientifique cité par l’AFP.Un seul verre de jus de pamplemousse est dangereux Pour expliquer en quoi le pamplemousse pose problème M. Bailey explique que l’agrume bloque le fonctionnement d’une enzyme qui permet l’assimilation des produits médicaux. Du coup, le médicament ne peut plus être transformé dans le système sanguin, ce qui peut entraîner des surdoses. Selon le scientifique une consommation limitée de pamplemousse peut suffire à produire les effets indésirables. L’absorption d’un seul verre de jus de pamplemousse est par exemple susceptible d’entraîner une hémorragie du système digestif, des troubles rénaux, des problèmes de respiration ou même la mort.Le 28 novembre 2012 à 17:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Blazers beat Knicks 10391

first_imgNEW YORK — The Portland Trail Blazers already secured a winning trip even before reaching the final stop.They wanted better than that.Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game journey with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.“Tonight I was really happy how we didn’t come out satisfied,” Lillard said. “Winning three out of the five games wasn’t enough for us and everybody was on the same page as far as that.”Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.“Overall if we would’ve said we could go and win four games, I would have told you I’ll take it,” Blazers guard CJ McCollum said.Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.last_img read more

Sen Lynda Wilson diagnosed with breast cancer

first_imgShaking lots of hands comes with the job of being an elected official. But state Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, said that in coming months she won’t be shaking many hands and will instead offer a fist bump.That’s because Wilson will have a diminished immune system from the chemotherapy she will undergo to treat her breast cancer. Wilson announced her diagnosis in a news release and on Facebook on Thursday. She stated that her condition is highly treatable and that she expects to be able to fulfill her duties as a legislator while undergoing treatment.“I’m good,” said Wilson, who was first elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving a term in the House. “I have high spirits.”Wilson said that she discovered a lump while doing a self-exam three weeks ago and had a hunch what it was. She said that earlier this month, she was given an affirmative diagnosis that the lump is breast cancer.She said that she will begin chemotherapy in November and is working to arrange her work schedule around the treatment. Wilson said she decided to make her diagnosis public so she didn’t come across as evasive when people request appointments with her.last_img read more

Game Of Thrones Live Experience Is Coming To A Town Near You

first_imgFull orchestra and choir will perform music from the show with visuals across North America and Europe in 2018Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 26, 2017 – 5:01 pm The hit HBO show “Game Of Thones” live concert experience will return to the road in 2018 with an extensive run of shows across North America and Europe.Led by composer Ramin Djawadi, who was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Score Soundtrack For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for his work on “Iron Man” for 2008, the run of dates kicks off in Madrid on May 8, and will feature a full orchestra with choir accompanied by visuals from the show.”The scale and spectacle of the production brought the world of Westeros to life in a truly immersive fashion,” Djawadi said, according to Billboard. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share the experience with fans not only in North America again, but also to cross the narrow sea for the first time and bring the show to Europe.”This news comes after a successful stint of concerts earlier this year in the U.S. Next year’s concerts will feature music from the seventh season and give fans who can’t get enough of the series something to hold them over until the ninth season arrives in early 2019.Ed Sheeran To Mastodon: Vote On Your Favorite ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cameo Twitter “Game Of Thrones” Live Experience Is Coming To A Town Near You Facebook Want To Experience “Game Of Thrones” Live? game-thrones-live-experience-coming-town-near-you Email News last_img read more

Durand Cup 2019 final Gokulam Kerala FC vs Mohun Bagan AC Preview

first_imgDurand Cup Final.TwitterGokulam Kerala FC are going to fight it out against Mohun Bagan AC in the final of the ongoing Durand Cup 2019 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on August 24.The Mariners who have been ordinary throughout the tournament rallied to beat Real Kashmir FC in the semi-final thanks to a brace in extra-time by VP Suhair. Gokulam Kerala FC won the semi-final through the penalties as they could not break the deadlock in the extra-time against a 10-man Quess East Bengal.Preview, Prediction and Schedule Mohun Bagan.TwitterThe Mariners have not played up to their standards throughout the tournament as they have been very inconsistent in their display.In the semi-final, they had the momentum from the start of the match. Mohun Bagan were attacking at regular intervals and they mostly controlled the game in the first-half.Joseba Beitia who has become an asset for the century-old club came close to scoring in the 14th minute as he attempted a long-range shot from the edge of the box which made the opponent goalkeeper pull off a superb block.The Kashmir team also could have broken the deadlock in the first-half but Subhash Singh’s brilliant strike went wide. Finally, the Mariners found the back of the net as Spanish striker Salva Chamorro opened the scoring in the 42nd minute from a Gurjinder cross.In the second-half also the story was the same as the Mariners were dominating and at the 50-minute mark Romario Jesuraj came close to give Mohun Bagan a two-goal cushion but his shot went above the crossbar.The visitors started to get back in the game after the hour mark and they finally equalised in the dying moments of the match as Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo netted the equaliser to give some relief to the Kashmir fans.But Kibu Vicuna’s men outplayed the visitors in extra-time as VP Suhair sealed the match with a brace to take Mohun Bagan in the final of the century-old tournament.The Mariners have to work on their defence if they want to win the final as it has been split open by the opponents in the tournament. Marcus Joseph.TwitterOn the other hand, Gokulam Kerala went into the final riding on a hard-earned victory against Quess East Bengal.The Malabarians were pretty much off-colour in the first-half of the semi-final as their defence was continuously troubled by regular attacks of the Red and Gold brigade.The home team got the lead in the 18th minute with Samad Ali Mallick scoring a blinder. In the second-half, the Kerala-based team started to attack frequently and finally broke the deadlock in the dying minutes of the match as Marcus Joseph found the back of the net from the spot.They could not break through the resilient East Bengal defence during extra-time even though the Kolkata-based team were playing with 10 men. Finally in the penalty-shootouts, due to the heroics of goalkeeper Ubaid, the Malabarians got their ticket to the finals.Trinidad and Tobago striker Marcus Joseph has been in prolific form for Gokulam and he needs to perform well if they want to lift the coveted trophy.Mohun Bagan are definitely the favourites to win the tournament but the Malabarians have been the dark horse of the event and they could produce a major upset.The Bagan defence needs to mark Marcus Joseph well so that the in-form striker does not become a threat for the hosts. The fixture can go into the penalties or the Mariners might win it by a lone goal.The Mohun Bagan AC-Gokulam Kerala FC match is scheduled to start at 5 PM IST.TV listings, Live Streaming and how to watch in India The match will be telecasted on Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Bangla and for online live streaming, viewers can use Hotstar.last_img read more

Frances Fillon vows to battle on

first_imgFrench presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon waits prior to take part in a broadcast interview at a set of French TV group France 2 in Paris. Photo: AFPFrench conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Sunday staged a show of support to bolster his flagging campaign before bluntly rejecting demands from within his party to quit over an expenses scandal.After holding a flag-waving rally in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, Fillon defiantly said he would pursue his campaign, even as rumours spread of plans to dethrone him as his party’s candidate.Asked in a TV interview whether he would quit, Fillon said: “My answer is ‘no’. Above all else, I see no reason to do so.”“No-one today can prevent me being a candidate,” he said.Senior members of Fillon’s Republicans party have called for the 63-year-old to step aside as he is to be charged over allegations he gave his wife a taxpayer-funded fake job.Fillon had previously promised to quit if he were charged but has since pulled back from the pledge.He portrays himself as a victim of injustice who intends to put his case directly to the people.The party leadership is to meet Monday evening to discuss Fillon’s candidacy, but he dismissed suggestions they could remove him.“Withdrawing my candidacy would lead to a political impasse for the right and the centre,” Fillon said.Fillon was the frontrunner in the race until Le Canard Enchaine newspaper alleged in mid-January that he paid his wife Penelope and two of their children nearly 900,000 euros ($950,000) as his parliamentary assistants.A new poll released Sunday confirmed he was losing support fast and would be eliminated in the first round of the election on April 23.Most surveys show far-right leader Marine Le Pen and 39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron would progress to the runoff on May 7.Waiting in wingsEarlier Sunday, Fillon gave a speech to tricolour-waving supporters at the Trocadero Square on the opposite bank of the Seine to the Eiffel Tower.He apologised for the expenses scandal but said he was sure he would be proved innocent.His team claimed 200,000 people attended the rally but AFP reporters put the turnout in the tens of thousands. Police said the maximum capacity of the square was about 40,000.Alain Juppe, a 71-year-old former prime minister, indicated to AFP on Friday through his entourage that he could be ready to replace Fillon as the rightwing candidate.Juppe tweeted on Sunday that he would make a statement at 0930 GMT on Monday in the southwestern city of Bordeaux, where he is mayor.The same Kantar Sofres OnePoint poll released Sunday showed Juppe would qualify for the second round if he ran in Fillon’s place. The survey of 1,027 people was carried out on March 2-4 and therefore before Fillon’s Paris speech.A replacement would have to be named before a fast-approaching March 17 deadline to collect the 500 signatures from elected officials that a candidate needs in order to stand.Despite Fillon’s defiance, there were fresh calls for him to stand aside.Christian Estrosi, who leads the southern region around Marseille, said he and two other senior rightwingers would meet Fillon on Monday to urge him to “withdraw graciously”. Key members of Fillon’s team have already abandoned ship.In the TV interview, he again alleged the fake jobs probe is politically motivated.“Of course it is aimed at stopping me being a candidate,” Fillon said, complaining that rumours had even circulated that his wife had tried to commit suicide over the scandal.British-born Penelope Fillon broke her silence earlier Sunday, telling Le Journal du Dimanche she had carried out “a lot of different tasks” for her husband during his lengthy career.She had also urged him to “keep going to the end” but said only he could make the final decision.Police raided the Fillons’ country manor house near Le Mans on Friday and their Paris apartment was searched a day earlier.Authority undermined? Fillon, a devout Catholic and a former premier, beat Juppe in the Republicans’ primary in November, pulling off a surprise victory by campaigning as a “clean” candidate.He has pledged to slash 500,000 civil servants’ jobs but the allegations about his expenses have led to barbs that his moral authority has been undermined.Juppe, who is more centrist than Fillon, was given a suspended jail sentence in 2004 over a party funding scandal.The accusations against Fillon have added to an already unpredictable race.Le Pen, 48, campaigning on an anti-immigration and anti-EU platform, has sought to capitalise on the anti-establishment sentiment that propelled US President Donald Trump to power and led to Britain’s vote to leave the EU.Polls currently show however that Le Pen would be beaten in the runoff by either Macron or the conservative candidate.last_img read more

In Dallas and Houston Pension Fights Escalating Sparking Unexpected Debates

first_imgThis article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/17/spin-debates-escalating-dallas-houston-pension-woes-fester/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share Turner: Bob Daemmrich/Rawlings: Eric SchlagelMayors Sylvester Turner of Houston (l.) and Mike Rawlings of Dallas.Pension leaders and elected officials in Dallas and Houston had one job: Get all parties from each city on the same page about how to shore up multi-billion-dollar retirement fund shortfalls before seeking help from state lawmakers.Neither city has.Their respective divisions come with seven weeks left in the legislative session and as a collection of pension bills are poised to hit the floors of both the Texas Senate and House. And the separate local disagreements over how best to move forward are now spurring spinoff debates involving whether to dramatically overhaul future public retirements in Houston and whether public transit funds should be tapped to shore things up in Dallas.Still, lawmakers, city officials and pension members vow to press on in behind-the-scenes negotiations aimed at quelling some of the acrimony.“It will be more of the same for the near future,” Houston fire pension chair David Keller told members in an email this week. “Back and forth to Austin. Back and forth with lawmakers.”The Houston fire pension fund opposes both the House and Senate bills that aim to shore up that city’s shortfalls. The vast majority of unfunded pension liabilities in Houston come not from the firefighters’ pension but from the municipal employee retirement fund and police pension system, according to credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.The municipal and police systems respectively have 48 percent and 62 percent of the money they are expected to pay out to retirees over coming decades according to S&P. The firefighter fund, meanwhile, has about 81 percent of the money it needs to cover future pension costs. That puts it among the best funded pension funds in the state.Firefighter pension members say that the two bills working through the legislature would lower their benefits in order to save the city money that could be spent helping shore up the municipal and police funds.“Talk about punishing success,” Keller told members in his email this week.City officials, though, blame squabbles over access to the firefighter fund’s financial data for the plan enshrined in current legislation. Mayor Sylvester Turner was not available for comment for this story last week.“In the absence of the data from the fire pension system, we had no choice but to move forward with our own projections about what it will cost to provide future benefits for fire retirees,” Turner said in an opinion piece submitted to media last month.Missed payments and a controversial fixThe Houston shortfalls in the police and municipal funds partially stems from years in which those respective boards agreed to let the city underfund its own contributions to the pensions. The firefighters didn’t strike such a deal.To repay the underfunded amounts, the city plans to issue $1 billion in pension obligation bonds and give $750 million to the police pension and $250 million to the municipal system. City Hall and both of those pension funds are on board with the plan, though the Senate passed a potentially problematic bill in March that could require voters to approve issuing the bonds. Scores of Houston business leaders have been lobbying lawmakers to include that election requirement to the legislature’s pension fix but its a provision Turner adamantly opposes.Bill King, who opposed Turner in the 2015 Houston mayoral race, is among that group of Houston leaders at odds with Turner on this issue. They also want any pension fix to require that future employees be given defined contribution plans akin to 401ks instead of defined benefit plans like pensions.King said pensions are throwbacks to a time when interest rates were higher and life expectancy was shorter. He said there are too many variables for any pension entity to accurately know how much money it’s going to need now to pay retirement benefits for the next four or five decades.“That model just doesn’t work anymore,” King said. “The private sector figured that out two, three decades ago and got out of it.”Public employees and first responders largely oppose such shifts to defined contribution plans, which generally offer no guarantees about how much money someone will be regularly paid after retiring. Turner strongly criticized the controversial idea at a City Council meeting this week, though he did not mention who was pushing it at the Capitol.Turner said switching future employees to a defined contribution plan would do nothing to shore up current shortfalls in existing plans. He also portrayed state lawmakers as trying to control local matters.“Let Austin be the City Council and let them pay the bill,” Turner said of the legislature. Different problems and another divisive proposal In Dallas, police and fire employees share a single pension fund, which credit rating agency Moody’s recently said has the second worst pension funding ratio in the country relative to the city’s revenues. S&P estimates that the fund has 28 percent of what it will need to pay retirees.That’s the case even though, unlike Houston, Dallas continuously paid its required contribution into the retirement fund. What’s driven the financial crisis there is instead a mix of poor investments, generous contributions and the fact that pension members withdrew more than $500 million from accounts last year amid fears that the fund was about to collapse.Police and firefighters support State Rep. Dan Flynn‘s House Bill 3158 which seeks to shore up the system’s massive shortfall. But many City Council members oppose the bill because it regularly escalates the city’s contribution to the fund and doesn’t swing the balance of power on the board to give city appointees a majority of seats, an arrangement city officials have argued is needed for the city to avoid financial shortfalls like this in the future.Still, the bill passed the House Pensions Committee last week and is now likely headed to the full lower chamber.Meanwhile, some Dallas leaders have spurred an entirely separate debate about how to fill the pension shortfall. The city’s pension board last week passed a resolution that said Dallas should divert part of the sales tax it spends on public transit to the troubled retirement system instead.Council member Scott Griggs, who also sits on the pension board, championed that idea. Though Griggs has long been a public transportation advocate, he and other council members have also been critics of how well Dallas Area Rapid Transit fulfills its mission. They accuse the agency of favoring suburban cities to the detriment of transit service in the region’s urban core.“A large portion collected from city of Dallas sales tax is diverted by DART to the suburbs,” Griggs said.Other council members, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, oppose such a move in how the city spends its sales taxes. And DART officials have questioned whether it’s possible without a separate change to the state law that governs the public transit agency and its members. Still, DART is taking the idea seriously because it could cost the agency $35 million a year.“If they were able to do that, the effects would be devastating,” said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.Read more:Dallas and Houston have among the highest pension shortfalls among local governments in the country, according to a report released late last year.More than two dozen former government officials convicted on corruption charges are still eligible to collect lucrative public pensions, a Texas Tribune investigation has found.last_img read more

Costa Rica and Panama will ask for 30 million to construct border

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica and Panama will ask for $30 million from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration in order to construct a bridge over the Sixaola River dividing the country.Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla and Panama President Ricardo Martinelli met on the Costa Rican side of Sixoala to discuss the plan, while inaugurating a temporary bridge that connects Costa Rica with Guabito, in Panama.The new structure is “a sign of brotherhood and good fellowship between the two nations and their governments,” said Martinelli, according to the official presidential website.Chinchilla and Martinelli, “signed a letter to the heads of the bank, to ask about the financial conditions for the construction of this bridge, which would cost 30 million (dollars),” the statement added.The temporary structure opened Friday. The 244-meters-long Bailey bridge will have a lifespan of five years, which will help facilitate the flow of tourists between the countries. Chinchilla said that her intention is to start construction on the new route before her term ends May 2014. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Russia officially opens 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The ceremony was a celebration of Russia and presented President Vladmir Putin’s version: a country with a rich and complex history emerging confidently from a rocky two decades and now capable of putting on a major international sports event.Friday also marked the beginning of an Olympics that many fear is subject to a terrorist attack. While thousands of Russian security officers have been brought to the resort town to protect both athletes and spectators from Muslim unrest in Russia.In what could be the first clear terror threat to the actual games Friday, a passenger attempted to hijack an Istanbul-bound flight, saying there was a bomb on board. He wanted the plane diverted to Sochi.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home PHOENIX — The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, were officially opened Friday.The Opening Ceremony began about 9:15 a.m. Arizona time. Sochi is 11 hours ahead of the Valley.Just after the sun set over the Caucasus Mountains and along the seashore just outside Fisht Stadium in the wet-paint-fresh Olympic Park, Russian TV star Yana Churikova shouted to a crowd still taking their seats: “Welcome to the center of the universe!”last_img read more