Oregon ~ Multiple Taxes: IRC Conformity Updated

first_imgOregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation that conforms Oregon’s corporate excise (income), personal income and property taxes to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as amended on December 31, 2016 (formerly, December 31, 2015). For property tax purposes, “income” means “adjusted gross income” as defined in the IRC as amended and in effect as of December 31, 2016. The new conformity date applies to transactions or activities occurring on or after January 1, 2017 in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. Further, if a refund is due a taxpayer for a tax year beginning before January 1, 2017, because of any retroactive treatment from the amendments, the refund will be paid without interest. Taxpayers must file amended returns to claim refunds due as a result of the conformity date change. If a deficiency is assessed against a taxpayer for a tax year beginning before January 1, 2017, because of any retroactive treatment from the amendments, then any interest or penalty assessed with respect to the deficiency is canceled.S.B. 701, Laws 2017, effective on the 91st day following adjournment of the 2017 legislative sessionlast_img read more

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LD GST 3 LAST

first_imgAfter passage by Rajya Sabha, the constitution amendment After passage by Rajya Sabha, the constitution amendment bill on GST will have to be approved by 50 per cent of the state legislatures. Jaitley said that once the bill is approved by Rajya Sabha, the other steps would not take much time as the government is ready with supporting legislations, of which one has to be passed by Centre and two by states. “Our draft legislations are almost ready. We will require meeting of empowered committee to clear them and they can be passed. We need the IT backbone, and those handling the IT infrastructure inform us they are in position to put it in place by April 1, 2016 comfortably… we are keeping ourself in readiness,” Jaitley said. Accusing Congress of delaying the GST, he said, “the only veto is right to disturb the Rajya Sabha so that the Chairman can adjourn it.” He further said that Congress had raised certain demands, which were not there in the GST bill prepared by the UPAs Finance Minister in 2011. Jaitley said that it was not possible for the government to put a cap of 18 per cent on the GST rate in the constitution bill, as was being suggested by Congress. It is for the proposed GST council to decided the tax rates, he said, adding “suppose tomorrow states agree and alcohol comes under GST then should medicine and alcohol be taxed at same rate. This wisdom has dawned on Congress party only after it lost power!” the minister. PTI RNK RR SKC AMR CS ANZ ABKadvertisementlast_img read more

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India’s sports sponsorship industry surpassed the $1 bn mark in 2017,India’s sports sponsorship industry surpassed the $1 bn mark in 2017

first_img COMMENT March 22, 2018 Published on SHARE COMMENTScenter_img sport Indian sports sponsorship is on a growth trajectory with the overall sports sponsorship growing by 14 per cent in 2017.A report released by ESP Properties, the entertainment and sports arm of GroupM and SportzPower said that media investments contributed to the largest portion of the pie (55 per cent of overall spends), followed by ground sponsorship. Sports advertising rose to ₹7,300 crore, a substantial leap from Rs 6,400 crores in the previous year crossing the USD billion dollar mark for the first time in the domestic market. As per report Indian advertising expenditure in 2017 was ₹61,263 crores, and this report estimates 12 per cent contribution to the overall ad spends are from sports sponsorship alone.Sponsorship of non-cricketing sports grew in 2017. India’s second biggest sport by participation and attendance, football grew by a considerable 64 per cent. India hosted its first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup that became the most attended in the history of the event. Attendance for this Football World Cup was a record 1,347,133, surpassing China’s 1985 audience of 1,230,976. Since last year, ISL is a 10 team, 18+ week showcase, up from eight teams and 10 weeks in the last season. ISL Sponsorship has grown by 22 per cent from the previous year. 2017 also saw the birth of five new franchise based leagues—UTT, SBL, SFL, Cue Slam & P1 Power Boating. Brands are bullish about investing in emerging sports; 25 per cent increase in franchise fees came from developments in other sports, as cricket remained unchanged. Thirty-six new franchises were added across all new and existing leagues. While demonetization and GST hit overall ad expenditure in 2017, the sports sector has been able to ride the storm with a steady and positive trajectory.All major sporting leagues managed to bring on board sponsors at a 100 per cent or more incremental value for the title sponsorship. Specifically, the IPL has emerged as one of the top five most valuable global sports properties in the world.Vinit Karnik, Business Head, ESP Properties said, “2017 was truly the ‘big’ year for the business of sports. With Pro Kabaddi League emerging as the second-most popular league in India after the Indian Premier League, and the India edition of U-17 Football World Cup creating history in terms of audience attendance, has given sports sponsorship enjoyed a bull run. As popularity of sports grows in India, sports stars also expand their brand endorsement portfolios. Virat Kohli led brand endorsements with 19 brands and Rs 150+ crore in value, while PV Sindhu leads the non-cricket endorsement space with 11 brands and Rs 30+ crore in value.”Thomas Abraham, Co-Founder, SportzPower said, “With the 2017 momentum and the economy also looking up and set to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2018-19, sports is looking at an even bigger year. As the industry anticipates clarity on the structure of club football in India, among the new leagues on the horizon,volleyball seems the most promising. In the media firmament, while new revenue benchmarks are expected from television, it will be traction in the Digital arena that provides real pointers to where the industry is going over the next few years.” SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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La Liga: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez on target as Barca rally to beat Rayo 3-1

first_imgLionel Messi scores on Argentina return Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez might have been rested, but instead both played and scored as Barcelona came from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 on Saturday, ahead of their Champions League second leg against Lyon. Raul de Tomas’s strike gave struggling Rayo a surprise lead at the Camp Nou, but Messi converted a penalty and Suarez finished a brilliant passing move to seal a win, after Gerard Pique had headed in an equaliser.Related News Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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The Role Of Cities In Meeting China’s Carbon Intensity Goal

first_imgPart 2: ChallengesThis piece was written in collaboration with Cui Xueqin, Fu Sha, and Zou Ji.In 2009, China’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan set a goal to cut the country’s carbon intensity by 17 percent by 2015. Responsibility for achieving portions of this target has been allocated to provinces and cities. This three-part series explores the vital role of China’s municipalities in reaching the national carbon intensity goal. Part 1 presented low-carbon city targets and plans developed to date. Part 2 explores some challenges related to designing city-level low-carbon plans and mechanisms to track progress towards them. Part 3 will present some possible solutions to these challenges.Despite the work by major Chinese cities to move city planning onto a low-carbon trajectory, several challenges remain. Notable among these are the unclear relationship between low-carbon city planning and other planning processes, a lack of methods to account for city-level greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and a lack of approaches to address GHG emissions from electricity transmission. See China resorts to blackouts in pursuit of energy efficiency and China U-turn on enforced power cuts in Hebei ↩︎ The relationship of low-carbon planning to other city planning processesNearly a decade before Chinese cities began developing low-carbon plans, they began preparing energy conservation plans and emissions reductions plans to address traditional, non-GHG pollutants. Current research and practice on low-carbon city planning has not clarified how it relates to, or goes beyond, these existing planning processes. In some cases, therefore, low-carbon strategies and plans have struggled to exceed the scope of the traditional energy conservation plans, although targets of these plans have changed from energy intensity to carbon intensity. Thus, some key low-carbon opportunities, such as economic restructuring and the promotion of high value-added industries, which do not help to reduce energy consumption but are beneficial in cutting carbon intensity, have been overlooked.Our research team, which is collaborating with WRI on the Asian Development Bank Qingdao Low Carbon City Project, has proposed that master plans for municipal low-carbon development be positioned as a link between the municipal five-year plan (FYP) and the thematic plans covering specific sectors. The municipal low-carbon plans would serve to elaborate on the guidelines and principles of low-carbon development as stated in the FYP, and to integrate them with the relevant thematic plans in a systematic manner. In this way, the low-carbon development master plan can become a tool to ensure integration of low-carbon considerations into mainstream development plans, affecting decision-making on investment projects, local public expenditures, land uses, technological options, and other items on the development agenda that are traditionally driven by mainstream development plans.City-Level GHG Accounting MethodologiesCity-level GHG inventories are a prerequisite for municipal low-carbon planning processes. They provide a baseline against which to set a low-carbon development target, and help officials identify emissions “hot spots” that they can then formulate policies to address. This element, however, is missing from most current low-carbon development plans in Chinese cities.While several foreign institutions, such as ICLEI, have developed city GHG inventory accounting methodologies, these were developed in accordance with the municipal management and statistical system in western countries, and have proven difficult to apply in the Chinese context due to differences between Chinese and western cities described below.Emissions from urban power consumptionOn a related note, though most Chinese cities rely heavily on electricity generated outside municipal boundaries, most of the low-carbon plans prepared to date fail to account for these indirect GHG emissions. Guiyang is a rare exception. A GHG inventory conducted by a research team at Renmin University found that GHG emissions associated with imported power accounted for over a quarter of Guiyang’s total emissions in 2009. As China becomes more urbanized, cross-border electricity transmission will become more important, and indirect GHG emissions corresponding to imported electricity will grow. Failing to address these emissions in municipal plans will provide local governments with improper incentives to overlook electricity saving actions, thus leading local governments to miss significant mitigation opportunities.Unique Aspects of Chinese Cities in Low Carbon DevelopmentTo a certain extent, the challenges described above are exacerbated by unique characteristics that distinguish Chinese cities from cities in other countries, particularly in the industrialized west. As a result of these differences, existing approaches may not be appropriate for Chinese cities, highlighting the need for innovative solutions.Different types of emissions targetsInternationally, cities have tended to set absolute emission reduction targets, whereas Chinese cities focus on emissions intensity goals. This reflects the fact that Chinese cities are rapidly urbanizing and wish to maintain high economic growth rates, which would make absolute reductions extremely challenging. Intensity targets have special implications both for methodological issues and for the types of policies that Chinese cities might choose to adopt. For example, accounting methodologies must track a denominator (such as GDP) as well as total GHG emissions, and policy selection might give weight to approaches such as industrial and product restructuring.Different key areas of emission reductionIn contrast to megacities in developed countries, Chinese cities’ emission reduction efforts over the next several years will focus on industry, due to the high proportion of GHG emissions from the industrial sector. This is not to say that other sectors are irrelevant; with the expansion of urbanized areas, growth in vehicle ownership, growth in construction areas and the improvement of living standards, emissions from the construction and transportation sectors, for example, will continue to grow rapidly. However, mitigation costs in these two sectors are relatively high, so Chinese cities are likely to continue to look to industry to meet their GHG goals.Different greenhouse gas accounting systemsChina’s current statistical system is not adequate to undertake comprehensive low-carbon development planning. Specifically, the current Chinese energy accounting system emphasizes only industrial energy use, and data on other GHG sources are not readily available. Despite the importance of managing emissions from the transportation and building sectors, for example, China does not have adequate statistical systems to quantify the emissions from these sectors. It is therefore more difficult to set specific emission reduction goals for these sectors in China than in cities elsewhere.Some of China’s municipal low-carbon plans have adopted the IPCC national inventory methodology without adjusting it for application to cities, while others have employed foreign methodologies that are not well suited to the Chinese context, for the reasons described above. This compromises the quality of the GHG estimates on which the low-carbon city plans are based, and limits comparability between cities.On the other hand, adjusting the energy accounting system will take time. In the meantime, China should develop a simplified GHG accounting methodology to support the planning and development of low-carbon cities in accordance with requirements of 12th FYP. To address this need, our team has developed a simplified city level energy-related CO2 inventory methodology which is suitable for Chinese cities. Details of this methodology will be discussed in Part 3 of this series.Different policy instrumentsA number of developed countries use market-based policies to reduce GHG emissions, but China still relies on command and control mechanisms. In achieving its energy and carbon intensity goals, the Target Responsibility System is a widely used approach in China. Under this system, the people’s governments at various levels and provincial governors, mayors, and county heads are responsible for the achievement of energy and carbon intensity targets.This approach, while effective, has much higher direct economic costs and indirect social costs than market instruments. Additionally, local governments’ pressure to meet their targets may lead to extreme actions, such as the intentional citywide blackouts that occurred at the end of last year.1 Many Chinese policy choices in the planning process have developed characteristics that should be integrated into China’s administration management system requirements in order to overcome the shortcomings described above. As the market grows, China will be able to adopt more economic instruments to control GHG emissions in the future.Different growth speedChinese cities are developing at a very fast pace. This will lead to some uncertainties when planning a low-carbon city, making it difficult to project future development scenarios, to set and disaggregate emission reduction targets, and to analyze technology and policy options. Chinese cities should consider these uncertainties when they formulate low-carbon development strategies and set low-carbon development goals.These unique characteristics of China’s cities demand tailored methodologies and low-carbon planning tools. Some approaches under development by Renmin University and our partners will be featured in the final part of this series.This post is the work of an Open Climate Network partner. The World Resources Institute is not responsible for the content or opinions expressed by the author.last_img read more

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Attention candidates! Assam University is hiring Assistant Professors

first_imgAssam University Recruitment 2019: Assam University has released the official notification regarding the recruitment process for Assistant Professor on its official website. The official notification was released on August 8, 2019, on the website. As per the notification, the last date of applying is September 7, 2019. Candidates need to visit the official website i.e. aus.ac.in.Assam University Recruitment 2019: Dates to keep in mind First date to apply: August 8, 2019Last date to apply: September 7, 2019Assam University Recruitment 2019: Eligibility Criteria As per the official notification, the candidate must have a master’s degree and NET/PhD in relevant subject from a recognized university.Assam University Recruitment 2019: How to apply Step 1: Go to the official website i.e. aus.ac.inStep 2: Go to the recruitment page and download the application formStep 3: Take a print out of itStep 4: Fill the required informationStep 5: Mail the application form in the following address, The Registrar, Recruitment Cell, Raja Rammohan Roy Administrative Building, Assam University, Silcher- 788011, Cachar, AssamAssam University Recruitment 2019: Other information to keep in mind Application fee: Rs 1000Number of vacancies: 41Last date to keep in mind: September 7, 2019In case University receives a large number of applications for a particular post, in such situation the University reserves the right to restrict the candidates to be called for the interview to a reasonable number on the basis of the academic score which may be higher than the minimum prescribed.About Assam University: Assam University is a teaching-cum-affiliating Central University in Silchar, Assam. The university has sixteen schools which offer Humanities, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Information Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Technology, and Management Studies.advertisementRead: Sports Authority of India Recruitment 2019: 60 vancancies open, check eligibilityRead: Andhra Bank Recruitment 2019: Check date, eligibility criteriaRead: SBI Recruitment 2019 for Specialist Cadre Officer: Application procedure ends tomorrow, check general instructions herelast_img read more

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England v Brazil: Eric Dier urges caution after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s flying start

first_imgShare via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Eric Dier has made a plea for people not to get carried with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s display for England against Germany last Friday, describing his fellow midfielder as a player of great potential but who “still has a lot to work on”.Loftus-Cheek was among five debutants who featured for England in the goalless draw with the world champions at Wembley and undeniably made the greatest impact. After a somewhat hesitant and loose start, the 21-year-old grew into proceedings and ended the evening being named man of the match.That has understandably led to excitement regarding the impact Loftus-Cheek can make on Gareth Southgate’s side in the run-up to next summer’s World Cup, and will not come as a great surprise to those who have watched him develop at Chelsea, whom he joined at the age of eight, or perform for Crystal Palace this season having arrived on loan from the Premier League champions in July. Loftus-Cheek was also part of the England side, under Southgate, who won the Toulon Tournament in 2016. “Everyone’s known about Ruben’s potential for a long time,” said Dier, who captained England for the first time against Germany. “It’s great that he’s now playing regular football week in, week out at Crystal Palace. That can only allow him to fulfil his potential. Hopefully this [his England debut] is another step in his progression.“There’s so much more to come from him, but there’s no point getting too carried away at this point. He’s a good boy and he still has a lot to work on, like all of us.”It will be intriguing to see if Southgate retains Loftus-Cheek in the side to face Brazil at Wembley evening and one facet the player certainly has in his favour compared to his midfield rivals, in the short and long-term, is his build. A little over 6ft 2in tall and 71kg in weight, Loftus-Cheek is an imposing, powerful presence.“He’s a big boy, he’s been the same since he was 12, I think!” Dier said. “He’s strong, he’s got great physicality, and he moves the ball really well. There’s fantastic potential and hopefully he keeps working hard to fulfil it.”Among the other players who made their England debuts last week was Jack Cork. The Burnley midfielder had to skip a family holiday to Dubai in order to join the squad but has no regrets and feels that after a long and varied career, which started at Chelsea prior to spells at, among others, Bournemouth, Southampton, Coventry and Swansea, not to mention representing England Under-21s and Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic team, he deserves his opportunity.“I feel like I’ve done it hard,” the 28-year-old said. “I’ve done my graft and played all the games from League One to Championship – put myself out there. I’ve played enough games to have merited a chance and I’m just really happy the manager has trusted me to get in there.“To come out at Wembley, against Germany, and get on the pitch in a big game like that is a dream. It’s one of the highest levels you can get and I’m dead chuffed to have got out there.” Share on Messenger Share on Twitter news Youthful England earn draw with Germany but Lingard rues late misscenter_img England Friendlies Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Facebook Read morelast_img read more

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West Coast down Magpies as Sydney’s AFL finals end in misery

first_imgnews Young Demons make point in AFL finals win over Geelong Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Facebook Read more Davis was helped by the poor quality and quantity of service to Franklin but nonetheless produced one of the best games of his career.“When you have 120 minutes on the best player in the comp over the last 20 years, you give him three goals,” GWS coach Leon Cameron said. “Phil stood up from the start.“No doubt Lance came in with an injury cloud, we acknowledge that.“But to keep them to four goals, our back seven collectively, it was their best performance all year.”Davis’ only gaffe came during a halftime TV interview, when he quickly apologised after referring to Franklin as a “f***ing” great player.The Giants, who had lost their past three derbies, bust the game open after halftime by kicking eight consecutive goals.“Nothing went right for us and everything went wrong,” Swans coach John Longmire said.Longmire admitted Franklin was restricted by his groin injury but noted “once you play, you have to play”.“I don’t think that was the difference in the game,” he said.“I look at the other things. There were so many of them, contested ball, ball movement … tackling … fumbles, the hard-ball get differential.”Josh Kelly suffered a knee injury late in the first quarter and played no further part in the match. It was one of few concerns for Cameron, whose four selection gambles all paid dividends.Greene, who tallied 27 disposals, rivalled Davis, Lachie Whitfield and Callan Ward for best-on-ground honours.Fit-again forward Matt de Boer and injury-prone veteran Brett Deledio were both solid, and Zac Williams looked anything but a footballer playing his first game of the season.The crowd of 40,350, predominantly red and white, were stunned by the lopsided contest. A stunned silence in the final term was only interrupted by boos for Greene, whose kung-fu marking style irked the home side’s supporters and plenty of pundits. GWS’s inaccuracy threatened to prove costly but goals from de Boer and Harry Himmelberg helped them build a 15-point lead at halftime. They never looked back. Toby Greene and teammates celebrate after a Giants goal. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/AAP Australian rules football Pinterest Read more West Coast Eagles Sportwatch: Eagles edge AFL thriller, Roosters down Sharks, and NRLW – as it happened Topics AFLcenter_img Share on Messenger Greater Western Sydney Giants In Sydney, Phil Davis powered GWS past the Swans and into a semi-final, dominating Lance Franklin to help the Giants secure a 49-point upset victory at the SCG.Davis bossed Franklin in the most important one-on-one battle of Saturday’s elimination final, while returning forward Toby Greene kicked 3.3 and could have outscored Sydney if he was more accurate.Franklin finished with 0.1 as his Swans surrendered 10.19 (79) to 4.6 (30); their season ending not with a bang but a whimper.The impotent hosts were held to their lowest score from some 385 games at the SCG. It would have been their lowest score in a final if not for a couple of cheap goals late in the final quarter. Support The Guardian Twitter Collingwood Share on Twitter Reuse this content West Coast have produced a last-gasp surge to pip Collingwood by 16 points in a nerve-jangling AFL qualifying final.The Eagles came from 10 points down at three quarter-time to win 12.14 (86) to 10.10 (70) on Saturday night in Perth and secure a home preliminary final.The Magpies will host GWS in a knockout semi-final next Saturday, a day after Hawthorn meet Melbourne in the other semi-final. Sydney Swans Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport West Coast and Richmond will host preliminary finals in a fortnight.The Eagles, before a record AFL crowd in Perth of 59,585 spectators, kicked the last three goals of the game in the last five minutes to prevail.West Coast made the early running, booting three goals, including two from Liam Ryan – before Magpie Travis Varcoe scored a 50m stunner from a tight angle.All Collingwood players converged on an emotional Varcoe, who took the field just a week after his sister Maggie died from repercussions of a head knock suffered while playing in a women’s football game in a suburban Adelaide league.The Eagles, despite losing reliable backman Brad Shepherd to a hamstring injury which could end his finals campaign, led 3.3 to 1.3 at quarter-time with Jeremy McGovern dominating in defence with seven marks.But Collingwood stalwart Steele Sidebottom turned the tide in a second quarter where the lead changed seven times in a pulsating 20-minute span.Sidebottom shrugged off his tagger Mark Hutchings to collect 10 disposals for the term as the visitors piled on six goals to West Coast’s three.Collingwood forward Brody Mihocek scored two majors in the quarter as his side edged to a three-point halftime lead, 7.4 to 6.7.In a frenetic third term, the Magpies extended their advantage to nine points when Taylor Adams booted one on the run only for Eagle spearhead Josh Kennedy to reply – finally breaking the shackles of Collingwood veteran Tyson Goldsack, playing his first AFL game of the season just 182 days after undergoing a knee reconstruction.Collingwood then gained some breathing space when Josh Thomas goaled to give the visitors a 10-point buffer at three quarter-time.Any Magpie relief was short-lived: Eagles Kennedy and Jack Darling slotted goals in the initial seven minutes of the last quarter and the home side held a three-point lead.Collingwood’s Jordan de Goey returned the visitors to a two-point lead in the 18th minute.But the Eagles finished with a flurry: goals to Lewis Jetta – with five minutes 20 seconds remaining – Darling and Jack Redden, after the siren, delivering a precious win.last_img read more

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Australia Continues Dominant Display

first_imgHeading into the final day, Australia had already won three divisions – the 18’s Girls, 20’s Girls and 20’s Boys – after winning the first two games of each respective series. And they didn’t slow down, winning the third and final game in each of these divisions on Sunday. But the most important game of the day saw the Australian 18’s Boys take on New Zealand at 12.15pm. With the series locked up at one game apiece and with both earlier games only being decided by one touchdown, the first in a drop-off and the second in the dying seconds of the game, it was always going to be a tight encounter. And it lived up to expectations, with New Zealand eventually running out 8-7 winners to take the series. The Australian boys dug deep and gave it everything they had, and despite the loss were gallant in defeat and did Australia proud. Australian 18’s Boys captain, Oscar Sanft, was awarded the Troy Malcolm award at a ceremony after the games, while Australian 20’s Girls player, Kirsty Quince, was given the Roxy Winder award. 2011 Youth Trans Tasman results18’s GirlsAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 3Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 2Australia 12 defeated New Zealand 518’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated by New Zealand 11Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 7Australia 7 defeated by New Zealand 820’s GirlsAustralia 13 defeated New Zealand 2Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 2Australia 16 defeated New Zealand 320’s BoysAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 6Australia 12 defeated New Zealand 6Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 7For all of the match reports, tour diaries and latest information, please head to the series website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0last_img read more

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a month agoBrighton boss Potter happy to give March central role

first_imgBrighton boss Potter happy to give March central roleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is happy to give Solly March a central role.For the draw with Burnley, Potter believes the contribution made by versatile March was a hint of what he should be offering on a more regular basis.He said: “When he has too much time to think, I’m not sure it’s the best for him. We spoke about that.“I think he’s got talent, he’s a good player, he has got quality.“He just needs to play with a bit of freedom.“If you look at the last two or three games, he has played left wing-back, he has played right wing-back and he has played pretty much as an extra midfield player, as a ten.“That tells you we think he is a football player and that he can play in a lot of positions.“The key thing for him is he needs to contribute in the final third, the attacking third, more than he has because he has got the quality to do that.“Obviously it was nice for him to do that (on Saturday) and give support for Neal.“But I think there is more to come from Solly.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Sacked JK Bank Chairmans office residence raided

first_imgSrinagar: Within hours after the Jammu and Kashmir government sacked J&K Bank Chairman Parvez Ahmed, sleuths of state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) raided his office and residence in Srinagar. Informed sources said simultaneous raids were on at Ahmed’s office located in the corporate headquarters of the Bank and his residence. There was no official word on the reasons for Ahmed’s sacking or the grounds for the raids. A government order issued on Saturday said: “Parvez Ahmed shall cease to be Director on the Board of Directors of the Bank and consequently be no longer the chairman cum managing director of the board. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “R.K. Chhibber, is hereby nominated as the Director on the Board and may be further appointed as the Interim Chairman-cum-Managing Director.” The order addressed to the company secretary of the bank comes into effect immediately. The state government owns 59 per cent shares of J&K Bank. This is the only private sector bank designated as the Reserve Bank of India’s agent for banking business and carries out the banking business of the Central government besides collecting central taxes for CBDT. The bank was incorporated in 1938 and is listed on the NSE and BSE.last_img read more

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Lonechild threatens legal battle over suspension

first_imgAPTN National NewsSuspended Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Guy Lonechild is threatening to sue his own organization.Lonechild and some of his staff were suspended with pay by the FSIN’s joint executive council and the Indian Government Commission last Thursday pending an upcoming non-confidence vote.APTN National News reporter Priscilla Wolf has the latest.last_img

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Nearly 30 hockey parents involved in postgame brawl Local OPP

Talbot Gardens arena, in Simcoe “There were some parents reacting to some on-ice incidents between the players and obviously parents get heated in the moment of the game,” said Simcoe Minor Hockey Association president Marty Jefferson.“There was yelling in the (arena) lobby but there certainly was no physical altercations.”Said Paris coach Sean Koekoek: “Yes, there were some words thrown back and forth, which I’m not saying are appropriate either, but there was no swearing or anything like that.”The Sunday afternoon game was a matchup between two peewee squads that are also simultaneously playing against each other in an unrelated playoff series that is tied at two wins apiece. The next game, barring a tie, would decide that series. It’s set for this Saturday.While officials with both hockey organizations downplayed the incident, a referee who worked the game acknowledged it was a tense matchup.“There was definitely animosity between teams, between coaching staffs, between parents – as soon as you stepped on the ice you could feel a negative energy,” said Ben Jolley, Simcoe’s referee-in-chief.“The game started and it was quite apparent the kids hate each other. You know it’s not just the kids themselves, it’s coming from other areas.”Added Jolley; “I would honestly say it was the fault of both organizations for allowing this game to even happen. It’s a (regular season) game that should’ve never been scheduled (during) an OMHA (playoff) series.”Koekoek said his team has requested an official from the Ontario Minor Hockey Association – the governing body for those communities — attend Game 5 of the series on Saturday, but doesn’t expect the situation to escalate.“I think everybody realizes it’s kids hockey and at the end of the day we can’t be doing that stuff whether we feel it’s justified or not,” he said.Jefferson will also attend the game and has asked arena staff to be on alert. Staff is able to remove any parent or fan if necessary.“We’ll just be prepared both from an arena staff perspective and from an organization perspective,” he said.Puck drop for Game 5 is set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday in Simcoe. SIMCOE – There may have been some unsportsmanlike conduct, but nobody dropped their gloves.While one participant says a “negative energy” hovered over a minor hockey game here that ended with an altercation between parents from the two teams, the police description of a post-game “brawl” between the adults is inaccurate, officials say.Tuesday, Norfolk OPP announced they were looking into an incident at Simcoe’s Talbot Gardens arena during which they said as many as 30 parents were engaged in a “brawl” after the final buzzer of a game between 11- and 12-year-olds from Simcoe and Paris. The police probe is continuing, OPP said.But officials from Simcoe and Paris, Southwestern Ontario towns located about a half-hour drive apart, stressed that to their knowledge there was no physical fighting between the two groups. read more

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Liberian expresident Taylor subject to proceedings before UNbacked court

“We hold that the official position of the Applicant as an incumbent Head of State at the time when these criminal proceedings were initiated against him is not a bar to his prosecution by this Court,” Court President Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, who last week succeeded Acting President Justice Renate Winter, said yesterday in Freetown. Mr. Taylor’s defence counsel had argued that under customary international law, he was immune from prosecution by virtue of his position. It also said the Special Court was a Sierra Leonean national institution, not an international one.The Chamber re-affirmed a decision of 16 March that the Special Court was not national, but was properly constituted under international law.Charles Taylor, currently in exile in Calabar, Nigeria, faces a 17-count indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 14-year conflict in Sierra Leone.The charges include terrorizing the civilian population, unlawful killings, sexual violence, physical violence, forced conscription of child soldiers, abductions, forced labour, looting and burning, and attacks on peacekeeping personnel.According to Special Court Prosecutor David Crane, the Presidents of Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire have declared support for the Court’s legal proceedings against Mr. Taylor. “The support of West African leaders is important to its ability to successfully meet its mandate in seeking justice for all West Africans,” the Prosecutor said last month. read more

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Loonie lower amid manufacturing sales slide G20 meeting on currency tensions

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2013 4:27 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday as G20 finance ministers met to discuss tensions over currencies and data showed that Canadian manufacturing sales posted the largest decline in nearly four years in December.The loonie fell 0.49 of a cent to 99.39 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that sales fell 3.1 per cent to $48 billion, led by lower sales in the transportation equipment sector.That was much larger than the 0.8 per cent slide that economists had expected and the largest pullback since May 2009.Statistics Canada said that manufacturing sales fell 9.1 per cent in the transportation equipment industry to $7.8 billion. This in turn was led by a 15.4 per cent fall in the motor vehicle assembly industry.Meanwhile, the G20 meeting in Moscow takes place amid speculation about a “currency war,” where countries competitively devalue their currencies to gain a competitive edge.The Japanese yen has been the currency primarily in focus this week.Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, faces allegations that it is trying to lower the value of the yen to stimulate its economy and get a competitive edge on exports.The yen fell to a 21-month low against the U.S. dollar this week and a near three-year trough against the euro. As the yen falls, Japan’s exports become cheaper and those of other countries, which are also trying to pull out of the economic malaise that followed the 2008 financial collapse, become relatively more expensive.Earlier this week, the volatility in the currency markets prompted the Group of Seven leading industrial nations, which include the U.S., Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada, as well as Japan, to warn that volatile movements in exchange rates could adversely hit the global economy and to reaffirm their commitment to market-driven exchange rates.On Friday, the yen strengthened ahead of the G20 meeting with analysts expecting pressure to be exerted on Japan’s finance minister and central banker to at least commit to not allow the yen to fall much more.The March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $1.45 to US$95.86 a barrel.April gold on the Nymex lost $26 to US$1,609.50 an ounce while March copper in New York was unchanged at US$3.74 a pound. Loonie lower amid manufacturing sales slide, G20 meeting on currency tensions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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5 maps of Dublin that will give you a new perspective

first_imgCARTOGRAPHER MUIRIS de Buitleír has assembled a series of alternative maps of Dublin, giving fresh insights into the geography of the capital.They are published in his book A Portrait of Dublin in Maps. Here are five of the most striking:1. GodlessnessThis map shows the percentage of people in each area saying they are not religious – the darker, the greater.For a full-size map, click here.2. Human wasteThis map shows where the major sewers and other drainage tunnels run under the streets of the capital.For a full-size map, click here. 3. Bedsit livingThis map shows the percentage of the population living in single-room accommodation – the darker, the greater. For a full-size map, click here. 4. Middle classesThis map shows the middle classes as a percentage of the population – the darker the area, the greater the proportion of middle-class residents.For a full-size map, click here. 5. CrimeThis map shows the number of crime events per square kilometre in different districts – the darker, the greater.For a full-size map, click here. A Portrait of Dublin in Maps is published by Gill & MacMillan. To find out more or to buy the book, click here.More: Dublin used to have 56 different cinemas. Here are some of the lost ones>More: 11 shop fronts from a different Ireland>last_img read more

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GloMate Your Weird Ambient Alien Night Light Friend

first_imgThis weird little blobby thing is GloMate Plus. He’s a night light for small children from a company called Mobi. Frankly, I could see how such a thing glowing in the dead of night in the room of a small child could be a touch frightening, but then I’ve never really considered myself much of a tastemaker amongst the toddler set.GloMate Pro can be adjusted to beam three different colors, or can be clicked over into “Rainbow Mode.” He’s got a rechargeable battery built in, which should give you about 10 hours of soft light on a single charge.He’s available online now and should run you around $20.last_img read more

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A real Fantastic Voyage Tiny drugdelivering robot works in your eye

first_imgBack in 1966, a science fiction movie called Fantastic Voyage wowed audiences as a submarine was miniaturized and injected into a human vein. The concept seemed unbelievable, like something you’d see in a children’s cartoon, which we actually did see in the popular kids’ show Magic School Bus. But 45 years after the film came out, it appears that something similar is actually happening in the world of nanorobotics that could change the way eye surgery is performed in the future.A team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich led by Brad Nelson, professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, have created a microbot tiny enough to be injected into an eye without the need for any anesthetic. Nelson said in a video interview (shown below) that the first applications are in targeted delivery. Diseases like age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in older people, or retinal vein occlusions, can be treated with the microbot by delivering the drugs to a specific location on the retina.Right now, the most common treatment for macular degeneration is a drug that is injected into the eye. It tends to diffuse quickly through the retina, so it requires regular injections. The robot, on the other hand, can stay in the eye for months, so it could provide a lengthier and more-targeted drug release. The robot can also position a biodegradable drug capsule in the eye and then be removed with a magnetic needle.Basically a tiny magnet, the microbot is controlled by an electromagnetic field outside of the eye. Nelson said they have to be very precise about controlling the fields and the currents through their electric magnets. This has been a challenge that the team has been able to overcome in the past couple of years.The research has been done on synthetic eyes, or the eyes of dead animals so far. The eye in the video below is that of a pig. The team says it will be moving soon to the eyes of living animals, which will be followed by human trials.Nelson said that if they can make it small enough to fit in a 23 gauge needle, it can be injected into the eye with just topical anesthetic or none at all, and it doesn’t even need a suture. Though the microbot still has a ways to go before it can be used regularly on (live) humans, the tiny size of the robots could bring forth a new type of non-invasive surgery.Read more at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, via Reuterslast_img read more

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Freestyle HD la caméra des sportifs

first_imgFreestyle HD : la caméra des sportifs ?Une caméra HD qui s’adresse particulièrement aux sportifs. Pratique, étanche et robuste, elle vaut le détour !la Freestyle HD est une caméra haute définition conçue par Swann semble parfaitement adaptée à la de vidéos dans des conditions extrêmes.L’appareil peut enregistrer en 1080p à 30 images/secondes et possède un écran d’1,5 pouces détachable. Il est étanche jusqu’à 20 mètres de profondeur et peut prendre des photographies d’une résolution de 8 Mégapixels. Mais surtout, elle peut être fixée sur un guidon ou sur un casque. À lire aussiLa Descriptive Camera : quand une image se tranforme en texteLa caméra Freestyle HD possède une carte micro-SD pouvant stocker 32 GB de données ou deux heures trente d’images. La caméra est disponible pour 279 dollars.Entre la Freestyle HD et l’apn GoPro HD Hero 2, les amateurs de sensations fortes vont pouvoir s’admirer sous toutes les coutures !Le 13 novembre 2011 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Comment savoir si votre chien est heureux de vous voir Regardez ses

first_imgComment savoir si votre chien est heureux de vous voir ? Regardez ses sourcils !Selon une étude japonaise, il serait possible de deviner les émotions d’un chien en regardant son expression faciale et plus particulièrement ses sourcils. Si le chien est devenu le meilleur ami de l’homme, il n’est pas toujours facile de comprendre les émotions de son compagnon. Est-il triste ou heureux ? Pour le savoir, certains vous conseilleraient d’observer sa queue qui est un bon indicateur de son état émotionnel. Mais la face de votre chien est en réalité bien plus révélatrice. C’est ce qu’ont démontré plusieurs études dont une nouvelle récemment publiée dans la revue Behavourial Sciences. Selon ces travaux menés par des chercheurs japonais, les émotions des chiens sont trahies par des expressions faciales bien précises qui impliquent à la fois les oreilles et les sourcils de l’animal. Les sourcils seraient alors un indicateur de choix. Pour en arriver là, le Dr Miho Nagasawa et ses collègues de l’Université d’Azabu ont traqué à l’aide de caméras les changements intervenant dans la face de 12 chiens rassemblés dans une pièce divisée en plusieurs parties par des rideaux noirs. Installés devant une sorte de panneau avec une ouverture sur le rideau, les animaux ont alors été confrontés à trois situations différentes.Grâce au rideau, ils étaient soit réunis avec leur propriétaire, soit mis en contact avec un étranger, soit exposés à un jouet ou un objet qu’ils n’aiment pas comme un coupe-ongles par exemple. Pour chaque situation, les scientifique ont ainsi observé la réaction faciale des chiens puis les ont comparées les unes aux autres. Ceci a permis de constater que les animaux avaient tendance à bouger leur sourcil gauche vers le haut environ une demi-seconde après avoir aperçu leur propriétaire. Oreille ou sourcil, des émotions différentesEn revanche, face à un inconnu, ils baissaient leur oreille gauche. Avec l’objet qu’ils n’aimaient pas, c’est leur oreille qui a bougé, les sourcils restant immobiles. De même, face à un jouet quelconque. “Il est difficile d’expliquer cette différence de mouvement entre les oreilles et les sourcils”, a commenté le Dr Miho Nagasawa cité par le Telegraph. “Les oreilles des chiens sont des attributs importants utilisés pour communiquer les expressions émotionnelles, par conséquent nos résultats suggèrent que les chiens sont plus prudents envers des personnes qui ne leur sont pas familières”.  “A l’inverse, le mouvement des sourcils pourrait indiquer une réponse visible par laquelle les chiens tentent de regarder leur propriétaire plus intensément”, signe qu’ils ressentent des sentiments pour ce dernier, a ajouté le spécialiste. Le mouvement des sourcils pourrait donc être spécifiquement attaché aux humains qui suscitent de l’émotion chez le chien. Mais pourquoi est-ce seulement le côté gauche qui remue ? D’après les chercheurs, ceci reflète l’activité dans les parties clés du cerveau canin qui contrôlent les émotions. En effet, comme chez de nombreux animaux, l’encéphale du chien montre une latéralité des émotions. Autrement dit, que les émotions soient “négatives” ou “positives”, elles n’activeront pas le même hémisphère. Selon une étude publiée en 2008 par des scientifiques de l’université de Bari, l’hémisphère gauche serait ainsi associé avec des émotions comme l’amour, l’attachement et donc au rapprochement tandis que l’hémisphère droit serait plutôt associé à des sentiments comme la méfiance et donc à l’évitement. Droit ou gauche en fonction des émotions Face aux émotions, chaque hémisphère agirait alors sur le côté opposé : l’hémisphère droit pour le côté gauche et inversement. Toutefois, ici qu’il s’agisse du propriétaire du chien ou d’un étranger, c’est toujours le côté gauche qui a remué et donc l’hémisphère droit qui a été activé. D’après les chercheurs, ceci pourrait s’expliquer par un mélange d’émotions opposées ressenties par le chien. Les animaux étaient à la fois joyeux de voir leur propriétaire mais tristes parce qu’ils étaient bloqués et ne pouvaient les rejoindre. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ce résultat pourrait s’expliquer par le fait que le propriétaire suscitait à la fois des émotions positives et négatives. Une réponse négative a pu apparaitre… peut-être parce que les chiens ne pouvaient pas approcher et toucher leur propriétaire, au lieu de simplement les voir à travers le rideau”, a expliqué le Dr Nagasawa. Cette nouvelle étude intervient quelques mois seulement après d’autres travaux qui avaient montré que les propriétaires sont capables de détecter toute une série d’émotions rien qu’en observant l’expression faciale de leur chien.Un lien affectif particulier entre chien et humain Le Dr Tina Bloom et ses collègues de la Walden University avaient même découvert que les personnes ayant peu d’expérience des animaux étaient aussi capables de détecter des expressions de joie, de tristesse, de surprise et de peur dans la face des chiens. D’après les chercheurs, ces résultats suggèrent que les humains auraient développé une empathie naturelle avec les chiens après avoir évolué côte à côte pendant des milliers d’années.   “La propriété est un facteur social important pour les chiens. Ceci suggère que les liens affectifs humain-chien ont une base biologique. Les canidés sont très sociaux et communiquent en utilisant un tableau abondant d’expressions faciales. Ces méthodes de communication pourraient donc jouer aussi un rôle important dans leur communication avec les humains”, a conclu le Dr Nagasawa.Le 31 juillet 2013 à 13:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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