Chelsea boss Lampard: Me? Scared?by Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has dismissed claims of being intimidated by Ajax ahead of their Champions League encounter.The Blues are set for a critical match with the Eredivisie champions, who have won both of their first two Group H matches comfortably against Valencia and Lille.A journalist suggested during the pre-match press conference that he looks scared of the Dutch giants.However, the Chelsea legend brushed that comment off with a cheeky remark of his own claiming that “is just my face”.Lampard said: “That is just my face.“It is a really tough match against a team that we know how they performed last year and how they’ve started this group, winning both games comfortably.“So it’s going to be a tough match, I don’t think the five wins mean anything other than that hopefully we have some confidence.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomImage Courtesy: UECC Norway-based provider of shortsea RoRo transportation United European Car Carriers (UECC) has decided to build a third battery hybrid LNG vessel.UECC, which is jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, has now confirmed an option with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group for the third LNG-powered pure car truck carrier (PCTC), this time slated for the company’s Atlantic short sea trade.“This order is another step in our commitment to cleaner shipping,” Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC, commented. “Our experience with LNG duel-fuel vessels has been good, and we want to keep moving forward to expand our sustainable fleet.”Earlier this year, the company ordered two next-generation PCTCs of which the first would be delivered in 2021. The new orders will push the UECC dual-fuel LNG fleet to five vessels.“When our third battery hybrid LNG PCTC is delivered in 2022, it ushers in a new era for UECC and short sea shipping in Europe. That will give us a total of five eco-friendly vessels in our fleet,” Edvardsen said.Reflecting on the investment in the third green vessel, he explained:“We wanted to expand the use of new technologies to meet or exceed future sustainability requirements, and we feel our choice with the first two LNG vessels has been justified over nearly three years of operation. This experience gives us the confidence to move forward with even more eco-friendly technologies.”The new battery-hybrid solution will take UECC beyond the IMO target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030. The three vessels will also meet the IMO Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations entering into force in the Baltic and North Sea from 2021 keel lays.“Batteries are a key step toward next generation sustainability,” Edvardsen observed.Battery power on the new vessels is expected to improve operational efficiency and further reduce emissions through peak shaving, in addition to handling partial accommodation load and driving auxiliary equipment.“It also provides an option for reducing emissions while in port, and that is becoming more important for many cities,” he noted.
TORONTO – A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago was charged Wednesday with breaching his bail conditions.Ontario’s police watchdog said Const. James Forcillo — who has been on bail as he appeals his conviction — was accused of breaching the conditions related to his house arrest, but gave no other details about the case.Toronto police said Forcillo was charged with failing to comply with recognizance. Forcillo’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, said a bail hearing on the new charge was put over to Friday.Forcillo had his bail conditions extended in late September, a day before he was set to appeal his conviction in the 2013 death of Sammy Yatim.Yatim’s killing set off a wave of public outrage and protests after a video of the shooting went viral. The judge overseeing Forcillo’s trial called the video “powerful evidence” that what the officer said happened that night did not actually occur.Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Then found Forcillo had abused his authority in a manner that undermined public trust in law enforcement and the justice system.Forcillo was found guilty last year of attempted murder but was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for shooting 18-year-old Yatim multiple times. He was sentenced to six years behind bars, a year more than the mandatory minimum.He has since asked the appeal court to substitute a not-guilty verdict or order a new trial in his case, arguing Then was wrong to exclude evidence meant to suggest Yatim was trying to commit “suicide by cop,” where a person behaves threateningly in order to trigger a lethal response from law enforcement.Forcillo’s lawyers have also alleged Then erred in instructing jurors to view two volleys of bullets fired by Forcillo as separate incidents, and to consider the charge of attempted murder.They argue that opened the door for a compromise verdict, where jurors find someone guilty of a lesser charge rather than convicting of a more serious one or acquitting them entirely.Forcillo is also seeking a declaration that the mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder is unconstitutional, and wants to be granted a suspended sentence. Barring that, he wants his sentence reduced to the minimum five years.
APTN National NewsThe YWCA in Prince Albert, Sask., provides services to thousands of clients every year.The majority of those people are Indigenous women and girls.Prince Albert is where Marlene Bird was attacked in June. Her alleged attacker faces charges.A body of an Indigenous woman was pulled from the North Saskatchewan River this week.“There’s vultures out there that attack women … and they prey on Aboriginal women. We see it all the time,” said Donna Brooks, president of Prince Albert YWCA.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.
2 February 2009The prosecution has presented its 91st and final witness in the United Nations-backed trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor on charges of war crimes committed in the civil war in Sierra Leone, completing a graphic litany of alleged atrocities ranging from thousands of murders to mutilation, rape and sexual slavery. The Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), Stephen Rapp, who built his case with 31 insider witnesses testifying to Mr. Taylor’s links to the crimes, and more than 50 others, including amputees, rape victims and former child soldiers, cited the harrowing case of witness 91 – a father who had his hands chopped off to save his four-year-old son. “I am in awe of their courage and grateful for their willingness to travel thousands of miles to bear witness,” he told a news conference in New York. “The contrast between these victims and the accused could not be more stark and this was brought home in particular by the last witness, a man whose left hand was amputated by the rebels who are alleged to have been controlled or aided by Taylor.“When his four-year-old son protested the injury to his Pappa, and the rebels then threatened the boy with amputation, the witness then offered his own right hand to save his son, which the rebels then proceeded to chop off. Here we saw a man who sacrificed his own hands for the future of his son bearing witness against a man alleged to have sacrificed the lives, the hands and the futures of thousands of human beings in pursuit of his own wealth and power.”Mr. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to the 11 counts of counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other violations of international humanitarian law, which also include pillage, slavery for forced marriage purposes, collective punishment and recruitment and use of children under the age of 15 in active hostilities. He is expected to testify in his own defence, according to his lawyers.None of the charges relate to atrocities Mr. Taylor is alleged to have committed in Liberia, but to his aid to two Sierra Leonean rebel groups, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) during the civil war from 1996 to 2002. Mr. Rapp said he expected the defence to start after Easter in April, after possible procedural defence motions to dismiss the case, and to last four to six months, with all evidence and arguments concluding this year. If Mr. Taylor is convicted, sentencing should follow three to four weeks after that. An appeal could then take up to six months and the whole process should be concluded by the end of 2010.The SCSL, established in January 2002 by an agreement between Sierra Leone’s Government and the UN, cannot impose a life sentence, but it has already sentenced two defendants in another case to 50 years in jail. Britain has said it would be willing to imprison Mr. Taylor if he is found guilty. In 2006, the UN Security Council authorized Mr. Taylor’s trial to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, instead of its usual venue in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, citing security reasons.Of the 91 prosecution witnesses, only four testified entirely in closed session, though some were protected by partial face or voice distortion.“It’s been demonstrated that it’s possible to prosecute a former chief of State in a trial that is fair and efficient even when the indictment covers wide-ranging crimes,” Mr. Rapp said. “We’ve seen international justice operating in accordance with the highest standards.”
James Morris, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the humanitarian situation in southern Africa, said that 14.4 million people were presently at risk, up from the 12.8 million previously cited as vulnerable. Mr. Morris, who had just returned from the six most-affected countries – Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia – told reporters at a press briefing that the trip was an “extraordinary experience.” Apart from suffering unfavourable weather conditions that had caused drought and sometimes floods, the region is afflicted by HIV/AIDS, Mr. Morris said, describing it as “a crisis within the crisis” and one that had been made worse by governance and other political difficulties. At least half of the 4.2 million orphans of the crisis had been so categorized because HIV/AIDS had taken both parents, the Special Envoy added. In addition to changing the lifestyle in the affected countries, the disease has also wiped out the productive level of the communal agricultural society. The situation had had a severe emotional and cultural impact. “It’s a staggering combination,” he said. Meanwhile, even in the face of substantial support from the international community, Mr. Morris appealed for donor countries to be as helpful as they could. Of the $611 million needed by the UN to deal with the crisis, $507 million would be used for food aid. While about 40 per cent of the money for food had been committed, and another 35 per cent was in the final stages of negotiations, the remaining 25 percent had to be firmed up, he said. And with the planting season imminent, resources were also needed for seeds, fertilizers and agricultural implements. “We’re trying to get an awful lot done quickly,” Mr. Morris explained. Consequently, an office with 80 staff members had been set up in Johannesburg, South Africa, to deal with logistical and other problems.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2013 3:18 pm MDT Cineplex says Q4 profit soars as Canadians find alternatives to hockey TORONTO – A slate of Hollywood hits featuring superheroes and a secret agent helped exhibitor Cineplex Inc. deliver the best full-year results in its history, and an almost 200-per cent increase in fourth-quarter profit.Chief executive Ellis Jacob said the NHL hockey lockout left Canadians with fewer options for Saturday night entertainment. He thinks that was at least part of the reason Cineplex saw quarterly attendance jump 23 per cent.“I keep saying (it) helped us, but it’s hard to quantify,” Jacob said in an interview Thursday after the company reported its results.“All I can tell you is personally when I asked people, ‘What are you doing?’ everybody on a Saturday night seemed to be going to a movie. When we checked the numbers it was hard to tell.”Fourth-quarter net income rose to $32.7 million, or 52 cents per diluted share, compared to $10.9 million, or 19 cents per share, in the 2011 quarter, the company said.On an adjusted basis earnings were 51 cents per share, beating analyst estimates of 42 cents, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.A combination of high-adrenaline action movies like James Bond entry “Skyfall” and broadly appealing adventures like “The Hobbit” and the finale of the Twilight series gave hockey fans plenty of alternatives.“The movies were appealing to a much wider demographic,” Jacob added.Quarterly attendance rose to 18,577 patrons who spent 2.9 per cent more at the concession stand per person compared to a year earlier.Revenue was up 23.6 per cent to $298.7 million from $241.7 million, with part of the increase coming from more money spent at the concession stands.The total revenues for food, drinks and other treats rose nearly 27 per cent to $86.4 million.Cineplex is by far the country’s biggest exhibitor and owns movie theatres from Quebec to British Columbia. The company draws about 70 per cent of Canadian box-office revenue, with its competitor Empire Theaters ranking a very distant second place with about 14 per cent.The Toronto-based company has ramped up the expansion of its higher priced “VIP” theatres that cater exclusively to adults by offering larger seats, menu service, and a licensed auditorium and lounge. The move is part of a broader expansion at Cineplex of premium priced ticket options, which have helped drive box-office revenue even during quarters when Hollywood movies fell short of expectations.In the fourth quarter, about 29 per cent of box-office revenues came from premium-priced tickets, a decline of one per cent.For the full year the company benefited from the popularity of hits like Marvel superhero combo “The Avengers” and the finale to the Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises.”Net income was $120.5 million or $1.97 per diluted share, a whopping 144.6 per cent improvement over the $49.3 million, or 85 cents per share it earned in 2011.Revenue pushed above the billion-dollar mark to $1.09 billion from $998.2 million.Box office revenues increased 10.6 per cent to $638.3 million from the previous year, while concession revenues came in at $329.3 million, up 12.9 per cent.Meanwhile, theatre attendance reached a new all-time high of 71.2 million, an increase of 7.8 per cent over 2011.Jacob noted that in addition to “very strong financial performance,” the company completed a number of theatre projects and acquired four AMC theatres, three in the Greater Toronto area and one in Montreal.It also completed the rollout of digital projection technology and added 16 UltraAVX auditoriums to bring its total to 39.Cineplex, with about 10,000 employees, operates 134 theatres representing 1,449 screens under brands that include Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, SilverCity and Scotiabank theatres.The company’s shares rose 2.6 per cent, or 78 cents, to $33.24 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran was convicted of murdering her husband in 2012, when she was 17-years-old. She was executed this week, despite a number of appeals from UN Special Rapporteurs.“The sheer injustice in the case of Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran is deeply distressing,” Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a news release on Friday.“The serious question marks over her conviction appear not to have been adequately addressed before she was executed. The bottom line is that she was a juvenile at the time the offence was committed, and international law clearly prohibits the execution of juvenile offenders.”According to the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR), Ms. Sekaanvand’s detention and trial were also marred by reports that she was beaten by police officers following her arrest, forced to make a false confession, and denied access to a lawyer until her final trial session, where she recanted her confession.In addition, claims that Ms. Sekaanvand had been a victim of domestic violence were reportedly not adequately examined during the judicial process. She was executed on 2 October, and her family was given just one day’s notice, for a final visit.The news release also noted that dozens of other convicted juvenile offenders reportedly remain on death row in Iran, which has already executed at least five juvenile offenders so far this year. Executions are often carried out with little warning, and without proper scrutiny and transparency.“As a State party to both the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran has an obligation to abide by their provisions and to end the use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders,” expressed Ms. Bachelet.The UN rights chief also called for an end to the death penalty in all circumstances, as no judiciary in any part of the world can fully avoid miscarriages of justice.Article 6.5 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that death sentence “shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below eighteen years of age and shall not be carried out on pregnant women.”In addition, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, requires all States Parties to ensure that no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and “neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below 18 years of age.”
Following new accident risk assessment work by Thatcham, the UK motor insurance repair research centre, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) is introducing important changes to the insurance group rating system.As a result, motorists that buy cars fitted as standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) technologies could immediately benefit from a one to five group drop in insurance rating and potentially a lower premium.These changes will be available to the insurance industry for the first time from 20 October and will be updated as car manufacturers continue to fit AEB systems to models as standard.“Driver, passenger and pedestrian safety are top priorities for the automotive industry and vehicle manufacturers dedicate much of their R&D activities to technologies that make our products safer for all road users,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.“The recognition of Autonomous Emergency Braking in the insurance group rating system will encourage more motorists to specify it when buying a new car. Motorists do value safety and it does influence their buying decisions. This decision by the ABI demonstrates the value of insurers and vehicle manufacturers working together to promote uptake of innovative safety technologies.”James Dalton, Head of Motor and Liability at the Association of British Insurers said, “Advancements in vehicle technology mean that cars are becoming ever safer. Insurers have been working closely with vehicle manufacturers to help bring forward AEB technology which will help to decrease the number of car crashes on our roads. Today’s announcement is a positive outcome for motorists who can expect not only safer vehicles but reduced motor insurance premiums as a result.”AEB technologies use laser, RADAR and camera sensors to monitor the road ahead, warn drivers of a potential hazard and, ultimately, apply full braking pressure independently of the driver to help prevent a collision or mitigate the severity of the impact.AEB has been identified internationally by road safety and insurance organisations as having the potential to reduce the number of low speed front-to-rear shunts, and accidents involving pedestrians.Additionally the latest generation AEB systems have the potential to prevent some 2,700 pedestrian casualties annually as well as some 160,000 whiplash injury claims, which have added significantly to insurance costs in recent years. “This is a fantastic example of the insurance industry not only embracing and encouraging important new safety technology, but also looking after their policyholders,” added Peter Shaw, Thatcham Chief Executive. “Aside from any financial advantage that specifying AEB could bring, motorists will certainly benefit from the peace of mind that comes with what Thatcham have proven to be a significant safety benefit.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The beta version of Opera 12 has arrived, and it’s no small update. Leading off a lengthy list of additions and subtractions is hardware acceleration support, something the Opera faithful have been waiting for ever since it arrived in Chrome, Firefox, and even Internet Explorer. It hasn’t been switched on by default yet, so you’ll need to toggle two values on the opera:config page. Once Opera 12 goes final, HWA will likely be defaulted.Two other key additions are native 64-bit support for both Windows and Mac and out-of-process plug-ins. Opera says the latter will lead to a more stable browsing experience, and that’s certainly been the case with Firefox since Mozilla introduced the same feature several versions ago. Additional web standards are supported now, too, including WebGL and WebRTC — which is aimed at bringing better voice and video communications capabilities to the web. As if the browser wasn’t already customizable enough, Opera’s theme system has also received a major update. The new skins are easier to design than ever before, and just about any Opera user should be able to create one.Like Mozilla, Opera has been tinkering with the address bar to make it easier for users to tell when they’re on a secure site. It’s hoped that the more prominent badges will help users avoid spoofed sites and phishing scams.Mixed in with all the additions, bug fixes, and tweaks, one classic Opera features has been removed: widgets. They’ve offered Opera users a way to run web-based gadgets on their desktop for ages, but Opera has decided it’s time for developers to fully embrace the newer extension platform — which allows widget-like functionality on the Speed Dial page. Unite, which first debuted in Opera 10 just a couple years ago, has also been axed.To take Opera 12 for a test drive, head over to Opera Next. It’s speedy, stable, and very competitive with other top browsers.More at Opera Next
Maurizio Sarri claims he didn’t snub Pep Guardiola after Chelsea’s 6-0 mauling in the hands Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.The Blues were condemned to their heaviest loss in Premier League history and their worst in any competition since 1991.And the former Napoli manager revealed the opening goal ruined the game plan and credited Guardiola’s men.“We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours,” Sarri told Football Italia via Sky.“My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week. We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game.“Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.”Someone knows they’re on their way to get sacked #Sarri #MCICHE pic.twitter.com/Eh5fbDfYK5Sarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.— Mr_Brown (@Mr_Brown__) February 10, 2019Sarri insists he didn’t see his City counterpart Guardiola after the encounter as he rejected snub claims.“I just didn’t see Pep, as at that moment I just wanted to go into the dressing room. Then, as I always do, I went to salute him afterwards.”There are inevitably questions around Sarri’s future after this historic 6-0 result.“Matches like this can leave a mark. It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats. At half-time, I told the lads that if we were able to react, we’d come back stronger than ever.”Sarri was asked if he was expecting a call from patron Roman Abramovich, but the answer pointed towards the power structure at Chelsea.“If the President calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”
Twenty people dead and 26 injured in El Paso shooting Posted: August 3, 2019 August 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL PASO, Texas (KUSI) — El Paso police say 20 people have been killed and 26 others wounded in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center.Authorities are investigating a hate crime as among the possible motives in the shopping complex shooting that left 20 people dead and 26 more wounded.Police said authorities are looking into an online writing that indicated a potential connection to a hate crime to determine if it belonged to the suspected gunman.Law enforcement officials have said a 21-year-old Dallas-area man named Patrick Crusius is in custody in the shooting.Police say most of the victims of Saturday’s attack appear to have been at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The Federal Aviation Administration has dropped a controversial airspace restriction over Vancouver’s Pearson Field, handing a victory to the city and others who lobbied- against it.The FAA notified the city of that decision this week, according to Pearson airport manager Willy Williamson. The move comes two months after the federal agency convened a special panel to review the shared airspace between Pearson and Portland International Airport. Ultimately, the panel decided to leave the arrangement basically unchanged.“It really ended up being a win-win situation,” Williamson said, noting Pearson will continue to operate as is with the latest federal sign-off.“That keeps the airport viable-, and it keeps tens of thousands of dollars coming to the local economy,” Williamson- said.Last September, the FAA floated a proposed rule change that would have restricted local flights in and out of Pearson. The so-called “Pearson box” rule would have created an area one mile wide by six miles long in which Pearson pilots would have to yield to larger airliners approaching PDX from the west.FAA officials maintained that the proposal was crafted with safety in mind. But local pilots and others pushed back, forcing a delay of the proposed rule change before its planned October implementation. Members of the Northwest’s Congressional delegation also leaned on the FAA to put the brakes on the seemingly fast-tracked change.That included U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, who praised this week’s developments.“This resolution brings welcome relief for the local pilots, and the local businesses and workers supported by the economic activity from Pearson Air Field,” Herrera Beutler said in a released statement. “I appreciate the FAA’s willingness to reassess the safety and economic implications of its proposal, and consider more reasonable solutions.”
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The mother of a baby shot dead in his stroller took one look at a teenage suspect’s jailhouse mugshot Saturday and said he was definitely the killer. Yet an aunt of the teen said he was eating breakfast with her when the slaying took place.Despite the conflicting stories, police have charged 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins with murder, along with a 14-year-old suspect whose name has been withheld because he’s a juvenile.Brunswick police spokesman Todd Rhodes said even though Elkins’ aunt provided an alibi, authorities have good reason to bring the charges.“That’s what she’s saying, but the evidence we’re looking at says something else,” Rhodes said, though he would not elaborate.Also Saturday, police in this coastal port city released 911 recordings from neighbors who sobbed and pleaded for help right after 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot in the head a few blocks from his mother’s apartment.Sherry West said she was pushing her baby in his stroller as she walked home from the post office Thursday morning. She said a teenager, with a younger boy behind him, approached and asked her for money. West said when she told him she had no money, the teen drew a gun and said: “Do you want me to kill your baby?”The gunman opened fire and West was shot in the leg, while another bullet grazed her left ear, she said. She watched helplessly as the gunman shot her son in the face, she said.
Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-oil-tax-lending-bill.mp3VmJennifer-on-oil-tax-lending-bill.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Legislature is considering a proposal that would allow the state to borrow up to $1 billion from global markets in order to cover the debt it owes to oil and gas companies. According to BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson the $525 million project for BlueCrest has spent roughly $400 million and is expecting the other $125 million back from the state. But, the company has only received $27 million back in tax credits, and caused the company to take an ‘operational pause’ in order to obtain additional funding. Senate Bill 176; “An Act establishing the Alaska Tax Credit Certificate Bond Corporation; relating to purchases of tax credit certificates; relating to overriding royalty interest agreements; and providing for an effective date.” Companies like BlueCrest who started their Cosmopolitan project out in Anchor Point based on a partnership proposed by the state in 2014. The state promised billions of dollars in tax credits to smaller oil and gas companies between 2003 and 2017. But when petroleum prices plunged, the state could no longer afford to pay the credits. According to text written within the bill the debt is estimated to be be closer to $1 billion once the expected applications are submitted this year. SB 176 remains in the Senate Resources Committee as of this morning. Governor Walker signed HB111, a bill ending cash credits, into law at the end of July in 2017. The state has been paying only the minimum amount on what it owes in tax credits to companies for the past several years, but as of December 31, the state owes $806 million in credits.
Kanhaiya Kumar (C) addresses students and activists at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on March 3, 2016. ICHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty ImagesOne of the many interesting battles that were fought in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was between young CPI politician and former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar and BJP veteran Giriraj Singh from the Begusarai constituency in Bihar. Despite Kanhaiya campaigning vividly in his hometown with the help of may left-leaning celebrities of Bollywood, including Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhasker and Prakash Raj, Kanhaiya was heavily trailing behind Singh with a margin of over 1 lakh votes as of 12.30 pm.Begusarai was a keenly watched Lok Sabha constituency especially when Singh had earlier opposed BJP’s directions on contesting from there. Both Singh and Kanhaiya belong to the upper caste Hindu community from the area. Singh was expected to garner all the votes of Bhumiar community.The constituency, with a population of 4.5 lakh voters, got further divided especially when the Rashtriya Lok Dal party headed by Tejaswi Yadav refused to join hands with Kanhaiya and instead fielded a Muslim candidate, Tanveer Hassan. It further divided the vote share and easily took away the Muslim vote back from Kanhaiya. BJP leader Giriraj Singh.IANS fileBoth Kanhaiya and Singh represented the extreme left and right ideologies. While Singh is notorious for making statements of sending anti-national people to Pakistan, Kanhaiya was earlier charged with sedition during the JNU campus protests a few years ago.Nevertheless, despite Kanhaiya’s oratory skills, crowdfunding campaign and star backing, he could not win from Begusarai although he may have built a strong foundation for CPI among the young voters.
A lot of the enjoyment about Harry Potter stems from how J.K. Rowling uses the characters’ unique personalities to form distinct groups. Whether it’s the house you would be sorted into or your wand, your magic is tied to who you are, and that only adds to the fantasy.Pottermore has capitalized on this fun by allowing you to take an official sorting house quiz for both Hogwarts and Ilvermorny. Now, you can figure out what your Patronus is thanks to a new quiz experience.I say “experience” because it’s not a quiz in the same way that the others ask you questions about your personality. In the new Pottermore feature, released Thursday, users can travel through a 3D animated forest set to an original score, choosing from a list of words that best appeal to them.The Patronus, which is a defensive spell that can be used to fight dementors and appears as an ethereal animal protector, is unique to each individual. While some characters in the books could share a Patronus (Harry and his dad both had a stag), it’s usually something representative of the characters’ personalities.For the user, it’s chosen for the user based on the words you choose and the amount of time you take to make your decision.Some that have been discovered so far are white mares, ospreys, blackbirds, dragonflies, stags, adders, and foxes. There are also multiple breeds of cats and dogs, including the Borzoi, which is a Russian wolfhound and is what I got when I took the quiz.Patronuses can be any animal both regular and magical, according to Pottermore, although it’s more rare to receive a magical beast.The experience was made with input from Rowling herself, so if there’s going to be any official Patronus selector, it would be this one.It’s unclear exactly how the animal is calculated and how your word choices and time frame measure in the decision. It’s fun nonetheless, and another way to pretend that even though you were supposed to get your Hogwarts owl 15 years ago, it maybe just got lost in the mail and you’re still destined for magic. We can dream.You need an account on Pottermore to take the quiz. You can only go through the experience once. After that, your Patronus is linked to your profile, along with your school house and your wand.
Here. Have a large glass of some Tebow power:Here’s the video of #Tebow‘s home run. pic.twitter.com/EVId65fT3O— Luis Torres (@LFTorresIII) September 28, 2016 Advertisement Tim Tebow is taking his next step on his journey to Cooperstown.The Mets have seen enough from Tebow in his short time at their rookie instructional league, and have announced that will be sent to the Arizona Fall instructional League for top prospects.The move will be a step up in competition for Tebow, who will need to prove he can still hit Tebow-bombs against pitching from better prospects. It’s time to meet a decent slider.The Tebow Baseball Experiment moves on to phase two. Pack your bags Tim. See you in Arizona.
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A new 540-room hotel has been given construction approval in the municipality of Soildaridad.The company Vadjavari SA de CV has received a green light to develop a hotel complex at Punta Maroma north of Playa del Carmen. The General Directorate of Impact and Environmental Risk approved a change of land use for the company to begin building.Once complete, the company will have constructed a new hotel Proyecto MX with a total of 540 rooms distributed in 11 buildings and 13 villas with pools, gardens, restaurants, spa, terraces and roads.Vadjavari submitted their request in April of this year. The investment is reported to be around 2.1 billion peso. The hotel will be located in the Environmental Management Unit 17 called the Punta Brava-Xcalacoco Tourist Corridor 35.3 kilometers from the Cancun International Airport on 54 hectares with a beachfront of 110 linear meters.According to the promoting firm, the design of the project was constituted through an environmental planning process that “orients it towards an environmental sustainability scheme”.The document says the construction will allow the conservation and maintenance of ecosystems and their environmental functions, mainly mangrove, jungle and dune, since “it will not alter the mangrove of this region and does not endanger the persistence of the subperennifolia middle forest in the one that is the property.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)