Congress Wraps Up Work for 2017

first_imgLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative. Congress wrapped up its work for 2017 and lawmakers left Capitol Hill for the holiday recess. Before departing, the House approved a tax-related disaster package for California wildfire victims (HR 4667). In addition, lawmakers encouraged the IRS to quickly implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97).Disaster Relief“The 2017 wildfire season has ravaged California. The need for relief and assistance is immediate,” Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., said. “The disaster relief bill allows victims to take penalty-free withdrawals from their retirement accounts, and encourages others to make charitable contributions to help those in need,” she added. Also, the disaster bill approved by the House creates an employee retention credit for employers affected by the wildfires. Further, the bill includes additional funding to help victims of the summer hurricanes.However, the Senate did not take up the disaster bill before its holiday break. “The Senate should be voting on a disaster bill. Floridians still need help after Irma and Puerto Ricans are still struggling to recover after Maria,” Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., tweeted.Implementing New Tax LawSen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called on the IRS to quickly implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “The IRS must take immediate action to update the relevant guidance documents for employers that are necessary for the administration of payroll in compliance with federal law,” Portman wrote to the Service. Further, he asked the IRS for its “planned implementation date for sending employers new guidance documents on withholding.”In other news, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., cautioned that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could impact taxpayers seeking help for crumbling foundations. The IRS issued safe harbors (Rev. Proc. 2017-60). However, according to Courtney, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act limits casualty loss deductions to events that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated as federal disasters. Courtney said he has contacted the IRS for clarification.By George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

New Bollywood heroes: They flirt with their dark side, cheat on their wives

first_imgWarts and all: Amitabh Bachchan and Jiah Khan in NishabdKaran Johar is on the phone with his mother, discussing the evening’s dinner party and the possible no-show of good buddies Yash and Avanti Birla. “They said not to worry about their food,” says the considerate son, even as he calls,Warts and all: Amitabh Bachchan and Jiah Khan in NishabdKaran Johar is on the phone with his mother, discussing the evening’s dinner party and the possible no-show of good buddies Yash and Avanti Birla. “They said not to worry about their food,” says the considerate son, even as he calls up another friend, actor Kajol, ribbing her amicably about her reclusive nature.A silent minion gets him a wicked looking soup that is part of a new diet and the Louis Vuitton accessories he so loves peep out discreetly from a busy desk- a leather file, a sling bag, even the dress of an actor on the cover of a magazine, in a shoot he organised.It’s a world without a crimp. Except on celluloid. Come August and Johar’s picture-perfect universe is going to get a minor jolt in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. His cynical and often-snappy hero Shah Rukh Khan cheats on his wife, an ambitious superwoman who seems to have it all-a home, a child, even an inhouse mother-in-law who dotes on her.There is nothing to propel him except his search for a beinteha mohabbat, which will see him pursue another man’s wife. Albeit a bit slowly: as if to heighten his character’s inexplicable flaw, Johar has given his hero a limp.The limp surfaces in another movie this season-and it doesn’t sit half as prettily on the bearded Saif Ali Khan in Omkara. As VishalNORMAL IS BORING SHAH RUKH KHAN IN KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA: He plays a football coach with an ultrasuccessful wife. He is an unhappy, though glamorous loser, and only the love he has for another man’s wife will rescue him.advertisementAJAY DEVGAN IN OMKARA: He is the leader of the local mafia, adored by his fresh-faced girlfriend Dolly, who even sweetly learns to sing a Stevie Wonder song for him. To no avail. He is Othello, she, Desdemona.AMITABH BACHCHAN IN NISHABD: He is 54, married with children. She is 18, footloose and fancies him. Yes, he is Humbert Humbert, she, Lolita. Everyone’s favourite grandfather a dirty old man? Bharadwaj’s western style epic set in eastern Uttar Pradesh opens, the first words that spill out like bile from Saif’s otherwise wellbred mouth are bewakoof aur c******.What follows is a detailed lesson in what makes one different from the other, administered to a befuddled groom whose wedding party Saif’s goons are about to loot. But this is only a minor transgression compared to what follows: Saif’s Langda Tyagi will also poison his mentor Omi’s heart against his sweet girlfriend, with a succession of lies too complex to unravel by a man blinded by passion.And even these sorry and sometimes scruffy men pale in comparison with the ultimate taboo-breaker. Amitabh Bachchan, having met with little success while cavorting with some fair skinned ladies of dubious reputation in Kaizad Gustad’s Boom, now finds himself playing a 54-year-old married man being seduced by Jiah Khan’s 18-year-old in Ram Gopal Varma’s Nishabd.His extra-curricular activities in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna seem only too innocent in comparison: in one scene when his son, played by Abhishek Bachchan, bangs on the door, the father, a man who likes his women, replies that he is quite tied up. The camera pans to reveal that it is literally so-with Bachchan’s hands tied to the bedpost with silken scarves.Ahem. It’s raining imperfect men in Bollywood. And the stars seem to be loving it. Ask Ajay Devgan. He says: “There’s nothing like playing a character who has a terminal flaw. It’s so much more exciting.” And, perhaps, profitable. Take Aamir Khan. In Fanaa, he plays a terrorist who shockingly does not renounce his separatist cause and dies dreaming of azadi for Kashmir, a thought inconceivable in a nation that embraced Mani Ratnam’s anti-jihadi Roja.Fatal flaws: Devgan and Saif Ali Khan in OmkaraThere are no explanations given for why he is so. As there are none for Shah Rukh Khan’s declaration that his marriage is dead. Our heroes no longer need a script justification to do what humans do-err. Vijay was a smuggler in Deewar because society made him so, and a ruthless businessman in Trishul because his absent father made him so.For these imperfect heroes, nature nurtures. Audiences, tired of seeing Mr Goody Two Shoes in film upon film, seem happy with the experiment. Perhaps the only way they accept perfection is if it comes swathed in a cape and clad in a black mask, announcing that it is a superboy, as in Krrish.advertisementWriter Jaideep Sahni, who created two less-than-perfect people-Chandu in Company and Rakesh/Bunty in Bunty Aur Babli-says it has much to do with television soaps which have exposed audiences to so much imperfection that viewers have become quite used to multiple marriages, several divorces, and thoughtless murders.”Look everywhere around us, at the people we chose as our heroes-in politics we chase their rise to and fall from power, no one is interested in their policies; in business we chase their lost and found fortunes; in sports we chase their injuries-no one is interested in their daily training schedules,” he says.Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherji in KANKNo flaw, no hero. It also has to do with the personal graph of each actor. Bachchan is at a stage in his career where he can afford to experiment. Shah Rukh Khan has a healthy distaste for the new-age loverboy roles which have earned him a global audience, while Aamir Khan’s characters have often had a streak of mischief in them-sometimes, as in Dil Chahta Hai, it’s a harmless shallowness redeemed at the end by a big reconciliation scene, at other times, as in Fanaa, it borders on a redefinition of how Muslim militants have been projected in Hindi cinema.At other times, the decisions are purely emotional. J.P. Dutta says Bachchan senior had issues with his son Abhishek playing a perceived wimp in his version of Umrao Jaan, which is based entirely on Mirza Haadi Ruswa’s 1904 Urdu novel. “But Abhishek just listens to what his heart tells him,” says Dutta, who launched him in Refugee.So when Shah Rukh Khan tells Rani Mukherji, just as she is about to wed Abhishek Bachchan, that perfect love is only for “bad films and good books” and that one has to be satisfied with chhote mote pyaar (less than pure love) he is articulating the growing dissatisfaction in society with relationships. With life.If movies have started telling people the truth, or at least a good-looking version of it, with appropriate background music and enough costume changes, they are ready for it.last_img read more

Stalin, PETA cross swords on Jallikattu issue

first_imgChennai, Jan 16 (PTI) A war of words broke out between DMK Working President MK Stalin and PETA over the Jallikattu issue, with the leader dubbing the animal rights NGO as “anti-national” and the group calling the criticism “cheap and ineffective.”People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has come under severe criticism from pro-Jallikattu groups for its strident opposition to the bull-taming sport associated with the Pongal harvest festivities.Targeting PETA, which has been in the forefront of anti- Jallikattu protests, Stalin, also Tamil Nadu Opposition leader, said such “international NGOs did not realise the diversity of India and aspects of its heritage,” and charged them with working with “ulterior motives.””Centre should immediately ban the international NGO PETA which is against our culture and is anti-national,” he said. He also favoured replacing Animal Welfare Board of India with a different body with more Tamil representation in it.Hitting back, PETA said Stalins criticism was “cheap and ineffective” and that supporting “cruelty” is “un-Indian.””To target an animal protection NGO which is not a law- making body, but rather a law-abiding body, is cheap and ineffective as it can have no bearing whatsoever on the central government laws that prohibit cruelty to bulls,” Manilal Valliyate, Director of Veterinary Affairs, PETA India, said.”To stand for kindness is patriotic, to stand for cruelty is un-Indian. PETA India serves animals in respect of our countrys Constitutional mandate, its laws and its Supreme Court,” Valliyate said in a statement.Stalin demanded that the Centre should not allow PETA to function anymore and urged the Union Government to come out with court-approved mechanism for the conduct of the bull- taming sport in future. PTI SA BN TIRadvertisementlast_img read more

No Smoking in Public Places as of July 15

first_imgAs of Monday, July 15, smoking in public places will be banned, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, announced on June 25.“Come July 15, no longer will our workers and children have to involuntarily inhale tobacco smoke, with its over 40 carcinogens,” the Minister emphasised.Dr. Ferguson was making his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.The decision on the ban was made by the Minister, who exercised his powers under the Public Health Act, and with the approval of Cabinet. This has resulted in the implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013.[RELATED: No User Fee Policy Stays]The Regulations outline places where smoking is prohibited, such as all enclosed places, public transportation, workplaces, government buildings, health facilities; sport, athletic and recreational facilities for use by the public; educational institutions; areas specifically for use by children, and places of collective use, such as bus stops. They also require the use of large, graphic health warnings on tobacco products, instead of the text only warnings currently used. This will be effective within six months.“The measure is expected to reduce the number of children who begin smoking and increase the number of smokers who will quit,” Dr. Ferguson said.In addition, the Regulations include requirements for tobacco product disclosures, which will enhance the Government’s capacity to monitor the extent of the tobacco epidemic and produce the data needed to inform further tobacco control measures.[RELATED: Hospitals Upgraded at a Cost of $375 Million]The 2010 Global Youth Tobacco Survey undertaken by the National Council on Drug Abuse indicates that just over 40 per cent of young persons aged 13 to 15 years have smoked at least once, and alarmingly, over 19 per cent of those who have ever smoked started under the age of 10 years.According to the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, tobacco kills up to half of its users and kills nearly six million people each year, including more than 600,000 non-smokers exposed to second hand smoke.The statistics also show that across the globe, every six seconds someone dies from tobacco related illness; one in 10 adults every year dies because of tobacco; and nearly 80 per cent of the world’s one billion smokers live in low and middle income countries like Jamaica.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

MPA Singapore Southernpec Loses Bunker Supplier License

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Flickr – under the: CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker supplier license of Southernpec (Singapore) Pte Ltd, with effect from May 29, 2019.As a result, the company will cease to operate as a bunker supplier in the Port of Singapore.During a recent enforcement check, MPA found that Southernpec had failed to ensure that its employees comply with the terms and conditions of their license.Specifically, the company’s employees engaged in bunker malpractices, which include the use of magnets to interfere with the mass flow meter during bunkering operations.Southernpec’s cargo officers also did not record the information in the bunkering documents accurately, which breached the terms and conditions of its bunker supplier license, as explained by MPA.Earlier this month, MPA revoked the bunker craft operator license of Southernpec after suspending it in April.The company can no longer work as a bunker craft operator in the port.last_img read more

Govt to set up information bank of projects for people

first_imgKolkata: The state government will set up an information bank of various projects which have benefitted crores of people in the past few years.The District Magistrates have been asked to give details of the names of the beneficiaries of the Sabujshree project. The main objective of the move is to ensure that the benefits have gone to the genuine persons. The preliminary report maintained that around 24 lakh families have got benefits of the Sabujshree project. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSabujshree is one of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet projects. She has mentioned about the project over and again in her speeches. Under the Sabujshree project, a sapling is given free-of-cost to the parents of newborn children in state-run healthcare establishments. The parents are asked to maintain the saplings and when the children become adults, the parents can sell the tree and the money thereby received can be spent for the higher education of their children. The scheme has gone very well with the parents of newborns. During the programmes, the Chief Minister herself had distributed saplings to the parents. Generally, saplings of Mahogany, Saal and Segun trees are given to the parents, the prices of which go up with time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that nearly one crore bicycles have been distributed among the students of Classes IX to XII of state-run and aided schools by the Backward Classes Welfare department (BCW). The BCW department has names of the beneficiaries along with the names of their parents or guardians, names of the school where they are studying along with their classes and the date when they had received the cycles. Because of this solid database, the Sabuj Sathi project has even received an award from the United Nations.last_img read more

Stars Donate To Oxfams Rumble In The Jumble

first_imgA huge number of celebs have donated items to this weekend’s Rumble In The Jumble #3.The Music Circle is back with another Rumble in the Jumble in association with Oxfam on April 26, after a hugely successful celebrity sale in 2013, which raised over £16,000 and featured designer donations from the likes of Damon Albarn, Alison Mosshart, Fearne Cotton, Daisy Lowe and Annie Mac.The event is raising money and awareness for women in the DRC, the victims of “the world’s most forgotten conflict”, who face constant threats of forced displacement, sexual violence, abduction and extortion.Items going under the hammer at this year’s event include: Circle founder Annie Lennox’s hand-written lyrics for ‘Sweet Dreams’. David Gandy’s Dolce and Gabbana suit. Snow Patrol’s guitar. Anna Calvi’s Gucci heels. The four-track that Suede’s Brett Anderson recorded early b-side ’He’s Dead’ on. The shoes Garbage’s Shirley Manson wore in the video for ‘Blood For Poppies’. Lauren Laverne’s Marc Jacobs dresses and her leopard print coat. A signed Florence and the Machine screen print. Ricky Wilson’s 2010 tour denim jacket. Disclosure’s Nike Air Max trainers. Joe Mount from Metronomy’s signed Repetto shoes. Tinie Tempah’s Nike Jordans.But wait – there’s more! Other stars to donate items include: Arctic Monkeys, Professor Green, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton, Gizzi Erskine, Jameela Jamil, Annie Mac, Toddla T, Vampire Weekend, Livia Firth, Caroline Flack, Goldfrapp, Bat For Lashes, Foals, Arcade Fire, The Breeders, Friendly Fires, Everything Everything, Peace, Cherry Healey, Rudimental, Alt-J, Nero, The Postal Service, Erol Alkan, Noah and the Whale, Beady Eye, Boy George, Scissor Sisters, London Grammar, Chloe Howl, Skin (Skunk Anansie), Steve Aoki, Jonny Woo, Little Boots, London Hughes, Angela Scanlon, Will Best, AJ Odudu and more.The event will be hosted by Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney, and will take place from 12-6pm at the Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London.Find out more here.last_img read more

Toyota recalls 70000 vehicles to replace air bag inflators

first_imgDETROIT — Toyota is recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.The recall covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla, the 2002 to 2005 Sequoia, the 2003 to 2005 Tundra and the 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC.Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the bags. But it can deteriorate and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister.The Toyota and Lexus vehicles were recalled previously and the inflators replaced with new ones that still used ammonium nitrate. In the latest recall, Toyota will use inflators made by another company with a safer chemical.Owners will be notified early next year. Toyota says it has replacement parts available.The Associated Presslast_img read more

WatchTSX snaps threeday slide US markets soar

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed moderately higher Wednesday with the energy sector the main drag as oil prices retreated below US$60 a barrel.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 47.40 points at 15,028.12 in its first sign of strength this week after falling almost 190 points the previous three sessions. The loonie was off 0.22 of a U.S. cent at 83.34 cents.In New York, buyers flooded back into the markets after three consecutive down days that saw the widely watched Dow Jones industrial average shed more than 130 points. On Thursday, the Dow reversed that and more, soaring 191.75 points to 18,252.24 on the strength of encouraging news on the U.S. job market and a drop in producer prices that possibly signalled lower inflation and a continuation of historically low interest rates.Meanwhile, the Nasdaq jumped 69.11 points to 5,050.80 and the S&P 500 shot up 22.62 points to a record high 2,121.10.In commodities, the June crude oil contract lost 62 cents to US$59.88 a barrel and the TSX energy sector fell 1.89 per cent. Meanwhile, June gold continued its recent tear, up $7 at US$1,225.20 an ounce.In economic news, the U.S. Labor Department said its producer price index fell 0.4 per cent in April after rising 0.2 per cent in March. The core index, which strips out the volatile food and energy sectors, was down 0.2 per cent.CIBC senior economist Andrew Grantham said in a note that the latest figures take the annual rate down to minus 1.3 per cent.“While the producer price series doesn’t have a great correlation at times with CPI, these soft figures could see forecasters trimming expectations for next week’s CPI release,” Grantham said.Meanwhile, the Labor Department said that fewer Americans applied for unemployment aid last week. Seasonally adjusted applications were down by 1,000 to 264,000, just above a 15-year low reached three weeks ago.Tim Caulfield, directory of equities research at Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund, said that while U.S. employment numbers have seen their ups and downs, “I think the trend generally has been continuing to improve.”“Of course, that’s most important to what is the world’s largest economy and has great bearing on the Canadian economy and North American equities, Canadian equities included,” Caulfield said.“Obviously we’ve seen significant volatility in the price of crude oil … and today its risk-off for energy equities,” he said, but noted that crude oil price is up 25 per cent quarter to date.“So $59.50 crude is quite a bit higher than the mid-$45 level that we saw in crude as recently as March.”Also heartening for the oilpatch is the fact that natural gas now is trading above US$3 per thousand cubic feet, something Caulfield described as “an interesting story that’s been much more positive as of late.”“(And) in general, we’ve seen pretty good earnings from a lot of the constituents of the TSX, in particular outside of energy,” he said. “That provides a pretty solid backdrop for equity markets.”In corporate news, Bombardier (TSX;BBD.B) announced it will cut about 1,750 employees in Montreal, Toronto and Belfast, Ireland, over the coming months because of weak demand for its largest business jets. Its stock was up 13 cents or 5.1 per cent at $2.68. read more

Car belonging to mistress of Madush seized two arrested

The Police also said that two suspects were arrested after the vehicle was seized.Makandure Madush was arrested in Dubai this week at a hotel with several others. A car belonging to the mistress of notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush was seized by the Police today.The vehicle was seized in Padukka, the Police said. They were arrested with narcotics in their possession. (Colombo Gazette)

Adidas promises to use only recycled plastics by 2024

Adidas has announced plans to make its products more sustainable.The sportswear maker has committed to using only recycled plastic in its products by 2024.It also said it would stop using new plastic in its offices, retail outlets and warehouses.The move makes Adidas the latest company to pledge to make changes to its plastic use.Dozens of companies including McDonald’s and Starbucks have pledged to decrease their plastic use.Global use of plastic has increased greatly over the last 50 years.Research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world’s oceans by 2050.

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria 10 crew kidnapped

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel’s crew members.The Anadolu Agency says the ship, the Paksoy-1, was attacked late Monday. There were 18 crew members on board — all of them Turkish citizens.Private NTV television said the pirates approached the ship on speed boats and took 10 crew members as hostages. They have not been heard from since, the report said.NTV said the eight remaining crew members were rescued and taken to Guinea. It added the Turkish Foreign Ministry was trying to locate and rescue the 10 missing Turks.The Associated Press

After just a few hours of deliberation jury finds in favour of

After just a few hours of deliberation, jury finds in favour of Apple in iPod class-action suit by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2014 2:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2006 file photo, a man wears an Apple iPod Shuffle at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) OAKLAND, Calif. – A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn’t compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court handed Apple a victory by rejecting a claim from attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who were seeking as much as $1 billion in a class-action lawsuit. The plaintiffs argued that Apple was able to overcharge consumers for iPods by making it difficult to switch to a rival music player, as music bought from Apple’s iTunes store wouldn’t work on other players, nor would music from other stores work on iPods.After just three hours of deliberation, the jury accepted Apple’s argument that the software provided necessary security protection and was part of a larger package of improvements that made iPods and iTunes popular with consumers.Apple applauded the verdict: “We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music. Every time we’ve updated those products — and every Apple product over the years — we’ve done it to make the user experience even better.”Apple no longer uses the copy-protection software in question, so the ruling has no effect on the company’s current practices.The case, originally filed in 2005, covers an estimated 8 million consumers who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, when the software was still in place.The plaintiffs argued that the software locked people into using iPods and allowed Apple to overcharge for the devices. Plaintiffs were seeking $350 million in damages, which could have been tripled if the jury found Apple violated antitrust laws.Attorneys for the plaintiffs said they plan to appeal. “We’re glad we got this to the jury,” attorney Bonny Sweeney said. But she said that a ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers kept the jury from considering the impact of encryption code used in an iTunes software update that was the focus of the trial.During a two-week trial, the plaintiffs’ attorneys played a video of testimony by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died in 2011. They also showed emails between Apple executives that indicated they were concerned about some early efforts by rival companies to sell digital music files that might be played on iPods.But Apple executives testified they were focused on preventing unauthorized copying — which was a big concern of recording labels — and said Apple was worried that digital files from outside sources might compromise the security of its iTunes software.In what turned out to be the key issue of the trial, Apple argued that its iTunes software updates were legitimate product improvements, which combined security protections with other new features that allowed consumers to watch videos, view album covers and synch their music collections on different computers.Federal antitrust law permits companies to make legitimate product improvements, regardless of their effect on competitors. Rogers told jurors that if they agreed with Apple on that point, they did not need to examine other arguments in the case. The jury began deliberating Monday afternoon.Although the case focused on an iTunes software update that blocked music sold by competitor Real Networks, Real and other rival music sellers weren’t parties in the case.While the case took almost 10 years to get to trial, it nearly collapsed last week when the named plaintiffs were disqualified from the case. Apple attorney William Isaacson told the judge that records showed that neither of the two lead plaintiffs, who are supposed to represent the other consumers affected by the case, had purchased iPod models covered by the lawsuit. A third plaintiff had withdrawn earlier.After a last-minute scramble, Rogers agreed to add Massachusetts business consultant Barbara Bennett as the lead plaintiff. Jurors did not hear any testimony from Bennett, who told attorneys she listened to her iPod while figure skating. read more

Miro Požun began with a defeat in Celje PL

← Previous Story Pick Szeged win of the decade in Chekhov Next Story → Holger Glandorf three years in SG Flensburg Miro Požun The man who is connected with the biggest sucess of Slovenian handball, EHF Champions League crown of Celje Pivovarna Lasko from 2004, Miro Požun (67), started with a defeat in his new contract with Slovenian champion.  In deep crisis, after resigned previous coach, Noka Serdarusic, Celje PL went to the court of the biggest rival in national champioship, Gorenje Velenje 33:29 (15:16).Gorenje Velenje: Gajić (9 saves), Skok (4 saves), Bezjak 5, Manojlović 4, Stanojević, Rutar, Cehte 4, Miklavčič 5, Musa 4, Štefanič, Golčar 3, Šoštarič, Gams 1 (1), Nosan, Šimič 6 (3), Bajram 1.Celje PL: Lesjak, Alilović (9 saves), Rezar (5 saves), Prieto, Marguč 8 (1), Vugrinec 5, Razgor 1, Toskić 1, Poklar, Kozlina, Metličić 2, Rnić 6, Kokšarov 5 (4), Zorman 1. read more

Higgins It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of

first_imgWe must forensically examine the connections that exist between our economies, our societies and our administrative systems and ensure those connections do not become, or remain, issues for determination by narrow elites of market ideologies. The nature of the interconnection between economy, society and government is a profoundly important issue that impacts on the welfare of all our citizens and its central to maintaining the health and legitimacy of democracy in Europe.He added that at the heart of O’Reilly’s work as Ombudsmen is the realisation that we must make room for the participation and welfare of all the people within our society, including those on the margins, the poor, the weak and the disadvantaged.“The relationship between citizens and the public bodies which serve their needs is critical to the achievement of an inclusive citizenship,” he told her.Read: Next stop Strasbourg: Emily O’Reilly wins vote to become new EU Ombudsman>Read: Charities speaking in Leinster House have a bottom line: ‘No more cuts’> PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has said that it is important that the pressure experienced by people due to austerity do not result in the “erosion of the hard-won rights of citizens”.Higgins was speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Higgins said her election was “a great tribute to the enormous dedication she brought to her role as Ireland’s Ombudsman and Information Commissioner over many years”.The president said that the difficult dilemma that has faced European governments is the requirement to take difficult decisions to address fiscal and financial challenges with the imperative of not eroding citizens’ rights that are at the heart of a just society.He said that a regrettable trend is the acceptance of a view that politics, society and the economy are separate from each other.last_img read more

€4 million fund to target the most disadvantaged children in Tallaght area

first_imgCHILDREN AND FAMILIES in Tallaght West are set to benefit from a €4 million investment in early intervention programmes.The programmes, which are targeted at the most disadvantaged in the community, aim to support “better outcomes for children and families,” said Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) chief executive Marian Quinn.The new programmes will be coordinated by the CDI and continue until 2016.Young childrenMs Quinn said they would be consulting widely with the community to identify new programmes that would best meet community needs, but said that in particular they wanted to specifically target 0-3 year olds.CDI has already overseen seven prevention and early intervention prevention programmes in Tallaght since 2007, which have helped more than 5,000 children and parents improve their literacy, speech and language skills, health in schools, community safety and conflict resolution.Improving outcomesMayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Dermot Looney welcomed the investment stating that the initiative is a model of “how we can improve outcomes for children by evaluating services to identify what really works. I am delighted that this work is to continue and be developed further. It will bring much needed benefit to the community”.The initiative is co-funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Atlantic Philanthropies.Read: New child agency must ‘ensure children’s voices are heard’ – Chairperson>Read: Minister: The number of obese three-year-olds in Ireland is frightening>last_img read more

Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to slop out

first_imgTHE MAJORITY OF prisoners that still have to “slop out” are in Cork.Figures from the Department of Justice show that as of 1 April 2014, a total of 334 prisoners lacked in-cell sanitation.The breakdown of the figure is as follows:226 in Cork59 in Portlaoise 49 in Limerick.The department says this is”a very substantial reduction” on the number of prisoners slopping out at the end of 2010, of which there were 1003.The UN Committee for Human Rights was critical of prison conditions in their report released this week in which they said improvements in living conditions, treatment of detainees, overcrowding and the practice of ‘slopping out’ should be looked at “as a matter of urgency”.In-cell sanitationThe Department of Justice said today that “the minister is committed to the ending of slopping out and improving conditions in the prison system. The Irish Prison Service published a Three Year Strategic Plan in 2012 which included a 40-month capital programme to provide in-cell sanitation in all cells and radically improve prison conditions in the older parts of the prison estate”.The statement added that the modernisation of Mountjoy prison continues with the refurbishment of the A, adding that the B and C wings are now complete.“Work has commenced on the refurbishment of the D Wing. With the closure of D Wing to facilitate refurbishment, every prisoner in Mountjoy now has access to in-cell sanitation”.There is also a development plan for Limerick Prison, which is at an advanced stage with a view to the commencement of development works there on a phased basis in late 2015.Work on the construction of a new prison in Cork commenced in January 2014 and is due to be completed in 2015.The department said this will end slopping out in Cork Prison and effectively throughout the prison estate.Read: Ireland told to stop sending people to prison for not paying fines> Read: UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomyRead: UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortionlast_img read more

Nucléaire une chaîne humaine pour fermer Fessenheim

first_imgNucléaire : une chaîne humaine pour fermer FessenheimPlusieurs milliers de manifestants anti-nucléaire se sont réunis hier devant la centrale de Fessenheim, dans le Haut-Rhin, et ont réalisé une chaîne humaine pour demander la fermeture de la doyenne du parc nucléaire français.Ils étaient entre 5.000 et 10.000 selon les organisateurs, à se retrouver ce dimanche pour demander à ce que toute activité cesse sur le site de Fessenheim. Ces anti-nucléaires venaient de France, mais pas seulement : des Suisses et des Allemands étaient également présents pour former une chaîne humaine d’environ 5 kilomètres, a noté Reuters. Ils se sont couchés sur le sol pour simuler les effets d’un accident nucléaire. Certains arboraient des pancartes proclamant “Aujourd’hui le Japon. Demain Fessenheim”, a remarqué France 2.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLa centrale du Haut-Rhin a été ouverte en 1977 et cristallise la colère des écologistes. Fessenheim est actuellement dans l’attente d’une décision des autorités. Elles doivent dire si EDF peut être autorisé à l’exploiter encore 10 ans. Selon Le Figaro, l’ASN a déjà laissé entendre plusieurs fois que cet avis serait positif, sous réserve de certains investissements à réaliser sur le site. Toutefois, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé vendredi que le gouvernement attendrait le résultat des tests de résistance qui doivent être réalisés.Les anti-nucléaires présents hier à Fessenheim ont rappelé que la centrale a été construite au bord du Rhin, sur une zone sismique. En 1356, un tremblement de terre dans cette région avait détruit la ville suisse de Bâle (40 kilomètres plus au sud). Des risques d’inondation, en cas de rupture des digues du Rhin ou d’un barrage en amont de la centrale, sont montrés du doigt.Le 27 juin 2011 à 09:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more