1) Now that Captain Dhoni has lost the toss. That is one negative to start with. add another: Sreesanth to play in place of Nehra. Oh God!2) Sachin Tendulkar will again be the backbone of the Indian innings. But will he survive five-six chances like against Pakistan? The Sri Lankans are good at converting even half-chances into crucial run-outs and catches.3) Dilshan and Sangakkara are batsmen much feared by bowlers across the world. Can India keep them quiet? What if they can’t and the two do to Indian bowlers what Sanath Jayasuriya did to Manoj Prabhakar? Ouch, let’s not think negative. But that’s a problem.4) The Sri Lankans have upped mindgames against India, saying India start as favourites. Normally, the Indian team feels good about it and gets walloped in the match. Will that happen again, I wonder?5) Yuvraj Singh, hmmmm. Remember what happened to him in Mohali against the Pakistani attack? In and then out. Let’s hope he has gotten over that “quickfire” innings.6) Let’s say India bats first and doesn’t get a heavy score, the Indian team normally acts like it has lost its spine when the other team comes out to play. Hope the Indian team has had its calcium supplements (can help in detecting one’s spine).7) The whole country is with Dhoni and the team. But it is for the team to play. We can cry ourselves hoarse but you know about the horse and the water? Our batsmen and bowlers are very prone to ignoring the ocean of fan support to bounce back from an adverse position. It usually is three down and then six down.advertisement8) This blog is about superstition, about not wanting to move away from the screen or not watching a match because India may lose. The last time this blog said India will lose to Pak, India won. Let’s hope Dhoni and the boys get the message right this time too and beat the Lankans.
Lucknow, May 17 (PTI) Banda sizzled at 47 degrees celsius as heat wave continued in Uttar Pradesh today. Day temperature rose in Meerut, Kanpur, Aligarh Shahjahanpur, Kheri, Ballia, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi divisions, the MeT department said. Temperatures were above normal in Bareilly and Agra divisions. Weather is likely to remain dry in the state during next 24 hours, MeT department said. PTI SMI AKO AKK
Asked about his priorities in terms of building (cricket) Asked about his priorities in terms of building (cricket) infrastructure in the country, Thakur pointed out that no other sports federation or board created such infrastructure as the BCCI did in the last few decades. “They are totally dependent on the Government of India or the state governments for funds, whereas we spend from our own earnings. Most affiliates or permanent members of BCCI created their own international stadiums and academies, which is a good thing. “World over…Australia and other countries…the grounds are common grounds created by their governments, not the national boards. I think BCCI is one organisation appreciated all over the world. They look up to the BCCI and its functioning. I am sure we cannot do much better in future,” Thakur remarked. Asked when would Visakhapatnam get to host a cricket Test match, since it has already been granted necessary status, the BCCI chief quipped “whenever the ACA president and the secretary request us.” “You may not know, he (ACA president Gokaraju Ganga Raju) is also chairman of our tours and fixtures committee,” Thakur pointed out. Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke complimented the ACA for creating “such a beautiful facility” with two separate cricket grounds and air-conditioned residential accommodation for players and officials. “They created a model for the country. Other state associations should look at this. This model should be replicated throughout the country,” Thakur said. From junior level to first class…players could stay in the facility and two matches could be played simultaneously. AP Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, MPs Kesineni Srinivas, Jayadev Galla, AP Sports Authority chairman P R Mohan and others were present. PTI DBV NP AT AT BASadvertisement
Until now, people in Brazil had something to look forward to. (Rio Olympics 2016: Full Coverage)Despite deep recession, a presidential impeachment, and a corruption scandal ensnaring the political and corporate elite, the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro shone on the horizon like a sliver of light from a sunnier era, when Brazil appeared to have its act together. (Brazil didn’t mess up Games, nor did it make most of them)But that was extinguished with the Olympic flame at Sunday’s rainy closing ceremony. Now, Latin America’s largest country, its dreams shattered, once again finds itself falling far short of its economic and political potential.”There is nothing left to disguise the hard reality that we now face,” says Roberto Romano, a philosopher, author and commentator on Brazilian society. “This grandiose idea that many believed in until recently has nothing to support it anymore.”The idea was that Brazil, after nearly a decade of economic growth that lifted more than 30 million people out of poverty, was finally punching its weight. The Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil also hosted, were meant to showcase its arrival on the world stage.Instead, Brazil’s economy, and the popular leftist government that presided over its boom years, began to unravel, as if on cue for the big events. The spectacles played out in spite of the economy and politics, not because of them.For sure, the Games had their fair share of hiccups, from green water in the diving pool to a camera that plunged from a broken guide wire, to an international scandal that erupted over an American swimmer’s lies about an armed holdup.advertisementAnd questions will linger for years about alleged corruption in contracts for infrastructure and venue construction, not to mention the ultimate price tag for the Games, expected to exceed the already inflated official figure of at least $12 billion.Still, the Olympics unfolded as many Brazilians had expected: the sports went smoothly and the logistical and security problems, allayed by public holidays to reduce traffic and a massive deployment of 85,000 police and soldiers, were not exceptional for a chaotic metropolis of more than 12 million people.’WHAT NOW?’With the Games over, Brazilians are asking “what now?””The Olympics were fun, but it was a sideshow,” said Flavio Mattos, a 37-year-old fitness instructor from Rio, after watching Brazil lose to Spain in water polo on Saturday. “We now have real problems to fix.”Consider the state of the government.Brazil’s Senate this week starts an impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended in May because of irregularities in the government budget.Both she and her predecessor Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, who is credited by most working-class Brazilians with their gains before the boom fizzled, are under investigation for allegedly obstructing justice in a massive corruption scandal centering on the state-run oil company.The economy, once the envy of a developed world wracked by the global financial crisis, is slogging through its worst downturn since the Great Depression. Some indicators suggest a feeble recovery has begun, but others, like a jobless rate that recently climbed past 11 percent, point to continued hard times.Public finances are unsustainable, a hangover from spending increases during the good times when Brazil’s devil-may-care approach led it, among other excesses, to secure the rights to host the world’s two biggest sports events back to back.The government’s budget deficit this year, like last, is expected to equal about 10 percent of economic output, up from about 3 percent in 2013.”We are looking into an abyss,” says Samuel Pessoa, director of the Center for Economic Growth at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a business school and research institute, who calculates that Brazil’s economy will have shrunk by as much as 10 percent between 2015 and the end of next year.He and other economists say the government will go broke without reining in spending on salaries, pensions and social security costs.”It will be really difficult to attract investment and spur growth when the national treasury is on an explosive trajectory,” Pessoa says.Interim President Michel Temer has vowed to tackle those problems, boosting Brazilian stocks and the currency which has rallied recently against the dollar after hitting an all-time low last year.But after backtracking on some reforms, including a bill to limit spending by states, many economists and business people question whether the new government will make much difference.For everyday Brazilians, the uncertainty is troubling.”We have to be cautious about everything,” says Renato Araujo, a 45-year-old technology consultant and father of two in Rio. “It’s hard to plan much for the long term.”advertisementWithout any Olympics or World Cups or other distractions on the horizon, the long term could feel like an eternity.”The curtain has come down,” says Roberto DaMatta, an anthropologist and prominent columnist for O Globo, a Rio de Janeiro daily. “Reality is going to have to set in.”
South American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL awarded the continent’s championship to Brazil’s Chapecoense club after most of the team died in a plane crash in Colombia last week, according to a CONMEBOL statement on Monday.Only six people survived the crash outside Medellin in route to the Copa Sudamericana final, which would have been the biggest game in the club’s history.
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(Route 134 was again reduced to one lane Monday evening. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION–The Mi’kmaq-led opposition to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick continued to regroup Monday, moving into a new phase which could also bring new leadership to the ongoing struggle.The movement was buoyed Monday afternoon after a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled against a Houston-based energy company that was seeking an indefinite injunction against an encampment along Route 134 in Rexton, NB.The judge said the injunction was no longer needed because trucks belonging to SWN Resources Canada had been freed following an RCMP raid on the encampment Thursday.The encampment had been blocking the company’s trucks in a compound. The RCMP acted last Thursday, one day before an interim injunction was set to expire, sweeping onto the site with dogs and camouflaged tactical units, arresting 40 people and seizing three rifles, ammunition and crude explosive devices.At a press conference Monday morning, Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock said he is planning on appointing new leadership for the band’s role in the shale gas exploration opposition. Elsipogotog has been at the heart of the protest movement which has been raging since the summer.“I have three people in mind right now, but we have yet to sit down and discuss,” said Sock. “I do have a spiritual advisor that I turn to and he will be part of the process.”While Sock wouldn’t give details about the “logistics” of the next phase, it has emerged that there are discussions underway to move the encampment from its current location on Route 134 to a previous base within Elsipogtog’s territory used this past summer which sits just off Hwy 116.“We are planning on going to the 116 where the sacred fire was before and do our healing there and get ready for the next round,” said Elsipogtog’s War Chief John Levi.Levi is not connected to the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society.Levi said there is no longer any point to the Route 134 encampment after the raid freed the exploration trucks it was blocking.“There is no sense to being on the side of the road, it’s only a danger for our people,” said Levi.Levi was in talks with the RCMP to remove the burned-out remains of several RCMP vehicles that were torched in the aftermath of Thursday’s raid. He wanted the RCMP to ground their surveillance plane, which had been circling the community, before releasing the vehicles.On Sunday night, Sock and three friends removed the charred remains using three shovels, a half-ton truck and a local towing company. Sock said an RCMP sergeant was also involved in the removal.“I took it on my own personally, just being a good neighbour to the people of Rexton, NB.,” said Sock.The RCMP plane, which had been circling the area relentlessly, returned Monday.The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society was essentially in charge of the camp at the time of the raid. It remained unclear what role the society will play once new leadership is appointed.Mi’kmaq Warrior War Chief “Seven,” who was arrested during the raid but has since been freed, said he had no comment and would wait to hear more information.The Warrior Society has widespread support within Elsipogtog. Several of their key players remained in jail awaiting bail hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.Some at the site said they do not want to move the encampment from Route 134.Louis Jerome, from Gesgapegiag First Nation in Quebec, said the current encampment is better strategically because it sits near Hwy 11 which passes over Route 134. The encampment is about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog and 80 km north of Moncton.Over 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters blocked Hwy 11 for about an hour Saturday. Hwy 11 is one of the main highways in the province, running from Moncton north to Bathurst.“We are going to stay here,” said Jerome. “This is a place where we can battle…We can see traffic, what is going through.”Jerome said the plan is to move the encampment a few metres east from the current site to a field on an adjacent road where a teepee currently sits.Route 134 was again reduced to one lane by the Mi’kmaq Monday evening.Others said it didn’t matter where the camp was, as long as people were unified. Hubert Francis, from Elsipogtog, said confusion abounded following the raid.“I am hearing three or four different stories, from three or four different sources,” said Francis. “From day one there has been a lot of miscommunication…We really don’t have a direction on where we are going with this.”While Sock and the grassroots continue to sort out next steps on the ground, the Elsipogtog chief also has to prepare to continue talks with the provincial government.“I don’t think this is any longer between Elsipogtog and SWN. This is between Elsipogtog and the province,” said Sock. “That is where the battle is.”Sock met with New Brunswick Premier David Alward Friday and, while the two had been making progress before the raid, Thursday’s events changed the landscape.“When you have two opposing ideas, you just butt heads,” said Sock. “Right now we just don’t see eye to eye.”Sock said Elsipogtog doesn’t want shale gas exploration while the province sees it as a “money maker.” The chief said the Mi’kmaq see no benefit to the province developing shale gas deposits through fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.“We don’t want to be the ones at the end of the day, 50 or 60 years down the road, which is the average life span of a shale gas well, to be stuck with thousands of wells,” said Sock. “The province will have made their money and we are stuck with the refuse, the garbage.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
NEW YORK — When a small business owner or a company doesn’t have the funds to pay a big tax bill, an installment payment plan with the IRS can be an option.Many tax advisers and the IRS itself recommend that any individual or business who can’t pay their taxes consider other alternatives — borrowing from a bank, family or friends, for example. But owners whose companies don’t have lines of credit and who can’t dip into personal savings may decide the IRS is the best route.Some owners might be inclined not to file their income tax returns if they can’t pay, but that’s a big mistake . The government’s penalty for failure to file can be as much as 25 per cent of unpaid taxes, and that’s on top of late payment penalties and interest. And, if an owner or business hasn’t filed all their returns, they can’t enter a payment plan.On its website, www.irs.gov , the agency advises all taxpayers to pay as much as they can. If they want to apply for a payment plan, they should visit www.irs.gov/payments/online-payment-agreement-application , the web page that explains payment plan options and requirements. Among them:— Businesses (and owners, if they’re seeking a plan as an individual taxpayer) can apply for short-term plans, which means paying their full bill within 120 days. Otherwise, they can ask for long-term plans. There are fees for long-term plans; the fees can be reduced if payments are made by direct debit.— A business can apply online if it owes less than $25,000 in tax, penalties and interest combined. Individual owners can apply for a long-term plan online if they owe $50,000 or less in tax, penalties and interest combined. An owner can individually apply online for a short-term plan if the amount owed is less than $100,000. There’s a link to the application at www.irs.gov/payments/online-payment-agreement-application .— Owners or businesses that can’t apply online must complete IRS Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request. It can be downloaded from the IRS website.— If owners are severely strapped, they may be able to work out agreements to reduce their indebtedness to the IRS. But, suggests Scott Berger, an accountant with Kaufman Rossin in Boca Raton, Florida, “save that for when really need it.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBUQURQUE, N.M. – An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.Responsible Transportation, which owns a slaughterhouse in Sigourney, Iowa, was among two companies that had secured federal permits for horse slaughter. But the Iowa company’s president, Keaton Walker, told The Associated Press that his firm cannot afford to wait for more court deliberations and was turning its focus to cattle.“We just can’t sit with our heads down,” Walker said. “We have to get back to work. Our main focus now is going to be beef.”The other company with a federal permit, Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., was “still prepared to stay the course,” company attorney Blain Dunn said. Valley Meat has been at the fore of the fight, pushing for more than a year for permission to convert its cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse.A federal judge issued a restraining order earlier this month in a lawsuit that has sparked an emotional national debate about how best to deal with the tens of thousands of wild, unwanted and abandoned horses across the country. The suit was filed by the Humane Society of the United States and other groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Dunn said the Humane Society and other similar groups have filed such lawsuits because they know companies “can’t afford to sit around and wait.”The Department of Agriculture in July gave the Iowa company the go-ahead to begin slaughtering horses on Aug. 1. USDA officials said they were legally obligated to issue the permits, even though President Barack Obama’s administration opposed horse slaughter and was seeking to reinstate a congressional ban that was lifted in 2011.Walker said the company decided to reapply for a federal permit, as a beef-only operation, the day after U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo issued the temporary restraining order. Walker said his company, with 18 employees in southeast Iowa, should be able to switch within a month.The Humane Society praised the company’s decision on Tuesday, issuing a statement that said, “horse meat is a product of cruelty that Americans don’t want to buy, and which pollutes the air and water wherever it occurs. It has no place in Iowa or any other state.”Supporters of the domestic horse slaughter note that the practice is already occurring. They argue that horse slaughter in federally regulated facilities is better than having the animals starve or shipped to inhumane facilities in Mexico.Horse abuse and abandonment cases have increased since the slaughtering of horses was banned in 2006, and many owners in the West and Great Plains were left with fewer options to care for or euthanize their animals, according to a 2011 report from the federal Government Accountability Office.Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos said he could understand why the Iowa company made the decision. But, he added: “We are going to see this deal all the way through.”The company slaughtered cattle for more than two decades but decided to convert its operations to horse slaughter after Congress lifted its ban on inspections for horse plants in late 2011, effectively legalizing domestic horse slaughter after the last plants were shuttered in 2007. It fought the USDA for more than a year for its permit, only getting the necessary approval after suing the USDA to force it to conduct the inspections necessary to win a horse slaughtering permit.De Los Santos said his decision to convert his small slaughterhouse to horses was made after his market for cattle dried up when several dairies shut down in southeastern New Mexico.“That was our primary business, slaughtering the rougher end of the dairy cows. All the big cows would go to the bigger plants. We would get all the rougher cows that couldn’t make the trip,” he said Tuesday. “When the medium-sized plants from Texas started dipping into our niche in the market, that really put us down where we couldn’t afford to do business.”___Grant Schulte reported from Lincoln, Neb. Iowa plant backs out of plan to slaughter horses after federal judge’s ruling by Grant Schulte And Jeri Clausing, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2013 4:35 pm MDT
In a press release citing the latest postal statistics for 2013, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) today said that the downward trend in global letter-post traffic had been offset by a 5.8 per cent uptick in parcel volumes in all regions of the world, except Africa and the Asia-Pacific, where slight decreases were observed. José Ansón, a UPU economist, explained that infrastructure difficulties and competition could be to blame for the lagging figures in both regions. Although international letter-post volumes have decreased, Mr. Ansón added, the average weight of individual items is heavier as “a significant number of small packets generated by e-commerce seen to be moving through the letter-post stream.” In all, he estimated, some 240 million small packets made up letter-post volumes in 2013, permitting postal services worldwide to reap the benefits of e-commerce.In addition, the UN agency continued, letter-post accounts for 43.4 per cent of global public postal revenues, which reached $234 billion. In some regions, the contribution to revenues was even higher, reaching 59.6 per cent.Against the backdrop of a radically changing communication environment, Mr. Ansón noted that the public postal service nonetheless remains widely accessible. There are currently more than five million postal employees around the world in 663,000 post offices and, annually, postal services process and deliver an estimated 368 billion letter-post items and 6.4 billion parcels.“Despite the transformation the global postal sector is experiencing, it is interesting to note that the global network is not retracting,” he continued. “Rather than seeing a decline of post offices or access points and staff, we are seeing a relative stabilization on both counts. The postal web remains the largest physical distribution network on the planet.” This year, 2014, is a milestone year as it also marks the 140th anniversary of the UPU, whose establishment helped postal services pave the way to globalized trade and commerce.With almost 3 per cent of the world’s inhabitants remaining without postal services, including 13 per cent of the African population and eight per cent of citizens in Arab countries, the UN agency has long advocated for increased investment in postal services so that they may reach deprived and rural communities in the hope of stimulating global and local economies and improving livelihoods.
If you ask the audience, they’d much rather have a short actor than other performers on their kneesWarwick Davies Pantomime company Qdos Entertainment admitted giving taller actors a special costume in a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to create the “illusion” of being smaller.Qdos said it is a “casting decision”.Warwick Davis, 46, who has stared in Harry Potter and Star Wars, told The Sun: “Some people say it’s a matter for political correctness but if you ask the audience, they’d much rather have a short actor than other performers on their knees.”Actor Mark Sealey added: “It’s a ridiculous thing to do. It’s called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, not Snow White and the tall people.”It’s a clear cost-cutting exercise because they don’t have to pay as much.”Panto dwarf James Lusted, 28, said: “Qdos clearly have enough money to pay for dwarfs to perform in their shows.”When you’re on stage, the kids love it. It’s a great feeling to hear the gasps when they see us.”Bev Berridge, 50, who runs Spillers Pantomimes, insisted their productions still use dwarfs.But he said: “I know some of the bigger companies don’t. I know some of them use taller actors on their knees.”Qdos chairman Nick Thomas said: “The actors cast for our Snow White productions are selected for their physical and performance skills.” Britain’s panto dwarfs are grumpy at being frozen out by taller actors, it emerged today.Little actors warn cost-cutting theatre bosses are employing non-dwarfs to play their roles on their knees this Christmas.Dwarfs are paid around £1,200 a week – while taller stars may charge half that, it was reported on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Image: infomatique By Christina Finn 17,337 Views Share59 Tweet Email DUBLIN’S SHERIFF STREET area is set to get a facelift and be “rebranded”.As part of the government’s new initiative to boost the Dublin’s north inner city, the area is to get a €5 million funding injection.A report, drafted by Kieran Mulvey, formerly of the Workplace Relations Commission, aims to turn the area, which is just a stone’s throw from some of the multi-national banks and businesses in the IFSC, from a “run down, no-go” area to a “modern and attractive” place for people to work and live.What’s in the plan?There are commitments for there to be no signs of dereliction, with good street lighting, trees and greenery.In order to achieve this, calls for establishing a ‘Docklands Tax’ appear to have made some impact.Novel ways to eradicate derelict sites are to be explored, including the possibility of a levy on unused sites in the area, as well as dedicated contributions from Nama, IFSC businesses and the Central Bank (which is due to open in the region soon).A combined contribution of €10 million over a three-year period to a “renewal fund” would revitalise the urban landscape, said Mulvey.While there are calls for more social housing in the area, the report highlights five areas for large-scale infrastructure investment:Mountjoy Square and Mountjoy Square ParkAldborough House, Portland Row Convent Lands on Sean McDermott StreetRutland Street Lower Derelict site adjacent to Belvedere Youth Club 60 Comments Sheriff Street lifting bridge Image: infomatique There’s a plan to ‘rebrand’ the north inner city as ‘Dublin’s North Central Quarter’ A regeneration plan for the area was launched this week. Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 7:40 AM Short URL Feb 19th 2017, 7:40 AM Mountjoy Square Source: Google MapsBig refurbishment plans Mountjoy Square Park is one of five historic Georgian squares in Dublin, and the report’s author calls for it to be restored to its original design.Aldborough House, the second largest private residence built in the 18th century in Georgian Dublin, outside of Leinster House, is now in private ownership.Mulvey states there are plans to refurbish the iconic building, however he said if this is not achieved, consideration should be given for it to be acquired by government. Aldborough House Source: Google MapsNew pedestrian cycle and transport routes are to be developed, with a push to get businesses to locate in the area.The report finds there is a deep sense among locals of being “left behind” during the Celtic Tiger period, with a lot of “false promises” made.Councillor Éilis Ryan criticised the report and said the focus of “narrative changing” is deeply disappointing.Job opportunities in the area She said jobs and the inequality those living in the area face should be the focus.During the launch of the report this week, a local man told Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the discrimination he faced living in the area, particularly when applying for a job.Kenny said the report highlights the need to break the cycle of unemployment by ensuring the large multinationals located in the area give back.He said corporate social responsibility efforts need to be made, whereby targeted career pathways are offered to post-primary students in the area.Above all, Mulvey said locals need to feel the north inner city is an important part of the capital.Read: ‘No one should have to deal with that’: Taoiseach slams discrimination shown to north inner city man>Read: Moriarty Tribunal will cost another €10m this year, despite taking place 20 years ago> Sheriff Street lifting bridge http://jrnl.ie/3245460 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Government took its case for lower taxes to Germany, where Development Minister Nikos Dendias met German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel.“We discussed a lot about the issue of taxation: how the Greek economy could operate in a framework with fewer taxes and with powerful growth tools that could help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the funding they need to grow,” said Dendias after his meeting with Schaeuble, which he described as “very cordial.”The talks with the German officials came two weeks before Greek ministers are due to meet troika representatives in Paris, where the issue of taxes is certain to be raised.During Dendias’s talks in Berlin, it was agreed that Germany’s public investment bank KfW would provide another 30 million euros for a second fund being created by the Institution for Growth in Greece (IfG). KFW has already committed 100 million for IfG’s first fund, which will provide loans to businesses. The second fund, targeted at SMEs, will also be boosted by 30 million euros from France’s Caisse des Depots, 50 million from the European Investment Bank and 40 million from the Onassis Foundation.Dendias was assured by German officials that Berlin would support Greece’s request to be allowed to use European Union structural funds to refinance business loans even though the European Commission is skeptical about the plan.Source: Ekathimerini
Le Coca-Cola va devoir changer sa recetteCela fait plus d’un an qu’une association américaine de défense des consommateurs a lancé l’alerte au sujet d’un des composants du Coca-Cola : le 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) soupçonné d’être cancérigène. Aujourd’hui, le fabricant se voit donc contraint de changer sa recette pour diminuer la présence du colorant. Voilà une décision qui va déplaire aux grands amateurs de Coca-Cola. Le fabricant de la mythique boisson vendue à quelque 1,5 million de bouteilles par jour dans le monde, va devoir changer sa recette secrète. En cause : une alerte déclenchée il y a plus d’un an par le Centre pour la science dans l’intérêt du public (CSPI), une association américaine de défense des consommateurs. En février 2011, cette association a en effet interpellé le gouvernement américain sur l’un des composants du Coca-Cola, une substance chimique connue sous le nom de 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). Présente dans le Coca-Cola mais aussi dans d’autres sodas, dans les sauces sojas et dans certaines bières, la substance est en fait utilisée pour colorer les boissons d’une teinte “caramel”. Or, celle-ci pourrait être nocive voire même cancérigène. Mais comme l’explique le Monde.fr, la communauté scientifique ne parvient pas à s’accorder sur la dangerosité du produit, d’où l’absence de toute interdiction. En s’appuyant sur une étude menée chez des rongeurs, l’administration américaine indique qu’il faudrait boire plus de 1.000 canettes par jour pour être réellement exposé au 4-MEI. Une affirmation dont ne se contente pas la CSPI qui a indiqué que de nouveaux tests auraient été réalisés et attesteraient de la nocivité de la substance.Selon l’association, l’élément potentiellement cancérigène se formerait en fait lorsque l’ammoniac et/ou les sulfites seraient utilisés avec le 4-MEI pour donner aux sodas leur couleur brune. En outre, la CSPI aurait mené des analyses sur des échantillons de différents sodas vendus à Washington. Elle aurait ainsi constaté que le Coca-Cola contiendrait de 142 à 146 microgrammes de 4-MEI dans l’équivalent d’une canette américaine (35 centilitres), le Coca-Cola light de 103 à 113 microgrammes et le Pepsi de 145 à 153 microgrammes. Des valeurs bien supérieures au niveau maximum conseillé par l’Etat de Californie qui est de 28 microgrammes consommés en une journée. Au-delà de cette limite, le fabriquant doit normalement faireapparaître un message d’avertissement sur le produit, rapporte le Monde.fr.En revanche, en Europe, la législation est bien moins contraignante avec une limite légale fixée à 250 milligrammes de 4-MEI par kilogramme. Pourtant en 2011, l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (EFSA) a procédé à un réexamen de cette réglementation mais a fini par estimer que les concentrations maximales établies par l’Union européenne offrait “un niveau de protection suffisant”. Une plus grande transparence dans les étiquettes Faute d’une baisse des limites fixées voire d’une interdiction du produit, la CSPI réclame ainsi que les étiquettes fassent preuve d’une plus grande transparence. Elle demande également que le colorant soit renommé “colorant caramel issu de l’ammoniac et du sulfite” ou “colorant de caramel chimiquement modifiée”. “En lisant ‘colorant caramel’, de nombreux consommateurs pensent que c’est coloré avec du caramel, mais cet ingrédient n’a rien voir avec un caramel ordinaire. C’est un concentré de produits chimiques brun foncé qui n’existe pas de manière naturelle”, explique Michael Jacobson, le président de l’association de défense des consommateurs CSPI. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Bien que Coca-Cola nie toujours que l’ingrédient soit cancérigène, la firme a donc décidé de changer sa recette, ce qui lui évitera notamment de voir de nouvelles indications apparaitre sur ses étiquettes. “La compagnie a demandé à ses fournisseurs de caramel de faire le nécessaire afin de satisfaire les exigences de l’Etat de Californie”, a ainsi indiqué Diana Garza Ciarlante, une porte-parole du groupe. Mais qui dit changement de recette n’implique pas forcément de supprimer totalement toute trace de 4-MEI. Ainsi, Coca-Cola envisage simplement de modifier le processus de fabrication afin de réduire les taux de la substance incriminée et ainsi, se conformer à la législation. Et si ce changement peut inquiéter les amateurs de Coca-Cola dont la recette restée secrète est tant enviée depuis des décennies, le fabricant a tenu à les rassurer : “les consommateurs ne devrait même pas sentir la différence”. Néanmoins, on ignore si la recette du Coca-Cola vendu en France bénéficiera aussi de cette modification du processus de fabrication, au vue de la réglementation en cours dans l’Union européenne.Le 9 mars 2012 à 13:26 • Maxime Lambert
Thierry Henry wants Gilles Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux should he get the manager’s job there, according to Metro.Reports in France suggest Thierry Henry has agreed a deal that would see him become the new manager of Bordeaux and he wants former Arsenal teammate Grimandi to become his no. 2.The French club are in search of a new manager after they sacked Gus Poyet, who subsequently branded the club’s board a disgrace.Henry who has been assistant to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez over the last two years, also spent time learning the ropes as the coach of the Arsenal academy. Following his success in Russia, Henry confirmed he would step down from his role as an analyst with Sky Sports to focus solely on his managerial career.The Arsenal legend would be walking into a club in disarray should he take the Bordeaux job after the club got rid of Poyet. The former Sunderland manager was furious at the club’s board for selling Gaetan Laborde without his knowledge prompting a training boycott from the club’s first team players.Transfer: Elneny leaving Arsenal for Besiktas George Patchias – August 29, 2019 Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a loan move from Arsenal to Besiktas.According to the Daily Mail, Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a…Henry will be hoping to make sure his experience as a footballer and a coach helps him become a good manager as he starts a new chapter of his football career.
Columbia Land Trust stewardship lead Lindsay Cornelius shows the path of an old haul road being removed along the Klickitat River in a broad habitat restoration project. KLICKITAT — The official schedule shows that the removal of an old haul road along the Klickitat River began in 2009.But really, the river started the job long before that.In 1996, a flood washed away two sections of the road as the river reclaimed a portion of its historic floodplain. High flows swallowed entire chunks of pavement and its foundation, leaving an island of roadway stranded between two gaps.That’s where the Columbia Land Trust took over. The Vancouver-based nonprofit organization is leading a yearslong restoration effort that will remove more than eight miles of the obsolete road. That means navigating some tough, transforming terrain along one of the truly wild stretches of Washington’s longest un-dammed river.“It was a feat to build,” said Lindsay Cornelius, a stewardship lead with the Columbia Land Trust, “and it is somewhat of a feat to dismantle.”Crews have removed about three miles of road along the main stem of the Klickitat to date. Another 1.5 miles will come out this summer, Cornelius said. In the meantime, the land trust and its partners this spring continue to monitor progress where pavement is gone.The Columbia Land Trust often receives fleeting attention for its high-profile acquisitions in Southwest Washington and beyond. The Klickitat project is part of the organization’s efforts across the Columbia River watershed toward habitat restoration and recovery, often carried out under the radar by comparison. Officials hope the result creates a better natural setting for people and salmon on the Klickitat, one of the Columbia’s major tributaries in the Columbia River Gorge.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida students went on a shopping spree with Dolphins stars for Thanksgiving meal supplies.The Miami Dolphins paired up with Publix to host students in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to shop for Thanksgiving meals on Monday.The kids shopped alongside players, cheerleaders and Dolphins mascot TD to prepare for the holiday.The students were selected by their school principals to participate in the event.Players said the event means just as much to them as it does to the students. “This event is always really fun for Lauren and I to come out, be able to interact with people in the community, all my teammates, former players, it’s just a really special event,” said Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Students enjoyed food and drinks while shopping and went home with a Dolphins T-shirt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Advertisement Answer the question John McEnroe! Can you give the Mets like 2 solid innings in middle relief every couple nights down the home stretch?McEnroe was at Citi field last night and took the hill to toss out the first pitch before the Mets/Yankees game. The native New Yorker McEnroe didn’t opt for the soft toss, he waived off the catcher until he got the green light for the old number one to kick off the Subway Series game.It has to be the best first pitch by a celebrity in terms of just throwing an absolute seed (Bush post 9/11 first pitch is best overall).Throwing out first pitch at Mets game! You cannot be serious!!! @DickieV @bgtennisnation pic.twitter.com/7coxwvTuvf— Classic John McEnroe (@McEnroeClassics) August 2, 2016 50 Cent could not been reached for comment.
Related posts:Once Mexico’s booze of ‘drunks,’ mezcal earns respect Art City Tour to celebrate half-decade of GAM Cultural New guidebook helps visitors appreciate Costa Rica’s capital Costa Rica’s capital San José the next big tourist destination? Ultimately, Oreamuno hopes that more of his compatriots will climb aboard and learn about their capital.“We are concerned about our social responsibility,” says Oreamuno. “There are some people who don’t value what Costa Rica is. We have to change the mentality of Costa Ricans as well. The more time I spend in San José, the more I like it.”Tours take place daily, 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. $25. Info and schedule: Official website. Facebook Comments “When you’re on vacation,” says Andrés Oreamuno, “you want to take the most advantage of your time. You don’t want to waste a minute.”So Oreamuno came up with an idea: Since thousands of travelers end up in San José, why not show them the sights? Most people end up lost and bored in Costa Rica’s capital, because they don’t know where to go or what they’re looking at. But what if they could jump on a bus and learn about the city’s sights and history in a comprehensive two-hour jaunt?The result is Costa Rica City Square Tours, a two-month-old business that attracts between six and 16 intrepid tourists per day. Oreamuno came up with the idea during a visit to Chicago, when he watched his older brother run the Chicago Marathon. Because the Oreamunos didn’t have much time to explore the city, they took a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Andrés was inspired, and when he returned to Costa Rica he developed the idea.Such tours are common in the United States and other parts of the world, where companies drive people around in buses and explain important landmarks. Some brands use eccentric vehicles, like vintage double-decker buses and DUKW wheeled watercraft. Many companies allow guests to get off the vehicle at certain stops, walk around, then return whenever they like, riding an ongoing loop around a city.Having grown up in Moravia and Escazú, Oreamuno has watched the city transform, and he feels that now is the best time to start an urban tour of San José.“When I was younger, I wouldn’t go [downtown],” he says. “Now it’s much safer. There are more police. I walk in the middle of San José, talking on my cellphone, and don’t worry about anything.”Oreamuno has his own experience in unfamiliar places: He studied marketing and management at Manhattan College in New York City, and he spent a semester in Australia. A diminutive and gentle young man, Oreamuno feels strongly about the importance of San José.“Most of the history and culture of Costa Rica is in San José,” he asserts.Supporting Oreamuno in his endeavor is his mother, Roxana Echeverría, an energetic 50-year-old and owner of EO Comercializadora, a distribution company based in La Asunción de Belén. In conversation, it is obvious that Echeverría is ecstatically proud of her son, and she has gone to great lengths to help him, setting aside office space in her company and advising him along the way.According to Echeverría, Oreamuno has always had a creative and entrepreneurial spirit: As a child, he would place room numbers above the doors of his house and pretend that it was a hotel, then care for his parents as if they were guests.“It was wonderful,” exclaims Echeverría with a nostalgic laugh.Today, Oreamuno manages two rented minibuses and three tour guides. After months of rigorous study, Oreamuno is also a guide certified by the Tourism Ministry, and he often leads tours himself. The buses make a slow circle around San José, allowing riders to move freely around the city from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Stops include the Children’s Museum, the Plaza de la Cultura, and the Mercado Central. Oreamuno has slowly cultivated a network of hotel owners, and he has forged relationships with community organizations like GAM Cultural and Chepecletas. As business continues to accumulate, he hopes to start a third route from La Sabana to Avenida Escazú.While the vast majority of patrons are mature travelers from Europe and the United States, Oreamuno is seeing a growing number of Latin Americans as well. To publicize the fledgling business, Oreamuno cut together a video himself, starring Spanish language students from Veritas University. The students agreed to appear in the video in exchange for a free ride around town.