“Missing” VHP leader Togadia found unconscious, hospitalised

first_imgVishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Dr. Pravin Togadia, who was missing since Monday morning, was found late night on the same day in an unconscious condition. He was admitted in a hospital in Ahmedabad immediately.According to police, Dr. Togadia was taken to a private hospital in Shahibaug area and different tests were conducted while his situation was stable.“He is stable now,” a senior police official involved in tracing the location of Dr. Togadia said after he was taken to the hospital.As soon as news of his alleged detention or arrest spread in the State, hundreds of VHP workers and supporters of Dr. Togadia gathered at Sola police station in Ahmedabad while angry followers even blocked highways in many towns across the State.In Ahmedabad, VHP workers pelted a municipal bus in Paldi area and staged protests in Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar.last_img read more

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Pacquiao’s next fight depends on his performance vs Horn

first_imgManny Pacquiao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHow well Manny Pacquiao will perform against Jeff Horn will largely determine when, where, and against who will be his next fight.An impressive win, specifically a knockout, will definitely make things easier for revered promoter Bob Arum to find a suitable opponent for Pacquiao in November.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Horn has ‘hands like steel,’ says trainer Rushton What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games A decision and a highly improbable loss, on the other hand, is bound to pull Pacquiao’s ring stock down and make it hard for Arum to negotiate for a marketable fight.“Let’s wait and see (result of Pacquiao-Horn), Arum told Filipino sportswriters. “Whether he (Pacquiao) still has it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough chief trainer Freddie Roach swears Pacquiao is in an even better from than when he dominated Jessie Vargas last November, Arum wants tangible proof that the eight-division world champion really has long mileage left.Arum bared that there were offers from Qatar and even Russia, but he is being hampered by Pacquiao’s legislative duties in the Philippine Senate. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But if Pacquiao finally scores a knockout, Arum knows lucrative offers will pour in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

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VISION OLYMPIC 7 LAST

first_imgAbout VISION-OLYMPICSAbout VISION-OLYMPICSMr. Imran Khan, a visionary entrepreneur, has founded Indias 1st online sports academy vision-olympics.in under the aegis of Vision Olympics Foundation, a non-profit trust with a vision to win 20+ medals for India in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Here, more than 40 sports have been listed.By clicking on a few buttons any Indian athlete from any background can register for their choice of sport.He is putting his maximum efforts to set this vision for 130 billion Indians, as he believes India can make it possible when all Indians have 1 vision.To make it possible they are launching India Bike Rally on 5th November 2016 in 3 phases, where a team of Bikers travel across India to spread awareness and to set this vision for India. For further details you can visit http://www.vision-olympics.in. Media Contact: Sai Jyothsna CEO Elkay PR jyothsna@elkaypr.com +91-9945466676 Source: vision-olympics.PRNewsWire AKGlast_img read more

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Indian men’s hockey team settles for 2-2 draw against Germany

first_imgIndia settled for a 2-2 draw against Germany in a high-voltage encounter on Saturday here at the 3 Nations Invitational Tournament. Mandeep Singh and Sardar Singh scored for India, while Niklas Wellen scored Germany’s first goal and Tobias Hauke scored the equaliser.India’s goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya was kept busy in the first quarter with Germany winning their first PC in the fourth minute, but he denied an early lead to the Germans.In the 12th minute of the match, India came close to taking a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Germany found success when Niklas Wellen perfectly deflected the ball with a good assist by his fellow compatriot to take a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.In the second quarter, an in-form Wellen came close to scoring his second goal of the match. It was an open goal with no Indian defender posing a threat, but his flick was off-target with the ball going over the post.The third quarter, however, belonged to India as they made great amends to get ahead of Germany. First it was India’s young sensation Mandeep Singh who struck gold with an impressive strike in the circle to give India the equaliser in the 45th minute. Soon after, Sardar Singh wielded magic with inspiring dribbling abilities to carry the ball into the circle and successfully take a shot on goal.With a crucial 2-1 lead, India pushed hard to stay ahead of Germany, but seven minutes into the fourth quarter Germany equalised.India will play their next match on June 5 against Belgium at 6.30 p.m. IST.advertisementlast_img read more

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International Yoga Day observed in Kakinada

first_imgKakinada, Jun 21 (PTI) International Yoga Day was today observed at the sports stadium here in which Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa along with other senior politicians and officials performed asanas.Amalapuram MP Pandula Raveendra Babu, MLC Chikkala Ramachandra Rao, District Collector Kartikeya Misra, BJP district president Y Malkondaiah and a large number of students, sportspersons and officers of various departments performed various asanas.Elaborate arrangements were made at the sports stadium by putting up LED screens for the convenience of general public.Representatives from Art of Living, Patanjali group and Brahma Kumaris performed different asanas during the event.Speaking on the occasion, Chinarajappa said yoga is part of our culture and doing it gives one good health and relieves the person of mental stress. PTI COR RMTlast_img read more

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Boris Becker ends diplomatic immunity defence from bankruptcy

first_imgTennis Share via Email Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Messenger The former world No 1 tennis player Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy.The three-time Wimbledon champion had argued his appointment by the Central African Republic as a sporting, cultural and humanitarian attache to the European Union meant he could not be subjected to legal proceedings.But, after being told on Monday that Becker was no longer pursuing that claim, a judge made a court order extending his bankruptcy indefinitely. As a result, a planned auction of his trophies and memorabilia – previously put on hold – will go ahead.The 50-year-old German was declared bankrupt in June 2017 by registrar Christine Derrett. The bankruptcy was due to be discharged in June, which would have released him from his debts, but that was put on hold to allow further investigation of the diplomatic immunity issue.However, lawyers acting for the bankruptcy trustees told a specialist insolvency court in London that Becker had now dropped his claim.Tony Beswetherick, for the trustees, said Becker wrote in an email that he had “no alternative but to abandon the claim for diplomatic immunity” and was “not in a position” financially to pursue any part of his case.Judge Schaffer, hearing the case, made an order which suspends the discharge of Becker’s bankruptcy indefinitely. He told the court Becker’s finances may be scrutinised if he failed to cooperate with the trustees.At the June hearing, lawyers acting for the bankruptcy trustees claimed Becker had not cooperated fully with them by not providing “full and accurate information” about his assets. The allegation related to two German properties, a property in London, an interest in three Mercedes dealerships and various tennis trophies and memorabilia.Becker was granted an injunction at a later hearing in June to block a planned auction of trophies and memorabilia worth an estimated £200,000. The items include a certificate commemorating his men’s doubles gold medal win with Michael Stich in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a sweater, wristbands and socks.Becker, who did not attend the hearing and was not represented by lawyers, had intended to argue that these items were “exempt” from the bankruptcy proceedings. However, Beswetherick said he had also withdrawn that part of his case.The bankruptcy application was made by bankers Arbuthnot Latham in connection with a judgment debt dating back to 2015. Topics Central African Republic Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Law Germany Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Kirby Smart Addresses Fans Pushing For Georgia To Wear Black Jerseys vs. Auburn

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart wearing a Georgia Bulldogs visor.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No. 5 Georgia football has a big game against rival Auburn this weekend, and some fans of the Bulldogs are calling for the team to mix it up on the uniform front.Georgia has a set of rarely-worn black uniforms that look awesome, but obviously aren’t the traditional look for the Dawgs.The team last wore them during Kirby Smart’s first season in Athens, during a game against Louisiana-Lafayette.With the Tigers coming to town, a number of Georgia fans and some members of the media have tweeted #BlackoutAuburn in a push for the unis to come out of the closet.Georgia famously wore the black uniforms during a game against Auburn in 2007, and blasted the Tigers 45-20.Kirby Smart was asked about the black Georgia football uniforms this weekend, and seemed to shoot down the idea.According to UGA Wire, Smart said “I don’t think you need energy and enthusiasm for Auburn,” when asked about the possibility of wearing the alternate uniforms to get fans excited.Sounds like no black jerseys on Saturday night, per Kirby Smart, who is quite bemused at the fan interest in it but not in the media’s interest: “I’ll let you guys get the hits and the likes on that.”— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) November 6, 2018Earlier this year, the Georgia football equipment account tweeted a picture of the black uniforms leading some to think they might make an appearance this year.Based on Smart’s answer, it doesn’t sound like it is in the cards this week.[UGA Wire]last_img read more

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Using lifts in Gurugram can be a risk to your life

first_imgGurugram: Anup, a technician in his mid 20’s got entangled in the faulty wires of the lift and died on June 9. Following the incident, an FIR under section 304 (death not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was filed against the management of the building. Ever since the incidents, there have been four times when the lift in different residential societies got stuck for more than 30 minutes.In the latest incident, a mother with a three-year-old child got stuck in the lift for more than 45 minutes. They could only be taken out after the doors were broken by the residents of the Signature Global City. To cut costs, various developers are foregoing the mandatory maintenance procedures for the lifts that are now resulting in adverse situations. Even though it is mandatory that lifts must be surveyed after every alternate year by the proper authorities, most of the lifts have not been maintained for more than five years. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkWith residents now lodging a large number of complaints against the builders, the Gurugram police have begun serving notices to the erring builders before taking action against them. In 2019 itself, 15 complaints were reported regarding the malfunctioned lifts. “We are receiving a large number of complaints of the malfunctioned lifts. We have now begun to serve notices to the builders before we initiate action against them,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsNot only this year but in 2018 a woman had to undergo surgery after her lift fell from the ninth floor of a condominium society in DLF Phase-4. Along with the woman, three more people who were with her had sustained grievous injuries. What is however proving to be a major concern is that not only in the residential societies but even the government buildings faulty lifts have proved to be dangerous. There have been two occasions in which the lifts in district mini secretariat have got stuck. In one of the situations, one of the people who was trapped was a 90-year-old woman. “The main problem is that there is a big scam at play where the builders in collusion with the public agencies have now begun to play with our life. While the money that should be paid for maintenance is being looted by the builders, the public agencies, on the other hand, are not helping hundreds of residents by not conducting proper audits,” said Parag Srivastava, a city resident.last_img read more

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Sara sets trend for celeb behaviour says Rishi

first_imgNew York: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor has praised actress Sara Ali Khan saying she has set an example on how celebrities should behave at the airport. “Wonderful Sara. You set examples how celebrities should behave at the airport. No harm at all tugging your own baggage, no chamchas to receive and the icing on the cake! No dark glasses or an airport look,” the yesteryaer heartthrob, who is currently undergoing treatment here tweeted. “You show confidence with no insecurities. Atta girl,” he added. The “Bobby” actor retweeted an article that mentioned that Sara was seen carrying her own luggage at the airport.last_img read more

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RRB JE exam paper leak 1 candidate his associates booked

first_imgThane: An offence has been registered by the city police in connection with the alleged leak of a question paper of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) computer-based test (CBT) held recently, an official said on Sunday.Jitin Kumar Sagar, who appeared for the test in Thane, was booked along with his unidentified associates on Saturday under IPC sections, including 420 (cheating), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and various sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act, senior inspector of Kasarvadavali police station, Kishore Khairnar, said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The online test for the posts of Junior Engineer (JE), Depot Material Superintendant (DMS) and Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant (CMA) was conducted on August 28. However, the question paper for the JE post was allegedly leaked and its screenshots were circulated on social media, police said. “For the test, Career Heights institute in Thane was appointed as the exam control agency, which was coordinating with the Satvat Infosol Pvt Ltd based in Chennai,” Khairnar said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTotal 300 candidates appeared for the test at the Thane centre. However, the next day the Chennai-based agency found some issue with one of the computers. During the check, it was found that a remote access device had been connected to the CPU of that computer,” he said. Further probe revealed that screenshots of certain questions for the Junior Engineer test had been circulated on social media from that computer. On the basis of the roll number, it was found that Sagar had used that computer during the exam, Khairnar said.last_img read more

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A bears best friend Alberta naturalist Charlie Russell dies at 76

first_imgAn Alberta naturalist who lived with bears to learn that people are part of nature and not separate from it has died.Charlie Russell, who died Monday in hospital, was 76.“The bears of the world have lost their best friend,” said Russell’s brother Gord, speaking from the cabin overlooking Waterton National Park in Alberta where the two lived.Charlie Russell, son of the renowned conservationist Andy Russell, was raised in the foothills of southern Alberta. He grew up to be rancher — until 1960, when his father took him and his brother to help shoot a documentary on bears.“It was a big adventure for me,” he recalled in a 2013 magazine profile.The family travelled widely in search of grizzlies. Over the course of the shoot, young Charlie discovered something important.“Everyone thought of the bears as being ferocious and aggressive, willing to kill at any moment. But I came to see them as peace-loving animals who just wanted to get along.”The idea of discovering more about these compelling creatures by living with them came to dominate his life.He began experimenting with ways to co-exist on his ranch, then rented out his land to become a full-time guide for the first company in Canada to offer grizzly eco-tours.Eventually, he raised enough money to undertake an even bolder move.For 13 years starting in the 1990s, Russell lived in Kamchatka, a peninsula in eastern Russia that is rife with grizzlies. Living in a cabin reachable only by plane, surrounded by a lightweight electric fence, he set about living companionably among some of the most feared predators on the planet.The experience resulted in four books as well as feature documentaries on PBS and BBC.“What I learned from my experience is that grizzly bears — even adult males — are not unpredictable, and losing their fear of humans does not make them dangerous,” Russell later said. “In fact, the more we abuse bears, the more angry and unpredictable bears become.”But Russell learned a bigger lesson, said Kevin van Tighem, a longtime friend and former superintendent of Banff National Park.“He got to know bears as individuals, as a species capable of forming relationships. Charlie was one of those few people who don’t assume that human beings are what it’s all about.“It goes to placing humans inside nature.”Russell approached nature not as a scientist looking for data, but as an observer looking for life, said his friend Larry Simpson of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.“He probably understood grizzly bears better than any human being who ever lived.“He certainly changed my thinking about the depth of intellect that must be there among those animals.”Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips praised Russell’s contributions. He fought to end the grizzly hunt and for the creation of Castle Wildland Park, soon to be named for Russell’s father Andy.He also influenced Phillips’ recent decision to loosen restrictions on raising orphan bear cubs.“That kind of thoughtful advocacy was very helpful to me. He was patient, he was kind.”Russell changed a lot of people’s thinking about living with wildlife, said van Tighem.“I think he’s had a great influence. We can’t go back from where Charlie’s brought us. We’ve learned too much.”And, perhaps, about more than wildlife.“If you’re going to approach learning about bears that way, it really affects the way you’re approaching life and nature in general,” van Tighem said. “There’s a great deal to be learned from that.”Gord Russell has only one memory of his brother interacting with bears. His voice grows stronger as he describes it.“We were sitting on the porch and the bears came to visit. We had one that would come right onto the porch, not trying to put a paw on us or anything but just being there. (Charlie was) welcoming and calm, not particularly talkative.“They’d be here for a few minutes before they went on with earning a living. They don’t take too much time for social stuff.“It was fantastic.”—Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

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Alberta law allows oil cuts to BC Premier Kenney says wont use

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government now has the power to reduce oil flows to British Columbia in the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Kenney says he called B.C. Premier John Horgan after the cabinet proclaimed a bill into law just after being sworn in on Tuesday.He says it was a cordial discussion and he emphasized to Horgan that it’s not Alberta’s intention to use the legislation right away, but that the province will defend its interests.The bill was passed by Alberta’s former NDP government but never activated.Kenney says it is important to make it clear that Alberta will take action if necessary to respond to what he calls B.C.’s obstruction of the Trans Mountain expansion, which would allow more oil to be moved from Alberta to tankers on the west coast.Opposition Leader Rachel Notley has said that proclaiming the bill but not acting on it is a foolish move because it opens up a possible legal challenge from B.C., which could tie up the legislation in court. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Cindy Crawford recreates iconic Super Bowl ad 26 years later

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Cindy Crawford is heading back to the Super Bowl: The model has recreated her iconic 1992 Super Bowl ad for Pepsi, now featuring her 18-year-old son.Crawford recently filmed the commercial, which will debut at Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. It includes her son, Presley Walker Gerber, as well as footage from Michael Jackson’s memorable Pepsi commercial.The 51-year-old said she didn’t hesitate to recreate the ad 26 years later, especially since she was able to work with her son.“Just as a mother, we drove to work together that day and we shared the same trailer. And when he was doing his thing, I was just a proud mom watching from the sidelines, trying not to annoy him,” she said in a phone interview Wednesday.The new Super Bowl ad, dubbed “This Is The Pepsi,” is part of the company’s “Pepsi Generation” campaign honouring the brand’s 120-year history in pop culture.The original features Crawford in a tank top and jean shorts — made from her own jeans she brought to the set that day — driving a Lamborghini and stopping at a gas station to buy a can of soda. She said she felt the 1992 spot “became such a classic for so many reasons.”“It was one of those moments in my career that when I walked down the street, people were like, ‘Pepsi!’ Or I’d be at a bar and people would send me over a Pepsi,” she said, laughing. “And it’s funny because during Halloween a lot of women will dress up as me in that commercial. It’s like an easy Halloween costume.”Crawford plans to attend the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, where her father lives.“I think probably that will be the highlight for me is just getting to see my dad,” she said. “I took him to a Super Bowl before I had kids … and it’s not like he ever wanted to go to an awards show or something like that, but if I can take him to the Super Bowl, that’s a pretty cool thing for me to be able to do with my dad.”Crawford’s modeling talents have not only extended to her son — her 16-year-old daughter graces the February cover of Vogue Paris.“She’s more ready for it. She’s just so much more sophisticated and worldly than I was at that age,” she said of Kaia Jordan Gerber.“I do know the business … (and) I feel like who better to help guide my kids?” she added.“It kind of happened for both of them and they listen to my advice when it comes to this. The one thing they can’t say is, ‘Mom, you don’t get it.’”last_img read more

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Canada Post Employees join rotating strike in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Postal workers in Dawson Creek have joined the rotating strikes.Employees in Dawson Creek joined 18 other Canada Post facilities that are also on strike Thursday.  Postal workers in Fort St. John and other communities in the B.C. Peace are still working.The federal government has given notice that they’re prepared to legislate Canada Post employees back to work as the postal service and union spar over the scale of the backlog the rotating strikes have created. Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said that 48 hours notice is required before introducing back-to-work legislation, but insisted that having done so doesn’t mean the government will make the move to end rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.“We have complete flexibility about when we’ll introduce that legislation,” Hajdu told reporters before the Liberal caucus meeting Wednesday morning.Canada Post said Tuesday that Canadians can expect delays of parcel and mail delivery into 2019 as a result of the strikes, especially in southwestern Ontario because of a backlog of hundreds of transport trailers sitting idle at its main Toronto sorting facility.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has, however, challenged the claims of major backlogs, saying they have been highly exaggerated. The union said Wednesday that it counted about 70 trailers at the main Toronto facility, which could be cleared in a matter of days, along with a smattering of trailers elsewhere in Ontario and on the East Coast.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Gucci owner Kering fined $1.7 bn for dodging taxes

first_imgRome: The owner of Italian fashion giant Gucci is set to pay a record fine of nearly 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in a tax evasion case, according to media reports Friday. “Lawyers are still negotiating with the tax authorities over a few hundred million euros, but the fine that the (French luxury) Kering group is about to pay is the highest (in Italy),” the La Stampa newspaper said. “It’s a cheque for nearly 1.5 billion euros,” it added. It follows a probe by Milan’s public prosecutor into the fashion house on suspicion of declaring several years worth of Italian sales in Switzerland, thereby saving around 1.3 billion euros in domestic tax. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalKering is expected to sign an agreement on the amount due on May 2, according to the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. “At this stage, no agreement has been reached on any specific amount,” the French group said. Earlier this year, Kering said it faced a claim for 1.4 billion euros in unpaid Italian taxes, adding it contested the preliminary findings. The group has consistently denied avoiding tax, saying its activities were fully compliant with all tax obligations. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company’s Swiss-based Luxury Goods International (LGI) subsidiary has been under investigation for allegedly avoiding tax on earnings generated elsewhere. Most of the allegations centre on Gucci, whose offices in Milan and Florence were raided by Italian police in late 2017. In November, Milan prosecutors wrapped up their probe into alleged tax evasion of more than 1 billion euros by Gucci for revenues booked in the years between 2010 and 2016. The prosecutors say that revenues booked through LGI should be taxed in Italy and not in Switzerland. By agreeing to a settlement, Kering would be spared from having to pay interest and sanctions for late tax payments, which one source said would have added around 500 million euros to the final bill. Gucci’s Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri and former CEO Patrizio Di Marco are under investigation in the case. That investigation is expected to conclude with a separate settlement once the agreement on the tax dispute has been signed, one of the sources added. Lawyers for Bizzarri and Di Marco declined to comment.last_img read more

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After Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. aims to clean up the earth

NEW YORK — After playing Iron Man for more than a decade, Robert Downey Jr. has found a real-life villain he wants to defeat: pollution.The movie star says he plans to start an organization next year called the Footprint Coalition. He didn’t give any details of the initiative, but said he spoke to experts who said robotics and other technology could help clean up the planet significantly in the next decade.He plans to officially launch the Footprint Coalition in April 2020 and vowed to spend the next 11 years working on making some kind of difference in what he called “a massive threat to our future and the mess we leave behind.”The actor admitted that he hasn’t been kind to the environment in the past, but says he wants to change.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

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Three stranded Lankan Tamils rescued in Nagapattinam

Three Sri Lankan Tamils, including a two-year-old girl, were rescued from a stranded fishing boat off Kodiakarai coast by fishermen of Nagapattinam, The Hindu newspaper reported.Fishermen of Akkaraipettai, who ventured in a boat owned by Kumar, rescued the Lankans after seeing them struggling for life at mid sea. Commandant S.M. Patnaik, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Station, Karaikal, told The Hindu that there was no immediate information on how their boat got stranded in the Indian waters.Upon reaching the shore, they were provided with first aid and food. They were reportedly starving for food for a few days till the fishermen spotted them and subsequently brought them to Nagapattinam on Saturday night. The Sri Lankans, said to be from Vavuniya, were identified as Dushyant (27), Dwaraka (24) and Kakitha (2). They had been sent to a hospital for medical check up. Asked whether they were heading for Australia, he said it could not be ruled out. However, it would be ascertained only after a detailed inquiry. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Gota accused of being behind Mahindas polls defeat

Dissanayake said that while Gotabaya Rajapaksa played a key role to defeat the LTTE, he also created the BBS and hate crimes seen today may also have his involvement.However in a statement last week Gotabaya Rajapaksa strongly condemned as a false story published irresponsibly by a website renowned for spreading fake news, linking his name with the BBS and Minister for Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa, in connection with the atrocious burning of Muslim owned shops in the recent past. Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of being behind the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election.Minister of Social Empowerment S.B. Dissanayake said that certain actions by Gotabaya Rajapaksa led to Mahinda Rajapaksa losing Catholic and Muslim votes. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of being behind the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the hate campaign. “I strongly deny such allegations and decry the attempt to tarnish my reputation once again. We need have the wisdom to understand the political agenda behind such conspiracies and rise as one nation against such despicable acts aimed at inciting racial disharmony,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Dissanayake said that 40-45 percent of Catholic votes the Sri Lanka Freedom Party usually got dropped to 25 percent and 15 percent of Muslim votes dropped to 2 percent as a result of the actions of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. read more

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator urges action to help displaced in Uganda

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today hailed an initiative by the Government of Uganda to help people forced by to flee their homes by rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). “With the current intolerable conditions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Northern Uganda, I welcome the Government of Uganda’s launch today of the Joint Monitoring Committee,” said Jan Egeland. “It will be judged by how it manages to change conditions for the better,” he added. The newly launched Committee was proposed by the Government of Uganda in Geneva on 20 March. The JMC is composed of Ugandan government officials and partners including bilateral and multi-lateral donors, the World Bank, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and members of national and international civil society. In consultation with bilateral and multilateral partners, the Government has now prepared its Emergency Plan for Humanitarian Interventions in Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Affected Areas of Northern Uganda. The Plan takes into consideration numerous interventions currently ongoing in the north by Government and other partners in conflict-affected areas, enhanced protection of the civilian population, increased humanitarian assistance to IDPs, peace building and reconciliation, according to OCHA. “For this to succeed, those involved must engage so that we can see actual results on the ground – fewer deaths, better conditions and increased returns,” Mr. Egeland stressed. read more

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65 of couples avoid talking money prior to getting hitched living common

TORONTO – A new CIBC survey suggests nearly all couples believe it’s important to have a serious joint discussion about finances before getting hitched or moving in together — but only about a third will actually do so.The study found that 35 per cent of committed partners who plan to marry or live common law within the next two years say they’ve talked about money in detail, with 40 per cent saying they’ve only discussed how to manage finances together as a couple “briefly.”Despite those responses, 99 per cent of those surveyed indicated they felt it’s very — or at least somewhat — important to discuss how they’ll plan their finances as a couple before saying, “I do.”The findings may in part explain why 46 per cent also said their top financial goal within the first two years of living together was to save up for a vacation, despite the fact that two-thirds of the respondents said they would be entering into marriage or a common-law relationship in debt.Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning for CIBC, said in a report about the survey results that financial disagreements are a strong predictor of divorce, particularly among younger couples who are more prone to experience financial stress in their relationships.He pointed to recent U.S. research showing that couples who argue over finances several times a week are 30 per cent more likely to divorce than those who only have money squabbles less than once a month.Of those surveyed who admitted they haven’t talked about money before their wedding day or the move-in date, 83 per cent said they didn’t know either how or when to address the topic or said they plan “to play it by ear.”CIBC’s online survey was conducted from July 15-21 among 1,047 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panellists.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. 65% of couples avoid talking money prior to getting hitched, living common law:poll by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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