To hit environment goals feds should create super tax credit report says

OTTAWA — A government-struck expert panel is calling for new “super-deduction” tax credits as a carrot for Canadians to park their retirement savings in climate-conscious investments.The report this morning to Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government should let people deduct more than 100 per cent of retirement contributions they put into investments such as bonds that help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.The panel expects the deduction would be an incentive for the many Canadians who don’t max out their retirement-savings allowances and tax-free savings account contributions, and those who do should have extra space for green investments.The ideas are in a broader vision of regulatory changes the panel prescribes for combining Canada’s environmental goals and economic growth.Businesses should be required to disclose more about the financial risks climate changes pose to their bottom lines, the report says, and pension plans to show how climate-related issues are considered in their investments.But the panel says the government must set a plan that extends to the middle of the century, outlining investments that need to be made to hit emission goals and the cost of a carbon tax for years to come so businesses and investors have predictability.The Canadian Press read more

Iraq UN launches humanitarian effort in conflicttorn Tal Afar region

“To date, the United Nations and its partners have delivered food and non-food items to over 16,000 individuals within Tal Afar city and its environs, as well as to 1,350 displaced families in towns, villages and the Iraqi Red Crescent Society camp near Tal Afar,” the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement today.Over the past month, the UNCT has been able to support the delivery of assistance as well as assist the Government in pre-positioning vital supplies such as food, medicines, non-food items and medical supplies to enable a swift response should the situation continue to decline or a similar incident occur in the region, it added. “Despite a reduction from the initial numbers of over 4,000 families displaced and another 2,000 individuals within the city itself, there remains concern that access to food, water and medical services continues to be hindered by the presence and activities of armed elements,” UNAMI said.“The UN asks that all actors follow international humanitarian law and guidelines for civil-military interactions.” The UN has stocks of non-food items such as tents, cooking stoves, heaters, kitchen sets, buckets, jerry cans, blankets, plastic sheeting, mattresses, sanitary items, clothing, and emergency health kits stored in warehouses within easy transporting distance such as Kirkuk. Contingency funding is also available to effect a swift response to emerging situations, UNAMI said. read more

BlackBerry CEO Chens total compensation package value drops 96 per cent

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2015 3:17 pm MDT Last Updated May 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BlackBerry chief executive John Chen is shown speaking at the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce on the company’s turnaround strategy in a question-and-answer event in Kitchener on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon BlackBerry chief executive John Chen took a major pay cut last year as he worked to turn around the money-losing company.The head of the Waterloo, Ont.,-based technology firm saw the value of his total pay package drop 96 per cent to US$3.4 million in the company’s latest financial year, which ended Feb. 28.Most of the decline was due to share-based awards Chen received when he joined the company in November 2013.As part of that agreement, Chen received 13 million shares of BlackBerry that will be paid out over five years. The total amount of $84.8 million in share-based awards was recognized as part of his compensation package of $85.7 million in fiscal 2014.Chen received a base salary of $1 million for the fiscal 2015 year as part of his existing agreement with the company. He also earned a much smaller $1.2-million in share-based awards in fiscal 2015 and $1.2 million for meeting performance bonus targets, compared with $653,846 in the prior year.BlackBerry hired Chen in late 2013 after years of losing market share to competitors like Apple and Samsung. Part of his plan has involved launching more software services and forging new relationships with corporate customers and wireless carriers.Late Thursday, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced plans to buy back up to 12 million of its common shares or about 2.6 per cent of the number outstanding.The move comes as BlackBerry makes plans for a new employee share plan that would boost the number of shares available to staff. Shareholders will vote on the proposal at the BlackBerry annual meeting next month.The share repurchase helped send the company’s stock higher Friday, rising 2.7 per cent to close at $12.88 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter BlackBerry CEO Chen’s total compensation package value drops 96 per cent read more

Motion to reverse tax measures should be debated before National Budget

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTaxes costing Guyanese $10B in disposable income- PPP/COctober 12, 2017In “Business”Debate opens with mounting calls to withdraw 2017 BudgetDecember 5, 2016In “latest news”Budget 2018 not for ‘fat cats’ – Min GaskinDecember 4, 2017In “Politics” Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and PPP/C Member of Parliament (MP), Irfaan Ali on Monday said that his party is anticipating a debate with regards to the motion of recommendations put forward to the National Assembly recently, as he believes they can boost the economy’s growth significantly if implemented by the Government.Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and point man on finance Irfaan AliA slew of Budget measures have been documented in a Parliamentary Motion piloted by Ali, along with party Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira.The PPP/C Parliamentarians – in presenting the menu of measures – insisted Government’s tax-oriented approach to growth and policies is among the key factors responsible for the deteriorating economy and pointed to the introduction of increases for every category of taxes on income, property, production and consumption, and international trade, including environmental taxes.In a press conference on Monday, Ali asserted that many of the 120 suggestions made by the Opposition Party to Government, are “aligned with the manifesto of the APNU-AFC.”“We are urging the Government to have a debate on this motion…to implement what we would have recommended, or if you need clarification, or you need us to argue our position…let us have a debate urgently on this motion before the presentation of the National Budget,” he said.As he read from the 10 paged motion, the PPP/C MP explained that there is an entire section designated to recommendations made to “stimulate the economy and raise job creation.”Further, he said that the Opposition is calling on the Government to “restore the purchasing power of the people” by removing the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on zero rated items.“If you want improvement, you can’t just come and say no new taxes, you have to go back and remove some of those taxes that were imposed, removing some of those fees that were imposed in the 2015 and 2016 budget and put it back to the pre-2015 position,” he posited.Ali was making reference to the recent pronouncement by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, that there would be no new taxes in Budget 2018. The Opposition had contended that the 200 new taxes alone that were imposed in the last budget were currently costing Guyanese $10 billion in disposable income.“Remove the zero rated items that you now have VAT on so that it will help the mother who gotta take her children to school,  a single parent or a family. It will help [with] medical supplies; it will help the conductors and the bus owners who have to pay new fees on their licences because all of the cost is not kept at the primary level, it is passed down to the consumer at the end of the day,” Ali explained.Additionally, Ali highlighted that the motion also calls for the revocation of VAT on essential food items, water, electricity, household solar panels, education, goods and services, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, importation of inputs –raw materials for local manufacturers.“We are saying that, let us go back to the removal of VAT on these items. This will help us stimulate the economy. It will bring in investment, it will encourage the manufacturing sector to expand their portfolio,” he asserted.Among many other recommendations for various sectors, the motion is also requesting the tax on construction materials locally produced be removed since according to the former Housing Minister, this sector can stimulate the economy in the fastest way.Meanwhile, when probed as to why a motion was necessary since the Opposition could have participated in the Budget 2018 consultations, Ali explained that in 2015, the PPP’s efforts to do so proved futile.“In 2015, we were invited to the Budget consultations and we asked for a number of documents, none of it was submitted to us… To prepare the National Budget, you have to have a number of statistical documents, reports…You have to have those base documents from which you study. We did not get those documents requested…So we thought, listen, the best thing here is to have a national engagement,” he explained. read more

Sead Hasanefendic strong candidate for PSG Handball bench

← Previous Story Anja Althaus joins HC Vardar next season Next Story → Borut Mackovsek to HC Dinamo Minsk handball coachhandball transfersparisParis handballPSGPSG HandballSead Hasanefendic Tunisian NT head-coach Sead Hasanefendic is strong candidate to take charge in PSG Handball from the next summer finds out A “Dream team” from the French capital have a turbulent season with a lot of “up and down” performances and that is the biggest reason why Management looking for a successor of Philippe Gardent, a year before the end of his contract.Hasanefendic is well known from his time in French handball during 80’s and 90’s. He was also remembered as a coach of VfL Gummersbach, while with Tunisian NT made the biggest success – 4th place at WCh 2005. read more

A laundry folding robot Want

first_imgCertainly one of the most tedious chores next to doing the dishes in our household is folding the laundry. Sure it is no big deal to wash the clothes and put them in the dryer, but actually folding clothing items and putting them away always seems to take forever.Good thing that technology may have an answer for this boring household chore that could be just a few years away for the average consumer, and that is a laundry folding robot. Created by the robotic geniuses at the University of California at Berkeley, this robot can fold clothes using green screen technology and a technique called, “background subtraction.” The technique removes the entire background from the robot’s vision so it only sees the clothing object needed to be folded.What about inverting socks that have turned inside-out, you ask? This robot also has the solution to this laundry dilemma by using a short pole to turn socks right-side-out again.via Smartplanet.last_img read more

Topshop removes display barriers from Irish stores after boy 10 dies from

first_img Image: Nick Ansell/PA By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Feb 16th 2017, 1:52 PM 21 Comments Share Tweet Email1 center_img The boy died after an incident in the Reading story on Tuesday. Image: Nick Ansell/PA Topshop removes display barriers from Irish stores after boy (10) dies from head injuries in UK The youngster died in an incident involving the units. Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 1:52 PM TOPSHOP OUTLETS ACROSS Ireland and the UK are to remove display barriers in their stores after the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy in England.The child died on Tuesday after suffering head injuries in an incident involving a unit at a Topshop store in Reading.Police were called to the scene at about 4,15 pm and the boy was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he was pronounced dead.Following the incident, Topshop has confirmed that it will be removing the units in question from all their stores including those in Ireland.“Further to the recent incident in Reading, as a safety precaution we have decided to remove all the till barrier units in question from our stores across the country with immediate effect,” the company said in a statement.Thames Valley Police have described the death of the boy as a “tragic incident” and are investigating what happened.“We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this death, a scene watch is in place at the Topshop store and is likely to be in place for some time,” said Detective Superintendent Paul Hayles.“Detectives are now working with the local authority and the store owners to gather all of the information on how this incident happened.”Read: UKIP leader forced to deny own statement that he lost a close friend at Hillsborough disaster >Read: ‘He was a bubbly young fella. Full of life, full of divilment’ – Remembering Ireland’s car crash victims > The boy died after an incident in the Reading story on Tuesday. 40,922 Views last_img read more

Labor pledges 165000 for Pronia

first_imgPronia is set to receive $165,000 under a Shorten Labor Government. The funding, which will occur over the next four years, is to help with emergency relief for newly-arrived Greeks and to assist in providing ongoing services to Pronia’s clients.MP Peter Khalil  has worked closely with Pronia in his electorate in the lead-up to this announcement.“I’m so proud of the work Pronia does in the electorate of Wills in providing much needed services to the Greek community of Wills, and beyond to wider Victoria,” Mr. Khalil said.“That’s why the Labor party decided to support these important services, unlike the Morrison Government who continue to slash funding to vital emergency relief.”The funding comes as part of the Labor Party’s announcement to provide over $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations around Australia.“This is a welcomed announcement for Pronia,” said MP Maria Vamvakinou, who has been working closely with the organisation in her role as the Deputy Chair of the Migration Committee.“This additional funding to Pronia will ensure they have the capability to offer assistance to Melbourne’s Greek community, and ensure they can care for the most vulnerable in our community.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Seamus Coleman defended Declan Rice

first_imgThe captain of the Ireland national team was not afraid to say that the 19-year-old can feel both English and Irish if he desiresDeclan Rice has been in the spotlight for the last days after he decided to rest from international football with Ireland.The London-born footballer might be thinking of switching jerseys and defending the English national team colors instead of the Irish ones.But for Ireland national team captain Seamus Coleman, there is no reason why Declan Rice cannot be proud of his heritage.“In an ideal world, we’d have all the players here playing for us,” Coleman said at today’s press conference as quoted by RTÉ Sports.“Some people back home might not like to hear it. He’s a 19-year-old boy that was born in England but that’s no reason he can’t be a proud Irishman.”“I saw him after the Turkey game when he got Man of the Match and I saw him embrace his father in the tunnel. That’s not for show, that’s genuine. He was genuinely proud to play in the games that he did,” he added.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“In an ideal world, we’ll get him back. But it’s not as straightforward as ‘you know what you are’, which I’ve heard a few people say.”“The young lad was born in England. There’s no reason why he can’t feel some part English and also be very proud to play for Ireland, which I know he is,” he explained.“So, on that situation, and fingers crossed, we’ll welcome back Declan with open arms whatever he decides.”Coleman on Rice: “There’s no reason why he can’t feel some part English and also be very proud to play for Ireland”— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) September 5, 2018last_img read more

Protest held at Indira Park against mass lynching incidents

first_imgHyderabad: A protest was held today at Indira Park to express anguish and anger against mass lynching taking place in the country. Addressing the gathering, Azeez Pasha, ex MP and CPI leader stated that till now more than 266 such cases were recorded in the country in the last five years which include 14 cases in Jharkhand. The Supreme Court of India recently took serious view about these ghastly incidents and directed the parliament to enact a law to punish the culprits, he said. These incidents were also affecting the image of the country, known for its rich culture and religious harmony, the CPI leader said.last_img read more

Narendra Modi hails ISRO for Chandrayaan2s entry into lunar

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after Chandrayaan2 was put into the lunar orbit. “Congratulations to Team ISRO on Chandrayaan2 entering the Moon’s orbit. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the Moon. Best wishes for its successful culmination,” Modi tweeted. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Congratulations to Team @isro on #Chandrayaan2 entering the Moon’s orbit. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the Moon. Best wishes for its successful culmination.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 20, 2019 The space agency on Tuesday successfully completed the orbit manoeuvre and put the Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into the lunar orbit. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) was completed successfully at 9.02 a.m. using the onboard propulsion system. Union Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated the ISRO scientists. “The smooth entry … is yet another significant achievement for our scientists. Looking forward to the landing of ‘Pragyaan’ on the moon next month,” Singh tweeted. Advertise With Us Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh (Yogi Adityanath) and Delhi (Arvind Kejriwal) too took to Twitter to hail ISRO. Heartiest Congratulations to Team #ISRO for successful completion of Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) of #Chandrayaan2 maneuver today.India’s pride #Chandrayaan2 has completed yet another milestone.Best wishes for smooth Moon landing on September 7जय हिंद।जय भारत।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 20, 2019Congratulations to @isro scientists for achieving the historic milestone of successfully putting Chandrayaan-II in the Moon’s orbit.Whole country is proud of you— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 20, 2019last_img read more

DUCSU polling stations to be set up in dormitories

first_imgDUCSU polling stations to be set up in dormitories. File PhotoDhaka University (DU) authorities on Tuesday fixed the age limit at 30 years for the candidates of the elections to DU Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) and hall unions that are going to be held on 11 March after 28 years.Students who enrolled in the university through honours admission tests and are currently pursuing Honours, Masters’ and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) courses can contest the elections.The decisions were taken at a syndicate meeting of the university on Tuesday with DU vice chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.“The syndicate also decided to install the polling stations in all the dormitories like the previous elections,” Syndicate member and law faculty dean professor Rahmat Ullah told news agency UNB.Students of the evening programme and affiliated colleges cannot participate in the elections, he added.The syndicate also amended some posts, including common room and cafeteria affairs secretary and international affairs secretary.Welcoming the syndicate decisions, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU unit president Sonjit Chandra Das said, “We hope they’ll publish the full schedule of the election very soon and properly conduct it.”Bangladesh Chhatra League is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Chhatra Union DU unit president Foez Ullah protested the decision to set up polling stations at dormitories and demanded changing the decision.”We demand that the polling booths be set up in academic buildings as ruling party’s student wing controls the dormitories.”last_img read more

appointmentsTATTourism Authority of Thailand

first_imgappointmentsTATTourism Authority of Thailand Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the appointment of Ms. Angela Farrelly as a new representative for New Zealand. She will assume responsibilities on 1 October 2017, and will succeed Marieanne Ouwehand, who has stepped down.Farrelly is a senior marketing professional who has worked in top tier corporations including Air New Zealand and IAG, and understands the New Zealand consumer, with expertise in crafting targeted digital marketing programs. TAT says Farrelly will play a key role in promoting Thailand, as well as providing and implementing high quality services for tourism industry clients in New Zealand.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Korey CunninghamOLThumbFullFullFull— Trent WilliamsTKnee—LimitedLimited— Zach BrownLBObliqueFullFullFull— Olsen PierreDTToeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Jermaine GreshamTEAchillesLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable 3 Comments   Share   Colt McCoyQBRight ThumbFullFullFull— Corey PetersDTKneeLimitedLimitedFull— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Ryan KerriganLBHip——Limited— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Related LinksReport: Cardinals work out former first-round pick WR Corey ColemanArizona Cardinals’ Chase Edmonds is ready to learn in rookie seasonCardinals’ Golden out, Gresham questionable for game vs. RedskinsDaily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)(-) (Not listed)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play The Arizona Cardinals (0-0) open the Steve Wilks and Sam Bradford era against the Washington Redskins (0-0) at State Farm Stadium.Below is the official Week 1 NFL injury report for both teams. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Robert NkemdicheDTFootLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable T.J. LoganRBAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Jamison CrowderWRNot injury related——DNP— Top Stories Maurice HarrisWRConcussionDNPDNPDNPOut Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Markus GoldenDEKneeDNPDNPDNPOut Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Mitchelton Hotel

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Mitchelton Hotel & Spa, a $16 million hotel on the banks of the Goulburn Valley in Victoria,  has joined AccorHotels‘ boutique MGallery by Sofitel portfolio.Located within the spectacular surrounds of Mitchelton Winery Estate, the 58-room hotel boasts a four-treatment room day spa, sprawling restaurant, a 20-metre lap pool and extensive banquet and meeting facilities.Designed by award-winning architects Hecker Guthrie, the hotel’s interiors complement the property’s existing Robin Boyd structures and feature earthy tones and a minimalist aesthetic. All guestrooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows and have views of either the Goulburn River or the vineyards.Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, said the group was thrilled to be adding to its boutique hotel collection.“The Mitchelton Hotel & Spa is a beautiful property on spectacular grounds and we are thrilled to be welcoming the hotel into our network; it will be the tenth MGallery by Sofitel hotel in Australia.“There is a lot to see in the Goulburn Valley region and with the addition of such a quality hotel it will no doubt help attract more visitors to the region, boost local tourism and support the domestic travel market. The Ryan family has done a wonderful job of transforming the property into a thriving food, wine and hospitality destination. The hotel will be a special addition to our network and we look forward to welcoming guests,” McGrath said.Andrew Ryan, Managing Director of The Mitchelton property, said, “The Hotel and Day Spa is something that we wanted to develop early on with our acquisition of the estate.“It has always been the missing piece in the puzzle for Mitchelton. Goulburn Valley and Nagambie have so much to offer, we have high hopes that the addition of the accommodation facility will help attract more visitors to the region and boost local tourism.”The Mitchelton Hotel & Spa joins other iconic properties within the Australian MGallery network,. including Hotel Lindrum, The Como Melbourne, Elements of Byron, Harbour Rocks Hotel, The Reef House Resort & Spa Palm Cove, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Mount Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills and the Playford Adelaide.See www.accorhotels.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more