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Kentucky Proposes Market-Based Sourcing Rules

first_imgKentucky proposed regulatory changes for market-based sourcing and using a a single receipts factor corporate income tax apportionment formula.The regulation would incorporate new provisions in 2018 legislation.Market-Based Sourcing RulesReceipts from sales other than sales of tangible personal property are in Kentucky, if the taxpayer’s market for the sales is in the state. The proposed regulation establishes uniform rules for:determining whether the market for a sale is in Kentucky; andreasonably approximating the state or states of assignment if the location of the taxpayer’s market cannot be determined.Several of the assignment rules apply in sequential order. Taxpayers must also:determine the method of assignment in good faith and with reasonable effort;keep contemporaneous records that explain the determination; andexercise state-to-state and year-to-year consistency in the inclusion or exclusion of receipts.Sourcing for ServicesIn general, taxpayers must assign receipts from services to Kentucky if the services were delivered to a location in the state. The term “delivered to a location” refers to the location of the taxpayer’s market for the service. This may not be the location of the taxpayer’s employees or property.In-Person ServicesTaxpayers must assign receipts from in person services to Kentucky if the customer receives the service in the state. This includes services performed in Kentucky that relate to:the customer’s body, like hair cutting or X-ray services;the customer’s physical presence, like live entertainment or athletic performances;the customer’s real estate;the customer’s tangible personal property at the customer’s residence or in the customer’s possession; andthe customer’s tangible personal property that is shipped or delivered to the customer.Professional ServicesA taxpayer that delivers a professional service to an individual customer must assign the receipts to Kentucky if:the customer’s primary residence is in the state; orthe customer’s billing address is in the state.A taxpayer that delivers a professional service to a business customer must assign the receipts to Kentucky if:the contract of sale is principally managed by the customer in the state;the customer placed the order for the service in the state; orthe customer’s billing address is in the state.Taxpayers can also use a safe harbor rule for large volume transactions. A taxpayer can assign its receipts from services based on a particular customer’s billing address if the taxpayer:does not derive more than 5% of all its service receipts from that customer; andengages in substantially similar service transactions with more than 250 customers.Special rules apply to:taxpayers that derive more than 5% of all service receipts from a customer;services delivered physically or electronically for or through a customer;architectural and engineering services;financial services;broadcast advertising services; andservices sold to related members that own or control the taxpayer.Intangible PropertyTaxpayers must assign receipts to Kentucky from the license or sale of intangible property used in the state. The assignment depends on the type of license or nature of the property sold. This includes distinct sourcing rules for:marketing intangibles;production intangibles;broadcasting intangibles;mixed intangibles;contract rights or government licenses that authorize use in a specific geographic area;software transactions;digital goods or services; andtransactions that resemble the sale of goods or services.Throwout RulesReceipts from other than tangible personal property must be thrown out of the receipts factor if:the taxpayer is not taxable in the state where it assigns the receipts; orthe state of assignment cannot be determined or reasonably approximated.Industry Specific Sourcing RulesThe regulation sets forth receipts factor sourcing rules for various industries. This includes rules for:bargelines;buslines;passenger airlines;pipelines;public service companies;air freight forwarders;railroads;regulated investment companies (RICs);securities brokerage services; andtrucklines.Public Hearing and Comment PeriodKentucky will hold a public hearing for the proposed regulation on December 21, 2018. It will accept written comments through December 31, 2018.103 KAR 16:270, Kentucky Department of Revenue, filed November 14, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

BCCI’s financial panel slams CSK, says team grossly undervalued

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) financial committee headed by Jyotiraditya Scindia slammed Chennai Super Kings’ valuation of Rs 5 lakh and said that the franchise has cheated the board.During the meeting, CSK’s valuation was discussed and the panel has promised of action by early next week. It has also been learnt that the BCCI expenditure on legal matters in the last two years went up to Rs 56 crore, which was disclosed during the meeting on Thursday.Due to the legal expenses skyrocketing in the past two years, the finance committee decided that infrastructure subsidy to tune of Rs 50 crore granted to the affiliated state associations will not be increased to Rs 75 crore as was proposed for the year.”In the last two financial years, the BCCI’s legal expenses have Rs 31 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively. It comes to the tune of Rs 56 crore and secretary Anurag Thakur and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary rightly said that we can’t right away increase the subsidies. It was also agreed that a guideline will be prepared to check how the funds are being utilised,” a member of the finance committee told PTI on Thursday.It was also learnt reliably that Justice Mukul Mudgal committee probing the IPL spot fixing scam were paid Rs 1.5 crore while the BCCI has already spent Rs 3.90 crore for the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha committee.The finance committee also took note of the fact that women cricketers have been ignored and the committee decided to start the gradation payment system for them.advertisement”The likes of Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami will be brought under gradation ambit. By next finance committee meeting, we will be able to chalk out a programme as to how this gradation payment would work.”Also the junior and A team cricketers playing domestic cricket will be given more money.”Earlier, U-16 boys would get a meagre amount of Rs 500 per match day which the finance committee plans to increase it to Rs 1000 and similarly for the U-23, it would Rs 2500 per match day,” the source informed.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Afghanistan outshine their own record with 12 successive T20I wins

first_imgAdvertisementAfghanistan created a new world record of twelve consecutive T20 international victories with a 25-run victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday. Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were the star, as they excelled their own record of 11 consecutive wins which was set in 2017. Nabi with his unbeaten 84 from 54 balls helped Afghanistan reach 164-6 before the youngster Mujeeb claimed his career-best figures of 4-15 to bowl out the hosts for 139 in the second match of the tri-nation T20I tournament.The Afghans winning streak started in February last year, after they beat Zimbabwe twice in Sharjah. Their next opponent Bangladesh were whitewashed 3-0 in India followed by a 2-0 away series win against Ireland. They defeated Ireland three more times before claiming two victories in the ongoing tri-series at Bangladesh.In the second match of the tri-series Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first and were immediately in danger after scoring 40 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in just 6 overs. Nabi, who took home the man of the match trophy, helped his side recover with his fourth T20I fifty, hitting three boundaries and seven sixes along the way. The veteran was supported from the other end by former skipper Asghar Afghan as the duo shared a 79 runs partnership for the fifth wicket.Setting a target of 164, Mujeeb scalped three wickets in his opening spell and reduced the hosts 32-4 before Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman put on 58 runs for the fifth wicket. Their resistance was broken by Gulbadin Naib who removed Mahmudullah at 44 before Mujeeb ended Sabbir’s innings in his final over to surpass his previous best of 3-17 against Ireland. Naib ended his spell at 2-27 while skipper Rashid Khan and left-arm pacer Fareed Malik also took two wickets each. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sehwag bats for a bowler as India captain after Virat

first_imgMohali, Apr 6 (PTI) Former India opener and current Kings XI Punjab mentor Virender Sehwag today said that he would want a bowler to become national team captain after Virat Kohli. Sehwag made this point while responding to a question during a press conference ahead of KXIPs opening IPL match against Delhi Daredevils here on Sunday. Asked what he expects of Ravichandran Ashwins captaincy of KXIP this season, Sehwag said, “I have played with him and I know the kind of mindset he has. He is the right choice to be captain of Punjab team. “I am a great fan of a bowling captain. I watched Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram as captains. In India generally you dont give captaincy to bowlers, but hopefully after Virat (Kohli) some bowler will become the captain (of national team),” he added. Talking about the KXIP team, Sehwag said, “We have the best team, if I compare last ten years. The team is a balanced one with right mix of Indian and foreign players. “We have a set of players who believe in dealing in sixes and boundaries, they dont believe in singles,” Sehwag joked as Chris Gayle was seated next to him. Asked if it is a challenge as a mentor to handle the junior and senior players, Sehwag said for him he treats all players at par — be it Gayle or youngest domestic member Mayank Dagar. “I make sure that everybody is comfortable and that they get their own space and do whatever they want to do, which later helps them in giving their 100 per cent. Off the field we are very cool, we make sure that our colleagues laugh and crack jokes,” said Sehwag, whose designation is Director-Cricket Operations.advertisement Key batsman K L Rahul said he was not looking at IPL as a platform to prove himself in a bid to cement his place in the national team. The 25-year-old Rahul, who was bought for Rs 11 by KXIP, said his focus was to make sure that his team reaches the play-off stage first and then goes on to win the tournament. “I take IPL as IPL and not a tournament where I have to showcase or prove anything to anybody. It is a new team for me and I want to contribute and make sure that our team reaches the play-offs in the tournament. Hopefully, I can help Kings XI win the tournament, that is my focus,” he said. “With the kind of competition there is around, I dont think anybody in the Indian team is a sure shot. Its always going to be difficult, but thats the challenge you want to improve yourself as an individual and as a sportsman everyday.” The team has many new faces including skipper Ashwin, Gayle, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and a few others. “This is a new team, we promise to entertain and we promise to bring in a new brand of cricket. We will go out there and expresses ourselves and play aggressive cricket, that is what has been stressed about. Everybody wants us to win and we will put our best foot forward,” said Rahul. Asked about additional responsibility of keeping wickets, he said, “It is going to be a little hard on the body as I dont keep regularly through the year, but as a player you want to be challenged every day. I have already been working on my wicket keeping”. “It is a team sport and whatever role your team wants you to take, you have to be ready,” he said. Also present at the press conference were KXIP head coach Brad Hodge, CEO Satish Menon and some of the team sponsors. Gayle said he was looking forward to a lot of entertaining cricket. “It is a good squad and a good all round team,” he said. Asked if he was hurt at being picked at the last moment in the Players Auction, Gayle jokingly said, “Well, I hope to hurt the bowlers. “It is not going to be about Chris Gayle, it is going to be about team effort. Everyone has a role to play,” Gayle added on a serious note. PTI SUN PDS PDSlast_img read more

Committee Releases Report on University Campus Sexual Violence Prevention

first_img “The survivor-centred, intersectional approach of this report challenges institutions to ensure policies and procedures provide necessary supports for students,” said Annie Sirois, chair of StudentsNS. “These recommendations are a strong first step to changing campus culture and preventing sexual violence at post-secondary institutions.” The report can be found at http://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs A report released today, Dec. 15, provides 10 recommendations to help prevent sexual violence on Nova Scotia university campuses. The report, Changing the Culture of Acceptance, was developed by the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee. “Sexual violence is not, and never has been acceptable on university campuses,” said Dianne Taylor-Gearing, co-chair of the committee, and president of NSCAD in Halifax and chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. “We are all responsible for changing the culture in which sexual violence exists. These recommendations provide a clear path forward. I am encouraged steps have already been taken and that Nova Scotia is leading the way by working in collaboration to make a significant difference on university campuses.” The committee was established as an outcome of the 2015-19 memorandum of understanding between the government and Nova Scotia universities. Committee members included representatives from government, universities, student groups and community agencies working in the area of sexual violence prevention and response. “Government stands with students and post-secondary institutions in our shared commitment to help prevent sexual violence from happening, and to support victims when it does happen, so that students and staff can feel safe on any one of our campuses,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “I appreciate the committee’s thoughtful work and specifically its concrete and achievable recommendations that are already starting to be implemented across the province.” The committee’s recommendations aim to shift the culture in which sexual violence exists, and to support universities in advancing efforts to help prevent sexual violence on campus. Some of the recommendations include: the delivery of consent education training for the campus community on responding to sexual violence disclosures the development and delivery of anti-oppression education for leaders on campus the establishment of sexual violence prevention advisory committees the development of a Nova Scotia specific bystander education programcenter_img For a list of services for victims of sexual violence, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/ .last_img read more

Pehlwaan villain shed eight kilos in three months for role

first_imgMumbai: Kabir Duhan Singh plays the antagonist in the forthcoming sports drama “Pehlwaan”. The actor, who plays a professional boxer in the film, reveals he shed eight kilos for the role within just three months. “I trained in boxing for five to six months and had to shed weight to get the toned look of a boxer. I lost around seven to eight kilos in two to three months. I hired a coach who gave me a high-protein diet with minimal carbs. My diet had 90 percent protein and only 10 percent carbs. It included a lot of salads and green vegetables,” said Kabir to IANS, revealing his weight loss tricks. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Although a diet of high protein and minimal carbs helped him get a great body, it took a toll on the 32-year-old actor’s health. “I wanted to get the body of an international-level boxer and the diet helped, but I faded out a couple of times while shooting for a Hindi film in Mauritius simultaneously with this film,” said Kabir. About his character in the movie, the actor saying: “In ‘Pehlwaan’, I play the antagonist. He is a professional boxer named Tony Sebastian, who is a hardcore killer inside the ring. He doesn’t fight to win. His aim is to kill opponents. He doesn’t want medals or trophies. Killing his opponent makes him happy. He is a champion and very arrogant. He doesn’t listen to anyone — not even his coach.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Coming out of a violent character like this took time, revealed the actor, who is known for his perfect portrayal of negative characters in South films. “The character is very violent and arrogant. Every time I shot for the film, it would take me a day or two to come out of the character. People say they switch on and switch off in between shots, but for this character, I couldn’t do that so easily. It affected me a lot and so I took time to come out of it,” Kabir shared. “Pehlwaan” stars Kannada superstar Sudeep, along with Suniel Shetty and Akanksha Singh in key roles. The film is slated to release on September 12 in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil and Malayalam. Kabir Duhan Singh will also be seen alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui in “Bole Chudiya”, where he plays the antihero.last_img read more

California first state to mandate solar power for new homes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission.The unanimous action on Wednesday finalizes a previous vote by the Energy Commission and fulfills a decade-old goal to make the state reliant on cleaner energy.“These provisions really are historic and will be a beacon of light for the rest of the country,” said Kent Sasaki, a structural engineer and one of six building standards commissioners. “(It’s) the beginning of substantial improvement in how we produce energy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.”While nobody spoke Wednesday in opposition, the commission received about 300 letters opposing the mandate because of the added cost, the Orange County Register reported.Energy officials estimated the provisions will add $10,000 to the cost of building a single-family home — about $8,400 from adding solar and about $1,500 for making homes more energy-efficient. But those costs would be offset by lower utility bills over the 30-year lifespan of the solar panels, officials said.One commission member worried the mandate would make it harder for California wildfire victims to rebuild. But supporters assured him that won’t be a problem, according to the newspaper.Homeowners will have two options that eliminate upfront costs of adding solar: leasing the solar panels or signing a power purchase agreement that pays for the electricity without buying the panels, said Drew Bohan, executive director of the energy commission.One solar-industry representative said the net savings from adding solar power will be around $40 a month or nearly $500 a year.“These standards won’t necessarily make homes more expensive to buy. What they will do is save money on utility costs,” said Pierre Delforge, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defence Council. “This is not only the right thing to do for the climate, it is financially smart.”Homebuilders have been preparing for years to meet a proposed requirement that all new homes be “net-zero,” meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bright Nights setting the stage for the 2020 Winter Games

first_imgThursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. marks the start of the festival with Art Stars, an interactive opportunity for the public to meet and hear from professional artists and performers who grew up in Fort St. John and how they made a career for themselves in the arts. “We are gathering local artists and art groups to showcase, demonstrate, and delight,” said Marcere.Friday, June 7, the Cultural Centre will host a gala evening with fresh cocktails at the ready, and Vancouver Theatre Sports to entertain guests with their hilarious improv skills.Saturday, June 8, the festival ends with a public art market, hands-on pottery and weaving demonstrations, live entertainment, and the 2019 World Fair.The North Peace Cultural Society shares,  this year we will host an extraordinary printmaking workshop. “The city recognized the success of the printmaking and will close the 99th avenue from the 100 St to 102 St,” said Marcere.For a full schedule of events, visit npcc.bc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bright Nights the annual arts festival is setting the stage for the 2020 Winter Games.The North Peace Cultural Society in partnership with the City of Fort St. John and community groups are gearing up for a fun-filled, family friendly weekend with the best of local art and local sport.“In all our activities, we are going to blur the line between art and sport, and revive the city’s spirit for the Winter Games by showcasing arts related to sport,” said Baptiste Marcere, Executive Director of the North Peace Cultural Centre.last_img read more

ACT for America Celebrates Hate with March Against Sharia Law

Toronto – Demonstrations took place across America as small but militant groups from notorious hate group ACT for America took place under the banner of a “March Against Sharia Law” on Saturday.From the east coast to the west, the turnout was low but enthusiastic. Wielding signs proclaiming America in imminent danger from the spectre of Sharia law, spotty collections of demonstrators popped up in cities like New York, Orlando Austin and Seattle.Equally enthusiastic, however, were the considerably larger groups of opponents who showed up in each locale, to denounce the group’s message of fear and hate. Standing on the opposite side of the street from the demonstration in New York City, teacher Marjorie Stamberg, said “Two people were murdered in Portland a few weeks ago, by their people. If they tell you it’s about free speech, they’re liars. They’re killer. They’re haters.”ACT’s leader, Brigitte Gabriel, however disagrees. She and other high-placed ACT members claim to be protecting free speech and so-called “traditional American values.” Not anti-Muslim, she says, just anti-Sharia. A darling of conservative media in the US, Gabriel never hesitates to play up her close ties within the Trump administration.At one point during the New York City march, populated by only a few dozen demonstrators, organizer of the march, Pax Hart, expressed no sympathy for the fears of hijab-wearing women. Instead, he urged them to “try being a conservative walking around on a college campus.”Next, he rounded on the far-left, saying “They’re gonna blast a nonexistent rape culture, but they’re not going to criticize Islam!… we will not yield to Islamic exceptionalism.”Other speakers took to the podium declaring America the “land of Budweiser and bikinis,” and claiming that the low turnout was due to intimidation from the left.It is worth noting that the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) has long regarded ACT as an anti-government hate group. read more

China issues US travel alert warning of official harassment

BEIJING — China issued a travel warning for the U.S. on Tuesday, saying Chinese visitors have been interrogated, interviewed and subjected to other forms of what it called harassment by U.S. law enforcement agencies.The warning urges Chinese citizens and Chinese-funded bodies in the U.S. to step up their safety awareness and preventative measures and respond “appropriately and actively.” It was issued by the Foreign Ministry, as well as the Chinese Embassy and consulates in the U.S.The warning comes amid an increasingly bitter trade dispute between the sides and tougher immigration enforcement by the Trump administration.Also Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued its own travel alert for the U.S., noting the high frequency of shootings, robberies and theft in the country. Chinese students abroad were also urged Monday to assess the risks involved given tightened visa restrictions.The alerts are valid until Dec. 31.Chinese social media has been abuzz with talk of U.S. visa and green card denials and other travel, education and employment woes under Trump, who has sought to restrict the numbers of foreign visitors and others coming to the U.S. for what he claims are security and economic reasons.Partly as a result, Chinese travel to the U.S. is falling after more than a decade of rapid growth, leaving cities, malls and other tourist spots scrambling to reverse the trend.Travel from China to the U.S. fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office, which collects data from U.S. Customs forms. It was the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior year.China also issued a travel warning for the U.S. last summer, telling its citizens to beware of shootings, robberies and high costs for medical care. The U.S. shot back with its own warning about travel to China.The Associated Press read more

International art exhibition makes Canadian debut at Brock

An internationally recognized exhibition is making its Canadian debut at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) next week.The Road to Tepeyac, from Mexican-British artist Alinka Echeverría, will open in the VISA Gallery and Student Exhibition Space of the downtown arts school on Tuesday, March 5 as part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Series.It features visually stunning images documenting an annual journey to Tepeyac, Mexico City, that millions of people undertake to pay tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe.Mexican-British artist Alinka Echeverría will present The Road to Tepeyac at the VISA Gallery and Student Exhibition Space of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts beginning Tuesday, March 5 as part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Series.On their backs, the devout pilgrims tote personalized items of the Virgin — from paintings and life-sized sculptures to brightly coloured clothing and floor-length robes — to be blessed when they reach their final destination.Described as an immersive photographic installation, the award-winning work deconstructs the historical, political, philosophical, psychological and anthropological relationship between an invisible presence and its materialized expression.Brock Visual Arts Assistant Professor Amy Friend, who curates the exhibitions in the gallery, said she found Echeverría’s work “to be both political and deeply human, which is not an easy feat to accomplish.”The Road to Tepeyac has been featured in exhibitions held in more than 20 countries. An opening reception for the Brock show will take place Thursday, March 7 in the VISA gallery, and is free and open to the public.A public lecture will immediately follow the reception at the Robertson Theatre in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, where Echeverría will discuss her acclaimed photography and sound projects.Trained in social anthropology, Echeverría combines aspects of documentary photography with visual anthropology and conceptual art in her work.Alinka Echeverria’s The Road to Tepeyac consists of hundreds of photographs the artist took of devout Mexican pilgrims carrying their personal image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on an annual journey to commemorate her apparition in 1531.Friend looks forward to hearing the impact Echeverría’s background has on her investigative process: from how she initiates her projects to the factors determining how she achieves the final, visual form.In addition to the The Road to Tepeyac (2010), Echeverría will discuss her projects Deep Blindness (2013 to present), Becoming South Sudan (for which she was named International Photographer of the Year by the Lucie Awards) and Nicephora, a four-year project based on her BMW Art and Culture Residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce. In Nicephora, the artist deployed a rigorous, research-based approach to explore the male and colonial gaze from the inception of the photographic medium.Tickets to the lecture are free, but registration is required by visiting the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website.  Generously funded by Marilyn I. Walker, the Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement. The Road to TepeyacExhibition opening reception: Thursday, March. 7, 5 p.m.Where: VISA Art Gallery and Student Exhibition Space, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsExhibition runs: March 5 to 26.Public lecture: An anthropological gaze in contemporary photographic practiceThursday, March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Robertson Theatre of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. read more

Warrant issued after Friends star lookalike fails to turn up to court

Mr Husseni from Slough was arrested by Lancashire Police last month and was due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.He was accused of stealing a coat, wallet and phone from restaurant in Blackpool on 20 September.However, he failed to appear in court and District Judge, Jane Goodwin, issued a warrant not backed for bail.The defendant had received instructions by post to come to the court for 9.30am. Social media users pointed out the likeness between the wanted man and the Friends star Schwimmer, famous for his role as Ross Geller in the hit US comedy Friends, responded to the social media attention by posting a spoof video, denying he was responsible. Social media users pointed out the likeness between the wanted man and the Friends star Officers, I swear it wasn’t me.As you can see, I was in New York.To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme pic.twitter.com/EDFF9dZoYR— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018 A “lookalike” of Friends star David Schwimmer, who was due in court to face charges of theft and fraud has failed to turn up.Abdulah Husseni, who became an internet sensation when social media users pointed out his likeness to the American actor, had been expected to appear before Blackpool Magistrates Court.But a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up to court.Mr Husseni’s image was shared around the world when Blackpool Police posted an image which was alleged to show him leaving a restaurant carrying a carton of beer cans. 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. read more

Tempête Xynthia un lourd bilan matériel découvrez les images

first_imgTempête Xynthia : un lourd bilan matériel, découvrez les imagesFrance – La tempête qui a balayé le territoire français a endommagé une grande partie des habitations côtières, privant 500.000 foyers d’électricité. Et la liste des dégâts matériels ne s’arrête pas là.Selon la cellule de crise de la préfecture de Charente-Maritime, le débordement des eaux sur la côte ouest, sur l’île de Ré, l’île d’Oléron et l’île d’Aix serait la conséquence du “vent allié à la marée à fort coefficient”. Les communes littorales et les routes sont inondées, empêchant toute circulation. Dans les zones les plus touchées, l’eau a parfois recouvert la totalité des maisons, ne laissant apparaître que les toitures. Les habitants ont parfois été contraints de passer la nuit sur le toit de leur maison pour être en sécurité. Certains sinistrés préfèrent rester chez eux, au milieu des débris, refusant de rejoindre les salles d’accueil. Le plus souvent, sous-sols et rez-de-chaussée sont inondés : meubles, documents et appareils électroménagers son abîmés, détruits ou perdus. A l’extérieur, les barges des ostréiculteurs ont été extirpées des chenaux, les voitures retournées, écrasées ou recouvertes par les eaux. Dans les ports, de nombreux navires dont des catamarans se sont envolés. Un grand nombre d’arbres a également été déraciné.  On ne connaît pas encore le montant des dégâts causés par la tempête Xynthia. Mais si le gouvernement considère le phénomène comme une catastrophe naturelle, l’indemnisation devrait être correctement réalisée par les sociétés d’assurance, et l’État lui-même. Découvrir des images : https://www.maxisciences.com/temp%eate-xynthia/les-degats-causes-par-la-tempete-xynthia_art6092.htmlLe 1 mars 2010 à 15:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

De multiples fuites de méthane découvertes en Arctique

first_imgDe multiples fuites de méthane découvertes en ArctiqueComme à chaque fois, lorsque l’on parle de fonte des glaces, les conséquences ne font pas sourire. Il s’agit cette fois du méthane piégé dans les sols glacés. Libéré par leur fonte, il participe à l’effet de serre. C’est un nouveau phénomène préoccupant venu d’Arctique. Selon une étude publiée dans Nature Geoscience, le recul des glaciers et la fonte du pergélisol, ces sous-sols gelés en permanence, seraient à l’origine de fuites de gaz à effet de serre, notamment de méthane à plusieurs endroits de la planète. Pour arriver à cet état des lieux préoccupant, les chercheurs de l’Université de l’Alaska et de l’Université d’État de Floride ont analysé 6.700 lacs d’Alaska pendant les hivers 2008 à 2010, et 25 lacs du Groenland.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ils ont ainsi estimé que ces “puits” à méthane seraient aujourd’hui au moins au nombre de 150.000 et qui bien que rejetant pour l’heure de faibles quantités, pourraient laisser échapper bien davantage de gaz avec l’augmentation des températures. Ce méthane qui s’échappe proviendrait notamment de la décomposition des êtres vivants piégés dans les glaces depuis des milliers d’années voire plus. Or, une fois libéré de sa cage de glace, ce gaz se diffuserait dans l’atmosphère et s’ajouterait ainsi aux autres gaz à effet de serre.Un phénomène d’autant plus préoccupant que le méthane a la particularité d’être très dommageable : son impact sur l’effet de serre est 25 fois supérieur à celui du dioxyde de carbone (CO2). Mais le plus inquiétant pour les chercheurs se situe dans des régions très particulières, tels que les lisières des glaciers ou les fjords, où l’augmentation des températures est telle qu’elle parvient à faire fondre des glaces qui résistaient depuis des milliers d’années aux changements de saisons. Dans ces zones très surveillées par les chercheurs, des recueils de données ont été effectués sur les sols et dans l’air en datant les gaz par l’analyse des isotopes. L’équipe a ainsi pu constater que le méthane libéré pouvait être vieux de milliers d’années comme de quelques centaines d’années. “C’est une autre source de préoccupation: le réchauffement nourrira le réchauffement”, résume ainsi Katey Walter Anthony, de l’Université de l’Alaska à Fairbanks citée par l’Agence Science presse. Le 2 juin 2012 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cypriot teens put aside differences in BG

first_img Cyprus FriendshipThey listen to Maroon 5, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, watch TV programs such as “Criminal Minds” and “Modern Family,” and enjoy shopping at Forever 21.The sister tastes of Aria Louis and Cagla Izkan, residents of the Republic of Cyprus in the Mediterrean Sea, provide no inkling they are children of longtime territorial enemies. However, the history books and their families’ collective war stories remind them of the literal and figurative walls that divide their people.Louis, a Greek Cypriot, is a Greek Orthodox Christian, while Izkan, a member of the Turkish Cypriot minority, is Muslim. Their relatives fought on different sides of a military conflict during the 1960s and 1970s that left hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced. Travel between the two sections of the island was restricted until spring 2003.The wounds of the deadly struggle and the bad blood that followed remain fresh, the teens agreed.Today, the 17-year-olds are roommates in Battle Ground as part of the monthlong Cyprus Friendship program designed to show teens from the two Cypriot factions they have much in common even if decades of history suggests otherwise. Louis and Izkan are among 60 students participating in the program. The majority are on the East Coast.“I didn’t want to grow up hating the unknown,” Louis said when asked why she enrolled in the program. “I decided this would be a great opportunity to form my own opinions.”Louis and Izkan are learning about American food and agriculture, sustainability practices in the Portland metro area and, perhaps most important, each other’s lands and customs. Tammy Haas displays a sign she and her husband, Vern, prepared to greet two Cypriot students, one Greek and one Turkish, they are hosting this month at their Battle Ground home.last_img read more

Cleaner sports cars Porsche brings carbonoffset program to the US

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More about 2019 Porsche Cayenne Share your voice Enlarge ImageThe Porsche Impact program is run by Swiss carbon-offset company South Pole. Jon Wong/Roadshow If you love driving sports cars but feel guilty about their environmental impact, Porsche has a bit of good news. The automaker is using Earth Day to bring to the US its Porsche Impact carbon-offset program, which can help counter the emissions produced by driving Porsches — and at least hypothetically make all your sporty driving carbon-neutral.Initially the Impact program will cover only a relatively small fleet of cars. For starters, it’ll be applied to all the vehicles in the automaker’s fleets at its Porsche Experience Center facilities in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The centers feature driving-training programs and the chance to sample various Porsche models both on handling courses and off-road tracks. The carbon-offset program will also be offered for Porsche Passport, the company’s subscription service that lets you rent multiple different models for one fixed fee, as well as Porsche Drive, which offers short-term rentals.Porsche Experience Center Los AngelesEnlarge ImageAll this on-track driver training will soon be carbon-neutral. Porsche The idea behind the Impact program is simple. Porsche will use the cars’ mileage to calculate how much carbon dioxide they have emitted into the atmosphere, and then will make corresponding payments to agencies committed to fighting climate change. The idea is to counter all the harm the car’s emissions have done to the environment with projects intended to help the planet.This year, Porsche Impact is expected to cover about 3.5 million miles driven by the 425 cars in its Experience Center, Passport and Drive fleets. After this test run, the intention is to make Porsche Impact available to all US customers. Porsche says that customers can choose between funding “forest protection in the US, hydropower in Vietnam, solar energy in Mexico, and species diversity in Zimbabwe.” The program is already offered for Porsche buyers in Germany, the UK and Poland.US customers will be able to sign their car up for Porsche Impact online, and then will cover the cost of the carbon offsetting based on how many miles they drive. How much does it cost? As an example, Porsche says a 2019 Cayenne S driven for 10,000 miles annually would result in a contribution of anywhere between $67 and $152 per year to the chosen environmental program. It’s a small annual cost to help make the world a better place. “The idea is to give individual customers the tools to take specific steps for themselves, as they see fit,” a Porsche spokesman told Roadshow. Porsche 2019 Porsche Cayenne: Badass in base form More From Roadshow Comment Green tech Porsche Tags 64 Photos 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2019 Porsche Cayenne: A stronger foundation Review • 2019 Porsche Cayenne review: The enthusiast’s SUV Car Industry Sports Carslast_img read more

Rio de Janeiro Taxi drivers immobilise city protest against Uber

first_imgHundreds of taxi drivers took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro to protest against rival company Uber, bringing the city to a standstill. Many of the taxi drivers were seen throwing eggs at hotels and resorts that offer Uber taxi rides to guests.Some of the protestors stood in front of certain hotels and city centres — the taxi stands where customers rely on Uber vehicles to commute around the city. During the morning rush hour, protestors also blocked seven major hotspots across the city, according to an IANS report.The protestors demanded banning of Uber taxi services.During the later part of the day, the taxi drivers joined forces and marched to the town hall of Rio de Janeiro.Last month, the Mayor Eduardo Paes had signed a law banning Uber, IANS reported. On 9 October, a judge overturned the decision on grounds of violating the constitutional right to free enterprise. The judge in her ruling stated that “state cannot prohibit a legal-economic activity, open to private enterprise and fair competition”, reported Latino Fox News.”Those who prevent Uber drivers from working in the city (Rio de Janeiro) will be subject to fines up to 50,000 Reais” (approximately $13,000), the judge further said, according to Latino Fox News.Taxi drivers across major cities in Brazil had declared war on Uber taxi services months ago. There have also been reports of violence and kidnappings.last_img read more