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IT will suo motu allot PAN to those only furnishing Aadhaar CBDT

first_imgNew Delhi: The taxman will “suo motu” allot a fresh PAN to a person who files I-T returns with only Aadhaar as part of a new arrangement to link the two databases, the CBDT chief said after the Budget proposed that only the biometric ID is enough for tax purposes. The PAN (permanent account number) is “certainly not dead” and the recent Budget announcement of interchangeability of the two databases is an “additional facility” to ensure their linkage, which is now mandatory under the law, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Chairman, Pramod Chandra Mody, said. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu “In cases where Aadhaar is being quoted and PAN is not there, we could possibly think on the terms of allotting a PAN to the person (who is filing income tax return),” he told PTI in an interview. Mody was asked if the Income Tax (I-T) Department issued permanent account number will be dead after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech announced that PAN and Aadhaar are being made interchangeable as the government will allow those who do not have PAN to file I-T returns by simply quoting their Aadhaar number and also, use it wherever they are required to quote PAN. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “This is a wrong way of looking at the issue. PAN is certainly not dead. PAN is very much alive. It is just a question of providing an additional facility to the taxpayer that if he is not quoting PAN and only has Aadhaar, his filing and processes do not get affected,” Mody said. The assessing officer of the department will use his powers to allot PAN to an entity, he said. “The law provides that the assessing officer can suo motu also allot PAN. So, if Aadhaar is being quoted without PAN, I give him the PAN. It becomes linked,” the CBDT chairman said. ‘Suo motu’ is a Latin word that means ‘on its own motion’. Linking of the two databases is now compulsory and backed by law, the CBDT boss said. While Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to a resident, PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number allotted by the tax department to a person, firm or entity. Tax experts said the assessing officer of the department is empowered under Section 139 of the I-T Act to suo motu issue a PAN to anyone whom they deem appropriate should have the ID, from the point of view of their financial transactions profile. Both the I-T department and the UIDAI have linked their PAN and Aadhaar databases, so having the latter’s data will enable the taxman to get vital identity information of the individual to simply allot a new PAN without any hassle and quickly, the experts said. Aadhaar holds all vital information of an individual like name, date of birth, gender, photo and address, and also biometrics. The same set of information is required to get a new PAN. Currently, while over 120 Aadhaar numbers have been issued in the country, about 41 crore PAN numbers have been generated. Out of these, 22 crore PANs are linked with Aadhaar. Section 139 AA (2) of the I-T Act stipulates that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate their Aadhaar number to tax authorities. After the Supreme Court upheld the section 139AA, the government in March this year declared that the deadline for linking PAN-Aadhaar was available till September 30. The apex court, in September last year, had declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid and held that the biometric ID would remain mandatory for filing of I-T returns and allotment of PAN.last_img read more

Repolling in seven booths in Kerala on May 19

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday directed its Kerala unit to conduct re-polling in seven booths in Kasaragod and Kannur parliamentary constituencies of the state on May 19 when 59 Lok Sabha seats across eight states will go to the polls in the seventh and final phase of polling. Kasaragod’s four booths in Kalliassery and Thrikkaripur Assembly segments and three booths in Kannur’s Taliparamba and Dharmadam Assembly constituencies will go to the polls on Sunday after the EC declared the voting conducted at these polling stations on April 23 as “void”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Citing a letter dated May 10 submitted to the Commission by the Chief Electoral Officer of Kerala regarding “bogus voting” in these booths, the EC said the decision has been taken to conduct fresh polls in these polling stations under “sub-Section (1) and (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951”. The polling time in these booths has been fixed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 19 in accordance with the Commission’s instructions contained in “chapter XIII of handbook for Returning Officer”. Through a letter issued on Friday to the Returning Officers and Deputy Election Officers for Kasaragod and Kannur constituencies, the EC asked them to ensure that wide publicity is given to the re-polling by beat of drums in the polling areas. It also asked them to inform the political parties and the concerned candidates in writing about the fresh polling.last_img read more

Afghanistan leads global hashish production UN report finds

31 March 2010Afghanistan, the world’s biggest producer of opium, is now also the global leader when it comes to the production of hashish, according to a new United Nations survey released today. The first-ever Afghanistan Cannabis Survey, produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), stated that, while a precise estimate is not technically possible, an estimated 10,000 to 24,000 hectares of cannabis are grown in Afghanistan every year. The survey found that there is large-scale cannabis cultivation in exactly half of the country’s 34 provinces. Afghanistan’s cannabis crop yields an estimated 145 kilograms per hectare of hashish, the resin produced from cannabis, as compared to around 40 kilograms per hectare in Morocco. “While other countries have even larger cannabis cultivation, the astonishing yield of the Afghan cannabis crop makes Afghanistan the world’s biggest producer of hashish, estimated at between 1,500 and 3,500 tons a year,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. Cannabis not only reaps a high return – $3,900 in gross income per hectare as compared to $3,600 from opium – but it is also cheap to harvest and process. It is three times cheaper to cultivate a hectare of cannabis in Afghanistan than a hectare of opium. However, opium is still favoured over cannabis among Afghan farmers, according to the survey, which noted that the latter has a short shelf-life and is a crop grown during the summer months, when less water is available for irrigation. Mr. Costa noted that in the past five years, cannabis cultivation has shifted away from the country’s north to the south. “Like opium, cannabis cultivation is now concentrated in regions of instability, namely the south of the country,” he stated. Also like opium, cannabis trading centres are situated throughout the country, UNODC pointed out. While some cannabis is consumed domestically as hashish (or “charas,” as it is known), the main trade flows seem to follow opium trafficking routes, particularly around hubs in the provinces of Balkh, Uruzgan and Kandahar. Mr. Costa stressed that the remedy for Afghanistan’s drug problem remains improving security and development in the areas of the country that produce drugs. By doing so, “we can knock out the world’s biggest supplies of both hash and heroin,” he said. read more

Former SISO administrator to be sentenced

The former administrator at Hamilton’s Settlement and Immigration Services Organization will find out today if she’ll go to jail for stealing $160,000 from the now-defunct agency.Nese Burgaz pleaded guilty in May to theft over $5000, but her sentencing was delayed to allow her two former bosses convicted of fraud to be sentenced first.The court found Burgaz used the money she took to pay for a new swimming pool, as well as her children’s private school education and to support her husband’s company.On Friday, her lawyer asked for a 12-month conditional sentence to be served in the community. He argued the 46-year old is eager to start making amends. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Gas prices predicted to drop below 1 this weekend

(Updated) Drivers’ hopes are high that gas prices will dip below a dollar this weekend, following a decision today by OPEC.Member nations decided to stick with its existing output target of 30 million barrels a day. Crude prices dropped immediately after, with oil futures extending their losses since June, when it was as high as $115 (U.S.) a barrel.OPEC powerhouse Saudi Arabia has indicated it doesn’t back a cut, to the frustration of Iran, Venezuela and Nigeria, which all need higher prices for their production to be profitable. If gas prices go as low as predicted, it would be the lowest we’ve seen in 5 years. While that’s great news for consumers, industry analysts say it could lead to production cutback and hurt canadian oil companies.

Caleb Martin powers No 6 Nevada to another 80 start

LOS ANGELES — Nevada’s bus pulled into Loyola of Chicago’s arena and the Wolf Pack made their way to the locker room. Even behind closed doors, one of college basketball’s most derisive chants rang in their ears: “Over-rated!”Of course the Ramblers’ fans laid it on thick last week. Nevada nearly derailed the team’s storybook run in the NCAA Tournament last season.“We’re getting used to this,” coach Eric Musselman said.No. 6 Nevada has matched its 8-0 start from last season, winning its games by an average of 20 points.“We’ve had this number next to our name preseason before we even played a game, and we hadn’t proven anything, so we’re just trying to continue to validate who we are as a basketball team,” Musselman said.Last season, Nevada went 29-8, won the Mountain West regular-season title and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. They beat Texas and Cincinnati to reach the Sweet 16 before losing to Loyola of Chicago 69-68.Last week, the Wolf Pack avenged that heartbreaking defeat with a 79-65 victory.They play 20th-ranked Arizona State on Friday at Staples Center as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic tripleheader. It’ll be Nevada’s second trip to Los Angeles in a week, having beaten Southern California 73-61 last Saturday.Back home in Reno, the Wolf Pack are a popular draw, averaging 10,330 fans in their first four home games of the season.The 23-year-old Martin twins are a big reason for that.Caleb and Cody Martin seriously considered leaving early for the NBA draft in June but took until the final hours before the deadline to decide that they would return.The biggest factor in Caleb’s decision was his injured left foot. He sprained it in a game against Colorado last February and played through the injury to lead Nevada to the Sweet 16. After the season, his foot remained in a boot and affected his workouts during the pre-draft process. Returning to school meant he could give his foot time to heal instead of playing at a disadvantage while trying to make an NBA roster.He spent last summer alternately resting his foot, staying in shape and expanding his game.“I definitely wanted to become more of a facilitator,” Martin said. “Obviously, my job here for the most part is to score, but really just make reads quicker and do things to get my teammates more involved since we do have so much more talent this year.”Cody Martin, whose draft stock was lower than his brother’s, also decided to come back.Their return ensured the Wolf Pack would field one of the nation’s most experienced lineups. They start five redshirt seniors: the twins along with Jordan Caroline, Tre’Shawn Thurman and Trey Porter. The roster includes eight transfers.“It’s a weird mix but it’s a good mix at the same time,” Caroline said. “We’re experienced but we haven’t been together for the longest time. Our whole team is really close.”Caleb Martin averages a team-high 19.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. Caroline is the second-leading scorer at 18.5 points and 10 rebounds, and the Wolf Pack is 31-2 when he posts a double-double. Cody contributes 8.7 points and four rebounds a game.“Caleb is so versatile,” Musselman said. “Defensively, he continues to get better and he takes bigger assignments this year than he did in the past. As an off-guard, he’s a phenomenal rebounder as well.”Two years ago, the twins transferred from North Carolina State, where they reached the Sweet 16 and played two hours from their hometown in Mocksville, North Carolina. They started over at Nevada in the lower profile Mountain West.“Totally the right move. I don’t regret it one bit,” Caleb said. “I don’t regret going there either because I had the experience in a big-time conference (ACC). I still have relationships at the school.”If they’d known coach Mark Gottfried would be fired months later, Caleb said it might have caused them to reconsider the move a bit more. At the same time, if he’d known how well things would work out at the next stop, Caleb said, “I would have definitely left.”College represents what may be the twins’ last chance to do everything together, whether it’s playing basketball or video games or living under the same roof.“We know exactly what each other is thinking before we say it,” said Caleb, born a minute after Cody.They use hand signals with each other on court and when one of them makes a mistake they’ll say “I know” before the other can point it out.Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 200 pounds, the twins sound alike and sport the same styles with their hair and beards. Caleb is quick to lower his head to reveal a distinguishing feature: a zigzag pattern in his cut.Musselman can tell the difference between them.“Cody doesn’t smile as much as Caleb and Cody is more serious,” the coach said. “Their mom, when she’s away from them a little bit, she struggles.”Caleb corrected his coach: “My mom definitely knows unless she gets mad and she blurts somebody’s name out.”Caleb would love to hear his name called next June on NBA draft night, preferably for the Charlotte Hornets. Although they don’t talk about it much, Cody wants to be right there, too.“That would be awesome if we were able to play every single level our entire life together,” Caleb said.___More AP college basketball: and Harris, The Associated Press read more

Sloane Stephens Advances to Australian Open Quarters

Sloane Stephens, 19, continues to show a champion’s mettle in her rise to prominence in women’s tennis. What she overcame in beating Bojana Jovanovski to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open told a lot about her growth.In defeating Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 7-5, Stephens overcame temperatures in the 90s, Jovaovski’s incessant grunting on every shot and the pressure that comes with playing in a Grand Slam event.“I just had to find a way,” Stephens said. “I think mentally it was pretty tough. I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, this is for the quarters of a Grand Slam and I’m completely just like not here right now.’ I was like, ‘I need to refocus.’ I was playing my own self, I guess you could say. But I managed to get through, so that was good.”Here’s the even more fun-interesting-symbolic part: If Serena Williams defeats Maria Kirilenko, as expected, she and Stephens will face each other to get to the semifinal. Williams (and her sister Venus) inspired Stephens as an African-American young woman to take up the sport. Serena Williams has shared bits of wisdom with Stephens as she continues to climb the ATP rankings.“Obviously every match is a learning experience,” Stephens said, who lost to Serena Williams, 6-4, 6-3 in their only match. “But, I mean, you’ve just got to go and treat it like another match. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, my God, I played Serena, I’m going to be so great at all these other things because she just taught me so much.’ It was just another match, regular match. Little things that you just take and move on.”The 29th-seeded Stephens displayed veteran aplomb in her cruise-control first set against Jovanovski, but dropped a notch in energy and aggression as her opponent adjusted and began dictating the points. She dropped three service games in the second set and clearly was battling her own passivity as well as Jovanovski’s laudable groundstrokes. When Stephens cracked a volley winner in the late going — her seventh net point in as many tries — it raised the question of why she wasn’t coming in more.“I was going cross court on all my shots,” Stephens said. “That was safe. Can’t lose with that. She was going down the line on every shot … She’s hitting it with everything she has, every muscle in her body, and hitting it unbelievably.“I couldn’t find a rhythm, couldn’t find anything. But sometimes you just kind of got to stick it out, and hopefully she comes down off her throne.” read more

KL Gold wins Prospector of the Year

first_imgKirkland Lake (KL) Gold has been honoured with the Prospector of the Year Award 2006. It was received by the company’s exploration leaders, Mike Sutton and Stewart Carmichael. This award recognizes the most significant new discovery made in the province of Ontario. The award was made for the discovery of a new system of high grade sulphide-hosted gold zones including the New South, White zone and the Lower D found to the south of the historic quartz vein Main Break in the Kirkland Lake camp. To date more than 16 zones of mineralization have been identified with recent drill intercepts as high as 5.57 oz/t Au over 15 m.“We are excited at the recognition our exploration team has received from their peers with the Prospector of the Year Award,” said Harry Dobson, KL Gold’s Chairman. “One simple comparison that reveals the high grade nature of these new zones is that, whereas 10% of the drillholes on the Main Break system have values above the cut of 3.5 oz/t, 65% of the drillholes in the new discoveries have values above 3.5 oz/t”.The company has received assays for 14 additional drillholes completed from new drill bays on the 5300 level cross cut. The company continues to intersect multiple zones of mineralization. Of significance is drillhole 53-495 which intersected 1.99 oz/t Au uncut (1.58 oz/t cut) over a core length of 7.7 m, the true width of which is estimated at 3.6 m.Multiple ore-grade intersections continue to be intersected in most of the reported drillholes. Highlights of the current results include:Out of the 14 holes reported, ten have returned ore-grade intersections on various zonesThe intersection in 53-495 may represent the junction point between the recently discovered White zone and possibly the New South zone 30.5 m above the 5300 levelThe intersection on the #7 Break in drillhole 53-480 (3.83 oz/t over a core length of 0.36 m) is located 58 m above the 5300 cross cut. The #7 Break is now showing both a vertical and horizontal extent of 183 m, open both to the east and to depthThe second intersection in drillhole 53-480 which returned 1.44 oz/t (uncut) or 1.02 oz/t (cut) over a core length of 2.7 m is interpreted to be on the Lower D North hangingwall zone and is located 78.6 m above the cross cut. This is the highest intersection to date on this zone and the zone remains open in all directionsThe #7 Break intersection in drillhole 53-483, which returned 5.44 oz/t (uncut) or 1.51 oz/t (cut) over a core length of 2.4 m included a 0.3 interval which assayed 26.75 oz/t. This intersection is located 32.3 west of previously reported drillhole 53-482 which assayed 24.67 oz/t uncut (1.63 oz/t cut) and included a 0.3 m interval which assayed 58.80 oz/t over a core length of 0.3 m. Both intersections are located between 29-33 m below the 5300 cross cutDrillhole 53-494 was drilled to test the mineralized contacts of the New South zone. The hole assayed 1.11 oz/t over a core length of 17.8 m but was drilled along the contact and has minimal true width.last_img read more

Julija Nikolic set to join ZRK Vardar next season

← Previous Story EHF Cup Winners Cup: Podravka, Thuringer and Hypo NO set to advance after important wins Next Story → Slovenia: Maribor threw Cimos Koper out from Championship race! nikolicVardar ZRK Vardar announced the transfer of Julija Nikolic (30) from Russian Zvezda Zvenigorod. She will join the club from the next season and has signed a one-year contract. Before joining Zvezda she played for Arvor 29 and Podravka. Vardar announced that they are to sign few more quality players for the next season which will promote in serious competitors.

In pictures Martyn Irvines homecoming at Dublin Airport

first_imgHAVING MADE HISTORY by winning gold and silver medals at the World Track Championships this week, Irish cyclist flew in from Minsk late last night.The 27-year-old Irvine was greeted by his family, his fiancée Grace McNally, several friends and a number of fans waiting to congratulate him at Dublin Airport.last_img

Youth arrested over discovery of mans body in Dublin park

first_img 8 Comments Updated Jun 24th 2018, 10:35 AM GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE death of a man whose body was found at Butler Park in Tallaght, Dublin yesterday have arrested a juvenile male.The youth was arrested this morning and is being detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, and can be held for up to 24 hours.Gardaí launched a murder investigation following the discovery of 23-year-old Adam Muldoon’s body shortly after 6.30am yesterday.He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was later removed to the morgue at Whitehall, where a post-mortem was carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster.Details of the post-mortem are not being released for operational reasons.Forensic examinationThe scene of the incident remains sealed off and a full forensic examination has been carried out by officers from the Garda Technical Bureau. Searches at the site are continuing and an incident room has been established at Tallaght Garda Station.Speaking at Tallaght Garda Station yesterday Superintendent Ian Lackey said: “We are appealing to anyone who was in Jobstown Park, also known locally as Butler Park, between 11pm [on Friday] and 6.30am [on Saturday] to contact us at the incident room in Tallaght Garda Station. Members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out an examination of the scene. Image: Sam Boal/ Youth arrested over discovery of man’s body in Dublin park Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Jun 24th 2018, 7:30 AM Members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out an examination of the scene. Image: Sam Boal/ Short URL 40,092 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We are also appealing to motorists who travelled along Cheeverstown Road between those times and may have dashcam footage to come forward.Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 10:35 AM Share61 Tweet Email By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Google plus belle la vie privée

first_imgGoogle : plus belle la vie privéeGoogle – Adieu formules alambiquées et paramètres spécifiques : les différents services de Google bénéficient désormais d’une charte simplifiée concernant la vie privée de leurs utilisateurs. C’est via son blog officiel que la firme de Mountain View a annoncé avoir simplifié la politique de confidentialité de ses différents services. “Nous ne changeons pas nos pratiques, nous voulons que notre politique soit plus transparente et plus compréhensible”, explique Mike Yang, conseiller juridique de Google.À lire aussiMars, Huawei, Amazon, les 4 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 25 maiLe géant de la recherche en ligne n’a pas fait dans la demi-mesure : politique de confidentialité globale simplifiée tant du point de vue du fond que de la forme, puisque le nouveau document a été raccourci et a nécessité réécriture et reformulation des termes les plus complexes. Au total, ce sont les paramètres de confidentialité de pas moins de douze services Google qui ont été remaniés, et l’ensemble des règles concernant la vie privée de chaque service Google est aujourd’hui répertorié sur une page unique. Entre autres nouveautés, les carnets d’adresse de la messagerie électronique Gmail, du chat GTalk et de Google Agenda seront désormais gérés selon le même schéma. Si l’on ne peut que se réjouir de ces nouveautés, on peut également s’interroger sur les motivations réelles de Google, qui vient de débourser 8,5 millions de dollars pour se dépêtrer d’un recours collectif dans l’affaire Google Buzz. Le 6 septembre 2010 à 15:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ends the story divides fans

first_imgAnyone else regret wasting time and money on Harry Potter and the #CursedChild ?— Quotable (@ITweetRock) August 1, 2016However, like the Star Wars fans dealing with unwanted installments from last decade, not all of the reaction was negative. Apparently most Harry Potter fans were happy to get an official dispatch from the Wizarding World and a glimpse at older Harry, Ron, and Hermione. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD WAS SO GOOD I AM CRYING— Pamela Chen (@pamelaaachen) July 31, 2016And, of course, the reality that this could really be the end this time is setting in (for what we count as a third time) for Harry Potter fandom. Who else is re-reading all the Harry Potter books right now to try and cleanse their brain of the #CursedChild ?— Megan Willett (@MegaWillz) July 31, 2016 It’s almost 4am and I can’t put the #CursedChild down. Send help.— Cali Burrito (@CaliMarie16) July 31, 2016 I refuse to consider Cursed child canon #itwasawful #feellikeventing #whywhy— come what klaine (@Najaaa_) July 31, 2016 I was wondering why my copy of #HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild hasn’t arrived and then I remembered…— David Wriglesworth (@Wriggy) July 31, 2016At the official premiere of the play, which has been in previews for about a month, Rowling shot down the idea that this meant the story of Harry was ongoing. Reiterating that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is canonically the eighth Harry Potter story, she also said it was the ending: “He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know,” Rowling told Reuters “So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”It’s been a dramatic 48 hours on the internet as longtime Harry Potter fans cope with a story that wasn’t written by Rowling herself, but playwright Jack Thorne. Cursed Child was also published in script format, another difference between “classic Potter” and the final installment. Not to spoil too deeply, but the plot of the play also has twists that some fans are rejecting. I’m almost halfway through #CursedChild and it breaks my heart that I’m not liking it.— Erin Tracy (@LunaJBear) August 1, 2016The ruling is in for a certain group of Harry Potter fans who claim they will never accept Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as part of their world. And just like that…the era is over. And so is part of my soul. #HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild— sammie dunlay (@sammiedunlay) August 1, 2016 The more I think about it, the more I wish I could kinda just erase #CursedChild from my memory — Sarah Trcka (@TrckaTweets) August 1, 2016 Just finished #TheCursedChild, so many emotions, but yet again a brilliant story from @jk_rowling. I. Must. See. This. Play.— Kristen Corradeno (@shutupkristen) July 31, 2016Even though it was strange, there is a lot of pure love for how Rowling chose to end Harry’s story. Cursed Child is heartbreakingly beautiful and all that I could have ever wanted in a sequel. You did it again @jk_rowling. Thank you— Christina Johnson (@xChristinaMaria) July 31, 2016 Like 50 pages into Cursed Child and I’ve already experienced 124638 different emotions— Megan Hauck (@meganhauck4) July 31, 2016Instead of being thrown by the new format and the different author, many were able to appreciate Cursed Child for what it is: a play based on a story by J.K. Rowling. the cursed child isnt canon. it does not exist to me at all. harry potters story ended in the deathly hallows— gillian (@hopevanfine) July 31, 2016Those who waited at bookstores or got eBook versions of Cursed Child didn’t get to hear Rowling’s comments confirming Cursed Child as the official end of the story until after they had finished. Twenty pages into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I had to put it down and walk out of the room because I couldn’t handle it.— McKenzie Bradley (@Kenz_Bradley22) August 1, 2016 #CursedChild IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED BUT IT’S SO GOOD Albus and Scorpius’ friendship is everything I need in life— f (@FranBille_) August 1, 2016 This Sunday saw the release of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book as the West End play, divided into two parts, officially opened in London. It has been nine years since fans of author J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World have had a new print story set in the Potter universe, one they could wait in line at the local bookstore to buy. With the increased market presence of online outlets like Amazon, releasing the book on a Sunday ended up stunting some casual fans’ expectations. I think Rowling means #CursedChild killed the series.— There You Go (@rednihilist) August 1, 2016Reading was a conflicting process for many.last_img read more

This Bag Of Tostitos Is Also A Breathalyzer That Calls An Uber

first_imgStay on target Starbucks to Deliver Nationwide Via Uber EatsUber’s New Rideshare Tier Is the Height of Comfort A lot of football fans are going to spend this weekend getting very, very drunk. Just in case some of those folks need help understanding that they shouldn’t drive, Tostitos is ready to lend a helping hand!They’ve created this bonkers — and fairly high-tech — bag. It contains more than just air and tortilla chips. It also packs a functional breathalyzer. Blow into the hole at the top of the bag, and it’ll light up to let you know what your BAC looks like.If a green wheel shows up, you’re still OK to drive. Get the blinking red wheel and the DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE message and, well… do what it says. Don’t be an idiot.via GIPHYSuppose no one else at your Super Bowl party is in any shape to drive you home, then what? Tostitos has thought of that, too. The bag is even equipped with a NFC tag. Tap it to your smartphone or tablet (assuming you’re still lucid enough to know where it is and make a successful tap) and the bag will initiate an Uber pickup for you.You’ll even save $10 off the ride, which is great because there’s a very good chance you’ll be drunk enough to over pay, forget your wallet, or at least spill its contents all over the back seat before you stumble out like a one-legged zombie when you reach your destination.There’s a very limited number of these Tostitos bags floating around, but they’ve been all over the news. If the bags themselves don’t prevent people from drinking and driving, hopefully, the buzz they’ve created will help.As Adweek notes, in 2015 alone there were 45 people killed in vehicle accidents on Super Bowl Sunday. Let’s see if we can’t drop that number to zero this year.last_img read more

Reigns vs Miz for Intercontinental Title set for RAW 25 NXT returning

first_imgFacebook WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next The Miz Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Google+ Reigns vs. Miz for Intercontinental Title set for RAW 2As announced on last night’s 1/8 episode of WWE RAW from Memphis, Roman Reigns vs. The Miz for the WWE Intercontinental Championship is now set for the 25th Anniversary episode of RAW from New York City on January 22.It is not clear as of this writing whether the match will take place at the Barclays Center or the Manhattan Center, as both venues will host the show in two weeks.In TWO WEEKS on #RAW25, @WWERomanReigns will defend the #ICTitle against former champion @mikethemiz! #RAW— WWE (@WWE) January 9, 2018NXT returning to CanadaWWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque posted the following on Twitter on Monday, announcing new NXT live event touring dates for Canada in February.See @WWENXT LIVE in four cities on the Canadian #NXTRoadTrip:Mississauga, ON (2/22)St. Catharine’s, ON (2/23)Peterborough, ON (2/24)Barrie, ON (2/25)Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12th at at 10am ET #WeAreNXT— Triple H (@TripleH) January 8, 2018 Triple H Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Eventslast_img read more

Road infrastructure challenges cited by residents to Wheeland MP

first_img Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Related Items:blue hills, delroy williams, infrastructure, wheeland Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jul 2015 – Bad roads, bad lighting and a bad mess of traffic are what residents of Wheeland and Blue Hills are calling the Member of Parliament for electoral district #10 about. Hon Delroy Williams is the second MP this week to express sentiments reportedly being expressed to him about the condition of life in the country’s largest residential community. Williams is calling on residents to petition government to improve the infrastructure and he is also sending a clarion call to Premier Rufus Ewing to better the constituencies. Among the suggestions: create another roadway into and out of Blue Hills to reduce the traffic clog; he said emergency vehicles find it near impossible to pass during the morning and afternoon commutes and when they do get through, it is an often dangerous and staggering situation. The Wheeland Member calls the traffic and road conditions in Blue Hills and Wheeland, “hazardous.” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills manlast_img read more

Fire again in Grand Turk Sand Bar gone

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UPDATE: Police confirm 14 homeless after Grand Turk fire Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 15, 2017 – Grand Turk – There is little information coming on a fire in Grand Turk which completely burned down the Sand Bar.  It is said that Police are investigating the blaze which took place overnight Saturday into Mother’s Day.    The fire once again has residents calling for a domestic fire unit; the PDM Administration in response to questions about full time fire crew for the Capital said it is not budgeted for this fiscal year.#MagneticMediaNews#fireagaininGrandTurk#SandBardestroyedbyfireinGT Related Items:#fireagaininGrandTurk, #magneticmedianews, #SandBardestroyedbyfireinGTlast_img read more

Death toll rises to 31 in deadliest week of wildfires in Californias

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 11, 2017 Death toll rises to 31 in deadliest week of wildfires in California’s history KUSI Newsroom By JONATHAN J. COOPER and JOCELYN GECKERAssociated Press  SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – Northern California’s wildfires have now killed 31 people – making this the deadliest week of wildfires in state history.  Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said Thursday night that two more people have been confirmed dead there. That raises the statewide death total from 29 to 31.  The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 killed 29 people by itself.  While no one fire currently burning has killed that many, collectively this is the deadliest series of simultaneous fires in the state since records have been kept.  The blazes, most of them in wine country, broke out almost all at once on Sunday night.California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Ken Pimlott gave the updated death toll Wednesday, calling the series of wildfires in wine country “a serious, critical, catastrophic event.”  At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed since the wildfires started Sunday, making them the third-most deadly and destructive blazes in state history.  Nearly three days after the flames ignited in Northern California, firefighters were still unable to gain control the blazes, which were growing in number. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said 22 wildfires were burning, up from 17 on Tuesday.center_img October 11, 2017 Latest CA Wildfires Stats:3,500 homes & structures burned21 people killed20,000+ people evacuated— CAL FIRE PIO (@CALFIRE_PIO) October 11, 2017  Flames have raced across the wine-growing region and the coastal beauty of Mendocino further north, leaving little more than smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke in their wake. Whole neighborhoods are gone, with only brick chimneys and charred laundry machines to mark sites that were once family homes.  Authorities ordered more evacuations for parts of Sonoma Valley after a blaze grew to 44 square miles (113 square kilometers). Officials also cautioned that after a day of cooler weather and calmer winds, dangerous gusts will return Wednesday.  Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said the reports of missing people jumped to over 600, up from about 200 a day earlier. But officials believe many of those people will be found, saying that the chaotic evacuations and poor communications over the past few days have made finding friends and family difficult.  Despite that, he expects the death toll will rise.  “The devastation is enormous,” he said. “We can’t even get into most areas. I would expect the number to go up.”  Officials in Napa County say almost half of the population of Calistoga, a town of 5,000 people, were ordered to evacuate before sunrise. Officials went block by block, knocking on doors between 3 and 6 a.m. to warn people to leave, Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon said.  New evacuation orders were also in place for Green Valley in Solano County.  Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said high winds and low humidity fueled the fires and similar conditions were expected again.  “Yesterday was a very aggressive day for fire behavior with some rapid expansion for fires,” he said at a news conference. “We are expecting some extreme fire behavior” on Wednesday.  In Southern California, cooler weather and moist ocean air helped firefighters gain ground against a wildfire that has scorched more than a dozen square miles.  Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said the blaze was nearly halfway surrounded and full containment was expected by Saturday, but another round of gusty winds and low humidity levels could arrive late Thursday.  ___  Gecker reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writers Olga R. Rodriguez, Juliet Williams and Andrew Dalton in San Francisco contributed to this report.  ___  Follow the AP’s complete wildfire coverage here: 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Microsoft shows off Project xCloud by playing Forza Horizon 4 on phone

first_img Gaming Internet Services 2:37 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Forza Horizon 4, phone-style. Microsoft Microsoft gave us a live demonstration of its Project xCloud game streaming service Tuesday, showing Forza Horizon 4 being played on an Android phone.Conveniently, the Inside Xbox video came a week before Google is expected to reveal its game-streaming service at Game Developers Conference (GDC) and days after Sony brought PS4 Remote Play to iPhone and iPad.Microsoft’s video shows Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of cloud gaming, letting presenter Julia Hardy play the the open world racing game as it’s streamed to a phone, using an Xbox One controller connected via Bluetooth. Post a comment A real life Forza Horizon 4 road trip is a thing of beauty Google Microsoft Sonycenter_img Share your voice Forza Horizon 4 only hit Xbox One and PC last October, so it’s visually impressive and appears to run smoothly on a phone. We’d have to play it for ourselves to check for input lag (where a game doesn’t respond instantly to our button presses) and see how the visuals hold up out in the real world.Choudhry noted that Microsoft is on track to have gamers help it test Project xCloud “in real-world scenarios” later in the year. 50 Photos 0 Comparing Project Stream to a console “We’re developing Project xCloud not as a replacement for game consoles, but as a way to provide the same choice and versatility that lovers of music and video enjoy today,” Choudhry wrote in an accompanying blog post. “We’re adding more ways to play Xbox games.”So don’t go trading in your Xbox One just yet.last_img read more

The Billionaire Behind Alice Rogoff

first_imgDavid Rubenstein on the Jumbotron at the Washington Monument Monday. (Liz Ruskin)The Washington Monument reopened this week for the first time since it was damaged in a 2011 earthquake. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday featured military bands, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Washington’s mayor and TV weatherman Al Roker. But the man of the hour was David Rubenstein, who single-handedly paid half of the $15 million repair bill.Download Audio“Seven and a half million dollars, which is incredible. Thank you David,” Jewell said, one voice in a chorus a gratitude for Rubenstein that morning.If you’ve heard anything about Alice Rogoff, the woman who recently bought the Anchorage Daily News, you’ll likely know that she’s married Rubenstein, the billionaire who co-founded the Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm, and is No. 209 on the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans.With his white hair and serious glasses, he looks a bit like the actor Steve Martin if he were playing someone wonky. Rubenstein says he may be the only person to have climbed up the Washington Monument in a suit and tie. His public speeches are often laced with witty, self-effacing asides. But when it was his turn at the microphone Monday, Rubenstein spoke only briefly.“Many Americans have had good fortune,” he said, his words undercut by the siren of a passing emergency vehicle. “I have had good fortune. And I really wanted to give back to the country and this is just a down payment on my obligation to pay back the country for what it has done for me and my family.”He’s done a lot of what he calls “patriotic philanthropy” lately, and it’s giving him a reputation makeover. After 9/11, Rubenstein became known as the mastermind of Carlyle Group. Conspiracy theories swirled around his private equity firm, mostly because it invested money from wealthy Saudis, and also because it hired ex-prime ministers and Pentagon bigshots who opened doors, making the firm rich. A more recent rumor, all over certain YouTube channels, has it that Carlyle Group is behind the disappearance of that Malaysian jet.Rubenstein talks to news crews at the Washington Monument (Interior Department photo)“Are we to believe the NSA’s private surveillance army run by the Carlyle Group has no information on Flight 370?” the narrator of one video says, with spooky music playing in the background.The allegation has been discredited by the conspiracy-debunkers at But if you’re inclined to believe in such things, a lack of evidence only proves it further.Meanwhile, though, Carlyle Group has changed its style. Rubenstein says he failed to forecast how his firm would be perceived in a post-9/11 world. The ex-presidents and cabinet secretaries retired and weren’t replaced. Rubenstein told Forbes magazine he’s “depoliticized” the firm.Now, Rubenstein is making headlines with big, patriotic donations: $10 million to restore George Washington’s estate at Mt. Vernon, and the same for Thomas Jefferson’s place at Monticello, plus $75 million for the Kennedy Center. He’s also purchased copies of the founding documents of the United States. He said at a conference recently it all started for him when he heard the Magna Carta, the 13th-century ancestor of the Bill of Rights, was on the auction block at Sotheby’s.“The things that enable me to rise up from modest circumstances are kind of the freedoms so I really want to do something about it and I decided I was going to go buy the Magna Carta.”Yes, he says he knows that sounds presumptuous. But he did buy it, for $21 million, and it’s on display now in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery of the National Archives. Pretty good for the son of a postal worker and a homemaker who grew up in Baltimore. He told the New York Times when he’s considering how to give his money away, he aims for things to make his mom proud.Rubenstein went to law school on a scholarship — and later paid the school back with scholarships for 60 law students. He has signed a pledge to give away at least half of his wealth. He encourages other philanthropists to give to the nation, as well as to foundations and hospitals, “because our country doesn’t have the resources it once had. It just doesn’t.” He also tells them to give it away while they’re still alive. You’ll feel better about yourself, he promises, and thus live longer.He said at a luncheon in Georgetown a few years ago that he never fell in love with Alaska the way his wife did. He says he’s more prone to air conditioning than to fresh air.“I’m not big on the outdoors … not so much,” he told Washington society interviewer Carol Joynt. “But I got out of the car to come in here! I was outside for maybe 10 seconds.”But he does, perhaps, owe his fortune to Alaska, and to the late Sen. Ted Stevens. In the 1980s, when Rubenstein and his partners were scratching for their first few million, Stevens authored a bit of tax code allowing Alaska Native Corporations to “sell” their operating losses. Rubenstein brokered some of the deals, helping profitable companies buy those losses to owe less in taxes. He says his big innovation was an accounting method that found far more losses than the $50 million originally projected. He once said his firm sold some $8 billion dollars worth. It was a boon for the Native corporations, for the buyers of their paper losses and also for Rubenstein and his partners. Only the U.S. Treasury was the lesser for it.last_img read more