The Jerry Garcia Foundation is presenting a new limited edition archival print of Garcia’s Wisteria oil painting for Spring 2016.Jerry Garcia’s Wisteria The Wisteria piece can be previewed this week with 30 other pieces in The Art of Jerry Garcia exhibition at the Psylodelic Gallery located in Pomeroy, Ohio. The exhibit runs from April 6th through early August. All proceeds from eleven donation pieces to benefit the Psylodelic Gallery.“We are so honored to be able to show my old friend Jerry’s work in the Gallery. If Jerry and I were to be able to look into the future back in the 60’s when we met, we sure would’ve gotten a kick out this. I made sure that I worked on hanging this show in particular. His work is exemplary,” said Jorma Kaukonen, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, and founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna.The Asbury Park Music Foundation will also feature Garcia’s Wisteria at the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival. The piece can be seen when it appears in the Art629 Gallery during a “Growing Up Dead” panel discussion preview of the soon-to-be-released Martin Scorsese Grateful Dead Film. Jerry Garcia Foundation Advisory Board member and Ambassador, Seth Rogen is joining Justin Kreutzmann and APMFF Advisory Board Member, Jim Dowd to speak on the panel in the Art629 Gallery at 12:00 pm on April 9th. Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead will be celebrated in song and art at the Film Festival throughout that day and evening.“The Grateful Dead concert in Englishtown in the late 70s was the largest show in New Jersey history. The energy that follows the Dead is so well aligned with the mission of the Festival and the Foundation. We are honored to include Jerry’s artwork at APMFF 2016. Special thanks to the Jerry Garcia Foundation for their continued support,” said Matt Hockenjos, Executive Director of the Asbury Park Music Foundation.The art will be available at auction with proceeds benefitting the Asbury Park Music Foundation.Garcia’s fine art has toured in various exhibitions since 1990. In 2014, the virtuoso’s work was exhibited at the Centre National d’art Contemporain Le Magasin, an art museum located in Grenoble, France. Several of the exhibition pieces were donated to the museum.“Wisteria brings the viewer impressions of spring. Cascading purple flowers and verdant hills and trees move in graceful lines touching the blue sky,” said Manasha Garcia, co-founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation. “We’re very pleased to present Wisteria to the community and honored to have it exhibited at the Psylodelic Gallery and at the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival.”For more information, please visit The Jerry Garcia Foundation website.
Rabat – Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) announced Monday the inauguration of its School of Collective Intelligence (EIC), located within the campus of the city of Benguerir. According to the university’s website, the EIC represents a means to handle the growing demand to create new organizational models, which are “more inclusive and more relevant to today’s global challenges.”UM6P’s website further mentions that the EIC comes as an opportune solution to the fact that “most systems of governance still function as hierarchies, pyramids, or “representative” institutions that are no longer trusted by those they represent.” These traditional systems are, according to the university, the cause behind the “the continuing unrest in our politics and economy.”Hicham El Habti, Secretary General of UM6P, said that the EIC aims to form a new generation of visionary professionals who will be able to assist organizations, whether public or private, to lead the transformational projects that are essential today. Read also: Coding schools Look to Create Opportunities for Moroccan YouthHe also voiced how he takes pride in the fact that this new achievement will be “from Morocco, and from the university’s campus in Benguerir.”The UM6P’s EIC is expected to offer students a Master’s degree in Collective Intelligence (IC), a Ph.D., with the opportunity to pursue postdoctoral research, an Executive Master’s degree, in addition to an entrepreneurship incubator. The EIC intends to base its training on three axes, namely cognitive sciences, the design of organizational systems, facilitation as a discipline based on emotional intelligence and creation within the work groups.
MONTREAL — Ride-hailing company Uber will be allowed to operate legally for another year in Quebec under more strict rules, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said.Lessard said Friday he’ll extend the pilot project under which Uber had been operating for the past 12 months, contingent on the company being subject to the same rules as traditional taxis regarding training and background checks.Uber called the new rules “challenging” and said they threaten the company’s ability to continue offering its services to Quebecers.Under the new rules, Uber driver background checks must be conducted by the police and no longer by private companies.Additionally, Lessard said all Uber drivers will be required to undergo the same number of training hours as do drivers of traditional taxis, which is 35 hours.Under the terms of the original pilot project, Uber drivers were only forced to take 20 hours of training.“For the government, there cannot be two standards of security,” Lessard told reporters.Uber spokesman Jean-Christophe de le Rue said the new regulations “favour old policies instead of incorporating the benefits of new technology.”“Our team is still waiting to review the new regulations but based on our current understanding, these changes significantly threaten Uber’s ability to continue operating in Quebec,” he said.Lessard said he understands that Uber considers the new rules to be an impediment to it succeeding in the Quebec market, but “we see it as basic conditions to ensure safety.”The youth branch of the Liberal party criticized Lessard’s decision, calling the new rules “severe.”“It’s a bad signal that Quebec is sending,” said Stephane Stril, the youth wing’s president, in a statement. “The Young Liberals believe the severe restrictions imposed by the government will have a harmful effect on Quebec’s reputation in the eyes of technology companies.”The pilot project allowing Uber to legally operate in Quebec went into effect in October 2016 and included the possibility of a one-year renewal.Lessard said while the government has decided to extend the project, the legislature will need to table a new law in 12 months to permit the company to continue operating. Part of the pilot project includes a provision allowing the government to collect a small sum from each Uber fare, which is dedicated to helping the traditional taxi industry modernize.Lessard says the money collected from the program totalled about $7.2 million over the course of the pilot project’s first year.He said the government will negotiate with the taxi industry over the next six months to come up with a compensation package for drivers and owners of taxi permits who have lost money since Uber entered the market.The union representing taxi drivers said Friday the province “seemed to have badly measured the impact of its decisions. Our pretension is that the pilot project is illegal and that’s why we have taken our cause in front of the courts.”
He also said that the Government is looking to release most of the land held by the military and owned by Tamil civilians in the North.The Minister also urged the Tamil National Alliance to ensure violence does not erupt in the North once again. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says it will not be responsible for the actions of the former regime.Minister of Tourism, John Amaratunga told Parliament today that the unity Government will ensure a fair deal for the Tamils in the proposed new Constitution. “You can be assured of a fair deal in all affairs. But please don’t be in a hurry. We cannot be responsible for what took place during the previous regime,” he said. The Minister, responding to a statement made by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian S. Sritharan, said that efforts are being made to ensure the rights of the Tamils are protected.
Rita Izsák-Ndiaye says the specific policy interventions to address the needs of different minority groups should be based on accurate data that are disaggregated by, inter alia, gender, ethnicity, language and religious affiliation.“Such data are crucial to highlight the vulnerability of the different population groups, including those that face multiple forms of discrimination, and enable legislators and policymakers to establish targeted programmes. Census questions should allow open and multiple responses that enable respondents to self-identify according to their national, ethnic, religious and linguistic affiliation, including multiple identities,” she says. However, almost two years after the change of Government, the Special Rapporteur notes the mounting frustrations with the pace of progress. “It is important for the Government to put in place some immediate, important and concrete measures to clearly demonstrate its political will and commitment to better protect the country’s minorities,” she said in the report. She also notes that past acts of repression of culture and expression, ethnic intolerance and discrimination, as well as the crimes and violations committed during the conflict and the prevailing impunity, have severely damaged social and cultural norms and feelings of identity, belonging and trust. The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Rita Izsák-Ndiaye says there is mounting frustration in Sri Lanka with the pace of progress in the accountability process.In a report on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ahead of its 34th session in Geneva, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye said that to achieve peaceful coexistence after the long, devastating civil war, a comprehensive, well-planned and well-coordinated truth, reconciliation, healing and accountability process must take place, and it cannot be done overnight. As a matter of priority, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye says the Government must continue and step up the release to the civilian populations of the remaining 6,124 acres of the land currently held by the military in the North as well as other lands and coastal areas occupied by the military.“A proper mapping exercise of all the lands currently occupied by the military must take place, and lands currently not in use or whose use cannot be adequately justified for military purposes must be returned without delay to their rightful owners in a condition that is usable. Where private lands have been acquired without due process or compensation, these lands must be returned and/or compensated for. Demilitarization of the North and East is not only urgent for its practical implications such as the livelihood of the local population, but required for symbolic purposes. With police powers having been transferred back from the army to civilian control, it will be important for the police to reflect the ethnic and linguistic composition of the local population to overcome practical barriers and rebuild trust,” she added.While the country is undergoing an important reconciliation process, with constitutional reform and transitional justice and policymaking, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye says the devastating impact of the war and violence on psychological well-being cannot continue to be ignored. Therefore, she says the Government should also consider supporting psychosocial programmes and counselling and support interventions to help victims, especially women, overcome the trauma, which often manifests in complex and intertwined physical, emotional and mental health complications. (Colombo Gazette)
OSU senior forward Sam Thompson rises up for a jump shot during a game against Miami (OH) Dec. 22. OSU won,Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternA struggle to win games away from Columbus might have it dropping in the rankings, but the No. 21 Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to enjoy its home cooking.OSU (10-2) improved to 10-0 at home — all by double-digit margins — with a 93-55 victory over Miami (Ohio) (3-8) on Monday night.The win followed an 82-74 defeat to then-No. 24 North Carolina on Saturday in Chicago. Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams said a key for the Buckeyes that was lacking at the United Center is staying strong for the entirety of the game.“We didn’t play tough for 40 minutes. That’s been the key for both of our losses,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to stay tough and keep executing the system for 40 straight minutes, because the film shows when we execute our stuff, no one is able to defend us.”Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop said he believes that games like Monday night’s are important for developing that mindset.“That’s what the non-conference games are for, getting better every game,” Bates-Diop said. “We’re starting to improve on things like executing on offense, getting better at defensive principles, I think that’s going to prepare us for the Big Ten.”Five Buckeyes — Williams, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, sophomore forward Marc Loving, Bates-Diop and freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate — scored in double figures. Williams led the team with 18 points.“I just kept my head high,” Williams said. “I knew some opportunities were going to open up. The biggest key for us is getting stops, because when we get stops, I think our transition game is top notch.”Russell knocked down a three-pointer from near the corner just 12 seconds in, giving the Buckeyes a lead that would they would never relinquish. The freshman from Louisville, Ky., followed that up with another triple from almost the identical spot on OSU’s next possession.OSU did not lift its foot off the gas pedal for about 10 minutes afterward, erupting out to a lead that stretched as wide as 34-7.“We’ve got some guys on this team shooting a very high percentage,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Trying to set them up and get them looks is very important, in terms of the best shooters shooting more shots.”Matta cited Loving, who finished with 16 points on four-of-seven shooting, including two-of-three from deep, as one of those shooters.“He’s taking good (shots),” Matta said. “He could probably take some more. The thing is, Marc is taking good shots, and that’s probably the reason why his percentage is pretty high.”However, the RedHawks showed their own ability to go on a run, outscoring OSU, 15-2, from that point over the next four and a half minutes to cut OSU’s lead to 36-22. The run was opened by a thunderous alley-oop dunk by junior forward-center LJ Livingston Jr. just before the under-eight minute media timeout.Matta said OSU’s intensity after timeouts has been something he has monitored all season long.“What happens out of the timeouts, do we let them go on a run, those are the things that we’re after,” he said.OSU made that run short-lived, though, and recovered following another timeout to re-open a 46-24 lead at the half.Nine of the 10 Buckeyes to play in the first half scored, including eight with four points or more. Russell led the way with 10 points on three-of-five shooting, all from 3-point range, followed by Loving with eight points and seven rebounds.Russell and Loving continued to put on a show to begin the second half. The two exchanged baskets to account for the first 11 points of the half for OSU, as the Buckeyes took a 57-26 lead in the second half’s first few minutes.OSU’s zone defense held the RedHawks to 34.4 percent from the field, as well as forcing 19 turnovers.The Buckeyes shot 54.5 percent overall from the field.“We stayed within the offense in terms of what we were doing,” Matta said. “Those are the things that, as you’re trying to make some adjustments defensively, can they carry that forth? I think, from the standpoint of what we were looking for tonight, we got it.”Despite the efficient offense, the Buckeyes only shot 12-of-22 from the free throw line.Fourteen of Williams’ game-high 18 points came in the second half, including four shots in quick succession midway through the stanza, including a stretch where he hit a shot from outside, stole the inbounds pass and converted a lay-up.Livingston led the way off the bench for the RedHawks, playing in the paint to score a career-high 17 points.With 6:45 remaining in the first half, OSU redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee went down on the court with what was later announced as a right ankle sprain. The transfer from Temple was able to get to his feet, but needed assistance to walk off the court. He did not return.Matta said after the game that Lee is “fine,” but could miss some games after the holiday break. He said that due to Lee going home for the break, he may not be able to get the treatment he needs, which could cause him to miss some time.The Buckeyes are set for one final non-conference matchup before opening Big Ten play. That next contest is scheduled against Wright State, with tip set for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
← Previous Story Alfred Gislason to leave Kiel in summer 2019! Next Story → Handball-Planet.com TOP 50 cities in 2016: Budapest stays No.1! Handball-Planet.com wants to thank to all visitors and readers who were with us in 2016! At the end of another fantastic handball year, we present to you TOP 10 list of the most popular articles.Enjoy and refresh your memories.The most popular article on Handball-Planet.com could be described with sentence “Miracle in Krakow”. Croatia had to beat Poland on their home court in front of 15.000 fans with 11 goals to reach semi-final at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016. They did it with 14.The second place won a list of TOP 100 handball transfers before season 2016/2017.News that Danish left back Mikkel Hansen is voted for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 came on place 3.Story about handball stars who didn’t play in Rio, took place No. 4.TOP 20 “BEST BUYS” in world of handball in season 2015/2016, was the fifth most popular article in 2016.Shameful reaction by PICK Szeged’s coach Juan Carlos Pastor during derby between Veszprem and PICK Szeged won place No. 6.Sporting Lisbon BIG PLANS are something what interested you a lot – place No.7.Talant Dujshebaev choice for the Hungarian roster before Men’s EHF EURO 2016 is on place No.8.IHF decision to include some new rules into the game since Olympic Games in Rio, also attracted your attention – No.9.The most original quote in 2016 was definitely the one from Croatian NT coach Zeljko Babic after amazing win over Poland in Krakow – to close TOP 10 list.
A TARGET FOR 50 per cent of all foreign direct investment (FDI) to be made in areas outside of Dublin and Cork has been dropped as figures from the IDA show that inward investment outside of these areas has been falling consistently in recent years.The government’s most recent Action Plan for Jobs 2013 contains no reference to the target that had been laid out in a plan published in 2012 for the IDA to “deliver 50 per cent of investments outside the Dublin and Cork regions”.In fact, the last three IDA Ireland annual reports show that the percentage of investments locating outside of Dublin and Cork has fallen from 37 per cent in 2010 to 28 per cent in 2011 and 23 per cent in 2012.A progress report on the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) published last year noted that the action had not been completed and “remains a challenging target for IDA Ireland”. It did not appear in any of the documentation related to the Action Plan after that.In response to queries this week, the Department of Jobs claimed that the APJ is not an “exhaustive list of everything the Government is doing on job-creation”.Overall job creationIDA Ireland, the State agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment, said this week that the result “should be seen in the context of overall job creation figures for FDI in 2012″ noting that last year 12,722 new jobs were created.“IDA client companies added a total of 6,570 new net jobs, the IDA’s third consecutive year of growth in net employment,” the annual statement for 2012 said. “Job losses at IDA client companies were the lowest for a decade.”The IDA admitted it cannot “corral” a company to locate in a particular part of the country and pointed out that competition exists from other major European cities.A statement to TheJournal.ie said: “You cannot corral a company to go to a particular part of the country unless it will make sense for their business – particularly when the company’s alternative location may be Amsterdam, Barcelona or Munich.”Meath West and Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has raised concerns about the small number of jobs created by the IDA in some rural areas, saying that not a single IDA job was created in North Tipperary last year, with one job created in Leitrim, two in Laois and three in Monaghan.He claims that a “two-tier economy” is developing in Ireland where IDA investment is “biased towards Dublin” to the detriment of other regions.But the IDA hit back in a statement saying “a county-by-county breakdown of job creation trends, as used regularly by those looking to undermine the IDA’s work in the regions, reveals virtually nothing about how Ireland is performing in attracting foreign direct investment”. Site visitsTóibín also raised concerns about the lack of site visits to areas outside Dublin with figures for 2012 showing that 55 per cent of all site visits by IDA client companies last year were in Dublin.There were no site visits to Longford while Carlow, Kildare, Kerry, Leitrim, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Wexford and Wicklow received only one visit. Cavan, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth and Mayo received only two visits.The IDA said that site visits “are in no way indicative of IDA’s efforts to market a region to overseas investors or indeed of IDA’s activities in a region”.Its statement added: “IDA Ireland continues to make its clients aware of opportunities to locate their businesses outside of Dublin.“This includes designing itineraries for prospective clients in which IDA executives will drive them around the country to meet with recruitment and property professionals in the regions, as well as existing clients.”Government policyTóibín criticised the government, saying that it should “have even distribution of economic policy throughout the State”.He pointed to previous successful clusterings of industries such as medical devices in the West and pharmaceuticals in the South as well as the IFSC in north Dublin as positive examples of this.“This is a government policy issue,” he said. “I don’t specifically fault the IDA in their role, but the IDA should operate under government policy.”The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said that its Action Plan for Jobs “does not purport to be an exhaustive list of everything the Government is doing on job-creation”.In a statement it said that IDA companies account for less than 15 per cent of overall employment and said that creating jobs outside major cities is the responsibility of a number of agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, Connect Ireland, and Local Enterprise Offices.The Department also pointed to “major successes” in recent years, saying that “almost 70 per cent of 12,861 new Enterprise Ireland jobs were created outside Dublin”.“The Government will continue to target increased levels of job-creation across all regions of the country by supporting and coordinating work across this range of bodies,” it added.Read: IDA-backed companies created 12,722 jobs last yearInfographic: how the IDA sells Ireland to multinationals
©INPHO/Dan SheridanSaracens, in front of a half-full adopted home, created their only real opening 10 minutes before the break when David Strettle broke into space on the left. He too took on the option to kick ahead and the try chance was lost, but the field position gave rise to another Farrell penalty forced by Saracens’ feverish efforts at the breakdown.The second half offered more intense, tight rugby with only penalties looking to separate the sides.. After Wilkinson had stretched the lead one kick further, Danie Roussouw’s 49th minute yellow card handed a lifeline to the home side. On review, Rollaind’s call seemed on harsh on on the Springbok as he caught Mako Vunipola with trailing hand. From the penalty Farrell made the score 12-15, but that was the only score the Premiership side could muster in the sin-bin period.Vunipola’s carrying provided the next chance for the hosts as they looked to maximise the impact of Toulon’s punishment. However, after the prop had forced a breakthrough into the 22, Farrell contrived to butcher the opportunity, passing a metre forward with black shirts waiting on an overlap to his left.At the other end Toulon’s remaining back-rows Chris Masoe and Fernandez-Lobbe forced an opportunity for Wilkinson to cancel out the effect of Roussouw’s sideline stint. Once the South African returned, the French club only grew in strength and belief.With Saracens’s frustration increasing with every passing second, Wilkinson made Farrell’s anguish even worse as he got a late drop-goal attempt away just before the young pretender could reach him. The 33-year-old followed that up with a seventh penalty to give Clermont plenty to ponder before the sides meet at the Aviva Stadium on 18 May. SEVEN PENALTIES AND a late drop-goal from out-half Jonny Wilkinson proved more than enough for Toulon to join Clermont in next month’s Heineken Cup final.In a battle of two bulky packs, Saracens could not create enough inroads in a star-studded southern French side and they duly fell 12-24 to their guests at Twickenham.Both sides arrived into the game knowing their kickers would have to be mercilessly accurate and Saracens and England 10 Owen Farrell matched Wilkinson kick-for-kick for 39 minutes.His attempt from the halfway line on the stroke of half time failed to split the posts as both sides struggled to stay in Alain Rollaind’s good books in a first half which ended 9-12 in the visitors’ favour.With England’s past and present out-halves in direct competition, the remaining 28 players have been reduced to supporting roles, but the pack battle and the back-row duel between Kelly Brown and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe has been even intriguing with space and opportunities to run few and far between.CoveringThe Top 14 side came closest to a maximum score in the 15th minute. Leading 6-3, Alexis Palisson received a reversed pass from Matt Giteau deep in his own half and was able to race straight through the middle of Twickenham.With Farrell covering, the wing opted to chip ahead and Delon Armitage was faced with a race for the bouncing ball. The ball agonisingly beat him to the sideline this time, but Farrell had been tempted into dropping a shoulder as Palisson kicked on and Wilkinson was able to add his third penalty of the day.
It has been suggested by many that smartphones are eating away at the point-and-shoot camera market. Every new smartphone comes with a camera that has a better sensor and higher quality optics than the preview generation. In fact, 12 megapixel cameras on smartphones won’t be rare by the end of the year. The notion that you can just pull out your phone and take a decent photo might be enough for some, but it is a mistake to assume that the point-and-shoot world isn’t evolving at the same rate as the smartphone world. Olympus proved that this week with the release of a whole new line of inexpensive, yet remarkable, point-and-shoot cameras, and we were given the opportunity to get a hands-on with them.TG-320One thing you won’t be doing anytime soon with your smartphone is sticking it underwater to take a shot (not without a special case anyway). The Olympus Tough TG-320 is rated for up to 10-feet underwater, plus this 10MP camera can handle a 5-foot drop and freezing temperatures and still take good photos. The TG-320 can capture 720p video at just a hair under 30 fps and the 3.2x optical zoom helps get the best shot from a reasonable distance. The TG-320 is being released as Olympus’ base model camera. For $179, it is a great starter. VG-160You’d be surprised to see what $99 worth of camera gets you these days. If you’re looking at the VG-160, $99 gets you a 14 megapixel point-and-shooter with a 5x optical zoom. The camera can take burst shots at 7 fps (just like a Sony NEX 5) and 720p video at 30 fps. The 3-inch LCD display gives you a pretty good shot of what you are looking at before you pull the trigger. For a 14MP camera with a 26-130mm equivalent lens on board, the camera is plenty thin. The software on board sports nearly 30 different scene modes to tool around with, and after you take that less than perfect shot you can apply any of a dozen filters to give it new life. For $99, this camera is an interesting option for anyone looking to save money on their camera.SZ-12A classic problem with many point-and-shooters is that they are decent up close, but no optical zoom to rely on for distance. Digital zoom doesn’t cut it (even in a pinch), so you need something with a decent zoom sometimes. That, unfortunately, usually doesn’t come cheap or small. The Olympus SZ-12 takes the 14MP camera we’ve seen in other parts of Olympus’ lineup and straps on 24x optical zoom. Alongside that the camera offers two forms of image stabilization for a steady shot and steady video. The SZ-12 has 7 fps sequential shooting, as well as a macro mode for a great up close shot. With a 3-inch LCD screen you’ll be able to see high quality images of every picture you take, but you can also share the images wirelessly with the optional Eye-Fi Card. At $199 the camera is available in silver, black, and red and is clearly more than just a little point-and-shoot. Final ThoughtsOlympus’ 2012 line refresh makes it clear that while you certainly could use your smartphone to grab a quick shot, there’s still reason to make room for a point-and-shoot in your travel bag. This refresh has thrown the gauntlet down, setting the expectation for higher quality from feature-packed, inexpensive cameras. While the true camera geek might go for a high-end Micro Four-Thirds or EVIL camera, this new line from Olympus seems likely to have people asking “you paid how much for that camera?”
http://jrnl.ie/3245125 23 Comments Take me to Fora Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 7:00 AM Image: Virginia Mayo//Press Association Images Share Tweet Email5 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Virginia Mayo//Press Association Images Read: Microsoft is opening a 500-person ‘inside sales’ centre in DublinRead: ‘A happy, clappy company blog won’t cut it – readers aren’t stupid’ 7,253 Views By Fora Staff IRELAND SPENT MORE than €440,000 on an unsolicited report defending Apple before the EU delivered its ruling the tech giant was handed illegal state aid for over two decades.The report, put together by global consultancy firm PwC, supported the way the US multinational allocated profits to its Irish operations – the nexus of the EU’s case against the state.Although European officials didn’t request the report, it was handed to the EU in February 2016 – about six months before the European Commission revealed its finding that Ireland gave Apple illegal state aid worth €13 billion.As early as 2014, when the EU first announced a formal investigation, government figures said they planned to fight any negative ruling.The Department of Finance did not respond directly to questions when asked by Fora why the government decided to spend €441,650 commissioning the PwC report when the EU hadn’t asked for the material.A spokesman instead pointed to a response Finance Minister Michael Noonan gave Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty providing a breakdown of the €1.8 million Ireland has spent defending the Apple case so far.Both the government and Apple are fighting the EU ruling, with Noonan recently telling a parliamentary committee he didn’t know what the final cost of the legal appeal would be as the case could last four or more years.Fora requested a copy of the PwC report under the Freedom of Information Act, however the Department of Finance knocked back the application on the grounds it included “commercially sensitive” information from Apple, among other reasons.Finance officials said the public interest “would not be better served by the release of the records”. Some reasons for the FOI refusalClick here for a larger imageWhile the full details of the document remain private, the European Commission’s full statement on the Apple ruling said that, according to Ireland, the PwC report “supported its view that the profit attribution to the Irish branches of ASI and AOE endorsed by Irish Revenue in the 1991 and 2007 tax rulings was at arm’s length”.ProfitsASI (Apple Sales International) and AOE (Apple Operations International) are the two companies at the heart of the EU’s investigation into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland.Revenue issued two tax rulings, one in 1991 and one in 2007, which the EU argues allowed Apple to “substantially and artificially” lower the taxes it had paid in the Republic since 1991.‘Arm’s length’ refers to how multinational companies move their money around and is based on a policy that cash be shared “between group companies in a way that reflects economic reality”.The EU generally accepts that companies subscribed to this principle are applying tax laws properly. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireTherefore, the PwC report was arguing that the way in which Apple had allocated the profits of these two Irish companies – an approach endorsed by Revenue – was done in a way that properly applied tax law.The EU commission eventually found that this was not the case and that Apple’s allocation of billions in profits to a ‘stateless’ head office with no premises and no staff didn’t represent economic reality.PwC criticismsIn its full, 130-page ruling, the EU makes several technical criticisms of the PwC report, including that it “misinterpreted the authorised OECD approach” to attributing profits.The Department of Finance, Revenue and Apple all strongly dispute the EU’s findings.Much of the €1.8 million spent on the case so far has gone to lawyers, while PwC Belgium has received a total of €595,400 from Ireland – the most paid to any one party in connection with the case.UK barrister Philip Baker QC, who specialises in taking corporation tax cases to the European Court of Justice, received the most of any legal expert. He was paid €267,470 between 2014 and 2016.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: Feb 18th 2017, 7:00 AM Ireland spent €440k on a report defending Apple months before the EU’s scathing tax ruling But European officials said the unsolicited report from PwC ‘misinterpreted’ the relevant rules.
Virgin Galactic dévoile la piste d’où décolleront les touristes de l’espaceLas Cruces, États-Unis – La compagnie Virgin Galactic dévoilera ce vendredi 22 octobre la piste de décollage et d’atterrissage de sa future navette spatiale touristique. C’est du Nouveau-Mexique que s’envoleront les touristes de l’espace.”L’achèvement de la piste du Spaceport America marque une étape décisive dans la construction du premier aéroport spatial construit expressément à des fins commerciales”, s’est félicitée la société de Richard Branson. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAC’est aux côtés du gouverneur du Nouveau-Mexique Bill Richardson que le milliardaire présidera l’inauguration de la piste, longue de plus de trois kilomètres et large de plus de soixante mètres. Les astronautes qui transporteront les premiers touristes de l’espace seront eux aussi présents. La cérémonie sera clôturée par un survol de la piste par la navette SpaceShipTwo, rebaptisée Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Enterprise, accompagnée de son vaisseau-mère, le Chevalier blanc.Le 10 octobre dernier, la navette a réalisé son tout premier vol libre, sans vaisseau porteur (voir notre article et les photos), quelques jours après que Virgin Galactic a annoncé son intention de réaliser son premier vol touristique dans un an et demi. La firme a d’ores et déjà recueilli quelque 45 millions de dollars auprès de 330 clients qui ont réservé un siège à bord de la navette de six places.Le 22 octobre 2010 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Golfe du Mexique : les forages pétroliers recommencent En avril 2010, les Etats-Unis subissaient la pire marée noire de leur histoire. Pourtant, les compagnies pétrolières qui avaient suspendu leurs forages dans le Golfe du Mexique vont bientôt reprendre leur activité, le tout sans subir aucune analyse écologique. L’AFP indique que les 13 compagnies pétrolières qui avaient arrêté leurs forages dans le Golfe du Mexique vont pouvoir redémarrer leurs activités sans être soumises à aucun contrôle concernant leur impact écologique. Toutefois, elles doivent se soumettre aux nouvelles règles de sécurité qui ont été récemment mises en place. Ces règles avaient été rédigées par le ministère de l’Intérieur américain et un groupe de spécialistes désigné par le président des Etats-Unis, Barack Obama. Par ailleurs, l’organisme fédéral américain qui délivre les autorisations de forage s’est simplement assuré que les compagnies pétrolières étaient bien aptes à reprendre leurs activités… Le 4 janvier 2011 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form When Disney showed off some new footage for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at their D23 event this weekend we wondered how long it would take for the rest of the world to see it. Days? Weeks? Months?Well fortunately it was only a few hours. Check out this new look at the upcoming end of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga.Not really a full trailer, this video spends most of its beginning recapping the Star Wars films that have come before, from the original trilogy to the prequels to the first two films in this sequel saga. It’s like poetry, it rhymes. And while Star Wars definitely isn’t going away, Disney wants to pull at our nostalgic heartstrings and make it believe this particular kind of Star Wars is coming to a close.It’s not all recap though. We get new glimpses at our main heroes Rey, Poe, and Finn. We hear Emperor Sheev Palpatine’s menacing voice in the background. Rey fights Kylo Ren on top of some drowned battleship as seen in the (awful) new poster. C-3P0 has red eyes? And we get a tease of Rey’s potential turn to the Dark Side of the Force when she whips out a red double-bladed lightsaber, the coolest use of one of those since the hilarious Darth Maul ending of Solo: A Star Wars Story.So is this a dream, a prophecy, or some kind of awful J.J. Abrams retcon of Rian Johnson’s brilliant work in The Last Jedi? We’ll see for ourselves when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases December 20. For more on Star Wars check out this first trailers for the live-action Disney+ series The Mandalorian and the second season of Star Wars: Resistance which leads into The Rise of Skywalker. Stay on target
Repair work on the Interstate 5 Bridge slowed Vancouver traffic with back-to-back bridge lifts Monday morning, but the job isn’t done yet.Crews will be back on the bridge next week to replace a faulty part that’s kept the southbound side of the twin drawbridges from functioning at full speed since last month, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.ODOT, which operates and maintains the bridge, is working to replace a roller that broke and was removed Nov. 22. When the span opens, rollers help guide the structure’s massive counterweights as the bridge deck glides up and down.The agency initially indicated that the new roller would be installed Monday. But after getting the part onto the bridge, crews decided to send it back for a new bearing and additional polishing, said ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton.ODOT built the roller in one of its machine shops. It will go back for more work before final installation, tentatively set for Dec. 23, Hamilton said. That will likely mean additional lifts, and additional delays, on southbound I-5 in Vancouver.This isn’t the first time ODOT has experienced problems with rollers on the I-5 bridge. Faulty rollers were also at the root of a lengthy repair on the same southbound span in 2012.
KUNMING, CHINA (WSVN) – Two years ago while on vacation, Su Yun bought a puppy for her family, believing it to be a Tibetan Mastiff.Only it wasn’t a puppy, it was a black bear.According to Newsweek, wasn’t until very recently that the “dog’s” appetite started to grow and he began walking around on two legs. That’s when the family knew something was wrong.The “dog” turned out to be an endangered Asiatic black bear and grew to 3 feet and over 250 lbs, Chinese media reported.After realizing their mistake, the family called local authorities and the bear is now being cared for at the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center.Watch the video below from the China Global Television Network: Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Police detained an unruly passenger at Miami International Airport.Officials said the man was on board a Viva Air flight that landed from Colombia, Wednesday morning.Other passengers said he was upset about the crew not serving him more champagne.“We heard he was being unruly in the back over possibly some champagne or something,” passenger Max McCabe said. “At the end of the flight, they grabbed him and took him off. There were 10 cops waiting for him. I imagine he got detained at that moment, but we’re not exactly sure what happened. We just knew that he caused a fuss in the back.”The passenger was eventually escorted off the plane by an Air Marshal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Future Consumer Enterprise Ltd., the FMCG arm of Future group, has acquired Nilgiris Dairy Farm Pvt Ltd., the South Indian convenience stores chain for a deal worth INR 300 crore.Future group financed the whole transaction in an all-cash deal. It took over all shares of Nilgiris including the 65 percent stake Actis Capital held in the chain stores. Actis purchased the stake in 2006 for $65 million but was looking to divest its shares since the past two years.Future Group also took over the minority stake that the Mudaliar Family- founders- held in the franchise. The deal will help Future Group gain wide geographical access in southern India as it is mainly concentrated in North and West India.The deal will also help Future Group market its FMCG brands like Tasty Treat, Golden Harvest, CareMate etc in Nilgiris outlets.”FCEL’s acquisition of Nilgiris, a leading food and grocery convenience store chain in South India having a unique portfolio of food brands supported by its own manufacturing facilities for dairy and bakery, is another step towards building a robust convenience stores through franchises in an asset light model as well as brings in new manufacturing capabilities and brands within the company,” Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Group said in a statement.Proud moment for us to welcome over 100 yr old iconic brand Nilgiris into Future Group family. #FutureGroup #Nilgiris pic.twitter.com/PuxyMobaA5— Kishore Biyani (@kishore_biyani) November 21, 2014″This acquisition is synergistic as it enables strengthening and expanding convenience stores through franchises in an asset-light model as well as brings new manufacturing capabilities and brands within the company,” Biyani added.Nilgiris was founded in 1905 and retails a select line of products in its stores. It is predominant in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh and operates more than 140 stores in the metro areas and has a total of 1,405 outlets across the states. Nilgiris also operates eight distribution centers, its own bakery, diary and chocolate brands.The acquisition is expected to boost Future Group’s revenue considerably. Experts said that the acquisition is a part of CEO Kishore Biyani’s ambition to generate 20,000 crore in revenue from Future Group’s FMCG business by 2020.”It is a good fit for the Future Group. Nilgiris is present in three states and has a good supply chain in areas such as dairy products. It will help the Future Group’s chains like Big Bazaar in terms of sourcing,” Arvind Singhal, chairman of Technopak Advisors, told The Business Standard.
Listen Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaWilliam Harris has just started as the new CEO at Space Center Houston. He says Independence Plaza, which appears in the backdrop displaying a replica of NASA’s Independence space shuttle mounted on top of the original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, is one of the biggest draws in the complex.William Harris has just started working as the new president and CEO of Space Center Houston.News 88.7’s Al Ortiz sat down with Harris to talk about the ideas and goals he brings to lead one of our region’s biggest attractions.You can listen to the conversation above. 00:00 /03:44 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire ContributorThe first presidential debate for the 2020 campaign in the race for the White House featured five moderators, 10 candidates, two hours and only one question on the voting block that comprises the base vote for the Democratic party: African American voters.The one question came an hour and thirty minutes into the debate and was delivered by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. But even that question, which started out focused on the Democratic party’s reliance on African American voters, pivoted over to a question on Latino voters.Hispanic voters continue to underperform at the ballot box as compared to other demographics. Additionally, exit polls and other data demonstrated that 25 to 30 percent of Hispanic voters supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.In 2016, numerous reports on Russian interference demonstrated that Black voters were targeted for voter suppression, one of many obvious signs of the importance of Black voter support. According to PEW research, in 2016, the Black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election. The turnout rate for African American voters was 59.6% in 2016 after reaching a record-high 66.6% in 2012. For Hispanics it was 47 percent.One of two African American candidates for President in 2020, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, refocused the discussion on African Americans several times during the debate. Much of the two hours of debate discussion focused on immigration policy. President Trump’s obsessive focus on a wall at the Mexican border and keeping Mexican immigrants out of the United States was revealed from the moment he announced his candidacy for president in 2015 to his first month in office in early 2017.There were ten Democratic candidates on stage for the first of two debates in two nights. They were: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, former Maryland Rep. Tim Delaney and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.Typically, moderators and subject focus for each debate controls what the topics will be. Even though Lester Holt was a moderator for the first debate on June 26, corporate media largely ignores issues disproportionately impacting African Americans, unless there is a pre-planned structured debate where specific subject matter is to be focused on.Sen. Warren and former Housing Secretary Castro were viewed as winners of the first debate as they focused on middle class issues and social economic parity.“From a candidate’s perspective, it’s about who comes to the game ready to play the game. The only person, in my view, who came to the game last night and ready to play it was Julian Castro,” said former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele on MSNBC on June 27.The second of the first two debates of the 2020 campaign will be June 27 in Miami. A second African American candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, will be featured.Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on twitter at @LVBurke.