TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hopes to be busy during the January market.But he doesn’t expect a bumper transfer budget from owner Mike Ashley.”I am used to wheeling and dealing all my life,” he said. “I don’t think I was breaking the record in transfer windows, never, ever, with any of my teams. “We had to sell players to buy players. I don’t have any problem with that if you do things in time and find the right players. The main thing is to find the right players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER – An outreach group supporting vulnerable women in British Columbia is hoping a cellphone app designed to monitor remote workers in resource industries will help keep sex workers safe.Hope Outreach, a non-profit group that provides support to homeless and exploited women in Kelowna, is partnering with the makers of YodelMe to launch a pilot project to make the monitoring app available to sex workers and other vulnerable women in the Okanagan.“What I can see it do is saving some lives, and that’s what I’m all about,” said Angie Lohr, president and co-founder of Hope Outreach.YodelMe uses Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite technology to monitor a user by having them check in and out at set time periods. If a user doesn’t check in when they’re supposed to, a reminder is sent. If it’s ignored, the app sends a distress message to pre-programmed contacts with the user’s location.Greg ter Wolbeek, business manager for YodelMe, said he and founder Aaron Kilback contacted the outreach group after reading about it in a local newspaper.“It just struck me that hang on, this is developed for lone workers, essentially they are lone workers, so perhaps we can help them,” he said.Lohr said she and the women Hope Outreach works with were excited by the offer to help find a solution to the violence they experience.“This stuff happens every day and so I guess where I get a little annoyed is we wait for some tragedy to happen to focus any light on it,” she said. “We never really focus on who is picking these women up, why are they out there and what are we going to do to make them safe.”Details of the pilot project are still in discussion, but Lohr said she hopes to gather groups of 10 women from Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton to begin trying out the app in December. The pilot project is also looking at establishing a neighbourhood watch-type group among sex workers for an added level of security, ter Wolbeek said.“The idea is to create a Yodel community so people can communicate with one another so if you have an emergency that you’re in, you can see who in your Yodel community is nearby to help you,” said ter Wolbeek. “A nice way to look at it is this app is linking our virtual communities with a real life community.”Cecilia Benoit, a University of Victoria sociology professor researching sex work in Canada, said the app has potential to give women added security, but the challenge is users need someone they trust in their lives or have trust in the police to be on the receiving end of emergency messages.“The most vulnerable will be the least likely to have a trustworthy person,” she said.A more meaningful approach in the longer term would for Hope Outreach or other organizations to use the introduction of the app to connect users with resources, such as housing and employment programs, Benoit said.“It’s a practical tool that can be helpful but I don’t think it changes the situation. They still need the money, they are still going into these situations,” she said. “When they find a safe home, when they find a support system … they can start building more safety in their lives.”Lohr said the business of sex work is never going to go away as long as there is a demand and there are vulnerable women with no other alternative.Until there are more economic opportunities, housing, treatment for addictions and solutions for the other challenges women experience, Lohr said the app may at least help with their safety.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.
The ONE Campaign this week launched agit8, a unique music-based campaign designed to build pressure for action against extreme poverty in the crucial week leading up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.The campaign includes a digital music platform featuring new video recordings of classic protest songs, a new Richard Curtis film that will be projected on the iconic façade of the Tate Modern in London and impromptu live performances.‘’Music is a powerful tool in galvanizing people around an issue,’’ said Ed Sheeran, who recorded a new version of Bob Dylan’s classic, ‘’Masters of War’’ for agit8. ’’There’s no better way to get your point across than to put it in a beautiful song.’’Sheeran is joining other artists, including Mumford & Sons, U2, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo, Sting, Rokia Traore and Macklemore to urge and inspire a new generation to take action in the fight against the injustices of extreme poverty and hunger. Artists from Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Algeria, USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Belgium are taking part. Exclusive videos of their performances are available at one.org/protestsongs.Throughout history, great injustices like slavery and apartheid have been overcome when public protest became too loud for politicians to ignore. Today, with 20,000 children dying needlessly every day from poverty and hunger, ONE says it’s time to turn up the volume. Extreme poverty can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but it won’t happen on its own, which is why ONE is calling for millions more voices to urge those in power to finish the job.The first step towards this goal is ensuring the right decisions are made at the G8 Summit on June 17-18. ONE is calling on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to agree an ‘’Enniskillen Declaration’’ on the issues of malnutrition and transparency, so that people in Africa can not only produce enough decent food, but also get the information they need to fight corruption and hold their governments accountable.To illustrate the power of protest, legendary filmmaker and activist Richard Curtis has created a new 30-minute film which celebrates how protest, and its music, has led to progress over the course of history. The film will be projected onto the iconic Tate Modern in London at 22:00BST on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.‘’Music and advocacy are natural allies,’’ said Michael Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of ONE. ’’We’ve seen the two come together many times to shape and change society. Music has been a powerful force throughout history and now we want world leaders to hear that we’re serious about ending extreme poverty by 2030.’’Adrian Lovett, Executive Director Europe added: ‘’When people act together, mountains can be moved. Next week’s G8 summit could take a big step towards ending the injustice of extreme poverty, but only if people raise their voices. That’s why artists from all over the world are getting on their soapboxes to inspire millions of people to make a noise and demand action.
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TORONTO – Shares of retailer Roots Corp. had a less-than-stellar initial public offering, plummeting more than 16 per cent on the stock’s first day of trading.The stock (TSX:ROOT) was priced at $12 per share at market open, but quickly fell to a low of $9.48 by early afternoon.The shares were down 16.67 per cent, at $10.00 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of markets Wednesday.For the heritage-fashion retailer, the switch from being a private company for more than four decades comes against a challenging retail environment that’s seen numerous bankruptcies, mass store closures and layoffs in recent years.“We are in the early stages of leveraging our strategic operational investments to support our continued growth in Canada, the United States and internationally,” said Roots CEO Jim Gabel in a released statement.“Our TSX listing provides an additional platform to help us unlock the potential of the Roots brand.”The debut of Roots as a publicly-traded company follows recent initial public offerings by other Canadian fashion companies, including Aritzia Inc. (TSX:ATZ) and Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (TSX:GOOS).Shares in Canada Goose have soared since they began trading earlier this year, however Aritzia shares have struggled and fallen well below their IPO price.Roots is in the midst of planning a massive North American and international expansion over the next several years.The company, known for its poor-boy style hats and woolly winter mitts that have adorned both Canada’s Olympic athletes and consumers, currently operates 120 stores in North America and has a partner running another 136 between Taiwan and China.Roots is looking to open dozens of new locations. That includes up to 10 in Canada and up to 14 in the U.S. by the end of its 2019 financial year.It’s also eyeing international markets, hoping to add up to 25 new locations in Taiwan and China, and build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame.Beyond that, the company is evaluating partnerships in a dozen new markets abroad.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
FRANKFURT – Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated after a report that an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of the effects of diesel exhaust using monkeys, while another study exposed humans to low levels of one type of air pollutant.The German government on Monday condemned the experiments and Volkswagen sought to distance itself from them, with its chairman saying that “in the name of the whole board I emphatically disavow such practices.”The tests were reportedly commissioned by a research group funded by major German auto companies.Revelations of the tests add a twist to the German auto industry’s attempt to move past Volkswagen’s scandal over cheating on diesel tests and the resulting questioning of diesel technology across the industry.Volkswagen Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said the tests must be “investigated completely and without reservation,” the dpa news agency reported.A report by The New York Times found that the research group financed by top German car manufacturers commissioned experiments in which one group of monkeys was exposed to diesel exhaust from a late-model Volkswagen, while another group was exposed to fumes from an older Ford pickup.The experiments were carried out in 2014 before Volkswagen was caught using software that let vehicles cheat on emissions tests. They were intended to show modern diesel technology had solved the problem of excess emissions, but according to the Times report the Volkswagen car in the tests was equipped with illegal software that turned emissions controls on while the car was on test stands and off during regular driving.Volkswagen admitted using the software in 2015. The Volkswagen scandal led to public scrutiny of diesel emissions as regulators discovered that other companies’ vehicles also had higher emissions on the road than during testing, though not necessarily through illegal rigging. The industry has had to fend off calls for diesel bans in German cities with high pollution levels.Daimler AG said it was “appalled by the nature and extent of the studies” and said that, though it didn’t have any influence on the studies’ design, “we have launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter.”BMW said that it “did not participate in the mentioned study” on animals “and distances itself from this study.” It said it was investigating the work and background of the research group.The Times report said the group that commissioned the studies, known by German initial EUGT, got all of its funding from the three automakers.The Times report was followed by one in Monday’s edition of the Stuttgarter Zeitung daily that the now-closed research group also commissioned tests in which humans were exposed to nitrogen dioxide, which belongs to a class of pollutants known as nitrogen oxides. The group reportedly said the tests showed no effect on the subjects.The human study, carried out by Aachen University, involved studying the effects of exposing 25 subjects, mostly students, to low levels of nitrogen dioxide like those that could be found in the environment — from a 40-litre bottle, not a diesel engine. The individuals gave informed written consent for the study, which was approved by the ethics committee of the university’s medical faculty, according to the study. The university said the study had no relation to the diesel scandal.The German government condemned the reported tests on animals and humans. Transport Minister Christian Schmidt “has no understanding for such tests … that do not serve science but merely PR aims,” spokesman Ingo Strater told reporters in Berlin.He called for the companies concerned to provide “immediate and detailed” responses, and said a ministry commission of inquiry that was set up after the emissions scandal broke will hold a special meeting to examine whether there are any other cases.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said that “the disgust many people are feeling is absolutely understandable.”“These tests on monkeys or even humans can in no way be ethically justified,” Seibert said. “They raise many critical questions for those behind these tests, and these questions must urgently be answered.”He questioned the aims of the tests. “The automakers have to reduce emissions of harmful substances further and further,” he said. “They should not be trying to prove the supposed harmlessness of exhaust with the help of monkeys or even humans.”Seibert said that the supervisory boards of the companies concerned “have a particular responsibility.”The governor of the German state of Lower Saxony, a major shareholder in Volkswagen, added his voice to calls for quick answers.Stephan Weil, who sits on VW’s supervisory board, stressed that “the behaviour of the company must in every respect fulfil ethical demands.” He said he hadn’t known about the tests.___This story has been corrected to show that a research group commissioned the tests, not that it carried them out. A previous version corrected the first paragraph to show that the second set of tests on humans didn’t involve diesel exhaust.
LONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVESWhile no one seems to know for sure how it came to be called Boxing Day, it definitely has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. Perhaps the most widely held understanding of its origins comes from the tradition of wealthier members of society giving servants and tradesmen a so-called Christmas Box containing money and gifts on the day after Christmas.It was seen as a reward for a year’s worth of service. Other believe it comes from the post-Christmas custom of churches placing boxes outside their doors to collect money for distribution to less-fortunate members of society in need of Christmas cheer.Some trace it to Britain’s proud naval tradition and the days when a sealed box of money was kept on board for lengthy voyages and then given to a priest for distribution to the poor if the voyage was successful.There are other explanations, but it’s clear the designation has nothing to do with the modern habit of using the holiday for shopping at “big box” stores selling televisions, computers and the like.SHARING THE WEALTH, AROUND THE COMMONWEALTHNo one knows for sure when Boxing Day started, but some believe it was centuries ago, when servants would be given the day after Christmas off as a day of rest after feverish preparations for their masters’ celebrations.Others trace it back even earlier, to the Roman practice of collecting money in boxes — they say Roman invaders brought this practice to Britain, where it was taken up by the clergy to collect money in boxes for the disadvantaged.The tradition gained popularity during the Victorian era and has flourished to this day. The British Empire may now be a thing of the past, but Boxing Day is still celebrated in some other parts of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia and Kenya.SO IF THEY’RE NOT BOXING, WHAT DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO ON BOXING DAY?Boxing Day has evolved into a day of relaxation and indulgence — and shopping. It is filled with sporting events (including a marathon soccer schedule tailor-made for TV viewing from a comfortable couch) and it is often a day when people open their homes to family and friends who drop by for turkey, ham and perhaps half-consumed bottles of wine left over from Christmas dinner.In Britain it used to be a day for fox hunting in the frost-tinged countryside, but that practice has been mostly banned for more than a decade now. In its place, “Boxing Day Sales” have flourished, with many Britons lifted from their post-Christmas torpor by the lure of low prices in department stores.Gregory Katz, The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple warns that disappointing iPhone sales will cause a significant drop in its revenue over the crucial holiday season compared to earlier projections.CEO Tim Cook made the announcement after the market closed Wednesday. It embodies some of the worst fears of investors, who have been dumping Apple shares amid signs that the latest iPhone models weren’t living up to expectations.Cook cited China as Apple’s biggest weak spot, but also said that consumers weren’t upgrading to the latest iPhones models as eagerly as anticipated.As a result, Apple now expects revenue of $84 billion for the fiscal quarter running from October through December. Management had previously predicted revenue ranging from $89 billion to $93 billion.The Associated Press
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX says it will build its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles, dealing another blow to the local economy only days after the company announced massive layoffs.The Southern California-based company announced Wednesday that test versions of its Starship and Super Heavy rocket will be assembled at its Texas launch facility in a move to streamline operations.Development of the spaceship will continue at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne.SpaceX won permission last year to build a giant new facility on leased land at the port, which could potentially have added hundreds of jobs to the region.Last week, SpaceX announced that it will lay off about 10 per cent of its roughly 6,000 workers, mostly from its Hawthorne headquarters.The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has promised a revised timeline within weeks to resume construction on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Notley says she is satisfied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is committed to getting the project back online in good time, and her government is willing to work with him to make it happen.But she says she expects Ottawa to move quickly given the investor uncertainty that has rippled out in all directions from last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the project. The Appeal Court quashed the expansion on the grounds that the federal government failed to properly consult Indigenous groups and the National Energy Board did not take into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on marine life, particularly endangered whales.Notley says full consultation with Indigenous groups must be carried out but says it’s critical to the construction timeline that the government fix the marine impact assessment without restarting a lengthy hearing process.The Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the capacity of the existing line, which takes oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta says the project is critical and it is losing billions of dollars a year because the oil currently shipped to B.C. is sold at a discount to a captive market in the United States.Notley and Trudeau met Wednesday in Edmonton to discuss the expansion project.Ottawa has already done a lot of work beefing up marine safety on the B.C. coast and it’s Alberta’s hope that this work can be included in the missing impact assessment, Notley said Thursday. In the meantime, Notley has pulled her government out of the federal climate plan, which includes a price on carbon, saying Alberta will return when it is satisfied the Trans Mountain project is back on track.
Kolkata: The district Trinamool Congress leaders of Cooch Behar on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the election officials against Nishith Pramanik, who is contesting from Cooch Behar on BJP’s ticket.Senior TMC leaders from the districts alleged that Pramanik has been accused of various criminal charges and urged the commission officials to put him behind the bars as a preemptive measure ahead of the elections. It may be mentioned that the Cooch Behar parliamentary seat will go to poll in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The TMC leaders apprehend that there may be some law and order situation if Pramanik is not arrested. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA top leader of Trinamool Congress alleged that at least 11 criminal cases have been pending against Pramanik. The election officials in the district are verifying the complaint lodged by TMC in this regard. It may be mentioned here that the local BJP workers had staged protest demonstrations against the candidature of Pramanik, who had once been attached to Trinamool Congress. BJP workers took to the streets and vandalised their party office immediately after the candidate list was announced. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySome BJP activists in the district also alleged that the BJP leaders in Delhi had taken bribe to nominate the expelled Trinamool Congress leader, who had been thrown out of his own party on corruption charges and later joined the BJP. They also threatened to field an independent candidate. On the other hand, expelled Trinamool Congress MP Soumitra Khan, who joined the BJP a few months ago, has been under scanner of the Election Commission as he had been booked under several cases in Bankura. Khan was summoned by Bankura Sadar police station on Monday, in connection with a case in which he had allegedly made some false promises of giving jobs. It may also be mentioned here that Khan is now contesting the Lok Sabha election on BJP’s ticket from the Bishnupur constituency. As many as three complaints had been lodged against him by three separate persons in Bankura district.
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to restore pride in the “biggest club in the world”.Ahead of his first game in charge, Solskjaer wants the United players to feel proud of their performance once again, reminding them that they are wearing the badge of the “biggest club in the world”.“Attacking football, giving youth a chance and winning. Biggest club in the world, best supporters in the world, best players in the world,” Solskjaer told MUTV.“When I scored on my debut, Eric [Cantona] was there and it was a brilliant feeling. You felt comfortable at Old Trafford and you want the players to feel at home there too.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s about the players being proud of their performance and the fans being proud of their team.“It’s great to be back home. I promise I’ll give everything I’ve got to get this club back to success.”
Wayne Rooney stated his intention to finish his playing career in the United States, while ruling out a loan move back to the Premier LeagueThe 33-year-old striker signed for DC United in June and helped lift them from bottom spot in the MLS Eastern Conference to the playoffs.While the DC’s campaign came to an end after a playoff semi-final defeat to Columbus Crew on penalties, Rooney’s form has won him a lot of praise.Rumours have been circulating that the Manchester United great is eyeing a short-term loan move to England in January.But, speaking to the media at Wembley ahead of his farewell England game, Rooney insists his plans remain unchanged.“It will be my last game,” said Rooney, according to Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“My form has been good in the States and if I got called up because of that then it would be a different situation, but this will be my last game.“I made the decision to go to the States and as you well know when I make a decision I tend to stick with it.“It’s important to me that I give my full commitment to DC United.“I’ve seen talk about a loan move back here but I’m not prepared to do that.”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC this season.The England and US game at Wembley will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Thursday.
City of San Marcos Mayor on local transit Categories: Good Morning San Diego, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – City of San Marcos Mayor, Rebecca Jones, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss SANDAG’s vision for Transnet funds. Posted: May 3, 2019
The retention ban is in effect until the end of 2018. The Department has issued an the order prohibiting retention of the fish in order to manage them conservatively. According to the Department, in order to grow and become a self-sustaining population again they need additional time to mature. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The retention of Arctic char and Dolly Varden in Nikiski’s Stormy Lake is prohibited as of January 1, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Prior to the treatment Arctic char eggs were taken and reared in the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. Those fingerlings were released back into Stormy Lake in the summer of 2013 but the species has a slow growth rate, ergo taking many years to reestablish themselves. In 2012 the lake was treated with rotenone to eradicate the invasive and carnivorous northern pike which had contributed to a decline in Arctic char in the lake. Department surveys in 2014 indicated that the restoration was successful. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-stormy-lake-closure.mp3VmJennifer-on-stormy-lake-closure.mp300:00RPd
Replying to the editor’s comment on her, Hina had earlier tweeted, “I was persistent, I am constant and I will be efficient again and again and again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as the place doesn’t define me. Because as always I will work my a** off and I will make my own place. My promise, a proud outsider from my Chandivali Studios.”After facing massive flak, the magazine editor apologised to Hina for his comment saying that his comment was misconstrued and wished her continued success. Hina accepted his apology and even thanked him for his good wishes. Hina KhanInstagramAt her Cannes red carpet debut, Hina was seen wearing a sparkling grey gown by Lebanese designer, Ziad Nakad with a moderate trail and a plunging neckline. She completed the look with her hair tied back, minimal make-up and nude pink lips. Salman Khan, Hina KhanTwitter/ReutersJitesh Pillai’s shocking comment on Hina Khan’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival has become the talking point in the industry. “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali Studios kya?” the magazine editor had posted in his Instagram story. Many prominent names of the TV fraternity found the comment very distasteful and objectionable in nature. So when Salman Khan, who had hosted Hina Khan in Bigg Boss 11, was asked to comment on the matter, the Bharat actor had a very sarcastic take on it which has now garnered praises from his and Hina Khan’s fans.At the Zinda song launch, Salman, initially, said that he was not aware of the editor’s comment on Hina. So when he was told about it, Salman replied, “That’s very responsible of that editor to make a comment like that.” He was addressing the media at the press conference in Mumbai. Undoubtedly, Salman’s answer to the question was quite confusing. So when he was asked to explain his answer, Salman said, “Very thoughtful of the editor to make a comment like that on Hina. I don’t understand kya kehna chah rahe the. Cannes is Chandivali or has Chandivali has gone to Cannes?”And we bet Hina Khan would be happy to hear Salman’s answer to the editor for throwing a nasty comment on her Cannes 2019 appearance.
Following tax benefits to new projects coming up in the wind power sector drying up, tariffs plunging to new lows after introduction of competitive bidding, and demand from states remaining bleak, a number of wind power producers are putting up their assets for sale, said a report in financial daily Business Standard (BS) on Monday.Projects with capacities totalling 3,000 megawatts (Mw) and worth Rs 15,000 crore are on sale in seven states, the BS report said. Most of these assets are owned by non-energy companies, which earlier received significant accelerated depreciation (AD) tax benefit under the Income Tax Act.The Goods and Services Tax (GST) implemented from July 1 has added to the woes of some wind power generators. The Tamil Nadu textile industry owns close to 1,000-Mw capacity of wind power units. Industry sources said the textile sector in the state had taken a hit due to new GST rates.Another 700 Mw of projects are on sale in Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra with 400 Mw, 100 Mw each in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, and 300 Mw in Rajasthan.In the last Union Budget, the government had announced the capping of the AD tax benefit at 40 per cent effective April 1, 2017, and scrapping it from the next financial year. It was 80 per cent earlier. Also, the GBI of 50 paise per unit to wind power producers ceased to exist from March 31, 2017.”While the Indian government is giving a hard push to the growth of the renewable energy sector, the state governments seem to working in the opposite direction. Frequent grid curtailments on high wind days to delayed payments up to 18 months in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are some of the examples,” Animesh Damani, managing partner, Artha Energy Resources – a portfolio matching company for investors in the renewable sector, told Business Standard.Damani said that more trouble is brewing for the wind power sector as state governments now want to renegotiate existing PPAs (power purchase agreements) and lower the tariff based on the price in recent auctions.Discoms in Karnataka are believed to have sent a notice to cancel all PPAs to all wind turbine owners, Damani told BS. “In such a scenario, anyone invested into the wind energy sector is looking to sell their assets as the returns have diminished and the asset has become more of a liability,” the report quoted him as saying.Competitive bidding was introduced in the wind power sector with tariff falling to Rs 3.46 a unit in maiden auction in February, 2017. The sector worked under the ‘feed-in-tariff’ (FiT) regime till then, which means the power price would be in accordance with the cost of the project.
Election CommissionThere are about 104.1 million voters in the country, according to the election commission’s final voter list published on Wednesday, reports UNB.Releasing the updated voter list at a press conference at Nirbachon Bhaban, acting secretary to the EC Helaluddin Ahmed said in past one year, 2,701,780 voters were included in the list raising the total number to 104,142,381.Of the total voters, 52,512,105 are male while 51,630, 276 are female.On 31 January 2017, there were 101,440,601 voters in the country.Helaluddin Ahmed said as there is an opportunity for people to be included in the voter list as another final voter list will be released before the next national election.
Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaComedian Cheech Marin with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.Whatever you do, don’t call Cheech Marin “Chong.”The comedian is tired of being mistaken for his longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong, and he discusses his relationship with his former partner — and his career so far — in his new book, Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong! Marin will be the Grand Marshal of the 30th annual Houston Art Car Parade on Saturday (April 8, 2017).In the audio above, he joins Craig Cohen in the Houston Matters studio to talk about his book, comedy, and how moving away from pot jokes helped his career. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/06153501/Cheech-Final.mp400:0000:0001:01Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share