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Understanding Residency When Filing Servicemember Taxes

first_imgBy Carol ChurchMost of us prefer to get our taxes filed as quickly, simply, and painlessly as possibly, hopefully with the minimum paid and a maximum refunded. However, as we’ve emphasized in our blogs on service member taxes, it’s very important for members of the military to understand the special benefits, deductions, and options they have available that can help them to reduce their tax liability. One such benefit that can be confusing relates to state of residency for service members and spouses. State of residency is important because it can affect whether service members and their spouses pay state income tax.State of Legal Residence: Service MembersWhere an active duty service member files taxes is not based on where he or she is currently living, but rather on his or her state of legal residency, also often referred to as his or her home of record. This is the state the service member legally claims as his or her home state. Often, it is the state in which the member enlisted. This is the state in which the service member should file taxes.Flickr/Chris Waits. CC BY 2.0If there is any confusion about a service member’s state of legal residence, it can be located on his or her Leave and Earnings Statement.State of legal residency can be changed, but not without filing the proper paperwork. Note that it may sometimes may be in the family’s best interest to change state of legal residency (for instance, if a PCS takes you to a state with no income tax).State of Legal Residency: Spouses of Service MembersIn 2009, Congress passed the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) Under the terms of the law, military spouses (who are not in the military themselves) may also be able to claim legal residency in the same state as their spouse. This simplifies state income taxes and may help reduce tax liability.Qualifying to Claim Legal Residency in Another state as a Military SpouseIn order for military spouses to claim legal residency in a state other than the one in which they live, they must:Be living in the non-home state due to a PCS;Be living in the non-home state solely to be with their spouse;Have previously lived in the state they desire to claim as a home state and be able to prove residency thereNote: If the spouse plans to file taxes in a state other than the one in which they live, but the spouse earns income in the state where they currently reside, they may need to declare nonresidency for tax withholding purposes, so that their employer handles taxes correctly. If a nonresident spouse’s employer has withheld state taxes anyway, he or she may need to file a nonresident return with that state in order to receive a refund.Filing State Income TaxesSo, when servicemembers and spouses who live in a state other than the one where they hold legal residency file tax returns, how does state income tax work? It varies by state, but typically these laws help reduce tax liability for service members and spouses. To learn more about how each state handles the situation, visit this link from TurboTax.References:Bjej, H., & Business Consultants. (2016). Tax Considerations for Active Duty Military. Retrieved from https://www.thetaxadviser.com/issues/2016/dec/tax-considerations-for-active-duty-military.htmlH& R Block. (n.d.) Military taxes and residency. Retrieved from https://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/lifestyle/military/military-taxes-and-residency/H& R Block. (n.d.) The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) – Making Tax Time Easier for Military Familieshttps://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/lifestyle/military/military-spouse-residency-relief-act/TurboTax. (n.d.) Military Filing Information on State Websites. Retrieved from https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899163-military-filing-information-on-state-websitesTurboTax. (n.d.) Military spouses and state taxes. Retrieved from https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901516-military-spouses-and-state-taxeslast_img read more

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Leonard Hits Bouncer at Buzzer, Raptors beat 76ers in Game 7

first_imgTORONTO — Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.After Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler tied it with a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left, Toronto used its final timeout to draw up a play for Leonard, who dribbled toward the right corner and launched the high-arching shot.It bounced to the top of the backboard, hit the near side of the rim again, then the other side twice before going through, setting off a wild celebration as the Raptors advanced to the conference finals for the second time in four seasons. They will open the conference finals Wednesday night at Milwaukee.Leonard scored 41 points on 16-of-39 shooting. Serge Ibaka added 17 points, and Pascal Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Embiid led the 76ers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. JJ Redick had 17 points, Butler added 16, and Tobias Harris had 14 points and 10 rebounds.In its only other conference finals, Toronto lost to LeBron James and Cleveland in six games in 2016.Redick tied it at 85 with a three-point play with 3:29 left. Nearly two minutes passed before the next basket, Leonard’s long jumper with 1:41 to go that was initially ruled a 3, but changed to a 2 after video review.On Philadelphia’s next possession, Lowry forced a steal near midcourt and fed Siakam for a fast-break layup, giving Toronto an 89-85 lead with 1:14 left.Butler made one of two at the line and Leonard missed a pair of jump shots, giving the 76ers the ball down 89-86 with 24.1 seconds remaining. Embiid was fouled and made both, cutting it to 89-88 with 12 seconds left.Leonard was fouled with 10.8 seconds left. He made the first, but missed the second, setting up Butler’s tying layup.The 76ers missed nine straight shots to start the game and didn’t score until a 3-pointer by Redick midway through the quarter. Still, while the Sixers made just two of their first 14 attempts, the Raptors only made 3 of their first 13. Toronto shot 5 for 24 in the first quarter and the 76ers went 5 for 19.Philadelphia had as many turnovers (five) as baskets in the quarter that ended with Toronto up 18-13.Lowry headed to the locker room briefly in the second because of a sprained left thumb. He checked back in midway through the period. Siakam and Leonard each scored seven points in the second and Lowry added six to give Toronto a 44-40 lead at halftime.Toronto led 50-41, its biggest lead of the game, after a basket by Gasol early in the third. Philadelphia answered with a 16-0 run over the next 4 1/2 minutes as the Raptors missed 10 straight shots. Toronto battled back behind 11 points from Leonard and took a 67-64 advantage to the final quarter.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid shot 6 for 18. … Philadelphia shot 9 for 27 from 3-point range.Raptors: Toronto went 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the first quarter. They finished 7 for 30 … Leonard had Toronto’s only assist of the first. … Gasol had 11 rebounds.UP NEXTToronto opens the Eastern Conference Finals at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.By: Ian Harrison, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Zidane relieved as Ronaldo returns

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo ‘I hope it’s the last time’ – Zidane relieved to welcome back Ronaldo Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:11 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Madrid v Real Betis Real Betis Primera División Zinédine Zidane Gareth Bale The Portuguese will return to La Liga action against Real Betis, much to the delight of his manager – who has confirmed his new deal at the Bernabeu Zinedine Zidane hopes Real Madrid will not have to make do without Cristiano Ronaldo again as the Portugal star prepares to make his comeback against Real Betis.The 32-year-old is set to make his first La Liga appearance of the season on Wednesday, having served a five-game domestic ban for pushing the referee after being sent off in the Supercopa de Espana first-leg win over Barcelona.Real Madrid 93/100 to beat Betis -2.75 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Zidane is delighted to welcome Ronaldo back to the team and says he looks thrilled to be able to return.”We will not discuss the suspension, we are glad that he is back and I hope that to be the last time we have to do without him,” Zidane told a news conference. “I see that Cristiano is happy, because what he likes is to play and to be with his team-mates.”He’s coming back for a league game at home and we know everyone likes to play in this stadium.”Ronaldo scored twice when he played in the 3-0 Champions League win over APOEL at the Santiago Bernabeu but watched his side slip to draws at home to Valencia and Levante in La Liga in his absence.Betis boss Quique Setien is unhappy the former Manchester United man will be unleashed against his side. We’ve completed our final session ahead of tomorrow’s LaLiga match against @RealBetis_en!#RMCity pic.twitter.com/nIb5Rc498E— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 19, 2017″Cristiano is a voracious player in front of goal. Everyone wants to stop him and nobody can stop him,” he said.”Every time you face him, you run the risk of him scoring another goal, because his percentage is very high compared to others.”Gareth Bale has been subjected to jeers from fans for some of his displays during Ronaldo’s absence, but the Wales international scored a brilliant goal in Madrid’s 3-1 win at Real Sociedad last weekend.Zidane thinks Bale is short of his best but is confident he is on track to recapture that level of form.”It’s coming little by little. It will take time to see the best Bale. But he’s doing well, very well,” he said.”I think it’s not incorrect to say that, when there is space, he can do damage, because of the speed he has. We saw that with his goal the other day. But, Gareth is also very good technically.”He can also play without space, he handles himself well there. It does not hurt him to play with the ball and to bring others into play.”For me, he is a complete player.”last_img read more

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Report: PSG 6 Bordeaux 2

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 6 Bordeaux 2: Neymar, Cavani dispel rift rumours in emphatic victory Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 00:56 1/10/2017 PSG - cropped Bongarts Paris Saint-Germain secured a phenomenal 6-2 victory over Bordeaux, with Neymar and Edinson Cavani proving there is no rift between them. Neymar and Edinson Cavani brought a resounding end to talk of a rift between them as Paris Saint-Germain romped to a stunning 6-2 victory over Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes.Reports of ill feeling between the two surfaced after an on-field disagreement over penalty-taking duties during the 2-0 win over Lyon a fortnight ago, but they showed that is firmly behind them on Saturday.PSG were awarded a spot-kick in the 40th minute following a foolish handball by Otavio and Neymar converted it before turning to celebrate with Cavani, who won their argument against Lyon but was denied from 12 yards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. That was Neymar’s second of the match, the Brazilian having opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick and setting up Cavani for his eighth Ligue 1 goal in as many outings this term.Unai Emery’s intention to attack was clear from his selection of Julian Draxler in place of Thiago Motta – one of four changes from the 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday – and the German rewarded his coach with a scintillating volley and an assist for Kylian Mbappe in the second half.Thomas Meunier also netted with Younousse Sankhare and a Malcom penalty providing Bordeaux’s consolations as Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side suffered their first league defeat of the season, meaning PSG are the only unbeaten team left in the top flight.PSG took just five minutes to get on the scoreboard. Mbappe’s quick feet drew a foul from experienced defender Jeremy Toulalan in a central position 30 yards out and Neymar dispatched a beautiful free-kick that spun away from Benoit Costil and into the top-left corner.Seven minutes later the hosts’ captivating front three linked up magnificently to double their advantage. Mbappe flicked Presnel Kimpembe’s pass inside for Neymar, whose throughball found Cavani running in behind Vukasin Jovanovic to stab past Costil.4 – Neymar has scored & assisted a goal for the 4th time in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other player in the Top 5 leagues. Neyyyymar. pic.twitter.com/QpGP75ubgN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) September 30, 2017The unrelenting hosts were three to the good when Meunier guided Yuri Berchice’s left-wing cross home, Mbappe’s failure to connect enabling the ball to run through to the Belgian.But PSG were guilty of stepping off the gas and Bordeaux took full advantage. Theo Pellenard held up the ball brilliantly before spinning away from Marco Verratti and sliding a pass into Nicolas de Preville, who squared for Sankhare to add a simple finish.Francois Kamano failed to head on target in a gilt-edged opportunity before Alphonse Areola kept out Malcom, but the visitors were out of the game by half-time. Otavio handled the ball in the box after Kamano failed to clear and Neymar sent Costil the wrong way from the resultant penalty.Draxler made it five when, after launching the break, he met a cross from Mbappe with an exquisite cross-goal volley with the outside of his left boot that gave Costil no chance.After a tepid start to the second period their roles switched, Draxler winning possession in the Bordeaux half and supplying the ball that Mbappe guided across the keeper and inside the far post in the 58th minute.Cavani was warmly applauded as he made way for Angel Di Maria after the hour mark and PSG struggled to threaten in the Uruguayan’s absence.Instead it was Bordeaux who went close as substitute Alexandre Mendy rattled the post and Kamano was kept out by an impressive stop from Areola.Neymar volleyed a chance for his hat-trick wide from a delightful Giovani Lo Celso chip in the 80th minute, but it was another Brazilian who had the final say.Meunier sent Jonathan Cafu tumbling in the box and Malcom slammed the penalty into the top-right corner for a goal that did little to dampen spirits at a jubilant Parc des Princes.Key Opta stats:- PSG have lost only one of their last 13 Ligue 1 games against Bordeaux (W7 D5), in March 2015 (2-3).- PSG have won seven of eight games in Ligue 1 this season, best tally for a team at this stage in the top-flight since Lyon in 2006/07 (also 7 wins).- PSG have lost just one of their last 28 Ligue 1 games (W23 D4), at Nice in April 2017 (1-3).- PSG are unbeaten in their last 28 home games in Ligue 1 (W22 D6), with their last defeat coming in March 2016 against Monaco (0-2).- PSG have scored 27 goals after eight Ligue 1 games in 2017/18, the best tally at this stage in the top-flight since St Etienne in 1969/70 (also 27).- Bordeaux conceded 6+ goals in a Ligue 1 game for the first time since September 2015 against Nice (1-6).- Neymar scored & assisted a goal for the fourth time in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other player in the Top 5 leagues.- Edinson Cavani has been involved in 21 goals in his last 16 Ligue 1 games (16 goals, 5 assists). read morelast_img read more

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Report: Inter 2 Benevento 0

first_imgInter 2 Benevento 0: Nerazzurri pick up much-needed win at San Siro Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:52 2/25/18 Milan Skriniar_cropped Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images Benevento are still searching for their first away point in Serie A after conceding twice after the break at the San Siro Second-half goals from Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia secured Inter a much-needed 2-0 triumph over basement boys Benevento on Saturday.The Nerazzurri’s stuttering season appeared set to plumb new depths against travel-sick opponents until they scored twice in the space of three minutes.Skriniar lifted the mood inside a toxic San Siro when he caught Benevento sleeping at a corner, the defender running on to a bouncing ball to nod home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ranocchia followed his fellow centre-back’s lead soon after, meeting Joao Cancelo’s inviting free-kick with a firm header that flashed into the bottom right corner of goalkeeper Christian Puggioni’s net.Serie A’s bottom club had proved a major stumbling block until the quickfire double, and even had a stong shout for a penalty at 0-0, Danilo Cataldi denied when appearing to tumble over Ranocchia’s outstretched leg.However, the visitors finished the game with 10 men, Nicolas Viola sent off after receiving two late bookings, as Inter picked up a win that lifts them up to third in the table.4 – No defender has scored more goals than Milan Skriniar in Serie A this season (four goals). Guarantee. #InterBenevento — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 24, 2018 For Inter, it’s all about points, not performances. When they won the reverse fixture last October thanks to a brace from Marcelo Brozovic, they were unbeaten in seven games and appeared set to challenge for the Scudetto.Instead, a run of just one win in their last 10 league outings either side of the winter break has abruptly ended any title talk and instead left them in a fight to finish in the top four.Having seen his side struggle in a 2-0 loss at Genoa, Spalletti recalled Ivan Perisic and handed Rafinha his first start since joining from Barcelona, though the returning Mauro Icardi was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench.The changes failed to inspire the hosts in the first half, though, and it was Benevento who had the best opportunity to score before the break.Massimo Coda’s fierce drive on the counter forced Samir Handanovic into a smart save and immediately triggered a chorus of jeers from a far-from-happy Inter faithful.At the other end, Gaetano Letizia’s well-timed tackle stopped Antonio Candreva from calling Puggioni into action, the forward seeing the ball taken off his left foot just as he was set to pull the trigger.Matias Vecino finally managed Inter’s first on-target attempt in the 54th minute, unleashing a 25-yard shot that Puggioni punched over for a corner in rather unorthodox fashion.Cataldi was outraged when the officials failed to point to the spot after his clash with the clumsy Ranocchia, who quickly made an impact in the opposite box to put the game beyond Benevento.By that stage Skriniar had finally broken the deadlock, heading home his fourth goal of the season via a deflection off the underside of the crossbar.Benevento’s misery was complete with the dismissal of Viola, leaving them still without an away point in Serie A. While they’re stuck at the bottom, things might finally be looking up for Inter.| FT Inter 2-0 BeneventoHeaders from #Skriniar and @23_Frog see Inter get back to winning! #FORZAINTER   pic.twitter.com/XZlscYGk1c — Inter (@Inter_en) February 24, 2018 Key Opta stats:- Prior to today, the last Inter home Serie A game without shots on target in the first half was back in September 2016 (v Juventus).- The first shot on target for Inter came in the 54th minute.- Inter have won their last two home league games after three draws and a defeat.- Inter have scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season (11) – Benevento have conceded the most (12). read morelast_img read more

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CWG gold medallist weightlifter Sanjita Chanu’s provisional suspension revoked

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 11:50 IST Since the provisional ban on her last year, Sanjita Chanu has claimed innocence in the doping case. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjita Chanu was tested positive for anabolic steroid testosterone last yearSanjita was put under provisional suspension from May 15, 2018The IWF had admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its reportThe International Weightlifting Federation has revoked the provisional suspension on weightlifter K Sanjita Chanu for a failed dope test, a major reprieve for the two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medallist who has claimed innocence.In a case that has dragged on for almost a year and has been marred by an “administrative” goof-up in Sanjita’s sample number, the IWF informed that a final decision on the matter is expected in the coming days.”On the basis of the information at its disposal, the IWF has decided that the provisional suspension of the athlete (Khumukcham Sanjita) shall be lifted as of today (22 January 2019),” IWF’s legal counsel Eva Nyirfa said in an e-mail sent to the national federation and Sanjita.”The IWF Hearing Panel will render its decision on the athlete’s case in due course,” it added.The 25-year-old Sanjita, who had won a gold in the women’s 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, had tested positive for anabolic steroid testosterone. Her urine sample was taken prior to the World Championships in United States in November 2017, and she was put under provisional suspension from May 15 last year.A final decision of the IWF panel is yet to come but Sanjita said her assertion of innocence has been vindicated.”I have got a mail from the international federation and our national federation has also called me up this morning informing about the lifting of the (provisional) suspension. I am relieved and happy. I am innocent and I have never taken any banned substance in my career. I am vindicated now,” she told PTI from her native place in Manipur.advertisement”At the same time, I experienced mental trauma during these past 8-9 months (since May 15 last year) due to the mistake of the international federation. I hope nothing like this happen to any athlete in future. An athlete’s reputation is very precious,” she added.Sanjita said the Indian Weightlifting Federation had asked her to join the national camp immediately if she wants.”The federation official told me today to write if I want to join national camp. I am doing that. I missed the Asian Games and World Championships in 2018. I want to compete in the World Championships this year and qualify for 2020 Olympics. For any athlete, Olympics is the ultimate,” she said.The international body informed about her doping offence only in May last year. That meant the Manipuri weightlifter participated in the Gold Coast CWG, where she finished top of the podium. She had also won gold in the 48kg in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.The IWF had, in July last year, admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report. The world body had mentioned two different urine sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk.The urine sample of Sanjita was taken out-of-competition on November 17, 2017 and the laboratory results of the tests conducted in the United States was handed to the international body on December 20. The communication of her failed dope test was given to Sanjita only on May 15 last year and her ‘B’ sample returned positive on September 11.Her representatives then appeared before a IWF hearing panel on October 19 in Budapest, Hungary. She presented her submissions on October 19 itself and on November 1.In a communication to Sanjita — a rare instance while a doping procedure is ongoing — the IWF hearing panel had said that “the case appears to be complicated”.Sanjita’s doping issue even reached the Prime Minister’s Office which directed the Sports Ministry to look into the matter.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Sanjita ChanuFollow WeightliftingFollow DopingFollow International Weightlifting Federation Next CWG gold medallist weightlifter Sanjita Chanu’s provisional suspension revokedWeightlifter Sanjita Chanu has got a major reprieve after the International Weightlifting Federation revoked the provisional ban on her.advertisementlast_img read more

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Agreement Offers New Possibilities for Road Court and Health Construction

first_imgA memorandum of understanding with Partnerships BC will help Nova Scotia explore new possibilities for building roads, health facilities, courts correctional facilities and other projects to address the province’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure deficit. The agreement gives Nova Scotia access to the expertise Partnerships BC has developed through strategic infrastructure partnerships with the private sector. “Like the rest of the country, we need to look at new and innovative ways of meeting our infrastructure needs that fast track construction while protecting taxpayers,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Partnerships BC is a Canadian leader in this innovative project delivery method. Partnerships BC has demonstrated value for money through more than 20 projects completed or underway, on time and on budget, in partnership with the private sector.” Nova Scotia will use the expertise and experience of Partnerships BC to assess whether some of the province’s most pressing infrastructure demands could be met through the strategic partnership method. Ontario and Alberta are also addressing their infrastructure needs through strategic infrastructure partnerships for roads, courts, and health facilities. In its March 2007 budget, the federal government announced the creation of a $1.27-billion fund that would potentially give Nova Scotia access to funding for innovative partnership projects. “We want to learn from other provinces where they know that, with the right process, strategic infrastructure partnership give their citizens improved access to the facilities they need in their communities,” said Mr. Scott. More information on Partnerships BC can be found on its website at www.partnershipsbc.ca .last_img read more

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Groups fighting nuclear plant near Ottawa River

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsCitizens and environmental groups are against an application to permanently store nuclear waste at the Chalk River plant east of Ottawa.The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is also applying for a 10-year license renewal of the plant.That’s also an issue for people who live in the area like Lynn Jones, a member of Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area.“The license that’s being proposed is also greatly watered down from previous license … and what’s left appears to make it easier for the consortium to carry out its plans with very little oversight from the regulator,” said Jones.Her group is one of over 50 intervening at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission public hearings next week.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

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Algeria Shuts Border to Syrian Refugees Invokes Terrorism Threat

Rabat – The Algerian government has responded to international criticism for expelling Syrian migrants, citing concerns over terrorism. Al Jazeera quoted Hassen Kacimi, the head of the migration department at the interior ministry, as saying that the 50 migrants Algeria expelled to Niger last week were suspected to have a terrorist background. Algeria  had previously claimed the Syrians were irregular migrants.Defending Algeria’s policy, Kacimi told Reuters, “We have hosted 50,000 Syrians in the past few years for humanitarian reasons. But we cannot accept members of armed groups fleeing from Syria when it comes to our security.” He added: “This is a criminal network and we must be very vigilant not to allow them to enter into Algeria.”Read Also: Algeria Deports Syrian Refugees to NigerIn November, Anwar Al Bouni of the Syrian Center of Studies and Legal Research took to Facebook to denounce Algeria’s treatment of Syrians. Al Bouni accused the country of being insensitive to tSyrian refugeeshe plight of Syrians, likening Algeria’s attitude to the racial profiling of Arabs by an Arab state. He wrote that Syrian refugees were “stuck in an Arab country.” According to the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH), Algiers expelled 50 “desperate and distressed” mostly Syrian refugees on December 25 and 26. LADDH said in a statement the Syrians were “abandoned somewhere in the desert between Algeria and Niger where they are in great distress and facing hunger and cold weather.”Kacimi said the Syrians had come through the Malian and Nigerien border to seek refuge in Algeria. Algeria considers the Niger-Mali route a hub of insecurity and illicit activities. People who use that route are suspected of being armed fighters, Kacimi explained.LADDH has adamantly criticized Algeria’s “insensitive” move. The rights group said it was doubtful whether the latest deported convoy of refugees has terrorist links. According to LADDH’s statement, the latest deported refugees were Syrians, Yemenis, and Palestinians, with “a considerable number of children and pregnant women.” read more

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Annan urges UK business leaders to back Global Compact AIDS fund

“You can play an almost revolutionary role,” the Secretary-General told the group of 75 top corporate leaders in London, as he invited them to contribute to the Global AIDS and Health Fund. HIV/AIDS affects business, he argued. It causes costs to expand, markets to shrink and contributes to political instability. He called on the companies to support their employees and their families by providing voluntary testing and counselling on AIDS.Mr. Annan also called for corporate support for the nine principles of the Global Compact for the voluntary respect of core standards on human rights, labour relations and the environment. “I can tell you that quite a lot of companies, some big companies, have embraced the Global Compact and have changed their rule books for their companies’ branches around the world to embrace the Compact,” the Secretary-General told the audience during a question and answer period. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,830.03 up 30.12 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up a penny, or 0.32 per cent, at $3.18 on 48.38 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.33 per cent, at $3.80 on 12.89 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up $1.26, or 3.94 per cent, at $33.25 on 20.26 million shares. The energy sector had the biggest gain out of the 13 subgroups on the main index, rising 1.09 per cent to 260.76 points. The crude oil price rose 42 cents US to $93.45 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 5.62 per cent, at $1.88 on 7.06 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up five cents, or 0.32 per cent, at $15.48 on 6.64 million shares. The financials sector gained 0.13 per cent to 199.93 points.Element Financial Corp. (TSX:EFN). Equipment financier. Down a penny, or 0.11 per cent, at $8.70 on 6.03 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,117.15 up 4.54 points):Healthpricer Interactive Ltd. (TSXV:HPC). Online advertising. Unchanged at half a cent on 16.5 million shares.Galway Metals Inc. (TSX:GWM). Mine explorer. Up a penny, or 28.57 per cent, at 4.5 cents on 5.52 million shares.Companies reporting major news:InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:INN.UN). Hotel operator. Up six cents, or 1.39 per cent, at $4.37 on 627,341 shares. A $165.4-million income tax recovery helped InnVest swing to a big net profit in the fourth quarter. It booked net and comprehensive earnings of $147.5 million or $1.22 per diluted unit, compared with a net loss of $4.3 million or 4.6 cents per diluted unit a year earlier. Revenue was up at $151.7 million from $150.4 million.McCoy Corp.(TSX:MCB). Oilfield equipment and services. Up nine cents, or 2.14 per cent, at $4.29 on 50,450 shares. The Edmonton-based company reported a double-digit drop in fourth-quarter net income as it continued to see a decline in the profitability of its mobile solutions division. Profit totalled $3.3 million or 12 cents per share, down 15 per cent from the same 2011 period. Revenue was almost flat at $44.32 million. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 5:07 pm MDT read more

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Met Commissioner calls for Facebook to cooperate with police investigating murder of

Cressida Dick has called for more cooperation between tech giants and the police Lucy’s mother, Stacey White, has also called on Facebook to help the police bring her daughter’s killer to justice by cooperating with the investigation.”In situations like this, Facebook really should just release the information that is needed and I think that is the opinion that everybody has,” she said.”They should give over the account details. Lucy needs justice. It’s so easy for them to do.”Yvette Cooper, the chair of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee has also branded the delay in handing over potentially vital information as “deeply disturbing”.Nicholson, a father-of-one, was staying at Lucy’s family home in Southampton until several days before she was found stabbed to death in woodland on July 26.While being questioned on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, he twice refused to give detectives his Facebook password.Nicholson pleaded guilty to a charge under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) before his sentencing at Southampton Crown Court. Facebook is coming under mounting pressure to cooperate with police investigating the murder of schoolgirl Mr Lawson told the court: “The result of [his refusal] is that police are now having to make enquiries with Facebook themselves.”These enquiries present a difficulty to them. The police have to go through a lengthy procedure.”The police investigation has been considerably obstructed by the defendant’s failure to comply.”A spokesman for Hampshire police confirmed they had exhausted all options through the British legal system to get access to Nicholson’s account.He said: “There is no further legislation available to assist with this matter.”We are continuing to follow the process of requesting access from Facebook which is lengthy and involves an international application through the US Department of Justice.”A Facebook spokesman said: “We are working closely with law enforcement and there are well-established legal mechanisms that the police follow to obtain information in criminal investigations like this.”Nicholson remains on bail for his arrest on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child.A charging decision is anticipated on October 27. Hampshire Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Lucy McHughCredit:PA Hampshire Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Lucy McHugh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He admitted he had been in contact with the teenager on Facebook on the day she disappeared, but would not let officers see the messages.Last week he was jailed for 14-months for refusing to hand over his Facebook password, but police have now had to begin the lengthy process of applying to the US courts for access.But Ms Dick said in serious criminal investigations tech companies should be more willing to respond to police requests for information. Britain’s most senior police officer has said tech giants should be forced to hand over crucial evidence in criminal cases “in minutes” after it was revealed that Facebook has failed to cooperate with detectives investigating the murder of a schoolgirl.Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said in certain cases social media companies should cooperate much more willingly with the police to help bring criminals to justice.Her comments came as it emerged that Hampshire Police has been forced to apply to the US Department for Justice to gain access to the Facebook details of the man suspected of killing 13-year-old Lucy McHugh in Southampton.Stephen Nicholson, 24,  was arrested in July after the body of Lucy was discovered in woods near her home. She told LBC radio: “I absolutely think in certain instances – and it sounds like this is one – law enforcement in the UK ought to be able to have vital evidence which might bring someone to justice.” Last week prosecutor Matthew Lawson told the court Nicholson had still not provided his Facebook password, leaving police to apply to the US courts for permission to gain access to the account. Facebook is coming under mounting pressure to cooperate with police investigating the murder of schoolgirl Cressida Dick has called for more cooperation between tech giants and the policeCredit:PA read more

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Varis Smart Blast advances

first_imgMatt Ward of Varis tells IM that the company now has Smart Blast systems operating at Lac des Isles mine in northwest Ontario, Canada, Falconbridge Fraser mine in Sudbury, Canada and will be implementing a system at FNX’s McCreedy West mine in Sudbury (IM, May 2006, Operation Focus).Ward says the benefits are numerous. The two-way communication ensures that the blast supervisor knows at all times the status of the system, including whether or not the blast was initiated. The system saves time as the initiation can be performed as soon as all personnel are in safe areas. There are also instances where long lines of shock tube were replaced with Smart Blast and 30 m of shock tube, with significant cost and cleanup savings.“What we have learned through these experiences,” he says, ” is that the mine needs to start treating the Leaky Feeder network as a critical piece of equipment. As more and more services are put onto the Leaky Feeder any failure due to cable damage must be detected, located and repaired as quickly as possible. To facilitate this, all Varis Smart Com amplifiers have local and remote diagnostics. The remote diagnostic system can be configured to send out emails or phone calls when problems with the network are detected.“Smart Blast is a success as it improves safety, increases production and reduces cost. Payback calculations to date show a ten-month return, not including the safety benefits.”SmartBlastBrochureEnglishFalconbridgeBlastingcommitteeVariscentralblastinformatinolast_img read more

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Jenny Mikakos only Greek in Labor shadow ministry

first_imgLabor’s newly-announced Shadow Minister for Seniors, Ageing and Youth Services, Jenny Mikakos, has stressed the need for ethno-specific services for Victoria’s ageing population. We need to ensure that ethno-specific services such as Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) in Brunswick, which services many of the northern suburbs, are adequately resourced.“We need to ensure that ethno-specific services such as Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) in Brunswick, which services many of the northern suburbs, are adequately resourced,” Ms Mikakos told Neos Kosmos.“For an elderly person who doesn’t speak English as a first language, it’s even more difficult for them to navigate the kind of support that they need when they need home help, and often they are very reliant on their children to do the leg-work for them and make all the phone calls that need to be made.”Ms Mikakos was announced as part of Labor’s shadow cabinet on Tuesday, which will be led by former Health Minister Daniel Andrews.She said her focus would be on holding the new Baillieu government to account. Ms Mikakos, who has served in the upper house since 1999, said she was disappointed in premier Ted Baillieu’s decision to appoint Nick Kotsiras as Minister for Multicultural Affairs, rather than keep the role himself.“I was disappointed when Ted Baillieu announced that he’s retained arts but he hasn’t retained multicultural affairs in his portfolio as premier,” she said.“I think it would have sent a very strong message to our various ethnic communities that this was a very strong priority area for the new premier himself, also at a personal level.”The opposition leader, Mr Andrews, holds the portfolios of Multicultural and Veterans’ Affairs and the Shadow Ministry for Children and Young Adults.With counting still underway in Ms Mikakos’ region of Northern Metropolitan, the Liberal Party Craig Ondarchie looks set to end with the final seat, held by retired Labor minister Theo Theophanous.Ms Mikakos said a Liberal win in the seat, which would give them the balance of power in both houses of state government, would be disappointing.“If they do end up with 22 out of the 41 seats in the upper house, they’ll be able to repeat the mistakes of the Kennett government, which is basically to ram legislation through both houses of parliament without appropriate scrutiny by the parliament,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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PhobosGrunt une erreur de programmation serait à lorigine de léchec

first_imgPhobos-Grunt : une erreur de programmation serait à l’origine de l’échecD’après le journal Kommersant qui cite une source dans l’industrie spatiale, l’échec de la sonde russe Phobos-Grunt serait dû à une erreur de programmation du système informatique. L’énigme de l’échec de Phobos-Grunt serait-elle enfin élucidée ? Lundi soir, la commission interministérielle chargée d’analyser le vol de la sonde a remis son rapport d’enquête au chef de l’agence spatiale russe. Selon les conclusions de ce document relayées par le journal Kommersant, Phobos-Grunt aurait échoué à prendre sa direction vers Mars en raison d’une erreur de programmation du système informatique. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Plus précisément, il s’agirait d’un “dysfonctionnement du logiciel qui a causé le redémarrage simultané de deux canaux du système informatique de bord”, précise la commission dans son rapport cité par RIA Novosti. Depuis la chute de la sonde dans le Pacifique au large du Chili, les équipes russes ont envisagé de nombreuses hypothèses pour expliquer l’échec de la mission. Certaines ont été rapidement écartées quand d’autres ont fait l’objet de toutes les attentions, telles que la possibilité qu’un radar américain ait perturbé les systèmes de la sonde. Toutefois, des essais ont permis d’infirmer cette hypothèse, attestant plutôt de l’erreur de programmation. Après le 8 novembre, les équipes européennes et russes ont tout tenté pour entrer en contact avec Phobos-Grunt et parvenir à la récupérer. Mais après quelques essais réussis, elles avaient de nouveau perdu le contact avec l’engin, concluant que la mission était devenue irréalisable.  Le 31 janvier 2012 à 11:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Surfer Lands on Massive Shark Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida

first_img“I’ll get back in as soon as the stitches come out and the wounds are closed up,” Walsh added. “I’ll get back in the water.”According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), Volusia County is home to the most unprovoked shark attacks in Florida from 1982 to the present. So far, 303 unprovoked shark attacks have occurred in Volusia County over the past 37 years.More on Geek.com:Watch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale CarcassWatch: Great White Sharks Swim Yards Away From Oblivious SurfersWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BayWatch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale Carcass A surfer accidentally took a ride on a 6.5 foot shark and was bitten by the giant animal at New Smyrna Beach in Florida on Tuesday.Donald Walsh, a chiropractor who lives in Mims, Florida, was surfing in the water when he suddenly caught air on a wave, only to realize that his board was actually a massive shark, the New York Post reported. A representative of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that Walsh “landed on a shark in waist-deep water and got bitten,” at approximately 11:55 a.m. EST on Aug. 27.“It felt like a freight train hit me and the first thing I could think of was to literally push him away from me and as soon as it happened, I grabbed my board and started to paddle as fast as I could,” Walsh told ClickOrlando.com in an interview.Walsh was treated for cuts on his left hand and calf at the scene.Walsh, who enjoys surfing, will not let this shark accident stop him from pursuing the water sport.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Teens on alleged crime spree captured in Fla

first_imgTwo teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in Panama City Beach, according to authorities in both states. The two had eluded police in multiple states while raising concern about their increasingly bold behavior. “I spoke to Dalton and he was very scared, and he wanted to come home,” said Norman Chaffins, the sheriff of Grayson County, Kentucky, where the teens live. “He wanted me to come bring him home.” Chaffins said the teens were getting by on some cash found in a truck stolen in Georgia. Authorities said the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Panama City Beach Police discovered Hayes and Phillips asleep in a 2001 Toyota Tundra that was stolen in Georgia. Officers surrounded the vehicle, and both Hayes and Phillips were taken into custody. Chaffins told The Associated Press that the teens should be extradited back to Kentucky by the end of the week. In Kentucky, the two teens will face the same charges, including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, Chaffins said. Phillips will face charges in juvenile court, because she is a minor.last_img read more

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Star Wars robot could earn £39221 to work on Earth

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Plucky robot R2-D2 from the film franchise Star Wars would earn an estimated £39,221 a year if he swapped the Millennium Falcon for a job here on Earth, according to research by Adzuna.If R2-D2 made the move from a galaxy far, far away to one much closer to home, Adzuna’s ValueMyCV tool predicts that the blue and white robot might be able to earn £39,221 in today’s current job market, based on the skills and career achievements that would be listed on his CV.The skillset of a modern-day knight, shining armour optional, is estimated to earn £30,872 in today’s job market, compared to the potential £34,098 wage for a ninja’s specialist moves or £28,539 a year for a warrior’s required traits.Interestingly, the desired skills of an entry level padawan would pay more than the accomplished skills of a fully qualified jedi, according to Adzuna, with salaries of £63,750 and £28,300 respectively.Andrew Hunter, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “With the gradual introduction of automation, robots and [artificial intelligence (AI)], we are on the precipice of a third industrial revolution; the most significant of our time. We will not only witness jobs and industries evolving but new jobs and industries being born that could only have been dreamed of on Tatooine, Hoth or Jakku. And this is positive for the job market.“Instead of the doom and gloom headlines drumming up visions of a robot-run future, our research suggests humans will still have jobs, as employers adapt and appoint [employees] into these new roles. We are already seeing this with roles like drone engineer, robot scientist and AI regulatory solutions consultant, firmly putting humans back in the driver’s seat and ‘managing’ robots. However, whether or not we will soon see Death Star concierges, Millennium Falcon janitors or Super Star Destroyer drivers is yet to be seen.”Here at Employee Benefits, we feel that R2-D2 would be an incredibly valuable employee, especially within an organisation’s IT department. We wonder whether he would join in with tea rounds…last_img read more

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ADC Announces Dates for Ohio New England Regional Forums

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR ADC is holding regional forums this October in Columbus, Ohio, and Newport, R.I., to help local and state officials and community leaders learn more about the role they can play in supporting their military installations at a time when defense communities face a growing set of challenges.The two forums — at Ohio State University from Oct. 5-6 and Newport on Oct. 21 — will cover the range of issues facing defense communities, including the long-term consequences of sequestration, how to prepare for military downsizing, the BRAC process and evolving missions. The forums are designed to bring local officials up to speed on what’s going on in Washington, as well as introduce participants to the tools and strategies available to support defense communities.The association launched its regional forum series last year with events in Fayetteville, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.The Ohio Defense Forum, co-sponsored by the Dayton Development Coalition, will bring together community and industry leaders to discuss key defense community issues facing the region:How changes in Washington are affecting installations and defense communities;Understanding community initiatives in Ohio that support installations;Tools and strategies, such as partnerships, that can enhance support for an installation; andThe benefits of state and regional defense advocacy organizations.To register for the Ohio Defense Forum, and for more details about the program, speakers and the hotel, visit the forum website. Details about the New England Defense Forum are available at its website. More information about its program will be available shortly.last_img read more