4,327 Kashmiris get a reprieve

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday withdrew cases against 4,327 youths, mainly first-time stone-throwers involved in 744 cases of disturbing law and order in the past one year.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced the decision after a high-powered committee, headed by Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid, submitted its report to her in Jammu.Regular monitoringAn official spokesman said cases against these youths stood withdrawn. “The DGP has been asked to regularly monitor the progress in the matter and furnish a fortnightly report,” reads the communication from the Home Department to the DGP. An official spokesman said the decision “marks the revival of the process of withdrawal of cases started by Ms. Mufti immediately after taking over last year”.In the past, the Mufti government set a process of reviewing cases against youths involved in incidents from 2008 to 2014. “The process, unfortunately, got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the latter part of last year,” the spokesman said.A total of 848 cases, involving 4,957 youths, had been withdrawn since last year. “She [the Chief Minister] is committed to withdrawing cases against youths found ‘not involved in heinous crimes’,” said the spokesman.The release of first-time stone-throwers was also recommended by the Government of India’s Special Representative on J&K, Dineshwar Sharma, who completed his first visit in the second week of November. He later made a presentation before the Union Home Ministry in Delhi.“The decision is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. It is an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives,” Ms. Mufti said. She hoped the decision would help in creating “a positive and conciliatory atmosphere” in the State.last_img read more

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10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have held several conversations with imminent free agent Adrien Rabiot.The midfielder will be out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and is currently free to negotiate with foreign clubs.Barcelona have reportedly been leading the race for Rabiot’s signature, despite the Spanish giants releasing a statement denying they had tapped up the 23-year-old.But according to French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool are also seriously being considered by Rabiot, who has held talks with Jurgen Klopp and his team on a number of occasions.PSG have resigned to losing Rabiot and could sell him this month rather than lose him on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Live Nation Canada and Budweiser Canada team up to revitalize the amphitheatre

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Budweiser and Live Nation Canada today announced they will collaborate on music events and projects across the country, with the common goal of enhancing the concert experiences of music fans. The multi-year partnership will include a revitalization of the amphitheatre at Ontario Place, which will be named Budweiser Stage beginning in 2017.“The Budweiser brand has a long association with music in Canada and around the world, and we look forward to continuing to grow and evolve our music presence in collaboration with Live Nation. Our partnership marks the beginning of great things to come for music fans from coast to coast,” said Todd Allen, vice president, marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. “We’re also thrilled that the iconic venue for musicians at Ontario Place will carry the name Budweiser Stage, and that music fans will now be able to enjoy Canada’s most popular beer at the country’s premier music venue.”For the 2017 concert season, the new partnership between Live Nation and Budweiser Canada will focus on heightening the fan experience at Budweiser Stage, including:decreasing wait time in queues by adding more concession locations, and expanding the cashless payment options at point-of-sale locations with tap, chip and pin, and mobile payment apps;refurbishing all concession stands to create an upgraded look and feel for concert-goers and upgrading concession offerings; andenhancing the pre-show experience, allowing fans to arrive at the venue earlier and enjoy the space before the show. Advertisement “The amphitheatre at Ontario Place has been a landmark entertainment destination for the Ontario and Toronto communities for years,” said John May, president, media and corporate partnerships, Live Nation Canada. “With the upgrades to Budweiser Stage, we look forward to enhancing the concert experience for the fans as we continue to fulfill our mission of connecting fans with the artists they love.”Budweiser Stage and the new partnership with Live Nation Canada is the latest dimension of Budweiser’s growing commitment to music in Canada, and across the world. Since 2010, Budweiser has positioned itself as the world’s first global beer brand, and investing in music – a global, social experience – has been central in fulfilling this goal. Globally, Budweiser’s well-attended and popular music events include Budweiser Made in America and the world’s largest EDM festival, TomorrowLand.In Canada, Budweiser is involved in largescale music events like North by Northeast (NXNE) and the Calgary Stampede. Over the past five years alone, Budweiser’s presence and investment in music has grown significantly in Canada. In addition to Budweiser Stage, music fans will see the partnership between Live Nation and Budweiser in action across the country, with Budweiser as the new, lead beer sponsor at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, as well as at select Live Nation concerts and festivals, including Trackside in London, Ontario, One Love in Calgary, Alberta and many more. Together, Live Nation and Budweiser will continue to give music fans access to some of the most popular musicians and artists across the country, and concert goers will be offered a larger portfolio of beverages to choose from than ever before.About Budweiser CanadaBudweiser – the King of Beers – has been brewed since 1876 under the highest quality standards. Brewed in Canada for more than 35 years, Budweiser uses only the finest ingredients without any artificial ingredients, additives or preservatives. Budweiser is distinguished by its clean, crisp, distinctive flavour, the result of a unique beechwood aging process.About Live Nation EntertainmentLive Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Trump tax plan paints pretty picture for art collectors

first_imgWASHINGTON – For art aficionados, President Donald Trump’s tax plan paints a pretty picture.The president’s tax overhaul proposal — which he has pitched as a boost for hardworking farmers and truckers — would repeal the federal estate tax paid by people who inherit multimillion-dollar estates. That break could benefit art collectors gazing upon pricey collections of Rothkos and Basquiats.Under current rules, the first $11 million of an estate is exempt for a married couple. Art lovers with pricier collections may seek to lessen the tax liability for their heirs by selling or donating their art or placing it in a trust. Otherwise, their heirs may end up selling off art to pay the IRS.Without the estate tax, it would be easier for people to keep collections in the family. Such a shift in the tax rules could have a ripple effect on the art market and slow the flow of art from private homes to museum walls.Attorney Malcolm Taub, an expert in art law, said the elimination of the estate tax would end the tax issues when a collector dies, but could also “provide somewhat of a detriment” to museums, universities and other institutions that benefit from donations.For now, Taub said, some clients are putting their financial plans related to art on ice.“Estate planners and people in the industry are waiting to see how this happens,” he said.The president has outlined his tax plan in broad strokes for now, as Congress works out the details. Given lawmakers’ struggles to enact major legislation, it remains unclear if Republicans can get a robust plan over the finish line.Trump insists his plan will be a boon for middle-class families, specifically framing the estate tax repeal as a benefit for family businesses. In Pennsylvania recently, he promised to “protect thousands of family businesses by ending the crushing, horrible, and unfair estate tax, sometimes known as the death tax.”Added Trump: “That’s a tax that has destroyed so many businesses and kept those businesses out of your family, your children, your grandchildren.”The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the implications for art.last_img read more

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BCCI must solve issue Tendulkar tells Ombudsman

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) calling Sachin Tendulkars alleged conflict of interest issue as one which falls under the “tractable” category has irked the maestro. Just like V.V.S. Laxman, Tendulkar too has written through his lawyer about how he wasn’t provided clarity on his position as member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) when he was already an icon for Mumbai Indians. “Without prejudice to the aforesaid, the Noticee submits that it is surprising that the BCCI, being the very authority responsible for the Noticee’s empanelment to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), is presently taking a position that the Noticee is exposed to an alleged conflict of interest. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “It is reiterated that the Noticee was declared as the Mumbai Indians’ ‘ICON’ post his retirement in 2013, which was much prior to his appointment to the CAC in 2015,” Tendulkar’s lawyer wrote in the letter to BCCI Ombudsman D.K. Jain, which was accessed by IANS. “The Noticee has time and again sought clarification from the BCCI on the scope of his role in the CAC – but has not received a response from BCCI till date. BCCI is aware that the CAC merely performs an advisory/recommendatory role — and therefore, the Noticee’s role as a Mumbai Indians Icon (which in fact has always been in the public domain) cannot, in any practical way, conflict with his involvement in the CAC,” the letter said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters It also mentioned how Tendulkar had recused himself when his son Arjun was a contender for a place in the India U-19 team. “It is critical to note that the Noticee had specifically written to the BCCI in respect of the potential conflict of interest that could have arisen in the aforesaid scenario,” the letter read. The former India skipper’s surprise at the whole turn of events was further visible when the letter mentioned how the BCCI, after appointing him in the CAC, was now saying that he was in a position of “tractable” conflict. “The Noticee fails to understand how the BCCI (after having appointed him to the CAC) can now maintain its current stand that he is in a position of “tractable” conflict of interest. The BCCI response does not clarify this variance in its stance and the Noticee requests the Hon’ble Ethics Officer to call upon BCCI officials Rahul Johri and Vinod Rai to clarify this position,” the letter read. Just like Laxman, Tendulkar’s letter too speaks about how his only effort has been to serve Indian cricket. “The Noticee has served the Indian cricket team for more than 2 decades and accepted empanelment with the CAC to help and contribute towards the growth of Indian cricket. It is unfortunate that the Noticee has to clarify the questions raised in the complaint and the BCCI response. The Noticee repeats that BCCI is responsible for the situation created in terms of the Noticee’s honorary empanelment to the CAC even though he was a Mumbai Indians Icon at the relevant time. The BCCI shall be called upon to clarify the issue,” the response said.last_img read more

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BP ExxonMobil Announce Investment In Alaska Gas Line Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) announced in March that it has signed an agreement with BP and ExxonMobil to collaborate on ways to advance the Alaska LNG project, and now have investment from the companies to back it. Under the terms of the agreement signed on March 8, the companies will seek to advance the project by working together to identify ways to improve the project’s competitiveness, and progress the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization to construct the project. A BP official says the company is optimistic the project’s cost can be reduced below $40 billion partially through lower product and service prices in recent years. Republican Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer announced the investment Thursday at an oil and gas conference in Anchorage, stating that the investment by BP and ExxonMobil is intended to achieve a key federal permit next year. In a notice issued by FERC on February 28, they now plan to issue the draft EIS in June. The commission did not specify a date in June. The scheduled release date had been the end of February. If that process stays on schedule, the state could get the final federal go-ahead by 2020.center_img FERC extended the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project by four months. The agency cited the state’s timeline for answering federal regulators’ questions and fulfilling data requests as the reason for the extension. In a release from the AGDC, “BP and ExxonMobil possess world-class LNG expertise which may help AGDC responsibly advance this project with maximum efficiency for the benefit of Alaskans, and I welcome their collaboration.” The two Alaska oil producers announced on Thursday their intent to invest $20 million to advance the state’s $43 billion Alaska gas line project. The state’s gasline corporation will have about $23.5 million in the bank at the end of the current fiscal year. But according to AGDC spokesperson Jesse Carlstrom it will likely cost about $30 million to get through the environmental review with the FERC.last_img read more

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The Fader Grows Its Social Team People on the Move — 122816

first_img Matt Rosoff has left Business Insider. He’d been executive editor there since 2010. He’s been named editorial director of CNBC Digital, a new role at the company. Deadline reports that Alyssa Mastromanco, COO of Vice, has left the company. She’s been named A+E Networks’ president of global communications strategy and talent and will act as a liaison with Viceland, the cable network shared by A+E and Vice Media. Meanwhile, Anne Kim, former policy editor at the brand, is moving to a new role as senior writer. Saahil Desai has been named a digital editor, who’ll be responsible for operations for the site and social media. He recently interned at Washington Monthly, as well as The American Prospect. Gilad Edelman, who joins as an editor of Washington Monthly’s bi-monthly print magazine, has written for brands such as Slate and The New Yorker. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Jason Zengerle has been named a contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine. He’ll continue to serve as a politics correspondent for GQ. They join Nazuk Kochhar, who has been promoted to associate editor.center_img Talking Biz News reports that Jim Tankersley has been hired by Vox. Tankersley, who previously served as an economic policy correspondent for The Washington Post, has not revealed what his role will be at Vox. Washington Monthly has added two staffers: Music brand The Fader has hired two social media editors, Juliana Pache and Ali Suliman.  In her new role, Kochhar will develop newsletter and video products for The Fader, as well as contribute to the brand’s site and print edition.   The Fader’s cross-platform reach has grown to an audience of 300 million this year and online traffic to the site has more than doubled between January and September to 4 million readers. Pache joins from Okayplayer where she was a social media manager. Suliman, who graduated earlier this year from the Fashion Institute of Technology, previously interned at Complex and Interview.last_img read more

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Revealed Salman Khan to work with a 17yearold actress in new film

first_imgSalman KhanInstagramSalman Khan is on a high these days, with a very positive attitude towards his upcoming release Bharat, co-starring Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani. The Bollywood superstar also has some new films in his kitty, including Inshallah, which is to be helmed by his good friend and one-time favourite director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The buzz around Inshallah is great, as Salman Khan is teaming with Sanjay Leela Bhansali after a very long time. Also, Salman Khan will be co-starring with the young and talented Alia Bhatt, the best actress in current times.The pairing is a bit odd since Alia Bhatt is 26 in real life, and Salman Khan, 53. Reports say Salman will be Khan playing a 40-year-old character who is a businessman in Inshallah, while Alia Bhatt will play a 20-year-old aspiring actress. But it seems Salman Khan is quite okay with acting opposite younger actresses, as most cinema heroes are.Recently at his press interviews for Bharat where International Business Times, India was present when Salman Khan was asked if he will work with Disha Patani in a film again, as she is much younger, he looked surprised. He had a ‘Why not?’ look on his face, as he disclosed that he will be working with an even younger actress – a 17-year-old – in his new film.In Bharat, Disha Patani is Salman’s love interest in the phase where his character is young. Expressing surprise at why he wouldn’t work with Disha again, Salman Khan revealed, “I’m working with a 17-year-old now.” He then stopped short and did not reveal anything more, even as we probed further. It seems Salman Khan accidentally let out information that was not supposed to be revealed at this stage! We wonder who this young actress is.Meanwhile, SLB’s Inshallah is going to be shot in the USA, his fourth film with Salman Khan. Bhansali first made Khamoshi – The Musical with Salman Khan and Manisha Koirala in 1996. Salman Khan and he then came back together in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999. The film also starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ajay Devgn and was much appreciated for the performances of all actors, the music and the tragic love story.Then, Salman Khan had a cameo in Saawariya in 2007, the SLB film that launched the careers of Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. In between, Bhansali wanted to make Bajirao Mastani with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai, but the film did not happen to post their break-up. It was made with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone and released in 2015.last_img read more

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GOP Lawmakers Put Medical Skills To Work After Train Crash

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @RodStrykerNo serious injuries were reported aboard the chartered Amtrak train, which set out from the nation’s capital with lawmakers, family members and staff for the luxury Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.Republican members of Congress with medical experience put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing one person in the truck and injuring others.The congressmen were on their way to a strategy retreat in the countryside when the collision occurred around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in Crozet, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Washington.No serious injuries were reported aboard the chartered Amtrak train, which set out from the nation’s capital with lawmakers, family members and staff for the luxury Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. At least two other people in the truck were reported seriously hurt.Rep. James Comer of Kentucky said about 100 Republican lawmakers were on the train when the crash made him jump out of his seat.“I looked out the side of the window and then I could see a truck, just in pieces out the side of the window,” Comer said. He said Capitol police officers quickly jumped off the train but came back and asked for any doctors to help.Florida Rep. Neal Dunn, a former Army surgeon, said he and other lawmakers who are doctors joined other passengers who are nurses or paramedics and jumped out with the basic medical gear they had. They broke into three teams to help the injured people in the truck, he said.“The first gentleman was somebody who had really, really, really devastating injuries. We did try to resuscitate, but ultimately you had to realize it wasn’t possible,” Dunn said.The Albemarle County Police Department identified the passenger killed as Christopher Foley, 28, of Louisa County.Dunn said another man in the truck was critically injured and a third was seriously hurt.Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and his wife, both doctors, were among those who came to the rescue. He said he helped a man from the truck who was badly injured.“My role was quite simple: I picked up his feet so the blood in his feet would go to his heart and his brain,” Cassidy said.Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said seeing the lawmakers tending to the injured reminded him of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise at a GOP baseball practice last June.“I thought then I never want to experience a day like this again,” Flake said. “Unfortunately, it came too soon.”Authorities gave no details on the cause of the wreck, which took place at a crossing protected by gates, flashing lights, bells and warning signs. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to investigate and would spend several days at the site, spokesman Earl Weener said Wednesday night.Benny Layne, on whose property the truck landed, said the crossing arms had been known to malfunction, sometimes coming down even though no train was approaching. Sometimes, he said, they stayed down for hours.He said motorists would get out of their cars to help guide other motorists around the malfunctioning arms so they could cross the tracks.“A guy was up here just yesterday or the day before taking a look at them,” he said.Carrie Brown, human resources manager at Buckingham Branch Railroad, which leases the stretch of track and is responsible for maintenance, said she was unaware of any problems with equipment at the crossing. At a Wednesday night news conference, Weener said signal experts would be looking at the safety of the crossing.Officials gave varying figures on the number hurt. But Amtrak said two crew members and three passengers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis’ staff tweeted that the first-term congressman was among those taken to the hospital and was later discharged after suffering a concussion. Others aboard the train reported bumps, bruises and sore joints.The GOP policy retreat, an annual event, was scheduled to last three days and feature speeches from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. By early afternoon, lawmakers were boarding buses to resume their trip.Later Wednesday, Pence told Republicans at the party retreat that he knows “it’s been a harrowing day for all of you.” Pence, a former House member, said he has fond memories of the retreat and the train rides back and forth. “Just know our hearts are with you,” he said.Pence was the featured speaker Wednesday night at the GOP retreat. Trump was to address lawmakers Thursday.Other doctor-lawmakers who assisted included Reps. Michael Burgess of Texas, Phil Roe of Tennessee, Larry Bucshon of Indiana and Roger Marshall of Kansas, according to those aboard.House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was on the train and was unhurt, aides said. Sharelast_img read more

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