WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Furthermore, the Duke product also paid homage to the Cavs by regarding them as ”unbelievable human beings.”Irving and his new team will face off against the Cavaliers on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season on Oct. 17.  /ra Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ The specifics of Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics’ blockbuster trade involving franchise players Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas were finally finalized on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big tradeSince news of Irving’s displeasure with the Cavs erupted last July, the 25-year-old point guard has remained mum about his desire to play for another NBA franchise. In a Twitter clip uploaded by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, a clean-shaven Irving spoke about the intricacies behind his request and even acknowledged his former team and fans in a candid manner.“It’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” the four-time NBA All-Star said.“When you get to that point, and you understand that the best intentions for you, and ultimately to being your truth, and find out what you really wanna do in your life and how you want to accomplish it, that moment comes and you take full advantage of it,” he explained.He also confirmed earlier reports about wanting to “be the main man” in order to maximize his potential.“There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you, maximizing your potential as a human being and as a player perfecting their craft. I put a lot of hours in, and a lot of work into just trying to accomplish things that I have dreamt of as a kid.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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Controversy continues over Kahnawake eviction notices

first_imgAPTN National NewsEmotions are running high in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake these days.The issue is over eviction notices handed out by the band council.A recent open letter from the council says that any current resident not on the Kahnawake registry is breaking the law by living in the community.A public meeting was held Sunday to oppose the council.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

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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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Ont bans doortodoor sales for certain products telcos charities exempted

first_imgTORONTO – The days of answering your doorbell to find someone hawking duct-cleaning services or a new furnace will be over for Ontarians when a new law comes into effect on Thursday, but it won’t stop telecommunications companies, home maintenance services or charities from knocking on doors.The province’s ban on unsolicited, door-to-door sales covers most heating, air and water services, but the MPP who pushed for it said it stops short of encompassing companies in other sectors because they don’t all fall under provincial jurisdiction or generate as many complaints with Consumer Protection Ontario.“Telecoms are under the jurisdiction of the federal government…Charities who come to the door presumably aren’t selling anything so the legislation can’t apply to them,” said Etobicoke Centre MPP Yvan Baker. “Home-maintenance services theoretically could be captured under this legislation, but I focused on the products where we by far received the most complaints.”Data provided to the Canadian Press from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services revealed door-to-door heating, air and water services sales collectively generated 7,058 “complaints, incidents and inquiries” in the last three years. Servicing and sales of water heaters, water treatment devices and purifiers and furnaces had the most complaints.Baker introduced the private members bill that shaped the door-to-door sales legislation in 2016 because of constituent complaints.“I heard from far too many seniors and also concerned constitutions of all ages, who have been taken advantage of by coercive and misleading salespeople on their own doorsteps and in their own homes,” he said. “It was beyond reprehensible that there were individuals that ran a business model based on taking advantage of people, especially vulnerable people.”He said consumers will be protected with the new law because if someone signs a contract after being approached by a company through door-to-door sales, the agreement will be automatically considered void and the buyer can keep the goods or services they were sold without obligation.The legislation specifically targets the door-to-door sales of furnaces, air conditioners, air cleaners, air purifiers, water heaters, water treatment devices, water purifiers, water filters, water softeners, duct cleaning services or any good or service that performs or combines one or more of the above functions.The law offers a 10-day cooling-off period for customers to cancel contracts they signed in their home without penalties and will force businesses to keep records of how contact with each customer was made.It also bans companies who visit homes for repairs from trying to sell new contracts while on maintenance calls, but allows them to hand out promotional materials on such trips. Company staff can only discuss new contracts on a visit if their employer sought prior approval from the customer when arranging the house call.Individuals who violate the law will risk a fine of up to $50,000 or imprisonment for up to two years, less a day, or both. Corporations will face a fine of up to $250,000.Baker said he was confident the fines would be a deterrent and added that he would be willing to push for the legislation to be broadened to more types of businesses that fall under provincial jurisdiction if there is an uptick in concerns around them.He said, “If we have a large number of complaints the federal government should study that and consider taking action.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that violators would face incremental fines.last_img read more

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Canadian backpack makers eye expansion abroad morph into lifestyle brands

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada’s backpack makers are experiencing a boon beyond the traditionally busy back-to-school season as students and consumers with all types of carryall needs flock to their designs.That demand is pushing homegrown names like Herschel Supply Co. and Matt & Nat to scale up and open flagship stores, expand their bricks-and-mortar footprints and release products beyond just schoolbags.The back-to-school lead-up is “hot, hot, hot, hot,” said Manny Kohil, CEO of Montreal-based vegan bag brand Matt & Nat.“Month of August is always on fire,” he said, adding that flows into the first week of September before slowing down.Parents plan to spend an average of more than $300 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to an online survey conducted by Maru/Blue for Capital One.Parents will spend an average of about $45 on backpacks — though that jumps to about $68 for high-school students. About 40 per cent of respondents admitted they’d likely go over budget on supplies.The survey was conducted between July 27 and 29, and questioned 276 adults with school-age kids. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Herschel Supply Co. anticipated a line out the door at its flagship Vancouver store, which opened this summer, in the three weeks leading up to the first day of school.The business certainly benefits from that time of year, said Lyndon Cormack, one of three brothers who co-founded Herschel in 2009.But it’s not dependent on it, he said, noting backpacks have become more “like an every-day purchase” as people increasingly flock to urban centres, live in smaller spaces, rely on public transit and commute using methods other than cars.Both brands saw an upsurge in demand that’s led them to open retail stores and plan domestic and international expansions.“I think that a retail store still hands down does it better than anything in the world in relation to conveying a brand’s purpose and message,” Cormack said.Herschel’sfirst shop is a logical step as the company previously only sold its goods online and through other retailers, like department stores, he said.In the roughly 5,000-square-foot space, the brand can present all its products to consumers rather than a small selection curated by another retailer, like the Hudson’s Bay Co., Cormack explained.Already, more stores are in the works, though Cormack said there’s no specific timeline for future openings.The company is eyeing a few spaces in New York City and London, England, at the moment. Within Canada, it definitely makes sense to eventually look at Toronto, he said.Matt & Nat already operates six locations, including an outlet shop outside of Montreal. It will soon open another discount store near Toronto, said Kohil, and plans to grow its presence to up to 15 stores in Canada and abroad next year. International locations will include the United States, England and the Netherlands, he said.He opened the chain’s first store more than two years ago “to elevate the brand,” he said.But the rucksack companies’ expansions aren’t just into real estate. Both are evolving into so-called lifestyle brands.Matt & Nat branched out beyond handbags and wallets by introducing shoes in the spring of 2016. It now also sells sunglasses and candles.Meanwhile, less than 50 per cent of Herschel’s sales come from backpacks, said Cormack. The company also makes wallets, laptop sleeves and luggage. It expanded into apparel with packable windbreakers and plans to add other diverse categories into its mix in the future.Herschel appears to be following a similar trajectory to another Canadian retailer: Canada Goose. The luxury winter jacket company started as an e-commerce business, then opened its own stores at home and eventually abroad before holding an initial public offering.Cormack doesn’t deny Herschel could eventually go public, but said the company is certainly not looking at an IPO in the near future.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX: GOOS) (TSX:HBC)last_img read more

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Mohit Raina is a shy person says Dia Mirza

first_imgMumbai: Actress Dia Mirza, who will be seen along with actor Mohit Raina in the upcoming web show “Kaafir”, says the latter is the shiest actor she has ever worked with. “Mohit is the shiest co-actor I’ve ever worked with. He took about 15 days to open up… even more than the little girl who plays my daughter in the show,” Dia said in a statement. Dia also finds the “Uri: The Surgical Strike” actor naughty apart from being shy. She added: “It’s said quiet children are the naughtiest and he is just like that! He is a complete joy to work with. “He takes a little time to reveal himself because he is shy but full of energy. He is naughty, in a nice way and I think he has the kindest eyes.” The show was shot in Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai. Directed by Sonam Nair, “Kaafir” will stream on OTT platform ZEE5 from June 15.last_img read more

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