New York ~ Sales and Use Tax: Sales of Warm Cookies Taxable

first_imgA taxpayer’s sales of cookies in a heated state through retail stores are subject to New York sales tax. The taxpayer’s business model is focused on selling warm cookies to customers. The cookies are baked at the stores and kept warm while displayed at the counters. Cookies purchased for delivery are kept warm in heat sleeves until delivered to customers. Whether the taxpayer sells cookies in small quantities in its stores, in larger quantities in to-go boxes or delivers cookies to customers, the cookies are always sold in a heated state. Thus, the taxpayer’s receipts from the sales of cookies are taxable, whether sold for on-premises or off-premises consumption.last_img read more

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Dale Steyn joins 400-wicket club as Bangladesh reach 75-1 at lunch against South Africa

first_imgFast bowler Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to take 400 test wickets as he made the sole breakthrough in Thursday’s opening session of the second Test against Bangladesh, as the hosts made a steady start to reach 75-1.Steyn claimed opener Tamim Iqbal to reach the milestone in 80 test, the same number as Richard Hadlee, to be the equal second quickest behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who reached it in 72 Tests.Steyn (1-11) made the breakthrough in the fifth over of the morning as Tamim chased a wide delivery, edging it to first slip to be out for 6.Tamim had been dropped by Dean Elgar in the previous over off Steyn at the same score.Also read: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram to train young pacersImrul Kayes and Mominul Haque saw off the session without further trouble, sharing an unbeaten 63 runs. At lunch, Mominul was on 35 and Kayes on 28. They were solid and largely untroubled by the short-ball barrage by the South African fast bowlers who got little assistance from the pitch, with Bangladesh choosing to bat after winning the toss.Both teams made one change to the squads that played out a rain-affected draw in the first Test.Bangladesh recalled batsman Nasir Hossain, replacing left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. Team management said Nasir’s part-time off-spin allied to strong batting gave him the edge over Taijul.South Africa handed a debut to wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Vilas who replaced the out-of-form Quinton de Kock.The first Test was drawn after rain washed out last two days of the game.advertisementlast_img read more

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OD-RESHUFFLE

first_imgBureaucrats reshuffled in OdishaBhubaneswar, May 1 (PTI) Odisha government today effected a reshuffle in the bureaucratic level by changing the portfolios of at least 10 officers.Additional Chief Secretary to Higher Education, GVV Sarma of 1986 batch has been appointed as Board of Revenue member, while 1989 batch IAS officer Mona Sharma is shifted from tourism and culture department and posted as the secretary in rural development department, according to a notification issued by the general administration department.Rural development secretary B P Sethi has been transfered to higher education department. He will also hold additional charge as the states special relief commissioner and managing director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority, the notification said.Sports and youth service secretary Vishal Kumar Dev has been given additional charge of tourism and culture department and chairman of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation. PTI AAM KK KKlast_img read more

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New Building Code Regulations Proposed

first_imgProposed new building code regulations will mean safer homes andoffices for Nova Scotians. The regulations were released forpublic comment today, Sept. 26. “These proposed regulations will ensure best practices are usedin new construction,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Environmentand Labour. “Health and safety are always top priorities whenconsidering new regulations, and these draft regulations willimprove the safety of our buildings.” The proposed regulations would endorse changes proposed for theNational Building Code, the national standard for buildingconstruction. They also customize some requirements that areneeded to meet building design conditions in Nova Scotia,specifically related to construction and support of decks andweather proofing of exterior walls. Another amendment allows municipalities to refuse to issue anoccupancy permit until a civic number is posted. “Every homeshould have its civic number plainly visible to emergencyresponders,” Mr. Morash said. “This proposal will help ensurethat our emergency responders have access to this importanttool.” Environment and Labour staff have already consulted theconstruction industry regarding these regulations through theNova Scotia Building Advisory Committee. “Now that we’ve finished discussions with the technical experts,we’re asking all Nova Scotians to look at these proposed changesand provide us with their comments,” said the minister. The public comment period expires Nov. 14. The proposed changesare available on the Environment and Labour Web site at,www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

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World Cup: When and Where to Watch Morocco vs Iran

Rabat – We are just an hour away from Morocco’s first game in Russia 2018 World. Playing against Iran, the pressure is higher than ever for the Atlas Lions.Placed in Group B, “the group of death,” (composed of Iran, Spain, and Portugal) the national team wants to make the Moroccan people proud, as there will be millions of them watching the game.If some of the Moroccan fans did not get the chance to go to Russia to support the Atlas Lions, they can always catch the game on beIN Sports or the Moroccan channel Arriyadia at 3 p.m. (Moroccan time), according to the Moroccan channel’s Twitter account. After an agreement with beIN Sports, the National Broadcasting and Television Company (SNRT) has gained the rights to broadcast 22 games of the World Cup. For the people who cannot watch it on TV, SNRT’s Arriyadia is providing a live-streaming link on its website.Yesterday, the national team’s coach Hervé Renard and captain Mehdi Benatia shared their first impressions on this long-awaited game at a press conference Thursday in St. Petersburg.“It’s such an honor for us to be in the World Cup. We are going to live it as intensely as possible,” said Hervé Renard, adding that they are not in Russia to “take pictures of monuments.”Speaking on behalf of all his teammates, Benatia talked about the passion of the national team. “We like to play, to have fun. We feel the pressure but it wasn’t easy for us, we have worked very hard to be here. We will prove that we are a well-respected country with a lot of assets.”  Good luck to our Lions! read more

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Top UN relief official visits displaced people in eastern Chad

24 May 2010The United Nations humanitarian chief today visited a region of eastern Chad where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by inter-communal fighting and a spill-over of the conflict from the Darfur region of neighbouring Sudan. On the second day of a visit to Chad, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes went to the Sila region, east of Abeche, where he visited Gourounkoun, a site for over 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been affected by this year’s drought and poor harvest.“Basic social services should be upgraded both in the IDP sites and in the villages of return as well,” he said, emphasizing the need to create conductive conditions for their safe and dignified return to their homes. He discussed key issues such as the lack of water and security concerns, and met with local authorities to discuss these concerns and IDP returns to their villages.Mr. Holmes, who yesterday visited the Bredjing refugee camp near the border with Sudan, also toured the villages of Tiero and Marena, home to about 6,000 people who returned there in 2008. One-on-one discussions focused on their difficulty in obtaining basic social services, including potable water, education, and health care.Tomorrow, Mr. Holmes will travel to Mao in the west of Chad to review food insecurity and malnutrition first hand, and on Wednesday he is due to go on to Sudan, his fifth official visit to Africa’s largest country, to assess conditions in the south, which is scheduled to hold a referendum on independence earlier next year as part of a 2005 peace accord that ended 20 years of civil war with the northern-based national Government.He will travel to Wau, in Western Bar el Ghazal state, and to Warrap state to examine food insecurity, aid to IDPs, and rising concerns about inter-tribal violence, as well as meeting in Juba with Southern Sudanese Government officials and representatives from the UN and non-government organizations (NGOs).Mr. Ban will also evaluate the humanitarian situation in Darfur, where despite peace efforts fighting continues in a seven-year conflict between the Government and rebels in which some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and 2.7 million more driven from their homes.He will visit IDPs and assess efforts to provide resettlement options. In talks with local authorities and humanitarian agencies, he will also look into ongoing efforts to reach populations in need of aid. On the final day of his mission on 30 May, he will meet with members of the national Government and UN and NGO representatives in Khartoum, the capital. read more

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Cabinet directs AG to initiate action against hate campaign

While reaffirming the Government’s commitment to reconciliation, peace building, peaceful co-existence, and the rule of law, the cabinet directed the law enforcement authorities to immediately take all necessary steps in accordance with the law of the land, against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech targeting any religious and ethnic groups in the country.“The strictest action must be taken without delay, in accordance with the law, against all persons or groups who act to incite violence, and engage in acts of violence. The law must be applied to all regardless of social status, ethnic or religious background or political affiliations of perpetrators of such acts. We also direct the law enforcement authorities and the Attorney General to expedite action against those responsible for all atrocities committed, as impunity holds the dangerous possibility of our country receding into conflict,” the statement said. The cabinet affirmed that hate filled expressions and actions by individuals and groups with vested interests, resulting in demeaning, denigrating and inciting violence against fellow citizens of various ethnic, religious backgrounds has no place in Sri Lankan society. “Communal, ethnic and religious hatred and violence, and impunity have no place in the society that we strive to build. In this context, we are deeply concerned by the recent incidents of violence targeting places of religious worship, shops and business enterprises, and houses. We denounce in the strongest terms, these acts of violence and hatred, including incidents of hate speech by certain individuals and groups aimed at inciting violence against the different ethnic and religious communities in our country. We are deeply saddened by the destruction of property and loss of livelihoods as a result of recent incidents, and the pain of mind and fear caused to individuals,” a cabinet statement released by the Foreign Ministry said. Cabinet, which met yesterday, expressed its deep appreciation to civil society and religious leaders who have stepped up to counter the attempts of a few to spread hate in our country, and who have called for calm and peaceful co-existence at this time.“We take this opportunity to urge the active participation and leadership of all Sri Lankans in efforts aimed at reconciliation and fostering peaceful co-existence in our country, without which, the stability and economic growth and progress that our nation so richly deserves will continue to elude us. Gautama Buddha’s Teachings emphasize the importance of co-existence, tolerance, respect and compassion. This nation is blessed by the teachings of the four great religious traditions in the world – Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam – which provide us the guidance required for peaceful co-existence, upholding human values, and honest and hard work required to rebuild our nation as one of the most progressive in the region,” the statement added.The cabinet urged all the citizens of this nation, young and old, to contribute their best to the country as patriotic citizens to build a nation that is stable, peaceful, and progressive; a society where the dignity of each individual is upheld; where diversity is respected; and where every individual has the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms that are the rights of equal citizenship.  (Colombo Gazette) The cabinet has directed the Attorney General (AG) to initiate action against an ongoing hate campaign targeting ethnic and religious communities.A Foreign Ministry statement said that the National Unity Government, headed by President Maithripala Sirisena reaffirms its commitment, in accordance with the mandates received from the people at the Presidential elections in January and Parliamentary elections of August 2015, to ensure that Sri Lanka never again returns to a conflict-ridden past, and instead resolve to guide the nation towards reconciliation, sustainable peace, and economic progress. read more

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Demonstration staged over failure to protect citizens

A demonstration was staged in Colombo today over the failure of the authorities to protect the citizens of Sri Lanka.Organised by ‘52% Force’ under the title ‘Towards a Republic of humanity free of hunger, war and killing’ the demonstrators noted that the attack on 21 April which claimed the lives of over 250 and injured a large number, caused fear in the entire society. They also said that banning in the name of national security, the burqa worn by Muslim females, was done as if it was the only solution for all of this. The 52% Force said that a majority of those in the Government and the Opposition knew about the attack. “Muslim leaders had provided information on those behind the attack to former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2014 and present State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene in 2015. The primary responsibility of the State is to provide protection to its citizens. What is the use of a Government, an Opposition and security institutions which carelessly absconded on this main responsibility? The tragic situation we saw arise after the 21 April attack was the spread of racist riots against the Muslim community, several weeks after the attack, in various parts of the country. How did extremist groups get the opportunity to cause damage to Muslim shops and lives during curfew? This is the matter, which, we as the people, should think about,” the 52% Force said.At the same time, they also noted that another aspect that should be paid attention to, is the fact that the Government is using the present situation to gain undue advantage, whereby it is exploiting this state of affairs, to drag the society towards the direction of militarization. While emergency laws have been imposed, the Government is using the opportunity to attempt to enact oppressive laws such as the disgraceful and infamous Counter Terrorism Bill which forces acting on behalf of democracy strongly oppose, 52% Force said.52% Force also noted that while State failure was thus becoming evident, the majority of the mass media acted in an irresponsible manner in the face of this issue.“Instead of dousing the flames, they acted to further impose the hand of social terror towards the daily lives of the majority of Muslims. By irresponsibly presenting the weapons discovered by the security forces, they created fear in the society and acted to further divide the society,” 52% Force said. “Despite having received information about an attack and having the ability to protect those lives, the fact that the State was unable to ensure and guarantee the people’s safety shows its nudity and failure,” the 52% Force said in a statement released at the demonstration. read more

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Public reacts to Cirillo funeral

James Street North was packed with onlookers and service personnel in a remarkable show of support that brought out the very best in so many.Members of the public were moved to tears today as the casket of Cpl. Cirillo made its way under that huge Canadian flag, past the monument to his memory at the armouries, and here to where we all said goodbye. And in speaking with the crowd here today, many see this as a defining moment for the country.On a day when the nation is grieving, those who knew Corporal Cirillo remind us how personal this loss has been.Britney Winter: “Just heartbreak, heartbroken. I’m gonna miss him so much.”Joanne Costelli, relative: “Very emotional, very sad, and it should have never happened.”Alicia Floresco: “I’m at a loss of words right now. Just overwhelming. At the same time just so many emotions running through.”It’s already being called a day for the history books — with red and white lining the streets, service men and women marching by the thousands, and political leaders of all stripes coming together.Helen Tanguay: “It makes me proud to be a Canadian.”James Street North was packed with onlookers and service personnel in a remarkable show of support that brought out the very best in so many.The show of support reflects not only solidarity, but also how Cirillo’s life touched so many.Andrew Gardiner was trained by Cirillo: “He was one of the best soldiers I’ve ever seen. He did his job, and served his country well.”And after the service many of our leaders reflected on what the day means for Canada.Justin Trudeau: “We remember what Corporal Cirillo was standing on guard for, and we protect those values and those principals.”David Sweet, Conservative MP, ADFW: “All of us are proud to be Canadians. After this incident, and at the same time, how deeply sorrowful Canadians are for the family of Corporal Cirillo.”Ontario NDP Leader Andrew Horwath: “I think this has changed the way we are as Canadians, in a positive way though. In a way where we’ve all come together and have taken pause to recognize who we are as a nation and as a people and I’m very proud to be a Hamiltonian and I’m proud to be from a province like Ontario, and a country like Canada.”Horwath said that things have changed in Hamilton forever. Remembrance Day will never be the same as residents in Hamilton will never forget this day. read more

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Bahamas urges UN to protect offshore financial services from highpowered nations

The Bahamas today called on the United Nations to help develop multilateral global mechanisms for the governance of offshore financial services, warning that high-powered States were trying to force their will on smaller nations like his own and cut off their livelihood. “We see this same dynamic at work in the ongoing economic aggression of many of the more developed countries against small offshore financial service-based economies, especially in theCaribbean region of which The Bahamas is a part,” Prime Minister Perry Christie told the General Assembly as it wrapped up the first week of its annual General Debate.“Some have used their power either unilaterally or in small groups of high-powered nations to impose their will, arguing that there is something fundamentally immoral, something intrinsically sinister, about the accumulation of wealth in offshore jurisdictions. We reject, that premise and we criticize in the strongest possible terms the efforts of some to maim and cripple, if not destroy, the offshore economies within our region.”He stressed that the anti-money-laundering, anti-terrorism funding and anti-criminal regulatory regimes of many of these economies are “far more robust and demonstrably far more effective than the corresponding regulatory regimes in many of the same countries that are leading the fight against us.”He noted that offshore financial services can be responsibly operated and regulated and that most of the investment of offshore wealth takes place in and generally benefits the developed world.“Unilateralism and diplomacy-by-coercion are not the way the world should be dealing with this issue,” Mr. Christie said.“Instead we need to challenge the UN to take the lead in developing and refining multilateral global mechanisms for the governance of the offshore financial services sector; mechanisms that wilt meet the legitimate demands of the developed world for the protection of their fiscal systems and their need for greater security, while at the same time allowing offshore financial service economies to continue to grow in an orderly and properly regulated way.“And let us not forget that the destruction of these offshore financial service economies will destabilize the countries that depend upon them for their livelihood. To destroy this sector in theCaribbean would effectively cause tens of thousands of newly empowered middle class citizens to slip back into poverty or to migrate to the developed world.” read more

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Centennial Coal expands its partnership with Dyadem to take its risk management

first_imgCentennial Coal, the largest independent coal producer in Australia, has expanded its relationship with Dyadem in order to gain further insight and visibility into its enterprise-wide risk using the Stature software platform. Dyadem, the leader in operational and quality risk management solutions is helping Centennial Coal upgrade its existing risk management capabilities by implementing enterprise risk management solution Stature, which will provide Centennial Coal with an integrated view of risk across all of its operating sites. “Centennial Coal is on the leading edge of risk management and continues to take a proactive approach to managing not only its financial risks, but also the risks to its employees, assets, operations, the environment and the community at large”. Operating a network of mines requires diligent oversight and constant transition of priorities to ensure that the most critical risks are being addressed. Consolidating disparate risk management processes into one software system allows information to be linked from one process to the next; for example, a recommendation made during an incident investigation can automatically trigger a risk assessment, ensuring that risks are managed throughout their entire lifecycle and that actions are not lost between systems. Using Stature, Centennial Coal has immediate access to aggregated data within reports and dashboards and can make more informed decisions faster.“Stature gives us an integrated view of risk across all 11 of our mine sites and allows us to look at aggregate data for top risks, performance metrics, controls and mitigation efforts. It provides both operational clarity and a more strategic view of risk for senior management and board-level reporting. Stature maintains all the flexibility we previously had with Dyadem’s desktop software, but provides a more robust, integrated and enterprise-wide view, allowing us greater visibility and greater control of our hazards and risks,” said John Hempenstall, Chief Risk Officer for Centennial Coal.Centennial Coal has deployed stature and its associated modules for risk assessment, Global Risk Register and Incident Management across all of its mine sites in New South Wales, Australia. Consolidating these components of the risk process ensures that Centennial’s executive management, along with local site managers have better insight and control over risks and hazards that could impact the business. Stature allows Centennial Coal risk managers to prioritize risk management needs, control hazards and make more informed business decisions.“Centennial Coal is on the leading edge of risk management and continues to take a proactive approach to managing not only its financial risks, but also the risks to its employees, assets, operations, the environment and the community at large,” said Kevin North, President and CEO, Dyadem. “We’re proud that Stature was the only system capable of meeting their requirements and is helping take their risk management efforts to a new level.”Dyadem is the market leader in Operational Risk Management and Quality Risk Management solutions. Dyadem provides software and services that empower companies to discover and manage the risks to people and products in the design and manufacturing processes. For more information, visit www.dyadem.com.Centennial is the largest independent coal company in Australia in terms of production and has ten coal mines in NSW, making it one of the largest underground coal producers in NSW. Centennial Coal is a coal mining and marketing company supplying thermal coal to the domestic and export markets. The company is a major fuel supplier to the New South Wales energy industry, fuelling approximately 46% of the State’s coal fired electricity.last_img read more

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75 finalists compete to have drawing displayed on Google homepage

first_imgSTUDENTS AROUND THE country are competing to have their drawing displayed on the Google Ireland homepage for millions of people to see.Public voting has opened in the annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which saw more than 2,500 primary and secondary school students from around the country submitting entries on a theme of “my invention”.The entries have been whittled down to 75 finalists. The five most popular doodles – one from each of five age categories – chosen from a public vote will go forward to the final where one of Google’s professional doodlers will select the overall winner.Head of Google Ireland John Herlihy said the competition had been fierce.“This year we had the most entries that we’ve ever had, over 2,500, so our judging panel had an extremely tough time selecting the 75 finalists,” he said. “Everyone one of our entrants should be tremendously proud of their success”.Each of the categories winners and their teachers will receive a Chromebook, while the overall winner will see their drawing on the Google Ireland homepage, receive €5,000 for their college students, and a €10,000 technology grant for their school.Voting closes at midnight on 4 March.Google changes its homepage logo infrequently to commemorate major events, anniversaries, birthdays and other events.last_img read more

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Hodgson expecting an open game against Chelsea

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to the press of his plans and expectations when Chelsea visit Selhurst Park on Sunday.Ahead of Sunday afternoon’s London derby, Roy Hodgson has urged his side to maintain a solid defensive organization against a Chelsea team that intends to attack for the entirety of the game.“I’m expecting the game to be a little bit more open, in terms of we’re expecting Chelsea to attack us without ceasing when they have the ball,” he told the club’s website.“If we can defend well enough, it will give us space to play and maybe the chances will be that much more obvious if you like, or more evident.”In the corresponding fixture last season, Crystal Palace ran out 2-1 winners, recording their first goals and first of the season, and Hodgson wants a repeat of that performance.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was very, very important because it was the eighth game and we’d had seven straight losses,” Hodgson recalled.“Strangely enough, in the three losses that followed the initial four losses when I came into the club, we still felt that we were making some progress.“We thought we were on the right track and then against Chelsea, a little bit of fortune came our way, especially with the first goal.“A little bit of fortune came our way and I think it was a good moment. It was a spur for us, the spur which showed us that not only are we on the right track but that with a little bit of luck, we can win games and win them against the Champions of England.”last_img read more

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Skeletal remains of children found at hospital in Muzaffarpur

first_imgNEW DELHI: Behind the compound of a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, the remains of human skeletons have been discovered. At least 108 children have died due to the encephalitis syndrome (AES) or Japanese encephalitis. Sources in Muzaffarpur, have posted pictures of deformed human bones and broken skull fragments which are lying behind the compound of Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH). Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us SKMCH medical superintendent SK Shahi had said by commenting over the issue that, the post-mortem department of the hospital could have disposed the skeletal remains. He had also admitted that it should be done with a more “humane approach”. An investigation team had visited the spot where the human skeletal remains were spotted. However, as the hospital has been criticised severely after 108 patients who have been suffering from AES and died during the treatment. The discovery of skeletons has taken another blow to the hospital. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us According to official data, it has been suggested that, at least 128 children have died due to AES, which has been causing brain fever or Chamki, in Muzaffarpur district. Overall, more than 140 children have died in Bihar.last_img read more

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Mahila Jagruthi expo for 3 days from July 19

first_imgHyderabad (NSS): ‘Mahila Jagruti’, a three-day exhibition by Home Makers for Home Makers will be held at Abids Function Hall, Tilak Road from July 19 to 21. Mahila Jagruti founders Sangeeta Bhutada and Meena Kasliwal said there would be 100 stalls during the exhibition of women, who despite being home makers, also take additional responsibility of home entrepreneur to support their families. They also help poor women, ‘HomePreneuers’ by providing free exhibition space for their products.last_img read more

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Has MS Dhoni played his last season for CSK Big statement made

first_imgThe biggest question which was in everyone’s mind when this year’s IPL got over was about the participation of MS Dhoni in next year’s season. Although the skipper did say that he could well be back to lead Chennai Super Kings next year, there were still apprehensions about the same. However, now CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath has gone on record saying that Dhoni will most certainly be back at the helm next year.”We are confident he will come back. In the last two years, there were talks that he is not batting well, but statistically, he has had two great years. He had a stellar last season, and this time he did even better. And knowing him, he would do that for India in the World Cup too. He will definitely come back,” Kasi was quoted as saying by New Indian Express.MS Dhoni was at his absolute best for CSK this season MS Dhoni leads his sideIPL TwitterDespite not leading a perfect side in Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni was at his absolute best for his side this year as he peeled off 416 runs in 15 games at an average of 83.20 including a number of As a team we had a good season.”We need to go back and reflect on how we reached the finals. It’s not one of those years where we played really great cricket to reach here. The middle order wasn’t great, and today it was very funny as to how both teams were only passing on the trophy from one team to the other. Both teams made a lot of mistakes, the team that made one lesser mistake won.match-winning knocks,” Dhoni said at end of the finals. File photo of former CSK captain MS DhoniIANSAt the end of the final with Mumbai Indians, CSK coach Stephen Fleming conceded that an ageing side needed to be revamped and this could only mean that perhaps the next season could see an entirely new nucleus of CSK and while MS Dhoni could still be in charge of the crew, there could be an entirely new set of players turning up for the side.”He (Dhoni) will be travelling to the World Cup. A lot of talent has been established in other teams. You need to do it carefully and get the balance right, when you try to go for players who you think can deliver for us,” Fleming said after the final.last_img read more

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Official Kinect dev kit comes to Windows on February 1st

first_imgThe popularity of Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller has surprised pretty much everyone. It has managed to sell 18 million units in the 13 months it has been on sale, plus it has been popular with hackers eager to see what they can get it to do away from the Xbox 360.Microsoft responded to that inquisitive bunch by releasing a Kinect for Windows development kit last June. It was free to download and use, and a temporary solution while an official, and commercial game development-friendly version was developed.Yesterday, Microsoft made the official announcement that Kinect for Windows is ready to go and will be released on February 1st. It will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and of course the US. The launch of Kinect for Windows comes with both good and bad news. The bad is the fact it will cost $250 and isn’t compatible with the Xbox 360 version of Kinect. So you can’t just buy the development kit and use it with your existing motion sensor, or vice-versa, your development Kinect can’t be used to play 360 motion games. The good news is Microsoft will be offering academic pricing ($149) for students and education establishments that want to use the kit. Microsoft’s argument for the high price and lack of compatibility between the two versions is two-fold. Apparently Kinect on 360 only works financially as it relies on consumers buying the Kinect games too. Kinect for Windows is also including more functionality so as to create “a platform that is optimized for scenarios beyond the living room.”The additional features Microsoft is pushing as part of the kit include support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Embedded systems. There’s also a new dongle included in the kit to ensure Kinect works alongside other USB peripherals you may have attached to your machine. The one new feature everyone will welcome is called “Near Mode” and allows the Kinect to see objects as close as 50cm perfectly, and 40cm with degradation. If nothing else, Near Mode should open up the Kinect to new uses not possible on the 360.If you are happy using the Xbox Kinect and beta SDK you can continue doing so. Microsoft has even extended the license for existing non-commercial deployments using the beta SDK by 3 years, however new deployments won’t be allowed with the 360 kit using the new SDK.Read more at the Kinect for Windows Bloglast_img read more

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Judicial vacancies need to be filled to reduce pending cases Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a dig at the Centre and said that fresh appointments should take place to reduce the pendency of cases before the courts and bring down the “sufferings” of the common man.Speaking at the foundation stone laying programme of the new complex of the Calcutta High Court at New Town on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said: “There are many pending cases. But as I gathered from the Chief Justice that there are no appointment-related pending works here. However, there are many in Delhi.” Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya was also present at the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”I would like to mention that if the infrastructure is not developed and if vacancies are not filed up then the ultimate sufferers will be the common man. There are lakhs of cases and it would take 50 to 100 years for them to be resolved,” Banerjee said adding that the Government of India needs to work with the Supreme Court and High Courts with proper coordination in this connection. While speaking about her government’s initiative taken to develop the necessary infrastructure, the Chief Minister said: “Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench is almost ready. It was a long-pending demand of the locals. A large section of people from North Bengal will be benefitted with the setting up of the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile speaking about the new complex of the Calcutta High Court at New Town, the Chief Minister maintained that the state government has allotted the land within 24 hours of the proposal given in this connection. “I had called up state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim and directed Debashis Sen, Chairman and MD of WBHIDCO, to identify a plot for the new complex of the High Court. Within half-an-hour, the land was identified and following subsequent processes, the Cabinet gave its approval,” the Chief Minister said adding that the work has been done out of social responsibility. “We are having a huge loan burden of Rs 48,000 crore. Despite that, the move has been taken up considering a better future for which development of necessary infrastructure is absolutely crucial,” she said. It may be mentioned that the state government gave 10 acres of land in New Town at Re 1 to the Calcutta High Court for construction of the new complex. She further said that besides the High Court, steps would also be taken for the development of the infrastructure of the district and sub-divisional courts. “But it would not be possible to carry out the entire work in one go. So the work will be taken up in phases,” the Chief Minister added.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2019 1:35 pm PDT WARSAW, Poland — The Latest on the Poland escape room deaths (all times local):10:30 p.m.Prosecutors in Poland have presented charges against the man who designed an escape room entertainment site where five teenage girls were killed in a fire.Prosecutor Ryszard Gasiorowski said Sunday the man, identified only as Milosz S., had been charged with intentionally creating a fire danger and with unintentionally causing the deaths of the girls. The location’s heating system was faulty and there was no emergency evacuation route, Gasiorowski said.Firefighters in the city of Koszalin found the victims’ bodies Friday after they extinguished a fire next to the locked room. Autopsies showed that the girls, who were friends from school, died of carbon monoxide inhalation. A young man employed there was hospitalized with burns.The man denies the charges. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison.___11:30 a.m.Officials in Poland have shut down 13 escape room entertainment sites for safety flaws and the prime minister asked people Sunday to report such lapses to firefighters and police after five teenage girls were killed in a fire.Players in escape room games are locked inside a room or building and must solve puzzles and find clues that lead them to the key that will unlock the door. Regarded as an intellectual challenge, the games are highly popular among teenagers in Poland.Earlier Sunday, fire chief Leszek Suski said the escape room at a private house in the city of Koszalin, where the 15-year-old girls died Friday locked inside a room celebrating a birthday, had no emergency evacuation route. They were the first known deaths in an escape room, a form of entertainment that has been growing in Poland over the past five years.Prosecutors say a leaky gas container inside a heater is the most likely cause of the blaze.Police chief Jaroslaw Szymczyk said other people had previously posted critical remarks online about the safety of that escape room site, but local officials weren’t notified.The Associated Presscenter_img The Latest: Man hears charges in Poland escape room deathslast_img read more

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