Mahendra Singh Dhoni made $26.5 million last year, Sachin Tendulkar $18.6 million

first_imgIndia’s “Captain Cool” Mahendra Singh Dhoni and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar lead world’s highest-paid cricketers with as many as six Indians making it to the Forbes list of top ten.Dhoni’s success on the pitch, including leading India to its second ever Cricket World Cup championship “had helped turn him into India’s biggest celebrity,” said the reputed US business magazine noting “the fame has paid off: last year, Dhoni made an unprecedented $26.5 million,”But only a small portion of that payout, about $3.5 million, comes directly from Dhoni’s on-field play, it said. The remaining sum of $23 million comes from his impressive list of nearly 25 endorsements, including PepsiCo, Reebok and Sony.Fellow Indian Sachin Tendulkar, “arguably the greatest batsman to ever step onto a cricket pitch, was the game’s highest-paid player before Dhoni’s rise to fame.””The Little Master is adored by cricket fans both young and old, and his popularity in India helped him make $18.6 million last year,” Forbes said.Like Dhoni, the vast majority of Tendulkar’s earnings came courtesy of valuable sponsorship deals. Tendulkar currently has 16 sponsors, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Castrol and Toshiba, and they paid a total $16.5 million “for the all-time great’s services.”The next three spots on the Forbes list are also held by Indians with Gautam Gambhir ($7.3 million) ranked third, Virat Kohli ($7.1 million) fourth and Virender Sehwag ($6.9 million) fifth. Yusuf Pathan ($3.7 million) takes the tenth spot.Four Australians led by Shane Watson ($5.9 million) take the sixth to ninth spots. He is followed by Australian captain Michael Clarke ($4.9 million), Brett Lee ($4.8 million) and Ricky Ponting ($4.1 million).advertisementlast_img read more

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Walt Lemon Jr. makes most of chance to play in NBA in Bulls’ skid-snapping win

first_imgChicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio, back center, hugs guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) after an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. Also seen is Bulls guard Rawle Alkins at back left. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Walt Lemon Jr. has seen much of the world during his professional basketball career. It has taken him to Hungary, Germany, Turkey, Greece and to the G League.And, the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss UP NEXTBulls: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on SaturdayWizards: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. LATEST STORIES Manchester City back atop Premier League with 2-0 win over Cardiff Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles JaKarr Sampson added 18 points for Chicago.Thomas Bryant scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Washington. Bobby Portis had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Bradley Beal added 19 points.The Wizards played their first game since Ernie Grunfeld was fired as team president after 16 seasons on Tuesday.Chicago trailed by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, but took a 113-112 lead on Lemon’s layup with 30 seconds to play. Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 12.7 seconds to play to give Washington a 114-113 lead.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess In just his eighth game in the league — and third with the Bulls — he scored a career-high 24 points, including two free throws with 1.8 seconds to play, to help Chicago snap a five-game losing streak with a 115-114 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.“Nobody really expected me to be here, and the fact that the Bulls gave me the opportunity to play, let alone giving me the chance to win an NBA game, is — I can’t ask for more, man,” said Lemon, who played in five games with New Orleans last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLemon was one of seven Bulls in double figures in the matchup of teams whose seasons will end without a playoff appearance.“I love guys that get opportunities and they take advantage of them,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He was a handful. We couldn’t stay in front of him.” Bulls: G Kris Dunn (back) was out for the fifth straight game. Coach Jim Boylen hopes Dunn can stay healthy for the 2019-20 season. “Next year starts today,” Boylen has told Dunn and the other players. “It doesn’t start next year.” … F Otto Porter has been out for eight straight games with a strained right rotator cuff. It was the first time Porter, who was traded from Washington, had returned since the Feb. 6 trade. A video tribute was played in the first quarter.Wizards: Beal became the first player in franchise history with 2,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a season. … F Jabari Parker strained his left knee in the second quarter and did not return. … Brooks said that hearing Grunfeld had been fired was difficult. “I don’t take lightly somebody losing their job,” Brooks said. “You understand that, and you move on. That’s what we have to do.” … F Jeff Green did not play for the third straight game. “There’s only so many minutes you can give guys and Jeff has had a good year for us,” Brooks said. “I want to see a few other guys. … He’s going to play another game or two.”LATE ON THE COURT:The Wizards took advantage of Chicago’s Cristiano Felicio’s absence on the sequence that led to Randle’s two free throws.“He asked one of our coaches if we had a foul to give, and they just started without him,” Boylen said. “I’d never seen that before. I think they thought all 10 guys were out there, and they weren’t.”BEAL WANTS TO PLAY:Beal played the entire first quarter, nearly all of the third quarter, but didn’t play in the second and fourth quarters.“Guys are playing minutes that we have to make decisions on,” Brooks said.Beal said he’d like to play the remaining three games to play the entire schedule.“I made my decision,” Beal said. “I’ll finish out all 82.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

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GST on sports goods: NRAI approaches FM,GST on sports goods: NRAI approaches FM

first_imgCOMMENTS × COMMENT Apprehensions following the imposition of GST on sports equipment has forced the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to “approach” the finance ministry and take up the cudgels on behalf of a very concerned shooting community.The NRAI assured that it will “do all it can” to ensure the shooters are not affected.The inclusion of sports goods under the higher tax slabs of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has left many shooters worried about the high cost of procuring equipment from abroad. Renowned pistol exponent Jaspal Rana has been the most vocal in expressing concerns.NRAI President Raninder Singh told PTI, “We have taken it up officially with the Finance Ministry and are hopeful of an early resolution to the issue. NRAI will do everything in its power to ensure that the athletes and the sport are not adversely affected.”As someone who is currently coaching the Indian junior pistol team, the 41year-old Rana empathises with the plight of his aspiring wards and their anxious parents. “Imposing GST on sports goods will act as an obstacle, especially to those who are financially weak. Instead of encouraging the athletes who can bring glory to the country, you are imposing an additional unnecessary burden of 18-28 per cent of GST on sports equipment,” he said.Elaborating on the problems, he said, “Parents of aspiring shooters coming from not-so well-to-do families buy equipment after taking loans from banks or borrow money, just imagine what will they do now. These equipment are not produced in India, they have to be imported, so how will an athlete from a poor family manage?”Rana, a multiple-time gold medallist at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and several other international tournaments, was also critical of the national federation. When told that NRAI Senior Vice-President and MP Kalikesh Narain Singh Deo raised the issue in the Parliament recently, Rana wondered what were they doing before GST was officially imposed.“I don’t see any step being taken in this regard by the federation or the government. About the problems faced by the sportsman till now, none from the government or federation has expressed concern on the social media or any other platform,” he said.Steep increaseUnder Rana, the junior shooters gave a good account of themselves in the recent world championships at Munich, finishing second overall. “We had a good platform and the government’s policy on import till now was liberal. But this could be a huge setback if the government doesn’t review its tax policy,” he said.The Padma Shri went on, “Whatever we have achieved in our time was without much support from the government. It is a pity that the government wants to impose GST on this. I can’t understand how much profit can they earn from it. 100 crore, 200 crore, can they afford an Olympic medal after saving this amount?”Under the new policy, 28 per cent tax will be levied on pistols and revolvers while rifles, shotguns and ammunition are in the 18 per cent tax slab. The rest of the equipment is in the 12 per cent slab. Shooting equipment was exempt from any tax before GST came into the picture.“As I have already spoken on the day of the NRAI elections held recently, 18 per cent GST imposed on all imports including duty free imports will definitely have an adverse impact on the shooting sport,” said the NRAI President Singh.“All world-class equipment needed in the sport, needs to be imported and were till now part of the customs duty free list. A steep imposition of 18 per cent is sure to affect a majority of athletes who are vying to bring glory to the country,” he elaborated.Weapons and equipments used in shooting sports are imported from countries such as Germany, Italy and UK. BLInk_DSC_0568   –  BusinessLine SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img BLInk_DSC_0568   –  BusinessLine August 09, 2017 Published on SHARElast_img read more

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Uruguay made to wait despite VAR-fuelled Copa América fightback against Japan

first_imgmatch reports Read more Japan Uruguay striker Luis Suárez levelled seven minutes later from the penalty spot after a controversial decision following a VAR review. Japan defender Naomichi Ueda, who appeared to be kicked by Edinson Cavani in a dispute for the ball, was penalised to the bemusement of the Asian side.Japan’s frustrations grew after the interval when they were denied a penalty when Uruguay defender José Giménez appeared to foul Shoya Nakajima, although they restored their lead shortly after without the need for a spot kick.Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera came out to claim a cross but could palm it right into the path of Miyoshi, who pounced to put the ball into the unguarded net to score his second of the game.The 15-time Copa América champions equalised again seven minutes later through Giménez, who escaped his marker to head home from a corner.Oscar Tabarez’s side went all out for a winning goal that would have sealed their place in the last eight but were repeatedly denied, with Suárez smashing a shot against the crossbar.Suárez had come close to scoring in the second minute of the game with an audacious volley from near the halfway line which skimmed the roof of the net, while Cavani clanged the crossbar with a thumping shot in the first half.“We played well in general but we learned that in tournaments of this quality if you make two errors you can concede two goals so we have to be more careful,” Suárez said.Uruguay lead Group C with four points, while Japan are third with one. Second-placed Chile meet bottom side Ecuador on Friday before a showdown with Uruguay on Monday which is likely to decide who wins the group, with Japan facing Ecuador in their final game. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Email Copa América Share on Twittercenter_img Argentina are floundering and Messi problem is not the biggest one Share on Facebook Read more Reuse this content Uruguay twice came from behind to draw 2-2 against a young Japan side in the Copa América with the help of two questionable refereeing decisions and will have to wait until their final group game to book their place in the quarter-finals.Tournament guests Japan went into the game after a 4-0 defeat to Chile while Uruguay had hammered Ecuador 4-0. But despite some early close attempts from Uruguay, Japan began to impose themselves on the game and Koji Miyoshi gave them the lead in the 25th minute with a confident finish following a counterattack. Brazilians are falling out of love with their distant, expensive football team Share on WhatsApp Japan have brought a mostly young squad to the Copa to prepare for next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo but Suárez said he and his teammates had not underestimated them.“They are young and fast but we know they have a lot of quality. They pressed us well and they didn’t let us play the way we wanted,” Suárez said. “We knew what this game could be like, their result against Chile didn’t tell the full story.”Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said the result would serve his young side well in the future. “This draw will help us grow because Uruguay is one of the top teams in international football,” he said. “This point will help us develop and boost our confidence.” Uruguaylast_img read more

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23 days agoBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang: Enjoy your money

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang: Enjoy your moneyby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHans-Joachim Watzke, the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, has taken a swipe at Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.Watzke admits the Gabon international did not leave positive memories in Dortmund.He recalled to Suddeustche Zeitung, “I think that Aubameyang is happy at Arsenal, especially when he looks at his bank account.”On Wednesdays, however, he must sit in front of his television to watch the Champions League.”Having quit BVB in January 2018, Aubameyang hasn’t tasted Champions League football with the Gunners. last_img

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KKR vs RR IPL 2019, T20 broadcast: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Live Streaming

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 13:46 IST KKR vs RR broadcast channels (Courtesy by BCCI)Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik’s leadership skills and own form will be keenly observed when his team takes on Rajasthan Royals in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter for both outfits, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.Karthik has a tally of 117 runs after 10 matches with only one 50. The World Cup call up has also failed to inspire the stumper-batsman who chose to go on a break to Mumbai after KKR’s fifth successive defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on the road.There have been talks about Karthik being removed as skipper even after head coach Jacques Kallis has put his weight behind the 33-year-old. The decision to send their best power hitter Andre Russell as low as No. 7 in the last few matches have only escalated the matter.Besides Karthik, vice-captain Robin Uthappa has been struggling with his own issues. While he has managed to score more runs than Karthik, 220 to be exact in nine matches but his strike rate of 119.56 has been a real cause of concern for the two-time champions.Uthappa wasted a lot of deliveries, which proved to be costly in their last home game against KKR. KKR fell 10 short of the 214-run target. He was dropped in their last game and so was Kuldeep Yadav who has failed to shine this season going for a lot of runs and failing to deceive the batsmen.In their remaining four games, KKR have to win all of them to qualify for the play-offs.advertisementComing to the visitors, Royals, placed seventh in the points and in need to win their remaining four matches in order to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs, will be boosted by Ajinkya Rahane’s form. The India test specialist, removed from captaincy as Steve Smith took over, scored a magnificent hundred in their last game against Delhi Capitals.Royals lost the game but Rahane’s show was encouraging to say the least. Royals will be without Jos Buttler once again but for the last time will get the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, the latter being their key bowler along with spinneer Shreyas Gopal.Archer and Stokes will join the England squad for World Cup preparation with the deadline being April 26. Archer is not part of the 15-member contingent but has made it to the England limited-overs’ squad for the Pakistan ODI series.KKR, though, will draw confidence from their first leg meeting with Royals, where the two-time champions recorded a facile eight-wicket victory.Where will the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR?Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wicket-keeper), Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, K.C. Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan ParagAlso Read | IPL 2019: KKR still have a healthy dressing room, says Carlos BrathwaiteFor 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019 broadcast channelsFollow IPL 2019 live streamFollow Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan RoyalsFollow KKR vs RR KKR vs RR IPL 2019, T20 broadcast: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Live StreamingKKR vs RR Match: Kolkata Knight Riders will hoping to be back on winning ways when they face Rajasthan Royals, who in turn will be looking to keep their 2019 Indian Premier League campaign alive, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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FireStricken Maersk Honam Berths Starts Discharging Cargo

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Maersk Line’s ultra large containership Maersk Honam, which suffered a serious fire on March 6, berthed at Jebel Ali port on Sunday, May 27, after a two-month long ordeal at sea.The remaining hotspots on board were extinguished last week and the vessel is reported to be stable.“The discharge operations have commenced and are estimated to last approx. four to six days, all going well,” Maersk Line said in a statement.Now that the ship has finally berthed, its condition will be inspected and damages fully evaluated.As pointed out earlier, the company plans to repair the ship.The berthing and discharging operations of the fire-ravaged boxship are expected to result in high extraordinary costs, as confirmed by Maersk Line.The company has declared General Average, under which all parties with a financial interest in the voyage are to proportionally share the losses resulting from the incident.A full investigation in collaboration to determine the cause of the fire is underway.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Calgary indie pop duo Tegan and Sara to grace pages of Archie

first_img Twitter Advertisement Calgary indie pop twins Tegan and Sara are headed to the Archie Comics universe.The “Everything is Awesome” performers announced they will cross paths with the Riverdale characters in an upcoming issue of “The Archies.”The spinoff series follows the fictional band from the comic book franchise. The sisters unveiled the appearance with an Instagram post that showcases a cover from issue No. 5 with them alongside Jughead, Reggie and others. They said it hits stores in February 2018.Tegan and Sara join a number of other musicians who have graced the pages of Archie comics over the years.In 2011, rockers Kiss were central to the four-part series “Archie Meets Kiss,” while Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches appeared in two issues of “The Archies” this year.Several covers will be printed for the Tegan and Sara issue, including one with Tegan wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an image of Betty, while Sara is sporting a shirt adorned with Veronica. Advertisement Tegan Quin, left, and Sara Quin of the musical group Tegan and Sara arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. – THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/APcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Uncertainty envelops impact of federal pot law on First Nation territory

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Liberal government’s point-man on legalizing marijuana said more talks between Ottawa, the provinces and First Nations are needed to sort out how the looming pot law will apply on reserves.Liberal MP Bill Blair, who is also parliamentary secretary for justice, said while provinces and territories will be responsible for developing regulations and distribution models for marijuana within their jurisdictions, it remains to be determined how those will be applied on First Nation territory.“It’s an ongoing discussion between the three levels of government,” said Blair, a former Toronto police chief. “It’s part of a discussion that needs to take place.”Ontario recently announced a plan to regulate and distribute marijuana through provincially controlled outlets. The plan was silent on how First Nations will fit into the scheme.A spokesperson for Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said the province is initiating discussions with First Nations to coordinate an approach to marijuana legalization.“Ontario recognizes the importance of holding meaningful consultations with Indigenous communities about cannabis legalization and has already held initial conversations,” said spokesperson Andrew Rudyk, in an emailed statement. “Ontario will develop a government-to-government engagement process with Indigenous communities and organizations…to facilitate discussions on the provincial approach to federal cannabis legalization.”A first meeting of this so-called “bilateral cannabis table” is scheduled for Sept. 25.Assembly of First Nations Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day said the provinces should have no role in how First Nations decide to deal with marijuana on their territory.“Ultimately there will need to be recognition of First Nation governments to look at issues of enforcement, to look at those harmonized arrangements,” said Day. “The province has no right. The question will then become, ‘Who will do it?’ Something of this nature does need to be regulated; whether it will be self-regulated by First Nations, whether it will be regulated by the federal government. If we are saying no to the provincial government, how will we put in place a management and enforcement regime that will protect the community?”Day appeared before the House of Commons Health committee on Thursday and criticized the federal government’s failure to include First Nations in developing its proposed pot legalization legislation, Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act.The Health committee has heard from over 80 witnesses in its study of Bill C-45.The regional chief said First Nations are not ready to deal with the possible fallout of legal marijuana by the government’s self-imposed deadline of July 1, 2018.“First Nations are…not prepared to deal with all the ramifications of Bill C-45,” said Day. “We are not yet in a position to fully understand and fully address those impacts.”Day said the text of the legislation mentions provincial and municipal governments, but not First Nations.“If the government of Canada is serious about its dedication to a government-to-government relationship, First Nations need to be included within this section to provide adequate responses to the implications of this bill within and surrounding First Nation communities,” said Day.Day said Ottawa needed to consider revenue sharing agreements with First Nations on the expected windfall revenue from pot sales to help offset expected increases in costs for communities on policing, ambulance, fire and health services.Day said the legislation also needed to acknowledge the right of First Nations to ban marijuana from their territory as is currently the case with alcohol.He said the AFN, which currently has no official position on the issue, is planning to hold a national summit on cannabis early next year.The marijuana market is already blooming on the ground in several First Nations in Ontario. Tyendinaga, Six Nations and Alderville First Nation already have operating dispensaries and Akwesasne is expected to soon join the group.Jamie Kunkel, who owns the Smoke Signals dispensary in Tyendinaga, said Ottawa and the provinces have no business trying to regulate marijuana on Indigenous territory.“As Indigenous people, we are going to take the exact same stance as tobacco. It is a natural product and it all goes back to the same thing,” said Kunkel, an Indigenous pioneer in the cannabis world who developed his own marijuana strain. “We just want to be left alone. Keep your hands out of our pockets. Don’t tell us how to live our lives. Let us operate the way we operate.”Kanenhariyo, owner of Mohawk Medicine in Six Nations, a traditional medicine and herbal store which sells marijuana alongside bear root, sage and sweet grass, said he’s concerned that band governments will try to muscle local entrepreneurs out of the business by signing deals with provinces.“I am concerned that this talk about shared resources, shared income from the cannabis industry with band councils getting involved in negotiations with the provinces will lead them into copying what the provinces have done and cut out individual entrepreneurs making a living,” said Kanenhariyo. “Indigenous communities can use cannabis in a way to create economic stimulus within the community like tobacco did, without it becoming criminalized, without the province saying we want all the money, so communities can build themselves economically. The entrepreneurs are the ones who need the jobs, who need the work to grow it.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrerlast_img read more

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Traders in Matara close shops and protest against VAT increase

Traders in Matara closed their shops today and staged a protest against the recent VAT increase.Day-to-day activities in Matara were affected with the closure of most shops in the Matara town. The owners of the shops took to the streets and staged a protest demanding that the increase on the VAT be reversed.Similar protests were staged in other parts of the country as well over the past few days. (Colombo Gazette)

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Police investigate sexual assault in Niagara Falls

Police are investigating after a man was sexually assaulted by another man in Niagara Falls on Monday morning.It’s alleged the incident happened between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. in a parking lot in the area of Robinson Street and Fallsview Boulevard. The suspect is described as white, 30-40 years of age, with a thin build, blond hair possibly in a pony tail and a goatee. He was riding a bicycle. Police say the victim and attacker did not know each other.

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TSX backs off amid Spain bailout worries China snaps up energy giant

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as worries about the eurozone debt crisis moved back to centre stage. Spain’s borrowing costs hit record highs and raised concerns that the country will need a full-scale sovereign bailout.But losses were sharply limited by a solid rise in the energy sector in the wake of two major acquisitions in the Canadian resource industry.China National Offshore Oil Company is picking up Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) (NYSE:NXY) for US$15.1 billion in cash. CNOOC is paying $27.50 a share, a 61 per cent premium on the closing price of its shares on Friday at the New York Stock Exchange. On the TSX, its shares soared 52.4 per cent to $26.35 on very high volume of 45.4 million shares.And Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) is selling its 49 per cent interest in its U.K. North Sea assets to Chinese firm Sinopec Corp. for $1.5 billion. Its shares jumped 75 cents or 6.79 per cent to $11.80.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index was well off early lows, coming back from a 206-point slide to close down 77.37 points to 11,545.54 while the TSX Venture Exchange declined 22.03 points to 1,174.16.The Canadian dollar was down 0.4 of a cent to 98.35 cents US as nervous traders flocked to the safe haven status of U.S. Treasuries.U.S. markets also racked up losses as the yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond surged to 7.45 per cent, its highest level since the euro was established in 1999.But New York indexes were also off the worst levels of the session as the Dow Jones industrials fell 101.11 points to 12,721.46.The Nasdaq composite index lost 35.15 points to 2,890.15 and the S&P 500 index was down 12.14 points to 1,350.52.If Spain’s borrowing rates continue to rise then Spain may end up being locked out of international markets and be forced to seek a financial rescue, just like Greece, Ireland and Portugal.“You would think that after a number of months and all the discussions we have had about this kind of thing that maybe somebody might have decided it was time to do something,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.“I’m not sure they have done anything that has caught the imagination or approval of the investing world.”On Friday, Spain’s eurozone partners agreed to lend the country up to €100 billion in funds to bail out banks laden down with toxic assets following the collapse of the country’s real estate bubble over the past four years.Worries about how the worsening eurozone debt crisis could impact the global economy and a higher American dollar punished commodity prices.A stronger greenback usually helps depress commodity prices, which are denominated in U.S. dollars, as it makes oil and metals more expensive for holders of other currencies.But the TSX energy sector ran ahead 2.33 per cent even as the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $3.69 to US$88.14 a barrel. The rise was due to the sharp price moves in Nexen and Talisman and hopes that other companies will be scooped up. Athabasca Oil (TSX:ATH) gained 26 cents to $12.41. Elsewhere in the sector, Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) shed 73 cents to $42.96.The base metals sector fell 3.24 per cent as metal prices also backed off with September copper down seven cents to US$3.38 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 79 cents to C$29.80 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) shed 13 cents to $8.37.And August bullion lost $5.40 to US$1,577.40 an ounce, pushing the gold sector down about 1.8 per cent. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 82 cents to C$34.13.All TSX sectors were lower with the financial index down 1.59 per cent. TD Bank (TSX:TD) dropped 95 cents to $79.05 while Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) shed $1.09 to $20.82.The industrials sector gave back 0.91 per cent while Canadian National Railways lost $1.06 to $86.84.In other corporate developments, regulatory filings show that investor Prem Watsa now has a 9.9 per cent stake in BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Watsa is the CEO of insurer Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH). He had earlier reported a 5.12 per cent holding in RIM. Watsa’s stake was valued at about $356.2 million, as of Friday’s closing on the TSX. RIM added 10 cents to $6.97.McDonald’s Corp. says it net income slipped four per cent in the second quarter as a result of unfavourable foreign currency exchange rates. Revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations as the fast-food chain cited a slowing global economy.The world’s biggest hamburger chain earned US$1.35 billion, or $1.32 per share, missing estimates by six cents a share and its shares were down $2.64 to US$88.94.An independent arbitration panel has ordered utility TransAlta to rebuild units at its Sundance coal-fired power plant that are at the centre of dispute with TransCanada Corp., with which it had a power purchase agreement. Last year, TransAlta said the units at the Calgary facility could not be repaired economically and must be shut down. But TransCanada (TSX:TRP) argued TransAlta (TSX:TA) had failed to adequately prove that the units could not be repaired economically. TransAlta shares fell 77 cents to C$16.74 while TransCanada was off 10 cents to C$44.21. TSX backs off amid Spain bailout worries; China snaps up energy giant Nexen AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2012 4:30 pm MDT read more

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Oily roller coaster A look at Albertas plunge into the budget red

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2016 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP government is to table its second budget on Thursday as the economy experiences a significant shock from low energy prices. Here is a recent history of Alberta budgets:2008-2009 (tabled April 22, 2008)Slogan: The Right Plan for Today and TomorrowPremier: Ed Stelmach. Finance minister: Iris EvansTotal spending is up 10 per cent to a record $37 billion. Surplus of $1.6 billion. Health premiums, which have generated $1 billion annually, are eliminated to save families $1,056 annually. Alberta Employment Tax Credit increases 10 per cent to save a middle-income family with two kids $316 a year. There’s money to hire 300 more police officers and create 14,000 child-care spaces. Good times don’t last as the world economy takes a beating. By the third-quarter update, the province is on track for a $1-billion deficit — the first red ink in 15 years.—2009-2010 (tabled April 7, 2009)Slogan: Building On Our StrengthPremier: Ed Stelmach; Finance minister: Iris EvansBudget forecasts a $4.7-billion deficit, the largest in Alberta history. Program spending is up 3.7 per cent, but resource revenue projections are cut in half. There are tax increases for alcohol and tobacco, as well as hikes in education property taxes. Annual coverage of $200 for chiropractic services is eliminated.—2010-2011 (tabled Feb. 9, 2010)Slogan: Striking the Right BalancePremier: Ed Stelmach; Finance minister: Ted MortonThe deficit again is forecast to reach $4.7 billion. Spending on health is up 5.6 per cent. Spending on education is up 4.6 per cent. There is a plan to spend $20 billion over three years on schools, roads and hospitals. The government holds the line on taxes.—2011-2012 (tabled Feb. 24, 2011)Slogan: Building a Better AlbertaPremier: Ed Stelmach; Finance minister: Lloyd SnelgroveThere is turmoil in the weeks leading up to the budget. Stelmach announces his intention to step down. There are reports his hand was forced by fiscal hardliners in his Tory party, including Finance Minister Ted Morton, who are unhappy with the string of deficits. Morton promptly resigns to run as Stelmach’s replacement. Newly named Finance Minister Lloyd Snelgrove brings down a budget with a deficit of $3.4 billion. Spending is predicted to be $33.9 billion, up 2.2 per cent. Fees go up for car registration, incorporating a business, searching a land title and reserving a camping spot.—2012-2013 (tabled Feb. 9 2012)Slogan: Investing in PeoplePremier: Alison Redford; Finance minister: Ron LiepertRedford’s first budget is tabled right before a provincial election. It predicts an $886-million deficit, a balanced budget the following year and a $5.2-billion surplus in 2014-15. There are no new taxes, tax increases or cuts to the public service. Social assistance payments increase by an average of five per cent. There’s money for 90 new RCMP officers and 55 new sheriffs. After the Tories are re-elected, talk turns to tough times ahead. Redford coins the term “bitumen bubble” to refer to a glut of oil in the U.S. that is driving down the price of oilsands crude. By the third-quarter update, Alberta is forecasting a deficit of between $3.5 billion and $4 billion.—2013-2014 (tabled March 7, 2013)Slogan: Responsible ChangePremier: Alison Redford; Finance minister: Doug HornerThe budget comes at a time when the province is feeling the squeeze from falling oil revenues and a growing population. It holds the line on day-to-day spending but borrows $4.3 billion to build roads, hospitals and schools. Even though the government is not increasing its overall spending on operations, it anticipates a $2-billion deficit on revenues of $38.6 billion. The shortfall, coupled with borrowing, means $6.3 billion in red ink. Horner says the $4.3 billion should not be seen as part of the deficit, because new infrastructure the money is paying for is an asset. There are no new or increased taxes, but no extra money for doctors, teachers, nurses or other government workers in contract talks.—2014-2015 (tabled March 6, 2014)Slogan: The Building Alberta PlanPremier: Alison Redford; Finance minister: Doug HornerAlberta is back in the black on day-to-day spending with a $1.1- billion surplus, but the good times are being underwritten with billions of dollars in debt to pay for roads, schools and hospitals for tens of thousands of newcomers arriving each year. There are no new taxes and no tax increases. There is money for 40 more Mounties, 50 news schools and 2,000 new spaces for post-secondary students. And there is cash to complete twinning of the overburdened and dangerous highway to the oilsands hub of Fort McMurray.—2015-2016 (tabled March 26, 2015, but never passed)Slogan: Putting Things RightPremier: Jim Prentice; Finance minister: Robin CampbellPlunging oil prices punch a multimillion-dollar hole in the government’s revenue. Prentice pledges to get the government off the roller-coaster of energy revenues. The plan calls for Albertans to pay more to get married, go camping, have a drink and fill up at the pumps. It retools tax rates so that the wealthy pay more. It also brings in a health-care levy. Even with all the changes, the budget forecasts the largest deficit in Alberta’s history at $5 billion. Prentice calls an election before the budget is passed and the Tories are swept from power by the NDP.—2015-2016 (tabled Oct. 27, 2015)Slogan: Supporting Jobs, Supporting FamiliesPremier: Rachel Notley; Finance Minister: Joe CeciLow oil prices continue to suck billions of dollars in revenue out of Alberta’s pocketbook and the government faces a deficit of $6.1 billion. But the NDP’s first budget forges ahead with plans to build schools and hospitals, hire more teachers and nurses and bring in promised job-creation programs. There’s money earmarked to reduce school fees, start a school nutrition program and deliver a new child benefit for low-income families. There’s also cash to provide employers with job-creation grants over the next two years and to improve access to capital for small- and medium-sized businesses. Much of the spending is underwritten by debt, which is pegged to reach $36.6 billion by 2018. The province plans to start borrowing money next year to pay for day-to-day programs — something that hasn’t been done in 20 years. Oily roller coaster: A look at Alberta’s plunge into the budget red read more

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€10000 worth of cannabis two sawn off shotguns and a pistol seized

first_imgA MALE HAS BEEN arrested and charged in Portarlington as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Laois area.He will appear before a special sitting of Portlaoise District Ct at 10am this morning.SearchDuring the search of an apartment at the Oaks, Killnacourt, Portarlington two sawn off shotguns, a pistol and a quantity of ammunition were recovered. In addition cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €10,000 was also seized.The man, in his late 20’s was arrested at the scene and he is currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 at Portlaoise Garda Station.Read: Post-mortem on skeletal remains to take place today>last_img

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Poll Have you tried to reduce your energy usage

first_img Yes, mostly for cost reasons (1408) NEW STATISTICS HAVE revealed that energy usage in Ireland has dropped by 12 per cent in just three years.The study did not examine the reasons for the decline but Europe has seen consumption drop since the financial crisis took hold in 2008. There is also greater evidence of awareness around environmental and sustainable issues.In today’s poll, we’d like to find out if your pattern of energy use has changed – and why.Have you tried to reduce your energy usage? Poll Results: No (1200)center_img Yes, mostly for environmental reasons (296) Yes, mostly for environmental reasonsYes, mostly for cost reasonsNoVotelast_img

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Kingdom Rush Frontiers Strategy guide with tips and tricks

first_img 1 2 If you haven’t played Kingdom Rush yet, you should because it’s a great game. The team behind Kingdom Rush and its sequel Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Ironhide Games, got the popular tower defense genre and perfected it for mobile play. Some people might tell you to try Fieldrunners 2 or geoDefense or iBomber Defense Pacific, but Kingdom Rush is better than all of them — trust me, I’ve spent the money and the time.But if you’ve landed here, it’s probably because you know how good KRF is and you want to get better at it. (Me too!) Let’s put our heads together and figure this game out. With that in mind, this article with feature most of my better ideas about the game, and then you can leave your tips in the comments.First off, Frontiers is fundamentally the same fame as Kingdom Rush, so the lessons you learned over the last year or so still apply. Even so, the enemies this time around are very different and much more diverse — this game is not throwing tank after tank at you. You’re going to have to learn the enemy types, get better at detecting patterns, and figure out the new towers (all the top-level versions of each two types is new, which means eight new towers to learn).A perfect example is Level 7, Crimson Valley. This level is basically impossible to beat if you just clicked through the game’s tips and don’t read about the new enemy type. Here’s my video explainer:The trick is that the new enemy is a cannibal, so if one kills your militia man or soldier, they get their health back. And they are pretty tough, so they kill a lot of soldiers. So if you keep throwing barracks at them, you’re creating an unbeatable horde. The answer? Spam them with arrows and the cannibal Savage Warriors don’t stand a chance.And the brings me to my biggest tip for Kingdom Rush Frontiers: Use archer towers. Archer towers are cheap, they have great range, and they are highly versatile. Archers should be the foundation of your tower defense strategy. Seriously, resist the urge to use a lot of Militia Barracks (the soldier guys). Archers are also awesome because they handle flying enemies where ground-based towers and cannons can’t.If your strategy goes heavy on archers, then you next focus should be choke points. Basically, you need to slow down masses of enemies at certain points. This is where you can take advantage of area of effect spells and splash damage from your cannons (Dwarven Bombardment). Choke points are mandatory for defeating fast-moving enemies, like spiders. Creating choke points usually means soldiers, but they can also be created with the oil slick upgrade from the Battle-Mecha T200 (top-level Dwarf Bombardment).Another great way to slow down a mass of troops is using the sand soldiers that Alric (the hero) creates. Once he us fully upgraded he will shoot out three sand soldiers fairly regularly. They are pretty tough, plus when killed they will not replenish the health of cannibal warriors or Saurian Myrmidons (who bite your troops to get health back). Alric may be free, but you get him first so by the time you bother getting another hero he’ll already have gained a few levels.Alric, your first hero, creator of sand soldiers.Ground troopers might seem like an obvious choice for a tower defense game, but they should be the option you choose the least. Use Militia Barracks to create choke points and to stop bad guys before the end of the map. You hero is the best option for this, but if a level has multiple exits, or the hero, is being overrun you’ll need barracks.Once you upgrade your barracks a few times, you’ll be given the option of Assassins or Knights Templar. Assassins are really cool, can dodge attacks, and they can earn you some gold, but Templars are best for stopping enemies in their tracks. They tend to be the better choice, especially as your last resort before enemies leave the map and you lose hearts.Speaking of upgrades, once you get a few levels in you get the two different top tier options from the archer towers: Tribal Axeman and Crossbows. Both are very useful, but they are not interchangeable. Crossbows have great speed and amazing range, but their most important benefit is that their falcon upgrade can increase the attack distance of surrounding ranged units. This mean, crossbows work best in a group. Tribals axemen are slower and have less range, but their area of effect totems are perfect for queuing up enemies for massive damage and dispelling enemy magic. Use axemen before a choke point or killzone.Next page: More advanced towers and Kingdom Rush Frontiers tips… VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersAlric, your first hero.Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersThose are the Mechs, they are super cool.Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersUpgrade the cannon towers enough and you get these killer earthquake machines. Kingdom Rush FrontiersMore dragon!Kingdom Rush FrontiersCheck out the dragon. He’s a $7 in-app purchase. Kingdom Rush Frontierslast_img read more

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Apples developer portal hacked company announces security overhaul

first_imgAfter several days of mysterious downtime, Apple confirmed on Sunday that its developer portal was compromised. The site, which its developers use to access their accounts and manage their apps, has been down for several days, but this is apparently a security measure rather than a direct result of the attack.The site contained only a cryptic apology for the downtime, but now acknowledges the coast of the problem. Sensitive information like credit card numbers are kept encrypted and inaccessible, and Apple insists that these are not in danger. However, names, addresses and email addresses may have been compromised — not the biggest deal in the world, but still troubling. This breach is related exclusively to developer information, though; customers need not worry that their data was related to this cyber break-in.Following the giant Sony security breach just a few years ago, people are understandably jumpy about these sorts of problems. Still, the Sony hack only resulted in lost credit card info due to egregious errors in their security system. If all is as it seems, Apple has kept their developers’ most sensitive data behind much more reasonable security measures.Their crime is curiosity. And theft. Mostly just theft, really.Some developers were worried that the downtime would delist their apps by keeping them from renewing their developer accounts, but Apple has made assurances that this will not happen. When exactly the portal will come back up is unknown, but Apple is taking the breach very seriously, working “around the clock” to get the site back up, and to ensure the attack can’t happen again. In the same message that explains the downtime, Apple announced that it is “completely overhauling” its developer systems, updating its server software, and rebuilding the entire developer database.It’s important for Apple to placate its developers here, as developers are a notoriously finicky bunch. The company must make it clear not only that the most important information was kept safe during this attack, but that they have learned from and materially improved as a result of this attack. As awareness grows of potential problems with the iOS store for developers, it will become more important than ever to maintain good developer relations.Expect to see a number of news releases from Apple in the coming weeks, probably related to their new and presumably infallible security systems.last_img read more

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3 women to be honored for works

first_imgWhat: 2013 Iris AwardsWhen: 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. ceremony March 7Where: Gaiser Student Center, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver WayTickets: $25. Purchase tickets: http://tinyurl.com/irisawardsDianna Kretzschmar, Lisa Lowe and Jaynie Roberts will be recognized as women of achievement in Southwest Washington at the Iris Awards presented by Clark College on Thursday in the college’s Gaiser Student Center. A 5 p.m. reception will be followed by the 6 p.m. awards ceremony.2012 was the inaugural year for the Iris Awards, the rebirth of the Women of Achievement Awards first begun by Clark College in 1985 to commemorate Women’s History Month by recognizing outstanding women leaders in Clark County.The award, which celebrates the lasting and far-reaching contributions of women in Southwest Washington, is sponsored by the college, the Clark College Foundation and the Vancouver Business Journal.Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/irisawards.This year’s recipients are:• Dianna Kretzschmar is a health services liaison at Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center, Caretique Memory Care and the Park Lido Assisted Living.• Lisa Lowe is a managing shareholder in the Vancouver office of the law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.n Jaynie Roberts, founder and artistic director of Vancouver’s Magenta Theater Company.Susan Parrish: 360-735-4515; http://twitter.com/Col_Schools; susan.parrish@columbian.comlast_img read more

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Strong El Nino Blob effect may mean more winter precipitation

first_imgThe Chinook pattern is one characteristic of El Nino winters. National Weather Service climatologist Rick Thoman describes the warm Pacific Ocean waters of El Nino as raging across the equatorial region.Download Audio“This is one of the strongest El Ninos in the last 65 years, when we have good records,” Thoman says.Despite its strength, Thoman says El Nino impacts on North American have so far been minimal.“It turns out that the strongest links are actually later in the winters… say, after the new year.”Thoman adds that El Nino can affect the path of Alaska weather systems.“Storms track more through the Gulf of Alaska and into the northern Gulf Coast as some of the storms are likely to track, say, toward Bristol Bay with the potential to kind of leave Southeast out of that. (There are also) increased chances for more southerly flow aloft, which of course over most of the state would bring milder than average conditions.”That also means drier weather for areas in the lee of the Alaska Range, like the Interior, but Thoman cautions that there’s another factor in the mix: abnormally warm sea temperatures in eastern Pacific, a phenomenon known as “The Blob” that can affect storms.“That warm water does add more moisture to the atmosphere. And even in the Interior, if we do get a storm that comes out of the southwest, it could potentially hold more moisture than it otherwise would because of these warmer than average sea surface temperatures.”Looking further out, Thoman says odds point to a transition to La Nina conditions next fall and winter, a state that yields colder than normal weather.last_img read more

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