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VTrans warns of safety concerns: Post-Irene ‘Tremors’

first_imgVermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles today reminded the public that “tremors” from Tropical Storm Irene in the form of sink holes and slope failures continue to occur across the state, especially in the southern tier. Recent rains continue to soften the state’s soil, intensifying the probability of such tremors. These dangers can occur on roads that previously experienced no damage. Travelers need to be on the lookout and drive with care. “We appreciate there are some long detours to take in light of roadway closures,” Searles said. “Trying to make the longer commute shorter by driving aggressively may cost you your life. Everyone’s focus needs to be on safety.” As for road recovery efforts, a temporary bridge along Route 125 in Hancock will be open for public travel by the end of the day. This temporary bridge restores critical two-way traffic along Route 125 between Hancock and Middlebury, which was severed over the weekend when a bridge was closed. Additional forces arrived as 149 crews from the Maine Department of Transportation landed in Vermont at about 4 p.m. with 145 pieces of heavy equipment including 10 road graders, seven large excavators, and dozens of back loaders and dump trucks. The Maine crews will be deployed on Wednesday to several locations including Route 131 in Cavendish where they will replace culverts, clear debris and repair shoulder washouts. Maine crews also will be dispatched to Route 100 in Jamaica and Wardsboro where two teams will reestablish ditching and repair shoulder damage. Other crews will conduct a variety of tasks along routes 100, 30, 11, and 10. Also, 10 New Hampshire crews with trucks arrived delivering 150 Jersey barriers to help cordon off dangerous roadway sections. The New Hampshire crews on Wednesday will also help repair segments of Route 131 and Route 106.last_img read more

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a month agoMarseille teammates liken Dario Benedetto to Sergio Aguero

first_imgMarseille teammates liken Dario Benedetto to Sergio Agueroby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValere Germain has likened Olympique Marseille teammate Dario Benedetto to Sergio Aguero.Benedetto has quickly won over his new OM teammates since arriving from Boca Juniors.”Dario Benedetto? The last time I heard (Sergio) Aguero. It’s not necessarily the same profile, but they are players who are not very tall, who fight, keep the ball very well and finish the opportunities they have,” said Germain. “So maybe he looks a little like Aguero. We hope in any case that he will do as good a season that what Aguero will do with (Manchester) City.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Income tax, GST offices to remain open on March 30, 31 to facilitate year-end collection

first_imgNew Delhi: Tax offices, for both income tax and GST, will remain open on Saturday and Sunday as the departments race against time to meet the revenue collection targets. “As per past practice, all field offices of CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) will remain open during the last weekend of the current financial year also March 30 and March 31, 2019, for assisting the taxpayers in all matters,” CBIC said in an office memorandum. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In an office order, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) asked its field offices to facilitate filing of tax-returns by the taxpayers by opening additional receipt counters, wherever required, on March 30 and 31. “The last date for filing belated/revised tax-returns for assessment year 2018-19 is March 31, 2019. The financial year 2018-19 also closes on (March) 31. In view of the closed holidays March 30 and 31, being Saturday and Sunday, Income Tax Offices throughout India (including the ASK Centres), shall remain open on March 30 and 31 during normal office hours,” the CBDT said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The government has pegged goods and services tax (GST) collection target at Rs 11.47 lakh crore in the current fiscal, while the same for direct tax mop up is Rs 12 lakh crore. GST collections in the current fiscal till February totalled Rs 10.70 lakh crore. With regard to direct taxes, the CBDT had collected only Rs 10.21 lakh crore as on March 23, which is 85.1 per cent of the revised estimate of Rs 12 lakh crore. The apex policy making body for income and corporate taxes has asked its field offices to take all possible actions to achieve the collection targets. The Reserve Bank of India has also asked banks keep their branches open on March 31, so that all government transactions for financial year 2018-19 are accounted for within the same financial year. All electronic transactions, including RTGS and NEFT, will continue for the extended time on March 30 and March 31, 2019.last_img read more

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Christopher’s new film is unreal: Pattinson

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Robert Pattinson, who is set to work with Christopher Nolan in the director’s next venture, has described the script of the project as “unreal”. The 32-year-old actor will star alongside Elizabeth Debicki of Widows fame and BlackKklansman breakout John David Washington in the highly anticipated film from the critically-acclaimed director. In an interview with USA Today, Pattinson said he locked himself in a room to read the script. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I’ve been a little wary of doing big movies for years and years, but there’s just something about Chris Nolan’s stuff. “He seems like the only director now who can do what is essentially a very personal, independent movie that has huge scale. I read the script and it’s unreal,” the actor said. Pattinson currently stars in Claire Denis’ sci-fi drama High Life. He also has two other projects – The Lighthouse and Netflix’s ‘The King’.last_img read more

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Kishor came with proposal to merge JD(U) and RJD, claims Rabri Devi

first_imgPatna: Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi on Friday claimed that Prashant Kishor had met her husband Lalu Prasad with the proposal that the RJD and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) merge together and the new entity thus formed declare its “prime ministerial candidate” ahead of polls.If Kishor denies having met Prasad with such a proposal, he is speaking a blatant lie, she said. “I got infuriated and asked him to go away as I had no trust left in the Bihar chief minister following his betrayal,” the RJD national vice president, who is also the leader of the opposition in the legislative council, told a regional news channel here. Kumar had last year walked out of the Grand Alliance, which was formed upon his party’s partnership with the RJD and the Congress. He re-joined the BJP-led NDA. “All our staff and the security personnel deployed here are witnesses. He called on us at least five times, mostly here (her 10, Circular Road residence), and one or two times at paanch number (5, Deshratna Marg – the bungalow allotted to her younger son Tejashwi Yadav),” Rabri Devi said. “Kishor was sent by Nitish Kumar with the proposal – let us merge both parties and declare a prime ministerial candidatehe came in broad daylight and not clandestinely in the dark of night,” she asserted. Expressing displeasure over Kumar’s claim that the RJD supremo keeps talking to Kishor from jail, she said, “Even we, (family members), do not get an opportunity for a telephonic talk with him (Lalu Prasad). And what about the claim by Anant Singh that while he was in jail, Lalan Singh (minister) used to arrange his telephonic talks with Nitish”. A mafia don-turned-politician who represents Mokama assembly segment, Anant Singh was earlier considered close to the Bihar chief minister, but fell out with him prior to the 2015 assembly polls. His wife Neelam Devi is contesting the Lok Sabha polls as a Congress candidate from Munger, where she is pitted against JD(U)’s Lalan Singh – a state minister and close aide of the chief minister. Anant Singh made the claim in a recent interview to a local news portal.last_img read more

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Infosys CEO drew Rs 24.67 crore pay package in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: Salil Parekh, the chief executive officer of Infosys, took home a pay package of Rs 24.67 crore in the last financial year, the company’s annual report showed. Parekh, who joined Infosys in January 2018, received Rs 6.07 crore in fixed salary and Rs 10.96 crore in bonus, incentives and variable pay in 2018-19. He also received Rs 7.64 crore in perquisites on account of exercise of 1,03,604 restricted stock units (RSUs) during fiscal 2019, the annual report said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraCompared to this, Tata Consultancy Services CEO Rajesh Gopinathan drew a package of over Rs 16 crore. In its annual report, the country’s IT services firm said Gopinathan’s compensation had grown over 28 per cent in FY2018-19. Gopinathan’s remuneration included Rs 1.15 crore in salary, Rs 1.26 crore in perquisites, Rs 13 crore in commission and over Rs 60 lakh in other allowances – all of which added up to a package of Rs 16.02 crore. Infosys chief operating officer UB Pravin Rao earned Rs 9.05 crore in FY2018-19 against Rs 8.22 crore in the previous financial year. His remuneration in FY2018-19 included Rs 4.41 crore in fixed salary, Rs 3.83 crore in bonus/incentives/variable pay and Rs 0.81 crore in stock option.last_img read more

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Egypt denies mistreatment of Syrian refugees

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt on Thursday denied it was mistreating Syrian refugees following a report by Amnesty International accusing authorities of unlawfully detaining and deporting hundreds of Syrians fleeing civil war.In a statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry said the content of Amnesty’s report was “inaccurate and does not reflect the reality of their situation in the country.”“There are over 300,000 Syrians (in Egypt) and they are treated in a dignified way… and receive the same treatment as Egyptians with regards to health care and education,” the ministry said. It reiterated that Egypt’s policy was to “support the Syrian people … and the Syrian revolution.”“There is no policy of deportation of our Syrian brothers and the vast majority of them live in peace,” the ministry said.Egypt has recently required Syrians and other nationals to acquire visas from Egyptian consulates abroad prior to arrival in the country.“This is related to the security situation in Egypt and as soon as calm returns, this measure will be reviewed,” the ministry said.Earlier on Thursday, Amnesty had accused Egypt of unlawfully detaining and deporting hundreds of Syrian refugees, many of them women and children.“Instead of offering vital help and support to refugees from Syria, the Egyptian authorities are arresting and deporting them, flouting human rights standards,” Sherif Elsayed Ali, Amnesty’s head of refugee and migrants’ rights said in a statement.“Most refugees lost their homes and livelihoods when they fled Syria.Failing to help and protect them is a stain on the reputation of Egypt and could seriously damage its image as a key stakeholder in the region.”Ali said Egypt was failing “abysmally to meet its international obligations to protect even the most vulnerable refugees.”Amnesty said hundreds of refugees who fled Syria, including scores of children, face ongoing detention in poor conditions or deportation.It said the Egyptian navy has intercepted around 13 boats carrying refugees from Syria in their attempt to reach Europe.Quoting the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, it said 946 people have been arrested by Egypt while attempting the crossing, and that 724 remain in detention.Egyptian authorities say the country has taken in around 300,000 Syrian refugees, with some trying to leave for Europe aboard overcrowded ships.The media has often accused refugees of backing the Muslim Brotherhood and of being involved in political violence that erupted in Egypt after the July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.last_img read more

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Bulgaria and Morocco willing to sign agreement on social security

first_imgSofia – The first set of consultations for concluding an agreement on social security between Morocco and Bulgaria ended, Friday in Sofia, on the shared viewpoint concerning the good progress of talks.A statement from the Moroccan embassy in Bulgaria said that this shared viewpoint shows the will and common commitment by both parties to reaching a mutually-beneficial settlement of the talks under way.The Bulgarian labor and social policy minister Hassan Ademov hailed the commitment by Morocco and Bulgaria to signing an agreement on social security. Receiving the head of the Moroccan delegation to these talks Mimoun Bentaleb, secretary general of the ministry of employment and social affairs and Latifa Akharbach, Morocco’s ambassador to Bulgaria, Ademov said that the consultations represent a meaningful step towards the reinforcement of cooperation ties between the two countries, describing the agreement on social security and pensions as a modern and useful tool by the two countries to broaden the scope of cooperation.last_img read more

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Chess World Celebrates A Sensational Move … That Leads To A Championship

Chess World Celebrates A Sensational Move … That Leads To A Championship

87654321abcdefgh After snacking nervously with this chess idea in our heads, my parents and I emerged from a serviceless restaurant worried (or at least I was) that we may have missed the final Norwegian triumph and the de facto end of the world championship. Someone may have won! We found instead that we hadn’t missed many moves and that Caruana hadn’t bit on Carlsen’s aggressive pawn sacrifice. No devastating attack had come. The position (my phone told me) was once again level. It looked drawish.Wine store: drawish. Whole Foods: drawish. Elevator: drawish.When we arrived at last at my sister’s apartment, her boyfriend already had both the chess game and the football game on large screens, thereby forever cementing his value to the family. He’s not much of a chess player, but he did have some interesting thoughts on rook endgames. Lucky thing, too, because by that point the game looked like this. read more

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Ohio State womens hockey wraps up Thanksgiving weekend series in Vermont with

Ohio State offensive junior Claudia Kepler (24) controls the puck during a game against Bemidji State University on Nov. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Eileen McClory | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team split its series at the Windjammer Classic in Vermont over the weekend to conclude out-of-conference play.OSU defeated Vermont 5-2 on Friday and fell to Boston University 5-3 on Saturday. After the split, the Buckeyes (6-10-0) have one series remaining in 2015 before they resume play on Jan. 2.“It was a good experience for our kids, it was a little bit out of excitement playing out of conference opponents in a new environment and new building,” assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “But it was a lot of fun to coach in today.”On Friday, OSU fell behind early with Vermont’s sophomore defender Taylor Willard‘s third goal of the season, but OSU junior forward Katie Matheny’s second and third goals of the season powered the Buckeyes past the Catamounts in the first game of the inaugural tournament.The next day, OSU again fell behind when Boston senior forward Kayla Tutino scored on the power play at 3:58 into the game. The Terriers would score again on a buzzer beater at the end of the first, which was reviewed to determine if the puck crossed the line before time expired. “That’s why you don’t stop playing,” Duggan said. “It’s a little frustrating when you think the video says something different, but that’s why you play.”Despite dropping the second game of the invitational, the team held its collective head high after an emotional weekend. “We went in there knowing we play in the best conference out of the three in the NCAA, and we wanted to show that,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said.McKinnon, who played with fellow forwards freshman Maddy Field and sophomore Lauren Spring this weekend after playing 12 games on the blue line for the first time in her life, feels this weekend was a positive step.“Just getting our lines together and making sure that we communicate better has been huge,” McKinnon said. McKinnon, who recorded one of the first shots on goal for OSU on Saturday, said she feels the team is cycling from defense to offense with greater efficiency than it was early in the season.“Everyone is buying into the system we’ve put in place here,” McKinnon said. “And getting back on back-checking is so important, so it’s good to have some success at it.”Losers of five of six entering the weekend, the team was in agreement that the weekend away from physical conference opponents was good to assess its performance thus far.“It’s a little different playing the teams out of conference,” senior forward Kendall Curtis said. “There are some different things you see and we were switching things up today.”Curtis, along with the coaching staff, was happier with the team’s effort despite trailing early both games.“They left it all out there,” Duggan said. “They knew they weren’t going to get to play again for another two weeks or so, so they played with reckless abandon. I think they’ve come along way.“I told them after the game today I thought they played with a lot of grittiness. It was a lot of fun to be a part of and watch.”Despite scoring eight goals and splitting its series, OSU did not find its unfamiliar opponents any easier than its conference ones.“I didn’t notice a difference,” Curtis said. “I think we still really try to focus on our game, and these teams this weekend showed us something different to work on, but it didn’t really challenge us any differently than a team in our league.”Stat sheetWith two goals on Saturday, Matheny has tied her career-high of three, set last year. She has also established a new career-high in points with six so far in 2015-16.With two goals this weekend, Curtis leads with team with nine. She has eclipsed her previous career-high of eight in 2013-14.The team will return to Columbus for practice on Monday and will have its second off-week of the season. The Buckeyes are then scheduled to return to the Ice Rink for their final series of 2015 against Minnesota-Duluth on Dec. 11 and 12.  Puck is scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. and 4:07 p.m., respectively. read more

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