Maersks NineMonth Profit Hit by Energy Division Sales

first_imgzoom Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller – Maersk posted a nine-month loss USD 1.6 billion, sinking into the red from last year’s profit of USD 780 million.The group’s loss includes the impact from discontinued operations and was primarily related to post-tax impairments of net USD 2.8 billion in Maersk Drilling, APM Terminals and Maersk Tankers countered by an increase in Maersk Line profit of USD 723 million.Moller Maersk’s underlying profit for the period came at USD 270 million, against a loss of USD 245 million, mainly driven by an increase in Maersk Line of USD 687 million.In the third quarter, the net loss including discontinued operations of USD 1.5 billion was negatively impacted by an accounting impairment of USD 1.75 billion in Maersk Drilling and impairments of USD 374 million in APM Terminals. The result from continuing operations was a loss of USD 120 million, widening further from last year’s loss of USD 30 million, with a decrease in APM Terminals of USD 398 million countered by an increase in Maersk Line of USD 336 million.In Q3, the underlying profit was USD 248 million, with an improvement of USD 290 million in Transport & Logistics and a decline of USD 15 million in Energy.“I am pleased with the agreements reached in Q3 for Total S.A. to acquire Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S and A.P. Møller Holding A/S to acquire Maersk Tankers A/S, which indicates a solid progress in the separation of the Energy businesses. Whilst solutions for Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service remain to be defined before the end of 2018, the future Maersk will leverage even further its position of strength within Transport & Logistics.The revenue in Transport & Logistics increased with 14% and was mainly driven by higher revenue in Maersk Line,”  Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S said.Furthermore, Maersk Group announced that the Salling Companies will acquire the remaining 19% shares in the Dansk Supermarked Group, cashing in over USD 860 million from the sale.The group now expects a positive underlying profit for 2017 against a loss of USD 546 million. As informed, the group’s Transport & Logistics arm now expects an underlying profit of around USD 1 billion and an improvement in Maersk Line of around USD 1 billion compared to 2016.last_img read more

GST collections sluggish dip below 1 lakh crore mark in June

first_imgNew Delhi: In signs of sluggish momentum in tax collections, Goods and Services Tax (GST) receipts in June fell to Rs 99,939 crore, down from over Rs 1 lakh crore in the previous month, the finance ministry said Monday. While the GST collections in June were lower than Rs 1,00,289 crore in May, they were higher than Rs 95,610 crore receipts in the same month of the previous year. The collections comprise of receipts by both the centre and state governments of GST, which had two years back amalgamated 17 different indirect tax levies. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of June, 2019 is Rs 99,939 crore of which Central-GST is Rs 18,366 crore, State-GST is Rs 25,343 crore, Integrated-GST is Rs 47,772 crore (including Rs 21,980 crore collected on imports) and cess is Rs 8,457 crore (including Rs 876 crore collected on imports),” the ministry said in a statement. Two years after the landmark goods and services tax (GST) amalgamated 17 different central and state levies, returns filing under the new indirect tax regime continues to be wobbly with filings showing spikes every three months but continue to be less than desired, data analysis showed. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAlso, compliance in filing summary sales return GSTR-3B has not improved much since July 2017, as businesses continue to file it after the monthly due date, with compliance averaging at around 60 per cent. Analysis of data released by Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) showed that while on an average, 50 per cent of the registered taxpayers filed GSTR-3B within due date in July 2017, the number increased to around 85 per cent as on June 23, 2019. Similarly, 65 per cent of taxpayers filed within due date in July 2018, a total of 85 per cent of the eligible taxpayers have filed it as on June 23, 2019. Similar trend continued in April, with less than 60 per cent of eligible taxpayers filing returns within due date, and the total number of GSTR-3B filed increased to nearly 80 per cent as on June 23, 2019. While businesses have to file GSTR-3B by the 20th day of the succeeding month, GSTR-1 has to be filed by the 10th day. According to GST laws, the fee for late filing of the returns is Rs 25 per day for Central GST (CGST) and an equal amount under State GST (SGST). However, those businesses who have to file returns but have ‘nil’ tax liability would have to pay a fine of Rs 10 under CGST law, and an equal amount under SGST law. An analysis of GSTR-1 filing trend showed that final sales return filed by businesses spiked every quarter, reflecting that composition scheme dealers and small businesses file their returns. However, there is still a huge divergence in the number of businesses who are eligible to file GSTR-1 and those who actually file it. The data showed that while a little over 1 crore businesses were eligible to file GSTR-1 as of March 2019, only a little over 65 lakh have actually filed it. Similarly for December 2018, while about 1 crore businesses were required to file GSTR-1, about 75 lakh have filed it till June 23, 2019. In the current financial year, while around 55 lakh businesses were eligible to file GSTR-1, about 25 lakh and 20 lakh businesses have filed the return in April and May, respectively. The new indirect tax regime was rolled out on July 1, 2017. From just 38.51 lakh businesses registered under GST then, the number has gone up to a whopping over 1.22 crore.last_img read more

Rohit Shekhar death Court to consider charge sheet on Saturday

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Court will on Saturday take cognisance of the charge sheet filed in the case related to the death of late Congress leader Narayan Datt Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari. Rohit Shekhar’s wife Apoorva Shukla has been charged with killing her husband by allegedly smothering and strangulating him following an argument at their South Delhi residence in April this year. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sehrawat, who was supposed to take cognisance of the charge sheet on Friday, slated the matter for hearing on Saturday as he was yet to consider the voluminous document. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic During the course of the hearing, advocate Mahmood Paracha appearing for Apoorva Shukla argued that the charge sheet served to the accused has been leaked to the media by the police in order to conduct a media trial against his client. The court asked Paracha to file an additional affidavit requesting a probe in this regard. Shukla, who appeared before the court on Friday, was sent back to judicial custody. The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police filed a 518-page charge sheet in the case on Thursday which included the statements of around 56 witnesses along with photographs, CCTV footages and the post-mortem report. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The autopsy performed by a board of five doctors on April 17 revealed that Rohit Shekhar had died due to asphyxiation as he was smothered and strangulated, the police said. A case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code was registered after the revelations of the post-mortem report. Following the revelations, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch. A team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) had also reached the Defence Colony residence of Rohit Shekhar and recreated the crime scene and collected evidence in an attempt to unravel the mystery behind the death of the veteran Congress leader’s son.last_img read more

Police say 43 modern day slaves from Mexico forced to clean Ontario

first_imgBARRIE, Ont. — Police say they have freed 43 “modern day slaves” from Mexico who were allegedly forced to work as cleaners at a hotel and vacation properties in central and eastern Ontario.Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police and Barrie police began investigating the alleged scam last year, culminating in 12 search warrants that they executed last week.OPP Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum says the alleged victims were lured to Canada believing they would be offered legitimate employment and educational opportunities.He says they were instead forced to live in “squalid” conditions and made to pay their alleged traffickers large sums of money.After paying various fees to their employers, Barnum says the alleged victims would sometimes make as little as $50 per month for daily work.There’s no word on criminal charges, but Barnum says they may come later.Police say they are keeping close track of two people who were running the company that employed the foreign workers as the investigation continues.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SPOTLIGHT ON SUZETTE LAQUA VANCOUVER WEBFEST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOUNDER

first_imgAdvertisement The entertainment industry consists of talented and creative people in front of the camera, behind the camera, on stage and behind the stage.  Today we go BTS (Behind The Scenes) to shine the spotlight on Suzette Laqua (Founder and Executive Director of the Vancouver WebFest).Suzette is an true entrepreneur!  In addition to running the Vancouver WebFest, she is an Executive Producer and Writer of TV Series, Digital Series and Short Films.The Vancouver WebFest runs April 19th to 21st, 2018 – get your tickets now … and take a moment to check out the interview below with the amazing superwoman behind the scenes. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Here’s Suzette Laqua:WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR?I did a pilot with a friend in 2011 and when it wasn’t picked up by a Canadian network we wanted to keep it alive, so we edited back many ‘cut scenes’ and made it into a 10-episode webseries. We submitted it to a festival in Los Angeles where we were picked as an Official Selection. I attended the festival and even though we didn’t win anything I was very much taken by the idea of starting a festival in Canada. At that time in 2013, there were only 5 ‘web’ festivals in the world and none in Canada. So in 2013 Vancouver Web Fest was born. Its inaugural date was May 2014.WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF YOUR JOB?I love travelling to other festivals and conferences. I’ve met so many amazing people. Some famous such as Oliver Stone, Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Priestly (who’s wife submitted and was accepted in VWF14 – Jason came to the opening night of the festival). Other people I’ve met on my journey are Kiefer Sutherland, Al Pacino, Michael Moore, Tom Skerritt, one of HGTV’s property brother’s (I didn’t want to ask which one he was ?), Rod Perth (ex-Vice President of CBS – he’s the one that got David Letterman to move networks), Henry Winkler, Dan Rather, Ben Mulroney, YouTuber Matt Santoro, Alan Thicke, whew, I feel so blessed!WHAT TASKS ARE YOU GENERALLY WORKING ON A YEAR BEFORE THE FESTIVAL? Wrapping up of that year’s festival with all sorts of paperwork (the fun stuff – LOL). And preparing for the next year’s festival. Laying out everything from promotions, when we’ll be opening for submissions, a new theme with our speakers, workshops, keynotes, etc. and of course announcing our next year’s date so everyone can save it in their calendar with hearts and happy faces ?TO SOME EXTENT, SOCIAL MEDIA HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON ALL INDUSTRIES. HOW HAVE YOU USED SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE THE PROFILE OF THE FESTIVAL?Absolutely. For VWF, it’s an essential piece of the puzzle. Our festival is based on digital storytelling and this is where the creators, their teams and their followers are, on social media. And it’s where we are as well. I believe the traditional sources like radio and television play a part when we’re promoting the festival but not to the extent social media does.YOU ARE NOW PART OF A FESTIVAL THAT HAS TRULY GROWN SINCE ITS INCEPTION. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WERE TWO TURNING POINTS IN ITS DEVELOPMENT, EITHER WHILE YOU’VE BEEN THERE OR BEFORE YOUR INVOLVEMENT? Because I founded the festival I’ve seen it grow from sitting at home building the website, FB, twitter & Instagram pages and starting in a small venue in 2014, which held a couple hundred people, to moving to the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre which enables us to give back more to the creators with more panels, workshops, screenings, keynotes and networking.THERE ARE SO MANY COMPONENTS TO A FESTIVAL OF THIS MAGNITUDE. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES LINKED TO THE POSITION THAT YOU’RE IN? LOL – I feel like I’m pulled in a hundred different directions. I want to be involved in what my team of 20 is doing. I don’t want to micromanage, but I want to be there for them, have them reach out to me if they need help. And I like to go on social media and participate such as ‘liking’ and commenting on posts. I think it’s extremely important to stay in the ‘now’ with the creators. To see how they are doing and to support them best I / VWF can. And I love supporting these hard-working people however I can.TALK TO US ABOUT ALL THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TECHNICALITIES! WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH SPONSORS, VENUES, PERFORMERS, MEDIA, THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND SO FORTH? I really enjoy it. Nothing is more gratifying than going to a sponsor after the festival and personally thanking them and having them say that no one does that anymore. That they just get emails asking for more money. How sad. Venues are all different, so they can be a challenge when moving from one to another but after the first year it works out. The public is great, they don’t know who I am, so I can just be me. Which I am with everyone anyway. For the most part it’s how we see our daily challenges and making them part of our fun life experience and VWF has been just that, my fun life experience.IN WHAT WAYS WILL THE FESTIVAL GROW IN THE COMING YEARS? I’m hoping to see it continue to grow in quality, not quantity. I’d rather have a boutique festival with top notch delegates and participants who are there for a purpose and have everyone leave feeling that was the best festival/conference they have attended.WHAT  DO YOU FEEL THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY CAN DO DIFFERENTLY IN ORDER TO GROW? Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I can’t say for sure.WE ALL HAVE MENTORS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US THE HOPE, INSPIRATION, AND THE DRIVE TO KEEP GOING. IN THIS INDUSTRY, WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND WHY? Mentors are amazing angels and I have been lucky to have a couple throughout my life. Most recently in my life, 4 years ago, I met a man after a festival in an elevator (I reread this, and it sounds like the festival was in the elevator – LOL – there’s my silly sense of humour). Apparently this man was not in a good mood when my colleague and I hopped on because the elevator kept going up and down picking up and dropping off people. We got on and went down 2 floors with him (he was with his wife and colleague) and by the time the doors opened in the parkade he was laughing, we were all laughing and just having a good time. I didn’t even know he was grumpy, I was just being me in the elevator; friendly and chatty and sometimes funny. He took out his business card and I gave him mine thinking I’m sure we’ll never connect again. Well he called me the next day and told me his story of being in such a terrible mood the night before in the elevator until I got on. And he has been a very special part of my life and a mentor since 2014. It’s an absolute honour to know Hank Leis.VANCOUVER WEBFEST LINKS:WEBSITE: www.vancouverwebfest.comFACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/vancouverwebfestTWITTER: www.twitter.com/VanWebFestINSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/vanwebfest/last_img read more

Taapsee combats mysterious identity in Game Over

first_imgChennai: In the teaser of the upcoming multilingual thriller Game Over, which was released recently, Taapsee Pannu plays a wheelchair-bound gamer combating a mysterious identity. The minute-long teaser, which mostly unfolds inside a house, looks chilling and intriguing. The teaser features the text “We all have two lives; the second one starts when we realise we only have one”. It indicates that the film is shrouded in mystery and a lot of questions will be answered when the film releases on June 14 in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, Game Over has been produced by Y Not Studios in association with Reliance Entertainment. Last week, Anurag Kashyap revealed that he will present the Hindi version of Game Over, which has music by Ron Yohann. Having already seen the film, he said he is kicked about presenting the film in Hindi. “I am very kicked about presenting this game-changing film in Hindi. This film proves yet again that the quality of filmmaking from the South is just outstanding and it’s great to see how Ashwin Saravanan has pushed the boundaries and has made a genre-bending film, something that we all have never seen before,” Anurag said in a statement. Earlier, Ashwin described the film as a “quirky thriller” that mostly unfolds inside a house. “It will feature very few characters. Ever since I saw Pink, I’ve wanted to work with Taapsee. I’m glad everything fell in place for this project,” he saidlast_img read more

Handcarved mahjong tiles are a dying craft in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — In an era of mass-produced tiles for the popular table-top game mahjong, one artisan in Hong Kong still makes them by hand.The 65-year-old Cheung Shun-king believes there are only three or four carvers left in Hong Kong. Cheung is trying to revive interest in the tradition by holding classes in his shop, a 100-square-foot (9-square-meter) corner under the stairs of an old-style shop-house.Played at Lunar New Year and other gatherings, mahjong has become a symbol of friendship and family bonds. Chinese restaurants provide tables and mahjong sets to customers who host wedding or birthday banquets. Hong Kong once was dotted with mahjong parlours, where people could play against strangers for money, but few are left.The Associated Press

CFA calls for changes to governments farmer aid programs amid trade disruptions

OTTAWA — The Canadian Federation of Agriculture wants immediate changes to Canada’s programs to protect farmers from income and production losses amid ongoing trade disruptions.The group says trade issues and erratic weather have negatively affected farmer incomes this year, and changes to the government’s business risk management programs are needed to respond to the changing environment.It highlights the AgriStability program, which provides support to farmers experiencing a large profit decline.The CFA wants the program’s margin coverage restored to 85 per cent — up 15 per cent from the current 70 per cent — among other things.The group says many Canadian farmers are experiencing difficulties, including canola and soybean producers, who are impacted by the ongoing dispute between Canada and China.China blocked imports of canola seeds over allegations of pests found in shipments shortly after Canada detained a Chinese tech executive who is facing possible extradition to the U.S.The Canadian Press read more

India sees onceofflimits Kashmir as investment frontier

NEW DELHI — Indian authorities have characterized their surprise move to strip Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status as freeing the disputed Himalayan territory from the bonds that kept it from realizing its economic potential.But the argument is flawed. The region already outperforms India on measures such as life expectancy, literacy and poverty, and its economy has been growing steadily this decade, despite frequent skirmishes between militants and security forces that have temporarily halted commercial activity.Where the restive region has fallen behind other Indian states is with private investment, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of his Hindu nationalist government have made it clear that at least one of their goals in asserting more control over Kashmir is in making it a new frontier for growth as India’s overall economy experiences a slowdown.For decades, a separatist movement has fought Indian rule in Kashmir, which is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety. Some 70,000 people have died in clashes between militants and civilian protesters and Indian security forces since 1989. Most Kashmiris want either independence or a merger with Pakistan, which is India’s bitter rival.Modi’s government last week revoked Article 370 of India’s Constitution, which dates to shortly after independence from British rule. It gave Kashmir a greater degree of legislative autonomy and kept outsiders from buying land or holding public sector jobs. Indian lawmakers also stripped Kashmir’s statehood, splitting it into two federal territories: Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.The authorities argued that Kashmir’s special status had cultivated a sense of separatism that was easy for Pakistan to exploit but made investing difficult. Home Minister Amit Shah said doing away with the special provisions would “kick start” regional development.Shah and others have said the central government has given $44 billion to the region for economic development in recent years, but that much of it has been squandered by corrupt politicians.“The revocation helps break the monopoly that was set by the previous lawmakers of Kashmir,” he said. “Industry, health care and education in Kashmir was stalled due to Article 370,” Shah said.Whether a majority of Kashmiris agreed remained unclear Monday, the eighth consecutive day of an unprecedented security lockdown and near-total communications blackout in the predominantly Muslim valley of 4 million people. Schools and businesses are closed and public assembly is banned, conditions that are expected to last through India’s independence day on Friday.Modi, in his first address to the nation after the sudden act, played up the economic opportunities for Kashmir, saying that the two newly formed federal territories “have the potential to become the biggest tourist destination in the world. The reforms required for this are being done.”But Kashmir’s pristine Alpine landscape, ski resorts, lake houseboat stays and uninterrupted acres of apple orchards have long made it a global tourist attraction.Its rich soil produces some of India’s most famous exports, including handwoven Pashmina shawls, basmati rice and saffron.And Kashmir’s gross domestic product, the value of all the goods and services in the state, has risen from $16.7 billion in 2012 to an estimated $21.9 billion in 2018, according to state statistics data. The economy was expected to expand by another 11 per cent this year, according to a state budget document.By contrast, the Asian Development Bank recently reduced its India growth forecast for 2019 to 7%, from 8.2% in 2015, crediting the slowdown to lower consumption and investment.India needs to grow by at least 9% per year to reach Modi’s aim of making it a $5 trillion economy by 2025.With the law prohibiting outsiders from buying property in Jammu and Kashmir now lifted, Indians from the rest of the country are poised to purchase real estate and apply for government jobs there. Some fear this may lead to a demographic and cultural change in the Muslim-majority region.The move neatly sets up an international investment summit the New Delhi-appointed governor of Jammu and Kashmir has planned for October.Gov. Satya Pal Malik told reporters in Srinagar last month that interest in Kashmir was great, but that the special constitutional provisions had put off investors.“The problem is people can’t buy land,” he said.Though the provision precluded outsiders from buying land, they were able to lease it for up to 90 years, with the ability to renew.“There was no constitutional regulation which was hampering investment or setting up business in Jammu and Kashmir. It was more the peace that wasn’t there,” said Afaq Hussain, director of the New Delhi-based Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals.“Peace is the imperative,” he said.___Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma contributed.Emily Schmall, The Associated Press read more

Target cuts profit sales outlook after bumpy holiday season

Target cuts profit, sales outlook after bumpy holiday season FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Paul Poirier shops at a Target store, in Wilmington, Mass. Target is lowering its fourth-quarter profit and sales outlook Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, after the discounter said that sluggish holiday sales and traffic in its stores offset a surging online business. The lowered expectations are a setback for Target, which is trying to reinvent itself and underscores the overall challenges for the retail industry. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2017 5:31 am MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Target cut its fourth-quarter profit and sales outlook after sluggish holiday traffic in its stores and weak sales in key areas like electronics and food offset a surging online business.The holiday season was disappointing for Target and several other retailers trying to be more nimble in a changing landscape where online leader Amazon.com sets the rules. Macy’s, Sears and others have announced store closings and layoffs.Target said revenue in its signature categories —clothes, home, wellness and toys — increased in November and December. But electronics and entertainment were a weak spot, as well as food and essentials. Target has been struggling to find the right assortment of groceries to bring shoppers back in more often.The Minneapolis-based discounter said the costs associated with bolstering its online services and price competition for shoppers conditioned to look for deals hurt fourth-quarter margins.“While we were pleased with Black Friday sales, December digital sales growth of more than 40 per cent and continued strength in our signature categories, these results were offset by early season sales softness and disappointing traffic and sales trends in our stores,” CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement.Target had stepped up its emphasis on value, increased its holiday marketing and showcased more exclusive merchandise like the children’s clothing brand Cat & Jack. It also added 1,800 new or exclusive toys. That didn’t lure enough shoppers to the stores, and that underscores the challenges for the industry.Moody’s lead retail analyst Charlie O’Shea said Target and other stores are moving to merge their online businesses with their physical stores, but it will be years before they can do it efficiently.“We are in a secular shift,” he said. “And nobody has built a representative second channel.”A string of retailers including Kohl’s and Macy’s have lowered their outlooks after weak holiday sales as shoppers increasingly buy on their mobile devices. Toys R Us also cited the heavy promotional environment as the toy chain said revenue at stores open at least a year fell 3.4 per cent for the nine weeks that ended Dec. 31. That includes a 2.5 per cent drop in the U.S.A clearer picture of shoppers’ holiday behaviour will emerge next month when major retailers report their final fourth-quarter figures. Target releases its quarterly results on Feb. 28.Target’s shares dropped more than 5 per cent in midday trading to $67.26. Shares of other retailers fell as well, and Macy’s Inc. lost nearly 3 per cent to $29.06.The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, had said last week that sales for November and December rose 4 per cent to about $658.3 billion, better than the 3.6 per cent forecast. Online sales rose 12.6 per cent to $122.9 billion, outpacing a forecast for growth of up to 10 per cent.Target said Wednesday that sales at stores opened at least a year fell 1.3 per cent for November and December. That number includes online sales. The company now says the key sales barometer will decline 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent in the quarter, compared to previous expectations for a drop of 1 per cent to a gain of 1 per cent.Total sales for the two months dropped 4.9 per cent, which Target said was still reflecting the impact of the sale of its pharmacy and clinic business in December 2015.For the November and December period, comparable sales just at its physical stores declined by more than 3 per cent; online sales rose more than 30 per cent. Overall transactions were unchanged compared to a year ago as online transaction growth was more than 30 per cent, while store transactions fell 1.7 per cent. Store transactions are a key barometer for customer traffic.If the business trends continue through January, the fourth-quarter will be Target’s third straight period of traffic declines.Target now expects adjusted earnings per share for the fourth quarter to be $1.45 to $1.55, compared with an earlier guidance of $1.55 to $1.75. Analysts were expecting $1.65 per share, according to FactSet.For the full year, it expects earnings per share of $5.00 to $5.10, compared to guidance of $5.10 to $5.30. Analysts were expecting $5.20 per share.____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http//twitter.com/ADInnocenzio read more

Ironic reunion former OSU quarterback Joe Germaine coaching in Arizona

Arizona State linebacker Paul Reynolds stepped onto the field for the final drive of the 1997 Rose Bowl against Ohio State as confident as could be. The Sun Devils had just scored a touchdown to go up 17-14 with less than two minutes to play, and the Buckeyes were sending out an unproven sophomore quarterback to lead them on their final drive. “Pat Tillman (Reynolds’ ASU teammate) and I saw this baby-faced guy with big ear pads come running onto the field,” Reynolds said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got this in the bag.’ Unfortunately, we know how that turned out.” Joe Germaine led a 65-yard game-winning drive, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Boston, to beat the Sun Devils, 20-17. Thirteen years later, Reynolds, the athletic director at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Ariz., hired the “baby-faced” quarterback with “big ear pads” to be his varsity football coach. “My first day in the weight room, we took a photo of the kids and me,” said Joe Germaine, 1997 Rose Bowl MVP. Reynolds “had it PhotoShopped and put me in a Sun Devils shirt. Naturally, I did the same to him, only putting him in a Buckeyes jersey.” Germaine played in the NFL for five seasons and has had multiple stints in the Arena Football League since graduating from OSU in 1998. In his first season as coach, Germaine is 5-1, with a triple-overtime victory over the defending Arizona Class 4A Division II state champions. “I’ve always had a passion for the game,” Germaine said. “I loved practicing. I loved going to meetings. I just loved learning the game.” Hired by Reynolds in March, Germaine was a quarterback coach at Basha High School in Arizona for three years and an assistant at Mesa Community College for two years before coming to Queen Creek. “I got into coaching once I started playing Arena Football,” Germaine said. “The schedule was different from the NFL, and I had the time to do it.” The Arena Football League plays its games from April to August instead of September through January, as the NFL does. “It’s a thrill, being a head coach,” he said. “I’m seeing the game from a different vantage point.” Germaine played for OSU from 1996–1998. Known for his prolific passing and unflappable composure, he threw for 6,370 yards, third-most in OSU history, and 56 touchdowns, second-most in OSU history. Reynolds said the unflappable composure is still there. “In the triple-overtime win, he didn’t look nervous for one second,” he said. “He has such a calm demeanor.” Queen Creek won the triple-overtime thriller 49-42, securing the game with a goal-line stand in the third extra period. “The kids definitely take after their coach,” Reynolds said. “They’re high school kids, you know. You expect them to make mistakes, but no one lost their composure and they held on for the win.” Germaine said he holds high expectations for his players. “We have very high standards on and off the field,” Germaine said. “We teach accountability, and the kids have just been great.” Against Illinois on Oct. 2, OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor passed Germaine for seventh on the “all-time total offense” list at OSU. Germaine had 6,094 yards of total offense as a Buckeye. “I think Terrelle is a terrific talent,” Germaine said. “I expect him to be one of the all-time greats at Ohio State once it’s all said and done.” He said some of the criticism Pryor faced last season as a sophomore was unfair. Germaine said everyone has to mature and credited the OSU coaching staff for helping Pryor develop his game. “Great coaches make great players,” he said. Jim “Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano are great teachers of the game. It’s easy to see why Pryor is where he’s at with coaches like that.” Germaine said his coach at OSU, John Cooper, taught him a lot about the game. “He was fair and treated his players with respect,” he said. “I try to do those same things for my players.” Understandably, many of Queen Creek’s players are Arizona State fans. Queen Creek is only about 30 miles from the ASU campus. “It’s funny,” Germaine said. “We have an ASU-OSU thing going on. They razz me a little bit and I razz them a little bit, but they know that I’m a Buckeye, and there’s no changing that.” Reynolds said Germaine is a great coach and is only going to get better. “He’s been doing a great job,” he said. “I don’t think the kids realize what they’ve got, but I sure do. Hopefully, we can get him to stick around here a while.” It might be tough for Reynolds to keep the former OSU star at Queen Creek. Germaine said he would love to coach at the collegiate level. He even hinted at the possibility of coaching at his alma mater. “Who knows?” he said. “Maybe a few years down the road, Tressel will be hiring and I’ll come back to Ohio State. OSU has a special place in my heart and that’d be something.” Although he said he loves coaching, he still has a desire to play. “I wish more than anything to get an opportunity to play again,” he said. “I keep in shape, hoping that chance will come — you never know.” As for the rest of Queen Creek’s season, Germaine said they’ve got one of the tougher schedules in the state, but that doesn’t mean his goals aren’t set high. “You can imagine how we want to finish,” he said. read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex consider major US tour next year

The couple, who will undergo their first major tour to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji this autumn, are understood to be working towards a trip across the Atlantic next year. While no plans have yet been finalised, with staff concentrating on the South Pacific tour before any details of an American trip can be discussed, sources said it had been pencilled in for 2019. The Duke has visited America before, including trips for his Invictus Games in Florida, holidays and an official tour in 2013.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could make their first visit to America as early as next year, as aides consider a Royal stop-off at Meghan Markle’s former home. The Duchess was born in California,… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

Phone held to the ear of girl who died after eating a

He continued: “These calls I had to make were the worst of my life. Each of them was completely overwhelmed, distressed and shocked.”The Pret a Manger branch which sold a baguette linked to the death of a teenager was found without allergy information on display the following year, the inquest heard.The coroner was told that Pret usually has transparent stickers with white text stuck to its fridges, outlining allergy information.The family’s lawyer, Jeremy Hyam QC, suggested these had not been in place in July 2016, when he questioned the general manager of the branch at the time, Abdoulaye-Djouma Diallo.  Speaking before the inquest opened, a Pret spokesman said: “We were deeply saddened to hear about Natasha’s tragic death, and our heartfelt thoughts are with her family and friends.”We take food allergies and how allergen information is provided to our customers extremely seriously. We will to do all we can to assist the inquest.”The hearing is due to last until Friday. “Natasha said that she still couldn’t breathe and desperately looked at me, she said ‘Daddy, help me, I can’t breathe,’” Mr Ednan-Laperouse said.She soon lost consciousness and cabin staff were aided by a recently qualified junior doctor in applying CPR for the remainder of the journey before being rushed to a Nice hospital.Her father recalled being “totally focused on saving her life” and “begging her to fight and live”.As hope began to fade that Natasha would survive, Mr Ednan-Laperouse put a phone to her ear so her mother and brother could say goodbye. Natasha Ednan-Laperous Her mother Tanya wiped her eyes as she listened to the statement in court.”The pain and agony of the call was beyond anything I have known,” the statement said of the moment Mr Ednan-Laperouse broke the news to Natasha’s mother. Around 20 minutes into the flight, she complained it was getting worse and her father noticed her neck looked red, as if she had been rubbing it.Shortly afterwards she returned from the lavatory with vicious red hives on her midriff “like a jellyfish sting”, the inquest heard.Her father said: “[She told me] ‘Daddy, I’m not feeling well’ and she lifted up her top and displayed these red welts like lacerations which I had not seen before, but I understood something unbelievable was going on.”Natasha was rushed to the cabin’s lavatory, where her father applied a first epipen jab, followed by another when her symptoms did not abate. The father of a teenage girl who had a severe allergic reaction to a baguette held a phone to her ear as she lay dying in hospital so her mother and brother could say goodbye, an inquest has heard.Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice after eating the snack, purchased from Pret a Manger at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five.She had been travelling with her father and best friend for a four-day break at the start of what should have been “the best summer ever” when she stopped to buy the artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette.Unknown to the group, the sandwich dough contained sesame seed, a detail not mentioned on its packaging, according to her father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse.”Natasha told me she had found a baguette that contained all the ingredients she loved and could eat,” he said in a statement read out on the first day of her inquest at West London Coroner’s Court.The label gave “no indication or mention that sesame seeds were present”, he said, adding: “Natasha and I relied on food information and saw no need to ask Pret counter staff if any other information was needed.” Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a cardiac arrest despite two epipens being applied to her legsCredit:PA Shortly after boarding the plane, on July 17 2016, Natasha felt her throat growing itchy and took some piriton. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Nadim Ednan-Laperouse and his wife Tanya leave the court Natasha Ednan-Laperous Nadim Ednan-Laperouse and his wife Tanya leave the courtCredit:Brais G. Rouco/ Central News read more

LNH PSG Handball and Saint Raphael extend winning strike

7.Cesson Rennes17746454:46618 Paris SG32 – 22Ivry TABELA: Tremblay30 – 35St. Raphael 1.Paris SG161501533:42230 paris saint germainsaint raphael Toulouse31 – 26Cesson Rennes 2.St. Raphael171223476:45126 ← Previous Story “Hero of Veszprem” Vilovski to Qatari Al Quiada Next Story → “New Blaugrana” to be ready for 2019/2020 season 9.Nimes17728508:50916 Montpellier30 – 27Nimes 14.Chartres171214424:5064 5.Chambery Savoie17926476:45820 6.Creteil16745465:47618 Paris Saint Germain and Saint Raphael continued race for the French Championship title. The leaders from the capital led by Mikkel Hansen (9) and Thierry Omeyer (14 saves), had easy task to beat Ivry 32:22, while team from Saint Raphael extended winning run 35:30 against Tremblay, the team who is on the way to relegate from the French elite.RESULTS – ROUND 17 Chartres25 – 26Dunkerque 8.Nantes16736469:43917 10.Toulouse17647502:49216 11.Ivry176011454:51312 Aix26 – 30Chambery Savoie 13.Tremblay163013412:4636 4.Montpellier17926511:47320 12.Aix17359491:51211 3.Dunkerque17926449:44420 read more

Ivor Callely heavy metal and Joan Burton The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed. 92995 – Jailed former Fianna Fáil minister Ivor Callely’s prison number after he was sentenced to five months for fraudulent expenses claims.65.8 per cent – the percentage of women in the civil service. However they are mostly confined to lower grades such as clerical or staff officer.80 – the number of days Frances Fitzgerald was Justice Minister and refused to express confidence in Brian Purcell, her secretary general, who asked to be reassigned this week in the wake of a damning report.30,000 – the number of Benzodiazepine tablets with an estimated street value of €60,000 that were seized by Revenue’s Customs Service this week.2.5 per cent – the percentage amount that the Central Bank thinks the economy will grow by this year in an upbeat forecast.> 1,300 – The number of people who have signed an online petition calling on Tánaiste Joan Burton to apologise to heavy metal fans for “disparaging and clueless” remarks.32,154 – the number of new .ie websites that were registered in 2013, contributing to a growth of 18 per cent over the last 12 months.€437 million – AIB’s profit for the first half of 2014. That figure represents a €1.3 billion improvement on the first half of last year.€4.88 – The cost per 1,000 litres of water and waste water services as laid out by the Commission for Energy Regulation.11.5 – The number in per cent of the national unemployment rate in June.3 – The number of penalty points you now face for not wearing a seatbelt, among other things.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

It is time to liberate the French people Le Pen is through

first_img Source: Enda Kenny/Twitter Apr 23rd 2017, 8:40 PM Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 8:40 PM Spoke to @EmmanuelMacron this evening – offered my congrats on his victory in 1st round & encouragement for his pro-European platform.— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) April 23, 2017 “It is time to liberate the French people” – Le Pen is through to the final round in the presidential election Pro-EU candidate Emmanuel Macron has topped the poll, followed by Marine Le Pen, in one of the most closely-fought presidential battles France has seen. 127 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3353856 “The French have expressed their desire for change,” Macron said. “We’re clearly turning a page in French political history.”Macron, who is a former banker and minister for the economy, said the results were a clear rejection of France’s traditional parties.“I want to be the president of the patriots against the threat of nationalists,” he told thousands of supporters in Paris.Le Pen hailed the result as “historic”.  ”The first step has been taken,” she told her supporters. “It is time to liberate the French people.” Le Pen celebrates the result Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesShe said that the second round of voting will be a battle over France’s future.“The major issue of this election is runaway globalisation, which is putting our civilisation in danger,” she said.“Either we continue on the path of complete deregulation, with no borders and no protection… mass immigration and free movement of terrorists… or you choose France,” she added.There were a total of 11 candidates in Sunday’s election, with four main contenders who all looked at various times throughout the campaign as though they could go through – Macron, Le Pen, Fillon, who looks set to finish third, and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who will finish fourth.The projected result signals a massive defeat for Fillon and Socialist Party candidate Benoit Hamon, meaning neither of France’s two major mainstream parties will be in the second round for the first time in 60 years. Macron celebrates with his wife Brigitte Source: Christophe EnaHamon, who is projected to win just 6% of the vote, said the left had suffered a “historic drubbing” but urged voters to keep out Le Pen who he said was “an enemy of the republic”.The campaign was closely fought, and illustrated a deep divide in France and widespread anger at traditional parties.Macron, a 39-year-old who had never before stood for election and only started his independent centrist movement 12 months ago, will be the overwhelming favourite to win the second round on 7 May.All polls show that he has a lead of approximately 20 percentage points in a head-to-head contest with Le Pen.Different approachesLe Pen, the 48-year-old leader of the National Front (FN), sought to capitalise on security fears that were catapulted to the fore of the campaign after the fatal shooting of a policeman on Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue claimed by the Islamic State group.Aiming to ride a wave of populism that led Donald Trump to the White House and Britain to vote for Brexit, Le Pen also wants to pull France out of the eurozone and has threatened to take the country out of the EU as well.Her ambitions have led observers to predict that a Le Pen victory on 7 May could be a fatal blow for the EU, already weakened by Britain’s vote to leave the bloc. Source: PAMacron is seeking to become France’s youngest ever president and campaigned on a strongly pro-EU and pro-business platform.Seeking to benefit from a worldwide move away from established political parties, the former banker and economy minister formed his own movement, En Marche (‘On the move’), that he says is “neither to the left nor to the right”.In the wake of the policeman’s killing on Thursday, 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers were deployed around France to protect voters.RollercoasterClosely watched around the world, the French campaign has been a rollercoaster ride of unpredictable twists and turns.A race that began with the surprise nomination of Fillon as right-wing candidate in November shifted into a higher gear in December when unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande decided not to seek re-election.Hollande’s five years in office have been dogged by a sluggish economy and a string of terror attacks that have cost more than 230 lives since 2015.Fillon was the early frontrunner until his support waned after he was charged following accusations he gave his British-born wife a fictional job as his parliamentary assistant for which she was paid nearly €700,000 of public money.Nearly 47 million people were eligible to vote in the eurozone’s second biggest economy and turnout was forecast to be high at around 80 percent. The results will be seen as a credit to French pollsters, who successfully forecast the resultsAdditional reporting by Christine Bohan- © AFP 2017Read: Casting a vote in the French election in Ireland? Here’s what you need to knowRead: President Erdoğan: The rags-to-riches champion that Europe hoped would steady Turkey As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Emmanuel Macron celebrates his result Source: AP/PA ImagesUpdated 0.32amFAR-RIGHT LEADER Marine Le Pen and pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron look set to face off in the French presidential election final, after the two topped the poll in one of the closest presidential battles France has seen.Macron took 23.9% of yesterday’s vote, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with 21.4%, according to estimates.Conservative candidate Francois Fillon has conceded defeat and endorsed Macron in the runoff against Le Pen, saying that there was ”no other option but to vote against the far right”.The French electorate will now have to choose between Macron and Le Pen for president in the second round of voting on 7 May. 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Some of Threes customers wrongly told theyve spent hundreds on internet services

first_img 23,982 Views By Órla Ryan 37 Comments Source: Shutterstock/Naresuan261SOME OF THREE’s customers got a shock today when they received a text saying they had spent large sums of money on internet services.A number of people were told they had spent hundreds of euro. Apr 25th 2017, 6:02 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: ThreeCare Twitter Source: Three Care TwitterSeveral customers got in touch with the phone service provider on Twitter, where they were informed the messages were sent in error.It a statement to TheJournal.ie, Three Ireland said: “This morning, some of our prepay customers received a text message in error regarding their allowance.“This issue has now been resolved and we are working to ensure that the correct amount of credit is available on customers’ accounts.“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience.”Bill-pay users were not affected.Read: St Vincent’s chairman: Any legal medical procedure will be carried out at new maternity hospital Share134 Tweet Email7 Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 6:02 PM Read: Commissioner: ‘Either gardaí can’t count accurately or someone’s been making figures up’ http://jrnl.ie/3357924 Some of Three’s customers wrongly told they’ve spent hundreds on internet services The phone service provider said the messages were sent in error and the issue has been resolved. last_img read more

Minister admits civil service scheme failure

first_imgThe labor reserve scheme, which is designed to place 30,000 civil servants on reduced salaries for a year — and which politicians pored over for more than a year — was described this week by Administrative Reform Minister Dimitris Reppas as “bordering on the absurd and ridiculous”. The Minister also raised eyebrows by telling a parliamentary committee that the current interim government would not approve the sackings of any civil servants despite the fact that Greece has pledged to reduce the number of bureaucrats it employs by 150,000 over the next three years. “Sackings are not on our agenda and this agenda is formed by this government and this minister,” said Reppas, who did not provide details on what would happen to plans for firings in the civil service that Athens has discussed with the troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. Reppas did however admit that some kind of streamlining would be needed in the public sector. “We have to help citizens and the economy take off through the services that the state provides and its ability to boost growth, which is currently not happening due to bureaucracy and corruption.” Reppas told Parliament’s public administration committee that he was hopeful an agreement with France that was brokered by the European Union Task Force would help Greece to receive expert help in reforming its public sector. The minister took over his post last June and inherited the unfinished labor reserve program from fellow cabinet member Yiannis Ragousis. The pair clashed frequently over the scheme, which will eventually lead to 30,000 civil servants leaving their jobs and receiving 60 per cent of their pay for 12 months. Reppas admitted on Tuesday that the scheme would not be used again as it had been a damp squib. “We did not expect anything significant from a fiscal aspect and on the other hand there was the danger of public administration being unable to operate because of the loss of key personnel,” he said. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ancient History talks in Brisbane

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of the University of Queensland Research Seminars and Public Events in the first semester of 2014, the seminar Democratic Warmaking in Ancient Athens and Today will be given by Dr David M. Pritchard.Dr David Pritchard is a senior lecturer in Greek History at the University of Queensland, where he teaches courses on the democracy, culture, society and sporting pursuits of classical Athens, on classical Attic Greek and on the uses of documentary evidence for Greek and Roman history. He has authored Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens, edited War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens and co-edited Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World.Each seminar is followed by a wine reception. When: Friday 11 April at 3.30 pm Where: Room E212 of the Forgan Smith Building (building no. 1) on the St Lucia campus, University of Queensland For questions about this program and more information, contact Dr David M. Pritchard on (07)3365 3338 or via email d.pritchard@uq.edu.aulast_img read more

Certaines lésions cérébrales graves nempêchent pas de rêver

first_imgCertaines lésions cérébrales graves n’empêchent pas de rêverPubliée cette semaine dans la revue Brain, une étude réalisée par des chercheurs belges, américains et italiens montre que, contrairement aux patients en état ‘végétatif’, totalement inconscients, certaines personnes cérébrolésées, dites en état de conscience minimale, continuent de rêver durant leur sommeil.  Parmi les patients souffrant d’une lésion cérébrale entraînant de graves altérations de la conscience, les médecins distinguent deux catégories : ceux dits ‘en état d’éveil non-répondant’ (ou ‘végétatifs’), et ceux en état de conscience minimale. Les premiers n’ont plus conscience d’eux-mêmes ni du monde extérieur, tandis que les seconds conservent, de façon fluctuante, une telle conscience, à l’état résiduel.À lire aussiMini-cerveaux, “gène homosexuel” et allergie, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 aoûtSoumettant 5 personnes relevant du premier cas et 6 relevant du deuxième à l’électroencéphalographie (EEG) à haut densité (avec 256 électrodes), une équipe de chercheurs du Coma Science Group (Université et CHU de Liège, Universités du Wisconsin et Université de Milan) a constaté une différence importante. Alors que, dans l’état végétatif, l’activité électrique du cerveau différait très peu entre les phases de sommeil et d’éveil (distinguables grâce à l’ouverture ou la fermeture des yeux et la tonicité musculaire), chez les patients en état de conscience minimale, en revanche, le sommeil était proche d’un sommeil normal, avec des plages de sommeil dit ‘lent’ et des plages de sommeil paradoxal – celui durant lequel on rêve.”Tout indique donc qu’ils ont accès au rêve. Par conséquent, on peut légitimement supposer qu’ils disposent encore d’une forme de conscience de soi en plus d’une certaine conscience du monde extérieur”, explique le Dr Steven Laureys, dirigeant le Coma Science Group. Un argument de plus, d’après les chercheurs, en faveur d’une prise en charge médicale spécifique à chacun des deux états, ce qui n’est pas le cas actuellement.Le 10 septembre 2011 à 14:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more