Shanghai stocks extend losses on killer virus fear

first_imgMainland Chinese stocks fell more than two percent at the start of trade Tuesday, extending the previous day’s massive losses as the number of deaths from the coronavirus rose to more than 400 and those infected broke 20,000.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.23 percent, or 61.34 points, to 2,685.27 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, dropped 3.48 percent, or 56.04 points, to 1,552.96.In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index added 0.51 percent, or 134.68 points to 26,491.66.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Final Phase-Out of Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Tax

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Final Phase-Out of Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Tax Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the successful January 1 phase-out of Pennsylvania’s Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax, calling it “an unfair tax on business” that he was committed to eliminating.“As I noted in my budget address, Pennsylvania’s economic prosperity has long been hobbled by an outdated tax structure that fails to incentivize job growth,” Governor Wolf said. “It was well past time for Pennsylvania to finally remove the Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax from the books.”The Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax dates to 1844. Its phase-out had been proposed as far back as 15 years ago, but the elimination had been delayed by previous administrations.These taxes were imposed on corporations with capital stock, joint-stock associations, limited liability companies, business trusts, and other companies doing business within Pennsylvania. Domestic corporations were subject to the capital stock tax, while foreign corporations are subject to the foreign franchise tax on capital stock apportioned to Pennsylvania.“I am committed to fostering a business climate that encourages job creation by creating a tax structure that is fair to businesses and taxpayers,” Governor Wolf said.The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue noted that the elimination of the Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax means that many business types, such as S corporations, LLCs taxed as pass-through entities, and business trusts will be filing their final corporation tax returns for 2015.  These returns should be marked as final returns.  More information will be available on the department’s website at www.revenue.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img January 04, 2016last_img read more

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Iconic Queensland charmer ready for the auction block

first_imgThe home has a commanding position.“This fantastic home sits proudly on an elevated allotment right on the crest of the hill, offering vast panoramic views to the mountains and beyond,” Mr Lewis said. Inspections are by appointment with the home set for auction next Saturday August 26 at 11am. There is ample room to grow.To the opposite side of the cooking space are a study, powder room and laundry with external access, as well as a family room with double casement windows. Timber-framed glass bi-fold doors in the family room open out to a covered patio, which borders a large backyard with a garden shed.Back inside, timber stairs lead up to the first floor of the house. Here, five bedrooms have polished hardwood floors along with shared access to a tiled bathroom with a separate bath and shower.Four of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, while the main bedroom has a bay window, walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with timber-finished vanity and a large corner shower. It also shares a street-facing balcony with one other bedroom. Perfect spot for Friday drinks.A second partially-covered timber balcony is at the rear of the upper level.Other features of the property include two covered carports and ample storage space, while the house has recently been painted inside and out, with new carpet also installed. Agent Damon Lewis of Ray White New Farm described the residence as a spacious family home with amazing views. 84 Bilsen Rd, Wavell Heights.IT has all the charm of yesteryear — a traditional Queenslander with white picket fence, nestled on a 607sq m block — and is a dream home for growing families.This 1950s post-war house offers a tranquil lifestyle with established gardens, five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage.Beyond the picket fence of 84 Bilsen Rd, Wavell Heights, a pathway leads to a residence which has a cottage-esque facade. Once inside, the ground floor includes dining and lounge rooms that are partially divided by a feature wall. 84 Bilsen Rd, Wavell Heights.Antique lights, air conditioning and carpet adorn each room, while the lounge room also features a bay window overlooking the front gardens along with double doors opening to the side of the house.To the rear of the level is a kitchen with ceramic tiled flooring, timber cabinetry and benchtops, a gas cook top, plenty of storage space and a near-new dishwasher.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agolast_img read more

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Climate policy at Church of England lacking urgency, critic laments

first_img“The Church has a moral responsibility to speak and act on both environmental stewardship and justice for the world’s poor who are most vulnerable to climate change,” he said. Bishop Nick Holtam, in charge of environmental matters at the Church of England, added that the new policy marked “the start of a process of divestment as well as engagement with fossil fuel companies”. Anthony Hobley, chief executive at the Carbon Tracker Initiative, threw his weight behind the divestment move, and noted the tar sand divestment made financial and environmental sense. “These are incredibly expensive projects that consume a huge amount of finance, and many of the tar sands projects need an oil price somewhere between $80 and $200 a barrel to make a profit,” he noted, well below the current price for oil. The new policy will also allow for divestment from companies with “significant” carbon footprints if they do not consider their responsibilities in shifting to a low-carbon economy. The wording is likely to allow the Church to maintain its stakes in some of the largest listed companies in the UK, including BP, which recently backed a shareholder resolution calling for it to detail how it would transition to a low-carbon economy.Similar resolutions have been tabled for Shell and Statoil’s AGMs, with both companies throwing their weight behind them.The Rev. Dr Darrell Hannah, whose diocese of Oxford last year divested its £65m in glebe funds from fossil fuel, welcomed the new policy but said the Church should “move away from all forms of carbon as soon as possible, and that includes fracking”.He also criticised that the policy did not disclose what the Church would regard as a success in its engagement efforts with companies with a significant footprint. “That kind of criteria is very important,” Hannah said. “Although it uses the words ‘urgent action’, I miss in it the sense of urgency we have to have.” With an eye on alleviating poverty, the policy allows for the Church to invest in fracking, saying it should evaluate the opportunities stemming from growth in the market, “including those for employment in areas of social deprivation”. The Commission in 2013 began asserting ownership over the mineral rights associated with its land holdings, a step that could see it take advantage of fracking should the industry grow in the UK.The UK government earlier this year won a vote that will allow companies to frack on land without permission of the owner, as long as the exploration is more than 300m below the surface.But the policy stressed that any fracking company in which the Church holds a stake would need to ensure that “the range of stakeholder views” was heard prior to exploration.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to the Church of England’s revised climate change policy The Church of England has agreed to reduce holdings in coal and tar sand across its £9bn (€12.4bn) in pension and charitable funds, but divestment fell short of the full sale of fossil fuels.Critics accused the Church of lacking urgency. Revising its climate change policy, both the £6.1bn Church Commissioners and the £1.7bn Church of England Pensions Board agreed not to invest directly in companies that draw more than 10% of revenue from the production of oil from tar sands or the extraction of coal used for electricity generation – a change that has resulted in a divestment worth £12m. The Rev. Canon Professor Richard Burridge, deputy chair of the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG), accepted that climate change was a reality and that investments should be used to assist in the transition to a low-carbon economy. last_img read more

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Julia Hawkins

first_imgHow many of you know Julia Hawkins as a 50-meter dash world record holder?  When I give you the time, you will wonder what I am talking about.  Her time was 19.07 seconds for 50-meters.  Since she is a lady, you probably think of something in the range of the high 10-second bracket for a 100-meter dash as a normal world record.  So, why am I writing about Julia Hawkins?  She did this when she was 100 years old, and it was in the Senior Olympics.Julia will not rule out running in the next Senior Olympics in two years.  Afterall, she will only be 103!  Even stranger for this Louisiana native is the fact that she did not start running until she was past her 80th birthday!  She stated in an article of Sports Illustrated that she needed some physical exercise, so she just started running.last_img read more

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Albert Auto Night this Sunday, May 25 at Benton County Speedway

first_imgBy Ryan Clark VINTON, Iowa – In what has become one of the most anticipated events of the season at Benton County Speedway, Albert Auto Service returns to sponsor the weekly racing program this Sunday, May 25, in Vinton.Prizes and increased purse money will be up for grab throughout the evening during the company’s third straight year of sponsorship at the speedway. Albert Auto Service is offering up a number of great prizes for race fans, including a TV, grill, tools, battery charger, four $50 gift certificates to Fareway, plus several other gift certificates.Drivers competing Sunday night will also be racing for additional prize money in both heat race qualifiers and feature events. Heat race winners in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions will receive $25, courtesy of Albert Auto.Feature winners in those five divisions will have the opportunity to increase their winnings through a special envelope draw in victory lane. Each winner will be presented three envelopes containing three different cash amounts. One envelope will contain the normal winner’s share for the winning driver’s respective division, a second will contain half of the normal prize money and a third envelope will hold double the normal amount to win.Each winning driver will have the choice to take the normal prize money or choose from one of the three envelopes. Whatever each driver chooses is the amount of prize money they will receive for their feature win. If a driver chooses the envelope with half of the normal prize money, the other half will be donated to Last Hope Animal Rescue.All additional prize money is courtesy of Albert Auto Service.IMCA Late Models also return to the speedway Sunday, May 25, for the first of four stops this season as part of the IMCA Sunday Series for Late Models. Should none of the other five feature winners cash in on the double payday bonus, that offer will be extended to the Late Models, which pays $600-to-win. The BCS Micro Mod division will also make its debut on May 25. The division, which is scheduled to start competing for points Sunday, June 1, will race under the draw/redraw format this Sunday. They will not be competing for track points May 25 and will not be eligible for the bonus money. In addition to the Albert Auto Service sponsorship, 50/50 tickets will be sold by the Go-VS Scholarship Committee. Albert Auto Service, a family owned and operated business, was first started in November of 1999. It started off in a small, one door, two bay shop. After quickly outgrowing the 16th Ave. location, Albert Auto South relocated to 3645 J Street SW.In January of 2006, Albert Auto Downtown was opened to keep up with its ever-expanding family of wonderful customers. Both Albert Auto South and Albert Auto Downtown are committed to honesty and offering a professional experience to its customers. The South shop is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and can be reached at 319 297-7391. The Downtown shop, located at 427 First Avenue SE, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Downtown number is 319 362-3050.Grandstand admission May 25 is $12 for ages 11 and older and $4 for children ages six to 10. Kids five and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $25.Grandstand and pit gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing to follow. For more information, check out Benton County Speedway on Facebook.last_img read more

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NJHS Sponsors Soup-er Bowl Campaign at SLS

first_imgBatesville, IN—St. Louis School is getting into the Soup-er Bowl in an unusual way. National Junior Honor Society members Lilly Abplanalp and Maggie Beiser made Campbell’s soup cans from washer and dryer boxes to collect cans of soup. The soup will then be donated to the Batesville Food Pantry after the Superbowl. NJHS has turned this into a competition between the grade levels to determine a winner. If you have extra cans of soup in your pantry you would like to donate, you can drop those by the school office or deposit them in our boxes.last_img read more

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Tardelli scared by Ibrahimovic

first_imgMarco Tardelli has admitted he is “scared” by what Zlatan Ibrahimovic could do to Ireland’s World Cup dreams. Ireland welcome Sweden and their enigmatic striker to the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening for a game which could go a long way towards determining which, if either, of the sides has a chance of making it to the finals in Brazil next summer. Ireland drew 0-0 in Stockholm in March on a night when the Paris St Germain star largely failed to live up to his billing. However, Tardelli, manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s assistant, knows only too well what Ibrahimovic can do and fears the consequences of failing to contain him. Asked if a series of injury problems for the Swedes would benefit Ireland, he said: “I hope so – but the best player is on the pitch and I am very scared about him because he is a very good player. “He is the first player in Sweden. Ibrahimovic, for us, I would prefer to stay out. “Ibrahimovic is a player who, if he decides to play, he plays very well and scores goals. “Sometimes it can happen that he doesn’t play very well, but I would prefer to have him in my team, very much. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he can do everything.” Ireland, Sweden and Tuesday night’s opponents Austria are currently locked in a tooth and nail battle for second place in Group C with leaders Germany five points clear of the developing scramble beneath them. In the circumstances, defeat in Dublin is unthinkable for Trapattoni’s men if they are to keep alive their hopes of qualification with a tough trip to Vienna to come. Tardelli acknowledged that the double-header could make or break their campaign. He said: “Yes, it’s normal. I think we need to get four points. It’s very important to keep our qualification hopes alive.” However, asked by a Swedish journalist how he expected those points to be delivered, he said: “Three against Sweden and three against Austria.” Trapattoni and his players began work in earnest in Malahide on Tuesday morning with the squad now fully assembled following the arrivals of skipper Robbie Keane and defender Darren O’Dea from America and Canada respectively, with James McCarthy also arriving following his big-money deadline day move to Everton from Wigan. Shane Long was back in training too after he made a late, but ultimately unsuccessful, dash back across the Irish Sea as Hull attempted to lure him from West Brom. Asked if the collapse of the proposed deal would adversely affect the striker, Tardelli said: “I don’t think so. I think he will be fit for the match in his mind. “He is happy. That’s football. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not.” Tardelli was adamant too that experienced defender John O’Shea would suffer no ill-effects of a mauling by club manager Paolo Di Canio after Sunderland’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace. The 32-year-old, who conceded a penalty and was sent off for a mistimed tackle, was singled out for particular attention as the Italian publicly tore into his team after the game. Tardelli said: “John O’Shea is a good boy and a good player. “I don’t know why Di Canio spoke badly about him, but John O’Shea played for many years for Manchester United. Manchester United was a good school for him.” O’Shea seems a certain starter against Sweden, and he could be partnered in central defence by Richard Dunne, who is in line to make his first competitive appearance for his country since the Euro 2012 finals after missing all of last season through injury. However, Trapattoni still has a doubt over left-back Marc Wilson, who sat out training once again on Tuesday with an ankle problem, while goalkeeper David Forde had only a partial involvement. The Italian must also come up with a solution to winger Aiden McGeady’s absence with Tardelli hinting that strikers Jon Walters and Simon Cox, who have played previously in wide midfield berths for Ireland, could be candidates to plug the gap. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Oscar and Chelsea pay the penalty as Guus Hiddink starts with a point

first_img At one point in the second half that run looked likely to be extended to five. Ighalo was dribbling away from goal and had already waited too long to shot when he sent the ball goalwards as his options ran out. It should have posed little threat, but instead took a heavy deflection off Cahill and went sailing in beyond Courtois’ reach in the 56th minute. Chelsea levelled nine minutes later, when Costa encouragingly produced another fine close-range finish after running onto Willian’s exceptional through-ball, but victory escaped them when Oscar sent his penalty, awarded following Valon Behrami’s clumsy challenge on Eden Hazard, over the bar. TWEET OF THE MATCH @GullitR: ” It’s a #chelsea thing to slip when they kick a penalty” former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit remembers John Terry’s slip in Moscow. https://twitter.com/GullitR/status/680789605797490688 PLAYER RATINGS CHELSEA Thibaut Courtois: 6 Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Gary Cahill: 6 John Terry: 6 Cesar Azpilicueta: 6 Pedro: 6 Nemanja Matic: 6 Willian: 7 Cesc Fabregas: 4 Oscar: 6 Diego Costa: 8 Substitutes Jon Obi Mikel: 6 Eden Hazard: 6 WATFORD Heurelho Gomes: 7 Allan Nyom: 6 Miguel Britos: 7 Craig Cathcart: 7 Jose Holebas: 6 Etienne Capoue: 7 Ben Watson: 7 Almen Abdi: 6 Jose Manuel Jurado: 6 Troy Deeney: 7 Odion Ighalo: 7 Substitutes Ikechi Anya: 6 Valon Behrami: 4 Adlene Guedioura: 5 STAR PLAYER Diego Costa. The striker has been one of Chelsea’s biggest under-performers this season, but with two classy goals and a consistently hard-working performance all over the pitch, he again resembled the player who contributed so much to their success last season. If he maintains this form, he still has a future in London. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Oscar’s penalty miss. It initially surprised that Costa was not given the chance to score his hat-trick, but that would not have mattered had Oscar scored. It was difficult to blame him given he slipped, but it was a chance to secure victory and he wasted it. A win could have done so much for Chelsea’s confidence. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Guus Hiddink was overseeing the first game of his second spell as Chelsea’s interim manager, and while he still has much work to do, the early signs were encouraging and bode well for the remainder of the season. The reigning champions will continue to improve. Quique Sanchez Flores had again impressively organised his team and was largely responsible for another good point for his team. They have drawn one and won four of their past five fixtures. The Spaniard simply does not get enough credit for the job he is doing. MOAN OF THE MATCH What on earth was Valon Behrami thinking with that foul on Eden Hazard? That tackle was among the worst of this season. The Swiss was comically clumsy in fouling Hazard to concede a penalty, when he should have stayed on his feet, and was simply fortunate that Oscar then slipped instead of scoring from the resultant penalty. WHO’S UP NEXT Manchester United v Chelsea (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Watford v Tottenham (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Diego Costa had already scored both of Chelsea’s goals, first giving his team the lead and then equalising after Watford went in front through Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, when they were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute. Oscar unexpectedly wasted his effort, and in doing so allowed in-form Watford to secure a 2-2 draw, to remain in seventh place, and to leave Chelsea with much work to do from 15th. Oscar slipped to send a penalty over the crossbar and blow a vital Chelsea victory against Watford in interim manager Guus Hiddink’s first match in charge. Hiddink was overseeing the first fixture of his second reign as Chelsea’s interim manager, having succeeded the recently-sacked Jose Mourinho. His first, when he replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, went so well that many of the club’s fans wanted him to stay on a permanent basis, but there is little question the circumstances this time are more difficult. Inheriting a team just two places off the relegation zone – no matter how misleading that may seem – will have made him aware of that, and though Chelsea possess the talent to finish considerably higher, his players’ confidence remains fragile. If it had been Hiddink’s plan to boost that, it rarely showed, because his playmakers were again largely reluctant to express themselves. Beyond Costa’s fourth-minute header, from Pedro’s cross, a goalscoring threat was minimal until they took the lead. Watford possess one of the division’s most organised defences, and as on so many occasions this season they again deserved credit for nullifying a multi-talented attack which only succeeded for the first time with their 32nd-minute goal because of reasonable fortune. Costa, who again demonstrated a more-familiar desire with a consistently-industrious performance, showed his quality with a classy left-footed finish when John Terry had headed Willian’s right-wing corner off Gary Cahill and into the striker’s path. The expectation was Chelsea would respond to scoring by playing with greater confidence but, though Oscar soon threatened by shooting over at the near-post, Watford swiftly equalised. Inexplicably, Nemanja Matic, under little pressure, fully-stretched his arm to handball in the area, leaving referee Andre Marriner with little option to award the penalty. Deeney calmly placed his effort down the middle as Thibaut Courtois dived to the bottom left, and Watford assumed the momentum. Their impressive start to the season has often been overlooked amid the collective struggles of Chelsea and Manchester United, but with four consecutive victories prior to Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge they will soon be given greater attention. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Other Sports Mercedes boss rages at ‘poor preparation’ after Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas fail to score points

first_imgLewis Hamilton finished 11th while Valtteri Bottas crashed out.Hamilton failed to score points for the first time in 23 races.Max Verstappen won the German Grand Prix for the first time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hockenheim: Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff was critical of his team’s preparations and reactions after both drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas crashed out of contention in a chaotic rain-hit German Grand Prix. Wolff, wearing braces and ‘baggies’ as part of champions Mercedes’ decision to revert to ‘retro’ 1950s outfits in celebration of 125 years of motorsport, on Sunday said the team was not prepared and made the “wrong calls”. The Austrian team boss seemed frustrated and angry that the team were distracted from their jobs by a need to dress in old overalls and flat caps.     Dutchman Max Verstappen claimed his second victory of the season for Red Bull, making five pit-stops on the way, to finish ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso. Defending five-time champion Hamilton, who had been feeling poorly with a sore throat, finished 11th after two mistakes and six pit-stops while Bottas crashed out in the closing laps.     He was later promoted to ninth after Alfa Romeo drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were penalised 30 seconds each for infringements on the start line. It was the team’s 200th Formula One race start as a constructor, another cause for their celebrations in advance at their home race where their parent company was the event’s main sponsor.     “Many drivers crashed,” said Wolff. “Overall, for us, it was a bad day and, for the drivers, it was a bad day, it cannot go much worse. This shows that you shouldn’t fool around with the staff. You should concentrate on the job. We are not superstitious, but we believe in karma and it’s a day to learn.” He added: “I think we had a decent start with good pace. Then you had incidents, crashing out in tricky conditions, the wrong calls.”      Asked about Hamilton’s crash and pit-stop, he said: “It was unfortunate, crashing right at the entry of the pit lane.  You are not prepared. We made the wrong calls afterwards — it was all coming together.     “Many others made the same mistake. Leclerc crashed and many others crashed.” Hamilton, speaking before being promoted in the standings, said: “It was my worst day in the office for a long, long time. You live and you learn. I don’t know what happened today, but I’m glad it’s over and there are more races ahead so we can focus on regrouping and coming back strong.”      He accepted his share of the blame for the team’s worst result since Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided on the first lap of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix when Verstappen won on his debut with Red Bull.     “Me hitting the wall not helpful and them putting on the slick tyres not helpful either,” he said.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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