Suspected militants detonated an improvised explosive device killing a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate for the February 27 elections in the East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Unconfirmed reports said two of his bodyguards were also killed.The IED attack on Jonathone N. Sangma, the NCP candidate for the Williamnagar seat, took place at Samanda around 7.50 p.m. when he was returning from campaigning at Sobokgre and Nabokgre villages.The police neither confirmed nor denied the candidate’s death. “There was a blast but we are yet to get the details about casualty,” said DGP S.B. Singh.But by 10.30 p.m., Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear about the unexpected loss of Jonathone N Sangma. My heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones. The blood of innocents spilled by the enemies of the State will not disturb peace in Meghalaya.”Another tweet by him later said: “This desperate act will not be tolerated. The perpetrators of the crime will be brought to book.”Jonathone Sangma was one of nine candidates contesting the Williamnagar seat. His rivals include the State’s Social Welfare Minister Deborah C Marak of Congress, who is seeking re-election, and Marcuise N. Marak of National People’s Party.Polling in Tripura’s Charilam assembly seat had to be countermanded after the death of Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, the CPI(M) candidate. Polling in that seat has been rescheduled on March 12.Election for the 60 assembly seats in Meghalaya is scheduled on February 27.
India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarnman was gracious in defeat giving credit to Belgian qualifier David Goffin who beat him in a first round of the Chennai Open on Wednesday.Somdev was shocked 2-6, 4-6 by the 20-year-old Goffin in the upset of the day. “Before I say anything, I’d like to say Goffin deserves a lot of credit. From my side, I don’t think I played very well,” he said.Somdev said he was surprised by his defeat because he was “hitting the ball really well in practice.” “I am very disappointed with my performance today and hopefully I’ll play better as the season progresses,” he said.Goffin on his part said,”My game was trying to be aggressive and reach the net. I tried to be aggressive in the court from the first moment until very end.” Asked how he managed to keep his focus towards the end of the game when the vocal crowd got behind Somdev, Goffin said, “These games are never easy to win. I tried to focus on my game till the last point and finish the match.”Somdev admitted that Goffin’s aggressive start to the game, in which the Belgian made the local favourite run all over the court and took a 4-0 lead, “unsettled” him. That unsettled me a bit. The first set wasn’t ideal for me,” Somdev said. But the Indian said he had not seen much of Goffin’s play before, though he did study videos of his matches.”I actually felt he was getting a bit tired. (And) there were a few times, I failed to capitalise on his errors.” The Indian said it was “back to the drawing board now” after this defeat. “It’s time to start playing well again (and) move up the rankings,” he said. Looking ahead to the Australian Open qualifiers, he said, “I have a whole week and so I can book my flight now.”advertisementAsked how he rated Goffin, Somdev said, “You go and see his results last year and he did really well towards the end (of the season). I don’t know what changes he’s made to his game, but as far as potential goes, a lot of people have potential, but you have to put the work in to realise it.””He’s young, talented, has a lot of work ahead of him and I wish him all the best,” he said.- With PTI inputs
Kolkata Knight Riders lost their final qualifying round match against Somerset by 11 runs but still managed to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 main tournament in Hyderabad on Wednesday.Chasing a victory target of 167, KKR could score 155 for eight but made it to the 10-team main tournament as the third highest ranked side in the six-team qualifying round on better net run rate.They collected two points from one win – against Auckland Aces – the same as Ruhunu Eleven but qualified for the main tournament on better net run rate.KKR have a net run rate of minus 0.225 while Ruhunu ended at minus 0.275. The Kolkata side qualified for the main round after reaching 153 in their run chase.The Jacques Kallis-led side joined three other Indian teams – reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians – in the main round, to be held from September 23 to October 9.Somerset and Trinidad and Tobago are the two other teams to have qualified to the main round from the qualifiers. Both secured two wins each.Riding on opener Peter Trego’s fluent half-century, Somerset first produced a solid batting display to post a challenging 166 for six after electing to bat and then restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 155 for eight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.Ryan ten Doeschate waged a lone battle for KKR, hitting one four and three sixes on his way to 46 from 31 deliveries, but eventually ran short of partners.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES San Juan Knights are the ‘Ginebra of MPBL,’ says team co-owner Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The elder Kelly returns to the cage on June 15 in ONE: Legendary Quest in Shanghai, China against local bet Niu Kang Kang in a fight that the Filipino veteran cannot afford to lose.For Edward, it will all depend on Eric’s mental preparations heading into the bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I told him to go through mental training, and he agreed. I know that has been dragging him down because, physically, he looks great. His mental toughness and fighting spirit are what’s lacking,” Edward said.“I know he lives in the gym. He doesn’t do anything but train. I don’t think we can say that he lacks training, but he lacks the killer instinct already. Maybe he got carried away with his other problems.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eric, 37, hasn’t won in four years and is on a six-fight losing skid—all defeats coming by stoppage.Edward admitted that Eric is “not as quick as he used to be” but added that just some adjustments could do the trick.“I think he’s in good shape, but some things have to change. I observed in his previous fights that his reactions are lacking and he’s not as quick as he used to be,” Edward said. “I think he knows the adjustments that he has to make. I know he wants to win again and get the adoration of the people once more.”“I think he can get his old form back. I am confident in him, and I hope to see him back on the winning track.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Eric Kelly. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Eric Kelly is a former featherweight contender in ONE Championship, considered one of the best in his division.And though, Kelly is not the same fighter he once was, his brother and fellow MMA fighter Edward believes all hope is not lost for “The Natural.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
IPL 2016 Published on Chidambaram referred to certain letters and said that the stadiums would be needing 10,000 litres a day for six days and potable water will not be used. SHARE SHARE EMAIL The court later dismissed the plea after having noted it would be better to shift the matches out rather than to create a situation where all kinds of regulations would be needed. He refuted the claim that 60 lakh litres would be required and said that at best 60,000 litres of treated water would be used for watering the grounds that would be brought in tankers. Court bouncer for IPL sponsors and brands Drought: High Court suggests shifting IPL out of Maharashtra The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of Maharashtra and Mumbai Cricket Associations against the Bombay High Court order directing shifting of IPL matches outside the drought-hit State. Upholds Bombay court order directing shifting of matches However, the bench also comprising Justices R Banumathi and UU Lalit dismissed the petition and said that let the matches be shifted out of the State. A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur was initially inclined to allow the matches in Maharashtra with some strict conditions like the stadium authorities will not be permitted to use “even a drop of potable water” for their matches. × The bench, during the hearing, sought response from the lawyers about the claim that 60 lakh litres of water would be required for maintenance of the grounds on the eve of IPL matches which were scheduled to be played in the state. April 27, 2016 Senior advocate said that the stadiums would be needing 10,000 litres a day for six days and potable water will not be used. File Photo – The Hindu MCA moves apex court against shifting of IPL matches from Maharashtra SHARE At the outset, senior advocate P Chidambaram and AM Singhvi, appearing for the State cricket bodies, sought a stay on the Bombay High Court order, saying that they will not be using potable water for any cricketing activity in stadiums in Mumbai and Pune and rather use treated sewage water. Senior advocate said that the stadiums would be needing 10,000 litres a day for six days and potable water will not be used. File Photo – The Hindu COMMENT Considering the submissions, the bench said, “We will direct the civic bodies to disconnect the drinking water to the establishment and not a drop of potable water will be used. We will appoint a judicial officer who, with the help of police, will ensure that drinking water is not used.” cricket The Bombay High Court had on April 13 ordered shifting of all IPL matches scheduled in Maharashtra after April 30 to another state in view of the severe drought in the State. The dismissal of the petition would lead to relocation of five IPL matches which were to be played at home-grounds of IPL franchises —— Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants. RELATED null COMMENTS
Former CSA chief Ali Bacher has supported the country’s sports minister’s decision to ban Cricket South Africa and national federations for rugby, athletics and netball from hosting international events until they include 60 per cent Black South Africans in their teams.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday made the announcement after receiving a report on “transformation” in South Africa’s five biggest sports: Rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics and netball. (South Africa banned from hosting cricket, rugby tournaments for ignoring blacks)Bacher, who spearheaded the return of the Proteas to the international cricketing fraternity after decades of isolation due to apartheid, said sports federations had long been warned that government would intervene if transformation did not take place.National squad for these sports have fielded few Black players despite the majority population being Black.’Black’ is defined by the South African government as including people of African, Indian, Coloured and Chinese descent who were denied opportunities in the apartheid era.Mbalula’s action is largely seen as punitive for sports bodies failing to include more Black players in sides despite repeated government pleas for transformation since the advent of the first democracy led by Nelson Mandela in 1994.On Monday, the minister said the federations controlling these four sports genres in the country had not met the required rate of transformation in their sports, banning them from bidding for or hosting major events until his decision comes under review next year.Cricket South Africa said it would be seeking clarity from Mbalula to determine where they have failed in their quest to transform.advertisementCSA communications manager Altaaf Kazi said they needed to review the contents of the report in order to understand where transformation targets set by the Ministry of Sport were not met before they could comment further.The ban though will have no immediate impact on international tournaments in South Africa, as CSA will not play host to any major tournaments during the current Future Tours Programme (FTP) ending in June 2019.CSA has not indicated intention of bidding for major events.(With inputs from PTI)
Continue Reading Previous Lauterbach: TRACE32 provides JTAG debug support for Wind River VxWorks 653Next Parasoft and DATPROF unite software test automation, service virtualization HCC Embedded has extended the range of platforms supported within its Advanced Embedded Framework to include the ChibiOS RTOS. Now, embedded developers can easily add HCC Embedded’s quality communications, security, and flash file system software to a variety of complex ChibiOS-based designs to reduce time to market and improve product reliability.HCC middleware is designed to be truly target independent and portable, meaning that it works with any embedded processor and provides seamless support for any RTOS or scheduler. HCC’s networking and storage solutions include TCP/IPv4 and IPv6 networking stacks; CryptoCore security; and MQTT, SNMP, and TLS/DTLS software modules, all of which are developed with rigorous MISRA adherence. HCC’s range of high-performance, fail-safe file systems and Flash Translation Layer solutions guarantee the integrity of the file system and its data while managing any type of flash media such as NAND, NOR, and eMMC. With this vast range of commercial peripherals and software components, designers can choose the components they need and put them together in a reliable and consistent way to build a variety of ChibiOS-based products to the same, high-quality standard every time.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Colin Cowherd IowaFOX Sports radio show host Colin Cowherd wasn’t very high on Iowa all year – and he made it clear on a weekly basis. Needless to say, after the Hawkeyes were dominated by Stanford in the Rose Bowl contest Friday, Cowherd felt a bit vindicated. He took to Twitter early this morning to playfully ask where all the Iowa fans had gone.Must be a power outage or something in Iowa. Awfully quiet 12 hours after being humiliated.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) January 2, 2016Iowa, which won its first 12 games, certainly had a good season, even if it ended on a sour note. Cowherd rubbing it in isn’t really necessary – but hey, that’s what he does.
Two former Iowa players traded jerseys after the Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns game on Sunday.This past Sunday, the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys met on the field, which means that two former Iowa linebackers drafted in 2014 – Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey – squared off. After the contest, there was a great showing of respect between the two – they traded signed jerseys for each other.Check it out, via Iowa’s Instagram account:The Cowboys, of course, won the contest 35-10 – leaving the Browns still winless on the season. But regardless of who you were rooting for, there’s no doubt that this was a cool moment for Hawkeyes supporters.
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“Indeed, Mexico continues to be a significant investor in Jamaica’s tourism,” he added. Bilateral relations between Jamaica and Mexico have fostered excellent cooperation across a wide range of areas critical to national development in the two countries. “Our ties in trade, investment and tourism continue to be strong. Both trade and investments have shown healthy increases,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. Story Highlights Bilateral relations between Jamaica and Mexico have fostered excellent cooperation across a wide range of areas critical to national development in the two countries.“Our ties in trade, investment and tourism continue to be strong. Both trade and investments have shown healthy increases,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr.“Indeed, Mexico continues to be a significant investor in Jamaica’s tourism,” he added.The State Minister was speaking at a reception to commemorate the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, held on Friday (September 14) at the Ambassador’s Residence, 9 Cherry Gardens Avenue, St. Andrew.He said the two countries have advanced their bilateral agenda during 2018, and cited the visit by the Mexican Foreign Minister, His Excellency Dr. Luis Videgaray Caso, in March as “another tangible demonstration of the strength of the Jamaica-Mexico partnership”.The State Minister said the Government is looking forward to hosting the Ninth Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Bi-national Commission in Kingston early next year.In his remarks, Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency Juan Jose González Mijares, said that Jamaica is increasingly becoming an important destination for Mexican companies, with investments expanding in the tourism, airport management and construction sectors.He mentioned ongoing projects in the areas of energy, statistics, agriculture, maritime security, the preservation of digital archives and disaster risk-management.“The objective is to span the promotion of investments and technological exchanges in agricultural services and the Blue economy, among others,” he noted.The Ambassador said that the visit by the Mexican Foreign Minister “elevated our political dialogue and cemented Mexico’s willingness to support Jamaica as a reliable partner in the achievements of its strategic economic objectives”.He thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, led by Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, for its dedication to facilitating the dialogues and for widening “our economic and cooperation exchanges”.The Ambassador also offered his full support to Ambassador Jason Hall, who has been appointed to head Jamaica’s Mission in Mexico.“We will work together in bringing not only more of Mexico to Jamaica but more presence of Jamaica in Mexico,” he said.The ceremony featured a performance by the Quemacocos band, which delivered an eclectic fusion that combines rock and roll with traditional Mexican music, and the presentation of El Grito de La Independencia (Independence Cry) directed by Ambassador González Mijares.Diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Mexico were established in March 1966.
zoom Cruise line conglomerate Carnival Corporation & plc celebrated on Monday the opening of its new Amber Cove cruise port in the Dominican Republic with a grand opening ceremony.Featuring a two-berth port and a 25-acre landside development nestled in a picturesque cove, Amber Cove is aimed at providing cruise guests from Carnival’s eight brands a convenient gateway to the Puerto Plata region on the island’s north coast.The port also re-opens the Puerto Plata region to regular cruise ship visits for the first time in nearly 30 years, adding a new destination to the Caribbean.Following the first visit by the Carnival Victory on October 6, additional ships from Carnival Cruise Line and seven additional Carnival Corporation brands are scheduled to make calls on Amber Cove – AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises.Amber Cove will be the first destination for the inaugural voyage of Carnival Corporation’s new social impact travel brand Fathom, which is scheduled to depart from PortMiami on April 10, 2016. In its first full year of operation, the eight Carnival Corporation brands will make 140 calls on the port with 23 ships.“We know our guests love the Caribbean, and today celebrates our beautiful new port and the beginning of us bringing our guests to one of the most unique, spectacular and historic regions in the Caribbean. We have worked closely with the local tour operators to offer more than 40 unique shore excursions, giving our guests plenty of options for exploring and enjoying the island,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
zoom German liner company Hapag-Lloyd announced that it is adding French ports Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets to improve its Europe Australia Express service (EAX).The ports will be added to the EAX rotation on the southbound leg as of December.Hapag-Lloyd also said that the Italian call on the northbound leg will be switched from Genoa to Salerno.With this move the company expects to “improve direct port coverage in Southern Italy while at the same time maintaining good coverage of Northern Italy via other Hapag-Lloyd services and a good train connection. “South Italian customers will also benefit from a direct export service to Northern Europe.”The transit times of 30 to 36 days from Northern Europe to Australia are expected to remain unchanged, the company said.The new port rotation will be as follows: Tilbury – Hamburg – Rotterdam – Le Havre – Fos – Genoa – Damietta – (Suez Passage) – Pointe de Galets – Fremantle – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Singapore – Pt. Kelang – Chennai – Colombo – Cochin – (Suez Passage) – Damietta – Malta – Salerno – Tilbury.
A Nova Scotian is the new chair of the National Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada. Vern Fraser was recently named chair of the council at a meeting in Quebec City. Mr. Fraser, a former R.C.M.P. officer, is an employee of the Emergency Management Office in Kentville. “Our colleagues across the country will benefit from Vern’s ground search and rescue expertise and leadership,” said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. “This opportunity will allow the province to showcase our capabilities while working with our provincial and territorial partners toward consistent standards for ground search and rescue.” Mr. Fraser will represent the council on ground and inland water search and rescue matters and provide direction and leadership on key council initiatives. “It’s truly an honour to be appointed chair of the council,” said Mr. Fraser. “The many volunteers across the country deserve to be well represented at the national level. In their interest, I will be aggressively working to move forward with the council’s new five-year action plan that will build search and rescue capacity throughout Canada.” The Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada represents the search and rescue authorities in each province and territory, as well as national organizations and agencies. Council members share best practices, support development in search and rescue training, prevention, operations and organizational structure, and build consistency for ground and inland water search and rescue.
Authorities mixed up the identities of one of the deceased and one of the survivors in the Humboldt Broncos crash, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice said Monday.The body of 18-year-old Parker Tobin, a goalie, was mistaken for that of Xavier Labelle — Labelle is injured but alive, and Tobin is among the 15 people who died when the bus carrying the junior hockey team collided with a semi truck in northeastern Saskatchewan on Friday, the ministry said.LISTEN: The parents of Parker Tobin thought the badly injured person in the hospital was their son, when it fact it was not, it was Xavier Labelle. Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada talks about being in the hospital room.Audio Playerhttps://toronto.citynews.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/10/2018/04/09/mistakenidentity.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Fourteen people were injured in the crash.“The Office of the Chief Coroner apologizes for the misidentification and any confusion created by it,” the ministry said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to the family of Parker Tobin.”On Monday, Drew Wilby with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice spoke with the media about what he called an “unfortunate error.”He said they became aware of the error late Sunday night.“A lot of these boys looked alike. They had the blonde hair that was supportive of their team for their playoff run, they’re very similar builds, they’ve all very similar ages and they’re all athletic of course,” he explained.Wilby said both families are fully aware of the error and he thanked them for their professionalism, support and understanding in the matter. He also extended his apology to both families on behalf of the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Government of Saskatchewan.Over the weekend, Tobin’s family had tweeted that their son was alive.“This is one of the hardest posts I have ever had to make. Parker is stable at the moment and being airlifted to Saskatoon hospital,” Rhonda Clarke Tobin wrote.Related contentHumboldt pastor’s anguished speech: ‘Where was God?’Humboldt Broncos: Remembering the fallenCommunity of Humboldt gathers to honour fallen team membersMeanwhile, Xavier Labelle’s family had confirmed his death over the weekend, with his brother writing in an Instagram post that he was heartbroken.News of the mistake comes a day after a solemn vigil was held at the team’s home arena, where thousands gathered to remember the deceased.Among those in attendance was Nick Shumlanski, the first of the Broncos to be released from hospital.On Sunday night, he tweeted out a statement saying the support he’s received has been helpful.“Although reality hasn’t really set in yet, it is truly devastating to have lost so many close friends, brothers and amazing coaches. Times are tough right now but the support you all have shown is so amazing,” he wrote.He also said that he was lucky to be in the condition he was.“The doctor told me it was truly a miracle that I was able to get up and walk away from the accident with very minor injuries and a couple of scars on my body,” he said.The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game Friday in Nipawin when the crash took place.
TORONTO – Many Canadians are watching their mailboxes and inboxes for a personal income tax refund, now that the filing deadline has passed. But instead of a welcome influx of cash, receive a dreaded notice that their file is under review or audit.When the Canada Revenue Agency starts looking your way can be anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t need to be, tax experts say.The best thing to do is respond and co-operate, said Jason Safar, a partner in the tax services practice of PwC.“The worst thing you can do is play the ostrich, put your head in the sand and pretend that nothing is going on,” he said.The federal government in recent years has ramped up its efforts to crack down on tax evasion, particularly by big international companies and wealthy individuals using offshore tax havens. In the 2016 Federal Budget, Ottawa earmarked $444.4 million over five years to help the CRA track down tax cheats, with the aim of raking in an additional $2.6 billion in tax over that period.There has been an increase in audit activity, in all facets, but less so for personal income taxes, said Safar. And the vast majority of Canadians will never face a personal tax audit, he added. However, more Canadians will face the less serious option called a review.“For the ‘lucky’ 0.1 per cent that does, it’s probably that there is something that is very unusual about their filings or history of filings that causes Canada Revenue Agency to want to take a closer look,” Safar said.A review, however, happens fairly often, said H&R Block senior tax professional Valorie Elgar.A CRA review is simply a request for additional information, rather than an audit which involves deeper scrutiny of your tax file.Your income tax file may be selected for review randomly, or for reasons such a discrepancy between the figures you cited and those of a third-party, such as your employer. An unusual change in your activities, such as an increase in medical expenses or child care costs, may also trigger a closer look from the tax collector.Often, once the taxpayer submits the required information to clear up confusion, that’s the end of the process, said Elgar.“Send in the documentation that they request, and then that’s usually it,” she said. “But some people do get worried.”If you do not co-operate, the CRA will likely make adjustments based on the information they have. This could lead to unwanted outcomes, such as a large tax bill plus interest charges, she said.There are several types of review, such as a pre-assessment review program that takes place before a notice of assessment is issued. A processing review happens after the notice of assessment is issued, usually between August and December.Your information could also be reviewed in a matching program after the tax assessment is issued that compares the information in your tax return to a third party, such as a financial institution.Just in case you ever find yourself in the CRA’s crosshairs, it’s important to preempt any headaches by keeping all relevant receipts used to file your tax return on hand for at least six years, said Elgar.Some documents may need to be kept on file even longer, said Safar. For example, documents in connection with a property owned by the taxpayer will need to be kept until the property is sold, in order to quantify the capital gains.If you do find yourself under audit or review by the CRA, it is important to read the letter carefully and make sure to understand what they are asking for, he added. After submitting the requested information, the CRA will commonly send the taxpayer a letter outlining their concerns and reassessment details, and the recipient has 30 days to respond before the new tax assessment is processed, said Safar.If you disagree with their conclusions at this point, let them know before that reassessment is processed, he added.If the dispute is not resolved, there is still recourse. After the reassessment comes you have the option to file a notice of objection, which will go to an appeals officer who is different from the original auditor, said Safar.If you plead your case and it falls on deaf ears, you can take the government to the Tax Court of Canada, he added. The issue can be further escalated to the Federal Court of Appeal, and if need be, you can seek leave to take your battle to the Supreme Court.“You have lots of opportunities to plead your case,” he said.However, that can take a long time and a lot of money. Depending on how much you owe the government, you will have to make a call on whether the effort and expense for this battle is worth it, Safar added.“It depends how much you’re arguing about, and how much of a person of principle you are if the amount is not significant enough to justify the cost.”
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Banks are leading stocks higher in early trading on Wall Street as bond yields rise above their recent lows.Citigroup rose 1 per cent in early trading Thursday. Higher bond yields are good for banks because they can earn more income from the bonds they hold and they can charge higher interest rates on loans.Watch maker Movado jumped 14 per cent after reporting strong earnings last quarter, and Calvin Klein parent company PVH soared 15 per cent after turning in solid results of its own.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 59 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 25,682. The S&P 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,821.The Nasdaq edged up 7 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,698.Bond prices fell, sending yields higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.39 per cent.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Canada’s biggest movie exhibitor hopes that a menu of new dishes from its corporate chef and the promise of a kids-free night will entice adults to pay a few extra dollars for an upscale experience at the movies.Cineplex is ramping up an expansion of its higher priced “VIP” theatres that cater exclusively to adults by offering larger seats, menu service, and a licensed auditorium and lounge.The company said Monday that it will install the new screens at three Ontario theatres, as well as build the first stand alone VIP cinema in Don Mills, Ont. Ticket prices for the high-end theatres typically range from five to seven dollars more, though Cineplex hasn’t said how much it will charge at the new locations.The exhibitor has also hired a chef to expand on the existing line of appetizers, which already includes calamari, deep fried pickles and macaroni and cheese wedges. An array of alcoholic beverages are also on the existing menu, ranging from beer to martinis.“We are satisfying a demand that we’ve had in the Greater Toronto Area for many years to add more VIP cinemas to the city,” said spokeswoman Pat Marshall in a phone interview.The company’s new chef will work from Cineplex’s headquarters where the cafeteria will serve as “a test kitchen” for new food items that could later show up at the cinemas.The move is part of a broader expansion at Cineplex of premium priced ticket options, which have helped drive box-office revenue even during quarters when Hollywood movies fell short of expectations.During the second quarter, premium priced tickets helped the company deliver record results, at a time when summer blockbuster “The Avengers” was the only massive hit.Box office revenues increased to $156.2-million, despite a 0.2% decline in attendance from a year earlier.Across the country Cineplex theatres are home to premium priced Imax screens, digital 3D presentations as well as its UltraAVX theatres which have a bigger screen and high-end sound system.The new stand alone VIP theatre in Don Mills will offer valet parking, as well as a significant amount of personal space for moviegoers. Each theatre will seat from 100 to 150 patrons in a space that would typically seat about 300 people, Marshall said.The extra space will be used for the larger seats and side tables.Cineplex already operates VIP cinemas in Edmonton, Coquitlam, B.C., downtown Toronto, London and Oakville, Ont.Other VIP screens will be added at two Toronto-area theatres, a new cinema in Kitchener, Ont., and Brossard, Que.Cineplex runs 133 theatres located from British Columbia to Quebec with 1,438 screens under its numerous brands which include Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, SilverCity and Scotiabank theatres.Earlier this summer, the theatre operator announced a deal to buy four theatres from AMC and upgrade the locations to include digital projection systems.Under the deal, Cineplex will acquire AMC Ventures, which includes the theatres in Toronto, Oakville, Ont., Mississauga, Ont., and Montreal, for a nominal price.With the latest acquisition, Cineplex will own, lease or have a joint-venture interest in 134 theatres with 1,445 screens.
WASHINGTON – Lower-priced gas allowed Americans to step up their spending at retailers in April, from cars and clothes to electronics and appliances. The rebound from a weak March suggests consumers remain resilient in the face of higher taxes and could continue to drive economic growth this spring.Retail sales edged up 0.1 per cent in April, the Commerce Department said Monday. That’s an improvement from a 0.5 per cent decline in March, the largest drop in nine months.The April gain was stronger when taking out the effect of lower gas prices, which reduced sales at gas stations 4.7 per cent. The retail sales report is not adjusted for price changes.When excluding gas station sales, retail spending rose 0.7 per cent. And core retail sales, which exclude gas, autos and building supplies, increased 0.5 per cent. Economists pay close attention to core sales because they strip out the most volatile categories.Sales of autos rose 1 per cent in April, rebounding from a 0.6 per cent drop in March. Sales at clothing stores increased 1.2 per cent and sales at general merchandise stores, a category that covers department stores, rose 1 per cent. Sales were also strong at building materials and garden supply stores and electronics and appliance stores.Consumers increased their spending in April, despite paying higher Social Security taxes that has reduced their paychecks this year. Their spending will likely add to economic growth in the April-June quarter. Consumer spending makes up roughly 70 per cent of economic activity.“This is a good start to the second quarter,” said Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. “The rest of the year is expected to rise further on stronger household finances.”The economy grew at a 2.5 per cent annual rate from January through March, up from a 0.4 per cent rate in the October-December quarter of 2012. The gain was largely because of the fastest growth in consumer spending in more than two years.But most of the increase came from greater spending at the start of the quarter. Consumers cut back sharply on retail spending in March, while paying more for utilities to heat their homes during a colder-than-usual month.Some economists had worried that the weak month of spending in March was a sign that the tax increase was starting to catch up with the consumer.But other factors appear to have made the consumer more resilient.Chris G. Christopher Jr., director of consumer economics at IHS Global Economics, said that falling gas prices and an improving job market have cushioned some of the impact of the higher Social Security taxes.The economy added 165,000 jobs in April and has created an average of 208,000 jobs a month since November. That’s well above the monthly average of 138,000 for the previous six months.Cheaper gas is leaving consumers with more disposable income. The national average price has risen slightly over the past week to $3.58 a gallon. But it is still 21 cents lower than the peak price reached on Feb. 27.And a surging stock market and increases in home prices may be making consumers feel wealthier and more inclined to spend.Most economists still expect growth to weaken slightly in the April-June quarter. But after seeing the more upbeat retail sales figures for April, some are raising their forecasts. Analysts at JPMorgan now predict growth will slow to a 2 per cent rate, up from their previous forecast of 1.5 per cent.And many expect economic growth will strengthen in the second half of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2013 9:02 am MDT US retail sales rise in April on purchases of autos, clothing; lower gas prices a factor