20 Dec

Ousted Coliseum executive’s spending raises eyebrows

first_imgOAKLAND — Ousted Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben is facing criminal charges of violating state conflict-of-interest laws, but his spending habits as head of the special agency raise new questions about how he did his job.Bills show McKibben charged the public agency for two NBA Finals tickets given to lawyers, traveled out of state without board approval to meet with an executive he now works for, and authorized a $25,000 payment to the son of former state Sen. Don Perata, …last_img read more

16 Dec

Democrats Seek Extension of Tax Breaks for Renewables

first_imgFederal tax credits for wind and solar systems are to be phased out beginning next year as part of a 2015 deal that ended a ban on crude oil exports. Now, a group of Democrats in Congress would like rework the plan and keep the subsidies in place, Bloomberg reports. The 2015 agreement was a boon for renewables. A production tax credit for the wind industry, which had expired, was reinstated with a five-year phase-out to end next year. A 30% investment tax credit for photovoltaic systems also was given an extension, with a gradual reduction to begin in 2020 and go to zero in 2022. But changes in the political landscape have prompted more than 100 Democrats to sign on to a letter urging that the tax benefits be given more time.RELATED ARTICLESAfter a Long Boom, an Uncertain Future for Big Dam ProjectsA Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsBill Proposes New Incentives for Electric VehiclesDitch the Tax Credits for RenewablesEnergy Tax Credits and the Fiscal Cliff The April letter, addressed to the Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, said that investments in clean energy would help the country address threats posed by climate change. It criticizes parts of the tax code that provide billions of dollars in subsidies, “many with no discernible rationale,” while leaving renewable energy companies high and dry. Among the requests: Continued incentives for wind and solar energy as a way of helping the country transition to 100% clean energy. Clarify the tax code for energy storage technologies, which lawmakers said is key to modernizing the grid. Encourage the spread of electric vehicles and vehicles that run on alternate fuels by revising a cap on subsidies for manufacturers that currently kicks in when sales top 200,000 vehicles. Support the use of biomass and wood pellets for home heating. Support policies that would continue development of the next generation of biofuels. “We are cognizant that Congress last extended many of these clean-energy tax credits with the understanding that they would eventually be phased out,” the letter reads. “However, for many of us who served in 2015 when that bipartisan agreement was reached, the facts on the ground have now changed demonstrably.” The extensions were supposed to serve as a bridge to the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but the Trump administration has “fundamentally altered the framework by which the 2015 agreement was reached,” it says. Reaction was mixed. Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, said he favored an extension of the incentives. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, does not. He said that he assured opponents of the wind tax credit in 2015 that he wouldn’t be back for another extension if they went along with it then.last_img read more

3 Dec

Sporadic violence marks Bengal civic polls

first_imgSporadic incidents of violence took place in several parts of West Bengal since polling started on Sunday morning in seven civic bodies, including five municipalities, one municipal corporation and one Notified Area that is a settlement area in transition from rural to urban. While Opposition parties alleged that ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadre were behind the violence, the TMC leadership denied the allegations. Till 7.15 p.m. 77.3% votes were polled. However, this figure is likely to increase as some voters were still in queue. Polls are being held for the Durgapur Municipal Corporation in Paschim Bardhaman district, Dhupguri Municipality in Jalpaiguri district, Buniadpur Municipality in South Dinajpur district, Nalhati Municipality in Birbhum district, Haldia and Panskura Municipalities in the Purba Medinipur district, and the Coopers’ Camp Notified Area in Nadia district. Apart from these, by-polls are being held for one ward in the Jhargram Municipality of Jhargram district, and one ward in the Champdani Municipality of Hooghly district. Most of the incidents of violence took place in the Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) area in Paschim Bardhaman district. Two police personnel were allegedly assaulted and a rifle was snatched by miscreants in the Kada Road area in Durgapur. A polling booth was also vandalised. In the afternoon, bombs were hurled near a polling booth in Ward Number 13 in the Main Gate area.“Two personnel were assaulted and are severely injured. We have got information that there were some people [involved in the incident] who were Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters. The rifle has been recovered,” said a senior official of the Assansol-Durgapur Police Commissionerate. He added that no one has been arrested so far.last_img read more

28 Nov

Gilas battles China

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I’ve always believed that the best way to prepare for a game is to completely be in the present,” Reyes said in the report. “It’s the now that’s going to be important.”The Filipinos hope to use speed to offset China’s edge in size, with Gilas having a fleet-footed backcourt led by Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo.Save for the absence of Blatche and Fajardo, the Philippines is being represented by possibly the best team it could cull, unlike the Chinese and Iran, who are saving their best players for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November.Gilas and China are bracketed with Iraq and Qatar in Group B and to keep on playing, would need to win at least once in the first round.Each group topnotcher will automatically make it to the quarterfinals, while Nos. 2 and 3 will advance to a qualifying round for the quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Christian Standhardinger has taken over the place of Blatche on short notice, and there will be a lot that the6-foot-8 Filipino-German would need to do in order to make Gilas competitive in the continental championship.The Philippines finished second in the last two editions of the Fiba Asia, the first happening in 2013 in Manila and two years ago in Changsha, Hunan province in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIran won the 2013 event, while the Chinese literally maximized homecourt edge two years later to beat the Filipinos in a close contest.Coach Chot Reyes doesn’t want his players to be thinking about that for this game, but was quoted as saying by a TV5 report that “it’s human nature,” for players to recall what happened then.center_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Key game up for national squad Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA Gilas Pilipinas side that is definitely wanting in size gets its Fiba Asia Cup bid going, clashing with defending titlist China Wednesday at Mouhad Nawfai Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.With Andray Blatche refusing to go and June Mar Fajardo injured, the Filipinos are the definite underdogs in their 6:30 p.m. (Manila time) clash with the Chinese, who had taken just four players from their team that played in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Oympics but still loom as one of the teams to beat in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

20 Nov

IIM Kashipur to announce three courses for online learners

first_imgIIM Kashipur has announced three new executive certificateprogrammes.The lectures will be delivered by eminent faculty of IIMKashipur, using direct-to-device technology, through ‘live andinteractive’ lectures and are aimed at meeting the growing demand for customer-centric marketing, digital marketing and entrepreneurial success.Programmes offeredExecutive Certificate programme in Digital MarketingExecutive Certificate programme in Marketing Analytics and Customer ValuationExecutive Certificate programme in EntrepreneurshipExecutive Certificate programme in Digital Marketing: It provides candidates with an analytical and theoretical framework to understand the emerging practices in the field of digital marketing. It will focus on the dynamics of digital marketing and advertising, web analytics, online listening and monitoring, search engine optimisation and social media participation.From interns and early professionals to mid-level professionals and senior managers, the course will help all to support key marketing decisions that influence the revenue prospects of the organisation.Starting date: The five-month course will start on February 12, 2017.Executive Certificate programme in Marketing Analytics and Customer Valuation:It is designed in response to the need for analytic talent in the market place. The highlights of the programme includes ‘Using advanced techniques to summarize marketing data’, and ‘Pricing, Web and Retailing analytics’.The course will convey the benefits of a systematic, analytical approach to marketing decision-making, and build skills, knowledge and confidence in undertaking such analyses.Starting date: The duration of this course is also 5 months and it commences on February 26, 2017.Executive Certificate programme in Entrepreneurship:It has been designed with the specific purpose of identifying, nurturing and supporting budding and aspiring entrepreneurs in realising their dreams. The programme imparts essential knowledge about starting one’s own business venture, building and presenting a business plan, obtaining funding and entrepreneurial finance, making the appropriate marketing strategy, acquiring and retaining talent and also covers other critical factors that influence successful set-up and sustainable operations. Graduates, diploma holders with work experience, business professionals and budding and aspiring entrepreneurs are eligible for this course.advertisementStarting date:  The duration of which is four months, and it is starting February 26, 2017.Talking about the association, Dr Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur asserted, “IIM Kashipur has a shared vision of imparting quality education that is relevant in today’s day and age. Through these online courses, we want to prepare young leaders with aspirations to excel in their respective roles. Through our partnership with Talentedge, we are confident that we will be able to extend knowledge par excellence to a large audience seeking it.”About the training:The lectures will be delivered by eminent faculty of IIM Kashipur, using direct-to-device technology, through ‘live and interactive’ lectures that will be beamed online via internet to students’ terminals.The training will comprise lectures, interactive sessions and class exercises imparted by IIM Kashipur’s faculty in order to help participants gain knowledge and understanding of important aspects of digital marketing, marketing analytics and customer valuation and entrepreneurship.Students can chat real time with the professors during the live class and also post all other programme-related queries offline, on the Cloud Campus.This is an initiative of Talentedge, India’s leading Ed-Tech firm, offering ‘live and interactive’, anywhere learning in digital format Read: IIM Shillong hosts Golf Cup to connect managerial students with industry professionals For information on more such articles and updates, click here.last_img read more