Parkland students do the right thing

first_imgParkland, Florida on February 15, 2018.The young people who survived the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., are doing the right thing. They are not bottling up their shock and sadness, to live with fear and trauma over the gunning down of their friends, as has happened after so many other mass shootings in the past. They are fighting mad and organizing to try and change the world around them.Many hundreds of students walked out of schools in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties in solidarity with those in Parkland who had lived through the shooting, as well as in remembrance of the 17 people who perished in the hail of bullets. One hundred of the Parkland teenagers then took a seven-hour bus ride to attend a session of the Florida House in Tallahassee, where a bill to ban assault weapons was on the table. Despite the students’ angry pleas, the legislators refused to take up the bill.The youth then went to the media to denounce politicians whose votes are bought by big contributions from the National Rifle Association.What is important here is not that these students might have illusions that a gun-control law will fix the problem. What is important is that they turned their grief and shock into concerted action against the powers that be. They were not passive or paralyzed in the face of such an unbelievably horrendous experience. From many different backgrounds and identities, they came together to try to take destiny into their own hands.Where gun violence comes fromGun violence in this country has been an awful reality ever since the first European settlers mowed down Indigenous peoples in order to take their land. Guns made it possible for agents of the Southern slavocracy to kidnap whole families from Africa, taking away all their human rights so they could be bought and sold as profit-making commodities. Hired guns made it possible for the Rockefellers and other robber barons to break workers’ strikes in the early days of union organizing, and cops with guns are still called out whenever there’s a picket line or a protest.The AR-15 assault rifle, the fearful weapon used to massacre the Parkland students, is but one of the death-dealing devices developed for the Pentagon to carry out its imperialist interventions around the world.What causes a young man to take such a weapon into a school and kill his fellow students? CNN reported on Feb. 18: “In a private Instagram group chat, confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz repeatedly espoused racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views and displayed an obsession with violence and guns.” As with Dylann Roof, who slaughtered nine Black parishioners in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, racism was a big factor in Cruz’s violent act, even though the majority of students he killed were white.He was also immersed in the state-sponsored gun culture. The book “National Security Cinema” documents how the Pentagon and CIA have worked with Hollywood to produce more than 800 films and over 1,000 network TV shows that glorify war. And how many more make heroes out of the police and their guns?Guns in the hands of the military, the police and the Nazi-fascist-Klan right wing — as seen last summer in Charlottesville, Va. — are meant to oppress and repress the people.When the workers and oppressed arm themselves — as did Robert Williams and the Monroe, N.C., branch of the NAACP in the 1960s, the Black Panther Party founded in 1966 and Native people at Wounded Knee in 1973 — it is a justifiable act of self-defense.But you don’t hear the NRA or its paid politicians endorsing that.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Union Budget : Impact Of Finance Bill 2021 On Judicial Precedents

first_imgColumnsUnion Budget : Impact Of Finance Bill 2021 On Judicial Precedents Deepak Joshi4 Feb 2021 9:18 PMShare This – xThe Union Finance Minister’s annual budget speech is the subject matter of great interest and debate for many. However, for professionals like advocates, chartered accountants, etc. the devil lies in the details. True to its nature, the Finance Bill, 2021 contains many such details which have the effect of over ruling several judicial precedents. The present article is an attempt…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Union Finance Minister’s annual budget speech is the subject matter of great interest and debate for many. However, for professionals like advocates, chartered accountants, etc. the devil lies in the details. True to its nature, the Finance Bill, 2021 contains many such details which have the effect of over ruling several judicial precedents. The present article is an attempt to briefly discuss the same. Judicial Precedents overruled under Direct Taxes Slump Exchange of undertaking is now taxable The Income Tax Act, 1961 provides for taxability of a business undertaking’s transfer in the form of slump sale. These transactions are essentially restructuring exercises undertaken by entities wherein the undertaking is transferred for a lump sum consideration without assigning individual values to respective assets and liabilities. Under the Income Tax Act, 1961, a slump sale is taxable as capital gains under section 50B. For this purpose, Section 2(42C) provides a statutory definition of slump sale to mean, inter alia, transfer as a result of sale. Ingenious professionals had devised a way to escape such capital gains under Section 50B by planning the transaction in such a manner in which it doesn’t satisfy the test of a “sale”. If the transfer is not “sale”, then it goes out of the ambit of section 2(42C) and hence is not chargeable to capital gains tax. This was done by way of issuance of non-monetary/cash assets in exchange of the business undertaking. For example, very recently, in the case of Areva T&D India Ltd. vs. CIT, the Madras High Court held that monetary consideration is necessary for a transaction to qualify as a ‘sale’. Thus, a transfer of an undertaking in lieu of issuance of shares by a company as consideration does not amount to a ‘sale’ and therefore, cannot be considered a ‘slump sale’ under the Income Tax Act, 1961. Similarly, the  Bombay High Court in the case of CIT vs. Bharat Bijlee Ltd. has held that where an undertaking was transferred under a Scheme of Arrangement to a company which allotted preference shares and bonds as consideration, the same is not a ‘sale’ for the purposes of section 2(42C). These decisions along with the Supreme Court’s dictum on the same lines way back in 1967 in the case of CIT v/s Motor & General Stores (P) Ltd (66 ITR 692) provided a firm basis to the taxpayers to plan their commercial affairs accordingly. However, the Finance Bill, 2021 now proposes to overrule the abovementioned settled position by way of an amendment to the definition of slump sale under section 2(42C). It is proposed to remove the reference to “sale” and substitute it with “any means” thereby obviating the need for a monetary consideration. Furthermore, a new explanation is provided to widen the scope of the section so as to nullify any other tax planning in respect of such transfers. The abovementioned modus operandi is now captured within the tax net by way of the proposed amendment. It is of utmost importance to note that the amendment is applicable from the FY 2020-21 and hence any structuring which has already happened in the current financial year on the basis of the earlier decisions, also stands taxed. This is one of the retrospective amendments carried out in this budget. Delayed deposit of employee’s contribution to PF/ESI not allowable as business expenditure Section 36(va) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 provides for deduction of employee’s contribution to PF/ESI, if such sum is credited by the assessee to the employee’s account in the relevant fund on or before the ‘due date’. Explanation to the said clause provides that “due date” means the date by which the assessee is required as an employer to credit an employee’s contribution to the employee’s account in the relevant fund under the relevant Act. Section 43B caters to the allowability of employer’s contribution to PF/ESI on payment basis on or before ‘due date’. However, the term ‘due date’ for the purposes of section 43B has been defined to mean the due date of furnishing of the income tax return. Hence, for the purposes of depositing Employer’s contribution, it can even be a delayed deposit till the due date of filing of return but for depositing Employee’s contribution it can only be the due date under the respect fund and not the date of filing of return. However, the Delhi High Court in the case of CIT vs. AIMIL Ltd. had transposed the meaning of ‘due date’ under section 43B to section 36(va). The ruling thus benefitted the taxpayers even if they delayed the deposit of Employee’s contribution. This mistake has now been remedied by way of amendment to Section 36(va) to clarify that the provision of section 43B does not apply and deemed to never have been applied for the purposes of determining the ‘due date’. This is a welcome amendment because by late deposit of employee contribution, the employers got unjustly enriched by keeping the money belonging to the employees and still getting deductions under the tax law. No depreciation can be claimed on Goodwill A business/professional set up which is very successful would generate a lot of goodwill/reputation in the market. This reputation being an intangible benefit associated with the performance of the business is very subjective to value. If successful businesses are sold in a transaction, the seller obviously charges a premium on account of the transfer of reputation/goodwill which will benefit the buyer. Such premium was recognised in monetary terms in the books of accounts as “goodwill”. There used to be a controversy regarding whether this acquired goodwill is a depreciable asset for tax purposes. This controversy was resolved in favour of taxpayers by the Supreme Court in the case of CIT vs. Smifs Securities Ltd. wherein it was held that “Goodwill” is an asset on which the benefit of depreciable can be claimed. Such transactions then became a very tax efficient tool in the hands of the buyers. However, with a view to overrule this decision, Budget 2021 now proposes to amend section 32 to exclude goodwill. Hence, goodwill shall no longer be a depreciable asset. This is also one of the retrospective amendments carried out in this year’s budget. Beneficial rate under DTAA to be considered for FIIs while deducting tax at source With respect to certain class of non residents and incomes, the Income Tax Act, 1961 provides special rate of tax which can sometimes be higher than the beneficial tax rate provided in the DTAA. However, under the domestic law, the non resident is obligated to suffer TDS at the higher rate mentioned in the special provisions. The Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment affirming this principle in PILCOM vs. CIT wherein it held that the obligation to withhold taxes under the special provision is not affected by the DTAA. The benefit of the DTAA can be considered by the payee and if found valid the taxes withheld can be claimed as a refund with interest. However, such a treatment does not absolve the payer from carrying out withholding obligations under the Act. With a view to encourage foreign capital flow, the decision of the Supreme Court is now proposed to be partially overruled in cases of FIIs. Thus, it is now proposed to amend the provisions concerning TDS that the tax shall be deducted at the rate specially provided or the rate under DTAA whichever is lower. Hence, the benefit of DTAA can be considered while deducting TDS. This is one of the few amendments which is taxpayer friendly. Judicial Precedents overruled under Indirect Taxes Doctrine of mutuality no longer applicable under CGST Act, 2017 Activities or transactions involving supply of goods or services by clubs to its members have long been a subject matter of litigation under various tax laws. Very recently, a 3 judge bench of the Supreme Court in State of West Bengal vs. Calcutta Club Limited held that there cannot be a sale transaction between an incorporated and unincorporated members’ club and its members. Under the doctrine of mutuality, there is no legal distinction between a club and its members. The same was upheld by the Supreme Court in the abovementioned decision with the result that such transactions became non taxable. With a view to overrule the said decision in context of GST, the Finance Bill, 2021 proposes to amend the definition of “supply” under Section 7 of the CGST Act, 2017 to include supply of goods or services by a club to its members. Hence, by way of an artificial definition, the said transaction has been brought under the ambit of GST. It is important to note that this amendment is retrospective. Wholesome changes to the law of provisional attachment under CGST Act, 2017 Section 83 of the CGST Act, 2017 provides the department with the power to provisionally attach properties, including bank accounts of a taxable person. This is with a view to safeguard the interest of the revenue in serious and more apparent cases. The Delhi High Court in the case of Proex Fashion Private Limited v. Govt. of India & Ors has held that action under section 83 is predicated upon pendency of proceedings under Sections 62, 63, 64, 67, 73 or 74 of the Act. Hence, provisional attachment for any other proceeding (even if related to the above sections) is not valid and is liable to be quashed. Similarly, the Bombay High Court in the case of Kaish Impex Private Limited Vs UOI held that Section 83 does not provide for an automatic extension to any other taxable person from an inquiry specifically launched against a taxable person under these provisions. It further held that Bank accounts cannot be attached merely based on the summons issued under section 70. In this background, the Finance Bill 2021 has proposed to overcome these decision and substitute the whole section 83(1) with the new section 83(1). The aforementioned amendment has three major effects. Firstly, it must be noted that the reference to specific sections has been omitted and its place, a broader reference to chapters under the CGST Act, 2017 has been provided. Secondly, the scope has further been expanded by way of bringing in automatic extension of these powers in respect of certain other persons in addition to the taxable person itself. Thirdly, the text of the provision refers to “initiation of any proceeding” rather than the pendency of the same. Hence, once a property has been attached provisionally, it will continue to remain attach till the statutory period allowed under section 83(2), even though the proceeding is no longer pending. Hence, the effect of the decisions of HDelhi High Court and the Bombay High Court, among other courts, has been done away with. It is of utmost importance for fellow professionals to consider the effect of these amendments on pending transactions and also on their respective advices to the clients. The well established positions have now been proposed to be changed and hence the same case laws may not be relevant anymore. As can be noted, some of the major changes have been brought in with retrospective effect. In light of this, it becomes all the more important to know about these developments and advise accordingly.Views are personal.(Author is a practicing Lawyer at Delhi and may be reached at [email protected] He tweets @ideepakjoshi)Click here to read/download the Finance Bill 2021Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Attention!

first_imgThe John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum was packed to the rafters Wednesday evening (Nov. 17) as the Harvard Kennedy School and its Institute of Politics hosted a public address by America’s highest ranking officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, now in his second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.In that role, the 46-year Navy veteran is the chief military adviser to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council.Mullen, in a uniform tight with braid and medals, opened his remarks on a democratic note — calling on all those who are serving in the military, or who have served, to stand for a round of applause. At least half the crowd at the forum’s floor level rose from their seats.Applause also followed a brief introduction by Harvard President Drew Faust, who took the opportunity to make a clear statement about her desire to have the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program recognized on campus.That will be possible, she indicated, once the policy excluding gays from the military — or forcing them to lie about themselves — is abolished.“I want Harvard to be able to embrace both integrity and opportunity, both service and inclusion,” said Faust. “I want to be the president of Harvard who sees the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ because I want to be able to take the steps to ensure that any and every Harvard student is able to make the honorable and admirable choice to commit him- or herself to the nation’s defense.”Mullen, who is opposed to a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that encourages dishonesty, indicated the military would welcome an ROTC chapter at Harvard. “I think it’s incredibly important,” he said later, “to have ROTC in institutions like this.”As for the policy itself — the subject of a Pentagon study since March — the best solution would be one that is done “congressionally,” he said.The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — present and difficult — get all the attention, said Mullen, but thinking about the future of the military is important, too. He outlined three conclusions he has reached about the proper use of military force: That it is a good “first tool” in resolving conflicts, but never the only one; that when force is used it should be in a way that is “precise and principled”; and that military force should be “iterative” — in line with — political action.The last point was at the heart of Mullen’s brief address, “The Interplay of Policy and Strategy.”Most wars are marked by this interplay, flexibility, and change, said Mullen, who offered a few examples. Lincoln waited until midway through the Civil War to free the slaves — when it provided a material advantage to Union forces. Truman, determined to open the whole Korean peninsula after battlefield successes in 1950, changed course when massed Chinese troops changed the balance.“War is not predetermined, nor is it linear in shape,” said Mullen, who began his career as an anti-submarine officer off the coast of Vietnam. “War is discovery of the most lethal sort.”The interplay of strategy and policy in war requires the United States to be flexible to new facts and conditions — to “sense and adjust” along the way, he said.Mullen praised President Obama for “his understanding of the changing nature of war,” and said that in Afghanistan and Iraq, for now, “we have the right resources in place, and the right leaders in charge.”He added that the emphasis in those war zones has shifted from defeating Al Qaeda to training police and armed forces as combat strategies make way for policies that encourage development and good governance. But any advances, said Mullen, remain “fragile and reversible.”The admiral also touched on two other realities of war: money and the consequences of battle once veterans return home.As for the first: “Wars are seldom won on the cheap,” said Mullen. In 1940 dollars, World War II cost $300 billion — but that is the equivalent of $5 trillion today.That war two generations ago also cost 1 million casualties and more than 300,000 American combat deaths.In present-day U.S. wars there is a human toll that will play out over decades — and only some of that toll will be helped by what Mullen called “the sea of good will.”The fate of veterans will be “the defining public policy issue of our era,” he said — with stakes “that go beyond the comfort of the classroom.”During a question-and-answer session, Mullen acknowledged that civilian casualties are “a hugely impactful issue,” and that such casualties can create more terrorists. “Our desire is not to create more,” said Mullen. “In reality, we can’t kill our way to victory.”The war zones occupy “80 percent” of his time, but there are other concerns. Among them are the possibility of nuclear weapons in Iran and the mystery of the Chinese military, which invites little cooperation with American forces. “I can’t divine what their strategic interest is,” Mullen said. “That has us concerned, and everybody in the region concerned.”last_img read more

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Wednesday July 17th KGLO Morning News

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LAS CIENEGAS STAKES QUOTES

first_imgRAFAEL BEJARANO, HOME JOURNEY, WINNER: “She’s got a lot of natural speed. I didn’t send her; I took hold and tried to get her to go slow and to relax. When we crossed the dirt, I had enough horse to win it.”GARY STEVENS, GO WEST MARIE, SECOND: “I thought they’d go a little quicker with Tyler’s fill (Heavens Stairway) in there and Maldonado’s filly (Unforgettable U) – I thought she might show more speed. It just didn’t develop, and I know I couldn’t change my filly’s style. When I asked her, there was just too much work to be done, and Rafael was able to give his horse a little breather –  he didn’t even have to ask his horse until inside the eighth pole, and I knew I was running for second at that point. His filly’s gotten so good. She’ll win a graded race.”TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE PUYPE, HOME JOURNEY, WINNER: “She ran really fast last time and just got nailed. Today, she slowed it down a little bit, she kicked, and she ran a good race.”Noted he’s been winning more frequently lately: “We had a lot of seconds and thirds, but sooner or later they can turn into wins, and my numbers have found real good balance after this past week. We won one last Sunday and four this week, we got another one tomorrow.”Next race? “We’ll just have to see where to go. We sent her to a different dollar value today, winning a graded stakes, so that’s always big for a filly or mare.” MARK GIARDINO, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, HOME JOURNEY: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WINNING YOUR FIRST GRADED STAKES AS AN OWNER/BREEDER?: “It was worth it. We’ve been trying for a long time, over 25 years.”DARYLE ANN GIARDINO, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, HOME JOURNEY: “This is wonderful. My dad (famous actor, Slim Pickens) and mom loved the race horses. When I was a kid, Farrell Jones was our trainer.”EDDIE TRUMAN, GO WEST MARIE, SECOND: “I’m so happy with her. There was no pace in the race. That’s a nice filly. She’s got so much gas, and if something doesn’t go with her, how are you going to come from seven lengths off? My filly just ran her eyeballs out – she just ran so good. But you gotta have some pace. I’m proud of her, though – she ran her race.” NOTES: The winning owners are Mark Giardino of Las Vegas (GGG Stables) or Russell Sarno of West Lake Village, CA.-30-last_img read more

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‘#ParadeKlay:’ Inside Klay Thompson’s championship parade celebration

first_img‘THREE!’ chronicles the Warriors run to the 2018 NBA Championship.Order the book today!OAKLAND – Sometimes, Klay Thompson walked with a limp. Other times, he walked while slightly hopping on only his right leg. Other times, Thompson walked and accepted the pain.“I can’t feel my ankle,” Thompson said.Thompson kept walking anyway. He has nursed a left leg contusion ever since Cleveland guard J.R. Smith crashed into him in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and yet Thompson kept playing in that game …last_img

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Trevor Ariza has 25 points, Rockets beat Nuggets

first_imgHouston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, dribbles past Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, Texas—Trevor Ariza had a season-high 25 points in the Houston Rockets’ 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.Ariza was 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists, and James Harden added 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in limited action.ADVERTISEMENT Denver scored a season-low 17 points in the first quarter while allowing a season-high 75 first-half points. Denver’s bench was outscored 41-35, led by nine points each from Juancho Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley. Harris had 13 points and four steals.Houston recalled rookie C Zhou Qi from Rio Grande Valley after he had 18 points and four blocks on Tuesday night for the G League affiliate. Briante Weber, who is averaging 17.9 points, 7.0 assists and 6.1 rebounds for Rio Grande Valley this season, was also recalled. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The Rockets have won nine of last 10 games, and beat Denver for the fifth straight time after sweeping the series 4-0 last season.Houston led 75-40 at the half, the Rockets’ largest halftime lead of the season.In a scary moment for Denver midway through the second quarter, Nikola Jokic fell to the ground following a tipped layup after suffering a non-contact injury. He limped off the court to the locker room but returned later in the quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWill Barton led Denver with 20 points. Jokic had 17, and Gary Harris added 13.Denver played its second game without Paul Millsap. He sustained a left wrist injury Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and is out indefinitely. Starting in his place, Wilson Chandler returned to action after missing a victory Monday night at Sacramento with back pain.Houston played without starting power forward Ryan Anderson (illness) and reserve guard Eric Gordon (right calf tightness). P.J. Tucker started in Anderson’s place, while Luc Mbah a Moute scored 13 points in 26 minutes behind Paul. LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments Knicks outscore Raptors 41-10 in 3rd en route to victory CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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3 days agoChelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clashby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is out of their clash at Ajax in the Champions League.Blues attacker Ross Barkley will also miss the game.The pair of midfielders missed the final training session on Tuesday morning in Cobham ahead of the flight to Amsterdam after failing to recover in time from their injuries.Barkley limped off before half-time against Newcastle on Saturday after damaging his ankle. Kante, meanwhile, has been out since picking up a groin injury while on international duty with France.Chelsea were handed a boost as defender Emerson Palmieri took part in the session, warming up with his team-mates before doing some ball work, reports the Daily Mail. last_img read more

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Chris Park leaving job as an MLB EVP for esports company

first_imgNEW YORK — Chris Park is leaving his job as an executive vice-president in the baseball commissioner’s office at the end of the month to become chief executive officer of Gen.G, an e-sports company.Park, 39, was a vice-president in Major League Baseball’s labour relations department, left and returned in March 2015 as senior vice-president of growth and strategy. He was promoted a month later to senior vice-president of growth, strategy and international, then promoted again last December to executive vice-president of product and marketing.Gen.G is the company formerly known as KSV Esports, which rebranded this year.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Presslast_img

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Two long time Fort St John Councillors say goodbye

first_imgCouncillor Christensen was elected in 2006 and has lived in Fort St. John for over 25 years.  Christensen released the following statement on Facebook.  “It has been a wonderful experience, and I am so proud to have had your support for so many years. I congratulate all the members of the new council and wish them every success as this community moves into a very exciting, and also uncertain economic time. I really need to thank My wife Cheryl, who has supported me in everything I have done for 47 years. Always walking side by side with me.”Mayor Ackerman was on hand for the announcement of the votes and gave her thoughts on the election results.“It’s tough for those who were seeking re-election and were not re-elected. There’s a lot of mixed emotions here, but we move forward. Council is one body and members come and go, so we’ll be fine. I’ve already told Tony and Becky that there’s a lot of information, they’re going to have a bit of a steep learning curve because we’ve spent the last two years planning and preparing for the growth that LNG will bring.”The new members of Council will be sworn in on November 5, and the last meeting for Christensen and Evans will be Monday, October 22. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two longtime Fort St. John City Councillors are reflecting on their time at City Hall after voters picked two new people to join Fort St. John City Council.Councillor Bruce Christensen and Councillor Larry Evans both lost their re-election bids in Saturday’s municipal election.  Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky are the two newest members of Fort St. John City Council.  Councillors Trevor Bolin, Byron Stewart, Gord Klassen and Lilia Hansen, were also re-elected.  Click here to read the full results.Councillor Evans has been on Council since 2005 after retiring from the Fort St. John Fire Department.  In a post on Facebook Sunday, Evans said “Thank you for all the support from my family and all the wonderful people in Fort St. John. And while I’m not on Council, I will continue to love and support Fort St. John with all my heart and soul. Congratulations to the new Council and I know that the City, with its wonderful staff, is in good hands.”last_img read more

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