ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2016)–Making his second start following a 16 ½ month layoff, A Red Tie Day was an impressive gate to wire winner of Friday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, as he prevailed by a half length under Mario Gutierrez while negotiating a mile and a quarter on turf in 2:01.98. Trained by Richard Baltas and owned by Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, the 6-year-old horse had been idle since Aug. 28, 2014 prior to running eighth in a mile and one eighth turf allowance here on Feb. 7.“I told Mario to go to the lead, but if they want it really bad, then let them have it,” said Baltas. “Speed is holding and it seems like his best races have come when he’s been up close.“Jeff (Bloom, owner) turned him out late in the summer of 2014. He had a little injury and then they rehabbed him and was off about a year and a half. He’s been with me for about four or five months now.”Off at 13-1 in a field of eight older horses, A Red Tie Day paid $28.40, $15.60 and $8.20.A Kentucky-bred by Indygo Shiner, A Red Tie Day collected his third win from 12 starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $149,265.Ridden by Flavien Prat, longshot Street Fashion saved ground at the rail while sitting a close fourth into the far turn, angled off the fence turning for home and made the winner run late as he finished a half length in front of favored China Girl Lover for the place. Off at 29-1, Street Fashion paid $25.40 and $12.60.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, China Girl Lover was last turning for home and was gaining on the top two at the wire. Off at 9-5, he paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.75, 48.85, 1:13.56 and 1:37.71.There is a Pick Six carryover of $40,304 into Friday at Santa Anita. With first post time at 1 p.m., the Pick Six will begin with race three. It is expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $250,000. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $40,304 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $250,000
National Revaluation Programme Update: Revaluation of commercial and industrial properties in Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Mayo County Council and Galway City Council Rating Authority areas has formally commenced following the making of Valuation Orders by the Commissioner of Valuation.See the Valuation Orders belowJohn O’Sullivan, Commissioner of Valuation, has made Valuation Orders today, 4th November, under section 19 of the Valuation Act 2001 as amended by section 7 of the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 for the rating authority areas of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Mayo County Councils and Galway City Council. These orders signal the formal commencement of the revaluation of all commercial and industrial properties for rating purposes in these rating authority areas. This is an important milestone in the revaluation of all non-domestic property in Ireland which is currently underway through a programme known as the National Revaluation Programme.All occupiers of rateable property in these rating authority areas should shortly receive a revaluation information form along with an explanatory letter and information leaflet. The form seeks information about the rateable property including its use and rental details, where it is rented. Occupiers are required to complete this form and return it to the Valuation Office. The information provided is critical to the revaluation process.The revaluations will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Valuation Acts 2001-2015 and are part of the national programme to modernise the rateable valuation of all commercial and industrial property in Ireland.The programme has already been concluded in the rating authority areas of Carlow, Cavan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow County Councils, as well as the rating authority areas of Dublin City Council, Limerick City and County Council and Waterford City and County Council. Provision for a revaluation of all non-domestic property in Ireland was initially made under the Valuation Act of 2001. This legislation was amended by the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015, which improved and streamlined the process. Neither residential property nor agricultural lands are rateable and consequently will not be affected by the revaluation.The revaluation will take account of contemporary rental levels in the respective rating authority areas and will result in a more equitable distribution of commercial rates among ratepayers. A Valuation Manager has been appointed to assess the value of each rateable property and set a valuation in line with rental values in each respective rating authority area at the valuation date of 16th September 2019. It is envisaged that the new valuations will be published on 15th September 2021 and will become effective for rating purposes from 1st January 2022.A revaluation is necessary to bring more equity and transparency into the Local Authority rating system. Following revaluation, there is a much closer and more uniform relationship between contemporary rental values of property and their commercial rates liability. The revaluation will result in a redistribution of the commercial rates liability between ratepayers depending on the relative shift in the rental values of their properties in relation to each other.While an individual occupier’s rates liability may increase or decrease, the revaluation will not increase the overall commercial rates income of the Local Authority. The commercial rates income of each Local Authority undergoing revaluation will be capped in the year following a revaluation.VALUATION ORDERSVALUATION ORDERS FOR THE RATING AUTHORITY AREAS OF CLARE, DONEGAL, GALWAY, KERRY AND MAYO COUNTY COUNCILS AND GALWAY CITY COUNCIL I, John O’Sullivan, Commissioner of Valuation, hereby give notice that I have, on 4th November 2019, made valuation orders under section 19 of the Valuation Act 2001 as amended by section 7 of the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 for the rating authority areas of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Mayo County Councils and Galway City Council.Copies of the orders are available for inspection, until 15th September 2021, during normal office hours at the offices of the relevant rating authority, at the Valuation Office, Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin, D01 EX 90 and online at the Valuation Office website www.valoff.ieJohn O’SullivanCommissioner of ValuationORDUITHE LUACHÁLAORDUITHE LUACHÁLA DO LIMISTÉIR ÚDARÁIS RÁTÚCHÁIN CHOMHAIRLÍ CONTAE AN CHLÁIR, DHÚN NA NGALL, NA GAILLIMHE, CHIARRAÍ AGUS MHAIGH EO AGUS COMHAIRLE CATHRACH NA GAILLIMHE Déanaimse, John O’Sullivan, Coimisinéir Luachála, fógra a thabhairt leis seo á rá go bhfuil mé tar éis orduithe luachála a dhéanamh, ar an 4 Samhain 2019, faoi alt 19 den Acht Luachála 2001, arna leasú le halt 7 den Acht Luachála (Leasú) 2015, ar leith de údaráis rátúcháin Chomhairlí Contae an Chláir, Dhún na nGall, na Gaillimhe, Chiaraí, agus Mhaigh Eo agus Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe.Tá cóipeanna de an t-ordú ar fáil lena n-iniúchadh, go dtí 15 Meán Fómhair 2021, le linn gnáthuaire oifige in oifigí faoi seach an údarás rátála lena mbaineann, san Oifig Luachála, Ionad Irish Life, Sráid na Mainistreach Íochtarach, Baile Átha Cliath D01 EX90 agus ar líne ag láithreán gréasáin na hOifige Luachála, www.valoff.ieJohn O’SullivanCoimisinéir LuachálaNotice: Valuation orders for the rating authority areas of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Mayo County Councils and Galway City Council was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:VALUATION ORDERS
Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are out to mix in a few line drives with their new culture.After managing five singles, striking out 12 times and only occasionally putting barrel to ball in a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday , the exuberance and optimism of 24 hours earlier was replaced by the quiet of a scoreless clubhouse.Rays starter Yonny Chirinos and relievers Adam Kolarek, Chaz Roe, Diego Castillo and Juan Alvarado …
By Jayne McBurney, N.C. Family Resource Management Extension AgentChanges during the economic recession, rising fuel process and job loss have all made money management difficult. For homeowners, protecting assets in the wake of economic uncertainty has been especially trying; unfortunately, some have had to face foreclosure. The Military Families Learning Network presented a web conference on Feb. 2 on Housing & Foreclosure, which you can view here.When a prospective homeowner signs on for a mortgage, it is important to be sure that the household budget will support of paying the mortgage every month with each payment on time. Missing mortgage payments is not an option for a homeowner, and doing so could cost the homeowner more than just a place to live if the bank chooses to foreclose the loan. Foreclosure proceedings take place after a number of missed monthly payments have occurred. Missing just one payment will make you delinquent, but if you do not remedy the situation quickly, the bank can take back ownership on the home, that is, they can foreclose the loan.Homeowners should let their lender, or loan servicer, know as soon as possible when they are unable to make a mortgage payment. Lenders are currently being strongly encouraged to try to work out loan delinquency with mortgagees and there are many incentives for lenders to modify and rework loans for homeowners. Government programs, such as www.makinghomeaffordable.gov can help homeowners who have been unsuccessful working directly with their bank. Military families can learn more about the Homeowners Assistance Program, with special benefits for military families here.If a homeowner is unable to make mortgage payments at all, or resolve difficulties in paying their mortgage, the bank might try to encourage a “short sale,” which gets the house on the market and hopefully sold before a foreclosure takes place. It is possible for a homeowner to remain in the home while the house is on the market (or is listed for sale).Once a foreclosure is initiated, the owner loses possession of the home as well as any equity they might have in the home. A foreclosure may seem like an immediate answer to money worries, but these former homeowners will end up with a long-lasting negative mark on their credit report, appearing for several years. Foreclosure will significantly lower the former homeowner’s FICO score also. It is very important that current and prospective homeowners make their mortgage payment an inflexible monthly obligation in their finances.The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency offers good advice for homeowners having difficulty making a mortgage payment:Don’t ignore the problem. The further behind on payments you become, the more difficult it will be to reinstate your loan and the likelihood of losing your home increases.Open and respond to all mail from your lender and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.The first notices you receive will offer good information about foreclosure prevention options. Later mail may include notice of pending legal action. Your failure to open the mail will not be an excuse in foreclosure court.If you have requested a modification or other workout plan with your servicer, please confirm that your servicer has received all of the documentation required. If you are already in a trial modification, please verify that your servicer has received the updated income, expenses, and financial hardship information that are required to convert the trial modification into a permanent modification.If you are missing documents, submit them as soon as possible. Create a system to track the date documents were submitted and when calls were made to your loan servicer and other entities. Remember to write down the name of the person with whom you spoke. A calendar and lined notebook paper is all you need to create your record system. Homeowners who miss deadlines may lose their eligibility.Read your loan documents so you know what your lender may do if you can’t make your payments. If you meet with a housing counselor, bring these documents.Prioritize your spending. After health care, keeping your house should be your first priority. Review your finances and see where you can cut spending in order to make your mortgage payments. Look for optional expenses: cable TV, memberships, entertainment, etc. that you can eliminate.Use your assets.Do you have assets, such as a second car, jewelry, or a whole life insurance policy that you can sell for cash to help reinstate your loan? Can anyone in your household get an extra job to bring in additional income? Even if these efforts don’t significantly increase your available cash or your income, they demonstrate to your lender that you are willing to make sacrifices to keep your home. It is not recommended that you use retirement savings, however.Avoid foreclosure prevention companies and foreclosure recovery scams.If any firm claims it can stop your foreclosure immediately if you sign a document appointing them to act on your behalf, you may well be signing over the title to your property and becoming a renter in your own home! Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting professional advice from an attorney, a trusted real estate professional, or a HUD-approved housing counseling agency.You also should not have to pay fees for foreclosure prevention help – use that money to pay the mortgage instead. Many for-profit companies will contact you promising to negotiate with your lender. While these may be legitimate businesses, they will charge you a hefty fee for services that are offered for free through HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.Any program that requires you to pay upfront fees to help you avoid foreclosure is illegal. The Office of the N.C. Attorney General provides help identifying and combating foreclosure scams.Foreclosures that took place between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010 may be eligible for review. The deadline to submit a request for review was April 30, 2012. For more information, click here. Resources:The NC Foreclosure Prevention FundMaking Home AffordableMilitary Families Learning Network, web conference: Home Ownership – when is the right time?
Plagued by allegations of financial irregularities and many other controversies, the Indian Premier League is all set for a fresh start on Saturday with a high-profile two-day auction of 350 cricketers for the cash-rich Twenty20 event’s fourth edition.The highly successful tournament, which has been a money spinner for the BCCI, is set to feature 10 teams and a whopping 74 matches this season starting April 8 — just six days after the ODI World Cup in the sub-continent.Although the event has been mired in controversies ever since its inception in 2008, it was hit by some major furors last year.Its brash but dynamic commissioner Lalit Modi was sacked after a string of allegations of financial irregularities and two of the franchises — Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals– are locked in a court battle with the BCCI to stay in the league after being suspended for, what the Board called, ownership issues.Modi, who has taken refuge in the UK citing security fears, has been accused of favouring his kith and kin in the award of franchises and taking kickbacks in various deals related to the IPL. However, he has vehemently denied the allegations.Add to this, the ownership row involving one of the two new franchises — Kochi and Pune. The Kerala team’s stakeholders kept squabbling over the ownership pattern and the matter could be resolved only after the BCCI asked them to either work out a solution or risk being booted out of event. Such was the state of affairs till the end of last year that the league looked in complete disarray. In fact, the players’ auction, which was originally scheduled to be held in November last year, had to be postponed due to the never-ending furores.advertisementHaving weathered the storm to some extent, the IPL is set to roll with the first round of bidding and buying taking place in Bangalore on Saturday.Former West Indies captain Brian Lara and England’s Ashes hero pacer James Anderson are among the top cricketers who will go under the hammer and are among the 21 with the highest reserve price of $400,000 for a three-year contract.Other top international cricketers in the hunt include Australians Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee, England’s Kevin Pietersen, South Africans Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori — all of whom were released by their respective franchises.Auction live on SET MaxSET Max will telecast live the auction in Bangalore on Saturday and Sunday. The auction will take place between 10am to 7pm.Two new teams — Sahara Pune Warriors and IPL Kochi — will take part in the auction for the first time after successfully winning the bids for the fourth edition.Twelve players, who have been retained by the IPL franchise for the upcoming season four, are as follows: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians); Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians); Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians); Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians), M.S. Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings); Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings); Murali Vijay (Chennai Super Kings); Albie Morkel (Chennai Super Kings); Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore); Virendra Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils); Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) and Shane Warne (Rajasthan Royals).D-Day for IPL oldies like Lara, Jayasuriya and GangulyThey have all captured the imagination of the fans with their on-field exploits. For the quartet of Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist and Sourav Ganguly — the oldest players in the IPL auctions, it will be an anxious wait as to what is the verdict of the franchises.It will be interesting to see whether the franchises still consider them to be good enough for the shortest version or have they passed their sell by date.It’s of mere coincidence that the four senior-most players are all left-handers and have opened for the respective countries in shorter version with lot of success. Also three of them apart from Jayasuriya are in the highest base price bracket of $400,000. At 41 years and 8 months, Brian Lara will be the oldest player at the IPL auctions followed by Sanath Jayasuriya (41 years and six months). Gilchrist, one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen world has ever seen, is third at 39 years and two months. Former India captain Ganguly is the oldest Indian player up for auction at 38 years and six months.Among the four, the curiosity value will be the most for which franchises bid for Lara and Ganguly.The West Indian legend, who had quit active cricket three years back, has been priced at $ 400,000 but it will be interesting to find out whether his mind and body is ready to take the rigour of T20. However, franchises might just think about cashing in on ‘Brand Lara’.advertisementFor somebody like Ganguly, who can never be kept out of any discussion, this IPL will certainly be an indication whether he is still good enough to sustain in competitive cricket. Three franchises Mumbai Indians, Sahara Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders may be bidding for Ganguly.However, home is where the heart lies for Kolkata’s favourite son. It will be interesting how KKR copes up with public pressure if they don’t take Ganguly from auctions.For Jayasuriya, who is priced at $200,000, getting a franchise will be an achievement in itself. Having got a look-in in the Sri lanka’s provisional 30-man squad may just help the dashing Lankan get a contract having plied his trade for Mumbai Indians. Adam Gilchrist may be the safest bet to be picked up from the auctions. No doubt Deccan Chargers and a few others will bid for Gilchrist who has had more than a decent run in the three IPLs as he catapulted Deccan Chargers from wooden-spooners to championship title with his leadership skills.Oldest Players Up for auctions (Countrywise)Australia: Adam Gilchrist (39 years 2 months)Bangladesh: Abdur Razzaq (38 years 6 months)England: Anthony McGrath (35 years 3 months)India: Sourav Ganguly (38 years 6 months)New Zealand: Scott Styris (35 years 6 months)South Africa: Herschelle Gibbs (36 years 11 months)Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (41 years 6 months)West Indies: Brian Lara (41 years and 8 months).With inputs from PTI
Four stories in the news for Monday, Jan. 22———WOMEN’S MARCH TWEET SPARKS DEBATE IN ALBERTAA minister in Alberta’s NDP government has chastised a tweet by the Opposition’s communications chair that slammed this weekend’s women’s marches. Saturday’s Twitter post from Sonia Kont of the United Conservative Party said “ideological marches like the one in Washington” lacked clarity and purpose, and do not empower women. Kont added that the last time she checked everyone had the same rights in society. Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean fired back, accusing the UCP of ridiculing “the strength of women marching together in solidarity and using their voices fighting for equality.”———SENTENCING HEARING FOR ALBERTA MEN IN TRIPLE MURDERAn Alberta judge is expected to hear arguments today that two men who murdered three family members should spend the rest of their lives in prison without parole. Jason Klaus, 42, and Joshua Frank, 32, were found guilty this month on three charges of first-degree murder. Their victims were Klaus’s father, mother and sister. The burned bodies of the father and sister were found in their gutted farmhouse near Castor in 2013. The mother’s body was never found, but police believe it too was in the house.———HIKE IN COACHES, PLAYERS NAMED IN LAWSUITS: EXPERTAn industry expert says sports insurance lawsuits have moved beyond targeting just teams and leagues and are increasingly zeroing in on coaches, players and even volunteers. Melissa LaRocca of GameDay Insurance says plaintiffs have been “fanning out” claims in recent years. She points to the case of a hotel operator who’s filed a lawsuit against a youth hockey association in B.C. that also names 60 players and parents as well as a team representative. The claim alleges players did $200,000 damage to the hotel during a tournament in 2016.———TESLA BUILDING CHARGING STATIONS IN MARITIMESTesla Inc. is building fast-charging stations for its electric vehicles in the Maritimes. The California company plans to set up dozens of so called “supercharger” stations across Canada, including five in New Brunswick and two in Nova Scotia, by the end of 2018. The stations take 30 minutes to recharge an electric vehicle to about 80 per cent capacity — typically enough for about three hours cruising. The Tesla stations, however, will only service the automaker’s own high-end plug in vehicles.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— IMF press conference in Davos, Switzerland on the release of the World Economic Outlook Update.— Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau attends the World Economic Forum in Davos through to January 25.— Funeral service for seven-year-old Mason Grant, who died in a house fire in Pubnico Head, N.S. on Jan. 7.— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for November.— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland meets with Mexico’s secretary of economy in Toronto.— Local musician Ron Siwicki appears in Winnipeg court on charges including manslaughter in the death of his mother.— The National Energy Board hears from landowners in the B.C. Lower Mainland who are concerned about the detailed route of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.———
APTN National NewsA coalition of Indigenous families wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday demanding there be a “hard reset” of the MMIWG national inquiry.They also asked that the remaining commissioners resign. “It is time for your government to listen to families, communities, and grassroots advocates, and Indigenous leaders and to call for the resignations of the Commissioners and a reset to the Inquiry and to set this work on a path to ending colonial violence,” the families wrote.The families said a meeting with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett where they expressed concerns that families were being ignored didn’t go well.“Prime Minister Trudeau, we are asking you today to give us back our Inquiry. We have met with Minister Bennett and she has refused to listen clearly to what families are saying,” the letter states. “Instead, she has been relying on minor tweaks and small changes to a deeply-flawed process.”The Trudeau government called the inquiry after taking power in late 2015 that is supposed to address why so many Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in the last three decades.An RCMP review of police files across Canada from 1980 to 2012 found over 1,100 Indigenous women had been murdered or were still missing. That number has only grown since.But the inquiry has faced multiple delays and criticism from First Nations leaders, families and advocates over the inquiry’s scope, lack of communication and multiple staff leaving since five commissioners were appointed last summer.That includes former commissioner Marilyn Poitras who stepped down this summer questioning the inquiry’s structure.“To meet its mandate, the inquiry must now undergo a hard reset and the current commissioners must respectfully resign to create space for families and communities to heal from the colonial approach that was adopted and instituted,” the families said to Trudeau. “We need to reset this inquiry and build it up – in a good way – from the communities directly affected by continued violence against Indigenous women and girls.”
MONTREAL – Transat A.T. plans to spend $750 million over the coming years to develop a hotel chain in Mexico and the Caribbean that it hopes will help to put it in a better position to face heightened competition from Canadian rivals.Co-founder and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache plans to devote the next 18 to 24 months until he retires to begin developing the chain of hotels while his heir, Annick Guerard, runs the company as chief operating officer.“It’s our main goal for the development of Transat,” he said Thursday during a conference call about its 2017 results.Eustache said a president for the hotel division will be hired within weeks to put the plan in action before he “disappears” after retiring and leaving his position as chairman.Transat (TSX:TRZ) plans to purchase and refurbish one hotel and a piece of land this year as it looks to build a network of 5,000 rooms, 60 per cent of which it will own and manage, over the next five to seven years.In October, Transat sold its 35 per cent stake in its Ocean Hotels joint venture for $186 million. The company also signed a deal last month to sell its Jonview Canada subsidiary to a Japanese company for $44 million.Transat said the hotel development and steps it has taken over the last three years to stem losses will enhance its ability to defend its turf against Air Canada Rouge, WestJet Vacations and Sunwing.The Montreal-based company has simplified its fleet to give it more flexibility, improved its digital footprint, augmented the amount of trips it sells directly and improved revenue management.“I think we are better armed to face any of those actions coming from our competitors in the future,” chief financial officer Denis Petrin added.Transat beat expectations as the travel company’s fourth-quarter net income surged due to a strong transatlantic summer season and the sale of its stake in Oceans Hotels.The company earned $148.1 million or $4 per share, up from $34.9 million or 95 cents per share a year ago.Revenues for the three months ended Oct. 31 grew 14.1 per cent to $698.6 million, helped by an 8.7 per cent increase in the number of transatlantic customers.Excluding one-time items, Transat says its adjusted profits doubled to $46.4 million or $1.24 per share.Transat was expected to earn $1.11 in adjusted profits on $662.6 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said the results were strong, but he anticipates the company will face competitive pressure over the long term, noting that the hotel development will take several years to roll out.The results included a $2 million to $3 million hit in the quarter from hurricanes that disrupted travel to several Caribbean islands.Petrin said Transat doesn’t expect the storms, which hit 40 per cent of Cuba as well as other islands, will have a significant impact on the winter travel season.For the full year, Transat’s net earnings attributable to shareholders was $134.3 million on $3 billion of revenues, which compared with a $41.7 million loss on $3.89 billion of revenue last year.
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower in late-morning trading amid broad-based weakness, while U.S. stock markets also lost ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 5.75 points at 14,258.31.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 187.76 points at 23,135.90. The S&P 500 index was down 13.37 points at 2,493.59, while the Nasdaq composite was down 53.52 points at 6,583.31.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.13 cents US compared with an average of 74.35 cents US on Wednesday.The February crude contract was down US$1.54 at US$46.63 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 0.9 of a cent at US$3.72 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$2.60 at US$1,259 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 2.95 cents at US$2.69 a pound. The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge will hear arguments Friday over California’s attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration that would allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.Judge Haywood Gilliam previously blocked an interim version of those rules — a decision that was upheld in December by an appeals court. But the case is before him again after the administration finalized the measures in November, prompting a renewed legal challenge by California and other states.Gilliam was not expected to rule immediately at the end of hearing.At issue is a requirement under President Barack Obama’s health care law that birth control services be covered at no additional cost. Obama officials included exemptions for religious organizations.The new rules set to go into effect on Monday would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to back out of the requirement by claiming religious objections. They would also allow small businesses and other employers to object on moral grounds.The rules “protect a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in court documents.The states argue that millions of women could lose free birth control services, forcing them to seek contraceptive care through state-run programs and leading to unintended pregnancies.Attorneys for California and the other states said in court documents the new rules were very similar to the interim measures. One difference is a suggestion in the new rules that women can seek contraceptive coverage through federal family planning clinics for low-income people, according to the states.The states say that would be an inadequate replacement for the contraceptive coverage many women currently have.Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press