Archive for November, 2015

US Politicians Slam Pfizer-Allergan Deal

By Aglaia Staff

U.S. politicians condemned Pfizer Inc‘s deal with Allergan Plc as a tax dodge on Monday, bringing another round of hand-wringing in Washington over the corporate tax code, though legislative action before 2017 is unlikely.

Democrats heaped the most criticism on the New York-based drug maker, with Hillary Clinton accusing Pfizer of using legal loopholes to avoid its “fair share” of taxes in a deal that she said “will leave U.S. taxpayers holding the bag.”

The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the November 2016 election said she will propose steps to prevent more inversions, but she did not provide details. “We cannot delay in cracking down on inversions that erode our tax base,” said the ex-U.S. secretary of state and former New York senator in a statement.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who has called for a corporate tax overhaul, called the deal “disgusting” in a statement, saying “our politicians should be ashamed.”

Pfizer is doing the largest inversion deal of all time. In a $160-billion transaction, it plans to move its tax address from the United States to Ireland, if only on paper, by buying and merging into Allergan, a smaller, Dublin-based competitor.

The combined company will be called Pfizer and will be run by Pfizer’s CEO, with executive management staying in New York and extensive operations across the United States, but it will no longer be taxed as a U.S. company.

More than 50 similar deals have been done over three decades by well-known companies such as Medtronic Plc, Fruit of the Loom and Ingersoll-Rand Plc. Congressional researchers have estimated inversions, left unchecked, will cost the U.S. Treasury nearly $20 billion in the next 10 years.

 

 

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New Orleans Park Shooting Leaves 10 Hospitalized

By Aglaia Staff

At least 10 people were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds after gunfire erupted inside the Bunny Friend Park in the Upper Ninth Ward on Sunday night, New Orleans Police Department officials said.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble confirmed 16 were injured at the park. He could not confirm, however, whether all of those injured received gunshot wounds.

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Officers were dispatched to the park to shut the gathering down, Harrison said. “They were a block away when they heard gunshots and were flagged down” from there. EMS appeared on the scene soon after, he said.

One witness, a nurse who declined to be named citing safety concerns, said the shooting began at around 6 p.m. and continued for three to four minutes. “It was like New Year’s Eve all over again,” she said.

Multiple witnesses said they saw a man with a silver-colored machine gun fleeing the scene toward Louisa Avenue. They said the gunfire continued inside the park as the man ran away.

After the shooting, witnesses described several gunshot victims lying in the middle of Gallier Street and Desire Street as EMS responders administered to them.

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Terrorists Attack Luxury Hotel In Mali

By Aglaia Staff

Gunmen have stormed a luxury hotel in Mali and taken around 170 people hostage.
Shooters have attacked a Radisson Blu hotel in the centre of the country’s capital, Bamako.
The Rezidor Hotel Group confirmed that 170 people have been taken hostage by the attackers.
‘As per our information, two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees,’ a statement said.

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Automatic weapon fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel, according to reports.
‘Very early in the morning there was gunfire. Apparently it’s an attempt to take hostages,’ a security source said.

‘The police are there and are sealing off the area.’

Witnesses at the scene said attackers arrived in a diplomatic vehicle, and are now ‘walking quietly’ around seven stories of the hotel.

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Paris Attacks Mastermind Dead

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The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has been identified as one of those killed in a raid in Saint Denis, the Paris prosecutor says.

His body was found riddled with bullets and shrapnel in an apartment in the northern Paris suburb on Wednesday.

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The Belgian national, 27, was identified from his fingerprints.

Friday’s gun and suicide bomb attacks in the French capital left 129 people dead and hundreds injured.

Eight people were arrested and at least two killed in the raid on the property in Saint Denis.

Heavily armed police stormed the building after a tip-off that Abaaoud was in Paris.

A woman at the flat – reported in French media to be Abaaoud’s cousin – blew herself up during the raid.

Investigators are still looking for Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have travelled to Belgium after the attacks on Friday night.

He was high on French and Belgian wanted lists and yet managed to travel from Syria to the heart of Paris without ever leaving a trace.

 

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Ilayathalapathy Vijay Signs Film With Bharathan

By Aglaia Staff

Ilayathalapathy Vijay who is currently shooting for Vijay59 in Goa has reportedly signed his next.

According to sources, the Puli actor has signed a film with Bharathan who has worked on films like Veeram. Bharathan has been a dialogue writer and has also directed some small films like Adithi. It looks like Vijay was really happy with the story that was narrated to him.

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The music directors they are talking to are Yuvan, Anirudh and Santhosh Narayan. Depending on the availability one person will be brought onboard.? Madhi is said to be the cameraman and the editor would be KL Praveen.

 

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Real Madrid, Manchester City Clinch: Things To Know

By Aglaia Staff

The first eight matches of the Champions League Group Stage‘s Matchday 4 were played on Tuesday, with 17 goals scored. Real Madrid and Man City made statements, while Manchester United needed late magic.

Here are three things to know about Tuesday’s action.

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1. Manchester City looks like a real contender without its two best players.

Remember how City lost to Juventus on Matchday 1, and everyone thought it was going to be another season of European failure for the Citizens? Well, City is now in first place in Group D with nine points and earned a spot in the Round of 16 with a convincing 3-1 win at Sevilla on Tuesday. Raheem Sterling scored a fine opener, and City dominated possession on its way to the big win. Without the injured David Silva and Sergio Aguero, City still continues to get results. Watch out for this club as the competition progresses. City is a real threat for the title.

Real Madrid, to the surprise of nobody, is into the Round of 16.

It was another snoozer, really. I mean, it wasn’t as boring as the 0-0 draw on Matchday 3, but you would expect to see plenty of goals when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the same pitch. It was Nacho’s first half-goal that gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win and a spot in the knockout stages, but fans wanted more. Regardless of the loss, PSG is still in great shape to advance, and Real Madrid is right where most expected.

United barely gets a massive three points.

Manchester United hadn’t scored in the previous three matches, and it almost didn’t score in this one until Wayne Rooney’s winner 12 minutes from time. Sure things look good for United to advance past the group stage, but until it looks like a team on the pitch and creates chance after chance, the club will continue to be a pretender and not a contender. It will take time for this team to gel especially with Anthony Martial, but there is just this feeling that it doesn’t have what it takes to contend, much less win a trophy.

 

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Battle Each Other In New Film Trailer

By Aglaia Staff

The new trailer for Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt‘s marriage drama By the Sea starts off on a quiet note before taking a violent turn. The on and off-screen couple kick, push, scream and cry in the teaser released by Universal Pictures on Friday.

Written, directed and produced by Jolie Pitt, the film, set in the 1970s, follows an American writer (Pitt) and his wife (Jolie Pitt), who are vacationing at a French seaside resort as their marriage is crumbling. When they’re not fighting like cats and dogs, the two drown their sorrows.

The film also stars Melanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. By the Sea world premieres and opens the AFI Fest on November 5, and hits theatres on November 13.

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