Crunch time for Apple in fight against $15b EU tax order

first_imgApple’s clash with European Union competition regulators comes to a head on Wednesday as Europe’s second-highest court rules on whether it has to pay 13 billion euros (US$15 billion) in Irish back taxes, a key part of the EU’s crackdown against sweetheart tax deals.In its order four years ago, the European Commission said Apple benefited from illegal state aid via two Irish tax rulings that artificially reduced its tax burden for over two decades – to as low as 0.005 percent in 2014.Defeat for European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager could weaken or delay pending cases against Ikea’s and Nike’s deals with the Netherlands, as well as Huhtamaki’s agreement with Luxembourg. Should Ireland lose, the government will be castigated by the same politicians for launching the appeal. A ruling in favour of the Commission could also raise questions about the application of Ireland’s tax code at a sensitive time, when new global rules for taxing digital giants are being debated.Defeat could also hurt Ireland’s ability to attract investment, although the promotional blitz undertaken after the Commission’s 2016 decision appears to have worked. The numbers employed by multinationals like Apple, Facebook and Google have grown by 25 percent, accounting for one in ten Irish workers.For Apple, defeat would be a blow, but manageable given its cash holdings topped $190 billion at the end of its fiscal second quarter.The cases are T-778/16 Ireland v Commission and T-892/16 Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe v Commission. The defeated side can appeal on points of law to the EU Court of Justice, Europe’s highest court.Topics : Vestager, who has made the tax crackdown a centrepiece of her time in office, saw the same court last year overturn her demand for Starbucks to pay up to 30 million euros in Dutch back taxes. In another case, the court also threw out her ruling against a Belgian tax scheme for 39 multinationals.The Apple dispute is seen by some analysts as a lose-lose situation for Ireland, which has appealed against the Commission’s order alongside the iPhone maker.While 14 billion euros – including interest – would go a long way to plugging the coronavirus-shaped hole in the state’s finances, Dublin is seeking to protect a low tax regime that has attracted 250,000 multinational employers.If Ireland’s appeal succeeds, the government will be ridiculed by opposition parties for not taking the cash, which could cover at least half of a budget deficit forecast to balloon to as much as 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year.last_img read more

Archbishop’s Tamborine Mountain retreat hits the market

first_imgVilla Margaret at 4-8 Palm Grove Ave, Tamborine Mountaine features was a holiday residence for Sir James Duhig – the Archbishop of Brisbane.Tamborine Mountain Historical Society archivist Paul Lyons said Archbishop of Brisbane Sir James Duhig used the residence as a holiday retreat.“In 1946 William Adams bought it and extended it.“He’s the one who called it Villa Margaret because he had a daughter called Margaret.“His daughter was very ill and he wanted her to convalesce up here but she passed away.“After that he gifted it to the Archbishop of Brisbane.” Villa Margaret. Villa Margaret exudes art deco charm. Mr Lyons said he recalled being at school in the 1940s when Archbishop Duhig visited the mountain.“I know he came up once every couple of years,” Mr Lyons said.“He wouldn’t have come up here for any other reason than to visit the catholic college. It was mainly the nuns who were up here. If any one of them wanted a holiday he allowed them to convalesce up here.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago“Most of them dressed more for the mountain, they would go on walks as the national park was nearby.” Villa Margaret. Archbishop Duhig passed the property on to the Canossian Sisters to be used as a retreat.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Dream Home: 40 Blackler St, Semaphore00:25 Related videos 00:25Dream Home: 40 Blackler St, Semaphore00:31Historic home for sale01:53Chill out in this underground home00:35Dreamy Victorian Terraces 01:00Historic bluestone cottage in Batesford00:48Art DecoThe current owners paid $1.02 million for the 1429sq m property in 2008.The house was then extensively restored to blend modern conveniences with its historic charm and is now used as a luxury short-term holiday retreat. The fireplace make for the perfect ambience.The three-level residence retains many of its original details from its near 90-year history including stained-glass windows, intricate cornices and Crows Ash timber flooring.The commanding double brick and stone facade stands out as does the stone paths and garden walls. Archbishop James Duhig at 92.AN historic art deco house formerly used by the Brisbane Archbishop as a holiday retreat has hit the market.Villa Margaret on Tamborine Mountain was built in the 1930s to exude character of the art deco period.center_img There are plenty of areas outside to relax. Harcourts Coastal Paradise Point agents Steve and James Weir are taking the property to auction.“It’s a unique piece of history for the Gold Coast that has had such a great past,” Steve Weir said. Villa Margaret blends modern conveniences with oldcharm history.On the first level is the formal living area – this is where the Archbishop’s housekeeper also had her quarters linked to the rest of the house with a bell call system.The study within the curved recess on level two has been restored while the former prayer chapel on level three has been expanded and transformed into a luxury master bedroom. Villa Margaret. Villa Margaret. last_img read more

Academics’ pension fund to sell DKK1bn of fossil fuel investments

first_imgMP Pension’s new CIO Anders Schelde spoke to IPE about the fund’s investment strategy and how the fund has progressed since striking out on its own in 2015, in this month’s edition of the magazine. The fund’s board of directors has decided to divest of all shares in companies with exposure to oil, coal and tar sands.In 2016, MP Pension resolved to make sure its investment policy supported the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting the increase in average global temperature to two degrees above pre-industrial levels.“This goal requires action by politicians and companies worldwide,” it said. Munch Holst said the pension fund’s analysis showed that the decision to exclude fossil fuel companies would also benefit the fund’s overall long-term return.The pension fund plans to sell all its coal and tar sands exposure by the end of this year, while oil shares will be sold before the end of 2020.“MP Pension already has green investments of DKK3.5bn, and this figure will grow,” it said.A year ago, Denmark’s PKA divested from five Canadian oil companies, meaning it had blacklisted 53 companies involved in fossil fuels in the space of two years.However, it rejected a blanket ban on companies’ involvement in the fossil fuel sector, saying it wanted to know if the firms had long-term plans to be part of the renewable energy sector. Denmark’s MP Pension plans to exclude all fossil fuel-related companies from its investment universe in order to help limit climate change.The DKK114bn (€15.3bn) pension fund for Denmark’s public sector university and secondary school staff said the move would excise 1,000 companies from its investment universe, freeing up more than DKK1bn.Jens Munch Holst, chief executive of MP Pension, said: “Our ambition is to deliver the highest possible returns for our members, based on responsible investments.“Given our stated goal of following the Paris Agreement’s recommendations for a better global climate, we must also take action to realise that goal.”last_img read more

Polyamorous relationships may be the future of love

first_imgBBC Future 23 June 2016Family First Comment: And so the ‘lobbying’ continues in the media – now the BBC. No surprises – It’s just a matter of time. But this part is interesting….“A 2012 survey of 4,000 polyamorous people revealed that about 76% of the respondents would be interested in legal marriage if it were available, while 92% agreed that “consensual, multiparty marriages among adults” should enjoy the same legal status as marriage between two people. This appetite for legal poly marriage may have arisen as a result of the support given to same-sex marriage, which is now a legal right in the UK and in the US, Aviram says. “It galvanized the poly activists.” (The comparison has not always been welcomed by LGBT advocates, however, who felt like it muddied the case for marriage equality.) The question many people asked was why polyamory could not receive similar treatment?”Exactly – and it’s the exact question Labour MP Louisa Wall couldn’t answer when I asked her! True romanceNow there is a fairly new player in the relationship game, at least as far as the public are concerned. In the last two decades, sociologists, legal scholars and the public have shown great interest towards polyamory and it’s making them reassess the very nature of romance.The word polyamory was first coined in the 1960s and literally means “many loves” in Latin. That’s exactly what it is, but talking to poly individuals makes it quickly apparent that there is no one way to be poly. There are no immediate rules. Some people, like Franklin have live-in partners with additional liaisons outside the home. Others have a mixture of short and long-term relationships.Some live in a big group with their partners and their partner’s other partner(s), so called “family style polyamory”. You get the idea. The one thing they all have in common is openness, understanding, trust and acceptance from all involved.As you might imagine these kinds of relationships take a lot of work to maintain, so being poly is far from an easy option. For starters, to keep more than one relationship going, small logistical matters require a lot of communication. “Our relationships are a lot more challenging,” says Eve Rickert, one of Franklin’s long distance partners and co-author of their polyamory book More than Two.It took several decades for published research to appear into this way of life. “It called into question people’s core values,” says Terri Conley from the University of Michigan, who initially struggled to get her research published due what she felt was a pervasive bias in favour of monogamy. Her research is revealing – there are some clear benefits to polyamory.To start with, in a 2014 review paper Conley found that polyamorous people tend to maintain more friendships as they keep a wider social network. They are also less likely to cut off contact after a break-up.Monogamous couples on the other hand, often withdraw from their friends in the first, loved-up stages of their relationship.Conley also found that individuals in poly relationships are better at communicating and that jealousy is often lower. In new research, not yet published, she even discovered that overall relationship satisfaction can be higher in poly relationships, though another earlier 2015 review found that satisfaction was similar among monogamous and “consensual non-monogamous” relationships.Nor do they seem more likely to spread sexually transmitted diseases. Indeed, an anonymous online study revealed that openly non-monogamous people are more likely to practice safe sex than cheating individuals in seemingly monogamous relationships.   Taking all her findings into consideration, Conley says that married monogamous couples could learn from a poly way of life. They could use using similar ways to communicate and resolve conflict for example. “The idea is that we put too much stress on marriage and need to give it more oxygen by giving people more resources,” she says. “A lot of the strategies used in poly relationships can map onto suggestions of how we improve marriage.”Social stigmasUnfortunately, these positive experiences portrayed by the research do not always translate to positive perceptions of polyamorous people. In fact, poly individuals face many stigmas and one of the biggest misconceptions is that it’s all about sex. More partners means more bed-hopping, right? This is a common view, much to Franklin and Eve’s despair.“I have been in committed long-term relationships that span decades,” Franklin explains. “There are easier ways to find sex if sex is what you’re interested in.”Eve agrees. “Poly is a lot of work. Having a lifestyle where you enjoy casual sex and hook-ups is a lot less work than maintaining five current long-term relationships.” In poly relationships people aren’t simply after a romp in the dark, but they make emotional and loving commitments to each other, taking in the good and the bad.   In her research Conley also came across other more subtle stigmas. “People have the sense that monogamous individuals are seen as better, that people are more committed to each other,” she says. People even perceived monogamous individuals as being better at very arbitrary things, such as walking their dogs, paying taxes on time and that they are more likely to floss their teeth.These are similar to the kind of stigmas single people face. This all points to the fact that there is an intense “pressure to pair”. Monogamy is surrounded by a glowing halo and anyone who deviates from this norm seems to be viewed negatively, says Conley. “Even people who are in non-monogamous relationships rate monogamous relationships as higher quality. They have internalised this sense that this is not the best thing to be doing – which is kind of sad.”The problem is that these judgements do not only affect the adults in polyamorous relationships, but it seeps into their children. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli of Deakin University in Australia, has done extensive research looking into the well-being of children in poly families, and says the main issue is what’s referred to as “the deficit model”. This simply means outsiders believe that children are affected by their parents’ lifestyle in a negative way, which is not necessarily the case.“Research shows that most children are really happy growing up with lots of adults, in fact most kids love it,” Pallotta-Chiarolli says. They benefit from added support and time from any additional parental role within their family unit. “These children are more insightful and wise, and open to understanding diversity and many forms of religion and culture.”“The children see parents organising employment, health care, making lunch,” she continues. “For them they see the whole gamut of living in a family, but externally, [many] think polyamory is all about orgies, and that’s really hard for the kids.”None of which is to say poly families are always perfect – they face similar struggles that any family might face. Eve, for instance, still lives with her husband as a life partner, but is no longer romantically involved with him. Then, as well as Franklin, she has been dating another woman for four years. Franklin also divorced his first wife of 18 years. Like any relationship, break-ups can be difficult, and they are even more complicated if children are involved.Regardless, any type of judgement from the outside world can put an unwelcome strain on polyamorous families. If the children underperform at school it’s often attributed to the fact that their parents are living in a non-monogamous relationship. The children in turn try to “compensate by being perfect poster kids”, Pallotta-Chiarolli explains.These types of stigmas will be difficult to overcome, in part because these family units are not supported by any legal recognition, such as marriage and child custody. The appetite is there though, Aviram discovered. She spoke to numerous poly activists in research looking into whether polyamorous marriage might ever legally be possibleA 2012 survey of 4,000 polyamorous people revealed that about 76% of the respondents would be interested in legal marriage if it were available, while 92% agreed that “consensual, multiparty marriages among adults” should enjoy the same legal status as marriage between two people.This appetite for legal poly marriage may have arisen as a result of the support given to same-sex marriage, which is now a legal right in the UK and in the US, Aviram says. “It galvanized the poly activists.” (The comparison has not always been welcomed by LGBT advocates, however, who felt like it muddied the case for marriage equality.) The question many people asked was why polyamory could not receive similar treatment?The truth is that implementing poly marriage would be complicated, in part because there are so many different types of poly relationships. “No poly family is like the others,” Aviram says. That being said, the family style units – where everyone is a member of the household with no relationships outside – should work remarkably like a conventional marriage, she says.She plotted through how it might work. Parental responsibilities and home ownership could be legally divided and the biological status of any potential parent could also be taken into consideration. While these may be complicated cases they echo many of the hurdles adoptive parents face. Relationships outside the main home might introduce further complications but again, there are similar legal solutions for divorce and foster care.In fact, Aviram says that a key challenge for now comes from the lack of legal protection – such as laws that prevent discrimination – for poly relationships. In the US Army for instance, adultery is even seen as a crime, meaning a person cannot be ‘out’ as poly if they are married.For polyamory to be protected by law it will first have to be considered an orientation in the way that homosexually is. If, legally speaking, it is seen as an orientation, then the reasoning goes that poly individuals would be protected by similar anti-discriminatory laws.Legal researcher Ann Tweedy, of Hamline University School of Law recently laid out an argument for why it should be considered an orientation. Sexual orientation, she says, is defined as attraction to either the same sex, the opposite sex or both sexes – but it could be broadened to include other sexual preferences that are entwined with identity.This echoes what many poly activists say, Aviram found. “They tell you they have an innate sense that they are wired this way. That this is a natural way of being for them.” If that is the case, these groups should receive special anti-discriminatory protection under law as well, she says.However, even poly people say it is not clear cut. In small 2005 survey Meg-John Barker of the Open University in the UK, asked 30 polyamorous people how they identify to find that about half saw it as “a fairly fixed identity”, while the other half saw as a choice, as “an ethical alternative to infidelity”. Eve and Franklin also suggest it can be a bit of both.READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160623-polyamorous-relationships-may-be-the-future-of-lovelast_img read more

Exhibition portraying Methodism opens

first_img Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Exhibition portraying Methodism opens by: Dominica Vibes News – May 25, 2017 Sharing is caring! Tweet 264 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Reverend Ruth Pratt, Church PresbyterThe Methodist Church Dominica Circuit has launched an exhibition, ‘This is Methodism’, in conjunction with its two hundred and thirtieth anniversary in the island. The exhibition, themed ‘A Celebration of our Heritage- Embracing our Mission’, officially launched on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at the University of the West Indies Open Campus.“Our purpose for coming here this afternoon as we celebrate our two hundred and thirtieth anniversary, our fiftieth year as an autonomous conference, the MCCA, and even as we celebrate today, we remember that we are indeed celebrating our heritage, embracing our mission,” Reverend Ruth Pratt, Church Presbyter said during the launch.Circuit Superintendent Reverend Dr. Novelle Josiah said the exhibition displays over two hundred and fifty years of Methodism inclusive of the two hundred and thirty years it has been here on the island.Circuit Superintendent Reverend Dr. Novelle Josiah“It reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead of us and that we are assisted and aided by those who work alongside us and of course we need to preserve our history and our heritage as we seek to appreciate these so that generations who come after us would find us faithful.”Reverend Dr. Josiah added, “I often think the way in which we regard our history and our heritage, it is always something about the past not realizing that we are part of history and that we have a responsibility, we have a stewardship to ensure that that history is recorded, that heritage is appreciated or else we would not have anything to celebrate.”He continued, “Our children and grandchildren and their children’s children would not have a shred of what it means to be a Methodist, of what it means to be a people and so first of all we need to appreciate our role as part of this process.”According to Dr Josiah, this exhibition “reminds us of who we are as a people and it allows us to chart the course as to where we are going to go and who we will be in the future”.The ‘This is Methodism’ exhibition will remain mounted for a number of weeks until June 7 2017. For the next two weeks it will open daily from 9AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday at the UWI Open Campus’ old library. It will then move on to the Wesley- Ebenezer Methodist Church Hall and then the Mt Wallis Faith Hall in Portsmouth. “So please spread the word around and encourage your family members and friends to be a part of this exhibition,” Reverend Dr. Josiah told the attendees.“I pray that as we partake in this exhibition it would indeed prod us one to embrace our heritage and to embrace our mission, ‘Celebrate our Heritage-Embracing our Mission’,” Dr Josiah said.– / 51last_img read more

Details released in fatal Franklin County crash

first_imgNew Trenton, In. — Indiana State police say a Cincinnati man died in a crash Wednesday morning on U.S. 52 just west of New Trenton.Around 5:30 a.m. Jerry D. Esslinger, 54, of Hartford City, was driving a semi-truck and trailer eastbound on U.S. 52. While rounding a corner the trailer swung into the path of a car driven by Gerald P. Hendy, 73, of Cincinnati. The trailer struck the vehicle driven by Hendy in the westbound lane of U.S. 52.Hendy was pronounced dead at the scene. Esslinger was not injured.The highway was closed until about noon.Toxicology tests are pending. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Wenger: Wilshere can be one of the best

first_imgArsene Wenger subscribes to England captain Steven Gerrard’s view that Jack Wilshere can become one of the best players in the world. Press Association He added: “The most important thing for me will be to keep his passion for the game, and keep the attitude of wanting to become a better player. If he keeps these two ingredients that are not always easy, he can of course become a fantastic player. He is already one, but he can become one of the best in the world, yes.” Wenger handed Wilshere his professional debut against Blackburn in 2008 and has nurtured him from a raw teenager to the player he is today. As a result, he is understandably keen to make sure he gets as much out of him as he can, saying he worries about the player taking on too much at such a young age. “It is not just the physical aspect but the mental pressure every time he plays. We will have to manage him well physically to make sure he doesn’t face that burnout,” he said. “I had in fact expected Jack to play only a part of the game on Wednesday but it didn’t happen and because of his quality he will be exposed to that, the overuse of his quality, you can understand that. He will have to be managed like everyone else.” Wednesday’s show was proof of what many have long said Wilshere can do. At a time when Paul Gascoigne is in the news – albeit not for the happiest reasons – comparisons have been drawn between England’s star playmaker of the 1990s and their new hope. “As a very young boy he had a very special talent of course. But when you see a boy at 16 years of age, you never know how he will develop,” Wenger said of his discovery. “Let’s not forget that he is only 21 now, and he starts his career really because he was out for 17 months. The influence he has today on the England national team already is absolutely fantastic.” center_img Wilshere, 21, was the star of the show for England as they beat Brazil on Wednesday night, the match marking his first start for his country since 2011 owing to a serious ankle injury. If anything, Wilshere’s stock rose during his absence, with many citing his creativity as the component England were missing at last summer’s European Championships. Wenger has never been one to get carried away, though, and while happy to laud Wilshere’s progress for club and country, he promised to make sure his talisman does not suffer from burnout. “You do not want to set any limit on the development of any player, especially when he plays at that level at his age,” Wenger said. last_img read more

Wilshere: I’m proud of Arsenal bond

first_imgArsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere thinks the stick he has got for his FA Cup celebrations has been harsh and is proud to have such a strong bond with Gunners fans. Not for the first time, the 23-year-old found himself making the wrong kind of headlines as Arsenal celebrated their 4-0 win against Aston Villa on the streets of north London. Wilshere took to the microphone during the victory parade to goad rivals Tottenham with foul-mouthed chants – actions which could now lead to a substantial fine from the Football Association. The England midfielder was warned about his behaviour after making similar comments 12 months earlier and is now facing a misconduct charge, for which he has until 6pm on Wednesday to answer. “I found out when I got here (on England duty),” Wilshere said. “One of the press officers told me. “It was a surprise. I didn’t know I’d been charged so I was like ‘what?’ “I don’t think I’m in a position to comment about it at the moment. It’s being dealt with by the FA and my club. What will be, will be.” In a broadcast interview Wilshere admitted to being a little disappointed with the charge, which has inevitably led to “a bit of banter” from England team-mates. He joked Tottenham players are not talking to him – albeit there is one less in the England squad after his collision with Ryan Mason led to the midfielder’s withdrawal – and pledged never to change his connection with Arsenal supporters. “Yeah, I am quite proud of that,” Wilshere said. “I’ve always had that bond with the Arsenal fans since I was young because I came through the club. “I grew up at Arsenal and I love the fans but, believe it or not, I’ve actually got family who are Tottenham fans so it’s nothing personal against them, it was just a bit of fun.” Press Association The incident has, though, led to a dressing down from England manager Roy Hodgson and called his off-field antics into question yet again. Asked if he considered this a lesson learnt, Wilshere said: “Yes, that’s one way of looking at it, but at the same time people have been giving me a lot of stick for having some fun and enjoying myself at the end of a successful season. “We’ve worked hard all year as a group of players and we’ve won a trophy. That’s the best feeling in the world. “No matter what job you do, if at the end of the year you get a promotion and a bonus, you’re going to go out and celebrate. I think that side of things was a bit harsh.” For now, though, national team matters are Wilshere’s focus, with next weekend’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on the horizon. The trip to Ljubljana allows the Three Lions to strengthen their grip on Group E and continue their unbeaten run, extended to a 10th match with Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Ireland. The match failed to live up to the pre-match hype, although Wilshere did a solid job at the base of the diamond – a different role to the one he plays in with Arsenal, but one he is relishing with England. “I like playing that position, I want to learn more,” he said. “I feel every game I play in the position I’m learning a little bit more and I feel more comfortable in it. “With the players we’ve got, it’s an easy role to play. The players I’ve got around me help and the runs the forwards make means I’m able to find the passes to them. “That’s just the way it is going to be. I spoke to the (England) manager and he said ‘you know what your role for England is now’. “I’m happy playing that role and I’d happy playing a little bit further forward for Arsenal.” last_img read more

Old Pal’s Act for Levins

first_imgJohnny Levins is aiming to have Your Pal Tal at his peak for the Bold Lad Sprint at the Curragh during Irish Champions weekend next month. If all goes to plan, the Dark Angel gelding could turn out quickly at Ayr the following Saturday. “We are trying to get him ready for Irish Champions weekend and needed to get him out as he’s been very fresh at home,” said Levins. “He ran that way. He dropped the bit, ran very fresh and that should have blown the cobwebs away. “He’s got one more target in two weeks’ time dropping back to six furlongs at the Curragh again and then that should leave him peaking and spot on for the big handicap sprint on Champions weekend. “It was over seven furlongs on Sunday but it was a journey close to home. It was almost like a bit of work for him. He was back in his box an hour after the race. “We were very happy with him, so hopefully he’ll acquit himself quite well in a couple of weeks time. That should leave him right for the Bold Lad Sprint. “We’ll have a go at that and then he’ll go for the Ayr Gold Cup.” Press Associationcenter_img The Curragh handler was delighted with the five-year-old’s run at his local track on Sunday when he was fifth to Captain Cullen over a trip further than ideal. Levins now intends dropping Your Pal Tal back to his optimum distance of six furlongs at the same course later this month as part of his preparation for his big date on September 13. last_img read more