Payments Majors Visa, Mastercard And American Express May be Taxed on India Income

first_imgGlobal payments companies such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express may have to pay around 15% tax on their India income as they set up servers locally to comply with a central bank directive on data storage. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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J&K schools turn recreation centres

first_imgWith no sign of students returning to schools any time soon in Kashmir, several government schools, in a novel idea, have decided to throw open their campus facilities for children living in the vicinity for recreational purposes.Taking the lead, a prominent girls higher secondary school at Kothibagh near Lal Chowk here with a huge playground has put up a notice for the children living in nearby areas “to use the campus for multiple activities”.The school has seen poor attendance of students till now. “Local children can use the campus for sports activity from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.,” the notice reads at the school.“The idea is to allow the children, living under a sense of siege since August 5, to come out of their homes and interact. They are constantly exposed to the negative cycle of news, with little interaction outside. Even the spaces of entertainment like sports grounds are sealed with concertina wires and many are sealed by the security forces,” a staffer of the school said, on condition of anonymity.The government’s bid to reopen 4,000 primary and middle schools in the Valley has failed to see any spike in attendance. According to the official figures, the attendance hovered around 10%, even if staff presence has improved “significantly.”’last_img read more

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Urdu scholar Shamim Hanfi awarded literary honour

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Eminent Urdu litterateur Shamim Hanfi was today conferred the Jnangarima Manad Alankaran by Bharatiya Jnanpith at his residence here, the literary body said in a statement. The award was announced at the annual Kavita Samay – an evening of poetry recitation by authors in both Hindi and Urdu, organised by the institution in August this year to commemorate 70 years of the institution. Founded earlier this year, the Jnangarima Manad Alankaran award recognises the contribution of writers in Indian languages. Hailing originally from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Hanif moved to Allahabad to pursue his higher studies, where he met Firaq Gorakhpuri, one of the most celebrated contemporary Urdu poets, who eventually also became his mentor. The Urdu scholar is best known for his books on criticism like “Jadidiyat ki Falsafiyani Asas,” “Ghazal Ka Naya Manzarnama” and “Infiradi Shaoor aur Ijtemai Zindagi.” He also served as a faculty member in Aligarh Muslim University for a brief period of time before joining Jamia Millia Islamia, from where he resigned as the Dean of Humanities and Languages department in 2012. He has also been a freelance columnist for various Urdu and Hindi newspapers and periodicals, besides writing features and plays for radio and television. Hanfi was presented with a Saraswati statue, a silver citation and a shawl. He will also receive a stipend of Rs 11,000 per month for the next one year from Bharatiya Jnanpith. Leeladhar Mandloi, Director, Bharatiya Jnanpith, Moortidevi laureate Vishwanath Tripathi and Jnanpith laureate Kedarnath Singh were among others were present at the informal award giving ceremony. Bharatiya Jnanpith was founded in 1944 to undertake systematic research and publication of Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali and Apabhramsha texts and covers subjects like religion, philosophy, logic, ethics, grammar, astrology and poetics. It annually publishes books in Hindi (both original and translated works) and other languages, and also presents the literary awards, Jnanpith Awards and Moortidevi Award, besides awards for upcoming writers. PTI TRS ANS SMNadvertisementlast_img read more

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Klopp hits back at Conte’s recovery complaints

first_imgLiverpool v Chelsea Klopp hits back at Conte: They have the best Christmas schedule Ante Jukic Last updated 1 year ago 09:01 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Antonio Conte Liverpool Chelsea Clive Rose Liverpool v Chelsea Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Chelsea Premier League Ahead of the crunch tie against the Blues, the Liverpool boss believes scheduling has not given his side any kind of advantage over the London club Jurgen Klopp rejected Antonio Conte’s claims Liverpool have gained an unfair scheduling advantage before their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.Chelsea head coach Conte lamented the fact Liverpool had a day more to prepare, while his side made an 8,000km round trip to Azerbaijan, following their respective Champions League fixtures.Chelsea DNB 13/10 at Anfield Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although Klopp stated he understood the difficulty of Conte’s predicament, he said the difference in preparation time would not be impactful when the two face each other at Anfield.”I really get what Antonio is talking about, I heard about it, but maybe he forgot they had the best Christmas schedule last year,” Klopp said.”Everyone played every two days and they had 12 days to play three games. It is the same situation this year and I don’t know how the Premier League will explain it.”I really think recovery for a team is important and he is right, but it will not have an influence on this game. Maybe the next one, that is possible.”Although Liverpool have not seen defeat since last month’s 4-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham, their defensive struggles once again came to the fore midweek, surrendering a three-goal lead in Tuesday’s 3-3 Champions League draw with Sevilla.Saturday’s clash with Chelsea could prove pivotal in Liverpool’s hopes for a Champions League spot next season, but Klopp maintained his side do not have the upper hand.”Now they [Chelsea] are already back, they flew back to London and have two days to recover and that is a normal situation,” he said.”Three days is never a problem, two days is a big problem but obviously nobody wants to hear that.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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QB Dwayne Haskins Had A Message For Ohio State Fans After Saturday

first_imgDwayne Haskins throws a pass for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State moved to 6-0 on the season yesterday. The Buckeyes pulled away from Indiana in the second half and won 49-26 on Homecoming.Dwayne Haskins delivered another monster performance at quarterback, keeping himself in the Heisman conversation. Haskins completed 33-of-44 passes for 455 yards and six touchdowns.In doing so, he just missed surpassing the Ohio State single-game passing yardage record of 458, held by Art Schlichter.For the season, Haskins has thrown for 1,919 yards and 25 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He’s rolling, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.Responding  to a tweet from the OSU football account last night, Haskins reiterated that he and his team are not finished yet.“We’re going to do what we have always done. Put our head down and work.. #GoBucks #Brotherhood,” he tweetedWe’re going to do what we have always done. Put our head down and work.. #GoBucks #Brotherhood— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) October 7, 2018Ohio State plays Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska in its next four games. Those should be three relatively easy wins.The next test for the Buckeyes appears to be at Michigan State on Nov. 10.last_img read more

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PM Declares Mount Salem First Zone of Special Operations

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has declared Mount Salem in St. James as the first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO).Mr. Holness made the announcement at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday (Sept. 1).Major Godrey Sterling of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Superintendent of Police, Kirk Ricketts are jointly in charge of operations in the Mount Salem special zone.Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeny has been named Deputy Chairman of the Social Intervention Committee, which is to be established within five working days.Mr. Holness said the decision to declare Mount Salem as the first zone was based on police statistics, which show that the area is a major crime hotspot.He said no community will be allowed to operate as a safe haven for criminals and “we will establish and restore public order, citizen security, and public safety. We will make Jamaica safe again.”last_img read more

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Donors urged to contribute to UNbacked genocide court in Cambodia

25 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to donors to provide urgent funding to the United Nations-backed court tasked with bringing justice to the people of Cambodia for the heinous crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), composed of both national and international judges and staff, were set up in 2003 under an agreement between the UN and the Royal Government. The court is facing a shortfall of more than $21 million for 2010, including $14.6 million for the international component and at least $6.5 million for the national component. Neither of these figures includes future commitments for staff salaries and entitlements.For 2011, the total budget of $46.8 million is unfunded, except for $1.1 million pledged by the Cambodian Government for the national component.“Both components urgently need further funds,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the pledging conference held at UN Headquarters for the court, which is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions.He emphasized that the court was established to bring justice to the people of Cambodia, and to prevent impunity for the most heinous of crimes. “They are vital part of efforts to secure Cambodia’s long-term well-being, and a crucial element in the world’s quest to strengthen international criminal justice,” he stated.At least 1.7 million people are believed to have died during the period of Democratic Kampuchea, which lasted from April 1975 to January 1979. The ECCC is tasked with trying senior Khmer Rouge figures and others responsible for the worst atrocities committed during that period. Mr. Ban noted that since it began its work in 2006, the court has made “impressive progress.” Hearings in “case one,” against Kaing Guek Eav, alias “Duch,” the secretary of the notorious S-21 security centre, concluded last November and the trial chamber will issue its verdict in July. “The hearings in this case demonstrated that the Extraordinary Chambers can conduct complex international criminal trials to international standards,” said the Secretary-General.“Most importantly, they also demonstrated the deep interest of the people of Cambodia in the proceedings,” he stated, noting that more than 31,000 people visited the chambers to witness the hearings, most of them Cambodians who journeyed in from outside the capital. In “case two,” the co-investigating judges may issue a closing order, or indictment, against four leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime – Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith and Khieu Samphan – later this year. As in the ongoing trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), one person charged in case two, Khieu Samphan, is a former head of State, showing that no one is above the law. “This is a fundamental principle in the world’s fight against impunity, and it is encouraging indeed to see it in action today in Cambodia,” remarked Mr. Ban.The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to Member States for their generous contributions to date, and appealed to them to maintain and increase their support, even in the midst of the current economic environment. “Without such support, the chambers cannot function,” he stressed. “It is as simple and stark as that.”UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien and Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Sok An, made a similar appeal to the international community for urgent funding for the court in a joint statement issued after their meeting in the capital, Phnom Penh, last month. read more

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US notes future of Sri Lanka depends on its youth

With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a coalition of partners from the Government of Sri Lanka, the private sector, non-profit organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions launched “YouLead” a $12 million initiative that will link youth to productive careers in the Sri Lankan economy by creating a more market–oriented, skilled, and flexible Sri Lankan workforce. “YouLead” regional focus is on the provinces with the highest youth unemployment—Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, and Northern Provinces.  The project also aims to foster increased opportunities for self-employment by improving the skills of young entrepreneurs and working with financial institutions to encourage more lending to youth-led start-ups. Given the substantial number of unemployed women and their 35 percent workforce participation rate, “YouLead” will encourage more women to enter the workforce and take up in-demand careers.At the inauguration ceremony in Colombo on October 19, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap said, “The future of Sri Lanka depends on its youth gaining the skills and knowledge that will power the country’s prosperity.”  Ambassador Keshap emphasized the significance of public-private partnerships, noting, “by deploying the resources and knowledge of government and business,“YouLead” aligns global best-practice tools and training with in-demand jobs.” “Matching skills and jobs has become a high priority not just for our success as a nation but on a global level” said The Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Chandima Weerakkody. “Many employers report difficulties in finding suitably skilled workers, thus it is imperative that all curricula and skills development programs undertaken do so with continuous consultation and feedback from the industries and sectors that provide employment. Without this the skills mismatch continues to be a crippling problem not just to the youth of the country but also negatively impacts the economic growth of the nation. So let us take into consideration the repeatedly highlighted requirements of employers’, as well as have the initiative to preempt what the future requirements will be and train our youth accordingly.” The Minister thanked USAID, the” YouLead” team and their partners for agreeing to help young people develop much needed skills, and enhance their ability to secure proper, career enhancing employment. (Colombo Gazette) USAID and its partners will collaborate over a four-year period to help young Sri Lankans between the ages of 16 and 35 become more competitive in the labor market.  “YouLead” will also engage the private sector and the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training on skills, knowledge, and capacity-building activities that aim to increase youth employability and sustainable self-employment. The future of Sri Lanka depends on its youth gaining the skills and knowledge that will power the country’s prosperity, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said today.He made the comment at the launch of an initiative to increase the employability of Sri Lankan youth. read more

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Drones nextgeneration airliners fighter jets A peek at next weeks Paris Air

Drones, next-generation airliners, fighter jets: A peek at next week’s Paris Air Show by Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2013 3:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – The Paris Air Show, which opens for business on Monday, brings hundreds of aircraft to the skies around the French capital, the usual tense competition between aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, and a slew of innovations large and small. Here’s what to look for over the show:BATTLE OF THE WIDE-BODIESThe much-anticipated Airbus A350 flew for the first time on Friday, launching a new air race between the European plane maker and Boeing for long-haul wide-body aircraft.Boeing has dominated the market so far, but troubles with the lithium ion batteries in its 787 Dreamliner are giving customers a reason to give a close look at Airbus’ first all-new plane in eight years. The CEO of Airbus parent EADS, Tom Enders, has said he expects a “few hundred” new orders. Boeing executives, meanwhile, downplayed the air show’s importance for orders, noting that the two companies have historically split the commercial aircraft market.A year ago, at the Paris Air Show’s sister event in Britain, Boeing beat Airbus for the number of orders announced. The U.S. company took in $37 billion in orders and commitments, well above Airbus’ $16.9 billion.But the announcements during the air shows are not always a reliable indicator of business since prices are often negotiated down heavily and big orders don’t always coincide with the event.The race for the title of biggest plane maker is as tight as ever. Over the whole of 2012, Airbus delivered 588 planes. That was a record, but one Boeing beat with 601 deliveries, the first time since 2003 it came out on top.NO HANDS ON DECKThey have swooped into wildfires to take temperatures and tracked animals across Africa. They have guided a fuel tanker to safety through icy waters. Drones are increasingly being used for non-military purposes and are expected to feature prominently at the Paris Air Show.There are still tough restrictions on their flight for safety reasons, but while the Federal Aviation Authority works on new rules, the makers of drones will aim to show off innovation and technical prowess at the show. Eurocopter, a company based in France, will showcase new technology that can transform a manned helicopter into one that flies without a pilot.EVEN IN PARIS, SEQUESTRATION TAKES TOLLAmerican fighter jets aren’t taking to the skies above Paris, nor will they be seen on the ground, for the first time in more than two decades thanks to the U.S. government’s spending cuts – the infamous ‘sequestration’.The U.S. pavilion remains the largest, but the event will be less of a sales showcase for latest military hardware and more a place for suppliers to meet up with potential customers.Russia, on the other hand, is looking to make a splash by presenting fighter jets and military helicopters at the show for the first time since 2001. The Sukhoi manufacturer will showcase its Su-35, a twin-engine multipurpose fighter, for the first time outside Russia. Britain and France also will have fighter jets on display.“It’s two different trends between commercial aircraft and defence,” said Eric Bernardini, a consultant for AlixPartners who follows the aerospace industry.EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTSLess flashy but just as important for the industry will be the myriad technological innovations that parts suppliers will come to Paris to present. The biggest issue? The cost of fuel.The price of jet fuel has more than tripled worldwide since 2003 — a trend both jet manufacturers and airlines expect to continue. Electric- or solar-powered commercial flights are wildly improbable and biofuels aren’t yet economically viable, so airlines are looking to improve mileage any way possible.For long-haul flights, that means more carbon-fiber in airplane bodies and other design tweaks, such as electric motors for taxiing. For passengers, it means no end in sight on extra baggage fees.___Follow Lori Hinnant at: read more

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Zeid calls for ICC probe into Myanmar Rohingya crisis

Addressing the Human Rights Council after giving an update on the refugee crisis that has seen more than 700,000 Rohingya people flee to Bangladesh to escape a security clampdown in Myanmar, Zeid urged the UN Security Council to refer the Member State to the International Criminal Court (ICC) immediately.“We are not fools,” he said.The High Commissioner for Human Rights also responded to the Myanmar Government representative’s comments that it was a “body committed to the defence of human rights”.This, Mr. Zeid said, “almost creates a new category of absurdity” – a first during his mandate as the UN’s top human rights official.“In the four years that I have been High Commissioner I have heard many preposterous claims,” he said. “This claim, that I have just stated now, almost creates a new category of absurdity. Have some shame sir. Have some shame. We are not fools.”Earlier at the Human Rights Council, Mr. Zeid said that Myanmar had “expended considerable energy” challenging allegations that its security forces carried out ethnic cleansing against the mainly Muslim Rohingya.Not a single Rohingya refugee has returned under the formal framework agreed with Bangladesh – High Commissioner ZeidIn January, he continued, the Government of Myanmar had signed a repatriation deal with Bangladesh, which continues to host the communities who fled their homes last August.Despite this agreement, “not a single Rohingya refugee has returned under the formal framework agreed with Bangladesh”, he said, while “many – if not all – of those who have returned … have been detained”.Citing one example, the High Commissioner said that between January and April this year, 58 Rohingya who returned were arrested and convicted on unspecified charges.“They then received a Presidential pardon, but have simply been transferred from Buthidaung prison (in northern Rakhine province) to a so-called ‘reception centre’,” he explained.All the while more Rohingya continue to seek shelter in Bangladesh, he continued, noting that as of mid-June, there have been 11,432 new arrivals there.On the issue of ICC involvement in the issue, as he had urged, Mr. Zeid noted that the results of its fact-finding mission to Myanmar were due to be submitted “in a matter of weeks”.UN rights chief calls for access to northern RakhineThe UN official also repeated a call for access to northern Rakhine state on behalf of the Human Rights Council and his own office, OHCHR.Myanmar should do this “instead of coming out with one bogus national commission after another”, the High Commissioner said – a reference to the country’s recent announcement that it intended to set up an “Independent Commission of Enquiry” to investigate alleged rights violations by Rohingya militants known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) last year.While the Government claimed these attacks the cause of the current crisis, the UN rights chief explained that this was not possible since “cycles of violence” against the Rohingya “long pre-date ARSA, which was reportedly established in 2013”.Barring any special meetings called by the Council after this 38th scheduled session, Mr. Zeid’s address was his last in his official capacity as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights before he steps down.Noting this, he cautioned that “if a Member State of this organization can force out 700,000 people in almost three weeks, with practically minimal response by the International Community, then how many others in this Chamber are beginning to entertain something similar?”Myanmar, speaking as a concerned country, said that many of the allegations in the address by the High Commissioner were flawed, incorrect and misleading. ARSA had  committed heinous and shocking atrocities, its delegatation said, adding that the root cause of the tragedy was terrorism. On the subject of repatriation, Myanmar was doing its utmost to repatriate the displaced persons as soon as possible, the delegation insisted. read more

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Lemnos Gallipoli photo exhibition a success

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A unique photographic exhibition was launched last weekend, in honour of Lemnos’ role during the Gallipoli campaign.Housed at the Thessaloniki Association community hall, the exhibition consists of 40 photographs taken by ANZAC and other allied soldiers on the island of Lemnos during the war period. Also exhibited on the night were a number of original paintings by Melbourne artist and graphic designer, George Petrou. Featuring some of the well-known diggers and nurses in Lemnos during the campaign, in addition to village scenes from the island, the works are a result of the artists’ own interpretations from the Lemnos ANZAC archive.Officially opened by consul-general of Greece, Christina Simantiraki, attendees were then addressed by president of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Lee Tarlamis who went on to explain the role of the Committee.The funds raised will go towards the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert and the proposed historical publication, which will see the first time publication of various photographs from the period. According to the exhibition’s curator and secretary of the Committee, Jim Claven, one the greatest features of the night was the presence of a number of people whose family members served in Lemnos or Salonika during the First World War. The launch saw a great turn out, including the presence of former MP John Pandazopoulos, and mayor of the City of Yarra, Phillip Vlahogiannis. Over the next few weeks the exhibition will remain at the community hall, following which it will travel to various locations, including the City of Yarra.To organise a time to view the exhibition, email Paul Mavroudis at last_img read more

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Mourinho accepts oneyear prison sentence

first_imgJose Mourinho has accepted a 12-month prison sentence for tax fraud but won’t serve any time. He will also pay a €2.2m to the Spanish state.Mourinho has been accused of failing to declare an image rights revenue and willingly evading to play tax expenses of nearly €3.3 million during his time as Real Madrid manager.He was in charge of Real in the period from 2010 to 2013 and committed the offenses between 2011 and 2012.His representatives, Gestifute Media back in 2016 have released a statement insisting he was “fully compliant with tax obligations”. They insisted that Jose Mourinho paid more than €26m in tax at an average rate of more than 41% while he lived in Spain between 2010 and 2013.A year and a half ago it was reported that Mourinho closed a deal with the Spanish prosecutors. Speaking to reporters outside the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon in November 2017, he said: “I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed.”Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud, but will not serve jail time.More:— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 5, 2019The deal was ratified at court on Tuesday. Mourinho accepted the one-year jail sentence and agreed to pay €2.2 million fine.He will not spend any time in prison because his sentence is under two years. In Spain offenders of non-violent nature usually, do not do time if their sentence is under two years. They serve it on probation instead. Jose Mourino is one of the many football stars accused of tax fraud in Spain.The 56-year old is taking a rest from football at the moment. Jose was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018. He will do pundit work for Bein Sports in the next period.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Mourinho was a special guest to an ice-hockey match in Russia two days ago. It wasn’t the best experience for him, as he embarrassed himself after a hilarious fall on the ground.Spanish authorities are doing an impressive job on tax evasion within football in recent years.Barcelona star Messi accepted a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud. He and his father, Jorge, were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.They also made voluntary €5m “corrective payments”, which was equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013. Lionel and Jorge Messi paid fines of €2m and €1.5m each.Cristiano Ronaldo is also on the list of tax frauds. He accepted €18.8 million deal with the Spanish prosecutors the past month. His prison sentence was also suspended, due to being under two years.last_img read more

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Budget provides Rs 70000 cr for 7th Pay implementation

first_imgThe government has allocated approximately Rs 70,000 crore in the Budget 2016-2017 for implementing the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, PTI reported, citing a top finance ministry official. It is calculated that the implementation of the Pay Commission report in toto is would cost the government about Rs 1.02 trillion. However, it was not clearly mentioned in the Budget as to how much provisioning of the total amount that will cost the government exchequer was allotted.”We have provisioned for around 60-70 percent of the total burden that was talked about from the Pay Commission proposal,” the official was quoted by PTI. “The allocation has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.”The finance ministry has provisioned for this in the Demands for Grants for individual departments and ministries. It is built and subsumed into those allocations, the report added. “No one actually knows the burden on the exchequer for the implementation of 7th Pay panel. We have calculated internally and allocated to various ministries and department,” the official quoted, continuing that the budget numbers were “credible.”The urgency behind implementing the Pay Commission recommendation was clear in the budget document that stated “the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission due from Jan. 1, 2016, is to be implemented during 2016-2017 fiscal…”Therefore, the finance ministry took the first step in disbursing the funds partially, as it still awaits a review by the Committee of Secretaries (CoS), which is perusing the 7th Pay Panel report. Further allocation is hinged to the recommendation of the said committee headed by the cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha, the official pointed out to PTI.last_img read more

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UPDF man shot dead

first_img.An activist of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF), a Chittagong hill tracts-based political party, was shot to death reportedly by members of a breakaway rival faction in Betchhari area in Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati district on Wednesday.The deceased is Jony Tanchangya, 42, from Rajasthali in the district, reports UNB.Witnesses said a group of armed people shot Jony to death in the afternoon while he was taking tea at a stall in the area and fled the scene immediately.Jony died on the spot.The Naniarchar police station officer-in-charge confirmed the incident.last_img read more

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See YYa allpurpose fares discontinued as of Oct 31 2018

first_img Share Tags: IATA Friday, July 7, 2017 GENEVA — After more than 70 years, IATA multilateral interlineable fares – more commonly known as ‘YY’ fares – will be rescinded effective Oct. 31, 2018. The decision “reflects the dramatic transformation that continues to take place in the distribution of airline products,” says IATA.Established in 1945, the YY fares successfully enabled consumers to purchase a single ticket in a single currency, giving worldwide travel options on different airlines and luggage checked through to final destination.Until the 1980s most consumers travelled on YY fares, notes IATA. “But competition, deregulation, alliances, liberalized bilateral agreements and developments in anti-trust regulation saw the use of YY fares gradually replaced by fares established by airlines.” Today YY fares account for just 0.03% of tickets sold.While YY fares will shortly disappear, IATA says its support for the multilateral interline system will continue with global standard setting for fare construction, mileage principles and currency standards. “More importantly, airlines and industry partners are working through IATA to focus on the transformation of airline distribution with programs such as New Distribution Capability (NDC) and ONE Order.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthYY fares were the backbone of global airfares for much of the last 70 years “but their relevance has been overtaken by changing markets and consumer demands,” says Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “Airlines are responding to this with innovations that will benefit consumers with more choice. And IATA’s focus is on enabling airlines to bring these innovations to consumers using modern day marketing and distribution capabilities – NDC and ONE Order.”He added that travellers “are gradually experiencing the benefits of NDC with a richer and more transparent shopping experience when using travel agents. And behind the scenes, the ONE Order initiative is modernizing industry processes so that airlines sell their product in a single seamless transaction.”The Chicago Convention established the framework for international civil aviation in 1944. However, provisions for market access, fares or rates were not included in the Convention. The frameworks for these were left for national governments to negotiate in bilateral air service agreements (ASAs). As a standard practice in ASAs, governments relied on IATA to submit coordinated international fares and rates for approval. These fares became known as IATA YY fares.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksIn 2006 the coordination of YY fares was converted from physical meetings to a web-based system known as e-Tariffs to generate Flex fares, where a premium was added to the average of the highest carrier fares for the complete flexibility that the YY Fares offered. Intense competition among airlines, however, saw the decline in the use of YY fares accelerate. Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> See YYa: all-purpose fares discontinued as of Oct. 31, 2018last_img read more

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Entry fee enhancement at centrally protected ticketed monuments under ASI

first_imgThe government has decided on an entry fee hike in 116 centrally protected ticketed monuments under Archaeological Survey of India. The enhancement comes after a period of more than 15 years with the last hike in 2000. The fee has been revised in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism, Tour Operators and Travel Associations, after calling for suggestions from the general public. The enhanced rates are at par with the entry fee at monuments abroad.Under the revised structure, Indian citizens including the ones overseas and visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries will be charged Rs 30 per head at World Heritage Monuments and Rs 15 at other monuments. Visitors from other nations apart from these will have to pay Rs 500 and Rs 200 at World Heritage Monuments and others respectively.Primarily aimed at the enhancement of the tourism sector, a decision has also been taken to provide better facilities to tourists visiting ASI monuments. Accordingly, better facilities in the form of free bottled water, Wi-Fi connectivity, mementoes and CDs with pictures and films of monuments would be offered to tourists purchasing high value tickets at Rs 750 and Rs 300 at World Heritage monuments and other ticketed monuments respectively. This would also generate additional revenue for the exchequer. Further, separate queue would be provided for ticket holders of Rs 750, Rs 500, Rs 300 and Rs 200 for ensuring smooth entry to the monument.last_img read more

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Its Not Just the CFPB Its the IRS Too

first_imgIt’s Not Just the CFPB . . . It’s the IRS, Too The IRS recently announced new requirements for its e-Services Users to re-establish their Secure Access accounts, which enables the government to provide greater protections against cyber-attacks. Curt Knuth, EVP of National Credit-reporting System (NCS), called the new requirements “like TRID for e-Service users.” Knuth discussed with MReport the possible effect on lending operations that the new requirements could have.Who will be affected by the recent IRS announcement?It’s anybody that’s within the IRS’s IVES (Income Verification Express Services) program. Additionally, it’s anybody that utilizes the e-Services platform so that would be tax practitioners, CPAs, etc. There’s a multitude of use cases beyond the folks that are in the IVES program that utilize e-Services. Within the IVES program, there are third-party participants such NCS and there are some lender and credit union and bank participants within the IVES program as well. Anybody that’s in the IVES program that interfaces with the e-Services would be affected.Why do e-Services users need to make changes prior to the October 24 deadline?As part of an executive order that was issued in October 2014, the IRS and all agencies are required to implement multi factor authentication policies for the interfaces that they have, user interfaces that they have. I believe it was something like 18 months that they had to implement this from 2014, so obviously they’re quite a bit delayed, and now they’re catching up. We were told about it on September 22 and it’s going to be instituted on October 24. Really, the biggest issue is the timeline. The IRS has asked us essentially to re-engineer the systems that we use to interface with e-Services within 30 days.That is a huge undertaking. I cannot impress that enough, because you’re looking at blowing up in many ways whatever system you’ve built and instituting this new policy. At the end of the day, they’ve introduced a two-factor authentication policy. Now for each individual that is registered with e-Services, in order to gain access to it, they must have a personal cell phone registered to their user account. When they log in with their credentials and click submit, then a confirmation code will be sent to their cell phone of record and then they’ll have to enter in that confirmation code. That’s for every single time you access the site. It’s not once. Typically, it’s once when you register your account. A lot of times we have to do that for bank accounts and so forth and so on. This is for every single transaction. Every time you want to access this site you’ve got to go through this.It’s a challenge. The biggest part of any development project like this is testing. You scope up your project, you code it, you roll it out, and then you’ve got to test it. Testing is where the rubber meets the road. You find out if everything that you thought was going to work, works, or if some kind of a weird thing that you weren’t expecting pops up. We don’t have a testing environment. We’re not going to have any way to test this thing until October 24.Curt KnuthThe IRS rolled out this technology within the Get My Transcripts application. This is a system where the consumer can essentially create and account and gain access to their transcripts themselves. There’s dual factor authentication or this multi factor authentication where the cell phone is used as part of it, it utilized within the Get My Transcripts app. That’s really the only thing that we’re able to base any of this on. The rest of it is just on written and verbal communication that we’ve had with the IRS. I think there’s concerns when we go 24 to 48 hours into this thing that if there’s a deviation off of what was advertised, and we could have some issues. Lastly, there’s going to be a pretty big strain put on the IRS system because again it’s not just us, and it’s not just the IVES participants. We’re a pretty small use case for the IRS. You’ve got all the tax practitioner folks that are going to be slamming the system at the same time. There could very well be some performance-related issues on the IRS site.I think at the end of the day we get why they want to do it, we applaud them for wanting to tighten it up, we’ve been involved with this thing since ‘94, we were the first one to roll out transcripts nationally, and we’re behind the intent. But I think the manner in which they’re doing it and the timeline leave much to be desired.Do you think it should be much longer than 30 days?Yes. We’d love to see a 90-day implementation. We’d love to see that. We’d love to see a way to test it. We would really like to see some sort of a soft launch or something or a testing environments, whatever the case is. That would really help to make sure that the consumers, at the end of the day that’s who gets affected by this, so that everything that works, works. That when we go into a production environment, we’re all happy-go-lucky, and we’re skipping down the road.How can e-Services users prepare for the deadline or the due date October 24 and what are potential software and policies necessary for the new IRS requirements? When you’ve only got 30 days to prepare and no way to test it, what are your priorities or what are you focused on the most as far as preparing?There’s two parts to this project. One is the registration mechanism. We have to register and prepare the accounts that we have with the cell phone number with them. The challenge with that is that if there’s an error made within when you’re keying the information in, such as if you fat finger a cell phone number, if you put in your telephone number, or do anything like that, you are up the creek, because you’re not going to be able to rectify it in time to meet the October 24 deadline. You’ve got to make sure that your registration is all correct. That everything that you’re doing there is spot on, no errors.The second thing is on the software side. You’ve got two use cases within the IVES program. You’ve got lenders which are doing this themselves which typically are going to either be very small lenders that are having individuals access their e-Services account. If we focus on that one, the individuals are going to have to make sure that they’ve got their cell phones set up. They put their code in, they go get their transcripts and away they go. Not too much of an impact. There is an impact though for some banks that will not allow their associates to have a cell phone on the premises during working hours. That’s a policy, so that presents an issue. For any of the banks that won’t allow the cell phones, it’s certainly a problem within the use case. Those are the small lenders and those are the concerns that they have.For the large lenders, they’re pretty much going to be similar to what the third-party vendors. They’re going to have some sort of a system that’s doing a screen scrape or something like that to get those transcripts. Depending upon how many sessions you’ve got open at once, how you’re interfacing with the IRS site, you can have many, many, many, many, many, many confirmation codes that are coming in to you at once and if the IRS system has some sort of a performance degradation where those codes are delayed in some way, shape or form, if the screen changes, if there’s anything out of the ordinary, because again, we’re working with a normal website that you or I would just go into and click as a human. There’s no interface. It’s not a system to system thing, so it is very sensitive to any changes. Those are the pitfalls.What are the consequences for lack of preparation on the due date?If you’re not prepared, if you’re not up and running, then you’ve got loans that are sitting on the line longer than they should. You incur the fees for having the loans on the line, you incur problems with loans closing, and you incur production-related problems where if you have triggers for other services that go with ordered after a tax transcript comes in. If you’ve got an underwriting condition that shows itself up at the ninth hour, you’ve got problems. There’s just an array of things that could really delay how originations move forward. At the end of the day, it’s still a product that is used highly by the mortgage industry and that is highly recommended by the GSEs to use so if you can’t get it, it’s a problem.What is the time and cost necessary to prepare for the deadline?There’s an opportunity cost. As a vendor, I’ve had to push a ton of different things off in order to swarm, swarm, swarm. We’ve had to have everybody focused on this. There’s been a number of all-nighters that have already occurred and everything else to get ourselves ready for this so I figure at the end of it we’ll have a figure. As of right now, we can’t measure the time and cost necessary. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News October 7, 2016 513 Views center_img Share e-Services users Lenders National Credit-reporting System 2016-10-07 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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first_img TORONTO – Becky Marsh figures she’s slept an average of two hours a night since the Pyeongchang Olympics started.The diehard Olympics enthusiast from Spruce Grove, Alta., watches the Games daily from the time they start airing live in late afternoon until the wee hours of the morning, when she pulls the couch right in front of the TV and turns the volume down so she doesn’t wake up her husband or three kids.“I nap on the couch for about 10-minute periods and literally watch the Olympics all night long,” says Marsh, who works from home.“I have not missed an event, I have not missed a medal, I have seen them all. I know the channels and I flip back and forth, back and forth, back and forth so that I do not miss one live.”With Korean Standard Time over a dozen hours ahead of this country’s times zones (in Alberta, it’s a 16-hour time difference), Olympics junkies in Canada have to stay up late or get up at the crack of dawn to catch events live.Citing data from ratings tracker Numeris, the CBC said Monday that almost two-thirds of all Canadians (65 per cent) have tuned in to CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of PyeongChang 2018, with a total of 23.4 million in Canada watching at least part of broadcasts across all English and French television network partners and digital streaming simulcasts on the CBC’s Olympics websites and its apps. The data was from Feb. 7-11.For some, like Marsh, it’s a labour of love.The 33-year-old says she’s watched every Games since she was a toddler and buys official Olympic clothing for her family to wear during the competition.“It’s not the same getting it second-hand. It’s fantastic to watch them live and achieve their goals that they’ve worked so hard for,” she says, noting she played the Paralympic sport goalball for Team Canada for three years and knows the work and dedication that goes into such training.“I think they’re amazing and I cheer like a fool, even if it’s three in the morning and I wake up my whole house, knowing that even if they’re half a world away and they can’t hear me, that I’m probably the loudest person cheering in the whole world.”Lauren Simpson of Toronto is also a lifelong Olympics fan who has been juggling the odd Games hours with her day job and motherhood.“It doesn’t matter the time, I watch every single event,” says the 51-year-old activities co-ordinator at a long-term care home.“When it’s something that I love, I am more than happy and willing to wake up at whatever ridiculous time to see it live, because I don’t want to hear, ‘Oh, did you hear how this person did’ or ‘Yay, we won another medal.’ I really do prefer the experience watching it, whenever possible, live.”On Sunday night and early Monday morning, Simpson had an added reason to tune in live: Her niece, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., won the gold medal in the team figure skating competition.“I’m a little bit tired but it’s an elated tired,” says Simpson, noting she functions well on four or five hours of sleep.“It’s such a short price to pay for being proud of Canada in everything that they do and their accomplishments. When a flag gets hoisted and I see someone winning a medal and they get to stand on that podium in front of thousands in person and millions on TV, there mustn’t be a better feeling in the world.“It does sometimes bring me to tears, just the experience of watching them take it all in.”Shireen Jeejeebhoy of Toronto is equally enthusiastic about the Games but is feeling the fatigue, noting “the odd hours are just really confusing and tiring.”“The weird time zone differences kind of blur all of the events together and makes it difficult to know what day you’re in,” says the 55-year-old writer and photographer.“I set my alarm for the opening ceremony so I wouldn’t miss anything…. I tried to do that the next day, do the same thing, but it’s very, very tiring to do that.“So instead I seem to be staying up much later, like midnight, 1 a.m.”Still, it’s worth it, adds Jeejeebhoy: “There’s an excitement and fear and thrill about watching live TV that you don’t get watching tape-delayed or packaged.” Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford perform their short program in the pairs portion of the figure skating team competition at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics Friday, February 9, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. Olympics junkies in Canada are keeping odd hours to catch live events at the Pyeongchang Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Olympics junkies in Canada keeping odd hours to catch live eventscenter_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 2:27 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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