WH Smith sales bring in £40m

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Government unveils criteria for tech firms to collect VAT

first_imgOver-the-top (OTT) technology firms appointed by the tax office as VAT collectors in July are expected to start collecting the taxes in August. Consumers using digital goods or services from the technology firms are obliged to pay 10 percent VAT with the regulation enforcement.Law No. 2/2020 stipulates that the government is able to charge VAT on taxable intangible goods and/or services sold through e-commerce platforms. It can also charge income tax or electronic transaction tax on e-commerce operated by foreign individuals or digital companies that have a significant economic presence.The government has been struggling to collect revenue to fund its cash-strapped budget as the COVID-19 pandemic hits almost all business sectors. Ministry data shows state revenue reached Rp 664.3 trillion as of May, down 9 percent year-on-year (yoy), as tax income dropped 10.8 percent yoy to Rp 444.6 trillion.It has pressed ahead with collecting digital tax despite an announcement by the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) that it will investigate such policy, which the US said was aimed squarely at its technology giants. The Taxation Directorate General has unveiled the criteria for technology firms expected to collect value-added tax (VAT), including the transaction value and traffic, as the government ramps up efforts to increase state revenue during the coronavirus epidemic.According to a regulation unveiled by the tax office on Tuesday, technology firms with total transaction value of more than Rp 600 million (US$41,949) and with customer traffic of more than 12,000 per year are obliged to collect VAT from their Indonesian  customers.“According to the criteria, the appointment of VAT collector would depend on the transaction value or traffic from Indonesian [customers] without consideration of the companies’ jurisdiction,” the tax office statement reads. However, the government has maintained that the VAT is not the subject of an investigation by the US, which is focusing more on corporate income tax plans for technology companies, a topic of discussion led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Previously, tax office chief Suryo Utomo said six OTT technology firms were ready to collect VAT from consumers, adding that the office was also in talks with several other firms.“We will announce the firms that will collect VAT on digital goods and services in early July,” Suryo told reporters during a streamed news conference on June 25.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has repeatedly mentioned that the government is targeting streaming platform Netflix, music streaming service Spotify and videoconferencing application Zoom.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Australia sets up suburban checkpoints to contain Melbourne virus hotspots

first_img“All of us across Victoria have to really consider whether we need to see people in other settings, other households, including family members and friends.”On the other side of the country, remote Northern Territory reported its first infection in two months after a traveler who had entered the country via Melbourne and completed the mandatory two-week quarantine showed symptoms after returning to his home territory.”People will be anxious hearing this news … but we have measures in place to protect our community [and] these measures have been followed,” Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Fyles told reporters.The infected person, aged in their 30s, has been isolated in hospital, she added.Globally, coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, a major milestone in the spread of a disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.  Australian police set up suburban checkpoints in new coronavirus hotspots in Melbourne on Thursday as authorities struggled to contain new outbreaks in the country’s second-largest city, even as travel restrictions eased elsewhere.Images published by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday showed police flagging down cars in suburban streets after 36 suburbs in Melbourne in Victoria state went into lockdown following a spike in new infections there. The state reported 77 new cases on Thursday, up slightly from the previous day and in line with two weeks of double-digit daily increases.”I’m obviously concerned about the outbreak, and I’m pleased that the premier has taken the action he’s taken by putting in place the lockdown for the outbreak in those suburbs,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a televised news conference, referring to the Victorian state government. “We have seen some leveling [in new cases] although they remain at elevated levels and that is of concern and that means as the lockdown now is in place, we would hope to see those numbers fall again.”Australia has fared better than many countries in the pandemic, with around 8,000 cases and 104 deaths. However, the recent jump in Victoria has stoked fears of a second wave of COVID-19, echoing concerns expressed in other countries.Most states have said they will reopen their internal borders except to Victoria. Neighboring New South Wales, the most populous state, has kept its border open except to people arriving from the targeted Victorian suburbs.”Though these restrictions are in place in those restricted postcodes, there’s an obligation on all of us to consider how we minimize our interactions with other people,” Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton told reporters.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Escape the cold and binge watch GOT in these winter retreats

first_imgThis Queensland home has a definite alpine feel to it. A walkway leads to the cottage with kitchen, lounge room, dining space and bathroom downstairs and a bedroom on the second level. The 3500sq m property is on the market for $849,000. In New South Wales, the mud brick cottage with A-frame roof at 339 Abington Park Rd, Jindabyne, is solid enough that you shouldn’t have to worry about those pesky white walkers.Set on a five-acre block, the home has open-plan living, dining and kitchen on the ground floor, along with a covered front veranda and a combined laundry and bathroom. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago RELATED: When it comes to loos, it’s a game of thrones RELATED: Live out your very own GoT castle fantasy The home at 339 Abington Park Rd, Jindabyne, was built for winter. Should the ground floor be breached, you can retreat upstairs to the first floor bedroom or loft bedroom. There is also a studio apartment, with sleeping area, kitchenette and bathroom, above the carport. The property is for sale for $639,000. If you are looking for a hideout for the big family, you can’t go past 3 Drybone Lane, Dinner Plain in Victoria. There is plenty of room for everyone at 3 Drybone Lane, Dinner Plain.The recently renovated property features high cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, a fireplace and enough room to comfortably sleep 12 people. Set across three levels, there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with a fireplace on the ground floor. The home has been recently renovated. There is also a bathroom, a laundry, a drying area and enough floor space for your guards to spread out and rest while you head upstairs for a nap. On the second level there are two more bedrooms and a bathroom, while the top level is an open space with room for plenty of beds. The house is on a 382sq m block and is on the market for $555,000.center_img Jon Snow from Game of Thrones would likely prefer to be warming up in one of these winter bolt holes than fighting the white walkers. Picture: SuppliedIf Jon Snow is to be believed, winter is coming and so too are the white walkers, so make sure you have a cosy winter escape lined up in advance.Should the ice and snow spread as far north as the Sunshine Coast hinterland, you will we snug in this character house with cottage — for your servants — at 284 Flaxton Mill Rd, Flaxton. Escape winter inside the main house or cottage at 284 Flaxton Mill Rd, Flaxton.Both dwellings feature raked timber chalet style ceilings and wraparound verandas. The main house has an open-plan living and dining room, a lounge opening to the veranda, three downstairs bedrooms and a bathroom. The main bedroom is upstairs with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. RELATED: Horsey places for all your Dothraki friendslast_img read more

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Reflections of Fidel: Genocidal cynicism (Part II and last)

first_img 9 Views   no discussions Share Share Fidel Castro. Image via: Cuban Embassy in DominicaTo give some idea of the potential of the USSR in its efforts to maintain parity with the United States in this sphere, suffice it to note that when its disintegration came about in 1991, there were 81 nuclear warheads in Byelorussia, 1,400 in Kazakhstan, and approximately 5,000 in Ukraine, which were passed on to the Russian Federation, the only state capable of sustaining their immense cost in order to maintain its independence.By virtue of the START and SORT treaties related to the reduction of offensive weapons between the two major nuclear powers, the number of those warheads was reduced to several thousand.In 2010 a new treaty of this type was signed between the two powers.Since then the greatest efforts have been dedicated to improving the direction, reach, precision of nuclear missiles and their deception of the enemy defense. Vast sums are invested in the military sphere.Very few people in the world, except for a handful of thinkers and scientists, have realized and are warning that the explosion of 100 strategic nuclear weapons would be enough to end human existence on the planet. The vast majority would have an end as inexorable as it would be horrific, as a consequence of the nuclear winter which would be generated.The number of countries which possess nuclear weapons at this moment has risen to eight. Five of them are members of the Security Council: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China. India and Pakistan acquired the nature of countries possessing nuclear weapons in 1974 and 1998, respectively. The seven countries mentioned acknowledge that nature.On the other hand, Israel has never acknowledged its nature as a nuclear country. Nevertheless, it is calculated that it possesses 200 to 500 weapons of this type, without that being acknowledged at a time when the world is concerned about the extremely grave problems that would be provoked by the outbreak of a war in the region where a large part of the energy which moves the planet’s industry and agriculture is produced.It is thanks to the possession of weapons of mass destruction that Israel has been able to fulfill its role as the instrument of imperialism and colonialism in that region of the Middle East.It is not about the legitimate right of the Israeli people to live and work in peace and freedom; it is precisely about the right of the other peoples in the region to freedom and peace.While Israel was rapidly creating a nuclear arsenal, it attacked and destroyed, in 1981, the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Osirak. It did exactly the same to the Syrian reactor in Dayr az-Zawr in 2007, an action of which world opinion was strangely not informed. The United Nations and the IAEA were fully aware of what had occurred. Such actions had the support of the United States and the Atlantic Alliance.There is nothing at all strange about Israel’s highest authorities now announcing their intention to do the same to Iran. This country, immensely rich in oil and gas, had been the victim of the conspiracies of Britain and the United States, whose oil companies were plundering its resources. Its armed forces were equipped with the most modern armaments from the United States’ military industry.Shah Reza Pahlevi also aspired to acquiring nuclear weapons. Nobody attacked his research centers. The Israeli war was against the Muslim Arabs. It was not against those of Iran, because they had become a NATO bulwark pointing at the heart of the USSR.Under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, the masses of that nation, profoundly religious and defying the power of those weapons, removed the Shah from the throne and disarmed one of the best equipped armies in the world without firing a shot.Given its fighting capacity, number of inhabitants and the country’s extension, an aggression against Iran would bear no resemblance to Israel’s military adventures in Iraq and Syria. A bloody war would invariably be unleashed. There should be absolutely no doubt about that.Israel has a large number of nuclear weapons with the capacity to reach any point in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. I ask myself: Does the IAEA have the moral right to sanction and asphyxiate a country if it attempts to do in its own defense what Israel did in the heart of the Middle East?What I really think is that no country in the world should possess nuclear weapons, and that this energy should be placed at the service of the human species. Without that spirit of cooperation, humanity is inexorably advancing toward its own destruction. Among Israeli citizens themselves, doubtless a hardworking and intelligent people, many will not be in agreement with this crazy and absurd politics which is also taking them to total disaster.What is being said today in the world about the economic situation?The international news agencies report that U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, presented divergent commercial agendas […] highlighting the growing tensions between the two largest economies in the world.“Obama used an address – Reuters affirms – to threaten punitive economic steps against China unless it started ‘playing by the rules…’”These rules are evidently the interests of the United States.“Obama faces a tough 2012 re-election battle, in which Republican opponents accuse him of not being tough enough on China,” the agency states.News published on Thursday and Friday reflected the realities which we are experiencing much better.AP, the best informed U.S. news agency communicated, “Iran’s supreme leader warned Israel and the U.S. that Tehran’s response will be tough should its arch-enemies choose a military strike against Iran…”The German news agency reported that China had stated that, as always, it believed that dialogue and cooperation were the only form of active rapprochement to solve the problem.Russia was equally opposed to the punitive measures against Iran.Germany rejected the military option but was in favor of strong sanctions against Iran.The United Kingdom and France advocated strong and energetic sanctions.The Russian Federation assured that it would do everything possible to avert a military operation against Iran and criticized the IAEA report.“‘A military operation against Iran could lead to very grave consequences and Russia will have to invest all its efforts in appeasing spirits,’” stated Konstantin Kosachov, head of the Duma’s Foreign Committee,” and, according to EFE, “He criticized ‘affirmations by the United States, France and Israel as to the possible use of force and the fact that the launch of a military operation against Iran is constantly closer.’”Edward Spannaus, editor of the U.S. EIR magazine, stated that an attack on Iran would end in World War III.After traveling to Israel a few days ago, the United States Defense Secretary himself acknowledged that he could not obtain a commitment from the Israeli government to consult with the United States prior to an attack on Iran. Things have reached this extreme.The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs crudely revealed the empire’s dark intentions:“Israel and the U.S. will embark on ‘the largest and most significant joint exercise in the allies’ history,’ said Andrew Shapiro, U.S. assistant secretary for political-military affairs, on Saturday.” “…in the […] Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Shapiro spoke about the 5,000 US and Israeli forces who will participate in the exercise to simulate Israel’s ballistic missile defense system.” “’Israeli technology is proving critical to improving our Homeland Security and protecting our troops,’ he added…”“Shapiro emphasized the Obama administration’s support for Israel, despite comments by a senior U.S. official on Friday, who expressed concern that Israel would not warn the U.S. before taking military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.”“‘Our security relationship with Israel is broader, deeper and more intense than ever before.’”“‘We support Israel because it is in our national interests to do so […] It is the very strength of Israel’s military which deters potential aggressors and helps foster peace and stability.’”Today, November 13, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the UN, told the BBC network that the possibility of a military intervention in Iran was not only not off the table, but is a real option which is growing on account of Iran’s behavior.She insisted that the U.S. administration is reaching the conclusion that it will become necessary to end the current Iranian regime in order to avoid it creating a nuclear arsenal. “I am convinced that regime change is going to be our only option here,” Rice acknowledged.Not one more word is necessary.Fidel Castro RuzNovember 13, 2011, 8:17 p.m. NewsRegional Reflections of Fidel: Genocidal cynicism (Part II and last) by: – November 15, 2011center_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Over 2,000 Negrenses receive health cards

first_imgGov. Eugenio Jose Lacson led thedistribution of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP)cards to 616 and 1,535 residents of Candoni and Hinobaan towns in NegrosOccidental, respectively.       NOCHP beneficiaries and theirdependents are eligible to free outpatient care such as consultations with fullcourse treatment and medicines, and subsidized in-patient care in provincialgovernment-run hospitals and other participating state-owned healthcarefacilities. Meanwhile, 4,525 residents of Candoniare now certified NOCHP members.  According to NOCHP, a total of 8,383Hinoba-an dwellers were granted with health program cards as of October thisyear.             center_img BACOLOD City – Over 2,000 Negrensescan now enjoy free consultations and other health care benefits in thegovernment-run hospitals and other participating state-owned healthcarefacilities in the province.          The provincial government’s NOCHPimplementation aimed to provide holistic health care to indigent locals, inpartnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, the Department ofHealth and the local government units.(Witha report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

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Robert Bodo arrested in connection with Kilimani murder

first_imgThey have also appealed to the members of the public with any information about the shooting incident to volunteer is to the police as investigations continue.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives in Kilimani Saturday morning arrested Robert Bodo in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old man at Galana Suites in Kilimani, Nairobi. The officers recovered a Mini Ceska firearm with 13 rounds of ammunition which is suspected to have been used in the fatal shooting of the man.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanThe DCI said in a tweet that the firearm will be subjected to ballistic analysis as further investigations follow to unravel the motive of the fatal shooting.The firearm, which has been kept as an exhibit, will be subjected to ballistic analysis as further investigations ensue to unravel the motive of the shooting.— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) August 22, 2020last_img read more

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Badger basketball suffers minor setback during mid-season

first_imgHistorically, University of Wisconsin men’s basketball’s greatest strength has been the program’s ability to recruit and develop dependable four-year players. It’s also their greatest weakness, as evidenced by the rocky start to the 2017-18 season thus far.The Badgers find themselves sitting at an ugly 9-9, and sorely missing the veteran presence of last year’s wily seniors: Nigel Hayes, Vitto Brown, Zak Showalter and Bronson Koenig. Ethan Happ has been forced to incur the brunt of the burden for the team, but even the All-American is finding out the hard way – you can’t do it alone.Entering the season, it was clear the team’s success would hinge on the maturation of core pieces like D’Mitrick Trice, Brevin Pritzel and Khalil Iverson. An underwhelming start to the season from this trio, and the loss of Trice to injury, led Coach Greg Gard to trot out highly-touted freshman Brad Davison and Kobe King for increased minutes in a bit of a sink-or-swim experiment.It would seem that Davison chose to swim. A pleasant surprise in the otherwise gloomy season, the freshman guard earned a starting spot and became the second-leading scorer on the team — 12.1 per game — behind Happ. He’s shooting just under 38 percent from beyond the arc and playing stellar defense, averaging over a steal per game.King’s early December injury derailed his season after only 10 games, and he will return next year as a medical redshirt — a freshman once again.Happ, despite the team’s shortcomings, is a consistent leader. Although his output is not a huge step forward from last season, considering the attention defenses can now dispense toward him it is no surprise. Leading the team in scoring — 16.4 per game — and assists — 3.4 per game — Happ has not disappointed.Wisconsin basketball has famously entered the NCAA Tournament in 19 consecutive seasons. This year, the hope of a 20th is dwindling by the day. Tuesday night’s loss at the hands of the No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers does not help things and was illustrative of the season at large. Happ had another excellent outing, dropping 15 points to go with his seven rebounds and seven steals. But as has been the theme, there is only so much the star forward can do on his own. Not a single other player reached double digits or had more than two assists.While the likelihood of a salvaged season resulting in any reasonable definition of success seems unlikely, there is still plenty of value to be gained from the remaining 12 games in the regular season.Happ’s GrowthJust as a baseball player swings with a weighted bat before stepping up to the plate, Happ’s season of lonesome struggle could prove to strengthen him in the long run. In his senior season next year, it is almost certain that Happ will be accompanied by a stronger supporting cast. Defenses will no longer be able to pay him the same inordinate attention when the Badgers can play a more balanced roster. Things can only get easier for Ethan Happ.How Good Are Davison, Pritzel and Ford?With the aforementioned injuries to King and Trice, the spotlight has been set squarely on Davison, Pritzel and Aleem Ford to gauge their ceilings and potential contributions for seasons to come.Davison’s encouraging play early on has proven to be more than just a hot start and he looks to be a starter or even a future star player down the line.Pritzel, after making his way into the rotation last season, has impressed at times this year. He already has an 18-point outing, as well as a pair of 17 point games, and has been taking care of the basketball, averaging only 0.5 turnovers per game. A smart, skilled shooter, Pritzel will figure in the Badgers future as a key piece moving forward.Ford seems to be just getting started. While this season he hasn’t made a ton of noise, he’s been able to get right in the mix of Gard’s rotation, starting 13 games. When you watch the 6-8 wing, it is obvious he’s a natural shooter. He’s got as smooth a stroke as anyone on the team, and his scorching 0.455 3-point percentage will attest to that.This season may be judged as a failure, compared with the preceding years of sustained success. But for a team with youth and potential in abundance, this year may only be regarded as a minor setback in the grand of scheme of things.last_img read more

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Tipp will have work cut out against Cork

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA Tipperary will have their work cut out when they face Cork in the opening round of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.With a couple of injuries hanging over the Tipperary squad, including one to Bonner Maher, the race to be fit for next weekend is on.The Rebels will travel to Semple Stadium on Sunday May 21st, and there is an optimism Lee-side that they can make up for last year’s defeat to Tipperary. Cork captain Stephen McDonnell says that loss won’t be playing on their minds.last_img read more

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HARD NOT TO LIKE HEADS FIELD OF 11 IN GRADE I, $300,000 RODEO DRIVE STAKES SATURDAY; FANTICOLA & ELEKTRUM PROMINENT AS WELL AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_imgTHE RODEO DRIVE IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015) – Grade I Stakes winning mare Hard Not to Like comes off her second win in a row and will seek her third in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up going 1 ¼ miles on turf.The six-year-old mare’s first visit to Santa Anita was a winning one in late May when she scraped the rail with Victor Espinoza aboard in the Grade I Gamely Stakes to get up, just in time for the win over Fanticola and Joe Talamo by a neck.Trained by Christophe Clement and primarily stationed at Belmont Park in New York, her most recent win came in the Grade I, Diana Stakes at Saratoga on July 25 going 1 1/8 miles on turf. In her first start for Clement on Jan. 31 having been previously trained by Michael Matz, she won but was then disqualified and placed second after coming out sharply late in the Grade III Endeavor Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. She went on to a third place finish in the Grade I Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on April 11 over a yielding turf course.Having only run four times thus far in 2015, she seems to thrive off a period of time in between races and looms large Saturday. The gray mare is owned by Speedway Stable LLC and is 20-8-3-2 overall with $1,261,671 in earnings.Fanticola returns Saturday off a disappointing fourth to Elektrum in the Grade II, John C. Mabee at Del Mar on Aug. 8. Following a neck loss in the Gamely after leading throughout, Fanticola went on to win the Grade II, Royal Heroine Stakes going a mile over the turf course at Santa Anita on June 27.Fanticola was trained by the late Mike Mitchell and is now in the care of his protégé, Philip D’Amato. Fanticola, an Ontario bred, is owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. The five-year-old mare by Silent Name will once again be ridden by Talamo and will break from the far outside. She is 18-5-5-6 overall with $483,300 in earnings.Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing LLC, Elektrum comes off a win in the John C. Mabee. Her first start in the U.S. came this year in February when she shipped in from France and joined the Sadler stable. She has only been out of the money in one start since, a fourth place finish in the Gamely when she was boxed in down the lane.The 4-year-old Irish bred filly by High Chaparral will gain rider Tyler Baze for the first time and will break mid-pack. Elektrum is 15-4-4-2 overall with earnings of $299,438.The complete field for the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes, to be run as the ninth race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Star Act, Gary Stevens, 119; Lady Pimpernel Rafael Bejarano, 119; Photo Call, DRayden Van Dyke, 119; Famous Alice, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Three Hearts, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Elektrum, Tyler baze, 119; Queen of The Sand, Mike Smith, 119; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, 124; Sharla Rae, James Graham, 121; Stormy Lucy, Corey Nakatani, 119; Fanticola, Joseph Talamo, 119. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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