APTN National NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with Indigenous leaders, territorial leaders and premiers on Dec. 9 in Ottawa.According to a release from the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting will centre around climate change and clean energy, including discussions on a low-carbon economy that creates “good paying, long-term jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.”Ahead of the First Minister’s Meeting (FMM), Trudeau will meet with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Métis National Council President Clément Chartier.The release states that premiers are invited to take part in the meeting with Indigenous leaders, but Indigenous leaders are not taking part in the meeting between the prime minister and the premiers.The meeting “will serve as an opportunity to discuss the framework and Indigenous perspectives in advance of the FMM. The discussion will inform further partnerships with Indigenous peoples as part of ongoing collaboration to protect Canada’s land, air, and water for future generations and to build our clean growth economy,” said the release.“Indigenous voices and perspectives are of the utmost importance as our country works together to give our kids and grandkids a better, healthier, more prosperous, and more inclusive tomorrow. I look forward to working with Indigenous leaders to make real progress on the important issues affecting their communities and Canada.”The meeting comes at the end of the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que.email@example.com
27 April 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Sierra Leonean Government have embarked today on a new initiative to provide free health care for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five across the West African nation. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Sierra Leonean Government have embarked today on a new initiative to provide free health care for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five across the West African nation. Sierra Leone, which ranked 180 out of 182 countries in the 2009 Human Development Index (HDI), has been facing serious challenges in the delivery of and access to health-care services, UNICEF’s Christiane Berthiaume told reporters in Geneva.In 2008, the under-five mortality rate was 140 per 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality ratio was 857 per 100,000 live births. The lifetime risk of a woman dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth was one in eight, Ms. Berthiaume added. The Free Health Care Initiative seeks to redress this situation by boosting access to services and ensuring that mothers and young children receive the care they need. In addition, the agency plans to reach 250,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers, as well as 1 million children under five, with essential medicines to enhance maternal and child health at all Government facilities, with the help of an $8.8 million contribution.
11 January 2011The United Nations refugee agency said today that there are now some 25,000 Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia, with around 600 people arriving daily after fleeing the post-electoral crisis in their homeland. The United Nations refugee agency said today that there are now some 25,000 Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia, with around 600 people arriving daily after fleeing the post-electoral crisis in their homeland.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started work on a new camp for refugees in the eastern Liberian town of Bahn which will be able to initially house about 18,000 people.“The camp is urgently needed to better protect the refugees and to ease pressure on Liberian communities that have been hosting people in some 23 villages along the border with Côte d’Ivoire,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.The political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire began after incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after being defeated by his challenger, Alassane Ouattara, in the November run-off election.The polls were meant to help reunify the West African nation, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north. Instead, has sparked fears of a return to civil war and has led to a new crisis, marked by incitement to hatred and violence, human rights violations, attacks against civilians as well as peacekeepers serving with the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and increasing displacement.In addition to those that fled to Liberia, some 16,000 people have been forced to leave their villages and take refuge in the towns of Duékoué, Man and Danané in western Côte d’Ivoire, according to UNHCR. Calm has returned to Duékoué in the past three days, which is allowing UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies to assist the displaced.Cote
The Ministry of Law and Order says an investigation is to be launched into an alleged threat on the life of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara told Parliament today that he will instruct the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to look into the matter. The concern was raised by opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa. (Colombo Gazette)
LUXEMBOURG — The European Union’s order to Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes “defies reality and common sense,” the U.S. firm said as the two sides sparred in a case key to the EU’s crackdown on sweetheart deals to multinationals.The iPhone maker is appealing to Europe’s second highest court to overturn the European Commission’s 2016 ruling that it pay the record sum to Ireland.Ireland, whose economy has benefited from investment by multinational companies attracted by low tax rates, is also challenging the Commission’s decision.Apple also accused the Commission of using its powers to combat state aid “to retrofit changes to national law,” in effect trying to change the international tax system and in the process creating legal uncertainty for businesses.The EU executive dismissed the arguments, saying it was not seeking to police international tax laws and accused Ireland of not having done its homework when assessing Apple’s taxes.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Apple’s arguments at the General Court, Europe’s second-highest, came after the EU executive in 2016 said the tech giant benefited from illegal state aid due to two Irish tax rulings which artificially reduced its tax burden for over two decades.The case could make or break European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s campaign which has also led to action against Starbucks, Fiat, Engie , Amazon and others.Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri led a six-strong delegation to the court where a panel of five judges will hear arguments over two days.“The Commission contends that essentially all of Apple’s profits from all of its sales outside the Americas must be attributed to two branches in Ireland,” Apple’s lawyer Daniel Beard told the court.He said the fact the iPhone, the iPad, the App Store, other Apple products and services and key intellectual property rights were developed in the United States, and not in Ireland, showed the flaws in the Commission’s case.“The branches’ activities did not involve creating, developing or managing those rights. Based on the facts of this case, the primary line defies reality and common sense,” Beard said.“The activities of these two branches in Ireland simply could not be responsible for generating almost all of Apple’s profits outside the Americas.”Beard dismissed criticism of the 0.005% tax rate paid by Apple’s main Irish unit in 2014, which was cited by the Commission in its decision, saying the regulator was just seeking “headlines by quoting tiny numbers.”‘PERFECTLY IRRELEVANT’Paying an average global tax rate of 26%, Apple has said it is the largest taxpayer worldwide and is now paying around 20 billion euros in U.S. taxes on the same profits that the Commission said should have been taxed in Ireland.In its current financial quarter, Apple expects revenue of $61-64 billion and a gross margin of 37.5-38.5%.Commission lawyer Richard Lyal said Apple’s argument that all its intellectual property-related activities take place in the United States was inconsequential.“To a large extent that is perfectly correct and perfectly irrelevant,” he said, adding that Ireland was taxing Apple’s Irish subsidiaries, not the group nor Apple Inc.He said Ireland had failed to examine the functions performed by Apple’s Irish units, the risks assumed and the assets used by the subsidiaries.“They simply accepted an arbitrary method proposed by the Apple Ireland subsidiaries. That in itself gives rise to a presumption of a special deal, exceptionally advantageous treatment. It is clear that the tax authorities made no assessment in 1991.”He said the Commission has no hidden agenda. Apple CEO trumps Trump, reframing his name game on Twitter Apple, Goldman Sachs start issuing Apple Cards to consumers iPhone repairs now available at all U.S. Best Buy stores, Apple says “What is the case not about? Not about the Commission as policeman of international taxation, not about making sure tax is paid somewhere, though that would be a nice idea, not about resolving tax mismatches,” Lyal said.Ireland said it had been the subject of entirely unjustified criticism and that the Apple tax case was due to a mismatch between the Irish and U.S. tax systems.“The Commission’s decision is fundamentally flawed,” its lawyer Paul Gallagher told the court.Luxembourg, told by the EU to recover millions of euros in back taxes from Amazon, Engie and Fiat, is backing Ireland. Poland and the EFTA (European Free Trade Aassociation) Surveillance Authority support the Commission.The court is expected to rule in the coming months, with the losing party likely to appeal to the EU Court of Justice and a final judgment could take several years.The joint Apple cases are T-778/16 Ireland v Commission and T-892/16 Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe v Commission.
In his letter, Mr. Annan informs the Council that an integrated assessment mission that went to Angola earlier this year has completed its work and its findings would form the basis of his next report to the Council. The assessment team was led by Ibrahim Gambari, Mr. Annan’s Adviser for Special Assignments in Africa. While the plans are being finalized, the mandate of the UN Office in the country (UNOA) has been extended for one month, until 15 August, following the Secretary-General’s request.
Microsoft releases security update for Internet Explorer, including for Windows XP customers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 10:53 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Microsoft is releasing a security update for Internet Explorer that closes a gap that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer. It also issued the update to Windows XP users, despite dropping support for the older operating system last month.The update will go live at 10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday.Adrienne Hall, general manager of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, said in a statement that the company decided to fix the problem quickly for all customers, saying it takes the security of its products “incredibly seriously.”Microsoft reported the problem Saturday, saying it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” and that the vulnerability affected Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11The company said users with automatic updates enabled don’t need to take any action.___Online:Blog posts: http://bit.ly/1kxFIrG , http://bit.ly/1pT0ck5
A co-authored study examining female entrepreneurs in Egypt has earned a Goodman School of Business professor a top award at a prominent international conference.Management Professor Eugene Kaciak’s study won the Best Paper Award out of 280 entries at the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy conference in Lisbon, Portugal, June 30.Co-authored with Dianne Welsh (University of North Carolina-Greensboro, N.C.), Rania Shamah (Suez University, Egypt) and Frank Hoy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mass.), the study looks at what factors contribute to the success of female entrepreneurs in Egypt and how the country can support them.Since 2013, Kaciak has worked closely with Welsh to study female entrepreneurs in many countries including Sudan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Morocco, Turkey, Brazil and China.An internationally recognized scholar in entrepreneurship, Welsh has a passion for studying female entrepreneurs and saw the benefit of partnering with Kaciak, an expert in data analysis, in reviewing the data she collected.Kaciak, who joined Goodman in 1989 after earning an MSc and a PhD in Economics at Warsaw School of Economics and a Doctor Habilitatus degree at Kozminski University, was able to use a sophisticated analysis technique for the study that he has used in the past for categorical data.In previous studies, he found that both human (age and education, training and skill level) and social capital (connections, relationships and familial support) play a role in entrepreneurial success.However, Kaciak’s team found that in the context of Egypt, a country that has experienced social unrest, human capital alone influences an entrepreneurial firm’s performance.“Normally, both capitals matter in terms of affecting performance, but in Egypt, I didn’t find that,” Kaciak said.“I found that human capital does matter but not social capital. It means that in this time of revolution and turbulence, where people are forced to move, they take their education with them but not their connections. We found out that these connections don’t matter and they are not related to performance.”To provide the best support to their entrepreneurs, Kaciak’s team recommends that governments should prioritize investments in education over fostering entrepreneurial networks.“I would say to authorities in countries which have negatively experienced social unrest, revolution movement and wars, authorities should focus on women entrepreneurs’ human capital, investing in education, management skills and so on,” Kaciak said. “Do not think about investing in social capital because it would not have an impact.”Kaciak’s research has followed the entrepreneurship theme since 2013.His most recent paper, focused on female entrepreneurs in Brazil, found it better for women to borrow money to start a business rather than using personal savings. It also found entrepreneurs should only include family members in their operation if those individuals have been involved from the beginning of the business.Another recent paper looks at how different levels of economic development affect female entrepreneurs.Inspired by numbers and the stories they can tell, Kaciak said he’s become hooked on the topic of female entrepreneurship since beginning his work with Welsh.Since 2013, he has contributed to 13 published papers and five conference proceedings.His impressive track record in the 2014-15 academic year in particular, with several papers published all within the theme of female entrepreneurs, has earned Kaciak a departmental research award from Goodman’s Finance, Operations and Information Systems department this month. The award will be presented at a research celebration event on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Scotiabank Atrium of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.This is the first in a series of six stories that feature Goodman’s research award winners.
June 7-10 will see this event, which International Mining is attending, have a big impact on the Russian coal industry. One focus will be on mine safety. After a 9% economic downturn in 2009, Russia’s coal production showed a clear upward trend again in 2010. During the first nine months of the year output increased by 8%. By 2030 the Russian government is planning to have doubled its current coal production capacity. The number one among coal-mining areas is the Kuznetsk Basin which is estimated to have over 733,000 Mt of coal in its deposits. Moreover, according to gtai (Germany Trade and Invest), the Kuzbass region is right at the top of the Russian Federation in terms of production. Nearly 60% of all coal comes from the oblast’ (region) of Kemerovo where 110 mining companies and 35 coal processing companies are based. Five deposits were newly developed in 2010, a new processing plant was completed and 1,200 new jobs were created.It is precisely here, on the central square of the ‘coal capital’ Novokuznetsk that about 500 mining suppliers from 22 countries will be taking part in UGOL ROSSII & MINING (compared with 485 from 20 countries in 2010). In addition to well-known names from the Russian Federation, 150 international exhibitors will be coming from a range of different countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, the UK, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, the USA and China. There will also be joint stands from the federal state of Saarland in Germany, the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic – ideal conditions for cultivating existing customer contacts and developing new market shares in Russia.One highly topical emphasis at the moment is the issue of health and safety. Innovative technologies and know-how are more in demand than ever before. The Russian government has stepped up its health and safety stipulations, and nearly all companies are investing in the expansion of their capacities. In the Kuznetsk Basin alone companies are planning to invest double-digit millions in health & safety in the near future. Under the planned development activities this total is set to rise considerably over the next few years.UGOL ROSSII & MINING 2011 will include a special show entitled Safety & Security, where some 80 companies will be demonstrating personal protection equipment as well as systems and machinery for the early identification of explosive gases and the defence against such hazards.Organiser say Messe Düsseldorf says “German companies in Russia are optimistic about the future again. This is borne out by the latest economic climate poll taken by the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) and the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (over 130 companies). Nearly two thirds of companies in the survey are beginning to see a tangible recovery of the Russian economy. A year ago, this view was only taken by 12%. [Now] 87% are confident of a further economic upturn in 2011, while none of the companies believe in a return of the crisis in Russia.” www.ugol-mining.com
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A decision on whether to dismiss a first-degree murder charge against Matthew E. Starr, accused of robbing and killing his roommate in February 2012, is expected in the next two weeks.Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick said he needs time to research case law and review the facts of the case before ruling on the motion by Starr’s attorney, John Henry Browne, to dismiss the charge because detectives put an informant in Starr’s jail cell.Starr is accused of robbing Joshua R. Schenk and shooting him twice after they went target shooting near Vancouver Lake with Starr’s two friends. Starr said Schenk was first shot accidentally when one of the other men slipped. He said he then shot Schenk in the back of the head to put him out of his misery. After Schenk died, his friend Zachary Mattson allegedly helped Starr drag the body to a resting place about 4 or 5 feet away, and cover it with a plastic tarp, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court against Mattson. Charges against Mattson — including rendering criminal assistance, tampering with evidence, making false statements, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and intimidating a witness — were dropped in February pending further investigation, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu, but could be filed against him again the future.
“As a policy, Goans will not be permitted to enter the casino playing areas. Only visiting tourists shall be permitted,” Parrikar said. “A mechanism in this regard will be put in place once the gaming commissioner is appointed and appropriate rules for regulation shall be formulated.”The ban would apply to Goa’s six offshore floating casinos although there were conflicting reports over the weekend as to whether locals will be allowed to enter the dozen onshore casinos located inside five-star hotels.The government of Goa has stated its intention to relocate the state’s offshore casinos from the Mandovi River to designated land-based casino zones but is yet to find a suitable location. Nevertheless, Parrikar reiterated on Friday the government’s intention to identify designated zones – promising Goa’s three offshore operators they will be issued with new casino licenses provided they agree within 12 months of the new policy being declared to relocate. Each would be given four years to complete the move.“Licenses for casino operations being granted in the designated zone can be considered for a tenure of 10 to 15 years taking into account the huge investment required for such projects,” Parrikar added.India’s biggest casino operator Delta Corp Ltd, which operates three of Goa’s six offshore casinos, has already thrown its support behind shifting operations to land due to capacity restraints and access difficulties on the water. RelatedPosts Goan locals will be banned from entering the state’s casinos from 2019 under a new casino policy to be unveiled this month, according to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.Addressing the Legislative Assembly on Friday, Parrikar revealed his plans to implement the ban by January, with a gaming commissioner to be appointed in December to enforce the new casino regulations. Load More Entertainment on the agenda in India as first details of SPiCE 2020 conference released Korea’s Kangwon Land enjoys first positive revenue, profit growth in 10 quarters China calls for total ban on online gambling in the Philippines
When contacted by FOLIO: late last month, a Source representative said the company was not nearing a deal to sell Alliance. UPDATE: In a phone conversation Thursday, the representative said Source was “not actively marketing” a sale of Alliance and that the deal came about “very quickly.”Alliance Entertainment was founded in 1990 in Coral Springs, Florida and currently has distribution centers there and in Louisville, Kentucky. The company merged with Source Interlink in 2005. Source Interlink Companies has officially sold Alliance Entertainment to M&A firm Platinum Equity and the Gores Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Alliance is a wholesale distributor of CDs, DVDs and games to more than 14,500 locations in the U.S., including retailers like Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon.com. It also provides fulfillment services, among others.According to Steve Yager, a senior managing director at the Gores Group, Alliance Entertainment is a “fundamentally solid business” but also faces “substantial challenges in a rapidly changing distribution market.” Alliance will be managed by Project Panther Holding Corp., a joint venture between Platinum Equity and the Gores Group.“This transaction will allow Source Interlink to focus on the continued growth and investment in our core competencies of wholesale magazine distribution and the further integration of our enthusiast media properties across multiple platforms,” Source CEO Michael Sullivan says in a statement.
Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, at a Senate Majority press availability on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Senate majority unveiled its plan to limit state spending and draw money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for the state budget Friday.Listen nowSenate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said the plan in Senate Bill 70 will prevent spending from getting out of control.“We’re going to initiate a spending limit, so that once we get the budget down, then it doesn’t just take off again the next time we have a little bit of money,” Kelly said.The Senate majority’s plan would draw 5.25 percent of the fund’s value from Permanent Fund earnings for the next three years, then scale back to a 5 percent draw.Permanent Fund dividends would be $1,000 for the first three years. Then PFDs would be a quarter of the overall draw, projected to be somewhat more than $1,000.There are two big differences with the plan introduced by the House Finance Committee. One is that the Senate plan doesn’t include the income tax included in the House.The Senate version would also limit state spending to $4.1 billion. That’s about $200 million less than Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget.Senate Finance Co-Chairman Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat, said the cuts are much smaller than what would have to occur if the state doesn’t draw from the Permanent Fund.“Many people throughout Alaska say we’ve cut enough, but until we have a long-term plan, we have to continue to look at budget reductions,” Hoffman said.The other big difference is that the spending limit would only allow the state budget to grow at the inflation rate.Hoffman said the Permanent Fund restructuring in the bill would protect dividends in the future.The Senate Finance Committee plans to hold hearings on the bill Monday and Friday.