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first_img Help by sharing this information June 5, 2020 Find out more Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation News Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists BurundiAfrica June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Burundi Several journalists from the online news agency in-burundi.net were beaten up by police in Bujumbura in early January 2002 while investigating the torture by state intelligence service agents of a watchman arrested in the previous month’s murder of Kassi Malan, the World Health Organisation’s representative in Burundi. The police warned the journalists they “could come to the same end.”The National Communications Council banned Burundian media websites on 26 August 2002 from posting material emanating from political groups “preaching hatred and violence.” This was chiefly aimed at the Rugamba website of the Net Press news agency, which carried statements by opposition groups. The Council threatened to shut down Net Press if Rugamba did not stop posting material that “undermines public order and security.”Online news agency In-Burundi.netRugamba (Net Press news agency)center_img Reports October 21, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more News BurundiAfrica Receive email alerts Follow the news on Burundi to go further Newslast_img read more

European Commission re-launches rules to make corporate tax fairer

first_imgThe European Commission has unveiled a set of common rules across the European Union (EU) to make corporate taxation fairer and to combat tax evasion and avoidance, setting the rules out in a directive entitled a ‘Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base’ (CCCTB).A previous version of the directive had been delayed since the EU’s last proposal on the issue in 2011.The implementation of the new rules has been arranged in two stages to commence on January 2019 and January 2021, respectively.The earlier date is for the “common base”, which covers how a company’s profit will be taxed, once various exemptions and deductions have been accounted for. The later date is for “consolidation” aspects.This is the process that will allow a group to add up all the profits and losses of its constituent companies to reach a net profit or loss for the entire EU. It will show how it should be taxed.The European Commission bills its new version of the CCCTB as a single set of EU-wide rules for businesses to calculate their tax bill, to relieve problems giving rise to double taxation and to close tax loopholes involving EU countries and non-EU jurisdictions.A basic principle of the package is that companies should pay their taxes where “their profits and value are generated”.Pierre Moscovici, commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, answering a question at the press launch, took pains to emphasise that the rules would have no effect on national corporate tax rates, as set by national governments.Questioned on the attitude of the UK, he indicated support as expressed during numerous meetings. Moscovici also indicated optimism of support across EU national governments as a whole.The European Commission, in an information sheet, states that national governments are now asking for a proposal to extend rules applied to illicit liaison “mismatches” to non-EU countries.It goes on to estimate that the CCCTB would reduce by 70% the amount by which profit-shifting for tax purposes would be eliminated under CCCTB rules.It also suggests EU companies could cut their overall compliance costs by 2.5%, noting that 28 different tax rule books “create red tape and high costs for cross-border companies”.The latest initiative is described as “bolstering” this summer’s anti-abuse measures under the EU’s Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive.This sets out “anti-abuse measures to block some of the most prevalent forms of base erosion and profit shifting”.On double taxation, the Commission cites the 900-odd double taxation disputes in the EU today that, combined, are estimated to be worth €10.5bn.This is somewhat higher than the €8bn estimate made recently by Valdis Dombrovskis, head of the EU’s Capital Markets Union programme. On dispute resolution for double taxation, the Commission finds that, at present, there is often no recourse for taxpayers when dispute mechanisms are applied improperly.In addition, the timeline for procedures can be unpredictable, it says.After implementation of the CCCTB, there would be an obligation to notify taxpayers and publish arbitration findings, the Commission states.last_img read more

UPDATE: Daytime Weekend Ramp Closure Scheduled in Tumwater Rescheduled

first_imgDeschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound US 101 will close.Drivers will detour via Deschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound I-5. Advanced information of state highway work in Thurston County is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report.Original Release:Northbound Interstate 5 drivers heading to west Olympia and other locations along US 101 will want to plan additional time to reach their destinations this weekend.The northbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101 will close from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, to allow for extensive vegetation management work. Drivers will detour via the northbound I-5 exit 105/Port of Olympia/Henderson Boulevard and return by southbound I-5.Advanced information of highway roadwork in Thurston County is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report. Featured photo credit: Kim Merrimancenter_img Facebook74Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation Expected inclement weather has Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews rescheduling extensive vegetation work that had been scheduled to occur this weekend. Weather permitting, the work will now occur over the weekend of March 2-3.Revised schedule:7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.Northbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101 (Exit 104) will close.Drivers will detour via Exit 105/Port of Olympia/Henderson Boulevard.last_img read more

Sorry Leaf fans: Hawks take control of series; Border Bruins edge Rebels in OT

first_imgFor some reason the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have a way of playing just well enough and just a little bit better than the Nelson Leafs.The Hawks squeaked out another one of those nail-biting victories Friday night at the NDCC Arena, dumping the Leafs 6-2 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final Series.Beaver Valley can complete the sweep Saturday night in Nelson when the teams meet for Game four of the series at the NDCC Arena.“It was a great win of us tonight,’’ said Hawks head coach Terry Jones from outside the winner’s dressing room.“I thought it was a pretty gritty effort tonight, by both teams,” Jones added.“I thought in the first period there wasn’t much out there . . . guys were battling hard but once we got that first goal one we seem to relax a little bit and get some confidence.”After a scoreless first period, Hawks Jace Weegar got the visitors going six minutes into the second period.Nelson bounced right back, tying the game at 1-1 on a goal seconds later by Levi Hulston.However, Devin Nemes teamed up with Tyler Ghirardosi and Evan Gorman for a picture-perfect marker to give Beaver Valley the 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.Nelson came out with some jump in the third, looking for the equalizer.The Leafs got a chance to tie the game when Hulston found himself in all alone on Beaver Valley netminder Tallon Kramer.But Hulston, shooting for the top corner, fired a shot wide of the net. “Of course we want Levi to scored, but you’re not going to score on every shot,” said Leafs captain Rayce Miller.“The next one is going to go in . . .. That’s the mindset you have to have. That’s what we tell each other, you miss one the next one is going in.”Minutes later the Hawks made the Leafs pay when Ghirardosi scored the first of two in the period and Dylan Heppier added a power play goal.Andy Fitzpatrick pulled the Leafs to within a pair with a special teams goal.But the Hawks scored twice with Leafs goalie Josh Williams on the bench for an extra attacker to secure the four-goal victory.“I thought our third period was a real good period,” Jones said.“We just played it the right way and we worked real hard on the defensive side.”“But that team doesn’t quit over there,” Jones added.“They work hard and got some guys that just keep battling.”Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 31-26 in the game.Kramer won his second game of the series in goal for the Hawks.Meanwhile, Josh Williams, who had a bounce-back game for the Leafs after getting pulled during Game one of the series, took the loss.“We just come ready to go,” said Miller when asked how the Leafs can extend the series.“We wipe the slate clean and play the same way we did today and come to the rink ready to go.”ICE CHIPS: Nelson once again played the game without a full compliment of players. Defenceman Dash Thompson returned to the lineup, but Cleary Ambrose did not play leaving the Leafs with 16 skaters . . . . The game saw more than 500 fans attend. . . . If a fifth game is necessary it will be played Monday night in Fruitvale. . . . In Grand Forks, Austin Dean scored in the second overtime period to give the Border Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Castlegar Rebels. Shayne Pluto and Chad Grambo also scored for Grand Forks while Darren Medeiros and Chris Breese replied for the Rebels. The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game four Saturday in the Boundary City.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Junior Bombers Field Hockey

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers travelled to the South Okanagan over the weekend to get a taste of action on the High School Field Hockey season.The squad, consisting of players from Grades 8-10, finished the Junior Field Hockey Festival in Oliver with a 3-4-1 record.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Isabel Curston, Elissa Centrone, Emma Chirico, Zoe Baxter, Mae Gillespie, Ashleigh McLean, Ella Peloso, Skyla Short, Nicola Anderson, Rayne Fulgin, Marissa Price, Jessica McLeod, Ariel Fulgin, Sienna Morningstar and Coach Bruce Walgren. Great opportunity to face high school teams outside West KootenayThe tournament format had teams playing six players on the pitch with games running 20-minutes halves. “This is a great opportunity for the new and some experienced players to practice running and passing the ball on a less crowded field,” said coach Bruce Walgren.”This was a marathon tournament for the Juniors as they played eight games in two days.”LVR scored wins over Maple Ridge while suffering losses to Stanley Humphries of Castlegar and KLO and  Dr. Knox of Kelowna.The Bombers tied J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail.Goals scorers included Jessica MacLeod, Elissa Centrone with two, Zoe Baxter, Grade 8 Skyla Short from a penalty shot, Isabel Curston and Marisa Price. Johanna Brochhagen played well in goal for the Bombers.”Noteable highlights from the tournament were the multi goal performances by Zoe Baxter, Elissa Centrone, Marissa Price and Jessica Mcleod,” said Walgren.”Great defense by Isabel Curston, Emma Chirico, Ashleigh Mclean, Rayne Fulgin, and Nicola Anderson, very impressive mid field work by Ella Peloso, Sienna Morningstar, Ariel Fulgin and Skyla Short.Next up for Bombers is a Senior Game on Monday against Stanley Humphries of Castlegar at the Pass Creek field.Both Junior and Senior teams are in action on Tuesday against J. Lloyd Crowe.last_img read more

NORWICH CITY VS MAN UNITED

first_imgNORWICH (4-2-3-1)RUDDY,PINTO, MARTIN,BASSONG, OLSSON,HOWSON, O’NEIL,REDMOND, HOOLAHAN, BRADY,JEROMEUNITED (4-2-3-1)RASHFORD,MARTIAL, ROONEY,LINGARD,SCHNEIDERLIN,CARRICK,ROJO, BLIND, SMALLING, VALENCIA,DE GEANorwich are back in the relegation zone after losing 1-0 at Arsenal last Saturday and though they have a game in hand over rivals Newcastle, they trail them by two points.They face a Manchester United team bidding to finish in the top four. They drew with Leicester on Sunday but Manchester City’s defeat at Southampton means the Louis van Gaal’s men are four points behind their neighbours with a game in hand.United have scored only 19 goals away from home and need one more from either this game or next week’s trip to West Ham to avoid setting a club record. Their previous fewest number of away goals in the Premier League is 21, set last season.And they have managed just 17 wins, two short of their record fewest Premier League wins, set in the 2013-14 campaign.Norwich, though, have lost 20 league games – only relegated Aston Villa (26) have lost more. And the Canaries have lost 11 and draw two of their last 15 league games. Leaving them with a desperate fight for safety.last_img read more

More Upsets in Human Origins Stories

first_imgWhen it comes to a consensus on how humans evolved, there’s no “there” there.Upsets to notions about human evolution are so common, the only thing evolving is the story. Look at the news for proof.How China is rewriting the book on human origins (Nature). Everything you know is wrong again. Jane Qiu writes, “Fossil finds in China are challenging ideas about the evolution of modern humans and our closest relatives.” It’s hard to challenge an already-challenged field more than it is, or to rewrite a book that has has more corrections than text, but paleoanthropologists always find a way. In the “evolving story” of human evolution, Peking Man, classified as Homo erectus, is coming back into vogue. Is this just China acting nationalistic? As we reported yesterday, that’s what Darren Curnoe thinks, but he’s not necessarily unbiased. Qiu’s article is filled with confusing and conflicting “possibilities” of what the fossils mean, even “radical” possibilities. PhysOrg talks about the chaos, too.Human phylogeography and diversity (PNAS). In this paper, part of a NAS series on phylogeography, Alexander Harcourt of UC Davis propounds the usual “out of Africa” story, but peppers his analysis with mention of controversies. The perhapsimaybecouldness index (PCI) is so high in his paper, there seems to be no solid ground.Neanderthal skulls and brains may have developed just like ours (New Scientist). Here’s more reason to welcome Brother Neanderthal into the fellowship. “Great minds grow alike,” Colin Barras writes. “That in turn suggests that Neanderthals were perhaps not so cognitively different from us – although not everyone agrees with this interpretation.” True; there still are some historical racists in paleoanthropology circles. Ponce de Leon’s team’s paper is in Current Biology.Mystery ancient human ancestor found in Australasian family tree (New Scientist). Everyone likes a good mystery, like “Who’s your daddy?” Alice Klein discusses “An unknown hominin species that bred with early human ancestors when they migrated from Africa to Australasia,” but that’s from divination into the genes of living humans. And if it bred with other humans, on what basis is it called a different species?Orangutan ‘copies human speech’ (BBC News): Reporters at the BBC must be desperate. You can train an orangutan to mimic some human sounds, but so what? Parrots do better than that. An ape will do anything for a banana. It doesn’t mean Rocky knows what he was “saying.”How rope was made 40,000 years ago (Science Daily). Add another data point to the conundrum of why modern humans took so long to invent farming and civilization. Here’s what a team found in a German cave.The find is a carefully carved and beautifully preserved piece of mammoth ivory 20.4 cm in length with four holes between 7 and 9 mm in diameter. Each of the holes is lined with deep, and precisely cut spiral incisions. The new find demonstrates that these elaborate carvings are technological features of rope-making equipment rather than just decoration.Didn’t anyone back then try roping a cow?If the story is constantly evolving, it’s moving away from the truth.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

123rd IOC Session opens in Durban

first_img6 July 2011The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened its 123rd Session in Durban with a vibrant ceremony at the city’s Playhouse on Tuesday night, with South African President Jacob Zuma in attendance.During the ceremony, Zuma awarded one of its highest national decorations, the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, to IOC head Jacques Rogge.Zuma told the high-profile gathering that the award was made to demonstrate gratitude to the IOC for their solidarity and commitment to human rights in South Africa.“This historic session presents an opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding contribution of the IOC, and of Dr Rogge in particular, to the struggle against apartheid and racial oppression.“The IOC General Assembly has not met in Africa since the last gathering in Cairo 86 years ago,” Zuma said. That was a much different Africa, which was still battling the yoke of colonialism.“The choice of venue is therefore timely and important, given also that Africa is a continent where the Olympic movement has unearthed exceptional individual talents over many years.”2018 Winter Games hostOn Wednesday, the IOC Session will elect the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) are the three candidates.Representatives of the three bidders, including German President Christian Wulff, French Prime Minister François Fillon, Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, were present at Tuesday night’s ceremony.“As a country that has gone through numerous bids, we fully understand the pressure and the anxiety,” Zuma said. “We wish the three cities well with their final presentations.”Zuma thanked the IOC for supporting South Africa in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We are proud to reflect on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as a successful event that brought lasting social and economic benefits to our country and continent … Sport is a powerful instrument of promoting peace, friendship, unity and tolerance within nation states and the peoples of the world.”Zuma welcomed Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former South African Olympic swimmer who continues to be an ambassador for the country, and her husband Prince Albert.“We wish them a long life and many years of happiness and success together,” said Zuma.Meanwhile, Rogge appealed to governments to help the sports world get rid of doping, cheating and illegal betting.“Protecting the integrity of sport is a priority for the IOC and there is no room for complacency against performance-enhancing drugs, judging and refereeing scandals,” Rogge said.On the bidding process, Rogge said: “I cannot predict the outcome of the vote, but I can say with confidence that the city selected to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will have the capacity to deliver outstanding results.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

X&Y ANGEL- Hot Fashion 22″ Curly Clip in Hair Extensions Hairpiece 1 Pcs Light Brown – A good product for the price

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Uh Oh, Instagram: PicPlz Launches API, Creative Commons & Brand Dashboards

first_imgRelated Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Instagram, the best known (if not the largest) of the many social mobile photo apps on the market, exploded at the end of last year, hitting 1 million users in just 10 weeks. That company doesn’t even have a functioning website, but people love it.PicPlz has a highly functional website. It will also now have integrating partnerships with other services around the web and mobile ecosystem that want to roll-in photo filtering, widgets for display of photos and other features the service offers.The emphasis that PicPlz puts on preserving original high-quality copies of your photos, combined with the new Creative Commons licenses, means that mobile phone picture takers will have all the more incentive to take their photos for archiving and for free sharing using PicPlz. Creative Commons is a copyright system that allows publishers to communicate to the world the conditions under which reuse of their content is acceptable – like, as long as the original author is credited, or as long as it’s for non-commercial re-use. Creative Commons greatly reduces the friction that copyright often adds to media sharing, reuse and distribution.And the brand dashboards! Instagram may be seeing a notable amount of brand adoption, but PicPlz’s new offering of a dashboard showing which photos got the most views over time and other numbers is going to be very compelling.Put it all together and even Flickr is going to have to stand up and take note. This is a crowded market and startups are innovating quickly. Another competitor, Path, today added real-time commenting to its version of photos-on-your-phone.Instagram has spread fast because people love it. PicPlz is now built to spread fast, these are smart growth hooks that have been added to the service. Which strategy will work best in the long run? That’s a question I look forward to asking in another 3 and 6 months. Tags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The battle of the mobile social photo apps has been taken to the next level today, high-profile but trailing startup PicPlz just made three big announcements that pose a big challenge to crowd-pleaser Instagram and the slew of other startups in this market. Not to mention Flickr.PicPlz, which is lead by former Imeem music community head Dalton Caldwell and funded by leading VCs Andreessen Horowitz (who bailed from Instagram to invest in PicPlz instead), just announced the following: public availability of its Application Programming Interface for other apps to use its filters and widgets, support for users to publish photos under Creative Commons licenses and new analytics dashboards for brand advertisers using the service. The simplicity of Instagram just got challenged in a big way. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more