Jamaica and Macao to Co-Operate on Taxation Matters

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government of Jamaica has signed a tax treaty agreement with the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), to exchange information on taxation matters. Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, told journalists at the signing ceremony on Friday at his National Heroes Circle offices, that the agreement is aimed at strengthening administrative cooperation between the countries on tax issues and will enhance the ability of both countries to monitor taxpayers and to ensure that revenue owed to each jurisdiction is collected. “This agreement will certainly help bolster the capacity of the tax authorities in Jamaica and Macao to mobilise revenue that is due to both countries,” he said. “We find it necessary to provide a more administratively effective environment that will enable us to secure the revenues that are necessary and also to be able to attract investment, because increasingly, these agreements are part of the requirement of other states in doing business with Jamaica,” the Finance Minister added. He outlined that careful scrutiny has been given in the agreement to the areas of information held by banks and other financial institutions, ownership structure of companies, partnerships, and trusts to ensure their validity and integrity of companies operating in both jurisdiction. He further added that the agreement sets out the manner in which information is to be provided, as well as the procedure to be followed where a request is denied or a dispute occurs. Macao’s Secretary of Economy and Finance, Tam Pak Yuen, said the tax treaty agreement will facilitate future investigation of cross border tax evasion. “It also shows the countries’ determination to cooperate internationally in a global fight against illicit financial flows that is undermining our global financial systems and affecting the fiscal soundness of many jurisdictions around the world,” he said. Macao, also spelled Macau, is one of two SARs of the PRC, the other being Hong Kong. The PRC’s Central People’s Government is responsible for the territory’s defence and foreign affairs, while Macao maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, and immigration policy. RelatedJamaica and Macao to Co-Operate on Taxation Matters RelatedJamaica and Macao to Co-Operate on Taxation Matters RelatedJamaica and Macao to Co-Operate on Taxation Matterscenter_img Jamaica and Macao to Co-Operate on Taxation Matters Finance & Public ServiceOctober 6, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Grieve: legal aid cuts hurt, but bar is just too big

first_imgAttorney general Dominic Grieve has spoken of his sympathy for lawyers affected by the legal aid cuts – but insisted the legal sector cannot be immune from austerity measures.Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today, Grieve expressed his concern that the cuts would increase the number of litigants in person.But Grieve (pictured) said the cost to the taxpayer of legal aid could not be ignored – and ultimately that the numbers of barristers practising criminal law was too high.‘The lord chancellor is between a rock and a hard place – he has to implement savings which are exceptionally challenging,’ said Grieve.‘I have never been of the view you can exempt legal aid from that category. I am the first to recognise the bar and Law Society have a very difficult task and we have to look very carefully at the way it gives rise to an increase in litigants in person. But it’s not an area that can be left out the equation when it has grown so exponentially.’On the size of the bar, Grieve said the problem arose because practitioners cannot simply be redeployed to another area of the business.‘For self-employed people it is death by a thousand cuts and it’s an extremely painful process. The bar has to focus as a profession on the numbers required to fund the service. Even before these changes we had exceeded the amount and volume of work available. I am very confident about the long-term future of the bar, but the transition is exceptionally difficult.’When pressed on why the legal profession should face cuts when it contributes so much to the UK economy, Grieve said he understood that view, but after three years as a government minister he had found that ‘everyone has a reasoned plan for why expenditure should not be cut from their own area’.Grieve has been prominent in the national media as one of the few ministers prepared to promote the Human Rights Act – with justice secretary Chris Grayling among those who want it redesigned.The attorney general reiterated his support for the existing legislation, saying there were ‘numerous examples’ of the way the Human Rights Act has helped people. ‘It has acted as a very powerful force for improving the ways administrators carry out their work,’ he added.Angela Patrick, director of human rights policy for rule of law pressure group JUSTICE, called on the government to find examples where the European Convention on Human Rights had damaged the UK’s interests. ‘Which of the rights do we drop?’ asked Patrick. ‘Do we want to be in the same company as Belarus for human rights?’Follow John Hyde’s live blog of the Conservative Party conference here.last_img read more

Rumble Gaming welcomes OG Esports to talent agency roster

first_imgEsports talent agency and media platform Rumble Gaming has signed European organisation OG Esports to its roster of clientele.Rumble Gaming represents a number of prominent esports organisations including Rogue, Lazarus, and Call of Duty League franchise London Royal Ravens.RELATED: Rumble Gaming, Family First Sports partner to bring athletes into esportsThe back-to-back The International champions are based out of Europe but will work alongside Rumble Gaming to connect with brands and esports enthusiasts in North America.Evan Kubes, President of Rumble Gaming commented: “OG is one of the most accomplished competitive esports organizations in the history of gaming. OG is a premium brand with global appeal, and we’re excited to help them further expand their reach.”OG currently competes in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and according to newly-appointed CEO JMR Luna, will look into acquiring external funding for the first time.RELATED: Behind JMR Luna’s transition from Hollywood to CEO of OGXavier Oswald, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-owner of OG Esports, added: “Our partnership with Rumble Gaming is truly a milestone for OG’s development in North America. We have a lot of fans in the US and Rumble Gaming is the perfect partner to engage brands with our unique DNA and performance-driven approach.”According to OG Esports’ official website, the organisation is currently partnered with Red Bull, SteelSeries, Secretlab, and Socios.Esports Insider says: OG boasts the highest-earning players in esports history and holds a number of records in Dota 2. As the organisation ramps up its global efforts, particularly in CS:GO, it’s wise not to go it alone. It will be interesting to see what brands OG attracts, especially those in North America vs. Europe.Read The Esports Journallast_img read more

Steelers’ Brown soaring despite quarterback shuffle

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs past Oakland Raiders strong safety Taylor Mays (27) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) after making a catch to help set up the Steelers game-winning field goal in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Antonio Brown’s form was so flawless, even Mary Lou Retton took notice.Then again, the 1984 Olympic all-around champion didn’t have to do her gold medal clinching vault with somebody chasing her at full speed, either. So forgive Retton if she found herself a little in awe when the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver launched into an impromptu forward flip after scoring his second touchdown in a 30-9 dusting of Cleveland last Sunday.“Way to stick that landing! Perfect 10! (hash)SteelersNation,” tweeted Retton, a West Virginia native and lifelong Steeler fan.Brown’s GIF-worthy celebration at the end of another sublime performance underscored the rarified air he finds himself in these days.The talk afterward wasn’t about Brown’s remarkable start to the 2015 season or his current two-game run that includes 27 receptions for 433 yards in successive wins over Oakland and Cleveland or even the fact he leads the NFL in yards receiving (1,141) heading into Pittsburgh’s bye week.Nope, instead Brown found himself having to defend his “look mom, no hands” routine to those who considered it a tad too dangerous, a group that included quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.“(Ben) said he wanted me to be smart but you’ve got to have fun,” Brown said. “Having fun is part of the game. Touchdowns are hard to come by.”At least they were for Brown earlier in the year. He went five straight games without scoring, a drought that coincided with Roethlisberger being sidelined by a sprained left knee. Brown’s production dipped with Michael Vick under center. His streak of consecutive games with five receptions and 50 yards ended at 35 when he caught just three balls in a 24-20 win at San Diego on Oct. 12.Brown expressed frustration afterward at what he perceived as a lack of targets from Vick, leading offensive coordinator Todd Haley to politely but firmly chastise his All-Pro.“Did (AB) get the ball enough? Yep, we won,” Haley said on Oct. 15.Haley has worked with Brown long enough to know that Brown wasn’t pouting so much as letting the competitive edge that has made him one of the league’s most dangerous weapons despite being just 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds get the best of him. Like all great players, Brown wants the ball on every play. Like all great players that aren’t quarterbacks, it’s not going to happen. The Steelers are still working on getting Brown to rein in his angst.“We all know what he’s capable of doing,” wide receivers coach Richard Mann said. “What we have to do with him is keep him focused when things aren’t going the way they should be.”Besides, the storm has long since passed. Brown hauled in six passes for 124 yards from backup Landry Jones in a loss to Kansas City on Oct. 25 and has been nearly unstoppable since Roethlisberger re-entered the lineup. Brown set franchise records with 17 receptions for 284 yards against Oakland two weeks ago and caught 10 more for 139 yards and a pair of scores while tormenting Cleveland’s overmatched secondary as Roethlisberger played through a sprained left foot.While Haley is quick to credit Brown’s relentless work ethic for making him so consistent, Haley’s creativity in moving Brown around has created favorable matchups even in the midst of near constant double coverage.On Brown’s first score last Sunday he went in motion to the left, came back to the right and was next to tight end Heath Miller at the snap. Brown ducked outside of Miller, then curled back across the middle. If it’s possible to be wide open on a 4-yard pass, Brown was wide open as he hauled in his fourth touchdown of the season. It’s not a call Haley might have made during his first season with Pittsburgh in 2012, back when Brown was still trying to emerge from the shadow of teammates Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.“Early on, when I first got here, some things we stayed away from a little bit, because it made him make a lot of adjustments and it put him in different spots where he hadn’t been,” Haley said. “His preparation and work and our ability to be able to put him in a lot of different spots (makes him effective).”Brown sometimes goes far beyond scheme. Leading by 15 midway through the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger looked right and found Brown open across the middle after he split Cleveland’s zone. Browns defensive back Johnson Bademosi futilely gave chase, giving him the best seat in the house as Brown channeled his inner Cirque du Soleil once the ball was safely across the goal line.Yeah, it was risky. So what. He’s not ruling out doing it again if the situation presents itself.“You might get a back flip, a cartwheel,” Brown said. “We’ll see.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Fiorentina winger Joaquin: “I want to go home to Real Betis”

first_img 24/08/2015 Sousa is happy for him to leave, but the Serie A side are demanding a five million euro fee from Betis.  However, the club are hopeful that Joaquin’s agent will be able to reduce the amount of money Fiorentina are asking for. Upd. at 19:52 Joaquin has published a message pleading for a return to Real Betis on his Instagram account.  Currently at Italian side Fiorentina, the 34-year-old wants to leave Paulo Sousa’s side behind to link up with Pepe Mel in Seville.  “The decision has been made, I only want to return home,” he wrote about the club he started his career at.  Sport EN CEST Speculation has grown over the past week about the winger’s possible return to Betis and on Monday he made it clear that’s what he wants.  That could be a problem, as Betis are not in a position to pay that amount of money. last_img read more

Community pipes up for a Scottish tradition

first_imgLeft and right: Crowds at Akoonah Park were wowed by the dancing at the 24th annual Berwick Highland Gathering. By…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Friday Night’s Hurling Results

first_imgIn the Senior B Hurling Championship, Beagh face Kiltormer at 5:30pm in Kenny Park, with Athenry and Tynagh Abbey Dunity in action at 6:30pm in Gort.In the Intermediate Hurling Championship, Meelick Eyrecourt throw-in against Clarinbridge at 4pm in Loughrea, followed by Ballindereen and Ahascragh Fohenagh at 5:30pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email This Saturday in the Senior A Hurling Championship, Loughrea take on Sarsfields at Duggan Park at 6pm, followed by Portumna and Cappataggle at 7:30pm. Elsewhere at 7pm, St Thomas throw-in against Castlegar in Kenny Park. Tommy Larkins are top of Group 1 in the Senior B Hurling Championship after beating Abbeyknockmoy 1-12 to 0-12 last night. In Group 2 of the Senior B Hurling Championship Clarinbridge beat bottom-side Carnmore 1-20 to 0-12.last_img read more

Supreme Court’s Discipline of Judges Debated

first_imgThe opening of the May Term of Criminal Courts A, B, C and D, at the Temple of Justice was yesterday dominated by a heated debate over the law and procedure followed by the Supreme Court to penalize judges throughout the country, which Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh defended yesterday.Judge Yussif Kaba was a one-time casualty of the Supreme Court’s discipline requiring him to serve a one month suspension period without pay. He did not collect a dime during his suspension.Delivering his charge at Criminal Court ‘A’ that was attended by Associate Justice Yuoh along with lawyers, judges and prospective jurors, Judge Gee-Plah Tiklo Kontoe, however, raised suspicions about the manner adopted by the Supreme Court to penalize judges.In the packed courtroom Judge Kontoe wondered what judges have done to deserve punishment by the Supreme Court.“We judges sometimes feel bad when we get to know that we are being blamed for the judgment we rendered in a particular criminal case,” complained Judge Kontoe, expressing regret about the Supreme Court’s action against judges.“Sometimes we want to know what article of the Constitution we did not follow leading to the action against us.”He, however, advised his colleagues to be very mindful and perform their duties as assigned them by the Supreme Court under the law and to turn over what he considered as “a new leaf” to ensure a functional justice system.In a rejoinder, Justice Yuoh clarified that judges are not penalize because of their judicial opinion (judgment).Judges are punished because of their deliberate and blatant disregard for elementary principles of law that they refuse to follow, explained Justice Yuoh.“I want to emphasize that our judges fail to follow the elementary laws and principles that they ought to have known at all times,” the Associate Justice said defending the decision. She was critical of the fact that a first year law school student can recite the elementary laws and principles that judges fail to uphold.“If you refuse to adhere to those principles and laws, we will not hesitate to apply the necessary penalty so as to counsel the nation that poor people cannot get justice in our courts today, “Justice Yuoh vowed.She said judges and lawyers are in cahoots with clients bringing the court to public disgrace, therefore the Supreme Court has vowed that those involved will not go unpunished.According to her, stability and peace depend on judges’ adherence to the first fundamental rules and laws that guide their deportment not only in the courtroom but also in the community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgOrganizers with “Drugs in our Midst” in Haywood County are taking a stand and making a scene in order to help combat drug issues in the community.The fourth annual Prayer Walk will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday Sept. 25.The walk will begin on the corner of South Main Street and Academy Streets in Waynesville near First Baptist Church. Prayer stops will be at downtown churches, the old Haywood County Court House and the Open Door food kitchen. The Prayer Walk will end at First United Methodist Church on Haywood Street.  Attendees are encouraged to wear a shirt representing their own church or bring their church banner. Bus transportation available for those unable to walk the route.There will be a strong emphasis on youth, family and schools in the prayers shared at the event. Those leading the prayers will mainly be youth and youth leaders.This year, Program Coordinator Jean Parris said she’s hoping for 600 people to show up, as the event has pulled in 450 people in past years. Parris said visibility is essential to create a strong community awareness of the fact drugs are a serious problem in the community and nation.“600 people walking through town in unity creates a powerful visual,” Parris said.Parris continued to explain why she believes a Prayer Walk is an effective way to address drug problems in the community.“God can accomplish anything, and prayer is one of the things that gives people strength to fight back. With God on their side, they are going to win. Maybe in God’s time, not theirs—but they are going to win if God’s on their side,” Parris said.last_img read more