…in PNC governmentThis desperate attempt by the PNC and its camp followers like the AFC and WPA to justify their continued occupation of office – to continue enjoying pelf, perks and power – has exposed some as real jokers. Take, for instance, this fella Khemraj Ramjattan. He used to be famous for ejaculating, “Haul yuh ass!” to reporters who asked him uncomfortable questions. Like exactly how was he going to survive the smell of dead meat for the five years with the PNC, after he hitched up with them! Well now we know…the smell seems to have acted like a truth serum and he now ejaculates some home truths about what’s going on in the minds of the coalition.He was debating Edghill from the PPPC on a radio show and was badgered by the latter as to how come they were carrying on about obeying the CCJ’s ruling on the Constitution’s Art 106 (6) and yet the President and Cabinet hadn’t resigned as demanded by the Article after the passage of a NCM. And this is what Ramjattan – supposedely a lawyer – ejaculated: “The article is a legal fiction”!! Mouth open and story jump out!!This now explains the behaviour of Granger and his myrmidons ever since that fateful night of Dec 21, 2018! They don’t have to abide by the strictures of the Constitution ‘cause they’re all “legal fictions”!! Why not obey Art 162 (2) and only appoint a GECOM chair from a list provided by the Opposition Leader?? That’s a legal fiction!! Granger can continue to appoint party hacks like James Patterson either unilaterally – as he did before – or by insisting that the Opposition Leader accepts his (Granger’s) nominations on his (Opposition Leader’s) list!!But what Ramjattan hasn’t noticed, or pretends he hasn’t noticed, is that the “legal fiction” principle on the Constitution is always only applied when it benefits the PNC. After Ramjattan and his (then) sidekick Nagamootoo were suckered into joining the PNC via their Valentine Day “Cummingsburg Accord”, Granger never kept the main promise that Nagamootoo would preside over Cabinet meetings. He insisted that according to Art 106 (3) “Cabinet meetings shall be presided over by (a) by the President. And poor Nagamootoo was out like south!! Granger never suggested he could raise the proposal that the clause was a “legal fiction”!! Nagamootoo couldn’t even sit on the left hand of Granger.But even as early as then, the dead meat smell mustve gotten to Ramjattan and Nagamootoo. They never pointed out that ART 106 (2) (b) says the PM could preside “in the absence of the President”.All Granger had to do was not show up!! And that ain’t no fiction!!…vs factFor a while, GECOM CEO Major (retd) Keith Lowenfield had your Eyewitness thinking he was also a follower of the “Constitution as a legal fiction” school of thought. As dissected yesterday, he’d turned cartwheels to explain why he launched H2H registration – even though that would’ve taken elections beyond the CCJ’s mandated Sept 18 deadline. He said, in true army command style, he was “only following orders”!!But he followed the orders after his commanding officer was declared to have been a fake!! As a well-trained army officer, he would know that “just following orders” doesn’t spare him from at least being court marshalled – even if his superiors hadn’t been disqualified. Didn’t all those German officers at the Nuremberg Trials also say they “were just following orders”? Didn’t cut it!! But suddenly Lowenfield did a volte face and recanted everything about the H2H being the only road to electoral salvation! Some folks are excited…but not your Eyewitness.Lowenfield did order the H2H, which is still ongoing. He should face that firing squad. And ain’t no legal fiction!!…in High Court?The Chief Justice agreed the CCJ ordered elections must be held by Sept 18. But said she needed evidence to show this was the case.Couldn’t she’ve taken judicial notice of Patterson’s order to Lowenfield?? Or was it invisible?
A ‘Donegal Signature Dish’ event has been planned for next week to highlight the most delicious food the county has to offer.All that is good about Donegal food will be showcased at the special event in Harvey’s Point when some of Donegal most talented chefs, food suppliers and trade representatives will be joined by guest food writers and bloggers at the inaugural event.The event which is being hosted by Donegal County Council in association with Donegal Tourism is about celebrating Donegal food and fresh local produce and is a great opportunity to promote Donegal food and people who champion it – chefs, restaurants, suppliers and artisan producers. Restaurants across the county were invited earlier this year and encouraged to submit their signature dishes, which would then undergo a selection to form a menu for the event. The dishes had to consist of Donegal sourced ingredients and feature on the current or seasonal menu.The final tasting menu is a balanced selection of ten dishes from around the county; those dishes will be served on the night and each chef will also have an opportunity to share the story behind the dish with the audience. Brian McDermott from the Foyle Hotel in Moville pictured at the Off the Street Food Festival in Letterkenny, receiving his Donegal Food Coast Plaque from Patrick Devine of Local Enterprise Office, Donegal © John Soffe 2018.Well known Donegal Chef and the new owner of the Foyle Hotel in Moville Brian McDermott will be the guest host for the evening and the following chefs will be cooking their dishes on the night and represent their establishments:Chef Gary McPeake – McGrory’s Hotel, CuldaffChef Christopher Molloy – Lemon Tree Restaurant, LetterkennyChef Anthony Armstrong – Nesbitt Arms Hotel, ArdaraChefs Chris McMenamin and Colin McKee – Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal TownChef Paul Brady – Castle Grove Country House, LetterkennyChef Marco Letterese – The Olde Castle Bar, Donegal TownChef Ian Orr – Browns on the Green, LetterkennyChef Brian McMonagle – Arnolds Hotel, DunfanaghyChef Karl Murtagh – The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, LetterkennyChefs Joe & Brenda O’Hora – Benny & Co, BallybofeyBarney Mc Laughlin, Head of Tourism Unit, Donegal County Council says “we are delighted that the chefs in the county have risen to the challenge to participate in this exciting event. This is not a competition but an opportunity to showcase the best that the county has to offer; it’s about working together to promote quality food in Donegal and send a message out to our local people, guests and visitors that Donegal does food well. We are delighted to be joined on the night by food writers, bloggers, well-known chefs and local representatives from the food sector who are among the invited guests”. Donegal’s best food to be celebrated at special event was last modified: September 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chefsdonegal fooddonegal signature dishfoodharvey’s point
rick turoczy 1 Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In an economic environment where a number of companies are stumbling, it’s important to remember that sometimes even Google makes bad decisions. Such would be the case with Lively, a browser-based virtual world environment – and purported Second Life killer – that Google launched this summer to great fanfare.Now, a little over four months after Lively’s launch, Google has decided to turn the lights out on the alternate reality, announcing that they are discontinuing Lively at the end of this year.Google tried to be polite about pulling the plug:“Since Lively’s launch, we have been delighted to see the creative ways you’ve used the product. We enjoyed hanging out in Jen’s coffee house, and checking out the Brasil Party room. We got a kick out of the YouTube videos in a variety of languages telling stories about your avatars. And we’ve been awed by the elaborate rooms that you’ve constructed, using mosaic tiles and photo gadgets in novel ways.” But ultimately, it decided to shut the whole thing down. Why?There will be all varieties of speculation as to why Lively failed to remain a viable application for Google. Perhaps the traffic Google expected never materialized? Maybe it was going to be too distracting to take on a well-entrenched Linden Labs and its faithful user base? Was the “Windows only” format a problem? Could it be that, in today’s economic conditions, Google simply couldn’t afford to fund it?I think we can take Ockham’s Razor to this one. Because I think the answer is quite simple: It seemed like a good idea at the time. But, in actuality, Lively didn’t offer Google any relevant data. And that, ultimately, is what killed Lively.The world of Google – everything on which Google focuses its time and effort – is built on relevant data. A portion of that world involves making that data searchable. But the far more lucrative portion of that world involves analyzing how users are accessing that data and finding ways to monetize those behaviors.Example? Think of the silliest Google app that you can. I’ll pick Google Mail Goggles, a Gmail Labs feature that makes you answer math questions before you’re allowed to send an email to prevent you from drunk-emailing your friends. But you could take Gmail emoticons, because – honestly – that’s pretty silly too. Even those seemingly ridiculous apps provide thousands of data points through their use: Which users deem themselves “at risk” for sending unwarranted emails? How good are inebriated people at math? What’s the trend of sad emoticons now that the economy has turned? How many people opt for traditional emoticons versus graphic ones? You could go on and on with the potential data points.But those examples only make sense because of one thing: users. It’s much more difficult to make that leap with Lively – which didn’t boast anywhere near the traffic of Gmail – and as such, it just simply didn’t fit in to Google’s larger plan. And when traffic started to tank, it wasn’t worth additional investment, because Google likely wasn’t seeing any relevant application for the data as part of its core structure.Yes, I’m sure other factors came into play, and I’m sure it wasn’t easy to pull the plug on a splashy product that launched mere months earlier. But it’s an important reminder that Google has a larger goal in mind and you’re a big part of it. If you’re not playing, nobody’s paying. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Shoplifter pulls knife after being chasedAn accused would-be shoplifter elevated his crime to robbery when he pulled a knife on Walmart loss prevention associates trying to stop him, according to police allegations. Brandon Gallen Floyd got away before state troopers arrived, according to charging documents… but not before dropping his cellphone at the scene and leaving fingerprints behind, state police said. Floyd, 30, of Owings Mills, Maryland, is now a wanted fugitive. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for him, according to charging documents. Once he’s captured he will be charged with robbery, attempted retail theft and two counts of simple assault, court records state.According to charging documents, troopers were called to the Walmart in Shrewsbury Township about 3:10 a.m. May 8 for a reported robbery. The suspect had fled before troopers arrived, but documents indicate he left behind enough forensic evidence for investigators to positively identify him. State police allege Floyd filled a shopping cart with merchandise then tried to leave Walmart through a rear door without paying. But he set off an alarm when he opened the door, police said. Walmart LP chased Floyd “throughout the store and he attempted to exit with the items through numerous emergency exit doors,” charging documents state. Floyd then abandoned the car and tried again to flee the store. “When confronted by (two) employees the suspect brandished a knife and told the employees not to come any closer,” documents state. Floyd then left Walmart and fled the area in a black sedan, according to police.Merchandise in the cart he left behind included two Smart Boards, a queen-size air bed, two 43-inch televisions, Remington electric clippers and a portable power bank, documents allege. The items are worth about $1,100, according to police.Troopers were able to lift seven of Floyd’s fingerprints from an exit door, the air-bed box, a Hoverboard box and a package of batteries. A national fingerprint database identified the prints as belonging to Floyd, police said. Troopers then reviewed Walmart surveillance video and confirmed the shoplifter-turned-robber matched Floyd’s description, according to charging documents. Anyone with information on Floyd’s identity can call state police in York at 717.428.1011. [Source: York Dispatch]- Sponsor – Loss prevention associate injured trying to stop theftColumbus, Ohio, police are trying to identify two men accused of shoplifting inside of a Macy’s last month. The Columbus Division of Police said the incident occurred on August 21 at 1:10 p.m. at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing. Police said two Hispanic men, ages 17 and 22, were shoplifting inside Macy’s when a loss prevention associate approached them. A struggled ensued with the bigger suspect. The loss prevention associate was thrown to the ground, which caused the associate to break a finger. This incident turned into a robbery because the LP associate was injured. Anyone with information this incident or the identities of both suspects is asked to contact Detective Beard in CPD’s Burglary Unit at 614.645.2091. [Source: ABC6 News]Crew-style thefts plague Apple store and other tech storesRoseville police say a trend of “crew”-style thefts has been on the rise in recent months, with tens of thousands of dollars in electronics being stolen from the city’s Apple store and a number of other cellphone stores. The Roseville Police Department said in a statement Monday evening that the city has had eight reported instances of crew-style thefts from cellphone/tech stores so far in 2018. Four of the eight have taken place at the Apple store inside Westfield Galleria, which had merchandise taken both Sunday and Monday, according to a news release from the police department.Three suspects also reportedly stole 15 iPhones and fled the Apple Store on Aug. 29, according to Roseville police crime logs. In mid-August, four males in hoodies walked out of the mall with more than $21,000 worth of products. Similar in nature to other Apple store thefts in the state and nationwide, the alleged thieves entered during operating hours, snatched display products and left the store, with the process taking just a few moments. A very similar crime occurred in early July at the Apple store in a Fresno mall. Police described that incident as a “large grand theft.”A week after the four-man Roseville mall theft, authorities reportedly arrested five people, ages 19 through 26, suspected of being involved in an organized retail theft crew. One of the five was a Sacramento resident, one was from Fresno and the rest were from the East Bay Area, Ventura County sheriff’s officials said. These and other recent Roseville cellphone store thefts do not appear to have been armed robberies, the Roseville Police Department said in Monday’s news release. Roseville police are working with mall management to attempt to ward off future thefts and attempts at Westfield Galleria, according to the news release.It’s not just the Apple store. Roseville’s Monday announcement said that a police pursuit — involving spike strips that deflated all four tires on a suspect vehicle — led to four suspects being apprehended Friday after reportedly stealing cellphones from the T-Mobile store on Pleasant Grove Boulevard. And Aug. 28, a single suspect was taken into custody after allegedly taking several cellphones from the AT&T store on Douglas Boulevard.Additionally, a woman was accused of purchasing more than $3,000 in goods from the store using a stolen credit card during an $8,000-plus shopping spree, Roseville police said last week. Police advise not to intervene in these crimes, but to be a good witness and provide accurate descriptions of suspects and suspected vehicles to authorities. And, especially at malls and shopping centers, Roseville police reminded shoppers not to leave items of value in their vehicles. [Source: The Sacramento Bee][text_ad use_post=’128086′]British Airways breach caused by credit card skimming malwareA security firm says credit card skimming malware installed by hackers on British Airways’ website a few months ago was to blame for a data breach of over 380,000 credit cards. Payments through the airline’s website and mobile app were stolen over the three-week period, but a key clue was that travel information wasn’t affected.Yonathan Klijnsma, a threat researcher at RiskIQ, suspected it might be the same group that was behind the Ticketmaster breach, in which hackers targeted a third-party that loaded code on Ticketmaster’s various sites. From there, it could siphon off thousands of transactions. This time, Klijnsma said the group took an even more “highly targeted approach,” describing a wave of attacks that the “Magecart” collective has used to steal thousands of records from various sites in recent months. “This British Airways attack was just an extension of this campaign,” he said, prior to the release of his research.His research, released Tuesday, points to hackers injecting code directly onto the company’s website which the airline used shared on both the website and the mobile app. Using his company’s proprietary web crawling technology, he found that code hosted on the airline’s global site was compromised on August 21, the reported date of the breach, and malicious code was injected without anyone noticing. When a customer clicked bought plane tickets, the code would scrape the credit card information the open payment page and forward the data to a fake site run by the hackers from a private server in Romania. Names, billing address, email address, and all bank card details were collected by the code. [Source: TechCrunch]Grocery chain attains zero-waste statusGiant Food Stores LLC’s Cleona, Pennsylvania, store has become the first in the Ahold Delhaize USA chain to reach zero-waste status. As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, zero waste means that 90 percent or more of a store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration. “It’s been a total store effort as we set up each department, so it’s easy to do the right thing when it comes to lessening our environmental impact,” noted Judy Knarr, assistant store manager at the Cleona location and green captain for her district. “We have associates across the store who have embraced our recycling efforts and collectively have changed the store’s culture to achieve this goal.”The store’s employees have implemented recycling procedures, as well as carefully monitoring what’s sent to its trash compactor so nothing gets thrown away that could potentially be recycled. This includes ensuring that no cardboard is labeled as garbage, filling designated bins with food waste and scraps for organic recycling, and collecting plastic bags, plastic film and empty pharmacy pill bottles to be sent to Giant’s recycling center. The undertaking began in 2012, when the company began promoting best practices to reduce waste within stores. Along with the Cleona associates, shoppers have joined in the effort. “There are a lot of little things we do that get the customers excited and help us drive down waste at the same time,” said Andrea Doygun, the store’s manager. “For example, we clean the empty frosting containers from the bakery, as well as corn crates from produce, and put them out for our customers to take them home and reuse them. Every little thing counts.” [Source: Progressive Grocer]Tech start-up opens rival cashier-less demo storeAnother tech company has opened a temporary retail outpost in San Francisco to show off its cashier-less technology. Artificial intelligence technology provider Standard Cognition has opened a “proof-of-concept” convenience store in San Francisco that allows consumers to shop and pay without scanning merchandise or stopping to check out. The nearly 2,000-sq.-ft. shop, called Standard Market, sells basic c-store items. It is open to the general public and will remain open indefinitely. Plans call for expanded hours and new features to be added during the coming weeks. Later this year, customers will have the option to pay without the app, using cash or credit card.Here’s how the system works: Customers download the Standard Checkout app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Entering the store, customers check in through the app, select items from the shelves, and pay electronically through a credit or debit card stored within the app. Customers receive an electronic receipt following their visit. The system correctly matches items to the right shopper, and detects when a shopper returns an item to a shelf or inserts it in a bag or pocket. There is no scanning required, for a friction-less experience.Meanwhile, Amazon Go opened the doors to its third cashier-less convenience store on Monday in Seattle. And Walmart is launching a new Sam’s Club concept store that is focused on fresh foods and digital technology. The new 32,000 sq. ft., technology-driven store location, which will set up shop in Dallas, will feature the company’s Scan & Go mobile self-checkout system, and digital signage. [Source: Chain Store Age] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
CCH Tax Day ReportThe Treasury and IRS have issued regulations on the withholding of tax on U.S. source income paid to foreign persons (Chapter 3-Code Secs. 1441 and 1461), information reporting (Chapter 61-Code Secs. 6041, 6042, 6045, 6049 and 6050N) and backup withholding (Code Sec. 3406) with respect to payments made to certain U.S. persons, and portfolio interest paid to nonresident aliens and foreign corporations (Code Sec. 871). Proposed regulations under Chapter 3 and Chapter 61 and Code Secs. 871, 3406 and 6402 are finalized with minor changes. Temporary regulations provide additional rules under Chapter 3. The regulations generally apply to payments made on or after December 30, 2016.On January 28, 2013, the Treasury and IRS published final regulations under Chapter 4 (Code Sec. 1471 -Code Sec. 1474) (T.D. 9610, I.R.B. 2013-15, 765) (the 2013 final regulations)). On March 6, 2014, the Treasury and IRS published temporary Chapter 4 regulations (T.D. 9657, I.R.B. 2014-13, 687 (2014 temporary regulations)). On March 6, 2014, temporary regulations were published under Chapter 3, Chapter 61 and Code Sec. 3406 (T.D. 9658, I.R.B. 2014-13, 748) (temporary coordination regulations)). The temporary coordination regulations modified certain provisions under Chapters 3 and 61 and Code Sec. 3406 to coordinate with the Chapter 4 regulations.The temporary and final regulations in T.D. 9808 (referred to here as the Chapter 3 regulations) clarify and revise parts of the 2014 temporary coordination regulations and in some cases coordinate with the final and temporary Chapter 4 rules in T.D. 9809, issued on December 30, 2016 (TAXDAY, 2017/01/03, I.2). Some of the provisions in the Chapter 3 regulations were previewed in the following: Notice 2014-33, I.R.B. 2014-21, 1033; Notice 2014-59, I.R.B. 2014-44, 747; and Notice 2016-42, I.R.B. 2016-19, 67.The following are some of the changes made to the requirements for deducting and withholding tax on payments to foreign persons under Reg. §1.1441-1:(1) The rules in the temporary regulations that allow a U.S. branch of a foreign person to be treated as a U.S. person no longer require that the foreign person have a specified Chapter 4 status, such as a participating FFI.(2) An undocumented entity payee that is an exempt recipient is presumed to be a foreign person if the name of the payee indicates that it is on the list of per se corporations, and if the name has the designation of corporation or company, the withholding agent has a document that reasonably demonstrates the payee is incorporated in the relevant jurisdiction.(3) Withholding agents may rely upon forms or documentary evidence received by facsimile or scanned and sent by e-mail after March 6, 2014, regardless of when the payments are made.(4) A withholding agent may obtain valid documentation after the payment date to establish a reduced rate of withholding if additional requirements are met. In the case of documentation for income that is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States, a requirement is added that an affidavit be provided establishing that the beneficial owner actually included the income on its income tax return for the tax year in which the income is required to be reported for U.S. tax purposes.(5) An individual will not be treated as a U.S. person for a tax year (or portion of a tax year) in which the person is a dual resident taxpayer who is treated as a nonresident alien.(6) An address that is subject to a hold mail instruction can be relied upon as a permanent residence address if documentary evidence is provided establishing the person’s residence.(7) A requirement is added that a withholding agent may not treat as valid an allocation of a payment subject to Chapter 3 withholding to a withholding rate pool of U.S. payees that a nonqualified intermediary does not identify as described in Reg. §1.471-3(c)(3)(iii)(B)(2)(iii), for payments made on or after April 1, 2018.(8) Under a new rule, a withholding agent may rely on an alternative withholding statement received from a nonqualified intermediary to the extent that the nonqualified intermediary provides the withholding agent with beneficial owner withholding certificates (and not just documentary evidence).(9) It is clarified that, in order for an individual’s withholding certificate supporting a claim of foreign status to remain valid indefinitely, the withholding certificate and documentary evidence must be received within 30 days of one another, regardless of which is received first. A withholding certificate provided by an entity on Form W-8BEN-E, accompanied by documentary evidence will be valid indefinitely if the withholding agent receives both before either the certificate or documentary evidence expire.(10) The treaty statement that is required for a reduced rate of withholding under a treaty and to satisfy limitation of benefits provisions associated with documentary evidence will remain valid until the last day of the third calendar year following the year in which the statement is provided with the withholding agent. Existing accounts documented with documentary evidence before December 30, 2016, expire January 1, 2019.(11) Requirements for establishing an electronic system to collect Form 8233, Exemption from Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien, are added.(12) Valid electronically signed withholding certificates may be accepted, regardless of whether an electronic system is established, if the withholding certificates reasonably demonstrate to the withholding agent that they have been electronically signed by the recipient identified on the form or a person authorized by the recipient to sign the form.(13) Guidance is provided regarding circumstances under which a Form W-8 maintained by a third-party repository will be considered furnished by a withholding agent.(14) Withholding agents generally may use prior versions of withholding certificates until the later of six months after the date of issuance of the most recent withholding certificate or the end of the calendar year during which the revision was used.(15) Rules are added that align with the Proposed Qualified Intermediary Agreement in Notice 2016-16, I.R.B. 2016-29, 67. The final QI agreement was issued on December 30, 2016, in Rev. Proc. 2017-15 (TAXDAY, 2017/01/03, I.1).(16) Beginning January 1, 2017, for an account maintained at a U.S. branch or office of a withholding agent that is a financial institution, the withholding agent will collect the account holder’s foreign TIN, and in the case of an individual account holder, the date of birth, on the withholding certificate. For withholding certificates associated with payments made on or after January 1, 2018, a foreign person that does not have a foreign TIN must provide a reasonable explanation for the lack of foreign TIN.The following are some of the changes made to the requirements for claiming reduced withholding under an income tax treaty in Reg. §1.1441-6:(1) The Chapter 3 regulations reflect the revised Form W-8BEN-E instructions to require that the limitation on benefits statement on the form identify the specific limitation on benefits provision upon which the taxpayer is relying. A withholding agent can rely on the information unless it is known to be unreliable or incorrect. The information is to be reported beginning in 2018.(2) The Chapter 3 regulations clarify a withholding agent’s responsibility with respect to claims of benefits under an income tax treaty.The following are some of the changes made to provisions relating to withholding agents in Reg. §1.1441-7:(1) A withholding agent may treat an entity account opened during the transition period between July 1, 2014, and January 1, 2015, as a preexisting entity account for purposes of the standards of knowledge applicable to accounts under Chapter 3 and Chapter 61.(2) The existence of U.S. indicia on a Form W-8ECI will not cause a withholding agent to have reason to know that the form is unreliable or incorrect for purposes of establishing the account holder’s status as a foreign person.(3) Due to the new provisions provided in Temporary Reg. §1.1441-1T(e)(4)(i)(B), describing when a withholding agent may except a withholding certificate electronically, the standards of knowledge for payments to intermediary and flow-through entities in Notice 2016-08, I.R.B. 2016-6, 304, are no longer necessary.(4) A withholding agent must file Form 8655, Reporting Agent Authorization, only when its agent files a Form 1042 as the filer on behalf of one or more agents.The following are some of the changes made to the provisions covering payment and returns of tax withheld in Reg. §1.1461-1:(1) The Form 1042-S may be furnished to recipients, electronically, beginning in calendar year 2017, for payments made in calendar year 2016.(2) The Form 1042-S instructions will be modified to allow a foreign TIIN to be truncated on the recipient copy of the Form 1042-S, consistent with the truncation of U.S. TINs in the Form 1042.The following are some of the changes made to provisions on reporting interest and original issue discounts in Reg. §1. 6049-5:(1) A payor may continue to use, for accounts opened on or after July 1, 2014, and before January 1, 2015, the rules regarding the use of documentary evidence, in the 2013 regulations, rather than the new rules for offshore obligations, as previewed in Notice 2014-59.(2) A change to the presumption rule for U.S. source interest, which was inadvertently removed, is re-added.The Chapter 3 regulations also clarify in Reg. §1.1441-2 that U.S. source gross transportation taxable income (USSGTI), subject to the 4-percent tax under Code Sec. 887(a), is not subject to withholding under Code Sec. 1441 or Code Sec. 1442.T.D. 9808, 2017FED ¶47,007Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-134247-16, 2017FED ¶49,733Other References:Code Sec. 871CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶27,341BCode Sec. 1441CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,702ACCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,703CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,703ECCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,704CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,704JCCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,706CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,708CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,710CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,712CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,713CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,714CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,714GCode Sec. 1461CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,821CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,822Code Sec. 3406CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶33,641MCCH Reference – 2017FED ¶33,641RCode Sec. 6041CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶35,821CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶35,829Code Sec. 6042CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶35,863CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶35,865Code Sec. 6045CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶35,923Code Sec. 6049CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶36,025CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶36,029Code Sec. 6050NCCH Reference – 2017FED ¶¶36,300BCode Sec. 6402CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶38,517Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC INTL: 33,000
Login/Register With: A scene from Warner Bros. Canada’s ‘Veronica Mars’ Bell is also an executive producer on the revival, which sees her character investigating the murders of spring breakers in the fictional town of Neptune.New cast members in the revival include J.K. Simmons and Patton Oswalt.Crave will stream the three previous seasons of “Veronica Mars,” which originally aired from 2004 to 2007.Bell Media says Crave has also acquired the Hulu comedy series “Shrill,” starring Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live,” who is also a co-writer and co-executive producer on the show.She plays Annie, who’s described as “a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.”Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks are among the other executive producers on “Shrill,” which arrives on Crave on May 3. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — An upcoming revival of “Veronica Mars” has found a Canadian home.Bell Media says the series will arrive on its Crave streaming service later this year in a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.Hulu streaming service in the U.S. has already ordered the eight new one-hour episodes of the dramedy, which stars Kristen Bell as a private investigator. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
OTTAWA – Newly released documents to Canada’s finance minister suggest traditional hotels in two of Canada’s biggest cities have not fared badly as they face rising competition from online platforms like Airbnb.The April 18 memo to Finance Minister Bill Morneau says that average hotel occupancy rates in Vancouver and Toronto were higher than Airbnb listings between 2015 and 2017.Officials estimated that Airbnb’s share of total demand for rooms in the two cities roughly doubled since 2015. And while hotel occupancy rates didn’t decline over the same period, “it is possible they could have risen more than they actually did” if Airbnb and other platforms weren’t around.But “despite the rising occupancy rates,” Morneau was told in the briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law that the hotel industry still sees an unlevel playing field with Airbnb “as there is no tax” on the service.Pressure from domestic businesses had been building on the Trudeau government to apply sales taxes to online services providers like Airbnb and Netflix when Morneau was provided a breakdown on the situation between hotels and short-term rentals.Any recommendations to Morneau have been withheld from release because officials say it is sensitive ministerial advice.In April, a Liberal-dominated Commons committee urged Ottawa to make online service providers based outside the country collect and remit sales taxes as part of a series of recommendations to help Canada’s small businesses compete online.The platforms themselves have told federal officials they are open to applying sales taxes, but the Liberals have shied away from implementing the idea so far.On Tuesday, Airbnb announced it would provide the City of Ottawa with revenues from a four per cent hotel tax on its listings in the national capital starting Aug. 1, marking the second such tax agreement the online platform has finalized in Canada.Airbnb already collects and pays a 3.5 per cent lodging tax in Quebec that the company says totalled $2.8 million in fees to the province over the first six months of its tax agreement.The online company says the City of Ottawa could have received about $850,000 in tax revenue last year if a deal had been in place to collect the levy from 2,700 hosts.The briefing note to Morneau says that annual revenue from Airbnb was greater than that earned from long-term rental units, even though the short-term rentals were occupied on average for only half the year. Morneau was told listings in the west end and downtown Vancouver earned almost double the rental rates for a two-bedroom apartment.— With files from Andy Blatchford
BERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at three German airports to stage a strike Thursday amid ongoing pay negotiations.The ver.di union said Wednesday that it’s urging workers to join a one-day walkout that is likely to cause disruptions for airline passengers.The strike will affect airports in Duesseldorf, Koeln-Bonn and Stuttgart.Security staff at Berlin’s two airports already staged a strike Monday that caused severe disruption to flights.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 ($22.81) euros. The employers association BDLS says this could amount to an increase of 30 per cent in some cases.The Associated Press
This option is the second shortest route of the three considered, meets provincial design and safety requirements, and includes a longer bridge at the Cache Creek crossing.Hydro said that compared to the two other options that were considered, the selected route:has similar or lower impacts to archaeological and heritage sites, andhas lower impacts to private lands and agricultural lands than the most northern route evaluated.BC Hydro will be continuing work for this portion of the realignment, including geotechnical investigations and drilling. Full construction on this segment of the highway realignment is expected to be underway by 2020.Hydro said that construction activities for the western four kilometres of the highway realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat, which is not affected by the alternate realignment options that were studied for the eastern section of this segment, will begin at the end of this month. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced Tuesday that it has selected a new realignment for Highway 29 in the Cache Creek/Bear Flat area, following consultations with Indigenous groups and local property owners.Premier John Horgan announced that the provincial government was proceeding with building Site C following a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission last December.That same month. the Province asked Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation to work with Treaty 8 First Nations and local property owners to redesign the Highway 29 realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat to reduce the effects on potential burial sites and areas of cultural importance identified by First Nations. In January, Hydro said it began engaging with Indigenous groups and property owners to share information and get feedback on two alternate realignment options. Indigenous groups and property owners were provided with the draft evaluation criteria that would be used for selecting a new realignment and were invited to comment on the criteria.A third realignment option was developed in early March as a result of the consultation process and became one of the realignment options that BC Hydro assessed.A higher-resolution map of the realignment can be found here: https://www.sitecproject.com/sites/default/files/highway-29-realignment-options-map.pdf.Hydro said that several Indigenous groups conducted ground-truthing investigations and reported on their findings over the spring and summer.In late July, BC Hydro said it met with five Indigenous groups and seven property owners to share and seek feedback on the preliminary findings of the investigations and evaluation criteria.The selected realignment option – which was developed through consultation – is located north of the original route and is approximately 240 metres away from a potential burial site and 370 metres from an area identified to be of cultural importance.
The Election Commission (EC) sprung into action as it elucidated the details for the upcoming polls. This year’s mandate will be concluded in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19 and round up with results on May 23. Spread across seven phases, the election will see three states – UP, Bihar, Bengal – vote in all seven phases while one seat of J&K – Anantnag – will have voting in three phases with 17 states finishing their mandate in a single phase. Election calendar has been put up, sending every single political party into action. Sounding the alarm for the biggest democratic event, the EC brought forth the road map which will lead to the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha in the largest democracy of the world. The 16th Lok Sabha (2014-2019) – NDA’s report card – is the first inscription of every voter’s decision making, prior to, of course, the contentious issues and lacunae which may shift the mandate away from them. The five years of governance may have been blemished with the controversies which surfaced much to the opposition’s wishes. The current government has certainly led India forward but the peculiarities in the progress are what will strike voters in the coming elections – which is undoubtedly the build-up point for the opposition. Pre-poll alliances, post-poll alliances, issues circling the nation and promises thwarted at public will aggregately decide who leads the nation. Party analysis and dynamics are obviously the most talked about scenarios of any election but issues circling the nation have an equal share in the outcome. The most recent one has been National Security which gripped the country as it witnessed a dastardly attack on our security forces by a Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM. In response, India retaliated through the Balakot Air Strike which showcased Modi as a bold and capable statesman which India may not afford to lose. In Modi, NDA has the leader what UPA may still be looking for. Though the opposition parties questioned the authenticity of Balakot following Amit Shah’s unsubstantiated number of casualties, Balakot stands as an effective response in the minds of many. Together, the Surgical Strike following Uri and Balakot Air Strike ensure the people that India is in “safe hands”. The promise of strong leadership, evident from the government’s response to terror incidents, may single-handedly change the numbers. Rural unrest is another issue which is capable of a significant impact on the mandate. Modi’s 2014 landslide victory can be accredited to rural voters. An unhappy rural India does not augur well for BJP which has already suffered a jolt by losing out on the Hindi-heartland states of Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh – predominantly on agrarian distress. Congress’ influence on the mandate of these states has made it a reckoning force, declining BJP’s popularity in rural India. However, a plethora of rural schemes and development agendas placed by the ruling government look to provide a remedy to this downfall. Corruption reduced Congress’ last outing in 2014 to poor performance. The previous UPA government’s involvement in scams cost Congress heavily. It is rather understood, then, why Congress has been proactively pursuing Rafale. A corruption charge, that too in current times, will thrash BJP’s chances to power. However, it has been able to dodge such accusations till now and that means Congress’ attempts might be framed as empty rhetoric on the face of millions who might not understand the peculiarities present in the fighter jet deal. BJP’s predominant argument has been the power of a majority government drawing sharp contrast against that of a coalition government. Leadership will definitely be a point in focus with BJP, having Modi at the forefront, criticising the opposition forces for lacking a leader. BJP’s argument that a shared leadership will be regressive for the nation against the opposition’s stance of an antidote to the autocratic cloak garbed by the NDA qualifies as the age-old argument of perspective: If a glass is half full or half empty. Unemployment and welfare schemes play a good part in the mandate with every party advocating some relief (or progress) in these to ensure votes. India may have become the sixth largest economy progressing in various fields but if there’s one thing which time and again brings it back to the earlier days then it is the caste factor. The caste politics in the nation severely determines good chunks of numbers here and there based on primitive associations. Coupled with this is the issue of polarisation that can be influential. The Hindu nationalist sentiment has done its round under the current regime and will play a role in the mandate. The first-time voters will be instrumental in the final count as that figure can alter the outcome. The mood of the youth will count in Modi’s run for a consecutive term.