Canadian companies weigh in on whether theyll attend Saudi conference

first_imgTORONTO – Several Canadian companies have kept silent on whether they’re attending a major Saudi Arabia investment conference after the event was overshadowed by the apparent murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.This week’s Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh has seen numerous high-profile cancellations after Turkey accused the Saudi regime of killing Khashoggi, who had written critically of it.SNC-Lavalin, which has extensive business ties with Saudi Arabia, refused to say whether it would attend this year.“We opted not to answer anyone on this particular conference,” said SNC-Lavalin spokesman Nicolas Ryan, referring to numerous inquiries from reporters.Chantal Sorel, the company’s executive vice-president and managing director of capital, was a speaker at last year’s conference.A spokesperson for Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., whose executive chairman David Kassie is also listed as a 2017 speaker, said they would look into whether the company was attending but then did not respond to further inquiries.Bombardier Inc., which has an office and transit projects in the country, said it never planned to attend the conference.Other companies that attended last year’s conference said they had no plans to attend this year, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.The Canadian government is also skipping this year’s conference, according to sources. Last year, then-natural resources minister Jim Carr attended the inaugural edition of the summit.Canada’s relationship with Saudi Arabia became strained in August, when Riyadh suspended diplomatic ties with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized the regime on Twitter for its arrest of social activists.Saudi Arabia has faced intense global pressure as Turkey continues to release details of its investigation of what happened after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.Key international figures who have pulled out of the conference include top business executives, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, European cabinet ministers, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC, TSX:CF, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

France fines Google 150000 euros in data privacy row

first_imgParis- France’s data protection watchdog on Wednesday fined Google 150,000 euros ($205,000) — the maximum possible — for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines for personal data.The watchdog, the CNIL, also ordered the US Internet giant to publish a statement relating to its decision on its French homepage for at least 48 hours within the next eight days.last_img

Death toll reaches 36 and 7 still missing

The DMC said that 17,912 people still remain in evacuation camps around the country. The death toll from the bad weather experienced in the country since last week had reached 36 this afternoon with 7 still missing.According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC) the death toll rose from 34 to 36 today with the recovery of the bodies of 2 people reported missing. Over 300,000 people had been affected by the heavy rain, landslides and strong winds since early last week. The DMC said that over 4000 houses were fully damaged and around 10,272 houses partially damaged from the bad weather.Several families in Mannar were also evacuated today owing to floods. read more

US Treasury Secretary Lew calls on Europe to pursue more growthfriendly economic

WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew called on Europe’s leaders to pursue pro-growth policies in the short term rather than trim their budget deficits, noting that the U.S. economy is “inextricably tied” to the health of its global partners.Lew’s comments were delivered in a speech at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies previewing this week’s global finance meetings in Washington.Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund lowered its outlook for the world economy this year, predicting that government spending cuts will slow U.S. growth and keep the euro currency alliance in recession.Lew also said he would keep pressing other countries to avoid pursuing policies aimed at gaining trade advantages. The comments underscored U.S. concerns about China and Japan devaluing their currency to make their products cheaper overseas. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2013 4:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US Treasury Secretary Lew calls on Europe to pursue more growth-friendly economic policies read more

US new home sales decrease just 02 per cent in January housing

In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a flag advertising a new home for sale flaps in the breeze in Richmond, Va. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. sales of new homes in January on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2015 8:29 am MDT WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur the real estate market.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new home sales slipped 0.2 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. This marks a slight decrease from sales of 482,000 homes in December, but represents a solid 5.3 per cent gain from a year ago when harsh winter weather caused home-buying to stall.Despite the increasingly favourable economy, home sales have been sluggish at the start of the year. Snow has buried parts of the Northeast and Midwest, cutting into open house visits. Too few homes are being listed for sale, and those that are on the market still seem to be out of reach for many prospective buyers despite the recent hiring surge and historically low interest rates.Sales of existing homes last month sank 4.9 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. Contributing to that nine-month low was a tight inventory of homes on the market that sent prices higher. That may be pushing some home shoppers to wait for more choices at more inviting prices.But builders have yet to significantly increase construction.Many firms are focused on selling to wealthier buyers, instead of competing on volume by constructing more houses at more affordable levels. The median sales price rose 9.1 per cent since January 2014 to $294,300.Toll Brothers, which specializes in higher-end homes, reported Monday that its quarterly profits shot up 78 per cent as the average price of a home sold by the Pennsylvania builder climbed to $821,500 from $766,100.And instead of upgrading to new houses, some homeowners are renovating their current properties, said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz, the online resource for remodeling and home design.In many instances, baby boomers are putting in new kitchens and bathrooms, in addition to adapting their houses in order to age in place, Sitchinava said.The winter weather caused sales of new homes to halve in the Northeast, while the West experienced a slight drop and the South and Midwest each reported gains, according to the Commerce Department report.Home values are appreciating at a slower rate since 2014, yet they continue to outpace wage gains.Average hourly wages grew 2.2 per cent over the past 12 months, which is roughly half of the increase in home values, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released Tuesday.Economists do see reasons why home sales should improve this spring.Mortgage rates remain near historic lows. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.76 per cent last week, according to the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. That has ticked up in recent weeks, but is far below the 4.33 per cent average from a year ago.And employers have hired at an accelerated clip over the past year. In the past three months alone, the U.S. economy has added more than 1 million jobs, the fastest three-month pace in 17 years. More Americans earning paychecks should eventually push home sales higher. US new home sales decrease just 0.2 per cent in January; housing market off to slow start read more

Chelsea residents complain plans for Superboats at harbour will turn area into

first_imgPlans for superboats along a stretch of the Thames are set to turn the area into San Tropez, Chelsea residents have complained.  They “epitomised swinging London”, according to former resident Suzanne Spiro, “with parties and people jumping from boat to boat.” Houseboats have moored at Chelsea Reach, next to one of the plushest streets in Chelsea, Cheyne Walk, since the 1930s.  The same developers also own nearby Cadogan Pier, and advertising material… But there are now concerns that the quaint boats are set to be replaced with “superboats”, worth up to £6 million each, after the Reach was bought by property developers Andrew Moffat, 44, and his wife Charlotte, 45 with backing from investors.last_img read more

Taxpayers companies can now file their tax returns online as GRA

GRA headquartersThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) says that taxpayers and companies can now file their tax returns online with the long awaited introduction of its electronic services (eServices) platform.According to the GRA “after signing up to enable user access, monthly and yearly Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Individual Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Individual Company and Property taxes, and Value Added Tax (VAT) returns can be efiled via the website https://eservices.gra.gov.gy.”See their full statement below:The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) launched some of its long awaited electronic services (eServices) platform to enable individual taxpayers and companies to submit tax returns with the click of a button.The way was paved, following the amendment to Section 3 of the Income Tax Act Chapter 81:01 which gives jurisdiction to the Commissioner-General to “authorise the use of electronic technology” and also “require electronic, documents and electronic signatures.” After signing up to enable user access, monthly and yearly Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Individual Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Individual Company and Property taxes, and Value Added Tax (VAT) returns can be efiled via the website https://eservices.gra.gov.gy.The launch comes at an opportune time as employers who are required to submit Employers Returns/Form 2 (a list of their employees’ names, payments, allowances and tax deductions) before February 28 can do so online and simultaneously make use of a utility capable of converting the said content into accurately completed income tax returns for each employee in bulk “pdf” format. Employees can thereafter uplift the forms from their employers, include other sources of income, if any, affix their signature and thereafter submit to the GRA using the drop box system.Taxpayers in all categories, particularly individuals with multiple sources of income, those who have been approved for Mortgage Interest Relief (MIR) and others who file returns on their own volition, are encouraged to sign up to eServices in order to file with ease and convenience. Sensitisation sessions have commenced to ensure employers are fully au-fait with this revolutionary approach to tax compliance. The GRA will also be partnering with the E-Governance Unit to provide assistance to various taxpayers at Information Communication Technology (ICT) hubs across the country.Taxpayers are being reminded that Income Tax Returns must be true and correct and to ensure that their emolument (7b) slips are attached and a current email address is provided when submitting. The GRA is also encouraging taxpayers to make use of the online fillable forms that are available on its website.The filing of Income Tax is a requirement of Section 60 of the said Act which states that “Every person shall on or before the prescribed day in every year deliver to the Commissioner-General a true and correct return of the whole of his income from every source whatsoever for the year immediately preceding the year of assessment, and shall if absent from Guyana give the name and address of an agent residing therein.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedE-filing of taxes to be mandatory for certain companies- GRADecember 4, 2018In “Business”Four Tax Sites launchedApril 3, 2019In “Business”GRA introduces Automated Drivers Licence CardMarch 11, 2014In “Local News” read more

RTÉ apologises for confusion caused by Gaza woman footage

first_imgUpdated 7.55pmTHE NATIONAL BROADCASTER has apologised for any confusion that may have been caused by one of its news bulletins on the Israel-Gaza conflict.The report from 23 July, shows woman in Gaza, shouting in the street. The accompanying voiceover says: “This Palestinian said she is ready to strap on an explosive device and fight”.However a petition set up after the broadcast claimed this was a mistranslation of what the woman had said and that she was actually talking about children dying.The online petition called for an immediate apology from RTÉ and has already been signed by more than 1,400 people.In a response to TheJournal.ie on the issue, RTÉ said the report was not a misinterpretation of what the woman said.It said the pictures and information came from a news service and the material contained a lengthy sequence of footage of the woman shouting in the street.The woman begins by referring to children dying, but she then goes on to say that she is ready to wear an explosive jacket and join the fight.  The voiceover on the report was not intended to be a direct translation. The reporter was paraphrasing the woman’s view – clearly stated in the information RTÉ received – that she was ready to resist the Israeli offensive.“There was no attempt on RTÉ’s part to misconstrue the woman’s message and we apologise for any confusion caused,” the broadcaster added.The segment in question can be seen at 1.25 in this video.Originally published 9.41amRead: RTE is looking for members of the public to join its board>last_img read more

Geek Deals Save 30 Percent on Switch Games Mario Kart 8 Octopath

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Recap of Hulk Hogan on ABCs Good Morning America

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next The Bella Twins to appear on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” airing August 18 Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabia Hulk Hogan Says He’s Headed To WWE’s Crown Jewel Event Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestcenter_img Hulk Hogan To Return To WWE At Crown Jewel Now Playing Up Next Twitterverse Responds To Hulk Hogan Hosting WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Hulk Hogan WhatsApp Hulk Hogan Is Back With WWE Google+ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks about missing wrestling, his childhood, Hobbs and Shaw WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan appeared Monday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that was taped this past Thursday (8/27) to tell his side of the story of the leaked racial rant by Radar-Online and the National Enquirer that Hogan made as part of a sex tape with the ex-wife of Bubba the Love Sponge, Heather Clem, that is currently part of an ongoning $100 million lawsuit with Gawker.com.Hogan noted that this has hit him the hardest out of all the things he has been through. Hogan said when the sex tape was recorded that had that racial rant, he was at the lowest point of his life and was suicidal. He was mad at his daughter Brooke and her then-boyfriend and had no idea he was being taped. Hogan said he is not a racist, he is embarassed by what he said and that it was wrong. Hogan said people need to understand that you inherit things by where you grow up and “where I grew up in Tampa”, all his friends would greet each other, black and white, saying that word (the N word), it was thrown around like it was nothing. Hogan said that it is fair to say he inherited a racial bias over time, due to the environment he grew up in. All his friends, black and white, would say that word on a daily basis and would greet each other with that in the morning, it was part of the culture he grew up in. Hogan asked for forgiveness from his fans, saying he’s not the Hulk Hogan character you have seen for years, I’m Terry Bollea, I’m just a normal man.Hogan brought up WWE distancing themselves from him adding, “My entire career, it was like it never happened.” Hogan began breaking down in tears when talking about his daughter, Brooke, defending him when the racial rants were leaked. Hogan said that if anyone should have disowned him, it should have been her, she should have been the one to throw me out the trash, but instead she showed me more love than anybody. Hogan said his daughter was so supportive, even though she was the “direction of his attack.” Hogan said he was mad at her when he made the rant, not her then-boyfriend. Hogan said his daughter told him, “I don’t need to forgive you, because I’m not mad at you.”The interview closed with Hogan saying that just because a person makes a mistake, you don’t throw them away. If everybody at their lowest point was judged on one thing they said and all of a sudden, their entire career was wiped out because of something from 10, 20 years ago, it’d be a sad world, people get better everyday, they get better. Hogan said that he is working to raise awareness of the impact hateful language can have, but would still give his right arm to be involved in pro wrestling again. However, it remains to be seen if WWE will allow that according to Hogan.The interviewer mentioned Hogan’s ongoing lawsuit with Gawker, but made it like that Hogan was removed from the WWE Hall of Fame and WWE removed him completely from their history when in reality, Hogan is still in the WWE Hall of Fame and his matches are still included on the WWE Network. Finally, the interviewer brought up that Hogan will be appearing on “Nightline” on Monday night to again tell his side of the story, taped last Thursday.This ended the segment.You can view video of the segment with Hogan below.ABC Latest News | Latest News VideosRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipHulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:28/Current Time 0:09Loaded: 100.00%0:10Remaining Time -0:19 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9last_img read more

BAHAMAS Environmental Activists Biminites Decry South Cat Cay Development Document Evidence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 17, 2017 – South Cat Cay – A small plane circled slowly, flying over the blue-green waters of the northern Bahamas. It should have been a day of sightseeing, photographing an island under carefully managed development with its fragile marine resources protected as the gems that will lure those who will eventually visit, live there or leave their yachts.Instead, what they saw as they flew over South Cat Cay sent chills down their spines and cries of outrage and despair from their hearts.   The group in the plane included representatives from Save Our Home, a Bimini-based organisation, Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas.Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville said what he saw convinced him more than ever of the urgency of creating comprehensive environmental protection legislation and placing an environmental watchdog on every project.“It takes hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years to create coral reefs and minutes with heavy equipment to destroy it,” said Darville. “We are pleading, not asking, pleading with government.   When will you listen?   When will we begin to take these gifts that God gave us seriously and stop allowing uncaring people to eviscerate them in the name of progress?   This is not progress.  This is evil.”The story below is their story, in their words.  Save Our Home wrote it at the close of their aerial and land inspection during early November, 2017. Their words have not been edited. The introduction, they said, was gleaned from previously published reports:In 2009, the Government of the Bahamas under PM (Hubert) Ingraham gave full environmental approval for the 85-acre privately owned South Cat Cay for an exclusive, high end, hospitality and marina project.   The project will comprise a 53 room five star branded boutique hotel with related amenities, 29 marina condo units, 37 residential units, a 137 slip marina, restaurants, shops and recreational facilities.     This high-end resort will also include an upmarket residential community.During the course of construction in two phases it is estimated that some 75 Bahamians will be employed, and upon completion and build out some 170 permanent jobs will be created.   In addition to the $94 million capital investment by the developers, their economic impact assessment projects over $200 million in real estate sales over the first five years, which will significantly benefit government revenues, suppliers and employment.   The developer said the project will bring considerable benefit to Biminites in the form of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities generated by proposed retail space and excursions in the marina village.   They said they plan to purchase Bimini built skiffs for bone-fishing excursions led by Bahamian guides.   A Bahamian will operate a ferry service to and from Bimini; an artist in residence program will expose Bahamian artists to new techniques; a recording space will dedicate studio time for local musicians and local cooks will be provided with classical training.   Additionally, a fund is being established for primary and secondary educational facilities in Bimini to further long-term environmental awareness. It is also proposed that a marine sanctuary will be created to the south east of South Cat Cay to complement the educational initiative.But there comes a point when you start to feel like it’s just Deja-vu, that we have heard all this before, been promised jobs for Biminites, been told the highest environmental impact studies are being adhered to, but the reality is, to those of us who live here, it’s all just “hot air” and what they think people want to hear to sell us another story of jobs, progress and investment, but at what expense is the big question?On Thursday, November 9 the Save Our Home-Bimini Environmental Activist group was invited along with members of the Save The Bays team and Waterkeepers Bahamas to fly over South Cat Cay and witness for ourselves what is really going on.   Pictures and videos never lie and there before our very eyes was proof that the development is taking place as we speak, without the relevant silt barriers in place, the kind that actually work and contain the silt that is, properly installed without gaps and without proof of the silt drifting for miles.   Memories of the same devastation at the hands of RW (Resorts World) Bimini in 2014 during the dredging of the cruise ship pier spring to mind, with the same ineffectual yellow silt curtains that within two weeks of being installed broke open, covering the ocean in drifting polystyrene and the beaches to this day, covered in yellow plastics.   The cruise ship was rendered obsolete in a year.   Meanwhile, we lost 12 main dive sites off the west coast of Bimini, smothered in silt, which suffocated the corals and partially buried the stones of Atlantis, sites that divers come from all over the world to see and that locals earn their living from in dive tours.   Marine life dwindled to a point that some species are no longer seen in these waters.In the past couple of weeks, more than one hundred Bahamians have been fired from RW, leaving people wondering if the resort is going bankrupt over rumors that they are losing in excess of $26,000 a day.   And whilst the resort here in Bimini conjures images of a sinking ship, long predicted by those of us in the know due to the size of the development being too big for the infrastructure on such a small island, the Government is meanwhile playing out the same story all over again in South Cat Cay.Large populations of turtles used to be seen on the cays around South Cat, just like they did offshore from RW Bimini.   Now the water is so muddy with silt, nothing can be seen and in Bimini an annual Power Boat Grand Prix is organized around the very reefs that are home to turtles and sharks.Bimini and South Cat Cay has a blessing and curse, a blessing that it is at the top of the Bahamas chain and so brings an abundance of tourism to these shores, but a curse that successive governments seem to cash in on in taxes from such large scale developments, none of which is seen invested back into the local communities.   As Fred Smith QC has pointed out, until we have local governance and taxes made on these islands invested back into local community developments, instead of going into the countries capital never to be seen again, the family islands will continue to deteriorate and decline.One would think, that when heads of agreement come together, that a budget could be put in place with the developers to financially cover the employment of an on-site environmental advisor to monitor the development and provide weekly reports that all is in keeping with plans laid out, providing jobs for Bahamians and protecting our shores.   Instead, developers seems to think they have carte blanche to do whatever they like while no one is watching.   Accountability seems sadly lacking throughout the Bahamas development.   At the end of the day, we are left with our natural resources ransacked and foreign developers pulling out, once the damage is already done.   New legislation is needed putting the environment first in order to save one of the most beautiful parts of the world before it’s too late.   With the Bahamas being such low lying islands and global warming and sea levels rising, it makes no sense not to put new environmental legislation at the top of the priorities list moving forward.Release: DPA NewsPhoto captions:Header:  Sand and silt from dredging and excavating on South Cat Cay can smother coral reefs and kill the life that depends on the marine habitat. Already, say representatives of three organizations that inspected the development site this week, the once plentiful sea turtles in the area are no more.1st insert: Dredging and infrastructure work is underway at South Cat Cay where a hotel and marina were approved for the 85-acre site under the former FNM government, but environmentalists want to know where is the protection for marine resources?2nd & 3rd inserts: Inadequate silt barriers allow disturbed sand and silt to float over open waters, smothering coral reefs and suffocating the life that depends upon the habitat, potentially endangering grouper, hogfish and reef species and upsetting the full eco-cycle in a fragile eco-system. The above image was taken from a small plane flying over a development underway at South Cat Cay in the northern Bahamas. Environmentalists from three groups want to know where are those who are supposed to be protecting the marine environment of The Bahamas? They fear the project will mirror the tragedies of nearby Bimini where world-famous dive sites were destroyed by a massive dredger to make way for a cruise ship dock. The cruise ship does not call on Bimini anymore and more than 150 people have been laid off from their jobs at the resort it was intended to serve. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Winterhawks edge Spokane to knot up series

first_imgGAME RECAPWinterhawks 2, Chiefs 1Series: Best-of-7 tied 1-1. Next games on Wednesday and Friday in Spokane. Game 5 on Saturday at the Rose Garden.Star of the game: The Winterhawks defensemen. Portland did a good job of cleaning up rebounds, winning puck battles, and making passes to start up-ice rushes. Plus, William Wrenn scored a rare goal.Turning point: Wrenn’s goal from the high slot tied the game 1-1 just 33 seconds after Spokane took the lead, breathing life into the Winterhawks.In the East: Kootenay won twice at Medicine Hat over the weekend to lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-0.PORTLAND — Ever so briefly on Sunday — for 33 seconds, to be exact — it looked like Game 2 of the Western Hockey League Western Conference finals might be a replay of Game 1.Fortunately, for the Portland Winterhawks, it wasn’t.Playing solid positionally throughout the game, the Winterhawks emerged with a 2-1 win over the Spokane Chiefs at the Rose Garden that ties this best-of-7 series at one game apiece.Defenseman William Wrenn scored an important goal in the first period, and Ryan Johansen scored an opportunistic one in the second for Portland. Winterhawks goalie Mac Carruth made 34 saves to help the home team win in front of 6,506 fans.last_img read more

TurboTax is making you hunt for its free tax filing service says

first_imgKimberly White/Getty Images Anyone making less than $66,000 a year can file their taxes for free. Oftentimes, that’s easier said than done.Intuit, which makes TurboTax, makes it difficult for people to find the free option, according to ProPublica. Instead, searches on terms such as “irs free file taxes” steer potential tax filers to for-pay versions of its service, according to the publication. Intuit, along with H&R Block, has lobbied for years to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from building its own free online tax filing system because it would compete with their products, according to ProPublica. Members of Congress pushed to prevent the IRS from offering free online filing as recently as this month, the publication reported.The IRS has agreed not to make online tax filing free as long as tax-preparation companies, who have formed an industry group called the Free File Alliance, provide free services to taxpayers making less than $66,000. Locating Intuit’s free service, however, requires a lot of work, according to ProPublica.  ProPublica went to Intuit’s TurboTax website and clicked on the “FREE Guaranteed” option but was tagged as a potential paying customer. The reason: Intuit doesn’t offer its free version from its website, ProPublica said.ProPublica discovered the free version for filers with less than $66,000 in income is called the Freedom Edition. Once the publication had that information, a Google search brought up the right result. But the Intuit site still tried to channel ProPublica back to a for-pay version, it said. Clicking on a link titled “Start for Free” on the page led to a for-pay version of TurboTax, while clicking on “See If You Qualify” led to the actual free filing option.TurboTax also offers a product called Free Edition, a no-cost version for users with simple filings. Eligibility for Free Edition isn’t based on income, but rather on filing circumstance, such as W2, standard deduction and child tax credits.TurboTax spokesman Rick Heineman said pricing for TurboTax products is listed on the company’s Products & Pricing page. “This information is made clear to customers before they begin to file,” he wrote.  TurboTax Free File Program, which is on a page whose URL reads https://turbotax.intuit.com/taxfreedom/, is the Intuit product used as part of the income-based IRS Free File. Heineman said the TurboTax Free File Program “contains no cross-marketing or selling of ancillary products or services.” Comments Tags 4center_img Share your voice Softwarelast_img read more

Comcast is making an inhome health monitoring device

first_img Comcast Share your voice Comcast is working on a health tracking device. SOPA Images/Getty Images Comcast is developing an in-home health monitoring device.The company has been working on the product for over a year, according to a Tuesday CNBC report, and plans to start doing pilot tests later this year. A company representative confirmed the report and said there’s no role for the device beyond health.The device will use ambient sensors to monitor basic health metrics, and will be geared toward tracking whether someone goes to the bathroom too often or stays in bed longer than usual, according to CNBC. Comcast is also developing tools that can detect falls, according to the report.The company will reportedly offer the monitoring device to at-risk people such as seniors and people with disabilities, but there isn’t yet a set price or confirmed timing for the release. Pilots will start by the end of the year, and the device could be released commercially in 2020, the report says. The device will reportedly have a personality similar to that of Amazon’s Alexa and will make emergency calls, but it won’t be marketed as an assistant tool or carry out functions like web searches or turning off the lights. The Comcast representative emphasized that the device is built to be a sensor that detects motion, and is not a smart speaker.Comcast has reportedly been working with a handful of hospitals, including Rush in Chicago, to discuss using the device to keep patients from returning to the hospital after being discharged. Other major tech companies have also been eyeing the senior market. Nest is reportedly exploring integrating smart home devices into senior living facilities, Amazon is reportedly looking into making tech for older people and Apple added an FDA-cleared EKG feature in its Series 4 Watch that warns wearers about abnormal heart rhythms linked to atrial fibrillation.Originally published May 21, 2:37 p.m.Update, 3:07 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Comcast. Comment Sci-Tech Wellness 1 Tagslast_img read more

Hasinas meeting with president over SC verdict condemnable BNP

first_imgThe BNP has described Wednesday’s meeting of the prime minister, the law minister and the attorney general with president Abdul Hamid on the Supreme Court’s verdict annulling 16th amendment to the constitution as an ‘unprecedented incident’, reports UNB.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Thursday condemned and protest at the ‘incident’ of this meeting between the heads of the state and the government.Addressing a discussion, the BNP leader accused the Awami League government of indulging in anti-state activities by openly taking a stance against the judiciary and chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.“The prime minister together with the law minister and the attorney general met the president yesterday (Wednesday), and discussed the Supreme Court’s verdict that cancelled the 16th amendment to the constitution. This meeting has made the entire nation deeply worried. Such a meeting can’t be held, it is an unprecedented matter,” he said.Fakhrul added, “They’ve met the president taking an opposite stance against the Supreme Court verdict. We strongly condemn and protest the incident.”Barrister Salam Talukder Smrity Sangsad organised the programme at Jatiya Press Club, marking the 18th death anniversary of BNP’s former secretary general Abdus Salam Talukder.The BNP secretary general alleged that the government is hatching a plot to snatch the independence of the judiciary.He said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader met the chief justice at his residence earlier and took dinner there after the verdict, while “ministers are passing offensive remarks about the chief justice. What the ruling party junior leaders are saying about the apex court and the chief justice can’t be allowed in a democratic system.”The BNP, Fakhrul said, fears that the government has taken a new plot to completely destroy democracy and the independence of the judiciary. “We call upon the government to put up a strong resistance against such a move.”He urged all the political parties, democratic institutions and civil society members to come forward to protect the country, its constitution and democracy. “We all must get united to defeat the evil and undemocratic forces.”Fakhrul said though the ruling party leaders often file sedition cases against BNP leaders and activists over trivial matters, Awami League leaders are openly indulging in anti-state activities.“You’re working against the country and destroying the constitution. You shall be brought to the court of people today or tomorrow, and punished for all of your anti-state activities.”He also came down hard on law commission chairman and ex-chief justice ABM Khairul Haque for holding a press conference against the Supreme Court verdict violating his service rule.Fakhrul also alleged that Haque committed a judicial offence by changing the verdict on the 13th amendment to the constitution after going to retirement. “He should be put on trial.”He recalled the political life of Salam Talukder and his contributions towards making BNP a stronger political organisation.On 20 August in 1999, Salam Talukder died on the way to Singapore for medical treatment.last_img read more

Two siblings drown

first_imgTwo siblings drowned in a pond in Sharsha upazila of Jashore district on Friday morning.The deceased are Rezwan, 7, and his sister Maria, 6, son and daughter of a certain Kamarul Islam of Sikarpur village in the upazila reports UNB.Gorpara police camp sub-inspector Sheikh Lutfar Rahman said the two went to a local pond for taking bath in the morning and drowned.Locals spotted the bodies floating on the water and recovered them, he added.After taking those to the Upazila Health Complex, the on-duty doctors declared them dead.last_img read more

2 female militants surrender Police

first_img2 female ‘militants’ surrender at Narsingdi ‘militant den’Two female ‘militants’ surrendered on the second day of the ‘Gordian Knot’ operation at another ‘militant den’ at Gangpar in Madhabdi municipality area of Narsingdi on Wednesday, reports UNB.They were named as Khadiza Akther Meghla and Mou.UNB Narsingdi correspondent from the spot said they were taken out of the building by an ambulance of Narsingdi fire service around 2:35pm and they were being taken to Dhaka.Earlier, the law enforcers asked them several times over loudspeakers to surrender.CTTC members in association with the local police surrounded the building of owned by Afzal Haji since Monday night.Members of CTTC unit and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) earlier conducted an operation at a ‘militant den’ in a five-story building at Bhogiratpur on Tuesday afternoon and recovered the bodies of two suspected militants.Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Dhaka Range Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun was also present there.last_img read more

AntiSharia Marchers Met With CounterProtests Around The Country

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:35 X Ted S. Warren/APCounter-protesters respond to the “anti-sharia” rally in Seattle on Saturday.Protesters who gathered on Saturday to denounce Islamic law were met across the country with equally sized or larger counter-protests.Organizers called the “March Against Sharia” rallies to protest what they say is the threat to U.S. society posed by the set of traditional Muslim practices, which they say includes oppression of women, honor killings, homophobic violence, female genital mutilation and other abuses.But reports and pictures show large counter-protests around the country, with activists accusing the “anti-sharia” marchers of racism and Islamophobia.Sharia “is a legal or philosophical code derived from Islamic scripture and meant to guide the behavior of observant Muslims,” as NPR’s Tom Gjelten noted. Religious experts say it’s similar to parts of Christian and Jewish customs.The rallies were held in about two dozen cities and about 20 states. They were organized by the conservative group ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the “largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, claiming 280,000 members and over 1,000 chapters.” The organization describes itself as “the NRA of national security.”“I feel like we need to make a stand now, before [sharia] makes more inroads,” protester Shannon Boulogne told WABE reporter Adhiti Bandlamudi. “I’ve always been, you know, for women’s rights.”Bandlamudi reports that Boulogne was among a small group of demonstrators who gathered in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The Los Angeles Times reports they were met by a “small gaggle of counter-protesters,” who “held up placards and shouted, ‘No Hate! No Fear! Muslims Are Welcome Here.’ “A few miles away, other Atlantans held a counter-protest and food drive. Asma Elhuni, of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, criticized the “anti-sharia” protesters. “If they’re against sharia, are you against feeding the poor? Are you against being friendly, showing love? Because essentially that is Sharia,” she told Bandlamudi.In Syracuse, N.Y., “March Against Sharia” organizer Lisa Joseph told North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann that she put the rally together because she and others are “against female genital mutilation, honor killings, throwing gays off of buildings, stoning people to death.”Counter-protesters in Syracuse responded by shouting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and described the opposing demonstration as anti-Muslim bigotry, Mann reports.On the other side of the country, several dozen “anti-sharia” protesters gathered at Seattle’s City Hall, according to The Associated Press. But the AP reports that “[h]undreds of counter-protesters marched through downtown Seattle behind a large sign saying ‘Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors.’ “#HappeningNow: About 100 chant “No hate now!” to counter-protest a small group gathered for a “March Against Sharia” in downtown Chicago. pic.twitter.com/PA6llTkAbs— The Chicago Reporter (@ChicagoReporter) June 10, 2017In Chicago, “about 30 people demonstrated against Islamic law and in favor of President Trump,” but twice as many counter-protesters shouted back, the wire service reports.“Each side boasted about 150-to-175 people” in a protest and counter-protest in Denver, according to The Denver Post, and law enforcement arrested four people.A participant (who refused to give his name) in the “Denver March Against Sharia” speaks to counter-demonstrators on Saturday in Denver.In Harrisburg, Penn., about 60 “anti-sharia” protesters were separated from the same number of counter-protesters. “This is a march against sharia, not Muslims,” Steven R. Moore, of Washington County, Pa., told The Washington Post. “We are not affiliated with any extremist groups. … Sharia is a barbaric system that the Islamic State is trying to impose in our country.”Several counter-protesters were “anti-fascist” or “antifa” activists, who “dressed in black masks and hoods and chant[ed] ‘No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,’ ” Reuters reports, a slogan modified from a 1980s punk song.Similar protests and counter-protests also happened in St. Paul, Minn., where authorities arrested several people “when scuffles broke out,” the AP reports, and New York City, where counter-protesters banged pots and pans in an effort to drown out “anti-sharia” demonstrators.Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesNYPD officers try to separate counter-protesters and activists rallying for the “March Against Sharia” on Saturday in New York City.Despite the concern, sharia has no chance of being imposed in the U.S. in the foreseeable future.“It’s like the Ten Commandments for Muslims. It’s nothing to be enforced upon anyone. It’s a moral code that I follow for myself as an individual,” Muslim youth leader Mansoor Shams explained to NPR earlier this year.No area of the U.S. has legally implemented sharia, despite false reports on social media that Dearborn, Mich., enacted it.According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has a population that is only 0.9 percent Muslim; and Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic studies at McMaster University, told the AP that the vast majority of U.S. Muslims oppose implementing sharia in the U.S.Then there’s the Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Listen last_img read more

EA to acquire PopCap Games for 1 billion

first_imgWhen larger companies want to expand into new markets they usually just end up buying a company that’s already established in said market. When it comes to video games there are few bigger companies than EA, and it looks as though the company wants to take a bigger role in mobile and casual gaming.PopCap Games is thought to be up for acquisition with the purchase price set at $1 billion or above. Not that many companies could afford to spend that much, but EA can, and it is thought to be the frontrunner for picking up PopCap.While $1 billion sounds like a lot of money, PopCap is no ordinary games company. Every game they release seems to hit gold and be a money printer by becoming an instant classic. Who doesn’t know the names Bejewelled, Zuma, Chuzzle, Peggle, Bookworm, and of course Plants vs. Zombies?Although EA is a frontrunner for the acquisition there are other companies out there who’d love to take control of PopCap’s IP. The most obvious has to be Zynga whose whole business revolves around being very popular in the casual gaming market. Also, if EA is showing an interest then Activision Blizzard could get involved just to head off what its rival is doing.Regardless of who does end up acquiring PopCap, the back catalog of popular games coupled with market penetration in casual, digital downloads, and increasingly mobile platforms should make that billion-dollar investment easy to recoup. However, past performance is no guarantee of future success so there’s sure to be some strict deals in place to ensure the talent doesn’t leave the company for a few years once an acquisition is completed.With a $1 billion valuation it’s no surprise that PopCap laughed at Microsoft back in 2002 when it offered to buy the company for $5 million.via TechCrunchlast_img read more