Illinois ~ Sales and Use Tax: Sales of Licensed Computer Software Exempt

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportSales of computer systems and licenses of computer software applications in exchange for one-time prepaid software license fees and related monthly license and support fees are exempt from Illinois sales tax. A license of software is not a taxable retail sale if (A) It is evidenced by a written agreement signed by the licensor and the customer; (B) It restricts the customer’s duplication and use of the software; (C) It prohibits the customer from licensing, sublicensing or transferring the software to a third party (except to a related party) without the permission and continued control of the licensor; (D) The licensor has a policy of providing another copy at minimal or no charge if the customer loses or damages the software, or permitting the licensee to make and keep an archival copy, and such policy is either stated in the license agreement, supported by the licensor’s books and records, or supported by a notarized statement made under penalties of perjury by the licensor; and (E) The customer must destroy or return all copies of the software to the licensor at the end of the license period. This provision is deemed to be met, in the case of perpetual license, without being set forth in the license agreement. The licenses granted by a company to its customers are evidenced by a written agreement or Master Service Agreement (MSA). The MSAs qualify as exempt because they meet each of the criteria of a nontaxable software license. Specifically, for example, the MSAs state that customers may make backup copies of the software licensed. Because the software license fees are nontaxable, the related support fees are also nontaxable. The taxability of repair or maintenance agreements was also discussed.Private Letter Ruling, ST 16-0003-PLR, Illinois Department of Revenue, March 23, 2016, released August 2016, ¶403-117last_img read more

U.K. moms are turning parenting into an experiment

first_img DAVIDE FILINGERI U.K. moms are turning parenting into an experiment In one Parenting Science Gang study, sensors measure temperature variations when a baby is carried by an adult doing light exercise. By Tania RabesandratanaFeb. 14, 2018 , 1:00 PM On 21 February, about 160 lactating mothers will head to Charing Cross Hospital in London to donate 25 milliliters of milk each for an unusual scientific study. The freshly pumped samples will be analyzed to determine how the composition of human milk changes with the nursling’s age, from 3 months to 4 years old.It’s a matter about which surprisingly little is known. But the experiment is equally remarkable for its origin: A group of mothers came up with the idea for the study and designed it together with breast cancer researcher Natalie Shenker and microbial ecologist Simon Cameron, both at Imperial College London. The mothers recruited the milk donors—in just a few days—and they will be involved in the data analysis and possible write-ups.This unusual collaboration was made possible by the Parenting Science Gang (PSG), a citizen science project in the United Kingdom funded by the Wellcome Trust. It links parents, gathered in Facebook groups around a specific interest, with scientists who help them design and carry out experiments. The project, which has already initiated multiple lines of research into issues such as schooling and gender stereotypes, is an effort to bring evidence to a realm rife with uncertainty and folk wisdom. “I try to raise my children with science in mind,” explains Melissa Branzburg, a PSG member and mother of two.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Several blogs and publications have recently sprung up to address the growing hunger for evidence among science-minded parents, and some academics are dispensing advice as well. But PSG allows parents to take matters into their own hands. It was born from a smaller-scale project in which mothers studied which detergents were best to clean cloth diapers, or nappies. (“There are no scientists looking at washable nappies,” says PSG Founder and Director Sophia Collins.) The Nappy Science Gang ran from March to November 2015, with funding from the Wellcome Trust and the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry; it showed there was no evidence that “nonbiological” detergents—which lack dirt-attacking enzymes—help avoid skin irritation. The finding led the United Kingdom’s National Health Service to rescind its recommendations to use them.After the project ended, the trust donated £147,000 to launch PSG, which started in February 2017 and will run for 2 years. Some 2000 parents are involved, the vast majority of them women, despite efforts to include fathers. PSG addresses issues that matter to mothers, whereas funding agency committees “are often made up of middle-aged white men who have a different perspective,” Collins says. “As a parent, our point of view is being taken seriously,” says PSG member Mitch Wright, a mother of one. “It makes me feel empowered.”The mothers behind the milk study want to know how human milk changes after children reach age 2. Mothers are often told there is no benefit to breastfeeding past a certain age, even though many children around the world wean between 2.5 and 7 years old. The study will also act as a pilot project to plan recruitment for a large study on the links between breast cancer risk and infant feeding, and it could benefit an area that Shenker is interested in as co-founder of the Hearts Milk Bank, based at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, which provides donated milk to babies in neonatal units and for research purposes. At the moment, donors are recruited in the first 6 months of their baby’s life and can donate until the infant reaches age 1. Yet Shenker says that preliminary evidence from other studies suggests that as a baby goes into toddlerhood, milk becomes higher-calorie and richer in antimicrobials. “Would that be more appropriate for a preterm baby? This could make a big difference. We don’t know.”PSG members have plenty of other questions. One subgroup teamed up with environmental physiologist Davide Filingeri, head of the Thermosenselab at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, to help answer a question that vexes many new parents: How many layers of clothing are needed to keep babies carried in a sling comfortable while avoiding overheating? There is “surprisingly little evidence” behind oft-repeated advice to give a baby “one extra layer of clothing” beyond what an adult would wear, Filingeri says. His role was to help translate the mothers’ idea into a robust experimental design to measure babies’ temperature variations in different conditions. The study, which is ongoing, will include about 15 mother-baby pairs.A third PSG study focuses on flexi-schooling, an arrangement in which children are registered at school but attend part-time, for instance because their parents think they need additional support or to accommodate a special interest in art. The mothers will conduct a survey of parents of flexi-schooled children, as well as interviews with teachers, and will use Freedom of Information Act requests to learn the numbers of flexi-schooling requests and refusals in Scotland. Other, more recent PSG subgroups will focus on gender stereotypes, health care experiences around breastfeeding, as well as pregnancy and birth for women with a higher body mass index.Wright says PSG has so inspired her that she wants to study chemistry or forensic science. But the goal is not to turn every parent into a scientist, Collins says; nor does she expect all participants to become experts at reading scientific literature. “But they might become more critical of what they read; they might seek information from a science magazine [or a clinical body] instead of a celebrity blog.”The studies are also an opportunity for parents to learn more about the process of science. In the milk study, for instance, the mothers had to understand the practical limitations of mass spectrometry, the technique used for analyzing the milk. “They had hoped to analyze a wider range of compounds in milk, such as antibodies,” Cameron says. Filingeri says he insisted on keeping the temperature study’s scope as specific as possible, explaining to the mothers that “it’s more beneficial to focus on one question or one set of small questions.” Tara Jones, an education researcher at the University of West Scotland in Paisley who provides guidance to the flexi-schooling group, encouraged the mothers to question their preconceptions and remain objective. “They’d made certain assumptions that flexi-schooling was a good thing,” she says.Carlos González, a pediatrician in Gavá, Spain, who wrote several parenting books peppered with peer-reviewed references, applauds the initiative—and yet he cautions that parenting often isn’t about evidence, but about choices. “Science cannot tell us how to raise our children,” González says. “Science can offer data that we can use to make decisions, but it cannot decide for us, because we have beliefs, principles, desires, and goals.”last_img read more

Marcus Rashford pens massive 300k a week contract till 2023

first_imgAdvertisement3 years ago , Marcus Rashford burst onto the Premier League scene and his rise in the game has been phenomenal. Not only at Manchester United, the explosive forward has made big strides in the England National team set-up as well. Manchester United have rewarded the youngster with a massive contract that will see him earn 200k GBP a week till 2023.“This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person,” Rashford said.“So it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt.”“Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven.“I will be giving everything I have to help get this club back to where it belongs and deliver the success that our fans deserve.”Rashford has made 170 appearances for the Reds and won 32 caps for England.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was appointed permanent boss at his former club in March, said Rashford is “one of the most talented English players of his generation”.“He is an outstanding player; blessed with natural pace and energy,” Solskjaer added.Advertisementlast_img read more

Creating a Major Donor Program: If You Build It, They Will Come

first_img“The most useful and influential people in America are those who take the deepest interest in institutions that exist for the purpose of making the world better.” — Booker T. WashingtonThroughout American history, there have been wealthy patrons who have used their money for good—Andrew Carnegie, Madam C.J. Walker, Bill and Melinda Gates, Charles Francis Feeney (aka “The James Bond of Philanthropy”). Just as you are called to make the world a better place, they are called to give back to their communities. It’s up to you to provide the opportunity for them to answer that call. Creating a major donor program for your organization can turn current donors into your very own team of philanthropic special agents.But simply existing as a nonprofit isn’t enough. It takes time and energy to cultivate major donors. Most organizations experience the 80/20 rule—80% of donation dollars come from 20% of donors. By applying this rule of thumb to your own work, we recommend dedicating 80% of your efforts to cultivating that most generous 20% of your donors. From scheduling appointments to the actual meeting to your follow-up, you should budget approximately four hours per major gift appointment. Invest in them and they will invest in you.The right team is essential for any good plan to succeed. Assemble and organize your team—including your leadership. People give to organizations they trust and that will involve face time with the head of your organization. Make sure your executive or artistic director is on board with personal lunches, home visits, and phone calls. Enlist your board members to help with connections and dedicate a staff person to prospect research. A Major Gifts Officer dedicated to these donors is ideal, but even a part-time staff person or trusted volunteer can make a world of difference and free up your director to be out in the field. However small or big your team, you’ll want to follow these essential steps.Identify:Define what constitutes a major gift for your organization and identify your donors. Our guide, “How to Create a Major Donor Program,” walks you through a formula for how to identify the major donors already in your network. Use Network for Good’s donor management system and personal fundraising coaches to analyze your data and perform a wealth screen.Cultivate:From personal visits to dinner parties with multiple donors and prospects to thank you notes and phone calls, cultivating your donors is an ongoing responsibility that never leaves your to-do list. Once you have identified them, get to know them. What programs of yours interest them? What other organizations do they support? What are their hobbies, favorite dessert, what does their spouse do, where do their children go to school? Be interested and actively listen—before, during, and after you pop the question.Solicit:When was the last time you asked someone for $10,000? It’s not something you simply blurt out casually. Go to your meeting with a strategy that covers the amount you plan to ask for and your pitch for why they should consider such a significant amount. Prepare with your staff and have reasons why they should dig deep or overcome their hesitation.Steward:Saying thank you is just as important as your initial request. When people feel appreciated they’re more likely to continue supporting your work. Thank them personally, in published donor lists, at organizational events and celebrations. And you can never say thank you enough. A random note of appreciation or phone call out of the blue lets them know they’re never far from your thoughts. Even for those donors who want to remain anonymous, your personal recognition of their gift is essential to your relationship.Creating a major donor program doesn’t just serve you…it serves others. Download our guide, “How to Create a Major Donor Program,” for an in-depth look at how to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward the major donors of your organization, and you’ll grow your major donor program in no time. Happy fundraising!last_img read more

Barcelona vs Sevilla: Team news & TV

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona vs Sevilla: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Sevilla Sevilla The Blaugrana will be looking to keep their fine start to the 2017-18 season going with a victory against the unpredictable Andalucia side Four points clear at the Liga summit and unbeaten so far this season, Barcelona will be looking to extend their impressive start at the expense of inconsistent Sevilla when the two teams meet on Saturday.A disappointing 0-0 draw midweek for the Catalans will not damp spirits too much around Camp Nou, as they remain nevertheless on course to qualify in first place from their Champions League group. Barca to win 3-0 10/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is to domestic matters that attentions turn this weekend, with an intriguing clash against Eduardo Berizzo’s men one of the first big tests the Blaugrana have faced in La Liga this season. Game Barcelona vs Sevilla Date Saturday, November 4 Time 19:45 GMT / 15:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Sebastien Corchia SevillaIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football or by stream via Sky Go.In addition, dabblebet customers with a funded or active account can watch and bet on the match live. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go / dabblebet In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Digne, Umtiti Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Deulofeu, Vidal Injury problems are starting to stack up for Barca, with Sergi Roberto adding his name to the list against Olympiakos.The midfielder suffered a hamstring injury and joins the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, and Andre Gomes on the sidelines. Andres Iniesta, however, trained on Friday and is in line to return, while up front coach Ernesto Valverde could team Aleix Vidal with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in what will be an open 90 minutes of football.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Vidal, Messi, L. Suarez. Position Sevilla players Goalkeepers Sergio Rico, D. Soria Defenders Corchia, Carole, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero Midfielders Krohn-Dehli, Banega, Geis, Pizarro, N’Zonzi, Jesus Navas, Sarabia, Ganso, Vazquez, Borja Lasso Forwards Ben Yedder, Muriel, Nolito In comparison with their hosts, Sevilla have an almost-clean bill of health for Saturday.Carrico and Nico Pareja are long-term absentees in defence, while Berizzo will hope Joaquin Correa recovers from a muscular complaint sustained at the weekend in time to shine at Camp Nou.Potential starting XI: Sergio Rico; Corchia, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Pizarro; Sarabia, Banega, Nolito; Ben Yedder.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Lionel Messi BarcelonaBarcelona are 2/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet , with Sevilla priced at 10/1 and the draw available at 6/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW HD Sevilla celebrate v LiverpoolBarcelona and Sevilla starred in a number of unforgettable clashes last season, with Jorge Sampaoli on the Andalucians’ bench and imposing a fast and furious playing style to help them into the Champions League.Neither Sampaoli nor Luis Enrique will be there on Saturday, but a similar game can be expected at Camp Nou. Sevilla’s big problem since Berizzo replaced his compatriot has come in front of goal. Plenty of chances have been created but the likes of Wissan Ben-Yedder and Luis Muriel have been wasteful, leaving Sevilla with just 11 goals from their opening 10 games. That is less than Lionel Messi alone has scored in La Liga, but Valverde will nevertheless be wary against a team that, when in form, is capable of giving any side in Europe a rough 90 minutes. Barca’s eyes, meanwhile, will be fixed on Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has endured a rotten patch of form so far this season, but his quality is undeniable and it should only be a matter of time before the goals return. Valverde and all of Barca will be hoping that day is Saturday, as they seek three points that would prove great evidence of the Catalans’ title credentials even at this early stage.last_img read more

Sharapova makes victorious return in Mallorca

first_imgMallorca (Spain): Maria Sharapova defeated Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia to make progress in the 2019 Mallorca Open. Tuesday’s appearance was the Russian player’s first in four months after a shoulder injury, reports Efe news. Sharapova, ranked number 85 in the world, faced fierce resistance during the first set and then eased past the 21-year-old Slovak to win the first match she has played in since January 7-6 (10-8) 6-0. “It’s my first win in about three or four months,” Sharapova was quoted as saying on the WTA website. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “It’s great to be here in Mallorca, what a great place to train and have a warm-up tournament. “It’s been amazing for all of us here, and it’s just been nice to experience it for the first time. I absolutely love Mallorca. I’ve been here for a couple weeks and I feel like a local, visiting some places on my days off. “But mostly, I’ve been training, getting ready for this tournament, which is really important for me,” she added. During the match that lasted for nearly 90 minutes, Sharapova gave signs of her full recovery as she fought for every point. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships She took the initiative in the early going of the first set, breaking Kuzmovaof’s serve, only to lose her following game. A similar scenario took place in the final stretch of the set, with the last couple of games going against serve, forcing a tie break of which she emerged victoriously. Sharapova, who put on a nasal strip, then proved to be unstoppable as she won six games in a row in just 24 minutes to seal the win. For a place in the quarter-finals, the five-time Grand Slam champion will square off against the winner of the clash pitting top seed Angelique Kerber and Ysaline Bonaventure.last_img read more

BJP MP duped of Rs 6 crore

first_imgNoida: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) MP Ravindra Kishore Sinha was allegedly duped of Rs 6 crore on the pretext of providing him a plot for organic farming. The MP has lodged an FIR in the Phase III police station of Noida alleging that he was promised a plot near the Yamuna Expressway in Simrethi area of Aligarh by a broker Rajiv Shankar Tiwari who claimed to be the owner of the plot. However, after the payment was made, it was later found that the plot was not owned by Tiwari. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the FIR, the MP has said that Tiwari has earlier been jailed in a fraud case in Patna. As per reports, the victim had purchased the land from accused’s company named Pyramid Finmart Pvt Ltd, in Sector 2 Noida but after making a payment of Rs 6 Crore 60 lakhs against the plot, it came to light that the land nowhere belonged to the realty company nor they had any contact with the owner of the land. “When I came to know that I have been duped, I decided to file a complaint with police,” Sinha mentioned in his complaint. Rajiv, the accused, also went to jail in a cheating with a resident of Bihar in the same manner. SHO of Phase 3 police station said that on the basis of complaint an FIR has been registered against the accused under the section of 420 (cheating) and 120-B of Indian penal code.last_img read more

Five new experts join UN antinarcotics panel

Raymond Yans (Belgium), Xin Yu (China), Carola Lander (Germany), Sri Suryawati (Indonesia) and Maria-Elena Medina Mora (Mexico) were elected by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to serve five-year terms on the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).They join INCB President Philip O. Emafo of Nigeria, Brian Watters (Australia), Camilo Uribe Granja (Colombia), Joseph Bediako Asare (Ghana), Hamid Ghodse (Iran), Tatyana Borisovna Dmitrieva (Russian Federation), Sevil Atasoy (Turkey) and Melvyn Levitsky (United States).Meeting in closed session in the Austrian capital, the Board will consider the latest developments in more than 200 countries and territories, discuss shortcomings in some countries’ drug control systems and devise proposals to overcome these deficiencies.The Board, which is meeting through 18 May, will also focus on the specific situations in Bhutan, Colombia, Liberia, Nepal and the Republic of Congo after undertaking missions to those nations. Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Counter Narcotics Col. Gen. Khodaidad will speak about the efforts made by that country’s Government to tackle its serious problem with illicit drugs.INCB members serve in an individual capacity and monitor compliance with the provisions of the international drug control treaties. The panel ensures that adequate supplies of legal drugs are available for medical and scientific purposes, and makes certain that no leakage from licit sources of drugs to illicit trafficking occurs. It also identifies and helps to correct weaknesses in drug control systems and determines which chemicals used to manufacture drugs should be under international control. 9 May 2007Five new experts from three continents have joined the 13-member independent body monitoring the implementation of United Nations drug control conventions, which began its latest session today in Vienna. read more

UN political chief holds talks with Cypriot leaders

Mr. Pascoe met separately with the Greek Cypriot leader, Demetris Christofias, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat. He also held talks with representatives of civil society as well as with leaders of Greek Cypriot political parties.The UN’s top political official is scheduled later today to confer with the advisers of Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat, both of whom are preparing for full-fledged negotiations later this year.Tomorrow, he will hold talks with leaders of Turkish Cypriot political parties and representatives of Nicosia’s international community, before returning to New York on Wednesday.Earlier this month, the leaders of the two communities met and agreed to begin talks to resolve the dispute, and this agreement was welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who pledged the world body’s “full support to the Cypriot people in their efforts to reach a settlement.”That meeting, hosted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Michael Møller, also resulted in the leaders’ decisions to set up a number of working groups and technical committees in advance of talks, as well as to open a crossing at Ledra Street in Nicosia as soon as technically possible.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), established in March 1964 following the outbreak of inter-community violence on the island, has been working to prevent a recurrence of fighting, contribute to a return to normal conditions and maintain law and order. 31 March 2008B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, met today in Nicosia with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders as part of his current mission to assess how the United Nations can help the two communities on the Mediterranean island resolve their long-running dispute. read more

India says political ties with Sri Lanka gained momentum

Political ties between India and Sri Lanka have gained momentum during the past three years, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said today as he welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena in New Delhi.Sirisena, who is in New Delhi to participate in the International Solar Alliance Summit, called on the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today, an official statement said. “He admired the Sri Lankan President’s vision for ensuring economic development with environment sustainability.He praised Sri Lanka’s Surya Bala Sangra Maya initiative in the solar energy sector,” the statement said. Kovind said Sirisena had played a stellar role in Sri Lanka’s active re-engagement with the world. “His leadership has been reassuring for India and the region, and beyond,” he added. Kovind lauded the environment-friendly measures undertaken by Sri Lanka. Kovind said the relation between the two countries was unique and based on shared historical, cultural, ethnic and civilisational ties, and extensive people-to-people linkages.“The President was happy to note that the close political ties between the two countries have gained momentum during the past three years. The President said that India and Sri Lanka must promote greater progress in trade, commerce, connectivity and development cooperation,” it said.The President said India shared Sri Lanka’s emphasis on areas such as power, renewable energy, ocean resources, organic agricultural practices, port and airport facilities. read more

Suspects with terror links arrested

Several items were also seized following the arrests. Several more arrests have been made over the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka including suspects linked to terrorism.The Police said that the latest arrests were made in Wattala, Bandaragama, Thirappane, Theldeniya, Balangoda, Matale and Vavunathivu.

UN launches new joint partnership to help countries close gaps in primary

The new partnership, the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) was launched yesterday in New York on the margins of the three-day UN Sustainable Development Summit at an event co-hosted with the governments of Germany, Ghana, and Norway.They have released a new framework – ‘Roadmap: Healthy Systems-Healthy Lives’ – which can strengthen health systems. This is a partnership that can support countries to strengthen monitoring, tracking and sharing of key performance indicators for primary health care, according to WHO.Primary health care is the pillar of health systems and is central to preventing epidemics like Ebola; improving women’s and children’s health; controlling major infectious diseases, and managing the rising burden of non-communicable diseases. “Strong primary health care systems are where people turn in their communities to stay healthy and get care when they fall sick. When primary health care works, it can meet the vast majority of people’s health needs,” said WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan “Yet Ebola revealed what can happen, starting with primary care, when health systems are broken and in need of repair,” she added.Primary health care is a weak link in health systems in most areas, and many countries require better health data of their citizens, which will ensure a more effective planning and action. More than 400 million people worldwide lack access to essential health services typically delivered through primary health care. For his part, Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, said that for the first time, the world has set a goal with specific targets for universal health coverage by 2030. “To ensure that everyone has access to essential and affordable health services, countries must have strong primary health care systems to deliver them – that’s how we’ll reach the poorest and most vulnerable people with the care they need, in the most equitable way,” he said. The PHCPI will bring together health policymakers, practitioners, advocates and development partners to process the improvement of primary health care system. The Initiative monitors “vital signs,” or performance indicators, of primary health care. It already tracks 25 signs in 135 data-available countries. The new partnership will expand the availability of existing data to more countries because there are still major limitations of using and learning from the existed data. At the same time, the PHCPI can collaborate with country partners on an ongoing basis and provide a platform for countries to share lessons and co-develop tools for improving primary health care. read more

Ahead of UN missions closure envoy reports greater stability security in Haiti

VIDEO: UN Mission MINUSTAH comes to the on 15 October 2017FEATURE: Images of the legacy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti President Jovenel Moïse has reiterated his determination to transform and modernize the State to better serve the people and has taken initial steps to translate this overarching objective into deliverables, especially through the launch and expansion of the Government’s flagship development programme, the ‘Caravan for Change,’ Ms. Honoré explained. However, amidst a climate of widespread economic grievances and strained relations between the Executive branch and the political opposition, the maintenance of stability in the longer run may depend on the ability and commitment of the Administration to move more swiftly in undertaking concrete action, and implementing the promised reforms, she added. MINUJUSTH stands ready to play an effective role in supporting the consolidation of the country’s stability. The UN will also continue to make every effort to assistant the Government in alleviating the suffering caused by the cholera epidemic. “Looking ahead, I have no doubt that … the international community and the United Nations will contribute to the sustainability of the progress achieved during the past 13 years in Haiti’s stabilization and democratization process,” she concluded. “Today, Haiti has a very different outlook. The Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability; political violence has diminished; armed gangs no longer hold the population hostage, also thanks to the work of the national police – now 14,000 strong – which has grown significantly in numbers and capacity,” said Sandra Honoré, in her final briefing to the Council as head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). MINUSTAH will close on 15 October to be replaced the following day by a smaller successor mission, the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which is mandated to assist the Government in strengthening rule of law institutions, reinforcing national police capacities, and engaging in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis. Ms. Honoré, who is also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country, noted that when MINUSTAH was established in 2004, State authority had been weak and limited to parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, with the three branches of power either non-functional or non-existent, and a national police force that was overwhelmed by the multiple threats to public order and the rule of law.Today, Haiti has a very different outlook. The Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability. Sandra Honoré Today, 13 and a half years later, “Haiti has a very different outlook, despite the many challenges still facing the country,” she underscored. All three branches of power are in place with the Executive and Legislative branches restored to full functioning, while the Superior Council of the Judiciary, created for the first time in 2012, remains in need of long-term fixes to allow it to fully play its role as the guardian of an independent and impartial judicial system. These democratic institutions are complemented by the directly elected officials now in place at all levels of governance, for the first time in 10 years, denoting real progress in the implementation of the constitutional governance system, she said. At the heart of these achievements stood the creation of stable political conditions, without which none of the above would have been possible. “There is no doubt: Those achievements, and many others which I have not mentioned, while significant, are only initial steps,” she said, stressing the need for the Haitian authorities and all other actors to make tireless efforts to consolidate these gains, with the continued support of Haiti’s international friends and partners. read more

GTT walks away with GCCIs Large Business of the year award

Telecommunications giant GTT on Wednesday evening copped this year’s large business award when the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) hosted its annual awards presentation and gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel.GTT also copped the corporate social responsibility prize while the small business prize went to Ram’s Logistics.This year’s awardeesSeveral other companies and industry stakeholders were honoured for their contributions in the business sector. The award for innovation went to Innovate Systems Company, and Roraima Duke Lodge was honoured for demonstrating leadership. The Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Geoffrey Vaughn collected the State entity’s prize for excellence in public service while young entrepreneur, Dr Rosh Khan, the CEO of Social Rank Media and FranklinCovey Guyana, won the award for young business executive. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to National Hardware proprietor Eddie Boyer, who was presented with his award by former President Bharrat Jagdeo.National Hardware proprietor Eddie Boyer receives this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 128th GCCI Awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday evening from former President Dr Bharrat JagdeoGTT CEO Justin Nedd receives the large business award from British High Commissioner Greg QuinnDr Rosh Khan, the CEO of Social Rank Media and FranklinCovey Guyana, who won the award for ‘young business executive’, receiving the honour from Movie Towne owner Dereck ChinMovie Towne owner Dereck Chin, who was the guest speaker at the gala event, noted the prospects for business operations in Guyana, pointing out that his company’s establishment was the single largest Private Sector investment in the country. The overseas-based Guyanese businessman highlighted the mega-mall and movie theatre would bring job opportunities for Guyanese. He presented a short video of the Trinidadian branch of the company, showing the local audience what they can expect from Guyana’s version of the multi-million-dollar complex.The GCCI was established in 1889 and this year’s awards were the 128th edition.Below are some scenes captured at the event by INews photographer: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGO-Invest awarded by GCCI for exemplary serviceJanuary 9, 2019In “Business”GCCI’s President airs concerns at launch of 2nd edition of the Business Directory MagazineSeptember 28, 2013In “Local News””New buildings won’t transform UG” – valedictorianNovember 12, 2017In “Local News” read more

Luke Shaw signs for Manchester United in reported €33 million deal

first_imgUpdated at 15.10TEENAGE DEFENDER LUKE Shaw has signed for Manchester United from Southampton in a reported €33 million deal, it has been confirmed today.A statement on the United website read as follows:“Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Luke Shaw from Southampton Football Club. He joins on a four-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.”Reacting to the news, the 18-year-old said: ”I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United. I have been at Southampton since I was eight years old and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me.  I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and also looking forward to learning from the world-class players and management at the club.”Assistant boss Ryan Giggs added: “Luke is a very talented young left-back with great potential. He has developed immensely during his time at Southampton and has all the attributes to become a top player. I am delighted he has joined Manchester United as I believe this is the right club for him to continue his development as a young player and eventually fulfil that promise.”Shaw prematurely changed his Twitter bio to ‘Manchester United’ footballer earlier today, before promptly deleting it, as the news had yet to be officially announced.The star earlier underwent a medical at Old Trafford.‘He is an out-of-control womaniser, an Irishman without rules’ – Palermo axe Lafferty>Greece star Georgios Samaras invites young Irish fan to the World Cup>last_img read more

Junior doctors wont bother staying in Ireland unless tax breaks are introduced

first_imgTHERE ARE CALLS for junior doctors to be given tax breaks on student loan repayments to encourage them to stay in Ireland.The issue has already been put to the Taoiseach, Minister for Health, and Minister for Finance in a detailed report compiled by junior doctors.Fine Gael’s Seanad spokesperson on health Colm Burke said that as a result of a huge reduction in income, many cannot service their loans, some worth as much as €100,000.Students on the Graduate Entry Programme are required to pay full fees of up to €16,000 per year.“Every person who borrows money to start up a business is entitled to write off the interest against tax; so why should it be different for hospital doctors?,” the Senator said in a statement this morning.This previously wasn’t as much of an issue, as additional income was available from working overtime.However, this is not possible due to the full implementation of the EU Working Time Directive.Senator Burke said:I would support the introduction of a system whereby those who have paid full college fees would be entitled to write off the interest on their loans against tax.The Government came under fire last year from the European Commission for a failure to implement this directive on working hours.It limits working weeks to 48 hours on average, with a minimum daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours in every 24.“There are still numerous cases where junior doctors are regularly required to work continuous 36-hour shifts, to work over 100 hours in a single week and 70-75 hours per week on average, and to continue working without adequate breaks for rest or sleep,” the European Commission said last October.Read: Doctors’ organisation says politics getting in way of patient treatment >last_img read more

iPad 3 production may be exclusive to Foxconn

first_imgThere’s probably no manufacturing contract worth more at the moment than one from Apple. Even if the profit margins are small for each device produced, the orders are going to be in the millions so it soon adds up.With the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 now in steady, full production, the focus for manufacturers and Apple is who will be given the contract for the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5?Earlier this week it was suggested that Apple was thinking of splitting production of the next iPad between its existing partner Foxconn and Pegatron. But apparently Foxconn didn’t like that idea and has somehow managed to convince Apple to give it exclusive rights for iPad 3 manufacturing. That means the only good news for Pegatron is the 15 million iPhone 5 order Apple awarded the company.Apple is in full control of where these contracts go, and must have no shortage of offers on the table, so what did Foxconn do to persuade them? If I had to guess, I’d say the only thing Apple will respond to is guaranteed quality coupled with a low price.Foxconn has already proved it can deliver devices up to Apple’s strict design and quality standards, so it must have gone in very low with the price. So low that Apple was compelled to go exclusive due to the profit margin it could secure.If you think about it, that also fits with what Foxconn has been saying and doing lately. After recording a big loss for the financial year 2010, the Taiwanese company admitted that making Apple devices wasn’t that profitable. Foxconn has also now invested heavily to setup a chain of stores across China to sell Apple gadgets giving it two bites of the profit from each device it manufactures.While the deal may be exclusive for the time being, that’s really only going to be worth a 12 month contract before attention turns to the iPad 4. If Foxconn has its retail chain setup and profitable by then, it might be able to low-ball the manufacturing price indefinitely.Read more at DigiTimes and AppleInsiderlast_img read more

Civil service pay discrepancies still exist

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the government attempts to revise a unified pay structure for civil servants in a bid to iron out differences without increasing spending, a study of the new scheme reveals that discrepancies still abound, with employees in certain parts of the public sector receiving as much as 2,000 euros more per month than colleagues with the same qualifications.Finance Ministry employees have been singled out, who, apart from their monthly salaries, receive an additional payment larger than the gross monthly wage of a newly-appointed secondary school teacher, namely 1,092 euros.According to sources, officials are examining cutting the budget for the civil servants’ pay structure by 204 million euros, which is the total cost of the additional payments given out to some 66,000 employees, and redistributing the sum in a way that remains to be determined.Of the total cost for the bonuses, 113 million euros goes to employees of the Finance Ministry who receive an average of 500 and 1,000 euros per month in extra payments. In a few cases, staff receive up to 2,000 euros in bonus payments.The Finance Ministry has sought to explain the increased wages, noting that they go to employees working in “sensitive services” such as tax offices. However, a study of the new pay structure indicates that it is not just tax inspectors but administrative employees at the ministry who receive inflated salaries.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Faille de sécurité inquiétante détectée dans iOS 51

first_imgFaille de sécurité inquiétante détectée dans iOS 5.1Apple vient tout juste de présenter la dernière version de son iOS, censée corriger les failles de la précédente version, une petite nouvelle vient de faire son apparition… Dans ce cas, c’est la nouvelle version de Safari qui est impliquée.Découverte par MajorSecurity (lien non disponible) et reprise par le site Your Daily Mac, cette faille au sein du navigateur permettrait à un individu d’afficher une page web factice n’ayant rien à voir avec le lien demandé par l’utilisateur. Testée sur les derniers iPhone et iPad, cette faille se situe au niveau de la commande window.open de JavaScript, explique Logicielmac.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, extrêmement dangereuse, cette faille peut induire les utilisateurs en erreur, notamment s’ils naviguent sur le site de leur banque, leur compte PayPal ou tout site nécessitant le renseignement de données bancaires ou personnelles.Selon MacPlus, cette faille pourrait non seulement sévir sur le dernier iOS, mais également se glisser dans les versions précédentes…Apple n’a encore rien annoncé concernant ce problème, mais il est fortement conseillé aux utilisateurs d’avoir recours à d’autres navigateurs. Et si vous vous demandez à quoi ressemble la faille pour savoir si vous êtes touchés, MajorSecurity vous fait une petite démo (lien non disponible).Espérons que cette faille soit corrigée dans la mise à jour 5.1.1 d’iOS… Le 24 mars 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more