CAIRO – Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah will stand trial on March 23 for allegedly participating in a violent protest, state media reported Saturday, amid concerns the military-installed regime is increasingly stifling dissent.Abdel Fattah was a well-known activist and blogger during the 2011 uprising that overthrew strongman Hosni Mubarak, and supported the military’s ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi two years later.But he and other activists have since clashed with the new military-installed government, which has waged an extensive crackdown on both Islamists and secular activists like him. He had been hailed as an “icon of the revolution” by the military-installed presidency after Morsi’s overthrow, before he began protesting against the newregime.Abdel Fattah will face trial with 24 other defendants for a November protest against a clause in the constitution allowing the military to court martial civilians, the official MENA news agency reported.Abdel Fattah is charged with assaulting a police officer during the protest, held in violation of a law that bans all but police-sanctioned demonstrations.Three other prominent secular activists have been sentenced to three years in prison for violating the law.In an appeal hearing last week, the activists alleged they were beaten by policemen for almost 15 minutes before they were ushered into the caged dock at the court room, prompting their lawyers to walk out in protest at their treatment.Many liberal and leftist activists who opposed both Mubarak and Morsi now say they fear rights are being eroded by an emboldened interior ministry that has arrested dissidents and journalists.Egypt is due to hold presidential elections this spring that will likely be contested and won by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has distanced himself from the practices of Mubarak’s regime.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said several mortar rounds landed near the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) offices, a local school and a local police station. No group has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack. As a precautionary measure, UN staff have been sent to a base of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), a disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan. UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Ali Al-Za’tari called the attack a reprehensible violation of international humanitarian law. According to media reports from Sudan, there were a number of civilian casualties. “UN and humanitarian partners have not been able to deliver assistance to people in need in the SPLM-North controlled areas of South Kordofan for quite some time, but are continuing to provide relief assistance to people affected by the fighting in government-controlled areas of the state,” OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told reporters in Geneva, using the acronym for the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). Lat month the UN Security Council voiced grave concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and neighbouring Blue Nile state and urged the Sudanese Government to expedite the unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance to the affected civilian populations as rapidly as possible. The two states, which lie on the border with South Sudan, have been beset by fighting between Sudanese forces and the SPLM-N since last year. The SPLM-N was previously part of the rebel movement that fought for the independence of South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan last year.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs down the field with the ball as quarterback Trace McSorley (9) blocks Michigan State linebacker Chris Frey (23) at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Penn State won, 45-12. Credit: Courtesy of TNSLocation: College Park, Pennsylvania2016 Record: 11-3 (8-1 Big Ten)Head Coach: James Franklin2017 Record so far: 2-0All-Time Record vs. Ohio State: 14-17What’s has happened thus far in 2017: Penn State has flexed its muscles early this season with commanding wins against Akron (52-0) and in-state Pittsburgh (33-14). The team has averaged 440.5 yards per game and allowed just a single touchdown. Both the passing attack, led by redshirt junior quarterback Trace McSorley, and the rushing attack, led by Heisman-hopeful junior running back Saquon Barkley, have been extremely effective thus far as the Nittany Lions have accumulated at least 390 yards in each game.Impact PlayerBarkley makes for the obvious choice of impact player. A season ago, Barkley finished 14th among FBS players with 1,496 rushing yards and tied for seventh with 18 rushing touchdowns. Barkley is making his presence felt once again this fall, rushing for 260 yards on 28 carries (9.3 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He has also provided McSorley with another reliable receiver, with 99 receiving yards on seven catches, including a touchdown. If Penn State’s offense is going to be one of the best in the nation, Barkley will be counted on to be its catalyst.StrengthsPlain and simple, everything about the Penn State offense is the team’s strength. In addition to Barkley’s excellence, the passing game has returned practically all of its weapons from a season ago. Though its leading receiver Chris Godwin departed for the NFL, the next four of its top receivers from 2016 — Mike Gesicki, DaeSean Hamilton, DeAndre Thompkins and Barkley — all returned to the team. The Nittany Lions averaged 37.6 points per game last season (21st in the nation) and returned an offensive line that allowed just one sack last season. WeaknessesPenn State is one of the most well-rounded teams in college football, but its main weakness would probably come from its secondary. Opponents threw for 3,033 yards and 18 touchdowns while Penn State only picked off 10 passes in 2016. The team seems to have improved in the area to begin the season as it has allowed only 136.5 passing yards per game, no passing touchdowns and has intercepted three passes already. However, neither Pittsburgh nor Akron were known for their passing offenses, so it’s possible the defense has yet to receive its first real test.
Aron Baynes hit a clutch shot in the lane in the final three seconds to take the San Antonio Spurs to a 106-104 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night.The Hawks trailed by 14 before rallying in the fourth quarter. Kyle Korver carried the Hawks with 26 points and three of them tied the game 97-97 in the fourth. Al Horford scored 13 points; DeMarre Carroll, 14 points; and Jeff Teague scored 15 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at 104-104.But that wasn’t enough to stop the Spurs, Tony Parker scored 17 points, 13 of them in the third quarter alone, to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan sunk 16 points with eight rebounds in 19 minutes; Marco Belinelli, 13 points; and Manu Ginobili scored 11 points for the Spurs.The Spurs went into the locker rooms with a 44-41 lead at halftime.San Antonio is working with 12 of the same players from last season, including all five starters that lost to Miami in the 2013 finals.The Spurs will return to Miami to play LeBron and company in their next preseason game Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 ET on NBATV.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump had an hourlong discussion Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin — the first since Trump assumed office last week — raising questions over the fate of U.S. sanctions against Moscow and whether the two will look to enhance military cooperation against the Islamic State group.The White House provided a thin readout on the call between the two leaders, saying it was “a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.” The two leaders discussed “a range in topics from mutual cooperation in defeating ISIS to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including Syria,” the White House statement said, using an acronym for the militant group.A White House official later said sanctions did not come up in Saturday’s call between Trump and Putin. The official said Putin brought up several times that Islamic terrorism was a “common foe” for the U.S. and Russia. The official was not authorized to disclose details of the call by name and insisted on anonymity.Contrary to statements from the White House, the Kremlin said that the two leaders addressed the importance of “restoring mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between business circles of the two countries.”
A local developer might finally make headway with his request to rescind a decade-old development agreement in east Vancouver.Asghar Sadri asked the city to remove the agreement — or at least the use restrictions — because it’s restricting his ability to develop a parcel of land on Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard near Hearthwood Boulevard.The Vancouver Planning Commission recommended the agreement stay intact, especially the use restrictions which prohibit drive-thru businesses, 24-hour services, gas stations, self-serve storage businesses and car washes.The Vancouver City Council first considered Sadri’s request and the planning commission’s recommendation in July. The council didn’t indicate it would go against the commission’s reasoning but used the issue to spark a larger policy discussion about planning for the future.At Monday’s meeting, however, much of the council indicated it may favor honoring Sadri’s request — at least to some extent.The council was open to the idea of renegotiating the development agreement to remove some of the land-use restrictions.“It feels as though we’re putting additional restrictions on one parcel where we didn’t put restrictions on parcels that are similar,” said Councilor Alishia Topper. “It almost feels like we are a day late and a dollar short if we really want to drive that corridor.”Topper added that it seems the development agreement is disproportionately impacting Sadri’s parcel of land.Councilor Bart Hansen said that the agreement in place is now managing via exception.“I look at some of the properties nearby and I think we’re being a little bit overreaching,” Hansen said. “I would like a happy medium to be met.”
Book it: Passage of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s property tax levy increase is all but sealed.After another 801 ballots in Clark County were counted on Friday, the measure still leads 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent across its four-county territory.The library district gained 14 votes in the “yes” category, which put its positive spread at 460 votes.With only an estimated 700 ballots left to be counted in Clark County, it would take nearly a 6-to-1 “no” vote to flip the result: Highly improbable.“It seems extraordinarily unlikely these results would change,” said Greg Kimsey, county auditor.Bruce Ziegman, FVRL executive director, also stopped short of declaring a done deal.“It’s a big relief. It looks real good,” Ziegman said on Friday afternoon.The tax measure still trails in Clark County by 1,133 votes. Friday’s updated count was 38,449 votes for, 39,582 against — failing, by 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent.But strong support in Klickitat (63.7 percent) and Skamania (52.7 percent) more than offset that deficit. In the Woodland area of Cowlitz County, the levy trails, 255 votes to 288.No ballot updates were due in those three counties until next week. For all of Skamania County, only about 25 ballots remain uncounted.The new grand total for the levy, through Friday: 43,645 votes for, 43,185 votes against.Oregon delivers joltClearly, the upriver Columbia Gorge vote saved the district’s bacon.Besides crediting library boosters’ campaign there to corral votes, Ziegman noted the July 1 closure of all three Hood River County library branches.The closure came after residents in that neighboring Oregon county rejected a May 18 library funding measure, 54 percent to 46 percent.In no time, Oregonians who long had held reciprocal library privileges streamed into the Stevenson and White Salmon library branches — only to learn they now must pay $95 for a FVRL library card, to access books and other materials.“It was a big impact here,” said Jennifer Hull, librarian at the White Salmon branch. “I think it scared the heck out of everybody. It is sort of shocking, when an institution that’s been there for 100 years, overnight, is gone.” (Hood River libraries date back to 1912.)High unemployment persists in Skamania and Klickitat counties, giving library services such as Internet access that much more value, Hull said.“It’s not fair to say it’s just a fear factor” triggered by the Hood River closure that energized voters this week, Ziegman said. “Those libraries are centerpieces in those communities, in White Salmon and Stevenson, and they really care about it.”
The FTSE 100 index of large UK-quoted companies is around its lows for this year, having lurched 7% lower in the latest sell-off this month. It sits today just above the key 6,000 level, having started this year around 6,600. Global shares are not faring much better, with the MSCI World index 2% lower today than at the start of the year (Chart 1). So the strong performance we saw from January to April, when the FTSE rose 8%, has been more than given away in the following 8 months.Where has the money been lost? Well, given the slump in global oil and commodity prices, it is perhaps unsurprising to find out that the Oil and Mining sectors have been the worst performers in the FTSE this year (Chart 2).But it is not just these two sectors that have dragged the FTSE down this year; Banks have also been a poor performer, down 16% from the start of the year, led by Standard Chartered, which has lost nearly half of its value since the beginning of 2015.What has done well this year? Property stocks, NasdaqDespite the FTSEs poor performance, there are some areas of the stock market that have performed well.First of all, the UK real estate sector has done well with a 7% gain year to date, comprising property companies such as British Land, Land Securities and Hammerson.Secondly, Technology stocks have done well, with US tech giants such as Microsoft and Amazon close to year highs.This can be seen in the outperformance of the iShares UK Property ETF (code: IUKP) and the Powershares Nasdaq 100 ETF (code: EQQQ) since the beginning of this year (Chart 3).Both of these exchange-traded funds have outperformed the FTSE 100 index by a wide margin over the year, by over 17% since January. And I think this can continue into the New Year as well.Property supported by solid economic trendsThe UK economy continues to grow well, which is precisely why the Bank of England is considering raising interest rates sometime this year. Property in particular is sensitive to economic growth trends, so should continue to deliver god returns on the back of this domestic trend.Commercial property values continue to rise steadily, with strong growth in London and the South East in common with residential house prices, and still offer reasonable rental yields to investors. All of this suggests that the UK property ETF can continue to perform well into 2016.Nasdaq helped by strong technology trends.The Nasdaq technology-rich index in the US has performed well up to now, fuelled by strong performance of the four Tech Horsemen â€“ Google (now called Alphabet), Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.The strong growth both in cloud computing and online retailing is fuelling these technology stocks, and should continue to drive profit growth in 2016 as well. So there is good reason to expect the Nasdaq index, and the Nasdaq 100 ETF, to continue to make further gains into 2016.A 2016 stock pick: British AerospaceIf you are looking for a UK share to buy for 2016, then I would suggest British Aerospace (UK code: BA). Why? Well, because one key trend that I see is a substantial increase in defence spending by NATO countries including the UK, US, France and Germany next year driven by the need to intervene against Islamic State (Isis) more forcefully in Syria and elsewhere, plus to counter the rising military power of Russia.British Aerospace is well-positioned to capitalise on this trend as it is a huge supplier of defence equipment such as aircraft, missiles and tanks to these countries. In addition, it pays a handsome 5% dividend yield, so also providing the investor with a generous dividend income too.So those are my three investing ideas for 2016 that should benefit from a rebound in stock markets â€“ the iShares UK Property ETF (IUKD), the Powershares Nasdaq EQQQ ETF (EQQQ) and British Aerospace (BA.). Close
Tsar Ivan the Terrible, a man who greatly increased Russia’s power and prestige, was known for being vindictive, cruel, and paranoid. He was the first Russian monarch who adopted Tsar of All Russia as his title. He came on the throne at the age of 16, in 1547, and his nearly four-decades-long reign was marked by efforts to expand the territories of Russia. Though there were losses, due to the lost Livonian War (1558-1583) and the inception of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569) — which cut Russia’s connection to the Baltic Sea — Ivan’s Russia extended south of Moscow towards the Caspian Sea, and on the east to the vastness of Serbia.Ivan’s family life was, however, filled with more losses than gains. He became a father eight times, but his fatherhood did not go well. Many of his children he lost as infants, and one of them was even killed by his own hand — an episode depicted in a famous painting by Ilya Repin: Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan.Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan, painting by Ilya Repin, 1885.Things were sometimes tense and unpleasant also with the spouses. Poisoning, drowning, being sent to a nunnery, or exiled — these were some of the things prescribed to happen had you been one of Ivan the Terrible’s eight Tsarinas.Of the eight women Ivan married, only the first three were recognized his legitimate wives by the church, only the first wife did he truly love, and at least two of the seven “replacements” might be a fabricated story.Anastasia Romanova on the Monument “Millennium of Russia” in Veliky Novgorod. Photo by Дар Ветер, CC BY-SA 3.0Ivan’s first wife was Anastasia Romanovna, with whom he entered a union shortly after being crowned. They remained together until Anastasia’s death 13 years later, in the summer of 1560. By this point, the Tsar and Tsarina had six children, of whom four died at a very young age.Word has it that Ivan chose Anastasia Romanovna out of 1,500 potential brides who were brought to him by nobles from all corners of Russia. His flighty and volatile nature was soothed and calmed in the presence of Tsarina Anastasia. Her death evoked some of Ivan’s first blasts of paranoia.He threw blame at the Russian boyars, suggesting that they poisoned his wife. He supposedly assumed the nobles were trying to poison him, but his wife became the accidental victim.Historical Mixed Media Figure of Anastasia Romanova produced by artist/historian George S. Stuart and photographed by Peter d’Aprix. Peter d’Aprix CC BY-SA 3.0Ivan’s dislike of the Boyars eventually grew to boiling point after the death of the tsarina, and he ordered the torture and executions of a number of people. Acts like this are how he earned the nickname Terrible.Modern research has suggested that Anastasia could indeed have been a victim of mercury poisoning. Traces of the element was found in high concentration in the tsarina’s hair.Forensic facial reconstruction of Ivan IV by Mikhail Gerasimov. Photo by Shakko – CC BY-SA 3.0It is uncertain if Ivan truly loved the wives that followed. His second wife was Maria Temryukovna, the daughter of a Muslim prince. Russian lore tells us that on her deathbed, Anastasia told Ivan to not wed a pagan, which Maria Temryukovna would have been considered. However, the tsar was lured by Maria’s extraordinary beauty.Tsarina Maria did not bring much joy to the Russian royal home. She was disliked and was not respected because of her character. She failed to be a good stepmother to Ivan’s two surviving sons, and never truly fitted into the royal household. During their eight years of marriage, Maria bore Ivan one son who died just a few months after birth.Maria Temryukovna’s seal ring.Temryukovna’s death in 1569 is again a suspected case of poisoning. Some say Ivan conducted the wrongdoing himself. However, as if this was the reprised epilogue of his first marriage, the tsar again used a long list of people to torture and execute, only now for the death of his second wife.8 Words you will NEVER hear the Royal Family sayNext followed a two-year-long quest to find Ivan’s third wife — which would be the last marriage to be blessed by the church. The quest led to 19-year-old Marfa Vasilevna Sobakina, a girl raised in a merchant family. But her time as tsarina was rather shorter than the quest to find her. A few days after the wedding, Marfa Vasilevna Sobakina, fell sick. Ivan entered a new cycle of paranoia. Some assume she was poisoned by a fertility potion.Marfa Sobakina, forensic facial reconstruction by S. A. Nikitin. Photo by Sergey Nikitin CC BY-SA 3.0Within a year, the suffering Russian tsar proceeded to marry his fourth spouse, in 1572. Her name was Anna Alexeievna Koltovskaya. As it turned out, Ivan’s fourth tsarina was infertile and so she was sent to a nunnery. Now the path was clear for Ivan’s fifth wife: Anna Vasilchikova.Details are scarce about Vasilchikova, but knowing Ivan, there must have been some sort of issue since this wife too was consigned to a monastery. The marriage ended in 1576.Tsarina Anna Koltovskaya (nun Daria)’s grave.While Ivan’s former spouse Anna Alexeievna Koltovskaya reached longevity in the nunnery — one of only two of Ivan the Terrible’s wives to outlive him — Anna Vasilchikova faced death shortly after was escorted out of the royal home. There is speculation she was killed under the orders of Ivan.And then comes Vasilisa Melentyeva, the sixth and legendary wife of Ivan the Terrible. Melentyeva might be an invented story dating from the 19th century. The tale goes that his sixth wife arrived as a widow to the royal home in 1579. She became the new companion of Ivan, but she also found a love interest in another man, Prince Devletev.Tsar Ivan IV admires his sixth wife Vasilisa Melentyeva, painting by Grigory Sedov, 1875.Ivan found out that his wife was cheating on him, and had her sent to…the nunnery, of course. But before that, she allegedly witnessed the painful execution that was ordered on her lover. Some versions of the story say Vasilisa Melentyeva might have actually been one of Ivan’s concubines.Vasilisa Melentyeva, portrait by Nikolai Nevrev in 1886.Maria Dolgorukaya is the name of Ivan’s seventh wife, but she also might be fictional. Ivan allegedly married Dolgorukaya, a far-flung descendant of Yuri Dolgorukiy, the prince credited with founding the city of Moscow, in 1580. She was caught in an act of infidelity and punished with drowning.And somehow, Ivan’s last wife, Maria Nagaya survived. The tsar died in 1584, three years into their union which resulted with the birth of their son, Dmitry. After the tsar’s death, Maria Nagaya was banished from the palace. Her son Dmitry was assassinated in 1591.Ivan IV’s death by K.Makovsky (1888The former tsarina was sent to a monastery after that. She would die 24 years after the death of Tsar Ivan, in 1608. Just enough time for her to get involved in another royal drama: She recognized at least one of the four “Fake Dmitry’s” who tried to claim the throne as an impostor.Read another story from us: A Russian museum patron’s vodka-fueled attack of a painting highlights the controversy over Ivan the Terrible’s role in his son’s demiseFinally, there is at least one woman who wisely spared herself from the troubles guaranteed for anyone becoming the wife of Ivan the Terrible. It is said that the Russian tsar proposed to Queen Elizabeth I, but the famous tenant of the English throne declined. We can only imagine the course of history had such a union taken place.
Disable Windows 10 hiding scroll bars by Martin Brinkmann on July 16, 2018 in Windows – 30 commentsOne of the changes that Microsoft introduced in the company’s Windows 10 operating system affected the appearance of scroll bars on the system.The default behavior hides scroll bars automatically in Windows. While that feature is limited to (mostly) Windows Store applications and not desktop apps, it affects all users as native apps like Settings use the system as well.Microsoft uses the term hiding and that is correct as the scroll bar is hidden automatically when a window becomes inactive.Activation, e.g. clicking on the window to make it the foreground window, does not display the full scroll bar but a smaller one. Only when you interact with the scroll bar is the full scroll bar displayed.While some users may find the feature useful, as it may display more information in a program window thanks to the extra bits of width for content, others may dislike it because it may be more difficult to interact with the scroll bar.You need to move the mouse over the scroll bar area and wait for a moment to expand it from thin to full, and when you move the mouse away it goes back to the thin version automatically.Disable Windows 10’s hide scroll bars featureMicrosoft, thankfully, added an option to Windows 10 to disable the functionality. Here is how you do that on your system:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application. You can alternatively select Start > Settings if you prefer to use the mouse.Go to Ease of Access > Display.Find the “Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows” preference and set it to off.You should notice that scroll bars return to the big state automatically and that Windows 10 does not hide them anymore on the system once you have made the change in the Settings application.You can restore the status quo at any time by setting the preference to on again in the Settings application.Closing WordsThe new visual tweak to hide scroll bars on Windows 10 gives applications a bit of extra space for content. While that is always appreciated, having to wait a short moment before the full scroll bar is displayed may not be appealing to some users of the operating system.Those can disable the functionality to restore full scroll bars across the system. Some users may not come across hidden scroll bars that much as it depends on whether they use Store apps or native apps regularly.Now You: What is your take on hiding scroll bars?SummaryArticle NameDisable Windows 10 hiding scroll barsDescriptionFind out how to disable the scroll bar hiding of the Windows 10 operating system so that scroll bars are displayed in full all the time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Finance Ministry officials this week presented a series of amendments to Costa Rica’s sales and income tax laws in the hopes of increasing revenue by around ₡600,000 million ($1.1 billion). That would represent 2 percent of the national economy, officials said.The proposal, however, faces serious opposition from some business owners, legislators and unions.“As always happens, the consumer will end up suffering the consequences,” Francisco Ovares, president of Costa Rica’s Private Accountants Association, said Thursday.“We believe all affected sectors should read and do a deep analysis of the proposal,” Ovares said, “but most importantly, they should communicate their concerns to the Finance Ministry.”One of the major proposed changes would swap the current sales tax for a value added tax, and increase the rate gradually from the current 13 percent to 15 percent by 2017. Switching to a value added tax would mean most services, as well as goods, would be taxed.Businesses operating within free-zone regimes would remain exempt from the tax. Education and private health services would also be exempt, except for surgery and hospitalization.Tourism activities would be exempt for the first year after the law goes into effect, then levied a 5 percent tax in the second year, 10 percent in the third and 15 percent starting the fourth year.Services provided by self-employed professionals — including doctors, lawyers, architects and accountants — would be taxed. Concert and sports tickets, plastic surgery and cosmetic services, among others, would also be taxed.The proposal does include a provision designed to soften the effects of tax increases on the poor. Authorities would define a package of essential goods and services that would be exempt from the value added tax.The package would be revised periodically based on results of the National Institute of Statistics and Census’s survey of household income and expenses.Final drafts of the bills will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly for discussion and voting between April 13 and 17, Finance Minister Helio Fallas said.Proposed changes to income tax lawThe proposal includes two new salary brackets for income tax purposes. Monthly income above ₡2,225,000 million ($4,120) and up to ₡4,450,000 ($8,240) would be taxed at 20 percent.All monthly income above ₡4,450,000 would be taxed at 25 percent.Currently, monthly income above ₡793,000 ($1,469) and up to ₡1,190,000 ($2,200) is taxed at 10 percent, while all income above ₡1,190,000 is taxed at 15 percent.Monthly income under ₡793,000 ($1,469) would remain tax-exempt.The proposal would also tax all remittances paid to individuals and businesses outside of the country.In addition, large cooperatives would have to pay a 30 percent tax on their profits (all cooperatives are currently exempt).Micro, small and medium-sized businesses would be exempt as long as they are registered as such with the Economy Ministry.Private companies that provide energy generation services would also be exempt.Mario Hidalgo Matlock, a tax expert with the consulting company Deloitte, said the proposed tax law changes weren’t new.“They are very similar to those proposed during the last four or five administrations,” he said.He said the proposed expansion of taxed services would especially hit small entrepreneurs and businesses, like beauty parlors.He said the proposed tax on remittances “would affect the country’s appeal for attracting investors and even retirees and foreign residents sending remittances from here,” Hidalgo added.Drafts of both tax bills, along with forms that citizens can use to submit comments and suggestions, are available for download at the ministry’s website.Negative reactionsThe tax proposals generated plenty of criticism from different sectors of Costa Rican society.Leaders of the country’s main labor unions rejected both proposals. Eight major public and private sector unions grouped under the Patria Justa Coalition of Labor Unions, issued a joint statement, saying the proposed changes would disproportionately affect the poor and those who already pay most of the taxes.“The government is opting for the easy way to solve its (economic) problems,” they said.“Transforming the sales tax into a value added tax will only aggravate the already unfair tax structure,” the union leaders wrote. “Poor citizens are not the ones stealing or dodging tax money.”Labor leaders said they were considering street demonstrations against the proposed changes.The business sector was more guarded in its reaction. Luis Mesalles Jorba, vice president of the Costa Rican Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations, said the group would consult its members before submitting observations to the Finance Ministry.Mesalles said that any solution to the problem should combine fiscal reforms with tighter controls on public spending.He acknowledged that the government has already taken some actions to control spending, but said it had yet to address bigger problems, such as yearly wage adjustments and large cash benefits received by many bureaucrats.The outlook for the bill’s passage in the Legislative Assembly is dubious.Leaders from five parties — the National Liberation Party, Christian Democratic Alliance, Broad Front, Social Christian Unity Party and Libertarian Movement — publicly said they will vote against the government’s plan.Instead of raising taxes, they said the government should make further efforts to cut public spending and improve tax collection.During the full Assembly’s session on Wednesday, Libertarian Movement leader Otto Guevara Guth said his party will vote “against taking more money out of Costa Ricans’ pockets.”Social Christian Unity Party leader Rafael Ortiz Fábrega said his party “will not tolerate employers and taxpayers having to pay for the government’s inefficiency.”He said his party won’t approve any tax reform as long as the government fails to propose concrete measures for reducing spending.Comments and suggestions regarding the proposed reforms must be submitted via a template available on the Finance Ministry’s website and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or sent by fax: 2255-4874.The deadline to send comments is March 27. 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Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2011-08-05 Ryan Schuette Share Fresh on the heels of a 512-point nosedive by the “”Dow Jones Industrial Average””:http://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=INDEXDJX:DJI, the U.S. economy added 117,000 jobs over July, beating less ideal estimates and soothing markets anxious about a recession repeat. Construction, leasing, and financial sectors roped in a marginal number of new hires, reflecting still-slow growth in housing.[IMAGE] According to the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm, which bases jobs reports on payroll information it collects, the number of unemployed people and the unemployment rate moved ever so slightly over July, as joblessness hovered at 13.9 million nationally and the latter continued at 9.1 percent. The total labor force stayed somewhat static at 153.2 million last month.””I think the tagline really is that it diminishes fears that the U.S. falls into the recession,”” says Paul Dales, a senior U.S. economist at “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/. “”But the big news is that the labor market hasn’t recovered at all really. The outlook remains pretty weak.””Among major sectors of the workforce, the private sector brought on 154,000 over July, with the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/ attributing much of the surge to a handful of industries that include health care, manufacturing, mining, and retail trade. Government workers saw the way out of employment, with some 22.085 jobs over June declining to 20,858 by July as wobbly state governments trimmed their budgets and vacated social services.[COLUMN_BREAK]The number of unemployed people dipped by 387,000 over July, even as 6.2 million, some 44.4 percent of the jobless, stayed unemployed over the long haul.Still reflecting a limping industry, gains in construction new hires nonetheless amplified last month’s National Association of Home Builders report on improving home builder confidence. The construction industry as a whole added 5,814 jobs, up from 5,734 in June, with 3,639.4 specialty trade contractors going home with paychecks over 3,582 from the past month. Heavy and civil engineering picked up jobs to the tune of 908.9 over July, up from 898.8 from June.The financial sector also stayed flat, with real estate, rental, and leasing services revealing only marginal gains in new hires. Some 1,973 hires in real estate crept forward to about 1,983, with new faces in rental and leasing services dropping by 0.6 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.””Construction has been relatively flat over the past 12 months,”” says Catherine Wood, a current employment statistics economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “”Finance has also been relatively flat all year. Over the past 12 months they lost 15,000 jobs and that’s not statistically significant.””Real estate rental leasing was all flat or all slightly downward and has been fairly flat over the past year,”” she says.Dales underscores the supply-and-demand dynamics at play.””There is simply no need for new homes to be built,”” Dales says. “”The fact is that household formations are low, the current excess supply of unsold homes is high, and there are plenty of foreclosed homes that need to be resolved first before new ones can be built. That’s impacting employment in the construction sector and anything related to housing.””His bottom line: “”Anything in housing will continue to remain sluggish for the next two years.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Housing Sectors Add Few New Hires in July August 5, 2011 457 Views
We should have seen it coming.The team’s formula success was something like great defense + mostly-competent offense + outstanding special teams = wins, and that was fun while it worked. But it was not sustainable. Certain areas needed to improve, and that they haven’t is now costing this team on a weekly basis.Falling from 4-0 to 4-3 would be bad in itself, but a quick glance at the schedule reveals a likelihood of the Cardinals reaching 4-6. Think about it: this team could be in the midst of its second six-game losing streak in two seasons. That’s not acceptable.A friend asked me the other day “let’s say the Cards finish 6-10, do you fire Whisenhunt and promote Horton?”The thought behind the idea is that Ray Horton, who has turned Arizona’s defense into one of the best in the league, is too valuable to watch leave for another team. And Whisenhunt, for all the good things he’s done in the Valley, would have just finished with his third-straight sub-par campaign. Do you give the head coach more time to fix things, even if it costs you one of the game’s rising stars?I didn’t have an answer for my friend, and I won’t for a little while. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Like after every game this season, I fully planned on writing about the Arizona Cardinals’ 21-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.I didn’t (sorry, boss).That it was Arizona’s third-consecutive loss should be cause for concern.That the Cardinals lost a game win which the opposing quarterback threw for just 58 yards should be cause for one pulling their hair out.That the Cardinals seem more likely to become the fourth team since 2008 to start a season 4-0 and miss the postseason should be reason to be upset. If anything his question is one for later down the road, if it even must be asked at all. While it may be getting easier to project this team going forward, the fact of the matter is there is still more than half a season left to be played. A lot can change. Or nothing will change. Not long ago, my colleague Dave Burns wrote if we want to love the Cardinals we’ll have to learn to live with their flaws. Problem is not only will we have to learn to live with their flaws, but accept the fact that they will ultimately be too much for this team to overcome. – / 21 But I’m not. Bummed, sure. But not upset.Guess that comes with understanding and accepting who these Cardinals are.A team with an outstanding defense, a solid special teams and an offense that even the 1994 Cardinals feel bad for. For those who don’t remember, that was Buddy Ryan’s first year in the Valley, and his team scored fewer than 15 points per game. The Cards gave up fewer than 17 points per game that season, and rode that defense to an 8-8 record.Actually, now that I think of it, the 2012 and 1994 Cardinals have a lot in common. Now all we need is Ken Whisenhunt to leave the final game of the 2013 season before it’s actually over and we’ll actually have something.Anyway, the point is it’s taken seven games, but now we have a real good idea of who and what the Arizona Cardinals are and what they are not.They are equal parts exciting and depressing, enjoyable and frustrating. They are severely flawed on offense and incredibly capable on defense. They are capable of beating anyone on any given Sunday. Yet, as of this moment it’s tough to picture this team winning another game. Until the offense starts getting out of its own way (or begins to get in a defensive lineman’s) this team will struggle to score points. As great as the defense is, it’s obvious the deficiency on the other side of the football is just too much to overcome. Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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