App giants progress in UAE, Telegram woes worsen

first_img Apple faces the music in Europe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 01 MAY 2018 Chris Donkin Previous ArticleQualcomm eases patent rules for 5GNext ArticleWhatsApp CEO quits amid Facebook data scandal Microsoft and Apple reportedly opened talks with authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a bid to have a ban on independent third party video and voice calls lifted, while Iran hit rival Telegram with a ban on national security grounds.Currently voice and video calls on Microsoft’s Skype and Apple’s FaceTime are banned in the UAE, along with similar app-based VoIP services, unless providers reach an agreement with one of the country’s mobile operators to run the service over a licensed network.However, following investments from both companies into the region the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority entered talks on revising its policy, Gulf News reported.Microsoft plans to open data centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, while Apple invested in retail sites in the country.Although video and voice calling services over third party apps fall foul of regulation, messaging services are allowed alongside operator-approved voice services. Both of the country’s licensed operators – Etisalat and du – include access to apps Botim and C’Me as a bolt-on option on some tariffs.Telegram issuesWhile progress is apparently being made by big-name app brands in the UAE on service expansion, rival Telegram’s regulatory issues appeared to worsen.Following a well-publicised ban in Russia, Reuters reported Telegram has fallen foul of authorities in Iran, which slapped the company with a ban on national security grounds. The move follows a court judgement the app had been used to spread anti-establishment propaganda, promote anti-government protests and distribute material deemed inappropriate. Australia watchdog moves to open up app market HomeAppsNews App giants progress in UAE, Telegram woes worsen Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more center_img AppleFaceTimeMicrosoftSkypeTelegram Apps Author Tags Related UK consumers seek £1.5B from Applelast_img read more

PBA Gov’s Cup opens today

first_imgNLEX Road Warriors has brought backOluseyi Ashaolu while Eugene Phelps will also be coming back for Phoenix FuelMasters. Romeo Travis leads the casts ofreturning imports. He aims to lead Magnolia Hotshots in its title retentionbid. Meralco Bolts will pin their hopesagain on Allen Durham. Allen Durham returns anew as import for the Meralco Bolts in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. FIBA PHOTO Blackwater Elite also has returningimport in either Aaron Fuller or Marcus Blakely. MANILA – Eight returning and fournewcomer imports are set to suit up in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, which opensthis afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. NorthPort Batang Pier taps theservices of Mychal Ammons while Rain or Shine Elasto Painters signed up JoelWright. TNT KaTropa, for the second straightconference, has brought in an import with NBA experience in former HoustonRockets guard K. J. McDaniels while Columbian Dyip signed up Khapri Alston. Justin Brownlee is also coming back asBarangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings eyes to reclaim its lost throne in theseason-ending conference. Dez Wells, meanwhile, will try to helpthe San Miguel Beermen complete its Grand Slam bid in the Governors’ Cup whilelast year’s runner-up Alaska Aces will bring in new face in Justin Watts. Facing in the curtain raiser at 4:30p.m. are the Aces and the Dyip, while the Painters will test the mettle of theBatang Pier in the main game at 7 p.m./PNlast_img read more

Young Alaskans Prepare for LNG Project

first_imgNikiski High School, located right by the proposed LNG terminus, is already offering Career and Technical Education classes, rewarding students with certification in skills like welding which will prepare them for industry careers. 30 students enrolled in welding classes this semester alone. Ayers: “The focus of our oil and gas plan is really to cover through 2018. And it’s really important in terms of workforce development to use the funds that we have available, to time them appropriately so that the work force is ready at the time that the employers need them. These projects are going to demand thousands of qualified workers and many of those workers are just entering our middle and high schools right now.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Construction on the AK LNG Project’s gasline terminal could begin as soon as 2019, opening up thousands of job in the Nikiski area. Wanetta Ayers, former Director of the Division of Economic Development, was charged with laying out a solid training plan for the future…center_img Ayers says it’s important for the LNG Project and for Alaskans that workers have the necessary skills at the time the Project is hiring. Local high schools recognize their current freshmen will be entering the workforce just in time to take advantage of the burgeoning labor market, but they need to start training now.last_img read more

A home away from home for Bombers

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT WGCA Premier Division review – round 6 EMERALD v CARDINIA THE Bombers will have to wait until…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Show knows where its roots are

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Moulding minds and shaping futures

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Real Madrid lose top Euro club crown to Barcelona despite Champions League win

first_imgBARCELONA have beaten Real Madrid to be crowned the biggest club in Europe.According to the Euro Club Index, the Spanish champions have overtaken their rivals in the rankings despite Real winning a third consecutive Champions League title at the weekend.4 Real Madrid have lost their crown as Europe’s biggest club to BarcelonaCredit: AFPThe list is put together by sports data company Gracenote and uses various factors to determine positions, such as performances away from home and in domestic cup competitions.Real were ranked No 1 this time last year but trade places with Barcelona, who were previously second.Bayern Munich remain in third, while Juventus have climbed from fifth to fourth.Manchester City make up the top five after rising three places, with Tottenham the next best-ranked English side in ninth – four positions better than last season.Real Madrid lift the Champions League trophy after beating Liverpool in Kiev4 The news comes on the back of Real Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League triumphCredit: Getty Images2018 Euro Club Index 1-251. Barcelona2. Real Madrid3. Bayern Munich4. Juventus5. Man City6. PSG7. Atletico Madrid8. Napoli9. Spurs10. Man Utd11. Liverpool12. Chelsea13. Roma14. Sevilla15. Arsenal16. Shakhtar Donetsk17. Monaco18. Porto19. Borussia Dortmund20. Valencia21. Benfica22. Lyon23. Lazio24. Schalke25. VillarrealManchester United are tenth, having climbed six places under Jose Mourinho, while Liverpool are 11th with an impressive rise of eight positions.But it’s bad news for Chelsea, who slip five places into 12th, with Arsenal 15th after going down by four notches.SAM’S TOWN Man Utd target Umtiti will only leave Barcelona if they tell him to goParis Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Napoli are also in the top ten, with Valencia up 25 places into 20th following their terrific top four La Liga finish.Leicester and Everton are 54th and 55th respectively, showing the gap between the top six and the rest of the Premier League, with neither Milan side making the top 25.Latest Barcelona newsGossipMATT’S YER LOTArsenal ‘offered chance to land Coutinho for £9m in swap with Guendouzi’GossipCOUT PRICE DEALArsenal in talks over Coutinho loan with Barca paying share of £240k wagesPHIL YER BOOTSCoutinho would prove he’s world class at Arsenal or Spurs, says RivaldoGossipPHIL IT COMINGArsenal leading Coutinho race after agent talks but Guendouzi swap off tableBIG COUCoutinho’s agent confirms he wants Prem return with Arsenal and Tottenham linkedGossipOUT FOR THE COUTPhilippe Coutinho ‘considering move to Arsenal, Leicester or Tottenham’2018 Euro Club Index 26-5026. CSKA Moscow27. Sporting Lisbon28. Inter Milan29. Besiktas30. Dynamo Kiev31. Bayer Leverkusen32. AC Milan33. Zenit St Petersburg34. Atalanta35. Marseille36. Red Bull Salzburg37. Hoffenheim38. Spartak Moscow39. RB Leipzig40. Fenerbahce41. Fiorentina42. FC Basel43. PSV Eindhoven44. Ajax45. Celta46. Espanyol47. Lokomotiv Moscow48. Gladbach49. Real Sociedad50. Istanbul Basaksehir4 Man City are up to fifth after winning the Premier League titleCredit: REUTERS4 Chelsea have slipped down to 12th after missing out on the top fourCredit: AFPFootball legends Rivaldo and Deco surprise fans during kickabout at Barcelona’s training ground Most Read In SportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraCHOPPER BOTHERJohn Terry ignores hol advice & travels to ‘off-limits’ Portugal by chopperlast_img read more

Protect Your Home from Cold Weather

first_imgWinter is off to a cold start this year with temperatures dropping in the single digits, experts recommend making sure your home is ready for Jack Frost.The Insurance Information Institute says water damage and freezing account for almost 22 percent of all homeowners’ insurance claims. Frozen pipes are a common cold weather problem, and Kristin Davis, family and consumer sciences extension agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, says those have to be addressed well before the mercury drops.“It’s really important to keep an eye on the weather, because protecting your pipes is something that’s better done as a preventive measure,” she says. “Typically, insulating the pipes that are running on the perimeter of the home.”In addition to wrapping exposed pipes, Davis says it’s important to seal air leaks around pipes that may allow cold air to seep into the rest of the house. She says you should also disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain any water from pipes leading to the home’s exterior.Davis says beyond concerns over freezing pipes, it’s a good idea to examine the exterior and surroundings of your home, before and immediately after a storm.“One of the things that’s important is making sure that we’re also looking at if there are any roof leaks, and if there are any tree branches that may be leading towards the home,” says Davis. “After a winter storm, citizens find out about trees that are diseased, or that have been damaged from the heavy ice.”Experts also recommend checking sprinkler or irrigation systems, making sure everything is turned off and drained for the winter.last_img read more

Mbeki condemns attacks

first_imgTamara O’ReillyCalling the events of the last two weeks “an absolute disgrace”, President Thabo Mbeki has publicly condemned the recent spate of violent attacks on foreigners by South Africans.Speaking to the nation via a radio and television broadcast on Sunday 25 May – it also being Africa Day or the day when the African Union was formed – Mbeki said the nation should mark the day with their heads bowed.“Never since the birth of our democracy, have we witnessed such callousness. As part of the reflection that Africa Day requires of all of us, we must acknowledge the events of the past two weeks as an absolute disgrace.”Attacks on foreigners have gained momentum since they began two weeks ago, starting in Johannesburg and spreading to Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town. Media reports around the world have featured shocking images of violence against foreigners, including cold-blooded acts of murder, brutal assault, looting and destruction of their property.Attackers are claiming that foreigners provide cheap labour, robbing South Africans of jobs and that they are responsible for crime. But whatever the reasons, says Mbeki, these attacks are unacceptable and senseless. “Whatever concerns exist, including those about housing, jobs and so on, these can and must be addressed in a manner that is consistent with the dignified, humane and caring characteristics that define the majority of our people – not through criminal means. They must be addressed through the structures of our democratic system.”According to police reports, so far 50 foreigners have been killed, about 35 000 have been displaced and thousands who are here legally, illegally or as asylum seekers are leaving the country. It is believed that about three million foreigners live in South Africa.The president’s broadcast came amid accusations from political leaders and analysts that Mbeki has not done enough to deal with the attacks. “It was a very good speech but belated,” said analyst Sipho Seepe of the South African Institute of Race Relations on public radio SABC on Monday. “The challenge is not about condemnation it’s about taking steps immediately when there is mayhem in the country.”Last week Mbeki called in the South African National Defence Force to quell the outbreak of violence in provinces around the country and citizens and various organisations have rallied together to provide shelter and food for those displaced by the attacks. Mbeki added that although these attacks taint the country’s image, not all South Africans should be painted with the same brush.“Many of our people, black and white, have come out to condemn this barbarity, offering food, shelter and clothing to those affected,” said Mbeki. “We commend and thank all these patriots and appeal to them to continue their good work, to reject and isolate the criminals in our midst and extend a hand of friendship to our foreign guests who are nothing more than our fellow human beings.”Mbeki said that South Africans should not forget that the county’s democracy was achieved through support from other African countries. “We must never forget that our economy was built by the combined labour of Africans drawn from all countries of our region, many of whom died in our mines together with their fellow South African workers.“Neither should we forget that many people from other African countries helped to build our liberation movement, while many in our region died because of apartheid aggression as they supported us in the struggle to defeat apartheid.”Tutu apologises for inhumanityArchbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, well known as an outspoken champion of human rights, last week expressed his sorrow over the violence. “I want to apologise, to ask for forgiveness on behalf of our people,” said Tutu. “I am deeply, deeply sorry. I want to apologise that we could be so inhuman. Please, please, I call on our people, don’t let us dehumanise ourselves. We are acting contrary to our best nature. We are acting contrary to those we should be showing gratitude to who helped us become what we are, a free nation.”Kgalema Motlanthe, Member of Parliament and deputy president of the ruling African National Congress, told local and international journalists and media players at the International Media Forum that the ANC unequivocally condemns such acts.“It becomes the natural obligation of all South Africans to condemn these barbaric acts and we call on all South Africans to take a stand against such acts and condemn them as hate crimes,” said Mothlante. “They can only take our society backwards … these attacks across our townships are not only an attack on foreigners, but an attack on the values of our civil society. We call on all our leaders to unite to call a halt to these senseless attacks.”Useful linksSouth African Government InformationBua NewsRelated articlesTutu condemns attacks Hate violence must end: Mbekilast_img read more

Income from Gravel Mined on Common Tribal Land Taxable (Perkins, TC)

first_imgNative Americans’ income from selling gravel mined on tribal land was taxable. Neither the treaties cited nor the General Allotment Act excluded the gravel income. In addition, the taxpayers were liable for the late-filing penalty. However, they were not liable for an accuracy-related penalty. The IRS failed to show that a supervisor approved in writing the accuracy-related penalty before issuing the deficiency notice.BackgroundThe taxpayers were Native Americans living on tribal lands. They requested and received tribal permission to mine gravel on tribal property. On their returns, the taxpayers claimed that the income they earned from selling the gravel was exempt from income tax because it was derived from tribal land. They cited to the General Allotment Act, the Canandaigua Treaty and the Treaty of 1842 to support their argument. However, the IRS determined that the gravel income was taxable. Then, the taxpayers paid one year’s tax and filed a refund claim in federal district court, which agreed with their argument. For the other two years, they filed a petition for redetermination in the Tax Court.Allotted landThe Tax Court rejected the taxpayers’ argument that their income was exempt from taxation under the General Allotment Act of 1887. The General Allotment Act did not apply to individuals and did not excuse the taxpayers from paying tax on the income they earned. In addition, the Tax Court rejected the taxpayers’ argument that the Canandaigua Treaty exempted their gravel income from tax. The guaranty not to “disturb the free use and enjoyment of tribal land” did not include a tax exemption for income derived directly from the land. Moreover, the Tax Court found that the treaty did not provide rights to individual Native Americans. Rather, the treaty granted rights to the Indian Nations. (In the related case, the district court found that the treaty did create rights for the individuals because their income was derived from tribal land).Common Tribal LandFurther, the tax exemption recognized by the Supreme Court in Capoeman (56-1 ustc ¶9474) only applies to income derived from allotted land. However, the land the individuals mined for gravel was not allotted to them. The gravel was taken from land that was part of the common tribal land. And, income derived from common tribal land, rather than allotted land, is taxable.Finally, the Treaty of 1842 did not exempt from taxation the couple’s gravel sale income. The taxpayers argued that the treaty explicitly exempted from tax income derived from the use of tribal land. However, the 1842 Treaty clearly prohibited only the taxation of real property and the gravel was not attached to the land when it was sold. Therefore, the 1842 Treaty did not exempt from tax income from the sale of gravel mined on common tribal land.PenaltiesThe taxpayers were liable for the failure to timely file penalty. The taxpayers filed the returns late and they did not address this penalty in their brief. However, the taxpayers were not liable for an accuracy-related penalty. The IRS failed to show that a supervisor approved the penalty in writing before issuing the deficiency notice.Related case at DC N.Y., 2017-2 ustc ¶50,407.A. Perkins, 150 TC —, No. 6, Dec. 61,129Other References: Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more