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World champion Hamilton dismisses tax ‘dodge’ row

first_imgHamilton’s lawyers have said the tax structure leading to the VAT refund was entirely legal. Noting that his spokesmen had already put out a press release, Hamilton said “I don’t really have much more to add.”“I’ve just come from this great period of time with my family and friends that I have this huge wave of positive energy and nothing can really dent that,” he said.“That doesn’t distract me from my core values and also what I’m here to do, which is trying to win this Brazilian Grand Prix for the second time in my life in 10 years.” Share on: WhatsApp Sao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday dismissed a row over his avoidance of taxes on a luxury jet, saying he’s only thinking about this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.“I’m just solely focused on trying to win this race this weekend. I still have two races to go. I don’t really have anything to add to the whole scenario that’s happening,” he told reporters in Brazil’s biggest city ahead of Sunday’s race.The British driver, who was crowned world champion for the fourth time last month in Mexico City, reportedly got a £3.3 million ($4.4 million, €3.7 million) VAT refund in 2013 after his airplane was imported into the Isle of Man — a low-tax British Crown Dependency.The allegation was part of revelations in the so-called Paradise Papers, a trove of documents about the tax avoidance practices of the rich leaked from elite accountancy firm Appleby to the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.last_img read more

Klopp calls for Liverpool focus after Euro spree

first_imgBut having seen his team crash 4-1 at Tottenham Hotspur after thrashing Maribor 7-0 earlier in the group phase, Klopp is desperate for his men not to ease up ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Everton.“We showed tonight that we learnt from the mistake we made in Seville,” Klopp said, referring to Liverpool’s 3-3 draw against Sevilla on their previous Group E outing, when they had squandered a 3-0 lead.“Now we have to show that we learnt from the mistake we made after Maribor when we faced Tottenham. We will be ready again on Sunday and if the crowd are ready to help us, it would be nice again.”A brace from Coutinho, the first a penalty, and an opportunistic Firmino strike put Liverpool 3-0 up inside 18 minutes and they turned the screw after half-time.Mane and Coutinho struck in quick succession, the latter completing his first Liverpool hat-trick, before further neatly worked goals from Mane and Salah took the team’s goal tally to 32 in nine matches.Klopp could not disguise the extent to which he had enjoyed watching his team, saying they had scored “fantastic goals, unbelievably nice goals”, but there was an accompanying note of caution. – ‘Learn a lesson’ –As group winners, Liverpool should theoretically receive a kinder draw in the last 16, but with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid among their potential opponents, Klopp does not expect any favours.“I think it’s really strange this year in the group phase,” said the German after Liverpool ended a nine-year wait to reach the knockout phase.“In the last 16 of the Champions League, they’re always strong sides, but this year it’s quite special.“I don’t think you can often face Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and Juventus in the last 16 if you win the group. And all the others. That’s quite interesting.“(Chelsea manager) Antonio Conte said it yesterday: there are no easy opponents.“I don’t think anybody will be happy when they get us in the draw, so we will not be happy when we see who we will face in the next round. But we will be ready, that’s for sure.”Spartak coach Massimo Carrera, whose team dropped into the Europa League, issued a scathing verdict on his side’s performance, saying his players had “almost played like they were afraid”.But he said playing in the Champions League had been a broadly positive experience.“If we forget today’s result, our campaign went pretty well,” said the Italian, whose team face city rivals CSKA Moscow this weekend.“We knew it would be a good result to go through to the Europa League and we achieved it.“We’ll try to forget this game for now, but we’ll try to learn a lesson from it.”Share on: WhatsApp “We should not think it will be like this from now on until the end of our entire lives,” he said.Emre Can received a booking that rules him out of the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 tie and Klopp admitted an injury that forced left-back Alberto Moreno to limp off in tears had further dampened the mood.“We come to the little shadow tonight that Alberto Moreno needed to get substituted,” said Klopp.“It was a strange situation. He’s a tough guy and if he cannot continue the game, then we should consider it could be something serious.“In the treatment room he was a little bit more positive, so maybe we are lucky and it’s not too serious.”center_img Liverpool players celebrate . They crashed Spartak Moscow 7-0 to reach the last 16Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp urged his Liverpool players not to succumb to the hype generated by their own scintillating performances after they crushed Spartak Moscow to reach the Champions League knockout rounds.Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ shone in a 7-0 trouncing of Spartak on Wednesday, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick, Sadio Mane claiming a double and both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah finding the net.last_img read more

From Mini-golf to Wedding Bells, Here’s What’s Going on this Weekend

first_imgAbout the Author:Morgan Forde is a local college student from Yelm, who plans to double-major in political science and journalism. She enjoys writing, reading novels, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Saturday 1/29: Could you use some Daddy-Daughter time with the little princess in your life? Look no further than the Capital High School’s annual Father-Daughter Dance from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Capital High School (2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502). This year’s theme is, “An Enchanted Evening Princess Ball,” all princesses three years of age and older are eligible to attend along with their fathers, or father figures. There will be dancing, hot fudge sundays, and corsages for the princesses. Tickets for this magical evening cost $34 per couple and can be purchased online at: www.seatyourself.biz/capitalosd Any questions can be directed to event coordinator Mary Ellen Jones at: [email protected] 1/30: Are there wedding bells ringing in your future? This Sunday, Centralia will have all you need to plan your upcoming wedding (the event runs from 10AM-4PM). At the South Sound Wedding Show (Great Wolf Lodge: 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia, WA), watch fashion shows featuring the latest in bridal fashions and tuxedos, and enter to win door prizes including discounts on photography, restaurant coupons, massages and more. You can even meet wedding professionals who can help you with any of your needs. If you are planning a wedding you cannot afford to miss this event, tickets cost only $8 and are sold at the doors. For more information visit the event page at:http://www.southsoundweddingshowolympia.com/olympia/index.phpFor added events see our Thurston County Events Calendar! Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Saturday 1/29: In the mood for a round of mini golf without the winter chills? The Washington Center (512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501) has converted Stages one and two into a mini-golfing wonderland. This Saturday is the family version of the event, complete with face-painting, and inflatable obstacle course, and hot dogs at the end of the holes. The event starts at 11AM. For more details visit their website at: www.washingtoncenter.org or call their box office at: (360) 753-8586Saturday 1/29: The Japanese Oshogatsu festival will be held at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St SE, Olympia WA  ) from 10AM through 4PM this Saturday. There will be all sorts of cultural activities to watch, and participate in, for all ages. There will be arts and crafts for the children, Aikido, Kendo/Taido (Japanese fencing) demonstrations, Taiko drumming performances, a traditional tea ceremony, traditional meals, and much more.last_img read more

Fire service ‘showers’ local hotel with help!

first_imgStaff at the Radisson Blu hotel in Letterkenny had a very unusual emergency call to make yesterday.The hotel found itself without enough water for its guests to shower after a disruption locally.Management contacted the local fire service who came to their rescue. Quick as a flash, two units of the Letterkenny fire service were on hand to fill the tanks of the popular hotel and there was no delay in guests getting ready for the day ahead.Council staff followed up on the quick response of the fire service with a permanent solution to the water shortage.Fire service ‘showers’ local hotel with help! was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local clubs linked with swoops

first_imgChelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has identified Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze and Porto’s Joao Moutinho as his top three transfer targets, according to The Times.And The Sun report that Fulham are lining up Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard as a potential replacement for Bobby Zamora, whose future at Craven Cottage remains under scrutiny.The paper say Fulham plan to bid £4m for Maynard, whose Robins contract is due to expire at the end of the season.Related story: Fulham monitor Robins striker Maynard (23 November)The Daily Mirror claim QPR boss Neil Warnock has jumped to the front of the race for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.Manager Neil Warnock has been linked with a number of strikers.The R’s had a scout at the SPL side’s weekend win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend, prompting speculation they plan to bid for Jelavic.Sunderland are also reported to be interested in the player, who is valued by the Glasgow club at £10m but apparently could be sold for £7m if a deal can be struck.Related story: QPR boss shrugs off link with JelavicMeanwhile, Sky Sports report that Adel Taarabt is unhappy about being left out of the QPR side.He is quoted as saying: “I am not happy to sit on the bench – my job is to play football.”And talkSPORT report that Brentford are bidding to sign striker Rory Donnelly from Cliftonville despite Liverpool and Swansea also being interested in the 19-year-old.Related story: Brentford eye Irish striker Donnelly (2 December) This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Citro commits to Marymount

first_imgMolly Citro, the leader of McKinleyville High’s championship girls golf team, signed a letter of intent to play collegiate golf at Marymount University (Arlington, Va.), Monday afternoon at Beau Pre Golf Course in McKinelyville.Citro was the 2018 Humboldt-Del Norte League individual champion, captaining her Panthers to a second-straight North Coast Section Division-II title last season. The McKinleyville girls are the only team in the H-DNL to have captured a section title, let alone two, in …last_img read more

Everybody Wants a Piece of the Mobile Advertising Market – Opera Acquires AdMarvel

first_imgIt seems like everybody is scrambling to secure a piece of the mobile advertising market these days. Google is still sorting out the details of its AdMob acquisition, but barring any regulatory snafus, the acquisition should go through in the next few months. Apple acquired the relatively unknown mobile advertising network Quattro earlier this month. Today, Opera announced that it has acquired AdMarvel, a San Mateo-based mobile advertising company. According to Opera’s new CEO Lars Boilesen, about 50 million people access the web through Opera on their mobile browsers. AdMarvel, Opera and the iPhone It’s interesting to note that AdMarvel also offers an iPhone SDK for developers. At the time of the launch of the iPhone SDK, AdMarvel CEO described the iPhone as “an amazingly innovative platform.” Opera hasn’t announced any plans to bring its browser to the iPhone. When we talked to Opera’s former CEO Jon von Tetzchner in December, he noted that the company wasn’t averse to launching a browser on the iPhone, but Apple’s App Store approval process was holding the company back from even trying to get an app into the store for the time being. It is worth noting, though, that Opera does offer an Android app.Augmenting Revenue Streams Through Mobile AdvertisingThere can be little doubt that mobile advertising is one of the fastest growing markets in the mobile ecosystem. Google obviously wants a piece of this market through the AdMob acquisition. The company’s own AdSense and AdWords programs offers mobile solutions, but the popularity of AdSense and AdWords hasn’t really translated into success in the mobile space yet. Apple’s acquisition of Quattro is a curious move, as advertising isn’t exactly one of Apple’s core competencies.For Opera this move makes sense, though. Just like Apple hopes to profit directly from the iPhone apps and mobile sites that use Quattro, Opera will be able to profit from sites that use AdMarvel. Neither Apple nor Opera are traditional advertising companies, but both clearly believe that the mobile advertising market is poised for growth and that they can augment their current revenue streams by dipping their toes into this business. Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#advertising#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Gain a Job, Lose Two Jobs: Do Tech Companies Wield Too Much Power?

first_imgI’m a big fan of maxims and technology. It should be no surprise, then, that Melvin Kranzbergs six laws of technology really speak to me. Perhaps my favorite is, “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” There have always been – and will always be – winners and losers. Lately I have been wondering if there have been too many of the latter and not enough of the former.Guest author Phil Simon is an independent technology consultant and a dynamic public speaker for hire. He focuses on the intersection of business and technology. Phil is the author of two books: Why New Systems Fail and The Next Wave of Technologies. He maintains a blog, writes for a number of technology media outlets, and hosts the podcast Technology Today.What specifically am I talking about? I’m talking about how there are only a few companies and industries actually creating jobs these days – and how they’re certainly in the driver’s seat. In this post, I’ll take a realistic (as opposed to moralistic) look at the power that technology companies are wielding these days vis-à-vis job creation.Supply and Demand at WorkConsider the recent announcement by Facebook to create 200 jobs in Austin, Texas. However, there’s a hitch. The company’s U.S. expansion is contingent upon Austin officials approving considerable tax breaks.Some might question why local governments would essentially bid for jobs. It’s really quite simple: supply and demand. In this case, the demand for jobs is quite high while the supply is not. What’s more, from Austin’s perspective, the costs of lost tax revenues need to be viewed against the self-explanatory benefits of newly created jobs.Google in North CarolinaWith that in mind, it’s hard to blame Facebook or Austin city officials for trying to make a deal. In fact, they are hardly the first parties to work out a sweetheart deal. I can cite a number of recent examples of organizations that have played would-be suitors against each other for the purposes of procuring the lowest corporate taxes.Perhaps the most publicized recent case involved Google and Research Park, North Carolina. In that very piece, Rick Smith writes about the complicated negotiations that Google executives held with public officials about job creation – and the subsequent public backlash. Smith rightly asks two questions: Should North Carolina government officials accede to Google’s demands? And what’s the alternative?Technology’s Role in UnemploymentSo there’s a fundamental imbalance between the supply and demand of jobs. Let’s not pretend that this has never happened before. However, let’s compare The Great Recession with previous economic crises. What’s different this time? Two things.First, technology has made jobs more portable, less tied to an individual community. It’s not as if Procter & Gamble in 1932 could make contemporary arguments in an attempt to bargain for tax concessions from local government. Employees had to work near other employees; they weren’t virtual.Now, my plumber still needs to be local but he is increasingly the exception to the rule. High-tech companies such as Facebook and Google can take their operations virtually anywhere around the globe. What’s more, without getting all political, U.S. tax laws are hardly as employer-friendly as that of other countries that are equally if not more desperate for job creation. Don’t think that tech companies are not acutely aware of these facts when they make local U.S. communities in essence bid for job, a trend that will continue.Second, technology seems to be destroying jobs much faster than it is creating others. German economist Joseph Schumpeter coined a term for this phenomenon in 1942: creative destruction. No doubt that has endured for both its relevance and its wonderful dichotomy.Technology has always been a disruptive force, but has it become a net negative with respect to job creation? Journalists certainly come to mind. Also, what about the downward pressure that technology exerts on wages? What about the emergence of “The Disposable Worker“. As Peter Coy, Michelle Conlin and Moira Herbst argue in a recent BusinessWeek article, more and more people are forced to work as independent contractors, absent the benefits of W-2 – e.g., health benefits, sick time, etc.Business Realities and the Swinging PendulumLet’s not kid ourselves here. No economic system is perfect. With capitalism, you have to take the fleas with the dog. Publicly traded corporations such as Google have a fiduciary obligation to their shareholders to maximize profits. As for privately held companies such as Facebook, VCs investing millions of dollars surely want to see a ROI sooner rather than later.Bottom line: We can’t blame any organization for minimizing expenses and seeking the lowest taxes, the biggest loopholes. Current economic conditions allow companies to be extremely picky with regard to hiring and establishing new offices. The pendulum has swung squarely to their side.The Downside of the Internet and GlobalizationThe question becomes: Is the pendulum permanently stuck on the side of employers? In other words, have globalization, the widespread adoption of broadband, and collaborative tools collectively put too much power in the hands of employers? If so, then are employers unjustly wielding their power to extort onerous terms from communities desperate for job creation?I know enough about economics and history to rarely use the term “permanently.” To me, it’s the acme of foolishness. I’d also argue, however, that it’s equally foolish to take a Pollyannaish view of technology. Returning to Kranzberg for a moment, technology always creates winners and losers. For the foreseeable future at least, it appears as if employers will fall into the former group.Photo by dreamguy. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Google#Government#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1last_img read more

For All You Know

first_imgFor all you know:Your dream client is no longer in love with their long time provider. In fact, they moved on 6 months ago, and they are still not happy. Right now, they are getting ready to look for a new provider.That prospect that never used a product or service like you has had a change of circumstances, making what you sell something they now need. They’re not sure where to look to find help, and they are searching for someone with answers.That past client company that left you three years ago has had complete turnover in their management team, and no one there has any memory of your company, positive or negative. They’re not married to anyone, and they are open to new ideas.That lead that doesn’t look like much and clearly hasn’t been qualified is a multi-million dollar user who happened upon your company when they were referred by a friend. They reached out to engage with someone, but they are moving on because no one followed up.That price conscious prospect who you could never do business with now perceives what you sell as something strategic. After being disappointed by three of your competitors in a row, they are now sufficiently disabused of the idea that they can have what they need and the lowest price.Your irrational competitor is strapped for cash and struggling to stay afloat. While you are perceiving them as a threat because they sell on price alone, they are close to the brink of disaster and suffering from serious quality issues.That dream client who doesn’t answer your emails does in fact answer their telephone. Your competitor just booked an appointment because she had the audacity to dial and was pitch perfect in her approach. She’s going to be sitting with the decision-makers next week in a face-to-face meeting because she is willing to do what others are not.Your dream client took your pricing and proposal and met with their team, but they didn’t have the answers to the questions that surfaced in that meeting. Since no one was there to help them with good counsel, they decided to punt the initiative into next year.For all you know, you never really know unless you do the work to discover what is true right now. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more