Dr. Phillips Urges Revenue Agency Staff to Help Improve Tax Compliance

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, says members of staff of the island’s revenue agencies have a key role to play in helping to improve tax compliance.Noting that individuals in the society have a “justifiable sense” that some persons “don’t carry their fair share of taxes,” he said tax compliance officers carry “a great weight” in making the system “much fairer for all”.Dr. Phillips was delivering the keynote address at a graduation ceremony for 28 personnel from Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), who completed the Tax Audit and Revenue Administration (TARA) Post Graduate Diploma programme, held today (April 10), at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.He said revenue compliance, and reform of the revenue departments, have been crucial to Jamaica’s economic reform programme.“A fair, equitable and efficient system of taxation is at the heart of, not only the stability of the economy, but more so, it is at the heart of the social cohesion which every well functioning society needs,” the Minister contended.Stating that “it is in all of us to do better,” Dr. Phillips contended that everyone paying their share of taxes will result in a lowering of tax rates.The Minister said he hopes for a time when tax compliance rates will be high, the system is fully automated, and revenue offices will deliver the best of service to clients.“That’s a future that is not beyond us. That’s a future that is within our grasp; we have to believe in ourselves, and our possibilities,” the Minister said.He commended the graduates, who participated in the training course conducted by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), and urged them, as they go back to their respective officers, to ensure that they provide quality service to the Jamaican public.The training was geared at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided at the tax offices, and also to equip personnel to handle complex tax undertakings, and eliminate or minimise errors.“We are expecting only the best from you, and …given the record of performance that was reported in the programme, we will not be disappointed,” Minister Phillips told the graduating students. RelatedOnline filing of Employers Annual Return (S02) due March 31 Dr. Phillips Urges Revenue Agency Staff to Help Improve Tax ComplianceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Dr. Phillips Urges Revenue Agency Staff to Help Improve Tax Compliance Finance & Public ServiceApril 11, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedPresident Obama Commends Gov’t on Strong Fiscal Discipline RelatedIMF Executive Board Completes Seventh Review Under EFFcenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips (left), presents Keisha Rochester Thomas, with the top performer award at the graduation ceremony for participants in Tax Administration Jamaica’s Tax Audit Revenue Administration (TARA) Post Graduate Diploma programme. The graduation ceremony for the training programme, conducted by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), was held on Friday (April 10), at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Story HighlightsMinister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, says members of staff of the island’s revenue agencies have a key role to play in helping to improve tax compliance.The Minister said he hopes for a time when tax compliance rates will be high, the system is fully automated, and revenue offices will deliver the best of service to clients. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

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Gotham Organization sued for unpaid rent at Park Ave South office

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCommercial Real EstateReal Estate Lawsuits Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Gotham Organization COO Phil Lavoie and 432 Park Avenue South (Google Maps)Developer Gotham Organization is facing a lawsuit over nearly $187,000 in outstanding rent at its 432 Park Avenue South office.An entity tied to Samco Properties — 432 Park South Realty Co LLC — claimed that Gotham has not paid the rent for its office since April, according to a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday. Gotham signed the lease for the property in 2015, and had been paying $41,000 per month in rent. Crain’s first reported the suit.In a statement to Crain’s, Gotham’s COO, Phil Lavoie, said that the developer was advised to withhold rent “after several attempts to compel Samco to address numerous deficiencies and incidents at our office.”“Gotham is currently in a dispute with its office landlord and has been advised by counsel to withhold rent until the landlord fulfills all of its obligations under the lease,” Lavoie said in the statement.Samco did not provide a comment to Crain’s. In the suit, it’s asking that Gotham pay back the $187,000 in back rent, any interest accrued since April and legal fees.In addition to the building at 432 Park Avenue South, Samco’s holdings in Manhattan include office properties at 333 Seventh Ave and 30 Irving place.Gotham has both residential and commercial properties throughout the city, including the Hunter’s Point South complex in Long Island City and the Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen.[Crain’s] — Raji Pandyalast_img read more

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Video shows gunmen spray bullets on New Jersey porch, hitting 15-year-old girl

first_imgABC7(NEW YORK) — Video captured the dramatic moment when a 15-year-old girl was wounded in a drive-by shooting after gunmen drove up to a porch in New Jersey and started spraying bullets.The teen — the last one in the door when the bullets started flying on the front porch in Newark Wednesday night — was shot several times, mostly by ricochet bullets to her arms and legs, said Mark Di Ionno, a spokesman for the city’s department of public safety.The girl, who was not identified, is reported to be in stable condition, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Catherine Adams.“Luckily she’s OK,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose told ABC New York station WABC-TV.“It was a summer night in the city … they were sitting out there on the porch,” Ambrose said.“We don’t know if she was the intended target, if she wasn’t the intended target, that’s all part of the investigation,” Ambrose told WABC-TV.No arrests have been made, Di Ionno said.“We do know that the vehicle is still at large,” Ambrose added. “It’s a stolen vehicle out of Montclair, [New Jersey].”No arrests have been made, Di Ionno said.“We do know that the vehicle is still at large,” Ambrose added. “It’s a stolen vehicle out of Montclair, [New Jersey].”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Where the streets have new names

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Mehdi Benatia signs for Juventus on one-year loan

first_img CEST The 29-year-old Benatia returns to Serie A, after two seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayern.  “Juventus announces that they have reached an agreement with Bayern Munich for the temporary acquisition, until June 30, 2017, of the footballer Mehdi Benatia for three million euros. In a statement released on their official website, the Turin club confirmed: The centre-back arrived in Turin on Thursday morning to undergo medical checks, and signed his new contract on Friday. 15/07/2016 at 20:05 Italian champions Juventus have signed Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia on a one-season loan from Bayern Munich. The contract also provides the opportunity for Juventus to exercise the option to buy the player permanently, before May 30, 2017, for 17 million euros.”  EFE/Sport EN He had previously represented Udinese and Roma in the Italian league. He becomes the third signing of the summer for ‘The Old Lady’, following the captures of Miralem Pjanic from Roma, and Dani Alves from Barcelona.last_img read more

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Jose can’t change his squad now… he has to stop moaning and focus on winning

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has had his say about Manchester United this summer — but it’s all been moaning. It’s hard to compare Jose now to the version that arrived at Chelsea all those years ago in 2004.That Jose was witty, smiling, arrogant in a good way. But this Mourinho, the one we are seeing at United, seems to be fighting, frowning and snarling at every single person.7 Jose Mourinho was left frustrated by being unable to sign the players he wanted this summerCredit: EPAI don’t know if he’s like that on the training ground — but I suspect the Paul Pogba situation will be a fascinating one to observe and see what pans out.I’ve read this week about Pogba wanting to leave before the European transfer deadline at the end of the month and in truth that wouldn’t surprise me.We saw the best of Pogba in the World Cup.  Didier Deschamps managed to get top performances out of him in the games he played in the summer and he played very, very well.He has to replicate that for United but it’s also Mourinho’s job to get the best out of him.7 Jose Mourinho complained about the lack of new signings at Old Trafford this summerCredit: EPA7 Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have not landed their transfer targetsCredit: ESPNPogba did his bit on Friday in the 2-1 opening win over Leicester.He played well, scored the penalty — showing real confidence — but now he has to do that every single week.When you look at the United squad, it is very, very talented.David De Gea in goal, Eric Bailly at the back, Nemanja Matic, Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Fred and Juan Mata — then Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial up front.But they finished 19 points behind Manchester City last season, and didn’t win a trophy after picking up two the season before.It is imperative that they get back to winning silverware. United doesn’t seem a happy ship — and that’s coming from the manager.7 Paul Pogba converted his spot-kick as Man United beat Leicester 2-1Credit: EPAlatest paul pogba newsPOSTAL PILLSRevenue seize 40,000 tablets of ‘Xanax’ illegally sent to Dublin addressNEW SERVICESAn Post workers to check in on elderly and vulnerable during Covid-19 crisisCOVID HALTAn Post say price increase on stamps will be postponed over Covid-19MAIL ONAn Post won’t shut during coronavirus pandemic as welfare arrangements madePOST STOPAn Post suspends mail services between Ireland and China as coronavirus spreadsSIGNED, SEALED, DELIVEREDAn Post are set to have zero-emission deliveries in six citiesIn every interview Mourinho is complaining and frowning and looking to scowl at everybody.He can’t change the squad now. He has to work with the players he has got and that IS a talented group of players.The moaning must stop now and he has to get his head round winning football matches.There is a lot of opposition out there this year. Liverpool have spent a lot to try to get nearer to City, while the champions splashed out £60million on Riyad Mahrez.Jose has got to get that United squad to a position where they are starting to challenge City.7 Jose Mourinho has been critical of Luke Shaw in the past but the player reckons he can reach his peak under the PortugueseCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdLast season City had effectively won the title by January and that can’t be allowed to happen again this year if you are a United fan, player or manager.What you have to look at is that Mourinho lost the power battle with the players in the dressing room at both Real Madrid and Chelsea.We haven’t really seen Sanchez kick a ball for United since he arrived in January.He’s shown nowhere near the ability we know he has.7 Tensions are high between Paul Pogba and Manchester United manager Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd then there has been this constant criticism of Pogba and Luke Shaw.Jose must know that if he keeps on picking fights with his players he will never win. Whether we like it or not, the players have all the power these days — they will win.That was proved at Chelsea. Those players, top players, didn’t want to perform for him.Then in came Antonio Conte, who won the title with basically the same bunch of players.If Jose is not careful, just continuing with the constant criticism, something similar will happen at Manchester United.The important thing on Friday night was that they won the game. They weren’t brilliant by any means but they took the three points, which is what they had to do.They have to improve and I’m sure they will. It’s too early in the season to really judge.But the most important thing was winning — because you can imagine the reaction if they hadn’t beaten Leicester after all the negatives surrounding them this summer.SPURS got off to a winning start without playing too well but I really think they will regret not buying anybody this summer.Yes, they did great business getting big stars players Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier and of course Mauricio Pochettino to sign new contracts at the end of last season.But you have to freshen it up with one or two players.7 Mauricio Pochettino was not able to make a single signing for Tottenham in the transfer windowCredit: PA:Press Associationlatest manchester city newsperiod dramaLiveline listeners furious with Tampax ad on RTE claiming it ‘violates women’Video’JOHN LEWIS, EAT YOUR HEART OUT’Irish cafe set to go viral with special Christmas advertCULTURE CLASHThese 26 pictures show stark difference ‘modesty’ laws make to advertising in the Middle EastSEX ‘DOESN’T SELL’Provocative ads ‘don’t boost sales’ and can even have a NEGATIVE effect on brands, research claimsA VERY AD HABITTobacco firms used to go to ridiculous lengths to flog fags – and as packaging goes plain here are some of the most absurdFORGETTING YOUR ROOTS?Shea Moisture hair care firm slammed for ‘whitewashing’ its adverts by its black customersI remember when we won the league at Blackburn in 1994-95 and Ray Harford made a big mistake by not adding to that squad and giving everybody another opportunity.The following season Manchester United won the title back.It’s the same with Spurs. If Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City feel they had to strengthen, why didn’t Tottenham?I fear for them that later in the year, when the games start coming thick and fast in all the competitions, it is a mistake that will start to show.Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERE Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola fears his Premier League hopes could be hit by absent World Cup playerslast_img read more

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Abracadabar Lounge Tour + Video

first_imgShare This!As someone who adores the BoardWalk area and is fascinated by anything to do with magic, I was so excited when I heard about the development of this lounge.However, it wasn’t until my most recent work trip to Walt Disney World that I finally had the chance to peek inside.Step inside with me in this tour of Abracadabar!Have you been to this lounge? How was your cocktail? Let me know below!last_img

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Open Source: Enterprises Favor an Open Source Cloud Stack

first_imgOpenStack is a software cloud stack that provides a packaged do-it-yourself (DIY) cloud service platform for hosting providers.  Rackspace Hosting and NASA started the Apache-licensed Open Source project in July 2010.  The goal for the OpenStack project is to make it easy for any organization to set up cloud computing services that will run on standard hardware.  Members of the OpenStack project now include Citrix Systems, Dell, AMD, Intel, Canonical, SUSE Linux, HP, and Cisco.OpenStack competes with and is the Open Source alternative to VMWare’s vCloud offering.  vSphere/vCloud has tried to leverage its success in the virtualization market with its cloud offering.  vCloud provides a platform that is suitable for private, hybrid and public cloud solutions.  Prior to OpenStack, other than vCloud there were few options for enterprise customers looking to roll their own cloud solutions.OpenStack has been out for about a year now, and a new survey from ZenOSS, a cloud management company, shows that it’s getting traction.   Bill Karpovich, CEO of Zenoss, said that “OpenStack’s growth over the past year is a testament to the power of open.  As a supporter of the project from its early days, we are excited to see it have such a big impact. We’ll continue to support the OpenStack project and aim to provide its users with the most complete monitoring and analysis solution available.”Some of the findings of the ZenOSS report on OpenStack are:Not surprisingly, those organizations that rated their comfort level high with Open Source were more prone to use OpenStack compared to VMWare/vCloud.The more networked devices an organization has, the more likely that organization is to be considering creation of an internal private cloudSimilarly, the more networked devices an organization had, the more important open source is to them.  60 percent of 20,000+ device organizations favor Open Source, compared with 40 percent of 1000 device organizations.VMWare and OpenStack are roughly tied currently in the cloud platform software space.  Together they represent about 80 percent of the marketThe two most important characteristics of a cloud are high availability and good performancelast_img read more

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Newfoundland journalist facing appearance in court after Muskrat Falls protest says bad

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsA journalist named in a court subpoena in Labrador calls it a dangerous precedent.One Justin Brake said could impact freedom of the press.Brake was covering the ongoing protest at Muskrat Falls.Trina explains what got him into [email protected]last_img

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US wholesale prices shoot up 34 per cent over past year

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.3 per cent in June, a slight slowing from May. But the 12-month gain was the fastest in more than six years, adding to evidence that inflation is beginning to rise after years of weak price gains.The Labor Department said Wednesday that the June increase in its producer price index — which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer — followed a 0.5 per cent rise in May. The deceleration reflected a big drop in food costs in June and a much smaller increase in energy prices.However, wholesale prices over the past 12 months have surged 3.4 per cent. That marks the largest 12-month gain since a 3.7 per cent rise in the 12 months ending November 2011.The acceleration in wholesale prices is evident in various other price gauges. The government will report on June consumer prices Thursday, but the 12-month increase through May showed a gain of 2.8 per cent. An inflation gauge favoured by the Federal Reserve has finally reached the Fed’s 2 per cent target for annual increases after six years of undershooting it.The central bank in June boosted its key interest rate for a second time this year and signalled that it expected to raise rates a total of four times in 2018. While overall prices have finally begun to rise, wage gains so far have remained modest. But economists believe with unemployment at a low 4 per cent, wage increases should begin to accelerate.The Fed is expected to keep boosting its benchmark interest rate at a moderate pace unless it sees signs that inflation and wage gains are starting to rise too quickly, a development that would prompt faster Fed rate hikes to keep the economy from overheating.For June, core inflation at the wholesale level was up 0.3 per cent and 2.8 per cent over the past year.Energy costs rose 0.8 per cent in June on top of a much more rapid 4.8 per cent surge in May. Food costs, however, fell by 1.1 per cent, led by a 13.8 per cent drop in the price of vegetables.last_img read more

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