Business The top Dutch tax politician has denied meeting representatives of Uber Technologies, in answer to questions from parliament about why the company has been allowed to claim a provisional US$6.1 billion tax write-off in the Netherlands. 02 Sep 2019 09:40PM Bookmark AMSTERDAM: The top Dutch tax politician has denied meeting representatives of Uber Technologies, in answer to questions from parliament about why the company has been allowed to claim a provisional US$6.1 billion tax write-off in the Netherlands.The remarks by State Secretary of Finance Menno Snel come as the Dutch government has embarked on a campaign to reform its reputation as an enabler of tax avoidance by multinationals."We do not systematically track contacts between (tax) officials and...companies, but in general it is true that such contacts take place," Snel said in a letter to parliament published on Friday."For myself, I can say that I have not had contact with an Uber representative."In an Aug. … [Read more...] about Dutch minister: I did not have contact with Uber on tax plan
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LONDON: Britain on Thursday (Aug 22) said it was trying to contact an employee of its Hong Kong consulate being held in China while "urgently" seeking further information from Beijing and local authorities.The Foreign Office in London said both British officials and relatives had been unable to speak to the missing staffer, Simon Cheng, who disappeared after visiting mainland China on Aug 8.A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman confirmed Wednesday he had been "placed in administrative detention for 15 days as punishment" by police in Shenzhen, a city on the China-Hong Kong border, for breaking a public security law.The spokesman also said because Cheng is from Hong Kong, the issue is an internal matter."We continue to urgently seek further information about Simon's case," a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said in a statement."Neither we nor Simon's family have been able to speak to him since his detention."That is our priority and we continue to raise Simon's case … [Read more...] about UK seeking contact with HK consulate staffer held in China
No-contact traffic apprehension nets Oscar Albayalde MANILA, Philippines — The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been cited for a traffic violation. Gen. Oscar Albayalde disclosed yesterday that he received the citation last month from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for two violations: one for ignoring a traffic sign on yellow lanes and the other for ignoring the regulations on the use of the lane along the southbound portion of EDSA near Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong. The PNP chief, however, told “The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One News channel last night that the incident cited in the violation occurred in February last year, when he had already sold his converted gray Nissan Skyline that figured in the yellow lane incident. Albayalde said he got in touch with the MMDA to inform the agency about the sale of the car over a year ago. He told the MMDA that the new owner would have to settle the MMDA … [Read more...] about No-contact traffic apprehension nets Oscar Albayalde
PETALING JAYA: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today questioned how the culprits of the sex video had the contact numbers of all the branch leaders and low-ranking members of the party. “This is most alarming. Even I do not have access to such information. Who provided the information? Who established the whatsapp groups?” he asked when talking to reporters at a Hari Raya open house at his constituency in Gombak today. PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday denied he and his supporters are the ones behind spreading the sex video, which allegedly features Azmin and Santubong PKR youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz. “What would be the reason for us to do this? We are from the same party and from Pakatan Harapan,“ he said after attending a Hari Raya open house at Port Dickson last night. He also brushed off allegations of a power struggle between himself and Azmin, as he has been assured by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that … [Read more...] about Azmin: How did they get contact numbers?
Instagram on Thursday said it was not the source of private contact information for millions of influential users of the service recently found in an unguarded online database. The online cache of data, which was discovered by a security researcher, was written about Monday by news site TechCrunch, which reported that it was traced back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox. "We take any allegation of data misuse seriously," an Instagram spokesperson said May 23. "Following an initial investigation into the claims made in this story, we found that no private emails or phone numbers of Instagram users were accessed." In response to an AFP inquiry, Chtrbox said a database for influencers was "inadvertently" exposed for about 72 hours but did not include any sensitive personal information. Information in the database was compiled from public sources or provided by influencers themselves, according to Chtrbox. Read also: Online trove … [Read more...] about Instagram says not source of contact info for influential users