BRUSSELS | DUBLIN: Apple's clash with EU competition regulators comes to a head on Wednesday as Europe's second-highest court rules on whether it has to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in Irish back taxes, a key part of the EU's crackdown against sweetheart tax deals.In its order four years ago, the European Commission said Apple benefited from illegal state aid via two Irish tax rulings that artificially reduced its tax burden for over two decades - to as low as 0.005% in 2014.Defeat for European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager could weaken or delay pending cases against Ikea's and Nike's deals with the Netherlands, as well as Huhtamaki's agreement with Luxembourg.Vestager, who has made the tax crackdown a centrepiece of her time in office, saw the same court last year overturn her demand for Starbucks to pay up to 30 million euros in Dutch back taxes. In another case, the court also threw out her ruling against a Belgian tax scheme for 39 multinationals.The Apple … [Read more...] about Apple’s fight against $15 billion EU tax order heats up; Ireland finds itself in a tight spot
Regional health stories that matter:Hundreds of you tell us getting mental health support outside cities is 'just too hard'Regional cancer treatment centre delayed, leaving patients waiting for local radiotherapyEdward Wilson died in hospital after a routine procedure. Now the coroner is investigating'Unsafe for my patients': Victorian doctor quits rural hospital over 'preventable' baby deathEx-hospital staff urge ombudsman to investigate NSW Health 'failures'Regional healthcare: Tell us your story … [Read more...] about Regional Australians falling through the cracks of a ‘complicated’ mental health system
URUMQI, July 15 (Xinhua) -- For locals in the southern part of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, eating mushrooms is not a traditional practice. But Nurmemet Ihetiwakhi, a villager in Karakax County of Hotan Prefecture, is a new fan to shiitakes as the edible fungi is used to cook up a better life. … [Read more...] about Across China: Mushrooming shiitakes bring prosperity to south Xinjiang
'So many people talking about the absolutely ridiculous electricity bill inflation by @Adani_Elec_Mum! And yet no correction or apology! Meter reading can't be an excuse for this broad daylight robbery at a time when most people don't have sources of income! Horrible,' the Masaan and Sacred Games 2 director tweted. … [Read more...] about Huma’s electricity bill: Rs 50k! Taapsee’s: Rs 36k!
The Congress may have officially played down the unexpected opinion piece, but Mr. Jha’s observations not only many have takers within the party but has once brought the focus back to the key leadership question: who can revive the Congress party and how? … [Read more...] about Leadership issue returns to centre stage in Congress