first_img14 August 2014 The government is to partner with the mining industry to further improve the housing and living conditions of mine workers in the country, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Wednesday. Addressing the third annual Mining Lekgotla gala dinner at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, Radebe commended the mining sector for working with the government to convert single-sex miners’ hostels into family units. “We believe that this work should be continued with a clear vision of making these family units even more liveable and homely,” Radebe said, adding that mining, as a key economic driver in South Africa, should result in the creation of sustainable communities. “It is envisaged that government will drive the process of improving living conditions for mine workers, with financial support from mining houses.” He also challenged professionals in the mining sector to consider teaching mathematics and science to disadvantaged communities as part of their overall contributions to the development of mining communities. Radebe said the government would also be developing a mining industry initiative as part of Operation Phakisa, the recently launched South African version of the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia, which aims to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the National Development Plan. “We will be planning this Operation Phakisa [initiative] in consultation with all the key stakeholders, including the Chamber of Mines and organised labour.” Mining, Radebe said, remained key to South Africa’s economic growth, with an estimated total contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), including indirect and multiplier impacts and sectors that rely on mining activities, ranging between 15% and 18%. “It remains a critical source of investment. As a proportion of total gross fixed capital formation, mining’s share was at 12% in 2012,” he said, adding that mining commodities accounted for 46% of exports in the fourth quarter of 2013, while downstream mineral-related manufacturing exports account for another 14%. Radebe said the role of mining had been clearly defined in the recently released Medium Term Strategic Framework, the document that will guide the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years. “The NDP [National Development Plan] envisages a vibrant economy, which still has the mining sector playing a crucial role. This includes exports and foreign direct investment, production of commodities for energy and/or manufacturing, beneficiation and procurement.” Source: read more

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#APIs#hack According to the company’s announcement, the following features were all built with this API:PayPal – Send money over a phone call, instantly and securely. For example, when you call friends with a friendly reminder to pay you back, they can transfer the funds into your account instantly.Meet Me – Quickly find the best place to meet in person. Meet Me suggests venues, like cafes or movie theaters, that are located halfway between the two callers. On Thrutu, you can instantly discuss your options and agree upon the destination.Shared Search ­- Search and browse the web together. Either caller enters a word, and both can see and click on the results.Doodle – Share sketches in real-time. Doodle is also integrated with sharing locations and photos in Thrutu, so users can add a personal touch, such as an arrow on a map or a heart or smiley face to a shared photo.Coin Flip – Make decisions or settle arguments with the toss of a coin.Mood Ring – A cute way to let the other caller know how you’re feeling – without having to use words.15 Together and Tic Tac Toe – Play classic games across the Thrutu platform, all while continuing conversations, encouraging competitive banter.My Flickr and My Twitter – View pictures or read tweets together, with instant, shared access to Flickr and Twitter streams.Wish You Were Here? – Share your local weather forecast. Whether on a tropical vacation or snowed in at home, callers can gloat (or complain) about their current weather while on the phone.What new features would you like to see built with this? That joke about how your smartphone can “even make phone calls” is pretty cliche by now. But it raises the question: why hasn’t anyone done anything to improve the state of voice calls on smart phones? After all, we’re carrying around powerful computers in our pockets, but the technology involved in phone calls on smart phones hasn’t evolved much.One company trying to change that is Thrutu, an application that adds real-time features to Android calls. For example, using Thrutu you can send money with PayPal from within a call, share and view a photo or “doodle” on a shared screen. It adds a number of possibilities for collaboration using mobile phones.Today, Thrutu announced that an API that will enable developers to build new features or integrate existing applications with its platform. You can request access here. Use the reference code RWW1 for priority access. klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgA staffing agency was liable for New Mexico gross receipts tax on its sales of services in New Mexico. New Mexico imposes a tax on the gross receipts of persons engaged in business in New Mexico. The agency claimed that it was not doing business in New Mexico and did not have nexus with New Mexico. However, the agency was engaged in the business of providing staffing services in New Mexico since its placed its New Mexico employees into New Mexico health care facilities. Also, New Mexico had sufficient nexus to impose tax on the agency based on the agency’s approximately 100 employees present in the state.Joint-EmployerThe agency claimed it was not liable for tax because it was a joint-employer with the New Mexico facilities that used its staff. As such, it acted as the company’s agent when paying wages to the staff and providing other benefits. The agency entered into a service agreement with a health care company in New Mexico to provide staff. Under the agreement, the company paid the agency for employee services, and the agency paid the employees’ wages and benefits. The agency also took care of employment and contractual issues and withholding taxes or other taxes concerning the employees and subcontractors it used. Further, the agreement provided that the agency and the health care company were not to be construed to be agents or principals of the other and neither had the authority to bind the other party.Amounts received on behalf of another as a disclosed agent are not subject to tax. However, under the agreement, the workers provided by the staffing agency were employees of the agency. The agency was an independent contractor that had no authority to bind the health care company with a third party. In addition, the agency did not show that it was a joint-employer. The agency did not collect receipts as a disclosed agent of the health care company and its other New Mexico clients.NexusIn addition, the agency argued that it did not have nexus with New Mexico. Customers, like the health care company, secured the agency’s services almost exclusively through a vendor management system. Customers used the system, run by a company located outside New Mexico, over the Internet. The agency placed about 100 employees in New Mexico through the system. Physical presence in New Mexico creates substantial nexus with New Mexico. Having approximately 100 employees physically present and working in New Mexico satisfies the substantial nexus requirement for imposing state tax.Finally, the taxpayer claimed that, even if it had nexus, its activities in New Mexico were not taxable as de minimis transactions that were ancillary to sales and occurred in interstate commerce. However, the de minimis rule does not apply because the agency sold services not tangible personal property.In the Matter of the Protest of All Medical Personnel, Inc., New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, No. 17-35, August 8, 2017, ¶401-804Login 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

first_imgMourinho reacts after Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is brought down inside the box on SundayPremier League leaders Chelsea witnessed yet another hiccup in their title campaign after being held 1-1 by a determined Southampton in a Sunday clash that also saw a penalty shout for Jose Mourinho’s men being dismissed.For the animated Mourinho we know, the world came crashing down and the infamous Portuguese rant began. The Chelsea manager lashed out at referee Anthony Taylor for not awarding a penalty after the Spanish playmaker Cesc Fabregas was tripped – as Mou wants to call it – by Southampton’s Matt Targett early in the second half.The Chelsea manager was outraged to such an extent that he even accused the media, commentators and even his rival managers(namely Sam Allardyce) of pressurizing the referees in what he believes is a serious campaign against the Blues.Mourinho went on to speculate that it was probably the Taylor’s inexperience of refereeing the professional games that apparently led to such an obnoxious decision. He also didn’t shy away from telling the referee that he should be ashamed about his decision.Fabregas was surely brought down by Targett inside the box and the contact, even if it was marginal, made a compelling case for the all important penalty. And Fabregas’ booking for simulation was only salt to their wounds. But seriously, associating a bad call with an outrageous campaign against the entire team is even low as per Mourinho’s standards.Chelsea are a great team and there’s no doubt they shouldn’t finish with anything less than the title. But, don’t let Mourinho fool you. The man is a shrewd tactician, probably not as good as the old Fergie we saw at Old Trafford but he’s there nonetheless.advertisementIt’s a strategy straight from the books of Sir Alex Ferguson – the siege mentality. A way of great management and impeccable use of psychology, Mourinho has build a belief in his squad that everyone is against them and he’s making the fans feel that way too.Mourinho’s play is good for the ears but it’s improbable to be believed as the statistics speak otherwise. Chelsea, who are crying foul for the recent penalty, are the worst offenders in the Premier League when it comes to diving.The Blues have attracted four bookings for simulation this season, which is almost double that Sunderland and Manchester City – the next biggest offenders – have received. Roman Abramovich’s club witnessed Diego Costa, Willian, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill going to ground too easily.The statistics doesn’t take anything away from the bad call Chelsea witnessed, but it clearly contradicts the theory of their manager and highlights the mind games at play here. And, as far as the ‘campaign against Chelsea’ is concerned, it’s brilliantly entertaining calculated nonsense.last_img read more

first_imgMulti-Platinum Recording Artist, Award Winning Actress and New York Times Best-Selling Author Vanessa Williams, as well as her daughter, Jillian Hervey of Electro-Soul duo, LION BABE, appeared at Burlington’s flagship location in New York City to kick off Burlington’s seventh annual partnership with WomenHeart to #KnockOutHeartDisease.Vanessa Williams and her daughter, Jillian HerveyCredit/Copyright: Amy Sussman/Invision for Burlington Stores/AP ImagesBoth women received their free heart health screenings and shared how heart disease has impacted their family. Vanessa is no stranger to heart disease, having lost both grandmothers to the illness. Vanessa’s parents made a conscious effort to change their heart health history, and Vanessa has carried on this tradition with Jillian and all her children by cooking healthy foods, staying active, and maintaining yearly check-ups.How to Get Involved: From now until March 31st, consumers can get involved by visiting their local Burlington store and donating at check-out. Consumers can also get their free heart health screening at select Burlington stores on February 6 and March 20, visit for more information and to find a screening event near you.last_img read more

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Interview: JOHN HUNT Racecourse, Olympic and Commonwealth commentator and presenter John Hunt talks about his early life getting into racing. He tells of giving up the life of a policeman after seeing an advertisement for a trainee as a racecourse commentator. He tells a few stories along the way including one where he was barred entry to his commentary box by a president’s security team and another where he was determined to pay his respects despite the best-intended intervention by a jockey. Meet John Hunt.JOHN HUNTlast_img read more