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Singapore Plans to Boost Goods and Services Tax to 9%

Singapore Plans to Boost Goods and Services Tax to 9%

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Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a range of tax increases in his budget, including a surprise hike in property levies, as he seeks to shore up savings to cope with a rapidly aging population.The stamp duty on residential properties in excess of S$1 million ($761,600) was increased to 4 percent from 3 percent, effective from Tuesday, Heng said in a speech in Parliament. The government also plans to raise the goods and services tax by 2 percentage points to 9 percent sometime from 2021 to 2025, he said.“There is a need to strengthen our fiscal footing,” Heng said. “In the next decade, between 2021 to 2030, if we do not take measures early, we will not have enough revenues to meet our growing needs.”Key Highlights from BudgetGST to be increa...
May: Corbyn should be open on spy’s claims

May: Corbyn should be open on spy’s claims

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Jan Sarkocy told the newspaper he met Mr Corbyn on several occasions, including in the House of Commons, while he was working undercover in the London Embassy under the name of Jan Dymic.At an event in Derby, the prime minister was asked whether she agreed with her defence secretary Gavin Williamson that Mr Corbyn's file - which reportedly gives insights into his character and views on foreign policy issues from the time - should now be released so people could make up their own mind about the claims."It is for individual members of Parliament to be accountable for their actions in the past," she replied. "Where there are allegations of this sort, MPs should be prepared to be open and transparent."'Possible contact'The director of the Czech Security Service Archive told the BBC that the...
Wild Brawls Turn Carnival Ship Into ‘Cruise From Hell’

Wild Brawls Turn Carnival Ship Into ‘Cruise From Hell’

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Up to 30 passengers were injured on what some have described as the “cruise from hell,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported.  Some guests essentially locked themselves in their rooms aboard the Carnival Legend to avoid the violence, several outlets reported. Twenty-three passengers were removed by police during an unscheduled stop in Eden, Australia, for “disruptive and violent acts,” per Reuters. At least one can be seen on video giving the finger to the ship from a police boat. In addition, 14 passengers left the ship, Australia’s 9News reported.  “We are so scared after witnessing a traumatic experience with yet again the same offenders,” the passenger was quoted as saying. “It was a bloodbath.” “They were punchin...
Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500 in race that saw several NASCAR stars crash

Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500 in race that saw several NASCAR stars crash

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Video Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500 Eric Shawn brings you the breaking news. Austin Dillon won the 60th Daytona 500 in overtime on Sunday -- and didn't lead the race until the final lap. The win for Dillon, 27, came as he raced in the iconic No. 3 car, which was made famous 17 years ago today after racing icon Dale Earnhardt was killed in his last lap at NASCAR's famed International Speedway. “We just won the #DAYTONA500!” pic.twitter.com/Vsv7nc0ddR— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 18, 2018 Dillon wasn't a factor in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet until the final lap in overtime when he got a push from Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. that helped him get to leader Aric Almirola. Dillon spun Almirola then whizzed on by to give Childress, his gran...
Plyscraper city: Tokyo to build 350m tower made of wood

Plyscraper city: Tokyo to build 350m tower made of wood

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The $5.6bn cost of the 70-storey W350 Project is expected to be twice that of a conventional building Resilient cities Elle Hunt Fri 16 Feb 2018 11.08EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close said in a press release the total would probably be brought down by technological advances between now and the 2041 scheduled completion date. Around the world wooden skyscrapers are reaching higher. At 244m (800ft), the 80-storey reportedly the tallest timber skyscraper in the world, though it is unlikely to hold on to the title for long. Follow Guardian Cities on Facebook and explore our archive here
Teen Hero Used Body As A Shield During Florida School Shooting

Teen Hero Used Body As A Shield During Florida School Shooting

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Anthony Borges, who is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, protected classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland during the gunman’s Feb. 14 attack, fellow student Carlos Rodriguez told “Good Morning America.” Rodriguez said Borges was the last of 20 students to flee into a room as the gunman, firing randomly, approached. Borges was trying to lock the door, and remained in the doorway as the killer shot him repeatedly, Rodriguez said. None of the other students cowering in the room were hurt. Mark Wilson via Getty Images “He’s my hero,” Royer Borges said after learning of his son’s actions. “I only ask that people pray for him.” “Fortunately, he is recovering ― but has a long road ahead...
YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK ‘revenge porn’ case

YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK ‘revenge porn’ case

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Chrissy Chambers proposes to her new partner after winning civil claim against ex who posted videos online YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK 'revenge porn' case Chrissy Chambers proposes to her new partner after winning civil claim against ex who posted videos online Wed 17 Jan 2018 07.26EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close This article is 1 month old
Immediately After Interviewing Parkland Students, Fox News Invites Criticism Of Them

Immediately After Interviewing Parkland Students, Fox News Invites Criticism Of Them

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“Marches aren’t going to solve it,” Limbaugh told Chris Wallace, the program’s host, after a segment featuring student survivors of last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed the lives of 17 of their classmates and school faculty members. Limbaugh then proposed guns be allowed in schools. “The ‘March For Our Lives’ is going to be in every major city and we are organizing it so students everywhere can beg for our lives,” Cameron Kasky said in the emotionally charged segment. “Because at the end of the day, this isn’t about the red and blue, the GOP and the Democrats, this is about adults and kids.”  Limbaugh dismissed that thinking. Fox News’ decision to invite Limbaugh o...
Abu Dhabi Awards Oil Field Stake to Cepsa for $1.5 Billion

Abu Dhabi Awards Oil Field Stake to Cepsa for $1.5 Billion

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Abu Dhabi awarded a second slice of its offshore oil concessions in as many weeks, this time to Spanish refiner and producer Cia Espanola de Petroleos SA for a $1.5 billion fee.Government-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. awarded Madrid-based Cepsa a 20 percent stake in development rights for the Sateh Al Razboot and Umm Lulu fields in the Persian Gulf, Adnoc said Sunday. Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co. owns Cepsa.The 40-year contract is the second that Adnoc has signed for its offshore deposits this month. Adnoc secured a Source: Adnoc company statements “The agreement reflects Adnoc’s new partnership approach, as we expand and diversify our partner base,” Chief Executive Officer Sultan Al Jaber said in the statement.Abu Dhabi holds about 6 percent of gl...
‘Move your van’ note left on ambulance

‘Move your van’ note left on ambulance

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Paramedic Katie Tudor tweeted Staffordshire Police asking: "Is there anything that can be done about this? It's becoming a regular occurrence."'Small-minded people'Ch Insp John Owen replied: "Officers are in the process of speaking to our @OFFICIALWMAS colleagues to obtain the full details from the crews at the scene."The note concluded with the words "now move your van from outside my house".One Twitter user replied: "They probably had to write 'van' because they were unable to spell ambulance. Hope they're visited by Staffs Police and prosecuted."Mr Duggan told the BBC he thinks people who abuse emergency staff need to be dealt with more "robustly". He said: "What is it going to take? Is one of us going to have to die before they take it seriously?"West Midlands Ambulance Service's Ha...
All 65 Aboard Plane Feared Dead in Crash in Southern Iran

All 65 Aboard Plane Feared Dead in Crash in Southern Iran

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Tehran, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials feared all 65 people on board were killed. The crash of the Aseman Airlines ATR-72 was yet another fatal aviation disaster for Iran, which for years was barred from buying necessary airplane parts due to Western sanctions over its contested nuclear program. Its nuclear accord with world powers allows it to get those parts and the country has made deals worth tens of billions of dollars for new aircraft. However, President Donald Trump's refusal to recertify the deal has injected uncertainty into those sales while Iranians still fly in aging aircraft. The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used...
Murdered MP’s widower quits charities

Murdered MP’s widower quits charities

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Save the Children have said the complaints against Mr Cox were investigated in accordance with its procedures.The charity confirmed that Brendan Cox was suspended and a disciplinary process begun but that he resigned before it was completed. The charity also announced that its chief executive Kevin Watkins has ordered a review to establish "whether the system for dealing with complaints about behaviour in the workplace can be further improved".Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater said the family would "support Brendan as he endeavours to do the right thing by admitting mistakes he may have made in the past".She added that "Brendan is a wonderful father and I have no doubt about the happiness he brought to Jo."Mr Cox, who married Jo Cox in 2009, was reported to police in Massachusetts in the U...
Boy ‘should be given cannabis licence’

Boy ‘should be given cannabis licence’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlfie Dingley's family moved to the Netherlands for his cannabis treatment MPs have called on the Home Office to issue a medical cannabis licence to a boy whose rare form of epilepsy improved after taking the drug.Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers up to 30 violent seizures a day.His parents want to treat him with medical cannabis oil, which is illegal in the UK. Alfie's mother said "you've got to fight for your kids, I want to know that I've done everything I can". Alfie went to the Netherlands to take a cannabis-based medication in September. Image copyright Maggie Deacon/PA Wire Image caption Alfie's mother Hannah, said "you've got to fight for your kids" "It's very rare and very agg...
Gus Kenworthy’s kiss with boyfriend on NBC greeted with acclaim

Gus Kenworthy’s kiss with boyfriend on NBC greeted with acclaim

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The British-born American freestyle skier failed to add to his silver from Sochi, but a historic kiss with his boyfriend on primetime network TV may have made an even bigger impact back home Gus Kenworthy's kiss with boyfriend on NBC greeted with acclaim The British-born American freestyle skier failed to add to his silver from Sochi, but a historic kiss with his boyfriend on primetime network TV may have made an even bigger impact back home Bryan Armen Graham at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang Sun 18 Feb 2018 03.50EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close broadcasters much-criticized handling of gay athletes. Athlet...
U.S. Hockey Team Can’t Even Score A Goal Against Russians At Winter Olympics

U.S. Hockey Team Can’t Even Score A Goal Against Russians At Winter Olympics

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The United States men’s hockey team couldn’t get by Russia’s 6-foot-7 goalie Vasily Koshechkin in a 4-0 loss on Saturday at the Winter Olympics. This year’s competition does not include current NHL players ― after they had appeared in five previous Olympics ― but one former league star figured largely in the scoring for Russia. Ilya Kovalchuk, who had 417 career goals in the NHL, made two goals after Nikolai Prokhorkin notched the first two for their team. (Watch the scoring highlights here.) “I think it was a learning experience for us,” U.S. Coach Tony Granato told NBC afterward. Download
Billboards inspired by Oscar contender challenge Rubio on Florida shooting and gun reforms

Billboards inspired by Oscar contender challenge Rubio on Florida shooting and gun reforms

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Three Billboards Outside Miami, Florida ✊🏼 #3BillboardsForRubio pic.twitter.com/aLtlSaOfd6— Avaaz (@Avaaz) February 16, 2018 The protest comes after 17 people were gunned down in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Rubio argued that stricter gun control would not have prevented the shooting because a shooter would "find a way to get the gun to do it.” The billboards in the movie, bearing similar language, were placed by a mother (Frances McDormand) taking law enforcement to task for failing to catch her daughter’s killer. Oscar Soria, a senior campaigner for Avaaz, told Fox News that the group will again be driving the billboards throughout Miami on Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. A similar billboard pr...