Higher Netflix bill? Govt to charge VAT on imported digital goods, services starting July

first_imgRead also: Indonesia taxes tech companies through new regulation“[The tax] is one of the government’s efforts to create a level playing field for all business players, especially between domestic and foreign players as well as conventional and digital businesses.”The ministry will appoint providers that have passed a certain transaction value or amount of traffic to collect the VAT for their goods and services. Meanwhile, companies that have met the transaction requirement but have not been appointed were also urged to notify the authorities.The ministerial regulation is a follow-up to a government regulation in lieu of law issued on March 31 that aims to support the government’s efforts to fight the adverse economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.Previously, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said companies such as streaming service Netflix and online meeting app Zoom were a few examples of foreign businesses with a significant economic presence in the country that would be subjected to the tax.Topics : The Finance Ministry will start charging 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on imported digital goods and services, which includes video and music streaming subscriptions, starting from July 1 in an attempt to boost state revenue amid the COVID-19 outbreak.According to Finance Ministerial Regulation No. 48/2020, the tax will be collected from customers by the digital goods and services providers or their representatives in Indonesia that will be appointed by the ministry’s Taxation Directorate General.“The regulation will apply to music and film streaming subscriptions, digital applications and games as well as online services from abroad. They will receive the same treatment as conventional products subjected to VAT as well as similar digital products produced by domestic businesses,” the directorate general wrote in a statement published on Friday.last_img read more

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Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United spoiled Manchester City’s title party in style by roaring back from 2-0 down in Saturday’s derby to win 3-2 and keep their local rivals waiting to win the Premier League.City still boast a 13-point lead at the top of the table and behind them the race for the top four also looks over as Chelsea stumbled again in a 1-1 home draw with West Ham United.At the other end of the table, defeats for Southampton and Stoke edged them closer to joining the seemingly doomed West Brom in the Championship next season, but Newcastle now look safe.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:Pogba and Sanchez finally clickFor 45 minutes Manchester United were living a nightmare at the Etihad, with local rivals City seemingly storming towards the title in the sweetest of fashions.Paul Pogba claimed watching City celebrate would have been “like a death” for United fans.And after so much criticism this season, it was the Frenchman who went about resurrecting United with two goals in as many minutes early in the second half.Pogba’s second was created by Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean’s free-kick also teed up Chris Smalling’s winner as United’s two landmark signings of the Jose Mourinho era clicked together for the first time.“It’s good that they’ve been able to link in together,” said Smalling. “It’s a great, great turnaround.”Hazard sparkles but Chelsea splutterWith Chelsea desperately hoping to keep alive their slender top-four hopes, Eden Hazard did everything in his power with one of his best performances of an inconsistent season for the Belgian playmaker.Unfortunately for Chelsea, it wasn’t enough as their lack of killer instinct came back to haunt them in a 1-1 draw against West Ham at Stamford Bridge.Hazard was majestic at times, leaving the West Ham defence bewildered by his sublime passing and clever movement.Yet Chelsea couldn’t make the most of the chances he created and a late equaliser by Javier Hernandez left Antonio Conte’s fifth-placed side lagging 10 points behind Tottenham and Liverpool with only six games left. Eriksen makes Spurs tick Harry Kane will always hog the headlines with his goal-scoring exploits, but Christian Eriksen showed in Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Stoke that the driving force of Mauricio Pochettino’s team is the dynamic Dane.Kane was making his first start since March after returning from an ankle injury, but it was the sublimely gifted Eriksen who pulled the strings as Tottenham cemented their hold on a top-four berth.Eriksen opened the scoring with a clinical finish and then whipped in a free-kick that looped straight into the net for the winner despite Kane’s claims he got a touch.Karius keeps Everton waitingWith Liverpool shorn of the prolific Mohamed Salah through injury and keeping Roberto Firmino among others in reserve for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Manchester City, Everton will rarely get a better chance to end their long wait for a win in the Merseyside derby.That eight-year drought now stands at 17 games as Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius showed more signs of his growing status in a 0-0 draw at Goodison.The German made a wonderful stop from Yannick Bolasie’s curling effort that was destined for the top corner to record his 13th clean sheet in 24 appearances this season.Benitez works black and white magicLiverpool could make it back to the Champions League semi-finals this week for the first time since Rafael Benitez was in charge at Anfield a decade ago.In a far cry from his illustrious past, for the past few seasons Benitez has been working to get and keep Newcastle out of the Championship rather than in the Champions League.That target looks to have been achieved for this season after a 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday took the Magpies up to 10th and 10 points clear of the relegation zone.The Spaniard has defied a lack of investment from Mike Ashley to keep Newcastle afloat, but holding onto him for another campaign without a change in ownership may be their most onerous task this summer. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Norman’s convincing win is no joke

first_img29 Aug 2015 Norman’s convincing win is no joke Saunton Golf Club’s Chris Norman scored a convincing win in the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Southern tournament at his home club – and he’s expecting a bit of ribbing.He’s the junior organiser at Saunton and he anticipates some teasing from the youngsters: “I think they might take the mickey a little bit – and let them do it!” he laughed.In truth, the juniors should be impressed. Norman notched up 75 points on the West course to win the men’s handicap prize. The men’s scratch prize was won by Geoff King of West Essex who had 63 points, pipping Norman on countback.The women’s handicap event was won by Wentworth’s Angela Deburca (pictured below) with 71 points, who was four points ahead of her closest rivals, Jane Rees of Minchinhampton and Roz Adams of Royal Blackheath. Rees won the scratch prize with a gross score of 63 points.Chris Norman was playing in a senior regional tournament for the first time and got off to a quick start. He was two-under par gross after 12 holes of the first round and eventually returned a score of three-over 74 for 39 points. The six-handicapper played the second round in 77 and amassed 36 points.Angela Deburca returned to golf a couple of years ago, after concentrating on her career, and is now keen to improve. She’s started on 20 handicap and had already come down to 11 when she teed off at Saunton. There she had scores of 32 and 39 points and is looking forward to another handicap cut.“It’s lovely to win but I’m just so pleased to have held my game together,” she said. “It was one of those days when things seemed a little easier than normal. I got the run of the ball and I putted well.”She also enjoyed the glorious weather: “The sun was shining and there are panoramic views from every corner of the course. I wanted to freeze it in my mind so I can draw on it in November!”Chris Norman echoed her: “This is a little corner of heaven. When I take the juniors out, I tell them that they’ll never see anything better than this.”Click here for full scoresCaption (top, from left): Geoff King, Jane Rees and Chris Norman, with their trophies.last_img read more

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Malkin takes MVP honors at NHL Awards

first_imgMOST VALUABLE—Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin poses with the Ted Lindsay Award, the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy during the NHL Awards, June 20, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) by Greg BeachamAP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP)—Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin won the Hart Trophy on June 23, becoming the NHL’s most valuable player for the first time. Three Swedish players also claimed major trophies at the annual NHL Awards postseason ceremony, but the Penguins’ Russian superstar claimed three awards for himself. Malkin won the Hart for the first time at the Wynn Las Vegas casino, beating out Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Tampa Bay scorer Steven Stamkos. Malkin also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award from his fellow NHLPA members as the NHL’s best player.“It’s the best day of my life,” said Malkin, known to teammates and fans as Geno. “It’s very exciting.”Malkin gathered the Hart, Ross and Lindsay awards next to him after the ceremony, only occasionally struggling in his ever-improving English to express his excitement. Malkin’s 109-point season and steady leadership were even more impressive because he largely did it without teammate Sidney Crosby, who played just 22 games after his comeback from a concussion.“I can’t believe I’m sitting here, and around me there are three trophies,” Malkin said. “It’s an unbelievable day for me.”Malkin, who turns 26 next month, edged out Stamkos and Lundqvist, who still won the Vezina Trophy for the first time.But the spotlight was on Malkin, who won his first MVP award after arguably the most impressive season of his six-year career in Pittsburgh.Malkin had a career-high 50 goals and 59 assists while carrying the Penguins during the extended injury absence of 2007 Hart winner Crosby. Malkin was the NHL’s only 100-point scorer this season and the first scoring champion in a decade to win a second title despite being almost every opponent’s top defensive target whenever they faced the Penguins.Malkin also grew into a more prominent role outside of Crosby’s shadow.“Every year I’m a little bit more comfortable,” he said. “I learn English, watch TV, go out with friends and teammates. I love this sport. I like my teammates, and I want to be the best.”Malkin scored eight points in the Penguins’ six-game loss to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. The four-time NHL All-Star then was named the MVP of the IIHF World Championships last month after leading the undefeated Russian team to the title.Malkin was a Hart finalist for the third time.last_img read more

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14th Annual Summer’s End Car Show set for September 19

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyBobby Sox & the Jukebox will play from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the Summer’s End Car Show. Photo courtesy of The City of LaceyThe fact that summer is coming to an end is not all bad news! It means it’s time for the 14th Annual Summer’s End at Lacey Car Show.  Set for Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Huntamer Park, the show is open to all years/makes/models and past year’s have seen everything from a 1906 Holsman Horseless Carriage to a 2013 Tesla!   We also welcome motorcycles.In addition to all the cool vehicles to see, there will be a variety of vendors (food, crafts, commercial)and the Lacey Sunrise Lions provide car related games including the piston toss, lug nut challenge and the fan belt toss for kids and adults to participate in.  Live music will be provided by the oldies band Bobby Sox and the Juke box from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Car entries receive a good bag with a commemorative dash plaque (to the first 200) along with a photo of their car taken at the entrance.  In addition they contend for 50 different awards. Also, the winner of Show Favorite will have their vehicle featured on all of next year’s promotional items.The cost to enter a vehicle is just $15 if pre-registered by September 11, or $20 at the gate.  Proceeds from the event go to purchase defibrillators for small community fire departments via Cool Creek Nites Car Club.  The event is free to attend. Visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us/events for more info.Car Shows are held every weekend in every community but Summer’s End is special because of the beautiful location at Huntamer park, the family games and activities, the great variety of vehicles you might see, and the vendors and live music truly make this a great event for the whole family!last_img read more

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AUTUMN MISS QUOTES – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016

first_img            CARLA GAINES, COVER SONG, WINNER: “I was watching the replay with Kent and let’s just say that I thought the Stewards made the right decision. She’s been training well but we did come close to scratching her and running her down the hill. I’m glad we decided to stay with our first choice of race. TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, COVER SONG, WINNER: “She broke like a Quarter Horse. I was fearful that I was going be 20 in front, but she made the lead and then checked herself and got into a nice rhythm. She carried me around the track very, very well and even had a horse stop right in her face and I thought, ‘no, no she doesn’t need this.’ I re-directed and turning for home I was trying to pick a spot. I thought I had a line chosen and the horse on the outside (Danilovna) started pushing on us so I thought, ‘Ok. If you’re going to initiate contact, I’m gonna hold my ground.’“I ‘m not even sure I left my line. I’ll have to watch the replay, but it became a horserace at that point. My filly ran her heart out. I could feel her turning it on. She would not lose.”center_img             NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes, who races as Spendthrift Farm, LLC resides in Lexington, Kylast_img read more

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These five A’s who could push Oakland into the ALDS

first_imgThe A’s are just hours away from taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at the Coliseum for their second straight wild-card game. Who should you keep an eye on? All of them, sure, but here are five key names that could be influential in getting this team to the ALDS, where Houston awaits.LHP Sean Manaea: The wild-card game’s starter for the A’s has been sharp in all five of his starts since returning from last year’s season-ending shoulder surgery. He has a 1.21 ERA with 30 strikeouts and a .775 WHIP …last_img read more

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Revamp for Road Accident Fund

first_img30 September 2005The new board of the Road Accident Fund is developing a rescue plan to improve the fund’s financial position.In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe this week outlined several steps undertaken to make the fund financially stable.“Management has undertaken, as part of the total process review, a review of the claims-management system,” he said.Plans to update the system will be presented to the board for implementation in 2006.Other measures include the Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill, currently before Parliament, which will introduce a limited system of compensation to curb the rise in claims against the fund.In a National Assembly debate earlier this month, the minister said experts estimate that the bill will lead to proposed savings to the fund of between R500-million and R1.6-billion over five years.Since June 2005 the fund has a new board of directors, with a new chief executive officer, Joseph Modise, taking over the reigns a few months ago.A process to review the impact and consequences of a systemic change in road accident compensation is being completed by the Department of Transport.“The findings of this work will be presented to Cabinet shortly,” Radebe said.The department also aims to reduce the burden of road accidents by setting up a National Accident Bureau, publishing the Annual Road Traffic Offence Surveys and conducting ongoing road safety campaigns.A Road Traffic Management Corporation will be established to improve intergovernmental road traffic management and enforcement.The net total liability of the fund is at R19.8-billion, the minister said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Facebook Under Fire For Suppressing Unpaid Content

first_imgbrian proffitt Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Facebook Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Facebook is Unliking any suggestions that it is actively favoring paid content over unpaid content within its News Feed tool, even as such allegations are gaining more volume within the social media sector.The latest set of accusations come from New York Times blogger Nick Bilton, who noted that over the years, as the number of his subscribers grew to near 400,000 (his numbers at press time are standing at 398k), the number of Likes and Shares of his posted material actually fell dramatically.“From the four columns I shared in January, I have averaged 30 likes and two shares a post. Some attract as few as 11 likes. Photo interaction has plummeted, too. A year ago, pictures would receive thousands of likes each; now, they average 100. I checked the feeds of other tech bloggers, including MG Siegler of TechCrunch and reporters from The New York Times, and the same drop has occurred.”Bilton alleges that the problem here is that Facebook is giving preferential treatment to users who pay to have their content promoted. Which, frankly, you might expect. But Bilton also believes that Facebook is actively suppressing content from users who aren’t paying, especially content generators with large followings – like him.“What changed? I recently tried a little experiment. I paid Facebook $7 to promote my column to my friends using the company’s sponsored advertising tool.“To my surprise, I saw a 1,000 percent increase in the interaction on a link I posted, which had 130 likes and 30 reshares in just a few hours. It seems as if Facebook is not only promoting my links on news feeds when I pay for them, but also possibly suppressing the ones I do not pay for.”Facebook, for its part, emphatically denies the charges. In a blog post of its own yesterday, Facebook flatly denied what Bilton was accusing, though it did not specifically call Bilton out by name.“The argument here is based on a few anecdotes of one post from one year to a totally different post from another year.This is an apples-to-oranges comparison; you can’t compare engagement rates on two different posts year over year.“These anecdotes are taken as representative of what is happening overall.In fact, the opposite is happening overall – engagement has gone up 34% on posts from people who have more than 10,000 followers.”Facebook acknowledges, though, that Bilton may be observing a decline in interaction with his content. But not for any reasons to do with advertising.Instead, Facebook said, changes in the News Feed algorithms “to focus on higher quality stories may have also decreased the distribution for less engaging stories from public figures.”In other words, write better stuff, Bilton, and you’ll get your stuff shared more? Perhaps, though Facebook says it is still working in fixing this issue, too.This is not the first time Facebook’s paid-content policies have rankled notable figures within its community. Last Fall, Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban complained publicly about an offer he’d received from the social media platform to reach 1 million people for $3,000.Cuban would later tell ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Dan Lyons that because of this type of pay-to-play policy, he was reducing the Facebook presence of the Mavericks and the 70-ish companies in which he invests.(See also Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands – Starting With Mine.)“We are moving far more aggressively into Twitter and reducing any and all emphasis on Facebook,” Cuban said via email at the time. “We won’t abandon Facebook, we will still use it, but our priority is to add followers that our brands can reach on non-Facebook platforms first.”Bilton’s observations have added more fuel to the fire that in its quest for more revenue, Facebook, which already relies on the free content provided by its users, is rigging the game against the same users who create the vast majority of the network’s content.If these are bugs to be worked out, Facebook should spend a lot of effort to resolve them, and soon. There are other social networks in the sea, and they would be more than happy to take Facebook’s business. Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

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Reyes, Valdez say team needs chemistry

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Finals stint an achievement for Bali Pure, says Gorayeb Valdez added: “It’s a nice way of training because right now we are working on team plays. But there’s a need to jell with one another.”Valdez missed the team’s participation in the Asian Clubs in Kazakhstan, but the 23-year-old star said she looks forward to more training abroad with the team before flying to the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken On the first day of practice after the final roster was announced, the Nationals worked on their drills and combination plays that Reyes said “would really require knowing each other well.”Also present in the morning practice at Arellano University were Ces Molina, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Gen Casugod, Kim Fajardo, Denden Lazaro, Aby Maraño, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and pool member Ria Meneses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJaja Santiago missed the training because she was practicing with National University, while Rachel Anne Daquis was absent for personal reasons.“It’s still a long process because we rarely get a complete team. But we really try to train despite the busy schedule with our clubs,” said Reyes. “We need to see each other. There can’t be a no-practice week.” Philippine volleyball team captain Mika Reyes and college rival Alyssa Valdez agreed on the need to work on their chemistry.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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