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Caffè Nero faces tax accusations

first_imgCaffè Nero has become the latest big name brand to be accused of not paying corporation tax since 2007 – despite amassing £100m in profits during the period. According to the Daily Mail, the chain has become the latest big firm to come under fire over its tax affairs, in the wake of US behemoths Starbucks, Amazon and Google.The newspapers says the company’s accounts show it has not paid any tax since its financial year ending 31 May 2007, and in the period since then it has notched up just under £1bn in sales and made profits before tax of around £100m.Tax affairsThere is no suggestion that Caffè Nero has done anything illegal.Founder, chief executive and chairman Gerry Ford has defended his business’ tax affairs, arguing profits have been wiped out by interest payments on its debts of £250m.In 2012 Starbucks found itself embroiled in a similar row. It took full page adverts out in the national press declaring, “We’re not perfect.”last_img read more

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Excerpts from Justice Shaw’s opinions

first_imgExcerpts from Justice Shaw’s opinions E xcerpts from Justice Shaw’s opinions Special vigilance is required where the fundamental rights of Florida citizens sus-pected of wrongdoing are concerned, for here society has a strong natural in-clination to relinquish incrementally the hard-won and stoutly defended freedoms enumerated in our Declaration of Rights in its effort to preserve public order. The framers of our Constitution, however, deliberately rejected the short-term solution in favor of a fairer, more structured system of criminal justice. Thus, even here—especially here—where the rights of those suspected of wrongdoing are concerned, the framers drew a bright line and said to government, “Thus far shall Thou come, but no farther.” Traytor v. State, 596 So. Id 957. 963-64 (Fla. 1992) The execution of a condemned man or woman is an extraordinarily solemn un-dertaking reluctantly assumed by the state at the behest of the people—no task is more somber or weighty for the State than the purposeful killing of one of its own. Execution by electrocution is a spectacle whose time has passed—like the guillotine or public stoning or burning at the stake. Florida’s electric chair, by its own track record, has proven itself to be a dinosaur more befitting the laboratory of Baron Frankenstein than the death chamber of Florida State Prison. Jones v. State, 701 So. 2d 76. 87 (Fla. 1997) (Shaw, J., dissenting) While the First Amendment confers on each citizen a powerful right to express oneself, it gives the picketer no boon to jeopardize the health, safety, and rights of others. No citizen has a right to insert a foot in a hospital or clinic door and insist on being heard—while purposefully blocking the door to those in genuine need of medical services. No picketer can force speech into the captive ear of the unwilling and disabled. Operation Rescue v. Women’s Health Center, 626 So. 2d 664, 675 (Fla. 1993) Florida has a compelling interest in protecting the right of each of its citizens to live at peace in the sanctity of his or her home, free from violence and the threat of violence. The [banning of terrorist cross-burning] ensures that those who exercise freedom of association or who join in robust debate on controversial issues need not fear this particular threat of violence. Although the First Amendment confers on each citizen a powerful right of self-expression, it gives no citizen a boon to launch terrorist raids against his or her neighbor. Few things can chill free expression and association to the bone like night-riders outside the door and a fiery cross in the yard. State v. T.B.D., 656 So. 2d 479. 482 (Fla. 1995) Admittedly, the present scenario is surreal: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not get a few thousand ballots counted. The explanation, however, is timeless. We are a nation of men and women and, although we aspire to lofty principles, our methods at times are imperfect. Our nation has been through an ordeal, but we have learned from the experience. At this point, I know one thing for certain: the basic principles of our democracy are intact. Gore v. Harris, 773 So. 2d 524, 529-30 (Fla. 2000) (Shaw. J., concurring) December 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

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GSA boys’ basketball team honored at State House

first_imgThe George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team traveled to the State House in Augusta with its Gold Ball yesterday in honor of winning the Class C state title for the second year in a row. During the team’s visit, Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County) presented a Legislative Sentiment recognizing the Eagles for their hard work.“It was great to have the reigning Class C boys’ basketball champions visit to receive recognition before the entire Senate for their hard work and accomplishments,” Sen. Langley said. “You don’t just win a state championship; it takes months of hard work, dedication and teamwork. I’m proud of the players and coaches alike. Well done.”Unlike last year, this Gold Ball returned to Blue Hill in one piece. The Eagles’ original 2016 trophy was destroyed on a conveyor belt at the security check point when the top of it struck the belt and popped.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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NEUFC can do better than last year: Milan Singh

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The midfielder of NEUFC Milan Singh today said NEUFC are a good side and the team is capable to do better performance than the last season. Highlander finished fourth, the best ever performance in the league, in last season. Talking to the media persons during the pre match press conference here today milan said,” There is a lot of time in the league. It has just started. We are doing well with the squad. We want to reach the final and we are capable to do it. Milan also said, “Understanding among the are very nice and it helps the team to play like an unit.” Milan, who earlier turned up for Mumbai City FC, feels their next game opponent is equally good. Mumbai City FC is really a good side. This season I am playing for a different team. So, I don’t think too much about the opponent. But I feel as a team they are good.”Also read: NEUFC take on Mumbai FC in ISL today at Indira Gandhi Athletic StadiumAlso Watch: Leopard enters house in Assam-Meghalaya Border, sparks panic among publiclast_img read more

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