Denmark demands former Uber drivers pay millions in unpaid taxes

Only three out of 1,195 Uber drivers in the country had paid the appropriate taxes
Almost 1,200 ex-Uber drivers have been told by Denmark’s tax authorities that they must pay 11.3m Danish Kroner (£1.3m) collectively in additional taxes dating back to 2014 and 2015, after tax avoidance had been found from almost all drivers.
Denmark made it mandatory for taxis and ride hailing vehicles to produce fare meters in February last year, a move which eventually led to Uber pulling out of the country.
An investigation by Denmark’s tax ministry found that only three out of 1,195 Uber drivers in the country had paid the appropriate amounts.
Read more Vauxhall making new investment in Luton despite Brexit uncertainty “There must be room for new digital services to operate in Denmark”, said Denmark’s tax minister Karsten Lauritzen.
“But one of the prerequisites is that, for example, drivers pay taxes like everyone else who earns money in this country”.
Tax authorities in the Netherlands, w..

'Rip-roaring' US economy creates 241,000 more jobs in March, says survey

The American private sector added 241,000 net new jobs in the month according to ADP
The US economy enjoyed another “rip-roaring” month of job creation in March, according to the latest ADP survey.
The National Employment Report estimated that the American private sector added 241,000 net new jobs in the month, following the 246,000 in February.
That was better than the 205,000 Wall Street had been expecting.
Read more US jobs rise at fastest rate in two years in February US jobs report: Five things to watch out for US job growth rebounds sending unemployment rate to near 10-year low “The job market is rip-roaring,” said Mark Zandi, of Moody’s Analytics, on the figures.
“Monthly job growth remains firmly over 200,000, double the pace of labour force growth. The tight labour market continues to tighten.”
The two biggest sectors for jobs growth according to ADP were “professional and business services”, followed by “trade, transport and utilities”.
The official US jobless rate ..

Samarkand Journal: Where is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter?

Where is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter? Photo President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, left, and Almazbek Atambayev, then president of Kyrgyzstan, visiting Islam Karimov’s grave in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in 2016. Credit Kyrgyzstan Presidency, via Anadolu Agency SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — Every five to 10 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, a fresh group of Uzbek pilgrims troops into the tomb of their late president, the dictator Islam Karimov, to pay homage at his white onyx sarcophagus, and listen to prayers chanted in his honor.
At this point, more than a year after the bejeweled memorial complex to Mr. Karimov opened, one of the few Uzbeks who has not visited is the woman who until recently was Uzbekistan’s most famous person: the late president’s eldest daughter, Gulnara Karimova, 45, who was once talked of as his heir apparent.
Ms. Karimova was also the only family member not to appear at her father’s funeral in 2016 — or at any of the more than 35,000 ..

Stocks Drop on Wall Street as Trade Fight Grows Between U.S. and China

Supported by Business Day Stocks Drop on Wall Street as Trade Fight Grows Between U.S. and China Stocks on Wall Street plunged on Wednesday amid an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, that investors fear could derail the current economic upturn.
Market Snapshot View Full Overview Washington and Beijing have announced tariffs against each other, with the American actions being the latest in a series of protectionist moves by the Trump administration. President Trump has long accused China of unfair trade practices, and in recent weeks he has pushed for penalties against Chinese products as varied as steel, aluminum, aircraft parts and flat-screen televisions. China has responded in kind.
“The scale and speed of Mr. Trump’s actions would have been difficult to predict at the start of the year,” analysts at Deutsche Bank said in a note to clients on Wednesday before American markets opened. “The growth outlook is more unce..

Lidl in trouble with watchdog after running out of prosecco and not telling customers

Supermarket purchased hundreds of thousands of bottles of the Italian sparkling wine but it was not enough to satisfy huge demand
Lidl has landed itself in trouble with the advertising watchdog after the supermarket chain could not satisfy UK shoppers’ unquenchable thirst for discounted prosecco.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that Lidl breached rules during its August bank holiday promotion because it did not make adequate efforts to inform customers that boxes of the Italian sparkling wine had run out in many locations.
Seven people complained to the ASA over the promotion which offered six bottles of prosecco for £20, down from the usual £31.50.
Read more Aldi and Lidl continue to take chunks out of big four's market share Some said that they thought Lidl had not properly estimated the demand for the deal and that it was therefore misleading.
The ASA rejected that argument because Lidl had stocked up with hundreds of thousands of extra bottles of fizz ..

Standoff at Somalia’s Parliament Blocks Move to Oust Opposition Leader

Standoff at Somalia’s Parliament Blocks Move to Oust Opposition Leader
NAIROBI, Kenya — A police contingent loyal to a top opposition leader in Somalia took over Parliament for several hours on Wednesday, pushing a growing political rift to the brink of armed confrontation.
Parliamentary police officers loyal to Mohamed Osman Jawari, the Parliament speaker, disrupted a no-confidence vote against him early Wednesday. The police lined up to block the speaker’s podium, and lawmakers who support Mr. Jawari accused other legislators of taking money to vote against the speaker, chanting, “Down with bribetakers!”
Supporters of the no-confidence motion said the police had refused to let them inside the building.
In response, state security forces loyal to President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is known as Farmajo, deployed outside the Parliament building, raising fear that tensions between the two men could erupt into an armed confrontation.
Mr. Jawari has been at odds with Somalia’s presid..