Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has expressed deep shock at the news of the demise of foremost political and human rights activist, Mr Bamidele Aturu, hailing his strong commitment to the enthronement of democratic principles.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on media, Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun said he is greatly saddened by the news of the sudden death of the prominent lawyer, especially coming at a time when his wealth of experience was mostly needed in reshaping of the destiny of the nation.
“This is so sad, the law profession has lost another bright star. Bamidele Aturu was passionately committed to the enthronement of democratic principles and the emancipation of the marginalized and oppressed. He has done his bit and certainly left his footprints on the sands of time,” the governor said.
Amosun commiserated with the family of the deceased, the Nigerian legal profession, the human rights community as well as his friends and political associates.
He prayed to the almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Businesses supplying digital services – broadcasting, telecoms and e-services such as smartphone games and other apps – across the European Union will be able to use a one-stop VAT service from January.
This will mean that they do not have to pay the tax separately in each country where they do business.
Businesses affected include those selling apps (including smartphone games), e-books, streaming services (of sports/ film/ tv/ music), radio broadcasting, dating services and journals, newspapers and magazines that are subscribed to electronically.
From 1 January next year, the place of supply – and therefore the place of taxation – for business-to-consumer suppliers of digital services will change to the place where the customer who receives the service lives or is located.
So that UK businesses supplying digital services do not have to register for VAT in every EU member state where they have customers, an optional VAT Mini One Stop Shop online service – VAT MOSS – has been set up by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Other EU member states will be building their own systems.
Sally Beggs, Deputy Director Indirect Tax, HMRC, said:
“The VAT MOSS is a tool that saves digital services suppliers from having to register for VAT in every member state in which they sell such services. Businesses with their main operation or headquarters in the UK will register with HMRC to use the service. They can register for the online service and then authorise an agent to act on their behalf.”
Between 27,000 and 42,000 UK businesses are expected to register with the service, most of them small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
These changes, under the EU VAT directive, must be implemented by member states before the end of 2014. The UK implementing legislation is contained in the 2014 Finance Bill.
Businesses will be able to register for VAT MOSS from October 2014. The service will be available to use from 1 January 2015.
Thousands of people bereaved by homicide will be able to access unprecedented levels of expert support, following the award of the £2.85 million Homicide Service grant, Victims’ Minister Damian Green has announced today.
The Homicide Service has been specifically designed to help families cope with the loss of a loved one through murder or manslaughter, and will ensure a range of emotional, practical and specialist support is available.
Run by Victim Support the service will assess each individual’s needs and offer specialist, practical and emotional help – from dedicated counselling to liaising with schools and employers, financial advice or help with childcare arrangements. The grant also, for the first time, includes peer support where people who have suffered a similar trauma can draw upon their own experiences to give first-hand support and assistance.
The Homicide Service will also provide support to families where the homicide has occurred abroad, including liaison with foreign judicial processes. Combined together, this will ensure the greatest level of care for bereaved families, both in the immediate aftermath and longer term after a death.
Victims’ Minister Damian Green said:
“Homicide is a most heinous crime that rips the heart from families, and often from a whole community. It is vital that there is specialist help and support available immediately after the death, but also moving forward to help those bereaved move on with their lives.
“In addition to making more money than ever before available to victims of homicide, both here and on foreign soil, we have increased the amount available to victims of crime across the board, with the aim to double what we currently spend.”
More than 4,800 people have received some form of help following the establishment of the current Homicide Service in 2010. As of February this year around 2,600 were still receiving support through the service.
The funding will be made up of £2.75 million per year provided by the Ministry of Justice and £100,000 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to help those bereaved by a homicide abroad.
Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove said:
“The grief and pain of losing a loved one to homicide can never be fully healed.
“But this service can help those bereaved regain the strength they need to keep going – a day at a time.
“Victims tell me they want support at the right time and in the right way, both at home and overseas. I will be looking closely at whether this service is up to the standard they expect.”
Jeff Gardner, Director of Victim Support’s Homicide Service, said:
“Families bereaved by murder or manslaughter need specialist support to help them cope, to recover and ultimately to rebuild their lives.
President Goodluck Jonathan has sworn-in Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau as the new Minister of Education.
Other ministers who were cleared by the National Assembly and sworn-in are: Adedayo Adeyeye as Minister of State for Works; Stephen Oru, Minister of Niger Delta; and Abdul Bulama, Minister of Science and Technology.
The current Minister of state for Works, Bashir Yuguda, will now be the Minster of State for Finance and substantive Minister of National Planning.
In allotting the Portfolios, President Jonathan charged the appointees thus:
“Let me congratulate you for this appointment” , he said. “But It is not an enviable appointment because in football match when you get to the injury time and a player is brought in you expect goals. This government has less than a year to go and you have been brought in this time, so you know the reason why you have been brought in.”
“You have no time to sleep, unfortunately for you because first you have to learn how to climb the ropes, because maybe it is a different setting, no matter how experienced you are if you go to something different you will need some time to adjust.
“But from your background we know that all of you are eminently qualified to be here and we know that it will not take you too many hours to settle down. We believe that you will perform not just to satisfy Mr. President but to satisfy Nigerians.
“You are not just serving the President as a principal aide, but you are serving our motherland and in this we will expect the best from you especially at this time when there is global competition”, the President said.
The position was last occupied 40 years ago by Ambassador K.O Mbadiwe, who was appointed by Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, who presented Tukur the letter in Abuja yesterday, said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s desire to place Nigeria at the core of global affairs prompted the appointment.
According to him, Jonathan took particular interest in Tukur’s global links as well as his sense of dedication to national cause in offering him the job.
He charged Tukur to make Nigeria a global player during his tenure, stressing that Nigeria counts on him to do so.
He told Tukur that the new task demands much effort from him as a “heavy” responsibility. Responding, the Tukur said he was humbled by the privilege to serve in a new capacity, noting that the gesture from the President Jonathan represents the huge trust he has in him.
He vowed to discharge his duties in his new office with as sense of commitment and desire to assist in placing Nigeria where it rightly belongs. Tukur added: “I understand the heavy responsibility now entrusted to me and all I can ask for is the wisdom to make me discharge it responsibly.”
Source – Guardian
British Black Music Month (BBMM) continues this month with a number of music industry-focused programmes organised by BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress (BBM/BMC) and partners in Westminster, central London.
The ‘How The Recording Industry Will Cope & Prosper’ seminar takes place at the office of industry body BPI (British Phonographic Industry) on Monday July 7, 6.30pm. The free seminar aims to highlight strategies label owners and would-be label owners need to survive in these ever-changing times. The panel includes Ian Moss (BPI), Michael Fuller (AIM: Association Of Independent Music); Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser (Ariwa Sounds), and Kwaku (BBM/BMC; chair).
‘Music Biz Empowerment Half-Day Courses’ take place at the offices of Voluntary Action Westminster (VAW) on Thursday July 17 and 24. These accessible, affordable, short courses are led by seasoned music industry tutor Kwaku. Elements culled from BTWSC’s ONC level 2 accredited Music Industry Overview course cover Copyright & Contracts, Music Publishing, Record Label Management, and Music Marketing. They cost £20 each; £25 each from July 11. Making Sense Of Music Licensing masterclass with veteran music publisher Ivan Chandler is set for September 24 afternoon.
A ‘City Showcase Session’ offering a free songwriting clinic, which consists of live performances and critiques by an experienced songwriter, takes place Tuesday July 22, 7pm at the Apple Store on Regents Street. Panellists to be announced. Even if you’re not performing, do come down and hear some fantastic advice and take up an opportunity to network.
Royalty collection organisation PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd) offers ‘An Introduction to PPL’ at its office on Thursday July 22, 6.30pm. The free event will explain what PPL does, royalty streams, how members are paid, how to join, and to maximize revenues.
For more details or to book: www.BBM.eventbrite.com
I read the response of the APC through it’s spokesman Lai Mohammed to my allegations and assertions in the interview that I gave to Channels TV on 30th June 2014. The said response appeared in a number of newspapers on 1st July 2014.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has urged Muslim faithful to imbibe the Islamic principles of love, compassion, self discipline and obedience to constituted authority during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Amosun, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, also admonished adherents of Islam to continue to pray for enduring unity, peace and progress of the country at all times.
“As we all know, Ramadan, is one of the compulsory pillars of Islam that must be observed by all Muslims. With sincerity of purpose and supplication to the almighty Allah, I believe that we can overcome all our challenges as a nation. I implore you to also continue to support the government in deeds and prayers,” the governor said.
He wished Muslims faithful abundant reward of the Holy Month.