By Letters To The Editor | May 25, 2018 at 7:21 am Per-job tax on large firms may help solve local issues I was astonished to see the article by George Avalos in the business section on May 24, “Mountain View ‘Google tax’ plan advances to City Council” in which he reported that the Mountain View City Council is thinking of restructuring their business license fees to raise funds to mitigate some of the problems brought to that city by its biggest employers. What a great idea. More Bay Area cities should adopt it. Mike BernalMorgan Hill Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor … [Read more...] about Letter: Per-job tax on large firms may help solve housing, traffic problems
Britain's biggest developers could be told to hand over chunks of their building sites to smaller firms as part of a package of measures being considered to help solve the country's housing crisis, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. A government-appointed panel is understood to have found that the construction of homes is being slowed down as a result of a high proportion of planning permissions being granted for large sites owned by single developers. Sources said that the group, chaired by Sir Oliver Letwin, the Conservative MP, is examining ways sites could be split up to allow smaller firms to take over portions of the land on which they would build their own homes. Some large firms are understood... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per … [Read more...] about Big developers may be told to hand over chunks of sites to smaller firms to speed up house building
Exclusive PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:58 15 March 2018 Emma Youle Shocking conditions have been exposed at Brownswood Hostel in Finsbury Park, which is co-owned by a top architect whose firm renovates luxury homes. Picture: Emma Youle Archant An award-winning architect is profiting from taxpayers’ money operating homeless hostels where human faeces has been found smeared on walls and conditions are described as “shameful”, the Gazette can reveal. This property in a Primrose Hill street where Oasis star Liam Gallagher once lived was renovated by Papa Architects in a £4m overhaul. Picture: Polly Hancock Housing firm Smart Hotels Ltd has come under fire for providing hostel rooms in two dilapidated buildings in Finsbury Park and Green Lanes to house destitute people placed by Hackney Council. The company was paid £519,000 last year. Images of Brownswood Hostel in Finsbury Park show rundown rooms, water leaking through ceilings, dingy … [Read more...] about Revealed: ‘Shameful’ conditions inside Hackney homeless hostel owned by firm of top architect
Viet Nam News Thu Hà – Mai Hiên HÀ NỘI — A controversial rule requiring foreign workers in Việt Nam to make social insurance payments is likely to be put into practice soon, several months after the Government’s issuance of a decree to implement the new provision of the Law on Social Insurance 2014, which came into effect on January 1 this year. The chorus of varied and strong opinions from the business community and related ministries and sectors has delayed the issuance. However, Trần HảiNam, deputy head of the Department for Social Insurance under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), said a draft decree had been sent to the Government, after getting the nod from the National Assembly Standing Committee in mid-March. Nam said the draft is expected to be ratified in about a month. The draft decree is expected to narrow the number of foreigners affected by the compulsory social insurance … [Read more...] about Compulsory social insurance for expats to go ahead despite firms’ concerns
VietNamNet Bridge - A lucrative beer market with expected high growth rates is the driving force for foreign investors to acquire a stake in Sabeco, the largest Vietnamese brewer. Vietnam is an attractive beer market The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has said that Vietnam Beverage has shown its willingness to buy a 51 percent Sabeco stake. Since the foreign ownership ratio in Vietnam Beverage is only 49 percent, the company can register to buy all the 53.59 percent of Sabeco’s charter capital offered by MOIT. The large market, the high profitability of Sabeco and the strong Sabeco brand are factors persuading investors to pour money into a Sabeco stake, though they have complained that Sabeco shares have been overvalued. Analysts commented that Sabeco is desired by the world’s large brewers because Vietnam is the largest market in South East Asia with 4 billion liters of beer consumed last year. RELATED NEWS Vietnamese beer market big enough … [Read more...] about Will Vietnam’s brewery industry be swallowed by foreign firms?