Conventions – Iota Magazine Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:58:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Conventions – Iota Magazine 32 32 Abuja to host PDP convention as party sets up committees in September, Secondus surrenders – Blueprint Newspapers Limited Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:19:16 +0000

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has chosen the territory of the federal capital, Abuja, as the location of its national convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021.

PDP National Advertising Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan also told reporters on Saturday after the 92nd meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja that the party would announce the planning and zoning committees of the convention next month. .

Ologbondiyan said, “NEC stressed the indivisibility of the PDP, stressed the need to stand united as a party as we work diligently to eliminate the inept, indolent and corrupt CPA from government in 2023.

“NEC congratulates all party members for their various involvement in resolving the issues that have recently arisen in our party.

“The NEC is convinced that the PDP has again won the confidence of Nigerians and that our party will do better if it is allowed to lead the nation.

“NEC condemns the gagging of the media and the attempt by the APC and the Buhari government to promote heinous laws against free speech and media practice in Nigeria.

“NEC condemns the harassment and intimidation of media groups in a desperate ploy by the APC to stifle free speech.

“The NEC has decided that Abuja will be the venue for the PDP’s national elective convention scheduled for October 31, 2021.

“NEC will meet on September 9 to approve the various nominations within the respective national committees of the convention. “

Earlier on Saturday, the struggling party’s national chairman wrote to acting chairman Elder Yemi Akinwonmi to decide on the NEC meeting.

Join us for our Warner Bros. introductory liveblog. ! Tue, 24 Aug 2021 23:47:11 +0000


CinemaCon is the convention for movie theater owners and the last time they hosted an event was in March 2019. The tone of this convention was very “we don’t have to worry about VOD, streaming n ‘is not a problem, that will be good “, as we entered the exit of Avengers: Endgame being one of the greatest movies of all time. This time around it will be a very different sounding convention, as theaters have been forced to deal with streaming, PVOD and everything in between with the pandemic. We’ll have to see how this one turns out. Today, we wrap up our coverage of Day 2 of CinemaCon with a presentation of Warner Bros. It’s only 90 minutes long, so it probably won’t be a screening of anything.

CinemaCon 2021. Credit: Denz

It will be one of the most interesting presentations. Theaters were genuinely unhappy with the HBO Max releases, and most of the convention was devoted to the hybrid model not working. They don’t have anyone from Disney to direct their anger against, so Warner Bros. is about to bear the brunt of movie theater owners’ disdain. We expect a lot of this presentation to be Warner Bros. assuring movie owners that the HBO Max thing is only for the rest of 2021, and from 2022 onwards, they won’t. Warner Bros. has a lot of really good movies coming out this year, so we might get more footage from Dune, which has received a fairly significant marketing boost in recent weeks. It would also be the perfect opportunity to give us a first glimpse of The matrix 4. Will they scare me by showing scenes from Smart? And what about the 2022 releases? Join us for our live blog, but you may need to refresh the page for it to work:

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Is the new exit tax constitutional? Sat, 21 Aug 2021 22:45:41 +0000

The 2021 tax bill released proposed to introduce a tax on the retirement interest of those who cease their South African tax residency. This means that a new article will be inserted in the income tax law which will come into force on March 1, 2022. The exit tax may very well lead to the double taxation of pension interest, and this goes to the against the network of double taxation treaties entered into by the South African government.

Double taxation


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Countries enter into Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs) to encourage economic activity, prevent tax evasion and, most importantly, prevent double taxation. Double taxation occurs when two countries impose a tax on the same person for the same purpose. DTAs aim to avoid this by assigning taxing rights, which will determine which country has the right to tax the income in question. Where both countries have the right to tax the income, the DTA will require the country of residence to grant a tax credit for foreign taxes paid.

Read: Tax bills propose additional exit tax on emigrant South Africans

In the context of pensions and similar amounts, the CDI would generally give the country of residence the sole right to tax. This is where the problem comes in as the proposed exit tax creates a fiction, where it treats the person as having withdrawn from the applicable fund the day before their cessation of residence, creating a South African tax liability. By conceiving it this way, the exit tax effectively subverts the DTA, which we’ll get to in a moment.

The problem for the taxpayer arises when he actually withdraws his retirement interest at a later date. When that time comes, they will likely have become residents of their new country of residence, which the DTA says will then be able to tax that amount based on their national tax laws. The result is that pension interest is taxed in both countries.

Normally, the DTA will then relieve the taxpayer by requiring the country of residence to grant a tax credit for foreign (South African) taxes incurred. However, since the South African tax did contravene the provisions of the DTA, the new country of residence would not be required to provide such credit.

Does the exit tax prevail over the DTA?

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a treaty waiver is “the adoption of a law that aims to unilaterally cancel the application of obligations under an international treaty”.

The proposed tax on the deemed withdrawal of South African pension interest from expatriates ceasing their tax residency in South Africa fits this description. This seems to be perfectly understood by the Public Treasury, which in its Explanatory Memorandum on the exit tax brazenly declares that “[t]The application of a tax treaty between South Africa and the new country of tax residence can, in certain cases, lead South Africa to lose its tax rights.

In other words, the new provision appears to be designed specifically to subvert the DTA, thereby overriding the network of DTAs entered into with other countries.

The gravity of this decision cannot be underestimated. It is important to understand that once a DTA has been approved by both Houses of Parliament and published in the Official newspaper, it becomes part of South African law; it is fully binding.

But the DTA is not the only international agreement at risk of being violated. South Africa is bound by the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which states in article 18 that [a] The State is bound to refrain from any act which would run counter to the object and purpose of a treaty… ” The purpose of a CDI is to avoid double taxation. If South Africa enacts a provision that results in double taxation, it defeats the purpose of the ITA and, by extension, also violates the Vienna Convention.

The status of treaties in our law is complex and subject to differing opinions, but there are those who believe that treaty obligations have the same force as the Constitution. That is, they occupy the highest possible rank. If this point of view is accepted, disregarding a permanent contract, as proposed by the exit tax, would be unconstitutional.

Either way, the decision of the National Treasury to pass legislation that nullifies its treaty obligations is of great concern.

Public comment

This is a new measure implemented entirely to the detriment of taxpayers departing from South Africa. It is not clear whether this is intended to serve as an intentional deterrent or simply to raise additional income, but it is an unprecedented political decision.

The Expat Tax Petition Group, along with Tax Consulting South Africa, will submit proposals to Parliament to advocate against the introduction of this amendment.

Jean du Toit, technical tax manager; and Thomas Lobban, legal manager for cross-border taxation.

Port: NDGOP is concerned about the insurgency of the Bastiat Caucus before the 2022 cycle Sat, 21 Aug 2021 11:00:00 +0000

It’s ironic given that the current chairman of the Bastiat Caucus, founded by Becker, is Senator Oley “snail trails” Feedback de Minot, who, based on his winding speeches on the floor of the State Senate, is no one’s idea of ​​an intellectual giant.

History is littered with seemingly intelligent politicians who lose track by spending too much time believing their own bull. Becker seems determined to join them.

But I digress.

The Bastiats and their traveling companions are not representative of most North Dakotans, or even most Republicans, in our state.

Most of our state’s voters are moderate Republicans, a fact attested to by NDGOP’s consistent political success under moderate political figures like Ed schafer, John hoeven, Jack Dalrymple and Doug Burgum.

The Bastiats, et al, claim to want more ideological purity, although it is difficult to discern that in their own ranks, populated as they are by a mangy coalition of milquetoast libertarians, Bible fanatics and conspiracy theorists. Qanon still fooled into thinking the 2020 election was stolen.

What binds these people together is not a common ideology, but the resentment of the “establishment” (and, in Becker’s case, a heavy but so far largely unrequited political ego).

At the polls, this confederation of dunces is a non-factor. However, in the most picturesque surroundings of party politics, they are a puzzle, and this worries some NDGOP leaders.

So much so that there is serious talk of skipping the State Party’s approval agreement next year.

It does not mean that it is something that is going to happen, only that serious people with influence in the party are talking about it.

Why would they do such a thing?

Because if the Bastiats, etc., etc., are not likely to move the needle in the ballot box, they are able to put enough cigarette butts in the seats of a congress to embarrass the party. They control local leadership in around 16 legislative constituencies.

These districts could accommodate a lot of delegates ready to boo, say, Representative Kelly Armstrong and Senator Hoeven for voting to certify the 2020 election results.

They could boo Governor Burgum, who is not on the ballot this cycle but would be forced to speak at the convention like the former governors did.

They might boo Senator Kevin Cramer, also on the ballot but also obliged to speak, for having voted for the recent bill on infrastructure.

Some NDGOP leaders are worried about these mortifying possibilities, and they should be.

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PM Imran Khan to pay day trip to Bahawalpur today Wed, 11 Aug 2021 08:26:15 +0000

Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay a full-day visit to Bahawalpur today (Wednesday).

According to a statement released by the prime minister’s office, the prime minister will meet with leaders of southern Punjab in Bahawalpur. In addition, the Prime Minister will receive a detailed briefing on the performance of the active South Punjab secretariat and development projects in Bahawalpur division.

Later, the Prime Minister will attend the Farmers’ Convention as a special guest as part of the government’s vision to focus on agriculture, where he will not only usher in increased production in southern Punjab, but also projects to help farmers.

The Prime Minister will also address the ceremony. The Prime Minister will plant trees in Lal Sohanra National Park as part of the massive tree-planting campaign underway in the country and will also look at the latest technologies for forest protection.

Yesterday Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Karachi for a one-day visit, accompanied by Zubaida Jalal and Asad Umar.

In Karachi, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Shiplift and Transfer System and said that with this system, Pakistan will be able to generate foreign currency.

He also announced the planting of mangroves on an additional 12,000 acres in Lasbela.

Pakistan is the only country in the world where the number of mangroves has increased.

The day before yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the world’s largest urban Miyawaki forest in Lahore.

On this occasion, he said that the sea has risen due to global warming, Pakistan is taking action against the global alert more than its status. Miyawaki plants are great for reducing pollution

The NC Poudel faction for the holding of the 14th general convention on the scheduled date Mon, 09 Aug 2021 14:55:41 +0000

NC Poudel faction for the holding of the 14th general convention on the scheduled date

NC Poudel faction for the holding of the 14th general convention on the scheduled date

The top leader of the Nepalese Congress, Ram Chandra Poudel. (File photo)

KATMANDU: The Nepalese Congress (NC) faction led by top leader Ram Chandra Poudel highlighted the 14th General Convention being held on schedule.

Members of the NC Central Working Committee (CWC), close to senior leader Poudel, held a meeting at the residence of Secretary General Shashank Koirala in Maharajgunj on Monday afternoon to discuss the party’s 14th general convention.

Leaders supported keeping the general convention on schedule by finalizing disputes and proceedings at the meeting. CN’s 14th General Convention is scheduled for September 1-4. Leaders believe the convention should be held on time even though it would cost less to shorten proceedings and end disputes.

CN called a meeting of the CWC on August 12 to discuss the matter. The Poudel faction held a meeting today ahead of the party’s CWC meeting. Senior leader Poudel said talks were held to save the party’s legitimacy by holding a general convention on time.

Previously, the faction had proposed to hold a special general convention in order to save the legal status of the party, but this proposal was rejected by the president of the NC, Sher Bahadur Deuba.

At the Poudel Affiliate District Presidents’ meeting on Monday morning, the focus was on convening a special general convention. The NC District Presidents Gathering started here today.

Starkiller Base, the largest LEGO Star Wars building in the world Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:08:11 +0000

This project took me two and a half years. It is 6 feet wide and 23 feet long. First of all, I must thank all the donors who made this construction possible. Your contributions have allowed me to make this dream come true. Due to the circumstances surrounding the completion of this build, you will all be remembered in a separate video. Then I want to thank everyone who helped complete this build at the very end. My original plan was to finish this build at home, record all the necessary videos, take photos, and then finally exhibit it at the Brick Rodeo LEGO convention. Unfortunately, construction was not completed until the very last day of the Lego convention. As such, I only had one day to take full advantage of this MOC. I have had a lot of help from many great friends to whom I am forever indebted for their kindness and support.

This project portrays almost every scene from the Starkiller base in The Force Awakens. It was a project I knew I wanted to do, the moment I saw The Force Awakens in theaters. This was a unique project, in that it incorporated a large set of minifigures, tons of fully lit interior rooms, mountains, large snow landscapes, and a forest, all in one build. I have been tasked with designing so many different types of structures for this build, and I hope the effort will show through this final video.

General convention in August impossible: NC Gen Sec Dr Koirala Fri, 06 Aug 2021 08:15:18 +0000

General convention in August impossible: NC Gen Sec Dr Koirala

General convention in August impossible: NC Gen Sec Dr Koirala

The Secretary General of the Nepalese Congress, Dr Shashanka Koirala. (Photo file)

CHITWAN: Nepalese Congress (NC) General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala said it was not possible to hold the party’s 14th General Convention on schedule.

The party has set its general convention for August 30, which it says is not possible.

Speaking to reporters in Chitwan on Friday, he said the General Convention on time was not possible due to disputes over the party’s active membership and other lingering issues.

He added that the Convention will be held in November-December settling internal issues.

The dispute over active party members erupted before preparations for the General Convention.

He was of the opinion that the question of party membership should be addressed one year before the date set for the General Convention.

“We want the General Convention as soon as possible,” he said.

According to him, he also announced his candidacy for the presidency of the party. Others, two establishment party candidates aspire to compete for the post and we will lose the battle if we all fight for the post and discussions are underway to forge a consensus to file a single candidacy.

On a different note, he said he would not join the Cabinet and support the government by staying on the outside.

The international community cannot afford to ignore terrorist activity in Syria and the region: India at the UN: The Tribune India Thu, 05 Aug 2021 04:07:00 +0000

United Nations, August 5

The international community cannot afford to ignore terrorist activity in Syria and the region, India said, worrying about frequent reports of a resurgence of militant groups in the region and the possibility that ‘they have access to chemical weapons.

The remarks by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, came as he spoke in a national capacity at the UNSC briefing on Syria (chemical weapons).

“Since we joined the Council in January this year, India has repeatedly warned against the possibility of terrorist entities and individuals having access to chemical weapons,” Tirumurti said on Wednesday.

“We are concerned about the frequent reports of a resurgence of terrorist groups in the region,” he said.

Tirumurti, also president of the UN Security Council for August, said “as we have learned from the consequences of appeasement against terrorism in the past, the international community cannot afford to ignore terrorist activities in Syria and the region “.

Tirumurti asserted that India is against the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances.

He said India had always maintained that any investigation into the use of chemical weapons must be impartial, credible and objective, scrupulously following the provisions and procedure enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and in accordance with the delicate balance of powers and responsibilities. devoted under it to establish facts and reach evidence-based conclusions.

He said India encourages the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to strictly adhere to these parameters.

He said India views the Chemical Weapons Convention as a unique and non-discriminatory disarmament instrument that serves as a model for the elimination of a whole category of weapons of mass destruction.

“We attach great importance to the CAC and defend its full, effective and non-discriminatory implementation. We support everyone’s collective efforts to ensure that the credibility and integrity of this Convention is fully preserved, ”Tirumurti added. PTI

Governor pardons US couple who brandished guns at BLM protesters | Black lives matter Wed, 04 Aug 2021 09:10:00 +0000

The couple had been charged with weapon abuse but had been adopted as a folk hero by the Republican Party.

An American couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching outside their mansion in Missouri last year have been pardoned of misdemeanor convictions by the state governor.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey stood barefoot on their St Louis property and brandished guns as peaceful protesters marched on June 28, 2020.

The protest was part of a larger racial justice movement that swept across the United States following the murder of several blacks by police, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

The images of the armed couple McCloskey, who were later adopted as popular heroes by the Republican Party, have come to symbolize the increased polarization in the United States amid a grand calculation of racial justice.

Both were originally charged with misuse of a weapon, pleaded guilty to fourth degree assault for him and misdemeanor harassment last month, and were fined $ 750. $ and $ 2,000, respectively.

On Tuesday, the office of Republican Governor of Missouri, Mike Parson, announced that the couple had been pardoned, a move Parson had been promising for last year.

“Threatening manner”

A special prosecutor who had been appointed for the McCloskeys case had previously determined that there was no evidence that either had been threatened by protesters on their street.

St. Louis District Attorney Kimberly Gardner said: “It is illegal to brandish weapons in a threatening manner against those participating in a non-violent protest.”

The McCloskeys became cultural lightning rods in the aftermath and ahead of the 2020 presidential election. They were featured at the Republican National Convention as the party gathered around a message that American cities were overrun by violent criminals.

“Make no mistake about it: No matter where you live, your family will not be safe in radical Democrat America,” Patricia McCloskey said in a video released at the August 2020 event, in which the then President Donald Trump was officially named the Republican Presidential Candidate.

In May, Mark McCloskey announced he was running for one of Missouri’s seats in the US Senate.

In a campaign video, he highlighted the incident while exaggerating the threat the couple faced.

“When the angry mob came to destroy my house and kill my family, I took a stand against them,” he said. “I will never back down. “