Netflix Says Ready to Pay Tax After Vietnam Complaint

first_imgThe minister’s criticism against Netflix also focused on its content.Hung said some of its shows feature “violence, use of drugs, and pornography,” violating censorship laws that govern Vietnam’s tightly controlled film industry. He also specifically singled out a Vietnam War documentary for its “wrong reflection of history”. Separately, in 2017 Netflix removed the Stanley Kubrick classic Full Metal Jacket from its catalogue after a request from the government. Vietnam is hoping to build a reputation as a Southeast Asian hub for fintech, but is hampered by draconian laws governing media and digital spaces. Netflix’s run-in with the Vietnamese authorities comes amid growing concern in countries around the world about taxes paid, or not, by US tech giants. Amazon, Google, and Facebook have all come under fire for paying seemingly negligible tax on huge revenues.Earlier this month, Spain said it is preparing legislation that would impose a five percent tax on platforms such Netflix, with the aim of using the funds to boost domestic film production.Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment. Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Netflix insisted Wednesday it was prepared to pay tax in Vietnam after a government minister accused the streaming giant of dodging its obligations to the communist nation.The information minister this week singled out Netflix and newcomer Apple TV for not paying tax, saying foreign platforms earn an estimated $44 million (roughly Rs. 300 crores) a year in revenues from a skyrocketing subscriber base across Vietnam.- Advertisement – “However today such a mechanism does not exist.”The streaming juggernaut’s entry into Southeast Asia has had a major impact on viewing habits. The massive popularity of the service has pushed Netflix to invest in locally produced shows and films, such as Vietnamese martial arts movie “Furie”.- Advertisement – “Some cross-border platforms have neither paid taxes nor operated in accordance with the laws, creating unfair competition,” Nguyen Manh Hung told Vietnam’s national assembly Tuesday.But a Netflix spokesperson told AFP the company complies with relevant Vietnamese laws and is in talks with authorities on the issue. “We are supportive of the implementation of a mechanism that will make it possible for foreign service providers like Netflix to collect and remit taxes in Vietnam,” they said in a statement. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Hospitals slap do-not-resuscitate orders on patients without consent

first_imgStuff 26 February 2017Family First Comment: Very very disturbing“Patients are having do-not-resuscitate orders placed on them without their consent or that of their family.”Life-ending orders continue to be slapped on unsuspecting hospital patients who doctors think should be left to die.Patients are having do-not-resuscitate orders placed on them without their consent or that of their family.Stuff understands there has been one such case in recent weeks at Palmerston North Hospital, where a patient had an order placed on them without their family’s knowledge.The family did not want to publicly discuss the issue, but were shocked to discover what happened.MidCentral District Health Board did not respond to questions about the incident.The same thing happened to Tim Wallace’s mother Juanita at the same hospital in 2010.“I asked to see her file to see what she was on and they brought out the folder and in the front of it there was a thing they call a ‘green sheet’. As I found out later, the ED doctor had put a non-resuscitation order on her.”She died about three years after that admission to hospital.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Vehicles swept from Franklin County roadway, search underway

first_imgLaurel, IN—A search is underway after floodwaters swept two vehicles off a roadway near the town of Laurel early this morning.At approximately 5 a.m., Franklin County 911 received a call from a witness who reported seeing headlights off the roadway and hearing calls for help coming from an area near the intersection of Sanes Creek and Tee Hill roads. Responding authorities discovered the bridge over Sanes Creek had been partially washed away. An initial search located one vehicle, and a second vehicle was located a short time later. At this time, responders have recovered four deceased victims and believe two individuals are still missing. The search is still underway, and updates will be provided when available.last_img

T&T still focused despite loss to Mexico, says skipper Jones

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Captain Kenwyne Jones says Trinidad and Tobago will not allow their heads to drop, despite their most recent setback in the CONCACAF final round World Cup qualifying campaign.Seeking their second win in five days, T&T slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat to confederation giants Mexico at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday night.The defeat was their third in four outings and left them bottom of the six-nation group on three points but Jones said afterwards the World Cup dream was still alive in the squad.“I still have a hundred per cent belief in the squad. We have six games to go so we’re going to put our best foot forward,” the marquee striker said.“The guys that are going back (overseas), they are going to go play. The season is going to be starting for some of the guys at home in probably a month or so. Everyone just needs to keep working hard and staying focused for when we meet up again.The squad is a great one. There are still people who can come in, people can go out – you never know what can happen. The group is doing well, the coaching staff is doing well and what we can look forward to is the next camp and the next game.”T&T opened their campaign last November with two defeats when they lost to Costa Rica at home and Honduras away, but picked themselves up last Friday with a 1-0 win over Panama here.The road ahead will be a tough one for them, however, as they go on the road to face a resurgent United States who are fourth in the standings on four points and Costa Rica who lie second on seven points.Jones, one of the survivors from T&T’s historic qualification for the 2006 World Cup, said one of the challenges of the CONCACAF final round was being able to win on the road.“Whether at home or away, in this round that’s what is necessary – to go away and take points from the teams that are at home,” he stressed.“We have two tough games coming up, USA and Costa Rica, and we’re going to buckle down and focus on that when we get together, and try and get the points.”Despite having played only Panama at the weekend, T&T still looked the part against Mexico, especially in the first half when they put the visitors under pressure and even managed to score a goal through Joevin Jones, which was incorrectly ruled off-side.Diego Reyes eventually produced a 58th minute header which settled the contest.And though the result was not the desired one, Jones said the squad had come through the two fixtures in good shape.“It is a bit difficult to play (two) games in (such a) short space of time without losing the solidity of your squad. Sometimes you have to rotate but then you don’t want to rotate as much based on the previous game,” he explained.“It is a bit of a tough one for the coaches but at the same time I know that the squad is well equipped to weather any storm and for the guys that came out (last night) it was a bit tough but at the same time we did well in keeping up with the tempo of the game and working hard to try and close down the spaces.“But in the end we didn’t have a result so we’re still disappointed.”last_img read more