By Dialogo February 14, 2012 On February 9, a group of 73 undocumented Central American immigrants, including 18 minors, was rescued from three buildings where they were being held in Mexico, near the border with the United States, the Mexican Secretariat of Defense announced. The immigrants were identified by the secretariat as “Central American nationals.” Four people who were responsible for guarding them were arrested and were to be turned over to the judicial authorities. AFP attempted to learn the nationality of the immigrants or details about those arrested, but the secretariat referred inquiries to the text of the statement, which indicated that the rescue operation “was executed in a coordinated way, simultaneously, and with surprise.” In 2010, also in Tamaulipas, the corpses of 72 undocumented migrants from countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil and Ecuador, were found murdered after refusing to work for the Los Zetas cartel, according to testimony by a survivor. According to Mexican Government figures, around 140,000 immigrants, the majority of them from Central America, cross the country annually en route to the United States, although non-governmental organizations raise that figure to around 400,000. In Mexico, undocumented migrants are targets of extortion, robbery, abuse, and murder at the hands of organized crime. In some cases, official complicity has been reported.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » This week, NAFCU heard from many credit unions who received a letter from Progressive Insurance asking the credit union to fill out and return an IRS Form W-9. Many credit unions have asked us why this letter was being sent, if the credit union needs to do this, and similar concerns. While tax law is quite technical and complex, so somewhat outside the scope of our expertise, Progressive’s letter indicates their request is driven by a January 1, 2019 requirement under the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).As background, FATCA was passed into law in March 2010 and requires backup withholding for certain kinds of payments. FATCA has a large impact on foreign financial institutions and nonfinancial foreign entities. Many credit unions are familiar with the W8-BEN form and other FACTA-related requirements. For example, FATCA also requires U.S. institutions to withhold tax on certain payments to foreign financial institutions (FFIs) that do not report information to the IRS regarding their U.S. accounts. U.S. withholding agents must also withhold tax on certain payments to nonfinancial foreign entities (NFFE) that do not provide information on their substantial U.S. owners. So what does this have to do with Progressive’s letter?As far as upcoming deadlines, from what we can gather, effective January 1, 2019, a 30% withholding tax will apply to “gross proceeds from the sale or other disposition” of any property that produces certain covered income. This applies to certain individuals when payments are made to some non-US financial institutions – generally for non-US financial institutions who are not from a country with an “intergovernmental agreement.”
In the latest move in a long-running back and forth, the American Bankers Association has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the National Credit Union Association’s new field of membership (FOM) rule.“What the ABA has done is petition the Supreme Court to hear the case. We will know in around six weeks whether the supreme court is going to hear the case. Statistically, they only grant about 1 or 2% of these petitions. If they deny the petition, the bankers challenge on these issues is over. If they grant the petition, there will be briefs and oral argument and it will likely be several months before there is a supreme court decision.” says Bob Fenner former counsel of the NCUA.In December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a rehearing en banc of the case between the ABA and NCUA. That ruling briefly seemed to bring what had been a three-year legal saga over the FOM expansion rule to a close, however, an appeal seemed likely.The argument at the center of the case continues to be the NCUA’s rule’s regarding Well-Defined Local Communities and, in particular, a provision allowing credit unions to serve Combined Statistical Areas of up to 2.5 million people and rural districts with up to one million people. The Appeals Court ruling upheld the NCUA’s right to define the terms of these FOM rules. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man allegedly killed hit 43-year-old girlfriend and her 17-year-old daughter before committing suicide in Wading River on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.Riverhead Town Police were called to a 12th Street home after a resident called 911 to report a shooting, but when police entered the home, they found three people dead from gunshot wounds at 10 p.m., authorities said.Thomas Calhoun, 44, was identified as the alleged gunman. Police said he fatally shot his girlfriend, Tanya Lawrence, and her daughter, Danielle Lawrence, before turning his gun on himself. All three were residents of the homeHomicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-852-6392.
Home-sharing startup Airbnb on Wednesday said it has confidentially filed with US regulators for an initial public offering.The number of shares and price has yet to be determined, according to the San Francisco-based company.The move comes as the travel industry suffers an economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic amid slowdowns in tourism. “Eventually, the market will reflect the unemployment. So better to IPO before things get really bad and they have to wait a few years.”Airbnb has been working with local authorities, charities and tourist agencies to entice potential visitors and stimulate economic activity.”The travel industry, including Airbnb has been hit hard by COVID-19 and there will continue to be tremendous uncertainty,” the company said in a June blog post.”But, our booking data shows that travel is beginning to bounce back.”Earlier this year the company slashed a quarter of its workforce — around 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushed the travel industry.The cuts were needed for the company to survive until people started traveling again, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post at the time.The company recently announced new cleaning “protocols” to reassure travelers. Airbnb last week began testing in Britain, France and Spain a ban on people younger than 25 with fewer than three positive ratings from renting entire homes close to where they live to avoid them being used for big parties.It followed similar measures in the United States and Canada, and a strengthening of an Airbnb ban on gatherings that violate public health mandates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Airbnb began cracking down last year as rowdy parties were causing problems with neighbors, and the coronavirus pandemic ramped up concern about events where social distancing measures are flouted. Airbnb recently said it had seen bookings begin to “bounce back” and unveiled an initiative to promote short-range travel as pandemic restrictions ease.”It does look like people are a bit more comfortable going someplace and staying in a person’s house instead of a hotel,” said technology analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group.Chances that the US stock market could crater later this year due to unemployment and ebbing stimulus money was likely a factor in the decision by Airbnb to go public at a time when the travel industry is struggling, the analyst added.”Airbnb is moving now because the market is hot, people are staying at Airbnb properties, and the market could go south,” Enderle said. Topics :
By Greg AregoniLUXEMBURG, Wis. – This Thursday night, July 3, motors will be cranked at Luxemburg Speedway and the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner will earn $1,000. “We decided we wanted our drivers and fans to be able to spend the holiday with their families. We know a lot of the Luxemburg Speedway crowd enjoys the fireworks and family time,” said Gene Mathu, track promoter.This will be a regular point night in all five divisions. Racing goes green at 7 p.m. Pepsi, the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce and The 54 Run will be sponsoring the show. Benji LaCrosse won last Friday’s IMCA Modified feature and $2,500 after starting 20th. The winner on Thursday becomes a candidate for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot if not already vote eligible. Brandon Czarapata got back to his winning ways in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars last week. He was able to cut into the point lead of Rod Snellenberger by two and now trails by six points in his quest for a third straight title. Tracy Wassenberg visited from Shawano and then visited victory lane again in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. He picked up his third win of the season. Andy Kleczka had a late race charge to second and increased his point lead. Derek Moede has a four-point cushion over Dan Van Pay. There are five drivers within eight marks. Marcus Moede was the highest finishing IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock in Friday night’s challenge race.
However, the task is likely to be significantly more difficult when they run out against the Italians and 20-year-old Oxford midfielder O’Dowda is under no illusions as to what lies ahead. He told FAI TV: “I think we are ready. We have been putting in the performances as well like we did against Lithuania, so hopefully we can do that against Italy. “We are all bonding really well, we all get on well – we have got a good group here and we have got the best chance to go into the Italy game and get three points there. That would be good. “We know it’s going to be a hard game – the players there will probably be playing in the Champions League in a few years’ time – but we are all going to be ready.” O’Dowda will go into the game full of confidence on a personal level having scored his first goal for Ireland against the Lithuanians. Noel King’s side will head for Vicenza on Tuesday boasting a 100 per cent record after their opening three fixtures, which have brought home and away victories over Andorra and Friday’s 3-0 success against Lithuania in Waterford. As a result, they sit proudly at the top of Group 2 having played a game more than both their hosts and Serbia, who have each won their first two matches of the campaign. Callum O’Dowda is backing the Republic of Ireland to go toe-to-toe with Champions League stars of the future when they continue their European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign in Italy. Press Association
Garde has overseen eight of the games during that miserable run, which has put Villa on course to drop out of the top flight for the first time since 1987. However, the Frenchman says he will stay to guide them out of the Sky Bet Championship if they are relegated and that the club want him to. “Yes – both answers are yes,” he said. “I have got a very good feeling in my mind. “In every football club there are some difficulties and problems. “Of course I thought we would have won earlier, but I knew when you come to a club that has played 11 and lost nine you don’t expect to find everything going well. “If they are, you do not get the call to come in. “I knew it would be difficult but now I am full of confidence for what we can achieve in this club.” Chief executive Tom Fox also believes Garde will be at Villa for the long haul after replacing Tim Sherwood in November. The former Lyon boss penned a three-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park in November, but has been unable to bring about a change in fortunes. Villa head to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday sat bottom of the Barclays Premier League and 11 points from safety thanks to an 18-match winless streak. Press Association He added: “We are building something special and Remi Garde is a massive part of what we are trying to build.” Villa are four points behind second-bottom Sunderland, having not won since the opening day of the season. Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich saw them lose further ground, but Garde refused to label the Stadium of Light encounter as their last survival hope. “It’s a very important game but this is not the last chance we will have,” he said. Remi Garde insists he will stay at Aston Villa even if they are relegated.
NASA says that SpaceX could be ready to launch two astronauts aboard the company’s Crew Dragon capsule by the end of the year.The Commercial Crew Program is the end result of a series of NASA-funded industry competitions in the wake of the space shuttle’s retirement.Following an April test flight explosion, NASA’s Kathy Lueders said SpaceX is working to get the newly assigned Demo 2 capsule ready for flight “by the end of the year.”Do you feel that NASA and SpaceX are pressing forward with this program too fast?
An Oklahoma police officer is behind bars on murder charges in Florida in connection to the death of his police chief.Officials say 44-year-old Lucky Miller was found dead in his Hilton hotel room Sunday evening after security was called to the room over reports of a disturbance.Michael Patrick Nealey, 49, was arrested and charged with murder Monday after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room between himself and the victim.Police said there was no weapon found at the scene, and a cause of death has not been revealed at this time.The lawmen traveled to the sunshine state for a conference and were staying at the Hilton hotel in Pensacola Beach, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.Nealey is being held at the Escambia County Jail without bond.He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5.An interim police chief has been appointed to the town of Mannford, Okla. for the time being.Miller had been police chief since 2007 and is survived by his wife, Amber, and three children, city officials said.“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a statement Monday. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”No other information is available at this time.