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San Diego County housing permits drop for fifth straight year

first_imgSan Diego County housing permits drop for fifth straight year Posted: September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The housing shortage in San Diego County is getting worse.For the fifth year in a row, there was a drop in the number of permits issued for new housing. Housing permits in San Diego County dropped by 43% through the first six months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.The numbers show a steady decline in housing construction in San Diego.We talked to Borre Winckel, the President of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, about the issue. Winckel says the only solution is to ease regulations and make it easier for companies to build. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


JJ Abrams may inject a little Stephen King horror into Apple TV

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors J.J. Abrams (seen with musician Sara Bareilles) is reportedly producing a Stephen King-adaptation for Apple’s upcoming video streaming service. Michael Short / Getty Images Apple TV Plus is reportedly getting a third J.J. Abrams-produced show, with the latest jumping into Stephen King horror.The Cupertino, California, company ordered an eight-episode adaptation of Lisey’s Story, King’s 2006 horror-romance novel for its upcoming TV streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apple likely paid a tidy sum for the show, since it reportedly sparked a bidding war involving several companies.Oscar winner Julianne Moore will reportedly star as Lisey Landon, who’s trying to move on two years after her novelist husband’s death. As you’d expect from horror master King, she ends up facing some dark, repressed realities about her husband and has to deal with one of his fans stalking her. 26 Photos • King will apparently write all the episodes, which are being produced by Abrams and his production company Bad Robot. It’ll be executive produced by Moore, King, Abrams and Bad Robot TV boss Ben Stephenson, Hollywood Reporter noted.Neither Apple, Abrams, Moore nor King immediately responded to requests for comment.Star Wars: Episode 9 director Abrams is already involved in two shows that’ll appear on Apple’s streaming service — the Sara Bareilles romantic comedy Little Voice and Jennifer Garner-starring drama My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.First published at 3:26 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:06 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Apple 0 See All reading • J.J. Abrams may inject a little Stephen King horror into Apple TV Plus Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET editors break down Apple’s TV Plus event Apple Celebrities show off their new series on Apple TV Plus Now playing: Watch this: 6:58 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? TV and Movies Digital Media Internet Services Post a commentlast_img read more


Australia road crash kills 3 Bangladeshis

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least three Bangladeshi nationals were killed on Saturday in a road accident at Kakadu Highway in Darwin, the capital city of Northern Territory of Australia.The accident took place at 12.30pm on Saturday, reports news agency UNB quoting ABC News.Seven young people – all believed to be members of the Top End’s Bangladeshi student community – were travelling from Jabiru to Cooinda in a Toyota Landcruiser on Saturday afternoon when it crashed on the Kakadu Highway.Four women were injured in the crash and are in a stable condition in Royal Darwin hospital, the report said.NT police acting assistant commissioner commander Tony Fuller said the accident occurred when the 29-year-old driver lost control on a large, sweeping bend.Two of the injured people might have limbs amputated, and another had a severe head injury, police said.“The two rear passengers were able to escape, the driver and front passenger were unable to escape, and they have died at the scene,” police said.last_img read more


No new tax laws in 10 years

first_imgDespite its compulsion to raise revenue earning, the government has in the past decade not been able to modernise tax-related laws.Official documents show, none of the new laws on value added tax (VAT), customs and income tax, that were initiated in 2009, the year the Awami League assumed office, has been made effective.As a result, the tax authorities have to abide by the old laws and system in collecting and increasing the revenue.The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is still using the law that was enacted in 1991 to collect VAT from the businessmen.The new VAT law, enacted in 2012, was scheduled to make its journey in July 2017. The deadline was, however, deferred by two years in the face of resistance from the business community.As per the new deadline, it is scheduled to come into force in July next.Asked about the matter, former caretaker government’s finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said the amendment to a law should begin at the beginning of a government’s tenure. He said if a law is planned to be made effective at the end of a regime, it creates unwanted situation for the government.“The law is not enough, its full execution is a must,” he added.Many of the taxable people, Mirza Aziz added, are evading VAT while there are nowadays many people in the villages who earn more than Tk 250,000 in a financial year.“Initiatives must be taken to bring them under the tax net.”The target of the revenue has increased by six and half times in the past 10 years.According to NBR, in the fiscal 2009-10, it was given a target of earning revenue amounting to Tk 610 billion, which has been raised to Tk 3,000 billion in the current fiscal year.In 2017, businesspeople protested and demanded separate VAT charges instead of a unified slab of 15 per cent VAT for all. The government backtracked on the deadline.The NBR too did nothing in this regard in the past one and half years.The authorities have not yet fixed the amendable areas in the new VAT law. The NBR just served a notice to the commissioners in this regard in the past month.Also, it requested two universities and a research firm to survey the possible impact of the new VAT law.Under the circumstances, the NBR will get only five months to complete the entire process.NBR member Rezaul Hasan, however, expressed confidence that the revenue board will be able to implement the law in due time.“We’re ready to implement the new law. When the law was introduced in 2017, the businessmen were not ready to comply with the it as they do not have the appropriate software to regulate the VAT payment system. We’ve already directed them in this regard. If they fail to do so this time around, it’s their own fault,” he said.The NBR has in the meantime started redrafting the customs law in 2012.Upon completion of other formalities, the authorities were supposed to execute the new customs law in July 2018, according to officials concerned.The draft law was approved by the cabinet last year but not rubberstamped by parliament. The law might be raised in parliament during the next budget session.The country is currently using the customs law of 1969.The income tax law is also quite old — the one made in 1984.The NBR decided to amend the law 10 years ago. In the meantime, the authorities have just drafted English version of the new law. They are now planning to make it in Bangla, officials said.NBR officials said the final draft of the law would be sent to the cabinet division before the next budget session.If enacted in due time, the NBR is planning to implement the new law in the fiscal 2020-21.“We want the new government to implement new VAT, tax and customs law as soon as possible,” said former president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abul Kashem Khan.He said there would be multi tiers in the new VAT law as per demand of the business community.The laws on customs and income tax, he added, must also have reflections of recommendations made by the businesspeople and the new laws must ensure hassle-free tax payment and business transactions.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more