Recently a senior delegation from Federation of Hotels Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI) has presented a representation to the Union Finance Ministry Officials highlighting that the proposal of 28% Goods and Service Tax (GST) slab will adversely impact the hospitality and tourism industry.The delegation has requested the government to relook at the current proposal and advocate a uniform hospitality GST at 12% across the country.The delegation has further requested the government to review the Luxury Tax limit of Rs 5000/- and enhance it suitably as service tax proposal under the new GST regime has been set at 28% for hotel tariffs above Rs 5,000/-.
October 8, 2001The construction crew, September workshoppers and volunteers poured the stairsleading to the second floor of Phase V of the East Crescent Construction.[Photo by: Tomiaki Tamura] Since it was a small quantity pour, the group used the small mixer and carted it up to the formwork by hand.Pictured: Yeonsook bringing buckets of concrete up the stairs.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] Construction Crew Leader Ray Shong, smooths the concrete into the formwork Habitat Manager David Tollas, and the Construction crew, hosted a barbeque in Phase Five to celebrate the completion of thefirst floor which is the culmination of over a year of hard work by Arcosanti staff, volunteers and workshoppers.Pictured: Aldo fires up the BBQ while people check out the new stairs (back).
The European cable industry saw strong growth in digital TV, broadband and telephony, with digital TV now representing over half of all cable TV customers, according to the latest figures released by industry association Cable Europe.Cable TV revenues were up 5% to EUR20.5 billion last year. Cable internet revenues amounted to EUR5.6 billion and telephony EUR3.7 billion. Internet is now 27% of cable operators’ business across the EU. Overall cable revenues last year were EUR20.6 billion across the EU27, a EUR1 billion increase year-on-year. VOD saw 24% revenue increase, while digital TV was up 12% last year.Growth in RGUs was 3% last year, taking the total to 106.5 million, with 3.8 million new RGUs coming from the broadband and telephony business lines.The cable industry last year saw digital TV growth, broadband growth and the growth of interactive services, said Manuel Kohnstamm, president of Cable Europe, at a press conference to mark the start of this week’s Cable Congress event in London.Kohnstamm said most of Cable Europe’s members were now upgrading to DOCSIS 3.0 networks. “Cable is increasingly competing with telcos and fibre companies but in most cases is capable of taking on that competition as well,” he said. He said cable was now delivering an average speed of 32Mbps across Europe, representing a blend of speeds achieved through new and legacy versions of DOCSIS, which was constantly going up. All net growth in cable broadband was attributable to DOCSIS 3.0, said Kohnstamm.Digital TV customers now account for 52.6% of all TV customers. The number of digital subs is now greater than the number of analogue customers for the first time. Digital revenues exceeded analogue revenues in 2009. The number of TV households connected to cable TV has been going down because of former high rates of analogue penetration, Kohnstamm said.Executive chairman Matthias Kurth said that digital-terrestrial switchover had led cable subscribers to migrate to digital as more digital channels became available. “We are now also seeing that people are paying for prime video services,” he said. “VOD is still at a low level but there is momentum,” said Kurth. He said that the addition of services such as time-shifting and other forms of advanced functionality such as DVR were also driving digital take-up.Kurth said that Cable Europe had convinced the EU successfully that public money should only be used in areas where there is no other high-quality network available. On the public policy side, Kurth said Cable Europe was still concerned about simplifying copyright rules. “The Commission is also looking at that because they see it as a possible obstacle to a better customer experience,” he said.The EU is producing a Green Paper on connected TV and Cable Europe is keen to deliver its input, Kurth said. He said that regulation in this area should not be overdone as it was essential to allow room for innovation.“For next-generation services such as advanced broadband there should not be a too tight cost regulation in the first instance,” he said. “Regulators should not take on a bottom up type of cost regulation, not only for us but for regulated businesses,” said Kurth.Kurth said cable operators were working on developing a mobile play in the form of extended WiFi availability, not only offering hotspots but opening up their subscriber WiFi clouds for public use. “We might not have spectrum but still have a mobile arm in the form of WiFi,” he said.
ShareTweet POLICE in Derry are advising the public to be on their guard when faced with an unwanted cold caller to their door.It follows a number of recent reports of people calling at homes trying to get vulnerable people to buy goods.Supt. Simon Walls said: “Older and more vulnerable members of the community may feel pressurised into accepting goods or service from cold callers.] “Therefore the following advice should be shared with anyone you know who lives alone or requires extra support.• Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.• Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradespeople should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully.• Be wary of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or there is something wrong with one of the utilities in your home.– they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act on this distraction.• If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.• If a person’s behaviour is suspicious call the police on 101 or in an emergency 999. He added: “Police also have a Nominated Neighbour Scheme whereby if a caller arrives when you are alone in the house, they can be shown a card instructing them to contact your ‘Nominated Neighbour’, who will then try and check the caller’s identity avoiding the need for you to open your front door.“The forms can be downloaded from our website or contact a local officer who can provide them free of charge https://www.psni.police.uk/news/campaigns/nominated-neighbour-scheme/. “For details of current scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam go to the Scamwise NI internet site at www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/scamwiseni.POLICE IN DERRY WARNING PUBLIC OVER BOGUS HOUSE CALLERS was last modified: June 7th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE IN DERRY WARNING PUBLIC OVER BOGUS HOUSE CALLERS