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Google starts digital engine to accelerate Mena’s economic recovery

Google on Wednesday announced a major programme to support companies in the Middle East and North Africa, which in turn would lead to an accelerated recovery in economies as the world fights back the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Grow Stronger with Google initiative will provide an overall proactive ecosystem that will digitise businesses and help them cope up with the ever-changing dynamics of the market.

The region-wide programme is also a wide-ranged endeavour. With it, the US Internet giant aims to help a million people and businesses in the region learn digital skills and grow their organisations by the end of 2021; get 150,000 UAE and Saudi businesses online; distribute $4 million in grants and loans from Google.org; and dole out $9 million in ad grants and

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FAIRFIELD, CT — Last year, Allyson Mandelbaum went shopping for a hat.

The busy Fairfield mom envied her husband’s ability to simply throw on a ball cap and look put together. She searched for a baseball-style hat that she liked, but found most were too big or featured team names or other logos.

“I felt like they were all made to fit men,” she said.

Mandelbaum decided that if she couldn’t find a ball cap she wanted to wear, she would make one. With that, her business, Shady Lady, was born.

After months designing hats and testing samples, Mandelbaum launched Shady Lady’s website in June.

“I wanted them to be fun and bright colors, and kind of a little in your face,” said Mandelbaum, who described her hats as a fashion-forward option for women who want a cute, casual cap.

Her most popular offering is called the Peaceful Lady, a

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In a major push for Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), chemicals major Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC) on Thursday started selling locally made calcium nitrate — a 100-per cent imported water-soluble fertilizer.

Building up on its capabilities to make caprolactam and its by-product nitric acid, GSFC found economic viability to make calcium nitrate at its facility near Vadodara. The first consignments of the locally-made calcium nitrate and boronated calcium nitrate was sent to Solan in Himachal Pradesh and Bhavnagar in Saurashtra.

Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday launched the product online. “We identified about 79 chemicals where import substitution could take place. Of these, there are 39 chemicals, where we are 70-100 per cent dependent on imports. GSFC has identified 21 such chemicals to make in India and take a big leap to achieve the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the minister said in

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Nisha Blackwell was putting herself through nursing school when she was laid off for the third time. Adding insult to injury, she was set to attend the first birthday party of a close friend’s daughter just a few days later. Now, she wouldn’t have enough money to buy a gift.

“That’s when I looked around and I said, ‘What do I have?’ I had a sewing machine still in a box, still sealed,” she told CBS News. “And I had this bag of thrifted clothes.”

Nisha had fabric and a sewing machine, but she didn’t actually know how to sew. So she took to YouTube, and video by video, taught herself.

“I was literally typing into YouTube: How to turn a Brother sewing machine on. How to thread the bobbin,” she recalls. “I probably didn’t make a stitch until midnight and this was in the hot summer when my house

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You can’t make this stuff up. The saga of fugitive Carlos Ghosn has just taken another turn. On the same day as the former Nissan CEO was appearing in public in Beirut for the first time since his January press conference to unveil a new business initiative for crisis-hit Lebanon, a Nissan employee was testifying in Tokyo that he helped former Nissan executive and defendant Greg Kelly find ways to pay Ghosn without fully disclosing his compensation. A close aide of Ghosn, Kelly was arrested at the same time as his boss in late 2018.

Now at face value, these two events do not appear to be connected. But when speaking of Ghosn, the man who found a way to beat Japan’s security measures and flee the country in a private jet, nothing is ever certain.

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) starting today will go after unregistered online businesses despite the challenges posed by the lack of physical addresses and possibly even financial documents to audit.

The BIR no longer exten­ded the Sept. 30 deadline for online-based enterprises to register as taxpayers, which had been prolonged by two more months from the original July 31 cutoff date as the taxman took into consideration the difficulty to visit their offices amid quarantine movement restrictions.

Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa told the Inquirer that at least 7,262 web-based businesses already registered as of Wednesday morning.

With the deadline lapsed, Guballa said unregistered online businesses would now be slapped penalties similar to those imposed on tax-delinquent firms.

Guballa said the BIR was working on how revenue officers could rise above the challenges posed by the online nature of these businesses.

“How to monitor and apprehend [unregistered online

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Starting from Friday, all the income-tax appeals are set to go faceless. Unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August, the faceless assessment scheme will “honour honest income tax payers in the country.” The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said that now all income tax appeals, ranging from e-allocation of appeals, to e-communication of notices, e-verification, e-enquiry and e-hearing will take place online. “There will be no physical interface between the taxpayers or their counsel/s and the Income Tax Department. The taxpayers can make submissions from the comfort of their home and save their time and resources,” it said.

Under faceless scrutiny assessment, a central computer picks up tax returns for scrutiny based on risk parameters and mismatch and then allots them randomly to a team of officers. This allocation is reviewed by officers at another randomly selected location and only if concurred, a notice is sent by the

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Johnson & Johnson has initiated advanced, large-scale, multi-country trials on its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, being developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.

The initiation of its Phase III ENSEMBLE trial follows positive interim results from J&J’s Phase 1/2a clinical study, which demonstrated safety and immunogenicity after a single vaccination, a note from J&J said. These results have been submitted and are due to be published in medRxiv.

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ENSEMBLE will enrol up to 60,000 volunteers across three continents and will study the safety and efficacy of a single vaccine dose versus placebo in preventing Covid-19. J&J has continued scaling-up its manufacturing capacity and remains on track to meet its goal of providing one billion doses of a vaccine each year, it said.

The company hoped to bring in an affordable vaccine on a not-for-profit basis for emergency pandemic use and

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While every industry was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the travel world was one of the hardest hit. Hotels closed, and travel restrictions made it impossible for airlines to function at full capacity. That meant everyone from pilots to baggage handlers had their hours, pay, and even jobs slashed. A new report even suggests that some 100,000 airline jobs could be lost by next week if the government doesn’t step in to help. But even with all of that downturn, one flight attendant used the extreme circumstances to get creative. 

Keith Bellatrand was a successful flight attendant until COVID-19 hit. Unemployed and with no end in sight, he had to figure out a way to revamp his career. Contemplating his skills that could bring

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Tyler Kunzelman, who is only 8 years old, is starting his entrepreneurial career early on and it’s all for a good cause.



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He’s the proud owner of Tyler’s snack shack. The best part? 50% of the profits go to the Humane Society of Monroe.

“I love animals and my family loves animals I have a dog and a cat and I would love to support other dogs and cats,” said Tyler.

Tyler wanted to find a way to give back to a cause he’s passionate about.  His father, Joshua, helped him construct his shack. The project only took a few hours to make.  Joshua and Tyler both say it was well worth it!

“It’s been really positive we’ve had some really great customers that just come and donate money they don’t even want to buy anything and some want to buy stuff and still

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