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Employers warned over bogus self-employment Regina Doherty. Photo: Frank McGrath EMPLOYERS have been warned that they risk huge fines for incorrectly classifying staff as being self-employed contractors. Accountants TaxAssist said fines of €50,000 are now commonplace for cases where bogus self-employment is proved. There is now an increased focus by Revenue and the Department of Social Protection on firms that treat members of...
Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after years on death row leaves Pakistan Aasia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2009 after a dispute with a fellow farm worker. Aasia Bibi (AP Photo, File) Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, has left the country for Canada to be reunited with her daughters,...
Journalists freed after 500 days behind bars in Myanmar Free: Reuters journalists Wa Lone, left, and Kyaw Soe Oo wave as they walk out from Insein Prison after being released. Photo: Reuters/Ann Wang Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon yesterday after...
Jury to hear from 'whistleblower' in New York sex cult trial Former self-help guru Keith Raniere on trial on charges of running a secretive New York sex cult that recruited female "slaves" (Photo: You Tube) Jurors in the trial of Keith Raniere, founder of the cultlike Nxivm organization who faces sex trafficking charges, are expected to hear testimony on Thursday from...
Trump says claim businesses lost more than a billion dollars ‘highly inaccurate’ The New York Times reported it had acquired printouts from Mr Trump’s official IRS tax transcripts. Donald Trump (Brian Lawless/PA) Donald Trump has described a New York Times report claiming his businesses lost more than $1 billion between 1985 and 1994 as “highly inaccurate”. The American president said the reported losses...
‘Outdated’ decision to fail nurse’s marathon record overturned after skirt row Guinness World Records said the guidelines ‘reflected a stereotype we do not wish to perpetuate.’ An NHS nurse who was told her marathon world record attempt would only count if she completed the race wearing a skirt has seen the decision overturned after it sparked outrage online. Guinness World Records (GWR)...
Man wins £10,000 after bet on eight-year-old Judd Trump finally pays off Neil Morrice placed the bet in 1998 after watching the future world snooker champion play a single frame. Happy punter Neil Morrice (left) celebrates with a friend after Judd Trump (right) became world champion (Neil Morrice/PA) A punter has won £10,000 after Judd Trump’s victory in the World Snooker Championship...
Weitz's slow-burning thriller never reaches its boiling point Film Review: Bel Canto (15), 5/10 Ken Watanabe and Julianne Moore in Bel Canto Love blossoms in the sweltering heat of an unnamed South American country during a blood-spattered hostage crisis in director Paul Weitz's slow-burning thriller. Based on the novel by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto punctuates the stand-off between gun-toting rebels and an unflinching...
Congratulations: Windsor guards play Cliff Richard rendition for royal baby The performance is one of a number of creative tributes that have been offered to the little one. The band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland offered a musical tribute to the royal baby by playing a special rendition of Congratulations. The royal family’s Twitter account shared a video of the British...
Mind the gap: Small firms are warned on lack of investment in digitalisation Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA director; Sue O’Neill, chair SFA and managing director of Shellcove; Danny McCoy, Ibec CEO; and Gina London, MC SMALL businesses have under-invested in digitalisation and need to make up ground, the chair of the Small Firms Association (SFA) has warned. "Investment in digitalisation and upskilling by small...

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