The Daily Populous

Thursday February 13rd, 2020 evening edition

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The Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory, is to be put on an EU blacklist of tax havens, less than two weeks after the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc.

Last year the UK and its “corporate tax haven network” was judged to be by far the world’s greatest enabler of corporate tax avoidance by the Tax Justice Network.

British territories and dependencies made up four of the 10 places said to have done the most to “proliferate corporate tax avoidance” on the corporate tax haven index.

The status of the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands had been up for review since being placed on a “grey list” in 2018.

The EU had concerns the tax regimes of these territories facilitated offshore structures that attracted profits without real economic activity.

Miles Dean, head of international tax at Andersen Tax UK, said: “The Cayman Islands already has legislation to obtain information that is far better than the UK’s.

The Financial Times reported that Turkey, which is currently on the “grey” list, will not be moved to the blacklist. »

Macs now twice as likely to get infected by adware than PCs, according to research

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That safety has long been one of the major talking points for Macs over Windows PCs.

As Macs have taken a larger piece of the computer market pie, they've become a juicier target for cybercriminals cranking out adware and what Malwarebytes calls "potentially unwanted programs" (or PUPs).

But if you're still worried about the health of your PC, we have some good antivirus software recommendations. »

Jim Jordan: Key Trump ally was 'crying and begging' student wrestler to deny abuse cover-up, hearing told

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Republican politician and Donald Trump ally Jim Jordan, pleaded with a student athlete to deny that he knew about an infamous sexual abuse scandal that rocked one of the nation’s leading universities, a public hearing has been told.

“Jim Jordan called me crying, crying, grovelling, on the Fourth of July…begging me to go against my brother, begging me, crying for half an hour,” Mr told Tuesday’s hearing.

“Congressman Jordan never saw or heard of any abuse, and if he had he would have dealt with it,” he said. »

A school called police after a kindergartner with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher. The girl's mom says they went too far

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(CNN) A Pennsylvania elementary school called the police after a kindergartner with Down syndrome made a finger gun at her teacher.

Maggie Gaines called on the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District to update its threat assessment policy after her 6-year-old daughter Margot was questioned by administrators for making a gun gesture at her elementary school teacher and pretended to shoot her.

Administrators concluded that Margot made a "transient threat" and didn't intend to harm anyone, but they still called Tredyffrin police. »

Study reveals food waste is worse than we thought — and which group is most to blame

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In fact, the amount of food people waste globally is twice as high as the most-commonly cited estimate, the data suggests.

At the individual level, food waste is tied directly to affluence — the more money you have, the more likely you are to throw out uneaten food, the study finds.

Abstract: This work provides an internationally comparable consumer food waste dataset based on food availability, energy gap and consumer affluence. »