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Variety Business Intelligence and Stage 32 Partner to Ease Post-Pandemic Production

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Variety Business Intelligence and industry-focused social network Stage 32 have partnered on plans to increase networking and educational opportunities for VBI subscribers.

VBI’s Variety Insight, which offers data and analytics surrounding the entertainment industry, and Stage 32, a social network for members of the industry, created the promotional partnership to offer their services to users of both products.

VBI’s Variety Insight members will earn a $50 credit toward a Stage 32 educational course, and Stage 32 members will be given a one-month membership for Variety Insight, which will function as the site’s database partner.


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“Now, more than ever, it’s important that our industry is provided access to the most up-to-date information and education on how to stay creative as well as how to safely and smartly get back into production post-Covid-19,”

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Nigeria: Govt Seeks to Enhance Ease of Doing Business

In a bid to promote inclusiveness and enhance ease of doing business in Nigeria, the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole has called on stakeholders to submit ideas for the ‘Omnibus Bill’ which is in its draft stage.

Oduwole, made this call while speaking during a virtual conference titled: ‘Easing Business in Nigeria: CAMA 2020 and Economic Growth,’ organsied by Simmonscooper partner and law pavilion yesterday.

Oduwole said: “We have been working on business law with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) on a business facilitation bill ‘Omnibus bill’.

“An omnibus bill is a legal tool used around the world to chip in several reforms and amendments. We can scope the business environment and get a number of relics that we want to change altogether in one piece of legislation.

“So, it is amendment to countries like Canada, Australia, Kenya have used omnibus

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Visa changes will help ease labour shortage crisis for Kiwi growers

Changes to seasonal work visas have given Kiwi growers a lifeline for dealing with labour shortages, but wineries may still miss out.

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced on Tuesday a Supplementary Seasonal Employment visa will be automatically given to about 11,000 working holiday visa holders in New Zealand to help fill labour shortages in the horticulture and wine growing industries.

It will apply to those with visas expiring between November 1 and March 31, and will extend their visas to June 30.

Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi has announced immigration policy changes to make the seasonal work visa available to more people.

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Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi has announced immigration policy changes to make the seasonal work visa available to more people.

“While unemployment is increasing due to the [Covid-19] pandemic’s disruption, a lot of this is occurring in urban centres away from seasonal work,” Faafoi said.

* Horticulture aims to ‘spearhead’ New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery
* Government visa changes for thousands of stranded seasonal workers

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Saudi entrepreneurship and the ease of doing business

A clear picture has emerged of a resilient entrepreneurial ecosystem that continues to attract young minds seeking a foothold in the Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council markets. Much has been said about the ways in which the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has led to a reckoning for youth whose employment has been disrupted by the pandemic. Many have viewed this challenging time as an opportunity to incubate their next big idea and explore ways to make independent income.

One can expect that aspiring entrepreneurs, freed from the constraints of traditional employment and eager to tap into emerging industries, may accelerate an entrepreneurship boom in the Kingdom over the next few years. With Vision 2030 aiming to increase the contribution of small and medium enterprises to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product from 20 percent to 25 percent over the next decade, opportunities to establish new businesses and expand existing offerings are plentiful.

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Amid ‘ease of business’ claims, going remains tough for MNCs

Noting that for foreign investments to come in, it is essential that appropriate incentives, single window clearance among other incentives are provided, Sumit Batra, Partner at India Law Alliance, says that India has not been able to provide such comfort to foreign investors. “Issues such as retrospective applicability of tax laws, change in overall business sentiments, tedious compliances and an era ushered by ordinances, has made things difficult,” Batra told IANS.

Several bigwigs have from time to time raised their concerns regarding the issues faced in the one of the largest consumer markets in the world, the latest being Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the Indian unit of Toyota. In a recent interview Viswanathan said that Toyota Motor Corp will not expand further in India due to the high tax regime in the country, adding that apart from impacting expansion plans, high levies also impact demand and

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LS passes Bill to decriminalise small offences, promote ease of doing business

Under the 2013 Act, certain provisions from the Companies Act, 1956 continue to apply to producer companies. These include provisions on their membership, conduct of meetings, and maintenance of accounts.

Producer companies include companies which are engaged in the production, marketing and sale of agricultural produce, and sale of produce from cottage industries.

The Bill removes these provisions and adds a new chapter to the Act with similar provisions for producer companies.

The Bill makes three changes. First, it removes the penalty for certain offences. For example, it removes the penalties which apply for any change in the rights of a class of shareholders made in violation of the Act. Where a specific penalty is not mentioned, the Act prescribes a penalty of up to Rs 10,000 which may extend to Rs 1,000 per day for a continuing default.

Second, it removes imprisonment in certain offences. For example, it removes

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Mastercard, Flywire Tie Up to Ease Cross-Border Tuition Fees

Mastercard Incorporated MA recently teamed up with Flywire to provide discounted foreign exchange rates on cross-border tuition costs to students, when paid with Mastercard. The relief is aimed at helping students from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Kenya and Ghana.

Students belonging to these locations who are part of any school across the globe, which accepts Flywire as a preferred payment method for international tuition fees, will be able to avail of this offer during the 2020 fall term. The tuition charges can be paid by students in their local currencies with the help of Mastercard credit or debit cards as the lowest cost card payment choice with Flywire.

Flywire is a vertical payments company and a provider of choice for students and educational institutions worldwide. Its technology and solutions enable organizations to offer safe and seamless payment experiences to students. This also helps curbing operational costs and simplifying reconciliation.

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Business community calls on Santa Clara County to ease public health restrictions | News

A coalition of business leaders across Santa Clara County are calling on public health officials to loosen COVID-19 restrictions that they say have crippled local businesses for the last six months.

The group, made up of 15 chambers of commerce and dozens of elected officials and small businesses, is demanding that the county work with the business community to find ways to safely reopen sectors of the economy that have been closed or curtailed during the coronavirus pandemic. The coalition took particular aim at county restrictions that under new state guidelines can now be lifted but remain in effect, such as indoor dining.

At a virtual press conference Monday, Silicon Valley Organization President Matt Mahood said COVID-19 isn’t expected to go away any time soon, but keeping a significant part of the economy shut down is not a solution. Small businesses and the working poor simply won’t survive the crisis

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