<![CDATA[Digital Forums - News & Current Affairs]]> https://dmnforums.com/ en Fri, 05 Feb 2024 20:06:34 GMT vBulletin 60 https://dmnforums.com/images/df20/misc/rss.png <![CDATA[Digital Forums - News & Current Affairs]]> https://dmnforums.com/ <![CDATA[UK News BT's broadband and phone network down in parts of UK]]> https://dmnforums.com/showthread.php/990601-BT-s-broadband-and-phone-network-down-in-parts-of-UK?goto=newpost Tue, 02 Feb 2024 16:02:34 GMT BT's broadband and phone network appears to have been suffering nationwide problems in the UK.
Down detector, a website that monitors internet failures, is reporting thousands of cases in places such as London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Coventry.
There are also numerous reports on social media from customers experiencing issues.
BT confirmed that many of its services were currently not working.
A spokesman said: "It is true that we are down at the moment. We are aware of the problems and are working on them as fast as we can."
Its website has also crashed and some users are reporting that its customer service line is down.
Hundreds of people have taken to social media to express their frustration using the hashtag #BTdown.
"Sorry if your [sic] are experiencing network problems. Engineers are on site now. We will keep you updated," said BT on its official Twitter feed.

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Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died https://dmnforums.com/showthread.php/990533-Broadcaster-Sir-Terry-Wogan-has-died?goto=newpost Sun, 31 Jan 2024 09:30:21 GMT Sir Terry Wogan: Veteran broadcaster dies, aged 77



Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, after a short illness, his family has confirmed.
In a statement, they said: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.
"He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time."
BBC director general Tony Hall said: "Terry truly was a national treasure."
Obituary: Sir Terry Wogan


'Wonderful personality and charm'

Limerick-born Sir Terry had a 50-year career on television and radio, including presenting Wake up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 and the Wogan chat show.
He was also the voice of Eurovision for many years and had been involved in Children in Need since it began.
BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: "As the host of Wake up to Wogan, Terry established himself as one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard.
"We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning, becoming an essential and much-loved part of our lives.
"His millions of listeners adored him, as did his whole Radio 2 family. We will miss him enormously and our thoughts at this very sad time are with Helen and all the family."

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UK News (Humorous Topic) Porn at Funeral https://dmnforums.com/showthread.php/990433-Porn-at-Funeral?goto=newpost Thu, 28 Jan 2024 14:23:39 GMT Not funny if was you were a close relative but........... http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/jan/28/porn-film-accidentally-shown-at-funeral-service-cardiff Not funny if was you were a close relative but...........

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<![CDATA[World News (Humorous Topic) Gang of migrants arrested after 'sexually]]> https://dmnforums.com/showthread.php/990370-Gang-of-migrants-arrested-after-sexually?goto=newpost Tue, 26 Jan 2024 20:17:01 GMT Gang of migrants arrested after 'sexually assaulting women and masturbating at historic German swimming baths'


By TOM WYKE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 21:08, 23 January 2024 | UPDATED: 11:46, 24 January 2024


Migrants have been banned from a historic swimming bath in Germany after a gang of men were caught on camera masturbating in a hot tub and sexually assaulting women.
Several other men were seen 'emptying their bowels' in the children's end of the main swimming pool at the Johannisbad baths in Zwickau, Saxony.
Management at the historic baths are reportedly no longer allowing migrants into the facilities following the allegations while some local swimmers have stayed away after the incidents.


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Time to lower the tone lmao.

I thought this was fooking hilarious when I saw it.

If this doesn't get CJ and Bertie posting nothing will.
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Google to pay �130m in backdated UK tax https://dmnforums.com/showthread.php/990242-Google-to-pay-�130m-in-backdated-UK-tax?goto=newpost Fri, 22 Jan 2024 21:50:07 GMT Google agrees �130m UK tax deal with HMRC Image: http://static.bbci.co.uk/news/1.107.1501/img/correspondents/circles/kamalahmed.png Kamal Ahmed (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/correspondents/kamalahmed) Economics editor ... Google agrees �130m UK tax deal with HMRC


Kamal Ahmed Economics editor


  • 22 January 2024
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Image copyright Getty Images Google has agreed to pay �130m in back taxes after an "open audit" of its accounts by the UK tax authorities.
The company had been accused of "not paying its fair share" of tax, and criticised for complex tax structures.
Senior figures at the technology company have said that they want to draw a line under the issue.
"Today we announced that we are going to be paying more tax in the UK," Matt Brittin, the head of Google Europe, told the BBC.
"The rules are changing internationally and the UK government is taking the lead in applying those rules so we'll be changing what we are doing here.
"We want to ensure that we pay the right amount of tax."
Tax inquiry

Google's move comes after a six year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
It acted after controversy over the low level of taxes paid by multinational companies that operate in the UK but are headquartered abroad.
Despite the UK being one of Google's biggest markets, it paid �20.4m in taxes in 2013.
The value of its sales in Britain that year was �3.8bn.
The company has been criticised for its complex international tax structures.
Its European headquarters are in Ireland which has a lower corporation tax rate than the UK.
It has also used company structures in Bermuda - where the corporation tax rate is zero - to shelter profits.
Such moves are legal and Google says it has abided by international tax rules.
It is an American business, meaning that it pays the majority of its taxes there.
Accounting change

Google has now agreed to change its accounting system so that a higher proportion of sales activity is registered in Britain rather than Ireland.
It has pledged to pay more tax on those sales in the future.
It has also said that it will use a different structure to account for its profits in the UK from 2005 until 2015.
"We are paying �130m in respect of previous years when the rules were to pay in respect of profits you make in a country and then going forward we will also be paying in respect of sales to UK customers," Mr Brittin said.
Image caption Mr Brittin says Google will be paying more tax in the UK Didn't the back payments, I asked Mr Brittin, show that Google's critics were right that the company had avoiding paying tax in the past?
"No," Mr Bittin replied.
"We were applying the rules as they were and that was then and now we are going to be applying the new rules, which means we will be paying more tax.
"I think there was concern that international companies were paying only in respect of profits that they make and those were the rules and the pressure was to see us pay in respect of the sales we make to UK customers - and the same for other companies.
"So, we are making a change because we want to continue to comply with the rules and the rules are changing."
Stinging attacks

Google, along with other American companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Starbucks, have faced heavy criticism for their tax affairs.
Margaret Hodge MP, the former chairwoman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, describe its tax structures as "devious, calculated and, in my view, unethical".
She said that Google was avoiding paying its "fair share" of tax.
Global tax rules have been tightened over the last year, with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which produces guidance on world tax agreements, saying that multi-national companies should not deliberately move profits to different countries to avoid tax.
"I think the international rules are quite complicated and the OECD has just gone through a big process to try to simplify them and that is why the rules are changing," Mr Brittin said.
"If we were British, we would make most of our profits in the UK and we'd be paying a lot more tax in the UK.
'Strong' market

"The facts are we are an American company and that is where we pay the majority of our taxes, that is where we make the majority of our profits.
"But what is changing is outside the US, in international markets, we will be paying now in respect of our sales, not just our profits."
Mr Brittin said the UK was a strong market for Google.
"I think it is right that where there is public concern and where politicians and the press are concerned about international companies - not just us - when the rules change you should change with them and we have done that," he said.
"Of course what you want to be doing as a business is focusing on building amazing products and hiring people and helping the UK make the most of the internet opportunity and that is what we want to spend our time doing."

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