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Governing body says ‘Glory to our Heroes’ is ‘clearly political in nature’ after a complaint from Russia.

UEFA, the governing body of European football, has ordered Ukraine to remove a “political” slogan from its national football kit for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament.

The message “Glory to our Heroes”, inside the shirt’s collar, was “clearly political in nature”, UEFA said on Wednesday.

The slogan was widely used as a rallying cry during a 2014 popular uprising in Ukraine that removed Kremlin-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich.

UEFA’s move came after Russia sent a letter of complaint to the governing body on Tuesday over the yellow jersey, which also features an outline of the country’s borders that includes Russia-annexed Crimea and the separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

UEFA said the map was not a concern because a UN General Assembly Resolution “recognises the territorial borders as broadly depicted by the design”.

It also ruled that a phrase featured on the outside of the shirt – “Glory to Ukraine” – was acceptable as on its own, it may be considered as a “generic and non-political phrase of general national significance”.

That chant was also used by protesters who rallied against Yanukovich during the so-called Maidan revolution seven years ago.

However, the governing body said the “specific combination” of the two slogans featured on the shirt was “clearly political in nature” and had historic and militaristic significance.

It said the “Glory to our Heroes” slogan featured inside the shirt must therefore be removed.

‘Russia: Sports is not a battlefield’

Russia immediately welcomed UEFA’s move, with foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova saying that sport should not be mixed with politics.

“Sports is not a battlefield, but a place for competition; it is not a political arena but an athletic one. Become heroes of sports and you will have your glory,” she said.

“Do it that way and not with nationalist slogans.”

Ukraine had said the shirt was a symbol of national unity, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted a selfie on Instagram with the kit on this week.

Tensions have persisted since Russia annexed Crimea and the start of a Russian-backed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine play their opening Euro 2020 match against the Netherlands on June 13 in Amsterdam and also face Austria and North Macedonia in Group C.

Russia take on Belgium, the world’s top-ranked team, in their opener on home turf in St Petersburg on June 12, before facing Denmark and Finland.



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Distribution of Mosquito Nets to Markets Traders Commences

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Government has on Wednesday started distributing mosquito nets to traders; starting with the Nakasero market.

The exercise was kick-started with 2000 mosquito nets from Quality Chemicals Limited (QCL).

During his last address to the nation on Friday 18th June 2021, President Yoweri Museveni announced a 42-day lockdown directive, and all food market vendors were asked to stay at their places of work to avoid spreading the disease.

“Food market vendors should revert to the Presidential Directive of March 2020 to stay in their places of work,” he said.

President Museveni also said that the food market vendors were to be provided with mosquito nets and polythene sheets for their protection.

Handing over the donation, Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, a director at Quality Chemicals Limited applauded the market vendors for the sacrifice made when they fled their homes to sleep at workplaces to earn a living for their families and provide food to our communities.

“It is therefore important to us to ensure that they are protected from the harmful mosquitoes that linger in the night. We have donated 2000 mosquito nets to the Ministry of Health who will supply them to the market vendors,” he said

Adding, “I applaud the president and the Ministry of Health for their role in the fight against covid-19. As Quality Chemicals, we decided to contribute towards government efforts in the fight against malaria.”

Upon receipt of the donation on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary applauded quality chemicals for a helping hand.

“The women who sleep in the market are about 5000 according to the number that was given to us by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). The ministry has also brought 3000 nets to ensure that the population is covered. The nets are to protect them from mosquito bites while you’re asleep,” she said.

She asked them to follow the Standard Operating Procedures to avoid the further spread of Covid-19.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Heavy casualties reported after airstrike

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Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the Ethiopian air force struck a market near the region’s capital.



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OPINION: Real Estate Business at a Glance in the Eyes of the Uganda Fiscal Year 2021/2022

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By CPA David Kiwanuka

Section 5 of the Income Tax Act has been amended to include a new subsection 2a. This new subsection provides that: “A person who during a year of income earns rental income from more than one building shall account for the income and expenditure of each building separately and shall pay tax for each building separately.”

A second amendment concerning rental income is in line with the amendment of section 22 of the Income Tax Act: “In the case of rental income, seventy-five per cent (75%) of the rental income is deductible as expenditure and losses incurred by a person in the production of such income.”

This applies to both individuals and companies. The previous rate was 20% of the rental income for individuals and 100% of all losses and expenditures incurred by the company in the generation of rental income in a year of income.

Thirdly, there is an increase in the rental tax rate as per the amendment in Part VI of the Third Schedule. The applicable tax rate is 30% of the chargeable income of a person. The previous rate was 20% for individuals and 30% for non-individuals.

To those of us who own rental facilities, and you have been complying, and also intend to continue complying, the above changes yet to be implemented effectively 01st July 2021, indicate that as an individual, you have a tax advantage of approximately 57% compared to the previous one, and for the company especially if you are still incurring significant expenditures above 75% of the total rental income, you are yet to incur more tax liability as illustrated below (that is; Suppose your annual rental income is Shs 100m, qualifying rental expenditures are Shs 80m; this would result in chargeable rental income of Shs 20m & tax liability would be Shs6m only, for a company.

Currently, the same rental income is expected to result in a tax liability of Shs 7.5m since the qualifying expenditure has been predetermined at 75% of the rental income thus, increasing the chargeable rental income more by 5m. For an Individual; using the same illustration: with the tax reform, the tax liability would be Shs 6.654m, and for the old setting yet to expire on 30th June 2021, you were expected to incur a tax liability of  Shs 15.436m).

Lastly, it is imperative to further appreciate that, the deduction for the depreciation of an industrial building that qualifies for initial allowance has been deferred to the next year of income. Hence, in the year of investment, you can only claim an initial allowance, and from Year 2, you will be eligible for an industrial building allowance.

This makes a lot of sense to investors that have been targeting industrial building statutory purposes (i.e. an industrial building put to use for; an approved commercial building, an approved hospital, an approved hotel business, mining operations, and manufacturing operations) to ensure short and long term tax optimization.

In summary, for as long as you invest in real estate business, whether you earn a profit or incur a loss, you will have to pay tax if you are managing as a company i.e. for a non-individual; at least 30% of the 25% of the annual rental income “Ceteris paribus.”

 

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