News That Matters

Tag: back

Evita director: ‘Charismatic despots are back in fashion’

Evita director: ‘Charismatic despots are back in fashion’

Entertainment
The director of a new staging of Evita says its depiction of a populist leader and his wife has parallels with some of today's political personalities."We clearly have a strange desire for big characters in politics in the UK and US," said Jamie Lloyd. "Charismatic despots are back in fashion."Evita, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, tells of Eva Peron, first lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952.The show has many fans, among them US president Donald Trump.In his 2004 book Think Like a Billionaire, Mr Trump called Evita his "favourite Broadway show" and said he had seen it six times. First staged in 1978, Evita was Lloyd Webber and Rice's third hit musical after...
‘Lack of evidence’ holding back cannabis medicines

‘Lack of evidence’ holding back cannabis medicines

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device NHS patients are not getting cannabis-based medicines because of a lack of evidence they work, according to an official review.Multiple sclerosis patients and parents of children with severe epilepsy have been fighting for access to the drugs.The NHS England report found hospitals also had issues affording the medicines and getting hold of a safe supply.The report said the health service must support studies to gather evidence "as soon as possible".The law was changed in November 2018 to allow specialist doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis for the first time. The decision fuelled demand from parents of children with severe epilepsy, who were having hundreds of seizures a week, as well as patient...
Broadband chiefs fire back at PM’s full-fibre internet pledge

Broadband chiefs fire back at PM’s full-fibre internet pledge

Business
The UK's telecoms industry has issued the prime minister a challenge of its own after Boris Johnson said he wanted full-fibre broadband "for all" by 2025.An open letter says the target is possible, but only if the government tackles four problems causing delays.It adds that all of the issues must be resolved "within the next 12 months" to achieve the high-speed internet goal.But one expert said at least one of the measures was unachievable in that time frame.Mr Johnson originally declared his desire to deliver the 100% rollout of fibre-optic broadband to properties across the UK "in five years at the outside" in an article for the Telegraph published before he won the leadership vote.In it, he described the government's former ta...
The IRS is going after some cryptocurrency holders for back taxes

The IRS is going after some cryptocurrency holders for back taxes

Finance
The Internal Revenue Services offices in Washington, D.C.Adam Jeffery | CNBCIf you've been trading or mining cryptocurrency, the Internal Revenue Service is about to come knocking.The IRS on Friday announced that it's sending letters to more than 10,000 taxpayers with virtual currency transactions who have potentially failed to report income and pay taxes owed.Filers who did not properly report their crypto transactions to the IRS can also expect a letter. "Taxpayers should take these letters very seriously by reviewing their tax filings and when appropriate, amend past returns and pay back taxes, interest and penalties," said IRS commissioner Charles Rettig in a statement.Here's the lowdown on the tax implications of cryptocurrency.Different tax treatmentsIf you sold your cryptocurrency, ...