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​Velliv gets tough on aggressive tax planning by asset managers

first_imgIn practice, Velliv said this meant it would run more checks on its unlisted investments and participate in schemes such as the United Nations’ (UN) Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which works to promote fair taxation.“We are in dialogue with the initiators of the Danish Tax Code (ATP, PFA, Pension Denmark and Industriens Pension), which we fully support. It is a strong initiative for the unlisted investments, and we would also like to help focus on the listed investments – and the international aspect,” said Kjærgaard.The four Danish pension funds he mentioned formed the agreement on tax practices by external managers this summer, after ATP, PFA and PKA moved to distance themselves in 2018 from Australia’s Macquarie when the bank was named as part of an international tax scandal last year.The funds agreed on principles to stamp out aggressive tax planning, such as a call for transparency in the field of tax and for external managers to adopt their own tax policy.Earlier this year, Danish labour market pension fund PenSam also added tax as a special area in its responsible investment policy following a number of high-profile scandals.The fund said it would investigate any companies it invested in if they paid less than 10% tax on their total earnings, or if a firm had placed all its profits in a country with a low tax rate, for example, adding it would extend this to include companies that issue equities and corporate bonds. Danish pension fund Velliv — formerly Nordea Liv & Pension Denmark — says it is cracking down on aggressive tax planning among its asset managers in listed and unlisted investments.The move follows action by four of Denmark’s largest pension funds to lay down a set of common principles on responsible tax behaviour in August.Thomas Kjærgaard, Velliv’s head of investment governance, said: “We want to ensure that our partners pay a fair tax and avoid using aggressive tax planning.”The DKK255bn (€34.1bn) pension provider said it is introducing new tax practices for its investments, under which it will actively work to avoid aggressive tax planning among the company’s managers for unlisted investments in future, increase efforts in relation to listed investments and enter into cooperation with other investors to promote responsible tax practices.last_img read more

Gomes’ horrific injury overshadows Tosun sneaking late Toffees’ leveller

first_imgANDRE GOMES’ broken and fractured ankle – for which tearful Son Heung-min was sent off – overshadowed Cenk Tosun bagging Everton a point in the 97th minute to rescue a draw.Dele Alli had neatly drilled Spurs ahead while referee Martin Atkinson was controversially backed by VAR in declining two Everton penalties and one for Tottenham, before Tosun powered in a late header.9 Andre Gomes shows the pain as he is taken off with a horrific-looking leg injuryCredit: Reuters9 Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min looks in despair as he realises the extent of the injury for Everton’s Andre GomesCredit: ReutersBut all that was eclipsed by the Toffees’ Portuguese midfielder Gomes being carried off with the horror injury following a lengthy delay at 1-0 down.Gomes tumbled at pace after a late challenge from Son and seemed to twist his foot horribly as he collided with Spurs right-back Serge Aurier.Son and may other players held their heads in their hands after looking at Gomes’ pain and his contorted leg.Atkinson had his yellow card by his side but after the severity of Gomes’ plight became clear he changed it to a straight red.9 Turksih striker Cenk Tosun celebrates his leveller during a dramatic second halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty9 Cenk Tosun arrives to thud home an Everton equaliser with his head during 12 minutes of stoppage timeCredit: Getty – ContributorIt was Everton who settled the quicker after the hold-up, Tosun finally bulleting the ball home from Lucas Digne’s lofted cross.But even after that VAR intervened in what had been a poor contest, passing-wise and for lack of chances.Davinson Sanchez was caught dozing as Richarlison went through and Everton claimed the big striker was impeded when goal-bound.Atkinson, though, ruled no foul – and again replays backed him up.In truth, the football and result became secondary to Gomes – who was rushed straight to hospital.Spurs looked on the brink of picking up their first league win on the road since January thanks to Dele’s 63rd-minute strike.But it was not to be thanks to Tosun striking deep into 12 minutes of stoppage time.9 Dele Alli peels away to salute his neatly-taken goal for TottenhamCredit: Reuters9 Delli Alli bursts through to drill the opener for Spurs on 63 minutesCredit: Reuters9 Midfielder Dele Alli celebrates his breakthrough goal with a sleeping poseCredit: Sky SportsMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe result leaves Spurs in 11th – when a rare away win would have lifted them to eights.They are in the middle of a pack of 13 teams separated by just a single point.Everton, who have spent big in recent windows, move three points clear of the relegation zone.9 VAR examined Dele Alli touching the ball or Yerry Mina pushing him bfor ruled no penalty for EvertonCredit: Sky Sports9 Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga pulls off a full-stretch save at Goodison Park.Credit: Reuterslast_img read more

Murray’s late equaliser delays Waterhouse fate

first_imgAnother nail was just seconds away to being driven in Waterhouse’s Red Stripe Premier League coffin when substitute Rodave Murray, showing great predatory skills, buried an opportunity to draw his team level and possibly delay their inevitable relegation. Murray’s 90th-minute strike was his first in the country’s top-flight football, and it came in only his second game, following a strike by Kenroy Howell in the 23rd, as he gave his team hopes of pulling off a rare victory. Two second-half goals from substitute Chevonne Marsh in the 57th and Dawyne Smith in the 87th set up Cavalier perfectly for the win, until Murray’s late intervention. For Murray, the occasion was bittersweet. “This is my first goal, but it is my second match in the Premier League. My first match was against UWI FC. I am feeling great, but at the same time, I am feeling disappointed. The coach said to us that the aim is to get three points, but we should not leave pointless, and we left with a point, so that is good,” the 18-year-old Dinthill daCosta Cup star said. He added: “I am disappointed because we came out here today looking a victory, and we did not get it.” Though their chances of survival are being written off with each passing match, Murray is still hopeful. KEEP ON FIGHTING “There is still time and opportunity for us, we just have to keep fighting and working hard, and the rest of the competition will tell,” said the youngster, who scored 27 goals for Dinthill last season. Besides trying to help his team survive the drop, Murray, who hails from Orange Field in Linstead, St Catherine, wants to retain his place in the country’s Under-20 squad and earn himself a professional contract. “My dream is to take it to the pro level, so I am just working hard towards that, and good performances in this league will help. “I have been invited to Jamaica’s Under-20 squad, and my aim is to join the team, work hard, and ensure that we qualify for the World Cup,” the youngster explained. At 18, Murray still has another year of eligibility at the schoolboy level, but he could pass on it if the opportunity presents itself. “I have another year at the schoolboy level, but I am not sure if I will return as yet. If I get a professional contract, I will take it. I have had offers from Europe; that is where my agent is based, so we will continue to look until something suitable comes,” Murray said. Murray added that he came close to joining Montego Bay United in the January transfer window. “I was supposed to be with Montego Bay United, but it just wasn’t working out. They wanted me to go to Cornwall College and play for Montego Bay United, but I did not want to leave Dinthill as yet, and Montego Bay is so far away from home,” he said.last_img read more