Apple Invest $30 billion facilities to Create 20,000 Jobs in the U.S

The company said that it will pay $38 billion in taxes on cash it has been keeping overseas. It also pledged to create 20,000 jobs and invest $30 billion in U.S. facilities over the next five years.

The $38 billion tax payment from bringing home overseas profits "would likely be the largest of its kind ever made," Apple said in a press release.

New U.S. tax rules mean companies like Apple can no longer avoid paying taxes on past international profits by holding the cash outside the United States. They must pay tax whether they bring the money back to the country or not.

 American companies with global operations are now expected to pay hundreds of billions of dollars on the overseas profits they've amassed in recent decades.

Apple also informed employees worldwide on 18th of this month, that they would receive a $2,500 stock bonus in response to the new U.S. tax code, according to a source familiar with the matter. Bloomberg, which reported the news earlier, said the bonus would be available to employees below a certain senior level.

Apple employs about 123,000 full-time workers around the world. About 84,000 of those employees are based in the United States.  The $30 billion investment in the company's facilities across the United States will include a new campus in a yet-to-be-disclosed location.

The campus will "initially house technical support for customers," according to the press release. Apple declined to give further details about the planned campus, saying more information will be disclosed later this year.

Campuses generally refer to a sprawling facility where Apple employees -- working on everything from engineering to customer service -- report for duty. The company currently has two such locations: one in Silicon Valley and another in Austin, Texas.

At least $10 billion of the new investment will go toward building new data centres -- massive computer warehouses that store information to support services like Apple's Siri, iMessage and Apple Music, the company said.

 Apple already has data centres in seven states. In August, the company announced plans to open a data centre in Des Moines, Iowa, that would cost $1.3 billion and create 550 construction and operations jobs.

Apple claims these new investments combined with its "current pace of spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers" will add about $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years.

How to apply Good Conduct Certificate for UAE Job Visa

Expatriates applying for a job in the UAE must first obtain a certificate of good conduct in order to be issued a work permit, a UAE government body has announced. The new rule will take effect on February 4, 2018.

As per a decision of the Council of Ministers No. (1/8) of 2017, which has been adopted recently by the Dubai Police Coordination Committee, the applicant should provide the certificate from the home country or from the country of residence where the person has been residing during the last five years. This should be certified by the UAE missions abroad or attestation centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of International Cooperation.

Long-term residents in the UAE who are looking for a new visa can apply to Dubai Police or Abu Dhabi Police for a certificate. Now to make the process simpler, Dubai Police posted a link on their official Twitter account through which the certificate can be applied online.
In addition, the applications can be made using the Dubai Police app which can be accessed on all smartphones and is available in English and Arabic. Here, an individual has to enter his/her name along with the identity card number to initiate the process. The fee to obtain the certificate for UAE resident expats is Dh220.

The 'certificate of good conduct' should be issued by the country of origin of the person or the country where he has been living for the past five years. It should then be ratified by the state's mission, as well as the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The certificate will only be applicable to the worker concerned and not his/her dependents. Those coming to the country on a visit or tourist visas do not require the certificate either.

Documentations required

Valid Emirates ID

Active e-mail address

Service Fee

Certificate - UAE National - Dh100

Certificate - Resident - Dh200

Certificate - From outside the country - Dh300

Knowledge fee - Dh10

Innovation fee - Dh10

Where to apply

(Channel Name - Timing - Period to finish the request)

1. Dubai Police Website - Internet - (24h/7days) - 5 minutes

2. Dubai Police Smart Apps (24h/7days) - 5 minutes

3. Call center 901 (Only Inquiries) - (24h/7days) - 5 minutes

4. Offices 7.30 am to 2.30 pm (Sunday to Thursday) - 15 minutes

Lufthansa to hire 8,000 workers in 2018

German airline group Lufthansa said, it plans to hire more than 8,000 people in 2018, the latest step in a relentless push for growth at one of Europe's largest carriers.

Taking into account workers leaving the company, a Lufthansa spokesman told AFP that the net effect of the hiring spree would be "several thousand" new jobs -- an increase on the roughly 3,000 who started work last year.

More than half of the new employees will be flight attendants.

As well as its own blue-and-yellow liveried fleet, Lufthansa owns a slew of smaller airlines, including no-frills Eurowings, Swiss Air, Austrian and Brussels Airlines.

Some 2,500 of the new hires will go to Lufthansa proper, while 2,700 take up jobs at Eurowings.

The subsidiary has been the focus of Lufthansa's expansion, as chief executive Carsten Spohr seeks to ward off the challenge from low-cost competitors like Ireland's Ryanair or UK-based Easyjet.

In December, the group received the European Commission's approval to buy up a large chunk of bankrupt competitor Air Berlin, including 33 leased planes and prized landing slots at busy German airports.

But it had to offer concessions to allay the top EU competition authority's concerns, giving up plans to buy Air Berlin's Austrian subsidiary, Niki.

Good Conduct Certificate rule for new Job Visas in the UAE

Job seekers applying for new work visas in the UAE will be subjected to security background checks, official sources. According to a source, the UAE Government will start background checks of foreign workers from February 4th. It means candidates applying for their first job in the UAE will have to produce certificates of good conduct.

“The security screening of job candidates means that they will have to produce good conduct certificates from their home countries, or the country, or countries, of their residence for work, or study, for the past five years,” an official source told. The screening is applicable only to new work visas. The source said the move was adopted after many Labour cases showed some foreign workers had involved in criminal offences or wanted for their home countries.

“The security vetting is a means of judging a job candidate’s past mistakes, character, and fitness, and to identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons and to ensure the safety and security of the employees as well as their public and private employers,” the source said. The criminal history checks will be applicable to all job candidates including domestic workers.

The source clarified if the applicant for a work permit has lived and worked in more than one country in the past five years, a certificate of good conduct from each country must be produced. “For residents born and lived in the UAE until they apply for a job, they will not be required to present a good conduct certificate,” the source said.

However, the source said, those born and lived in the UAE for a while but left for home or another country before applying for a job, must produce a good conduct certificate from their home country or the country of their residence for work, or study, for the past five years.

The good conduct certificates must be certified by the UAE’s missions abroad or attested at customer happiness centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The security screening is only mandatory for job candidates but not their dependents or family members.The certificate is not required for tourists, students and people who come to the UAE on medical or mission visas, issued for the purpose of temporary work in the country for three months and can be renewed for a similar period.

A committee made up of representatives of the ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Human Resources and Emiratisation said in a statement the new procedure was part of the UAE Government’s efforts to create a more secure community. It said this condition was “part of the process of updating and developing government policies, to achieve the highest level of security for those residing in the country, in a secure, peaceful and happy community”.

Conducting background security checks on foreign workers was approved in principle by the Cabinet in October 2016.

Stricter security checks on foreign workers were invited on the wake of many controversial crimes committed by foreigners including the case of a Jordanian man who was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year-old boy in 2016.

Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member of the Federal National Council, who pressed for security vetting being conducted on foreign workers, said there are more than 4.5 million expatriate workers living and working in the UAE, which requires background checks for any past criminal activity.

“The UAE wants to make sure every worker is free of a criminal record — regardless of wherever they come from,” Al Rahoumi said. “If a job candidate has committed a crime in his/her home country and the person has a criminal record, there is no way for us to know unless there is security vetting,” Al Rahoumi said.

Al Rahoumi said he did not feel safe without knowing the background of each worker. He wanted to make sure every chauffeur that drives his family’s car is free of a criminal record. “It comes down to authorities conducting security checks before issuing work permits,” he said.

The good conduct certificate will be produced on applying for a job visa, issued by residency departments to foreigners who wish to work for a company in the UAE upon the approval of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The visa allows the holders to enter the UAE once and is valid for two months from the date of issue. When the employee has entered the country on the basis of the job visa, the sponsoring company will arrange to complete the formalities of medical and stamping his residence within 60 days.

The heads of the Indian, Bangladeshi and Indonesian mission welcomed the development but said they need to get a clear idea of its modalities.

Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said: “‘We have taken note of the media reports on the requirement of a good conduct certificate. We would need to get a clear idea of the modalities involved for the workers before we can offer a substantive comment.”

Mohammad Imran, Bangladeshi Ambassador to the UAE, said: “We welcome this move as we hope that this will address any concerns the UAE authorities may have about Bangladeshi job seekers. However, we also hope that the procedure will be a simple one.”

Husin Bagis, the Indonesian Ambassador to the UAE, said: “The embassy understands the aim and spirit of the new regulation. We hope that its implementation will not hamper or burden qualified job seekers to meet the demands of the UAE’s labour market.”

Apple Invest $30 billion facilities to Create 20,000 Jobs in the U.S

The company said that it will pay $38 billion in taxes on cash it has been keeping overseas. It also pledged to create 20,000 jobs...