Collecting http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/46428/all en FBR plans to introduce procurement tax labels to tackle illicit tobacco trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/fbr-plans-introduce-procurement-tax-labels-tackle-illicit-tobacco-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> To tackle the issue of illicit tobacco trade in Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has planned to introduce Procurement Tax Labels and Supervision System, but the solution being favoured through the tendering process has already proven a failure in tackling the issues in many countries of the world.</p><P>A glance at worldwide experience shows that the proposed system implemented in different countries like Malaysia, , Brazil, Turkey and in some states of USA could not deliver the desired result as the paper-based stamps proved to be ineffective in addressing illicit trade challenges</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/fbr-plans-introduce-procurement-tax-labels-tackle-illicit-tobacco-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Collecting Cultural history Philately Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:34:11 +0000 Asianet 5810786 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare Chinese stamp sells for $890,000 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130703/rare-chinese-stamp-sells-890000 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of China's rarest stamps sold for HK$6.9 million ($890,000) at auction in Hong Kong, the auctioneers said Wednesday.</p> <p>With just 32 recorded copies, the Qing Dynasty "1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar" stamp is "China's rarest regularly-issued stamp", Interasia Auctions said in a press release.</p> <p>The bright red stamp, symbolising luck and good fortune in Chinese culture, is rare because the characters "Qing Dynasty postal service, one dollar" were considered too small, prompting the printing of a second version.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130703/rare-chinese-stamp-sells-890000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Collecting Cultural history Philately USD AFP Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:31:34 +0000 5874339 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare Chinese stamp sells for $890,000 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130703/rare-chinese-stamp-sells-890000-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of China's rarest stamps sold for HK$6.9 million ($890,000) at auction in Hong Kong, the auctioneers said Wednesday.</p> <p>With just 32 recorded copies, the Qing Dynasty "1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar" stamp is "China's rarest regularly-issued stamp", Interasia Auctions said in a press release.</p> <p>The bright red stamp, symbolising luck and good fortune in Chinese culture, is rare because the characters "Qing Dynasty postal service, one dollar" were considered too small, prompting the printing of a second version.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130703/rare-chinese-stamp-sells-890000-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Collecting Cultural history Philately USD AFP Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:03:22 +0000 5874481 at http://www.globalpost.com Third example of rare Canadian stamp discovered, possibly worth up to $1M http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130810/third-example-rare-canadian-stamp-discovered-possibly-worth- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - Stamp enthusiast Brian Grant Duff remembers the thrill of handling what was, until recently, thought to be the only two examples of Canada's rarest stamp, the two cent "large Queen on laid paper."</p> <p>It's estimated by some to be worth as much as $1 million.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130810/third-example-rare-canadian-stamp-discovered-possibly-worth-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Collecting Cultural history Philately The Canadian Press Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:03:01 +0000 5907090 at http://www.globalpost.com ‘Max Steel' headed to big screen in deal between Mattel and Dolphin Entertainment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130904/max-steel-headed-big-screen-deal-between-mattel-and-dolphin-ent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Brent Lang</p> <p>LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - When it comes to movies, not all toys and boardgames are created equal.</p> <p>For every blockbuster like "Transformers" or "G.I. Joe," there's a "Battleship"-sized bomb or a Razzie-nominated dud like "Masters of the Universe."</p> <p>However, Dolphin Entertainment thinks its found a potential film franchise in a popular children's toy line and animated series. The company said Wednesday that it has partnered with Mattel to develop a live-action, feature-length film of "Max Steel."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130904/max-steel-headed-big-screen-deal-between-mattel-and-dolphin-ent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Action figures Childhood Collecting Thomson Reuters Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:04:55 +0000 5924778 at http://www.globalpost.com US Postal Service pays consultant group $565,769 to figure out future of stamps http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130925/us-postal-service-pays-futurist-study-stamps-fate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stamped mail, the most profitable business of the agency, accounts for 43 percent of its revenues. But stamp sales have continued to plummet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elvina Nawaguna, Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">WASHINGTON, DC &ndash; The financially strapped United States Postal Service is paying a futurist more than half a million dollars to assess the future of stamps as the agency struggles to raise revenues.</span></p> <p>The Postal Service will pay Faith Popcorn&#39;s BrainReserve, which describes itself as a futurist marketing consultancy, $565,769 to provide &quot;analysis and recommendation on the future of stamps,&quot; according to documents acquired by Federal Times, which provides news for federal managers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130925/us-postal-service-pays-futurist-study-stamps-fate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Collecting Health Labor Philately Politics Postal system Social Issues United States Postal Service United States Thomson Reuters Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:47:00 +0000 5944227 at http://www.globalpost.com Postal Service seeks to raise first-class stamp price to 49 cents, cites precarious finances http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130925/postal-service-meets-consider-requesting-increase-postal-rat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter in the United States.</p> <p>The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the agency's "precarious financial condition" and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress.</p> <p>"Of the options currently available to the Postal Service to align costs and revenues, increasing postage prices is a last resort that reflects extreme financial challenges," board chairman Mickey Barnett wrote customers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130925/postal-service-meets-consider-requesting-increase-postal-rat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Collecting Education Health Labor Philately Politics Postal system Technology The Canadian Press Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:16:14 +0000 5944242 at http://www.globalpost.com Gold-embossed business cards created for Clement, Hawn, against rules: documents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131208/gold-embossed-business-cards-created-clement-hawn-against-ru <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - At least two more key Conservatives got gold-embossed business cards, contrary to long-standing government rules against fancy stationery.</p> <p>Tony Clement was given his gold cards shortly after being promoted to Treasury Board president in the May 2011 cabinet shuffle, following the election of a Conservative majority.</p> <p>And colleague Laurie Hawn, an Edmonton MP appointed temporarily to a cabinet committee looking at cost-cutting, got his own set of gold-embossed cards at the same time.</p> <p>The Arms of Canada on both sets of cards was highlighted in gold foil. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131208/gold-embossed-business-cards-created-clement-hawn-against-ru" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Collecting Games Payment systems Politics The Canadian Press Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:01:32 +0000 6013211 at http://www.globalpost.com Canada Post sets plan to phase out door delivery, cut jobs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131211/canada-post-sets-plan-phase-out-door-delivery-cut-jobs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Canada Post sets plan to phase out door delivery, cut jobs</p> <p>TORONTO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Canada Post Wednesday announced a set of measures that will see the phase-out of urban home delivery and up to 8,000 job cuts in a bid to curb its losses.</p> <p>The announcement came amid the busiest time of the year for postal outlets, which see a dramatic rise in letters and parcels during the Christmas season. But it's a change that's been a long time coming, according to the postal service, which reported last month a 121-million-U.S.-dollar loss in its third quarter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131211/canada-post-sets-plan-phase-out-door-delivery-cut-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Collecting Labor Law Philately Postal system Xinhua News Agency Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:47:47 +0000 6017671 at http://www.globalpost.com Regulators approve temporary 3-cent increase in first-class stamps to 49 cents as of Jan. 26 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131224/regulators-ok-3-cent-increase-first-class-stamps-49-cents-ja <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive.</p> <p>Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn.</p> <p>Many consumers won't feel the price increase immediately. Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the future rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan. 26.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131224/regulators-ok-3-cent-increase-first-class-stamps-49-cents-ja" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Collecting Education Health Labor Philately Politics Postal system Social Issues Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 24 Dec 2013 22:16:30 +0000 6028711 at http://www.globalpost.com First-class stamps now costs 49 cents after 3-cent hike, went into effect Sunday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140126/first-class-stamps-now-costs-49-cents-after-3-cent-hike-went <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - It's going to cost you a few pennies more to mail a letter.</p> <p>The cost of a first-class postage stamp is now 49 cents — 3 cents more than before.</p> <p>Regulators approved the price hike in December, and it went into effect on Sunday.</p> <p>Many people won't feel the increase right away: Forever stamps are good for first-class postage at whatever the future rate.</p> <p>The last increase for stamps was a year ago, when the cost of sending a letter rose by a penny to 46 cents.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140126/first-class-stamps-now-costs-49-cents-after-3-cent-hike-went" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cent Collecting Cultural history Postal system The Canadian Press Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:31:27 +0000 6053458 at http://www.globalpost.com First-class stamps now costs 49 cents after 3-cent hike, went into effect Sunday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140126/first-class-stamps-now-costs-49-cents-after-3-cent-hike-went <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - It's going to cost you a few pennies more to mail a letter.</p> <p>The cost of a first-class postage stamp is now 49 cents — 3 cents more than before.</p> <p>Regulators approved the price hike in December, and it went into effect on Sunday.</p> <p>Many people won't feel the increase right away: Forever stamps are good for first-class postage at whatever the future rate.</p> <p>The last increase for stamps was a year ago, when the cost of sending a letter rose by a penny to 46 cents.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140126/first-class-stamps-now-costs-49-cents-after-3-cent-hike-went" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cent Collecting Cultural history Postal system The Canadian Press Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:31:27 +0000 6053459 at http://www.globalpost.com Feds appeal sentence that imposed no prison time for Beanie Babies billionaire on tax evasion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140213/prosecutors-appeal-sentence-seek-prison-time-beanie-babies-b <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CHICAGO - The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said Thursday that it's appealing a sentence that included no prison time for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts.</p> <p>At H. Ty Warner's sentencing last month, Judge Charles Kocoras heaped praise on the toymaker for his charitable giving, declaring society was better served by letting him go free and giving him two years' probation instead of sending him to prison. Warner had faced up to five years in prison.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140213/prosecutors-appeal-sentence-seek-prison-time-beanie-babies-b" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beanie Babies Charles Petros Kocoras Collecting The Canadian Press Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:47:57 +0000 6070049 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. prosecutors to appeal probation for Beanie Babies creator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140213/us-prosecutors-appeal-probation-beanie-babies-creator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mary Wisniewski</p> <p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Thursday filed an appeal of the sentence of probation that kept billionaire Beanie Babies soft toy creator Ty Warner out of jail for his conviction on tax evasion.</p> <p>Warner pleaded guilty in October to tax evasion and in January was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Chicago to two years probation and at least 500 hours community service that includes mentoring high school students.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140213/us-prosecutors-appeal-probation-beanie-babies-creator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beanie Babies Collecting Tax evasion Ty Warner Thomson Reuters Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:02:33 +0000 6070271 at http://www.globalpost.com New York to auction world's most famous stamp http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/new-york-auction-worlds-most-famous-stamp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The world's most famous postage stamp, a tiny piece of British colonial memorabilia from 19th century South America, is going under the hammer in New York for $10 to $20 million.</p> <p>It was made in 1856 in Guyana and Sotheby's will sell the magenta stamp, which bares the postmater's initials, on June 17.</p> <p>Last bought in 1980 by convicted murderer and American multi-millionaire, John du Pont, it has not been seen in public since going on display at a stamp exhibition in Chicago in 1986.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/new-york-auction-worlds-most-famous-stamp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austrian nobility Collecting Human Interest Philately AFP Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:17:11 +0000 6071146 at http://www.globalpost.com