Manchester concert suicide attack prompts security rethinks worldwide

By Kaori Kaneko and Fathin Ungku

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, May 23 (Reuters) - Countries from the United States to Japan and Singapore are considering tightening security ahead of major theatre and sports events following a suicide bomb attack in Britain that killed at least 22 people.

Britain was on its second-highest alert level of “severe”, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely, after the suicide bomb blast at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester on Monday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was closely monitoring the situation in Manchester and that the U.S. public may experience increased security at public events.

Japan said it had started gathering information. “We have strengthened our position by establishing an information-gathering unit dedicated to international terrorism,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

In Singapore, the organiser of Britney Spears’ concerts in June said they were considering new measures.

“We are definitely looking at tightening security,” Yogesh Mehta, project manager at IME Entertainment Group, said.

“All our events are licensed by the police. It is normally advised by the licensing department on what precautions to take, how many armed guards we need. So we work closely with them.”

Singapore, which hosts a security summit between June 2-4 bringing together Asia-Pacific defence and military chiefs, made amendments to the Public Order Act last month.

It requires event organisers to notify the police a month beforehand if they expect more than 5,000 people to attend. And police may refuse to allow a public gathering if it has a direct political end or involves foreigners.

Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld Expo, where Ariana Grande is due to hold a concert in September, said it would enhance security measures for all concerts and events. Besides baggage inspection, there will be metal detectors, it said in a statement, adding it was also planning to introduce search dogs for any suspicious items.

Hong Kong is already on high alert ahead of an expected visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Beijing on July 1 when the former British colony’s new leader will also be sworn in.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia’s biggest sports arena, said it was reviewing procedures. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was working closely with other countries on strategy.

“While the threat level in Victoria remains unchanged, and there is no known threat to the MCG, we continue to receive advice from relevant authorities and together review our security processes accordingly,” the club’s spokesman said, referring to the state of which Melbourne is the capital.

SM investments Corp, whose Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippine capital will host Ariana Grande in August, said it would take all precautions.

“Our security is always stepped up especially for big crowds like this,” said SM investment relations chief Corazon Guidote.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Elaine Lies in TOKYO, Fathin Ungku and Masayuki Kitano in SINGAPORE, Tom Westbrook in SYDNEY, Jerome Morales in MANILA, Faith Hung in TAIPEI and Katy Wong and William Ho in HONG KONG; Writing by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Cristiano Ronaldo, dispuesto a pagar 14,7 millones de euros a Hacienda, según RTVE

MADRID (Reuters) - El futbolista portugués del Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo estaría dispuesto a pagar a Hacienda los 14,7 millones de euros que, según la fiscalía española, habría defraudado entre 2011 y 2014.
La información, adelantada por la televisión pública RTVE y que representantes del jugador no quisieron confirmar, señala que el jugador insistirá en su inocencia y seguirá litigando aunque realizaría el pago como gesto de buena voluntad.
La Fiscalía Provincial de Madrid denunció al jugador la semana pasada por supuestamente evadir al fisco las rentas derivadas de la cesión de sus derechos de imagen entre 2011 y 2014.
El delantero del Real Madrid, que está citado a declarar en esta causa el próximo 31 de julio, ha dicho a través de sus representantes en España que declaró a la Hacienda pública española el 100% de los ingresos imputables en España y de sus derechos de imagen durante los períodos 2009-2014 y 2015-2020.
Diversos jugadores o exjugadores de la liga de fútbol española están siendo investigados por presuntos casos de fraude fiscal en relación con la derivación de sus derechos de imagen a sociedades fuera del país.
El argentino Ángel Fabián di María llegó el mismo miércoles a un acuerdo con la fiscalía en el que asume haber defraudado a la Hacienda española 1,3 millones de euros y acuerda pagar dos millones de euros al tiempo que acepta una pena de 16 meses de cárcel, aunque no ingresará en prisión al ser la pena menor a dos años y carecer de antecedentes.
El pasado mes de mayo el Tribunal Supremo ratificó una pena por tres delitos de fraude fiscal contra el delantero argentino del FC Barcelona Lionel Messi condenándole a 21 meses de prisión (que tampoco ha de cumplir por la legislación en España) y a algo más de dos millones de euros de multa.