Irish charities welcome proposed tax changes

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Ireland Law / policy The ICTRG added the proposal to replace the existing “complicated upper limit on donations” with “a straight-forward ceiling of €500,000” was to be applauded.On philanthropy, the report also recommended that income tax relief for expenditure on heritage buildings and gardens be discontinued. It said the scheme for payment of tax by means of donation of heritage property should be retained but modified so the tax relief is limited to 50 per cent of the value of the property  26 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 September 2009 | Newscenter_img Irish charities welcome proposed tax changes The Irish Charities Tax Reform Group, which represents Ireland’s leading charities and aid agencies, has given a “cautious” welcome to the Commission on Taxation Report’s recommendation relating to charitable donations.The ICTRG welcomed the proposed reduction in the tax relief threshold from €250 to €100. But the group, whose members include Concern, Trócaire, Goal, Amnesty International and the Society of St Vincent de Paul, expressed “significant disappointment” over the proposal to standardise the reliefs. This, the statement said, was likely to effectively cut the benefit to charities.The suggested simplification of the scheme by treating donations from PAYE and self-assessed donors in exactly the same manner will reduce administration for both charities and Revenue and should result in increased benefit to charities. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Skepticism While Waiting for EPA Renewable Targets

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 4, 2016 Skeptical on EPABob DinneenThe Ethanol industry awaits the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2017 renewable fuels volume targets this month with a healthy dose of skepticism.Renewable Fuels Association Chief Bob Dinneen says he will not soon forget EPA rolling three years of missed renewable fuels targets into one, last November, and still coming up short of statutory levels.Now, EPA says it’s going to get the program “back on track” with a proposed 2017 rule this month, and a final rule in November, but Dinneen says, “That’s just what the law requires and I’m not terribly impressed by any of that. I hope that getting the rule back on track means returning to the statute, actually putting out the volumes that Congress has specified for this program and not abusing its waiver authority which drove us to court last November.”Senate Democrats and Republicans are urging EPA to follow the congressional intent and increase RFS blending targets for 2017. Dinneen says production and infrastructure advances have already overtaken EPA’s 2015 reduction rationale.“Many of the concerns that EPA cited when they reduced the volumes a year ago are no longer relevant at all. We believe they could have implemented the statutory levels last year and we would have met the requirements, but there’s just no question this year that the 15 billion gallons can easily be met”Dinneen says no one finds fault with the EPA for reducing targets for cellulosic and advanced biofuels, based on a lack of supply. But, he argues, one week before EPA’s proposal last year, corn ethanol production hit an annual record of 15.3 billion gallons. Facebook Twitter Skepticism While Waiting for EPA Renewable Targets SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Skepticism While Waiting for EPA Renewable Targets Previous articleFormer HAT Market Analyst DiesNext articleWeekly Ethanol Production Down Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Family claim 53 year old man refused a bed at Lifford Hospital

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Previous articleClerical Changes announced for the Diocese of RaphoeNext articleInvestment announced for seafood support projects in Donegal News Highland Facebook Family claim 53 year old man refused a bed at Lifford Hospital RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Facebook WhatsApp The HSE is under pressure today after Lifford Hospital allegedly refused treatment to a 53 year old man with Down Sydrome who also has dementia and is in the final stages of life.Donna Harte’s brother Paul cannot eat, and needs to receive fluids, which he is currently receiving at Letterkenny University Hospital.His family claim that they’ve been told he is not being admitted to Lifford Hospital because he is not 65, and also because he has “intellectual learning disabilities “.The HSE has not yet issued a statement on the matter.Earlier today, Donna Harte spoke to Greg Hughes on the Nine ’til Noon Show. She says this would only be a short term admission………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Picture of Paul posted by Donna on social media at the weekend. Google+ By News Highland – July 16, 2018 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Amnesty International issues travel warning to US following mass shootings

first_imgguvendemir/iStock(NEW YORK) — After a weekend of mass shootings that left 31 dead, Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a travel warning for the U.S.The organization urged travelers “to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence.” It added that gun violence is “so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis.” The advisory comes as the nation was still reeling from the back-to-back shootings, and as President Donald Trump visited both cities.In El Paso, Texas, 22 people were killed in a mass shooting Saturday. Hours later, in the early morning hours Sunday, nine people were fatally shot in another attack in Dayton, Ohio.Less than a week before, three people were killed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.The string of shootings prompted Amnesty International to issue the warning.“Travelers to the United States should remain cautious that the country does not adequately protect people’s right to be safe, regardless of who they might be,” Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International, said in a statement.“People in the United States cannot reasonably expect to be free from harm – a guarantee of not being shot is impossible,” Coverson added in the statement.Amnesty International said the advisory is a mirror to those issued by the Department of State to U.S. travelers for other countries. It specifically noted that a “traveler’s race, country of origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation or gender identity may place them at higher risk after recent attacks linked to white supremacist ideology.”Venezuela and Uruguay issued travel warnings of their own to their citizens following the mass shootings.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Explosion erupts at Texas chemical refinery, injuring at least 3 people

first_imgiStock(PORT NECHES, Texas) — At least three people were injured when a powerful explosion erupted at a petrochemical refinery in Texas early Wednesday morning, officials said.Video and images taken by people in the area and posted online show a massive fireball illuminating the dark sky over the TPC Group plant in Port Neches, Texas, about 15 miles southwest of Beaumont.The early morning explosion involved a processing unit, and three personnel on site sustained injuries and are being treated. All staff at the plant have since been evacuated and accounted for, according to a press release from TPC Group.“The event is ongoing, but will be brought under control as quickly and safely as possible,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “Right now our focus is on protecting the safety of responders and the public, and minimizing any impact to the environment.”Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told ABC News that the plant was still on fire hours after the blast.A mandatory evacuation was in effect for residents living within a half-mile radius of refinery. A fire department spokesperson in the neighboring city of Nederland told ABC News that evacuation orders could expand to a wider area.A highway near the plant was shut down, and there were reports of damaged homes in the area, according to a spokesperson for the Port Neches Police Department, who expressed concern about chemicals in the air and possible secondary explosions.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cuomo proposes tax credits for restaurants, income tax increases

first_imgTagsAndrew CuomobudgetNYC BudgetReal Estate and FinanceReal Estate Finance Full Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address* Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock, NY State Budget)Gov. Andrew Cuomo has two major asks of the incoming Biden administration: $15 billion in federal aid and a repeal of the cap on state and local tax deductions.During an address Tuesday on his proposed fiscal year 2022 budget, Cuomo said the state would “pursue litigation” if it doesn’t receive a “fair share” of a $1.9 trillion relief bill President-elect Joe Biden pitched last week. The bill proposes $350 billion in federal funding for state and local governments, of which New York should receive $15 billion, Cuomo said.The governor laid out several steps the state would take if it receives less than that amount, in addition to suing the federal government. For example, the state would increase the top income tax rate from 8.82 percent to 10.86 percent. According to the governor, that would raise $1.5 billion in revenue. Cuomo has repeatedly extended the state’s millionaires’ tax, but has not raised taxes since taking office in 2011.In a briefing book the state released, the governor also laid out a few real estate-related initiatives in the preliminary budget. For one, it includes up to $50 million in tax credits for struggling restaurants and for small businesses who hire additional employees this year.The preliminary budget also includes language that would prevent property sellers from saddling buyers with the costs of transfer taxes. And it changes a 2019 law that requires members of a limited liability company that buys residential real estate to disclose their identity. The changes apply to real estate investment trusts and publicly-owned companies.Full details on both measures have not been released. But according to the briefing book, changes to the LLC measure would not interfere “with the law’s underlying purpose of transparency in ownership.”During his budget address, Cuomo called for the repeal of the $10,000 cap on deductions of state and local taxes, which was implemented by the Trump administration beginning in 2018. The proposed budget includes the creation of a voluntary tax on pass-through entities, which can be used at the federal level and is aimed at reducing the impact of SALT. It would be complemented by a credit that can be used against regular state income taxes to offset the voluntary tax.The briefing book also notes that the budget “advances” $1.3 billion in rental assistance from the federal government. The funding will support renters who earn less than 80 percent of area median income and are facing financial hardship. The state plans to prioritize the unemployed and set up a hardship fund for undocumented individuals, according to the briefing book.As previously announced, the governor plans to launch a $16 billion “Midtown West” project, which includes the expansion of Penn Station and the development of more than 20 million square feet of commercial and residential space.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Polish students in Oxford

first_imgOxford University welcomed Committee members from Polish Societies across the country this weekend for the ‘Leading Our Future’ event, a Congress organised by students at the universities of Oxford and St Andrews. Professor Zbigniew Pelczynski, former tutor at Pembroke, hosted some 60 students on the three-day event, which featured discussion panels, group workshops and leadership training. Guest speakers included Oxford graduate and current Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radek Sikorski, and Professor Leszek Kolakowski, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls.last_img

The In-Store Bakery Award

first_imgWinner Tesco, Meltham Lane,ChesterfieldTesco, Meltham Lane bakery manager Ian Cain’s 15-strong department, which includes eight fully-trained bakers, makes around 80% of the in-store bakery’s products from scratch.Cain has been a baker with Tesco for 16 years and many of his staff have been with the department for over 10 years. This wealth of experience was noted by the judges, who cited “overall product knowledge and product quality” as two of the reasons for picking Chesterfield as the winner.”We take pride in what we do,” says Cain. “We’ll even customise our products – we’ve got one customer who likes his bread burnt, so we leave a couple of loaves in a little longer when we know he’s coming in!”Finalist Morrisons, Laceby,CleethorpesSteve Mumby, bakery manager at Morrisons, Laceby, has been in the baking industry for 24 years and bakery manager at Laceby for four. His team of 11, includes four fully-trained bakers. Products include scratch-baked rolls and plant loaves and 64 frozen bake-off items.Production is staggered to offer warm fresh bread throughout the day.Mumby cites good teamwork as being vital to the department’s success: “People stay here a long time, and they are all very dedicated to ensuring good customer service,” he says.Staff are also encouraged to put forward ideas about product promotions, such as a recent sampling of a new line of muffins, which boosted sales by over 300%.Finalist Asda, Crewe,CheshireAsda Crewe bakery manager Claire Chadwick has worked for the retailer for 13 years and been Crewe’s bakery manager for four. She loves the department, she says, because: “It’s hands-on. You see things from beginning to end.” Some 65% of products are scratch-baked, with cookies and muffins baked-off and cream cakes bought in. Production runs from 5am to 10pm.The 28-strong team includes six fully-trained bakers.Stotties and healthier eating sub rolls are big sellers, as are the hot meat pies, suggested by a customer and implemented by the bakery.”If we wouldn’t buy it, we don’t sell it,” says Chadwick.Finalist Sainsbury’sCamden Town, LondonLawrence Ijieh, bakery manager at Sainsbury’s, Camden Town, has been with the retailer for a year. When he joined he wanted to energise his 23 staff and give them a true passion for their jobs. “I like to give them instant feedback, good or bad,” he says. “It’s important to make people feel really involved.”Ijieh says his staff are all multi-skilled. He has also moved to staggered working hours, ensuring there is always one of his six fully-trained bakers on hand to provide freshly-baked bread. Some 80% of their products are scratch-baked.The department’s weekly turnover has increased dramatically since his arrivallast_img read more

Did You Know: Primus’ Les Claypool Once Auditioned For Metallica [Watch]

first_imgLes Claypool has done well for himself over the years as one of the premiere virtuosic bass players in commercial rock music. The 55-year-old songwriter and bassist has collected a dedicated legion of fans since starting back in the 1980s thanks to his incredible musicianship as part of Primus, Oysterhead, and more recently The Claypool Lennon Delirium alongside Sean Ono Lennon. Surpringsly, some fans might not be aware of the fact that Claypool was once offered the opportunity to jam alongside Metallica when the famous thrash metal band were in search of a new bass player following the death of Cliff Burton in 1986.Claypool actually grew up in the same area as Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, as the two went to school together in the Bay Area region of northern California. It was that high school connection which led Hammett to invite Claypool to play with the band, as he had already given the bassist a copy of their 1984 studio album, Ride The Lightning, a few years prior.“I didn’t know much about the scene, I went and, you know, I didn’t even realize how big they were to tell you the truth,” Claypool admitted in a past interview. Claypool was so unfamiliar with their level of popularity and the overall sound that he even asked if the fellas wanted to jam around on some Isley Brothers tunes.A more recent interview with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich saw Claypool looking back at how surprised he was when Ulrich demanded that part of the rehearsal studio be removed so that he could see guitarist James Hetfield while playing. The hilarious 2017 interview from Ulrich’ Beats 1 Radio program can be watched with a giggle in the video below.Les Claypool and Lars Ulrich Interview – Beats 1 Radio – September 2017[Video: Beats 1]Hetfield would admit years later that Claypool was simply “too good” for what Metallica had going on at the point in their journey. The famous metal band has welcomed Jason Newstead and then Robert Trujillo to fill on bass duties in the decades since.“I wasn’t the right guy,” Claypool continued in the older interview. “I looked like a total freak ya know? I remember James said on Vh1, ‘Well you know Les was too good,’ and that’s total bullshit, he was just being nice. He thought I was a weirdo.”Claypool will release his next studio album as part of The Claypool Lennon Delirium when South of Reality arrives on ATO Records on February 22nd. The psychedelic rock group will head out on tour across North America next spring throughout the month of April. Tickets for shows on the spring tour can be purchased here.last_img read more

Sustainable transportation experts descend on Harvard

first_imgFrom the newest trends in bike-sharing to figuring out the best ways to promote carpooling, the Sustainable Transportation Summit is proving to be an important resource for schools throughout the region. In what has become an annual gathering, Harvard’s CommuterChoice program recently hosted over 40 transportation and sustainability experts from 15 schools across Massachusetts and Vermont.  The half-day, discussion style meeting, allowed for an exchange of ideas, best practices, success stories, and common challenges.The one thing everyone agreed on is that the desire to expand sustainable transportation options is stronger than ever. Students, faculty, and staff are always looking for new, less expensive, and more environmentally sound ways of getting to and around their school.  But one common challenge quickly emerged during the discussion, and that’s communication.  “Most schools agreed that it can be difficult to continuously ensure people are being matched with the right program, especially when you’re on a very large campus,” explained Associate Director for CommuterChoice, TDM & Sustainability Ben Hammer.  “So we all spent a great deal of time sharing best practices.”It’s also clear that schools are taking different approaches when it comes to bike-sharing. For many years, companies like Hubway were the major players in the bike-sharing space.  However, a number of businesses utilizing dockless bike-sharing models are now operating in municipalities and campuses in Massachusetts.  In the dockless model, bikes don’t have to be returned to a station and can be left anywhere.  GPS tracking allows users to locate the bikes and the wheels only unlock when a QR Code is provided.  Several participating schools in Worcester, including Holy Cross, WPI and Clark University have opted for this approach.  The group debated the merits of each business model with the discussion focusing in on cost, quality, and safety.“This type of event helps us realize that we’re surrounded by resources and surrounded by folks doing similar work with many of the same challenges and constraints,” said Summit participant and Boston University transportation demand management and marketing manager Carl Larson.”  “I’ve pinned the contact list of event attendees on my bulletin board and I fully expect to use it before next year’s summit.”last_img read more