Tax Deductions for Filmmakers and Videographers

first_imgMake tax season a little less painful with these tax deductions for filmmakers and videographers. It will likely save you money!Before we begin: We’re not Certified Public Accountants, so be sure to consult a CPA to find out exactly what tax write-offs work best for you. Let’s kick this off with two pieces of very important advice…Keep Immaculate RecordsKeep your records in order and set aside a percentage of every dollar you earn for self-employment tax. I’ve found that utilizing assets such as Square to send invoices and run credit cards really helps me keep my records tight. Then I tie Quickbooks to my bank account to consolidate all of my records into one place. At the end of the year, all I have to do it send the Quickbooks documentation to my CPA so she can prepare my taxes for filing. Speaking of CPAs…Hire a Certified Public AccountantYou’re going to need help navigating the ins and outs of what can be deducted and what can’t. Hiring a CPA will help you save some money in the long run.Image from ShutterstockDeductions for Filmmakers and VideographersAs we explore these possible tax deductions for filmmakers and videographers, keep in mind that you could end up audited. Be sure that you can justify your deductions. That point is going to come up a lot as we move forward. Now let’s look at some easy ways that deductions can save you some money.1. Small ItemsAny small item that you spend money on for daily production tasks is something you can deduct. Tool kits, dry erase boards and markers, gaffer tape, etc. These are all things you can deduct. You just have to be able to justify the purchase and its use in your daily business.2. All Computer Related ItemsIf you purchased a new computer this year, it’s deductible – with some conditions. If you use that new computer solely for work, then you can claim the entire purchase price, but only by using a Section 179 Deduction. If you’re using the computer for business and personal, that changes how much of the purchase price you can deduct. Your CPA will be able to give you a more concrete idea of what those numbers are.It’s not just hardware that can be deducted; software is eligible too. Your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is a great example of software that’s deductible. Just make sure you give your transaction invoices to your CPA in Quickbooks or physical form.Image from Scott Prokop / Shutterstock.com3. Film & Video Production EquipmentEvery piece of equipment that you purchase for your work is a deduction during tax season. Did you purchase a new camera this year? That’s a deduction. Did you go to B&H Photo and purchase new lenses for that camera? Maybe a penguin case? ND filters? Those are deductions. Or maybe you purchased new sound equipment from Sweetwater? Deduction. Even batteries, memory cards, tripods, sliders, and stabilizers are deductible as long as they are being justifiably used for your business.4. Digital and Print ResearchAs filmmakers and videographers, we are constantly consuming content in order to stay on top of what is going on in our industry. Because of this you might be justified in deducting the whole cost or a portion of the cost of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, cable service, movie tickets, industry books, periodicals, and smart phone apps. Again, you have to be able to justify these expenses as something you need for your work. Your CPA will be able to give you a concrete answer on whether you can apply these expenses as deductions.Image from Shutterstock5. Dining and EntertainmentTo deduct dining and entertainment expenses, you need to be able to justify how they relate to your business. More than likely you wont be able to claim the entire amount. When dining with clients or colleagues, I usually claim around 50% of the cost. I’ll also deduct the cost of a wrap party for my crew after filming has concluded. Screenings and premiere costs are also deductible. All of these things can be seen as the cost of doing business. Here’s what the IRS has to say on the matter.6. Online PresenceAll of us need some sort of online presence in order to build our business. Because building this online presence is so crucial to earning a living, you should look at deducting the cost of this presence. Things that could apply here are cloud storage costs (Onedrive, Google Drive, Dropbox), yearly website domain and hosting costs, and online membership costs such as IMDB Pro. Even the costs of website design and development are deductible.Image from Shutterstock 7. Travel Expenses and ConferencesExpenses you incur while doing business outside of your home might fall into the travel expenses category. Whether you’re driving for five hours or your taking a flight across the country for a film shoot, these are all deductible expenses. Be sure and keep records of everything including rental cars, taxi rides, and hotels. If you paid for the travel of your crew, add that cost as well. Additionally, if you’re attending a conference like NAB or SXSW, you can deduct the attendance costs, as they directly pertain to your work. For more information on travel expense and conference deductions head over to the IRS Website.8. Business Startup ExpensesKeep track of all the costs that you pay out to start your business such as incorporation fees, lawyer fees, and copyright/trademark filing fees. You can even deduct the payments made to your CPA or financial advisor. Also check out Caron Beesley‘s Startup Cost Tax Deductions article on the blog.Image from Shutterstock9. Printed Self MarketingIn addition to your online marketing, you’ll likely want to purchase printed media like business cards, flyers, or brochures. These costs are deductible as well. In fact, business cards were #4 on the Bloomberg Business list of 25 Unsung Tax Deductions.10. Home Office ExpensesHome offices and editing rooms are loaded with potential deductions, including the actual space you use. Other likely deductions: desks, chairs, lamps, pens, printers, printer paper, ink cartridges, staples, etc. You get the idea. These may seem like small insignificant purchases, but they add up quickly. The IRS has an entire page dedicated to the ins and outs of home office deductions.Image from ShutterstockWhat We’ve Learned About Tax DeductionsDeductions aren’t too hard to decipher, as long as they are legal and pertain to your business. With that in mind, the most important take-aways are: Keep immaculate records and hire a CPA. Talk to other filmmakers that you know – chances are one of them has a CPA that they can recommend.Are you a seasoned filmmaker or videographer? Do you know of additional deduction options not listed in our roundup? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

He’s back: Warriors say Kevin Durant will play Game 5

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Durant was cleared to resume full-fledged workouts by the Warriors’ medical staff after Game 4 of the NBA Finals and practiced with the team on Sunday for the first time since his injury. He averaged 26.0 points per game for the Warriors during the regular season and 34.2 points in 11 playoff games before he got hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.“You worry about the conditioning,” Kerr said. “The skill, obviously, is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get a shot off anytime he wants. He’s been in similar situations with us where he’s had long layoffs. He’s Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he’ll be a threat. We know that.”Durant was the NBA Finals MVP when Golden State captured titles in 2017 and 2018. He has missed Golden State’s last nine games; the Warriors are 6-3 in those contests.Raptors coach Nick Nurse said his team has been preparing for Durant’s return for some time, and added some clips of certain things he does to their video study session Monday to hammer some final points home.“He brings everything,” Nurse said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “He responded well and he’s going to play,” Kerr said.The Warriors enter the night trailing the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the title series — meaning their hopes of a third consecutive NBA championship are squarely on the brink now. Durant has not played since straining a calf muscle in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant spent about 25 minutes on the court before leaving toward the end of the Warriors’ shootaround session for continued treatment. There apparently was no setback.“He can play now,” Kerr said. “He’s been cleared so he’s going to play.” Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Chua, Wong banner bowl finalists Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant, left, laughs with teammate Damion Lee during basketball practice at the NBA Finals in Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kevin Durant is back for the Golden State Warriors.Facing elimination, the Warriors have decided that Durant is healthy enough to play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement about 90 minutes before tip-off, saying Durant will be in the starting lineup.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Young out to end 16-month goal drought

first_imgManchester United Young out to end 16-month run without a Man Utd goal Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:13 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ashley Young Manchester United Getty Manchester United CSKA Moskva v Manchester United CSKA Moskva UEFA Champions League Premier League The versatile former Aston Villa winger has not found the target for the Red Devils since the final weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign Ashley Young is determined to bring a 16-month Manchester United goal drought to an end.The Red Devils have been flush on the goal front this season, with 25 efforts across all competitions spread between eight players.Young 5/1 to score v CSKA Moscow Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Young is not among those to have found the target, however, with the 32-year-old having to turn the clock back to May 2016 and the final weekend of the 2015-16 campaign to find his last strike.The versatile winger admits that it is about time he brought that barren run to a close, although he is happy to continue watching others do the business as long as he is playing and positive results are being secured.Young told MUTV: “I have thought it’s about time I get back on the scoresheet.”But as long as I’m performing and playing well that’s all that matters.”There’s been eight different goalscorers so we’ve had goals from all over the team. I think that’s ideal, it’s what you need to take you forward and help you to win things.“Goals from all round the park do help and [Antonio] Valencia’s [strike against Everton] will be right up there for the goal of the season, I think.”Ashley Young last Manchester United goalYoung’s goal cause has not been aided by his switch to full-back in recent times, with the one-time sprightly winger now a dogged defender.His versatility has, however, helped him to keep the game time ticking over and a man who has been at Old Trafford since 2011 believes he is a better player for his many different experiences.He added: “At my age, you have to read the game more, and at full-back you have to read the game more, I think I’ve got a good footballing brain to be able to do that.”I’m just happy to be out there playing and whenever I’m called upon I’ll give 100 per cent.”United’s next outing comes in the Champions League away at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, before the Red Devils face Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.last_img read more

Dolphin Secures 3D Seismic Contract in India

first_imgzoom Dolphin has been awarded a 5 months 3D seismic contract with an undisclosed client in India.The survey, located in North West India, will be started ultimo December with one or several of the 3D seismic vessels.Dolphin Group ASA is the parent company of Dolphin Geophysical AS, a global full-range, asset light supplier of marine geophysical services. Dolphin operates a fleet of new generation, high capacity seismic vessels and offers contract seismic surveys, Multi-Client projects and processing services on a worldwide basis. Dolphin Group ASA is listed at Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE ticker: DOLP).Dolphin, November 13, 2013last_img

Maran Gas Pens LNG Carrier Charter with Japanese JERA

first_imgGreece-based shipping company Maran Gas Maritime, a subsidiary of the Angelicoussis Group, has concluded a time charter contract with Japan’s JERA for one LNG carrier newbuild.Maran Gas signed the agreement with LNG Marine Transport Limited (LMT), a unit of JERA, in late March 2019.Starting from late 2019, the charter period for the vessel is 12 years firm, according to JERA.As informed, Maran Gas’ ship, as well as another LNG carrier newbuild owned by GasLog, will be used for transportation of LNG produced from the Freeport LNG Project in Texas, USA, in which JERA participates.The 173,400 cbm vessel is currently being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.Formed in 2003, Maran Gas, the LNG division of Angelicoussis Group, has a fleet of 28 LNG vessels in operations, with 12 more on order plus one FSRU.JERA plans to increase its LNG fleet to 25 vessels by 2025 in association with an increased ratio of ‘free on board’ (FOB) contracts.last_img read more

Morgan scores 5 as USA open title defence with record win

first_imgReims (France): The United States began their trophy defence in scintillating style with 13-0 Women’s World Cup thrashing of Thailand in a ruthless demonstration of strength to potential quarter-final opponents and hosts France, who return to action on Wednesday against Norway. Three-time champions USA scored 10 goals in the second half in Reims on Tuesday as they eclipsed Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and shattered their own previous tournament best of 7-0. Alex Morgan starred with five goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each and Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by more than 18,000. The Americans hit back after at suggestions they could have eased up and saved 34th-ranked Thailand from complete humiliation. “This is a world championship so every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents,” said USA coach Jill Ellis. Morgan, who now has 106 goals for her country, matched a record set by her compatriot Michelle Akers by scoring five times in a World Cup game. “We always want to have any world record and anything we can get over the Germans, we’ll take it,” joked Rapinoe. Morgan and Rapinoe are among the biggest stars in a squad who have made waves with their much publicised fight for pay equality that saw them file a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March, accusing the organisation of gender discrimination. “Our players were waiting for this moment and they were really disappointed,” said the Thailand coach, Nuengruethai Sathongwien. “We don’t have any excuse and we accept that they are better.” If the USA top the group, they could be on a collision course to play Corinne Diacre’s France in the quarter-finals in Paris. The hosts cruised to a 4-0 win over South Korea in their first outing last Friday and are hoping to build on that when they take on Norway in Nice in Group A on Wednesday evening (1900 GMT) in one of 13 sell-out games, FIFA confirmed, with more than a million tounament tickets sold. Norway’s Scandinavian neighbours Sweden kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Chile in Rennes on Tuesday, but only after a hold-up because of a violent storm. The players went off for around 40 minutes in the second half with the game at 0-0 before Sweden secured victory thanks to late goals by Kosovare Asllani and substitute Madelen Janogy.last_img read more

Bangla Test Changes on cards as no end to Indias middleorder woes

first_imgBirmingham: Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal could find their names struck off the final XI as India aim for a quick turnaround in their penultimate World Cup group league game against a battle-hardened Bangladesh, which is trying to stay relevant in a fight for the last-four berth. The seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja are in contention for the first XI berths keeping the odd dimensions of the Edgbaston ground in mind. India are currently on 11 points from seven games and a win on Tuesday will ensure a smooth passage to the semi-finals unlike Bangladesh, who must win their last couple of league games in order to make their maiden entry into the last four stage. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherHaving received a rude shake-up from England, India will have very little time for recovery as they seek immediate course correction against a team, which boasts of the world’s No.1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in its ranks. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s poor show as a finisher in a wobbly middle-order has already made the Indian team look vulnerable more than ever and insult to injury was the first lacklustre bowling day in the tournament, that led to an implosion. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIndia scored only 39 runs in the last five overs against England, with Dhoni and Jadhav at the crease. More than their inability to hit big shots, which was certainly the primary factor, the lack of intent was an eyesore. However, the team management has rallied around their senior-most player and that makes Jadhav the possible fall guy, making Ravindra Jadeja’s case for inclusion stronger by the day. The primary logic could possibly be Jadeja being better at big-hitting compared to Jadhav, when batting at Nos.6 or 7. His wicket-to-wicket left-arm spin is a restrictive option and to top it all, his outstanding ability to field at any position. The other factor that could play a massive role in this decision is the dimension of the Edgbaston ground, where the boundary on one of the sides is less than 60 metres. The England troika of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes exploited the shorter boundary against wrist spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, hitting the reverse sweep effectively. Similarly, when England bowled, all their pacers were seen bowling to a field set on the side of the longer boundary, which helped them cut the number of sixes to a mere one. After being outplayed tactically, the team management are eager to set things right and have understood that two wrist spinners could be a risk against the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das and Mahmudullah. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar being fit and available for selection, India for the first time in the tournament, could go in with three frontline pacers and in that case, Chahal may have to cool his heels after recording worst ever World Cup figures (0/88 in 10 overs) by an Indian bowler. If Bhuvneshwar is included in the playing XI against Bangladesh, it will definitely bolster the lower-order batting. For India, the important thing will be that Bangladesh’s bowling won’t have the same potency as England and they will heavily depend on Shakib’s all-round exploits (476 runs and 10 wickets) that has got them so far in the tournament. Bowling will be Bangladesh’s weak link and Virat Kohli will certainly want to bat first on a placid track piling up more agony for the ‘Tigers’. Bangladesh’s biggest problem is their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who has taken only one wicket in six games so far. Mashrafe has lost the zip and is in the team because of his acceptability as the Bangladesh captain. Squads: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmuduallah Riyadh, Sabbir Rahaman, Mehidy Hasan Miraj, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammed Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Liton Kumar Das, Abu Jayed, Mohammed Mithun. Match Starts 3pm (IST).last_img read more

Wellness guide to quit smoking drinking

first_imgMost lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.last_img read more

Punish those responsible for minors murder Locals

first_imgKolkata: The people of Bandwan in Purulia demanded exemplary punishment of those involved in the murder of a teenage girl whose decomposed body was recovered from the forest recently. A march was held on Saturday afternoon to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Manika Mahato, a student of Dr Amarnath Jha Higher Secondary School. She was studying in Class XII and had scored over 95% marks in Madhyamik Examination. The residents demanded that the CID should probe the incident and also sought the resignation of the Officer-in-Charge of Bandwan police station within seven days. Manika went missing on May 3. Her family members faced many hardships before they could lodge a complaint. Her decomposed body was recovered on May 10. The police are yet to recover her school bag and purse. Locals alleged that initially, the police had refused to take complaint and finally accepted it after prolonged persuasion. They also alleged that Manika might have been tortured before being murdered. They further alleged that a section of the media has been trying to hide the criminals and the owner of the vehicle that had been used.last_img read more

Amazigh Activists Commemorate Death of Murdered Activist Omar El Khalek

Rabat – On Sunday, Amazigh (Berber) activists marched to the grave of Omar Khalek, an Amazigh student who was brutally beaten to death by pro-Polisario students in 2016.The march occurred at the invitation of the National Coordinating Committee of the Amazigh Cultural Movement, which continues to condemn the violent killing of Khalek.Read Also: Amazigh Activist Killed by Pro-Polisario Students in MarrakechKhalek, known as “Izem” or lion in English, died 5 days after suffering serious injuries during the violent clash. On its Facebook page, the committee posted videos of the rally on Sunday.Marching to his grave, activists carried Amazigh flags and shouted slogans condemning the killing of the prominent activist.Prior to the march, the committee also organized a conference to discuss violence in Moroccan universities and the killing of the activist.Read Also: El Malki: Tamazight Law May Cause ‘Serious Complications’ in MoroccoThe committee also condemned an act of vandalism on Khalek’s grave. The gravestone was covered in black paint.“In conjunction with the third anniversary of the assassination of the martyr Omar Khalek, a group of unknown people desecrated this grave for the second time to disrupt the commemoration,” the committee wrote.The clashes, which erupted between Sahrawi and Amazigh students at the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences in 2016, injured five other people.In 2017, the Marrakech Criminal Court sentenced five people to 10 years in prison and 11 others to three years each for the premeditated murder of the Amazigh activists.Spain deported another Polisario separatist, Hussein Bachir Brahim, to Morocco on January 17 of this year in connection to the clashes. Spain rejected the suspect’s asylum request. Morocco issued an arrest warrant for Brahim for alleged involvement in the killing of Khalek. read more

Tax cuts or credits Liberals Conservatives spar over best approach to parental

OTTAWA — Votes for middle-class families moved to the centre stage of the federal election Tuesday with the Liberals and Conservatives battling over tax breaks.The Liberals promised an expansion to existing child and parent benefit programs, including a pledge to make maternity and parental benefits tax-free, effectively one-upping their Conservative rivals who’d made a similar pitch last week.For the Liberals, the promise came in the form of a commitment to removing the taxes from the benefits.“You’ll get every dollar right when you need it, since no taxes will be taken off the EI cheque when new parents receive it,” Trudeau said at an event in St. John’s, N.L.The Conservatives, who have also claimed to be making the benefits tax-free, are promising a tax credit. So parents would still see their benefits taxed by the government, but they’d get a tax credit in return. Federal election 2019 roundup: NDP not happy about People’s Party debate invitation ‘Definitely not getting ahead’: Conservatives promise to cut tax by 2 percent on lowest income bracket The duelling pitches underscore the differing ideological approaches taken by the parties on how best to woo voters.Since the campaign began last Wednesday, the Conservatives have focused nearly exclusively on promising a wide array of tax cuts.By contrast, the Liberals have focused on increased program spending and, in the case of benefits for families, straight cash — both in taking the taxes off the benefits, and via the promise Tuesday to expand the existing Canada Child Benefit to give more money to parents with children under the age of one.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer argued the Liberals were in fact adopting a Tory tone by expanding the CCB.The CCB sends parents a monthly cheque if their income is below a certain threshold. Under the previous Conservative government, there had been a similar program that saw all families — regardless of income — also receive a monthly payment.“That is a Conservative principle, knowing that moms and dads make choices for their kids better than bureaucrats in Ottawa,” Scheer said at an event in Winnipeg.He was there to promote his latest policy idea, a commitment to increase the amount of money the federal government puts into Registered Education Savings Plans. Like several others so far this campaign, it’s an updated version of something the Conservatives promised in 2015.You end up with a ripple effectBut behind-the-scenes, Scheer’s team was working furiously to explain why their parental benefit package was better then Trudeau’s. They’d already come under criticism for calling it “tax free,” as the benefits actually remain taxed.In a background document circulated to reporters, they argued that with a 15 per cent tax credit applied across the board, people would benefit from the program equally, and in some cases see their tax savings be higher than the amount of money that’s currently deducted for taxes on the benefit cheques.An analysis of their approach by Lindsay Tedds, a professor at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, found that to what extent their tax credit actually benefits families depends on a host of factors, including other sources of income and other available tax credits.How the Liberals plan would benefit families is also nuanced.The Liberals did not explain Tuesday how they will structure the program, which would required overhauling tax laws. But if the benefits are tax-free, it may mean they won’t be considered income at all, much like the current Canada Child Benefit. So at tax time, they wouldn’t be counted towards a person’s overall tax burden, said Jennifer Robson, a professor at Carleton University.“You end up with a ripple effect — not only are you saving the taxes on EI, but then the effective tax rate on all your other income also drops,” Robson said.In turn, the Liberal promise could benefit those with higher incomes more than those in lower brackets, in terms of tax savings.What unites the two promises however is that neither party has explained how they’re going to pay for them.We would spend more and do it immediatelyNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also faced questions Tuesday about how his party will achieve its goals as he promised to build 500,000 new affordable homes across the country in 10 years, if elected.“We would make different choices, we would spend more and do it immediately,” he said at an event in Ottawa.How little choice Canadians seem to have when it comes to how personal information gets shared was the subject of the day for the Greens.Leader Elizabeth May promised she would bring in improved privacy laws and require companies to respect the “right to be forgotten” — a principle that people should be able to control whether information from their pasts remains online.The Greens also want to regulate Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms to ensure that only people with verifiable identities can use the platforms to publish.“This is at a crisis stage,” May said at an event in Waterloo, Ont., the heart of the province’s tech sector.“(Companies) are mining for profit our private information and it’s time we put it to a stop.”People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has taken his campaign to New Brunswick for the middle part of the week.— with files from Jordan Press read more

Liberians return from Côte dIvoire fearing political uncertainty there UN

An inter-agency mission reported after a four-day visit to the Zwedru area that small groups of returnees carrying belongings were on the road from Côte d’Ivoire and around 3,000 to 4,000 returnees were reported to be in Zwedru, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The returnees said they were from the same tribe as the rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) who controlled the area. They added that they felt no longer welcome in Côte d’Ivoire and feared political instability in the country following a failed coup a year ago.Overall, UNHCR said it was optimistic about the situation in Liberia, describing it as “promising but fragile” after 12 years of continual civil strife, and it expected the situation to improve further once 15,000 UN peacekeepers begin deploying in mid-October, replacing the 3,500-strong West African force sent last month after a peace accord was signed between government and rebel forces.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged Liberians to fully support the campaign to return children to school as soon as possible. UNICEF is in the middle of a rapid assessment campaign of schools and other locations used for teaching children, the vast majority of which need rehabilitation or reconstruction. The agency said it hopes that the return to school will be possible around 20 October. read more

New branding product to help UNbacked Global Fund combat AIDS TB malaria

A portion of revenue from specially branded American Express cards, Gap T-shirts, Giorgio Armani sunglasses and Converse sneakers will soon be contributed to the United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, officials announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today.The goods by four of the world’s leading companies will be sold under the Product RED brand name as part of an innovative fundraising scheme, which will generate resources for the Global Fund’s activities on behalf of African women and children coping with AIDS.“By making socially responsible consumption appealing to consumers and profitable for companies, RED is pioneering a sustainable model for the involvement of the private sector in the fight against disease and poverty,” said Dr. Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund.Proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2001, the Global Fund is a unique international public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing funds to fight the three diseases by strengthening health systems and paying for drugs, diagnostics, mosquito nets and other commodities. The partnership of governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing.Rock Star Bono and Bobby Shriver, Chief Executive Officer of Product RED, announced the initiative today at the World Economic Forum, a four-day gathering of top global business and government leaders. The RED products designed by the launch partners – American Express, Converse, Gap and Giorgio Armani – will be available on 1 March.Mr. Shriver said less than 1 per cent of the Global Fund’s resource needs now come from the private sector. The Global Fund is seeking an additional $3 billion for 2006 and 2007 in order to fully finance its programmes. At a replenishment conference chaired by Mr. Annan in London last September, the Fund received pledges of nearly $4 billion for 2006 and 2007.Dr. Carol Jacobs, Chair of the Global Fund Board, voiced enthusiastic appreciation for the Red initiative. She said the Fund recognises the efforts of the CEOs and teams of partner companies as well as Bono and Bobby Shriver of the Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa (DATA) organization.To date, the Global Fund has committed 1.4 billion to HIV/AIDS programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. These programmes have already used the funding to provide life-extending antiretroviral medications to 270,000 people living with AIDS and reached millions more with effective messages and tools to prevent infection with HIV. Half a million orphans have been reached with food, care and education. read more

Ruth Davidson points to week of chaos for SNP in election campaign

first_imgShe said: “The historic achievements of the last Labour government are still having a massive impact on the lives of people today.”Labour choices in government mean workers are now getting a fair wage, despite Tory opposition. Labour choices in government took 600,000 children out of poverty across the UK – 120,000 of them in Scotland – despite Tory claims it was impossible.”And Labour delivered peace in Northern Ireland, ending one of the world’s longest-running and most fractious conflicts. This is what Labour does in government and what it can do if you vote Labour on June 8.” “And to cap it all, Nicola Sturgeon says she’s going to hide her next moves on independence until after the election – despite promising to be upfront with Scots.”Ms Davidson said her party would “lead the fightback against the SNP” and against a second independence referendum.Meanwhile, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale marked 20 years on from Tony Blair’s landslide victory in the 1997 general election by highlighting Labour government milestones, including introducing the minimum wage, brokering peace in Northern Ireland and establishing the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said the SNP presided over a “week of chaos” in their national election campaign.Her comments follow First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appearing to be at odds with her predecessor Alex Salmond on whether or not independence would be a key issue in the general election.Ms Davidson also criticised the SNP over its approach to the Common Fisheries Policy and membership of the European Union.She said: “This has been the SNP’s week of chaos.”First Nicola Sturgeon made a laughing stock of herself by claiming her campaign had nothing to do with independence. She was forced into a U-turn after Alex Salmond popped up to say that’s all it’s about.”Two SNP MPs signed a pledge to leave the EU’s failed Common Fisheries Policy – just after Angus Robertson declared he wanted Scotland to stay in.”The SNP failed to clear up its position on Europe and still can’t say whether it wants an independent Scotland to become a full member of the EU.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

IAC says crime inquiries must include the Lusignan Massacre

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIAC to commemorate 10th Anniversary of Lusignan MassacreJanuary 25, 2018In “latest news”IAC to mark 6th anniversary of Lusignan massacre on SundayJanuary 21, 2014In “Local News”In memory of the Lusignan massacre victims…Inter-faith service planned to observe 8th anniversaryJanuary 23, 2016In “Crime” …calls for national reconciliation platformThe Indian Action Committee (IAC) says it has noted Government’s announcement of a series of inquiries into past incidents that have been described as crime spree killings.Highlighting that the swift establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the June, 2008, Lindo Creek Massacre displays government’s intention to unearth answers, the IAC says that while inquiries are important for the country, it is of the firm view that it must not be confined to any particular incident or a selected few.According to the IAC in a released statement, “these inquiries must be expanded to include others which the IAC remains convinced were designed, through maximum casualties or infliction of violence, to instill fear into the hearts and minds of Guyanese, especially those of East Indian descent.”Moreover, the IAC posited that “eleven innocent, poor, unsuspecting and defenseless residents including five children were slaughtered in the dark of night by heavily armed merciless gunmen. Like all other families who suffered, those in Lusignan would like closure as they remain befuddled over what could have precipitated such a dastardly attack.”The victims of the 2008 Lusignan MassacreIt is within that context that the IAC says it is calling for the commencement of an inquiry into the Lusignan massacre.The IAC is also calling for an inquiry into what it describes as the “the unprovoked attack on Indo-Guyanese on January 12, 1998, primarily in the City of Georgetown.”According to the Committee “Many were beaten, stripped and robbed by various gangs in what was believed to be their dissatisfaction over a High Court decision relating to the 1997 election petition. Twenty years after, many are still intimidated and scarred by that sudden unleashing of violence and the subsequent humiliation they were forced to endure.”The IAC says it is hopeful that, eventually, the findings of these inquiries would form the basis for the establishment of a national reconciliation platform which it is firmly recommending.The organization is of the view that rather than perpetuating blame and hatred, “the platform could provide a much needed mechanism to aid in healing and the fostering of national harmony.”It is against this backdrop that the IAC believes the members of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) should be sworn-in.According to the IAC, the ERC seems best suited to facilitate such a platform. read more

Significant advance in the treatment of radionuclides in rare earth mining

first_imgRare Element Resources which is advancing development of the Bear Lodge rare earth project has had its pilot plant test program, conducted at SGS Lakefield Canada, validate the significant benefits of its proprietary processing technology and identified the opportunity for additional project improvements. It was “an unqualified success not only in demonstrating on a larger scale the process benefits in the critical metrics of achieving high bulk concentrate purity, excellent recoveries and substantially reducing reagent costs but also in identifying additional opportunities for improved efficiencies and cost savings,” said Jaye Pickarts, COO. “The testing also confirmed the effectiveness of an innovative process to isolate the thorium and uranium, which are usually associated with rare earth deposits, making for safe, controlled disposal. Equally significant, it was recognised that because of the purity of the concentrate, downstream elemental separation should be evaluated for the additional value it could bring to the project. We will begin work on evaluating the technology alternatives for separation and assessing end-user needs to determine the most attractive product mix.”The test work confirmed the following key advancements:The ability of the company’s proprietary technology, under optimised pilot plant conditions, to separate rare earths from base metals by selective precipitation, in a single step process, producing a 97% pure bulk total rare earth element (REE) concentrateThe tests of various REE mineral types responded well to acid digestion, resulting in leach efficiencies averaging 95%. This contributed to high overall REE recoveries that averaged 85% in a combined physical upgrade (PUG) and hydrometallurgical (Hydromet) processThe capacity to regenerate and recycle the major acid reagents used in the process, leading to an anticipated reduction in related raw material costs of approximately 50%. The recycle process resulted in the elimination of process effluents, reconfirming that there will be “zero-discharge” from the facilityThe effectiveness of a newly identified process to isolate thorium (Th) and uranium (U) from the residual solids and final REE bulk concentrate to allow for easy third party disposal. This, the company says, “represents a significant advancement in the treatment of radionuclides in rare earth mining, and as such, the company has secured a provisional patent for the process”The opportunity to beneficiate certain naturally occurring, potentially valuable by-products, representing the opportunity for additional revenue streams and reduced waste.The pilot plant test work was conducted at SGS Lakefield under the supervision and oversight of Dr Henry Kasaini, Director of Science and Technology for Rare Element Resources. It focused on confirming the flow sheets for both the PUG and hydromet process. The plant tested four different ore types, with total rare earth oxide (TREO) head grades averaging 4.8% from Bull Hill and 2.7% from Whitetail Ridge. The work was conducted over a four-week period at a production scale of 240 kg/d.Activities in support of the upcoming feasibility study began in mid-2013, with the start of the pilot plant test program and several engineering-related trade-off studies. Along with the advantages of the company’s proprietary processes, pilot plant testing and engineering trade-off studies identified a possible modification to the PUG process that, if proven successful, would significantly reduce capital and operating costs without significantly impacting recoveries. Engineering and bench-scale testing will begin immediately on this potential change with additional pilot plant studies anticipated in early 2014. To ensure consideration of the results of this work and the multiple trade-off studies undertaken by the company over the last six months, as well as the results of the recent drill campaigns, the detailed design and economic analysis portion of the feasibility study is now expected to start in the first half of 2014.As currently proposed, mined ores would be beneficiated using some combination of crushing, screening, gravity and magnetic separation at a PUG plant to be located adjacent to the mine. During pilot plant testing, the developed PUG flowsheet was optimised to reduce feed mass from Bull Hill ore by 20% and from Whitetail ore by 45%. This resulted in a final PUG concentrate with average REE recoveries of 95% and 86%, respectively.The resulting mineral pre-concentrate was then subjected to the hydromet process which employs a hot chloride solution to extract the REEs into a pregnant leach solution (PLS). Using closed reactor vessels, the PLS reacted with oxalate reagents under optimised conditions to facilitate selective precipitation of REEs with impurities remaining in solution. During testing, some 97% of total REEs were selectively separated in the oxalate precipitation process, with 98-99% of the total base metals and silica remaining in the barren solution. Because of the base metal concentration, it should be possible using a crystallization acid distillation process to beneficiate base metals separately. The potential value of these byproducts will be evaluated.A significant amount of HCl remained in the PLS. Testing confirmed that at elevated temperatures, the addition of oxalic acid helped to generate HCl after precipitation of the REEs. As a result, the waste solution had a significant amount of free acid and water that was recoverable. About 80% of total free acid was recovered by distillation and re-constituted through a rectifier as azeotropic HCl (20% strength). This is expected to result in a 50% reduction in required fresh HCl at the leach step. Water recycling of between 80 to 90% was accomplished, which would significantly reduce fresh water needs as well.During the acid digestion portion of the process, between 82 and 90% of the total Th and low level U associated with the ore was digested along with the REEs and subsequently transferred to the PLS. This resulted in a leach residue, with Th and U concentrations significantly lower than background that could be disposed of safely in a controlled tailings storage facility.As the PLS continues through oxalate precipitation, the REEs and Th are sequestered in a bulk oxalate precipitate, leaving base metal impurities and U in the now barren PLS. The next step in the process recovers significant amounts of oxalate and acid reagents from the barren PLS by crystallisation, reducing raw materials costs, while the base metals and U remained in the final distillation residue. They can be treated further for potential economic recovery or disposed of in a tailings storage facility.The new Provisional Patent applies to the innovative process where all Th is selectively removed from the REE concentrate, resulting in a 97% pure final bulk concentrate product. At this stage, additional oxalate reagents are also recovered, further improving the economics of the project. The Th could then be transferred to an off-site licensed disposal facility.last_img read more

Woman plans to hand out letters to obese trickortreating children instead of

first_imgThe professor added that you can’t judge someone’s health or exercise levels based on appearance alone, while an NBC poll shows an overwhelming amount of people disagree that such moves will help fight childhood obesity.Even if a child is overweight, they might be very healthy because of what they eat and how they exercise. It’s ineffective anyway because it’s not likely to help the kid.It’s hard to understand the woman’s motivations, so could it all be a hoax? Just a Halloween trick?The Blaze question the authenticity of the call and say the reluctance of the station to speak about the letter says a lot. However, Corey Schaffer, one of the show’s hosts, told Fox News that they would be following up with the woman on Friday to see if she goes ahead with the plan.According to the Grand Forks Herald, a former employee is convinced that the call was a hoax, saying that such calls are ”their shtick, that’s their thing, it’s what they are kinda famous for.”Listen to the full phone-call below and decide for yourself: Source: The Morning Playhouseh/t to ReutersWhy can’t kids say Trick Or Treat properly?>Is this the greatest TV-inspired Halloween costume ever?> I’m contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody’s kids. It’s a whole village. I am not denying any of the kids candy. I am just hoping the parents are going to read this and think about it while they watch their kids get into bigger and bigger sizes of clothes.It’s bad enough getting coins or a piece of fruit, but a letter telling you you’re fat? Cheryl said she refuses to give stickers or toys in lieu of sweets as she doesn’t want to just be the “mean lady” in the village.I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight. I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just cause all the other kids are doing it.KVLY asked NDSU professor of clinical psychology Dr. Katie Gordon if the letter could possibly be beneficial in the way Cheryl hopes.It’s just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they’re vulnerable, might trigger major problems. TALK ABOUT A spoilsport. A woman plans to do her bit to combat childhood obesity, by handing out letters to children instead of sweets this Halloween.The woman named ‘Cheryl’, from North Dakota in the states, told local radio station Y-94 that she plans on giving larger children sealed, but painfully frank letters, in the hope they will reach their parents. Source: Valley News LiveWhile smaller children will receive treats, Cheryl says she feels responsible for those gorging on sweets. Speaking on the radio show, she said:last_img read more

Netgear R3600 13Gbps 80211ac router now available

first_imgWireless communication standards continue to move forward and get faster. So while most of us are still getting use to the idea of wireless-N routers, along comes an even faster standard: 802.11ac.Netgear has just announced the availability of a new wireless router supporting 802.11ac, otherwise known as 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G), called the R6300. Taking advantage of a Broadcom 5G chip, Netgear is claiming wireless speeds of up to 1,300Mbps (1.3Gbps) using the 5GHz band, or 450Mbps on 2.4GHz.While those blazing fast speeds will be appreciated by everyone, Netgear is attempting to make the R6300 the center of a home media network with a number of out-the-box features.A free app called Genie is meant to make connecting devices and repairing your network simple through a dashboard interface. It even works from an iOS or Android device. Then there’s MyMedia, which presents you with all the media stored across the devices connected to the router without having to go to the trouble of setting up and navigating to a shared folder/drive.The R6300 also supports wireless printing from an iPad or iPhone with AirPrint, as well as allowing any USB printer to be shared across your network with ReadySHARE. The inclusion of two USB ports also means network attached storage is as simple as plugging in a hard drive.All those added features are pretty standard fare for a decent wireless router. The real selling point of the R6300 has to be those data transfer speeds. Streaming media, transferring files, or just surfing on a fast broadband connection should be a frustration free experience. And the cost? The recommended price is $199.99 with availability in May, but I suspect online retailers to offer it with a healthy discount.via Netgearlast_img read more

Opinion Taxpayers who earn significantly less than Bus Éireann drivers are being

first_img Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 6:15 AM Fine Gael Councillor 1,064 Views Share859 Tweet Email2 Mar 2nd 2017, 6:15 AM By Paddy Smyth Opinion: ‘Taxpayers who earn significantly less than Bus Éireann drivers are being asked to foot the bill’ If the Minister concedes to the unions’ demands, it will set a dangerous precedent, writes Paddy Smyth. LAST DECEMBER BUS Éireann announced that, due to the losses being incurred by their commercial arm, the somewhat misleadingly named “Expressway” service, they would need to implement cost saving measures to save the company from insolvency.Emblematic of the fantasy-land in which the transport unions inhabit, their immediate response to this was to demand a 21% pay increase for their members.It seemed to escape the media’s attention that only a few months earlier the same unions were demanding a pay increase for their members in Dublin Bus on the grounds that that company was now back in profit and the drivers deserved their share. Somehow this logic had been conveniently reversed.Both pay demands by the bus unions were triggered by the fact that as the Luas drivers had recently been given a pay rise by the private company that employs them, and as their jobs are vaguely similar, they deserved one too.In the subsequent months, even without the help of a pay increase for the drivers, the company’s financial woes have accelerated. This culminated in a letter to staff this week outlining the necessary efficiency measures which will need to be implemented to save the company and the thousands of jobs therein.Efficiencies Chief among these measures is the re-organisation of working practices which will negate the need for drivers to do overtime. This will obviously decrease the take-home pay of the drivers, but also it begs the question; if it is possible to provide a national bus service with the current headcount without the need for overtime, why wasn’t this done years ago?In any organisation a systemic reliance on overtime is a sign of very poor management. See the HSE.An all-out strike from next Monday has been called by the drivers (which may well spread to railway services and Dublin Bus) ostensibly because of this “unilateral” decision by the company’s management to introduce a long list of complex efficiency measures. But the reality is simpler.The unions are essentially demanding that the Minister for Transport come in, and write a big fat cheque so that these demonstrably inefficient work practices can continue.An inequitable deal for the taxpayerIt is understandable that many people will have sympathy for this position. The drivers work hard, have a lot of responsibility and provide an essential service. However, it is worth remembering that the average take-home pay of a Bus Éireann driver is well in excess of the average industrial wage.Therefore taxpayers, the majority of whom earn significantly less than the drivers in question, are being asked to foot the bill for the maintenance of terms and conditions which are indisputably generous by industry standards.A right to strike? Transport Minister Shane Ross has faced repeated calls to intervene personally to help resolve the dispute. Source: Sam BoalIt is a common assertion that the drivers are perfectly entitled to defend their livelihoods and withdraw their labour should they choose, even if that course of action makes the likelihood of the company’s insolvency even more immediate.I would wholeheartedly agree that every citizen has the right to advocate on their own behalf or, in the case of union leaders, on behalf of their members. But when the defence of archaic work practices, however lucrative for the workers, means using the resources of the state (buses, rolling stock, depots) to disrupt the lives and livelihoods of the wider society, this “right” must be called into question.If a widespread transportation strike goes ahead next week it will cause a great deal of distress and inconvenience for the travelling public, but will also cause very real damage to a fragile economy.For the many businesses out there that are operating at the margin, who depend on Bus Éireann to deliver footfall, it will cause some to go out of business altogether and the loss of many jobs. I would argue that nobody has the “right” to do that.Red HerringsThe transport unions are masters at conflating issues of no relevance to suit their agenda and this dispute has been no exception.For months the unions have been organising public meetings to highlight the “fact” that the proposed reforms in Bus Éireann are a threat to rural Ireland’s public transport network.In reality, the National Transport Authority has been at pains to point out that any service that is withdrawn or rationalised by the semi-state company, will be assessed for required capacity and a replacement service licence will be put out to tender immediately.Another is the unions’ contention that the company’s finances are not in the red because of inefficient and outdated work practices but because of an inadequate subvention. This completely ignores that fact that the “Expressway” service which operates on commercial routes is not eligible for a single cent of state subvention due to competition law.Private operatorsBut the greatest red herring of all has been that the financial losses at Bus Éireann have been caused by the Government’s policy of deregulation of small parts of the bus network and the introduction of competition from private operators.The introduction of these commercial routes has in fact increased capacity significantly, led to a dramatic increase in passenger numbers using buses, and the creation of many jobs in the sector that would otherwise not exist. A phenomenal achievement given much of this took place during the economic crash.If you need a perfect example of why deregulation benefits wider society, take note of the fact that the only people in rural Ireland with a functioning bus service come Monday, will be those that are served by private operators.The great irony of industrial disputes which seek to protect a small group of vested interests at the expense of the greater public, is that they only hasten the inevitable deregulation of the protected sectors and the break-up of monopolies and oligopolies.The Bigger PictureThe next few days will have long lasting consequences for our society. If the Minister concedes to the unions’ demands and pumps taxpayers’ funds into a company with a proven inability to manage its own finances when faced with any sort of competition, it will set a very dangerous precedent.It will send a clear message to the entire semi-state sector: management can drive their finances off a cliff, workers can engage in naked rent seeking activity and the taxpayer will be ever-ready to pick up the tab.Paddy is a Fine Gael councillor representing Rathgar-Rathmines on Dublin City Council. He is a member of the council’s Transport Committee and is the proposer of a number of sustainable transport initiatives currently being developed by the council. He is also a practicing GP.Opinion: ‘Ireland has become a pollution haven due to neo-liberal model of light-touch regulation’>The youth vote: ‘My classmates are more interested in Netflix and Instagram than in politics’> 121 Comments Paddy Smyth Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more