AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The tax refund for donations from all donors regardless of their tax status (PAYE or Self-assessed) will now go to the charity in all cases at a blended rate of 31%. Charities no longer need to ask donors about their tax affairs and the only reason that a refund claim will be rejected is if the donor has not paid sufficient tax in the relevant year to cover the reclaim or inaccurate details have been supplied.The qualifying donation threshold remains at €250 and must still meet the condition of being given “at arms-length with no strings attached” i.e. there can be no benefit to the donor.The tax relief will now be given at a blended rate of 31% regardless of the rate of tax paid by the donor and this will be on a grossed up basis.An annual limit of €1 million per individual can be relieved under the revised scheme and donations under the scheme are no longer subject to the higher earner restriction because the tax refund goes to the charity in all cases, not to the donor.Further details on the new details are available on the ICTR website and new tax reclaim forms are available from the Revenue Commissioners.There is no change to the corporate tax relief. Companies continue to treat donations as a normal business expense and there is no upper limit on the amount that can be donated. 89 total views, 1 views today 90 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Following consultation with the Revenue Commissioners, the Irish Charity Tax Reform Group (ICTR) has published details of the changes to charity tax relief which came into operation at the beginning of the year.The operational details were announced by officials from the Charities Unit in the Revenue Commissioners at a briefing session arranged by ICTR last month at which the new forms CHY 3 and 4 were launched.The main points from the revised regulations relating to charity donations are: Advertisement Tagged with: Finance Ireland tax efficient giving New Irish charity tax relief details revealed Howard Lake | 30 July 2013 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
The final day of festivities at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia on Sunday brought an array of music to please even the most discriminate music fan. The heat continued to beat down on the venue, but that didn’t stop attendees from heading down to the Blue Ridge Bowl to catch Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, also known as “church” to most festival goers, open up the music of the day. We caught up with Williams over the weekend to get his take on the Lockn’ Festival over the years. He has performed at all four and indicated he was “technically the first act on the bill at the very first Lockn’ however, Kyle Hollingsworth and Jason Hann, [both of String Cheese Incident] actually played the first couple songs. They were out on stage with an accordion and a doumbek. I don’t think there was a microphone and that was the first year. We lovingly named it GridLockn’ because there was a massive traffic jam.”Keller went on to explain how he was stuck in the gridlock nightmare along with everyone else that first year: “It was about an hour away from my set and I’m about a mile away from the stage, and had been sitting there for a while. I ended up going the wrong way down the street passing all these parked cars and almost inciting a little hippie riot, but thank god it didn’t come to that. The next year they solved all those problems of injury and figured it out.”Because so many people love attending his “church” performance on Sunday, he went on to explain, “I’m very grateful to be a part of this thing, especially to be able to be surrounded by a band like that. A lot of those folks in the Grateful Gospel actually come from a gospel background and a lot of Jerry Garcia’s music went there, so we are kind of breaking out those elements in more of “black gospel,” so to speak. If you say black gospel, as opposed to white gospel, it’s completely different. Although it doesn’t sound politically correct, there’s a huge difference between black gospel and white gospel. This is definitely black gospel, that’s heavy on the soul and funky side. It seems to translate. It’s really special. It’s a morning set, and everyone’s used to night time, and you’ve got all day, with food and drinks and everyone’s kind of sluggish. The morning is pretty much a very high energy thing and people are fresh.”As for being able to enjoy time at the festival, he went on to say, “I’ve been able to move in for the weekend. It doesn’t usually happen that often. I’m usually in and out. I’ve been very lucky to be able to play so many festivals. Usually you get to the site an hour before you play, and then leave an hour after you play and head to the airport to go to another festival. It’s very rare that I can actually hang out and absorb it like I can here. It makes me very relaxed. I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t have to worry about airplanes.”He shared some memorable moments over the years. “I have so many. The last outdoor Allman Brothers show was pretty special. Sitting in with String Cheese the first year on the giant stage was really a rush. During St. Paul & The Broken Bones, I cried. It was daylight, it was hot. There wasn’t a whole lot of people, but it was so real, and so raw and full of emotion that translated to me as I was watching from upstairs on the side stage. It was one of those things where I put my glasses on and didn’t let anyone see the tears coming down. It was that good. I had heard of them before, heard their music and seen them on television.Tom Petty was really cool a couple years ago. That sparked a novelty project I did once called Petty Grass. I did all the hits blue grass style of Tom Petty songs. I did it once.”If you’ve never seen Keller Williams Grateful Grass or Grateful Gospel, here’s a sample from his Saturday performance at Lockn’ this year, with video credit to iccuspunk on YouTube. Words by Sarah Bourque. Follow on Twitter.Photographs by Sam Shinault Photography.
Â *Commends MTN, Gunners for organising coaching clinic in LagosÂ By Duro IkhazuagbeÂ A former Arsenal FC star, Ray Parlour, has tipped Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Alex Iwobi to become one of the best footballers of his generation if he adds scoring more goals to his game.Iwobi was the star of the senior Nigerian team at the weekend as his 73rdÂ minute goal against Zambia helped the three-time African champions qualify for a sixth World Cup.Parlour who spoke yesterday at the closing ceremony of the MTN/Arsenal Football Clinic for Coaches and Children at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, insisted that IwobiÂ Â has a great future ahead of him if he continues to work very hard.â€œIwobi is still a young player and in (Arsene) Wenger he is in good hands. Â He listens and works hard and with time I believe he will become a top player not only for Arsenal but also for Nigeria.â€œWhat he needs is to learn to score more goals and contribute more to the defensive side of the game. Iwobiâ€™s movement on and off the ball is excellent, but he still has a lot to learn. He is one of the players to watch at the World Cup,â€ observed Parlour who was part of Arsenalâ€™s â€˜Invinciblesâ€™ of the late 1990s and early 2000s.The former midfielder who played alongside another Nigerian, Nwankwo Kanu at Arsenal further rates Iwobi as one of the most promising midfielders in the game.Â Parlour was in Nigeria for three days for the MTN/Arsenal coaching clinic. He was excited by the passion shown by the participants for football.While commending MTN for their partnership with Arsenal, he advised aspiring young footballers to always believe in themselves, work hard and listen to their coaches in order to fulfill their potentials.Â â€œIts quite nice to see so many kids who are enthusiastic about football here in Nigeria. I remember that I got into the Arsenal Academy when I was just 11 years old. I am excited about this opportunity because itâ€™s a heartwarming reminder of how it all began for me. â€œMy advice to these youngsters is that they must always show belief in their ability. Anybody, who wants to make it in football, must listen to his coache, ask questions when they are lost and keep practising because practice makes perfect,â€ concludes Parlour.Meanwhile,Â Alex Iwobiâ€™s father, Chuka Iwobi has expressed his happiness with the performance of his son for the Super Eagles.The senior Iwobi wrote on his personal Facebook timeline yesterday:Â â€œYoung Alex following in the footsteps of his uncle Jay Jayâ€¦ Russia World Cup, here we come!!!Â Â Iwobi is an uncle to former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.In apparent show of gratitude to God and also making Nigerians happy, the senior Iwobi concluded: â€œWe have so many reasons to thank the Lord. So proud of you as a father- I am honoured that you played a part in our qualification to the World Cup in Russia.â€Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A handful of the NFL’s biggest stars collaborated to send a message to the league: Acknowledge racism, the oppression of black people and the “silencing” of players who’ve tried to peacefully protest both.In a Zoom video posted Thursday on Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas’ Twitter feed, players such as Thomas, Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Jamal Adams and Saquon Barkley took turns speaking. “A message on behalf of the nfl” pic.twitter.com/iilDpnZfyV— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 5, 2020The script for the message, condensed to eliminate repetitions:”It’s been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered. How many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players?””What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality? What if I was George Floyd?”I am George Floyd. I am Breonna Taylor. I am Ahmaud Arbery. I am Eric Garner. I am Laquan McDonald. I am Tamir Rice. I am Trayvon Martin. I am Walter Scott. I am Michael Brown Jr. I am Samuel Dubose. I am Frank Smart. I am Phillip White. I am Jordan Baker. “We will not be silenced. We assert our right to peacefully protest. It shouldn’t take this long to admit. “So, on behalf of the National Football League, this is what we, the players, would like to hear you state:”‘We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.'”MORE: ‘Enough is enough,’ Rodgers and other Packers say in videoThe full list of players who took part, according to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman: Thomas, Mahomes, Mathieu, Elliott, Beckham, Landry, Watson, Hopkins, Adams, Barkley, Patrick Peterson, Eric Kendricks, Marshon Lattimore, Anthony Barr, Chase Young, Davante Adams, Stephon Gilmore and Sterling Shepard. Thomas spent part of Thursday listening to Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologize to teammates for voicing his opinion that he could “never agree” with people not standing for the national anthem, without acknowledging the actual issue that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was trying to address with his 2016 protest: police brutality against black people.In his apology, Brees said that his original comments “completely missed the mark,” and Thomas offered him forgiveness.”Let’s focus back on the real issues going on in the world,” Thomas wrote in a tweet. “And not get distracted.”
Palm Beach County is still leading Florida in the number of coronavirus deaths. The number rose from 27 to 33 in one day, according to the state Department of Health.The deaths in Palm Beach County include 17 men and 16 women. The additional deaths that were announced on Friday are men 80 and 87, and women 62, 74, 85 and 90. The youngest fatality is a 64-year-old woman and the oldest a 94-year-old man.Palm Beach County leads Florida in number of coronavirus deaths Palm Beach County’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases are at 858. There are 3,364 positive cases in Miami Dade and 1,598 ones in Broward. Miami Dade has reported 25 deaths and Broward has reported 22 deaths.Over 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide and a total of 170 coronavirus deaths have been reported in the entire state of Florida, according to the state’s department of health.
In this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, former Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. Dorsett is one of more than 4,500 former players that have filed suit, some accusing the NFL football league of fraud for its handling of concussions. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)A revised concussions settlement between the NFL and former players could shrink the league’s coffers. Only marginally, though, and not for a long time.The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims. A federal judge who originally questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players still must approve the new terms.The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retired players who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, dementia or other neurological problems believed to be caused by concussions sustained during their careers. Removing the cap might lead to the NFL paying out more money to ailing former players, even though the league and lawyers for the plaintiffs believe the $675 million won’t be surpassed.“If exceeding that number happens, it is well down the road,” said Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based consulting firm SportsCorp and a close observer of league business. “I don’t foresee anything in the next four or five years.“This has the benefit of getting money to the families and people who need it now. If the actuarials are wrong, the additional money would not be paid for a while down the road. By then, there will be new TV contracts, the league will have grown more (financially).”Although the original settlement was trumpeted by both sides, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody denied preliminary approval last January. Her concerns centered, simply, on whether there was enough money in the pot to satisfy all the legitimate claims; some 4,500 retired players were part of the lawsuit. Projections indicate many more will need help.Dozens of ex-players also have said they would not take part in the original settlement, against the advice of the plaintiffs’ attorneys.“Some of the players were concerned and asking questions about whether they could be in a deal if they weren’t sure there’d be money there for them 40 years from now if they get sick, God forbid. … That’s what drove these changes,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Christopher Seeger said.The original settlement included $675 million for compensatory claims for players with neurological symptoms; $75 million for baseline testing; and $10 million for medical research and education. The NFL also would pay an additional $112 million to the players’ lawyers, for a total payout of more than $870 million.The revised settlement eliminates the cap on overall damage claims, but retains a payout formula for individual retirees that considers their age and illness. A young retiree with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, would receive $5 million. A 50-year-old with Alzheimer’s disease would get $1.6 million. An 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000.Where will the money come from? The NFL isn’t exactly hurting for income as it approaches $10 billion in annual revenues.“This comes out of their bottom line, although it is not a huge part of their bottom line,” said David Orentlicher, a law professor at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. “But anytime a business’ prices and costs increase, they try to pass off as much as they can. If they can pass it all off, they will. Sometimes you have to eat some of it.“The questions become, have they already maxed their prices for tickets and broadcast rights and sponsorships and the like?”With new TV deals upcoming and the surging popularity of pro football, it seems unlikely the NFL has maxed out its earning potential.Critics of the deal have said the league is getting off lightly. Others point out, as did Ganis, that the timing of getting payments to the injured or ill is the most crucial element.One of the plaintiffs is Kevin Turner, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots and is now battling ALS.“The compensation provided in this settlement will lift a heavy burden off of the men who are suffering,” he said in a statement. “I am also personally comforted by the knowledge that this settlement is guaranteed to be there for any retired player who needs it.”Orentlicher projects the NFL will surpass the payouts of the original settlement agreement.“It would be very surprising if their ultimate payoff is not significantly greater,” Orentlicher said. “I think they will spend more money as a result of this. It’s just the nature of these kinds of settlements.“If this is all the NFL has to pay, the owners will be very happy. When you add up all the damage these players are suffering and all the money teams have earned as a result, this isn’t sufficient to compensate for the harm.”___Associated Press Writer Michael Rubinkam contributed to this story.
A worker at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in North West province. The stadium, which is currently undergoing major renovations, is one of 10 that will be used to host both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more photos, visit the image library.) Tamara O’ReillyRecruitment and training of about 5 000 volunteers needed for organisational activities during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup will begin on 1 July this year.The success of major events such as World Cups and the Olympic Games relies heavily on volunteers as a high level of organisation is needed in many facets in and around stadiums as well as other areas where visitors will converge like spectator parks. While 5 000 volunteers will be needed for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup about 15 000 will be required for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which is largely seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2010 football event, will take place between 14 and 28 June 2009. The trophy is contested by 8 nations namely South Africa as the host nation, Italy as the current world champion, USA as CONCACAF champion, CONMEBOL winners Brazil, Iraq as AFC champion, CAF champions Egypt, winner of the 2008 UEFA championship and winner of the OFC nations competition.Games will be held at 10 venues in nine cities across the country in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. Although there were doubts about Port Elizabeth’s ability to have the stadium ready in time for the Confederations Cup, these have been laid to rest following steps and assurances by the municipality that the stadium will be prepared to be included in the tournament.According to a Fifa volunteer handbook, volunteers will go through different training programmes to understand their responsibilities, the venue operation and general information about the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009. Volunteers will be trained in customer services, taught how to deal with spectators and also to understand the behaviour of fans from different places around the world.Selection processVolunteers will be sourced from the football fraternity, tertiary institutions, existing volunteer organisations, and the private and public sector. South African citizens who will be 18 or older on or before March 1 2009 can apply and various age groups from youth to retired citizens will be considered.“The most important thing we’re looking for in volunteers are people who are committed to helping us successfully host the World Cup,” said Onke Mjo, the Volunteer Programme Manager of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa. “The World Cup will call on us to step beyond our boundaries and experiences and cater to the whole world. Volunteers will be crucial to that process. We’re looking for open-minded, proactive South Africans who will always be willing to assist an individual who needs help with anything.”To ensure that all South Africans get the opportunity to become a volunteer for the Fifa events, 2009 Confederations Cup volunteers will have to reapply for inclusion in the 2010 event’s volunteer programme.“When South Africa was awarded the World Cup on 15 May 2004 it was a victory for South Africa and the entire continent,” said Mjo. “All South African say they are looking forward to it and want to participate in it. The volunteer programme is the platform giving thousands of South Africans the opportunity to do just that.”Application forms can be downloaded from the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup website between 1 July and 28 August. Emails can also be sent to [email protected] you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] articlePE Stadium still in the game Useful linksFifa SA 2010
Congress leaders led by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday approached the Haryana Governor, demanding revocation of the suspension of party MLA Karan Dalal from the Assembly. The Speaker had suspended Mr. Dalal from the House for one year during the recently concluded monsoon session, after the ruling BJP and the INLD both supported the motion for his suspension, allegedly for a derogatory remark. Terming the decision of suspending Mr. Dalal unjust and arbitrary, the Congress leaders, in a memorandum to Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya, said the decision was taken without giving Mr. Dalal an opportunity to explain the position.
Former BJP MP Uday Singh, who represented the Purnia Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar twice, resigned from the party on Friday, alleging that it has surrendered before Janata Dal (United) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.Throwing enough hints that he may contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as a Mahagathbandhan candidate, Mr. Singh heaped praise on Congress president Rahul Gandhi.In his five-page resignation letter to party president Amit Shah, Mr. Singh said that “committed BJP workers were appalled over the way the party agreed overnight to share power with Nitish Kumar in Bihar while forgetting all their bitter experiences with him in the past”.“The party which had won just two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was given 17 seats for the upcoming elections… it has surprised just not me but most BJP leaders of the State,” he added.Mr. Singh, whose elder brother N.K. Singh is Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission, had lost his seat in 2014 to Janata Dal (United) candidate Santosh Kushwaha by a margin of over one lakh votes. His mother Madhuri Singh too had represented the Purnia Lok Sabha seat twice.
Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Members of the Philippine fencing team display their respective medals from the 29th Southeast Asian Games. (L to R) Brennan Wayne Louie (gold), Nathaniel Perez (silver) in mens individual foil; Hanniel Abella (silver) and Harlene Raguin (bronze) in women’s individual epee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLFil-American Louie Wayne Brennan took the men’s individual foil gold medal over compatriot Nathaniel Perez in a dominant show for the Philippines Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games fencing.Finally getting his slot in the individual category after playing in team events on his freshman year with the national team, Brennan bested Perez, 15-14, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raguin took the bronze. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold It was an all-Filipino final as Brennan ousted Thai Sopanut Mayakarn in the semifinal, while Perez dispatched Jet Ng Shang Fei of Singapore.Brennan, who owns a fencing club back in Los Angeles, replaced former champion Emerson Sugui in the PH team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippine women’s epee team also had an impressive showing, turning in a silver and a bronze.Hanniel Abella bested teammae Harlene Raguin in the semis. But she lost in the final against Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa of Vietnam. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES