News story: New rules for taxation of termination payments

first_imgEmployers will need to pay Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments from today (6 April 2018), whether or not they are contractual payments.The element that is now chargeable to Income Tax and NICs is the amount of the termination payment that represents payment in lieu of notice (PILON).This change applies to payments, or benefits received on, or after, 6 April 2018 in circumstances where the employment also ended on, or after, 6 April 2018.This follows an announcement at Budget 2016 that government would introduce rules to prevent employers from manipulating the system.Fairness and clarityThis measure is intended to bring fairness and clarity to the taxation of termination payments by making it clear that all PILONs, rather than just contractual PILONs, are taxable earnings.All employees will pay Income Tax and Class 1 NICs on the amount of basic pay that they would have received if they had worked their notice in full, even if they are not paid a contractual PILON.This means the tax and NICs consequences are the same for everyone and are no longer dependent on how the employment contract is drafted or whether payments are structured in some other form, such as damages.Foreign service reliefIn addition, foreign service relief on termination payments will be removed for all UK residents, apart from seafarers, from today.UK residents whose employment ends after today who receive a payment or benefit in connection with that termination made after 13 September 2017 will not be eligible for tax relief for any period of foreign service as part of that job.Class 1A NICs and sporting testimonialsClass 1A NIC employer charges on termination payments of more than £30,000 and on sporting testimonials of more than the £100,000 lifetime exemption had also been due to be included, but due to a delay in legislation, these are now due to come into effect in April 2020.last_img read more

WanderLove: A Virginia Road Trip from Richmond to Danville

first_imgRobert Russa Moton Museum Mural, photo by Michael Mergen **Know before you go! Please wear a mask or face covering when indoors and observe Virginia’s current safety guidelines when you travel. Before visiting, be sure to contact individual businesses for the most up-to-date hours and info. ROUTE 15: FARMVILLE TO CLARKSVILLE Leave downtown through the Manchester neighborhood, crossing the James River and following Route 360 (Hull Street), where you’ll discover the Metro Richmond Zoo’s exotic animals like kangaroos, orangutans, giraffes and lions.  Scenes Along the Dan River in Danville, photo by David Hungate Cover Photo: High Bridge Trail State Park, photo by Ali Zaman Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort, photo by Ali Zaman Continue on to Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Park, another excellent stop along your Richmond to Farmville route. Conquer the treetop course, then rent canoes, kayaks or paddleboards to set out on the reservoir. Consider spending the night at this amazing adventure park, as their luxury glamping tipis are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. ROUTE 360: RICHMOND TO FARMVILLE Clarksville is known as “Virginia’s only lakeside town” due to its location on the shores of Kerr Lake, also called Bugg’s Island Lake. Experience the best of the area’s outdoor adventures at Occonechee State Park, where you can rent paddle boards or kayaks, fish the 50,000 acre manmade lake, and walk shaded shoreline trails.  Visit the Robert Russa Moton Museum to learn about Farmville’s important contributions in the battle for Civil Rights in Education. The site of the first non-violent student demonstration, the schoolhouse-turned-museum explores the regional history that led to the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case. Upon arriving in Farmville, head to High Bridge Trail State Park to walk, jog or bike along 31 multi-use miles with beautiful aerial views of the Appomattox River. Rent bikes from Outdoor Adventure Store, located right on the trail in Downtown Farmville. Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern—Historic home in Clarksville that has been renovated into a beautiful pet-friendly inn. Eat, Drink & Stay Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Retreat—Fully furnished log cabins, a cottage and glamping tipis on a 23-acre farm outside of Farmville. Three Roads Brewing Company—Craft brewery in Downtown Farmville with outdoor seating.  Hotel Weyanoke—Newly renovated pet-friendly boutique hotel in Downtown Farmville with on-site dining and a rooftop bar.  Before leaving Downtown Richmond, stretch your legs and get a prime view of the river at the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, a pedestrian walkway that runs above the James and spans from Brown’s Island to Manchester and stop by Legend Brewing Company for pub fare paired with skyline views.  Walk or bike the nine-mile Danville Riverwalk Trail or head to Ballou Park’s disc golf course. Mountain bikers love the Anglers Ridge Mountain Bike Trail System, one of the longest single track mountain biking trails in the region, offering a variety of trails for every level. Kerr / Bugg’s Island Lake, photo by Sam Dean North Street Press Club—Burgers and sandwiches in Downtown Farmville with patio seating. While travel may look a bit different this year, Virginia still has much to offer in the way of safe escapes. So if you’re still feeling some wanderlust – or WanderLove, as we call it – start packing your car and hit the road in central and southern Virginia.center_img Mucho Taqueria—Eclectic taco restaurant and tequila bar in Danville’s River District. Occonechee State Park – park your RV, pitch your tent or cozy up in one of 13 cabins for an overnight stay. Buggs Island Brewing Company—Clarksville craft brewery. Discover local history along Millionaires’ Row, a long section of Main Street boasting pristine Victorian and Edwardian homes. The five historic and architecturally-significant churches bring Danville’s “City of Churches” moniker to life. Take Route 58 west towards Danville, stopping in charming South Boston and Halifax along the way to your final destination: Danville. Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort, photo by Ali Zaman Charley’s Waterfront Cafe—Downtown Farmville restaurant with upscale, family-friendly dining.  ROUTE 58: CLARKSVILLE TO DANVILLE Heart Line Restaurant—Classic greasy spoon diner in Danville that is popular with the locals and known for their delicious and affordable meals, especially breakfast.  Leaving Farmville, pick up Route 15 and enjoy the scenic drive to Clarksville. Berry Hill Resort—Historic South Boston luxury resort on 650 acres; spa, on-site dining options, and an indoor pool. The Lodge at Virginia International Raceway—Lodge and private villas located alongside the racetrack at Virginia International Raceway. Before leaving Clarksville, walk along Virginia Avenue and peruse some of the local shops like The Cottage Barn or Galleria on the Lake to browse local artwork, home decor and a selection of gourmet foods and wines.  Southern Plenty Cafe—Eccentric South Boston coffee shop, cafe and boutique. Eat, Drink & Stay Ballad Brewing—Craft brewery in Downtown Danville. Eat, Drink & Stay For more road trip ideas, check out Virginia’s WanderLove getaways! Peruse Green Front Furniture Company, which has nearly a million square feet of showroom space in 13 shops and warehouses for all tastes, from sleek and modern to exotic and colorful to tastefully classic. Before leaving downtown, walk through Longwood University’s campus to enjoy gorgeous architecture and get a taste of the local college experience.  T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, photo by Matt Long Lamplighter Restaurant & Lounge—Clarksville casual dining restaurant that serves full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. last_img read more

Central American Presidents Seek Funds to Combat Drug Trafficking

first_img In Guatemala on March 24, the Central American presidents will analyze progress on the regional security plan they approved eight months ago to combat drug trafficking and how to obtain the 320 million dollars needed for its implementation, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said. “Saturday [March 24], we’ll be discussing that plan,” which calls for 22 projects to strengthen police forces and armies and make an impact on society, Ortega affirmed after receiving the Army’s annual report at an event in Managua. The region currently has only 70 million dollars, for which reason “the next step that we have to debate in Guatemala is what we’re going to do” with the countries that promised to support the plan during the regional meeting in Guatemala last June, in order to obtain the remaining 230 million, he added. The international community promised “to support the Central American region, which is a victim of the consumers in the United States, Canada, and of large-scale producers who are in the south, in Colombia,” Ortega affirmed. The president referred to the special fund of 2 billion dollars that the international community agreed to finance for the region, 320 million of which is needed immediately. By Dialogo March 23, 2012last_img read more

Masters Moments: Phil Mickelson’s pine straw magic from 2010 win | Golf News

first_img We take a trip back to the 2010 Masters and Phil Mickelson’s incredible shot from the pine straw during his victory at Augusta National Phil Mickelson won the Green Jacket for a third time in 2010 with a three-shot victory in The Masters at Augusta National. Watch the 2020 contest live from November 12-15 on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 07/11/20 6:51am – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Although Mickelson would run his eagle try a similar distance past the hole to the initial putt he faced, he made no mistake with the effort coming back to make birdie and extend his advantage.Mickelson added two further birdies over his final four holes to close out a bogey-free 67 and complete a convincing victory, with the win his fourth of five major titles during a distinguished career.Click on the video above to see Mickelson’s magic from the pines! Watch The Masters this November live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday November 12. – Advertisement – Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991 Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991

Egypt reports two human H5N1 cases

first_imgAug 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities have reported two more H5N1 avian influenza cases, both in children, raising the country’s total for this year to 34, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Both patients have been treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and are in stable condition, the WHO said.One is a 14-year-old girl from Damitta governorate who fell ill on Aug 21 and was hospitalized 2 days later. The other patient is 2-year-old girl from Menofyia governorate. She became ill Aug 23 and was admitted to a fever hospital Aug 26, the agency said.The WHO said investigations indicated that both girls had contact with dead and/or sick poultry.Meanwhile, the Egypt-based Web site Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported that sampling triggered by the human case in Menofyia detected the virus yesterday in some household chickens. SAIDR said two other poultry outbreaks were also found yesterday, in Fayoum and Beheira governorates.Of the 34 human H5N1 cases in Egypt this year, 4 have been fatal. The country has had a total of 85 cases and 27 deaths since the avian flu virus arrived in 2006, according to the WHO.With the latest cases, the WHO’s global H5N1 count reached 440 cases with 262 deaths.See also:Aug 31 WHO report on Egypt H5N1 caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_08_31/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Arrest warrant issued for S. Africa ex-president Zuma

first_imgA South African court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for embattled former president Jacob Zuma after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing over corruption charges related to a 1990s arms deal.But the court said that execution of the warrant will be deferred until May 6 when the case is due to resume.Zuma’s lawyers said he was not able to attend the pre-trial hearing on Tuesday because he was ill and receiving treatment abroad, in the latest twist in a case that has seen numerous legal turns over a decade and a half. Topics : The High Court in the southeastern city of Pietermaritzburg issued the warrant after it questioned the authenticity of the sick note said to have been signed by a military doctor.”The court accepts that Mr Zuma may be unwell,” said judge Dhaya Pillay. “But this court needs reliable evidence that Mr Zuma is indeed ill.””It is not clear that [the doctor] is indeed a regular practitioner,” she said.State prosecutor Billy Downer said it was a “criminal offence” for the 77-year-old Zuma, who was in office between 2009 and 2018, to skip court.center_img Zuma’s lawyer Dan Mantsha told reporters outside the courtroom that “our courts have no sympathy, no compassion”. “We are very concerned when courts issue warrants under the circumstances like this when the whole country knows that president Zuma is not well … indeed president Zuma underwent two operations in early January this year,” Mantsha said.”When you start to issue warrants under such circumstances, people start to question whether we are all equal under the law.” He said for the court to doubt “whether he is sick or not, is absolute unimaginable”.Mantsha vowed that the “elderly” Zuma, will attend court when he is fit, as he has done for previous hearings.Local media suggested that Zuma is in Cuba undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.Zuma posted a video clip on Twitter on December 29 of himself dancing with a local gospel choir, with the caption “Happy Holidays.. From myself and the Umlazi Gospel Choir”. The former president has not tweeted since.Zuma is alleged to have taken bribes worth four million rand ($270,000) related to a $3.4 billion arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president.In all Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering related to the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military equipment when he was deputy to the country’s second black president, Thabo Mbeki.Both Zuma and French defense company Thales, which supplied equipment for navy vessels, deny the charges.Last year Zuma unsuccessfully tried to stop the trial from going ahead.If the trial takes place, it would be the first time Zuma faces a court on graft charges, despite a string of accusations over his long political career.Critics have dubbed Zuma the “Teflon president” for his reputed ability to evade judicial reckoning.He has also been accused of organizing the systematic plunder of government coffers in a scandal known as “state capture”.Zuma appeared at an inquiry into the scandal in July, putting on a defiant performance and denying all wrongdoing.  He was forced to step down in 2018 by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party after a nine-year reign marked by corruption allegations and dwindling popularity.The main opposition Democratic Alliance hailed the warrant decision, saying the court “has put its foot down and shown Mr Zuma that he can no longer continue wasting the court’s time and public resources because he is too afraid to face the music”.  “He has gone above and beyond and tried every trick in the book to avoid being held accountable for his alleged hand in the arms deal,” the DA said in a statement. last_img read more

Thailand’s economy shrinks most in more than 20 years

first_imgSome 40 million tourists were expected to arrive in the kingdom this year but the travel industry was the first casualty when pandemic lockdowns went into effect globally in March. The absence of visitors was felt in the country’s services sector, bruising entertainment, retail, hotels and restaurants, according to the NESDC. The government has attempted to boost domestic tourism, putting aside a portion of a record financial stimulus passed in May to fund travel. But Thai bank Krungsri said in a note released last week that the sector will “remain weak due to near-zero foreign tourists and lower domestic purchasing power”. The kingdom’s freefalling economy has been a catalyst for nationwide near-daily protests by student-led demonstrators, denouncing the administration of premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha, a former military chief who led a 2014 coup. Government figures predict the pandemic could leave 8.4 million jobless, eviscerating gains made over the past two decades. Topics : Thailand’s economy suffered its worst contraction since the Asian financial crisis more than two decades ago, data showed Monday, as the coronavirus shattered the country’s crucial tourism industry.The kingdom has largely escaped the worst of the disease — registering 3,300 cases and 58 deaths despite being the first country outside China to register an infection in January. But pandemic-spurred lockdowns brought the economy to a staggering halt, shrinking 12.2 percent in the second quarter growth, according to the Office of National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).  The outbreak “has made our economy fall by 12.2 percent, lower than during the Tom Yum Kung crisis”, said secretary-general Thosaporn Sirisumphand, using the local name for the Asian Financial Crisis that struck in 1998. The economy shrank 12.5 percent in the second quarter of that year. The NESDC forecast a 7.5 percent contraction in 2020.The slump is “not as dramatic as some regional peers”, said economist Alex Holmes at Singapore-based Capital Economics, pointing out Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines saw worse readings. But “the outlook remains one of the worst in the region because of Thailand’s reliance on tourism”, he told AFP. last_img read more

Griezmann and Payet on song as France into Euros last 16

first_imgPayet also struck a late winner as France opened the tournament with a nervy 2-1 win over Romania.Two leave-it-late wins left doubts about whether Didier Deschamps’s side’s can repeat the feats of French sides past at the 1984 Euros and 1998 World Cup by winning on home soil.Deschamps surprisingly left Juventus star Paul Pogba and Griezmann on the bench in the only two changes from the game against Romania.Les Bleus only kicked into gear with Pogba and Griezmann reunited with the mercurial Payet after the break.Griezmann finally made the breakthrough as the clock ticked into stoppage time, stooping to turn home Adil Rami’s cross.And Payet capped another man-of-the-match performance by firing into the far corner to round off a harsh scoreline on Albania. Marseille, France | AFP |Late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet booked hosts France’s place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 after overcoming stiff resistance from European Championship debutants Albania.Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann came off the bench in Marseille to head the opener in the 90th minute before West Ham United’s Payet strengthened his reputation by smashing home a second deep into stoppage time.“We needed a win to qualify, and it’s done,” Griezmann told French television.“The coach had told me that I would be a substitute. I knew it and I wanted to do what I had to do once I got on.” Swiss on the vergeFrance next face Switzerland in Lille on Sunday with the Swiss also on the verge of reaching the knockout stage after a 1-1 draw with Romania in Paris.Bogdan Stancu’s penalty gave Romania the advantage at the Parc des Princes. The Swiss spurned a host of chances to score before Admir Mehmedi finally slammed home to level just before the hour mark.“We can be satisfied with a point. We were able to take an important step towards the next round and to be almost sure of reaching the last 16,” said Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic.Stancu is fast becoming a penalty specialist at these championships, having also scored from the spot in the 2-1 defeat to France to join Payet as the only player to score twice at the tournament so far.But the Swiss burst back into the game when Macedonian-born Mehmedi slammed home a loose ball from a corner in the 57th minute after the Romanian defence failed to clear.– Russian woes -Russia’s troubles deepened as a day after the 2018 World Cup hosts were threatened with expulsion from the competition for crowd trouble at their Group B opener against England, they moved to the brink of bowing out for their efforts on the field with a 2-1 defeat to Slovakia.Napoli’s Marek Hamsik set up the opener for Vladimir Weiss and then came up with a contender for goal of the tournament by smashing into the top corner to give Slovakia a 2-0 half-time lead.Russia pulled a goal back through Denis Glushakov late on, but a flare briefly lit after they scored could yet provoke further punishment from UEFA.The result allowed Jan Kozak’s team to bounce back from an opening 2-1 defeat to Wales and leaves Russia languishing at the bottom of the group with just one point from two games.Wales can seal top spot in the pool with victory over England on Thursday.“This has perhaps opened up the gates to the last 16. I did well,” said Hamsik“I am very proud that I managed to score such a goal. It was brilliant.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Hamilton wins fifth Formula One world title

first_imgA puff of smoke signalled an engine failure and his eighth ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) of the season while his 21-year-old Dutch tyro team-mate secured a repeat of his 2017 triumph, his second win this season and the fifth of his career.Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen came home third ahead of Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault ahead of Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren, Marcus Ericsson in the second Sauber and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.For Ferrari, it was a first double podium success in Mexico since 1990 with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. Share on: WhatsApp Mexico City, Mexico | AFP | Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth drivers’ world championship on Sunday to draw level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the Formula One record books when he finished fourth behind a victorious Max Verstappen in the Mexican Grand Prix.The 33-year-old Briton’s only remaining championship rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who needed a victory, with Hamilton outside the top seven, to keep his hopes alive, finished second.Hamilton’s success – the third time he has taken the title without finishing on the race podium – elevated him to a supreme club alongside Fangio with only seven-time champion Michael Schumacher ahead of him.He was adding the 2018 crown to his championship wins in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.He celebrated by executing ‘doughnut’ wheel spins for the cheering crowd before leaping out of his car and into the arms of his team.After being congratulated by Vettel, Hamilton said: “It’s a very strange feeling, a very humbling experience. To complete this when Fangio did it as well, it’s a very surreal feeling.”““That’s how you do it – that’s how you drive, Lewis,” said Hollywood film star Will Smith on Mercedes team radio after Hamilton took the chequered flag.Hamilton, who started third on the grid, struggled with chronic tyre-wear after making a strong start in his Mercedes and settled for a cautious cruise to the title without a podium finish.Verstappen, upstaged by his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying on Saturday, came home 17.108 seconds ahead of Vettel after the luckless Australian pole-sitter retired with nine laps remaining.last_img read more

Easter and Pets – Information from Joint Animal Services

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesCute bunnies and fuzzy chicks find their way into the Easter baskets each spring. Unfortunately, as they grow, many of these Easter pets become unwanted or owners are unable to care for them.Some neighborhoods do not allow these types of pets. Rather than a living addition to the Easter basket, give an adoption gift certificate from Animal Services. This way the recipient can select the pet that fits their lifestyle and speaks to their heart. As Easter is right around the corner, here are some tips to help keep your pets safe.  1) Keep all that extra candy safely tucked away from your pets.  Chocolate, macadamia nuts and xylitol (an artificial sweetener) are toxic to many pets.2) Easter Lilies can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends.3) Many pets will try to nibble the plastic grass from Easter baskets, which can cause blocked digestive tracks and other medical issues.For more information, visit www.jointanimalservices.org or call Animal Services at (360) 352-2510.last_img read more