27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Shirley Scott, Chief Executive of CFDG, said: “We are pleased that the Government have recognised the huge importance of charities, and the need for regulatory reform, by placing a draft Bill in the Queen’s speech. We are looking forward to seeing the definitions of charitable purposes being set out in a modern statute, instead of being based on case law and analogy going back 400 years.”For a snapshot of what various voluntary sector leaders were hoping for from the Queen’s speech, read “Queen’s speech: public services and voluntary sector wish list” at SocietyGuardian. CFDG welcomes announcement of Charities Bill The Charity Finance Directors’ Group today warmly welcomed the announcement of a draft Charities Bill in the Queen’s speech.As a member of the Charities Bill Coalition, CFDG has been campaigning for the implementation of Home Office recommendations on charity reform published earlier this year.The CFDG expressed disappointment however that some sections of the media had used the announcement to focus on perceived negative aspects of the Bill, most notably those relating to the regulation of public fundraising. The CFDG expressed its sadness that the inclusion of a Charities Bill had been used as an excuse to attack charities. The CFDG says that charity finance directors fear that this will lead to a decline in confidence in a sector that performs a significant public good, and plays a major part in bringing about change in society. Advertisement Howard Lake | 26 November 2003 | News
First Inheritance Tax review report welcomed by Remember A Charity Tagged with: legacies Remember a Charity 95 total views, 3 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 28 November 2018 | News Advertisement The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has issued its first report in its national review of Inheritance Tax, in which it references the tax as ‘unpopular’ and ‘complicated’, and recommends the implementation of a digital system to simplify the administration of estates.The report, published on 23 November, has been welcomed by Remember A Charity. It suggest that Government should implement a fully integrated digital system for Inheritance Tax and probate applications, and also observes that ‘regulating the will writing market would help improve the administration process.’Gifts in wills contribute the largest single source of voluntary income to the charity sector, generating around £3 billion a year. They are currently exempt from Inheritance Tax (charged at 40%), and those that donate over 10% of their estate to charity benefit from a discounted rate of 36% across the remaining value of their estate.Remember A Charity recently disclosed that, together with the Institute of Fundraising and supported by ACEVO, NCVO, ILM and STEP, it had written to government calling for a discount or exemption on probate fees for charitable wills.Commenting on the report, Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said:“Legacy giving is becoming more commonplace and, with an increase in the number of estates liable to Inheritance Tax, it is critical that any changes protect the market and continue to enable and inspire the public to support the good causes they care about.“Ultimately, a more straight-forward Inheritance Tax system should make it easier for people’s estates to be handled promptly, efficiently and for relevant discounts or exemptions on charitable wills to be applied. We welcome steps to reduce the administrative burden for everyone; the public, professional advisers and executors, which of course includes many charities too.“With both the national Inheritance Tax structure and will-writing framework currently under review, the devil will be in the detail of future announcements as to whether the fiscal incentives will be maintained and how will-writing processes may evolve. We continue to appeal to government representatives to ensure that any changes will continue to encourage and promote charitable legacies.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 96 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6
Home Indiana Agriculture News Jackson County Soybean Yield Below 2014 Jackson County Soybean Yield Below 2014 By Andy Eubank – Oct 20, 2015 Shoemaker harvest updateIn southwest Indiana and the Jackson County area a few farmers have completed harvest, but Don Shoemaker estimates most of the area is about 2/3 through harvest. He has a week more for his corn harvest followed by cutting of the double crop beans, and so far it has been a quick harvest pace like much of the state.“Everything seemed to start a little earlier. We started with silage and then we went into popcorn harvest and then to first crop soybeans. Now we’re on corn and everything seems to be ahead of schedule. Corn is dry coming out of the field. We have not dried anything yet as we’re getting into corn harvest.”He added, “Weather has been great for soybean harvest. Whether you’re done or not it looks like there’s a few more days to go, so that’s been moving along pretty rapidly. I think most guys will lean towards getting their soybeans done before they worry about corn, just not knowing if those days are going to be quite as nice in the upcoming weeks.”Soybean moisture has run in the 11-13 percent range according to Shoemaker. Like most of Indiana, there has been a lot of yield variability, and he struggles with exactly why that is on his land.“Corn yields have been so variable on the sand. I think we’ve lost some of our nutrients, particularly nitrogen, so those yields are lower than we thought they would be. Then other areas are exceptional. There’s not really a whole lot of rhyme or reason as to why it’s good in one area and bad in another, but hopefully it will turn out to be average. It’s certainly variable to say the least.”Soybean yields were generally in the low 50’s this year.“Year in and year out that’s not bad yield, but it’s certainly not as high as it was last year,” Shoemaker told HAT. SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue breaks ground for Equine Diagnostic and Surgical CenterNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank
Facebook Twitter Home Midwest News Dow Chemical and DuPont Are Said to Be in Merger Talks SHARE Dow Chemical and DuPont, two of the biggest and oldest companies in the American chemical industry, are in talks to merge in what would be one of the largest transactions in a year full of huge deals, people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. Under the terms being discussed, a merger of the two companies, each with a market value of roughly $60 billion, could eventually be followed by a breakup of the company, two of these people said.Combined, the two companies would be the second-biggest chemical company in the world, in terms of revenue, after BASF of Germany, with more than $92 billion in annual sales. The next step being discussed would be to break up the merged company into three businesses: agricultural chemicals, specialty products, and materials like plastics. An announcement could come soon, these people added, while cautioning that talks were incomplete and could still collapse.Each company has come under attack from activist investors unhappy with its financial performance. Last year, Dow settled a brief but bitter dispute with Daniel S. Loeb, the billionaire who runs the hedge fund Third Point, by adding four independent directors. And this May, DuPont, formally E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, successfully fended off a board challenge by Nelson Peltz, dealing the billionaire financier his first loss since he opened his current firm, Trian Fund Management, a decade ago.Bloomberg reports that a mega-merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. stands to have far-reaching consequences for European rivals, prompting a series of follow-on combinations as the pesticide and seed makers scramble to face the emergence of a US giant. The focus in Europe on Wednesday quickly turned to Switzerland’s Syngenta AG, which almost four months ago fended off a $46 billion bid from Monsanto Co. Last month, people with knowledge of the matter said China National Chemical Corp. was initially rebuffed in an approach to buy the world’s biggest producer of pesticides in what would be the largest acquisition ever by a Chinese company.A Dow and DuPont merger “makes it more likely that Monsanto re-approaches Syngenta,” Bernstein analysts including Jonas Oxgaard wrote in a note Wednesday. The bid could be at 485 Swiss francs, more than the 470 cash-and-stock offer withdrawn in August.Warren Buffett will also be watching the merger talks closely. Mr. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns a big slug of preferred shares in Dow Chemical. Berkshire got the shares in 2009, when Mr. Buffett’s company gave Dow $3 billion to help finance its purchase of chemical maker Rohm & Haas Co. In return, Berkshire received preferred stock that pays an 8.5% annual dividend.Alan Murray with Fortune says the merger is not good for America, “Unless you are an investment banker, it’s hard to feel good about the deal to merge Dow and DuPont, two storied American science companies with 330 years of history between them. The plan is to combine the two $60 billion companies and then break them apart again, creating three more ‘focused’ companies in agriculture, materials science, and specialty products.” Facebook Twitter Dow Chemical and DuPont Are Said to Be in Merger Talks Previous articleMorning OutlookNext articleMidday Update Gary Truitt SHARE By Gary Truitt – Dec 9, 2015
Dean Straka Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Previous articleTCU students studying in Paris are safeNext articleFrogs survive Kansas, Boykin and others hurt in 23-17 win Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello + posts Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Twitter Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Facebook Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Facebook Linkedin Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships printIt’s deja vu for TCU, as the No. 15 Horned Frogs are tied with the winless Kansas Jayhawks 10-10 at halftime in Fort Worth.The Frogs were plagued with another critical injury in the half, this time losing starting quarterback Trevone Boykin after he suffered an apparent leg injury on the Frogs’ opening. Gary Patterson said at halftime it is unlikely he will return in the game.Wide receiver Josh Doctson, who suffered a wrist injury last weekend against Oklahoma State, started in the opening drive for the Frogs but has seen little action in the ballgame since.The Frogs jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a KaVonte Turpin touchdown on a punt return and a 42 yard field goal by kicker Jaden Oberkrom later on in the quarter.The Jayhawks responded with 10 unanswered points, executing a 42-yard field goal late in the first quarter and then scoring a 3-yard rushing touchdown by running back Taylor Cox with 11:29 to go in the 2nd quarter.Senior back up Bram Kohlhausen came into the game at quarterback for the Frogs after Boykin exited the game.The Frogs’ offense was shut out in the second quarter. It is the first time Kansas has not trailed at halftime since they had a 13-10 lead over TCU almost exactly a year ago in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks have had an average halftime deficit of 21 points this season. Twitter Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ ReddIt ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings TCU vs Kansas on Nov. 14, 2015
June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia Update 15/05/2015 to go further Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia High-tech equipment sought to suppress online freedomsBeltelecom, the national telecommunications agency, has revealed on its website that it wants to acquire high-tech equipment that it will allow it to suppress freedom of information on the InternetYesterday, Beltelecom posted an invitation to bid for the supply of the equipment that will enable it to implement legislation restricting online freedoms that was secretly adopted last December and took effect on 1 January.The Beltelecom website makes no bones about the fact that the agency wants to acquire the technical means to “collect and store Internet user data and to be able to block websites.”In a separate move, the Information ministry last month ordered all media content distributors to register in order to continue operating. Registration will be obligatory from 1 July onwards.The Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, has condemned the order, saying it will in effect allow the ministry to ban newspaper distributors and retailers from working if they dare to distribute opposition newspapers.Belarus is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. in the Belarusian ruble. At the same time, the government adopted a series of measures to address the devaluation, including a “temporary” 30 percent tax on foreign currency purchases and a ban on price hikes.“This mass website blocking without any government explanation or court order is both illegal and unjustified,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Censoring public debate will not improve the economic situation or dispel any possibility of panic. Quite the contrary. We call on the authorities to take responsibility for their actions. The public’s need of the blocked websites is greater than ever during a crisis. Access must be restored at once.”Access to the independent sites Charter97.org, Belaruspartisan.org and Gazetaby.com was blocked on 19 December by Beltelekom, the state-owned telecom company that controls broadband Internet. Beltelekom nonetheless denied any responsibility and blamed the blocking on a DDoS attack.UDF.by, Zautra.by, 21.by and the BelaPAN news agency’s three websites – belapan.by, belapan.com and naviny.by – were blocked the next day because of articles criticizing the government’s economic policies.Their privately-owned hosting company, Hoster.by, changed their IP addresses on 21 December to circumvent the blocking but the new addresses were also blocked by mid-afternoon. BelaPan editor Ales Lipay condemned the blocking as an act of censorship and sent several letters to the authorities, who have not as yet replied. The sites could only have been blocked on the government’s orders, he said. Although BelaPan’s three official IP addresses are still blocked, Belapan.com and Naviny.by managed to circumvent the blocking again on 22 December.Thirteen online retail sites have also been blocked since 20 December for posting their prices in another currency as well as the Belarusian ruble.Cyber-censorship legislationIt was against this backdrop that a number of media law amendments allowing increased government control over information, including information circulating online, were signed into law by President Lukashenko on 20 December. They will take effect at the start of January.Discreetly passed by the lower chamber on first and second reading on 17 December and then approved by the upper house the following day, they dashed the hopes of journalists who had been calling for legal status for freelancers and simpler procedures for registering media and getting accreditation.“These amendments provide the authorities with the tools they need to systematically block any news sites and blogs that give them problems,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.“This is a declaration of war on the Internet and the freedom it gives to 5 million Belarusian Internet users, a declaration of war that was made without Belarusian society being given any chance to debate it.”Published only after adoption by parliament on 19 December, the text of the amendments does not explain how they would be implemented. Andrey Bastunets, the deputy president of the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner, said the amendments were rushed through in order to avoid a public debate.Under the amended media, law, news websites, blogs and other sites providing information will henceforth be treated in the same way as traditional media, without having to register as such, and will be subject to oversight by the information ministry. The information ministry will therefore be empowered to send official warnings to all websites accessible in Belarus if they publish informational content that is deemed to be illegal. Sites receiving warnings will have to withdraw the offending content and post any requested correction within 24 hours.The ministry will be able to restrict access to sites that get two or more warnings in the space of a year. The list of banned categories of content has also been extended. As well as information supporting “war and extremism” and content of a “pornographic, violent or cruel” nature, it now also includes content that could “harm the interests of the Belarusian nation.”The amendments also provide for the creation of two registers for “distributors” of print and audio-visual information, including the owners of websites that publish or relay information, who will have to apply to the information minister for inclusion on the registers.“Distributors” will not be able to exist legally if they are not registered. At the same time, those that manage to register will be removed from the list and will lose their information “distributor” rights if they get two warnings within the space of a year. Those who distribute audio-visual content, including online audio-visual content, will also be required to notify the ministry of any programming changes two days in advance.With the stated aim of protecting Belarus and its citizens from “destructive foreign influences” and content which, according to the information ministry, could be “contrary to their interests,” the amended law also reduces the maximum permissible foreign shareholding in any media from 30 to 20 percent.Shortly before Charter97’s website was blocked on 19 December, its editor, Natalia Radzina, told Reporters Without Borders: “The media-Internet law is directly aimed at Charter97, Belarus’s most popular independent website.”On 4 December, interior minister Ygor Chunevich cited the need to combat drug trafficking as grounds for wanting to fully block all websites with restricted access. This would include Charter97, which has been inaccessible in all public places since 2011.Belarus is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(Photo : belaruspartizan.org) News Receive email alerts Organisation News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more News May 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belarusian authorities impose alarming Internet controls May 27, 2021 Find out more
News The case against him goes back two years when he was convicted of “contempt of court”. At the time he was a stringer for the weekly Expresso, working on a drugs investigation. He used information given to him by a police official to reveal details about a police operation to catch drug-traffickers. The lawyer for the three suspects called for Preto to be summonsed as a witness and to reveal the name of his informant. Citing protection of sources, Petro has always refused to name the police official.Protection of sources is theoretically recognised in Portugal. But if a journalist has knowledge of a crime that will be committed he is then supposed to reveal his sources. Preto has always maintained that whether or not he revealed his source in this case was never going to prevent a crime from being committed.Portuguese version Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive to go further Follow the news on Portugal News Receive email alerts PortugalEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News December 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gets 11-month suspended sentence for refusal to reveal sources Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more PortugalEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Portuguese versionReporters Without Borders has protested after journalist José Luis Manso Preto was given an 11-month suspended sentence for refusing to reveal his sources when he was called to give evidence in a drugs case.”We object to this sentence which seriously damages the right to protect sources of information” said Reporters Without Borders. It runs contrary to the Goodwin ruling adopted on 27 March 1996 by the European Court of Human Rights which recognises that protection of sources is the cornerstone of press freedom.””This verdict means that the Portuguese courts turn journalists into informers and can also expose them to danger when they investigate sensitive cases. We hope it will be overturned on appeal so as not to create a dangerous precedent in Portugal,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation.Petro was sentenced by a Lisbon court on 10 December 2004. The suspended 11-month jail term can be activated if he is involved in any new case in the next three years.Backed by the entire profession in Portugal, the journalist has decided to appeal against the verdict. “If I had revealed my sources, my professional career would have been in ruins,” he told the press as he left court.
DanHenson1/iStock(ATLANTA) — They’ve done their time behind bars and been on good behavior since their release, but advocates say some of Georgia’s 4.2 million former felons are still shackled by their past deeds.While the state’s unemployment rate is around 3.4%, the unemployment rate for residents with criminal records is close to 15%, according to Douglas Ammar, the executive director of the non-profit group the Georgia Justice Project.“We’ve run into this issue all of the time, and it’s affecting whole communities,” he said. “Everyone in Georgia knows someone who was incarcerated and is struggling to find housing or a job.”The issue has become so widespread that elected officials are proposing a major change to its laws that would allow former non-violent felons the right to expunge their record following good behavior. Rep. Mandi Ballinger first introduced the “Second Chance” bill in the Georgia House of Representatives last year and re-introduced it this month, with the support of various district attorney offices, prison reform advocates and other groups.Ballinger said she personally doesn’t know anyone close to her that has a criminal record, but because 40% of the state’s population has had a misdemeanor or felony conviction — a rate that’s among the highest in the nation — everyone is feeling the effects.“I’ve heard from many people who say it’s happening to their brother or it’s happening to their father or it’s happening to their wife,” Ballinger said. “Having a criminal conviction means you made a mistake. It shouldn’t prohibit you from getting gainful employment.”The Georgia Budget Policy Institute found that formerly incarcerated residents lost on average $36,000 in wages last year, which amounted to about $2.6 billion in wasted spending power. Forty states have a criminal record expungement program, including North Carolina and Arkansas, according to the Georgia Justice Project.Under Georgia’s current law, arrests that don’t lead to convictions and misdemeanor convictions for minors are the only crimes that can be expunged. The Second Chance bill would allow former prisoners who committed non-violent crimes to send a request to a judge seeking to expunge their record after a certain number of years of good behavior.People who were convicted of misdemeanors would have to wait at least three years after their release, while those who were convicted of felonies would have to wait at least five years, according to the bill’s current language.The bill exempts several criminal charges including sex crimes, murder and kidnapping, and it allows judges to consider several factors, including victim objections, before making a decision on expungement.Representatives for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declined to comment on the bill when contacted by ABC News. Ballinger, a Republican, said her colleagues on the other side of the aisle have expressed support for the measure.She added that several business improvement groups, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, also back the proposal.“We all like the goal of the bill, which is to get people back on their feet,” she said.Ammar, the Georgia Justice Project director, said that the bill has a way to go as everyone hammers out the details on how it would work, but that he is confident that it will pass. The number of former felons who are looking for jobs will be on the rise over the next couple of years, and the state will lose out if it doesn’t’ address the issue, he said.“For the last 30 years, this country has been locking up a huge number of people. That has caught up to us,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.