Andrew Bogut expects to have clarity on work visa by Monday

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Andrew Bogut expects to have clarity on when and where he will receive his work visa on Monday so he can begin playing with the Warriors, a league source told Bay Area News Group.Before the Warriors’ 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Oracle Arena, Warriors coach Steve Kerr referred to Bogut’s itinerary as a “little bit tricky” and mentioned that …last_img

Ordinary South Africans Doing Amazing Things – Jozi Cats Rugby Club

first_imgOrdinary South Africans Doing Amazing Things – Jozi Cats Rugby ClubBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative makes emphasis on inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, get involved and become active citizens, in order to contribute to the National Development Plan’s (NDP) vision 2030. The NDP defines active citizenship as equalising opportunities and enhancing human capabilities. It serves as an action plan for securing the future for all citizens as charted in the Constitution.Jozi Cats are one such example of being on the path of contributing to the Play Your Part mandate of inspiring and encouraging active citizenship. As a registered Non-profit Organisation (NPO), Jozi Cats is Africa’s first gay-inclusive, competitive rugby club, that stands for being a people association first, a sporting organisation second and a community change-maker third.Jozi Cats live and breathe its values at all times, on and off the field to inspire local and global sporting bodies such as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI*) and GNC (Gender Non-conforming) communities.As Africa’s first gay and inclusive rugby club, Jozi Cats sit at the centre of the conversation on the continent as #ChangeMakers. Of the 55 African states recognised by the United Nations or the African Union, homosexuality is outlawed in 34 African countries.South Africa, the only country on the continent where sexual orientation is protected by the constitution. Jozi Cats exists to provide a safe space for all its diverse communities to enjoy the game of rugby, whether as a player, a referee, or spectator, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identification, age, race or ability.“Founded on 20th August 2015, we began our journey with a simple idea of creating a safe and harassment-free environment for everyone to enjoy the game of rugby, along with building a competitive, social and diverse club which welcomes players with all levels of experience who enjoy a love for rugby”, said Mr Chris Verrijdt; Chairman – Jozi Cats Rugby Club.In February 2016 Jozi Cats reached out to find support to recruit new members and increase the visibility of the club. Havas PR devised a bold campaign that turned gay stereotypes inside out by challenging you to ask “what does a gay rugby player look” and used the typical gay slurs one would here on the sports field to tackle homophobia in rugby.The “Rugby, That’s so Gay” Campaign launched on May 4th, 2016 and went viral. The Jozi Cats campaign was viewed by over 350 million people in over 146 countries worldwide.Over the last three years Jozi Cats has constantly and consistently disrupted the local and global narrative around what it means to be LGBTQI* in the rugby world, with a series of history-making moments under its belt providing inspiration through perspiration to the continent as a whole:First gay and inclusive rugby club in Africa (2015)Global “Rugby That’s So Gay” campaign seen by 315 million people in 126 countries (2016)First inclusive rugby tour across South Africa (2016)First inclusive touch rugby tournament – The Reconciliation Cup in Cape Town (2016)First African team to participate in an international inclusive Rugby Tournament in Madrid – The Union Cup (2017)Historic MOU signing with Digger’s Rugby Club to tackle homophobia in Rugby (2017)Formation of the Khayelitsha Cats – a touch club for lesbian players of colour in Cape Town (2017)First African Rugby Club to attain membership status in International Gay Rugby Organisation (IGR) (2018)First Inclusive Tag Rugby Tournament in Africa with an endorsement from Network of African National Human Rights Institutions, South African Human Rights Commission, Tag Rugby South Africa and SARU (2018)When asked which sports Jozi Cats will break stereotypes next, Mr Verrijdt said; “We are constantly shifting stereotypes and creating an inclusive world of sports, I think soccer might just do.”For more information on these Ordinary South Africans Doing Amazing Things – Jozi Cats Rugby Club, log on to www.jozicats.co.za or like facebook.com/JoziCats and follow @JoziCats on Instagram and Twitter for regular updates.Also, contact: Chris Verrijdt: Chairman – Jozi Cats Rugby ClubCell:   +27 82 784 6 Inclusivity. Diversity. Equality.645 | Email: chris@jozicats.co.zalast_img read more

Self-employment tax considerations for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Self-employment is a real option in today’s working world for many farmers. But many that choose to work for themselves are often surprised by the distinctive challenges they face when it comes to taxes. Knowing how to navigate those challenges is important and working with an experienced CPA is your best bet in order to avoid issues along the way. Here some consider for any self-employed farmers. Material participationThe Internal Revenue Code imposes self-employment tax on the net income from a taxpayer’s trade or business or from a partnership in which the farmer is a member. Rent received from personal property (machinery and equipment) is also subject to the tax if the farmer is in the business of renting personal property.Focus on liability. Self-employed individuals are liable for self-employment tax, which means they must pay both the employee and employer portions of FICA taxes. The good news is that you may deduct the employer portion of these taxes. Plus, you might be able to make significantly larger retirement contributions than you would as an employee.However, you’ll likely be required to make quarterly estimated tax payments, because income taxes aren’t withheld from your self-employment income as they are from wages. If you fail to fully make these payments, you could face an unexpectedly high tax bill and underpayment penalties.Many farmers pay more self-employment taxes than income taxes because the lowest self-employment tax rate (15.3%) is more than the lowest income tax rate (15%), and because personal deductions do not reduce self-employment income. For example, farm couples that have two children, file a joint return, and claim the standard deduction will pay $5,646 of income tax on $75,000 of farm income, but will also pay $10,597 of self-employment tax.Unlike income tax planning, planning to reduce self-employment taxes must take into account the corresponding social security benefit to be received in the future. Reducing the self-employment income reduces the earnings base in which social security benefits are computed. Thus, farmers must compare the self-employment tax savings with the reduction in social security benefits to ultimately maximize their after tax wealth. Know what’s deductibleUnder IRS rules, deductible business expenses for the self-employed must be “ordinary” and “necessary.” Basically, these are costs that are commonly incurred by businesses similar to yours and readily justifiable as needed to run your operations.The tax agency stipulates, “An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary.” But pushing this grey area too far can trigger an audit. Common examples of deductible business expenses for the self-employed include licenses, accounting fees, equipment, supplies, legal expenses and business-related software.Does your home office qualify? You may deduct many direct expenses (such as business-only phone and data lines, as well as office supplies) and indirect expenses (such as real estate taxes and maintenance) associated with your home office. The tax break for indirect expenses is based on just how much of your home is used for business purposes, which you can generally determine by either measuring the square footage of your workspace as a percentage of the home’s total area or using a fraction based on the number of rooms.The IRS typically looks at two questions to determine whether a taxpayer qualifies for the home office deduction:Is the specific area of the home that’s used for business purposes used only for business purposes, not personal ones?Is the space used regularly and continuously for business?If you can answer in the affirmative to these questions, you’ll likely qualify. CRP payments are typically subject to self-employmentConservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments (“annual rent payments”) are includable in the net income from self-employment and subject to self-employment tax. Per the IRS instruction in Publication 225, Unless the taxpayer is receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, CRP “annual rental payments” are includible in net income from self-employment subject to self-employment tax. Note: Payments that are for the permanent retirement of cropland base and allotment history are not includible in net income from self-employment subject to self-employment tax because they are for the sale of section 1231 property or a capital asset. Do some long term planningPlanning to reduce self-employment tax liability must include an analysis on the effect of the reduction on social security benefits to be sure the present value of the tax savings is greater than the present value of the decrease in social security benefits. Work with your accountant or a social security specialist that can assist with this type of planning. As always, reach out to me with any questions you may have. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

Aggressive drivers want to take advantage of driverless cars

first_imgAggressive drivers are excited for the outbreak of autonomous cars on public roads, seeing it as a way to bully computers that err on the side of caution, according to new research.The London School of Economics and Goodyear conducted one of the largest surveys to gauge attitudes towards autonomous cars, with 12,000 drivers in 11 countries polled.See Also: Most Americans say they’re ready for an autonomous futureOne of the key findings was aggressive drivers expect autonomous cars to try and accommodate all types of drivers. In a situation where the self-driving system is unsure of the outcome, drivers expect Google, Uber, and Tesla to build systems that avoid accidents at all costs.“I’ll be overtaking all the time because they’ll be sticking to the rules,” said one driver in the survey. “They are going to stop. So you’re going to mug them right off. They’re going to stop and you’re just going to nip round,” said another.Across Europe, U.K. drivers have the most negative view of autonomous cars, according to the survey. 55 percent of U.K. drivers said they were uncomfortable sharing the road with an autonomous car, and 83 percent were concerned the car might malfunction.That’s higher than the average for non-U.K. nations polled, at 39 and 71 percent, respectively.Driverless tech still looking for on ramp anywayAutonomous cars are still an emerging technology that is only available on certain public roads, in certain cities. The U.K. and Germany are leading the race in Europe, followed by France, which recently endorsed some autonomous car tests on public roads.Outside of Europe, the U.S., Singapore, and China are the main hubs for self-driving tests. Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are all funding tests, either directly or through startups.In Singapore, nuTonomy, a MIT spin-out, has begun shuttle tests, with a goal of launching the service in 2018. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#automotive#autonomous cars#driverless cars#featured#Goodyear#Internet of Things#IoT#LSE#Self-Driving#top Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Currylast_img read more

Abueva, Tratter part of Gilas’ 14-man pool vs Aussies

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO. Fiba.comHaving been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday.National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Fil-American big man and “23-for-23” cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing key big men due to injuries.Reyes explained that Troy Rosario hasn’t gotten his medical clearance yet after his bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7, while Mac Belo is still not at 100 percent after recently recovering from his left knee injury.After Australia, Gilas goes home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra READ: Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg“Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday),” Reyes wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNaturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boomers for their first duel in Group B action.Also part of the squad are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena. View commentslast_img read more

Position Vacant – Finance Administration Officer

first_imgTouch Football Victoria invites applicants to apply for the position of Finance and Administration Officer.Applicants must have some experience in finance and administration or a tertiary equivalent and the position is best suited to a can do person with a passion to be involved in the sports industry.Salary will range from $30,000 – $38,000 plus super. For a full position description please download the attached document. By COB Monday 21st April, applicants must provide a cover letter outlining the key selection criteria outlined in the position description along with a resume to david.brady@victouch.com.au Related Filesvic_finance_and_adminstration_position_description-pdflast_img

Grindrod Shipping Strengthens Liquidity through IVS Bulk

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based Grindrod Shipping has unveiled a number of transactions with the aim of modernizing its fleet and increasing its financial flexibility and liquidity.In early June, the company took delivery of a Japanese-built eco Ultramax, the IVS Phoenix. The drybulk carrier newbuilding has been chartered-in for a minimum period of three years. Grindrod Shipping has options to extend the contract for up to two additional years.The month also saw Grindrod Shipping and its joint venture partners agree to a further extension of the termination date of the IVS Bulk joint venture from June 30, 2019 to September 30, 2019. The company said it remained in discussions with the JV partners regarding strategic alternatives for IVS Bulk.On June 20, 2019, Grindrod Shipping sold a portion of the loan it had provided to one of its joint ventures. The sale was at par and provided approximately USD 7.5 million of cash to the company.The ship owner and operator recently entered into a sale and leaseback transaction with a Japanese company related to the 2010-built handysize drybulk carrier, IVS Knot, for a cash amount of USD 13 million.Grindrod Shipping will bareboat charter the vessel back for a period of up to 11 years and has the right, but not the obligation, to acquire the vessel from the end of the second year of the charter, with the new owner having the right to sell the vessel to the company at the end of the 11-year charter period.The company explained that the IVS Knot previously constituted part of the security package for its USD 100 million senior secured credit facility and was released from the security package in connection with the closing of the sale and leaseback transaction. At closing, the sale generated around USD 6.3 million of cash after settling the debt associated with the vessel. The transaction closed on June 26, 2019.The previously announced sale of the IVS Kawana was concluded, with the vessel delivering to the new owner on April 30, 2019. Grindrod Shipping added that it expects the Umgeni to deliver to the new owner by June 30, 2019.“Through the IVS Knot and the sale of the joint venture loan Grindrod Shipping has strengthened its liquidity by approximately USD 13.8 million without divesting control of any core assets,” Martyn Wade, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

Repelect Frederick to help set House GOP policy initiatives

first_img22Dec Rep-elect Frederick to help set House GOP policy initiatives Categories: Frederick News Incoming lawmaker on Action Plan workgroupRep.-elect Ben Frederick of Owosso has been chosen by Speaker-elect Tom Leonard to serve on a special workgroup developing new policy proposals for the 2017-18 House term that begins in January.Rep.-elect Frederick will serve on the Policy Development Workgroup, a team of lawmakers who will study current laws and propose legislative initiatives that the 99th Legislature may consider.“It is an honor to have such an active early role in helping our caucus develop strong public policy initiatives for the coming session,” Rep.-elect Frederick said. “I believe House Republicans should continue to drive Michigan’s comeback by fostering a strong economy, building an environment in which more jobs can be created and reducing government inefficiency.  In particular, I plan to emphasize with my colleagues the need for stronger vocational education opportunities for students, local control within our schools and communities and the importance of preserving a strong agricultural sector. With an action plan in place, we can hit the ground running.”Rep.-elect Frederick will take his seat in the House when session convenes on Jan. 11. The Action Plan was developed to promote transparency in state government. The 2017-18 Action Plan will be publicly unveiled in the coming weeks. The plan also will be available online for review.#####last_img read more

Rep Vaupel again appointed chair of House Health Policy Committee

first_img Categories: Vaupel News 16Jan Rep. Vaupel again appointed chair of House Health Policy Committee Tags: Health Policy Committee, Mental Health, Opioid center_img Legislator names mental health, opioids, rising costs as top priorities State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, has been appointed by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as chair of the House Health Policy Committee for a second time.Vaupel, who is now in his third and final term as state representative, previously held the position of Health Policy chair from 2017 to 2018. Last term, his priorities for the committee were largely centered on improving Michigan’s broken mental health care system, and he hopes to continue that trend this term.“Last year we made great strides through the work of the C.A.R.E.S. Mental Health Task Force, which traveled across the state to hear from industry professionals and experts, law enforcement and families of those with mental health care needs,” Vaupel said. “Though we did much to improve access to hospital beds, allow canine support for victims testifying in courtrooms, improve training for counselors and address the opioid crisis, there’s still so much more we can do. I look forward to continuing our efforts.”In addition to mental health care improvements and tackling the opioid crisis, Vaupel hopes to address the rising cost of health care.“It’s important that workers, families and seniors across our state have access to quality health care at a rate they can afford,” Vaupel said. “Moms and dads shouldn’t be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying their family medical bills.”The Health Policy Committee is responsible for deliberating on issues related to public health, health professionals, mental health and wellness, and overall access to health care.Rep. Vaupel was also appointed to serve as a member of the Insurance, Education and Tax Policy Committees.Vaupel’s office can be contacted at HankVaupel@House.MI.gov.###last_img read more

Irish social TV and second screen technology firm

first_imgIrish social TV and second screen technology firm Axonista has appointed Brian Armstrong, who has previously worked at CNN, the BBC and Siemens SBS, as its new director of UK Partnerships.A 25-year veteran in the broadcasting industry, Armstrong’s appointment coincides with the establishment of Axonista UK, the company’s base of operations in the United Kingdom.Axonista is an approved EPG software provider for the Sky platform in the UK and works with international broadcasters including ESPN, MTV Networks, SPI, Setanta Sports, RTÉ and TV3.last_img