Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgMeikles Limited (MEIK.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMeikles Limited is an established 100-year old company in Zimbabwe primarily invested in the agriculture, hotels and retail sector. The company operates six business segments; hospitality, retail stores which include department stores, supermarkets and wholesalers, and agricultural, financial services and security. Its well-known brands include the Meikles Hotel, Victoria Falls Hotel, TM Supermarkets, Meikles Stores and Tanganda Tea which produces, packs and distributes Zimbabwe’s famous tea brand aswell as Tinga Mira, a bottled spring water brand. Tanganda Tea Company also owns estates that produce avocados and macadamia nuts. Meikles Limited has department stores in three major cities in Zimbabwe which includes Barbours department store in Harare; and has a national footprint with 50 retail stores in towns and cities throughout Zimbabwe. Meikles Limited recently expanded into the mining and guarding sector and owns Meikles Centar Mining and Meikles Guard Services (Private) Limited in Zimbabwe. Meikles Financial Services offers mobile financial solutions and bill payment services to the retail and commercial sector in Zimbabwe; under the brand name My Cash. Meikles Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileZCCM Investments Holdings PLC is an investments holdings company with diversified interests in mining, energy and other sectors of the Zambian economy. The Company has a primary listing on the Lusaka Securities Exchange and secondary listings on the London Stock Exchange and the Euronext Stock Exchange in Paris.last_img read more

Episcopal delegation steps up church’s advocacy for climate action at…

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Advocacy Peace & Justice, Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Episcopal delegation steps up church’s advocacy for climate action at COP24 in Poland Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service By David PaulsenPosted Dec 11, 2018 Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA California Bishop Marc Andrus, center, is leading an Episcopal delegation to the United Nations COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland. The delegation also has included Alan Yarborough, left, Office of Government Relations communications officer, and the Rev. Lester Mackenzie, right of Andrus. Photo: Lynnaia Main[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal delegation in Poland is past the halfway mark of its advocacy on behalf of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the United Nations climate conference known as COP24, including meetings with representatives from member nations to share details of the church’s positions as set by General Convention.COP24, known officially as the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is following a range of “work streams” related to climate change: loss and damage, mitigation, adaptation, finance and ambition.“Our hope is to not only learn about these important areas, but to help the church connect with them,” California Bishop Marc Andrus, who is leading the Episcopal delegation, told Episcopal News Service in a written summary of his team’s activities. He added that the Episcopal team members will produce reports on those activities afterward that will be shared with the wider church.COP24 kicked off Dec. 2 in Katowice, Poland, and runs through Dec. 14, and one of its top goals is to hammer out a framework for implementing the Paris Agreement, which was reached in 2015 at the 21st conference.The Episcopal Church began attending the conference that year, making this the fourth Episcopal delegation. Joining Andrus for both weeks is Lynnaia Main, the Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations, and Andrus’ wife, Sheila Andrus, an ecological entomologist representing the Diocese of California.The rest of the delegation is split between the conference’s two weeks, with the first week including the Rev. Lester Mackenzie of Laguna Beach, California; Alan Yarborough, Office of Government Relations communications officer, and the Rev. Melanie Mullen, the Episcopal Church’s director of reconciliation, evangelism and creation care. For the second week, they have handed off to Andrew Thompson, an environmental ethicist at Sewanee: The University of the South, and Jack Cobb, the Office of Government Relations domestic and environmental policy adviser.Each member of the Episcopal delegation is tracking one of the COP24 work streams as the team promotes keeping global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius, a more ambitious target than the Paris Agreement’s 2 degrees Celsius, which scientists predict would be necessary to prevent a spiraling catastrophe of melting glaciers, rising sea levels and related weather extremes.“We delegates carry in our hearts the many ways that Episcopalians are already suffering from the early effects of climate change and feel the responsibility to represent those most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters,” Andrus said.In addition to making that case directly to member nations, the Episcopalians at COP24 are participating in panel discussions, conferring with ecumenical partners and joining worship and prayer services.California Bishop Marc Andrus, right, participates in a panel discussion Dec. 7 at the United States Climate Action Center during COP24 in Poland. Photo: Lynnaia MainOn Dec. 7, Andrus served on a panel discussion of the We Are Still In movement. “I was able to talk about our historic commitments around climate and environment at the 79th General Convention, and our movement to reduce the carbon footprint of the Episcopal Church by supporting individual and community sustainability choices,” Andrus said.Environmental justice is one of the church’s three main priorities, along with racial reconciliation and evangelism. Over the years, General Convention has passed numerous resolutions on the issue, from supporting federal climate action to pledging to mitigate the church’s own impact on the environment.We Are Still In brings together the Episcopal Church and many of its faith partners, as well as governments, nongovernmental organizations and companies, in committing to uphold the Paris Agreement despite the Trump administration’s vow to withdraw the United States. One of the Episcopal delegation’s tasks at COP24 has been to draft a response to the U.S. delegation’s effort to block “welcoming” a report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.In 2016, the Episcopal Church was granted U.N. observer status, which allows members of the delegation to brief U.N. representatives on the Episcopal Church’s General Convention climate resolutions and to attend meetings in the official zone.On Dec. 8, the Episcopal delegation participated in a prayer vigil in support of the Gwich’in, indigenous people in Alaska whose traditional way of life faces threats from oil exploration and rising temperatures in the Arctic. The Episcopal Church has rallied behind the cause of the Gwich’in, first through its House of Bishops and then at General Convention in July, when Gwich’in activist Bernadette Demientieff spoke at a joint session on care of creation.Andrus and his COP24 team also attended an ecumenical worship service on Dec. 9 in the Roman Catholic cathedral in Katowice, and the first week included an interfaith Talanoa Dialogue, a process based on a tradition originating in Pacific island nations.The Episcopal delegation’s second-week team has hit the ground running, Andrus said, with plans to host an event Dec. 12 to show video of a sermon that Curry is scheduled to give Dec. 11 at Washington National Cathedral commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 space flight.“After watching the video, we will be discussing what it means to see the Earth as a whole from outside of itself,” Andrus said. “I feel that those splendid, tender images have changed our minds and souls and contributed to our sense that life is deeply interconnected, and that all of life is mutually responsible.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Environment & Climate Change In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

TCU looking to expand suicide prevention and awareness campaign

first_imgReddIt Linkedin Linkedin Facebook Previous articleNever Stop Nancy: house minority leader delivers 8 hour speech on immigrationNext articleTCU to add new general counsel on staff Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TAGSmental healthsuicidesuicide prevention Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ This unexpected aspect of suicide is something Wood wants to draw attention to.“A lot of people do not understand how prevalent suicide is among college students,” Wood said. “For every 10,000 students on campus, you can expect one completed suicide per year.”Having a support system while in college and knowing when to reach out for help are two very important factors to being mentally healthy, Goldberg said. “I think that people will take their lives because they feel like nobody is going to remember them,” she said. “Being there for that person and just telling them that they have so much to value in this world [is important].”Aside from working closely with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and various other organizations, the Goldbergs and other volunteers created “REDgen,” a non-profit organization based in the greater Milwaukee area that works to educate the public about youth’s mental health. “I am just doing my part to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Goldberg said. “I think that is the biggest thing.” Anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts can visit the TCU Counseling & Mental Health Center website or contact the TCU 24/7 counseling hotline at 817-257-7233. Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! Flu activity remains high in Texas World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printIt’s been five years since Sarah Goldberg’s younger sister Abby took her life – she was 13 at the time. “At a certain point you have to move on,” Goldberg said. “Your life continues and you make new memories, but it is one of those things that never really goes away. It is hard and it is painful, but ever since, my family has done a lot for suicide prevention.”Goldberg, a finance and political science double major, and her family are advocates for mental health awareness. She understands the importance of de-stigmatizing the word “suicide” and supports the TCU Counseling & Mental Health Center‘s efforts to make the campus more aware of the signs that some could be struggling.Now in its eighth year, TCU’s R U OK? outreach program is in the process of submitting a grant proposal that would allow the suicide awareness and prevention campaign to be extended. Feelings of confusion, loneliness and, anxiety have the potential to lead to depression; the number one cause of suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, TCU is actively working to bring awareness to the topic. Photo courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and PreventionSince 2010, TCU has lost seven students to suicide, said Eric Wood, the associate director of counseling and mental health. There hasn’t been a reported suicide on campus since March 2017,  Wood said, however, mental health awareness is a topic that TCU is bringing to the forefront of the conversation.The R U OK? campaign has worked to promote health-seeking behaviors. It functions as an awareness initiative and a counseling and mental health educational site where students, staff and, parents can learn about any and all resources concerning suicide. They’re educated about warning signs and risk factors and contact information is provided if they need further assistance. The overarching goal of the campaign is to continue to increase the awareness of mental health on campus. Goldberg said that spreading the word about mental health is vital, especially at places that are full of students who need help, such as college campuses.“Abby had a history of mental health and depression, but we were not expecting it in the slightest,” Goldberg said. “I think a lot of what we have done, my family and myself included, is because of my little sister. Hopefully, while it is really sad that it happened, we can do something positive.” Pictured; Sarah and Abbey Goldberg. Photo courtesy of Sarah Goldberg. Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Revamped enrollment process confuses some students Twitter TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Facebook Twitter + posts Grace Amiss Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Roisin Upton and Ciara Neville to feature in Women in Sport…

first_imgSports Stars to Join Women in Sport Panel Discussion with Network Ireland LimerickMEGHANN Scully is to MC the Women in Sport Panel Discussion with Network Ireland Limerick in association with The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau on Wednesday March 24.The event will feature Limerick stars Ciara Neville and Roisin Upton as well as former Irish 7’s player Lousie Galvin and Limerick’s own Operation Transformation star Hazel Hartigan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Network Ireland Limerick Women in Sport Discussion Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live I’m delighted to MC Women in Sport @NetworkLimerick (24th) Hazel Hartigan @OpTranRTE @roisinupton @ciara_nev100 @lougalvin4 In aid of @ClionasFDN 7.30pm https://t.co/97e1TCJkgi pic.twitter.com/sItd4pWyQX— Meghann Ní Scolaí (@Meghann_Scully) March 23, 2021 Upton, Neville and Galvin will talk about the challenges they have faced in their sporting careers during the discussion and share their perspectives on a number of topics during this virtual event including; the visibility of women in sport, getting the right support, following their dreams, keeping perspective despite constant uncertainty and the mentors who helped them along the way.Operation Transformation Leader Hazel Hartigan will also make a guest appearance at the event.Sponsored by the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, the event takes place on Wednesday 24 February at 7.30pm. It is free for Network Ireland Limerick members and only €20 for non-members where proceeds will be donated to the Cliona’s Foundation.Businesswomen throughout the Mid West are welcome to attend the event.Network Ireland Limerick Women in Sport DiscussionThe post Roisin Upton and Ciara Neville to feature in Women in Sport Panel Discussion with Network Ireland Limerick appeared first on Sporting Limerick. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleNEW JERSEY: Limerick GAA launch 2021 Home & Away kitsNext articleEamon Ryan addresses new Climate Bill that will ” change our country” as it aims to reach EU climate targets Jack Neville center_img Print TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostNetwork Ireland LimerickShannon Region Conference & Sports BureauWomen In Sport Panel Discussion Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Linkedin LimerickNewsRoisin Upton and Ciara Neville to feature in Women in Sport Panel Discussion with Network Ireland LimerickBy Jack Neville – March 24, 2021 150 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener last_img read more

Mortgage Forbearances Down by 57,000

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Mortgage Forbearances Down by 57,000 Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Related Articles Previous: DS5: Re-Evaluating the Mortgage Business Next: Housing Leaders Praise Supreme Court LGBTQ Decision in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The latest data from the Black Knight McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker shows that the number of mortgages in active forbearance fell for the third week in a row. Overall, the number of active forbearance plans is down 57,000 from last week and 158,000 from the peak the week of May 22.At these levels, mortgage servicers need to advance a combined $3.4 billion a month to holders of government-backed mortgage securities on COVID-19-related forbearances. That’s on top of the $1.4 billion in T&I payments they must make on behalf of borrowers.Some 6.8% of all GSE-backed loans and 12.1% of all FHA/VA loans are currently in forbearance plans. Volumes were actually up 6,000 among non-agency loans for the week, while forbearance plans on government-backed loans were down a collective 62,000.Additionally, according to the McDash Flash Payment Tracker, just 15% of those in forbearance had remitted their June payments as of June 15. That’s compared to 46% as of the end of April and 28% as of May month-end.Forbearances are likely to continue, as the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will extend their single-family moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until at least August 31, 2020. The foreclosure moratorium applies to Enterprise-backed, single-family mortgages only. The current moratorium was set to expire on June 30.”To protect borrowers and renters during the pandemic we are extending the Enterprises’ foreclosure and eviction moratorium. During this national health emergency no one should worry about losing their home,” said Director Mark Calabria.The FHFA previously announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be able to buy loans in forbearance, with note dates on or before June 30, as long as they are delivered by August 31 and have missed just one mortgage payment. Additionally, the agency will be re-proposing the updated minimum financial eligibility requirements for the Enterprises. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure June 19, 2020 1,898 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Foreclosure 2020-06-19 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Mortgage Forbearances Down by 57,000 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Justice UU Lalit To Be A Member Of SC Collegium From July 20

first_imgTop StoriesJustice UU Lalit To Be A Member Of SC Collegium From July 20 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 July 2020 10:17 PMShare This – xWith the retirement of Justice R Banumathi on July 19, Justice UU Lalit will become part of the Supreme Court collegium with effect from July 20, as the fifth senior judge.Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman are the other members of the Collegium .The appointment of judges at the Supreme Court and High Courts, and the transfer of HC judges are done at…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWith the retirement of Justice R Banumathi on July 19, Justice UU Lalit will become part of the Supreme Court collegium with effect from July 20, as the fifth senior judge.Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman are the other members of the Collegium .The appointment of judges at the Supreme Court and High Courts, and the transfer of HC judges are done at the recommendations of the SC Collegium.Justice Arun Mishra, the third senior judge in the Collegium, is due to retire on September 5, 2020.Justice Lalit was directly elevated from the bar on August 13, 2014.Enrolled as an Advocate in June, 1983, he practised in the High Court of Bombay till December, 1985. In January 1986, he shifted his practice to Delhi. He was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in April, 2004.   The Supreme Court had appointed him as the Special Public Prosecutor for CBI to conduct trial in all 2G matters. Next Storylast_img read more

Works to begin tomorrow from Circular Road Roundabout, Letterkenny

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitter Irish Water is progressing upgrade works as part of the Letterkenny water and wastewater improvements.Planned works will begin tomorrow in Letterkenny.Works are due to commence from the Glencar and Circular Road roundabout towards McGovern Road on the Glencar Road upper from Monday.The first section of works will be carried out via a 3-way traffic light system from Glencar roundabout to the Solomons Court/ Dr.McGinley Road junction.These works will begin on Monday July 20th for one week.Irish Water say pedestrian and local access will be maintained at all times. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmecenter_img By News Highland – July 19, 2020 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleDonegal GAA on their bikes for Better Life for Livie CampaignNext articleBanagher GAC confirm positive Coronavirus test News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter Works to begin tomorrow from Circular Road Roundabout, Letterkennylast_img read more

After Pittsburgh shooting in Mr. Rogers’ real-life neighborhood, Squirrel Hill neighbors follow his lead

first_imgFotos International/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Just a few blocks down from the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, remarkably close by foot to the horrific scene where 11 worshippers were gunned down during Saturday services, sits the home where a man named Fred Rogers once lived.He’s the same Fred Rogers who created the fictional “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” PBS show for generations of children, a place that honored humanity in all its hues and all its manifestations.On his show, that Fred Rogers sang about acceptance and told his audience constantly, “I’m glad you’re the way you are.” He stood steel-backboned against the kind of sick thinking that led to Saturday’s massacre.This now grieving Squirrel Hill community was Fred Rogers’ real life neighborhood.And were he here today — Rogers died in 2003 — it’s easy to imagine him finding some glimpse of hope, or calm, or meaning in what happened to his former neighbors, because that’s what he did in difficult times.“I’m just so proud of all of you,” Rogers told his viewers on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “And I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead.”And late in life, he shared something his mother had told him about how to get through times like those.“Whenever there would be any real catastrophe, she would say, ‘Always look for the helpers,’ he said in a 1999 interview. ‘There will always be helpers just on the sidelines.’”And how it would warm Rogers’ heart to see “the helpers” show up in his old neighborhood.Helpers likes Dr. Jeffery Cohen — who left his house across the street from the Tree of Life synagogue to rush over and help.“I went down and said [to first responders], ‘Can I be of any help to you? If somebody’s hurt and you need somebody, I’m a surgeon, I can go in and help,’” Cohen told ABC News.In the end, there was not much Cohen could do on the scene. Today, as he mourned the friends he lost, he called on the nation’s leaders to take action.“I think it’s time for leaders to stand up and lead and be the helpers.” he said.“I’m not saying any one side is worse than the other, but I’m also not saying not one side is better than the other. It’s all of us,” he added.That message, that “it’s all of us,” was echoed by one of Pittsburgh’s Muslim leaders, Wasi Mohamed, who publicly joined the grieving at a vigil Sunday, offering his community’s support because he remembers the Jewish victims’ families standing up for Pittsburgh’s Muslims in tough times, particularly right after 9/11.“We love that community, they’ve done so much here,” said Mohamed, who is the executive director of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and Engage Pennsylvania.“If they needed financial support, if they needed people showing up to protect them at services, going to the grocery store — this is what they do and we have to repay them. “And anything that we can do to feel more safe, make sure that one individual’s darkness doesn’t make them feel unwelcome in this city.”People were also lined up to donate blood, many saying they just wanted to do something –- to help.“The patience that people are demonstrating today — waiting to donate blood is Pittsburgh, it’s community,” said Kristen Lane, a spokeswoman for the blood bank Vitalant Pittsburgh.“They’re saying, ‘Alright, I’m not going to get angry, I’m not going to get frustrated, I’m just going to take the time required so I can give blood and replenish the supply that was used by the victims of the terrible shooting.’”Lana Ramsey, one of the blood donors, wore a t-shirt with a Fred Rogers’ saying written on it: “I will be your neighbor.”“Time isn’t really a commodity that I have much of, but I can donate blood, it’s the least that I can do to help,” she said.“So I figured I’d call my boss this morning. I said, ‘My heart’s broken for my city, and I need to go do something.’ She said, ‘Go, go do whatever you’ve got to do.’”A house nearby had a sign that captured the spirit of Fred Rogers.“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,” suggesting the people here know where they live … in a real neighborhood.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Taxing questions

first_imgTaxing questionsOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Asnew tax regulations on company cars come into force, Simon Kent urges firms totake stock of their fleets and ensure they are being used in a cost-effectivewayWith new company car tax regulations being introduced on 6 April, there hasnever been a greater need for organisations to get to grips with their fleet.In the new tax year, organisations need to consider the CO2 emissions producedby their fleet to determine whether drivers are using suitable vehicles and,indeed, whether those vehicles are supplied in the most cost-effective way. Currently, the benefit in kind value of a company car on which an employeepays tax depends on the number of business miles travelled. Drivers clocking-upover 18,000 miles a year pay tax on 15 per cent of the vehicle list price,while those driving under 2,500 miles pay 35 per cent. The system equates longdistance with use of car as a business tool and therefore penalises longdistance drivers less. The new regime, revenue neutral for Inland Revenue andenvironmentally driven, will link the benefit in kind value to the vehicle’sCO2 emissions. Cars emitting levels of CO2 at 165g/km will be taxed on 15 percent of list price, rising by 1 per cent for every additional 5g/km ofemissions to a maximum of 35 per cent. Changes to the rules Toyota’s Jon Pollock explains that under the existing rules, a Lexus IS200E, with a list price of £20,050 and travelling under 2,500 miles a year, isliable to a 35 per cent benefit in kind charge, which for an employee payingtax at 40 per cent would mean an annual bill of £2,807. In the next tax year,the same car will result in a bill of £2,165, since CO2 emissions of 229g/kmattracts a lower charge of 27 per cent. Take the same car with higher mileage and you have a different story.Currently the 40 per cent tax payer is taxed only £1,203 for the car – 15 percent of list price. The new £2,165 tax bill therefore represents an increase of80 per cent. Moreover, with CO2 linked percentages due to rise by 2 per centper year, the high-mileage driver’s tax bill will have doubled on last year’scost by 2004-05. In general, the new tax scheme means drivers completing under 2,500 businessmiles per year will be better off, while those over 18,000 will be worse off.Drivers in between these distances will win or lose according to car driven,income tax paid and miles completed. One way to tackle the tax increase is to avoid it completely. Under a ‘cashfor cars’ scheme, the employer adds the financial value of running the companycar to the employee’s salary and leaves them to sort out transportarrangements. Unfortunately, this may not always result in a saving. According to HSBC,the total annual cost after tax for a company to provide a Ford Mondeo 1.8 LX,driving 3,000 business miles per year, will be £3,238 in the next tax year.Delivering the same car through a cash scheme would cost the company anadditional £358 to compensate for employee’s taxes and the higher cost of aPersonal Contract Purchase (PCP) scheme compared to company contract hirepresuming no additional cost by the employee. In spite of this, some leasing companies – such as Lex Vehicle Leasing –promise to convert company car fleet contracts into PCP schemes while maintainingthe same cost and service levels. The individual employee becomes responsiblefor the car, but a full maintenance and service plan is provided. In this waythe employee avoids paying tax while the organisation is still guaranteed afully functional fleet. Any cash for cars plan needs careful consideration as to how employees willreceive their cash – one lump sum for the year or broken into monthlyinstalments. It must be remembered that the employee now has continuedresponsibility for the car for the duration of the purchase or hire plan takenout: “If the employee is made redundant the car becomes theirproblem,” says Graham Biggs of BMW. Philip Jerome, sales and marketing manager at Zenith, notes there can beserious legal problems with any scheme which places the vehicle into employeerather than company ownership. “If the employee has an accident while onbusiness, that is not their problem, it is the organisation’s,” he says.”Any benefit you make through cash for cars would be quickly outweighed bya serious lawsuit if the appropriate insurance is not in place.” Move to diesel Another option already having an impact in the market is to move to diesel.Generally delivering a lower CO2 emission level, such vehicles attract a 3 percent surcharge due to other engine emissions (particulates, nitrogen andsulphur dioxide). This surcharge falls as CO2 levels rise. Therefore, a lowemission diesel (165g/km) attracts 15 per cent tax plus 3 per cent surchargewhile at 255g/km the tax reaches 33 per cent and the surcharge falls to 2 percent. At 35 per cent emission tax there is no surcharge. “Over the past 12 months we have seen the switch to diesel,” saysTim Holmes of HSBC Vehicle Finances. “In 2000, 20 per cent of the vehicleswe delivered were diesel. Last year, it was about 50 per cent.” The diesel option has become popular thanks to improvements in diesel enginetechnology. At the same time, fuel economies delivered by these vehicles meanthat, after a certain level of personal mileage, the additional cost paid bythe employee in tax will be outweighed by gains achieved through increasedmiles. Ultimately it is likely that rather than delivering a single policy for all users,organisations will have to create a range of options to match the range ofcars. However, if the company car pool is to be maintained over a number of years,it will be in the company’s interest to invest in lower emission vehicles nowwhich do not mean compromising on model or performance. “From the companyperspective, if employees drive cars with lower emissions, the tax bills willbe lower and the company’s travel bill will come down as well,” saysPhilip Jerome. The new car tax regime– Employees will be taxed accordingto income bracket (22 per cent or 40 per cent) on a percentage of list price(P11D value) according to the vehicle’s CO2 emissions. Tax starts at 15 percent for cars emitting CO2 levels of 165 g/km and rises by 1 per cent for everyadditional 5g/km of emissions to a maximum of 35 per cent.– Diesel cars attract a 3 per cent surcharge due to otherengine emissions (particulates, nitrogen and sulphur dioxide). Surcharge fallsas CO2 levels rise – therefore, a low-emission diesel (165g/km) attracts 15 percent tax plus 3 per cent surcharge. At 255g/km the emission tax reaches 33 percent and the surcharge falls to 2 per cent. At 35 per cent emission tax thereis no diesel surcharge.– Authorised Mileage Rates (how much an employee can bereimbursed tax-free for using a personal car for business purposes) arestandardised, regardless of engine size. The first 10,000 miles is reimbursedat 40p per mile, subsequent miles at 25p.– The percentage of list price to be taxed is set to increaseover the next two years. Organisations should be aware that the effect oftaxing CO2 emissions will grow in the future and not stay constant.– Tax calculators and comparisons between company cars and cashfor cars can be made through www.cartax.co.uk (Deloitte & Touche) or www.lvl.co.uk (Lex Vehicle Leasing).– CO2 emission figures for vehicles can be found at www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk– The Rough Guide to Company Cars – published this year by Rough Guides inpartnership with the BBC’s Top Gear Magazine and sponsored by Lex VehicleLeasing – contains everything you have ever wanted to know about company cars. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more