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UK chancellor raises national insurance payments for self employed in new budget

  • Posted on December 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

Friday, March 10, 2017

UK chancellor Philip Hammond announced his 2017 budget on Wednesday, which included a £2 billion pledge to social care and a tax hike on the self-employed. It was accused of breaking Conservative Party manifesto promises.

It was announced there will be a 2% increase in national insurance contributions for the self-employed, with chancellor Philip Hammond citing worries that people were choosing to become self-employed in order to pay lower taxes and his perception of unfairness in the different rates paid by employees and self-employees. There were accusations this change in policy goes against the manifesto promises the Conservative Party ran on in 2015, which promised four times that there would be no increase in national insurance rates. Conservative MP Anna Soubry tweeted saying she believed these new measures would be unpopular as many would see them as unfair. The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, claimed the new measures will not clamp down on people whose self-employment is just for tax benefits, instead causing problems for those legitimately self-employed, arguing that if they are to start paying similar tax rates to the employed then they should get rights such as statutory maternity pay. The think tank Resolution claimed, however, this increase is outweighed by other government policies and is, therefore, a good move.

In addition to this, the chancellor announced a £2 billion pledge to social care over the next three years, saying he was aware of the stress the ageing population is having on the NHS and social care. Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb described the amount as “wholly inadequate”, saying much more is needed to pay for an increase in care demands due to the ageing population. The lowest threshold at which shareholders pay dividend taxes is to be lowered from £5,000 to £2,000 claiming that the taxes for dividends provided “an extremely generous tax break for investors with substantial share portfolios”. Other budget announcements include an additional £325 million for the NHS, £90 million transport spending for the North of England, £20 million to support campaigning against violence against girls and women and a slight increase in funding for the devolved governments.

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Honda Civic tops Canada’s list of most stolen cars

  • Posted on December 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The 1999 and 2000 year model Honda Civic SiR tops the list of Canada’s most stolen cars.

Consumer popularity also assures the cars will be popular with thieves. Its the second year in a row the Honda SiR has topped the list.

Rick Dubin Vice President of Investigations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada said “The Civics are easy targets.”

Dubin said that once stolen, the cars are most often sold to “chop shops” where thieves completely dismantle the vehicles. The automobile’s individual parts are worth more than the entire car.

The sheer numbers of the cars and their lack of theft deterrent systems make them thieves’ preferred choices.

1999 and 2000 Honda Civics do not come with an electronic immobilizer, however all Hondas from 2001 and onward are equipped with an immobilizer. Immobilizers will be mandatory on all new cars sold beginning September 2007. The devices enable an engine computer to recognize an electronic code in the key. If the code in the key and the engine don’t match exactly, the vehicle can’t be started.

In third place was the 2004 Subaru Impreza, while the 1999 Acura Integra came in fourth, with the 1994 Honda Civic rounding out the top five.

In sixth place, the 1998 Acura Integra, and the 1993 Dodge Shadow completed seventh.

When asked why early model vehicles are selected, he said that, “auto thieves continue to find it easier to steal older vehicles lacking an IBC-approved immobilizer. We’ve seen this trend developing for several years, and these results confirm it.”

Another Honda automobile, the 1996 year model Civic filled eighth place, with the 2000 German Audi TT Quattro in ninth.

The American 1996 Chevrolet/GMC Blazer rounded out the top ten.

None of the above cars had an electronic immobilizer.

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Lansing, Michigan airport designated ‘aerotropolis’

  • Posted on December 17, 2017 at 3:13 am

Saturday, December 24, 2011

On Wednesday the Lansing, Michigan Capital Region International Airport and surrounding land was designated as an “aerotropolis” by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Strategic Fund board. The Next Michigan Development program allows the airport to offer tax incentives in order to attract manufacturing, distribution, and technology businesses to the surrounding area.

Incentives can include property tax abatements or the elimination of most state and local taxes for a specified period of time. To qualify for the incentives, a company would have to start a new venture on airport property or expand an existing one. Additionally, companies need to use a minimum of two out of four transportation modes – freight, air, rail, or water.

The airport, in DeWitt Township, is the second in Michigan to receive an aerotropolis designation. The state’s other aerotropolis is located in the area surrounding Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run airports. In October the city of Lansing and DeWitt Township approved a 425 tax-sharing agreement on the property, designating approximately 850 acres (344 ha) of land as available for future development.

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ANZACs remembered ninety years after assault on Gallipoli

  • Posted on December 17, 2017 at 2:34 am

Monday, April 25, 2005

Australians and New Zealanders throughout the world stood still for their national war memorial days in remembrance of the failed Australian and New Zealand Army Corps — ANZAC — attack on Gallipoli, Turkey that began on 25 April 1915. The fateful attack was designed to end the First World War more quickly by creating a supply line to Russia. A hundred-thousand died in the battle, remembered every year as ANZAC Day by both nations.

The British-directed battle of Gallipoli is often seen as the defining moment in the ‘birth’ of Australia and New Zealand. With New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark saying “For New Zealand as for Australia it was at Gallipoli that our young nations came of age.” [1]. This being the 90th anniversary of the attack, Clark, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Britain’s Prince Charles are all at Gallipoli to remember that fateful campaign.

Some controversy has been created about Australian Prime Minister John Howard not attending the New Zealand ceremony at Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli Peninsula. This has upset many people as it is a break in a tradition that the Prime Ministers attend the ceremonies of both countries.

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Ross on Wye Friends win gold for garden

  • Posted on December 17, 2017 at 2:23 am
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Friday, July 22, 2005

The weather forecast on Wednesday 27th July was poor which was unfortunate for Ross-on-Wye citizens, many of whom were dressed in historical costumes to greet the judges for the Heart of England in Bloom visit.

Friends faithfully turned up – women in their Quaker grey and white bonnets, and the Meeting House and burial ground were a hive of activity throughout the day. We welcomed Nelson and his lady, the Town Crier and John Kyrle, a well-known local benefactor from the 16th century as well as representatives from the Elizabethan, Victorian and Edwardian times right up to the world war two era. After some initial hesitation, our children entered into the fun of the day and looked very sweet in their Quaker costumes which they refused to take off at the end of the day.

Four short periods of Worship were held throughout the day and these were well-attended. Many enquiries about our ways followed and local people who had passed the outside gate frequently were surprised to find our 17th century building and the garden and burial ground at the rear. We were informed of a Gold award from Ross in Bloom for our ‘Secret’ garden and community involvement.

A display of old Quaker bonnets was offset by modern tee shirts and the Quakers Today exhibition from Friends House attracted much interest. Contents of a book box sold well and several people expressed their intention to worship with us. It was a good enlivening day.

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Woman returns home with Christmas turkey, a month after setting out

  • Posted on December 16, 2017 at 2:46 am

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Scottish woman who set out before Christmas to purchase a turkey finally made it home on Monday, after being cut off by snow for a month. Kay Ure left the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage on Cape Wrath, at the very northwest tip of Great Britain, in December. She was heading to Inverness on a shopping trip.

However on her return journey heavy snow and ice prevented her husband, John, from travelling the last 11 miles to pick her up. She was forced to wait a month in a friend’s caravan, before the weather improved and the couple could finally be reunited.

They were separated not just for Christmas and New Year, but also for Mr Ure’s 58th birthday. With no fresh supplies, he was reduced to celebrating with a tin of baked beans. He also ran out of coal, and had to feed the couple’s six springer spaniels on emergency army rations.

“It’s the first time we’ve been separated”, said Mr Ure in December. “We’ve been snowed in here for three weeks before, so we are well used to it and it’s quite nice to get a bit of peace and quiet.”

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Freedom Party candidate David McGruer, Ottawa-Orleans

  • Posted on December 16, 2017 at 2:19 am

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

David McGruer is running for the Freedom Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Ottawa-Orleans riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Tips For Bridesmaid Dress Collocation}

  • Posted on December 15, 2017 at 3:14 am

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Bridesmaid is another part of beautiful scenery beside the bride on wedding. The dress for bridesmaid should be elegant. The bridesmaids are not a set-off unknown to the guests, but play the most important and elegant role in wedding. The elegant dress represents your attention on the bride and wedding.

I. Style Choice for Dress

1. Add Fashion Elements in Dress. To avoid the dress is too formal or too casual; you can add fashion elements which can be added in the details. If you are wearing a fashionable lace with a suit jacket, coat the inside with a small harness alternative, light-colored, with beads and multicolored mosaic, sexy Bra can be.

2. Not Too Short For Dress. The short dress may cause accidental exposure. It is not suitable in outdoor activity.

3. Simple Design for Bridesmaid Dress. The dress should be among evening and casual style. Do not choose long-floor dress as its too grand.

4. Dignified Dress. The dress should not be too exposed; otherwise it will grab the bride’s thunder.

II. Colo

1. Pink Color for Dress Choice. Pink is the necessary color of wedding. Too bright pink may not be a good choice.

2. Take care of color shade. Try to show your mature characteristic in the wedding. The bridesmaid is not child who play games in wedding. Try to be a lady when dressing. If you want to add romantic element, you can choose satin fabric. Groomsmen bridesmaid dress selection on yellow

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3. Bright Yellow, The yellow color is divided in 2 shades: dark yellow and light yellow. Light yellow can match chiffon, or gauze fabric, which makes you a sense of light and elegant.

4. Golden+ Yellow

The details will show its gorgeous taste. A large area of yellow to use, and dotted with moderate gold as embellishment; or you can wear gold jewelry to achieve the same effect.

5. Yellow + White

Fresh and lively STYLE – You can use two layers of white and yellow chiffon, or add white shawl on yellow dress.

6. Green

Dark green is suitable for strapless dress. The strapless dark green dress combine elegance and sexy, thus takes green into ultimate effect. Its also widely used in spring.

III. Accessories

1. No Accessories On bridesmaid’s Head. If the bride wears long white yarn, you should wear white dress. It should better wear similar dress with bridesmaid.

2. No Lipstick for Bridesmaids. No make up to set off the bride.

3. No jewelry on the body. The bridesmaid should not have an eye-catching on herself. You should better wear white scarf around neck to highlight your own characteristics.

IV. Dress Collocation with body figure

1. Petite Bridesmaids: suitable for high-waist line type. Chiffon fabric can represent bridesmaids personality. The cake dress will make up for your thin body.

2. Shapely Bridesmaids: can select the dress according to face shape. The dress styles are unrestricted for shapely bridesmaids.

3. Straight-body Bridesmaids: suitable for dress with shoulder pad. The pad enhances the design for shoulder, and ruffled dress will add your body curve.

4. Voluptuous Bridesmaids: Simple A-line dress is perfect for your type. The dress hemline should not be too big.

V. Dress Collocation with face shape

1. Square-face Bridesmaids: wearing round-neck dress will be better.

2. Inverted-triangle face bridesmaids: also wearing round-neck dress will be better.

3. Round-face bridesmaids: more suitable for V-neck dress. Central-parting hair will elongate the face and soften your facial line.

4. Long-face bridesmaids: wearing round collar or horizontal collar will soften your facial line.

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Romanian tourism to be rebranded

  • Posted on December 15, 2017 at 2:59 am

Friday, May 6, 2005

Romania’s National Authority for Tourism (ANT) announced that they would promote tourism in Romania through a new branding strategy, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development. The director of ANT, Marius Critonescu, said that the branding exercise will be “a significant component of the Romania’s development as a new tourist destination of international level.” He also added that the development of an integrated brand for Romanian tourism will promote a more positive image for the country, thereby increasing the number of tourists and investors. In recent times, there has been quite a lot of investment in “national branding”, especially in the field of tourism, as most marketing experts believe that branding for a product or a country is theoretically the same thing, and that the same strategies and approach should be used for both.

Concerning the Romanian tourism rebranding, international tourism and marketing expert James MacGregor stated that, “We have to touch the hearts and souls of the contemporary tourists who no longer travel for a simple beach or ski track. They want to live a self-knowledge experience that is truly uplifting and will leave unforgettable memories. The brand must show them not what they will see or do as tourists but what they will feel when visiting Romania.”

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UK retailers MFI and Woolworths collapse

  • Posted on December 15, 2017 at 2:51 am

Friday, November 28, 2008

Two major retail chains in the United Kingdom — general retailer Woolworths Group and furniture vendor MFI Group — have entered administration. Entertainment UK — which distributes videos and DVDs to retailers and are owned by Woolworths — have also entered administration.

“The boards of Woolworths PLC and Entertainment UK Ltd have concluded that there is no longer any prospect of those businesses being able to operate as a going concern,” said a Woolworths statement.

Woolworths, who sells household goods, music and other items, owns 815 stores nationwide, and MFI owns 111. MFI CEO Gary Favell said he had “secured the future of the MFI business” in September when he led a management buyout, but cracks rapidly appeared. Favell revealed administrator Kroll were to take control of the property division and half the stores were surrendered to the administrators. He also asked landlords to grant a three-month period of no rent for the ‘new’ MFI, which only some agreed to, leaving Kroll to seek payment for the rest.

Now the entirety of MFI is in administration, with MCR as the administrator. “Closing down sales” have been announced by MCR. Analysts predict that while in the short term consumer confidence will be damaged by the collapse, in the middle term it will help the situation as excess competition and capacity are removed. MFI employs 1,500 people.

The administrators for Woolworths and Entertainment UK are consultancy firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. “In the last 24 hours we have received expressions of interest from a number of parties for both the retail and wholesale businesses,” said Deloitte partner Dan Butters. “We are working hard to ensure that any sale of the business, in whole or part, will preserve jobs.” The 25,000 Woolworths employees have their positions safe until Christmas.

Shares in Woolworths have been suspended at just over a penny each. The firm also owns 2Entertain, a DVD publishing joint venture with BBC Worldwide, and book wholesalers Bertram Books. Both are currently operating as usual, although Woolworths is seeking to sell 40% of 2Entertain to the BBC.

“The important thing is in the long run that employees in this company – where the businesses and the shops are not going to stay open in the longer term – can get other jobs quickly,” Prime Minister Gordon Brown said. “That’s why we’re going to move in immediately to give advice to employees.”

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