Gardaí suspect lorry fire started maliciously

first_imgA lorry fire in Lifford last week was believed to have been started maliciously, according to Gardaí.The incident happened on the 23rd of May when gardaí and fire services received a report of a lorry on fire at Aughawee, Lifford at around 10.30 pm.It is believed that the fire was started maliciously and substantial damage was caused to the lorry. The lorry had been parked up and the doors were shut when parked but when the fire was discovered the door was found to be laying open. Gardaí are appealing for information in relation to the criminal damage incident.If anyone has seen anyone or any vehicles in that area that seemed to be out of the ordinary from 9 pm on that date then please contact Letterkenny Gardaí on 074-9167100 or on the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Gardaí suspect lorry fire started maliciously was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Liffordlorry firelast_img read more

Donegal Garda fails to have disclosures against him quashed

first_imgThe High Court has dismissed Donegal-based Garda Keith Harrison’s bid to have findings made by the Disclosures Tribunal against him quashed.Garda Harrison, who was strongly criticised in the tribunal’s interim reports, brought proceedings that centred over an alleged prior professional interaction between the tribunal chair Mr Justice Peter Charleton and a witness Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn.The alleged prior engagement, which led to a claim of objective bias, related to when Chief Superintendent was the Gada liaison to the Morris Tribunal which considered allegations about gardaí in Donegal, in 2002-05 when Mr Justice Charleton was that tribunal’s Senior Counsel. In her judgement today, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said she was satisfied to dismiss the action on the basis that “no reasonable person could have a reasonable apprehension of bias based on the overlapping working period” when Judge Charleton and the Chief Superintendent worked at the Morris Tribunal.The judge noted that the claim being made was one of objective bias only and that there was no suggestion made by Garda Harrison’s lawyers that Mr Justice Charleton was in any way actually biased in the findings he made in the interim reports.Garda Harrison had sought an order quashing findings made the Tribunal’s second interim report and the findings of the third interim report in so far as it relates to him.He claimed the Tribunal rejected allegations made by he and his partner, Marissa Simms, and had exonerated others they had made complaints about. Their claims included that Ms Simms was compelled by gardaí to make a statement against Garda Harrison which led to a Tusla referral.For full story see Garda fails to have disclosures against him quashed was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How a lesson from Barry Bonds helped a Giants player make a huge change

first_imgPHOENIX — Austin Slater isn’t sure if he completely believes what Barry Bonds told him, but he took Bonds’ advice anyway.“Barry once told us –and who knows if it’s true– but he said, “I never swung at a pitch that I didn’t think I could hit out,’ ” Slater said. “It may be harder to do in practice and in reality, but if you go in there with that mentality, by not swinging at anything that you don’t think you can hit hard, you’re able to lay off a lot more pitches.”After producing some …last_img read more

Stateless Zim residents gain citizenship

first_imgZimbabweans are expected to go to the polls before the end of 2013.(Image: Jordi Matas, Unicef)MEDIA CONTACTS • Obinna AnyadikeEditor-in-Chief, Irin+254 20 7622 1343RELATED ARTICLES• Zimbabwe ready for investors• Zim families enjoy sweet success• Zambia, Zim host world tourism meet• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voiceSource: Irin NewsStanding in a winding queue in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Judith Kapito, 38, cannot hide her excitement: she is waiting to receive a new identity document, one that will offer her rights and opportunities she has long been deprived of.Kapito was born to Malawian parents who migrated to Zimbabwe – then Southern Rhodesia – in 1960. She lost her citizenship in 2001, when the government’s amendment of the Citizenship Act forced those born of alien parents to renounce their foreign citizenship.Kapito, who was born in Zimbabwe and registered as a national of the country, had no other citizenship to renounce. She became stateless, and remained so until the country’s new constitution, passed in April 2013, restored her status as a Zimbabwean.“For 10 years, I had no identity, just a name. I had no country to call mine because the government of Malawi, where my parents came from, did not consider me as its citizen and could not help me in any way.”The processing of documents at the Registrar General’s office has been slow, but Kapito remains upbeat. “I am happy that there is now… a new constitution that brings back my citizenship, and I see so many opportunities ahead of me,” she told Irin News.Once she acquires her new passport, Kapito plans to become an informal trader, buying hairdressing chemicals from Botswana for resale in Zimbabwe.“My citizenship was taken away at a time when things were bad in Zimbabwe, and it was difficult to make ends meet. I could not cross the border, not even to Malawi, which was supposed to be my country, and thus could not make money as other traders were doing,” she said. Myriad challengesIn 2000, an economic and political crisis began when the government of President Robert Mugabe forced out thousands of white commercial farmers to resettle black Zimbabweans, leading to the displacement of former farm workers, massive unemployment levels and acute shortages of basic commodities. The move also forced millions of people to migrate and others to rely on cross-border trade to earn a living or access food.Kapito’s statelessness followed soon after. The 2001 amendment prohibited dual citizenship; people who had migrated to Zimbabwe had to renounce their natural citizenship before they could acquire a Zimbabwean one. Kapito did not have the details, such as the name of her Malawian village head, needed to acquire a Malawian passport from the embassy in Harare, which she could then renounce.Since then, the challenges have been myriad. An unemployed widow with three school-going children, she has been struggling to get a court directive to inherit and sell an old truck that her late husband left behind because she could not obtain a marriage certificate; both she and her husband were considered foreigners who could not legally marry in Zimbabwe.Kapito is among thousands of migrants and their descendants to face such difficulties.Her neighbour Duncan Sapangwa, 30, whose parents also migrated from Malawi, hopes that restoration of his Zimbabwean citizenship will help him open a bank account for his small carpentry business.“Banks always turned my applications for a loan down because they said I was an alien who could run away from Zimbabwe any time. I have no doubt that my business would have grown if I had access to a loan,” said Sapangwa.The Harare municipality also refused to put him on the city’s housing waiting list, he said, because of his “alien” status.“I have many relatives who used to work on white farms but were chased away by the new owners. The government said they could not be resettled under the land reform programme because they were foreigners, and they ended up as beggars on the streets. Since we are now citizens once again, we hope the future will be better,” he added. Thousands statelessAccording to the Harare-based Research and Advocacy Unit’s December 2008 report, A Right or Privilege: Access to Identity and Citizenship in Zimbabwe, the law prohibiting dual citizenship left thousands stateless, most of them young people.“Among the most affected are young generations of Zimbabweans whose grandparents migrated from Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia” for a variety of reasons, including war, famine and unemployment back at home, said the report.Thabani Mpofu, spokesperson of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said it was difficult to establish the exact numbers of those considered aliens living in Zimbabwe as no formal study has been conducted, but he said the figure could run to “several hundreds of thousands”.The acting president of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations, Lucia Masekesa, accused the government of having been insensitive towards migrants and their families.“The political leadership in this country failed to consider the plight caused by taking the so-called aliens’ citizenship away… Nothing was done to cushion them,” she said. Voting rightsOnce Kapito and Sapangwa receive proof of citizenship, they will be able to exercise the rights due any other citizen of Zimbabwe, including, crucially, the ability to vote in the impending general elections.Kapito was prevented from voting in the 2000 general elections because of widespread political violence against perceived opponents of the government. Afterwards, considered an alien, she was unable to vote in the 2002 presidential election or the 2005 and 2008 parliamentary polls.Mugabe, who has been in power for more than three decades, set 31 July 2013 as the next election date. This decision was met with an outcry from the opposition, who pointed out that amendments to electoral laws were still being debated and that the voter registration exercise needed more time. The Southern African Development Community has since intervened, asking Mugabe to extend the date to 14 August.Whatever the date, Kapito says she is happy she will finally be able to cast her vote.Still, Arnold Sululu, a member of parliament and of the parliamentary committee on home affairs and defence, warned that it was too early for many to celebrate the restoration of their citizenship.“Many people of migrant origin are facing problems getting new identity documents and passport[s], and it may be a while before normalcy returns,” he said.last_img read more

Final repair regulations add another tax management tool for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The final tangible property (property that can be felt or touched) regulations affect all taxpayers who acquire, produce, or improve tangible property. The regulations clarify whether costs are currently deductible or whether the taxpayer must capitalize and depreciate the costs. The final regulations are generally effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.The final repair regulations include a de minimis (the law/IRS does not concern itself with anything under this amount) safe harbor that allows taxpayers to elect to deduct the cost of tangible property, rather than recovering the cost through depreciation expense. The de minimis safe harbor increases a farm client’s ability to expense the purchase cost of livestock and small equipment.Under the Treas. Reg. § 1.263(a)-1(f)(1) de minimis safe harbor, a taxpayer can take a current-year deduction (when the cost is paid or incurred) for the acquisition or production of units of tangible property that cost less than a specified amount, even if the taxpayer would normally have to capitalize the cost, or deduct the amount paid when the property is first used or consumed in the business. Thus, a farm client may be able to deduct otherwise capitalizable expenditures under the safe harbor. However, for a farmer who intends to later sell the property at a gain, electing the de minimis safe harbor may increase the tax owed on the later sale.Although the taxpayer’s accounting pro­cedures can set any dollar limit for expensing amounts, the per-item tax deduction is limited to $2,500 for taxpayers without an applicable finan­cial statement (AFS) and $5,000 for taxpayers with an AFS. Therefore, if the accounting procedure sets a threshold that exceeds $2,500 ($5,000 for taxpayers with an AFS), only the items that cost $2,500 ($5,000) or less qualify for the safe harbor. This activity will likely trigger extra IRS scrutiny. For farmers, the safe harbor is particularly useful to expense small equipment and livestock held for productive use, such as animals held for dairy or breeding.When a taxpayer properly applies the de minimis safe harbor, the amount paid is not treated as a capital expenditure or as materials and supplies. Instead, the taxpayer deducts the amount under Treas. Reg. § 1.162-1, provided the expense otherwise constitutes an ordinary and necessary business expense. If the items to be deducted don’t have an applicable expense line on Schedule F, they can be listed as “other expenses.”Any subsequent gain on disposition of the property is ordinary income, so in some situations, it may be prefer­able to not elect to expense the property under the de minimis safe harbor.Property expensed under the de minimis safe harbor is not I.R.C.§ 1231 property, and the tax­payer must report the sale on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, Part II, as ordinary income. The income from the sale does not meet the test for self-employment income and, even though it is ordinary income, the taxpayer does not report the income on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship), or Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit of Loss From Farming, where it would be subject to self-employment (SE) tax.last_img read more

Leading With Discounts and Offending Your Customers

first_imgA game salesperson from a game sales organization would have replied to my offer to take the discount like this: “I’m sorry, sir. I didn’t know you were a customer. If you signed up last year, you got a way better deal than the one I am offering your neighbors. But you really have to see this new offering we have for you! You’re going to love it! Check this out!” The poor salesperson that rang my doorbell had a wonderful deal for me. He said, “I have my trucks in the area over the next few days, and if you sign up for service, I can do it for half price.” I told him that I would accept his deal for half off the regular price, but then added: “By the way, I am already signed up with you. Thanks!”Poor kid had no game, so I let him off the hook. I said, “No worries, kid. I’m busting your chops.” He was relieved and walked away as quickly as he could.Last week I received an email from another salesperson. He promised he could save 40% over whatever I am paying for Internet bandwidth and voice over IP services. I didn’t reply, but I should have. I’m already their customer, too. I’d happily take the 40% savings his email promised.Transactional sales organizations are funny.Why would you send your salespeople out into the world to sell without giving them a list of your existing clients?Why would you offer a new customer a deal that you wouldn’t offer your existing clients? Why would you treat strangers better than you treat the people who are already writing you a check? What do you want your existing customers to believe about your relationship?And why on Earth would you lead with a discount?The answer to these questions are many:Because you don’t intend to create value.Because you don’t know how to create value.Because you are transactional.Because you won’t train your salespeople.Because you don’t care about anything but the sale.last_img read more

The American Figo? Pulisic can be a Real star

first_imgTransfers The American Figo? Pulisic could be a Real star at Madrid Seth Vertelney Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Christian Pulisic Dortmund Real Madrid Getty Images Transfers Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Opinion The Borussia Dortmund teenager was a Blancos fan as a child and could easily realise his dream of moving to the Spanish capital Mark Pulisic knew very early on that his son Christian had a special talent.”I called him ‘Figo’ from a young age, as we watched Real Madrid a lot during those years,” Pulisic senior told Goal earlier this year. “He liked the way Luis Figo played, so I bought him a jersey with Figo’s name on it.”Real 11/8 to beat Dortmund Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Christian wore it with pride. Perhaps some day soon, he’ll have a Madrid jersey with his own name on it.Christian Pulisic Figo PSLuis Figo Real Madrid RomaIndeed, while it wasn’t a surprise to see Pulisic linked to Liverpool again this summer – given Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was in charge of Borussia Dortmund when Pulisic joined their youth ranks as a 16-year-old – former U.S. international striker Brian McBride thinks his fellow American has loftier ambitions.“No disrespect to Liverpool, but he probably has his sights set even higher,” McBride told ESPN FC last month. “I’ve heard that [Barcelona or Real Madrid] is part of the plan.“That’s not coming directly from him; that’s coming from different people.”Pulisic has denied wanting to leave Dortmund at all. Having just turned 19 and with plenty still to prove in Germany, staying at Signal Iduna Park in the short term is a wise plan. BVB, after all, have a great reputation for nurturing young talent.However, Pulisic’s development has been shockingly accelerated. Already, he has become a vital cog for one of Europe’s top clubs and arguably the best player for the U.S. national team.As Dortmund get set to host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, it’s worth asking: Could Pulisic one day end up at the Santiago Bernabeu?Christian Pulisic Borussia DortmundCertainly, the Spanish giants are already familiar with the teenager’s talent.Last September, Pulisic was brought on as a substitute against Madrid in the Champions League group stage. With his team trailing by a goal late on, Pulisic flew past a defender and crossed for Andre Schurrle, who fired home an equaliser in a 2-2 result.It was just one play, but Pulisic’s run and cross provided a tidy summation of what makes the teenager special. Pulisic wasn’t at all fazed by the occasion of facing the Champions League holders just one week after his 18th birthday. Instead, he showed his endless desire to get forward and put defenders on their heels, leaving Danilo in the dust before delivering the cross.It was that fearlessness and play-making ability that brought him into the Dortmund first team at age 17, and could eventually see him make the breakthrough as the first American to ever represent Madrid.Real, like so many other big European clubs, covet the U.S. market and have made great efforts in recent years to engage with football fans in the States, including pre-season tours for several seasons running. Though landing Pulisic would clearly be a boon to any U.S. outreach effort, his signing would be no publicity stunt.Pulisic GFXThe Blancos have yet to register a formal interest in the American but that could change if Pulisic continues on his current trajectory in his second full season as a professional player.On the field, Pulisic could fit into Madrid’s 4-3-3 system as a wide attacker, but the U.S. international would also slot into Madrid’s overall plan off the pitch in recent seasons as well.The Blancos have moved away from their ‘Galacticos’ era and have instead engaged in more sensible transfer dealings in the past few windows, targeting younger and relatively inexpensive players in the market.In the past three seasons, Madrid’s marquee signings have included Danilo, Mateo Kovacic, Jesus Vallejo, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez – none of whom were more than 24 years old when they arrived, and with the most expensive of the group, Danilo, costing €31.5 million.In this current climate, it is easy to see Pulisic being identified as an ideal target following, say, a long-rumoured big-money sale of Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.There are improvements to be made, though, before Pulisic would be ready to make an impact at the Bernabeu.The 19-year-old is still working to find his best position. Though he’s been played mostly out wide at the club level, many believe that Pulisic is more effective at the No.10 role, where he’s often featured for the U.S. national team.Pulisic must also demonstrate more cutting edge in the final third to truly take his place among the world’s elite. His final ball can be lacking at times and he could be more clinical with his finishing, as he scored a modest five goals in 43 total appearances last season.However, Pulisic has already displayed an increased confidence this season, and looks a much improved player under new Dortmund manager Peter Bosz. The 19-year-old has added a devastating stepover to his arsenal of tricks, and Bosz’s high-pressing system has put Pulisic in better scoring positions when Dortmund create turnovers high up the pitch.Pulisic already has two league goals in six games thus far, and it’s looking a near certainty that his scoring numbers will improve this term.If his rapid growth continues, Pulisic could one day become an American pioneer in Madrid. For now, though, a repeat of last September’s heroics will do just fine.last_img read more

Dame Diana Rigg Attends Macmillan Cancer Support Carol Concert

first_imgMacmillan Cancer Support’s prestigious Guards Chapel Christmas Carol Concert took place earlier this month.Hosted by Macmillan Vice President Martyn Lewis CBE, the soiree included readings from Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Baroness Floella Benjamin.World-renowned classical pianist Janina Fialkowska, rising baritone star Benjamin Appl and Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis performed in the beautiful setting of the Guards Chapel and were supported by the London Contemporary Orchestra.The evening is one of the most prestigious events in Macmillan’s annual calendar and all funds raised will go to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.last_img read more

Tecumseh resident joins Jenkins at Capitol

first_img 13-year-old Charles Williams, Jr. attends meetings, session with lawmakerTecumseh resident Charles Williams, Jr. today joined state Rep. Nancy Jenkins in Lansing to job shadow the lawmaker.“Charles is very interested in politics and how things work at the Capitol, and I was excited to have him join me,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “It’s always great when young people are interested in what goes on in Lansing, and I hope that Charles learned a lot today.”Williams met with Jenkins and other state representatives to learn more about the state budget, sat in on meetings with Jenkins and was recognized on the House floor.“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Williams said. “Not many kids get the chance to experience something like this. I know it’s a hard job, but I’d like to be a representative someday. It would be tough but worth it.”### Categories: News 31Jan Tecumseh resident joins Jenkins at Capitollast_img read more

Michigan Legislature approves Rep Idens plan making schools safer OK2SAY permanent

center_img The state Legislature today gave final approval to Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal making the OK2SAY program a permanent part of Michigan’s strategy to improve school safety.OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to law enforcement, mental health service programs and others – receiving more than 16,000 tips since its debut in 2014.Under Iden’s plan – which is headed to the governor for his consideration — the OK2SAY program would become permanent. An expiration date included in current state law would be eliminated.“OK2SAY has proven its worth, and is becoming a more important piece of our school safety strategy every day,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township in Kalamazoo County. “Kids across the state have a way to help keep themselves and their classmates safe because of this program.”The Legislature previously authorized an expansion of OK2SAY with increased funding.Iden’s measure is part of a comprehensive school safety proposal headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for review. The plan establishes a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security, enhances law enforcement training, and establishes reporting procedures for incidents in schools.###last_img read more