HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) 2011 Annual Report

first_imgHF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileHF Group Limited formerly (Housing Finance Limited) is a financial services group with interests in mortgage lending, corporate and retail banking, property development and a bancassurance business. Its product and service offering ranges from transactional banking products to financial services for micro-enterprises, group banking, agricultural and small-to-medium enterprises. HF Group offers asset finance services, micro-credit loans and loans for anything from solar water heating systems to mortgage finance. The company also has interests in developing and selling residential houses and offers insurance agency services. Formerly known as HF Group Limited, the company changed its name to HF Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. HF Group Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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How I’d start earning passive income with these stocks right now

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The real estate sector is a good hunting ground for stocks paying decent dividend yields. And property is a good industry to include in my portfolio of diversified shares for generating passive income.There’s been good news from property developer Watkin Jones (LSE: WJG) today in its full-year results report. Decent trading has enabled the firm to reinstate dividend payments, despite the ongoing pandemic. The share price shot higher in early trading. But it isn’t too late for me to add the stock to my portfolio.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Passive income from the dividendWith the share price near 205p, the forward-looking yield is just below 4% for the trading year to September. And I reckon there’s potential for shareholder payments to increase in the years ahead. The company said in the report the return to dividends was “driven by robust performance with foundations in place for future growth.”Watkin Jones reckons it’s the UK’s “leading” developer and manager of residential property for rent. And it focuses on the build-to-rent (BtR) and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sectors. As such, the stock will give me decent diversification between sub-sectors in the wider property arena. I’d consider buying it alongside other shares such as housebuilder Persimmon.Richard Simpson, chief executive of Watkin Jones, said in the report operations performed well. And in the period, the company secured more sites to increase the development pipeline and position the business for further growth. Although the pandemic caused delays to investment activity, forward sales have picked up. And Simpson reckons the business will likely return to growth as early as during the current trading year. Although that outcome assumes there’ll be no further “significant disruption to our activities.” Overall, Simpson is “very confident” in the long-term prospects for the company’s markets. He said strong sector dynamics and investor demand support the business and its prospects.Diversification between companies and sectorsI reckon Watkin Jones is worthy of my own thorough analysis and research right now with a view to buying the stock to hold for several years. I’d aim to compound gains by reinvesting dividend income along the way. But I wouldn’t stop with this stock or even with other shares in the wider property sector.When it comes to building a reliable passive income, I think diversification between sectors and companies is desirable. And I’m particularly attracted to companies operating less-cyclical businesses. Such defensive outfits can often be found in sectors such as IT, Technology, Utilities, Power, Healthcare, Fast-moving Consumer goods and others.So, I’d also look closely at big-yielding, cash-generating enterprises such as British American Tobacco, GlaxoSmithKline, National Grid, Severn Trent and Sage. Packing dividend yields into my portfolio from names like these will likely give me a decent passive income that’ll keep on giving for years to come. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Kevin Godbold | Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 | More on: WJG How I’d start earning passive income with these stocks right nowcenter_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline, Sage Group, and Watkin Jones. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

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Decoding cravings: Why your body craves junk food

first_imgWe all experience food cravings from time to time. Some of these cravings are triggered when we are tired, underfed or under–watered, but usually the root cause of our cravings is more complicated.Though food cravings were once thought to be the result of vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, new research indicates that environmental and psychological factors are more likely culprits. Otherwise, our bodies would be screaming for spinach, apples and whole grains when we’re running low on important nutrients.Instead, researchers are finding that chronic stress, fatigue and dieting cause us to crave foods that stimulate reward circuits in the brain or foods linked to happy memories. Many of these foods are too sweet, too salty or too high in calories. (Think comfort food.)Caving in to cravings for processed foods and high–calorie snacks can sabotage an otherwise healthy diet and cause creeping weight gain. However, figuring out what’s behind your cravings can help you better control them.Junk food catalystsWhile the research is inconclusive about whether iron deficiency drives people to eat red meat or if a lack of magnesium leads to chocolate cravings, experts have found that something as common as too little sleep can make you more likely to indulge in junk food.Using MRIs, researchers at the University of California Berkeley measured activity in the brains of healthy adults both after a good night’s rest and after a sleepless night. They found that participants who did not sleep well were more likely to reach for high–calorie junk foods than healthy greens and whole grains the next day.Chronic stress also causes many people to reach for fatty foods and sweets. Scientists believe these cravings are triggered when the body produces too much cortisol—a stress hormone.Restrictive diets also can set up cravings for off–limits food. If you’re on a very low–calorie diet or have banished certain foods from your plate, you’re more likely to overeat high–calorie or banned foods when you stop dieting, according to studies by the University of Toronto and Tufts University.Kick hankerings to the curbControlling food binges and urges to eat a jumbo bag of M&Ms or a cheese–slathered entrée is possible, but you’ll need a little willpower and several go–to tactics. Some examples include:Drink water and then wait 30 minutes before giving into a craving. Many times, we mistake thirst or mild dehydration for hunger pangs.Exercise early. A 45–minute morning workout can reduce your motivation to eat throughout the day, according to scientists at Brigham Young University.Get your stress in hand. Deep breathing, meditation and adequate sleep can ease everyday stressors.Go ahead and indulge … a little bit. Avoiding a “bad” food actually can fuel your cravings. Having a small, planned serving of your favorite ice cream once in a while can prevent you from eating half a carton when your willpower crumbles.Eat a balanced diet. Consuming high–fiber proteins like beans and legumes along with complex carbs like whole grains will keep your blood sugar stable and your tummy full.Should I be worried?In most cases, having food cravings is completely normal and can be addressed with some of the simple lifestyle changes outlined above. There are some cases, however, when a food craving could indicate a more serious health problem. For example, a sudden, insatiable craving for salt could indicate that your adrenal gland is out of whack. If you crunch on ice all day long, ask your doctor whether you should be tested for anemia. And if you find yourself eating things like clay, sand or other nonfoods, talk with your doctor about pica, an eating disorder that is more common in children, but can affect pregnant women and other adults.No matter what type of cravings you may be experiencing, it’s important to listen to your body and not ignore its signals. Talk to your doctor about your questions and concerns. They can help you identify possible causes of your cravings and recommend lifestyle changes and/or treatment options to help you feel your best. Experts have found that something as common as too little sleep can make you more likely to indulge in junk food, as well as chronic stress and too restrictive dietsFocus on HealthFrom HCA North Florida Division Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCravingsDietHCA North Florida DivisionhealthJunk FoodOverly RestrictiveSleepStressTriggers Previous articleFirst round of COVID-19 vaccine doses expected in Florida next weekNext articleFlorida gas prices rise on vaccine and stimulus optimism Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Ever feel like you just have to have a bag of potato chips right now? Or do you occasionally get an overwhelming urge to eat chocolate? 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Apartments Jordaenskaai Antwerp / Crepain Binst Architecture

first_imgApartments Jordaenskaai Antwerp / Crepain Binst ArchitectureSave this projectSaveApartments Jordaenskaai Antwerp / Crepain Binst ArchitectureSave this picture!Courtesy of Crepain Binst ArchitectureApartments•Antwerp, Belgium Projects ArchDaily Photographs 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/458151/apartments-jordaenskaai-antwerp-crepain-binst-architecture Clipboard Architects: Binst Architects Area Area of this architecture project Belgium General Contractor: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/458151/apartments-jordaenskaai-antwerp-crepain-binst-architecture Clipboard Year:  Photographs:  Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture Apartments Jordaenskaai Antwerp / Crepain Binst Architecture + 15 Share Area:  6000 m² Area:  6000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Hooyberghs nv CopyAbout this officeBinst ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsAntwerpHousingBelgiumPublished on December 23, 2013Cite: “Apartments Jordaenskaai Antwerp / Crepain Binst Architecture” 23 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyProject Manager:Ward LagrainCollaborators:Philippe Van DammeStability:DS Engineering nvEngineering:Gebotec bvbaArchitect In Charge:Crepain Binst ArchitectureCity:AntwerpCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!ElevationRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. The Jordaenskaai in Antwerp developed from the Burgt – the historic centre or first, small medieval settlement from which the city evolved. The construction site is a special location with prehistoric finds, remains of the medieval city walls and of the old Antwerp canal. Save this picture!Courtesy of Crepain Binst ArchitectureThe remains have been painstakingly integrated into the ensemble and are largely visible in the ample inner zone accessible to residents and visitors. The central patio symbolizes these monuments and unifies the three volumes as a building block. Save this picture!Courtesy of Crepain Binst ArchitectureThe new complex, with 35 apartments, ten duplex units and 1,200 m2 of office and retail space, is characterized by varying, vertical facade concepts and sustainable use of materials. The black-veined stone forms an imposing, high double plinth along the street side, supporting the higher luxury apartments with terraces in white prefabricated concrete.  Save this picture!PlanTwo duplex units, one above the other, are located to the rear, oriented towards Burchtgracht and the Vleeshuis. The scale of the small homes is in keeping with the old city’s narrow street pattern.  Save this picture!Courtesy of Crepain Binst ArchitectureThree penthouses with large sun terraces offer a panoramic view of the city, the cathedral and the river Scheldt, while providing the building’s articulated cornice or crown. Project gallerySee allShow lessWalmart Sao Paulo / Estudio Guto RequenaSelected ProjectsCan a Law of Linguistics Predict How Cities Grow?Architecture NewsProject locationAddress:Jordaenskaai, 2000 Antwerp, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartments Year:  “COPY” “COPY” 2013last_img read more

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House that Coexists with the Landscape / Takashi Okuno & Assoc…

first_imgPhotographs:  Hirokazu Fujimura Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879491/house-that-coexists-with-the-landscape-takashi-okuno Clipboard House that Coexists with the Landscape / Takashi Okuno & Associates ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879491/house-that-coexists-with-the-landscape-takashi-okuno Clipboard House that Coexists with the Landscape / Takashi Okuno & AssociatesSave this projectSaveHouse that Coexists with the Landscape / Takashi Okuno & Associates “COPY” Architects: Takashi Okuno & Associates Area Area of this architecture project Houses Area:  82 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”center_img CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Japan 2016 Year:  Photographs Manufacturers: Fijiwara Chemical, KYOEI LAMBER, Planet JapanContractor:Momiji Architecture
Total Floor Area:124.84 m2Country:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hirokazu FujimuraRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorSkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort Duo“We want to live among the landscapes that we grew up with.”
This is a home for a young couple who told us this wish in the beginning.
By creating an opening in the L-shaped wooden partition facing the mountain range, the plan was to create a sense connection between the main spaces in the house, like the living and dining rooms, with the landscape.Save this picture!© Hirokazu FujimuraSave this picture!Floors PlansSave this picture!© Hirokazu Fujimura
The ceiling of the living room is gently curved to intentionally create a feeling of being safely enveloped. While the rooms are connected as a single, large space, they are each designed with its own unified interior to prevent a sense of monotony.Save this picture!© Hirokazu FujimuraThe sounds of animals in the rice paddies provide a lullaby, the clouds on the mountains let them predict the weather, and the colors of the mountains help them recognize the change of seasons. It is our hope that the house will continue to coexist with, and become a part of, the unchanging landscape.Save this picture!© Hirokazu FujimuraProject gallerySee allShow lessDave & Bella Headquarters / LYCS ArchitectureSelected ProjectsFire Station of Tianfu New District / CSWADISelected Projects Share Japan Projects Save this picture!© Hirokazu Fujimura+ 12 Share CopyAbout this officeTakashi Okuno & AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsJapanPublished on September 13, 2017Cite: “House that Coexists with the Landscape / Takashi Okuno & Associates” 12 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?与景共生 House that Coexists with the Landscape / Takashi Okuno是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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House in Santo Tirso / Hous3

first_imgSave this picture!© Ivo Tavares Studio+ 53Curated by Matheus Pereira Share “COPY” House in Santo Tirso / Hous3 CopyAbout this officeHous3OfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSanto TirsoGlass FacadeMadeira RipadaSteel HousesConcrete InteriorsPortugalPublished on December 27, 2020Cite: “House in Santo Tirso / Hous3” [Casa em Santo Tirso / Hous3] 27 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Area:  286 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Architects: Hous3 Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953507/house-in-santo-tirso-hous3 Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953507/house-in-santo-tirso-hous3 Clipboard Portugal Photographs:  Ivo Tavares StudioSave this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82WindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. From the road you can see the house, on a small hill, with a dark silhouette in sharp contrast to its natural environment, offering a wide view over Santo Tirso. Its simple lines are the reinterpretation of the stereotype of the traditional Portuguese house, gable roof. We started by defning a northeast-southeast axis in the longitudinal direction of the land and oriented in the best view of the place. Save this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioSave this picture!Site planSave this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioAnd in this linear orientation, the main volume is arranged, in a playful reconfguration of the traditional house, it becomes remarkable in the landscape. A smaller, fat volume is attached to this one, which in addition to completing the programmatic requirements of housing is also an allusion to the annexes that traditionally are constant additions to the main house.Save this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioSave this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioThis volume departs from the entrance of the lot to create a kind of external decompression atrium. And in the simplicity of the composition of these two volumes, an intuitive understanding of spaces is promoted, inviting us to enter. In terms of the program’s distribution, the reception lobby is the frst point of contact with the house, leading us to the central and common areas of the house: dining room, living room and kitchen, spacious and generous with lots of natural light promoted by negative space, which is used as the extension of the indoor room to the outside, to the pool and outdoor dining room, taking advantage of the rhythmic play of light in the afternoon.Save this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioThis central block also allows us to separate two spaces that were to be independent: For the south-east, the private area, a corridor distributes the rooms and a small ofce, all of them with exterior spaces accessible through glass doors that balance the visual and physical connections to the landscape of each room; To the northeast, the technical areas of housing and work, with double height; Over these two areas, the traditional shape of the gable roof allowed the interior spaces to be modeled to complement the nature of the programs, creating a place for reading and studying. Save this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioSave this picture!South elevationSave this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioDue to the simplicity and relevance of its interior design, with light, minimalist and smooth walls, it offers a peaceful living space. In contrast to the dark exterior, where the black plant tile and the pine together with the simple shape of the building create a striking graphic silhouette against the landscape. On the whole, through the juxtaposition of its facade materials, we get closer to the natural, the beautiful, where we hope that its inhabitants are happy.Save this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioSave this picture!East elevationSave this picture!© Ivo Tavares StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessNeblina House / FGMF ArquitetosSelected Projects”TikTok-itecture”: Is This the New Digital Media for Architecture and Design?Articles Share 2020 Houses Photographs Projects CopyHouses, House Interiors•Santo Tirso, Portugal Year:  House in Santo Tirso / Hous3Save this projectSaveHouse in Santo Tirso / Hous3last_img read more

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Research into impact of new Gift Aid rules on charitable visitor attractions

first_img Tagged with: Research / statistics Research into impact of new Gift Aid rules on charitable visitor attractions Howard Lake | 13 March 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. How have the new Gift Aid rules relating to charitable visitor attractions affected these charities since they were introduced in April 2006? A new research project is aiming to assess their impact.Charities nationwide which allow the public to view their work, including small and large visitor attractions, museums, galleries and heritage properties, are being surveyed through quantitative online surveys and qualitative telephone interviews. The initiative, which is being undertaken by Tourism South East with the support of major charity, tourism and cultural bodies and the other regional tourist boards, will provide the first national indicator of the financial and operational implications of the new rules on charities. Advertisementcenter_img Charitable organisations which make admissions charges or invite donations can participate in the research, whether they are currently claiming Gift Aid or not, online.HMRC is responsible for implementing the new legislation. Some attractions, that are registered charities, are able to accept donations from visitors and provide free admission in return – in other words, donations that attract the right of free admission. The attraction can then claim an amount from HM Revenue and Customs equal to the value of tax on the donation – 28p for every £1 given.Chris Melia, a Director at Tourism South East, who is leading the initiative, said: “We aim to discover whether the sector as a whole, across the country, is better, or worse, off as a result of the new rules and what other impacts the changes have had on charitable attractions. “The results will be shared with the attractions sector and we hope they will be useful both to operators as well as to policy makers. The research will help us understand the value as well as the costs of Gift Aid under the new rules and will provide ‘baseline’ data for the sector.”The research is due to be completed by the end of May 2007. The results will include feedback from case studies, which will be shared with charitable organisations throughout the sector to help them determine the most effective strategies for encouraging donations and claiming Gift Aid under the new criteria. Tourism South East has worked with organisations including AGALG (Attractions Gift Aid Liaison Group), the Museums Association, the Association for Independent Museums (AIM), the Historic Houses Associations (HHA) and EcSite UK (the trade body for science centres) to develop the research structure and help encourage participation.  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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The struggle and personal growth

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this What motivates some people to dominate and/or destroy, based on their illusory sense of superiority, even when it is against their own interests? Who are these people who profess to be acting in the name of “freedom and individual liberty,” while gathering together and refusing to wear protective masks in the midst of a pandemic, potentially infecting others?NURSES in scrubs and masks joined Amazon workers to protest against the lack of coronavirus protection for frontline employees as part of a retail giant mega-strike.They indignantly protest loudly and menace health care workers who urge them to desist. They are influenced by the president and other right-wing demagogues, who incite them to take to the streets to oppose lifesaving shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, while they promote racism and terror.Despite the dangerous epidemic, class relations assert themselves: Bosses fire “frontline” health care workers for demanding personal protective equipment so they can perform lifesaving services in hospitals. Prison guards neglect and abuse prisoners who have little protection against COVID-19, while they are also susceptible to it. (See “On Prison Guards” by Mumia Abu-Jamal posted May 5 at workers.org.)What motivates a person to act against their own interests, even their survival, to harm others? The most important basis for how one sees the world is formed in one’s earliest human interactions. That first sense of one’s place in the world can expand, depending on how much broader contact is allowed with new people. One learns to cooperate with peers and to value others’ needs.But prohibitions and restrictions on the development of relatedness, stemming from early experiences with significant people, can stunt that growth and prevent a person from respecting others’ needs. These restrictions take the form of barely noticed negative assumptions about others, becoming prominent at times of crisis or an opportunity for change. This can be true with bigoted thinking, which is learned, and can become more entrenched in a crisis. Or it can be unlearned.To loosen restrictive thinking requires challenging and critically viewing unnoticed assumptions.  The individual can then reject previous assumptions or hold onto them and reject the person who challenged them. The outcome depends on a person’s degree of connectedness to other people and how powerful the original prohibitions were and still are.Some people who only see their personal circumstances can be educated to gain an understanding of the wider world. If they can rid themselves of old thinking and can change, learning to connect with others and develop solidarity, then they can progress.Pandemic: capitalist and socialist countries’ outcomes The imperialist countries are being challenged by the coronavirus pandemic. As of  May 9,  the U.S. leads the world with 1,347,309 cases and over 80,000 deaths (242 deaths per million people).Yet Socialist Cuba has reported 1,754 cases and 74 deaths (7 deaths per million people). It has sent medical workers to over 20 countries to share their medical and community health expertise to fight the virus. China, where the disease hit first, has no new deaths. Vietnam has 288 cases and no deaths.The U.S. media’s response to Cuba’s offers of assistance to other countries is to attack those accepting Cuba’s aid. They explain away the relative success in socialist countries like China, Cuba and Vietnam in overcoming the pandemic by attributing it to so-called “authoritarianism” and “obedience” of their populations in accepting quarantines.These distortions, promoted by big business, serve to maintain the illusion that the U.S. and other capitalist countries are “free,” that workers exercise their freedom by ignoring the dangers of infection, rejecting protective measures and returning to work during the pandemic.But a growing number of workers of all nationalities and genders are resisting return-to-work orders and protesting, demanding a safe workplace, PPE and hazard pay.  As the death toll mounts, some people are rejecting their old assumptions and waking up to the reality of the crisis, understanding they share a common situation with those around them.When they resist, they see themselves in a new way. They are scared, but they may feel more effective and part of humanity. Those who hold onto their fixed positions, in a world that is crumbling around them, fear the abyss and grip their self-image even tighter.But what makes real change, which has a vast influence on society, is the united struggle of the multinational, multigender working class, the rejection of all bigotry and the building of solidarity. With that comes the growth of class consciousness.  Then an anticapitalist, pro-socialist perspective can develop.Harris is a clinical psychologist in New York City. Kathy Durkin contributed to this article.last_img read more

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PERRYMAN: Meeting long-run Federal budget challenges

first_img Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. The federal budget process is incredibly complicated. With a population of more than 327 million, nearly four million square miles of land area, and the largest economy in human history, sheer size is one reason for the difficulty. Add to that partisan politics, a long history of deficits, some genuine and pressing needs and a large and growing debt level, and the challenge escalates further.In addition, the majority of spending is already spoken for, with about half going to entitlements such as Social Security and major health programs (such as Medicare, Medicaid and subsidies) and significant proportions going to other mandatory categories (including interest on the debt). Many of these items cannot be dealt with in the absence of major legislation outside the budgetary process. The amount that is discretionary is relatively small, which leads to particularly intense debate and disagreement about how it should be spent.Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a bipartisan spending bill (signed by the President) as well as a new budget proposal by the President (which includes an infrastructure spending proposal which has been in the news as well). Passage of the spending bill dealt with funding the federal government in a more lasting way, avoiding some potentially big problems. In particular, we will be able to avoid the drama of a series of continuing resolutions with a potential shutdown looming every few weeks, thus calming the financial markets and bringing some sense of stability in this arena. More importantly, the measure “suspends” the debt ceiling until next March, thus removing the remote, but devastating possibility of a default.As a brief note of explanation on the latest silly semantics, Congress has periodically raised the debt ceiling over the past century (it was originally set up to allow the U.S. to meet the needs of World War I during recess periods). It is a completely artificial device that literally involves paying for things for which the spending has already been approved. Until recent years, it was sometimes the subject of harmless politicking by both parties but of late has led to severe financial disruptions as the possibility of default has become very real on a couple of occasions. Because for some reason passing understanding it has become too controversial to actually raise the ceiling (again, just paying for things that they had already bought), Congress just suspends it and pretends it is not there.The two-year budget agreement increases spending and the deficit by about $300 billion. The additional dollars will help with domestic priorities such as disaster relief from last year’s devastating hurricanes; it will also add to the defense budget. Neither side of the political spectrum was happy with the measure. Some felt it did too little to rein in spending. Others were reluctant to pass any measure which didn’t deal with immigration issues. From the perspective of the economy, the bill helps reduce uncertainty. Congress still needs to pass a spending bill that actually appropriates the money for the rest of the year as agreed upon, but with the agreement in place that task becomes pretty routine (at least it should be).The good news is that we actually have a bipartisan budget that calms things down a bit and stops the hurling from one short-term patch to another. The bad news is that we got there by giving both sides pretty much all the spending they wanted with no meaningful discussion of priorities and no provision at all to pay for it despite a recent massive tax cut. Given the environment, that is likely the best we can hope to achieve for the time being, but it is not sustainable.In the midst of all of this, the President released his budget proposal for fiscal 2019. It calls for massive increases in defense spending, massive cuts and reforms to Medicare, housing, food and other safety net programs, and still more deficit spending. While these documents are always interesting, they have little to do with the actual budgetary process. That task is almost totally within the purview of Congress.One of the most interesting aspects of the budget proposal relates to infrastructure spending. The proposal involves about $1.5 trillion in much-needed infrastructure investment across the country, but only about $200 billion of it would be in the form of federal funds. The idea is to use the $200 billion to encourage State, local and private investments. There would be a $100 billion incentives program and $50 billion (mostly allocated to State governments) to be used for rural infrastructure.Other aspects of the proposal include streamlining the decision process and investing in workforce training. Without a doubt, the need for infrastructure improvement across the United States is becoming critical, and public-private partnerships could well be part of the solution. Unfortunately, Texas doesn’t seem to want to find additional revenue sources for transportation and is increasingly eschewing private investment and toll roads. A program based on this model would do little to help urban congestion or rural accessibility in the state without policy changes in Austin.I hope this bit of sausage making has not been too painful. The new budget certainly doesn’t accomplish everything that we need for a sound fiscal future. That requires a serious, bipartisan conversation that takes a holistic look at spending, taxes and national priorities and views the role of government over a period of decades rather than a single election cycle. We are not there yet (not even close), but having a real blueprint not subject to bi-weekly gyrations is a major step in the right direction. 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Two arrested after wanted suspect found hiding

first_img Facebook Facebook Previous articlePermian Basin, national rig counts rise with oil pricesNext articleMan charged with fourth DWI admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – March 23, 2018 Home Local News Crime Two arrested after wanted suspect found hiding Police searching for man connected to hit and run Summer Spaghetti SaladFruit Salad to Die ForSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Twitter Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends WhatsAppcenter_img Two men were arrested in Odessa after a wanted suspect was found hiding in a storage compartment under a bed in an area residence, an Odessa police release stated.Alejandro Venegas Jr., 27, was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony, and on 18 misdemeanor warrants.Julio Burciaga, 20, was arrested and charged with third-degree-felony hindering apprehension, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.The release stated officers reported to the residence in the area of 20th Street and Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday in search of the wanted Venegas, before Burciaga answered the door telling officers he was the only person there and that he didn’t know Venegas.The release reported that officers smelled marijuana while on the porch, then saw a leafy green substance on the counter in plain view while speaking to Burciaga. Officers then found Venegas in the compartment under a bed in the residence.Both were arrested and taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. Pinterest WhatsApp Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Local NewsCrime Two arrested after wanted suspect found hiding Twitter Julio Burciaga, left; Alejandro Venegas Jr. Pinterestlast_img read more

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