When you leave Africa, you leave a piece of yourself behind. This yearning for the continent has sparked a campaign to show the passion Africans have for their land. Homecoming Revolution’s #HeartAfrica social media campaign tries to find what makes Africans passionate about Africa. (Image: Homecoming Revolution)• Homecoming Revolution expands to African diaspora• Counting on scents to lure expats • Diaspora dollars spur African development• Student viral campaign tells the world: Africa is not a country• Drawing expats back to SA Shamin ChibbaAfricans who have lived abroad are not only returning to the continent because they miss their family and friends. Some, like Kenyan Hazel Ojany, give more reasons for coming home.Ojany came back because she believes Africa helps her to maximise her full potential. Ojany lived in Chicago, London, Philadelphia and New York City for 10 years.“I chose to return to Africa to live, work and play at my true potential,” she told brain gain company Homecoming Revolution. “I now advise local and foreign business and political persons on how best to drive socioeconomic development in their countries and sectors of interest in sub-Saharan Africa.”Ojany is one of thousands of migrants who have been influenced by Homecoming Revolution, the NGO that encourages Africans living abroad to return to the continent. The organisation recently launched its #HeartAfrica social media campaign, which could help it reach even more Africans abroad through social media.According to chief executive Angel Jones, the idea for the campaign was sparked when organisers tried to find an icon that would represent the passion people have for Africa. In September 2014, they came up with the stencil of a heart with Africa cut out on the inside. “When you leave Africa a piece of you is always missing,” said Jones. “This missing Africa shape is something we wanted to bring to life. The beauty of the stencil frames everything we love about Africa from people to food to sunsets.”Jones said the organisation had distributed over 500 #HeartAfrica stencils worldwide and more than 1 200 photos had been spread online through various social media channels.The campaign calls on Africans, or lovers of Africa, to capture an image of what they love about their country while displaying the stencil. These are just some of the ways Twitter users have been showing their love for Africa:Love what @angel1jones is doing with the #HeartAfrica initiative!This is how we build the #AfricanDream @BonganiNx pic.twitter.com/yrDA10Ked4— Hema Vallabh (@HemsVallabh) May 27, 2015Love this mural in @brand_sa offices #heartAfrica @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/pTQTc6Noom— Angel Jones (@angel1jones) May 11, 2015Thank you to @mlegair and @CMooreMedia for all your great PR support today at #ColumbiaAEF #heartAfrica #buildAfrica pic.twitter.com/KB3qgqwtXj— Columbia AEF (@ColumbiaAEF) April 11, 2015Doc’s rooms have knitting basket for @67Blankets LOVE #heartAfrica @DonaldGordonCtr @RoedeanSchoolSA @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/EPL3GN6VNd— Angel Jones (@angel1jones) April 10, 2015Im gonna visit wiya-wiya!#ColumbiaAEF #HeartAfrica #BuildAfrica pic.twitter.com/3qJdiVC4Wo— WALA (@Walabudri) April 11, 2015That incredibly simple soap bar that meets our needs #heartAfrica @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/4rH4WXYUx0— Cleopatra Shipalana (@Ms_CleoShips) December 9, 2014So glad u like it! Our new offices are way better! RT @angel1jones: Beautiful poster @SVillage reception #heartAfrica pic.twitter.com/gEdFhHrWSU— Student Village (@SVillage) December 8, 2014— Jabulile Buthelezi (@Jabu_Buthelezi) December 3, 2014Oceans of emotion #HeartAfrica @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/ycSAQnMJ3L— Angel Jones (@angel1jones) December 24, 2014
States continue to pursue workarounds to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act $10,000 state and local tax (SALT) deduction limitation. State attempts at circumventing the SALT cap include:Creation of state sponsored charities designed to convert state and local taxes to charitable contributions;Enactment of pass-through entity level taxes;Use of employer payroll tax; andLawsuits brought against the federal government.The federal government responds with challenges to these plans in various ways, such as:Issuing regulations intended to shut down charitable SALT deductions;Providing IRS statements indicating disallowance; andFiling motions to dismiss lawsuits.How Have States Responded to the SALT Cap?Several states have proposed or enacted legislation to get around the $10,000 SALT cap.Final Regulations Defeat State Government Charitable Deduction WorkaroundA popular SALT deduction workaround would have allowed a taxpayer to make a charitable contribution to a state or local government fund and receive both a state income tax credit for the donation and a federal charitable contribution deduction.To prevent taxpayers from getting around the SALT deduction limits, the IRS issued final regulations requiring taxpayers to reduce the amount of any charitable contribution deduction by the amount of any SALT credit received or to be received in return. So, if a taxpayer makes a payment or transfers property to a Code Sec. 170(c) entity, the taxpayer must reduce any charitable contribution deduction for federal income tax purposes for any SALT credit received or expected to be received in return.Under the final regulations, a taxpayer is generally not required to reduce the charitable contribution deduction for state or local tax deductions received. But the taxpayer must reduce the charitable contribution deduction if he or she receives or expects to receive state or local tax deductions in excess of the taxpayer’s payment or the fair market value of property transferred.Fifteen Percent ExceptionThe regulations do, however, provide that a taxpayer is not required to reduce the charitable contribution deduction if the SALT credits received as a return benefit do not exceed 15% of the taxpayer’s charitable payment. The 15 percent exception applies only if the sum of the taxpayer’s SALT credit received or to be received does not exceed 15% of the taxpayer’s payment or fair market value of the property transferred.Safe HarborFinally, a safe harbor has been provided to certain individuals to treat any disallowed charitable contribution deduction under this rule as a deductible payment of taxes under Code Sec. 164.Applicability of Final RegulationsThe final regulations and the safe harbor apply to charitable contribution payments made after August 27, 2018.States Enact Pass-Through Entity Level TaxesAnother state legislative approach involving the use of a pass-through entity (PTE) level tax is attracting heightened interest now that the charitable deduction workaround has been curtailed. The PTE level tax attempts to circumvent the SALT cap by shifting state taxes from individuals to pass-through entities (PTEs) and allowing the owners to claim a credit on their state tax return for the owner’s distributive share of taxes paid by the PTE.Generally, the PTE deducts the entity’s state and local income taxes as a tax on the business at the federal level, followed by a deduction for the PTE tax in the distributive share of the PTE owners’ income. The owner is commonly permitted to claim a credit, or allowed to exclude their distributive share of the PTE’s income, on the state income tax return for the amount of the owner’s distributive share of the taxes paid by the PTE.Example: Connecticut Enacts PTE Level TaxConnecticut enacted a PTE level tax in 2018. Connecticut imposes a 6.99% entity level income tax on most PTEs in Connecticut. Owners of PTEs are entitled to a credit against their Connecticut personal income tax equal to 93.01% of the PTE owner’s pro rata share of the PTE level tax paid by their PTE. Additionally, Connecticut grants a resident owner of a PTE a credit for any entity level tax imposed by other states that the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services determines is like the Connecticut PTE level tax.Other states, such as Oklahoma, Wisconsin, New York, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Minnesota, have enacted PTE level taxes as possible workarounds, or considered it.IRS Acknowledges Use of PTE Level TaxesSo far, the IRS has not issued any guidance on the use of PTEs to circumvent the SALT cap, even though the recently released regulations on charitable deductions acknowledge the use of such measures.New York Creates an Employer Payroll TaxNew York enacted a new payroll tax, called the optional employer compensation expense tax. The new tax provides a way for employers to potentially help their employees offset the SALT deduction limit. Employers electing to participate in the program would pay an entity-level compensation expense tax, with employees receiving corresponding credits to offset their individual income taxes.Employers have been advised to proceed with caution in deciding whether to opt in to the new tax. One important consideration is that the IRS has not yet confirmed how it will treat the tax, including employer deductions. Reports indicate that few employers have opted in so far.States Bring Lawsuits Against the Federal Government Over the SALT CapNew York has been joined by New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland in suing the Trump Administration for violating the 10th Amendment. In State of New York, et al. v. Mnuchin, et al., the plaintiffs allege that the $10,000 cap on SALT deductions interferes “with the States’ sovereign authority to make their own choices about whether and how much to invest in their own residents, businesses, infrastructure, and more — authority that is guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment and foundational principles of federalism.” The plaintiffs ask that the law be overturned.Attorneys for the United States Department of Treasury and IRS filed a motion to dismiss the complaint.Where Do Taxpayers Go from Here?Now that the charitable deduction workaround has been officially disallowed, it remains to be seen which, if any, attempts to circumvent the SALT cap will prove to be successful. The PTE level tax legislation shows promise, according to some tax professionals. Although one drawback is that it only benefits owners of PTEs. No doubt this area will continue to receive attention from taxpayers and the federal government alike.By Tralawney Trueblood, J.D., M.B.A.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
SEA Games: PH squash team settles for another silver NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It proved the game’s only goal and brought a tame end to another wildly successful day for Malaysia, who reached a record 140 gold medals to finish top of the table for the first time since 2001.Haziq was the fall guy but the Thais were well worth their 1-0 half-time lead after Chenrop Samphaodi had curled a shot wide and Suriya Singhui saw a strong header saved by the goalkeeper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMalaysia’s goalkeeper Muhammad Haziq bin Nadzli reacts after losing to Thailand during their men’s football final match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAThailand also had an early penalty shout turned down and just prior to the own goal, Phicha Au-Tra narrowly failed to connect with a cross which trickled across the face.After the break, Worachit Kanitsribumphen was twice denied by last-ditch defending from the Malaysians, while Sasalak saw a menacing shot go wide. Malaysia were restricted to the odd attempt from distance before Danial Amier fizzed one over on 69 minutes and Syazwan Andik went close with a curling shot 12 minutes from time.The men’s football final was the last act of a bumper penultimate day, with 60 gold medals up for grabs and Malaysia taking 29 of them to reach an unbeatable 140 for the tournament.Malaysia have amassed more than one-third of the 404 gold medals at the mini-Olympics, smashing their previous record of 111 and sealing top spot for the first time in 16 years.Thailand trailed on 69 golds and Vietnam had 58, meaning the second and third-placed teams totaled less than Malaysia between them.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Thailand’s football team players celebrate after defeating Malaysia during their men’s football final match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAMalaysian goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli scored a horrendous own goal to hand Thailand a 1-0 win in the Southeast Asian Games football final on Tuesday, puncturing the hosts’ celebrations as they finished top of the medals table.In a moment that will haunt Haziq, the 19-year-old punched a corner into his own net on 39 minutes, silencing 80,000 fans at the cavernous Shah Alam Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
zoom Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Sheehaniya from Shell Trading and Shipping Company ( STASCo) with effect from 6 July 2017.The transition is part of the planned and phased transition announced in October 2016, which will see 25 LNG vessels previously managed by Shell moved to Nakilat’s mangement.These include fourteen Q-Max and eleven Q-Flex LNG carriers.With a cargo carrying capacity of 210,200 cubic meters, Al Sheehaniya is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas. The vessel, built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, was delivered in February 2009 and has been in service ever since.Al Sheehaniya is the ninth wholly-owned LNG vessel that will come under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar (NSQL), bringing the total number of vessels managed by NSQL to 17, comprising of 13 LNG and 4 LPG carriers.
NBA star LeBron James has had the talk with his two young sons. No, not that talk; they’re not old enough for that yet. James said he had the other talk, the one Black men have to engage in with their sons in these times of racial profiling.The one about dealing with cops. That conversation very well could save their lives.That mega superstar, mega wealthy James has spoken to his sons — LeBron Jr., 10, and 7-year-old Bryce — about the dangers of an interaction with law enforcement is a disheartening statement about where we are in this country.But James, the Cleveland Cavaliers leader, knows all-too-well the case of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old from Cleveland who was gunned down in November by police as he held a toy gun.James said to the Hollywood Reporter that his kids cannot bring their neon green and orange toy guns out of the house.He’s afraid for his kids’ lives, as are all Black parents.“The talk,” James said, “is, ‘You be respectful; you do what’s asked, and you let them do their job, and we’ll take care of the rest after. You don’t have to boast and brag and automatically think it’s us against the police.’”The world’s best player added: “I’ve had one or two encounters with the police in my life that were nothing. But sometimes you just got to shut up. It’s that simple. Just be quiet and let them do their job and go on about your life and hopefully things go well.”That’s one way of looking at it, not the full way. The reality is that if LeBron James gets randomly stopped, police will likely ask for his autograph and if they could take a selfie with him. He lives in a different, isolated world from most Black men, even as he admirably tries to stay connected and, even more admirably, be a voice for justice for African-American males.But the talk with our young Black males has to include the importance of knowing the law and what rights they have when confronted by police. According to the American Civil Liberties Union– You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.– You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.– If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.– You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.– Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.Understanding those rights empowers and helps bridge the gap between the obedience James speaks of and pride that often is challenged by demeaning cops. Understanding those rights should minimize tension.But being nice to an officer does not guarantee he will do right by you. However, that’s not the reality for James. Unless James acts wild and crazy, the official will grin like a schoolgirl with a crush and brag to his colleagues about his encounter.With James’ boys and all other Black males who are not famous, there are no guarantees. We’ve found that out in too many sad cases.
Related Items:#AndreDeveaux, #magneticmedianews, #SheffieldSteelers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, October 23, 2017 – London – A 6’3” tall Bahamian of Freeport, Grand Bahama will play in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom; signed onto the national body as a ‘tough’ addition to the Sheffield Steelers. Andre Deveaux, a 33 year old Bahamian born, Canadian naturalized citizen is a late starter but is already touted as a powerful force and great addition as a 2002 US National Hockey League, 6th round draft pick.Paul Thompson, coach of the Sheffield Steelers in London said of Andre: “I’m very, very happy to sign a player of his calibre and ability, especially at this time of the year.”#MagneticMediaNews#AndreDeveaux#SheffieldSteelers
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – November 8, 2017 – ‘An Honorable man’ said the Minister of Works as he tabled the reports from Ernst&Young on Wednesday in the House of Assembly, which alleged that the former Minister responsible was somehow less than that.Minister Desmond Bannister’s remarks refuted media reports of the audio report that Opposition Leader, Philip Davis abused his power as the then Minister of BEC, now BPL while being the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works of The Bahamas.Speaking was the current Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister who said, “…Mr. Speaker, the report makes an allegation in relation to the leader of the opposition. I wish to confirm that the allegation is incorrect. It is based on incomplete records at BPL, and I wish to say unequivocally that there is no evidence whatsoever that the leader of the opposition did anything wrong.”The former Chairman of BEC, Leslie Miller had said much the same when contacted about the allegation in the forensic audit; that he did not know of any contracts being awarded to Mario’s Bowling Alley which he owns or to the brother the former DPM, Brave Davis while the two headed the organization. Miller said contracts usually went to the lowest bidder.The audit said at least 19 contracts were awarded without the proper processing to members of the Board and public officials. But Minister Bannister added in his remarks in the House yesterday that, “Sir, I wish to table Volumes 1 and 2 of the report together with a letter from Permanent Secretary Higgs which completely exonerates the leader of the opposition. I know him to be an honourable man, and would not wish to see his reputation besmirched.” Bahamas Power company cuts electricity ahead of Hurricane Irma; storm changes direction. Bahamas: Current PLP Leader and former PLP MP implicated in ‘shady’ contract awards, Miller denies the audit Recommended for you Bahamas ‘Brave Davis’ wants to be Prime Minister and DNA gets new leader, ‘Bran’ steps down Related Items:#BEC, #BPL, #desmondbanniser, #ernst&young, #PhilipDavis
Uber launches new “non-stop shared ride” feature in San Diego SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The ride-booking company Uber launched a new ride option in San Diego today, allowing certain Uber Pool riders to reach their destination in roughly the same time as a non-shared ride like an Uber X.When riders select an Uber X ride, they will be prompted with the option to choose the last seat in an existing Uber Pool and be the first person the Uber Pool driver drops off. Riders who choose the “non-stop shared ride”option will receive a credit on the app that can be used for future rides or Uber Eats purchases.Uber announced the feature in a blog post Thursday celebrating the fifth anniversary of Uber Pool entering beta testing. The non-stop shared rides option will be offered to riders in 15 major metro cities in addition to SanDiego, according to the company.“This feature, which is available in several U.S. cities, is one example of how we’re identifying new ways for riders to access a shared ride on Uber’s platform. … We’re continuing to focus on ways to do more for riders’shared experience in the places where Uber Pool operates,” Uber product experts Brandon Trew and Neil Kamireddy wrote in the post.Since launching the option in August 2014, the company has introduced Uber Pool to more than 50 markets around the world. According to the company, the carpooling option has saved nine million gallons of gas and the emission of 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide when compared to riders choosing Uber X. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 15, 2019 August 15, 2019
The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauded the Senate’s overwhelming approval of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) conference report. Monday night, the Senate voted 81-12 to approve the ASA-supported legislation, which sends it to the White House for the President’s signature. ASA has long championed WRDA legislation because it is vital to improve and modernize locks and dams that transport soybeans, particularly on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.The House approved the WRDA legislation in August in a vote of 381-40. “Soybean growers are eager to see this legislation put to work,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean grower from Waterloo, Iowa. “These much-needed improvements to the Mississippi and Illinois waterways are essential to the economic well-being and international competitiveness of U.S. soybeans.”Hoffman gives credit to the many soybean growers who have joined with ASA in communicating the importance of the WRDA legislation to Congress. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Kit Bond (R-MO) are among the Senate leaders on the legislation. In the House, Representatives Jim Oberstar (D-MN), John Mica (R-FL), Jerry Costello (D-IL) and Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) have worked tirelessly to see WRDA pass.“This legislation has benefited from strong bipartisan support to achieve passage in the House and Senate,” Hoffman said. “We urge President Bush to quickly sign WRDA into law.”More than 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports move to world ports via the upper Mississippi and Illinois River systems. While U.S. waterways remain the most economical and environmentally friendly way to move U.S. soybeans to foreign and domestic markets, more than 50 percent of U.S. locks and dams have aged beyond their life cycle and many are crumbling. Many are unable to handle today’s barges that are twice as long as when the system was built in the 1930s. Because many barges must be split, higher transportation costs, lower commodity prices and fewer international sales for U.S. farmers occur.WRDA legislation will provide funding for construction of seven new locks and other critical improvements on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers. In addition, it includes funding for many important ecosystem restoration projects along the rivers.