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first_imgLimuru Tea PLC ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Limuru Tea PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Limuru Tea PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Limuru Tea PLC (  2010 annual report.Company ProfileLimuru Tea PLC (formerly Limuru Tea Company Limited) owns 275 hectares of tea plantations situated four kilometres to the east of Limuru Town. The Company is an outgrower to Unilever Tea Kenya Limited (UTKL), the largest private sector tea company in Kenya. UTKL acts as the Limuru Tea Company’s managing agent in the growing, manufacturing, sales and marketing of its tea. The Limuru Tea estate green leaf is manufactured in the nearby UTKL’s Mabroukie factory from where it is sold mainly for export. Limuru Tea PLC is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgNCBA Group PLC ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about NCBA Group PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCBA Group PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCBA Group PLC (  2013 annual report.Company ProfileNCBA Group Plc is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. It also offers stock brokerage, bancassurance, leasing and investment banking services through operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products and services to unsecured and secured loans, secured diaspora loans, property purchase loans and insurance premium financing as well as asset-based lending, capital expenditure loans and construction loans. NIC Bank Limited offers institutional banking services to non-government organisations, diplomatic missions and their affiliate donor/aid entities as well as government institutions, multi-nationals, domestic corporates and medium- to high-net worth individuals. Formerly known as NIC Bank Limited, the company changed its name to NIC Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. NCBA Group Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 A heart that bears 26 crosses for each victim is surrounded by lights in the Sandy Hook portion of Newtown, Connecticut, Dec. 14, 2013. Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri[Episcopal News Service] One year after the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed, Episcopalians across the nation participated in memorial services and spoke to the need for tighter gun control.At Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, about two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting, the community was joined by Connecticut bishops suffragan Laura J. Ahrens and James E. Curry for a two-hour memorial serving commemorating the victims.At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the grandfather of one of the child victims rang the bells 20 times, once for each child victim.Adam Lanza, 20, who had a history of mental and emotional problems, killed his mother at their Newtown home one year ago before driving to the elementary school, where he opened fire on the other victims and then committed suicide. The shooting, which devastated the nation, sparked a conversation on stricter gun control.President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Dec. 14 lit at candle for each of the 26 victims at the school, and the president called for stricter gun control and support for mental health treatment.“As a nation, we can’t stop every act of violence. We can’t heal every troubled mind. But if we want to live in a country where we can go to work, send our kids to school, and walk our streets free from fear, we have to keep trying. We have to keep caring. We have to treat every child like they’re our child. Like those in Sandy Hook, we must choose love. And together, we must make a change,” said Obama in his weekly address.In Salt Lake City, Episcopal Diocese of Utah Bishop Scott Hayashi said the nation’s wounds remained open and that Americans would not be lulled into thinking that such a tragedy won’t happen again.“You and I, for the sake of all people, must continue to be outraged,” Hayashi told an audience at Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “If we lose that, we will lose the energy to move forward to make the changes that need to be made.”One day earlier, on Dec. 13, in Littleton, Colorado, an 18-year-old gunman shot and critically wounded a 17-year-old high-school classmate before killing himself. The gunman went to the high school searching for the head of speech and debate team, who’d recently kicked him off the team, according to news reports.On Dec. 14, the bishops of the Diocese of Virginia sent the following message to the diocese, “Today, we remember the children, men and women who lost their lives at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting one year ago. We join in prayer with others from across the country and across the globe, for the victims and families of Sandy Hook and of so many other gun-related tragedies. We pray, too, for our country, as we continue to grapple with issues surrounding gun violence and safety – issues raised again by yesterday’s shootings in a suburban Denver school.”Also on Dec. 14, gun control advocates gathered at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Maryland, to commemorate the Sandy Hook victims and “to express their displeasure” with the federal government and individual states for failing to pass stricter gun control laws.Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 12 held a national vigil for all victims of gun violence honoring all those who have been affected by the rampant gun violence in the United States and exploring the role that people of faith can have in healing victimized communities and push for justice and changes in law that can protect against further gun deaths.More than 800 people, including Connecticut Bishop Ian T. Douglas, interfaith gun control activists, survivors and victim’s families, attended the service.  The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, has been an outspoken advocate for stricter gun control in the wake of the Connecticut and other shootings.On Dec. 15, Hall used his sermon to reaffirm his stance.“A year ago, I stood in the pulpit and declared my own and this cathedral’s resolve to stand with and for the victims of gun violence and to use our energies to mobilize the faith community to pressure our legislators for action to curb the epidemic of deaths brought about by guns in America,” he said. “In the phrase that will no doubt be the opening line of my obituary, I said, ‘The gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby.’”Hall noted that one year later “pretty close to nothing has happened,” pointing out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that an additional 32,000 people have died from gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook shootings, including 12 people who died in the Washington Navy Yard shootings in September 2013.“There has been almost no legislative action in response to these deaths,” he said.“What else did we think we had a right to expect? Nothing has happened in a year partially because we have not cared enough to make something happen. The passion is all on one side in the gun violence debate. Oh, sure, we care every time there is a tragedy. But we quickly lose interest and turn our attention to other things. We need, my friends, to do better. We need, as the community that lives out the life and promise of Jesus in the world, to be the people bringing good news to a nation and world in the grips of a death-dealing addiction to violence and guns,” Hall continued.A Facebook page, Episcopalians Against Gun Violence, has been created to share the work of bishops, clergy and lay Episcopalians working to curb gun violence.Meanwhile, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship staged a memorial vigil — “Protect Children, Not Guns!” – at the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, on the morning of Dec. 14,” said the Rev. Allison Liles, EPF executive director.“Twenty young children and six educators were slaughtered by 154 bullets – fired in just five minutes. This obscenity has to stop,” said the Liles, who took part in the national vigil for all victims of gun violence at Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 12. “I felt a strong sense of commitment during the cathedral vigil to work even harder to persuade the U.S. Congress to finally adopt meaningful and sensible gun control legislation when they return to Washington in January.” Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET By ENS staffPosted Dec 16, 2013 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Shreveport, LA Gun Violence Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN One year later, church remembers Sandy Hook victims Pressure mounts for stricter gun control Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

first_imgThe one-year anniversary of the death of Venezuela’s revolutionary leader President Hugo Chávez on March 5 was marked by demonstrations and protests in several cities around the United States. Activists took the opportunity to denounce the current U.S.-backed attacks against the Bolivarian government in Venezuela and to show solidarity with the people and government of President Nicolás Maduro.The demonstration in New York started at Times Square and marched to the offices of the New York Times, where a delegation entered and delivered a message protesting the biased coverage of that big-business newspaper. Scores of Venezuelans as well as other Latinos/as and North Americans chanting “U.S. hands off Venezuela” then marched through the busy midtown area.Organized by Unión del Barrio, activists in San Diego gathered at the federal building for two hours of speeches, messages of support, denunciations of U.S. efforts to overthrow the elected government, educational presentations, chanting and music on the day commemorating one year since the death of President Hugo Chávez.A rally was held in San Francisco to salute Chávez’s legacy and defend Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. The organizers also took the opportunity to celebrate the return of  Fernando González, of the Cuban Five, to Cuba. The spirited rally was subjected to significant heckling and jeering by some right-wingers from Venezuela and other Latin American countries.Endorsers of the March 5 event were AIM-West; Answer; BALASC; Bolivarian Circle of No. Calif.; FMLN-No. Calif.; FSLN-No. Calif.; Committee for Political Education; Haiti Action Committee; Hondureños, FNRP-Libre/Nor. Calif; Marcha Patriótica Colombia-Calif.; National Committee to Free the Cuban Five; NICCA; Party for Socialism and Liberation; SOAW-San Francisco; Task Force on the Americas; and Workers World Party.On March 3, a “U.S. Hands Off Venezuela” protest took place in Milwaukee. Protesters chanted, “When Venezuela is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” Speakers raised other U.S. atrocities, lies, coups and invasions. including Chile, Iraq and other nations. They called on working people to stand with and support the Venezuelan government and not the coup plotters and their imperialist backers.Sponsoring organizations included the Milwaukee Anti-War Committee, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Latin America Solidarity Committee, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Occupy Milwaukee, WI Bail Out the People Movement, Progressive Students of Milwaukee, International Action Center, Workers World Party and Peace Action Wisconsin.Bob McCubbin, Terri Kay and Deirdre Griswold contributed to this report. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders deplores the repeated use of violence against journalists covering peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank in protest against the construction of the Security Wall. Reporters Without Borders deplores the repeated use of violence against journalists covering peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank in protest against the construction of the Security Wall. The Israeli armed forces have been directly responsible for these incidents. The press freedom organisation wrote to defence minister Ehud Barak about this issue on 14 April.“Many journalists have been injured in recent weeks although they were clearly identified as working for the press,” Reporters Without Borders said today. “Seven journalists have been injured in this manner since the start of the year by shots fired by Israeli soldiers. We again condemn these acts of violence and we urge the Israeli authorities to guarantee the safety of journalists operating in the region.”Atta ’Awad, a photographer employed by the Ramattan news agency, was injured by tear gas grenades fired by Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the Security Wall in Bil’in on 10 April. He was taken to a hospital for treatment to injuries to the shoulder and back.Journalist Mohamed Es-Said was injured while covering clashes between settlers and Palestinian residents in Safa, near Hebron, on 7 April. He was hit when Israeli soldiers fired tear gas grenades.Reuters photographer Said el Houwari and Rabhi el Koubri, a photographer employed by the Palestinian news network, were injured by bullets while they and other journalists were covering the weekly protest against the Security Wall in Bil’in on 3 April.Khalil Riyash, a photographer employed by the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, and Reuters photographer Bachar Nazal were injured by rubber bullets while covering a protest against the Security Wall on 27 March in Jayyus (in Qalqilya district). They were hospitalised for a week.Reporters Without Borders previously issued a release condemning the 23 January incident in which Spanish journalist Cristina Rivas sustained a serious leg injury in similar circumstances in Bil’in. RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Israel WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information to go further IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News May 16, 2021 Find out more April 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven journalists injured by Israeli soldiers in West Bank since January RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation last_img read more

first_imgNewsLocal NewsYoung Limerick people encouraged to enter the discussion on drugs issueBy Alan Jacques – February 6, 2015 620 Print Advertisement Previous articleLimerick students are on the ballNext articleLimerick face Tipperary in NFL round two Alan Jacques Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email TAGS’Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Media AwardsAna Liffey Drug projectDrugs.ielimerick by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up YOUNG Limerick people are being encouraged to enter the ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Media Awards.An annual competition, it encourages discussion of drug-related issues by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content relating to drug and/or alcohol use.Entries will be accepted as a group project or an individual entry. Entrants can enter the competition as many times as they like by entering different formats on one or both themes or by participating in a group project and submitting an individual entry.Age categories for entries are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21, and 21-25.The deadline for entries is Wednesday March 4 to be in with a chance to win the overall prize of €2000 and have your work published on the website. All age category winners also receive an iPad Mini and a certificate.The Let’s Talk about Drugs Media Awards was developed as a local competition by Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs in 2007. Since 2014 the initiative has been further developed as a national competition and is now managed by The Ana Liffey Drug Project.Speaking at the launch of the competition, Tony Duffin, Director of the Ana Liffey Drug project said; “This competition offers participants the opportunity to creatively use digital tools to present issues relating to drug and alcohol use from their own perspective. The awards are a great opportunity to recognise and reward young people who are passionate about using digital content to relay their message.”“I am looking forward to seeing what messages are highlighted by the many entrants and I wish everyone the best of luck!” he added.For full competition details visit WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share and Risk Indices Edge Up in June The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The first-time buyer share in April, May, and June was launched to new highs, supported by improvements in the labor market, riskier mortgage lending, and continuing low mortgage rates.The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk recently released a report, finding that first-time buyers account for 58.8 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee, up from 57.2 percent the prior June, according to the Agency First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index (FBMSI).The Combined FBMSI, which measures the share of first-time buyers for both government-guaranteed and private-sector mortgages reached an estimated 52.9 percent, up from 51.6 percent the prior June, according to the report.In addition, AEI determined that the Agency First-Time Buyer Mortgage Risk Index (FBMRI) stood at a series record of 15.83 percent, and increase of half of a percentage point from the average over the prior three months and up 1.1 percentage points from a year earlier. The Agency FBMRI is 6.75 percentage points higher than the mortgage risk index for repeat homebuyers, a gap that continues to widen.“The housing lobby, led by the NAR and the Urban Institute, has successfully pushed for looser lending standards for first-time buyers,” said Edward Pinto, codirector of the AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. “Rather than increasing accessibility, the loosening of lending standards during a strong seller’s market is moving the goalpost further away for many lower-income and minority renters desiring to become homeowners.”According to AEI, The first-time buyer mortgage share and mortgage risk indices are key housing market indicators based on monthly data for nearly all government-guaranteed home purchase loans, which greatly reduces the risk of sample error.The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) first-time homebuyer percentage reached a share at or above 80 percent, while Freddie Mac is at the low-end with a share of about 40 percent, AEI noted. Fannie Mae’s share has consistently hovered above Freddie Mac’s at 46.7 percent in June.“The rising first-time buyer share and the strong increase in first-time buyer sales volume shown by our broad measure help explain the tightening inventory conditions in the long-running seller’s market,” AEI said. “The unsold inventory of existing single-family homes stood at 5.2 months in May, down from 5.6 months a year earlier; for new single-family homes, the unsold inventory was 4.5 months in May, down from 5.1 months a year earlier.”The number of primary owner-occupied purchase mortgages going to first-time buyers in June totaled an estimated 128,000, up 20 percent from the 107,000 mortgages in June 2014, according to AEI. This loan count increase surpassed the 15.5 percent rise in total agency loan purchase volume during the same period. Almost 55 percent of first-time buyer loans were high risk (MRI above 12 percent) in June, up from 51 percent a year earlier.“We paint an accurate picture of changes in the first-time buyer share by using a nearly complete census of agency loans,” said Stephen Oliner, codirector of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk.  “In contrast, the monthly changes in the first-time buyer share from the NAR survey are often just noise.”Click here to view the American Enterprise Institute International Center on Housing Risk full report.  The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share and Risk Indices Edge Up in June Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije West Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img July 21, 2015 1,242 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Related Articles Previous: CFPB Sets Final TRID Rule Effective Date Next: RoundPoint’s Rating Outlook Adjusted From ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’ Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: American Enterprise Institute Federal Housing Administration First-Time Buyer International Center on Housing Risk Mortgage Share Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago American Enterprise Institute Federal Housing Administration First-Time Buyer International Center on Housing Risk Mortgage Share 2015-07-21 xhevrijewestlast_img read more

first_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook News Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp Donegal Youth Service will host an information workshop tonight for young people leaving home to study for the first time next week.The workshop takes place at the Youth Information Centre in Letterkenny at 7pm this evening.Staff will be there to help students and parents with information on a range of issues from budgeting to tenants’ rights.This evening’s workshop will offer advice on health, keeping safe, financial and budgeting advice, finding accommodation, tenants rights and how to make the most out of college.Youth Information Officer Martin Keeney says in many cases, so much emphasis is placed on the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers, that little thought is given to preparing students for what can be a difficult experience.This event offers young people and their parents the chance to come along, ask questions and begin to prepare properly for the experiences that lie ahead.”The “Flying the Coop” booklet produced by the Roscommon Youth Information Centre will also be available full of advice on all these areas, including tenants rights, useful contacts and advice for those going on to study in Northern Ireland or the UK, as well as colleges in the Republic. Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers By News Highland – August 28, 2012 Facebook Google+ Twittercenter_img Pinterest Twitter Information evening for young people starting college RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleGAA must protect gay players – MEPNext articleCouncillor criticises delay in Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme News Highland Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

first_imgNews Part two of Budget 2012 – as it happens WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers center_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Finance Minister Michael Noonan is currently delivering part two of Budget 2012 to the Dail.SNAP – MORTGAGE INTEREST RELIEFIncrease rate of mortgage interest relief to 30 percent for First Time Buyers who took out a mortgage between 2004 and 2008.SNAP – CAPITAL GAINS TAXAny property purchased from midnight tonight and the end of 2013 and held for at least seven years will be relieved from Capital Gains Tax.SNAP – STAMP DUTYStamp duty for commercial property transfers to be reduced from current top rate of 6 percent to a flat rate of 2 percent FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT(All non-residential property, including farmland as well as commercial and industrial buildings)SNAP – MORTGAGE INTEREST RELIEF 2First Time Buyers who purchase a home in 2012 will get mortgage interest relief at 25% (rather than 15% signalled by previous government)NON first time buyers will benefit from relief at 15% (rather than 10% signalled)SNAP – PROPERTY RELATED RELIEFSA property relief surcharge of 5 % will be imposed on investors with an annual gross income over 100,000 euro.SNAP – UNIVERSAL SOCIAL CHARGEFrom January 1 the exemption level on the charge will rise from 4,004 euro to 10,036 euro.SO TAXPAYERS can earn just over 10,000 euro before paying the USCMinister says benefit to 330,000 people.SNAP – VATRise in rate from 21% to 23% and guarantee no further hikes in this rate during the lifetime of this GovernmentMinister says with differential between here and Northern Ireland of just 3% (compared to 6.5% in 2009),  he does NOT expect increase in cross border shopping.SNAP – CAPITAL ACQUISITIONS TAXIncrease the current rate of CAT from 25% to 30%SNAP – CAPITAL GAINS TAXIncrease Capital Gains Tax from 25% to 30% after todaySNAP – DIRTIncreasing DIRT from 27% to 30%SNAP – PRSIRemove the remaining 50 percent employer PRSI relief on employee pensionsFurther Broaden base of PRSI to cover rental, investment and other forms of income from 2013.SNAP – DOMICILE LEVYAbolishing the citizenship condition for payment of the Domicile Levy so as to ensure that “tax exiles” cannot avoid it by renouncing their citizenship.SNAP – CARBON TAXIncrease the Carbon tax on fossil fuels from the current 15 euro per tonne to 20 euro per tonne.WILL BE APPLIED TO PETROL AND DIESEL FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHTIncrease on other fuels (home heating oil etc) will not come into effect until next May.WILL NOT APPLY to sild fuel so no increase for peat and coal.SNAP – PENSIONSAlthough Troika programme commits to a move to a standard rate relief on pension contributions, no changes at this time.SNAP – HOUSEHOLD CHARGE100 euro household charge as announced by the Environment Minister.Confirms waiver for those on mortgage interest supplement and for those in certain ghost estates.Confirms provision will be made for the charge to be paid in instalments.SNAP – MOTOR TAXMotor Tax Increases  to generate 47 million of income.(Details of amounts / rates will follow shortly as in back of book)SNAP – ABSENTEEISMRemoving the existing tax ememption for the first 36 days of illness benefit and occupational injury benefit so that this incentive to absenteeism is removed.SNAP – CIGARETTESPack of cigarettes to increase by 25 cent from midnight tonightWill be applied to other tobacco on pro rate basis.SNAP – ALCOHOLVAT increase will apply to alcohol – but no other excise increase on alcohol.Promises legislation to stop low cost selling of alcohol in supermarkets and off licences.SNAP – BETTING DUTYWill introduce legislaton to extend the betting duty to remote betting.SNAP – CARBON TAX CHANGESPetrol up by 1.4 cent a litreDiesel up by 1.6 cent a litreSNAP – MOTOR TAX – NEW RATESBand A from 104 to 160(+56)Band B from 156 to 225 (+69)Band C from 302 to 330 (+28)Band D from 447 to 481 (+34) Previous articleFinance Minister opens budget speech by criticising FF governmentNext articleGovernment pledges to retain corporate tax rate of 12.5% News Highland By News Highland – December 6, 2011 Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articleAnger in Derry as NIE move powerlines to accomodate 11th night bonfireNext articleOverhaul of Rural Transport Programme to be announced today News Highland Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By News Highland – July 9, 2013 center_img WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp News Donegal Senator Jimmy Harte says he believes the new JobsPlus scheme which has just been announced can make a major difference in the county.Under the scheme companies can be paid between 7,500 and 10,000 euro over two years if they hire someone who’s been on the live register for a year or longer.Senator Harte says this has the potential to create real jobs:[podcast][/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Senator says JobsPlus scheme will be good for Donegal Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more