Baker hits out at PAYE fines

first_imgCraft bakers hit by tough new fines are being urged to take their case to Chancellor George Osborne.HM Revenue & Customs is calculating penalties for firms that paid PAYE/NI late during the 2010-11 tax year, and one craft baker believes the penalty does not fit the crime.PAYE has to be paid by the 19th of the month following the month in which the deduction was made and fines were brought in so businesses don’t gain a financial advantage in paying late.However, the baker, who doesn’t want to be named, said if a company had a very small PAYE scheme and was paying on average £500 per month but paid two days late every month – probably because its customers were slow in paying – they would receive a £220 bill.“The benefit to the company in the saving of overdraft interest is approximately £14. So, in this instance HMRC wants about 16 times in penalties to the amount of the advantage.”For a larger company paying an £15,000 PAYE bill monthly, but paying 20 days late each time, its annual advantage would be about £345, while the actual penalty would be £6,600 – 19 times the advantage.He believes that to improve cash flow, businesses will look at redundancies so they can meet their liabilities and avoid the penalties. “I’ve got no problem with them bringing in a fine but the Revenue makes loan sharks look positvely philanthropic.”Gill Brooks-Lonican, CEO of the National Association of Master Bakers, said it was prepared to campaign on the issue if other bakers came forward with the same problem. “Some people might not even be aware of the fact there are penalities because it’s new legislation, so if we get more information, we can write to the Minister,” she said.An HMRC spokesman said the amount of PAYE paid on time in the last tax year was up on previous years.“The penalties were consulted on extensively with relevant stakeholders and representative bodies. As well as a late payment penalty being issued, interest will also be charged. This is to ensure that HMRC and customers are recompensed for losses of funds.”last_img read more

Bringing back the quagga

first_img3 October 2006Extinction is forever – or is it? On 12 August 1883 the last living quagga died at the Amsterdam zoo, and the world believed this unusual type of zebra had gone the way of the dodo.But for the last 20 years a team of South Africans have been working to bring the beast back from the dead, with the third generation of specially bred foals now being born.The quagga lived in the Karoo and southern Free State, and differed in appearance from other zebras: it was striped on the front half of its body only and was a creamy, light brown on its upper parts and whitish on its belly and legs.The quagga was long thought to be a fourth species of zebra, and given a unique taxonomic name: Equus quagga. The other – still living – species are southern Africa’s plains zebra (Equus burchelli) and mountain zebra (Equus zebra) and the East African Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi).If the quagga was a separate species, then its disappearance was an extinction: the animal was gone for ever.But in the middle of the 20th century, some experts began to wonder if the quagga was perhaps a subspecies or local type of the plains zebra. If that were the case, then its genes were still around. With the right breeding programme, it might be possible to bring back the quagga.Aggressively huntedThe indigenous Khoi people of the Cape named the quagga – with the double “g” pronounced as a guttural “ch”, as in the Scottish word “loch” – for its bark-like call, similar to that of the plains zebra.Like other members of the horse family, the animals fed on a variety of wild grasses. With sparse grasslands in the Karoo and southern Free State, food was probably in short supply.But the real reason for the quagga’s disappearance was aggressive hunting. Because the animals could not be tamed for domestic use, they were regarded as pests by colonial farmers, grazing scarce resources needed for their sheep. And South Africa in the 19th century was regarded as a hunter’s paradise, with colonial settlers wiping out huge numbers of indigenous wildlife.Quagga meat was eaten by farm labourers and the skin used for grainbags and leather, with many raw animal hides sent out of the country. By the time the Cape governor banned quagga hunting in 1886, it was already too late – the last quagga, a mare, had died in the Amsterdam zoo three years before.The extermination of the Quagga by Franz Roubal, 1931, oil on canvas (Image: Quagga Project)The shabby foalThe quest to bring back the quagga began in 1969, when a German national named Reinhold Rau joined the South African Museum in Cape Town. As a young member of the museum’s taxidermy staff, Rau was charged with remounting the museum’s little quagga specimen, a shabby foal stuffed with straw. His fascination with the animal grew, and he toured European museums to examine and record the world’s 23 remaining preserved quagga specimens.Rau became convinced that the quagga was a subspecies of the plains zebra. If this were true, he reasoned, the quagga could be bred back into existence.The plains zebra is a highly variable species, with a distinct gradient in colour and a gradual reduction in striping as one moves from north to south.Rau believes the fewer stripes and browner colour is a gradual adaptation to more open country – the Karoo has a semi-desert climate – with the quagga representing the extreme southern limit of the trend.“The gene pool of which the quagga is part is still there,” Rau said in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor. “As a population in the Karoo, it is extinct, but as a species, it is not.”Plains zebra variability. Top row: (left) the mare Tracy from the quagga rebreeding programme; (middle) a plains zebra from the Etosha area; (right) Equus burchelli boehmi, a subspecies with pronounced striping and no brown coloration or shadow-stripes in the white parts. Bottom row: (left) the Munich quagga, one of the preserved specimens with the least striping; (right) the Tring quagga, one of the unquestioned quagga specimens with the most pronounced striping. (Image: Quagga Project)In 1983 Rau was vindicated when DNA testing on a sample of dried quagga flesh extracted from a badly cured skin showed that there was no real difference between plains zebra and quagga genes, although there were significant differences between the latter and the mountain zebra.The DNA test made history: conducted in 1983 by Russell Higuchi from the University of California, Berkeley, it was the first time anyone had managed to replicate and test DNA from an extinct animal.Successful breeding programmeIn March 1987 the Quagga Breeding Project was launched. Rau set up a committee of experts in zoology, livestock breeding, veterinary medicine, genetics and conservation. Nine zebras were selected and captured at the Etosha National Park, and taken to a specially constructed breeding camp at the Cape Nature Conservation farm Vrolijkheid, near Robertson.“There are many people all over the world who are concerned about the destruction mankind is doing to the world and are trying to stop it. I am one of them,” Rau says. “Maybe I’m conservative, but I see a chance to rectify a mistake that was made.”The breeding programme is almost on its 20th year. More than 60 animals have so far been bred and are being kept at 11 different sites around Cape Town and in national parks, including the Kruger National Park.Many of the foals born in the last few years fairly closely resemble the quagga: they have no stripes on their rumps and only a small stripy patch on their legs. The breeding animals have produced their third generation of foals, which have even more advanced quagga-like features.New evidenceThe year 2005 saw the project reaching new highs: a more comprehensive DNA test added further evidence of the quagga’s relationship with the plains zebra – even providing a possible date for the evolutionary divergence of the subspecies – and the most quagga-like foal so far was born.In early 2005 a team led by Jennifer A Leonard of Sweden’s Uppsala University isolated mitochondrial DNA from eight quaggas and a plains zebra, and found that the quagga displayed little genetic diversity and diverged from the plains zebra very recently – about 120 000 to 290 000 years ago.“We’re trying to recreate in a short period of time what it took nature thousands of years to do,” says Rau.And on 20 January 2005 the quagga project produced its most quagga-like foal so far. Named Henry, he is the youngest of the project’s third generation. The striped area of his body is not only much reduced, but the body stripes themselves are considerably narrower and fainter than usual, more so than in some quagga museum specimens.Rau is vehement that the quagga can be returned. “The quagga is a quagga because of the way that it looked, and if you produce animals that look that way, then they are quaggas.”Visit the Quagga Breeding Project website.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How to Install Doors in Thick Walls

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members In high-performance building envelopes—those with thick walls and other details that allow for extra insulation and air-sealing—installing standard doors poses challenges that builders don’t typically encounter on more conventional builds. The placement of the door relative to the depth of the opening can affect the swing and the threshold details, and thermal bridging can be an issue. There’s no single solution, but I’ve had luck with the details shown here. They can be adapted to work with imported doors, which are slightly different than what most North American builders are used to, but they’re based on standard door and jamb profiles.Thick-wall assemblies can affect the degree to which a door opens as well as how easy or difficult it is to tie the water-resistive barrier (WRB) and air barrier into the jamb. Below are three approaches to consider. A standard door installed to the exterior makes for simple trim details, but it requires interior extension jambs, which means the door can only open a bit more than 90°. If there’s no perpendicular wall to open against, the door will bind against the trim, which can loosen hinges and damage both door and trim. Plus, the WRB and air barrier are typically at the sheathing, which makes it complicated to tie the door frame into those layers because they will align toward the middle of the door jamb.Ideally, order a door with thicker jambs. There are 6 9/16-in. jambs available off the shelf—perfect for 2×4 construction with 2 in. of exterior foam—or you can build your own or buy custom for thicker wall assemblies. Locally, I can get builder-grade doors with 9 1/8-in. jambs, and have seen jambs up to 11 1/8 in. from other suppliers. But even those depths are not… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Gopinath Munde may quit BJP soon to join Congress: Sources

first_imgGopinath MundeSenior BJP leader Gopinath Munde would in all likelihood quit the party and join the Congress soon, sources told Headlines Today on Monday.Sources said Munde’s talks with Congress were in the final stages and the only hitch was a ministerial berth for him. Congress leaders have been negotiating with him on the issue.Earlier, the talks between BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Munde ended late on Sunday night with no solution in sight. Both sides stuck to their stands over appointments to some key party posts in Maharashtra.Sources said while Gadkari wanted to remove Munde’s man Pandurang Phundkar and appoint Vinod Thawade in his place as the Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Vidhan Parishad, Munde was not ready to concede to this.Munde has also been unhappy with some other appointments, including that of Vikas Mathkari in place of his candidate Yogesh Gogawale as the party’s Pune city chief.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Near perfect

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Pido Jarencio breathed a big sigh before blurting out his assessment of what he thought NorthPort did on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “We frustrated their high-scoring import,” Jarencio went on in Filipino. “That was our [defensive] mind-set and we knew that the rest would follow.”NorthPort got a big lift from the comebacking Stanley Pringle, who played his first game coming off the injured list to shoot 22 points in just under 29 minutes and lead the Batang Pier to their third straight win, again tied for the early lead with idle Blackwater.“I think we’re going in the right direction—and that is not to just make the playoffs, but at least the semis and maybe the Finals,” he went on as a total of five players tossed in twin digits with rookie Robert Bolick accounting for 21 and import Prince Ibeh contributing 18 points and 20 rebounds.Later in the night, Alaska held off NLEX, 100-87, behind Jeron Teng’s 20 points and Chris Banchero’s 17.Tony Mitchell finally suited up for the Road Warriors and finished with 34 points.ADVERTISEMENT There’s no doubt that the Batang Pier claimed the biggest fish in their impressive run early in the conference. But things will be tougher starting Saturday as NorthPort starts facing teams of the same caliber as TNT—if not stronger.Barangay Ginebra and Justin Brownlee will be up next before San Miguel Beer and Magnolia take their shot at the Batang Pier.“We will take it one game at a time and, like I said, our goal is not just to make the playoffs, but the championship if possible,” Jarencio said.Jones found it hard to navigate past the bruising NorthPort defense, which bodied him up with constant help defenses. The NBA veteran ended up frustrated in the third quarter and that proved to be the key as the Batang Pier turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 12-point lead entering the fourth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “We played a near-perfect game, especially on defense,” Jarencio said with a wide smile, moments after his Batang Pier steamrolled TNT, 110-86, at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, to stay undefeated in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations. “I really can’t say anything more.”He had every right to say anything he wanted as his defensive ploy he tried keeping a secret worked wonders in cuffing TNT’s prolific import, Terrence Jones, who came into the game averaging 42 points and 18 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Batang Pier held Jones to just 17 points to send the KaTropa to their first defeat in three games.And an ugly one at that. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ Rondina, Pons: World Tour a learning experience View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Excitement machine still excites

first_imgBy BEN HARRISIf you type in Michael Mitchell into YouTube, two incredible sporting moments will come up.Both are Australian Rules related and the words astonishing and unbelievable come to mind.They are of Mitchell’s goal against Sydney Swans and mark against Fitzroy Lions.Subsequently they were named the Goal of the Year and Mark of the Year for 1990.In a past life, the 50-year-old touch football enthusiast played for the Richmond Tigers.He represented the Tigers 81 times between 1987 and 1991.He kicked 103 goals in his career but it was the one against the Swans that he’s best remembered. After gathering the ball near his team’s 50m line, Mitchell took one bounce, then another, and then five more, before calmly drilling home a goal.It was such an extraordinary goal, not only did it get Goal of the Year, but it was later named the Goal of the Century for Richmond.“It’s a little bit daunting knowing you got it for a century,” Mitchell said with a laugh.“I go back for a legends game. They invite me back for the dreamtime… They treat me well when I go back there.”Nowadays, Mitchell is still playing for the Tigers but for the Western Tigers at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.Touch football is not new for Mitchell, he has been playing since 1984.“I went to the nationals in Sydney for the men’s open.“[When I first saw touch football] thought ‘what is this bloody game’ and then it was a smart game and we changed a bit with our pace and skill and I have been playing ever since.”Mitchell is representing Western Australia in the men’s 50s.His team won one game and lost two on the first day of the tournament.“We’ve got some pretty good players who have got the wheels [speed],” he said.“We just don’t have the regular competition others do week-in and week-out. That’s where we miss out.”“We just missed out on the semis last year. The Mets were two down with two minutes to go and scored two and drew the game and got in on the strength of that over us, so we are hoping to go one better and make the semis.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au Social MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksFrom AFL to touchlast_img read more

10 months agoWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon: I want Newcastle stay

first_imgWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon: I want Newcastle stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon has again declared he wants to sign permanently with Newcastle United.The 29-year-old has scored four goals and provided two assists for the Magpies, despite an injury-affected start to life on Tyneside, since signing from West Bromwich Albion on loan during the summer.Rondon said, “Would I like to stay? Yes, of course. I am very grateful for the effort the club made to bring me in, and for the confidence of the coach, and the welcome of the fans. For all these reasons I’d like to continue, but we’ll see what happens.”I feel really good. I’m really happy here for what we’ve achieved collectively. That’s the important thing.”We have been in good form and have moved away from the relegation zone. I have done my job by contributing with goals.”It’s quite a big contrast [to playing for West Brom last season]. The difference in styles between one team and the other is reflected in the play. A striker likes to have chances and to get crosses into the area.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Delhi Mahila Cong celebrates its 35th Foundation Day

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Mahila Congress celebrated its 36th Foundation Day at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, Rajiv Bhawan, on Sunday. On the occasion, Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress (DPMC) organized a flag-hoisting programme at the DPCC office, under the leadership of DPMC president Sharmistha Mukherjee. The flag hoisting was done by Mukherjee, along with DPCC Working Presidents Rajesh Lilothia and Devender Yadav. Mukherjee said that the All India Mahila Congress started functioning as an independent Frontal Organization within the AICC with the approval of the President, AICC from 15th September, 1983. She said that the Mahila Congress started off as an outreach frontal organization of the Indian National Congress and was involved mainly in social work. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderShe said that the Congress party, right from its inception, has worked tirelessly for the better condition of women in India. Mukherjee said that the Congress party, time and again, reviewed the condition of women in India and made suitable policies and rules for the betterment of women, like the Dowry Prohibition Act (1961), the Maternity Benefit Act 1961, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention and Protection Act 2013) etc.last_img read more

Alberta energy firms split on call for government imposed production cuts

first_imgCALGARY — Oilsands and refining giants Suncor Energy Inc. and Husky Energy Inc. are rejecting a call by rival Cenovus Energy Inc. for government-imposed production cuts to reduce an oversupply of oil in Alberta linked to steep price discounts.Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal says the company has no exposure to the “differential” between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate and therefore shouldn’t have to reduce its production.She says the company’s position is that the market should operate freely and that Suncor should be allowed to benefit from the refineries and upgraders it has built and the pipeline space it has contracted that insulate it from local price discounts.Husky spokeswoman Kim Guttormson says her company also believes in a “market-based solution,” noting that intervention entails economic and trade risk for Canada.In a report, analyst Phil Skolnick of Eight Capital says the temporary cuts suggested by Cenovus and supported by some other producers of bitumen would work to clear clogged storage and quickly reduce price discounts on Alberta oil to the benefit of the province.But he adds that he expects discounts to moderate as companies voluntarily reduce output, crude-by-rail exports rise, U.S. refineries come back on line after fall maintenance shutdowns and the 80,000-barrel-per-day Sturgeon Refinery begins processing bitumen early next year.Skolnick estimates recent WCS-WTI heavy oil discounts, if held for a year, would equate to an Alberta royalty loss of about $4 billion, an oil industry-related Canadian federal income tax loss of about $13 billion and an annual U.S. federal income tax gain of about $12 billion from higher U.S. refining earnings. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE)last_img read more

The Latest OPEC agrees to cut in oil production

first_imgVIENNA — The Latest on the OPEC oil meeting (all times local):4 p.m.Iraq’s representative in OPEC says the oil cartel has agreed to a proposal that will see global in oil production reduced by 1.2 million barrels a day.According to Thamir Ghadhban, the proposed cut would be made up of 800,000 barrels per day from OPEC countries and 400,000 barrels from non-OPEC nations.The proposed cut was in line with the 1 million to 1.3 million barrels per day expected by analysts.___11:10 a.m.OPEC countries are mulling a possible cut to oil production in an attempt to stabilize prices as they meet for a second straight day.Heavyweight Saudi Arabia has been pushing a cut of about 1 million barrels a day, but the oil cartel was not able to make a decision on Thursday.Analysts say they’re likely waiting to hear from non-OPEC Russia to better co-ordinate the cut.Heading in to Friday’s meeting in Vienna, Nigerian Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachikwu told reporters he was “hopeful” the nations would be able to reach an agreement.Ahead of the meeting Brent, the international standard, was down 59 cents at $59.47 a barrel while benchmark New York crude was 61 cents lower at $50.88.Oil prices have fallen about 25 per cent in recent months.The Associated Presslast_img read more