7 ways to cut your tax bill

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kelly TrageserWe all complain about how many of our hard-earned dollars go to Uncle Sam. However, with a little time, research and proper planning, we can learn how to keep more of our money when tax time rolls around.1. Use a Certified Public AccountantI often wonder why couples will spend $200 to go out for dinner yet do their own taxes. Not only are they forgoing the wise counsel of an expert but also setting themselves up for a potential error that could cost them thousands in the long run. I always recommend clients work with a CPA in order to maximize tax planning opportunities and plan for any potential tax liabilities. Discussing your financial situation with a CPA can help you come up with a strategy that will keep more dollars in your pocket.2. Be EducatedIt’s often been said, “An educated consumer is a wise consumer.” It is important to be educated in basic tax preparation.One of the most important tax forms you should understand is Form 1040 – the U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Some may laugh and say it would take a master’s degree in taxation to understand that form. However, with a little knowledge, Form 1040 can certainly be demystified. Form 1040 asks you to report your income, and then gives you opportunities to reduce that taxable income or taxes paid by allowing you to take adjustments, deductions, exemptions and credits. By familiarizing yourself with those four words, you’ll have the tools that can help to reduce your taxable income. continue reading »last_img read more

Raiders take practice off-site, indoors to avoid smoke

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders took to the road for practice Thursday, boarding buses with a police escort to an off-site nearby indoor facility to stay out of the smoke caused by the destructive Paradise Camp Fire.Doors to the facility and locker room were closed with signs warning players and support staff to keep them closed to minimize smoke inhalation.Offensive coordinator Greg Olson acknowledged that any adjustments the Raiders must make for the natural disaster pale in comparison to those in …last_img read more

Africa: advancing gender equality in ocean economy, navy

first_img3 September 2015South African Navy Lieutenant Commander Zimasa Mabela became South Africa’s first female navy vessel commander during Women’s Month when she took control on 26 August of the SAS Umhloti. She also became the first African woman to captain an active navy vessel.#NavyFirst Mabela will command the SAS Umhloti. MM pic.twitter.com/DXBBO40BYo— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 26, 2015 Born and raised in Eastern Cape, Mabela joined the navy in 1999 as a telecommunications operator. She completed her officer training in 2004, becoming a Combat Officer at the navy’s warfare training centre in Gordon’s Bay. She later joined the SAS Isandlwana as an assistant operations officer.Speaking to the Cape Times newspaper after her installation as captain of the Umhloti, she said had always had a fascination with the ocean and the navy; being a woman was not going to stop her fulfilling her dream of becoming part of that.“I remember how excited I was when I first got accepted to be a part of the navy. I am proud to be the first black African woman to command a naval vessel. But, more than the title, I want to be an example to my crew. I want to be judged on my ability to command, and not my gender,” said the now Lieutenant Commander Mabela.#NavyFirst Mabela boarding her vessel for the first time as its commander. MM pic.twitter.com/Jd9VvNFtDB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 26, 2015 She is taking over the bridge of the Umhloti from seasoned navy veteran Commander Brian Shor. The handover, Mabela says, will be smooth: “Everyone has their own unique way of leading and to be in command you need the right attitude and personality. That is what will take you far.”SAS Umhloti, based in Simon’s Town, is a mine-hunter vessel and recruit training facility. It is also used for rescue operations.Lieutenant Obed Medupe, the navy’s spokesperson, says the navy fully supports Mabela’s appointment. It is determined to use this ground-breaking milestone as an opportunity to inspire more women to become actively involved, particularly at leadership level, in the navy, as well as in the overall military and private maritime sectors.Africa and its ocean economySeafaring has been men’s work, but barriers are coming down. #Maritime analysis by @timwalker919 in ISS Today https://t.co/S56iEcVO9Z— ISS (@issafrica) August 31, 2015 The appointment indicated a new gender equality trend for maritime services, particularly in Africa, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said in responding to news of Lieutenant Commander Mabela’s new command.In the institute’s statement, Women in maritime, Timothy Walker said 2015 was Africa’s year for change. Walker is the researcher in the ISS’s conflict management and peacebuilding division. He said Africa was making great strides in advancing gender equality in private and military maritime sectors, developing real opportunities for women.“The African Union (AU) is leading the way on the continent. Two events hosted this year (in Angola and Ethiopia), including the African Maritime Women: Towards Africa’s Blue Economy event (and) the AU summit in January focusing on Women Empowerment in Africa (were) a step towards achieving the goals of the AU’s Agenda 2063, (which includes advancing Africa’s) ocean economy. as a major contributor to continental transformation and growth.”At these events, AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma repeatedly called for greater participation of women in maritime industries to increase interest in African countries as formidable maritime and naval players. The reputational and economic benefits from uplifting women and opening up maritime resources, training and stewardship to them leads to more opportunities for women in not only the navy, but also in ship ownership, fishing and manufacturing industries, as well as shipbuilding infrastructure.Experience, authority and securityOnly 2% of the world’s maritime workforce is made up of women, time for change? @timwalker919 for ISS Today https://t.co/S56iEcVO9Z— ISS (@issafrica) August 31, 2015 But, Walker warned in the ISS release, the role and contribution of women in maritime development must be correctly recognised and framed. “If women are to be fully included in the maritime industry, discussions cannot be limited to participation in one or two areas alone, such as environmental work, or entrepreneurship such as ship ownership. Creating a community of experienced women in maritime occupations needs to take place at several levels and in various sectors of the industry.”Key to this is allowing experienced and fully trained women into positions of authority in the safety and security sector (navies, coastguards, maritime authorities) and the private sector ocean economies.A positive step in this new direction, the ISS report highlighted, was the rise in the number of female marine pilots – steering ships into ports and harbours. For instance, 15 of the 70 marine pilots in South Africa are female, and the figure is growing. While the numbers have yet to reach this level in the rest of Africa, ground-breakers do exist.“Elizabeth Marami is Kenya’s first female marine pilot and while the AU lauded this accomplishment. she remains, for now, Kenya’s only woman in this profession. The numbers alone only tell part of the story. Women who put to sea must gain multi-level and multi-sector experience, such as executive or engineering positions, rather than being limited to entry or low paid occupations,” said Walker.One concern that still needed to be addressed, he explained, was that of the safety and support of women in the marine sector, an industry traditionally notorious for its misogyny and contentious sexual politics. The ISS report highlighted a South African initiative that went a long way to addressing the issue: “Efforts to ensure safety and support for female seafarers have included the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s Sisters of the Sea – an important initiative to enable the sharing of experience and support.”Sisters of the Sea is a mentoring programme that guides female entrants into the marine and naval sectors, making sure they are brought into a safe and encouraging environment, and that the older, more male-dominated peer group are acclimatised to be more inclusive and respect diversity. Projects like this, said Walker, “require invigoration and expansion. Infrastructure changes must ensure women’s physical security on board ships and in the industry”.Walker concluded the ISS report with a call for continuous and realistic transformation, and not just lip-service. “Sustained attention and action at the level of the AU, regional economic communities and national governments, in partnership with African and global maritime education institutions, is needed. The goal must be to transform the industry so that isolated stories of success coalesce into an inclusive and gender-balanced maritime domain.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Miranda Hart Unveils Comic Relief Statues

first_imgMiranda Hart has officially unveiled the first ever collection of Comic Relief Donation Statues, exhibited in London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall.Miranda Hart Poses With Comic Relief StatuesHonorary art expert Miranda was displayed in all her statuesque glory, accompanied by nine fellow larger-than-life statues of some of Comic Relief’s best loved funny faces and comedy supporters.These one of a kind, state of the art Statues were revealed at Goldsmiths’ Hall, the iconic institution for craft and industry, before they make their way across the UK to raise money for Red Nose Day.Miranda and friends will be popping up all over the UK from 12th February 2015. The public will be able to tap their card on the pocket of the Donation Statues to donate £1 to Comic Relief through the magic of Barclays contactless technology or via the Barclays Pingit app. Donors can even snap a celebrity selfie to share with friends using #RNDStatues.Miranda said: “Yes you’ve heard it right, I will be immortalised in statue form for Red Nose Day – my very own doppelgänger (good word) but obviously I am much more beautiful in real life… “The ten celebrities are just some of Britain’s best-loved comedians and comic characters who’ve donated their time and talent to help Comic Relief over the years and the public can keep an eye out for them in the following locations: Alan Partridge Steve Coogan – Norwich, intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre Billy Connolly – Glasgow, intu Braehead Shopping Centre David Walliams – London, Westfield Stratford City Dawn French – Buckinghamshire, intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre Del Boy David Jason – Bristol, Cabot Circus Eddie and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) – 
London, Westfield White City John Bishop – Warrington, Golden Square Shopping Centre Lenny Henry – Dudley, intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre Miranda Hart – Exeter, Guildhall Shopping Centre Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) – Newcastle, intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre 
The Donation Statues are the invention of Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis, who has collaborated with many of the nation’s favourite comedy stars over the years.
Richard said: “Since the beginning of Comic Relief I’ve asked hundreds of exceptionally talented and generous comedians to do strange things to raise money and this might be the oddest request yet. Huge thanks to all ten who agreed to let us turn them into a statue. As well as perfect selfie opportunities, just a simple tap on the pocket with a contactless card will give a £1 donation to help incredibly vulnerable people in the UK and across Africa. We’ve come a long way in fundraising since 1988!”The money raised by Red Nose Day’s Donation Statues will be spent by Comic Relief in the UK, and across Africa, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.For more information about the Red Nose Day Donation Statues and to find your nearest comedy great to donate, head to www.rednoseday.com/statues.last_img read more

Podcast Hockeys Modern Dynasty NBA Finals And A Baseball Hacking Scandal

Embed Code Video Excerpt: Baseball, Big Data, And Espionage More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 16, 2015), we discuss how LeBron James could win the NBA Finals MVP even if his team loses, whether the Chicago Blackhawks qualify as a dynasty, and the news that the FBI is investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals hacked data from the Houston Astros. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week, on the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nate Silver says the Blackhawks are a dynasty.The Cardinals are accused of hacking the Astros.Last year, Bloomberg profiled “Ground Control” and Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.Neil Paine on how proprietary data is a growing issue in pro sports.Neil Paine on LeBron James possibly going down as the greatest loser ever.Benjamin Morris offers another story about how great James is.Significant Digit: 6 percent. That was Colombia’s win probability going into its game with France, according to our Women’s World Cup predictions. Colombia won 2-0, the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history. read more

UNESCO Director Calls on Water Experts to Support Sustainable Water Management and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – Lidia Brito, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, advised water experts that sustainable water management and use are essential to ending poverty and hunger, improving health and well-being, protecting ecosystems, and ensuring access to renewable energy and called on them to support their countries in the quest to achieve these goals.The Director addressed the 12th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Meeting of National Committees and Focal Points taking place at the British Colonial Hilton.The objective of the Meeting is to agree on resolutions for implementation of the International Hydrological Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to discuss ways to achieve water security for Small Island Developing States.Over 60 international delegates representing the Caribbean, South and Central America are attending the Meeting, taking place in Nassau, The Bahamas.“Your involvement is even more critical as the achievement of the SDGs will depend on researchers and policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders having access to and being able to share pertinent and accurate information and knowledge to support their societies in the path for sustainable development.“That is why it is so important that we gather here, in this beautiful city of Nassau, for our 12th meeting of IHP National Committees and Focal Points of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said the Director.According to Ms. Brito, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs set forth a new framework for development cooperation over the next 15 years.   This agenda, she said, aims to ensure prosperity and well-being for all, while protecting the planet and strengthening the foundations for peace.   Furthermore, the Director remarked that the SDGs represent the most “universal”, “ambitious” and “comprehensive” agenda ever seen.She said the 2030 agenda highlights the vital importance of human capacities, skills and knowledge to adapt and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the present and the future, many of which are still unknown.“The 2030 Agenda is above all about shifting the world on to a sustainable and resilient path, reflecting a changing world and a new appreciation for the growing complexity and interconnectedness of development challenges reaching beyond borders, which need to be addressed in an integrated, coordinated and coherent manner.“UNESCO is approaching the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in an integrated manner across all its areas of competence (education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information), capitalizing on its multidisciplinary expertise and inter-sectoral mandate.“Critically for UNESCO, the 2030 Agenda recognizes that “sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security” and commits to intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and “an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility.”The Director expressed profound gratitude to the Government of The Bahamas, for hosting the event.By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS) Related Items:last_img read more