Marks & Spencer has won a 13-year tax battle over the status of its chocolate-covered teacakes, although there is still confusion around the legal ruling.The Law Lords upheld a decision made by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last year, which ordered the Treasury to refund £3.5m VAT on the teacakes, taken between 1973 and 1994. Under UK tax rules, most traditional bakery products, such as bread, cakes and flapjacks, are free of VAT.But Damian Shirley, tax director at legal firm Eversheds, said that although the issue of classifying teacakes had been resolved, it still left open the complex issue of ‘unjust enrichment’, where one party is unjustly enriched at the expense of another – for example, if a baker had incorrectly accounted for VAT on the sale of freshly baked warm pasties, or where VAT had been incorrectly accounted for in full on the supply of ‘meal deals’. “It would be very difficult to imagine a generic position being taken by Customs on the issue of unjust enrichment,” said Shirley.
Proposals to increase out-of-quota exports of sugar by 700,000 tonnes, up to the World Trade Organisation limit of 1.35mts, have been voted through by the European Commission’s Management Committee.New licences for the additional export quota will be available from 1 December.They have also agreed proposals to enable operators to release up to 400,000t of out-of-quota sugar onto the internal market, with a maximum bid of 50,000t per operator per application period, against the payment of a levy of E85/t (the usual levy would be E500/t).A Commission spokesman said: “As our primary aim is to ensure the EU market is well supplied, these proposals are designed as the most efficient measures to secure additional quantities for the domestic market by both facilitating imports and taking advantage of the abundance of the out-of-quota harvest within the EU.”
Over the weekend, Hurricane Irma made disastrous landfall over the state of Florida, leaving 6 million people with property damage, flooding, loss of power, and lacking essentials. Widespread Panic were scheduled to perform their annual visit to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on September 15, 16, and 17. Thankfully because St. Augustine was not as severely affected as other Florida cities, Widespread Panic will still perform their scheduled dates. With this announcement, the band also asks that fans help the community by bringing non-perishable foods and monetary donations for Feeding Northeast Florida. Donations can also be made here.“Loss of power and flooding have created additional struggles for neighbors in the community who are already food insecure. If you are looking to help, your generous gift will help distribute food, water and supplies over the next few weeks to local families in crises. We urgently need your support to make this happen,” the band wrote in a Facebook statement.Widespread Panic Donates $176K Worth Of Instruments To Memphis Music ProgramsFans of Widespread Panic know how special multi-night runs are, but especially in St. Augustine. We’re happy to hear that the city is able to welcome the band and will host yet another year of WSMFP memories. For more Widespread Panic dates, head to their website.Enjoy these pro-shot videos from last year’s Widespread Panic run at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, courtesy of the band. [photo by Daniel Ojeda]
The Notre Dame chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), in collaboration with Access-ABLE club, will hold the first-ever “Love Your Brain” event from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday by the Clarke Memorial Fountain.Coordinators will hand out black and white bandanas with images of brains provided that read, “I love my brain.” Participants can fill in the blank with a word describing their brain and then color their bandana with sharpies. The bandana will then be dipped in rubbing alcohol to blend the colors, symbolizing the beautiful messiness of our brains.Senior Lauren Ward, co-president of SPS, spearheaded Love Your Brain with the goal of raising awareness for mental health struggles and traumatic brain injury.“The idea is, even if your brain is messy, it’s still beautiful and it’s still worthy of love,” Ward said.Seeing her mental health and that of her classmates struggle as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it being Mental Health Awareness Week, Ward believed the timing was right for the event.Junior Colin Pifer, co-vice president of SPS, said his friend experienced a traumatic brain injury after an accident and still suffers from it.“All our brains are messy and unique, and we just need to recognize that and reflect that within the bandanas,” Pifer said.Access-ABLE, which supports students with disabilities, is coordinating the event with the Society of Physics.Senior Emily Eagle, student advisory council representative for Access-ABLE, said Ward reached out to her and asked if she would like to partner with SPS for Love Your Brain.“[We are] just wanting to work to fight against the stigma that might exist surrounding mental illness,” Eagle said.Eagle hopes students feel empowered by the event, whether they have a mental illness themselves or are a supporter of those who struggle.All students are invited to the table to color a bandana at Love Your Brain and are encouraged to wear them as a reminder to appreciate their brains.Senior Sierra Weyhmiller, co-president of SPS, said the organization took a special interest in mental health awareness because there is a high proportion of physicists who struggle with mental health.“We wanted to keep it open to the community because it’s a problem that a lot of people face from all different walks of life,” Weyhmiller said.Pifer said he hopes the event will be an opportunity for people to express themselves artistically without the pressure of being graded.It has been approximately six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. Ward said the six-month marker is always difficult in times of hardship, so she hopes students are reminded through Love Your Brain to give their minds rest and love.“I just want [the student body] to kind of take a minute to appreciate how strong they’ve all been getting through this very, very crazy situation we’re in,” Ward said.Tags: access-ABLE, Mental health, society of physics students
FREDONIA – A Jamestown woman faces several felony charges following an alleged burglary in Fredonia.Fredonia Police have charged Skyler Irish, 39, with first-degree felony burglary, second-degree felony robbery, second-degree felony assault, fourth-degree felony grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.Police said that at 8:21 a.m., Thursday, they responded to 161 Central Ave.Investigation revealed that Irish allegedly entered the home and stole the victim’s purse after allegedly assaulting her. Irish was being held pending arraignment.Fredonia Police were assisted by the SUNY Fredonia University Police Department, State Police and Fredonia Fire and Rescue. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Grande will take viewers behinds the scenes at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where he bangs his head nightly with co-stars Constantine Maroulis, Lauren Zakrin and fellow YouTube sensation Chester See. We’re giving him a camera, and we ssume he’ll film them all with his best shot. Related Shows Grande has appeared on the Broadway stage in Mamma Mia! and served as a producer for the revivals of Hamlet, La Bete and Born Yesterday. He also played a drag queen pageant hopeful in the benefit production of Pageant: The Musical and was scheduled to star in the tuner’s off-Broadway engagement before appearing on Big Brother. Speaking of older siblings, he’s Ariana Grande’s half-brother. (But you knew that.) View Comments Rock of Ages Say hello to the big brother of Broadway! Rock of Ages star and Big Brother alum Frankie J. Grande is Broadway.com’s newest video blogger! Get ready as Grande shows us nothin’ but a good time in The Final Countdown: Backstage at Rock of Ages with Frankie J. Grande. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 The Final Countdown will kick off on December 2 and run every Tuesday through the show’s run, which concludes on January 18, 2015.
View Comments ‘Guys and Dolls’ star Richard Kind (Photo: Paul Coltas) Richard Kind’s stage credits range from The Producers and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife to a 2013 Tony nomination for the Clifford Odets play The Big Knife, and now the ever-busy actor is making his London stage debut at the Phoenix Theatre as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, opposite two-time Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro as Miss Adelaide. Broadway.com caught the effervescent Kind for a lively late-morning chat.Welcome to London and Guys and Dolls. How did this come about?It was all very last minute! I knew Gordon Greenberg [the director] and had heard the production was very good, so I had to make a quick decision and it was a no-brainer except for the kids [Kind has three children]. I miss my kids terribly.Well, you’ll be back in New York before long and in the meantime, you’ll have played the West End.Exactly right, which for an American must be like a Londoner dreaming of playing Broadway: it’s another thing you can check off your bucket list. I am not here to further my career—let’s face it, theater doesn’t do that, sorry though I am to say that to Broadway.com. But people talk about the glory of the West End and they’re right. I am beholden to these people.Was Guys and Dolls part of your growing up?My mother used to sing “A Bushel and a Peck” to me as a lullaby and now I see it done eight times a week performed by six scantily clad women, which is not the time to start thinking of your mother! Oh, and I used to use “I’ll Know” as my audition song when I was young. I’d seen the movie, of course, which as an idiot child I thought was great, but who knew? Now, I go, “What was I thinking?”You must have been in Guys and Dolls before.I have! I did Jerry Zaks’ production in a summer theater production in Ogunquit, Maine opposite Liz Larsen. That was great but this is very different.Were you keen to return to show?Actually, I hate doing roles twice. I did think, ‘Haven’t I mined everything I want to do with this part?’ But then I thought to myself, ‘It’s Guys and Dolls and it’s the West End.’ How could I say no?How demanding are you finding the part this time around?It isn’t, really, and what’s great is that it’s a lot of fun without being that demanding. I mean, Sam Levene [the original Nathan] couldn’t sing, so Frank Loesser didn’t give him any songs! In the first 20 minutes [of the show], you’re laying the pipe, as they say in TV—that’s to say, setting the groundwork for the entire show: Adelaide, how Sky meets Sarah—it’s all done very compactly in 20 minutes.How does it feel to act opposite a double Olivier-winning Adelaide?Here’s where we get to the meat of the thing. No matter how good you are or could ever be as Nathan, Samantha Spiro is going to steal the show—she is that good. Sure, it helps that Adelaide has got four maybe five songs, one of which is a show-stopping soliloquy [“Adelaide’s Lament”], but she’s great, too. She really is.As the lone American among the principal performers, are you ever tempted to give them accent advice?No way! Believe me, when I tell you how talented these people are—I mean, their accents are perfect, so there’s not a thing I would tell any of these people. If they want, they can listen to me, but they certainly don’t need to do that.Do you miss Broadway audiences?This is how I see it. The British aren’t as effusive during the show and you want to keep going, “C’mon, laugh!” because they’re not big laughers, but let’s put it this way. They are the loudest smiles I have ever come across; their smiles are deafening. They also listen very well, with the result that they’re with you every step of the way.You do a lot of TV and film and then get to dip back into theater—sounds like the perfect career.You know, when you put it like that, I guess it is! What I like is that I can walk the streets without any problem. In New York, people may stop me and say, “I liked you in Curb Your Enthusiasm or whatever.” And of course people loved Inside Out [Kind played Bing Bong] but in that, I was heard and not seen. In London, no one knows me at all, so that’s good, too.Do you keep a bucket list of stage roles you’d like to do?Well, I’ve done Henry Carr in Travesties once already and was asked to do it again at the Alley Theatre last spring: that is a Hamlet kind of role. But you know the part I really want to do if I can just put a word in Tony Kushner’s ear?Let me guess: Roy Cohn in Angels in America, which is actually being revived at the National Theatre next year.You are KIDDING me! Well, let’s just say if they want a different type of actor from Al Pacino or whomever, I really do hope they’ll think of me. That’s a part I’d leave my children for—though it will probably go to Henry Goodman.In fact, Henry Goodman has already played Roy Cohn at the National in London the first time around.Really? Oh my God! Then maybe I have a chance.
By Voice of America/VOA August 13, 2019 On July 19, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned four service members of the Nicolás Maduro regime, accused of repressing and torturing Venezuelans.The U.S. government included in the list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control officials who are part of the Military Counter Intelligence General Directorate (DGCIM, in Spanish), which was also sanctioned after the death while in custody of the agency of Navy Commander Rafael Acosta Arévalo. These service members were included in the list of the Specially Designated Nationals of the Office of Foreign Assets Control.The officers are Colonel Hannover Esteban Guerrero Mijares, one of DGCIM leaders; Major Alexander Enrique Granko Arteaga, DGCIM chief of the Special Matters Unit; Rafael Antonio Franco Quintero, director of Investigations; and Rafael Blanco Marrero, former director of DGCIM’s central region.According to an article in the newspaper El Nacional from Venezuela, Sebastiana Barráez, a journalist specialized in military sources, said Granko is a man who has the complete trust of DGCIM chief, Iván Hernández Dala, which has allowed the officer to impose brutal acts of torture against detainees.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had said the government would take measures against these four service members for “repressing and sanctioning innocent Venezuelan citizens.”“We stand with Venezuela’s citizens against their oppressors in the fight for freedom”, he said via Twitter.
Don’t ask a consultant to tell you the “best practices.” After decades of helping dozens of companies address a myriad of business problems, I can tell you that there are no effective “best practices.” Every credit union is different: Different size, different field of membership, different strategy, different management, different resources, different market, different culture, different mission, different labor pool, different member population. Successful operating practices must match the specific circumstances of your credit union. The “best practices” are those that work best for your credit union, and a good consultant can help you sort them out. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organizations use consultants for a variety of reasons. Consultants can help develop sound business strategies, improve operating effectiveness, enhance brand awareness, assess vendors and alliance partners, and provide knowledgeable, valuable input on any number of issues facing today’s credit unions.But there are some common misconceptions and occasional misuses of consultants that can prove costly and ineffective, even counter-productive. Here are my three big “don’ts” for effective consulting engagements:Don’t expect consultants to be gurus. Consultants aren’t all-knowing swamis offering mystical insights into business problems. The good consultant doesn’t offer opinions; he (or she) performs sound and thorough analysis leading to an understanding of a problem and valid suggestions. I’ve often said to clients, “You can have my advice for the price of a beer. We can sit at the bar, chat away and I’m glad to give you all kinds of advice.” But it wouldn’t be worth much. What’s worthwhile, and worth the fees, is the studied analysis of information; the search for real findings, careful analysis to formulate valid conclusions, and knowledgeable assessments to arrive at reasonable recommendations. That’s what consulting is about, not the spouting of opinions.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A child who wanted nothing to living in poverty. A successful student to a college dropout. A call center representative to a CEO of a credit union.Ronaldo Hardy has experienced them all during his life. And all were moments that shaped who he is today.“As we’re navigating our journey, we miss moments on that journey because we are fixated on the shoes that are getting us there,” says Hardy, president/CEO of $104 million asset Southwest Louisiana Credit Union in Lake Charles. “We each have a unique journey, and it’s important to identify that uniqueness and appreciate the uniqueness of the journey.”Looking back at his own journey, Hardy shared three lessons that he learned during the CUNA Young Professionals Conference Friday in Madison, Wis.: Ronaldo Hardy addresses The 2018 CUNA Management School in Madison, Wis.