Was a part of the Conservative manifesto borrowed from an Obama campaign ad?

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St. Mathews House adding two new Naples food distribution sites

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Hungry? St. Matthew’s House is giving away food in SWFL today June 3, 2021 Warehouse to help St. Matthew’s House better serve SWFL residents in need May 11, 2021 Advertisement NAPLES, Fla.- St. Mathews House, a charity organization, is working to keep those in need of food fed this holiday season. Organizers said the need for food this time of year and especially during the pandemic is increasing. To keep up with the demand organizers are adding two new food distribution sites. St. Mathew’s House has been distributing food from the Fairway Bible Church in Naples and is now adding two new locations at Iglesias Pueblo De Dios Church and First Haitian Baptist Church both in Naples. The new sites will run on Thursdays.St. Mathew’s House said by adding these distribution sites they’ll be able to reach some areas where they feel there is a need. Where to get free food in SWFL this week June 15, 2021center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementThe food distribution places and times are:Tuesday – Fairway Bible Church, Naples – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Thursday – Pueblo De Dios Church, Naples – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Thursday – First Haitian Baptist Church, Naples – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Food and money donations to support St. Mathews House are being held by the residents of Pelican Bay the week of December 7. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Where to get free food in SWFL April 26 – 29 April 26, 2021 AdvertisementTags: food distribution siteSt. Matthews Houselast_img read more

Agreement Express wins innovation award

first_img Keywords Switching firms,  Awards Facebook LinkedIn Twitter businessman heavy workload sleep at office desk with finance sheet calculator and coffee. jes2ufoto/123RF Anne-Marie Vettorel Toronto-based Agreement Express has been awarded top honours at the 2018 WealthManagement.com Industry Awards, the company announced Tuesday.The company’s client “onboarding” platform for financial services won in the “innovation new application” category. Nominations open for two FP Canada awards “For advisors, breakaways, and broker dealers participating in any form of M&A or consolidation it can take up to four months to integrate their clients with their new firm,” Mike Gardner, CEO of Agreement Express says in a statement. “Simplifying the complexity of broker transitions is crucial to retaining an advisor’s clients to the new firm and getting the assets under management faster.Also readCrossing over: Moving to another firm might be beneficial for you and your clients – but there are risksAccording to Agreement Express’s research, the average full transition for a book of business when an advisor switches firms is 12 to 18 weeks and involves eight to 10 people. Even then, an average of 42% of document packages are not-in-good-order, which can result in anywhere from 40 to 60 hours a week spent searching for missing documentation and fixing erroneous paperwork. Whistleblower, reporter receive anti-corruption prize Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Top Canadian hedge fund returns 16% over 10 years Related newslast_img read more

More funds available for victims in Goldpoint case

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media In 2014 the AG’s office recovered almost $600,000 under the same law.The forfeited funds stem from an investment fraud that occurred between August 2007 and May 2008.In 2011 following a hearing, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) found that Goldpoint and several individuals raised almost $1.7 million from investors without registration or a prospectus in a scheme that amounted to fraud.Almost $1.5 million of money raised from investors was diverted from the company for personal use, the OSC found.In 2013 the OSC imposed permanent bans and ordered $1.7 million in disgorgement, $900,000 in penalties and over $200,000 in costs against the participants in the scheme.Claims for compensation on the latest forfeited money are due by May 3. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale More than 13 years ago, investors lost an estimated $1.7 million in an investment fraud involving Goldpoint Resources Corp. Now, investors can make a claim for money that was forfeited in the case.According to a notice from the Ontario attorney general’s office, another $350,000 has been recovered in the Goldpoint case under the province’s civil forfeiture law — money now available for distribution to victims. Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Closeup of mallet being hit on stacked coins at table in courtroom andreypopov/123RF Keywords Enforcement,  FraudCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Related news James Langton last_img read more

ODPEM Promoting Community Level Risk Management

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In a bid to further improve its disaster management capabilities, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has embarked on a project focussing on the management of natural hazards in coastal towns and cities.According to Director General of ODPEM, Ronald Jackson, the three major areas being targeted are: Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland; Black River, St. Elizabeth, and Ocho Rios, St. Ann.Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), at a cost of US$1 million, the project is being undertaken by the ODPEM as the country prepares for the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season.Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on Monday (June 1), to launch Disaster Preparedness Month, Mr. Jackson said that the project, expected to last for three years, will also facilitate risk mitigation at the community level.“The project will produce multi-hazard maps that can be used by the planners in the towns to guide the development of the town,” he said.He also stated that the project will bring back to the table the revised ODPEM Act, which will address issues such as no build zones; special area precautionary planning; evacuation planning; and the role of civil servants in disaster risk management, among other things.“We are moving to have it (Act) enforced for the next hurricane season,” he said.There will be an organisational review of ODPEM, Mr. Jackson said, which is necessary, as new times and new challenges in disaster management meant that the organisation will have to prepare itself to deal with them.He said the assessment will, over the course of the next year, provide answers for questions such as, whether ODPEM is adequately equipped and properly structured, and if the national disaster framework is ideal and functional?Additionally, ODPEM has also taken on a three-year project looking at building resilient communities, targeting approximately 75 communities. Already well into a year, the project is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) at a cost of $43 million.Under the project, ODPEM and other relevant agencies will be strengthening partnerships with the communities by engaging residents in training, skills transfer and development plans, so that they can have their own disaster management plans.“We are going to do some mitigation projects, which will be identified by the communities, done by the communities with technical support…so what we are trying to do now is to find ways and means of encouraging more of this business called mitigation, and we are working with the community persons,” the Director General said.Disaster Preparedness Month is being observed under the theme: ‘Disasters are Becoming More Intense.Staying Prepared Makes Sense’.The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane season, which began on June 1, ends on November 30. RelatedODPEM Promoting Community Level Risk Management ODPEM Promoting Community Level Risk Management Office of the Prime MinisterJune 3, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedODPEM Promoting Community Level Risk Management RelatedODPEM Promoting Community Level Risk Managementlast_img read more

Top Alumina Producer, UC Rusal, Says It is Staying

first_imgRelatedTop Alumina Producer, UC Rusal, Says It is Staying Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Russian alumina conglomerate, UC Rusal, which owns 52 per cent of local alumina production, has reaffirmed its commitment to continue operating in Jamaica, Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick, has confirmed.“They have successfully negotiated debt rescheduling arrangements with a consortium of Russian and western banks amounting to US$11.9 billion, out of a total debt of US$14.5 billion,” Mr. Broderick told the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 21) as he made his contribution to the Sectoral Debate.“We have been assured that the company is trying its best to resolve its debt situation, in a manner that will ensure its long term future and involve little or no disposal of existing assets,” he explained.UC Rusal currently holds majority shares in West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) which has plants at Ewarton, St. Catherine, and Kirkvine, Manchester, as well as ALPART (Alumina Partners), Nain, St. Elizabeth. This represents 23 percent of the company’s overall production output.Mr. Broderick said that the issue of Rusal’s viability, in the face of the current global economic crisis, was of concern to the Ministry and, by extension, the administration.He said that, through diplomatic channels and various meetings, the Ministry sought a clear indication from the company regarding its future in Jamaica.“Despite the present difficulties relating to the global downturn in the aluminium industry and their own financial difficulties, UC Rusal has unequivocally asserted that they intend to remain in Jamaica for the long haul,” Mr. Broderick said.Operations at the plants have been scaled down since April of this year, consequent on a fall in demand for alumina on the world market resulting from the global economic crisis.Mr. Broderick informed the House that while UC Rusal takes the necessary steps to revive its operations, the Ministry was reviewing options within existing agreements with the Government, to ensure that the interests of Jamaica, the administration and workers in the sector are secured.He also informed the House that a joint bauxite task force has been established, to closely monitor critical aspects of the closing down process within the local bauxite/alumina sector and the possible impact.Noting concerns arising regarding the “proper” closure of the facilities, Mr. Broderick said the process was being undertaken at the directive of Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding whom, he said, had mandated that it be closely monitored.Ministries and agencies comprising the task force include: the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA); the National Lands Agency (NLA); Water Resources Authority (WRA); the Energy and Mining Ministry, inclusive of its Mines and Geology Division; and the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI).He said that, since May, the multi-agency group has been working in close collaboration with the bauxite and alumina companies “to ensure compliance with the agreed monitoring regime.”The areas being monitored include: mothballing of the plants; environmental management; land rehabilitation; maintenance procedures; safety; land and reserve management; employee interests; industrial relations; and community outreach programmes. RelatedTop Alumina Producer, UC Rusal, Says It is Stayingcenter_img RelatedTop Alumina Producer, UC Rusal, Says It is Staying Top Alumina Producer, UC Rusal, Says It is Staying CommerceJuly 22, 2009last_img read more

Titan Arctic Challenge: Driving the ice road over the Arctic Ocean

first_img ‹ Previous Next › advertisement A true sign of a good diesel is if it can start in freezing temperatures. The Cummins-equipped Titan XD did just, with only a slightly longer starting whir followed by compression ignition. Warm-ups came surprisingly fast, and the heated seats and steering wheel were always welcome relief from the frigid mornings.The second day on the Dempster we arrived at the Arctic Circle, our first real milestone. Suitably cold and windy, we didn’t stay long and pushed on up the Dempster. As we passed into the Northwest Territories, the clouds cleared and the sun came out, and what great timing. We were entering the Richardson Mountains, one of the most spectacular and otherworldly scenes. The Dempster winds its way through wide-open tundra bathed in white that rolls into mysterious snow-blown mountain tops. Snow blows across the road, creating great drifts in an effort to bury man’s engineering accomplishments.It’s easy to get distracted with all the beautiful scenery on the Dempster, but there are some very real hazards. Slick conditions and a trucker cutting the corner forced me guess where the road ended and ditch began. I lost, burying the Titan up to the hood. However, we were well prepared and even eager to test out the Gemstone Off-Road kinetic tow ropes. With a little shovelling and some hard tugs on the elastic rope, we were back on the road with no damage.Once we made it to Inuvik, we took our first timid steps out onto the Mackenzie River. Driving the ice road is a surreal experience; the river ice gives off a brown hue as the road meanders with the river’s tributaries. Out on the Arctic Ocean, the ice becomes much clearer, enough that you can even see the bottom. Great cascading cracks sink down nearly three metres, showing the ice thickness. This is a very special place, the coast of Canada to the right, an endless expanse of windswept snow to the left.Our expedition pulled back onto shore in Tuktoyaktuk, a friendly Inuit town. Driving out onto a point we arrived at lands’ end, the furthest north you can drive in Canada and our expedition’s “mission accomplished” point. On top, we mounted Canadian sourced Treeline Outdoors Tamarack rooftop tents, well-built and ready to give shelter in the extreme environments. Rigid Industries SR2 lightbars and Scene LED’s would provide synthetic daylight. Being self-sufficient means being able to extract yourself from a sticky situation. TRED recovery ramps, Gemstone Off-Road kinetic tow ropes and a Warn Zeon 10-s winch were at the ready should we find ourselves in trouble. A good tool kit, shovels, radios, camping kit, first aid kit and Arctic weather clothing were also important packing.With trucks prepped, Mark Jennings-Bates, Steph Jeavons and I found ourselves on the Vancouver waterfront, dipping our tires into the Pacific Ocean to begin the 17-day and 8,500-kilometre journey to the Arctic.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Expedition start in Vancouver Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Titan Arctic Challenge reaches the Arctic Circle: 66° 33 NorthBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Expedition start in VancouverBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The long road north – a 3,800-km trip from Vancouver to TuktoyaktukBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The sun broke just for a moment to show the Cassiar mountainsBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Finding camping sites was easier than thought, with 4WD getting us into many pullouts and abandoned gravel pitsBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The clear ice of the only road to drive over the Arctic OceanBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Driving over the Arctic Ocean is a very surreal experienceBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Nissan Titan XD Cummins on the Tuktoyaktuk ice roadBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Pushed off the road by a trucker on the Dempster – the Titan XD was totally undamaged and was extracted easily with the help of Gemstone Off-Road kinetic tow ropesBudd Stanley, Driving The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Only a few hours out of Vancouver, we ran straight into a snow storm. The roads quickly disappeared under a blanket of white and falling snow hypnotizing us in the headlights. Day after day, the snow kept falling. Low cloud obscured our view of the magnificent peaks throughout B.C., but at the same time gave a ghostly feel to the environment – the scenery slowly revealing itself through the snowy haze as we drove, then fading to a dull grey in the rearview mirror.Dawson City is one of my favourite locales – small-town charm with the infamous soul of the wild days of the gold rush. It was here that I initiated my teammates; a Sourtoe cocktail was in order for that night, a shot of whisky that is taken with a human toe, a frost-bitten amputation donated by a trapper. They heard the traditional decree: “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have gotta touch the toe.”We set out on the iconic Dempster Highway the next morning. Finding campsites was surprisingly easy as there are several pullouts and abandoned gravel pits to 4WD into. The key is to find shelter from the wind. Our first night on the road saw temperatures fall to -35°C; we were now pushing the limits of our gear and our own stamina.One thing you learn when camping in these temperatures is that you don’t want to sleep alone. That is, you want to have your deodorant, toothpaste, cellphone and a canister of propane in your sleeping bag to keep them from freezing. It’s already bad enough changing underwear and slipping your feet into boots that have sat in -35°C all night long. But the Titan XDs didn’t seem to mind as they started each morning.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Robertson Mountain range is some of the most spectacular scenery along the 3,800-km route “What am I doing here?” These are words I’ve uttered several times before, and while the situations I was in when muttering them were extreme, the conclusion to each scenario would become an adventure of a lifetime and only prove to inspire even more extreme adventures. In this particular instance, I was shivering away in -35°C in a rooftop tent perched above a 2017 Nissan Titan XD in the middle of the Northwest Territories. My breath was turning into ice crystals on the roof of the tent and around the opening in my -30°C sleeping bag. Snow would fall inside the tent with any movement, and covering my face would only melt the ice, which would then freeze my eyes shut as soon as I rolled back over. It was a rather annoying catch-22 that kept sleep to a minimum on the Dempster Highway.The Titan Arctic Challenge was an overland expedition from Vancouver, B.C., to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. By “overland expedition,” I am referring to the fastest growing genre of the off-roading lifestyle – that of self-sustained, long-distance adventures to explore new cultures and environments, foregoing the luxuries of hotels, restaurants and paved highways – as much as possible. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videoscenter_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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So, it was a “now or never” decision.Two Nissan Titan XDs in PRO-4X trim would be our steeds, already suited for the task at hand. However, such an adventure calls for some specific add-ons. We grabbed a ladder rack and fabricated it to conform with the Titan XD and the required expedition equipment. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Getting up in -30°C is not an easy thing to doBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2While cold, some of our best sleeps were in the Treeline Outdoors Tamarack tentsBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Finding camping sites was easier than thought, with 4WD getting us into many pullouts and abandoned gravel pitsBudd Stanley, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Nissan Titan XDs at lands’ endBudd Stanley, Driving Driving to Canada’s Arctic is an immensely rewarding experience, one every Canadian should consider. For those who dare, adventurous roads, spectacular scenery, incredible wildlife, friendly towns, interesting characters and the “real” Canada awaits.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Our off-road portion of the trip was impassable due to heavy snowfall, but we still found some round-about routes that called for 4Low COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

How to make the most of your time at the gym

first_imgPublished: Nov. 8, 2019 It can be challenging to fit exercise into our busy schedules. Between classes, work, social events and studying it may seem like there just isn’t enough time in the day to hit the gym. If this sounds familiar, it may be time for a refresh. Here are four ways to make the most of your time at the gym.Go during slower timesIt can be challenging to get a good workout in when the gym is busy. You may find yourself spending more time looking for a good spot or waiting on a piece of equipment. Instead, try to go during slower times during the day. Early morning and later in the evening tend to have fewer crowds.If those times don’t work with your schedule and you find yourself caught in the daytime rush, here are some ways to manage your time:Ask to work in. If someone is sitting on a piece of equipment between sets, ask if you can use it during their rest period.Look for alternative exercises. If the treadmills are full, consider taking your run to the track or run a loop around the building. Similarly, think of different lifts you can use if your favorite machine or piece of equipment is occupied. For instance, if the bench presses are full, consider using dumbbells or EZ bars instead.Limit distractionsHow much time do you spend on your phone in the gym? Texts, social and choosing the perfect song may take more time than you think. Try to limit distractions while you’re at the gym to save time. Here are some ideas you can try:Turn off notifications. Try silencing your phone or put it in “do not disturb” mode. You’ll be less tempted to interrupt your workout to check your phone.Create a workout playlist in advance.Plan your workouts in advancePlanning ahead can save you a surprising amount of time during your workout. The next time you plan to go to the gym, try writing down the exercises you’re going to do, how many and for how long. This technique can help you keep to a tight schedule and even help you track improvements. Writing your workouts down on paper. If you prefer to use an app to help you get in the groove, here are some free options.For cardio buffsIf you’re just getting started, we recommend trying out Pacer. This app can help you develop habits around running and other cardio exercises. You can also join group challenges with your friends.If you’re looking to shake up your runs, we recommend Zombies, Run! This story-driven app allows you to take your run and heroism anywhere. The app has different stories that will prompt you to run faster if zombies are chasing you and allows you to collect supplies along the way.For lifting buffsJeFit is a great app for all levels that allows you to follow pre-built workouts or create your own. You can customize your sets, reps and rest times for each workout and keep track of your progress. Each lift also includes a short tutorial to help you learn the ropes.Another great option for lifting is Strong, which allows you to build workout routines and track your lifting progress. It provides a large library of exercises with tutorials included.Enlist helpWhether you’re a regular at the gym or you’re brand new, getting professional insight is a great way to recharge your workouts, improve your form or give you a fresh start. Here are some way that you can get a little extra help at The Rec:Small Group Training Small group training is an inexpensive way to experience the benefits of working in a small group setting. Learn new skills, work closely with a personal trainer and enjoy the comradery of training with friends. The Rec Center offers mind, body and strength courses for all levels of fitness.Training Services Working with a personal trainer can help you correct your form, improve your game with sport-specific training, increase your endurance and flexibility, build muscle and stay motivated. Rec Center members have access to affordable services with certified trainers who are able to work with all levels of fitness. You can enroll for one-on-one sessions or sign up for partner training with a friend.More Health & Wellness Articleslast_img read more

International Day for Monuments and Sites celebrates the cultural heritage of water

first_imgRelatedInternational Day for Monuments and Sites celebrates the cultural heritage of water Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica joins the rest of the world in marking Monday, April 18 as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day has been celebrated since 1982 when it was first adopted by UNESCO. The theme for this year is the ‘Cultural Heritage of Water’. Here in Jamaica, our bodies of water have played an integral role in development. This can be seen from the growth of early Taino villages along the banks of rivers and the sea coast, to the development of Port Royal as a major transshipment point in the 17th century and now the emergence of the newly erected Falmouth pier as a cruise shipping pier. Many of our ancestors came here by ships and landed at a various ports across the island that were built to facilitate transportation. In observing this year’s theme, the International Council On Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has noted that water “has also been the catalyst for the development of significant cultural practices which have generated intangible cultural heritage values. It has inspired poetry, literature, artistic endeavour such as painting, dance and sculpture.  It has informed and inspired the development of philosophies and religious practices.” The observation of International Day for Monuments and Sites was first proposed by ICOMOS, which is an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world’s historic monuments and sites. ICOMOS explains that “each year a theme is selected to help focus the celebration and promotion of cultural heritage across the world. The aim is to explore cultural heritage beyond the select group of sites on the World Heritage List and to encourage local communities and individuals to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities.” Jamaica, the land of wood and water has been blessed with a number of resources and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust JNHT) has been working to protect them for future generations. The organization is in the process of designating the beautiful Blue Lagoon in Portland, a Protected National Heritage site. This, in a bid to regulate activities in the natural heritage site that are causing its deterioration. The Underwater city of Port Royal site is now being submitted for nomination on the World Heritage List and this process has already begun with the JNHT as the lead agency. When the 1692 earthquake struck, 13 acres of the bustling city were submerged. Archaeological excavations have yielded an immense amount of materials that inform us as to what life was like in the 17th century. There are several opportunities which arise from Port Royal being a part of this world heritage list. They include: Prestige and World recognition; Increased tourism to the site; Increased business opportunities for local community; Opportunities to receive technical assistance from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization – World Heritage Center (UNESCO – WHC); and to attract international funding for the development of the site which the country needs. The JNHT in support of the UNESCO declaration is inviting all Jamaicans to reflect on the importance of this day and the importance of preserving our heritage resources. RelatedInternational Day for Monuments and Sites celebrates the cultural heritage of watercenter_img RelatedInternational Day for Monuments and Sites celebrates the cultural heritage of water International Day for Monuments and Sites celebrates the cultural heritage of water CultureApril 18, 2011last_img read more

House Passes Income Tax (Amendment) Act

first_imgHouse Passes Income Tax (Amendment) Act Finance & Public ServiceJuly 31, 2013Written by: Alphea Saunders RelatedWork Far Advanced to Establish Venture Capital Programme The House of Representatives, on July 30, passed the Income Tax (Amendment) Act, 2013, to regularise measures already in place, and make permanent, the revenue measures that were introduced as at April 1.“It does not represent new or additional measures,” said Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.The changes, which were implemented by way of a provisional order, address several strategies that were effected to raise revenues. These include the widening of the definition of emoluments accruing to persons or family members, by reason of office or employment, to include, cash benefit or kind, including rent or laundry allowance received by such persons.The Bill also provides for changes to circumstances by which tax is applied to the value of accommodations, and amendments to the withholding tax on dividends, which was raised to 15 per cent, effective April 1, 2013.“Amendments are also made to section 38 of the Income Tax Act making dividend income tax to be withheld at source and paid over to the collector of taxes…the tax is not to be withheld for distribution payments to a resident company with more than 25 per cent voting rights in the distributing company,” he elaborated.Additionally, there was an increase in the income tax threshold for individuals, from $441,168  to $507,312, which the Minister said has resulted in some 3,000 additional persons being relieved, and others benefitting from a lower, effective rate of taxation on their overall compensation packages.Minister Phillips also pointed to the reduction in Corporate Income tax, where companies regulated by the Financial Services Commission (FSC), the Bank of Jamaica, Office of Utilities Regulation, and Ministry of Finance, continue to pay a rate of 33.3 per cent, but other companies are required to pay a rate of 25 per cent, as of January 1, 2013. The Act has been amended to reflect these changes.“It is also the case that effective April 1, 2013, further amendments were made to the Income Tax Act to impose a surtax on the taxable income of large, unregulated companies, which incur an additional income tax of five per cent, to make their rate 30 per cent,” he stated.The Finance Minister pointed out that these were part of a set of measures, that were necessary in order to attain the 7.5 per cent primary surplus, which was a condition of the Extended Fund Facility agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Meanwhile, he said the section of the bill, which relates to the Revenue Administration Act, is being corrected to allow for the inclusion of tax information exchange agreements in the definition of “international tax treaties”.The Provisional Collection of Tax (Stamp Duty) Order, 2013, and the Provisional Collection of Tax (Transfer Tax), were passed along with the Income Tax Amendment Act. Story HighlightsThe changes address several strategies that were effected to raise revenuesThe Bill also provides for changes to the application of tax to the value of accommodationsThere was an increase in the income tax threshold for individuals RelatedMegaMart Thanks Public Sector Workers with $1.5 Billion Reward Programmecenter_img RelatedFDI Jumps 66 Per Cent FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more