Some nonprofits say yes, some say no. What does the IRS say? Question: “Are membership dues tax deductible?”“I am under the impression that the IRS doesn’t consider paid memberships in museums, zoos, art galleries, botanical gardens, YMCAs, scouts, and the like to be charitable contributions. However, in doing some benchmarking, I find that several large organizations promote their individual memberships as all or partially tax deductible. Can you clarify this? I’d call the IRS, but I figure I’d get three different and conflicting answers.”Barry A. McEwen, CFRE, Development OfficerRutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, OhioAnswer:The difference in the amount that the member may deduct as a charitable contribution exists because some charities provide goods and services in exchange for dues. The charitable deduction for these payments depends on the benefits given in return for the dues.When a member receives benefits in return for dues, the general rule is that the dues are not deductible. However, there are exceptions to this rule.The IRS allows charities to disregard some membership benefits for purposes of calculating the donor’s charitable contribution. You may disregard benefits if you offer them for $75 or less per year and if members can exercise those benefits frequently. Examples of these benefits include free or discounted admission to the organization’s facilities or events, including parking, and discounts on purchases of goods and services, including goods or services offered by retailers working with the organization. When benefits consist of admission to events open only to members of the organization, the organization’s cost per person must be within the limit of low-cost articles ($7.60, adjusted yearly for inflation) for the benefit to be disregarded.In addition to this exception for small membership payments, the IRS provides criteria for determining when larger membership payments may be considered charitable contributions. Organizations such as museums and philharmonics frequently offer memberships for an amount that is out of proportion to any benefits received. Revenue Ruling 68-432 provides that “there may be instances where an organization may offer a type of membership for an amount substantially exceeding the value of any benefits or privileges offered. Whenever the discrepancy between the size of the membership contribution and the potential monetary benefit is so great as to make it reasonably clear that the payment is of a dual character, the Internal Revenue Service will give due consideration to the possible separation on a uniform basis of that portion of the total payment that may properly be treated as a charitable contribution under section 170 of the Code.”Raise more money with fundraising smarter donation pages, peer-to-peer campaigns, and donor management software.The ruling concludes that the payment of membership dues to a charitable organization is deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent such payment exceeds the monetary value of the benefits and privileges available by reason of such payment. For example, if there are several classes of memberships available, and each class of membership receives the same benefits, the additional cost of the more expensive membership should qualify as a charitable contribution.In summary, charities are subject to a variety of disclosure requirements depending on the value of the goods and services provided to the donor. If the dues are under $75, there may be a safe harbor to fit your needs. For larger membership payments, the organization may be able to safeguard the member’s charitable contribution deduction by clearly disclosing the value of the benefits associated with each class or type of membership.Source: Society for Nonprofit Organizations Nonprofit World
Investors need to understand a wide variety of business and market risks facing the companies in which they invest. In the 21st century, that includes water risks.An increasing number of companies are experiencing detrimental water-related business impacts, including operational or supply chain disruptions and property damage from flooding, to name a few. These impacts can be costly–in 2011 they cost some companies up to $200 million–and have caught the attention of investors around the world.As a result, the movement toward increased Corporate Water Disclosure is gaining speed. The deadline for companies to respond to the CDP 2013 Water Disclosure Questionnaire is six weeks away. To make the reporting process easier, WRI has aligned our Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas with CDP’s water questionnaire. Together, we are providing step-by-step guidance on how to measure and report exposure to water-related risks. Corporate Water Disclosure and the CDP Water QuestionnaireAs water-related risks increase, companies must assure their investors that business operations will continue to be profitable and sustainable, and that the right policies are in place to secure water for operations in both the short and long term. One way to do so is by engaging in corporate water disclosure—in other words, reporting data on the current state of the company’s water management and the associated business implications and strategic responses.Following CDP’s highly successful and standardized process for reporting carbon emissions, its Water Program has become a pre-eminent platform for corporate water disclosure. Every year, CDP sends a questionnaire to the world’s largest companies in industry sectors with the greatest connection to water issues. Disclosure through CDP is voluntary, and all companies, large or small, are encouraged to respond. So far, more than 500 investor signatories (representing more than $57 trillion in assets) have backed the questionnaire and requested that companies disclose critical, water-related information.The CDP 2013 Water Questionnaire came out in February, and the deadline to submit responses is only six weeks away, on June 27th.Aqueduct Makes Measuring and Reporting Corporate Water Risk Information EasierWRI worked with CDP to align the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas with CDP’s Water Questionnaire in order to facilitate a widespread and standardized corporate response.The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas is a publicly available tool with highly granular and up-to-date information on global water risks. Companies and others can use this information to evaluate the most prominent water quantity, water quality, regulatory, and reputational risks threatening their assets or suppliers. Aqueduct’s simple, three-step process, provides companies with highly detailed information on water-related risks for each of its locations and suppliers worldwide. This information is critical for putting water use throughout the company into context, managing the associated water-related risks, and responding with water stewardship practices.Crucially, this information can also help answer the following questions in CDP’s 2013 Water Questionnaire:2.1: Are any of your operations located in water-stressed regions?2.2: Are there other indicators (besides water stress) which you wish to report which help you to identify which of your operations are located in regions subject to water-related risk?2.3: Please specify the total proportion of your operations that are located in the regions at risk which you identified in questions 2.1 and/or 184.108.40.206: Do any of your key inputs or raw materials (excluding water) come from regions subject to water-related risk?3.1: Is your company exposed to water-related risks (current or future) that have the potential to generate a substantive change in your business operation, revenue, or expenditure?3.2: What methodology and what geographical scale (e.g. country, region, river basin, business unit, facility) do you use to analyze water-related risk across your operations?3.4: Is your supply chain exposed to water-related risks (current or future) that have the potential to generate a substantive change in your business operation, revenue or expenditure?All this was covered in last week’s webinar by CDP and WRI, which provided step-by-step guidance on how to use the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to measure and report company and supply chain exposure to water-related risks. The webinar slides are now available on WRI’s Slideshare page. You can also watch a full video of the presentation by WRI and CDP, available for download here. (Note – viewing this video may require downloading a codec from GoToMeeting). If you are tasked with helping to fill out your company’s questionnaire, these resources will help make the task faster and more complete.Improved Disclosure, Improved Water ManagementBy providing these tools, CDP and WRI are working to improve and standardize corporate water accounting and disclosure practices. Disclosure leads to greater transparency, which in turn increases accountability and communication between government, corporate, agricultural, and domestic water users. Only through increased collective action can we aspire to sustainably and equitably manage our water resources. Understanding and disclosing corporate water information is an indispensable step in that direction.
UEFA Champions League Man Utd team news: Pogba and Shaw start against CSKA Last updated 1 year ago 02:48 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Champions League Manchester United Manchester United v CSKA Moskva CSKA Moskva Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba both start for Manchester United as they take on CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening Jose Mourinho has included Luke Shaw in Manchester United’s starting line-up to face CSKA Moscow, while the domestically suspended Paul Pogba also starts.The United boss already hinted in his pre-match press conference that Shaw was likely to get some minutes and the former Southampton ace starts alongside Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelog at the back.Sergio Romero, meanwhile, has gotten the nod between the sticks as David de Gea is rested before Sunday’s derby against Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Daley Blind and Ander Herrera get a chance to prove their worth as United’s holding midfielders, while Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata flank Pogba in a more attacking role.Romelu Lukaku starts up front as Anthony Martial has to settle for a spot on the bench, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic not in the squad.Ashley Young gets to watch on from the bench with an eye on the derby against City, while Jesse Lingard has also been rested after his stellar performance against Arsenal at the weekend.Man Utd starting XI: Romero, Valencia(c), Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, LukakuSubs: Pereira, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Young, McTominay, Lingard, Martial
Dusan Tadic double earns vital win for Southampton and lifts survival hopes Wilfried Zaha stars in Crystal Palace’s five-goal thrashing of Leicester Share on Messenger Everton improved in the second half, pre-empting any Huddersfield fightback, and Jonas Lossl was forced to make good saves from Morgan Schneiderlin and Séamus Coleman. Gueye confirmed the visitor’s win in the 77th minute by sweeping a low shot into the net from 16 yards after a simple tee-up by Leighton Baines. match reports Huddersfield Topics Share via Email The Observer Share on Facebook Premier League Read more For virtually the entire campaign Huddersfield, overwhelming pre-season favourites for relegation, have fought valiantly to keep their heads above water. But the risk of them sinking has always been present and it increased with this result.David Wagner’s team are still clear of the bottom three but goals by Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye, combined with results elsewhere, mean that Wagner believes his team will reach safety only if they scrounge points from a daunting final week of the season in which Huddersfield take on a trio of giants.“I think 35 points will not be enough to stay up,” said Wagner, whose side face trips to Manchester City and Chelsea before hosting Arsenal in a match that Huddersfield hope will not be their last in the Premier League, even if it will be Arsène Wenger’s. “Last year we worked our socks off to play these opponents and now we play them in the last week of the season and have to get points. For two and a half years we have worked on the impossible and now we face a week that is very difficult but success is possible. Other teams have shown it is possible to steal points off the top six and this is our task now.”Wagner had hoped to make that task unnecessary by beating Everton. “It absolutely feels like a missed opportunity,” he admitted. “I said to the players before: ‘Is it a final?’ Yes, because we are able to get over the line [by winning] but on the other hand, maybe it isn’t, because we will have three more opportunities afterwards, admittedly against top teams.”They began their maybe-a-final warily and never looked like producing enough sharpness to beat Everton. That has been a recurring problem during a league campaign in which they have failed to score in 19 of 35 matches.As for the visitors, many of their supporters still want to see the back of Sam Allardyce – sporadic chants from the 2,300 travelling fans made that much clear – but the manager maintains he is not going anywhere and hopes this victory, on top of positive recent results, will help fans warm to him.“I can’t produce more than I’m doing,” he said. “What can I say when we’ve got 14 points from the last seven games when the club was in a very difficult position when I arrived? I can only say it’s one of those things. If we keep winning, we might change it to love.”There was not much to love or fear about the visitors early on. Everton had a lot of the ball but advanced with the joy and pizzazz of a chain gang. One could understand why Evertonians complain that watching their team can feel like serving a sentence.Huddersfield were emboldened by Everton’s impotence. Steve Mounié landed the game’s first shot on target in the 17th minute but Jordan Pickford saved easily.Three minutes later Terence Kongolo tried his luck from 20 yards but his shot looked like affecting the scoreline only in that it nearly struck the giant scoreboard at the top of the stand. Rajiv van La Parra got a little closer on the half-hour when he drove the ball a couple of yards over the bar after a pull-back by Alex Pritchard.Everton were shrinking all over the pitch and perhaps their dwindling was what lulled Van La Parra into a costly lapse in the 39th minute. The winger sent an attempted crossfield pass straight to Theo Walcott, who released Tosun. Play seemed to unfold in slow motion as the Turk lumbered forward and directed a low cross-shot from the right-hand corner of the box into the bottom corner of the net. It was Tosun’s fifth goal since joining Everton in January and, for Huddersfield, a sickening strike against the run of play. Read more Share on Twitter Everton Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1: Cairney secures Premier League return Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 01:55 5/27/18 Getty Images Tom Cairney’s goal at Wembley sent Fulham back into the Premier League at the expense of Aston Villa. Fulham sealed promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in Saturday’s Championship play-off final.Tom Cairney’s first-half goal was enough to send Slavisa Jokanovic’s side back into the top flight, four years on from their relegation, despite Denis Odoi being sent off with 20 minutes remaining.Just five points separated these teams in the 2017-18 table and there was little to split them during a fiercely competitive clash at Wembley, in which in-form Jack Grealish and Ryan Fredericks were both fortunate to escape red cards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Cairney’s strike deservedly gave Fulham the lead, the midfielder combining with rising star Ryan Sessegnon before finishing with aplomb, and Aleksandar Mitrovic could have doubled the advantage with chances either side of half-time.Villa improved after the break and were unsurprisingly dominant after Odoi’s dismissal for a second yellow card, but Steve Bruce’s side created little to worry Marcus Bettinelli in the Fulham goal despite their man advantage.After winning a game reportedly worth £160million, Fulham can now prepare for a return to the riches of the Premier League, along with Wolves and Cardiff City, while Villa are facing a third-straight season in the second tier.3 – Ryan Sessegnon has had a hand in all three of Fulham’s play-off goals so far this season, scoring one and assisting two. Pivotal. pic.twitter.com/CrPvFaZZ1I— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 26, 2018Fulham looked the more settled from the outset and deserved to take the lead on 23 minutes, which they did in fine style. Sessegnon manoeuvred into space on the edge of the Villa box and slid the ball between John Terry and Alan Hutton to Cairney, who slotted past Sam Johnstone.Their early control was put at risk when Fredericks appeared to stamp on Grealish after winning a 50-50 challenge, although the officials did not punish the Fulham full-back.Steve Bruce’s side were struggling to get a foothold in the game and survived a nervy moment when Mitrovic almost stole the ball from Johnstone, while a Grealish shot over the bar was the best chance they mustered before the break.Mitrovic glanced a header wide early in the second half but there was a marked improvement from Villa, with Grealish deserving better after dancing his way through the defence only to be denied by Bettinelli.Villa’s midfield star was becoming frustrated with his physical treatment, having been fouled six times in the first half alone, and he was the second player lucky not to be sent off after a reckless lunge on Cairney.The game was becoming more and more ill-tempered and Odoi took things a step too far, his poor challenge on Grealish earning him a second booking, having received a first-half yellow for a foul on the same player.Villa poured players forward to try to take advantage but the equaliser eluded them, allowing Fulham, who missed out on automatic promotion by just two points, to celebrate in the London sunshine. Key Opta facts:- Fulham have won promotion via the play-offs for the first time in their history, in what was their fourth play-off campaign.- Indeed, Fulham have won a match at Wembley for the first time in the club’s history, losing on their only other visit there in the 1975 FA Cup final (2-0 versus West Ham).- Since 1988-89, the side finishing third in the second tier has gained promotion via the play-offs more times than any other position (11/30 – 37 per cent).- This was the sixth successive season which saw at least one side fail to score in a Championship play-off final.- Aston Villa have now lost five of their last six games at Wembley stadium (W1), conceding 12 goals in the process. read more
Talk of James Forrest being lured to Liverpool from Celtic in an £8 million ($10m) deal has been branded “laughable” by Bhoys legend John Hartson.The Anfield ranks are already well stocked with creative attacking talent, but it has been suggested Jurgen Klopp would be open to bringing in another option.Admiring glances are said to have been cast in the direction of Parkhead and a player currently working under former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Forrest, who is a product of Celtic’s academy system and a Scotland international, is the man reported to have caught Liverpool’s eye, but Premier League suitors have been told the 27-year-old winger will be going nowhere for the figures being mooted.Ex-Hoops striker Hartson told the Evening Times: “I have to say that I laughed when I saw the figures quoted for James Forrest this weekend.“£8m? That might get you his big toe.“Aside from the fact that the lad himself has signed a long-term deal with Celtic, the club he has been with since primary school, the money quoted for him is laughable.“We are not talking about a pup at 16 or 17. We are talking about a boy who has scored goals at international and Champions League level and who has blossomed into a winger who guarantees double-figure goals.“So spare me the £8m chat. If – and it is a big if – there was anyone looking at Forrest then they would need to triple that number just to get Celtic interested.“The days of English clubs coming in and getting players for pennies are long gone. Peter Lawwell isn’t the type to let players slip out of the club without getting their market value and in Brendan Rodgers you have a guy who knows exactly what a player is worth.“So you can forget anyone coming in for Forrest or any other player and taking them away for a song.”Forrest has made more than 300 appearances for Celtic and remains on course to top the personal-best goal return of 17 he managed last season.Hartson added: “There is a suggestion that Forrest will go on to become the most decorated Celtic player of the modern era and that will mean a lot to him too.“But right now it is little more than chat.“If Liverpool or anyone else want him then they will have to have very deep pockets.”Forrest committed to a new four-year contract with Celtic in September 2018, with that deal intended to keep him in Glasgow for the foreseeable future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Texas A&M fans have had a lot to cheer for tonight.The Aggies, hosting No. 2 Clemson, have hung right with the College Football Playoff favorites. This is a contest that seems to be going down to the wire.It’s Clemson 28, Texas A&M 20 with just under 12 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.Two Texas A&M fans went viral earlier in the game when ESPN captured an adorable moment in the stands.“GIVE HER A LITTLE SUGAR!”GIVE HER A LITTLE SUGAR! pic.twitter.com/zTCHEzYN04— ESPN (@espn) September 9, 2018Well played.
zoom Singapore’s gas carrier owner BW LPG and Global United Shipping India Private Limited have agreed to establish a joint venture in India in which the parties will own 50% each.The new joint venture, named BW Global United LPG India Private Limited, will own and operate gas carriers for the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) within Indian waters.As part of the establishment, BW LPG will sell two of its vessels, BW Boss and BW Energy, to the joint venture company and to that end BW LPG has entered into binding vessel sales contracts.“The joint venture will allow BW LPG to create a strong base in India which is one of the world’s largest LPG import markets. LPG growth in India is driven primarily by increased retail demand and strong support for LPG consumption from the government of India,” Martin Ackermann, CEO of BW LPG, said.“Investments in import infrastructure, biomass displacement and continued government support also looks favourable for the LPG market. BW LPG looks forward to capturing growth opportunities alongside a trusted partner,” Ackermann added.
If you’ve never heard of Canadian painter Maude Lewis, that’s okay. You’re about to learn about her in a new film that’s making its way through the film festivals.The film is titled Maudie and it’s based on the true story of the Nova Scotian woman who overcame physical challenges to become a beloved and successful folk artist.Directed by Dublin-born Aisling Walsh from a screenplay by Sherry White, Maudie costars include Ethan Hawke the reclusive Everett Lewis, Sally Hopkins as Maud and Gemini Award-winning actor Kari Matchett in the role of Sandra, an American art collector who spends her summers in Nova Scotia. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is willing for another meeting with US President Donald Trump to reach an agreement on denuclearization if Washington has the right attitude, the state media reported on Saturday. “If the US proposes holding a third North Korea-US summit with a right attitude and a right method, we have a willingness to do it one more time,” Kim said during a speech on Friday on the second day of a 14th Supreme People’s Assembly session. His comments were published by Pyongyang’s state news agency KCNA. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I will not hesitate in signing an agreement only if it is written in a way that meets the interests of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and is fair, mutually acceptable and this will entirely depend upon with what attitude and calculus the US would come up with,” he added. Trump and Kim met for the first time in Singapore 2018. However, a second summit in Hanoi in February broke down over denuclearization steps. The US leader said North Korean officials sought economic sanctions lifted in their entirety in exchange for disabling a major nuclear site, provoking him to walk away. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Pyongyang, however, disputed Washington’s account of how the negotiations broke down. In March, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui accused the US of taking a “gangster-like” stance and said it had thrown away a “golden opportunity” in Hanoi. Kim had earlier said the summit had created a “strong doubt” in him over whether the US genuinely wanted to improve relations. But he added that his personal ties with Trump remained “excellent”. The North Korean leader on Friday said that he will wait until the end of the year to see if Washington makes a “courageous decision”. Kim gave his speech a day after Trump said he was open to meeting again with the North Korean leader.
During his phone conversation with President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir, Mr. Annan “told him he hoped to see the UN assessment mission to be dispatched as soon as possible and sought the cooperation and support of the Sudanese Government to that end,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on 16 May under Chapter VII of the Charter, which allows for enforcement measures, calling for such a team to be deployed within a week. So far, Sudan has not given a green light for the assessment team to deploy.The Secretary-General, who had previously written to President al-Bashir seeking his support for a stronger UN force to replace the 7,000-memberAU mission (AMIS) deployed in Darfur, made the call as Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi held preliminary meetings today in Khartoum with the Deputy Foreign Minister, the Speaker of the National Assembly and a number of parliamentarians, as well as the Head of the African Union in Sudan. The two UN envoys will be meeting other senior government officials on Wednesday and Thursday, according to Mr. Dujarric, who said “President Bashir told the Secretary-General that after his discussions with Mr. Brahimi he would discuss with the Government this matter and it would be decided upon by the Government shortly.”During their conversation, Mr. Annan also reiterated to President Bashir the need for all parties to respect the peace agreement reached earlier this month between the Government and one of the rebel groups operating in Darfur, where fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels has killed scores of thousands of people and uprooted 2 million more in the last three years.Meanwhile, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guéhenno told reporters in New York today that the deployment of an assessment mission is “very important because it is essential that there is an understanding between the Government of National Unity and the United Nations on what the role of the United Nations would be in Darfur.”He emphasized that for a UN mission in Darfur to be successful, all parties must comprehend its mandate. “It will not be successful unless we have that understanding,” he cautioned, adding that “explaining what the mission could do, would do, in Darfur, is very important to move forward.”Asked whether States were prepared to contribute personnel to a UN mission in Darfur, the peacekeeping chief said a number “have expressed a measure of interest” but noted that none would make a commitment in the absence of a Security Council mandate and clear information about the situation on the ground. “No country is going to start spending money preparing its troops for a possible deployment until it knows that this deployment is going to happen for real,” he said.Mr. Guéhenno also underscored the importance of a comprehensive approach to addressing the Darfur conflict. “The troops, by themselves, cannot be the full answer. There has to be a political process that the troops support,” he said.
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(Willie Frazer/YouTube)The parade, which is planned for Saturday 14 December, has been given the go ahead but the Parades Commission has said it can not pass the Ardoyne area.It said that there would “be an adverse impact on an already fragile community, a negative impact on community life and the potential for serious public disorder”.The ‘Push for Justice’ is also restricted from passing through the city centre as the commission said this could be detrimental to retail business.The commission said it has been informed that this time of year is “crucial to help the survival of the already hard-pressed city traders” and noted concerns from elected representatives about parades going through the heart of the city’s retail sector on a Saturday afternoon.No paramilitary-style clothing is to be work at any time during the parade and “flags, bannerettes and symbols relating to a prescribed organisation” will also not be permitted.Read: Loyalist protester Willie Frazer turns up at court dressed as Abu Hamza>VIDEO: Arson attack on home of loyalist Willie Frazer> THE PARADES COMMISSION has placed a number of restrictions on a ‘bed push’ through Belfast that has been planned by union flag protester Willie Frazer.The ‘Push for Justice’ is part of a fundraising campaign to send IRA victims to Libya to seek compensation for the country’s support of the terrorist organisation. Some 40 people are expected to take part in the parade which will involve pushing beds through the streets.Libya’s new government has indicated it is willing to reveal information about the passing of weapons and money to the IRA and about those sent for training in Libya.
THE BABY GIRL who died last night after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday with serious injuries has been named.Police in Northern Ireland identified the 3-month-old as Caragh Walsh of Glasvey Drive, Twinbrook in west Belfast.The child’s father was arrested and has been charged with grevious bodily harm. Christopher O’Neill (23) of the same address appeared in court on Friday morning.A post mortem examination on the baby is to take place in the coming days.The BBC reports that defence lawyer for O’Neill said that the child had been in some sort of medical distress when the 23-year-old had taken action to try to help her.
Greece must remain in the eurozone but may need extra time to make good on tough economic reforms it has promised international creditors, according to the secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Angel Gurria.In an interview with German newspaper Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung published on Saturday, the OECD chief joined the chorus of prominent economists supporting Greece’s continued presence in the single-currency bloc, on the condition that the government respects the conditions of its agreement with creditors. However, the Mexican said, Athens should be given some slack in meeting the tough terms in view of a deepening recession. “Perhaps the government needs more space to meet its commitments,” Gurria told the paper.The OECD chief added that he was in favor of the European Central Bank buying the bonds of eurozone member states. “The president of the ECB, Mario Draghi, stated clearly that the ECB can ease the debt crisis in the eurozone through the purchase of bonds and I support this policy,” Gurria said. Draghi’s statements sent a “clear message to the markets,” the OECD chief said. “The speculators will lose their bet against the euro as the ECB is using all the means at its disposal.”He added that countries with debt problems, such as Greece, should focus on pushing through the structural reforms that will allow them to gain competitiveness.In June, Gurria said Greece should be allowed to renegotiate the terms of a 130-billion-euro bailout signed in February. The Greek government recently set aside its request for renegotiation of the deal, and for a two-year extension of the fiscal adjustment period, as it focuses on identifying budget cuts pledged to creditors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
WOBURN, MA — A Medford woman has been found guilty and sentenced to five years in state prison for running an extensive human trafficking and money laundering operation, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday. The criminal enterprise included illegal activity in Bedford, Billerica, Medford, Reading, Wilmington and Woburn.On December 3, after a five-day trial, a Middlesex Superior Court jury found Xiu J. Chen, 38, guilty of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude (6 counts), Conspiracy to Traffic Persons for Sexual Servitude (6 counts), Deriving Support from Prostitution (5 counts), Keeping a House of Ill Fame (5 counts) and Money Laundering (4 counts).On Wednesday, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Bruce R. Henry sentenced Chen to five years to five years and a day in state prison, with three years of probation after completion of her sentence, during which she cannot have contact with the victims or her codefendant, Ronald Keplin, and cannot work in bodywork or massage establishments.“This defendant operated an extensive and lucrative criminal enterprise by setting up massage parlors as fronts for human trafficking and bringing victims to Massachusetts to engage in sex,” said AG Healey. “We will continue to investigate and prosecute those who exploit and prey on others to make a profit.” Chen was arrested in May 2013 after an investigation by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from various local police departments. Chen was indicted by a Middlesex Superior Grand jury in June 2013. Chen operated multiple businesses portrayed as massage parlors that were in fact fronts for an extensive human trafficking and money laundering operation. Chen characterized and advertised these businesses as providing “bodyworks” services. Those businesses were:Bedford Asian Bodywork a/k/a Bedford Wellness Center – Bedford, MAShrine Spa a/k/a Billerica Bodywork a/k/a Boston Chinese Club – Billerica, MAMystic Health Center – Medford, MABody Wellness Center – Reading, MAAsian Bodywork a/k/a Woburn Wellness Bodywork – Woburn, MAThe AG’s Office alleges that Keplin, 63, of Woburn, ran Body Language in Wilmington. Chen was convicted of trafficking victims at that location. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed evidence indicating that Chen was the leader of this operation and, through the businesses, offered commercial sexual activity between women and clients in exchange for a fee. Chen recruited the women from New York to work in the parlors, advertised commercial sexual activity online, set up the appointments for all locations, and managed the financial aspects of the organization.Chen arranged for overcrowded housing where the victims typically slept on mattresses on the floor, or in some instances on the massage tables at the businesses. She also helped facilitate the daily transportation of the women to and from the businesses.Chen received the majority of the profits from these sexual encounters and used that money to perpetuate the criminal enterprise, including supporting the daily operations of the businesses like paying rent, utility bills, and for advertisements. Chen also hid excess cash in the some of the parlors, and police found over $300,000 cash in Chen’s home.The case against Keplin is ongoing.This case was handled by the AG’s dedicated Human Trafficking Division, which focuses on policy, prevention and criminal prosecutions. Through that division, the AG’s Office has charged more than 40 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law went into effect in 2012. AG Healey has proposed legislation to close the current “bodyworks loophole” in Massachusetts.The trial was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Nancy Rothstein and Kristy Lavigne, through the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocate Rebecca Quigley, Director of the AG’s Financial Investigations Division Sallyann Nelligan, Digital Evidence Laboratory Analyst Kenneth McCarthy, Paralegal Sindhu Kadhiresan and Special Assistant Attorney General Samuel Parnell. The investigation was conducted by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and investigators with the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Attorney General’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor: WOW Factor Auto Detailing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWoman Who Ran Wilmington Massage Parlor As Front For Sex Trafficking Ring To Be SentencedIn “Police Log”Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan Announces Grand Jury IndictmentsIn “Police Log”Lender To Cancel $1.6 Million In Loans Made To Former ITT Tech Students At Wilmington & Norwood CampusesIn “Government”
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