2015 Big Give Christmas Challenge to double donations

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement 2015 Big Give Christmas Challenge to double donations Tagged with: christmas matched giving The Big Give Melanie May | 1 December 2015 | Newscenter_img  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. The UK’s biggest online match-funding campaign, the annual Big Give Christmas Challenge, begins this Friday, with more than 250 charities taking part.Back for the eighth year running, the 2015 campaign will double online donations for two days on Friday 4th December, and Saturday 5th December. It invites donors wishing to have their donations doubled to visit www.theBigGive.org.uk as close after midday as possible on both days, where they can choose a charity to give to.Donations are doubled on a first-come, first-served basis, with the first tranche of match funding released at midday on day one, and the second at midday on day two.Donations are matched by a range of philanthropic organisations called ‘Champions’, as well as through pledges from the charities’ own major donors. This year’s Champions include The Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Candis Magazine, and The Lake House Foundation.Alex Day, director of the Big Give said:“We are extremely excited about this year’s Christmas Challenge. We know the ‘double your donation’ offering proves extremely popular with supporters. We hope this year will be a fantastic experience for all of those taking part and raise many millions of pounds for some wonderful causes.”Launched in 2008 by Sir Alec Reed, founder of Reed Recruitment, the Christmas Challenge has so far raised more than £64 million for 2,271 charity projects.last_img read more

Senate flip: 5 real estate takeaways

first_imgMessage* Next round of stimulusSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a proposal for $2,000 stimulus checks in December, leading to the passage of a relief package that instead sent $600 checks to Americans. Schumer, who will take McConnell’s place, has indicated that he will make $2,000 checks a priority.Some New York officials are confident that having one of their own lead the Senate will benefit the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that a Democratic-controlled government would lead to a more favorable federal stimulus, as well as a reversal of moves by congressional Republicans that damaged New York.“They have been unethical. They have been political,” he said during a press conference Thursday. “They have taken money out of this state and sent it to the Republican states as a pure political exercise.”According to federal lobbying groups, a Democrat-controlled Congress, with Biden’s support, would favor a means-tested approach to rent relief, in the form of rental vouchers. The industry has been supportive of such an approach — which is seen as a welcome measure to stabilize the rental market — unlike proposals to cancel rent.Federal eviction moratoriumThe temporary federal limits on evictions stem from a September Centers for Disease Control rule allowing some renters to use financial distress as a defense against eviction. The rule is set to expire Jan. 31, but with both houses of Congress controlled by the Democrats, a new relief package could limit evictions even more.Such a proposal was floated in October when the House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion relief package which would have halted evictions for 12 months — exceeding even the five-month ban in place in New York.That measure would have not only given renters a defense against evictions, but prevented landlords from filing any evictions for non-payment. The bill would have also given delinquent borrowers automatic forbearance. It included $50 billion in emergency rental assistance, twice the amount which was eventually approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.Any resurrection of a longer eviction ban would still need to muster 60 votes in order to avoid a Republican filibuster.Contact Georgia Kromrei Message* Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Full Name*center_img Sen. Charles Schumer and President-elect Joe Biden (Getty)When Joe Biden won the 2020 election, there was a significant hurdle between the president-elect and some real estate reforms he wanted: a Republican Senate.That changed Wednesday when two Democrats won Senate seats in Georgia. Biden’s proposals have a better chance of making it to the floor with Democrats holding half of Senate seats, Kamala Harris poised to cast tie-breaking votes as vice president and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, as majority leader.To be sure, such tenuous control hardly guarantees that Biden’s campaign priorities will become a reality. Democrats need at least 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, meaning they need to win over at least 10 Republicans — a virtual impossibility for anything controversial or remotely partisan, such as eviction bans or dismantling the 2017 tax law.But a workaround known as reconciliation enables Senate passage of some taxation and spending measures with a simple majority. Republicans used it to pass the 2017 reform, as well as tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. Democrats used it for some elements of Obamacare.So the real estate industry is closely watching a number of policies and tax breaks that Biden highlighted during his campaign or pitched as a response to the pandemic. They include:Tax deductions and ratesThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 capped deductions of state and local taxes at $10,000, ostensibly raising the cost of living and home ownership in high-tax states such as New York, California and New Jersey. Last year, House Democrats passed a bill that would have increased the cap to $20,000, but the Senate ignored it. Such a measure would have an easier time with the Senate led by Schumer, who opposes the cap, as do many blue-state Democrats.Biden has said that he wants to increase high earners’ taxes on payroll, capital gains and income. He has also proposed increasing the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent, after Republicans lowered it from 35 percent in 2017. While that would cost some real estate businesses more, it could benefit affordable housing developers.An increase in the corporate tax rate could make Low-Income Housing Tax Credits more attractive. Corporate investors who buy the credits receive a reduction on federal income taxes for 10 years, so the credits are worth more when there are more taxes to offset. When tax rates go down, the credits lose value. That affects how a project pencils out.Hudson Companies’ Aaron Koffman said he was in the middle of negotiating loan terms with a bank on an affordable housing project just before the 2017 tax law passed. The possibility of the corporate tax rate being decreased shaped the debt terms because many expected the tax credits to become less valuable. He said an increase of the corporate tax rate could help reverse that.“It is going to bring the price per dollar of tax credits up,” he said. “It’s a game-changing win to increase corporate taxes.”As part of the latest federal stimulus package, Congress divorced the program’s rate from interest rates, instead setting a floor of 4 percent. The change was considered a major win for affordable housing developers.1031 exchangesDuring his campaign, Biden announced a plan to eliminate 1031 exchanges for taxpayers with annual incomes that exceed $400,000.The widely-used tax benefit has been on the books for 100 years. A 1031 exchange allows real estate investors to defer capital-gains taxes when they sell properties, if they use the proceeds to make new investments, typically within a few months. Keep doing that, and taxes can be perpetually deferred. One wealth adviser called that “swap ’til you drop,” and estimated that $100 billion a year in property sales can be attributed to 1031 exchanges.The benefit is popular with retirees, but with Democrats in control of both houses of Congress, its elimination for high earners may be on the horizon — a possibility that has federal real estate lobby groups concerned. Developer Francis Greenburger called 1031 exchanges “an extraordinarily important element in real estate investment.”“There will be enormous unintended consequences if they are allowed to go forward in the way he proposed,” said Greenburger, a longtime supporter of Democrats.Greenburger, who wrote to the Biden campaign after the former vice president announced his intention to limit the benefit, said that he and others in the business community recognize the need to raise taxes as the country grapples with a lengthy and expensive pandemic.“Anyone who is not blind and stupid knows we have a huge deficit,” said Greenburger. But altering the fundamental structure of the tax code is not the way to close it, he said.“Raise the rate,” Greenburger offered. “That doesn’t disrupt entire ways of doing business and entire areas of activity and investment.”Opportunity ZonesBiden has pledged to reform the Opportunity Zone program, which was included as part of the Republicans’ 2017 tax overhaul. Though President Donald Trump has touted the program as a boon to “neglected neighborhoods,” others have argued that it mostly benefits developers.States selected the 8,700 zones, which were then certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Critics have called for a reconsideration of these zones — some of which include well-off neighborhoods — and for more transparency and reporting requirements to ensure they are actually helping poor people.“The problem with the Opportunity Zone legislation is that it was rushed through,” said Ronald Fieldstone, a partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr who focuses on tax law, noting the lack of public disclosure required by the program. “There is no accountability.”In November 2019, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced legislation that would ramp up reporting requirements and limit Opportunity Zones to low-income communities.Read moreThe nitty gritty on federal rent reliefLandlord groups slam lawmakers’ eviction moratorium pushLast-minute reprieve stops city’s tax lien sale Contact Kathryn Brenzel Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags1031 exchangesJoe BidenOpportunity ZonesPoliticslast_img read more

Watch a Sneak Peek of Idina Menzel Granting Your Holiday Wishes

first_img View Comments We can feel that most wonderful time of year coming on already thanks to Great White Way superstar Idina Menzel. The If/Then headliner’s previously reported new album Holiday Wishes is released on October 14 (that would be TODAY), and we now have a trailer for the early Christmas present we’ve all been waiting for. In a succession of outfits that Frozen’s Elsa would be proud of, our favorite Broadway belter gives us a sneak peek of her take on holiday classics from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “When You Wish Upon a Star.” There’s also a cameo from Michael Buble. Of course there is! All we want for Christmas is YOU, Idina! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Idina Menzel If/Then Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 20: Scorpion, Baby Face promise explosive ring return

first_imgRelatedPosts Real One, Baby Face, Esepo to headline GOtv Boxing Night 21 GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 West African Boxing Union welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, and national super featherweight champion, Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, have promised to return to the ring in an explosive fashion at GOtv Boxing Night 20, scheduled to hold on 12 October. The two shinning stars are billed to fight at the event slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos. In his last fight at GOtv Boxing Night 19, Baby Face famously knocked out Ghana’s Eden Biki, who was punched into unconsciousness in the 10th round. The WABU champion next opponent is Jafaaru Suleiman. Speaking in Lagos on Monday, the WABU champion said he’s already looking beyond Sulaimon, whom he said he plans to use as preparation for the African Boxing Union title bout. He said: “Sulaimon is not an opponent in the real sense. He’s a training apparatus. I’m looking beyond the fight, as my target is the ABU title.” Oyekola, whose last engagement saw him dethrone long-reigning champion, Taofeek “Taozon” Bisuga at GOtv Boxing Night 18 in Ibadan, said his next opponent, Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan, will suffer the same fate as Bisuga, who suffered a first-round technical knockout after falling thrice. The Ibadan-based boxer, who spoke in a phone chat, advised Shogbesan to pull out of the bout or risk being beaten legless. “There is no dispute about me being the best in my category. Bisuga is well placed to tell Shogbesan how I made him see stars. If Shogbesan ignores my advice, the walls of the Indoor Sports Hall will appear to him as wobbling by the time I finish with him,” said Scorpion. GOtv Boxing Night 20 will be headlined by the much anticipated pairing of ABU lightweight king, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, and WABU champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who face each other in the ABU title bout. Also on the card is the national bantamweight title bout between Sadiq Adeleke and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi. Other bouts include a national welterweight challenge a national light heavyweight challenge bout between Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu and Kabiru “KB Godson Towolawi; and a national featherweight challenge bout between Tope “TP Rock” Musa and Olusegun “Embargo” Moses. Graduates of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 5 will also make their debut at the event as Alaba “Elybow” Omotola, best boxer of the competition, will take on Bolaji “Fight to Finish” Abdullahi in a national lightweight challenge contest. There is also an all-female bout as Cynthia “Bobby Girl” Ogunsemilore will square up against Aminat “Smart” Yekini in a super featherweight challenge.Tags: Baby faceGOtv Boxing Night 20Ridwan OyekolaRilwan babatundelast_img read more

Florida defensive end Brown verbally commits to Syracuse

first_img Published on December 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ Malik Brown, a defensive end from William T. Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., tweeted Wednesday that he verbally committed to Syracuse.center_img I so blessed to say that tonight I officially committed to Syracuse University— Malik Brown (@brownmalik99) December 20, 2012 AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrown is the 14th member of the Class of 2013 to commit to Doug Marrone and the Orange. Scout.com rated his as a two-star prospect, while Rivals gave him three stars. He was a high school teammate of SU freshman cornerback Julian Whigham.The 6-foot-3, 215-lb. Brown had a host of offers from schools around the country, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Mississippi State, Purdue and South Florida, according to Scout.com.Brown, an end who gives Syracuse another formidable pass rusher, helped lead Dwyer to a 9-3 record this past season before the Panthers lost to Boyd Anderson in the Class 7A regional semifinals.Brown will have to fight for a starting spot next season since Syracuse has a group of quality defensive ends coming back in 2013. The only defensive end the Orange will lose to graduation is Brandon Sharpe. Commentslast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Nigeria exit, Cameroon advance as USA set records

first_imgThe United States beat Nigeria 1-0 to take top spot in the ‘Group of Death’ on Tuesday and move onto the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup with AustraliaAbby Wambach, the all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer, added to her record total in the 45th minute and that was the only goal the Americans would need to finish the group phase unbeaten with a record of 2-1-0.The Nigerian challenge faded in the 69th minute when the Super Falcons were reduced to 10 women after Sarah Nnodim was shown the red card for a clumsy challenge on Sydney Leroux.Hope Solo collected her 173rd cap to pull level with Briana Scurry for most international appearances by a U.S. goalkeeper, while Wambach’s 14th World Cup tally moved the American captain into a tie for second on the all-time list with Germany’s Birgit Prinz.Elsewhere…In Edmonton, Australia (1-1-1) clinched the runnerup spot in Group D and a place in the round of 16 with a 1-1 draw with Sweden. The Matildas went ahead in the fifth minute on a goal from Lisa De Vanna before Sofia Jakobsson equalised for the Swedes 10 minutes later. Fifth ranked Sweden (0-3-0) could yet advance with the four best third-place finishers of the tournament also qualifying for the knockout.African challenge is onCameroon scored two second half goals to edge Switzerland 2-1 on Tuesday and qualify for the knockout phase of the Women’s World Cup along with defending champions Japan.With unbeaten Japan clinching top spot in Group C with a 1-0 win over Ecuador, Switzerland and Cameroon stepped onto Commonwealth Stadium level on three points with the winner guaranteed passage to the next round. The Swiss could yet advance with the four best third-place finishers of the tournament also qualifying for the round of 16. In Winnipeg, Yuki Ogimi’s fifth minute goal accounted for all the scoring as Japan eased through the group phase with three wins.South American debutant Ecuador, outscored 16-1 in their opening two contests, put up a brave effort against the champions but never really threatened, exiting the tournament without a win.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

NFL training camp 2019: AFC West preview

first_img NFL training camp 2019: AFC North preview NFL training camp 2019: AFC East preview All of that leads to a belief that this could be a very competitive division, much more so than it was last year when Oakland was a laughingstock and Denver massively underachieved. Still, everyone will be chasing the Chiefs as Mahomes looks to once again excel in Andy Reid’s offense.Here’s the outlook for the AFC West heading into training camp: Related News The Chiefs were the stars of the NFL last year. Patrick Mahomes threw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns and won the MVP as Kansas City arguably was one coin flip from a Super Bowl berth.But in 2019, the Chargers are once again very good, the Broncos have added two quarterbacks and the Raiders actually did some good things this offseason. Team on the riseOakland RaidersThe team added Antonio Brown, that alone would be enough to turn some heads. But the Raiders also picked up Trent Brown in free agency and drafted some very good players with all of the first-round picks acquired in trades for Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. It’s undeniable this team looks on paper like it’s on the upswing, but it’s up to coach Jon Gruden to make all the puzzle pieces fit on the field.Team on the declineDenver BroncosThe Denver defense is great, and new coach Vic Fangio should make its ability to stop opponents even better, but the offense has serious questions.As much as adding one-time Super Bowl MVP and first-round pick Joe Flacco to the team’s offense gives the team hope, it’s a move that very well could blow up in Denver’s face. Flacco has been mediocre over the last few seasons. He was injured and lost the Ravens starting job to rookie Lamar Jackson in 2018 after he fell from seventh in the league in passing yardage in 2016 to 21st in 2017.It appears he really doesn’t present much different than Case Keenum did last year for the Broncos.One key difference: Flacco’s ability to throw the deep ball could change the offense some, but the Broncos don’t really have a lot of receivers who can stretch the field so Flacco’s arm-strenth might be rendered moot by the team’s personnel.Rookies to watchClelin Ferrell, DE, Raiders: The Raiders were last in the NFL in sacks last season, and Ferrell’s calling card really isn’t sacking the quarterback. But he’s a good all-around player who is a solid foundational piece for the Oakland defense. He should help the defense as a whole, but it remains to be seen if he boosts the team’s pass rush, where the Raiders absolutely need to improve. Drew Lock, QB, Broncos: Lock was drafted to be Denver’s quarterback of the future, but Jackson was drafted to be the same thing in Baltimore. Flacco got hurt and Jackson became the team’s QB of the present. If Flacco gets hurt or underachieves with the Broncos, the Lock era could be begin very soon. NFL training camp 2019: AFC South preview Player spotlightTyreek HillHill is the most explosive playmaker in football, but he has a lot hanging over him going into the 2019 season. He has a legal issue surrounding an incident with his fiancee and their son. If he is suspended for any portion of the season, the Chiefs offense will suffer. Mecole Hardman could be good as a rookie, but to expect him to match Hill’s production isn’t fair to him. Keep an eye on what happens with Hill leading up to the season.Key injuriesTravis Kelce, ankle: The Chiefs tight end underwent an ankle procedure earlier this year that was described as a “cleanup.” He has missed a good portion of the offseason program, and it’s unclear if that will affect him going forward, at least in the near term. Odds are it won’t be a big deal. He has excelled in the Chiefs offense for years, so missing practice reps shouldn’t hurt. However, if he has any lingering effects with the ankle going into the season, that could affect his output.last_img read more