Stuff co.nz 29 January 2017Family First Comment: A third of school donations can be claimed back but thousands of parents aren’t doing that.Hundreds of thousands, potentially even millions of dollars worth of unclaimed tax rebates from school donations are going unclaimed each year.Many parents are unaware they can claim a rebate from the Inland Revenue Department of up to one third of what they donated to the school their children attended.And many schools don’t tell parents they can claim a rebate on school donations. Many parents still think they’re paying a fee, rather than a donation.The number of parents claiming back money from their school donations has dropped, latest Inland Revenue figures showed between 2013 and 2015, 6000 fewer parents made a claim.In 2015, parents claimed back $21.2 million.Tax expert Michael Gousmett said a comparison of Inland Revenue and Ministry of Education data showed $46m worth of donations had not been claimed.IRD said any donation returns that were unclaimed were passed on to fund Government services such as roads, schools and hospitals.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/88761317/Thousands-of-parents-are-not-claiming-back-on-their-school-donations?cid=app-iPhone
Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) and Goddard Enterprises, Charles Herbert and another director of the company were Friday released on US$200,000 bail after appearing in court on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking.While Herbert, 62, and Christopher Glenn Rogers, 56, were able to leave the precincts of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court after posting securities, their co-accused, 55-year-old sailor Walter O’Neal Prescod, who was offered US$225,000 bail, was remanded to prison until Monday, after being unable to secure a surety.The three were detained on Monday following the seizure of 276 pounds of drugs on the yacht, Ecstasy, owned by the Goddard Group.Acting on a tip-off, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force Drug Squad had conducted an operation on the vessel and confiscated the drugs, valued at approximately US$267,000.However, speaking after leaving the court, Herbert insisted that he and Rogers were not guilty. “I want to assert clearly to the public that we are entirely innocent of all of the charges,” he said.And while thanking the Drug Squad and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for handling the matter “in a professional way” and “working exceedingly hard over the last four days to assemble evidence related to this case”, Herbert contended that all that evidence “clearly supports our innocence”.Shocked at charges “We are therefore shocked that cases were brought against us, and we can only assume that the people who made the decision lack the courage to stand by the truth that they themselves have discovered and that they are sworn to uphold. “I want to call on the Director of Public Prosecutions to urgently review the evidence that has been collected and to preserve the integrity of the Police Force,” Herbert added.Statement from Goddard EnterpriseAfter the trio was detained, Goddard Enterprises issued a statement saying it was aware of an investigation into two of its board members and an employee, and that deputy chairman William Putnam would act as chairman in the interim.Herbert said Friday that a decision would be made in due course on whether he will return to that position.“I have to review whether I am even able to do so while a charge of drug trafficking hangs over my head and challenges my credibility. Any decision that I make would be in the interest of the company that I represent, and if my continuing harms them, then I will not continue,” he said.Herbert said that the same position applied to his role as chairman of the BPSA. “If I hurt the credibility of the private sector, then I will certainly resign my position.”Under the conditions of their bail release, Herbert and Rogers had to surrender their passports and must report to their nearest police stations once a week. They return to court on November 6.
OSAGE — Governor Kim Reynolds this morning toured the state’s newest Test Iowa site in Osage. Reynolds says the state wants to make sure that rural areas have the same access to testing as there is in the state’s larger cities.“I’m just so appreciative of the local public health, the hospital, the EMA, the collaboration that’s taking place locally to really serve the citizens in this area. It’s my understanding they were driving down to Waterloo, that was the closest site. It’s really think it’s a testament to your local officials and your local public health, and the EMA that have stepped up to provide this service, and hospitals, so it’s just phenomenal,” she says.Reynolds commended the local partnership in Mitchell County to help operate the test site, saying it continues a trend of good coordination between state and local health officials during the pandemic. “Unprecedented collaboration, just with the state and local officials, and how important that has been. Then just to get the hospitals coordinating and working together too so we could understand the number of ICU beds that we have, the number of ventilators, so that we could be prepared in case we did see a surge in COVID cases. They did a great job of really helping us identify what those numbers were, what their surge plans were, and how we would be very proactive in addressing COVID-19.”Reynolds says she wants to continue to see the Test Iowa program scaled up, especially in rural parts of the state. “We have right now ten Test Iowa drive thru sites. We kind of look at what some of the virus activity looks like and that determines where it makes sense for a Test Iowa site to go to. We were in Buena Vista, and we were in Sioux County, and Marshalltown, and Pottawattamie, so probably in some of our larger communities they will stay there, but this makes more sense in a lot of our rural Iowa areas, and so this is how we can provide those necessary services.”The Osage Test Iowa site is located at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. For more information and to take the Test Iowa assessment if you think you might need to get tested, head to testiowa.com.
Facebook18Tweet0Pin1 By Amy Rowley with historical references provided by Ann ShipleyIf there is one thing that symbolizes summer (besides the drippy scoop of ice cream or the run through a sprinkler), it’s visiting a local fair. The Thurston County Fair is that summer pilgrimage for Olympia area families. An opportunity to introduce young kids to farm animals, support youth 4-H programs, and eat the idyllic elephant ear, the Thurston County Fair has a rich history in our community.The 1917 Thurston County Fair was held at the Lobby Building which was located at 7th and Adams.While you plan your visit to the fairgrounds, review these 10 fun facts about the history of the Thurston County Fair. Then, head to the fairgrounds between July 31 – August 4 to experience the local flavor that makes Thurston County special.The first fair was held in 1871. At the original site, there was room for exhibits and speakers along with poultry, the only animal represented. The poultry was there for a good week in a wooden building (consider the odor). Poultry represented included chickens, a pair of turkeys, a pair of geese, one Australian Cockatoo that belonged to a sea captain, and a cage of 27 linnets and canaries.At the first fair, Captain Percival entered a bucket of cranberries, and another exhibit was a blackberry branch 17’ long. Also in those early years there were such categories as the best oatmeal with milk, and best section of wooden water pipe.in 1913, the fair was held in Lacey at the race track. Unfortunately, due to a deluge during fair time the fair was not a success and the fair manager was sued for some nefarious dealings.During the 1910-25 era, the fair moved around the county to various granges and the Carlyon Race Track in Olympia. In 1915, some of the odd prizes included a baseball mitt for the best pumpkin pie and a fountain pen for the best six potatoes.Ostrichs at the 1913 Thurston County FairBetween 1926 – 1931, the fair was in Tenino. The first mascot of record for the county fair was a boar because he was a good “rooter” for the fair. An odd section in the Tenino fairs, was a section devoted to all things colored ecru!During the 1932 fair one of the more attractive activities for the older set were card parties held on the 2nd floor of the American Legion Hall. During the later years of the war, the Fair was strictly a 4-H endeavor. The times were indicated in the exhibits – flour sack dresses, preserved items, and best victory garden.In 1941 the fair was held in Heritage Hall at the present Thurston County Fairgrounds. Everything was housed in Heritage Hall except the stock animals. The State Game Department set up in one corner of the hall bringing in fawns, peasants and other live animals. While the Fair moved around between 1946 – 1956, it has remained in this present location since 1956.In 1946 there was a peach festival. A peach queen was crowned with a crown of gilded peach pits.For some reason, in 1958 the public could only enter in the flower show, the rock show and in the bulb and nursery displays. Otherwise it was strictly a 4-H show.For the style show in 1959 they used the east arena but there were no lights, or dressing room for the girls, so they parked cars all around the arena who turned on their headlights and a trailer was pulled up to use as a dressing room, while a truck bed was the stage.For more information about the Thurston County Fair, grab your copy of Shipley’s history book. You can find details here.
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The Fernie Falcons held off a late charge to edge the L.V. Rogers Bombers 38-37 in the final of the West Kootenay Rumble High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Mount Sentinel Gymnasium.Vinnie Watson missed the second of a two-shot foul allowing the Falcons to hold off Bombers.“It wasn’t to be,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.“The Fernie Falcons were crowned champions of the 2014 West Kootenay Rumble.”The tournament, hosted by LVR and Mount Sentinel Wildcats, attracted teams from the Okanagan and Kootenays.Trailing by four points in the final minute, LVR point guard Robby Dixon was able to cut the margin to two points thanks to a baseline jumper.Fernie missed two free throws on the offensive end and LVR had one last possession to tie.The Bombers then ran an isolation play for Dixon who faked a shot and handed off to Vinnie Watson in the post who was fouled in the act of shooting with 1.7 seconds left in regulation, putting LVR on the line with an opportunity to tie.Watson, LVR’s player of the game in the final, converted the first foul shot but missed the second. LVR gained the rebound but with time running out failed to convert the basket.Watson who played the majority of the game, led LVR in scoring with nine points.Dixon and Josh Matosevic, injured during the game, each netted eight points while Jake Anderson and Eamon Studer both chipped in six points.LVR, without the services of starter Kai Shave due to illness, opened the tournament by stopping Prince Charles Comets of Creston 60-39 Friday afternoon in front of the student body.The Bombers held period leads of 16-4, 32-17 at half, 47-23 after three quarters.Matosevic picked apart the PCSS zone defense with 22 points while Studer had nine points and both Dixon and Watson each netted eight points.LVR advanced to the final by blasting Heritage Christian School Saints of Kelowna 66-43.LVR jumped to a 17-9 lead after one quarter before going up 34-18 at the half.Dixon garnered player of the game accolades with 20 points, while Matosevic netted 18 points.Grade 10 Watson was in tough against the Saints size but managed to chip in nine points.Studer and Darian Johnson rounded off the scoring contributions with eight and seven points, respectively.Despite the win, LVR had no answer for the Saints’ smooth-shooting Sam Belli who netted 21 points.The Bombers return to action Thursday when the team travels to Trail to meet the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks.