Advantages Of Self Managed Super Funds

Submitted by: SMSF Super

Self Managed Super Funds are nothing but retirement funds available in Australia. They generally provide a wide choice of investment options like SMSF property investment, managing investments and investing in shares. Well, there are certain rules that you need to follow if you are a member of SMSF. The first and the foremost thing you need to do is appoint SMSF auditors. It is important that an ATO approved SMSF auditor audits your super funds.

The reason for this is that on behalf of the Australian Government, the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) sets the rules and regulations of self managed super funds. These rules of the government oversee every minute detail from setting up your own self managed super funds to ongoing maintenance. The first most things that you will need to assure while becoming a member or setting up your own SMSF is that the SMSF auditors will have to maintain comprehensive records in order to ensure complete compliance. The records would include everything about the investment decisions like SMSF property investment, traction records, annual statements, declarations of trustees and tax-related documents.

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While starting your own self managed super funds, you will also have to ensure that each SMSF is audited by an independent ATO auditor. SMSF auditors scrutinise the financial statements and review fund s compliance with all the rules that are applicable to that particular fund. Another important thing you need to consider is that members will be able to access their funds only when they meet one of the conditions of release. Like for example, a member will be able to access his funds only when he reaches a certain age or retires.

SMSF property investing is yet another good investment option. It is a better way to invest, especially with uncertainties rising in share market and other investment options. Well, there are different ways you can opt for SMSF investment Strategy. One is direct property purchase without involvement of any intermediary structures or entities. Second is investing in land with involvement of a simple or ‘bare’ trust, either by obtaining a SMSF or a limited recourse loan. Third way is through joint ventures. Here, a SMSF and a family trust could combine funds and purchase a block of land and build a house. However, there are certain terms and conditions involved in this.

Whatever your choice of investment is, there are a lot of advantages of starting a Free SMSF Setup. You get wider investment options than those offered by public funds. Moreover these are self managed super funds. Therefore, you get the opportunity to make a decision as to where and how to invest your funds appropriately. 15% tax is charged on earnings, contribution and final payment of the fund. Most of them make additional payments on self because of low tax. SMSF is a great opportunity for you to build wealth, protect your assets and save tax. If you have no clue where to start from for your self managed super funds, there are several administrators who provide great services at affordable prices.

About the Author: self managed super funds are a great way to make investment options, secure your future, protect your assets and look after your family when you are no more.

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Bathurst, Australia’s new hospital to be almost doubled in size

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Bathurst Regional Council, the local government responsible for the city of Bathurst and its surrounds in Central Western New South Wales, Australia yesterday revealed it had received a development application for the new Bathurst Base Hospital.

The new hospital is to be built behind the current hospital on the same site and is expected to cost the New South Wales government AUD96 million. The Bathurst Hospital will be the first in the Bathurst-Orange-Bloomfield redevelopment project.

The new hospital will have 149 beds, up from 85 for the current hospital. The hospital will also feature a mental health unit – previously psychiatric patients had to travel to Orange to the Bloomfield Hospital for treatment.

The Bathurst Hospital is expected to have state-of-the art facilities and will share some services with the to be constructed Orange Base Hospital.

The Bathurst Regional Council has approved the demolition of 12 buildings on the hospital site for enabling works. The hospital site is heritage listed although council decided that as the buildings do not contribute to the streetscape they may be demolished.

The demolitions are expected to take place late next month and will take around six weeks to complete. A temporary driveway will then be built to replace the current service entry for food and linen as it will become part of the work site.

Upon completion of the new hospital, the current ward block will be demolished leaving the original building from the late 19th century intact. The original building is expected to become an education centre and consulting rooms.

The original building was opened in 1834. Since then the facility has undergone numerous upgrades and add-ons, with the present ward block being opened in stages from 1978 to 1982.

Other buildings expected to be retained include the Daffodil Cottage (a cancer care centre) and the original Nurse’s quarters known as Poole House.

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Two British girls arrested for smuggling in Ghana

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Two 16-year-old British girls were arrested in Accra, Ghana earlier this month for apparently attempting to smuggle £300,000 worth of cocaine in laptop bags.

Yasemin Vatansever, of Cypriot descent and Yatunde Diya of Nigerian descent were arrested as they attempted to board a British Airways flight from the Kotoka International Airport on July 2, 2007. The arrest was by the Ghanaian Narcotic Control Board. They were alleged to be carrying 6.5 kg of drugs. They are currently in Ghana police custody and have been visited by British High Commission staff.

The girls who are both students from Islington, north London, had left home after informing their families they were making a school trip to France. They are expected to be charged with “possessing narcotic drugs and attempting to export drugs”, for which they could be jailed for up to ten years if found guilty.

The arrest is part of the Operation Westbridge project set up in November 2006 as a collaboration between the Ghanaian Narcotic Control Board and HM Revenue and Customs of the UK. It is to curb the influx of drugs into Europe and the UK through West Africa which is now being used as a transit point from South America. The project involves the provision of technical and operational expertise to the Ghanaian teams and training in the use of specialist scanning equipment. Ghana is the first country in Africa to introduce such equipment.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/LA-ND

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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.

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Exotic Vacation Agency: Vacation Suggestions For Households

byAlma Abell

A vacation agency is typically the major source of suggestions and information concerning vacations. These services investigate the destinations they suggest to their customers in regards to their safety as well as appropriateness for family vacations. Several of these services recommend destinations safe for older individuals and kids if the travelling group is a household searching for fun and sightseeing. They’ll remind the travellers of certain safety measures just to ensure that they know the various difficulties one might encounter. One such precaution an exotic vacation agency might state is to take certain vaccinations prior to visiting destinations outside of the US. Some countries, particularly countries located in the tropics, have diseases that can easily be transmitted to people who have not been vaccinated or immunized against the diseases. As a safety measure, the World Health Organization usually issues statements concerning the likelihood of contagious ailments that are present within the country that the holiday makers want to visit.

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Some diseases are not contagious; however certain diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans. Travellers should be cautious when consuming unfamiliar foods, for the reason that such foods can cause stomach upset. This is particularly true for individuals with sensitive stomachs. Raw or fresh food items should be consumed cautiously and only if the food item is obtained from a reliable source for example the hotel restaurant.

Most reliable vacation agencies are not just concerned about the health of the travelling group, but their physical safety also. Certain countries are not appropriate for a vacation, particularly countries that are experiencing political or economic instability. Other safety measures that an exotic vacation agency might suggest are to take good care of travel documents such as passports, and to be wary of thieves and pickpockets who target foreign nationals. Losing one’s money and passport outside of the US can be risky and in such instances, the help of the US embassy might be required. It is always best to listen to as well as take the advice given by the embassy if something goes wrong. Visit the website of McCabe World Travel to learn more regarding the various choices available to you.

 

Fourth U.S. state governor orders net neutrality in government contracts

Sunday, February 18, 2018

On Thursday, Phil Scott of Vermont became the fourth governor in the United States to sign an executive order requiring all companies providing Internet access to state agencies to abide by net neutrality for all customers in his state. He said he did this because Vermonters rely on Internet access without blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, threatened by the December 14 decision of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the matter of “Restoring Internet freedom”. The first state governor to challenge the FCC in this way was Steve Bulllock of Montana, who did so on January 22. Andrew Cuomo of New York followed two days later. Philip Murphy of New Jersey signed a similar executive order on February 5. These four executive orders differ in details, but all require that state agencies purchase Internet access services only from companies with an enforceable commitment to net neutrality for all customers in their state.

This is part of a flurry of state-level net neutrality actions. The New York State Assembly introduced bill A01958 on January 17, 2017, three days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, anticipating action by him to overturn the 2015 “Title II Order” that made net neutrality enforceable in the US. Two other bills were introduced into the Washington House of Representatives in the ten days before the official decision of Trump’s FCC on this issue. In addition to these, 63 other state-level responses by net neutrality supporters were documented by Fight for the Future (FFTF) by February 16, 2018, including at least 27 bills introduced into the legislatures of 17 states with others reportedly under consideration.

These bills are in addition to the lawsuit filed on January 16 by the Attorney General of New York on behalf of 21 states and the District of Columbia claiming this FCC decision was “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act” (APA) of 1946 and other grounds. These states were New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington state. New Jersey reportedly later committed to join the suit.

These four executive orders are the only actions on FFTF’s list of actions by net neutrality supporters that seem immediately enforceable. All others require approval by democratic bodies. The four executive orders might be challenged in courts as conflicting with “Preemption authority” claimed by the US Federal Communications Commission’s “Declaratory ruling, report and order” adopted December 14 and released January 4. The FCC order was described by dissenting Commissioner Clyburn as “Destroying Internet Freedom” rather than “Restoring Internet Freedom” as the order is titled. She wrote that this order “will put profits and shareholder returns above what is best for” consumers.

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Study says poor African American women less likely to receive pap smears

Wednesday, December 28, 2005Black American women living in communities with high poverty rates are significantly less likely to be screened for cervical cancer, a study finds.

The Harvard School of Public Health’s Geetanjali Dabral Datta investigated the relationship between individual characteristics and larger socioeconomic factors and cervical cancer screening rates. The Febreuary 1 issue of Cancer carries the study. More than 40,000 black women from across the United States participated in the Black Women’s Health Study.

“African-American women have twice the mortality rate from cervical cancer as white women,” said Elizabeth Ward, the director of the American Cancer Society. “Researchers need to investigate how those differences are related to socioeconomic status. One of the big factors that may account for this finding is access to high-quality medical care. Often communities that have high poverty rates either lack access to good quality care, or people have to travel longer distances to obtain high-quality care.”

David L. Katz at Yale University’s School of Medicine said; “While this finding is not surprising, it is noteworthy just the same. No one should die of cervical cancer, because a simple screening test reliably finds the condition in its earliest stages when cure is almost universally achievable. Yet, several thousand deaths from this cancer occur each year in the U.S.”

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Wikinews interviews Kent Mesplay, Green Party presidential candidate

Sunday, June 29, 2008

While nearly all coverage of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, the race for the White House also includes independents and third-party candidates. These prospects represent a variety of views that may not be acknowledged by the major party platforms.

Wikinews has reached out to these candidates throughout the campaign. We now interview Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Kent Mesplay.

Why do you want to be President?

I run for president to help improve society, pointing out that we are more secure when we live in a sustainable manner. As of this writing our culture is based on the consumption of limited materials such as petroleum, coal and uranium with great emphasis placed on the consumption of “goods” that are produced and purchased with little regard for the well-being of future generations. Government, ideally, provides an independent, objective forum through which solutions to the needs and wants of our time can be raised, discussed and implemented in a thoughtful, respectful manner. In contrast to this ideal, our current central, national government exists largely to protect and preserve the status quo of relatively few stake-holders, having undue political influence and acting in a manner not in the best interest of the majority of people. We cannot blindly consume our way to peace and stability.
A Green presidential administration would put the needs of current and future generations above the rude demands and expectations of the well-heeled political donor class. It is not important that we have a new president bearing the face of change. We need vital, core change to our political institutions to decentralize control, empower rational science-based decision-making and cut the damaging influence of corporate money on public policy. This change is unlikely to arise from within the current two political parties that are intrinsically corrupted by the ubiquitous “greased-palm” bribing handshake with corporate entities. We need to only ask how many corporate media conglomerates regularly advertize the question, “Should a corporation have the legal status of a super-person?” to realize the extent of the current dilemma. A corporation should never have been considered to have the legal rights of an individual. The Green Party is independent from business interests. This political arm of the environmental, peace and justice movements represents meaningful change to public policy and to our fragile, centralized, short-sighted way of life.
Green solutions are largely local solutions: more community gardens and small farms, reasonable use of fresh water, grey-water and waste-water, including more water storage and community responsibility for the entire water stream, energy-efficient housing and transportation, health care for all, protecting besieged ecosystems. Practically, what this means is a higher base-line of essential services with the costs shared and supported broadly. To be clear, our basic physical security deserves support, not gaming at the hands of profiteers. A common wealth for all citizens is possible, with local regional flavors in commerce and culture atop this “baseline” of security. To be danced out of the way, one finds the current heavy-handed players of agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, energy, insurance and the congressional-military-industrial complex all dependent upon “corporate socialism” for subsidies and protection from real, meaningful, positive change and shielded from probing questions as to why, for example, we so frequently go to war.
Mottos include “sustainability is security” and “freedom to debate.” I run to help define, popularize and grow the Green Party, to be an advocate for: single-payer health-care, renewable energy, increased energy efficiency, rail transport, organic local agriculture, indigenous rights, wise water use, banning lobbying/bribery, over-turning the legal fiction that a corporation is a person, and equal media exposure for all political candidates, having open debates between all political parties and beating those “swords into plowshares” by focusing on improving diplomacy, communication and basic physical security in water, food and energy in particular to mitigate the negative effects of global climate change and to provide emergency readiness. Also, I get bored easily and this keeps me busy.

Have you ever run for political office before? (President, senate, congress, city councillor, school trustee… etc.) Have you ever been a member of a political party, other than the one you’re currently in?

I ran for president in 2004 and 2008, being one of the four “finalists” at the nominating conventions. Also, I ran for U.S. Senate in California as part of a contested race in the Green Party Primary Election in 2006. I plan to run for U.S. Congress in 2010 and I am now taking the steps to begin running for the 2012 presidential race. I have been a member of both main U.S. parties and I cannot adequately express my disgust for them both. I encourage people everywhere to register Green, vote Green and support Green Party efforts at achieving and maintaining ballot access within the current hostile political environment. Ideally, we can together displace one of the two major parties; such is the near-majority level of disapproval of the antiquated mainstream parties and the desire for a true alternative.

Have you ever campaigned for another political candidate?

In 1996 I helped organize a press conference for then-presidential candidate Ralph Nader, after having helped support efforts to draft him as a candidate.

What skills or ideas do you bring from this position, or previous positions, that will benefit the Oval Office?

I believe in the separation of power within government, including economic power. Due to the influence of money in politics and within government we do not have a political system that works well to advance the needs and concerns of “we the people.” There are few, muted voices within our government supporting the dispossessed, the disenfranchised, the “left out,” the lower echelon within our socio-economic strata. Especially now, with high energy costs, questionable food supplies, shredded social safety nets, job loss due to outsourcing and other losses, loss of civil liberties and rights, the consolidation and concealment of governmental power, the “fascist” confluence of military-industrial business with governmental power, threats of unstable weather, retaliation by terrorists and opportunistic foreign governments following our model it is a good time to not be silent. I have lived with and among many different cultures, religions and peoples, I have a multi-cultural background and a mixed ancestry, I value art, music and science, I am both intuitive and analytical and I enjoy solving problems. Our nation would benefit greatly from my services. Plus, I am not “on the take.”

Campaigning for the American presidency is one of the most expensive exercises in the world. How do you deal with the cost and fundraising?

Small contributions from many people not expecting a return of favors approximates public funding of campaigns. In order to “get the word out” about my existence as a candidate it is necessary to adapt and adopt alternative, low-cost strategies. With my campaign team steadily growing I anticipate utilizing modern low-cost communication methods to help “spread the word.” Fund-raising is among the least palatable activities that I have to endure as a candidate and I will be the first to admit that I have done very little fundraising. The reader who is a U.S. Citizen of voting age is encouraged to support my candidacy by visiting my web site, www.mesplay.org, and making a small donation in accordance with Federal Election Commission guidelines. Also, simply e-mailing friends helps tremendously with these small campaigns.

What are you/were you looking for in a running mate?

My running mate would likely represent a demographic that I do not, such as being female and non-white, since I am a white male. As to character and experience, I would want to be supported by someone with great practical public experience who has remained in integrity with the original idealistic hopes and dreams that once drew them into the public eye or political arena.

Can you win the 2008 Presidential election?

I can win the 2008 presidential election by becoming the Green nominee, by inspiring otherwise non-voters to register Green and to grow Green Parties in those states where they are not yet granted ballot access and to subsequently vote in some creative, time-urgent manner circumventing the severe limitations put on candidates and parties by the secretaries of state through the country. I would have to win many of the states where the Green Party is on the ballot and I would have to find a manner allowing erstwhile green voters to legally vote in those states where we are not on the ballot.

If you can’t make it into the Oval Office, who would you prefer seeing taking the presidency?

I cannot support candidates who foolishly support nuclear power and weapons, who do not recognize the need for peace and who do not offer real, meaningful, substantive systemic change.

What should the American people keep in mind, when heading to the polls this November?

When heading for the polls this November U.S. citizens should support Green Party candidates, policies and values. Thank you.
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

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China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest exporter

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chinese officials have said that their country’s exports surged last December to edge out Germany as the world’s biggest exporter.

The official Xinhua news agency reported today that figures from the General Administration for Customs showed that exports jumped 17.7% in December from a year earlier. Over the whole of 2009 total Chinese exports reached US$1.2 trillion, above Germany’s forecast $1.17 trillion.

Huang Guohua, a statistics official with the customs administration, said the December exports rebound was an important turning point for China’s export sector. He commented that the jump was an indication that exporters have emerged from their downslide.

“We can say that China’s export enterprises have completely emerged from their all-time low in exports,” he said.

However, although China overtook Germany in exports, China’s total foreign trade — both exports and imports — fell 13.9% last year.

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Bbq Safety}

Submitted by: Paula Gerie

Outdoor activities are always fun for social gatherings with friends and family and one great way to enjoy this time together is with a large BBQ on a warm summers night. However BBQ are known for posing risks which can, at times, be avoided by taking basic precautionary measures and not turning a blind eye to potentially dangerous situations. Mishandling of BBQs can have serious consequences which are best avoided. Never underestimate the danger that can come through striking the BBQ. It is all about common sense and preparing yourself for any situation which can occur when least expected.

We all want a safe experience when lighting the BBQ, so here are several tips which can turn a frightful experience in to a fun and enjoyable one. Many of us can find ourselves being easily distracted when handling the BBQ; after all how can we not be with when family and friends are present, we simply want to enjoy their company and there is no harm in that, obviously. Avoiding an injury and any damages simple precautions must be taken. Safety measures would naturally involve ensuring that your BBQ is in complete working order, always test this theory before your guests arrive, never assume that it will be ok for use, particularly if the BBQ has not been used for some time. Unfortunately a common mistake made by many is failing to ensure that the BBQ is furthest away from trees and wood as possible, for example the shed or childrens play houses; this can prove disastrous if not adhered to as such materials are set alight almost immediately if met with a live flame.

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As we are all aware, children and pets are constantly active playing games and running around the garden; this is not a problem, but just keep them as far away from the BBQ and general cooking space as possible. Any toys and garden furniture such as hula hoops, footballs, and wooden chairs should also be kept well away from the BBQ and open flames. If in need of a break or for some reason the BBQ has to be left for a short period of time, always ensure another adult is present to take over; never under any circumstances it is wide to leave the BBQ unattended, this would be a careless act with disastrous results, particularly in the presence of children. In the event of an unexpected emergency, it is always wise to have a bucket of water, or even sand, present and ready to hand in order to act as quickly as possible to thwart potential blazes which can be caused by a live BBQ. A common mistake many people make is attempting to move the BBQ from one position to another; if the BBQ has been switched on and is in the process of heating up, or even cooking food, never attempt to move the BBQ; if this can be avoided, continue with the BBQ as is, however if for whatever reason the BBQ does need to be relocated, ensure it is completely turned off from the mains, wait for it to cool down as much as possible, protect with a weber BBQ cover for example, and then gently begin to move the heavy duty grill.

Another safety aspect overlooked by many is food safety; food poisoning can very easily be contracted from a BBQ due to undercooked meat and germs such as salmonella and E.coli being spread from raw meats on to food that is ready to be eaten. This can be largely avoided and germs can be killed by thoroughly cooking meat until it is piping hot. Weber BBQ U.K offers a wide range of Weber BBQ accessories which are a great aid to avoiding such disasters.

About the Author: An avid BBQ and outdoor grill specialist; Paula has dealt with varieties of high quality barbeques including

weber BBQs

and a range of BBQ accesories. Paula possesses years of experience and can advise on anything and everything from tools to first time BBQ tips.

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