BRAD HOOPER quit his previous job at a grocery in Madison because his boss was “a little crazy”. The manager threatened to sack him and other cashiers for refusing orders to work longer than their agreed hours. Not long ago, Mr Hooper’s decision to walk out might have looked foolhardy. A long-haired navy veteran, he suffers from recurrent ill-health, including insomnia. He has no education beyond high school. Early this decade he was jobless for a year and recalls how back then, there were “a thousand people applying for every McDonald’s job”. This time he struck lucky, finding much better work. Today he sells tobacco and cigarettes in a chain store for 32 hours a week. That leaves plenty of time for his passion, reading science fiction. And after years of low earnings he collects $13.90 an hour, almost double the state’s minimum rate and better than the grocer’s pay. His new employer has already bumped up his wages twice in 18 months. … [Read more...] about American life is improving for the lowest paid
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Steven Gerrard saluted his players as they won the final instalment of an epic battle with Aberdeen this season to secure second spot in the Premiership. The Rangers boss had claimed the Dons were guilty of raising their game against his side - having only beaten the Pittodrie men once in six meetings this season before Sunday's clash. But Gerrard's players were dominant as they eased to a 2-0 win, albeit against a depleted Aberdeen, thanks to two James Tavernier penalties. That made it four wins in a row for Rangers as they move 11 points clear of the Dons and delay Celtic's title party by another week. Gerrard said afterwards: “I’m very happy with the last four performances. But second place is not enough. "I know the club is moving forward but there’s still a lot of improving to do. We need to improve three things: our squad, discipline and injuries.” Asked if he was happy with progress at Ibrox, Gerrard told Sky Sports: "I think you always want more. "We are … [Read more...] about Steven Gerrard hails Rangers for securing top 2 spot and demands 3 improvements
News / Court by Kenny MacDonald March 26, 2019, 6:05 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Broughty Ferry man Neil Hand has appeared in Dundee Sheriff Court on fraud charges after allegedly taking cash for work which was never carried out. He is alleged to have agreed to complete home improvements for Caroline and Stuart Milton at two properties and payable in three instalments totalling £5,623.17 between April 23 and June 3 last year. Hand, of Ceres Crescent, is said to have received £1,874.39 but had no intention of doing the work. He pled not guilty and trial was fixed for April 5. More from the Evening Telegraph Man accused of having cocaine and struggling with police outside Dundee hotel Woman accused of hitting man with keys and slapping his head in Dundee street Architect who carried out terrifying knifepoint robbery at Dundee bookmakers is jailed Man accused of threatening to stab Dundee shop worker with hypodermic … [Read more...] about Man appears in Dundee court accused of taking payment for work he never carried out
A section of the Rashee Road in Ballyclare is set to be closed from next week to allow for works. Improvement work is scheduled to commence on the road from Readers Park entrance to Charles Avenue on Monday, March 25 for approximately six weeks.The temporary closure will run continuously from 8am on Monday, March 25 to 6pm on Friday, May 3.The purpose of the closure is to facilitate water main replacement works.Work will then be suspended during the busy exam period to reduce disruption for local schools and will recommence on June 24 until mid-August to complete the remaining watermains improvement work between Hillmount Avenue and Ballyeaston Road junctions.In order to complete this work efficiently and safely, traffic management will be in place. Works will be completed under a lane closure with traffic lights, operating a stop-go system during peak flow. The work will be completed in sections to keep disruption to a minimum.Pedestrian access will remain in place at all times. … [Read more...] about Section of Ballyclare road to be closed for works
A: Budget 2019 didn't set out any provision for the continuation of the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme (HRI), and so the scheme expired at the end of 2018. However, you can still apply for the tax credit for work completed going back four years, according to the commercial director of Taxback.com, Eileen Devereux. The HRI scheme entitles you to claim a tax credit of 13.5pc of the total cost of certain repairs, renovations and home improvements. At first glance, the building costs of your driveway renovation would come under the financial criteria for a HRI rebate, which stipulates that project costs must fall between a minimum of €4,405 (before Vat at 13.5pc) or a maximum of €30,000 (before Vat). Renovations must be carried out by a qualifying contractor. This means they must have been Vat and RCT (Relevant Contracts Tax) registered at the time of the works. The qualifying contractor must enter the details of the work through HRI online and also the details of payment. … [Read more...] about Your Questions: Can I claim tax relief for work on driveway as scheme has ended?