Sport by Jamie Durent May 23, 2018, 6:30 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Sport newsletter Subscribe todaySubscribe today from 99p Departing Aberdeen favourite Kenny McLean has no worries about the future of the club as long as Derek McInnes is in charge. McLean is heading for English Championship side Norwich City amid another summer of rebuilding for McInnes but he has confidence in the Dons boss to replace the quality he loses. Loan players Ryan Christie, Greg Stewart, Chidi Nwakali, Dominic Ball, Freddie Woodman – as well as McLean – have all headed back to their parent clubs, while Anthony O’Connor is out of contract, Nicky Maynard has been released and Kari Arnason has joined Vikingur in Iceland. Summer rebuilding work has already begun with the addition of Lewis Ferguson from Hamilton Accies, with Sam Cosgrove and Mikey Devlin signed for next season in mind. McLean said: “I’ve worked with the manager … [Read more...] about Kenny McLean knows Aberdeen are well prepared for the future under Derek McInnes
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Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:30 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 01 March 2018 Diane Deller of BDO. Picture: BDO BDO Whatever your situation preparation for the new tax year is always sensible, says Diane Deller, senior tax manager at BDO’s Norwich office. Many employers will be facing significant cost increases from April. Minimum wage rates increase depending on the age of the employee, and auto-enrolment pension contributions will double. Employees who have not opted out of the auto-enrolment scheme will see their compulsory pension contributions rise from 1% to 3% of salary. Employer’s minimum contributions will rise from 1% to 2%. Putting a salary exchange arrangement in place for pension contributions will help to reduce costs for both employees and employers. It may sound counter-intuitive to suggest employees should voluntarily give up some of their salary to protect their net take-home pay. However, the reduction in NIC paid on earnings and the increased pension … [Read more...] about BDO: Is your business prepared for the new tax year?
Businesses in Weymouth are being encouraged to get involved in planning for the future of the town. Weymouth Businesses Improvement District (BID) will be hosting its annual general meeting in February and its new chief operations manager, Claudia Moore, is hoping for a strong turnout. The meeting will inform levy payers of the progress Weymouth BID made in 2017 and will look ahead to some of the projects and changes in the pipeline for 2018. Mrs Moore said: “We are currently preparing for a re-ballot of the Weymouth BID which is scheduled to take place in June 2018. "The process has started to engage with businesses to construct a viable business plan and meet all necessary deadlines for the re-ballot. "This is a real opportunity for businesses to be involved in creating the new plan and we are keen for people from all businesses to engage.” Mrs Moore added that the BID board is looking for new directors and steering group members from amongst levy payers to … [Read more...] about Get involved and help plan for the future of the town, say BID
The quiet coastal city of Gangneung is used to hosting South Korean tourists at its beaches and pine forests. It is now gearing up for something it's never seen before - hordes of foreign visitors attending the upcoming Winter Olympics. Gangneung has been preparing for the Games as the site for ice sports since nearby Pyeongchang, won the bid in 2011. To accommodate the hundreds of thousands expected for the Games, which start February 9, the city upgraded highways, added a high-speed train station and spruced up restaurants and hotels. Loading article content “We’ve been waiting so long for this event, but I’m a bit worried,” said Jung Jae Eun, 35, who runs a café. “I’ve been hearing so much about low ticket sales. Also, Gangneung is still a small town and the traffic with all the people coming might be a problem.” According to the Pyeongchang Organising Committee, the Games are not a sell-out: 74 per cent of nearly 1.1 million … [Read more...] about How South Korea is preparing for the Winter Olympics
I want to make my point heard about how the news of the closure of children’s centres across Bucks has really worried me. I fear for the future of the new parents and children. The work and effort they put in to make a stable family and the development in children, the teachers and volunteers going the extra mile to make sure we do the best for these children. Without their constant support I would have been sat at home and my child would not have developed to grow as a child should. They reached out to me with courses to better me as a mother and build a bond with my son. Without these children’s centres, the children are losing out on the development they need in life. The key skills. To prepare them and build them into young developers. The interaction with other children that they will lose out on having in their starter years. How is that fair? We need these children’s centres to stay open, to encourage young parents, parents in need of help, to get … [Read more...] about LETTER: ‘I fear for the future of our children’