Encircling 100,000 human beings live on one side of the Scotland-England border and earn on the other. We gaze at what a yes ballot may mean for tax and pensionsBill Parkin is on the front border of the independence debate. He’s the managing director of SWP Engineering Services, based just a quarter of a mile from the Scottish border. Some of his 16 staff live on the English side, some on the Scottish side, while four-fifths of his business is generated north of the border, much of it encircling Aberdeen. Independence, he fears, will result in ballooning administrative costs as he is forced to operate complex payroll systems, while staff are caught in two competing personal tax regimes.If Scotland votes yes it may signal potentially dramatic changes to the personal finances of many thousands who live on one side of the border however employment on the other. The number is estimated at encircling 30,000, however this rises to 110,000 once longer-distance commuters, such as those working on oil rigs in the North Sea are included. Continue reading…

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The likely fresh prime minister of India is wildly well loved among his supporters, and has a rags-to-riches backstory to warm the hearts of meritocrats, however others dread and distrust himSave a single exception typically, an academic every person of Indian descent known to me within a half-mile radius of my house wants Narendra Modi to be the following prime minister of India. Admittedly, this is not a large sample: it consists of a hardly any shopkeepers who sell groceries and newspapers in my small part of north London. Nor is it a very balanced sample: like many small shopkeepers in Britain, they have their origins in the state of Gujarat and they are all, I reckon, Hindu by tradition if not observance. In other words, they share Modi’s language, customs and religious identity and, like him, believe that entrepreneurship and dense employment will deliver a bigger prospect.You might well inquiry, "If human beings such as these won’t support Modi, who will?" However the striking body is their certainty and enthusiasm. Not only are they convinced that Modi will win, they also believe his victory will re-energise the Indian economy, root outside the corruption of politicians and public officials and clarify the nation’s purpose. I can’t remember another politician inspiring such belief among the Indian diaspora; perhaps Mrs Gandhi did during India’s triumph in the Bangladesh war, however it was never repeated not by her or her son, Rajiv, and certainly not by Rajiv’s son, Rahul. Rahul is the latest and perhaps at the end hope of a Nehru/Gandhi dynasty that has produced three prime ministers; very hardly any human beings expect him to be the fourth. His leadership of the Congress party’s campaign has been reluctant and inept and, if recent polls are to be believed, the number of Congress MPs will have shrunk to a record low when the final votes in India’s common election are counted following month. Continue reading…

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Watch These Gorillas Go On An Egg-Cellent Easter Hunt

April 19, 2014

This is not your typical Easter egg hunt. Citing the upcoming holiday, this week the Cincinnati Zoo place on a series of animal Easter egg hunts. However the one that stole our hearts and seemed to be the most well loved was for the gorillas, specifically Gladys, the newest member of their family. This was [...]

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Our hatchback bursts at the seams on trips away and we need more space

April 19, 2014

We’re considering fitting a roof box or a trailer or is there a bigger option?Every week a Twitter Money reader submits a inquiry, and it’s up to you to aid him or her outside a selection of the best answers will appear in following Saturday’s paper. Continue reading… DOWNLOAD: Blackhawks

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Boston Marathon Survivor Plans To Run Marathon Again

April 19, 2014

Cassandra Arsenault isn’t letting the terror of at the end year’s Boston Marathon prevent her from running this year.”You have this adrenaline rush throughout the whole race,” the television journalist clarified to HuffPost Live’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani about her choice to giveback to the marathon. “The crowd is unbelievable. There’s not really a spot throughout the [...]

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Justin Welby: church ‘struggling with reality’ of same-sex marriages

April 19, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury warns swift alter in doctrine on issue risks alienating followers abroad, principally in AfricaThe Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested he is unable to bless same-sex marriages since taking such a step would endanger the global unity of Anglicanism by alienating members in developing countries who found the issue "impossible" to deal with.While [...]

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Vince Cable to bring in tougher penalties for ‘dodgy directors’

April 19, 2014

Measures would allow courts to ban those with overseas convictions and order compensation for victims of misconductReckless corporation directors may have to compensate victims of their failed business dealings under fresh measures being brought forward by Vince Cable, the business secretary.The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said Cable was "taking aim at dodgy directors" [...]

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