The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has expressed concern that the designation of “tax havens” is again being attached to the financial services centres in member states and associate members, following the leak of the “Panama Papers”.The Community, in a statement, said the loose attribution of the tax haven label ignores the reality that the regulation of this sector in Caricom was fully compliant with international standards. The statement identified international standards that Caricom members and associate members were committed to and were in compliance with. Caricom said as more disclosures unfolded from the “Panama Papers” leak, it urged caution by those making the unjust labelling of the Community’s financial services centres.“Indeed, all Caricom member states and associate members are committed to, and are in compliance with, the international certification process of the IMF/World Bank Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP); the Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); the Financial Action Task Force and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). Bilateral commitments have also been made under the United States implementation regime for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA),” the regional body had said in a statement recently.Guyana is among several Caricom member states, whose nationals have been implicated in the leak. Other Caribbean nations also mentioned include Suriname, from where six ‘shareholders’ hail; Trinidad, which is “connected” to six companies, three clients, one beneficiary and 15 shareholders and Barbados with links to 34 companies, 12 clients, five beneficiaries, and 34 shareholders.The leak has revealed damning information about Heads of States, the elite, business moguls and other parties who were clients of the secretive law firm Mossack Fonseca that created offshore bank accounts to hide their wealth, possibly allowing them to avoid paying their taxes. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ), located in Washington, said the leaked data spanned nearly 40 years from 1977 through the end of 2015, allowing “a never-before-seen view inside the offshore world – providing a day-to-day, decade-to-decade look at how dark money flows through the global financial system, breeding crime and stripping national treasuries of tax revenues”.Twelve national leaders are among 143 politicians, their families and close associates from around the world known to have been using offshore tax havens. Most popular among them are Russian President Vladimir Putin who has a US billion trail leading to him by way of his best friend Sergei Roldugin, who allegedly siphoned off the monies from the Russian State bank into a hidden offshore account.The national leaders with offshore wealth also include Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Prime Minister; Ayad Allawi, ex-interim Prime Minister and former Vice President of Iraq; Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine; Alaa Mubarak, son of Egypt’s former President; and the former Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, who resigned after the news broke.The “Panama Papers” reported that the law firm has over 3000 clients in the US and 9000 in the United Kingdom, in addition to other countries. The paper showed a map which highlighted the different countries the law firm’s clientele hailed from, including Guyana, Venezuela, Brazil and other South American countries.It is too early to know the full extent of the scandal since out of the 11.5 million documents only 154 are in the public domain.
A handyman was on Tuesday morning killed in a hit-and-run accident along the Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara. The dead man has been identified as Eon Sam, also called “Yankee”, of no fixed place of abode. He is suspected to be in his 50s.He was reportedly deported from the United States some six years ago and has since been doing odd jobs after Barama Company Limited closed operations.However, while the vehicle has not been intercepted, an eyewitness told Police that it was a green-coloured double axel truck. No registration number was seen nor was the driver recognisable.According to information received, the incident reportedly occurred at about 05:15h as the pedestrian was attempting to cross the road in the vicinity of “Boat House”.The eyewitness claimed that the motor lorry was driving at a fast rate when it collided with the now dead man. However, after hitting the man, the driver drove from the scene.The eyewitness stated that he stopped his vehicle and began to flag down other vehicles with the intention of alerting them of the man on the roadway. However, another car which was also speeding also ran over the now dead man.At that time, the eyewitness explained that he contacted the Police. The injured man was picked up and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting identification and a post-mortem examination.
MONTREAL, Q.C. – One of the lawyers representing members of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations says that she feels that they made the best possible arguments in their case against the Site C dam at the Federal Court of Appeals yesterday.The Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace caravan was in Montreal yesterday to hold a rally outside the federal courtroom where their cohorts were arguing that the $8.8 billion hydroelectric dam would infringe on their treaty rights. According to a video posted on the caravan’s Facebook page, Allisun Rana, one of the lawyers representing the first nations, said that the legal team has no complaints about how the case went.“You certainly know when you walk out of there if you have made the best case that you could, and what I can say is that I feel that we made the best case that we could,” said Rana. “We made all the points we wanted to make, the panel was fair, they listened, they had good questions. We don’t have any complaints about the process.”- Advertisement -Rana added that she was excited to see the support that the appellants received, saying that seeing supporters of the first nations councils being represented in court, saying that the support from the caravan members was incredibly important.The caravan held a rally on Parliament Hill this morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT, and are planning to host a web seminar at the University of Ottawa beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Former Tanaiste and Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan has set up her own consultancy havoing become a lobbyist.Yesterday’s Sunday Times told how the Mountcharles woman, who was first elected a TD in 1987, has recently iled her first return with the Lobbying RegisterCoughlan revealed a meeting with the environment minister, Denis Naughten, before the Dail’s summer recess. At that meeting, Ms Coughlan is said to have lobbied on behalf of Cre, the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland. “I have one or two others, but I haven’t needed to make any other returns yet,” she told the Sunday Times.Coughlan – who lost her seat in 2011 – has set up Coughlan Consultancy Ltd and lobbied to promote the use of brown bins on behalf of Cre, who have been critical of the government’s decision to postpone the pay-by-weight bin charges.Cre want improved access to composted material so they can turn it into energy.Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has become a green lobbyist was last modified: September 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Coughlan Consultancy Ltdmary coughlanMOUNTCHARLES
The Humboldt-Del Norte League announced its All-Conference volleyball selections Thursday morning. A pair of standouts on conference champion teams, Arcata High’s Maya Mircetich and St. Bernard’s Academy’s Lele Tanuvasa earned MVP honors for what were stellar seasons by both.Mircetich and the TigersMircetich, a senior, led Arcata to an outright Big 5 Conference title and an undefeated record against H-DNL competition. Arcata advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the North Coast Section …
8 September 2015The South African Black Mamba anti-poaching unit, a ranger group mostly made up of women, has been named one of the winners of the United Nation’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award.With this award, made in the Inspiration and Action category, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is recognising the rapid and impressive impact the Black Mamba unit has made in combatting poaching, as well as the courage that is needed in the anti-poaching fight.“Community-led initiatives are crucial to combatting the illegal wildlife trade and the Black Mambas highlight the importance and effectiveness of local knowledge and commitment,” said UNEP executive director Achim Steiner. “With every rhino saved the Black Mambas demonstrate that action on a local level is critical to achieving global sustainability and equity.”Poachers better watch out“I am not afraid; I know what I am doing and I know why I am doing it,” said Black Mamba member Leitah Mkhabela. “If you see the poachers, you tell them not to try; tell them we are here and it is they who are in danger.“Animals deserve to live; they have a right to live. Do your part. When demand ends, the killing will end. Say yes to life. Say no to illegal rhino horn and elephant ivory.”Officially known as the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit of Transfrontier Africa, the women protect the Olifants West Nature Reserve. It forms part of the Balule Nature Reserve, near Kruger National Park.For three weeks at a time, the rangers patrol the park – walking up to 20km a day, checking its fences and seeking out poachers, their trails, camps and snares. They know their ground so well that even a moved stone alerts them to poachers.The Black Mamba anti-poaching unit patrols areas on foot to curb poaching. (Image: Black Mamba Facebook)Involving the communityThe rangers also work with communities around the reserve to help identify potential poachers, and do what they can to discourage them. One ranger specifically works with children in the region, seeking to connect them with the parks’ wildlife, soil and water.In addition, the Black Mambas contribute to the discussion in the community about the connection between money, criminal gangs and poaching. They understand how the extreme poverty surrounding the parks and the demand from Asia combine to produce the surge in poaching.“Their difficult, intense and dangerous work both within and outside the park fundamentally undermines the international poaching syndicates that threaten to wipe out populations of rhino and elephant in the wild,” says the UNEP.Recognition for good workEnvironmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa congratulated the group for the award.“The Black Mambas are a shining example of the promise of government, the private sector and communities to eradicating rhino poaching in South Africa,” she said. “I, and all South Africans, salute these young women who have shown dedication and commitment to the conservation of our natural world.”The award will be presented in New York on 27 September. It will be the second honour for the Black Mambas this year. On 27 July, the unit won the Best Conservation Practitioner category in the annual Rhino Conservation Awards. Those awards are hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers Association of Africa.Success storiesThe Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is one of 20 such teams, comprising 1 355 environmental monitors, in parks across South Africa.It was established in 2013 to protect the Olifants West region of the Balule Nature Reserve. Since the rangers have been deployed at the game reserve, only four rhino have been poached.The unit has helped to arrest six poachers, reduced snaring by poachers of other wildlife by 76% and removed over 1 000 snares, as well as destroyed five poachers’ camps and two bush meat kitchens.Champions of the EarthThe annual Champions of the Earth awards are the highest environmental accolade that the UN can confer upon individuals and organisations. To date, the Champions of the Earth have recognised 67 laureates in the categories of policy, science, business and civil society.Winners include a range of people, from leaders of nations to grassroots activists. “They were all visionaries whose leadership and actions drive the world ever closer to its aspirations of environmental sustainability and a life of dignity for all,” explains the UNEP.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — The threat that has been building throughout the spring and summer is finally imminent.A major winter freeze and snowstorm looms for the northern Midwest, where many corn and soybean fields have yet to reach maturity. See the DTN story here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Once the front passes, growers with freeze-damaged immature crops will face a host of harvest challenges. Experts recommend that growers in this situation prioritize freeze-damaged fields for harvest, adjust combine settings carefully and plan for high-moisture, low-quality grain.DTN digs into each of those factors here, with help from Michigan State University Extension Soybean Educator Mike Staton and Iowa State University Extension Croppings Systems Specialist Mark Licht.HARVEST PRIORITIESGrowers with very late-planted soybean fields may need to take the time to assess if their field is still worth harvesting for grain after a freeze, Staton said.“The conventional wisdom from agronomists is that if soybeans are in the R6 growth stage at the time of the freeze, they are salvageable,” he said. “Before then, they are likely not.” See more on that topic here: https://www.pioneer.com/….For salvageable soybean fields, as well as cornfields, prioritizing freeze-damaged crops for harvest will be essential, Staton and Licht both stressed. While the immature crops will almost certainly be higher moisture than preferred, the risk of letting the damaged grain stand in the field may quickly outpace the inconvenience of wetter grain.“The longer we leave freeze-damaged corn in the field, the greater in-field loss will be,” Licht said. “You’ll start seeing things like lodging and ear drop increase.”As soybeans sit through wetting and drying cycles of normal fall weather, their seed pods become more brittle and prone to shattering, Staton added. Waiting for green soybeans to dry out and mature in the field puts growers at high risk for losing yield from more mature soybean plants in the field, he warned. Staton recommends harvesting freeze-damaged soybean fields at moisture levels as high as 16% to 18%, if necessary.ADJUST COMBINE SETTINGS CAREFULLYHarvesting freeze-damaged grain requires combine adjustments. First, if large amounts of wet snow sit on top of corn and soybean fields for more than a few hours, lodging will be a near certainty, both scientists noted. See more on harvesting lodged corn and soybeans from the University of Minnesota here: https://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/….Growers who rush to the field to get freeze-damaged corn out may also face tougher, greener stalks, Licht said. Cobs will be wetter and more easily broken, so growers may need to adjust their cylinder speeds carefully. They may also need to adjust their settings to account for lighter weight corn kernels that didn’t have enough time to fill, he added. See more From Purdue University here: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/….Freeze-damaged soybean fields will likely hold a mix of green soybeans and mature soybeans, added Staton. “So you want to have your settings such that you can thresh the immature beans out of their pods without smashing them or crushing them,” he said. “That’s a challenge and relies on two settings: the clearance setting and the rotor speed, or cylinder speed.”A good rule of thumb for all soybean harvesting, but especially with green-stemmed or lodged soybeans, is maintaining the cutter bar carefully, Staton added. “All knife sections need to be sharp and tight and the guards — which are commonly overlooked — have to be aligned properly,” he said. “Think of it like a pair of scissors — if one blade is sharp, but the other side is dull, it won’t cut!”PREPARE FOR HIGH-MOISTURE, LOW-QUALITY GRAINImmature corn and soybean plants hit by a freeze can have significantly higher moisture contents. Corn in the beginning dent stages, for example, can have moisture levels from 40% to 60%, Licht noted. Soybeans in the beginning of the R7 stage can be running at moisture levels of 50% to 60%.To add to the issue, daily grain-drying rates drop sharply in the Cornbelt as the days shorten and turn cool in October. That means mechanical drying will be necessary for most growers with freeze-damaged fields. For more details on the challenges of harvesting wet, immature grain this fall, see this DTN article: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Quality issues are also likely. Prematurely killed corn kernels will be much lower test weight and more prone to spoiling in storage, Licht noted. “We’re talking about test weights below 52 pounds per bushel and maybe even in the mid-40s,” he warned. Immature, freeze-killed kernels may also have lower protein content, which can make them less desirable as livestock feed, he added.Licht urged growers not to mingle their low test-weight, freeze-damaged corn with better-quality corn. “If you put them together, you risk losing quality on your higher-test-weight corn,” he warned. “I would recommend taking freeze-damaged corn to a point of sale immediately, since its storability will be much lower.”If you must store it, dry it down farther than normal, as low as 13%, to account for the moisture gradient that exists in immature kernels and to help limit spoilage, Licht added. “In a wetter kernel, there is greater difference in moisture between the outside and the middle of the kernel,” he explained. “If you shell immature corn and test it, it will test 1% to 2% lower than it actually is, because that test is not capturing higher moisture content in the middle of the kernel.”See more details on options for selling or using freeze-damaged corn here from North Dakota State University: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/….Freeze-damaged soybeans are more likely to have a thinner, more fragile seed coat and lower vigor and shouldn’t be harvested for seed use, Staton said. Immature, green soybeans also pose a problem for end-users, as they can affect the color and quality of the soybean oil. Growers can face hefty dockages or have loads rejected for a high percentage of green beans.If possible, Staton recommends trying to store and aerate green soybeans to remove the color. As with corn, the recommendation is to dry immature soybeans down lower than usual to 12%, as green soybeans can distort moisture readings.“Try to dry them down to 12%, put them in a bin with aeration and store them for about two months,” Staton said. “The green color may fade and your dockage should be much lower after that.” See more on handling freeze-damaged soybeans from Staton here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/…, as well as other late-season soybean problems here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/….For a comprehensive look at harvesting, drying and storing freeze-damaged corn and soybeans, see this guide from Purdue University: https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.Follow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee.(PSSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s worth noting that this figures isn’t investment dollars per capita. When looking at those figures, Massachusetts still leads the other states at $418 per person. California comes in second at $312 per person. But Colorado is third, with $209 per person. It’s also worth noting that these figures cover all investment, not just the tech sector, and Colorado continues to do well in the energy sector (less so in the NFL). Nevertheless, New York entrepreneurs – please defend your state (or not) in the comments. The website FormDs.com has posted a very interesting map with a breakdown of investment dollars over the course of the past year. The map caught the eye of Boulder-based venture capitalist Jason Mendelson – not surprisingly, as the map points to Colorado as one of the most entrepreneurial states.FormDs.com bases its findings on the filings, as the name suggests, Form D, an SEC requirement when startups and other privately-held companies raise venture capital. By tracking these filings, the site is able to get a decent glimpse into not just to whom but to where the money is headed.According to FormDs.com’s findings, Massachusetts leads the pack with 100 fundraisings per million people, but Colorado comes in a close second with 95 fundraisings per million people. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
Distributed wind energy also increasesIn a second report, released by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the U.S. distributed wind energy market also showed strong growth. These are installations located near homes, farms and businesses, many of them rated at 100 kW or less.By the end of 2012, distributed wind installations in the U.S. reached a 10-year cumulative capacity of more than 812 MW, produced by more than 69,000 turbines in all 50 states, the report said.Iowa, Massachusetts, California and Wisconsin added the most capacity last year. Two new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy detail the rapid growth of wind energy in 2012, with more than 13 gigawatts (GW) of capacity added in the United States last year alone.For the first time, wind energy accounted for more new electricity generating capacity than any other single source: 43% of all new additions, representing a total investment of $25 billion. Total U.S. wind capacity is now more than 60 GW, enough for more than 15 million households.Other findings in the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report released by the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:Total installed wind capacity in 2012 was 22 times as much as it was in 2000.In nine states, wind energy accounts for more than 12% of total electrical consumption. In Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas, wind contributes more than 20%.Texas is the U.S. leader, with 1,800 megawatts of new capacity added in 2012 for a total of more than 12 GW. That’s twice as much as California, the number two state.The proportion of wind energy components, such as towers, turbine blades and gears, made in the U.S. has increased to 72%, triple what it was in 2006-2007.Better designs mean that turbines can be installed in less windy areas. Blades are longer and lighter and turbine performance has improved. Capital and maintenance costs continue to decline.The price of long-term contracts singed in 2011 and 2012 averaged a competitive 4 cents a kilowatt hour, 50% lower than in 2009.