IFC Will Not Operate as a Tax Haven, Says Minister Shaw Finance & Public ServiceJune 30, 2009 RelatedIFC Will Not Operate as a Tax Haven, Says Minister Shaw RelatedIFC Will Not Operate as a Tax Haven, Says Minister Shaw RelatedIFC Will Not Operate as a Tax Haven, Says Minister Shaw FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance, Hon. Audley Shaw, has assured Parliament that Jamaica will not earn the reputation of a tax haven, when the proposed International Financial Centre (IFC) is established in downtown Kingston.Addressing the House of Representatives on June 30, Mr. Shaw argued that a tax haven is a jurisdiction that does not have competitive tax base, and refuses to provide information to foreign tax authorities.“Contrary to the concept of a tax haven, the IFC has been conceptualised to operate in a profoundly different manner, owing to its fundamentally different nature and character. That is, the centre will serve as an outlet facilitating offshore offices and services, in addition to the outsourcing of different aspects of financial services,” he stated.The Finance Minister pointed out that with many Caribbean neighbours taking advantage of these lucrative opportunities, it is essential that Jamaica focuses on specific market niches and harness its competitive advantage.“These include the large cadre of professionals in the fields of accounting, law, banking and finance; the high-ranking quality of transportation infrastructure especially our airports, our seaports, and our excellent telecommunication capabilities; a stable democracy; proximity to the world’s largest market, (and) availability of training facilities for professionals in the financial industry,” Mr. Shaw said.Some $100 million have been earmarked in the budget to establish the IFC. Cabinet, last month, approved establishment of a statutory company to oversee the development of the IFC. The next step is the drafting of appropriate legislation, including amendments to the Urban Renewal Act, and the refinement of the list of products and services that are to be offered. Advertisements
By News Highland – November 26, 2010 Previous article55% turnout estimated in Donegal South West by-electionNext articleSpeculation mounts on who will stand for Fianna Fail in Donegal North East News Highland Google+ A man has been ordered to take the roof off his two storey luxury house and turn it into a wall plate dormer – to prevent it from being demolished.Joe Lynch had been given until this week to comply with a court order to bulldoze his €250,000 home after he built it a number of metres from the original planning map in 2003.Despite getting retaining planning permission from Donegal County Council, An Bord Pleanala upheld a local objection to the house and in 2008 Joe was ordered to tumble the property at Carrickmore, St.Johnston.A number of stays have been put on the demolition and in between Mr. Joe Lynch has carried out works in a bid to keep the roof over his head.As well as planting more than €15,000 worth of trees and blocking up windows, he also spent more than €50,000 on planning appeals and engineer’s reports.Donegal County Council, directed by An Bord Pleanala, told the truck driver and potato salesman that no more stays were being put on the house.Last week father of two Mr.Lynch, admitted he was suicidal at the thought of being booted out of his home but said he would be “taken out in a box” rather than allowed it to be demolished.However when Mr.Lynch appeared at Buncrana Circuit Court this week, he was told he could stay in his house until next April – providing he follow a number of conditions.The main condition is that he lower the height of his house which will mean he will have to take off the roof and turn it into a dormer bungalow.He has also been ordered to get a full Environmental Impact Study as well as a flood report and also plants more trees around his site.Judge John O’Hagan was also unhappy that Mr.Lynch had gone to the press with his story and advised him he would be better off following the proper procedures.When contacted Mr.Lynch said he would prefer not to speak about the case other than to confirm he had been granted another stay in his house until next April. Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications News Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Man who was threatened with eviction ordered to take roof off his house Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further
Farming and animal welfare groups alike take issue with this, saying that for EU standards to be maintained other countries must also adopt standards.“The reality is people are focusing on tariffs and domestic subsidies …the talks are going very slowly,” says Michael Mann, Commission spokesman on agriculture. “We will push for it [animal welfare] as much as we can but there are 149 countries here to deal with,” he says.He adds that other countries outside the EU will inevitably begin adopting standards on animal welfare as their consumers develop. “For example there is an emerging middle class in China and this is good for standards,” says Mann. Those representing EU farming interests criticise the lack of focus on animal welfare at the talks. They say that standards are higher in the EU and European producers will find it hard to compete if trade barriers come down. “Europe sets high standards and yet it is trying to broker a deal with other countries without raising animal welfare or environmental issues,” says Irish centre-right MEP Mairead McGuinness.“It’s a bit late to be trying to raise this issue at the negotiating table now,” she says. “There will be a backlash among people whose production base will be squashed.”COPA-COGECA, which represents EU farmers and farm co-operatives, says farmers must be allowed to compete on a level playing field. “There is a need and a wish in society among citizens that they want us to produce in this way but we need there to be consistency,” says Roxane Feller, COPA-COGECA’s head of unit for animal welfare and animal health.Feller insists that farmers want to implement the standards but know they cannot compete unless farmers in other countries around the world adopt at least some minimum standards. “Welfare can be seen as a market opportunity. We don’t see it as a constraint, a burden or a threat. We’re the first ones to administer welfare to our animals,” she says.Eurogroup for Animal Welfare fears that the trade liberalisation agenda of the WTO will dilute standards. “The WTO should exercise caution in promoting any form of liberalisation which encourages the further intensification of agriculture,” says a Euro-group report on the talks.Countries with high standards should be protected, the report adds. “WTO members could be allowed to introduce border measures to offset extra costs imposed on domestic producers – to meet higher animal welfare or other production standards – providing these are transparent and justified.” But animal welfare campaigners also argue that the EU’s higher standards can be turned into a marketing strength. “There’s a certain amount you can do through regulations but voluntary labelling is also a way of promoting things. A lot comes down to the entrepreneurial spirit of producers,” says Mann.Encouraging supermarkets and restaurants to support EU produce is another way of ensuring the markets stays buoyant, says Peter Stevenson, chief policy adviser with Compassion in World Farming. Stevenson points out that fast-food chain McDonalds uses only free-range eggs in the UK and that this is a way of responding to consumer concerns about animal welfare and “taking it seriously”.
Related The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) have launched the second installment of WADA’s Legacy Outreach Program series at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, which runs from 15-19 September.The Legacy Outreach Program was created as a way to provide additional support to International Federations (IFs) in order to develop and deliver anti-doping athlete awareness programs, and to provide them with the tools, materials and ideas to carry out effective Outreach Programs in the future.“After the Legacy Outreach Program’s successful start at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships earlier this year, it is hugely promising to see the ITU adopt the Program for the World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago this week,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.“This type of initiative – using social media and other communication channels to spread the clean sport message – is one of the best ways to promote clean sport. I have no doubt that the ITU will be effective in carrying forward the message that doping is dangerous, threatens the very integrity of their sport and that clean athletes are pivotal to all they do,” added Reedie.“I’m very proud that ITU has joined this campaign,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Education is a key component of ensuring triathlon remains a doping free sport and is something we as an International Federation take very seriously. But more than anything, it is the triathletes that have taken the responsibility to keep triathlon clean in earnest.”The Program, which is jointly run by WADA and the ITU in the Expo Center, has adopted the catchphrase ‘Love Triathlon – Love Clean Sport’. Athletes and volunteers will participate in the program, and in doing so help deliver the clean sport message to competitors and their entourages in an engaging way.The Legacy Outreach team will interact with athletes, coaches and other support personnel on a one-on-one basis, providing them with useful information on all anti-doping matters. As part of the campaign, ITU will launch a social media campaign highlighting the reasons why athletes love clean sport, and why a level playing field is important to them.Athletes will also have the opportunity to showcase their visual support by posing in a Chicago-themed picture frame developed specifically for the campaign. Competitors will also be able to pledge their loyalty to clean sport by signing the Clean Sport Pledge, an initiative that proved popular at the FIS Legacy Outreach event earlier in 2015.“As elite athletes, it’s important for us to know that our competitors and our sport are clean, because it keeps the playing field equal and fair. To have an anti-doping program like this launched at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final and World Championships reaffirms that clean sport is taken seriously by our governing federations, my fellow competitors, and the age-groupers and paratriathletes who will also be here racing for world titles this week,” said 2016 US Olympic qualifier and 2012 Olympian Sarah True.www.wada-ama.orgwww.triathlon.org/anti-doping/
Lee Johnson’s side reached this round of the competition for the second successive season after brushing past Plymouth Argyle 5-0 at Ashton Gate before overcoming Watford at Vicarage Road.Tickets will go on sale to season card holders online from Monday, September 4th (10am) and will then go on general sale from Monday, September 11th (10am).SALES PROCEDURESeason Card Holder/Member Online – Monday, September 4th (10am)Season Card Holder/Member Phone – Wednesday, September 6th (10am)General Sale Online – Monday, September 11th (10am)General Sale Phone – Wednesday, September 13th (10am)Wheelchair using and ambulant supporters will need to call Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600 during the online sales period to book their tickets as these cannot currently be done online.Season card holder seats will be reserved until Friday, September 8th at 10am and any seats not purchased by this time will be made available to other supporters.PRICESSouth StandAdult – £12 (£13 with fee)Senior 65+ – £8 (£9 with fee)Under-22 – £8 (£9 with fee)Under-19 – £5 (£6 with fee)Dolman/Lansdown Stand Adult – £15 (£16 with fee)Senior 65+ -£10 (£11 with fee)Under-22 – £10 (£11 with fee)Under-19 – £5 (£6 with fee)*If the game is purchased online and loaded to season/membership cards, or delivered as an e-ticket then there will be no £1 booking fee.As with the Plymouth game, the Family Area will not be open for this fixture, but all other areas of the stadium will be in operation.PARKINGSupporters with seasonal parking will have until Friday, September 8th at 10am to purchase the space they have on a seasonal basis. Any spaces not bought by this stage will go on general sale.PARKING PRICESWinterstoke – £12Wickes/Midas – £10Patterson’s/Ashton Park/Avonline – £7
BRISTOL, England, (Reuters) – David Warner and Steve Smith returned to international cricket today to see Australia through to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in their World Cup opener at Bristol’s County Ground. Warner top-scored with an unbeaten 89 while Smith made 18 as Australia easily chased down a modest target after Afghanistan, who won the toss and elected to bat, were bowled out for 207.
A man who made more than 150 sexually explicit calls to a teenage girl before being tracked down by Gardai.Gerard Meehan, aged 21, bombarded the girl with phone calls from two separate phones for months on end before he was finally caught. Meehan appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal where he pleaded guilty to charges of harassment.The calls had related to period of time between the 7th and 19th of October 2015 when more than 80 calls were made.From January 15th to April 15th in 2016, the injured party had received another seventy calls from a second number, each of them of an explicit nature.Detective Sergeant Ciaran Brolly said the injured party had received them from two phones for which the I.D. had been blocked.The calls had started off with “general chit chat” before descending into sexually explicit comments.The calls had become more frequent and the teenage girl had made a statement to Gardai who traced the incoming calls to two pre-paid mobile phones.“The calls continued even after the complaints were made,” said Sgt Brolly.Gardai then launched an elaborate investigation to find out exactly who were making the phonecalls.Top-up evidence from the phone being used to make the explicit had pinpointed a particular premises from where CCTV footage was obtained.The identification of the vehicle which had been captured in the footage finally traced the calls to Meehan.“They had caused a lot of distress and annoyance and upset to the girl,” Detective Sgt. Brolly stated.The specific nature of some of a large number of calls made were detailed in court.Among the calls the accused asked the teenager “are you wet” and he also asked her to masturbate him.Garda investigations had uncovered a misplaced phone which the defendant had admitted was his.Meehan, of Lisclamerty, Manorcunningham, was subsequently arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station.In a Victim Impact Statement, the injured party described it as a “very stressful time” and said a number of the calls had been received in the early hours of the morning. They had made her feel “physically sick” and anxious and she had struggled to get to sleep.“I felt threatened. I just wished that it would stop,” she indicated. The calls had had a long lasting effect on her.Det. Sgt. Brolly agreed with defence counsel, Sean McGee, B.L. that the defendant had made early admissions to making the calls.He had expressed his regret and said he wanted to apologise to the victim.Meehan’s barrister said his client had been an extremely young man at the time of the offences but that should not take away from the psychological trauma experienced by the injured party.Referring to his client’s immaturity, he said he had been consuming a lot of alcohol at the time and was currently addressing this issue.He said the defendant had cooperated fully with the Gardai and asked the Judge to consider his expressions of remorse and the fact that he had apologised in “no unreserved terms.”Judge John Aylmer said the nature of the crimes of harassment were in the mid-range and he said it merited a jail sentence of three years.“The aggravating factors were the extended period and the extremely depraved sexual nature of the harassment and the negative impact it had on this young lady,” he said.However, he said he also had to take into account the fact that he was a young man at the time, had no previous convictions and did express remorse.Judge Aylmer said because of these mitigating factors, he was reducing the sentence to two years in prison but because of these mitigating factors, he was suspending the jail sentence for two years.He also ordered Meehan to engage with the probation services and to abstain from alcohol and unprescribed drugs.And finally eh ordered Meehan not to communicate with his victim or to go within two kilometres of her workplace or home.Man who made 150 sexually explicit calls to teenager gets suspended sentence was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:CallsdonegalGerard Meehanharassmentsex
Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Social news site Digg is announcing today that it has raised another $28 million from existing investors, bringing its sum total raised to more than $40 million. Remember when people used to tell stories about Digg rejecting VC money as too much in its early days? Those times are long gone.The paradigm that Digg has popularized, letting users vote on which stories should be on the site’s front page, is now found in any number of other places. From the programming geeks at StackOverflow, Reddit and Hacker News to the customer service requests at Dell Ideastorm, Uservoice and elsewhere – “it’s like Digg for…” is now a commonly used phrase. No where, though, has Digg itself faced a bigger challenge than in Yahoo’s new site Buzz.Digg’s Plans For the MoneyIn its announcement today Digg said it was going to use the new infusion of cash to double its staff to 150, expand internationally with local sections and languages and offer publishers new analytic services. The New York Times got an exclusive interview about the announcement and it’s publishers of that scale that Digg will undoubtedly be focusing on with many of its new features. Very large content publishers will probably be willing to pay for services telling them which of their content “is popular with Digg readers,” the rest of us little people know that about our content pretty easily!Can Digg localize effectively? It’s easier said than done and requires more than just translated language in an interface. This is something that Yahoo! is very well practiced in.The Buzz ChallengeYahoo! Buzz is a site that works much like Digg but sends selected stories to the front page of Yahoo.com, one of (if not the most) visited websites in the world. In April, traffic analysts Comscore reported that Buzz had already passed Digg in traffic. Digg now says it sees 30 million visitors per month.Can Digg continue growing in the face of such a challenge? Raising a big pile of money isn’t a bad idea at all right now. Digg will need to promote itself, to localize intelligently and to continue growing outside of its initial tech-focused subject areas in order to stay on a path of growth.We like Digg a lot and we’re excited to see what it does with this money. Acquisition of the company would have been interesting, but CEO Jay Adelson says very few suitors could maintain a position of neutrality with regard to their own content if they bought Digg. Google presumably could, but apparently that sale fell through.For now we’ll wait and watch as this trailblazing company tries to stay at the front of the parade that it made popular in the first place. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Emery urges Arsenal to meet Barcelona demands for Denis Suarezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants his team to sign Denis Suarez.The Barcelona attacking midfielder is available in January, after barely featuring for the Catalan giants this season.Emery has managed the player at Sevilla, and he wants him in his squad.But Arsenal would have to pay roughly £20 million to do a deal, per the Evening Standard.And the paper reports that Emery has asked his board to find the money to make the deal happen.One obstacle is head of football Raul Sanllehi, who does not like to do a lot of business in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Bally’s CEO Frédéric de Narp and Design Director, Pablo Coppola hosted an event last Thursday in celebration of the brand’s new Beverly Hills flagship store.Gwyneth Paltrow Attends Bally’s Dinner Celebrating the New Flagship Store in Los AngelesThe evening cocktail and dinner at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood was organized in support of the charity Communities in Schools.The Bally store, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, marks the start of a new chapter for the Swiss luxury brand in the United States.55 guests attended, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Rachel Zoe, Joy Bryant, Freida Pinto, Elizabeth Debicki, Austin Stowell, Robbie Rogers, and Brad Falchuk, wearing Bally.