Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has challenged the world’s richest nations to toughen their laws against money laundering, tax havens and tax evasion if a global drive against corruption and illicit finance is to deliver results. The senior African diplomat last week Thursday told the Reuters there are two sides to illicit money laundering and financial crime.“There are two sides to this coin. If there were no facilitators on their side, the miscreants on our side would not have succored,” said Foreign Minister Ngafuan.“The G7 needs to walk the talk on this and deal with tax havens and opportunities created on their side of the divide that make it possible for those on the other side to loot the continent,” the Liberian Foreign Minister said. The former Liberian Finance Minister spoke at the G7 Summit in Washington last week.The United States and African nations agreed at their summit last week to set up a high-level working group to develop a plan of action to address the losses suffered by the African continent from illicit financial flows and corruption.Money leaving the continent from crime, corruption and other illicit means outstrips the amount of foreign development aid to Africa, causing mounting concern amongst African leaders who raise the issue with increasing frequency at international meetings.Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based research group, estimates that Africa lost US$55.6 billion each year in the decade that ended 2011, the latest period for which data was available, with outflows from Sub-Saharan Africa growing at the rate of 20 percent annually.“Illicit financial flows are by far the most damaging economic problem facing Africa. By announcing the creation of the U.S.-Africa Partnership to Combat Illicit Finance, President Obama and African leaders have taken the first step towards tackling the most pernicious global development challenge of our time,” said GFI President Raymond Baker in a statement.Complex Taxes, Powerful LawyersNo details were immediately available regarding who would lead the new U.S.-African effort or how its work would be structured. The Group of Seven leading industrial nations, as part of a drive against dirty money and terrorist financing, already has committed to share tax information and develop registries of shell companies, which are frequently used to hide the transfer of illicit funds.Also under scrutiny are multinational corporations that use complex structures to reduce their profits in certain countries and lower their tax burdens.Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister Samura Kamara said in a separate interview that sometimes multinationals will form subsidiaries in joint partnership with governments and then load the subsidiary with debt, reducing any dividends the government had expected to receive.“The tax structures used by multinationals must be addressed,” he said, calling for greater transparency, particularly in the extractive industries.One issue discussed at the summit, Reuters report was providing developing countries with expert technical assistance to negotiate fair contracts on oil, gas and mining with multinationals who seek to exploit the natural resources in their countries.“It is important to get these contracts right,” Kamara said. “Everyone acknowledges today we lack capacity to negotiate with these international companies – they are so powerful, they have so many lawyers, so much expertise and creative accounting.”Jubilee USA Network, a coalition of religious groups fighting poverty, called the U.S.-Africa summit’s initiative to address illicit flows and corporate tax avoidance a step in the right direction.”We know the problem, we know how to track it, and we even know how to stop it. The working group needs to implement tracking and enforcement measures sooner than later. The drain on Africa’s resources is incredible,” said Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA’s executive director.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This is affirmed by their apparent hesitancy to pronounce on the readiness of the organisation to execute their constitutional mandate.The administrators at GECOM ought to be ready to address any constitutional requirement in keeping with their functional responsibilities. At the time of writing this; it is a monstrous shame that 41 of the 90 days have passed without a public confirmation as to whether the organisation is ready. This column supports the national call for immediate answers from GECOM.This apparent calculated delay comes during a period when there is a valid List of Voters with an expiry period at the end of April.Given that the organisation successfully executed the Local Government Elections only two months ago, and that its Public Relations Officer had already said that systems were in place to implement Standard Operating Procedures, the return to work and role of Chairman Patterson raises more questions than answers.The current position of stymie, therefore emphasises an extremely disappointing, vulgar, and flagrant bias, which signals a posture of unacceptable convenient prejudice to fuel a crisis environment. In an organisation of autonomy, fairness should prevail, contrary to the obviously demonstrated bigotry. There should be no frivolous excuses by GECOM to delay the performance of its mandate. The organisation was tooled to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the execution of its role. Appropriations of hundreds of millions were already spent in updating GECOM’s Crystal Reporting Database system to enhance necessary responses. It is, however, notable that room for particular areas of ICT improvement still exists, such as the critical fingerprint validation addition.This GECOM ICT system, together with appropriate legislation, supports continuous updates of needed records and required data. In so doing, it provides the institution with a distinct advantage to disseminate information, conduct research, analyse data to inform budgeting and conduct training. It is customised in a manner which positions the organisation to overcome numerous previous challenges and hurdles that were associated with manual systems of the ‘70s and ‘80s when the PNC was allowed to glaringly and notoriously manipulate and infiltrate results.A number of interventions since its implementation, although not foolproof, would have made it increasingly difficult to tamper and manipulate results. Such infiltration by external persons of interests now requires surreptitious internal interplay with administrators within GECOM who have access or are otherwise involved in influencing other employed parties.Protection and preservation of security in this realm remain a matter of strongest concern. The Carter Centre interventions prior to and after 1992, resulted in legislative changes which were aligned to and instructive on neutralising the unfair overwhelming controls the PNC had on the electoral mechanism.Areas of adjustments included the approach to deciding the GECOM Chairman which was given scant regard by President Granger and the system of counting of ballots at the Place of Polls, which give some measure of limited assurance.It, therefore, places for strongest scrutiny, the known controls regarding sealing and transport of ballot boxes to prevent issues like the ‘False Statements of Polls’ finding their way into the tally.The situation is suggestive of internal infiltration and this has to be prevented by the mandatory ICT Sign-Off system of results, and the transparent use of fingerprint validation technology in the future.It is noted that the ICT Sign-Off was not done in 2015 although this is provided for in law, while examination of the ICT fingerprint enhancing approach was indeterminately put on hold by Chairman James Patterson who had refused to meet the United Nations team after they had concluded their analysis.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
A 27-year-old woman says that she is concerned about her safety after being cyber-bullied on social media and accused of being responsible for the creation of a fake Facebook profile, which uploads personal information about people.Karen Manifold, who resides at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), told Guyana Times on Sunday that she was forced to contact the police, recruit an attorney and take action as she was being cyber bullied, defamed and libelled by another woman identified as Jessica Smith on Facebook.Karen Manifold“I woke up last week to calls and texts from various people about the Smith’s posts on Facebook and Instagram.I was shocked. I have never created a fake page in my life and I do not know why this woman would want to come after me,” a concerned and seemingly terrified Manifold reported.She said that people have been following her vehicle and she has been receiving death threats since Smith took to social media to accuse her of operating the ‘Talk Di Tings G.T. Regulas’ page.In a letter seen by this newspaper, Manifold’s attorney writes to Smith notifying her of his client’s intention to take legal action against her for libel and defamation.“This did not stop the young lady. She is continuing. But I came here today, because a lot of people go through what I am going through and I believe that cyber bullying innocent people is wrong. I will defend myself and take action using the right process. I have reported the matter to the Police and I am moving to the courts,” Manifold said.Efforts to contact Smith proved futile.
‘David De Gea is happy to stay at Manchester United’.That’s the view of former Spain star Gaizka Mendieta, who believes the Red Devils star will reject the advances of Real Madrid this summer.De Gea, whose contract expires at the end of next season, has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu after impressing for Louis van Gaal’s side.The Dutchman has confirmed the club have offered De Gea ‘a lot of money’ to stay in the north west, and are desparate for the shot stopper to sign a new deal.And ex-Barcelona and Valencia midfielder Mendieta claims the 24-year-old will remain at Old Trafford.“Manchester United is a club, as a player, you want to play for,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “If they qualify for the Champions League, that’s important as a player.“From what I know, David De Gea is happy to stay at Manchester United.”
Silva will be hoping the rest of his tenure at Goodison Park is this easy ⏪ | Missed our first pre-season friendly earlier today? We’ve got you covered with 12 minutes of highlights and all 22 goals. Watch in full 👉🏼 https://t.co/HqjGsPArw9 pic.twitter.com/h4Hkopjz3d— Everton (@Everton) July 14, 2018The Toffees piled on the goals in their pre-season friendly away to Austrian side ATV Irdning, winning 22-0.Kevin Mirallas led the way with five goals, with four apiece for Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse and a hat-trick from Ademola Lookman in a game which descended into farce. Everton’s 19th goal was a bizarre 25-yard own goal before the 20th came when the home keeper turned his back on Nikola Vlasic’s shot, one of two goals for the Croatian winger.Defenders Michael Keane, Leighton Baines and Mason Holgate were the Toffees’ other scorers. 1 Pre-season is meant to be gruelling; a brutal introduction back into the demands of first team football.Suffice to safe, Everton will have enjoyed their first game under Marco Silva, in what will undoubtedly be one of the easiest games they ever play.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake On Monday, al-Qaida in Iraq and four other Islamic extremist groups denounced the parliamentary elections as a “satanic project” that violated God’s law, but they stopped short of an explicit threat to attack polling stations. U.S. officials hope Sunni Arabs will vote in large numbers, a development that could produce a government capable of winning the trust of the Sunnis and defusing the insurgency. That would enable U.S. and other foreign troops to begin heading home next year. Despite the sound of detonations rumbling across the capital and at least 15 deaths in ongoing violence, early voting went ahead in hospitals, prisons and military bases, and President George W. Bush offered encouraging words from Washington to Iraqi voters. “Many Sunnis are campaigning vigorously for office this time around,” Bush told an audience Monday in Philadelphia. “Many Sunni parties that opposed the constitution have registered to compete in this week’s vote.” But Bush cautioned that the elections “won’t be perfect.” BAGHDAD, Iraq – Armed with assault rifles, a group of men in black hoods walked through parts of the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi plastering walls with election posters. The men, who claimed to be insurgents, then raised a large banner supporting a Sunni Arab candidate. Standing next to them was a man, wearing no mask and carrying no weapon, holding up a poster for other Sunni candidates. “Elect them for the sake of defending the rights of the Iraqi population,” the first banner said. “They have pure hands,” said the second. The disaffected Sunni Arab minority could be preparing to turn out in large numbers in Thursday’s general elections. Their participation offers hope that the elections could be less violent than last January’s, when the insurgency threatened to attack polling stations. “Iraqis still have more difficult work ahead, and our coalition and a new Iraqi government will face many challenges,” the president said. In a rare joint statement, the five militant groups denounced the election as a “satanic project” and said that “to engage in the so-called political process” violates “the legitimate policy approved by God.” The groups vowed to “continue our jihad (holy war) … to establish an Islamic state ruled by the book (the Quran) and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.” However, the statement contained no clear threat to disrupt voting as in the run-up to the Jan. 30 election and the Oct. 15 referendum on the constitution. The authenticity of the statement could not be verified, but it appeared on a Web site that often publishes extremist material. The absence of a clear-cut threat could reflect the growing interest among Sunni Arabs, the foundation of the insurgency, to take part in the election. The Sunni decision to boycott the January ballot left parliament in the hands of Shiites and Kurds – a move that increased communal friction and cost the Sunnis considerable influence in drafting the constitution. A leaflet that appeared Monday in the Baghdad Sunni stronghold of Azamiyah acknowledged that Sunni Arabs could make gains in the election but that “fighting will continue with the infidels and their followers.” The statement was unsigned but was written in a style favored by Islamic extremists. Most Iraqis disapprove of the presence of U.S. forces in their country, yet they are optimistic about Iraq’s future and their own personal lives, according to a new poll. More than two-thirds of those surveyed oppose the presence of troops from the United States and its coalition partners and less than half, 44 percent, say their country is better off now than it was before the war, according to an ABC News poll conducted with Time magazine and other media partners. Three-quarters say they are confident about the parliamentary elections. More than two-thirds expect things in their country to get better in the coming months. However, only one-third in the Sunni regions were optimistic about their country’s future. In the first day of early voting, about 250,000 Iraqis – soldiers, police, hospital patients and prisoners in jail – cast ballots, according to election official Abdul-Hussein Hendawi. Iraqi television aired footage showing inmates in orange jumpsuits depositing their ballots in jailhouse boxes. The U.S.-led multinational force said 90 percent of all eligible detainees held in facilities under its control participated in the vote. It did not release the number represented by that percentage. Suspected insurgents held in detention but not convicted were eligible to vote, officials said. Deposed leader Saddam Hussein, who is jailed and facing trial for the deaths of more than 140 Shiites in 1982, could also vote, but it was not known whether he did. Abroad, an estimated 1.5 million expatriate Iraqis will begin voting today over a two-day period in polling centers in 15 countries including the United States. Most of the 15 million registered voters will go to the polls Thursday. Sunni Arab politicians have promised an end to what they term abuse at the hands of the Shiite-dominated security services. As voting began, the Human Rights Ministry and the U.S. military said 13 prisoners were hospitalized after being found at an overcrowded prison run by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry. Later Monday, Al-Jazeera television aired a video allegedly showing abuse at another Interior Ministry facility in western Baghdad. The footage showed dozens of men, many with welts and bruises. The station did not say how it obtained the footage or when the alleged incidents took place. Bush said Iraqi prisoners held in secret detention centers apparently were beaten and tortured. “This conduct is unacceptable,” Bush said in the Philadelphia speech. “Those who committed these crimes must be held to account.” Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Shiite, ordered an investigation into what he described as an “unhealthy phenomenon.” A similar case also surfaced last month. “I will not allow such treatment of any prisoner,” al-Jaafari said during a news conference. U.S. and Iraqi officials have expected an upsurge in insurgent violence as the election approaches. A U.S. soldier was killed Monday in a bombing in Baghdad, and another American soldier attached to the Marines died the day before in a suicide bombing west of the capital near the city of Ramadi, the U.S. command said. The deaths brought to at least 2,144 the number of U.S. military members killed in Iraq since the war began in 2003, according to an Associated Press count. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WALKING GROUP – Meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for a walk or stroll of about 30 – 40 minutes with a cup of tea afterwards if you want. All are welcome to join this group. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the Dunkineely Community Limited Office if you are interested: 074 9737678.Coffee and scones is available at Dunkineely Methodist every Tuesday, during July and August from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to raise money for Marie and Eva who are going to Haiti at the beginning of January. Come along today and enjoy.MC INTYRE’S BAR – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm, also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. All musicians and singers welcome. THE DUNKINEELY MONTESSORI – Are still currently enrolling for September 2014. Both ECCE places available and also mornings. Call Joanne or Sinead on: 087 3814655A MEETING – Of the DCL Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless Festival sub-committee will take place on Thursday 24th July at 8:00 pm at Dunkineely Community Limited office (The Manse, Dunkineely). All welcome.Dunkineely/Killaghtee/Bruckless Festival – are also having an “Open Art Competition”, Categories include: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, SKETCH OR DRAWING. €5.00 per entry. Place your Name, Address and Contact number on the reverse of the photograph clearly marking the CLASS you want to enter. Closing date is Thursday 31st July. Post your entries to Dunkineely Community Limited’s Office, Main Street Dunkineely, or just drop them into the DCL Office. Keep a look out on Dunkineely Community Limited’s Facebook page.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – This competition will brighten up the town and surrounding area. From St John’s Point to Croagh and Tullintain to Ballymagowan – if you’re in the Parish of Killaghtee, please consider entering. No fee to enter as Dunkineely Community Limited has funding from Donegal Local Development Company. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as: > Best Business > Best small town garden > Best Church > Best school > Best vegetable plot> Best large garden > Best container garden etc.The main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area if we all take part however small or big a garden plot/place for window boxes/pots we have.Judging will take place Sunday 10th August but the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless area. Entry forms available from the Dunkineely Community Limited Office and in local business’s in the Community. “This is a great Community event if we all get involved!” If you are interested contact Dunkineely Community Limited Office on 074 9737678 if you’d like enter or help organise in anyway.Ashes of the late Bridgetta Gillespie (sister of the late Freda Gillespie) who recently passed away in South Africa will be interred in Bruckless at a requiem mass in Bruckless Chapel on Wednesday August 13th at 11:00 am. BRUCKLESS ROAD RUNNERS – THE POINT 10K CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Is taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00 am (Same route as last year). The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities). Everyone welcome! Contact Pauric McNern for further information.A DEFIBRILLATOR – Is now in Killaghtee School, it is on the wall closest to the road. The following people are trained and key holders:Andrew Walker – 087 2276366Carol Duddy – 074 9737046 Norman Henry – 087 9474350Phyllis Young – 087 1300499Clive Vance – 086 8276575Georgina Armstrong – 087 3921384.There is also a key in the following places: Dunkineely Health Centre, Dunkineely Community Limited Office and Killaghtee School.DCL – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature. (Roald Dhal’s Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & The Goblet of Fire), Classics (J.R.R. Tolkien to Marian Keyes), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c or perhaps DVD’s, Lego Batman or The Patience Stone from just 50c per night.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).Please note that Dunkineely Community Limited office has changed it’s number to 074 9737678.DD LOCAL: TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS EVERY was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD Local: CommunityDunkineelynewsNotices
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the likelihood of 2018 farm economics again favoring soybean production, soybeans being planted after soybeans could be on the rise this spring.With consecutive years of soybean production, yield potential declines and the potential need for additional inputs and precautions increases.“Agronomically, we never like to see beans after beans, but when it gets into your back pocket sometimes we have to do some things differently,” said Mike Earley, Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomist. “We need to make sure to not plant the same variety in the same field back to back. If we get into continuous beans for multiple years we need to do a lot more scouting and chances are we are going to need some fungicide applications because of a lot more disease pressure in the fields.”In addition to increased potential for soybean issues including Phytophthora, white mold and frogeye leaf spot, more soybeans could also mean more yield loss to soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The silent robber of soybean yields has been on the rise and has been found in over 60% of Ohio soybean fields, according to Ohio State University Extension. SCN yield losses of 25% to 50% can take place with no above ground symptoms.Of course, the easiest way to combat SCN is crop rotation, but if that is not an option then variety selection becomes increasingly important.“Almost all of the soybean varieties sold to farmers in Ohio are labeled ‘Resistant to SCN,’ ‘Resistant to SCN Race 3’ or something similar. Most of the time, a variety labeled as SCN-resistant got its resistance from an ancestral soybean line called PI (Plant Introduction) 88788,” wrote Anne Dorrance, Laura Lindsey, Terry Niblack, and Chris Taylor with Ohio State University Extension in the CORN Newsletter. “This source of resistance was considered broad-spectrum, highly durable, and relatively easy to transfer into the new high-yielding varieties via traditional breeding practices, and that’s why most of our soybean varieties have this resistance. Based on data from hundreds of trials in locations throughout the Midwest, varieties that have this source of resistance will yield higher than similar varieties with no resistance even when SCN populations are low.”Testing for SCN also becomes increasingly important in fields of soybeans planted after soybeans. There are numerous labs that measure the SCN populations, including OSU’s own C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. The latest fact sheet has contact information for each of these labs and management practices can be found at http://ohioline.osu.edu/ac-fact/pdf/0039.pdf.
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India were dealt a big blow ahead of the third cricket Test against New Zealand with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out of the final rubber because of a groin injury.Young left-handed pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been drafted in the squad in place of him.Zaheer suffered an groin injury during the second cricket Test, which ended in a tame draw at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.”Zaheer Khan is injured and is unavailable for the Third Test against New Zealand, to be played at Nagpur from 20th November to 24th November,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a release.”The All India Selection Committee has chosen Jayadev Unadkat to replace Zaheer Khan in the squad,” it said.Zaheer was off the field for a good part of the fourth day. The left-handed pacer bowled just three overs during the fifth day.19-year-old Unadkat was named in India’s Under-19 squad for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. The left-arm fast bowler represents Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy and has claimed 26 wickets in six first-class games at an average of 26.34.