…as warehouse dishonesty points to massive tax evasion – Audit ReportThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the past five years purchased two container scanners to improve itsThe now inoperable GRA container scannermonitoring capabilities at a cost of over US$6 million, but one is currently not operational and is, in fact, unserviceable, while the other touted as a mobile device will now have to find a stationary resting place to be shielded from the elements of weather.The startling state of affairs was uncovered by Auditor General Deodat Sharma, who during the course of auditing the national books for 2015, found that both of the container scanners were posing problems for the GRA administration.The 2015 Audit Report was made public this past week by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, when he reconvened the sittings of the Assembly.According to Sharma in his report, in May 2010, the Administration acquired an electronic container scanner at a cost of US$1 million for the purpose of 100 per cent container scanning.The scanner, which was placed into operation in May 2011, was three years later determined to be inoperable on October 18, 2014.This was said to be due to a loss of power to the device’s electrical cabinet.The Auditor General, during the course of his audits, found too that another scanner, which was acquired in November 2013 at a total cost of US$5.3 million and placed into operation on January 4, 2014, also became inoperable on June 18, 2016.At the time of the report being released in September of this year, “the position remained the same”.Sharma in his audit report has provided an explanation proffered by the GRA, which said the “first scanner is unserviceable and is not cost-effective to repair”.With regard to the mobile scanner, the GRA informed the audit office that this one “malfunctioned because of its constant exposure to the weather conditions”.According to answers provided by the GRA, “the scanner was repaired, but currently the Authority is in the process of identifying a permanent location” for it.The Audit Office has since recommended that the GRA continue in its efforts to identify a suitable location for the scanner that would protect it from the rigours of nature.Warehouse corruptionThe Auditor General has also flagged several incidents of dishonesty at warehouses across the country which has led to instances where the payment of duties and taxes could not be verified to the tune of more than $100 million.Sharma, in his 2015 report on the accounts held by the GRA, found that there were 34 private warehouses in operation during the period under review – 17 of which were subjected to physical inspections by the Audit Office between April and July this year.The Audit Office, during the course of its investigations, found that 36 pieces of equipment and 17 vehicles valued in total $370.9 million were not found in five warehouses operated by one importer, and there was no evidence that the equipment and vehicles were released by the tax administration.Compounding the situation, the Auditor General further found that there was no evidence that duties and taxes of approximately $89.7 million were paid.According to the Auditor, “Section 100 of the Customs Act, Chapter 82:01 prohibits a warehouse owner or keeper or any person in his employ from opening or gaining access to a warehouse except in the presence or with the knowledge and consent of an officer of the administration.”The Auditor General highlighted too that a total of 44 pieces of equipment valued at $312 million, with estimated taxes payable totalling $50 million, were removed from four warehouses in which they were deposited and transferred to another four without the permission of the GRA Commissioner General.“The removal of warehoused goods from one warehouse to another without the permission or knowledge of the Commissioner General represents a breach of Section 115 of the Customs Act,” the Audit Office said.Further checks revealed that 10 pieces of equipment and five vehicles physically verified in three warehouses were not traced to the warehouse registers maintained by the administration.“Efforts to ascertain the value of the equipment and vehicles proved futile, since it could not be determined the year the items were warehoused and the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) of each piece of equipment and vehicle.”
The show is on Feb.1 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Centre and tickets can be purchased online at www.npcc.bc.ca or by calling 250-785-1992. Memeza Africa will be taking to the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The 16 member group whose name means “shout Africa” combines traditional music and dance within its performances.- Advertisement -The group has performed for the Nelson Mandela Farewell, Oprah and Friends New Year’s Celebration and the FIFA Confederation Cup.The group has a Canadian connection having been co-founded by musician Holly Wright, along with Jimmy Mulovhedzi who was born in Soweto, South Africa from where the group originates.The group has been lauded for their “spellbinding” performances as well as for its ability to provide the potential for income for its members. Its members are all from Soweto, a previously marginalized community with an extremely high unemployment rate.In addition to the performance, the Fort St. John Pan African and Caribbean Society will provide traditional foods before the show.Advertisement
A total of 1373 farmers in Donegal have applied for the first tranche of GLAS funding, Ireland’s new agri-environment scheme, co funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has confirmed that 1373 farmers in Donegal have applied for the first tranche GLAS of funding and that he expects that most of these will draw close to the maximum annual payment of €5,000.Deputy Dinny McGinley and Junior Minister Joe McHugh have welcomed the news.Deputy McGinley said “I am particularly pleased to hear that the majority of farmers who have successfully applied for GLAS look set to receive close to the maximum payment. There had been concerns that only a minority of farmers could ever hope to achieve this level of payment. These concerns have been allayed. “The GLAS scheme is set to play a vital role in the protection of Donegal’s rural environment. Nationally, almost 27,000 farmers applied to join and 1373 farmers in Donegal have also applied.“It is significant that well over half of the commonages in the country, just under 2,700 have applied for GLAS. This is a major step towards the establishment of greatly enhanced management regimes for these upland areas.“The most popular element of the Scheme related to Low Input Permanent Pasture which was selected by 20,000 farmers. Protection of watercourses was another popular choice by 10,000 farmers, while large numbers also chose a variety of actions designed to protect birds, bees and bats.“Protecting the agri-environment and supporting strong, sustainable farming is key to the continued growth of the agri-food sector. GLAS will make a big difference in achieving this goal and it will provide support for farmers in doing so.” 1,373 FARMERS ACROSS DONEGAL APPLY FOR NEW AGRI-ENVIRONMENT SCHEME was last modified: June 24th, 2015 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:donegalfarmersgrants
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Last year’s holiday total of $231 million was nearly as impressive, with huge numbers from “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” followed by the hits “Madagascar,” “The Longest Yard” and “Monster-in-Law.” Gitesh Pandya, editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com, said he expects “X-Men,” the third and final installment of a sci-fi action-thriller trilogy, to perform like gangbusters over the four days. The film stars original cast members Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Ian McKellen, among others. The first “X-Men” film opened at $54 million in July 2000 while “X2” had an opening weekend of $85.5 million in early May 2003. None of the films have previously had a Memorial Day weekend release. “It might rake in more than $100 million over the long weekend,” Pandya said. “I think it’s going to be gigantic. It’s got a built-in audience, is supposedly the final installment and what is really key here is, it has teens and young adults really excited. That will be the driving factor here.” If Pandya’s prediction proves correct, “X-Men” has a shot at setting a Memorial Day weekend record for a single film. The current record-holder is “Shrek 2” ($95.6 million) followed by “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” ($90 million), “The Day After Tomorrow” ($85.8 million) and “Bruce Almighty” ($85.7 million). With “X-Men: The Last Stand” joining “The Da Vinci Code” in theaters today, the movie industry will be looking to surpass or come close to grosses from the past two years when it recorded the two biggest Memorial Day weekends of all time at the box office. “Da Vinci” was expected to cross the $100 million mark in domestic grosses on Thursday after a $77 million opening weekend and impressively strong midweek ticket sales. As of Wednesday, the film’s total stood at $97.2 million. “Memorial Day weekend is one of the most important weekends of the year and ranks among the biggest in terms of box office,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co., said Thursday. “This is the Super Bowl of moviegoing because everyone is off and there’s a lot of time for moviegoing.” “X-Men,” released by 20th Century Fox, will have to perform big if it is to lead the top 50 movies past the record $246 million earned over Memorial Day in 2004 by a slate led by “Shrek 2,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Troy.” A robust weekend should also be helped by ticket sales for the Dreamworks’ Animation release “Over the Hedge,” which opened opposite “Da Vinci” last weekend and had earned $46.3 million as of Wednesday. “We have three huge films that appeal to different audiences,” Pandya said of “X-Men,” “Da Vinci” and “Hedge.” “They are not on top of each other eating away at each other’s ticket sales, which is good for the movie business.” The summer season’s first two major releases, the underperforming “Mission Impossible III” and the mega-flop “Poseidon” are quickly declining in theaters. “MI: III,” the mega-hyped Tom Cruise vehicle, has performed solidly overseas but is considered a disappointment domestically, even with a gross of $106.3 million as of Wednesday, while “Poseidon” was at a disastrous $38.9 million. With those results and a poor reception for “Da Vinci” at the Cannes Film Festival and by many critics, there was some anxiety among film distributors and exhibitors that the summer season could be off to a sluggish start that would be hard to recover from. But “Da Vinci” is a smash and year-to-date revenue is now up by 5.16 percent over 2005, when the industry was mired in a record streak of down weekends that began in the winter and stretched throughout the summer. Actual attendance is up by 2 percent over 2005 so far. Still, when compared to 2004, which was a record year for revenue, grosses are down by a half-percent and attendance is behind by 6.5 percent, according to Exhibitor Relations. email@example.com 818-713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THERE’S another alert for icy roads and thick fog overnight on Co Donegal.Temperatures will drop to -2C in some areas, especially inland, leaving some roads dangerous by dawn.Another feature however will be fog in many parts overnight. AA Ireland, Gardai and the council have warned motorists to take extra care overnight and into the morning. ICE AND FOG WARNING FOR DONEGAL ROADS was last modified: December 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ICE AND FOG WARNING FOR DONEGAL ROADS
A jury took less than half an hour to find a man not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in a Letterkenny takeaway.The 45-year-old married man was accused of grabbing the woman in her groin area. The woman, from Derry, claimed the man had grabbed her between her legs and hurt her so much that she felt it the following day.CCTV footage given in evidence to jury members at Letterkenny Circuit Court showed the man reaching out and touching the woman’s behind.The woman then confronted the man and claimed that he told her “I’m going to do you.”The man has pleaded not guilty to the single charge which allegedly took place on October 10th, 2015.The woman gave evidence of how she was staying with her sister in Letterkenny on the night.They had some drinks and at 2am, they decided to go to Letterkenny to have more drinks.In the Downtown bar, the woman said she had a cocktail, a baby Guinness and a Gin and Tonic along with the two glasses of wine she had in her sister’s house earlier.The woman told the court they then went for something to eat in a fast-food restaurant and then decided to leave there to go for a cigarette.CCTV footage played to the court of the incident showed the woman leaving the restaurant and the man, aged 45, reaching out to touch the woman on her behind.The woman recalled “I could feel a hand touch me between my legs, it’s embarrassing. I could feel a hand touching my crotch area. It was very quick. I was completely disgusted.“It’s the last thing I expected on a night out. I felt violated and disgusted.”The woman said she punched the man because she was annoyed and disgusted by his alleged actions.She also claimed that the accused videod her with his phone and then told her “I’m going to do you.”The accused man’s statement to Gardai was also read out in court.He said he was in Letterkenny for a 40th birthday and had visited five bars and had an average of two drinks in each bar.He said he had no direct recollection of the incident but does remember “ending up waking up at home with a very angry wife.”Having viewed the CCTV footage later, he said he felt it did not reflect what the woman claimed in her statement had happened.Barrister for the accused, Mr Damian Crawford put it to the woman that the contact between them was minimal.The woman replied that all she could say was that she felt the man touch her and that she still felt it the next day.Mr Crawford replied “That’s not what happened at all. He did not grab you forcefully by the crotch.”The jury of eight men and three women returned a verdict of not guilty to Judge John Aylmer.Jury takes less than half hour to find man not guilty of restaurant sex assault was last modified: January 27th, 2018 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:courtGardailetterkennynot guiltysex assaulttakeaway
Domestic Violence: Helping Survivors Obtain Economic FreedomDate: February 12, 2015Time: 11am-1pm EasternLocation: Domestic Violence: Helping Survivors Obtain Economic FreedomDr. Ludy Green, an expert on U.S. domestic violence and an internationally acclaimed speaker, will provide an overview of economic abuse and its negative impacts on domestic violence victims. Dr. Green will highlight what advocates and mental health clinicians need to know about economic abuse and how economic security can serve as a defense against domestic violence. She will also cover strategies to empower victims on a larger level, such as implementing domestic violence policies in the workplace.We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about the cost of getting ready for a disaster, and how some people don’t—or how they go too far. Here we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what you can do to prepare your household and family for a disaster while not completely breaking your budget.Photospin/Alexander MatvienkoPrepare early.The key to emergency preparedness on a budget is giving yourself plenty of time to get ready. As we’ve seen time and time again, when disaster is bearing down, people panic, and prices go up. To avoid this last-minute hysteria, purchase a set of basic supplies and have them on hand year-round so you don’t end up in a pickle using Perrier to brush your teeth. If you have limited space and are unable to store water, we have some solutions for that further down.Having a long timeline will also permit those on tight budgets to put away “a little bit” every week or month to prepare. If taking out a large amount of cash all at once (since cash may be needed in any emergency) will be a problem, start saving change and small bills. Ditto for building up a simple emergency pantry: one extra can of tuna a week won’t add much to your grocery bill.Think reusable instead of short-termIn the panic before a blizzard or hurricane, people often buy up a lot of bottled water and cheap flashlights. This is only natural, but especially if you live in an area where this kind of emergency happens with some regularity, it may be time to rethink. Solar or crank lanterns and flashlights do not need batteries; once bought, you will not have make that purchase again. As far as water goes (FEMA recommends having enough for 3 days, at a gallon per person a day), consider purchasing refillable containers like an Aquatainer, or a water filter like a LifeStraw (technology here has really advanced). These items will not need to be dumped and then rebought time after time. Remember, too, that there are other ways to store water in the short term for drinking and washing, including:–In large pots, canning jars, water coolers, food-grade buckets, or 2-liter soda bottles–In the bathtub or washing machine (for washing only)Watch for sales and bulk dealsBottled water, first aid supplies, batteries, and other emergency needs all go on sale regularly, so if you’re watching, you’ll be able to stock up when the price is low. In addition, certain items go on sale at predictable times—for instance, camping gear is often cheap at the end of the summer, so this is a great time to buy flashlights and sleeping bags.Protect your food and know how to shop smart for emergency foodLosing a full fridge and freezer’s worth of food can be very expensive, not to mention unpleasant. Average estimated costs for having to ditch the contents of your refrigerator are about $150. To avoid this possibility, first, make an effort to “cook through” some of your frozen items if the disaster is one that gives some warning, such as a blizzard or hurricane. In addition, before the storm arrives, freeze water in Ziploc bags or plastic containers to take up room in your freezer and help keep things cool. If loss of power appears imminent and you are staying in your home, move the food you plan to eat to a smaller cooler with ice, then keep the fridge and freezer closed! Once power is lost, you can even place a heavy blanket or comforter around it and tape it if you want to get serious. An undisturbed freezer will keep food frozen for 1-2 days, depending on how much is in it. To ensure that your food is still safe to eat, visit How to Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage from Foodsafety.gov.As far as what food to purchase, the frugal approach is to buy or prepare food you’ll still want to eat even if the threat never comes to pass. That way, it won’t feel like money down the drain. Remember, although shelf stable food can be kept for some time, it still should be eaten every year or two, depending on the type of food.Some suggestions for food you can store longer-term include:–Granola bars–Dried fruit and nuts–Cereal or granola (eat with dried, reconstituted milk or shelf stable milk)–Canned or vacuum-packed soups, pastas, fruit, beans, and fish or meat–Jerky–Crackers, rice cakes–Nut buttersFor a disaster you can anticipate, such as a hurricane or snowstorm, it’s possible to cook a day or two ahead or purchase food that will last for a short time at room temps. For instance, try:–Homemade or bakery-made baked goods–Carrots, apples, and citrus fruit–Hard cheeses–Homemade air-popped popcorn–Tomatoes (for sandwiches, or mixed with beans or canned meats)–Dry-cured sausagesDon’t have a gas or camping stove? An inexpensive can of Sterno can heat a can of soup or beans in a pinch.Avoid ready-made “disaster preparedness” kitsThough it may seem tempting and convenient to purchase a pre-made disaster preparedness kit, the quality of the items is likely to be very low for the price paid. It will be a better bargain to buy items separately and assemble your own kit. Sites like The Sweethome carry reviews for common emergency supplies like lanterns and weather radios.Hopefully, these tips will help families prepare for a disaster without these needed preparations being an excess financial burden. Although getting ready for a potential disaster can be expensive, don’t ever forget that not preparing for a disaster can be far more so. Without light, basic medical supplies, water, or food, you may have no choice but to leave. Once a disaster is in progress, this can be not just costly, but dangerous. Stay safe out there.
Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three quick wickets as India blew away Sri Lanka’s top half and reduced them to 65 for 5 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test at Galle on Wednesday.Captain Angelo Mathews was batting on 26 at the break after his decision to bat first backfired, with wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal (five) at the crease. Pacers gave India early breakthroughs with Ishant Sharma removing Dimuth Karunarante (nine) with a short delivery while Varun Aaron dismissed the other opener Kaushal Silva (five) two balls later with another bouncer.Retiring batting stalwart Kumar Sangakkara, playing his penultimate Test, did not last long either and fell on five to Ashwin’s third delivery of the morning. The tall offspinner extracted enough turn and bounce from the surface to fox Sangakkara and Lokesh Rahul pouched a sharp catch at silly point.Ashwin also claimed the wicketsn of Lahiru Thirimanne (13) and Jehan Mubarak (zero) in successive overs to peg back the hosts. India captain Virat Kohli, leading the side for the first time in a full series, went in with five bowlers, giving Amit Mishra, one of the three spinners in the side, his first Test in four years.The hosts, who lost their last Test series against Pakistan 2-1, also included an extra spinner in Rangana Herath.
Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan has so far experienced a hot and cold campaign in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. The aggressive southpaw has managed 473 runs in 16 games at an ordinary average of 39.41 – way below the standards for a player of his calibre. (Scorecard|Full Coverage) Dhawan, who had a lean patch during the ICC World Twenty20 – scoring just 43 runs in four matches – was eyeing the IPL to make a solid comeback but has not been able to achieve the target. He has failed to score the runs in big matches, putting the pressure on SRH captain David Warner.On Friday, it was again Warner who scored a match-winning 93* off 58 balls against Gujarat Lions to see Sunrisers Hyderabad through to their maiden IPL final. (Also read: Here’s how Warner, Bipul showed the door for Gujarat Lions) Chasing 163 to win, SRH witnessed a turbulent start, losing Dhawan (0), Moises Henriques (11) and Yuvraj Singh (8) cheaply. But Warner kept Gujarat at bay, with his belligerent batting, completing his fifty in 35 balls – his eighth half-century of the tournament.SRH will now face a red-hot Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final on Sunday and former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Dhawan needs to rise up to the occasion for his team. “Hyderabad have been outstanding this season. The influx of a couple of Indian players have helped them and don’t forget, they don’t have Ashish Nehra who is injured and out of the tournament. With Nehra in the squad, the bowling attack looked even better. They need some runs from Shikhar Dhawan. Time has come for Dhawan to stand up. He is a key batsman for India and it’s a big tournament, big games. He missed out on the first qualifier, he missed out on the second qualifier. Hopefully in the final he will stand up for David Warner and his team and get some runs,” Ganguly told India Today.advertisementPHENOMENAL WARNERWhile most of the Sunrisers batsmen cut a sorry figure last night, Warner showed his class and super cool temperament as he never let the innings fall apart. (Also Read: David Warner targets Virat Kohli in IPL final to defuse RCB’s batting)Wickets kept tumbling but Warner dug his heels and found amazing support in Bipul Sharma, who came up with a sizzling unbeaten 27 run knock under pressure.”Phenomenal batting and specially under pressure. The other night it was AB de Villiers against Gujarat Lions and today it was David Warner. The other night it was the support of Iqbal Abdulla against the Lions and today it was Bipul Sharma.”Warner is a serious batsman, look at his record in all formats of the game. He has been unbelievable for Australia. Some of the shots he played during the later part of the innings against those slower deliveries were terrific… captain standing up in the big game that speaks volumes of his temperament.”He has taken Sunrisers on his own to the final, what else do expect from the captain. 93 off 58 deliveries. He has changed over the years, his temperament has changed. His family, his wife and runs at international level have made him a more matured person and I thought he was exceptional tonight,” Ganguly said.IMPRESSIVE BIPULYoungster Bipul Sharma took the pressure off his captain with his timely big shots. His sixes off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni played a crucial role in turning the tide in SRH’s favour.Bipul, who played for India A in 2010, always had batting credentials but last night he showed his worth as he added 33 runs with Warner in their unbeaten partnership for the seventh wicket.Ganguly asked the selectors to keep a watch on the young all-rounder.”I am equally impressed with Bipul to be honest. In the last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders he hit two crucial sixes off Morne Morkel and extended that run for the Sunrisers and yesterday under sheer pressure, he came in when they were 117 for 6 and took the game away from them. He hit some superb shots, that six off Praveen Kumar straight in front and then flicking Dwayne Bravo for a six fine leg and then hitting one of the most difficult deliveries from Bravo which is the slower off-spinner and that too being a left-hander he hit him straight into the stands.”I think this fellow is a good cricketer and the selectors need to keep a watch on him because the Indians need someone at No. 7 and Ravindra Jadeja’s batting at international level has not been the best under pressure and I don’t think he has done much with the bat in this IPL as well. This kid has done a wonderful job for the Sunrisers at No. 8, No. 9. So, somehow down the line they need to keep a watch on him.”advertisementTHE FIZZ FACTORGanguly said SRH need their strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the final against the batting might of RCB. Left-arm medium pacer Mustafizur (16 wickets) was ruled out in the match against Gujarat due to a hamstring injury.”Sunrisers can give Royal Challengers Bangalore a run for their money. As I said, anybody can win on that day but the batting line-up of RCB looks very serious and I think SRH need Mustafizur. He is the key, I don’t know what’s his injury, I hope it’s not too bad and is nothing to do with the hamstring and the calf because then he might be out of the next game as well. So, from that point of view he is important and hopefully they can get the team together,” he said.