In order to allow investigators more time to prepare their cases in complex matters, the Guyana Government is now looking to get rid of the statute of limitations as it relates to the prosecution of anti-money laundering offences.To this end, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, presented the amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill to the House on Friday. It was then read for the first time by the Clerk of the National Assembly.According to the provisions as outlined in the Amendment Bill presented by the Minister Williams, prior to the proposed changes, “the prosecutor could only institute proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court within six months of the offence being committed.”It was pointed out in the explanatory memorandum accompanying the legislative changes that “with the amendments the offence is now a hybrid one and that he time limit provided for summary offences do not apply to indictable offences.”As a result, as it relates to the instituting proceedings against suspected money launderers, “the prosecutor would have a longer time as no limitation for the indictable offences of money laundering is provided for by the statute.”The explanatory memorandum further states, accordingly, “this amendment is important because more time would be given to the relevant personnel to conduct their investigations and prepare their case especially if the matter is a complex one.”The move comes just weeks after the Administration received praises for its successful exiting of the Financial Action Task Force’s monitoring regime.Only recently too, Government recommitted its support to ensure the preservation of the AML/CFT regime.The view was expressed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who in April last addressed participants at the opening of a three-day Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) National Risk Assessment confab.“I am very cognisant of the catastrophic macroeconomic effects that money laundering and financing of terrorism can have on our country, if left unnoticed and unattended,” he stated.At the time he told participants, “And so, it is to safeguard against these eventualities that the Government of the Guyana has been making stringent efforts to strengthen the country’s AML/CFT regime, through appropriate enactments and amendments to the relevant laws,” he added.The Minister told participants that sharp prudential standards have caused international banking institutions to avoid reputational risks and penalties by reducing or severing their relationships with jurisdictions that are perceived to be high risk, on account of inadequate AML/CFT regimes.He explained that many developing countries, including Guyana, were adversely affected by this de-risking practice. Some local financial institutions either have completely lost or have reduced relationships with their correspondent banks.The National Assembly in 2015 had passed the Anti-Terrorism and Terrorist Related Activities Bill, the AML/CFT (Amendment) Bill No 1 and 2, and the AML/CFT Regulations.Currently, a draft Amendment Bill to the AML/CFT Act is being prepared to ensure that the assets and funds of terrorists or terrorist organisations are immediately frozen by the court.
The camp covers a wide range of skills including instruction on how to improve backward and forward skating, fast starts, edges, and transition skating. Goaltenders will focus on crease movements, edge work, recoveries and rebound control. A skills assessment will also be offered at the conclusion of the camp.The cost for the camp is $160. Those wanting to take part can go to Ernie’s Sports Experts to pick up a registration form, and then give it back to the front desk with payment. You can also click here to access the form.Anyone with questions about the camp can contact Phil Hiscock at 250-261-0887. – Advertisement -The first three days will be held in Taylor, while the final two will be held at the Pomeroy Sport Centre in Fort St. John.
Around 17,000 commercial buildings in British Columbia could become more energy efficient. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, along with BC Hydro and the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC, have recently signed an agreement to make commercial buildings sustainable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Blair Lekstrom says the agreement will not only reduce emissions from commercial buildings, but will also create new jobs and economic growth for British Columbians. He also says this is just one example of how the province is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020, and helping to make our province electricity self sufficient by 2016. – Advertisement -As a first step, BC Hydro is funding an energy manager for BOMA to help building operators identify and implement conservation solutions.The agreement sets out a six-year plan, which focuses on developing a process for building owners and managers to access funding from the federal government, Power Smart and other utilities, along with creating a tracking tool that allows commercial buildings to measure energy savings and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
0Shares0000Set to launch in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on March 14, 2018, Standard Chartered’s first and fully digital retail bank in West Africa marks an important milestone in the Bank’s path towards innovation and has been designed with continuous feedback from its clients.DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Mar 7 – Standard Chartered Bank on Wednesday named former Chelsea and Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba as its Digital Bank Ambassador in Africa.Set to launch in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on March 14, 2018, Standard Chartered’s first and fully digital retail bank in West Africa marks an important milestone in the Bank’s path towards innovation and has been designed with continuous feedback from its clients. As part of this role, Drogba will be promoting the digital bank in Côte d’Ivoire, set to disrupt the traditional banking sector in the nation. He will lend his voice and image rights through a series of Marketing and Community engagement activities over the next 12 months as part of the campaign.Drogba also becomes the first person in Côte D’Ivoire to open a fully digital account at Standard Chartered Bank.Commenting on the new collaboration, Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO, Africa & Middle East, said:“We are thrilled to be working with Didier Drogba to launch our first digital bank. Drogba is an inspiration, not only due to his athletic excellence, but also for his generosity and commitment to giving back to his fellow Ivorians.Drogba’s priorities and ideals are very much in line with the Bank, making him an ideal partner for this momentous new offering.The launch of our digital bank in Côte d’Ivoire is an important chapter in our developing turnaround story for the region. Going digital also means progression, not just for our business, but also for our clients, and we look forward to revealing details of our first-ever digital bank very soon.”Olga Arara Kimani, Regional Head of Corporate Affairs and Brand and Marketing, Africa and Middle East, said:“Didier Drogba was the natural choice for us to launch this exciting, truly digital bank. He is a hero and a role model in Côte d’Ivoire and has always demonstrated his strong emotional ties to his home country.This partnership opens up a great opportunity to contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of the country where we have been operating since 2001.The campaign which Drogba will spearhead aims at not only raising awareness for our innovative digital offering but also at further enhancing financial literacy across the country, and this is an exceptionally important undertaking for the future of Côte d’Ivoire.”Isaac Foly, Chief Executive Officer, Côte d’Ivoire, said: “Not only am I thrilled to be working with Didier Drogba on behalf of Standard Chartered Bank, I am thrilled to be working with him as a fellow Ivorian.Drogba represents the true values and ideals of our great country and has truly been a role model for the young population of Côte d’Ivoire. We look forward to working with Drogba to help increase access to financial services across the country.Throughout his career, he has never forgotten where he came from and always made his fellow Ivorians proud. This, indeed, makes him the perfect partner for this launch.”Speaking on his new endorsement, Didier Drogba said: “I am excited to be working with Standard Chartered Bank and honoured to be chosen to support their efforts to enhance accessibility to banking services for the people of my country.This is an initiative which I am truly proud to be a part of, as the cause is close to my heart. I am also looking forward to spending more quality time in Côte d’Ivoire and getting involved in a cause that is of high importance to the local community. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to engage with my fans on social media to spread the word.”Through the launch of the digital bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Didier Drogba hope to bridge the gap between the traditional banking model and the new, digital savvy generation in Côte d’Ivoire, aiming to make banking services simple, more accessible and convenient.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
FEATURES: Donegal GAA legend Anthony Molloy will be accorded the county’s highest honour at a Civic Reception being hosted in his honour by the Cathaoirleach and members of Donegal County Council at the County House, Lifford on Tuesday next (7th June 2016) at 6pm.The Freedom of the County will be awarded in recognition of his contribution to Gaelic Football in County Donegal and Ireland and his excellent work as an ambassador amongst the Donegal Diaspora. A native of the Parish of Ardara, Anthony Molloy is best known as the captain of Donegal’s 1992 All Ireland winning football team and his achievements at both his local club Ardara and as a member of the Donegal senior inter-county team speaks for itself.From being part of the winning team in the U14 Championship in 1976 to leading the winning Donegal Senior’s to all Ireland glory in 1992, Anthony Molloy has had an outstanding career in Gaelic Football.His role of honour includes 1 All Ireland U21 medal in 1982, 3 Ulster S.F.C in 1983, 1990 & 1992, 1 Ulster U21 FC in 1982, an All Star Award in 1992 and Donegal Player of the Year in 1988 & 1990.He also received 2 ESB All Ireland Championships with NW Boston and 2 New York Senior Football Championship with Donegal New York in 1986 & 1992. Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan stated that he, along with the elected members of Donegal County Council, is delighted to be in a position to confer this honour to Anthony Molloy.“We are delighted to be in a position to bestow this honour on Anthony Molloy. Not only is he a gaelic football legend, he is also a person who inspires and brings a great sense of hope and belief to everyone he meets.“He brought such a lift to Donegal back in 1992 when he led our Senior Football team to All Ireland glory and he has done a huge amount of work internationally particularly among the many Donegal people living in the US”.“He has been and continues to be a great ambassador for Donegal. His documentary Deoch an Dorais which aired on TG4 last December helped cast a light on the struggles faced by many Donegal and indeed Irish people who emigrated to the US over the years.“His story telling skills and his capacity to captivate an audience with this remarkably poignant yet at times humorous story is a great reflection on the man that is Anthony Molloy, a very humble and extremely passionate individual.”Anthony will be the seventh recipient of a badge and pin specially commissioned by the Council. The badge (and lapel pin) is reserved exclusively for those on whom the Freedom of the County is conferred. The badge, crafted by Ms Geraldine Hannigan, Designer Goldsmith, Letterkenny, and mounted on a background designed by Mr Fionntan Gogarty, Artworks, is a silver replication of the County Badge granted to the Council County by the Chief Herald of Ireland as part of a Grant of Arms to the County. The badge comprises the O’Donnell Cross enfiled by an Iunula.The Iunula on which it is based was discovered at Trentagh, Co. Donegal, and dates to the period 1500 -2,000 B.C. It is on display in the National Museum.Other recipients of the Freedom of County Donegal include Phil Coulter, Shay Given, Patsy McGonagle, Daniel O’Donnell, Packie Bonner and the 28th Infantry Battalion.ANTHONY MOLLOY TO BE GIVEN FREEDOM OF DONEGAL AT CIVIC RECEPTION NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 1st, 2016 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:Anthony Molloycivic receptionCountydonegalFreedomGAALiffordnewsSport
FRESNO – Highway 99, the San Joaquin Valley’s main thoroughfare, needs $6 billion in improvements to accommodate increasing traffic from the region’s growing population and agriculture industry, officials said Friday. Leaders from the region’s eight counties met at the University of California, Merced, to present a highway improvement plan to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley – a body appointed by the governor to make recommendations to improve the valley’s quality of life. “Highway 99 is the backbone of goods movement for the nation, not only for California – for the nation,” California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Secretary Sunne McPeak said during a conference call. Highway 99 has become congested in some of the valley’s fastest growing pockets, including Fresno, Modesto and Stockton. The route sees between 42,000 and 100,000 vehicles daily, and those numbers are projected to shoot past 200,000 by 2025, according to Mike Leonardo, a state department of transportation director in the Central Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Highway 99 also has a high percentage of trucks, with 19 to 27 percent of the vehicles transporting goods, compared with 9 percent statewide. The improvement plan calls for widening the highway to at least three lanes each way for 274 miles from Kern to San Joaquin counties. The thoroughfare also needs more median barriers, intersection upgrades, longer-lasting pavement and new rest stops, officials said. Neither state and nor valley officials said where they will get the money for the improvements. But the San Joaquin Valley leaders’ united front, coupled with the needs of a booming region, should help them secure the funds in the future, McPeak said. Opponents of the plan say spending large sums on Highway 99 improvements will take away resources from other local transportation projects. But Valley leaders said they were happy they could come together after years of bickering over the issue. “This sets a huge precedent,” said Tulare County Supervisor Connie Conway. “This is our best dream come true.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tony Fernandes took to Twitter to declare his pride at QPR’s dramatic victory against West Brom.They stormed back from 2-0 down with Charlie Austin’s hat-trick securing a 3-2 victory which lifted them out of the bottom three and up to 15th in the Premier League.Rangers chairman Fernandes tweeted: “What a win what a win. That’s the way to win. Shows true character. Happy happy happy.”Austin tweeted a picture of himself with the match ball after the amazing triumph at Loftus Road, where he scored a first-half penalty before two close-range finishes after the break swung the match in QPR’s favour.Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “There are just no words to describe how amazing that was! I am just so very proud. Congrats @chazaustin9 u deserve every bit of this success.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “There are Christmas presents and there are Christmas presents but watching Charlie score a hat-trick is the best present of all. Thx Santa!”Happy Christmas everyone! #hattrick #matchball #QPRfamily http://t.co/WvMOrhAeWz pic.twitter.com/DiIROt8qAV — Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) December 20, 2014Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand, who was again among the Rangers substitutes, tweeted: “Great character shown by the lads today. 2 zip down – 3-2 up!! @chazaustin9 shooting on sight !”And sidelined Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin declared: “I’m seriously thinking of my next tatto to be @chazaustin9 what a striker my goodness!!!”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A message left with NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy was not immediately returned.Brown traveled with the Raiders … Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown reportedly had his grievance heard regarding his helmet Friday, with no decision expected until next week, according to ESPN’s Adam SchefterRaiders’ WR Antonio Brown’s newest helmet grievance today already had concluded and a decision by early next week is considered likely, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2019
19 September 2012 President Jacob Zuma has invited the 27-nation European Union to partner with South Africa as it launches a massive infrastructure drive aimed at transforming the country’s socio-economic landscape while boosting Sub-Saharan African economic integration. South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in February that the government aimed to spend R3.2-trillion over the next three years on at least 40 major infrastructure projects in the country.‘Further potential’ to be tapped Addressing the 5th South Africa-European Union Summit in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, Zuma said SA had “invited the EU, its member states, and the European Investment Bank, to partner with South Africa on this work”, which included the development of infrastructure for water, rail, and electricity. Zuma said that Tuesday’s discussions had reflected “the growth and depth of the strategic partnership between South Africa and the European Union,” adding that SA and the EU had, over the past five years, established “a solid technical framework” for increasing cooperation. “To further strengthen the bilateral partnership, we believe that we have to enhance trade relations, and tap further the potential that still exists to cooperate in infrastructure development, especially energy and transport.” South Africa’s successful bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope also offered investment possibilities in the development of radio astronomy infrastructure, Zuma said. SA’s biggest trade partner and investor South Africa is one of only 10 countries with which the EU has what are called strategic partnerships. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the 27-nation bloc remains South Africa’s largest trading partner, largest investor, and largest donor of development assistance. According to figures released last week by the EU Commission, the value of EU exports to South Africa reached a peak of €26.6-billion in 2011, while imports from SA rose to €20.5-billion, though still off the peak level of 2007, resulting in a €6.1-billion trade surplus in favour of the EU. EU foreign direct investments in South Africa stood at €7.1-billion in 2010, compared with €8.6-billion in 2009 and €3.2-billion in 2008, the EU Commission said. Regarding the finalisation of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Zuma said he had expressed his concern, during Tuesday’s talks, that several key issues in the negotiations remain unresolved. “Although some progress was made during the negotiation round held during June 2012, a positive outcome to the negotiations is still very much dependent on the need to show more understanding and flexibility,” Zuma said. SAinfo reporter