Important FARC Leader Arrested in Venezuela

first_img William Alberto Asprilla Chitiva, alias “Marquetaliano,” was arrested on March 21 as he was travelling on a road that links Caracas and the port of La Guaira, together with several people who are still being identified, Carlos Mena, director of the Criminal Investigation Directorate (DIJIN), told the press in Bogotá. Mena also highlighted the high level of the relationship between the two countries for the fight against crime. “Today is the best moment Colombia has seen with regard to exchange and cooperation with Venezuelan authorities,” he emphasized. By Dialogo March 26, 2012 A leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Colombian guerrilla group, accused of the murder of three Americans in 1999, has been arrested on Venezuelan territory, the Colombian police announced. He also said that he is a “member of the Central General Staff,” a structure with about thirty members that is hierarchically below the Secretariat, the communist guerrilla group’s top-ranking body. The arrest was the result of a joint action between intelligence elements of the Colombian Army and of the Venezuelan police, who had been aware of the arrestee’s presence in Venezuela since about six months ago, he said. center_img Mena stated that Bogotá expects that the Venezuelan authorities will move to “expel or deport” “Marquetaliano” to Colombia, since they had sought his arrest through Interpol in the last few weeks, on charges of criminal conspiracy, rebellion, and kidnapping. Nevertheless, Mena noted that “apparently, there’s also some kind of request from the American authorities,” since “Marquetaliano” is accused of having planned the kidnapping and murder of three American researchers engaged with indigenous issues. Mena identified 62-year-old “Marquetaliano” as a “co-founder” of the FARC, which has been Colombia’s leading guerrilla group for almost half a century. last_img read more

Letterkenny driver caught with no tax, no insurance and quantity of cannabis

first_imgA car was seized in Letterkenny last week with a series of violations. Gardaí detected the car on Friday evening when they discovered neither the driver or passenger were wearing a seatbelt.Upon further inspection of the vehicle, Gardaí found that the motorist had no tax and no insurance. A small quantity of cannabis was also found.The car was seized and the driver is set to face a prosecution for the road violations – with a fixed charge penalty notice also issued.Gardaí shared details of the incident on social media this morning with a warning: “It is so important to wear your seatbelt whether you are driving or in a car as a passenger. Always ensure that your car has valid insurance and Tax/NCT before using it in a public place.”Letterkenny driver caught with no tax, no insurance and quantity of cannabis was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Warriors Report: Klay Thompson doesn’t believe he’s in a shooting slump

first_imgOAKLAND — Despite shooting a career-low 33.7 percent from 3-point range, Klay Thompson says he isn’t fretting over his shooting woes.“I don’t think it’s a shooting slump,” Thompson said. “I really don’t. Like I said I don’t care.”Thompson’s latest comments come as he’s playing through one of the worst stretches of his career. In Tuesday’s 127-101 loss to the Lakers, Thompson made just 2-of-7 shots, finishing with five points. Over his last five games, Thompson is 4/22 from 3-point range. This …last_img read more

NBA Africa Game 2018 Competition Terms and Conditions

first_imgNBA Africa Game 2018 Competition Terms and ConditionsThis promotion is open to all South African residents aged 18 years and older.This online promotion runs from 1 August 2018 – 2 August 2018.Competition entry mechanics:Entrants must answer a question correctly, as posted on the Brand South Africa social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).   Five correct answers will be drawn. Five winners, based in Joburg, will be selected by and notified by a Brand South Africa representative.  The winners will be notified via email or telephone. Winners will be prompted to send their details to Brand South Africa via email or telephone In the event that the winners do not respond within 48 hours of notification, or cannot take the prize, new winners will be drawn and substituted as the winners.  Prizes – 5 x double tickets to the NBA Africa Game at the Sun Arena Square, Pretoria on the 4th August 2018.  The prizes are not transferable and are not exchangeable for kind.  Exclusions: Transportation, refreshments and accommodation.  Winners must arrange their transportation and accommodation. Brand South Africa reserves the right to verify the validity of all entries.  To claim the contest prizes, the winners must produce their valid South African identity book and/or passport. General Terms and Conditions:By entering this online promotion, all competitors agree to be bound by the rules, regulations and requirements set out in the promotional material. This promotion is subject to South African law, and is not offered outside South Africa. All entries must be completed online by 10h00, 02 August 2018 (South African time) to qualify. Brand South Africa reserves the right to disqualify incomplete online entries. No responsibility will be accepted for online entries lost for any reason whatsoever, whether due to inaccessibility of the site via internet, network disruption, network congestion, malicious virus attack, unauthorised data hacking, data corruption and server hardware failure or otherwise. Proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of delivery. Nothing on email, or on any other website of Brand South Africa, or entrant’s use of the services or related hereto, shall be construed as conferring any license or other rights under the intellectual property or other proprietary rights of Brand South Africa or its subsidiaries or affiliates or any third party, whether by estoppels, implication or otherwise. Brand South Africa and/or its agent shall be licensed to evaluate all contest-related submissions for the purposes of the contest, including verification and judging and as specified in these terms and conditions. The software and programming code and media relating to the web site or Instagram page and contest-related communication is protected by the applicable laws of copyright, trademark, patent, competition and other proprietary laws. Brand South Africa’s decisions shall be final in all matters relating to the draw and no correspondence will be entered into. Brand South Africa reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without prior notice. An entrant shall be deemed to have notice of any such amendments or interpretations upon publication of the same on the website page and shall be deemed to have accepted such amendments or interpretations by virtue of his/her continued participation in the promotion. Should an entrant not wish to continue to participate in the promotion pursuant to the prevailing terms and conditions as amended or interpreted, he/she may terminate participation in the promotion upon written notice to Brand South Africa. Brand South Africa reserves the right to modify the competition or disqualify any entrant/contestant if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy the integrity of the competition as determined by Brand South Africa, in its sole discretion. Brand South Africa reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate or suspend the promotion and select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to the cancellation. Brand South Africa may in its absolute discretion extend any time limit or waive any of the terms and conditions where a person might otherwise be disqualified. Brand South Africa may in its absolute discretion substitute the prize with one deemed to be an appropriate replacement value in the place of the prize. The promoter is Brand South Africa. 103 Central Street, Houghton, Gauteng, South Africa, 2041  Definition of NBA Entities: NBA Properties, Inc., the National Basketball Association (the “NBA”), and the NBA member teams (collectively, the “NBA Entities”). Exclusion of Employees of the NBA Entities from Eligibility:  Employees of the NBA Entities, including affiliates, agents and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win the promotion.  Limitation of Liability:  The NBA Entities and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, governors, owners, distributors, retailers, agents, assignees, advertising/promotion agencies, representatives, and agents shall have no liability and will be released and held harmless from any claim, action, liability, loss, injury or damage, including, without limitation, personal injury or death to winner or any third party or damage to personal or real property due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by any reason, including the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize and/or participation in this promotion. Right of Publicity Release:  Participants in this promotion (if minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) agree to be bound by these Official Rules and agree that the NBA Entities and their designees and assigns may use the participant’s name, voice, city/state of residence, photos, video or film clips, and/or other visual likeness for advertising and/or trade purposes and/or for any other purpose in any media or format now or hereafter known without further compensation (financial or otherwise), permission or notification.last_img read more

Grain bin homes saving lives in Haiti

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The recent devastation of Hurricane Matthew was especially hard on the third-world country of Haiti. But even in a hurricane, there are places to see the light amongst the bad. Several Haitians are alive today thanks in no small part to loving people combined with the ingenuity and effort found in agriculture.Sukup Manufacturing has made a name for themselves through high quality grain bins across the United States, but a different kind of product has been on display in Haiti in recent years. Called Safe T Homes, the buildings are converted grain bins described by Sukup as “quick and easy to construct” and “engineered structures that are suitable for all phases of recovery effort.” They’re a mighty contrast to the houses normally found in Haiti, which are built with questionable rebar-less concrete walls and flat sheet metal as a roof.Photo courtesy of Sukup ManufacturingThe Safe T Homes are said to offer certain qualities like fire- and termite-resistance, and, as recently displayed by the destruction of Hurricane Matthew, weather-resistance.Paul van Gorkom is executive director of GoServ Global, an Iowa-based philanthropy organization serving those less fortunate worldwide. While Sukup deals with manufacturing of the homes, GoServ makes sure they’re put to good use in villages across the country. They did just that this past weekend.“When Hurricane Matthew hit, the eye of the storm was just to the west of where our facilities were located,” van Gorkom said. “The hurricane came up from the south and we took a direct hit. And we’re very happy to say that all of our Safe T Homes, which is nearly 200 in Haiti now, are still standing. They were engineered properly by Sukup Manufacturing and performed as they were designed to perform.”Photo courtesy of Sukup ManufacturingIn 140-mile-per-hour winds, every single Safe T Home was left standing — a major contrast to other southern portions of Haiti. The BBC reports aid workers have noted 90% of certain regions, many in the south, have been destroyed.The help through Hurricane Matthew has solidified the structure’s place on Hispaniola, the Caribbean island where Haiti is located. GoServ began work following the 2010 Haiti earthquakes that decimated parts of the country. The non-profit has since worked hand in hand with Sukup to place the Safe T Homes.“GoServe Global is quite a young organization, we’re only five years old,” van Gorkom said. “Things have just taken off to now where we’re involved in several countries including India, Peru, Guatemala, as well as Haiti.“Along the way, we teamed up with Sukup manufacturing, which is an Iowa based manufacturer that makes the Safe T Homes for us. It’s a converted grain bin that’s redesigned to be a home. There’s two windows that lock in it and a steel door that locks. Inside the home is a loft that creates a little more square footage for us. It’s all made out of steel like a typical grain bin would be made. And it was designed specifically to respond to the need in Haiti after the earthquake.”Their endurance in the Hurricane has further solidified plans for many more.“As things began to progress with our organization, we built a number of orphanages. So we have several orphanages that have been built using the Safe T Homes as well. This fall we plan to begin construction on a birthing center in Haiti which will have eight of these homes,” van Gorkom said.Hurricanes and other storms are quite common in the tropical conditions Haiti is in, but so is heat. If you’re thinking the structures would seem hot, you’re not the only one. Van Gorkom noted that as the most common question he gets. Fortunately, an ingenious design has allowed the indoors of the grain bins to be relatively cool with a double layered roof system and other clever modifications not found on the everyday grain bin.That was one of many challenges in their creation according to Sukup Grain Bin Engineer Brad Poppen. He’s been involved with the project since its 2010 inception.“After the Haiti earthquakes, Steve Sukup said, ‘Let’s work with an 18-footer and go from there’ and that’s kind of where it started. Our safety director and myself, after the earthquake, started in the design process of taking an 18-foot bin and deciding what it needed. That got the ball rolling on how hot it would get inside it,” Poppen said.The Safe T Homes are one-design with 20-gauge galvanized steel. Sidewalls are eight feet high and the overall structure stands 13.5 feet from floor to roof peak, according to the Sukup website. Each unit can sleep 10 people with 254 square feet of usable interior space.“We wanted to ventilate it as much as possible. There’s also a heat shield as we call it. We attach that to the top of the roof sheets and it acts as a barrier so that the sun isn’t hitting on the actual steel roof. Of course it doesn’t make it air conditioned, but ironically it’s like standing in the shade. We did some tests — it does reduce it about 10 degrees. So if it was 100 degrees out, it was 90 degrees in the Safe T Home,” Poppen said. “It really made a difference.”Poppen said there are some challenges when taking a design for something meant to store grain and putting human beings inside instead.“The big thing in my mind, with the grain bin you have to make everything watertight and here we wanted windows and openings and ventilation,” he said. “That was difficult to wrap my head around basically when we first started it.”Though at first Safe T Homes seem an odd and out of place way to house people in a Caribbean country, the ingenuity of American agriculture has made it a fitting home for people in Haiti. What it really boils down to is the work by Sukup and GoServ Global is saving people’s lives.Poppen said his work of designing metal structures has attained a much more profound quality to it these days.“I was the first one that kind of laughed at this whole thing. I’ve worked inside grain bins before and I know how hot it is. It’s not good livable conditions. Now after the hurricane and finding out they were jamming something like 30 or 40 people in these homes, and they received minimal damage — well, it’s quite enlightening,” he said.Sukup reports around 50 units are currently being prefabricated in the shop, on their way to use in the field. GoServ’s van Gorkom said the future is looking bright for the homes and the people it will benefit.“My passion and what I would love to see happen really is for these safety homes to be used in refugee camps. It just seems like refugee camps aren’t really temporary anymore. Our solution is going to last 80 to 85 years versus a temporary structure or a tent that might have to replaced every two or three years,” van Gorkom said.GoServ Global is always on the lookout for public support. Find their website at The organization has an easy and convenient donation page as well as updates on work going on around the world.last_img read more

Final repair regulations add another tax management tool for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The final tangible property (property that can be felt or touched) regulations affect all taxpayers who acquire, produce, or improve tangible property. The regulations clarify whether costs are currently deductible or whether the taxpayer must capitalize and depreciate the costs. The final regulations are generally effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.The final repair regulations include a de minimis (the law/IRS does not concern itself with anything under this amount) safe harbor that allows taxpayers to elect to deduct the cost of tangible property, rather than recovering the cost through depreciation expense. The de minimis safe harbor increases a farm client’s ability to expense the purchase cost of livestock and small equipment.Under the Treas. Reg. § 1.263(a)-1(f)(1) de minimis safe harbor, a taxpayer can take a current-year deduction (when the cost is paid or incurred) for the acquisition or production of units of tangible property that cost less than a specified amount, even if the taxpayer would normally have to capitalize the cost, or deduct the amount paid when the property is first used or consumed in the business. Thus, a farm client may be able to deduct otherwise capitalizable expenditures under the safe harbor. However, for a farmer who intends to later sell the property at a gain, electing the de minimis safe harbor may increase the tax owed on the later sale.Although the taxpayer’s accounting pro­cedures can set any dollar limit for expensing amounts, the per-item tax deduction is limited to $2,500 for taxpayers without an applicable finan­cial statement (AFS) and $5,000 for taxpayers with an AFS. Therefore, if the accounting procedure sets a threshold that exceeds $2,500 ($5,000 for taxpayers with an AFS), only the items that cost $2,500 ($5,000) or less qualify for the safe harbor. This activity will likely trigger extra IRS scrutiny. For farmers, the safe harbor is particularly useful to expense small equipment and livestock held for productive use, such as animals held for dairy or breeding.When a taxpayer properly applies the de minimis safe harbor, the amount paid is not treated as a capital expenditure or as materials and supplies. Instead, the taxpayer deducts the amount under Treas. Reg. § 1.162-1, provided the expense otherwise constitutes an ordinary and necessary business expense. If the items to be deducted don’t have an applicable expense line on Schedule F, they can be listed as “other expenses.”Any subsequent gain on disposition of the property is ordinary income, so in some situations, it may be prefer­able to not elect to expense the property under the de minimis safe harbor.Property expensed under the de minimis safe harbor is not I.R.C.§ 1231 property, and the tax­payer must report the sale on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, Part II, as ordinary income. The income from the sale does not meet the test for self-employment income and, even though it is ordinary income, the taxpayer does not report the income on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship), or Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit of Loss From Farming, where it would be subject to self-employment (SE) tax.last_img read more

Surprises across the board for corn, soybeans, and wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileCorn was bearish with the U.S. yield at 181.3. Soybeans were higher in spite of larger than expected yields. China soybean imports are declining less than expected tempering bearish numbers for soybeans. Russia wheat exports are unchanged.It was surprises across the board for corn, soybeans, and wheat.A news flash from Reuters News and the WSJ from earlier this morning, said, “U.S. proposing new round of trade talks with China in the near future.” That news moved soybeans 12 cents off the day’s lows. Moments before the report release soybeans were 6 cents above the day’s lows.Harvest is only underway in limited areas across Ohio. Today’s USDA report has producers across Ohio and the Midwest anxious for even a whisper somewhere of friendly news in the grains complex.The biggest concern today is the U.S. soybean yield, production, and ending stocks. It seems a forgone conclusion those numbers will increase from August. How much they increase remains the 64 million dollar question. Corn production estimates were mixed. The landfall of Hurricane Florence looming  is also on many minds.USDA put the U.S. soybean yield at 52.8 bushels per acre. Trade estimates place the U.S. soybean yield at 52.2. Last month the USDA US yield was 51.6. The U.S. soybean production was 4.693 billion bushels. The production average estimate is 4.649 billion bushels. August USDA soybean production was 4.586 billion bushels. USDA estimated the U.S. soybean ending stocks at 845 million bushels. Soybean ending stocks average estimate is 830 million bushel while it was 785 million bushels last month.The U.S. corn yield was 181.3 bushels per acre. The average trade yield estimate was 177.8 bushels per acre. Last month it was 178.4 bpa. Corn production was 14.827 billion bushels. The average production estimate was 14.529 billion bushels. In August it was 14.586 billion bushels. Ending stocks were 1.774 billion bushels. The average ending stocks for corn was 1.639 billion bushels. Last month it was 1.684 billion bushels.Just minutes before the noon report, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans down 4 cents, while wheat was up 5 cents. Following the report, corn was down 13 cents, soybeans up 4 cents, with wheat down 10 cents.Weather forecasts for Ohio and the Midwest are for dry conditions this week and next.Weather concerns from the fast approaching Hurricane Florence into the U.S. southeast have North Carolina at ground zero for landfall. Looming in their minds is the potential of seeing 15 to 25 inches of rain along the coast and inland. Agriculture is a big deal in North Carolina. They are a major producer of U.S. meats, accounting for 12% of hog production, 13% of turkeys, and 9% of chicken.Hurricane Florence brings back chilling memories for North Carolina residents. Past hurricanes have seen thousands of hogs and millions of poultry birds not surviving the torrential flood waters. Manure holding lagoons are also at risk of overflowing. Those hurricanes include Matthew, 2016; Floyd, 1999; and Fran in 1996. Also, North Carolina has dozens of toxic coal ash lagoons containing millions of tons. The ash is a decades old byproduct from coal used in power plants to generate electricity. Fears of escaping water from those lagoons are rampant as Hurricane Florence makes landfall over the next 48 hours.Brazil is quickly running out of soybeans with the monstrous export program to China that has been underway the last several months. It comes as a result of the U.S. tariffs implemented upon China earlier this summer. Current Brazil shipping values for September soybeans are $2.47 over November while soybeans from the U.S. Gulf are 15 cents over November. That represents a 27% premium for Brazil soybeans compared to U.S. soybeans, right in line with the 25% tariff.Ohio fall basis levels for corn and especially soybeans continue to be large. Illinois soybean basis has fallen nearly 20 cents in just two days. The U.S. soybean tariffs on China have resulted in virtually zero soybeans able to move off the U.S. Pacific Northwest. It has been reported that some facilities in North Dakota are not even bidding for fall delivery soybeans.Reports are wide ranging as to settlement prices today. Soybeans could be down 20 cents to up 10 cents, corn down 5 cents to up 5 cents, and wheat down 20 cents to up 20 cents.In a surprise, crop ratings this week were up for both corn and soybeans. The trade had expected a small decline. The Monday 4 p.m. weekly report was delayed until yesterday at noon due to a computer glitch.last_img read more

1,070 new courts for women and children from October 2: Ravi Shankar Prasad

first_imgThe Union Law and Justice Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday announced that on Gandhi Jayanti, 1,070 special courts will be set up all over the country to try sexual offences against women and children. Mr. Prasad was speaking on, “Law reforms by Modi government for New India” at the Convocation Hall, Mumbai University. He opened his speech by saying, “our government’s fundamental philosophy is reform and perform in order to transform and this is done in a democratic manner through legal processes.”He said, the first thing the government did after coming to power was to weed out 1,486 old archaic laws and brought out far reaching amendments in the Consumer Protection Act and the Medical Council Act. Apart from setting up special courts on October 2 this year, he said a tax reform will be brought where “no tax officer shall send any notice directly. It has to be sent to a designated booth which will consider all the records and based on random sampling and application of mind the notice shall be sent out.” He added, “to deal with prosecution for delay in paying taxes, the government has come with a helping hand” and said, “for delay of upto ₹ 25 lakh, there will be no prosecution and it will go to a collegium of two chief commissioners who will examine the matter and on the basis of what they say, action will be taken.”A designated senior advocate of the Supreme Court, Mr. Prasad said, “when we came to power, total income tax payers in 2013-2014, it was 3.82 crores and in 2017-2018, it was 6.86 crores.” He added, as far as tax collection is concerned, “it was ₹6.38 lakh crores in 2013-2014 and ₹10.02 lakh crores in 2017-2018.”On appointment of judges, he said, “we appointed, 126 high court judges in 2016, in 2017 – 115 in the year 2018 – 108 and till now in 2019, 38 judges. Since 1989, he said the average appointment of judges was 72 to 82 per year, and our record is 110 and above.”Addressing the law students present at the gathering, Mr. Prasad said, “I am very keen to establish All Indian Judicial Services. We have the finest minds from National Law Universities and they must get selected, like the Indian Administrative Services, Indian Police Services, Indian Foreign Services, we must also have Indian Judicial Services.”An MP from Patna, Mr. Prasad spoke about triple talaq and called it “inhuman, barbaric and unconstitutional”. He also touched upon the abrogation of Article 370 and said now 153 laws are applicable to Jammu & Kashmir.last_img read more

Jamaica and Cuba mark 40 years of Diplomatic Relations

first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Cuban Ambassador, Yuri Gala met on December 6 at Jamaica House as both countries mark 40 years of relations, officially recognized on December 8. Ambassador Gala updated the Prime Minister on a series of activities that have been planned both in Jamaica and Cuba to celebrate this milestone in diplomatic relations. These include the presentation of a Cuban movie, “Kangamba”, an exhibition displaying the 40 year relations between both countries and a wreath laying ceremony at the National Heroes Park for LieutenantColonel, AntonioMaceo.The celebrations will culminate on December 14. Jamaica and Cuba established diplomatic relations on December 8, 1972 and December 8 is being observed as Caricom-Cuba Day.   At the meeting, Ambassador Gala presented the Prime Minister with letters from the Cuban President, Raúl Castro expressing his country’s gratitude for the sympathies expressed by Jamaica on the passage of Hurricane Sandy and the Government’s willingness to assist Cuba. President Castro also stated that he will never forget Jamaica’s position in establishing diplomatic links with Cuba in 1972 which he said contributed to preventing efforts of isolating Cuba. The Prime Minister and the Ambassador also discussed the further strengthening of the longstanding relations between both countries including possible further collaboration in the area of sport. The Prime Minister presented the Cuban Ambassador with a copy of the Jamaica 50 book which captures the golden moments of Jamaica’s 50 years of independence. Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM Tel:               926-0244 Fax:              920-4684                                         Email:           [email protected]last_img read more