Jagdeo says Govt hiding from its own Budget

first_img― as stakeholders renew call for urgent talksGovernment is being accused of deliberately ignoring immense public concerns as major stakeholders are forced to renew their call for an urgent meeting with leaders of the National Assembly before the 2017 National Budget’s imminent passage.Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo and Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira during a press conference on ThursdayChief trade union movements, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), along with the Private Sector Commission (PSC), on Thursday reiterated their desire to discuss the worrying contents of the budget before it gets the House’s approval, after government failed to respond to its request.Consistent with Article 13 of the Guyana Constitution, the three bodies jointly dispatched letters to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo (Leader of the Government Business), Dr Barton Scotland (Speaker of the National Assembly) and Bharrat Jagdeo (Leader of the Opposition) regarding their request.“Efforts to date to have audience with Messrs Nagamootoo and Scotland have been unsuccessful. Mr Jagdeo has committed to meet with us, though it remains our desire to meet with the three collectively, consistent with their shared responsibility and constitutional roles in government, and more particularly the nation’s highest decision-making forum,” the organisations explained in a statement.The bodies strongly believe “deliberate efforts” are being made to avoid having the requested engagement on, “what is most evidently a matter of national importance that will impact on and carry consequences for our constituents.”The Budget Estimates are currently being deliberated in the National Assembly and the Budget 2017 will be subsequently passed but the stakeholders are hoping that Government grants them the forum to express their views.“Hope is held that in this new political dispensation, reiterated statements by President David Granger on his administration’s commitment to constitutional inclusionary democracy, that the Speaker and Leader of the Government Business who are elected by the group that he leads, will act in accordance. Similarly it is our view, which mirrors that of society that governance reflects the desire of the people which is in sync with the commitment made by the President,” the bodies stated.During a brief press conference on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo commented on the issue, surmising that Government’s refusal to meet with the bodies prove that they cannot defend their own budget.“The government is hiding from its own budget. It does not want to discuss its budget. That’s why you see all of this peripheral noise. From Jordan (Finance Minister), from Nagamootoo (Prime Minister), some of them came (during debates) and read their plans over the next five years without saying a word about the budget…no one has ever gone through the issue and told the people of this country why we are going to be taxing bread and flour at the same rates we are taxing chocolates,” he posited.Jagdeo pointed out too that the situation is quite extraordinary because for the first time in the country’s history, the two labour movements along with the PSC have unified their efforts in the interest of their constituents.The Opposition Leader asserted that this is not a matter to be treated lightly and lambasted the Government for ignoring the magnitude of the situation.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira also underscored the gravity of this development, describing it as a “phenomenally important political development”.“The Government is being hard ears. It doesn’t want to listen and it doesn’t want to budge. And if you had sat in the debates, you would know that the Government is oblivious to the calls of the people…this is a phenomenally important political development in terms of the coming together of these bodies to be able to say to a Government ‘no, you’re not doing the right thing. You are damaging this country. You are hurting the people, particularly the poor people,’ ” she expressed.Teixeira highlighted that the opposition voices in the country, political and nonpolitical, are “as loud we haven’t heard since 1985” – when the PNC ruled the country.last_img read more

Red alert for Pumas as Springboks seek fifth straight win

first_imgAll the national flag colours — black, blue, green, red, white and yellow — will have been used either in playing or training kit after the kick-off in northwestern city Salta.Springbok supporters hope it will be a red-letter day for a team that has battled in previous Rugby Championship visits to South America.South Africa have won twice, drawn once and lost once, with the widest victory margin for the twice former world champions a mere five points.Most of these struggles have come after convincing home victories, similar to the 37-15 success achieved by the Springboks over the Pumas in Port Elizabeth last Saturday.Argentina’s scrum-half Martin Landajo (C) runs with the ball during their rugby union Test match against South Africa, at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, on August 19, 2017 © AFP/File / MICHAEL SHEEHANPowerful Coenie Oosthuizen-inspired scrumming laid the foundations for a convincing victory that followed a 3-0 home Test series whitewash of below-par France.The four victories came after a horror debut season for coach Allister Coetzee in which his team lost a calendar-year record eight Tests of 12.“The team must banish from their minds the idea that we are always going to struggle in Argentina,” stressed lock Eben Etzebeth, standing in as skipper for injured Warren Whiteley.“We need to prepare well, get our mindset right and believe we can go there and win.”The 20,000-capacity Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, with its small pitch and passionate supporters, has not been a happy hunting ground for the Springboks,They snatched a 33-31 victory in 2014 and lost away to Argentina for the first time last year, failing 26-24 with Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias slotting the decisive late penalty.In an effort to avoid a morale-deflating loss ahead of potentially much tougher matches in Australia nad New Zealand, Coetzee changed his pre-match plan from last year.Instead of flying to Argentina at the beginning of the week, they continued training in South Africa and arrived in Salta less than two days before the match.“As with previous Tests this year, we must show patience, hunger and a desire to execute our game plan,” stressed Coetzee.He believes in continuity and the only change to the starting line-up from last weekend was injury enforced with scrum-half Francois Hougaard replacing Ross Cronje.Rudy Paige takes the place of Hougaard, who plays for English Premiership club Worcester Warriors, in an otherwise unchanged bench.The unhappiness of Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade is reflected in six changes to the team that started in South Africa, although two are injury related.Regular half-backs Nicolas Sanchez (fly) and Martin Landajo (scrum) drop to the bench with experienced pair Juan Martin Hernandez and Tomas Cubelli taking over.Injuries rule out loosehead prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and number eight Leonardo Senatore and their places go to Lucas Noguera and Juan Manuel Leguizamon.Matias Alemanno takes over from Guido Petti at lock and Ramiro Herrera comes in as tighthead prop with Enrique Pieretto dropping to the bench.“We have to secure the ball and hold on to it,” emphasised Hourcade. “We cannot spend most of the match defending, as we did in South Africa.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Springboks players celebrate after scoring a try during their rugby union Test match against Argentina, at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, on August 19, 2017 © AFP/File / MICHAEL SHEEHANSALTA, Argentina, Aug 25 – South Africa will wear red for the first time in their 126-year existence when they play in Argentina on Saturday, hoping to extend an encouraging four-victory start to the season.The change from the traditional green and gold or second-choice white is to celebrate 25 years of rugby unity in a country where the sport was run on racial lines during apartheid.last_img read more

South Africa‘s justice system goes hi-tech

first_imgSouth Africa’s Constitutional Court has ledthe way in the electronic handling of case files.(Image: Rubino Law) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tlali Tlali  Spokesperson, Department of Justice  +27 82 333 3880 • Abigail Munsami  Office of the Chief Justice  +27 11 359 7592 RELATED ARTICLES • The media and open justice • Ensuring justice for all in South Africa • African languages in SA courts • Courts to protect South Africa’s water • Mandela’s old offices restoredEmily van RijswijckPlans are afoot to bring South Africa’s judiciary in line with world standards by introducing a new electronic court filing and case management system.This will drastically speed up all court procedures and deter tampering with case records.The new systems will be based on those already in use in the US and Singapore.The recommendations were made during the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development‘s Access to Justice Conference in July 2011 where then Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo formally endorsed the introduction of the electronic filing system.The new filing system has also received the support of his successor Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who stepped into Ngcobo’s shoes in September.One of the biggest stumbling blocks to an efficient South African justice system is the length of time it takes for cases to appear and to be resolved in court.The judicial process itself is overburdened because of the growing number and complexity of litigations in the country, loss of important documentation and subsequent delays, and insufficient and poorly trained administrative staff.Speaking at the July conference, Ngcobo said technological advances have made communication easier. This includes the transmission of documents and the accessing of filed documents. Priority should therefore be given to bringing the local judicial system up to international best practice levels.“Before, it took hours or days to send documents from one point to another, and now this can be done within seconds via email,” said Ncgobo. “If the proper systems are in place and the necessary hardware available, it is now possible for busy judges to access court documents from anywhere.”And this is exactly what the new electronic filing system will be able to do. Judges will receive an electronic case file immediately a new case is opened. The file and documents pertaining to the case will be saved on a server and will have certain precautionary features in place to prevent meddling with the information.The system will also speed up information exchange between the various parties involved in a case.While case management systems are in place at certain courts in South Africa, Ngcobo advised that a universal system be introduced in all courts.Used at the highest levelThis type of filing system is already in place in the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa in terms of matters relating to the Constitution. Here documents are filed both electronically and in hard copy. As a result, a judge of the Constitutional Court can access any document in a case from any location.The necessity of streamlining case management and electronic filing became apparent when in 2010 a group of South African judges from various courts and departments went on a study tour to the US to gain insight into case load management in that country.On their return Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Kenneth Mthiyane and High Court Judges Steven Majiedt and Eberhard Bertelsmann compiled a report. Highlighting some of the findings of the report at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa conference in October, Judge Bertelsmann said the overhaul would revitalise a criminal justice system “creaky in its joints”.He said that every step in the judiciary process in the US is overseen by the judge involved, because judges have two desktop computers which help them to determine the timeframe and progression of a trial.Bertelsmann stressed that introducing the new system will take time as judges will also be required to undergo training.“We do need to train people to deal with the system, especially older people like myself, who might find it harder to understand the technology,” he said. “All of this is going to take time.”From manual to electronic in Botswana courts A similar system has been in place in Botswana since 2005. At that time the judiciary there embarked on the implementation of an electronic court records management system to modernise and improve efficiency of court operations. Before this all court records were handled manually.Now, case information can be accessed swiftly and properly, showing the exact status of a case at any given time in the judicial process. An added advantage of the system is that it also provides an accurate performance measure of the workload of judges and magistrates.The electronic filing system also played an important part in and laid the foundation for Botswana’s judicial case management system which was introduced in 2008. This system allows a judge, and not a lawyer or litigant, to set a timetable and monitor the case from its initiation to its final resolution.As a result, public confidence in Botswana’s courts is quite high, said that country’s chief justice, Maruping Dibotelo, a guest speaker at the October conference.last_img read more

Feds call for public comments on US privacy legislation ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearing

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Feds call for public comments on US privacy legislation ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearingYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingFeds call for public comments on US privacy legislation ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearing Posted on 26th September 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearing with top tech firms on the state of consumer data privacy, several pro-business groups have made their voices heard on the matter. The latest statement is from the government itself.The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Tuesday added an “unpublished notice” to the Federal Registry asking for public comment on the subject. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) was the first to report the news.NTIA’s notice takes a pro-business tack, saying, “The time is ripe for this Administration to provide the leadership needed to ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of enabling innovation with strong privacy protections.”The NTIA made similar statements earlier this year, when its administrator, David J. Redl, an assistant secretary of the US Department of Commerce, spoke about the administration’s concerns about data privacy laws like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Redl’s boss, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, wrote an impassioned critique of GDPR calling it “likely to create barriers to trade.”Why you should carePressure to create federal legislation on consumer privacy and data protection has taken on greater urgency in light of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect in May and the passage of a state-level privacy regulation in California this June.The business lobby is eager to put its imprint on a framework, but we’ve yet to hear from any substantial pro-consumer lobbies, who are sure to add their voices as these conversations continue to heat up. A federal law could have sweeping implications for the tech giants, as well as marketing and advertising technology firms and any businesses that collect or process user data.More on the newsThe implementation of GDPR and the passage of California’s similarly styled California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have served as an impetus for the 40-member-strong Internet Association (IA) and the US Chamber of Commerce to lobby the administration for federal legislation.The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee on Monday asking it to consider its framework as a model for federal legislation.Google also released a framework on Monday. The company said its framework is based on established privacy regimes that help it “evaluate legal proposals and advocate for smart, interoperable, and adaptable data protection regulations.”The Senate hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning and will feature testimony from senior executives from Google, Twitter, Apple, AT&T, Amazon and Charter Communications.The post Feds call for public comments on US privacy legislation ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearing appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Feds call for public comments on US privacy legislation ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearinglast_img read more

Louisiana ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Guidance Issued on Penalties and Interest for Denied Motion Picture Investor Credits

first_imgThe Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has issued guidance to clarify the application of penalties and interest for taxpayers who claimed a motion picture investor credit against corporate or personal income tax and were subsequently denied credit as a result of the credit cap restrictions limiting the aggregate total of credits to $180 million per fiscal year (applicable for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 fiscal years). The LDR previously announced that the entire credit cap allotment of $180 million dollars for the 2016 -2017 fiscal year and the carryforward amount from the 2015-2016 fiscal year had been exceeded, leaving no remaining funds available under the cap to satisfy any additional claims or transfers to the state (buy-backs) for the duration of the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Accordingly, any motion picture investor credit claims or transfers to the state submitted prospectively during this period will be denied. Any claims or transfers to the state received during this period will receive a priority date based upon the date filed or submitted for purposes of administering the first-come, first-served provision for the 2017-2018 fiscal year credit cap.For taxpayers who claimed a credit on a return filed on or before July 14, 2016, and are subsequently denied credit as a result of the credit cap being reached after the original due date of the tax, payment of any tax due must be submitted to the LDR by September 15, 2016, in order to avoid liability for the application of penalties and interest from the original due date of the tax. For taxpayers who purchased credits on or before July 14, 2016, and have not yet filed a return claiming the credits, if the original due date of the 2015 calendar or fiscal year return (without regard to extensions) was on or before July 14, 2016, the payment of any tax due for the 2015 calendar or fiscal year must be submitted to the LDR by September 15, 2016, in order to avoid liability for the application of penalties and interest from the original due date of the tax. Tax due as a result of the denial for credits claimed on a return filed on or after July 15, 2016, or for any reason other than the credit cap restrictions remains subject to penalties and interest from the due date of the tax. For qualifying taxpayers, failure to submit payment of the tax due on or before September 15, 2016, will result in liability for the application of penalties and interest on any tax due from the original due date of the tax.Revenue Information Bulletin No. 16-051, Louisiana Department of Revenue, September 2, 2016, ¶202-753last_img read more