The Impact of Surviving R. Kelly Is Still Playing Out

first_imgCrimeTVThe Impact of Surviving R. Kelly Is Still Playing OutSince the Lifetime series aired in January, the walls have kept closing in on the alleged child sex abuserBy Gwynedd Stuart – February 18, 20191434ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt’s been almost 20 years since Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis first published an article about sex abuse allegations against R&B superstar R. Kelly. In the intervening years, Kelly was charged with—and acquitted of—child pornography. His alleged penchant for urinating on underage girls became a punchline instead of a source of outrage. He was even invited to headline Pitchfork music festival in 2013, and hardly anyone (besides DeRogatis) batted an eyelash.“The saddest fact I’ve learned is: Nobody matters less to our society than young black women,” DeRogatis said in an interview with the Village Voice that year.But the walls are finally closing in. In early January, Lifetime aired Surviving R. Kelly, a harrowing six-part documentary series that details years of alleged abuse and frightening patterns of behavior. Since then, Kelly was dropped from his label, his songs (even collaborations) were removed from streaming services, and there’s been renewed law enforcement interest in the accusations against him; just today, CNN reported that a grand jury has been convened in Chicago in connection with newly released footage of Kelly allegedly having sex with another minor.It seems what finally made the narrative click in the hearts and minds of the public was hearing the stories from the victims’ perspectives.At first blush, Lifetime—a network most closely associated with made-for-TV melodramas—might seem like an unlikely place for groundbreaking, journalistic fare, but two of the show’s executive producers, Tamra Simmons and Jesse Daniels, say they had Lifetime in mind from the start. We spoke with them and Lifetime SVP original programming Brie Miranda Bryant about the making of the show and everything that’s happened in its wake. (The interview has been edited for length and clarity.)Can you explain the genesis of the project? How did you get started and how did it make it to Lifetime? Tamra Simmons: Jesse and I went through some articles, seeing some different things regarding R. Kelly and new allegations. Then I had contacted the families, the Savages, to see if I could talk to them about some of the things that were going on. They were located in Georgia, so since they were local, because that’s where I’m based, I talked to them. Then we just kind of built a relationship and they started telling me about other survivors. That’s when I was telling Jesse about the ones that I had met. So we kind of just were like, hey, there’s more to this story than just what’s out there. One survivor told us about the other ones, and that’s how we ended up getting the list of survivors that we have.Jesse Daniels: That process took us a couple months, of just starting with one family leading to another survivor which led to another family, and so we had many phone calls over the course of several months to make sure that we had their trust—we trusted them and they trusted us which was super important—and then also that we had enough of a story that we had felt like, OK, let’s take this to Lifetime.Brie Miranda Bryant: And then once creative came to me with the pitch, I really very much thought it fit what Lifetime does really well, which is showcase and give women a platform who are courageous and brave for standing in their honesty. As we dissected it…I thought it was important to tell the story from beginning to end. So we start in 1970 and we finished shooting in November of 18, very close to the air date. But when the team put the project together and brought it to Lifetime it was two or three survivors and a couple sets of parents at that time. I thought it was going to be a strong 60- to 90-minute doc and what we ended up with was six really strong hours and 54 people that sat down to tell the story. after it was brought to Lifetime, it expanded into something much larger than what you’d initially conceived?J.D.: The truth is that we kept adding more interviews all the way through the entire production and post production, so as you learn more, as you meet more people, those people introduce you to other people, and so we didn’t really know exactly what we had until the final product. But what Brie said was true, which is that when we did talk to Lifetime initially, we realized that there is 30 years of history here to tell about and in order to understand what’s happening now to parents now, today, or more recent survivors, you have to go back and identify those patterns that happened even 30 years ago and unpack those.As you’re contacting these women and families did you face any reluctance? Were there people who didn’t want to participate because of the nature of the documentary?B.M.B.: Absolutely. These stories go back a long time and I think a lot of people who had lived through it had buried it or weren’t ready to speak about it, so it was certainly a process and what Tamra did so nicely, and [fellow executive producer Dream Hampton] also, was gaining the trust of the participants as they went along. At the end of every interview there was always the question of anyone else that we should talk to. Is there anyone that you think would want to sit down with us or we should reach out to, would you be comfortable giving us their contact information, which is how one thing lead to another.How did you go about building trust with these subjects?T.S.: I was really just myself, and I was talking to them like I was one of their girlfriends or friends that they just met. They were like, ‘Oh my gosh, I feel like I’ve known you forever.’ Just being open to them and not judging them because that’s the reason they were quiet, because they thought people were going to judge them.So here I am a stranger that they don’t know, and I’m not judging them and it’s not because I want to get a story or I want to hear it or I want to do a TV show. I think once they realized we’re there for them and it’s not just about a television show or R. Kelly—it was really about them and they trusted [us]. I also had Jesse…they had a lot of confidence in both of us. We know it’s hard to open up someone you’ve never met or never been around. I think we were genuine the whole time.J.D.: The key was being honest with them about where we were at with the production, this bigger idea of putting this big documentary series together that would piece together the entire puzzle, and let them know what we wanted to do and then also really, just as Tamra said, spending the time to listen to them. Certainly we sat down with them for hours on camera, but prior to that we heard their stories many different times on the phone and just heard them out. It’s just a matter spending time with them and building that trust.Did you guys have Lifetime in mind from the get-go?J.D.: Absolutely. And the survivors were so excited, like, please take this to Lifetime! We felt this is the perfect network for them because we’re giving a platform for women to speak out about abuse. Lifetime certainly has a rich history of being involved in big topics like that and for years [they had] the Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which was one of the first things we talked about when we brought them the project. So they got that this was not just a doc, this was bigger than that. That we had some big social issues to talk about. They were not only just behind that, but they helped build it and let it grow.T.S.: I’ve been a fan of Lifetime and their work, and then I’m like, oh my gosh, I’m actually going to work on a show with Lifetime. It really didn’t click in my head, because, like I said, it wasn’t like we were building a television show—we really were telling the story.It sounds like the network was super eager to air this, but were there conversations about the risk of lawsuits since it’s such sensitive material?B.M.B.: With all of these sort of stories there’s always those conversations about how we can best tell the story, can we do the best job of telling the story, can we be the platform to provide a space for that, and everybody was on board with this one from the beginning. This dates far before I even got here; the Stop the Violence public affairs campaign that Lifetime has been doing forever. In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp we wanted to create something and contribute something that lasted after the hours were over, and I think we did that.Was working on this ever just really kind of emotionally draining?T.S.: I know for me, I’m like oh my gosh, how much can I handle? I would get anxiety like, oh my god, this is so much, and then I’m like, “Calm down, Tamra, calm down.” And I would go to Jesse and he would help me calm down. It was like the chain of command, we were all calming each other down, like you can do it, keep pushing, keep going, keep going. Motivating each other through the process.J.D.: We’ve all had many, many phone calls, weekends, late at night, early morning, with the survivors, the production, trying to make this thing as good as it can be. Then when you’re in the room with our survivors and you’re with them for hours and they’re telling their story, it’s very emotional to hear. I think everyone, not just us, but everyone gets pretty affected by that.I read that since the show aired, two criminal investigations have actually been opened. Does that feel like a victory for you guys?B.M.B.: I think the thought process behind putting the documentary together was always focused on the women and honoring the stories that they trusted us with. That’s always been the focus, and as things sort of start to happen now it’s interesting to see, it’s all really overwhelming, quite frankly. We’re all just realizing what a very deep impact this has had, globally. That this has become a global conversation is interesting in itself. The positioning was to make this a platform for these women so that their stories could be told more than anything else.RELATED: Kevin Spacey Wants His Accuser’s Identity to Be RevealedStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSR. KellySex abuseSurviving R. 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Premium / On the wires: Why K+N’s ‘CL’ deal with XPO makes sense for both parties

first_img Forgotten your password? Please click here By Alessandro Pasetti 09/03/2020 Premium subscriber LOGIN Reset Your Password New Premium subscriber REGISTER Please Login Email* Reset << Go back If we slap onto these operations, the sales multiple (0.25x) that Wincanton (17,500 employees) – a good proxy valuation-wise – commands on the public markets, the divested UK contract logistics (“CL”; $809m in revenues) portfolio of K+N is worth just about Sfr190m ($205m).However, given a number of considerations including the amount of cash spared from the original buyback programme by XPO Logistics, its gross cash balances as well as the performance of the target’s CL assets lately (the UK assets ... Email* Password* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Please either REGISTER or login below to continue LOGINlast_img read more

End fracking exemptions, a threat to maternal and public health

first_img Terry McGovern About the Authors Reprints At a time when the world is grappling with the imminence and enormity of climate change, the continuation of fracking operations moves the U.S. away from its climate goals, not toward them. More immediately, the industry’s ability to avoid federal environmental regulation — and harm the health of the communities where fracking is being conducted — is alarming. In 2005 under the Bush-Cheney administration, the Energy Policy Act freed fracking from regulations required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s underground injection control program, which is designed to protect underground drinking water sources. –advertisement The sun rises over an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation near Lost Hills, Calif. David McNew/Getty Images Related: Related: By Chelsea Clinton, Terry McGovern, and Micaela Martinez April 26, 2021 Reprints Chelsea Clinton Climate change and human immunity: invest now or pay more later Chelsea Clinton talks fracking, public health, and childhood newsletters @TerryMMcGovern The adoption of safe, clean, renewable energy is an essential element for sustaining the U.S. economy and maintaining the health of its citizens. There are many paths to these goals. Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is not one of them.To protect communities across the country today — from the Santa Maria Basin in California to the Appalachian Mountains in northern New York — as well as future generations, the country must rapidly phase out harmful fracking.Fracking involves injecting pressurized water mixed with chemicals and sand into shale formations to break up bedrock and release the oil they hold. Environmental pollutants caused by fracking are known risk factors for congenital heart defects, hormonal disruption, maternal stress, and preterm birth. Fracking rigs have become so abundant in the U.S. that their flares can now be seen from NASA satellites. An estimated 17 million Americans live within 1 mile of a fracking site.advertisement @ChelseaClinton This set of exemptions became known as the Halliburton loophole, named after the first fracking company, Halliburton, for which then-Vice President Dick Cheney was the former CEO.The frightening reality of the Halliburton loophole is that it allows companies to inject massive amounts of potentially harmful chemicals into the earth and pollute the air without disclosing what they are doing. The fracking industry has sidestepped an astonishing list of federal regulations, including the Clean Water Act; the Clean Air Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory Program; the CERCLA Superfund bill, which makes polluting parties liable for cleaning up injected fluids used in fracking; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and most state water-use regulations.“This means that for fracking, the suite of regulatory protections normally in place to reduce hazardous environmental exposures and protect public health do not apply,” explains Joan Casey, a colleague of ours who is an assistant professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University. Because companies conducting fracking operations don’t have to report to the Toxic Release Inventory Program, it is left to scientists to evaluate the impact of fracking on the air, waterways, and human health.Their findings to date show that the consequences of fracking are reverberating through ecosystems and potentially affecting human health across generations.Pregnant people are especially vulnerable to the health impacts of fracking. Studies conducted in states from California to Pennsylvania have shown that pregnant people living near fracking sites are at higher risk for adverse birth outcomes. In Colorado, infants whose mothers lived near fracking sites during the first few months of pregnancy were up to 1.7 times more likely to be born with congenital heart defects. In Pennsylvania, mothers living near fracking activities were at increased risk of maternal anxiety and depression during pregnancy; those covered by Medicaid were at the highest risk.Fracking can degrade water quality and may elevate maternal stress due to its noise and light pollution. Research suggests that pollutants from fracking may impair normal cardiac development, leading to congenital heart defects. More than 1,000 chemicals are used for fracking, many of which known to disrupt hormones responsible for reproduction and physiology. Yet the toxicity has not been measured for the majority of these chemicals, leaving women and their doctors in the dark on their potential risks to human health.The unique impact of fracking on the development of the heart and cardiovascular system and on the reproductive system indicates that fracking may not only harm individuals directly exposed to it but may also have health consequences that carry over into future generations. Micaela Martinez Individuals living in low-income communities, where environmental pollutants tend to be concentrated, are another group disproportionately affected by fracking.Eliminating the Halliburton loophole and making fracking operations conform to regulations established for other industries will improve health and the environment. Alternative technologies exist that offer safe, reliable energy for the long term and, from a climate perspective, we should invest immediately and vigorously in them.A powerful argument against fracking comes from those directly affected by it. Kandi White, a colleague of ours who works with the Indigenous Environmental Network, grew up on the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota, beautiful land that is sacred for three Indian nations. The reservation had the misfortune of sitting atop the Bakken Shale, a hot spot for fracking in the early 2000s that is now in decline, leaving residents and taxpayers to clean up the environmental damage left behind.People directly affected by fracking see themselves as more than statistics. As White told a group of scientists researching fracking, “I’m more than just a statistic, more than just a study. We’ve been impacted on the ground every single day since this fracking atrocity began in our home.”For the millions of Americans directly affected by fracking, it’s time to put their health, and the health of future generations health, first and stop these injustices.As the world contemplates a green recovery and movement away from reliance on fossil fuels to address climate change and the Covid-19 economic crisis, the protection of human health must be a priority. A first step is to eliminate all of the exemptions that have been afforded to the fracking industry, which the Biden administration can and must do immediately.Chelsea Clinton is an adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. Terry McGovern is chair of the Department of Population and Family Health and director of the global health justice and governance program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Micaela Martinez is assistant professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.You can hear Clinton talk more about public health in an episode of the “First Opinion Podcast.” First OpinionEnd fracking exemptions, a threat to maternal and public health Tags advocacyHealth Disparitiespublic healthreproductive health @[email protected] last_img read more

Lee Attacked for Pro-North Debate Appearance

first_img Facebook Twitter Lee Attacked for Pro-North Debate Appearance Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center SHARE Controversy over the word choices employed by United Progressive Party (UPP) presidential candidate Lee Jung Hee during last night’s presidential debate has continued all day, and has incited the anger of some who see it as a clear indication of her pro-North Korea stance.Choi Joo Hwal, the head of NKD, declared to Daily NK today, “Lee Jung Hee, who acts as North Korea’s spokeswoman, has revealed her true pro-North colors; she is in opposition to capitalism itself and intends to renew and prolong North Korea’s strategy of achieving unification under communism.” Meanwhile, Ahn Chan Il, who manages the World North Korea Research Center, pointed out, “Overall, candidate Lee Jung Hee’s observations vis North Korea were not balanced and seemed very biased. Maybe she was trying to show that she is trying to bring about unification on the Korean Peninsula, but either way, it is not desirable for a South Korean politician to be so conscious of North Korea.”“The word ‘security’ that she used is only used in North Korea, so I was surprised that a South Korean would use this word,” another senior defector commented. “She would need to either read a lot of books about North Korea or be a fan of the Juche ideology to be using that kind of word.”Saenuri Party lawmaker and former leftist Ha Tae Kyung agreed, adding that the problem runs deep, “She used those words because pro-North culture is the norm within the progressive party,” he claimed. “She is among the less strident pro-North figures in the UPP, which tells you how severe the tendency is.” Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” By Kang Mi Jin – 2012.12.05 5:54pm last_img read more

Hyesan farmers concerned for winter survival

first_img Hyesan farmers concerned for winter survival SHARE NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again By Ha Yoon Ah – 2018.12.17 5:25pm Facebook Twitter News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Satellite image of Kanggu (located below the Amnok River). Image: Daily NKAs temperatures plunge to below 20 degrees Celsius, those living in farming towns in Hyesan are expressing concerns as many were unable to properly prepare for such cold temperatures.“Entrepreneurs and vendors in Hyesan prepared for the winter to a certain extent by obtaining wood, coal, kimchi and winter clothes, but many of those in the farming towns were unable to,” said a Ryanggang Province-based source.“This year’s harvest was poor, so most of these families were unable to store even a month’s worth of food. Almost 70% of the families in one farming village in Kanggu District were unable to obtain kimchi and winter clothes.”Farmers in the area spent the summer working hard to harvest corn and beans but had to return most of it during the farm hardship period (period just prior to the harvest). Consequently, “many are afraid of the ever-deepening winter,” the source said.The North Korean authorities, moreover, have ordered farmers to sell their grains and animal products and have taken additional resources for use in projects including the Samjiyon modernization project. This has led farmers in the area to complain that “they can’t even buy winter footwear for their kids,” the source reported.The hardship is not just limited to farmers. A separate source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK that “soldiers on the border are in a similar situation. The border patrol prepared properly for the winter, but some other military outposts completely failed to do that.”According to the source, the authorities distributed new winter clothes, shoes, shoe covers, undergarments, and gloves to border patrol officers for the intensely cold winter, but the 12th Corps in Hyesan were not supplied with any such provisions.The soldiers have to repair the clothes they wore last year, with their garments reportedly so shabby-looking that locals are saying they look homeless.The 43rd Ski Patrol Corps, which is under the command of the 12th Corps, has received cotton gloves and shoes, according to an additional source in Ryanggang Province. The authorities appear to have provided the winter gear for that particular corps because it conducts a lot of maneuvers in mountainous regions.“The border patrol didn’t have a great harvest but has enough kimchi and beans to survive the winter. The 12th Corps, however, doesn’t get any food rations nor does it have any food reserves. Military officers have to go to people’s houses to borrow grain for themselves,” he said.“If the situation for the military officers is that bad, I can only imagine how poor a situation the troops are in.” News AvatarHa Yoon AhHa Yoon Ah is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Standard Life launches Global Real Estate Fund

BMO to launch six new mutual funds Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff The fund invests primarily in the securities of real estate investment trusts and in equity or equity-type securities of companies that participate in the real estate industry. Standard Life Investments Limited (UK), the sub-portfolio manager, has an experienced real estate team of over 120 investment professionals based in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The fund will be managed by two co-managers: Svitlana Gubrily and William Pekowitz. Keywords Fund launches,  Real estate fundsCompanies Standard Life Mutual Funds Ltd. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Montreal-based Standard Life Mutual Funds Ltd. Monday announced the launch of the Standard Life Global Real Estate Fund for retail investors. The new fund brings investors increased portfolio diversification, exposure to growing global real estate markets and over 50 years of real estate expertise from global asset manager Standard Life Investments. read more

Selling business shares and assets in a tax-efficient way

first_img B.C.’s $500-million investment fund to help small, medium sized businesses IE Staff portrait of asian young male cafe owner with tablet ferli/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media If your business-owner client plans to sell their business, they’ll want to do it in a tax-efficient way. A recent blog post by BDO Canada offered tips, whether the business owner is selling shares or assets.Selling sharesAmong its suggestions, BDO said the company’s balance sheet should be reviewed to determine if any assets not required to carry on the business can be sold or removed as a way of decreasing the purchase price of the business and thus reducing capital gains tax on the sale. Related news Nova Scotia offers extra $12 million to businesses hit by latest Covid-19 lockdown Government to reimburse self-employed workers who repaid CERB Keywords Small business Alternatively, the shareholding could be restructured from individuals to a holding company in certain situations, such as when the capital gain from the sale is expected to be in excess of the exemption amount available. A tax expert can assess whether “safe income” can be extracted from the company prior to the sale as a tax-free inter-corporate dividend, the blog said. This would lower the selling price and reduce capital gains.Removing assets from the business would also help ensure that company shares qualify for the capital gains exemption available for qualified small business corporation (QSBC) shares. That’s because, to qualify as QSBC shares, a corporation’s shares must meet several conditions, including that a certain proportion of the fair market value of the assets is used in an active business. (See the CRA website for details, and note that meeting some of the conditions may take time.)Further, with QSBC shares, the business owner can avoid the tax on split income (TOSI) on the taxable capital gain from the sale. Even if the capital gains exemption has been fully used, an exclusion from TOSI will be available if company shares qualify as QSBC shares at time of disposition, BDO said.“Therefore, if the TOSI rules are a concern for any individual shareholders (for example, family members who are not active in the business), it may be advisable to ensure the shares qualify as QSBC shares,” it said.This exclusion wouldn’t apply to capital gains realized by minors on non-arm’s-length transfers, it added.Business owners should also consider conducting a due diligence review of tax compliance, because buyers will likely do so, BDO suggested.Selling assetsTax planning for an asset sale is about finding tax-efficient ways to distribute sale proceeds to shareholders, BDO said. For example, where assets are sold at a gain, tax-free capital dividends can be paid to shareholders. Other potential options for distributing funds tax-free include a return of paid-up capital or a repayment of shareholder loans.For full details, see the post by BDO, which also offers tips on purchase and sale agreements.last_img read more

Projects Approved Under Universal Access Fund to be Completed This Fiscal Year

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Universal Access Fund Company Limited, during the current fiscal year, will place focus on completing all approved projects to ensure wider availability of broadband access across the country.As contained in a Ministry Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives this week by Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Paulwell, it is expected that the wide-area network will be implemented to allow connectivity to upgraded high schools and public libraries and infrastructure upgrade of the National Library, the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) and the Postal Corporation, will be completed by the third quarter of 2007/08.In addition, the Fund will continue to press for better and timelier international traffic data from the terminating carriers and the Offices of Utilities Regulation (OUR), so as to facilitate its reconciliation efforts.There will also be emphasis on monitoring progress at the more than 170 high schools and colleges, which will be upgraded under the e-Learning Project. The mission of the Universal Access Fund is to provide an island-wide broadband network that will allow public access to the information super highway through schools, public libraries, post offices and other agencies and institutions.The work is being financed through a service levy on telecommunications companies.During 2006/07, the Fund approved project plans for the upgrading of the JLS and the National Library; developed project plans in collaboration with the Postal Corporation and provided broadband facilities in pilot post offices; advanced mobilization payments to the e-Learning Company; evaluated responses to the broadband Request for Proposal and commenced negotiations with selected providers; and collaborated in providing strong defence against foreign agencies that mounted challenges against the levy regime.Total expenditure for the period was $109 million, with the e-Learning Project accounting for $70.28 million. RelatedProjects Approved Under Universal Access Fund to be Completed This Fiscal Year RelatedProjects Approved Under Universal Access Fund to be Completed This Fiscal Year RelatedProjects Approved Under Universal Access Fund to be Completed This Fiscal Yearcenter_img Advertisements Projects Approved Under Universal Access Fund to be Completed This Fiscal Year UncategorizedJune 8, 2007last_img read more

Finance Minister Urges Persons to Take Advantage of Tax Amnesty

first_imgRelatedFinance Minister Urges Persons to Take Advantage of Tax Amnesty RelatedFinance Minister Urges Persons to Take Advantage of Tax Amnesty RelatedFinance Minister Urges Persons to Take Advantage of Tax Amnesty Finance Minister Urges Persons to Take Advantage of Tax Amnesty UncategorizedApril 13, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, is urging all unregistered businesses and self-employed persons to take advantage of the tax amnesty, in which waivers of interest and penalties will be granted, across all tax types, once the principal sum owed is paid up. Mr. Shaw said Cabinet had decided that as a first step to increasing tax compliance, and mindful of the stresses that many taxpayers face, this amnesty will be introduced this financial year.Opening the 2008/09 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, yesterday (April 10), the Minister advised that if the arrears in principal are paid in full by June 30, the full interest and penalties would be waived. Afterwards, the following levels of waiver of penalties and interest would be applied: July 31, 80 per cent; August 31, 50 per cent; September 30, 40 per cent; and October 31, 20 per cent. The amnesty will end on October 31, 2008.“The Government is ever mindful that engendering a culture of increased tax compliance from the electorate and business community must represent an ideal social partnership in which our taxes are paid, are paid on time, and the Government in turn pledges to spend those tax dollars in an efficient, open, corrupt-free and transparent way, such that taxpayers can see, feel and experience value for money in government expenditure,” Mr. Shaw said.He added that, “the country must see, understand and feel a new culture of good Governance that is characterized by discipline, good conduct and good order, starting from the top. This is the only basis on which we can witness a return to law and order, including the respect for paying our taxes according to the laws of the land. We fully intend to enforce the tax laws of the country.”Mr. Shaw said the clear emphasis of the Ministry was to improve collection of taxes due, significantly increase the collection of arrears due, re-establish the Revenue Protection Division (RPD), to protect major revenue windows from leakage through corruption and fraud, and take steps to widen the tax net by encouraging new entrants into the system.He stressed that this decision was necessary as the level of compliance across all tax types was 38 per cent, compared with 60 to 80 per cent in more developed countries.The Minister pointed out that as a result of this low compliance rate, coupled with increased delinquency rates and tax evasion, the current portfolio of active and dormant outstanding arrears plus interest and penalties across all tax types was $138 billion or just under US$2 billion.“With $138 billion of arrears, tax compliance initiatives must be the first priority in collecting the needed revenue to finance the Budget and close the fiscal deficit gap,” he emphasised. Advertisementslast_img read more

Six Students Get Scholarships From China

first_imgSix Students Get Scholarships From China UncategorizedAugust 18, 2008 Advertisements RelatedSix Students Get Scholarships From China RelatedSix Students Get Scholarships From Chinacenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Six students were presented with scholarships by the Chinese Government on August 15, to pursue higher education in China.Under the scholarship, the students, three males and three females, will be able to study at several universities across China. The students are: Kandre McDonald, South China University of Technology; Evadne Cowell, Northeast Normal University; Macherie Grant, Central South University; Che Stewart, China University of Geosciences; Faithlyn Coke, Beijing International Studies University; and Roger Blake, Harbin Institute of Technology. The participants were recruited under the full and partial Chinese Government scholarship programme.Addressing the recipients at the awards ceremony in Kingston, Ambassador of China to Jamaica, Chen Jinghua, lauded the participants, noting that the scholarships sought to develop co-operation and exchanges in various avenues, which were beneficial to any society.He informed that the Chinese Government scholarship scheme, was established to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship; and develop co-operation and exchanges in education, science and technology, culture, economy and trade and other fields, between China and other countries.“For the purpose of further developing the existing friendly and co-operative relations between China and Jamaica, the Chinese Government has, in the past, provided scholarships to Jamaica, enabling a total of 12 students to pursue their studies in China,” he said.The Ambassador implored the recipients to use the opportunity to explore and enjoy the splendid Chinese culture, the hospitality of the people and the scenic beauty of the country, adding that “China is an ancient country with more than 5,000 years of history and is also a young country, pursuing modernisation and striving for building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects.”In her response, on behalf of the recipients, Miss Coke said they would use the opportunity to develop both nations, adding that “cultural exchange will be of significance.”She also pointed out that this gesture would enhance the relationship between both nations, and that they would return to the island on completion of their studies, in an effort to apply the knowledge learnt, for the development of the country. RelatedSix Students Get Scholarships From Chinalast_img read more