Briefly Noted: Shoplifters charged with felony theft at Prairie Village Macy’s

first_imgThe Macy’s at the Village Shops will be closing in the coming months.Alleged shoplifters charged with felony theft from Prairie Village Macy’s. The Prairie Village police department says it arrested two men followed a reported instance of shoplifting Wednesday at the Macy’s at the Village Shops. The store is slated to close in the coming weeks. Police apprehended two male suspects who ran from the store, according to Major Byron Roberson. One man was caught at 71st and Alhambra and the other was caught inside Goodcents. Both were charged with felony theft.Lenexa gives developer additional time to begin project or issue bonds at Lenexa Logistics Centre South. The Lenexa city council on Jan. 21 agreed to amend a resolution relating to the city’s intent to issue industrial revenue bonds to help finance construction costs for a new commercial facility at Britton and 113th Streets. The resolution grants the company an additional 12 months to either begin construction or to allow for the issuance of the bonds for the project, known as Building 6 in the Lenexa Logistics Centre South. In February 2019, the city council agreed to issue a maximum of $14 million in bonds for the project, as well as a 10-year tax abatement for the project. That one-year resolution was slated to expire Wednesday.Westbound Prairie Star Parkway to close near Renner Boulevard on Feb. 7. The westbound lanes of Prairie Star Parkway just west of Renner Boulevard will be closed to through traffic from about 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday for utility work. A marked detour for westbound traffic will be provided via Renner Boulevard south to 99th Street west to Britton Street north to Prairie Star Parkway.last_img read more

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Credit Unions Pay High 3Q Compliance Costs

first_imgby: Michael MuckianAs air temperatures around the country cooled, financial regulators have turned up the heat on credit unions and banks.For the third quarter of 2014, the needle was pointed directly at hot, according to Pam Perdue, EVP of regulatory insight for Continuity Control, a New Haven, Conn.-based financial technology firm.“This surprised us a little,” Perdue told participants during a Thursday recorded webinar. “We were expecting some increases, but not quite this much.”Using Continuity Control’s Bank Compliance Index, which measured the impact of regulations faced by a hypothetical $300 million community financial institution, Perdue rated third quarter performance at a BCI rank of 1.86. The number refers to how many full-time equivalents were required to deal with regulations imposed between July 1 and Sept. 30 this year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Off frustrating loss, Gophers are looking to turn the page

first_imgMinnesota is coming off a frustrating loss at home against Wisconsin Wednesday night, a game the Gophers slowed down offensively in the third quarter and allowed a season-high 54 points in the paint to the Badgers. When asked how the team will get past the frustration that comes with losing, redshirt junior guard Gadiva Hubbard had a fairly simple message.“Just shaking this game off and focusing on the next game,” Hubbard said. “We can’t dwell on this game too much or it will lead into the next game. Just taking this next day, getting it out of our heads and turning the page.”Hubbard and freshman guard Sara Scalia will both need to shoot better from the 3-point line than they did Wednesday night against Wisconsin if the Gophers are to steal a road win against the Hoosiers. However, that task will be easier said than done, as Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in three-point defense, holding opponents to 25.4 percent shooting from behind the arc.Despite the frustrating start to the Big Ten season, the Gophers’ goal of making it back to the NCAA tournament after missing out last season is still in tact. ESPN’s Charlie Creme had Minnesota as one of the last four teams in the tournament as of January 20. The loss to Wisconsin should hurt their chances, but if Minnesota successfully turns the page and secures a road win against a top-25 team in Indiana,  the Gophers would certainly remain in the discussion and could build some momentum moving forward. Off frustrating loss, Gophers are looking to turn the pageMinnesota will face Indiana on Monday in one of its toughest games yet.Emily UrferGuard Sara Scalia drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Gophers were defeated by Wisconsin 72-62. Brendan O’BrienJanuary 27, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintHeading into the 2019-20 women’s basketball season, head coach Lindsay Whalen and the rest of the Minnesota Gophers had higher hopes and expectations for the Big Ten portion of the schedule.Minnesota finished 9-9 in the conference a season ago but started only 2-7 halfway through conference play. Whalen and players said a weak non-conference schedule contributed to their early Big Ten struggles, so many of them were excited to have a more challenging non-conference schedule this year.With a tougher schedule this season, the Gophers were able to finish 11-1, beating Notre Dame on the road and Arizona State who is now ranked No. 19 in the country. Their only loss came in the season opener against Missouri State, who currently ranks No. 24.But the challenges the Gophers faced earlier this season have not translated to better results in the Big Ten. In fact, Minnesota is in danger of repeating last season’s struggles and could fall to 2-7 again halfway through the Big Ten schedule. The Gophers play No. 20 Indiana on Monday night in Bloomington, Indiana in what might be their toughest game yet.last_img read more

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News Scan for Dec 30, 2014

first_imgChikungunya cases jump by 25,000; Colombia hit hardTotal suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean and the Americas increased by 25,639 over the past 10 days, with most of the new cases in Colombia, according to an update yesterday from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).The overall total for suspected and confirmed cases stands at 1,097,003 as of Dec 29. Colombia saw the largest increase, with 21,365 new cases, for a total of 74,566. The next-highest increase was in Honduras, with 2,691 new suspected cases (no new confirmed ones) for a total of 24,110. Puerto Rico saw an increase of 2,093, with its total rising to 28,274 suspected and confirmed cases.Nearly all new cases, as well as the large majority of cases overall, have been locally acquired. Nicaragua and Peru each reported four new imported cases as of Dec 29, and the US Virgin Islands reported two. No further imported cases occurred in the United States, which has seen the most such cases by far during the outbreak, with 2,021 of the overall total of 2,511.Dec 29 PAHO update Dec 22 CIDRAP News scan on chikungunya MERS-CoV infects Saudi manSaudi Arabia’s MOH today reported another MERS-CoV infection, involving an 84-year-old man from Narjan, located in the southern part of the country.The man is hospitalized in critical condition and has underlying health problems. An investigation revealed he had been exposed to animals before he started having symptoms.His illness boosts Saudi Arabia’s number of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases to 825, of which 355 have been fatal.Dec 30 MOH statementlast_img read more

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CARICOM STATEMENT ON REVISED EU BLACKLIST OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

first_img You may be interested in… This renewed attack on our Member States’ economic prospects constitutes an infringement of our sovereign right of self-determination in the best interests of the CARICOM people.  Moreover, we are concerned that the EU’s ‘tax good governance strategy’ is beginning to border on anti-competitive behavior targeted at the decimation of the international business/financial services sector in the Caribbean. The EU Council has stated that Barbados “has replaced a harmful preferential tax regime by a measure of similar effect and did not commit to amend or abolish it by the end of 2019’.”   However, Barbados undertook a review of its corporate tax regime in 2018 and decided to pursue tax convergence which removed the alleged ‘preference’ accorded the international business sector.  Barbados now applies a tax rate of 1% to 5.5% on the taxable income of all corporations registered in that jurisdiction. This policy has been sanctioned by the OECD, as the recognized global authority on tax governance, which has reiterated that a low tax rate does not, in itself, constitute a harmful tax regime.  Moreover, Barbados requested clarification on the areas of divergence in the requirements for a ‘low tax jurisdiction’ as established by the OECD Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP) and the EU’s ‘fair taxation criterion’.  However, the EU only responded to Barbados’ request on the day after the issuance of the revised blacklist. The case of Belize and Bermuda represents a clear departure from the practice of placing jurisdictions on the grey list (Annex II) for purposes of monitoring once they have given high level commitments to address alleged ‘deficiencies’. The EU Council has asserted that Belize “has not yet amended or abolished one harmful preferential tax regime” notwithstanding the legislative, administrative and tax reforms undertaken by 31 December 2018 which were sanctioned by the OECD.  The EU has also asserted that Belize has introduced a ‘new and preferential tax measure’ in its 2018 tax reforms. However, Belize contends that the referenced tax rates of 1.75% to 3.35% on taxable income of International Business Companies and entities operating in Belize’s Designated Processing Areas are consistent with Belize’s historical income and business tax regime.  Nonetheless, Belize acquiesced and provided, as demanded by the EU, an undertaking to amend this so-called ‘new preferential tax measure’ by 31 December 2019. Despite Belize’s commitment to amend or abolish the “newly identified harmful preferential tax regime by the end of 2019,” which the EU stated it will monitor, as well as an additional high-level political and time-bound commitment to address any other concerns of the EU, Belize was included on the 12 March blacklist. Bermuda’s inclusion on this list is as a result of an omission which was remedied after the revised commitment date. The case of Dominica highlights the insensitivity of the EU Council to a country that was devastated by two natural disasters in 2015 and 2017 and lost its largest investor. Yet despite this, the country completed all the required legislative and administrative reforms to which the government had committed in mid-2018 to undertake.  Notwithstanding, Dominica has been included in the revised blacklist because the jurisdiction “does not apply any automatic exchange of financial information, has not signed and ratified the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance as amended, and has not yet resolved these issues.” However, the signature of the Multilateral Convention is dependent on the sanctioning of the request for admittance and a determination of readiness by the OECD and totally outside the control of Dominica. Trinidad and Tobago is in the unique circumstance where the Government lacks the parliamentary majority under the country’s Constitution to undertake the legislative reforms required to be in compliance with the tax good governance standards.  Yet, despite this circumstance, the EU has retained Trinidad and Tobago on the blacklist for having a “’Non-Compliant’ rating by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes for Exchange of Information on Request.” The Caribbean Community reiterates that the labelling as ‘non-cooperative tax jurisdictions’ has wreaked irreparable reputational damage on our small, highly vulnerable Member States. CARICOM Member States have acted in good faith to mitigate this egregious action by the European Union while upholding the shared values and principles underlying the United Nations Addis Ababa Action Agenda.  These principles emphasize, inter alia, shared responsibility, mutual accountability, fairness, solidarity, and different and evolving capacities in respect to the mobilization of resources to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, the process of engagement which has unfolded between CARICOM Member States and the European Union, specifically from the latter part of 2017 until the present, has regrettably, been devoid of the shared values that have informed our relationship over the years prior.  There is a clear regression to the days of metropolitan imposed policies on the governed. The ECOFIN Council’s allegation of ‘harmful tax regimes’ not only lacked any supporting empirical evidence but the process has been non-consultative, inflexible and insensitive to our circumstances as small, highly vulnerable States seeking to build both economic and climate resilience.  Moreover, the EU has selectively relied on the OECD tax governance process to pursue the blacklisting of jurisdictions like Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago while ignoring the conclusions of the OECD FHTP in respect to the tax regimes in Barbados and Belize. It is becoming apparent that the actions of the ECOFIN Council are designed to destroy the financial sector in our Member States even as we seek to build resilience in all our economic sectors in order to mitigate our inherent vulnerabilities.   The Caribbean Community deplores this injurious development and will continue to resist this retrograde approach by the EU. EU AML/CFT Listing of Countries Among Priority Issues of… On Tuesday, 12 March 2019, the European Union issued a revised list of countries purportedly not adhering to tax good governance which included five (5) Members of the Caribbean Community, Barbados, Belize Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda. Seven (7) other Members of the Community have been placed on a monitoring list having made commitments to undertake reforms by December 2019 and are making efforts in that regard.  These are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. The narrative provided by the EU Council to support the inclusion of the blacklisted States is grossly misleading and misrepresents the response, in good faith, of our Members since the initial listing in December 2017. CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… EU Provides €7M to Strengthen Climate Resilient Health… Jun 15, 2020 CARICOM wants inter-governmental tax body to set standards,… Jun 18, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Feb 20, 2020 CARICOM voices strong objection to new EU blacklist(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent labelling of some of its Member States by the European Union as Non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, CARICOM Secretary-General said Wednesday, 12 December, 2017. He was at the time accrediting a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM,…December 15, 2017In “General”STATEMENT BY THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON EU LIST OF NON-COOPERATIVE TAX JURISDICTIONSSTATEMENT BY THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON EU LIST OF NON-COOPERATIVE TAX JURISDICTIONS     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the disappointing decision of the European Union to “blacklist” four CARIOM jurisdictions under the guise that they maintain harmful preferential tax regimes or have failed to comply with international…December 19, 2017In “Barbados”Barbados, Grenada, removed from EU tax listTwo Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States, Barbados and Grenada, were removed from the European Union’s (EU) list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Back in December,  CARICOM had strongly objected to the EU’s decision to blacklist four CARICOM jurisdictions – Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago – under the…January 23, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Teaching standards important for accountability – Dr. Douglas Slater

first_img   Dr. Laurette Bristol, Programme Manager, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat Hon. Natalio Wheatley, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture of the British Virgin Islands Hon. Michael S Browne, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Antigua and Barbuda Dr. Barbara Reynolds Dr. Marcel Hutson, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education Guyana Members of the audience at the opening ceremony of the Regional Consultations on Developing Standards for the Teaching Profession in Latin America and the Caribbean Region Ms. Katherine Grigsby, Director UNESCO Office in Kingston Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General in Charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Hon. Natalio Wheatley, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture of the British Virgin Islands, Assistant Secretary General in Charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater and Minister of Education, Science and Technology , Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Michael S Browne Describing the forum as timely, Dr. Slater said the Consultation also acknowledged the challenges being faced in education and sustainable development. According to him the standards held governments accountable and responsible for their educational investments and also held practitioners accountable for the time students invested in the classroom and the time parents were required to invest in schools to support the success of learners. CARICOM Education Ministers discuss Reshaping the sector for the 21st CenturyThe need for a “whole systems’ approach to education transformation in the Region is a major area of focus for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers of Education at a 2-day meeting of the CARICOM Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) which opened in Guyana, Thursday. Chairman of the meeting,  Deputy…July 16, 2015In “CARICOM”Media Advisory – Opening, Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – EducationThirty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Education 23 – 24 October 2019, CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana The Thirty-eighth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Education will be held on the 23-24 October 2019 at the Headquarters of the CARICOM…October 22, 2019In “CARICOM”Moving from Vision to Action: HRD 2030 StrategyMoving the regional Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy from Vision to Action is the major focus of a meeting of Caribbean Community Ministers of Education and Education Officials which began in Guyana, Wednesday. The Strategy, endorsed by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2017, is expected to help craft a globally…October 24, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Michael S. Browne, who also spoke at the opening, focused on three areas which he said were crucial to developing standards for the teaching profession. The areas were context, content and continuous assessment. In relation to context, he said the purpose of what was being taught and to whom was vital, while continuous assessment would inform educators about why they had been teaching. The Hon. Natalio Wheatley, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture of the British Virgin Islands said it was important to set a high threshold for those wishing to enter the profession. He said the British Virgin Islands had considered issuing licenses to teachers and that this would be one way of evaluating teachers and would not be used as a punitive measure but as a means of offering help to them. Oct 16, 2020 The consultation begins on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in Georgetown, Guyana, and is being facilitated https://t.co/PjkO5W5idi through a partnership with the CARICOM Secretariat, UNESCO and other stakeholders.— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) July 16, 2019 Related Posts CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak center_img Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education Guyana, Dr. Marcel Hutson, spoke on behalf of Guyana’s Minister of Education. He was also of the opinion that establishing standards for the teaching profession was timely and stated that it was needed for the transformation of the education sector. Director of the UNESCO Office in Kingston, Ms. Katherine Grigsby, in her remarks, said CARICOM had an important role in streamlining teaching standards. She said the framework that would be developed during the Consultation was expected to be inspirational rather than instructive. Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement of the University of Guyana, Dr. Barbara Reynolds, made the keynote address. She gave a PowerPoint presentation in which she highlighted that psychology was an important component of teaching. She urged participants to think about equipping teachers with standards that would help them to groom students to be what they wanted to become, how to learn and how to live with each other. This is the second in a series of Consultations which is being held in each of the five UNESCO regions. The first regional consultation workshop covered the Africa region and took place in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 18-19 March 2019. Following each regional consultation workshop, a group of international experts meets to review and discuss the input generated from the stakeholder discussions. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Standards for the teaching profession were important as they held both governments and practitioners accountable, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater said Wednesday. Dr. Slater was at the time addressing the opening of a two-day Regional Consultations on Developing Standards for the Teaching Profession in Latin America and the Caribbean Region. The event is being held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in Georgetown, Guyana. Educators, educator trainees, Ministers of Government, representatives of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and various other stakeholders attended the opening. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 “The standards should be constructed as the lens that educational stakeholders, parents and students use to make sense of and monitor the outcomes of education as a social investment,” he stated.last_img read more

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Nitrogen in tyres a valuable application

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Linde ‘raises bar’ in VOC testing with ISO accreditation

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Butler wins CGA safety awards

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