China dares to praise its own human rights record

first_img News Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the Chinese government’s praise of its human rights performance last year in a white paper published yesterday and points out that the regime continues to be one of the worst in the world for persecuting journalists and bloggers and censoring the news. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News “The tremendous achievements China has made in its human rights endeavours fully demonstrate that it is taking the correct path of human rights development that suits its national conditions,” the State Council Information Office said in a release about the white paper.Entitled “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2014,” it emphasizes the government’s commitment to “fundamental rights,” “universal values,” “democracy” and “civil society.”“The white paper’s hypocrisy and presumptuousness would be good for a laugh if they were not matched by the severity of the government’s treatment of journalists, bloggers and cyber-dissidents,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“By using statistics in a way that renders them meaningless, the report’s authors try in vain to hide the long list of human rights violations being carried out at the direct behest of President Xi Jinping’s government. We urge the international community to condemn this report’s mendacious self-assessment. China must stop pretending to respect human rights and must stop jailing all party and government critics with impunity.”The white paper devotes just a few hundred out of a total of 14,000 words to media freedom and freedom of expression. “Freedom of speech (is) better protected,” it says, citing a series of figures that supposedly support this claim: “In 2014 China published 46.5 billion copies of newspapers, 3.2 billion copies of periodicals, and 8.4 billion copies of books, with 6.12 copies of books per person. By the end of 2014 the population of netizens in China was 650 million, and the Internet penetration rate was 47.9 percent.” Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China dares to praise its own human rights record Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific News This paragraph ends with three phrases that suggest an interest in qualitative indicators but they are no more than a series of baseless claims about an imaginary reality:“The public can air opinions, and raise criticisms and suggestions freely through the news media, and discuss problems of this country and society. The government encourages enterprises to provide various Internet services to the public in accordance with the law so as to create a good environment for the public to acquire and exchange information. A cleaner cyber space is becoming an ever important place for the public to get information and make their voices heard.”In fact, the Chinese government tightened its grip on the media in 2014. Regulations were issued banning journalists from “making unauthorized criticisms” while well-known journalists and respected human rights activists were jailed.The journalist Gao Yu, the cyber-dissident Xu Zhiyong and the Uyghur blogger Ilham Tohti joined the hundred or so journalists and information activists already jailed in China. “Confessions” became the fashion. Gao Yu and another journalist, Xiang Nanfu, were forced to deliver televised “self-criticisms” in May 2014.One of the world’s online censorship pioneers, the Chinese government has continued to dedicate a great deal of resources to keeping the Internet under close control. The pro-democracy “Occupy Central” movement in Hong Kong and attempts to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre were both subjected to carefully orchestrated media blackouts that used censorship, content blocking and news manipulation. Independent news websites such as 64Tianwang are often the targets of cyber-attacks by hackers in the party’s service.The world’s biggest prison for news and information providers, China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Eureka wins coin toss, advances to state championships

first_imgIn a season which has so far featured exclusively convincing wins, it was a toss of a coin which brought the Eureka Loggers as close as they had come to a defeat.Eureka won its coin-flip tie-breaker against Cardinal Newman Sunday morning at the NCS office in San Ramon.Cardinal Newman, the higher seeded team, made the call of tails. The coin landed with heads showing, and the Loggers emerged from what has been a historically chaotic month of playoff prep football.No. 1 Cardinal Newman (11-1) …last_img

Utility Seeks Fee for Rooftop Solar in Utah

first_imgRocky Mountain Power is seeking permission from regulators to tack on an extra $4.25 a month to the power bills of Utah customers with photovoltaic (PV) systems.According to a summary posted at Utilitydive.com, the utility has about 2,000 customers in the state with rooftop solar arrays who typically use 100 kilowatt-hours less electricity than non-solar residential customers.Rocky Mountain Power says the flat fee, which is part of a current rate case before the Utah Public Service Commission, would help pay the fixed cost of maintaining the electricity grid, which net-metered solar customers still need.Making a point that’s become familiar in similar rate cases around the country, Rocky Mountain spokesman David Eskelsen told ThinkProgress.org that as the number of solar customers grows, non-solar customers are picking up a greater financial share of grid maintenance.“It’s important to emphasize that this is all about rate design,” he said. “It doesn’t result in more revenue for the company, it doesn’t result in more profit. It’s about designing a rate structure for the future when more customers use their power in a very different way.”Under net-metering rules posted at Rocky Mountain Power’s website, solar customers are paid the full retail rate for excess power they generate.Eskelsen told The Salt Lake Tribune, “The main benefit of net metering is to lower the bill of the user. It doesn’t contribute to system peaks. It doesn’t forestall generation from power plants or supply energy to neighbors in any meaningful way. That’s the reason for the proposed charge.” Critics claim that the benefits of PV are overlookedOpponents of the proposed surcharge say Rocky Mountain is overlooking the benefits that rooftop PV systems and other forms of distributed generation provide, such as reducing the use of fossil fuels and easing the strain on utilities at times of high demand for electricity.Groups including Utah Citizens Advocating Renewable Energy, Utah Clean Energy, Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah and the Sierra Club, are fighting the proposal. They argue Rocky Mountain is unfairly singling out solar customers, and that the fee will dampen the state’s growing solar market.“Instead of working proactively to modify their current business model to accommodate a more efficient, more resilient, and more state-of-the-art energy system, RMP is not only trying to keep us stagnant, but to take us steps backwards,” Utah Clean Energy says at its website.Adds the Healthy Environment Alliance: “Rocky Mountain Power has offered no proof that rooftop solar owners cost the system money overall. The company willfully ignores for example, the many benefits that solar brings to the system.” Same debate rages elsewhereSurcharges for solar customers have been proposed or implemented elsewhere. In Maine, the state’s largest utility wants to add a “standby” rate of about $13 a month to the bills of residential customers with grid-tied renewables. It would affect about 1,000 institutional, residential and commercial customers.In January, the Arizona Public Service Company began imposing a surcharge of 70 cents per kilowatt (an average of $5 a month) on customers who generated some of their own power. The fee didn’t affect customers who already had installed renewables.The backdrop to these and other regulatory tussles is the struggle by electric utilities to protect their bottom lines as more customers add solar or wind. Key issues are net-metering rules and how utilities calculate the value of rooftop solar and small-scale wind. In Colorado and California, for instance, utility regulators are considering ways of replacing the current net-metering reimbursement rates with something else. In Massachusetts, utilities have agreed on a plan to retain net-metering incentives but would begin requiring owners of renewable energy systems to chip in for distribution expenses. The plan must still be approved by the state legislature.The stakes are especially high in Hawaii, which has the costliest electricity in the country. Rooftop solar is growing quickly, and regulators have been sharply critical of efforts by the Hawaii Electric Company to embrace renewables. The state has has a renewable energy portfolio goal of 40% by 2030.Lower costs and a variety of incentives are helping to grow the solar market. But net-metered customers still make up a tiny fraction of total utility customers, reports the Solar Energy Industries Association. In California, the state with the most installations in the country, less than 1% of all customers have net-metered connections. The only state where solar customers make up more than 1% of the customer base is Hawaii, the SEIA says, with just over 2% of the total.last_img read more

[Video] The Tablet Conundrum

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tablets aren’t just the hot holiday gifts of today. They’ve broken open the idea of what a computer is, what it should look like, and how we should interact with it. Dan, Eliot and Jon were joined by new RWW writer Adam Popescu to discuss the Nexus 7, the iPad, and where touchscreen computing is going next.Here are links to the posts and topics we talked about:An iPad-Toting Mom Reviews the Google Nexus 7Google I/O: Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, Will Have Responsive Widgets, Offline Voice TypingCounterpoint: The Retina MacBook Pro Is Not a “Boondoggle” at AllUnited Future: Creating Interactive Experiences of the FutureWe hang out at 11:00 a.m. Pacific on Thursdays, and you’re welcome to join us or just watch live. (Here’s the schedule for every time zone.) Make sure to follow +ReadWriteWeb on Google+ if you want to watch or participate. We’d love to have you!center_img Tags:#Hangout#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT At least, there’s the promise of a dogfight “That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Finding Dhanachuli

first_imgA summer house transforms into a boutique resort on the hills of Dhanachuli, an unfrequented village that seduces you with an unhurried pace of life, moments of solitude and abundant sunshine. Text by Aditi SenGupta; photographs by Subhojit PaulLittle Miss Sunshine. The Hollywood drama from the last decade occupies a special place in my humble collection and is a surefire recipe for turning your mood from murderous to happy and even generous. But my mood is not dark as I stand on a white deck facing a valley dressed in various shades of green. It’s the sun, in fact, that brings to mind the laughter-filled movie and I quickly borrow the title (barring the word ‘little’ of course) for myself. I feel every bit of a Miss Sunshine as I enjoy the warmth of an early May morning up in the hills of Dhanachuli, a near unheard-of village near Mukteshwar. The sunshine spreads across the valley as smoothly as butter on a hot toast, allowing me an unparalleled view of the densely forested slopes and a glimpse of Himalayan peaks behind them.The geometry of the entire picture before my eyes fascinates me. At one level I find the hills. Small stone houses in the surrounding villages punctuate the heavy greenness, columns of smoke from their chimneys adding a vertical dimension of sorts. The vegetation, too, follows a pattern I find most intriguing. The arrangement of oak and cedar trees, not to forget the many varieties I don’t know the names of, reminds me of the Mexican wave. Stacked behind the hills–coming to the next level of natural geometry–are the majestic peaks, sporting signs of winter. The view of the peaks, notwithstanding the abundant sunshine, is sadly unclear. Through the haze, I manage a glimpse of the fabled Nanda Devi peak as well as the Panchachuli.I indulge my newfound interest in geometry with a tour of Te Aroha, a boutique resort in Dhanachuli that is less than two months old. It’s my home for the weekend and also the reason to drive into this village that most tourist maps of Uttarakhand don’t show. For those following the tried-and-tested circuits, the journey ends at Bhimtal, about 30 km below Dhanachuli.Only a few of those who drive up to Mukteshwar, the other well-known neighbour, make a detour to Dhanachuli. It was one such detour that led to the birth of Te Aroha, which means ‘a place of love’ in the language of Maoris. Sumant Batra’s summer house, built 12 years ago after he fell in love with the little village, is now a resort with 10 rooms and suites.I start from Level One. Going up a flight of wide wooden stairs, I am instantly attracted by the yellow roofing. The sloping roofs are arranged at different levels, giving, once again, a strange beauty to the planned haphazardness. My first stop is the reception, a wood-and-glass structure where everyone is greeted with a glass of rhododendron juice. Continuing the walk up to the resort, I stop to admire the little birdhouses at the landscaped gardens. The grass is just sprouting and several wild blooms have begun to make an appearance. A patch has been devoted to fruit trees, with the aim of wooing back the birds who flew away during the construction. And I am delighted to see the sparrow, a bird that I haven’t seen in the city for years now.The spacious lobby at Te Aroha transports you to the colonial era. A fireplace, piano, a cosy poker room on the side… everything put together runs high on nostalgia. On my way to the sunny, cheerful restaurant–a glasshouse with two trees in the middle–I get distracted by a door on the left. It reads “Three Steps Down”. Quite literally three steps down I go and find myself in the prettiest of suites. Hints of purple blend beautifully in the cosy bedroom with a white, very French-looking bed. Facing the bed is a French window that is almost twice my height. A tea table and a couple of chairs on the deck complete the picture of indolence. The other rooms and suites, too, are alluring but Three Steps Down bowls me three times over. Onward to the restaurant, I am drawn to a flight of stairs that goes down to a spacious room. There is nothing much here other than a low table and two benches one of which, interestingly, comes from the Parliament in Delhi. This is where I come for a glass or two of red wine in the evenings followed by sumptuous meals of Kumaoni Palak, Mutton Stew and Fowl Curry.The new wing of the summer house is one level higher, the best part of which is what the owner calls The Attic. It is what I would call a combo of a library and a recreation room. It is the kind of place where you can sit for hours and do just nothing. The Attic deserves at least one lazy afternoon but I have none to spare on this trip. Sunset beckons me to a hilltop behind Te Aroha and I prepare for the climb by getting my forty winks. The drama in the sky takes a backseat as a bevy of village lasses catch our attention. Each of them has stunning features and obliges my camera-wielding friend with smiles that could make any toothpaste company hunt them down for brand endorsements. I return with the promise of catching up with the girls next morning at the jungle. Bedtime comes early, simultaneously with thunder, lightning and rain. The temperature drop brings out the jacket and woollen socks. I literally climb to the bed, thanks to a footstool, and sink into a cocoon of quilts. Interestingly, I am in a room named Morning Sun–a complete mismatch for a night owl like me.A firm knock on the door at 5 a.m. and I jump out of bed to keep my date. Fit-as-fiddle Vinod leads the way as our group of four takes to a jungle path that villagers use for collecting firewood. The walk is simple and within 45 minutes we are out in the open. Sunlight filters through a canopy of tall, moss-laden trees and it becomes warm enough for me to get out of my heavy jacket. The village girls, however, are nowhere in sight. Ah well. It’s not the first time I have been stood up on a date.Hot poori bhaji for breakfast helps me banish regrets of the failed meeting to a corner of the mind. I spend the last two hours at Te Aroha lolling on the deck. I watch the hills change colour with the slow movement of the clouds. A ride through the congested towns of Uttar Pradesh is only a few minutes away but I am far from done with Dhanachuli. A trip to this small but once prosperous village (some say the name comes from the words ‘dhan’ as in wealth and ‘chulha’ or the hearth) is a lesson in getting everything out of nothing.advertisementadvertisementAt a glanceGetting there: The most convenient way to get to Dhanachuli from Delhi is to take an overnight train to Kathgodam, 90 minutes from the village. By road, Dhanachuli is 7-8 hours from Delhi. Start at the crack of dawn to avoid nightmarish traffic at Rampur.When to go: This is a year-round destination. The best mountain views, however, can be enjoyed in winter.Must doStay: Te Aroha, Dhanachuli Bend, District Nainital; tel: (05942) 214 377, (0) 87550 80735; www.tearoha.inEat: Kumaoni fare at the Te Aroha restaurant. Request the chef for mutton stew and rotis made from the locally grown atta.Shop: Apricot preserve and orange marmalade from NGO-run shops.See: Spend a day at Bhimtal, 30 km from below Dhanachuli.FYIOff to Mukteshwar: About 12 km from Dhanachuli is Mukteshwar, which is famous for its Shiva Temple. Set on the highest point in town, the temple is architecturally insignificant. What is interesting is a path at the base of the temple’s steps.  advertisementIt leads you to a rocky outcrop with some beautiful rock formations. It requires some nerve to climb up and peek over any of the ragged edges. If you manage to, however, you’d get a breathtaking view of the valley.Hot dealBreak away: For Rs. 17,900, get 2 nights’ stay at Te Aroha for 2 people. Offer includes all meals and free stay for children below 5 years of age. Valid till July 15.last_img read more

Zach LaVine carries Chicago Bulls past Washington Wizards

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LAVINE TURNS IT ONNot only did LaVine score 11 straight in the third quarter, but he secured the game with 33 seconds left with a three-point play.“We took the game over,” LaVine said. “We made some big stops. I think the main thing is that we’re learning how to win.”PLAYING TOGETHERLaVine, Markkanen and Kris Dunn started together for the first time this season.“We talked about it and I feel like we just got to keep working on doing our stuff and we’ll get better,” Markkanen said.STRANGE LINEUPSFour of the nine players Brooks used are in their first month with the team. They are forwards Trevor Ariza and Sam Dekker and guards Ron Baker and Chasson Randle.“You’re going to have some funky lineups,” Brooks said. “There are going to be some strange lineups until some people get back.”TIP-INS LaVine, who finished with 24 points, shot just three times in the first half, and turned aggressive in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers in a 2:45 stretch of the third quarter.“He didn’t panic, he wasn’t flustered and the game turned for him,” Boylen said. “He gave it to us the second half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefWendell Carter, Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which scored 100 points for just the second time in 10 games.The Bulls have won three of four and are 5-7 since Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 4. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters Zach LaVine #8 celebrates scoring with teammate Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls in the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on December 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPWASHINGTON — Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen knows that Zach LaVine can’t play as much he’d like due to a recent ankle injury.But LaVine made the most of his 29 minutes on Friday night, scoring 19 points in the second half, including 11 straight in the third quarter, in the Bulls’ 101-92 victory over the Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT Bulls: G Brandon Sampson, who was signed to a two-way contract on Thursday, did not travel with the team. . F Bobby Portis was out for his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. When he suffered the injury, the team said he’d be out one-to-three weeks. Coach Jim Boylen said that he wouldn’t guess on a return. “We’re not going to rush him,” Boylen said. “Knowing Bobby he’ll be rushing himself.”Wizards: Wall missed his fourth game of the season. He was in the locker room before the game, but did not comment on his condition. . F Otto Porter missed his ninth straight game with a bruised right knee. Brooks said he was getting closer to a return. . F Markieff Morris was out with a neck injury.UP NEXT:Bulls: Visit the Raptors on SundayWizards: Host the Hornets on Saturday in their only back-to-back home games of the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Bradley Beal led Washington with 34 points.The Wizards played without John Wall, who was sidelined with a sore left heel. Washington coach Scott Brooks said that he found out during the morning shootaround that Wall would be unable to play, and said he would see a specialist.The Wizards fell to 13-23. They’ve dropped nine of 11.Beal remains convinced that Washington can turn the season around, and he refuses to believe that with the team 10 games below .500, the season is too far gone.“I’ll never say that,” Beal said. “I’ll never think it. I’ll never believe it. My main objective is to make sure we get out of the hole and we will.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibidlast_img read more

HOA Opens slew of Health Bills on Agenda Key questions to Border

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouse of assembly is opened for business today and there will be six first reading of bills most of which come from the Ministry of Health & Human Services and include the Mental Health Bill and Health Appeals Tribunal Bill.There are eleven parliamentary questions including a request for update on the escaped detainees from the Detention Center; whether there will be more police added to the squad in South Caicos; how many new people were hired in the public sector and of the Border Control Minister, why he suddenly ceased processing of status documents for a month this past April, with less than a day’s notice.Top on the HOA agenda is the presentation by the Finance Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Financial Statements for the year ended, March, 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:HOA, house of assembly, Minister, ministry of health, politicslast_img read more

Forensic Audit coming for Bahamas Gaming Board

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – An internal financial investigation is just about launched at the Bahamas Gaming Board as media reports that the Board Secretary was asked to take a vacation because a forensic audit is about to begin.    Verdant Scott was, on Monday, directed to go home and the Deputy Secretary, Bridgette Outten will hold on at the helm in the interim.Speaking exclusively and with a promise of anonymity to the Tribune newspaper, a senior executive explained that Scott had built up a lot of vacation time and that the Gaming Board’s records was showing some funny business.    Decisions to award bonuses and to increase salaries are among the things the financial investigation will hopefully explain.#GamingBoard Chairman Kenyatta Gibson is not remarking what is going on now, but a few weeks back he did say an audit of the board’s finances and a status review of the gaming house industry were first on the new panel’s agenda.   From the audit, it is expected recommendations on the way forward for the Gaming Board will be presented to Government.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#GamingBoard, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

DDME ADVISORY PROCEDURE FOR DONATION OF RELIEF ITEMS

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – To all interested Parties: The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) takes this opportunity to appreciate your goodwill during this time for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).Please note, the established process for engaging the TCI Government to donate relief items is as follows:-1. An official letter providing the list of items, quantities, values, port origin and proposed schedule time for arrival in the Providenciales Port;2. An official letter providing the names of all persons, along with copies of his/her respective passport bio-data page;3. Any other supporting information.Upon receipt of the information, the DDME will process your documents and respond providing the necessary clearance.Please contact the DDME at [email protected] should your require any additional clarification.Regards,Department of Disaster Management and Emergencieslast_img read more