Bill to ‘crack down on unscrupulous lenders’

first_imgOneNews 17 Sept 2013A Bill to strengthen protections for borrowers and make wide-ranging changes to consumer credit and repossession laws passed its first reading in Parliament today.Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill is the largest overhaul of consumer credit law in a decade.“The Bill will crack down on unscrupulous lenders who leave borrowers and their families trapped in a spiral of uncontrolled debt,” Mr Foss said.The changes will require all lenders to act responsibly and provide consumers with the information they need to properly consider any loan agreement, he said.The Bill makes it illegal to lend money to someone whose loan repayments would be likely to result in substantial hardship.It also requires lenders to properly consider applications by borrowers for hardship relief. read more

Poor losing out on pokie cash

first_imgNZ Herald 11 August 2014Money tipped into pokie machines in the poorest parts of Auckland doesn’t come back to those communities in gaming grants, new data shows.In contrast, the wealthiest areas gamble far less but take a disproportionate amount of money out of other areas. This has been greeted as proof of a long-stated but never-proven claim about pokies – that the poor get poorer but the rich get richer.The Auckland Council research is behind a challenge to government plans to ringfence 80 per cent of pokie grant distribution inside large regional areas. Instead, it wants a special system for distributing pokie grants inside Auckland which will allow the poorest areas to benefit from money gambled locally.The research shows the biggest pokie players in Auckland are in the Otara-Papatoetoe area, putting $274 per person into gaming machines.The area also rates among the highest in the region on the NZ Deprivation Index. Residents in Orakei, Auckland’s least deprived area, spend $49 each. read more

Narelle Henson: Traversing ‘trans’ arena tricky at best

first_imgStuff 2 June 2017Family First Comment: Another superb column by Narelle Henson – she really should replace Lizzie Marvelly in the Herald (although Narelle may make too much sense!)But regarding the tricky trans arena, Narelle succinctly says:“Of course, the only way to avoid the war is to hitch the bandwagon back to biological identity, and admit that feelings don’t tell the full story about any of us. But somewhere along the line biological identity became offensive. This means, of course, that we are all stuck on the bandwagon, and headed right for a battlezone.” If you’re wondering how headlines on transgender groups can make the news at the same time as headlines on gender-neutral school uniforms, you’re not alone.It seems obvious, really, that we can’t have a society in which both co-exist. After all, being gender-neutral means “not identified with any gender”. Transgender means “identifying with the opposite gender”. You can’t have no genders and be an opposite gender at the same time.This is just a sneak peek of the utter confusion into which the identity bandwagon is rapidly rolling us.Take, for example, the story of Rachel Dolezal, the woman who brought “transracial” into the public imagination. If your true sexual identity, or gender identity was based on feelings, she argued, then why not race?Rebecca Tuvel, a philosopher who wrote a paper in March arguing that very same point, was vehemently denounced by hundreds of fellow academics for – get this – “epistemic (thought) violence”. The controversy led to the eventual retraction of the paper, and got so big it now has its own Wikipedia page.Last year we were introduced to the idea of being “trans-species” by Nano, the woman who identifies as a cat. Luis Padron also used the term this year to explain his feelings about wanting to become an elf.READ MORE: read more

Boy battling cancer wakes from coma as family agree to cut life support

first_imgNZ Herald 3 April 2018Family First Comment: A perfect example of why euthanasia is so dangerous – not only for adults but also for children. Don’t let the politicians go near it! A two-year-old boy in the UK woke up from a coma right after his family agreed to switch him off life support.Dylan Askin, from Shelton Lock, Derbyshire, suffered from a very rare type of lung cancer. He received the one-in-ten-million diagnosis of Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH).On Good Friday of 2016, Dylan’s outlook was so tragic the parents made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support the following day.Little Dylan fought through and, by Easter Sunday, was deemed to be in “stable” condition.Two years on, Dylan has beaten cancer.READ MORE: read more

Al-Shabaab releases video showing prisoners’ executions

first_imgSomali Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab has released a harrowing video showing its members executing soldiers believed to be part of the African Union troops it kidnapped during an attack on their base in Somalia in September.The video was reported by SITE Intelligence Group on Tuesday. It shows armed fighters tearing through what looks to be a camp for Ugandan troops.Al-Shabaab said that it killed more than 50 Ugandan troops in the attack on a base for peacekeepers in the town of Janale. Ugandan officials however reported only 19 deaths.Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was reported to have said that al-Shabaab may have taken some prisoners and blamed the commanders for being “asleep” when the attack happened.This particular video shows an alleged Ugandan prisoner in handcuffs and other soldiers being shot at close range by the group’s militants.last_img read more

Dominica to introduce action plan to prevent cholera

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Dominica to introduce action plan to prevent cholera by: – June 27, 2011 28 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica is to introduce a plan of action to prevent the entry of cholera in the country.Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson said his ministry is being proactive and will finalize a plan of action at a workshop in July.“We have no cases on the island but we are not sitting back and thinking it’s not a possibility. We are currently planning a workshop to develop a plan of action just in case it were to arrive in Dominica,” he said.According to Dr, Johnson, the Ministry of Health is also addressing several other issues relating to diseases on the island.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Major road repairs on Government’s agenda for Loubiere/ Castle Comfort area.

first_img Sharing is caring! 18 Views   no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Major road repairs on Government’s agenda for Loubiere/ Castle Comfort area. by: – August 18, 2011center_img Minister of Public Works, Energy & Ports, Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore.Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore has assured residents of Loubiere, Madrelle, Fond Baron, Wall House and Castle Comfort that several road repair and rehabilitation projects will be undertaken.Mr. Blackmoore who was representing the Prime Minister at the ninth inaugural meeting of the Loubiere, Madrelle, Fond Baron, Wall House and Castle Comfort Village council yesterday, gave the Government’s assurance and commitment to assist in improving the safety and lives of the residents of these communities.“I want to give you the assurance and commitment of this administration that in so far as the Castle Comfort link road is concerned; your Government; the people’s Government has paid in full the Public Works Corporation for that said work. Upon completion of the Public Works engagement in the Carib Reserve within the next two weeks they shall return to the area to complete that job. We did not pay a portion but we paid everything. I can give you the assurance here today that $150, 000.00 will be made available to ensure that that project in itself is undertaken in due course” the Minister said.According to Honourable Blackmoore he has been in dialogue with the Member of Parliament for the Roseau South Constituency, Honourable Ambrose George to determine the most effective way for implementation of these projects; whether through the Village Council or through direct engagements of the Ministry with local contractors.”The Minister also assured the residents that another project with an estimated cost of one million and forty-eight dollars to rehabilitate the portion of road from Lalay Coco to the beginning of the Pointe Michel sea wall will be undertaken.“I want to give you the assurance to do the road from Lalay Coco up to the beginning of the Pointe Michel sea wall, and that is going to cost one million and forty-eight dollars. It will involve among other things a new pavement with asphalted concrete, and the installation of sidewalks and the elevation of the side walk in the Loubiere area to make it safer and more comfortable for vehicular traffic flow,” Mr. Blackmoore said.In related news, Mr. Blackmoore highlighted the significance of ensuring that a proper road network exists on island which he says will assist in our economic advancement.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Controversy erupts in Turks and Caicos over secret development agreement

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Controversy erupts in Turks and Caicos over secret development agreement by: – April 25, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img 111 Views   no discussions Share PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Following a recent article in the Jamaica Observer, which is owned by Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, who also owns the Sandals/Beaches resorts group, claiming that a total of 500 Jamaican workers are to be employed by the Beaches Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the disclosure of a previously secret development agreement has generated considerable controversy locally.The article reported that the Beaches personnel department is recruiting a minimum of 100 additional Jamaican nationals, who the article claimed will be transferred to the TCI to join the existing Beaches staff here, which already consists of a majority of Jamaican nationals on work permits. Beaches human resources director Monique McClean-Vaughn told the Jamaica Observer that there are also plans for a further 50 Jamaican workers to be added in the near future and, when the additional 50 are recruited, it will bring the number of Jamaicans working at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resorts to 503.McClean-Vaughn said a team of eight recruiters from the TCI will arrive in Jamaica on April 29 to begin four days of interviews, which they hope will culminate in the first batch of 100 workers arriving in the TCI within the next six to eight weeks.According to the Observer, the Jamaicans will fill vacancies as room technicians in the engineering department; kitchen line cooks; concierge agent; butlers; security officers; bartenders in the pool and beach areas; waiters and waitresses in the buffet and a-la-carte restaurants; room attendants and housemenThe Observer article prompted an immediate and vigorous reaction in the TCI, where local unemployment has become a serious concern, exacerbated by recent voluntary redundancies of hundreds of civil servants as part of a “right-sizing” of the public service by the interim administration.At the same time, the disclosure of a hitherto unknown “development agreement” signed in 2006 between the TCI government and the Sandals Group has added fuel to the flames because it purports to exempt Sandals/Beaches from certain provisions of the Immigration Ordinance regarding the grant of work permits for foreign workers.Specifically, clause 4(2) of the 16-page agreement signed by former Governor Richard Tauwhare “acting in the name of and on behalf of the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands” creates a special “Work Permit and Employment Procedure” in relation to the grant, renewal and processing of work permits for non-belonger employees to be employed by the developers.However, the agreement goes on to provide that “Senior Management Staff” shall not be required to adhere to certain aspects of the so-called work permit and employment procedure in relation to the grant, renewal and processing of work permits for non-Belonger employees. “Senior Management Staff” is defined in the agreement as staff holding the position of general manager, hotel manager, financial controller, executive chef, executive housekeeper, food and beverage manager, chief engineer, director of operations, water sports manager, and rooms division manager.The agreement states that the developers shall not be required to advertise the positions for senior management staff, but merely notify the Immigration Board of any such appointment and supply relevant information and documents, whereupon such senior management staff shall be automatically authorized to enter and take up employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In relation to non senior management staff, the developers are required periodically to submit to the Immigration Board a list of names, positions, police records and relevant extracts from passports for all new workers and, prior to the submission of the list, advertise all such positions locally, except for the positions for senior management staff. Again, on submission of such list, the new employees shall be automatically authorized to enter and take up employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands.In a press statement on Friday, the Ministry of Border Control and Labour expressed “surprise” at the Observer article.“If true, this would not be in line with recent discussions between the ministry and Beaches Resort, as Beaches Resort has never indicated that there is such a major staff shortage which cannot be met from within the Turks and Caicos Islands,” the statement said.The ministry said that, for the last year, it has been working closely with Beaches regarding their hiring policies and that Beaches management has agreed to abide by the procedures approved by the Labour Commissioner, and in line with the Immigration Ordinance — seeking persons from the unemployment register in the Labour Department, followed by local advertising and then as a final option seeking persons through overseas advertising.According to the statement, Beaches management has also, along with the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, been working with the ministry to identify jobs for people affected by the government’s voluntary severance programme, in a process that is still going on. “The Ministry is seeking urgent communication from Beaches Resort management to confirm that the agreed procedures continue to be followed. The law remains that priority in employment should be given to Turks and Caicos Islanders. The Ministry has never been averse to the employment of foreign nationals to meet essential business needs, in the interests of the Turks and Caicos Islands, however, that process must be in line with the law of the land, and the systems currently in practice,” the statement concluded.The government press office has not so far responded to an enquiry as to what extent, if at all, was it in fact permissible for the government of the day to waive any relevant provisions of the Immigration Ordinance with regard to the special treatment afforded Beaches in relation to overseas workers.In the meantime, ‘Butch’ Stewart, owner of the Sandals Group and the Jamaica Observer, has issued a statement pointing out that Beaches is the largest private employer in the TCI, both of Turks and Caicos Islanders and as a whole, with over 1,200 employees. “We are also the largest generator of foreign currency in the country, which is fundamental to any economy and the most proactive in terms of marketing the Turks and Caicos as a destination,” Stewart said.“Prior to recruiting from overseas, we take a huge number of steps to try and fill the positions locally and when all available avenues are exhausted we have to fill the positions using suitable personnel from elsewhere,” he said.However, in what some here are regarding as a thinly-veiled threat, Stewart went on to refer to a possible closure of Beaches in the Turks and Caicos, which would create a domino effect that would impact a huge amount of people within the TCI.“The employment for taxi drivers, tour operators and local contractors not to mention the taxes and duties we provide to the country’s coffers would all drop significantly. Make no mistake about it; an underperforming Beaches Turks and Caicos would have a hugely negative impact on the entire country. Furthermore, less demand at Beaches Turks and Caicos would result in reduced airlift. Airlines currently anchor their schedule to Beaches Turks and Caicos and should that change, it would create a situation that would affect every resort in the country and with it, their staff,” he said.In a separate attachment, Stewart said that the resort is currently understaffed by over 13 percent and has been for over a year, and “desperately needs to close the gap between the current and the actual workforce required.”He continued that the labour shortage at Beaches simply cannot be eliminated utilizing the employment pool in the Turks and Caicos Islands alone and the need to recruit from overseas is out of necessity.“In accordance with the Ministry of Labour’s immigration ordinance, we look to recruit from the unemployment register from the Labour Department as the first option. Last year we scheduled a total of 554 interviews from the unemployment register recruiting 154 persons (46%) from those interviewed. In 40% of scheduled interviews, the interviewee failed to attend,” the statement said.Local commentary on the previously unknown development agreement has been flying thick and fast, including one local attorney who described the document as a “mess”, expressing surprise that it came from the well known law firm of Misick and Stanbrook.Two announced candidates for the leadership of the Progressive National Party (PNP), during whose administration the development agreement was negotiated and signed, have also expressed their views on the matter.Carlos Simons QC has condemned the statements by Beaches and called the actions or lack thereof of the interim government “scandalous”. Another leadership candidate, Dr Rufus Ewing, has also joined the ranks of those condemning the possible large scale hiring of foreign workers.Dwayne Taylor, treasurer of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), appeared on local television on Friday to say he was not aware of what the agreement between the former (PNP-led) government and Beaches required but he suspects the issue is not settled.He went on to say, “I have had some serious concerns with Beaches Turks and Caicos because there are a number of TC Islanders who have experience in the hospitality industry and have one or two degrees who were not given fair assessment during the Beaches job fairs.”Leader of the PDM, Derek Taylor, has apparently yet to take a position on the Beaches hiring practice. His now national chairman was the recipient of a lucrative long term Beaches watersports contract, which lasted throughout the Taylor administration.In November 2011, the Tribune newspaper in The Bahamas revealed the existence of an investigation conducted by US government officials into the wire transfer of funds totaling some $1.65 million from accounts belonging to Sandals/Beaches resorts into the hands of the PNP in the TCI and former premier Michael Misick, using his brothers’ firms.According to the article, the funds after arriving in the TCI were divided between the law firms of Misick and Stanbrook, headed by Ariel Misick, and Chalmers and Company, headed by Chalmers “Chal” Misick; and Prestigious Properties headed by Washington Misick. One million dollars of the funds from Sandals was reportedly used to pay debts and obligations of Michael Misick himself. The investigation uncovered what appeared to be a front for a portion of the transfers on the basis that Prestigious Properties was purchasing TCI properties on behalf of Beaches. However, the accounts of Prestigious have revealed “handwritten notes” directing the funds to settle the personal obligations of Michael Misick.According to the article, the $500,000 contribution to the PNP was disguised as legal fees for Stewart. However, Chalmers Misick is alleged to have accepted it as a donation to the PNP.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Cheeky note by Ramdin earns him ICC fine

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share NewsSports Cheeky note by Ramdin earns him ICC fine by: – June 11, 2012center_img 45 Views   no discussions West Indies’ player Denesh Ramdin found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct and fined.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 11, 2012 – A day after being on top of the world after making his second century and marking the highest tailend stand with Barbadian Tino Best, Trinidadian cricketer Denesh Ramdin has been brought crashing down to earth. The West Indies’ cricketer has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third Test between England and the West Indies, which ended in a draw on Monday at Edgbaston, Birmingham.Ramdin was charged this morning (June 11) with a Level 1 offence, contrary to clause 2.1.8 (a), which relates to “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.Ramdin pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing.This fine follows Ramdin’s decision to address past criticisms against him by veteran cricketing great Sir Vivian Richards with a note that read: “Yea Viv talk nah”, which he pulled from his pocket and held high on the field for all to see during yesterday’s match.The incident took place during the West Indies innings in the 121st over while Ramdin was celebrating his second Test century.Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, explaining his decision, said: “It is important that we do not allow a precedent to be set with such a premeditated celebration by Mr Ramdin. We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one’s critic or send messages to the world.“I hope Mr Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future when celebrating an achievement within a game of international cricket.”The charge was laid by on-field umpires Tony Hill and Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Aleem Dar, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, as well as fourth official David Millns.All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.Caribbean 360 News Sharelast_img read more

F1: Monaco GP cancelled due to coronavirus, ending 65-year run

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWorld’s Most Delicious Foods9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Loading… The iconic Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, a glittering fixture on the world motorsport calendar for 65 years, was cancelled Thursday, the latest event to fall victim to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisementcenter_img The race, due to be held in the Principality on May 24, was axed completely while the Grand Prix in the Netherlands and Spain were postponed.“The situation is no longer tenable,” said a statement by the Automobile Club de Monaco.“After careful consideration as to the gravity of this crisis worldwide, it is with great sadness that the board of directors has taken this decision.”It will be the first time since 1954 that there has not been a Monaco Grand Prix, part of motor racing’s fabled ‘Triple Crown’ which also includes the Le Mans 24 Hour Race and Indy 500.Winners of the celebrated race, which winds its way around the well-heeled streets of the millionaires’ playground on the Riviera, include legends such as Ayrton Senna, a six-time champion, and Michael Schumacher, victorious on five occasions.Lewis Hamilton won in Monaco in 2019 on his way to a sixth world title.The binning of the Monaco race and postponements in the Netherlands and Spain follow the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last week, and the postponement of the Chinese, Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races.The Dutch GP, due to return to the calendar for the first time since 1985, was set to be held at Zandvoort on May 3, with the Spanish race following a week later.“Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, the FIA, Formula One and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern,” a joint statement from F1 and the FIA read.The Dutch and Spanish organisers will study the viability of finding alternative dates to run their races later in the year.Formula 1 and the FIA expect to be able to begin the 2020 season “as soon as it’s safe to do so after May”, but will continue to monitor the situation.The earliest the new season can now start is on June 7 in Azerbaijan.Thursday’s announcement came just a day after the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, scheduled for June, was pushed back until September.In motorcycling, the season-opening Qatar MotoGP was axed while the Thai race was rescheduled to October.The United States MotoGP has also been moved from April to November leaving the season to start in Argentina on April 19.– 2022 for new regulations –Meanwhile, the FIA also said on Thursday the introduction of new technical regulations, due to take effect in the 2021 F1 season, will be postponed until 2022.“All parties (FIA, Formula 1 and teams) discussed the current situation of the 2020 championship and how the sport will react to the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said an FIA statement.“Due to the currently volatile financial situation this has created, it has been agreed that teams will use their 2020 chassis for 2021, with the potential freezing of further components to be discussed in due course.“The introduction and implementation of the financial regulations will go ahead as planned in 2021, and discussions remain ongoing between the FIA, Formula 1 and all teams regarding further ways to make significant cost savings.In October last year, FIA president Jean Todt said the new regulations would mean “F1 will be less complex and easier to understand” while making the sport “more durable and safer”.The planned spending cap will limit teams to $175 million per year.Currently, the giants of the paddock, Mercedes and Ferrari, have an annual budget of around $500 million.The sporting calendar has been turned upside down by the coronavirus outbreak, which has 217,510 cases with 9,020 deaths across 157 countries and territories as of 1100 GMT Thursday.Highlight: World champion Lewis Hamilton leads last year’s Monaco Grand PrixRead Also: NBA: Lakers and Sixers announce coronavirus positivesThe European football championships and Copa America have been both pushed back by 12 months to 2021.In tennis, the French Open has controversially been rescheduled to September/October while golf has shelved its opening two majors of 2020 – The Masters and USPGA Championship.However, the International Olympic Committee have so far pledged to carry on with the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to run between July 24-August 9.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more