Breaking gender barriersAs the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, the ladies in the aviation sector are observing International Women in Aviation Week, which began on March 5 and concludes on March 11.To commemorate this, the National Air Transport Association (NATA) is hosting a series of activities and, on Tuesday, had a panel discussion at the University of Guyana with the trailbreakers in the sector.The panel featured veteran pilots Annette Arjoon-Martins; Captain Christine Marcus, who heads the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Drone Operations Unit; GCAA General Counsel Amanza Desir; Captain Claudia Brown and youngNATA President Annette Arjoon-Martins, GCAA General Counsel Amanza Desir, Devia Tamradhwaj, Captain Claudia Brown and Captain Christine Marcusengineer Devia Tamradhwaj.The Women in Aviation Week was launched in 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first female pilot being issued with a commercial licence.According to Arjoon-Martins, who also heads NATA, the panel discussion is just one aspect of the many activities they have planned.“The reason we chose the University of Guyana (for the discussion) is because through the pioneering work of Ms Roxanne Reece, Ms Sharon Correira and Ms Alicia Trim for the first time the University of Guyana, as of January last, is now offering a Diploma in Aviation Management. We wanted to hold it here to attract students to become interested in the aviation industry,” she said.When asked about the plans for advancing the interests of women in the sector, she said that they would be embarking on a mentorship programme. She added that the sector also needed more women explaining that the current women have been breaking all the barriers in what was typically a male-dominated industry.“We have several avenues to follow up on… we will be holding sessions every three months and we will be doing school outreaches to guide students. The intention is to do (panel discussions) at least four times a year,” she explained.In relating her experience as a young engineer, Tamradhwaj said that at the Ogle Airport, there were only five female engineers and made the call for that to be bettered. She noted that females were more detail-oriented and as such, if they wanted to join the aeronautical engineering fraternity, then they should not be dissuaded.“We are doing many jobs that are conventionally a man’s job…we have a lot of females that are taking up jobs that are traditionally a man’s job…,” she noted.“Women have to make an unusual amount of effort in order to be successful in most fields and if she is to fail, you will not hear she does not have what it takes, you will hear women don’t have what it takes…if we empower one another, we will reach much further, much faster,” Tamradhwaj said.Meanwhile, Marcus urged the women to take advantage of the emerging need for drones. She noted that drones were machines of the future and if women joined that industry, then it would be a ground-breaking path for them.“This (drones) brings new opportunities for everyone. Everyone especially women, women who otherwise have to break in to the aviation industry – a man’s world, break the social and cultural norms of the industry,” she said.Overall, the session saw the panellists being engaged by the women in the audience about the opportunities in the sector, while the men in attendance honoured them for breaking the barriers.
A passenger who was scheduled to leave Guyana’s shores on December 11, 2018 after booking his flight five months in advance with Fly Jamaica, has expressed frustration at the airline for “dragging its feet” in relation to refunding passengers their monies.Vikask Ramnarine, who was destined for JFK airport, New York, said that he was only informed of the cancellation of the flight when he made calls to the airline and was told to return eight weeks later for a full refund of his airfare.“On Thursday and Friday my relatives told me to call just to make sure that the flight is on, since all these things going on with that particular airline, so I did and I was told by the staff that everything is ok and I am schedule to fly on the same day.”“On Saturday and Sunday I called back only to be told that the flight has been cancelled, but still no one called to say anything”, Ramnarine related.Ramnarine noted that he decided to visit the company’s Carmichael Street office to express his dissatisfaction, only to be told by the staff that they “don’t have any arrangements in place” and nothing could be done.“I understand that the process to refund customers will take time but I expected this period be at least 3 days since this was not our fault and it’s very unfair that we have to wait 6-8 Weeks for our money to be returned to us. Also taking into consideration the airline held this money since August 2018 and they do not have any service to provide, no instant refund”.According to him the company owes him a total of US$720 which is equivalent to GYD$144,000.Recently, a source close to the Airline had refuted the claims of inconvenienced and frustrated passengers who complain of not being refunded their tickets’ cost.The representative who spoke with Guyana Times said, “All the flights that were cancelled or (passengers who) were affected are having a total refund. If you want to cancel from us because you need to book another carrier, I am not sure how they are gonna go about doing that, but they are free to come into the office and have that clarification done with accounting or they can call the local number and have clearer information as to how we are going about that.”She said that in addition to the local office, Fly Jamaica also has international offices in the United States where queries can be made.Although the sale of tickets has been put on hold, the source related that operations are expected to resume in January.Just recently, a disgruntled passenger expressed his frustration in a letter to this newspaper explaining, “I had purchased a ticket before the incident to travel to Guyana on December 21 and return to Toronto in January 2019. I contacted Fly Jamaica to find out if my flight would be cancelled and if I could get a refund. They claimed that the flight will not be cancelled, and, therefore, I will not be getting a refund.”
Lagan Harps FC NewsWe had a quiet weekend with the schoolboys games cancelled due to the bad weather. Our men’s team also had no game scheduled.We had an u/10 side taking part in a mini blitz in the Aura on Saturday morning. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 10,17,20 and 23. Niamh Toner had three numbers and won e50. The club wishes to extend sympathy to the family of the late Mrs Evelyn Mc Crossan.Best wishes for a speedy recovery to former player Evan Logan, hopefully he’s back on his feet very soon.SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS FC ISSUE BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO FORMER PLAYER EVAN LOGAN was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSport
UPDATED: FROM NEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: CELTIC saw off Inverness Caley Thistle by the narrowest of margins today to restore their four point lead in the SPL over Rangers who had won their lunchtime clash with Dunfermline 4-1.Joe Ledley’s 16th-minute tap-in after a some wonderful play from wonderkid proved the difference this afternoon in Neil Lennon’s 100th game in charge.Charlie Mulgrew could have a couple more before Majstorovic was shown a red card for a disputed 60th-minute challenge on Jonny Hayes. Everyone thought this would be the day the long run of 16 straight wins would come to an end as Caley tried to take advantage of the extra man.The visitors had a great chance to level the game when Gnakpa fired into the side-netting after being found by Williams – much to the annoyance of two teammates waiting in front of goal.But Thistle’s Steve Williams was sent off 17 minutes later and with player parity restored, Celtic held on to record win number 17.Unfortunately the media are now wondering if Neil can match Martin O’Neill’s 25 wins in a row (defeat almost certainly follows when that happens, so fingers crossed if you are superstitious like me). “That might stand a long, long time, that record,” said Lennon.“At any level of football that is some record.“But these guys now, what they’ve done is fantastic for such a young team.”He was however unhappy about the sending off.“I thought that until the sending-off we were pretty good, particularly going forward,” he said. “I thought that Inverness made a good contribution to the game and worked very hard, but my goalkeeper hasn’t had a save to make.“The sending-off changed the game, it gave Inverness a chance to get on the front foot, but I thought we were tremendous.“It’s one of the best wins on this run and I thought there were huge performances today from Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley, Scott Brown, Georgios Samaras, James Forrest and Victor Wanyama so I’m absolutely thrilled with that and thrilled with the win.“The only thing that annoyed me was that when they go down to 10 men they should still believe they can be positive in the game, because we’ve got so much talent and running power in the team. “I was just worried that they might have got a little bit negative, but credit to them, they’ve kept going and we’ve had a great result. It was a really tough game.“Daniel claims it was a good tackle. To me, it looks OK on the angle from the TV replays.“How the linesman can give that decision is beyond me. I know Terry Butcher’s critical of the referee today – and I’m not altogether happy with his performance either – but I don’t think he got much help from either of his linesmen.”THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC HOLD ON TO RESTORE LEAD OVER RANGERS was last modified: February 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticICTthe hoops report
Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, responding to the publication of the Mercer Report has said the Government has nowhere left to hide on bankers’ pay and must immediately implement compulsory pay cuts and reduce senior bankers’ pay caps.Reacting to the news that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told banks to cut total remuneration by 6-10%, Deputy Doherty said that frontline public servants had taken total cuts of between 14-25% so far on their pay and the new Croke Park deal was looking for a further cut of 8%.Deputy Doherty said: “After two years in office and a report that cost €119,000 to produce the Minister has nowhere left to hide on banking salaries. Yet today’s response is pathetic. “Last year I revealed that four years into the banking crisis there were still 2,949 staff at the covered institutions receiving remuneration packages in excess of €100,000 per annum. Of those, 326 receive more than €200,000; 104 receive more than €300,000; 48 receive more than €400,000 and 27 receive more than €500,000. The figures include salaries, pension contributions and other forms of payment.“There are reports that the minister is looking for cuts of between 6-10% in bankers’ pay on the back of this report. The minister does not set out the detail of where these cuts will be aimed, whether they will be compulsory or if he will put a new cap on senior bankers’ pay.“Does the Minister think it’s acceptable a banker earning a €400,000 per year salary would continue to earn €360,000 per year? Does he think it’s acceptable that Richie Boucher as head of Bank of Ireland would only take a 10% pay cut on his €680,000 basic salary per annum and still earn over €612,000 per annum? What will he do if the banks refuse to accept these pay cuts?“The report shows that average salaries have increased in all institutions since 2009. In the last number of years, frontline workers, who bear no responsibility for this economic crisis, have been asked to take cuts of between 14-25% in their total pay. The new Croke Park deal seeks further cuts of 8% for workers like guards and nurses. “The government continues to treat bankers with kid gloves, but two weeks ago it was able to tell frontline workers that if they don’t accept the terms of the Croke Park deal they will be imposed on them.“It does not matter how our bankers are paid versus other European banks or other parts of the financial sector domestically. What matters is that banks which have received large recapitalisation from the state and are still underperforming are paying their senior staff in a manner that reflects exactly where this state is at, as well as the pay of others in society who have had to take the brunt of government cuts.“I am calling on Minister Noonan to immediately present to the Dail his plans on reducing bankers’ pay.” NO EXCUSE FOR NOT CUTTING BANKERS’ PAY, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NO EXCUSE FOR NOT CUTTING BANKERS’ PAYSAYS DOHERTY
Tags: Spanish La Ligatop Celta Vigo vs LeganesEstadio Abanca-Balaidos, VigoFriday, 14-12-2018 @11:00 pmReferee: Jose MunueraCelta are showing signs of starting to respond to Miguel Cardoso’s demands following back to back wins. They have also scored in each of their last six league games and will be keen on building on the win over Huesca last time out. For Leganes, they are unbeaten in their last seven competitive match and will prove a tough game to negotiate.Fran Beltran has made two substitute appearances this month after recovering from injury and could slot back into the starting XI here by Cardoso. Stanislav Lobotka has recovered from an ankle problem but is unlikely to feature from the off this weekend. No big changes are expected from Miguel Cardoso.Jonathan Silva returns from a ban and will slot straight back in at left wing-back. Allan Nyom and Ruben Perez are both out due to bans, though Leganes will be appealing the latter until the last possible moment. Juanfran will start at right-back, while Unai Bustinza could be preferred to Rodri Tarin at centre-back.Celta Vigo are undefeated in 17 of their last 19 home matchesGetafe vs Real SociedadColiseum Alfonso Perez, GetafeSaturday, 15-12-2018 @03: 00 pmReferee: Santiago JaimeGetafe are unbeaten in their last four competitive fixtures, winning their last two at home in the process. One defeat in 9 is a good record for Jose Bordalas’s side who will be confident of ending the year in a strong position. For Sociedad, they have already picked up four wins on the road this season but are continously undone by their home form.Jaime Mata is suspended for the home side, so Angel Rodriguez will partner Jorge Molina up top. Amath is sidelined until May with ligament damage, meaning that Francisco Portillo will likely feature on the left wing. Antunes, Damian Suarez and Mauro Arambarri are all one booking away from a ban.Robin Le Normand is expected to continue at centre-back despite Diego Llorente’s return from injury. Joseba Zaldua is a doubt, which could see Andoni Gorosabel feature at right-back. Igor Zubeldia is expected to come back into the base of midfield.Getafe have won their last 3 matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions.Real Valladolid vs Atletico MadridEstadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, ValladolidSaturday, 15-12-2018 @06: 15 pmReferee: Alberto UndianoMidfielder, Koke is back after a ban and should slot straight back into the Atletico midfield. Lucas Hernandez and Jose Gimenez are both sidelined with injury problems. Filipe Luis is fit to feature at left-back, while Thomas Lemar has a minor ankle problem and is a doubt.For the home side, Javi Moyano is fit and will feature at right-back. Antonito is expected to retain his place on the right-hand side for Real Valladolid at Daniele Verdi and Keko’s expense. Sergio has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s action.Real Valladolid have recorded back to back win, though one was in the cup. They have only won one of their last six in the league. For Atletico, they go into Saturday’s game unbeaten in their last 11 games and turned in a very strong performance against Alaves last time out. They will be disappointed to have conceded top spot in the Champions League but will hope to bounce back with victory away to Valladolid.Atletico have won their last 6 matches against Real Valladolid in all competitions.Real Madrid vs Rayo VallecanoEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSaturday, 15-12-2018 @08:30 pmReferee: Ricardo de BurgosReal Madrid suffered their biggest ever loss in a champions league home game, losing 3-0 to CSKA Moscow. Nothing else other than a victory on Saturday will suffice the weekend. The visitors have won just one away game this season and will surely struggle to get anything out of the fixture.Gareth Bale should be fit to start after an injury scare in the Champions League in midweek. Toni Kroos is back available after injury but may start on the bench for a second game in a row. Marcos Llorente is expected to continue to anchor the midfield in Casemiro’s absence.Jordi Amat is suspended for the away side, so Emiliano Velazquez should feature at centre-back. Tito and Luis Advincula are expected to double up down the right-hand side. Star striker Raul de Tomas is unavailable due to a clause in his loan deal from Real Madrid.Real Madrid have won their last 13 matches against Rayo Vallecano in all competitions.Eiber vs ValenciaEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSaturday, 15-12-2018 @10:45 pmReferee: Adrian CoderoEibar are winless in their last three games after losing on the road against Rayo, drawing with Sporting in the Copa del Rey and taking part in a 4-4 thriller vs Levante last weekend. However, they are unbeaten in their last four at home. For Valencia, they have failed to win their last two away games although they gvcame at Madrid and Juventus. The win over Man Nuited in the mid week should boost their confidence going into the visit to Eibar.Ivan Ramis is expected to start for the home side, despite picking up a recent knock. Joan Jordan is available once again for the hosts and should replace Pape Diop in central midfield. Charles is expected to get the nod up top, with Kike Garcia to be named on the bench.Gabriel is a doubt with a hamstring problem, so Mouctar Diakhaby should partner Ezequiel Garay at centre-back once again for Valencia. Jose Gaya is fresh to start at left-back after serving a Champions League suspension in midweek. Daniel Wass should be named at right-back, while Goncalo Guedes is out until February after going under the knife.Eibar have scored at least 2 goals in their last three home La Liga games.Sevilla vs GironaEstadio Sanchez Ramon Pizjuan, SevilleSunday, 16-12-2018 @02:00 pmReferee: Guillermo CuadraSevilla have picked up just one win in their last four attempts as form has started deteriorating for Machini’s men. However, they have won their last 8 games at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in all competitions. For Girona, they have been strng on the road since the season started but their form was blemished by Athletic Bilbao on Monday in the 1-0 loss.Franco Vazquez is sidelined due to suspension for Sevilla, so Roque Mesa should feature in central midfield. Pablo Sarabia, Roque Mesa, Ever Banega, Daniel Carrico and Gabriel Mercado are all one booking away from a ban. Jesus Navas should return at right wing-back, with Pablo Sarabia starting from the off.Alex Granell is expected to feature at left wing-back, as Carles Planas and Marc Muniesa are still recovering. Gorka Iraizoz is expected to continue in goal, as Yassine Bono is still not fully fit. Eusebio has no fresh injury concerns heading into the weekend.Sevilla have won their last 3 matches against Girona in all competitions.Espanyol vs Real BetisRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSunday, 16-12-2018 @06:15 pmReferee: Jose SanchezEspanyol have won just two of their last eight games in all competitions, as Rubi’s side have lost all of their early-season momentum. At home, Espanyol have recently suffered defeats against Barcelona and Girona, but otherwise they have been strong.Didac Vila is suspended for the home side, which should see Adria Pedrosa feature at left-back. Mario Hermoso is out with a sprained ankle, so Oscar Duarte should feature at centre-back. Sergio Garcia will be deployed out on the left flank once more.Andres Guardado is Quique Setien’s only injury concern heading into the weekend. Antonio Barragan should be preferred to Francis on the right wing once again. Loren is expected to start up top, with Joaquin in support, rather than two strikers.Espanyol have lost their last 4 matches (La Liga).Huesca vs VillarealEstadio El Alcoraz, HuescaSunday, 16-12-2018 @08:30 pmReferee: David MedieHuesca ran Real Madrid close last time out in a 1-0 defeat and their manager Francisco is still looking for his first big result as boss. The home side are still winless since opening day and have not managed to take win a game at the Alcoraz either. For Villareal, they have not picked up a win on ther road in all competitions during their last eight games.Jorge Pulido is expected to feature at left-back for the home side. Pablo Insua should feature at centre-back, while Ruben Semedo continues to recover from an ankle problem. Christian Rivera should anchor the midfield, with Gonzalo Melero sat ahead of him.Javi Calleja was sacked last week, with Luis Garcia Plaza coming in to replace him. Jaume Costa should be preferred to Alfonso Pedraza at left-back. Carlos Bacca should partner Gerard Moreno up top, with Samuel Chukwueze expected to feature on the right wing.SD Huesca have failed to win in any of their last 14 league games.Levante vs BarcelonaEstadio Ciudad de Valencia, ValenciaSunday, 16-12-2018 @10:45 pmReferee: Jose GonzalezArturo Vidal is expected to get the nod in midfield ahead of Arthur. Ousmane Dembele should feature on the left wing ahead of Philippe Coutinho after some good recent form. Nelson Semedo will continue at right-back, as Sergi Roberto still isn’t fully fit.Jose Luis Morales is a doubt for the home side this weekend. If Morales is not fit to start, Borja Mayoral is expected to start up top alongside Roger Marti. No big changes are expected from Paco Lopez, with no fresh injury concernsLevante are unbeaten in their last four games and have taken two comfortable wins against Lugo and Bilbao recently at home. One defeat in their last 11 games in all competitions hsows the good form they are currently enjoying going into Sunday’s rubber. For Barca, they take on a side that ended their unbeaten run last season. Valvade had a chance to rest players in Barca’s 1-1 draw with Spurs in the Champions League so he should have a fresh squad.Barcelona are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 La Liga matches.Deportivo Alaves vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio de Mendizorroza, GasteizMonday, 17-12-2018 @11:00 pmReferee: Antonio MateuAlaves are winless in their last four competitive games, going on the boli of late. However, they are still unbeaten at the Mendizorroza. For Bilbao, new head coach Gaizka Garitano started his tenure with a win over Girona on Monday and will be eyeing to amke it two in two on Monday night.No surprises are expected from Abelardo, despite Alaves’ downturn in fortunes. Martin is expected to start at right-back, with Ximo Navarro in at centre-back ahead of Guillermo Maripan. The hosts could switch to a 4-4-2 formation, should Abelardo want to include Ruben Sobrino alongside Jonathan Calleri.Yuri will return from suspension and slot in at left-back for the away side. Oscar De Marcos will revert back to right-back, which will see Ander Capa drop to the bench. Inigo Martinez is also available after a ban and should replace Unai Nunez in the starting XI.Athletic Bilbao have failed to win any of their last 10 away La Liga games.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments
Moville Boutique Hostel has been nominated in the Best Boutique Hotel in Ireland category it has been announced.Moville Boutique Hostel will find out if they will be crowned the winner and take the trophy home at the elegant ceremony, taking place in October.The awards night will take place on Monday 21st October at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown and will welcome the best businesses of the country’s hospitality sector that work hard to provide memorable experiences to their guests. The Hotel Awards Ireland 2019 will shine the spotlight on the top hotels that offer excellent services to their guests, from the process of checking in and out, to room services and hotel ambience.They will also reward the industry professionals that demonstrate constant evolution and innovation in the market, earning the respect of all within the hospitality sector.General Manager, Cressida Canavan said: “We are absolutely over the moon with this, being nominated in the Hotel awards as a Hostel is rewarding in itself.“Our team here strive to deliver exceptional experiences to all of our guests so we thank them for voting for us. We hope to take home the award for Best Boutique Hotel in Ireland. This would mean so much to the hostel community, as sometimes there can be a perception associated with hostels but we are on the road to changing that.“(We are) redefining what a hostel is by constantly innovating our offerings to suit our guests’ individual needs by delivering excellent accommodation and guest experiences in lovely Donegal.”Donegal hostel in line for national recognition at prestigious Hotel Awards was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Birmingham Mail have followed up speculation that QPR failed in a deadline-day move for Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick.It comes after the Sunday People reported that Rangers tried to bring the 29-year-old centre-back to Loftus Road, after the departure of Steve Caulker to Lokomotiv Moscow.However, it is said that the move broke down when Villa could not secure a replacement.Embed from Getty ImagesFormer Brighton man Elphick joined Villa from Bournemouth in the summer on a three-year deal, and was initially named club captain.However, he has only featured in eight out of Steve Bruce’s 18 matches in charge and was an unused substitute in Villa’s 1-0 win at QPR in December. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
5 November 2012The South African Revenue Service’s (Sars’) chief legal and policy officer, Kosie Louw, has been elected chairperson of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, becoming the first African chair of the forum.Louw will hold the post for a two-year period starting in 2013.“On behalf of the South African government, I would like to congratulate Sars and Kosie Louw on his election as chairperson,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in a statement on Friday.“I am certain that the two years of South Africa’s chairmanship will be beneficial not only to the forum but also to the wider global tax administration community.”Gordhan said the position was important because the forum’s current mandate expires in 2015, and it is during South Africa’s tenure that a decision must be made on the best way forward.“SA’s tenure also coincides with very challenging times for tax administrations globally, especially when it comes to the exchange of information for tax purposes.”Promoting tax cooperation“Optimum transparency and exchange of information are critical for improving tax compliance and increasing the prospects of revenue collection at a time when most countries face fiscal constraints,” Gordhan said.“International cooperation among tax administrations is vital in an era of rapid movement of money and people across borders.”The Global Forum plays a key role in promoting tax cooperation and the exchange of information among revenue authorities.It feeds into the work of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Group of 20 on improving transparency on tax matters.The forum is the largest consensus-based organisation working to facilitate the exchange of tax information between jurisdictions, an important step towards an end to secrecy.“South Africa fully supports the work of the forum, whose peer review reports reflect a very good practice in exchange of information,” Gordhan said.Currently, the forum has a membership of 116 and is in a position to have a significant impact on how jurisdictions cooperate, not only in terms of transparency of information, but putting in more effort to ensure that taxes are collected and used in a way that improves the lives of the citizens of those jurisdictions.Forum members must ensure the integrity and sustainability of tax systems around the globe.“Governments have an obligation to create an environment conducive to economic growth and job creation – and to ensure that the benefits that come from that growth are shared broadly,” he said.“If this does not happen, we will be responsible for creating more inequality.”Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Ohio Pork Congress brought producers from all aspects of the swine industry to Columbus February 14.Ohio Pork Council’s Ryan McClure and Rich Deaton each noted the supply demand atmosphere of the pork council in the past, and what it has for the future including increased packing plants down the road.OSU Extension’s Glenn Arnold was one of many professionals in attendance. Arnold offered advice on what this winter has meant for manure handling and what to keep in mind in the meantime.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more from the well-attended meeting.