Guyana slipping on commitments to FATF – Teixeira

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Wednesday expressed concern that theOpposition Chief WhipGail TeixeiraGuyana Government may be slipping on its commitments to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in relation to implementing its Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) framework.“Guyana is slipping on its commitments to FATF as it has no Financial Intelligence Unit [FIU] Director or Deputy Director and no AML/CFT Authority in place. The FIU is headless and therefore many aspects of the AML/CFT Act cannot be put into operation and if it is, it will be in violation of the law,” she noted.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently urged the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration to “promptly” address the deficiencies in its AML/CFT framework to ensure full compliance with FATF recommendations.In December, Attorney General Basil Williams stated that there were still a number of recommendations the country needed to fulfil before it could become fully compliant with FATF and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) requirements.Currently, Government is in the process of employing a Director and Deputy Director for the FIU.Teixeira, who is a member of a parliamentary committee in charge of overseeing this aspect, disclosed that a sizeable number of applications for the position have been received.Thereafter, she said a sub-committee will be established to develop a score system to act as a guidline when reviewing the applications to determine which will appear on the shortlist for interviews.Meanwhile, more amendments to the AML/CFT Bill are slated to be presented at the upcoming sitting of the National Assembly on May 4; however, Teixeira lamented that Government intends once again, to ramrod all three stages during that one sitting.The PPP/C Chief Whip explained that she received a call from the Government Chief Whip Amna Ally who informed her of Government’s intention to present the amendments at the upcoming sitting.“She asked if we will support the amendments to the AML/CFT Amendment Bill with all three stages at one sitting on May 4… and our answer was a resounding ‘no’,” Teixeira stated.She explained that the amendments are large and complex, and therefore, it needs to be reviewed extensively, especially considering that the PPP/C will be entering the parliamentary chambers with no knowledge whatsoever on what to expect.Teixeira further explained that these pieces of legislation need to be reviewed and discussed comprehensively to ensure it is consistent with each other and that there is no contradiction.last_img read more

ODA proposes changes to Ohio’s noxious weeds list

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wild carrot, Oxeye daisy, and wild mustard will no longer be prohibited noxious weeds in Ohio if the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) revisions to the noxious weeds list become effective. ODA is proposing to remove the three plants after its five-year review of plant species considered “noxious” for purposes of Ohio law. The agency is also proposing adding these 12 species to the noxious weeds list:• Yellow Groove Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureasculata), when the plant has spread from its original premise of planting and is not being maintained• Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)• Heart-podded hoary cress (Lepidium draba sub. draba). Hairy whitetop or ballcress (Lepidium appelianum)• Perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis)• Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens)• Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula)• Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)• Serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma)• Columbus grass (Sorghum x almum)• Musk thistle (Carduus nutans)• Forage Kochia (Bassia prostrata)• Water Hemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus).The director of ODA has the legal authority to designate noxious weeds. Several Ohio laws provide for control and removal of designated noxious weeds along public highways, toll roads, and railroads, and on private property. The current noxious weeds list also contains the following plants, which will remain on the list:• Grapevines: (Vitis spp.), when growing in groups of one hundred or more and not pruned, sprayed, cultivated, or otherwise maintained for two consecutive years.• Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense L. (Scop.))• Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum)• Cressleaf groundsel (Senecio glabellus)• Musk thistle (Carduus nutans)• Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)• Mile-A-Minute Weed (Polygonum perfoliatum)• Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)• Apple of Peru (Nicandra physalodes)• Marestail (Conyza canadensis)• Kochia (Bassia scoparia)• Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)• Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata)• Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum).ODA is requesting public comments on the revised list of noxious weeds through April 27, 2018. Email comments to ecomments@agri.ohio.gov or mail them to Legal Section, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.last_img read more

“Fear This!” Says the Pirate Bay, Hinting at a New Music Site

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As we noted last week when the music industry released an annual report detailing its continued decline in revenue, “piracy” seems to be the go-to scapegoat, the reason that the music industry is struggling. And one of the sites that the industry often points to (and in its recent report, lauded governments for trying to quash) as a major culprit of piracy is The Pirate Bay.So rumors that The Pirate Bay is launching a music project may strike fear – or at least disconcertment – in the hearts of industry execs. It’s apt, perhaps, that a new project – fear.themusicbay.org – is supposedly in the works.According to a report this weekend at Torrent Freak, folks at the Pirate Bay have registered the Music Bay domain and “the major record labels have good reason to be afraid, very afraid.” The site no longer displays the “comming soon” [sic] announcement, but Torrent Bay says that something is in the works in the next few months.Torrent Freak wasn’t able to secure more details about the project, other than it’s set to coincide with an April anniversary of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).Even if it’s just an MP3 file that jumps out of a large birthday cake at the IFPI’s celebration – or, a bit more likely, just a nice domain name, news that The Pirate Bay is plotting something may be enough to make the industry worry, particularly having just released details that the industry’s overall worth has declined a downward spiral. Tags:#p2p#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Northwest U.S. drivers won’t hand the wheel to self-driving cars

first_imgDonal Power A large number of drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t buying the hype that driverless cars offer a better future.GovTech.com discussed the findings of a survey by Pemco Insurance of drivers in Oregon and Washington states.58% of those surveyed believed that the will see autonomous vehicles on roads in the state with thin the next 10 years.However, more than 40% said they were not interested in buying a robot car, even when price considerations are removed.Self-driving naysayers represented the bulk of responses, while 23% saying they might consider an autonomous vehicle, and 34% responding that they were very interested in purchasing one.Perhaps not surprisingly the survey found that younger people were more excited about self-driving cars than their older counterparts. It found that almost half of drivers younger than 35 years old expressed a strong interest in buying an autonomous vehicle in the future.The Pemco survey polled 600 people in each Oregon and Washington states.Contrary to this localized antipathy to self-driving cars in the Pacific Northwest, another recent poll found that America as a whole was becoming more amendable to these vehicles.But most Americans are ready for self-driving carsA survey by Consumer Technology Association found that 70% of Americans are ready for an autonomous future.This marks one of the first large surveys to show an overall positive reception for self-driving cars.Previous results have shown mixed or negative views on full automation, and a worry that self-driving cars will not be able to make the correct decisions at key times.The CTA survey found that 82% were happy about potential reductions to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The survey showed a positive reaction to potentially lower insurance rates, which is one of the expected advantages of self-driving.These survey comes as increasing numbers of players around the world are developing self-driving car technology.Currently in the U.S. robot cars are being tested in Kirkland, Wash. by Google and in Pittsburgh by Uber.At this stage in the development of the technology, human drivers are still present in the front seat, as a precaution in case they need to take control if necessary. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#driverless cars#featured#Google#IoT#self-driving vehicles#top#Uber 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Free Braille textbooks for Class IX, X students in Odisha

first_imgFrom the current academic session, all visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will be provided free Braille textbooks.Earlier, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority was providing free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students studying in Class I to VIII in government-managed schools. From this year, this measure has been extended to Class IX and X students as well.Odisha’s only Braille press in Berhampur is busy printing the textbooks so that the students can get them by July. The Braille press manager, Prakash Narayan Rath, said earlier they were printing limited number of textbooks for Class IX and X students.“Each school was getting three sets of Braille textbooks and the students had to share them,” he said.Former principal of Red Cross School for the Blind, Ambapua, Nabin Narayan Satapathy said as the Braille textbooks were few, they used to make some more copies of the books in their school to ease the problems of Class IX and X students. He welcomed the move of the State government to provide free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students of Class IX and X saying it will surely improve the performance of the students.This year, around 420 visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will get free Braille textbooks. Each student will get a set of 14 books. “Around 75% of printing of these textbooks is complete and the work would be finished in a week or two,” said Mr. Rath.Increased printingThe Braille press is currently printing textbooks for around 2,800 visually impaired students of Class I to X. The total number of Braille textbooks for school students is over 40,000. Last year, the Braille press had printed 22,228 textbooks. Two new appointments have been made at the press to expedite the printing of the books.The Braille press in Berhampur was established in 1986 as a Red Cross Society initiative. It gets grant-in-aid for maintenance from the Women and Child Development Department of the Odisha government. In 2013, two new computerised Braille printing units, imported from Belgium at a cost of ₹1.7 crore, were added to this press, making it a major modern computerised Braille press of the country.last_img read more