The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, or CBSI, launched in May 2010 seeks to strengthen Caribbean-U.S. security ties and reduce spill- over violence from successful drug eradication efforts elsewhere in the region. According to the U.S. State Department, CBSI complements the United States’ Mérida Initiative by providing equipment and training to support law enforcement and technical assistance to confront criminal organizations in Mexico, Central America, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Objectives for the 15 Caribbean Community, countries include counternarcotics, antitraffick- ing, gang prevention, education and combating government corruption. By Dialogo July 01, 2010 I like the initiative, but it bothers me that Cuba is left out. Luisa
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Only 22 of Queensland’s 62 rateable LGAs will be valued next year.The decision marked the first time in eight years that the Valuer-General won’t have the capital city in his annual Queensland revaluations.Mr Mountford said “in both 2015 and 2016, landowners in Brisbane’s CBD raised significant concerns with their annual land valuations”.“In 2016, almost 1,200 objections were lodged across Brisbane, 241 of them for properties over $5 million – most of them in the CBD. A similar number were lodged in the previous year. Given this level of debate about statutory valuations in Brisbane in recent years, its clearly an odd decision not to revalue the State’s capital city.”Mr Mountford said major, diverse markets like Brisbane needed to be valued every year “to ensure the tax system remains fair and equitable”.“Has the government made this decision because the State Valuation Service doesn’t have the resources to undertake the task? Or perhaps the State is looking to ensure its land tax revenue is locked in at a certain level for next year? Either way, it’s not the basis of a fair tax system.” Property Council QLD executive director Chris Mountford said the move was not a good look for the state. Picture: Mark CallejaMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMr Bray said the 2018 valuations – to be released in March next year – would involve 492,000 properties making up about 29 per cent of Queensland’s valuation roll.The LGAs that would get new valuations were Banana, Barcoo, Boulia, Bulloo, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Diamantina, Douglas, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Maranoa, Murweh, Noosa, Paroo, Quilpie, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.“Valuations are issued annually across the state, except in unusual circumstances or where it is determined there has been insufficient market movement in a local government area to warrant an annual valuation being issued,” he said. HOT AUCTIONS: Brisbane homes selling sight unseen BRISBANE RISING: Surge in capital growth expectations BORROWING: Interest only loans could increase SIGN UP FREE: Get The Courier-Mail ’s real estate news in your inbox Mr Bray said in a statement that where new valuations were not issued in 2018, the most recent annual valuation would stay in force “for rating, land tax and state land rental purposes until the next valuation is undertaken”.But if you’re in the unvalued zones and think that means your rates will stay put next year, think again.“Landowners should remember that land valuations are just one of the factors taken into account by local councils when they prepare their annual budget and set rates to pay for the services they provide to their community,” Mr Bray said.Under the Land Valuation Act 2010 valuation notices have to be issued no later than March 31 in the year that the annual valuation takes effect.“The valuations will be determined as at 1 October 2017, and become effective for rating, land tax and State Land rental (for leasehold land) purposes as at 30 June 2018,” he said. *FOLLOW Sophie Foster on Twitter or Facebook A shock decision by the Queensland Valuer-General will see the state capital bypassed in new property valuations.CLOSE to a million Queensland homes won’t be revalued next year because of a shock decision by the state’s Valuer-General that’s been slammed by the Property Council.Queensland Valuer-General Neil Bray had to defend his decision to revalue only 22 of the state’s 62 rateable local government areas next year, leaving off the list not just the state capital Brisbane but also densely populated areas like Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Townsville.“The property market survey reports for those LGAs not being revalued showed minimal movement across most market segments. In Brisbane, for example, there were some small pockets that showed some change, however overall the changes did not justify inclusion in the annual valuation program,” he said.But Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford was unconvinced, warning the move raised serious questions about the state’s valuation system – especially when the capital city was bypassed.“A significant number of transactions were undertaken in the 2016-2017 financial year, which would help inform new valuations. On this basis, the Property Council sees no reason for the decision not to value more than 29 per cent of rateable properties across the state.”
Press Association Benteke, an £8million summer signing from Genk, chalked up his 16th goal of the campaign during the weekend win at Reading to lift Villa out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. The last Villa player to reach the 20-goal mark was Juan Pablo Angel during the 2003-04 season and Benteke has nine games remaining in which to reach that milestone. Lambert said: “If he gets 20 goals, then he’s doing something good for us. The big guy, over the course of the whole season, has been excellent for someone just 22 years of age.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed the impact of striker Christian Benteke, who is bidding to become the first player in nearly a decade to score 20 goals in a season for the club. He added: “I don’t need to say much to Christian. He is a young guy still learning but his performances have been exceptional. He has been massive to us and also scores goals for a very talented Belgium side. “For his age, he has played so many big games already, internationals, and it looks like Belgium will qualify for the World Cup. The lad knows big-time football but whatever you can do to help him, then you will speak to him.” If successful, Benteke would become only the eighth Villa player since their First Division title winning season in 1980-81 to reach the 20-goal mark. Peter Withe achieved it three times in four seasons between 1980 and 1984 and strike partner Gary Shaw managed the same feat twice in the same period. Simon Stainrod (1985-86) and Alan McInally (1988-89) were followed by two players who twice struck 20 goals in former England skipper David Platt (1989-90, 1990-91) and Dwight Yorke (1995-96, 1996-97). Colombian international Angel clocked up 23 goals during 2003-04. Another Villa striker in record-signing Darren Bent is stepping up his attempts to return to fitness after an ankle problem. Lambert said: “Darren is doing all right but is not quite ready. He is doing a bit of running which is better than he has been for the last few weeks. We will see how he is this week with his rehab.”
World soccer’s governing body FIFA was under fire on Monday for winding up its anti-racism task force with former presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan describing the move as worrying and shameful.FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura confirmed the decision when she spoke to the Soccerex conference in Manchester, saying the task force had a “very specific mandate”.”We will turn its work into a strong programme of zero tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind, including violation of human rights,” she said. “We can live with perception (created by disbanding the task force) but we are taking very firm action.” (Also read: Imagination and lies, says Gianni Infantino of UEFA election link)However, Prince Ali, a former FIFA executive committee member who has twice run for the presidency, said that “the notion that the current FIFA leadership believes that the task force’s recommendations have been implemented is shameful.”He added that the announcement was “incredibly worrying”.”Never has the need to combat racism and racial discrimination been more evident than it is in the world we live in today,” Prince Ali said in a statement.”It is not something that any governing body with any semblance of responsibility can down play or deny. “The reality, as with many programs within FIFA, is that the task force was never given real support since its conception and its role was more about FIFA’s image than actually tackling the issues.”The decision emerged on Friday when Osasu Obayiuwana, a Nigerian broadcaster and lawyer who was a member of the panel, published on Twitter a letter he received from FIFA announcing the end of the task force. advertisementIt said the task force had achieved the goals which were set out for it when it was created under the leadership of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2013.The task force’s original chairman, Jeffrey Webb, was among high-ranking soccer officials arrested in Zurich in May last year.Webb has since pleaded guilty in the United States to offences linked to racketeering, fraud and money-laundering.He was one of 42 soccer officials and entities indicted last year, plunging FIFA into its worst ever crisis. (Also read: FIFA president Gianni Infantino cleared of wrongdoing in ethics probe)Webb was replaced as head of the task force by Constant Omary, a FIFA Council member from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Britain’s Kick It Out anti-racism group said it was perplexed by FIFA’s decision, especially as the move came less than two years before the World Cup in Russia, a country it said was “notorious for racism and abusive activities towards minorities”.It said football should seek to lead the way in combating violence, prejudice and hate and that organisations fighting racism would be “deeply disheartened to hear news of the disbandment, as they look to FIFA for leadership.”