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Securing Caribbean Nations

first_img 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 last_img read more

Westminster drives BID to clean up city

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Million homes won’t be revalued after shock decision by Queensland’s Valuer-General

first_imgOnly 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.”last_img read more

Lambert heaps praise on Benteke

first_img 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.center_img 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.” last_img read more