Children as Young as 10 Smoking To ‘Prepare For Exams’

first_imgA survey done in the UK has shown children as young as 10 are smoking.  A poll of more than 1,000 youngsters who took Key Stage Two SATs last year found eight had smoked before the tests, while 37 ate chocolate and 30 used high-sugar and caffeine drinks.With tobacco advertising banned in many Western countries, cigarette manufacturers are increasingly targeting countries in Africa.And more and more Africans are taking up the habit. African countries are experiencing the highest increase in the rate of tobacco use amongst developing countries.Cigarette smoking in Africa – in particular in countries like Egypt and Nigeria – is growing by a record 3.5% a year, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), smoking cigarettes kills almost five million people worldwide every year and drains the continent’s already impoverished public health services as the cost of treating tobacco-related disease soars. Some African countries are trying to stop their citizens from becoming smokers. Tanzania and Uganda have banned smoking in public places and countries like Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius have ratified the WHO tobacco control treaty, which promises to increase tax on tobacco sales, introduce smoking bans and reduce tobacco production.But Malawi – the world’s biggest grower of burley tobacco, used by manufacturer as a filler in cigarettes – has not. It fears the millions of people who depend on tobacco for their livelihoods will be pushed into poverty.last_img read more

Historic support for DSC Taxation Course

first_img Share Sharing is caring! House being constructed. Photo credit: anguillabeaches.comThree more corporate citizens partner with the DSC to deliver the 2011 International Taxation In The Caribbean Context Course.The Dominica State College (DSC) is partnering with the business community to bring competency to organizations and businesses in Dominica and have received tremendous support of many of the corporate citizens of the country.  The latest corporate citizens to  join with the DSC to deliver this year’s International Taxation in the Caribbean Context (ITCC) course are (1) The Garraway Hotel, (2) Fine Foods Inc. and (3) Island Car Rentals Ltd.    The Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank (AID Bank) of Dominica gave the DSC its commitment to support the ITCC early and is  the main sponsor of the seminar.All of the sponsors share one commonality.  They believe that continuing education is critical for the improvement and internationalization of their organizations’ standards.  They all agree that the 2011 ITCC will provide their professionals with the opportunity to sharpen their knowledge and skills in one of the unavoidable challenges, brought about by globalism, and that is, international taxation.The ITCC will run from 7th to 11th August, 2011, at the Bath Estate Campus of the DSC, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, each evening.The goal of this 15 hour course is to familiarize participants and prepare them to handle the global challenges of taxation of international transactions, especially as it relates to the people of the Caribbean.  The course will cover topics such as:Tax treaties and the effects on the Caribbean Basin;International employment and retirement benefits – the tax perspective;International taxation of intellectual property;Tax competition, harmonization and national sovereignty;CARICOM, the OECD, and harmful tax competition; andThe future of the international taxation regime.Attorney and Professor of Law, Vaughn E. James, JD, DD, Ph.D., will teach the course.  Professor James is a Dominican who has spent several years in the teaching profession.  As a law professor, he has taught at Syracuse University in New York, the University of Tennessee, Southern Illinois University, Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he has been employed since July 2001.   He teaches a wide range of courses, with the concentration in tax courses – Federal Income Taxation, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, International Taxation, Taxation of Tax-Exempt Entities, and Gratuitous Transfers.  He also serves as Director of the Income Tax Clinic at Texas Tech University and is the author of several publications on the subject of taxation. Professor James is currently a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.  In addition to his duties at Texas Tech University, he runs his own law practice (with offices in Lubbock, Texas, and Newburgh, New York) where he devotes a significant amount of his time and resources to tax work.  He is admitted to practice law in New York, Texas, the Federal Northern District of Texas, and the United States Tax Court.The course is intended to attract professionals from various industries and organizations including: bankers, lawyers, accountants, Inland Revenue officers, magistrates, financial advisers, Senior Government Officers, politicians, insurance officers and lecturers.Dr. Donald Peters, President and his administration express their appreciation to AID Bank, Garraway Hotel, Island  Car Rentals, and Fine Foods Inc. for their sponsorship that will now help DSC to deliver this high level professional development course.  Such support strengthens the resolve of DSC to create a culture of life long learning where stimulating personal and professional empowerment becomes automatic in our people.The Seminar is being coordinated by Mr. Merrill Matthew, Director of Continuing Education.DSC and its partners hope that Dominican professionals will be encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to enrich their knowledge and skills by registering for the course.Press ReleaseOffice of the Director of Continuing Education, Dominica State College LocalNews Historic support for DSC Taxation Course by: – July 15, 2011 Sharecenter_img 9 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Unrepentant child rapist jailed for life

first_img…“I feel really messed up about what happened to me” – victim…“I see no basis for showing you mercy” – Judge tells accusedBy Shemuel FanfairFollowing a series of attacks on a young victim, Rohan Daniels, a logger, also known as “Shine Buck” was on Wednesday evening found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by a 12-member jury at the High Court. The panel deliberated for about three hours and they were tasked with handing a verdict on four separate counts of child sex activity.An 11-1 proportion found him guilty on the first count and a proportion of 10-2 determined that he was guilty on the third count. However, on the second count, the jury was unable to return a formal verdict (9-3 proportion), while he was unanimously found not guilty on the fourth count.Guilty! Logger Rohan Daniels was found guilty on two counts of child sexual activityAccording to the particulars of the first and fourth counts for which he was found guilty, “Shine Buck” between April 12 and 13, 2014, and July 23, 2016 performed vaginally penetrative acts on the minor. She was between 10 and 13 years old during the span of the attacks.After hearing the jury’s decision, Daniels with a stony appearance was unrepentant when the court enquired if he had anything to say. “I am not guilty of this act; that’s all, thank you,” the soon to be convicted man related.A relative of the Virtual Complainant read out the girl’s statement in court where the child outlined that she lives in discomfort and harbours difficulty relating to males. According to the victim, since the sexual abuse, she often has nightmares and bad dreams with constant flashbacks of the harrowing attacks inflicted upon her. She said she does not play with friends and spends much time self-harming herself.“I want him to go away for life and I want him to die there; he will be judged by God. I want all men when they see people’s girl children, they must leave them alone,” the victim stressed.“I feel messed up about what happened to me,” she added. During the trial, it was highlighted that the victim’s mother had walked in when one of the illegal acts were being committed.In handing down the sentence, Sexual Offences Court Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall observed that she considered the nature of the offences, the circumstances under which the acts were committed and that the accused violated the child in the presence of other siblings and also when the victim’s mother was away at work.Justice Ramlall stressed that Daniels expressed no remorse after being found guilty and said she saw no basis for the court to show him mercy. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for each count and the prison terms will run concurrently. The accused who attempted to shield his face with a book while being led away by Police will at the very least spend the next 40 years behind bars before he has the chance to be paroled.last_img read more