Last night at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir joined Ivan Neville and his Dumpstaphunk brethren for very special sit-in during the NOLA funk acts set. The current Dead & Co. guitarist joined the group for a cover of “Big Chief,” a song written by Eric King but popularized by Professor Longhair. Weir stuck around for a super funky version of “Shakedown Street” that had the place rocking and rolling through the night.The band shared videos for both of those collaborations on their Facebook page, which you can watch below!
Australia’s ANZ bank to exit coal lending business by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Argus Media:Australian bank ANZ will exit all lending to companies with exposure to thermal coal either through extraction or power plants by 2030, as part of its new lending criteria to support the 2015 Paris climate agreement target of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.ANZ, which is one of four banks that dominate the banking sector in Australia, will no longer finance any firms that have more than 10pc of their total revenue from thermal coal activities, the bank said.The Melbourne-based bank will only lend to renewable projects and low-carbon gas projects by 2030 and will discuss with its customers that have more than 50pc of their revenue from thermal coal about diversification strategies by 2025. “We will cap limits to customers that do not meet this expectation and reduce our exposure over time,” ANZ said.The tightening of the lending criteria to the thermal coal industry follows ANZ’s previous stance unveiled last year of lending only to new customers that have less than 50pc of their revenue from thermal coal and not financing the construction of any new conventional coal-fired power plants. It also marks a shift from when the bank first unveiled its thermal coal lending policy in 2015, when it said it would consider financing new coal-fired power stations only if advanced technology and higher-quality thermal coal were used.ANZ was the last of Australia’s four largest banks to commit to exiting lending to thermal coal activities, with fellow Australian bank Westpac pledging to neither lend money nor invest in the thermal coal mining industry from 2030.Australia is the world’s second-largest exporter of thermal coal. The sector faces more headwinds now that Australia’s four largest banks will no longer lend for new thermal coal mine developments or expansions of existing mines. Australia’s three largest coal customers have also all committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 for Japan and South Korea and 2060 for China. These three countries took around three-quarters of Australia’s thermal coal exports in calendar 2019.[Kevin Morrison]More: Australian bank ANZ to exit all coal lending by 2030
Donations to Terrorism Nonprofit organizations may or may not even be aware when they are being used to funnel drug money. However, compliance officer research on clients and their companies could lead to red flags that signal criminal activity. Betancourt said a close look at the companies belonging to cifuentes raises several questions. In addition to the two environmental nonprofits he operated was a mining company. The association between a mining company, known to cause pollution, and environmental entities would have prompted suspicion for him as an investigator. More than a decade ago, the exploitation of nonprofits by terrorist organizations drew the attention of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental body created to promote national and international policies to prevent money laundering and terror financing. In 2001, FATF created Special Recommendation VIII to help countries identify when a terrorist organization is posing as a legitimate nonprofit to avoid asset-freezing measures, or to divert funds intended for legitimate purposes. The recommendation calls for transparency, research and cooperation between the public and private sectors. “While the vast majority of charities are honest, fake charities emerge from time to time,” said Henrique Dominguez, vice president of EFG Bank Luxembourg, who also spoke at the conference. “[They are] targeted by criminals to launder the proceeds from tax crimes and other serious offenses.” Dominguez told bank anti-money laundering officials that they must do their due diligence to investigate clients, regarded as “know your customer” in the industry. They also must be alert to an ever more sophisticated scam network that is making nonprofit organizations a high-risk sector for money laundering. “This is very serious,” he said. “The purpose [of the FATF recommendation] is to ensure that nonprofit organizations are not misused by terrorist organizations.” Dominguez said compliance officers should check for a history of donations, large cash donations, a physical address, Web presence, and they should give special attention to foundations set up after a tragedy, such as the earthquake in Haiti when governments are preoccupied and donors are eager to provide funds. Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa by most standards would be considered a prosperous businessman and philanthropist. The Colombian national who also holds Mexican citizenship owned and operated a wide range of companies in several countries, and he oversaw a handful of nonprofit organizations designed to save the rain forest and promote sustainable forestry. Despite the appearance of legitimacy, a bank investigator might have seen red flags. In February 2011, Cifuentes, a.k.a. Elkin de Jesús López Salazar, and his companies were added to the U.S. list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers. The list is part of the Kingpin Act, which applies financial sanctions against significant foreign drug traffickers. Cifuentes’ front companies helped to move drug money to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which is known to use its funds to conduct terrorist activities. The web of companies Cifuentes owns or controls in Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain and the U.S. gave authorities further insight as to how nonprofit organizations are being used by criminals to launder money and finance terrorism. “They have the means to disperse the money all over the world,” said Octavio Betancourt, managing director for the risk consulting firm Milersen LLC, at a Florida conference on money laundering in March 2011. Betancourt explained to bank compliance officers and others how launderers are exploiting tax benefits and the good will of donors to finance their illicit activities. Legitimate-looking nonprofit organizations run by cifuentes, such as Fundación Salva la Selva (Save the Forest Foundation), were not meant to raise money from unwitting donors, but rather were a front for funneling money to a drug trafficking organization. Salva la Selva maintains an attractive website with user-friendly interfaces and hosts photo galleries of indigenous community members, animals and forests supposedly benefiting from donations to give the semblance of truthfulness to investigators. Cifuentes also used companies involved in tourism, construction, real estate, a Visa prepaid card company and investment funds to move money that ultimately benefited the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico and the terrorist group FARC, according to the U.S. and Colombian governments. Electronic payments were used across a variety of sectors to move the funds through his shell companies. Cifuentes and the head of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, were indicted in November 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. “Going forward, Cifuentes Villa will no longer be able to masquerade as a legitimate businessman while supplying cocaine to the Sinaloa cartel,” said Adam Szubin, director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, when Cifuentes was added to the Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers list. Tracking Dirty Money Many countries in latin America support the work of charitable organizations and donors by providing tax relief, but the governments may not have the manpower to investigate every organization for misconduct. Banks and financial institutions have their reputations on the line, and their compliance officers can prevent the organization from even establishing a bank account. When suspicions arise, they can notify authorities. Gonzalo Vila, director of Latin American operations for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, told Diálogo that each bank has its own policies when it suspects money laundering, and each country has a different protocol for notifying authorities to trigger an investigation. However, in general, it is the bank’s responsibility to deny an account to a customer whose information cannot be verified. When a bank has evidence that a current client or potential client receives funds from an illegal source, the bank can file a Suspicious Activities Report to that country’s Financial Intelligence Unit, usually located in the ministry of the interior or finance. Asked by Diálogo to describe how the terrorist threat manifests itself in latin America, Dominguez gave a firsthand example of transfers he was handling in the late 1990s as a bank employee in the Tri-Border city of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. He said his bank identified numerous wire transfers from Ciudad del Este to what clients identified as charities in the Middle East. “So, maybe it’s a coincidence, but after what happened we know that the terrorist attacks were supported by donations.” Ira Morales Mickunas, who analyzes organized crime and financing of terrorism for Milersen LLC, told Diálogo that investigations have proven that terrorism financing is happening from money laundered through nonprofits in the Tri-Border region. “There’s a lot of activity going on in the region … keeping a very low profile of many of these organizations,” she said of charities ostensibly promoted as providing health care and education in the Middle East. “Many of these charitable organizations have been proven in time through investigations by the U.S. government [to be] fronts for terrorist organizations.” Morales Mickunas could not estimate how many millions of dollars flow through nonprofit organizations to terrorist groups because she said these organizations often have a double set of books, with a lot of money unaccounted for; but she noted that globally, money laundering accounts for trillions of dollars. In the decade since the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay have worked with the U.S. to closely monitor money transfers originating from the Tri-Border area. Several entities and people in the region have also been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as known Hezbollah financiers. Dominguez pointed out those areas where “informal” banking relationships proliferate are especially high risk. He identified other areas such as Isla Margarita in Venezuela and the north of Chile, where he said the relations between bankers and their clients are more important than professionalism, and due diligence and client background checks can break down, making banks vulnerable. Betancourt cited terrorist groups within Latin America as exploiting nonprofits as well. “It’s not only the Middle East; you find terrorist groups, like guerrillas, within Latin America,” he told Diálogo. “They use these types of entities to work and to buy arms and to kill people, and [pay for] assassins for hire.” While the designation of Cifuentes and his businesses may be a useful tool to halt his business activity across six nations, studying his and others’ use of fraudulent nonprofits to funnel money can provide clues for preventing fraud elsewhere. “We are going to see much more activity in the Latin American region. The fact that we are not hearing about it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening,”said Morales Mickunas. “I think that we should be very alert.” By Dialogo July 01, 2011
HUT AND HUP APPEAL: URGENTLY MAKE A DECISION TO INCREASE QUOTAS BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WORKERS AND THE SEASON IS IN DANGER At the end of the price list it says: “Croatia full of life. A small country with big taxes” In addition to 15.611 approved quotas for workers and 1.600 available domestic workers on the list of the Croatian Employment Service, Croatia currently lacks as many as 5.000 workers, he points out. Marin Medak, President of the Independent Association of Caterers and adds that the reason for this is the constant emigration of a capable workforce, for which various political options have failed to find an adequate solution. “It seems to us that due to preferential prices in the government restaurant, the Prime Minister lost his compass and forgot that 108 people employed in the hospitality and tourism sector, or 000% of the total number of people employed in Croatia, earn 8% of Croatia’s total GDP annually. Instead of the ruling party only talking about demographics, I suggest that returnee emigrants be provided with a tax relief of HRK 22 over the next ten years. Let the Government finally show that it is ready to withdraw some concrete measures. “, Medak emphasized. Source. Facebook Photo: Cover photo Pixabay.com / FB The price list of the restaurant says: Croatian caterers are facing a business collapse that will have far-reaching negative consequences for Croatian tourism, all due to the lack of support and understanding of the Government in finding the much-needed workforce, the Croatian Hospitality Coordination said in a statement. VAT and consumption tax are included in the price! VAT 25%, Consumption tax 3%, Income tax 36%, Pension contribution 15%, Health contribution 16,5%, Regos contribution 5% ” At the end of October 2018, the coordination of Croatian caterers during the consultation on the needs of quotas for the import of foreign workers requested the required quota of 17.955 people. This figure was proposed on the basis of the then demographic situation of the Republic of Croatia, which is even more devastating today than a year ago. Croatia full of life. A small country with big taxes Tourism is one of the most important components of the Croatian economy, generating over 20% of GDP. If the tourist season fails, the government will have to face the exodus of thousands of families who survive precisely thanks to catering and seasonal work, Medak points out. Such a negative trend continues, just before the tourist season. It also calls on the Government of the Republic of Croatia to address the seriousness of this situation and to urgently decide on an additional 5.000 quotas in the tourism and hospitality sector. If the competent institutions do not react promptly, the end of the potentially unsuccessful tourist season will bring incalculable damage to the Croatian economy, which will be almost impossible to mitigate. A photo of the price list of a Croatian restaurant is being shared on the Internet, which in an unusual way clearly shows guests how much the tax burden is in Croatia. I don’t know if this is an actual price list or just an illustration, but one thing is for sure – it’s just part of the tax burden, without the other levies and levies that every entrepreneur pays each month. The Coordination of Croatian Caterers appeals to the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Croatian Employment Service to send the 1600 available workers on the coast to work in tourism and catering to the nearest tourist and catering facilities in order to open a dialogue for employment. RESPONSE OF THE MINISTRY OF LABOR AND PENSION SYSTEM TO THE EMPLOYER’S APPEAL IN TOURISM: EMPLOYERS CONTACT CES RELATED NEWS: WILL WE FINALLY INTRODUCE THE SLOVENIAN MODEL FOR IMPORTING FOREIGN WORKERS FROM NEXT YEAR?
Local authorities have closed the Cemoro Sewu hiking trail on Mount Lawu in East Java following the death of a hiker on Sunday that prompted the deployment of an evacuation team.The information was shared on Instagram by adventure-based account @koplak.adv and reposted by the official Instagram account of Mt. Lawu management @lawumountain.“As another incident has occurred, the hiking trail via Cemoro Sewu is closed until further notice,” the post stated along with a photo in which a board announcing the temporary closure of hiking activity was hung on a gate. The closure came after a hiker from Wonogiri, Central Java, identified as Angga, 27, died while hiking on the mountain on Sunday. Giri Lawu management office head Miko Wicaksono said Angga started to hike at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with a group of six people along the Cemoro Sewu trail.Read also: Hikers flock Mt Lawu ahead of Independence Day, raising COVID-19 concernsWith his friends, he erected tents at midnight around Post 2 of the hiking trail. Later, based on statements by his fellow-hikers Angga reported feeling cold and passed out.At 3 a.m. his friends went down to report his condition to officials at the mountain’s basecamp.Another official from Giri Lawu, Dwi Bandono, said the management immediately formed a rapid-response team for evacuation. The team, comprising a total of 50 people, was deployed in groups to carry out the evacuation starting from the first group that went up to the location at 7 a.m.“The evacuation process was completed at 2 p.m. A team from Magetan Police has checked the body,” he said adding that the victim’s body had been taken to his family’s house.The police are still investigating the cause of the death, he added. (trn)Topics :
East Syracuse Minoa Blue finished with 42 as Joe Pacheco, with an 80, and Dan Sitnik, with an 81, also advanced to the state qualifier. David Griffith’s 86 was one stroke ahead of Owen White’s 87 as Alex Leo shot 90 and Zach Johnson posted a 92.Up in the Class AA portion of the fall sectional tournament, Fayetteville-Manlius Green could not quite follow up its regular-season SCAC Metro division title with similar success at Radisson. The Hornets shot 400, just behind C-NS Blue’s 395 and the 399s from West Genesee and Baldwinsville.Velton Perry, shooting a 76, tied for fourth place among individuals, four shots behind Liverpool’s Dylan Husted, who was the individual medalist with an even-par 72. Mike Millimaci, shooting a 77, tied Hatton for seventh place.Adam Butch’s 80 allowed him to advance to the state qualifier, while Matt LaCombe posted an 83, just one stroke away from the qualifying cut of 82. Jack Sommers and Andrew Heyman both finished at 84 and Enzo Abruzzese added an 85 as Jed Danaher and Seth Bailey had matching rounds of 91.F-M White, who finished with 463 in its sectional tournament debut, was led by Andrew Ahn’s round of 88. Tobey Schulman shot a 90, with Anthony Ahn adding a 93 as Luke Weisiger had a 95. Alex Duggleby and Jason Carter each shot 97.In much warmer conditions 24 hours earlier, Christian Brothers Academy vied for top honors in the small school sectional fall tournament and found itself in its own four-team battle royal for first place.The Brothers shot 427, one shot behind Westhill and Skaneateles (426), and two shots behind Cazenovia, who was 4-10 a season ago but turned it around this fall, going 10-4, and then posted a 425 at the sectional tournament to prevail by one stroke.Still, three CBA golfers advanced to the state qualifier. Joe Nicholson shot a 78 to tie Homer’s Mitch Riter for fourth place, while Jack MacLachlan shot an 84 and Mike Santaro added an 85.Dan Angelo, with an 88, missed out on advancing by just two shots as Peter Scuderi, with a 91, and James Stanton, shooting a 92, nearly gave the Brothers the scores it needed to finish on top of the team standings. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Boys golfCBAESMF-MJ-D In fact, counting SCAC Metro division sides who had their own sectional tournament, the Rams had the second-best overall team score, trailing only the 395 from Cicero-North Syracuse Blue.To lead J-D’s individuals, junior Peter Hatton shot a five-over-par 77, while sophomore Punn Chittaratlert posted a 78. Junior Tanner Burns had an 18-hole total of 79 as senior Tyler Brang contributed an 80. All four of them advanced to next May’s sectional state qualifying tournament at Seven Oaks.The lowest five team scores counted, so when junior Essex Glowaki posted 83, J-D had clinched the sectional title as fellow junior Julian Galletta finished with an 86. Maybe the best thing that could have happened to the Jamesville-DeWitt boys golf team was a Sept. 26 defeat to Auburn, less than a week before the Section III fall tournament got underway.Undefeated before that match, the Red Rams found a new reason to focus and then, when it traveled to Radisson Greens on a cold, wet Wednesday morning, set out to work.And when that work was completed, J-D was sectional champions again, repeating its 2018 triumph by posting a team score of 397, 10 strokes clear of runner-up Oswego among Salt City Athletic Conference Empire division teams.
They say the burglar drove a white over black Range Rover with a New York license plate. The tag is JLF8429.Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward of up to $5,000 if your tip leads to an arrest. Federal investigators are looking for several people who tried to break into a pawn shop after a night of protests in West Palm Beach earlier this week.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives explains that a man fired shots at the entrance to Queen of Palms on Broadway Ave. just after midnight on Monday.Investigators add that the man and a group of other people armed with machetes, rocks, and hammers tried to break into the business.