Farmers could face cash flow problems over payments

first_imgNewsFarmers could face cash flow problems over paymentsBy Staff Reporter – November 23, 2016 505 Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSDeputy Niall CollinslimerickRural Development Programme Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleUS election results impact exportNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporter Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Farmers in Limerick and around the country could face cash flow problems – Collins NEW figures released this week reveal that only 52 per cent of this year’s Rural Development Programme budget allocation has been paid out.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD, Niall Collins says farmers will face increased cash flow problems as a result of serious delays in Rural Development Programme payments.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy Niall Collins stated – “It’s quite unbelievable that only half of this year’s funding for agri-schemes has been paid to farmers. This will result in serious financial hardship for farmers across the country.“It’s particularly worrying that less than 4 per cent of GLAS payments have been made. The government failed to allocate the level of funding that it originally promised for this scheme, and now it’s failing to pay out. This is a completely unacceptable situation.“Payments under TAMS and the Beef Genomics Scheme are also seriously behind schedule. These underspends are significant by any metric and will have serious consequences for small family farmers.“Many farmers have had to take out loans to keep their businesses going while they wait for their payments to come through, and these delays will exacerbate an already difficult situation. Farmers should not have to rely on banks and other financial institutions to cover the cost of works, which these agri-schemes cover. This is creating a major cash flow crisis, which is completely preventable.“This has been a very difficult year for farmers, and these underspends and delayed payments are making a bad situation worse. I am urging Minister Creed to ensure that these payments are forthcoming this month and that farmers are not left in the lurch”. Email Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Judge orders polygamous sect to sell South Dakota compound

first_imgPRINGLE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge has ordered a secretive polygamous sect to sell it’s compound in the Black Hills to pay for a lawsuit settlement. Court documents show that a South Dakota sheriff has been ordered to sell the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ property near Pringle in Custer County. The sect still owes nearly $1.7 million to three men as part of a 2017 settlement in federal court. Sheriff Marty Mechaley says the 140-acre property will be sold during an auction on Feb. 25 at the Custer County Courthouse. The compound sits along a gravel road and is shielded from view by tall pine trees, a privacy fence and a guard tower.last_img

Chile ranked in the highest tier in combatting human trafficking

first_img To combat human trafficking, in 2011 Chilean officials enacted Law 20.507 to criminalize human trafficking for sexual and labor purposes. Anyone violating the law can be sentenced to five to 15 years in prison and fined between $4,000 and $8,000 (USD). The law also requires the Ministry of Interior and Public Security to create the Human Trafficking Brigade within the Chilean Investigative Police to investigate trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling. In 2013 Chilean prosecutors opened 90 human trafficking prosecutions, of which 72 involved the child prostitution, 14 involved adult sex trafficking, and four involved labor trafficking. The government convicted 12 human trafficking offenders in 2013. Among those the government convicted in 2013 were two men who were sentenced to five years in prison for bringing 64 Bolivians into Chile and forcing them to work on a power line project under harsh and exploitive conditions without ever being paid, according to press reports. A broad approach Security forces and government agencies in Chile have made dramatic progress in combatting human trafficking, according to a recently released report. Chile now ranks in the top tier of 188 countries for its efforts to prevent or prosecute the crime of using human beings for forced labor or commercial sex, according to the “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,” by the United States Department of State. The report ranks countries based on their efforts to combat human trafficking. Tier 1 is the highest ranking, Tier 3 the lowest. Chile was in Tier 2 in 2013. In moving Chile up to Tier 1, the report noted that the Chilean government has increased police and prosecutor capacity to fight human trafficking, improved interagency cooperation, and offered specialized services to help sex trafficking victims and labor trafficking victims. In another case, in May, 2013 Chilean police who investigate human trafficking rescued 12 Indian nationals who worked in forced conditions for two years in a Santiago restaurant without ever being paid. The Ministry of Interior and Public Safety reported that from 2011 to 2013, security forces had rescued 152 human trafficking victims. The victims mostly came from Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, according to authorities. In addition to investigations and prosecutions, in 2013 the Chilean government opened a support center for victims of violent crime in Santiago, with psychologists, social workers, and attorneys specializing in assisting trafficking victims. It was the first such center to specialize in serving that population. Chilean authorities also began training staff at other centers across the country to provide specialized assistance to trafficking victims. The Chilean government continued to fund a shelter for female adult victims of human trafficking and their children, assisting them with health, migration, and employment issues. The National Service for Minors (SENAME) provided services to child victims of sex trafficking through its national network of 16 walk-in centers for children subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. SENAME also funded one residential shelter exclusively for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Chilean police are “clear” in understanding the seriousness of human trafficking, said Denisse Araya, director of ONG Raíces, a Santiago-based association which protects the rights of human trafficking victims and migrant workers. Many Chilean pimps “try to enslave women and girls” in the sex trade, Araya said. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Combatting human trafficking, which is a transnational criminal enterprise, requires cooperation with security forces from other countries, Chilean authorities recognize. Chilean prosecutors cooperated with foreign governments in 29 ongoing and new transnational human trafficking investigations in 2013, according to the report. Organized crime groups use Chile as a source, transit point, and destination country for men, women, and children who they force into sex trafficking or indentured servitude. Gangs and transnational criminal groups force some Chilean women and children into the sex trade, according to the report. Criminal organizations also transport women from other countries into Chile and force them into the sex trade. These countries include Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia. Chile’s strong economy has drawn men, women, and children from Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador and other countries who come to the country seeking work. But criminal gangs have forced many of them into involuntary labor in Chile’s mining, agricultural, and hospitality sectors, and in domestic service, according to the report. Improved law enforcement A transnational threat The Chilean government is taking a holistic approach to fighting human trafficking, which does not rely exclusively on police efforts. For example, in addition to improving the training of police, government also is providing specialized training on human trafficking for other officials, including prosecutors, social workers, and labor officials, often in partnership with non-governmental organizations and international organizations. The public prosecutor’s office designated a prosecutor in each region of the country to coordinate human trafficking investigations and training, and formed an internal trafficking working group to ensure coordination between prosecutors, according to the report. Keeping detailed records of human trafficking cases is an important part of the government’s effort to stamp out such activity. In December 2013, Chilean government officials signed an interagency agreement in which authorities formally committed to producing regular reports on human trafficking cases. Rescues and support for victims Chilean authorities have in recent years augmented training for anti-trafficking efforts and increased the number of police officers who fight human trafficking, the report noted. Authorities have trained more than 1,000 police officers in how to detect and combat human trafficking. The Chilean police academy provides mandatory training in combatting human trafficking for all new detectives. The Chilean government also increased staffing for the police unit in Santiago which investigates human trafficking and smuggling, according to the report. By Dialogo July 16, 2014 A tough law to fight human trafficking Knowledge on the subject and joy for knowing that Chile is working on the issue. It’s a problem that requires state policies from all nations along with outreach campaigns throughout the entire population to allow civil society to acknowledge and profusely reject this scourge that is interfering with the existence and hope of human beings, specially the more vulnerable ones. Congratulations!!!! Chile is a role model when it comes to protecting the human dignity of those who are vulnerable!!!!! It’s good to know what happens in the world. The laws should be harsher from 10 to 20 years and US$10,000 fines. Congratulations to all those who wholly belong to this institution It is great that you have presented this concern endemic to several countries on this continent and face it decidedly to try to bring an end to this problem. I wish you great luck and I very sincerely congratulate you.last_img read more