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  • Ethiopia accuses Allana Potash of tax evasion

     

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Monday accused Allana Potash, the Canadian company which was engaged in potash mineral exploration and development project in the Afar Regional State, of tax evasion. In a press conference held in his office on Monday morning, Prime Minister Hailemariam was asked about the state of the Ethiopian mining sector and the exit of prominent mining companies such as Allana Potash and Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL). Hailemariam said that the case of Allana was related to tax evasion. “Allana owes the Ethiopian government some two billion birr in tax. Allana should pay this and the Ethiopian government will use legal means to recover its money,” the prime minister said. Allana Potash, which was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange through its subsidiary company Allana Potash Afar, was prospecting for potash deposit in the Danakil Depression in North East Ethiopia for more than six years and spent tens of millions of dollars on the exploration project. The company discovered 3.2 billion tons of potash which could be mined for 50 years. The company had the plan to invest 750 million dollars in developing the potash mine and export one million tons of potash yearly generating 430 million dollars. In 2013 the then Ministry of Mines granted Allana large-scale mining license that enables the company to mine the potash deposit. However, due to the commodity market crash particularly the nose-diving price of potash in the global market, Allana was unable to raise the required investment capital to finance the project. To avoid massive shareholders dilution the management and board of Allana Potash decided to sell the company. Accordingly, in March 2015 the board accepted the buyout offer from ICL, the 6th largest fertilizer producer in the world. At the moment, officials of the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas were reluctant to recognize the deal citing that they were not pre-informed about the transaction, a claim which executives of Allana refute. Following the acquisition of Allana Potash, ICL applied to the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas to transfer the mining license of Allana to ICL. While the ministry was evaluating the request made by Allana Potash Afar, a unit of ICL was allowed to continue the mine development work. Before the mining license transfer was made the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) claimed Allana Potash Afar to pay some 55 million dollars in tax. The tax claim includes the withholding and VAT tax arrears, which was supposed to be paid by Allana, and capital gain tax for the acquisition of Allana. ICL rejected the tax claim and subsequently the board of ICL decided to terminate the potash project. In a statement issued in October 2016, the board stated that Allana Potash Afar was unable to carry out its work due to the obstacles posed by the Ethiopian government. “The board has taken this decision in view of the Ethiopian government’s failure to provide the necessary infrastructure and regulatory framework for the project and follows the Ethiopian tax authority’s rejection of Allana Afar’s appeal regarding the unjustified and illegal tax assessment which Allana Afar has declined to pay. In particular, as already notified to the government, Ethiopia’s acts and missions have been in breach of, inter alia, the protections to which the investment is entitled under an international investment treaty,” the company’s statement read.

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  • LADIES WEAK POINT – 6 Places Girls Want You To Touch In Her Body That Will Blow Her Mind

     

     

     

     

    6 Places Girls Want You To Touch – Generally most of the men like to touch the breast, vag1na and butt of the women. But they are neglecting the other sensitive parts that induce women and give a lot of happy moments. If you touch these parts during the s3x or foreplay she will get in the mood and feel special.

    Think no more of a women’s chasm, and search the erogenous spots that will get more excited to your lady. But most of the men doing this mistake is that they are goes directly for the women’s vag1na, breast or other private parts, without thinking about her other nine sensitive parts. So, if you would like to want your lady get into the s3xual mood, then stimulates her other body part. Here are some but important points where women want to be touched... 

    Hair: Men always attracting to their gorgeous looks, so only this reason women are very punctuate about her hairstylist look. Hair wash, color, cut and styling these processes may be quit stress reliever. Running your fingers smoothly through her hair this is a proper way to send tingles down her spine. 

    CollarBone:        

    Collarbone is very s3xy part on women. So why not display your best for this beauty with touching and kissing? Pay absorption to this anatomy allotment while she’s still absolutely clothed, unbuttoning her shirt aloof abundant to acknowledge the clavicle and no further. You should come back on this part when the clothes have fully disappears as well to remind her of the anticipation it create when you started there.

    Earlobes:

     
    Happy factor for your women will be touching, kissing and even lightly biting ear lobes. This delicate, smooth lobes are very sensitive and most of the girls go through for enjoy the sensation of having man lips on them. You should avoid jamming your tongue inside her ear, trying to do nibble around the outside her ear.
     
    Nape of her neck: When you go to the nape of her neck, stay there few minutes and place few kisses there. In ancient Japan, the women’s back neck was like as very attractive by men, so this is one of the few place not covered by any cloth. In trendy times, the nape of the neck is usually neglected in favor of a lot of obvious pleasure centers, however never underestimates the facility of mild touches and kisses from her hairline to her shoulders
    Inner Thighs: Touching her abutting thighs after venturing into the vag1nal breadth will accomplish for an accomplished aggravate that is abiding to get her revved up. Use your easily and aperture to cuddle and kiss the abdomen of her thighs, accepting excruciatingly abutting to her ultimate amusement spot, but affairs aback afore activity all the way.
    Concentrating some amore on her abdomen is a abundant idea, however, you’ll accept to abide the appetite to blooper bottom-ward to her vag1na while you’re so close. Like affliction her close thighs, kissing and beating about her abd0men will accelerate her until she’s allurement for more. Prolong the awareness by abrogation the arena to focus on addition anatomy allotment for a while.
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  • 4 Things We Wish We Knew About $ex Before We Were Married

     

     

    When it comes to Christians and newlywed sex, there are usually two extremes.

    For some couples, they head toward the altar with the expectation that they will find themselves soon lost in ecstasy and passion—a reward from God for staying pure until marriage. For others, the idea of $ex carries a lot of anxiety and fear—as he or she tries to figure out what messages of $ex are “real” between the portrayal we see in culture, the Church’s teaching, and one’s future spouse’s expectations. To add to this, the reality is that 80 percent of unmarried Christians ages 18 to 29 have already had—or are having—$ex, as reports indicate.

    As with most extremes, there is some truth to these for some couples. However, the majority tend to find themselves somewhere in the middle.

    This was the case for us personally as our first few times were a little awkward. Three days into our honeymoon we found ourselves in Barnes and Noble trying to find a book to help us figure things out in the bedroom. We’d read a number of Christian books about $ex prior to getting married, and they were very helpful in terms of the theological and relational aspect of $ex, but not so helpful on the supremely practical “how to” aspect—and more specifically, how to do it well and mutually enjoy it.
    Compatibility isn’t something that can be tested out in a trial run. Rather it’s something that you build together.

    Our honeymoon was eight years ago now, and you might say we’ve learned a lot since then. But looking back to the very beginning, here are four things we think every couple should known before their wedding night:

    1. Expect to be sexually incompatible at first.

    One of the common arguments used in favor of sleeping together outside of marriage is the importance of sexually compatibility. But in reality, compatibility isn’t something that can be tested out in a trial run. Rather it’s something that you build together through shared $exual experience.

    Just like anything you want to get good at, $ex takes practice. You don’t expect to just pick up a guitar for the first time and play Mumford & Sons covers, so why would you expect electrifying compatibility right off the bat?

    $exual incompatibility is a simple fact of every marriage when it first starts out (especially if you are both virgins), but all that really means is that you can now enjoy the process of learning with each other. That is the beauty a life-long commitment to marriage brings: lots of time to practice, practice, practice. And in this context, practice can actually be quite fun. The more you both learn about how your bodies’ work and what you both like, the better $ex will be for both of you.

    2. Take your time.

    Amidst the hormones and the excitement of your first time together, it is far better to go slow and take your time. For most women, it is normal for $ex to be a little painful and uncomfortable at first. And this, for some, can change the pace of honeymoon intimacy. As great as some marriage books and pre-marital counseling can be, this is one of the reasons it’s good to also consult a gynecologist before the wedding. And a word for men—go slow and be understanding.

    3. Your $ex life will have ups and downs just like anything else.

    For every couple, it is normal to have ups and downs in your sex life. You will have some stretches when $ex couldn't be better. You’ll have mutually satisfying, pure-fun $ex—and you’ll have it multiple times a day. Then you’ll have some stretches where the rest of life has left you fried, and keeping things going in the bedroom will take some work.

    Stress, work deadlines, housework, busy schedules, pregnancy, kids, financial issues, health issues and any other thing you can think of that is normal in life all affect our $ex drives. When you hit a down period, rather than taking this as a sign of a waning relationship, take it as a sign you need to be more intentional. You might even “schedule” $ex for a season. Very romantic. It might mean intentionally talking about what you both want or what you could try that is different or new. Or, in some cases it might mean seeing a counselor to work through some things that may be hindering things in the bedroom.

    Expect to have both high spells and dry spells. When you do hit a rough patch, please know that you are not broken or weird because of it. And know that if you commit to working through it together, good things will likely be right around the corner.

    4. $ex depicted in the movies leave some things out—including one very important thing we tend to overlook.

    When it comes to $ex in the movies, there are lots of things that the writers leave out when putting together their scripts. Like when your sweater gets stuck over your head, or shoe laces become an impossible puzzle. Or the ever-romantic moment when you have to stop to think about birth control. Or how about when one of you is ready to go while the other just isn’t quite feeling in the mood.

     

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  • The Case Against Sugar review – an unsweetened attack on diet myths

    A paper by researchers at Imperial College London and two universities in Brazil contends that artificially sweetened beverages, often called diet drinks, are just as big a problem as those containing sugar. There is no evidence they help people lose weight, they say, possibly because people assume they can eat more because their drinks are low in sugar.

     

    The report says the combined factors of what goes into artificially sweetened drinks, how they are consumed, and their environmental impact mean that “far from helping to solve the global obesity crisis [they are] a potential risk factor for highly prevalent chronic diseases”.

    Sugar-sweetened drinks, including sports beverages, have been identified as one of the major causes of obesity. Many countries, including Mexico and France, have introduced sugar taxes to try to reduce consumption, and the UK plans to do so next year.

    Many manufacturers are looking to boost sales of drinks containing artificial sweeteners in order to escape the levy. Such products already account for 25% of the global soft drinks market.

    Prof Christopher Millett, senior investigator at Imperial’s School of Public Health, said: “A common perception, which may be influenced by industry marketing, is that because ‘diet’ drinks have no sugar they must be healthier and aid weight loss when used as a substitute for full-sugar versions. However, we found no solid evidence to support this.”

    The paper, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, is a commentary on the research done so far into artificially sweetened beverages promoted as healthier alternatives and the impact on weight.

    It says the evidence does not suggest they help with weight loss, although they probably do not cause people to put on weight. Some studies show no weight loss; others show a small loss, but those studies were not always well done and were often funded by the soft drinks industry, the authors say.

    Maria Carolina Borges, the first author of the study, from the Federal University of Pelotas, in Brazil, said: “The lack of solid evidence on the health effects of ASBs [artificially sweetened beverages] and the potential influence of bias from industry-funded studies should be taken seriously when discussing whether ASBs are adequate alternatives to SSBs [sugar-sweetened beverages].”

    The paper argues that “given their negligible nutritional benefits and potential detrimental health impacts”, the environmental impact of manufacturing artificially sweetened drinks should be taken into account. It takes 150-300 litres of water to make one litre of drink, it says, and there is considerable solid waste and cumulative chemical pollution.

    Prof Carlos Monteiro, a co-author, from the University of São Paulo, said: “Taxes and regulation on SSBs and not ASBs will ultimately promote the consumption of diet drinks rather than plain water, the desirable source of hydration for everyone.”

    The British Soft Drinks Association dismissed the paper. Its director general, Gavin Partington, said: “Contrary to the claims made in this article, scientific research shows that low-calorie sweeteners, such as those found in diet drinks, help consumers manage their weight as part of a calorie-controlled diet.

    “At a time when we are trying to encourage people to reduce their overall calorie intake it is extremely unhelpful that products that contain no sugar, let alone calories, are demonised without evidence.”

    He added: “It’s worth bearing in mind that the UK soft drinks sector is the only category in which sugar is consistently falling year on year – over 17% since 2012.”

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