A New BOSS in Town: Changes to BVI Beneficial Owner Information Regime

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As the British Virgin Islands (BVI) continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, attention is properly focused on humanitarian relief and the repair of the BVI’s physical infrastructure. But there have also been important recent developments associated with the BVI’s legal infrastructure—changes designed to address the BVI’s reputation as one of the world’s premier tax havens, and as a popular destination for money laundered by corrupt public officials, organized crime networks, and others.

Thanks in part by a campaign by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron to remove the “cloak of secrecy” from Britain’s offshore territories, and in part to the embarrassing publication of the Panama Papers, the BVI recently enacted a new Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System (BOSS) Act, which went into effect last June.

The BOSS Act is the latest in a series of steps designed to clean up the BVI’s image…

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Galatians 4

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Galatians 4 has Paul talking about our status as Christ Followers in relationship to God.  “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born  of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons”.  This is no small thing that God has done for us.  He gave His only Son to redeem us as sinners to His righteous standards.  But more than that, He adopted us as His very own children. We’re not outsiders granted a gift, we are taken in as His very own and become part of His family and He becomes our Father!

What an amazing gift of grace. But the impact of God’s decision to love us that way and adopt us as His very own means we will always be a child of His.  Our future…

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Muslims Are Converting to Christianity in Record Numbers (apparently…)

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Source: National Catholic Register

By Patti Armstrong, who is an award-winning author and was the managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’ bestselling Amazing Grace series.

How are so many conversions taking place in oppressive countries where proselytizing can bring a death sentence?

“We are in a time of the first ever mass conversions of Muslims,” Father Mitch Pacwa SJ told me in a phone interview. “God is doing a mighty work among them.”
Pacwa is a host for EWTN radio and TV, a frequent pilgrim guide to the Holy Land and is fluent in 13 languages including Arabic. He is considered an expert on the Middle East and produced the DVD Christianity & Islam: Are We at War? and co-authored Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics.

Pacwa said he began hearing talk of conversions to…

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What Your Forgotten Writing Goals Say About Your Future — Author Don Massenzio

Originally posted on Novelty Revisions: Looking at my goals for the year, I’ve come to the realization that so far, I have accomplished … well. Not as much as I originally planned to. That’s not a good feeling. And yet, it also happens to be one of those moments of growth we often take for…

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Great Leaders Stand Up and Take Responsibility – Guest post from Lloyd “Skip“ Amstrup:

Imagine you are sitting in your office when your assistant rushes in to tell you that your security system has been breached. Sensitive customer information has been compromised. You get a chill down your spine, as you struggle to maintain your composer. Your assistant dreaded having to make this announcement, fully expecting a highly charged emotional outburst. She anxiously awaits your response.

This incident will test your true leadership ability to remain calm, rational, and to demonstrate your ability to take charge under pressure. You could start the “blame game” by immediately finding fault with your security software or your IT team. You could hurriedly create a “damage control plan” to minimize the problem. You could simply pull out the bottle of whiskey you have in your bottom drawer and take a few shots.

The prudent leader would first seek to get all of the needed relevant information by gathering his or her key advisors to review the situation. He or she would immediately contact his or her superiors to let them know about the situation, while letting them know that his or her team was working to identify the scope of the issue, followed by the formulation of the needed corrective action. The leader would give his superiors a specific time he or she would report back.

As the details are ascertained, the team should determine their course of action, keeping the impact to their customers as their prime focus. They will need to make a timely announcement to their customers identifying what happened, what the impact is to the individual customers, what will be done to correct the situation and by creating a communication channel to field customer questions and concerns. A customer-focused approach will go a long way toward maintaining the integrity of the company, which will now be subject to intense scrutiny.

Good leaders stand up and take responsibility. They replace excuse making with full disclosure and offering an effective plan for recovery. They show empathy for those who may have been harmed. They act with a “compassionate leadership” style.

The distrust of the general populace of community, business, and political leaders stems from a steady stream of talking points, spinning narratives, and denials that have replaced accountability, truthfulness and transparency. People simply don’t trust many of our traditional leaders. Even the most eager leader will struggle in this negative environment.

Leaders need to be masters of persuasion. To be able to be “innovative change agents”, they must develop and sustain a strong bond with those they lead exemplified by a consistent display of integrity. What everyone wants from a leader is the ability to “fess up” when he or she makes a mistake. They then want the person who “Fouled up” to fix the damage done rather than making excuses or pushing the fix onto someone else.

After the damage has been fixed, the leader must learn from the mistakes made. This will prevent similar mistakes in the future. This learning process is the difference between average and great leaders. Great leaders spend time in meaningful reflection before taking on the next challenge.

Excellent leaders rise to every occasion replacing chaos with a sense of calm resolve.

Lloyd “Skip” Amstrup earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Jose State University. He taught high school students for eight years and worked in the insurance industry for 32 years, retiring as a field executive for State Farm. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of “Found Treasure Gems of Great Leadership and Personal Skills”, designed to help readers build their leadership skills, learn to make informed choices and shape their personal brand. He shares his “Five F’s to a Successful Life” and helps individuals define his or her personal aspirations. The subjects include faith, failure, family, fear, feelings, focus, flexibility, forgiveness, freedom, fruitfulness, friendship, future, funniness, framework and fundamentals. His approach helps readers define and meet their leadership goals in their personal and professional lives

Military action in Zimbabwe?

Also: Cute lions and ugly Habs statistics The Montreal Canadiens lost 2-1 in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets. On a day when Carey Price’s injury update and the claiming of Antti Niemi off waivers cast further doubt on the Habs’ goalkeeping plans, Charlie Lindgren was solid but the offence remained stolid. Coming into the game, the…

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NY Terror Attack Proves Trump’s Travel Ban is Needed

Eight Americans were killed and twelve others were injured last week because our political class in America is too cowardly to address the issue of skyrocketing legal immigration into America. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old man from Uzbekistan whose only job prospect was being a driver for Uber, mowed down pedestrians in a bike lane in Manhattan.

So, now the terrorist truck attacks that have plagued London and France have finally come to America. But at least our politicians can claim that they are not racists because they allow unlimited immigration from the most militant Islamic regions of the world!

At some point we’re going to have to demand that Congress address two deadly serious issues: 1) President Trump is absolutely correct that we need a moratorium on immigrants and refugees from all terrorist hotspots, and 2) our overall immigration rates are unsustainable and dangerous.

Even if federal judges appointed by Obama were not somehow currently in charge of America’s immigration policy, it would not have prevented the terrorist attack in New York. Uzbekistan is not on any of President Trump’s proposed “travel bans” (which are temporary moratoriums). Sayfullo Saipov was in the country due to the risible “diversity lottery” in which 50,000 random people from anywhere else in the world can win a golden ticket to come to America and sign up for welfare immediately. Unfortunately for Saipov’s neighbors, he may have sponsored an addition 23 Uzbeks to come to America as soon as the chain migration process kicked in.

America now has an estimated 45.7 million foreign-born people living within our borders. That number does not include the 11 to 30 million illegal aliens from all corners of the world (depending on whose numbers you use). In Los Angeles, 44 percent of residents no longer speak English at home. Yet when you ask virtually any Member of Congress certain uncomfortable questions about immigration policy, you are likely to get a dispassionate shrug in response, followed by the usual platitudes that every person everywhere in the world somehow has a right to pursue the American dream.

Whose decision was it, for example, to transplant entire Somali villages in places like Minnesota and Maine? Congressman: Shrug. (Actual answer: The United Nations Refugee Agency.)

Why has America taken in more immigrants from Islamic republics in the 16 years after the 9/11 attacks than we took in during the two decades prior to the attacks? Congressman: Shrug.

Given that 16 percent of Muslims admit that they support acts of violence in the name of Islam, how is it justifiable to bring in more than 100,000 mostly unvetted immigrants from Muslim countries every single year? Congressman: Shrug.

Since Muslims are steeped in a culture which has truly alien views on the social order compared to Western countries (on issues such as spousal abuse, child-rearing, freedom of speech, education of women and girls, driving in the bike lane, etc.), what is the positive net benefit for America if we allow so many in? Congressman: “Sorry, we’re out of time for this interview, I have to get to a fundraiser!”

Senator Tom Cotton has introduced the RAISE Act in the Senate (short for Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy). The bill would eliminate the diversity lottery and establish a points-based immigration system. If passed into law, immigrants would have to demonstrate that they have skills that would benefit the American economy if they are allowed in.

The very best pirates from Somalia need not apply, in other words.

Chain migration would be limited to immediate family members such as spouses and minor children; no more sick and elderly relatives allowed. Given the education rates in many terrorist hotbed countries, the bill would have the same effect as President Trump’s “travel ban” and it would even extend to countries like Saipov’s Uzbekistan. Sorry guys, we’re full up on Uber drivers!

President Trump would sign the bill into law, if passed, and the administration helped to write the legislation. But what are the odds that the bill will even be voted on in the Senate? Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, after all, was the author of the “diversity lottery” way back in 1990. Many Republicans are too afraid to touch this issue because they fear being called racists and, let’s face it, they often have armed security nearby in case the Sayfullo Saipovs in our midst decide that today is the day for their personal jihad against the Great Satan.

The RAISE Act is a sensible solution to the out-of-control immigration rates and would reduce the number of potential terrorists that we are allowing into the US in the name of “diversity.” You can reach your Senators at 202-224-3121 if you want to let them know that you support the RAISE Act (Senate bill 1720).

~ American Liberty Report

NY Terror Attack Proves Trump’s Travel Ban is Needed

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Eight Americans were killed and twelve others were injured last week because our political class in America is too cowardly to address the issue of skyrocketing legal immigration into America. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old man from Uzbekistan whose only job prospect was being a driver for Uber, mowed down pedestrians in a bike lane in Manhattan.

So, now the terrorist truck attacks that have plagued London and France have finally come to America. But at least our politicians can claim that they are not racists because they allow unlimited immigration from the most militant Islamic regions of the world!

At some point we’re going to have to demand that Congress address two deadly serious issues: 1) President Trump is absolutely correct that we need a moratorium on immigrants and refugees from all terrorist hotspots, and 2) our overall immigration rates are unsustainable and dangerous.

Even if federal judges appointed by Obama were not somehow currently in charge of America’s immigration policy, it would not have prevented the terrorist attack in New York. Uzbekistan is not on any of President Trump’s proposed “travel bans” (which are temporary moratoriums). Sayfullo Saipov was in the country due to the risible “diversity lottery” in which 50,000 random people from anywhere else in the world can win a golden ticket to come to America and sign up for welfare immediately. Unfortunately for Saipov’s neighbors, he may have sponsored an addition 23 Uzbeks to come to America as soon as the chain migration process kicked in.

America now has an estimated 45.7 million foreign-born people living within our borders. That number does not include the 11 to 30 million illegal aliens from all corners of the world (depending on whose numbers you use). In Los Angeles, 44 percent of residents no longer speak English at home. Yet when you ask virtually any Member of Congress certain uncomfortable questions about immigration policy, you are likely to get a dispassionate shrug in response, followed by the usual platitudes that every person everywhere in the world somehow has a right to pursue the American dream.

Whose decision was it, for example, to transplant entire Somali villages in places like Minnesota and Maine? Congressman: Shrug. (Actual answer: The United Nations Refugee Agency.)

Why has America taken in more immigrants from Islamic republics in the 16 years after the 9/11 attacks than we took in during the two decades prior to the attacks? Congressman: Shrug.

Given that 16 percent of Muslims admit that they support acts of violence in the name of Islam, how is it justifiable to bring in more than 100,000 mostly unvetted immigrants from Muslim countries every single year? Congressman: Shrug.

Since Muslims are steeped in a culture which has truly alien views on the social order compared to Western countries (on issues such as spousal abuse, child-rearing, freedom of speech, education of women and girls, driving in the bike lane, etc.), what is the positive net benefit for America if we allow so many in? Congressman: “Sorry, we’re out of time for this interview, I have to get to a fundraiser!”

Senator Tom Cotton has introduced the RAISE Act in the Senate (short for Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy). The bill would eliminate the diversity lottery and establish a points-based immigration system. If passed into law, immigrants would have to demonstrate that they have skills that would benefit the American economy if they are allowed in.

The very best pirates from Somalia need not apply, in other words.

Chain migration would be limited to immediate family members such as spouses and minor children; no more sick and elderly relatives allowed. Given the education rates in many terrorist hotbed countries, the bill would have the same effect as President Trump’s “travel ban” and it would even extend to countries like Saipov’s Uzbekistan. Sorry guys, we’re full up on Uber drivers!

President Trump would sign the bill into law, if passed, and the administration helped to write the legislation. But what are the odds that the bill will even be voted on in the Senate? Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, after all, was the author of the “diversity lottery” way back in 1990. Many Republicans are too afraid to touch this issue because they fear being called racists and, let’s face it, they often have armed security nearby in case the Sayfullo Saipovs in our midst decide that today is the day for their personal jihad against the Great Satan.

The RAISE Act is a sensible solution to the out-of-control immigration rates and would reduce the number of potential terrorists that we are allowing into the US in the name of “diversity.” You can reach your Senators at 202-224-3121 if you want to let them know that you support the RAISE Act (Senate bill 1720).

~ American Liberty Report