The requirement for UK Overseas Territories (UKOTS) to have public registers of beneficial ownership of company ownership before it is a global standard, was at the very least a palpably stupid idea. The aim of public registers is to increase transparency however, they could end up doing more bad than good, particularly in the area law enforcement.
Right now, the situation is such that the HMRC and the UK law enforcement authorities are able to receive beneficial ownership, directorship and certain financial information about a company from a UKOTs register usually in 24 hours. Moreover, the information on the current registers is verified. This in turn allows UK law enforcement and HMRC to investigate suspected money laundering and tax evasion thoroughly. Additionally, some well-to-do officer occasionally leaks the information to the media such as the Guardian, or some other media outlet who in turn writes a sensationalized story.
A second referendum won't happen but if it does I don't think that it could legitimately include the possibility of staying in the EU as issue was already voted on. The only question that remains, is how do you leave the EU. The fundamental problem with having a referendum on this, is educating the population on the different options and the consequences thereof. Recall how surprisingly difficult the referendum exercise was when it concerned a simple in or out question. The referendum will be hard to explain that it would run counter to what referendums are to be used for - indicating the public's position clear cut issues - which Brexit is anything but.
In school we are taught that when we write an essay we have to say what it is about, why you are writing about it, why its important and then repeat what you just wrote in a minutely different way. And now we have a whole line of (mostly US YouTubers) who follow this process in their video making. That's all well and good for essays, but for YouTube videos, it doesn't work, its just effing annoying. Urgh! The fact of the matter is that, I decided to watch a YouTube video because I found the topic interesting (and I couldn't give a damn as to why its important or why you're talking about it) or that I need to find out how to do something. I could just skip ahead, but then I will have to rewind a bit in case I actually missed something of material importance.
My Neighbour The Rapist - BBC - Golden Mtika
"My Neighbour the Rapist" is a controversial BBC documentary presented by Golden Mtika, that purports to showcase the sexual crime epidemic affecting a village in Johannesburg, South Africa known as Diepsloot. The presenter, a journalist who happens to reside in that part of town, and thus has an intimate knowledge on its ins and outs.
Golden Mtika interviews several "victims" and "rapists" who's stories are as appalling and sickening as they come. You will note that I enclosed victims and rapists in quotation marks. This is because, some of those that were interviewed alleged that they were paid to say what they said.
Since China appears to be "taking over the world" as a new super power, I thought that I might as well check out out their entertainment outside the Bruce Lee and Jet Li Kung Fu movies. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at quality of some of these shows and so below are my top picks for dramas from China.
1. Three Kingdoms
This 95 episode series, set in the Three Kingdoms (late Han) era of China and is based on a historical novel of the same name. It follows the rise and fall of various competing "warlords" and generals but focuses mainly on Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Sima Yi.
Three Kingdoms boasts a great combination of political intrigue and epic battles (with a fair amount of mano e mano combat) which apart from anything else gives you a sense of how life (in a certain respect) must have been like. To this end, Ni Dahong's portrayal of Sima Yi gives us some insight as to what one would have to do in order to thrive in such an environment.
The only thing that really annoyed me, was the constant spitting up blood, notwithstanding the fact that I understand its place in Chinese theatrical traditions.
The staple of Caribbean conscious music is without a doubt, Reggae and happens to be my favorite genre of music. I could fill this list with Bob Marley's works alone, but for the sake of variety I am going to stick to one song per artist.
1. Bob Marley - Exodus
Bob Marley is the undisputed King of Reggae, and apart from his powerful lyrics, I think that a part of his success is attributable to the fact that he didn't always stick to the usual reggae beat, but rather incorporated a range of musical genres into his songs. Exodus, a song about liberation, is a perfect example of this (in fact I was jamming to this moments before my last exam at law school). When you here this song, you can't help but have the urge to get up and start skanking.
2. John Holt - Strange Things
John Holt, was a wonderful singer who focused mainly on love songs. Strange Things has a rather strange beat for a reggae song, which is partly what makes the song so great. This song is essentially about a lonely person wanting to have some "fun" on a Friday night. Despite its lyrics, its beat is perfect for a couples' dance.
3. Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse
In the best Jamaican patois I can muster - "Cool Ruler a di boss" and Night Nurse proves it. The melody makes me give way to a slow skank, or bop if you will. Some persons say that this lover's song was about drugs rather than a lady, but whatever, its great nonetheless.