The Revenue Department of the Ministry of Ministry of Finance, has begun the enforcement of taxes owed by out-standing business entities in Ganta.The Revenue Department is in making sure that other tax payers are in compliance, too.At least a team of enforcers from the Division of Rural Tax under the National Tax Enforcement Initiative 2014, with an inscription, “Operation Up the Number,” visited three counties, including Grand Gedeh, Nimba and Bong enforcing the collection of uncollectable taxes.With an instruction or order, “Revenue Maximization Exercise – Pay Your Taxes Now,” compared several businesses in Ganta to pay their taxes.The officers attempted closing the Sethi Business Center, the Beer Garden Bar and Restaurant as well as other business places in Ganta for delaying to pay their taxes for the past quarter(s).Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently, the Director of Rural Tax, Mr. Albert Brown, said due to the budget shortfall in the national budget, which began July 1 2013, the Ministry of Finance under the leadership of Amara Konneh, under National Enforcement Initiative decided to enforce non – compliance tax collection across Liberia.He said the exercise is targeting the collection of unpaid taxes or taxes that are out-standing.“We are on the field to enforce uncollectable taxes that are out-standing and to make sure that other tax payers are in compliance,” he explained.On 8th February, the exercise was carried on in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, where, according to Director Albert Brown and his Regional Director Daniel Jensen Hages, said everything went on well with collection of huge amount of revenue from those believed to be delinquents.“The exercise covered all categories of businesses, including small businesses, real estate tax and so on but for our threshold we are dealing with small tax payers,” said Regional Director Hages.The both directors disclosed that during the exercise, they discovered that many business people that early registered as petit and now their businesses have grown above the “petit level”, were still paying taxes as petit traders and so they asked them to pay more than what they paid as petit traders.There is a penalty attached, accordingly, but the operation continues up to the last day in this fiscal year which ends June 30th 2014.“Jensen Hages, “Tax is an obligation to all natural and legal persons.”“In real estate, 10 percent of what you pay as rental should be withheld as your real estate tax and we are looking at sale documents to know the turnover and your presumptive payment,” added.“We are also looking at the salary structure of an employer, if the salary of an individual falls below the threshold of L$70, 000 per annual, then no problem but if it goes above then you have to pay the tax,” he maintained.Nimba County had many lucrative business areas including, garages, steel mills (for locally produced liquor known as cane juice), water factories and many, but the revenue officers said the next phase of the exercise will covered sectors of business.Meanwhile, the Director of Rural Tax, Albert Brown is urging all local authorities to encourage their citizens or business communities to their taxes.He, however, praised the local administration of Grand Gedeh including the Supt. Soro, City Mayor for the level cooperation provided them in pursuing business people to pay their taxes during the period of the exercise in the Zwedru.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Assessment works on the design of the much anticipated bypass road linking the East Bank to the East Coast of Demerara are progressing well, and a draft design is expected to be submitted to Government by the end of September.This is according to Technical Services Manager attached to the PublicMPI’s Technical Services Manager Nigel ErskineInfrastructure Ministry, Nigel Erskine, who is overseeing the project. India-based consultancy firm RITES Limited is carrying out the 10-month design consultancy project. Since their arrival back in April, RITES’ engineers have been meeting with stakeholders and looking at the alignment.They have also conducted a series of analyses, including of the earmarked site for the bypass road, as well as submitted several reports of their findings thus far.According to the Technical Services Manager, the engineers have already submitted their inception report, quality assurance plan, and feasibility report. He noted that they are currently working on the analysis of the pavement for construction, weight control studies and on environmental studies as well.“So a lot of work is also going on, but designs are already in advanced stage… So we expect that they should submit a draft design report by the end of September, and then the final report will be in February next year [when the design consultancy contract would be up],” Erskine told the Guyana Times.The Ministry’s Technical Services Manager went on to explain that because the road is going to be construction on new lands, it does create much obstacles for the alignment.“It’s a green field project, so there isn’t really any major issues that you would encounter so far in terms of the design… There (aren’t) any utilities [in the way], no need to acquire any lands. The elevation of the land is very stable, so there is not many issues that you would encounter [as opposed] to like a developing a design in an area where you have utilities and population,” he pointed out.This EBD-ECD Bypass project will see some 26 kilometres of road constructed, linking two of the country’s main thoroughfares. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. Those include Diamond, Mocha, Eccles – all on the East Bank – and Aubrey Barker Road in Georgetown.Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had disclosed back in April that Government is also looking at extending the bypass road from Diamond all the way up to the Linden/Soesdyke Highway sometime in the future.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of a 20-kilometre road from Ogle on the East Coast of Demerara to Diamond, East Bank Demerara.Since the Government of India is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country, and as such, when RITES Limited completes the design consultancy, the bidding process for the construction of the road will be opened to Indian companies.Erskine said that this process could take about six months before a contractor is selected, and that construction is likely to commence in the last quarter of 2019.However, during an interview earlier this year, Minister Jordan had told the Guyana Times that he does not foresee this project being fully completed before 2020.“I don’t see the road becoming a reality before 2020, if I were to hazard a guess. I would love it to be there before, but based on how things go and based on the difficulties of communication and tendering and so on, because everything has to come from India, the consultants and contractors… so they have to do tendering there and tendering here, so it will take some time (before it’s completed),” he opined.In an effort to reduce traffic congestion for commuters on the East Bank of Demerara, which leads to the country’s main point of entry – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport — the previous People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) regime was working on constructing an ‘East Coast to East Bank’ bypass road, and sought funding from the Indian Government in 2015. The following year, Minister Jordan signed off on the loan.Pic saved as: Nigel ErskineCaption: MPI’s Technical Services Manager Nigel Erskine
…questioned by SOCU…released on $200,000 station bail eachOne day after being released on $6 million bail each, former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington were called in for questioning by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).On Wednesday, the two former Government officials, accompanied by their lawyers – Anil Nandlall, Mark Waldron and Sase Gunraj – arrived at SOCU’s headquarters in Georgetown at about 09:00h and left some four hours later with SOCU officials.Nandlall told the press, who waited patiently outside SOCU, that the two were questioned about 27 allegations of misconduct in public office, even on matters dating back to 1994.These transactions involve the following Guyana Stockfeeds; Marilyn Oudho; Clairan’s; Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry; Duke Lodge; Pritipaul Singh Investments; Hand-in-Hand; National Hardware; Twin’s Manufacturing; Old GPC; Anthony Pierres; Property Holdings Inc; I Ali; Hicks, Linden; Sanata at Industrial Site; Mohabir, Linden and SOL (Guyana).The lead attorney noted that no allegation of dishonesty was made, nor are there any allegations that the duo has stolen public funds, or profited from these transactions. These transactions, according to him, had received the approval of Cabinet, and were one on the recommendations of the NICIL Board. “I maintain that these charges are intended to harass, humiliate and persecute these persons,” he asserted.Nandlall told Guyana Times that he was advised that the charges were recommended by advice received from Dr Sam Sittlington, who is assisting SOCU.“If these cases are tainted in criminality, are they now going to charge all the persons who purchased? That would even be more ridiculous.”He said it amounts to unfairness and unequal treatment meted out to his clients.In addition to that, Nandlall is arguing that Government distributed over 100,000 house lots which were deliberately sold below market value“Are they going to charge the 100,000 persons who benefited from these housing programme?”Targeting political opponentsMeanwhile, Dr Singh told the media that the coalition Administration was using SOCU to target its political opponents. “I would say that what we are witnessing is State bullyism, political harassment of the very worst kind,” he said. Nevertheless, the former Minister said both himself and Brassington are cooperating with SOCU.He reiterated that the charges for which he and his former colleague were granted bail for, are not only baseless but irrational. Dr Singh again expressed confidence that the matter would be disposed of and promised to remain focused, explaining that he will not be intimidated by the matter before him.On the other hand, Brassington also told the media that while being questioned, SOCU officials went through tonnes of files totalling over 20. “They are taking every instance where the valuation is above the selling price and calling it misconduct in public office… cases even if we had a public tender,” he said.The former NICIL head noted that every single transaction received several layers of approval, first by the Privatisation Unit Board, the NICIL Board and then by Cabinet. “We have produced records showing what we did and there is nothing wrong in what we did. Everything we did we have a justification and an approval from Boards and Cabinet, so it is a travesty in justice,” he added.Singh and Brassington were taken to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force. They were fingerprinted and later released on $200,000 station bail each.The two former Government officials were charged on Tuesday for allegedly selling several plots of State land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana at a cost of $185 million.The two will return to SOCU on Monday for further questioning.
Controversial Alliance For Change (AFC) executive Abel Seetaram was on Thursday evening taken into custody after chocking a Police Officer and resisting arrest during a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) public meeting.The officer who was at the time attempting to arrest the AFC Regional Councillor after he allegedly assaulted a PPP supporter has not been granted station bail. Up to press time, Police sources confirmed that Abel was still in custody.Reports are that Seetaram choked a Police Officer who intervened after heAFC executive Abel Seetaramattacked a PPP supporter at Woodley Park, West Coast Berbice (WCB).According to an eyewitness, whilst the meeting was ongoing and speakers were addressing the gathering of over 300 persons, Seetaram rode towards the crowd and began hurling expletives and derogatory remarks.He was reportedly warned about his actions by the Police and asked to desist but he continued to use abusive language. Seetaram then went over to the other side of the road and pushed a PPP supporter.When a Police Officer intervened, Seetaram reportedly held onto him and choked him. It is also alleged that the AFC official said he could not be arrested because the Public Security Minister does not like the PPP.The 36-year-old of Lot 121 B Woodley Park, WCB, was recently sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of felonious wounding committed on Nateram Rabindranauth, 54, a vendor of Lot 64 A Woodley Park.The incident occurred on January 21, 2018, where he used a wood and battered Rabindranauth after he intervened in an altercation involving both their sons. He was subsequently released on $150,000 bail pending an appeal.He was also implicated in several misdemeanours including driving under the influence of alcohol and verbally abusing Police ranks.
0Shares0000Eden Hazard scored twice in a superb man-of-the-match performance and the Belgian came very close to scoring a hat-trick. Photo/REUTERSLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Eden Hazard gave England followers a glimpse of what to expect at next summer’s World Cup with a glorious display as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.Less than 24 hours after the World Cup draw put Belgium and England in the same group, Belgian Hazard was in imperious form, scoring twice and running at defenders at will. Chelsea’s victory, which keeps them third in the Premier League, ought to have been more emphatic but it briefly looked as if they might not collect the three points at all when Newcastle took a surprise lead in the 12th minute.Dwight Gayle chased down his own header and hurried Marcos Alonso into a back-pass which sold his keeper Thibaut Courtois short.Seeking to prevent Jacob Murphy nipping in to round him, Courtois was forced to dive at the Newcastle winger’s feet but succeeded only in pushing the ball back to Gayle, who stroked it into the empty net.The Chelsea response was immediate. Twice they went close before inevitable equaliser finally arrived after 20 minutes. Alvaro Morata contested a high ball and it bounced off him and dropped towards Hazard, who controlled his half-volley to perfection, driving the ball into the ground and bouncing it into the far corner of the net.That goal settled any anxiety that had been floating around Stamford Bridge and it came as no surprise when the home side took the lead just after the half-hour.Matt Ritchie’s clearing header was neither strong, nor decisive and fell straight to Victor Moses who quickly drilled over a cross that Morata merely had to divert home with his head.Danny Drinkwater, making only his second Chelsea start in the Premier League, was the next to go close with a shot which drifted away from the far post.The second half began as quietly as the first, with only a deflected Hazard shot raising excitement levels among the crowd above the soporific.That was until the 56th minute when the Belgian danced through the centre of the Newcastle defence only to stumble just he approached Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal.At the other end, Ayoze Perez sent a bouncing shot just wide of the post, his last act before being replaced by Isaac Hayden.If anyone was going to add to the scoreboard, however, it was going to be Hazard. Prepared to drift all over the pitch in search of the ball, he picked it up in his own half after 69 minutes and had Newcastle defenders backpedalling and afraid to tackle lest he skip his way past them.A one-two with Drinkwater ended with the ball agonisingly out of his reach.When his second goal came, it was from the penalty spot, impudently chipping the ball beyond Darlow after Ritchie had brought down Moses.The Newcastle keeper exacted a revenge of sorts moments later when he stuck out a hand to deny Hazard his hat-trick.As if in an act of mercy by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, that was Hazards last contribution as he was replaced by Willian. Chelsea did not need him by then and may even have won more convincingly had Darlow not blocked Alonso’s goal-bound shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
John Barrow who was jailed for two years for abusing a young boy. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A 72 year old former engineer from West Donegal has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10 year old boy.John Barrow, who worked with a local electrical firm, indecently assaulted the young boy in the Crolly area in 1984. Barrow molested the boy after paying him to row his boat while out fishing and on another occasion when they returned from collecting turf.The victim, who now lives abroad, gave his evidence by video-link in the trial.Throughout the trial Barrow, who is originally from Co Louth, denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.However a jury found him guilty of the two charges of indecent assault and yesterday he was sentenced to a total of two years in jail by Judge Francis Comerford at Letterkenny Circuit Court.In a witness impact statement given by the victim and read out in court, he said he had grown up a very angry and misunderstood young man.He got into trouble with the law, had drank too much alcohol and also took drugs.His marriage also broke down and he was now estranged from his wife and children.He revealed how up until recently, he could never tell his family what had happened to him and now he wanted to apologise for all he had done to them.He described the huge relief he found when he told a cousin about what had happened to him as a child and he encouraged him to contact the Gardai.He said “I will never be able to forget what that man did to me as a child. He has taken away my innocence and that can never be replaced.”The court had previously heard details on how Barrow had preyed on the young boy.He had offered him IR£5 to row his boat onto a lake for a fishing trip in 1984.After owing out to a small island, Barrow gave the boy a condom and asked him to put it on.The victim said he was unable to do so but that the pensioner then produced pornographic material from a black bin liner and committed a sex act.A couple of weeks later he said he was offered more money to help bring in turf.On this occasion, the victim said, the pornographic material was produced again and he was told to take it to a bedroom.The pensioner then got into the bed beside him, touched him and committed another sex attack.The court heard that Barrow is now 72 and suffers from ill health including a blood disorder.Judge Francis Comerford said he accepted that Barrow was of a certain age was unlikely to reoffend.However, he cited the fact that Barrow had continued to insist that he was innocent.“This is an indecent assault on a 10 year old child without any indication of any remorse.“This is a tremendously serious crime and will have lifelong consequences for (the victim),” he said.He sentenced Barrow to two years for each of the two indecent assault on the then ten year old boy but ordered that they run concurrently.He also placed the pensioner on the sex offenders register for 10 years.FORMER ENGINEER JAILED FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING 10 YEAR OLD BOY was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abusecourtCrollydonegalGardaiJohn Barrowsex abuse
Creighton Classic Results Story Links OMAHA, Neb. – The Drake University women’s golf team has a pair of Bulldogs in the top-15 through the first round of the Creighton Classic on Monday at the Oak Hills Country Club. Drake will play the final round of the Creighton Classic and close out the fall season on Tuesday. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs are in eighth out of nine teams with a total score of 330. Western Illinois is on top of the team leaderboard with a score of 311. Junior Madison Glennie is tied for seventh-place after shooting six-over par (78). Sophomore Grace Dunn fired a 79 and is tied for 12th-place. Freshman Aimee Gerschke carded an 84, while junior Brooke Miller shot an 89. Freshman Reilly Krohe rounded out the team’s effort, shooting a 97.
Getting ready for the soccer season at LYIT.Societies, sport and much, much more were on offer at the Clubs and Societies Day 2015 which took place on campus at Letterkenny Institute of Technology yesterday. The event marked the start of the clubs and societies programme at Letterkenny I.T , and provides students, new and returning, with volunteering opportunities, sporting and recreational activities, both on and off campus.The programme has developed significantly in the last 8 years , with the societies programme growing from 8 societies in 2007 to nearly 40 societies in 2015. The array of activities catered for are outstanding, from technology based societies such as the ‘Android App Society’ and the ‘Ethical Hacking Society’, to the physical and activity based clubs such as the ‘Canoe Club’ and ‘Hillwalking Club’ to name but a few.The sporting programme at the institute has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, with the LYIT Men’s Soccer team playing at the highest level in the Colleges Football Association of Ireland league.This year the GAA Men’s team will contest the Trench Cup, and the league division 2 programme. It is hoped that the introduction of the ‘New Entrant Sports Scholarship Programme’ will significantly enhance this period of growth.The third level societies programme is an important part of the academic calendar and LYIT has now connected with the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) and also, the Campus Engage network, supported by the Higher Education Authority, to expand the non-academic endeavours of societies at LYIT. If you want to know more about Societies and Sport at LYIT you can check out the clubs and societies website via the link; www.lyitsu.ie/clubsandsocs/You can paddle your own canoe at the college!WHY YOU JUST HAVE TO BE IN THE CLUB (OR SOCIETY!) AT LYIT! was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLYIT
Then there is AugmentedID, a facial recognition technology using algorithms, from Polar Rose, a startup that delivers photo-tagging tools for Flickr. With this application, you can hold your phone up to a person’s face and see their online profile, contact info, social networking links, and any other information they’ve chosen to share. Time to Dial Down the Hype?We think marketers need to carefully consider whether AR will truly benefit their clients before blindly hopping on the AR bandwagon. Case in point: Best Buy said their AR ads exceeded expectations, with more than double the number of users than they had planned trying them out. But that number was only 6500 out of a Sunday ad circulation of 43 million. Out of those 6500, 12% actually clicked through to other Best Buy websites, a number the company touts as “fairly decent.” Although the company plans to do more AR campaigns in future, they’re also of a size to be able to engage their customers in a variety of ways on a number of platforms. Smaller companies may not have the luxury to do the same.And we are not the only ones thinking that AR is about to hit its full hype potential. Gartner shows that in their latest report, “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2009,” AR is steadily climbing towards the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Augmented reality — or the addition of a layer to the world before your eyes (aka the “real world”) using technology — is the next big tech trend. Already making its debut in everything from mobile apps to kids toys, “AR” will clearly soon be talked about by everyone the way they used to talk about “social media” and “Web 2.0” before that.While augmented reality has its uses — although many of them just involve oohing and aahing at nifty apps — this trend is already in danger of being over-hyped, even though it has barely gotten off the ground. AR Apps We’ve Seen So FarWe’ve been fascinated by augmented reality for some time now, especially after we got wind of a new mobile application built for Google’s Android platform called Layar. The app, an augmented reality browser, “layers” sets of data on top of your mobile phone’s viewfinder as you point the camera at the city around you. At the moment, though, mobile applications such as these are being primarily designed for Google’s Android platform, as its open nature allows developers to access the phone’s hardware and the video feed. However, we’re on the verge of seeing an explosion of AR apps thanks to the soon-to-launch update for the iPhone OS. The next version, due in September, is widely expected to provide an official means of accessing the necessary controls to make AR apps possible through a new Application Programming Interface (API). Already, apps like acrossair’s “Nearest Tube,” a train finder for the London underground, are poised to go live as soon as Apple is ready.AR Discovered by Marketers. Let the Hype Begin!Don’t look now, but marketers have discovered augmented reality and have started to incorporate it into their advertising campaigns. This can only mean one thing: we’re about to be inundated with pitches and products touting AR products…not to mention AR ads. Perhaps we should have clued in to this coming deluge when we saw how Mattel was pitching their next-gen action figures for the comic book-inspired “Avatar” movie. (Hold the included 3D tag up to a webcam and the toys come to life on your computer screen!) Only days later, we’re getting emails from Kia Motors — yes, the car manufacturer — about the company’s new “augmented reality Facebook application.” Using the computer’s webcam, the players of Kia’s “Go Hamster Go!” game control the action using their facial expressions. (Is that really augmented reality, though, or is it just neat?)There’s also news about a company called Metaio, creators of a mobile AR platform that lets people leave and view notes and 3D animations in places using their phones. And since Metaio is known for working on marketing campaigns like the AR Lego packaging, there’s little doubt that they could soon start including ads on the new platform. Once our interest was piqued, we began imagining what future apps could be built using this platform, thinking up everything from people search to place data.Only days later, another mobile AR app made the news: TwittARound, an app which shows you nearby tweets. Designed for the newest iPhone hardware – the iPhone 3GS – it taps into the phone’s GPS and compass to determine your physical location. It then floats the avatars of nearby Twitter users across the screen. You can click these icons to see those users’ tweets. The problem with over-hyping this technology prior to it really taking off is that it could become diluted and meaningless before we even have a chance to explore the potentially world-changing applications it could help create. (And no, we don’t mean these AR exotic dancers.) But don’t get us wrong: for a while (possibly a long while), we’re going to be completely enamored of each and every AR-infused application that passes us by. However, there will come a time when AR, like every over-hyped buzzword that came before it, will be overused, its meaning skewed and stretched to encompass anything vaguely interactive, whether it’s truly AR or not. Let us instead heed the words of Robert Rice, CEO of Neogence Enterprises and Chairman of the AR Consortium, which he shared in a recent interview with Tish Shute: “Don’t be misguided by the gimmicky marketing applications now. Look ahead, and pay attention to what the visionaries are talking about right now… AR has long-term implications for smart cities, green tech, education, entertainment, and global industry. This is serious business, but it has to be done right.”Image credits: Best Buy ad, AdAge; Hype Cycle Chart, Gartner; AR on the mobile, Flickr user Mr.Whisper Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Now we’re seeing big box electronics retailer Best Buy incorporate augmented reality into their printed ads. 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Dwayne The Rock Johnson has shared the first look of his character Luke Hobbs from the upcoming action film Fast 8 on Instagram. The black-and-white photo shows Hobbs sporting a pointy goatee and a leather vest.ALSO READ: Fast and Furious 8 – Charlize Theron to play the main villian in the film?”When you strip a man of all he has. All that’s important to him, you force him to return to his roots. And sometimes that’s a very dangerous and twisted place,” Johnson captioned the photograph. “If I was going to return for another ‘Fast & Furious’, I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his ‘Daddy’s gotta go to work’ mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future,” he added.Johnson first appeared in the popular franchise in its fifth instalment Fast Five, and has since been a part of it. Fast 8, which is set to hit theaters on April 14, 2017, is currently filming, with part of the movie shooting on location in Cuba. F Gary Gray is directing the project.(With inputs from IANS)