Robust Tax Collection Scheme Launched

first_imgFinance Minister, Amara Mohammed Konneh at a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, vowed to declare a robust tax collection scheme aimed at revamping the country’s revenue sector. The Minister declaration is made in the face of revenue shortfalls against which the Ministry has launched “stringent technical, administrative and legal measures to recover revenue for the remaining of fiscal year,” (2013/2014.) As part of the measures, Minister Konneh disclosed that the MOF has set up additional revenue mobilization task forces to ensure that the exercise yields the expected result. “We have increased our tax awareness; reorganized our tax administration personnel to ensure the most effective distribution of talent and responsibility to meet our revenue targets going forward.” Additionally, Mr. Konneh said that the MOF has identified and met with “delinquent taxpayers to give them time to settle their tax obligations, and we are at the same time, working with the Ministry of Justice, and the Board of Tax Appeals to prepare litigations (law suits) against those who fail to pay their taxes.” As part of the exercise also, the Minister said these short-term measures are intended to improve revenue collection, with specific emphasis on “spot verification of taxpayers to validate their payments.”Also, there are plans by the MOF to institute a major crackdown on delinquent taxpayers, which include publishing the list of persons, businesses and public institutions with outstanding tax obligations; and initiating legal proceedings against them to recover taxes; enforcement of internal controls at the system level and stronger coordination within the team to mitigate risks, undertaking an anti-smuggling operation.This aspect of the collection scheme, Mr. Konneh said, will take place on the customs side by monitoring of transhipment through the border, and conducting rigorous (thorough) post clearance audits to close revenue leakages resulting from dishonesty among some taxpayers. “With these actions and plans, we expect improvement in the collection of taxes on income, goods and services,” Minister Konneh declared.Budget PerformanceAs of the budget performance (2013/14), Minister Konned noted among other things that there was a lot of work to do, and all cost a lot of money to be made. Development, he said, is a difficult and very expensive undertaking, and therefore, the approved budget for this year amounted to US$582.9m, but was revised downward to US$560.3m, based on assessed revenue risks.However, he said, “some of our projections for the various kinds of revenue were overly ambitious, and were based o the assumption that the good performance of last year would, within each category, continue.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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WATCH: Imelda May sings The Voyage in Donegal pub

first_imgDonegal Town’s McCaffrey’s Bar had a special guest this week as famous Irish singer and songwriter, Imelda May went on stage for a special rendition of “The Voyage’. The Dublin native was filmed singing the song in the pub alongside Donegal men Fearghal, Éamonn and Georgie singing the Johnny Duhan and Christy Moore song. The Chandpur Indian Restaurant in Donegal Town also welcomed the VIP guest this week when the star singer called in for dinner.Imelda was happy to take a photo with Chandpur co-owner Rana Miah after her meal on Tuesday night.WATCH: Imelda May sings The Voyage in Donegal pub was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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African Union statement on xenophobic attacks in South Africa

first_imgDr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, has described the attacks of foreign nationals in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal as “unacceptable,” calling for their immediate halt while again expressing her deep concern about the violence.• Download the statement in French• Download the statement in Portuguese“Whatever the challenges we may be facing, no circumstances justify attacks on people, whether foreigners or locals,” she said. “It is unacceptable.”While calling for an end to the attacks, the AU Commission welcomed the interventions from the South African government, including the deployment of the Inter-Ministerial committee to KwaZulu-Natal to engage with those affected and with local communities, as well as the deployment of more police to provide protection and keep law and order.Dlamini-Zuma condemned the incidents as particularly unfortunate in the light of approaching celebrations of Africa Month. “On 25 May we remember the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, which played such a critical role in mobilising international solidarity for the end of apartheid,” she said.“The challenges faced by South Africa, poverty and unemployment, are challenges faced by all countries on the continent and we must work together to address these, and build a better future for all Africans.”The AU Commission Chairperson appealed for dialogue among communities, to address the challenges and find peaceful solutions.Media contactJacob Enoh EbenSpokesperson of the chairpersonCell: +1 202 751 8515Email: EnohebenJ@africa-union.org;Directorate of Information and CommunicationAfrican Union CommissionTel: +251-11-5517700E-mail: DIC@africa-union.orgWeb: www.au.intlast_img read more

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“Guwisti and mom” Geocaching Through the Fog of Alzheimer’s

first_imgShare with your Friends:More A record day for Carol and Kristie (Guwisti and mom) with 52 findsCrumpled geocaching log sheets record simple, even fragile moments. Laughter, singing to classic country music and victorious thumbs-ups roll into three words for a daughter and her best geocaching partner. They sign logbooks with, “Guwisti and mom”.  If you’ve geocached around Arkansas in the United States, you’ve probably read those three words on geocache log sheets for years.But Kristie Boucheer Moore says all those geocaches are becoming flickers of half-remembered moments from her mom. “Her Alzheimer’s began a couple of years ago and has slowly progressed… She has problems remembering recent events and tends to repeat herself. She’ll ask me a question and say, ‘I’ve probably already asked you that, huh?’ And then she laughs. I don’t mind. She has a childlike exuberance which is infectious.”Kristie began geocaching in 2010. The librarian happened upon something called, “geocaching” in an article. Soon she and her husband found their first geocache. She said they’ve been hooked on the outdoor adventure ever since.Carol and KristieAfter her father’s death Kristie searched for ways to spend time with her mom. “My husband and I told her about our new hobby and she thought it sounded silly. We took her to find an ammo can and she found a plastic grasshopper inside as SWAG and has loved it ever since! This was when she was in the very early stages and quite independent. She’d go caching with us every once in awhile, but not as much as she does now.”The more Alzheimer’s becomes part of their lives, the more they find themselves searching for geocaches, “You really have no idea how much my mom means to me or how much we love geocaching together!! I am so happy my mom and I have found ‘our thing’ to do together.”“Guwisti and mom” is now appearing on geocaching log sheets at a record pace. They recently broke their record and found 52 geocaches in one day.“It’s definitely me and her time, my husband will usually go have ‘guy time’ and mom and I go caching. We usually go on weekends, in fact when I call her on Saturday morning she always asks, ‘any new caches?!’ She thinks all caches are a First to Find opportunity.”Carol has also discovered she’s part of a larger community where she’s welcome to just be herself. Kristie says, “She loves all types of caches and she goes to events with us as well, she might not talk much anymore but she loves being around everyone and hearing their stories.”The quiet stops when Kristie and Carol start driving to their next geocache, “Caching has given us a way to connect in the outdoors. My mom has never met a stranger, all her neighbors love her and help look after her. Since developing Alzheimer’s she’s quieter in group situations. But she sure talks a bunch while we’re out caching. I’ve heard more about her childhood than I ever have. She loves to sing and we listen to old classic country and sing while we cache.”It’s the activity of geocaching that Kristie believes builds something stronger than memories. They’re focusing on the moment being lived, not the moments that have been lost, “It’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with a parent who honestly might not even remember your name in another year or so. We’re creating memories out there and while she might not remember exactly what happened, I think she will remember the happy feelings and general good times. I will always treasure the memories made while out caching with my mom. It is also, I suppose, a stress free time for both us. She’s not worried about remembering something she has forgotten and I can step out of the role of caregiver for a few hours. Geocaching has us both looking for something that neither one of us knows where it is. It lets us live in the moment.”Carol and Kristie SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”July Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJuly 20, 2012In “Community”Kids, Geocaching and Lava – A Parent’s Guide to Geocaching with KidsJuly 9, 2010In “Learn”last_img read more

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Labour Force Being Equipped With In-Demand Skills

first_imgStory Highlights As such, he said that strategic partnerships have been forged with the Jamaica Manufacturing Association (JMA) and the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) to aid in the setting up of a Sector Skills Council. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the Government is working to ensure that the local labour force is equipped with the skills that are demanded by investors.As such, he said that strategic partnerships have been forged with the Jamaica Manufacturing Association (JMA) and the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) to aid in the setting up of a Sector Skills Council.Mr. Vaz said that establishment of the body is part of recommendations arising from the Labour Market Forum held in April through contribution from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).He informed that apprenticeship programmes will be created with support from the private sector “to address skill gaps experienced by employers (which) will lead to greater employment”.Mr. Vaz was speaking at the official opening of Honey Bun Limited’s new US$1-million warehouse facility, at its Retirement Crescent headquarters in Kingston on May 3.He said that the Government is continuing its pursuit of policies that will boost job creation and economic growth.“These policies are (already) bearing fruit as unemployment continues to trend downwards. In January this year, the unemployment rate was 9.6 per cent, the lowest it has been for at least a decade. This figure represents a decrease of 3.1 per cent when compared to 12.7 per cent in 2017,” he indicated.Minister Vaz commended Honey Bun on the new facility, which, he said, “signals the confidence of the private sector in the economy”.The 11,500 square-foot space, built on the site of the former studio of veteran Reggae Producer, Joe Gibbs, will enable Honey Bun to increase production and exports as well as boost employment by 100 persons.Honey Bun Executive Chairman, Herbert Chong, said that the new warehouse will enable the company to operate at maximum capacity “utilising every inch of space in the most effective way”.It has been named in honour of the company’s late non-executive Board member and mentor to the Board, Sushil Jain.Founded in 1982, Honey Bun is the fastest-growing wholesale bakery in Jamaica, specialising in producing packaged pastries and baked snacks.It is the first Jamaican bakery to be Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)-certified, and became publicly listed on the Jamaica Junior Stock Market in 2011.Mr. Chong said that through the junior market the company has been able to realise “many of its accomplishments”. Mr. Vaz said that establishment of the body is part of recommendations arising from the Labour Market Forum held in April through contribution from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the Government is working to ensure that the local labour force is equipped with the skills that are demanded by investors.last_img read more

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Wonder Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling For Female Directors With 97M Debut Earns

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Twitter After weathering lackluster critical scores and OK fan response with last year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, all is well and correct in the Warner Bros/DC universe as Wonder Woman is both a hit with critics (94% Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences, earning an A CinemaScore on top of her current $97.1 million opening.Out of all the titles in the WB/DC canon, Wonder Woman owns one of five rare A grades along with Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Today will determine whether Wonder Woman propels past $100M, and a few believe it’s not out of the question.Four weeks ago, Wonder Woman arrived on tracking at $65M and just grew from there — to $75M three weeks out, and $90M a few days before its opening. Not only is that evidence of Warner Bros’ marketing machine working effectively, but it’s also an example of what happens when Rotten Tomatoes works in a tentpole’s favor, especially as there’s a groundswell of great reviews days before a film opens.last_img read more

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Theresa May condemns appalling church attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter

first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Theresa May Sunday condemned the “truly appalling” multiple blasts at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter, killing over 160 people, including at least nine foreigners. Six near-simultaneous and coordinated explosions rocked three churches and three five-star hotels frequented by tourists as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time,” prime minister May said in a statement on Twitter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear,” she said. The statement came soon after she called for the UK to stand up for religious freedom in her annual message to mark Easter. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks. However, most of the deadly attacks in the past in Sri Lanka were carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which ran a military campaign for a separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces of the island nation for nearly 30 years before its collapse in 2009 after the Sri Lankan Army killed its supreme leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks. However, most of the deadly attacks in the past in Sri Lanka were carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which ran a military campaign for a separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces of the island nation for nearly 30 years before its collapse in 2009 after the Sri Lankan Army killed its supreme leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.last_img read more

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Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Illinois

1. Will Terrelle Pryor continue taking care of the ball on the road? Pryor is third in the Big Ten in total offense with 302 yards per game. He is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after recording six total touchdowns last week against Eastern Michigan. But the key stat for No. 2 is that he has only turned the ball over twice this season. OSU becomes nearly unbeatable if Pryor takes care of the football, but this is the first time the Scarlet and Gray have played away from Ohio Stadium this season. 2. Can “Boom” and “Zoom” get on track? Between them, Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon “Zoom” Saine have six rushing touchdowns and 361 yards rushing. Even their yards-per-carry average of 4.6 (Herron) and 4.7 (Saine) are solid. But anyone who has watched the first four games would say these two running backs could do better. Saine appears to be having trouble changing direction and finding the right holes. Herron has trouble breaking past the second level of the defense. Right now, Pryor is OSU’s leading rusher. 3. Will the Illini break OSU’s 100-yard individual rusher streak? Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the Fighting Illini’s three games in 2010. It has been 27 games since the OSU defense allowed a 100-yard rusher. The “Silver Bullets” have only allowed seven 100-yard rushers since the start of the 2005 season, fewest in the nation. Something’s got to give. But consider this: Illinois has played Missouri, Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois to open the season. Chances are LeShoure will have trouble getting to the century mark. 4. Does anyone know what Illibuck is? Whenever OSU and Illinois meet, the Illibuck trophy is at stake. The original Illibuck was a live turtle. But the grind of traveling back and forth between Champaign and Columbus took its toll and Illibuck died in the spring of 1927. His successor, a wooden replica, has been used ever since. Members of two of the schools’ junior honorary societies meet at halftime of the game to award Illibuck to the previous year’s winning school. OSU leads the series 62-30-4 and has a 33-12 advantage in Champaign. 5. Will OSU have another close call in Memorial Stadium? Although Illinois’ last victory over OSU in Champaign was nearly 19 years ago, a 10-7 win on Oct. 12, 1991, the last four times OSU has visited Memorial Stadium, the scores have been close. OSU won 24-21 in 2000, 23-16 in overtime in 2002, 17-10 in 2006 and 30-20 in 2008. However, none of those OSU teams boasted the combination of a high-scoring offense (third in the nation in points) and suffocating defense (No. 19 in points allowed). Coach Jim Tressel said the difference between playing at home and playing on the road is pretty clear-cut in terms of dealing with hardship during the game. “You’re going to have some adversity,” Tressel said. “You’re not going to have that crowd there to help you through it. So you better play as well or better than you’ve ever played this year if you want to be successful.” read more

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How Denis Suarez deal impacted Sven Mislintat exit – Sheth

first_imgEnglish side Arsenal are reportedly trying to speed up the transfer of Denis Suarez from Barcelona before the transfer window shuts, following the departure of Sven Mislintat.Mislintat is set to leave the club in February after he announced earlier in the week that he is exiting his role as the head of recruitment at the Gunners.“Totally involuntary!” Modric claims Suarez stamp an accident Andrew Smyth – August 18, 2019 The sent-off Luka Modric insists his stamp on Denis Suarez was an “accidental action” after becoming the first victim of La Liga’s new rules.The position is expected to be changed into a “director of football role or a technical director” role.The changes will be overseen by Arsenal’s director of football Raul Sanllehi and their chief executive Vinai Venkatesham, claims Dharmesh Sheth – host of Transfer Talk podcast.“I spoke about the restructure with Sanllehi and Venkatesham taking on the lead roles. “It seems the structure will take on what is described as a director of football role or a technical director,” Sheth was quoted by  Express. Sheth claims a factor in Mislintat leaving Arsenal was because he wasn’t being considered for the new position.last_img read more

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Hojbjerg speechless after Southampton defeat

first_imgThe Saints were defeated 2-1 by Cardiff City in the English Premier League, leaving them in the bottom three of the table.Southampton FC couldn’t defeat Cardiff City, and just two minutes after tying the match, they ended up losing 2-1 after Kenneth Zohore scored the winning goal for the Bluebirds in the last play of the game.After this result, Southampton is now in 18th place of the table, out of 20 teams, with only 24 points after 26 matches.They have won only five times, drawing nine, and losing 12 matches.And for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, this defeated left him “speechless.”“I’m speechless. I don’t quite know the words to put in,” he told the club’s official website.“The only thing I can say that makes sense right now is that we, as a group, as a team and as a club, need these days to get together and analyze our small mistakes and details.”“Then we’re going to improve, do better, work harder and come back as a stronger side,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They (the coaches) prepared everything for us, we just had to put it into play. We did all right and in some parts of the game we created what we had to.”“You have to give credit to Cardiff for keeping believing because in this case, you have to believe until the end,” he continued.“We’re going to work on what we have to work on and come back stronger – that’s what this club is about, that’s what the players are about and that’s what the coaches are about.”“We have a big potential, but we still have to put it into excellence. This is what we will work on,” the footballer concluded.Skipper Pierre-Emile Højbjerg says #SaintsFC must bounce back stronger after a painful #PL defeat to #CardiffCity:— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 9, 2019last_img read more

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