Ebola Has Negatively Affected Revenue Performance

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) says the Ebola crisis has unfavorably affected revenue collection in the country.Addressing the LRA’s maiden press conference in Monrovia last Friday, the Commissioner General Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, said the Ebola crisis undermined revenue collection in July and August.The LRA boss disclosed that the authority had benchmarked itself to collect US$122 million in the first quarter of 2014, but exceeded its benchmark and collected over US$124 million, about US$2.6 million in excess.She, however, noted that the targeted collection declined in July during which time the LRA collected only 35% [US$43.4 million] of its target.Performance dipped further in August from 35% to 28% [US$34.7 million] in August. Performance level meanwhile recorded growth in September rising to 37% [US$45.8 million].For grants, Commissioner General Tamba said the LRA was to collect US$13 million but only US$12.6 million came into the country due to certain trackers that were not met by the government or a particularly Ministry that is responsible for it.Mrs. Tamba called on government to invest more in the LRA as an institution in order to strengthen it to collect needed revenues to finance development projects across the country.According to her, government needs to invest more in the LRA as an institution, because the institution has two components, the human assets and the pie assets.  And “We believe with that kind of investment which we anticipate, we will have an increased tax motivation and integrity of staff improvement.”The LRA Commissioner General told newsman that the revenue collected by the entity is used directly by the government to fund public services to benefit all citizens including residents and non-residents as well as legal and non-legal “because government uses them to provide some basic services, such as, building schools, medical services, electricity, good road facilities.”Commissioner General Tamba re-emphasized the government’s need to exert more effort in attracting investors into the country through tax reforms, if it wants to achieve economic growth and enhance the people’s standard of living. “As our target,” she said, “we seek to execute our mandate effectively; we look, we own and want you to judge us, as we go along in executing the revenue code fairly; and that [commits]   the revenue administrators, the citizens and residents and all stakeholders to certain basic rights and responsibilities,” she told journalists. LRA is responsible for the administration of taxes and customs duties in Liberia. The main function is the assessment, collection and remittance to Government of taxes and duties due under the Act it administers, she declared.“Our goal is to optimize revenue mobilization for national development through the delivery of quality service to taxpayers and other stakeholders. We therefore urge our taxpayers to comply voluntarily by declaring and paying all taxes and duties appropriately.”Mrs. Tamba added that the vision of LRA is to be a world class revenue administration,  recognized for professionalism, integrity and excellence. “Our mission is to mobilize revenue for national development in a transparent, fair, effective and efficient manner.”“As part of our modernization programme,” she continued,  “LRA pledges to implement more modern and innovative strategies to enhance revenue collection.The Commissioner General used the occasion to encourage all taxpayers and the general public to honor their tax obligations for better roads, improved electricity, education, health services and provision of other amenities to the people of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oscars finish 19th at volleyball provincials

first_imgThe Oscars played their round robin games against David Thompson, Steveston London, and Prince George. They lost the games by scores of 25-20, 25-17, and 25-19, 25-13, and 25-22, 25-21 respectively.In the playoffs the Oscars took on Mount Baker. NPSS fell in the game 25-16, 25-16, and 31-29.- Advertisement –last_img

Gor’s Kerr named Coach of the Month for June

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia Dylan Kerr receives an award from Fidelity Insurance representative Elizabeth Wamae. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, July 24 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was on Tuesday feted as the June Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month after guiding the Kenyan Premier League champions to five wins that month.Kerr was unanimously voted by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Football Commission after going unbeaten that month, winning all the five games played scoring 15 goals, and conceding only one to collect the maximum 15 points. With the award, the Briton was awarded a trophy and Sh75,000 from title sponsors Fidelity Insurance.Fidelity Insurance’s Elizabeth Wamae signing the cheque. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKerr, who was caught by surprise acknowledged the brilliant work being done by his backroom staff and his players in general.“Honestly when I came here I did not know that it was me getting this award. I have to say thank you to the technical staff who have been amazing during this period. They have helped me a great deal, that is why we are here,” the Briton said.“My players too have been amazing, and I can’t take that away from them. No matter who is selected, they have done a brilliant job and that is why we are getting these results,’ Kerr said,” he added.Gor started the month with a 4-0 drubbing over Wazito FC, then thrashed Nzoia Sugar 3-1 in Kisumu.Gor Mahia players with head coach Dylan Kerr. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe run-away KPL champions then swept aside Ulinzi Stars 2-0 before blanking Posta Rangers 5-0. They ended the month with a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar.“We respected every opponent we faced in the month of June and all I can say is that teamwork and dedication helped us grind the results. Despite taking part in many competitions and playing a match after every three days, we are happy to have won all our fixtures,” Kerr revealed.Kerr was nominated alongside Sofapaka tactician John Baraza but the K’Ogalo was unanimously voted the football writers after guiding his unbeated team to 52 points from 20 matches.This is Kerr’s second accolade as K’Ogalo coach, having picked his maiden award in September 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kane rages at ref, Spain halt England feel-good factor

first_img“In the big moments you need the referee to stay strong, but unfortunately he has bottled it,” said Kane.“Big moments you need a firm referee who don’t, under the pressure, get wrong decisions, basically.”However, England manager Gareth Southgate admitted his side weren’t good enough as Spain bounced back from Marcus Rashford’s opener to go ahead before half-time through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo.Despite the joy at reaching the last four in Russia, England have now lost three consecutive games for the first time in 30 years.“We have to accept Spain were better than us for long periods of the game,” said Southgate.“Their retention of the ball was top class. We were a bit disjointed in our pressing, but even when you press well against them they have some wonderful players.“We aren’t able to do that when teams press high against us yet.”England’s Luke Shaw was stretchered off with a head injury © AFP / Glyn KIRKThere was some relief for England, though, as left-back Luke Shaw confirmed he is fine after being stretchered off early in the second half with a nasty head injury.– Fast start –Kane was presented with his Golden Boot for being top scorer at the World Cup amid a buoyant atmosphere before kick-off that continued with a fast start from the hosts, thanks in large part to the unfortunate Shaw.The Manchester United left-back was making his first international start in three years after battling back from a broken leg and loss of form in the past two seasons.Kane released Shaw free down the left on 11 minutes and his teasing cross curled perfectly into the path of Rashford to slot past United team-mate De Gea.However, the England fans had barely retaken their seats by the time Spain levelled two minutes later when Saul swept home Rodrigo’s cross.– De Gea denies England –England’s strength at set-pieces was one of the key factors for their success at the World Cup, but they were easily outdone for the winner by a simple Thiago Alcantara free-kick that Rodrigo slotted home at the near post.De Gea had been labelled as one of the main culprits for Spain’s poor showing in being knocked out by the hosts at the last 16 in Russia as he made just one save in the whole competition.However, the United ‘keeper produced the sort of stunning save he does routinely at club level to deny Rashford an instant equaliser with a powerful header from point-blank range.“I am especially happy about De Gea’s performance,” said Enrique.“We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he’s showed that for many years in the Premier League. We are talking about a player of a top level.”The second period had barely begun when Shaw suffered a sickening blow to the head as he clashed with Dani Carvajal.A five-minute stoppage ensued as Shaw was carefully carried from the field on a stretcher and with an oxygen mask strapped around his face.England, though, finished the stronger and only De Gea with two more stunning saves from Rashford and the referee denied them at least a share of the points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘Bottled it’: England players surround Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for ruling out a late equaliser by Danny Welbeck © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 8 – Harry Kane raged at Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for ruling out a late equaliser as Spain punctured England’s post World Cup euphoria by winning 2-1 at Wembley to hand coach Luis Enrique a winning start in the Nations League.In their first game since reaching the semi-finals in Russia, England were denied a point when Makkelie awarded a foul in favour of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea for minimal contact with Danny Welbeck.last_img read more

‘Piggy-back’ Keita third Liverpool star hurt in Africa

first_imgA Guinean official confirmed to AFP that Keita, who joined Liverpool during the close season from RB Leipzig, had injured a hamstring but gave no further details.The 2019 Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade Nyamirambo in Rwandan capital Kigali finished 1-1, depriving leaders Guinea of qualification with two matchdays to spare.Salah scored direct from a corner last Friday, but had to be substituted just before full-time as Egypt defeated eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) 4-1 in Cairo.Mane suffered his injury while helping Senegal outclass Sudan 3-0 in Dakar 24 hours later.Liverpool, third in the English Premier League behind Manchester City and Chelsea on goal difference, are away to third-from-bottom Huddersfield Town this Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Keita joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig earlier this year © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONKIGALI, Rwanda, Oct 16 – Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita had to be piggy-backed off the field by a Guinean team-mate Tuesday after hurting a hamstring because no stretcher was available in a Rwandan stadium.He was the third Anfield star to be injured on Africa Cup of Nations duty after attackers Mohamed Salah (strained thigh muscle) and Sadio Mane (broken thumb) since last Friday.last_img read more

La Masia continues to produce great goals

first_imgThat Barcelona academy is not bad, is it?La Masia, has produced, among others, Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta and the future continues to look bright.Check out this Aleví A (ages 11-12) goal against Cornellà.last_img

No prison for man in oil-for-food scandal

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ “I’d like to apologize to the United Nations for my participation in the case,” said Dionissiev, who moved to the United States from Bulgaria 16 years ago. In all, 10 people and five companies have been charged in connection with schemes to cheat the oil-for-food program, which ran from 1996 to 2003. The program let the Iraqi government sell oil primarily to buy humanitarian goods. center_img NEW YORK – A Houston oil trader with a minor role in the United Nations’ oil-for-food scandal will not go to prison after admitting wrongdoing, a judge said Thursday. Ludmil Dionissiev, 61, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a smuggling charge for helping bring Iraqi oil into the United States in January 2001. In sentencing Dionissiev to two years of probation and ordering him to pay a $5,000 fine, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin called him the “least culpable” of those charged. Before he was sentenced, Dionissiev apologized, saying he knew what he was doing was wrong when he committed his crime. He said it was the “biggest mistake” of his life. last_img read more

Huddersfield Town break transfer record again to sign £11.5m striker

first_img Steve Mounie is Huddersfield’s latest signing Huddersfield have broken their transfer record once again to land Benin international striker Steve Mounie from Montpellier.And left-back Scott Malone has also arrived on a three-year deal from Fulham on another busy day for the Premier League new boys.While the official fee for Mounie is officially undisclosed, it has been reported as £11.5million, eclipsing a series of previous records set by the Terriers this summer.Laurent Depoitre arrived in a £3.5m deal from Porto followed by the £8m signing of midfielder Aaron Mooy from Manchester City, and an undisclosed deal for Derby winger Tom Ince.Town boss David Wagner told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted that we could sign Steve ahead of the start of pre-season training. He has a very exciting combination of attributes that makes him a very attractive proposition as a young striker.”Mounie said he had fulfilled a lifelong dream with a move to English football.“It is a big challenge for me and I hope I will do very well,” he told HTTV.“We know how the Premier League is the best championship in the world and it was a dream when I was young and it was a goal for me.“Now I am here and I will work very hard to do my bit for the team.”Meanwhile the 26-year-old Malone enjoyed a successful season with Fulham, culminating in him being named in both the EFL and PFA’s Championship teams of the year.Wagner added: “I’m excited to welcome Scott to Huddersfield Town. Our fans will have seen in our games against Fulham last season what a good player he is and I know his abilities will suit our style of play very well.”Huddersfield also announced defender Tareiq Holmes-Dennis has joined Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth on a season-long loan.The Terriers have an option to recall Holmes-Dennis in January. The 21-year-old left-back made 15 appearances last season after joining for an undisclosed fee from Charlton last August. 1last_img read more

ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACK

first_imgROSSES community leaders and residents are taking the first steps in fighting back against those behind a crime wave in the area.A public meeting to discuss community safety will take place this Saturday in Kincasslagh Hall, following instances of intimidation and serious anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area.Community activist Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “The situation has been ongoing for a number of years but has escalated recently. “The petrol-bombing of an elderly lady’s home has sparked fury amongst the community and a feeling that we will no longer be intimidated. It is vital that the community of all the areas affected pulls together to deliver a community response.“It is not acceptable that people in our community live in fear. The ongoing anti-social behaviour and intimidation cannot be tolerated and this meeting will give the local community the opportunity to organise against it. It is vital that people turn out and encourage their neighbours to come. Think about offering a lift to someone who may need it for example. We need to stick together as a community.”The meeting starts 8.30pm. All members of surrounding Rosses ( e.g. Burtonport, Keadue, Mulladuff, Annagry, Dungloe, Belcruit, Drumnacart etc etc) communities are invited to attend. All Businesses and community groups are asked to send representation to this important meeting.“The issues are affecting everyone, and the HSE and the Gardaí shall be present at the meeting as well,” said Mac Giolla Easbuig.  ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACK was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACKlast_img read more

Contrasting Two Washington Projects

first_imgThe difference between creationist and evolutionist projects on the National Mall could hardly be more stark.Christians, who affirm God as Creator and Jesus as Lord, will be gathering this week in Washington DC for 24-hour prayer for the nation: bowing humbly in prayer to God for healing of our divisions, for repentance and for revival in the spirit of II Chronicles 14:7. Called ‘Awaken the Dawn’ 2017 from Psalm 57:8-9 and Psalm 108:2-3, the event will feature a tent for every state in the union where people can gather for prayer, worship, and national confession at all hours of the day and night. Organizers at the EventBrite page hope that this gathering will be the start of a new Jesus movement and national revival. We are calling the nation to the National Mall in Washington DC on October 6-9, 2017. We will gather from all backgrounds, not around speakers, but around the presence of God and the worth of Jesus. We will gather around the invisible God knowing that he will respond.In addition to the tents on the Mall and outreaches across the city, the event concludes with A massive gathering on the final day of worship and prayer, preaching the gospel with healing, and a commissioning to send thousands of youth to carry the gospel and complete the Great Commission!Our Evolution?A very different event is planned on the Mall afterward. This one features the installation of a 45-foot statue of a nude woman (see United Press International). The organizers are raising $90,000 to transport and erect the statue, where it will stand near the Washington Monument, lit up at night in lavender lights for four months. Ostensibly, the sculptor wanted to make a statement about the abused status of women, showing how a woman feeling completely safe would look. Its placement facing the White House, though, gives it a not-so-subtle political message.The statue was first installed at the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert, an annual orgy of radical self-expression where people wear outlandish costumes (or nothing at all), in unrestrained activities often with pagan overtones. What’s most telling about the occasion, though, is not just the nudity of the art (since nude statues are not that uncommon in city parks and art galleries, even around Washington). Some who honor the Bible might, after all, celebrate the intelligent design of God’s creation of the human form in a manner reminiscent of Eden. The statue shows the woman just standing – nothing more. In those respects they might tolerate the event in spite of its in-your-face, larger-than-life dominance of this national public space.No, what is most telling about the project is the name the artist gave to it: R-EVOLUTION. This can be read as either ‘Revolution’ or ‘Our Evolution’ in contrast to the “re-” words in the Christian event (repentance, revival, renewal).  The Catharsis on the Mall project page makes it very clear that the organizers are cultural radicals who want a revolution for evolution:In bringing R-Evolution to the National Mall, Catharsis organizers hope to inspire dialogue among women, and people, of all bodies, ages, races, religions, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations about the role of art and community in nurturing the heart and healing, and in turn creating lasting social change. It’s difficult to see, though, how this artistic statement will help women by saying that they don’t exist. For explanation, see essay by Dr Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.As it was in the days of Elijah, so it is now. We have God-fearing people on one side, and Baal worshipers on the other. God-fearing people humble themselves in obedience to their Creator, but Baal-worshipers follow after their own lusts. Today, Baal is known by the name Darwin. How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him. If Darwin is god, follow him (I Kings 18). Just don’t be lukewarm about your commitment (Revelation 3:14-20).center_img (Visited 433 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more