President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that a vigorous tax enforcement plan is being finalized by the government of Liberia (GOL), to be implemented by a Special Task Force.In her Annual Message to the National Legislature on Capitol Hill on Monday, January 27, President Sirleaf said the Revenue Task Force would commence operations as the government moves to make the newly established Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA) operational at a much faster pace.She, however, informed lawmakers that activities of the Task Force may cause discomfort and embarrassment for some public officials and prominent individuals and businesses that are yet to pay their fair share of taxes.“I encourage each of us to check our records and move quickly into full compliance,” the President noted. “It is only by paying our fair share of taxes that we can boast of truly contributing to our national reconstruction and development.”The new Revenue Task Force is expected to be set up by the Ministry of Finance, but critics believe that the establishment of said task force by the Ministry of Finance is a clever attempt to further delay the coming into force of the newly enacted Liberian Revenue Authority.Some taxpayers and businesses, who spoke under condition of anonymity, expressed fears that the government (Task Force) could carry out arbitrary measures that contravene the law.While the conversation was ongoing with taxpayers yesterday, some of the businesses observed that there must be a hidden agenda by the Ministry to set up such a task force; especially when the government already has structures in place responsible for tax collection. The LRA is expected to come into full swing on July 1, 2014.At the same time, the Ministry of Finance has reported that the task force is necessary to help it go deeper into collecting government revenues. The LRA was enacted in 2013 separating it from the Ministry of Finance. Until the LRA can commence full operations, its functions are still being executed by the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance.Last week, the Ministry of Finance announced that it would embark on the rigorous task of collecting the GOL’s revenue.Facing the House of Representatives’ inquest, Finance Minister Amara Mohammed Konneh declared that the government has experienced a revenue shortfall of US$17 million in the month of January alone.President Sirleaf appeared to look at the problem more analytically in her annual message where she reported significant improvement in government’s fiscal budget since FY2006/07, allowing service provision and investment expansion.She told the legislators that core revenue increased by an average of 29% each year, “and total revenues, including continent and on-budget borrowing, rose from US$148 million in FY2006/07 to US$559 million in FY2012/13.The President, however, noted that continued sluggishness in core revenue, increasing by only 17% over the previous year, and an average 27% over the seven years, suggests more efforts are needed to strengthen the Ministry of Finance.She stressed that the Ministry of Finance needs to take bolder steps, including proposed legislation to broaden the tax base.“Even though good partnership relations through grant support and one-off payments from sign-on bonuses have covered revenue gaps over the past years, this practice is not sustainable and could become a disincentive to efficiency in tax collection and tax consciousness,” said the Liberian leader.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Students of Eastville Nursery, Annandale, East Coast Demerara, last week distributed hampers to about 80 senior citizens from the community of Buxton.Head Teacher of the school poses with senior citizens after the hamper distributionThe pupils, aided by teachers and parents, undertook their annual charitable project spearheaded by Head Teacher of the school, Ronda Isaacs.She said that since assuming the role of Head Teacher, the school, in 2017, with the support of parents and teachers, sought to assist the less fortunate.“We have been teaching our students through this project that caring is sharing and it’s very important to give. Since the commencement of this project, the response has been heartening as the parents have been very supportive and they understand that teaching their children to give is worthwhile and very important,” she said.The Head Mistress explained that this year, they sought to provide hampers to some 80 seniors who turn up at the Buxton Post Office to uplift their pensions.“When we thought about this year’s project, we wanted to be very impactful and decided that with a number of seniors turning out to receive their pension, it was an ideal moment to provide the hamper to them,” she said.“We are cognisant that we must continue to recognise our seniors as they would have made meaningful contributions in their respective way to our society so as the Christmas season dawns upon us we must continue to realise that giving is sharing and, therefore, our seniors will continue to be respected and admired by our children,” she stressed.The hampers contained rice, sugar, flour and other food items.The Head Teacher expressed thanks and gratitude to their social partners in continuing to support the yearly initiative and looks forward for their support in 2010.
Norwalk High’s Stephanie Jimenez struck out 12 in six innings, and Michelle Contreras had four RBI, leading the Lancers to a 10-0 nonleague victory in softball Wednesday over Calvary Chapel Downey. Jimenez allowed just one hit in the game, which was called for the mercy rule after six innings. Contreras had an RBI double and a three-run home run in the first that put the game out of reach early. Janae Townsend added two doubles and an RBI. Bishop Montgomery 5, Carson 4 (8 inn.) The Colts (3-3) tied the game with two runs in the seventh but were beaten by Vanessa Vasquez’s second home run of the game. Bellflower 1, El Rancho 0 Senior pitcher Stephanie Gonzales of El Rancho (1-1) struck out eight and didn’t allow an earned run and still has an ERA .000 and 17 strikeouts so far this season, but the Dons fell in nonleague play. Baseball Los Altos 3, Glenn 0 Martin Casillas and Tim Soonthorngarun each had a double for the Eagles (1-2) at the Montebello Tournament. Cabrillo 7, Gardena 3 Junior Jose Madera struck out nine, gave up one earned run and didn’t walk anyone in a complete game for Cabrillo (1-1) in nonleague play. Dominguez 7, Animo 6 Senior third baseman Adrian Garcia went 2 for 4 with three RBI and knocked in Keenan Louis for the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh for the Dons (3-0). Venice 4, Lynwood 2 Senior center fielder David Barajas had two hits and an RBI for Lynwood (0-3). Boys tennis Lakewood 16, Orange Lutheran 2 Juniors David Saavedra and Garrett Higginbotham went 3-0 from the No. 3 doubles position for the host Lancers (4-0) in a nonleague rout. Cerritos 13, Cypress 5 Arun Alaggappan swept three singles sets to lead the Dons (4-0) to a nonleague victory. Downey 14, St. John Bosco 4 Seniors Kevin Tran and Robert Choy, and junior Abraham Sandoval swept their singles sets as Downey (4-2) won in nonleague play. Boys golf La Mirada 220, Mayfair 227 Jeff Marco shot a 1-over 37, and Christian Veluz carded a 38 to lead the Matadores to a Suburban League victory at Lakewood CC. Lakewood 200, St. John Bosco 208 Senior Brandon York led the Lancers (5-2) to a nonleague win at Skylinks GC with a 1-over 37. Servite 192, Wilson 203 Sophomore Boris Stantchev shot a 1-under 34 at Western Hills Country Club for Wilson (6-1). Servite freshman Patrick Cantlay shot a 4-under 31. Cerritos 196, Bellflower 278 Sophomore Raymond Ho shot a 1-under par 35, and freshman Kevin Pech shot a 1-over par 37 as the Dons (4-1, 2-0) won their second Suburban League match. Boys volleyball La Serna 3, La Mirada 2 Senior outside hitter Jimmy Phillips had seven kills and four aces for the Matadores, but they fell in nonleague play. Bell 3, Carson 2 Senior outside hitter Paul Nihipali recorded 26 kills for the Colts (3-2) in a nonleague loss. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Following their 2-2 draw with Manchester City, Arsenal turn their attentions back to European competition and to an increasingly familiar opponent in the shape of Borussia Dortmund.This is the third time in four seasons that the Gunners have been drawn in the same group as the German giants, and while that familiarity may appear to be a good thing, in the eyes of boss Arsene Wenger, it makes their task slightly difficult.“It is not an advantage, it is not a disadvantage, it is just a new fight every time,” he said.Wenger will have to contend without first choice full-back Mathieu Debuchy who looks set for an period on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while questions have been asked of Mesut Ozil’s continued selection, with the German once again putting in a below-par performance during the weekend’s clash with City.However, small concerns aside, this is perhaps the best time for Arsenal to face Dortmund, who are yet to find their best this season.A shock opening weekend loss to Bayer Leverkusen has been followed by two victories, but Jurgen Klopp’s side still appear disjointed and will be without a handful of first team stars for the visit of Arsenal.Marco Reus is sidelined for up to a month, while captain Mats Hummels has declared that he will not feature as he tries to regain match fitness. Midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski are also expected to miss out.One player who will likely play is former Manchester United attacker Shinji Kagawa, although his departure after 60 minutes suggests that he is not yet a full fitness.Below is how Arsenal are likely to line-up: Arsene Wenger seems pretty set on his 4-1-4-1 formation, so will most likely stick with it against Dortmund.Gunners fans should therefore expect to see Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey resume their central midfield partnership, while Mikel Arteta will come in for Mathieu Flamini, after starting as a substitute at the weekend.Ozil’s continued inclusion is a topic of debate, with some suggesting that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should get the nod over the lackadaisical German, but to drop the former Real Madrid man for such an important clash may prove counter-productive to his confidence, so expect him to retain his spot.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Dortmund? Comment below… 1 Arsenal kick off their Champions League campaign against Borussia Dortmund
The world famous Coca-Cola Christmas Truck is coming to The Bayview Bar Dungloe this Sunday afternoon to raise money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Owner of The Bayview Bar, Patrick Boyle told Donegal Daily, “We would like to thank Anthony Mc Cahill and Crew from Ramelton for making this possible. “We will have a Donation Bucket and Raffle on the day with proceeds going to TEMPLE STREET HOSPITAL for all the less unfortunate children.“This year we choose COCA-COLA as our Christmas theme and we are delighted to have Lorry coming on Sunday.“The Lorry is expected to be in town at around 3pm it will come down the Main Street to the Bayview Bar Dungloe.“The lorry will be escorted by Santa’s Elve’s followed by Santa and his sleigh saying a final farewell to all the Children until next Christmas. “We will also have The Frozen Car and Disney Characters joining in the fun, Santa will be playing a few tunes for all the Children and later that Night we will be joined by DJ TUBBSY ‘Thomas Costello‘ and Highland Radio’s Gary Gamble for our annual Emigrants Night. #CocaCola Coca-ColaCOCA-COLA CHRISTMAS TRUCK IS COMING TO DUNGLOE TOMORROW AFTERNOON was last modified: January 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
A MAN who subjected his then partner to a ‘vicious and very violent onslaught’ has been given a chance to avoid prison.Dean Crockford (32), a former resident of 13 The Hawthorns, Buncrana, was before Letterkenny Circuit Court for assault causing harm to Philomena McInaw at the address on October 6, 2017. Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, told the court that Gardai were called to a dispute in the early hours. Ms Crawford said that Gardaí found Ms McInaw with abrasions to her lip and jaw and swelling to her jaw, which were the result of an assault.The court heard that Crockford, who was in a relationship with Ms McInaw for almost five years, kicked the victim ‘out of the blue’ to the upper thigh after they had returned from a trip to Derry with their young daughter. Ms McInaw ordered Crockford to leave the house. Upon his return, Ms McInaw asked Crockford why he had kicked her. In a statement to Gardaí, Ms McInaw said Crockford suddenly punched her to the right eye and got hold of her.Crockford was described as ’steaming’ when he re-appeared. MsMcInaw tripped as she attempted to run out of the house before making her escape into a neighbouring garden.Medical reports noted that McInaw had been elbowed to the face and had suffered a possible loss of consciousness. She had swelling to her lower jaw, an abrasion to her lower lip, swelling and an abrasion on her lower chin. Crockford appeared to Buncrana Garda Station where he admitted the assault.Crockford failed to appear at a subsequent sitting of Buncrana District Court and a European arrest warrant was executed last month. He has been in custody since. Barrister for Crockford, Peter Nolan BL, said his client was anxious to have the matter put behind him. “He knows that it is a serious matter and knows that he shouldn’t have done it,” Mr Nolan, who submitted two references on behalf of his client, said.“He has shown remorse and has apologised. He has a job available and wants to put this behind him.” Crockford, who now works as a scaffolder in England, had stopped maintenance payments following this incident but said he was keen to resume that arrangement.Addressing the court, Crockford, apologised for the incident. “It should never have happened,” said Crockford, who said he wanted to ‘bond again’ with his daughter. Judge John Aylmer said the photographs illustrating Ms McInaw’s injuries ‘speak loudly as to the level of assault suffered’.Judge Aylmer said: “It persisted over a period of time. It was a vicious and very violent onslaught.”The Judge said the case must be marked by a custodial sentence and noted that his starting point for sentencing was a three-and-a-half-year prison term. Noting Crockford’s early plea and his full admissions, Judge Aylmer reduced that to two-and-a-half years.Judge Aylmer took into account Crockford’s guilty plea and that he was before the court without previous or subsequent convictions.Judge Aylmer said that ‘all of the boxes are ticked’ with regard to giving Crockford a second chance, however he expressed concern with the lack of a ‘demonstration of remorse’ from the accused.“That makes me pause and I will give an opportunity to put before the court a concrete demonstration of his remorse,” Judge Aylmer said. The Judge ordered that a sum of at least €7,500 be paid to the victim and he adjourned sentencing for 12 months. Judge Aylmer warned Crockford to have maintenance payments to his former partner up to date.Second chance for man guilty of ‘vicious and very violent onslaught’ on ex-partner was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:buncranaDean CrockfordFiona CrawfordJudge John AylmerLetterkenny Circuit CourtPeter NolanPhilomena McInaw
Kilcar GAA News: Our seniors and reserves picked up another two wins away at a very windy Gaoth Dobhair on Saturday, our reserves had their fifth win in a row following a 1-09 to 0-06 win. While our seniors won 3-09 to 0-06 goal scorers were Ryan McHugh, Eoin McHugh and Glenn McBrearty, next up is Glenswilly at home on Sunday this is a “star” match for the seniors. In the Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta on May 30th our Seniors face Bhulf Tón CLG from Meath (Wolfe Tones) who are competing in the Comortas for the first time since the 1970s.UnderageOur Under 14s were defeated by 3-10 to 3-07 away to Naomh Mhuire on Monday last while their match away to Naomh Ultan last week was called off at half time due to the heavy rain. Our Under 16s are away to Dungloe on Wednesday.Club App We have 174 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €2,800 this week’s numbers were: 4, 14, 22 and 24 winners were: €50 Martina Deane (Kilcar) €30 Mickey Browne (Meenenary) and €20 Pauline Cassidy (Teelin). Lotto Plus numbers 4, 15, 22 and 23 there was no winner.Bingo Club Bingo winners were €150 Sandra Byrne, €140 Mary McCloskey, €80 Mary Tuberty, Annie McGinley, €70 Ethna McDonnell, Michael McGinley, Annie Lowther, Mary Catherine Doherty, Kathleen Keeney and Maeve Byrne. The Jackpot on Sunday is €4,450 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter atfacebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: DONEGAL STAR RYAN MCHUGH ON SONG AS KILCAR DEFEAT GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAkilcarNoticesRyan McHughSport
“It’s a shame because Nick is a kid that has worked hard, waited his turn and really deserved to be the guy this year,” Maynard added. Saras, who entered the game with the Bulldogs down 7-0, ended up throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Maynard said the coaching staff tweaked the offense slightly since Saras is more of an in-the-pocket passer than Brown who is a threat to run. The Bulldogs don’t necessarily want Saras running the ball anyway since they are getting thin at that position. Senior Kevin Pierce, who contended for the job in the fall, earlier sustained a knee injury that has limited his playing time to holding on extra points and field goals. Junior Brian Ziska now becomes No. 2 on the depth charts because he is the next most experienced option. The Bulldogs also have two freshmen, Dan Selway and Elias Allen, who are capable of taking over in a pinch. The University of Redlands heads into tonight’s SCIAC showdown against Whittier a banged up team. The most notable absence will be that of quarterback Nick Brown, who sustained a knee injury while running the ball in the first quarter of last week’s 32-14 win over La Verne. Fortunately for the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-0), junior Chris Saras has proven to be a formidable option. Saras started the season as the backup, but had been given playing time in the previous three games. Other local teams will also be playing at home. San Bernardino Valley College (2-3) will be hosting Mt. San Jacinto (4-1) in a 1 p.m. Foothill Conference tilt, while Riverside Community College (3-2) will entertain Palomar (3-2) in an American Division opener of the Mission Conference. Victor Valley (2-4) will hit the road for a Foothill contest at Southwestern, having snapped its four-game losing streak last week against Antelope Valley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Some people say I’m crazy for using a second quarterback, but that’s why,” Maynard said. ??We feel better going into this game knowing that he has had snaps in game situations.” Brown had an MRI Monday and the results are not yet available. Maynard said he is hoping for the best, but doesn’t expect the news to be good.
SAN FRANCISCO – Oracle Corp. has snapped up security-software specialists Thor Technologies Inc. and OctetString, continuing an aggressive shopping spree aimed at filling holes in its product lineup. The latest acquisitions announced Wednesday by the world’s second-largest software company are small compared with the size of some of Oracle’s other recent deals, which have included an $11.1 billion takeover of PeopleSoft Inc. 11 months ago and a $5.85 billion agreement to buy Siebel Systems Inc. early next year. Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle isn’t disclosing how much it is paying for New York-based Thor Technologies and Schaumburg, Ill.-based OctetString – details that a publicly held company can’t withhold unless the purchase prices are considered immaterial. Nevertheless, Oracle views privately held Thor Technologies and OctetString as significant additions in its effort to help its corporate customers shield their data. Oracle, the world’s second-largest software maker behind Microsoft Corp., has spent about $18 billion buying other software firms during the past year. With the deals, Oracle has striven to expand its longtime leadership in database software – the product line that accounts for most of its sales. Slowing growth in database markets prompted Oracle to explore other product avenues. The expansion hasn’t paid off for the company’s stockholders yet. Oracle shares have declined by about 9 percent so far this year, including an 18-cent drop to close Wednesday at $12.49 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Both Thor Technologies and OctetString focus on “identity management,” a niche focused on ensuring that only authorized users are able to read and change the sensitive data stored on computers. With the acquisitions, Oracle expects to offer added protection inside the corporate firewall, the first line of defense against computer hackers. The software made by Thor and OctetString acts “like a guard inside the castle making sure people are who they say they are,” said Wynn White, Oracle’s senior director of identity management and security marketing. The demand for identity-management software has risen in the past two years as large companies try to guard against internal abuses as well as outside mischief, White said. Tougher securities laws that hold corporate executives personally liable for weak internal controls also have helped propel the push for tougher security measures. Signaling its intent to play a bigger role in the field, Oracle bought another identity management firm, Oblix, for an undisclosed amount eight months ago.
Nurses at Altnagelvin Hospital will join industrial action by colleagues across the North today.They include many from Co Donegal who travel to Dery each day to work.The move comes after unions rejected a new pay offer by the Department of Health on Friday because it did not reach parity with staff in England. The department said it could not deliver this without a health minister.Hundreds of outpatient appointments have been cancelled on Monday due to the ongoing action.Some day care centres in the Western Trust will be closed and a small number of appointments in Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services are being postponed.But despite action by nurses at Altnagelvin the trust said it all outpatient and “red flag” day case appointments would be going ahead as planned. The latest information on disruptions and cancellations is available on the Health and Social Care website.Health workers are unhappy at pay and staffing levels, which they claim are “unsafe”.Unison has written to the NI secretary and leaders of Northern Ireland’s five parties over the issues.Regional secretary Patricia McKeown said: “Whilst we don’t accept the department’s position that they need ministerial authority to grant workers pay parity, we have also asked the party leaders to write directly to the department telling them to implement pay parity and resolve this dispute.“If the department thinks it needs political cover then we don’t see why this won’t give that to them.” Pay parity between the North of Ireland and the rest of the UK ended in 2014 when the DUP’s Jim Wells was health minister.All Unison health workers are continuing with their industrial action and the Belfast Health Trust has cancelled 900 routine outpatient appointments on Monday.All hospital surgical procedures, inpatient and day cases will proceed as normal in its hospitals.Outpatient appointments are cancelled at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast City Hospital and School of Dentistry. All other outpatient appointments in Musgrave Park, the Mater, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Royal Jubilee Maternity and the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre are due to go ahead as normal.The Belfast Trust said it anticipated there would be significant disruption to services on Tuesday and Wednesday “with a number of outpatient appointments and a number of inpatient and day case treatments cancelled”.The Southern Trust, South Eastern Trust and Northern Trust said they did not anticipate having to cancel any services but added individual patients would be contacted if necessary.Richard Pengelly, from the Department of Health, said he was desperately disappointed the pay offer, which involved an extra £28m, was turned down.Anne Speed, of Unison, said it fell short of what the unions had asked for.The Health and Social Care Board said further action was planned by Unison, with the Royal College of Nursing also planning industrial action short of a strike from 10 to 11 December.It added all health organisations would “continue to work closely together to mitigate the effects of any disruption from industrial action with a strong focus on public safety”.The workers taking action include nurses, ambulance service staff, support services staff, administrators, clerical and managerial staff, social services and social care staff, professional and technical staff.Nurses to go on strike at Altnagelvin Hospital today was last modified: December 9th, 2019 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:Altnagelvin HospitalNURSESstrike