Minister Samukai May Sponsor Taekwondo Championship If…

first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has advised the leadership of the Liberia Taekwondo Association (LTA) to put their administrative structure in order to enable him to sponsor a taekwondo tournament.The former taekwondo practitioner made the assertion over the weekend when he and others were awarded by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) through the recommendation of the LTA in commemoration of its 40th anniversary.Minister Samukai said his desire to support a taekwondo tournament is owing to the enthusiasm, energy and potential of the current taekwondo athletes.He expressed appreciation to the leadership of the Liberia Taekwondo Association (LTA) for the recognition.He attributed his award to former taekwondo masters who practiced before him, naming Thomas Cooper, Zuzu Martin, Bobo Lawrence, Peter Wleh, George Smith, Francis Dolo, Loveton Chea amongst others.“I am happy today that I saw in the eyes of these practitioners energy and potential and this is why I told them that if they can organize themselves in the next several months I can sponsor a taekwondo tournament,” Samukai said.Former Lands and Mines Minister Jonathan Mason, former taekwondo president Retired. Gen. Francis Dolo, LNOC president Philipbert Brown and Master Zuzu Martin also received WTF certificates.The LTA also honored Liberians and Koreans who have supported the promotion and development of taekwondo in the country.They included Montserrado County District # 7 Rep. Solomon George, Alphonso Armah, Thomas Cooper, Rev. Hyung Sub Cho, Master K-Tae Kim and Master Edward Lawrence,Others were Mr. Mohammed Turay, Samuel Zah, Maxwell Zeon, Dennis Wallace and Amos Korvah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IMF urges review of income tax system

first_img…decades of incremental changes impacting complianceA revealing assessment report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has shed light on deficiencies in tax administration systems in operation in Guyana and other countries in the Caribbean Community (Caricom).GRA Commissioner-General Godfrey StatiaThe IMF found there is need for revenue authorities to review decades of incremental tax changes that have needlessly complicated personal income tax (PIT) systems. This review, the report notes, must be a fundamental one.The report, which originated from the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department out of an assessment that began earlier this year, noted that PIT systems “generally comprise multiple allowances and deductions that hamper the implementation of efficient filing (and) payment arrangements; (for example) prefilled tax returns or withholding at source as a final tax.”“A complex PIT system has two consequences: it deters voluntary compliance (the no-filing rate is above 50 per cent in the region), and it consumes an important workforce to provide immediate assistance, follow-up on no-filers, and enforce collection.”The report also stated that normal Value Added Tax (VAT) and income tax regimes have not adapted to the limited compliance capacities of small and micro businesses. The report notes that this is especially so in low and low-to-middle-income countries.According to the IMF, tax authorities impose proportionally higher compliance costs on this segment. In turn, this impacts overall filing and payment rates. A less-than-satisfactory rate of tax collection in Guyana has been highlighted in the past, most notably by the Audit Office of Guyana.“Only a few countries have introduced, or have planned to introduce, a genuine turnover-based presumptive tax regime with minimal accounting requirements for small businesses. In those countries, this initiative is synchronized with the increase of the VAT registration thresholds.”The report noted the necessity of overall reforms, but observed that authorities are distracted; and, as such, the question of reforms does not receive sufficient attention and resources. It notes that before reforms can take effect, a number of changes must be made.“Experience shows that adopting this model without strengthening headquarters’ functions, shifting to a functional approach, introducing taxpayer segmentation, improving compliance and performance management, enhancing data exchange, and modernizing IT systems has had limited or no impact on revenue mobilisation,” the report states.Tax returns in GuyanaIn Guyana, the Auditor General’s 2016 report had revealed that over 70,000 self-employed persons escaped the Guyana Revenue Authority’s purview last year. Auditor General Deodat Sharma had noted that as of December 31, 2016, only 18,337 filed returns.These income tax returns totalled some $4.045 billion. However, there were 92,326 active self-employed persons registered in the GRA’s database, meaning this sum was derived only from 20 per cent of this category filing their returns.While GRA’s systemic weaknesses were the highlight of the report, the tax authority, in a statement after the IMF assessment was published, had committed to advancing reforms.According to manager of the GRA’s Public Relations Unit, Melissa Baird, it was Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia who requested an assessment from IMF’s regional Technical Assistance Centre, and some of the issues highlighted are a work in progress.“In September 2016, CARTAC alerted that such a service (TADAT) was available through the IMF. The IMF did its TADAT assessment, and in its report of May 2017 outlined the GRA’s main strengths and weaknesses.”“Upon the receipt of the said report, a request was made for a follow-up study to advise on the next steps in modernizing the Authority. This assessment was done in September 2017, and a draft report was submitted in October 2017. Like in the TADAT report, this final report will be made available when released.”last_img read more

Local day-camp needs your help

first_img[asset|aid=1569|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f4c91a1fd1ce0fd9eab9af158652084a-Mitchell – 2_1_Pub.mp3] To donate, or to sponsor a child for a week, contact Lana Mitchell at 250-262-1847 or email her at summerprogram@Fort St. A day-camp that has been running for 17 consecutive summers might have to cut some corners to remain operating. Fort St. John Summer Activities Program Manager Lana Mitchell says she and the other operation managers are taking pay cuts to maintain the level of programs and field trips for the kids. [asset|aid=1568|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f4c91a1fd1ce0fd9eab9af158652084a-Mitchell-1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -The camp, for kids between ages six and twelve, can accommodate up to 65 kids per week. Mitchell says funding is down about ten thousand dollars this year compared to previous years. She says organizers are looking for sponsorships to make up that shortfall.As well, she’s hoping local businesses will help send underprivileged kids to the camp. Advertisementlast_img read more

Middlesbrough on alert as Southampton confirm release of £12m signing Ramirez

first_img1 Gaston Ramirez in action for Middlesbrough Gaston Ramirez has been released by Southampton, paving the way for him to join Middlesbrough.The Uruguay international cost the Saints a club record £12million from Bologna in 2012 but failed to make any impact.He started just 28 matches in his four years at St Mary’s and spent last term on loan with Hull before ending the season at Middlesbrough.His did, however, impress at Boro and Aitor Karanka is eager to snap up the 25-year-old on a permanent basis after the club’s promotion to the Premier League.Veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has also been released by Southampton, although he is in talks over a new role behind the scenes at the club.The 39-year-old joined Saints when they were a League One club in 2006 and had a testimonial last week.Executive director of football Les Reed said: “Kelvin has been instrumental in the club’s success in recent years, playing a key part in what has been a special time for everyone involved.“He has set the perfect example since he arrived at the club 10 years ago.“Kelvin’s tremendous passion and commitment to the club are two of the reasons why we are currently in conversations with him about a new role moving forward, in which he can continue to help the club’s progression.”Young goalkeeper Will Britt has also left the Saints after his contract expired.last_img read more


first_imgOne of the dogs rescued from the pound by Animals In Need.A Donegal animal welfare group has slammed a report which shows that more than 500 dogs were dumped at the Donegal Dog Pound in Letetrkenny.A total of 533 dogs ending up in the Letterkenny Pound last year according to the latest figures for 2015 which have just been released by the Department of the Environment.Of those dogs, which included 33 greyhounds, 341 were surrendered by their owners and 156 were seized. Six of the dogs were rehomed by the Pound to the public, 3 were in the Pound, 54 were reclaimed by their owners, 286 were taken out of the Pound by animal rescues and 184 were euthanised, including 26 greyhounds. Local animal rescue group believe these shocking statistics reflect the sad fact that too many unwanted pups are still being born in Donegal as people are not availing of the discounted neutering schemes available and many dogs are being discarded when their novelty wears off or they don’t make the grade as working dogs.Once they arrive in the Pound, dogs have only 5 days to be reclaimed, adopted or rescued or they could be put down. Donegal based charity, Animals In Need rescued and rehomed 206 of the dogs released to animal rescues that year, including the 7 greyhounds.Currently there is no holding place or sanctuary for dogs in the county.A spokesperson for Animals In Need said ‘these figures show just how urgently we need a holding place for the dogs here in Donegal.’ She explained ‘At the moment the rescued dogs all have to be looked after in the unpaid volunteer’s own homes and with such a huge volume of dogs coming out and only a handful of foster homes available, this situation can’t continue indefinitely.’ Many of the rescued dogs travel to re-homing sanctuaries in the U.K. where wonderful homes await them but since the enforcement of the Pet Passport laws, which require each dog to wait 21 days before travelling after receiving a rabies vaccination, the foster homes are now backed up with dogs waiting to travel.The spokesperson explained ‘what we need is a proper fitted out holding place where the dogs can stay while they wait for their Passports or while home checks are carried out if they are being adopted locally.’Several suitable locations for a dog hub have been sourced in Donegal, including one already fitted and ready to use and with nearby local vets willing and able to help out.The Animals In Need spokesperson continued ‘Already in the first 5 months of 2016 we rescued 143 dogs and pups from the Pound so things look to be getting worse, the bottom line is that we need help. We can’t do this on our own. We need backing and support to set up and run a hub otherwise more dogs are going to die, which would be a tragedy.’Animals In Need is a completely voluntary organisation. For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website.SHOCK AS MORE THAN 500 DOGS DUMPED IN DONEGAL POUND was last modified: July 4th, 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:animals in needdogsletterkennyPoundlast_img read more


first_imgThe late Alan McSherryTHE driver a car which struck and killed a much-loved handyman has told an inquest that she never thought of stopping after the incident because she thought she had struck a badger.Distraught Lisa Roohan, who is 25, has already been convicted in relation to the death of Alan McSherry, 48, outside Bundoran in August, 2013. At an inquest into Mr McSherry’s death Ms Roohan was too upset to express her devastation at her role in the incident.Earlier this year she given a suspended 18-month jail sentence, banned from driving for four years and fined €720 for careless driving.Mr McSherry, a handyman, moved with his wife to County Donegal from Birkenhead in 2000 because of their love of surfing.The inquest heard that Ms Roohan, the couple’s neighbour on the outskirts of Bundoran, felt her back wheel run over something before driving off.“I thought it was a badger or some other animal,” she told coroner Dr Denis McCauley.She later realised it was Mr McSherry who had died.Mrs McSherry told the case that she had left Alan in Bundoran earlier that night to go home early as she had to work the next morning.Before going to sleep she had texted her husband to remind him to book a taxi and put her phone on silent.She said she “awoke suddenly” at 4.45am on August 25, 2013, and saw five missed calls from her husband.She tried to ring him back over and over again but got now answer and just after 5am she got into her car and drove out to see if she could find him.As she did Ms Roohan’s car passed her coming the other way – and shortly afterwards she found him lying in the road. He was breathing shallowly, he said.He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6am.Sgt John McFadden told the inquest that he had re-visited the scene later and repeated the drive Ms Roohan had taken on the night and concluded that Ms Roohan’s view of Mr McSherry – who was lying on the road – would have been obstructed.Even if Ms Roohan had a two-second warning upon seeing Mr McSherry she would not have had time to stop.He said he concluded Mr McSherry was lying on the road from his injuries and from evidence at the scene. He had only found four small pieces of plastic. Had Mr McSherry been standing up at the time of the impact there would have been much more debris from the vehicle.Dr McCauley said it was clear Mr McSherry had been a popular man who had spent the night out with his surfing buddies and that he had died in very tragic circumstances.A solicitor for Ms Roohan said she was too upset to speak further in court but she wanted the McSherry family to know that she lived with the pain of what had happened every single day of her life.The jury returned a verdict of death caused by injuries consistent with a road traffic accident.DISTRAUGHT WOMAN WHO KILLED NEIGHBOUR IN HIT-AND-RUN THOUGHT SHE HAD HIT A BADGER was last modified: December 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Alan McSherryDonegal Towninquestlast_img read more

Communities waiting for local road repairs advised to apply for scheme

first_imgA Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) will soon be taking applications from the public for local road resurfacing works. The Donegal County Council scheme is aimed at improving the condition of certain local Council roads and cul de sacs which normally do not get included in its annual roadworks programme.The scheme allocates up to 80% part-funding to applicants for the works and assistance in carrying them out. Cllr Patrick McGowan said: “This scheme differs from the LIS farmers Lane scheme in that it is for council roads in poor condition. Farmers, builders or anyone living on a quiet county road who is fed up waiting on the Council to resurface their road can undertake the work along with the Council and in draw down the grant.”The key feature of the CIS is that funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) can be provided to the Council following submission and assessment of applications from local communities requesting that road improvement works are carried out.This is together with payment of a fixed monetary contribution from the local community towards the cost of the agreed works.The Council will work with groups of local residents and landowners and avail of the CIS funding from the DTTAS for the restoration of local Council roads and cul de sacs, subject to approval and funding. The CIS requires payment of an overall community contribution of 20% towards the cost of the agreed works, schemes selected for funding will be undertaken in 2018.“The CIS presents an opportunity for communities to have road repair work carried out on local roads and cul de sacs that would not normally be included as a priority on the Council’s Main Roadworks programme.“The Community Involvement Scheme application forms containing terms, conditions and details of the scheme will be available on the Council web page shortly,” said Cllr McGowan.Communities waiting for local road repairs advised to apply for scheme was last modified: February 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Community Involvement Scheme (CIS)Donegal County CouncilPATRICK MCGOWANROADSlast_img read more

Sadness at passing of well-known and inspirational Donegal businessman

first_imgThe death has taken place of well-known Donegal businessman John Hanna.Mr Hanna, the Managing Director of the famous Hanna Hats in Donegal Town, passed away peacefully at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin.He was surrounded by his loving family including his wife Mary, daughters Amanda Jane, Eleanor and Bernadette and his son John Patrick. The late Mr Hanna’s family posted a touching message on the company’s Facebook Page last night.It reads “It’s with a very heavy heart that we the Hanna family must say goodbye to our Dad, John Hanna our best friend, husband, father & Grandfather. Dad sadly passed away early this morning.“He touched so many lives & brought so much joy & laughter. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peaceJohn’s remains will be reposing at his late residence today (Wed) from 1pm until 10pm and on Thursday 16th May from 1pm until 10pm. Removal from there on Friday morning to St. Mary’s Church, Killymard for 11am funeral Mass, with burial afterwards in Clar Cemetery.May he rest in peace.In this Celtic Ranch Community video series from 2013, John Hanna is featured giving a guide to historical hats in his office:Sadness at passing of well-known and inspirational Donegal businessman was last modified: May 17th, 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:BusinessmandeathDonegal TownHanna HatsJohn HannaSadnesslast_img read more

49ers Richard Sherman wants reunion with Earl Thomas

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman defected from the Seattle Seahawks to the 49ers this past offseason, and he’d like free safety Earl Thomas to do the same in a couple months.“Would I love to play with Earl B. Thomas III? I’d love to, I’d love to have him back in the locker room,” Sherman said Thursday. “But I’m sure he’ll have a plethora of opportunities and I’m sure we’re going to throw our hat in the ring.”Thomas’ …last_img read more

South African colours light up Paris

first_img29 May 2013The Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colours of the South African flag on Tuesday night to mark the opening of the South African Season in France, while will see over 800 artists showcasing the country’s vibrant diversity in hundreds of projects across France between May and December.Highlights of the opening week include a striking dance performance by Robyn Orlin and Moving into Dance at Paris’s National Theatre of Chaillot and the opening of a major exhibition focusing on Nelson Mandela.The multimedia exhibition From Prisoner to President, taking place at Paris’s Hotel De Ville, attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and incarnations ahead of his 95th birthday in July.Between May and December, in about 100 towns across France, the Season will feature roughly 250 dance and theatre performances, 100 musical concerts, 50 films, 40 residencies, 35 workshops and 30 exhibitions – with 150 South African wines available for the French to sample.This programme follows on the French Season in South Africa, which included more than 100 events around South Africa in 2012 – South Africa being the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to participate in reciprocal seasons with France.“We are most excited to launch the South African Season, which is a result of a bilateral agreement that aims to strengthen people-to-people relations between France and South Africa,” Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile said at Tuesday’s opening event.“This Season in France will offer our artists, scientists, academics and sports people an opportunity to showcase their work to French audiences and facilitate collaboration with their French counterparts. This we believe is critical in developing our local industries and the creative industries in particular.”Commissioner General Bongani Tembe described the Season as “a tribute to the struggle for freedom and the choice of reconciliation over racial division as embodied by many South Africans, including its most famous citizen, former president Nelson Mandela.“The French can expect a Season rich in terms of magnitude and diversity, with the inclusion of many different art forms and genres, as well as South Africans renowned in their field and those who represent a new generation of artists, thinkers, innovators and scientists.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more